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Christian education is needed to put the fear of God into kids

Two Christian zealots – retired military chaplain Lt Col E Ray Moore, above left, and evangelist Dr James Dobson – have sounded a warning that the public education system in America is hastening the decline of churches, and  subjecting kids to ‘spiritual damage, extreme indoctrination, and other serious problems’.

When the two got together to flap their lips on Dobson’s Family Talk radio programme about the dangers of posed by government schools, it was mentioned that “Jesus was home-schooled until the age of 12” and this should serve a wake-up call for Christian parents to pull their kids en masse out of the public school system.

Moore is the “brains” behind the Exodus Mandate (motto: “Let my Children go”.)

Writing for The New American, Alex Newman said:

The explosive interview could have far-reaching ramifications, forcing millions of Christian parents and thousands of pastors across America to re-consider their choices.

Moore said churches and Christian families must launch a fresh effort to:

Really grow Christian schooling and home-schooling in the evangelical and conservative church community. The Bible is clear: Scripture assigns the education of children to the family with assistance from the church — and not government. So we actually do not believe in state-sponsored education in any fashion.

Citing various Bible verses, Moore said parents are commanded to raise their children up in the “culture” of the Lord.

Home-schooling and Christian schools help fulfill that, he explained, adding that public schools today are overtly hostile to Christianity and the Bible.

Especially in the early years of child development, home-schooling is “an excellent choice”, with Christian schools available later for those who feel they can’t do it themselves. For one, it creates a strong solidarity in the family, Moore said, adding that many homeschooling families are able to avoid the “teenage rebellion” stage altogether.

These kids that are home-schooled, and their peers in Christian schools, are a different breed, it’s a different culture.

Dobson agreed, saying:

Today, public schools don’t offer much in the way of values education, and if they do, it’s often wrong … so much of what goes on in public schools is really harmful.

Both Moore and Dobson noted that even Jesus was homeschooled until he was 12. And Moore said it was clearly the right choice, noting that his children, now in their 30s and 40s, are “still walking with the Lord”, have “good marriages,” and are “very successful”.” The same is true as a general rule, both agreed, saying that home-schooled children and children from Christian schools were more respectful, better educated, and more.

On the other hand, public schools are responsible for the decline in morality and the church. Said Moore:

We believe you can make a case with data that the main reason the culture and the next generation are turning away from traditional values, from the Gospel, from Christianity, is primarily because of the indoctrination of the public-school system.

He added that some 80 percent of evangelicals today have their children in government school.

So we’re losing about 70 to 80 percent of the Christian children, they’re abandoning the church and the Christian faith in their early adult years. And people will ask why this is happening. Well, you put them in a public school, you didn’t give them a Christian education. It grieves me to have to say this, so I’ll be as delicate as I can, but a lot of our very good conservative pastors are not doing their job on starting up Christian schools or encouraging K-12 Christian schooling,

He said many pastors have told him they are scared of taking a stand because so many in their flocks have their children in government schools.

So we’re in an awkward moment in history where the pastors may think, if I speak up and really push this hard, I might lose my job. They do think that. But if they don’t, we lose our country and we lose our children.

He added that children need to be brought up in the fear and admonition of the Lord. And they are not getting that in government schools — in fact, they are getting the opposite.

We’re losing our children because of the extreme indoctrination going on. We have LGBT teachings now in the schools, evolution – you can’t teach intelligent design or creation – they’re doing a revisionist form of American history, they’re not even learning basic, rudimentary education anymore in a lot of our public schools.

He also attacked Common Core, the controversial national “education” standards foisted on states by the Obama administration, as part of a “radical progressive agenda” that has even started creeping into some Christian schools.

Both Moore and Dobson noted that even Jesus was homeschooled until he was 12. And Moore said it was clearly the right choice, noting that his children, now in their 30s and 40s, are “still walking with the Lord”, have “good marriages,” and are “very successful”.” The same is true as a general rule, both agreed, saying that home-schooled children and children from Christian schools were more respectful, better educated, and more.

Alex Newman concluded his article by saying:

Indeed, public schools have been getting more and more brazenly anti-Christian in recent years. And  the indoctrination – both political and religious – has become progressively more extreme, to the point where it is now becoming obvious to anyone who cares to look. However, it still remains to be seen whether enough American children will be able to receive a good enough education to sustain the churches, the values, and the liberties that made America great.



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