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Biblical Worldview Lecture Series

September 16, 2014 - Honest Money

October 21, 2014 - TBA

Biblical Worldview Lecture Series
Wednesday
Aug202014

The Colonial Era Founders: Under Attack from All Sides

"The founders were not Christians; they were, at most, Deists.  They intended, and in fact did, establish an atheistic republic, based on the tenets of Secular Humanism.  They never intended for America to be governed by God's Law."

            -The secular humanists, for at least the past several generations

 

            "The founders were not Christians; they were, at most, Deists.  They intended, and in fact did, establish an atheistic republic, based on the tenets of Secular Humanism.  They never intended for America to be governed by God's Law."

            -Certain Christian Theonomists, 2014

 

The battle over the nature of America's founding and its practical implications for today has been fought by Christians over two fronts for several generations.  On one front the battle is with the Secular Humanists, quoted above.  The debate is far from over, but on balance it could be argued that Christians have made some gains.  The other front is within the church itself, against the apathy-fueled ignorance of the "hide-in-the-church-and just-preach-the-Gospel"  crowd.  Progress on this front is perhaps harder gained.

It is a source of some alarm that there is now emerging a third front.  Ironically, it is a hybrid of the first two in that its adherents are within the church, but their position and arguments are identical to those of the secular humanists quoted above.  These are Theonomists; not all Theonomists, just some.  The motive for trashing and thrashing practically every effort of the colonial era founders, and twisting every good word they wrote into something bad,  is perhaps known only to them, and surely differs from one to the next.  It is tempting to conclude that in many cases it is a misguided competition: "I'm more Theonomic than you; here, I'll prove it". 

There is a vast and important difference between making accurate observations and drawing useful and accurate conclusions.  It seems that the founders' detractors are adept at making observations but for some reason(s) hit a disconnect when drawing conclusions.

Human nature seems compelled to run to extremes at every chance.  Surely we can detect and analyze flaws in the thinking, writing, and legislation of the founders without twisting the truth and convicting and condemning them every step of the way in all they said and did.  Surely we can discern the differences and disagreements between those founders who were Christians, those who were not, and those for whom it is hard to tell.   Surely we can admire and utilize the best of their work without making an idol of it.  Surely anyone who wants to see the plain truth can see that the founders operated imperfectly within a philosophical framework that was orders of magnitude more Christian than that in which the American public operates today, and factor that into any conclusions.  And surely we can work to implement Godly law in our nation more effectively if we don't hand over to the enemy  the intellectual capital on a silver platter.

~ Jim Mogel

Friday
Aug152014

Who Would Jesus Tax?

The Mid-Atlantic Reformation Society Presents

Who Would Jesus Tax? 
  

For our "Third Tuesday" Lecture Series
Tuesday, August 19th
 

Hear Joel Saint deliver a timely, practical, and Biblical presentation on the subject of taxation
  
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 interesting and important subject.

Come out and bring a friend for a great time of dining, fellowship, and learning.  We hope to see you there!


 

Dinner 6:00, from full menu (great food!) 

Lecture 7:00

Chef Alan's American Bistro  

6th Ave. & Penn Street West Reading, PA

Wednesday
Jul162014

What an Evening!

What an evening…The Mid Atlantic Reformation Society! (MARS) never lets you down, always stimulating, relevant and thoroughly Biblical. Last night was no exception! As a matter of fact, it was itself an exceptional meeting.

The room was full, standing room only and the powerful message “Tactical Considerations for a Biblical Reformation” brought the normally conservative listeners to spontaneous applause.

Dr. Paul Michael Raymond challenged us continuously to be about the work of “Civilization Building”. The impact of the Gospel is measured not only by the number of “saved souls” but by the impact of the genuinely saved souls on culture. “Culture is religion externalized.”

As Dr. Raymond pointed out “Culture is the report card of the Church.” If our Gospel has no impact on the outward life of its converts, if families aren’t changed, as well As churches, businesses and governments, what kind of gospel are we preaching?  The true Gospel produces eager, obedient disciples zealous for good works. Every decision has consequences and is ethical in nature and all of life is to be lived with God’s law as its standard.

Tragically, we are witnessing the unraveling of our culture, because the church has rejected God’s Law and has lost her prophetic, priestly and judicial authority. The church has nothing authoritative to say when the Law of God is considered irrelevant or secondary.

Pastor Raymond says, it’s time to put aside the WMDs (weapons of mass distraction) and get on with: establishing a comprehensive plan of Reeducating our people about Biblical authority, establishing Faithful Churches to encourage members to  apply God’s law in their sphere of life and to seek the Grace needed to stick with it.

A truly transforming night…now the work begins.

~ Dr. Robert E. Salzman

Saturday
Jul052014

Thoughts from the Amusement Park

“But,” I said to my wife, “Do they look happy?”

We had gotten twilight tickets at a local amusement park. As I observed the various participants, I couldn’t help but notice the many shapes, sizes, ages, colors, and apparent income levels even. Some were forlorn, others mostly expressionless, all were tired.

“I think so,” she returned, “They don’t seem to be brining their problems with them.”

Of course, there was no way I could know what their individual problems were. But beyond that, I had to ask myself if people at an amusement park really should be happy.

Think about this for a minute: We go to an amusement park mostly for distraction and entertainment. At least, that was (I thought) mainly why I was there. So while I didn’t ride on any of the super-scary-thriller-upside-down-terrification-wonder-rides, I did have some French fries, rode the tram, and watched people.

“But what,” I found myself thinking, “Does amusement have to do with happiness? If it’s true that distraction and entertainment makes one happy, does that mean that concentration and work make one unhappy?”

Actually, it should be the other way around. A very wise man, after having considered the effect of entertainment and distractions, in reflection, said the following:  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man. - Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV

This wisest man who ever lived apparently saw happiness as a by-product of fearing God and keeping His commandments. Solomon (the wise man) concluded that happiness comes through application and concentration rather than distraction and entertainment.

So if you’re unhappy, it’s not because the line was too long at the Tilt-a-Whirl or that the suck-me-into-the-vortex machine broke down. It just might be that, due to all the distraction and entertainment in your life, you’ve neglected your duty. Your whole duty.

~ Pastor Joel Saint

Saturday
Jun212014

Dr. Paul Michael Raymond

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Michael Raymond will be our guest speaker for the July lecture.

Stayed tuned - additional information to follow.