It’s a sad day in Muddville.  The Mighty Mitt struck out.

Following the 2012 election evangelicals are snarling at one another.  “You have the blood of the innocents on your hands!” says one side.  “You supported a heretic!” says the other.

Different people had different strategies to “stop Obama.” Some stayed home.  Others only voted on local candidates and issues.  Still others voted for a third party candidate.  Others voted for snake oil.  What will it take to bring evangelicals together?  The confusion masks a deeper problem, or which Barack Obama is only a symptom.

Myth: Four more years of an Obama presidency will destroy America.

It is not an Obama presidency that is destroying America.  It is the fabric from which Obama is cut.  It has been with us for decades.  It has led us “progressively” down the spiral toward perdition.  Romney is cut from the same cloth.

Both men have been influenced and aided by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), created in 1922.  The chief architect was Edward Mandel House.  The chief end was world peace through domination of world Government.  Its membership consists of Democrats and Republicans, labor and industrial leaders, “liberals” and “conservatives,” and various other so-called antagonists.

In American politics, the phrase, “May the best man win!” is a call for the most ruthless and cunning to take control and implement their agenda—perhaps to be tossed under the bus when he has served their purpose.  At present, it’s a win-win situation for the “progressives.”

MythBusters primary conclusion is this:  Both candidates were selling snake oil to perpetuate the status quo, much the same as John Tetzel sold indulgences to aggrandize the Papal power of the 16th Century.   It was CFR “A Team” versus CFR “B Team.”  The Tetzel’s of the world distract us from the only real solution (see below).

How did “the greatest country in the world” ever get into this predicament?  The Enlightenment battle against the divine right of kings has been successful, but at a terrible cost.  Mankind has traded it for the divine right of the people.  They rejected “Vox Rex, Vox Deo” and embraced “Vox populi, Vox  Deo.”  In both cases, we are led by the whims of man, be it one or many—I the king or we the people.  Neither is the voice of God.  The neglected alternative is  “Vox Scriptura, Vox Deo.”   It is our only hope.

The Enlightenment mindset can be traced much further back — not for decades, not for centuries, but for millennia–back to the Tower of Babel mindset.  There men first presumptuously imagined themselves the arbiters of their own destiny.  This is the soil from which our modern-day Obamas and Romney’s ultimately spring.

Digressing even further back into prehistory, we find ourselves in the loins of Adam, defying Yahweh face to face.  No wonder we’re in trouble!  God’s law was simple in Eden.  Do anything your heart desires except eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  The Creator determines that, not you or me.

That one act of disobedience unraveled all subsequent history.  It gave us expulsion from Paradise, the first murder and many thereafter, defiance and confusion at Babel, Chattel slavery and misery in Egypt, unthankfulness for deliverance, idolatry, blasphemy, Greed, theft, adultery, revolution, tyranny, and people looking for relief in all the wrong places.

Case Closed: Romney was not the panacea to the “Obama problem.”  Had he won, then we would have the “Romney problem.”  Sinful man is the problem, and he has an uncanny way of digging himself in ever deeper when he tries to become the captain of his own soul.  We are admonished by a merciful God to “trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

The way back up is through faith in Jesus Christ and repentance toward God.  We need to repent of our personal sins and our national sins.   In practical terms this means calling on our culture to turn back to the civil laws of Yahweh and away from the whims of men.  We must call on all men everywhere to recognize the crown rights of our risen and reigning Savior.  Let us delight to walk in obedience to Him.  Let build Christ’s kingdom in defiance of carnal empire building and let the world know that none of us are wiser than He whose kingdom rules over all.  This is the vision that will unite evangelicals in America and around the world.

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You might well ask how safe are our public schools, period.  So why are we focusing on homosexuals in this particular case?  Is there is a devious mind-set afoot in high places breaking ground for acceptance of a perverted lifestyle?  Doesn’t the gay community consist of a particular group of people who simply want to be accepted socially and economically as other minority group?  For example, how does same-sex marriage threaten heterosexual marriage?  Why can’t they peacefully coexist?  Furthermore, what has all this got to do with public schools and predators?

Myth: We should  just treat sodomites fairly and let them have social benefits that real married people enjoy?

