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ACCREDITATION DEFINED


Accreditation is the act of certifying that an educational institution maintains suitable standards; the granting of approval to an institution of learning by an official review board after the school has met certain requirements. Specifically, accreditation is the review of a school's course offerings and procedures by a group of its peers to certify that that school is meeting its own stated objectives and offering its students the education it promises them. What ordination is to a minister; accreditation is to a school.

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SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE


•    There is secular education and there is religious education.
•    Secular schools seek secular accreditation, and sacred schools receive sacred accreditation -- each by their own peers.
•    Religious institutions need no secular accreditation.
•    Secular accreditation associations in turn are recognized by governmental agencies. They trace their authority back to the capitol of a country, like Washington, D.C.
•    Religious accrediting associations are recognized by the Church of Jesus Christ, which has no supreme central office on earth. Our authority is derived directly from Heaven and from the World of God the Bible.
•    Civil and religious interests are different and have separate realms of jurisdiction.
•    The State is not superior to the Church. The Church need not wait for approval from the secular world.
•    Civil agencies should not be dictating standards of Christian education, any more than a police officer should be directing the worship of God.
•    Church Related Schools should not be accredited by accrediting associations that are "recognized" by an agency of the federal government, because it is contrary to the principle of "Separation of Church and State," indicated by Christ when He said, "...Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's..." (Mark 12:17) .

 


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