Sunday, November 9, 2008
 Matthew 5:48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Genesis 17:1; Leviticus 11:44; 19:2; 20:26; Deuteronomy 18:13; Job 1:1,2,3; Psalms 37:37; Luke 6:36,40; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 13:9,11; Philippians 3:12-15; Colossians 1:28; 4:12; James 1:4; 1 Peter 1:15,16
Wrestling with Perfection, I : Truth Observed See comment by Kevin Craig
Those groups criticized by B. B. Warfield almost invariably fudge on the requirements of God's perfect Law. They claim "perfection" only under a re-defined standard of "holiness."
1. #15; #24; Deuteronomy 28:52; Psalm 18:29; Jeremiah 51:58
2. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:21; Hebrews 12:22; Revelation 3:12; 21:2ff.
3. #24; 2 Samuel 22:2-3; Isaiah 25:12 - 26:1; 60:11,18; Zechariah 2:4-5
4. Revelation 21
Providence, not Violence
1. Isaiah 49:23; 60:10,16; Mark 10:42-45.
No Force, No Fraud: Shunning government down
Abolish the Federal Government
Thesis 78: Patriarchy and Resistance to Tyranny in the Last Days of The Old Covenant
We should abolish "the government" by preaching the gospel, gaining repentence, and seeing resignations of politicians (including those who abolish their own office before leaving).
1. 2 Samuel 22:45; Psalm 18:44; 66:3; 81:15; Deuteronomy 33:29; Proverbs 14:19. Proverbs 16:7
2. Revelation 7:9; Matthew 8:11; Zephaniah 3:9; Acts 14:27; 15:9; Romans 11:12,25; 15:12; Ephesians 3:6; Matthew 13:32
3. Psalm 17:1; 1 Timothy 1:5; 2:5
4. Matthew 6:10; Isaiah 44:21-28; Malachi 1:11; Mark 10:42-45; Matthew 9:9-13.
The point is not that everyone, or even a majority, will be genuinely converted (but see Benjamin B. Warfield, “Are They Few That Be Saved?” in Biblical and Theological Studies (Philadelphia: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1952), 349.), although we do promote a "postmillennialist," "triumphalist," globalist Christianity.
The point is that Christians will be the dominant source of civilization, and civilized people will submit to Christians, not out of coercion, but out of respect and admiration.
And also out of necessity. Members of "the Church" who are excommunicated will find it difficult to participate in the full range of the social benefits of civilization, because they are being shunned.
Our strategy is not to identify the "conspirators," as though they are the cause of "the breakdown of Christian culture." Christians must build, and unbelievers will fall in line.
In these Theses, "Patriarchy" is not the same as the "nuclear family." (Thesis 8: Patriarchy and "the Extended Family") or even the "extended family" (Thesis 39: Patriarchy and Education). "Patriarchy" means Christian Globalism.
She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.
This represents international commerce, even with those who may be feigning Christianity.
Competition in Commerce
In an age of Mercantilism, "archists" create monopolies. Consumers do business with the State's businesses, but not because the State's businesses are the most honest, or sell the highest quality good. The State legislates theft, by coercing consumers into accepting less in quality for a higher price than consumers would choose voluntarily.
Romans 1-2 tells us that even unbelievers know the difference between good and evil, between good and shoddy, between competitive and uncompetitive. The absence of the State and compulsory monopoly thus reinforces morality, by allowing the good, the competent, and the honest, to compete for consumer allegiance. The unconverted are forced to raise their standards to compete. Honesty and service thrive, and all men experience holistic salvation.
Incentives Against Crime
In the absence of organized, institutionalized archism, consumers in a Free Market will value the absence of crime, and entrepreneurs will rally to satisfy market demand by creating non-aggressive incentives against criminal behavior. Dispute resolution Agencies will be formed to hear grievances, and their findings will be publicly advertised. Credit will be withheld from guilty, unrepentant parties. Groceries will not be sold to them. Other acts of non-cooperation will create powerful incentives -- without coercion or violence -- to repent of sin and reconcile with aggrieved parties. The vast majority of unbelievers still want to participate and prosper in a Christian society, rather than be "outlaws." The small number of outlaws that will exist in a non-archist world is less of a threat to life, liberty and property than archists are when they have a monopoly of legalized violence, death and nuclear destruction.
1. Isaiah 65:17-25
2. 2 Peter 3.
3. Revelation 21:1-5; 2 Corinthians 5:17.
The New Heavens and the New Earth
Millennialism And Social Theory
Gary North, Preface, Sanctions and Dominion An Economic Commentary on Numbers
Edge: A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE By Steven Pinker
1. Micah 4:1-5; Isaiah 2:2-4; 11:9; 25:6-9; 56:3-8; 65:25; Daniel 2:34-35,44-45; #11
2. Revelation 2:7; 22:2,14
3. 1 Peter 2:24; Deuteronomy 21:22-23; Acts 5:30-31; 10:39; 13:29
4. Galatians 3:13; Genesis 3:17-19
5. Exodus 3:8; Judges 18:10; 2 Samuel 22:20,37; 1 Chronicles 4:40; Nehemiah 9:35; Psalm 18:19,36; 31:8; 118:5; 119:45; Isaiah 30:23; 54:2; Hosea 4:16.
6. Hebrews 12:22; Matthew 5:14; Luke 19:46
7. Genesis 2:15; 1:26-28; 3:17 + Revelation 22:3
Garden / Property / The Sixth Archetype
The Mountain of the LORD
R.J. Rushdoony, "The Tree of Life," Revolt Against Maturity, pp. 305ff.
Yasha - Salvation
Salvation: Being Placed in a Large Wide Place
Politics as Salvation
On Perfection, see Thesis #95.
