The Danger of Errant Instruction

Christian Education Is Not Optional

“Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.” Proverbs 19:27

Our society is dominated by a pluralistic worldview where our children are being taught that absolutes no longer exist. With that false teaching comes the idea that everyone is right in his own way. Yet Proverbs 12:15 warns, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” Proverbs 3:7 adds, “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”

To those who would say that it is good for children to be exposed to the world’s instruction to enable them to combat it, I remind you of the words of the Apostle Paul in Romans 16:19, “For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.”

Errant instruction is caused by a worldview that does not include God at its center. Our own county (Fairfax County, VA) states on its website: “Students are taught that a small percent of humans are homosexual, that scientists differ as to the cause of homosexuality, and that all persons deserve to be treated with respect regardless of their sexual orientation.” But here is what the Bible says in Romans 1:28, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.”

We cannot stop hearing the world, but we can stop hearing the world’s instruction. Our children are not capable of exercising discernment at an early age and it is the parent’s responsibility to act on their children’s behalf, shielding them from instruction that can cause them to err from the words of knowledge.

The cure for errant instruction is to recognize that what God teaches in His Word is true knowledge. In addition, following the admonition of Deuteronomy 4:9, Godly parents share their life experiences and personal observations with their children.

Our church academy was established both to protect our children from errant instruction and to support parents in teaching their children according to Psalm 34:11, “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.”

All the subjects taught in our academy are tied in to a biblical perspective and we encourage our members to enroll their children there, avoiding the public school system. If parents truly believe that outside of salvation, our children are the greatest gift God can give us, then surely we cannot willingly subject them to influences that will sow seeds of doubt or expose them to the world in such a fashion that they will not be holy and pure before the Lord and consistent followers of Christ.

Yes, there are some Christian teachers in the public school system, but it is foolish to think that any positive influence they might wield can totally combat the influence of the unsaved. It is equally foolish to think that the influence of the unsaved will have no impact on Christian children.

The best place for our children is in an environment where God-fearing men and women who openly profess Christ as Saviour do all they can to teach and train boys and girls in accordance with Christian principles and Christian truth.

The horrible tragedy of the 2010 Haitian earthquake provides a fitting illustration in this regard. I saw an interview with a lady who was pointing out the destruction to her house. She said the problem was a lack of building codes that enabled people to construct their homes any way they liked. The few codes that did exist were ignored by paying off an inspector.

Those houses stood for decades. They may have looked nice and served a purpose but, because they did not have a good foundation, they ultimately crumbled when the real test came.

In the same way, it may seem that secular education has no harmful effects on Christian children, but, at the very least, their foundation will never be all that God wants it to be if they are not taught every day to incorporate the principles of God’s Word into their hearts and lives.

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