by Andrew Sandlin
Fallen man does not seek dominion, which begins with his salvation and his ability to rule himself, but, rather, the goal of fallen man is domination, to control other people. – R. J. Rushdoony
The inner principles of biblical theocracy and of Reformed orthodoxy require the adoption of Christian libertarianism.
What is Christian libertarianism?
Christian libertarianism is the view that mature individuals (professing Christians in the church, and all externally obedient men in the state) are permitted maximum freedom under God’s law.
The name libertarian is ordinarily identified as an economic and political philosophy stressing human freedom and minimum (almost non-existent) state interference in individual lives and activities. Its proponents, despite wide differences among themselves, include Ludwig von Mises (economics), Murray Rothbard (social theory), and Ayn Rand (philosophy). This thesis usually operates on a strictly Enlightenment pre-commitment to the centrality of human freedom and man’s rational choices as the desirable features of human existence. It thereby repeats the Original Sin of lust for human autonomy (Gen. 3:5).
Nevertheless, libertarianism manifests certain distinct features of biblical-Reformed religion, and, when anchored to biblical Faith and shorn of its sinfully autonomous impulses, points toward a fully legitimate orientation to life: maximum freedom under God’s law. Indeed, one may argue that libertarianism is a secularized version of certain critical aspects of the Christian conception of freedom, which sees human authority strictly limited by divine authority as expressed in Holy Scripture.
This orientation flows from the tenet of theonomy specifically and from Christian reconstruction generally. Theonomy means God’s law as expressed in or deduced from the Bible. As held by Christian reconstructionists, it denotes that all human authorities are “relativized” (though certainly not eliminated) in terms of biblical revelation. This orientation is a key theme in the writings of the father of modern Christian reconstruction, R. J. Rushdoony.
The Reformed commitment to covenantal continuity as well as the propositional authority and sufficiency of Scripture impels one toward Christian libertarianism: as a rule, human authority may impose nothing beyond what Holy Scripture requires, appropriate to its sphere. What does this mean in practical terms?
Christian Libertarianism in the State
In the sphere of civil authority, it means the state may not impose any law not expressed in or deduced from Scripture. It means no warrant exists for the state’s regulation of the economy (beyond the assurance of just weights and measures). It means the state may not tax citizens to furnish education, welfare, or health benefits. Holy Scripture alone marks out civil and criminal laws. It does not create the impression that additional law or regulation is necessary or permissible; indeed, it conveys the opposite impression (Dt. 4:2). Even the judiciary must operate within the bounds of biblical revelation (Dt. 1:13-18). The civil magistrate is bound to enforce the inscripturated law of God apposite to the civil sphere–and nothing beyond.
The civil government (one government among many) is a ministry of justice, not of compassion and mercy. Church, and especially, family government, are ministries of mercy and compassion (Gal. 2:10; 1 Tim. 5:3-10). Health, education, wealth, welfare, and all else except those narrowly defined areas of jurisdiction invested in the state belong either to the church or the family (or private associations, whom the latter deputize–such as private schools).
Thus, the state must punish murder (Ex. 21:12), theft (Ex. 22:1-4), idolatry (Ex. 22:20), and other sins that the Scriptures explicitly requires it to punish. Since we may deduce from Scripture that abortion is murder (see Ex. 21:22, 23), that copyright infringement is theft, and that the public worship of the Earth by New Age advocates is idolatry, the state may suppress these crimes. It is not, however, authorized to punish employers whose buildings do not meet “recognized” safety codes, doctors who practice medicine without a state license, automobile drivers who drive “too fast,” or pagans who refuse to get baptized. The state’s jurisdiction is limited to the explicit word of God and valid deductions therefrom.
It bears mentioning that the charge that Christian reconstructionists and theocrats are intent to gain political power in order to coerce the unbelieving population to accept Christianity is slanderous. In the civil sphere, we want and work for one thing and one thing thing alone: the enforcement of bibical law apposite to the civil sphere, and nothing else. The civil and criminal law of the Bible is punitive. Christianizing society is the role of the family and church, not the role of the state. The state’s role is to maintain public order, which includes the punishment of evildoers (Rom. 13:1-7). It is not designed to make men good, but to restrain their evil.
