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   THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM AND SCHOOL PRAYER



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Published On : April 9, 1998

Last Updated : January 3, 2009

An Expose On The Devil's Breeding Ground, American
Traditions Such As Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, And
Christmas Trees, And A Discussion On School Prayer




As each year passes, and the United States of America and
the world at large stray further and further away from God's
Holy Word, our Christian heritage is being attacked ever
more vehemently by those who seek to totally destroy what
little faith in Christ remains on the Earth. This seems to
be in direct fulfillment of something which Jesus said
almost two thousand years ago:

"...Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find
faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8b)

These attacks against The Faith are being perpetrated by
organizations and individuals who espouse schools of thought
which contradict our Christian teachings. They are also
being carried out by those who view Christianity as an
obstacle in the way of accomplishing their hidden goals and
agendas. These enemies of the Gospel include such people as
atheists and intellectuals who mock and despise anything
which carries a religious overtone, New World Order
advocates who hope to establish a de-spiritualized One World
Religion based on the worship of man, his achievements and
materialistic living, persons of other religious faiths who
abhor Christian evangelical endeavors, nature and devil
worshippers, homosexual and lesbian rights organizations,
supporters of abortion rights, New Age thought adherents,
and a host of other misguided souls who have rejected the
Standard of God's Word. In a Psalm which seems descriptive
of the coming Millennial rule of Christ, we find a verse
which could very easily apply to those who currently resist
the Spirit of Truth which resides in the Lord's Children:

"Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords
from us." (Psalms 2:3)

These people I have mentioned above want to live their lives
as they choose without feeling the conviction of God's
Spirit upon them. Our very presence in this world as
ambassadors of Christ, and lights in the world, makes them
feel uncomfortable. It is for this reason that they seek to
destroy us and our faith:

"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did
beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye
reconciled to God." (2 Corinthians 5:20)

"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an
hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put
it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light
unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine
before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify
your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16)

We all must face reality and understand that Christianity is
truly in a state of crisis, and has been for a very long
time. This situation isn't just something which developed a
few decades ago. True Christianity has been in retreat since
one or two hundred years after the Ascension of Christ! As I
have pointed out in other articles, these attacks against
our Faith are nothing new. Satan has been trying to defeat
Christianity for thousands of years. In fact, he was trying
to defeat it thousands of years before it ever came into
existence by preventing the birth of Christ! We would all do
well to take heed to Peter's admonition when he said:

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as
a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:"
(1 Peter 5:8)

One area where Satan's followers have concentrated their
efforts is in the public school system; because they know
that, possibly after the family television room, it is the
second place where the Christian family is most vulnerable
to attack! Obviously, we parents cannot be in the classroom
to protect our children from the lies and false teachings
they are being spoonfed on a daily basis. Sadly, most of us
are aware of exactly how bad the public school system has
become. If drugs and school violence weren't bad enough, now
our Christian children are being confused and subtlely
brainwashed into accepting gay and lesbian relationships as
acceptable alternative lifestyles; even though this is in
direct contradiction to Biblical teachings. Consider what
the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Rome concerning the
pagan hedonistic lifestyle of Roman citizens:

"For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for
even their women did change the natural use into that which
is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the
natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward
another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and
receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which
was meet." (Romans 1:26-27)

For a more in-depth look at my views on this topic, please
refer to my companion article 'Homosexuality And Lesbianism:
To The Point!'. In addition to these things, from the first
years of elementary school, our Christian children are being
fed the demonic lies of EVILution! This too is another
blatant attempt to confuse our children regarding the
origins of life, the universe, and the human race; and to
rob them of their faith in the one True God and His Holy
unerring Word! While school officials and teachers may not
realize it, not only are they confusing our children with
this satanic doctrine, but they are also calling God a liar,
and His Word a lie by teaching these THEORIES which are in
direct contradiction to the Bible:

"God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of
man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not
do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?"
(Numbers 23:19)

"God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as
it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy
sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged."
(Romans 3:4)

"In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie,
promised before the world began;" (Titus 1:2)

All of this confusion coming from modern science originates
from one source, and from one source alone; and it certainly
is not from God, because as Paul wrote to the Corinthians:

"For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in
all churches of the saints." (1 Corinthians 14:33)

While speaking on another topic, the Apostle James made the
following comment which applies well to the lies of modern
science:

