HOW SOCIAL JUSTICE CURRICULUM IS INVADING CHRISTIAN EDUCATION INCLUDING HOMESCHOOL
By Rev Thomas Littleton
(A godly homeschool mom who does very thorough research provided the findings detailing the infiltration and source of the social justice contaminations of home school and Christian school curriculum in this article. She and others like her are working faithfully to serve their families, raise their children, and guard them from the leaven of corruption invading evangelical circles. The church owes a debt to all the parents and grandparents who are wisely discerning the times and vetting what influences their families and faith. It is this writer’s prayer that many more join their ranks – our ranks – and begin to “buy the truth” through Berean fervor and shout it from the rooftops.)
The hottest topic in evangelical circles today is the concern over social justice perverting the mission of the church and distorting the Gospel. The issue is nothing new but actually a retreading of the “social gospel” of liberal Christianity that impacted mainline denominations decades ago. This issue has become divisive especially after the Dallas Statement signaled a potential split among some of the top tier evangelical leaders. What is not included in the Dallas Statement or any of the current conversations about these concerns is the major source of much of the influence and funding which is flooding social justice into the church nor the pathway through which it is entering which is our own seminaries. Now, as you will see, the same organizations are taking aim at your high school aged child with organizations like the Acton Institute and Oikonomia Networks views on faith, work and economics.
You can find more on the infiltration of Evangelical Seminaries linked, sourced and explained in detail in these articles. With concerns over Social Justice (formerly called “Social Gospel” when the liberal influences flooded mainline denominations in the past decades ) on the rise, many believers begun to be aware of its buzz words and phrases which have become part of the everyday language – the language of – The Evangelical Deep State.
Below is an excerpt from these articles to help refresh the memory on the source of social justice curriculum in the evangelical seminaries. The problems resulting from social justice indoctrination through curriculum in our seminaries have brought unprecedented concerns in 2018 which helped inspire the Dallas Statement and massive amounts of writing on the dangers of critical theory and Cultural Marxism influencing the church.
(From Evangelical Deep State Articles)
Acton in Evangelical Seminaries
[Acton Institute, mentioned in Part One of this research, is headed by Father Robert Sirico, who has a history as a radical “homosexual faith activist.” Acton Institute is celebrated by Philanthropy Roundtable as a key player since the 1990s in synthesizing religion and democratic capitalism. Acton’s blog boasts such bold goals as rethinking Liberation Theology and Marxism from updated and fresh approaches of application, while oddly accusing Trump supporters of folk Marxism. The ironies run much deeper.
According to the “The New Evangelical Social Engagement” by Brian Steensland and Philip Goff, Acton Institute founder Father Sirico, “combining free market approaches with Catholic social thought,’ argues that ‘there is no social justice without economic freedom …Instead of a vast welfare state, social justice is about people fulfilling their responsibilities in justice to their neighbor.’ Therefore, with the support of the Kern Family Foundation, Acton has sponsored curriculum initiatives at thirteen evangelical seminaries.” (p. 63)
These seminaries include Dr. Albert Mohler’s Southern Seminary which sponsors The Commonweal Project. Note the “Social Gospel” with a strong emphasis on “Social Justice” in this initiative in the videos by Mohler and Os Guinness. With the help of Acton Institute and over a dozen partners of the same persuasions, Dr. Mohler appears to be endorsing a Rethink of Marxist social policy, while partners like “Poverty Cure .org” – an Acton offshoot – are marketing a RETHINK of Missions to a ”Social Justice” mandate.
Other Reformed seminaries, including the PCA’s Reformed Theological Seminary and Beeson Seminary (now on its third Kern grant since 2015), are also using the Acton-inspired, Kern-funded Social Justice curriculum programs which are designed around the “Faith and Work” ideology famously touted by Tim Keller. Some seminary partners have possibly jumped on board with the popular ideology and trendy nature of the Social Justice mantra; however, “rethinking Liberation Theology” and a fresh approach to “Marxist-inspired ideology” on the part of Sirico / Acton and Mohler / Commonweal Project is a bridge too far to simply dismiss as poorly thought out eagerness for cultural engagement on their part.
