By Beth Groh
Graduation season…it’s that time of year when those distinctive envelopes are in the mail announcing another milestone reached by our nieces, nephews, friends, grandchildren or our own children.
A time for looking back…and projecting forward.
For many, it’s a seasonal reminder for college shopping, too. If we have children or grandchildren nearing college age, we start surveying the options…and, as Christian parents, that often means researching Christian colleges.
CAUTION: that may be a bigger job than we might think, especially if we want these young adults to be nurtured in a biblical worldview during these pivotal college years.
A shocking new book, Already Compromised, by Ken Ham and Greg Hall reveals a wave of biblical compromise that is washing through many Christian colleges and universities. While I have not yet received my copy of this newly released book, I have read extensive excerpts and statistics from the years of research it embodies. The conclusion?
Parents, students and church leaders beware. You can’t assume all Christian higher education is the same…and that students will be schooled in a literal interpretation of the Bible and God’s creation.
Some of the views you’ll find espoused by Christian academics?
Adam is a metaphor, not a historical figure.
Death occurred for millions of years before man, negating the impact of Original Sin.
Animals and early man-like creatures had a form of “amnesia” so they would not be impacted by surrounding death in the pre-fallen world.
Christians should also study a new book of the Bible, dubbed the “book of nature”, since the Bible itself offers an incomplete view of the world apart from science.
You might expect those conflicting views in the science or liberal arts departments of Christian colleges. But, surprisingly, a survey in the book shows that professors in the religion departments are more likely to embrace an “old earth” view than the science professors.
By a 3-to-1 margin, professors in the religion departments of Christian colleges believe in an "old earth", as opposed to a younger earth aged in accordance with a biblically based timeline. By contrast, the survey reveals a nearly 2-to-1 majority of science department professors in Christian colleges believe in a "young earth" and a literal interpretation of creation as told in the Bible.
The bottom line is this, Frontline Parents: don’t assume anything when it comes to raising your children in the truth of God’s Word.
If you send your children off to a Christian college, youth retreat or youth camp, that’s great…you’ve shown a great commitment to nurturing their faith. But ask questions, first, about the nature of the teaching and the core beliefs of instructors. Test those beliefs with the Bible, too, not just your own thoughts about what’s true.
Sadly, we can’t assume today that we’ll make our children immune from compromising beliefs even within the Church itself. We must continue to fight that battle now, as the Apostle Paul did in the early days of the Christian Church. He warned his student/pastor Timothy to “guard what has been entrusted to [his] care,” meaning the truth of Scripture. He urged Timothy to “[t]urn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in doing so have wandered from the faith.” (1 Tim 6:20-21)
We must, as Christians, do our homework and encourage those institutions of higher learning to cling to the wisdom that comes from God’s Word, and not man’s reasoning.
Book cover image courtesy of Answers in Genesis.