The Bible tells us in the first statement about the devil, that the serpent was “…more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made” (Gen.3:1).
Not many Christians are crafty. Generally, I’m glad they’re not. We’re the ones who ought to be the straight-shooters; the plain speakers who never lie, and tell it like it is. But we make a dreadful error if we think that all people will be like us. They won’t.
When you are dealing with a crafty person, it pays to be one step ahead of them, and to have some knowledge of their track record. How can you do that? Firstly, you have to know what they’re like, and where they’re likely to lead you if you give them half a chance. The Bible, speaking of the devil, tells us that “…we are not ignorant of his schemes” (II Cor.2:11).
What are his schemes? One of the first things we can see from the Bible is that the devil is a liar. Eve was right. After eating the fruit in the Garden, she responded to God’s challenge saying, “…the serpent deceived me, and I ate” (Gen.3:13).
Jesus, speaking of the devil, said “…he was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (Jn.8:44).
Religions always involve the dissemination of information and knowledge, and separating facts from fiction. So when we think about education, we’d better realise that it’s a deeply religious issue, and that there are lots of lies around, all of them coming (directly or indirectly) from the devil. What are some of these?
1. Parents can’t educate their children. Only qualified teachers can do that.
Well, that’s not what the Bible says. It puts the whole responsibility for education with parents. Don’t believe me? Look at Deuteronomy chapters 6 and 11, and Ephesians 6:4. Dabney said, over 100 years ago,
The education of children for God is the most important business done on earth. It is the one business for which the earth exists. To it all politics, all war, all literature, all money-making, ought to be subordinated; and every parent especially ought to feel every hour of the day, that, next to making his own calling and election sure, this is the end for which he is kept alive by God-this is his task on earth.
2. Governments are responsible for the education of children, so they’d know what’s best.
Everyone is religious in one way or another, and governments are made up of religious people, elected from the community. People take their religions with them, wherever they go. If they start off as humanists, when they go to Parliament and pass legislation, then humanism is what they’ll enact into law. Dabney also said,
It is the teaching of the Bible and of sound Political ethics that the education of children belongs to the sphere of the family and is the duty of parents. The theory that the children of the Commonwealth are the charge of the Commonwealth is a pagan one, derived from heathen Sparta and Plato’s heathen republic, and connected by regular, logical sequence with legalized prostitution and the dissolution of the conjugal tie.
3. Children need to be socialised amongst their peers, and that’s where they’ll learn how to get along. It takes a whole village to educate a child.
The Bible tells us that “he that walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (Prov.13:20). If you place your child in an educational environment for 12 years (that’s 14,400 hours of school time) with a large proportion of fools, the Bible gives you a guaranteed outcome: “harm.” Is that being responsible? As Oswalt wrote,
It is of critical importance that we equip our children to be Christian before we demand of them that they change the world. It is a violation of both Deuteronomy 6:1-6 and Ephesians 6:4 to commit children to an ungodly structure.
4. Children need a ‘well-rounded’ education.
Think of a curriculum with every aspect of Christian content carefully removed, that promotes atheism, Darwinistic evolution, same-sex behaviour, where children are exposed to consistently foul language, sexual perversion, drug use and bullying. Some people call that “a well-rounded education.” The Bible calls it an abomination. Martin Luther warned
I advise no one to place his child where the scriptures do not reign paramount …every institution in which men are not unceasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt.
5. The Education Department will give you helpful advice about education.
The Education Department has a vested interest in perpetuating itself. Would any departmental person advise you to withdraw your well-behaved child from their school, when it will cost them funding? No children-no Department. They want your child there for the sake of the Department’s longevity, and their job. But there’s more.
The State’s principal concern in overseeing the education of children has never been the educational development of children but merely its own control of the educational process.
6. Your State School teacher will give you unbiased advice about your child’s education.
Every State school is funded on the basis of numbers. More children: more money for the school. You want unbiased advice? Don’t ask the State school teacher. If he loses too many children, he could lose his job. The best interests of the child are secondary. But there’s more. As Nigel Lee wrote,
Like Hitler, Vladimir Lenin saw the value in monopolizing education and bringing it under the exclusive control of the State. The process for change had to begin with the children. The sooner they could be taken from their parents and broken from their links to the past, the sooner the reprogramming could take place. In his Principles of Communism of 1847, Engels had advocated the “education of all children, as soon as they are old enough to dispense with maternal care, in national institutions and at the charge of the nation.
7. If children are educated by their parents, they won’t be ready to face the real world.
What world do parents live in? They have to face all the issues of life that the rest of the community faces. Parents make great educators, they know their child better than anyone, and with the free market and the internet they can find all manner of educational resources, along with their own knowledge and experience. Oh, and forget about all the wasted time and money in cars, and on buses and trains getting to and from school.
8. A child educated at home would miss out; they couldn’t ever go to university.
Miss out on what? An awful curriculum, a lot of wasted time, and a peer group busy with drugs, perversion and bullying. Compared to children who attend school, a similar proportion of home schooled children go to university.
The devil is a seriously religious person. Since the Garden of Eden, he’s been disseminating knowledge and information about his religion (humanism), and most people swallow his lies. Furthermore, he promotes lots of lies about one of the more serious religious activities- the education of children.
Here are my two final questions:
1) How many of these lies have you believed?
2) What are you going to do about turning this around and obeying God in relation to your children’s education?
 Robert Dabney, (circa 1890), quoted in Bruce Shortt, “The Harsh Truth about Government Schools,” 2004, p.356.
 Robert Dabney, “Discussions,”4:194, quoted in Gary Demar, “God and Government,” 2001,Vol.3, p.272
 Leon Oswalt, in Gary North, (Ed.) “The Theory of Resistance,” 1983, p.339.
 B. Adams & J. Stein, ‘Who Owns the Children: Compulsory Education and the Dilemma of Ultimate Authority,” p.9. (Quoted in Gary Demar , “God and Government,” 2001, Vol.3, p.252.
 Quoted in Francis Nigel Lee, “Communist Eschatology: A Christian Philosophical Analysis of the Post-Capitalistic Views of Marx, Engels and Lenin,” 1974, p. 351. (3) Quoted in Lee, “Communist Eschatology,” p. 350.