2019 FUTURE OF CHRISTENDOM CONFERENCE: Advancing the Kingdom Through Enterprise

October 18-20, 2019 Lancaster Convention Center, Lancaster, PA

 

 

God, in His love, mercy, and infinite wisdom has not only provided the means of forgiveness through His Son Jesus Christ, but has also provided, in the Old and New Testaments, all necessary directions and instructions for a just, happy, and productive society. Read more

 

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    Highlights from 2018 Future of Christendom Conference

    Oliver Cromwell

      "Not only strike while the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking"

    The Corrosive Teachings of Feminism 

    Many who read this remember a time when the Biblical order for the family was, in a general but real way,  accepted and practiced by our society as a whole.  It was not perfect, but neither was it a subject for debate.  A typical family was a family; it had a mother, a father, and children.  The father was the protector and provider, and the mother was the home keeper.  It was not entirely unusual for a mom to work at a job outside the house, but still the father was mainly responsible for provision, and the mom mainly responsible for housekeeping and the motherly duties toward the kids.  Women were honored and respected, as were men, both in their respective and equally important roles. This was true in Christian homes, but it was also true in society at large, since Christianity through our churches held great influence over society as a whole, and biblical standards were recognized for their value and authority.

    Those times were on the trailing edge of a long, long period of time when these biblical roles were widely accepted with little debate.  Then came a period of time when it became necessary to remind people of the biblical family order, followed rapidly by what we now experience: the time when people, including many Christians, do not need to be reminded, but need to be convinced of these truths.  The family order is not dead, but it is weakened; the results are not good, and the report card is not yet in.  There are a multitude of pressures moving us further and further away but at the heart of it all are the corrosive teachings of feminism, characterized by radical egalitarianism and blurring or reversal of the scriptural and cultural distinctives of male and female.

    The Church has been under direct and deliberate attack by feminism for several generations.  It gained force in the mainline denominations around the early 1970's.  It was not subtle; it was a direct, open campaign to transfer the spirit of the age from secular channels directly into the church.  As congregants stood by in confusion and fear of ridicule...for being "out of touch with what's going on in the world"...the feminist activists boldly grabbed the reins of power at the top levels of their denominations and did their work.  Here is some interesting history (scroll down) on inclusive language in the United Church of  Christ in the early 70's.  As a very important aside, it should be understood that revolutionaries place great emphasis on "changing the language".  Words are subtly and not-so-subtly shifted in meaning, or assigned entirely different meanings.  This well documented tactic was developed,  taught and used by the early Communists and Marxists in a very deliberate fashion.  Using the UCC as a case study, see here where this led by 1993.  The story is similar in most mainline denominations and increasingly in smaller denominations and independent churches.

    Take a few minutes to explore the website of the UCC, and see where YOUR church is headed if you fail to correct, and if necessary excommunicate people who are pushing the teachings of feminism.

    -Jim Mogel

    Retreat!

    So I’m checking out local Christian radio while I’m out running errands today, and manage to tune into some program telling us once again that the end is near, “right around the corner” apparently.

    So I think to myself, “Since I began to hear that the end is “right around the corner” there have been an awful lot of “corners”. Examples abound: Edgar Whisenant’s 88 Reasons Why The Rapture Will Be In 1988; Harold Campings’s more carefully titled  1994?, not to mention any number of speculative Bible prophecy charts, be they current, forgotten, or revised.

    Anyway, I’m listening to this broadcast, and I hear what for me is a new one: Somebody, somewhere, is figuring out—or perhaps has already figured out—how to bring back the existence of a red heifer. The belief here is that access to a red heifer (Numbers 19:2) is necessarily a part of future animal sacrifices in a future rebuilt temple.

    But that is not all in the DRG (Department of Revitalized Genetics). We went on to learn that a database has apparently been established to determine who are the real priests, or perhaps Real Priests (physical descendants of Aaron) via genetic testing. Looks to me like the next round of exciting Bible prophecy psychobabble is about to be released at hyper-speed: A Real Red Heifer can now be sacrificed by a Real Priest.

    So, the radio program ends with the normal “ready-set-go-rapture-is-almost-here-and-the-Anti-Christ-is-about-to-swing-into-action” warning that I’m sure I’ve heard, I don’t know, maybe 371 times already.

    Of course, that’s obviously no big deal.

    Here’s what did surprise me: Right after the broadcast ending, can you guess what came up on the playlist? I couldn’t have, but whadda-you-know, the familiar sounds of the old hymn, “Lead on O King Eternal” burst through my radio speaker like the balm in Gilead itself.

