Taking a look at Doug Phillips’ strong influence in the Homeschool Movement and Family-Integrated Church movement
For people outside of the Homeschool Movement or Christian Patriarchy, they may wonder how Doug Phillips could be so influential. It’s not just about Phillips, the head of an organization/business/pastor, it’s about Phillips who pushed an agenda onto the Christian homeschooling community in a very powerful and compelling way.
As I was researching the history of family-integrated churches and National Center for Family-Integrated Churches (NFCIC), the organization founded by Doug Phillips, now run by Scott Brown, I stumbled across an article which is no longer online, but can be accessed through the Wayback Machine. While reading the comments, one particular commenter brought me instantly back to what it felt like listening to speakers like Phillips at homeschool conventions.
I wanted you to get an idea of the intensity of this guy. This kind of tone and demeanor was prevalent in the Homeschool Movement at every homeschool convention I ever attended (in four different states). In the excerpts, the commenter, Ryan Glick, is defending homeschooling and family-integrated churches. He refers to Doug Phillips’ teachings. But first, here is some personal background information Glick provided:
To Shawn, and to all those who have commented above, I have been a part of family-integrated churches for the last 10 years at least. I have served in the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches (NCFIC) and have been indirectly involved with Vision Forum Ministries over the last two and a half years. I was also a member of Hope Baptist church for over two years where Scott Brown, the director of the NCFIC, is an elder, and I currently am a member of a very recent church plant of Hope Baptist where Scott is still a standing elder until the plant is complete.
And here’s one more bit of personal background information:
So where was I schooled? At home. I never attended a public school or a Christian school and I praise God and thank my parents that that is the case. I wouldn’t want it any other way. And in case you were wondering, I’ll be home schooling my own children! .
The following is just one excerpt of many comments. The comment was long, so I added paragraphs for easier reading and bolded key points.
Robert: In reference to your last comment about Doug Phillips praying for all Christians to be homeschooling and in family-integrated churches, I could not agree with him more. To put this very bluntly lest anyone misunderstand where I as a [sic] individual stand on this issue: sending your child to a public school is wicked and rebellion against the clear commands of God.
Some may be ignorant and not in wanton rebellion, but that does not make them in compliance with the Lord’s commands. Those who utilize public education are sacrificing their children on the altar of a false god, blaspheming the most high God, teaching these children to walk contrary to the true and the living God, and defiling them with the most corrupt moral degradations of society.
God has explicitly commanded fathers to raise up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, to teach them day in and day out all the commands of God and that the Lord our God is One Lord. He has declared that there is no wisdom or light in any who reject the Word of the Lord: “The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?” He has called every spirit that does not declare Jesus Christ to have come in the flesh the spirit of anti-Christ. He says that all who deny the record that God bear of his Son make God out to be a liar. That is blasphemy against our Lord and King!
God has said that those who pervert morality and follow after strange flesh do so because they have refused to glorify God as God. We make the issue of education out to be a [sic] issue of Christian liberty, but those who send their children to the public Schools must realize that they are giving their children to people who are the children of Satan, to people who teach the doctrines of devils, to people that God has called dogs and whoremongers, to people who will not inherit eternal life. They are sending their children to be trained by the spirit of anti-Christ in to the abominations of the heathen.
Upon what basis shall I as a Christian not plead with God that He would awaken parents from their slumber so that they would immediately pull their children out of these God-hating, devil-worshiping institutions? Does not the love of Christ and the love of our neighbor wrench our heart so that we can do nothing less? And if throwing our children in to age-segmented societies where they are being trained by their foolish peer groups provides the same corrupting influence upon children, should I also not plead with God to plant family-integrated churches that preach the Word in season and out of season, and who worship God (not the family) in spirit and in truth?
I will conclude by answering your final question: Does this reflect the great commission which requires us to go into all the world, making disciples and teaching them to obey all things He has commanded? Absolutely! These are merely the manifestations of the gospel lived out. The gospel presents the love of God and the love of our fellow man. No biblical love for God or man will ever send a child to a public school to be trained by those who hate God.
So, essentially, those who homeschool and believe the above to be true, believe everyone else is sending their kids to Satan. It immediately sets apart the us vs them in Christian communities. The homeschooling, family-integrated folks are doing it the right way, everyone else is not.
Side note: This homeschool mom is wanting to remind Mr. Glick’s homeschool teacher about proper use of articles, “an” vs “a.” My evil-government school taught me that.