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Now it shall be, 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. All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the Lord your God (Deut.28:1-2).

Deuteronomy 28 lists God’s blessings and cursings to Israel. Thus it is a chapter of promises and warnings. The promises are grand and bountiful, the cursings are truly frightful, and they are conditional. Twice in these two verses, Moses uses the term “if.” When we get to the New Testament era, we see that Israel by and large, had not obeyed the Lord.

This led to Jesus warning the Jews that

…The kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it (Mat.21:43).,.

My understanding is that Israel has been disinherited, and it is the church that has inherited the promises of God. This is both an exciting and frightening thought. In another gospel, Jesus said

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom (Luke 12:32).

So, the church has inherited the promises of God, along with the warnings. So, this should make us doubly aware of our requirements to consider Deuteronomy 28. 14 of this chapter’s verses speak of God’s promises, 44 verses His curses.

In speaking of the law, Jesus made indirect reference to passages like Deuteronomy 28. He said,

Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfil. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished (Mat.5:17-18).

Then in James 1-2, the apostle speaks of “…the perfect law, the law of liberty…” (1:25) and “…the royal law…” (2:8).

Does this mean that the law of God given to Israel through Moses, and that which James refers to, are one and the same? Not quite.

There are significant changes in the New Testament, with reference to food laws, seed laws and land laws. We do not have the same prohibitions in relation to food (see Mk. 7:18-19), the seed laws were to teach Israel’s separation unto God from the pagan nations around it, and the land of Israel given to the Israelites, has now become “…all the nations…” (Mat.28:19).

But the scripture teaches us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever” (Heb.13:8). The ethical teaching given to Moses throughout the Pentateuch, which Jesus endorsed, is for the church today.

So, what is the relevance of the law of God to the Christian family? Wherever it makes direct or indirect reference to the believer’s education, we must consider and obey its instruction.

Adam was to create a God-honouring civilization, with worship of the true God at its heart. So was Israel. So are we. Adam was to love righteousness, and guard Eden from the invasion of evil (Gen. 2:15, “keep” is “guard”). So was Israel. So are we. Adam was to punish evil. So was Israel. So are we.

The law of God, as found in the Old Covenant books, describes the Adamic task, and prescribes how it is to be carried out. In no way has this aspect of the covenant changed. What has changed is the administration of the covenant, and its source of power. The basic standards have not changed.[1]

Deuteronomy was the last of the five books of the Pentateuch, given by Moses. It was given to Israel forty years after God gave them the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20, and immediately before they are to enter the promised land, under Joshua.

Deuteronomy and the Great Commission of Matthew 28 have important parallels. They both come after a great deliverance has been effected by God Himself, on behalf of His people. Moses in Deuteronomy, and Jesus Christ in the Great Commission, declare to God’s people the context of this deliverance, what it means for them, and now what they are commanded to do.

As Ray Sutton explained in his excellent book “That You May Prosper” (1985), Deuteronomy represents the 5th part of the Biblical covenant- the inheritance. As such, it contains extraordinarily ambitious commands, such as

See, I have placed the land before you; go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to them and their descendants after them (Deut.1:8).

Could this be relevant today? Jesus commanded His disciples to

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations… (Mat.28:19a).

Moses commanded Israel to

…keep every commandment which I am commanding you today, so that you may be strong and go in and possess the land into which you are about to cross to possess it (Deut.11:8).

Jesus commanded His disciples that they were to be

teaching them [the nations] to observe all that I commanded you… (Mat.28:20).

Moses promised Israel,

…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).

Jesus promised His disciples,

All authority has been given to Me in heaven and earth…I am with you always, even to the end of the earth (Mat.28:18, 20).

An analysis of Deuteronomy 6 and 11 shows us that six significant words are used repetitively. A close analysis of these chapters will assist us in understanding God’s purpose in educating and discipling our children today. “Teach” is used 3 times, “listen” 4 times, “sons”  7 times, “possess” or “dispossess”  7 times, and “land” 19 times. The word “command” (or “commandments” or “commanding” or “commanded,”) is used 26 times, whilst “Lord” is used 33 times. These represent the six most important words in these two chapters, about education.

Drawing on the use of these six words, we can construct a one sentence summary of  Deuteronomy 6 and 11, which reflects and explains permanent God’s educational purpose for His people:

Teach your sons the Lord’s commandments, so they can possess the land.

Abbreviated even further, we could say: Education is for possession.

Do I really believe that this will take place? Absolutely. Jordan also commented,

Culture follows from, arises from, and is dependent upon faith. Spiritual loyalty to God, in faith, must precede and be the ground of all cultural change. It not only must be, it inevitably will be. The gospel has inevitable consequences, and so does Baalism.[2]

Deuteronomy has important parallels for the Christian parent, especially fathers. Why? Because he is responsible to God with his wife, to prepare his children for a life of service and dominion, in the same way that God prepared Adam and Eve in the Garden. 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 on the earth (Gen.1:28).

Adam and Eve were given a garden, and Moses was to prepare Israel to enter the promised land. But we are to prepare our children to deal with much more than a piece of land at the eastern end of the Meditteranean. Our task is to prepare them to share in the task of Christ’s dominion in all the whole earth, and this will set apart what we are doing with our children, from every other educational endeavour.

 Conclusion:                                                                                                                            True Christian education is premised on basing a child’s education in the scriptures. Deuteronomy grants us absolutes that should govern this educational process we engage in, whilst educating our children in the home clearly enlarges our opportunities. May God help us to be faithful in the grand task He has committed to us!

Only the suicidal can afford non-involvement in the great task of a new foundation for civilisation. The foundation must not be institutional…it must be theological, and it must be Christian.[3]


[1] James Jordan, “The Law of the Covenant,” 1984, p.49.

[2] James Jordan, “Judges: God’s War on Humanism,” 1985, p.59

[3] Rousas Rushdoony, “Roots of Reconstruction,” 1991, p.478.

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God has ordained various institutions in society: the family, the Church and the State. The wise person wants to honour the things God has designed and made, to ensure he’s in harmony with God’s plan for all of creation and His people. As Gamaliel advised (Acts 5:38-39), the wise person doesn’t want to end up fighting against God.

But life gets challenging when institutions refuse to acknowledge the God-ordained limits on their authority. This has been a common thing historically.

