TWO FORMULAS FOR HUMAN LIVING II
CHRISTIANS MAKE BAD CHOICES
There is a sharp divergence between the life in the former Communist Soviet Union and the life promised by our Christian God. For the past several decades there has been a slow deterioration in the influence of God’s Commandments in Western society. While the White Christian race has been busily inventing and producing a social order that has been a blessing to the entire world this steady, almost unnoticed, change has in the so called “free world”, created an arrogance that is beginning to destroy all the advancement.
In Stalin’s Russia outside the prisons life was always tortured by the expectation that an arrest might be made. Solzhenitsyn tells of Russians being arrested by insignificant citizens like a bicyclist who saw you on the street, a railroad conductor a taxi driver, a savings bank teller, or the manager of a movie theater. You could be arrested by any citizen who carried the maroon colored ID card which innocent victims often failed to notice until too late. Stalin set death quotas that might require 25 percent of the population so that arrests were made at random. Anyone might be arrested for no reason other than he or she was there.
No one has dug deeper or with as much understanding of the horror that took hold of Russia than Alexandre Solzhenitsyn. His book, “The Gulag Archipelago” contains 613 pages of the basest kind of human behavior, atrocities that resulted from the maturity of humanistic government. – torture, lies, hopelessness, suicide, murder, prison sentences with no basis in human reason and no relation to crime, sentences for innocent men and women, haphazard shooting of prisoners, and terrorism as a regular policy of the government. On page 403 of his book he writes: “…there was no way out. They were damned if they did and damned if they didn’t. If they went forward it was wrong, and if they went backward, it was wrong too. If they hurried, they were hurrying for the purpose of wrecking. (Hampering any plans of the Party was called “wrecking”.) It they moved methodically, it meant wrecking by slowing down tempos. If they were painstaking in developing some branch of industry, it was delay, sabotage. And if they indulged in capricious leaps their intention was to develop an imbalance to create wrecking. Using capital, for repairs, improvements, or capital readiness was tying up capital funds. And if they allowed equipment to be used until it broke down, it was a diversionary action! (In addition, the interrogators would get all this information out of them by subjecting them to sleeplessness and punishment cells and then demanding that they give convincing examples of how they might have carried on wrecking activities.)” (Pg. 382)
Intense interrogations were described this way: “—-handed over to the butcher-interrogators, and they gave him the full treatment – the freezing punishment cell, the hot box, beating his genitals. They tortured him so intensively that he and his fellow defendant opened their veins in desperation.”
The purpose of the courts was to get convictions. Justice no longer had meaning.
As I have written many times before “human beings were not created to govern themselves”. The sin that pervades even the very best men makes them unable to provide consistently righteous government Solzhenitsyn with elegant prose describes the culmination of human government as it actually took place in Russia. He writes in detail about the desperation and chaos created by Marxism.
Now, some information on the desecrated fabric of Christianity —–
In 1963, when God called me, there was a sizeable revival going on and an atmosphere of excitement prevailed throughout Charismatic and Evangelical circles. Christian leaders prayed for healing on the stages of many churches and numerous Christians claimed to be healed. Teachers taught on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Ministers and laymen gathered around and laid hands on supplicants while praying audibly in tongues and petitioned God to Baptize with the Holy Spirit.
There was a wide spread opinion that the Holy Spirit would radically change the lives of those who received His indwelling. He would write His laws on their hearts and they would obey them.
Since the definition of obedience was never clearly defined talk of obedience was never followed by proper actions. Grace and living by Faith filled the obedience void. The was no criterion that defined pleasing God. Many Christians believed that the Holy Spirit would lead everyone into righteous living and that singing and voicing praises was all that God required.
Unfortunately, Christians who lived righteous lives never became the majority. Polls confirmed that Christian behavior was not much different than that of their pagan brothers and sisters. The morality of American society continued to plummet. Christians were unable to thwart widespread abortion and the rise of Feminism and homosexuality. They protested but never from a solid platform.
During many years of revival Christians seldom read through the entire Bible. “Lucky scriptures” were popular where the Bible was opened at random and a verse was read from the pages that were exposed. God’s law was always put aside with an explanation that law was anachronistic, that Grace had replaced it.
God’s promises were claimed as if when petitioned God owed Christians blessings. No one seemed to notice that every one of the blessings was contingent on obedience. Since God’s law was never considered, the exact meaning of obedience was never clear. Sin was described as disobedience to God, but disobedience was not exactly defined.
