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Habitual Failures

We should beware of those who dwell on their own personal angst, personal struggles, personal hardships. Yes, Broken Wolves should be looked out for. But in addition to this deeply painful personal hurt, the Church of Jesus Christ suffers from an ecclesiological and eschatological angst. Carter hit on something useful in regards to personal psychology, but the covenantal psychology of the Church needs to be addressed. Our theology of history and our theology of the church teaches us that we will always be the remnant, that we will always be the persecuted, that we will always be defeated. We must not pretend as is if generations of pessimism do not affect cultures. Yes, Broken Wolves are a danger to local churches, but far too many local churches play the role of Broken Wolf. Always the victim. Always defeated. Always broken.

Beware of Broken Wolf Dens, by John Andrew Reasnor

Time to get rid of this Satanist, evil-exalting crap.

Especially when it is preached from the pulpit!

Idea for the day: Purge the Pulpit

Time for God’s people to:

  • repent of their evil (especially against the weak);
  • get serious about building and sacrificing for their families and neighbours;
  • get real about faith in God, and His absolute and inevitable vicotry over the wicked, in time and on earth;
  • put in time and money to care for the widows, the orphans (including the fatherless children), and the poor personally
    • (as opposed to tossing the burden on an impersonal, messianic machine-state, and then totally forgetting about the small and the weak)
  • Build Covenantal Communities
    • Don’t merely build churches: go the whole way, and disciple nations and governments as Jesus commanded! Justice is what God sees, and how can the laws of a nation be just, if they are not grounded in what God said in the Bible?

Avoiding the Evangelical Reactionary Surrender

God’s people are supposed to ADVANCE the Kingdom, and WELCOME the future. Rather than be ever-retreating reactionaries!

Kingdom & Abolition

There is so much to criticize in culture. Even more so in pop-culture. Pop culture is filled with all manner of sin, humanism, and blasphemy. We live in a culture that murders, steals, blasphemes, glorifies debauchery, and much more. This is, quite frankly, obvious, but should be said loudly and clearly.

There is, however, sometimes a tendency and an attitude that discounts, disparages, and condemns anything and everything that is popular in culture. The Christian commentators who engage in such criticism, instead of judging each slice of culture according to its merits, observe popularity—of a book, a social media “trend”, or a film—and promptly revile the fashionable bit of pop-culture. After all, what good can come out of Nazareth? **cough**cough** I mean Hollywood.

These grumpy sorts will rightly criticize the sort of individual who blindly follows the crowd. They will point out that we Christians should not “go with the…

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Mathematical Challenges to Darwin

Another Crack in the Wall

The Official Narrative gets another crack in its Face of Power.

I don’t expect the Darwinian Narrative to truly go down until the funding ends. But the unanswered, ignored, and willfully misinterpreted challenges, from Behe to Gelernter, increases the level of rot and quiet disbelief within the scientific priesthood… a discontent that is sure to spread.

In the meantime: the neuroscientists, forced to abandoned their beloved materialism, turn to parapsychism. And Coppedge of Creation Evolution Headlines pounds on the fundamental issue of trust here:

–[Quote from the article Whose News Is Fake News? begins]–

Those in the mainstream media typically expect science to provide expertise on this problem. They worry that people are losing trust in scientific authority. Their readers, however, are not without reason to doubt the integrity of experts. Some recent examples:

  • All the mainstream media (with the exception of Fox News) promised Trump’s impending downfall in the Russia collusion story, and said so with confidence for two years, claiming the evidence was irrefutable. They were wrong.
  • Google just hosted a conference in Italy about climate change. Politicians, scientists and celebrities who attended flew over 100 private jets to get there, dumping carbon recklessly through the atmosphere, when a simple online meeting could have been a more “green” way to do it. Observers see the hypocrisy of such actions.
  • Astronomers have been telling the public for decades that everything they see represents only 5% or less of what exists, but they have no idea what the other 95% is, despite millions of dollars searching for dark matter and dark energy.
  • Nutrition news changes constantly. Eggs are bad; eggs are good. Fats are bad; fats are good. Now scientists are even having second thoughts about saturated fat. The “Food Pyramid” taught in schools for years was based on flawed research.
  • Science journals acknowledge a huge integrity problem in their own ranks, with scandals and misconduct, often not caught. At the same time, most published papers are irreproducible (the “replication crisis”).
  • Cosmologists claim that nothing banged and became everything. Folks understandably think that makes no sense. Other cosmologists escape into a mythical multiverse that could never be observed or proven, even in theory.
  • Evolutionists claim that every life form just happened by chance, according to a “law” of natural selection that is no law at all (equivalent to “Stuff Happens“). After 160 years of indoctrination that this is the only “scientific” view, a significant number of people still doubt the tale, and trust the Biblical account of creation instead.

