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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    Oliver Cromwell

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

    The God of History

    There is a biblical philosophy of history.  History is not only relevant; it is absolutely necessary to understanding the eternal decree of God.  We are told in Eph 3:11 ["According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord"] that God has an eternal decree in Christ Jesus our Lord.  His decree encompassed all things.  There is absolutely nothing outside of the eternal decree of God.  If anything can come to pass without God and without His divine will then God is not God and whatever is beyond His decree and His control is God.  We must confess and acknowledge that there is nothing above or beyond God and His decree. Moreover, His decree is eternal since it was before the foundation of the world.   

    We speak of decrees because we are only able to think thoughts in succession, that is, one after the other.  The Divine Mind is not like that – God is able to think one thought that will entail and include any and every thing that He brings into being and that will ever come to pass in time.  Therefore He is able to give one eternal decree that encompasses everything in Christ Jesus.   

    History is linear.  History has a beginning and it has an end.  Its beginning was at creation and its ending will be at the end of the world.  History is only applicable to us.  There is no past or future with our Heavenly Father; there is only one eternal present.  We are concerned with past, present and future.  God knows the end from the beginning because He has decreed both and both are one eternal present with Him.   If you wish to understand the decree of God, you must study history!  History is nothing less than the eternal decree of God coming to pass in time.

    Isa. 46:10: Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.  

    Acts 15:18: Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.  

    We are concerned with past, present and future.  We must know our past in order to obey our Heavenly Father and to understand His eternal decree that comes to pass in time.  We have been commanded in Deut. 32:7-8: Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.  When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.   

    We must remember; we must consider and we must ask and be taught.  God did something in time when He divided the nations their inheritance.  What did it mean?  How does it apply to us?  What are we to learn?  What does it mean that He set the bounds of the people?  You can only learn the answers by studying history.   

    The Bible is a history book.  Yes, there are 12 books of history in the Bible, but in reality, the entire Bible is history in that it either has or will come to complete fulfillment in time.  We are also commanded to pass on that which we know and have learned to our children and grand children.   

    Psalm 78:1-7: 

    Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.  I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.  We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.  For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.

    ~ Pastor John Weaver, Freedom Ministries

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    The Grief of Abortion

    Examples are teachers; good examples are good teachers and bad examples can be equally good teachers.

    When I first heard about people who wanted to abolish abortion, I was skeptical.  These “abolitionists” go to abortion “mills” to present the gospel to women on their way in. Other times they stand outside of junior high and high schools to speak to younger people whom they try to educate by pointing out how they have been lied to.

    They often have graphic posters or signs that picture an aborted fetus to show the truth of the horror of abortion…that it is the murder of an innocent human being. I remember asking why the pictures of death and why not go to college students rather than junior high students. The answer was straightforward: ”It is too late by college. The teaching that abortion is better than ruining your life with a baby is taught to much younger ages.”

    Our Pastor went to a high school not far from where we live.  He talked to a fifteen year old girl who told him right away that she had already had an abortion. He asked her to tell him about it.

    She responded that she had been very afraid but she had not known what else to do. His next question was about how she was doing now. Her response was that she cries every night and tries to write about it in her journal.

    She is fifteen and cries every night!

    This bad example is a good teacher of why we need to be telling the truth about abortion to young women, even girls! This young woman is barely through the tenth grade and she is crying herself to sleep every night.

    She was lied to. She was told it was the best she could do for her baby, not to subject the child to a less than perfect parent, not to have a child who was not planned and wanted from the moment of conception, who would tie her down and prevent her from furthering her education. A quiet, private abortion would just cover up the problem.

    As a parent, I cannot imagine the pain of knowing that my fifteen year old daughter, rather than enjoying her teenage years, is lying in bed crying herself to sleep every night. What a tragedy in this girl’s life, and her parents’ (though they may be completely unaware).

    There is an evil element in the world encouraging women to abort babies. There is nothing taught about children being made in the image of God. Because it is “legal” according to man, no one teaches that it’s a sin against God worthy of death. It is murder and it often leaves a woman in a state of guilt for years.

    The deception about it does not end, there are now “clergy” who will support a woman in her decision to abort.

    Through this young 15 year-old post abortive, depressed young woman, I feel as though God has shown us that we need to be telling teens the truth that abortion is murder. She heard too late to stop her own. But it’s not too late to tell her of the forgiveness that comes with faith in Jesus Christ.

    Calling abortion murder in our culture is radical stuff. But it is time to talk about it -- out loud -- to people who do not recognize the deception of “it’s a personal decision” based on “your own complicated circumstances”.

    The truth is that abortion murders a baby. That truth will hold a young woman hostage for a long time as she cries herself to sleep at night. 

    There is one more truth that is evident from the number of abortions; there are not enough Christians crying ourselves to sleep over murdered babies in their mother’s womb.

    Who needs to hear this truth from our lips?

    -Beth Bingaman

    “It’s Not My Fault.”

    The number of people acknowledging that they have no religious affiliation has increased dramatically since 1991 as reported in an article published on-line called “Is America Becoming Godless?” (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6886705/Is-America-Godless-number-people-no-religion-rose-266-three-decades.html)

    A political science professor at Eastern Illinois University did the analysis using the religious categories of

                · Evangelical

                · Roman Catholic

                · Mainline Protestant

                · Black Protestant

                · Jewish

                · Other

                · None

    Although there are several theories put forth in the article regarding the rise of the “Nones,"  the actual answer seems to be buried at the bottom of the article.

    It turns out that the professor who analyzed the data and reported the results is also a Baptist minister–not an Evangelical Baptist but a Mainline Baptist.

