This post is a collection of notes and thoughts I had when reading Gary North’s book God’s Covenant. (Link: http://www.garynorth.com/covenants.pdf ) The reader will find that copying directly from the PDF will have all the words joined together, makingitcomletelyunreadable. So, OCR conversion software will be needed to read the PDF, then print out a text or Word file, if you want to make substantial quotes from the text.
I have only provided notes for up to Chapter 2: Hierarchy/Authority. The Table of Contents provides a good overview of the book. To summarize below
- Creation vs. Evolution
- Revelaton vs. Reason
- Theonomy ca. Autonomy
- Casuistry vs. Ideology
- Theocracy vs. Democracy
The first five is a good outline of the structure of covenants
The second five is a good contrast between the Dominion Covenant and (one of) Satan’s Covenants, Darwinism. North notes that God demands that His people proclaim his name: “The voice of authority speaks in the name of the sovereign.” (Page 61): Satan doesn’t really care, so long as God’s will is despised, attacked, and ignored as much as possible. Satan is far more likely to have his followers proclaim their own godhood, than openly worship Satan (Page 86): but in history, the enemy has certainly worn Christian robes while pouring contempt on the Bible and on Christ, as any good mainline churchman will cheerfully attest to.
(Yes, you are hearing Establishment roars of approval in the distance… )
In this quick and incomplete group of notes, I will cover and offer assorted comments on North’s book from the beginning, and go through Chapters 1 and 2. Then, I will skip ahead to do a quick focus on a portion of Chapter 10: Theocracy vs. Democracy.
Back to the Beginning
At the start of the book, North provides a primer on the covenants, with the first half of the book using the Bible to explain how God sees and uses the covenants, and the second half of the book spelling out the differences between Christian and Darwinian forms of the covenant. “It is never a question of covenants vs. no covenants. It is always a question of whose covenants.” (Page ix)
I have learned from over four decades of interaction with Darwinist intellectuals that Christians are more likely to accept the Darwinists’ definitions and applications of the covenants in social affairs than Darwinists are likely to accept the Christians’ definitions and applications of the covenants in social affairs. The Darwinists are far more self-conscious than the Christians are. They are far more ready to do battle to have their view of the covenants adopted by, or imposed on, society. Darwinists constantly battle in every area of life to extend their agenda. Most Christians rarely do. Darwinists battle to get their definitions accepted by society, which enhances their ability to get their agenda accepted. The Christians do not and have not for about three centuries. (Page ix-x)
The rule of self-serving power’n’pleasure people is a crashing bore in my eyes: I have seen nothing else in my entire lifetime in the West. And did I mention their incompetence?
Fortunately, their delusional view of reality, short-sighted focus, and abject lack of integrity – coupled with the unstoppable, tech-fuelled march of decentralization – means that their rule is increasingly a façade. Most people like what they’re selling, so they will retain power over the willing slaves: but men who wish to be free will find more and more ways to abandon/ignore/delegitimize/undermine Our Caring Masters. This trend will be overwhelming with the coming bankruptcy of the welfare state.
Most Europeans, long used to obedience to their political saviours, have long ago ditched all forms of private charity: when the State ceases to buy off the masses, the brown Muslims and the black Christians will look out for their people: and the rest will be abandoned, having long destroyed their families and churches in favour of government promises. At that time, it would beneficial for Christians to clearly understand how covenants work, so they can retain and rebuild free and prosperous cultures, instead of turn to impoverishing violence, oppression, and theft that the typical Islamic state does.
With respect to Part 2, I begin with a presupposition: Social theory is an inescapable concept. It is never a question of social theory vs. no social theory. It is always a question of whose social theory. Nevertheless, at least a billion Christians prefer to ignore the fact that what the Bible teaches about many topics has major implications for society. It is a useful exercise to remind Christians that there are rival views of the covenants. It is also useful to remind them that there are rival views of society, which are themselves inescapable implications of rival views of the covenants. Rival social theories lead to conflict, especially over implementation.
As you read this book, please pay close attention to the cited biblical texts. What they say is far more important than what I say about them. (Pages 1-2)
Christians will have to get serious about discipling the nations. We need justice to gain prosperity, and justice is defined by Divine Law – as opposed to the rule of the Party, or the Majority, or the Intellectual Elite – or even religious folk, far more interested in their own power rather than humbling themselves before God Above.