The experts, in addition, often act with arrogant elitism. This rubs many people the wrong way. Scientists need to communicate that they are people, too, just as prone to error and bias as everyone else. They need to be up front about their biases and admit when they are wrong.

–[Quote from the article Whose News Is Fake News? ends]–

Why Kingdoms Fall

That last bit, about the elite gaining humility and admitting their biases, will never happen.

And that’s why the Empire will fall. No ability to error-correct, no ability to bend, no ability to learn from mistakes. Just bloated arrogance, procedural gaming, censorship and information control, and name-calling till the money runs out and the Media Machine falls apart.

The properly indoctrinated and proud Darwinist is deeply committed to their stand against God, against reality, against any repentance. And so, standing against reality, they are crushed by reality: slowly at first, then as time (a friend of God and His people) marches on, obviously to all.

Quite likely, there won’t even be a “mainstream message” in ten years. Cut off the government funding and grants — ever more likely as the population ages, welfare burdens and regulatory requirements increases (as always), and a general default on government debt and promises arrives in the 2030s — and it’s all over.

Time to Meet the Future

Christians were woefully unprepared for the fall of the Soviet tyranny. I am confident that the worthless shepherds that rule us will be 100% unprepared for the fall of Darwinism and Atheistic Materialism, as well.

Assuming that they don’t try to prop it up and stop Uncontrolled Change, like religious leaders (conservative and liberal) routinely do. All to protect their comfort zone, gain favour with power, and keep the money coming in.

  • “Who cares what the Bible says? It’s far more important to Fear Powerful Men!”
  • “Support the Aristocracy! No matter if it’s tied to Pure Blood, or by Correct Ideology, always support the Ruling Elite!
  • They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” — John 19:15, ESV

So much for the laughable shepherds, quick as always to abandon the flock and flee the wolves.

(Admittedly, I am making the dangerous assumption that the shepherds aren’t really wolves in disguise.)

But what say you, the intelligent layman?

What will the knowledgeable Christian woman do?

Hopefully, something other than “Trust the priests (black -and white-robed), follow the pastors, obey the doctors, listen to the experts, and fear the elite!”

We should fear God, and not men.


This is some good art! I critiqued it here, quoted below:

Vision: This is a fine piece of work conceptually. The visual storyline — of accepting great and painful responsibility, bringing joy/wonder and pain/bitterness into the woman’s life — is clear and sharp.

Originality: Being strikingly original and unique was not a major concern here: the symbolism of the crown of thorns is well known in Western/Christian art. As the focus of the art was to convey a powerful message, not create a novelty or a mind-stretching puzzle, the unoriginal nature of the symbolism is perfectly acceptable to me.

That being said, there are three interesting twists on the visual story that are worth mentioning. First, that the subject is a young woman, and not Jesus Christ. From an artistic point of view, the shift in subject broadens the horizons, encouraging the viewer to consider how we share in His pain. This also changes the flavour of the heroism, into a more feminine quality: just as real, certainly worthy of respect, but with a different texture that encourages careful reflection by the viewer.

Second, that this crown of thorns is of living branches, with blossoms and green leaves. This suggests that there is not only pain in the crown, but also joy and growth. This thorny crown carries life and beauty in it, not just death and pain. An original insight for a different, better situation than that faced by the Man from Galilee.

Third, the lack of pain on the woman’s face. Of course, she has not being brutalized or humiliated or crucified, but is accepting a heavy (but fundamentally good, noble, and life-giving) responsibility of her own free will. And the crown has not settled on her head: if anything, it is cutting into the flesh and bringing pain of the one giving her the responsibility. (Perhaps God, but maybe another woman held in great honour, passing the responsibility to the young woman. Maybe even a feminine spirit, like Wisdom.)

[It is amusing, that after stating the art is basically unoriginal, I then expanded on the original parts of the art. This testifies to the strength of the artistic vision, and more than a little skill and insight!]

Technique: I find the handling of the “brush strokes” and colour choices decent and workmanlike, but nothing particularly engaging to the eye. This is not such a bad thing, due to the sombre and serious nature of the subject matter: flashy techniques would draw attention away from the core message.

