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MULTIGENERATIONAL FAMILY BUSINESS, Part II (This excerpt is taken from our book, which we hope to have finished in time to be published by the conference. Your prayers towards that end would be much appreciated.)

 

Children About Their Father’s Business: God’s Strategy for Taking Dominion

 

This past spring, two families that we know attended a homeschool graduation ceremony. Both were overwhelmed by the long list of the graduates’ accomplishments, but for very different reasons. One was overwhelmed by all the time the children had spent away from their families to emulate the world, while the other was overwhelmed because they felt that their children were not doing enough compared to these students. One grieved over the fragmented families and prayed, while the other stressed out over their children’s lack of worldly achievements and so ramped up their out-of-home activities to come into conformity with the level of activity these students had pursued.

 

Quite revealing, isn’t it? So let us ask you, where is the treasure of your heart? What do you envision for your family, say, twenty years from now? Is your daily walk working towards that goal?

 

The significance to these questions is revealed in the following conversations that took place years ago at one of our dinners for our CHEF conference speakers. After getting to know one another better, Jon got down to business when he asked the speakers if they grieved over what we saw happening to the homeschooling community, as graduates were flying the coop to pursue their own agenda. Instead of building up their own family dynasties by becoming the foundation (and subsequent catalyst) for reform, they were further weakening the foundation of our country.

 

In response, one of the speakers immediately piped up that since God calls children to take different directions, we must allow them to pursue their own callings. After he was finished, another speaker, an historian of great renown, spoke up to concur with Jon that strong families do indeed form the foundation of strong countries, and then went on to confirm the importance of families living and working together to strengthen their churches, their communities, their states, and in turn, their nations.

 

Shortly after this speaker’s final comments, everyone went back to eating, while the first speaker turned to the man on his left to share how excited he was that his son was returning home after being away for some time. Unashamedly, he went on to say how much he had missed him and how distressed he had been over his son’s departure because he believed that he belonged home with him.

 

At that moment, you can just imagine what we were thinking! Well as soon as he finished, we asked him if he had told his son that he wanted him to stay home or at least nearby and if he had conveyed to him the importance of family solidarity. When this speaker stated his obvious failure to do so, we went on to impart the significance of Jon’s initial question by stating the importance of fathers and mothers casting that vision to their children.

 

You see almost everyone we have ever met, in some manner or another, reveals their desire for their children’s presence near them, but in fear of falling under condemnation from an apostate culture by espousing something contrary to the cultural mandate for independence, they remain silent, or in many cases, advocate the very thing that is in opposition to what they know to be true deep in their hearts.

 

The consequence of betrayal to what we know to be true, in favor of the cultural mandate, clearly manifests itself in the following story. Several years ago at a wedding reception, as Candy and Sonia approached a woman, they noticed that she became tearful. After introducing Sonia and herself, Candy asked the woman why she was crying and if there was anything she could do for her. In turn, the woman identified herself, acknowledging that she actually recognized Candy because they had homeschooled in Missouri for many years. And then she went on to explain the reason for her tears.

 

Apparently, seeing Sonia and Candy arm in arm reminded her of the days when she had been with her children, which she went on to conclude were the best years of her life—something far different from her present situation. In response, Candy asked how many children she had homeschooled and if those children were homeschooling their own children. This mother then proceeded to share a very heart-wrenching story that clearly reveals the present battle over the vast disparity between God’s will and Satan’s will for families.

 

Early on this mother had been given a book entitled Give Them Wings, in which the author directed her readers to give their children wings by training them to be independent, so that once they turned eighteen, they could fly from the coop in every direction but home.

 

Consequently, due to this propaganda, although this particular mother had considered the years with her children the best years of her life, once her daughters were able to fly, they did. And presently, one daughter was working to support the baby she had conceived out of wedlock, while the other worked because she made too much money to justify quitting her job in favor of staying home with her own children. Thus those children were in daycare and public school.

 

After baring her heart, Candy expressed her deep grief over this mother’s sorrow, but then went on to denounce the world’s philosophy of independence, by telling her that it was antithetical to God’s Word, and in fact, an act of high treason towards God, since independence means “not subject to God’s authority.” She then went on to emphasize that there is never a time in one’s life when independence is appropriate, no matter what the circumstances.

