This — or something like this, like “loosely affiliated house churches” — is the way forward in my eyes.

Actually, a host of small-scale, mutually-supporting decentralized groups – microchurches, house churches, the nondenominational movement, Charismatic/Pentecostal churches, online/social media gatherings, probably some work/life communities and maybe even some minor religious villages – is the way forward.

Now, there is no guarantee that any single congregation will stand the test of time. Chinese and Iranian house churches don’t develop into social clubs – the Smiling Ruling Class of that nation sees to that – but American churches can turn into mere gossip groups. Work is needed, as is a shared purpose.

“Puritan to Progressive”. Can you imagine anything more loathsome than that?

Well, there is “Lutheran to Nazi” — i.e. the Two-Kingdom Doctrine reaches its maximum level of corruption.

But I would argue that while the Lutheran Two Kingdom philosophy — Man rules Earth in the here and now, and God rules some nebulous irrelevant mystical misty spiritual realm beyond time and space, and/or in the distant future beyond history — has some form of the Above-the-Law Total State as its natural endpoint, Puritanism does not naturally lead to Progressiveness.

Puritans (at their best) are rooted in respect and obedience to the Law: God rules Here and Now, as well as the New Creation in the Far Future and the Law. Man obeys the Law in the here and now, as well in the New Creation in the future (both near-future and far-future).

As it is impossible to be consistently Lawful and Lawless, the Law had to be abandoned at some point to become modern Progressiveness – a secular philosophy noted for it’s pointed contempt for God and Bible, Christ and His Law-Word.

North’s Crossed Fingers details how Liberals (i.e. Progressives) captured the Presbyterian Church and Political Polytheism details how Christian America was replaced by a centralized and secularized imitation. In Political Polytheism, he pays special attention to the rise of the “halfway covenant”1, Unitarianism and the pietistic, passive, “escape-the-world” defeatist, and emotion-fueled (instead of Law & Justice fueled) tradition of American revivalism.

For God’s people to get where they should be — and so lead the world by example to understand justice, compassion, peace, and prosperity actually looks like in time and on earth — we need to toss Witherspoon and his political (and religious) halfway covenant out the window.

We need to obey Christ and His Law-word first, consistently, and in both public and private sphere, in community and individually, in our hearts as well as our hands and mouths.

We need to be better than the Puritans. Not worse.

The Halfway Covenant: this was a way for the the unbelieving baptized grandchildren of the Puritans to have political rights without joining the church (no Lord’s Supper). As discussed in Political Polytheism, this halfway covenant was a mere inconsistent bus stop between a consistent Biblical covenantal political order and a consistent secularist political order.

A similar manifestation occurred when Jeroboam and the ten tribes seceded from David’s Kingdom. They claimed to worship the same God, but increasingly didn’t: after all, they abandoned the temple at Jerusalem since Political Power – not the Commandments of God – came first in Jeroboam’s eyes.

Half-hearted Halfway covenants become fully-committed anti-Christian covenants.

And fully-committed anti-Christian covenants are simply a road to sterility, madness, poverty, powerlessness, and death.


We need to be better than that.

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