R.J. Rushdoony on ‘The Retreatists’

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When R.J. Rushdoony wrote this essay in 1994, we had no “Clergy for Choice” promoting abortion, no unrepenting “gay clergy,” no “re-imagining” conferences of minor league theologians trying to take the Cross out of Christianity. But we do now, and what he wrote in 1994 is only even more starkly true today.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/the-retreatists

The question he asks, he dares today’s churches to answer: “How will Christ the King treat a church that hands His world over to His enemies?” Ouch.

In Acts Chapter 6, the church in Jerusalem creates and appoints deacons to minister to her members, adding to the church an active agency for helping the poor and needy. In no time at all the establishment turns against the deacons and puts Stephen to death. That’s how important the deacons were. But in our time, in many of the churches, deacons have lost their function–if you can even find any deacons at all.

We as Christians need to reclaim lost ground for Christ’s Kingdom: too much of it has been surrendered.

‘The Pretensions of Man’ (Mark Rushdoony)

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In this month’s Chalcedon blog post, Mark Rushdoony reflects on people playing God: they’re in over their heads.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/the-pretentions-of-men

Mark and I are close enough in age that we can both remember “air raid drills”–in case of an atomic bomb dropping on your school, “duck and cover” under your desk or get down to the basement hallway. Now it’s Systemic Racism and Climbit Change. “If men do not have an imminent threat to fear,” he writes, “they will find one.” And it’s very much a case of seek and ye shall find: no one ever comes home empty-handed from a search for The End O’ The World.

Finite creatures as we are, we’ll never fully understand anything God does. It’s why we need faith. We see the ungodly and the wicked running wild, intending to “transform” our country into a socialist hell-hole… and there is just no way we understand why God doesn’t just wipe them off the table.

Have faith.

It’s indispensable.

“No Weapon That Is Formed Against Thee Shall Prosper”

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This little essay (in 2019) by Mark Rushdoony is as good as a sermon–especially now, when it looks like the ungodly own all the reins of power and can no more be restrained.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/no-weapon-that-is-formed-against-thee-shall-prosper

It brings to my mind these lines from a hymn, This Is My Father’s World:

“This is my Father’s world, and let me ne’er forget/ That tho’ the wrong seems oft so strong,/ God is the ruler yet.”

Mark launches his text from the book of Esther: “The story of Esther is not primarily about the salvation of God but of His government, particularly as it works through unbelievers.”

Through unbelievers? Yes! When there are no good guys around to stop the bad guys, God will use other bad guys against them–or even, as He did to Pharaoh in the days of Moses, against themselves. But yes, He will work through unbelievers… whether they like it or not.

There is no corner in Heaven or on earth where God is not the sovereign Lord of All.

 

‘A Review of “Scientific Mythologies”‘ (2015)

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As we enter the second year of our world-wide panic over COVID-19 From China, we’ve seen our economy, our laws, and our personal lives turned topsy-turvy–and all of it done in the name of “Science.” As in science as the absolute ultimate authority on everything.

I reviewed this eye-opening book in 2015. Author James Herrick does an impressive job of dissecting science fiction and popularized TV “science” and their unwholesome effects upon our culture.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/a-review-of-scientific-mythologies

R.J. Rushdoony wrote a similar book in 1967, The Mythology of Science. Herrick’s book is chock-full of examples and details that abundantly prove Rushdoony’s point.

Oh! But dare we direct any skepticism at “Science”? We are told that’s tantamount to blasphemy.

Herrick lists, describes, and analyzes the various mythologies behind our “Science,” and how they have transformed it from a search for truth in nature to a kind of weird ersatz religion. A pseudo-religion, that is.

It’s a long book to read, but well worth the time.

You’ll never be quite that comfortable with science fiction again, after you’ve read this.

‘A Humble Assumption’

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I think the very hardest thing in Christianity is to hold onto one’s faith in all God’s actions. That whatever happens, even exceedingly bad things, “We must believe,” writes Mark Rushdoony, “that God is good.”

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/a-humble-assumption

Yes, that’s hard. When we lose our loved ones, that’s hard. When we see the ungodly and the wicked running wild (Psalm 73), while the righteous can hardly get from day to day, that’s hard.

So we need to say, as Abraham said, “Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:25). Abraham earnestly wished God to spare the city of Sodom, for his nephew Lot’s sake, who lived there; but he was prepared to believe in the righteousness of any step God chose to take.

That’s hard. It requires a degree of humility that doesn’t come natural to us.

We can start by praying for it.

