I want to be a teacher:
I guarantee that if my students complete my assignments, they will experience
“the most profound, beneficial, massive, and lasting
America's Founding Fathers said my curriculum is so good that it is "necessary for good government and the happiness of mankind." [source]
I would like to start an online school. I can cover 12 years of a colonial American one-room schoolhouse Christian worldivew education in just 12 months. Twenty minutes in the car on the way to work, twenty minutes on the way back home, and a live Q&A webinar each week (more often if there's demand). Results guaranteed.
Vine & Fig Tree
Home Study/Coaching Program
Vine & Fig Tree is a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt corporation. We incorporated as non-profit in order to raise tax-deductible donations to offer scholarships for those who cannot afford our HomeStudy/Coaching Program.
The “Vine & Fig Tree” Vision
The original "American Dream" was described by America's Founders as everyone living securely "under his own vine and fig tree." This phrase is found repeatedly in the Bible:
A fuller statement of the "Vine & Fig Tree" vision is found on our homepage.
Our goal is to teach the Bible so that Americans are once again animated by the "Vine & Fig Tree" vision.
"Public schools" were a by-product of the "Protestant Reformation" with its slogan of "sola Scriptura," to make sure everyone in society could read the Bible for themselves. The Bible was the foundation of America's government, laws, and institutions, and made America the most prosperous and admired nation in history. The Bible has been progressively banned from the public square and public schools, and now the U.S. is bankrupt and despised.
Our corporate mission is to implement the "Vine & Fig Tree" vision, not as a feel-good Hallmark™ Card, but as a textbook for every other subject; a blueprint for legal, socio-political, and economic reform; a "worldview." We are primarily an "activist" social change agent. Sales of books or other study programs are means to that end. We seek to:
From a marketing perspective, we are fully aware that we are trying to sell the three most offensive and hated words in the modern political lexicon:
All hated. All slandered. All misunderstood.
We believe America's Bible-free secular public schools have made adults victims of educational malpractice. We can duplicate 12 years of colonial American education in just one year, through an online home-study/coaching program.
We offer coaching and accountability to help adults read through the Bible from cover to cover each year, along with four other works which were among the most important works in the history of Western Civilization.
One example of our Bible Study Coaching Program -- targeting fans of George Washington -- is "GeorgeWashingtonCoaching.com." Our goal is to dress up our program to target fans of other heroes, who, if they were alive today, would recommend our goal and program.
Another example: How|To|Become|A|Christian|Anarchist.com
An Analogy from History
Imagine a young man whose father runs a small brewery. He loans his son money to start a business. The business fails. The young man resorts to working for his father. After his father dies, he inherits this brewery, and within a few years manages it into bankruptcy. He becomes a political agitator, ending up on the government's terrorist watchlist. He becomes known as "The Father of the American Revolution." His name is Samuel Adams.
Could Samuel Adams have made a living by getting Americans to pay him to teach them why they should support The Declaration of Independence?
Probably not. The reason? Americans already knew why they should support the Declaration of Independence. They had learned from childhood in America's public schools that:
The mission of our business is to propagate these "self-evident truths." We want people to pay us to tell them things that they already, deep down, know to be true.
Our “Boat” from “Pain Island” to “Pleasure Island”
Our "boat" is our Program, which takes our clients from their present situation ("Pain Island") to the place we believe is best for them ("Pleasure Island").
All human beings are created in the Image of God. They are hard-wired to function best in a “Vine & Fig Tree” world. A violent, atheistic world causes trauma deep in the core of every human being. An internal FAITH in the “Vine & Fig Tree” vision helps overcome the effects of this trauma when the external trauma itself cannot be immediately removed. FAITH means actively working to replace violent atheism and restore a “Vine & Fig Tree” world, with a confidence that this is not only actually ultimately possible, but is an assured certainty.
Our target market is every human being on the planet. Saying this gives marketing experts aneurisms.
Our ideal client is Kim Jong-un, Vladamir Putin, George Bush, and Barack Obama. They are "ideal clients" in terms of impact in promoting our corporate mission. They are not "ideal" in terms of reach.
Among those people we are more likely to reach in the near-term, our ideal client is someone who
While these people are easier to reach than superpower "archists," they are not easy to persuade. But these are clients who can most benefit from our efforts.
These people are also the most rewarding clients from the perspective of the teacher. The "ideal student" is not necessarily the bland "straight-A" student who doesn't really need a teacher ("auto-didact"), but the student who tries but just can't seem to "get it." The teacher has to reach inside the student for an anchor that can form the basis of an analogy:
This is a good feeling for the student, and gives a sense of accomplishment to the teacher.
Nobody is Googling “Vine & Fig Tree.” Billions are yearning for it.
