Every Wednesday: original videos challenging your thinking on education from a Christian Reconstructionist perspective. If you don’t like it, tell me. If you do, share it with your friends.
Every Wednesday: original videos challenging your thinking on education from a Christian Reconstructionist perspective. If you don’t like it, tell me. If you do, share it with your friends.
I recently had the privilege of going to the dairy state, Wisconsin to share the work I’m doing at the Pierre Viret Learning Center in Puebla, Mexico, and Vision Mexico, Now Vision America Latina.
It is a great, Biblical, holistic work, and is steadily growing in scope and influence in Mexico, in this video I share what we have been doing in the last few months, and its potential for the future, as a model to be imitated.
It is the principles embedded in each of the laws, whether in the decalogue or case law, which must be applied to all aspects of life, including, but not limited to, the civil realm.
The Law of God is a perfect reflection of his eternally just character.
God is eternal and unchanging. “I am the Lord, I change not” Malachi 3:6, There is no variableness in Him James 1:17.
God makes no attempt in scripture to distance himself from His law, to the contrary, the law is a mirror-image of who God is.
God alone is holy Rev. 15:4 and good Mark 10: 18.
Likewise, God’s law is holy and good Rom. 7:12, 16; 1 Tim. 1:8,
God is perfect Deut. 32:4; Ps, 18:30; Matt. 5:48, and his law is perfect too Ps. 19:7; James 1:25.
Like God, His word, including the law, is
righteous, true and eternal.
“The word of our God shall stand forever” Isa. 40: 8,
Old testament law is no invention of Moses, but, is part of the every word from God’s mouth by which we must live Matt. 4:4.”
Righteousness, like God, and unlike our money, does not fluctuate in value.
“All His precepts are trustworthy. They are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness”
The Son of God himself forbad the altering of not even a jot or a tittle of the least commandment in the law Matt. 5:17-19
Can we relax the law in the Civil realm?
Rom. 13:1-4 makes clear that all magistrates are bound by this standard, including every punishment Heb. 2:2
Tells us that the civil ruler’s devotion to God is demonstrated, not in Church attendance and private prayers, but rather in his diligent application of the law of God, to his governmental calling.
John 10:35 says
If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
The ‘gods’ here are the civil rulers, whose political office is to mirror Christ’s rule.
Civil government cannot be exempt from its duty to obey Christ.
The alternative to applying the law of God, as the whole Bible explains it, in exhaustive detail, is picking and choosing what applies today, according to our own notions of justice.
Scripture forbids this approach.
James tells us that if one keeps all of God’s law, and yet disregards, or violates it, in one single point, one is guilty of disobeying the whole law. James 2:10.
Do we take the ‘pick and choose what we do and don’t like’ approach in Theology? Evangelical Christians rightly criticises the smorgasbord approach to the doctrine of the last judgement, the rôle of women in the Church and gender issues. Why, then, do we blithely cherry-pick God’s laws in like manner?
Matthew 5:19 reveals that picking and choosing from God’s law, according to what we find just or workable, or compatible with democracy or pluralism is not a sign of spirituality, or of a sensitive conscience, or of a superior intellect. It is,rather a wilful self-demotion in God’s order. The highest rank in the Kingdom goes to those who obey and apply God’s ordinances.
Furthermore, Scripture condemns those who stray from the law ‘to the left or to the right’ as a men-fearers who pervert justice.
In addition, there are clearly certain administrative laws which no longer apply.
The location of the capital city, the cities of refuge, laws relating to the land, have passed away.
Rules about Clean and unclean food, mixing crops and fibres. Have an altered meaning in the new Covenant.
No published Theonomist advocates a simplistic ‘copy and paste’ approach to understanding and applying the Law of God to life.
Critics of the application of the law in exhaustive detail must explain how they will fill the gap left by their excisions from scripture.
The burden of proof lies, not with those who advocate God’s law, in exhaustive detail, but rather, with the opponents of God’s law. They must provide a morally and practically superior alternative.
Good luck with that!
What will fill up the gaps?
Anything… but the law of God?
What we feel is right, or would work, or seems reasonable?
By what standard, superior to God’s holy and righteous character, do we judge his law?
