The Same Old Insanity

Posted by tcmgo1 on Jun 8th, 2010

One of the definitions of insanity is to “do the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.” Ever since man rebelled against God in the garden to go his own “free thinking” way into death and sorrow, he keeps trying the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death (Pro. 14:12) and he who sows iniquity will reap sorrow (Pro. 22:8a). Perhaps it will make some bristle to hear this, given the popular humanist gospel of the “inherent goodness and nobility of man,” but man in his fallen state is basically a blind, self-righteous rebel tenaciously driven to always do what he thinks is right until he eventually destroys others and himself in the process, especially if left unchecked.

In bringing restraint to mankind’s volatile, self-destructive nature, God mercifully cursed the ground for his sake so as to humble him by toil and real sweat (Gen. 17-19), thus putting a real restraining damper on his rebellion. God has bound mankind to continually work the earth through thistle and thorn to produce the things He needs, a difficult task, but since man hates any restrictions placed upon his self-declared freedom, he rebels even against the mercy of his Maker in continually seeking new ways to circumvent both the created order and the curse. We witness this rebellion today, for instance, with the unchecked monster of corporate agribusiness that monopolizes agriculture with unsustainable mechanization and chemicalization that dominates and greatly damages millions of acres of farmland, while also destroying the family farm and local communities that use to work it. We witness it with genetically modified plants and foods we are forced to use, and with chemicals that poison the soil and its microorganisms so that only certain “engineered” plants can grow on this “specially treated” soil, only of course after the soil has also been saturated with sufficient liquid fertilizer to spark growth. This too is madness, as we will soon see.

In insuring that mankind rightly serves God as His husbandmen in stewarding the earth (Gen. 1:26, 2:15), man was created a moral being who is to think and act by His Maker’s commandments. It shouldn’t surprise us, therefore, that since the fall there is nothing more infuriating to mankind than to be governed by the law of his Maker, which he hates with an undying, raging passion. This might explain the knee jerk reaction one usually gets from people, even from Christians, when one happens to mention the law of God as the only transcendent standard by which we are able to live. “Them are fighting words.” In every generation since the fall, mankind has united together to cast off his Maker’s life-giving and merciful restraining Law to live by his own rule (Gen. 3:5), wherein he has without exception received the same results. This too is madness.

Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The LORD shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure. (Psalms 2:1-5)

Insanity is ever the result when man rebels against the commandments of the Lord (Deu. 28:28). Mankind was specifically created to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of his Creator (Mat. 4:4) and when he rebels so as to live by his own word (rule), the Lord grants him his suicidal desire and suffers him to do just that, to attempt to live by his own laws and statutes until he perish by them. Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live (Eze. 20:25). The hundreds of thousands of federal and state laws and regulations which dominate every aspect of our lives, eats up our substance with ever growing taxation, and strangles our freedoms, is a classic example of this.

Yes, for a season, man’s way can appear right, reasonable, even “blessed” of God, as temporal success and prosperity can come of his innovative rebellion, but time reveals soon enough what King and whose law truly prevails on earth. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret–it only causes harm. For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, They shall inherit the earth. Psalms 37:7-9

Yet, in spite of the bloody and horrific history of mankind that bears inscrutable witness to this truth, he keeps trying the same thing over and over again, believing that this time he’ll somehow get different results . . . you know, like the lyrics from Fleetwood Mac song Don’t Stop, the theme song of Bill Clinton’s election back in 1992 when the nation was inebriated with blind hope for a new America.

 
 

Don’t stop, thinking about tomorrow,
 

Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here,
 

It’ll be, better than before,
Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone.
 

 

Though yesterday is gone, the same immutable laws of the Creator that governed it then remain in force today and, thus, the same results will occur when the rebel with a “righteous cause” sets out again to go his own way on the next morrow.

Like it applies to all facets of life, this truth applies to economics, which are governed just as surely by the Lord’s unchangeable law as His laws of creation govern flight. Break the laws of flight and one will surely crash. Break the laws of economics and one will just as surely crash, in due season, as has every economy in the history of mankind that has violated them, without exception.

Even so, the banking and political elite that rule our nation, along with nearly all Americans, believe somehow that the end result of our unique “American” system of debt-based economics will be different this time. Though they readily admit that the ship is in trouble, being flooded from bow to stern with debt, they adamantly believe, nevertheless, that it will triumph in preserving itself where all others have sunk into the annals of history, without exception. How will it magically save itself? In seeking to keep the ship afloat they will continue to flood it with even more ship-sinking debt, so as to create enough “economic growth” to sufficiently sink itself to the surface again. It makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it?

Folks, this too is insanity, pure and simple, and a particularly detrimental form where the passengers exhibit such blind faith in the captain of their ship, the Federal Reserve, that they steadfastly refuse to hear and understand the loud groaning and screeching noises coming from its bowels, nor see and understand the severe tilt it has taken on as it slowly breaks up and begins its journey to the bottom of the sea. “Pay no attention to the deck chairs and people falling into the ocean. As for those gut wrenching sounds you hear, why they are merely the everyday sounds of normal operations and course corrections!”

For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them (Matthew 13:15).

Gary North in his article, Athens Hosts The Olympiad Of Debt, describes our American economic insanity quite well, They [bankers] believe, as Congress believes, that there is no end to the floating of debt, that economic growth will overcome the debt, and that sobriety is one drink away. “We can quit borrowing at any time. We just don’t want to.” It’s not just the bankers and Congress that believe this nonsense, as I can understand the Washington Establishment’s insatiable need to stay in power through perpetual spending (read borrowing), but the vast majority of Americans also religiously profess it, even though they have been enslaved and plundered by the gospel of debt-based prosperity more than once.