 

After listening to Candy’s lengthy discourse refuting this worldly notion, the mother looked at her as if a light bulb had gone on in both her heart and mind, and thus proceeded to share how ironic she thought it was that the author of the book cried after each of her children flew the coop. She went on to tell Candy how she knew in her heart that it was not right to prepare her children to scatter, yet thought she must follow what this author, and many others in the homeschooling community and in her church, had encouraged her to do.

 

While Candy was having this conversation with this particular woman, unbeknownst to either of us, Jon was nearby having a very similar conversation with her husband. It was not until we compared our conversations on the way home that we realized the burden they bore and thus lamented that they had not been a part of our workshops and gatherings through the years, as they would have known God’s design for families, which would have most certainly altered their present situation.

 

You see, for the past 27 years we have been refuting this heresy by instructing our families that sending children out like quail is not following the biblical mandate to take dominion. It is not setting the course for multi-generational family businesses and communities. Quite to the contrary, it is the enemy’s plan for dividing and conquering.

 

So let us ask you, what is your most valuable possession—the one thing on this earth that you prize more than anything else? For “the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.” Matthew 13:45,46

 

Several years ago at a support group meeting, as Candy and I were expounding on our vision of working with our children in our family business, living with our children and their children on the same land, and growing a community of our family of families, a father spoke up and said that he was raising his quiver full of arrows to be shot out in every direction. Immediately, I pointed out the foolishness of this thinking by relaying to him that no warrior wastes his arrows by haphazardly shooting them in all directions. To hit the mark, the arrows must all be aimed in the same direction.

 

Most importantly, what this father failed to realize is that if an arrow were off by just one degree at 50m, it would miss the mark by 0.873m, and the further the target, the greater deflection, so that at 100m it would miss by 1.7m. In the same way, the following passages clearly delineate the battle that rages upon earth and specifically lays out the battle plan for victory.

 

“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD; the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127:3-5

 

“Indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies.” Genesis 22:17

 

“May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples. May He give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you now live as an alien, the land God gave to Abraham. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.” Genesis 28:3,4,14

 

The first covenant God made with man was marriage for the purpose of filling the earth with God’s glory by taking dominion through covenanted families as proclaimed in Genesis 1:28 when God clearly sets forth this mandate as He blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over…every living thing that moves on the earth.”

 

He reiterates this mandate of taking dominion through families in Genesis 18:19, “For I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him,” again, that through his offspring all the nations of the earth would be blessed. Genesis 22:18; Genesis 26:4

 

Accordingly, as heirs with Abraham, it is the sacred duty of each generation to train up the next generation to keep the way of the LORD. As a result, when children stand with their father in the gate, the family can face any foe. History bears testimony to this fact as men throughout history have refrained from coming up against families defending their family fortresses. This is where our strength lies and why the Communists set out to abolish the family.

 

God’s Method for Accomplishing This Mandate

 

God’s method for accomplishing this mandate is clearly through parental discipleship, and family solidarity, which He points to throughout His entire Word. First by the very essence of God’s triune Being—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—working in unison to accomplish His will. Secondly, God sets the example by walking with Adam in the garden. Furthermore, He sets the course by personally instructing His children—Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses. He dwelt among His children in the wilderness as He went everywhere with them. He led them with a pillar of cloud by day and a fire by night. He fed them manna from heaven. He instructed them with His Word and protected them from their enemies.

 

God continues to reiterate this doctrine throughout Proverbs. In point of fact, these scriptures make known that it is the sole responsibility of parents to instruct their children. “Hear my son your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.” Proverbs 1 “My son do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you…” Proverbs 3 “Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father, and give attention that you may gain understanding. Hear my son, accept my saying and the years of your life will be many…My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my saying…For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body…” Proverbs 4 “My son, observe the commandment of your father and do not forsake the teaching of your mother; bind them continually on your heart…for the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; and reproofs for discipline are the way of life…” Proverbs 6 “Listen, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way. Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Give me your heart, my sons, and let your eyes delight in my ways.” Proverbs 23 These are just a few of the verses from these and other chapters in Proverbs that prove this point.

 

So what is our covenantal duty? Psalm 78:1,5-7 says, “Listen, O my people, to my instruction; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. For He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers that they should teach them to their children, that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children, that they should put their confidence in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments.”

