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A Christmas present from Sovereign Grace Ministries as reported by Brent Detwiler http://www.brentdetwiler.com is below. It seems that that all the twists and turns of this never ending church saga either shines a strong spotlight on the continuing modern day perversion of the Reformation OR it is just another marketing ploy of the “semper reformanda” (always reforming) crowd. Just what we need on Christmas Eve, i.e., a ton of men’s wisdom, which is only more foolishness, if not a severe reproach on the church of Jesus Christ and the true Gospel. Sure seems like God’s “judgment begins in the house of the Lord”! Luther would be posting another 95 Theses if he was alive today. But he’s not with us, so we have this blog and other blogs using the internet instead of the Gutenberg press to bring it into the light. Especially since the “laity” of SGM has been advised to keep their heads buried in the sand so as not to notice. Below is the unedited report in its entirety:
Dave Harvey, the Number 2 Leader in Sovereign Grace Ministries, Steps Down from All Responsibilities
Posted: 22 Dec 2012 11:33 AM PST
Sovereign Grace Ministries is in total disarray. Last Sunday, the largest and most influential church in the denomination announced its decision to sever ties. Two days later, Dave Harvey abruptly stepped down from all his sizeable leadership responsibilities. This is mind boggling news.
After C.J. Mahaney, no one is a greater luminary in SGM or before the evangelical world than Dave. Here’s his biography as it appears on the SGM website.
Church Planting and Church Care
Sovereign Grace Ministries
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
Dave Harvey is responsible for church care, church planting, and international expansion for Sovereign Grace Ministries. He has served as a member of the Sovereign Grace Ministries leadership team since 1995.
Dave has been in pastoral ministry at Covenant Fellowship Church (Glen Mills, PA) since 1986, was ordained in 1988, and served as senior pastor from 1990 to 2008. He has served on the board of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation since 2006. Dave received a Master of Arts in Missiology from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1989, worked toward a Master of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1993 to 1995, and in 2001 became a graduate in Westminster’s D.Min. program. The subject of his doctoral thesis was the identification and equipping of church planters.
Dave is the author of Am I Called? The Summons to Pastoral Ministry (Crossway, 2012), Rescuing Ambition (Crossway, 2010), and When Sinners Say “I Do”: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage (Shepherd, 2007). He contributed a chapter to Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World (Crossway, 2008) and wrote a chapter for Why Small Groups?, a book from Sovereign Grace’s Pursuit of Godliness series. He continues to work on other writing projects.
Dave lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Kimm. They have four children and, despite his many protests, one stray cat.
Dave and I have a long history together going back to the early 1980’s when I was his first pastor in Indiana, PA. He joined C.J, Steve Shank, Bo Lotinsky and me on the SGM Board of Directors in 1995.
From: Brent Detwiler
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2012 9:48 AM
To: Dave Harvey
Subject: Falling Out with C.J.
I’ve been told about the break down in your relationship with C.J. because he feels you did not defend him adequately and did not denounce me, Larry T, etc. more harshly. This comes as no surprise. You need to bring this to the immediate attention of the entire Board to whom you and C.J. are now accountable. Be honest with them. Don’t cover up for C.J. Put an end to the enablement. You must tell the Board about this mistreatment of you. Dave, you know full well that nothing has changed with C.J. Your assessment and my assessment from 2004 are as relevant today.
“To correct CJ, or to challenge his own self-perception, was to experience a reaction through e-mails, consistent disagreement (without seeking to sufficiently understand), a lack of sufficient follow-up and occasionally, relational withdrawal. Along with this, CJ was poor in volunteering areas of sin, temptation or weakness in himself.”
1. Can become resentful, distrustful or withdraw when he feels misunderstood, judged, or sinned against by others.
2. Can judge or prematurely come to conclusions about others based on limited or incomplete information.
3. When correcting or disagreeing can communicate his assessment or perspective too strongly or categorically.
4. Can lack gentleness and not perceive the unhelpful effect of his words, actions or decisions upon an individual.
5. Can be difficult to correct and help because he often disagrees with or has a different perspective on illustrations.
6. Infrequently makes us aware of specific sins or the correction others are bringing to him.
I have little hope you and C.J. will be transparent with the Board. I imagine this will be glossed over and made to sound like a trifle when it is serious. Please turn the corner on a new lease in life by doing what is right.