Pharoah believed he was a god, and could take innocent lives. He told the Hebrew midwives, “when you are helping the Hebrew women to give birth and see them upon the birthstool, if it is a son, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live” (Ex.1:16).

Herod was similar. He was threatened by the news of another king in Israel. His solution? Kill the child (Mat.2:16). Hitler said in 1937,

This new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.[1]

In the context of the Hitler Youth, he also said in 1938,

These boys join our organisation at the age of ten…and they will not be free again for the rest of their lives.[2]

What was he doing? Violating God’s order, by usurping the role of the German family. But as Shortt said,

Nowhere in the Bible does God delegate the education of children to the state or to the disciples of other religions.[3]  

Education Departments are not in the Bible, but parental responsibility most certainly is. The sentiments of Education Departments around Australia are not the same as Hitler’s, but there is a similarity: they treat families as commodities for the Department’s good, and they lord it over them, rather than viewing themselves as being employed by taxpayers to assist families in their childrens’ education. This difference in attitude has important consequences.

What else do Pharoah, Herod, Hitler and Australian Education Departments have in common? They are all humanistic. They all concur with Pharoah. “Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go?” (Ex.5:2)

From Genesis onwards, God’s people have had to conclude that when governments move out of their God-appointed roles and become abusive and tyrannical, this requires great shrewdness and flexibility on the part of God’s people.

What strategy did Moses’ mother and his elder sister Miriam employ to protect Moses? (See Ex.2:1-10). The Bible tells us that Moses’ parents “…were not afraid of the king’s edict” (Heb.11:23), and you could only call theirs’ a sophisticated strategy of subterfuge. Jochebed even deceived Pharoah’s daughter into believing she was in no way related to the child (v.7-9), and she finished up being paid to breast-feed him.

When the Hebrew mid-wives (see Exodus 1) knew they were dealing with a baby-murderer, they were quite content to utilise deception, and lie to him.                  

Was this right on their part? Yes, because the Bible says that “you shall not murder” (Ex.20:13). It says that seven things are an abomination to God, and one of these is “…the shedding of innocent blood” (Prov.6:16-17).

The essential issue is this:

The illegitimate laws of a civil government may be legitimately skirted when they come into direct conflict with a fundamental Biblical principle.[4]

The Bible makes it very clear that the mid-wives “feared God” (Ex.1:17, 21), and that God subsequently “was good to the mid-wives… [and] established households for them” (v.20, 21). They preferred to lie to a murderous Pharoah (whom God later drowned in the Red Sea-Ex.14-15), than to kill innocent Hebrew babies, and God honoured their obedience and faithfulness to Him in giving them families of their own.[5]

Christians must conclude this fact: when government officials move beyond their God-given tasks and attempt to usurp the role of the family (as they have frequently done since Genesis), we need to know who we are dealing with, and determine how to respond. For a Department to implicitly claim that “We are responsible for the education of your child,” is a usurpation of parental responsibility that requires wisdom, prayer and initiative on our part.

In this, the Bible encourages us. It says that “When the wicked rise, men hide themselves…” (Prov.28:28), and that “a wise man scales the city of the mighty and brings down the stronghold in which they trust” (Prov.21:22).

What about today?

The New Testament’s position is replacement, not conquest. With this perspective, Christians in the fourth century captured the Roman Empire. Yet that empire had persecuted them for three centuries.[6]


[1] Quoted in William Shirer, “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” 1968, p.343.

[2] Quoted in A. Klonne, “Youth in the Third Reich,” 1982, p.80.

[3] Bruce Shortt, “The Harsh Truth about Government Schools,” 2004, p.55.

[4] Gary North, “Moses and Pharoah,” 1985, p.67.

[5] See North, “Moses and Pharoah,” ch.4: “Illegitimate State Power.”

[6] Gary North, “Ethics and Dominion,” 2012, p.237.

Beginning with Home Schooling (4)

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you shall have success (Joshua 1:8).

If Christians want to succeed in any activity, including the education of their children, they should meditate in God’s law. In fact, the law of God is an educational tool, more important than Science and History. It helps to give context to the world we inhabit, and the nation we are part of.

The law of God is His tool of dominion.[1] His law lays out the ethical base for all we do. The Psalmist lays out the centrality of the law of God to the believer, instructing us that

His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers (Ps.1:2-3).

Both of these passages teach us that the day and night meditation in the law of God, are the keys to success and prosperity for the believer.

But I’ve discovered this frightening fact: when people discover the golden honey-jar called “tax-payers’ money,” everything else becomes irrelevant. This is the fatal error so many “Christian” educational institutions make. It may destroy them. Why?

Pagan kingdoms implicitly want unconditional surrender from their enemies.[2]                    

The institution that blindly follows the money trail is about to learn a hard lesson (if it wants to learn anything, that is).

There was a young lady from Niger,                                                                        Who smiled as she rode on a tiger.                                                                   They returned from the ride with the lady inside,                                                And the smile on the face of the tiger.

Our Experience:                                                                                                           In 1990, Sue and I decided to commence homeschooling our children. I had become convinced that this was a legitimate option in 1984, after I attended an Abundant Living seminar in the US.

Why did we do this? We believed that homeschooling was a legitimate option, and the best one in our circumstances.

Did we get permission from a bureaucracy to homeschool? No.

Were there some potential problems and risks? Yes.

Did we consider them? Yes.

Did we really think we were being responsible? Yes.

Do we now regret that choice? No.

Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences (Susan B. Anthony).

As a believer in Jesus Christ, I would rather mix with and identify with a godly bunch of dissidents as Moses did (Heb.11:23-29), as Gideon did (Judges 6-8), as David did in the cave of Adullam (I Sam.22:1-2), and as Jesus did, than be well-fed, but silenced and intimidated in King Saul’s court.

Why? Because separation is crucial in serving God.

Morecraft has pointed out,                                                                         

God identifies Himself as the God who separates His people from other peoples. Therefore, separation (including Christian intolerance of other religions and gods) is a basic principle of Biblical law, with respect to religion and morality.[3]

This has been God’s way, from the beginning:

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.

All of these separations were essentially separations from pagan gods and pagan cultures. But separations from did not imply retreat and impotence. These separations were established by God in Israel’s history in order to give God’s people confidence concerning Israel’s future. The covenantal separation from other nations established the possibility and the requirement of Israel’s dominion over those nations.[4]

Education is a deeply religious issue, for all of life is deeply religious. If Christians think they can make God honouring choices, and somehow easily placate educational bureaucracies, they may have some hard lessons to learn about those bureaucracies.

