What Would God Have Done If…?

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Their power could not save them.

In Genesis 18, God reveals to Abraham his intention to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah for their outrageous sins. Trying to bargain for mercy toward those cities, Abraham asks God if He will still destroy Sodom if only “ten just men” can be found in it; and God replies, “I will not destroy it for ten’s sake” (v. 32).

Well, there weren’t ten just men in that whole city, so God did destroy it. But what if there had been ten just men in Sodom? Even with them in it, the city was still a cesspool of sin. What would God have done?

I think we can find the answer in the New Testament, and in Church history.

Once upon a time, people in countries throughout the Mediterranean saw Rome as a force for good. But by St. Paul’s time, that was no longer true. Rome had corrupted itself, and was too far gone to be saved. So God turned His back on it. “God gave them over to a reprobate mind” (Romans 1:28), leaving Rome to pursue its sins and follies to the bitter end. A more terrible punishment cannot be imagined.

But at the same time, He patiently worked to create, in His Church, a parallel society. He used His saints to build it. The more Rome persecuted the Church, the more it grew. And when the end of Rome finally came, Christendom was there to replace it.

Today the nations of the world have again corrupted themselves–promoting “transgender,” for instance, as if their very lives depended on it. This is not sane. This is a reprobate mind at work.

So again Christians have their work laid out for them, to create another parallel society to replace a world given over to a reprobate mind. We need to build Christian homeschooling, Christian schools, Christian charities, and a Christian community worldwide, using modern communications to accomplish it. God will help us do these things.

This is a pattern in history and in Scripture. The faithful remnant is called upon to do God’s work. The kingdoms of this world rise and fall, but Christ’s Kingdom will not fall. Its seeds are already in the ground, already growing.

We have God’s word on it. When Jesus comes again, let Him find us at our posts, working diligently for His Kingdom.

An Encouraging Word

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In this Easter essay by Mark Rushdoony, “The Hope of the Believer,” we find encouragement that comes from God’s word. We need all the encouragement we can get, as we witness “the self-destructive paths our culture is currently pursuing.” Thankfully, he Lord never runs out of it.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/the-hope-of-the-believer

We need to study Christ’s Resurrection not as just a historical event that’s over and done with, Mark writes, but as having urgent relevance to our lives now and in the future; because “our Lord is now at work, as He has been, and that ‘the gates of hell’ will not prevail against Him or His Kingdom.”

We really do need to keep that in mind.

‘The Long-Term Necessity of Building the Kingdom’

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This is a timely Chalcedon blog piece from Mark Rushdoony. Very timely!

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/the-long-term-necessity-of-building-the-kingdom

We try to solve the world’s problems with worldly solutions; but we–and our sin–are the source of all the problems. That’s why they can’t be fixed from the outside. As long as we insist on doing things our way instead of God’s, Mark writes, “everything will go wrong.” As it’s been this year, so far.

“Until we build the Kingdom, first of all in ourselves [emphasis added], nothing will go right.”

Something to think about–deeply.

‘Is This What You’re Afraid Of?’ (2013)

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Never mind “How did she get elected?” Who did she beat?

I wonder what became of this scheme to drive conservatives and libertarians out of New Hampshire.

Is This What You’re Afraid Of?

Freedom is fragile–as we’re seeing right now, as The Great Quarantine mutates into an experiment by our ruling class to see how much oppression we’ll take. There’s always some individual, some clever little group, some great big mob of loonies, or some other country that wants to take it away from us. This is a dynamic of our fallen world–one of those things that will not survive Christ’s Kingdom.

Meanwhile, at least recognize these freedom thieves for what they are.

 

Stand Up!

The bogus “impeachment” has gone down in flames, the Democrats’ Iowa caucus has gone up in smoke, and Nancy Pelosi has thrown a spoiled-child tantrum on international TV. Democrats don’t have a candidate or an issue that anyone but a monkey would ever vote for–and yet with all this in our favor, there’s still doom and gloom among us: a sense of defeat, a belief that Far Left Crazy has already won all the marbles and it only remains for them to scoop them up.

