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The Good News Club Curriculum: An Overview

In Child Evangelism Fellowship, Good News Club on May 15, 2013 at 4:27 am

Other posts on this blog–see here and here and here–have discussed the dark gospel of Child Evangelism Fellowship’s Good News Club.  This post reviews troubling content from a much wider sample of CEF’s Good News Club curriculum.

Overview

The Club’s curriculum is a 5-year-long series of weekly Bible  stories—about 120 in all—most of which are drawn from the Biblical books and/or characters of Genesis, Jesus, Paul, Moses, King David, Daniel, Joseph,  Joshua, Esther, Elisha, Elijah, and Judges. Each 60-90 minute lesson is interwoven with presentations of the “Gospel” according to the so-called  “Wordless Book.” The “Wordless Book” refers to the colors gold, black, red, white, and green, which respectively symbolize heaven, the child’s sin nature, Jesus’s shed blood, righteousness, and growth. Each Bible story is divided into sections; and in between each section, the lesson draws a parallel between the preceding section of the Bible story and one of the “Wordless Book” themes. Most lessons also feature didactic exercises, memory verse quizzes, songs, games and prizes, all designed to reinforce the lesson themes.

This post discusses the contents of the 21 lesson books of the Club’s  2006-2011 curriculum cycle.[1]  The Club’s current curriculum cycle includes 18 of the same lesson books.[2]

Shame indoctrination

The Club’s dominant theme is sin. Its 5-year curriculum includes over 5000 references to sin, compared to less than 2000 references to “love.” Spread over 120 one-hour lessons, a child can expect to hear a reference to “sin” approximately every 90 seconds.

Each lesson uses a black heart to vividly symbolize a child’s inner self.  The black heart impresses children with a deeply personal sense of their own inadequacy and sordidness. “You were born with darkness in your heart because of  sin,” says one lesson on blind Bartimaeus.[3] “Your heart (the real you) is sinful from the time you are born,” exclaims a lesson on the golden calf.[4]

The Club frequently reminds children that they are “deceitful,” “dishonest,” and “desperately wicked.”[5] A lesson on Cain and Abel warns: “your heart is very sinful…. You may think you’re pretty good, but when God sees your heart He sees it is full of sin.”[6] Another lesson on Jacob and Esau declares: “Others may think that you are a good person, but God knows what you’re really like on the inside. He knows that deep down you are a sinner—you were born that way.”[7] “God says none of us are good,” explains a lesson on God’s omniscience.[8] Even the concept of redemption is used to deprecate children. “As Jesus hung on the cross, God punished him for your sin and your deceitful heart.”[9]

In one curriculum exercise, a teacher hangs a sign labeled “SIN” around a child’s neck. The teacher explains, “[s]ome children try to deny their sin. They say they never do wrong things. But is that true?” No, the children reply.  The teacher continues, “He may not think it’s there, but God says it and you can be sure that other people see it too!”[10]

The Club also challenges the worth and dignity of children. “Even the good things you do aren’t good enough. The Bible says those things are like filthy (dirty) rags…. Filthy rags either need to be thrown away or washed.”[11] According to the Club, children deserve to be punished for who they are, apart from anything they have ever done: “Since you were born as a sinner, you deserve to be punished by being apart from God forever.”[12] The curriculum also frequently repeats the meme that “[y]ou don’t deserve God’s love,” although you can get it if you believe.[13]

The Club risks planting seeds of suicidal ideation that could germinate later in a child’s tempestuous teenage years. ” You deserve death,” one lesson rages, “because of your sin.”[14] A Christmas-season lesson, on the Three Wise Men, likewise insists: “You deserve to die and be separated from Him forever because of your sin.”[15]

In one “Life of Christ” lesson exercise, a teacher hands a child an envelope, stating: “I’ve got something for you, (child’s name). You’ve earned this…. Let’s see what you’ve earned by sinning.” The child opens the envelope and pulls out a slip labeled “DEATH.” “You have earned death,” the teacher continues, “separation from God forever in a terrible place of punishment.”[16]

CEF’s assault on self-esteem is ideological and systematic. In an essay attacking “humanistic psychology,” CEF asserts that “it is not Biblical to present ‘self’ as something you esteem….”[17] According to the essay, Job’s expression in Job 42:6—”I abhor myself and repent in ashes”—models how children should see themselves.  Teaching children “to develop their potential,” by contrast, “enslaves the person in selfish and sinful habits” and “is against God.”[18] Summing up CEF’s view of children, the essay pontificates: “The Bible gives a true picture of the child. May we see children as the Lord sees them; they are sinners, who need a saviour. They are guilty in the sight of God.”[19]