But it’s no wonder, since they have to “believe” because they have pinned all their economic hopes on an ever successful—default, inflation, and crash free —voyage of the great American debt liner, less the unthinkable occur and their nesteggs go down with it. For this ship to sink is for their world to end, a totally unacceptable outcome of such staggering implications that they cannot even begin to entertain it as even remotely true, less they quickly loose hope and sink into what they think is irresolvable despair. The last thing they would believe, which sadly includes many that profess Christ, is that the Lord can make a way for them apart from debt-based, interest bearing economics, through just simply obeying His commandments by faith through grace. “Nah . . . it’s over simplistic and insulting to the great strides mankind has made to even consider such a course!”

This is why I believe that even people that are in the know as to what is actually happening, nonetheless, remain paralyzed in taking any meaningful action. “After all, who wants to look foolish or act in a panic by taking any unnecessary action that one might regret later, especially should affect their investments? Besides, the thought of an economic collapse is just too big and too consequential to wrap our minds around. No, it’s better to just “conservatively” stay on board and hope and pray for the best, rather than do anything radical like look for a lifeboat and take to the seas, looking for the Lord’s merciful deliverance.”

And what insanity America has come to! It believes that it can go on borrowing indefinitely (with compounding interest) in vastly increasing amounts without it ever really having to pay it back, that is, just keep floating debt long and hard enough and it will magically induce “economic growth” (so-called, as real growth comes from producing tangible products by real labor) of such glorious magnitude that it will overcome the debt and prosper us all. “Hurrah! . . . freedom and deliverance through debt, I knew they could do it!” As someone once said, there is a sucker born every minute, though it wasn’t PT Barnum who said it, as he actually believed more along the lines that there is a customer born every minute, which in my thinking is the same thing in these days when an unending  buffet of enticing credit and investing “products” is put before us.

Fallen man is born a rebel through and through, which also makes him a sucker and, thus, a customer who is easily deceived and plundered by those who know how the shell game of debt-based economics works. Through credit and interest bearing enticements man’s dreams, fears, and unchecked passions can readily be exploited. This is why I believe that the banking elite knows full well what they do and what the real outcome of their debt-based gospel is, the legal plundering of the labor and wealth of the masses. Frederick Bastiat, noted statesman and economist, understood the fallen nature of man and his hatred for God’s law and restraints, especially the pain of labor, which causes him to seek other ways to get his needs met.

Man can live and satisfy his wants only by ceaseless labor; by the ceaseless application of his faculties to natural resources. This process is the origin of property. But it is also true that a man may live and satisfy his wants by seizing and consuming the products of the labor of others. This process is the origin of plunder. Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain – and since labor is pain in itself – it follows that men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work. When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.
 
 

 

Since man is prone to forget or distort the memories of his yesterdays, believing that he just needs to keep doing the same thing over and over again until he gets different results, when one game ends in the plundering of his goods and loss of freedoms, he readily joins the next one to come along though it be run by the same ones that just robbed him. This is insanity. However, with mankind being ever the optimist in his own inherent goodness and nobility, though he continually heap death and sorrow upon himself, he will continue to destroy himself with all abandon and persevering zeal until the Lord mercifully save him through the true Gospel of peace.   There is but one God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Contrary to popular opinion, the blessing of the LORD makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it (Pro. 10:22). It’s a real soul searching question to answer, but we must all ask ourselves how much more shall we heap upon ourselves the sorrows of “man’s blessing” before we truly believe the Lord by His written word (as evidenced by faith and works — James 2:18) that the American economic system is cursed and therefore doomed, including the investments we so desperately hope will pay off. A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished (Pro. 22:3). —- The Rural Missourian

“God will make their names break forth as the light”

Posted by Rural Missourian on Jul 19th, 2008

When I first came into the ministry many years ago a good brother and fellow pastor in the Lord, who oversaw and helped me in the early days of pastoring, gave my wife and I excellent counsel, which has proved immensely helpful. Among the many things he shared there were two that stood out.

First, he said that sometimes those whom you help and risk the most for will hurt you the most later. My wife and I have learned this painful lesson more than once and likely will for years to come, as it is one of the unavoidable hazards of the ministry. It’s a risk for anyone who makes themselves vulnerable in helping people in need. The Apostle Paul surely had his share of painful experiences. “Be diligent to come to me quickly; for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica—Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia” (2 Tim. 4:9-10). I believe this also one of the reasons that some eventually leave the work of the ministry in seeking to distance themselves from the pain and frustration that comes from betrayal.

Second, he said that no matter what you say or do slander will eventually come and the temptation will be great to spend hours in angst trying to defend your name and honor, a futile effort and tremendous waste of time. His advise to us: “Do not waste one minute seeking to clear your name with those that slander you for it is better a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his folly” (Pro. 17:12). The more one tries to clear their name, the worse it gets, like sinking into quicksand.

This advice has proved quite valuable. I also greatly appreciate the sage council of Jeremiah Burroughs, a well-known Puritan preacher of the 1600’s, who came under all kinds of suspicion (from “bad reports” . . . slander) back in the “good old days” of the Great Reformation, Let not men therefore who are of public use, having their consciences clear, yet because they under suspicion, throw off all in anger. Such a temptation many lie under, but let them know this temptation cannot prevail but upon the distemper of their hearts, the exceedingly sinful forwardness of their spirits. They should trust God with their names, their esteem, and their honor, and go on in their work. The only way to deliver themselves from suspicion is their constant industry and faithfulness in all opportunities of service which God puts into their hands, and the more quietness of spirit and the less noise they go on with, the sooner will the suspicions they were under wash off and vanish to nothing. God will make their names break forth as the light. Those weeds, having no ground to take root, will wither and die away. This gem comes from an excellent book by Burroughs, Irenicum, Healing the Divisions Among God’s People, which I highly recommend.

