Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Dream of Magic

From A Universe from Nothing?

Explaining the origin of the universe is an enormous challenge for those seeking to deny their Creator: How could a universe come from nothing? The challenge is so great that some have argued that the universe simply did not even have a beginning, but has existed eternally. However, because most professing atheists have accepted the big bang model of the universe, they have accepted the premise that our universe did indeed have a beginning. Hence, they have a need to explain that beginning.

Theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss presented in a recent book his claim that the laws of physics could have created the universe from nothing.1 Likewise, other physicists offer similar arguments.

Except “the laws of the universe” isn’t nothing. It’s something that exists because……

Moreover, when virtual particles momentarily appear within a vacuum, they are appearing in a space that already exists. Because space itself is part of our universe, the spontaneous creation of a universe requires space itself to somehow pop into existence.

Faith in magic causes all sorts of problems.

Moreover, even if these supposed higher laws of physics actually existed, in order for them to create the universe, they must have an existence apart from the universe. But this presents a dilemma for the atheist who says that the cosmos is all that exists. Before his death, Carl Sagan acknowledged in correspondence with ICR scientist Larry Vardiman that he recognized this problem for his worldview: His view of origins required the laws of physics to create the cosmos, but because he did not acknowledge his Creator, he could not explain the origin of the laws themselves.5 The existence of physical laws external to the cosmos itself was an obvious violation of his well-known axiom “The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.”6

Of course, the atheist could try to dodge this difficulty by resorting to the claim that the cosmos simply had no beginning and is eternal.

But even this avoidance leaves unresolved difficulties. For instance, some are claiming that the cosmos as a whole—the so-called “multiverse”—is eternal, but that it contains infinitely many individual universes (a consequence of modern inflation theory). According to this view, it is only our particular universe that began 13.7 billion years ago. The existence of other alleged (but unobservable) universes supposedly explains our seemingly improbable existence—because the multiverse contains infinitely many universes, the laws of physics and chemistry in at least some of these universes would have properties necessary for life. Thus, our existence is supposedly explained because we just happen to live in such a universe.

Talk about begging the question!

These difficulties don’t vanish simply because someone claims that other (unobservable) universes exist. Even if the laws of physics and chemistry in every single one of these other supposed universes did allow for life to evolve, those laws from another universe could not explain the existence of life in this universe.

An infinite amount of hand-waving and hocus-pocus, across billions and billions of unobservable universes…

Lesson learned: Magic has no place in the Church.

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The Sovereignty, Dominion, Law, and Wrath of God

From Bojidar Marinov Teaching the Whole Counsel of God:

The constant battle against sin (sanctification) and for the expanding the Kingdom of God (wisdom) has always placed high demands and expectations; and quite often the church has found itself inadequate to the task. Its members sometimes refused to deal with sin, their own and that of the people around them. At other times the church remained passive and escapist, ignoring the clear command of the Great Commission. And at times the church was both plagued by sin and completely oblivious to its task in the world. In the last one century, the same problem persists, and is becoming even more acute and visible.

This problem is going to get resolved rather soon, with a falling away of the passive churches “whose salt has lost its savor” and the rise of churches who actually want to convert the world – and especially all the nations, as Christ commands.

The Biblical solution […] is based on the content of teaching the church is giving today to the nations. Obsessed with their fashionable rhetoric of “making disciples,” our modern church celebrities are missing the other parts of the Great Commission; for example, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth,” and “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” The church today can not produce believers of good quality because its teaching and preaching is truncated; it limits the Gospel to a few propositions about individual salvation and personal piety. It does not give a comprehensive Gospel, one that covers every area of life and teaches individuals, families, churches, and nations to live according to the Word of God in every area of life. The lack of clear, consistent Biblical instruction in so many areas of life only leads to false theology, and a theology that doesn’t teach these things is a false theology itself, no matter how theologically correct its view of personal salvation is. Unless the church changes the content of its preaching, it will keep failing; and no amount of “discipleship” can save it.

There are numerous churches that see the powerless failures they are becoming… and then use this as evidence of “man’s heart are turning cold” and “the Antichrist is coming soon!” and “The Rapture is almost here!”

They will not see their hand in their failure: and since they will not learn and repent, they will surely get the reward for disobedience that’s coming to them, right across the ex-Christian West. And it has nothing to do with a Rapture escape from reality…

Here are the main areas in which the church’s teaching today – the teaching of all pastors, preachers, theologians, and other celebrities – is lacking:

1. The Sovereignty of God

A truth largely forgotten by the modern church is that the foundational doctrine of Scripture is not the salvation of man, or anything about man, but the sovereignty of God. Nothing else in the Bible makes sense unless we understand that foundational doctrine. This doctrine is the beginning and the goal of our faith, and it must be in the foundation of our teaching and preaching always. There are no “natural” things in the universe, in the sense of existing in themselves; they all exist in God, in His plan for the universe. Neither is there such a thing as history and events happening in themselves, outside of God’s providence and predestination. God doesn’t simply “foreknow” the future by looking in a crystal ball to find out what it is; He foreknows it because He Himself has made it happen and is constantly, in every minute, controlling every aspect of His creation and history, to the minutest detail.

Of course, the greatest challenge to this idea about God’s Sovereignty comes in the form of pelagianism and semi-pelagianism, the idea that man by his own efforts and will – free will – is able to achieve that perfection that gives him salvation. […] Only in the last 100 years the Protestant and Evangelical churches have switched to full-scale semi-pelagianism, rejecting their heritage of the Reformation and adopting the doctrines of Rome concerning salvation.

A Christian who is taught that by his decision he can gain salvation is by necessity also taught that by his decision he can lose it. […] His energy is mainly spent not on obeying God and glorifying God but on examining his own heart everyday. In the final account, semi-pelagianism can’t produce culture, or society, or any kind of comprehensive knowledge about the world because it is too exhausted of fighting with the most deceitful of all things.

[…] One Reformed author goes to the length of claiming that nothing is so offensive to an unbeliever as the doctrine of God’s grace. The claim, of course, is nonsensical and unproven; unbelievers have no objection to free gifts, what they detest the most is God’s Sovereignty, the idea that they as humans are not the center of the universe.

