(You might want to take a look at the original book…)
From the introduction to Part Two for Christian Economics: Student Edition
Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day (Deuteronomy 8:17–18).
This passage makes it clear that positive economic sanctions confirm God’s covenant with covenant keepers. This was announced to the nation of Israel by Moses just prior to the invasion of Canaan. Moses warned against the assumption of man’s autonomous productivity as a confirmation of a rival confession of faith. There are rival confessions that reflect rival religions: the worship of God and the worship of mammon. What is mammon? A statement of faith: “more for me in history.” Jesus warned: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24, New King James Version).
The five points of the dominion covenant are these: God, man, law, sanctions, and time. I have presented this in my book, Unconditional Surrender (2011). Before the fall of man in the garden, the five economic points mirrored the five points of the dominion covenant: ownership, stewardship, property, imputation, and inheritance. I have covered this in Part 1.
The fall of man did not change the structure of the dominion covenant. This structure is universal. Man cannot abandon any of the five points. These categories define the human condition. But covenant-breaking man immediately substituted new content for the original dominion covenant’s content: polytheism, the divine state, salvation by ritual, magical invocation, and cyclical history. Christianity steadily replaced this worldview through evangelism for its first thousand years. Humanistic man ever since Darwin has changed his confession of faith again: cosmic impersonalism, autonomous man, situation ethics, state sanctions, and social evolution. He also restructured economic theory to reflect and then implement his new confession of faith: chance, autonomy, theft, bureaucratization, and the disinheritance of covenant keepers. I explore some of the implications of the new economics in Part 2.
The Christian Dominion Covenant, under God as the Source of the Law:
“The five points of the dominion covenant are these: God, man, law, sanctions, and time.”
The Christian Economic Covenant, under God as the Source of the Law:
“Before the fall of man in the garden, the five economic points mirrored the five points of the dominion covenant: ownership, stewardship, property, imputation, and inheritance.”
The Pagan Power Covenant, under Demons as the Source of the Law:
“…polytheism, the divine state, salvation by ritual, magical invocation, and cyclical history.”
The Darwinian Power Covenant, under the State as the Source of the Law:
“Humanistic man ever since Darwin has changed his confession of faith again: cosmic impersonalism, autonomous man, situation ethics, state sanctions, and social evolution.”
The Darwinian Economic Covenant, under the State as the Source of the Law:
“He also restructured economic theory to reflect and then implement his new confession of faith: chance, autonomy, theft, bureaucratization, and the disinheritance of covenant keepers.”
My private suspicion: over time, as the power of atheism becomes more and more untenable and increasingly diminished, the enemies of God will dump Darwin and go back to the Pagan Power Covenant.
And the demons, unable to hide their hatred of God, Men, Liberty, Law, and Prosperity with cant about The Needs of the People, will have to openly reveal themselves again.
And suffer even more losses for it!
Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while.Revelation 20:1-3, English Standard Version
The little while is rapidly drawing to a close, in my eyes. The New World Order has failed, and is rapidly sliding to sterility, madness, poverty, and death.
As drastically fewer and fewer people believe their lies, it’s back to the pit for the wicked, for centuries (or longer!) to come.
The world is a wheat field, not a tare field. The wicked don’t belong here, and the land – and, in time, even the people and the nations – will spit them out, into the pit they belong.
As God demands.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Knowing the Covenant, Upholding the Covenant
Know neither yourself nor your enemy? Lose all the battles… and the war.
<Waves to the conservatives.>
Know yourself, don’t know the enemy? Lose half of the battles.
Know the enemy, don’t know yourself? Lose half of the battles.
Know yourself, Know the enemy? Win all of the battles… and the war.
I think we all know what God wants us to do.
Know yourself, know the enemy… and put that knowledge to work in the real world.