Our marketing strategy is to pick -- almost arbitrarily, and one after another -- a segment of the market with an identifiable "anchor" (also called "gateway problem") from which we can build a path to “Vine & Fig Tree.” The anchor could be a point of pain or pleasure.
An "Irresistible" Paradigm Shift
You hear that phrase (“paradigm shift”) thrown around a lot these days. Everybody wants their idea to be the next "paradigm shift." Paradigm-shifters are now mainstream. Vine & Fig Tree represents a true break with the status quo, a change as momentous as that described by Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, upon hearing of Locke's rejection of the doctrine of the Divine Right of Kings:
Vine & Fig Tree really is a new "paradigm," a "Copernican revolution," a radical way of looking at politics and society. It is one step beyond the radical vision that motivated America's Founding Fathers. It is a vision so old that it appears to be utterly unprecedented.
The vision of Vine & Fig Tree gives energy and hope to those who work for it. It inspires dedicated action.
Vine & Fig Tree's mission is to contribute to the Glory of God and the greater happiness of mankind. The vision of Vine & Fig Tree will animate future leaders and captivate the hearts and minds of many.
Dr. Rush speaks of "a turning point," which is to speak of a turning from something to something else. From what should we turn? To what should we aspire?
I believe we must move
Many people balked at the "turning point" which the Declaration of Independence represented. Many will balk at Vine & Fig Tree -- it is the overthrowing of ideas which many have believed are as essential to social order or the Christian faith "as the sun is to the order of our solar system."
The marketing challenge is to make this vision a "turning point" in the history of mankind. We want to make this vision "irresistible."
But what one person finds "irresistible," another finds repugnant. A member of ISIS does not find anything "irresistible" in the message of Jesus Christ: "Love your enemies." Can any marketing guru re-work the "copy" to make the message "irresistible" to a violent barbarian without changing the meaning of the message?
Our goal is to remove language which is unnecessarily offensive and to state the message clearly in a way that appeals to the "Image of God" in every human being, and to "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" which are written on the stoniest of hearts.
Public school teachers are required to sign a statement of allegiance to the Constitution. A Federal Court in Los Angeles said I could not take that oath because my allegiance to God is greater than my allegiance to the government, and if the government ever ordered me to do anything I thought was contrary to God's Law, I would obey God's Law rather than man's law.
Public schools in America were originally created to teach everyone the Bible. More evidence of this. The core subjects of the colonial American one-room schoolhouse have been described by America's "organic law" as "religion, morality, and knowledge." Teaching the Bible and Christian morality in public schools is now said to be a violation of the modern myth of "separation of church and state." (And it is a myth.)
No private school I know would unleash anyone with these views onto their students.
Although Americans are willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars on worthless education, they "can't afford" the education I offer, even at 1/10th the price. Their path to educational malpractice takes 12 years @ $13,000/yr. My path takes 12 months, and I would be happy if my clients paid me $12/hr.
Justice Douglas admitted that:
Who Invented Public Schools -- and Why?
One of the first public school laws in America is known today as "The Old Deluder Satan Act" because it began with these words:
The 1636 rules of Harvard declared:
That's our Program. Read the Bible twice a day. Get a Harvard education like Samuel Adams.
The 1690 Connecticut law declared:
This [legislature] observing that... there are many persons unable to read the English tongue and thereby incapable to read the holy Word of God or the good laws of this colony... it is ordered that all parents and masters shall cause their respective children and servants, as they are capable, to be taught to read distinctly the English tongue.
You were denied this kind of Bible-centered Education. In the early 1960's, the U.S. Supreme Court banned the Bible* from public schools, along with voluntary prayer. One of the Justices who concurred in this secularization was honest enough to admit that removing religion from public schools was directly contrary to the intentions of America's Founders:
Many territories, when they applied for admission to the union. repeated those words verbatim in their state constitutions. Nebraska in 1875 was the last state to copy these words into their constitution. As we saw above,
The Government today prevents students from being taught the Bible, "religion, morality, and knowledge." Every single person who signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution would say that secular schools are a threat to "good government and the happiness of mankind," and any government which imposes secularism on the people should be "abolished," just as they abolished the British government over the colonies for offenses far less serious.
Samuel Adams, the "Anti-Federalist," did not always agree with his cousin John Adams, the "Federalist." Sam wrote:
This is exactly what The Preterist Bible Bet will do for you. You can compensate for what the federal government denied you as a little boy or girl by enrolling in our year-long online Home-Study program.
If America's Founding Fathers could travel through time, what would they say is America's Most Pressing Problem?
I think they would say it is the fact that America is no longer a nation "Under God," but is an atheistic nation ("secular" sounds so much nicer than "atheistic"). The nation that once sent missionaries and Bibles around the world is now the world's greatest exporter of weapons and pornography.
