This appeared in The Aquila Report yesterday.
It is not what anti-Reconstructionists wanted to hear. But, in the opinion of the writer, a retired PCA teaching pastor, it is the truth.
Like the liberty movement now taking shape, this movement will continue to flourish and spread despite the best efforts of the Christian church establishment to ignore it, ridicule it, pass resolutions against it and misrepresent its teachings to their flocks.
As Larry Ball says near the end of his article, “Read our literature and our books. Don’t take the word of another.”
Especially, don’t take the word of another who is simply repeating sound bites and theologically uninformed memes rather than actually reading and understanding the literature and what it says.
Be a Berean. Don’t be a Cretan.
Christian Reconstruction, Alive and Well
The Christian Reconstruction movement is not dead
After reading a number of articles on The Aquila Report lately, one might surmise that the Christian Reconstruction movement, associated with men like the late R. J. Rushdoony, is dead. Well, I have good news – it is not dead, but is still alive and growing! As America continues to decline, and as the Church continues to be unable to speak to the issues of our culture, I expect Dominion Theology to continue to grow. As I have had the opportunity to teach young men and women in the Church about this hope, I have watched their faces light up with joy. Literally, I have seen lives changed.
The Federal Vision movement hurt our numbers, but not all of us joined in that fight. As the Church continues to lose influence in America and as young people continue to leave the Church, we must tell them that there is purpose and hope in Christ, even on this earth. “Pie in the sky Christianity” has very little to offer the young man working at his calling all week long. Maybe we have too many missions conferences and not enough teaching on how to take dominion?
Christian Reconstructionism continues to be much maligned and misrepresented. Churchmen continue to throw stones at it because it believes that the Kingdom of God is greater than the Church. The spiritually-minded belittle it because it defines good and evil in terms of God’s law. Pietists deride it because it believes that the Bible speaks specifically to all spheres of life including such things as politics, economics, and just wars. The heavenly-minded are uncomfortable with it because it sees the gospel capturing all the nations on earth (not just the elect among the nations), and bringing them under obedience to Christ before his second coming (Matthew 28: 19-20).
The modern Church reminds me of the ten spies who reported to Moses that taking the Promised Land was just impossible. Let’s just be real and practical here – right? The enemy is just too big and too powerful. They are like giants and we are like grasshoppers. Anyone who speaks of victory is just a dreamer. We hear the same today. Humanism is just too entrenched in our culture. The enemy controls all of the institutions. Obama won again. There is no hope in the Christian faith, except as a way to get to heaven. Our only hope on this earth is the joy of suffering persecution, which, if we are honest, we are wont to do. Forget about what our grandchildren will have to face. Just get me out of here as quickly as possible.
What we need is revival in the pulpit and a message of hope. Joshua and Caleb’s message to Moses was basically that we are not afraid of them, but they are afraid of us. The enemy has heard about the great things God has done for us, and their hearts have melted in fear. We have the Living God on our side. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
Faith is more than merely believing in justification by faith alone. It is that, but it is more. Faith believes that we shall see God’s Kingdom come to earth in fullness and that we shall see his will being done on earth as it is in heaven. So Jesus taught us to pray. (Matthew 6:10). Faith responds like David when he said of Goliath, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should taunt the armies of the living God” (I Sam. 17:26). Faith rests in Christ. Faith hopes in the resurrection of the body. Yet, too, faith believes that through the preaching of the gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit, God’s people shall someday see the “glory of the Lord cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14).
Let us not retreat into discouragement and depression, but let us continue to work to build the Kingdom of God on earth through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. I am a Christian Reconstructionist. Read our literature and our books. Don’t take the word of another. You can begin to understand this hope by visiting www.chalcedon.edu and www.americanvision.org. Come, rejoice with us, and join us in this march to victory.
Larry E. Ball is a retired Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America and a CPA. He lives in Fleming Island, Florida.
Reprinted from The Aquila Report.