Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Evolution of Public Education: From Education to Indoctrination

The Evolution of Public Education: From Education to Indoctrination (still in progress)

As Christian leaders we can all see that our nation is changing.  The way average people think about shameful things is changing.  Why?  How?  We can blame the world, sin, and satan, and we would be right.  But what tool has Satan used to change so many minds, so quickly, and so effectively?

Hitler said it best, when he wrote in Mien Kampf, “whoever has the youth has the future."  He is also quoted as saying, "Give me a child when he's 7 and he's mine forever."  For Adolf Hitler, public education would be the key to ensure that he changed the mind and soul of Germany. 

The principle is true, as we see in Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it."

The word "Train" does not mean to teach Bible stories and morality.  The word has the idea of, to "Make narrow" and to "Be narrow."  It also has the figurative image of to "Strangle," making an opening smaller.  Check it out in Gesenius' Hebrew Lexicon of the Old Testament.  

As Christian parents we are to be "Narrowing" that which our children hear, see, and learn.  To correct harmful indoctrination after the fact is better than doing nothing, but it's not what God has ordered regarding the proper raising of children.  We are to "Narrow" the child's learning into the way they should go, and the Church should be supporting, encouraging, and assisting families to do so. 

For the majority of human history, parents were the teachers of their children, the preparers of their children’s future.  From faith, morality and social values, to the child’s future life-work, the child was taught what the parents wanted the child to believe, what the parents wanted the child to know, and what the parents wanted the child to do.  This system worked very well for thousands of years.  

However, public education as we now know it,  has had much less time for observation, and so far, the track record does not look good.  

First, let’s look at how public education in this country began.  

The Massachusetts Bay Colony was concerned about parents who did not teach their children what was necessary for becoming decent, God-fearing, citizens, viz., reading, laws, morality, the Christian faith, and a good work ethic.  Notice the law puts the responsibility of the moral and educational outcome of the children on the parents.  

Massachusetts School Law (1642)
Forasmuch as the good education of children is of singular behoof and benefit to any Common-wealth; and whereas many parents & masters are too indulgent and negligent of their duty in that kind. It is therfore ordered that the Select men of every town, in the severall precincts and quarters where they dwell, shall have a vigilant eye over their brethren & neighbours, to see, first that none of them shall suffer so much barbarism in any of their families as not to indeavour to teach by themselves or others, their children & apprentices so much learning as may enable them perfectly to read the English tongue, & knowledge of the Capital Lawes: upon penaltie of twentie shillings for each neglect therin. 
Also that all masters of families do once a week (at the least) catechize their children and servants in the grounds & principles of Religion, & if any be unable to do so much: that then at the least they procure such children or apprentices to learn some short orthodox catechism without book, that they may be able to answer unto the questions that shall be propounded to them out of such catechism by their parents or masters or any of the Select men when they shall call them to a tryall of what they have learned of this kind. 
And further that all parents and masters do breed & bring up their children & apprentices in some honest lawful calling, labour or employment, either in husbandry, or some other trade profitable for themselves, and the Common-wealth if they will not or cannot train them up in learning to fit them for higher employments. 
And if any of the Select men after admonition by them given to such masters of families shall find them still negligent of their duty in the particulars aforementioned, wherby children and servants become rude, stubborn & unruly; the said Select men with the help of two Magistrates, or the next County court for that Shire, shall take such children or apprentices from them & place them with some masters for years (boyes till they come to twenty one, and girls eighteen years of age compleat) which will more strictly look unto, and force them to submit unto government according to the rules of this order, if by fair means and former instructions they will not be drawn into it.

The Old Deluder Act (1647)
It being one chief project of that old deluder, Satan, to keep men from the knowledge of the Scriptures, as in former times by keeping them in an unknown tongue, so in these latter times by persuading from the use of tongues, that so that at least the true sense and meaning of the original might be clouded and corrupted with false glosses of saint-seeming deceivers; and to the end that learning may not be buried in the grave of our forefathers, in church and commonwealth, the Lord assisting our endeavors.
It is therefore ordered that every township in this jurisdiction, after the Lord hath increased them to fifty households shall forthwith appoint one within their town to teach all such children as shall resort to him to write and read, whose wages shall be paid either by the parents or masters of such children, or by the inhabitants in general, by way of supply, as the major part of those that order the prudentials of the town shall appoint; provided those that send their children be not oppressed by paying much more than they can have them taught for in other towns.
And it is further ordered, that when any town shall increase to the number of one hundred families or householders, they shall set up a grammar school, the master thereof being able to instruct youth so far as they may be fitted for the university, provided that if any town neglect the performance hereof above one year that every such town shall pay 5 pounds to the next school till they shall perform this order.

In the beginning of public education in this country, Christian principles and morality were expected to be taught in the home, but as a backup, they were taught in the schools.  The Bible was the primary textbook taught in the classroom, and moral behavior was expected from teachers, students, and student’s families alike.  

