Schools Either Preach Christ or Evil—There Is No Middle Ground

There is no such thing as a nonreligious school.

All people adopt a religion, including those who say they are not religious. This has been proven as an inherent aspect of being human, proved beyond any doubt by the numerous schools that claim to be “separate” from religion. The more separate from Christianity these schools become, the more these schools serve false gods and celebrate hatred of others (see Exodus 20:3-6).

With the prophet historian Mormon we lament:

O how foolish, and how vain, and how evil, and devilish, and how quick to do iniquity, and how slow to do good, are the children of men; yea, how quick to hearken unto the words of the evil one, and to set their hearts upon the vain things of the world!

Yea, how quick to be lifted up in pride; yea, how quick to boast, and do all manner of that which is iniquity; and how slow are they to remember the Lord their God, and to give ear unto his counsels, yea, how slow to walk in wisdom’s paths! …

And if the Lord shall say—Because of thine iniquities thou shalt be cut off from my presence—he will cause that it shall be so.

And wo unto him to whom he shall say this, for it shall be unto him that will do iniquity, and he cannot be saved; therefore, for this cause, that men might be saved, hath repentance been declared.

Helaman 12:4-5, 21-22

Schools that reject, de-emphasize, or warp the true gospel of Jesus Christ do this because of their sinful pride, and at risk of their souls. Such schools then search for other ideologies to fill the void in their heart. They search for other gods to serve, and end up adopting myriad replacement philosophies, increasingly more false and full of hatred. Among the countless diabolic ideologies adopted, secular schools adopt hatred of white people, hatred of men, hatred of one’s own country, hatred of family, and most of all, hatred of Christianity.

The prophet Nephi summarized the risk of secular education with these words:

O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men! When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not. And they shall perish.

But to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God.

2 Nephi 9:28-29

There is only one answer: We must repent, and we must preach the gospel of Jesus Christ so that our neighbors repent, also. We must learn from our mistakes, follow Jesus Christ, seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and accept our sacred duty to teach our own children. When all our children are taught of the Lord, then “great will be the peace of [our] children” (Isaiah 54:13).

Jesus Taught Divine Repentance and Forgiveness, Not the World’s Tolerance

Jesus Christ did not preach the hatred that is preached in secular schools. Jesus taught us love, repentance, and forgiveness. However, the pure love of Christ is often misunderstood and misinterpreted as tolerance for sin; this is incorrect. Christ came to save us from our sins, but He cannot save us in our sins, because “no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven.” (Alma 11:32-37). Christ’s gospel demands repentance and forgiveness, and demands intolerance of sin.

Jesus taught us to love one another as He has loved us (John 15:12). However, many people misunderstand Jesus and believe that because He loves them perfectly that they can do anything without incurring His wrath. Jesus is a real God with righteous anger in appropriate circumstances caused by wickedness, as evidenced when He used a whip to drive wicked people out of the temple (John 2:13-17).

The Lord taught us that as often as our neighbors or enemies repent, we are to forgive them:

Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.

And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

Luke 17:3-4

Repentance and forgiveness are divine attributes. However, tolerance of evil is not within God’s character:

I the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance;

Nevertheless, he that repents and does the commandments of the Lord shall be forgiven;

And he that repents not, from him shall be taken even the light which he has received; for my Spirit shall not always strive with man, saith the Lord of Hosts.

Doctrine and Covenants 1:31-33

Not only is the Lord intolerant of sin, but He requires us to also be intolerant of sin in others to the extent that we do not suffer people with evil agendas to get power over us:

O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.

Ether 8:23

We must be careful of using the word “tolerance,” which in its modern sense means condoning any action or belief, regardless of its sinfulness. The only Christian tolerance is forgiveness for those who have repented. Repentance requires the sinner to turn away from his or her sin. The world’s tolerance of sin in unrepentant persons will bring upon all of us the wrath of Jesus Christ and His and our Heavenly Father, unless our nations repent (See also The Family: A Proclamation to the World, paragraph 8).

Are we guilty of tolerating sin? Are we guilty of allowing our children to be taught sin, because we think we are too busy or think it is not our responsibility? We must repent, become intolerant of sin being taught to our children, and accept our sacred parental duty as our children’s teachers.

Let us repent and forgive, and never tolerate sin.

What Can We Learn?

There are at least 4 things we must learn when we testify against the sinful philosophies taught in secular schools:

  1. We are witnessing a fulfillment of Jesus’ prophesy, “He that is not with me is against me.” We are either teaching in God’s way, or in a way that depreciates faith in Christ.
  2. All teaching must be performed with prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, and with the Holy Spirit. This is true regardless of whether we are at church or at school. We must repent and include Jesus’ name and the Holy Spirit in our classrooms.
  3. As parents, we must repent of our negligence in the sacred duty to teach our own children. Teachers must repent of attempting to usurp the calling God has given to parents to teach their children.
  4. If we repent, the Lord has promised, “Great shall be the peace of thy children.”

“He that is not with me is against me.”

In Jesus Christ’s omniscience and goodness, He warned us what happens when we turn away from His teachings. Jesus’ said:

He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

Matthew 12:30

Reflect on that. “He that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” Jesus has informed us that if we are not preaching repentance, then we are supporting the devil. This is exactly what happened to secular schools, which have become instruments of the devil in leading our children away from their Savior.

