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Monday
Jan202014

How would you identify a 'modern day' prophet?

 
No, we're not talking about someone who takes a wild guess at some unusual thing that's supposed to happen sometime in the future.  

 

We are talking about someone who, as far back as the 1960's looked ahead and saw the disastrous course on which our nation had set itself.   

 

Author of over 30 books, and sometimes called the father of the Christian and Homeschool movements,
R. J. Rushdoony (1916-2001) was a man who clearly saw that if a nation-yes-nation does not seek to serve Christ in her national laws and culture, then that nation can only be headed for the trash heap.  

 

However, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord..." More than anyone else I know, Dr. Rushdoony outlined the case for an explicitly Christian nation.  

  

He is one of very few ever to do so in the modern era. As a result, his influence has been profound. It is safe to say that almost no contemporary theologian has written so much that has clarified an explicitly biblical view of society, be it law, economics, education,  justice, entertainment, philosophy and general culture.

 

Please join us at our February presentation to learn more about Dr. Rushdoony.

Monday
Dec162013

“…even stop lights…”

On a late summer outing to Ocean City, NJ, my wife and I spent the evening on the boardwalk.  One of our stops was Mia’s Christmas Gallery, a store loaded with practically anything to do with Christmas.  A very nice place.  It was hard not to notice the nice atmosphere, and that the customers all seemed to be relaxed and in a good humor. Christmas does that to people.  Of course I had no way of knowing who in the store had a true interest in Christmas as the celebration of Christ’s birth, and who saw Christmas as just a nice holiday.  But that is just the point…regardless of their true relationship to the whole concept, they were all pleasantly affected by the Christmas atmosphere. 

All this got me THINKING.  How often we condemn the “commercialization of Christmas”.  How often we lament that society is going through the motions of Christmas while missing the message and reality of the Christ Child.  The concern is legitimate.  There is, though, another side to this story, and that side is the power and majesty of the Savior who was born on the day that we celebrate at Christmas time.  It’s wonderful for those who truly know and love Jesus Christ to set aside time to celebrate His incarnation with all its miraculous and profound meaning.  But just for a minute, set aside your distaste for all the Christmas hoopla, and see the power of Christ at work.

It’s one thing for those who know and love Christ to enjoy a celebration of His birth.  How could we not be awed by this profound miracle, this incomparable plan by God to redeem His creation and bring into fellowship those whom He loves?  But look around at Christmas, and you see countless millions of individual actions taking place…purposefully or not, knowingly or not…that commemorate the birth of the Savior.  That is power unequaled by any figure in history. 

So, Christian, let’s not defend commercialization of Christmas.  But let’s not allow it to spoil our yuletide joy, and marvel at the prospect that two millennia after Christ’s birth, the whole world practically stops for a day or two, millions of people act a little kinder, and that you can celebrate God’s wonderful gift amidst the beauty of the season. 

“…I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”

                                                                                                         Jesus, Luke 19:40 

“Strings of street lights Even stop lights Blink a bright red and green

As the shoppers rush home with their treasures

Hear the snow crunch See the kids bunch This is Santa's big scene And above all this bustle You'll hear:

Silver bells silver bells It's Christmas time in the city Ring a ling, hear them ring Soon it will be Christmas day”

                                                                               “Silver Bells”, Jay Livingston & Ray Evans

                                                                                © Paramount Music Corp

 

“Silver Bells” is not exactly a Biblical Christmas carol, yet it gets at the truth that God will use His creation to glorify Himself.  So this Christmas, let the customs and the festivities remind you of the real and meaningful truths of Christ’s incarnation.  And on Christmas Eve when the whole world practically stops for a brief time, marvel at the profound effect of His birth on human history. 

And, by the way, if you’d like to read about a more overtly biblical Christmas carol, go here

Merry Christmas! 

~ Jim Mogel

Monday
Nov042013

In Search of…Gravitas

OK, I just saw the Big Deal.

That is, the Movie That Everyone's Talking About: Gravity.

I hated it.

I get it that it seems like everyone just loves this movie including plenty of hopeful (if not completely deluded) Christian reviewers. And, I get it that the effects are powerful, and the scenes spectacular. Especially when you view it in 3-D.

Which only makes it worse.

This movie takes rebellion against the Sovereign Lord to the next level, if that's possible. The story line concerns two astronauts (one male, and one female) who are on the wrong end of an accident in space. The female astronaut (played by Sandra Bullock) first gets tossed out into space, gets rescued, gets separated from her rescuer, and finally makes it back home through the ordeal. Not bad story telling.

