The Christian’s Biblical Responsibility to Teach Their Children God’s Wisdom.

This week I begin a series that addresses Christian parent’s responsibility to educate their children.  I speak with some life experience, having two children and five grandchildren.  My wife Terry and I became Christians in 1977 when I was 35.  In 1995, I joined the Board of Caldwell (Classical, Christian, Community) Academy (CCCA) in Greensboro, NC, one year after its founding and served for three years.  During that time Caldwell moved to a permanent facility and we saw the student body more than double.  Leaving the board in 2001, I taught at CCCA for three years before beginning teaching at the Community College level where I still teach today.  You can see Caldwell CCC Academy today at http://www.caldwellacademy.org/about-us/

If God gave you children, then he also gives you responsibility for their instruction.  As a parent, one of your PRIMARY responsibilities is your children’s education. Before you can begin teaching your children, you must learn God’s wisdom yourself from the primary source, the Bible.  Since we are God’s creation we must understand the nature and character of God.  This gaining of wisdom is a cycle of study, learning and teaching.  It requires effort!  In Romans 12:1-2 we are told it happens by the renewing the mind, personal STUDY! Your work is to take your thinking and bring it from your sinful self to more and more knowledge of God.  This transformation impacts our behavior as we are changed more and more into the image of Christ.  By building a foundation of our spiritual depth we can begin to instruct our children.  In the Bible verses below, you will see it is our effort combined with faith in the Scriptures brings us greater wisdom.  We can only teach what we know and understand so, the more we grow the greater our ability to impart wisdom to our children.  Remember it’s not just what we teach it’s more how we live.  Our actions often speak louder than our words so we MUST let the truth transform us.  Do not say to your children: “Do what I say not what I do!”  Say to them:  ”Watch me and do what I do!”  A living example has far more influence than instruction alone.  Read these Bible verses carefully to see the importance of wisdom!

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Psalm 119:66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.

Proverbs 4:13 Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.

Proverbs 9:9 Instruct a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Ezra 7:10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

2 Corinthians 10:5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Charlie is the author of “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!  A Former Atheist’s Personal Christian Evangelism Plan.” which develops a personal evangelism strategy that gets to the Gospel every time you witness.  His second book ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is in You.  Direct, Simple Answers to the World’s “Hard” Questions” answers more than 100 questions skeptics use to try to stump Christians. Both at http://yourchristiananswers.com  Charlie’s third book, “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s Dead!  Science Proves Atheistic Evolution is IMPOSSIBLE” challenges Evolution’s believability, because it flagrantly violates three scientific laws, the 1st and 2nd Laws of Thermodynamics and Biogenesis.   To break a scientific law, you need a miracle, and Atheistic Evolution cannot allow any.  Available at http://www.w3mdarwinsdead.com

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ALL democratic nations become corrupt and fall because of human depravity. NO exceptions.

No nation governed by men will survive long range. Eventually, a society becomes corrupt and fails because human depravity continues to increase. This decay comes from within as depravity takes control of the political system. No nation in history is exempt, not even Israel. The United States today, in the early part of the twenty-first century, is in the last stages of this life cycle. Unless revival comes, collapse is imminent.

We saw in the last two weeks the founding principles of a nation influences how successful that society is. Biblical principles will always be a better foundation, however, even nations with the best foundations pass through this life cycle. No country is exempt! In the Bible, the book of Judges chronicles this again and again for Israel. This Alexander Fraser Tytler quote illustrates how this cycle applies to nations:

Democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about two hundred years. During those two centuries, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

  1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
  2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
  3. From courage to liberty;
  4. From liberty to abundance;
  5. From abundance to complacency;
  6. From complacency to apathy;
  7. From apathy to dependence;
  8. From dependence back into bondage.

This quotation is attributed to Tytler but also has been to Alexis de Tocqueville.

The United States today is living out these principles. In 2014, 44 percent of the population required some form of government subsidy payment to remain solvent. When that percentage gets to half of the population, the controlling politicians will be able to sustain their power indefinitely because of the majority’s dependency. When Margaret Thatcher took control of Great Britain, it was on the brink of collapse because of that societies dependence. She dramatically cut spending and became very unpopular, but retained power. Britain was turned around by her policies. One of her most famous quotes is, “Socialism is great as long as you don’t run out of other people’s money!” (Editor’s Comment: When Thatcher refers to socialism, she’s referring to redistribution of wealth based on high taxation). France today faces the same problem because it taxes its wealthy citizens at a rate of 75 percent. Without a significant change in how we redistribute wealth, we’re going to continue to follow this cycle downward. Dependency is the path to bondage.

This blog is from portions of Chapter 9 “Cultural Context” in my book ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.”   Charlie is also the author of Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! http://yourchristiananswers.com

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Nations catastrophically fail based on Humanism – The French Revolution

Principles of freedom, liberty, and equality only thrive in a culture that recognizes the God of the Bible. Without God, a culture quickly descends into depravity. Humanism and Atheism as governing principles bring oppression, not freedom. Humanist Manifesto II regards other belief systems with contempt, especially Christianity. Nations degenerate very quickly without God and biblical principles as foundations!

