Kevin DeYoung is the senior pastor of Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina. Recently, he wrote a comprehensive review of Rousas J. Rushdoony’s little book Law and Liberty. DeYoung describes what is commendable about the book and what he considerers “Bridges Too Far.” DeYoung is correct when he writes the following: Throughout 32 chapters, Rushdoony makes a principled case for a limited government of just laws, what he calls on occasion Christian Libertarianism.
Since Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton and the Democrats in 2016, Democrats have said some very bad things about him, his supporters, and the United States. The nomination and confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett has driven these people to the lowest of low when it comes to disparaging people they disagree with. How many times have you heard Democrats tell us that Joe Biden will unify the nation. Don’t you believe it.
Eschatology is the study of the “last things.” The more popular terminology is “Bible prophecy.” There are numerous schools of thought on the subject. The most popular version—dispensational premillennialism—teaches that particular prophetic events are on the horizon, that a “rapture” of the Church precedes a seven-year period that includes the rise of an antichrist, a rebuilt temple, and a Great Tribulation. One of the distinct features of this view is the belief that there is an Israel-Church distinction, and because of this distinction God has two redemptive programs.
Christians are still bringing up “I can’t vote for the lesser of two evils.” Somehow they believe it’s wrong to vote for someone like Donald Trump who is doing a number of things to stop abortion but it’s OK to sit back and let Joe Biden and Kamala Harris win in November knowing full well that abortion will continue unabated. Somehow saving some unborn babies is not OK but letting a political party that supports abortion on demand with our tax dollars is OK.
Pastors are supposed to be prophets, not in the sense of foretelling but in forthtelling. The Old Testament prophets were critical of the immoral—lawless—actions of Israel’s religious and civil leaders, and they were never nice about it (e.g., Jer. 2:20; 3:1–3; Jer. 5:7–8). Jesus was equally critical and used harsh language to call out the religious establishment of the day: Jesus said, “You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good?
The homosexual movement went from “sexual preference” to “sexual orientation” overnight when Amy Coney Barrett used “sexual preference” during her Supreme Court nomination inquisition. Homosexuality is now a protected class. The Orwellian editors of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary “added the word ‘offensive’ to its entry and usage guidance of ‘preference’ and ‘sexual preference’ when referring to sexual orientation after the issue came up during Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
Vern Poythress wrote “2 Thessalonians 1 Supports Amillennialism.” It was originally published in THE JOURNAL OF THE EVANGELICAL THEOLOGICAL SOCIETY in 1995. The following is from the Abstract of the article: 2 Thessalonians 1 supports amillennialism because it is in tension with all the other major millennial views…. 2 Thessalonians 1 is in tension with postmillennialism. The text of verses 5–7 indicates that Christians may continue to expect trouble for awhile.
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be on no benefit to you. And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law. . . . For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love (Gal.
What? There’s poverty in America? How is this possible? The Great Society policies under Lyndon Johnson were supposed to eradicate poverty. Two main goals of the Great Society social reforms were the elimination of poverty and racial injustice. The war on poverty became a war on the poor. Poverty was dropping when LBJ announced his program. Here’s what Ronald Reagan said in 1988 about the war on poverty: What has all this money done?
Recently, I was interviewed by Hank Hanegraaff on the topic of eschatology. Why is this an important topic? Because millions of Christians are bound by it and live in terms of it in a negative way. Considering the following that was sent to me by a friend: I had a woman tell me today that it may work out better for Christians to vote for Biden because it would hasten Jesus’ return and his second coming.
Dr. Gary North and I have been going back over some history of what has been labeled “Christian Reconstruction.” We’re are trying to retrieve all the documentation we can for an archive for future generations to understand what took place and the ongoing impact of the principles outlined in books, newsletters, and video. We’re working on a larger project that’s in its conception stage. If we can pull it off, you will be the first to know about it.
If there are any more Never-Trumper GOPers, pro-Biden Evangelicals, or Third-Party voters left, you need to pay attention to this message from the queen of Leftism, Jane Fonda. She fits all the criteria of a modern-day Leftist — privileged, rich, arrogant, and out of touch with reality. When the system comes crashing down on us, she’ll be above it all, looking down on all the paeons she has no use for.
All of a sudden, Democrats have found religion. Religion is now OK … but only if you are a Democrat and you need religion to brainwash and woo ill-informed so-called Evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics to help win the White House. Biden is said to be a “good and faithful Catholic.” This is the same rhetoric that Nancy Pelosi has used for years. Hillary Clinton followed a similar strategy. In an interview published in the New York Times Sunday Book Review, Clinton opened up about her favorite books and authors, name-dropping famous literary names like John Grisham, Toni Morrison and Walter Isaacson.
This November’s election will be the most impacting election our nation has faced because it deals with two opposing political philosophies. Being informed on the platforms of each political party is important to make intelligent decisions that will have long-term consequences for us, our children, and grandchildren. Should Christians be involved in politics? Should Christians vote? These and other questions are often asked by Christians. I hear that tens of millions of Christians fail to vote in presidential years.
How did you get here? I don’t mean “did you fly or drive?” How did you come to believe and act upon the beliefs you now embrace? We need to remember that there has been a long history of quietism and pietism among Christians. Not only weren’t Christians on offense but they were hardly playing defense. For years we heard things like, Jesus didn’t get mixed up in politics. Politics is dirty.
While the world seems out of control, God is still the Sovereign Lord of history. What we are seeing manifested in nearly every area of life is a manifestation of unsustainable ideologies working themselves out. Paul wrote, “they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all” (2 Tim. 3:9). There is a price to pay for this folly, some of which falls at the feet of Christians who abandoned God’s law and the culture hoping and waiting for a heavenly exit that has been repeatedly promised but never realized.
After the first debate between Pres. Trump and Joe Biden, I saw some people on Facebook say they are going to vote for third-party candidates. Really? How is that going to help? They claim it will send a signal to both political parties. Neither party cares unless it damages one party or the other. The most affected party wins the election. This is important: Only one of the two major parties wins the election.
For decades, Christians have been reluctant to get involved in politics. These Christians either don’t vote or when they do vote they do so in terms of what government can do for them. The government is seen as their earthly savior. They are more concerned about where their next flu shot is coming from rather than the appointment of judges who with one vote can turn the Constitution on its head.
When I became a Christian in 1973, I did not know much about the Bible. I went to a Catholic School through the fifth grade and church every Sunday, but I was only able to pick up some basic knowledge about Christmas and Easter. My first reading of the Bible was for knowledge. What does the Bible say? That’s always the first step. But I felt like the Ethiopian Eunuch when Philip asked him, “Do you understand what you are reading?
There are different ways to control people. Rarely do you find a tyrant begin by lining up people in front of a ditch and executing them. Many small steps led to the final solution. At first, the Jews were denigrated by being forced to wear a badge that identified them as Jews. Then they were publicly maligned: Nazi propagandists exploited pre-existing images and stereotypes to give a false portrayal of Jews.