I believe that Satan has the Churches of God so tied up with internal squabbles, endless reorganizations, and leadership power struggles that we have lost sight of what’s going on the real world. Whatever momentum we had when we were a single organization we have lost. Our energy has been dissipated. We are now reduced to a gaggle of small, relatively impotent, groups. In the larger Christian world, there are now single congregations that are larger than our largest organizations.
What power we have can no longer be based on wealth based on tithe collections, or on a powerful media outreach, or on publishing. Nor do we have the power of numbers – not that they were ever that big even at the height of the WCG’s growth. It seems that God may be forcing us to rediscover the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8).
When it comes to doctrinal reform, I have long ago burnt that bridge. In my opinion it is sorely needed, but it simply isn’t going to happen in this generation. This is the Status Quo generation – the one that says doctrinally, “We have need of nothing.” We know it all. We’ve got it all right. It’s just a matter of preserving the legacy and teaching it.
That being the case, we’ve got to do the best we can with what we’ve got to do with. So what do we have?
We have God’s Holy Spirit. We are a part of the Body of Christ. We have the Word of God – even if we don’t understand it perfectly. We also have our minds – at least most of us do. It’s time to look out from among us and into the real world. It’s time to discern the meaning of the times in which we live. What is happening there?
Our children insane?
Chester Pierce, a Professor of Educational Psychiatry at Harvard University, said to a gathering of teachers, “Every child in America entering school at the age of five is insane because he comes to school with certain allegiances toward our Founding Fathers, toward his parents, toward our elected officials, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It’s up to you teachers to make all of these sick children well by creating the international child of the future.”
This is the postmodern globalist mentality as applied to education. Is this what we want for our children and grandchildren? It’s what they’re getting! Yet most of us parents are like frogs in the pot when it comes to the kind of indoctrination our children are receiving in America’s schools. Take a look at some of your child’s textbooks. Study them closely. If you have college-age children, ask them what they are learning in their institution of “higher” learning. Find out what’s going on in your child’s life! Get involved in your local PTA.
If you’re concerned about education today, you might check out the book The Shadow University: The Betrayal of America’s Liberty on America’s Campuses by Harvey Silvergate and Alan Charles Kors. They conclude, “Universities have become the enemy of a free society.” When I hear of and read about the postmodern drivel that is being taught at almost every major educational institution in the land I am inclined believe it. As I said in an earlier column, we are living in an age that is witnessing the death of truth, as we know it.
As the “pillar and ground of the truth” (I Timothy 3:15), the Church ought to be providing some sort of antidote for the intellectual toxin that is now poisoning our nation’s youth. It is out duty and obligation to defend and advance the Biblical worldview. It is the Truth, and The Standard against which all other truth claims must be measured. We must address postmodernist arguments head on.
The Ambassador Opportunity
Years ago, I sat on the Board of Ambassador College – along with a number of others who believed in the notion of accreditation. The three Ambassador Colleges had an opportunity to provide an antidote for the educational poison that was then beginning to seep through America’s educational system. Had we pursued accreditation more vigorously then, we could have achieved it. We could have offered an educational alternative to Establishment miseducation. Sadly, the paranoia of a few scuttled the drive for accreditation, and the whole project was abandoned. The three Ambassador colleges snapped back to the sacred Status Quo.
Later, long after I’d left the WCG, a new accreditation attempt was made. Ambassador College became a “university.” Then it died.
One by one, the campuses closed down. First Bricket Wood, then Big Sandy and finally Pasadena. The dream of a truth-based educational system had been successfully trashed. All of the money that had been sacrificially donated by thousands of church members turned out to be dollars down a rat hole. Even the sponsoring church organization shrank to a shadow of its former self. Imperial schools were no more.
Now church members are forced to rely on an intellectually corrupt public education system, subversive postmodernist universities, or home schooling (which clearly has its limitations). The least we can do as responsible church members is to educate ourselves about the times in which we live. In David’s day, there were “men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do…” (I Chronicles 12:32). We need some of those today. When they arise, they will know what the Church should do.