New Covenant Patriarchy
Monday, December 24, 2007
Monogamania: Never has so much depended on so little
Some bad theology and a lot of rebellion are all that hold up the charade of secular humanism.
In the Bible the patriarchs - God fearing men - ruling responsibly over their families according to God's LawWord are the model that God holds up as our example of righteousness. The denial of Biblical patriarchy by the church has made secular humanism the power it is today.
There are five aspects to Biblical Patriarchy:
1. arranged marriages (the father is responsible for the disposition of his sons and daughters in marriage with the consent of all),
2. the Biblical dowry (three years living wages paid by the man for a virgin),
3. patriarchal authority ( the rule and responsibility of the father of the household under God's LawWord),
4. the one-flesh nature of marriage (the disestablishment of church and state from marriage), and
5. potential polygyny (one man husbanding one or more wives).
The denial of each of these aspects of Biblical patriarchy has given secular humanism the crucial cooperation from baptized humanism it needs in order to exercise the power it wields. To see this clearly we must imagine what things might be like if Biblical patriarchy was once again understood to be righteous by Christians.
Secular humanism is simply the larger mirror of the reality of our family lives. Secular humanism does not take God's LawWord into account and neither do humanist Christians.
I spoke to a mother of a 17 year old girl yesterday and mentioned the importance of her father being involved in making sure she married the right guy and the 3 years wages a potential husband needs to bring to the table.
"That sounds very Old Testament," she said.
"There is no such thing as the 'Old Testament'; that is just an evolutionary category imposed on Scripture," I informed her, "There are the Law and the Prophets, the Gospels and Epistles: the dowry is part of God's Law order for the family."
"But we have done away with the sacrifices," she responded, shaking her head.
"Right, but the dowry has nothing to do with the sacrificial system or the priesthood. It is simply God's Law which Jesus came to reconcile us to. Like He said, 'If you love me obey my commandments'."
Frankly, the situation we find ourselves in is this: rather than look to God's LawWord for our definition of right and wrong we look to our own reasoning. This is what secular humanism does as well. The laws of our country are made up without any deference to God's Law. As we have denigrated the Law and the Prophets as being passé so has secular humanism denigrated the Constitution and our country's Christian heritage.
Christianity in the west is bound to be impotent as long as we view God's Law as impotent.
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Monday, December 17, 2007
New Covenant Patriarchy War on Terror
There were once two cities that were terrorized by God. Not only did their two biggest buildings fall down but every building came down in a rain of fire and lava and ash. Everybody was wiped out. It did not have to happen. Just ten men could have stopped it - not just any men but a particular kind of men.
Here is the whole story:
And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes: Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five?
And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it. And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there.
And he said, I will not do it for forty's sake. And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there.
And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there. And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there.
And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty's sake. And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there.
And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake. And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.
Genesis 19:24-25 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
So there you have it: for the lack of 10 good men we have the complete destruction of two cities.
The moral of the story: Make sure you have at least 10 righteous (full of rightness) men in your city or county. It can make all the difference in the world.
But what kind of "rightness" are we talking about here? God defines that himself in His Law summarized by the Ten Commandments. And to make sure we understood what those meant he gave us hundreds of minimum case law applications of those 10 commands. Minimum case law applications means that if the law holds for this minimal case it certainly holds for even greater cases.
Here is an example: You shall not steal. A minimum case law would be: Do not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain. We can safely say this applies to greater cases such as: do not neglect to pay the pastor of your church who ministers to you.
It takes a lot of understanding of God's word to know what rightness consists of and then you have to apply it in practice to actually be righteous. And if you can't do it you had better hope there are ten men in your area that do. Because those 10 men may be all that stand between you and divine judgment, a truly terrible thing.