Since the Biblical definition of sin is disobedience to God’s law, sin cannot be defined without law. It was disobedience to God’s commandments that finally resulted in the rejection of the Jews who were God’s chosen people. God, the Father, in an ultimate act of mercy made a final effort to redeem His people sending His Only Son, Jesus, who sacrificed His life as a propitiation for their sins. Instead of accepting and marveling at His mercy, hardened Jewish hearts called for His crucifixion and willingly accepted blame for His death. It was this final rejection that resulted in the salvation of the Gentiles and the continuing apostacy of the Jews.
Along with thousands of others I was converted into heretical Christianity. This heresy consumed my attention for a couple of decades. It was not until I became aware of the lack of definable fruit that I began to question the validity of the revival. Leadership never provided a clear explanation.
God used R. J. Rushdoony’s writing and the ministry of Christian Reconstruction to help me understand the full gospel of Jesus Christ. The Bible contains all the tools God provides for Christians who are willing to hear and understand. It took several months and lots of reading to correct my error filled theology. Since then my efforts have been directed at bringing other Christians back to the orthodoxy of the Reformation, the only true Christianity and the only way to bring righteous reason back into this God-forsaken world.
Law is the major stumbling block. Denigration of God’s legal structure is the most common characteristic of today’s heresy. Large segments of the Christian community believe the law is no longer valid and are happy to ignore it replacing obedience with a heretical and disastrously lenient Grace. Others believe God’s law is restricted to the Jews with Gentiles being exempt. All of this is heresy Our unchanging God gave the law to Moses. It is His law. He does not change, and it does not change, He still expects all His people to obey it. Obedience is the source of blessing. Individual Christians and entire nations that live by His law are blessed. Living by humanistic law brings curses. Today’s Christian church has never been able to bring real revival to the United States. Large numbers of people have been converted to Christ but converted Christians have failed to bring God’s righteousness to the culture. Many Christians sit in the pews of Dispensational churches without a clear idea of what God requires of them.
God has not changed. The same God that we worship today gave His Commandments to Moses. They were to apply to His chosen people. Today, Christians are His chosen people. It is heresy to question the validity of His commandments. They define the Character of the God we claim to worship. It is our duty to obey – He is the Creator, we are the creatures. It is His law and we have no authority to question its relevance. If God recommends stoning and stoning sounds cruel by today’s standards Christians must reconsider.
If revival is ever to come to our sin filled planet it will come because God’s people have been obedient to His Law. Obedience is the only source of God’s blessing!
Wars will cease when we begin to obey. There will still be poverty, but prosperity will be predominant. Filthy movies will no longer fill the airwaves. Society will begin to return to order. Honesty (just weights and measures) will fill our retail establishments. Our courts will produce justice and apply the law with mercy. Our churches will be full of grateful worshippers and our populace will thank God for His blessings. Our doors will no longer be locked. People will again begin to help one another. A new era of peace and prosperity will come upon God’s creation.
The world needs God’s legal structure. Human law will continue to deteriorate, and the United States will become like erstwhile Russia with all reason, all mercy, and all intelligent procedures sacrificed for the insane installation of a Marxist government. The pinnacle of humanistic control will be reached, and terror will fill the nation. The detention centers have already been constructed and our police force has become a model for the future handling of political prisoners. Lists of dissidents have been compiled and all that is needed is a spark to ignite a rebellion. That is how near we are to the horrors of Marxism.
Our churches and secular citizens have so far chosen the laws of men and rejected the law of God. The choice is for humanistic government that will eventually murder citizens at will. It will be controlled by leaders chosen from the basest and least qualified of our citizens. Just as it was in Russia. There will be talk of government by the people, but that government will never materialize. Instead we will be governed by the least qualified of our citizens while they will claim to be getting their revenge on their former oppressors. It will be a government of death and death will be its prime characteristic. That is where we are headed and if the Gracious God of the Bible does not intervene it will not be long in coming.
Addendum: On February 21st David Goldman who among several other distinguished positions is a columnist for the Asia Times, speaking before a leadership seminar for Hillsdale College related the astonishing progress in China. “The average Chinese consumes 17 times more today than in 1987. They have moved ‘approximately 600 million people from the countryside to the cities – the equivalent of moving the entire population of Europe from the Ural Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, To accommodate those people, it built the equivalent of a new London, plus a new Berlin, Rome, Glasgow, Helsinki, Naples, and Lyons.”
To create this monumental increase in productivity China destroyed a great part of its ancient culture by force.
If the United States of America wishes to compete in this highly efficient totalitarian world Goldman believes It must be done “the American way”.
Goldman did not mention the powerful God of our universe but contends that the American way is E. Pluribus Unum (Out of many, one).
Goldman is correct in recommending a free transition, but our ability to make such a transition hinges on obedience to and faith in the God of the Bible. Christian Reconstruction can provide the tools for a Christian renaissance but America’s lazy, stubborn Christians must apprehend the true Gospel and begin the work.