The American Vision: A Biblical Worldview Ministry

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Is Christmas About a Homeless Couple?

Every Christmas season we will hear the inevitable revisionist version of the Christmas story. Jesse Jackson was the first to turn Joseph and Mary into a "homeless couple" when he claimed that Christmas "is not about Santa Claus and ‘Jingle Bells’ and fruit cake and eggnog," of which all Christians would agree, but about "a homeless couple."[1] He repeated his "homeless couple" theme at the 1992 Democratic Convention:

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One-World Government Biblical?

Some readers get upset any time I point out how modern-day prophecy writers misrepresent the Bible. My critics don’t seem to mind that Hal Lindsey has been wrong over the years in an area of study that has made his reputation and so much of Christendom has embraced as “gospel.” I’ve pointed out a number of these “miscalculations” in previous articles and books. It was amazing to see how people defended Lindsey even though I quoted Lindsey’s own words that he would be a “bum” if his 1948-1988 rapture scenario did not come to pass as he claimed it would.

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World’s Largest (Legal) Ponzi Scheme

Bernard Madoff, former Nasdaq Stock Market chairman and founder of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, was arrested and charged with securities fraud in what federal prosecutors called a "Ponzi scheme" that could involve losses of more than $50 billion. Some of the world’s richest people were duped by Madoff. He was turned in by his two sons. A Ponzi scheme is an investment program that promises to pay unusually high returns to investors after a specified period of time. A pyramid scheme is similar in that the person running the program pays off the early investors from money paid by later investors who were told that they too can get rich. The early investors, who are often unaware of the fraud, are used as testimonials for how well the program works.

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Where is Gort When You Need Him?

Movie remakes can be hazardous. Few can compete with the originals. Several come to mind: Goodbye Mr. Chips, Mighty Joe Young, Sunset Boulevard, The Time Machine, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Lady Killers, Planet of the Apes, Psycho, 12 Angry Men, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Miracle on 34th Street. There are exceptions: The Man Who Knew Too Much, Ben Hur, Tombstone (a remake of My Darling Clementine), Ocean’s Eleven, and The Dark Knight. In other cases, both the original and the remake are good: Pygmalion and My Fair Lady, Omega Man and I Am Legend, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, King Kong (this does not apply to the 1976 version starring Jessica Lang).

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Atheists Need You to be Ignorant

One way to change worldview perceptions is to keep people ignorant. The public schools have done a great job in shifting worldview thinking from theism to humanism right under the noses of parents who extol the virtues of America’s government education system. Consider how textbooks handle the subject of religion in the founding of America. One elementary school social studies book has thirty pages of material "on the Pilgrims," Paul Vitz writes, "including the first Thanksgiving. But there is not one word (or image) that referred to religion as even a part of the Pilgrims’" life.

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Day of Fasting and Prayer

President Madison proposes a day of thanks to be used by all denominations for prayer and religious reflection. The President specifically asks all to pray for the restoration of peace to the country.

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John MacArthur’s Defense of Dispensationalism

In 1988, John MacArthur wrote The Gospel According to Jesus, a controversial book in certain circles because he relied heavily on the views of Calvinistic writers to deal with the lordship salvation controversy. My respect for MacArthur grew because he was not afraid to take on those in his own dispensational camp who were teaching "defective theology" about discipleship. The book got rave reviews in Reformed circles even though MacArthur remains "a traditional premillennial dispensationalist.

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Debating Another Dispensationalist

For 20 years I have been debating the topic of eschatology. It started with Dave Hunt (four debates) after the publication of my book The Reduction of Christianity (co-authored with Peter J. Leithart) and has included debates with Thomas Ice (nine debates), Paige Patterson, Robert L. Thomas, Ed Hindson, John Sweigart, Michael Wechsler, and countless radio shows where callers would rapid-fire questions at me challenging my critique of futurism in particular and dispensationalism in particular. Since 1988, there has been a fundamental shift in the study of Bible prophecy. The failure of the 1948 + 40-year generation scenario, made an article of prophetic faith by Hal Lindsey in The Late Great Planet Earth, contributed to the shift when 1988 passed without a blip or a bump.

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Get a Horse and Sterilize Yourself

When people are pushed to live consistently with their worldview assumptions, all kinds of revelations come to light. Toni Vernelli was sterilized at age 27 to "reduce her carbon footprint" and "protect the planet." If pressed, I wonder if Vernelli would decry antibiotics and peace talks to avert war. While I am saddened that she will never experience the joys of having a child, I am thankful that her "genetic footprint" stops with her. In fact, it might not be a bad thing to encourage more environmental extremists to go under the knife.

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How Eschatology Impacts Apologetics

On January 21, 2009, James White of Alpha & Omega Ministries will be debating Bart Ehrman, the James A. Gray Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on the following question: "

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What Einstein and Hitler Had in Common

American Vision gets a great deal of mail. Much of it is unsolicited. Most of it is interesting and helpful. A few pieces are downright goofy. Consider the catalog from Global Vision Worldwide that I recently rediscovered. The people at Global Vision:

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No One is Neutral and Facts Don’t Speak for Themselves

A story is told that during the days of the Cold War a two-car automobile race took place between the United States and the former Soviet Union. An American newspaper reporter described the result of the race this way: "American car beats out Soviet competitor."

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