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We, the parents of the community of believers of the Twelve Tribes, have deliberately not send our children to school today. For Part 2 of this statement, see the post, “Education of our Children.

However, they are absent for good reason.

We believe that for us parents our highest duty to God and man is to equip our children in their education and training for which they were born for. Firstly, to love their Creator with all their heart and all their soul and secondly, to love their neighbor as themselves.

And Yahshua answered him: ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.’ (Matthew 22:37)

In order to follow the call of Yahshua and to be part of the Kingdom of God here on earth, we have, being a part of the community of believers of the Twelve Tribes, followed the example of Peter and the other apostles and left everything behind us, to be obedient to the whole word of God.

The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever. (Psalm 119.160)

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. (Revelations 22:18-19)

Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar. (Proverbs 30.5-6)

As followers of the Son of God and part of His holy priesthood, we are especially committed to the education and training of our children and the responsibility of raising them in the ways of our God and equip them to enter into the Kingdom of God.

The raid on September 5, 2013 tore away our children and youths from their parents and from the peaceful, common, godfearing life which we lived with them here in our homes. Since then they have experienced violence, bullying, drug and nicotine abuse, and sexual permissiveness in the homes and the schools assigned to them. They have suffered greatly from the intense peer pressures in the public schools.

We refuse to send our children to schools where there is no discipline any more, and where rebellion against parents and teachers, and against human dignity and freedom of religion, rules, and where philosophies hostile to God abound more and more.

Contrary to the opinion of the Federal Constitutional Court, which said one and a half decades ago that existing “deficits” could be balanced outside of school by the parents, we parents do not see ourselves able today to make restitution in the time that they are at home for all the serious psychological damage and impressions that the souls of our children are constantly experiencing.

It’s not just about any teaching content, but especially about the social pressures and influences to which children are exposed to on a daily basis up to eight hours.

But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. (Ephesians 5:3-4)

The Son of God and His apostles Paul, Peter, and John commanded us that we being disciples should not adapt the patterns of thinking and the lifestyle of today’s world, but rather to distance ourselves from them. The true church is supposed to – yes – be in the world but not of this world.

I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. (John 17.14-16)

The public school system is unable to prepare our children for the Kingdom of God, because it prepares all of its students to make a career for themselves in order to have their comfort in full in this life.

The task of the Church, however, is to produce a self-denying love that uses all of her skills for the neighbor, to love him, to respect him, and to give one’s life for the other, just as the Son of God has done. This is the way and the life that is given us to pass on to our children as the way of God. Likewise, we are commanded to educate them to judge their own selfishness and pour out their lives for God and their fellow men as a daily worship.

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. (2 Peter 1:3-4)

Today’s school system can do no justice to these values of the Body of Christ, but is contrary to the mission of the church one hundred and eighty degrees because it is under state authority.

To furthermore expose our children to these worldly influences would mean, so to speak, to sacrifice them to idols — to destroy them — and to destroy the faith and the life of faith that we have together. That is the reason why our children will be absent from the public schools from today on!

It is sad to observe that judges, politicians and schools so far have tried to convince us that the Bible is impotent and not to be obeyed. They are ignoring the principles and eschatology of the Bible and the way of life it teaches.

Just as the apostles then we must also now take a stand on the Word of God in reference to the education of our children. We must obey God more than the word of man. (Acts 5:29) He gives the Holy Spirit only to those who obey Him. (Acts 5:32)

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)

We know that the Son of God Himself was rejected, hated, and murdered by His whole nation and that His followers must also expect that obedience to all His commandments means enmity with the world and persecution of His body as well.

However, we hope that there are enough people in Germany who welcome the presence of God’s people and will create room for them, so that it is possible for everyone to seek God within the borders of their country, and to also find Him by recognizing the light of His people in the midst of a depraved generation. (Acts 17:26-27 and Philippians 2:15-16)