“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” — Ephesians 6:4.
To put a child through 15,000 hours of Godless, Christless, Holy Spiritless, no-Bible, non-Christian “education” (K through 12) is sin and ignores what has been said by many of the greatest teachers of the Christian faith. A Godless “education” is not bringing children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Such an “education” is not “for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31) — or which we are commanded to do everything.
John Calvin, commenting on Ephesians 6:4, says: “It is not the will of God that parents shall … corrupt their children. Let their conduct towards their children be … to guide them in the fear of the Lord, and correct them also when they go astray.” But non-Christian “education” does precisely this. It corrupts children and leads them astray.
Charles Hodge writes:“This whole process of education is to be religious, and not only religious, but Christian…. And as Christianity is the only true religion, and God in Christ the only true God, the only possible means of profitable education is the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
A. A. HODGE
A.A. Hodge writes, in his “Religion in the Public Schools” (1887):“The system of public schools must beheld, in their sphere, true to the claims of Christianity, or they must go, with all other enemies of Christ, to the wall.” In a series of lectures to several women’s groups in the 1880’s he stated:
“I am as sure as I am of Christ’s reign that a comprehensive and centralized system of national education, separated from religion, as is now commonly proposed, will prove the most appalling enginery for the propagation of anti-Christian and atheistic unbelief, and of anti-social nihilistic ethics, individual, social and political, which this sin-rent world has ever seen.“
The tendency [of those who promote public education] is to hold that this system must be altogether secular. The atheistic doctrine is gaining currency, even among professed Christians and even among some bewildered Christian ministers, that an education provided by the common government should be entirely emptied of all religious character. The Protestants object to the government schools being used for the purpose of inculcating the doctrines of the Catholic Church, and the Romanist object to the use of the Protestant version of the Bible and to the inculcation of the peculiar doctrines of the Protestant churches. The Jews protest against the schools being used to inculcate Christianity in any form, and the atheists and agnostics protest against any teaching that implies the existence and moral government of God.“
It is capable of exact demonstration that if every party in the State has the right of excluding from the public schools whatever he does not believe to be true, then he that believes most must give way to him that believes least, and then he that believes least must give way to him that believes absolutely nothing, no matter in how small a minority the atheists or the agnostics may be. It is self-evident that on this scheme, if it is consistently and persistently carried out in all parts of the country, the United States system of national popular education will be the most efficient and wide instrument for the propagation of Atheism [and humanism] which the world has ever seen.”
ROBERT L. DABNEY
Robert L. Dabney writes in “Secularized Education,” in his Discussions, vol. 4: Secular (Ross House Books and Sprinkle Publications, 1979), that education without Christ is like the play “Hamlet” but without “Hamlet”! Says Dabney: “To every Christian citizen, the most conclusive argument against secularized education is contained in his own creed touching human responsibility. According to this, obligation to God covers all of every man’s being and actions. Even if the act be correct in outward form, which is done without any reference to his will, he will judge a shortcoming. ‘The ploughing of the wicked is sin.’The intentional end to which our action is directed determines its moral complexion supremely.
“Second, Our Savior has declared that there is no moral neutrality: ‘He that is not with Him is against Him, and he that gathereth not with Him scattereth abroad.’“Add now the third fact, that every man is born in a state of alienation from God; that practical enmity and atheism are the natural outgrowth of this disposition; that the only remedy for this natural disease of man’s spirit is gospel truth. The comparison of these truths will make it perfectly plain that non-Christian training is but literally an anti-Christian training” (emphasis his).
J. GRESHAM MACHEN
J. Gresham Machen, in his “Education, Christianity, and the State” (Trinity Foundation, 1987), making an important distinction between church members and real Bible-believing Christians, writes: “The true hope of any people lies in a kind of education in which learning and piety go hand-in- hand. Christianity, we believe, is founded upon a body of facts; it is, therefore, a thing that must be taught; and it should be taught in Christian schools…. Character-building, as practiced in our public schools, may well prove to be character-destruction. I can see little consistency in a type of Christian activity which preaches the gospel on street corners and at the ends of the earth, but neglects the children of the covenant by abandoning them to a cold and unbelieving secularism…. The Christian life cannot be lived on the basis of non-Christian thought. Hence, the necessity of the Christian school.”
CORNELIUS VAN TIL
Cornelius Van Til, in his “Foundations of Christian Education (Presbyterian & Reformed, 1990), says:“Non-Christian education puts the child in a vacuum…. The result is that child dies. Christian education alone really nurtures personality because it alone gives the child air and food…. Modern educational philosophy gruesomely insults our God and our Christ. How, then, do you expect to build anything positively Christian or theistic upon a foundation which is the negation of Christianity and the theism?…. No teaching of any sort is possible except in Christian schools.”
John Murray, in his address “Christian Education,” published in his “Collected Writings, Vol. 1: Claims of Truth” (Banner of Truth, 1976), says:“To conclude then, the sum is, in words recently penned: ‘The whole range and content of education must be God-centered; that is, God must be the unifying principle and the interpreting principle of the whole curriculum.’”In 1839, Samuel Miller, Archibald Alexander, Charles Hodge, J. Addison Alexander, and James Carnahan were, as a committee, charged with investigating the status of the Christian education of young people in the Presbyterian Church. They concluded, in part: “The religious instruction of our youth, instead of becoming more ample and faithful… has undoubtedly declined, both as to extent and identity. The children of church members are, in a multitude of cases, totally neglected and left to ignorance and heathenism…. And it is painful to recollect that, amidst this unhappy delinquency, the judicatories of our church have in great measure slumbered over this evil, and have taken no systematic or efficient order for the removal of it. The mischiefs flowing from this neglect of early religious instruction are numberless and deplorable.”That was 1839.
Today the situation is even worse and more evil. I pray that all Christian parents will wake up re: the education issue.