Nothing wrong with God’s grace, we know we are saved by grace. But when grace is made the center of the Christian teaching, this shifts the center from God to man. God’s main function in such teaching is to give grace to man and to save man. Thus the Gospel is truncated to mean the salvation of man only, not the establishment of Christ’s kingdom. […] I have talked more about this focus on grace in a previous article so I will not repeat all the arguments here.

It is God who rules, not Man.

Quite a large section of the Church seems to have a problem with this idea.

But never fear: God will purify His bride.

2. The Dominion (Cultural) Mandate

Modern Christianity, in a sharp contrast to the Christianity of the previous centuries, is culturally passive. The Puritans in England, being only a small percentage of the population, exercised enormous influence by their unstoppable enthusiasm to make the whole culture submit to Christ. Europe itself, being only a small portion of the world in terms of resources, territory, and population, nevertheless changed the world culturally and civilizationally because it was the Christendom, a civilization built to exhibit the glory of God. The modern dualistic separation between personal piety and cultural involvement was always foreign to Christians in the past. A Christian’s duty was to obey God personally and culturally. There was no separation between the two.

In comparison, modern Christianity, far from being a faith that conquers the world and its kingdoms, is a religion of passive waiting. Evangelical and Reformed celebrities insist that the church shouldn’t even attempt to change the culture; there is no such thing as a Christian culture, or government, or art, or science, or anything else. These areas are not under the mandate of man to conquer. Man’s only purpose is to be saved; as we saw in the previous point, the Gospel is limited to man’s salvation. Thus, whether one is an amillennialist or a premillennialist, all a person can do is wait for that final day of history or of his life, in order to finally “get home.”

I remain weary of losers.

Passive, lazy, fearful losers, who have no faith in the victory and supremacy of God.

I am confident that — one way or another — God is going to get His Church, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, reshaping the world into a form of His liking.

An obedient tool of Christ, and not a collection of rebellious, self-centred servants.

The Biblical doctrine of man is that man was created with a purpose on earth and in history: to take dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:26-28). Theologians call this the Dominion Mandate, or the Cultural Mandate. Man is supposed to bring God’s order to every corner of the creation, and build every aspect of his culture and society according to God’s requirements. This is the main task man was given when placed in the Garden; not to “worship,” not to idly enjoy the beauty of the Garden, not to discuss obscure theological details. His true worship, his true enjoyment of God’s creation, his true knowledge and understanding of theology or God were to come through his work in cultivating the Garden, or later, in cultivating the whole world and his own culture. This mandate wasn’t destroyed in the Fall; man’s sin only made it more difficult. But God repeated the same mandate to Noah. In the New Testament, Jesus declared that He was given all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18) and made it the basis of the Great Commission. And Paul could declare in very strong terms to his fellow Christians: “All belongs to you, . . . the world, the present, the future; all things belong to you” (1 Cor. 3:21-22). That the world belongs to the Christians is only a restoration of the original commandment, “let them have dominion.” And if Christians own all things and the world, then they have the responsibility to cultivate the world in their God-given Cultural Mandate.

The doctrine of winners, the faith of victors.

The Good Guys Win.

The Bad Guys Lose.

In time, and on earth.

(“And on to the stars,” I would add! But first things first…)

3. The Law of God as a Tool for Dominion

God is sovereign. Man is given the Dominion (Cultural) Mandate over the earth. When we combine these two Biblical truths with the belief that God has revealed Himself and His will in God’s Word, we can easily answer the question: What rules has God established for man in his Cultural Mandate? Obviously, these rules for dominion must be found in that same Word that reveals God to us.

We call these rules the Law of God. The Law of God is given to man to obey. Man is given dominion but not as a sovereign, only as subject to God. And man is obligated as creature to obey God’s Law as far as his Cultural Mandate extends. How far does it extend? In everything man does, in his personal life and in his cultural life. There is nothing on earth that can remain outside of man’s Cultural Mandate, and therefore there is nothing that can be free from the requirements of God’s Law. God’s Law must be taught to individuals, families, churches, and nations, because it is only God’s Law that gives them the tools to obey God in the task He has given man. Once the foundation of God’s Sovereignty is established, and the Dominion Mandate is taken as man main task on earth, there is only one logical conclusion: God’s Law is the Law, in everything man does, individual or cultural.

That Law is, of course, revealed in the Bible. It is summarized in the Ten Commandments, and its case applications are given in the legal code nicknamed Mosaic Law because it was given through Moses. And in the rest of the Bible we see practical applications of that Law explained to and practiced by the Old Testament church and the nations around Israel, and by the New Testament church. Without the Law of God, there is no idea of what practical righteousness and sanctification is.

Too bad fat ans sassy Western Christians have nothing but contempt for God’s Law.

So, having despised the tools they need to build a Christian culture, they crawl back to their ghettos, looking to the State to feed and clothe and protect them.

The fact that the State innately despises everything they stand for is beside the point, compared to the FREE STUFF that the political, kingly power they actually trust can give them.

At the end of the day, as Cornelius Van Til rightly pointed, there are only two options, theonomy (God’s Law) or autonomy (self-law). When pastors, theologians, and other celebrities focus on man and man’s salvation, then inevitably man’s law will control the culture, not God’s Law.

The problem with this is that a Christian raised and taught in such theology is powerless and ignorant as to what he is supposed in the world outside of the church. As I have mentioned before, Al Mohler points to the “incompetence” of Christians in the field of politics and civil government. He doesn’t have to look too far to find who’s responsible for this incompetence: he himself and his rejection of the Law of God as the only Law for man and his culture. Without the Law of God there is no standard for righteous life and action. As Greg Bahnsen said in his great book, Theonomy in Christian Ethics, “…today the church has largely succumbed to the idea that God’s Law is extraneous, not only to personal morality, but to matters of statesmanship and civil government. The theologians of this century have offered no serious alternative to the world, giving the impression that ‘the salt has lost its saltiness.’”

God will not tolerate tasteless, worthless salt; nor will He tolerate corrupt, Man-centred churches.

“We’re all about the salvation of Man
(because that’s important!),
and uncaring about extending public fear and obedience of God everywhere
(because who wants that?)”

4. God’s Covenant Sanctions in History

“And meanwhile [the common grace order] must run its course within the uncertainties of the mutually conditioning principles of common grace and common curse, prosperity and adversity being experienced in a manner largely unpredictable because of the inscrutable sovereignty of the divine will that dispenses them in mysterious ways.”

