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What does the Bible teach about civil taxation? What did Jesus actually teach about "rendering unto Caesar"? How Biblical are our tax laws? We all have an opinion about taxation, but what does God say? You may be surprised to hear how much the Bible says about this important topic. A question and answer time follows the presentation, let us know your opinion!


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Biblical Worldview Lecture Series

Political Characters

Does character matter when it comes to politics? Of course, there are no flawless candidates but where does a Christian draw his line? Can a Christian legitimately say, “What a politician does in his personal life is none of our business?” And how do we assess a candidate’s character?


Yes. It depends. No. The Bible.


In Nevada there’s a candidate for office in the state legislature who has the backing of some evangelicals. Problem is, he owns five brothels and a strip club – all legal by Nevada standards.His support from evangelicals (not unanimous, by the way) stems from their perception of hishonesty, freedom from political party establishment, and not being beholden to contributors (he’srich).


This story (see below for internet link) is what raised the questions above. What struck me most in the article equating this man’s popularity with President Trump’s, was this paragraph:“It’s more important for evangelical voters that Trump is fighting for an idealized, white Christian, conservative America,” said Dan Cox, research director at the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonpartisan organization that researches the intersection of religion, culture and public policy. “Tribal values now supersede personal morality as ananimating force.”


Read that again: “Tribal values now supersede personal morality as an animating force.” Wow! Christians are now more tribal than moral.


We’ve grown accustomed to having to hold our noses to vote for candidates, but it seems time we Christians actually address the questions and recapture our morality. Or, better said, “...be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptableand perfect will of God.” [Rom.12:2]

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The character questions raised above are interrelated and can’t be addressed singly. Does apolitician’s character matter? Yes. If a politician doesn’t behave properly outside of “public”life (lack of character) he won’t behave properly in civic duties. – or, at least, we have no reason to be surprised if he misbehaves while in office.


At this late date, there’s no reason to doubt that Bill Clinton is a serial adulterer and, by legal definitions, a sexual predator. (His affair with Monica Lewinsky fits, given the inequality intheir positions.) That’s a pretty big flaw in his character, yet he was elected as governor of Arkansas and as president of the United States (twice). Was there evidence of his character priorto the elections? Yes, if you were looking deeply enough.


If a man is untrustworthy in his marriage, why would we consider him trustworthy in official duties?


So this is a blending of questions 1&3. Character matters and we can’t separate the public and private character of politicians. What a man does when he thinks no one is watching is what truly defines his character. Because just like in words (“For out of the abundance of the heart themouth speaks.”[Matt.12:34]), so it is with character. Words and actions betray the heart of a man.


And now we’ve swerved into the fourth question: How do we assess the man’s character? The Bible teaches us clearly as just mentioned above. We must go beyond the headlines, the news, and propaganda to dig out the reality, the evidence, of a politician’s life. How much smoke willwe find? Is there a fire?


And the standard we use for assessment is the Bible. Is there any fruit adorning the man’s life? Peace? Joy? Kindness? Patience? Self-control? [Gal.5:22-23] If he’s been in office previously, how did his actions stack up against biblical governing? Biblical leaders are succinctly described in Exodus 18:21 – “... select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hatingcovetousness....”


Last, where do we Christians draw the line? I can’t answer that for everyone (although I must say that a brothel owner is over the line for me). Christian liberty of conscience comes into play here. But if we will get serious about studying our Bibles and God’s Law, then the answers should be mostly obvious and mostly the same to true Christians. God’s Word will not return unto him void [Isa.55:11] and that’s not just true regarding salvation, it’s true for all of life.


We draw the line at Christian ethics, not political tribalism.

~John Bingaman
June 2018

“Evangelicals Support Pimp” – Reuters, June 22, 2018
(https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-religion-brothels/in-age-of-trump-evangelicals-
back-self-styled-top-u-s-pimp-idUSKBN1JI1A9)

We’ll See…

We used to joke about how the commies would cloak their atrocious
intentions behind the lofty names of their countries – The Peoples’
Republic of you-name-it – as if “the people” were in favor of the
politics. In reality, those in control of the biggest guns were “the
people.” Ha, ha. Wink, wink. The Peoples’ Republic of ….


Determining the actual will of the masses was never much looked at
because everyone understood what was going on. Those being
oppressed had no effective voice, those in power were too busy pillaging
to care about the will of the people, and those not involved averted their
eyes from the situation.


