The Greatest Rollback of Statism in American History Has Just Occurred.

Gary North – May 14, 2020

I am here to remind you about what should be obvious to every conservative and every libertarian in the United States.

The greatest enemy of freedom in American history has been the public school system. From the middle of the 19th century, beginning in Massachusetts, the public schools have been used to remove the authority of education from parents. This project was begun at taxpayer’s expense. By the end of the 19th century, it was beginning to be made compulsory across America. This was social control on a level never seen before in America. The model was Prussian education, which was statist to the core.

The philosophy of the statists who designed America’s public schools was messianic. R. J. Rushdoony’s 1963 book, The Messianic Character of American Education, goes through the primary sources of three dozen of these social experimenters. The footnotes are detailed. These men were open about what they were attempting to do: reform the American people and American society through tax-funded education. They disagreed with each other on the proper pedagogical methods, but they were unified in their agreement that the state, not parents, should be in charge of the education of all children. The state would then become the redeeming agent of society. It would replace churches and families as agents of redemption.

THE GREAT REVERSAL

We have seen a shutdown of the public schools since mid-March. Nothing in American history can compare with this as a direct assault on the messianic statism of American humanism. The parents have accepted it. The teachers have moved to online education. There has been no protest.

What hard-core libertarians and hard-core conservatives and hard-core Christian parents have been calling for ever since the early 1960’s has been achieved by fiat executive orders by governors. They did it. We didn’t do it. They have received voter support for this. We were laughed at.

The teachers still control the content and pedagogy of education. What they have lost is social control. But the heart of the public schools has always been social control.

The yellow school buses no longer cruise in the mornings and afternoons through American towns and cities. Back in 2004, I wrote about the yellow school bus as a symbol of social control. You can read my article here.

The school bells no longer ring. Students are not forced to go from class to class in high schools.

The teachers are no longer disciplinarians. Students are not forced to line up in an orderly fashion. The students are not forced to play together outside.

For the first time, parents can see exactly what is being taught to their children. They can see the quality of the teachers. They can learn about the content of the educational materials. This has never happened before.

They have another option. They can substitute homeschooling. This can be online homeschooling free of charge. They can switch to the Khan Academy. Overnight, the quality of the educational program will rise. At that point, they don’t need the teachers anymore. Khan’s program rests on structured testing. Students can be taught all year round, so they can graduate at age 16 or 17 if they start young enough in the program.

Parents could switch to the Ron Paul Curriculum, but not many parents are aware of this. Also, the parents would have to pay. That eliminates most of them.

It doesn’t matter. The parents are now in full control. The schools cannot send out truant officers, if truant officers even exist anymore. There are no means of judicial control over what parents allow to be taught in their own homes.

This has transferred more power to the people than any single event in American history.

This is historically unprecedented. It could not have been foreseen on February 29. Yet here it is.

I don’t think that the educators recognize what is taking place. They don’t recognize the degree of authority over education that they have lost in the last eight weeks.

What amazes me is that libertarians, conservatives, and Christians also do not perceive the extent of the setback that has been suffered by the entire public school system, including its underlying ideology. Social control over education has now shifted from the state to parents. Some of these parents are never going to surrender it back to the state.

Nobody is talking about this in the mainstream media. Everybody thinks it’s temporary. But, for millions of students, it is not going to be temporary. The parents are going to switch. There are about 55 million students enrolled in K-12 schools in America, and only about 2 million of them are homeschooled. That figure is going to go up faster in the next 12 months than it has ever gone up before.

Classroom-based education is based on state-regulated social controls, but online education isn’t.

ATTITUDES TOWARD HOMESCHOOLING

The public’s attitude towards homeschooling has switched dramatically. A recent poll indicates that over half of Americans are now favorable towards homeschooling.

Parents who had never considered the possibility of homeschooling have been forced to adopt it. Parents who thought it was radical or inefficient have been forced to adopt it. The teachers are now proving in full public view that online education is as good as classroom-based education.

From this point on, the educrats will not seriously be able to argue that online education is inferior to classroom-based education. Parents will know better.

The governors did it. That is the magnificent fact. They closed the most important institutional system of long-term social control in America. They didn’t ask permission of the legislatures. They just did it.

If things go really well, the governors will not reopen the public schools in fall. They will reopen everything else, but not the public schools.

I can dream, can’t I?

But even if they do reopen the schools, the schools will never be the same. The governors will not reopen the schools in such a way that they will ever get back to what they were in February. Post-February 2020 will go down in American history as the era in which the public schools were finally reformed. If the projected reforms are carried out, we will see either the bankrupting of school districts across America or the defeat of the teachers’ union.

I can dream, can’t I?

Come Out of Her, My People (Part 2)

…Do not learn the ways of the nations… (Jer.10:2).

A truly Christian education must include an understanding of what Jesus identified as the “great and foremost commandment:” “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Mat.22:38).

The very notion of holiness means separation. We are not only to be holy, but to be wholly separated to the Lord. Why?

Covenant always requires separation from others. With my wife, it’s me and her, not me, her and another man. The ways of the nations may be fine for the nations, but God’s people are to be set apart for Him. A bride’s white dress is not merely symbolic; it speaks of her faithfulness.

This becomes clear when we examine God’s plan for the conquest of Canaan. In relation to the inhabitants, God told His people

you shall make no covenant with them and show no favour to them. Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them… but thus you shall do to them: you shall tear down their altars, and smash their sacred pillars, and hew down their Asherim, and burn their graven images with fire. For you are a holy people to the Lord your God… (Deut.7:2-3, 6).

Why would separation be important? Because without it, God’s people have always been quickly corrupted. God said that without separation to the Lord, the Canaanites would “turn your sons away from Me to serve other gods” (Deut.7:4).

This was the recurring pattern of the Book of Judges:

  1. Israel forsook the Lord and fell into idolatry.
  2. God’s anger burned against His people.
  3. He sent judgment in the form of plunderers against Israel.
  4. The people were distressed and returned to the Lord (generally under the leadership of a God-ordained judge).
  5. The judge died, they fell into idolatry again, and the cycle continued.

Speaking of the children of Israel, the Bible tells us that “these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come” (I Cor.10:11). My question is, what have we learned from the book of Judges?

No man wants a wife who sleeps around. Neither does God. Paul explained that “…I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin” (II Cor.11:2). Thus a truly Christian education requires the separation of God’s people unto the Lord.