"This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly,
sensual, devilish." (James 3:15)

Concerning Satan, Jesus exposed his true deceitful nature
when He said the following to the unbelieving Jews:

"...He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in
the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he
speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar,
and the father of it." (John 8:44b)

If there is one thing we know, it is that the Bible clearly
states that EVILution is a lie! There is absolutely no truth
in it whatsoever! I have dedicated an entire article to this
topic called 'Adaptation, EVILution And The Six Days Of
Genesis', which I encourage you to read. We find an
interesting parallel to the belief in EVILution, and the
literal worship of skeletons of supposed dinosaurs, etc. in
the ancient Roman idolatrous worship of images and statues
of birds and four-footed beasts:

"Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as
God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their
imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And
changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image
made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted
beasts, and creeping things...Who changed the truth of God
into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than
the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen."
(Romans 1:21-23, 25)

About seven hundred years before this, the Prophet Jeremiah
also chided ancient Israel for worshipping things taken from
nature:

"Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou
hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto
me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble
they will say, Arise, and save us." (Jeremiah 2:27)

"And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom,
that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with
stones and with stocks." (Jeremiah 3:9)

"But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a
doctrine of vanities." (Jeremiah 10:8)

As can be seen, this idea of worshipping creation, or
nature, is something which has been going on for literally
thousands of years. The Bible calls these kinds of teachings
'science falsely so called'. This so-called 'wisdom' is
nothing but the foolish babblings of vain, proud, rebellious
men who have rejected God and His Holy Word:

"O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust,
avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of
science falsely so called:" (Timothy 6:20)

It is for reasons such as the above, that as responsible
Christian parents, we must use what time we do have with our
children to firmly plant their feet upon the Foundation of
God's Truth. In the book of Proverbs we find the following
wise counsel:

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is
old, he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6)

In one of His parables, Jesus tells us that if our faith is
founded upon The Rock, we will never be moved or washed away:

"He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and
laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the
stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake
it: for it was founded upon a rock." (Luke 6:48)

Of course, we know that Jesus is that Rock; and He is also
the Living Word of God:

"And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank
of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was
Christ." (1 Corinthians 10:4)

"Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but
fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and
prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner
stone;" (Ephesians 2:19-20)

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we
beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the
Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)

"And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his
name is called The Word of God." (Revelation 19:13)

As Paul told the Romans, and then Timothy, the only way to
have faith, and to increase one's faith, is through a
diligent study of God's Word:

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of
God." (Romans 10:17)

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that
needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of
truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)

As I have shared in other articles, there are many many
verses throughout the Bible which emphasize the importance
of renewing ourselves in the Word of God on a daily basis.
King David even tells us that the Lord has magnified His
Word above His very Name:

"I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name
for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast
magnified thy word above all thy name." (Psalms 138:2)

David and Jesus both compared the reading of God's Word to
taking a spiritual bath:

"Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto
you." (John 15:3)

"BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by
taking heed thereto according to thy word." (Psalms 119:9)

Thus we see that the very best way we can help our children
to combat the lies of Satan and of his anti-God worldly
system, is by filling their minds and hearts with the
faith-building Word of God. This is the only way that we can
help to protect them from such demonic teachings, practices
and influences as EVILution, homosexuality and lesbianism,
drug usage, prostitution, and whatever other things Satan's
crowd might use to try to win them over. This is precisely
what I have done. While many worldly parents spend piles of
money to buy their children toy soldiers, guns, violent
video games full of killing and bloodshed, or sorcery and
magic, I have invested as much as I possibly can in printed
Bibles, a full set of Bible cassette tapes, many Bible video
tapes, etc. These kinds of things are much wiser investments
than all of the garbage Satan has to offer. Bible-related
materials are invaluable tools for shaping not only your
children's current morals, attitudes and spiritual values,
but their future as well.