This thesis of Christian libertarianism in the state is no doubt controversial among professed Christians in the United States. It should not be controversial among those who hold to unswerving biblical authority. It is impossible to defend on exegetical grounds that the civil magistrate may impose law not expressed in or deduced from the Bible.
Christian Libertarianism in the Church
In the church, Christian libertarianism means that the leadership (whether bishop, session, presbytery, synod) may not require adherence to regulation beyond the purview of the law of God. Such authority may issue positions and policies, but none that under threat of excommunication they can enforce, except those which biblical revelation requires.
For instance, church leadership must require weekly attendance at formal worship (Heb. 10:25), as well as partaking of the sacraments in appropriate times and cases (1 Cor. 11:23-26). Church leadership must, for example, excommunicate contumacious drunkards, fornicators, witches and warlocks, rebels, and schismatics (Gal. 5:19-21), and any others who willfully violate biblical dogma and injunctions (Rom. 16:17, 18).
Church leadership may not, though, excommunicate merely because one does not conform to the “church program.” It may not excommunicate merely because one does not attend all stated services or because one does not maintain a “spirit of submission” to church leadership. It may not excommunicate merely because one has personality clashes with fellow members. Much less may church leadership excommunicate over such practices as movie theater attendance, alcohol consumption, and line dancing.
Occasionally church leadership may curtail freedom when members act immaturely by refusing to exercise their freedom or by abusing their freedom (1 Cor. 3:1-3). This situation, though, is abnormal (Heb. 5:11-14), and church leadership should work diligently to liberate such juvenile individuals. An example: church leadership may impose on a member whose pre-conversion sins included voracious immorality a requirement that he (or she) may not remain alone for extended periods with a member of the opposite sex, although the Bible does not impose such a requirement. The goal of such an ordinarily unnatural and unnecessary imposition is to lead the member to full freedom. Church leadership may find it necessary in certain limited cases to impose discipline in order to lead to self-discipline.
In addition, sometimes it is necessary to limit one’s freedom to avoid offending weaker brethren (Rom. 14), but this situation may not persist if the weak brother’s actions lead to division (see v. 1). This situation is abnormal too, and church leadership should work to bring the weaker brother into a greater knowledge of the Faith.
The ecclesiastical magistrate no less than the civil magistrate is bound to enforce biblical injunctions apposite to his sphere.
Christian Libertarianism in the Family
The situation in the case of the family is somewhat different. Children are not granted the freedom of adults since they have not demonstrated that they can use that freedom responsibly (Gal. 4:1, 2), just as criminals are not granted freedom since they have demonstrated that they have used it irresponsibly. When children become of age, they leave their tutelage behind and participate in the true freedom of the Christian adult (1 Cor. 13:11). As in the case of the childish adult in the church, the goal of the treatment of the chronological child in the Christian family is self-discipline: the object of imposed discipline is self-discipline.
What greater joy is there than for the parents (naturally or ecclesiastically) to see their children walking in the truth (3 Jn. 4)!
The wife has bound herself by oath to obey her husband in all things (Eph. 5:22-24), just as the husband has bound himself to die for her if necessary (Eph. 5:25-28). The Bible does not require that all women obey all men in all things any more than it requires all men to die for all women if the situation lends itself to such sacrifice. An oath limits freedom. Christians are required to fulfill their oaths (Ec. 5:4-6), unless those oaths violate the Scriptures.
When a young man swears an oath in the armed services to defend his country, or when an employee agrees to submit to the dictates of an employer in return for monetary compensation, he willingly binds himself to greater obedience than the Bible generally enjoins. When a citizen willingly consents to obey the civil magistrate or a member church leadership in all things not contrary to Scripture, he vo-litionally limits his freedom. He is not compelled to do so by Scripture. Such servitude is biblically volitional, not mandatory (note Ex. 21:1-6).
A woman is not required to marry; but if she does, she is required to fulfill her vow to obey him. He is equally required to fulfill his vow to love her even to death, and to honor her (1 Pet. 3:7).
