|Ten Principles for
choosing what to read
1. Do what is pleasing to the Lord. Col.1:10, Heb 11:6, and Mat 18:6,7
"If you go places you ought not go, and see things you ought not see, and hear things you ought not hear, you'll end up doing things you ought not do."
2. Do not follow the world Rom 12:2
"Do not allow the world to define you and all that you do, as you seek to please Him...Worldliness is bred by a lack of mature separation from the world and its philosophies."
3. Do not allow the world to follow you. Jam 1:27 and Pro 4:23
"The world wants to be your friend - but only on their terms. There is no neutrality. If a piece of literature cannot be used to build Christian culture in our children, then, no matter how neutral is may seem, it will be used to build something culturally anti-Christian in our children. The world will defile us, spot us, with ungodliness and worldly lusts...Where do we go to get our purity back?"
4. There is only so much time in a day. Col 4:5
How can our time best be spent?
5. Older doesn't necessarily mean better. Col 2:8
Just because it was written in the 1700 or 1800's for example, doesn't mean that it is "good" material for us to read.
6. Is it profitable? 1Cor 6:12
We must bring things together in a helpful and profitable way that will contribute to Christian living.
7. Does this promote good habits? 1Cor 6:12
8. Will reading this further my education? 1 Cor. 10:23
"Edify means to build up, to promote proper growth....it is never edifying to dwell upon and explore the depths of depravity. Never." See also Pro 4:14,15, Eph 5:11,12.
9. Does the material have lasting value? 1Cor 7:31
"Only those things which are of the Lord are of lasting value. Everything else will pass away. If it cannot be redeemed for His use, then it is useless. If it cannot serve Biblical goals, then it will necessarily work to undermine Biblical foundations by pursuing other worldly goals."
10. When in doubt, leave it out. Rom 14:23
Parents are subject to peer pressure as well - even classical Homeschooling peer pressure. Look back at your list of principles and stick to them.