Burroughs’ counsel is truly sound, as it is biblically proactive in preaching and living out the Gospel, which glorifies Christ, and not reactive, which leads to nowhere and glorifies no one. We must learn to extinguish the nagging fear that as the slander continues and goes unanswered the less likely one will ever recover from it. What hurts the most, however, is the slander made against one’s family and congregation. Even though we were warned by the Apostle Paul that persecution would come, Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution (2 Tim. 3:12), it’s hard to believe that any blessing will come of it, especially when one is aware of their own sin and weaknesses, as though we deserve the slander. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake (Mat. 5:11). I believe the blessings come when we truly surrender our name, esteem, and honor to the Lord and leave them in His hands, something that I am slowly learning to do, which comes with great peace. Though the thought occasionally crosses one’s mind to move to the remote regions of Australia’s Outback to live a quite life of a mule farmer, it is, nonetheless, always right to stay under the humbling hand of God where He has you, no matter how painful or difficult. One is nowhere safer than in the middle of the will of God.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:6-11)

One last observation: in the spiritual battle we are all called to fight we are told by the Apostle Paul to take up the shield of faith to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. I think many of us primarily think of these darts as those aimed directly at us, but we also must learn to extinguish those slanderous darts aimed at others that come to our ears, less we receive them and thereby be poisoned against them. The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, And they go down into the inmost body (Pro. 26:22). We must never think that we are exempt from the warnings of God’s word, as though we can eat the tasty treats of a talebearer and be unaffected by its poison. — The Rural Missourian

A Quick Update

Posted by Rural Missourian on Apr 27th, 2008

This is a quick update on the article, The USS Pagan Dominion, the Ship of Fools. Thanks to the sharp eyes of many of you readers, several corrections and improvements were sent to me which have been incorporated. Also, I was informed that it does not print, which was my error in disabling this function when I created the PDF. This has been fixed. HERE is the link to the article.

In one of the comments the question was asked:

I was wondering though; have you written anything which lays out in some detail the biblical case against our current economic system? While the ship of fools is persuasive to me, it might not be to Christians who know little about the Bible’s teaching on these matters.

Wherein I replied:

As a matter of fact, I wrote a book on the very subject you have inquired on, going into depth on the ungodly nature and history of usurious debt-based economics, its implications, and ultimately where we all need to end up . . . in repentance and reformation on a multi-generational basis. It was recently edited by Chad Degenhart who did an excellent job. It still needs some additions and clarifications before publishing. Pray that the Lord provides the time to finish it up, as well as, the resources to fund its publication.

I encourage you all to comment on the article, as this can be most useful for clarifying issues, etc. Thank you for your loyal readership and support.  Please comment HERE, rather than at the bottom of this post. This is because so many comments have been made to the original post, I would prefer keeping all the comments together.  Thanks and God bless.   — The Rural Missourian

The USS Pagan Dominion, the Ship of Fools

Posted by Rural Missourian on Apr 25th, 2008

Alas, I finished the article I promised some weeks back. It’s entitled the USS Pagan Dominion, the Ship of Fools. It deals by way of allegory with our present economic system and its growing deterioration from the viewpoint of a sinking ship, one that its designers knew would sink from the beginning. Here are a few excerpts:

“Did you know that in 1898 a little known novel was penned entitled Futility, the story of a huge, “unsinkable” ocean liner built with but a few lifeboats, which during a voyage across the northern Atlantic in April hits an iceberg field and sinks with great loss of lives? The name of this fictional ocean liner was the Titan.  Sound familiar? Fourteen years later on April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic slams into an iceberg in the northern Atlantic and sinks the next day, taking some 1,517 people to their deaths (according to a United States Senate investigation). Yes, it too had an insufficient number of life boats. But then again, who needs lifeboats when you have conquered the laws of nature’s God? It’s no coincidence that both ships derived their names from the mythological race of the Titans, powerful gods that claimed to have conquered nature. According to myth, the god Zeus later destroys these prideful challengers and sends them to Tatarus, a deep gloomy abyss in the underworld . . .” .

“Though the Titanic was huge for its day, displacing some 52,310 tons and measuring over 882 feet long and 94 feet wide, it was but a toy boat compared to the huge ocean liner that Americans were forced to board nearly ninety-five years ago when banker JP Morgan, the financier of the Titanic, helped form the Federal Reserve as one of its key players. Christened the USS Pagan Dominion in commemoration of the great economic coup of 1913 when the Federal Reserve (FED) took dominion of America . . .”

“Though we were forewarned, the drunken credit orgy of the last sixty years has hit the whirlwind of its own making and the casualty list is yet to be written, and many there will be from among the Lord’s own people who were loyal passengers on the Ship of Fools. They sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no bud; it shall never produce meal. If it should produce, aliens would swallow it up (Hos. 8:7). Yes, we have lived in relative peace and seeming prosperity, as it has taken many decades for the storm to develop, but America is finally reaping the righteous whirlwind that comes from sowing iniquity through devising evil by law . . .”

If these excerpts have wet your appetite for a meaty article on biblical economics, then you can view and download it HERE.  It has been posted in a PDF format for easy printing for those that prefer to read a hard copy. Please leave your comments, as I hope it produces a hearty dialogue among my readers. Also, please forgive any misspellings or grammar errors, as I didn’t have the time to have it edited thoroughly given all that is going on these days. You can send your list of corrections via the “Contact Me” selection found on the green bar at the top of the homepage. God bless — The Rural Missourian.

Food For Thought — April 15, 2008

Posted by Rural Missourian on Apr 15th, 2008

The price of the Lord’s people turning their back on God’s law is quite high, always has been and always will be. The economic whirlwind we are reaping today was sown many generations earlier when American Christendom forsook the law of God to seek the peace and prosperity of the “modern world.” We have no one to blame but ourselves and the Lord is most just in judging us by rendering upon our heads the consequences of our autonomous ways. Economics are not complicated, as we are led to believe, they are simply the monetary and financial expressions (and results) of our disobedience or obedience to God’s law, measured in real life blessings and curses, as we are experiencing today in the rapid decline of our pagan nation. We have become slaves in the large and rich land given to our Christian founders.