God separated His people from the surrounding cultures in the Old Testament era. He separated Noah from the pre-flood world. He separated Abram from both Ur of the Chaldees and Haran. He separated Israel from Canaan during Israel’s sojourn in Egypt. He separated Israel from Egypt’s masses by putting them in Goshen. He separated Israel from Egypt completely at the time of the Exodus. But separations from do not imply retreat and impotence…To fulfil the terms of the dominion covenant, God’s redeemed people must separate themselves ethically from Satan’s unredeemed people…Covenantal separation therefore implies covenantal dominion…God’s separation[s]…all required action by His covenanted people, in time and on earth…Men’s separation from Satan and his works is to bring them dominion over Satan and his works: in politics, economics, military affairs, art, medicine, science, and every other area of human action.[1]

When the State assumes the responsibility to educate, it has to do a number of things. Because people are generally consistent, humanistic educators apply their humanistic, anti-God worldview to the process. It is what they have always done. It’s the Satanic form of holiness.

That means almost the total elimination from education of the notion of God, the Bible, Jesus Christ, and anything else that might remotely suggest that there is a higher authority beyond man.

You like me, probably received a public education. Can you remember ANYTHING concerning God or Jesus Christ in the curriculum? If the answer is “No,” it was not an accident. The ultimate point of reference for humanistic man is man himself, and the thought of an absolute God laying down things as definitive as the Ten Commandments, and sending His Son to be the Saviour of the world, is abhorrent to him. Thus humanistic man makes every possible attempt to eliminate every thought of God from a curriculum, for man in his eyes, must be “the sum of all things.”

Like all people, socialists are deeply religious people, but since Plato in Greece (around 375 B.C.), socialism has always been about the expansion of government power at the expense of the individual, the family and (since Christ) the Church. All of the totalitarian governments (think of Lenin, Stalin, Hitler and Mao) have gladly employed socialist education as a means of furthering their evil agendas; it suited them perfectly, and we know what they managed to perpetuate.

Public education is a socialist and a Marxist concept, and there is nothing remotely Biblical about socialism. The humanists love it, because it gives them the power to politically indoctrinate children. The Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, when she was the Federal Minister for Education, indicated in Parliament (25/8/2008) that “parents of school-aged children are obligated to send them to school.” She was utterly indifferent to the wishes of the parents.

(To be continued).

 

 

[1] Gary North, “Moses and Pharoah,” 1986, p.135-136.

Come out of Her, My People (Part I)

I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues” (Rev.18:4).

It is always a challenge for any individual, to hold to a set of beliefs that are completely contrary to the views of the majority of the community. When over 90% of the community does not wish to identify with Jesus Christ in anything other than a sentimental way, to publicly express a bold Christian position takes a good level of confidence.

But there is something more challenging. To identify oneself as a Christian, and find that over 90% of those who do so, are indoctrinated with a washed out, anaemic, compromised and emasculated interpretation of how Christianity should impact the world. This is where we are today, and our situation won’t go away quickly.

Why has this happened?

Christians have ignored the Dominion Mandate, God’s original commands to Adam and Eve: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Gen.1:28).

A proper understanding of the Dominion Mandate is critical for Christians. It tells us what we are here for, and gives our lives meaning, purpose and definition. North has written that

Covenant theology is inescapably dominion theology. God has placed on His people the moral requirement of transforming the world through the preaching of the gospel. He has also given mankind the tools of dominion, His laws.1

We have ignored the fact that this was God’s plan for Israel, too. He said through Moses, that

“if you diligently obey the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth” (Deut.28:1).

The modern church has said, “No, that’s all Old Testament. It doesn’t apply today.” But when you ignore the first part of the instruction manual, how will you make sense of the rest of it? And so we behave as inferior underlings who ignore God’s commands concerning ruling and reigning in the Name of the One Who has “all authority.”

What’s an example of this?

Some years ago, a group of Australian Christians fought a High Court challenge to maintain the right of public school chaplains to be paid by the Commonwealth. Their attitude was,

there is a lot wrong with the public system. We want our children (when we send them to public schools) to be entitled to be able to get religious instruction or encouragement from a chaplain when they need it. After all, the chaplains are doing so much good.

Why would I be opposed to chaplains in public schools receiving tax-payers’ funding? It all comes back to applying the scriptures to government and to education.

Samuel made it clear that when governments take 10% or more in taxation, they are taking a tithe; they are making themselves out to be greater than God. God makes it clear (see I Sam.8) that when governments do this, they become an instrument of His judgment on a nation that has rejected Him. So in an era of government expansion, Christians should always be seeking reductions in the size of government.

Most movements seek to get government subsidies. The subsidies take the form of direct funding, or subsidies may come in the form of protection against new competitors. But, however subsidies come, they initially strengthen the hand of the recipients, and then weaken it. The recipients become dependent upon the subsidies, and if the subsidies end, the recipients find themselves unable to compete in a highly competitive world.2

This was the U.S. story in the nineteenth century:

Massachusetts was the last state to abandon tax support of churches. That was in 1832. Within five years, it had begun state funding of education. A new established church replaced the old one. This established church spread in popularity.3

In what way is it obedient to God, to send children to an educational institution that has a curriculum hostile to God, teachers that are indifferent or hostile to God, and a peer-group that is also indifferent or hostile to God? It is not much of an exaggeration to say that we may as well stand on the side on a highway and when a bus comes past, ask our children to jump in front of it.

In order for there to be “free public education” (which is a lie), there must be tax confiscation on a massive, unbiblical scale to feed the monstrosity. For socialists, nothing ever comes cheap. You’ve got to have property, buildings (used for about eight hours a day, and closed at night, on weekends and for ten weeks a year), teachers (absent for those ten weeks), along with an army of bureaucrats to run everything.

Inefficient? Economic madness is more appropriate. It costs around $15,000 per child annually, to educate children in Australia’s public schools. There’s nothing remotely Christian about it.

According to the Bible, education is a parental responsibility (see Deut. 6; Prov.22:6; Eph.6:4). Education is at root a religious issue, because education is fundamentally about values. The question is, “whose values-God’s or man’s?”

Parents are responsible to prepare their children for lives of service and dominion in the Name of Jesus Christ, because God’s original mandate to Adam and Eve was that they should “rule and have dominion” (Gen.1:26-28).

But State schools are not the place to educate Christian children. Why? To place children under the consistent influence of godless people is a violation of God’s commands, because “bad company corrupts good morals” (I Cor.15:33). The Bible (which we Christians believe is the Word of God) NEVER gives the State any responsibility to educate children, for where responsibility rests, authority lies.