Dr. Meredith Kline wrote these words in 1978. At the time he was writing them, he was living in a prosperous, safe, and peaceful society where he could have his own house and his own car, and his family was free from persecutions for their religious convictions. He had a secure job, and the job paid him at least 16 times more – in pure monetary equivalent – than his ancestors had only 150 years ago. (As the economic historian Deirdre McCloskey points out, in terms of quality of goods and services available, the increase is not 16 times but something about 100 times.) His town has never been bombed, and he had liberty and justice in a legal and political system that valued the individual much more than any time before in history. His nation, the United States of America, the most Christian nation in the world – relatively to other nations, I mean – was the indisputable leader of the world, economically, militarily, technologically, socially, etc.

But in the end, rebellious men within the Church would rather be powerless and free of the Law that they deeply despised, than powerful but subjected to God’s Law-Word.

And so, God gave them their hearts’ desire… so they could choke on it.

(See Numbers 11 for details.)

5. The Victory of the Gospel in History

When it entered the world’s arena, Christianity shocked the world with a completely different view of history. All pagan religions – including post-AD 70 Judaism and Islam – are essentially pessimistic about history; and all pagan religions are focused on the past and the imagined past Golden Ages.

Christians are so fearful about Islam.

Why fear a bunch of violent ignorami, tied to the seventh century?

And actual believers need never fear: it will be seen that aging, childless, bankrupt secular materialism is no different from those dying and fading fake-Christian heresies, either.

The future was a threat to all of them; the past needed to be preserved and perpetuated; the present was a preventive action against any change. Any change was to be to the worse, a threat to the existing stability of the world.

Our secularist leaders and their aging, fading ideologies are no different.

This view is anathematized as “triumphalist” by many modern church celebrities. In its place, they offer a view of history that follows the pessimism of the pagan religions that the early church encountered. The church was never made so passive as when that most unique feature of her doctrine – historical optimism – was thrown away and replaced with a pessimistic view which says that we should not expect any good development in history.

[…]

And indeed, the greatest issue is: Is the Great Commission going to be fulfilled by the Church in history? Or is the Church, having the Holy Spirit and the presence of her Lord and King, going to fail? The promise of victory produces soldiers who are willing to lay their life for the cause. The promise of defeat is going to produce wimps who would remain passive and never grow in their faith, and in spiritual maturity. The church in the last century has been producing mainly wimps. No wonder.

Surprise, surprise.

Ape the spiritually dead pagan, and you too can become spiritually dead!

Conclusion

These five elements of the Christian doctrine are essential for producing true Christian converts of good quality and spiritual maturity:

1. The Sovereignty of God

2. The Dominion (Cultural) Mandate

3. The Law of God

4. God’s Covenant Sanctions in History

5. The Victory of the Gospel in History

Remember this: I have a suspicion that it’s going to come up on the Final Exam, before God’s throne. How well you can lawfully answer and fruitfully uphold God’s explicit commands will certainly shape how well you are rewarded, so far as the elect are concerned…

Without these as the foundation of all Christian teaching and preaching, the church will continue to produce weak converts who don’t know what they are supposed to be and what they are supposed to do as Christians. We will keep losing our children, and we will keep losing even the adults to the world system – especially to a world system that has adopted secularized versions of these foundations of the Biblical teaching. No rhetoric of “making disciples,” no methods of training, no discipleship seminars and conferences can make up for the lack of these essentials.

The modern church, and especially the neo-Reformed, by refusing to preach the whole counsel of God to their congregations, have created the problem of a weak church with weak believers. They are trying to solve the problem by more of the same – the dangerous rhetoric of “making disciples,” based on a faulty interpretation of one Biblical verse. What they need to do is embrace a comprehensive Gospel that speaks to every area of life, gives a comprehensive worldview, and proclaims the crown rights of Jesus Christ in every area of life. Only then will we have a church that is without spot and blemish.

It’s time to win!

Rapture: Fact or Fiction?

Rapture Fever is increasingly the view of the aged.

I suggest that future Christians will either be post-millennialist, or one of the atheist/ex-Christian “Nones.”

Younger Christians, living in a escapist Rapture household – and seeing that the Rapture never occurs, no matter how bad it gets (and sick of the stress of waiting for what never happens) dump the whole thing… and feel much better, getting out from the rule of increasingly irrelevant losers.

Finding the Cure for Rapture Trauma outlines the details:

One negative comment I received accused me of building a “straw man” by arguing that dispensational and premillennial teachings lead people to complacency, indifference, and even despair in this world. I responded that the argument was hardly a straw man because it was based on real-life examples. These examples were of average Americans who had been imbued with rapture-theology and had concluded that their daughters should not get married and may not even finish high school before it happened. This is not my imagination, this is real life. And, it is not an isolated example. It is far more widespread than anything you can imagine, or than some adherents are willing to own.

And again, these are from the children of Rapture-mania Christians who decided to stay Christian. Can you imagine how many kids dumped Christianity and all its fear-driven and utterly irrelevant works, as soon as they could?

(And warmly welcomed by the secular culture, by the way?)

Life and Death and the Last Days, or Why Eschatology Matters is the key article I like to refer to, when it comes to the destruction pre-millennialism has wrought upon the church.

Christian parents wonder today why the majority of their children today leave the church when they become teenagers and never come back. I’ll tell you why. A big part is due to the nonsensical hounding upon Rapture and End Times by most Christian pastors, teachers, and parents. You’ve heard the phrase, “The economy, stupid.” The modern Christian equivalent should be “The eschatology, stupid.”

Your eschatology matters. What you believe about the future will determine much of how you live your life, and will affect much of your character.

[…]

This is the point that is so important: eschatology has very real and profound effects on your lifestyle. How you view the future determines how you plan and work both now and in regard to the next generation. If you believe the Rapture will occur in your lifetime—indeed, very soon in your lifetime—then there is no need to engage in any long-term plans, especially for peace and prosperity.

[…]

…these young ladies [who wish to marry, and have a long and fruitful life] have a more biblical view of Christianity than their parents. They want to live in the kingdom of God (as He instituted it), get married (as He instituted it), have children (as He instituted it), work (as He instituted it), and experience all He has for them to experience. In short, they want to glorify God and enjoy him forever.