Nehemiah 9:33-37

However You are just in all that has befallen us; For You have dealt faithfully, But we have done wickedly. Neither our kings nor our princes, Our priests nor our fathers, Have kept Your law, Nor heeded Your commandments and Your testimonies, With which You testified against them. For they have not served You in their kingdom, Or in the many good things that You gave them, Or in the large and rich land which You set before them; Nor did they turn from their wicked works. “Here we are, servants today! And the land that You gave to our fathers, To eat its fruit and its bounty, Here we are, servants in it! And it yields much increase to the kings You have set over us, Because of our sins; Also they have dominion over our bodies [labor] and our cattle [wealth] At their pleasure; And we are in great distress.

Abraham Lincoln

The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity. The banking powers are more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. They denounce as public enemies all who question their methods or throw light upon their crimes. I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the bankers in the rear. Of the two, the one at my rear is my greatest foe. Corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow. The money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of a few, and the Republic is destroyed.

From the article, Mind The Gap, of the Financial times, April 8 2008

Between 1979 and 2005 the pre-tax income for the poorest households grew by 1.3 per cent a year, middle incomes before tax grew by less than 1 per cent a year, while those of households in the top 1 per cent grew by 200 per cent pre-tax and, more strikingly, 228 per cent post-tax. The result of this lopsided distribution of income growth was that by 2005 the average after-tax income for the bottom fifth of households was $15,300, for the middle fifth $50,200 and for the top 1 per cent just over $1m. Looked at from another perspective, in 1979 the post-tax income of the top 1 per cent was 8 times higher than that of middle income families and 23 times higher than the lowest fifth. By 2005 those ratios grew respectively to 21 and 70. The process reached its extreme point with US President George W. Bush’s tax cuts. Emmanuel Saez of the University of California at Berkeley estimates that in the economic expansion of 2002-06 the plutocratic top 1 per cent captured almost three-quarters of income growth. Figures for wealth, derived from the Federal Reserve Board’s Survey of Consumer Finances, are less up-to-date but the picture is similar. The share of US wealth owned by the top 1 per cent of households rose steadily from 20 per cent in 1976 to 38 per cent in 1998.

The answer to our national woes is not found in the White House nor Congress, but in the genuine repentance of God’s people and the reforming of their ways where they live first, LOCALLY, according to the righteous commandments of the Lord.  If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

— The Rural Missourian

Alas, the Apologia is finished!

Posted by Rural Missourian on May 16th, 2007

Alas, the long in coming apologia on Missouri Wood’s use of mules as a Christian business is finished. Though it primarily focuses on the breeding and use of mules as it relates to Leviticus 19:19, the “smoking gun” passage most widely used by those that oppose such practices, it also addresses the many similar issues of God’s law that are all related to a far more difficult subject to master, rightly transitioning God’s law and its use from the Levitical priesthood of Aaron under the Old Covenant to the Melchizedek priesthood of Christ under the New Covenant. The New Testament identifies many such related issues of this reformational transition such as food, drink, clothing, feasts, sabbaths, holidays, washings, unclean nations, and other things that were all regulated by Old Covenant law that fell under the category of “fleshly ordinances” per Hebrews 9:9-10. Though the mule issue may not be your forte, I’ll bet one of these other related issues may be of concern to you or someone close to you.  It’s worth the read.

It didn’t take anymore time to write it than I expected and I did manage to keep to my limit of twenty pages, but the time used to write it was measured to me in very small increments spread between many other jobs of greater importance. I apologize for the many months it took. Stacey, this one is for you.

It is published in a PDF format so you can either read it on your computer or in hard copy after printing it off. Here is the link: An Apologia for the lawful breeding and use of Mules under the New Covenant. If you have problems opening or reading it, you can let me know by sending an e-mail to:

RuralMissourian[at]CRCRayville.org.

— The Missouri Rev

The god behind Pagan America

Posted by Missouri Rev on Jan 13th, 2007

In an excellent article posted at Lew Rockwell’s website and simply entitled 1913, writer Michael Tuggle elaborates on the revolutionary year of 1913 when our constitutionally limited government was finally conquered and through legislative fiat morphed into a powerful imperial state. (I suggest you read it before reading this posting, as it is the basis for this latest diatribe.) I might add the largest and most powerful the world has ever seen and one the Caesars of the Roman Empire would have envied, thanks to the empowering that year of the world’s most beloved and powerful god, mammon, through the establishing of the Federal Reserve. Though there were many nation changing events that took place in the infamous year of 1913, the one with the greatest impact by far was the founding of the Federal Reserve (Fed) — a private, central bank which was granted total control over our nation’s money.

Why is this one of greatest impact? The mother’s milk of a pagan culture is pagan money. Cultural revolutions always incur tremendous costs which must be fully financed to be successful. Without its trillions of pagan dollars — which were sufficient to buy and takeover America’s institutions, especially its government, media, education, and economy — the latest revolution would have sputtered into oblivion. The America of today has a distinct pagan nature specifically because it has suckled at the ample breast of the Fed for nigh unto one hundred years, which has been a faithful nursemaid in providing an unlimited supply of fiat (virtual) currency enhanced by usury. [I do not have time to go into it here, but the debt-based economic system of America is irrefutably wicked and, thus, cursed of God, just as our present culture that was nurtured and built upon it.]

From 1913 on our nation has undergone a radical change in its culture from apostate Christian to brazen pagan, though it first began this generational decent into humanism when in open defiance of King Jesus, the Supreme Sovereign, “we the people” installed themselves as the republic’s sovereign, which launched them pellmell unto the dangerous path of democracy, a polytheistic form of government where the people supposedly live freely through the pragmatic electoral process of choosing its rulers from “the lesser of two evils.” This is clearly strong delusion for the depraved hearts of fallen men always seek to pervert and control the world and his fellow man to their own lawless, greedy ends, as history has repeatedly shown and as our nearly diminished wallets and freedoms prove.

