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The world Is full of wailing men who see the enormity of evil but not the sovereignty of God over all things. It is impossible for man to triumph against God.
The purpose of God is not the enthronement of evil, nor is it the counsel of the ungodly which shall prevail. The triumph of God and His cause is inescapable, and, whether we see that triumph or not, we must never doubt that it will prevail.
Samuel Rutherford wrote, "The thing which we mistake is the want of victory. We hold that to be the mark of one that hath no grace. Nay, say I, the want of fighting were a mark of no grace." All too many who call themselves Christian lack this mark: there is no fight in them as they face evils and troubles, only a long whine.
In 1641, Hansard Knollys, in the midst of troubles and war, summoned men to struggle on unremittingly for God's New Jerusalem and to beseech God concerning it: "It is the work of the day to give God no rest till He sets up Jerusalem as the praise of the whole world."
This is religious conviction and moral force. Man was called to rule, not to be ruled, to have dominion, not to be a subject (Gen. 1:26-28). Apart from God, this is impossible. Under God, man has a mandate to reconstruct all things, and the power of God to do it."" R.J. Rushdoony (1972
 
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'God's universe is orderly. There is a God-ordained regularity in economic affairs. . there is a predictable , lawful relationship between personal industriousness and wealth, between laziness and poverty. 'How long wilt thou sleep O sluggard ?? When wilt thou arise out of they sleep? Yet a little sleep a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest; So shall they poverty come as one travails and thy want as an armed man' " (Prov 6;9-11)'Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labor shall increase' (Pro 13;11). This applies to individuals, families, corporations and nations. . Not every godly man or organization will inevitably prosper economically, in the time and on earth and not every evil man will lose his wealth during his lifetime(Lk 16;19-31) but in the aggregate there will be significant correlation between covenantal faithfulness and external prosperity. In the long run the wealth of the wicked is laid up for the just (Pro 13;22) this same principle applies to national, cultural and racial groups ( Deut 8) Covenantal law governs the sphere of economics. Wealth flows to those who work hard, deal honestly with their customers and who honor God. To argue, as the Marxists and socialists do that wealth flows in a free market social order towards those who are ruthless, dishonest, and blinded by greed is to deny the bible's explicit teachings concerning the nature of economic life. It is a denial of the covenantal lawfulness of the creation.

The Sinai Strategy, G North p 140
 
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"The state has a duty to serve God, to be Christian, to be a part of God's kingdom, or else it shall be judged by Him. The state is declared in Romans 13 to be a ministry, the ministry of justice and social order. The church is the ministry of grace, of the word and the sacraments, and the discipline of the household of faith." ~R.J. Rushdoony









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Thinking I deserve heaven is a clear sign that I have no understanding of the Gospel.

Sinclair Ferguson
 
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'Whenever the ten commandments are enforced by all agencies of human government men will gain freedom'
G North
 
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“The gospel of Satan is not a system of revolutionary principles, nor yet a program of anarchy. It does not promote strife and war, but aims at peace and unity. It seeks not to set the mother against her daughter nor the father against his son, but fosters the fraternal spirit whereby the human race is regarded as one great “brotherhood.” It does not seek to drag down the natural man, but to improve and uplift him. It advocates education and cultivation and appeals to “the best that is within us.” It aims to make this world such a comfortable and congenial habitat that Christ’s absence from it will not be felt and God will not be needed. It endeavors to occupy man so much with this world that he has no time or inclination to think of the world to come. It propagates the principles of self-sacrifice, charity and benevolence, and teaches us to live for the good of others, and to be kind to all. It appeals strongly to the carnal mind and is popular with the masses, because it ignores the solemn facts that by nature man is a fallen creature, alienated from the life of God, and dead in trespasses and sins, and that his only hope lies in being born again.
― Arthur W. Pink
 
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'What is my thesis ? Very simple ; anyone who contrasts the love of God with the law of God is an implicit defender of tyranny"
G North
 
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The medieval era was not interested in utopias, but, for the Renaissance, not the City of God, but a man-made City of Man, a utopia, offered the greatest hope. At the heart of the utopian dream was the will of a self-styled elite minority to impose its ideal commonwealth on the majority.

In the process, a major shift in thinking occurred. For Christianity, man’s problem is sin, his willful want of conformity to the law of God. It is anomia, lawlessness, or, an anti-law mentality. For the utopian, instead of sin, ignorance is the problem, to be remedied by statist education, so that man might reach his human potential. For the utopian, for the humanist, man’s ignorance is heightened by the ostensibly false teachings of orthodox Christianity. This has meant removing education from the hands of the Christians into the hands of the state, where supposedly true education and true morality will flourish.

Even back in the seventeenth century, there were humanistic thinkers calling for a society dedicated to liberty, equality, and fraternity. History was to demonstrate that this liberty was to be from God and the church, not from the state. As for fraternity, it had to be on humanistic, not Christian, terms. Equality meant an equal status as slaves of the state.

But because the state is the embodiment of morality, what the state does is therefore held to be inescapably good. To oppose the state is to oppose the Geist, the spirit of the age, in its inevitable march to the “Great Society.”