Several states have already legalized same-sex marriage  A case in point is the Maryland state legislature’s passing of such a bill and Governor Michael O’Malley’s signing it into law.  It is to become effective on January 1, 2013, but the people of Maryland are not buying it.  Enough petition signatures have been gathered to place it on the ballot as Question 6, which many hope to be voted AGAINST.

Michael Anthony Peroutka of The American View tells us why in no uncertain terms under the following headline:

 Maryland’s Question 6 Is About Government-Authorized Child Abuse

 For years now, the sodomite lobby in Annapolis has been desperately seeking to redefine the God-given and God-ordained institution of marriage. Now the people of Maryland will cast their votes to approve or to disapprove of this foolishness.

During this entire time, the sodomite strategy is to appeal to your sense of fairness: “Why can’t we just treat sodomites fairly and let them have social benefits that real married people enjoy?”

Here’s what they are NOT telling you:

The reason why it is so desperately important to homosexuals to redefine marriage in written “un-law” has little to do with “fairness” and much to do with gaining access to straight, normal, decent Maryland children from straight, normal, decent Maryland families.

You see, homosexuals can’t reproduce. So they must recruit.

Please consider carefully: Homosexuals can’t reproduce. So they must recruit. And the best place to recruit is in schools where they can have unfettered access to children—your children—and your grandchildren.

Public schools are where the recruiting goes on and on and on. It is being made part of the curriculum. In pre-kindergarten, your children are being taught that queer is good and it’s good to try it. They are taught to disregard the morality of their parents. And if you vote “yes” on Question 6, this tampering with the morals of your children will become official public policy.

Stripped of all its phony “fairness” language, what is being pushed is nothing short of government-authorized perversion of Maryland children. It’s a license for child sexual abuse.

I have heard from multiple sources that in the homosexual community, you and I are referred to as “breeders”—that is, suppliers of children that they desire to convert to their death-style.

We urge you not to fall for the phony “fairness” routine. Vote “Against” on Question 6. —Michael Anthony Peroutka

Case closed: So, same-sex marriage is only one part of this hydra-headed monster.  Several states have already imposed on their citizens a redefinition of this God-given institution of holy matrimony.

 Now you can see why we cannot be silent in whatever state this deceptive rhetoric poses its active danger.

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What Christians think about the culmination of history is very important.  Do we expect things to get worse and worse until the kingdom of Anti-Christ is fully revealed (Futurism)?  Or do we expect things to get better and better until the kingdom of Christ is fully revealed (Preterism)?

Self-fulfilling prophecies are very powerful.  It all hinges on whether or not we believe the Great Tribulation is in the past or in the future.  If you are a Futurist the thought that the Great Tribulation was in the past probably strikes you as absurd.  But is it?

MythBusters accepted the case and during the course of our investigation identified five questions that aren’t being answered by the Futurism school of prophetic interpretation in its current configuration.  We found a recurring pattern of futurism accepting the Tribulation myth a priori, then searching for Bible verses that seem to support it.   They also tended to be influenced more by the negative influence of current events than the promises of victory that appear in the prophetic literature.

Myth:  Things are going to get worse and worse until the Anti-Christ is revealed in the midst of a Great Tribulation.

A review of the literature found at least five questions that are either being ignored by futurism or that are forcing them to depart from the literal interpretation they so fervently endorse.  At the same time, they aren’t  recognizing figurative or poetic language that is easily interpreted in light of Old Testament idioms.  For example, Israel represented by sun, moon and stars in Joseph’s dream.

1) The key question that can not be ignored is related to the time marker in Matthew 24:34 where Jesus said that it was His contemporaries who would see the termination of national Israel (Mt 24:29) accompanied by The Great Tribulation (Mt 24:21).

Truly I say to you, This generation will not pass away until all these things take place.

Generation means “a multitude of contemporaries.”  That is the literal, plain, and natural interpretation.  Some preterists pointed out that is the obvious meaning of “this generation” everywhere else it is mentioned in the New Testament, including Matthew 23: 36, just a little bit earlier in the discourse.  Why would it mean something different in Matthew 24:34, we asked ourselves?  Had Jesus meant some future generation wouldn’t He have used the word “that” rather than “this.”

Q1:  So, the really big question is, If Jesus said flat out that the Great Tribulation was going to occur in His generation, by what authority does the Futurist contradict the words of Christ and declare that it will occur in some future generation?

