AREN'T FOR CHRISTIANS!
A Biblical Perspective
by Richard "Little Bear" Wheeler
Mantle Ministries Press
228 Still Ridge
Bulverde, Texas 78163
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Dedicated to my Saviour and Lord, Who has kept me these many years, and has given me the gift of a truly wonderful wife, Marilyn, and children, Noelle, Aimee, and Joshua.
To my dearest friends:
Thank you for your love, encouragement and support. Special thanks to editors Rick Townsend, Carol Blair, and my wife, Marilyn, and to Don Salter for computer layout.
Any portion of this book may be copied and freely used without written consent.
"Freely we have received; freely we give."
Table of Contents
If the Foundations Be Destroyed..... Psalm 11:3
It Takes a Family..... Proverbs 1:8-9
We've Got You Covered..... Isaiah 40:11
Beware of Fools..... Psalm 14:1
Despisers of God's Word..... Proverbs13:13
Great, Wise Men and Women..... Proverbs 13:20
Rescue Your Children..... Psalm 144:11-12
The Wrath of God Revealed..... Romans 1:18
Come Out from the Unclean Thing..... II Corinthians 6:14-18
Discerning Good from Evil..... Hebrews 5:14
The Fear of the Lord..... Proverbs 9:10
Train Up a Child..... Proverbs 22:6
Sports Programs..... I Timothy 4:7-8
Where Are Your Children Rooted?..... Colossians 1:6-8
Salt and Light..... Matthew 5:13:16
Combat Zone..... Ephesians 4:32 - 5:7
Where Is Your Child "Sitting"?..... Psalm 1:1-6
The Universities of This Land..... Proverbs 3:5-6
Gaining Favor with God and Man..... Luke 2:52
What's a Parent to Do?..... Deuteronomy 6:1-7
There are Two Choices.....
About the Author
Warning! This book deals with a delicate subject - the dangers of government education in America. Below is a list of subjects that are addressed form a Biblical perspective. If you use even one of the six reasons as justification for placing your children in a public school, this book is a "must" reading.
1. We do not really want to place our children in a public school, but we are in a financial crunch and there are no other alternatives.
2. The real world is full of sinners; therefore, I need to place my children in the public school system to help them cope with real situations that arise in life.
3. I keep my children in public schools because I want them to be, as the Bible says, "salt and light"-and to be a Godly example to the lost around them. Isn't this what Christ has commanded us to do?
4. My son/daughter loves sports, and the public schools offer the best programs. This is why I allow my children to go to public schools.
5. I do not feel qualified to teach my children at home, and I cannot afford a Christian school; therefore, I have no choice but to place my children in a public school.
6. Look at me! I made it through the public school system and turned out all right, so I am sure my children will turn out OK in the end.
My goal in this booklet is to compile a list of Biblical passages and prove by the use of Scripture that a godless school system is abhorrent to the will of God. This book is not intended to be an exhaustive treatment of the dangers of godless government schools, as there are many well-written books on the subject of the damage caused by the current American government system of education. It will take courage for committed government-school devotees to read this book. The book will make most government school officials fuming mad. Many Christian parents, and perhaps some church leaders, will dismiss this work as that of a fanatic. Perhaps this is because many people have made public schools their "sacred cow."
It is the nature of carnal man to want to go back to Egypt and to resurrect familiar idols that have become a part of our old natures. This is visibly seen in Exodus Chapter 32. This portion of Scripture contains the well-known account of Moses returning from Mount Sinai with the tablets of stone. Upon his return, he found Aaron leading the children of Israel in the sin of idolatry before their sacred cow. In reacting to this passage many Christians often say, "How could these people have been so stupid? I would never have done that!"
Remember that people born under the old sin nature have a propensity to do that which is wrong-not right. Another human tendency is to do that which is most familiar. Bad habits are always easy to learn and hard to break. After all, the parents reason, "We went to the Egyptian schools (so to speak), and they didn't do us any harm, so how could they hurt our children?" What I am inferring is that once a Christian has been set free from the bondage of sin by the work of Christ on the cross, the parents who enroll their children in government schools are dooming their children to the idiolatry from which they themselves have been fortunate to escape. The average Christian parent cannot imagine the damage a government school can cause in young minds.