I have used the King James Version throughout. There are reasons for this. One is that it remains the most popular translation in the United States. Over half of the Bibles sold are KJV. Second, the language of the KJV is both powerful and unique. I find it easier to remember ancient English words in passages. Third, Strong’s Concordance is tied to the KJV. (Page 2)
One day, a godly generation from a godly culture will create – with love, scholarship, and reverence – an updated version of the Bible. That day is not today, though. Maybe in two centuries, when both the Darwinian Above-the-Law GodState and the Endless Jihad are nothing but busted relics of a time long gone…
[I know that others fear Muslims, but they aren’t going to get the future. Their birth rates collapse as more Islamic women learn to read: and technology & literacy will only expand more and more in the future. Also: Muslims insist that the sexual drive cannot be restrained, but the future that God is making demands obedience and self-discipline in all things, if you plan to prosper. Islam will not submit to Christ, so it will fade: and all the car bombs and all the threats and all the riots in all the world will not change this.
There is only ONE Lord of Heaven and Earth, and those who oppose him will taste failure, increasingly in the present, and overwhelmingly in eternity.]
The God of the Bible is the Creator. Genesis 1:1 tells us that God existed before He spoke the universe into existence. He created it out of nothing. This doctrine of creation—unique to the Bible—implies that God is separate from His creation. He is not an extension of the creation, nor is the creation an extension of Him. This is the Bible’s definitive answer to all variations of the religion of pantheism.
The passage in Jeremiah tells us that the God of the Bible is infinite. He is omnipresent. There is nowhere in the creation where He is absent and does not see. There is no place to hide. This is the Bible’s definitive answer to all variations of the religion of deism.
God is simultaneously transcendent to the creation, yet present with it. This makes biblical religion unique. (Page 5)
God holds all things together (Colossians 1:17), and He directs the hearts of men, even his enemies like Pharaoh: “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.” (Proverbs 21:1)
There is One Lord, and One God – and His Word not only created all there is from nothing, but established the right measure law, truth, and justice.
This is in contrast to the State (cross-waving, flag-waving, whatever…) which creates nothing, but seeks to take everything – life, liberty, and property – in the name of its own glory and power. North states, “Christianity teaches cosmic personalism—a universe that inescapably reflects God.” (Page 6), and then quotes Romans 1:18–23.
The universe is not God: God is forever above His creation. But, God is present throughout the creation: it bears His echo, just as all men bear His image. It will naturally strive to conform to His will: and, as time goes on, it will be more and more successful. Just as those men who consistently strive to conform to God’s will are going to be more and more successful.
The god of pantheism is personal, yet not fundamentally different from any other living being. All creation shares some element of the same being. Pantheism’s god is therefore not inﬁnite. […] So, God’s person is essentially the same as any man’s person: more powerful, at least for now; ethically superior, at least for now; but not fundamentally different. The universe is therefore personal, but it reﬂects only itself, not a higher, sovereign, separate being. […] God’s mercy is not sure, for He is not omnipotent. God’s ﬁnal judgment is not sure, for He is not omnipotent. The universe is therefore autonomous, answering only to itself. (Page 6)
So stands Hinduism – and quite a number of the more mystical Western intellectuals. The more aggressive pantheists proclaim: “One day, the Right Sort will gain the power of the gods – and right and wrong will be what we say it is!” The less aggressive pantheists know that different Lords mean different Laws, and will go god-shopping to choose the master that gets them what they want.
The God of deism is personal, yet totally removed from the creation. He is transcendent, but not present. Deism’s god is not inﬁnite, for He shares existence with the creation. The creation does not reﬂect the comprehensive personhood of the God of the Bible; at most, it reﬂects His orderliness. The universe is seen as a cosmic mechanism. Ethics is irrelevant to a machine. God’s mercy is irrelevant. Final judgment is irrelevant. The universe is therefore autonomous, answering only to itself. (Page 6)
Men – and especially powerful men – really do hate answering to anyone above themselves, don’t they? As willfully blind and self-pleasuring as always. Anyways…
From the rise of the Renaissance, anti-Christian Europeans first turned to Deism, bowing to some abstract invisible machine – which makes no moral demands. Then, they moved on to the current “kill who we wish, take what we please” GodState, and the bureaucrats – black-robed lawyers & judges (promoted lawyers), business-suited civil servants, and uniformed dictators – that manage it. I have little doubt that, when computers pass the human intelligence mark at 2050 (or is it 2035?), they will be bowing down to the exalted calculators as well: any old thing will do, so long as it isn’t Christ. And as always in Europe, a lot of chat about Progress, Security, Equality, and the Rule of Reason will be used to cover the latest mindless tyranny.