In general terms, the State is responsible Biblically for the maintenance of law and order. Everything else is an individual, a family or a church responsibility. By authorising their children to be subjected for thirty hours a week, forty weeks a year, for twelve years (that’s a total of fourteen thousand hours) to an education which is implicitly atheistic, Christians are really teaching their children that a Christian worldview is irrelevant. This is because “atheism is not merely an intellectual position relegated to one discipline of study; it is a worldview.”4
(To be Continued)

1. Gary North, “The Dominion Covenant,” 1987, p.xiii.

2. Gary North, “Reasons for Optimism,” 30/4/2011.

3.  Gary North, “College: Why it is Not a Bubble,” 29/4/2011.

4. Joel McDurmon, “Manifested in the Flesh,” 2007, p.xv.

 

The Vision of the Godly Father

The roots of every cultural crisis rest in personal crises. The failure of a culture is the failure of the men in it. A society cannot be vital and possessed of an on-going vigour if the men therein are marked by a loss of faith, a retreat from responsibility, and an unwillingness to cope with personal problems. A culture loses its will to live and to conquer if its members manifest a spirit of retreat and surrender… Not surprisingly, our world-wide cultural crisis is rooted in the failure of men.[1]

The Bible warns us that “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the law” (Prov.29:18). What is God’s vision for us? In order to understand this, we have to go back to His original plan for man, in the beginning.

Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves over the earth” (Gen.1:26-28).

We all know that the fall of man, and man’s resultant sinful nature significantly clouded his ability to “rule and have dominion.” Nevertheless, God said of Abraham that “I have chosen him, so that he may command his children after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him” (Gen.18:19). This implies godly authority and leadership.

In I Timothy 3:4-5 Paul discusses the qualifications for a man who wants to be a leader in the church. The most important area, writes Paul, is the condition of the man’s home. He must be one who “manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity.” He is expected to exercise authority and to have his children respectful, obedient and under his control.

The Greek word translated ‘manage’ means literally “to stand in front of.” It contains various related ideas, including “to rule,” “to protect” and “to control.” Essentially the word means that the father stands at the head of his home. He puts himself between his family and all the pressures and dangers of life. He also goes in front of them and sets an example of godly living. [2]

After the failure of the generation that left Egypt, God commanded Joshua to “give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them” (Josh.1:6). Even in the presence of sin, He expected His people to have a measure of godliness and responsibility, and that they should be the dominant people of the earth.

Now that Jesus has come as the “last Adam” (I Cor.15:45), and the “second man” (I Cor. 15:47), His death and resurrection have re-established believers on the surest possible foundation. The Christian person is one who has been “born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (I Pet.1:3), and the promise of scripture is that “sin shall not be master over you” (Ro.6:14). His Great Commission sends us into all the world to “make disciples of all the nations” (Mat.28:19).

The redeemed person therefore, should never be a wanderer without purpose. He may have a great number of uncertainties about tomorrow, even where he will lay his head. But,

 even as Adam was called to exercise dominion and subdue the earth (Gen.1:26-28), redeemed man is sent into all the world with the same commission under Jesus Christ (Mat.28:18-20). This requires Christian man to acquire eminence and dominion in every realm and to be an imperialist in Christ.[3]

What has happened to the Church today, that the original Biblical vision of the believer’s role has been so totally discarded? The Church for about 300 years has been influenced by what’s been called Pietism. Pietism, in the words of Francis Schaeffer,

made a sharp division between the ‘spiritual’ and the ‘material’ world-giving little, or no, importance to the ‘material’ world. The totality of human existence was not afforded a proper place. In particular it neglected the intellectual dimension of Christianity.[4]

This meant that from this time onward (around 1700) Christians began to steadily withdraw from thinking and applying themselves to the affairs of the world, believing somehow that non-involvement would somehow be more pleasing to God.

But this was the very opposite to what God had intended for us. He wants us involved in the world. That is the very idea of us being “salt” and “light” in our respective communities. We are the ones who are to be making a difference, so “that the world may believe” (Jn.17:21).

Now, it is true that the Bible instructs us, “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (I Jn.2:15). But this does not mean that we should not be interested and concerned about what is happening in our society; after all, this is where we live. Why shouldn’t we want it to be better?

The acceptance of Pietism was one of the most irresponsible things the Church could have done, because we have a clear interest for our sake, for our family’s sake, and for the sake of the gospel, in what happens in our community. Our job is to make it a whole lot better. That’s what Jesus came for.

The Bible says, “The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil” (I Jn.3:8), and we have been instructed to utilise our talents productively and profitably (Luke 19:11-27) until our Master returns. We will give an account to Him.

God created us and commanded us to care for His creation and rule over it, and that requires that we use all of our faculties (including our intellectual ones), to accomplish that goal. Furthermore, every intellectual issue of our day is addressed in the Bible.

So what should be the vision of the godly father?

a) He has to be preparing his children for a life of service to God: a life of godly dominion, responsibility and power under Jesus Christ.

b) He has to be preparing his children for the future: work, marriage and family.

c) He has to be preparing his children to be able to deal ably and confidently with the issues of the day, including education, economics, politics, and many, many other issues under heaven.

Activating a Vision Requires Leadership: Nature abhors a vacuum:

Unbelievers have had their way in most countries in the world now for generations, partially because Christians have not been willing or confident to stand up for scriptural beliefs. The twentieth century was the most brutal in human history, and this was a prime example of what happens when Christians step back from providing Biblical influence in their world.

This must change, and the sooner the better, if the world we have around us is to be saved and reclaimed. The world needs godly leadership! You are important!

Leadership by example is God’s way. When Paul explained to Timothy the requirements of an overseer (see I Tim.3:1-7), implicit in his description is that the overseer is to be an example to those he leads, and Peter explicitly says that the elders are to be “examples to the flock” (I Pet.5:3).  Paul said, “the things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you” (Phil.4:6). He also said, “be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ” (I Cor.11:1).

Gideon was similar. He said to his three hundred men, “Look at me and do likewise. And behold, when I come to the outskirts of the camp, do as I do” (Judges 7:17).