Dave has been out of sight for the last 9 months. The last time he posted or was featured on the SGM website was in March 2012 when he introduced the new Board. Except for speaking at the November 2012 Pastors Conference, Dave has not been heard from in a long time. When leaders go missing in SGM it is always a bad sign. It usually means they have fallen out of favor with C.J.
Above is a picture/diagram/schematic of the 7 Mountains Mandate subscribed to by the New Apostolic Reformation which is a loosely organized movement of dominionist, charismatic, pentecostal, and word of faith leaders, churches, and political figures. It basically makes the assumption that the churches and Christians in general should involve themselves into seven areas of life with the aim of taking control over them. Since a lot has already been written on this movement by others, the purpose here is to introduce this movement to those unfamiliar with it and to point to the appropriate sites where existing research lies.
First, this video of Lance Wallnau, apologist for the 7 Mountain Mandate, promotes the Dominionist view:
Second, this video from the 7 Mountain Apologists Wallnau, Hillman, and Enlow who are tailoring their “terminology” to the audience, and are heistant to say they are creating a “new theology”:
John MacArthur videos on the “Modern Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit” and the connection to the NAR followed by the connection to John Wimber and the Vineyard Movement and the Third Wave:
MUST SEE: Vimeo video of Sandy Simpson, “A Tale of Two Kingdoms” at: http://vimeo.com/53829980
Sources of Information:
http://apprising.org/category/new-apostolic-reformation/ (various articles)
http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/thecall.html (Rick Joyner & The Call)
http://www.apologeticsindex.org/j08.html (Rick Joyner & Morningstar Ministries)
http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/sarah-leslie/dominionism.htm (Sara Leslie article)
http://apprising.org/2011/07/02/ihop-enters-dominionchristian-right-politics/ (IHOP affiliation with NAR)
http://www.talk2action.org/story/2011/9/24/155523/590 (Sam Rodriguez)
http://www.generals.org/ (NAR Generals International)
http://cicministry.org/radio_series.php?series=apostles (Bob DeWaay’s articles on the NAR)
http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/newapostolic.html (Sandy Simpson on the NAR)
http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/arise.html (transcript of C. Peter Wagner by Sandy Simpson)
http://www.letusreason.org/Latrain22.htm (article about C. Peter Wagner & the NAR)
http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/orrel10.html (Climbing Joyner’s Gnostic Mountain)
http://www.pfo.org/r-joyner.htm (Personal Freedom Outreach on “The Higher Life Of Rick Joyner”)
http://www.seekgod.ca/cohenjoyner.htm (Prophecies of Rick Joyner & Rabbi Cohen at Messiah ’99)
http://www.talk2action.org/story/2008/9/5/0244/84583 (Third Wave)
http://www.equip.org/articles/joels-army-marches-on/ (CRI on Joel’s Army & Elijah List)
Have you ever taken a “spiritual gifts survey” after your pastor or elders recommended it in a sermon about the multitude of gifts we have as members of the body of Christ, only to be told later that you are not mature in the faith yet, have to be discipled, and/or “watched” for an indeterminate length of time before you can use these gifts, or that the gifts “reside” in the eldership alone? Do these attributes look familiar to you about your church and elders?:
1)”A giant tongue that speaks with absolute authority, and a giant ear that listens with unquestioning obedience.”
2)“But some ministers cannot endure the process of maturing in the sheep.”
3) “Dictatorial measures make lesser men craven and dependent, stunting their true growth.” (See above 3 quotes below in Reisinger article).