We Know We Are Not God: Therefore…
Over time, people more closely resemble what they worship. Christians are to be aware of this, and closely imitate Christ, their King. All the other gods are just dead things compared the Real Thing: yes, even The People of the modern democracy.
Everyone knows that he is not God. God therefore holds everyone accountable because of this knowledge. First, because of God’s transcendence. God is above man, different from man, and sovereign over man. […] Second, because of God’s presence. This presence is judicial. [a.k.a.: “God judges our every thought, word, and deed] […] So, every person is in covenant with God. Man is a covenant being, made in God’s image from the beginning. (Page 8)
The solid (if shrinking…) majority of those walking the earth are not only covenantal beings, but covenant-breaking beings. But it is those who keep covenant with God, who will be blessed by him.
The family is often said to be the basic unit of society. This assertion is wrong. First, every society also has civil government (Romans 13:1-7), so the family has at least one equally authoritative, equally universal institutional rival. Second, the family is a derivative institution, as we have already seen. The church is the model for the family. The love of a husband for his wife was said by Paul to be modeled after Christ’s love for His church. Equally important, the church extends into eternity. The family does not. (Page 10)
Nowadays in the West, the State has supplanted the family, and is busy destroying its rival. Be sure to understand why this is so: the power-lust of Our Masters would have gone nowhere,
- if husbands & wives had insisted on teaching their children instead of dumping them in schools as soon as possible;
- if husbands & wives had insisted that they will take care of their own instead of getting the State to care (and, eventually, euthanize) the old and care for (and abort) the young;
- if husbands & wives had treated their vows as unbreakable, instead of asking the State (and not the Church) to create them, and then break them;
God gives nations the rulers they deserve: if they had desired righteousness, righteous men would rule them, right now. As it is, they demand pleasure so they get it… for now.
[Aside: In the old days when victory seemed to be a live option, power was valued over pleasure: but out-and-out violence is increasingly expensive, and the legitimacy of Our Masters are on a steady downtrend, so bribes of easy sex and welfare money will have to replace the preferred tools of machine guns massacre, police state terror, and slavery in the fields of The People. And when the money runs out….?]
So, the family, while a universal human institution, along with civil government, is not the primary institution in history. The church is. The argument that the family is the most basic unit of society is usually associated with the social philosophy of organicism. Organicism is wrong. The Bible teaches covenantalism. (Page 10)
Organicism – where society is seen as one organism, and people are just replaceable parts of the whole – destroys the worth of the individual in the name of the society.
Rule in Whose Name?
Paul spoke of the civil magistrate as a minister of God. The magistrate’s assignment under God is to bring negative sanctions against law-breakers.
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour (Romans 13:1-7).
Notice that Paul spoke of higher powers and the powers that be: plural. There are multiple covenantal powers, as well as multiple civil authorities. There is no single covenantal institution that can lawfully claim total obedience and monopolistic jurisdiction. Such authority belongs only to God. (Page 11)
It’s been a long time since white European national governments claimed to be ministers of God. I believe that it will never happen again, except as a PR stunt, blaspheming the name of God for the eternal glory of some power-adoring politician. On the other hand, because God insists on having His name proclaimed across all the earth, the name of Christ will again be the foundation of the civil state in the European continent: but by that time, the rulers will have names like Hassim or Akume or Musa, not Pierre or Gabriel or Conrad.
White America, Black America, and a Holy God Above All
Will Christ be openly proclaimed King in America, and His Law the rule of the land? Perhaps in a century or two, after generations of grinding work has set up proper foundations. It’s no easy thing, changing the heart of a nation: especially if you are going to do it the right way, via persuasion and example, instead of the ever-expanding regulations and restrictions, in the style of The Compassionate Ones.