Fear indoctrination

The Club’s curriculum features over 250 references Hell—including 52 explicit uses of the word “Hell.” One lesson bellows: “Because you have sinned, you don’t deserve to go to Heaven. Instead you deserve to go to Hell and be separated from God forever.”[20] Another lesson berates: “[Y]ou deserve to be kept away from God forever in a place of darkness and suffering because you are a sinner.”[21]

According to the Club’s understanding of divine justice, even trivial offenses—like pouting or slamming the bedroom door—warrant Hell:

When you complain about the meals you are given instead of being grateful, you sin. When you pout because you can’t have your own way or slam your bedroom door so everyone knows you’re angry, you sin. God says sin must be punished and the punishment is separation from God forever in a terrible place called Hell. God hates your sin….[22]

Sinful thoughts also warrant Hell. “[Y]ou have sinful thoughts,” one lesson on Joseph warns, and “God says the punishment for sin is to be separated from Him forever in a place of darkness called Hell.”[23]

Warnings of Hell are mixed with explicitly coercive messages. The curriculum includes over 150 uses of the phrase “you must” in reference to becoming saved. Examples include: “You must agree with God that what you’ve done is sin—it is hateful in His sight,”[24]You must agree with God that you are a sinner deserving punishment.”[25]You must believe that the Lord Jesus died on the cross for you,”[26]You must choose to let Him be your Savior,”[27] and “You must come to God His way.”[28] The curriculum directs instructors to ask the following of preschool children: “What is your punishment for sin if you don’t get saved?”  The preschoolers are prompted to give the following scripted answer: “Being away from God forever; not going to Heaven.”[29] Another lesson chastens: “Unless you follow his plan, you will be punished.”[30]

Thought control

“[A] young person cannot judge what is allegorical and  what is literal anything that he receives into his mind at that age is likely to become indelible and unalterable.”

Plato, Republic

The Club curriculum warns children that God “knows all your thoughts,” and that “[t]hinking wrong thoughts … is sin.”[31]  A Club mantra—memorized by the students—is that “sin is anything you think, say or do that displeases God.”[32]

The worst sin of all is unbelief. “It is a sin to refuse to believe God and sin must be punished,” states one lesson from Joshua explaining the Israelites’ forty years of wandering following their liberation from Egypt.[33]  “Take heed,” importunes a Club memory verse, “lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.”[34] “When you refuse to believe in God or in the Lord Jesus, His Son,” one lesson hectors, “you are sinning,” and “in danger of being separated from God forever.”[35] Those who refuse to believe, cautions another lesson, are “condemned.”[36]

The sin of unbelief is manifested by doubting anything in the Bible. “Perhaps you have heard these things in the Bible before, but you have refused to believe that they are true. God calls that unbelief sin.”[37] “Sin,” the Club drives the point further, is “believing what you want to believe—instead of going God’s way.”[38]

The Club informs children that when people doubt parts of the Bible, it is because they are defiant and foolish. “There are people today who foolishly defy (go against) God. They are interested in what God has said or done—they don’t believe God’s Word is true.”[39] Such people are fools, the Club inveighs, in danger of Hell’s eternal torments. “Only a foolish person would not believe in the living God and defy His power.”[40]

The long-term consequence of not believing God’s Word is Hell: “If you die without having your sin forgiven, God says you will be separated from Him forever in a terrible place of punishment. God wants you to believe His Word is true….”[41]

God’s intolerance of disbelief is illustrated in lessons about the slaughter of the Amalekites, the fall of Jericho, and the Flood. In each case, the Club explains to children that the cities—men, women, children, and babies included—were killed because they “refused to believe” in the one true God.[42] Likewise, the thief who scorned Jesus at his crucifixion died and went to Hell because “he refused to believe.”[43]

The Club tells children to “ask[] God to protect your mind from wrong beliefs and to help you think about His Word instead.”[44]

