The Reformed Analysis
"For the Commandment is a lamp; and the Law is light; and reproofs and instruction are a way of life."
 Proverbs 6:23
An Analysis Newsletter for the Serious Christian Educator

November-December 2000




Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and [that] they may teach their children.

(Deuteronomy 4:10 AV)


 God’s original plan for education always rested upon the parents. Since God’s relationship with His people was based upon the Covenant, it was through the institution of the family that God ordained the instruction of the children. This structure of teaching would insure each child both their spiritual well-being, and practical good. Since the modern educational system is in philosophical conflict to God’s Truths and structured antagonistically against His Law, it cannot bring about any good or Godly fruit. Thus, the public educational system embodies the seeds of destruction and mayhem for all who drink its deadly poison.

By advocating anti Christian philosophies and viewpoints the structure of the statist educational system functions in rebellion to the Covenant that God has established. According to the Scriptures, this public institution is indicted with the evil of Covenant breaking, and therefore condemned. The question that we must initially face is, “how can any institution that is, in principle and practice, a Covenant Breaker, be any profit to our children?” Moreover, “how can such an institution profit the nation if it remains antagonistic to the Law of God and the prescriptions of Biblical logic?”



Fundamentally, the educational system of the secular state hinges upon the concept of man. One principled dynamic which is asserted in secular schools is that man is essentially good. In every social, political or educational system, the concept of man ultimately dictates goals and agendas. Over time, the prevailing concept of man has shifted from being God-centered, to being man-centered. Today’s secular philosophy declares that instead of man being naturally evil through Adam’s fall, he is naturally good. This shift in ideas, concerning man’s nature, from that which is sinful to that which is good, erases the need for a Divine Savior. If man has a tendency and capacity to do good, salvation is conveniently placed in his natural reach. Today the new salvation comes by way of knowledge through the state’s education system.






According to R.J. Rushdoony in his classic work, The Messianic Character of American Education, (Ross House Books, 1963) the idea of man-centered salvation through the educational process, has placed a tremendous burden upon the individual. This is primarily the reason why education is such a hotly debated topic in the U.S., and why so many millions upon millions of dollars are poured into it each year. Having turned from allegiance and dependence upon God, man now depends upon his own puny power and wisdom for his well being, progress and growth.



A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

(Matthew 12:35 AV)

In this verse of Matthew 12, the Lord clearly sets forth a principle concerning good and evil fruit. That which is good, inwardly, brings forth that which is good and beneficial outwardly. On the other hand, that which is inherently evil, is equipped only to bring forth that which is wicked and destructive. In the matter of education, the same principle holds true. If education is based upon the natural, faulty and sinful philosophies of man, the resulting fruit will be evil. Since man’s natural tendency is enmity (lit. opposite) to God, the result can only be condemnable.











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