God has not given us a spirit of fear... And I'm certainly not fearing that I won't get to retire and play golf all day because I lost significant years of paying into the system.... BYW: Voddie baucham has great teaching about college and most degrees not being worth the paper they're printed on....
Barney, your comments are not founded upon solid research (I.e. - working class are supporting homeschooling families...) I know of ZERO homeschooling families who rely on the govt. to give them a social security check in order to afford homeschooling. Especially in the case of Christian homeschoolers whose goal is to train their children to fear the Lord in the Deut. 6 and Eph. 6 mandate, we have husbands who work hard to provide at an outside job and/or family economy and we actually DOUBLE PAY on our children as not only do we purchase the curriculum, we pay state taxes to support our local schools which our children do not attend. A more likely scenario is that the working class (including HS families) are paying taxes to support the welfare system which enables a significant populous to not work... Giving them a hand out and not a hand up. As for single parents homeschooling... Yes it can be done and it is done... Is it easy? No... But neither is the Christian walk! Your views sound very socialistic... Kind of like the news article that recommended not reading bedtime stories to your kids because it gives them an unfair advantage.... Life isn't fair... On many levels. Which is why my trust is put in the Word of God and not the governments of men. God has not given us a spiri
What is the cost of your child's soul and shouldn't we do everything we can to apply the effectual means of grace the Lord has given us to point them in the direction of the cross? Certainly it requires much more self sacrifice than 2 hours on Sunday. It may even require downsizing your lifestyle, turning away from the "nanny state" who will provide for you from womb to tomb, and putting your faith in the Lord to provide our DAILY bread. Don't we pray that in the Lord's Prayer? Too many people have a form of Godliness but deny its power. So I ask again, what is the worth of our children's souls.
Mourner- I'm not sure if Voddie is formally associated with Scott.. But they do have similar ideas of not segregating the family for worship (ie youth groups, children's church, and SS). Voddie has a good sermon on youth groups that he did a few years ago. So he is passionate about not enabling fathers to abdicate their duty to teach their children. He has preached much about family integration and family worship... So I suppose that's why he was asked about it.... I'm happy to answer any other questions if u have them... I hope I answered what u were asking... Blessings on your day!
I agree, Frank... I do feel sorry for kids in schools, tho... I remember when I was in high school (in a tiny, Kansas town with Christian Science teachers (20 ish yrs ago)) trying to reconcile the Bible with millions of years which were presented as fact. I always denied evolution, but I guess I believed the old Earth as there was never an alternative set in front of me. I remember reconciling creation and old earth with the loooooong day theory and never gave it more thought. Yes, theistic evolution is more dangerous as it is like the frog in warm water heating up slowly allegory. I was an adult before I was under sound teaching that I saw the fallacy of my reasoning. But it certainly makes me more watchful as to what I teach my kids, so I am thankful for that! We cannot be apathetic in our culture and maintain a Biblical faith. Thanks for your comment!
Is the education in public schools rooted in the fear of the Lord? Are latch key kids part of what scripture defines as a child left to himself? It seem really obvious as to what a Christian parent should prioritize. Do we love their souls as much as we love their and our "toys"? I would highly recommend Kevin Swanson's little book called: Keep the Faith Volume 1 on education. He researched and compiled what the church fathers had to say about education of children. It's a great resource! We had to completely restructure our lives when we realized we were being disobedient to renewing our children's minds and taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. The Lord has been faithful to our leap of faith and trusting Him and His word with the raising of our children.
MS- I would hate to see you leave as I appreciate your comments and thoughts... And even tho I haven't been posting for a long time, I have been casually following the SA news and browsing the comments for a couple of years. If theologically sound posters leave, then who wins? The offensive posters? Then this news forum will cease to be a place to "pick each others' brains". Many types of people find their way to SA to listen to sound teaching via the sermons. Ultimately, they find their way to the news site. You are an asset. Don't let a couple of bad apples ruin the whole bunch!!!
Hmmmmmmm, Frank... I don't know the individual personalities of the moderators.... I'm guessing u got censored because u had cut/pasted the offending comment into ur post. But I would like to know why I got censored???? Hope your day is blessed!
Thanks!! Thanks so much for doing this program! Our children aren't quite to that age yet, but this model is our heart for their future relationships. However, there are not local models in our community to gain wise counsel from on courtship. Thank you for letting these men share their wisdom!
Ladybug... (Again)... I will definitely check out the book by Pink you recommended. I have his book, The sovereignty of God and I very much enjoyed it as well as Tozer's Knowledge of the Holy which I have been through multiple times. There is far too little teaching about God's attributes today. Many times last year before we changed churches, we would study an attribute in One True God and then go to church and the pastor would preach the opposite of what the scriptures taught....
Ladybug, thanks for your quote from AW Pink... That definitely sums up what I see in western Christianity today! Also, my children and I are working thru Paul Washer's "True Nature of Man" and this morning's lesson pointed out some attributes of Satan that are applicable here: he disguises himself as an angel of light, he lies and deceives, he blinds the minds of unbelievers, and he tempts... The kids and I discussed this article/concept in light of the scriptures supporting these characteristics. Thanks for your post!
Yes, Frank and Ladybug.... Good comments. What a sad thing for her to have lived such a life of self sacrifice, caring for the physical needs of the poor. Yet she did not give them the truth of the gospel which could have nurtured their souls. Yes, Frank, when we were on a mission trip to Madagascar, we did see first hand how the RCC "converted" the people but did not require that they give up their animism and ancestral worship. This, of course, did not result in changed lives and spiritual rebirth.
I have learned so much from this man. He has been greatly used by God in rightly expounding the scriptures. If u haven't listened to his sermon on why he is going to Africa, it is very good (easily found in the staff picks area). Interesting thought, Pennny.
Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life. Prov. 4:13. I love this verse in relation to the education of my children. As Christian parents, we are very careful to provide them with a solidly biblical education and worldview. In humility, we also realize that we need God's grace each moment. It is unfortunate that people judge homeschoolers based upon who they know that do it poorly or with wrong motivations. Also, sometimes a self righteous attitude can be emitted b/c homeschoolers spend so much time having to defend themselves to naysayers, that the natural progression is to be defensive. Before judging someone who looks differently than us, we should first examine ourselves as to whether we are being apathetic towards the knowledge and instruction entering our and our children's minds. Do you know what your kids are being taught? Just b/c a school is Christian also doesn't mean you are off the hook as a parent. Many people judge without prayerfully even evaluating their own responsibilities in child rearing. As this verse indicates, our lives depend upon getting the right instruction.
This is completely off topic (so I ask your forgiveness in advance).... But has anyone else had problems with the upgrade version 4.1.1? I don't update apps very often, but did on my iPhone yesterday. Since then, my iPhone app won't let me view the news, search sermons, or download sermons. Sometimes it will load up the homepage and home news page, but after that there is no functionality within the app??? Any suggestions? I rebooted my phone, I have not deleted the app and reloaded it as I do not want to lose my downloaded sermons.... Help? I'm glad I didn't update the iPad!