R.J. Rushdoony wrote this essay long before anyone ever heard of the Wuhan Death Virus From China, misgendering or microaggression, and a host of other evils that our worldly masters have visited on us.
But say “God’s law,” and you’re more than likely to get a hysterical reaction and your hearers will stop up their ears and go stampeding back to the Democrat Party to be taken care of.
But as the wisdom of God, personified, says in Proverbs 8:36, “All they that hate me love death.”
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.”
Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Hebrews 12: 26-27
This essay by Martin Selbrede will do for a sermon.
God shakes the earth. We see that as a hardship, a rough ride; but it’s also God’s promise. As for the shaking, “It is how God fulfills His promise to His people that they will inherit the earth while His government increases without end.”
You can read the whole essay for yourselves. I just want to add one more thought to it.
What if God didn’t shake the earth? What if He didn’t remove those things that oppose Christ’s Kingdom?
In “Lurching from Crisis to Crisis,” Mark Rushdoony explains the pattern: “It comes from man playing god,” he says–men who “become blinded by raw power.” And yet the things they claim to be able to do–they can’t! “Our institutions, our social order itself, is a house built upon sand.”
As bad as it is, Mark writes, “It will not last.” The Holy Spirit will intervene, and bring down the curtain on this festival of apostasy.
Roger has it from an email from two other missionaries. It’s a closeup of a Mexican hospital where they’re treating coronavirus patients, many of them elderly and seriously at risk.
What has happened here is first one nurse, then others, and then the whole staff, decided to treat their patients like human beings instead of cases–risking infection to talk with them, comfort them–and it had to be done. Most of the patients who die, says the nurse, “seem to die of sadness.” They’re allowed no visitors. They’re disconnected from their families, lonely, sad.
So this nurse began to reconnect them, using her phone so patients could see and talk to family members. It was against the rules, but she did it.
Now the whole staff is starting each day by saying the Lord’s Prayer together, and the atmosphere at the hospital has dramatically changed. Patients are doing better because they’re being treated better–not just with medicine, but with sane and loving human interaction.
“As I have loved you, love one another,” Our Lord Jesus Christ commands us (John 13:34). The nurses at this Mexican hospital have followed His commandment, and their souls are the richer for it.
Whew! That interview today took me an hour and a half, and my elbow seized up at the end, from holding the phone to my ear.
But it was important. Among many other reasons, we at Chalcedon are trying to get more Christians to use the multitude of resources on our website. Communication which used to be difficult, expensive, time-consuming, and sometimes even impossible is now easy, quick, and can be made available at no cost to the users. It’s free, dudes!
For instance: visit http://www.chalcedon.edu/ and click “Connect,” and you have instant access to Homeschooling Help, Chalcedon Podcasts, the Chalcedon Teacher Training Institute, and the Men’s Roundtable–“Study Groups and Study Aids.” Let’s take a closer look at that last one–and remember, anyone can join in.
This is a live online discussion which starts with a lecture and then has live questions and answers–which are recorded for future use, in case you missed it. You can sign up for updates, too. The group meets online every Thursday at 8 p.m. Pacific Time.
In case a topic you’re interested in hasn’t been covered, you can also make a special request, via an email link provided on the site.
All of these features are available on the Internet–which means you can use them no matter where you are on the planet, as long as you have a computer handy. You can be in Kenya, India, or Australia and talk with other Christians anywhere, from Alabama to Zambia. As Chalcedon board member Ford Schwartz says, “Now you can knock on doors anywhere in the world.”
These are seeds which Chalcedon’s ministry is planting to help bring God’s word to the world–via education and fellowship with other Christians. It took a long time to set up, but we’re excited about its potential.
Once upon a time Phebe had to journey from Cenchrea, in Greece, to hand-deliver Paul’s epistle to the Christians in Rome. Now Paul could deliver it himself, the same day he wrote it, by mean’s of today’s communications technology.
Scanning the nooze this afternoon, trying to decide what stories I ought to mention on this blog, actually began to nauseate me. Is there any price the Democrats won’t make our country pay, if it gets them back into power? (Hint: I don’t think so. Do you?)
This new piece by Mark Rushdoony on the Chalcedon blog provided me with a valuable course correction.
Here’s the quote that jumps out at me: “To bypass God’s plain commandments in the name of some higher guidance means to commune with one’s own self to justify a course of action obviously condemned by Scripture.” How would one even begin to describe the gravity of such a sin?
He didn’t live to see churches performing “gay marriages,” but it wouldn’t have surprised him. Really–what could be more wicked, or more absurd, than claiming to have received a special dose of “divine guidance” that lets you break God’s plainly stated moral law?
He didn’t live to see “Clergy for Choice,” either.
I think if you’re claiming that God told you it’s all right to promote abortion, you’re in for a really bad time in the afterlife.
It’s moving in good company–two reprints of theological works by R.J. Rushdoony: Salvation and Godly Rule (1983) and his monumental Institutes of Biblical Law, Vol. 1. I know how long and hard Susan worked, editing and indexing the latter. It’s quite an amazing book, consistently applicable to current events today.
“His Mercy Endureth Forever” is the anthem sung by King Ryons’ formerly Heathen army, now servants of God, sung in a dozen languages at once wherever the army’s on the march.
Can Ellayne and Jack safely escort First Prester Orth all the way back to Obann City, in time for him to call its people to repentance? Can they avoid the barbarian horde invading from the south? To say nothing of oversized hyenas! All this, and so much more–the adventure continues.
Shout-out to “Watchman”–I’ll mail your autographed copy of the book as soon as I receive my author’s copies. You won it in our last comment contest; and someone else (probably) will win it in our current comment contest.
As long as we’re all under quarantine, we might as well read. If you’re looking for three worthwhile books–well, you’ve found them!
I’ll let you all know when they’re released for sale.