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.

A Continuation of “Food For thought — April 15, 2008″

Posted by Rural Missourian on Apr 17th, 2008

In reply to my recent post, Food For Thought – April 15, 2008, one of my readers, Christine, asked a very good question for which I thought I ought to publish an answer as a whole new post. Here is her question: Repentance might be heartfelt and actions might be taken in accordance to the repentance, but the consequences of sin are still strong ties that can’t be unloosed responsibly. How would you propose we start reforming our ways locally?

For sure, the strong ties of our sins must be loosed responsibly. The word responsibly is derived from the word responsible, which comes from the two words, response and able. In Christ, by the empowering of the Holy Spirit (John 14:25, Rom. 8:9, 15:13) within the regenerated believer (Titus 3:5) whose has the law of God written upon their hearts (Heb. 8:10) as new creations in Him (2 Cor. 5:17), we have been enabled by the Lord to keep His commandments (1John 5:3-4, though not perfectly 1John 1:9) as we walk after the Spirit (Rom. 8:4) in establishing the law (Rom. 3:31), that is, to make it the standard for the whole of man, for the whole of life. For Christians that are truly new creations in Christ, therefore, to responsibly loose the ties of their sins means to repent and reform their ways according to God’s law as equally yoked believers, united together as one man (Judges 20:1 & 8-11, Ezra 3:1) under the New Everlasting Covenant (Luke 22:20, Heb. 13:20-21), who repent and reform their ways together as accountable members of the one body of the local church . . . and not as atomistic individuals that happen to attend a church who rebel against the just chastisements of the Lord in autonomous independence, going their own ways out of a carnal reaction to the bad things happening around them.

Responsibly loosing our ties to sin as it applies to what is happening economically today also means that we are not to seek and protect, as though it is the highest priority, the “financial security” and monies (paper investments) we have developed in embracing our wicked economic system, as we have for so many generations. My advise is to cash out of all investments and anything comprised of fiat currency (the US dollar which is dying fast)—though the repentance price of costly penalties and taxes may really hurt—and immediately convert it into tangibles that you steward directly, such as land, animals, tools, etc. Even here, priorities must be kept right, as it is far more important to you and your family’s wellbeing that you covenant together locally in a church of likeminded believers than to acquire land and other tangibles, as important as they are. The day of lone ranger Christianity is rapidly coming to a close, as well as, the days of seeking one’s own financial and material security first over the Kingdom of God.

I’ll probably step on plenty of more toes here, but biblically lawful wealth is tangible and is to be stewarded locally according to the Lord’s commandments (Pro. 27:23-24), it is not paper (virtual) wealth that grows by means of usurious increase. Repenting economically, which is absolutely essential since American Christendom has been worshipping mammon for many generations, will mean forsaking these forms of pagan wealth and cleaving to the Lord, wholly trusting in Him to make the way to responsibly depart from evil while establishing a godly economy that uses honest weights and just measures, that is, the biblical money of gold and silver. This very difficult transition of moving into a God blessed culture will not happen overnight; it will be vigorously opposed by those who worship our debt-based economic system, both believer and unbeliever alike, so faithful patience and humble perseverance will be required for many generations to come, which is also a vital part of responsible repentance and reformation.

We must remember that the children of Israel were repeatedly judged for taking unlawful spoil or dishonest gain. When they came under the just chastisement of God for such actions and their many years of covenant breaking the people asked who will survive such fiery judgments. The sinners in Zion are afraid; Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: “Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?” [The answer is most interesting] He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppressions, Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, And shuts his eyes from seeing evil: He will dwell on high; His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; Bread will be given him, His water will be sure (Isa. 33:14-16). With our economy rapidly declining the vast majority of the pensions, 401ks, bonds, and other forms of “savings” Americans are trusting in will soon be destroyed through the loss of purchasing power (inflation) or by default (deflation). This, too, is the righteous harvest of the economic iniquity sown for the last several generations. (I am about to post an article, The USS Pagan Dominion — the Ship of Fools, which deals with our iniquitous central bank, the Federal Reserve, and the credit orgy of the last 60 years).

What I mean by LOCALLY is that repentance and reformation begins FIRST at home, locally where believers live and worship together, and not at the highest levels of a central government (unbiblical) where we try to elect people who “represent our values” to fix our myriad of problems at the national level, a futile endeavor that has no biblical precedent. No, the biblical precedent is and always has been local first, as the Lord blesses the local church and community . . . the national element will follow if His people remain faithful, as we saw with the founding of the united States. In building a genuine Christian community that will bless future generations with a tangible culture and productive land blessed of God, godly government and economics must be established locally in parallel with building the local church, which over time grows by God’s blessing, displacing wicked government and culture as it goes. The last thing to be established in a godly republic, therefore, are the national authorities. And contrary to the all-encompassing salvitic purposes and power we have given them, they are to protect our national borders under very limited power and under the close vigilance of the previously established local authorities who act as strong checks and balances as interpositionary protectors. As part of their covenant breaking, one of the chief reasons Christians today are increasingly being persecuted and shut down throughout the nation, especially the public square, is not because of increasing numbers of militant unbelievers, as they are merely a symptom of the church’s growing apostasy (Deu. 28:43-46), but because God’s people will not come together and live locally by covenant to build the local church and establish lawful local government, which is the bedrock foundation by which a godly nation is built, and in our case, rebuilt.

Sadly, mainline Christians prefer to keep their unequally yoked relationships with the heathen that surround them while participating in the polytheistic pluralism of “democracy,” all the while proclaiming “God Bless America.” “Besides, to obey God in keeping covenant with Him means certain conflict and suffering and who wants any of that in the age of grace and comfort we have today, let alone threatening the many personal financial kingdoms we have worked so hard to build?” In a world where the gates of hell proactively seeks to destroy the church building Christ’s kingdom through preaching and living out The Gospel as a city set on a hill (not as individual lamps scattered among the heathen) will always come with a price. The Puritans understood this well, “Spiritual warfare made the Puritans what they were. They accepted conflict as their calling, seeing themselves as their Lord’s soldier-pilgrims, just as in Bunyan’s allegory, and not expecting to be able to advance a single step without opposition of one sort or another. [from the] The Character of an Old English Puritane or Nonconformist (1646): His whole life he accounted a warfare, wherein Christ was his captain, his arms, prairers and tears. The Crosse his banner and his word [motto] Vincit qui patitur [he who suffers conquers].” (Worldly Saints: The Puritans As They Really Were, Zondervan Publishing House, 1986)

To reestablish godly civil authority means that believers must repent of their autonomous freelance ways where they live their lives comfortably mixed in among the heathen as a small minority while embracing their peace and prosperity in building their personal financial kingdoms together with them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. According to the testimony of the Scriptures and the Law of God, God’s people are to live in unity as a locally covenanted people under Him as their Lord (King), a biblical theocracy, wherein they are able to build local godly government FIRST that acts as an interpositionary authority in protecting those under their care, as the early Puritan colonies did. Whenever God’s people have rebelled in seeking a king (or government) like the heathen nations around them they have suffered devastating consequences (1Sam 8:3-18, 10:17-19, 12:11-12), just as we are today. The answer is always the same, 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.

Repentance, reformation, and national restoration begins first when believers come together as covenanted members of the local church where they live in close proximity to each other (a must), working together towards becoming the majority so they can elect godly rulers from among themselves who are directly accountable to them according to God’s law (Deu 17:14-20). As these lawfully established bodies grow by employing God’s law as their standard, so the Lord has promised to bless them in increase, both materially and authoritatively, as the head, and no longer the tail of the culture (Deu 28: 1-14). — 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