By 1800 the Enlightenment movement of Europe had made fatal inroads into the northern states, which led to a division in our nation between the Hamiltonians, empowered by the industrial bankers who sought a centralization of Federal powers, and the Jeffersonians who sought to maintain the decentralized agrarian culture our nation was originally founded as. The War of Northern Aggression soon ended this fight and the reconstruction (read systematic destruction) of the Agrarian South soon followed. I marvel at the number of proud “Southerners” today who boast of their Confederate ancestors, yet worship the very god and economic system that their brave ancestors fought and died against.

President Lincoln, in a letter written in 1864 to Col. William F. Elkins, clearly understood the dreadful powers that empowered and enabled him to wage war against the constitutional republic of America. “The money power preys upon the nation in times of peace and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the republic is destroyed.”

His predication was “right on the money” (pardon the pun), as America, brought under the power of wicked men through the worship of mammon, passed from being the world’s freest republic into the world’s largest debtor state, also the world’s greatest fascist (corporate) state, which now spreads its gospel of “freedom by mammon” to the world by means of its mighty bayonet. Perhaps this is why Lincoln was posthumously enshrined as a national god in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, where he sits enthroned upon a royal seat of corporate imperialism while looking straight down the road to the distant Arlington House, the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee, which was taken from this godly man as a spoil of pagan war.

Personally witnessing the fulfilment of Lincoln’s prediction in my own life puts me in far greater awe of the words of Jesus where He forewarned His people about serving mammon. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24). Of all the gods of the Roman Empire He could have chosen to make this point, He chose the chief god of all of mankind, mammon, since by it man empowers his rebellion to God in seeking to cast off the bonds and cords of His loving, restraining hand (Psalm 2). My how mankind hates the Law of God, even His own people!

If ever biblical reformation is to take place in America, it must begin first with the Lord’s people repenting from the idolatry of mammon worship, for they cannot serve both the Lord and their own personal financial kingdoms made possible through our debt-based usurious money system. By God’s grace they will have to wean themselves off of the breasts of mammon and turn back to God for their future and to His Law as their final standard for the whole of man for the whole of life. This will not be easy, by any means, and may take several generations of faithful repentance one small step at a time, but the alternative is national destruction, for God is not mocked, especially by His people who have His law written on their hearts.

“I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a native green tree. Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more; indeed I sought him, but he could not be found. Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; for the future of that man is peace. But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; the future of the wicked shall be cut off” (Psalm 37:35-38).

Though the wicked may continue to spread their great power over the earth, it is only for a season. Without a doubt, mammon is the great power behind the corporate state that has the present dominion over us. It happens to also be its Achilles tendon, a very thin sinew that could easily be severed should God’s people turn back to Him in reestablishing true Christian culture in rebuilding local Christian communities with local economics and decentralized governments that operate by the just weights and honest measures of biblical money. — The Missouri Rev

You, even yourself, shall let go of your heritage which I gave you.

Posted by Missouri Rev on Nov 15th, 2006

In the last few days World Net Daily published a couple of articles bewailing the fact that America’s distinct Christian heritage is being removed from the pages of history and openly perverted concerning national monuments dedicated to it. Tour guides at the Supreme Court building have spun a new explanation to the sculptured marble panels above its grand bench that depict two central figures, the Majesty of the Law and the Power of Government and between them a tableau of the Ten Commandments, only now they have become the “first ten amendments to the Bill of Rights.” Tour guides at the Jamestown Museum and Settlement give only secular purposes for the founding of the Jamestown colony, hiding and maligning the far greater Christian cause behind their noble work.

This shouldn’t surprise nor alarm us since it has been happening in plain sight for many decades. The reasons behind the demolition of our heritage and the increasing attacks against our Christian faith were not given in any of these articles, however, which is something I think is very important, as I am far more interested in the remedy than in the problem. As the bearers of the Gospel — the salt of the earth and light of the world, the pillar and ground of the truth — the Church is to have answers, not just hopeless news reports, especially when it is discovered that her sins are the problem. Do not misunderstand me; I am not against reporting news as this is certainly vital, but how much bad news do we need to know in detail before we see the handwriting on the wall and genuinely turn to God for the answer? God forbid that it be said of America, as it was of Israel prior to its destruction in 70 AD, Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.

If America was indeed founded by God fearing Christians by the omnipotent hand and merciful grace of the Supreme Sovereign, the Lord Jesus Christ, which I believe is clearly the case, how is it the Lord’s transcending authority and power over Heaven and earth could not preserve it a distinctly Christian nation? To learn the answer is to learn the remedy. Though unregenerates in authority are openly tearing down the Christian heritage of America, they are not the problem, but merely the symptom, sent of the Lord, no less. When the Lord’s people turn their back on Him by casting His law behind their backs as the final, transcendent standard for their lives and instead turn to the unregenerate inhabitants around them in seeking their peace and prosperity — as they have in heartily embracing the wicked economic system of today which is irrefutably a gross violation of God’s law, among many reasons — then He gives them over to their new lovers, who soon make them their slaves. In our case the original banners of our glorious heritage are being torn down and history rewritten to extol the virtues of the great Moloch state that conquered the progeny of America’s Christian founders and handily converted them over to the great two headed god that rules our nation, mammon and democracy.

This, of course, is nothing new as it happened to Israel when she courted pagan lovers. In enacting the vengeance of the covenant (Lev. 26:25) He made with them, the Lord put her into captivity under them and took away their heritage with Him. The same has happened to us.

“The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; With the point of a diamond it is engraved on the tablet of their heart, and on the horns of your altars, while their children remember their altars and their wooden images by the green trees on the high hills. O My mountain in the field, I will give as plunder your wealth, all your treasures, And your high places of sin within all your borders. And you, even yourself, shall let go of your heritage which I gave you; and I will cause you to serve your enemies in the land which you do not know; for you have kindled a fire in My anger which shall burn forever.” Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit (Jeremiah 17:1-8).

