Parents are responsible for the education of their children, fathers primarily. The problem comes when some Christians maintain there is only one right way to do it. This sermon affirms that Christians have liberty before God as to what method they choose and that neither Scripture nor history prove that home schooling is the best or most biblical way. (This sermon has been revised. New audio was uploaded on 4 February 2004.)
Great Sermon! Looking forward to more in the coming weeks. thank you for your time on this matter. As the "head of the house", I will continue to pray for you and your church.
Philip Lancaster (1/18/2004)
from Willis, Virginia
On Christian Liberty (1) I do believe that home education is the child-raising model that comes closest to fulfilling the principles, patterns, and precepts of Scripture, and I would be happy to hear a biblical rebuttal of that perspective. (2) I believe that it is a matter of Christian liberty whether parents choose to do home education or to delegate some teaching duties to Christian school teachers. Home education is not a test of faithfulness to Christ. (3) Even though I think homeschooling is demonstrably the best choice, I support and commend parents who send their children to Christian schools and welcome an open debate about the merits of the respective educational models. (4) Someone is not a "legalist" simply because he holds a more conservative position than someone else, nor is he an "antinomian" just because his position is less strict. We must make our case from Scripture. Charity requires that we grant the most generous interpretation to a brother's position and refrain from the hasty attachment of negative labels to those who may differ from us.
Kerry W. "Pete" Hurst was born and reared in the small coal-mining town of Grundy, VA. A graduate of King College and Reformed Theological Seminary, he has pastored churches in Virginia, Tennessee, and Alabama. He served as senior pastor of Calvary Reformed Presbyterian Church...