A Political View of Life
1. Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 6:16; John 14:23; 1 John 3:17,24
2. 1 John 3:17,24; Isaiah 35:3-9; Hebrews 12:12-13
3. Matthew 5:14; John 5:35; Philippians 2:15; Ephesians 5:8; Proverbs 4:18; Daniel 12:3.
4. Luke 1:78; Psalm 37:6; Malachi 4:2; Isaiah 51:4-8; 60:1-3; Revelation 21:22-25; 22:5; Isaiah 30:26
Thesis 28: Salvation is Political
This thesis (#88) provides a background useful for interpreting the "sun" and "light" in Revelation 21-22, and when combined with #28, suggests what some would call a "political" interpretation.
1. Revelation 2:7,25-28; 5:10; 12:11; 17:14; 1 John 2:13-14; 4:4; 5:4-5; Romans 3:4; 8:37; 12;21; Matthew 19:28; Luke 22:29-30
2. Ephesians 2:6; Luke 22:30
3. Ephesians 1:21; 1 Peter 3:22
4. 2 Timothy 2:12
5. Matthew 5:10
6. Revelation 3:21
7. Romans 12:21; 1 John 2:13-14; 4:4; 5:3-5; Revelation 17:14
8. #89; Revelation 2:7,11,17,26; 3:5,12; 21:7
9. Matthew 16:23; Genesis 3:5 + Luke 4:5-7; Mark 10:42-45
10. 2 Peter 2:19-20; 1 Corinthians 6:7
1. John 5:21,25,28 (4:23; 16:32); Ephesians 2:1-6; 5:14; Luke 15:24; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:13
2. Psalm 50:10; 84:10; 90:4; 105:8
None of the following works express our thesis 100%, but they are nevertheless valuable reading, when read with A Berean Spirit:
J.S. Russell's Position on the Millennium
The "Millennial Reign" of Christ
The New Heaven and New Earth, Millennium, New Jerusalem - Explained!
Dr. Greg Bahnsen : Hermeneutics in the Book of Revelation (1984)
A Letter From Loraine Or A Covenantal View Of The Millennium
The Sabbath Millennium
Tenth Generation, Seventh Millennium
Waiting for the “rapture.”
Waiting for “the Second Coming” of Christ.
The irony of all this stretches credulity:
• When Christ comes again, all these Christians who do not presently lift a finger to promote peace and justice will be “reigning with Christ” in a Kingdom of Peace and Justice.
• Christians who presently subsidize a culture of death in Hollywood will be free from death in a “New Heavens and New Earth.”
“Any moment now” Christ will return to accomplish what He could not do at that First Christmas.
“Any moment now.”
So we have been told. For decades.
This brand of Christianity is a corpse in a state of rigor mortis, precariously balanced in an upright position, ready to be blown over on its face by the Spirit’s breath of Truth. Our first breeze comes from the Prophet Isaiah, who says that in the “New Heavens and New Earth” people die (Isaiah 65:17-25). The Prophet looked forward to the First Christmas, in which the Messiah would destroy the old world of ceremonial liturgy and inaugurate a new world of faithfulness and righteousness. By building on God’s blueprint, the nations would be converted and the world would be renovated. The Prophets waited, yearning for that first Christmas.
The time for waiting has passed. The time for faithful obedience is now.
1. Micah 4:1-5; Isaiah 2:1ff.; Isaiah 11; 65:17ff.; Joel 2:28ff.; Hosea 3:5; Jeremiah 23:20; 30:24; etc.
2. Acts 2
3. Hebrews 1:2; 9:26; 1 Peter 1:20; 4:7; 1 John 2:18; Acts 2:16-17; #73
4. Matthew 24; 2 Peter 3
5. Acts 3:24; 2 Corinthians 1:20; 5:17
Gary DeMar writes:
THE LATTER YEARS
Hitchcock and Ice claim that the battle described in Ezekiel 38–39 has to be a distant future battle because it takes place in the “latter years” (38:8) and the “last days” (38:16). “Fortunately,” they write, “Ezekiel actually tells us when this invasion will occur. In Ezekiel 38:8, he says specifically that this invasion will occur in the ‘latter years.’ This is the only occurrence of this exact phrase in the Old Testament” (TBLB 46). The phrase may be unique, but the Hebrew word translated “latter” occurs several times in the OT. More about this in a moment. A careful reading of the text will show that “latter years” is defined for us:
“After many days you will be summoned; in the latter years you will come into the land that is restored from the sword, whose inhabitants have been gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel which had been a continual waste; but its people were brought out from the nations, and they are living securely, all of them” (Ezek. 38:8).“The latter years” means “after many days,” that is, sometime in the future when a certain series of observable events take place. Ezekiel wrote during the Babylonian captivity. He is prophesying about the future when God will restore the Jews to their homeland “from many nations.” Of course, this took place when Cyrus issued his decree “in order to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah” (Ezra 1:1). Some 50,000 exiles returned to Israel to rebuild the temple and city.
The same Hebrew phrase translated “last days” in Ezekiel 38:16 is often translated as “the days to come” in other contexts. In A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament “the last days” is described as “a prophetic phrase denoting the final period of the history so far as the speaker’s perspective reaches.” In the case of Genesis 49:1, it’s “the period of Israel’s possession of Canaan.” The use of the phrase in Numbers 24:14 probably refers to the battle with the Midianites that took place in Israel’s near future (31:1–12; Josh. 13:21–22). The prophecy of Deuteronomy 31:29, where “latter days” is used in some translations, is best seen as referring to the events described in the period of the Judges. How do we know this? Moses says, “For I know that after my death you will act corruptly and turn from the way which I commanded you; and evil will befall you, . . . For you will do that which is evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking Him to anger with the work of your hands.”
So then, the phrase the “latter years” is a time reference about events that are future to the writer; it is not “eschatological,” that is, it’s not a reference either to a post-rapture tribulation period or a post-tribulation earthly millennium.