I do admire the attention given to the blossoms and the leaves of the crown: an excellent artistic decision, it fits in well with the visual story, stresses the discontinuity between the woman’s pain/destiny/duty and that of Jesus Christ, and makes the crown of pain/crown of life the focus of the eye. A good call there!

I should also voice my strong approval on the triangular shading/highlight, making it clear that the crown is sent from Above. This encourages the insight that the thorny crown is a CROWN: the young woman is being given lawful and just authority, probably over one or more human lives (children? infirm parents? patients?) from God Most High. Well executed!

Impact: The sacred, exalted, very personal nature of the holy responsibility (motherhood? caring for an ailing parent?) is well and powerfully conveyed.

Well done!


And [Christ] said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” – Mark 9:35, ESV

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. – Matthew 16:24, ESV

Well, in this image, not a cross but a crown of thorns.

The woman has chosen to take up a heavy responsibility, of painful service to someone else, and this is on her way to being first, of gaining regal, holy power and authority.

Taking responsibility leads to gaining authority. True, costly service leads to True, holy power.

A power not only available to men, but to women as well. A sacred authority not just for God Incarnate, but to humble sinners who do not fear pain, in order to show love and give life.

If you want to support and/or commission the artist, see the links below:



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Protection Theatre

Churches – and Mosques, and Synagogues — need to insure the security of their members and visitors. This means guns, preferably of an armed congregation, but at least of private ushers carrying heat.

North References:

Now, from Quora: Do you agree with the censorship of the New Zealand massacre video?, written by Dennis Pratt.

Mr. Pratt does a fine job, covering the disgusting routine of the New Zealand government to protect and empower itself, above all.

Dennis Pratt, 40 years studying a loving, peaceful, voluntary life.

Punish the Innocent
First, it’s such a great illustration of how our rulers deal with problems like violent crime: Target the innocent. I read that (allegedly) a boy of 18 is now facing 14 years in jail in New Zealand for sharing the video[1][2] [3][4] !

Right! Do we really think that the actual problem here is people trying to understand — outside of all government filters — what really happened here!

Next, the government will target Muslims who want to protect their mosques, threatening them with 30 years in cages should they bring guns for real defense.

State Terrorism
Second, the enforcement of censorship laws is, in itself, an act of terrorism: it is targeting violence against innocent, peaceful, noncombatant civilians in order to advance their political agenda, which is the definition of terrorism.

I get that our rulers want to control how and what we think; it makes us oh so much easier to subjugate. But to condemn terrorism while threatening violence on otherwise peaceful citizens for political gain is the height of hypocrisy.

Third, it is certainly an act of propaganda. The rulers want a monopoly for their ruler-approved spin on the story, which inevitably (rulers being rulers) will suggest that the solution is to increase their subjugation of us (e.g., disarming the population even further and preventing us from seeing what really happened).

Banning the most accurate, real-time record of exactly what happened is just another example of government replacing hard fact with state fiction. If we allow this, over time we will see more and more reductions of our freedom of speech and our freedom of thought, and eventually, we will be left only hearing — open mouthed — those spins that serve our rulers.

Hide the State’s Incompetence
It is startling how the video belies the myth that we only need our rulers’ guns to protect us.

The video shows a man calmly walking to groups of people, fully armed and unopposed, shooting, retiring to reload, walking back to shoot again, taking time to unjam, shooting some more, retiring to reload and to check his equipment, shooting some more, running out of bullets, exiting the building, walking through a parking lot, down to his car at the next property, looking through his inventory of bombs and guns, selecting another gun, walking back down the sidewalk, back through the parking lot, up the stairs and over the first bodies, and then back into prayer room to shoot some more, and some more, and some more, and some more.

And this continues and continues.

Where were the rulers’ promised, can’t-be-beat, no-need-for-a-backup-plan, monopoly protection?

News stories from “officials on the scene” say that it took “six minutes” for the police to arrive. But the video tells a different story — a cold, callous, calculated, leisurely murder spree of everyone who was there. He only stopped well after no more targets were moving.

The police were certainly not there before the murderer had finished shooting everyone!! He had already walked back to his car (killing a women in the street for good measure), closed his trunk, checked his mirrors, driven over her body, and was safe in his car, happily on his way to his second targeted mosque, listenin’ to tunes on the ra-di-o, and a mile away, before we start to hear the sirens of the “first responders”.

