The Health of the Church, and The Simple Gospel

From Tenth Commandment,
The System
Dr. R.J. Rushdoony

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In San Francisco at that time, the one minister who stood up and fought [the corrupt System] was run out of the ministry. He was one of the powerful Methodist pulpits in the city of San Francisco, and he stood with these two men, and the end result was he was run out of the ministry.

Now, what we can do is not to try to make the mistake these men did, which was endlessly to document to try to expose the evil. This doesn’t accomplish anything. What we can do is to begin to rebuild. You see.

We have to reconstruct first. We’ve got to know the law of God and obey it for ourselves. Second, we rebuild Christian institutions. This is where the Christian school movement is important. This is where rebuilding and reestablishing new churches, new colleges, every kind of new institution, you create. Today, for example, Christian schools like St. Thomas Episcopal School in Houston, Fairfax Christian School in Fairfax Virginia, and many others like them, they are creating a different kind of person. And when you multiply these schools across country, you realize that a different type of child is developing in America today.

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Now, when you push against this, all the millions that people have poured into political reform, trying to elect somebody, who when he’s elected is no different than the man before him, and maybe worse, you realize how most of the reform movements have been a waste of time. You have to reconstruct.

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Well, yes. In this case, the mistake of this man was that, well, to tell the story of this particular man. He had one of the most prominent pulpits in the city, a downtown pulpit. It had reached the point where evening services were becoming difficult, because there were so many prostitutes standing around the church steps, soliciting the young men as they went into the church. It was getting to be a major problem, and there was no relief. So, he went into the matter swinging. But, the problem was, his church officers included people who were prominent in the city, prominent in the labor unions and the government, in business, and they were involved in the whole thing. He was trying to clean up the problem out in the streets, and he had a problem right in his church. That’s where the real problem was. And he didn’t face up to it until it was too late and suddenly he realized that in fighting what was out in the streets and in the city hall, he was stomping on the toes of most of his congregation, and they stomped on his, and he was thrown out. They said they wanted someone to preach the simple Gospel and not to interfere into what wasn’t his business.

So you see, he started the reform in the wrong place. What was inside that church was worse than what was outside on the steps, because they were right up on the steps a good deal of the time.

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A very good application of the same principle. I asked Dr. Walter {?} several years back, if he used any of the pesticides and whatnot. He said no I don’t need to. I provide a healthy soil for my plants. And that takes care of the matter. You see, a pastor himself who was the founder of bacteriology said in health, the soil is everything. That is, the bacteria are always there, the problem is what’s the health of the body, of the soil, of the animal? That’s the key.

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A very good point. And I think a great deal could be said to vindicate that. For example, when you go to the history of the early Church, you find every heresy, every conspiracy. Really, it was providential. Why? Because it pushed the Church into making a stand where a stand was necessary. To clear up a clouded area of thinking. To apply the faith to a particular area. So we can say the same thing today. That we do have threats from various sources. But these threats are not only a judgment from God, not only an instance of satanic forces working, but they are also a mandate from God that we wake up and realize where we as Christians have fallen short and neglected the law of God. And if we began to apply it, the situation would take care of itself.

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“But these threats are not only a judgment from God, not only an instance of satanic forces working, but they are also a mandate from God that we wake up and realize where we as Christians have fallen short and neglected the law of God. And if we began to apply it, the situation would take care of itself.”

We uphold the Law of God, in our lives and our community? We win.

We despise the Law of God, in our lives and our community? We lose.

“He was trying to clean up the problem out in the streets, and he had a problem right in his church. That’s where the real problem was. And he didn’t face up to it until it was too late and suddenly he realized that in fighting what was out in the streets and in the city hall, he was stomping on the toes of most of his congregation, and they stomped on his, and he was thrown out. They said they wanted someone to preach the simple Gospel and not to interfere into what wasn’t his business.”

The Corrupt System Men… they wanted someone to preach the simple Gospel.

Oceans of powerless pious milky gush, and not a filament of tough meat to chew on, and build our strength.

It’s time to stop our rebellion against God and His Law-word.

It’s time to barf out the milk, and to dig into the meat.

And we should fling out the milkmen too, and their preference for a weak, infantile, and powerless flock. The pious God-haters are always more disgusting and destructive than any number of atheists and statists shouting beyond the church’s door.

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