God requires unconditional surrender from mankind. He does not offer terms of permanent peace on anything other than full, unconditional surrender. God’s dealings with the Egyptians and the Canaanites were about to demonstrate, for all the world to see, just how unconditional His terms of surrender are… The Canaanites understood this when Israel crossed the Red Sea, as Rahab told the spies (Josh.2:9-11).[5]

Conclusion:                                                                                                                          

The law of God provides both freedom and limits for the believer. God promised His people liberty, but the price of liberty is always obedience to Him. For those who refused to leave Egypt at His command, there was only slavery.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (II Cor.3:17).

What is it that you want your children to learn, most of all? The true liberty of Jesus Christ, or slavery?


[1] See Gary North’s series, “Tools of Dominion: the Case Laws of Exodus.”

[2] Gary North, “Moses and Pharoah,” 1986, p.185.

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[3] Joseph Morecraft, “A Christian Manual of Law: An Application of Deuteronomy,” p.75.

[4] North, p.135.

[5] North, p.181.

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STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND GET YOUR CHILDREN OUT!

By Gary DeMar, May 3, 2019 

The films Get Out (2017) and Rosemary’s Baby (1968) are disturbing but not as disturbing as today’s government schools. Public schools are corrupting the minds of the next generation of voters and leaders and it seems that a majority of Christians don’t care. They continue to send their children to the schools of their enemies.

Then there’s this:

The state of California is poised to adopt a no-holds-barred K-12 health curriculum that teaches children as young as kindergarten about gender identity issues and talks explicitly with high school students about every imaginable sex act.

The solution? Allow students to opt out. Don’t opt out … Get out.

Others claim a form of factual neutrality where some subjects—science, geography, politics, mathematics—can be taught without any regard to religion since “facts speak for themselves.” This is most evident in education where a self-conscious sacred-secular divide is maintained and supported by Christians. Ninety percent of Christian parents send their children to government schools. Since these parents believe that math is math and history is history, the religious stuff can be made up at church.

But one hour of Sunday school and an hour at Youth Meeting each week and maybe a mission trip in the summer can’t make up for five days a week, six hours each day, 10 months of the year, 12+ years of a government-developed curriculum that is humanistic to the core. The humanists understand the importance of education in creating worldview shifts and control, so why don’t Christians? Charles Francis Potter, who founded the First Humanist Society of New York in 1929 and signed the first Humanist Manifesto in 1933, made no secret of the purpose of the American public schools:

Education is thus a most powerful ally of Humanism, and every American public school is a school of Humanism What can the theistic Sunday-school, meeting for an hour once a week, and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?1

Rousas J. Rushdoony pointed out the Humanist design for education in Intellectual Schizophrenia (1961) and The Messianic Character of American Education (1963). According to Rushdoony, modern government education “is erosive and destructive of all culture except the monolithic state, which is then the ostensible creator and patron of culture. When it speaks of the whole child, it speaks of a passive creature who is to be moulded by the statist education for the concept of the good life radically divorced from God and from transcendental standards.”2 Rushdoony was not the first to understand the goal of statist education. Robert L. Dabney (1820–1898) saw it more than 100 years ago:

[T]he Jeffersonian doctrine of the absolute severance and independence of church and state, of the entire secularity of the State, and the absolutely equal rights, before the law, of religious truth and error, of paganism, atheism, and Christianity, has also established itself in all the States; and still the politicians, for electioneering ends, propagate this State education everywhere. By this curious circuit “Christian America” has gotten herself upon this thoroughly pagan ground; forcing the education of responsible, moral, and immortal beings, of which religion must ever be the essence, into the hands of a gigantic human agency, which resolves that it cannot and will not be religious at all. Surely, some great religious body will arise in America to lift its Christian protest against this monstrous result!3

What would America be like today if the Church of Jesus Christ had heeded Dabney’s warnings and some “great religious body” had arisen to make the break from an educational system that was designed to be the indoctrination center for the State and its messianic motives?

The usual Christian response is to reform the public schools, to get more parents involved, sue to get a moment of silence, prayers at sporting events and commencement exercises, release programs, and pass laws to teach the Bible as literature as they’ve done in Georgia.4 There will be pressure groups in some cities to teach the Koran. Then there’s the question of how the Bible will be taught. Will the Old Testament be taught as myth? Will someone teaching on the Olivet Discourse point out that Jesus was mistaken about His coming? There is the larger issue of funding. Public schools are tax-payer funded. People who have no children are taxed to pay for the education of other children.

The First Church of Christian Gnosticism

Not long ago, I received an email from a woman who asked me if I could direct her to some information that refutes Gnosticism. She wrote that a friend of hers “claims to be on an extraordinarily intense spiritual ‘pilgrimage’ of ‘really pressing in to know God intimately’—but this guy has in effect divorced himself from the material world and from all relationships (including his wife and 10 children) which he views as a hindrance to his spiritual growth.”

Gnostics claim to have special knowledge (gnosis is the Greek word for “knowledge”) on how to live the Christian life that is not revealed to “ordinary Christians.” God’s revelation in Scripture is not good enough or sufficient to give direction on how to live the Christian life. Of course, this refutes what the Bible says when it states that Scripture is “adequate” and equips the Christian “for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:17). She went on to say that this friend, a farmer, “was putting up hay recently and needed to get it in as they were expecting rain. Before he finished, he remembered that he had scheduled a Bible study, so he left his hay in order to keep the ‘spiritual’ duty. The rain came and the hay was lost, but he felt justified that he had chosen the higher calling.”

Another feature of Gnosticism is the belief that there are two separate realms — “one spiritual, the other material. The spiritual realm, created by God, [is] all good; the material realm, created by the demiurge, all evil. Man [needs] to be saved, not from Original Sin, but from enslavement to matter.”5

A further expression of Gnosticism was expressed by someone who “doesn’t believe in voting because that is a ‘worldly affair,’ and he wants only to be engaged in truly spiritual activities.” For the Gnostic, the material world is on a lower plane. Only “spiritual things” are useful and profitable. A Gnostic-like belief might forbid marriage while advocating “abstaining from foods” even though “God has created these things “to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth” (1 Tim. 4:3). Godliness for the Gnostic is defined as a retreat from the world and despising the things of the world.

