God & Sanctions

From Gary North’s Chapter 42: Education, in his online Christian Economics: Teacher’s Edition text.

Sovereignty. Who is sovereign over education? This is the issue of final sovereignty. Is it the God of the Bible or some other god? Who establishes the covenantal structure of society? The biblical covenantal structure is this: God, man, law, sanctions, and the future. Which God is God? This is the central question of existence. The Chaldeans had their gods. Daniel and the three young men had theirs. Which were sovereign? Answer: the one who brought sanctions.

Who is God?

The One who brings sanctions.

That’s the point for today: the Darwinists who rule us, laugh at us, and grind us under their heel are confident that there are no sanctions. As per Isaiah 56:12,

Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.
This is not true, even from Darwin’s perspective: the white race has been much diminished in honour and power, religious aliens are moving into Europe and (to a lesser extent) the US, and distrust of the State is far more widespread than before.
So, the concept of “abundance” has been downgraded: instead of honour, power, and success, it now just means easy sex, easy abortion, easy perversity, easy pleasure. Instead of wealth, it means easy-to-bear debt loads. Instead of powerful armies expanding the Empire, it means powerful welfare states coupled with free entertainment.
Instead of an ever more intelligent elite and a hardworking, low-crime lower-class population, it means an elite that, protected from reality, never hears a contrary word to the delusions of the day while the disintegrating lower class, tied to the welfare state, makes no political challenges to their masters… but offers no respect or honour, either.
Instead of expanding families, sterile pleasure-seeking. Instead of wealth generation, wealth consumption. This is “abundance” so far as our masters are concerned.
Divine sanctions are here, and ongoing: they merely come in an aborted future in the hospital’s medical waste bin, instead of fire from the sky.

This battle is judicial and economic. The judicial battle is over the primary authority over education: state vs. family. The economic battle is over the primary source of the funding: state vs. family.

The Bible is clear. This injunction is given to families: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). This advice was given by Solomon to his son. It was not a command given to his son to set up a system of public education for the nation.

Paul said this: “But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are” (I Corinthians 1:27–28). Christians should recognize that the state, which is intensely anti-Christian, will not allow foolishness to be taught in its schools. It makes war on this foolishness.

R. J. Rushdoony once said that Christians who oppose higher taxes but allow their children to be educated in state schools have their priorities wrong. “They tithe their children to the state, but then criticize taxes.”

Most Christians don’t care: the convenience and comfort of dumping their children somewhere is far more important than defeating committed enemies, wealthy and powerful fools that hate them almost as much as the elites hate God.

God brings sanctions on His disobedient and contemptuous people too, just as surely as He crushes His openly hostile enemies.

If you want a picture of a wealthy but laughably powerless interest group, numbering in the millions, look at the Western Christian Church.

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. — Matthew 5:13

OK, back to North:

Their justification of compulsion in education is this: without compulsion, some parents would not educate their children. In the name of the good of all children, Darwininsts support compulsory state education. The anti-Christian content of state education is justified in the name of religious neutrality. Nevertheless, the vast majority of Christians support state education and its justification: neutral education. Yet Jesus said this: “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters” (Matthew 12:30). The foundation of public education is a myth. There is no such thing as neutral education. It is an impossibility. It is the camel’s nose into the tent. Once inside the tent, it reveals its intense hostility to Christianity. But still the vast majority of Christians send their children into state-run schools. In most nations, it is illegal not to send them into state-run schools. These schools are the primary agencies of propaganda in the world. The propaganda is pro-Darwin and pro-state. The schools are run by the state for the benefit of the state.

“[T]he vast majority of Christians support state education and its justification: neutral education” There comes a time when wilful blindness means wilful rebellion: and, looking at God’s judgement on Western societies, we crossed that boundary long, long ago.

The primary function of tax-funded, state-run education is to indoctrinate children in the Darwinian worldview of the educators. Another goal is to create a population that is subservient to the state. Parents who allow their children to be educated by bureaucrats who cannot be fired after a few years, and who will not allow any interference with their programs by parents or politicians are compliant people. They will do what they are told. Public education is the most important single tool in the state’s control over the public. The teachers are not public servants. The voters are public servants. The teachers kidnap the children of the voters and train them in subservience.

Christians are not weary of this. I suggest that they will never be weary of this until they have been exterminated (softly, harshly, or softly-then-harshly), or until all Christian leadership is hard-core leadership… and that day is coming.

God has blighted the mainstream churches, those echo chambers of Establishment thinking, so their future is over.

Just like the future of their Darwinian elitists, the lord and master that they truly love and obey.

But the business isn’t done until the welfare-state goes down… public education is broadly destroyed by algorithms, … and there is a sustained revival.

The last is easily the most difficult of the three. The first two are ‘baked in the cake’ as it were, but nobody can force the Holy Spirit to go where He doesn’t want to go,or do what He doesn’t want to do.

It depends on repentance, obedience, prayer, deep Bible study, holy action, and the Hand of God: especially the last.

 

More Energy, More Dominion

Not explicitly Christian… but, definitely part of upholding the Dominion Mandate, and improving life, liberty, property, and prosperity for the vast majority of people, both believers and unbelievers.

AN IMPOSSIBLE INVENTION

In the settlement between Rossi and his US licensee IH, Rossi got the license back together with all E-Cat equipment and materials, while none of the parties will have to pay damages to the other. Getting the license back was his top priority all the time, Rossi explains in this interview.

[Here’s the document defining the terms of the settlement(un-disclosed source)].

“To us, the most important thing was to regain complete ownership of the IP and of all the rights that were conceded through the license. At this point, it had become very clear that a continued collaboration had become impossible because of the choices IH made and because of other reasons. The development, the finalization, and the distribution of the technology—any agreement regarding this would have been impossible,” Rossi told me during an interview via Skype on July 15.

