Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God – what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect. – Romans 12:2
Throughout Scripture, we are admonished to take our hearts and minds captive to the obedience of Christ. In Romans, Paul demonstrates the reason for this command: thoughts precede action. He teaches that in order to do the will of God, we must know the will of God, and that in order to know the will of God, we must humbly submit our minds to God for renewal. The outgrowth of this renewal is an inward transformation that causes us to put our faith into action.
Working within this framework, Salt & Light Global created the Wilberforce Academy in hopes that the Holy Spirit would use its programs to renew minds and build a Christ-centered, knowledgeable and engaged citizenry. The Wilberforce Academy is designed to educate about First Principles and sphere sovereignty, as well as to challenge non-Biblical worldviews competing for our attention. Due to the centrality of the State in our world today, the Wilberforce Academy is particularly interested in examining the relationship between First Principles and the areas of law, policy, and good governance.
The Wilberforce Academy accomplishes its mandate through the following programs:
– Engaging the Cultural Worldview of the Day through Biblically-based Presentations
Salt & Light Global hosts stirring lectures on law, public policy, sphere sovereignty, and constitutional governance from a Biblical worldview perspective. These addresses, known as the Salt & Light Global Lectures, are presented in a wide variety of international, national, state, and local forums. The intended audience for the Lectures includes lay individuals, students, business owners, and executive, legislative, and judicial leaders.
Worldviews Collide Symposium
– Engaging the Cultural Worldview of the Day in Debate
Salt & Light Global sponsors the Worldviews Collide Symposium to debate worldview issues related to law, public policy, and constitutional governance. These programs often include internationally prominent Christian presenters from the highest levels of government, business, civic society, academia, and elsewhere.
Worldviews Collide Courses
– Providing Preeminent Biblical Worldview Education Focused on Law, Policy, and Constitutional Good Governance
Salt & Light Global provides intensive Biblical worldview instruction focused on law, policy, and good governance. During the courses, students learn how and why colliding worldviews impact faith, liberty and the rule of law. Designed to educate and equip Christians for citizen statesmanship, these courses teach the faithful how to understand and respond to impending threats. Salt & Light Global provides this instruction all around the world through courses that range in length from one day to three weeks.
– Discipling Individuals who Diligently Engage the Culture for the Glory of God
The Wilberforce Academy hosts a discipleship program that provides in-depth teaching on First Principles and long-term mentoring to aid participants in applying their knowledge to law, policy, and governance. Coupled with the teaching and mentoring components, the Wilberforce Fellowship requires students to actively participate in citizen statesmanship by, among other things: serving the needy; monitoring government actions affecting unalienable liberty; informing the public of current threats to religious conscience; or assisting those speaking for the persecuted.
Upon successfully completing the discipleship program, participants become Wilberforce Fellows – named in honor of William Wilberforce, the Christian member of the British Parliament who successfully spearheaded the abolition of the slave trade.