[The Gnostics] devised a dualistic cosmology to set against the teachings of the early Christian Church, which, they claimed, were only common deceptions, unsuited for the wise. The truth was esoteric. Only the properly initiated could appreciate it. It belonged to a secret tradition which had come down through certain mystery schools. The truth was, God could never become man. The Gnostic secret is that the spirit is trapped in matter, and to free it, the world must be rejected.6

For the Gnostic, life “must be escaped at any cost.”7 But if there can be no immediate material escape, then a spiritual escape is a good enough substitute. The Gnostic escapes from the responsibilities of history. But for the Christian, history is the realm of decision making, and, therefore, is anti-Gnostic. If we are not responsible for history, then we are not responsible for decision making. Even a casual reading of the Bible will show that our faith is to be lived out in the world so that “fruit,” good works, are manifested for the world to see and for Christians to judge (Matt. 7:15–23). No restrictions are placed on where this fruit is to mature.

One of the central issues that divided gnostics and orthodox Christians in the early Church was their understanding of the relationship between religion and politics. The Church Fathers accepted the political worldliness of the Jewish faith, contending that religion and politics are interconnected and inseparable. The early Puritans and even Jonathan Edwards, following classical Calvinism, would have been clearly orthodox in this regard. The world of politics, of human institutions, was for them an essential locus of God’s redemptive work.8

What is contemporary Gnosticism like? While it might not manifest itself in ascetic practices like pole sitting, it does reveal itself in an institutional escape. Institutional escape is not in the Protestant tradition, however. Our nation’s earliest Christian citizens did not view escape, eschatologically, ascetically, or institutionally, as being biblical. Education, publishing, law, science, medicine, and politics, to take just some areas, were to be governed by the Word of God as were ecclesiastical affairs. Modern-day Gnosticism thrives in a climate of escapism which means a retreat from this world and responsibility to do anything to change any part of it. If this world means nothing, then I am not responsible for its evils.

  1. Charles Francis Potter, Humanism: A New Religion (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1930), 128. Quoted in David A. Noebel, J.F. Baldwin, and Kevin Bywater, Clergy in the Classroom: The Religion of Secular Humanism (Manitou Springs, CO: Summit Press, 1995), vi.()
  2. R. J. Rushdoony, Intellectual Schizophrenia: Culture, Crisis and Education (Vellecito, CA: Ross House Books, [1961] 1998), 10.()
  3. Robert L. Dabney, Discussions of Robert Lewis Dabney: Secular, ed. C. R. Vaughan, 4 vols. (Harrisonburg, Virginia, Sprinkle Publications, 1994), 4:548.()
  4. David Van Biema, “The Case for teaching the Bible,” Time (March 22, 2007).()
  5. Dusty Sklar, The Nazis and the Occult (New York: Dorset Press, [1977] 1989), 140–141.()
  6. Sklar, The Nazis and the Occult, 147.()
  7. Philip Lee, Against the Protestant Gnostics (New York: Oxford University Press, 1987), 122.()
  8. Lee, Against the Protestant Gnostics, 123–124.()

Beginning with Homeschooling (3b)

The average bureaucrat does not want trouble. This is a law of bureaucracy. He wants a fat salary, good-looking secretaries, and not much to do. He does not want a moral confrontation. Some humanist leaders want a confrontation, but the people they hire to do their dirty work are not the best quality personnel. They are the C+/B- graduates of their colleges, or worse. Bureaucracy corrupts them. It makes them soft (Gary North).

Homeschooling families that choose not to register with the Department of Education, really do need wisdom about how they go about this. Why? Because unguarded comments made to the wrong people, can easily bring them undone.

How could that be?

Let me give you an example. Mrs Homeschooler is home with her children during the week, and there is a knock on the door. The visitor identifies themselves as being from the Department of Education, and would like to know the names and dates of birth of your children. Perhaps they claim they are entitled to know.

What’s to be done? Mum’s surprised by this visit, and is unprepared for the conversation. The easiest thing to do is to immediately give the person the information they are seeking, but that (in my view) would be highly unwise.

Why?

This visitor has a strategy. Visit homes unannounced, and gather information about children, so the Department can get what it wants: important family data which could potentially be used against you in a court of law. Remember: Australia’s compulsory education laws are on the side of the bureaucrat.

Departments of Education don’t want unregistered families to continue like that. They are problem families and they want to stop them, because a movement like this could get out of hand, and bureaucrats could lose control.

You didn’t think that was high on their agenda? Don’t be a dumb bunny. It’s always been high on their agenda, ever since Pharoah said to his people,

“Behold, the people of sons of Israel are more and mightier than we. Come, let us deal wisely with them, or else they will multiply and in the event of a war, they will join themselves to those who hate us, and fight against us and depart from the land.” So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them with hard labour… (Ex.1:9-11).

Maintaining control, means that each bureaucrat’s job and future is secure. Losing control means they could ultimately lose everything, especially if this movement ever gains political influence. So, they want to stop it in its tracks, because control is everything.

But that wasn’t enough for Pharaoh. This murderous monster (who God later drowned in the Red Sea) then demanded of the Hebrew mid-wives, Shiprah and Puah,

…When you are helping the Hebrew women to give birth and see them upon the birthstool, if it is a son, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live (Ex.1:16).

But these brave, God fearing women were not going to be part of his evil scheme. When he confronted them about their refusal to oblige him, they came up with an imaginative deception:

…the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife can get to them (v.19).

And the Biblical commentary on their actions?

So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty. Because the midwives feared God, He established households for them (v.20-21).

What would I do?

If someone comes to the front door and wants information about the children, I don’t care who they say they are or what identification they produce: I won’t spill any beans and tell them anything. I would say, “I don’t give information about my family to strangers.” They can write me a letter, and I’ll deal with that.

There’s something else I’d do. If the visitor claims to be from the Education Department, I’d  get the smart phone, and film the conversation.

Your visitor won’t like that. Why? This conversation could be of relevance, in a court of law. Their behaviour is being recorded and monitored. This would make them immediately frustrated, but you permit no further conversation, and require them to leave.