We Christians have only ourselves to blame for the demise of our once Christian republic. Our glorious and precious heritage was given to us by the Lord under certain requirements: if you love me, keep my commandments. It was not something that was an automatic given where God’s face will perpetually shine upon us, especially today when a president “professes faith” while leading the cause of “freedom” in forcing democracy and mammon upon a foreign nation by the end of the world’s greatest gun barrel.

No, it’s not enough to make public outcries in rending the cheap garments of talk. It’s time we rend our hearts in repenting and reforming our ways according to the commandments of God. “Now, therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm. — The Rural Missourian

Great God, our King! Amen

Posted by Missouri Rev on Aug 30th, 2006

When I was a boy blindly slogging my way through the public school system we use to sing the patriotic song, America, which starts with the words, My Country, ‘Tis of Thee . . . Being raised an atheist, I had no clue who the “Thee” was and even at that time it wasn’t kosher to talk about the specifics of the song in our school, so it remained obscure and quite boring. All I knew is that it had something to do with Thanksgiving (now my favorite of all holidays), since that is when we sang it the most.

As I have been studying the very rich, covenantal history of the Puritans, I ran again across this ancient hymn, that’s right, hymn, as it professes the absolute Sovereignty of God as our nation’s King. It was written in 1831 by Rev. Samuel Francis Smith in the already waning days of our nation, since it was by then turning from Him in high-minded, pragmatic covenant breaking. Nonetheless, the song truly reflects the Puritan roots and faith behind the founding of our once Covenanted Christian Republic. As a child, I do not recall singing the last three stanzas, especially the last one. Had we sung them all, I might have gotten my first glimmering light of the true gospel, for the words of this hymn are powerful and enlightening. Once more, it reflects the biblical agrarian attitude that once prevailed in our nation.

America

1. My country,’ tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From every mountainside let freedom ring!

2. My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free, thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills, like that above.

3. Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees sweet freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break, the sound prolong.

4. Our fathers’ God, to thee,
Author of liberty, to thee we sing;
Long may our land be bright
With freedom’s holy light;
Protect us by thy might, great God, our King! Amen

There is one stanza that was crossed out by Smith in the original manuscripts, which would be quite appropriate to sing today in reminding us of the tremendous and sacred cost our founders paid to give us the very freedoms we have tossed out in pursuit of “happiness and the American dream.” It was originally the third stanza:

No more shall tyrants here
With haughty steps appear
And soldier bands.
No more shall tyrants dread
Above the patriot dead;
No more our blood be shed
By alien hands.

It is the very last line of the hymn — Protect us by thy might, great God, our King! Amen — which jumps out at me and thrills my heart, especially its bold proclamation of faith in declaring the Lord Almighty our nation’s Protector, God, and King. This is quite true and very reassuring, though the converse is soberly true as well . . . that, in being these very things to us, He is also America’s Witness, Judge, and Executioner when the very people it was established for, true Christians, turn their backs on Him in blind covenant breaking, presuming that His blessings will always come, no matter how much they unequally yoke themselves with the unregenerate around them in seeking their godless peace and prosperity in serving mammon together with them.

The Puritans warned us of the judgments we now suffer under today. John Winthrop (1588-1649), Puritan founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, aboard the Arbella (June 11, 1630), authored the writing, A Model of Christian Charity, which became a standard for future covenants of the Colonies. These two glorious paragraphs from it says it all:

If the Lord shall please to hear us, and bring us in peace to the place we desire, then hath He ratified this Covenant and sealed our Commission, will expect a strict performance of the Articles…the Lord will surely break out in wrath against us. Now the only way to avoid this shipwreck and to provide for our posterity, is to follow the counsel of Micah, to do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God. For this end, we must be knit together in this work as one man. We must hold a familiar commerce together in each other in all meekness, gentleness, patience, and liberality. We must delight in each other, make one another’s condition our own, rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our Commission and Community in this work, as members of the same body. So shall we keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace . . .

We shall find that the God of Israel is among us, when ten of us shall be able to resist a thousand of our enemies, when He shall make us a praise and glory, that men of succeeding plantations shall say, “The Lord make it like that of New England.” For we must Consider that we shall be as a City upon a Hill, the eyes of all people are upon us; so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause him to withdraw his present help from us, we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world, we shall open the mouths of enemies to speak evil of the ways of God and all professors for God’s sake; we shall shame the faces of many of God’s worthy servants, and cause their prayers to be turned into curses upon us till we be consumed out of the good land whether we are going. (Winthrop, John. 1630, “A Model of Christian Charity.” Stewart Mitchell, editor, The Winthrop Papers, 1623-1630 (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1931), Vol. II, pp. 292-295)

May we all someday sing this hymn on the good side of faithful covenant keeping, should our Lord and King be pleased to grant us repentance and reformation from true hearts of steadfast obedience. Even so, come Lord Jesus, utterly break us and deliver us from the captivity of our generational rebellion, for it would be far better to fall into His hands, though they administer His painful, righteous wrath, than to continue to live as slaves under the wicked, corrupt hands of fallen men He has placed over us because we will not submit ourselves under His. — The Missouri Rev.

Odds & Ends – August 2, 2006

Posted by Missouri Rev on Aug 2nd, 2006

An Apologia is Coming

Since I have received so many inquiries concerning whether mules, as a hybrid, are a biblically lawful animal to use in Christian agrarianism, I have undertaken to write an article (still in progress) that gives the biblical apologia behind our choice of the mule for Missouri Woods. Since we at Missouri Woods are decidedly postmillennial, theonomic, and covenanted, our decision was by no means done in haste or blind presumption, but came following more than a decade’s worth of dedicated study of the Old and New Covenants, particularly as they apply to business, economics, and community, all of which laid the extensive presuppositional foundation behind our decision to use mules. Condensing down a decade’s worth of study and sermons into a defense of the mule has been a lot of work, though quite rewarding, as it has been a powerful litmus test for me in biblical consistency and application.

