Archive for January, 2013

It seems that American society has drifted into a turbulent sea without anchor or sail, and there is scarcely a safe harbor in sight.  Nonetheless, there is hope.  It would be easy to lay a large share of the blame at the doorstep of the public school system, and we would be right.  But let’s look deeper.

American civilization was not born in a bed of roses; it was weaned in a rugged and hostile environment.  The early settlers had to battle an untamed wilderness just to keep body and soul together.  They certainly did not have government to fall back on to educate their children, or anything else for that matter.  They took seriously Moses admonition to the Israelites to obey God’s law in subjecting their children to a godly education:

Modern American Christians have lost that vision and adopted a contrary Myth: A neutral public education is adequate for our children’s basic academic needs.

Our MythBusters investigation found opposing evidence from the Book of Scripture and the book of  history.

Initially we found this admonition in the book of Deuteronomy:  Hear, O Israel:  The LORD our God is one LORD:  And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.  And the words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up (Deuteronomy 6:4-7).

The Pilgrims fled not only from persecution in England, but later from bad influence on their children in Holland.  They recognized that education was anything by neutral.  These tender seedlings were not yet ready to contend with the enemy in the gates (seats of power), but their parents realized that they were a heritage of the LORD.  They were like arrows (weapons of war) in the quivers of their fathers, and their day would come to take their positions in the multigenerational war for the kingdom of God (Psalm 127:3-5).

Under the New Covenant, the apostle Paul admonished Christian fathers to “bring them [their children] up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).  When the Prophet Jeremiah told God’s people to “Learn not the way of the heathen” (Jeremiah 10:2), he was not telling them to turn a blind eye toward their evil doctrines and practice, but recognize them for what they are, and do not follow them.

We discovered this excerpt from a prayer by early American Puritan leader Cotton Mather:

And, O thou Saviour, and Shepherd of Thy New-English Israel: Be Entreated Mercifully to look down upon thy Flocks in the Wilderness. Oh, give us not up to the Blindness and Madness of neglecting the Lambs in the Flocks. Inspire thy People, and all Orders of men among thy People with a just care for the Education of Posterity…Save us, O our Lord JESUS CHRIST. Save us from the Mischiefs and Scandals of an Uncultivated Offspring; Let this be a Land of Light, unto Thou, O Sun of Righteousness, do thyself arise unto the World with Healing in thy Wings. Amen.  [Emphasis added]

So how did we get from where we were then to where we are today?  Not only does the unconverted man in general look for escape mechanisms, but Christians have that tendency also due to indwelling sin.  As even Peter, James, and John fell asleep as Jesus prayed in that desperate hour (Matthew 26:37-41), so the church has been slack in its responsibility at various times and places through history.  We have a heavenly treasure, but it dwells in earthly vessels.

The ancient Greek philosophers not only had a great impact on the church and the world in medieval times but also on early America and right down to the present.  These humanistic notions always find fertile ground in fallen human nature.

Plato’s abstract never-never land of surrealism has driven elements of the Christian church into pietistic escapism.  “Why polish the brass of a sinking ship?”  This led many evangelicals to abandon ship around 1925 at the time of the “Scopes monkey trial.”  Although prosecutor William Jennings Bryan won the case in the staged trial of John Scopes, the creationist position was publicly trashed by the ACLU.

Case Closed:  Public education is not neutral, but decidedly anti-Christian.  We cannot allow the public education system to continue ransacking our children’s hearts and mind and replacing the Christian faith with the false notions of a non-existent neutrality.  There is no demilitarized zone in this battle for their souls and our culture.  It’s time to fight back!

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Sadly, many Christians think, speak and act as if they are wiser than God.  They see nothing wrong with sending their children to Government indoctrination centers to have them brainwashed by a humanist curriculum.  They are under the delusion that their children will be fine as long as they take them to a 45-minute Sunday school class once a week, see their parents pray over meals, and participate in family devotions.  These things may be well and good, but they are no match for 25 or 30 hours a week of compartmentalized godless programming.  Perhaps their pastors have not sufficiently warned them of the dangers lurking on the campus.  These are matters of life and death.  Please get informed.

Myth: The influence of a loving Christian home is sufficient to overcome the evils of public education.

 

Here are some excerpts from an article by Dr. Phil Stringer of Landmark Baptist College:

 

The concept of government control of education has become so accepted in the United States that most people take it for granted. Yet, there is no concept of civil government controlling education in the Bible, in the Constitution, or in the first 75 years of American history. The American people need to rethink the idea that the civil government should be responsible for educating children.

 

The problem is not just poor academic achievement, the wasteful spending of the public school system, or the loss of moral standards. The problem is that the government is the wrong agency to be involved in education.  Public education is unconstitutional and inefficient. But, most of all, it is unbiblical.

 

All education is religious in nature, even when educators pretend that it is not. All forms of education are based upon a world view. All forms of education try to answer basic questions of life that are religious in nature. In fact, many of the current debates about separation of church and state involve the public schools.

 

It’s High Time for a Mass Exodus

 

Just a few decades ago, participating in home schooling was like pulling teeth.  Regiments of social workers, accompanied by law enforcement, were pounding on doors everywhere and confiscating children.  It was a nightmare for decent families who had their fill of the public school system.  These were the pioneers constantly living under the threat of family disruption.  Parents lived in mortal terror of these bureaucrats lurking and looking for the slightest pretext of “child abuse” by homeschoolers.