Fraternity in some societies has come to mean living in communal housing under the most wretched circumstances. Because the state’s purpose is by definition moral, the failure of collective housing is due to the failure and rebellion of the individuals in such units. The state’s goals are by definition rational, whereas, it is held, Christianity is irrational and thus the great enemy of the modern moral state.

We thus have a major battle before us, with the rational, scientific socialist (or fascist) state confronting Christianity as the implicit roadblock to the triumph of man. Those who fail to recognize this conflict will be the victims of it.

[R.J. Rushdoony, “The State as the Embodiment of Morality?” in “An Informed Faith,” vol. 3 (Dec. 1996), 907-08.]
 
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'In short as calling upon God is one of the principal means of securing safety and as a better and more unerring rule for guiding us in this exercise cannot be found elsewhere than in the Psalms it follows that in proportion to the profici
ency which a man shall have attained in understanding them will be his knowledge of the most important part of celestial doctrine.'


Calvin
 
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"God's army in every place needs the war psalms of her Prince of Peace. The Christian church has lost its military vision because the pulpit has been ashamed of the battle cries of the Psalms. "

James E Adams
 
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“Our prayer must not be self-centered. It must arise not only because we feel our own need as a burden we must lay upon God, but also because we are so bound up in love for our fellow men that we feel their need as acutely as our own. To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them. ”
Calvin
 
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Satan is ever seeking to inject that poison into our hearts to distrust God's goodness - especially in connection with his commandments. That is what really lies behind all evil, lusting and disobedience. A discontent with our position and portion, a craving from something which God has wisely held from us. Reject any suggestion that God is unduly severe with you. Resist with the utmost abhorrence anything that causes you to doubt God's love and his loving-kindness toward you. Allow nothing to make you question the Father's love for his child.

AW Pink
 
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Heaven must be brought down into the human soul, before the human soul can be fitted for heaven. There must, as the schoolmen speak, be “a congruity and similitude between the faculty and the object,” i. e. there must be an inward meetness for the vision and glory of God, wrought in you by his Holy Spirit, in order to render you susceptible of those exalted pleasures and the fulness of joy, which are in his presence, and at his right hand for ever. Was thy soul, O unconverted sinner, to be this moment separated from thy body, and even admitted into heaven, (supposing it was possible for an unregenerate spirit to enter,) heaven would not be heaven to thee. You cannot relish the blessedness of the new Jerusalem, unless God, in the mean while, make you partaker of a new nature. The Father chose his people to salvation; the Son purchased for them the salvation to which they were chosen: and the blessed Spirit fits and qualifies them for that salvation by his renewing influences: for, as a dead man cannot inherit an estate, no more can a dead soul (and every soul is spiritually dead, till quickened and born again of the Holy Ghost) inherit the kingdom of God. Yet, sanctification and holiness of life do not constitute any part of our title to the heavenly inheritance, any more than mere animal life entitles a man of fortune to the estate he enjoys: he could not, indeed, enjoy his estate if he did not live; but his claim to his estate arises from some other quarter. In like manner, it is not our holiness that entitles us to heaven; though no man can enter heaven without holiness. God’s gratuitous donation, and Christ’s meritorious righteousness, constitute our right to future glory; while the Holy Ghost, by inspiring us with spiritual life, of which spiritual life good works are the evidences and the actings) puts us into a real capability of, and fitness for, that inheritance of endless happiness, which otherwise, we could never, in the very nature of things, either possess or enjoy.
~ Jerom Zanchius and Augustus Toplady, The Doctrine of Absolute Predestination Stated and Asserted (New York: George Lindsay, 1811), 249–250.
 
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"The Psalter becomes well nigh as significant , in the worship of the theocracy and of the church as do the sacraments"

Martin Wyngaarden
 
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“By reversing the proper order of things, the non-presuppositional apologist sees submission to God's Word as secondary, rather than primary, sees demonstration as the basis for faith, sees independent argumentation rather than the Holy Spirit as the source of conviction, and therefore advances the destruction of his own defense of the faith.”

Those who follow Christ are distinct from the world and the ways of the flesh. As Christ says in John 17:17, they are consecrated or "set apart" from the world, and the distinctive thing about Christians is that they have the truth. Being not of this world, believers are "set apart" by the truth. And Jesus asserts in the same verse that "God's Word is truth."

As we walk before the unbeliever then, the thing that makes us different is our submission to the Word of God. Our lives and thinking are founded on Scripture, while the essence of the unbeliever's life is rejection of the revelation of God. Our presupposition of Scripture's truth is at diametric odds with that of the world, and because we have been given the Word of God, the world hates us. From the outset, the focus of the world's opposition to the faith is the Word of God itself.”

― Greg L. Bahnsen,
 
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CS Lewis, Mere Christianity
“I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc, is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them.”.......
 
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Hitch,

Are you only within this forum to dictate godly premises of others, or do you actually have any thoughts of your own relative to Christianity with the topics that you have shown?


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