Friday, July 11

Do Dallas Seminary Scholastics Insist Church Has More Right To Children Than Christian Parents?

It use to be that the name “Dallas Theological Seminary” was akin to a Good Housekeeping Seal Of Approval” in conservative Evangelical Protestant circles.

Upon hearing that name, it was pretty safe to assume that what you were subjecting yourself to was sound theological teaching.

However, as in the case of the Good Housekeeping Seal Of Approval, it seems this once great name in theological erudition and learning can also be bought for a price in an era of declining standards and quality.

One comment in a podcast about the phenomena of Emerging Adulthood produced by that particular institution ought to send chills down the spines of the discerning.

One of the speakers in the discussion remarked that parents ARE NOT to think of themselves as the primary disciplers of their children regarding the Christian faith.

Instead, that is an area over which the parents are to yield to the authority of the Church.

Frankly, I doubt that is a concession even the most sincerely devout of Roman Catholics are willing to make to Vatican hierarchs.

So just how much control over what is taught in the home in regards to doctrine and practice in regards to secondary issues are the parents suppose to surrender to the pastor and his underlings?

Ideally, the parents are to be the primary teachers of the faith to their offspring.

The church is there as a source a general teaching and consultation should the family face an issue over which they do not feel equipped to address.

This mindset where the parents are looked to as glorified innkeepers and hotel bellhops with the real task of character formation left to credential and positioned experts has worked out splendidly in terms of the public education system.

Why should we assume it will work out any better in the confines of the Church.

By Frederick Meekins