Because the modern world (and often the Church) has emphasised academic or intellectual qualifications of leadership, or it’s supposed “charisma,” and neglected the primary Biblical obligation of leaders to be people of character and integrity (see Ex.18:21-23), this has led to all manner of distortions and abuse. It was Spurgeon who wrote that

 I have long, long ago given up estimating character by the amount of intelligence, for I sometimes find that the most intelligent are the best able to deceive me. How often in daily life we find that the most knowing are the most cunning, and the greatest scholars are the biggest rogues.

So, the important question is not whether we are leading or not. It is whether our leadership is reflective of Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God. How can we be confident about this?

Firstly, start with the really simple things. Paul talks about these in Phil.2:3-5:

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus…

You see, depth of leadership is essentially one of attitude; our attitude towards God, and then towards others. Is my attitude concerning God, one of obedience and complete dependence, or do I sometimes think that I can make it on my own?

In relation to others, do I see them as people to consistently show love, care and service towards (see I Cor.13), or am I intent like Diotrephes (see III Jn.9) on showing everyone that I am the most pre-eminent person around? The reason Paul could confidently commend Timothy to the Philippians, was because he saw him as one “who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare” (Phil.2:20).

This is why it is always important to be developing in ourselves and those we are responsible for, a willing and joyful attitude in serving others. One preacher I heard thirty five years ago, used to say to budding leaders that “all authority is given to serve.” Based on the life of Jesus Himself, I consider that to be a most accurate and profound comment, for He said “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep” (Jn.10:11).

The greatest leader of men, was also the greatest Servant. The Last Supper certainly showed that. So leadership is important, and it’s actually dependent more than anything, on our attitude.

Conclusion:                                                                                                                     

Christian fathers need a Biblical vision for themselves, their families, their churches and their nation. Christian fathers must have confidence that this world can be a better place because of the influence of the Gospel, of Christian families and the Church. This vision will impact all that we do.

Is your vision for your children one of unbelief and fear, like the generation that came out of Egypt? Or is it one of confidence in God, and in His good plans for you and your family?

Are you willing to gain a Biblical vision for your family, that will bring confidence, hope and faith in God? Now is the time to gain that Biblical vision, and apply it for yourself, your family and your church. It’s within your reach, and is an essential part of “ruling and having dominion” in the service of Jesus Christ our King.

 

 

[1] Rousas Rushdoony, “Roots of Reconstruction,” 1991, p.168-9.

[2] Derek Prince, “Husbands & Fathers,” 2000, p.86

[3] Rushdoony, ibid, p.86.

[4] Francis Schaeffer, “A Christian Manifesto,” 1981, p.19.

 

The Father in His House

I will sing of lovingkindness and justice, to You O Lord, I will sing praises. I will give heed to the blameless way. When will you come to me? I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart. I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not fasten its grip on me (Ps.101:1-3).

Every Christian father really does have an exciting task before God. The Bible says that “a father tells his sons about Your faithfulness” (Isa.38:19). With his wife, the godly father has the challenge of raising his children “…in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph.6:4).

Every responsibility a Christian has requires the grace of God to do it, and being a godly father is no different. We can identify something of the father’s responsibility, when God spoke concerning Abraham:

For I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him (Gen.18:19).

Neither of these passages stress academic prowess. But all of them illustrate the importance God places on His people being faithful in ethical matters, as seen in scripture. Thus a father’s first task before God is teaching his children “the way of the Lord.”

Education and discipleship, according to the Bible, are really one and the same thing. In fact, it was Noah Webster about 200 years ago, who commented that “education without the Bible is useless.”

An understanding of Biblical law, along with explaining and expounding how his children are to be faithful to those laws, are to be among the first things a godly father is to be teaching his children. In Malachi’s era, God commended the Levitical priesthood this way:

True instruction was in his mouth and unrighteousness was not found in his lips; he walked with Me in peace and righteousness, and he turned many back from iniquity. For the lips of a priest should preserve knowledge, and men should seek instruction from his mouth; for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts (Mal.2:6, 7).

The exposition of scripture is one of the first tasks of the godly father. He not only knows his Bible, he’s to be consistently expounding it with his wife and children, so that they become people of the Book, too. The Bible makes promises about this:

Praise the Lord! How blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever (Ps.112:1-3).

This father will be familiar with the great themes of the Bible: creation, salvation, redemption, justification and sanctification. And he’ll be able to diligently explain them to his family, so that they too become people of the Lord.

I have a university education, and it’s perfectly legitimate for a Christian with the academic ability, to go on to higher education. But if the young person has never been taught by their parents the absolute necessity of loving, serving and obeying Jesus Christ, according to the scriptures, higher education can become a liability. He will not have a theological framework to understand and judge the knowledge coming to him, and this can be overwhelming.

What’s to be the father’s attitude? Jesus explained what this should be:

You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many (Mat.20:25-28).

A father with a servant attitude should be authoritative, but never authoritarian. No one has more authority when they raise their voice; all they are doing is using intimidation. Any father who ever entertains the idea that he can lord it over his family had better change his attitude, if he really wants to serve God in his family. If Jesus described Himself as being “…gentle and humble in heart…” (Mat.11:29), shouldn’t every father want to be like that?

That means that any father should always be willing to help his wife with domestic tasks. Floors need mopping, dishes need to be done, washing needs to go on the line, meals need to be prepared and windows need cleaning. Serving our wife often means helping with these tasks, which with her other responsibilities, can become overwhelming for her.

This is a theme that Biblical writers repeatedly return to. Paul, in encouraging the Philippians, emphasised how important it was to,

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves, which was also in Christ Jesus… (Phil.2:3-5).

He also encouraged the Galatians, not to

 turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another (Gal.5:13).

Conclusion:                                                                                                                                               The time for short-cuts is over. Short cuts have gotten us where we are today in the church: in a hole, and the state of the world today reflects this. Christian fathers must begin to take their responsibilities seriously. This will mean applying ourselves to the Word and law of God, and teaching and explaining this to our families.

It will mean living lives of faithfulness to God, and adopting the servant attitude towards our families that Jesus had to His disciples, and which He commended. And it will mean obedience to God’s law, for that was where He promised there’d be blessing for us.

Is that what you’re ready for?

 O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day (Ps.119:97).

 

Homeschooling and Government

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His Name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace (Isa.9:6).

It has been said that the Biblical doctrine of a subject is all that the Bible says about that subject. The Bible says a lot about civil government, and the Christian person is obliged to examine the scriptures to determine what God requires of this institution.