The settlement was drafted on July 5, 2017…

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History as the Outworking of Faith

Just a few selected quotes from two of Marinov’s articles,

History Is Nothing More Than the Perfection of the Creeds Over Time

and

The Hebrew Roots of Classical Culture and Law


From the first article, History Is Nothing More Than the Perfection of the Creeds Over Time

So what’s the Biblical solution? What is the Biblical view of history?

R.J. Rushdoony gave us the Biblical view in his book, The Biblical Philosophy of History. The Biblical view of history, of course, is that history has its source, mainspring, and engine outside of history, in God Himself. It is not history of human ideas, and it is not history of development of material tools, although these do develop in history, no doubt about it, but only as a consequence of a greater development. God must enter history for history to have any motion or meaning. Unless God enters history, we can’t even talk about history as a study or as reality at all. History is not the history of ideas, and not the history of class war, or of technological development. History is in essence God’s work in His creation. “My Father is working until now, and I myself am working.”

But if history is the story of God’s work in His creation, then a Biblical concept rises to the level of utmost importance of interpreting history: incarnation. God must enter history for history to happen; and history did happen and is happening because God indeed entered it by taking on a human nature. That Incarnation with a capital I becomes the center of history, the culmination of history, prophesied by those who lived before, and looked back to by those who live after. R.J. Rushdoony was very insistent on the meaning of Incarnation for formulating Christian thought, whether it was in economics, politics, education, or anything else. He saw its great significance for our study of history and had a chapter in his book specifically devoted to it: “Incarnation and History.”

But looking at that one-time historical event of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago solves only part of our problem. It does give us a pivot for history to revolve around, a center and a culmination that give history in general its meaning. But stopping there only we will be handicapped with a static, albeit meaningful history, a history that doesn’t move anywhere, and lives with a past event which has no meaning for the other events happening before it and after it. All right, one could say, the Incarnation was the central event in history. But how do you explain the other events in relation to it? How do you explain what is happening today, or how do you explain the development of the Western Civilization, or of technology, or of science, etc, etc.? How do you explain WWII, or man on the moon, or anything else? If you only take the Incarnation with a capital I, you will soon be forced to answer any question about history with, “Jesus is the answer!” Modern premillennialists and amillennialists are in that position today; when everything that happens in history around them is always returned in a mystical way to either the First Coming or the Second Coming. But the dynamics is never there; as if events happen fortuitously, chaotically, without a plan that man can understand, study, and learn from.

We need to see the incarnation in its comprehensive meaning in order to draw from it a consistent, working, coherent philosophy if history which helps us understand history and answer all the questions about. Not just as one-time event in history but as a constant movement which defines history and moves it according to God’s plan. Not just one-time incarnation involvement by God but a constant involvement in a visible, discernible way. But we all know that the Incarnation was unique, and it must be one-time, otherwise we are experimenting with heresy. But isn’t there a different meaning of incarnation, isn’t there a different way that God enters history to shape it without necessarily creating many Messiahs?

There is.

And we see it in the promise of the New Covenant in Jeremiah 31, repeated in the New Testament:

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

With God’s Covenant-keeping people welcoming and living the Law inscribed in their heart – a lived theonomy – all history, all the world, can be brought under the lordship of Jesus Christ. With big steps and small steps, even factoring in the occasional setback, the Kingdom of God will cover the earth in justice and peace, freedom and prosperity, holiness and love.

Increasingly and inescapably, more and more obviously:
God gets everything, and Satan gets nothing.

In time, and on earth.

With the final enemy to be broken being death, and then the Second Coming of Christ, as He is the capstone of salvation and victory.

We have here a form of incarnation, God writing His Law on the “flesh” of our heart. (Incarnation means “in flesh.”) In a parallel verse, Ezekiel 36:26, he says he will give us a heart of flesh, and then He says He will give us the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts (incarnation again). Ezekiel 11:20 says the same thing about the heart of flesh, and about a new spirit which will dwell in that heart. Hebrews 8:8-12 repeats the same promise, but more importantly, the New Testament gives us even more examples of incarnation with small i, incarnation which concerns the flesh of the believer. In John 14 Jesus speaks about the mystery of the Incarnation, “I am in the Father and the Father is in Me,” but then he connects with the other incarnation, “I am in the Father, and you in me, and I in you.” He uses that very specific word, mone, “dwelling place,” at the beginning of the chapter when he says, “there are many dwelling places [monai] in My Father’s house,” and then He uses the same word later when he says that He and the Father will come and make a dwelling place (mone) in every believer. (The only two places in the New Testament where that specific word is used.) The Church, of course, is the body of Christ, the fullness of the one who fills all in all, as Paul tells us in Ephesians 1. But more than just the church, Paul tells us that the individual believers are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19; 1 Pet. 2:5).

Obviously, God enters history not only in the central, one-time Incarnation, He continuously enters history and works in history through millions of incarnations that come like waves of the tectonic impact of that Great Incarnation. One of the reasons Jesus died on the Cross was to give us the Holy Spirit Who works out those small incarnations in practice. Now history has meaning not only in its center and culmination but it also has meaning as a process, as dynamics, as change and events and connections between events. Incarnation is the principle behind history, both culmination and change. God works through Jesus Christ in history; and He works through His people in history. There shouldn’t be any surprises here; the function of the Church and of the individual believers as God’s representatives in history, filled with His Spirit, is part of the Biblical doctrine.

But how does this incarnation of God in His people work in practice? If it is to be manifested in history, that is, revealed in history, what is the visible sign of God entering His people in a form of incarnation and moving history through them?

Here we come to the main thesis of this lecture.