I challenge you as a parent, grandparent, or church leader, to read this book and pray that God will open your understanding. Examine the Biblical conclusions and try to disprove them. I do not stand alone in warning parents to keep their children out of government schools.
Martin Luther warned parents about schools over four centuries ago. His warning is as relevant today as it was then:
"I am much afraid that schools will prove to be the gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place their child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not increasingly occupied with the word of God must become corrupt." Martin Luther, A.D. 1537
The only justifiable basis for Christian parents to send their children to the current tax-supported government school system is that the school is teaching Biblical principles and is dedicated in training youth in not only an education of knowledge, but far more importantly, an education in wisdom-which can be derived only from the study of the Bible and imparted by the Holy Spirit. Obviously, the public schools are not doing this!
Compare the goals of today's government schools with New York state's former goals, as described by New York's first public school principal, who served from 1810-1848:
"The faithful teacher enjoys the approval of Heaven. He is employed, if he has the right spirit, in a Heavenly Father's business that man should be made wiser and happier. To this end, the Son of God, the Great Teacher, came to bless our race; so far as the schoolmaster has the spirit of Jesus, he is engaged in the same great work.
"Very, justly, we attribute our superiority as a people over those who dwell in the darker portions of the world, to our purer faith, derived from that precious fountain of truth, the Bible. In our public schools, supported at the public expense, and in which the children of all denominations meet for instruction, I do not think that any man has a right to crowd his own peculiar notions of a theology upon all, whether they are acceptable or not. Yet there is a common ground which he can occupy. He can teach a reverence for a Supreme Being, a reverence for the Word of God, for the influence of His Spirit, for the character and teachings of our Savior. For the momentous concerns of eternity, he can teach the duty of repentance, and the privileges of forgiveness, and the salvation by His Son. " David Perkins Page
You can see from the above quotation, as with the proverbial frog slowly boiling in the pot, our government has boiled the American people into a state of blindness and made them believe that the education of their children is like it was in the "good old days." Even the schools of the '50s and 160s that many of us parents attended were already heading down the slippery road to corruption. When the Ten Commandments and school prayer were replaced with the religion of secular humanism, the schools' demise was predictable as Martin Luther wrote. By failing to honor God and expelling Him from the schools, we have hurt our children and incurred God's displeasure on our nation.
"Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me forever; but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed" (I Samuel 2.-30).
I am sure that some parents think they have extenuating circumstances and are hard pressed for any other alternatives to government schools. However, Jesus challenged those committed to Him to walk in faith in all areas of life. The bottom line is, "Are you as a parent sure that you have received the blessing of God to send your children to the government public schools, which are determined to destroy the Christian faith of children? The same schools that have politically expelled Christ and His Word from the classroom?" The tragedy is, though, that 85% of evangelical Christians are dedicated to sending their offspring to these truly Biblically incorrect schools. This is beyond belief. Parents are either willfully sinning or blindly ignorant in allowing the godless government we have in America today to raise their children. Either way, ignorance will exact a very high price. Ignorance is not bliss, but rather the first installment toward moral bankruptcy.
"Be not deceived, God is not mocked for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not" (Galatians 6:7-9)
Below are two definitions of education. The first is the current altered version of Noah Webster's dictionary. The second is taken from the original 1828 Noah Webster dictionary. As you read, take note of the differences in the purpose of education then and now, and see how far the American school system has drifted from our nation's early intentions. We have changed so much, that in order to fit the current corrupt system of education we have had to re-work the definition into a "politically correct" modern version.
"Education is the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge and of developing the powers of reasoning and judgment. The act or process of imparting or acquiring particular knowledge or skills, as for a profession."
"Education is the bringing up, as a child; instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline, which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts, and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties."
The most important element of education is the religious instruction that Noah Webster had the boldness to include in his definition. Along with his definition he admonished parents not to neglect their responsibility to educate their children themselves or else to delegate that education to other Godly authorities.