The future for man when he thinks the State is his Saviour, is slavery. This is what most of the world began to discover in the twentieth century, but it hasn’t led to everyone wanting to throw off their chains. Just as the children of Israel under Moses had an almost perennial tendency to want to return to Egypt when their circumstances displeased them, sinful man has perennially turned to the State for his problems. Even when the memory of Egypt had faded by the time of Samuel, they still wanted a king.

Samuel’s warnings about what this king would be like, had no effect. Why? Because the children of Israel had a problem; their own hearts. So, God gave them the king they wanted, and they faced the consequences of their foolish choice, for forty years.

Samuel described what this new form of government would be like, in I Samuel 8.

a) The king would raise an army for his purpose in opposition to the law (Deut.17:16). War would become a way of life in Israel (v.5), and the king would use this army for personal profit (v.12).
b) The young women of Israel would be subject to the whims and fancies of the king (v.13).
c) Private property would no longer be safe, but would be used to pay for the king’s political favours (v.14).
d) This king would require a tenth in taxation. This was a sign of tyranny, for only God could demand a tenth (v.15).
Israel had turned from their God as their Saviour, Lord and Provider, who had brought them out of Egypt. They no longer wanted to physically return to Egypt, but they were turning to the false security offered to them by a civil government that would subject them to slavery in the name of security.

This scenario has been played out in history, innumerable times; the twentieth century showed this happening almost everywhere, both in totalitarian and democratic countries. It is evident that

Socialism has demonstrated its ability to destroy, but not to create. Being itself immoral, it creates immoral people, or rather, it is first created by an immoral people who are then confirmed and increased in their immorality by the socialist state.

What is the Role of the State?
The Bible teaches that the State is “a minister of God to you for good” (Ro.13:4). Biblically, the State does have the powers of coercion: “…it does not bear the sword for nothing.”

a) Civil Justice: Civil government should operate judicial systems on the local state and federal level. The law of God, as outlined in scripture, is to be the standard of justice. This clearly includes capital punishment. An accused person should be able to appeal to a higher court, if he feels that justice has not been done.

b) Weights and measures: Just weights and measures must be maintained; even owning false weights is prohibited in scripture (Deut.25:13-16). This includes false and misleading advertising, and extends to such things as debasing a currency. “Your silver has become dross, your drink diluted with water” (Isa.1:22).

c) Defending Christianity from public attack: the State cannot be neutral towards the Christian faith. Any obstacle that would jeopardise the preaching of the Word of God and carrying out the Great Commission must be removed by civil government. Paul expected even the Roman civil government to protect him from those who threatened the Christian religion. No government is religiously neutral; if it were, it would enact no laws, for all laws are religious.

d) National defence: Government is responsible to defend the nation against aggressors. In wartime, this would include the marshalling and organisation of troops. It doesn’t mean the state is responsible to ensure there are professional, standing armed forces. The concept of a civilian militia force able to be called upon for defence or police activities, prohibits the use of soldiers for international aggressive activities, and means that soldiers cannot be used by their government against their own citizens.

e) Quarantine: The power to quarantine is the power to protect innocent life. Any community needs to be protected against infectious diseases. Thus the State must have legislative powers to deal with these things, protecting the healthy.

f) Defending private property: Private property means an opportunity for liberty, dominion, security, and the passing on of an inheritance, and is to be protected. Ahab’s plot to murder Naboth with a view to confiscating his vineyard, brought he and Jezebel under God’s judgment for murder and theft (I Kings 21; II Kings 9:29-37). Confiscation by State power is never legitimate.
Individuals must be prepared to assist in apprehending criminals, even to the point of killing a person if necessary, who threatens life (Ex.22:2-3).

God has not seen fit to legislate exactly what should go for the financing of the state. He has seen fit, however, to demand a tithe for the financing of the Church. In those times of history when the tithe is given properly and the Church does her work with integrity, the state will greatly shrink in size and will require only a minimum in taxation. On the other hand, in those seasons of history, like our own, when the people refuse to tithe, and the Church is not faithfully proclaiming and educating in the Word of God, then the state will grow to massive size, and will exact a terrible tribute. The reformation of the state, then, awaits the reformation of the Church and the proper use of the tithe.

The State is not called on to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. It is not our Father. State welfare is not in the Bible. It must stop interfering in the operations of the free market, with minimum wage laws and awards, compulsory, tax-payer funded education, by phasing out Social Security, and reducing taxation at all levels. All of these measures pre-suppose the active involvement of the Christian community in initiating care in the community, along Biblical lines, because you can’t replace something with nothing.

Towards the future:      Civilisations come and go, but the kingdom of God goes on forever. Daniel’s interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (Dan.2) showed that kingdoms built on the shaky foundation of the sovereignty of man cannot last. The history books show that every empire-building civilisation collapses in time. Christians in understanding this, must begin to prepare for the future, even if they do not see the fulfillment of what they are commencing in their lifetime. God tells His people that their earthly efforts have meaning in time and eternity.

Socialism is finished: it is destroying itself, and although the worst lies ahead, the certainty of socialism’s collapse is nonetheless inescapable, and it must be a basic premise of all thinking concerning the future. The central concern even now must be reconstruction, the creation of new institutions dedicated to liberty, education to that end, and the assurance that the fresh air of liberty is ahead, past the days of chaos.

Conclusion:

Christians must believe and preach the whole counsel of God concerning government. We need a full-orbed gospel that offers comprehensive salvation. We need healing-not just spiritual and physical, but cultural healing. We need the doctrine of the resurrection-the resurrection, restoration and reconstruction of every area of life, to the glory of God. We need to subdue the earth (Gen.1:26-28) to the glory of God. We need to fulfill the Great Commission: the discipling of the nations.

Politics is simply the organized activity of those who are exercising legal and economic power as citizens of the nations. Since the Lord has given us the task of holding ‘dominion . . . over all the earth” (Genesis 1:26), we are not taking up our assisted role as stewards if we refuse to become involved in the activities of governing. I further point out: How can we disciple the earth if we are not involved in running it?

Unbelief and its first cousin, pessimism, have always robbed the church of its vitality, since the days that the ten spies viewed the giants in the promised land (Nu.13:25-33). As the inhabitants of the land were clearly afraid and could be defeated, so they can and will be defeated in history. But this requires capital in the broadest sense to be built up.

God requires us to work confidently for the victory He wishes to give us, which has already been won on the cross. Every Christian must apply themselves to the long-term task at hand, “not despising the day of small things” (Zech.4:10), knowing that “…your toil is not in vain in the Lord” (I Cor.15:58). Psalm 110 clearly teaches us that Jesus will stay at the right hand of His Father until all His enemies are made His footstool, and that is the task of His people, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

We believers are the inheritors: what have we been waiting for?