But they are thrust beneath the dictatorial fear-mongering of their parents who can say nothing but “you’re not going to graduate,” “you’re not going to get married,” “you’re not going to have children.” The only thing that matters is Rapture, Rapture, Rapture. The children’s response to their parents’ view is, “It scares me.” Indeed! It scares them because the Rapture view is constant fear-mongering and denial of Christian duty on earth.

The children know better.

And Christians today wonder why their teenagers are leaving the church in droves. Your answer is right here: eschatology. They have a better worldview than their parents, and yet have never been taught how to express the correct worldview via the Bible.

They’ve been taught all their lives that the Bible goes against the long-term, family centered, ethics-centered worldview: that the Bible teaches a quick end to their lives and voids all need to plan beyond the Rapture. The parents and pastors have hounded these kids with a false message of what the Church and the Bible are, and what is expected of them. The children sense that the “fear the Rapture” message is inherently wrong, and they rightly desire to flee from it. But they have been wrongly taught that this is the message of the Bible. So, they flee from Church and the Bible completely as soon as they get a chance.

Along with this, they also flee the Republican Party (not that I support it), which their parents have also exalted as God’s will on earth, especially in regard to foreign policy. Some leave the faith altogether. We end up with a generation of leftist atheists who are just relieved to be out from under the oppressive fear-mongering, and whose behaviors are now fueled by negative emotions harbored against all things conservative and church-oriented.

How surprising.

NOT.

As for Do You Polish the Brass of a Sinking Ship?

The image has always been used to scare Christians away from works of charity and cultural improvement. These are derogated as far secondary to the main “last days” work of soul winning. And when they say the Christian’s job is soul winning, they mean only soul-winning, and winning only souls. Anyone who spends time implementing God’s law in the areas of education, politics, economics, family, business, charity, work, etc., will receive unto themselves the damnation of the dispensationalists. McGee followed his “sinking ship” remark by condemning those Christians who do “polish the brass” as he put it:

if they’re working on setting up new institutions, instead of going out and winning the lost for Christ, then they’re wasting the most valuable time on the planet earth right now, and that is the serious problem.…

“Christians should not redeem, govern, and judge the earth: unbelievers should!”

And then, Christians wonder why they are under the heel of these deviant, godless perverts… after pushing them into positions of power and influence!

“Satan rules this world! Everything is getting worse and worse! Men are so much more violent and racist and oppressive than before!

(Nevermind the actual crime statistics, or the dying thrashing of Islam, or the silence of the graves of Communism and militaristic Fascism. Or even the inevitable bankruptcy and sterility of secularist cultures. “Retreat! Retreat! RETREAT!”)

No, the Rapture is Not a Prophetic Inevitability.

It’s just a dodge of Christians who don’t really believe that Christ rules with power right now; who don’t really believe that the head of the snake has been crushed, forever; who don’t really believe that the strong man has been bound; and don’t really believe that all nations are to become disciples of Christ.

Because if they did, they would have to stop hiding under their ghettos, work to bring the world under the dominion of Christ… and pay the price for the victory, as “no servant is higher than his Master.”

Most Christians would prefer to pay no price at all… or, more exactly, crawl before the atheist and lick the boot of the lawless.

For Western Christians today have decided that such humiliation is far better than ruling in Christ’s Name… and upholding His Law-Word in time and on earth, and accepting responsibility before His Throne for any flaw and imperfection in your rule (nevermind flagrant corruption and defiance!)

“Better to serve evil men than a just God!” cried out most of the Western Church.

Much as the Chosen People of old declared, “We have no King but Caesar!”

God will not destroy the Church entire… but diseased and fruitless branches will be cut off, and tossed into the flames.

And millions and millions of Western Christians chuckle quietly, as they drop their children before the intensely anti-Christian government schools. “Free Day Care beats protecting the souls of my children, any day of the week!”

God’s Representatives on Earth

We Christians — acting as the Church, the Body of Christ —  are to act as God’s representatives on Earth: we decide what to allow on this world, and we decide what to forbid.

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ. — Matthew 16:18-20

and

Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. — Matthew 18:17-19

So why has the Church decided to insist that Satan would be the winner over the Righteous (and implicitly, over the God they represent), in time and on earth?

Where on earth did Christians get the silly idea that they were to retreat from the world, instead of bringing it under the Law-World of Christ, making disciples of not only men, but nations and governments as well?

Who decided to slip in the teachings that evil was sure to win, except for the last-minute victory of Christ? When did the Church decide that the Holy Spirit, coupled with the Word of God, isn’t sufficient for all good works, to crush every snake’s head and bring the wicked to heel?

Who on earth convinced the Church to allow the wicked to triumph, to cripple our own strength?

Ah yes, the End Times Rapture Boys with the quiet support of the amillennialist defeatists (and their ever-shrinking churches).

All backed by the seminary graduates, who currently lead our churches.
(Strange, that seminaries are never mentioned in the Bible…)

And we all know the results of this crawling fear, crippling uncertainty, and cringing retreatism, don’t we?

Just look around you.

“Just as planned.”

History: The Perfection of the Creeds Over Time

From Bojidar Marinov’s History Is Nothing More Than the Perfection of the Creeds Over Time

We get two secular ideas regarding history: first, idealism
(the bold is mine)

“Human history is in essence a history of ideas.”

[…]

One is tempted to ask, “How would we know which of the millions of ideas born in the free minds of millions of free people are really what we need, and how do we know to discard the others? By what standard?”

Wells didn’t answer this obvious question. He didn’t need to. His faith in ideas as the engine of history – no matter what ideas they are – didn’t allow him to question the validity of any idea. Or, to be precise, his faith in the ability of the mind of man to produce good ideas didn’t allow him to accept as valid any question that would express doubt in the products of the mind. Notice I said, his faith. We’ll come back to it later.