The pity of giving children to the government to educate is that the government is dedicated to fostering atheism and relativism. Many parents will reply, "I came through the system all right," or "I know many students who have not lost their faith." The question parents need to consider is this: "Do you want to play Russian roulette with your children?"
For every success story there are countless other accounts of shipwrecked children who have lost their zeal for the Lord and have conformed to the standards of their peers. Satan is a clever devil. He will allow some "wheat" to come through the system so as to deceive the blinded parents as to the real nature of godless government education.
The bottom line is this: "What does the Bible have to say on the matter?" With this question, you cannot get angry at me or at anyone else who will challenge your right to send your children to government schools.
By the way, are our children, our children, or are we stewards of our children? God desires that our children be raised for His glory. Christian parents need to ask, "Does the current educational system in government schools accomplish the task of preparing children to be useful for the Lord?"
Can you imagine what God would have done if the Israelites had sent their children to the Philistines or the Egyptians for their education? Then why do Christian parents continue to send their children to schools dedicated to the destruction of their minds and morals? Another question to consider is this: "If Christ were visibly walking among us today and we could ask Him directly if we should place our Christian children in the atheistic government schools of America, how do you suppose He would reply?"
LEST WE FORGET
IF THE FOUNDATIONS BE DESTROYED
"If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? " (Psalm 11:3).
There are reasons for the deterioration of anything in life, and the most obvious reason is neglect. It is not that people want to have the results of neglect in their lives, it is just that in the busyness of life, untended problems take their toll. When my father-in-law was living, he owned a ten-unit apartment building, and I noticed how he constantly spent time maintaining the apartments. He never let even minor problems escape his watchful eye. I learned many valuable lessons over the years from observing him and helping him maintain that building.
In a similar manner, parents must maintain high educational standards for the sake of their children. It is amazing how decayed and fallen the educational system of America has become. In the last 35 years, the Christian educational foundations established by our Founding Fathers have been tragically destroyed.
In 1636, Clergyman John Harvard contributed his personal library and property for the founding of the first college in America, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Within 16 years of the landing of the Pilgrims, America had a college "to train a literate clergy." Rules and precepts for the school's charter were formulated on September 26, 1642. They stated in part (original spelling retained):
"Let every student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the maine end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternall life, John 17.-3 and therefore to lay Christ in the bottome, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisedome, Let every one seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seeke it of Him."
THE OLD DELUDER SATAN LAW:
Shortly after Harvard was established, the colonists of Massachusetts and Connecticut wanted the children of their respective colonies to be educated in order not to remain ignorant of Christian self-government, nor to lack the ability to govern themselves according to God's Word. The leaders of Massachusetts and Connecticut passed the "Old Deluder Satan Law" in 1647. This law stated:
"It being one chiefe project of that old deluder, Satan, to keepe men from the knowledge of the scriptures, as informer time .... It is therefore ordered .... [that] after the Lord hath increased [the settlement] to the number of fifty howshoulders, [they] shall forthwith appoint one within theire towne, to teach all such children as shall resorte to him, to write and read ... and it is further ordered, That where any towne shall increase to the number of one hundred families or howshoulders, they shall sett up a grammar schoole for the university"
WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE
William and Mary was founded in 1693 in Williamsburg, Virginia, through the vision of Reverend James Blair. The seminary-college became the home of education for many of the Founding Fathers of America. Men such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, George Wythe, John Tyler, John Marshall, and sixteen members of the Continental Congress studied there. The school's charter, drawn up in 1693, stated the goals and purposes of the college:
"William and Mary, by the grace of God, of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, King and Queen, Defenders of the faith, to all whom these our present Letters shall come, greeting.
