Featured in the January, 2010 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
One reason our youth are not being taught is that the teachers have not been taught.
An array of courses on methods do not equip one to communicate a cultural heritage. Knowing how to teach is of little help if one does not have something to teach.
Often youngsters are poor readers and display a ghastly ignorance of even the great names in history.
The biggest scandal of all is that one can be acclaimed “educated” without having an elementary knowledge of the Holy Bible. Because of the sustained influence of the Bible on Western culture, it would be impossible to understand our history, our art, and our literature without a knowledge of the Scriptures.
For an entire generation William Lyon Phelps was Lamson Professor of English Literature at Yale University, also Orator of Yale University, Director of the Hall of Fame, and author of a couple dozen well-known volumes in his field. His lectures on Browning and Wordsworth crowded the largest classrooms at Yale.
This outstanding literary critic said, “I thoroughly believe in University education for both men and women; but I believe a knowledge of the Bible without a college course is more valuable than a college course without the Bible.”
He who is unfamiliar with the Bible is uneducated. The Scripture says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7). Not only does one learn Christian doctrine from the Scriptures, but also is introduced to foundational principles in law, sociology, psychology, the physical sciences, the biological sciences, business administration, and military strategy. He is introduced to music, geography, history and economics. A thorough knowledge of the Holy Scriptures is an indispensable part of one’s academic achievement.
No wonder the Psalmist exclaims, “The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding to the simple” (Psalm 119:130). Today’s student can be assured. “I have more understanding than all my teachers: for Thy testimonies are my meditation” (Psalm 119:99). If education is the pursuit of truth, then Jesus has already told us, “Thy Word is truth” (John 17:17).
People who think the Bible deals only with religious matters show their ignorance. George Washington Carver held Congress spellbound for two hours while he displayed items that he had produced from the simple peanut. He eventually tallied up 300 different products. A congressman asked, “Where did you learn all this?” and Carver replied, “From a book.” He was asked, “What book?” George Washington Carver answered, “The Bible.” Today we have dunderheads who say that the Bible has nothing to say about science.
One day the eminent British physician Sir Henry Acland came and found his friend Michael Faraday, the chemist and physicist, in tears with his head bowed over an open Bible. Acland said, “I fear you are feeling worse.” “No,” said Faraday, “It is not that, but why, oh why, will not men believe the blessed truths here revealed to them?”
At Ashburn Baptist, we unashamedly read and study the Word of God. Over 400 studied the Scriptures in Vacation Bible School. This Book is the backbone of the curriculum at Camp Joy. Over 700 from tots to Golden Agers are studying the Bible in our Sunday School.
The Bible is not only profound but also practical and has the solution to every problem a person is confronted with in life. Every question that really needs answering is answered in the Word of God. Secularists and atheists have outlawed the Bible in our public schools. The liberal clergy, both Protestant and Catholic, have been thumping on social issues to the neglect of Scripture.
Increasing numbers of people are discovering that they can get real Bible study at the Ashburn Baptist Church. Without a knowledge of the Scriptures one is not prepared to live or to die.
With the Psalmist, multitudes have said, “The law of Thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver” (Psalm 119:72).