Jesus said, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself shall not stand” (Matthew 12:25). “Just preach the gospel.” How many times have you heard pastors and critics of social and political action scold Christians concerned about the moral direction the church is taking for mixing the […]
There are some Christians who take themselves out of the battle over worldviews by using the Bible for cover. They believe the Bible teaches that Christians should stay above the fray of cultural involvement. I’ve dealt with many of the arguments for this position in my book Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths.1 A pastor in Auburn, […]
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 […]
Aside from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ himself, developing a biblical worldview is perhaps the most important part of the Christian life. It is crucial to understanding everything in life, from your personal faith to the public square, from your family and education to your work or business, from the church house to the […]
God’s sovereignty includes ownership of all His creation. Melchizedek, in blessing Abram, said, "Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth (Gen. 14:19; cf. v. 22). The Bible continues the relationship between sovereignty and ownership by declaring to Israel that all the Earth is His (Ex. 19:5).
Gary DeMar joins host Chris Arnzen and co-host Rev. Buzz Taylor on Iron Sharpens Iron to discuss his new book, Wars and Rumors of Wars, and responds to listener questions from around the globe on various topics ranging from apologetics, eschatology, worldview, and more. This podcast—nine years in the making—is a must listen for those new to postmillennialism […]
I have been asked the tattoo question many times and have always hesitated to give a public answer for reasons not necessarily relevant here, but Doug Wilson’s post “7 Reasons to Not Tattoo You” seems like as good an occasion as any could be to offer my own thoughts. As regular readers probably know, I […]
Not too long ago I was engaged in conversation with a man who uttered the all too common refrain, “It is hard to believe that anyone could actually think the world is getting better.” He spoke rather emphatically as if assured that he was talking to someone in full agreement. He then went on to […]
Although it is never objectively accurate to say that a certain time period was “the good old days,” there are many positive values that our society has lost in the past 150 years. One of the most tragic of these losses was the disintegration of the family culture, and especially multi-generational connections and legacies. Because […]
In post-apocalyptic Australia, “Mad” Max Rockatansky, played by Mel Gibson in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), finds himself stranded in the desert after he is attacked by a father-and-son robbery team who patrol the skies in a pieced together airplane scavenging for anything of value that they can sell or trade. They spot Max’s caravan filled with […]
After last week’s article was posted, I received an email from an individual who was concerned that I was placing blame on the Church for the sorry state of the American culture. He took exception to this thesis and offered a different explanation as to why the culture is the way it is. I believe […]
How we view the future directly impacts the way we live in the present. If we believe that the ultimate decay of our culture is inevitable, can we truly be motivated to fight it. Hope for cultural reformation will fuel efforts to that end.
Christians aren’t the only ones with a view of the future. Every religion and major social or political movement has an eschatology that effects how they conduct day to day life. In this episode Gary looks at some of the various major eschatological views and the impact they have had on our culture.
First-century believers could have offered tangible evidence that there was little chance for the gospel to have an impact on the status quo of religious and civil oppression in their day. How could a small band of men – led by a fisherman (Peter) and a tentmaker (Paul) – living under Roman occupation ever conceive that their circumstances would change enough so that the gospel message would lead to the transformation of the world?
The Church has been given two commissions, and both involve being “fruitful and multiplying.” Genesis 1:28 states to “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Similarly, […]
A few years ago, I asked some fellow Black Christians a probing question: What guides your life decisions-your faith or your race? Most people immediately said faith. But when I probed more-asking about their social and political decisions-they weren’t so sure. For many Black Christians, answering that question honestly may mean admitting that racial considerations and our nation’s history of have as much or more influence as faith principles in their lives. Pastors and leaders who are not Black may not have considered this fact or its cause. But understanding this issue will help as they minister to multiracial audiences.
According to a radio editorial some years ago, “a man’s religion and the strength of his conviction are his own personal matter” and therefore “religion should not interfere with politics.” Of course, this too is an expression of humanist neutrality designed to silence Christians but allow for every other conceivable worldview to find expression in the public and political arena.
A nation’s culture defines what is normal and acceptable in society; how we view right and wrong, who are heroes are, and what we want our children to believe. Culture is based on the values that are widely accepted by society and that we want to transmit from generation to generation. Many things affect a nation’s culture, but few affect it so directly and profoundly as politics.