2) Related to this is the identification of the Beast. We reasoned that if John told the Christians to whom he first sent his letter of Revelation to “count the number of the Beast” (Rev. 13:18) then the Beast had to be somebody alive in the first Century whose number John’s first readers could count.

Q2:  So the second question is “if the Beast was somebody that John’s primary audience could recognize in the first century, how can the Beast possibly be somebody who would appear centuries later during a Great Tribulation that Jesus told us also occurred in the first century?”

3) In addition, at the beginning and the end of the Book of the Revelation John told his primary audience that the prophecies of Revelation would be fulfilled “shortly” (1:1), “near” (1:3; 22:10), and “quickly” (22:20).  The only 1st Century event we could find answering to these time indicators was the Great Tribulation that occurred during the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.  This was Christ coming in judgment on the Jewish nation.  The Christians were warned to flee to the mountains as soon as they saw the Roman legions approaching, and history records that they did.

Taking their cue from the Futurists, skeptics like Bertrand Russell also missed the point.  In “Why I Am Not A Christian”, he said one reason for his unbelief was Jesus mistaken belief that His second coming would occur within a generation. He wrote:

For one thing, He certainly thought that His second coming would occur in clouds of glory before the death of all the people who were living at that time. There are a great many texts that prove that and there are a lot of places where it is quite clear that He believed that His coming would happen during the lifetime of many then living.

Because of this, the futurist view, with its many failed predictions, contributes to the unbelief of many.  One researcher counted over 1,000 false predictions of the anti-Christ during 2,000+ years of church  history.  If you push these events into the future, then you either have to ignore Matthew 24:34, distort it, or agree with CS Lewis that Matthew 24:34 is “the most embarrassing verse in the Bible.”

Q3:  So a third question is by what authority does Futurism contradict the Words of the Apostle and conclude that the events described in Revelation are going to occur hundreds and thousands of years in the future?

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4) The 96 A.D. dating of Revelation is based on one obscure historical reference that clearly does not comport with the Bible. In Revelation 11:2 John is given a rod and told to measure the temple of God, so it is impossible for the Revelation to have been written after the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. Reliable estimates place the date at 66 A.D, just prior to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.

Q4:  Fourth, why does Futurism date the writing of Revelation at 96 A.D in contradiction to the Biblical evidence?

5) In describing Nebuchadnezzar’s image, Daniel 2:42 records that the feet and toes made of iron mixed with clay was a characteristic of the original 4th kingdom — NOT an imaginary “Revived Roman Empire” which does not appear in the text. That would require that the toes be cut off and cast 2000+ years into the future or stretched out over the whole page as one artist portrayed it.

Rome was crushed by the stone which was Christ “in the days of those kings” at His first coming, death, resurrection, ascension, and inaugural procession to receive the kingdom (Dan 7:13,14). That stone (kingdom) is now growing to become a mountain that will fill the whole earth. Likewise, the gospels compare the kingdom to a mustard seed that grows and gradually fills the whole earth following the first coming of Christ.

Q5:  Thus, a fifth question is, “If Jesus was given “dominion, glory and a kingdom” at his ascension and coronation procession (Dan. 7:13,14) and told His disciples “all power on heaven and earth has been given unto Me” (Mt 28:19,20) by what authority does the Futurist push His kingdom off into the distant future?

Case Closed:   This MythBusters’ investigation identified five questions that cannot be answered on the presuppositions of Futurism.  The Futurist writers have no apparent grounds for dating the Great Tribulation in the future without violating the very words of Christ Himself, the words of the apostles and the laws of logic.

We’ve heard this siren song for decades.  The snake oil of public education has a track record for lining the pockets of union bosses and school administrators who are willing to play ball with them.  The financial backing comes from the estates of middle class families, many barely making it, to support these ne’er-do-well leaches.  See the full story of how public education got started in America  by clicking here They’re not only stealing their money, they’re stealing their children.  And here is where it gets even worse.

The vicious accelerating undertow of academia is bad enough.  Add to that the progressive mindset agenda, which sets the stage of their psyches to receive the notions of both organic and social evolution.  But even this is not rock bottom.  Read on.

Myth: Our public education system needs that extra boost from the federal level.