The Puritan Ralph Venning wrote
“To find fault with the Law, were to find fault with God”
Can a Christian really accuse God of being unjust?
How can fallen, sinful men become wiser and more just than Jehovah himself?
Or, has life become so much simpler today that we can jettison certain arcane portions of scripture.
No, this is clearly a trivial, foolish, and empty argument.
God is our King, His laws are to be obeyed in detail because we love him, and his commands are better in every conceivable way than the laws of men. God’s laws are ways of life, anything else is a ticket to the graveyard. You can do what you like, but I chose life, I suggest that you get wisdom and do likewise.
‘Educate’ comes from the Latin ‘educare’ meaning ‘to draw out.’ In this brief blog I want to draw out the purpose of LRNteach and related websites, and my day-to-day work teaching at the Fundación Pierre Viret. I have to write something in preparation for an interview on the Colin Gunn show that will be aired tomorrow, and I want to be clear in my mind the rationale behind what I do, so that those who want to support me in these ministries, can have a clear idea whether it’s for them or not. So, in a few short sentences, here is the core of what drives my ministry, such as it is.
I come from a country, like your own, perhaps, where education is free at the point of delivery at the Primary, Secondary and Kindergarten level, more of less. In fact, the cost of my university education was funded by other people’s tax money, better than that, I got paid a stipend to cover my expenses. Free at last? No! My education, from my first day of primary to my University graduation was not free, but, on the contrary, was in near complete slavery to the anti-Christian religion of humanism. Christian teachers in the classroom, Christian prayer in the school, Bible reading and even Christian clergymen teaching state-sanctioned religious education only served to sanctify this engine of enslavement of the Christian heart and mind. A whitewashed grave still stinks at its core.
Humanistic statism is the number one idol which must be destroyed in the hearts and minds of everyone, particularly in the members of the Church of God.
Freedom is never found in anarchism, nor political formulae, nor correct Church government, but in Christ alone. In his blood atonement for our sins he opens the door to freedom in him. In his holy law of liberty, he calls us to walk in freedom. The only free school is a Christian school. That school must accurately teach the Law and Gospel of God or it must relinquish any claim to be ‘Christian.’
Teaching the law of God and the gospel of God is a key goal of any Christian school.
Man was created in the image of God, in knowledge, holiness and righteousness, with dominion over the animals. Man was born to rule the earth. Man, in Adam fell into sin and became slaves to the creation. In Christ, man is restored to that original dominion task. Man’s life will be frustrated if he is not to find his dominion calling, and exercise it, to the glory of God.
The Christian school must prepare the Christian man to be himself in Christ, that is,
the Christian school is a dominion-orientated school.
Nothing can be known about anything, in principle, unless the existence of the only true God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost is presupposed. Our starting point in every subject area must be in God and in his Word.
Christian education, to be Christian must address each subject area presuppositionally. Its educational theory and practice must also be tested presuppositionally and built on the only true foundation, Jesus Christ.
My calling, in Christ, is to become a Christian educator and promoter of Christian education. In our callings
The command to “…be fruitful…” still stands, God’s will for us is that we should bear much fruit. We are to use whatever godly means we can to be as fruitful as we can.
God set apart an entire tribe, the Levites, who were responsible for health, welfare, education and some were dedicated to temple service. The tribe received 100% of the tithe, the priests received a tithe of the Levitical tithe. God’s Kingdom work still needs funding today, as it has always needed funding. You are responsible under God for the godly distribution of your tithes and offerings. We are called to be productive, let’s use our tithe strategically, to fund and support productive Kingdom work.
The Levites also owned their own land, and were able to sell what that land produced. It is my goal to own a productive language-teaching business, and free up funds for other strategic kingdom works, but that will take time. In the meantime, have a look below.
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“Consider your ways” KJV
“Give careful thought to your ways.” NIV
“Carefully consider your ways.” ISV
You get the idea. One of the dumbest things that evangelicals have done for years is ‘navel gaze.’ They bow their heads and, instead of praying, they gaze at their navel and marvel at how full of lint it is. “Woe is me! For I have an unclean bellybutton!” At the other extreme, they look at their navel, and exclaim “my navel may be dirty, but I’m accepted just the way my bellybutton is, so, stop judging me for my excess lint quotient!” Those who are more astute theologically may offer an equally silly diagnosis; “stop looking at yourself and look to Jesus!” Actually, this is great advice… up to a point. We are commanded to consider OUR ways. Or, to put it another way, to consider our WAYS. If we ONLY look to Jesus we are disobeying a direct command, and take ourselves and our mind out of history and off our job, which is on the earth.