At the opposite polarity, the Club attributes non-Christian ideas to Satan. Satan, the Club warns, “does not want you to have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ or in God’s Word, the Bible.”[45] “Your doubts and fears come from your enemy Satan, who doesn’t want you to trust God.”[46] “The Bible tells us there is an enemy of God who does not want us to understand or believe the truth. Do you know who this is? (Satan)…. He tries to hide the truth of God and get us to believe his lies instead….”[47] Those who don’t believe have been “trick[ed]” by Satan’s “lies.”[48] And the very “biggest lie of Satan,” the Club insists in a blunt attack on pluralism, is “that there are many ways to Heaven.”[49]

The Club admonishes children in the strongest terms to resist those ideas. “[W]e must decide whom to believe—God or Satan.”[50] When “the devil puts thoughts in your mind,” remember that it is sin, and that “[t]here are consequences when you choose to sin.”[51] But “God can help you say no to … thinking wrong things.”[52] To do so, “you must fill yourself with truth. You can do that by reading, studying and memorizing verses from the Bible” and avoiding contrary information in “magazines, TV and the Internet.”[53] “If you want to say yes to God’s truth and no to Satan’s lies, you must study God’s Word until you think God’s thoughts.”[54]

Attacks on science education

The Club encourages its instructors to teach young-earth Creationism. “Since the theory of evolution is freely taught in schools, take this opportunity to help children see the problems with this theory and the logic of the biblical account.”[55] But the Club’s materials do not engage the evidence behind scientific observations, theories, and conclusions on origins and life. Rather, the Club’s materials mock the science, engage in ad hominem attacks, and instill fear that belief in science is Satanic, sinful and could lead to Hell.

The Club suggests that only non-theists dispute Creationism: “Some who do not believe in God, the Creator, say that the universe just happened. They say that certain gases came together and an explosion occurred, flinging the stars and planets into place.”[56] “[I]t took God only six days to create the world, not billions of years like some people say,”[57] as if the evidence for an old universe were based on nothing more than hearsay.

Mocking evolution, another lesson states: “[s]ome people say this world evolved—it just formed out of some chemicals somewhere.”[58] Evolution is false, the Club assures, “because God’s Word, the Bible,” teaches otherwise.[59] The question boils down to a simple He (as in “God”) said/she (as in science) said: “God knows how He created man and the world and He tells us in the Bible. Who do you think has the right answer—man, who thinks he knows, or God, who knows? (God).”[60] There is no need, then, to learn the evidence behind the science. Rather, students should speak up—in ignorance—if their teachers teach evolution as fact,[61] cynically aware that their teachers may be serving Satan.[62]

Belief in young-earth creationism is an issue of loyalty and faithfulness to God. God “wants us to believe what He says about how the world was created,”[63] the Club entreats, before leading children in a recitation of Hebrews 11:3. And, on the flip-side, scientific belief is a form of rebellion: “These people refuse to believe God’s Word by faith. They want to reason things out in their own minds so they can do without God.”[64] Such scientists, the Club declares, are “fools.”[65]

The Club transitions briskly from attacking science to reminding children that unbelief can send them to Hell. Less than 200 words after impugning scientists for “refus[ing] to believe God’s Word by faith,” the Club warns children that such unbelief is “sin,” and that “[i]f you die without having your sin forgiven, God says you will be separated from Him forever in a terrible place of punishment. God wants you to believe His word….”[66]

Diminishing nonbelievers

“The public school is at once the symbol of our  democracy and the most pervasive means for promoting our common destiny. In no activity of the State is it more vital to keep out divisive forces than  in its schools, to avoid confusing not to say fusing, what the Constitution sought to keep strictly apart.”

McCollum v. Board of Education, 333 U.S. 203, 231
(1948) (Frankfurter, J., concurring)

The Club promotes a deeply divided view of humanity, one split between believers and the “world.” Most people are going to Hell, the Club confidently asserts: “[H]ow many people are on the narrow way leading to life forever with God in Heaven? (Few). I would much rather be with the smaller group of people, wouldn’t you?”[67]

This divisive view of humanity is fueled by the curriculum’s repeated admonitions about punishment and Hell and its multiple lessons about the horrible fate that befell those who “refused to believe.” Given the intense focus of the curriculum on these themes, children who regularly attend the Club can scarcely help but categorize their classmates as either saved, potentially savable, or damned.

