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"

    Old Fashioned Election Day Sermon a Success!

    The first and much anticipated Old Fashioned Election Day Sermon presented by MARS was held this past Sunday at the Inn At Reading.  How we thank the Lord God for a great day!  It was a time of good fellowship, singing, and preaching.  We enjoyed greeting some 95 attendees, with time for discussion before and after the service.

    The highlight was the sermon by Pastor John Weaver, outlining the scriptural origins and underpinnings of civil government, its covenantal nature, and the duties of government and citizens to God, as well as to each other.  Pastor Weaver’s delivery kept our attention as he brought scriptural truths to us one after another.  Watch our downloads section for the audio of the message. We apologize for some problems we had with the recording which we were unaware of at the time. Pastor Weaver’s sermons can also be heard at www.sermonaudio.com/weaver.

    We wish to sincerely thank all who had a part in the day through attendance, giving, and the many other ways in which so many had a part.  Thank you, friends!

    

    Anything but…

    I have recovered from the shock I experienced while driving recently.

    Yes, I’m feeling much better, but can I be blamed for almost choking on my own tongue when I hear an ad extolling the virtues of family dinners from, of all places, Columbia University.

    Yes, that Columbia University, the same one that so effectively sunk the good ship Biblical Family. She was rammed through amidships by the renegade vessel Progressive Education, captained by that reflective progressive educrat, big John Dewey himself.

    In fact, I’m still shocked. Columbia University promoting family dinners? Well, not to go out on a limb or anything, but I’m guessing that when the progressive education movement started, most families worked and ate together. Not only that, but nearly all families (reach back and use your imagination here) even shared a common last name.

    The family dinner campaign is all about preventing drug abuse, which sounds pretty good, till you remember that this is Columbia University. I’m just not so sure that this institution practices what it preaches; no doubt any caring parents would be shocked to blubbering idiocy if their sophomore student were introduced to illegal drugs at Columbia. Say it ain’t so!

    It’s always amusing to see that the people that tore down the altars are the same who bemoan the loss of religion. Dewey, Columbia University, and the rest of that pragmatic anti-Christian crowd have burnt down the house. Clearly, they are now qualified to lecture the survivors on interior decorating.

    But Isaiah says, “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” And, sure enough, when I go to the site to learn more about family dinners, I get treated to what is apparently the latest pagan fad idea of a family: Two photos, one of a woman and two younger children, and another of two women and one young child!

    It’s true: Without the “law and the testimony” those with no light whatsoever can’t even figure out what a family is. What they do know: No men allowed.

    How do we respond? Well, by the above ad copy, Dockers has figured out the answer: Time for men to be men! Time for men to be heroes! Time for men to knock it off with the yogurt raisins and whole-wheat pizza pockets. Yeah!

    But both are without the law and the testimony. The Author of the scriptures created roles for men and women. Yes, I said, roles. Without roles, men can’t be men, women can’t be women, and parents can’t be parents.

    I do admire Dockers, though; they are at least speaking to the problem of the blurring of the male female roles. Nice ad. However, without the law and the testimony of the scriptures, they’ll wind up in the same spot as the “let’s do family” people. Both ad campaigns will fail to effect change for the better because biblical law standards are out of the question.

    So while the folks at Columbia bemoan the proliferation of the drug culture, it appears that that is preferable to an open Bible backed by an articulate defender of Christian morality and conviction.

    Anything but…

     

    ~ Joel Saint

    

    A Question of Stewardship

    I recently heard an interview with a financial analyst who has written a book interpreting the novel Moby Dick as an allegory for our stewardship of the earth. The premise of the interview is that we are approaching or have actually entered the era of declining petroleum production and that our energy-dependent lifestyle is about to get a dramatic make-over.


    The facts of petroleum production currently tend to support this idea but that’s not the point of this article; I’ll save that for another day. Instead, I’d like to focus on a statement made by the author near the end of the interview.


    Given their bleak outlook on the supplies of inexpensive energy, the interviewer asked whether better stewardship of earth’s resources is called for. The author said:
    “Well, becoming stewards of the planet obviously is critical. Figuring out how we get away from this idea that we have dominion over nature – that we are really a part of nature – man can only exist in concert with nature – making that kind of pyschologicial shift is the first thing.”


    This statement raises some obvious questions:
    1. How can one be a good steward (or a bad steward or any other kind of steward) unless one has dominion?
    2. Can one be a steward unless someone else owns the goods and grants the stewardship?
    3. Can’t we be good stewards and have dominion?


    This idea that we have dominion over nature is, of course, completely biblical and shouldn’t be so dismissively waved off. The illogic of his statement brings into question anything else he has to say.
    Confused thinking plagues us. Consciously or not, the man is doing mental contortions to avoid confronting Who it is that owns the planet and nature and how mankind fits into that scheme.


    Al Gore must be proud!


    ~ John Bingaman
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    References:

    Book: Moby Dick and the Mythology of Oil.

    Interview: Click here to listen.

    The Burning Question of Curses

    Pastor Jones of Gainesville, Florida, has gained worldwide attention with his decision to burn copies of the Qu’ran.  “Attention” is perhaps too mild a word; horror, reprobation, condemnation or perhaps celebrity are better descriptions.

    How should we look at this?

      The history of Islam is one of violence against neighbors, women, and even themselves when another enemy wasn’t handy.

    As Christians we’ve been on the receiving end of Islamic violence.  They pretty much wiped out Christianity from the north of Africa and the Asia of historical New Testament writings.  The territories of the churches in Antioch, Ephesus, Laodecia, Colossae, and Thessolonica are lost to the Islamic hoardes.

