Colleges of Today
“There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord.” Proverbs 21:30
Today in our community, as well as other cities, I am seeing such a push on our young people to go to college in pursuit of a career. Higher learning is great as long as it supports “good learning.”
As Christians we are commanded by God to learn only that which is founded on His word! When I served in a Southern Baptist Church, one of our monthly newsletters came out with a surprising article! It reported that when young people were brought up in a Christian home and entered a secular college or university, upon graduation only 17% would stay committed in a local church. With statistics such as these, is it wise to push toward college?
During the Reformation, Martin Luther was quoted as saying:
“I am much afraid that schools will prove to be great gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advise no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not increasingly occupied with the word of God must become corrupt!”
Luther’s advice was ignored. Within 200 years of Luther’s death the colleges and universities that he warned about had forgotten their Biblical foundations and had became secular.
“By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.” Proverbs 16:6
When our founding fathers came to America they wanted colleges to teach the Bible as the foundation of all learning. Harvard’s first presidents and professors insisted that there could be no true knowledge or wisdom without Jesus Christ. When Harvard adopted their “Rules and Precepts” in 1646, the foundation statement said:
“Every one shall consider the main end of his life and studies to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life.”
Other colleges like Yale, Princeton and Brown had statements that were similar to Harvard’s. What has happened?
If a committed Christian is looking for a good college, here is a partial list of questions that he/she should ask to see if the college’s teaching is consistent with God’s word.
• Do they believe that the Bible is the very word of God and that not only the originals were inerrant, but that the Bible of today is the inerrant, inspired word of God? Or do they teach that the Bible is a holy book, just as the Koran is to the Muslim?
• Do they hold to a literal interpretation of the account of Creation as
recorded in the book of Genesis? This would include:
1. A world history of less than 10,000 years.
2. No Death before Adam. The Gap Theory should be attacked. There are many committed Christians that hold to this theory. This is inconsistent with Scripture.
3. That the Flood of Noah was a world-wide and not a local event that destroyed all mankind, excluding those that were on the ark. This may seem silly, but a vast majority believe and teach a local flood, but Scripture warns us that this event would be attacked in the last days.
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:” (II Peter 3:3-7)
These three questions are important, because what we believe about our past tells us what we expect from our future. If we believe that we are here by chance and death and bloodshed have been around for billions of years, what type of future can we expect?
What happens to a society when Biblical foundations are rejected?
• The love of spiritual truth waxes cold (Matt. 24:12)
• God’s people begin to love the things of the world (I John 2:15)
If we as parents allow our children to go to colleges and universities that teach philosophies that contradict God’s Word, then we will produce a compromising society in just one generation. We find this warning in scripture:
“And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim (the world system).” Joshua 2:10, 11
• A society begins to do things, which that are right in their own eyes. “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” Judges 17:6
It literally breaks my heart when I see God’s people embrace the world’s philosophies, these are just a few:
• When I see them embrace the world’s music. This is when the music is in opposition to God’s principals and God’s people love it.-
• When our young ladies wear clothing that causes a man to lust!
They lack the teachings of morality and purity. This also teaches an absolute authority in all things, which again is in opposition to the world.
“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.” Deut. 22:6
For starters this would include anything that would draw a man’s attention to look at a women with the intent to lust.
“And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.” Proverbs 7:10
What are our young people to do?
The scriptures clearly teaches:
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.” Proverbs 3:5-7
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalms 1:2,3
Understand that God’s way will be in direct opposition to the world. Because of the power of the world, we need to see a generation of men and women who are willing to say no to the world and yes to God. We need a vision for the next generation
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18
Fathers need to rise up and take on the God given authority to be the priest in their homes or experience the wrath of God.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” Hosea 4:6
The future of our children starts with us!