It’s like a game of chess, except this is no game, and you’d better know the rules. The stakes are high, because the godly educational choices you are making for your children are being threatened by this bureaucrat’s unexpected visit. So, you have to outsmart them, by always being one step ahead, knowing what their strategy is.

What is it? To intimidate you, so they can get the information they need, manipulate you, and your families’ education. All of these are deeply religious issues.

Conclusion:

Your decision to home school your children is not a light thing, for “Children are a gift of the Lord…” (Ps.127:3). It’s potentially a threat for some people’s livelihood, but that’s their  problem, not yours.

You don’t want your opposition to out-smart you in this little chess game, and call, “Check-Mate!” Don’t fall for their strategy. Like those brave Hebrew midwives, stay one step ahead.

Beginning with Home Schooling (3a)

When families decide they wish to home school their children, they frequently find some opposition to the idea. Here’s a common one: “Your children won’t be well socialised.”

I respond to this superficial observation with this scripture: “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (Prov.13:20).

This text plainly teaches that people really are influenced by those around them, for good or for evil, and the bluntness of the text is a warning: “…the companion of fools will suffer harm.” This prediction is non-negotiable, so we’d better not argue with it, but accept and be warned by it.

The Psalmist wrote that “by them [the judgements of the Lord] Your servant is warned…” (Ps.19:9-11).

Thus the Christian parent is challenged to surround his children with wise people, with wise ideas. He should not let them have fools for their companions, or the results will be painful. Nor should he expose them to foolish educational material. It will harm them.

The Public School is essentially a place of foolish people; therefore it is not to be the place where the godly should be, for the bad company will harm them. This is not rocket science, but the plain teaching of scripture which the godly must obey, or be held accountable by God.

Separation is necessary, and there is nothing new about that. In order to teach and disciple someone, you have to have their full and undivided attention.  This is what God does. At the beginning,

God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness (Gen.1:4).

God separated Noah and his family from the ungodly with a flood, He separated Abraham from his family, then Israel from Egypt at the Exodus. Israel was responsible to have a separated life, unto the Lord.

When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations (Deut.18:9).

The scripture makes it plain that Lot was a godly man (II Pet.2:7-8), but when he went down to Sodom and stayed there, he failed to ensure his family retained a godly separation, with disastrous consequences for his family (Gen.19).

This proved to be a common problem for Israel. Later, the Psalmist commented that

They did not destroy the peoples, as the Lord commanded them, but they mingled with the nations and learned their practices, and served their idols, which became a snare to them (Ps.106:34-36).

Many believers in Australia have taken the step of enrolling their children in a Christian school. This is clearly a step forward from the State School, but how much?

Once again, it depends on the morality of the children’s peers, the quality of the teachers, and the curriculum. And in all three cases, nothing should be taken for granted. I have a student whose parents I’m assisting, who was bullied by a teacher in a “Christian” school in 2018, before he was removed. That was not good.

An acquaintance of mine attended a “Christian” school for 12 years, but claims he never heard there, that God made the world in 6 days, some 6,000 years ago.

Twelve years of education, at 30 hours a week for 40 weeks a year, equates to 14,400 hours. This is a long time to influence a child, for good or for bad.

Most parents have some reservations about their ability to educate their children at home. Certainly, excessive self-confidence can get people into a lot of trouble. Parents need to think carefully and prayerfully about how they are going to do this, because this is a significant, long-term task to fulfil competently by both of them. Just like building a house, they have to have a plan.

But like any God given task, parents should embrace this responsibility willingly and confidently, knowing that “…He that began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil.1:6).

Later in this same passage, Paul encourages the Philippians, in a passage that has direct relevance to the education of children:

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God (Phil.1:9-11).

Conclusion:

For most of us, accepting the responsibility to educate our children was a new thing for our generation. But it’s not a new thing, Biblically. It’s what God’s people have been doing since Adam and Eve had children. Will they do a perfect job? No, but it’s a task that believing parents should accept, as a task given them by God. Will you accept it?

Beginning with Home Schooling (3)

                 A History of Educational Humanism

Humanism is the world’s second oldest religion. Its origins were in Satan’s heart, described in Isaiah 14:12-14:

…you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north, I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’

The simple definition of humanism? A life apart from God, with the associated pride and self-exaltation; its all about me.

In the garden of Eden, Satan wanted his first human converts. He attracted them with the original humanistic promise – a lie: “you shall be like God, knowing good and evil” (Gen.3:5).

The message of the Old Testament prophets to Israel was always to abandon humanism’s lies and to return to godly obedience according to the Word of the Lord. Elijah’s confronting message to Israel on Mount Carmel was at root a religious and ethical issue: “How long will you halt between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him, but if Baal, follow him” (I Kings 18). Elijah also “repaired the altar of the Lord that had been torn down” (v.30-32).

When Satan came to Jesus in the wilderness temptations, true to form he wanted Jesus to behave humanistically, defying God’s Word.  In the final temptation, Satan promised Jesus, “all these things I will give You, if you fall down and worship me” (Mat.4:9).

To serve God we are not called to choose self-denial or sacrifice, rather are we called to fulfill God’s purpose. The basic principle is not to choose the cross but to obey God’s will. Should the principle on which we work and serve include rebellion, then Satan will obtain and enjoy glory even through our sacrifices. Saul might offer sheep and oxen [I Sam.15], yet God never accepted them as sacrifices to Himself because there was a Satanic principle involved… man’s action… should be motivated by a sense of obedience.[1]

God directed in Deuteronomy that education was a responsibility of parents, not the state: “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them…” (Deut.6:6-7). But Christian parents have effectively resigned from this duty today, to our great loss.

While the Church slumbered in the nineteenth century, the enemies of God worked. Enter Charles Darwin and The Origin of the Species. Darwin’s book sold out to a Victorian intellectual population clearly impacted by Christian thought, but eager to live apart from God.  Darwin’s work not only seemed relevant in terms of human origins and biology; it was quickly applied to theology, ethics, politics, law, sociology and many other disciplines. The  Church had no real answer, and began to flounder.

Marx loved Darwin. Darwin’s work gave Marx’s evil political theories of class warfare, socialism and communism a great opportunity for propagation.

Marx’s legacy today?  Think of the deaths of 100 million people in the twentieth century throughout Soviet Russia, Communist China and Cambodia. When people who hate God gain influence in the world, the world is in for a sorry time.

