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Does Revelation Teach That The World Will Become Worse Or Better?

Part 22

Christianity Cannot Be Confined To A Closet

abraham-kuyperQuoting Abraham Kuyper:

That in spite of all worldly opposition, God’s holy ordinances shall be established again in the home, in the school and in the State for the good of the people; to carve as it were into the conscience of the nation the ordinances of the Lord, to which the Bible and Creation bear witness, until the nation pays homage again to God.

Everything that has been created was, in its creation, furnished by God with an unchangeable law of its existence. And because God has fully ordained such laws and ordinances for all life, therefore the Calvinist demands that all life be consecrated to His service in strict obedience. A religion confined to the closet, the cell, or the church, therefore, Calvin abhors.

America And The Price Of Negligence

danielwebsterQuoting Daniel Webster:

“I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe … Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. — From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence, I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing. Make them intelligent, and they will be vigilant; give them the means of detecting the wrong, and they will apply the remedy.”

“Cap And Tax” Is Coming

planetgoreFrom: The Desk of Gary Bauer

Liberal politicians on Capitol Hill are set to unveil a massive new tax today that will hit the entire American economy and every single consumer. The legislation would create a “cap and trade” scheme for carbon dioxide emissions. In the process it would impose tremendous costs on businesses, and those costs would be passed along to you. Everyone would pay this new tax. Turn on a light switch, and you will pay. Put gas in your car and you will pay. President Obama’s budget assumes the “cap and tax” scheme will raise $650 billion in new “climate revenue.” But privately, White House aides have told Capitol Hill staffers that “cap and tax” could tax as much as $2 trillion dollars out of the economy!

With many economists predicting that this recession will last months, if not well into next year, and unemployment reaching double digits, why are Democrats pushing what has been called “the largest tax increase in American history”? Here’s one reason. The United Nations is gearing up for the sequel to the Kyoto protocol – a global warming treaty that the Bush Administration refused to sign. “Kyoto II” has been scheduled to take place at a conference this December in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Obama Administration is fully supportive of its agenda. Fox News analyzed the “cap and trade” plan being floated at the United Nations in advance of the Copenhagen conference. Here’s an excerpt:

“A United Nations document on ‘climate change’ that will be distributed to a major environmental conclave next week envisions a huge reordering of the world economy, likely involving trillions of dollars in wealth transfer, millions of job losses and gains, new taxes, industrial relocations, new tariffs and subsidies, and complicated payments for greenhouse gas abatement schemes and carbon taxes – all under the supervision of the world body.”

Trillions of dollars in wealth transfer. Millions of job losses. New taxes, new tariffs, more government subsidies. And liberal politicians are laying the foundations for it right now in our nation’s capital. (“End of Day Report”)

When The Culture Abandons Christ

loader_nochristiansallowedQuoting Dr Peter Hammond:

There are many anti-Christian forces seeking to undermine and destroy the Christian Faith, including: persecution by Muslim and communist governments; secular humanist domination of educational institutions, the entertainment industry and news media; and false gospels and unBiblical heresies within many theological seminaries and all too many churches.

We’ve also allowed ourselves to become misinformed, brainwashed and intimidated into feeling guilty for the great achievements of Christian missionaries and reformers over the past centuries. Christians who are ignorant of history have ended up apologising for those faithful Christians who converted cannibals, ended inter-tribal genocide, abolished child sacrifices, defeated witchcraft and won whole nations to Christ.

Many Christians have surrendered to the forces of darkness, entered into negotiations and co-operation with idolaters, demythologized the Bible, removed “offensive” Bible passages from our preaching and lowered standards to allow the unconverted easy access to the church.

In the past the church went out to conquer the world for Christ. Today, in too many churches, Christ is being sold for 30 pieces of silver, or less. Instead of the church changing the world, the world is changing the church.

For decades now many Christians in the West have been turning away from the God-orientated, Bible-based, Christ-centered foundation of the Reformation. Instead, many Christians have been turning to the man-centered humanism of the Renaissance, which has always inevitably led to the extremes of permissiveness or totalitarianism, as seen in the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution.

The results of this apostasy are plain to see in the abortion holocaust, the pornography industry and the political protection of perversions in the West; and the massacres and concentration camps of the East.

The results of abandoning God’s eternal standards as revealed in the Bible are: families that fail to nurture, governments that fail to punish the guilty, governments that fail to provide security for the law-abiding, schools that fail to educate and churches that fail to be houses of prayer for all nations, making disciples, teaching obedience.

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