We don’t live under a king or a Caesar. Our governing document is the Constitution. We have the freedom to vote civil officials out of office. We can petition the government for a redress of grievances. The Ninth and Tenth Amendments limit the national government.
The fact that pastors have the freedom to worship, preach, publish, assemble, and petition the government for a redress of grievances (the First Amendment to the Constitution) is because Christians addressed “political and social structures.”
The reasons Christians should be involved in politics is to lessen the impact that civil government has on so many areas of life. You can’t do that without getting involved in politics. While many Christians don’t believe in being involved in politics, politics is always involved in them.
Politics gets stranger and stranger. Who would have thought that same-sex sexuality would become a political selling point? But it has. Chicago just elected a lesbian mayor. South Bend, Indiana, elected Pete Buttigieg who is married to a man. “My marriage to Chasten,” Buttigieg said in a speech at LGBTQ Victory Fund National Champagne Brunch […]
The Georgia House of Representatives passed a bill that banned abortions after the unborn babies heartbeat is detected. No one has two heartbeats. If there are two heartbeats, then there are two people. This is not enough evidence for Georgia Democrat state Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick. She has introduced a “Testicular Bill of Rights” to protest […]
In the Samuel passage the Hebrew uses the standard word for “king” – mlk, or melech. This common word appears all through the Old Testament, but when referring to a particular practice of neighboring pagan divine-king States, the Hebrew scribes replaced the vowels with those from the Hebrew word boseth, “shame.” The resulting name “Molech” refers to the pagan total-State, the great tyrannies incurred where the civil State usurped the place of God and worship in society and demanded ultimate sacrifice.
Christian Reconstruction has taken some underhanded criticism from Michael Horton and the guys at the White Horse Inn radio, and we have responded to them in the past via the Gary DeMar show podcast. We recently received a real shock, however, when we heard an excerpt of popular preacher Alistair Begg blasting away at Christians for getting involved in politics. His rant – full of wonderful rhetoric – aimed at some vague monster but at least once singled out those Christians who want to “reconstruct” society. His arguments reiterate the same feelings as Horton and gang, but take the rhetoric to an astronomical level.
Someone posted a 30-second video clip by Dr. Arturo Azurdia III from the 2018 Shepherds’ Conference with the title “You Are Not Here to Change the Culture.” (I’m not sure if it’s Todd Friel’s title or Dr. Azurdia’s.) The clip is posted on the “Wretched” Youtube channel. Dr. Azurdia says, Advance the cause of Right […]
Andy Stanley is the senior pastor of North Point Community Church and North Point Ministries (NPM). There are six locations throughout the greater Atlanta area. Each week, more than 30,000 people attend services at NPM. He is the son of Charles Stanley, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. The elder Stanley is […]
Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered (1 Pet. 3:7). We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone (1 Thess. […]
The following videos include the two talks I gave a few weeks back at the Time for Justice Conference in Oklahoma City. The first talk is basically a brief introduction to the Bible’s call for justice in the land, and some parallels between the wicked Kings of Israel and what America has become. Talk two […]
As everyone knows, and every textbook teaches, there were a multiplicity of causes of the Civil War. By far, the main one—the one which really stood alone—was slavery. But another one was certainly the fight over states’ rights. It’s true. It’s true, that is, if you’re considering the perspective of the Abolitionists and the North! […]
It is not difficult for some devout Christians to see the ungodliness of government education in some way or another. Unfortunately, too few see how pervasively evil it truly is. Too many see only relatively limited evils and are willing to endure these for a variety of reasons. It is time to see and acknowledge […]
One thing the Church is good at is lobbing water balloons over the trenches during battle (thinking that somehow we are doing something helpful), all the while the enemy’s .50 cal is mowing us down. Worse yet, many stand back thinking that they shouldn’t even throw a water balloon, let alone engage in any form of […]
There has been an ongoing debate within pro-life and anti-abortion circles over immediatism and incrementalism. Though these debates have been ongoing for years, it is wise to take the time to ensure that as many people as possible understand the debate and the terms, for they are crucial. What is “incrementalism”? What is the alternative […]
Douglas Wilson has asked us to do a thought experiment with him in an attempt to persuade us to be incrementalists on the abortion issue. He invokes my name and American Vision and provides certain peculiar admonitions. I’ll address the experiment first, then the peculiar admonitions. Douglas has branded a new thing he calls “smashmouth […]
This fight will take time. Abortion is the vile fruit of many sins. It’s the endgame of sexual immorality and worship of self. I’m pleased that Douglas Wilson, many of his readers, and many more pro-lifers desire the end of this idolatrous and wicked act. It is an incredibly important topic just based on what’s […]
Over the last few days both Toby Sumpter (pastor of Trinity Reformed Church in Moscow, ID) and Douglas Wilson (pastor Christ Church of Moscow, ID) have responded to Joel McDurmon’s and my critique of Wilson’s comments on incrementalism and abolitionism. For the record, the link to the podcast in which Douglas made comments about abolitionism […]