Emmanuel Grace Home School Academy

Commitment to Godly Christian Education: One of the most important aspects of Biblical reformation in the church and in the Christian family that I am actively involved in every day for the past 25 years has to do with reforming the principles, the pattern, and the curriculum of Christian schooling and education. As a Reformed pastor and a home-school father, I hold to a view of Christian education and discipleship that is as comprehensive as it is thoroughly Biblical and Reformed.  And I believe that most modern forms of Christian education are destructive to the church and to Christian families.

Too often today Home school and Christian school education are divorced from the preaching and teaching of the Word of God on the Lord’s Day and the discipleship ministry of the Church. It is a sad fact that most Christian families today have a very superficial regard for the vital place of the ministry as the foundation of discipleship and Christian education. For this reason, they suffer greatly as most schools and their curriculum are governed largely by subversive secular and non-Christian methods and practices. This is true even when their children go to Christian schools or when their children are home-schooled. Sadly many Christian parents today have a greater regard for worldly and profane things in the world that are hurtful to the family than for Scripture and sound doctrine. Instead of seeking first the kingdom of God, they seek for their children a place in the world that is detached from a life of following Christ, a life of worshiping God, and a life of service to the church and family. And so they often show a greater respect to and support of unbelieving teachers than for pastors and teachers of the Word of God. It is truly scandalous! Christian schools even today often spend far too much time with secular and even profane and ungodly activities of entertainment; such as drama, art, pagan literature, sports on Sunday, and promote feminist views of education and leadership, as well as other things that lead their children to a life of disobedience to God, if not wholesale apostasy from the truth. This is why so many children raised in Christian families today end up living in patterns of sin and idolatry that are destructive to a godly Christian life, or tragically even fall away from the Christian Faith. There must be a complete and wholesale reformation of Christian education. And the schools and academies must once again be governed by faithful and educated pastors and theologians who know Scripture, sound doctrine, who have a godly and Biblical educational philosophy. and who know how to raise their children for Christ.

The Biblical Foundations: For this reason, I have found over the years the importance of speaking the truth in love by helping Christian families as well as schools to reform their methods, their curriculum, and their practices. To this end, Christian education should focus on discipleship first, and in instructing children and Christian youth in the knowledge of Scripture, sound doctrine, and church history that focuses on God’s saving purposes in Christ and activities that build godly Christian character.

1. Scripture: Foundational to this Biblical and Reformed pattern of education and discipleship in our academy is the study of Old Testament and New Testament Survey every successive year, using books and materials that are consistent with a student’s age and intellectual level. The Bible is the infallible Word of God, and so the Bible, therefore, should be central to Christian education, and not peripheral. Every aspect of education should moreover be grounded upon Scripture and sound doctrine, not broad Evangelicalism. What does this mean? The school year beginning in the Fall of 2017-Summer of 2018 is devoted to the study of the Old Testament (The Law, the Historical Books, the Wisdom Books, and the Prophets). And the school year beginning in the Fall of 2018- Summer of 2019 school year is devoted to the study of the New Testament (The Gospels, the Acts, the Epistles, and the Revelation). The Bible is read in family worship and in-class curriculum, morning and evening, Monday thru Saturday. So that every year, parents and their children are reading the Bible together; the OT thru at least once in the academic year, and the NT at least 3 times thru the next academic year. For Christian education should be built upon the family, and with the father as head, and also the mother at home  to be setting the example for their children. I have a full set of curriculum for these classes, as well as suggested books to use. Some of the books we use for our Bible Survey classes include:

  • Jonathan Edwards – History of the Work of Redemption
  • AM. Hodgkin – Christ in all the Scriptures
  • Wilkinson and Boa – Bible Handbook
  • Matthew Henry – Six Volume Commentary on the Bible
  • John Calvin – Commentaries on Holy Scripture
  • Gareth Crossley – The Old Testament Explained and Applied
  • Brett Woody – Bible Study Lectures on the Old Testament
  • Brett Woody – Bible Study Lectures on the New Testament
  • Norman Geisler – Popular Survey of the Old Testament
  • Norman Geisler – Popular Survey of the New Testament
  • Ed Hindson – The Essence of the Old Testament
  • Ed Hindson – The Essence of the New Testament
  • Miles van Pelt – A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Michael Kruger – A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament
  • Andreas Kostenberger – The Lion and the Lamb: New Testament Essentials
  • Andreas Kostenberger – The Cradle, The Cross, and the Crown
  • D. Edmond Hiebert – An Introduction to the New Testament
  • Edward Taylor – Upon the Types and Shadows of the Old Testament
  • Geerhardus Vos  – Biblical Theology
  • Leon Morris – New Testament Theology