So the oppressors got away with pillaging and oppressing. Those not yet
affected were complicit. We just didn’t want to get involved. It was
lazy.


Well, it never was “ha, ha” funny and our long-term failure to call out
and oppose such nonsense is biting us at every turn.


The commies are now fully ensconced in Western society as totalitarian
bureaucrats who smother enterprise, innovation, and progress as much as
they can get away with. They are in charge of the guns and they hide
behind the votes of “the people” to provide legitimacy for regulation ad
nauseam.


If you think Americans don’t live in a totalitarian regime, try to fix your
sidewalk without the proper permits! Or put up a sign for your business.
Image result for papers please signOr file the wrong tax form. Or get on an airplane without a sanctioned
photo ID. (“May I see your papers, please?”)


Duly elected officials have legislated all this nonsense. Because they’re
elected, it must be the will of the people.


Sometime next year, the United Kingdom is scheduled to withdraw from
the European Union – the so-called Brexit. The June 2016 referendum,
where a majority of the UK electorate voted to leave the EU behind, was
a blow to those who busy themselves building a new world order, i.e. the
totalitarian bureaucrats.


The problem of the Brexit vote is that it pulls back the curtain of
“democracy”, i.e. legitimacy, behind which these totalitarians hide
themselves.


With less than a year until Brexit takes effect, the apparatchiks are
beginning a huge push to negate the referendum; their plans and
implementation seem to continue apace. Perhaps Brexit is not much of a
blow to the on-going march of bureaucratic socialism after all.


Do they realize that if they succeed in brazenly ignoring Brexit their
curtain of legitimacy will be entirely removed and not just pulled back?
Yes. Do they care? Apparently not.
How can we Christian Reconstructionists explain the problem? It’s
pretty much by banging the same old drum: Pointing out that men wish
to be God. What is totalitarianism, after all, except the belief that man’s
ideas are absolutely correct and as such need to be absolutely obeyed. It
is illegitimate to deviate from the totalitarian plan because departure
might uncover a better way. Impossible, and therefore illegal!


And how do we Christian Reconstructionists recommend we fight the
totalitarians? Again, it’s the same song: Embrace Christianity and teach
others its beauty. Christians do not support illegitimate authority; their
king is Christ. Christians do not allow others to walk in darkness; they
teach the truth of the Bible.


Totalitarians cannot for long control “the people” unless those same
people don’t fight but accept the totalitarian vision. Visions of no
responsibility. Visions of a free lunch. Powerful but illusory visions.


The Bible militates against such views. Instead, there we find blueprints
for responsibilities and the rights that arise from those same
responsibilities. Having a responsibility to have no other gods, mankind
necessarily has a right to worship the one True God. Having a
responsibility to not murder, mankind necessarily has a right to life. Etc.


The root of the problem is education, or rather mis-education.
Bureaucrats and totalitarians (if there’s a difference) control the masses
because they control their education. Controlling education controls
beliefs. Controlling beliefs creates willing subjects eager for instruction.
Willing subjects create a demand for more bureaucrats to lead them.


And so it goes.
The Brexit vote gives a glimmer of hope that “the people” are finally
getting it. Will Brexit actually happen or is the glimmer false hope?


We’ll see.

~ John Bingaman

The Future of Christendom: Transforming the Culture Through Education

Don't miss the Future of Christendom conference this year!  The conference theme, Transforming the Culture Through Education, cannot strongly enough convey the importance of Godly education for our task of reconstructing society. Better still, Future of Christendom conferences are intentionally designed to provide ample time for fellowship with others in attendance.  Conference speakers don't just speak...they are available throughout the conference for personal interaction with you!  Do you have expertise to share?  Bring it!  Are you looking for solutions?  Come ask the experts!

The Mid-Atlantic Reformation Society has again lined up impressive and seasoned Christians with years of practice:

Paul Michael Raymond and Martin Selbrede will bring a series of plenary addresses on Kingdom Education, addressing the shortcomings of the past, with Martin delving into the Biblical necessity and vast possibilities of Christian education, and Pastor Raymond capping it off with concrete ideas for community action within the realm of education!

