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Christian Education: Is there such a concept?!

May 16, 2011

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

IS THERE SUCH A CONCEPT?

THE PROBLEMS TODAY:

1) 90% OF CHRISTIAN KIDS ARE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. WE ARE LOSING 70-88% OF KIDS BY FRESHMEN YEAR OF COLLEGE. ‘IF WE CONTINUE TO SEND OUR KIDS TO CAESAR FOR EDUCATION WE DON’T NEED TO BE SURPISED WHEN THEY COME HOME LOOKING LIKE ROMANS.’ – VODDIE BAUCHAM

-K-12TH GRADE, KIDS SPEND 14,000 SEAT HOURS IN SCHOOL. AVERAGE CHRISTIAN FAMILY SPENDS LESS THAN 30 MINUTES PER WEEK DISCUSSING SPIRITUAL ISSUES.

-CF PAGE 136 ‘NO RETREATS, REGRETS’ BOOK

2) ATHEISM IS GROWING AT A RAPID RATE ALONG WITH VIOLENT CRIME, SEXUAL ACTIVITY, ANTI-AUTHORITARIAN (WHICH IS REALLY GOVERNMENTAL SERVITUDE) STANCES, ETC.

Benjamin Rush “said if the bible is removed from education we will spend too much time and money punishing crimes that otherwise could have been prevented through when it takes so little pains to prevent them.”

3) THE CHURCH IS SEEN AS MORE AND MORE IRRELATIVE BECAUSE IT TAKES A PASSIVE, ADOPTIVE APPROACH TO THE WORLD’S SYSTEM OF EDUCATION.

‘THE SCANDAL OF THE EVANGELICAL MIND IS THAT THERE IS NOT MUCH OF AN EVANGELICAL MIND.” – MARK KNOLL

4) THERE IS A MONOPOLY ON AMERICAN EDUCATION. THE STATE HAS OVERSTEPPED ITS BOUND. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WAS CREATED IN 1978. PARENTS ARE PENALIZED FOR CHOOSING PRIVATE SCHOOLS, OR FOR CHOOSING AGAINST GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS BY HAVING TO PAY EDUCATIONAL TAXES AND PAYING FOR PRIVATE SCHOOL!

5) WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF EDUCATION?’ HAS LARGELY GONE UNANSWERED OR IS NOT BIBLICAL. COMPARE SOCIETY’S ANSWER: TO MAKE A PERSON A SUITABLE AND PREPARED CITIZEN FOR WORK.   BIBLE’ GOAL: TO MAKE THE INDIVIDUAL A CITIZEN A KINGDOM OF HEAVEN WHO LIVES OUT LIFE IN SOCIETY FOR THE GLORY OF GOD.

6) EVERY EDUCATION MODEL HAS AN AGENDA. IN COLONIAL AMERICA, PASTORS AND CHURCHES PRINTED THE TEXTBOOKS. CF. ALEXANDER HAMILTON’S ‘THE FEDERALIST PAPER’S’ WERE WRITTEN FOR COMMON NY FARMER. TODAY GOVERNMENT SETS THE AGENDA FOR EDUCATION WHICH ULTIMATELY IS THEIR GOALS. ‘EVERYONE AFTER HE HAS BEEN FULLY TRAINED BECOMES LIKE HIS TEACHER.’ – JESUS  (LUKE 6:40) DO YOU WANT YOUR KIDS LOOKING LIKE THE PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON? -‘the philosophy of education in the classroom in one generation will soon be the philosophy of government in the next’ – Abraham Lincoln

-NEW GOALS IN EDUCATION: ALDOUS HUXLEY, BRAVE NEW WORLD…QUOTE PAGE. 104

FROM WHERE HAVE WE FALLEN?

–in 1860, 262 of 288 college presidents were ministers of the gospel. 1/3 of faculty were ministers of the gospel, not counting those who were just Christians.

– Cf. early education of Founding Fathers, who are legendary for their insight in the human predicament, government, balance of powers, rights of man….Benjamin Rush: graduated Princeton at 14, John Q Adams, Charles Carroll (signer of the Dec. of Indep.) entered college at 10 , Fisher Ames entered Harvard at 12 years, Andrew Jackson soldier in American revolution at 12 years old, these are not unusual accounts in early America under former educational system.