Navel gazing, of whatever variety, focuses on our being, our selves, and usually without any frame for objective judgement outside our existential selves. To “consider our ways,” is a call to look at ourselves, the course of our lives, in terms of God’s word, with particular reference to our unique God-given callings. With this in mind, I want to riff off a recent title on GaryNorth.com “Three Years Back, Three Years Ahead” to consider my life. My aim is to do some constructive navel gazing, I hope this inspires you to do some constructive poking around with your bellybutton too, to the glory of God and the advancement of his kingdom.
August 2011 was a significant milestone for me. I had just finished taking a professional qualification CELTA, for English Teaching. This would prove pivotal for the following three years. It’s only a month-long course, costs around $1500, but it is, believe it or not, one of the premiere ESL teaching qualifications and, should your calling be education, will open the doors to thousands of teaching opportunities around the world. I started doing volunteer teaching amongst immigrants of all hues, in Belfast, Somalians, Eritreans, Poles, Lithuanians, Chinese, the usual suspects. This was good, but was never going to be feasible long-term, so I looked for opportunities around the world.
I am not that bright, I must admit. What I had known for a long time was the missions life. So, I thought “CELTA + Missions contacts, I could do something here!” The Church I was attending at the time were sympathetic, but not quite as missions focused as previous Churches, the result was that I had to pay most of my own way to teach. I taught English for three months at Evangelical Theological College, Addis Abeba, which was mostly a pleasant experience, but did not give me the teaching experience I needed, nor the money to live on, and their internet was RUBBISH! Plus, the immigration control people turfed me out of the country after three months.
I had a project I was working on, an E-Library of theological books. I spent thousands of hours collecting, categorizing and naming theological books, and preparing them in such a way that anyone with a computer on their intranet could access it. This was a good idea… but not the best.
The conclusion to that episode was, if your funders are in opposition to your core mission, the application to the Word of God to all of life, then you need to fund yourself in a different way. Also, you should really think more strategically about how you spend your time. We are called to be fruitful, not just busy busy.
The wicked don’t know at what they stumble, so too the foolish. I had imbibed, somehow, the crazy, pagan, evil idea that the only good work was ‘Christian Work.’ This has led me to England, Switzerland and East and West Africa, not bad, but maybe not as good as it looks on paper. It took me ten or fifteen years of reading Reconstructionist and Theonomic literature to realize, practically, in my life, that this was a big fat lie. I finally! Realised that I needed to do more than NOT teaching in state schools, but to actually start teaching in Christian schools. Negation played a big part in my life, I found it hard to tell the difference between doing good and not doing bad. Moving from 21st Century evangelical Christianity to Biblical Christianity is rather like recovering from drug addiction. So, I took a job in Korea, in a Fundamentalist Christian school. I got paid, I had my own 16 square meter place, and had plenty of work to do. I taught the whole range of ages, from Kinder, to Primary, to Middle school to Adults. The food was great, I eventually found a Church and a network of friends, it was, probably, the best decision I had made since I left school. I wonder why I didn’t do it 15 years earlier, but, we must trust the providence of God.
The funding was sorted, but nothing was terribly Theonomic or Reconstructionist about things, apart from the fact that I was in the workplace, actively serving people in my chosen calling.
I don’t know if it was the noodles or the Kindergarteners, but I lost a heap of hair, in short order.
Another extremely significant thing that happened to me in Korea was… I started taking an interest in my health. I believe you can, all things being equal, increase your productivity substantially with the right health information. You need to watch this video.
Then You need to Join Youngevity for Free and Order 3 tubs of Beyond Tangy Tangerine, wow! You WILL thank me.
