Baptists & Public Schools

Grady Arnold, Executive Director for, announced today the submission of a Resolution to the Southern Baptist Convention that calls for a radical change in the SBC.

Rev. Grady Arnold, pastor of a Southern Baptist Church in Texas, along with David Scarbrough, minister of Education at an SBC church in Tennessee, have submitted a resolution on Christian Education that is similar to last year’s resolution calling for the immediate pull out of all children from public schools.

Rev. Arnold points out that this years’ resolution is radical, not because it calls for the immediate pull out of children, but because it calls for the churches “to lovingly warn all of their members concerning the toxic spiritual nature of the government school system.”

Arnold states that “Southern Baptists have been playing the ‘ostrich with it’s head in the sand’ routine long enough. The time is way over due that we acknowledge the devastating effects public school is having on the faith of our children.”

Arnold further stated “According to many in the SBC leadership, sending kids to government schools to get a thoroughly secular education is equivalent to being salt and light in the schools. But according to their own data, just the opposite is happening. According to the SBC Council on Family Life Report of 2002, 88% of those Southern Baptist children after graduating from government high school are leaving the church, never to return.”

The Arnold-Scarbrough Resolution: (a) applauds Christians working in the government schools as missionaries, (b) calls on churches to warn their members of the devastating effects of sending their children to a totally secular institution for their education, © calls on churches to become aggressive and pro-active in starting Christian schools and in supporting homeschooling.

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