Today’s great need for Christian education

I am a great believer in Christian education and have always valued quality Christian teaching in Sunday School. I appreciate the dedication of my previous teachers throughout all the years of being taught by my Christian educators. It is important that we honor them and show appreciation to them because they may be one of the most important spiritual equippers in a Christian’s life and walk in the faith. A blog reader-friend recently emailed me to express appreciation for the “Christian teaching.” This really helped to remind me that Christian education is important in the life of the church—in any church. (Thanks).

The bible study material out there has increased and multiplied since I was a youngster. But there is still a great need today for people to be better equipped with knowledge and a strong understanding of our Christian faith. Why? One of the reasons is so that we can give people a rational defense of why we believe in Jesus Christ. Since I entered the blogging world, I have learned much from my fellow blogging friends throughout the blogosphere (some of whom are on my blogroll). This has contributed and stimulated my intellectual interests but there is still a need for the “average Jane and Joe Christian” for Christian and bible education at the most basic level.

I don’t believe that the average Christian is sufficiently trained and discipled to adequately defend the faith today. “Defenders of the faith” are bred, not born. We need to be trained up in the faith so that we can defend what we believe in a world that needs the love of Christ. In my experience of Sunday School kids these days, I am appalled at the mediocre level of bible knowledge they have. Perhaps I am sounding a little negative and I am generalizing, but I believe much of the broader church has not done enough to raise the level of Christian education. Faith without the work of discipleship and education will fail lead to our generation of young Christians into a life of stong and enduring trust in Christ. This stems from the fact that we are generally a biblically-illiterate society. Only a Christian who has received adequate Christian education can ably give a defense of why Christians believe in Christ, let alone to teach others to “make disciples of all nations” and teach them to obey everything Jesus has commanded (Matt. 28:19-20). From those who have encouraged me along the way, now let me encourage you to teach and preach with dedication and passion what is most important to us—that is, our faith in the one we serve—Jesus Christ.

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Author: Kevin S.

A follower of Jesus, a husband and a father. Hobbies include biking, keeping fish if they don't die on me, blogging when I can, theologizing and ministry, and pondering about world affairs.

6 thoughts on “Today’s great need for Christian education”