Added to this, the Club expressly counsels children not to become close friends with their unbelieving classmates. The “world,” the curriculum cautions, tries to “draw us away from God.”[68] “People who aren’t Christians often serve Satan without even knowing it,”[69] the Club warns.  To underscore the importance of separation from unbelievers, one lesson describes God’s rebuke of the Israelites for becoming “close friends with people who did not believe in Him.”[70] The Israelites “were to get rid of them”[71]—their differently-believing neighbors, that is—but the Israelites had failed to carry out this command. The Israelites’ command to destroy their neighbors served a critical purpose: “God knew that if the people became close friends with those who did not believe in Him they would begin to doubt God too.”[72] Applying that Old Testament principle to the present, the lesson dissuades children from “[c]hoosing those who don’t know Jesus as your best friends.”[73] Twice more the lesson importunes children: “Don’t become close friends with those who do not love and serve God.”[74] “Will you read and obey God’s Word,” the lesson asks, “and choose as your best friends others who are loyal to God?”[75]

Authoritarian conditioning

In addition to its more than 5000 references to sin, the Club’s curriculum features over 1100 references to obedience and over 1000 references to punishment. The Club’s emphatic preoccupation with obedience and retribution contrasts its near phobic avoidance of the Golden Rule (a single reference) and the Royal Law (again, a single reference).

The Club’s selection of Bible stories also reflects its fiercely authoritarian outlook. One lesson crows—with a touch of vengeful pleasure[76]—how God sent two bears to maul 42 youth for their juvenile taunts of God’s servant.[77] According to the Club, the moral of the lesson is to always respect God’s worker.[78] Another lesson describes the stoning of Achan and his entire family for disobedience, [79] including how Achan’s pre-execution apology fell on deaf ears.[80] One patriarchal lesson describes Queen Vashti’s disobedience of King Ahasuerus’ command to exhibit herself in front of his guests, following it with this take-away point: “God wants you to obey Him because His plans are best. You may not always understand why God gives a certain command or rule for you to obey….”[81] Other lessons describe the slaughter of 3000 men “who refused to obey God,”[82] God’s sending of snakes to bite thirsty Israelites for grumbling,[83] God’s use of Samson to randomly kill and terrorize Philistines to “keep[] [them] under control,”[84] and the killings of Ananias and Sapphira for
exaggerating their giving.[85]

The most desensitizing lesson of all comes from David: A Man After God’s Heart. Lesson 2 draws from I Samuel 15 to describe the divinely instructed genocide—men, women, children, and infants included—of the Amalekites.[86] The Club’s lesson not only spares little of the Biblical detail, but also cites the Amalekites’ unbelief as justification for the genocide:

Samuel was careful to explain exactly what God wanted Saul to do. “You are to go and completely destroy the Amalekites – people, animals, every living thing. Nothing shall be left,” Samuel instructed him. That was pretty clear, wasn’t it? The Amalekites had heard about Israel’s true and living God many years before, but they refused to believe in Him…. God is pure and holy so he must punish sin. The Amalekites refused to believe in God and God had promised punishment. Now was God’s time for that punishment.[87]

Faithful to the original Biblical narrative, the script describes how Saul righteously carried out God’s command, killing everyone—except for King Agag.[88] In this crucial respect, Saul failed. Samuel confronted Saul with the bad news that God would strip Saul of his kingdom.[89]

The moral of this story—a story used by preachers to encourage the slaughter of native Americans and Tutsis, among others[90]—is that God “expects your complete obedience” and you must “obey completely.”[91] Ironically, the memory verse that accompanies the lesson is James 4:17—”To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”[92]

The “Review Questions” section reinforces the full import of the genocidal imperative. Review Question #3 asks: “How did King Saul only partly obey God when he attacked the Amalekites?” The lesson script provides the expected answer: “He did not completely destroy them as God had commanded; he kept the king and some of the animals alive.”[93]

Deceptive marketing

Parents not already familiar with the Club have no reason to suspect the Club’s dark emphasis. The Club’s colorful marketing materials characterize the Club in exclusively positive terms. “The Good News Club provides positive fun for the children,”[94] states one selling point that recurs throughout the Club’s marketing materials. “Learning Bible stories, songs and verses is made fun through games, visuals, and dramatic teaching. A snack and small ‘goodie bag’ is also provided each week,” it continues. The Club also markets itself as promoting “self-esteem” and mentoring children “toward a path of self-sufficiency.”[95] The Club also styles itself as “interdenominational” and “nondenominational,” concealing the fact that it actively prefers some denominations (e.g., evangelical) while excluding others (e.g., mainline Protestant or Catholic).[96]

