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Tuesday, October 7

Responding to Controversy: Public Schools, Single Moms, Churches and Private Schools

First let me state the facts:

I'm a K-12 product of the public school system.
I'm 100% convinced that homeschooling is the way I want to educate my children one day.

After getting negative feedback for this post I thought it necessary to briefly elaborate on the issue of Christians and public schools. Scripture calls parents to teach their children diligently and to protect them from worldly evils. So if we've come to the conclusion that Christian schools and/or homeschooling is most closely aligned with Scripture, where does public school fit in?

One of the main arguments against eliminating public schools and/or dogmatic support for homeschooling, is that not all families can afford private or home education. In today's culture there are many circumstances that require children to attend public schools. A poor, single mother is a perfect example of someone who has few options... but let's look at the root of the this mother's "problem."

The hypothetical, aforementioned single mother probably has little education, little family support, and may not be a Christian. BUT IF SHE WERE A CHRISTIAN THE GAME CHANGES!

If she were a Christian, she would hopefully be a part of a healthy, Gospel-preaching Church body.

If she were a Christian, her child would have support from loving mentors and she would have spiritual support.

If she were a Christian, she might have enough support from her church and Christian non-profits to receive some educational training.

Here's my main message: Evangelism is the foundation of all change. Without Christ, we have no hope. Private Christian schools need to offer more scholarships to low-income students. Churches need to welcome single mothers, the poor, immigrant families, and others. Church members need to actively disciple and mentor new members. 

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  1. THE ELECTED! BY STEVE FINNELL

    Can those elected by God resist that calling?


    ELECT-ELECTED-ELECTION: Defined (Adjective, signifies picked out, chosen.) (Noun, denotes a picking out, selection, then, that which is chosen).


    Elected means chosen. There is a view held by many that when God elects or chooses people that they cannot resist God's calling. Israel was God's elect or chosen people. God did not just select certain Jews to be saved and other Jews to be lost. Salvation was offered to the whole nation of Israel.


    Deuteronomy 7:6 For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the people who are on the face of the earth.


    The Jews were God's elect. Did any of them ever reject that election? Yes they did; because they had free-will.


    1 Samuel 8:7 The Lord said to Samuel, "Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.


    They rejected God as king.


    Numbers 14:11 The Lord said to Moses, "How long will this people spurn Me? And how long will they not believe in Me, despite all the signs which I have performed in their midst?


    These people were the elect of God, but they would not believe in Him. Even though they were God's elect He did not force them to believe and obey Him. THEY HAD FREE-WILL.


    Acts 7:51 "You men who are stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did.


    Israel was God's chosen people; they were His elect, however, they always resisted the Holy Spirit. Most of them rejected Jesus as the Christ. THEY HAD FREE-WILL.


    Does God arbitrarily condemn some men to hell and elect a chosen few for salvation? NO, HE DOES NOT!


    WHO ARE THE ELECT OF GOD TODAY?


    Acts 10:34-43 Opening his mouth, Peter said: "I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, 35 but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him. 36......Jesus Christ....43 Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness from sins.


    WHO ARE THE ELECT OF GOD TODAY? All who believe in Jesus Christ. Yes, everyone has the chance to become the elect, the chosen of God.




    Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.


    WHO ARE GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE? WHO ARE GOD'S ELECT? EVERY JEW AND EVERY GREEK WHO MEETS GOD'S TERMS FOR PARDON UNDER THE NEW COVENANT ARE THE ELECT OF GOD. THEY ARE ALL GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE.


    GOD HAS OFFERED SALVATION TO ALL WHO BELIEVE IN JESUS THE CHRIST.

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