 

Let’s take a closer look at this monster and decide whether it should be boosted from any level.

Teachers Unions Go to Bat for Sexual Predators

This shocking headline appeared above an article posted by Twana Blevins on July 30, 2012 from the Wall Street Journal by Campbell Brown.  Miss. Brown begins:

By resisting almost any change aimed at improving our public schools, teachers unions have become a ripe target for reformers across the ideological spectrum. Even Hollywood, famously sympathetic to organized labor, has turned on unions with the documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman'” (2010) and a feature film, “Won’t Back Down,” to be released later this year. But perhaps most damaging to the unions’ credibility is their position on sexual misconduct involving teachers and students in New York schools, which is even causing union members to begin to lose faith.

The article continues by citing several cases in point of outrageous requests from teachers to students (and sometimes getting what they want).  We’re talking about everything from a striptease to ultimate performance!  It’s only fair to ask how widespread these cases are.  Miss Brown tells us:

In the last five years in New York City, 97 tenured teachers or school employees have been charged by the Department of Education with sexual misconduct. Among the charges substantiated by the city’s special commissioner of investigation—that is, found to have sufficient merit that an arbitrator’s full examination was justified—in the 2011-12 school year.

Now let’s look a little closer at the “corrective action” taken by the powers that be.  According to the article, the accused is turned over to an independent investigator (under New York law).  The union and the school district must agree on an arbitrator who is then paid $1400 per day.  For that kind of money we can easily see why the arbitrator would wish to please the union.  “And the unions—believing that they are helping the cause of teachers by being weak on sexual predators—prefer suspensions and fines, and not dismissal, for teachers charged with inappropriate sexual conduct. The effects of this policy are mounting.”

Michael Loeb, a middle school teacher in the Bronx and United Federation of Teachers member, calls this a “horrible situation” and adds, “if you keep these people in the classroom, you are demeaning our profession.”

Maria Elena Rivera says her 14-year-old daughter was stalked by one of her Brooklyn high school teachers (who resigned from his position before the Department of Education decided whether to send the case to arbitration). Today her daughter is in counseling, says Ms. Rivera, and doesn’t trust anyone: “It so messed her up. I can’t protect her.”

“I Can’t protect her”?  Yes you can, devoted mother.  Even if you can’t afford to send your daughter to a fine private school, there is the alternative of home schooling where you have direct charge over your child’s educational environment and content.  “I don’t have the credentials or the ability.”  You have the highest credentials.  You’re the mother!  You have the highest interest. You’re the mother!  Even if you have to work outside the home, there is help available on line.

King’s Way Classical Academy offers live sessions with real time teachers in a full orb Christian curriculum for only $500 per year.

When you hear all the spouting about “an education president,” pray for and encourage the rise of civil leaders at every level who will disengage government at every level from the field of education.  This would be the position of a civil leader in a biblical society.

This is King’s Way’s Mission Statement

By means of its unique online curriculum and delivery system, KWCA exists to 1) help the homeschool family overcome educational hurdles, 2) help K-8 Christian schools transition to high school, and 3) provide a low-cost alternative for Christian children in public schools.

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Our goal is to produce young people armed with a Biblical worldview and trained in the classical curriculum. This is accomplished by the 3-step process of grammar, dialectic (or logic), and rhetoric, known as the Trivium. The goal is a wisdom akin to Solomon, who excelled at applying the Bible to the practical issues of life. No matter their vocation, our students learn to think critically and speak with authority. This is portrayed 1) visually in the King’s Way coat of arms and 2) verbally in the ACCS statement of faith.

We strive to impart not only information but a method of learning to last a lifetime. Graduates are uniquely equipped to assume positions of leadership in their chosen profession. Because instruction is saturated in the practical application of the Word, young people emerge as true “ambassadors for Christ.” They enter the ranks of those who establish the tone and direction of our culture — the Christian nobility. In this way we contribute to Christ’s Great Commission to “disciple the nations one student at a time” (Mt. 28:19,20).

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This is not optional.  We have added instructor blog links to the requirement for receiving that final small portion of instructor salary that is withheld until grades are recorded at the end of each term. 