The effectiveness of the Club’s marketing is reflected in multiple court opinions. One Third Circuit opinion recited the Club’s “stated objectives” as including:

instilling or cultivating “self-esteem, character, and morals in children,” providing children with a “positive recreational experience,” providing a community where “children feel loved, respected, and encouraged,” teaching children “life skills and healthy lifestyle choices,” teaching children to “encourage and lead other children” to the same sorts of choices, improving “memory skills, grades, attitudes, and behavior at home,” improving relations among the races, instructing children to “overcome feelings of jealousy” and to treat others as they want to be treated themselves, teaching children to be “obedient and to respect persons in authority,” and instructing children to “follow the numerous other moral and other teachings of Jesus Christ.”[97]

More recently, a district court opinion declared that the Club “promotes the same values and ideas” as the Boy Scouts, including “moral values, character qualities, respect for authority, relationships, character development, and important community issues.”[98]



[1]
The lesson books and particular editions reviewed—in a few instances the latest edition was out of print—are as follows:

Year 1: Joyce Hatfield and Lynda Pongracz, Beginnings (2009); Lynda Pongracz, Patriarchs (2008); Lynda Pongracz, Joseph (2008); Lynn Herlein & Lora Strong, Life of Christ 1 (2009); Lynda Pongracz, Life of Christ 2 (2008).

Year 2: Lynda Pongracz, Moses: Chosen Deliverer (2010); Lynda Pongracz, Moses: The Lawgiver (2010); Lynda Pongracz, Life of Christ 3 (2010); and Lynda Pongracz, Life of Christ 4 (2010).

Year 3: Marjory Alexander & Lisa Deam, Our Awesome God (2001); Katherine Hershey,Joshua: God’s Warrior (2010); Eleanor Harwood, Judges: Disobedience and Deliverance (2006); and Debra Frazier, Big Questions About Prayer (2001).

Year 4: Katherine Hershey, David: A Man After God’s Heart (2011); Katherine Hershey, David’s Reign: Trials & Triumphs (2011); Alan D. George, The First Christians (2011); and Alan D. George, Paul: God’s Servant (2011).

Year 5: Lynda Pongracz, Elijah: Prophet of the Living God (2008); Lynda Pongracz, Elisha: Prophet of the Faithful God (2008); Lynda Pongracz, Esther (2008); and Lynda Pongracz et al., Daniel: Strong in the Lord (2008).


[2]
Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) frequently rotates books in and out of successive curriculum cycles. The current 5-year curriculum cycle features two new lesson books: God Cares When Children (2012) and Peter and Parables (expected Nov. 2013). Dropped from the current rotation are: Our Awesome God; Judges: Disobedience and Deliverance; and Big Questions About Prayer.


[3]
Life of Christ 2, Lesson 5 (“Bartimaeus Receives His Sight”), p 35.


[4]
Moses: The Lawgiver, Lesson 2 (“The People Turn to Idolatry”), page 17.


[5]
Beginnings, Lesson 3, page 28; Patriarchs, Lesson 4, page 33; Joseph, Lesson 2, page 19; Life of Christ 1, Lesson 5, page 34;Moses: Chosen Deliverer, Lesson 1, page 10; Life of Christ 3, Lesson 6, page 41; Our Awesome God, Lesson 4, page 31; Big Questions About Prayer, Lesson 6, page 41; David’s Reign: Trials and Triumphs, Lesson 3, page 27; Esther, Lesson 4, page 30.


[6]
Beginnings, Lesson 3 (“Cain and Abel”), page 28.


[7]
Patriarchs, Lesson 4 (“The Birthright and the Blessing”), page 33.


[8]
Our Awesome God, Lesson 3 (“God is Omniscient”), page 24.


[9]
Patriarchs, Lesson 4 (“The Birthright and the Blessing”), page 35.


[10]
Joseph, Lesson 3 (“Joseph’s Temptation”), page 24.


[11]
Moses: The Lawgiver, Lesson 2 (“The People Turn to Idolatry”), page 17 (emphasis added); see also Moses: Chosen Deliverer, Lesson 2 (“God Calls Moses”), page 15 (same); Elijah: Prophet of the Living God, Lesson 2 (“Elijah and the Prophet of Baal”), page 18 (similar); Life of Christ 3, Lesson 4 (“Jesus Heals the Lepers”), page 29 and Lesson 5 (“Jesus Challenges a Rich Young Ruler”), page 35 (similar).