First, as an introduction, Jon Zens of Searching Together http://www.searchingtogether.org, presents the following video, in which he proposes that there should be no distinction between clergy and laity or any sort of contrived hierarchical structure in the church, the “body of Christ”. Perhaps what we are seeing or personally experiencing in abusive “divinely appointed” or “duly authorized” eldership is due to the inordinate and excessive powers assigned to and assumed by the leadership to the detriment of the laity. “A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land: The prophets prophesy lies, and priests rule by their own authority, and my people love to have it this way.” Jeremiah 5:30,31″ Whatever happened to the “priesthood of believers” (1Peter2:5 “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ”, and 1Peter2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light”). He does not specifically refer to Reformed Baptist churches or elders.
The following is a link at Wicked Shepherds: http://www.wickedshepherds.com/WhenShouldaChristianLeaveaChurch.html to a reprint of John Reisinger’s article “When Sould a Christian Leave a Church”, which specifically addresses Reformed Baptist abuse. Some quotes from this article are:
“law ministry” where the Elders were the “Lords and Masters“
“pastor had deliberately placed himself between the husband and wife”
“daring to question God’s “duly authorized” minister“
“you are so sick spiritually that you can’t think straight.”
“Whose glory is in their shame,”
“Our preacher did not step on our fingers, he used a sledge hammer.”
“The preaching of the law that sends believers home week after week with a despondent and despairing heart”
“The legalist binds your conscience to the law”
“sheep are led to true peace by whipping them with the law every week”
“no right to feel “secure in Christ” until his daily life can “pass inspection” by the “holy Law of God.”
“afraid and terrified” even to speak what was in their hearts for fear of the elder’s discipline?”
“personally being treated like a dog”
“beating the sheep into subjection”
“The Confession of Faith is clear. Who are you to dare contradict that venerable document.”
“Arrogance and an overbearing spirit is never acceptable in elders.”
“Yet a church may be as much injured by tyranny as by anarchy.”
“Sheep cannot be whipped and driven into conformity with pastoral wishes.”
“you are actually part of a cult and you have totally given up your true liberty in Christ.”
“use the office of elder and deacon as a carrot stick to award the “really loyal devotees.”
“domineering spirit in the elders.”
“the office of elder is almost raised to the level of priest.”
“The people under such a pastor “run to him for decisions” about their whole life.”
“they have a view dangerously close to the autocracy of Rome.”
“he must seek to put your neck under the yoke of law”
“They threw out the church’s authority over your soul but hung on to the church’s authority over your conscience.”
Justin Peters Ministries http://justinpeters.org/ exposes the Word of Faith Movement in the following videos:
A Vimeo video from Chris Lawson of Spiritual Research Network about abusive church leaders who use shame, guilt, mind control, coercion, manipulation, diaprax (Scripture twisting), syncretism, authoritarianism, etc.:
1Corinthians 10:20-21: But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
If you thought that yoga was harmless exercise offered by your local liberal church and/or the YMCA/YWCA in your town, think again, biblical Christians. Similar to the degrees of Freemasonry, yoga is an introduction to a deeper involvement in Hinduism, the emptying of the mind via contemplative (Catholic) mysticism, the worship of other gods and demons, deceptively leading one away from the Word of God and possibly ending in demonic possession. There are various types of yoga including yoga re-packaged for Christians (so-called “Christ-centered alternatives to yoga”). These are supposedly safe for Christians, but is the risk worth it, when there are so many other forms of exercise?
For example, Brooke Boon’s “Holy Yoga” http://holyyoga.net, offered at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, http://www.saddleback.com/events/eventdetails.aspx?id=52061, or the “Praise Moves” of Laurette Willis, http://www.praisemoves.com, and “Atoning Yoga” of Lauren Terwilliger, http://www.atoningyoga.com.
Holy Yoga: Jesus is the Guru:
Praise Moves video:
Atoning Yoga video:
The following resources refute this mixture of yoga with Christianity from a biblical point of view. There are many other resources on the internet to prove that yoga in any of its forms or mutations is to be avoided for your spiritual health.
“The Yoga Boom: What are Christians to Do?” video by Elliot Miller, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFRPLzZ7pA8, (1HR/21MIN).
