Christian education is the fundamental issue that needs to be confronted in our day by those who profess Christ. Too many within the church who complain about the status quo fail to realize that by handing over their children to government schools, they are the problem. The truncated gospel they follow somehow allows them to sacrifice the future of their family, society, and nation, as they guarantee that their children will be compromised when it comes to knowing and being obedient to the law-word of God. This abdication of parental responsibility is what has allowed the foundations of a nation founded on Christianity to become overrun by hedonism, paganism, and statism. The Scripture asks the rhetorical question, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Ps. 11:3)
While this is a familiar verse, the entirety of the Psalm (with my emphasis in italics), is not so often quoted or known. Continue reading
A number of friends contacted me with frustration lately, because they discovered that a number of women from their churches participated, in person, at one of the many Women’s Marches around the country. What’s more, these same women were distressed because a good number of the women who marched expressed sadness about the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Why were my friends upset? My guess is that they assumed that the other women in their church thought as they did regarding various “women’s issues,” such as abortion and feminism, and were shocked to see their church friends reacting much like the mainstream media when their candidate lost the election. As the expression goes, “When you assume, you make an ass of you and me (ass of u and me). Continue reading
As helper, Eve became Adam’s match, his equivalent, and he described her as bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh. He knew what he had been given and he was grateful for it. Early on in the Biblical account, we see the tremendous influence a wife can have on her husband. In Eve’s case, she violated the “chain of command,” but that does not nullify the God-given role she was created to fulfill. Adam also called her “mother of all living.” Continue reading
There are those who consider parts of the Bible unsuitable for children because of the sexual nature of some of the content. Song of Solomon often falls into that category. While there are differing interpretations as to the actual meaning of this book (literal or figurative), nonetheless, it is a part of the canon of Scripture. Song of Solomon 1:2 would raise some eyebrows on those who consider sex or wine outside the bounds of what young people or children should be exposed to. Does that mean that this part of the wisdom literature of the Bible should be eliminated from sermons, Bible studies, or reading through the Bible with our children or as part of family devotions? Continue reading
Scripture tells us to walk by faith, not by sight. That means that we, if we are to be faithful to the Bible’s teaching, must take God at His Word, not modifying it to match the circumstances we witness around us or any negative propaganda put forth by the enemies of Christ.
Here are three passages that I trust will encourage you as you begin 2017. Continue reading
Self-government is first learned in a family where both mother and father instill in their children a healthy fear of God. This is accomplished as boundaries and rules are established from the earliest age, so that the child is not left wondering what is acceptable and what is not. Thus, parenting is a very hands-on activity, and one that needs much training to execute well. The Bible is the great textbook for learning how to (and how not to) be a parent. Godly parents need to know and practice the law of God if they wish to transmit this to their children.
Biblical self-government is the most effective government in the world. People tend to put their focus on civil government and, at that, the offices at the very top. However, without individuals who will govern themselves according to God’s Word (the standard of what is right and what is wrong), there is little hope for true dominion living in the institutions of the family, church, and state, as well as in the spheres of school, or business professions. Continue reading
There is never a bad time to instruct someone in Biblical law if you are given the chance to do so. Moreover, your listeners do not have to know the worldview behind your comments. I had one such encounter today at Whole Foods.
As I waited in line, the checker, bagger, and customer ahead of me were discussing the actions of the son of the manager of a famous punk rock band (whose name meant nothing to me).* He announced that he intended to burn his deceased parents’ paraphernalia and memorabilia in protest to Britain’s commercialization of punk rock. It seems that what was cutting edge, radical forty years ago has become mainstream today and officially celebrated. Junior wanted no part of it, because he felt it distorted what his father stood for. So, with much fanfare, on Nov. 26, 2016, he made good on his promise to incinerate his father’s possessions valued at over five million pounds. Continue reading
Rhett Bergeron, M.D., spent an hour with some young people and their parents during an online webinar (#2 in the Chalcedon Virtual Master Class Series), answering their questions and sharing his expertise about health and wellness from a deliberately Biblical perspective.
Chalcedon’s Virtual Master Classes purpose to inspire and instruct the next generation of Christians to learn from individuals who have distinguished themselves in applying the Faith to a specific area of life. It is meant to encourage, stimulate, and motivate young people to pursue areas of interest and ability and connect them with potential mentors and guides as they seek to serve Christ and His Kingdom.
Dr. Bergeron’s medical practice focuses on nutrition and the role that environmental factors and toxicity have on health and how they cause disease. Additionally, he addresses the emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspect of illness. Continue reading
I was reading a devotional a few days ago with my husband, something we do regularly before he heads out to work. The message could not have been more relevant to the reaction to the results of the recent national election. It was written by R.J. Rushdoony many years ago, but remains a timely word for us today. It is entitled, “Contrition.” He notes,
Contrition is not a word we hear much today. In fact, it has an old-fashioned ring to it, and some people are vague as to its meaning. The word “contrition” means being penitent for our sins. The root of the word comes from the Latin and old French, from a word meaning to bruise or to grind. In other words, our sins hurt other people (and offend God). There is therefore no true repentance, no contrition, until what we have done begins to hurt us, to pain us, as we realize what we have done.
America needs a huge dose of contrition. Not only for the obvious sins of abortion and the many overseas wars waged for profit, but also for the devaluation of our money and the rampant overreach of civil government into the affairs of the family, the church, and private associations. What is often overlooked when it comes to contrition, according to Rushdoony, is what happens when we practice it. Continue reading