Most of you are aware of the current homeschool controversy. We battle not against flesh and blood. It is a time for prayer.
Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
Peter Enn wrote Telling God’s Story (Well-Trained Mind’s “Bible” curriculum). He is involved with the very liberal Biologos group & now producing this Bible curriculum for Homeschools promoting evolution over Creation story. Biologos’ teaching include:
- Theistic Evolution
- Creation story is a myth
- There was no real worldwide Flood
- Adam is only metaphor of Israel.
- Salvation and grace will just confuse our children if taught too young.
- The Fall is an allegorical story not a historical event.
- Humans have descended from several thousand people, not just two ( ie Paul is wrong in Ro 5 and 1 Co 15)
Quotes from the Well Planned “Bible” curriculum
- “The Flood was an attempt by God to set it right, but it didn’t work.” (Page 70)
- “For many parents, the Bible looks a little bit like my child’s room. It’s a mess. Names, places, events are all over the place, and you hardly know where to start cleaning up. It’s such a mess, in fact, that if someone ripped twenty pages out of Leviticus or 1 Chronicles, you might not even notice it was missing. And if your aim is to teach the Bible to your children, the mess isn’t just confusing. It’s stressful.” (page 10)
- If our expectations are modern instead of ancient, we will get ourselves into a bind. Before we can ask the hard questions—for example, “Is Genesis 1 in harmony with scientific thought? Or does Genesis 1 trump scientific thought?”—we must ask a more foundational question: What do we have the right to expect from God’s word as a book written in an ancient world?” (pages 18/19)
- “The issue is that I read him a very complex and intricate biblical narrative—the story of Adam, Eve, and the serpent—as if it were a child’s story. This biblical story was meant to convey something profound, mature, and foundational to ancient Israelites. Sitting down and reading this story with my son set him up to receive it as one tall tale among others. The Garden narrative is deeply theological and symbolic. Despite the neat talking snake, it is not the type of story that we should toss casually to our young children. When, at a more mature age, children are asked to revisit this story and begin dealing with it in earnest, many can hardly refrain from snickering. (“I outgrew talking animals years ago!”) Or consider another Bible story commonly taught to children: the story of the Flood. The boat, the animals, the rain, the drama— all lend themselves to videos, snappy tunes, macaroni art, flannel graphs, and furry friends. What is obscured is the simply horrific notion that God would bring down such drastic destruction on the earth, rather than finding some other solution to humanity’s rebellion. And that is a question young adults should ask.” (page 44/45)
Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis
Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis wrote a blog about Dr. Peter Enns who was speaking at the Homeschool conferences . Ham exposed Enns’ false teachings. He states “We at AiG are burdened before the Lord that parents may choose to use the Bible curriculum from Dr. Enns, without being aware of the destructive teachings in it. The church is already losing two-thirds of our young people. Someone needs to stand against the compromise that is pouring into the church from many directions.”
Peter Enns teaches that the Bible is not literal, he refers to some Bible stories as myths, believes the secular world view on evolution and other anti-Christian world-views. Enns was suspended from teaching at Westminster Theological Seminary due to controversial issues surrounding his 2005 book, Inspiration and Incarnation
Jay Wile, well known in Homeschool circles wrote a blog very critical of Ken Ham for his blog. Now Ken Ham was uninvited from two homeschool conventions –for standing for the Bible. Read about Ken Ham’s stand here.
I applaud Ken Ham for taking a stand! Peter Enns rejects teachings of the Bible and undermines God’s Word. Ken Ham was right to expose him.
Imagine young, new homeschoolers going to a convention to hear about homeschooling–seeking God–then being lead into a false teaching trap under the pretense of teaching your children the Bible!
I have watched anti-Bible books infiltrate and grow in the homeschool movement over the years. Satan does not want us to teach our children truth. What better place to attack the Christians than to get to homeschool teachers. We are training the next Christian generation.
Anne Elliot’s blog addresses the concerns I have about Peter Enn’s book “Telling God’s Story.”
Several weeks ago, I first heard about a Bible curriculum by Peter Enns, published by Peace Hill Press, the publishing arm of The Well-Trained Mind.
Since so many homeschoolers are “classical” in style, this really made my ears perk up. I read about this curriculum by reviewer LeaAnn Garfias, in a blog post entitled “Home Educating in Biblical Truth.”
What I read at LeaAnn’s blog really frustrated me. It felt like Peter Enns wrote a Bible curriculum that looks good at first but then quietly attacks the core foundations of all that God’s Word teaches. According to LeaAnn, Mr. Enns claimed that sin and grace are too difficult for children to understand, so they shouldn’t be discussed until at least the teenage years. In addition, he took a very weak stance on the inspiration or authority of Scripture. He even questioned whether the creation story was true and hinted that it didn’t really matter. Read full post here
I’ve been shouting the emperor is naked for years. Satan has a goal in the homeschool movement–to get our eyes off Christ turn our focus to the things of this world. God gave us standards on how to judge what we put in our mind and hearts in Philippians 4:8:
Pray– God will answer, Seek Him first and He will lead you. Read the Bible for yourself. Pray, let the Holy Spirit teach you.
“whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea” (Mark 9:42).