As would be expected, I have found that the hybrid issue of mules matters little to many believers, even some “agrarians,” as it has not crossed their radar screen as an issue to be biblically resolved, much like other far larger issues which go ignored such as debt-based economics (1Cor 7:23, Rom. 13:8-10) and yoking with unbelievers for mutual peace and prosperity (Ezra 9:10-12, 2Cor. 6:14-18). This is why it encourages me that some see it as an issue, since it indicates a certain level of epistemological self-consciousness on their part. Indeed, it has elicited tremendous responses all the way from glowing approbations and support to bold accusations and condemnation. One website makes the amazing proclamation that anybody using mules is plainly going to hell. Yeow! I wonder if this group’s book of church order is used by the Lord as the final standard for His Book of Life and whether it is so heavy that it takes a mule to pack it around?

Writing this position paper has not been a quick or easy thing to do, either, especially in keeping it small enough for a blog posting, since it requires laying a minimal foundation from the whole of God’s Word sufficient to establish our vision and works as lawful according to the law of the Lord under the New Covenant, and I emphasize New Covenant. And to do this rightly requires that one first make the proper biblical transition from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant, from the law that was a “shadow of good things to come” to the law of the “substance” of those good things that have come, which is of Christ (Col. 2:16-17; Heb. 9:11, 10:1).

In this transition some law passed straight over from the Old to New Covenant such as the moral law prohibiting murder, theft, adultery, bearing false witness, etc. (1Tim 1:8-11), though the laws of punishment specific to the nation state of Israel have passed away or changed such as Numbers 5:11-28, which calls for a levitical priest to cause a woman suspected of adultery “to drink the bitter water that brings a curse” to see if she is guilty. Some law passed away with the Old Covenant’s demise such as the law of the Levitical priesthood, commonly called the ceremonial law, which law, in being fulfilled by Christ, has passed from shadow to substance under the Melchizedek Priesthood of Christ (Heb. 7:12, 9:9-10). Some law passed away that was particular to the civil affairs of the Old Covenant nation state of Israel, which passed away in 70 AD, such as the laws dealing with specific nations around them like the Canaanites, etc. Though its origins are found in the shadow laws of the Old Covenant, some law begins anew with the New Covenant, such as the ordinances given to the Church by Christ, like water baptism and Lord’s Table.

To not sort these various laws out or to ignore God’s law altogether is to err in a most perilous manner, because Jesus Christ, as the Supreme Sovereign of Heaven and earth, commands us to keep His commandments . . . commandments, however, that are specific to His Kingdom under the New Covenant, and not the old which passed away. And to not keep His commandments is to hate Him, which, without repentance, brings judgment and death. But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death (Pro. 8:36).

We must study to show ourselves approved unto the Lord in rightly resolving this vital transition. Otherwise, we can easily end up keeping law that has passed away – such the case with certain believers that went back to the shadow law of animal sacrifice and suffered dreadful judgment in treading underfoot the Son of God (Heb. 10:26-31) – while simultaneously transgressing law that has transitioned from being a shadow under the Old Covenant into its substance reality under the New Covenant. One huge example are the shadow laws of the Old Covenant that prohibited yoking between Jews and Gentiles, which were abolished by Christ’s death on the cross (Eph. 2:14-18). Today we are to keep the law of their substance realty under the New Covenant, the law that prohibits the regenerated believer of the new creation to unequally yoke with the unregenerate unbeliever of the old creation (2 Cor. 6:14-18).

I am aware of many well meaning Christians and churches, who seeking to live by the old shadow law, work hard to strain any and all offensive gnats out of their doctrinal soup, that is, violations of certain fleshly ordinances of the Old Covenant law (Heb. 9: 9-10), while blindly swallowing many copious camels floating around in the same soup, which are violations of the substance laws of Jesus Christ under the New Covenant. God the Son, the Sun of Righteousness (Mal. 4:2), has risen as the brightness of the noonday to forever dispel the shadows of the Old Covenant law that we might live in the substance of His good things; let us all be careful, therefore, not to go back to the weak and beggarly things long since past away (Gal. 4:9).

I am doing my best to finish this task without creating a tome. I must say, however, that although R.J. Rushdoony did an excellent job of writing an apologia for the use of God’s Law today under the New Covenant, it took him over 800 pages to do it, which became The Institutes of Biblical Law, volume I. Though I do not agree with everything in it, it is an excellent book to help develop an epistemologically self-conscious worldview for living out our faith on a daily basis in the real world under the New Covenant.

Mules & Autos circa 1908

As an avid student of history, I find great value in getting a glimpse into the worldviews of those that have gone on before us, especially as it regards issues that were new to them but have since become history to us, such as technology, economics, etc. Though I greatly value good history books, I have found that photos and postcards also do a good job in giving such a glimpse, which is why I take pleasure in collecting them. Sometimes a picture and a few words can speak volumes. I ran across a gem of a postcard from 1908 (below) which caught my attention, as it contains a myth about mules that still persists today, as well as a brief commentary by the sender about an up and coming technology for their time, the automobile, and how he saw mules relate to it.

Example

The photo is of a wagon train comprised of three wagons in tandem and a team of 12 mules. Since there is no seat on the front wagon for a teamster, it is likely he rode the rear mule on the port side of the team, what we would call the driver’s side in an American car today. The caption below the photo states, “Mule teaming out West.”

Example

The caption on the backside contains the myth, “Stampedes are frequently very serious affairs with a large mule train, notwithstanding the willingness and patient qualities of that animal, he can act absurdly as a Texas Steer, and is easily frightened at nothing.” Now I am sure that a runaway mule train is a very serious affair that will definitely get one’s adrenalin pumping, probably quite similar to a runaway 18 wheeler today except they weigh far more and go much faster, but it is not true that mules act absurdly and easily frighten at nothing. I concede, however, that it all depends upon how one defines absurd and nothing. Nonetheless, many mules and horses throughout history have been literally skinned by the whips of their animated drivers who were intent upon teaching them their definitions. One wonders if some of these stampedes were the result of uneducated teamsters that drove their animals to panic out of their own ignorance and ineptness. In observing most cars these days on freeways it seems to me that it is clearly the human driver that acts absurdly, though they do not frighten at much, which explains the frequent fatal pileups in dense fog of fast moving clusters of vehicles, packed bumper to bumper . . . which is truly ABSURD’, a. [L. absurdus, from ab and surdus, deaf, insensible.] Opposed to manifest truth; inconsistent with reason or the plain dictates of common sense (The American Dictionary Of The English Language, Noah Webster, 1828).

