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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Biblical Basis for Homeschooling Christian Children ~ Part I ~ The Homeschool Verse

In September of 2008, I graduated from Thomas Bilney Theological Seminary w/an Associate's Degree in Biblical Studies. I've decided to share my Thesis w/you in the next few posts. I hope you enjoy it & are edified. And I hope that those of you who homeschool are encouraged to carry on, those of you who are considering it are motivated & those of you who wonder about those of us who homeschool have many of your questions answered. Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><


Walk into a room with a group of strangers and one of the first questions someone will ask you is, “What do you do for a living? What is your job?” Ordinarily, this refers to one’s vocation. In the life of a homeschool family, particularly the homeschool where Mother is usually the primary teacher, it encompasses far more than vocation. It is a way of life.

It is fulfilling the command of God for Christian parents to be the principle teachers and protectors of our children. It is making one’s home, a Christ-centered home, one’s never-ending school of life.

The Homeschool Verse
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your
God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These
commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them
on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk
along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deut. 6:4-7)

Here is the mandate that most Christian homeschoolers build their foundation upon. This verse is uniquely important to Christian homeschool parents and families as it reminds parents that God has specifically given them the responsibility of impressing God’s teachings and His commands upon the hearts of our children – HIS children. Not a stranger in the building down the street, not Grandma and Grandpa, not even their Sunday School teacher or their pastor.

There is something special, something lovely and spiritual about the bond between parents and their children. God has instilled this relationship of love and intimacy between parents and children, particularly Christian parents and children, because, from the beginning, He expects parents and children to spend large amounts of the day with each other. This is as it was meant to be. What better way to spend the day then with those that you love? Who better for a child to learn from than someone who loves them like no other and wants the very best for them?

As the numbers of homeschoolers grow it is more and more apparent that a growing number of Christian parents are coming to this realization as well. Jesus said,

“A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like
his teacher.” (Luke 6:40)

Mike Farris, of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), put it this way, “Your children will become the disciples of the person with whom they spend the majority of their time and from whom they receive instruction. If they spend the majority of their time with their peers, they will become disciples of their peers. We call it peer pressure. Should we be surprised when a substantial number of children from solid, believing Christian homes reject their parents’ faith and embrace the life styles and philosophy of the people by whom they have been discipled?” [emphasis mine]

Parents, not the state, are solely responsible under God for the education their children participate in and learn from. They either take responsibility or relinquish it to someone else; they choose who it is who surrounds their children, who influences their speech, their mannerisms, their worldview, their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. The justification I hear so many well-meaning, but misguided, Christian parents use while sending their children off to the lion’s den of public school, is that they want their children to be witnesses for Christ. They trust that their five year old darling or hormonal teen is mature enough in his faith and understanding of Scripture that he can defend the faith and evangelize his classmates without either falling prey to their influence or being sent to detention by the teacher for using language that is banned in the classroom and playground. Usually, the Name of Jesus Christ while not being used as a curse.

One must then remind those parents that there is no place in Scripture where God either delegates the responsibility to teach Christian children to the state or where God tells someone to send their children out to evangelize among the pagans. That task is left to mature adult Christians.

Now, someone may say, “What about Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego?” Turning to the Bible we read,

“Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring in some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility…He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians.” (Daniel 1:3 and 4b) [emphasis mine]

First, they were captives in a foreign land. They had no choice but to obey the pagans who had captured them…at least, for a while. Secondly, by God’s grace they had come from a godly home and obviously had been “homeschooled” in the Scriptures before their captivity. They were forced by that foreign government to learn the ways of the culture. But, the third detail we find is that their childhood training gave them the godly foundation to stand upon as young men. Because they were trained by their parents who had impressed God’s commands upon their hearts, and because of their faithfulness to God due to that foundation laid by their parents, God was faithful to them and caused the hearts of many to be turned to Himself…including the king.



  1. We are just finishing up a book on Creation Science this week and I was thinking that evolution would never put two people together to make a child. Once it had occurred the first time more people would just POP! in fully grown and capable of doing for themselves. What would be the cause to have a child that needs care? Where is the survival of the fittest in that?

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  3. I have all boys...and we just transitioned this year from public to homeschooling. With the world around us, changing for the worst, we (as parents) finally decided to obey and homeschool for the benefit of the Glory to God and for our family. We are loving the Godly environment, my kids get one-on-one teaching, love, and attention. No school can beat that! Great Post, looking forward to the series.

  4. Our homeschool verse is "By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures." Proverbs 23:3-4

  5. Thank you for this encouragement and for sharing your heart and Scripture verses with me over at my blog. Blessings to you.

  6. I just wanted to tell you that I am in awe :) Cody and I are going thru Proverbs and I had to giggle. Going thru chapter one today I thought of you. How He uses your and the wisdom He has given you to teach others.. Thank you for your willingness to share His blessings :)

  7. This is great. I'm so glad that you posted this.

  8. I found this part interesting:
    "One must then remind those parents that there is no place in Scripture where God either delegates the responsibility to teach Christian children to the state or where God tells someone to send their children out to evangelize among the pagans. That task is left to mature adult Christians."

    Where in scripture does it say the task of evangelism is left to mature adult Christians? I was sure that Jesus directed the Great Commission to all Christians (even children) Matthew 28:16-20. I can't figure out any reason or remember a Scripture that says or implies that the Holy Spirit would not work through even a child or teenager. I have actually known of a few cases where a non-adult has made an impression on others lives for the gospel.

    Also you call Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego young men, but the Hebrew term here is "yeladin" meaning children or youths. Theological research tells us that these 4 were almost definitely at the youngest 12 and at the oldest only 16 years old at the time of their capture. Again showing that non-adults can be used to witness of God's power (in effect leading some to come to know God as their savior).


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