One day on Face Book, an OP was posted which brought up the question of allowing school kids, which I define as junior high kids or younger, to have convocations where a wide variety of 'religions' are presented by people of each faith. The OP was a video, as nearly all of Cross Examined's OPs are. In previous such discussions, Dr. Turek has stated that he thinks having Atheists, Buddhists, Muslims, etc. in to speak to school kids is a good idea, and many of the Christians who post comments agree with him (as do, of course, all the atheists who comment on CE's site. Anytime an atheist agrees with a Christian, the Christian should instantly know they are way off base scripturally). Additionally, Dr. Turek has had guest apologists who espouse the same belief. As much as I admire Dr. Turek for his faith and the global good he's contributed to the kingdom of God, I VEHEMENTLY disagree with him on this. That's okay, because Dr. Turek is just a man, so to disagree with him is NOT the same as disagreeing with God. Here's what God's Word has to say about such an event taking place:
"Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the Antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do NOT take him into your house or welcome him. ANYONE WHO WELCOMES HIM SHARES IN HIS WICKED WORK." 2 John 7-11.
To me, it seems rather obvious what God thinks of the situation as stated above. One fellow responded to my posting of scripture with this response (the bad spelling, punctuation and grammar are his, not mine):
"Benn at this for 58 years since age 6. Called to Teach some 45 years ago. I am well versed in the text you posted. but we are not talking about them teaching doctrine in any case but an honest representation of comparative religion and seculare knowledge , not teaching Christian theology!"
To which I responded: "In the video Dr. Turek explained the reason public schools were put in place was to teach/protect kids about/from the deceiver. Then the deceiver himself was allowed into the schools which is one of the main reasons evolution has done the damage it has. This scripture, contextually, is placed in a larger passage which speaks of loving other people, as if to say it is UNloving to participate in the advancement of the deceiver's position, the reason being obvious. I don't care how long you've been, 'at this,' it is not the duty, obligation, or responsibility of Christians to present other religions to school kids. They can't handle it. They are not intellectually mature enough and are without the proper foundation with which to defend their own faith. And the kicker is that John didn't write this scripture to school kids. He wrote it to adults as if even they should know better!
When the FBI trains it's men and women to detect counterfeit money, they study ONLY legitimate bills. They do NOT spend time picking apart phony currency. Why? I read an interview given by an agent who said that by the time a phony bill presents itself, the agents are so well immersed in what real money looks like that the phony ones are easy to spot.
As someone who obviously bats for the non-Christian team, of course, you'd want other religions presented to school kids because it gives them far greater chance of being deceived which makes your job easier. It's not my job as a believer to keep you happy. Additionally, adults responsible for the education of children, ESPECIALLY Christian adults, should concern themselves far more with the word of God than with trying to look politically correct or intellectually astute."
Closing comments: I don't know what this guy was 'called to teach,' he didn't specify, but from the content of his comment, it did not appear to be anything Christian related. At the time of publication here on my site, he had not written back to correct any misunderstanding on my part. Don't be fooled by his mention that he was well versed in the scripture I posted. That, in and of itself, means absolutely nothing. Satan knows the Bible very well, and so do the atheists who work so diligently to steal our kids from Jesus. This man commented that the convocations were not about teaching doctrine, but about "an honest representation of comparative religion and seculare (secular?) knowledge." How exactly does one compare a religion to another without stating tenants of belief which is, wait for it..... DOCTRINE! And what earnest Christian parent wants their child's faith tangled with secular knowledge?
It confounds me that Dr. Turek stated in the video that public schools were started as a measure against the advancement of evil in society, in other words, to protect children from the lies of Satan, and, then, just a few breaths later, say that other 'religions' having a shot at our impressionable young people is a great idea. I can't get my head around that. I mean, if high-schoolers, who have been raised for 18 years in Christian homes, can't attend college without being deceived into atheism, who in their right mind thinks a third, fourth or fifth grader is prepared to intellectually debate representatives of other religions? This isn't rocket science, and the insanity of it makes me angry. God expects us to protect our kids. We are at war with Satan for the souls of our children. If we lose them, we will likely never get them back.
Bottom line: You don't get pure gold by diluting it with other metals.