6. The fact that this phrase is used only once in the OT should lead the interpreter not to be so dogmatic in his assertions as to its meaning. The process in determining what a phrase means is to see how it’s used elsewhere in Scripture. If it’s not found in any other context, then the closest parallel must be consulted. Hitchcock and Ice fail to follow this procedure in so much of their exposition.
7. Francis Brown, S. R. Driver, and Charles A. Briggs (BDB), A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament (Oxford), 31. BDB does go on to say, “But it often=the ideal or Messianic future.” The Messianic future could be the first coming of Christ which was certainly Messianic and in the future. But all the examples following this statement in BDB refer to events in the near future.
8. “In the days to come, Cf. Gn. 49:1; in the Judges’ period (cf. Jdg. 2:11–16; 3:7).” R.K. Harrison, “Deuteronomy,” The New Bible Commentary, eds. Donald Guthrie and J.A. Motyer, 3rd ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1970), 227.
But the New Testament writers clearly affirmed that they were then living in "the last days," presumably the last days of the Old Covenant. We are living in "the Messianic future." By a process of elimination, by comparing every occurrence of "the last days" in the New Testament with the prophecies in the Old Covenant, it will be found that there are no "last days" prophecies that are still yet future for us. There are no prophecies of the "Messianic future" which have not already or are now being fulfilled.
Christ's judgment of powers began in the Apostolic Church.
Christ’s power and the impotence of the “powers” is demonstrated through an obedient Church.
All the kingdoms of the world have now been definitively delivered to the Resurrected and Enthroned Christ and shall be progressively delivered to Christ by His saints
1. 1 Corinthians 15:24
2. Ephesians 6:12
3. 1 Corinthians 6:1-4; Ephesians 3:10; Hebrews 12:22; 1 Corinthians 11:10
4. Ephesians 3:10
5. Revelation 11:15; 12:10-11; Acts 26:17-18
6. Daniel 7:13-14,18,22; Romans 16:20; Psalm 149:4-9; Revelation 12:11; 19:14:15; cf. Matthew 28:18-20
Full Preterists may argue that all these prophecies were fulfilled during the years when the church battled Israel, c. A.D. 33-70. The result for us is the same: "archists" have no legitimate claim on our allegiance.
B.B. Warfield writes:
The prominence of exorcisms in the notices of marvellous occurrences in these Fathers belongs to the circumstances of the times, and would call for no special notice except for the use which has been made of it in recent discussions (cf. S. McComb in Religion and Medicine, by Elwood Worcester, Samuel McComb, and Isador H. Coriat, 1908, pp. 295-299). In point of fact, Christianity came into a world that was demon-ridden, and, as Harnack remarks (The Expansion of Christianity, E. T., 1904, vol. I, p. 158), “no flight of the imagination can form any idea of what would have come over the ancient world or the Roman Empire during the third century had it not been for the church.” In conflict with this gigantic evil which dominated the whole life of the people, it is not to be wondered at that the Christians of the second and subsequent centuries, who were men of their time, were not always able to hold the poise which Paul gave them in the great words: “We know that no idol is anything in the world, and that there is no God but one.” Accordingly, as Harnack points out, “from Justin downwards, Christian literature is crowded with allusions to exorcisms, and every large church, at any rate, had exorcists” (p. 162). But this is no proof that miracles were wrought, except this great miracle, that, in its struggle against the deeply rooted and absolutely pervasive superstition — “the whole world and the circumambient atmosphere,” says Harnack (p. 161), “were filled with devils; not merely idolatry, but every phase and form of life was ruled by them: they sat on thrones; they hovered over cradles; the earth was literally a hell” — Christianity won, and expelled the demons not only from the tortured individuals whose imagination was held captive by them, but from the life of the people, and from the world.
"The Cessation of the Charismata" by Benjamin B. Warfield, note 21.
1. Galatians 4:3,9; Colossians 2:8,20; cf. Hebrews 5:12 - 6:8
2. Galatians 3:24 - 4:9; #31
Greg Bahnsen coined the phrase "Pedagogical Law" to describe Old Testament laws which under the New Covenant can no longer be obeyed through a literal fulfillment. He noted especially animal sacrifices and temple rituals.
It is our contention that what is called the "judicial law" is also often part of the "pedagogical law."
We also contend that what we call "the State" was part of a complex of social and legal institutions that were "pedagogical" and not enduring.
Angelic beings ("the powers") were part of this pedagogical system.
The Old Covenant promised and the New Covenant revealed that the salvation brought by Christ eliminated the need for the pedagogical order of the Old Covenant.
Thesis 31: Ceremony, Ritual, Liturgy, And The “Pedagogical Law”
Thesis 33: Patriarchs And “Elders”
Thesis 34: The Need for a Pedagogical Legal Structure
Thesis 35: Angels And The Pedagogical Legal Structure
Thesis 38: Patriarchy and the Temple
Thesis 75: Self-Ordination
State-socialism is not condoned by the example of the Apostolic Church.
1. Acts 5:4; Luke 22:24-30
2. Acts 4:32-38
Private property still existed in the "voluntary communism" seen in Acts.
One can create "voluntary communism" only by giving, not by taking.
Taking = socialism = theft.
All attempts to create a social system by imposed giving fail.
What's Wrong with "Distributism" - Thomas E. Woods, Jr. - Mises Institute
A Guildsman’s Interpretation of History, by Arthur J. Penty - Book review by Patrick Odou
State socialism is condemned by Theses #80 and #81
1. Proverbs 20:22; 24:29; Matthew 5:38-48; 1 Corinthians 6:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:15; 1 Peter 3:9; Revelation 13:10; #79
2. Romans 12:17-21; Deuteronomy 32:35
3. Romans 13:1,4; Isaiah 10:5-14; 13:1-5; #47
Vengeance Belongs to God, Not to Man
Thesis 80: Violence
1. Matthew 26:52; Genesis 49:5-7; Revelation 13:10; 1 Peter 2:13-25; #46.
A Biblical Defense of Pacifism
A Pacifist in Federal Court
Swords Into Plowshares
Blessed Are the Peacemakers
Christ’s disciples pay taxes to avoid offense and to counter the evil violence of Humanistic statism/vengeance with non-violent good.