[12]
Elijah: Prophet of the Living God , Lesson 1 (“God Provides for Elijah”), page 12 (emphasis added).


[13]
Elisha: Prophet of the Faithful God, Lesson 6 (“Believe the Good News”), pages 46-47 (appending the quoted language with “…but He gives it freely to you”)(emphasis added); see also Life of Christ 3, Lesson 5 (“Jesus Challenges a Rich Young Ruler”), page 35 (“Grace means that instead of punishing you, God wants to forgive you even though you don’t deserve it.”) (emphasis added); Patriarchs, Lesson 4 (“The Birthright and the Blessing”), page 34 (“God loves you even though you don’t deserve it…. Even though you don’t deserve it, God loves you.”) (emphasis added); Joseph, Lesson 5 (“Joseph Forgives His Brothers”), page 41 (“Even though you don’t deserve it, God has shown His love and kindness to you.”) (emphasis added); The First Christians, Lesson 3 (“God Works through the Christians”), page 25 (“Explain that even though you didn’t deserve it, God loves you and gave you everlasting life through Jesus”).


[14]
Moses: The Lawgiver, Lesson 2 (“The People Turn to Idolatry”), pages 21 & 22.


[15]
Life of Christ 1, Lesson 3 (“Wise Men Worship the King”), page 23.


[16]
Life of Christ 1, Lesson 4 (“Jesus Obeys His Heavenly Father”), page 28.


[17]
Source document kept on file.


[18]
Id. (quoting Proverbs 22:15).


[19]
Id.


[20]
Elisha: Prophet of the Faithful God , Lesson 1 (“Elisha’s Authority Established By God”), page 10.


[21]
Life of Christ 4 , Lesson 4 (“Jesus is Crucified”), page 31.


[22]
Moses: The Lawgiver, Lesson 5 (“Moses Lifts Up the Brazen Serpent”), page 38.


[23]
Joseph, Lesson 4 (“Joseph Rewarded”), page 34.


[24]
Life of Christ 4, Lesson 3 (“Jesus Faces His Accusers”), page 26


[25]
Daniel: Strong in the Lord , Lesson 6 (“Daniel in the Den of Lions”), page 48.


[26]
Beginnings, Introduction, page 3.


[27]
Beginnings, Introduction, page 3.


[28]
Beginnings, Lesson 3 (“Cain and Abel”), pages 25, 29.


[29]
Moses: The Lawgiver, Lesson 4 (“Moses Sins Against God”), page 35.


[30]
Moses: Chosen Deliverer , Lesson 2 (“Moses Sees God’s Power”), page 29.


[31]
Our Awesome God, Lesson 3 (“God Is Omniscient”), page 24 (immediately thereafter warning children that they deserve Hell).


[32]
Judges: Disobedience and Deliverance , Lesson 2 (“Deborah and Barak Deliver Israel”), page 16. Variations of the mantra include ending “anything you think, say or do” with “that breaks God’s laws,” “that is wrong,” and “that makes God sad and disobeys His Word.”


[33]
Joshua, Lesson 1 (“God’s Leader”), page 10.


[34]
Moses: The Lawgiver, Lesson 3 (“Spies Examine Canaan”), page 23.


[35]
Beginnings, Lesson 5 (“Noah”), pages 40-41.


[36]
Life of Christ 2, Lesson 2 (“Nicodemus Hears the Good News”), page 18.


[37]
Beginnings, Lesson 1 (“Creation”), page 16.


[38]
Beginnings, Lesson 1 (“Creation”), page 16.


[39]
Elisha: Prophet of the Faithful God , Lesson 1 (“Elisha’s Authority Established by God”), page 12.


[40]
Elisha: Prophet of the Faithful God , Lesson 1 (“Elisha’s Authority Established by God”), page 12.


[41]
Beginnings, Lesson 1 (“Creation”), page 16.


[42]
Joshua: God’s Warrior, Lesson 2 (“The Red Cord in the Window”), page 30 (“God declared His judgment on the people of Jericho because they had sinned and refused to believe in Him. God was going to punish them that very day.”); Beginnings, Lesson 5 (“The Flood”), page 43 (God drowns everyone in a great flood because “they refused to believe.”);David: A Man After God’s Heart, Lesson 2 (“Saul’s Disobedience”), pages 17-18 (discussed in § 2.6).


