Under the new extremism proposals in Britain, churches will be required to register Sunday schools with the government.
Though the government claims that the proposals are not targeting Sunday schools, where a young person attends a “religious setting, it would have to be registered with the state and subject to inspection so that the government knows they are there.
“We won’t inspect every one of them, but we will know they exist,” said Ofsted chief, Sir Michael Wilshaw. “If there are concerns – if whistle blowers tell us there’s an issue – then we will go in.” He added: “The government needs to know where these places are and who is running them.”
In spite of assurances by officials that the new proposals aren’t intended to monitor the content taught to children by churches, they do provide for the identification of “unsuitable staff and undesirable teaching.”
The Evangelical Alliance believes the proposals could affect the Church’s ability to run activities for children and young people.
Dr Dave Landrum, director of advocacy at the Alliance, said: “These proposals amount to the state regulation of private religion… Sunday schools in churches are publicly advertised and in open access buildings. It’s highly unlikely that extremist groups of concern are going to register with the government… There are already sufficient laws in relation to the health and safety and safeguarding of young people. It’s misconceived for the government to believe that these proposals will do anything to address the problem it legitimately seeks to solve,” he said.
Should Britain adopt these proposals it will essentially mean that churches would come under government regulation. And it would not just be Sunday schools, but also Sabbath schools run by Adventists, Jews and others. Undesirable teaching would eventually include anything that is not standard, ecumenical and collaborative teaching.
Control of religion is a key aim of elite globalists. Religious extremism has given governments the excuse to monitor and regulate religion.
“When in 1529 the German princes assembled at the Diet of Spires, there was presented the emperor’s decree restricting religious liberty, and prohibiting all further dissemination of the reformed doctrines. It seemed that the hope of the world was about to be crushed out. Would the princes accept the decree? Should the light of the gospel be shut out from the multitudes still in darkness? Mighty issues for the world were at stake. Those who had accepted the reformed faith met together, and their unanimous decision was, ‘Let us reject this decree. In matters of conscience the majority has no power.’ (Merle d’Aubigne, History of the Reformation, b. 13, ch. 5)
“This principle we in our day are firmly to maintain. The banner of truth and religious liberty held aloft by the founders of the gospel church and by God’s witnesses during the centuries that have passed since then, has, in this last conflict, been committed to our hands. The responsibility for this great gift rests with those whom God has blessed with a knowledge of His word. We are to receive this word as supreme authority. We are to recognize human government as an ordinance of divine appointment, and teach obedience to it as a sacred duty, within its legitimate sphere. But when its claims conflict with the claims of God, we must obey God rather than men. God’s word must be recognized as above all human legislation. A ‘Thus saith the Lord’ is not to be set aside for a ‘Thus saith the church’ or a ‘Thus saith the state.’ The crown of Christ is to be lifted above the diadems of earthly potentates.” Acts of the Apostles, page 68, 69