  1. 1. Have you done research on the KJV/Other Versions controversies yourself ?
    By that we do not mean that you are taking someone else’s word for it, or that you
    like what your best friend said, but rather that you did actual reading, actual looking into
    historical records, actual research – yourself ?
    We have found that most people who express concern about the KJV-Preference
    position have several mistaken presumptions that they are not fully aware of, usually because they have not done the research on this issue themselves. Often, they have relied on the word of others (who despite their good intentions have also not done their own research personally)
    2. If you are not in favor of using the KJV, and if you are in favor instead of using Modern Bible Versions, are you sure that you understand the major points about the philosophical/theological position you are advocating ?
    3. have you thought through the premise that – if you insist on using Modern Versions only – you must accept to go against 95% of the Bible Manuscripts that have been used by the Christian Church throughout the centuries (until 1904) ?
    4. Are you aware that the KJV is still supported by 95% of the Bible Parchments and Manuscripts which exist all over the world ?
    5. It is true that the KJV translators relied on the manuscripts that were available in their own day and time. And it is also true that more Bible manuscripts were found since the early 1900s, than in all of the other centuries combined. Here is the key question: Are you aware that almost all these ancient manuscripts – those found in the 1900s – have accomplished, is to support, authenticate and validate the King James Version of the Bible ?
    6. In other words, despite finding many more manuscripts of the Bible since the KJV was translated, more than 95% the new manuscripts found in the 1900s continue to support the King James Version, and disagree with the Modern Versions. Are you aware of this ?
    7. Are you aware that Modern Versions Reject the Greek Text which underlies the English King James Version, and that this is really what the crux of the matter is – about the King James Version Debate ?
    8. Do you realize that the Protestant Greek New Testament Textus Receptus, was used not only by the English speaking world in the KJV, but also by almost all other countries in the spread and propagation of the Bible – until 1904 ?
    9. Do you therefore understand that to disagree with the Textus Receptus, is to place yourself against the true history of Protestant Historical Teachings (in the choice of the Bible Versions that they recommended) ???
    10. Have you really stopped to think about the Motives WHY someone might [from a spiritual point of view] have an interest in getting modern Christians to reject the Bibles that upheld their Churches and their Doctrines for nearly 2000 years ?
    11. Are you aware that if you reject the Greek Text which underlies the King James Version, that you are rejecting the Bible and the Validity of the Bibles, and undermining the credibility and witness not only of the historic christian martyrs who were English, but also those from Spain, and From Holland, and from France, and from Germany and from Switzerland, and from Italy, since they all also rely on the Greek Textus Receptus that the King James uses ?
    To get to the point, do you really know which foreign versions of the Bible – in each language – that are supported and rely on the same Textus Receptus used by the King James Translators ? Can you name these other versions ? Here are some of them:
    The Geneva Bible in English used the same Textus Receptus as the King James and this has been good enough for the American Founding Fathers, that is the Puritans and the Pilgrims in resisting false teachings and building a strong vibrant well-grounded Christian Church for hundreds of years. If it was good enough for them as they risked their life to defend it and live by it, then why is it not good enough for you ?
    The Reina Valera Bible in Spanish used the same Textus Receptus as the King James and this has been good enough for the Spaniards & Spanish in resisting false teachings and building a strong vibrant well-grounded Christian Church for hundreds of years. If it was good enough for them, why is it not good enough for you ??
    The Diodatti Bible in Italian used the same Textus Receptus as the King James and this has been good enough for the Italians in resisting false teachings and building a strong vibrant well-grounded Christian Church for hundreds of years. If it was good enough for them, then why is it not good enough for you ???
    The Luther Bible in German used the same Textus Receptus as the King James and this has been good enough for the Germans in resisting false teachings and building a strong vibrant well-grounded Christian Church for hundreds of years. If it was good enough for them, why is it not good enough for you ????
    The Olivetain & Martin versions in French (as well as Louis Second/1st Edition) used the same Textus Receptus as the King James and this has been good enough for the French in resisting false teachings and building a strong vibrant well-grounded Christian Church for hundreds of years. If it was good enough for them, why is it not good enough for you ?????
    12. Do you know (a) the life, (b) the character, and (c) the teachings & (d) beliefs of the Bible translators of the Modern Versions that you are defending ? Do you know – for example – what they believed about Jesus Christ ?
    13. Do you know – for a fact -what they believed about the Deity of Jesus Christ ?
    14. Do you know – for a fact -whether or not they believed that Mary should be worshiped ?
    15. Do you know – for a fact – what they believed about the Trinity ?
    [how would you prove or demonstrate your answers to others…like us ?]
    16. Do you know – for a fact -WHY they rejected the Textus Receptus, that underlies the King James ?
    17. Do you know who their professors were in their colleges & universities were, and how those
    college professors influenced them ?
    18. Do you know who their professors were in their colleges & universities were, and what the Biases of those college professors was – in terms of being in favor of (a) God, (b) Christianity, and (c) the Bible ?
    19. Do you know – for a fact – whether or not those translators even believed that the real and true Word of God (the Bible) could be found within the manuscripts either (a) that they used or (b) that the Historic Christian Church has used for 1900 years ?
    20. Do you know – for a fact – whether or not those translators – of the modern versions you rely on for your spiritual growth and communion with God – believe in the fall of mankind (Genesis 1-3) and the Biblical Doctrine of Original Sin ?
    21. Do you know – for a fact – whether or not those translators – of the modern versions you rely on for your spiritual growth and communion with God – believe in the same historic Christian teachings that you believe in ? Do they even claim to believe in the historic Christian teachings ?
    22. Do you know – for a fact – what the requirements of the American Bible Society are, for a person to participate as a translator – in a Modern Version ?
    23. Do you know – for a fact – what the requirements of the German Bible Society are, for a person to participate as a translator – in a Modern Version ? Do you know that the United Bible Societies, the UBS Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament – used in 95% of seminaries today – is essentially the product of the German Bible Society, and that they retain the Copyright on the Nestle-Aland Greek Text ? Do you realize that the Beliefs, Teachings, Ideology and Methods of Translation of the German Bible Society will therefore be evident on every page of the Greek Text that Modern Versions use (since modern versions rely almost exclusively on the Nestle-Aland bad Greek Text ) ?
    24. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself, if the German Bible Society was around in the Time of Hitler, (which it was), and if the German Bible Society operated during the time of Hitler’s Third Reich in Germany (which it did), and if it needed a Nazi “certificate of good standing” (which it did), then what would this mean…for your modern Bible Version ?
    It is not only that the German Bible Society uses corrupt Greek Texts for the New Testament. They also use Corrupt Hebrew Texts for their Old Testament ! Did you know that the people that they hired to revise, review and compose their Hebrew Old Testament (Kittel) hated Jews ? Do you really think – if this were the case [and…it is], that Almighy God is proud and happy to have protestant True Christians using Old Testaments that were translated either by people who hated Jews or by Nazis (or both) ??? Would you like someone to castigate or persecute you and your race – simply because you were born that way ? So, how do really think that the God of the Universe takes this ?
    25. IF all of these concerns were valid, legitimate and provable, then do you still think that we should thoughtlessly chose and decide that Modern Versions of the Bible are somehow superior to the Historic Bibles that have been used around the world for thousands of years ?
    26. Just how happy do you think that God will be, when you get up to Heaven in a few years, and then you can explain this yourself to HIM ???
    For futher research on this vital matter go to http://www.biblediscernment.com

