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By Ruth Nourse
“The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth,” Jennie Brownscombe, 1914. Click to enlarge.
History as Truth
If it is possible in a courtroom to judge a defendant guilty or innocent, or in a laboratory to discover the relationship between physical properties and phenomena, it must be possible to know the truth about history.
The word “history,” according to Webster, is related to the Greek historia, “a learning by inquiry.” The word “skeptic” also comes from the Greek skeptesthai, meaning to examine or consider. A true skeptic is a “considerer” who will not pass judgment before the evidence has been thoughtfully examined.
In a world of sunshine and rain and natural beauty beyond measure, who is so cynical as to refuse to examine available evidence of the work of a Creator God in the history of man? For the open minded scholar the possibility of God’s presence in history is not unthinkable.
Page Smith points out in his book, History and Historians, that the Jews discovered history. For them chronology was transcended by the relation of a people with their God. The meaning, purpose and direction of history was found in God’s will and their Messianic expectation.
According to the Old Testament view, man is able to effect his own destiny in partnership with God. The New Testament demonstrates and affirms the validity of this view. According to the gospels, Messianic hopes of the Hebrew Scriptures were fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth; the Abrahamic covenant, according to Paul’s writings, was made universal through faith in Him.
Eusebius, the first important Christian historian, saw history as the unfolding of God’s purpose in the world. The verifiable experience of millions alive today supports this view – a view held since ancient times and, until our century, as the prevalent view of western historians.
Those who have seen God’s plan unfold in their own lives, find no reason to doubt Columbus’ claim that expeditions to undiscovered lands were undertaken as a divine mission. Samuel Eliot writes of Columbus: “His frequent communion with forces unseen was a vital element in his achievement.”
Intelligent purpose gives meaning to history and links believers of all generations in the on-going expansion of God’s kingdom on earth. Understanding this, we can readily accept what early colonists wrote of divine purpose in the settlement of America. In America, a new, and specifically Christian, start was made.
The Founding of America
Generations of English and European peoples were motivated in pursuit of sound government by a Bible based concept of justice. Before the settlement of New England, however, achievement along this line had been both remarkable and disappointing. Success and failure had been their mixed experience. The tyranny of the institutional church had proved as hard to bear as tyranny of kings.
Jamestown, the first colony in the new world, was almost exclusively profit motivated. Thoughtful consideration finds in the Jamestown experience inadequate impetus to explain the settlement of the continent much less the nation that grew here from such small beginnings. That first colony’s inability to cope with famine, sickness, hostile Indians, and chronic infighting among promoters and colonial leaders held no lamp of hope to bring throngs of would-be settlers willing to take the attendant risks.
Schemes to enlist Jamestown emigrants included suppression of facts about what colonists actually suffered in Virginia. Disillusionment provided no emotional stimulus for survival, and the colony struggled for years on the brink of disaster. The Jamestown episode fails to explain the resilience and success of colonial America.
The experience of the Mayflower Pilgrims, who landed at Plymouth in 1620, more adequately accounts for the survival and productivity of early American colonies and for the continual flow of immigrants to these shores. Doubters need only read the first line of the Mayflower Compact to confirm the faith of the Pilgrims.
It was a broad faith demonstrated by 102 hardy souls who knelt with William Bradford to ask journeying mercies before their little ship set sail and, again – as they viewed their new homeland – to thank God for delivering them from the “vast and furious ocean.” Prayer was not their only demonstration of faith. Hardships that broke the spirit of the colonists at Jamestown drew the Pilgrims closer together and caused them to pray more fervently.
Why must we doubt the testimony of the colonists themselves, who believed that God prepared the way before them and sustained them in the new land? Can the sequence of events that accompanied their coming be explained in a better way? Could such a series of enabling circumstances be expected to burst by chance into the stream of history?
Hostile Indians had been removed from Plymouth by a mysterious plague four years before the Mayflower landed. Apart from this “preparation” for their coming, the sea-wary strangers would have landed among unfriendly Native Americans. Nearly half the Pilgrims died the first winter, yet the faith of the survivors was not diminished.