And the root of this problem is a national system of compulsory atheistic education for all children 5-17 years of age. America's Founders would be horrified, outraged, apoplectic. Princeton professor Archibald Hodge saw the trend back in 1887, and sounded this alarm:
He was right.
The internet makes it possible to create an educational infrastructure which can again send the Bible around the world.
The Khan Academy is replacing public schools for "the 3 R's," but there is no complementary Academy which teaches the subjects below, which America's Founders believed were "necessary for good government and the happiness of mankind." In the long run, even the Khan Academy cannot help nihilists. Or worse, it will turn them into capable criminals.
How about a bird's-eye view of these five works that I would like to teach in "Colonial American One-Room Schoolhouse 2.0"
You will read Five of the Most Important Works in the History of America
|Let's look at those five works in a little more detail
The Westminster Standards
America's Founders said that "religion and morality" were "necessary for good government and the happiness of mankind." A good summary of "religion and morality" is found in the Catechisms and Confession of Faith drafted in Westminster in the 1640's.
B.B. Warfield, professor at Princeton in the late 1800's, wrote of the Westminster Standards,
Richard Gardiner, in his impressive collection of "Primary Source Documents Pertaining to Early American History, lists many sources which introduce the average Secular Humanist to the now-unknown religious foundations of American Independence and Government. Among these sources are the Westminster Standards. Gardiner says of them:
Anarcho-Capitalism and the Wealth of Nations
In 1776, the year the Declaration of Independence was signed, Adam Smith wrote a book that is considered the first treatise on Capitalism. Full title: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of The Wealth of Nations. What causes some nations to be wealthier than others? Freedom, personal responsibility, and morality. Pretty obvious, really; a nation characterized by rampant theft can never become prosperous. When competition turns into vengeance, and life is not respected, civilization crumbles. Subsequent economists have crystallized Smith's thesis:
Capitalism is the social system based on
A nation that is virtuous and free from the initiation of force and threats of violence, is wealthier than a nation which covets, steals, and initiates force against others. "Religion and morality" is the key to a Market freed from tyranny.
The foundation of a prosperous and humane economy is the repudiation of violence. Human beings know how to resolve conflicts without violence, but politicians and defense contractors want us to believe we need government compulsion and threats of violence to maintain "order." But order comes from a commitment to non-aggression. As we read the Bible, we face the requirement to beat our "swords into plowshares." This means pacifism and a Freed Market. You have questions about pacifism? We have answers.
Too many people, when they voice opposition to "capitalism," are actually thinking of "crony-capitalism," fascism, Keynesianism, and other systems of government coercion or favoritism in the Market. That's why I use the phrase "anarcho-capitalism," or "100% Pure Laissez-Faire capitalism." "Laissez-Faire" is French for "Let us work," "Let us conduct our business the way we think is best," or just "Let us alone!" Politicians do not know how to run a profitable business or make an economy thrive. When governments face competition, they drop bombs on innocent consumers. When businesses face competition, they lower prices or raise the quality, or invent something totally new to benefit consumers and raise our standard of living.
That is to say, businesses whose CEO's who are not victims of atheistic educational malpractice do not resort to violence. This is why America's Founders believed that "religion, morality, and knowledge" were "necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind." Good schools create good businesses.
Good schools cannot create "good government." "Government" is force; government is violence; government is theft. "Good government" is a contradiction in terms. In the Gospel of Mark, chapter 10, Jesus discovered His disciples arguing about who is going to be the "greatest" in the Kingdom of God. They didn't understand that Jesus' Kingdom was quite unlike the kingdoms of the world.
The word translated "rulers" comes from the Greek word from which we derive our English word "anarchist."
"Lords," "rulers" and "great ones" are "archists."
Jesus clearly says His followers are not to be "archists." They are to be "servants." The biggest government lie in the history of the human race is that "anarchists" are the bad guys, and those who oppose "anarchists" (logically, "archists") are the Good Guys and defenders of civilization.
This is a "paradigm shift." The most orderly and prosperous society is the one with the greatest liberty, not the most powerful Emperor. But the essential foundation of liberty, prosperity, order and peace is the Bible, and
Consider the exposition of the 6th Commandment ("Thou shalt not kill") and the 8th Commandment ("Thou shalt not steal") found in the Westminster Larger Catechism. These two commandments alone, if taken seriously, consistently, and faithfully, would rid the world of all governments. When we all stand before "the Supreme Judge of the World," nobody is going to hear, "Oh, you worked for the government? Then all your acts of theft and murder are excused. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."
Instead of reading Adam Smith's 18th-century work, we'll read a modern version of the same theme, called Healing Our World.
Why do we need to "heal" our world? Since I was born, the U.S. federal government has killed, crippled, or made homeless tens of millions of innocent non-combatant civilians around the world. I would say this makes the United States the most evil entity on the planet and the enemy of mankind. And most Americans, if aware of this, say the price "is worth it" to keep the cost of gas down. Bad government is a reflection of bad education. The worse the education, the larger the government. The world today is being strangled by the tentacles of immorality, violence, and crony-capitalism. But don't blame "them." We have to blame ourselves if we're going to Heal Our World.
