Education is a highly debated topic in our country – even across the globe. People dispute the role and authority of education. Should it be controlled by the government? What about home schooling or Christian schools? It matters little what the Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, or other groups say about education. What is important is what the Bible says.

“Founded Upon a Rock” examines both the Biblical mandates regarding education and the foundations of the Christian and home school movements. As Baptists, we should not only be concerned about how education is implemented, but we should also be aware of how the foundation was laid.

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“I highly recommend the reading of “Founded Upon a Rock,” written by Josh Rivers. This exposition on education from a Baptist perspective is needed desperately. This book is not only good for pastors and teachers, but for students as well, that they might clearly understand the proper roots of their own education.”

Dr. Scott Hanks, Heritage Baptist Church in Lawrence, KS

“Josh Rivers has done a thorough job on our perspective of education from a Baptist viewpoint. He has been on target on addressing the problems of much of our Christian school curriculum based on Reformed and Covenant Theology. I heartily recommend his book on Founded Upon a Rock.”

Dr. Ron Comfort, Chancellor of Ambassador Baptist College

“Josh Rivers…rightly identifies the fact that Baptists are banefully ignorant about their heritage, and were apparently clueless in the beginning of the Christian school movement…This short work introduces a better way of thinking for Baptist people, of whom the vast majority of Christian school and home school students are comprised.”

Dr. James Beller, Arnold Baptist Tabernacle

Reformed theology and philosophy have saturated many Baptist homes, churches, schools, and colleges through the growing Christian and home school movements. Many have accepted these teaching, and they either did not know that it was Reformed theology or did not realize that Reformed theology is contrary to Baptist doctrine. The Reformed theology has been interwoven into most of the Christian curricula available. This makes it very difficult to sort through and teach a truly Biblical worldview.

Separation of Church and State

Separation of Church and State – Part 1

The issue about the separation of Church and State has been, and continues to be, a pressing and misunderstood matter. It is my plan in the next several weeks to post articles pertaining to this issue. In this post, I am starting from the beginning: the letter from the Danbury Baptist Association to the President and then the letter of his reply to them.

Separation of Church and State – Part 2

When Thomas Jefferson wrote his letter to the Baptist congregation in Danbury, Connecticut, in 1802, eleven years after the Bill of Rights had been ratified, he said that the First Amendment errected a “wall of separation” between Church and State. Even though Jefferson was a brilliant man and an important force in helping to establish many of our early laws and traditions, his statement was simply not true.

Separation of Church and State – Part 3

Anytime you hear the concept of the separation of church and state being talked about these days, it is never in regard to maintaining the restraints on government; instead, it is always talking about what Christians and churches cannot do. (D. James Kennedy, “Character & Destiny: A Nation In Search of Its Soul,” p. 50)

Separation of Church and State – Part 4

The Bible NEVER gives the responsibility of education to the government. NEVER! God has given the primary responsibility of education to the child’s parents. The Bible also gives command for the churches to teach in spiritual matters as well as assisting in “carnal” or “natural” things (education, among others, such as food, clothing, etc.). Neither the church nor the state has the right to take the parents’ role of educating their children; however, the parents may choose to seek outside assistance with their responsibility.

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