I give thinks to God for honoring me by giving me a place in the line, to stand or to fall for Christ’s Kingdom. That is the kingdom that shall stand forever; and if we fall, the Lord shall raise us up.

What? Surrender to transgender? To Hillary Clinton, Adam Schiff, John Kerry? Surrender to a whining mob of pipsqueaks? Surrender to mere numbskulls–who shout “Hail Satan!” without even knowing what they’re saying?

Sometimes the bad guys win. God has allowed that much scope for free will. There are times when the enemy looks invincible.

But it doesn’t matter. What matters is, Never give up. Never give in. Not even if they put a gun to your head. There is nothing they can do that God cannot undo. Never, never, never give up.

There is a quote by Tolkien which seems apt:

“Will shall be sterner, heart the bolder, spirit the greater, as our strength lessens.”

Never give up.

‘Affirming the Culture of Life’ (Chalcedon, 2018)

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The twilight of humanism

“Democracy always perishes from an overdose of democracy.” –R.J. Rushdoony

We have a calling, as Christians, to affirm the culture of life–that is, faith in Jesus Christ–and to oppose the culture of death: which in our time takes the form of humanism.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/affirming-the-culture-of-life

Today’s worldly culture, says this Chalcedon editorial, “resents any call to moral accountability… It is the culture of death. We must separate ourselves from it by affirming the culture of life, Christianity.”

It’s a glorious calling! We serve a glorious King, and His Kingdom will not fail.

‘Behold the Power’ (2016)

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As we prepare to wade into another day of dreary and unedifying nooze, it’s well to keep in mind the Good News of the gospel.

Behold the Power

The world has not yet seen all that Jesus Christ can do.

 

‘Reconstruction for Life’ (Chalcedon Editorial)

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Humanism is dying, as we can see by its fervent embrace of such cruel follies as abortion, sexual anarchy, socialism, censorship, assisted suicide, and the incessant growth of government. There is no leftist project that does not bear the stink of death.

This Chalcedon editorial, published today, meets this crisis head-on.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/reconstruction-for-life

Christians do know what they’re against, but they’re not so clear about knowing what they’re for. This is what needs to be changed.

We do need “a new civilization,” founded on God’s law and God’s word; and the good news is that we, all of us, can start building one now. Right now. New schools, a re-commitment to the family, new science, and new churches. New everything.

We pray that God will equip us for our service to Christ’s Kingdom.

‘A Kingdom the Size of a Flea Circus’

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I’ve been looking forward to sharing with you this article by Martin Selbrede, “Are Christians Destroying the Kingdom?”, published in May in Chalcedon’s Arise and Build newsletter. Here it is–dive right in!

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/are-christians-destroying-the-kingdom

This whole idea that Christians shouldn’t get involved in “worldly” things like business, the arts and sciences, public affairs, etc., has done no end of damage. In the mid-19th century, for instance, most of America’s college presidents were also ordained ministers of the Gospel. Look at it now. Can anyone but a total lunatic argue that Christians were on the ball when they surrendered all of “education” to the heathen? Our colleges are pumping out poison today because Christians deluded by retreatist theology resigned those institutions to the enemy.

Besides which, just standing around strumming a harp and reciting psalms gets unbearably boring after a while.

Christ Himself commanded His servants, “Occupy until I come” (Luke 19:13); and the master in the parable was mighty made at the slothful servant who took the money he’d been entrusted with and simply buried it instead of investing it.

We are to be advancing Christ’s Kingdom: that’s why we’re here!

Where We’re Headed (Praise God!)

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Mark Rushdoony wrote this timely reminded of where we and our world are going. It’s a Chalcedon blog piece: “The Operation of God’s Perpetual Providence.”

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/the-operation-of-gods-perpetual-providence

Eschatology, he says, has got to be “our ‘big picture’ of where history is going.” And we find that information in God’s word.

For God’s providence is never turned off, He is never not on duty. He will do all the things He has said He will do, and we who are His people are, by His loving grace, a part of that. We are not orphans: we have a Father. And a place in Christ’s Kingdom.

Something to remember, in this evil age.