Some Encouragement for Home Educators

 

Tax time can be a very discouraging time for homeschooling parents. I have no children in public school, yet I’ve spent thousands over the past few decades to finance the schooling of other peoples’ children. I know the argument—we pay for police, fire, and paramedics whether or not we require their services. This is true, and there are other civic services that I pay taxes toward without complaint.

But the state of public education is such that, if the comparisons to other civic services were taken to heart, we would have fire department arsonists, police criminals, and paramedics that euthanized their patients. In short, public education as currently practised, is a grave danger to children, and to the taxpayers who must pay the salaries of the teachers, administrators, and the properties and their upkeep.

Public education is a place where Christian values are forbidden, but where the secular left feels free to teach children that sexual perversion is normal, that skin colour determines status of victimhood or oppressor, and that the ultimate determiner of all that is right and good is government. But enough about that—that’s clear to anyone who has eyes to see.

As a homeschooling parent, you may resent the fact that you are paying for schooling that you must never participate in, while financing your own schooling at home.

All that is money gone.

But here’s the encouraging thing: you win, and those who took your money only have that. They do not have your children. Your children win. They will learn truths that will not be contradicted by a LGBTQpedo. Your kids won’t have their sexuality questioned. In fact, they won’t learn the lie that gender is a social construct which has nothing to do with the child’s sex. Your kids will not be a target for nonsense. Your kids will learn actual things with which they can grow into adults who honour the Lord with their work. Your kids will not wait until forty to have children, but will likely have larger families. That is a win.

Your kids will win because they won’t be so foolish as to sign up for “studies” –religious studies, feminist studies, indigenous studies, LGBTQ studies, or anything like it. If they do go to university it will likely be for the hard sciences and they will know how to digest knowledge and spit out the husk.

No matter the cost, if you keep your kids close to you, you will have won.

Shuffling the Deck Chairs on the Titanic. It is Time to Retire a Discredited Proverb


The secular worldview has morals, but it cannot rationally justify them or keep from them becoming relative at some point. Secularism, because of its rejection of God’s revelation in both nature and Word, has only humanity to guide it. There are no moral absolutes, and so what is morally right or wrong will eventually be modified.

This is very clear in the eagerness of the secularist to embrace medical dictatorship without critical complaint: the confinement without trial (nursing home residents), tearing families apart for months, destruction of personal incomes and the subsequent enrichment of the rule-makers and their colleagues, the banning of normal social behaviour, forcible wearing of face-coverings, and now a demand to surrender bodily autonomy are all what a few years ago would be called immoral.

Now these have become moral, and that shift came with almost no argument. People complain about the details, but went along anyway. The Christian faith provides the critical tools to examine, critique, and offer alternatives to each of these in a time of a worldwide pandemic, but cannot get a hearing. The response to the pandemic is demonstrably far worse than the disease, but the opinion that we are on the wrong track is limited only to outliers, certainly not the mainstream governmental officials, medical/scientific communities, media, and large business.

But the reason that Christians are largely ignored is because they are not there to be heard. Few are the committed Christians in any of the fields that control society: government, science, education, media, business, etc. They exist, but we have been absent for almost two centuries. It is now very difficult, but necessary, for large number of Christians who have a real Christian worldview, to enter all fields of human knowledge. I do not mean a Christian who goes to church on Sunday and operates in his/her profession on Monday as a pagan.

The reason for our long absence is the hold that dispensationalism and pietism has had and has now I the church. These views concede this world to Satan, even though the Bible does not. It relegates God to the heart, church, and in an increasing limited sense, to the family. A Christian would have to be totally asleep to fail to see that a secular mindset (which is in all-out war against the Christian worldview) is encroaching in every place humans inhabit. The willingness for the church to concede its worship, fellowship, and education to the state in these past few months is indicative of the degree to which the church has withdrawn.

It is the church that needs a Christian worldview most of all. I believe the near-death experience of Biblical Christianity in the West, which reached its peak in 2020-2021 has been long in coming. The church already had one foot out of the door and abandoned its commission to disciple the nations. And it is abandonment to reduce “disciple the nations” to “make church-goers of the nations.”