“Yoga Exposed” video by Scott Johnson, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Nzxv327fYA,(1HR/36MIN)
Scott Johnson’s 2 part article with audio at Contending for Truth.com on Rick Warren’s “New Health and Wellness Initiative”: http://www.contendingfortruth.com/?p=2511 and http://www.contendingfortruth.com/?p=2506
Chris Lawson of Spiritual Research Network (SRN), http://www.spiritual-research-network.com/home.html, has three excellent videos on Vimeo: “Calvary Chapel & Purpose Driven Pastors Doing Yoga?”, http://vimeo.com/53131997 (11MIN), and “New Age Teachings Influencing Your Church, Your Children & You”, http://vimeo.com/53145537 (6MIN)(yoga at 5:45min mark), and “‘A Time of Departing’ (book by Ray Yungen) & New Spirituality Terms”, http://vimeo.com/53127158 (7MIN).
Lighthouse Trails Research has articles on yoga, http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/yoga.htm and a new article, Barbie
and American Girl Dolls Have Gone Yoga at http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=10533
Mike Oppenheimer interview on video, “Labyrinths (1st half) and Yoga (2nd half) Used by Christians” below:
Test everything by the Word of God!
SIMILARITIES EXIST AMONG ALLEGATIONS regarding:
1) Sovereign Grace Ministries
2) Jack Schaap and Jack Hyles of First Baptist of Hammond, Indiana
3) Beaverton Grace Bible Church
What do these churches have in common, other than fundamentalism?
Maybe you are aware of all three of the above church issues, maybe not. All have similar scenarios of alledgedly abusive leadership and alledgedly abused church members. #3 above is addressed below.
The parties in a lawsuit (since dismissed), filed prior to July, were Beaverton Grace Bible Church http://www.beavertongracebible.org/, an apparent independent fundamental church, pastored by Chuck O’Neal as plaintiff and Julie Anne Smith et al, as defendants. It was for $500,000. The defendants were former congregants at this church who voiced allegations of control, abuse and misuse of pastoral authority, etc. in their blog http://www.bgbcsurvivors.blogspot.com. In return, the above lawsuit was initiated and filed on behalf of the pastor, but in addition, the pastor created his own blog to counter the former congregants’ blog referred to as the so-called “real survivors” blog http://www.bgbcsurvivors.org.
You can decide for yourself who is right and who is wrong, but it is nevertheless extremely unfortunate and disgraceful and a reproach on the church and name of Jesus Christ that this was dragged into a civil court at all. Aside from the allegations coming from both sides, the right of church members to approach their leadership with concerns, observations, opinions and questions should be absolute without retaliation. The right of church members to also voice these publicly is a constitutionally protected right, unless of course they are known to be false, unfounded or slanderous. The exercise of these God-given rights is not a matter for “church discipline” in the form of punishment, shunning, marginalization, and/or ostrasization, and least of all lawsuits. A PASTOR or ELDER is not a POPE, autocrat, or dictator. Some pastors do however, become “wolves in sheep’s clothing”, where absolute obedience to them is required and commended. Lacking such fealty, the sheep are at risk of being destroyed in an abusive manner whether they remain in such a church or decide to leave. These pastors believe, in their assumed arrogant “anointing” that their control of Christians extends beyond the church property. Such is the case here, since they believe that the civil and criminal authorities have been instituted by God.
Todd Rhoades of Toddrhoades.com has no opinion and some doubt on this matter, but he would like your comments on “if you were accused (wrongfully) of child abuse…if your church was accused of horrible things?”: http://toddrhoades.com/pastor-starts-website-to-attack-churchs-attackers/. I draw your attention to the word “wrongfully” and the question mark “?” inserted in this quote. No opinion here?