Some day our children will reach an age when they are old
enough to make decisions on their own. They will also reach
an age when they will want to go out on their own to begin
their own families. While we may not fully realize what kind
of an effect we are having on our children now, we certainly
will in that day. I am reminded of a verse from the book of
Ecclesiastes which says:

"Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it
after many days." (Ecclesiastes 11:1)

Will our children remain close to the Lord and His Word, the
true Bread of Life, or will they go astray and become just
like those we have tried to protect them from? A lot depends
on what we give them now as responsible Christian parents.
In the world they have a lot of fancy sayings like 'Children
are our future' and 'Children are an investment in the
future'. But we must stop and ask ourselves, how much do
they really believe these things? Are they just fancy
slogans meant to lull us asleep while we continue on our
merry way to destruction? We have heard sayings like these
for generations; yet nothing changes; and actually, they are
getting worse. Children are getting worse, and society is
getting worse. There are more drugs, more violence, more
teenage pregnancies, more deaths, and more rebellion and
defiance against the accepted ways of God than ever before.
People and governments seem to say one thing with their
mouths, but then do something entirely different through
their actions.

I have heard some suggest that it is all a part of a
sinister plot to slowly steal our children from us and make
them properties of the State and the New World Order through
such things as the U.N.-sponsored International Rights of
the Child. Could it really be that those who say they are
trying to help are really working against us by actually
fuelling the problems? Could it be that they themselves have
created the problems, and have even kept them alive so that
in their good time they can offer the solutions they have
prepared for us? Could there be any truth to the rumor that
we are currently being corralled so that when we and the
situation get desperate enough, we will willingly accept
whatever solutions they have to offer, even if we might not
have done so under normal conditions? These are serious
questions we must all ask ourselves. One thing we cannot
deny as Christian parents, is that the public school system
is one of the primary battlegrounds where a war is being
waged for the minds and hearts of our children. Over the
decades, Biblical teachings have been replaced by doctrines,
theories and teachers which do greatly detour from The Truth
found in God's Word:

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound
doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to
themselves teachers, having itching ears;" (2 Timothy 4:3)

There are many Scriptures in the Bible which speak about
children. One verse in particular is found in the book of
Psalms and says the following:

"Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of
the womb is his reward." (Psalms 127:3)

Aside from the fact that our children are our heritage, the
continuance of our family lines, we can look at this verse
in another way. What kind of a Christian heritage can our
children expect to give to their children if we have not
been faithful with them while they are young, malleable and
still with us? As the Apostle Paul said in his epistle to
the Galatians:

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man
soweth, that shall he also reap." (Galatians 6:7)

In short, what we reap in the future, will be greatly
affected by what we have sown in the lives of our children
NOW! Personally, I became aware of the spiritual warfare
going on a number of years ago. I came to realize who the
enemy is, and that he could not be trusted. I also came to
understand that proper training of our children begins at
home, and that we cannot and should not depend upon, or
trust in, those who operate the public school system to meet
our children's spiritual needs. How can they if the Spirit
of God is not even present there? Therefore, as I have
shared in this article, I realized that I had to take upon
myself the responsibility of arming my child with the proper
tools and weapons so that she could wage a successful
warfare against the lies she was taught at school, one of
the strongholds of Satan:

"(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty
through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
(2 Corinthians 10:4)

In describing the weapons and armour of our warefare, Paul
wrote the following to the church at Ephesus:

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the
power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye
may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we
wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high
places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having
done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt
about with truth, and having on the breastplate of
righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of
the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith,
wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of
the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword
of the Spirit, which is the word of God:"
(Ephesians 6:10-17)

Notice that the key components of our children's armour
against the lies of Satan are the Shield of Faith, the
Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit. All three
of these are derived from the Word of God. Faith comes
through hearing the Word of God; Salvation comes by
believing in the Word of God, and our offense and defense
comes from using the Word of God. It all comes back down to
the Word, the Word, the Word; and this is what we must give
our children as responsible Christian parents if we expect
them to endure the battles they will face, and fight the
good fight of faith they will encounter in the public school
system:

"Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life,
whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good
profession before many witnesses." (1 Timothy 6:12)

To help you to remember who you are fighting against,
remember the verse reference 1 Timothy 6:12, and then look
again at Ephesians 6:12:

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high
places." (Ephesians 6:12)

We and our children must remember that we are not just
fighting against physical things such as the physical public
school system, that is, the teachers, principals and
administrators, but rather we are fighting against the
spiritual influences behind them. This is precisely what
Paul means by the above verse. While some of these teachers
are aware that what they are teaching is wrong and against
the Bible, (and they will be held accountable for it),
others do it out of ignorance, or out of blind obedience to
the system of which they are a part. If the administration
says, 'These are the books you use' or 'This is the lesson
schedule you will follow', there isn't much that they can do
about it; unless they want to see their last paycheck. If
more teachers had stronger moral fiber with real Christian
conviction, perhaps things wouldn't be as they are. Sadly,
as we all know, money is the god of this world, and we all
need it. As Paul also said to Timothy:

"For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while
some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and
pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
(1 Timothy 6:10)

What a truly sad statement for the world today! Because some
have coveted after money, either out of greed, want, or need,
they have erred from the faith. In the context of the topics
we are discussing in this article, we could say that they
have comprised their faith, and agreed to teach things which
they know they shouldn't, just so they can get that next
paycheck. Notice how the verse ends though: they've
'pierced themselves through with many sorrows'. While we
often picture the rich as being worry-free, sometimes this
is the furthest thing from the truth. They are always
worrying about how to get more money, or how to protect what
they do have from thieves, embezzlers, con men, etc. If they
are trying to hide their wealth from the IRS, they might
also be worrying about getting caught and thrown in jail!

On the other hand, those teachers who compromise their faith
in order to get that next paycheck will also be sorrowful
when someday the Lord asks them why they were ashamed of Him
and didn't stand up for The Truth. They had a golden
opportunity to fill those young children's minds with The
Truth of the Word of God; but instead they gave them Satan's
lies like EVILution, and book's like 'Mary's Live-In
Girlfriend' and 'Why My Daddy Left Us For Another Man'. Or
perhaps they taught sex education without emphasizing the
point that it was a sacred union ordained by God, and not
just a mechanical act meant to be enjoyed with whomever
whenever regardless of the outcome. Yes, some of those
teachers are indeed going to be ashamed:

"Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words
in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall
the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of
his Father with the holy angels." (Mark 8:38)

If teachers are not prepared to also teach their students
the story of Creation from the Bible, then they are unfairly
educating them, as they are only giving them man's version
of the truth and NOT God's version of The Truth. This is a
false balance of which the Lord does not approve:

"A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just
weight is his delight." (Proverbs 11:1)

"Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a
false balance is not good." (Proverbs 20:23)

By teaching such things as EVILution, they are placing a
stumbling block, a rock of offence, in the way of our
children, thus causing them to become confused and fall away
from The Truth of the Word of God:

"And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in
the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except
ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not
enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall
humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in
the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such
little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend
one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better
for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and
that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the
world because of offences! for it must needs be that
offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence
cometh!" (Matthew 18:2-7)

"Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge
this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion
to fall in his brother's way." (Romans 14:13)

In the above Scriptures, the two words 'offences' and
'stumblingblock' are derived from two different Greek words,
'skandalon' and 'proskomma', which share a common meaning of
stumbling block or offence; that is, something which causes
one to stumble and fall away from The Truth. This is exactly
what these satanic doctrines and perverted teachings do.
They cause many children, and even adults, to doubt God's
Word. As Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew, they that
cause such things are going to have a heavy price to pay,
especially if they know they are doing it! Perhaps this will
strike a little Godly fear into some atheistic parents,
science teachers, and those who encourage acceptance of
same-sex relationships in our public school system!

Aside from the Creation/Evolution debate, another thorny
religious issue confronting our modern public school system
is that of school prayer. In the book of Psalms, King David
wrote:

"My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the
morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look
up." (Psalms 5:3)

In decades past, school prayer was not as major of an issue
as it is today because America was, or at least supposedly
claimed to be, much more Christian back then. Exactly how
much truth is in this statement is a matter of personal
opinion. In my view, any nation which can indiscrimminantly
drop nuclear bombs or napalm on defenseless men, women and
children, or which can impose trade embargoes or sanctions
on poorer nations of the world until they bow to some
pre-determined demand, doesn't appear to be very Christian
to me. At any rate, it is only as the United States has
become richer, more powerful, and more materialistic, that
she has lost her first love for the Lord. When it came time
for her to make a choice, sadly, she made the wrong one:

"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the
one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one,
and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
(Matthew 6:24)

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the
world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is
not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the
flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is
not of the Father, but is of the world." (1 John 2:15-16)

"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the
friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever
therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of
God." (James 4:4)

Not only has modern America forsaken her God, although she
self-righteously still goes through the motions of claiming
to believe in Him, but she has also defiled the heritage the
Lord gave her. As in earlier verses I quoted, there is a
very interesting parallel in the book of Jeremiah where
ancient Israel became guilty of the very same thing:

"And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the
fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered,
ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination."
(Jeremiah 2:7)

Another factor which has served to pollute the heritage of
'Christian America' is the subtle agenda which was disguised
by such words as 'the land of the free and the home of the
brave' which beckoned the weak, the tired, the poor, and the
downtrodden to come to her shores. Mother America asked the
Old World to send her their sons; and send them they did,
not realizing that the vast majority would become cheap
labor for the rich who would subjugate them under
discrimminatory labor laws and tax laws; thus ensuring that
they would remain the weak, the tired, the poor and the
downdtroden. Nothing had really changed except the master's
name. Thus America was, and continues to be built upon the
blood, sweat and tears of the poor of the world, both at
home and abroad.

A side-effect of this massive immigration is that America
has become an international melting pot with a hodgepodge of
belief systems and religious practices. Whether or not this
complication was anticipated or not, I cannot really say;
however, it has definitely affected the moral and spiritual
fiber of America. Ancient Israel was polluted in a similar
manner when the Hebrew children disobeyed the Laws of Moses
by not destroying their heathen enemies the Canaanites.
Instead, they compromised their faith by adopting the pagan
Canaanite gods, and by intermarrying with Canaanite women.
This topic is discussed more fully in the article entitled
'The Fruits Of Disobedience'. Because of America's current
spiritual condition, it is thus a bit ludicrous to refer to
it as a 'Christian nation'. In fact, according to a report I
read some time ago, Islam is not only the fastest growing
religion in America, but around the world as well! If you
are interested in my views on that faith, please refer to my
article 'The Holy Qur'an: Doctrine Of Devils'.

Because of this spiritual pollution, it has become
impossible for American laws to remain partial to
Christianity. The laws which apply to one religious faith,
must apply to all of them. What is permitted for one, must
be permitted for all; and vice versa, without partiality or
discrimmination. For example, to allow open Christian
prayer, Bible reading, or worship in the public school
system, would require that the same rules apply to other
religions as well. This would quickly result in places of
public education being converted into centers of confusion
and conflict. The only way to totally avoid this problematic
situation is to keep religion out of all government owned or
operated entities. Thus, again we see that past and current
compromises have led to not only a neutralization, but also
to a decline in the Christian faith. As Karl Marx said,
religion is the opiate of the people. I am not referring to
True Christianity, but rather to the controlled religion we
see in America today which allows people to feel like they
are worshipping and serving the True God, while ensuring
that they still remain enslaved to the system they serve.
This is the result of compromise; for as the Apostle Paul
said in his epistle to the Romans:

"Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to
obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin
unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?"
(Romans 6:16)

If it were remotely possible to re-introduce prayer into the
public school system, exactly how could it be accomplished
without causing problems? After giving it a bit of thought,
I think the easiest and fairest way to approach the issue
would be in the following manner:

First, make it voluntary. Perhaps the teacher or instructor
could make such a statement as 'Okay kids, we are going to
take a few minutes for those of you who would like to start
the school day with a word of prayer'. Such a statement
would not be overly offensive to anyone as it does not
specifically recognize any one religion or god. Second,
instead of the teacher leading in a vocal prayer, it could
be done in silence. This will allow the children to invoke
or not to invoke their god in the language and manner of
their choice. Being a silent prayer, the problem with
accommodating all religions would be solved. While I
strongly believe in preaching the Gospel of Salvation, I
have to concede that perhaps the classroom is not the place
for doing it. The compromise has already been made; and
there really is not much that we can do about it except to
live with it. Additionally, children are supposed to be
there in order to learn the basics of reading, writing and
arithmetic; although current curriculums go way beyond this;
and some teachers take upon themselves responsibilities
which should be left to the parents. This all goes back to
earlier statements I made regarding our children becoming
properties of the State.

While I don't believe that religion should be forced upon
children in the immediate classroom, at least not in the
public school system where there are many different ethnic
and religious backgrounds, I strongly feel that children do
and should have the right to speak about whatever topic they
wish, including religion, during their free time at recess,
during lunchbreak, etc. In other words, any place on campus
which is outside of a class in progress should be an
acceptable place for children and teenagers to express their
freedoms of speech, religion, and expression, as long as it
is done in a respectful and non intrusive manner. In other
words, if someone approaches you with a question, or if the
topic of religion just comes up naturally in a conversation,
then children should not be discouraged or prohibited from
discussing it.