The promise of the New Covenant in Jeremiah 31 which I quoted above gives us the answer to it:

“I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,”

The Kingdom of God is implanted in our hearts by hearing and heeding the Word of God, and it flows outward:

  • not by grinding unbelievers under our heels, as we are not Muslims consumed with hatred for the filthy kafir;
  • not by an ever-expanding set of rules and punishments, as we are not Secularist who adore State power and despise the liberty & property of the free man;

but with love, holiness, justice and compassion, in imitation of the words and deeds of Jesus Christ. We turn from evil ourselves first; we uphold the rule of God first; and then teach others to do the same.

We need here to go back to that most unique book in the history of Christendom written by R.J. Rushdoony, The Foundations of Social Order, and the lessons it can teach us. Like I said before, it is unique because no one before and after Rushdoony ever set out to make the connection between the “pure” theology of the Creeds and the Councils and the “applied” ideology in the formation of the Western worldview. Most theologians and historians today look at Christianity and the church in basically the same way as they look at the pagan temples: Christianity and the church are there to meet a specific need of man, just like any other institution in society. When we need groceries, we go to the grocery store; when we need our cars repaired, we go to the car repair place; when we need entertainment, we go to the theater. In the same way, when we need some comfort or religious experience, we go to church. (And, indeed, isn’t this exactly the way churches advertize themselves today!) So the creeds, being only a church “thing,” a code for church identification or denomination identification, or membership tag, are limited to the religious experience of the believer. But Rushdoony opposed this tradition of truncating Christianity and showed that to the contrary, the whole Western worldview has been shaped by the Creeds and the Councils of the early church. We have all these ideas that are the foundations of our social order today because the bishops of the early church sat down together to formulate our faith in God according to the Scriptures. And this formulation was laid as the foundation for changing the whole outlook of the West – including in the areas of law, government, economics, and others.

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And what about the world outside of Christendom? There again, no people has no knowledge of God. There is some knowledge, and there is some faith in everyone, even the most wretched pagan. And the history of the pagan nations is only an outworking of the development of their own “creeds,” or whatever they have in place of a true creed. Faith has consequences, and all consequences we see in history are the result of only one cause: the faith of the people, and the self-conscious formulation of that faith in creeds. You want to know about the feudal period in the European history? Go back to the creedal statements of the time and find the causes and answers there. You want to know about the Industrial Revolution? Again, go to the creedal statements of that time, and you will see the engine of the Industrial Revolution there. Want to understand Magna Carta and what led to it? Study the faith and the creeds of the English Church in the 11th and the 12th centuries. Want to understand modern America and everything that is happening around us? Identify the predominant creedal statements in today’s culture, and you will have all your answers.

I will point out that the demonic creeds that currently control the West would have no power whatsoever, without both the passive and the active support of a great host of Christians, most certainly including those in powerful positions within the churches.

When God smashed our demonic culture, a vast number of Christians will be smashed as well.

Best to repent now.

And this is where we learn of the great principle of historical dynamics, the principle that is the engine of historical progress and change, the principle that explains history for what it is, that gives history stable ground and impetus for movement at the same time. And that principle is this:

God uses history to perfect our faith.

That’s the purpose of history: God uses history to produce a bride to Himself, a perfect bride, without spot or wrinkle, a bride with a perfect faith, trained and tested in generations of trials, judgments, challenges, struggles, defeats, victories. He has no other purpose for history but that; and history is going to end with that Bride adorned for Her Husband, perfect in everything, a heavenly city of gold and precious stones. All the events in history are designed by God to be His tools in teaching the church what to believe about God, how to believe it, and how to formulate that faith; and then, of course, how to apply that faith in practice. History is the giant testing field for our faith. We formulate and confess our faith, and on the basis of that faith we build our ideological systems and our practice. And then God tests our ideas and our practice against His reality in history. Part of it burns, part remains intact and gets purified. Whatever burns, must be discarded and replaced; whatever remains and gets purified, must be preserved to stand as a foundation of the faith of future generations. In everything, we are like the father whose son was suffering from epilepsy, crying to Jesus, “I believe, help my unbelief.” And God uses history to help our unbelief, and confirm our faith.

I said above that when we look at historical events, we can trace their origin and causes back to the prevalent creed of the time. We can take the faith of a generation and explain what happened in that generation and how it happened. In fact, as Rushdoony did in his book, we can explain the whole development of that very unique culture based on the development of the new faith, and of its formulations in the creeds.

But there is more. The process is a two-way street. Not only should we be able to explain historical events and trends based on the creeds, we also should expect feedback from historical events which will help the redeemed mankind revise and perfect its creeds as it grows in the knowledge of God. God’s history is a two-way communication: God gives us His revelation; we respond in confessions and in the practical historical application of those confessions in a process of culture-building; then God uses a process of historical judgment to test our confessions through judging our ideas and practice; we respond in more faith, perfecting our confessions and therefore our ideas and practice; and so on, and so on.

What is the purpose of history?

God uses history to perfect our faith.


Now, on to a subset of the application of God’s supremacy, His kingdom, His law, with History Is Nothing More Than the Perfection of the Creeds Over Time.

A few years ago, at an annual conference of the Mid-Atlantic Reformation Society – just like the one I mentioned in the previous podcast, in Reading PA, titled, The Future of Christendom – I delivered a lecture titled, “History Is Nothing More Than the Perfection of the Creeds Over Time.” In it, I spoke of the principle of meaning of history, following R.J. Rushdoony’s The Foundations of Social Order. What binds history together? What creates the cause-and-effect relationship for all the events in history. What is the red thread that goes through history and defines it, and gives it meaning? The Biblical answer is: Faith. And since faith in history is visibly expressed in the creeds of the church, my point is that history is nothing more than the perfection of the creeds over time. At every point in history, there is a level of creedal awareness in Christians which expresses itself first in their formal creeds or confessions, and then in their ideologies applying these creeds to the realm of ideas, and finally, in their practice, applying the ideologies to the practical world of human action and endeavor. What about the unbelievers? They follow suit. Every event in history, every trend, every continuity (whether growth or decline) and discontinuity (whether a revolution, a catastrophe, or a discovery of new technologies) can be traced back to the current level of creedal growth of the Church and of its influence upon the world. As the creeds and confessions of the church develop the faith of the church into a more informed, detailed, and self-conscious faith – self-conscious about all its applications in all the areas of life – the level of maturity of the world’s civilization will grow, and the world will be turning into a better, more productive, and safer place. Faith is the motion principle of history; anything else follows from faith. And specifically, from the Christian faith, given that all the other faiths are worth nothing.