From Katu.com is the following picture and report upon the dismissal in court: http://www.katu.com/news/local/Judge-dismisses-case-where-pastor-sued-former-parishioner-163953036.html
Here are some relevant videos:
Here are two very thoroughly researched videos about the transition from “New Age” to “New Spirituality” occuring in the emerging churches, by CarylTV:
Part 1 in 240p and Part 2 in 360p:
Gary Gilley exposes the “Seeker Sensitive” and “Emerging Church” marketing paradigms in these two videos given under the auspices of Take Heed Ministries and Cecil Andrews:
AS AN INTRODUCTION:
Rick Warren endorses the Alpha Course in this video. Below the video are reviews of the Alpha Course from a biblical point of view, followed by two more videos of Cecil Andrews.
BELOW IS COPIOUS EVIDENCE TO PROVE THAT ALPHA HAS ROOTS IN THE VINEYARD CHURCH OF JOHN WIMBER, CHARISMATIC, FRIENDSHIP AND COMMON CAUSE WITH ROMAN CATHOLICISM, CONTEMPLATIVE MYSTICAL ASSOCIATION WITH RENOVARE, AN ASSORTMENT OF ECUMENICAL PASTORS LIKE RICK WARREN, AND A BROAD RANGE OF APOSTATE CHURCHES. THIS IS MORE THAN ENOUGH TO SHOW THAT ALPHA IS TO BE AVOIDED IF YOU ARE OR ARE THINKING OF BECOMING A BIBLICAL CHRISTIAN:
Do Not Be Surprised Blog:
Personal Freedom Outreach:
Deception in the Church.com:
Dusty Peterson “The New Age of Alpha” (critique):
Christiandoctrine.net-“The Gospel According to Alpha” by Cecil Andrews:
Apprising.org-“The Influence of Christian Mystics Morton Kelsey and John Wimber (Vineyard Church) on the Alpha Course”:
Apprising.org-“The Ecumenical Compromise of the Alpha Course”:
Apprising.org-“Chris Hand on the Alpha Course”:
LighthouseTrails Research.com-“Alpha Assessed” by Cecil Andrews of Take Heed Ministries:
LighthouseTrailsResearch.com-“Dragnet Behind Alpha, Vineyard, ‘Purpose-Driven’, ‘Toronto’ (Blessing)”:
http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~emcd/index32.pdf (SEE COLORED FLOWCHART)
Bayith Ministries (Peterson & McDonald)-“The Character of Alpha’s Jesus” (3 parts):
Webtruth.org-“The Gospel According to Gumbel (the Alpha Course)”;
VIDEO IN TWO PARTS BY CECIL ANDREWS ON: “ALPHA: ATTEND OR AVOID?”:
Richard Bennett of Berean Beacon www.bereanbeacon.org gave a talk in London’s Metropolitan Tabernacle:
Sue Monk Kidd, former Southern Baptist Sunday School teacher, now proponent of the feminine divine (goddess), divine spark, contemplative mysticism, monasticism, sacred images, etc. as she witnesses below:
TAIZE: www.taize.fr Here are some introductory videos about Taize, the French ecumenical mystical monastery which is devoid of scripture and doctrine, but heavy on contemplative mysticism, candles, low lighting, prayer positions, and “religious” feelings, especially attractive to the unchurched of Europe and the U.S. Note that once Protestant denominations are becoming less Protestant and adapting these Catholic/Orthodox practices. It would seem that the Reformation of Luther, etc., is being undone, so that the “lost brethren”, once called heretics, anathematized by the Council of Trent, and subsequently murdered by the Catholic Inquisition, can now be brought back to Rome.
(1) THE DENOMINATIONAL SYSTEM ITSELF IS UNSCRIPTURAL.
(2) THE SBC IS ECUMENICAL.
(3) THE SBC HAS REFUSED TO DISCIPLINE BILLY GRAHAM.
(4) SBC CHURCHES ARE NOT GOVERNED SCRIPTURALLY.
(5) WORLDLINESS IS RAMPANT IN SBC CHURCHES AND SCHOOLS.
(6) SHAMEFUL POLITICS IS PRACTICED BY SBC CONSERVATIVE LEADERS.
(7) WOMEN ARE ALLOWED TO HOLD LEADERSHIP ROLES IN THE SBC.
(8) THE CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT IS GROWING WITHIN THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION.
