Master Books, A division of New Leaf Publishing Group, gave me the opportunity to review Already Compromised by Ken Ham and Greg Hall with Britt Beemer. It is interesting to note – that their goal of giving these free e-books for review – was stated “to serve as a catalyst for the critical message of Biblical Authority”, wanting to “seize every opportunity to share the truth and counter the lies”.
I reviewed the book on my iPod using the iBooks App. I love the ability to highlight notes and set bookmarks. I have over 30 bookmarks and highlights that I wanted to remember to share with you – and save for re-writing the entire book as a review – I thought I’d focus on a couple of topics that I have heard on Facebook regarding this book.
Nowhere, in the pages I read, did I get the message not to send my child to College. I did not get the message to not send my child to a local community school or a state school. Ever. The authors tell of their times in these institutions as the means to getting them where they are today. This will not be a book that will dissuade you from sending your child to college.
The opposite is true – what they are wanting parents to know – realize – understand – and act upon – is the war that will be waged on your child – to persuade them to believe – that the Bible is not the inerrant Word of God. In the Private, Public, State, and Christian Colleges. One might think that investing the Tens of Thousands of dollars to send your child to a Christian College would give them a great Biblical Foundation. This is not true. The other part that was revealed in the polls – is that many, a high percentage, of parents send their children to schools based on the way the campus looks and feels, closeness to home and price. They do not spend time talking to the President or Vice President, or asking about the Faculty – where they were trained, and what they believe. Looking through the polls of these colleges revealed quite a bit!
That you are less saved/not saved/ if you struggle to believe that the Bible is the Inerrant word of God.
Again, the opposite is true – My favorite chapter was actually the Final Thoughts – a Plea for Unity, Chapter 11. He starts out with this verse:
My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me (Jesus, in John 17:20-22). Reputation and pride are at stake, not only for these universities, but for those who have graduated from them. For those who have earned livings based on the Scientific Academics – while quenching, changing, not sharing, or disbelieving the Word of God.
I have read many websites that accuse AIG on “being divisive, causing unnecessary conflict, and stirring waters that should be left alone.” They state the accusation like this “Only Christ should matter and those elements of the gospel message essential for salvation – and differing interpretations in Genesis should be acceptable and tolerated.” He goes on – “But this view ignores a larger question – can we separate the centrality of Christ from the authority of His Word? Surely we would all agree that our unity should be centered in Christ. After all, it is only through faith in Jesus Christ that one can be saved. The question, however, is not whether we are saved, but What Christians should hold as being essential for Christian unity. The Christian Church can only know about Jesus Christ through His Word. If the Word of God is not an authoritative document, then how can we know that the message of Jesus and the gospel is reliable? It’s easy to say wonderful statements about how Jesus is all we need for unity and quickly forget that Christ is not only the Christ of the Cross but also the giver of His Word. Shouldn’t this then mean that we need to be united in the authority of the document He has given as His message?”
“Is it possible to de-unify the God of creation from the God of redemption by being willing to accept only one truth in the gospel while accepting the world’s views in Origins? The Bible tells us that the God of creation IS the God of redemption, so surely this means that unity in Jesus has much wider ramifications than many are realizing. . . .” and he goes on.
This is a book about College. Oh wait – that is also not true. Yes, it’s foundations are the findings of a poll given to 200 colleges – but the root of the topic matter is – the authority of the Bible. Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Caregivers, and the like need to wake up. They need to understand how many opinions are out there – opinions based on man – and not the Word – that will have rule over your children. And – the very people that you are paying to train these children – are the ones that are programming them to believe a lie – or are the ones planting the seeds of doubt – and adding fertilizer to boot.
Back to the Gloom of Not Sending Your Child to Any State Run School – They promise to “leave you with an Action Plan that will help protect your child and begin to initiate changes in the system as a whole.”
And why do we need an action plan? Why do we need to face the education of our child from Kindergarten to Graduate school with an action plan?
Because – “A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit? A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher. (Luke 6:39-40).
I have heard from many a Homeschool Conference Teacher – to make sure that your heart – your passions – your directions are made known to your child. That you Light The Fire – for your child. Do not send your child off to a teacher, who has a passion and opinion – without the passion already lit and fueled in their own heart.
Again, I can’t just type – or retype- the whole book. But I am pleading with you – to read it. To reaffirm why the Authority of the Word is so important – not only to your child – but to you. You will enjoy reading through the
- Concern for the Curriculum,
- Welcome to the War,
- Conflict between the Classrooms,
- Worth Fighting For,
- Confusion across Campus,
- The Battle for the Mind, T
- he High Call of Taking Action,
- Ready to Give an Answer,
- the High Stakes of Good Thinking, the Age of the Earth,
- Decisions Decisions, Decisions: Choosing the University That’s Right for you,
- For Students Only: Keys for Surviving and Thriving in College,
- and the Final Thoughts, A Plea for Unity –
Wrapping it up with Appendixes
- Speaking of Newspeak, Do you Really Understand “Worldview”?
- Documentary Hypothesis: Moses, Genesis, and the JEDP:,
- Institution Questionnaire.
The final thing they leave you with , is a link, found in the book, to their list of colleges that came through the Poll as “Creation Colleges”.
I will probably be sharing my personal thoughts of many of my bookmarks from the book at the Http://petraschool.wordpress.com blog – as I am quite passionate about sharing that I believe that My God can and DID do what He, and other first hand witnesses, said that He Did. Any other explanation stemming from a man, opinion or such – just diminishes that My God is All Powerful. I’m just surprised he didn’t flash create the earth on One Day. Why don’t we start debating why did he even needed 6?
PS…I do believe that the Bible is inerrant, after all it was inspired by God…why would God make a mistake? 🙂
I’m going to read this book even though Ken and I are so far apart on what we believe. I want a well-balanced backing for what I believe, so I’m reading all sides. I do like your last sentence…why did God need 6 days to create? 🙂 Good question.
I might know where you can get a copy along with a video game. 😉
LOL…ok so how does the Video Game fit into Creation…that’s my kid’s question. I think he wants to find out. I am so ready to go back to LC already!
Mario Kart. 😉