When the Great Default, kicks in, many budgets will be destroyed – including the police budget. This means that people will have to provide their own town’s security.
One example of this, happening now, is provided here.
Looking at this essay, I’d guess that we are only 10-20 years from the time when the only educated people are religious people.
I can’t say much about hip-hop one way or another, but I can say that it’s really dumb for the white Reformed folk to keep those black brothers at arm’s length. Tony Carter said it best:
Thankfully, the growth of Reformed theology among African-Americans has not been contingent upon the welcome mat of some white Reformed brothers. God continues to do what he has done, “pouring out his Spirit on all flesh.” May my brothers and sisters according to the flesh continue to seek and embrace the truth of Reformed theology despite the clay feet and slippery tongues of some of our Reformed white brothers, whom we love, though at times they make it harder than it should be.
And that’s how it is, sometimes.
Reformed theology is Christian theology, built for men on a mission. Not for retreatests, not for pietists, not for the power-lusters. For those who hunger for truth and righteousness; who know that they can’t bring about the Kingdom in this life, but we could be a lot closer to it than we are today.
The only thing I would add is that as of today, the “Christianity Plus” problem of the Calvinists is “Christianity Plus Seminary”.
Seminary is where the most driven believer goes to be gelded, in an educational system built on Greek paganism and perversions. The faster they are closed down, the better it will be for the Church at large.
As noted in the article “The Slow, Steady Decline of Evangelicalism”, the Evangelical church is going down the same graveyard as the Liberal & Mainline churches are. Only the Pentecostals are avoiding it, and the future of the Church is in their hands.
As Reformed theology is better than Pentecostal theology, I see no reason why Reformed churches should not be spreading across the land – but they are not. They love their seminaries, and in the name of centralized control quite deliberately crippled and gelded their preachers in the seminaries – outing their fire, pushing Greek gnosticism-lite, and loading them down with debt – handing America over first to the Baptists, and then to the antiChristian, State-adoring liberals.
(The Pentecostals are just God’s recovery men – and even with their less-than-sharp theology, they are working on getting the job done – unlike the Reformed denominations.)
I hope that Black Reformers will develop a way to groom and send out preachers who have the fire of God’s Law-Word on them, without the sterilizing cant of a Establishment-approved seminary education. I shall point to Dr. North’s articles, which are the best description on what needs to be done.
The following articles are free:
The State of American Churches – http://www.garynorth.com/public/9451.cfm
Why Christian Liberal Arts Higher Education Is So Liberal – http://www.garynorth.com/public/8743.cfm
The Wise Way for Calvinists to Get a Seminary Education: Free! – http://www.garynorth.com/public/7526.cfm
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Theology Without a Seminary – https://www.garynorth.com/members/login.cfm?hpage=11794.cfm
The 300-Year Battle for the Votes of American Protestants – https://www.garynorth.com/members/login.cfm?hpage=11318.cfm
Another Venerated Institution Bites the Dust. Good Riddance – https://www.garynorth.com/members/login.cfm?hpage=10840.cfm
Foreign Missions that Work – https://www.garynorth.com/members/login.cfm?hpage=10795.cfm
My Thoughts on What Constitutes a Good Education – https://www.garynorth.com/members/login.cfm?hpage=6838.cfm
I just took a look at a Slate article, Inside the Box, where the dumbing-down effect of schools is noted:
Unfortunately, the place where our first creative ideas go to die is the place that should be most open to them—school. Studies show that teachers overwhelmingly discriminate against creative students, favoring their satisfier classmates who more readily follow directions and do what they’re told.
Even if children are lucky enough to have a teacher receptive to their ideas, standardized testing and other programs like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top (a program whose very designation is opposed to nonlinear creative thinking) make sure children’s minds are not on the “wrong” path, even though adults’ accomplishments are linked far more strongly to their creativity than their IQ. It’s ironic that even as children are taught the accomplishments of the world’s most innovative minds, their own creativity is being squelched.
So what does this mean?
Don’t expect any great breakthroughs from the mass-minds being formed by the public school system. If there are going to be any creative breakthroughs in this culture, we are going to be the ones who do it.
No one else.