How soberly we must take Jesus’ counsel in this regard. We should, and we must, preach repentance and faith on Jesus’ name in all settings, especially in education of our children, or we risk the wrath of God upon us.

The prophet Mormon also taught us the dichotomy of faith, that all things either persuade to believe in Christ, or persuade to ally with the devil:

Every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.

But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him.

Moroni 7:16-17

As another testimony of the dichotomy of faith, Alma the younger called the Nephites to repentance with these words:

Behold, I say unto you, that the good shepherd doth call you; yea, and in his own name he doth call you, which is the name of Christ; and if ye will not hearken unto the voice of the good shepherd, to the name by which ye are called, behold, ye are not the sheep of the good shepherd.

And now if ye are not the sheep of the good shepherd, of what fold are ye? Behold, I say unto you, that the devil is your shepherd, and ye are of his fold; and now, who can deny this? Behold, I say unto you, whosoever denieth this is a liar and a child of the devil.

For I say unto you that whatsoever is good cometh from God, and whatsoever is evil cometh from the devil.

Alma 5:38-40

Jesus Christ and the prophets have been clear that we are either with Christ, or we are against Him. Let us choose to preach Christ, so we can remain with Him.

“If ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach.”

One of the best and easiest ways to seek God’s help in teaching is through honest and sincere prayer.

The scriptures are full of examples of the importance of prayer in every aspect of life. Consider a few related to teaching children.

Amulek, who cared deeply about his kin, taught the following:

Cry unto him in your houses, yea, over all your household, both morning, mid-day, and evening…

Cry unto him over the crops of your fields, that ye may prosper in them.

Cry over the flocks of your fields, that they may increase.

But this is not all; ye must pour out your souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness.

Yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you.

Alma 34:21

One of the great lessons we learn from Alma and Amulek is that prayer is always appropriate and always vital, at all times and in all places. How much more necessary then is prayer when we are teaching our children?

The Lord answers how we should teach by describing how we must include prayer and the Holy Spirit in our approach to teaching:

Teachers of this church shall teach the principles of my gospel, which are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, in the which is the fulness of the gospel.

And they shall observe the covenants and church articles to do them, and these shall be their teachings, as they shall be directed by the Spirit.

And the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith; and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach.

Doctrine and Covenants 42:12-14

This scripture was given in relation to Jesus’ Church. Are we not a part of His Church? By what authority do we stop obeying his commandments when we are outside of a church setting?

To be good and effective teachers, we must pray and seek the Spirit, regardless of whether we are at church or at school.

Parents Are Responsible for Teaching Their Children

Parents are responsible for the education of their children, as declared by the apostles and prophets:

Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.

The Family: A Proclamation to the World, paragraph 6

Notice that God does not entrust any sacred duties to professional teachers. Parents may choose to use professional teachers’ expertise, but in the end, the parents make the decisions about how their children will be educated, and parents also bear God’s consequences if the children learn incorrect or evil philosophies from their teachers. God intends for parents to bear these sacred duties. It is up to parents to ensure any and all teachers are grounded in the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

The parental responsibilities to rear and teach children come with great blessings or dire consequences, depending on how well we fulfill our duty.

Consider Jesus’ blessing and warning concerning how we treat children:

Whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Matthew 18:5-6

Why does Jesus specify children “which believe in me”? Why does Jesus specify “in my name” as the way we receive children? I believe Jesus is promising us His blessing if we strengthen the faith of children, and warning us of His wrath if we break the faith of children.

Consider further the prophet King Benjamin’s instruction that in order to “retain a remission of [our] sins” (Mosiah 4:12), we must teach our children truth:

Ye will not suffer your children that they go hungry, or naked; neither will ye suffer that they transgress the laws of God, and fight and quarrel one with another, and serve the devil, who is the master of sin, or who is the evil spirit which hath been spoken of by our fathers, he being an enemy to all righteousness.

But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another.

Mosiah 4:14-15

The sacred duty to teach children rests with parents, according to God’s everlasting word.

When it comes to faith in Jesus Christ, if we oppose the preaching of faith in Christ in educational settings, or if we neglect to frame our teachings in the context of the true gospel, then we risk losing the remission of our sins. Indeed, if we do not center our children’s lessons in the gospel of Jesus Christ, we risk our own souls.

Great Shall Be the Peace of Thy Children

On the other hand, if we are righteous in teaching our children in the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ, then God has promised great blessings to both us and our children. We will retain a remission of our sins, and our children will be at peace.

Isaiah saw a time in the last days when the kindness of God would bring a fulfillment of His covenant of peace:

For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee…

All thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.

Isaiah 54:10-13

Are we ready and willing to be the Lord’s disciples? Are we ready to participate in fulfilling our part of the covenant to bring peace to our children? To do so, we must encompass all our teachings in the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

God has called parents to teach their children the gospel of Jesus Christ.

May schools realize their errors, and teachers repent and serve God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

May we repent, come unto Jesus Christ, obey His commandments, and share His love, the most important lesson of life, with our children.

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