"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. "
(Taken by Deb)
We are navigating away from the Mahaney/Sovereign Grace Ministries debacle for the time being and beginning a series of posts on another hyper-authoritarian group that is wreaking havoc in some corners of Christendom. As Mahaney undergoes a time of reflection, we marvel that part of his therapy involves addressing the Capitol Hill Baptist congregation. Here is his sermon topic according to the CHBC website: “September 25 – When Someone Doubts, Guest Preacher: CJ Mahaney.” At some point we will weigh in on Mark Dever’s attempt to rehabilitliate his T4G buddy.
Back in the mid-1990s, my children were fairly small and homeschooling was becoming big. I did a lot of reading on homeschooling and was fascinated by the prospect of educating my own daughters. I read about Dr. Raymond Moore and some of the other pioneers of the homeschooling movement and was impressed by their tenacity. When my older daughter entered first grade, I jumped on the homeschooling bandwagon with great excitement.
For three years in a row, I attended the North Carolina Home Educators (NCHE) Annual Convention in Winston-Salem. In April 1998 (my last year attending), I heard a dynamic keynote speaker talk of his love for God, family, and country. It was a patriotic speech that made me proud to be an American and a Christian. That speaker was Doug Phillips. I had never heard of him before, and in the years that followed I began receiving several colorful catalogs throughout the year from Vision Forum. I found the books and merchandise appealing; however, I am now grateful that I never ordered anything. It turns out that Phillips launched his Vision Forum enterprise the same year I heard him speak (1998).
For those who are not familiar with Doug Phillips, he is the son of Howard Phillips who has spent most of his life immersed in conservative politics. You can read the elder Phillips bio here.
One of his claims to fame is that he founded the U.S. Taypayer’s Party in 1992. Howard Phillips has a website, which can be accessed at this link.
I attempted to homeschool for four years (trust me, it is not an easy task), and then I heard of a newly established Christian school located just a couple of miles from our home. In the fall of 1999, my older daughter entered fifth grade at this school and my younger daughter began second grade. Once my daughters enrolled in this Christian school, we never looked back. I lost touch with the homeschooling community and had no idea that Doug Phillips and his ilk began their forceful campaign to hijack the movement about the time we stopped homeschooling.
Seven years after hearing Doug Phillips, I attended a chapel service at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The date was April 14, 2005, and the speaker was Voddie Baucham. I had never heard of him either, and he explained that he received his doctorate from SEBTS. Baucham was also an inspirational speaker, and he was passionate about reaching out to share the faith with those who do not know Jesus Christ.
Almost a decade after hearing Phillips address homeschoolers in my state and three years after hearing Baucham deliver a chapel message at SEBTS, I began to discover how the patriarchal ideals of these men were wreaking havoc throughout the homeschooling community. I was stunned to learn just today that Baucham has been invited to speak at the 2012 NCHE Convention, as he apparently has done in the past.
Then I began to learn about the Family Integrated Church concept and Scott Brown, who is a close colleague and friend of Phillips and Baucham. I have done considerable research on Brown, which I will share in a special post tomorrow. After all, it was Brown’s National Center of Family-Integrated Churches (NCFIC) that was recently disinvited to the D6 Conference that is taking place later this week. A recently released NCFIC video, appropriately called “Divided”, has obviously caused such alarm among the organizers of the D6 Conference that they have given NCFIC the left boot of fellowship.
As I conclude my introductory remarks for this series, I want to leave you with an idea of just how divisive Scott Brown (and his BFF Doug Phillips) can be. Later this week I will explain how Brown, who began serving as an elder in 2001 at Trinity Baptist Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina, brought tremendous turmoil to the congregation over the next five years. Here are just some of the statements, teachings, and incidents (witnessed by multiple congregants) that led several deacons and an elder to raise concern of “observable legalism” in the church.
(Link to this list will be provided in an upcoming post.)
• “Sunday School is a sin.” (Scott Brown)
• Sunday School is evil.
• Sunday School and youth groups are from the “pit of hell.”
• Scott insisting that a church baptism take place on Super Bowl Sunday (’06) in order to find out who “the truly committed” were.
• Preaching a sermon where a man who allows a daughter to go to college was likened to Lot not protecting his daughters from rape. (Scott)
• Preaching a sermon on abortion entitled, “Planet Patricide” focusing on the killing of future fathers. (Scott)
• Teaching that the use of birth control was wrong (a sin).
• Teaching that the use of psychological medications – including prescriptions for ADD or depression – was wrong (a sin).
• Asking women to stop making announcements during the lunch after the service and only having the men make announcements.
• Asking people to stop describing the post-service lunch as “pot luck” and instead to call it a “pot providence” meal.
• Teaching that women should not vote.
• Teaching that women should not, as a matter of course, waste money and attend college as their true Biblical role was in the home (however, Scott did allow his daughters to take classes at the local Bible college).
• Teaching that women are Biblically not to work outside the home, either before or after marriage.
Stay tuned because there is SO MUCH MORE to come…
Lydia's Corner: 1 Chronicles 2:18-4:4 Acts 24:1-27 Psalm 4:1-8 Proverbs 18:16-18