Powerful story telling, in fact. So powerful that the messages in this movie-feminism and humanism-come through like a rattlesnake in a flower garden.

Fantasy, in order to be profitable, must be connected to reality. If not, it is vanity. This movie starts out with the female astronaut fixing a mechanical problem. She looks downright noble and indispensable.

Very Relevant.

Meanwhile, the guy astronaut (played by George Clooney) is drifting around the space station is a rocket propelled suit while trying to set a spacewalking record.

Very Irrelevant.

So far, these messages are pretty much standard Hollywood boilerplate. But here's the thing. After the accident, Sandra Bullock's character ("Ryan" Stone) has to pull herself together and get back to earth. She feels she can't make it, and decides to die peacefully and quietly. She considers prayer, decides against it because she doesn't know how, and ultimately comes to terms with her imminent death.

At this point however, she is saved by a vision. Not a vision of the great Creator there in the vastness of space amid the spectacular works of His creation; no, she gets saved by a vision of…George Clooney! He tells her how great she is, how tough and strong she is, and how she needs to hang in there because she will have a "h--- of a story" when she gets back home.

And, don't you know, that changes everything! Based off of that 'encounter', she pulls herself together, and, despite all the odds, predictably (by this time), makes it back home.

Look, I don't know if it is really true that there are no atheists in foxholes. But to be looking at death straight in the face, staring at the overwhelming power of outer space, knowing that your existence in comparison to that vastness is less than negligible, and you have nary a thought of God? Instead, you take a close look inside yourself and find the answers?

No way. No possible way.

I said in the beginning that this move takes rebellion against the Sovereign Lord to a new level, which it does. Usually, we can count on Hollywood to ignore God on earth, which is unforgivable. But this movie somehow manages to ignore God in the heavens, which is far worse.

~ Pastor Joel Saint

Monday
Oct142013

An Old-Fashioned Election Day Sermon...

The Mid-Atlantic Reformation Society

... is pleased to sponsor it's 4th annual ...

“Old-Fashioned Election Day Sermon”

 With


 Mr. Michael Peroutka

 Sunday, November 3, 2013

7:00 PM

The Inn at Reading

 1040 North Park Rd
Wyomissing, Pennsylvania 19610
Tel: (610) 372-7811

 

Don't Miss This Presentation Calling Elected Leaders to Their Godly Responsibilities


A Free-Will Offering Will Be Received.

 

A Christian and an attorney, Michael Anthony Peroutka is co-founder of Institute on the Constitution (IOTC), headquartered in Pasadena, Maryland. He is a graduate of Loyola College (now University) in Maryland and University of Baltimore School of Law.

He once held a position in the United States Department of Health and Human Services and was the Constitution Party candidate for president in 2004.

 

 

Sunday
Jul212013

Martin and Zimmerman: Missing the Point

There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.                                                                     

I am afraid that there is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.

                                                                                                      Booker T. Washington

An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression.                   Proverbs 29:22

The two most disappointing aspects of the Martin/Zimmerman saga are these: 1) The shamelessness of the race-baiters, and 2) The naiveté of at least some Christian spokesmen.

Disappointing, I said; but not surprising. But what makes this worse is the direct connection between the two. And yes, I said direct connection.

The two most corrosive race hustlers on the scene are, can you believe it, “reverends.” Yes, I’m talking about the “Reverend Jesse Jackson” and the “Reverend Al Sharpton.” If these two are real reverends, the term has definitely lost any meaning.

But here’s my real question: Why haven’t the most visible Christian spokesmen called these two frauds out for what they are? Why is that left to ‘conservatives’ in the print and broadcast media?

These two (and they are not the only ones) hypocrites couldn’t care less about Trayvon Martin. Where were they when his own mother kicked the budding wannabe thug out of the house?

Where were they when young Trayvon’s family was completely breaking apart?

And, where are they as black-on-black crime soars way out of control?

Answer: Right where they’ve always been: Preening for the photo ops. They are shameless.

But here is what is worse: There are far too few evangelical leaders who are willing to call out the race-baiters. In fact some, through a dizzying lack of knowledge of the actual case, should have kept their mouths shut.

Meanwhile, the results of Trayvon Martin’s broken home exemplify what we can all expect of the next generation of failed and fatherless homes: More crime, and less character.

And, in the end, the ignorance of the biblically defined family is the real cause here. If our evangelical leadership can’t call out hypocrisy, it should at least scream bloody murder as the family disintegrates.

The breakdown of the family is the real poisoning of the societal bloodstream. Sharpton and Jackson? They’re just the boils on the skin.

~ Joel Saint