Illiteracy and Control

Pilot Knob Lutheran          Illiteracy and Control                          4/12/2023

Revelation 12:9 The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

Illiteracy was wide spread in Europe centuries before Christians fled to America to escape persecution. Along with illiteracy the bible was not available in their language. Consequently, Christian leaders taught that the bible required both the state and church to rule its citizens with a heavy hand. The common citizen didn’t know what the bible taught and could not learn otherwise.

One example from the “Founders Bible: their leaders told them that God wanted them to kill Jews. Why? Because they killed Jesus. They were also told God wanted to keep his church and doctrine pure so the citizens had a duty to report those who did not believe the state’s established doctrinal orthodoxy and thus had to turn in others to be tortured or killed, wrongly believing that this was what God expected of them. If the citizens could read the bible for themselves none of this would have happened. “Wicked leaders understood if they were to keep citizens in subjection, they had to prevent a wide-spread knowledge of the bible.

Many prior to Martin Luther who tried making the bible available in their language or taught biblical doctrines were put to death by the state.

Fast forward to the twenty-first century and we are seeing the beginning of a similar thing. Since nearly everyone can read the bible for themselves, the alternative is to destroy its authority on matters where “science” refutes the bible and have Christian leaders intentionally misrepresent the bible.  We can also see the handwriting on the wall that the government is moving toward hate crimes if you believe in traditional marriage and the sanctity of human life; basic biblical doctrine.

Early American colonists enacted America’s first public education law in a deliberate effort to prevent the abuse of power that can be imposed on a biblically illiterate people. The law was known as the “Old Deluder Satan Law,” passed in 1642 explaining why students needed an education and how it was to be accomplished. The law therefore, required that local schools be started to teach all children to read, especially the bible.

Oh, how important it is that we and our children know what the bible teaches and then live it.  Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

Pr. Bob Snitzer

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