This is copied by permission from Hyles Publications. It was first published in 1972, written by Dr. Jack Hyles, now deceased pastor of First Baptist Church of Hammond, IN. He was a great man of God, a great preacher who had tremendous compassion for all people. I was privileged to attend services at this church a few times, twice for Ladies’ Jubilee. This is being reprinted in his honor and in high hopes that it will benefit parents today to be more aware of the influences in our society that, now more than ever before, want to lead our children away from any concept or belief in God. Every word printed in this post is directly from this publication. Some of it may not apply to today as some of the things we had back then are no longer available today. Nevertheless, I don’t want to take anything away from what Dr. Hyles wrote.
If I did not love you so much, I would not preach this sermon. Many willnot agree wtih me. I know our church has many public school teachers. I am sure that in this congregation we have 35 to 40 people who teach in the public schools. I wouldn’t hurt you purposely for the world.
The truth is that many parents do not know what is happening in our public shcools. Hence, I am going to be very frank tonight and spend myself to save your boys and girls. I’m going to risk your devotion, your love, your fellowship, and maybe your friendship, but I’m going to do it because with all my heart I want to save your children.
A lady said to me yesterday, “I went to an elementary school recently to work in the lunch room. Pastor, I never realized before just what is happening in our schools.”
I plead with you tonight for your kids!
I hold before me a copy of a Teenage Questionnaire. In sunday school this morning 230 of your high school-age students took this survey. Here are the questions it includes:1. Have you ever heard one of your school teachers use vulgar language in class?
1. Have you ever heard one of your school teachers use vulgar language in class?
2. Have you ever heard a school teacher take the name of the Lord in vain in class?
3. Do you ever hear students cursing aloud in class?
4. Have you ever been approached by someone who wanted to sell or give you marijuana or any other narcotic?
5. Have any of your school firneds used narcotics?
6. Have you ever used drugs?
7. Have you ever given away or sold drugs yourself?
8. Do you now of any teacher who uses drugs?
9 Have you ever been taught evolution?
10. Do any of your teachers wear mini-skirts?
11. Do any of your teachers wear pant-dresses?
12. Do any of your school friends drink?
13. Have you ever taken a drink of any alcoholic beverage such as beer, wine, etc.?
14. Has there ever been in your school any disturbances such as revolts, riots student disorders, boycots, etc.?
15. Have you ever heard the American way of life, the establishment, and capitalism criticized by a teacher?
16. Have you ever worn slacks to school? (This applied to girls, as this denomination teaches that women shouldn’t wear pants because pants pertain to men.)
17. Have you ever worn shorts to school?
18. Have you ever been taught that pre-marital sex is all right?
19. Have you been asked to read such books as Of Mice and Men, Soul On Ice, The Grapes of Wrath, Catcher in the Rye, or any other book that includes cursing?
20. Have you read any of these books?
Before you leave tonight I am going to tell you what your children said this morning in answer to the questionnaire. Throughout the message tonight you will learn the results of this survey.
A note from Kay: I realize that all of these things go on in our schools today, but when this was written girls were just beginning to be allowed to wear pants to school, and shorts were allowed. It was written during the Viet Nam conflict era, when patriotism was lagging and morality was in a fast decline. The reader will be able to see how far we have fallen.
If your child’s teacher were walking down the street, how many of you would recognize him? Please raise your hand. That’s not much over 15 percent of the crowd. How many of you have ever read at least one book that was required reading for your child at school? Please lift your hand. You see, you don’t know what’s going on! Like the ostrich you don’t want to know what’s going on because you don’t want to get involved enough to spend some of your money to save your child. You want to keep on riding high, living it up, and enjoyng life without facing the fact, we have a battle on our hands! That battle is not just to save a country; it is to save your children! If we don’t rise up and do something about it, everything decent that we know about our way of life is going to crumble. I AM WEARY OF SOME SO-CALLED SCHOLARS WHO ARE DESTROYING OUR CHILDREN! Not only am I tired of it, but I have ceased to be quiet about it. Because you will not check on what is going on, I am going to open the door to the public schools and invite you in. I challenge anybody to disprove what I say tonight.
You say, “Preacher, you are a rabble-rouser!”
Yes, I am, but not nearly as much so as those who are trying to ruin the minds of our children and destroy the patriotism, decency, honor, character, and chastity of our boys and girls. Not only am I going to do some rabble-rousing, I am also going to do some school building! I’m going to give our kids a choice!
Satan is after your child. He has pointed every gun in his arsenal at the soul, body, and mind of your child, and he is basically doing it through the school room. There are some institutions that we do not like to see attacked by anyone. The school room has been so deified in our minds that we think that it can see no evil, do no evil, and speak no evil. While we have built a canopy of protection over it, it is destroying and stealing our boys and girls. Parents all over this auditorium could stand as living testimonies to what I’m going to say. I could have dozens of parents parade across this platform whose dreams have been shattered. They would say, “My boy or girl was ruined by a university, a high school, or a teacher!”
Your children may go to the devil; they may not go to a Christian school, and they may not turn out right, but I’ll tell you one thing: It will not be because Brother Hyles didn’t warn you and do the best he could to help you.. If anybody gets mad at me tonight, it will be because you just do not understand that I love you and I love your children! In fact, I love you so much that I am going to tell you the truth. There is always a time of preparation before one goes out to fight. The man who is drafted into the army goes to prepare with other soldiers before he goes into battle. The child must be undergirded with truth, character, strength, honor, discipline, and right before we send him out to a godless world.
I’m going to give you tonight several methods that the devil is using to attack your child.
To be continued Wednesday.