An Inquiry into Molech and State Education
by Rev. David O Jones
It would appear that at no time since the founding of the Church at Pentecost has the world been confronted with a resurgence of paganism as is happening now. Everywhere one turns there is a willingness among Christians and non-Christians alike to accept philosophies and actions which are in direct opposition to the Scripture. This is to be expected from unbelievers, but followers of Christ should be alarmed at the direction which so many within the Church are taking.
This renewed interest in paganism and our willingness to accept it is because we have been conditioned to be pagans—in both thought and action. While the Scripture instructs fathers to raise children “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord,” the great majority of adults in America has been trained and nurtured in the admonition of … the state. And this has been done at the hand of the government with the full complicity of Christian families, and especially the fathers to whom the Lord addressed His command.
In 1887, Professor A.A. Hodge of Princeton Theological Seminary wrote: I am as sure as I am of Christ’s reign that a comprehensive and centralized system of national education, separated from religion, as is commonly proposed, will prove to be the most appalling engine for the propagation of anti-Christian and atheistic unbelief …which this sin rent world has ever seen. Hodge could not have been more accurate. Our society is being destroyed and the Church is being neutered as a result of the statist school system which we continue to support with hundreds of millions of dollars.
My personal aversion to public/statist education was formed a long time ago. The reasoning is Biblical and supported by historical evidence. When I first expressed this publicly in the early 1980s, the response was a thundering silence. While there have been those who disagreed with me, never has any scriptural or historical argument been given to refute the arguments below. On the contrary, every additional piece of information has continued to strengthen the arguments and my corresponding resolve.
My thesis is this: Because of Biblical and historical evidence, no Christian should in any way be involved in public/statist education. This includes a parent enrolling their children, or any involvement as a teacher or administrator. Neither should any pastor promote public schools, rather they should be vocal in their opposition to such. No Christian elected to public office should advance the destruction of Christianity by supporting state schools. This may sound harsh, but pastors and politicians have been complicit in the spiritual destruction of the Church by their negligence in educating themselves about education.
Origins of public education (the historical evidence)
Public/statist education in the United States began and developed under the influence of a group of men surrounding Horace Mann and later John Dewey. These men were avowed humanists – they rejected the claims of Christ. They claimed that man was autonomous. Public education was intended to replace Christianity with a greater philosophy: the perfectibility of man through knowledge. The public school was to replace the church as the place of worship. The object of worship was not the Triune God of scripture, but the state.
Horace Mann (1796-1859) served in both the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate, then became the first Secretary of Education for the first state Board of Education in the nation’s history. His philosophy is summed up in a 1972 biography:
What the church has been for medieval man, the public school must now become for democratic and rational man. God would be replaced by the concept of the Public Good, sin and guilt by the more positive virtues of Victorian morality…
John Dewey (1859-1952), after teaching at the University of Chicago became professor of philosophy at both Columbia University and Columbia University’s Teachers College. His influence was instrumental in the “Education Trust” being able to gain control of nearly all of the public school systems in the United States. (The “Education Trust” was a group of extremely wealthy industrialists who had their own agenda—they perceived educated men as an enemy of industrial efficiency. They desired a “dumbing down” of the common man.) In his “Pedagogic Creed” Dewey wrote:
I believe that
– education is the fundamental method of social progress and reform.
– every teacher should realize the dignity of his calling; that he is a social servant set apart for the maintenance of proper social order and the securing of the right social growth.
– in this way the teacher is always the prophet of the true God and the usherer in of the true kingdom of God. [The “true God” to which Dewey refers is collective man or humanity.]
When the colonies were founded, “public” education meant locally controlled and financed with a strong emphasis on Christianity. The concept of government controlled schools was intensely resisted until the late 1860s. Federally financed and controlled schools were first established in the Southern states during Reconstruction with the openly stated purpose of “re-educating” the southerners to be more compliant with northern attitudes. It was only later under the “Education Trust” that northern schools also began to experience government control.
