Archive for October, 2012

October 9, 2012

Feast And Famine

The following article was written by Dr. Don Schazenbach in 2009. Dr. Schazenbach will be the guest speaker at the Advancing the Kingdom Conference to be held at the New Geneva Christian Leadership Academy’s education facility. For more information about this event, visit the conference’s  facebook event page.

Though written in 2009, Dr. Schazenbach’s sound advice  may be even more applicable today, considering the damage done by the current administration’s policies (and the impending damage by what may be a future administration), with the latest quantitative easement and continued recession.

By Don Schazenbach April 2009

When I received the assignment for this column – Why the State Cannot Rescue Us – I was put in a place of having to choose which of many good ways to fulfill this assignment. Sometimes I have to think through what might be one, or the best, way to approach whatever subject RC asks me to address. What Scripture applies? How can I avoid stretching a passage just to fill the necessary word count? What did God actually say and how should that word be applied? Writing about why the state cannot save us is not like that. The Bible is full of reasons why the state cannot save us. The problem is in our hearts not our heads.

But – just as a reminder — I knew that Proverbs has a lot to say about our responsibilities in this life and about how God blesses faithful living and work. Flopping my wife’s Bible open to early Proverbs it landed with the open leafs showing 12:13 through 15:14. Her Bible ends Revelation on page 1044. These two pages are two thousandths of that total. The snippet of Scripture at hand tells us that profit comes from labor “The sluggard lusteth, but his soul hath naught: but the soul of the diligent shall have plenty” (13:4) and that “…much increase cometh by the strength of the ox” (14:4), and “In all labor there is abundance: but the talk of the lips bringeth only want” (14:23). It also gives us some wisdom to help us figure out if more borrowing, taxing, and spending are likely to produce greater wealth, saying things like, “wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labor shall increase” (13:11) and “In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble” (15:6).

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October 2, 2012

What Is “Theonomy”

By Dr. Greg Bahnsen

Dr. Van Til taught us that “There is no alternative but that of theonomy and autonomy” (Christian-Theistic Ethics, p. 134). Every ethical decision assumes some final authority or standard, and that will either be self-law (“autonomy”) or God’s law (“theonomy”). While unbelievers consider themselves the ultimate authority in determining moral right or wrong, believers acknowledge that God alone has that position and prerogative.

The position which has come to be labeled “theonomy” today thus holds that the word of the Lord is the sole, supreme, and unchallengeable standard for the actions and attitudes of all men in all areas of life. Our obligation to keep God’s commands cannot be judged by any extrascriptural standard, such as whether its specific requirements (when properly interpreted) are congenial to past traditions or modern feelings and practices.

Jesus My Savior

When any of us come to Christ for salvation, it is with a sense of our sin and misery before God. Our very need of the Savior arises from a conviction of sin, brought home to our hearts by the Holy Spirit showing our guilt for violating God’s commandments. As Paul wrote, “I had not known sin except through the law” (Rom. 7:7). The law defines what sin is (1 John 3:4). As such the law cannot be our personal vehicle for gaining favor with God. It rather aims at Christ as our only righteousness, tutoring us that justification must be by faith in Him (Rom. 10:4; Gal. 3:24).

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October 2, 2012

A Summary of Postmillennialism Features

By Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

1. Postmillennialism holds that the Lord Jesus Christ founds his Messianic kingdom on the earth during his earthly ministry and through his redemptive labors. His establishing the “kingdom of heaven” fulfills Old Testament prophetic expectations regarding the coming kingdom. The kingdom which Christ preaches and presents is not something other than that expected by the Old Testament saints. In postmillennialism the church is the fulfilled/transformed Israel and is even called “the Israel of God” (Gal 6:16).

2. The kingdom’s fundamental nature is essentially redemptive and spiritual, rather than political and corporeal. Although it has implications for the political realm, postmillennialism is not political, offering a kingdom in competition with geo-political nations for governmental rule. Christ rules his kingdom spiritually in and through his people in the world, as well as by his universal providence.

3. Because of the intrinsic power and design of Christ’s redemption, his kingdom will exercise a transformational socio-cultural influence in history. This will occur as more and more people convert to Christ, not by a minority revolt and seizure of political power in history nor by the catastrophic imposition of Christ at his second advent from outside of history. As Rushdoony notes: The key to remedying the [world] situation is not revolution, nor any kind of resistance that works to subvert law and order. . . . The key is regeneration, propagation of the gospel, and the conversion of men and nations to God’s law-word. This is because evil men cannot produce a good society. The key to social renewal is individual regeneration.