–America rose above all the other nations of the world…be/c we had a secular education system?? No, be/c we had a biblical foundation to our education.

–Harvard’s Directive to Students – “ Let every student be plainly instructed and consider well that the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus, which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.”  Also, “Everyone shall so exercise himself in reading the Scriptures twice a day that he shall be ready to give such an account of his proficiency therein.”  BTW, many of the signers of the Dec. of Ind. And Constitution were graduates of Harvard.  Started by Congregationalists…same can be said of Yale.  “Above all, have an eye to the great end of all your studies, which is to obtain the clearest conceptions of Divine things and to lead you to a saving knowledge of God in His Son, Jesus Christ.”

– 1690-1930 – education used the New England Primer for 1st grade. 170 questions for 1st graders: What is the fifth commandment? What offices does Christ execute as our prophet, priest, and king? What are the benefits that accompany adoption, justification, and sanctification?

-Webster’s spelling book for elementary kids: introduced in 1783, used for next 150 years. “Webster’s blue back speller”   contumelious, etiology, bronchotomy????, eschatology, loquacious, rapacious, sequacious???  Elementary school level spelling words!!!

-OLD DELUDER SATAN LAW IN EARLY AMERICA..NAME OF ACTUAL LAW!!: EDUCATION WAS TO TEACH SO COULD READ BIBLE SO WOULDN’T BE DECEIVED BY DEVIL OR TRICKED BY A CORRUPT STATE!

MYTHS TOWARDS MODERN EDUCATION

1) EDUCATION CAN AND SHOULD BE NEUTRAL TOWARDS ALL FAITHS.

RESPONSE:  A) THIS REMOVES TRUTH FROM ITS ULTIMATE FOUNDATION. THIS IS GOD’S WORLD AND IF YOU LIVE AGAINST  HIS TRUTH, IT WILL PRODUCE DISASTROUS RESULTS.  B) THIS IS ITSELF A FAITH STATEMENT ABOUT GOD. HE EITHER DOES NOT EXIST OR IS EXISTENCE IS IRRELEVANT TO INFORM MY EDUCATION.   C) IF NOT GROUNDED IN GOD, IT WILL BE GROUNDED IN SOME MYTH OR SUPERSTITION. CF. EVOLUTION AS ALL ENCOMPASSING WORLDVIEW.

EVERY TEACHING, BELIEF, EDUCATION MUST ANSWER FUNDAMENTAL RELIGIOUS QUESTIONS SUCH AS: WHO IS MAN? WHY IS HE HERE? WHAT IS HIS PROBLEM? HOW CAN IT BE FIXED?

ALL TRUTHS ARE TO RELATE TO GOD SOME WAY. IF GOD IS OUT OF THE PICTURE, YOU END UP WITH A MULTIVERSE OF TRUTHS RATHER THAN A UNIVERSE.

EDUCATED SINNERS WITHOUT A REFERENCE TO GOD ONLY BECOME CLEVER SINNERS.

2) LACK OF MONEY IS THE REASON OUR SCHOOLS ARE FAILING OR IF WE HAD BETTER PAY WE COULD HAVE BETTER TEACHERS AND HENCE A BETTER EDUCATION

RESPONSE: NO, BECAUSE MANY OF SHOESTRING BUDGET PRIVATE SCHOOLS EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN BETTER FOR A CHEAPER PRICE.  ALSO, THE REASON SO MANY ARE DISSATISIFIED WITH MODERN EDUCATION IS BECAUSE SO MUCH MONEY IS SPENT AND IT IS STILL NO BETTER.

NO AGAIN, BECAUSE THE HIRELING WILL LEAVE THE SHEEP WHEN THE WOLF COMES. MONETARY GAIN IS NOT ENOUGH TO ENTICE THE BEST TO THE FIELD. AS A MATTER OF FACT, MANY ARE ‘GETTING THEIR YEARS IN’ AND THEN RETIRING. WORK CONDITIONS ARE A HUGE FACTOR. TEACHERS TODAY ARE NOT RESPECTED IN THE CLASSROOM AND THEY KNOW IT.

3) ‘CHRISTIANS SHOULD BE SALT AND LIGHT IN THE LOCAL SCHOOL.’