Oh, how lucky were the Muslims that their rulers were there “to serve and to protect” them?! Those first responders arrived just in time to separate the dead from the dying from the maimed, to write their reports in triplicate, and, most importantly of all, to give the media the politically endorsed Official Account.

Is it any wonder why a boy of 18 faces 14 years of caging and rape for daring to view the incompetence of his masters?

Hide The Lesson of Self Protection
One of the biggest takeaways I would hope anyone would get from watching the actual video is that YOU NEED TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY!!!

And that’s not a lesson that the state wants you to learn. You see, their biggest argument for ruling over you, for controlling everything that you do and for taking anything they want from you, is that you must give them all your freedom so that they can protect you.

After the murderer had shot the greeters and ushers at the front door, here’s what the video shows:

All the people in the mosque went huddling into two corners of the large prayer room! Each corner was filled with at least 30 people, with their backs turned to the hallway from which the murderer would emerge, each worshipper trying to shrink down to get behind the other worshippers to use their bodies as shields.

The murderer walks into the large prayer room — totally unopposed! No one even close to him. (And certainly, no one with a gun, because, well, we all know, because our rulers have told us so, “Guns are bad!” — at least guns not in our rulers’ hands.)

He stands at the doorway and shoots into the mass of humanity in one corner — killing killing killing. He then turns 180 degrees and shoots into the mass of humanity in the other corner — killing killing killing.

A thinking viewer, if he were permitted to view the video, would quickly realize that if even a subset of those 40 people on the other side of the room ran at the murderer when his back was turned, they would have overpowered him quickly.

The murderer retires back into the hallway, reloads, and the returns. The clumps of panicked humans are now even more tightly concentrated, such that one bullet will kill many. No one has thought to advance on the hallway.

And the murderer kills again, aiming systematically into both groups.

At last, one young man detaches himself from the group of panicked, dying worshippers, while the murderer is concentrating his fire into the opposite group, and this brave boy charges the murderer.

But no one else joined him!

It is this single attack that disrupts the murderer the most throughout the entire video!

Unfortunately, the boy does not know how to tackle. He uses his side and bounces off the murder, who after a short struggle is able to bring his rifle down and around and kill the boy. Shooting the boy over and over and over again in the murderer’s now panic, and then retiring, audibly scared, to regain his composure, to reload, and then to reenter the room to continue killing anyone who remained alive and who were too scared to advance to defend themselves and their loved ones.

And I was left with the shock that no one else had joined in the boy’s counter-attack. If just two or three had attacked with the boy, they would have stopped this murder spree right then. If a few men (or even, come on now, ladies in their hijabs) had rushed to either side of the hallway door, they could have grabbed the rifle as the murderer reentered; they would have stopped the massacre.

Instead, everyone else hid in plain sight, like sheep for the slaughter. Perhaps they were just waiting for their rulers’ guaranteed protection to come. No need to do anything yourself. Surely it must come soon!? Minute after murderous minute, thus they died waiting for their rulers’ protection.

Even after the killer left the mosque, walked back to his car (on another lot), selected another gun (after rejecting others), and walked back into the mosque, no one was waiting. No defense had been organized.

The killer walks into the room again, again unleashing into both piles of bodies, and then walks to one pile and then to the other, shooting anything that seemed still alive, or even seemed still human.

Now, instead, of taking away our ability to protect ourselves, as New Zealand’s female ruler courageously proposes, someone who really cared about us would be telling us, “Here is how you mount a defense!”

But instead, their “solution” is to make sure that we regular citizens may never defend ourselves.

And in addition, they attack innocent people for sharing a video because those people might start thinking that they need to rely on something more than their rulers empty promises.

A Good Guy With A Gun
You see, the video doesn’t show what happened at the second mosque. Which, I have to say is pretty lucky for our rulers because it would likely have been the single best argument against gun control.

But even the video that is now outlawed by our rulers, and cannot even be named for shame that viewing it may turn you yourself unwittingly into a terrorist (and there’s no need to view it, because, after all, our rulers have gone through the trouble to view it themselves and have come up with their exact right official spin as to what it shows so that we are all thinking what we are told to think) …

…. That video might have been enough to make us start wondering….

Why was one attack on one mosque so successful (>70 people killed and maimed), but the other attack, relatively unsuccessful? In the video (that shall remain forever unseen), it seemed so easy to go in and kill a large group of unarmed people! Anyone watching that might wonder, “What was the difference in the outcomes between the two mosques?”

