Introduction

Applied Biblical Christian Worldview, Faith & Education–

Theology, Philosophy, Methods and Curriculum

 

Get Wisdom! began as a quest for a strictly Biblical philosophy and method of education…

After my conversion to Christ my last year at Cal Berkeley, I became an avid Bible student. Several years into my walk, I developed an interest in Christian education and the home. However, I realized that I lacked the scholarship tools necessary to mine the Scriptures as the foundation to applied faith endeavors. I almost despaired…

Everywhere I turned, the Christian educational literature defaulted to evolutionary Colonial Soldierpsychology as the foundation for educational theory and practice. Rather than the Pentateuch, Proverbs and the New Testament, Piaget dominated the Evangelical literature. If the Bible truly represents God’s reality and purpose for mankind, this was very bad news. Psychology walks by sight—what it observes. Christianity walks by faith.

I already knew that behavioral psychology held no answer. Although a math and physics major, I took an introductory, major psychology class. The very means of psychological studies, the cruel manipulations and grotesque situations used to study their subjects put a permanent revulsion in me toward psychology. I saw those mad scientist movies.

About that time, the Lord providentially brought a circle of devout, gifted, and accomplished Christian friends into my life. These folks proved gifts of God. They helped to launch a completely new career in Christian education and applied-faith endeavors. Verna Hall, Rosalie Slater, Marshall Foster, James B. Rose, and others opened the front door to a magnificent vision for the application of the Biblical faith of Jesus Christ. Later, the work of Rousas John Rushdoony, Martin Selbrede my pastor Chris Hoops, and many other friends added a theological framework necessary to systematizing and correcting this vision according to the historical Reformed faith upon which the historic inspiration rested.

My Kingdom vision first coherently presented itself to me in history. Though it took nearly sixteen hundred years of Christian thought, certain English Christians, themselves products of the Reformation, began to study and debate the Scriptures in a new way. Pastor John Robinson taught his Separatist congregation at Scrooby the Biblical principles of relational government in society—how to think Biblically in practice. He emphasized relational responsibility as well as Christian liberty. Robinson’s congregation became the Pilgrims of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Over time, the unique Pilgrim heritage of character and liberty produced a fledgling expression in every area of national life including our civil government at the highest levels. This fact should be no source of pride or arrogance, but rather cause for humble commitment to rediscover the old paths and walk in them by faith (Jer. 6:1). We thus glorify God. Wisdom is vindicated by her children (Matt. 11:19).

The essence of these principles might be phrased Christian Liberty under Law, where the law is for the lawless (1 Tim. 1:9). Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Cor. 3:17). Liberty under Law is merely an expression of the Two Commandments of Christ. Liberty, from sin internally and from sinful men externally, is necessary to fulfill the individual and covenantal requirements of Christ. Simply, put, internal personal sin hinders us from obedience to God. Then, sinful men manifest their sin in bullying tyranny and injustice toward their neighbors. Tyranny thus externally hinders our ability to fulfill the Great Commission and other expressions of our faith.No king but Jesus! Christ is the only truly just King.

From this simple premise, and with increasing biblical and historical research, an entire system of applied Christian thought emerged. First, we identify the character and accomplishment of the mature man or woman of Christ. The character of Christ given to men is a heroic character, one that stands on God’s truth no matter the circumstances or consequences.

This godly character is selfless and loving to a high degree. It seeks the good of the Kingdom of God in its neighbors. The earth is the Lord’s and all its fullness (Ps. 24:1). Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Mt. 6:10). The Holy Spirit’s work of sanctification begins to manifest increasing capacity for godly living in the individual. Through the influence of salt and light, God uses men to help prepare the soil of men’s hearts to receive the Gospel, which in turns produces increasing fruit, some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred fold.

This Biblical vision is preeminently evangelical. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Ps. 11:3). The Great Commission requires justice and liberty to protect the material resources of life needed to work the Gospel work. Again, tyranny destroys justice and liberty. When men destroy cultures and law-orders, they destroy the foundation of our ability to serve God outwardly. The USSR era Christians were widely known for their godliness and perseverance, but they had few resources to contribute materially to the Gospel work. It should be both faithfulness and accomplishment! If the salt loses its savor, it is good for nothing but to be trod upon. It is moraino, like moraine, the rubble left behind glacial movement (Matt. 5:13). Rather, Christian influence prepares the soil of men’s hearts, so that the Good Seed roots deeply in the good soil (Matt. 13). Though it is solely the work of Christ, He uses men to make disciples—learners of Him—of all nations (Matt. 28:19).

Thus, godly influence grows in quality and extent as men increasingly respond to the whole counsel of the Word of God, extending the Kingdom of God in real peoples’ real lives. No top down, the Kingdom grows from the bottom up.

The Word is the Seed. Full expression only comes through the application of faith. When at first men undertake any endeavor, we face a learning curve. This includes aspirations to holiness. Here, then, is the essential Biblical principle of education: Make an effort in faith, and the Lord will bring the increase in due season (Mark 4:26-28).

This, very briefly, is the Get Wisdom! system. In its full expression, it is both an applied-faith Biblical theology identifying the qualities of God’s mature men and women, and a crafted educational system to produce such. In practice, Get Wisdom! has successfully served in kindergarten through high school day-schools and home schools over a nearly thirty-year period. For those who have taken this view seriously, people of every intellectual gifting and skill, from damaged to highly accomplished, the Get Wisdom! program has revolutionized Christian lives.

Lord willing, and as He brings time and resources, the GetWisdom! website will continue to grow in offering Ron’s and others’ contribution to this critical mission.

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