'Forasmuch as our well-beloved and trusty subjects, constituting the General Assembly of our Colony of Virginia, have had it in their minds, and have proposed to themselves, to the end that the Church of Virginia may be .furnished with a Seminary of ministers of the Gospel, and that the youth may be piously educated in Good Letters and Manners, and that the Christian Faith may be propagated amongst the Western Indians, to the glory of God'"
In 1701 a Collegiate School at Saybrook, Connecticut, was started by ten Congregational ministers. The school was later moved to New Haven, Connecticut, and renamed Yale in honor of Mr. Elihu Yale, an American-born English merchant and governor of the East India Company. Mr. Yale donated books and materials from his fortune, totaling $2,800-a considerable sum for those days. He was instrumental in shaping the college bylaws, which stated the chief aim of education:
"Every student shall consider the main end of his study, to know God in Jesus Christ and answerably to lead a Godly, sober life."
Princeton was originally called "The College of New Jersey" and was located in Princeton, New Jersey. Over the years the name was simplified to Princeton. Like all of America's early colleges, the school was established to train young men in "God's Holy Word and to become a useful ordainment to society." The sentiment of America's educators is seen in this quote by Princeton's first president, Rev. Jonathan Dickinson.
"Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross Of Christ."
I wonder what Rev. Dickinson would think of America's educational system today. I shudder to think what he would think of the fact that the majority of Christian parents place their children in the schools as they stand today. You can see that America's early schools were intended strictly for the propagation of Christian principles and the refinement of the character of sinful man. Our Founding Fathers realized that America would be successful only if its citizens were a religious and moral people. They also knew that they must establish Godly schools in order to educate youth to control sinful passions by the reading of God's Word, the Bible. While President of the United States (1801-1809), Thomas Jefferson chaired the school board for the District of Columbia, where he wrote the first plan of education adopted by the city of Washington. That plan used the Bible and Isaac Watts' hymnal as the principal books for teaching reading. His sentiments were as follows:
"The Christian Religion, when divested of the rags in which they [the clergy] have enveloped it, and brought to the original purity and simplicity of its benevolent institutor, is a religion of all others most friendly to liberty, science, and the freest expansion of the human mind"
The obvious deterioration of a nation is caused by the removal of God's principles, contained in His Word, the Bible. Even a passing study of Israel's forsaking of God's commandments will bear out this truth. America is foolishly heading down the same road that Israel traveled in forsaking God. Note the blatant violations that have transpired in the past 100 years, and weep for this nation. On June 25, 1962, the Supreme Court declared in Engel v. Vitale that it was unconstitutional to use the Bible in government schools, that,
"A wall of separation between church and state exists."
That disastrous decision opened a "Pandora's box" of attacks on Christian values in the government schools of this once-Godly land. The following summer, on June 17, 1963, the same Court ruled on the case of Abington v. Schempp and stated:
"If portions of the New Testament were read without explanation, they could be ... psychologically harmful to the child."
In Stone v. Graham in 1980, the Supreme Court ruled that the Ten Commandments, which for centuries had been held in the highest honor by nations and various religions of the world, could no longer be placed on the government school walls of America. The Court said:
"If posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be to induce the school children to read, meditate upon, and perhaps to venerate and obey the Commandments....This is not permissible..."
THE BIBLE AND EDUCATION
IT TAKES A FAMILY
Mrs. Hillary Clinton wrote a book entitled It Takes a Village. The book falsely asserts that America's children need to be raised primarily by the community-a line of thinking prevalent in America today. Because of higher learning we have become a nation that believes that the "professionals" can do a better job than the parents. This idea is a great deception-especially for Christian parents. The Bible tells us that the instruction of children is the responsibility of the parents.
"My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother; For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck"
The above Scripture does not say that the primary instruction should be left to government school officials, or the "village," but to the parent. If however, you choose to relegate your God-given responsibility, make sure that those you allow to teach your children are Godly and that the curriculum is Christ-centered-producing Christian virtues in the children which will then be "ornaments of grace."
Many Christian parents seem fearful that they do not have the intelligence to teach their children. The Bible declares that God "shall supply all your needs" (Philippians 4:19). Only recently have parents delegated the primary teaching of their children to others. Look back into history. Here are just a few of those who were taught primarily by their parents and relatives: Pilgrim Governor William Bradford, Jonathan Edwards, John and Charles Wesley, Wolfgang Mozart, George and Martha Washington, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Florence Nightingale, and Woodrow Wilson.