I subscribe to GaryNorth.com. People think I’m crazy for that, I am crazy, but that’s not the main reason why. He kicks his subscribers around very badly, berating them constantly for not starting a YouTube channel and a blog and doing book reviews in their chosen field. September 2013 I touched base with a friend of mine from Bible college, Khuram, from Pakistan. I was impressed with the mission he was involved with. I wondered how I might best help him, and so, I thought, “why not interview him on Skype, I put the interview on YouTube!” This was the start (revival)of LRNteach.com. Through this effort, humanly speaking, my network was extended to Christian authors, pastors, missionaries, businessmen and more, who were aligned in my camp, theologically speaking, and were all role models for how to apply the ‘faith for all of life’ in practice. Through this one effort, I have found a work place in a Theonomic school in Mexico, teaching English, I have met some wonderful people, and am beginning to secure funding for this position from like-minded brothers and sisters in Christ.
The conclusion for this episode, is “whatsoever you do, do it on the internet,*” *if you can. Also, have the courage of your convictions, and ‘come out of the closet’ as a Christian who believes in the uncompromising application of the Word of God to all of life. You will begin to attract like minded people, and stir up the wrath of the Christian champions of tyranny, homosexuality and other weird things that your Evangelical friends are in to, shudder.
I teach 6, plus one-ish classes in a school of 81 students in a large city near the capital of Mexico, Puebla. Roger Oliver was my contact for this opportunity, another friend, Laura Vaivada, suggested Roger as a potential interviewee for the LRNteach show. I quit my job in Korea, flew out here, and have been here for almost six months now. I have committed myself, funding permitting, to 5 years here, based on an Observation noted on GaryNorth.com that it takes 5,000 hours to be competent in your profession.
What I have learned here, is that;
What enabled me to take advantage of this opportunity was.
There are three kinds of people in the world: Those who speak English, those who want their children to speak English and… the French.
Hello, My Name’s Nathan and I’m a Christian Educator.
I am the lead ESL teacher in a Christian ‘Learning Centre’ ‘Fundación Pierre Viret’ in Puebla, Mexico
I teach 6 classes; one Kindergarten class, two primary classes, two secondary classes and one adult class.
I’ve been teaching ESL for a while, on three continents, from kindergarten to college level
What does ESL teaching have to do with missions, especially missions discipling the nations?
Christianity is growing worldwide, in Mexico the number of evangelical Christians is as high as 20% of the population, these Christians need a digitally available, Christian curriculum.
That curriculum must include an ESL track. Why?
Like I said, There are three kinds of people in the world: Those who speak English, those who want their children to speak English and… the French.
Christian mothers know that to progress in business or academia, or just about any area of life you must speak English.
There is an even wider opportunity for a TRULY Christian ESL program,
THERE ARE hundreds of millions of middle classes MOTHERS, of every religion imaginable, who want their children to speak English.
There are tens of millions of such Christians, but there is an even wider opportunity for a truly Christian ESL program There are hundreds of millions of middle-class mothers of every religion imaginable, who want their children to speak English, and who spend billions on this, every month.
Humanists see the demand and are meeting it with a torrent of resources, which promote feminism, godless ecology, evolution and other tenets of humanism.
Do you think a Christian ESL curriculum could get a piece of that action to the glory of God? me too.
What has that got to do with you?
I’m asking you to Partner with me, and with the Fundacion Pierre Viret as we seek to meet the needs of the Church, and the wider world, in the name of Christ.
Help Finance this Levitical work, of making a self-consciously Christian ESL curriculum.
What, exactly, will this work entail?
1. Daily classroom teaching in the local learning centre
Number 2. The mastery of the tools of the e-learning trade.
3. The mastery of the theory of language learning and eLearning.
4. The mastery of online marketing.
5. The production of hundreds of short ESL videos and other resources based on this work.
This is not a simple undertaking, it is a pioneer work. I have already committed myself to 5 years work teaching with the Fundacion Pierre Viret, as a volunteer.
I have also started a new YouTube channel, LRNenglish, and started production of short language-learning videos.
I am asking you who have the vision to see the kingdom grow, to invest in this work.
I have a target of $2000 per month to raise, plus $4000 to buy the tools of the trade.’ and to help with relocation.
If you Can give $20, $50, or $100 or more monthly, the work can progress steadily
To give, go here, and click the donate button, alternatively, to give to the Fundacion Pierre Viret, go here and click donate,
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