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August 2011 Letter from Mark Rushdoony

By Mark R. Rushdoony
August 17, 2011

"The purpose of Institutes of Biblical Law ... is to point men to God and His Word for the government of their lives and our world."

~ R. J. Rushdoony (Institutes of Biblical Law, Vol. 2: Law & Society, xii)

Dear Friend of Chalcedon,

Just as a compass points to True North, so my father, R. J. Rushdoony, dedicated himself to pointing all men to the law of God as the only direction for Christian civilization. For him, writing on the law was not simply a study of the way an ancient people lived, but a means of testifying and bearing witness to the ongoing authority of God's revelation for all men at all times.

His concern was the government of God and its manifestation in history. He felt that without such a manifestation, there was no practical way in which the effects of humanism could be pushed back. For him, regeneration and the application of the law of God were the means by which the wheat would crowd out the tares (Matt. 13:36-43).

La Institución de la Ley Bíblica

He wrote the Institutes of Biblical Law as a means to moving Christians towards embracing and applying God's commandments in every area of life and thought. And it is for this same purpose that I'm proud to formally announce the newly published Spanish translation of the Institutes of Biblical Law, Volume 1 (La Institución de la Ley Bíblica, Tomo 1).

This massive project was prompted and underwritten by one of my father's most ardent supporters, Ellsworth McIntyre, and the generous members of Nicene Covenant Church and Grace Community Schools. It was their passion to provide the Spanish-speaking church of our Lord with as precise a translation as possible. Now, a powerful tool can be placed in the hands of missionaries and Latin American Christian leaders to advance the cause of Christian Reconstruction within their communities and nations.

The translation process was no easy task. It began in 2008 with the hiring of a professional Christian translating firm, and the work was tedious. After the translation was completed, we had it reviewed a second time by an additional translator to ensure the text was as accurate as possible.

Finally, the massive volume was typeset and printed in a beautiful hardback version with a full color dust jacket (see ad in the enclosed Chalcedon Report). We received shipment of 1,000 copies in March of this year, and we are now strategizing on the most effective ways in which we can get this book into the hands of those who will use it.

Become a Pioneer in Bringing Biblical Law to Latin America!

My goal is to get La Institución de la Ley Bíblica into as many hands as possible, and you can help me do that. Here's how.

If you know, or are aware of, any pastors, teachers, missionaries, or dedicated Christian leaders in Latin America, or in the Spanish-speaking communities here in the U.S., and would like to give them a complimentary copy of La Institución de la Ley Bíblica, you can do so by covering our cost to ship the book.

We will ship the book directly to the address of the candidate you provide for only $20.00 for anyone outside the U.S., and only $10.00 for anyone within the U.S. The book retails for $40.00, but I want to give a complimentary copy to as many Spanish ministers and leaders as I can. All I need is for you to partner with me in covering the shipping cost.

In addition, I will include a note saying, "A Gift from ," so they know who was generous enough to send this book to them.

If you know of someone who would like to receive La Institución de la Ley Bíblica, simply fill out the enclosed card and send it back to me with your payment for the shipping cost. I'll rush this book out to them right away.

You can also help Chalcedon reach into the Spanish-speaking community by letting us know of any organizations, ministries, or schools that might be interested in either receiving a print copy of the title, or viewing the digital version online at our web site. Please let us know of any such organizations, and their contact information, via email at [email protected]

If you're interested in owning La Institución de la Ley Bíblica yourself, you can purchase a copy at our online store.

The Kingdom Work Continues

My father did not advocate revolution as a means of social transformation because he did not see man's problem as something in the environment. The problem was not institutions, but rather the fact that man was sinful in nature. What man needs first is the Gospel for regeneration, and then the law of God as the means of sanctification for both himself as well as his society. The church has done remarkably well in sharing the Gospel throughout the world, and now it is time that God's law is taught to those Christians in order that they may better apply their faith.

There is much more translating to do, and I'll be sharing more about that in the months to come. My hope is that these efforts are encouraging your own faith and vision to continue to support Chalcedon's efforts in equipping Christians to advance Christ's Kingdom. Please take a few moments today to send Chalcedon the most generous tax-deductible gift you can to help this ministry continue to proclaim our message worldwide. By regularly supporting Chalcedon, you are ensuring that my father's life work continues to reap untold harvests as it does today each time somebody discovers this ministry. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

In His Service,

Mark R. Rushdoony

P.S. The Institutes of Biblical Law is now in Spanish, and you can help me send a complimentary copy of it to a Spanish-speaking Christian leader by filling out the enclosed response card and covering only the cost of shipping. This is a great way to introduce this important book to the Spanish-speaking world.

Mark R. Rushdoony

Mark R. Rushdoony graduated from Los Angeles Baptist College (now The Master’s College) with a B.A. in history in 1975 and was ordained to the ministry in 1995.

He taught junior and senior high classes in history, Bible, civics and economics at a Christian school in Virginia for three years before joining the staff of Chalcedon in 1978. He was the Director of Chalcedon Christian School for 14 years while teaching full time. He also helped tutor all of his children through high school.

In 1998 he became the President of Chalcedon and Ross House Books, and, more recently another publishing arm, Storehouse Press. Chalcedon and its subsidiaries publish many titles plus CDs, mp3s, and an extensive online archive at www.chalcedon.edu

He has written scores of articles for Chalcedon’s publications, both the Chalcedon Report and Faith for all of Life. He was a contributing author to The Great Christian Revolution (1991). He has spoken at numerous conferences and churches in the U.S. and abroad.

Mark Rushdoony lives in Vallecito, California, his home of 40 years with his wife of 42 years and his youngest son. He has three married children and nine grandchildren.

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