Fast forward to today, and observe some of the the effects of secular and anti-Christian, public education,

Creation - the only unacceptable belief about our origin, is the biblical account of creation

Religion - all religions are celebrated and are preferred to Christianity, all cultures are to be celebrated, except Christian-influenced Western-culture, criticism of Islam is non-existent, whereas all-out condemnation of Christianity is normative, the reverential treatment of the name, Jesus, is virtually banned.

Pagan Morality - sex, condoms, abortion, homosexuality, gender-confusion, transgender, this is paganism, and is celebrated in our public schools.  
Social politics - America Is the problem in the world, Christianity is the problem in the world, human beings in general are the problem in the world.  In Economics - we can see that free-market-capitalism is unfair, socialism is the solution, zero-sum-game theory (prosperity only comes by another's loss), ex., America became wealthy by driving Africa to poverty.  In History -  history is often taught from an Anti-Christian / anti-American perspective, American patriotism is equivalent to bigotry, closed boarders and voting ID is equivalent to racism

Is there enough time? - between the school day, and homework, the average student spends 40+ hrs, not to mention, travel time and extra-curricular activities, away from the influence of the Christian faith.  With this much time spent under the influence of anti-Christian worldview, how much time is really left for the parents and church to influence the child.  Recent surveys shows that on average, parents spend less than eight hours per week with their children.  
The Mission of WSCS West Sayville Christian School exists to assist Christian families by providing a Christ- centered, Bible-based, academically strong education that encourages each child to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. We believe that this will equip and inspire them by laying a solid foundation for living a life of obedience to God and service to others. 

Thank you for your support of WSCS, and please prayerfully consider what you may be able to do to help us continue this important ministry to the Body of Jesus Christ.  

Jim Winslow

East Patchogue, NY

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Christian Bums, Wake Up!

Christian Bums, Wake Up!

The Christian Church in America has gotten drunk on the offerings of this world, intoxicated with pleasure, comfort, and position.  Even in things done in the name of evangelism and outreach, this can be seen.  Christians must awaken from this drunken stupor, clean the vomit off their faces, drink a cup of strong black coffee, and deal with what's happening in the world, first, in your own families, and then in your churches.  

Are you really making disciples of Jesus Christ?  Are you teaching your children and churches to Think like Christ, to Believe like Christ, to Pray like Christ, and to Behave like Christ? 

Christians, we have passed the crossroad, and are now speeding down a one-way street toward America's demise.  To change course now, we can only pray for a miraculous turnaround, a divine u-turn, a revival, an awakening, etc.  And even if God were to grant such a blessing, what would we do with it?  

What was the aftermath of revivals and awakenings of the past?  How long did the societal change really last.  All the bars and prostitutes came back, Jonathan Edwards was fired from his church, and American society and culture swirled one more revolution down the toilet.  

Most of us have two arms and two hands.  With one, we must do our best to reach the enemies of God with the gospel of Jesus Christ, and with the other, we must protect God's sheep.  

The enemy is on the rise, the camp is being surrounded.  What will you do now?  

This urgency affects my preaching, teaching, my conversations with family and friends, the way I think about the future, etc.  

It may be unpleasant to think about, and it is certainly unpopular, but it's reality, and so far, fantasy has never set anyone free, so wake up, and go to work.  

Friday, June 19, 2015

Compassion For The Reprobate?

Compassion For The Reprobate?

Not because they don't know better
Not because they are victims themselves
Not because they had no choices
Not because society dealt them a bad hand
Not because they have issues we can never understand

Each and every person is responsible for their own sin.  Primary, is the sin of not believing in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and this is true whether they understand it as sin or not.  

We can have compassion for the reprobate, because as human beings we all have great intrinsic and eternal value, and as some among us make decisions which lead to total destruction, they are destroyed, and it's a pitiful thing they have done to themselves, it's pitiful what they have done with the image of God, and His gift of life.  

If they only did things God's way, if they only called out to the Lord in faith. repentance, and obedience.  If they only chose light over darkness, they would not be where they are, they would not do the things they do, living in the depravity they so much enjoy.

Who could take pleasure, seeing a homeless child eating out of a dumpster, and enjoying it as if she was in paradise.    This is what it's like when one of Gods highest creation, mankind, chooses the filth if sin, over Gods righteous.  

Human beings are worth so much more than that, and for this, we can have compassion in those who reject it.  

This, I believe, is the way God loves the sinner, with pitiful sadness, saying, "it could have been so much better, you could've had so much more, if you would've only trusted me."

What About Forgiveness?

What About Forgiveness?

Forgiveness is often misunderstood by Christians.  

