SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 2 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 38
FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF EDUCATION
Vol. 2 Timely Greetings No. 38
THE ONLY PEACE OF MIND
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FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF EDUCATION
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TEXT FOR PRAYER
Judgment Belongs To God
I shall read from Christ's Object Lessons, beginning on page 72, top of page, and then on page 73, last paragraph:
"Many who think themselves Christians will at last be found wanting. Many will
be in heaven who their neighbors supposed would never enter there. Man judges from
appearance, but God judges the heart. The tares and the wheat are to grow together
until the harvest; and the harvest is the end of probationary time..... Not-
Now what are we to pray for? -
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FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF EDUCATION
Special address given by V.T. Houteff,
Minister of D. Seventh-
Sunday Evening, Sept. 8, 1946
Mt. Carmel Chapel
Prov. 22:3, 6, 10, 15 -
Wise parents look ahead. They are careful to insure their children's future.
This they do by instilling in their children Heaven-
Parents should be aware that when the children reach their teens, they become more or less independent, responsible to themselves. They dance, so to speak, according to their own music. How important, then, that they beforehand possess the knowledge essential to carry them safely through those teen years.
To begin with, they should religiously be
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taught good morals, the value of time, how to obtain results in a given amount of time. They should be fully warned of the baleful results of wasted minutes. Indeed, they should be led to realize that the aggregate minutes and hours put to good use and the knowledge gained during their teens will shape their entire lives. They should know that the moments of the teen years are the most important moments in their whole lives, and that once wasted, they are forever gone. The children most certainly need to know these things before they enter their teens.
These fundamental principles are even more realistically seen when one takes into consideration that habits are altogether too easy to form, but practically impossible to eradicate. This is why children are what their parents made them.
Moreover, boys and girls in their teens have greater energy than at any time thereafter, and they can therefore accomplish more during those years than they can later in an equal length of time in the same field of endeavor and experience.
There is no doubt that the teen age of any child is the most critical, too. As I said before, parents should not wait until the crisis arrives, but should long before start to head it off. To do this, the parents must early in the child's life, determine what the child's natural aptitude is, so that they can have him on time decide what his trade or profession is to be. They should have him set his goal, and then create in him a zeal to reach it. Those who have no goal have nothing to work toward. They are floating as a raft in the ocean, and their goings are as aimless as that of a butterfly. Children
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that have a goal to strive toward, and who incessantly keep at it, are getting there, and they are bound to turn the time of mischief into profit.
Children should also be taught the value of the dollar. Rather than be allowed to get into the habit of spending every penny they get hold of, they should be educated to save as much as possible. Once they have had a taste of starting a savings account, even though it be less than a dollar to start with, they will anxiously continue. In this way, saving will become to them an exciting habit. Children who are not taught to earn and to save, and yet finally make something of themselves do not do it because of their parents, but in spite of them.
There are thousands of people, some in every community, who have no idea how to handle money or how to manage a home. These unfortunates, regardless how much they make, never have anything for a rainy day. They are always poor and always in debt, always expecting charity from somewhere.
Teach your children never to purchase anything for which they do not have the full price in advance, and even then only if they absolutely need the articles. Anything purchased on time payments costs more. And that, of course, means fewer things and more work and a harder time for the purchaser. In may cases part of the payments are not carried out, and as a result the articles go back to the original owners. In such an eventuation, the purchaser suffers a total loss of his entire investment. Uncalled for debts wreck hundreds of homes each year. Parents should by precept and example educate
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their children against such a pocket-
Those who talk over their problems with others, often receive helpful suggestions and light on their path; thereby they avoid loss and embarrassment.
To continue our study, I shall now read from-
"And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full. Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; and then the Lord's wrath be kindled against you, and He shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the Lord giveth you.
"Therefore shall ye lay up these My words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: that your days may be multiplied, and the days of
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your children, in the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.
"For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to cleave unto Him; then will the Lord drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves.
"Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be your's: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be. There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the Lord your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as He hath said unto you.
"Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; a blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: and a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known."
Now let us connect this scripture with-
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place; and they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear."
I hardly think these words require any interpretation. They are written as explicitly as any good writer of today could write them. In fact, I believe they are written much clearer than we could ever write them.
You see, long ago,' way back in ancient times, the Lord made known His commandments and His laws. He promised that if His people were obedient, He would make of them a great nation; that they would possess nations greater and mightier than themselves; and that all nations, would fear them. He plainly told them, though, that if they would not obey, then curses would inevitably be their lot.
