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"

    Is socialism the fault of the church?

    How often have you heard someone claim that we have socialism because the church failed to provide charity, so the government had to step in?  Is that really true?  Take a drive around and look at the names of hospitals: St. Luke's; St. John's; Holy Redeemer; Presbyterian Medical Center. These are representative of massive amounts of charity traditionally provided by the church.  I am unaware of any evidence that Christians and their churches stopped providing charity in the mid-twentieth century, sparking a crisis in need of the government's supposedly unlimited wealth and omnipotent grace.  Rather, the government at all levels barged in and took over responsibilities for things in which it had no right to meddle.  The "let the government handle it" mentality is the result, not the cause of this usurpation.  And it's a predictable response from people who are taxed out of far more than half of their wealth to pay for inefficient measures that used to be handled for a fraction of the cost by people who actually cared.

    If you want a clear picture of how this all works, I highly recommend an article written by Rev. Ben Johnson and published on the website of the Acton Institute: "How Pagans Viewed Christian Charity".  In this fascinating article we read how, after Constantine legalized Christianity in 313, his Nephew and successor Julian the Apostate moved to take over charity in exactly the same way that we see done today. By way of a letter to the pagan high priest:

    "[I]t is disgraceful that, when no Jew ever has to beg, and the impious Galilaeans [Christians] support not only their own poor but ours as well, all men see that our people lack aid from us. Teach those of the Hellenic faith to contribute to public service of this sort, and the Hellenic villages to offer their first fruits to the gods; and accustom those who love the Hellenic religion to these good works by teaching them that this was our practice of old.

    With the letter, the emperor sent several thousand bushels of grain and pints of wine to be distributed by the priests, at public expense."

    The article is not long, and is filled with interesting and instructive parallels to our own situation.

    So...is socialism the fault of the church?  I'd say yes to a significant extent.  But not for lack of giving; rather because of a pietistic attitude and theology that allowed her to sit by silently while the civil government overstepped its proper bounds, when we should have been standing up and saying: "NO!".

    To those who suggest that reversing this can be done by increasing charitable activity, I'd say yes, let's increase charitable activity, but let's not have any illusion that we can compete with a government that now, at all levels combined, spends $23,000 per year for every man, woman, and child alive within our borders.  No, in addition to charity, we need to be doing the footwork in whatever way God affords us to educate, influence, convince, pray, and legislate our way out of this mess, by God's mercy because that's truly what we need.  It's a long way out, to our way of seeing and thinking, but if we get busy and act God will tend to the timing and results.

    -Jim Mogel

    In Memoriam or In Defense of the Family? 

    A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.  Proverbs 15:20

    Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6

    A noble civilization can withstand the bereavement of its sons and daughters through warfare, through pestilence, and famine. Yet there is a ruination which, when it comes down upon the head of a people, signifies their impending doom with an ominous foreboding. This tragedy of tragedies,  this point of no return, is the turning away of the hearts of a people’s posterity. 

    That gentle connection, that loving nurture which attaches father and son, mother and daughter, generation after generation, is necessary for the preservation of any culture. Once broken, a gulf which cannot be spanned begins to open. This unbridgeable gap is not the physical destitution of a mother whose  sons have been claimed by war, it is the distance of heart which appears between flesh and blood in the twilight of a civilization. 

    Southern poet and essayist, John Crowe Ransom once wrote, “Affections, and long memories, attach to the ancient Bowers of life in the provinces; but they will not attach to what is always changing.”

    And change, not pursued for betterment but merely for change itself, or hatred of the past, has become the only stable factor in our land today. Men’s hearts burn within them for something new. Fools forsake that which money cannot buy in vain attempt to satiate their material desires. Everywhere the “ancient Bowers of life” are forsaken for that which is fleeting. And it shows.

    We have become a people with no soul, no culture, and no nobility of character. To quote C.S. Lewis “We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” 

    Indeed there are traitors in our midst. Men who betray the hopes and labors of their forefathers to pursue the terminally trendy expectations of society gone mad. Men seek to attach dollar values to the tender affections of a mother towards the children she has born or the humble pride which a man takes in his sons. Yet these things can never be purchased, they must be earned. 

    What is it that truly makes up the “ancient Bowers of life?” Is it not found in the patience of a man who builds his legacy through toil and tears? Is it not found in the gentle yet tenacious hopes of the frugal woman whose love makes a house a home? 

    The heart breaks for every abandoned home which once sheltered the labors of a man and a woman engaged in that most virtuous of endeavors: the rearing and discipleship of a posterity and the preservation of a way of life.

     Where are her children today? At what point did they cease to appreciate their patrimony and become wooed by that which slips through the hand? The empty kitchen which once knew the elegant bustle of

    a mother. The dinner table which was once the center of instruction. The tools of a trade, passed from one generation to another.  All of these things forsaken, and for what?  The deserted home-place is our true national symbol. 