It is commanded by Christ, and is therefore, not only possible, but is also necessary.  Forgiveness does not mean, a restoration of relationship, or going back to the way things were before, nor does it mean forgetting, and/or pretending nothing ever happened.  In other words, where wisdom and godly discernment require a relational separation, or protection from further abuse, forgiveness is not equivalent to stupidity, forgiveness does not mean, blind to reality.  But with the exception of criminal abuse, forgiveness, typically, will allow the offender the ability to re-establish trust.  Forgiveness recognizes the truth of the offense, but turns it over to God.  Forgiveness is understanding, and agreeing with God, that the debt owed me, is actually owed to God.   The offense/sin committed against me was really committed against God.  So, we forgive a person, not necessarily because of our love for that person, but out of our acknowledgement of the great extend of which we have been forgiven, and out of our love for God.

Forgiveness is not turning your enemies into friends.  We are to love our enemies, we are to forgive them, and yet, they may still may be enemies.  It must also be noted, that the refusal to forgive leads to torment and unforgiveness by God (Mt 18:21-35).

A major consequence of unforgiveness, is that it can lead to hatred, and there is a serious spiritual conflict for the Christian who harbors hatred.  John said, "Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling.  But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes" (1John 2:9-11).  

In looking at the response of the forgiven servant in Matt 18:28 - we can see a man who is walking in darkness, a man who has been blinded, and does not know where he is going.  After being released from such a great debt, instead of choking the fellow servant, he should have forgiven him.  He should have said, "You know that 100 denarii you owe me?  You now owe it to the king, you owe me nothing!"  This is forgiveness.  One step further, would be to have a response like that of Christ, "Father forgive them, because they think what they have done is right."  

Are we afraid to forgive?

We may fear that if we forgive from our heart, we are empowering the offenders, and allowing ourselves to be vulnerable once again.  This should not be the concern of the Christian.  As Christians, we should never be afraid to obey God.  God can be trusted with these offenses, He can be trusted with these offenders. 

If I forgive, what about justice?

   “A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek. They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind. Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment. Their eyes swell out through fatness; their hearts overflow with follies. They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression. They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth. Therefore his people turn back to them, and find no fault in them. And they say, “How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?” Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches. All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence. For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning. If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of your children. But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end. Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin. How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors! Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms. When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you. Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you. But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.” (Psalm 73:title–28, ESV) 

The bottom line, is that God will take care of those who sin against us, because, "Truly God is good!"  

Though wicked offenders seem to get away with continuing to hurt people, and it seems as though they will never receive justice, regarding the wicked, the psalmist says to God,  "Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin. How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors! Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.... For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you."  

God can be trusted to administer justice, and as we forgive those who sin against us, we leave the offender in the hands of God.  It should be understood that the prosperity of the wicked is, at most, temporary, for their Day of reckoning is at hand.

In most cases, forgiveness does not eliminate the hurt or any other consequence of the offense, but forgiveness does give God room for providing healing, comfort, and spiritual growth.

We forgive out of obedience, out of love for God, and out of faith.  "But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

What Is Islam?

A Peaceful Religion?

The mantra goes something like this, "Islam is a religion of peace, and it is being hijacked by radical extremists."  This statement had not entered our consciousness before 9/11/01, and has been ringing in our heads ever since.  It is a fallacy that begs the question, for it tries to remove all questions.   

The first of the questions we should be asking about Islam is, "Why are so many Muslims committed to murdering innocent people?"  The second question is, "What kind of religion endorses the murdering of innocent people?"  The third question might be, "Are those  Muslim murderers representative of the ideal adherent to the religious texts of Islam, or are they not?"

No where in the public square are these questions being asked, because all question has been removed from the debate with the mantra, "Islam is a religion of peace, and it is being hijacked by radical extremists." 

But what about Christianity?  Some say it’s just as bad.  

There is no greater contrast than that which exists between Islam and Christianity, the god of Islam and the God of Christianity.   

The perfect representative of God the Father, Jesus, the Christ, was tortured and murdered so that enemies of God, by God's grace, could be become children of God, and be saved.  Jesus commanded His followers to love their enemies.  

The perfect representative of Allah, Mohamed, the Prophet, tortured and murdered the enemies of Allah, so that they could suffer, die, and be eternally punished.  Mohamed commanded his followers to do the same.  

Read the New Testament, and compare to the Quran.  Compare and contrast the ideas and ideals set forth in both.  Look at the lives and ministries of Jesus and the Apostles, as compared to the lives and work of Mohamed and his early followers.  Add to this, the historical accounts of the spread of Christianity verses the spread of Islam, and you will have a much greater understanding of the events of today.  You will also have your answers to the forbidden questions.  

Further Consideration 

John Wesley pointed out that "What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace."  This concept is proven to be true through multiple examples, but let's look at one.  The last generation in America, tolerated, among other things, homosexuality, and now this generation embraces it to a point that homosexual activists never even imagined.  This generation is tolerating, among other things, Islam. Let's not be too surprised as America comes to embrace it.