    Such violence and an on-going host of other evils are countenanced by the Qu’ran. Yet most Christians wring their hands about Pastor Jones’ idea of burning the “holey” book of muslims because it isn’t “nice” and might cause criticism. 

    So what?  Didn’t Christ say that we’d be hated?  He did.  (Mark 13:13, Luke 21:17)  The idea that we should back off the burning to make people like us is so distasteful that it makes me want to spew.  (Rev 3:16)  We’re “nicing” ourselves right into oblivion.

    Okay, I feel better now.  But…

    I don’t believe the burning amounts to much more than a publicity stunt.  Poking a rattlesnake is good footage for the 6:00 news but it’s not really doing anything useful.  What’s the point?  Because they desecrate our Bibles and burn the U.S. flag we’re going to do the same?  Do not even the Gentiles do the same?

    We are forgetting about prayer!  It’s not flashy, it’s rarely answered immediately, but it’s called for.  It’s effective.  And we can fight our enemies with it by engaging God in the battle.

    While David prayed mightily for the destruction of his enemies he himself generally acted very mercifully and gracefully toward them.  Think about how David spared Saul when he held Saul’s very life in his hands.  David relied on God to exact His punishment.

    Weaver points out that we’re allowed to pray curses on our enemies and those curses will follow them for as long as they remain unconverted.  We must believe that God acts on His own behalf and punishes as He will.  We should align ourselves with His will and He has willed good for us.  On the other hand, He has given us the Imprecatory Psalms (Psalms 7, 35, 55, 58, 59, 69, 79, 109, 137, 139) to teach us to pray for our enemies.

    For example:

    A Psalm of David. PLEAD my cause, O LORD, with those who strive with me;

    Fight against those who fight against me. 

    Take hold of shield and buckler,

    And stand up for my help.

    Also draw out the spear,

    And stop those who pursue me.

    Say to my soul, "I am your salvation."

    Let those be put to shame and brought to dishonor

    Who seek after my life;

    Let those be turned back and brought to confusion

    Who plot my hurt.

    Let them be like chaff before the wind,

    And let the angel of the LORD chase them.

    Let their way be dark and slippery,

    And let the angel of the LORD pursue them.

    For without cause they have hidden their net for me in a pit,

    Which they have dug without cause for my life.

    Let destruction come upon him unexpectedly,

    And let his net that he has hidden catch himself;

    Into that very destruction let him fall.

    And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD;

    It shall rejoice in His salvation.

    (Psalm 39:1-9)

     

    We face a question of which is more useful:  Praying the above Psalm or burning a filthy book?

    Something else to think carefully about:  which is easier?

    ~ John Bingaman

    An Anarchist Bookstore

    While on a visit to Philadelphia recently, we walked by a book store named "The Wooden Shoe - An Anarchist Bookstore". Seems a little odd since Philly calls itself "The City of Brotherly Love", a translation of the Greek words philos "love" and adelphos "brother" but got me to thinking that maybe a review of "anarchy" would be in order.

    Anarchy is defined as: 1. a state of society without government or law, 2. political and social disorder due to the absence of governmental control, 3. a theory that regards the absence of all direct or coercive government as a political ideal and that proposes the cooperative and voluntary association of individuals and groups as the principal mode of organized society, 4. confusion; chaos; disorder, 5. No rulership or enforced authority.

    Notice "absence", "absence of all" "No rulership". Not some government, or limited government, but NO government. And indeed there are groups and individuals in existence today that advocate just a position. But what does history teach us about attempting to live in a lawless society?

    History shows us that many of mankind's worst crimes were committed by governments, so, on numerous occasions, a citizenry would decide that having no government might be a solution. Obviously, this is a bad idea. Without law there can be no freedom (liberty). Anarchy's are short-lived since everyone must protect their own life, liberty, and property besides that of family members and friends. Some today advocate anarchy not because they actually want no government but because they are not happy with the current state of affairs. They see the tyranny that is headed their way.

    The key underlying problem is the expansion of governments. Our Constitution is designed to limit the government, not the people. Remember the enumerated (delegated) powers? The 10th amendment to the Constitution states " The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." which, paraphrased, means "If we forgot anything, you can't do that either!".

    The humanistic state constantly expands its power, because its goal is to be as God, determining their own laws, lives, and morality (Gen. 3:5). R.J. Rushdoony sums it up perfectly: "Because it is not God, the humanistic state has a problem, never having enough power to play god as it hopes to do. As a result, by an ever expanding body of law, the humanistic state strives for the total power that is its dream.".

    God's law cannot expand - it is a limited body of legislation, and, for the most part, God reserves the right of judgment to Himself. Imagine having a civil order where God's laws prevail and not the thousands upon thousands of humanistic, man-made laws and regulations currently strangling us.

    The Bible tells us that the basic role of government is for the punishment of evil-doers, to "execute wrath upon him that doeth evil" (Rom 13:1-4). God's word does not advocate anarchism but declares that when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice (Prov. 29:2). As far as an over-expansive government, one need only read I Samuel 8 and highlight the word "take" as you read.

    So we talk about the dangers of no government, and we talk about the dangers of too much government, but we never seem to get around to discussing a Godly government with Godly laws based on the Scriptures. It is high time to put God's law at the center of our thinking and our actions regardless of who's feathers we may ruffle for "They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.".

    ~ Toby Grater