Just to put the money shot into sharp focus:

“Faith is the motion principle of history;
anything else follows from faith.
And specifically, from the Christian faith,
given that all the other faiths are worth nothing.”

Amen, and Amen.

But the question still remains: How did these ancient civilizations appear, if we say that a civilization can’t appear without some sort of faith in Christ?

In order to answer this question, we need to make a short review of what is really known about ancient history, and then make note of one very interesting fact in that history that is seldom mentioned by secularist historians.

We know very little of the history of the world right after the Great Flood which happened about 2,400 BC. We know that Noah’s family multiplied greatly within a period of about 1,000 years. We don’t have many details about the historical events in that period. We know that Nimrod organized the first centralized state in Mesopotamia, and that under his rule some groups of men tried to build the Tower of Babel. Abraham came out of Ur of the Chaldeans about 400 years after the Flood, and by his time, there were societies organized as local monarchies all over the Middle East and Egypt. Some of these societies seem to have had high levels of technology, for they left us some construction wonders like the Pyramids and the Temple in Baalbek. Similar highly technological societies must have been founded in other parts of the globe, for we know of other, similarly impressive, construction projects in other places in the world, like South America, China, India, South Africa, and others. We know next to nothing about the real builders of these marvels of construction; as far as we can judge, they either disappeared, for one reason or another, or over time lost their technological knowledge and experience.

We have a sufficient Biblical explanation for the emergence and existence of these organized societies: In the several generations after the Flood, Noah’s descendants must have kept at least some remembrance of the Flood and of the reasons for it. The faith of Noah and his sons must have still been the dominant cultural factor in the world around them. After all, Noah was still alive when Abraham was born, and he passed away around the time Abraham was leaving his family.

This is the kind of Biblical insight that I love: thinking that takes the Bible as a set of factual, accurate histories, and logically draws the proper inferences and conclusions.

(Try doing that with the Qu’ran! Or whatever shifting mess of self-serving cant and plastic paper constitutions that makes up the ‘law’ of today’s Secularist States…)

Even more interesting, Noah’s son, Shem, ancestor of Abraham, actually outlived Abraham by about 50 years! These direct survivors of the Flood must have been the ancient substitute for an official public creed; their faith had given the foundation of a worldview that helped establish law, organization, and structures of government which were not easily corrupted . . . well, in the beginning, at least. Even where the people may have fallen into idolatry, the worldview of the faith of Noah had remained as a cultural heritage (similar to the modern Western Europe) and provided the intellectual foundation for their societies. So, in these first generations after the Flood, history was defined and motivated, again, by the faith of the covenant people of God, and their influence on the world around them, including the unbelievers.

This situation did not remain for long, however, for even at the time of Abraham we see that the cultures through which he traveled were already reverting to barbarism. In not a single one of these societies was there anything close to an objective law of the land. (Objective in the sense that it doesn’t depend on the whim of a ruler or a caste of rulers.)

Lawless lands are tough places to live.

Had enough of the lawlessness of your nation, Christian?

The first instance in the Bible when objective law is mentioned as a concept in a pagan nation is Persia in the times of Daniel. Moses’s promise in Deut. 4:5-8 that Israel would be unique because of the Law it was given was very significant. True enough, no other nation had such a law . . . or even a concept of such a law.

If you love justice, then you must love the Law of God. And not merely in some long-ago and far-away sense, but as words with teeth, in the here and now.

Apparently, after the death of Noah and his sons, the faith in God declined, and, accordingly, the worldview supported by that faith disappeared. With the disappearance of that worldview, the principle of cohesion in the society disappeared. All that was left was the absolute power of the local rulers, and a naked ambition for conquest and plunder.

Always with the worship of power. What is it with sinful men?

You might find your answers here. But in a sentence: “Power-worshippers, imitating their serpentine leader, are repelled by God’s righteousness and holiness… but envy His power and authority.”

There could be no universal ethics either. De Coulanges demonstrates that not only the gods were limited to the families, but the very concepts of law and ethics were limited too. Law was not universal, it was private to the family; and when the ancient cities were formed, law and knowledge of the law were a restricted privilege to the ruling class; there was no public, objective law, and the lower classes were not taught any law. Rome is a good example of that: Between its founding and the time of Julius Caesar, there were multiple insurrections of the plebeians, that is, the lower classes. To their demand for equal rights, the patrician class always responded with, “We can’t grant you equal status. You have no knowledge of law.” The law of the land was not public knowledge; it was a privilege of the rulers to know it, and they used that knowledge as a means of oppression and suppression of discontent. In Greece, and especially in Sparta, it was illegal to teach slaves or foreigners the laws of the land; in some places, even teaching the slaves to read and write could earn one the death penalty.

Any relationship with today’s convoluted legal codes and obscure, unreadable tomes of administrative laws, costly legal fees — “the better to subjugate the commoners — and arbitrary judgements is not coincidental in the slightest.

What did you expect from an offically anti-Christian, Secularist society?

Justice? Fairness? Freedom?

