Saturday, January 24, 2009

Silly Women and Highminded Men

In a possible response to John Holzmann's blog post about Sonlight being banned from the CHEC convention, Kevin Swanson, Executive Director of CHEC, provided some commentary about the women who discuss such matters. He said,
"Such wrangling usually only provides fodder for the silly women Paul speaks of, who are laden with divers lusts, not to mention the erudite, fleshly types who are "ever learning yet never quite coming to the knowledge of the truth" (2 Tim. 3:6,7). And I don't see how it serves to nurture the unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace."
Looking at the verse Swanson referenced in context, Paul is actually issuing a warning against proud men who attempt to creep into houses leading "silly women laden with sin" captive. It is not "wranglings" that provide fodder for "silly women" but men who are "lovers of themselves" who cause these "silly women" to be led captive by divers lusts. Among women in the Christian homeschool community, one potential area of sin is the desire to present the perfect homeschool family image as created by men not God. A dangerous pursuit which often leads many women to follow the teachings of men, spend hundreds of dollars on their materials; and more importantly, accept and believe many false ideas.

How does a wise woman prevent this from happening?

Proverbs 31 tells us that an excellent wife, "considers a field before she buys it....and looks well to the ways of her household."

Given that it is women who typically attend the homeschool conventions and make the majority of curriculum purchases for their family, it is not silly but prudent for a wise woman to consider what material she uses to teach her children before she buys it. A wise women will ask questions and consider the views of Sonight, CHEC, and any other she encounters against the counsel of her own husband and the Truth of God's Word. Doing so provides a measure of protection from false teachers and error from creeping into her household; and if they are already present, to remove them.

The alternative is to check my brain at the door when I open an catalog or enter a convention hall and blindly accept whatever certain speakers say or do without question and buy whatever they tell me is "good and true." For me, such thinking is a recipe for disaster, potentially leading me captive by "highminded" men who have "a form of godliness but deny the power thereof." Paul encourages us in the 2 Timothy to "turn away" from such men.

To do anything less, would be silly.

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