I could go on to discuss Freud (who taught psychoanalysis), Dewey (who gave us an ideological blueprint for state education) and Keynes (the homosexual, child-abusing teacher of perverse economics). They all illustrated that a world opposed to God will gladly rush after almost any intellectual but persuasive Pied Piper.[2]

And where were we in the Church? With very few exceptions, we hardly knew what to make of all these, and so we thought it easier to bury our heads in the sand and hope the trouble would all go away. It didn’t.

History shows us that Christians over the centuries, have consistently under-estimated the religious intentions of our enemies. We have made the fundamental error for instance, of trusting in government and in bureaucracy, and found out the hard way, how political and bureaucratic power can be used against God’s people. This foolishness and naivete has been our fault, and to our shame. Hitler said of the German Protestants:

                                                                                                                                     You can do anything you want with them…they will submit…they are insignificant little people, submissive as dogs, and they sweat with embarrassment when you talk to them.[3]

This attitude of naïve trust on the part of Christians has consistently been reflected in our attitude towards State education. As early as 1930, humanists realised that education and in particular public education, would be a means of alienating students from Christianity. In that year, Charles F. Potter, a signatory of the first Humanist Manifesto,indicated that

education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, and every public school is a school of humanism. What can the theistic Sunday School, meeting for an hour once a week, and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teachings?[4]

Dewey had his way.

At present humanism has brought all things, including most churches, under the sway of man the lord. The purpose of state schools…was twofold: first, to establish centralism, the priority of the state over every area of life, and second, to eliminate Biblical faith. The founders of statist education in the United States were Unitarians.[5]

So what is the difference between Christian and humanistic education? Rousas Rushdoony (1915-2001) was a ground-breaker in exposing the humanism of state education. He had some excellent insights. The following chart from his book, “The Philosophy of the Christian Curriculum” (p.172-173) begins to lay it out:

               Christianity                                                           Humanism

1. The sovereignty of the triune                          1. The sovereignty of man and the state

God is the starting point, and                              is the starting point, and it is the word of

this God speaks through His                               scientific, elite man which we must heed.

infallible Word.

2. We must accept God as God.                         2. Man is his own god, choosing or

He is alone Lord.                                                determining for himself what constitutes

                                                                            good and evil (Gen 3:5).

3. God’s Word and Person is the Truth.             3. Truth is pragmatic and existential: it is                                                                                  

                                                                           what we find works and is helpful to us.

4. Education is into God’s truth in every           4. Education is the self-realization and self-

realm.                                                                 development of the child.

5. Education is discipline under a body             5. Education is freedom from restraint and

of truth.  This body of truth grows with             from any idea of truth outside of us.  We are

research and study, but truth is objective           the standard, not something outside of man.

and God-given. We begin by pre-

supposing God and His Word.

6. Godly standards grade us.  We must             6. The school and the world must measure up

measure up to them. The teacher grades           to the pupil’s needs.  The pupil grades the

the pupil.                                                            teacher.

7. Man’s will, and the child’s will,                    7. Society must be broken and remade

must be broken to God’s purpose.                     to man’s will, and the child’s will is

Man must be remade, reborn by                        sacred.

God’s grace.

8. Man’s problem is sin.                                     8. Man’s problem is society.

Man must be recreated by God.                         Society must be recreated by man.

9. The family is God’s basic                               9. The family is obsolete.

institution.                                                          The individual or the state is basic.

 Education in the hands of the state is coercive, compulsory, and a form of              humanistic predestination. In every sphere, the state is coercive because it is anti-God, anti-Christ. It insists on playing the potter with the lives of the people. But nothing is more evil or more deadly than a non-god playing god. We then have the triumph of the demonic.[6]

Conclusion:                                                                                                                                  

Believers must understand what it means to obey God in terms of education. We have given up a vast amount of territory, and it is no wonder that we find ourselves in the midst of societies in the western world that are generally indifferent or even hostile to God. All this must change if God is going to be truly glorified through Christian education. The present woeful state of the Church has come about over at least six generations, and it may take a long time to be turned around.

But without repentance and a picking up of educational responsibility amongst believers in obedience to God, the Church will continue to be an ineffective and stunted institution, prone to abuse by evildoers.

Repentance is the first bit of firm ground underfoot… Repentance is the only starting point for spiritual growth. For each and every individual. And every trend of social thought.[7]

Jesus promised us that “if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (Jn.8:36). Believers must lead the way for the world out of the morass of humanistic education, in pursuit of God’s truth for His people and for the nations.

It’s time for the foundations of godly education to be laid again, right back where they should be laid: in the family and in the Church, in obedience to God. Yes, it will take time, and it may also require our blood, sweat, tears and court cases.

But now it’s commenced, it’s exciting to behold.


[1] Watchman Nee, “Spiritual Authority,” 1972, p.15, 21.

[2] See David Breese, “Seven Men who Rule the World from the Grave,” 1990.

[3] Found in Rauschning, “The Voice of Destruction,” p.54, quoted in William Shirer, “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” 1968, p.329.

[4] Bruce Shortt, “The Harsh Truth about Government Schools,” 2004, p.54.

[5] Rushdoony, R., “The Philosophy of the Christian Curriculum,” 1985, p.172.

[6] Rousas Rushdoony, “Romans and Galatians,” 1997, p.178.

[7] Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, ‘Repentance and Self-limitation on the Life of Nations,’ in “From Under the Rubble,” 1974, p.108-9.

Beginning with Home Schooling (2)

God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us-Selah. That your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise You. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth. Selah. Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us. God blesses us, that all the ends of the earth may fear Him (Ps.67).

Over the years, I’ve witnessed hundreds of Christian families pull their children out of different schools, and decide to home school them. I rejoice in their choice, and I believe they are doing something that will be of great importance for their children in the long-term, and indirectly, the church.

I’ve also witnessed many families who commence the education of their children, through home schooling. They’ve concluded that there is no institution like their family, that can accomplish the task of education, as well.

This is a confident move, and it doesn’t automatically denote arrogance. More commonly, it’s a sign of a desire to follow the example of many families in scripture and in Christian history who have chosen this mode of education. And in this, I think they should be commended and encouraged in church.

It could tread on toes for churches to encourage families to home school. But that’s what elders are responsible to do. When it comes to the downsides of Public Education, you simply have to call a spade a spade, explaining its impact on the family and church.

