A distinctively Christian school complements the Christian home and the Bible-believing church. While we have experienced colossal growth in the number of Christian schools in America in recent years, not all of these schools have been biblically sound and academically excellent. Bible-believing parents would be prudent to select strong, fundamental Baptist churches with quality Christian schools for their children. The right pastor, principal, purpose, philosophy, and plan will help produce the right product! Below I have stated five reasons why fundamental Baptist churches should take their existing schools to a higher level and why Christian parents should be prudent to support and to place their children in a distinctively Christian school under the authority of a Bible-believing church.
1. The Scriptural Charge
The Bible tells us that children are the Lord’s and not the world’s. Psalm 127:3 says, “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Parents are compelled by the Scriptures to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and not the world. Ephesians 6:4 says, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” This means the instruction and discipline of Christ and His Word. The phrase “bring up” denotes all of a child’s learning years.
2. The Secular Culture
Too many of our young people are being infected by the false and dangerous teachings of this world. Evolution and radical environmentalism corrupt the minds of America’s youth today. Romans 1:25 says, “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator…” While I am truly thankful for the Christians who teach in our public schools, this educational system often promotes atheism and secular humanism. Psalm 53:1 says, “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God…” Some Christians, unable to place their children in Christian schools or home school, have been subject to this kind of education for two primary reasons: finances or lack of a sound Bible-believing school in their area. As a result, generations of young people are being exposed to an educational system that promotes a spirit of confusion and rebellion in America’s youth. Fundamental Baptists must step up and meet this great need in our nation. The social and moral climate around us compels us to action. Second Timothy 3:1-2 says, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.” America’s greatest need is to have strong Christian homes, sound fundamental Baptist churches, and distinctive Christian schools.
3. The Spiritual Commitment
The first goal of a distinctly Christian school is to share the Gospel of Christ with every student. Acts 4:12 says, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” This is not the goal of government schools—on the contrary, it is against the law! It is only the Christian school that can reach, teach, and minister to the whole student—his heart, soul, body, and mind. Therefore, a distinctive Christian school provides an environment where a student receives a sound, scholastic education while coming to a saving knowledge of Christ. Colossians 1:28 says, “Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.”
4. The Scholastic Condition
Ever since the landmark educational report was published in 1983 entitled A Nation at Risk, the condition of American schools has steadily declined. For example, in mathematics, American students continue to place in the bottom tier of all industrialized nations. The core subjects are not being taught effectively any longer. While technology is a viable tool for us today, it has often replaced the learning of the fundamentals of reading, writing, and arithmetic. As American school costs continue to rise, the product continues to be unacceptable— academically and morally. The answer is not more money but a new foundation and direction. Second Timothy 3:7 says, “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” This verse sums up the educational results of billions of dollars of spending without the right foundation. In short, our nation is suffering from an epidemic of biblical and academic bankruptcy. We as fundamental Baptists must provide schools that are built upon and propagate the only true foundation of knowledge. Proverbs. 1:7 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.” The true source of learning is found in Christ alone. Colossians 2:3 says, “In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
5. The Stedfast Consistency
The church has been ordained by God to be the place where parents are saved, discipled, equipped, and trained. First Timothy 3:15b refers to the church as, “the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” The Christian school is an extension of the church and home and is the constant source of reinforcement and stability in a student’s life. The Bible states that a “threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12b). The cord is seen in the Christian home, church, and school— this provides the best environment for our children to learn and grow spiritually, academically, and socially. May we as fundamental Baptists rise to the challenge before us and establish more distinctive Christian schools for the cause of Christ!
By Dr. Manuel Salazar
Lancaster Baptist School Administrator