What is not so well known is that Wells’s insistence on ideas as the engine of history was a reaction to philosophical materialism. Wells, as a good Fabian Socialist, was an occultist. We often look at occultism through the eyes of modern rationalism, as something only childish fools would do. But occultism is far from being a low-brow, irrational superstition; in fact, it was more often the religion of the educated intelligentsia. Occultism is the thought-out, rational secular response to philosophical materialism. In the non-Christian religions and philosophies, one is always confronted with the terrible dichotomy between freedom and order. (It is just another form of the greater dichotomy of the one and the many.) If a man wants to keep the element of freedom as a philosophical category without accepting Christianity, the only possible way to do it is to become an occultist; only in occultism is human reason theoretically allowed to have a significance of its own, and only then does it have meaningful existence. It is no wonder that almost all of the thinkers of the Enlightenment were occultists; the alternative was crass materialism which destroyed all human individuality and freedom, and subjected all to the impersonal predestination of material forces. It was that alternative that Wells was reacting against, both in his philosophy of history and in his science fiction stories. Wells insisted in his New World Order that in the new world, people will be “united but free.” Freedom was his constant theme although he never explained what he meant by it; and he opposed it to materalism, very self-consciously.

And then, materialism:

“The history of all hitherto existing societies is a history of class struggles.”

This is the well-known opening line of the first chapter of The Communist Manifesto. But in the Manifesto, Marx and Engels didn’t explain why the society had classes in the first place. Marx couldn’t even explain what a class was, and he never finished his main work, Das Kapital. He stopped at the question, “What is an economic class?” Engels took it up and explained how classes appear: The main issue in every society – or, to use Marxist language, socio-economic formation – is the form of property, or, rather, ownership of the means of production. We have class struggles because we have classes, and we have classes because some people own the means of production and others don’t. The question then is, why do some people own and others don’t? The answer lies in the purely materialistic explanation that humans need to produce in order to survive, and the means of production – impersonal and non-human means – require, by their very nature, a specific form of organization of production, which requires division of labor. Division of labor makes some people’s skills more valuable than others, and therefore they are able to accumulate more, and obtain ownership. But in the beginning – in that early primitive era – the means of production did not require such division of labor. What happened? The tools of work developed technologically to higher levels.

And that’s where Marxism stopped. Yes, as ridiculous as it may sound, Marxist philosophy views history as a constant class struggle because the material tools of work developed technologically to require division of labor. The law of history is nothing more than a purely physical law of survival of a species, albeit in a more sophisticated form. Mankind needed to survive economically, developed new tools of work, which led to all the evils and woes of mankind. It sounds as preposterous as occultism, but there again, it is a self-conscious reaction. A philosophical materialist, unlike an occultist, is willing to sacrifice the notion of freedom and individuality in favor of order, a predictable system of truth which explains history and everything else in nice, ordered, predictable categories. Marxism’s historical materialism was the almost perfect system for that, if one wishes to avoid the Biblical philosophy of history at any cost.

With the death of Marxism, cometh the death of materialism.

Occultism will prove to be the hardier beast… but in the end, that’s all it is, a beast. An unthinking reaction against the God of Jacob.

Thus, in H.G. Wells and Marx we have exemplified in a very crystallized form the two secular alternatives for understanding history. One is idealism, emphasizing individuality and meaning at the expense of order and system. The other is materialism, emphasizing order and unity of reality at the expense of freedom and personalism. One says that human mind moves history. The other says that history is nothing but evolving matter. One tries to subject history to the subjective reason of man until there is no difference between fact and imagination. The other tries to immerse man in history and matter to the total disappearance of man as a person and spirit. Both destroy meaning in history, and destroy man in the process.

If you actually plan on changing the world for the better, rather than be a delusional occultist or a mechanical materialist, then you had better look to Christ.

So what’s the Biblical solution? What is the Biblical view of history?

R.J. Rushdoony gave us the Biblical view in his book, The Biblical Philosophy of History. The Biblical view of history, of course, is that history has its source, mainspring, and engine outside of history, in God Himself. It is not history of human ideas, and it is not history of development of material tools, although these do develop in history, no doubt about it, but only as a consequence of a greater development. God must enter history for history to have any motion or meaning. Unless God enters history, we can’t even talk about history as a study or as reality at all. History is not the history of ideas, and not the history of class war, or of technological development. History is in essence God’s work in His creation. “My Father is working until now, and I myself am working.”

There is a certain implied meaning here: My Father is working, I am working… and you should be working for the Father, too!

But let’s have Marinov spell it out.

But looking at that one-time historical event of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago solves only part of our problem. It does give us a pivot for history to revolve around, a center and a culmination that give history in general its meaning. But stopping there only we will be handicapped with a static, albeit meaningful history, a history that doesn’t move anywhere, and lives with a past event which has no meaning for the other events happening before it and after it. All right, one could say, the Incarnation was the central event in history. But how do you explain the other events in relation to it? How do you explain what is happening today, or how do you explain the development of the Western Civilization, or of technology, or of science, etc, etc.? How do you explain WWII, or man on the moon, or anything else? If you only take the Incarnation with a capital I, you will soon be forced to answer any question about history with, “Jesus is the answer!” Modern premillennialists and amillennialists are in that position today; when everything that happens in history around them is always returned in a mystical way to either the First Coming or the Second Coming. But the dynamics is never there; as if events happen fortuitously, chaotically, without a plan that man can understand, study, and learn from.

A few aspects of the Creation (and quite a lot, even most, of the Uncreated God) is fundamentally unknowable… but we are to treasure what we know of God and His Creation, and expand on it!

And what God has chosen to reveal to us isn’t on the nature of His Spirit, or how He acts and creates; but on the nature of His Law, His Love, His Righteousness, His Grace, His Transcendent Holiness.

I suggest that these things – Law, Love, Righteousness, Grace, Holiness – is what we should focus our thoughts on. It is Christ, the physical incarnation of God, who is the path to live and love and joy: leaving the Way, the Truth and the Life boils down to attempts to grab the power of God in a lawless and illegitimate way.

And all such attempts, if not abandoned, only and always lead to the pit of hell, and then the lake of fire.

We need to see the incarnation in its comprehensive meaning in order to draw from it a consistent, working, coherent philosophy if history which helps us understand history and answer all the questions about. Not just as one-time event in history but as a constant movement which defines history and moves it according to God’s plan. Not just one-time incarnation involvement by God but a constant involvement in a visible, discernible way. But we all know that the Incarnation was unique, and it must be one-time, otherwise we are experimenting with heresy. But isn’t there a different meaning of incarnation, isn’t there a different way that God enters history to shape it without necessarily creating many Messiahs?

There is.