The Kern Family Foundation
The Kern Family Foundation which is very active in funding education at every level is considered to be a well-anchored Christian funding source. However, the Kern website shows that their partners in K-12 “Bright Minds Good Hearts“ program funding include organizations like Teach for America, whose work in K-12 public education includes a well-defined focus on pro-LGBTQ policy with radical LGBTQ organizations like Human Rights Campaign, Campus Pride, The Trevor Network and the most radical Gay and Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Teach for America also promotes Gay Pride Month with GLSEN in public schools each June, even celebrating the notorious “Dear Colleague Letter” – the pro- transgender bathroom directive from the Obama White House in May 2016. The current focus of all such pro-LGBTQ efforts in public schools is on showcasing LGBTQ History.
Kern also shows its partnership with liberal education giant Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and the Frankfurt School inspired “Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture,” which is a major influence on Tim Keller and others in the Civilitas Group and Cultural Engagement camp. When asked about the funding in an email exchange on January 15th, the Kern Family Foundation denied the funding in the thirteen evangelical seminaries though it is widely touted in the news, press releases and on the websites (of Southern Seminary’s “Commonweal Project” for example) but Kern contacts did link us to Acton University’s site and confirmed the Acton / Kern Curriculum is in five evangelical universities as well.]
HOME SCHOOLERS BEWARE
The very same sources involved in both promoting and providing curriculum for the seminaries and hard wiring our pastors to both be and birth social justice warriors are now coming at our children through homeschool, private, and Christian school high school economic curriculum.
What is critical to note in the 2013 discussion of the goals of the curriculum in 13 evangelical seminaries at the time (this now numbers 23 seminaries plus undergrad in Christian universities) is that the goal is “Social Engagement.” The Faith and Works focus is driven by seeking “Common Ground for the Common Good.”
Acton’s work in economics discusses The Humane Economy and notes “The notion of a “humane economy” has existed since the time of Karl Marx. Indeed, it was Marx, and Catholic social thinkers of the late nineteenth century that gave birth to the term…. we are still in search of the humane economy. We are moving ever so slowly toward this goal.”
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Austrian School of Economics
“Economics is not about things and tangible material objects; it is about men, their meanings and actions… He who wants to deal with [these meanings] must not look at the external world; he must search for them in the meaning of acting men.”
—Ludwig von Mises, father of the Austrian School of Economics”
“Economics is about us—how we, as human persons, act and interact everyday—how we make choices, buy, sell, trade and work. With this understanding, it is easy to see why it is important for the Christian to approach economics in light of biblical truth—the ultimate authority on who we are, and why we act the way we do. Because of this, Oikonomia focuses on finding God’s design, glory, and purpose in every economy of life: our families, communities, churches, and work.
This understanding of economics removes the veil that often shrouds complex, political or societal problems we see dominating today’s headlines, e.g., poverty, income inequality, wealth distribution, globalization, environmentalism and climate change. By combining a Christian worldview with a thoughtful study of economics, we prepare students to take their place in God’s economy.
Oikonomia challenges students to become men and women of character, to recognize their God-given talents and skills, to promote human flourishing through thoughtful, common sense approaches based on sound economic principles and, most importantly, it inspires students to take their part in God’s design for transforming their communities and culture—by God’s grace and for His glory.”
“It might come as a surprise, but poverty rates in the developing world are dropping dramatically. In fact, economic growth in developing nations has far outpaced the growth of high income countries. Thus, not only has the world experienced a historic reduction in poverty over the last twenty-five years, but global income today is much more equal than at any time in the last 100 years. Join Acton for a lively pub lecture on the good news about poverty alleviation.”