Well, you won’t get it from the official, ruler-approved version of their story. But can you guess why the second mosque came out with so (relatively) few deaths?

(And if you haven’t asked this very question, then you, unlike those who might be more highly motivated to scour the video for hints, are not really trying to figure out how to stop these types of attacks, but simply waiting for your rulers to fake-protect you by encaging kids for watching the video.)

Here’s what stopped the second attack!
There was a guy at the second mosque with pair of big brass balls[5] . He was an Afghani veteran of Afghanistan wars. And instead of shrinking into a corner, he grabbed whatever he could, which turned out to be one of those small credit card readers, and threw it at the shooting murderer. (Remember, he can’t have a gun, becaus good guys aren’t allowed guns, because, as our rulers tell us, “Guns are bad!”)

And he keeps on his attack, advancing on the murderer, dodging behind cars to shield him from the constant fire, distracting the murderer, preventing him from entering the mosque to do what the murderer had so easily done at the first mosque.

This hero eventually grabs a shotgun that the murderer had discarded after his first kills of the men at the door. And now, the murderer sees our hero, seemingly armed, advancing on him.

And do you know what the murderer does? Come on! Leave the Matrix. Think! You can guess it!

He retreats!!!! He runs!! Back to his car.

Here’s the thing that your rulers don’t want you to know the most: When faced with an unloaded gun, the murderer stopped murdering.

And our hero? He has no bullets for this gun that now is scaring the murderer back into his car. Instead, our hero throws the shotgun like spear, and the shotgun strikes the murderer’s car window, breaking it in a loud crash.

And the murderer? He thinks he’s under defensive fire from a Good Guy with a Gun.

What do you think he does now????

Well, your rulers certainly don’t want you to know!

He hauls his sorry, cowardly ass out of there, leaving seventy people still alive and unhurt. He was looking to kill unarmed people, not shoot it out with just one (assumed-to-be) armed defender.

Oh, this is certainly not any story that any ruler really wants us to think about really hard!!

Nope! So, let’s put anyone in jail who wants to find facts outside of the Official Story. Because, to a politician, this event is not related to safety; truth doesn’t matter; nope, it’s all about political power.

Why, were we to actually inspect this fully and openly, without being forced what to think, we might even think that we need more of our neighbors with the ability to protect us, better (and more quickly) than the rulers’ police can.

Protection Theater: The Pretense of Protection
You see, it’s so hard to stop bad guys — especially if your “first responders” are nine or ten minutes away — before the bad guys do bad stuff to poor unarmed you.

Bad stuff happens pretty quickly, and if your rulers (who themselves don’t have to worry, given how they are all protected by their personal armed guards for which you pay) have fearlessly passed tough anti-gun laws so that you won’t be protected. What if we were to realize that good people were the ones who are most likely to be there — at the scene when something bad is happening, suffering the same bad stuff? What if we realized that these good guys, if they had a gun, might feel a real need to respond immediately, not in 9–10 minutes to protect themselves and the innocents around them. Nope! Can’t allow those dangerous thoughts. Have to make sure that you good neighbor can’t respond and he must just die with you. Because otherwise well, would their “free” monopoly “protection service” be as critical?

Your ruler calculates, if (s)he can’t stop the bad guys from doing bad things, what else might she do to show that she’s on top of this issue? The answer is pretty clear: Go after some good guys! After all, good guys won’t fight back.

Point her state guns — not at someone shooting into unarmed masses — but at good people who could own guns to protect those unarmed masses.

Oh, and don’t stop with stealing the ability of good people from protecting themselves. Use SWAT to break down the doors of teens watching the video, trying to figure out what really happened and what it really means for the real protection of their lives!!

Think of the photo-ops!! Proudly run “perp walks” of these innocents to demonstrate to a frightened public that you as ruler are “doing something” strong and powerful to protect them. You will not rest until every teens room is tossed!

It doesn’t matter that your attack on these innocents makes us in reality less safe. All that matters is that it keeps you the ruler in power.

The Unethical Act of Censorship
The biggest problem for me with this type of censorship of the video is how unethical it is.

You see, we ethicists care more about ethics than we do about ruler law, and far too often, ruler law turns out to be highly unethical.

Ethics starts with you fully owning your own body. No one else owns you. (Otherwise, that would be what we call “slavery”.) And this prohibition against you being forced to be a slave even extends to your ruler owning you.