 

And what does God require of us as parents? “Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and grandsons.” Deuteronomy 4:9 “You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.” Deuteronomy 11:19

 

Children Derive Their Identity from Their Father

 

Most importantly, we must look to the Son of our Father to see what He did when He became of age. So let us ask ourselves, did the Son’s duty to His Father change when Christ turned 18? Had He magically become an independent man who no longer subjected Himself to His Father? Contrary to the world’s rebellious notion that a son must find his identity apart from his father, Christ at thirty years of age sets the course for His children by stating that He came to do the will of His Father and that He could do nothing apart from His Father. John 6:38; John 5:19

Indeed it was the Father who established the Son’s identity when He revealed to the world that Christ was His beloved Son. “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” Luke 3:22

God continues this foundational truth in verse 23: “When He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age, being, as was supposed, the son of Joseph, the son of Eli, the son of...the son of...the son of…” all the way down to verse 38, “the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.”

God’s instruction was emphasizing the vast magnitude of this father/child relationship, as children receive their life, their identity, their purpose, their wisdom, their sustenance, their reputation, their power, their inheritance, and their blessings from their Father/father.

This in turn places the child in submission to both his earthly father and heavenly Father as is commanded in Exodus 20:12: “Honor your father and mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” And again in Deuteronomy 5:16: “Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” And in Ephesians 6:2,3: “Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.”

The tremendous blessings that children receive for their ardent obedience is revealed in the story of the Rechabites in Jeremiah 35, who were still obeying the voice of their forefather 300 years later. They state, “We have obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, in all that he commanded us, not to drink wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons or our daughters, nor to build ourselves houses to dwell in; and we do not have vineyard or field or seed. We have only dwelt in tents, and have obeyed and have done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us. Then Jeremiah said to the house of the Rechabites, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, that God of Israel, “Because you have obeyed the command of Jonadab your father, kept all his commandments and done according to all that he commanded you; therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not lack a man to stand before Me always.’”

In contrast to these faithful children, when I asked my neighbor why her son was not accompanying them on their vacation, she told me that he did not want to go, so she had no recourse except to let him stay, even though he was only 12 years of age at the time. Sadly, unbeknownst to her, she and her husband had raised her son for failure in every facet of life because even employers won’t tolerate disobedience!

This understanding is extremely significant to family businesses, as their successful operation rests firmly on parents’ training of their children to honor and obey them. In fact we will tell you quite frankly, that without this in place, a family business will never work. For the plain and simple reason is that if children are not taught to listen to their parents, they will not be able to follow through with instructions. Furthermore, if children are not taught to honor their parents by surrendering their will to them, they cannot be trusted to faithfully execute directions, nor will God bless the work of their hands. It is a matter of dying to self and following God’s will for life rather than running headlong towards destruction.

As Christ makes clear when He said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and lose or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My word, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.” Luke 9:23-26

Hebrew Education

 

The Hebrew forefathers clearly understood their covenantal duty to train their children to serve God, not only for this life, but also for the eternal life hereafter. In point of fact, the driving philosophy of the Hebrew education system was obedience to God’s Word. In their minds, recognition of their depravity clearly justified their Holy God’s condemnation and punishment, making redemption necessary for salvation. Thus their emphasis was on reverence for God, obedience to Him, and reverence for parents and obedience to them through multi-generational family relationships in covenant with Him.

 

In view of God’s Word, children were considered essential to the success of the family, and thus were integrated into every area of life. Consequently, parents faithfully discipled children in God’s Word as they worked together to serve the family and the community.

 

Children in turn were devoted to their parents and worked alongside them as they invested into the welfare of the entire family, thus forming strong families—the foundation of both the church and civil government.

 

Sadly, however, after 1800 years of faithfulness to this covenant, out of fear, the Jews invited the Greek conqueror, Alexander the Great to take over Jerusalem. Trusting in man instead of their God, fathers abandoned their divine duty to disciple their own children and instead adopted the Greek’s education system. Antithetical to God’s mandate for education, the driving philosophy of the Greek’s education system was the worship of man, who was by their standard, the measure of all things.

 

Believing that man was born with a clean slate, the emphasis was placed on the individual through self-realization and self-fulfillment, human reasoning and physical ability, making the cornerstone of this system academic and athletic competition.

 

The child, then, was the one who created his own world based on his own desires. He set his own goals, made his own decisions, and thus became sovereign by determining his own destiny. Free from both God and family, the independent man felt no obligation to anyone but himself and his pursuit of his own interests for the advancement of his own success.