Set up occassional links from your course content in Moodle to a blog article.  Ask the students to read the article and respond with a comment or interact with other student comments. Make blog participation part of the “class participation” portion of their grade. The blog network includes:

HistoryMythBusters.WordPress.com
EconomicsMythBusters.WordPress.com
EducationMythBusters.WordPress.com
Family MythBusters.WordPress.com (This may still be named “GodsLambs.com”)
ConstitutionMythBusters.WordPress.com 
ScienceMythBusters.WordPress.com
There are several purposes for this:
1) Use the blogs as a kind of ever-expanding “school library” to enhance student learning experience
2) increase student interaction as part of the dialectic process of the classical method
3) Contribute to blog traffic that will improve organic search engine rankings and:
a) recruit more students.
b) build up advertising revenue. This will enable us to increase revenue to teachers among other things
4) Create a Biblical worldview mindset among students that relates their studies to real life current events

FBI founder and director J. Edgar Hoover once stated, “Children brought up in Sunday school are seldom brought up in court.”  But does this hold true, today?  We currently live in a different world.  45 minutes of Sunday school cannot compare with 30 hours of curriculum designed to mould children to fit a brand new agenda.

This agenda promotes the autonomous thinking of the education establishment.  It leaves no room for absolute truth, biblical morality, or any thinking beyond institutionalized program.

Myth: My child is being reared in a Christian home.  He will be fine no matter where he goes to school.

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Written By: Daniel J. Smithwick. President of the Worldview Alliance

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For the past eighteen years our ministry has been conducting a Christian worldview testing service used by Christian schools, churches, home schoolers and various other Christian ministries. The primary use of the test has been with high school students but is also used at Elementary grades, junior high and college level.

The test, known as the PEERS Test, measures worldview understanding in Politics, Economics, Education, Religion, and Social Issues (PEERS). Results from each category are classified into one of four major worldview philosophies: Christian Theism, Moderate Christian, Secular Humanism, or Socialism.

In the mid nineteen eighties it was common to find Christian youth both in Christian schools and public schools scoring in the Moderate Christian worldview classification. Home school students generally scored 15-20% higher than average from day schools.

However, with nearly each subsequent year of testing, we found the understanding of the Christian worldview by tudents to be lower than the year before. This trend has continued through year 2003, as illustrated here:

The only exceptions to the decline were Christian schools that had adopted specific worldview materials in their curriculum. These are primarily schools known as Principle Approach or Classical Christian, and in some cases, homeschool groups. I believe students from these schools represent the true remnant and hope for the future, but they represent less than 2% of total students tested.

From 1988 to 2003, average scores of Christian school students dropped by 54.3%. Results of evangelical family students in public schools dropped 80.3% in the same period. Christian students attending public schools now regularly score in the lower half of Secular Humanism with approximately 20% scoring in the Socialism category.  Over 50% of youth from non-Christian homes score in the Socialism worldview category. This is not a pretty picture and raises grave concerns for the future of the Christian church in America.  Pastors should be highly concerned about this matter in that it specifically addresses the posterity of the church.  How will this generation stand against New Age and Islamic forces in our culture?

Many Christians are acutely aware that something is amiss with this generation of youth. Principled values of morality seem non-existent. Cohabitation prior to marriage is now the norm, even in many churches.  Tolerance for the gay lifestyle is also widespread among Christian youth.  PEERS Testing simply quantifies this loss of morality and lack of belief in biblical truth. Few are surprised that this is happening in government schools, but it is shocking to most Christians that the trend is nearly the same in Christian schools. It appears that Christian education is little more than baptized public secular education in the majority of typical Christian schools.  The foundations ARE being destroyed; what will the Christians do?

We have established -20.0 as a “Danger Zone” benchmark for PEERS Testing. This is based on test results of individuals responding to ads in the Humanist Magazine and the New Age Magazine for our worldview test. As a group, they scored in the range of -20.0 to -80.0 in all PEERS categories, expressing strong anti-biblical views of life. It is my opinion that a generation of youth from “Christian homes,” scoring this low, will surely lead America into a dark age in the subsequent generation.

