Concerning the Education of Christian Children
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The work of the Church and of every
Christian ministry, including the International Church Council Project, will be
effective into the next generation only as the good results of our efforts are
carried into the future by the next generation. In other words, any progress we
make in this generation, that gets God’s will done on earth, as in heaven as
much as is possible before Jesus returns, will be established or lost depending
to a great extent on the generation that comes after us. We can build and
restore, teach and disciple, but only as the next generation has a clear vision
of what it means to be Christian, and how Christianity should play out into
society as salt and light, only then can the progress we make survive.
May I ask you a question? Would it
have been acceptable to the God of Israel for the Jews to take their children to
the priests of Baal to be trained and groomed for effectiveness as Jewish
adults? What about taking the Israelite children over to the Philistines so the
priests of Dagon could train them? Or maybe bus them back to Egypt so they could
attend the schools of the Egyptians! To each of these the answer is
emphatically, “Of course not!” Yet close to 90% of children who attend
evangelical churches in the U.S. attend schools of a faith other than the faith
of Christ, the Creator and Sustainer of all things. These schools are overseen
primarily by those who teach a worldview just as opposed to Christianity as
Dagon worship was to the worship of the God of Israel.
The Southern Baptist Council on Family
Life reported to the 2002 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention that
88 percent of the children raised in evangelical homes leave church at the age
of 18, never to return. Is there anything wrong with this? Is this the plan and
purpose of our God who told us he would be God to us AND to our children, if
only we would obey him?
Education is inherently religious.
Why? Because the subject matter being taught cannot be taught from a neutral
point of view, it is always couched in a worldview and worldviews are by nature
religious. The quintessential question every worldview answers is this – “Is
there a God?” The next question that must be answered is “Who is that God; is it
the God of the Bible?”
The government school system in
America (AKA public school) emphatically insists that there is no god, and
particularly emphatic is the insistence that the God of the Bible does not or
could not exist. Sometimes this is done by outright denial of God, other times
by subtly ignoring the reality of God who is all around them and who speaks to
them in every fact and experience they encounter in the God-created environment
in which they live and move and have their being!
The religion of the government school
system is humanism; it will allow no other. What is humanism? It is the belief
(faith) that there is nothing above man; man is the highest form of
intelligence. Humanism believes man will save himself and his world by
education, social and economic engineering, and his self-perfecting efforts.
Humanism is religious faith because it
holds to the concept of “no God” which is a statement of faith. The worldview in
which government school education is couched is the religious faith of Humanism.
Moreover Humanism is the religion of fools, for “the fool has said in his heart,
‘There is no God.”” And the Scriptures assure us that “He who walks with wise
men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (Proverbs 13:20).
Indeed, 88% demonstrates the harm that is suffered.
The humanist establishment
understands the religious nature of the battle and is deliberately using the
government schools to destroy Christianity. This comes to light in such
statements as this by John Dunphy published in The Humanist Magazine (Jan/Feb
1983): “I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and
won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their
roles as the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that
recognizes and respects the spark of what theologians call divinity in every
human being. These teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most
rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort,
utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever
they teach, regardless of the educational level - preschool, day care, or large
When I asked whether it could possibly
have been the will of God for the Israelites to send their children to the
priests of Dagon for training, did you say, “Of course not!?” I trust that you
did. Can’t you also see that sending our children to the religious training
compounds of the government schools must surely be just as odious to God who
commands us to bring up our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord?
“And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and
you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit
in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you
rise up” (Deut. 6:6-7). “…so that you and your son and your grandson might fear
the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments, which I
command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged”
(Deut. 6:2). Can we honestly say we are training our children “diligently,” as
God commands, if they spend 30 or so hours a week with the priests of another
faith? Is it not presumptuous to hope a few hours of Sunday school, church
service, and youth group will repair the damage?
This issue is critical for the future
of the Church! Indeed, it is critical for you descendants. Can you say it is not
when 88% of evangelical kids are leaving the faith never to return?! The vast
majority of Christians have been giving their kids to the priests of another
religion, and those priests have done a marvelous job of removing from them a
truly Christian worldview.
A burden has been growing upon my
heart. As I ponder the ministry of the International Church Council Project, I
become increasingly aware that unless we preserve the next generation, the work
of restoration we do will likely be lost. Several months ago I suggested to Dr.
Jay Grimstead, Director of the International Church Council Project, that we
take on another topic. That topic deals with the subject of this article. We
anticipate this topic will especially focus on two key areas: 1) the Scripture’s
command to train Children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, into a
Christian worldview, 2) the fact that civil government has no God-given
jurisdiction to indoctrinate or train children. Government does indeed have a
God-given jurisdiction, but education of children does not fall within that
Some of you may now be angry. Many of
us have schooled or are schooling our children in the humanist institutions
fondly dubbed “public schools.” My prayer is that this might be a trumpet call
sounded clearly so that many realize it is time to make a change. A time for
confession and repentance, for faith and courage for God to lead us out of the
entanglement of a lifestyle in which we have allowed the government schools to
train our kids in a humanist worldview. Whether we have done this willingly or
in ignorance, it is time for change! Shall we continue to make our children
stand in the path of sinners and sit in the seat of scoffers? It is time to
We are in good company when we speak
of these things. National leaders calling for an exodus from government schools
include: E. Ray Moore of www.ExodusMandate.org;
Bob Simons of Citizens for Excellence in Education (www.nace-cee.org).
And recently Dr. James Dobson said, “In the state of California, if I had a
child there, I wouldn’t put that youngster into public schools” (www.family.org).
The Executive Committee is still in
the process of deciding whether or not we will add this topic to the effort of
the International Church Council Project. Pray that we and you will, by God’s
grace, do what he calls us to do in the area of training our children into a
Christian/biblical worldview. God’s grace to you.
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