Mann and Dewey turned education on its head. It is now “statist” education where the government is owner and arbiter of all things, where the government is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. The state has become the object of worship and the state school has replaced the church as the fountain of society. Not sure you believe me? Just observe how many will give more evidence of being a “Bruin,” a “Rebel,” a “Cougar,” etc. rather than a Baptist, Methodist, or Pentecostal, etc.
Origins of state worship (the Biblical reasoning)
Replacing worship of the Creator with worship of the state is as old as the Tower of Babel. Israel was drawn away from the worship of Jehovah primarily by three false gods: Baal, Ashtoreth, and Molech.
Baal and Ashtoreth (sun and moon) were male and female deities respectively which were the providers of good harvest. Baal was depicted as a bull. Ashtoreth was represented by a many-breasted woman. The worship of these two was usually together because the ancients held to the concept that the copulation of these two gods was the manner in which the fields and flocks were made fertile. In order to promote the interaction of Baal and Ashtoreth, their worship consisted of orgies intended to excite them to do what they were supposed to do. The product of these orgies (babies) were often killed as an offering to Baal and Ashtoreth as evidenced by massive infant burials at the altar sites.
Molech (aka Topheth, Chemosh) is many times mistaken as a reference to Baal. While tribes or nations of old shared their Baals and Ashtoreths, each tribe or nation had their own version of Molech. This god was depicted as a man with outstretched arms. A fire was built in front of the idol and when the flames were at their peak, parents laid their children on the arms of the idol, burning them alive. They were seeking safety and security. Molech was the god of the state.
The Philistine god named Dagon was most likely their Molech. Two referenced incidents support this: Judges 16:23 – Now the lords of the Philistines gathered together to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice. And they said: “Our god has delivered into our hands Samson our enemy!” Then in 1 Samuel chapters 4 & 5, the ark of the covenant is captured during battle and placed by the Philistines before their idol Dagon. The first morning they discover that the idol has fallen face-first (prostrated itself) before the ark.
And when they arose early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. The head of Dagon and both the palms of its hands were broken off on the threshold; only Dagon’s torso was left of it. (1 Sam.5:4)
It should also be noted that the evil sons of Eli had basically reduced the ark of the covenant (upon which was the mercy seat of God) into a “Molech” for Israel by taking it from the tabernacle and presenting it before the army. No wonder the Philistines presented it as a trophy before their Molech.
The worship of Molech is especially repugnant to God. The Scripture repeatedly references children being made to “pass through the fire,” a phrase which refers to the common practice of child sacrifice in the worship of Molech. In the wilderness, Moses received a direct commandment concerning Molech. It is recorded in Leviticus and more extensively in Deuteronomy.
And you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD. (Lev 18:21)
There shall not be found among you any one who makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, Or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.
For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you. You shall be blameless before the LORD your God. (Deuteronomy 18:10-13)
After the commandment, God established the punishment:
Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Again, you shall say to the children of Israel: “Whoever of the children of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell in Israel, who gives any of his descendants to Molech, he shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. I will set My face against that man, and will cut him off from his people, because he has given some of his descendants to Molech, to defile My sanctuary and profane My hole name.
And if the people of the land should in any way hide their eyes from the man, when he gives some of his descendants to Molech, and they do not kill him. Then I will set My face against that man and against his family; and I will cut him off from his people, and all who prostitute themselves with him to commit harlotry with Molech.” (Leviticus 20:1-5)
As Solomon apostatized, rather than relying on the LORD for protection, he turned to making alliances by intermarrying with the kingdoms around him as well as building altars to their gods. Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, on the hill that is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech the abomination of the people of Ammon. (1 Kings 11:7)
The children of Israel continued their attachment to Molech after Solomon’s death and the ensuing division of the tribes of Israel into two nations. The kings increased their sin by encouraging the people in their idolatry. God’s explanation for the exile of the northern kingdom of Israel under Assyria is found in Chapter 17 of Second Kings.
