Some exciting news about North Country Farmer

North Country Farmer has moved! Please take note that from now on you need to visit www.northcountryfarmer.com. I am also working on launching the North Country Farmer Report podcast and some video reports as well. These will be found on the new site soon.

See you over at the new site,
Scott M Terry

The Bible, the Family and Decentralized Society

The bible is in many ways a blueprint for building a decentralized order and society. The modern American Christian can’t see this because they have been taught something very different. All the groups fighting for power and influence today are centralist, hoping to erect a tower of babel. Unfortanatly the church is included and she wrongly thinks that placing a giant cross on top will make it less evil. In this post I hope to lay out some of the presuppositions that are the foundation for the decentralized order.

First of all, scripture dose not allow for a powerful church or a powerful state. Both of these important institutions are limited in their power and scope. According to Numbers 18 25-28, the church (sanctuary) is limited to 1/10 of the tithe. The rest went to the Levites who handled education, welfare and other things. The state or civil authority is likewise severely limited. Its income in the bible was limited to a tax of 1/2 a shekel for all males 21 and older.

In scripture we find the family as the central institution for exercising dominion and subduing the earth and replenishing it. The family is given the responsibility of education, land ownership and inheritance. The Law Word of God is given to the families in Deut and Proverbs, to be the guide for Kingdom work. I think there is a bigger problem at the heart of the American church’s misunderstanding here. Americans see salvation as the end point of the Gospel. If you think the end sum of the Christian life is salvation then its not hard to see the church as the main power in society, just as the humanist see the state. If you believe that nothing less than the total transformation of this world is the end sum of Christianity it is easy to see that the family and the individual are given the tools and responsibility to carry out the ground level work required.

Consider these points made by Rushdoony…

The purpose of God’s Law is to provide government under God, not under men, not the church, nor the state. God’s Law is the the means to a free and godly community.

The Law of God requires a trustee family…It requires the covenant people of God to establish God’s order, beginning in their families.

We have too long sought to establish God’s Law order through the state or the church. Both are necessary but limited spheres under God.

The Law of God thus is a charter and constitution for a decentralized society in which the basic powers of government are exercised by God’s covenant people in their self-government in every sphere, in their families, their vocations, the tithe agencies they creat to minister to a variety of social problems and needs, and so on.

The ideas in this post will be seen as treason by both church and state. Sadly the most venomous reaction will be by churchmen. I’m often asked “Why would a Christian support this whole agrarian/decentralization thing?”. It makes no sense to most Americans because Biblical Christianity doesn’t make any sense to them.

Rushdoony on Christ’s Kingship

I read the book Sovereignty, by Rushdoony, last winter and I found this quote extremely powerful.

Because He is the King here and now and forever more, His law-word must govern us now and always, and all things must be reordered and remade to conform to His royal word. No sphere of life is exempt from His government, and not an atom of creation was created apart from Him or has any right to independence from Him. Christ is not lord over merely a corner of creation, nor only the church, but over all things. He is not less than God but very God of very God as well as very man of very man. There can be no justice or righteousness in man nor in society apart from Jesus Christ as Savior and King.

Moreover, no more than the Romans could lock up Jesus Christ inside a sealed tomb can the churchmen of our day confine Him to the church. If they continue to try to lock Him into the church, He will shatter the church as He did the tomb, and leave it empty as He emerges to rule the world, for He “is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords” (1 Tim. 6:15).

RJ Rushdoony, from his book Sovereignty

You are the Resistance

Check out a little promotional video I made for the Infowars’ You are the Resistance / V for Victory campaign.

If you want to keep up to date on my anti-New World Order activities check my other site, The Rural Resistance

Debt Slavery’s Effect on the Future

The social consequences of debt include a covetous and inflationary society. When men spend prospective and still future earnings in the present, then, as the present passes, they are chained to their past spending by debt. Debt becomes a form of karma, a past which governs the present and the future and produces a society with a closed future. The slavery of debt binds man to the worst in their past; their debt-living cripples their present and helps determine and limit their future.

~R.J. Rushdoony

The issues of personal debt and the debt based monetary system we have in the Federal Reserve are the great sins of our generation. Churchmen don’t address them because its easier to denounce the sins of the pagans. Since most Christians haven’t had an abortion or been engaged in homosexuality, those are the sins we speak out against. But brethren, Judgment starts at the House of God and we have much to repent of. Our callus disregard for the bible’s guidelines concerning debt have made us a useless group of slaves. We can’t afford to be future oriented, because we’ve sold our future. Even the paper we call “money” is nothing more than a debt instrument and a means for the banking establishment to rob and steal even more of our future. For years no one railed against the FED because we loved paying yesterdays debt off with todays cheaper dollars. Those who have saved money and stayed out of debt fared the worst, losing almost all their buying power. Where are the sermons against the Federal Reserve? Where are sermons being preached against debt in general and the biblical limit of 6 years for any debt. I won’t even get into usury! Debt is one of the chief sins that has made God’s people the tail and not the head. Until we address this sin in a serious manner there is no hope to change the future. May God raise up a generation who steers clear of debt and can afford to think in terms of the future.