Here’s a test: if a medical doctor, a lawyer, a judge, or a parliamentarian is converted to Christ, what counsel do you give them for their profession? Do you tell them they must operate with honesty and integrity? Good. Do you tell them they must treat all cases that come to them with the same supposed objectivity and neutrality they exercised prior to their conversion? That is very bad. You are teaching them to live a lie, and are siding with secularism. You are teaching your disciple that their faith has no bearing in the “real world.” Secularists are not neutral nor objective, but their presuppositions and prejudices are expressed as though they are. There is no neutrality. Secularists pretend neutrality, and pietistic Christianity goes along with the charade.

This is how the church loses its belief in moral absolutes. When the secular world shifts, the church keeps up instead of critiquing the shift, offering alternatives, or resisting.

If your view is that to be involved in this world is just “shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic,” you need to repent of your non-Christian worldview. The world needs a Christian worldview, because no other approach will fulfill the desires God has for humanity and avoid His judgement. Of course, a secularist denies both judgement and God Himself, but that is irrelevant to the facts.

We Fell So Easily

Why the Church closures are are bigger deal than we want to admit.

Canadians who pay attention are noticing that there is a war against churches that stay open in spite of government mandates. This isn’t going to split the church in Canada, it already has. Many wonder why, when there are no Covid deaths traceable to worship, and maybe less that five Covid cases in all of Canada connected to worship, that the fines number in the millions and pastors are jailed.
I believe the behaviour of the civil government in this pandemic is designed to weaken Bible-believing churches and to pre-emptively rob them of their message.
Civil leaders are throttling up their push toward social change, and Bible-believing churches are a direct threat to that change.
Every major political leader affirms that “hate has no place in Canada.” They are pretty coy about defining hate, but it isn’t hard to parse:
1. If you are anti-abortion, you are sexist.
2. If you are anti sex-selective abortion, you are a racist.
3. If you reject Critical Race Theory, you are a racist.
4. If you doubt the rule of the state over all, you are a rebel.
5. If you are anti same-sex marriage, you are a homophobe.
6. If you are against women pastors, you are a misogynist.
7. If you are against the non-scientific notion that sex can be changed, transphobic.
8. If you teach against teachings of Islam, you are an Islamophobe.
(I used the negatives, “anti” and “against” to trigger all the right people. I hope that isn’t you. If this kind of writing bothers you, you are part of the problem.)
The above describes every church that takes the Bible seriously. If your church, your pastor, is faithful to Scripture, the labels sexist, racist, rebel, homophobe, transphobe, misogynist, and Islamophobe will all be applied.
This is why the government of Ontario and the government of Canada have attacked churches so viciously. Although they have the power to attack churches directly on each of the eight points above, they are far too cowardly to do so. They can speak of “hate” in general terms, but they are very reluctant to attach these monikers to actual churches and pastors. They will attempt, for instance, to try to make it illegal to criticize Islam, but it is far easier to just keep the church shut.
So instead, the churches are attacked over health. Who could argue with that? Well, Bible-believing churches and pastors certainly have disputed the value of lockdowns and closures, and continue to do so. The same Biblical commitment they have doctrinally and morally is demonstrated in the very plain fact that the state is not Lord over the church. We believe that and act upon it.
Churches that have Biblical stances on these points are the ones fighting the fines and imprisonments. I know of no church, pastored by a woman, who is remaining open. I know of no United Church of Canada, or Convention Baptist of Ontario and Quebec that remains open. There may be churches associate with the Gospel Coalition that are open, but the leadership is in full submission to the state.
Churches that question Biblical authority are the most likely ones to remain closed.
When pastors faithfully preach the whole counsel of God, they will preach that the Gospel transforms, converts, and will undermine the state-religion of humanism. They will teach that homosexuals can be converted. They will teach that same-sex marriage is a lie. They will preach that abortion is murder. They will teach that Islam is a false-religion.
But is this not hate, according to our Prime Minister?
None of this will be acceptable in the new Canada, a nation that is being constructed by humans with no reference to the God that created them.
The institutional church in Canada has received a mortal blow. It is soon to be illegal to try to convert a homosexual away from that sin. Then, to name any behaviour as sinful. Today, Christian business people must participate in same-sex marriage. Our taxes pay for abortions, our schools are indoctrination centres for Critical Race Theory and the sexual revolution. We complied when it was demanded that our worship cease. Now do we think we’ll stand when we are told we must not preach a message contrary to that of the State?
We fell so easily.