Thanks to the heavy lifting and difficult labours of numerous White Americans, it is reasonable that they (or their descendants) will have the greater say in a future Christian America (I Corinthians 9:9-10): we will see if they will choose better than their forbearers, when the wealth that comes from obedience starts to flood in.
If Black Americans want their share of the blessings, they will have to put in the sweat work, in Black men leading their families, in educating their children via homeschool, in disciplining their communities, in getting the work of Christ done. While I admire the think-work put in by Rousas John Rushdoony, North, Greg L. Bahnsen, Van Til, etc, none of it matters until it is put into practice.
To rule, Black men must learn. To learn, Black men must get the self-discipline to read (and not leave literacy to Black women) and they must reassert their leadership by turning away from welfare checks, and to standing on their own two feet. There are no jobs for illiterates: but if they wish to rebuild Black America, they must work nevertheless.
(Black men would be wise to destroy the minimum wage laws: some work is far better than none, especially in post-welfare state America).
As the failure of liberal culture can be found across 2/3rds of Black America, it is needful that actual obedience to the Law – starting with fathers returning and staying with their families – begin here. Otherwise, death and despair will only continue to tighten its grip – especially when the welfare state dies, and our Political Saviours – black and white, Republican or Democrat – all prove to be utterly worthless.
The civil government acts on behalf of God. It brings negative sanctions against evil-doers, so that God need not intervene against the entire society. (Page 11)
There has been a long chain of negative sanctions since the 1960s, from an endless string of lost wars (no matter how superior American military arms are) to the destruction of the middle class, from the loss of hope in Black America to the loss of hope in White America. Still, there is no repentance, so the negative sanctions will merely continue and strengthen in time.
The judicial legacy of Sodom and Gomorrah is with us still. There, the civil government did not deal with ﬂagrant evil. God brought corporate sanctions against all those who resided within their boundaries. (Page 12)
These words are then followed by a quote of Deuteronomy 29:23-28.
This is where I draw the line between America and Western Europe. I believe that there are actually a set of sanctions – defeat, poverty, and the end of domestic security – that can lead to national repentance in the U.S. On the other hand, I don’t believe that there is any set of sanctions, separate or together, that will inspire repentance in Western Europe.
Both cultures are dying, but after the fall, Divine hope and the Christian life can again rise from some of the scattered ruins in America. The other culture is simply a write-off.
God in the post-Fall world covenants speciﬁcally with individuals, with called-out assembles of disciples, with families, and with people under the authority of lawfully ordained civil magistrates. (Page 12)
God covenants with people, and groups of people, including tribes.
(Lines of descent is of some interest to God, as this is the foundation of the nations that must be discipled under Christ. Races, skin colours, eye shapes… not so much.)
But the thing is, while there are collective blessings for nations under God, there are also collective curses if they choose to abandon God.
Referring to Genesis 1:26-28 and 11:5-7, North writes,
First, God is talking to Himself. That means He is plural. This is an unpleasant fact for monotheists of the Jewish and Islamic variety, not to mention Unitarians, but the fact is presented clearly, early in the Bible: God is plural. (Page 14)
Well, naturally – every serious Bible-reader knows that! Well, the ones who actually care about every single word and tense in the Bible, anyways. Christian believers can afford to ignore those who just read into the Bible what they want to find.
Second, this leads to a conclusion: There is unity in plurality. God is one, yet plural. He is as plural as He is uniﬁed. Conclusion: Unity and plurality are equally ultimate.
Third, this plural though uniﬁed God decided in joint consultation to create mankind, which is also a plurality. Male and female created He them. Yet He dealt with them as a unit: mankind. Mankind as a species is different from every other species. (Page 14-15)
There are a couple of good things that come out of this: among them, that the desire of comprehensive uniformity is going to fail, and that plurality does not automatically mean strife and hatred and psychotic hatred. Also, elevating humanity as the God-appointed stewards of the world is naught but a simple recognition of reality.
In reference to Genesis 1:14-16 North writes:
This means that in the grand scheme of things, the heavens serve mankind. The sun and the moon have a purpose: to serve mankind. This was true even before the creation of man. This means that the universe is not impersonal. It is personal. It also reveals purpose. There is no doctrine more foreign to modern Darwinism. The heart of Darwinism is the denial of all purpose until the advent of man.