He charged them to raise obedient children. The parents were commanded to bring
them to the elders if they themselves could not make their children obey, and the
elders were to stone them. The reason given was "That all Israel may hear and fear,"
If we were living in the time the Lord thus commanded His people, in the days of Moses, we would not know whether the Lord actually meant business or whether he was just talking. But since centuries have passed, by the results of ancient Israel's disobedience we can see that God meant nothing but business. Yes, ever since
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the Jews as a nation disobeyed, they have been kicked from pillar to post, and now in the last five years alone, millions of them have been slaughtered. Even in this day and age there is no room for them anywhere in the world. There is room for everyone but for the Jew, and it is plain to see why.
They could have been the greatest nation on earth, but now they are not a nation at all. Instead, they are but a football for every foot to try. They wanted to be like the nations around them, and the nations have ever since kicked them from one mud hole into another. We now see that the Lord was not bluffing. He meant just what He said, and what He said to the Jews then, He is saying to us today.
It is we, not the Jews, who have now a choice to make. We may choose to be like the world, and be driven into hell with it. Or we may choose to do what God commands, and thus be with Him in His kingdom. One of these choices we must now immediately make.
I do not think that we are ignorant of what is right and what is wrong. Most of us have studied the Bible all our lives and have a fairly good idea of what It teaches. What we need to do this evening, then, is to decide whether we are as a unit to do what Inspiration teaches, or whether we are to try to do so as individuals. You tell us what to do in the matter of discipline: Shall each individual do as he sees fit, or shall we have a standard by which all of us may be governed? Are we going to decide what to do, and do it, or are we to decide, and never do what we decide?
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The most immediate concerns are these: How shall we run the school? And how shall we dress the children and ourselves? Shall we dress like progressive Christians or shall we dress like progressive worldlings? Shall we be quarreling about it, or shall we all see alike?
(Congregation: "We ought all to see alike.")
Shall we then have a standard to go by?
What are we to do with the boys and the girls who may be disrespectful, disobedient, and who do not mind their parents and their teachers? Shall we leave that to the children to decide, or shall we do what the Bible demands: That the children be disciplined at home, and if that does not work, then they be brought to the elders, to be dismissed from the school and from the congregation? Or are the parents to go with them?
Anciently they actually stoned the rebellious children. This they did because the church could not possibly keep the disobedient in its midst, and the surrounding nations would not have aliens, and consequently there was nothing left to do but to stone them. Today, though, they can be dismissed, and when they come to their senses, they might return.
The parents are duty bound to see that their boys and girls are trained to obey; that they respect their parents, the elders, and everybody in the community; and that they sass no one.
How old must the children be before they are left on their own to do as they please?
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as the children are in their parents' house, they are to be under the control of their parents.
If we are to have a standard, we must all be together on it. And if the children
know that we mean business, that they cannot get by, they will not try to put anything
over on anyone. Most children, though, have really been trained to be disobedient.
How can this be? -
Never let a child have his way against yours, and you will never have trouble
with him. "Whatever it is found impossible to change, the mind learns to recognize
and adapt itself to." -
Do you boys and girls all pledge to renounce the world and to be "all out" for the Lord? Do you determine not to compromise with evil, worldly practices? Do you determine to make the home, the school, and the church a success? to influence other boys and girls in the right direction?
If not, we now warn you that you will be expelled from school and from the place. If
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there are any who cannot give us a whole-
We are not fooling. Today we mean business just as they meant business anciently. If you think this rule too rigid for you, say so now.
Do you, boys and girls, promise to obey your parents and your teachers? and not to talk back to anyone?
And do you adults promise to do your level best to help the young? Do you agree not to take your complaints about the children or youth to anyone but to their own parents?
(All, young and old, raised their hands in consent.)
Do you not think that Advanced Truth believers should be dressed modestly, attractively, and commendably, in harmony with the religion of Christ, so as to influence beholders to copy after them, not to turn away in disgust?
Our dress standards for women and girls, men and boys, are established from this viewpoint, and remember you have now promised to put them into practice.
It is well to observe that there is no record that anyone had occasion from the manner in which Jesus dressed, to speak either for or against Him. This shows that He was not an extremist. Besides, His garments must have been well worth having, else His enemies would not have cared to
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cast lots for them.
This very same principle should govern our own manner of dressing. We should so dress as to be remembered, not for wearing a trinket of some kind, trimming, color, or the like, but remembered for being well dressed, with attention called to no one thing in particular. Also, our dress ought to be such that the very poorest will not feel out of place in our presence, and that the richest will not feel ashamed in our company.
The sum of the whole matter in a nutshell is this: that we adorn ourselves with nothing for pride or display, but for respect and modesty.