Homeschooling and Economics

For you were called to freedom, brethren… (Gal.5:13).

The gospel has application to all of life, and that most certainly includes education, but also economics.

How do we know that? Two of the Ten Commandments deal directly with economics: the prohibitions on stealing (the Eighth), and covetousness (the Tenth). The confiscation by Ahab of Naboth’s vineyard, and Ahab’s subsequent murder of Naboth through Jezebel, led to Elijah confronting Ahab, and pronouncing God’s curse and judgment on his family (I Kings 21).

It’s logical that ungodly governments always despise Biblical economics. At the crucifixion, government agents even stole Jesus’ clothes. “And when they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments among themselves, by casting lots” (Mat.27:35).

The Bible has a lot to teach us about employer/employee relationships, going back to Jacob and Laban in Genesis. God setting His people free from Egypt’s slavery was firstly a religious issue, but also an economic phenomenon. Thus religion and economics are inextricably linked.

The case laws of Exodus (Ex.21-23) refer to employment both directly and indirectly, such as “You shall not follow the masses in doing evil, nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after a multitude in order to pervert justice; nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his dispute” (Ex.23:2-3). God even gives specific instructions about the payment of wage-earners, commanding that “You shall not oppress your neighbour, nor rob him. The wages of a hired man are not to remain with you all night until morning” (Lev.19:13).

John the Baptist gave directions about employment (Luke 3:10-14), as did Paul (Eph.6:5-9), while some commentators claim that a third of our Lord’s words were about money.

The issue of the inheritance is a vital Biblical theme, and an important aspect of economics. Proverbs tells us that “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, and the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous” (Prov.13:22). The Psalmist testified that God “…chooses our inheritance for us” (Ps.47:4), and that “You have given me the inheritance of those who fear Your name” (Ps.61:5). The theme of the inheritance continues all the way till Revelation: “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son” (Rev.21:7).

The issue of the inheritance was at the centre of one of Jesus’ last controversies with the Pharisees. At the conclusion of His Parable of the Vineyard, Jesus plainly identified the chief priests and the Pharisees as those who would say of the son of the landowner, “…This is the heir; come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance” (Mat.21:38).

From cover to cover, the Bible is really a radical free-market document, but we don’t have true economic freedom in Australia. Partly out of the Church’s ignorance and laxity, we’ve grown to tolerate a lot of things that have no place in a free society. A large proportion of Australian employees cannot negotiate aspects of their employment with their employers, without either the threat of the forced intervention of a government appointed bureaucracy called Fair Work Australia, or a union that employees may not have wished to join in the first place, but were compelled to, in order to secure employment.

That happened to me in 1990. And you thought this was a free country?

This means that penalty rates, public holidays, weekend work, hours of work, superannuation and other conditions of employment which can be critical issues affecting business profitability, can become untouchable subjects: beyond negotiation. And if an employer is struggling to compete internationally because his labour costs are simply too high, he may have to just close his doors. These have been contributing aspects leading to the impending closure of all of Australia’s motor vehicle plants, along with other manufacturers.

I like going to supermarkets from time to time. Why?

Because of the choices and the prices, and because there’s hardly any government interference there. There is a price-war at the moment between Coles and Woolworths, and the beneficiaries are consumers (and possibly shareholders). These two companies are going toe-to-toe in their respective bids to outdo one another. That’s capitalism at work; one of the outcomes of Biblical influence in our community.

The government agency, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the ACCC), claims on its website that

We monitor fuel prices to prevent any misleading or anti-competitive conduct that may harm consumers.

But it isn’t really an institution that protects the free-market at all. It has intervened to stop Coles and Woolworths using fuel vouchers how they’d like to: to get more business.

Why? Because the ACCC doesn’t want “predatory pricing.” It doesn’t like the fact that big companies can use their advantages of scale to take business from the smaller companies. What’s wrong with that, when the consumer benefits? In taking this action to protect smaller petrol retailers, the ACCC violates what God had commanded in Exodus: “…nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his dispute.”

Capitalism wins hands down every time, over socialism, or any other “ism.” Take items like yoghurt, shampoo, fruit-juice, ice cream or coffee. The variety of these items available in the big supermarket chains is enormous, because the big companies want to give you every opportunity to spend money in their shop.

Why is this important for you? Because it’s an aspect of the Christian world-view you can be diligently explaining to your children.

Is capitalism perfect? No, because people are never perfect; there are sinful, evil capitalists. But as an economic system, capitalism has won by a country mile over all its competitors, historically.

It’s not just the economics of employee/employer relationships that are regularly violated in Australia. Consider what happened years ago when the Federal government shut down the live cattle export market to Indonesia, from northern Australia. This scandalous act to appease the animal welfare/green lobby at the expense of cattle producers, was initiated with the broadcast of one government –funded TV program.

Now (thankfully), that industry is re-building and growing quickly, but the government’s unethical intervention threw their industry into confusion and cost farmers millions, whilst Australia’s international reputation as a reputable supplier was trashed. Under the guise of “animal welfare,” the government’s actions were no less immoral than Ahab’s confiscation of Naboth’s vineyard.

Does the Bible speak of animal welfare?

Yes, in a number of places. Here’s one: “The righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, but even the compassion of the wicked is cruel” (Prov.12:10). But when Biblical morality is despised and short-term political outcomes are the goal, we can be sure the consequences will be evil and fearful. As Chesterton warned, “There is above all, this supreme stamp of the barbarian; the sacrifice of the permanent to the temporary.”

Rushdoony was right:

The humanistic governments seek a short-cut to learning by means of power. The seizure of power has as its goal to speed up history and growth; in reality, it retards or destroys it because it denies the fact of man’s fall. It substitutes the planning of an elite for the predestination of God, and the result is disaster.[1]                                                                                                                              

Conclusion:

The Chinese have a saying: Every journey starts with a few small steps.

The economics of the free-market, derived directly from the Bible, apply across the board. This is why Christians must be at the forefront of healthy community reform, pushing back the tide of government interventionism wherever its present.

And this is a long-term issue that won’t be dealt with overnight. Economic interventionism by government has become endemic in communities throughout the world on our watch, as we Christians have tolerated it, to our shame.

