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Jun
30

Should We Expect Non-Christians to be Moral?

Should We Expect Non-Christians to be Moral? I have been hearing a lot lately, “We shouldn’t expect non-Christians to live like Christians. They don’t know God, so they sin. That’s what sinners do. Stop expecting them to be moral.” Or even, “God’s laws apply to Christians, but they don’t apply to non-Christians.” Is this thinking Biblical? Should we refuse to mention to non-Christians that they are sinners and that they are violating God’s moral law? People also frequently say, “You can’t legislate morality!” That isn’t true. In fact, every time you make a restrictive law, it is an attempt to force someone to comply to a moral standard that he or she doesn’t want to abide by. You can’t avoid legislating morality (even if based on a faulty Humanistic standard). What you CAN’T legislate is holiness! Paul says that God didn’t give His moral law for good people, but for the people who are sinning. “We know that the law is good when used correctly. For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders. The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders, liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.” (1 Timothy 1:8-10, NLT) Should we tell our non-Christian friends that they are sinning? Paul certainly did to the unbelieving Greeks in his day: “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31, NLT) A lady I know posted online the other day that we shouldn’t tell people they are sinners, instead, we should just tell them about Jesus. Really? Tell them what about Jesus? What is significant about Jesus? That He loves people? Heck, Barney the Dinosaur loves people! That’s not life-changing news. Jesus is only significant if He is the remedy to the sin that separates us from God (His claim). You can’t skip over the cross on your...
Jun
1

Samuel Blumenfeld – Expert on Education…has Died at 89

Samuel Blumenfeld – Expert on Education…has Died at 89 Perhaps the greatest education historian of the past 100 years has died at the age of 89. Samuel Blumenfeld was an educator, author and speaker, who has helped thousands of people to understand the roots and true goals of government education. Sam’s writing has had a profound influence on my life as I began reading his Blumenfeld Education newsletter as a young teen. In the late 1980s, Sam became a regular columnist for my mother’s magazine, Home School Digest, and wrote a column for many years in her publication. WorldNetDaily has a tribute about his life here: “Blumenfeld was born and raised in New York City, where he attended public schools. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and saw combat during the last weeks of the Italian campaign. He graduated from the City College of New York in 1950 then spent 10 years as a book and magazine editor. He also taught in public and private schools, including one for children with learning disabilities and behavioral problems. In 1970, he turned his attention to writing full time.” When I wrote my first book in 2000, Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview, I was blessed to have Sam write the following endorsement: “This is a book that will challenge many Christian homeschoolers and make them think. I want to commend you for writing such a superb dissertation. A few thousand homeschoolers like you could change America for the better.” — Samuel L. Blumenfeld Sam’s own books include: Crimes of the Educators How to Start Your Own Private School  The New Illiterates How to Tutor: How to Teach Phonics, Arithmetic and Handwriting Is Public Education Necessary? NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education The Whole Language/OBE Fraud Homeschooling: A Parent’s Guide to Teaching Children The Victims of Dick & Jane and Other Essays Property in a Humane Economy The Marlowe-Shakespeare Connection: A New Study of the Authorship Question Why Schools Went Public There is also the famous phonics program he created, Alpha Phonics, which has been used to help each of my children learn to read. Sam was such a dedicated proponent of literacy and was so passionate about helping children to escape from the inadequate and ineffective “look-say,” methods being implemented in many government educational programs. We were also blessed to be able to include Sam on a project that I helped to sponsor entitled, IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of America, the book, and the DVD. Sam knew more...

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