2. We believe that God has given us His infallible, authoritative, and sufficient Word to fully equip us for every good work, including how to educate our children.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching,
for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3: 16 – 17)
Since God has given us everything that we need to be fully equipped for every good work and the education of our children is one of these good works, we can be certain that God has provided us with specific instructions on how to educate our children. The following are some of the Biblical commands and principles given to us by God that directly apply to the education of our children:
3. We believe fathers are commanded to bring their children up in the discipline and instruction of the LORD with mothers as their primary helpers.
Fathers are the ones that are commanded to train and educate their children. (Ephesians 6: 4, Psalm 78:5-8, and Deuteronomy 6: 1 – 7)
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up
in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
(Ephesians 6: 4)
God Himself has given fathers (not mothers, not schools, not churches), but fathers this responsibility. As a result, fathers are the ones who will be ultimately held accountable by God for what their children are taught.
God has given mothers the role of being the fathers’ primary helpers in accomplishing the goal of a Biblical education (Genesis 2: 18 – 24, Proverbs 1:8, Proverbs 6:20, Song of Solomon 8:2). But if fathers are disobedient to God, dead, or otherwise absent, it falls to mothers to accomplish this good work (Acts 16: 1, 2 Timothy 1: 5).
4. We believe that we are not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers in the education of our children.
“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers.
For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness?
Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
What accord has Christ with Belial?
Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?
What agreement has the temple of God with idols?”
(2 Corinthians 6: 14 – 16a)
As a result, willingly becoming partners with unbelievers in our God given responsibility to train and educate our children is a violation of this clear Biblical principle.
We believe that a student will become like his teacher. The Godly character of a teacher is very important.
“He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man?
Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher,
but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.”
(Luke 6: 39 – 40)
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