1. Matthew 17:25-26; Philippians 3:20
2. Matthew 17:27
3. Romans 12:17 - 13:7; Matthew 5:39-42; Isaiah 50:6; Proverbs 25:21-22; Luke 6:27-38; Deuteronomy 32:35; Romans 12:14; Matthew 27:32; 1 Corinthians 6:7 #80 and #81
Scandal and Conscience in Romans 13
Render Unto Caesar -- R.J. Rushdoony
Romans 12 and 13
Calvin on Romans 12
1. Acts 4:19-20; 5:29; cp. #29
We may add another thesis on non-resistance.
America's Founding Fathers made a mistake by using armed violence to change things. Taking up arms -- muskets and cannons -- against the British Empire was as unChristian as Jewish proposals to take up arms against the Roman Empire. Jesus said No to these tactics.
But if it was right to call the British government over the colonies a tyranny, and seek to end tyranny, it is more right to call the U.S. government a tyranny, and seek to abolish it.
Here is how:
No Force, No Fraud: Shunning government down
Abolish the Federal Government
The principle of resistance is limited.
We must obey God even if the State forbids it.
• We must preach the Gospel even if the State forbids it.
• The State has no right to prohibit the preaching of the Gospel and sins when it does so.
We must avoid sin even if the State commands it.
• We must not kill even if drafted and commanded to do so.
• The State has no right to draft and deploy, and sins when it does so.
It is a not a sin to be robbed by the IRS.
It is not a sin to be kidnapped and enslaved.
1. Mark 10:42-45
2. Revelation 18:4
3. Philippians 3:20
What is an "Archist"
The actions described in note 1 are rooted in violence. They violate God's commandments, such as The Eighth Commandment and the Sixth Commandment.
The polis is the institutionalization of disobedience to God's commandments.
POLIS: The Empire of Man vs. the City of God
Coming soon: study on Salvation and Citizenship
1. Isaiah 19:11,12,13; 1 Corinthians 1:18-23; 2:14; 3:19; Romans 1:22
2. Romans 12:1-2; James 4:4
3. Isaiah 59:4,8-15; Proverbs 28:4; Jeremiah 22:16; Hebrews 11:33
4. Romans 1:22; 1 Corinthians 1:20 + Matthew 5:13 -- “lost its savor” = “made moronic,” “become foolish”
A City upon a Hill
Statism - The Worship of "the State"
1. 1 Corinthians 16:15; (cf. Romans 13:1)
Coming Soon: "Ordination"
The word "ordained" in Romans 13 is the same Greek word in 1 Corinthians 16:15. You don't need to go to seminary and have someone wearing a clerical robe "ordain" you before you can have a church in your home.
The "Clergy/Laity" Distinction
THE PROBLEM WITH SEMINARIES
Christian Reconstruction, Vol. XIII, No. 4, July/Aug. 1989
Not that there's anything inherently wrong with continuing education:
Where to Get a Calvinistic Seminary Education the Same Way God Created Adam: Dirt Cheap
Whitefield Theological Seminary
Baptism, as with circumcision, was appropriately administered by the family head (#25). This symbolic washing ritual of the Old Covenant was a sign appropriate for the “terminal generation” and expired with that generation and the end of the Old Covenant in A.D. 70.
1. Colossians 2:11-12
2. Hebrews 9:10; Exodus 40:32; Numbers 8:7; John 3:25
3. Acts 19:3-6; 1 Corinthians 14:21-22
4. Matthew 3:7; 11:16; 12:34,38-45; 16:4; 17:7; 23:33-36; 24:34; Mark 8:38 - 9:1,19; Luke 7:31-35; 11:29-32,50-51; 17:25; 21:32; Acts 2:40; Philippians 2:15; #92
5. Acts 21:25 (KJV)
6. Hebrews 5:12 - 6:8; #83
Are We in "The Last Days?"
Thesis 25: Patriarchy and “Sacraments”: Circumcision
The Terminal Generation
"Ultra-dispensationalists" have also arrived at the conclusion that Baptism is not for the post-temple era of today, but for very different reasons than we have. Their reasons have a respectable Scriptural basis, even if their dispensationalism does not.
1. Mark 14:12; Matthew 26:2,17-19; Luke 22:15
2. #92; John 18:28 + #73
3. #32; Acts 2:42-46; 20:7-8; cf. 1 Timothy 5:13; #72
4. cf. Acts 18:18; 21:24-26
5. Hebrews 6:2,8; 8:13; 9:10; 2 Peter 3:12; cf. 1 Corinthians 5:7
6. 1 Corinthians 11:26; Matthew 16:27-28; Luke 22:16,18 + Mark 14:62; Hebrews 8:13 + Matthew 26:29
All the references contained in previous Theses on the sacraments should be consulted:
Thesis 25: Patriarchy and “Sacraments”: Circumcision
Thesis 32: Patriarchy and “Sacraments”: Passover
Thesis 72: Patriarchy and the House-Church
Thesis 73: Patriarchy and the “Sacraments”: Baptism
Two verses encapsulate this Thesis:
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
For the Son of Man is about to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.
Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”
After that (A.D. 70), no more Passover.
1. Acts 2:46; 5:42; 20:20; Acts 18:2-4 + Romans 16:3 and 1 Corinthians 16:19; Romans 16:5,10,11; 1 Corinthians 1:11,16; Colossians 4:15; 2 Timothy 4:19; Philemon 2; 2 John 10; etc.; #75
2. #23; Deuteronomy 10:18-19; 14:29; 16:11,14; 1 Kings 8:41-43; Job 31:32; Psalm 68:6,12; 113:7-9 + Revelation 1:6; 5:10; Matthew 25:35; Romans 12:13; 1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8; 1 Peter 4:9; 3 John 5.