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ONLINE Resources Include:
Written by famous economists and influential writers ranging from Brooks, Friedman and Hazlitt to Olasky, Corbett and Fikkert and from sources as diverse as The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), The Wall Street Journal, The Gospel Coalition, The Heritage Foundation, The Acton Institute, The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics. These articles help students make the connections between key economic principles and the public policy issues dominating today’s headlines.
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“Whether you are working individually at home, as part of a local homeschool co-op or tutorial, or as one of the many small Christian Classical or hybrid schools popping up all over the country, the Oikonomia Road Map makes it easy to integrate this course into a variety of educational environment.”
STUDENT AND LEADERS SAMPLE COURSES
For those who want to research some samples of the curriculum and how the Austrian Economics is presented you can do so at these links.
The Oikonomia curriculum is also being used by other home school publishers like My Father’s World.
“This semester-long course will ground the student in understanding the basic principles of economics. Includes online access to additional assigned materials.
- Economics for Life (includes one Student Guide)
- Common Sense Economics
- Money, Greed, and God
All items in this package are included with the U.S. History 1877 to the Present package. One semester credit.”
Funding of Acton Institute Programs
Templeton funding for The Gospel Coalition
Templeton Foundation is also focusing its funding on Economics and in particular a modern view of the work of the Austrian School and Hayek.
Austrian School of Economics has many critics and basis for criticism. Without giving exhausting detail it helps to understand two things that inspire concern here. Austrian Economics is as much political theory as it is economics and betrays this fact by the reality that it does not engage the science of mathematics in its approach at all. It is theory and it is coming from the realm of thinkers who have influenced the development and spread of Communitarianism and socialism. In the case of the Acton Institute curriculum for evangelicals – now for the high school homeschooler – the problems / concerns only compound. The Common Good, Faith and Work focus carries many influences and shares many goals outside Biblical conservative Christian faith.
Co-developer of the Oiknonomia Curriculum is Joseph Conners.
Connors also works with The Institute for Faith, Work and Economics
Which is funded in part by The Templeton Foundation (more information under Tim Keller/ TGC New City Catechism) –
“The Institute for Faith, Work & Economics (IFEW) is a Christian organization advancing a free and flourishing society by revolutionizing the way people think about the purpose of our work and how to make wise decisions with all that we’ve been given. When Christians understand and live out the biblical meaning of work, then lives, societies, and nations will be transformed for Christ”
These are lofty promises for saving society and setting up Christ’s dominion for evangelicals through the use of Austrian economics and Catholic / Jesuit social policy.
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OIKONOMIA IS BECOMING A BRAND
Acton’s Oikonomia Curriculum developer Joseph Connors’ research papers primarily focused on global poverty.
Acton is merging Austrian Economic theory and Hayek with Catholic theology and social policy with espoused Libertarian politics for the Evangelical market in Seminary, undergrad and now High School students / homeschoolers. Acton in reality is pushing Communitarian ideology and adds a heavy dose of Thomas Aquinas where both Catholic and Protestant ideas may freely merge in a pre–Reformation historical context.
Acton celebrates its hero Friedrich A. Hayek who moved across the ideological spectrum of Fabian Socialism of the London School of Economics where he lectured in the early 30s and, like Hayek, Acton appears fluid in its politics and to whose ideology it actually subscribes. (Friedrich A. Hayek (1899-1992)
In chapter 10 of Brannon Howse’s recent book “Marxianity,” Howse quotes Erik Angner of George Mason University concerning Hayek’s mixture of socialism and free market capitalism. Angner points out that Hayek favored minimal income, redistribution of wealth, and universal healthcare.
A recent Acton event marks more of the Catholic social policy contribution to its work. This again makes for an odd fit for reformed theological and evangelical institutions.
As well as in Acton’s 2017 event celebrating the Jesuit contribution.
“On Wednesday, 29 November 2017, the Acton Institute and the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Faculty of History and Cultural Heritage of the Church will hold an afternoon conference in Rome on Globalization, Justice, & the Economy: The Jesuit Contribution at the Pontifical Gregorian University.”