And we see it in the promise of the New Covenant in Jeremiah 31, repeated in the New Testament:

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

We have here a form of incarnation, God writing His Law on the “flesh” of our heart. (Incarnation means “in flesh.”) In a parallel verse, Ezekiel 36:26, he says he will give us a heart of flesh, and then He says He will give us the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts (incarnation again). Ezekiel 11:20 says the same thing about the heart of flesh, and about a new spirit which will dwell in that heart. Hebrews 8:8-12 repeats the same promise, but more importantly, the New Testament gives us even more examples of incarnation with small i, incarnation which concerns the flesh of the believer. In John 14 Jesus speaks about the mystery of the Incarnation, “I am in the Father and the Father is in Me,” but then he connects with the other incarnation, “I am in the Father, and you in me, and I in you.” He uses that very specific word, mone, “dwelling place,” at the beginning of the chapter when he says, “there are many dwelling places [monai] in My Father’s house,” and then He uses the same word later when he says that He and the Father will come and make a dwelling place (mone) in every believer. (The only two places in the New Testament where that specific word is used.) The Church, of course, is the body of Christ, the fullness of the one who fills all in all, as Paul tells us in Ephesians 1. But more than just the church, Paul tells us that the individual believers are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19; 1 Pet. 2:5).

Obviously, God enters history not only in the central, one-time Incarnation, He continuously enters history and works in history through millions of incarnations that come like waves of the tectonic impact of that Great Incarnation.

There is the True Saviour, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God.

And then, there are His little adopted brothers and sisters, trailing behind Him, following in His Steps, guided and shaped by the Holy Spirit that came after Jesus Christ ascended to the right hand of God.

We are not God, and never shall be; the slightest: but, saved by the blood of the Lamb and infilled by the Holy Spirit, we can be increasingly sanctified, increasingly resistant to the temptations of sin, and after our deaths, our corrupted flesh will be purified in our resurrection, and we will perfectly reflect the sinless holiness of God Most High.

And that will be a very good day, indeed!

One of the reasons Jesus died on the Cross was to give us the Holy Spirit Who works out those small incarnations in practice. Now history has meaning not only in its center and culmination but it also has meaning as a process, as dynamics, as change and events and connections between events. Incarnation is the principle behind history, both culmination and change. God works through Jesus Christ in history; and He works through His people in history. There shouldn’t be any surprises here; the function of the Church and of the individual believers as God’s representatives in history, filled with His Spirit, is part of the Biblical doctrine.

But how does this incarnation of God in His people work in practice? If it is to be manifested in history, that is, revealed in history, what is the visible sign of God entering His people in a form of incarnation and moving history through them?

Hint: it isn’t to be forever a isolated, powerless, irrelevant and despised minority, incapable of shaping the world.

Here we come to the main thesis of this lecture.

The promise of the New Covenant in Jeremiah 31 which I quoted above gives us the answer to it:

“I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,”

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This brings us to the most important issue of the creeds and the culture they create. I have argued in another place that Christianity is unique in the fact that the culture it created was a creedal culture, that is, a culture explicitly and self-consciously based on credo, “I believe,” as a unifying principle. The increased knowledge of God is expressed outwardly first and foremost in the form of a response back to God in the form of a creed. The sign that a person was admitted by God in God’s Covenant was that he now had faith – that is, “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” – which made him self-consciously confess with his mouth what he believed (Rom. 10:10). A confession, “I believe,” credo, was the first necessary condition for a person to be admitted in the church through water baptism. The Great Commission required baptism to be “in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,” that is, a person had to confess faith in the Godhead as the teachings of Jesus presented Him. When a person made that confession, it was a sign that he had been adopted, and God and His Son had come to make their dwelling place in that person. God’s incarnation in His people, both as a church and as individual believers, was expressed by a confession of faith.

To answer H.G. Wells and Marx concerning the essence of history: It is not history of ideas because that would make history dependent on the mind of man; and it is not history of class war or development of material tools, because that would make history meaningless. History is the story of God’s continuous involvement in His creation by a way of incarnation, both one-time event with a capital I, and continuously in giving His people the knowledge of Himself which makes then confess faith in Him. History is in essence history of the growth of the knowledge of God. And this definition of history gives it both a unifying principle originating outside of history, and it also accounts for human freedom and meaning and participation in history.

And so, the meaning of History – and implicitly, the meaning of Life – is revealed.

From the Westminster Shorter Catechism:

Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God,[1] and to enjoy him forever.[2]

Q. 2. What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?
A. The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments,[3] is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.[4]

Q. 3. What do the Scriptures principally teach?
A. The Scriptures principally teach, what man is to believe concerning God,[5] and what duty God requires of man.[6]

Q. 4. What is God?
A. God is a Spirit,[7] infinite,[8] eternal,[9] and unchangeable,[10] in his being,[11] wisdom,[12] power,[13] holiness,[14] justice,[15] goodness,[16] and truth.[17]

Q. 5. Are there more Gods than one?
A. There is but one only,[18] the living and true God.[19]

Q. 6. How many persons are there in the Godhead?
A. There are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost;[20] and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.[21]

OK, back to Bojidar!

And what about the world outside of Christendom? There again, no people has no knowledge of God. There is some knowledge, and there is some faith in everyone, even the most wretched pagan. And the history of the pagan nations is only an outworking of the development of their own “creeds,” or whatever they have in place of a true creed. Faith has consequences, and all consequences we see in history are the result of only one cause: the faith of the people, and the self-conscious formulation of that faith in creeds. You want to know about the feudal period in the European history? Go back to the creedal statements of the time and find the causes and answers there. You want to know about the Industrial Revolution? Again, go to the creedal statements of that time, and you will see the engine of the Industrial Revolution there. Want to understand Magna Carta and what led to it? Study the faith and the creeds of the English Church in the 11th and the 12th centuries. Want to understand modern America and everything that is happening around us? Identify the predominant creedal statements in today’s culture, and you will have all your answers.

What you believe shapes your actions.

What a society believes shapes its existence.

We are left with one last problem to resolve. If history is basically history of the creeds, of man’s confession of his faith back to God in response to the Holy Spirit’s work in his heart, and of the redeemed humanity as a whole in response to the Spirit’s work in the Church, how do we account for historical change? After all, once a culture changes its faith from pagan to Christian, and adopts an explicitly Christian credo, and changes its ideology and practice, and thus gets changed as a culture, what is left to do after that. And why do we have historical change in Christian cultures? Despite all the similarities between our time and times past, we cannot deny that the world is not the same as it was 2,000 years ago, or even 200 years ago; and we are obviously not going back to that time anymore. Just when everyone believes that there is no more room for historical changes, when everyone expects the world to freeze in a static condition in the present reality, history manages to surprise us with newer and newer realities. (Just look at the last 50 years.)

