From David Chilton’s Paradise Restored, page 12
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck-measure, but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven (Matt. 5:13-16).”
This is nothing less than a mandate for the complete social transformation of the entire world. And what Jesus condemns is ineffectiveness, failing to change the society around us. We are commanded to live in such a way that someday all men will glorify God – that they will become converted to the Christian faith. The point is that if the Church is obedient, the people and nations of the world will be discipled to Christianity. We all know that everyone should be a Christian, that the laws and institutions of all nations should follow the Bible’s blueprints. But the Bible tells us more than that. The Bible tells us that these commands are the shape of the future. We must change the world; and what is more, we shall change the world.
Nothing here about hiding in a prayer closet, waiting for the end of the world.
From David Chilton’s The Days of Vengeance, page 5-6
“The plain fact is, as I say, that there is no longer any king or prophet nor Jerusalem nor sacrifice nor vision among them; yet the whole earth is filled with the knowledge of God, and the Gentiles, forsaking atheism, are now taking refuge with the God of Abraham through the Word, our Lord Jesus Christ.”St. Athanasius, the “patron saint of postmillennialism,”
And so, we discover the vital necessity of institutional control and priestly guilds and government patronage and mystical ceremonies.
That is, things of no significance at all, so far as the Kingdom of God is concerned.
Well, the State and it’s pet, the Institutional Church, are significant in one respect: they had better kneel to Christ, recognize His authority, uphold His laws, stay in the borders God set for them, and shun self-adoring power-grabs.
Or be destroyed by Christ for pride and idolatry.
The Mighty Lover Approaches
And please don’t tell me that the Institutional Church isn’t a purchased pet of the State.
By it’s behaviour – from Roman times to slavery times to today – we know that it has routinely groveled and hungered for the approval of powerful men. It’s total silence when it gets slapped around by it’s true Master – as it is today – merely seals the deal.
Even rape victims will scream and struggle, hide or fight back. Sometimes successfully!
Women know their value, and will rightfully protect themselves – knowingly or not – as temples of God.
Not the compliant and obedient churches of the West, with their powerful, masculine leadership.
Their behaviour demonstrates who they are.
And whose approval they actually longs for.