RESPONSE: HOW CAN YOU BE SALT AND LIGHT WHEN YOU ARE HANDCUFFED? WHAT BETTER WAY TO BE SALT AND LIGHT THAN TO PRODUCE GOD-HONORING STUDENTS AT HOME OR IN A PRIVATE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL WHO CAN THEN INFLUENCE SOCIETY ON A WHOLE.

HOW CAN STUDENTS BE SALT AND LIGHT WHEN PAUL VITZ, PROFESSOR AT NY UNIVERSITY FOUND THAT ‘NOT ONE OF THE 40 TEXTBOOKS TOTALLING 10,000 PAGES HAD ONE TEXT REFERENCE TO A PRIMARY RELIGIOUS ACTIVITY OCCURING IN REPRESENTATIVE CONTEMPORARY LIFE.’ FURTHER HE SAYS, ‘THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE BOOKS APPEAR TO HAVE A DEEP-SEATED FEAR OF ANY FORM OF CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIANITY, ESPECIALLY SERIOUS, COMMITTED PROTESTANTISM.’ THIS WAS ON SOCIAL STUDIES TEXTBOOKS FOR GRADES ONE THROUGH FOUR.

4) IT WILL TAKE A LONG TIME FOR THE FULL INFLUENCE OF CHRISTIANITY IS GONE.

RESPONSE:  “THERE AROSE A GENERATION WHO KNEW NOT THE LORD, NOR THE WORKS WHICH HE HAD DONE FOR ISRAEL.” – JUDGES 2:10

5) “IF MY KIDS ARE NOT IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, THEY WILL NOT LEARN HOW TO BE SOCIAL IN TODAY’S SOCIETY.”

RESPONSE: HOW EVER DID PEOPLE MAKE IT EARLIER TIMES? WHAT ABOUT THE FAMILY UNIT? WHAT ABOUT THE CHURCH SOCIETY? THIS IS PURE INDOCTRINATION OF A SOCIALIST MINDSET BY THE STATE.

QUOTE: PAGE 118 – NOTE DEWEY’S INFLUENCE ON YOUR THINKING!

6) HOME BASED EDUCATION IS NOT SUFFICIENT OR IS TOO HARD.

RESPONSE: GOD SAYS IT ISN’T NOR CAN YOU PASS THE RESPONSIBILITY ON TO OTHERS. THINK HOW MUCH YOU HAVE LISTENED TO THE EDUCATIONAL PROFESSIONALS IN THAT STATEMENT!

HISTORICALLY, THE CHIEF PURPOSE OF OUR SCHOOLS WAS TO PASS ON CULTURE.

-AS OR SCHOOLS ABANDON OUR JUDEO-CHRISTIAN CULTURE, SOCIETY WILL DIE. COMPARE MAP OF WORLD, SCIENCE BLOOMS UNDER CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW.

-SUBSUMED THREE MAIN CATEGORIES: RELIGION, MORALITY, KNOWLEDGE. NOTE HOW FOUNDING FATHERS’ SPOKE OF HAPPINESS IN SOCIETY. WHERE DID THIS COME FROM? FROM BIBLICAL CATECHISMS AND  UNDERSTANDING GOD, MAN, AND THE WORLD FROM A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE.

-COMPARE TO TODAY: SPROUL’S ILLUSTRATION- WHAT KIND OF STUDENT ARE YOU TRYING TO PRODUCE?

SYMPTOMS OF TODAY’S EDUCATIONAL MODEL IS FAILING:

1) STUDENTS ARE BORED OR DISINTERESTED. WHY? BE/C FIELD OF KNOWLEDGE IS SHATTERED. NO UNITY IN DIVERSITY. INDIVIDUAL, UNRELATED WHOLES.

2) THE OLDER PEOPLE SHOULD BE ONE OF THE GREATEST RESOURCES IN THE CHURCH. INSTEAD, MOST OLDER PEOPLE CARE ABOUT PASSING CHURCH TRADITION DOWN RATHER THAN THEOLOGICAL RICHNESS. THIS PRODUCES STALENESS IN THE CHURCH AND AVERSION IN YOUNG PEOPLE TOWARDS CHRISTIANITY.

