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"

    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

    Alabama Abortion Bill and the Pro-Life Industry

    By now, most of us have read the articles, seen the news reports, and heard the angry feminists talk about how bad the Alabama abortion bill is for women. The Pro-Life groups are touting it as a massive success and are tooting their horns saying that we are finally moving in the right direction to reverse Roe v Wade. Both sides want us to believe that there’s a revolution brewing.

    Can we believe the hype? As Christians should we be excited that a law has been signed that appears to be going in the right direction? There are many different opinions on this topic, some groups are saying it is simply posturing and making it harder to abolish abortion, others are saying that this is a good thing, fewer human beings (babies) will be slaughtered.

    I think most everyone reading this article will agree that abortion is evil and a wicked act against image bearers of God. So I want to be clear, this is not about is it right or wrong. Abortion is wrong and should be punished by the death penalty. This is about celebrating laws that are incremental in nature and do not fully embrace biblical repercussions and sentences for guilty parties.

    What do we do? We need to take all of the matter into consideration and determine the actual motives behind the law. And most importantly we need to know, what does the Bible say about this?

    In Leviticus 20:1-5 we have the following discourse between our Lord and Moses;

    “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

    Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.

    And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.

    And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not:

    Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.”

    Do we get it? Do we understand this? The Lord will set his face against the people of the land if they do not do something about this evil act committed against our most vulnerable neighbors. The truth must be spoken: Sacrifices to Molech are the same as abortion and the punishments here are the biblical prescription. Our Lord says that if we, that is the people of the land, do not put such a person to death, then we are guilty of the very same crime.

    As Christians it is our duty to protect the innocent, the helpless, the weak, the sick. The Psalmist says in chapter 82 verses 3 and 4; “Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.” Friends, does the new Alabama law accomplish this?  Does it accomplish it enough?

    I don’t have the answers; many people in our circles are much smarter than me. But, let’s be honest; a law that does not punish abortion as murder and does not have the same consequences for everyone that murders an innocent baby is unjust. My friends, should we be celebrating an unjust law?

    -Dave Stolzfus

    Is This Too Much To Ask?

    How many times in the passing of a year does the average American evangelical attend church and hear some combination of: "Christians need to expect persecution, we are just pilgrims in a strange land, and Jesus will rescue us through the Rapture"?

    It is difficult to know where to start, in my attempt to keep this simple and short.  Yes, it is true that there is to be suffering in this world, as we hear every Sunday of our dear Saints that are in pain; and yes, we are but travelers passing through; and yes, we are not of this world.

    But - Matt. 28:19 says:   “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, …”   

    Should  not the sheep expect to be guided - from our pulpits - by a message that stands our ground at some point and tells them who is in charge of what?  That is what I am looking for: just a small bit of Biblical push-back; just a little of showing that Jesus Christ is Lord of Lords and every knee will bow (Romans 14:11).  Should we not be hearing something like that coming from our pulpits?

    Randy Toman