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john holzmann, the pharisees, and the ditch

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“Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God” then he need not honor his father or mother.’ Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”

When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear and understand: Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” Then His disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” ~ Matthew 15:1-14

Seven years ago when our oldest homeschooled son graduated from law school, I searched for an appropriate gift, one that could convey the high calling and responsibility the Lord had placed upon him as both a Christian and an attorney. I had remembered seeing the wonderful painting “The Parable of the Blind Leading the Blind” by Flemish painter Peter Bruegel the Elder and had a print of it made and framed for him.

Inspired by the passage in Matthew 15, Bruegel’s work rightly portrays the folly of putting your trust in a blind man, literally and figuratively.
These blind men were those who “taught as doctrine the commandments of men.” I cannot think of a more apropos passage of Scripture to describe what has been happening within the homeschooling community and at the hands of its self-appointed leadership.

For many years, there have been homeschooling moms who have been sounding a warning about these same leaders and have worked tirelessly to help homeschooling families out of the patriocentric ditch into which they have been lead. Kathryn Joyce, though she has gotten some things right, (a book review of Quiverfull will be posted here soon) still hasn’t quite grasped the impact of this movement on real homeschooling mothers who have not only fallen into the ditch but who are still trapped there.

This morning I am crying tears of joy that a well-respected man and publisher of Christian homeschooling curriculum has come forward to address these same concerns. Not only has John Holzmann from Sonlight done his research but he is bravely going where no other man has gone. He is an answer to many years of prayer on behalf of the homeschooling families who are either in the ditch or precariously near the edge.

Let’s continue to pray that his voice will be heard.

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  thatmom wrote @

Here is a link to where the recordings of the conference can be purchased:

http://www.resoundingvoice.com/catalog/?cid=17

Here is a link to one man’s account of the conference that shows picture. Note, those in Colorado should take notice that one of your state senators is giving his support for this work.

http://themaledomain.blogspot.com/2009/03/mens-leadership-summitday-3.html

  thatmom wrote @

BTW, I am still trying to locate a copy of their manifesto. Anyone have access to this?

  Kathleen wrote @

I posted on my blog just now linking to John’s article.

I also posted this on my blog and I’ll post it here:

Hey Kevin Swanson! To quote Dr. Frasier Crane:

“Copernicus called and you are NOT the center of the universe!”

  TaunyaH wrote @

All praise and glory to God Almighty!!! I am so happy that more and more are waking up to see what is happening right in front of their faces. How have so many been complacent for so long?

I think as this movement begins to attract more people and gain some success it will grow more bold. This will in turn shine light on what is really going on by drawing attention to these groups and their beliefs. Once this happens more people like John Holzmann will begin to sound the alarm and patriocentricity will die a quick death. Let us all pray this happens soon before more damage is done.

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