Christian Classical Schools
Just briefly addressing the racially-tinged Classical Christian schools for the moment, dedicated to exalting a elitist pagan power-culture, sprinkled with some Christian fairy dust to cover the stink.
The Christians of the future – in Africa and Asia – will look up these schools on the Internet, uncover their goals, turn their back, and walk away.
But will they also walk away from the Christian faith as well?
God crush His enemies, those schools who seek to glorify their own flesh while hobbling the growth of Christ’s Kingdom.
May He grind them fine as dust under His heel.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Nigerian Islamic Schools
Quora: What sucks about your country?
Kola Ayeni – B.Sc in Computer Science and Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)
Nigeria. The boys in the picture are known as almajiris. They are very common in Northern Nigeria and are estimated to be between 7 to 10 million. The almajiris are usually between the ages of four and 15
They are boys that their parents handed over to Islamic teachers from an early age (around 5 years old) to read the Quran. They live with their Islamic teachers for the duration of their studies. The Islamic teacher is only responsible for teaching not for feeding as he usually has large number under him. So the boys have to go out beg for food after their daily studies to survive. So you will find them roaming the streets, eating anything they can lay their hands on. Some have been found eating from dumpsites. As if that is not enough, they are usually subject to the most horrific beatings by their teachers.
These boys grow into street urchins who are tools to be used during political or religious conflicts. An outgrow of this is the Boko Haram insurgency. The boys grow into adulthood without any practical skills or education.
The worst part of this is that it has nothing to do with Islam itself but it is a cultural phenomenon that has been clothed with religion. It is a system that has been exploited by parents who have large number of children but are not ready to take care of them.
The boys are only remembered by government and politicians during elections and census.
There are plenty other things that I would say sucks about Nigeria. However for me, this is the most blatant. A culture that encourages parents to procreate at will and yet creates room for them to abandon their duty to the children. Every other complaints in Nigeria about corruption, poor infrastructure and co do not strike at the heart as much as this.
Islam is about generating big armies to crush the infidels.
Not a bad strategy, especially back in the day when muscle was common and information/ technology wasn’t decisive. It worked fine to break those Christian kaffirs in Egypt and Anatolia, putting them in their place: under the boots of their Betters.
The breed’em up culture could still be useful for social warfare, street fighting, even organized block voting.
The Moslems are what the Marxist aspire to be… except the Marxist, placing zero value on human life, just could not stop themselves from killing people — most certainly including the peasantry and their own children (see: China) — to show the Might of the Leader and the Party.
And showing how much power you have is what life is all about, now isn’t it. As any Marxist, or Darwinian, could tell you.
“It’s all about my personal survival, control, and pleasure. In the Name of the People, of course.”
But that’s their road.
The Moslems are smart enough not to enslave their fellow Moslem, encourage plenty of children for those big armies, and aren’t interested in starving the peasantry (with their big families) to show how powerful the Leader is. Their tribal and clan organization is a lot more stable, responsible, and resilient than the bureaucratic, sclerosed GOSPLAN culture of the Marxist. When it comes for the long term, family is a better bet than the self-worshipping Secularist State: despite the many guns and the multitude of noise machines the State has.
Islam 1, Marxism 0.
Even so, Christians are explicitly forbidden from walking the Islamic way. Our children must be valued, in and of themselves, both boys and girls. And not merely as disposable tools of the collective, be that collective the State, the Family, or even the Church.
The precious little gifts of God are not things for us to use, but blessings for us to strengthen, build, nurture, grow. Not abused for our own benefit and our own might – either by savage beatings in the Nigerian Islamic way; or groomed for later sexual use, as increasingly taught in American Secularist schools.
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. -- Deuteronomy 6:4-7, ESV
Children are to be raised to be vessels of power from God, by obedience to His word. And not to the traditions and will of men. They are to be raised to be even better than their parents, to build on family wealth and victories to even higher levels.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. -- John 14:10-18, ESV
Christians are expected to do greater works than Jesus Christ, the Son of God. And we are to ask for great things in Christ’s Name.
Certainly Christians should be fruitful and have children: but multiple times in the Bible, God blessed the small family as well. Even the lone faithful man and woman.
Christianity is not about generating big armies with promises of lots of free women in paradise – guaranteed if you die in battle for Allah, regardless of any/all of your sins.