Nearly always when a mule stops on his own, it’s because something has definitely caught its attention, be it dangerous exhaustion, serious pain, or something external, which is something the driver needs to check out, and not always assume as asinine stubbornness. As little as we humans assume mules think, it’s after they have given it some thought (in stopping) that they act, which actions are largely centered on self preservation, which is also a good thing for their drivers. This is why since 1922, when records were first officially kept, that there have not been any serious mishaps with the hundreds of mules that have taken thousands of riders up and down the very steep, panic inducing trails of the Grand Canyon.

A lot of times the issue that stops the mule is something harmless and so the driver is to patiently work them past it to help build the team’s confidence in him, something I witnessed and admired with our Amish muleskinning friend when we went for a ride with him and his team back in May (see the Sam & Sadie posting). But many times, however, what stops a mule is something quite dangerous. He shares the story of one of his friends that took off on his reliable riding mule to visit a nearby neighbor. It had been a very pleasant trip until the mule suddenly stopped, which was unusual for him. Now mind you the mule didn’t take off in a panic or act absurd, but he wasn’t about to budge either. At first he thought the mule was having a testing moment, as some young mules are noted to have, but upon a quick investigation he discovered a live rattlesnake coiled in the trail a few yards ahead of the mule. What a mess it would have been had he spurred the mule forward, as it is likely the mule would have suddenly gone one way and him the other.

It turns out that mules have a very keen sense of danger and are quite reliable under very pressing circumstances. Many GI’s in the Burma conflict of WWII owe their lives to the faithful mules they used to pack in their artillery and supplies. Amazingly, when they came into a firefight with the expert jungle fighters of the Imperial Army of Japan the mules usually managed to figure out where the enemy was not and go there in quickly leading the ambushed men to safety. At night when it was the safest though hardest to travel, the GI would often hold unto the tail of the mule in front of him to help him up the muddy steep trails in the pitch black darkness of the deep jungle.

Example

As I said earlier, the brief commentary of the sender of the postcard was also most interesting, “Los Angeles May 15. /08 – Dear Captain: I Arrived to-day. had no use for any such teams as you see on this card Hope I wont need any going back Had no accident of any kind Except one puncture to-day. N.A.” As this might have been something new for N.A. to travel by car, he (or she) was certainly glad to have had no use for such mule teams. N.A.’s few words have taken us back to a very brief moment in time, the very beginning of the automobile age in the early 1900’s, where the old was rejected and the new embraced, something we are especially use to in our age of rapidly changing technology. For Americans of a century ago the up and coming golden age of the personal automobile looked promising in saving them from the “serious affairs” of previous technology. I wonder if the American farmer of the 1940’s and 50’s who have since lost their farms to the “progress” of modern agribusiness feel the same about when they quickly dumped their draft animal teams for the tractor?

Now flash forward 100 years to today. The same myths prevail about mules, though now over 40,000 Americans die every year on our highways and many hundreds of thousands suffer serious injuries, a heavy toll that we unhesitatingly accept as the cost of progress in a mobile society . . . and at a price that all of us pay with the increasing premiums and diminishing coverage of mandatory auto insurance, due to unending litigation which cost billions. Now, unless I am quickly dismissed out-of-hand as being a Luddite, I do not hate the internal combustion vehicle and use one myself, though far less, now that I am transitioning into biblical agrarianism within a local Christian community. Yes, automobiles are particularly nice with heaters, air conditioning, and windshield wipers, but the latest models have come to cost a fortune to purchase, maintain, and repair. Even though it didn’t have air conditioning, I miss my old 1956 dodge pickup with its ugly red paint, gull wing hood, and three-on-the-tree transmission. It was easy and quite affordable to repair, and it had enough metal in it to stop softball size hail without a dent, which it did in the famous hailstorm of Ft Collins, Colorado, in 1978.

If push came to shove, like gas getting too expensive or regulatory controls too costly and onerous, could I survive using a team of mules to get around with, even in the cold winters and hot, humid summers of Missouri? Lord willing, I think and hope so, but only by His grace as I am faithful to humble myself and keep covenant with my fellow brother and sisters. Do I think such a time is coming? It’s likely, for God is not mocked and our arrogant nation has been sowing the seeds of a major humbling experience for many generations. This does not bode well for most Americans, however, as their automobiles have become an absolute and very expensive necessity that they depend upon entirely to survive in the rootless, scattered society of today, where commuting many miles a day is required to make ends meet while traveling between work and their bedroom communities, where they have no connection to the land except as a place to eat their store bought food and sleep. A team and buggy would never do in such a lifestyle, and rightly so. The problem is not the team, however, but the scale and scope of a wicked culture that has made Americans slaves of technologies that govern their lives in reducing them from debt-free producers to consumers addicted to credit.

The gospel of pagan progress assumes that all new technology, in and of itself, is always good for mankind, no matter what it is or what it costs. It is an outcome of mammon worship that sees the technology it produces as a savior of sorts. And so we Americans have been catechized to embrace all technology without much thought and by the time we realize what harm most of it brings, it’s too late, progress marches on as we are forced by the economic and political powers that be to use their “salvific technologies.” Fallen man hates to be subject to the merciful boundaries of God’s law, especially those that govern his wallet and the work of his hands, which explains why he panics when he comes near it and acts so absurdly in driving his air conditioned vehicle of technological progress over the cliff of his own insanity, the consequences of his refusal to bow the knee to the Great Physician and King, the Lord Jesus Christ. – the Missouri Rev.

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