Darwinians insist on no purpose for man… so the Right People, cloaked with white cloaks or enough votes, can then set their own purpose for man. A smooth sleight-of-hand trick that’s still impressive for many.
Christians need to get wise to these self-serving moves, and fast.
The Total State: an Evil Rationalist Imitation of the Omniscient, Omnipotent God
North then turns from the Dominion Covenant to the individual covenant.
God made a covenant with Adam (Genesis 2). Eve was included in this covenant as Adam’s wife. Adam answered directly to God under His examination (Genesis 3:12). Next, Eve answered directly to God (Genesis 3:13). Each received a punishment that was designed to ﬁt the speciﬁc crime (Genesis 3:16-19).
Responsibility is individual. Each individual possesses comprehensive responsibility: thought, word, and deed. (Page 16)
God’s authority over our every single thought (Matthew 5:27-30), word (Matthew 12:36-37), and deed (Revelation 20:11-13) is stated in scripture. Sinful men despise this God, and then – as soon as they can – set up a surveillance/police state where every thought, word, and deed is judged by Responsible Authorities – and any deviation is a punishable offense.
Covenant-breaking Political Men are ego-bloated lawless tyrants. God is noble, good and just. One of these authorities deserves our worship and respect – the other, which hates the very idea of nobility, goodness, and justice as objective realities, should be slowly but relentlessly pushed aside by Christians.
Personal Responsibility, Personal Work to be Done
Once again, I’ll point to
- Withdrawing Political Legitimacy (http://www.garynorth.com/public/12641.cfm)
- Khan Academy’s Challenge to State-Certified Educators (http://www.garynorth.com/public/12661.cfm),
- Beating the State: Third Century Christianity in the Third World Today (http://www.garynorth.com/public/12131.cfm)
- The Dogcatcher Strategy (http://www.lewrockwell.com/2000/11/gary-north/the-dogcatcher-strategy/)
- County Rights (http://americanvision.org/countyrights/)
- Tactics of Christian Resistance http://www.garynorth.com/freebooks/docs/21e2_47e.htm
As the way forward.
This means that membership in a lawfully covenanted organization does not remove anyone’s personal responsibility for his individual actions. Final judgment is individual because the resurrection is individual. This is the doctrine of the one as it applies to hierarchy. (Page 17)
In other words: “I was just following orders” isn’t going to cut it before God’s Awful Throne.
The doctrine of the Trinity implies the equal ultimacy of the one and the many. The fact that men are responsible individually does not mean that they are not responsible corporately. They are responsible both individually and corporately to the God who is sovereign both individually and corporately. This is why all governments are responsible corporately to God. (Page 17)
True, with one modification. As governments do not have immortal souls, they must be judged in time and on earth.
Revelation 3 is the passage wherein John was told by God to write letters to angels at each of seven churches. These were not supernatural angels, for whom there was no postal zip code. They were messengers—the same Greek word used for angel—meaning pastors. (Page 17)
This points to God’s men, being held responsible by God for their obedience.
Eve was responsible to God through Adam. There is no text that indicates that God spoke to her directly prior to His examination of her after the Fall. She was also less responsible for her sin than Adam was for his. This, for two reasons.
First, Adam was formed ﬁrst […] Second, Eve was deceived. Adam sinned knowingly. […]
So, the degree of personal responsibility differed because of family hierarchy. Those who are lower on the ladder of family responsibility have less responsibility. Paul wrote to the Corinthian church:
Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children (2 Corinthians 12:14).
This has to do with the covenantal issue of inheritance. Children are supposed to inherit assets from their parents. This is an aspect of the expansion of the kingdom of God. It is also part of the process of extending man’s dominion over nature.
Women in the family are subordinate to men: “For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man” (1 Corinthians 11:8-9). (Pages 18-19)
The family has a particular structure & order, which the Western State – despising all hierarchies outside of itself – has worked long and hard to overthrow. This hatred has brought forth fruit, and will continue to do for as long as the welfare state money continues to flow.