The primary goal of the parent is to teach Godly, Christ-centered character, and this is something that all Christian parents can do. The ability to transmit knowledge will vary with parents' ability and educational background. In my experience, knowledge has come with maturity. Even relatively poorly educated parents, however, can take today's excellent curricula and learn together with their children. So the perceived weakness can be turned into a strength, as the students and parents learn together. You really can do this with your children!! In some ways, it becomes more fun for the children, as they become co-learners with their parents. And there is no better way to learn something than to teach it. But consider the danger of knowledge apart from Christ-like character. If this situation occurs, the result is frequently that the person only becomes a more clever devil. This is precisely the type of knowledge that is being imparted to young children in the godless government schools of America today.
The Bible says that the "natural man" (unsaved) does not understand the things of God. Why? Because the things of God are foolishness to him or her since he or she does not have the spiritual eyes received only when one is born again. I Corinthians Chapter 2, clearly shows that the wisdom of God is far superior to the knowledge of this world. According to God's Word, it is these eternal spiritual truths which parents have the responsibility to teach. However, government schools will not allow these essentials to be taught. Indeed, in the godless system currently in place, it would be impossible for the schools to do so.
The majority of Americans have mistakenly made the quest for higher learning the equivalent of an idol. Consider how often even Christian people will ask young people, "Where do you plan to go to college," or "What profession do you plan to follow?" Perhaps better questions would be, "What has the Lord been showing you lately?" or, "Where do you believe the Lord may be calling you to serve Him?"
It is amazing to think that the Israelites left Egypt with all its fancy systems of knowledge and its many conveniences of the day, in order to be intentionally led into the wilderness where there were no schools or market places. Perhaps the Lord had to deprogram Israel from the humanistic elements they had adopted while living in Egypt for more than four hundred years.
Perhaps the Lord wanted to teach Israel that they needed to be completely dependent on Him, rather than on the Egyptian form of government and society.
A major problem with education apart from God is that it creates in the student a false sense of self-sufficiency and independence. It enables the student to believe he can provide everything he needs for himself. Now, think this through. Is that what God desires? Or does He desire us to be completely dependent on Him for His manna? The impression I get from reading the Bible is that the Lord delights in those who lean upon Him and feel utterly helpless. Even continued higher education is not an end unto itself, but only a tool that the Lord can use if He deems it necessary to accomplish His goals and purposes on behalf of those who yield to His leading. Think of all the Christian people you know, and consider what they studied in all their years of schooling. How often is this education the source of their current livelihood? In my experience, it seems that the majority of people have been led into completely different professions from what they pursued in college.
By way of testimony, I was what school officials today might call a "late bloomer." The report cards I received had notes on the back for my parents to read, such as, "Your son is retarded." They invented remedial reading programs to help me, but these were of no avail. The Roman Catholic schools in those days used corporal punishment to train students how to learn. In my case, they broke sticks over my knuckles and twisted my ears until I was sure they would be removed completely. The sisters literally tried to shake sense into me and flunked me to improve my plight, but none of this worked. I did not learn to read, spell, or write until I was in the sixth grade at twelve years of age. By the twelfth grade, in spite of public and private education, I caught up to my senior graduating class and graduated as an average student.
During these trying days I had only one strength, and that was my faith in the Lord Jesus. I was convinced that someday, He would use me for His glory, in spite of my being "retarded." This He has indeed done. Today, some forty years later, I can say that the Lord has blessed me abundantly and has prospered me beyond my own expectations. (Ephesians 3:20)
As I look back over my early schooling, I can honestly say, as I am sure you too will admit, I have learned more outside of school then I ever learned in school. Besides some useful skills I learned in school, I now find I have additional things which I would be better off "unlearning," by the renewing of my mind through God's Word. Therefore, Christian parents are far more qualified than unredeemed "professionals" to instruct their children in what really matters most in life. In most cases, all they lack is the desire and commitment to follow God in this endeavor, as you will discover, as I urge you to read on.
WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED
"He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young" (Isaiah 40:11).