• Gary North, "Family Authority vs. Protestant Sacerdotalism," in the Journal of Christian Reconstruction symposium on the Family, Vol. IV, No. 2, Winter 1977-78, reprinted in Vol. XVI, "The 25th Anniversary Issue" available at The Chalcedon Store.
• The Family: Foundation of Society
• The Family / The Fifth Archetype
Jesus destroyed the temple in A.D. 70. It must not be rebuilt.
James B. Jordan: "God's Hospitality and Holistic Evangelism," in Sociology of the Church, pp. 221-257.
The Royal Virtue
R.J. Rushdoony, "The Royal Virtue," Law and Society, (Vol II of Institutes of Biblical Law), ch. 49, pp. 246-248, plus chapters 50-54. Also, "Communion and Community," ch. 23, pp. 132-137.
Note: Patriarchy is the paradigm; not the priesthood.
Hospitality is the blueprint, not "liturgy."
The Bible describes Godly patriarchs as "priests" and "kings"
(Revelation 1:6; Revelation 5:10). But this could be described as a negating analogy. Patriarchs are the true priests and kings, but "real" priests and kings are Biblically sub-standard.
• Any person who claims to be a "real" priest, offering "real" blood sacrifices, denies the blood atonement of Christ, the True High Priest.
• Anyone who claims to be a "real" hereditary monarch denies the Kingship of Christ.
Patriarchs are those who affirm the true priesthood of Christ and the true kingship of Christ; they are thereby "priests and kings," reigning with Christ on earth, not those who claim to be "real" priests and kings.
The way we reign as priests and kings is through hospitality. This is the blueprint of dominion. We are to offer sacrifices (Romans 12:1; 1 Peter 2:5; Hebrews 13:16; Hebrews 13:15; Philippians 4:18). But those who offer "real" sacrifices and engage in "real" liturgies are missing the point (Hebrews 10:5-7; Mark 12:32-34; Matthew 12:5-8;; Matthew 9:13).
As we will see, Christians in the last days of the Old Covenant were required to continue observing Old Testament liturgies, such as Passover (Luke 22:7-20), but that continued only until Christ came in judgment against Jerusalem and destroyed the temple (1 Corinthians 11:26; Matthew 16:27-28).
The house-church is not a wanna-be "church"; a "we're going to be a real church someday, with a big steeple on top." The house-church is where dominion is exercised, and hospitality practiced. This is the liturgy of the Church.
Hospitality is also the Christian paradigm for business, though this is beyond the scope of this Thesis, which centers on the Church. See Jennifer Roback Morse, Love and Economics: Why the Laissez-Faire Family Doesn't Work, and Gary North, "Social Overhead Capital," Chalcedon Report. Coming: an analysis of "The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits," by Milton Friedman.
1. 1 Peter 5:1; 1 Timothy 4:14 + 2 Timothy 1:6
2. e.g., Timothy (2 Timothy 1:6; cp. Titus 1:5)
3. Acts 8:14-17; 19:1-6
4. 1 Timothy 4:12,14; Mark 16:20; Hebrews 1:1; 2:4; Acts 6:8; etc.
5. Acts 15:2,4,6; 16:4; cf. 2 Timothy 3:1-9; 1 John 2:18-26; #59
6. Acts 15:22,23; 1 Corinthians 4:8; 5:3; #94
7. Acts 6:10; 7; 8:1,4; 8:5,12
Coming: The Myth of Apostolic Succession
All Churches today are Roman Catholic in their belief that there are some human beings who are "ordained" (in the same way Timothy was Ordained by the Apostle Paul), and there are the rest of the human beings.
This is not a question of ecclesiology alone (the study of the church). This is a question of eschatology as well (the study of "last things," prophecy, the future).
"Preterism" is the idea that Christ fulfilled all Old Testament prophecies at His first coming, and that New Testament prophecies concerning a "second coming" of Christ were fulfilled in A.D. 70 when Christ returned in Judgment against Jerusalem. This means that we are now living in "the New Heavens and the New Earth" predicted by Isaiah, a world without priests and teachers, as Jeremiah described:
Vine & Fig Tree: A World Without Priests
The Elder's Checklist
The desire to preserve the apostolic church which existed in "the last days" of the Old Covenant puts New Covenant believers in a vegetative state.
The parallel is with Moses and the judges:
Thesis 37: The Temporary Character of The First “Church Officers”
1. 1 Corinthians 5:12; John 7:24
2. #68; 1 Corinthians 6:4; Micah 4:3 + Psalm 149:4-9
3. 1 Corinthians 6:1-6; (cf. James 2:6); #93.
Why Christians Should Be Judgmental and Intolerant
Tolerance vs. Liberty
"Lex Mercatoria" is a legal phrase which has come to signify the power of a stateless society to prevent most disputes and resolve those that arise in a peaceful, harmonious and orderly way -- without dependence upon political institutions such as monarch, crown, parliament or congress.