Obedience and Legitimate Disobedience
Nor do Christian libertarians in any way deny the validity of subordinate human authorities in the family, church, and state. The leaders in these spheres are charged to enforce the law of God, and Christians are charged to obey lawful authorities in every sphere –family, church, state (Eph. 5:22; 6:1, 2; Heb. 13:17; Tit. 3:1). They are not permitted to foment revolution. They may not disobey human authority merely because human authority (sinfully) requires that which is beyond its Biblically prescribed limits. We are called to meet injustice with justice, not with additional injustice. However, if human government requires that which God’s word forbids or forbids what God’s word requires, man must obey God and disobey human government (Ac. 5:29).
Christians may resist civil tyranny under the authority of a lower territorial magistrate. They may also resist it when their person and property are immediately threatened (Ex. 22:1-4)–even if by the civil magistrate. They may not lead revolutions. Revolutions are armed means to alter the structure of society. Resisting tyranny is not revolution; and Christians alter society by faith and obedience, not by revolution.
No human government of any sphere is unfailingly just. Man is called to reverse sin by faith and obedience (Rom. 12:17-21).
No reductionism or biblicistic or Anabaptist principle is at work in Christian libertarianism. We do not argue, for example, that adherence to the law of God invalidates the creeds and confessions of historic Christianity. Indeed, because we perceive them as valid deductions from biblical revelation, we hold them as subordinate standards in the Faith.
The Guiding Principle of Christian Libertarianism
At the root of Christian libertarianism is the biblical conviction that God grants men the freedom (never the permission) to sin. He reserves to himself the historical and eternal punishment for most sins. He does not vest authority in the hand of man to punish most sins. For example, the prophets are replete with warnings to Israel of her oppression of the poor and other disadvantaged, but God never once suggests it is the responsibility of civil magistrates to “equalize” market results by redistribution of wealth. Scripture exhorts Christians to be filled with the Spirit and avoid covetousness, but it is not given either to the state or church to suppress these sins legislatively.
The state is authorized to punish theft and the church to suppress heresy, but beyond the written law of God apposite to their spheres they are not permitted authority or jurisdiction.
God does not generally vest human authority with broad legislative jurisdiction. Christian libertarians recognize and stress this fundamental fact.
Christian libertarianism is not license. No man may disobey the law of God, even if God does not vest the state, church, or family with the authority to suppress or punish the specific sin. Vengeance is God’s and He will repay evil in His own time (Rom. 12:17, 19).
Aversion to Christian Libertarianism
Two main depraved propensities govern the violation of Christian libertarianism. First, the desire of tyrants to tyrannize, and second, the desire of slaves to experience slavery.
In the state sphere many prefer security to freedom, and they eventually are willing to sacrifice large areas of God-given freedom to obtain the security only state coercion can guarantee. Where there are social and economic slaves, social and economic tyrants will oblige them. This is the course of socialism.
In the ecclesiastical sphere, many Christians prefer subordination to the whims of a domineering and charismatic leader rather than the painful life of choices which freedom entails. This situation appears in almost all religious denominations and groups: fundamentalist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Charismatic, Episcopal, and many others. It is always easier to commit one’s soul to a church or confessor than to obey God’s law-word and bear individual responsibility for one’s choices. It is easier, and it is much more costly.
In the family sphere, many married children prefer the suffocating authority of domineering parents to the freedom creating a new covenant demands (Gen. 2:23, 24). The children lust for domination, and the parents lust to dominate. It is, from a pragmatic standpoint, an ideal arrangement. It is also sinful.
We are called, if at all possible, to be free men, not slaves (1 Cor. 7:21, 23). This is the studied and urgent theme of libertarianism.
The following information is from Florida Family Policy Council.
FFPC Press release | Tallahassee, FL
The Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC), led by President and General Counsel John Stemberger, held a press conference to herald the launch of a statewide campaign — on behalf of thousands of pro-life Floridians — calling on Gov. Rick Scott to fully defund Planned Parenthood in the state, and redirect those funds to the more than 600 community health clinics in Florida.
Read the press release.
Planned Parenthood wants you to believe that they provide essential services women can’t receive anywhere else. We say they’re wrong. Watch this short video clip from Alliance Defending Freedom explaining why.
Additional videos debunking Planned Parenthood deceptions can be found here.
This resource includes stats on the number of procedures Planned Parenthood performs every year, including the number of abortions they provide, breast exams, Pap tests and cancer screenings. This resource also compares the services provided by Planned Parenthood Clinics to other Community Health Centers. This resource addresses the history of Planned Parenthood’s failures to report sexual abuse and sex trafficking, its involvement in sex-selective abortion, race-targeted abortions, and baby body part harvesting.
This fact sheet from Liveaction.org provides by year the number of abortions Planned Parenthood performs annually, clearly showing a vast increase in abortions performed by the organization in the last 20 years. This resource also provides a brief overview of Planned Parenthood’s funding sources; leadership; controversial statements; and past/ongoing investigations into the organization for fraud, failure to report sexual abuse, questionable medical processes, and failure to follow parent-consent laws. A brief history of Planned Parenthood and its founders can also be found here.
Alliance Defending Freedom’s (ADF) research strongly suggests that Planned Parenthood and its affiliates are engaged in a pattern of practices designed to maximize their bottom‐line revenues through billings to complex, well‐funded federal and state programs that are understaffed and rely on the integrity of the provider for program compliance.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and its affiliates have been subjected to heightened scrutiny in the wake of a congressional investigation into its apparent fraud, waste, and abuse of taxpayer funding, and the release of undercover videotapes that appear to show Planned Parenthood officers discussing illegal means of circumventing fetal tissue procurement laws. As a result of these developments, Alliance Defending Freedom and its allies have received inquiries regarding whether, and under what circumstances, states possess the legal authority to disqualify Planned Parenthood affiliates from participation in state Medicaid programs. This white paper provides a brief overview of state authority for terminating a Medicaid provider, as well as the process involved in doing so and the constitutional ramifications of such an action.
Letter provided to Governor Scott outlining a list of current investigations of Planned Parenthood, a list of known abuses by Planned Parenthood in Florida, Planned Parenthood’s current taxpayer funding sources in Florida through Medicaid and Title X, a list of other states who have discontinued their Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood, and a request urging the Governor to discontinue these contracts.
FFPC is asking Governor Scott to take immediate executive action on the following two things:
- Terminate Florida’s Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood.
- Terminate the subcontracts of Title X funds with Broward and Collier County.
FFPC is releasing a series of fact checks on Governor Scott’s response to our demand that he defund Planned Parenthood.
CLAIM: It would violate Federal Law if Governor Scott terminated Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid contract.
“In a rare moment of agreement, Scott and Planned Parenthood questioned the governor’s authority to do that. ‘If the state were to take action to exclude Florida Planned Parenthood affiliates from Medicaid this would be in clear violation of federal law,’ Planned Parenthood Spokesperson Goodhue wrote. ‘Only around $45,000 in state match goes through the federal Medicaid program to Planned Parenthood offices in our state, and that is guided through the federal Medicaid formula in compliance with federal law,’ Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz wrote in an email.” – Margie Menzel, Oct 1, 2015 CBS / News Service of Florida
States not only have the obligation, but the legal right to terminate the Medicaid contracts of those healthcare providers who are no longer deemed qualified. In fact, the powers of a state Medicaid program to exclude a provider are broader than those of the federal government. A state Medicaid program may exclude a health care provider from participation “for any reason for which the Secretary could exclude the [provider] from participation” (i.e., the grounds for discretionary exclusion enumerated above) “[i]n addition to any other authority.” 42 U.S.C. § 1396a(p)(1) (emphasis added).
Moreover, exclusion of Medicaid providers for a variety of reasons is relatively common and rarely challenged. According to the HHS Office of the Inspector General, over 9,000 providers have been excluded as Medicaid providers over the last two decades. In Florida, executive action has terminated hundreds over the past two decades. Exclusion of a Medicaid provider is thus nothing new. It is a common experience for states to suspend or terminate a Medicaid provider’s participation in the program. Planned Parenthood is no exception.
Finally, it should be noted that the disqualification of Planned Parenthood from any state Medicaid program would not deny anyone a meaningful choice of providers. Planned Parenthood represents a very small part of the Medicaid-eligible providers in every state. Governor Scott clearly has the authority to disqualify Planned Parenthood, and he should not give Planned Parenthood a free pass. Were they any other Medicaid provider, they would have already been disqualified.