 

In accordance with Plato’s ideas as outlined in his Republic, “As long as children are doing work at home and under the authority of parents, we cannot make them creatures of the state. To mold the children into the man of the state we desperately need to get rid of the family.”

 

It comes as no surprise, then, why our country has run amuck when we realize that our public school system is based on this Greek model of education. Indeed our country is in violation of God’s mandate as it embraced the antithesis to the biblical approach to discipleship.

 

The World When God Sent His Son

 

Again, let us briefly look at other aspects of the world when God sent His Son to reconcile His people to Himself and reflect on the similarities between the Roman Empire at that time and our own country now. Rome’s despotic rulers cloaked their ruthless lust for power in charitable acts of welfare and public projects. Subsequently, Rome’s burgeoning State necessitated heavy taxation, which in turn caused rampant inflation. Compare this with the fact that one out of every six Americans now receives some form of government assistance. http://blog.heritage.org/2010/09/07/one-in-six-americans-receives-government-assistance/

 

Consequently, America’s taxpayers work nearly six months of each year to pay taxes to the State who in turn rewards the indigent. http://cnsnews.com/news/article/americans-will-work-more-6-months-pay-cost-govt-2012

 

Unbridled immorality prevailed through the Roman Empire as rampant immodesty, fornication, adultery, divorce, infanticide, and homosexuality pervaded society. Ultimately not only did this wickedness lead to their demise, but also their rejection of God’s mandate to be fruitful and multiply led to the decline of the Roman population to the extent that one-third of their populace in the first century were slaves.

 

Again, let us compare this with American’s unbridled immorality. Fifty percent of marriages end in divorce, fifty percent of all couples live together, and forty percent of births are to unwed mothers. The Census Bureau projected that if our present decline in births, coupled with the number of foreigners who continue to pour over our borders, continues, by 2042 Caucasian Protestant Christians will become America’s minority.

 

Consider also that Rome’s entertainment consisted of 45,000 bloodthirsty spectators lustfully cheering the horrific brutality of Christians being torn to pieces by wild beasts, beheaded, crucified, and burned at the stake. This was nothing less than an unleashing of cruelty, the like ferocity that we have yet to see in our arenas, but which exists nonetheless, and actually in a far greater degree, as these virtual acts of cruelty are brought into millions of America’s homes via cable television.

 

Often glorified by historians and lay people alike, Rome in all its pagan splendor was nothing but hideously wicked as slavery, torture, and human sacrifice permeated their pagan culture of death.

 

With this historical revelation, it is hard to imagine why many claim that our American liberties were founded on Roman philosophy and principles, because a thorough study of Rome clearly displays the utter deficiency of human rights and liberty. In fact, no society can be called civilized unless it rests on Christ. For God says in 2 Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.”

 

God’s Strategy for Victory

 

It was in this horrifically wicked setting that God sent His Son to reconcile the world to Himself. Yet how did He purpose to do it? Interestingly, He reiterated His dominion mandate before the coming of Christ in Malachi 4:5,6 “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”

 

Then as promised God sent John the Baptist as the forerunner to the One Jesus Christ who would turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children and the children back to their fathers. Luke 1:17 “It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

 

So what is God’s plan for victory? Discipleship is the very heart and soul of His covenant, the key to life, and the core of the Gospel. Indeed the heavenly Father-Son relationship clearly exemplified these principles.

 

“Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.’” John 4:34

 

“Therefore Jesus…said, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing…I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me…the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish—the very works that I do—testify…that the Father has sent Me.” John 5:19,20,30,36

 

“So Jesus said…I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me…I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father.” John 8:28,38

 

“Jesus spoke, ‘Father I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given me to do…I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave me out of the world; for the words which You gave me I have given to them that they may be one even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:4,6,8,21

 

God’s strategy for victory, then, is clearly discipleship, family economics, and family solidarity, and if we miss this point, we have most definitely missed the mark.

 

This shows that the root of America’s problems is not our government’s lawlessness but America’s fathers’ lawlessness. Indeed it is fathers’ failure to disciple their own sons that leads to humanists’ control of the people through the State. As fathers abandon God, their sons take on a new one—the State—which gladly disciples them to secure allegiance in their burgeoning control through provision of education, employment, childcare, healthcare, and social security.