Elders should identify the origins, the reasons, and the desired outcomes of Public Education, and then explain why it has been a total disaster for the church and the family, over a century and a half.  Advocating for home schooling may upset some compromising families, but what are faithful elders to do?

What’s more, when the church really embraces home schooling, it’s embracing something that could be the catalyst for true Christian social reform. The example of godly families in  the church in this regard is of great importance. They are saying there is a limit to the role of the State, advocating that the State doesn’t have a role in the education of children, which is to be a family responsibility, only. The implications of this are profound.

If we step forward on the matter of education, what else could we step forward to, also? What about Public Health and Public Welfare, which are plainly, two other inefficient monstrosities that are a huge drain on taxpayers’ wealth.

And that’s just the start. We could keep really start wielding the knife. What if Defence, instead of being centralised in a bureaucratic government department was entirely localised? What if all those lucrative government contracts got torn up, and the defence of the nation became a local responsibility, as it generally was in Israel’s time? We’d no longer need expensive aircraft and airfields, fancy ships and submarines to go rushing about in, or lots of other military hardware, all of which is a massive drain on the taxpayer, not to speak of all the highly paid officers, employed in peacetime to do nothing. There would still be a need for defence, but on a budget of about 3% what it is today. And the efficiency would be far greater, and a militia, a greater deterrent to an invader. This is more like what the Swiss have, and it works.

Who invades them? Even though the Swiss shared a border with Germany, Hitler didn’t invade Switzerland. His generals talked him out of it, because the Swiss, with only a militia, knew how to make invaders pay dearly, and they were prepared for it.

Thus we could very well see over time, some big dominoes which have been pillars of humanism and socialism in the West, collapsing before our eyes.

Exciting and profound as this is, none of this can happen without a major shift: an increase in Christian responsibility. If families understand that an acceptance of much greater scriptural responsibility directed them to home educate their children, it will be a greater sense of Christian responsibility that permits these other idols of destruction to be brought down, too.

Economic realities may not leave us much time for reflection or consideration on these matters, for the inabilities of the modern socialist State when it comes to financial management and its ability to service its debts aren’t going away, but will actually worsen. As the patient riddled with incurable cancer finally succumbs, so the West’s socialist States will inevitably get overtaken by their debts; they are in the process of this, now.

And what will be the socialist’s reluctant commentary then? “It all came tumbling down?” It will have to be, at least if they are honest.

This means only one thing for the Christian family, and the church: we are going to have a lot of work coming our way, because social reconstruction should really begin with us. It will, if we are faithful to scripture.

Conclusion:

As my mentor likes to say, “Power flows to those who takes responsibility.” If you want to get involved in those projects that are gospel related, that the church has ignored for a long time but should have participated in, it’s hard to predict how many will want to join you, right where you are. But that’s a matter for God to have to deal with, not us.

We can only volunteer, pray, and leave the rest with God. He will send the people when He wants to. When Nehemiah wanted to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, he found some willing workers. And we can be confident that

Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power; in holy array, from the womb of the dawn, Your youth are to you as the dew (Ps.110:3).

Are you ready for work?

Beginning with Home Schooling (1)

My wife Sue and I started home schooling our children in 1990, but my interest in Christian education began in 1977. This was when the church we were in built a school and opened it, using the ACE curriculum, firstly for the children of the church, and secondly for others.

That was a big step to take, at the time. But an even bigger step, and probably a more Biblical one, is to home school your children. That way, if anything goes wrong, it’s your fault. You won’t be able to blame a teacher or a Principal.

Sue and I began with the ACE curriculum, too, and if I was starting out in 2019, I’d probably do it again. If you are an evangelical believer, the ACE curriculum will give you at least 80% of what you want. It will give you what you need to teach a child to read, and much more. Then in 2011 I purchased a contract with the Australian importer of ACE curriculum to Australia, so families with us at Hebron Home schoolers can access ACE curriculum at a discount price, compared to retail.

But before you consider curriculums for your children, you have to address more fundamental questions of education. You ought to ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?” Getting the “Why” part right, is more fundamental than the “How?”

If you sort out “Why?” The “How” will fairly logically fall into place, and that leads us straight to scripture. God said 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).

If God has chosen you, and Jesus made this plain, when He said that “… I chose you…” (Jn.15:16), what permits us to do anything other than accept and put into place, what God expected of Abraham?

This means that the Christian child should understand there are such things as “God’s commands,” and though God gives us lots of choices to make, we need to have it straight in our minds that:

  1. This is God’s world, made by Him miraculously in six days, some 6,000 years ago.
  2. Jesus Christ died to save sinners, just like us, and rose again.
  3. Each of us will have a day of accountability, before Him.
  4. Christian parents are obligated to give their children a Biblical, Christian education.

Sending a child to a public school is not consistent with a Christian education; it’s the very opposite. Sending a child to a school that doesn’t teach a six day creation 6,000 years ago, is not giving them a Christian education, because education has to be consistently Christian, if it’s going to be faithful to God.

So, that means we avoid some forms of “education” with our children, if we want to be faithful to God. We have to think of “…what is pleasing to the Lord” (Eph.5:10), so we take steps with them that are Biblically directed and thus worthwhile, with a view to preparing them for a life of service and dominion, in this world.

When I was fourteen, my farmer father heard from a neighbour that he’d arranged with a veterinarian to perform a Caesarian operation on a cow, one winter’s morning, and my father and I attended. The calf had died inside the cow and was rotting. If left, the cow would soon die. So, the cow had to be opened up, and the pieces of calf removed, one piece at a time. One could say, there was some odour.

It was pretty earthy, but not awful. It was a good, positive experience. The vet disinfected the insides of the cow, sewed up her up, and she lived.

Was I glad I attended this? Yes.

A year later, my father suddenly died. No more life lessons from him.

Twenty one years after that Caesarian observation, married now and with three children, I needed a job, and got one in the best unskilled opportunity around: a sheep abattoir. The prospect of working with freshly slaughtered sheep did not really bother me, though it bothers many. I worked there for seven years, while I completed training to become a teacher.

The lesson?

Be careful how you define “education,” because it’s a broad subject. It includes life experiences that God permits us to have.