The turning point at Plymouth came when Samoset, an amiable Algonquin chieftain, brought Squanto to the colony. Stolen away from those very forests by English tradesmen before the plague, Squanto gained a knowledge of the English language and lifestyle by the time he found a way back to his childhood home. Finding none of his own people alive, he spent six months with the Algonquins, seeming not to know which way to turn.
Squanto found new purpose in life as he taught the English settlers how to plant crops, harvest fish and otherwise survive in a perilous environment. Without this native guidance, Plymouth might well have suffered losses like those at Jamestown, where the mortality rate the second year was nine out of ten. The Mayflower Pilgrims recognized God’s providence in all this; but the story is seldom told as originally written in William Bradford’s account Of Plimouth Plantation.
Providential reward of faith was claimed in the same way by Puritans who arrived on New England shores ten years later. In 1630, John Winthrop was sent as governor with colonists to reinforce the Massachusetts Bay Colony’s languishing settlement at Salem. Shocked by the appearance of gaunt and ragged survivors who met him at the shore, Winthrop may have considered returning to England had he not remembered the clear purpose with which his band of Puritans had set sail.
They were people of faith, and their purpose would be achieved in spite of distressing circumstances. The governor outlined his plan for overcoming adversity in a bold and noble sermon entitled “A Model of Christian Charity.”
“For this end we must knit together in this work as one man … We must hold a familiar commerce together in all meekness, gentleness, patience, and liberality. We must delight in each other, make one another’s condition our own, rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our Commission and Community in this work, as members of the same body. So shall we keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace …
“We shall find that the God of Israel is among us, when ten of us shall be able to resist a thousand of our enemies, when He shall make us a praise and glory, that men of succeeding plantations shall say, ‘The Lord make it like that of New England.’ For we must consider that we shall be as a City upon a Hill …”
The Puritan Hope
Pilgrim and Puritan colonists, in the characteristic manner of Christian believers, held to the Hebraic view of history. Experience of other early settlers in America, their compacts, the founding documents of the several Colonies, and of the United States, demonstrate that the character and the faith of her first leaders was like that of the Pilgrims and Puritans.
Such was the faith perpetuated by America’s early literature and the textbooks of her schools. The first book printed by Harvard Press was The Whole Booke of Psalmes “Faithfully translated into English metre.” That the faith of the early colonists reigned well into the 19th century is a fact born out by the universal popularity of Longfellow’s writings and McGuffey’s readers.
It seems evident that devotion and sincerity diminished in proportion to an increase of hypocrisy in life and formalism in worship. Departure from living faith contributed to the instability of the times. Society seemed to depend on enforcement, rather than demonstration, of Christian virtue. Objectivity was forgotten in a subjective purpose to throw off uncomfortable restraints.
Once freedom to do good had been enough, now freedom was granted to do almost anything one wished to attempt. With several generations of results to observe, we may consider more objectively what have been the consequences of rejecting the Bible as the measure of truth. Note that the emphasis here is on the Bible as the basis for faith. Confusion over religious dogma, tradition, ritual has divided Christians for centuries and has undoubtedly discouraged many honest inquirers.
Wisdom in our day is to distinguish between truth and religious verbage in the present as well as in history. Differences over dogma, tradition, and the conduct of people who wear Christian labels confuse the real issue, which is: The Bible either tells the truth about the origin and nature of man, and actual events of history, or it does not. Those who say they have experienced God’s intervention in their lives, just as people did in Bible times, are either telling the truth or they are not.
Probably no other human experience has ever been so commonly reported, and at the same time so flippantly discounted. True historians, according to the etymology of the word, will learn by inquiry what has actually happened, rather than distort the record to accomplish some preconceived purpose.
Tank Man is the nickname of an unidentified man who stood in front of a column of tanks on June 5, 1989, the morning after the Chinese military had suppressed the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 by force. As the lead tank maneuvered to pass by the man, he repeatedly shifted his position in order to obstruct the tank’s attempted path around him. The incident was filmed and seen worldwide. More than 25 years after the incident, there is no reliable information about the identity or fate of the man.
11/8/16 began a new era in western history.