    19th century theologian Robert Dabney once wrote, “The instrumentalities of the family are chosen and ordained of God as the most efficient of all means of grace—more truly and efficaciously means of saving grace than all the other ordinances of the church. To family piety are given the best promises of the gospel, under the new, as well as under the old dispensation."

    The true and proper estate of religion in our land will never be restored until the hearts of families return to one another. Men need not wonder from whence their deliverance will come until they regain the hearts of their children.

    Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.  Jeremiah 6:16

     And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers,lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.  Malachi 4:6

    ~ Robert Hoyle

    Fight, Insult, Ignore, Offend, Rebuke, and Convince Like Jesus

    Already feeling uncomfortable? Manyreaders will dislike the title because it doesn’t fit in with their idea of what they think Jesus was like. They want a Jesus that they are “comfortable” with.

    Who is Jesus to you? :

    A.)  a Mr. Nice Guy that everyone would love if they just “got to know” Him?

    B.)  a kind of ethereal “spirit” that never really made footprints in the sand?

    C.)  a humanitarian that floated from small group to small group, blessing everyone with His presence?

    If Jesus came to your small group, would He wave His hands and give everyone a warm fuzzy feeling?

    After Jesus had risen again, He encountered his first post-resurrection small group.  These devoted followers didn’t recognize Him, their esteemed Teacher!  But why didn’t they recognize Him? The account in Luke 24 indicates that their lack of recognition was related to their expectations of Him: what He was supposed to be and how He was supposed to act.

     Luke 24: 18ff

    “’Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”

    And [Jesus] said to them, ‘What things?’

    So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. . . . . . But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened.”

    I know it’s easy to feel kind of sorry for these men, confused as they were, but do you see the reason for their confusion? Jesus, their Messiah, had not done the things they thought He was supposed to do. He didn’t deliver Israel like they thought He should have, and they certainly didn’t think He was supposed to be crucified. So, verse 16 tells us that their “eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.” After they explained to Jesus that the tomb was now empty, Jesus replies in a way that is very “un-Jesus-like”, at least in our 21st century politically correct cultural context.

    Luke 24:25ff 

    Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?”

    And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, he expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. 

    Now, if our feel-good teachers of today were writing this account, I’m thinking they would pretty much nominate v. 25 to be left out of the narrative. After all, why include the name calling that Christ engages in here? “Foolish ones”? “Slow of heart to believe”? Couldn’t we just have skipped that part, quietly moving on to verse 26, and been just as, if not more, effective? 

    Today, we don’t want a Christ who damages our little self-esteem, who questions our commitment to the scriptures, in short, who tells it like it is.  Rather, we accept a lie that makes us feel good over the truth that makes us feel badly. We close our eyes to the scriptures if they don’t tell us what we want to hear. We prefer a Christ that makes us comfortable rather than a Christ that makes us knowledgeable. 

    Any little “attack” on our self-esteem gives us an automatic excuse for not receiving instruction. “Well, what Frank said may have been right, but he shouldn’t have said it that way.” Translation: The truth of what Frank said is irrelevant. What matters is my feelings. Next time Frank wants to convince me of anything, he can stop appealing to truth and start appealing to my feelings. 

    - Joel Saint, adapted excerpt from MARS “Water Cooler Warrior” Lectures

    Reformation or Revolution?

    The Christian faith, when not given over to the curse of pietism, is a motivation for the improvement of culture and society.  It is natural and logical that regenerated hearts resulting in regenerated lives should result in the transformation of the culture.  But cultural transformation does not just happen; it takes work.  If we want the right results, we need to do the right work.

    Reformation requires carefully discerning the good from the bad, and the ability to analyze problems to find their root cause.  It is a sort of surgical procedure where the bad is separated from the good and cut out.  We have many scriptural examples given to us at times when God identified a problem and gave very specific orders as to how it should be fixed.  Sometimes the procedure was radical, yet normally involved the separation out of the bad from the good that the good might be preserved.  We see this at work in the time of the Protestant Reformation.  It was not a revolution whereby the Reformers indiscriminately smashed anything of the present order; rather it was a time of radical surgery to remove the cancers that had invaded the church.  It required discernment and care as to what stayed and what was tossed out; in fact many of our denominational distinctives to this day stem from disagreements over whether the reformers when too far or not far enough in certain areas.

    There is a troubling tendency on the part of some in today's church toward revolution rather than reformation.  True reformation requires discernment and patience; revolution is a reaction of impatience and selfishness.  Reformation values inheritance and builds on the work of past generations, revolution despises the past and destroys inheritance.  Reformation preserves and improves, revolution destroys.  For a graphic illustration of the differences in practice and results, compare the Protestant Reformation with the French Revolution.  Reformation is of God, revolution is of the Devil.  Be careful which you choose.

    -Jim Mogel

    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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