Peter Hammond, Director of Frontline Fellowship, will examine modern textbooks within the scope of Providential Christian History. Peter's 36 years of experience across 37 countries in Africa and Europe have enriched the Christian History books he has written, including: The Greatest Centure of Missions and The Greatest Century of Reformation

You won't want to miss the opportunity to hear John Eidsmoe hammer home the fact that the foundation of education is Biblical inerrancy!  Dr. Eidsmoe's expertise in history and Constitutional government are sure to add flavor and insight to this topic.

Phillip Kayser, Founder and President of Biblical Blueprints, plans on addressing the Scriptural axioms of education.  This promises to be an insightful and well-rounded presentation.

Many of us are familiar with Matt Trewhella's groundbreaking work on the Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate.  Matt graciously returns this year to bring us a very practical session on "Educating the Magistrate".

Come hear Godfrey Kyazze, Founder of Masters Institute for Education in Uganda, share his considerable expertise and experience in applying Christian education as the antidote to humanism!  Is there a more pressing need or purpose in education than this?

Many are familiar with Charl van Wyk's riveting book Shooting back; Charl has been hard at work by God's grace doing successful and exciting mission work in Africa and will bring the topic: Humanistic Education: Destroyer of Nations.

This year we are providing educational lessons and activities for the kids. We encourage you to bring the entire family!  

Registering now insures your place at this limited-space conference so that by God's grace you might be equipped to better serve Him through better understanding and committing to Christian Education. This is a truly crucial topic!

The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Reading, PA on October 5-7, 2018.

For additional information, click here!

Who Would Jesus Tax?

What does the Bible teach about civil taxation? What did Jesus actually teach about "rendering unto Caesar"? How Biblical are our tax laws? We all have an opinion about taxation, but what does God say? You may be surprised to hear how much the Bible says about this important topic. A question and answer time follows the presentation, let us know your opinion!

April 28, 2018 - Who Would Jesus Tax?

10:30 AM - Noon ~ Boyertown Community Library, 24 N Reading Ave, Boyertown

The Mission of the Mid-Atlantic Reformation Society, 2018 and Beyond

In God's providence, the reformation sparked by Martin Luther in 1517 marches on!  The work of the Mid-Atlantic Reformation Society (MARS) centers on the application of Scripture to all areas of life, to the glory of Jesus Christ and the advancement of His Kingdom.  In practical terms, we apply this through the principles behind our motto: "Think and Reform".  In addition to teaching the scriptural truths applied to the issues of the day, we seek to foster effective action and Godly cooperation within the Body of Christ to the end that individuals, families, churches, and the culture at large, including the civil government, are conformed to purposes established for them by God.  This is in essence the Great Commission, and reformation in its true sense.

We recognize that the church at large has been sidetracked by a variety of forces.  Pietism and other theological aberrations play a large part in this. Many pastors and leaders express reluctance or difficulty in dealing with various cultural or civil issues, and MARS stands ready and eager to assist in these areas and to build relationships based on cooperative efforts.  In most cases this has been an area of disinterest and limited success.  We, therefore, encourage believers who wish to advance reformation to seek out churches where the application of God's Word to all areas of life is desired and pursued.  We also encourage believers who cannot locate such an assembly to seek out qualified church leaders and pastors to form new churches.  To this end MARS has been instrumental in the establishment of a thriving local church, equipping eager Christians to pursue the Great Commission with the full-orbed Gospel to the end that God be glorified in all spheres of life.  Our work is ongoing to foster growth of more such works and Godly cooperation between them.

The civil sphere, much neglected by the church for too many years, begs for reformation.  MARS has addressed many aspects of how this reformation can take place through strongly biblical topical presentations.  These presentations have been part of our regular local meetings as well as by invitation to various civic events and Christian groups.  In an effort to expand our scope of influence, we are promoting increased availability of our speakers to interested groups.  We seek to be a valuable resource to those needing solutions to the problems and issues facing society from all angles.  MARS offers a wide range of topics covering economics, politics, missions, theology, and many more contemporary issues.

MARS has sponsored numerous conferences with guest speakers on various topics and themes.  In 2017 we sponsored our first "Future of Christendom" conference in Reading, PA, in recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  Our goal was to provide an array of competent speakers who would challenge attendees to take action, and who would be available for personal interaction throughout the conference.  Attendees were from across the US and a number from around the world. The conference was blessed beyond our efforts and abilities, and based on very positive feedback we are continuing with the format for 2018 and beyond.  The goal is two-fold; first, to provide effective and informative lectures, and second to allow like-minded people to meet and interact face to face.