Why we don’t want to be like the Puritans

Within the Reformed faith we have what I call the “neo puritans”. Folks obsessed with being just like the English Puritans in every way. Now, there is much to like about the Puritans but we must hold them up to the Deut 28 test and ask what went wrong with these people before we dedicate our lives to imitating them. As great as they were, within a few generations the New England Puritans became Unitarians and some of the families went on to establish luciferian secret societies for crying out loud! Is that what we want, our grandchildren denying the faith and working for the New World Order gang? I dare say we should spend our time figuring out what about the Puritans we should NOT emulate. Lets examine the past and learn from it, being future oriented. Otherwise we can plan on history reaping itself over and over. Then when we’re dead someone can dig up our old writings and seeing how smart we were will want to be just like us too. Its an ugly cycle.

The Ekklesia Dilemma

I came across this post by Ian Hodge a while back and have been giving it some thought.

I know you might think this is crazy. But bear with me, and see if the logic fits.

While driving through Canada in 2009 I listened to a lecture Dr. Rushdoony gave somewhere. It was an introduction to lectures on Corinthians, and he had one vitally interesting point that I cannot get over.

Rushdoony pointed out that the word ekklesia in the Greek — usually translated “church” or “congregation” in the New Testament — has its origins in Greek culture. The ekklesia were the “called out ones.” This would be a group in a city or town who were “called out” to deal with issues of the township.

In other words, the ekklesia was the governing body of the township. In antiquity, they met sometimes 30-40 times in a year, and usually discussed issues that involved a change to the law, appointments to official positions, contracts, peace, war, and finance. (You can read more on this in Colin Brown’s, The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology, 3 vols.)

Got that? Now extend your thinking a little.

If this is the meaning of ekklesia then it is not too hard to figure out why the early Christians were using the word to describe themselves. They were the new governing body of the township or city — governing in terms of God’s law not the law of either Greece or Rome.

Think a little more on this. How on earth could we have a governing body of ekklesia — called out ones from the Christian community — in any town today when Christians are divided into a myriad of denominations whose raison d’etre is to be “separated” from their Christian brothers and sisters who do not see eye-to-eye with them on some point in theology?

Do you get the direction of my thinking here? The church is so disunited it cannot possibly put together a governing team of called out ones who are unanimous in how to address issues form a biblical perspective.

Maybe this, in part, explains why the earlier church — undivided by so many denominations — was able to transform parts of the Western World and thus create Christendom.

How on earth are we going to duplicate that feat when we are united on only one thing, the need to to be separated from everyone who disagrees with us?

Figure that one out, if you can. I can’t. But Rushdoony’s insightful comments on the ekklesia have helped me understand where the problem lies, and why we are losing the culture war.

It’s simple, really. There is no real ekklesia today in the sense that Rushdoony describes. And because there is no ekklesia we look to politics to transform culture. As my friend John says: “This is nuts”.

And that is just another reason why Christianity is failing.

Have a great week, being a blessing to others.

As someone who genuinely longs for more catholicity in the church, I must admit that it seems all but impossible at this time in history. I have time and time again been hurt and disappointed whenever I thought I was making progress on this front anywhere that I have lived. Years ago I told you about the Baptist missionary that told me the chief competing religion to Christianity was Presbyterianism. At the time I was offended, some free will credo baptist antinomian had called me a damned heretic; for crying out loud! Later someone remarked at hearing the story that “well, at least they could see that biblical Christianity was a different and competing religion”. For all practical purposes they really are completely different religions. I have given up for the most part trying to have conversations with non reformed-theocratic-dominion oriented Christians, simply because the gap in our worldviews and presuppositions is just to far to bridge. The truly sad thing is that even among “my own people” the reformed-theocratic-reconstructionists, there are divisions over the most minuet deviations in doctrine. Reformed folks are the most divisive group of people there has ever been. Just try to figure out the alphabet soup of Presbyterian micro denominations all started because they and they alone represent the great doctrines of the Reformed Faith. The state of the church is pretty sad and it makes reconstruction look less and less possible in our own age. I don’t have the answer to this dilemma. I wish I did.