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"

    “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)

    #DisneyRepent: 6 Popular Politically Incorrect Films

    Behold, I have taken it upon myself to draw your attention to certain sins committed by Disney, and whether they meant it or not is irrelevant! The fact that these movies have not been shelved is abhorrent, and I officially call for a new hashtag movement, namely, #disneyrepent. Look you here, at these atrocities!

    # 1.  Let’s start with Moana. I was horrified when I went to see who the animators were. Imagine my surprise when I learned that this beacon of diversity and feminism was animated by a bunch of white males! How could they? What do they know about being diverse or female? Then I almost fainted when I looked at who wrote it. 1 Female and 7 males! This surely is a result of an under represented female presence!

    #2. Pocahontas. Cisgender relationships. Positive portrayal of lead white oppressive male character. Positive portrayal of most white European males, and settlers, no less! Negative portrayal of a character played by a homosexual. Confusion communicated to the audience, though, in the form of an obvious patriarchal system instituted by American Indians who are a protected class, so you could go either way with that. Man, I ain’t letting MY kids see this movie.

    #3. Mulan. Surely a story about a strong girl who takes on patriarchy is free from all scrutiny? Mulan also presents a catch 22 when she commits the sin of going against her culture by enforcing 21st century standards on it (women in combat roles). Do we curse the anachronism of modern American standards on 5th century China (never, EVER force your culture on to another one), or do we praise the assault on that society’s patriarchal structure?

    #4. Peter Pan. The story of a boy who never grows up runs into some problems — big problems — with its portrayal of Native Americans. There’s a song called “What Makes The Red Man Red,” which is problematic enough. Aside from the offensive song, none of the Native Americans actually speak to Peter and the gang. Instead, the chief of the tribe speaks in broken jargon, stereotypical to the way Native Americans are mocked. White children Peter, Wendy, and Co. also partake in cultural appropriation by donning feathered head dresses, brandishing tomahawks, and running around making “whooping” noises while fanning their mouths with their hands.

    #5. Lady and the Tramp. It’s had its share of racist moments in its stereotypical, caricature-ish portrayals of different races. Its Siamese cats, Si and Am, are drawn with slanted eyes and they speak with a stereotypical Asian accent, and also portrayed as villainous and sneaky. There’s also a chihuahua who speaks with an exaggerated Mexican tone.

    #6. The Little Mermaid. Many problems here. Change who you are to impress a man? Sheesh! There’s also some not-so-subtle racism at play. Some take issue with the portrayal of Sebastian the crab, who has a Jamaican accent and advocated staying under the sea because you don’t have to get a job there. The theme of portraying dark-skinned culture as lazy recurs throughout Disney movies. The Little Mermaid also has problems with its drawings of the fish “Duke of Soul” and “blackfish” with fuller lips.

    Now, for those who think that this piece is satire, some of it is. The first three movies that I critiqued (Moana, Pocahontas, and Mulan) were criticisms that I came up with on the fly. The second three movies (Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, and The Little Mermaid) were quoted verbatim from VH1.com. Also, VH1 is not the only one saying this. Several other prominent websites concur, ranging from celebrity gossip to college essays. Some are a few paragraphs, some are a few pages.

    This politically correct merry-go-round, of course, is foolishness. All of it. I am absolutely floored by the ignorance of the PC culture. Man oh man, do they hate freedom and liberty. I expected, while doing research for this subject, to come across silliness, but the snowflake of frivolity that I envisioned was quickly replaced by an avalanche of hatred and anger. Make no mistake, all of these people who come up with imaginary problems are angry. Angry at whom? Angry at God, His Word, and His children. They hate all liberty, especially the kind of liberty brought on by the Bible and the Holy Spirit, so they create new rules to suppress it in unrighteousness.

    ~ Luke Saint, adapted from “Street Wise Theology”

    A life that's worth the living

    Beware! Lest the works of thine hands consume thee.

    The story of Victor Frankenstein is commonly misapprehended. It is often assumed that Frankenstein is the monster associated with the title of the book. However Victor Frankenstein was actually a very bright and talented young man. And he had a very unique gift: the ability to bring matter to life. Victor Frankenstein poured his life into his labors, even at the expense of his own health and human relationships. His task, once completed, brought about his ruin and the death of nearly all those that he cared about.

    Psalm 127:2 says “It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so He giveth His beloved sleep.” This is not a call to slothfulness or laziness in daily duties but rather a warning against neglecting the little things which truly make a life worth the livin'. Material pursuits must never become such a priority that we forget to take the time to live. How many men neglect spending even five minutes a day in serious conversation with their wife due to the stresses and burdens of daily life? How many women forget to warmly greet their husbands at home at the end of every day? In a rat-race world, such seemingly little things can easily be forgotten. But for all the heart-breaks and victories, tears and toils which life dispenses, we must be careful not to be beaten by our goals. It is important to be faithful in going about our duties and that we acquit ourselves in a responsible manner. It is also important that the wonder inherent in all of life is not traded in for a mess of transitory pottage. Wonder such as the joy that wells up within the heart at the sight of a little baby or a newborn calf. The smell of a freshly cut lawn or mown pasture. Reminiscences with longtime friends. To truly live!

    There is a life which money cannot buy. Enjoying the stars in the sky at night undimmed by man's electric light. The multitude of distractions enabled by the electric plug are no substitute for true living. The modern age affords many wonderful blessings that should not be taken for granted. Care must be given, however, to maintain a life in the midst of life that is truly worth the living. Otherwise we become as the man who Harry Chapin once quipped that having set the lifelong example for his son of a man who was ever too busy to spend time with his family, had his heart broken in old age by realizing that his son had grown up to be just like him, or like Victor Frankenstein who rose up early and sat up late only to eat the bread of sorrows.

    -Robert Hoyle