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"

    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

    BIBLICAL THOUGHTS ON THE FEDERAL RESERVE

    If one looks at the Federal Reserve System through a Biblical lens and attempts to explain the sinfulness of what the FED is doing you get a clear picture of the deception and corruption.  The nation’s monetary policy through the FED and the fact that the government is allowing it to go on is an abomination to God and the nation shall be punished.

    How can one say that with such assurance?

    Proverbs 11:1 (All verses KJV): “A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but just weight is His delight.”

    God through His Bible ties the nation’s monetary policy to the concept of justice; the fact that it is not just makes it an abomination in the Lord eyes.

    Leviticus 19:35, 36: “Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure. Just balances, just weights, a just ephad, a just hin, shall ye have: I am the Lord your God , which brought you out of the land of Egypt.”

    Deuteronomy 25: 13-16: “Thou shall not have in thy bag divers weights, a great and small. Thou shall not have in thine house divers measures, a great and a small. But thou shall have a perfect and just weight, a prefect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the Lord thy God.”

    Ezekiel 45:10: “Ye shall have just balances, and a just epah, and just bath.”

    God does not mince words; it is very clear as to what the people and monetary system are to do.  We have a monetary system that is so perverted and has so infected the social fabric these past 106  years that the FED and the monetary system can truly be called the root of all evil.

    Micah 6:11 asks the question: “Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?”

    Micah 6:10: “Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?"

    False weight and measures are called “the treasures of wickedness” (Micah 6:10).  These different types of false weights and measures are the essential means of falsifying the life of a society: stealing money through inflation, making the dollar worth less and less as the time goes on.  The prophet Micah defines money held in unjust forms (fiat paper money like the U.S. dollar) as “the treasures of wickedness”.   The monetary system in this country is designed to lose value.   

    Micah 6:9: “The Lord’s voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom see thy name; hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.”

    The wise man shall see and hear the rod, for God will never execute judgment without the reason and statutes being known.  We shall hear the rod coming and know it is the Lord.

    Micah 6: 12-16 Tells it all: "For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue [is] deceitful in their mouth. Therefore also will I make [thee] sick in smiting thee, in making [thee] desolate because of thy sins. Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting down [shall be] in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and [that] which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword. Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine. For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people."

    I close with this: stupidity toward sinfulness is no excuse and will bring punishment upon the children to the 3rd and 4th generation to them that hate the Lord (Deuteronomy 5:9). Lack of knowledge is dangerous but lack of Biblical knowledge is deadly to the people.

    ~ Randy Toman

    As A Nation

    Words are funny things.  We used them every day knowing what we mean by them but without necessarily thinking about what they actually say.

    There’s the remarkable word “fizz” that sounds like exactly what it describes.

    Consider the word “ruthless.”  We say a man is ruthless and we mean that the guy is pitiless, hard, and self-seeking.  Our hearers know what we mean.  But are we saying the man is without ruth?  Ruth is a word no longer used on its own.

    Or we talk about “self-government” without stopping to think that it has less do with political systems than it does with what it actually says:  We govern ourselves (or we should govern ourselves).

    A recent discussion about what constitutes a “nation” included consideration of whether people are bound by language, geography, governments, or culture.  The conclusion was that a general cultural agreement on the norms of right and wrong is truly what holds a nation together.

    In the discussion, one of our members stated that he believed our country was disintegrating.

    “Dis-integrating.”

    What a frighteningly accurate word!  When I went to elementary school in the 1960s we were taught that the United States was called a melting pot because people who came here were assimilated into our common culture.  We were each like an ingredient simmering on the stove and being blended together into a homogenous whole, a nation of shared values.

    But the emphasis today on identity politics and political correctness seems to have halted the melting effect of America.  There’s a lot of heat but the melting is being reversed as snowflakes harden into ice cubes, and hyphenated Americans congeal into political blocks. 

    We are separating;  Dis-integrating.

    This is not what we usually mean when we use that word.  Normally, it’s used to describe a deliberate demolishing of something but in the case of our nation it turns out to be a perfect description of what’s going on.

    It’s easy to make the case that agreeing on a norm of what is right and wrong is a description of religion.  The very nature of religion is to define right and wrong.  So we can say that the dis-integration of America is the splintering of America into disparate religions.

    The solution, of course, is to return to the roots of our American heritage, the basis of our legal system, and the religion of our political forebears.  When we begin, as a nation, to recognize the Kingdom of Christ we will begin to re-unite as a nation.

     ~John Bingaman, March 2019

    The Bondage of Retroactive PC-ness in the Media

    Recently, Whoopi Goldberg was featured in a Yahoo news article because of her desire to see the controversial film Song of the South re-released. Song of the South features racial terminology by today’s standards, for which it was subsequently trashed, even though the host was James Baskett, the first black male performer to receive an Oscar. Her reasoning was that the apparent racial insensitivity should be something discussed amongst the viewers. Disney has not made the film available in years, and one is hard pressed to get their hands on it these days.  

