Archive for January, 2011

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.

A Few Thoughts on GMO Crops

The world of agriculture, and the food that all people eat, has been forever changed with development of Genetically Modified crops. Many Christians have pondered whether or not GMO crops are a legitimate form of exercising dominion. I would like to examine a couple of areas that Christians should consider.

The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof. Psalm 24:1

The whole earth, every atom of creation, belongs to the Lord. He created it, He owns it. Fallen man always attempts to make himself god and claim sovereignty for himself. We see this everywhere in today’s culture and very specifically in mans attempt to patent life and claim total ownership of it and all its offspring. Should man be able to patent life? This question is very much at the core of the GMO dilemma.

The Law of Divers Kinds, Lev 19:19

Most of the work in GMOs is in direct violation of the Laws and principles of concerning the mixing of species. It is commonplace for scientist to mix the genes of plants, animals and bacteria. In one extreme case they placed human genes in rice plants, not only violating Lev 19 but also make people into unwilling cannibals. There are many differing opinions as to what Lev 19:19 means for us today, even among theonomists. Some argue there is no modern application. Some would argue that principle of this verse probably pertains to preserving genetic diversity, and if this is its purpose, GMOs still violate the statute.

Containment and liability

The courts in our country and around the world have broke with biblical law and centuries of legal precedent. The Bible places responsibility on the owner of agricultural lifeforms to contain them. Examples are found in Exodus chapters 21 and 22. You are required to keep your cattle, for instance, in there own pasture and out of your neighbor’s crops. It is not his job to keep your cattle out of his crops! Since pollen from GMO crops (carrying patented genes) can blow into your crops, it should be the responsibility of the owner to keep the pollen to himself. He should be liable for contamination. The opposite is true in our courts. The man who’s crops are contaminated by GMOs is sued for patent infringement and bankrupted in the process. Man in his attempt to be god and control the world is making great progress in controlling food, and through food, all of mankind.

These are just a few areas within the larger GMO debate that need thinking through in light of scripture. Thoughts and comments welcome…

Back to blogging…

Well, I don’t why, but I just didn’t have any interest in blogging last year. A new farm, a new baby, and plenty of work in the barn might have had something to do with it. But really, I just didn’t have anything to say. But now I have some things to say! I’ve been thinking and rethinking about a lot of things lately. I’ve been reading and listening to a lot of Rushdoony these days, and that always gets me thinking. I’ve got a book review I need to get finished up for a survival gardening book that a publisher sent me. I think you’ll find it interesting. Hopefully we can resume the conversations we used have on the web about agrarianism and christian reconstruction.

Here is some great news for folks! Date Dabitur is back online. A lot of valuable writing there. I know a lot of people that were sad when it all disappeared, me included.

The farm is doing very well, but the work load has also grown. We work from 4:30 am to after 7 pm every day. Some nights we don’t eat supper until 8pm. God has blessed us with a good herd that has multiplied greatly. The barns are full and that means more work in the winter months.

My wife has started a yarn and knitting supply business. Be sure to stop in and check it out at This Link River’s Edge Country Store is named partly because we now live in the St Lawrence River valley and partly because of the promise of Psalm 1.

Stay tuned…..