Note: in covenantal societies – State, Church, Family, there is collective punishment as well as collective rewards. Anti-Nazi Germans suffered when the Nazi government fell; lazy Englishmen prospered when their nation pursued a pro-industrial/lassie-faire policy; and Achan’s family was destroyed when they refused to separate themselves from Achan’s sin (Joshua 7)
This collective punishment is again noted in II Samuel 24, where the entire nation suffered because of David’s sin. And again, with Pontius Pilate:
This has not changed in the New Covenant era. Pontius Pilate attempted to frighten Jesus because he possessed the power of life and death over Him. “Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?” (John 19:10). Jesus’ response was to insist that Pilate possessed such power only because God had granted it to him. “Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above” (John 19:11a). (Page 20)
Jesus knows what real authority is about. Pilate was not under the Mosaic Covenant, but the Jews were: and they cried out for Barabbas to be released, and for the blood of Jesus to be on themselves, and on their children. (Matthew 27:20-25)
This corporate self-maledictory oath—a covenant oath—sealed Israel’s doom. About 40 years later, Israel revolted against Rome. The Roman legions invaded Israel, burned the temple, and scattered the people. Rebellion against God brings it’s grim wages, once again.
Paul wrote of civil magistrates that they are ministers of God (Romans 12:4). A minister ministers, that is, he mediates between God and man. Their failure to do so puts their nation in danger… and, if the failure continues, results in teh destruction of that nation.
The covenant has an element of hierarchy. This means representation. Adam spoke for God to Eve. Adam and Eve together spoke and acted on behalf of the creation. When God cursed them, He also cursed the creation (Genesis 3:19).
Hierarchies are inescapable. (Pages 20-21)
Of course, the Compassionate Ones will cry out how much they hate hierarchies – and have a special hatred for organized religion (i.e. religions that can successfully defy the will of The People’s Leaders).
And the minute they get power, you know that they will instantly create a People’s Hierarchy. And you know, Christian, who will be at the top… and who will be at the bottom.
Jumping ahead to Theocracy vs. Democracy
In Chapter 10, North expands on this:
There are two major claimants for the throne of sovereign power: God and Satan. Both rule in history through delegated representatives: men.
Satan, unlike God, is content to be represented by men who do not acknowledge his sovereignty publicly, and who may deeply believe that they are acting on their own authority. This has always been the case. The serpent did not suggest to Eve that she should worship Satan or swear an oath of loyalty to him. He suggested only that Adam and Eve would become as gods if they ate from a tree. This is still the form in which the major covenantal temptations of life are presented by Satan or his agents.
God, unlike Satan, is not content to be represented by men who do not acknowledge his sovereignty publicly.
And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word (1 Kings 18:21).
The people (demos) still prefer to answer not a word. As with Satan’s covenantal representatives, most of God’s oath-bound covenantal representatives today are convinced that God does not require any such public acknowledgment, that He is content, just as Satan is content, to let men afﬁrm their own self-made civil covenants, by means of a formal or informal oath to other men or their covenant documents.
Democracy is form of theocracy. It is the rule of a god: would-be autonomous mankind. Similarly, autonomy is theonomy: the law of this one true god. (Page 86-87)
Of course, democracy is really the rule of the Right Sort of Men, who claim the mantle of The People by elections (between pre-selected candidates, on pre-selected issues), force of arms, scientific socialism, etc. But the official justification is worthy of note.
The democracies based their power on sheer numbers of people: but this is failing, along with their economies. If God’s People recognize Christ and His Law as the organizing principle of their families, business, towns, and societies, then they will rule: step by step, we will take the land, as we are working with the flow of history, not against it.
And the Rule of Christ is not based on armies, secret police, welfare/corporate bribery, or violence: neither Marxism or Islam or the current Soft-Fascist order of the West (…and China…) recognizes Christ, after all.
It is the truth proclaimed, and righteous living, and the building of families, and loving neighbours, that the Kingdom will be built. Sure, defensive violence to protect your family and property is authorized: but that’s merely protects the lives of the Children of God. The Kingdom of God is not of this world, and shall not prosper by imitating man-made religions of violence and political might like Islam or Marxism.
It is the Spirit of Love – real love, not
- abort-the-child fake-love (which is actual-hate), nor
- the ‘kill/enslave the locals to save the locals’ chatter that pervades both conservative imperialism and liberal totalitarianism
– that will heal the world.
So, Christ’s people must welcome the Holy Spirit in all they say, and all they do. They must actually life the life that Jesus modelled, and do the deeds Jesus commanded – definitely including the command to teach all the nations to obey Christ – to reach the destiny they are meant for.