By Josiah Friberg
The following powerful Scripture compares two opposite philosophies of education, two contrary perspectives of God and the world, two completely opposing worldviews.
“See to it that no one takes you CAPTIVE through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principle the world, rather than according to CHRIST.” Apostle Paul, Colossians 2:8
On the one hand, there is education, which is discipleship, according to CHRIST. This is the kind of education that God our Father wants Christian parents to provide to their children. This type of education is based on God, on God’s truth, on God’s Word, on the elementary principles of the Kingdom of God, which begin with the fear of the Lord and the knowledge of the Holy One. When we educate our children in this way, according to Christ, we are planting the seeds that will bring forth the Kingdom of God and will manifest the fruit of the Spirit in the lives of our children. This kind of education and discipleship is a living out of the Lord’s prayer, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…” This is what God wants for families and for Christian children. This is his good, pleasing, and perfect will.
On the other hand, there is schooling and indoctrination according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, according to the human philosophy and empty deception of men. This is the kind of “education” that one finds in the public schools or government schools, and it is founded upon the lies of secular humanism, evolution, socialism, statism, new age mysticism, and a man-centered worldview. This is not true education, but rather it is more of institutional indoctrination in socialism, multi-culturalism, secular humanism, moral relativism, homosexuality, and statism. It is completely contrary to God’s Word, God’s truth, God’s way, and it is outright hostile in its anti-Christian atheism and spiritual idolatry. When we educate our children in this way, in government schools, we are planting the seeds that will bring forth the kingdom of man and will manifest the fruit or works of the flesh in the lives of our children. God does not want this for our families or children. For this reason the Apostle Paul warns us in the above Scripture to “see to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception…”
This is a prophetic warning to Christian parents not to allow the state to indoctrinate their children, because if they do abdicate their parental responsibility to educate their children according to Christ by giving them over to the state to educate them according to the ways of men and the world, the result will be that their children will be taken captive. In other words, by giving our children over to the state, Christian parents are institutionalizing their children into a government-controlled welfare school system that will enslave their children, lead them into spiritual and moral bondage, and which will hold them captive as prisoners of darkness. The end result is that they will lose their children to the world and to the enemy. With 85% of Christian parents guilty of enslaving their children in a godless, anti-Christian, and hostile school system and culture, the church is losing its children and future generations.
“But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3
We must wake up to the warning in this Scripture, repent for our actions, remove our children from government schools of darkness, and take responsibility for educating our children God’s way, according to Christ, and begin a truly Biblical education based on the fear of the Lord which is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge, and based on the knowledge of the Holy One, which is eternal life (John 17:3).
Josiah Friberg is a teacher, Christian educator, home school father, principal of Kingdom Ambassadors’ Academy, and a Christian Education Minister with Exodus Mandate. He teaches, speaks, and writes on Christian education, homeschooling, educating children God’s way, and America’s providential history. To learn more regarding God’s requirements of Christian parents in the education of their children, visit his blog:http://alleducationisreligious.blogspot.com
For personal assistance with homeschooling or Christian schools in your area, visit: http://www.exodusmandate.org.