Along with this pattern of studying Scripture, the study of the Old Testament, every four years, includes a comprehensive theological and polemical study of Ancient History (with an overview of the history and civilizations of Sumeria, Egypt, the Hittites, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome); along with the Bible’s rebuke and condemnation of these ancient civilization’s paganism and idolatry. This is vital to understanding Scripture in its historical context as well as God’s solemn rebuke and condemnation of ancient paganism, with its literature and abominable practices. Modern culture and the demonic agenda of the liberal establishment in politics and universities is largely based on the same pattern of Ancient pagan idolatry. I have several sermons and lectures on this subject showing how a great deal of modern literature and drama is a form of ancient paganism.

2. Sound Doctrine: Also essential to a godly and Biblical Christian education is the study and memorization of the Reformed Confessions and Catechisms. Sound doctrine is the framework of a godly life. And one of the main reasons why children and youth today are given over to such terrible patters of sin and idolatry is because they are not taught or trained to love God and to be devoted to sound doctrine. Jesus said, “If you know the truth, the truth will set you free.” It is essential for schools, teachers, and parents, therefore, to teach the Reformed Catechisms to their children and students.  Martin Luther rightly said, “No one is too old or too smart to learn and study the catechism.” For this reason, it is important for parents and teachers to have a place and schedule for the kids to learn Christian doctrine at their respective age and comprehension level. The Children’s Catechism of 52 Questions called Milk for Babes is a great start for all ages, for children and for adults who may be new believers. We also have a Family Catechism of 200 Questions called Spiritual Food for Faithful Families. It is designed for more advanced students and parents. This Catechism is much easier to read and understand than the Westminster Shorter Catechism, though it is longer. The Shorter Catechism is the catechism to use for junior high and high school level youth, and is certainly the greatest and most useful tool of instruction in Christian doctrine ever written. This should be used for young students as soon as they are able. We recommend that folks should also use the Heidelberg Catechism, after the Westminster Shorter Catechism is thoroughly digested. We have just recently made a revised and expanded edition of the Heidelberg Catechism for this purpose. Also very useful to use at the Junior high and the beginning of high school level is John Calvin’s small but very edifying book called, Instruction in Faith. By the junior and senior year of high school, Christian youth should then be able to read and study the Reformed Confessions, the Westminster Larger Catechism, and parts of John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, along with many of the great devotional writings of the Puritans. All of these documents are provided on the website in the section on Systematic Theology. Some of the books we use for this include:

  • Milk for Babes: A Children’s Catechism
  • Food for Families: A Family Catechism
  • The Westminster Shorter Catechism
  • The Westminster Larger Catechism
  • The Heidelberg Catechism (revised)
  • The Reformed Confessions
  • John Calvin – Truth for All Time
  • John Calvin  – The Institutes of the Christian Religion
  • William Ames – Marrow of Sacred Divinity
  • Louis Berkhof – Systematic Theology
  • Thomas Watson – A Body of Divinity
  • Francis Turretin – Institutes of Elenctic Theology

3. World and Church History: Also foundational to the pattern of education and discipleship in our academy is the systematic study of world and church history from a strongly Biblical and Reformed perspective emphasizing God’s sovereignty, His saving purposes in history, the place and importance of godly leadership in the church and the state (preachers, theologians, evangelists, and Christian magistrates), as well as the refutation of idolatry and false religion. The study of history is essential for believers to understand and discern God’s providence in the present, to be discerning of world events, politics, issues in the church, and the many evils of modern culture. This coursework covers a 4 year period several times over at all age levels: (1. Elementary 1-4; 2. Intermediate 5-8; 3. High school 9-12, and also for advance students in 5. College – 4 years; and in 7. Seminary – 4 years. In my academy, the study of history and especially Church history has a vital place. Students read and study the Early Church fathers, various medieval theologians who faithfully preached the Gospel, the Reformers, the Puritans, and even modern reformed pastors and theologians who are edifying and profitable.

