Universities: Hijacking Our Youth?
Statistically, 75% of young people from Christian homes who enrol at university stop attending the church within 4 years. If any army was to lose three quarters of its forces it would not be considered a defeat - but a disaster!
Universities have not always been the temples of secular humanism, and cesspools of moral decadence they have all too often become today. There was a time when universities were centres of Biblical Reformation and Revival. Many of the greatest Christian Reformers were university professors.
John Wycliffe , the "morning star of the Reformation" was the greatest professor at the greatest university in the world - Oxford. It was John Wycliffe who first translated the New Testament (from Latin) into English and mobilised the Lollards to travel throughout England to read, preach and sing the Scriptures in English.
John Hus the great Reformer of Bohemia, who was burned at the stake at Constance, was the Rector of the University of Prague.
The great German Reformer, Martin Luther was a professor at the University of Wittenburg.
The Reformer, John Calvin, was the founder of the Academy of Geneva, which trained Reformers who transformed nations.
The English Reformer, William Tyndale, was a graduate of Oxford University and studied at Cambridge. At that time both Oxford and Cambridge were described as "hotbeds" of Biblical Reformation. Tyndale was a gifted scholar and linguist who managed to translate the New Testament from the original Greek, and most of the Old Testament from Hebrew, into English. He had these "illegal Scriptures" printed in Germany and smuggled the contraband into England in bales of cotton. For this he was burned at the stake in 1536.
The very name " university" testifies to its Christian origins. "University" means: one truth. Most professors today don't even believe that there is an objective truth. What has happened that Western universities, which were mostly founded by Christians and which often produced such dedicated Christian Reformers, have now become synonymous with immorality, perversion and anti-Christian hostility?
One parent observed that the cost of giving his child the education he never had, in university, was just over R240 000. In America I saw an article written by one grieving parent entitled: "I Spent $75,000 To Send My Child To Hell!"
Many parents are determined that their child will get the education that they never had. Thanks to some radical evolutionists and secular humanist professors, many young people are indeed obtaining the education that their parents never had. But this education often has little to do with anything academic. Situation ethics, radical feminism, homosexual "alternative lifestyles", socialist economics, revisionist, Marxist history, secular humanist atheism, existentialist philosophy, and blind anti-Christian prejudice, antagonism and hatred predominate on many campuses.
Would you be willing to gamble with your son or daughter’s future?
It is extraordinary how many Christian parents are willing to sacrifice and pay good money for an education only to see their children indoctrinated by anti-Christian professors.
The fact is: sending our children to college is a huge investment, both financially, and spiritually. Before sending them to university, we should ensure that they are practically and spiritually prepared to deal with the issues, temptations and pressures that they will inevitably face there.
The Biblical WorldviewSummit has been designed to equip students with the facts and the skills they need to deal with humanism and evolutionism. The Summit is a crash course to enable students to understand and articulate the Christian worldview, to enable them to answer the toughest questions and to practically prepare them so that they can respond to every challenge to their Christian faith with confidence.
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If you don't want your son or daughter to be conformed to this world, but to be an effective Christian witness at university, send them to this great survival course for the Christian mind and soul.
"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may approve what is that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God." Romans 12:2
Change the Campus – Change the World
Our universities should not be doomed to decadence. By God’s grace, they can once again become centres of Biblical Reformation. We need to thoroughly prepare and equip our young people to be salt and light for the decadence and darkness of secular university - to make an impact for Christ.
"See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ." Colossians 2:8
Dr. Peter Hammond
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