The history of the Lex Mercatoria
Self-government versus "the government"
NAGocracy.com! - Anarcho-Theocracy - Self-Government in Action
1. Jeremiah 31:33; Hebrews 8:10
2. Ezekiel 36:27
3. Jeremiah 31:34; 1 John 2:27,20-21; Galatians 3:24 - 4:9
4. #41; Exodus 7:1; 22:9 [elohim]; John 10:34-35; Revelation 1:6; 5:10; Romans 8:14; Isaiah 56:5
5. John 1:12; 1 John 3:1; 2 Peter 1:4; #84
Vine & Fig Tree: A World Without Priests
Law / Micah's Third Archetype
"Spirit" vs. Law
The Elder's Checklist See Essay 18: "The End of Teachers" (online soon)
1. Matthew 12:30; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17; Titus 2:7,10; 2 Timothy 2:7; Matthew 6:24; James 4:4; 2;10; 1 John 2:15; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Timothy 3:11; 2 Peter 1:3; Colossians 1:18; Philippians 4:8; 1 Corinthians 15:28; Ephesians 5:20; 4:15; 2 Corinthians 2:9; 1 Corinthians 16:14; 14:26,40; 2:15; Hebrews 11:24-26
2. Joshua 24:14-15
Worldview: Your Philosophy of Life
There are two ways to speak of "neutrality": breadth and depth.
The breadth of Christianity extends to every area of life. God has jurisdiction over everything you do, at all times of the day, not just "religious" things on Sunday. God has given commandments that apply to everything that a human being can do: work, marry, raise children, science, arts, social institutions, etc. There is no "King's X" or zone of neutrality.
The depth of Christianity leaves no room for apathy or indifference. Better to be hot or cold -- passionately wrong or fanatically right -- than to be lukewarm. The Catechism says man's chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. There is so much to enjoy, so much to be thankful for, and so much to do, that neutrality is not just a psychological defect, it's a sin.
Theocracy vs. "Neutrality"
Early Christianity was a house-centered phenomenon. This was not just because the Empire was at war with Christianity and drove the Christians underground (although this was true). Christians followed Christ in rejecting political power. True power is nurtured in Christian Patriarchy.
Theses 68-86 show how Christian home-churches battled an Empire in the Apostolic Age.
- View | Thesis 68: Extremism vs. Neutrality
- View | Thesis 69: Sons of God and Pedagogues
- View | Thesis 70: Judgment and the Church-Courts of Christ
- View | Thesis 71: The Apostolic Church and the Spread of Power
- View | Thesis 72: Patriarchy and the House-Church
- View | Thesis 73: Patriarchy and the “Sacraments”: Baptism
- View | Thesis 74: Patriarchy and the “Sacraments”: “The Lord’s Supper”
- View | Thesis 75: Self-Ordination
- View | Thesis 76: Salt and Statism
- View | Thesis 77: Political Authority and Kingdom Citizenship
- View | Thesis 78: Patriarchy and Resistance to Tyranny in the Last Days of the Old Covenant
- View | Thesis 79: Taxation, Kingdom Citizenship, and Overcoming Through Suffering
- View | Thesis 80: Violence
- View | Thesis 81: Vengeance
- View | Thesis 82: Creationist Anarcho-Socialism and Darwinian Archo-Socialism
- View | Thesis 83: Pedagogy and The Powers
- View | Thesis 84: The End of Archists: The Pedagogues Judged by the Church
- View | Thesis 85: The Last Days of the Old Covenant
- Salt and Statism
- Ghostbusters on Mars Hill
1. Isaiah 11:1-10; Romans 15:12; 2 Corinthians 1:20; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Matthew 2:23; Acts 13:23; Revelation 5:5; 22:16
The Branch / Jesus the Nazarene
1. John 6:15; Matthew 20:25-28
2. Matthew 28:18; Revelation 19:15 + Hebrews 4:12; John 18:35-37; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
3. John 7:26; #64; #56
• The Divine Right of Kings & The Divine Ordination of Government: The Parallels
1. Luke 17:20-21; John 3:3
2. Matthew 21:4-9
3. Matthew 17:21-23; 5:10-12; Luke 24:46-47 + Micah 4:1-2; #87
1. e.g., John 11:48; 19:15
2. Luke 2:34; 1 Corinthians 2:6-9; Hosea 14:9
3. John 18:35
4. Revelation 13:11ff.
5. John 19:6
6. John 19:7-8,12-13,15
Both "Church" and "State" are archist. They trust -- and therefore seek -- human power. Denying God's Predestination, they seek earthly predestination at their own hands.
1. Luke 1:32-33; Acts 2:30-36; 7:48-49; Mark 16:19; Psalm 110:1
2. Luke 2:28-32; Isaiah 42:1-13; 25:7-9; 49:6-8; Habakkuk 2:14
These Theses are generally in chronological order through the Bible. This one arises from the prophecy recorded in Luke 1, when the Angel told Mary that the Baby she was carrying will be given "the throne of His father David."
The Birth of the Anti-King
The actual Ascension took place some 33 years after this prophecy.
1. Matthew 22:5 cf. #10
The word "environmentalism" is not used in the modern sense of "concern for global warming and green technology," but in the sense used back in the 1970's by R.J. Rushdoony, e.g., "Environmentalism," Revolt Against Maturity, 86-90.
The idea here is that being raised in the right environment can save a person.
But Man's revolt is against God, and God is found in every environment. Even if an agrarian environment is more Theonomic than an urban one, the reprobate will still rebel against God as they see Him in an agrarian environment.
1. Matthew 13:32; Ezekiel 17:22-24; Isaiah 2:2-4; Daniel 2:35,44-45; Micah 4:1-3; Haggai 2:3-9; Zechariah 4:10. See also Mark 10:42-45 on "greatness."
2. Matthew 13:33 #68; Luke 17:20-24.
Christ was executed, giving an impression of powerlessness.
His disciples were disarmed. (Matthew 26:52; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.
After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!
Same word, but two different kinds of power.
1. Matthew 12:28
2. Matthew 12:29; Luke 10:18; 11:20-22; Mark 1:24; Revelation 12:10-12; 20:1-4
3. John 12:31-33; 14:30; 16:11
4. #22; Matthew 28:18-20; Revelation 20:1-4; Luke 10:18; 11:17-22; Colossians 2:15; Psalm 68:18 + Ephesians 4:8; Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 3:8; 4:4; Genesis 3:15; Romans 16:20
5. Colossians 2:15; cf. Matthew 28:18-20
Here's a preterist, amillennialist, and a postmillennialist:
Does "SATAN" Exist Today? Preterist Archive
JOLLYBLOGGER: Is Satan Bound?