(9) THE SBC IS PERMEATED WITH THEOLOGICAL MODERNISM. (See below)
(10) THE SBC IS FILLED WITH MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE YOKED WITH PAGAN ANTI-CHRIST ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE MASONIC LODGE AND THE EASTERN STAR.
(11) THE VAST MAJORITY OF SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONGREGATIONS REFUSE TO EXERCISE CHURCH DISCIPLINE, AND IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE A BIBLICALLY PURE CHURCH WITHOUT DISCIPLINE.
(12) SOUTHERN BAPTISTS ARE AT THE FOREFRONT OF PROMOTING THE CHURCH GROWTH PHILOSOPHIES THAT WEAKEN THE CHURCHES BY TURNING THE CHURCH’S MISSION AWAY FROM THE COMMITMENT TO THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD, WHICH IS THE MISSION AND PURPOSE THAT JESUS CHRIST DELIVERED TO THE CHURCH (MATT. 28:19-20), TO A CAPSULATED, WATERED-DOWN, MAN-MADE “PURPOSE.” THE CHURCH GROWTH MOVEMENT PROMOTES THE USE OF WORLDLY MUSIC AND DRESS TO ATTRACT LARGE CROWDS. (See below)
(13) THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION IS NEW EVANGELICAL AND REJECTS BIBLICAL SEPARATION.
In reference to #9 above, the following video is brought to your attention for comparison. Jeff Pinder will be the new senior pastor of Faith Baptist Church, Wilmington, Delaware, www.fbcwilmington.com (Independent Baptist, non-SBC affiliated to date), effective January 1, 2013. He will be replacing the former pastor George Nichols under whom Pinder worked years ago as a youth pastor at Faith Baptist. Pinder authored “Forged by Conviction” and has ties, if not affiliations with, the Southern Baptists, including the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia and the Southern Baptist Convention of Florida. The question is whether Pinder will bring a formerly independent Baptist church into the Southern Baptist Convention, and if not, will he bring in contemporary “Christian” music and all the church growth methods of Warren, Hybels, and Drucker and mix in some neo-reformed Calvinism, mysticism, and ecumenism too? A hint may be found at his present church, Faith Baptist Port St. Joe, Florida www.fbcpsj.org
Child abducted from parents off plane by Swedish authorities before takeoff:
We signatories of this declaration presented on November 3, 2012 at the first Global Home Education Conference in Berlin, Germany hereby,
Remind all nations that numerous international treaties and declarations recognize the essential, irreplaceable and fundamental role of parents and the family in the education and upbringing of children as a natural right that must be respected and protected by all governments,
Affirm home education as a practice where parents and children undertake the activity of education themselves to pursue learning that meets the needs of the family and children,
Note that in Article 26 part 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 stating that “parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children” elevates and indicates the preeminence of the right of parents and the family in relation to the State,
Further note that the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights states in Article 13.3 that the “States Parties to the present covenant undertake to have respect for the liberty of parents […] to choose for their children schools, other than those established by public authorities, which conform to such minimum educational standards as may be laid down or approved by the State and to ensure that religious or moral education of their children is in conformity with their own convictions”,
Further note that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights provides in Article 18, paragraph 4 that “the States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to have respect for the liberty of parents and, when applicable, legal guardians to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions” and that this convention designates these rights as non-derogable in Article 4 paragraph 2,
Further note that Art. 5 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child demands that state parties ”respect the responsibilities, rights and duties of parents … to provide, in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the child, appropriate direction and guidance in the exercise by the child of the rights recognized in the present Convention” including the right to education,
Further note that the Doha Declaration issued on 30 November 2004 by the Doha International Conference for the Family, welcomed by the UN General Assembly (A/RES/59/111) emphasized that “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children and the liberty to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions” and called to “Strengthen the functioning of the family by involving mothers and fathers in the education of their children” and to “Reaffirm that parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children” (Call to Action, nn. 16-18),
Further note that the United Nations Special Rapporteur in Education recognized that home education should be a legitimate educational option specifically in a March 2007 report on an official observation mission to Germany,
Further note that the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of 1950 provides in Article 2 of Protocol 1 that “in the exercise of any functions which it