That date will live in notoriety similar to 9/11/2001 — the fall of the Berlin Wall and Tiananmen Square in 1989 — 11/22/63 — 12/7/41.
And so on.
Donald Trump predicted the 2016 election would be “Brexit times ten.”
I agree with that. Only this national populist phenomenon ought to be called, “Brexit times 50.”
These paradigm shifts take place exactly when they are meant to happen. It’s part of God’s plan for the progress of the Gospel in history. God brings the actual collapse of an order often with the destruction of a symbol in order to pave the way for His kingdom.
Think of the Handwriting on the Wall in Babylon 539 BC, the destruction of the Jewish Temple in AD 70, the Fall of the Roman Empire in AD 476, Luther’s 95 Theses in 1517. This shift might not seem as dramatic as any of those, but the 2016 election represents a destruction of a worldview that is the foundation of a political order. The overthrow of this worldview is still unfolding, but it is inevitable.
No one saw President Trump coming a year ago. No one foresaw the Twin Towers’ bombing, the Berlin Wall collapsing, the JFK assassination, Pearl Harbor … and on and on.
But it’s not Trump’s revolution. He was just the harbinger of judgment. The anger on the left is the same as the anger on the right. Feel the Bern? Sanders might have beaten Trump in the general election if the DNC had not fixed the primaries.
What’s the paradigm shift in 2016?
It’s no longer a divide between left and right. It’s now populism vs. the establishment.
Trump is the symbol.
If you know me at all, you know I am not a Trump supporter. But I do support what Trump symbolizes to a lot of people.
What does Trump symbolize and what is collapsing?
Western egalitarian humanism became the new religion of Europe and America in the past 30 years. It is now collapsing. Trump is the antithesis of that. Think about it.
Trump is Tank Man.
He had the audacity to stand up to both the Republican and Democrat machines. He foiled the experts by doing the opposite of how everyone around him thought a campaign should be run. But it could have been Sanders or any symbol of the populist rage against the establishment. In fact, the anti-Trump riots occurring in the wake of the election are a mirror image of the rage that got Trump elected.
I subscribe to the emails of several pro-abortion advocacy groups. A few weeks before the election they were saying that the Republicans might keep the Senate unless people donated to their organization. Trump was not even on their radar. They had no idea. Now Cecile Richards and all of the witches and pro-aborts are freaking out.
It doesn’t mean that we are going to end abortion in the next election cycle or even two. However, their religion is collapsing. Western collectivism is the foundation for the modern version of the ritual of human sacrifice. The individual is sacrificed for the collective. I believe it is a demonic force that hates the image of God in the Person in the womb, the weak and the elderly. And most of all, it hates the individuality that expresses the unique gifts, the light and truth of God in human beings.
When communism first entered Europe in 1917, one of the first laws that was passed was to liberalize abortion in the Soviet Union. Ever since then, socialism and communism has led to not only hundreds of millions of abortions but also the genocide of whole people groups and the oppression of Christians or anyone who would recognize a God who is greater than the state.
Soviet communism’s twin cousin is western egalitarian humanism. It is collapsing. The riots and hysteria you will see in the streets over the next few days, weeks and months is the evidence of that. God has robbed their faith. All they have ever had is their religious faith and it has been broken.
Into such unlikely upheavals, Revival and Spiritual Awakening takes place.
This is the guy who touted the “Trump is a modern day Cyrus / Wrecking Ball prophecy” videos. He also wrote a book called, God’s Chaos Candidate: Donald J. Trump and the American Unraveling.
If you haven’t heard of this, you don’t live in the bizarro world of charismania.
But this is worth watching just to learn what is happening in that otherwise pietistic strain of the church.
49 minutes is asking for a lot of attention for a talking head video. I like his emphasis on the full-orbed Gospel and having a biblical worldview. This is of course the Gospel of the Puritans who founded America as the freest nation the world has ever known. It’s not a Gospel of salvation only, but the Gospel of the kingdom that we postmillennialists are preaching. Granted, the Puritans were pioneers and made huge mistakes, but we can emulate what they did right and move beyond that.
