Thoughts on the 2008 Homeschool Graduation

God’s WORD

    “And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.”—1 John 5:19

    “Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”—1 John 5:5

    “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight…”
    —John 18:36

Note: I am concerned that this post will be misunderstood as being negative towards the parents who so faithfully give 1000 per cent of their time and energy to teach their children at home.

It is not in any way against homeschoolers or homeschooling, but is meant to encourage parents “…to try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
—1 John 4:1

Friday night, our family went to the Homeschool Graduation Ceremony. While listening to the speaker at the Homeschool Graduation ceremony encourage the graduates to be “world changers” and change the culture, I was reminded why I started this blog (although I haven’t gotten there yet) and that I was correct—there is an agenda underlying homeschooling.

“Worldchangers?” Is that in the Bible? No, “the whole world lieth in wickedness.” It’s repenting and receiving forgiveness of sins from the Lord Jesus, who shed His blood and rose again that changes people on the inside.

Superimposing a moral template on our society such as a “biblical” worldview to make our culture, arts, government, etc. “Christian,” so that Jesus can come back and rule, is not biblical.

Some time in the future, I hope to discuss what I call the “Homeschooling agenda” in more depth. Until that time, here are a few comments and links so
you can research for yourself.

Biblical or Christian Worldview
Biblical or Christian Worldview plays an important part in the agenda of the Homeschool leaders. Here is an excerpt of Chuck Colson commenting on Biblical Worldview that I discuss in more detail on an earlier blog regarding Awana’s Rorheim Institute and Biblical Worldview.

Biblical Worldview and Chuck Colson

Excerpt from Biblical Worldview Crucial for the New Millennium

R&L: Writing about ecumenism, you note that, “focusing on worldview…can help build bridges” between Protestant evangelicals, Roman Catholics, and Eastern Orthodox believers. Can you explain, on the basis of your participation in Evangelicals and Catholics Together,
how you have seen the biblical worldview promote
such church unity?

Colson: Father Richard Neuhaus and I saw that Christians from both the Catholic and Protestant confessions are defending the same worldview; we therefore thought that we should join together to seek common ground wherever we could find it, to engage in dialogue to better understand one another’s traditions and points of view, and to work toward a common witness in the world. That conviction was at the root of Evangelicals and Catholics Together in 1992.

We subsequently have issued two statements and engaged in extensive, ongoing conversations. I firmly believe that we are finding unity together as brothers and sisters in Christ.
By focusing, as Kuyper recommended, on the sovereignty
of God and the larger issues of life in a postmodern world, we have been able to join hands at many points
, discovering in the process that we have more in common than we suspected, yet holding on without compromise to the distinctives that make us evangelicals and Catholics…

I think this is a God-ordained movement and that it will continue to bring Christians together in defense of the fundamental truths of the faith.

My Comment
Jesus never talked about “biblical worldview.” Are there fundamental truths of the faith more important than being saved from our sin, rescued out of this wicked world, going to live with our Lord and Saviour forever, and telling others they can have their sins forgiven?

“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”—2 Corinthians 5:19

Michael Farris

In 1983, (a couple years before we started homeschooling), Michael Farris was ordained as a Baptist minister and along with Michael Smith founded the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).

It was probably 1997 or later before I realized that Michael Farris received his Juris Doctor and was an honors graduate from the Jesuit, Gonzaga University School of Law (www.law.gonzaga.edu/), which claims it provides “an excellent legal education informed by our humanistic, Jesuit and Catholic traditions and values.”

A Baptist Minister that got his law degree at a Jesuit University did not make sense to me. It was only this year, 2008, that I discovered (if it is true) that Michael Farris was ordained to be a Baptist minister by Universal Life Church.

About Michael Farris.
List of People ordained.

Patrick Henry College and Michael P. Farris

Michael Farris was the first President of Patrick Henry College, which initially was thought of as a college for homeschoolers. The current President of Patrick Henry College is Graham Walker.

Graham Walker, Ph.D.

Vice Pres. Academic Affairs; Dean of Oklahoma Wesleyan U.
Ph.D. in political philosophy from Notre Dame in 1988.
Assist. Prof. of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania
Member/Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton
Assoc. Prof. of Politics, Catholic U. of America, 1996-2003

My Comment
Is it not odd that wikipedia calls Patrick Henry College a “Protestant College…known for its evangelical focus,” when both Presidents, Mike Farris and Graham Walker, have Roman Catholic and/or Jesuit education?

Peruse the Patrick Henry College site. Notice how “Christian” it sounds and the emphasis on Worldview, shaping culture, transformation of American society…

Other links/topics to research:
Christian Reconstructionism in the Homeschooling Movement

From Chalcedon.edu

Chalcedon’s activities include foundational and leadership roles in Christian reconstruction. Our emphasis on the Cultural or Dominion Mandate…Chalcedon’s involvement in and commitment to Christian education began with its inception when founder Rousas John Rushdoony pinpointed the Christian and home schools as the most important institutions in reversing the influence of secular Humanism.
I comment more on this at 2000 Years Part 4D.

God’s WORD

    “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it…”—Psalm 127:1

    “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”
    —1 Thessalonians 5:21

    “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”—Hebrews 12:2

    “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”—Jude 21

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