All of this negativity isn’t easy to digest, and social rejection can be painful in some of the same ways physical pain hurts. But there is a glimmer of hope in all of this rejection. A Cornell study makes the case that social rejection is not actually bad for the creative process—and can even facilitate it. The study shows that if you have the sneaking suspicion you might not belong, the act of being rejected confirms your interpretation. The effect can liberate creative people from the need to fit in and allow them to pursue their interests.
Perhaps for some people, the pain of rejection is like the pain of training for a marathon—training the mind for endurance. Research shows you’ll need it. Truly creative ideas take a very long time to be accepted. The better the idea, the longer it might take. Even the work of Nobel Prize winners was commonly rejected by their peers for an extended period of time.
Or, put another way,
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.” – Luke 9:23-26.
A new article I spotted, A Generation of Idle Trophy Kids, suggests the likely future of the majority of the culture.
The kids 16-24 are increasingly forced into idleness – no job, no study, dependent on Mom and Dad. This is not as bad as it is in Europe, but it’s going to get there. Without jobs, there is no family formation: and there is no great pressure for marriage. Without the demands on the man to care for his wife and kids, idleness is the future.
God’s people had better be sure to avoid this trap. Maintaining a pointed, solid dissent from a basically evil and declining culture is part of the motivation. But working to build an local-based alternative, and using the increasing opportunities for freedom and liberty, is an even better reason to get out of bed and get to work!
The Stars declare the handiwork of God – and we aren’t going to get there by playing computer games in Mom’s basement!
I was pleasantly surprised by the Xbox game Dust: An Elysian Tail™. Quality artwork, quality fighting, some good music, and some good set design – with all but the music and the voices from the mind of one man. (Well, the story credit is shared, so it isn’t ALL one man’s work over four years.)
The storyline was rather bare in the first half of the game, but the second half is more interesting. The hero manages to go the right thing often, but twice – perhaps three times – it’s too late. His work is generally good, but he is coming from a bad background. His name, Dust, is indicative of his origin, with two souls – a weak good man, and a strong bad man – in one body. And the big bad would much rather have Dust on his side than against him.
It is good to see some quality Christian game artists out there (Like in the Ps3 game Journey™), which I have spoken of before. The producer of the game is called “Humble Hearts”, and the creator does thank God – but really made the game for his daughter Elizabeth: I have no particular problem with this: so long as God is remembered as the source of all good things, we can certainly take what He gives us, and then give it again to our loved ones.
I am somewhat annoyed by the “weak good man” stereotype. Certainly, they exist; but this is not the essence of what God wants men to be. God’s men should be strong, but with gentle hearts: noble and upright, but familiar with how the grim power and poisonous nature of sin can harm us all. The sinner C. S. Lewis is not too far off, with his early sexual failures and his money troubles stemming from his oaths before God.
(And in the end, his drive to persuade English intellectuals of Christ was a failure. But in America, the seed fell on some fertile soil: and we already know that a prophet – even a spiritual crippled God-fearer like C.S. Lewis – is never welcomed in his own country. The English power-elite will enjoy spitting in God’s face until they die, and then enter to their final reward, laughing at the ruins of the fair nation they inherited: but C.S. Lewis is likely to be enrolled with the other major Christian philosophers, and be remembered millennia from now.)
I am a sci-fi writer over at Stellar Reaches,, writing free articles for a sci-fi game. I happen to know that there is a fairly large set of covenant-keeping believers who like sci-fi, and I hope that they take a look!
Anyways, I recently read the article by Evan Wheeler, Elysium: An Empty Promise, which mentions on how both the ruling authorities of Elysium, and the political revolutionary/redeemer of the People, are basically failures. Escapism fails; Power fails; and nobody considers faithful following of God, a.k.a. Dominion Religion.
(North wrote a book on it: Moses and Pharaoh: Dominion Religion vs. Power Religion. You can download a free copy here.
Also, see his website of other free books!
And don’t forget Chalcedon! )
Anyways, the point I am making is that even high technology, even great advances, will not guarantee Paradise. If everyone had food, clothing, and all the pleasures they desired, will that make them happy?
Not if they are still sinners! There’s always the need for another law – another regulation – another way to control others, no matter how much you personally have. Envy, hate, greed, and the desire to murder and steal, inflict pain and show your power: even 3D printers, synthetic bodies, cheap & smart robots, and cold fusion cannot cure sin.