My son Christian had opportunity to interact with a teacher and elder in a Christian church recently. Christian invited me into the conversation, and this is what I wrote…
Here are a some things you might like to reply with if you feel there is opportunity and need to continue to dialog. Send him the Education of Christian Children document which you can find at www.ChurchCouncil.org, and my education tract, Government Schools, Parents & Kids: How Will We Answer the Lord, and What Will He Say?, which you can find at www.4HisName.com.
Another thought…he points out that Deut. 6 and the Jewish culture taught/teach the child could/should be raised by the “Jewish” community. The government school is obviously neither the Jewish nor the Christian community. Government schools are a pagan culture, operated to a significant degree top down from the Federal government and the NEA which continues to push not only the homosexual agenda further and deeper across the entire country, but which also at foundation is completely secular humanist; the entire government school (GS) culture teaches that either God does not exist, or that if He does, He certainly has nothing to do with education and the world beyond education (GS are supposed to be preparing people for the world beyond the school doors, adulthood). The GS, as a system, teaches God’s non-existence outright at times and His irrelevance the remainder of the time. There is no way Deut. 6 can be construed to teach that it is permissible to send our Christian children into such a training system; and to say that our Christian children should be sent there for the sake of evangelism is an absurdity; Jesus did not send children when He spoke the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-22), He spoke to mature, full grown men, who had three and one half years of personal training with Jesus, the Incarnate God. On the other hand, Jesus taught regarding “these little ones” that it is better for a millstone to be hanged around the neck and be tossed into the sea that to cause “these little ones” to stumble; statistics even show this is absurd as I mention below, and as we consider that Christian children are not evangelizing, but being evangelized. The churches are not filling up with children saved out of the GS, but rather are emptying as young adults leave the church after being trained six hours a day, five days a week by the GS.
I believe the Word of God to those who delegate the pagan GS to train their children is such as this:
6 For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob, Because they are filled with eastern ways; They are soothsayers like the Philistines, And they are pleased with the children of foreigners. Isaiah 2:6 (NKJV)
The church is filled with “eastern ways” because it is filled with parents and children who have absorbed and continue to absorb the spirit and assumptions of the pagan school system.
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
Hosea 4:6 (NKJV)
The government school system has nothing to do with teaching God’s law, yet Deut. 6 tells us that immersion in God’s law (mandated by God in all of Scripture) is the requirement for a people who would not be destroyed. The government school system teaches children to forget God’s law. God says that when a people are in such a state He will forget their children. The forgetting of God’s law is evidenced by the fact (So. Baptist survey and other surveys) that 85% of children schooled by the GS leave the church by the time they exit high school.
To say, “Our schools are different” or “we have Christian teachers and a Christian principle”, is to overlook two things:
- The curriculum is not mandated locally (by either the teacher or principle) but by the state and federal governments and the NEA (there may be some local autonomy in selection between different curriculum which the above mentioned entities preselect; there is no local autonomy to outright select whatever curriculum the local school, principle, or teacher would like to select). Therefore though there is a semblance (appearance) of autonomy to select curriculum locally, in reality the curriculum is mandated via the preselecting process.
- Those teachers who refuse to teach what is mandated by the GS are probably breaking their covenantal obligation as employees of their employer which requires them to not teach about God’s law and God’s righteous requirements, obedience to which is sanctioned by God’s blessing on those who obey Him and God’s curse on those who do not. Both teacher and principle promise (i.e. they sign on the dotted line) when they become employed by the GS, to teach what the employer mandates. To fail to teach as required by their employer/employee agreement is to break a legitimate covenantal obligation toward the employer. Does the Bible teach Christians to do this? I think not.
Something Else to Consider and a Question to Ask
Self-government, church-government, family-government and civil-government are all realms of government to which God has given sovereignty. To each He has given a sphere of jurisdiction and to each He has given limits to their reach and legitimate involvement. Scripture shows us that God has given indoctrination (education) into the hands of the family and the church. Nowhere in Scripture do we find it intimated that indoctrination or education is within the sphere of the civil government. For this reason Christian teachers and administrators should ask themselves, “If God has not allowed the civil government to be an indoctrinator/educator, is it legitimate for me to participate in its effort to do so?”
A closing thought - Paul tells fathers to bring up their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6). To delegate one’s child to thirty plus hours of indoctrination per week by a system that certainly does not teach either the fear or admonition of the Lord, is to abdicate one’s fatherly commission toward his children. On percentages alone this ought to be clear – Do such fathers (who send their kids to GS) spend 50% (15 hours a week) of the time the GS spends (3o hours a week) indoctrinating their own children into the things of God? I think not. How can we say we are being faithful fathers if the lion’s share of indoctrination comes from a system that teaches neither the fear nor the admonition of the Lord while at the same time Deut. 6 testifies to us that teaching the fear and admonition of the Lord is an all day activity!?
May God deliver His Church from this great error and gigantic compromise with the GS culture!
Good dialog Christian!
I invite you to see this excellent short video: The Call to Dunkirk
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