And this is where we learn of the great principle of historical dynamics, the principle that is the engine of historical progress and change, the principle that explains history for what it is, that gives history stable ground and impetus for movement at the same time. And that principle is this:

God uses history to perfect our faith.

That’s the purpose of history: God uses history to produce a bride to Himself, a perfect bride, without spot or wrinkle, a bride with a perfect faith, trained and tested in generations of trials, judgments, challenges, struggles, defeats, victories. He has no other purpose for history but that; and history is going to end with that Bride adorned for Her Husband, perfect in everything, a heavenly city of gold and precious stones.

And there you go.

We face challenges today that no Christian in history has faced before. The covenant is the same, the law is the same, God and Jesus Christ are the same, but the historical situation is unique. And we must admit that the church has been unable to deal with the challenges. That is because in trying to face them, we have either resorted to changing our practice or to changing our ideology concerning specific areas. But we have not been careful to examine our very faith, and how we understand it and formulate it. In this, we have neglected following the example of our forefathers in the faith. We need to re-examine our faith first; unless we understand this, we won’t be able to rebuild the foundations of the social order of Christendom.

In other words, faith has consequences.

You know my recommendations, right off the bat:

Ditch the pre-millennialism, the antinomianism, and the defeatism.

Also, the compromises with the world – not only in regard to abortion and divorce and perversion, but in law and taxation and justice.

Get serious about obeying God, and God will get serious about blessing you: making you the head, and not the tail.

Disobey Him, and you become worthless salt, to be ground under the heels of the heathen… just like Christians are, today.

You know which choice I recommend!

History and Destiny

From Gary North’s Historiography and Destiny:

“History is written by the victors.”

You probably have read this statement. It’s true as far as it goes. But it misses the point. What is the point? The final victor. Who will be the final victor?

This is the issue of eschatology: the doctrine of the last things. Everyone has an eschatology, but most people don’t give it much thought.

Cosmic evolutionists have an eschatology: the heat death of the universe. In one phrase: “Eventually, everything will run out of gas.” Entropy is a one-way street to oblivion. The triumph of absolute zero will kill all life.

Then who will write history? No one. There will be no further history to write.

Then what is the meaning of life? There is none.

If you want more on this, read Chapter 2 of my book, Is the World Running Down? You can download the PDF for free here.

Conclusion: your concept of destiny shapes your concept of history: past, present, and future. Secondary conclusion: a society’s concept of destiny shapes its view of history: past, present, and future.

Reasonable so far? Let us continue.

The vast majority of Christians cringe and beg before Properly Credentialed Experts.

Seeing that these evolutionists have no goal, no vision, nothing but death as their desired goal, I see no reason why any believer should fear these dedicated losers. Or the dying society of losers they have chosen to create.The future does not belong to the antichrists… if only because they are so eager to jump into the grave!

The victors write the textbooks, but these offer ideal targets. A historian who believes that the prevailing Establishment will not maintain its control over the textbooks and media in the future has a chance to write a revisionist history of the nation. A revisionist history can serve as a weapon against the Establishment.

Indeed, without such pre-replacement histories, it is hard to recruit dedicated people who will commit to undermining the prevailing order.

Textbooks let the revolutionary identify the mistakes made by the defenders of the once-lost cause.

If you want to win, you have to learn, as well as work.

You also have to believe that victory is actually possible: that God will conquer; that — kicking and screaming all the way — the world will get better, as will the character of men.

(Yes, even uncompromising unbelievers. Sure, they loathe God in their heart of hearts, but they will suppress their murderous instincts and act the Christian, in order to get what the Christian gets, in time and on earth.

I’d much prefer the damned try to act Christian, then fully act Satanic. This keeps the level of theft and murder down, and God is even happy to bless those who secretly hate him, but officially obey his commands (while they carefully avoiding directly glorifying Jesus in any way or form).

Temporary blessings, yes.

Just for this life, yes.

But real blessings, all the same.)

If you think that men will only get worse and worse, then you definitely don’t know how most men on Earth behave and lived…

  • in 1950 (massive Communist tyrannies, anyone?),
  • or in 1900 (huge racist empires covering the entire world),
  • or in 1850 (actual slavery in America and much of the world, few children surviving infancy, incredible spiritual ignorance)

When claims are refuted by reality, ditch the claims!

History textbooks are written by victors. But they are also written by wanna-be victors.

If you expect your cause to win, you need textbooks that reflect and reinforce this expectation. You need to understand the way the world works in terms of your concept of cause and effect. You need evidence of the following: sovereignty, authority, law, historical sanctions, and time.

If you do not expect your cause to win, you will not read, let alone write, textbooks that reflect and reinforce your views. What is the use? The cost-benefit analysis comes down on the side of this dictum: “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” This is the outlook of losers.

One thing about postmillenialists: they read books, they write books (and blogs, and make podcasts).

That’s because they expect to win. They plan to be the head, and not the tail.

“Has not God promised it? Therefore, it will happen!”

Postmillenialists expect that God-fearers and Covenant-keepers will rule, and Satan’s men will pretend to be Christians, and cower in ghettos, and struggle to bear children, and labour to pretend to be good within he numerous, expanding societies shaped and directed by God’s law and God’s will.

I have offered lists of revisionist history books we need. But we will not get them until a hard core of self-disciplined, self-funded historians gain a sense of destiny.

Wherever God has placed you, it’s time to get to work in completing the work He has set before you, to bring more and more (and more!) of the world under His dominion.

It’s time to work, and time to win.

MacArthur: Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

From MacArthur: wrong on politics, wrong on America, wrong on the Kingdom of God

Here’s the message from MacArthur, related through Friel’s show:

What happens in America politically has absolutely nothing to do with the kingdom of God. Whether America is Republican or Democrat, whether it is libertarian or socialist, whether it becomes a communist country or whether it becomes a dictatorship—what happens in America has absolutely nothing to do with the kingdom of God [his emphasis].

Note the stark dichotomy marked by the word “absolutely.”

