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voddie-baucham Many object to homeschooling or private Christian schools based on the fact that God has called us to be “salt” and “light” and to evangelize the world. Ironically, this is precisely why we chose homeschooling. The Great Commission states: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I command you” (Matthew 28:19-20, emphasis added). How is this likely apart from Christian education? How can I effectively “make disciples” of my children if I send them off to the government school forty-five to fifty hours per week? The Nehemiah Institute, The National Study of Youth and Religion, and the Barna Report have shown us clearly that our children do not even understand–let alone obey–all that the Lord has commanded. Moreover, how can our children evangelize our government schools if they don’t know what they believe and why they believe it? Not to mention that all of the evidence currently points to the fact that our children are the evangelized, not the evangelists, in our nation’s schools. They are the ones being carried away by every wind of doctrine. . . . The Nehemiah Institute continues to demonstrate year after year that Christian children in government schools who actually retain anything close to a biblical worldview are the rare exception and not the rule. . . . Let me be clear–I applaud men and women whom God has called to teach in government schools. These people are front-line warriors, and they need to be right where they are. However, there is a big difference between sending fully trained disciples into enemy territory and sending recruits [children] to our enemy’s training camp. If we do the latter, we shouldn’t be surprised when they come home wearing the enemy’s uniform and charging the hill of our home waving the enemy flag.

– Voddie Baucham

4 thoughts on “Quotes (489)

  1. Amen and amen! When we were home schooling our kids, several people in our church used the “salt and light” argument on me. I told them that disciples of Christ – mature saints of God – not small children that are to be “salt & light”. These same people typically failed to do much to disciple their own kids, trusting the church programs to take that load off their backs.

    While my wife and I could have done much more to properly disciple our children, we did much more than our church at the time asked us or modeled for us. I rejoice in seeing what the Lord has done in the lives of our now grown children and shudder to see how many “normal” Christian kids have turned out.

    With much gratitude for all He’s done.


  2. Im for homeschooling as long as the parents allow thier kids to be able to interact with the world.

    here is a qustion, i have a mentally disabled son and we dont know and cant fund all the therapies he needs so we send him to public school 4 hours a day 4 daysa week, are we in sin for not homeschooling even though everything we do is directed at the learning about God and building there character


  3. Hi Travis,

    There are many who simply cannot home school their children – universally, single moms are likely in this category.

    Your son is in a unique category, and I would venture a guess that the world will probably affect him less than he will affect the world.

    It reminds me of the time when Jesus healed the man who was blind from birth:

    John 9:3

    “… said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”

    While Jesus has not healed your son (yet), the Work of God is being displayed in your lives. Your love for the Lord is seen by others, and for comfort you cling to Him. This is your testimony and God is glorified.

    Keep giving your son instruction in the Word and stay strong in the Lord.


    – Jeff H


  4. We homeschool our two children, and we are fortunate that in our area we have an excellent support system. The local college is a Christian college and offers gym classes taught by El/Ed majors and art classes by art majors. My wife had an excellent job when our children were born but we chose to have her stay home and teach them and give our family her best instead of giving it to work. We have never regretted this decision.

    While it is not a sin to send our kids to public schools, as mentioned above, sometimes it is just not possible. But, if you can manage it, I believe that it is the best for the whole family to homeschool. My kids are getting a much better education, and it is Biblically based. We are teaching them everything we can while we have them, and if the Lord tarries a few more years, they will be equipped to be light and salt to this world. Already my daughter has had to take a stand, at of all places, church, and defend another child that was being tormented because of being homeschooled. My daughter stood between the bully and the victim and declared that she was homeschooled also. She was only seven at the time. I was so proud of her and she has a friend for life now.


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