(And just you wait till the Shari’a gets into high gear…)

All this started changing in the 8th and the 7th centuries BC. First, the concept of gods as universal principles began to emerge. Those universal principles were soon separated from the local deities with whose names they were associated; the gods were sent to abide on the Mount Olympus, and they were now given universal power over the earth. The idea of Jupiter as an exalted Father of the gods appeared, and was promoted by a number of play-wrights and philosophers.  […] A number of Greek philosophical schools of the time were based on the belief in the universal nature of the godhead; and therefore some philosophies were devoted to examine the nature of that godhead. […] Similar transition from local deities to universal gods and goddesses was happening in the same period in India. […] The Shang, or the Heavenly Dynasty was known for introducing new concepts of religion and law in China, and building the first modern organized society. In its religious reformed, the Shang Dynasty established the worship of one god, ShangDi, the heavenly God. […]

Modern secularist historians, of course, claim that such change from local demons to universal gods was just a natural “evolutionary development.” It is very hard to accept such an interpretation, however, given two facts: First, the change was not accepted as “normal” or “natural.” There was resistance, and the old beliefs continued existing along with the new worldview. And second, the change happened almost simultaneously around the world; as if it came from the same source. These lead us to a conclusion – may be not 100% proven, but more probable than the alternatives – that the nations of the world learned about a universal god or gods from the same source which was popular around the world at the time. But was there such a source, and what was it?

The Bible gives us the answer: Solomon.

We are all influenced today by the modern secularist thinking that ancient Israel was somehow just a small insignificant kingdom in the big picture of things, and that when we study ancient history, we can easily ignore it. Somehow the Bible has its own version of history, and it relates to Israel, while there is also real history, which relates to the real events, and the two are in a state of dualistic separation. But the truth is, the Bible speaks true history, and modern textbook history is 90% and more the imagination of modern secularist historians. And the Bible gives us the most reliable account of the events of ancient history.

Hold on to your chairs now.

The Bible specifically says about Solomon that his fame spread over the whole earth, and that all the kings of the earth came to him to ask for advice. Not just some kings, not just the local kings. All of them. 1 Kings 4:34: “Men came from all peoples to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom.” 1 Kings 10:23-24: “So King Solomon became greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom. All the earth was seeking the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom which God had put in his heart.” 2 Chr. 9:22-23: “So King Solomon became greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom. And all the kings of the earth were seeking the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom which God had put in his heart.”

Keep in mind that what was happening to Solomon was simply the promise of Moses in Deut. 4:5-8 coming true. The nations of the earth were expected to be attracted to the wisdom of Israel and thus acknowledge and glorify the God of Israel. In the same way, the kings and the nations of the earth were attracted to the wisdom of Solomon; and this couldn’t lead to anything else but to some form of acknowledgment of the God of Solomon. And since the God of Solomon was unique in the fact that he was not a local deity limited to a nation or a piece of land, but a universal God, the nations of the earth started applying that universalist concept to their own religions.

The truth begins to flow out, to cover the earth.

But of course, with Jesus Christ, a King greater than Solomon, has emerged. And the world will move to meet Jesus, on Jesus’ terms, before His throne.

True: some will prefer death to bending the knee, as we can see in Western Europe today.

But I suspect that the Arabs – after just a few more centuries of pain and bloody futility – will in the end choose life over death. That shift will begin with the end of oil as a factor in their economies, one way or another…

By tradition, the creation of first public law in Greece was ascribed to Lycurgus, a king of Sparta who lived just a generation after Solomon. According to the many accounts of him, he was distressed by the internecine strife in his native country, and he voluntarily abdicated from his kingship and went abroad in the search of a good law to bring back. On his journeys, he met one of the most mysterious characters we know of in ancient history: someone named Thales (like the other Thales, of Milletus, the father of Greek philosophy and mathematics), or Thaletas. This Thaletas made his living as a bard at weddings and funerals, but he was universally known as one of the ablest lawgivers in the antiquity, who used his songs to teach his listeners law. Now, that was a novelty at the time. Not that the pagan nations didn’t have their bards, but these bards usually sang praises to their heroes and kings. Using songs to teach law was something new. Lycurgus didn’t waste time, and he asked Thaletas to move to Sparta and start a music school. there. Thaletas thus became the father of Greek music and the father of Greek legislation.

Interestingly enough, however, the name Thaletas is not Greek and it doesn’t mean anything in Greek. The name is clearly Semitic, and in both Hebrew and Aramean it means the same: a Lamb. Thus, the first laws of Greece were made by someone who sang songs about the Law (like David) and used a Semitic name meaning “a Lamb.” The story was well known to the classical world and especially to all Greek-speaking inhabitants of the Roman Empire. Apparently, the Bible also directs the attention of its Greek readers to it: in one of the very few instances where Aramean is used instead of Greek, Mark 5:41, Jesus uses the word “talitha” (a ewe-lamb, a name normally used for young girls, just like a “kid” today is used for children): Talitha Kumi. There is no obvious reason why Mark should use the Aramean version of Jesus’s words here, until we realize that for a Greek speaker, the text sounds like, “Thaletas, rise!” As if Jesus was declaring to all His Greek readers that in His ministry, He was the new Thaletas, the supreme legislator of the Greek world.

Multitudes of today’s Christians despise God’s Law.

In doing so, they are at odds with the Lord they claim to worship, adore, and obey.

As the heel of the secularist law grinds down on their windpipe, I recommend that these Christians reconsider their position.

“If it doesn’t put Christ first, it is an enemy of Christ… and only seeks the subjugation and oppression of those who believe in Him. Of this, you can be certain.”

Myth & Reality in Politics

From Rushdoony’s The Myth of Politics

Men usually find it easier to live in terms of myths than truth and reality, because the myth answers the dreams and hopes of man’s being, whereas truth and reality command and compel rather than gratify man.

And so you realize why Our Masters are always invested in propagating obvious lies… and insisting that you repeat them as well.