[43]
Daniel: Strong in the Lord , Lesson 3 (“The Fiery Furnace”), page 24.


[44]
Daniel: Strong in the Lord , Lesson 3 (“The Fiery Furnace”), page 28.


[45]
Joseph, inside back cover (“Teaching the Song”), page 46.


[46]
Moses: Chosen Deliverer , Lesson 3 (“Moses Delivers God’s Message”), page 24.


[47]
Our Awesome God, Lesson 6 (“God is Truth”), page 45.


[48]
Beginnings, Lesson 2 (“Adam and Eve”), page 21.


[49]
Our Awesome God, Lesson 6 (“God is Truth”), page 46.


[50]
Our Awesome God, Lesson 6 (“God is Truth”), page 45.


[51]
Joshua: God’s Warrior, Lesson 5 (“Achan’s Hidden Sin Revealed”), page 35.


[52]
Joseph, Lesson 3 (“Joseph’s Temptation”), page 24.


[53]
Our Awesome God, Lesson 6 (“God is Truth”), page 45.


[54]
Our Awesome God, Lesson 6 (“God is Truth”), page 45.


[55]
Beginnings, Lesson 1 (“Creation”), page 16 (sidebar).


[56]
Beginnings, Lesson 1 (“Creation”), page 16.


[57]
Our Awesome God, Lesson 5 (“God is Omnipresent”), page 37.


[58]
Judges, Lesson 1 (“Israel’s Broken Promise”), page 9.


[59]
Judges, Lesson 1 (“Israel’s Broken Promise”), page 9.


[60]
Our Awesome God, Lesson 3 (“God is Omniscient”), page 23.


[61]
Paul: God’s Servant, Lesson 3 (“Paul Becomes a Missionary”), at page 29; Daniel: Strong in the Lord, Lesson 3 (“The Fiery Furnace”), page 28.


[62]
Paul: God’s Servant, Lesson 3 (“Paul Becomes a Missionary”), page 27 (“Or maybe at school when your teacher talked about evolution, claiming it to be true, you’ve tried to speak up for what you believe but the teacher stopped you. People who aren’t Christians often serve Satan without even knowing it.”).


[63]
Beginnings, Lesson 1 (“Creation”), page 15.


[64]
Beginnings, Lesson 1 (“Creation”), page 16.


[65]
Beginnings, Lesson 1 (“Creation”), page 16; see also Our Awesome God, at Lesson 3, page 23 (“Don’t let anyone fool you” with evolution).


[66]
Beginnings, Lesson 1 (“Creation”), page 16.


[67]
Esther, Lesson 2 (“Mordecai Stands True”), page 17.


[68]
Joshua: God’s Warrior, Lesson 5 (“Achan’s Hidden Sin Revealed”), page 35.


[69]
Paul: God’s Servant, Lesson 3 (“Paul Becomes a Missionary”), page 27.


[70]
Judges: Disobedience and Deliverance , Lesson 1 (“Israel’s Broken Promise”), pages 10-11.


[71]
Judges: Disobedience and Deliverance , Lesson 1 (“Israel’s Broken Promise”), page 11.


[72]
Judges: Disobedience and Deliverance , Lesson 1 (“Israel’s Broken Promise”), page 11.


[73]
Judges: Disobedience and Deliverance , Lesson 1 (“Israel’s Broken Promise”), page 11.


[74]
Judges: Disobedience and Deliverance , Lesson 1 (“Israel’s Broken Promise”), page 11.


[75]
Judges: Disobedience and Deliverance , Lesson 1 (“Israel’s Broken Promise”), page 12.


[76]
“Perhaps they laughed at Elisha but suddenly they stopped laughing and mocking him. Two mother bears came charging out of the woods and attacked them. The laughing and mocking of the young men turned into screams for help.” Elisha: Prophet of the Faithful God, Lesson 1 (“Elisha’s Authority Established by God”), page 13. The Club’s sadistic humor also comes out in a Bible story about Jael’s taking a tent peg and hammering it through a fleeing enemy general’s
head. The Bible story concludes, in pitiless humor inappropriate for 5-year olds, “and that was the end of him!” Judges: Disobedience and Deliverance, Lesson 2 (“Deborah and Barak Deliver Israel”), p 18.


