When Sin is No Longer a Sin! Part 4
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Bill Kochman

Published On :
June 14, 2001

Last Updated :
April 22, 2009

Public School System, School Parents vs Biological Parents, Abuse Of Authority, Children Spies In Our Midst, Destroying Dependence On Parents, Questionable School Questionnaires, Well-Meaning Teachers, Ecumenism And Globalist Propaganda, A Global Neighborhood And New World Order, The Spirit Of God vs Spirit Of The World, The Public Schools Are Under Attack, "Remember The Titans" - A Quick Gay Kiss, School Conflicts, Burden Of Being A Witness, Train Up A Child, RCC Doctrines, Contend For The Faith, The Dead Animal On The Road, Hardened Through Sin, Paul's Self-Righteousness And Stephen's Martyrdom, Danger Of Being Stiff-Necked, God's Approach To Chastisement, God Deals With Paul's Stubbornness On The Road To Damascus

In addition to using different forms of mass media, such as movies, television, comic books, etc., another vehicle which is being utilized for their re-indoctrination program is the public education system. Unbeknownst to many parents, is the fact that our school-aged children are subtly being rewired, or reprogrammed, by way of school library books and videos which contain sexually-suggestive messages; by way of school counseling sessions; by way of classroom lessons, projects and guest speakers; by way of collective peer pressure and character remolding, and by other means which can ultimately result in our little ones beginning to question and doubt their home-taught Christian beliefs and values. In fact, it seems that the overall objective of some school initiatives is to persuade our children to trust more in what they are taught and told at school by their "new parents", than in the instruction they receive from us their real, biological parents. They are subtly being taught to rebel against our God-given authority, and to embrace the school staff, no longer just as educators of reading, writing and arithmetic, but also as trusted friend, adviser, family psychologist, and "parent".

The hidden, driving mentality seems to be "Your parents do not always know what is best for you, but we, your school, do". If you doubt that this is so, consider the fact that on one certain occasion a number of years ago, when my daughter was still in elementary school, she went on a field trip to the Middle School which she would be attending the following school year. During the course of presenting his opening remarks, the Vice Principal told the visiting children "We are your parents; we are your parents when you are not at home". It was such an odd statement to make, that even my young daughter couldn't help but realize that it was wrong to say this, and so she told me about it. It really made her sit up and take notice, that the school staff has taken upon themselves more responsibility than is their right to do as educators. They have gone beyond just being educators.

Now obviously, we can all recognize that a certain level of structured discipline must be maintained at all times in a school environment; as otherwise, there would undoubtedly be total anarchy. This is particularly true in this current day when there is so much school violence, including homicides, gang violence, etc. Nevertheless, can you see the potential for abuse of authority which can be masked in such a remark? While today they may be saying "We are your parents; we are your parents when you are not at home", tomorrow, they could very easily be telling our impressionable children "We are your parents"; period! It isn't very difficult to imagine a situation where they could even begin to say "Forget your parents at home. They are old-fashioned and out of sync with the times. They still embrace those odd, hateful religious ideas of the past. They no longer know what is best for you, but WE do! In fact, your own parents may even be a danger to you. You need to trust us, and inform us of anything unusual which is happening in your home. We love you. We just want to help you. Trust us!" Frightening, isn't it? But let us not forget that it has happened before.

On a related note, it might also interest you to know that some school questionnaires, which are never brought home in order to acquire parental consent, but which are only filled out by the student in the classroom, contain trick questions, which are purposely designed to cause our children to unknowingly reveal personal information about their families, which we parents may be more hesitant to reveal. Perhaps there will be ten innocent-looking questions on that survey, but one of them will be designed to extract a specific piece of information from the unknowing child, who freely provides it without giving it further thought. Allow me to give you an example. In one survey my daughter was asked to fill out during this past school year, (which I of course never saw), the question was asked: Where do you feel the safest? The three multiple choice answers were a) at school, b) while walking to school, or c) at home. My daughter was wise enough to answer in the order c, a, b.