Acton’s own influences and range of promotional materials and events certainly make for a mixed bag for Presbyterian Church of America or Southern Baptist parents in their church school or homeschool covering. It is a disturbing realization that when a PCA or SBC pastor places his church in affiliation with Tim Keller and D A Carson, with The Gospel Coalition or other organizations like it, the parents would have little reason on the surface to question or doubt the broad influences coming into their child’s economics curriculum.
The work Acton and Oikonomia are undertaking in Christian higher education is now making its way down the line into High School curriculum and, if successful, they will no doubt continue to move to target younger and younger ages. If the product had a truly biblical application and backed by conservative convictions on both the political and moral issues such policies impact, then perhaps the materials could have application. However given their source and the merging of Catholic social policy and libertarian ideals, the narrative appears very problematic and so might we expect the outcomes to be problematic as well.
Greg Forster, who is the head of Oikonomia Network (the Greek word meaning Stewardship), is promoting more materials for congregations concerning giving – for Church giving targeting – not Gospel Missions but Acton / Kern Family Foundation funded wisdom as a “primer for Stewardship, Poverty and Flourishing.” This Tim Keller style mantra is the heart and soul of the troubling and much opposed Social Justice false gospel. The high school curriculum looks to be simply working to prime your teen before their careers even begin.
Greg Forster works with Kern’s Oikonomia Network and with Acton’s project for the evangelical market. Greg is writer for The Gospel Coalition. In this interesting take on the Tower of Babel, Forster provides parents with good reasons for concern on the Oikonomia view of the Word of God as Forster “frames things a bit differently” as he takes license with the Biblical view of the Tower of Babel.
In a painfully twisted interpretation Greg Forster makes his redeeming history case for the judgement of God on ancient Babylonian defiance.
“From Babel to Babylon: How God is redeeming our work”
“In our Sunday-school retellings of the Tower of Babel, we are often fixated on themes of human pride and failure, shrugging off the aspirations of the builders as frivolous or far-fetched. In a recent series at The Green Room, Greg Forster frames things a bit differently, highlighting the story’s hidden lessons about human destiny and redemptive purpose in a fallen world.
“Far from being a story about the limitations of human power, Forster argues, Babel is a story about humanity’s limitless co-creative potential and how it ought to be guided and constrained. As such, it holds a significant place in the broader Biblical story about human work and cultural engagement.
“Taken together, we still operate in a fallen world, but we return to that mix of powerful co-creative capacity and close cooperation with neighbors. Close in covenant—freed by the finished work of Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit—we build yet again.
“Israel, and then the church, stands both for and against Babel/Babylon,” Forster concludes. “For, in that we love our fallen neighbors and have a mission to work for their flourishing; against, in that on some level we must reorganize socially – which in practice means reorganizing economically as much as it means anything – in faithfulness to that mission and in opposition to much of what the world around us does.”
OIKONOMIA AND ACTON PRIMING YOUR TEEN FOR PURPOSE
Acton is priming the church and community as well as your child who uses their curriculum for “Purpose Built Communities”
“How does holistic community revitalization work? What does it require? Tackling such complex, deeply-rooted issues as intergenerational poverty, unsafe environments, high crime, and failing schools presents many challenges. One solution- and the basis for the Purpose Built Communities model—is a coordinated holistic approach based on quality and focused on sustainability.”
How does Oikonomia and Acton’s work of merging socialism with capitalism, global justice with gospel mission, evangelical with Catholic theology and social policy and the call of God with secular humanitarian vision help students of any age understand Biblical mission? In light of Biblical commands, to recognize the idolatrous influences of the world and culture around us, young Christian students would be better served by understanding God’s call to make a distinction of the holy from the profane and to flee from man- centered systems like Socialism and Marxism – not comingle their faith with them.
In 1st Corinthians 10 we learned that dining at both tables is not permissible.