And you, as the full owner of your body, may use your body however you choose, as long as you do not violate another human’s body. And in the logic of ethics, the first person to violate another human’s body is the unethical person, and commensurate violence may ethically be used to stop him or her from that violation.

Now, let’s say you are a teen and you used the eyes of your body to watch a video and the fingers of your body to allow other interested bodies to see it as well. Well, you are not violating anyone else’s body.

But then SWAT descends upon your room, killing your dog, threatening you with automatic fire (like that which you were watching on the video). They stomp on your body, and slam your head, and place your limbs in chains, and kidnap you and throw your body into a cage, where your body is available to be raped by real criminals.

Big ethical question here for the reader:
Who — the teen or the ruler — is one who is actually violating someone’s body?

Now, I understand that most people don’t give a darn about ethics — they are so indoctrinated into ruler worship that they care only for whether something is “legal” or not. And fortunately for rulers, most of their laws are (trivially) by definition “legal”.

But for those few who care about ethics, let’s remind our fellow citizens that there is something greater than law — it’s called ethics — because otherwise, our rulers will continue to use their monopoly control of laws to further and further enslave us to them.

See Related:

0427: Why do some Americans think gun ownership is an absolute human right?

0834: What are the best arguments against gun control?

0752: What made you switch from anti-gun to pro-gun?

0723: What are US gun owners’ ideas for a safer America?

0671: Does the reason for guns reside in fear?

0730: Should the military go house to house to confiscate guns?

0289: Why do so many Americans want to get rid of guns?

1162: Why does Japan have fewer than 400 homicides a year if gun control does not work?

0973: What is the single best argument against gun ownership in the US?

1017: Why should guns be legal in the USA?

1057: Would the American military nuke American citizens who were defending their right to own guns?

0942: Should government enforce political correctness?

0975: How do you handle cognitive dissonance when you discover a prized belief is wrong?

1144: Do libertarians believe that the needs of individuals trump the needs of society?

→ More Essays on <Guns and the NRA> by Dennis

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[1] 18-Year-Old Arrested in New Zealand For Sharing Terrorist’s Facebook Video

[2] New Zealand Threatens 10 Years In Prison For ‘Possessing’ Mosque Shooting Video

[3] NZ man arrested, faces prison for allegedly spreading mosque shooting video

[4] Teen accused of sharing livestream of Christchurch attack denied bail

[5] Quick Action, Near Miss and Courage in New Zealand Attacks

Advice for the Christian Scholar

From the Preface of Gary North’s Christian Economics: Scholar’s Edition. This is the fourth book of the series: you really should start at Volume One, and work your way up.

Anyways, the quote:

You may think that God has called you to be a scholar. He has called very few people to this form of service through the ages. There are salaried scholars in colleges and universities today, but this was not a widespread phenomenon until after World War II. If you decide to be a Christian scholar who goes to the Bible in search of first principles and also specific applications, you will find it difficult to be employed as a professor. Your presence of the faculty will embarrass the other faculty members. Also, you will be required by the department to assign textbooks and monographs that are structured in terms of humanism’s principles of interpretation. So, your scholarship will have to be mostly outside the classroom unless you are granted a degree of independence that is rare. Do not count on such independence. Scholarship will have to become your calling, which I define as follows: “The most important thing you can do with your life in which you would be most difficult to replace.”

There is no career advantage, academic or otherwise, associated with affirming Christian economics as a separate discipline. There are many career disadvantages. Why should this be the case? Because Ph.D.-holding economists have been screened by their formal academic training and then by subsequent peer-reviewed work. This system of screening is methodologically atheistic. The entire modern university curriculum is structured in terms of this presupposition: “The God of the Bible and His revelation in the Bible are irrelevant to academic discourse or public debate.” By promoting Christian economics, you will be saying implicitly that your peers have been unfaithful to God to the extent that they have been faithful to the operating presuppositions of academic economic theory and academia in general. They will understand this. They will resent the implication. They will not applaud your efforts. They will ignore your efforts if they can. If they cannot safely ignore your work, because you become prominent, they will criticize it. Do not expect them to read what you have written. Do not expect them to be honest in analyzing your work even if they have read smatterings of it.

Do not let this bother you. Keep working. Keep publishing. The best defense is a good offense. Stick to your knitting.

Gary North, Preface

I would consider it very wise for the Christian scholar not to expect anything from secular Academia.