In the myth, it is the power and the will of man which realizes itself. Basic to the philosophy of magic, from its more crude forms to its modern expression in Freemasonry, is the famous sentence, “As my will is, so must (or, mote, might) it be.” In reality, man is a creature, both sinful and limited, and the conditions of his life are given; there are boundaries to his ability to change reality. Not so in myth. Gerardus van der Leeuw (1890–1950) states it clearly:

Either by mythical-magical methods therefore, or theoretically, man transforms the world into his world, and himself into its sovereign: this is the profound religious basis of all culture. But faith is essentially hostile to every form of domination of the world without exception, since it regards this as rivalry with God, as pseudo-creation whether magical, mythical or rational, and opposes itself also to culture, even to that which is recognized as essentially religious, seeking its own way to the world. It questions, in principle, all human control: even its own pronouncements, so far as these necessarily participate in culture, are immediately disqualified again by faith.1

We would say, more plainly, that myth and Biblical faith are at radical odds with one another.

A self-evident truth: which leads to yesterday’s academia, which worked so hard to slime the Bible as “a pack of myths” and themselves as “the true arbitrators of reality.”

But in the end of the day, what a man really is will come out: and so you get the ongoing drive to politicize mathematics and physics, to ruin them and render them as worthless as the sociology and English departments. No longer do our enemies bother to cloak themselves with an aura of “Scientific, Objective Truth”: it’s all just Will to Power now, at the end of their age.

Satan knows that his time is short.

Biblical faith begins with the acknowledgment of God as sovereign and continues with a life based on God’s ultimacy, priority, and law as the condition of existence and its prosperity.

The exact opposite of magic, in other words.

God’s word is law, not Man’s.

Power comes from Above, and not from Below.

The mythical-magical approach has sought many avenues of expression. Ancient myths, magical practice, secret and illuminist orders, and other such efforts have marked the history of this perspective. The mythical-magical method has often captured the instruments of Christianity, including the church, and God is then converted into a great and cosmic resource to be commanded by sovereign man. We then have, not only the extremes of Pelagianism and Arianism, the power of positive thinking and possibility thinking, but prayer and works as means of compelling or commanding God

Laughable and pathetic.

In the real world, God commands, and we obey.

We may be wise, and choose to obey the commands God placed in the Bible.

Or we may be fools, and publicly rebel… even as God directs our cruel and twisted hearts to our own destruction, just as surely as God led Pharaoh to his doom, and is leading the Christ-despising Secularist West to the grave, chasing lies.

Far, far better to repent, to be knowingly and self-consciously humble before God. THAT is the way to life.

The great and classical expression of the mythical-magical method is politics. In the political order, two major motives of man merge into one. First, there is the religious motive. Historically, the sacred community has been an important aspect of religion, and, very commonly, the state has been seen as the sacred and redeeming order. Man’s hope of salvation is held to lie in and through the activities of the state. During history, far more commonly than the church, shrine, or temple, the state has been seen as the instrument and vehicle of man’s salvation. Very often, the community, the state, the office, or the ruler have been declared divine. The old classical theory held that the voice of the people is the voice of God, vox populi vox Dei. Modern forms of this thesis include Rousseau’s doctrine of the general will, belief in the democratic consensus, and the doctrine of the dictatorship of the proletariat. The transition from the world of classical antiquity to the Middle Ages was a shift, but always a challenged one, from the state to the church as the redeeming agency and as the continuing incarnation of divinity in action. The modern world has witnessed the abandonment of the church for the state. In either case, of course, we must challenge and deny the concept of a redeeming institution, order, or society on Biblical grounds.

Second, the state has not only served as man’s religious institution, but it has also been the vessel for his mythical-magical faith and method. The clearest expression of this mythical-magical aspect is, first of all, the increasing reliance on statist fiat. The word fiat, and the idea, are of critical importance. We meet with God’s fiat in Genesis 1:3: “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” The fiats of Genesis 1 are the creation of a universe out of nothing by the sovereign word of God. God’s fiats are possible, because God is omnipotent and sovereign, and nothing is impossible for God (Matt. 19:26). All things are totally and absolutely under His control and government, so that God’s fiats create out of nothing.

The fiats of the state are imitative of God. They seek to create out of nothing, and they are manifestations of sovereignty, or the claim of sovereignty. Because God’s fiats require an absolute power and control, the state aims at a like absolute power and control, so that, wherever the myth of politics prevails, totalitarianism is a logical necessity. The forms of the total state may vary, but they will in every instance be similar in their inherent philosophy and theology.

There is God…

…and there are all these shoddy wooden imitations of God, fit only for burning.

The imitations are already dripping with gasoline. Best not to put your trust in them.

Also basic to the divine fiats is an absence of laborious effort. The creation of Genesis 1 is in each case an instantaneous act, not a process.

Each day of creation week manifests fiat power, not laborious work. The mythical-magical method thus sees the solutions to man’s problems as power, not work.

The adoration of power for power’s sake. A typical idol.

If sufficient power is concentrated into statist agencies, then all human problems will be solved, or, at least, solvable. Some politicians, and at least one president, have fostered a vision of the end of all poverty, disease, ignorance, and even death, given enough statist power and control. This is mythological thinking in the extreme. It rests on the assumption that power, on the human scene, can be a substitute for, or can create, capital. However, unlike God’s power, human power is neither self-generative nor creative. In particular, political power does not produce capital but rather requires its consumption. As a result, as political power and political fiats increase, capital decreases. The more nearly totalitarian a state, the lower its capital and its working capacity. However, as long as men believe in the myth of politics rather than the God of Scripture, they will call for more power to the state, and will increase the state’s destructive impact on capital and labor. This belief in power, not work, is basic to the mythical-magical method. It is an aspect of the belief that, “As my will is, so must it be.”

It’s not all about Jesus Christ… it’s all about ME!