Now, it’s time we changed our tune, taking Biblical commands seriously, beginning with the education of the young, both yours and mine. Every nation needs smaller government, less taxation, and more freedom. It’s simply an aspect of thinking and living Biblically, where homeschooling parents can contribute so much to their children, teaching them from the scriptures, “…the law of liberty” (James 2:12).

Are you ready for that?

 

 

[1] Rousas Rushdoony, “Romans and Galatians,” 1997, p.278-9.

Children and Education

By Gary North, from Unconditional Surrender, 1994, p.181-184.

Children are a tool of dominion. They are to be sacrificed for in their youth. They are to be instructed carefully and continually in the law of God.

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart; and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up (Deut.6: 6-7). 

The time spent in training children in God’s law is time well spent, for it is a capital investment. It does produce the next generation of godly, dominion-minded families. The Bible says, “train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6).

This leads us to an extremely significant conclusion: education is the moral responsibility of parents.  They are the ones who must determine whether or not their children are being taught the truth. They are responsible before God for the rearing of their children. They are held responsible even for the content of their children’s education. This is why it is a great responsibility to bring children into the world.

The modern State has asserted its responsibility to educate children. This is the means by which the modern State has arrogated to itself the position of the established god on earth. The government schools have become the established religion of every nation on earth. Humanism, which is the worship of man and his works, rests on this crucial institutional foundation:  the tax-supported, State-regulated, hypothetically  neutral,  deeply  religious  humanist school system.

There can be no neutrality, yet the government schools have almost completely stamped out Christianity and the law of God by means of the neutrality myth. The State forces Christians to finance schools that teach a rival religion, the religion of humanism. The State has also attempted to regulate Christian and independently financed schools. At every point, the State has substituted tenured bureaucrats who are virtually impossible for parents to remove from authority, while it has removed parents from the seats of power in setting curricula or any other standards.

The modern State, which is a messianic, supposedly man-saving institution, has used the tax-supported, compulsory schools as the primary means of stealing children from God, by removing them from parental control. Christians complain about taxation, but they have tithed their children to the State. They have abdicated their financial responsibilities – “Let the State finance my children’s educations”– and in our day, they have abandoned almost all other aspects of their instructional responsibilities.

They have turned the production of citizens over to tax-financed, State- directed schools. The priests of the religion of humanism have been able to enlist the support of many generations of Christian parents, who have decided that it is easier to transfer the responsibility for educating their children to bureaucrats hired by the State. Naturally, parents have to delegate responsibility to someone. Few parents have the time or skills to educate their children at home. But the fundamental principle of education is the tutor or the apprentice director.

Parents hire specialists to teach their children along lines established by parents. The private school is simply an extension of this principle, with several parents hiring a tutor, thereby sharing the costs. But the parents, not the tutors, are institutionally sovereign.  Since someone must bear the costs, education should be parent-funded.  Anything else is a transfer of authority over education to an imitation family.

Children are to honour their parents (Ex. 20:12). It is the first promise which is attached to a commandment: “… that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee” (Ex.20:12b). So the parents owe their children education, food, shelter, and care, but the children owe their parents honour. This means financial support. There are mutual obligations based on personal bonds. No one in the transaction is to become an endless giver, and no one is to become a perpetual recipient.

The modern messianic State has intervened here, too. The State promises to uphold men

from womb to tomb. The State promises to become the new father. The impersonal, bureaucratic State has substituted its rule for the father’s rule, and its children– perpetual children– are to remain obedient to it all the days of their lives.

The Bible tells us that children grow up and begin new families. “Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Gen.1:24). There should be no perpetual one-way obligations. Parents are to train their children to be obedient, but also independent. They are to foster maturity in their children. The State wants perpetual children, complete obedience. The State is a sad imitation of a family. It is a pseudo-family which threatens human freedom.

 

Come Out of Her, My People (3)

The intensely powerful religious force of humanism, with all its hatred of God and God’s world of law and order, can never be defeated by people whose ground of operation is vaguely Christian and largely humanistic… Christians are too often trying to defend their realm on humanistic grounds, with Saul’s armour, and as a result, they are steadily in retreat. Often, they are actually fighting for the enemy without knowing it.1

By 1880, Archbishop Vaughn saw exactly what was happening in Australia. He predicted that government education would be

“lawless education” and “plots of immorality, infidelity and lawlessness, being calculated to debase the standard of human excellence, and to corrupt the political, social and individual life of future citizens.”2

He was right. Parental wishes and standards today are more or less pushed aside, and the State-employed teacher becomes the paramount authority in the life of the child. It means that Darwinistic evolution is taught as fact (“forget that stupid Creation fairy-story,”) there is to be no discrimination in “sexual preferences,” and there is drug abuse, bullying and a thousand other perversions, in the name of “a good education.”

And then a well-meaning chaplain is supposed to come along at taxpayer’s expense to that State school to try and help. Where does he start, and what does he do? He tries to put lip-stick on a grubby, muddy pig, that’s just itching to go back to its grubby, muddy mud-bath.

The Bible commands us to “not be bound together with unbelievers…” (II Cor.6:14). Whenever we believers try to work alongside unbelievers, they quickly recognise our religious differences, and they want to call the shots. That was what Lot found in Sodom. The Sodomites said of him, “This one came in as an alien, and already he is acting like a judge…” (Gen.19:9). The sooner he departed, the better.

It’s one thing to befriend an individual. It’s another to be implicitly committed to a demonically empowered, pagan institution that is committed to eradicating the knowledge of God. The Bible says, “You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself to be an enemy of God” (James 4:4).

Public education is itself an implicit violation of at least the first four Commandments. Why? Because it implicitly and practically eliminates God from the child’s curriculum, substituting something else. Isn’t that a recipe for idolatry for that child? Nature abhors a vacuum.

Why would Christian parents put their children in a State school? Because they are ignorant, blind or misguided. Or worse: they don’t really care about their children’s education, and they grasp at public education because it’s “free.” But the Bible tells us that “children are a gift of the Lord…” (Ps.127:3a). God will require accountability for those He has given to us. Can we afford to give them anything but our best?

The Bible says “How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing and fools hate knowledge? Turn to my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit on you, I will make my words known to you” (Prov.1:22-23).

I suppose all of these dear people pressing for a continuation of Commonwealth funding for chaplains would want to disown me, and call me extreme; a radical, with views “not in the main stream.” Well, they are right. I’m certainly not in the main stream. But then, Jesus did say, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it” (Mat.7:13).