Are you like a shepherd carrying your children in your bosom of protection from the wolf-Satan-who wants to devour them? One of my favorite expressions I recall while viewing those old corny 1950's cowboy, gunfighter westerns on T.V. is the expression, "I've got you covered." Remember the scenario? The two "good guys" wearing white hats were trying to drive out the "bad guys" wearing black hats from the old farmhouse. They edge their way ever so close under murderous gunfire, with Hollywood six shooters that never run out of bullets. The good guy says to his buddy as he makes a dangerous and desperate attempt to cross open ground to get to the large boulder closer to the farmhouse, "Run! I've got you covered!" He tears out, shooting as he goes, while his buddy is pouring lead as fast as he can into the windows of the farm house to protect his buddy during his dangerous exposure.
This example is exactly as it should be with parents toward their children. Obviously the "bad guy" is Satan and his demons trying to destroy children. The job of the parent is to keep them under cover." All of this deals with what the Bible calls authority. As I began to do a Bible study on the word authority, I discovered some deep truth that has impacted my life and my children for the better. I found that there is power in authority. The power is for both good and evil, depending upon who is wielding the authority at the time. A Biblical example of this is seen in the following text involving Christ while exercising His authority over Satan:
"And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, Saying, Let us alone,- what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him " (Mark 1:21-27).
Here you see the power of authority to heal and to set free. The power of authority was used for good.
Satan also carries the power of authority for evil and destructive purposes. In Luke Chapter 4, we see Satan trying to use his authority to get Jesus to submit to his control:
"And the devil said unto him, all this power will I give thee, and the glory of them; for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will, I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine" (Luke 4:6-7).
The understanding of authority is essential in raising our children and living our daily lives. Yet, so few understand its implications. Even Jesus was surprised when he met a man outside of the house of Israel who understood the power of authority. This encounter was recorded in Matthew 8:5-13:
"And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof; but speak the word only and my servant shall be healed For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me; and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness.- there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way,- and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour."
This centurion understood the ramifications and power of authority. His understanding of the authority of Christ, coupled with his faith and the power to speak authority into action, accomplished the healing of his servant. After my Scriptural study of authority, I began to see that authority can be transferred to accomplish both good and evil, and that nothing is neutral. In other words, whenever we or our children sit under instruction, view television, see a video, listen to music, read a book, or engage in numerous other activities, the power of authority is present to change the behavior of those under its sway for both good and evil-depending upon what is being submitted to.
If this is the case, when parents send their children to godless government schools, the children are placed under someone else's authority and power. If the teacher happens to be a homosexual, he is transferring the power of his lifestyle to the innocent minds of children. The teacher may or may not be up-front with his lifestyle, but his world view is tainted to reflect his devious behavior, regardless, and his authority carries power in his spoken words to alter the minds of those under his teachings.
When you send your child anywhere outside your authority, it is your responsibility to see that you have him or her "covered." I cannot begin to tell you in this limited space of the tragic stories recounted to me from parents all over this nation who have testified of the damage that has occurred to their precious children when they have ignorantly given up their authority to protect their children. You would be amazed where their children were when they were wounded, and in some cases destroyed. One mother recounted how her seven-year-old son was violated at a family member's home. A Christian father told me about the witchcraft involvement his daughter was exposed to while at a slumber party at a Christian friend's home while the hosting parents were home. A twelve-year-old boy told me of the nudity he viewed on his friend's VCR while the friend's mother was in the other room. One Christian mother told me of her Godly Christian teen daughter who fell away from the Lord because of the influences of rebellious government educated peers at work, and her introduction to hideous rock music after hours. While pastoring some years ago, I had the unpleasant duty to inform some dear friends that their Christian son was using drugs at public school. The list goes on and on.
I warn parents that when their child leaves their presence, they had better delegate their authority to proper God-given channels. Using my former example of the old westerns, it would be like the parents who run out of bullets while covering their children as they run from one place to the other. If the parents are out of bullets, they had better make sure that there are others keeping the children under cover while the parent reloads. In like manner, sending children into a godless government school is not only not covering them with God ordained proper authority, it is as foolish as sending their children into the farmhouse where the bad guys are. By the time the parents reload and their children return home after school, they have already been shot full of the "holes" of being taught lies and deception all day.