‘Social Amnesia”

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R.J. Rushdoony wrote about this back in 1992–“social amnesia,” which is “the loss of the past.” Not knowing who we are, how we got here, where we came from: not knowing anything.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/social-amnesia

But he also wrote about “deliberate amnesia,” which boils down to denying something ever happened, or at least suppressing enough information about it to create a false and tainted memory.

And look at this! It’s 2021, 29 years later–and have we got deliberate amnesia to spare! We’ve raised a bumper crop.

Example (or rather, “Flagrant Example”): How far can you read into a Newsweek article, or listen to a CNN broadcast, before you read or hear something about “unfounded allegations” about the 2020 election being stolen, bald assertions that the charge is “without evidence”–just slipped into any sentence as if it were a well-known fact that no one but a fool would even attempt to dispute.

Gee, if those charges are so unfounded, so without evidence, then why are you guys so desperate to deny us our day in court? Why do you refuse to hear the evidence? Doesn’t sound to me like confidence in the rightness of your cause.

Politicians, nooze media, Hollywood–all playing with our memory. All trying to create amnesia.

And people who lack any knowledge of history are condemned to a kind of perpetual childhood.

 

‘The Reawakening of Christian Concern’

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Here’s some good news that hasn’t been, hasn’t ever been, shouted from the housetops by our Free & Independent Nooze Media Inc. R.J. Rushdoony reported on it back in 1994, and it has only grown since then: the movement to set up home churches and Bible study groups.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/the-re-awakening-of-christian-concern

Since Rushdoony wrote this, we’ve acquired an Internet, social media, and blogs–like this one, for instance: places in cyberspace where Christians can gather to worship God, study His word together, and seek to know Him better.

We’ve also acquired more enemies, censorship, soft-core persecution (they aren’t throwing us to the lions in the arena yet), and a hysterical Far Left that would like nothing better than to stamp us out.

And yet we grow!

God has not forgotten us, He has not abandoned us–and He will hear our prayers.

 

‘New Religions and the Nazis’

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There could only be one fuhrer…

The term “nazi” is bandied about today by people who don’t know what it means.

Well, one of the things it certainly meant in real life was an organized effort to estrange the German people from their Christian heritage. And Prof. Karla Poewe wrote a book about just how that was done.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/a-review-of-new-religions-and-the-nazis

Adolf Hitler used the “German Faith Movement,” and other eccentric new religious groups; and the “fuhrer” of the German Faith Movement used Hitler. But as Poewe points out, there was room for only one fuhrer in Germany; and Hitler made sure it was himself.

But for a while there, Germany’s destiny was guided by a sleazy partnership of Big Government and Big Pseudo-Church. Reading about this should make us uncomfortable. The German Faith Movement rejected most of the Bible, ultimately rejected Jesus Christ (“too Jewish!”), and yet still promoted itself as a “Christian” denomination. Reading about that should make us uncomfortable, too? Can you say “Clergy For Choice”?

The Nazis were anti-Christian, hyper-nationalist, big government socialists: as in “the National Socialist Germany Workers Party.”

They were not American Republicans.

‘Imprecatory Psalms’

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David Chilton wrote this for Chalcedon in 1997.

What are “imprecatory Psalms,” and why are they in the Bible?

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/imprecatory-prayers

These psalms are prayers that call down curses on the wicked and unrighteous, and there are actually quite a few of them to be found throughout the Bible, not just in the Book of Psalms. Chilton doesn’t even mention Psalm 109, the most brass-knuckled of them all (“Let his days be few; and let another take his office”).

Yeahbut, yeahbut! What about loving your enemies? Well, what kind of love is it to let the wicked prosper? Pray for their repentance, pray for their conversion. However unlikely that might ever be. But God forbid that they should accomplish their designs. Sometimes they do; but that’s God’s department, not ours.

Mr. Chilton explains just what these prayers are supposed to do. I often resort to Psalm 94 (“O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth…”)–and it’s not because I like to see the wicked winning.

At this low point in our country’s history, we need to be praying hard, praying unceasingly. May the righteous Lord avenge the crimes committed against our country.

Rushdoony: ‘The End Game of Humanistic Law’

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R.J. Rushdoony’s essays, written in the 1970s and 80s and collected in Roots of Reconstruction, seem even more applicable today than they were back then. Like this one, for instance:

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/the-end-game-of-humanistic-law

What are the three guiding principles of humanistic law? Answers Rushdoony: control of other people (the more, the better), redistribution of wealth and property, and enforced conformity.

You’re not going to tell me that’s changed, are you?

Humanism is this weird ideology–or rather, a species of false religion–that preaches the perfectibility of man by man–through coercion, violence, and deceit. Breakin’ the eggs to make the omelet. Because the end game is an earthly paradise, any and all means to that end are justified.

Even stealing an election.