It is important to understand here that the coursework in these History classes covers at the same time the various aspects of World Literature and Christian literature, with a heavy emphasis on Scripture, Christian classics, sermons, treatises, confessions, historical documents, theological works, short biographies, poetry, hymns, and other godly literature that is important to God’s saving purpose in history, and that is at the same time sanctifying to the believer. To be clear, we strongly believe that reading and studying the Bible and godly Christian books like Augustine’s Confessions, Thomas Kempis’ Imitation of Christ, Martin Luther’s Sermons, John Calvin’s Institutes, the Reformed Confessions and Catechisms, John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, Jonathan Edwards History of the Work of Redemption and Religious Affections, the great Hymns of the Faith, etc… are of significantly greater importance for education than pagan or secular literature, be it Homer’s Iliad or Charles Dickens Tale of Two Cities. In fact, we believe it is utterly profane and destructive for Christian schools to do otherwise, except for individuals with special interest in apologetics or in doing advanced work in history and literature. Secular works of literature that have had a significant influence on history and society can be easily studied in brevity by most students through textbooks, Wikipedia articles, or other means that do not hinder godly learning. The excessive reading of pagan literature, as well as the ungodly promotion of pagan drama in Christian schools and home school groups, is one of the leading causes of sin, idolatry, and apostasy in the church among youth; and we strongly counsel against such practices. And we affirm that teacher’s, who promote such pagan drama and the theater to the neglect of Scripture, sound doctrine, hard work, service to parents and family, and the cultivation of godly character, are destructive to the Church and to Christian families no matter how popular they may be.

And so we cover in great detail over every four years: 1. Early Church History (From Christ to 600AD). 2. Medieval Church History (From 600 to 1500AD) 3. Reformation History (the 16th-17th century). 4. And Modern World and Church History (1750-Present).

For College and Seminary level work, we divide Reformation History into two parts: 1. Reformation history (the 16th century Protestant Reformation) where we go thoroughly over the life and theology of the Reformers Luther, Melanchthon, Zwingli, Bucer, Calvin, Farel, Bullinger, Tyndale, Knox, Perkins, the Elizabethan Puritans, as well as the Reformed Confessions. 2. The Puritan Revolution through Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening. This class includes the 17th century English Puritans, the Colonial Puritans, Oliver Cromwell and the English civil war, the Westminster Assembly and Standards, the Dutch Second Reformation, Reformed Orthodoxy, Francis Turretin, and then also the Great Awakening, George Whitefield, concluding with the life and theology of Jonathan Edwards. There are way too many books to list here at this time; but a schedule and list for specific grade levels can be obtained for those who inquire. Some of the textbooks include:

  • Bob Jones – World History
  • Ferguson and Bruun – European Civilization
  • Philip Schaff – History of the Christian Church
  • Numerous Wikipedia articles on subjects of History
  • Steven Lawson – Pillars of Grace
  • Richard Hannula – Trial and Triumph
  • Richard Hannula – Heralds of the Reformation
  • Richard Hannula – For Christ’s Crown (Sketches of Puritans and Covenanters)
  • Earle Cairns – Christianity through the Centuries
  • Everett Ferguson – Church History Volume 1
  • Charles Woodbridge – Church History Volume 2
  • Justo Gonzalez – The Story of Christianity
  • Eusebius – The History of the Early Church
  • Hundreds of Original Documents, Sermons, Treatises, Biographies, Creeds, and Confessions

4. Devotion: Another important aspect of Christian education and discipleship is cultivating in children and students a love for God, a devotion to Jesus Christ, and a life of prayer and spiritual discipline. To this end we train and encourage students to listen to sermons, to read sermons and devotional literature, as well as to memorize Scripture, along with psalms and hymns. We believe that Christian families are being destroyed by the evil influence of secular programs, pagan literature, and patterns of sin and idolatry in the culture, ungodly forms of music and entertainment that are destructive to children and to Christian youth. Children and youth need rebuke and correction as well as godly direction and discipline in their life so that they learn to follow Christ instead of the crowd. Deut.6; Psalm 1; 119; Eph.4-5; Col.3. Some of the books that we use (other than Scripture) to encourage a life of godly devotion to Christ among youth include:

  • John Bunyan – Pilgrim’s Progress
  • John Bunyan – The Holy War
  • John Calvin – The Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life
  • Matthew Henry – The Secret of Communion with God
  • John Owen – Communion with God
  • John Preston – The Only Love
  • Gerard Groote – Following of Christ
  • Thomas Kempis – The Imitation of Christ
  • Richard Rogers – Holy Helps to a Godly Life
  • Thomas Watson – The Bible and the Closet
  • Horatius Bonar – Follow the Lamb
  • William Greenhill – Stop Loving the World
  • J.W. Alexander – Remember Him
  • John Flavel – Keeping the Heart
  • A.W. Pink – Profiting from the Scriptures
  • John MacArthur – Keys to Spiritual Growth

Also, we do not take the summer months off from classes in Bible survey, but we downsize the workload in church history for the sake of families who take vacations. So we have 2 classes going on during the summer to counter the prevailing lack of discipline that is common in families and students during the summer. Taking summer completely off from discipleship and education is nothing less than a form of modern paganism that is destructive to the Christian life and to families.

*To help you better understand how this works, the curriculum, the schedule, the books used, and a thorough explanation of the coursework can be found on the ACADEMY tab of the website. Or you can inquire with me for a free consultation, as I have helped many schools and families nationwide, and in other countries, over the last 20 years, with putting together a plan for their educational and curriculum needs.

The Gradual Program of Christian Education: Here is a general pattern of progress in the stages of our educational philosophy and discipleship program.

1. Pre-school (Birth-K/1-4 years old). For the first 4-5 years of a child’s life, the mother should have a central and prominent role in nurturing, caring for, loving, and training a child every day. The father is to lead in family worship and in the reading of the Bible, directing the family, loving his wife and children, and making time for family worship in the morning and in the evening if possible, as well as being with his family in the evening (as much as possible) to care for, to teach, and to train his small children in the things of God. Central to this is the reading of the Bible, the memorization of Scripture, learning the children’s catechism (Milk for Babes), as well as learning psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. The focus of the parent’s attention should be on teaching their children to read well, to memorize Scripture, to sing praise to God, to color Bible sheets and other wholesome God-centered activities, with as little as possible such things as TV, video games, collecting toys, and participating in out of the home programs. Between 1-2 years old, parents also need to carefully and graciously apply discipline to their children when they are disobedient by admonishing them and if necessary spanking them, trusting God that the rod and rebuke give wisdom. Prayer, forgiveness and a hug of affection should always be given afterward though. During these formative years, a child needs their parent’s love and discipline, a wholesome environment with little to no entertainment, but the parents regular involvement, coupled with the knowledge of Scripture and sound doctrine from the Children’s Catechism. Without these, a child’s education and upbringing is set up for possible ruin in later life. And by all means, children should learn from the beginning if possible to sit in Church with their parents and participate in worship, being as quiet and respectful as possible. While nurseries are tolerable, children’s church has no Scriptural basis whatsoever and therefore no promise of God’s blessing. Children age 3 and above should therefore be learning to sit in church, without the need of a nursery. Psalm 8; Isa.29; Mt.20 suffer the little children; Eph.6.

2. Elementary (1-4 Grade/ 5-10 years old). At the elementary level of education and discipleship, children should be learning to quote Scripture, sing hymns and praise choruses from memory, recite the Catechism, form godly habits of discipline, show respect and obedience to their parents, as well as repent of and resist patterns of sin and idolatry in the world. It is best to keep your children away from the TV as much as possible, as well as from all things associated with super-heroes, most Disney movies, and the ungodly forms of music in the world today. Families should learn to enjoy time together, as well as wholesome entertainment together; such as, Baroque and Classical music, or Hallmark movies. Elementary level school classes should focus on the fundamentals; on reading, writing, and arithmetic, with a focus on reading the Bible and memorizing the Children’s Catechism, the foundations of Creation science, and the basics of world and church history. At this age, we use Bob Jones and A Beka textbooks for Math, Science, and Grammar, as well as History. For reading we use the Bible, the Children’s Catechism, the Shorter Catechism, Talk Thru the Bible, Christ in all the Scriptures; and a long list of books and articles on church history and world history. It is at this age that children should begin their study of world and church history, with some readings on their own, as well as readings done by parents for the children. The focus of their education though should be on reading the Bible, Catechism, Hymns and Scripture Songs, and the great Christian classics. Children at this age are often able to read abridged versions of the Christian classics or smaller parts of the great works. For instance, an 8 year old child is better off struggling to read Augustine’s Confessions, Thomas Kempis The Imitation of Christ, John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress and John Calvin’s Instruction in Faith, rather than Newberry classics, Harry Potter, or Agatha Christie.