“All government originates in families, and if neglected there, it will hardly exist in society…The foundation of all free government and of all social order must be laid in families and in the discipline of youth….The education of youth, [is] an employment of more consequence than making laws and preaching the gospel, because it lays the foundation on which both the law and gospel rest for success.” Noah Webster

Based on projections using the decline rate for Christian students, the church will have lost her posterity to hard-core Humanism between 2014 and 2018. This is approximately one school generation of youth, 12-16 years. If these projections hold true, it won’t be the end of the world, but it will be the end of America as we have known it for over 200 years. One could argue with projections of worldview scores, but the historical data is indisputable. The real question is, What will the church do to reverse this downward trend in Biblical worldview understanding?  Unless we are dealing with the problem of losing our youth to Humanism and Socialism, does it really matter what else we are fighting?

Parents and pastors need to realize that their children in public schools are being trained up into another world- a world hostile to the Christian faith.  Not only will this produce a culture that will not be blessed by God, but also one that His own faithfulness may require Him to destroy. “Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things; therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the LORD shall send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in the lack of all things; and He will put an iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you.” (Deuteronomy 28:47,48)  Such was the plight of Israel over and over.

In church after church one finds horror stories of how children from good Christian families have gone astray.  We are personally aware of several situations where parents had faithfully served their church, kept their children in Sunday school and made sure they were active in youth groups.  And yet, upon graduating from public schools, the children would leave home and turn against church/family values.   Often times the children were living in a manner bringing

much shame and hurt to their parents.  We have prayed and cried with close friends finding themselves in this situation.  The question asked is, Where did we go wrong?  It sounds cruel, but the real answer is that we have allowed pagans to be substantially involved with the training up of our children.  With 2-3 hours per week of Christian training at home and church, it is simply no match against 35 hours per week of humanism found in most courses in public school.

Yet we are not without hope.  God has always been in the business of making something out of nothing.  The Lord is a master at redemption and restoration.  If we will cooperate and pick up our responsibility as parents, and as the Church of Jesus Christ, education will be redeemed.  But we are going to have to make some hard decisions and walk away from some bad situations.

If your family is actively involved in a Christian church and your children are in public schools, I encourage you to utilize PEERS Testing to begin the process of evaluating where your children rank in worldview understanding (get free Info Packet by calling 1-800-948-3101).  When you register please enter the code # CF503 as your referring source.

Martin Luther once said, “If we are correct and right in our Christian life at every point, but refuse to stand for the truth at a particular point where the battle rages–then we are traitors to Christ.”   I believe PEERS testing is uncovering a ‘particular point’ for our age.  Our youth are being taken captive, especially at the junior high and senior high grade levels in government schools, and the church is being robbed of her future.  Dear Reader, this is a battle in which you must enter!

I am well aware that speaking against public schools from the pulpit is difficult, if not ‘political suicide.’  But it can and must be done.  One of our dearest pastor friends is senior pastor of a large Southern Baptist Church in Kentucky.  There are many public school teachers in his church and his wife taught in a public school.  Yet I’ve heard him speak often about the battle that is raging in schools.  A few years ago this church opened their doors to a large Christian school and now the transition from public to private education is under way.  Pastors need to educate their flock about humanism and socialism, and about the church’s responsibility to confront error wherever it is found.

Parents and grandparents must be told that ‘their school’ (the public school that didn’t hurt them?) doesn’t exist any longer.  They must be told that it was ‘their school’ which produced the seed that now has blossomed into a humanist fruit-bearing tree.  The history of what happened to education in America must be taught and now the war must be fought.

Government-run education is bankrupt.  It has exhausted whatever spiritual/moral capital it once had.  Government-run education is living (and dying!) proof of Jesus’ claim- “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God’.” Matthew 4:4  No Word, no life.

Teachers, curriculum and control of education make all the difference in the world- they make a worldview.  Every student is going to come out of school with some worldview.  It appears that a primary goal of the government school (perhaps even from the beginning) has been to make sure that it wasn’t a Biblical worldview.  Each new kindergarten class that enters into the government, humanist system of education is being trained to go against the Christian faith.  If they stay through high school, most of them will live their lives as trained.  They will side with relativism and shun absolutes.  The Bible will be gone from their lives.

If at all possible, Christian families and Christian pastors must make thedecision to walk away from government-run schools and place their children in an environment of instruction in the Word of God by the people of God.  Only this will “train them up in the way they should go.”

WHO IS DAN SMITHWICK?