The Islamic deity has different laws, and different goals, than the God of Abraham.
Do not be afraid or dismayed before the king of Assyria and all the horde that is with him, for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people took confidence from the words of Hezekiah king of Judah. -- Second Chronicles 32:7-8 ESV
Christianity is about discipling the nations, healing people, refreshing the earth. Christianity is to be a faith of liberty, tied closely to Moses standing against Pharaoh; and Christ standing against the Pharisees and their Traditions of Men.
(The power of pagan Rome being a secondary matter in Christ’s eyes. “Keep your eyes on the ball: don’t get distracted by temporary fluff, until you get the majors right!”
A lesson for today’s Christians to learn from.
Our sins matter, and must be repented of, for us to gain victories that last.
Their wealth and power is a flimsy thing, as hollow and as empty as the Red Army and the KGB – even in the 1930s, when they really could kill, lie, steal, and oppress just as they pleased.
Why worry about God’s enemies: so much blowing dust, then and now?
Keep your eyes on the ball.)
For further reading: Will and Grace Meet Osama bin Laden, by Gary North
“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”
Islam hasn’t caught up yet, still relying on fists and bombs. Interestingly, China hasn’t, either, so rooted in top-down propaganda ministries and the rigid need for bureaucratic control.
But Japan and Korea knows what’s what.
Christians had better get moving, if they want God’s Kingdom to shape the future, and not the media complexes of the Secularists.
The Poverty-Endorsing Jewish Yeshivas
From Haaretz: “Haredi Poverty: The Same Threat in Both New York and Israel” by
David Rosenberg (Dec 7, 2018)
The ultra-Orthodox “society of learners” has long been regarded as a uniquely Israeli phenomenon. Where else but in the Jewish state would a government not only agree to let a large segment of the population shun secular education and the labor market to pursue a life of Torah study, but use taxpayers’ money to enable this to happen?
But the same phenomenon has been quietly happening in New York for quite some time and only now is the problem it poses gradually being acknowledged.
After the city did everything possible to avoid grappling with the issue, the New York State Department of Education has recently issued rules to enforce a modicum of secular education at non-public schools (read Haredi yeshivas) and is vowing penalties against violators.
As crackdowns go, it’s not very much, but it’s an important start. That’s because it takes aim at the foundation of the society of learners phenomenon, which seeks to ensure that all ultra-Orthodox men spend as much of their life in religious studies as possible.
In that model, the role of the yeshivas is immerse: boys and young men in Torah learning to the exclusion of virtually any other education that might give them an opening to the outside world, in particular the temptations of a job and money.
There are only 240,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews in the greater New York area, but they are impoverished (43% are defined as poor and 16% as near poor). They get by via a mix of mostly badly paid work and increasingly on government assistance.
Unlike most impoverished communities, Haredim know how to work the system both to benefit families and educational institutions. They make efficient use of every program available. For instance, in two largely ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, Williamsburg and Borough Park, the proportion of residents getting food assistance (the SNAP program) runs at 51.8% and 33.8%, respectively, versus just 20.4% for all of New York City.
The lion’s share of assistance come legally, but the pressure to find money to keep an increasingly impoverished community afloat makes it tempting to skirt the law, as the Lakewood, New Jersey welfare fraud case illustrates.
“He who does not teach his son a trade teaches him to steal.” — Jewish proverb.
Christians had better teach their sons a trade.
Their daughters too, in an age of easy divorce.
But this may be waved if her suitor comes up with, say, the equivalent of a year or two salary as a dowry, to be kept by the parents in case the man decides to fling his bride aside later. There are other options to protect her financial interests as well.
(See: A Most Interesting Lesson, below, for more information.)
The gnosticism of the Jewish system of education – hate physical reality, live in the world of the mind – is overwhelming.
Christians must expand the Kingdom of God in the physical world. The Law is meant to be lived out in reality, as well as in our hearts, mind, and spirit.
Christ owns all things.
ALL things. Material and physical.
And ALL things are to be subject to His Commandments.
The welfare state makes the Haredim Jewish way of life a liability for everyone. The end of the welfare state removes the burden from society, and places the liability solely on those who choose that way of life.
Everyone pays their own way: Jews and Gentiles, the Blacks in the Ghettos and the Whites in their glass corporate towers.