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A Reasonable Response to Christian Postmodernism
Includes a response to the book Christian Jihad by Colonel V. Doner
The title of this book is a misnomer. In reality, I am not trying to get anyone to shut up, but rather to provoke a discussion. This book is a warning about the philosophy of “Christian postmodernism” and the threat that it poses not only to Christian orthodoxy, but to the peace and prosperity our culture as well. The purpose is to equip the reader with some basic principles that can be used to refute their arguments.
Part 1 is a response to some of the recent writings by Frank Schaeffer, the son of the late Francis Schaeffer. This was originally written as a defense against Frank’s attacks on pro-life street activism – a movement that his father helped bring into being through his books, A Christian Manifesto, How Should We Then Live? and Whatever Happened to the Human Race? These works have impacted literally hundreds of thousands of Christian activists.
Part 2 is a response to Colonel Doner and his book, Christian Jihad: Neo-Fundamentalists and the Polarization of America. Doner was one of the key architects of the Christian Right that emerged in the 1980s, who now represents the disillusionment and defection many Christian activists experienced in the 1990s and 2000s. There is still great hope for America to be reformed according to biblical principles. As a new generation is emerging, it is important to recognize the mistakes that Christian activists have made in the past even while holding to a vision for the future.
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Millions of abortions is just statistics, a single murder of a Person is a tragedy!
You may have already seen the latest scandal involving tax-funded Planned Parenthood flouting federal law by selling body parts of aborted babies — including hearts, lungs and livers — for medical research.
A YouTube video has gone viral and millions of people have already seen and heard undercover footage of Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Deborah Nucatola, as she callously munches salad and sips red wine over an executive lunch with pro-life activists posing as peddlers of fetal organs.
We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.
— Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services
The video also shows an actual on-line order form where medical research companies can illegally order preborn human body parts for experimentation and research.
The outcry over this has been monumental. However, in my support of Personhood, I have been torn that over one million preborn babies are slaughtered each year, while the selling of the body parts is what has led to the outcry of horror and disgust. However, I understand that is simply human nature to focus on individual stories or examples of tragedy that humanize the victims. Otherwise we are just hearing numbers and political debate.
In the days of the Soviet Union, when the tyrant Joseph Stalin was Commissar, a meeting was held of the highest-ranking officials to discuss the famine in the Ukraine. One official arose to make a speech about the tragedy of having millions of people dying of hunger. He began the death count in the different provinces. Stalin interrupted him to say:
If only one man dies of hunger, that is a tragedy. If millions die, that’s only statistics.
— Joseph Stalin
The point Stalin was making was that for propaganda purposes most people can’t fathom and don’t care if they hear that millions are dying all around them – as long as they don’t see it or hear much about it. However, if just one is humanized, it is a great tragedy.
Likewise, if you studied the Holocaust in school, you may have been horrified by stories of the Nazis selling lampshades made of the skin of executed Jews – and soap made from body parts of executed human beings.
When we consider abortion, our objective must be to humanize the victim, the preborn child, as a Person. Millions of abortions is just statistics, a single murder of a Person is a tragedy!
We must also be wary that pro-life laws that simply regulate abortion and include multiple “exceptions” for abortion may actually end up being counter-productive. This strategy undermines our stand for the Truth that each of these little ones in the womb is a human Person made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:41-44).
And this is why Personhood Florida is needed.
Will you help us to educate Florida voters and legislators and ultimately get a state constitutional amendment initiative on the Florida ballot that will allow the people to recognize and defend the Personhood of all human beings at every stage of biological development?
Otherwise, our pro-life activity will continue to be bogged down with a confusing array of unsuccessful attempts to regulate the industry of child murder, while existing laws are flouted left and right by the abortion giant Planned Parenthood and dozens of other “legal” child murder centers throughout our state.
The pro-abortion advocates already have learned how to deflect guilt by condemning the “bad” abortionists and claiming the videos of undercover sting investigations are “heavily edited” and “false allegations” — even though the unedited versions have also been released. An article at ThinkProgress.org makes the following claim.
