And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
One of the perpetual criticisms that dominionists hear is that we neglect the role of suffering in the life of the believer by our undue emphasis on the triumphant Christian.
God’s law-word can be viewed either as a burden with hundreds of do’s and don’ts that stifle the creativity and freedom of individuals, OR as a blessing given by God to man within the context of families as the standard by which to glorify Him and enjoy Him.
Shaidle and Vere have written a book, The Tyranny of Nice, detailing and analyzing the abuses of liberty—some of them decidedly bizarre—practiced by Canada’s “human rights” commissions and tribunals.3
Does the church speak infallibly? No, only Scripture is infallible. The church can make mistakes, even grievous ones. But in time the church will repent of those mistakes. And in time the branches of the church that won’t repent will be pruned and finally cut off.
There are many important aspects to “making God’s commandment void,” and if we fail to grasp them, we’ll quickly fall into the same trap. The most important point to grasp—more important even than recognizing that God’s commandments are overturned in the process of elevating a tradition to a moral obligation—is the following implication: by creating such traditions, men serve notice that God’s law is insufficient.
Every child entering school at the age of five is insane because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our founding fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It’s up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well—by creating the international child of the future. —Psychiatrist Chester M. Pierce, addressing 1973 Childhood International Education Seminar