Flee from Idolatry
14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the [e]communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17 For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.
18 Observe Israel after the flesh: Are not those who eat of the sacrifices [f]partakers of the altar? 19 What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? 20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?
PURPOSE DRIVEN FALLACY
Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven ideology has crept into Christian curriculum for years and its problems have not gone un-noticed.
Using Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven book What on Earth Am I Here For?, Warren’s materials proved controversial in Homeschool materials as far back as 2007.
“Occasionally we hear concerns about the use of The Purpose Driven Life in our curriculum. We have seen opinions on both sides regarding this book. We do not want to defend or condemn Mr. Warren. Much of what is written on the Internet appears to be with great bias and little context. We do not completely agree with Rick Warren any more than we do with any author of the books used in our curriculum” … ”If someone is uncomfortable using The Purpose Driven Life, they may substitute another book”
DARE TO QUESTION. IT’S YOUR CHILD’S FAITH AND FUTURE
Now the work of Acton and Oiknonomia have contributors from The Gospel Coalition as shown above and it appears that no one is expected to question these influences or to raise a single objection. Very few will because of the trust afforded many TGC leaders like Tim Keller simply because he (they) are allowed to operate and continue such influences within the framework of Reformed Theology (albeit not historic Reformed) and within denominations like the PCA and SBC.
TIM KELLER AND TGC GO WOMB TO TOMB WITH THEIR NEO-CALVINIST INFLUENCE: OTHER STRANGE BEDFELLOWS IN CHRISTIAN CURRICULA
Keller’s Redeemer Church and TGC have obtained grant funding to produce The New City Catechism. It is also now being made into a devotional and Homeschool curriculum. The New City Catechism is funded by John Templeton Foundation. Templeton’s work is product of concern from Social Scientists.
“In the last decade, social scientists have documented a shallow understanding among youth of Christian faith and virtue. We contend that a contributing factor is limited knowledge and practice of virtue formation in Christian communities. We propose to address this challenge through the development of a curriculum and tools that pair a child-sensitive catechism with childhood virtue development wisdom. In this project, our hope is to answer the big question: Can the applied science of virtue development be joined with historic Christian teaching in order to deepen faith and virtue formation in the next generation? The project is based around a widely trusted catechism adapted from traditional Christian teachings by Pastor Tim Keller and others.”
USING TGC REPUTATION
“This curriculum and tools will take advantage of the trusted platform and reputation of The Gospel Coalition among evangelical church leaders to lead a retrieval of catechesis and virtue. The result will be a renewal of society at large through the hundreds of thousands of next generation children who will be formed in Christlike virtue.”
TEMPLETON FOUNDATION’S VISION IS NOT GOSPEL DRIVEN
“We take our inspiration from the intellectual legacy of Sir John Templeton. Our vision is one of infinite scientific and spiritual progress, in which all people aspire to and attain a deeper understanding of the universe and their place in it. We look forward to a world where people are curious about the wonders of the universe, motivated to pursue lives of meaning and purpose, and overwhelmed by great and selfless love.
“We encourage civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians, as well as between such experts and the public at large. In all cases, our goal is the same: to spur curiosity and accelerate discovery.”
Templeton Charitable Trust clearly states “projects that only involve the study of religious texts.”
Templeton funds research on Atheism as a religion. So why is it also funding Keller’s Catechism and Sunday School / Homeschool curriculum and devotional?
Perhaps a better question is “why are TGC and Keller not simply promoting a Bible Study?”
TGC and Keller promote the Templeton-funded The New City Catechism as a modern-day resource.