But nobody wants this. Everyone wants a share of the stolen welfare loot: the Jews, the Gentiles, the poorest Blacks, the wealthiest Whites.
(“That’s CORPORATE Welfare to you peons,” says the elite spongers with their Congress connections.)
The only one who wants justice is God… and those who stand with Him.
Those who stand with Him ought to be Christians: but, often, they ignore His Law too.
Consequences to follow.
There will come a time when the political skills of “working the system” will be useless, as the system would have gone bust.
Don’t put your trust in Caesar and his promises.
Better to develop the skills of a good tradesman, or professional, or entrepreneur.
A Most Interesting Lesson from the Greatest Teacher
[The greatest teacher isn’t North.]
From The Crucial Question That a Wise Man Pops Before He Pops the Question by Gary North
The question is: “How much debt do you have?”
Problems arising from pre-marriage debt are among the most pressing for newlyweds.
Today, young women graduate from college — or fail to — with a personal debt of $20,000. This is what the average college student borrows. It is a huge mistake. College should cost no more than $20,000, total. But who takes my advice on this?
A man legally assumes all of his bride’s debts on his wedding day.
If she owes on a mortgage, and the mortgage is not under water, fine. He is marrying an asset. But if she owes it on a signature loan, he had better be aware of what he is about to face. He, not just she, is legally liable.
Young men rarely understand this. They don’t ask, and a woman hoping to get married doesn’t mention it. The marriage market is tough as it is.
Jesus said to count the cost (Luke 14:28-30). This applies to marriage. If I were advising a young man, I would tell him to ask her father to pay off her debt. It’s a dowry arrangement. Why should he be responsible for an unsecured loan to her?
Make this offer: “I’ll pay for the wedding. You pay off her debts.” Once the debts are paid, persuade her to elope.
But love is blind, especially to red ink.
A certain level of hidden information is permitted of the Christian: the man who sought the field with the hidden pearl did not tell the landowner about the hidden treasure.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. -- Matthew 13:45-46, ESV
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ So the last will be first, and the first last.” -- Matthew 20:1-16, ESV
Christians must understand what a contract says… and what it doesn’t say.
Christians must think like Jews.
(Well, successful, Dominion-oriented Jews.
Not run-from-reality, forever-failure gnostic Jews.)
Following the sharp practices of the hardcore Calvinists dealmakers is not a bad choice, either.
Also: note that both examples of, um, selective information-sharing are directly tied to the Kingdom of Heaven, which Christians are explicitly mandated to expand.
I wonder why Jesus did that.
[NOW, we’re talking about the greatest teacher!
The One at whose feet North — and many, many other excellent scholars — studied at and learned from.]
Christian Scholars may be interested in Gary North’s chapter on the bride price, in his work Christian Economics: Scholar’s Edition.
Also of interest (on marriage, not to the dowry per se): Common-Law Wives and Concubines by Stephen C. Perks.
The Best Religious School
The hardest of the hard core will do an intense and deep Bible study on marriage, dowry’s, contracts, covenants, and sharp business practices.
And the study must invite the guidance of the Holy Spirit, with eyes and spirit and mind open to the direction of God. For God does not reveal His lessons to His enemies.
Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you. -- Matthew 7:6, ESV
Good scholars are to be respected, but nothing replaces mastering the original source material!
That’s how you go beyond the great minds of the past.
A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. -- Luke 6:40, ESV
Even more than the great minds of the past or the present — yes, even more than Augustine or Calvin or Rushdoony or North or McDurmon or Perks — it is Jesus Christ that is to be our teacher.
He is the one we should resemble.
There are good scholars and commentators, worthy of respect… but there is no substitute for the original Source.
Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts. I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word. I do not turn aside from your rules, for you have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. -- Psalm 119:97-104, ESV
I wonder if those yeshiva students will ever get to Psalm 119.
(I know for a fact that the Muslims never will!)
In any case… it is our direct, in-person obedience, meditation, and behaviour in accordance to the Law of God, that brings up to a higher place than our teachers and fathers and elders.
True for women, as well as men. The poor as well as the wealthy. The young as well as the old.
What many Jews fling aside — most of them are atheists, after all, and the deeply religious Jews have chosen to flee from reality — we Christians must take for our own.
The pearl of great price belongs to those who obey God, not those of the right bloodlines.