I will worship my Saviour, who redeemed me, much of humanity, and even creation itself – from our accursed and damned nature.

The mirror-worshippers will be abandoned to their fantasy, if they refuse to repent.

Third, in the mythical-magical perspective, man’s basic capital is seen as status, not productivity, because status means power. The mythical-magical method has a radically different belief in the necessary ingredients for progress, and its perspective is sharply at odds with the Biblical view. In Biblical faith, character and work are basic to capitalization. In the mythical-magical perspective, moral character and work are divisive and oppressive, and, as a climaxing evil, anti-equalitarian.

A great hatred of strong character and hard work: that is one road to hell.

Poverty, yes. Powerlessness, yes. Loserdom, yes.

But most pointedly, it is a road to hell.

One of many… but among the most popular of them.

To illustrate: A rookie professional basketball player, a substitute spending most of his time on the bench, is paid $104,000 a year. A professional entertainer pointed out to me recently earns, at a minimum, several times that. Well and good. Both men are meeting a public demand, and those who enjoy their services are paying for them. Basketball players and entertainers are popular and respected people in our culture.

This is not true of others. Small farmers by the thousands work hard, hopeful of earning $15–30,000 a year, and not always succeeding. They are commonly damned, in our area, as exploiters of farm workers, despite the fact that California farm workers are the best paid in the world. Their relationship to workers has become politicized, and, as a result, they are now villains in this political drama. A capable businessman, if he earns $25–75,000 yearly, or if an executive earns as much as the basketball player, is again seen as an exploiter by many, and his role in the new mythology is as that of a villain.

The reason for this inconsistency toward farmer and businessman as against athlete and entertainer is that the mythical-magical method and faith are hostile to production and idolize status. The world of politics is the realm of status, power, and fiat, whereas work and productivity belong to another realm. The very persistent success of work and productivity as against political impediments stimulates hostility against these “exploiters.” They represent an alien faith and an alien culture, and they are, in their persons and activities, an indictment of the myth of politics.

Why work hard, when you can weld a gun and lead a mob instead?

Fourth, in our era, the idea of myth has gained highly sophisticated if erroneous attention. The myth is seen as life-giving, as basic to primeval and primitive aspects of man. […] Logically, such a view leads, as it has done, to a revival of occultism. It also leads to the irrationalism of the myth of politics. The myth, however, instead of being life-giving, is always death-dealing. Myths are the destroyers, not the preservers, of man.

Don’t live in lies.

Lies steal, and lies kill.

As does the father of lies.

Fifth, philosophically, the ancient magical principle, “As my will is, so it must be,” has come into its own in modern philosophy, beginning with Descartes, and especially since Kant and Hegel. The world is now will and idea. Van der Leeuw defined the mythical-magical method as one whereby “man transforms the world into his world, and himself into its sovereign.” Modern philosophy has done even more than transform the world into man’s world: it has reduced the world to man’s will and idea, as in Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. Hegel held that the rational is the real, and this is a basic premise of the myth of politics. The autonomous rational plans of man, whether of Marxists, Fabian socialists, or democratic planners, are real and need only formulation and power to be transferred to the physical world and society. If this rational plan fails to work, according to the rationale of the myth of politics, it is because of evil men, counterrevolutionists, capitalists, foreign influences, alien peoples, speculators, or some like and ostensibly demonic obstruction.

Such mythical thinking means that, because the rational is the real, and because the planner is by definition the rational and the real man, the obstructing people are both irrational and somehow not the real people. The “real” people agree with the plan, because the plan is rational, and the rational is the real. The result, in the name of reason, is legislation against the free market, against free speech, against free men in essence, and finally the totally “rational” slave state and the triumph of myth and unreason in the name of reason.

Sophisticated power-perverts love their lies, as well as their God-State.

But Jesus Christ knew them well, which is why He insists that service is the road to pleasing God, service brings responsibility, service brings success.

Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.— Luke 22:24-27, NKJV

Christ sets the example.

The Peistic-Atheistic Secret Alliance

From Reviving Gospel Hope for the 21st Century

The 20th century brought us a dispensational retreatist-faith, much like the 18th century Church facing the Enlightenment era. The Church in that era also retreated into pietism for a time and turned inward to a large degree. This is once again, the same tactic embraced by much of today’s Church under the influence of dispensational-premillennialism. This inwardness is the same sort of pietism practiced by the Pharisees of Jesus’ day. Their pietism was in prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. But, Jesus exposed this ‘limited’ holiness as man-centered and self-righteous; rather than serving the overall kingdom of God they were more concerned with appearing to be ‘spiritual.’ Just as almsgiving may be self-serving or for social-recognition, so too, a Church of ‘little faith’ becomes unhealthy and impotent in influencing its surrounding cultural environment. In like fashion, today’s pietistic ‘Phariseeism’ has refocused the New Testament ‘sign of tongues’ at Pentecost, into a self-aggrandizing ‘personal experience,’ instead of its original prophetic vision of taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations and tongues.  Today’s unhealthy ‘dispensational’ attitude does not encourage the Church to challenge its surrounding cultural environment because it believes it is in the ‘last days,’ so why bother with reforming politics, economics, justice, the legal system, law enforcement, schools, etc. Overall, its pessimistic outlook continually grants victory to an antichristian world order.

Responsibility-loathing Christians in the church and God-loathing Atheists outside the church, united in one accord and one belief: “Christians crawl and beg, Secularists laugh and rule.”

God has no intention of letting this slide, so Christians can expect to feel the chains tighten on their wrists, while Secularists will insist ever more forcefully on both public and private recognition on their particular delusions, as they lead the nations into sterility and bankruptcy.

The future does not belong to Secularists, of only because they build up debt instead of wealth, love fantasy instead of reality, and dump their future in the medical waste departments of hospitals and clinics across the West.