Friel splices himself in to concur with this view: “No earthly kingdom has anything to do with the kingdom work that Jesus is doing.”

What is their rationalization for this view? Here’s is MacArthur’s scriptural support:

Jesus said to Pilate, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world my servants would fight.” We don’t fight on that level. I’ve got a lot of battles. None of them are political.

This verse is to Dispensational, premil, fundamentalists what “judge not” (Matt. 7:1) is to the unbeliever—that is, it is the most frequently abused verse related to the issue of the nature and scope of the kingdom of God. Thankfully, there is no need to write a new dissertation on it: Christian Reconstructionists already did this long ago, notably in a 1991 essay in the book Christian Reconstruction: What It Is and What It Isn’t (see p. 27 ff.).

I gave a lecture on this very topic, on this very essay actually, at GGC15. Listen to it, or read Gary North’s original version reproduced below. However you imbibe this, please learn it so that you will not be deceived and ruined by the misapplications of men like MacArthur and Friel.

(For more on what I mean about the danger of these guys’ position, see “Driscoll, MacArthur, Trump: who’s really to blame?”)

More misty-magic, pieistic Retreat from Reality….

And, Retreat from the Sacrifices Needed to OBEY JESUS CHRIST.

(One gets weary of these con artists.)

The article quotes North, below:

In sharp contrast, the Protestant Reformation was based on the idea that the institutional church must be defined much more narrowly than God’s world-encompassing kingdom. Protestants always argued that God’s kingdom is far wider in scope than the institutional church. So, from the Protestant viewpoint:

1) The kingdom is more than the church.

2) The church is less than the kingdom.

The Protestant doctrine, “every man a priest”—as Protestant an idea as there is—rests on the assumption that each Chris­ tian’s service is a holy calling, not just the ordained priest’s calling. Each Christian is supposed to serve as a full-time worker in God’s kingdom (Romans 12:1). What is this kingdom? It is the whole world of Christian service, and not just the institutional church.

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This same definition of the church can also lead to the ghetto mentality and cultural isolation: it places nothing under Christianity, because the kingdom is narrowly defined as merely the institutional church. Because the institutional church is not authorized to control the State (correct), and because the kingdom is said to be identical to the church (incorrect), the kingdom of God is then redefined as having nothing to do with any­ thing that is not strictly ecclesiastical. This is our critic’s view of the kingdom.

And the Christian flees to his tiny, irrelevant ghetto…

So, pietists have sharply separated the kingdom of God (narrowly defined) from the world. Separating the institutional church from the world is necessary, but separating God’s kingdom from this world leads to the surrender of the world to Satan’s kingdom. Thus, it is never a question of “earthly kingdom vs. no earthly kingdom”; it is always a question of whose earthly kingdom, God’s or Satan’s?

Exactly!

To deny that God’s kingdom extends to the earth in history—the here and now—is necessarily to assert that Satan’s kingdom is legitimate, at least until Jesus comes again. But Satan’s kingdom is not legitimate, and Christians should do whatever they can to roll it back. Rolling back Satan’s earthly kingdom means rolling forward Christ’s earthly kingdom.

Satan rightfully owns nothing.

Jesus Christ and His Crown Rights covers Everything, so King Jesus Rightfully Owns ALL

Not in some distant, far away future, but Right Here, Right Now.

All Christians admit that God’s principles can be used to reform the individual. They also understand that if this is the case, then the family can be reformed according to God’s Word. Next, the church is capable of restoration. But then they stop. Mention the State, and they say, “No; nothing can be done to restore the State. The State is inherently, permanently satanic. It is a waste of time to work to heal the State.” The Christian Reconstructionist asks: Why not?

They never tell you why not. They never point to a passage in the Bible that tells you why the church and family can be healed by God’s Word and Spirit, but the State can’t be. Today, it is the unique message of Christian Reconstruction that civil government, like family government and church government, is under the Bible-revealed law of God and therefore is capable in principle of being reformed according to God’s law.

This means that God has given to the Christian community as a whole enormous responsibility throughout history. This God­given responsibility is far greater than merely preaching a gospel of exclusively personal salvation. The gospel we preach must apply to every area of life that has been fouled by sin and its effects. The church and individual Christian evangelists must preach the biblical gospel of comprehensive redemption, not just personal soul-winning.3 Wherever sin reigns, there the gospel must be at work, transforming and restoring. The only area of life outside of the reach of Spirit-empowered restoration is an area that was not affected by the fall of man. This, of course, means no area at all.

It’s long past time that Christians grabbed the Sword of Truth, and started driving these God-hating, credentialed, delusional half-wits back under the rocks they crawled from.

Denying Responsibility

There are millions of Christians today (and in the past) who have denied the obvious implications of such a view of God’s earthly kingdom. Nevertheless, very few of them have been ready to deny its theological premises. If you ask them this question—”What area of life today is not under the effects of sin?”—they give the proper answer: none. They give the same answer to the next question: “What area of sin-filled life will be outside of the comprehensive judgment of God at the final judgment?”

But when you ask them the obvious third question, they start squirming: “What area of life today is outside of the legitimate effects of the gospel in transforming evil into good, or spiritual death into life?” The answer is obviously the same—none—but to admit this, modern pietistic Christians would have to abandon their pietism.

What is pietism? Pietism preaches a limited salvation: “individual soul-only, family-only, church-only.” It rejects the very idea of the comprehensive redeeming power of the gospel, the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, and the comprehensive responsibility of Christians in history. In this rejection of the gospel’s political and judicial effects in history, the pietists agree entirely with modern humanists. There is a secret alliance be­tween them. Christian Reconstruction challenges this alliance.

This is why both Christians and humanists despise it.

I strongly advise Christian believers to avoid personally discovering for themselves the penalty for out-and-out treason against Christ Jesus and His Kingdom.

Or for secret alliances with Satan and his repugnant, repulsive, demonic representatives.

All faithful Christians must expand the Kingdom Jesus Christ came to establish. The Holy and Everlasting Kingdom of God, which we can, should, and must push forward with all of our body, soul, and spirit.

Until it, inescapably, covers the entire earth.


(This blog, Across the Stars, suggests that the Kingdom of God will cover the very stars as well! But even if the stars are forever out of reach of the Church in general, it is certainly under the authority of Christ the Creator, for He made the stars also!)