Except sustained hostility, of course.

A copywriter soon learns that readers are initially skeptical about his claims. They ask themselves two crucial questions. The first is, “So what?” The second is, “Who says?” Over the years, I have learned that this mental response to advertising is not limited to advertising. Scholars ask the same two questions when they read academic materials. This is why there are footnotes. Footnotes help the author to answer the second question: “Who says?” But the first one— “So what?”—is by far the most difficult question to answer. Readers of materials promoting a new interpretation of familiar material in their field are prone to respond negatively based on this widespread criticism: “Not developed here.” If you are writing from outside an academic guild, expect organized resistance if you begin to gain followers inside the target market of the guild. The classic book on this resistance by academic guilds is Thomas Kuhn’s monograph, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962). You would be wise to read it early in your academic career.

If you understand “so what?” — that is, what the target audience is supposed to do with the material — then you have a goal.

Here is a huge problem that I have with this four-volume book: targeting my audience. I knew I would have this problem in 1973. First, pastors are not interested in economic theory. Second, economists are not interested in Christian theology. I decided to target intelligent laymen. This strategy has worked. But there is an inherent problem with materials published on the Web. First, I do not know who you are. Second, I do not know where you are. Third, and most important, I do not know when you are. Yet I tried to write this volume in such a way that it might retain your interest sufficiently so that you will finish reading it. It will take you many hours to do this.

That, in most instances, is your target. Intelligent laymen.

Pastors and priests aren’t interested in expanding the Kingdom of God in most fields: and even conversion (when tolerated) is just about soul-winning and boosting membership numbers & tithes, not the redemption of an entire society, a civilization, a world. In general, and with honourable exceptions, church leaders want a safe position with a steady congregation who all tithe, without risky and unpredictable controversies that could put a comfortable lifestyle in danger. “Go along to get along.”

These men have no interest in challenging a culture that quietly despises them. I suggest that you examine China’s Christianity is an evil cult policy to see where this is going: rest assured, this is precisely the viewpoint of most of Academia, the Media, and the major movers and shakers of society.

(Of course, the Western Elite hatred of Christ is derived for the same reasons why the Chinese Communist Party hates Christ:

  • “Nothing above the State!”
  • “No superior justice above that of the Ruling Party/Aristocracy!”
  • “No challenge to Pharaoh permitted!”
  • “Nothing belongs to God! All belongs to the State!”
  • “The State is the Voice of the People! No other collective voice is permitted!”

Insert more self-serving blather to taste.)

As always, there will be no stand by the major denominations against the pointedly hostile Ruling Class: after all the leadership of the church has always (in recent centuries) chosen to fear powerful men rather than God, and has zero faith in God’s Law-Word, God’s enforcement of His Law-Word, or in the eventual triumph of Christ’s Kingdom over all opposition.

Much safer to whine a bit, in a low voice, and then fall silent. “Business as usual.”

Any change for the better, any expansion of the Kingdom, any salvation for society as a whole will have to come from faithful laymen: especially those given privileges of intelligence, wealth, time, education, social networks, etc.

Forget the pastors and the priests and their consistent, congenial failures, their faithlessness, their flat-out cowardliness. YOU and I will have to do the job.

Clean out your house, your mind, spirit, and soul; welcome and follow the Holy Spirit; understand the goals you can achieve and the prices you are willing to pay.

Follow the direction of the Holy Spirit, always.

Pray, Work, Win: not just in eternity, but in the here and now.

I have counsel and sound wisdom;
    I have insight; I have strength.
By me kings reign,
    and rulers decree what is just;
by me princes rule,
    and nobles, all who govern justly.
I love those who love me,
    and those who seek me diligently find me.
Riches and honor are with me,
    enduring wealth and righteousness.
My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold,
    and my yield than choice silver.
I walk in the way of righteousness,
    in the paths of justice,
granting an inheritance to those who love me,
    and filling their treasuries.

Proverbs 8:14-21, ESV


But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 6:33, ESV

and a special gift for the Ruling Class, everywhere:

Why do the nations rage
    and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers take counsel together,
    against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
    and cast away their cords from us.”

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
    the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
    and terrify them in his fury, saying,
“As for me, I have set my King
    on Zion, my holy hill.”

I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
    today I have begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
    and the ends of the earth your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron
    and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
    be warned, O rulers of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear,
    and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son,
    lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
    for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 2, ESV. The most quoted psalm in the New Testament