The ‘postmillennial hope’ promotes a far more robust view of the future of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is, in the long run, a more complete gospel message that ultimately overcomes the world. It reflects a gospel that influences and builds up all areas of our lives and communities. Although Christianity may be stagnant today in much of the Western World, it is rapidly expanding in the southern hemispheres and many other parts of the world. May that motivate 21st century Christianity in the western world to recover and revive its ‘gospel hope’ and move forward again in reestablishing an everlasting gospel paradigm that reflects an all-encompassing robust faith.

My money says that it may well revive in America, after the clay feet of the Government-God is busted by bankruptcy.

You’ll have to wait a few generations more for the gospel hope to be reborn in the newly-Africanized cultures of Western Europe, led by Christian preachers named Mohammed and Okunola.

God gets to win: you can win with Him, or be crushed on His way to victory.

For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over His kingdom, to establish it and uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. — Is. 9: 6-7

Believe it!

The Methods and the Man

From Take Ownership of Your Bolshevism, Bernie!

The murder of Russian clergy and nuns is especially relevant given the recent attack that Sanders made upon Christianity in general and the Christian beliefs of a political nominee during a recent Senate confirmation hearing. Despite Sanders’ stated commitment to separation of church and state, the Vermont senator took it upon himself to condemn specific Christian beliefs and declare that they were (in his words) “unacceptable” with secular American views. To put it bluntly, Sanders was saying that the nominee, Russell Vought, had Christian beliefs that contradicted secular viewpoints, and even though the U.S. Constitution forbids a religious test for government nominees, Sanders imposed one, anyway.

Does that mean Sanders would approve of torturing nuns to death? No, but Sanders self-identified with a political figure who did just that, and he also placed himself in solidarity with others, including Mao, Ho Chi Minh, Fidel Castro, and Che Guaevara who did order mass executions of people simply because they confessed the Christian faith.

One cannot separate the methods from the man.

In the same way atheistic Action reflect Atheistic beliefs, and Islamic action reflect Islamic beliefs, so Christian action must reflect Christian beliefs… and not some water-downed, nicey-nicey, uncontroversial pablum that meets the approval of our secular superiors.

We serve a God of justice and love, a patient God who does not tolerate evil forever, but prefers to redeem rather than destroy men. We serve a God of truth and life, a Lord who is willing to pay the price for victory.

It’s about time our actions reflected our beliefs.

In my view, Sanders is a gutless liar. Watching his supporters destroy property, beat up political opponents, and resort to gun violence itself, one realizes that those who truly believe in Bernie Sanders better understand the implications of his political philosophy than he does. One wishes that Sanders would “come out of the closet” and admit that in order to impose his utopia, a lot of people must die violent deaths. I would admire that man much more than I admire the deceitful senator from Vermont.

People can sense when you are putting up a mask and a front, and despise it.

People know when you are speaking the truth from your heart, and respect it.

Speak the truth that God has placed in your life, directly from the Bible, Christian!

Pagan Parodies of the True Church

Bill Evans provides good info

On Facebook (July 14), Bojidar Marinov comments on Bill Eevan’s fine post on practical ways to make a church a culture-shaping force.

Marinov speaks below:

When we are talking about an institution (as in “institutional” church), we are talking about government. Which means, if we want the church to be reformed, we need to reform its government.

The Biblical basis of government is service. That means, before we even begin to talk about reforming the institutional church, we need to talk about SERVICE. Not like some self-deceived people who, when they hear the word “government,” start talking about “rule.”

The current institutional “church” has been specifically designed to have the rulers rule and the ruled serve the rulers. That is, in terms of its philosophy of government, it is not church at all, it is a pagan parody of the true Church. I have seen a precious few elders in the current institutional “church” who are true servants. The rest of them are simply petty bureaucrats.

You know a servant by the fact that his first thought is the well-being of his master. The vast majority of “elders” today first think of subjugating Christians under their “rule.” Thus, these are not true elders. These are pagans whose place is outside the Church.

You will know a true elder by the fact that he never speaks about submission to him as an elder, he always submits himself to the training and equipment of others until they outgrow the need to have him as their teacher.

Thus, anyone whose first thought is “submission to elders” is a false teacher, and shouldn’t be followed.

In sum: Christian leadership isn’t about power. It’s about service, first to God, and then to the brothers in the church, and naturally to the entire world.

I would say that this is even more central to a return to Kingdom-building pastors than the abolition of the extra-biblical (actually, seeing it’s fruit in the real world, anti-biblical) seminary.

Blame your theology, not the Sodomites. Purge the Pulpits.

Don’t blame the Cultural Marxists either, or the Elites, or Islam, or the Media, or Academia.

None of them could gain an ounce of power over the Church, without the willing and eager treason of both pulpit and pew… unwilling to risk or sacrifice anything at all for the expansion of Christ’s Kingdom in the here and now.

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. — Matthew 5:13, NKJV

Insure that the church regains the taste, the flavor, the savour that pleases God. And a Church, a Nation, a People, a Family, a Man that obeys and pleases God will not lack for power and authority.

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. — John 15: 1-7, NKJV

Plenty of branches are being burned, right now.

You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another. — John 15:16-17

Service, borne of a holy and righteous love, is the key.

Better to serve the Lord and men, and so bear much fruit, with the approval of Christ Jesus.

But God will not tolerate power-hungry wolves to long lead His people. Nor should those who love Him, allow worthless, lying, Kingdom-shrinking shepherds to remain in positions of authority.

By their diseased, sterile, poisonous, and worthless fruit, over the years and over the decades, you already know them.

Do not permit such Satanic, bone-corrupt, spiritually filthy snakes to lead the People of God. They have already destroyed both men and nations, even gutted Western Christendom with their soft, man-pleasing words, “having the form of godliness, but denying the power thereof”….

…and this rank treason must STOP.

Purge the pulpits.