The people who spent a lot of money fighting to ensure their chaplains could continue to be employed at taxpayers’ expense, have been poorly taught in church for over one hundred years since the Church progressively gave in, rolled over and accepted State control of education in Australia around 1850. To some degree, you can’t blame them.
But all they are doing is perpetuating the same old evil system, trying to throw a thimble-full of Christianity into the back of the humanist’s semi-trailer. That semi-trailer just goes trundling on its evil way, regardless of them. They would do well to listen to another radical, John the Baptist, who said “The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear fruit is cut down and throne into the fire” (Mat.3:10).
Now the parents who desperately want the chaplains to be able to continue may be saying in protest, “But Andrew, we can’t take our kids out of the system, because it needs them there to evangelise. It would collapse without them.” They should bear in mind this fact:

It is of critical importance that we equip our children to be Christian before we demand of them that they change the world. It is a violation of both Deuteronomy 6:1-6 and Ephesians 6:4 to commit children to an ungodly structure. 3

Getting the children out would be the best thing. Like Lot getting out of Sodom with his family, Christians would be finally waking up to themselves and ending their evil compromise with public schooling, those synagogues of Satan which Christians in their ignorance and naivete have foolishly supported in this country for six generations. It’s time to stop.

Mark Twain was correct when he said, “Don’t let schooling get in the way of a good education.”

Conclusion:

Any Christian parent serious about obeying God’s commandments, and ensuring that their child receives a godly education should consider the State school in this light:

Will twelve years of humanistic indoctrination in this deliberately godless institution which denies the commands of God and the knowledge of Jesus Christ, in the company of an evil peer-group that is hostile to God, really prepare my child for a life of godly service and dominion in the Name of Jesus Christ?

You don’t need a university degree to answer that.

 

 

 

1 Rousas Rushdoony, “Roots of Reconstruction,” 1991, p.596.

2 Quoted in Alan Roberts, “Australia’s First Hundred Years: the Era of Christian Schools,” 1984, p.16.

3 L. Oswalt, in “The Theory of Resistance,” Gary North, (Ed), 1983, p.339.

Come Out of Her, My People (Part 2)

…Do not learn the ways of the nations… (Jer.10:2).

A truly Christian education must include an understanding of what Jesus identified as the “great and foremost commandment:” “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Mat.22:38).

The very notion of holiness means separation. We are not only to be holy, but to be wholly separated to the Lord. Why?

Covenant always requires separation from others. With my wife, it’s me and her, not me, her and some other person. The ways of the nations may be fine for the nations, but God’s people are to be set apart for Him. A bride’s white dress is not merely symbolic; it speaks of her moral purity and faithfulness.

This becomes clear when we examine God’s plan for the conquest of Canaan. In relation to the inhabitants, God told His people

you shall make no covenant with them and show no favour to them. Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them… but thus you shall do to them: you shall tear down their altars, and smash their sacred pillars, and hew down their Asherim, and burn their graven images with fire. For you are a holy people to the Lord your God… (Deut.7:2-3, 6).

Why would separation be important? Because without it, God’s people have always been quickly corrupted. God said that without separation to the Lord, the Canaanites would “turn your sons away from Me to serve other gods” (Deut.7:4).

This was the recurring pattern of the Book of Judges:

a) Israel forsook the Lord and fell into idolatry.
b) God’s anger burned against His people.
c) He sent judgment in the form of plunderers against Israel.
d) The people were distressed and returned to the Lord (generally under the leadership of a God-ordained judge).
e) They fell into idolatry again, and the cycle continued.

Speaking of the children of Israel, the Bible tells us that “these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come” (I Cor.10:11). My question is, what have we learned from the book of Judges?

No man wants a wife who sleeps around. Neither does God. Paul explained that “…I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin” (II Cor.11:2). Thus a truly Christian education requires the separation of God’s people unto the Lord.

God separated His people from the surrounding cultures in the Old Testament era. He separated Noah from the pre-flood world. He separated Abram from both Ur of the Chaldees and Haran. He separated Israel from Canaan during Israel’s sojourn in Egypt. He separated Israel from Egypt’s masses by putting them in Goshen. He separated Israel from Egypt completely at the time of the Exodus. But separations from do not imply retreat and impotence…To fulfil the terms of the dominion covenant, God’s redeemed people must separate themselves ethically from Satan’s unredeemed people…Covenantal separation therefore implies covenantal dominion…God’s separation[s]…all required action by His covenanted people, in time and on earth…Men’s separation from Satan and his works is to bring them dominion over Satan and his works: in politics, economics, military affairs, art, medicine, science, and every other area of human action. 1

When the State assumes the responsibility to educate, it has to do a number of things. Because people are generally consistent, humanistic educators apply their humanistic, anti-God worldview to the process. It is what they have always done. It’s the Satanic form of holiness.

That means almost the total elimination from education of the notion of God, the Bible, Jesus Christ, and anything else that might remotely suggest that there is a higher authority beyond man.

You like me, probably received a public education. Can you remember anything concerning God or Jesus Christ in the curriculum? If the answer is “No,” it was not an accident. The ultimate point of reference for humanistic man is man himself, and the thought of an absolute God laying down things as definitive as the Ten Commandments, and sending His Son to be the Saviour of the world, is abhorrent to him. Thus humanistic man makes every possible attempt to eliminate every thought of God from a curriculum, for man in his eyes, must be “the sum of all things.”

Like all people, socialists are deeply religious people, but since Plato in Greece (around 375 B.C.), socialism has always been about the expansion of government power at the expense of the individual, the family and (since Christ) the Church. All of the totalitarian governments (think of Lenin, Stalin, Hitler and Mao) have gladly employed socialist education as a means of furthering their evil agendas; it suited them perfectly, and we know what they managed to perpetuate.

Public education is a socialist and a Marxist concept, and there is nothing remotely Biblical about socialism. The humanists love it, because it gives them the power to politically indoctrinate children. The Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, when she had been the Federal Minister for Education, indicated in Parliament (25/8/2008) that “parents of school-aged children are obligated to send them to school.” She was utterly indifferent to the wishes of the parents.

Conclusion:
Christian parents must recognise this fact: godless people have an agenda for their children, and it isn’t godly. Whatever you choose for your children’s education, make sure it never interferes with them learning to fear, hope and trust in the Lord, all of their days. God will honour your obedience to Him

 

 

1. Gary North, “Moses and Pharoah,” 1986, p.135-136.