3. Intermediate (5-8 Grade/ 9-13 years old). The intermediate and junior high years of education and discipleship are, as most parents know, often the most challenging. This is when parents need to be the most cautious, disciplined, and careful in schooling and training their children who are now at this time becoming youth. These are the years of beginning puberty and when patterns of sin develop because of temptation and peer pressure. And so there is a great need for rebuke and the rod of correction, and for keeping watch over them and protecting them from sinful habits, evil company, patterns of idolatry, stupid school programs, and foolish youth groups that can be destructive to their lives. It is during these years that Christian parents are the most gullible and foolish to think that their children are good Christian youth, and become negligent in their duty to properly bring their children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Educational curriculum should again focus on the foundations: Reading, writing, and arithmetic; the study of Scripture, the Shorter Catechism, and Creation science. In these years, youth should begin to read sermons, small devotional books, short or abbreviated treatises, and Christian biographies. In these years it is helpful to involve your boys in sports or other outdoor activities, such as hunting and fishing, without undermining a close family discipline and schedule. Being that it is sinful and destructive to allow children or youth to play sports or to do youth activities on the Lord’s Day, I would encourage parents not to compromise in ever allowing the Lord’s Day to be profaned by sports or any other programs and activities. I would also encourage Christian parents to keep their daughters at home with their mothers as much as possible, and not to be ensnared by the evil influences of feminist ideology rampant in the church, in Christian schools, and in society today.

4. High School (9-12 Grade/14-18 years old). In the high school years, the dangers and snares of youth become more serious and difficult to handle if you have not been faithful in the prior years. At this point, your children are young adults and should be educated and disciplined as young adults. Coursework is still focused on the fundamentals: Math, Grammar, Vocabulary, and Science all from a Biblical perspective. The study of the Bible at this point comes with greater depth, with college-level books of Old and New Testament Survey. Basic lessons in Old Testament and New Testament history are important. The study of history and literature in these years is also more advanced, depending on the intellectual abilities of your children. In these years, youth should be able to read sermons, small devotional books, short or abbreviated treatises, the Reformed Confessions, historical documents, and Christian biographies at greater length. Essential to these years is also learning the fundamental tools of Biblical apologetics and the ability of youth to begin to defend the faith and share the Gospel with others.Young men should be taught to cultivate the principles and practices of godliness, to repent of sin, to overcome temptations of sinful youth, to be gentleman, virtuous, devoted to their families and to Christian service. Daughters also should be trained at home by their mothers as much as possible, learning the domestic practices of godly womanhood and female piety, and shunning the ungodly influences of the entertainment and social media culture.  Christian parents and teachers should be very cautious not to be ensnared by the evil influences of feminist ideology that encourages young women to be away from their families, to play sports, to form relationships that are destructive, or to go off to college in search of a career. Modern feminism in education is a form of pagan idolatry that is destructive to women and the family. Not only is Scripture and church history clear on this subject, but over 25 years of counseling has shown me in a thousand ways the very destructive influence feminist ideology has on the church and schools today that is destructive to lives and families.

Upon completing this curriculum with prayer and a devoted commitment to the faithful preaching and teaching of the Word on the Lord’s Day, including family worship and loving discipline, your children will be by God’s grace on the pathway to spiritual maturity, as well as service in the world and in Christ’s church and kingdom.

Your daughters will be prepared for marriage and serving as devoted and godly wives in the Christian home, or for godly singleness in serving the Lord. And your sons will be prepared either for further studies in college or a life of service in work and the many lawful callings that are available in society to serve God, and Lord willing eventually find a wife and build a family. Service in the military or the ministry,  are both noble and virtuous options that the best trained and best equipped of young Christian men should also seriously consider.