4. Postmillennialism, therefore, expects the gradual, developmental expansion of Christ’s kingdom in time and on earth before the Lord returns to end history. This will proceed by a full-orbed ministry of the Word, fervent and believing prayer, and the consecrated labors of Christ’s Spirit-filled people. The ever-present Christ is directing kingdom growth from his throne in heaven, where he sits at God’s right hand.

5. Postmillennialism confidently anticipates a time in earth history (continuous with the present) in which the very gospel already operating will win the victory throughout the earth, fulfilling the Great Commission. The thing that distinguishes the biblical postmillennialist, then, from amillennialists and premillennialists is his belief that the Scripture teaches the success of the great commission in this age of the church. The overwhelming majority of men and nations will be Christianized, righteousness will abound, wars will cease, and prosperity and safety will flourish. It will be marked by the universal reception of the true religion, and unlimited subjection to the sceptre of Christ. It shall be a time of universal peace. It will be characterized by great temporal prosperity.

6. We can look forward to a great ‘golden age’ of spiritual prosperity continuing for centuries, or even for millenniums, during which time Christianity shall be triumphant over all the earth. After this extended period of gospel prosperity, earth history will draw to a close by the personal, visible, bodily return of Jesus Christ (accompanied by a literal resurrection and a general judgment) to introduce his blood-bought people into the consummative and eternal form of the kingdom. And so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Taken from postmillennialism.com

October 2, 2012

The Intolerant Nature of Worlviews

By Ben Murch

Ah, the wonderful land of worldviews. Such pervasiveness. Such diversity! There are a myriad of worldviews out there. There is also a predominant idea that says whatever your worldview is, it must be tolerant of all other worldviews. Let’s keep it simple and take only two as examples because they are the predominate views in our culture today: Liberal Democrats and Conservative Republicans.

I was listening to certain conservative radio talk-show host who is know to debate “with half his brain tied behind his back, just to make it fair” and he was ranting and raving (sometimes with some good points to make) against the Democrats. He brought up the point: “We are for freedom, while they are not. We believe in the freedom for individuals to be anything they want, even be a liberal” I‘ll give him credit, there was some hesitancy, but perhaps he should use his whole brain from now on because that is absolutely untenable.

Interestingly, the liberals say similar things: they’re for freedom, they are the tolerant ones, the world would be a much better place if they were in power. There is this great struggle between these two worldviews, not only about socio-political matters, but about who is the most tolerant. It seems the idea is if one can prove their view is the all inclusive, all accepting, all loving, and absolutely tolerant view, as opposed to the other, then their view is of necessity, right, and the other wrong.

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October 2, 2012

The Freedom of a Christian Artist

By Jane Raymond

Artwork by Tracy Jane Thomas

When an artist considers making a Biblically- based art project, he may think it would confine him and limit his own creative potential. While the term “ Biblical art” may often conjure up images of the holy patriarchs, religious historical events, or Christian iconic representations like the crucifix or the Virgin Mary, the truth is, Biblical art (and more particularly, Christian art) is extremely diverse and liberating.

The visual arts is an area that is inescapable. Everybody, in one way or another, is affected by the visual arts. Creativity, using elements like color, design, and form, is everywhere: on the clothing you wear; the wallpaper or fabrics in your home; the signs, billboards, newspapers, books & magazines that you read; and, yes, even the pictures you hang on your walls. Whether people purchase an art piece from a museum or a clothing store, they are buying someone’’s design and creativity.

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October 2, 2012

A Christian Republic Election Procedure

By Jessica Sosnoski

Why do candidates that are going to raise taxes, legalize gay marriage, kill babies, and confiscate guns make it into office? The answer is simple: it is because corrupt voters put them there.[1] Sometimes, ironically, the candidate is not in office very long before many citizens don’t approve of that person anymore. For example, in 2009, President Obama’s approval ratings were nearly 70%, while now they are below 50%.[2]

What would our country be like if the majority of people believed in the sanctity of life and marriage? What if people generally supported the right to bear arms and believed that taxes should be lowered? What if most people believed that criminals should be punished, not bailed, and that we should protect our borders from illegal immigration, removing the hand-outs illegals are currently receiving? What if 90% of American politicians – nationwide – were conservative?

This achievement seems impossible, but it can be achieved through gradualism. The obstacle of our voting system. Currently, we live in a democracy. Probably anyone one meets on the street supports democracy, because it is anti-oppression. Anyone who doesn’t support democracy is most likely assumed to be communist, a supporter of dictatorships, or tyranny.

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