At the same time, I think it is important to point out that
if religion is not to be permitted in the public school
system classroom, then this should also include other false
beliefs which most people have been conditioned into not
normally viewing as religions, but rather as 'American
traditions'. I am referring to such things as Santa Claus,
or Satan Claus, and the Easter Bunny. Anything which
requires faith and belief is a religion; and Santa Claus and
the Easter Bunny certainly fall within this category. In
fact, it is these two false idols, or traditions, which are
largely responsible for perverting The Truth behind two of
the most celebrated events in the Christian faith: the Birth
and Resurrection of our Saviour. Again, we find parallels in
the history of the ancient Israelites who esteemed their
traditions and laws to be more important than believing in
and obeying the Word of God. Both Jesus and the Apostle Paul
warned us against such things:

"But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also
transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?"
(Matthew 15:3)

"And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment
of God, that ye may keep your own tradition." (Mark 7:9)

"Making the word of God of none effect through your
tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like
things do ye." (Mark 7:13)

"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain
deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of
the world, and not after Christ." (Colossians 2:8)

While the discussion of Jesus Christ and our Christian faith
is banned from the public school classroom, the false
religious idols of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny are
highly exalted. Every year teachers across America give
millions of young school children drawings to color of Santa
Claus, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, elves, the Easter
Bunny, etc. They encourage and help them to make paper
Easter baskets and partake in other such foolishness. These
teachers and school administrators don't even bother to
consider whether or not such false beliefs and practices
might be in opposition to the children's religious
upbringing. They callously assume that everyone believes in
these false American idols. Classrooms are decorated year
after year with these things; and in many schools, 'Satan
Claus' passes out the presents at the annual school
Christmas party. This is a subtle means of indoctrination
and brainwashing. The public school system is encouraging
FAITH in these false gods. They are teaching children to be
materialistically-minded instead of spiritually-minded, thus
erasing the TRUE meanings behind these holidays. Exactly as
Jesus said, those who encourage such 'American traditions'
in our schools are eliminating belief in, and the positive
effect of God's Word upon our children's lives; and they
will be held responsible by the Lord!:

"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ;
that every one may receive the things done in his body,
according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."
(2 Corinthians 5:10)

Shopping malls do the very same thing! Children are
encouraged by their parents to line up in order to sit on
the lap of the System's false commercial god, 'Satan Claus'.
They are lied to and told that if they will be good, this
false god will grant them whatever their wishes might be for
that year. Some young children are deathly afraid of Satan
Claus. You can see the fear in their eyes and in their
faces. If there is one thing we know, it is that God has not
given us a spirit of fear:

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power,
and of love, and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)

Despite this fact, in order to save face and public
embarrassment, their parents will put a plastic smile on
their faces and keep coaxing their children to 'go along
with it'. Some of the children eventually will, but not
because they really want to. Perhaps some of the children
have more wisdom and spiritual discernment than their
man-pleasing parents who feel they must go along with the
status quo and the 'Christmas tradition'. Again I am
reminded of the sins of the ancient Hebrews who offered
child sacrifices to the pagan god Molech. The rebellious
Israelites adopted the religious rites of the heathen
nations around them and passed their infants through the
fire and into the bowels of the idol Molech. This was in
direct contradiction of the Laws given to Moses:

"And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the
fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy
God: I am the LORD." (Leviticus 18:21)

"There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his
son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth
divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a
witch," (Deuteronomy 18:10)

"But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and
made his son to pass through the fire, according to the
abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from
before the children of Israel." (2 Kings 16:3)

"And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass
through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and
sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to
provoke him to anger." (2 Kings 17:17)

"And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the
valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and
used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a
familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in
the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger."
(2 Chronicles 33:6)

This may seem like an extreme comparison, but while young
children today are not literally passed through a physical
fire, for some of them it is certainly an emotional fire and
conflict when they see that red-suited white-bearded god
sitting on his throne at Christmas time beckoning them with
his white-gloved hands. This reminds me of yet another sin
of the ancient Israelites. Are you the reader aware of the
fact that decorating Christmas trees also finds its origin
in ancient pagan rites which the Israelites copied from the
heathen nations around them? Here again we find some very
interesting Scriptures in the book of the young prophet
Jeremiah. Is it any wonder that the Jews hated him so?:

"Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and
be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are
dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain:
for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the
hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver
and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers,
that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but
speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go.
Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also
is it in them to do good." (Jeremiah 10:2-5)

Today, Satan is much more subtle. Instead of fashioning them
so that they look like beasts, or a human, or some other
form, people simply decorate Christmas trees with gold and
silver balls and other ornaments. It is the same old sin
wrapped in a brand new package! As many sincere Christians
already know, while Christ's Birth and Resurrection are
indeed fundamental elements of our Faith, the actual dates
of these events are lost to history. Because of this, the
holidays many worldwide celebrate today are based upon two
ancient pagan festivals which were 'Christianized' by the
Catholic 'church fathers' who compromised with ancient Rome.
The Christmas holiday is based upon a festival of the winter
solstice; a worship of the sun, and Easter is based upon a
festival of the worship of the ancient goddess Ashtoreth,
also known as Astarte or Ishtar, the wife of the pagan god
Baal. Again, allow me to refer you to my article 'The Fruits
Of Disobedience' which deals in part with the pagan worship
of ancient Israel. Here are a few verses to prove this
point:

"For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the
Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the
Ammonites." (1 Kings 11:5)

"Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped
Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of
the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon,
and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in
mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did
David his father." (1 Kings 11:33)

Returning to the issue of school prayer, do I honestly
believe that the above system could be implemented in the
public schools? At this point in time, quite frankly, I
don't. I think there would be a tremendous amount of
opposition by some of the very same groups and people I
mentioned at the beginning of this article. We need to
remember that the right to pray, also includes the right to
not pray. Given the disrespectful attitude of many modern
Americans, I feel that it would be difficult to convince
non-religious students to respect the rights of those who do
wish to pray. This would cause those who do wish to pray to
feel uncomfortable or inhibited. If the teacher leading the
moment of prayer is not supportive of school prayer, this
would augment the problem even further as he or she might
not enforce the regulation, or might even side with the
non-religious students. Additionally, some religions require
special dress such as head scarves or caps during times of
prayer. Another danger in re-introducing school prayer is
that it might be seen by some as a 'green light' to fight
for even more religious rights in the public schools. This
would undoubtedly lead to even greater problems and unrest.

A final point to consider is this: Why is school prayer even
necessary? If one feels the need to pray to the Lord to seek
His blessing, protection and guidance for the day, why wait
until he or she arrives at school? After all, the day begins
at home when we first wake up. In the Gospels we are told
that on occasions, Jesus would arise prior to daybreak in
order to pray before the bustle of activities would
interrupt the quiet of the morning:

"And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he
went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there
prayed." (Mark 1:35)

If one truly feels the need to pray, he or she can do it
then, or before leaving the home, or even on the way to
school. Personally I talk to the Lord whenever I feel the
need to regardless of where I am. Of course, sometimes I
need to be discrete about it. The point is, our relationship
with God should be an ongoing thing, and not just some
repetitive ritual we do at some specific hour of the day or
in some specific place. As Jesus said:

"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen
do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much
speaking." (Matthew 6:7)

Again, real prayer is meant to be a heart to heart
relationship with the Lord. While there are times for prayer
in a group setting, I feel that most benefits are obtained
in our private sessions with Him. This is why Jesus said:

"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites
are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in
the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men.
Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou,
when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast
shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and
thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."
(Matthew 6:5-6)

As far as morning school preparation is concerned, in our
home, we have the practice of putting on a Bible Scripture
tape to help us to connect with the Lord's Spirit; and to
help us to keep our minds stayed on Him during the day. The
main point I am trying to emphasize in this article is that
it is up to us as parents to instruct our children in their
Christian heritage at home, so that they will have a strong
foundation in the Word, and not be swayed by the many lies
and distortions of The Truth which they will encounter at
school. We should not depend upon, or even expect, the
public school system to meet our children's spiritual needs,
because they won't. Given sufficient time, they will rob our
children of their faith in God. Between peer pressure and an
ungodly curriculum, it is a sure thing; unless we take it
upon ourselves at home to strengthen our children's faith.
The Lord gave our children to us, and NOT to the school
teacher. Therefore, it is our responsibility to ensure that
they receive the religious training that they need. If we as
Christian parents fail to do this, we are not only failing
them, but we are failing the Lord as well. I pray that this
article has been a help and a blessing to many.

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