“Throughout the history of the church, Christians have used catechisms—collections of questions and answers designed for memorization and recitation—to teach others the core doctrines of the faith. The New City Catechism is a modern-day resource aimed at reintroducing this ancient method of teaching to Christians today”
The New City Catechism Devotional has the TGC gang helping your child learn neo-Calvinism:
“Each question features a relevant Scripture reading, a short prayer, and a devotional commentary written by contemporary pastors, including John Piper, Timothy Keller, and Kevin DeYoung, and historical figures, such as Augustine, John Calvin, Martin Luther, and many others. Designed for use in a variety of contexts, The New City Catechism Devotional is a valuable resource for helping believers learn and meditate on the key doctrines that stand at the heart of the Christian faith.”
The New City Catechism Curriculum provides study guides for Sunday School and Homeschool ages 8-11.
“The New City Catechism Curriculum features 52 engaging lessons developed from the questions and answers of The New City Catechism, designed to help children ages 8–11 learn the core doctrines of the Christian faith in a Sunday school, classroom, or homeschool setting.
“Each lesson includes three different outlines for 30-, 45-, or 75-minute sessions, a Bible passage and memory verse, a list of suggested materials, detailed instructions for activities, suggested prayers, and activity pages available for digital download—all created so that teachers can help children better understand the truth of God’s Word and how it connects to their lives”.
The New City Catechism Curriculum for Kids is for ages 4-11
“The New City Catechism for Kids is a modern-day resource aimed at teaching the core doctrines of the Christian faith to children ages 4–11. This 64-page booklet contains each of the 52 easy-to-understand questions and short answers found in The New City Catechism designed to help children understand who God is and what he has done. With answers that are short enough for children to read, understand, and memorize, this low-cost booklet is designed for bulk distribution and is ideally suited for Sunday school classes, Christian schools, and homeschooling families. This resource is sold both individually and as part of the curriculum kit.”
THIS TREND NOW HAS SOME MATERIALS PROMOTING “SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY FOR KIDS.”
Presents 12 Doctrinal Themes
Each of the 12 doctrinal themes has 10 key truths for the children to memorize for a total of 120 key truths. Each child will review the 120 truths four times as he moves through the four levels. The key truths become more in-depth with each level.
MORE SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY FOR CHILDREN
A children’s book titles The Ology
“Arranged within a traditional systematic theological framework, each truth in The Ology is also connected to the larger redemptive story of Scripture. This storybook of systematic theology takes abstract concepts in the Bible and makes them easier to understand with the use of creative examples, illustrations, and analogies.”
Endorsed by Albert Mohler
“Few tasks are of greater importance than the discipling of children. Christian parents and Sunday school teachers, committed to biblical fidelity, cannot neglect the tremendous task of teaching children the great truths of Scripture. Marty Machowski’s The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New is a wonderful new book that will equip parents for the task of discipleship and also help children immerse themselves in the Christian worldview.”
R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
PONDER IF YOU WILL
The questions Christian parents need to ponder is at what age is systematic theology more vital to our child’s faith than the Bible? Is the Systematic Theology of TGC / Keller / Mohler helping make better disciples of Seminary students in their institutions or is it simply advancing the Neo- Reformed ideology of TGC? Do you want your children to be accessed starting at preschool age with curriculum designed by the modern thinkers helping turn our pastors into social justice warriors?
The stealth project to invade our Seminaries with social justice false gospel appears to be also focused on our children in our Sunday Schools, Christian and Private Schools and even in our homes as many Christians leave the public school indoctrination and seek refuge in “Christian Education.” The Gospel Coalition and its leadership appear to be willing to invade every refuge to influence the hearts and minds of our children.
Do denominational and church leaders we trust with our faith and our families have the God given authority to mingle influences like Socialism and Marxism into curriculum marketed to disciple our children? Can the theology of Luther or Calvin be “remixed and remastered” to suddenly be compatible with Acton / Jesuit theological social policy? Can we assume that from this mixture our children would emerge with a clear understanding of God’s calling on their lives or clarity on the churches true mission? It is highly unlikely. A clear Biblical admonition for separation from the world for our children would serve them much better.
2nd Timothy 2
Approved and Disapproved Workers
14 Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 17 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.