Does it matter which Christian school you ship your youngster to? Many Christians don’t consider so, trusting that any school that claims Christ is best than sending their youngster to a pagan, secular college. However is that this actually true?
Christian schools who’ve compromised the reality of God’s Phrase (and there are many of them) can truly be extra damaging to a teenager’s religion than out-right, in-your-face atheism.
Effectively, I might say no, not essentially. Christian schools which have compromised the reality of God’s Phrase (and there are many of them) can truly be extra damaging to a teenager’s religion than out-right, in-your-face atheism. Take into consideration which is extra harmful:
- A professor who claims to be a believer, says he loves God and believes his Phrase, and but subtly twists the Scriptures, undermines their authority, and crops seeds of doubt, dragging younger folks away from their “honest and pure devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3) right into a pseudo or weak Christianity that lacks the readability of the Scriptures, refuses to talk authoritatively to the problems of our day, and places Scripture in subordination to man’s reasoning and feelings OR
- An atheistic professor who cares nothing for God’s Phrase and rejects it out of hand as a ebook of fairytales whereas exhibiting disinterest or antagonism in the direction of Christians.
No school is ideal, however there are nonetheless Christian schools right here within the US that consider God’s Phrase and maintain to its authority in all areas.
Clearly neither of those situations is nice (and, fortunately, there’s a 3rd choice!), however I might argue that the primary situation is definitely the extra harmful one for younger folks. Bear in mind, God’s Phrase teaches that if the salt is contaminated, it’s not good for something (Matthew 5:13). Christian schools that compromise the reality of God’s Phrase are main younger folks astray, and sadly, many school college students graduate as unbelievers or as professing believers who condone, and even brazenly apply, sin and suppose precisely just like the world. As God’s Phrase states, “So, since you are lukewarm, and neither scorching nor chilly, I’ll spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:16).
So, what’s the third choice? Effectively, for individuals who want to attend school, the third choice is a strong, Bible-believing, gospel-teaching Christian school. Now, after all, no school is ideal, however there are nonetheless Christian schools right here within the US that consider God’s Phrase and maintain to its authority in all areas. Discover these schools and ship your youngster there as an alternative!
However how do you discover such a faculty? Effectively, listed below are three sensible concepts:
Discover the school’s assertion of religion. Most Christian establishments have a press release of religion web page on their web site (and in the event that they don’t, that’s a giant crimson flag!). If you happen to or your youngster is involved in a school, go straight to that webpage and take note of what they are saying but in addition to what they don’t say on that web page. Is it detailed? Is it very imprecise? Does it give specifics about what they consider, or does it go away the whole lot very common? What do they are saying about Genesis? What concerning the Phrase of God? If the assertion of religion may be very imprecise and common or makes use of phrases comparable to “the Bible accommodates the Phrase of God” or “the Bible is a supply of fact,” it’s best to most likely begin taking a look at one other school! As a information, try the Solutions in Genesis assertion of religion on our web site and use it for comparability. (https://answersingenesis.org/about/religion/)
Examine who the college invitations to talk. See if the college livestreams or posts its chapel companies. See who they’re asking to come back and current and how much content material these audio system are presenting—does it align with God’s Phrase? Is it wealthy and biblically strong? Or is it fluffy, merely interesting to college students’ feelings? Who the school invitations to talk of their chapel generally is a good indication of what sort of educating they permit and promote.
Speak to the school. If the school you’re contemplating has a strong assertion of religion that appears biblically sound, don’t simply cease there. Speak to representatives from the college, particularly the president, dean of scholars, or the Bible and science division heads, if attainable (you will have to be persistent!). If you’re visiting the college whereas lessons are in session, discuss to college students about what is absolutely being taught in school rooms—you is perhaps stunned!
So, what do you have to ask? Ask very particular questions that really get to the “meat” of what the school believes to make sure that what you imply by, for instance, “biblical inerrancy,” is identical as what the college means when its claims “we consider in biblical inerrancy.” Individuals don’t all the time imply what they are saying, so asking repeated, clarifying questions could be invaluable. Listed below are some concepts for questions you possibly can ask (These are the questions we advise in my 2011 co-authored ebook, Already Compromised; it’s a terrific useful resource that will help you select a biblically sound school.):
- Is God triune (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)?
- When did demise and struggling enter into the world (for man and for animals)? That’s a vital query.
- Do you consider Jesus Christ is the Creator?
- Do you consider the times in Genesis are literal, roughly 24-hour days?
- Is it correct to interpret Genesis to evolve to what one already believes concerning the previous, or ought to one change one’s perception to evolve to what Genesis says? In different phrases, ought to Genesis be interpreted within the fashion it’s written (literal historical past), or ought to or not it’s interpreted in another style (i.e., in mild of thousands and thousands of years and evolution)?
- Has a human female and male been round for the reason that starting of creation; did they evolve from a decrease life type; or did God create them thousands and thousands of years after creation?
- Do you consider there are clever alien life kinds?
- Did God use a giant bang?
- Was the Flood of Noah’s day world or native (regional)?
- Do you consider Devil/Lucifer rebelled earlier than or after the tip of day 6 of the creation week mentioned in Genesis 1—Genesis 2:3?
- Why don’t folks as we speak consider the gospel once we boldly preach it?
- What number of “races” of individuals did God create?
- Was the fossil file primarily laid down by Noah’s flood and the way does this relate to the age of the earth?
- Is Genesis vital when preaching the gospel in as we speak’s tradition?
- Are there any authentic contradictions within the Bible?
Rigorously think about how the solutions are given to the questions above—have been they given confidently? Did the particular person answering use imprecise, “slippery” language? All of those are clues into how significantly the college takes the Bible and biblical fact.
You’ll be able to uncover extra about selecting a Christian school in an episode of the brand-new podcast, Zero Compromise, hosted by Solutions in Genesis’ Patricia Engler, Rob Webb, and Jessica Jaworski. We’re very enthusiastic about this new podcast, designed particularly to succeed in younger folks (please share it with others!). I encourage you to look at the episode “Selecting Your (Subsequent) Faculty” beneath and subscribe to get pleasure from all the approaching episodes (they’ve some very thrilling company in future episodes!):
A Useful Useful resource for Excessive Faculty College students
Whether or not you intend to ship your youngster to a secular or Christian establishment for post-secondary schooling, I strongly encourage you to present them a duplicate of Patricia Engler’s (speaker and author for AiG) school survival information, Put together to Thrive.
This actually is a wonderful useful resource that we’d like to see within the arms of each Christian highschool scholar (which is why we provide discounted bulk pricing). You’ll find Put together to Thrive on our on-line bookstore.
Oh, and yearly in November on the Ark Encounter, we host a Creation Faculty Expo that includes Christian schools from throughout the nation so college students can meet with the representatives one-on-one, hear educating from AiG audio system, and tour the Ark without spending a dime. It’s south of Cincinnati.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
This merchandise was written with the help of AiG’s analysis crew.
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