CHEF of Baton Rouge Statement of Faith
- The Bible to be the inspired, infallible, divinely preserved Word of God, the supreme and final authority for all faith and life.
- That there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood on the cross, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, and His imminent bodily return in power and glory.
- That man was created in the image of God, but fell into sin and is therefore lost, and only those who put their faith in Jesus Christ alone, not trusting in any personal works whatsoever, can be saved.
- That salvation is the free gift of God, brought to the sinner by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose substitutionary death on the cross paid the penalty for man’s sin.
- That the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict mankind; indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.
- In the spiritual unity of believers through our common faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that individual doctrinal differences which may exist, outside of the aforementioned (IV: 1-6) should not hinder the unity of Christian home educators.
STATEMENT ON FAMILY AND EDUCATION
Section 1: Family
We believe that the family is the basic governmental, social, and spiritual unit created by God. In it, the child learns self-government, social relationships, and develops a relationship to the Creator and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, according to John 3:5 and 16, Ephesians 6:1 and Colossians 3:20. The family also provides protection from over-extensive government and over stimulating social environments.
We understand “family” to mean 1 male and 1 female legally married couple, with or without child(ren) (Genesis 1:26-28); although we recognize the exceptions of a single parent with child(ren) as well as guardian(s); adopted, foster, and stepchild(ren) (James 1:27).
We reject homosexual marriages or homosexual orientation because it is contrary to Scripture and the intentions of God in creation (Romans 1:18-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11), and we believe that such relationships are destructive to children and the very idea of family. Further, we reject transitory, co-habitational relationships as being equally in violation of God’s laws and incapable of providing the long-term nurture and instruction needed by children and commanded by God (Proverbs 1:8-9 and 2:1-11, Colossians 3:21, and Ephesians 6:4). In view of this, no homosexual or merely co-habitating persons are eligible for membership.
Section 2: Education
We believe that the ultimate responsibility for the education of children belongs to parents (Deuteronomy 4:9, 6:1-25, and 4:1-4). Thus, we believe this is an inalienable right given by God that the State cannot create, destroy or alter. Parents may allow another to teach some of the cognitive information that children need to know, but all education must be under the ultimate control and supervision of the parents.
We believe education in the home to be the best form of education, but we recognize that many parents cannot educate at home for valid reasons and we support the right of parents to send their children to private Christian schools. We further recognize that because of economic or other reasons, a parent may have no other alternative but to place a child in a public school. Although this is acceptable, we do not, however, support any school setting – be it private Christian school, home school, or public school – which has secular humanism as a basis for its teaching. We believe that the religions of secular Humanism and Christianity are mutually exclusive.
We believe that all education is religious in nature since one’s view of the world and life is inevitably involved in teaching (Proverbs 2:1-8 and 3:1-2, with 6:20-23; and Matthew 28:18-20). Every discipline of knowledge, whether it be a subject such as mathematics, science, or history will have as its final reference point a theistic or, in the alternative, some form of a humanistic, pagan, or other secular view of reality (Colossians 1:15-20 and 2:8-15), and that there is no neutral academic discipline.