Dan Smithwick received a B.S. degree in mathematics/education

in 1972 from North Dakota State University. He subsequently entered into business management with AT&T for 20 years and then with several small business firms in upper management positions. In addition to his business career, Dan has been active in Christian education work for over 20 years. He served as board member of several Christian schools and taught in a private school one year. Dan also worked for Dr. Pat Robertson’s Freedom Council doing grassroots training on Christian worldview principles. In 1986 Dan founded the Nehemiah Institute and authored the first version of the PEERS Test.

To take the PEERS test go to http://www.nehemiahinstitute.com

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The question of college is a pressing concern for most high school students:  to go, or not to go, that is the question.  Inevitably they come face to face with one of the most persistent myths in American education today.  Don’t miss “The College Conspiracy”  documentary at the Biblical Concourse of Home Universities.  It will save you tens of thousands of dollars.

Myth:  A four-year college education is the ticket to success in life.

To address this myth, we prevailed on the talents of free-lance writer, Robert Wimer.  Mr. Wimer is the President of “Desire A Difference,” a business consultant from Trenton, Missouri.  His passion is to help individuals, groups / organizations and small businesses leverage technology that will get their voice heard in the online and offline world, as well as helping people create proper mindsets that allow them to not only acquire more wealth, but keep it.

 

The Myth About Education, Success & Wealth

By Robert Wimer

On a wonderful spring day long ago, I had a toothache, and it was terrible. Like most people, I disliked going to the dentist for obvious reasons, but when you have to go, you have to bite the bullet. When I got to the waiting room, Dr. Doe (name omitted) got me in right away. I sat in the chair with the paper napkin on my chest and a bright light in my mouth awaiting the king of pain.

Dentists invariably talk to their patients when they have a whole mess of machinery and metal in your mouth, but amazingly they can understand every word that comes out, even when you speak only in vowels. He asked me what kind of work I was doing.

“Well, I’m going to get my certification, so I can work on computers.”

He knew that I dropped out of college, so the questions were invariably set up to guide me in a verbal corner so he could dispense his brand of logic & wisdom.

“Now Bob…(I was at the age where I was being called “Bob”)…you’ve got to go to college, get your degree so you can get a real job. This cer-ti-fi-ca-tion business is just plain silly.”

You got to understand that when you are depending on a person to alleviate your pain, and when he’s holding a drill with shaky hands near your mouth, you have to bite your tongue and listen.

For thirty minutes, I listened to his pretentious wisdom and to this day I don’t know which was more painful, the root canal, or his ignorance. In the end, I was grateful for his skills…skills that could have only been acquired by going to a university. He cured my ills, but another set in soon after, the ill of ignorance, not on my part, but his. The idea that education and attending school are synonymous.

Depending on the path you choose in life, you will have to avail yourself of the resources of a higher education. Universities have resources, contacts, labs, and educators that can’t be found anywhere else, but if you want to make money work for you…to acquire true wealth, education is paramount, but not a college degree.

Within my lifetime, I’ve seen the requirements of students elevate just to get an average paying job. A high school diploma was all that was needed 50 years ago, then it was a college degree, then your masters, then a doctorate, and now, you have to have and continue to have extra hours on top of your decades of education. You have to stop and look at the grand scheme of your life…..do you want an education, to learn how to make money, and lots of it, work for you, or do you want a piece of paper to hang on your wall?

Unfortunately, in this world, 95 percent of people go the tradition route of what they call success…..work hard, go to school, get good grades, get a good job that has good pay, benefits, retirement, and save. This is what is taught in schools and in society, but the cold hard fact is that to make great wealth, you have to take risks, work smart, make your own opportunities, and never stop learning. Many students stop their education after the degree or the attainment of a few letters after their name. Getting a degree does not mean instant success, but it can mean instant mediocrity.

If you want to find a nice 5 to 6 figure job with great benefits, a spectacular retirement plan and work for a company that will show you no loyalty for all the years of dedication and education that you have invested, please, work hard, go to school, get good grades, look for a good job that has great pay, benefits, retirement, and save, in other words, be a slave to money and the antiquated ideal. If you want to learn how to make money work for you, take risks, make your own opportunities, start your own company, or better yet, own one, always be in a process of learning about everything, including money, and never let an old man tell you that what you are doing is just plain silly.

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