3) THERE ARE SO MANY PROPOSALS OF HOW TO RESCUE EDUCATION TODAY BUT ONE THING THEY ARE UNITED ON IS THAT CHRISTIANITY IS NOT THE ANSWER.

4) ‘EDUCATED NATIONS PRODUCE MORE EVIL THAN UNEDUCATED NATIONS’ WITHOUT AN ETHICAL FRAMEWORK.

5) ‘PUBLIC EDUCATION IS THE PAROCHIAL EDUCATION FOR SCIENTIFIC HUMANISM.’ – JOE BURNETT, THE SCIENTIFIC

6) HITLER TRIVILIAZED THOSE WHO OPPOSED HIM. HE SAID, IN FIFTY YEARS YOU WILL BE DEAD, BUT I WILL RAISE YOUR CHILDREN.  QUOTE ON PAGE 155 OF ‘ NO RETREATS, REGRETS’ BOOK.

WHAT IS THE STATE’S ROLE? TO PROTECT FROM EVIL, PUNISH WRONGS, AND PROMOTE GOOD. SHOULD IT HAVE A ROLE IN EDUCATION? NO, A FREE MARKET WOULD EASILY PROVIDE THE SOLUTIONS SOCIETY NEEDED. AND DO IT QUICKER, EASIER, AND MORE EFFICIENTLY.  CF. US POST OFFICE VS. UPS…NO RIGHT TURNS INVOLVED!

WHAT DO SOME CONSIDER AS BIBLICAL EDUCATION?

1) I TAKE MY KIDS TO CHURCH

2) I SEND THEM TO A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL THAT HAS COPIED WORLD’S MODEL BUT USES BIBLE IN THE CLASSROOM.

3) THE YOUTH MINISTER, ETC TEACHES MY KIDS.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

1) A REVIVAL OF RELIGION ALWAYS PRODUCES A REVIVAL OF LEARNING. LOOK AT REFORMATION, GREAT AWAKENING AND SCHOOLS THEY PRODUCED.

ACTION:  ‘THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF KNOWLEDGE.” – PROVERBS 1:7

IN CHRIST ARE HIDDEN ALL THE TREASURES OF WISDOM AND KNOWLEGDE” – COLOSSIANS 2:3

TIME TO START PRIVATE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS AND/OR STRENGTHEN HOME SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS TO PROVIDE FOR PARENTS.  GOVERNMENT IS MAKING IT HARDER AND HARDER FOR PRIVATE SCHOOLS TO BE ESTABLISHED WITHOUT THEIR OK AND APPROVAL OF CURRICULM. START NOW BEFORE THE TIDE CAN’T BE TURNED BACK!

CF. TO MODERN VIEW THAT SEES EDUCATION AS ‘SALVIFIC’ AND LEADING TO A MAN CENTERED UTOPIA. YOU HEAR ABOUT PROBLEMS ON TV AND THE ANSWER IS MORE EDUCATION IS NEEDED.

2) TRUE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION BEGINS IN THE HOME, SPECIFICALLY WITH DAD. DUETERONOMY 6 AND EPHESIANS 6

ACTION: TEACH KIDS HOW TO EVALUATE WORLD AND LIFE BIBLICALLY. SHOW ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO LOVE GOD AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.

KIDS ARE TO LIVE IN A SCRIPTURE SATURATED ENVIRONMENT ACCORDING TO DUET. 6.

3) GOAL OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION IS TO GIVE THE STUDENT THE BEST TOOLS POSSIBLE TO STUDY AND LEARN THE BIBLE.

ACTION: RESTORING CONCEPT OF ‘UNI-VERSITY’ AND THEOLOGY AS THE QUEEN OF SCIENCES.

4) PARENTS NEED TO CAREFULLY EVALUATE WHETHER THEIR KIDS NEED TO BE IN PUBLIC SCHOOL.

5) SCHOOL CHOICE, COMPETITION, PETITIONING FOR EDUCATION TAX CREDIT WILL HELP LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD OF THE STATE’S MONOPOLY ON EDUCATION BUT WON’T FIX MODERN EDUCATION.

CONCLUSION: PAGE 156 OF ‘NO RETREATS, REGRETS’ BOOK.

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