Why in the world did the school ask such a prying question? What does it have to do with my daughter's academic development? Yes, we can offer some valid reasons for asking this kind of question, such as the school staff's desire to know exactly how safe the children feel while they are at school, but stop and consider for a moment what might happen if a student were to place "at school" before "at home". Maybe he didn't quite understand the question; or maybe he was just in a hurry, so he just filled out a quick answer not even realizing how serious the question was. Now do you see my point? If any child does not answer "c" first, the school officials, and perhaps the Child Welfare Services as well, are going to raise their eyebrow and think to themselves:

"Uh-oh; something is wrong at home. We need to investigate this. Maybe the child is in danger. Maybe the child is being abused. Maybe mommy or daddy is an unfit parent. Maybe we need to take some legal action here."

And the next thing you know, we, their Christian parents, are being harassed unnecessarily by the State, because they are bored with their job, or with their life, and they need to go out and play the hero. In short, they are using our very own children to spy on us, and to invade, and in fact to infringe upon, our right to privacy.

Allow me to also add that I suspect that some questions on these school questionnaires are being used to create a psychological profile of our children, in order to measure and determine how well they are accepting and adapting to the multi-culturalist, globalist thinking propaganda which is being thrown at them. Going by my own experiences with the American Public School System, it seems to me that part of their strategy is to demote our Christian faith in the eyes of our children, so that they begin to view it as just one among so many different religions, which is no better than the others. It is an attempt to create an ecumenical atmosphere where all religions are treated as equals, and the role of Jesus Christ is reduced from being the Savior of the world, to simply being just another prophet, holy man and teacher, no different than Confucius, Buddha or Mohammad. New Age advocates do the very same thing.

Allow me to give you another clear example which also exposes the clash which exists between our authority as parents, and that of the school staff. On one particular occasion about eight years ago, I was helping my daughter with her homework. As I recall, she was doing some math problems which required that she convert some fractions, so that they had a common denominator for the purpose of adding them together. While it has been over four decades since I was in elementary school, I was still able to remember the steps required to help her complete her assignment. Well, to my surprise, the very next afternoon, my daughter arrived home from school and informed me that her teacher had told the class that they should not ask their parents for help with their math homework, because we, the parents, would become frustrated and confused.

Why did the teacher give her students such odd instructions? According to what my daughter told me, this teacher does not always teach by the book. Sometimes she invents her own ways of doing things, such as math, which in her view, are easier and less confusing for the children to understand. Now on the surface, this teacher's motivation seems innocuous; just like the Vice Principal who said "We are your parents; we are your parents when you are not at home"; but if we look deeper, we can detect something more troubling.

Consider the following. If some of these teachers begin to employ non-standard methods for teaching our children in the classroom, if they decide to not teach by the book, that can place those of us who have learned by the regular standard, at a disadvantage. In fact, whether it is intentional or not, this method of teaching can foster dependence on the school teachers, instead of on the parents. In short, it gradually shifts authority away from the parents, and it also gradually shifts the child's dependence upon their biological parents, towards dependence upon the self-proclaimed "school parents"; and I suspect that this is exactly what some of them want to happen. They want our children to become more subservient to, more obedient to, more loyal to, and more dependent upon the State, than to their own flesh and blood parents. Alarming, isn't it?

It seems to me that this kind of mentality is the very same motivation that fuels the "International Rights of the Child" agenda, which is sponsored by the United Nations, which, as you may already know, is a clear advocate of, and vehicle for globalism and multi-culturalism. Everything is geared towards the creation of a so-called "Global Neighborhood". Well, such a "neighborhood" is certainly going to require some kind of a strong, charismatic leader who will be capable of keeping all of the squabbling neighbors/nations together, united by one common political view, one common approach to solving all of the world's economic problems, one common spirituality, etc. It doesn't take too much effort to figure out who this might be. Our own children will bear this New World Government upon their very shoulders, and willingly so, after they have been properly indoctrinated, beginning at the grade school level.

At this point, I think that it is important to mention that I am not trying to demonize all teachers. I am not saying that all teachers are evil, or that they all have some kind of a hidden agenda. I know that some teachers, in fact, many educators, are very serious, and very sincere, regarding the career which they have chosen in life. They have invested a lot of personal time, money, energy, study and hard work in order to excel in their chosen profession, and to be a help to children. They love children, and they are trying to help give them a better life by providing them with an education, so that they will be better prepared to face the future, as well as adulthood, and the responsibilities that come with it.

