Wednesday’s article on the premillennialists’ defeatism in regard to Obergefell rankled a few feathers. There were even a couple guys in one Facebook group who agreed they’d like to punch me for writing it. But there is no escaping the truth of it.
The hatefulness may seem out-of-place to some, but it is really not that shocking to those of us who understand what Gary North long ago called the pietist-humanist alliance. This phenomenon results from an unspoken pact between the pessimillennialists and the secular humanists which works like this: premillennialists believe there can be no social transformation before Christ comes back physically, and that any attempted is a waste of time. This means that premillennialists implicitly, if not explicitly, believe that secular humanist bureaucrats ought to dominate culture and government, and that they ought to increase their dominion as time goes on. The Christian’s role in this scenario is not to challenge their humanist taskmasters (although we can enjoy the leeks and fishes while they’re available). In this alliance, the pietists are functionally allied with the secular humanists in history because they refuse to get involved, and even if they do, they do so only expecting failure on their own part. Thus the pietists who comprise the vast majority of evangelical and conservative Christians keep biblical law out of government, and stifle and condemn those who try. The pietists run interference, and the humanists follow the pietists’ blocking scheme for the easy touchdowns. (Admittedly, this sports analogy assumes there are actually some of these pietist Christians on the field. Most are actually on the sidelines or not even in uniform.)
North related how the message of Christian Reconstruction actually provokes resentment on the part of those fiercely wedded to their desire that the ship actually sink:
They resent anyone who would make their humanist taskmasters angry. What frightens some of the dispensational critics is their fear of persecution. David Allen Lewis warns in his book, Prophecy 2000, that “as the secular, humanistic, demonically-dominated world system becomes more and more aware that the Dominionists and Reconstructionists are a real political threat, they will sponsor more and more concerted efforts to destroy the Evangelical church. Unnecessary persecution could be stirred Up.” In short, because politics is supposedly humanistic by nature, any attempt by Christians to speak to political issues as people – or worse, as a people – who possess an explicitly biblical agenda will invite “unnecessary persecution.”
This quotations comes from the chapter, “The Pietist-Humanist Alliance,” in the book by North and DeMar, Christian Reconstruction: What It Is and What It Isn’t. This is available for free online and the whole book is well worth the read, especially as an introduction to CR. It serves well also to bust several of the enduring myths about our views.
The “alliance” is, of course, not an actual organization, but an unspoken functional pact which liberals are all too willing to exploit. The pietist-premillennialists can get angry all they want, but they can never escape the fact that they are intellectually, emotionally, psychologically, functionally, dogmatically, financially, culturally, ecclesiastically, and educationally invested in cultural defeat. Anyone who would dare show the folly of such an endeavor risks provoking any or all of the whole wrath of the whole man from all of these perspectives. The fact that some now fondly entertain thoughts of physical violence in defense of their views is proof of this point.
The investment in cultural defeat, however, means it is an inescapable fact that Obergefell belongs not only to the secular humanist legacy, but to the pietist and premillennialist legacy as well. Like the homosexual mirage itself, the pietist-humanist alliance is a marriage made in hell. The Justices have now pronounced them man and wife. Pietists, you may now kiss your bride.
I leave you with North’s conclusion:
The humanists want Christians to stay out of politics as Christians. The pietists agree. The humanists deny that there are valid biblical blueprints that apply to this world. The pietists agree. The humanists argue that Old Testament laws, if applied today, would produce tyranny. The pietists agree. The humanists say that the civil government should be run in terms of religiously neutral laws. The pietists agree. The humanists deny that the God of the Bible brings predictable sanctions in history against societies that do not obey His law. The pietists agree. The humanists deny that the preaching of the gospel will ever fundamentally change the way the world operates. The pietists agree. The humanists say that Christians should sit in the back of cultural bus. The pietists agree. This is why both sides hate the message of Christian Reconstruction.