The Person, Work, and Present Status of Satan Greg Bahnsen
The Gospel was Preached to Every Nation before AD 70
We are contemplating adding a new thesis in Part I (following Part H) on Revelation 20.
Who is the Anti-Christ?
What is the "Kingdom of Heaven"
I am an Overcomer
1. Acts 7:51-52; 1 Kings 19:10; 2 Chronicles 24:19; 36:15-16; Jeremiah 2:30; Nehemiah 9:26,30; Malachi 3:7
2. Matthew 4:23
3. Matthew 5:12; 23:34-39; 21:(33-)43; 1 Thessalonians 2:15
4. prophesied: Matthew 24:24; Acts 20:29-30; 2 Timothy 3:1; manifested: 2 Timothy 3:6-13; 1 John 2:18-19; 4:1; 2 John 7
5. Matthew 3:7; 11:16; 12:34,39-42,45; 12:45; 16:4; 17:17; 23:33 et passim; 23:36 - 24:34; Mark 8:12; 8:38 - 9:1; 9:19; 13:30; 7:31; 9:41; 11:29-32,50-51; 17:25; 21:32; Acts 2:40; Philippians 2:15.
"Spirit" vs. Law See the verses at note 39. The Old Testament (Jewish "Tanakh") is arguably the most anti-semitic book in history. It portrays Israel as having been given extraordinary advantages and privileges with God, only to continually rebel against Him.
1. Ezekiel 34; Jeremiah 23; Isaiah 44:28; Psalm 78:71-72
2. Ezekiel 37:24-28; Revelation 19:15-16.
3. Matthew 2:4-6; #55: The Throne of David.
Kittel, vol VI, pp. 486ff., notes that in the ancient orient, "shepherd" is a "common term for political and military leaders," used by kings to describe themselves as "one divinely chosen to bring salvation." The text at note 69 refers to "an ancient motif of world renewal, namely, that of gathering the dispersed flock." Ancient kings gathered by military conquest. Christ shepherds by regeneration.
Every Man a Lawyer
How lawyers (and other "public servants") should carry out pastoral functions. A clear threat to ecclesiastical "pastors." (Not all essays have been linked yet.)
How the Church Should Replace Empires
Revelation 1:6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 5:10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”
Self-Government in Action: Christians -- The Body of Christ -- at first a shadow government, then progressively illuminating the world and leaving institutionalized violence ("the State") in the dark.
1. Mark 1:14-15
2. John 4:25-26
3. Matthew 5:1-12; Deuteronomy 28:1-14
4. John 14:21,23; Acts 5:32
5. John 1:12; Philippians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:10; Romans 8:3-4; Ezekiel 36:27
Jesus preached "the Gospel of the Kingdom."
Jesus pronounced blessings for obedience to the true Law (as He laid it down, purged of pharisaical corruption).
Jesus promised reconciliation/fellowship.
For the LORD is our Judge, The LORD is our Lawgiver, The LORD is our King; He will save us.
The Good News of the Kingdom is in conflict with the bad news of all humanistic kingdoms:
Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Roman Law has served as the cradle of the Church.
1. Acts 16:21; 17:7
2. Acts 19:23-28
3. Acts 17:18,22; cf. 8:9-11; 14:11-16
4. Romans 13:1-4; Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 2:15; Ephesians 1:21
5. 2 Corinthians 11:14; 1 Thessalonians 2:18 + Acts 17:8,15
6. Romans 13:1
7. Isaiah 44:27-28; 60:16; Daniel 2:34-35,40-44; Galatians 4:4; #94.
Daniel predicted that the Messiah would come during the Roman Empire, and Paul explained that this was the perfect time (note 7). Many apologists have noted that Koine Greek served as a universal language, and the Roman roads facilitated the spread of the Gospel. But more than this is involved. The Greco-Roman world marked a kind of "epistemological self-consciousness" in terms of the "principalities and powers" of the ancient world. The false religions of the Old Testament era were destroyed by Christ at His coming.
The Demonic Origin of the State
"Principalities and Powers" -- pt. 1
"Principalities and Powers" - pt 2
Unlucky 13 -- Romans 13, Revelation 13 and Isaiah 13
A Roman's-Eye View of Romans 13
Lakes of Fire in "Smoke-Filled Rooms"
The Advent of Jesus the Christ (Christ means "anointed King" -- an office, not a surname) was resisted by both church and State. Both the Roman civil rulers and the Jewish religious leaders knew their power was threatened by a righteous Servant-King. The powers plotted against Him from womb to tomb.
Empires and false religions have always been at war with Patriarchy and the Seed of Abraham, which is the Messiah.
191. [other holders]
192. [Christ] cf. #63
The Sure Mercies of David
Thesis 63: Christ’s Ascension to the Throne of David
It is a sin to form "the State." Deuteronomy 17:14 does not contradict this, and this is where most of the expositors' mistakes originate. Example: Deuteronomy 31:16, though part of "the Law," is prophecy, obviously. Deuteronomy 17:14 is also prophecy, though perhaps not as obviously. It is not a command. It speaks of sin, ordained but not approved by God. Perhaps instead of arguing over labels ("prophecy" vs. "law") for Deuteronomy 17:14, we should acknowledge a third category, which we might call "witness" (Deuteronomy 30:19; 31:19; 31:21,26,28). Deuteronomy 17:14 is not a command to have a king, and not solely a prophecy, but a future witness against Israel.