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  2. Hi Kevin –
    This was an awesome post!! As we become older, we need accept our roles as described in Titus 2, in both exemplifying and educating this and upcoming generations in the ways of Christ.

    I had fully expected when opening your comments section to see three brief comments of support and enthusiasm, and was saddened to see just the opposite. I’m very sorry for the obvious antagonism. I can’t say for certain but I wonder if ‘KJV’ might have been referring to the loosely translated Message Bible, as one the recent translation he feels inadequately delivers the Word of God. If that is the case, I must say that the Message Bible was never intended to be the end of all of Bible literacy. Its author, Eugene Peterson, says himself that “The Message is a reading Bible. It is not intended to replace the excellent study Bibles that are available.” His intent was to make the Bible readable by people who couldn’t understand more difficult translations such as King James. He was simply to meet a need and whet the appetites of those less likely to look past the ‘thees’ and ‘thous’…. and get them in to the Living Word. Any true exegete knows, that whatever their preferred translation, they must go to the original languages, as well as learn about customs of the age, and go to other scholarly commentaries that help us to understand God’s Word. And, please let’s not miss the Big One, – Luke 24:45 ‘And He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.’ We would be remiss to forget that God is in control. We haven’t been commissioned to choose our favorite version of the Text. We’ve been commissioned to get the Word out, and God will see to it that those He has predestined from the beginning of time will have eyes to see and ears to hear. Ugh. This comment obviously struck a chord with me. I’m sad to see Christians being less than loving toward one another. 1 Thess. 4:9-12 tells us to love one another, to lead quiet lives that we may earn the respect of outsiders. If we can’t speak words of love to one another, how on earth will those we are here to educate believe us through our hypocrisy? We are all part of the same body, and as such, we must season our words with grace, run toward the same goal, and spur each other on to love and good deeds. Kevin, thank you for recognizing that we are falling short and that we all can do better. Your efforts here are not in vain, but work for the good of all that read them. Thank you! – Monica

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  3. Thanks Monica. I know kjv means well because kjv desires to preserve the truth and accuracy of God’s word and so I don’t mind the criticism. No matter which side we’re on, we all have a high view of scripture, and we love God’s holy word and believe that God’s word is true and life-changing.

    Anyway, when kjv refers to “Modern Bible Version,” he’s saying those translations that do NOT use the Textus Receptus (TR) manuscripts translated by Erasmus into the Greek. Our “Modern Bible Versions” today, e.g., T/NIV, NLT, Message, ESV, NASB, etc., all use what scholars believe are older manuscripts, and are therefore, considered more accurate manuscripts than the TR that was first used when the KJV bible was first translated. However, KJV-only people disagree with moving away from the TR. Well, it gets much more technical and indepth. Other people have done a lot of research into this than I have and can explain this in detail.

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  4. Thanks, KeviN. Interesting. I didn’t know that. I feel smarter now, and will definitely pay closer attention to what’s on the shelf next time I look for a new Sword!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

    God Bless,

    Monica

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