    In his own words, “My church is on the decline. We had 50 [congregants] in 2005 and now we have 15. We're probably going to have to close [in a few years]. Mainline Christianity is dying; it’s at least going away. It makes me feel more comfortable that it's not my fault or my church's fault. It's part of a bigger trend that's happening.” 

    So why do we have a rise in the “Nones?” 

    Because there are plenty of pastors and ministers who feel “comfortable” in being part of a bigger trend.

    -John Bingaman, April 2019

    Dr. Joseph Morecraft to Be Keynote Speaker at Future of Christendom 2019

    Dr. Joe Morecraft is a preacher of the gospel and a noted lecturer on contemporary political and historical trends in the United States. He has produced the first comprehensive commentary on the Westminster Larger Catechism, a five-volume set entitled Authentic Christianity. This 5,000 page work dissects and explains the teachings of this oft-neglected encyclopedia of biblical truth for today’s readers in language they can understand. His published works also include two books, How God Wants Us to Worship Him: a Defense of the Bible as the Only Standard for Modern Worship, and With Liberty and Justice for All: Christian Politics Made Simple. He has published hundreds of articles in various periodicals and newsletters. Dr. Morecraft was born in 1944 in Madison, West Virginia and holds a B.A. in history from King College in Bristol, Tennessee, an M.Div from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, and a M.Th. and Th.D. from Whitefield Theological Seminary in Lakeland, Florida.


     

     


    It All Boils Down To...

    All our economic, political, and social problems can be solved by simply being able to decide what is right and what is wrong. This is just another way of saying that our problems stem from disagreements about truth. Something that is right is true. If we are in disagreement on a matter then one side or another has an incorrect concept of the truth of a matter.

    For instance, if the convenience store clerk and the armed robber trying to steal its cash register could both agree that the robbery is wrong, then the problem of the robbery would go away. Actually, there would have been no attempt in the first place.

    But...

    How do we decide what’s right? Who decides what’s right?

    Of course, from my perspective the decisions have already been made. God has provided guidance on right and wrong. It is written in the 66 books of the Bible.

    “Well, now,” you say, “that’s a pretty narrow view of things, isn’t it?”

    Yes, it is. But the nature of the problem (right vs. wrong) necessitates a narrow view. Everything can’t be right. In ethical matters, if something is right then everything else must be wrong. While this seems obvious we don’t see evidence of this in our day-to-day lives.

    How many times do you hear or read someone say, “That’s your truth?” As if there can be a different truth!

    Abortion is murder. “That’s your truth.”

    Creating a trillion dollars out of thin air (the amount scheduled for 2013) is counterfeiting. “That’s your truth.”

    Marriage is a covenantal union between one man and one woman. “That’s your truth.”

    The concept of truth is necessarily exclusive. If it’s true that two plus two equals four then all other answers are excluded. There may be many answers, but only one true answer.

    It’s likely that most readers of this editorial rant will recognize that we’re talking here about relativism. This relativism, the idea that truth can differ depending upon the social status of an individual or the general agreement of the society one is living in, abounds today. But truth is no different than gravity. It’s the same for all regardless of how we pretend otherwise.

    There’s an old riddle: If we call a dog’s tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have? Answer: Four; calling a dog’s tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg. In the same way, pretending God’s laws don’t exist doesn’t mean they don’t.

    And here we find the dividing line between Christianity and the rest of humanity: God’s rules of righteousness exist from outside of mankind. They’ve been revealed to man, not developed by man, and our agreement with them is irrelevant to their truth.

    Now, humanists hate this idea because for them humans are the center and perhaps even the origin of the universe. Their truth holds that if a tree falls in the woods and no human hears it, then no sound could have been made. “I will make my own rules and live by them,” is their creed.

    However, logic requires an external source of truth because if right and wrong do not exist independent of mankind’s assessment then for any societal peace we’re left with the principle of Might Makes Right. This brings us the inconsistency of changing truth – a variable invariable. How?

    If the strongest are able to enforce their “truth” today but are overthrown tomorrow then their truth wasn’t actually true, was it? It’s irrelevant if the overthrow is by sword or ballot box or the progression of history – if truth can be changed it isn’t true in its essence.

    We Bible believers must recognize the utter confusion and darkness God’s foes are stumbling around in and have always stumbled around in. The world has progressed only insofar as humanity has come to understand that there is an Immovable Truth and that the Truth can be known.

    If we are to change the world (and that is our charge as Christians—Matt 28:19-20) it must be through shining the light of biblical education and restoring the biblical literacy that Western Christendom once had and is now losing. The fight is against the pride and arrogance of humanism and its insistence that mankind is in control of its own destiny.

    Our battle is not political in focus, although politics will yield to its influence when enough of society again agrees on truth. It is not economic in focus, yet the economic ship will right itself under the influence of truth. Its focus is not medical, musical, scientific, or any of a number of other disciplines yet every discipline will flower and bear fruit under the influence of the truth.

    There is much work to be done to bring about the peace & prosperity that man is to have on earth. But that peace & prosperity must be according to God’s rules, not mankind’s. In the context of God’s creation, not mankind’s. By means of God’s delegated authority, not man’s usurped authority.

    Evangelizing is our battle. But let’s recognize that evangelism is nothing more than biblical education. Just as important is the point that the education is not only for the sake of providing an escape for the lost soul. Rather, the evangelism is mostly for the sake of the reconstructing and accompanying enjoyment of a world God loved enough to create in the first place.

    ~ John Bingaman

    (Re-posted from January 2013)