Last week we looked at how the founding principles of the US recognize God as sovereign ruler and creator. We’ll contrast these foundations with the French Revolution founded on Humanism. The French principles appear similar: liberty, equality, and fraternity with one significant difference, the lack of any reference to God. The French Revolution articles are a purely Humanist document! The first six articles show the revolution’s Humanist principles

      French Revolution Articles 1789:

  1. Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions may be founded only upon the general good.
  2. The aim of all political association is the preservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of man. These rights are liberty, property, security, and resistance to oppression.
  3. The principle of all sovereignty resides essentially in the nation. No body (group) or individual may exercise any authority, which does not proceed directly from the nation.
  4. Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything, which injures no one else; hence, the exercise of the natural rights of each man has no limits except those, which assure to the other members of the society the enjoyment of the same rights. Only law can determine these limits.
  5. The Law can only prohibit such actions as are hurtful to society. Nothing may be prevented which is forbidden by law, and no one may be forced to do anything not provided for by law.
  6. The law is the expression of the general will. Every citizen has a right to participate personally, or through his representative, in its foundation. It must be the same for all whether it protects or punishes…

As the French Revolution progressed, it did not give birth to the realization of its founding principles. Without reverence for God or His rule, human depravity took control and resulted in the “Reign of Terror.” This new government, established by the above articles murdered more than 40,000 of its own citizens. The guillotine removed more than fifteen thousand heads, and another twenty-five thousand were executed across the nation. This revolution eventually was overthrown by a second revolution. Left unchecked, it would have destroyed the country entirely.

Two more examples of how foundations of the Bible or Humanism influence the history and health of a nation, both positively and negatively are:

Positively: William Wilberforce’s campaign to rid England of slavery based on Christianity.

Negatively: The rise of the Nazi regime, Hitler, and the Third Reich, based on Humanism.

Nations built on Biblical principles grow to thrive, Nations built on Humanist principles don’t long survive.

This blog is from portions of “Cultural Context” in my book ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.”   Charlie is also the author of Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! http://yourchristiananswers.com

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Atheism is a CONTRADICTION

We start today with what Atheists believe:

  • Atheists do not believe in a god or gods in any form (no deities allowed)
  • Further they believe there is no evidence for a deity and
  • No reason to believe in any god or gods.

Moral absolutes are a source of significant contrast between Atheism and Christianity. On morality, Atheists say: “Atheism does not lead inevitably to any particular moral position” In my conversations, they insist on a relative view of morals. For example, “What’s right in one circumstance is wrong in another.” “Abortion is desirable in some circumstances,” and “The taking of a human life can be justified if it serves a useful purpose.” Relative morality is a hallmark of Atheism. That same Atheist then declares unequivocally, ” There is no God.” That is an absolute statement implying omniscience or infinite knowledge. So now we come to the problem: morals are relative, but the fundamental declaration of “no God” is absolute. This relativism vs. absolute conflict is a contradiction of the highest order. You can’t have it both ways! Atheism is a direct contradiction that defies logic and reason.

Here’s a conversation I had with an Atheist.

Charlie: “Are there moral absolutes in the universe like the Ten Commandments?”

Atheist: “Of course not. All moral judgments are dependent on society’s conditions.”

Charlie: “Is there a God?”

Atheist: “No! I say that with certainty, absolutely not!”

Charlie: “So when it comes to morality, there are no absolutes, but you make the absolute statement ‘there is no God.’ Do you know everything? You can’t have it both ways: absolute and relative. Atheism is a contradiction in the highest order. If you are going to be consistent with your logic, the best an Atheist can be is Agnostic! Atheism itself is a logical contradiction!”

Wow. That always gets a strong reaction, usually with some anger. The logical flaw in their worldview has been found out, and they don’t like it. They know there is no way to explain or justify it, so their only recourse is to create a smoke screen.

Here are six questions I ask atheists to provoke them to think about their worldview.

  • If there is no God, then why does it matter to you if anyone believes in Jesus?
  • Why does my belief in Jesus distress you so much?
  • Don’t I have freedom to believe what I want to?
  • Why does it make you so angry I believe in God?
  • If God doesn’t exist, why does it matter?
  • If there is no God what’s your point?

In the history of the Christian church, many rulers, philosophers, kings, etc. have tried to destroy Christianity. They have even, at times, declared it dead. Why, after many centuries, haven’t they succeeded? If Christianity is not true, then there is no point in trying to destroy it. Leave it alone; it should just go out of fashion and disappear. IT HASN”T, WHY? Because it’s TRUE!

This blog is adapted from pages 33-35 in my book: Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!  Get your copy at http://yourchristiananswers.com

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