The political response is reminiscent of the way that lawmakers handled the controversy over Dr. Kermit Gosnell, an illegal abortion provider who was arrested for preying on low-income women in his unsanitary clinic in Philadelphia. After horrifying details emerged about how Gosnell broke the law, Live Action released a misleading “investigation” claiming that legal abortion providers across the country were guilty of similar crimes. GOP lawmakers obliged by initiating an investigation into abortion clinics — which came up totally empty, finding evidence only that clinics are already highly regulated and quite safe.
No, this is a typical smokescreen by the pro-abortion media. Our Republican Congress did not launch a nationwide investigation into abortion. In fact, when we drill down into the “fine print” of this article, we find nothing but a cited statement from another pro-abortion group begging the question as to whether any investigations were being carried out in response to Gosnell at the time of the article’s writing.
After sifting through the data, RH Reality Check [a pro-abortion advocacy group] concluded that “congressional Republicans will find no support for their arguments in favor of new restrictions on abortion care in the evidence presented by the states.”
The article offers nothing but smoke and mirrors to substantiate that there has been a “national investigation into abortion clinics.” Meanwhile here in Florida, we know of numerous examples of abortionists who have delivered babies born alive and left them to die, who participated in illegal drug trafficking and violated numerous Florida laws.
We are in the middle of the fight to expose these abortion centers. We helped expose the attempt of Planned Parenthood here in Kissimmee to open a surgical abortion mega-center – in violation of a code banning surgical centers in a medical park.
Currently, Planned Parenthood is counter-suing a group of doctors in a medical park in Kissimmee, Florida, where no surgery is allowed, to continue to operate a surgical abortion center. Outrageously, Planned Parenthood was able to use their political clout to go “judge shopping” and get a stay on a temporary injunction that would have forced them to cease surgical abortions.
Yet even these efforts – as important as they are – can become a distraction. Fighting lawsuits and advocating for more regulations can result in the pro-life movement losing its emphasis on ending abortion.
This is why Personhood Florida needs your help!
What have these regulations acomplished? A National Review article, Gosnell: No Outlier and my article, Is Kermit Gosnell an outlier?, as well as numerous others have exposed child killers operating the ugliest third-world condition abortion mills.
The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) inspects Florida abortion centers at least once a year and several times for those that have a history of violations. Yet abortionists who have had their licenses suspended and have had a long string of law violations are allowed to continue after a “slap on the wrist.”
Click to enlarge — Florida abortionists, from top left clockwise: Walker Whaley (cocaine felony); Stephen Wiley Duncan (drug prescription fraud); Randall Whitney (aggravated battery, babies born alive, $36.7 million lawsuit); James Pendergraft (federal extortion felony, $36.7 million lawsuit); Pierre Renelique (revoked license, baby born alive); Zvi Harry Perper (drug prescription fraud, racketeering); Quentin DeHaan (Department of Health reprimand, now 91-years old!)
We have seen incompetent practitioners stay in business for many years under current Florida law, such as James Pendergraft, Randall Whitney, Zvi Harry Perper, Walker Whaley, Pierre Renelique, Stephen Wiley Duncan, and the list goes on. One Tampa abortionist, Quentin C. DeHaan continues to do abortions every week even now at age 91, even though he has been disciplined in the past!
We have done research stretching back over the past 42 years in chronicling the law violations of abortionists throughout the state of Florida.
Most of these abortionists are still in business. They are seemingly above the law. Are you shocked by this? You should be!
And this is why Personhood Florida is needed!
We cannot continue to merely regulate the abortion industry. Personhood Florida does not impugn the motive or strategies of other pro-life groups who are working hard and doing what they can. We neither fight against nor support these regulative laws. This can never be our strategy or goal.
Unless the public is educated and we establish Personhood in hearts and minds, regulations and exceptions to abortion will continue to yield the bitter fruit of the slide of our culture into these horrors. We will only see the continued degradation of these precious little ones made in the image of God.
Will you help Personhood Florida to once and for all legally recognize and defend the Personhood of all human beings at every stage of human development?
