Most Christians don’t see the link between their eschatalogy (their belief about the end times) and their outlook on life. Probably because most aren’t ever taught by their pastors or churches to consciously think about it. But being pessimistic about the future, which premillennialism and amillenialism are, leads, in principle, to a loss of personal responsibility in the present. This leads to covenant-breaking.
The United States is largely submerged in Bapistic Culture.
As someone on Facebook said to me, when asked what should the law and penalty for committing abortion be, “Separation of church and state is a Baptist idea (or perhaps Baptist ideology is an American idea). It’s ingrained in the minds of every American.
Why was this country founded? Why did we fight the revolutionary war? To escape either religious persecution or persecution through taxation.
So you ask what civil law should be, and I respond one of ‘ordered liberty.'”
POLYTHEISTIC LAW, THE RULE OF MANY GODS
To that, I respond that that idea of liberty and civil law is in itself polytheistic.
Whose idea of liberty? Whose definition of liberty do we enforce? God is clear: You shall have no other gods before me [Exodus 20:3]. So it’s his definition of liberty the civil government should be enforcing. Any other definition is in violation. It’s against the law. God commands us to enforce a principle: victim’s rights. We call our civil government to kill the victim: unborn babies.
Law flows from the sovereign entity who is in charge. And law is only law if it is enforcable: sanctions. If you pass a law but don’t enforce it, then you’re not really in charge because your authority isn’t taken seriously by your enforcers, those who have sworn an oath to represent you and your terms to the world.
Scripture is clear: civil government is to punish those who commit abortion by applying a specific negative sanction: the death penalty. To call for anything else is antinomian in “varying degrees,” as Rushdoony said:
Both amillennialism and premillennialism are in varying degrees antinomian. They by-pass the law entirely, or reduce it to merely personal morality. They fail to see the relevance of God’s law as the way of sanctification and as the law of men and nations. They do not recognize God’s law as God’s plan for dominion, for godly authority and rule in every area of life. This anti-law attitude guarantees impotence and defeat to all churches who hold it. They may prosper as convents or retreats from the world, but never as a conquering army for God. ~ R. J. Rushdoony God’s Plan for Victory, p. 6
That’s because you’re calling for some law-sanction that conflicts with Scripture’s
Why Christians don’t demand more
So why aren’t the majority of Americans who call themselves Christian demanding the civil government enforce the death penalty for those who commit abortion (just to give an example)? It’s because they’ve lost faith in God to bring about corporate sanctions in history. If we seek to sancitify ourselves individually, then why do we not seek to sanctify our government corporately?
All we have to do is look at Deuteronomy 28 for God’s promise of corporate blessings for obedience and corporate curses for disobedience.
But that’s the rub. “That was only applicable for the old dispensation,” come the cries from the pews. “That was commanded to the Israel church, not the Christian church, which is a parenthesis in history.” Like a Plan B.
Without faith in God’s historical sanctions, men lose their confidence in the future. So, instead of acting as agents of Christ in every area of life, they limit the Gospel’s power and authority to the “individual.” Instead of “all authority in heaven and on earth,” they limit Jesus’ authority to “heaven-only.”
“Spiritual kingdom only. No earthly kingdoms here. Unless you’re looking for Baal’s and Molech’s. In which case, we’ve got plenty of that going around. You’ve arrived, enjoy.”
And that’s a philosophy of dualism. It’s heretical.
OFFICAL FORECAST: FAILURE, DOOM-AND-GLOOM
So, the official view of Christians is that Christ’s church is a loser in history. The powers of evil, who are not omnipotent nor in possession of the Holy Spirit, will triumph over God’s people in history. Just stampede right on over them.
It’s very pessimistic.
As a result, we make it our policy to preserve the nation of Israel as an unblemished sacrifice to be consumed as a whole burnt offering during the “Great Tribulation,” so that we Christians can be raptured out of harm’s way in exchange. Evangelical Christians were reluctant to intervene in Nazi Germany because they thought the persecution of the Israelites was the fulfilling of prophecy. They thought the end was near.
They still think the end is near. Any minute now.
So pessimillenialists (those who subscribe to either premillennialism or amillenialism) don’t enforce God’s law, nor do we call on our government to enforce God’s law, because to do so will only delay the inevitable: the decline of culture and the increasing persecution of Christians which leads to our helicopter evacuation from it all: the rapture.
Since we don’t enforce God’s law, we enforce some other god’s law. We have set up Asherahs next to the altar of the Lord, and now we’ve removed God’s altar and left standing the Asherah in its place: the voice of the people, for the people, by the people.
A symphony of the collective, a polyphony of cacophonic voices all decrying to do what is right in their own eyes. So Asherah stands up and takes charge.
And Asherah demands that unborn babies be brought to its sacrificial fires and consumed for the sake of vanity, wealth, personal freedom, individual rights, free-love, sexual “liberation”, and all manner of other excuses to shuck personal responsibility.
And most Christians simply comply. They don’t propose alternate laws and alternate sanctions because they don’t think any matter in history. Therefore, by being silent in the face of opposition, they are being anti-nomian: lawless.
Sin is lawlessness.
What should the law be for abortion? Anything but God’s law, they say. Liberals hate it, first of all, and enforcing it might just bring about corporate sanctions, which will only delay the inevitable — so why do that? But most likely, they believe, it won’t do anything except bring about the expected mass persecution of Christians — an event whose coming they also don’t really want to accelerate because they don’t want to live through it.
The counter is the covenant. God’s laws have prescribed sanctions, and conforming corporately to those laws will bring about positive sanctions which will bring forth the Church’s inheritance in history: the meek shall inherit the earth.
The meek before God. Not those who are meek before men. Moses is described as being meek, but he certainly wasn’t “meek” before Pharaoh.
…no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the young man shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed. [Isaiah 65:19b-20]
This is assured because Christians have the Holy Spirit and God’s promise that “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” [Isaiah 11:9]
That’s future to get excited about. And it’s inevitable.