    Now, if you are looking for a statement of the conquest of the reign of Christ having begun at the cross, and not some future chaotic cosmological conflagration, look no further than “Lead on O King Eternal”. From the second verse:

    Lead on, O King eternal,
    Till sin's fierce war shall cease,
    And holiness shall whisper
    The sweet amen of peace.
    For not with swords loud clashing,
    Nor roll of stirring drums;
    With deeds of love and mercy

    The heavenly kingdom comes.

    A more fitting post-millennial statement can hardly be made in poetry or prose. In fact, this sounds much like Matthew’s citation (12: 17-21) of Isaiah: 

    That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

    Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

    He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.

    A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

    And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

    So, thanks for coming along with me in one of those little events that you can’t make up: In about 15 minutes of radio programming we went from total defeat to total—and I do mean total—victory.

    Just like that.

    Oh, and one more thing: If anyone out there would like to re-write the words to “Lead on O King Eternal” the way we really believe it in contemporary Christianity, I’m open to submissions. I’ll start it out for you:

    Retreat O Church most liberal

    We cannot trust our King

    For He is not victorious

    He can’t conquer a thing.

     

    We only preach salvation

    That’s all you need to know

    We’ve given up on conquest

    Sir Scofield told us so.

    ~ Joel Saint

    Authority and Anarchy

     

    Authorities are put in place by God not only to hold men accountable but to reflect that all men are not their own, but are to be submissive to Christ. Wives submit to their husbands as to the Lord. Husbands love their wives as Christ loves His elect.

    In the State, we recognize the terrifying hand of God’s Law. We will all be held accountable on the final judgment for our violation of that law; in the meantime on earth, God judges men for violation of His moral Law through the sword of the State. Paul tells us that the State doesn’t wield the sword for nothing; it brings swift punishment upon the evil doer. Death to those who deserve death. Ordering restitution. Protecting God given rights to life and liberty in the Law. The godly state exemplifies the judgmental arm of God.

    The Church is structured in the New Testament as a local congregation of the saints. We see requirements put in place in Timothy and Titus for the establishment of Elders and Deacons in places of authority in the Church. These men are in place to guard and shepherd the flock and to bring solid exegetical teaching from the word of God.

    In all realms of authority in Church and State there are men and women who abuse the offices God has put into place. There are tyrannical fathers, abusive wives, corrupt judges, horrible pastors (if they can even be called such). In this abuse we do not lose sight of what God has created. We dare not call evil what God has called good. But rather as men and women of God we are to be bold in displacing false teachers and tyrants. Whatever the case may be, we are to establish justice.

    Anarchy is ungodly and unbiblical and was the cause of both the fall of Satan and the fall of man. “Did God really say?” “You can have the authority and the knowledge, don’t be oppressed by God.” Be all you can be!” “Don’t stay in the confines of what God has created.”

    This is ungodly and heathen in nature. There is not any excuse whatsoever to tear down the systems of authority that God has put in place. There are plenty of times that we will need to purge those in leadership. At the very least we disregard their ungodly commands when they are blatantly teaching and commanding things opposite to the will of God. But we cannot remove ourselves from all authority just because it may seem convenient. Is it too difficult for you to establish godly government? Our forefathers pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honors. Most of the  signers of the Declaration lived in holes in the ground and died on the run because they sought to resist ungodly authority and to establish a godly system of government.

    Is it too hard to be a godly father or mother? Is it hard to control the education of your children and walk by them in the day and teach them as you go out and sit down and rise up? Is it too hard? Is it just too hard to have godly elders? 

    Rise up men of God! Don’t let your pride or your laziness prevent you from doing what God commands! Don’t let the failings of other men be used as an excuse for you to abandon the established structures of God. 

    -Eli Jones

    Busting a Deadly Myth

    It's time to put an end to a popular myth: "you can't return to the days of Ozzie and Harriet".

    Says who?

    The proponents of this myth are quick to point out that in "the days of Ozzie and Harriet" not everything was squeaky clean like it was in the TV show.  No kidding.  It was a TV show, not an analysis of current societal problems.  As entertainment, it reflected the ideals of society in a way that would provide enjoyment.  That may sound odd in this day when people prefer shows that dwell on and elevate moral failure, but it's true.

