Greetings, everyone! We hope all of you had a pleasant holiday. We were able to travel to North Carolina over the Thanksgiving weekend, to visit our "baby" daughter and her family. She is now a grandmother, which makes us feel really old! Our great-granddaughter turned two years old while we were there. She is bright, inquisitive, and has a very loving nature. She reminds me of the admonition of Yahshua to "suffer the little children" to come unto Him, and "of such is the Kingdom of Yahweh." At that age they are so very teachable and trusting. It is very important that they receive the proper instruction during this crucial formative period in their lives. They are learning things now that will be either a blessing or a curse to them for the rest of their lives. If you are a parent or grandparent or other influential relative in a young person's life, please take your responsibility very seriously. Yahweh will hold us accountable for how we nurture our children. I have heard it said just recently that children do not belong to parents, but to "God," and we are only allowed to have influence over them for awhile. The influence part is right, of course, but Yahweh says they are ours, and our responsibility as well. He refers 33 times in Scripture to "your children." Many of these are direct quotes from Yahweh or His Son, Yahshua. Two notable examples, one from the Old Testament, and one from the New:
(Deu 11:19 KJV) "And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up." (Speaking of the Ten Commandments, v. 13).
(Luke 23:28 KJV) "But Yahshua turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children."
It is evident that we, the parents, are the responsible parties for the children that we bring into the world. If we turn them over to the government schools for their instruction, we are abrogating our responsibility toward them, and opening the door for their minds to absorb the way of the heathen. We are commanded NOT to learn the way of the heathen.
(Jer 10:1-4 KJV) "Hear ye the word which Yahweh speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: {2} Thus saith Yahweh, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. {3} For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the ax. {4} They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not."
We are entering one of those times of the year when these very things are taking place, and tree-worship is only a very small part of the paganism now being taught in public schools. Not only has the concept of a Supreme Being as traditionally taught in the so-called Judeo-Christian tradition been taken out of public schools, along with prayer and the Bible, but now liberals are using United Nations-inspired curricula to promote New Age beliefs, radical environmentalism, and the occult to millions of innocent children.
Children are being led into spiritual darkness. Government schools have a powerful influence in shaping the attitudes and beliefs of children, and those attitudes and beliefs are being perverted and corrupted. Here is an example that took place in New York's Bedford Central School District.
Without adequate parental notification, children were immersed into flagrantly anti-Christian and even demonic activities. They were instructed to make "worry dolls" out of yarn and toothpicks. Then they were told that if they placed their dolls under their pillows at night, it would chase away their bad dreams.
A fifth-grade teacher taught her students about "Lord Ganesha," an elephant-headed Hindu god. Then they had an activity in which they constructed a paper image (idol) of Ganesha.
But it gets worse. Bedford schools had elaborate Earth Day rituals, which amounted to a religious service. Then students were led in worship of "Mother Earth."
In another incident, students were led in the recitation of this Earth Day creed, which exalts Gaia-- Mother Earth:
"This is what we believe. The Mother of us all is the Earth. The father is the Sun. The Grandfather is the Creator who bathed us with his mind and gave life to all things. The Brother is the beasts and trees. The Sister is that with wings. We are children of the Earth and do it no harm in any way, nor do we offend the Sun by not greeting it at dawn. We praise our Grand-father for his creation. We share the same breath together, beasts, the trees, the birds and the man."
Additionally, students were urged to present gifts to Mother Earth, and some students actually built altars for the Gaia worship ceremony!
Thankfully, when parents found out what was going on, they filed a lawsuit to stop it. During the trial, the superintendent responded to questions about the fitness of the prayer to Mother Earth in a public school. His response was, "I don't have any problem with that."
However, the judge did have a problem with much of what was going on at Bedford, and ordered an end to Gaia worship and other pagan religious activities.
But Bedford is only one school. This or similar activities are being repeated all across this land. No community is safe from such rot.
Who is behind all this? The National Education Association for one. This powerful teachers' union is completely hostile to any Christian influence in public schools. But the major culprit is the United Nations. No other organization is doing more to promote radical environmentalism and anti-Christianity than they are.
Some conservative Christian groups are fighting the U.N.'s radical anti-Christian agenda in America's public schools. One such is "Concerned Women for America." I got much of this information from their October 1999 letter.
What they do not understand, however, is that while resistance to such evil is a noble cause, in the long term it will not do much good. Because of our national sins, Yahweh has decreed that we will wax worse and worse (2 Tim. 3:13), and that our leaders will be the basest of men (Dan 4:17). That does not leave much room for improvement. The best course is to remove your children from these influences, and teach them yourself.
A better day is coming, a day in which everyone will obey Yahweh's law, and we will then see how obedience brings happiness. The Ten Commandments, now scorned and generally ignored, will be eagerly sought after. There will be no false worship, no ACLU to get a teacher fired for daring to answer a student's question about death (this happened recently in a school where a student had died, and the teacher was asked where the deceased student is now). She replied that he was in heaven. This brought on more questions, and she answered them according to her beliefs. When this was reported to the Principal, she was antagonistically and harshly questioned. The next day she was fired, and denied the opportunity of even going back in her classroom to say goodbye to her students.
When will this day come? We don't know the date, of course, but it will be when Yahweh fulfills His promise to send Yahshua back to this earth to set up His Kingdom and put down all unrighteousness. His saints will be resurrected from their graves (or changed if still living), as Spirit-beings to rule with Him. I know that sounds like a fairy tale to some, but that is what the Bible is all about. And He says, speaking of children, "..Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven." Those who mistreat our children by teaching them lies and perversions will pay dearly for it. <>

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