And they rejected His statutes and His covenant…they followed idols...(v.15)
and they caused their sons and daughters to pass through the fire, practiced witchcraft and soothsaying, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger. Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them from His sight… (v.17,18).
Although there were periods of revival in the southern kingdom of Judah,, there are indications that the desire to worship Molech was prevalent there as well
Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem; and he did not do what was right in the sight of the LORD his God, as his father David had done. But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel; indeed he made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD had cast out from before the children of Israel. (2 Kings 16:2,3)
And he [Manasseh] did evil in the sight of the LORD, he rebuilt the high places, He also built altars in the house of the LORD (v.2-4) and Also he made his son pass through the fire, practiced soothsaying , used witchcraft, and consulted spiritists and mediums (v.6).
(2 Kings 21, see also 2 Chronicles 33:6)
What was the LORD’s response to all this? I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down. (2 Kings 21:13)
As Judah was being carried into captivity, Jeremiah reminded them why,
And they built the high places of Baal which are in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I did not command them, nor did it come into My mind that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin. (Jeremiah 32:35)
At the same time, Ezekiel spoke concerning Jerusalem,
…Were your acts of harlotry a small matter,
“That you have slain My children and offered them up to them [the idols] by causing them to pass through the fire? (Ezekiel 16:20,21)
Ezekiel even tells Israel that God would not listen to their prayers,
For when you offer your gifts and make your sons pass through the fire, you defile yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day. So shall I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, says the LORD God, I will not be enquired of by you. (Ezekiel 20:31)
Conclusion and application
While our modern society would scoff at referencing these three ancient gods as current problems, it should be noted that there are few advertisements which do not have some form of sexuality connected to performance/prosperity/comfort. Baal and Ashtoreth worship is alive and well in print and the electronic media. Even the Senior portraits of many young ladies are of a decidedly provocative a nature, as well as many postings on Facebook and other social media.
The heinous practice of Molech worship – the worship of the state – also continues in the form of the public/statist school system. We might argue that contrary to ancient times, we do not offer our children to the god of peace and security by burning them alive. We would not think to destroy them in such an outrageous manner. Parents protect their children’s bodies at all costs with non-flammable bedding and clothing, with child restraint in their vehicles, with helmets and pads for bicycling, skateboarding and horse-back riding. We will protect our children’s bodies which are temporary, yet endanger their eternal souls with impunity.
Christian parents enthusiastically sacrifice their children to a pagan system for forty hours per week with the expectation that a couple of hours on Sunday and one on Wednesday will counter-act any problematic influences. Sending a child to a public/statist school is our modern form of forcing our sons and daughters “to pass through the fire.” As Christians, we should have nothing to do with false altars and the worship of Molech.
Most Christian parents have never been confronted with the information above and have thus acted in ignorance. The Church has complied with the statist agenda without even realizing it. But now you know. Placing our children in statist education is an overt act of rebellion against Christ. Those parents who stood before a congregation to dedicate or baptize their infants have betrayed the covenant they made with Christ and His Church.
A cursory review of the history of tax-supported, statist schools reveals more an intent to indoctrinate than to educate. Christians need also to understand the damage being done to the Church and all of society as a consequence of associating with statist schools.
America is a society and a nation which is under God’s judgment. The prophets of old warned Israel but they refused to listen. We should take heed and listen to their proclamations. Too many are under the notion that God will “go along” with our ways of doing things. Ezekiel declares that there is a limit to God’s patience, and that He will refuse to listen to our prayers.
Because Christ commissioned His followers to “occupy til I come,” Christians have the responsibility to create a society which will be true and just, a society to which unbelievers will want to adhere. We will never be able to do that if we continue to give our children to be trained in paganism. Christian families – with Christian fathers taking the lead – must get out of the pagan statist schools.