 

Voddie Baucham, in a workshop given at the men’s leadership training in Indianapolis, Indiana, stated, “14,000 hours of instruction takes place at school. If you only spent 4 hours a week in church, it would take you 70 years to get 14,000 instructional hours. If you only spent 2 hours a week in church, it would take you 140 years to get 14,000 instructional hours. And we treat church like it’s the only place to combat the secular teaching in our schools. Give me the 14,000 hours! I want the 14,000 hours! That’s where the discipleship is taking place.

 

Where are we, men? If we are truly devoted to Christ, then our family should be seeing a maturity and sanctification in our own lives; and subsequently, through our discipleship, we should be seeing a similar maturity and sanctification in them. To help place the significance of our responsibility in proper perspective, multiply 365 days times the years you have been a father to calculate just how much time you should have been discipling your children in God’s Word. Then look at the fruit. Our task is serous, men, so please solemnly reflect upon your duty.

 

Great Reformation

 

“American Christian education was the foundation of our nation’s great growth, progress, and success…The colonists brought with them a tradition of biblical scholarship and the fruition of the Reformation…the Scriptures in English. And with their Bibles they brought a determination to continue the individual study and practice of the Christian verities contained therein.”–Rosalie Slater

 

Indeed our Colonial forefathers possessed a multi-generational eternal vision that expressed itself throughout the 1600 and 1700s when most children in America were home educated. This adherence to God’s Word produced a remarkably literate, intellectual, well-ordered, Christian nation.

 

The Foundation of All Free Government Is Laid in Families

 

When we studied the Founding Father of America’s Christian Scholarship and Education, Noah Webster, we could not help but be impressed with the vast impact he had upon our nation’s youth through the supplication of his Christian materials, yet for all he accomplished, his most profound thoughts emanate from his biblical presuppositions of the importance of biblical scholarship, which Webster believed not only began in the home, but also was best fostered there. Let us consider carefully the import of his statement that “all government originates in families, and if neglected there, it will hardly exist in society…The foundation of all free government and of all social order must be laid in families and in the discipline of youth…the Education of youth, an employment of more consequence than making laws and preaching the gospel, because it lays the foundation on which both law and gospel rests for success…”

 

Home is the first sphere of government where parents lay the foundation of self-government, family government, church government, and civil government. We cannot educate our children until we have corrected their tempers. Laying a foundation of solid obedience is crucial to the success of the family, their own marriage and their own family, the Church, their vocation, and the state.

 

Considered by many to be America’s greatest theologian and preacher, and certainly the foremost leader in the Great Awakening, Jonathan Edwards also addressed the vast importance of family government in his Farewell Sermon.

 

“We have had great disputes how the church ought to be regulated; and indeed the subject of these disputes was of great importance: but the due regulation of your families is of no less, and, in some respects, of much greater importance. Every Christian family ought to be as it were a little church, consecrated to Christ, and wholly influenced and governed by His rules. And family education and order are some of the chief means of grace. If these fail, all other means are likely to prove ineffectual. If these are duly maintained, all the means of grace will be likely to prosper and be successful.

 

Let me now therefore, once more, before I finally cease to speak to this congregation, repeat, and earnestly press the counsel which I have often urged on the heads of families, while I was their pastor, to great painfulness in teaching, warning, and directing their children; bringing them up in the training and admonition of the Lord; beginning early, where there is yet opportunity, and maintaining constant diligence in labors of this kind.

 

Remember that, as you would not have all your instructions and counsels ineffectual, there must be government as well as instructions, which must be maintained with an even hand, and steady resolution, as a guard to the religion and morals of your family, and the support of its good order. Take heed that it not be with any of you as it was with Eli of old, who reproved his children, but restrained them not; and that, by this means, you do not bring the like curse on your families as he did on his.” taken from The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. I, p. ccvi.

 

Washington so clearly understood the indissoluble bond between liberty and obedience to God’s laws, because he knew that in order for a nation to remain free, it must adhere to the requirements of the covenant outlined in Deuteronomy 28. Washington made the relationship between obedience to God’s eternal rules; and human ‘happiness’ most clear to the American people in his First Inaugural Address: ‘…the foundations of our National policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality; and the pre-eminence of a free Government, be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its Citizens, and command the respect of the world. I dwell on this prospect with every satisfaction which an ardent love for my Country can inspire since there is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness, between duty and advantage, between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity. Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained: And since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.’