Yet, at the same time, as a Christian parent, I realize that their world perspective, and their priorities and goals in life, not only for themselves, but for our children as well, are not the same as mine. In fact, to be quite blunt, I know that we Christian parents are at odds with public educators, because we are trying to build our children's lives upon two very different foundations. One is based upon the spirit of the world which promotes self-confidence, competition, being proud of one's accomplishments, and becoming a useful pawn in the global economic system, while the other is based upon the Spirit of God which teaches us to walk humbly before our Maker, to give Him glory, credit and thanks for everything, and to choose a life of meaningful service to Him, as well as to others. So what these well-meaning teachers think is best for our children, is not necessarily the same as what we Christian parents know is best for them. How can some of these teachers and school staff claim to know what is best for our children, when they do not even have the Spirit of God to guide them in their decision-making? They have made themselves friends of the world, and they teach the ways of the world, and not the ways of God. Consider these verses:

"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, KJV

"If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you."
John 15:19, KJV

"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
1 Corinthians 2:14, KJV

So then; because many of these educators are a part of the worldly system, and are in tune to the spirit of the world, and not in tune to the Spirit of God, they cannot possibly begin to know, and much less understand, what is truly best for our Christian children. We are simply on two different wavelengths so-to-speak.

To reiterate my main point, there is a hidden agenda at work within the public school system; the goals of which are to cultivate our children's minds and hearts in the ways of the world, to win their trust, obedience and loyalty, and if necessary, to even turn them against us, so that they become de facto wards of the State. Allow me to remind you again that the public school system does not cultivate or nurture faith in God; it does the exact opposite, as we all know. It teaches children to place their trust in modern science and man's achievements. It teaches children that the answers are to be found within themselves. It cultivates the spirit of national pride and patriotism. It teaches multi-culturalism, tolerance towards non-Christian faiths, and globalism. It is a very secular, humanistic, ungodly, liberal environment.

Sadly, as I pointed out earlier, the gay and lesbian crowd is not satisfied with their current achievements; they still desire more. They want to totally eradicate the thought that homosexuality is a blatant sin against God's Laws; and they are using every means at their disposal in order to succeed with their goal; including political means, religious means, scientific means, (they now claim that sexual preference is genetic in nature), and even academic means. These people are fully aware of the ungodly, secular, liberal attitude which pervades the environment of the American public school system, and they are using it to their full advantage. They are using that liberal environment to target our children. Forty years ago, who would have possibly imagined that our schools and university and college campuses would be flooded with gay and lesbian rights groups as they are today? To my dismay, a number of years ago, I also discovered that even elementary schools have not remained immune to their ungodly onslaughts.

Allow me to share one more real-life story with you. In my view, as a concerned Christian parent, I consider this the most serious and shocking incident of all; and I hope that it will wake up some of you, and help you to realize what is really happening within the American public school system, and undoubtedly in other countries as well. After all, this is a global effort.

One morning about eight years ago, while my young daughter was preparing herself for school, she casually mentioned to me that the day before, her class had been watching a video called "Remember The Titans". She informed me that the movie was about Whites and Blacks, and reinforced the lesson that prejudice is wrong. My daughter also told me that they were going to watch the second half of the video that day. Up to this point, I didn't see anything nothing wrong with it; but then, to my surprise, she also mentioned to me that in one brief scene, which probably lasted a second or two at best, the movie showed two school boys kissing each other on the mouth.

As you can imagine, when my daughter told me this, I really exploded. It made me extremely upset, because I immediately realized what was going on. Why in the world did they show this video to young, impressionable, fifth-grade children? Didn't the teacher, or the principal, or someone screen it first? Were they simply too busy to do so; or is it possible that they did screen the movie, but didn't find anything in it objectionable? Or might it be something more sinister?

I tried to explain to my daughter the subtle message which was being projected by this video about prejudice, but due to her young age, and her naivety, she simply wasn't able to understand. In fact, she began to argue and say that I could be wrong. Well, my daughter knew that as soon as the school opened, I would call them up and lodge a complaint, because I was really mad; so she pleaded with me not to, being as she was afraid that she would get in trouble, or that some- one at the school would yell at her, or at the very least, that she would be further ostracized from the rest of the children, as a result of her Christian beliefs.

