Four of us, all clergymen, were discussing the increasing irrelevance of many churches. Incidents like these were cited.
"People do not rally to scholarship," observes Rushdoony, "they rally to a cause."
This summer I spoke at the 1998 Christian Student Worldview Conference held at Christopher Newport University in Hampton, Virginia, the week after July 4.
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness; from such withdraw thyself. (1 Timothy 6:3-5)
My record as a prognosticator is pretty bad. Fifteen years ago, I predicted (based on sociological data describing how large populations react to significant social events) that, as the millennium approached, we could expect increasingly bizarre behavior by certain segments of the population.
Moral turpitude on all levels, once thought common only to Hollywood celebrities, has seeped into every area of our culture. It is now frequent in Christian circles to see people cast their eyes heavenward, as though searching for an answer in the wind, saying, "I can't understand how the American people can accept Clinton as President of the United States!"
In spite of all the rhetoric concerning the rights of children and their importance, the modern perspective on children is quite negative. Clear evidence of this is the prevalent opinion that the ideal family is a small family consisting of only one or two children.
Today many people do not put much stock in "Christian" tracts. They consider them an evangelism method from another century — a time when the printed word was a novel means of communication.
About 400,000 Nubans are holding out in the liberated areas controlled by the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) resistance movement. These Arabic-speaking Nuba people are an island of Christianity in a sea of Islam. These brave and resilient people have steadfastly resisted all attempts to subjugate or annihilate them.
We are separated by our theologies, and I would argue that yours does not emerge exclusively from the Scriptures. The Christian Identity position you espouse depends on non-Biblical ideas that end up contradicting the Scriptures.
Presuppositionalism is a perspective in philosophy and theology whose origins are in several great Dutch thinkers, notably the Dutch-American Cornelius Van Til.
I have often thought that I would like to write sometime at length on what is known, somewhat inaccurately, as political science.
The universality of John's Gospel must be read in the light of all I said last month. If it is, many silly controversies could be avoided. For example, when John says, "To all who received Him, to those who believed on His name, He gave the right to become children of God" (1:12)