1. cf. Romans 13:4
2. Genesis 9:4-6
3. Numbers 35:31,33; Deuteronomy 21:1,9
4. Ezekiel 35:5-6
5. Romans 12:17-21; #81:
6. Deuteronomy 32:43 [NIV]; Judges 20:40; Isaiah 34:5-8; Jeremiah 46:10; Ezekiel 39:17-20; Zephaniah 1:7-8; Matthew 23:35 + Revelation 19:3
7. Exodus 29:14; Leviticus 16:27; Zephaniah 1:17-18
God Sends Evil
Is War Ever "Just?"
This thesis is a linchpin.
If true, it destroys both war and capital punishment as legitimate functions of "the State," and effectively destroys the necessity or even legitimacy of "the State."
If false, the overall thrust of these 95 Theses is still valid, namely, that all legitimate social functions (which would include vengeance, war, and capital punishment if this thesis is false) can be carried out by the Family (patriarchy) rather than the State (polis).
1. 2 Chronicles 11:15; Leviticus 17:7; Jeremiah 7:18; 13:18; Acts 7:43
2. cp. Deuteronomy 6:6-9; #39
3. Leviticus 20:1-5; cp. 1 John 3:16; Philippians 2:4-8; John 15:13
R.J. Rushdoony, "Images, Ikons and Pin-Ups," Journal of Christian Reconstruction, vol I, No. 1, 1974.
Otto Scott, "The Artist as Propagandist," Journal of Christian Reconstruction, vol 10, No. 1, 1983.
R.J. Rushdoony, "Humanism's Prophet: The Artist," Journal of Christian Reconstruction, vol 2, No. 1, 1975.
1. Isaiah 24:23; 13:10; 34:4; 60:19-20; Jeremiah 4:28; Joel 2:10,31; 3:15; Ezekiel 30:18; 32:7,8; Matthew 24:29; Revelation 17-19; Revelation 21:22-25; 22:5; #88.
David Chilton, "The Sun, Moon, and Stars," in Paradise Restored.
James B. Jordan, " Sun, Moon, and Stars," chap. 5 in Through New Eyes.
On stars and angels, see James B. Jordan, Judges: God's War Against Humanism, p. 102.
Along these lines, see also, Baalism vs. Predestination. Pagans worship the star-demons, Christians understand them to be controlled by God. This was the irony of the "natural" plagues in Egypt.
Stars and Idolatry
Unlucky 13 -- Romans 13, Revelation 13 and Isaiah 13
A Roman's-Eye View of Romans 13
"Principalities and Powers"
"Principalities and Powers" - part 2
Lakes of Fire in "Smoke-Filled Rooms"
#22; #30; #35
1. Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7
2. Acts 2:29-36; 13:32-33; #63
3. Psalm 72:11; Philippians 2:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 1:5; Revelation 17:14; Revelation 19:16;
4. Isaiah 11; 32:15-18
5. Psalm 22:27-31; 46:10; 66:4; 67:2; 72:8-11,17; 86:9; 102:15-22; 138:1-5; Isaiah 11:9; 27:6,13; 49:22-23; 51:4-5; 60:6; 66:18-23; Jeremiah 3:17; 4:2; Daniel 7:13-22; Micah 4:1-3; Zechariah 2:11; 8:20-23; Malachi 1:11
2. Isaiah 14:11-15; Ezekiel 28
3. Isaiah 10:7; #94, #83; #78
4. Romans 12:17-21; #81
We have seen that the State is created by those who want to rebel against God's Law, and do not want to be confined to God's approved methods of dealing with social and personal problems.
"The State" is what people who want to steal and kill form, because if they tried to steal and kill as private citizens, public opinion would turn against them. There's no need for "the State" if you're content to use persuasion to raise money for your project. There's no need for "the State" if you intend to leave vengeance to God.
Romans 13 says we are to "submit" to the State because the State serves God's purposes. Many theologians say that if it is not self-consciously trying to obey God's Law, we don't have to "submit," but we can overthrow the State. That's not what the Bible says. It says "the State" serves God's purposes by disobeying God's Law (#48, #49); that no State is obeying God by stealing from people to purchase the instruments of death to take vengeance on enemies, but we are to "submit" to such empires and not to employ violence against them, because God is in control.
"The State" serves God's purposes even while it is busy denying God, defying God, and disobeying God's commandments.
1. Proverbs 21:1
2. Isaiah 13:3
3. Isaiah 13:3
4. Isaiah 10:5
5. Isaiah 10:6
6. Romans 13:4
7. Isaiah 45:1 -- “anointed king”
8. Isaiah 45:5
God Sends EVIL !
Notice that the concepts in notes 3-6 are highlighted in red in the above essay.
Evil empires accomplish the task for which God sends them.
God's sending is effectual. They always serve Him.
It is not the case that the State should serve Him (be His "minister") but doesn't always.
It is not the case that we need not submit to those empires that are not effectively being His servants/deacons/ministers in self-conscious obedience.
They always serve His purposes, and we are never to rise up against them in violent revolution.
The prophets, such as Isaiah, form the backdrop for Paul's teaching on the State in Romans 13.
1. Isaiah 10:6
2. Isaiah 10:12
God Sends EVIL !
This link is primarily a collection of verses.
Read each one and ask, who suffered at the hands of the "evil" described?
Did the "evil"doer have the moral right or moral approval of God to do the evil described?
Make the verses personal, that is, imagine the effects on real people.
Imagine real people -- your neighbors, your son -- committing these "patriotic" acts. Are they justified? Do their actions please God?
In the Isaiah passages above, some have said Assyria did the right thing but with the wrong reasons in their hearts. If Assyria were China and committed these acts against America, would China/Assyria be justified? Exonerated under "International Law?" Exonerated under God's Law?
We can easily imagine God sending the Chinese/Assyrians against America -- as one wit has put it, if God doesn't judge America, He owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology -- but it's difficult to see how China will be applauded rather than condemned by God for their actions.
Therefore the State "serves" God's purposes by sinning.
We will return to these verses when we examine the "minister" (servant) of God in Romans 13.