    What’s interesting about Disney’s ban of Song of the South is that it is the first of many, many more. You see my friend, Disney will have to eventually ban every single one of its Masterpiece Collection films. It is like a snake that eats its own tail: the further it gets, the less there is.

    The set-up of political correctness is such that it allows no room for consistency. The rules are meant to be changed, so that the entity which it desires to trap fights smoke and mirrors. Political correctness is a labyrinth with walls that slowly close in and has only an entrance, no exit. It is created to suffocate all who adhere to it. Think of a drill instructor breaking in new recruits. When asked a question, the new recruit thinks he is following orders or responding correctly, but the drill instructor purposely finds fault with every answer given. The correct response is that there is no correct response. The same is true for the PC crowd. When one asks, “what is politically correct?” the correct response is “nothing.” Nothing is politically correct.

    Nothing is politically correct because that which does fall under politically correct is only so for the time being. Just give it a moment, and that which had represented the new will eventually represent the old. That which was shone in glory will soon be shown in shame. That which was leading will soon be that which is holding everything back. Politically correct ideology is invented for one thing: to suppress liberty.

    The commandment “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is antithesized by the liberal and increasingly conservative mindset of “I hate you so much that I am willing to sacrifice my freedom so that you don’t have it either.” This approach sacrifices one’s own freedom to punish and enslave the freedom of others. This was evident in the early church, when Paul says in Galatians 2 that“false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery.” This is the end game of political correctness: punishment and slavery. And Disney is a glutton for it.

    The standards for what is acceptable in American pop culture changes every decade. Disney has been making films for 80 years now, so you can probably do the math and ponder what kind of work they need to do to reduce their politically incorrect footprint. Think about it: all of the cultural appropriation, the micro-aggressions, the gender assumptions, the binary gender representations, the patriarchal structures, to say nothing of stereotypical feminine portrayals. Best of all, these sins are retro-active. When you add all that up, it’s like a rap sheet that would make Charles Manson blush, am I right? What were you thinking, Disney?

    Disney, of course, is guilty, guilty, guilty of whatever sin the politically correct machine wants to throw at it now and unfortunately for Disney, the Piper does not have a place to lead all of its rats. There is no end game here, since Disney has touted itself as being a bastion for cultural relevance, and with this prize, behind door number one is a lifetime humble pie. Disney Studios will spend the rest of its foreseeable future burning the castle to build a mansion, destroying the mansion to build a house, and demolishing the house to construct a prison. They have submitted themselves to a yoke of slavery.

     

    -        Luke Saint, adapted from “Streetwise Theology”

    The Man Who Nobody Liked

    Now, don’t misunderstand; he was famous and very influential, and he definitely impressed people. But he was, well, not a very nice guy. He was ridiculed, mocked, and attacked. Some people said that he “turned the world upside down.” Instead of spreading love and goodwill, he spread dissension. He often made “good” people feel bad, and bad people feel good. 

    He was placed on trial and accused of disturbing the peace. At one point in his ministry, forty main stream religious, influential men make themselves a vow that they will not eat or drink until they . . .. not arrest. . . not destroy his reputation. . .  not burn down his house. . .  but kill him.

    Clearly, this missionary was not well liked by the main stream Christianity of his day. And how would today’s church view him? What a terrible representative of Christ to stir up opposition like that!  Why, he’s not very Christ-like,is he?  Bring him off the field. Stop his support! Dis-associate!

    His list of near-death experiences makes him look more like some sort of paid mercenary or daredevil with a death wish. This Gospel-bearing missionary escaped in a basket over the city wall from a very motivated band of offended cutthroat religionists waiting on the outside. According to our modern view of missions, as a servant of Christ, he should have had a triumphant exit from the city, right through the front gate! After all, is this how a minister of the gospel should build his reputation? Where’s the love, the joy, the peace, not to mention the accolades, the feature articles, the contacts with powerful politicians, and the speaking circuit?

    Now, after this harrowing experience, one would hope that things would have improved for this missionary, but they did not: By the time he was done, he had fought with lions. He’d been stoned. He’d been grossly humiliated by being publicly beaten on eight, yes, eight separate occasions AND called crazy by a very powerful public official, who wondered aloud if this Gospel man had learned too much and gone insane as a result. He arose undaunted from three separate shipwrecks in a time when the only life jacket available was a piece of wood to hang on to if you possibly could, if it wasn’t too slippery, or too large, or if you weren’t already conked on the head.

    And to summarize, he was beaten so often he could hardly say exactly how many times, and the same with his imprisonments.  He lost count.

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