— Jay Rogers is the President of Personhood Florida Education
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Revival, Resistance, Reformation, Revolution
An Introduction to the Doctrines of Interposition and Nullification
In 1776, a short time after the Declaration of Independence was adopted, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin were assigned to design an official seal for the United States of America. Their proposed motto was Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God. America owes its existence to centuries of Christian political philosophy. Our nation provided a model for liberty copied by nations the world over.
By the 21st century, we need a “Puritan Storm” to sweep away the Hegelian notion that the state is “God walking on earth.” We need revival and reformation in full force to vanquish the problems that plague us as a nation — from government controlled healthcare — to abortion on demand — to same sex “marriage.” This booklet gives a primer on our founders’ Christian idea of government and examines how the doctrine of nullification was woven into the Constitution as a safeguard against federal tyranny. It concludes with the history and theology of civil resistance. A Second American Revolution is coming with the Word of God growing mightily and prevailing! (Acts 19:20).
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Who is the Real Jesus?
Ever since the dawn of modern rationalism, skeptics have sought to use textual criticism, archeology and historical reconstructions to uncover the “historical Jesus” — a wise teacher who said many wonderful things, but fulfilled no prophecies, performed no miracles and certainly did not rise from the dead in triumph over sin.
Over the past 100 years, however, startling discoveries in biblical archeology and scholarship have all but vanquished the faulty assumptions of these doubting modernists. Regrettably, these discoveries have often been ignored by the skeptics as well as by the popular media. As a result, the liberal view still holds sway in universities and impacts the culture and even much of the church.
The Real Jesus explodes the myths of these critics and the movies, books and television programs that have popularized their views. Presented in ten parts — perfect for individual, family and classroom study — viewers will be challenged to go deeper in their knowledge of Christ in order to be able to defend their faith and present the truth to a skeptical modern world – that the Jesus of the Gospels is the Jesus of history — “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He is the real Jesus.
Speakers include: George Grant, Ted Baehr, Stephen Mansfield, Raymond Ortlund, Phil Kayser, David Lutzweiler, Jay Grimstead, J.P. Holding, and Eric Holmberg.
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Running Time: 130 minutes
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Who is the dreaded beast of Revelation?
Now at last, a plausible candidate for this personification of evil incarnate has been identified (or re-identified). Ken Gentry’s insightful analysis of scripture and history is likely to revolutionize your understanding of the book of Revelation — and even more importantly — amplify and energize your entire Christian worldview!
Historical footage and other graphics are used to illustrate the lecture Dr. Gentry presented at the 1999 Ligonier Conference in Orlando, Florida. It is followed by a one-hour question and answer session addressing the key concerns and objections typically raised in response to his position. This presentation also features an introduction that touches on not only the confusion and controversy surrounding this issue — but just why it may well be one of the most significant issues facing the Church today.
Ideal for group meetings, personal Bible study — for anyone who wants to understand the historical context of John’s famous letter “… to the seven churches which are in Asia.” (Revelation 1:4)
Running Time: 145 minutes
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Exposes the Dangers of Abortion to Women!
These shocking eyewitness accounts expose the dangers of abortion not only to unborn children, but to the health and lives women as well. An antidote to the smokescreens of the liberal media, these short clips show what really happens in and around abortion clinics.
Although the content is emotionally gut-wrenching, these videos have been used in church seminars and small groups to educate Christians on the abortion issue and to lead people toward a pro-life position. Contains 2 hours and 40 minutes of materials that can be shown separately.
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Foundations in Biblical Eschatology
By Jay Rogers, Larry Waugh, Rodney Stortz, Joseph Meiring. High quality paperback, 167 pages.
All Christians believe that their great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will one day return. Although we cannot know the exact time of His return, what exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of the signs of His coming (Mat. 24)? How are we to interpret the prophecies in Isaiah regarding the time when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:19)? Should we expect a time of great tribulation and apostasy or revival and reformation before the Lord returns? Is the devil bound now, and are the saints reigning with Christ? Did you know that there are four hermeneutical approaches to the book of Daniel and Revelation?
These and many more questions are dealt with by four authors as they present the four views on the millennium. Each view is then critiqued by the other three authors.
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