One of the major deceptions parents are under is the idea that the current government elementary school system is basically neutral and teaches the important skills of writing, reading, and arithmetic. However, after the subtle erosion of twelve years of humanism, the damage is often not seen until it is too late. And it is most often not until the teenage years that the damage becomes apparent.
BEWARE OF FOOLS
"The fool hath said in his heart, 'There is no God.' They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good" (Psalm 14:1)
The word for "fool" in the Bible is a very strong word and carries with it the injunction not to even give the time of day to such a person. Yet in America, Christian parents send their children to classrooms to receive instruction from educated fools-who say in their hearts and minds, "There is no God." Fools who teach godless history, sex education, and evolutionary science.
"O LORD, how great are thy works! And thy thoughts are very deep. A [foolish] man knoweth not,- neither doth a fool understand this" (Psalm 92.-5-6).
The conclusion of the above Scripture is that in the present government schools throughout America, those in authority have established a policy not to teach the "works and thoughts of God." Therefore, the system is being run by foolish men and women and is destined to bear the fruit of their foolishness, as we can easily observe. No wonder many students now graduate with a third-grade reading level.
With the strong influence of peers, who are usually fools as well, students learn to despise good and to embrace evil. Those in positions of authority are regarded with contempt and are often the objects of violence. Promiscuity abounds, drugs and alcohol are widely used, and profanity and obscenities are common. Why would Christian parents want to place their children in this kind of environment twelve years or more?
DESPISERS OF GOD'S WORD
Ask yourself, "Is my child going to be placed in an environment that is conducive to the reading of Gods Word and one that promotes and teaches God's Word as divine?" If not, your child is in an institution that is under divine judgment.
"Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed, but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded" (Proverbs 13:13)
In June 1995, William B. was inspired to make his graduation from West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, a memorable occasion. Little did he know just how memorable his graduation was going to be. William, in conjunction with the school's a cappella choir, was attempting to sing two songs which contained the words Lord and God.
Another student, Rachel B., and her parents, protested the religious overtones of the graduation ceremony. The issue was taken to court, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a restraining order against William and the others who were responsible for the religious elements of the graduation.
The plaintiffs felt the thrill of victory. Not willing to surrender so easily, however, William boldly went up on stage during the ceremony and invited his classmates to sing a final song called "Friends," written by Christian musician, Michael W. Smith. When the song began, school officials bodily dragged William off the stage-to the consternation of the majority of the parents and friends present.
Why were William and the other students reprimanded when they only wanted to sing a song with moral values as a "thank you" to the Lord for their friends and some teachers? Because the very nature of America's schools has fostered a hatred of God and of anything that resembles Christianity.
Shortly after I became a Christian in 1972, I began working as the noon director on a government elementary school campus in Culver City, California. My responsibility was to give guidance to the children during their playtime. Naturally, with children seven to twelve years of age, self-control is a learning process. I spent several months teaching the children how to play in harmony with each other. After breaking up fights, I would sit the children down together and share Biblical principles of being "kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath ,forgiven you" (Ephesians 4:32).
I shared the love of Christ whenever possible. Within a year, the school grounds became a haven of joy and delight. The following school year, eager to return to school and resume my duties, I found the students equally joyful at my return and the campus in a peaceful state. The children would flock around me like bees to honey to hear stories from the Bible. Many children prayed to receive Christ as Savior.
All went well until these innocent children-some of whom were from another religious background-told their parents that they had received Christ during the noon hour at school. You can imagine how this went over-like a lead balloon. Needless to say, I was terminated, despite the fact that I was told that the campus had become as peaceful as any of the teachers could remember.
Why was I terminated? Because the school system, then and now, was and is opposed to the love of Christ. The system despises God's ways and His Word. Can you imagine the schools having this attitude back in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries? Christians today boycott department stores over environmental or pro-life issues, but why will they not boycott government schools? Christian parents, I implore you to consider that government schools do not deserve your support!
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