[77]
Elisha: Prophet of the Faithful God, Lesson 1 (“Elisha’s Authority Established by God”), pages 8-14.


[78]
Elisha: Prophet of the Faithful God, Lesson 1 (“Elisha’s Authority Established by God”), pages 11-12.


[79]
Joshua: God’s Warrior, Lesson 5 (“Achan’s Hidden Sin Revealed”), pages 33-38.


[80]
Joshua: God’s Warrior, Lesson 5 (“Achan’s Hidden Sin Revealed”), pages 37.


[81]
Esther, Lesson 1 (“Esther Becomes Queen”), page 10.


[82]
Moses: The Lawgiver, Lesson 2 (“The People Turn to Idolatry”), pages 16-22, with quote at page 20. The context of the lesson is God’s punishment for the Israelites’ worship of a golden calf. The Levites were commanded, in Exodus 32:27-28 (NIV), to “[g]o back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.”


[83]
Moses: The Lawgiver, Lesson 5 (“Moses Lifts Up the Brazen Serpent”), at pages 36-42.


[84]
Judges: Disobedience and Deliverance , Lesson 5 (“God Chooses Samson”), page 36.


[85]
The First Christians, Lesson 4 (“God is Dishonored by Deceptive Christians”), pages 28-34.


[86]
1 Samuel 15:2-3 (NIV) records Samuel commanding Saul: “Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants….”


[87]
David: A Man After God’s Heart , Lesson 2 (“Saul’s Disobedience”), page 17.


[88]
David: A Man After God’s Heart , Lesson 2 (“Saul’s Disobedience”), page 18.


[89]
David: A Man After God’s Heart , Lesson 2 (“Saul’s Disobedience”), page 19.


[90]
See, e.g., John Corrigan, “Amalek and the Rhetoric of Extermination,” The First Prejudice:Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Early America, page 70 (Beneke et al., ed., 2011) (“New England Puritans … condemned Indians as Amalekites [and] wrote and preached excitedly about blotting them out.”); Christ Mato Nunpa, “A Sweet Smelling Sacrifice: Genocide, the Bible, and the Indigenous Peoples of the United States: Selected Examples,” Confronting Genocide: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, page 55 (Steven Leonard, ed., 2010) (quoting Plymouth County’s William Bradford on the 1637 Mystic Massacre of a Pequot village: “It was a fearful sight to see them thus frying in the fire and the stream of blood quenching the same…but the victory seemed a sweet sacrifice….”); Philip Jenkins, Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can’t Ignore the Bible’s Violent Verses, page 141) (2011) (describing how a Hutu pastor preached on I Samuel 15 to stir his flock to violence against the Tutsis).


[91]
David: A Man After God’s Heart , Lesson 2 (“Saul’s Disobedience”), page 18.


[92]
David: A Man After God’s Heart , Lesson 2 (“Saul’s Disobedience”), page 15.


[93]
David: A Man After God’s Heart , Lesson 2 (“Saul’s Disobedience”), page 20.


[94]
Ten Reasons Why Schools Want a Good News Club” (source kept on file).


[95]
Tina Vasquez, Things to do Today, Corpus Christi Times Caller, November 15, 2012 ( http://m.caller.com/news/2012/nov/15/things-do-today-111512/) (last visited April 29, 2013).


[96]
See, e.g., Child Evangelism Fellowship, “Maximize the Essentials—Adopt-A-School Good News Clubs,” Step 1: Research Your Area, page 2 (“Understand the denominations in your area. It is especially helpful to contact the Southern Baptist Convention in your area as CEF has an endorsement from Dr. Frank Page, a former SBC President.”); page 3 (“Research and map the evangelical churches that are likely to agree with CEF’s Statement of Faith.”); page 7 (“Look for specific affiliations (Southern Baptist, Bible churches, etc.).”) (source kept on file).


[97]
CEF of New Jersey Inc. v. Stafford Township Sch. Dist. , 386 F.3d 514, 521-22 (3d Cir. 2004).


[98]
CEF of Minnesota v. Elk River Area Sch. Dist. #728 , 599 F.Supp.2d 1136, 1138, 1141 (D. Minn. 2009).

  1. Christ spoke about people like you who would work for evil in the guise of light–may God have mercy on your soul.

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