Lessons from a Great Man’s Failures (4)

Then Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned in safety to his house in Jerusalem. Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him and said to King Jehoshaphat, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord and so bring wrath on yourself from the Lord?” (II Chron.19:2)

One of the mistakes we in the Church have made in the modern era, is that we have tended to view the Bible’s teaching in an intensely personal context, without considering the broader implications beyond ourselves and the Church, to the nation.

How do we know there are “broader implications?”  The Bible is an “all of life” document, because the God Who created us, is an “all of life” Person. No one can say with any legitimacy, “this area of my life is not important to God.”

Jehoshaphat in God’s eyes as Judah’s lawful king, represented Judah. Jehoshaphat had covenanted himself and Judah to an evil king and people who were in rebellion against God, saying “I am as you are, and my people as your people, and we will be with you in the battle” (II Chron.18:3b).

This is something God had expressly forbidden:

Watch that you make no covenant with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going, or it will become a snare in your midst. But rather, you are to tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and cut down their Asherim –for you shall not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God- otherwise you might make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land and they would play the harlot with their gods and sacrifice to their gods, and someone might invite you to eat of his sacrifice… (Ex.34:12-15).

Let me make an application of this to our present day, beginning with some historical background:

Immediately after the Second World War, it was obvious to Australia’s political leaders that Great Britain could no longer be relied on to protect Australia in the event of invasion. The British Empire was essentially closing down, and Britain after two world wars, was broke. So our leaders decided to look around for a suitable ally, and they came up with the United States, who had already come to our aid in 1942-1945.

As a result, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. signed the ANZUS treaty in San Francisco in September 1951. The parties agreed to “consult together whenever in the opinion of any of them the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the Parties is threatened in the Pacific.”[1]

Because of ANZUS, Australia has been willing to follow the U.S. into Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan. We have an extensive military relationship. We wanted to be perceived as a faithful ally, willing to do our bit for the sake of the alliance in case our turn came and we needed someone to do some heavy lifting on our behalf.  As a result, the lives of many hundreds of Australian soldiers overseas have been lost since 1951, and we’re still losing them.

And what’s been achieved?

In 1966, the U.S. President was Lyndon Baines Johnson, and the Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt emphatically declared that as far as he was concerned, it was “all the way with LBJ.” But this was not a foreign policy of independence. It was one of dependence, but worst of all, subservience. Since then successive Australian governments have not used Holt’s language, but the attitude has generally remained the same.

And now there’s another problem. Increasingly since World War II, the U.S. has used threatening behaviour towards other nations. Furthermore, it has interfered in the internal affairs of other nations which have not attacked the U.S. It has utilised bombings, murders and many other acts of violence, through such groups as the CIA, and others.

Can’t think of any examples?

a) The Me Lai massacre in 1968 of hundreds of Vietnamese civilians. The officer responsible (William Calley), was court-martialled and found guilty of the murder of 109 Vietnamese civilians-mainly women, children and old people. What happened to Calley? When found guilty in a court martial, he was pardoned and released by the US President, Richard Nixon.

b) Between 1969-1973, the United States was not even at war with Cambodia, but on Nixon’s directions 600-800,000 Cambodian civilians were killed by indiscriminate U.S. bombing.                 

c) The deliberate destruction of water and sewerage infrastructure by the U.S. in Iraq, leading to the deaths of around half a million Iraqi children from untreated affluent and water carried diseases.

d) The 2007 helicopter gunship attack in Baghdad, shooting 18 peaceable, unarmed, innocent civilians in broad daylight using a .50 calibre machine-gun. (This can be witnessed on U-tube.) What was this? Not “collateral damage,” or “unintended consequences of war.” It was State sanctioned murder.

e) Drone attacks for years in Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing hundreds of innocent people on “suspicion.”

These instances raise a problem for Australians. Do we ignore the murderous behaviour of our ally the U.S., saying “Well, that’s the way they do things sometimes,” or do we say, “That’s awful and evil. We cannot be associated with that kind of behaviour. We won’t continue in this alliance.”

The Bible specifically commands that God’s people are not to make covenants with ungodly people. Why? Because God’s people are bound in covenant to God, through Jesus Christ, and He is a jealous God. He is jealous for the love, affections and the obedience of His people; He wants their hearts. There are many texts dealing with this, such as Deut.7:1-6; 12:1-4; 20:16-18, Num.33:50-56; Judges 2:1-4. Every time God’s people disobeyed him in this context in the Bible, God said the results would be disastrous. (Joshua 23:11-13 is a good example.)

Now this has suddenly gotten very serious, hasn’t it? That’s because God considers covenant to be a very serious issue for His people to contemplate, whether it’s for Jehoshaphat in 900 B.C., or for us today. The Australian Constitution’s Preamble mentions that we are “humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God…”

Now some would say, “Now Andrew, this is getting a bit too radical for me.” But then, what would you prefer: taking inconvenient and radical steps of obedience to God Almighty, or have Him send an angry prophet to rebuke you for your disobedience, as happened to Jehoshaphat? Or worse, see your nation overrun by an evil nation, sent by God as a means of His judgment?

You may say, “I can’t see that happening,” but consider these statistics: the Australian Army has 30,000 soldiers, with 16,900 reservists, while the Chinese Army has 2.25 million soldiers. That’s a ratio of one Australian to forty-seven Chinese soldiers. I don’t find that to be a particularly reassuring statistic.

The Bible commands us, “Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial…” (II Cor.6:14-15a). George Washington in his farewell address to the Americans, was right in warning his nation of the potential danger of “entangling alliances.”

Why? Because alliances are like a rope around your neck; they can take you places you never wanted to go.

Does America take any notice of George Washington anymore? Of course not. His wise and godly advice to his fellow Americans has been ignored now for a century.

Conclusion:                                                                                                                              

The Christian capital of the West is rapidly disappearing. Unless it is replenished, the West has no future and has nothing to give the nations other than death.[2]

Let’s learn from Jehoshaphat’s errors, with all the legitimate applications. If Australia is going to follow Jesus Christ in the future, we will have to think carefully about who we are allied to in future.

Our faithfulness to Jesus Christ means a lot of things, including how we think about the defence of our nation, and the influence we will bring to see change come about, in all the affairs of our nation.

Isn’t that what Christians are here for?


[1] Source: Wikipedia.

[2] Rousas Rushdoony, “In His Service,” 2009, p.12.