R.J. Rushdoony wrote this little essay for “The California Farmer” in 1978, and it’s still true today–as anyone can see, if he looks.
His text is Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
It’s getting late in the day for America to wake up to this truth. Pray that we do–soon.
I reviewed John MacArthur’s book on the Parables of Jesus for the Chalcedon magazine in 2016. Reading that book was hours well spent.
This is an important book, and written in such a way that any reasonably intelligent adult or teen can understand it. It’s full of unexpected insights, and information about the world in which Jesus Christ lived at the time–information that, once we have it, clarifies much that might have been confusing us.
For instance, I didn’t know that the “penny” mentioned in the King James Bible, far from being the lowest possible denomination of money, was actually a more than respectable piece of change–a silver coin, the Roman denarius. That information changed my whole understanding of Jesus’ parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard.
MacArthur’s book is a great tool for Bible study.
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 fantastic example of government overreach was a story I covered for Chalcedon’s magazine back in 2010.
A local government “fair housing” agency in Michigan cut loose on a woman for advertising, on her church’s bulletin board, for a Christian roommate to live with her in the house that she owned. This was construed as some kind of hate crime.
But the case turned out to be a hot potato, much too hot to handle. The state civil rights agency tossed it to the federal government and the federal government quickly tossed it out the window–because they were getting phone calls, letters, and blog posts in a storm of public protest that they couldn’t stand.
Imagine that–some puffed-up local tinpot bureaucrat trying to dictate to you who you can or can’t have living in your own house. All in the interests of “diversity,” of course–you’ll thank us for it later on.
Thankfully it was way too big a bite for the state or the feds to chew; they very nearly choked on it.
But to this day the local Mussolinis who started it still aren’t talking.
This article by Chalcedon editor Martin Selbrede will ring true to Christian bloggers, some of whom have been anonymously attacked by–supposedly–other Christians.
Martin has been a mentor to me, over the years–he was instrumental in getting my books published, and in many other ways too numerous to mention–and his thoughtful articles have often inspired me.
Chalcedon published this essay by Anthony Rogers in 2007, discussing the flawed logic and self-delusion of atheists like Richard Dawkins.
It reminds me of how J.R.R. Tolkien once used a scholar’s own standards, procedures, and line of argument to “prove” that the scholar himself did not exist, but was only a legendary personification of an ancient Celtic sun god.
Fun Fact: Richard Dawkins’ first name is actually “Clinton.” How fitting.
R.J. Rushdoony wrote this essay for The California Farmer back in 1967; and what he saw then has become painfully clearer now, 51 years later.
And this, mind you, was before there were any Clergy for Choice, goddess worship workshops, transgender preachers, and “gay marriages” blasphemously performed under the church’s roof.
I think he saw it coming.
“Be not conformed to this world…” –Paul (Romans 12:2)
We return to this theme again and again: churches “reach out” so far, they’re not in the church anymore.
We have all had experience, I daresay, of theologically flabby churches that stop just short of outright apostasy–not because they have a horror of apostasy, but because they were just too blamed lazy to go any farther.
But remember: we are the Church: all of us who believe in Jesus Christ Our Lord, who call upon His name, and put our trust in Him. It’s not the building, it’s not the denomination. It’s “the holy catholic church” of the Apostle’s Creed, the universal family of all Christ’s people.
Some of whom can even be found in megachurches.
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.
Some of you will have already noticed I’m back from the eye doctor. I was there all morning, and the only excitement was when the lady at the desk read from the wrong piece of paper and announced a cost about eight times higher than it should have been. Other than that, no change. Except to confirm that my new glasses work really well.
Here, today, readership is low and I had to hustle to crank out a Newswithviews column. We still have a shot at 7,000 views for May, if the pace picks up a bit. And I hope everybody noticed The Silver Trumpet is at last on sale.
What I really want to do now is everything I can to boost readership of Chalcedon’s new/improved website, http://www.chalcedon.edu .That’s why I’ve been posting articles from that source. It’ll help us a lot if readers share those Chalcedon articles on the social media. To say nothing of enhancing my job security.
Anyway, if you like these posts, please take a couple of minutes to share them on whatever social media you use.