    Since when is history controlled by forces that automatically dictate a constant downward moral slide? In fact, our every effort should be toward turning our culture back not just to the mores of the 50's, but more importantly and accurately to the mores brought to us in the Bible.   The next time someone tells you that "we can't go back to the days of Ozzie and Harriet", counter such nonsense with a firm admonition that not only "can" we, but we must, lest our society will become a miserable and deadly existence for future generations.

    Jim Mogel

    Climate Change in Perspective

    Evolutionary textbooks teach us that millions of years ago the world was a pretty warm place with flora and fauna living on land masses that were fertile and blissfully uninhabited by humans.  Then, in anticipation of the rise of Al Gore, Brexit, and anti-abortion legislators, the climate changed and dinosaurs and vegetation died off.  Their destruction became the source of the coal and oil that we today use to again change the climate.  Oh, and our dairy cattle and termites keep belching and contributing to global warming, cooling, er... change.

    Climate change, as we know from being badgered about it in movies and news and state-controlled classrooms, is BAD, BAD, BAD.  Why, if we don’t somehow stop climate change the beaches all over the world will move inland and ruin the real estate values of Southern California and Martha’s Vineyard.  From this we can infer that melting ice is the main marker and danger of climate change.  Message:  Ice = Good; Water = Bad.  Warmth = Bad; Cool = Good.

    Scientists tell us that our current ice age, known as the Quaternary Ice Age, started about 2-1/2 million years ago and that ice sheets have been advancing and retreating on 40,000- to 100,000-year glacial periods, apparently without aid or interference from humans. 

    Volcanos may have had an impact on the beginnings or the ends of ice ages because of the enormous quantities of CO2 and methane released in a volcanic eruption.  We surmise that the massive weight of the dinosaurs put pressure on the tectonic plates, squeezing lava and volcanic emissions onto the face of an adolescent earth.  Clearasil and maturity put an end to excessive volcanos and a beginning to the glaciers.  Whew.

    From the early 1300s to about 1850 the Earth experienced what is known as the “Little Ice Age.”  It was little because it wasn’t big.But it was large enough to freeze canals in Holland so that Hans Brinker could win his silver skates.  This was a good thing because Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates is a pretty good book.

    Since farming was negatively affected by the cold, there was a Great Famine from 1315-1317.  Climate changers are divided on the benefits of losing somewhere between 10% - 33% of the population in European nations.  Fewer polluters = fewer emissions equals more cool; more ice.  Sounds good.  But gloating about (non-abortion) death is unbecoming and probably not PC.

    And scientists are struggling with it because the onset of the Little Ice Age may have been owing to excessive volcanic activity.  This time, the volcanos put up too much ash which reflected the sun’s heat away from the earth.  The struggle is whether volcanos put out too much ash or too much greenhouse gas.  Thankfully, the United Nations Convention on Climate Change is developing recommended limits for numbers of volcanos per year along with allowable ash and gas emission limits.  We can sleep well tonight!

    Last to be considered is Sun Spot activity which is also implicated in the Little Ice Age.  There was a well-documented dearth of sun spots from 1650-1720.  This inactivity may have affected the quantity of heat reaching the earth.  Plus, the sun is orange and so is Donald Trump’s hair – need we say more?

    I called this essay “Climate Change in Perspective.”  Now for the perspective:

    Job 38:4-7

    “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
    Tell Me, if you have understanding.

    Who determined its measurements?
    Surely you know!
    Or who stretched the line upon it?

    To what were its foundations fastened?
    Or who laid its cornerstone,

    When the morning stars sang together,
    And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

    Jeremiah 5:22

    Do you not fear Me?’ says the LORD.
    ‘Will you not tremble at My presence,
    Who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea,
    By a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it?
    And though its waves toss to and fro,
    Yet they cannot prevail;
    Though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it.

    Is God going to allow the seas to overflow their bounds?

    Does God know how the climate works?  Does He know what we need before we ask?

    I am not in favor of pollution or abuse of the land.  We are stewards and need to remember Who actually owns the earth.  However, it’s not as fragile as the environmental snowflakes would have us believe.  The feeble efforts of man are not soon going to overwhelm God’s creation.

    The environmentalist/climate changer is engaged in a power game, not a stewardship game.  It’s more about controlling what people can and cannot do.  When we abandon God and His Law we always face tyranny.  Let’s remember Who is really in control.  We cannot legislate climate any more than we can gravity.

    Psalm 2:4

    He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
    The Lord shall hold them in derision.

     ~John Bingaman, June 2019