Because of their Biblical education, America's Founding Fathers realized that "the Divine Right of Kings" was not a Biblical doctrine. You have been denied this education by an imperialist regime that can only be described as "the enemy of mankind." You don't see half of what America's Founders saw. If they were here today, they would see not only that the "divine right of kings" is an unChristian concept, but the entire concept of "the nation-state," having been invented by rebels and nowhere commanded or endorsed in the Bible, is a complete failure, leading to the deaths of hundreds of millions of people, enslavement of billions, and the destruction or confiscation of trillions of dollars of property. In the 20th century alone.
|Lawrence Cremin writes about Benjamin Rush, who was
a physician who signed the Declaration of Independence:
For Rush, who was present in the Congress as a representative of Pennsylvania, the events surrounding the creation of the Republic marked nothing less than a turning point in the course of human history. "I was animated constantly," he reflected in later years, "by a belief that I was acting for the benefit of the whole world, and of future ages, by assisting in the formation of new means of political order and general happiness."11
11. The Autobiography of Benjamin Rush, edited by George W. Corner (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1948), p.161.
Christians who believe in "the Rapture" do not believe in "future ages." They believe Christ is going to rapture them "at any moment," and destroy the planet and everything man has worked for. Rapturists do not work "for the benefit of the whole world," nor assist in "the formation of new means of political order and general happiness." As we have mentioned several times, America's Founders believed that teaching children the Bible every day from their earliest years was "necessary for good government and the happiness of mankind." Secular schools and theories of rapture are why we now have bad government and depression, instead of "good government" and "happiness."
|The Curriculum of the colonial American one-room schoolhouse 2.0 will give students a vision for a Christianize world. We are all created in the Image of God, and hard-wired to aspire to the vision described by the Old Testament Prophet Micah 4:1-7:|
|And it will come about in the last days
That the mountain of the House of the LORD
Will be established as the chief of the mountains
And it will be raised above the hills
Christ established His Kingdom at the first Christmas
|And the peoples will stream to it.
And many nations will come and say,
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD
And to the House of the God of Jacob,
It will continue to expand until it covers the globe
|That He may teach us about His ways
And that we may walk in His paths."
For from Zion will go forth the Law
Even the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Biblical Law will be our standard
|And He will judge between many peoples
And render decisions for mighty, distant nations.
Then they will hammer their
swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation will not lift up sword against nation
And never again will they train for war.
We will pursue God's "shalom"
|And each of them will sit under his||Family:
Beginning at home
|Vine and under his fig tree,
With no one to make them afraid.
For the LORD of hosts has spoken.
Healing the Environment
|Though all the peoples walk
Each in the name of his god,
As for us, we will walk
In the Name of the LORD our God
forever and ever.
In that day, saith the LORD,
will I assemble her that halteth,
and I will gather her that is driven out,
and her that I have afflicted;
And I will make her that halted a remnant,
and her that was cast far off a strong nation:
and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion
from henceforth, even for ever.
Beyond the "Rugged Individual"
You won't agree with everything in my curriculum, but you will be a better person for having wrestled with these ideas:
Just as iron sharpens iron, friends sharpen the minds of each other.
* Did the Supreme Court really "ban the Bible" from public schools?
Public school students can certainly be taught that the Bible exists. But they cannot be taught that it is true, and that it is a "sacred" book because it is the Word of God. In other words, the Court banned the teaching of the Bible as the Bible would be taught by those who wrote it. The Court also banned the Bible as the Supreme Court ruled 150 years earlier it "must" be taught.
A decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1844 involved a wealthy Frenchman who left a large sum of money in his will to the City of Philadelphia to build a school in which no clergy would teach. This generate a firestorm of controversy. Virtually all schools back then were run by churches or Christian organizations and clergy often taught the classes Mon-Fri. The Court had to decide whether the will of this obviously deistic Frenchman should be enforced. Today the Supreme Court will allocated 30 minutes to hear important cases. Daniel Webster argued this case before the Court for 3 whole days.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that just because clergy couldn't teach, that didn't mean that lay teachers could not continue to teach the Bible as the Word of God in a school administered by the city government. In fact, the Court said -- and the City of Philadelphia enthusiastically agreed -- that teachers "must" teach Christianity and the Bible as a "divine revelation" and a "sacred volume." Here are the words of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1844:
There is nothing in the U.S. Constitution which forced the Supreme Court in the early 1960's to repudiate Christianity and remove the Bible "as a divine revelation" from public schools. Justice Douglas was correct to admit that the teaching of Christianity "was once deemed to be a function of the public school system."
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