assumes in relation to education and teaching, the State shall respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions”,
Further note that Article 14.3 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union guarantees that “the right of parents to ensure the education and teaching of their children in conformity with their religious, philosophical and pedagogical convictions shall be respected, in accordance with the national laws governing the exercise of such freedom and right”,
Further note that the European Parliament in its resolution of 23 October 2012 on an Agenda for Change: the future of EU development policy (P7_TA(2012)0386, n. 15) “Emphasizes the importance of solidarity between generations; in this respect, invites the [European] Commission to adopt family mainstreaming as a universal guiding principle for achieving the EU development goals” and that home education should be viewed as an important part of the family mainstreaming in the educational policies,
Further note that Art. 27.1 of the CIS Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms states: “In the exercise of any functions which the Contracting Parties assume in relation to education and to teaching, they shall respect the right of parents to ensure for their children such education and teaching as corresponds with their own convictions and national traditions”,
Further note that credible and scientific research indicate that home education is an effective means of educating children to become literate and productive citizens and members of civil society and that there is no evidence at all of harm to children or an increased risk of harm on the basis of home education,
Wherefore we now,
1. Condemn the policies of those nations that prohibit the practice of home education and permit the persecution of home educating families through excessive or coercive fines, threats to parental custody and application of criminal sanctions;
2. Urge all members of the international community to take concrete steps to affirm in their law, policy, and civil and criminal procedures that parents have a natural and fundamental right to direct the education and upbringing of their children which includes the right to choose the type of education their child shall receive including home education;
3. Encourage states to consider the growing body of research about home education and take steps to review laws, policies and procedures to make it possible for all parents to participate in this activity;
4. Urge the assistance of human rights bodies, governments, NGOs, elected and appointed government officials and individual citizens to seek greater respect for the fundamental right of parents to choose the kind of education their children receive including home education;
5. Request the global home education community take active steps to communicate this resolution to their governments and to take all steps necessary to recognize the right of
families to home education as a non-derogable and fundamental human right regardless of the motivation or methodology of those who chose it;
6. Commit to support freedom, diversity and pluralism in education through formal and informal coordination with the goal of making home education a legitimate educational option in every nation and the right of every family and child.
Presented this day, the Third of November, 2012 in the City of Berlin at the First Global Home Education Conference.
List of Organizational Signatories
GHEC2012 Organizing Board
List of individual Signatories
Pull up a comfortable chair and spend 1HR/18MIN watching this video by David Cloud of Way of Life http://www.wayoflife.org. He explains how churches are “building bridges” to the world of rock and roll, mysticism, and ecumenism by using contemporary “Christian” music. Most CCM artists have secular music backgrounds, affiliate with Catholic contemplative musicians, or do joint recordings and concerts with these. This is how the world and its corrupt influence gets into bible believing churches.
ALERT: Behind the veneer of a perfectionistic, orderly and efficiently run culture lies a remnant of national socialism reminiscent of the Nazi period. Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states in the USA. Not so in Germany and other countries. In its desire for uniformity of outcome, and to prevent so-called “parallel societies”, Germany enforces compliance with its public school system with the use of the Jugendamt, a quasi social services/militaristic arm of the government to track down, harass, fine, imprison parents and/or relocate children to foster homes, psychiatric facilities, and children’s homes. Home School Legal Defense http://www.hslda.org is helping homeschoolers in the USA and Germany and around the world where it can.
Linda Harvey of Mission America http://www.missionamerica.com explains the connection between emerging church leaders and the Democratic Party:
Michael Youssef’s sermon warning about the heresies of the “Shack”:
Ray Yungen, affiliated with Lighthouse Trails Research http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com, explains mysticism, meditation, yoga and other practices rampant in the culture and the church.
Roger Oakland, affiliated with Lighthouse Trails Research http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com, describes the drift toward the one world church through ecumenism with its center in Rome and the Catholic Church: