As documented here, the Honor Academy teaches a theology of very strict submission to your authority. According to their teachings, even if you don’t agree with your authority figure’s decisions, you must submit to them and obey them because God has placed them in your life. To disobey your authority is to disobey God. What this teaching amounts to is giving another person entire control of your life – essentially giving man a place that only Jesus should occupy. While there are many Scriptural issues with this stance, in this post I’d like to focus on the fact that Teen Mania does not even practice what they so passionately preach.
Again, its funny how quickly they abandon their own teachings when it suits them.
Unarguably, a parent has more God-given authority in the life of their child than does the Honor Academy leadership. Can we agree on that?
So why are students allowed and encouraged to come to the Honor Academy against the wishes of their parents?
If after they’ve begun the Honor Academy, a concerned parent wants their child to return home, does the Honor Academy encourage submission and obedience to that parental authority? What if the parent does not want the child to participate in ESOAL?
Now, I don’t personally buy into their doctrine of absolute submission, but doesn’t it seem odd that they only encourage absolute submission when it doesn’t contradict their authority?
These double standards beg the question – Does the Honor Academy leadership really believe what they are teaching? Or are these just tools used to control the interns, stifle dissent and keep the free labor rolling in?