 

Today, homeschooling is legal in every state, but the battle is far from over.  The Home School Legal Defense Association is barraged with calls from members complaining of harassment from school officials who either are drunk with power or don’t know the laws of their state.  It seems strange that these highly paid people would be inept in their bureaucratic business.  We need to increase our numbers so these oppressors will take notice and back off.

 

There is a mind-set in American academia that would force all our children to be subject to some of the most outrageous classroom antics you could imagine.  Note the following from Public Advocate:

 

The Radical Homosexuals infiltrating the United States Congress have a plan:  Indoctrinate an entire generation of American children with pro-homosexual propaganda and eliminate traditional values from American society.  Their ultimate dream is to create a new America based on sexual promiscuity in which the values you and I cherish are long forgotten.

This is only the tip of the iceberg.  If you intend to fight this battle, please don’t send your children to the front line.  Keep them out of harm’s way until they are mature enough to contend with the enemy.  And even then, don’t send them to the pagan temples; train them at home.  Christ is not only ignored by the government schools, He is actively excluded by law.  Thus, it is no exaggeration to conclude that public schools are “anti-Christ” and that Christian children are being taught by anti-Christ.  it is long past due for mature Christians to take up this holy cause and pull their children from the jaws of death.

Unwary Christians often stumble into the humanist treadmill.  Talk show host Bob Durgin (Harrisburg, PA) had a guest minister on his program.  They were discussing whether the subject of “God” should be part of the biology curriculum in a public school.  I could see their eyes glaze over when a caller suggested that God has not authorized civil government to teach children in the first place.  It’s a family matter.  Civil government should stick to its own business of being a terror to evil doers.  “How’d we get on that?” said the confused host.

The American culture has slipped so far down the line from its early mores since the Mayflower Compact (1620) and the Great Migration (1630-1641) that it can no longer see the light of day.  It has drunk so deeply from the well of the eighteenth century Enlightenment; it did not see social Darwinism creeping in behind to shove it into the well.  By now, it has fallen so far it cannot even see the sky.  This culture does not need to be rescued from danger; it needs to be raised from the dead.

Myth: America needs to spend more money on public education.

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25).  He not only “came into the world to save sinners” (I Tim. 1:15), but also to commission His followers to “teach all nations…to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20).  This Great Commission could only be launched by the Possessor of “all power in heaven and in earth” (v 18).  He has promised to see this mission through until our work on earth is done (v 20).

“Discipling the Nations One Student at a Time” is the capstone of our mission at King’s Way Classical Academy.  It is our hope that we never fail to declare the whole council of God as it applies to every subject we teach as well as to every area of life.  “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (II Tim. 3:16-17).  Our purpose is to equip our students to take leadership in tomorrow’s world.

Engaged, but Not Entangled

The Bible deals with our engagement with the world.  The apostle Paul tells us this in his second epistle to the Corinthians

“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled” (II Cor. 10:4-6).

The Bible deals with our entanglement with the world.  The apostle John tells us this in his first general epistle.

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (I John 2:15-16).

These two principles set the parameters in Jesus’ prayer to the Father:

“I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil” (John 17:15)

Here we have the fulcrum of the Biblical balance to be like “the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (I Chron. 12:32).

A Case in Point

 

The enemies of truth are showing their true colors in many ways.  The following story from Godfather Politics, September 23, 2011, under the headline “Student Punished for Christian Faith” is only one of thousands.  And the number grows.

Fourteen year old Dakota Ary attends Western Hills High School in Fort Worth Texas. He is an honor student, plays football and has never been in trouble at school; that is until earlier this week.

According to Dakota, the topic of homosexuality has been discussed on a number of occasions in his German language class. When the topic came up in class again this week, he told the student behind him that he was a Christian and that he believed being a homosexual was wrong.

His German teacher overheard his comment and started yelling at him and threatened to write him up with an infraction and then sent him to the school’s office. Upon hearing what had taken place and what Dakota had said, the assistant principal gave Dakota a two day suspension from school.

The story continues: His mom, Holly Pope, was anything but passive.  Her attorney, Matt Krause, is ready to take the case as a violation of “Dakota’s First Amendment right of free speech…all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

The article goes on to cite other similar cases of abused Christian students in the cesspools of “learning” in the regimented government school citadels of perversion.  We admire Mrs. Pope’s courage for taking on the public school bureaucracy, but question her judgment in placing her son there in the first place.

Cleaning up the Temples of Baal?

Case Closed:  Fighting the case all the way to a secular humanist “supreme court” could have only one useful purpose—exposing the unfruitful works of darkness.  Attempting to clean up the public school system is tantamount to baptizing humanism.

It is high time for parents to take back from civil authority their God-given responsibility for educating their children.  Let us dismantle the temples of Baal.  Don’t try to clean them up.

Another well-meaning, but misguided, project has local churches in Portland, Oregon, volunteering for Saturday work projects at government schools.  This lends credibility to the government lie that they don’t have enough money.  Moreover, it has weakened the resolve of many pastors to insist on Christian education for their communities.

 

If we are to have “understanding of the times” as “the children of Issachar,” we must become acclimated to being engaged, but not entangled.  Now let’s go!