Allow me to inform you that prior to that particular time, we had experienced a number of problems with that very same school, due to our Christian faith; and in each instance, my daughter had either been painted as the villain, or else the principal had come to the defense of the teacher in question. In short, it is useless to argue with the System, because you can rarely ever win. Those people have their agenda, and they will follow it no matter who opposes them. They will likewise defend their own, before they will admit any wrongdoing. I've seen this happen a number of times over the years, and maybe you have too.

Now, my daughter sincerely loves the Lord, but because of her past conflicts with school officials, it became increasingly difficult for her to even express her beliefs at school. She was a very sensitive young girl, and would easily break out into tears. While I wanted her to stand up for her faith, I was wise enough to know that I could only push her so hard, and so fast. She had to learn to operate according to her own level of faith, and not according to mine. I also recognized that she had a burden on her little shoulders which I most certainly did not have when I was her age. I didn't know the Lord as well, or His Word as well, when I was at that age. I didn't receive the same Bible-based Christian upbringing that she has been given. The only thing I had was the catechism doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. As we are taught in the Scriptures:

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

Sadly, whether or not that training is sound, Bible-based indoctrination, it will remain with a child for years to come. This seems to be particularly true in Roman Catholic families. Once they receive their CCD, (Confraternity Of Christian Doctrine), classes, many of them become staunch Roman Catholics for life; and that includes blindly trust- ing in their totally unScriptural doctrines such as Mary's supposed "Immaculate Conception", (born without sin); and her supposed "Assumption", (being raised to Heaven without suffering bodily decay); as well as "Transubstantiation", (the Eucharist actually becoming the physical Blood and Body of Christ); and other doctrines. I discuss some of these issues more fully in the Roman Catholicism articles section of our Bill's Bible Basics website, if you care to read them.

To continue with my story, after giving it further thought, I decided not to call my daughter's school; not only because she would be the one who would feel the repercussions, but also because, as I stated a moment ago, from previous experiences with them, I knew that it would be to no avail. They might appease me by taking her out of the class temporarily while the rest of the video was shown -- which would only serve to ostracize her even more -- but they would continue showing the video to other classes in spite of my protest; just as her teacher had continued reading "The Chronicles of Narnia" to his other classes, after I had strongly voiced my objection. In short, we would be viewed as an inconvenience, and the source of the problem, due to our Christian faith, and not the video itself. Do you see my point? In addition to this point, I also chose not to confront the school staff directly, because this incident occurred during the final month of the school year; and this was to be my daughter's last year at that school; so I decided that it would just be better to let the incident pass. While Jude does instruct us to earnestly contend for our faith, we must choose our battles wisely:

"Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints."
Jude 1:3, KJV

In the end, my daughter left that school and entered Middle School; and I knew from the start that we would have bigger and greater spiritual battles to contend with. I did not anticipate the situation getting any easier for either of us, and it most certainly didn't. In fact, to make a long story, let me just tell you that the situation came to a head rather quickly; and that in spite of our very limited income, the Lord worked a miracle so that my daughter was able to attend a private Christian school for the final six years of her education. Unlike the public school system, her new school had a very Bible-centric curriculum, where God, and His Word, were incorporated into every subject.

But let me finish the story that I began a few moments ago. Well, it took me until later that night, but I was finally able to help my daughter to understand what was really going on. To do this, the Lord inspired me to use the example of a dead animal on the roadside. The first time that we see an animal carcase on the road, with all of the maggots crawling about, and the frenzied flies swarming madly in the air, our stomachs are sickened. When the smell of rotting, putrefying flesh hits our nose, it really repulses us; doesn't it? But then what happens? As that scene continues to be repeated in our lives, over the years, we begin to accept the fact that dead animals on the road are a normal part of life. Maybe we are still repulsed by them, and perhaps we still hold our fingers over our nose as we quickly walk by, but there is a certain degree of acceptance that this is now normal; it is to be expected.