ADVANCED CHRISTIAN STANDARDS
FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS
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style that does not expose the armpits when arms are raised.
Skirt Length for Women and Adolescents.-
Skirt Length for Pre-
The fit of the Clothes.-
Buttons, Belts, Trimmings.-
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Except in the case of pre-
They are not to be worn in public places or on the street, but only in such occupations as would render dresses immodest or dangerous. Even then they are to be of style designed strictly for women, not for men. Wear culottes. Little girls may wear overalls designed for them.
"Changeable Suits of Apparel"
The amount of clothes is to be governed by the individual's occupation and the climate,
not by ever-
Corsets, Girdles, etc.
These should not be worn unless by physician's order for some ailment. Garter belts that do not interfere with circulation, are all right.
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Veils and long dresses are not to be condemned for weddings. Trains are unnecessary.
Bathing Suits, Sunsuits, etc.
Never should anything which exposes the body, be worn in the presence of men and boys. Mixed bathing groups are taboo.
Head coverings on Religious Occasions
The headcovering should be suitable to the particular occasion, and meant for the purpose of a headcovering rather
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than be something grabbed at random. The latter is disrespectful. Little girls should be taught to wear headcoverings as soon as they are able to understand about it.
In other public places.-
Style and Quality.-
Height of Heels.-
Material and Weight.-
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Wear service weight.
Rolled Below Knees.-
Medium length Hair Worn Hanging.-
Naturally Wavy or Curly Hair.-
Permanent Waves, Finger Waves with Hair Sets etc.-
Rolling Hair on "Rats," Rollers, etc.-
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Face powder, bath powder, lotion, astringents, cold cream are all right if necessary, and if not purchased extravagantly. But rouge, lipstick, eyebrow pencil, mascara, perfume, fingernail polish, nail white, etc. are condemned.
Deodorants, depilatories may be permissible if absolutely necessary, and if nothing harmful is used. Antiperspirants are unhealthful.
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ADVANCED CHRISTIAN STANDARDS
FOR MEN AND BOYS
Sport Shirts with Open Collar.-
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Shirts Worn Outside Trousers.-
Colors and patterns.-
In Outside Breast Pocket.-
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bolster pride. Do not thus cheapen your character, but put them in the inside pockets where they belong.
Tie Pins and Tie Clasps.-
Arm Bands to Hold up Sleeves.-
Rolled Down Socks.-
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properly supported, otherwise they appear immodest and untidy.
Bathing Suits and Trunks.-
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These are the present standards of apparel, and all Davidians should pattern after them. Except it be for reasons herein unforeseen, any divergence from these standards, while they stand unequivocal, classes the offender with the hypocrites.
SIMPLICITY IN DRESS
"In his sermon on the mount, Christ exhorts his followers not to allow their minds to be absorbed in earthly things. He plainly says: 'Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for you life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?' 'And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin; and yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.'
"These words are full of meaning. They were applicable in the days of Christ, and they are applicable in our day. Jesus here contrasts the natural simplicity of the flowers of the field with the artificial adorning of raiment. He declares that the glory of Solomon could not bear comparison with one of the flowers in natural loveliness. Here is a lesson for all who desire to know and to do the will of God. Jesus has
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noticed the care and devotion given to dress, and has cautioned, yea, commanded us, not to bestow too much thought upon it. It is important that we give careful heed to his words. Solomon was so engrossed with thoughts of outward display that he failed to elevate his mind by a constant connection with the God of wisdom. Perfection and beauty of character were overlooked in his attempt to obtain outward beauty. He sold his honor and integrity of character in seeking to glorify himself before the world, and finally became a despot, supporting his extravagance by a grinding taxation upon the people. He first became corrupt at heart, then he apostatized from God, and finally became a worshiper of idols.
"As we see our sisters departing from simplicity in dress, and cultivating a love
for the fashions of the world, we feel troubled. By taking steps in this direction,
they are separating themselves from God and neglecting the inward adorning. They
should not feel at liberty to spend their God-
. . .
"Christ is our example. We must keep the Pattern continually before us, and contemplate the infinite sacrifice which has been made to redeem us from the thralldom of sin. If we find ourselves condemned as we look into the mirror, let us not venture farther in transgression, but face right about, and wash our robes of character in the blood of the Lamb, that they may be spotless. Let us cry, as did David, 'Open thou mine eyes,
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that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.' Those to whom God has intrusted time and means that they might be a blessing to humanity, but who have squandered these gifts needlessly upon themselves and their children, will have a fearful account to meet at the bar of God.
. . .
"Those among Sabbath-
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