5. College (4 Years). Seeing there is a great need today for Bible colleges and advanced Christian learning, I have developed a College curriculum that is flexible for all, very inexpensive, and yet serviceable to the highest level of academic excellence for both men and women. And student can do the course work at home without the high and unnecessary fees of extortion that are in place at other Christian colleges. Sadly, most Christian colleges today are Liberal, superficial, highly expensive, driven by a feminist ideology, and academically weak. We have no interest in accommodating to this spiritual downgrade or seeking accreditation with ungodly secular institutions. With multiple advanced degrees in numerous fields of study and the highest levels of Christian scholarship, we provide a variety of courses in Bible Survey, Biblical Exposition, Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology, Church and World History, Apologetics, Polemics, Political Philosophy, Political Economics, Public Policy, the History of Philosophy, Literature, the Humanities, and many other related fields. In God’s providence, the coursework we pursuit at this time makes our small institution an advanced level Reformed Bible College and Theological Academy. For a further description, you can visit the part of the website devoted to Emmanuel College and Theological Academy. The college is named after the church Emmanuel Grace as well as Emmanuel College Cambridge, home of the great body of Elizabethan Puritans that sparked the Puritan revolution in 17th century England. Once again, this is a Reformed Bible college that offers several Major degrees and that is able to be completed at a student’s own pace from their own home in connection with their family and local church at a greatly reduced cost.

6. Seminary (4 Years). For those who are called by God to the ministry of preaching or teaching the Word of God, and who complete the college level coursework at Emmanuel College and Academy, we also provide Seminary level training to prepare pastors, as well as courses designed for pastors and Christian leaders (elders and deacons) who lack theological training. Once again, With multiple advanced degrees in numerous fields of study and the highest levels of Christian scholarship, we provide a variety of courses at the Seminary level in each of the following categories: Hebrew, Greek, Bible Survey, Biblical Exposition, Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology, the Reformed Confessions, every subject related to Church and World History, Apologetics, Polemics, Political Philosophy, and many other related fields of study. It is my conviction that most modern Reformed seminaries have largely become ensnared by the heresy of Neo-Orthodoxy, a worldly and covetousness mindset, as well as modern feminist ideology, all of which have a corrupting influence on the church, the family, and Christian doctrine. Let me be clear, I am absolutely confident that the apostle Paul did not subject Timothy to an outrageous amount of debt for a seminary degree or to attend his preaching and teaching. And I am just as certain that John Calvin and Theodore Beza did not put John Knox under any diabolical anti-Christian slavery of debt at the Geneva academy. Tithes and offerings and donations should be sufficient enough to pay for any man’s Bible College or Seminary education. Seminaries that force men who are called by God to the ministry into debt I believe are ungodly, and further subversive to the truth of the Gospel and to true Biblical reformation. It is no wonder that modern Evangelical and Reformed preaching is so superficial and effeminate, and that godly Christian families are so rare.

It is time to reform the churches, Christian families, the schools, and the Seminaries to be reformed by the Word of God and godly Reformed practice; and at the same time root out of the system of Christian education and discipleship the great evils of debt accumulation and the bondage to modern Liberal views and practices.

I have found that over the years with God’s richest blessing upon my own life and ministry, the vast extent of godly learning and knowledge that I have accumulated by His grace in every branch of Biblical and Theological study (with many breakthroughs in the cutting edge of Biblical scholarship), as well as the great happiness that I enjoy in life with my wonderful wife and family, I solemnly believe that the best College and Seminary is an Independent one, that has no interest in accreditation and compromising with the modern academic world, or putting young men or families under any kind of bondage to debt. The present practice of modern Bible colleges and seminaries is nothing but an abomination.

If you would like counsel or advice on matters of Christian education at any age or degree level, please ask. Or if you would like to be part of a Reformed Bible College that does not require absurd amounts of money or debt, and that can be accomplished at pace and at your own home and church, you are welcome to inquire.

Brett Woody, Pastor-Teacher

*John Milton said, “The end of all learning is to know God, and out of that knowledge to love and imitate Him.”

*Richard Baxter said, “If the knowledge of Christ and His word are not central to education, false doctrine and ungodly practices will be.”

*Cotton Mather said, “To properly teach and educate the ignorant, you must be yourself devoted to God and His word, and teaching your students only that which is true and virtuous.”

*John Witherspoon said, “One of the most cursed evils upon the schools and upon youth today, that poisons their minds, that seduces their hearts, that wastes their time and energy, and that undermines their walk with God is the drama of the theater.”

*William Ames said, “It is the knowledge of God’s word and sound doctrine that is required for a believer’s sanctification in Christ and the building up of the church in grace and holiness.”

*John Knox said, “Christians are easily overtaken by false religion and evil practices that strangle the lifeblood of true godliness unless they are wholeheartedly committed to the teaching of the Word of God.”