Now, what do you suppose would happen if one day, a new boy in your neighborhood accompanies you to school, and there is a dead beast on the side of the road; yet to his surprise, you walk by without offering the slightest evidence that you even realize that the animal is there? Remember; you've seen these dead carcases lying on the roadside year after year, but this is his very first time. Obviously, your friend would look at you rather strangely, as he is immediately sickened by the sight and smell of the dead animal. You see; this is exactly how some people choose to react to sin in their lives. While a God-fearing, Bible-believing Christian will hopefully react to sin; repent; and attempt to make things right with God, as we have already seen, some people, such as gays and lesbians, choose the easy path of deception instead. In other words, they choose to harden their hearts against the Lord's Spirit and Voice which is trying to work in their lives; and the Apostle Paul warned us against doing this very thing when he wrote:

"But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin . . . To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation."
Hebrews 3:13, 15b, KJV

The word "hardened" is derived from the Greek word "skleruno" which means to become stubborn or obstinate. While Paul is discussing faith and unbelief in those verses, and using the example of the children of Israel, who were forced to wander in the wilderness for forty years, until thousands of them had died, due to their provoking the Lord by their constant complaining and sin of unbelief, how much this lesson applies to the gay and lesbian community as well. Rather than humbly admit their blatant sexual sins against God, and repent of the same, they have hardened their hearts; they have become stubborn and obstinate in their ways; and I don't doubt that it is because of this, that the Lord has allowed so many of them to be plagued with such things as the AIDS virus, much more so than the general population. God is trying to send them a message, but because they have hardened themselves through the deceitfulness of sin, they just don't get it.

Amazingly, that is precisely what Paul had done earlier in his life when, in his self-righteous, pharisaical delusion, he was persecuting the nascent Christian church. There is Scriptural evidence which suggests that when Stephen was lambasting the false religious leaders of the Sanhedrin in Acts chapters six and seven, Paul, then known as Saul, was among that group. Just prior to being stoned by that mob of self-righteous wolves, notice what Stephen said to them:

"Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye."
Acts 7:51, KJV

You see; Stephen is accusing the Jews of the very same things which Paul spoke about in the verses I shared a moment ago; and Stephen is using the very same example of the forefathers wandering in the wilderness because of their sin of unbelief. The word "stiffnecked" is likewise derived from the very same Greek root as "hardened". To give you an example, sometimes when we correct our children, how do they react? Or to make this an even better lesson, what do we sometimes do when God is trying to correct us about a certain sin which is plaguing our life?

Imagine that God is symbolically looking down from Heaven and saying to you, "Look at me; I want to talk to you about something"; but instead of looking at Him directly in the eyes, because you know that you just won't be able to bear the conviction of His Spirit, you stubbornly look to the side, and your neck is kind of stretched and stiff. Just as Stephen and Paul state, you're being stubborn, stiff-necked, obstinate and hardened; not only physically with your neck, but in your heart and spirit as well. You are acting in a very rebellious manner. The Lord inspired the Prophet Isaiah to describe the descendants of Jacob in the very same manner when he wrote the following verse:

"Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass;"
Isaiah 48:4, KJV

The problem is, if in our foolish pride we act this way long enough, we may end up in very serious trouble with the Lord, and it won't be fun. As we read in the Book of Proverbs:

"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."
Proverbs 16:18, KJV

God will try to get through to us gently at first; but if we are too stupid to take a hint, then He allows the axe of His judgments to fall upon us, until we learn our lesson, and cry out to Him for His Mercy. We see this happening over and over again in the Old Testament stories of the children of Israel. Returning to the link between Stephen and Saul, when Stephen was martyred that day, after giving his God-inspired witness in the Sanhedrin, we are told that the two required witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul, before they began to stone Stephen. In the very next chapter, we discover Saul, later to be known as Paul, unleashing his full fury against the Christian church, as we see here:

"And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep. And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison."
Acts 7:58-8:3, KJV

So you see, just as Paul had written in his Epistle to the Hebrews, due to the deceitfulness of sin in his own life, he was acting very rebelliously, and very stubbornly, by persecuting the Christian church; at least until the Lord knocked him to the ground, and knocked his pride out of him as well, in Acts chapter nine, where we read:

"And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink."
Acts 9:3-9, KJV

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