This is a recent Chalcedon blog post by our president, Mark Rushdoony, and it would be hard to say it better than he does: “Evil will self-destruct, not triumph, and the Kingdom of God will fill the earth.”
Don’t you love the way the Sadducees, in Luke 20:28-33, tried to trap Christ with a smart-aleck Charlie High School question about seven brothers who each in turn had the same wife: and which of them would have her in the resurrection? But Jesus taught them that their question was only made possible by their altogether faulty notion of God.
This is why we have to walk by faith and not by sight.
And no one ever said it would be easy.
Mark Rushdoony wrote this post last year for the Chalcedon blog. It grows more relevant with every passing day.
Christianity is the world’s fastest-growing religion–and that by the purposeful act of conversion, not by birth rate. And meanwhile, the institutions of secular humanism, throughout the Western world, are crumbling. When it comes to Darwinism, atheism, Climbit Change, and all the rest, they just can’t seal the deal: there’s more skepticism of their de luxe fun-pack now than there’s ever been.
So this is a cheer-up piece–enjoy it!
My books are somewhere on that table
This heartening essay by Mark Rushdoony, Chalcedon’s president, comes from the new front page on our website, http://www.chalcedon.edu/.
It’s true: we don’t always get to see the impact of our work. Sometimes a seed we plant doesn’t sprout for twenty or thirty years. My Bell Mountain books, for instance, would not have been written but for certain conversations and exchanges of letters that R.J. Rushdoony had, some forty years ago.
It can be hard to keep on working when we don’t see the results; so we have to walk by faith, and not by sight. My books are on those display tables Mark talks about: and only God knows what fruit they might bear in future generations.
David and Bathsheba
I’ve read a lot of ancient history written by people who lived in ancient times–Livy, Plutarch, Herodotus, Thucydides, Polybius, and others. These were the men who invented the discipline of history, and are deserving of praise.
But they all fell short of the standard of truth set by the Bible.
Mark Rushdoony wrote this essay in 2017:
Unlike the secular historians mentioned above, the Bible never fails to confront the sins and failures of its greatest figures. If you really think about some of the terrible–or terribly foolish!–things done by men like David and Solomon, Jacob, Moses, and even Abraham, the truth that God can use such men to accomplish His good purpose is nothing short of overwhelming. Our God truly is an awesome God!
This short essay by Mark Rushdoony appeared last year in Chalcedon’s blog.
Prophecy that has come true has always been a problem for materialists, and they always try to refute it the same way–by claiming that the prophecy wasn’t written until after the events foretold actually occurred. They buttress this with a presupposition, on their part, that predictive prophecy is by its very nature impossible: that is, it doesn’t fit into their worldview at all. Then they demand “proof,” and whatever evidence we might provide, they reject.
This is why the whole enterprise called “education” must be reclaimed by Christ’s people…
If they only realized it.
This article is a little long, but stay with it: because Mark Rushdoony nails it.
“Babylon is the kingdom of man,” opposed to the Kingdom of God. It is human beings trying to be gods.
If your Bible reading has brought you around to Revelation, this essay will be illuminating. It’s a “big picture” view of Revelation–speaking for myself, at least, something which I’m always in danger of losing in the details.
(“From the President,” Faith For All of Life, March 31, 2018: by Mark Rushdoony)
In Jesus, the Deepening River and the Blinding Light, Mark Rushdoony follows Our Lord to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles in John Chapters 7 and 8, and ties Jesus’ words and actions to prophecies by Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Zechariah. Really, there was no excuse for misunderstanding His claim to be the Christ.
I found this an illuminating essay, even as I helped edit it. There are Christians who don’t pay much attention to the Old Testament; but in so doing, they miss much of the meaning of the New Testament.
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