 

Puritan Reformation and Subsequent Abandonment

 

Our Puritan fathers’ faithfulness led to the first Christian Republic. But then, by and large, America’s fathers abandoned their role to the state. Subsequently, churches abetted the enemy by leaving dead dogs lay while humanists educated their members’ children. Pastors and their staff went so far as to commend working mothers, and then followed the school’s direction by dividing the family into age-segregated groups, creating an entirely new segment of society called YOUTH, to whom they delegated evangelism, when God clearly commanded families to do the job.

 

Interestingly, after listening to all my sermons on God’s design for families, one of our members related that she finally realized why their old church had been so unsuccessful in reaching the lost. In spite of their great desire, and subsequent labor, to transform culture, they had no lasting converts because they had sent out individuals to do the job, instead of staying home and discipling their own families to take dominion. Consequently, not only had they no fruit to show for their labor, but they lost their own children in the process.

 

Another Great Reformation

 

Then over thirty years ago, God began another Reformation when parents fled the Greek institutions of humanism to disciple their children as God commanded to prepare a people for the Lord. But where is the homeschooling community today?

 

We believe that Exodus 12:38 defines the source of the problem. Since Satan, whom Pharaoh represents, failed to keep God’s people in the world, he accompanied them into Canaan as “a mixed multitude went up with them.” From this point onward, this “rabble” continued to be a snare to the Israelites and the source of their discontentment with God’s provision, which manifested itself in their desire to go back to Egypt, representing the world at large. (Numbers 11:4-6; Psalm 78:17-19; Psalm 106:13-15; Exodus 16:2,3; Exodus 17:3; Numbers 11:13; Numbers 14:1-11; Numbers 20:3-5; Numbers 32:1-5; Leviticus 24:10-16; Joshua 8:35; Nehemiah 5:17; Nehemiah 13:3; Nehemiah 13:23-29)

 

A. W. Pink in Gleanings in Exodus says, “And these things are recorded for our learning. This fellowshipping of believers with unbelievers, this sufferance of the ungodly among the congregation of the Lord, has been the great bane of God’s saints in every age, the source of their weakness, and the occasion of much of their failure. It is because of this the Spirit of God says, ‘Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate’ (2 Corinthians 6:17)” page 103

 

As homeschoolers fled the world’s institutions of learning, a “mixed multitude” followed. Consequently, those who failed to leave their gods behind caused others to crave the world, and thus instead of resting in God’s Providence and being satisfied with the Manna He provided, they craved after the meat back in Egypt, and thus recreated the same humanistic institutions for their children, all in the name of Christian homeschooling, of course. Only Christian homeschooling by its very definition requires compliance to Christ’s model.

 

Will We Be Faithful or Apostate to the Divine Covenant?

 

Presently we are facing the fiercest battle ever fought over the hearts and minds of our homeschooling families, as enemies to God tempt our families to abdicate their duty of discipling their own children. Will history testify of our faithfulness to the divine covenant of discipleship, or will it bear witness of an apostate people?

 

“…He commanded our fathers that they should teach them to their children, that the generations to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children, that they should put their confidence in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments, and not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not prepare its heart and whose spirit was not faithful to God.” Psalm 78:5-8

 

The question remains to be answered. Will we choose Jesus, the Son of the Father, or will we, like the Hebrew fathers before us, cry out, “Give us Barabbas. Crucify Jesus! His blood shall be on us and our children”? Matthew 27:21,22,25

 

As stated earlier, since home shapes the destiny of nations, by laying the foundation for all other government, where will our church and nation be in a few short years? Admittedly, since most of us were not discipled according to God’s Word, it becomes imperative for us to enlighten our own understanding so that we are proficient to nurture the spiritual and intellectual acumen of our own children. For “…a blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit?” Luke 6:39

 

So how can we teach our children to keep the way of the Lord when we are so biblically illiterate ourselves? Whereas our own education was completely antithetical to truth, in His faithfulness to the covenant and mercy towards us, He uses discipleship as the means by which He disciples us as well. Therefore, homeschooling is our second chance to get it right! With this in mind, it is accurate to say then that homeschooling begins first in parents’ own hearts and minds.

 

This concludes the end of Part II.