THE NECESSITY OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION PROCLAIMED IN THE REFORMED DOCTRINAL STANDARDS, LITURGY, AND WRITINGS OF OUR FOREFATHERS
Q. What doth God require in the fourth commandment?
A. First, that the ministry of the gospel and the schools be maintained.
- Heidelberg Catechism, Q. and A. 103a
The consistories everywhere shall see to it that there are good school teachers, not only to teach the children reading, writing, language, and the liberal arts, but also to instruct them in godliness and in the Catechism.
- Church Order of Dordt, Article 21
Whether you promise and intend to see these children, when come to the years of discretion (whereof you are either parent or witness), instructed and brought up in the aforesaid doctrine, or help or cause them to be instructed therein, to the utmost of your power?
- Baptism Form
1. Is there a Christian School in this area?
2. Do all the children of the congregation attend the Christian school?
3. How does the consistory deal with parents who send their children to the public school?
4. Is there a tie between the church and the Christian school? Does the consistory supervise the education process?
- Church Visitation Form: Section 6
The foremost and most general subject of study, both in the higher and the lower schools, should be the Holy Scriptures.
- Martin Luther
I am much afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth.
- Martin Luther
To understand the Scriptures is man's ultimate objective. Such things as philosophy, science, and eloquence have as their ultimate purpose man's deepest comprehension of what God says through the Scriptures.
- John Calvin
Every master of a household must be commanded either to instruct or else cause to be instructed, his children, servants and family, in the principles of the Christian religion.
- John Knox
Let the church never lack men qualified to teach the young. See to it that there are academies where they may be taught, and teachers that rightly divide the Word of Truth.
- B. Smytegelt
Any system of training which does not make a knowledge of Scripture the first thing is unsafe and unsound.
- J. C. Ryle
The elementary schools are also included. We greatly need our own elementary schools, because there the Word of God is taught. How willing we should be to sacrifice in order that our children may be taught the pure doctrine. How willing we should be, not only to support the ministry of the gospel with material gifts, but also entrust our children to the official ministry which the Lord Himself ordained.
- G. H. Kersten
Parents, do not deprive your children of this (Christian) training. All of us should realize that we are obliged to entrust our children to this school. Let us go onward shoulder to shoulder and not withhold the proper education from our children, as we have promised to do at their baptism.
- W. C. Lamain
What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Why is Christian education necessary?
Does any educational system only teach facts, without any interpretation of the facts? Why not? Why is no educational system neutral? Why are all school systems "religious"?
Why is secular humanism a religion? Why is the teaching of all .subject matter apart from God atheistic?