I listened to all of it. Coming from me that is a glowing endorsement. So if you don’t have 49 minutes out of your life that you’ll never get back, you should watch as much as you can bear.
Note that he backtracked when it looked like Trump was losing and said he never predicted he would win. But now that his “Miley Cyrus / Wrecking Ball” prophecy (in all its naked truth) has come to pass, I don’t doubt he’ll capitalize on that as a businessman. Why not? Numerous charismatics are touting this and other “prophecies” about Trump becoming president that this proves he is God’s modern day Cyrus.
But I like this guy anyway.
His entire demeanor reminds me of a late friend of mine who helped me with The Forerunner when few others would — Jeff Ziegler. Jeff moved from being a pietist — admittedly a “Quaker” — who was interested in Revival and Spiritual Awakening to a radical Christian Reconstructionist within a few years. He had a huge impact on the Ohio State House and as a lobbyist in Washington DC before he passed from a heart attack a few years ago. He was a great man. Jeff was part of a paradigm shift that has been going on with evangelicals and charismatics since the 1980s.
It is just odd to see some going through the nascent stages of what happened to many of us 20 to 30 ears ago.
Lance Wallnau has a flowery persona he displays on the Jim Bakker Show and then another militant personality which I think is more true to his real self in the above video.
I just am not going to buy any books from him. Not yet.
So it’s funny that he keeps touting the dispensationalist error about sheep and goat nations in the context of a dominionist message.
This is what happens in a paradigm shift. You pick up on data that is contrary to the existing paradigm. At first, you begin to try to force fit it into the existing paradigm. Then as the data accumulates, the old pieces of the paradigm are not immediately discarded. They are assumed to be solid truths. (This is where Wallnau, Rick Joyner, etc. are right now.) Finally, when the evidence for the new paradigm becomes overwhelming, those contrary pieces of the old paradigm are discarded as “bad data.” But the paradigm shift doesn’t take place until the old pieces of data that seem false are reinterpreted to align with the superior paradigm.
He reinterprets sheep and goat nations to be those nations that serve God’s dominionist purposes. He’s reinterpreted Scofield’s error that entire nations are seen as sheep or goats at the final judgment depending on how they aligned with Israel at the battle of Armageddon — and trying to fit that into a progressive millennial paradigm.
He still has Jack and Rexella Van Impe speaking in his ear.
“And then giant locusts are going to come out of the smoke filled abyss and burn up the fig tree and devour the goat nations leaving their bones for the carrion of the air!
“That’s right Jack! That’s so exciting!”
He thinks that God speaks directly to prophets about who the president will be. “Some said it was going to be two Senators — Rubio and Sanders. But it turned out they missed it.”
Many people actually believe that there is some oracle somewhere who knows who will be president. On the lighter side of this, Dana Carvey did a whole comedy routine on this concept (bad language warning).
There are no presidential election oracles. In reality, two things happen.
1. Prophets give enough caveats and vague generalities that their prophecies can be interpreted a number of different ways and align with different results.
2. There are ten prophets who say ten different things. They are all networked together. They cover all the bases. One of them turns out to be right. But it’s a crap shoot.
Both of these things are going on here. There is obviously no biblical truth he is preaching here that I don’t agree with. It doesn’t need to be bolstered by his mysticism and spiritual claims that God spoke to him that it was Trump who was the only one who had the “anointing.”
I am just waiting for him to start touting books and products. I hope he doesn’t go that route.
I hope he continues on the slope he is on and becomes a postmillennial, preterist, Reformed charismatic — like C. Peter Wagner and others of his ilk have done.
That being said, he has a lot of the pieces he needs and I like most of what he is saying. I like the nascent postmillennialism. It’s the latent dispensationalism that bothers me.
Mauro has “a sweet spirit and is clearly an able man.” ~ C.I. Scofield
The followng is from a pamphlet that was widely circulated in 1912 by Philip Mauro called, "Eugenics: A New Movement." I read that there were "no" known copies of this pamphlet, but a library search showed Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena had one. I put out that I needed a PDF copy of the book and almost immediately someone did the job for me. This demonstrates the modern wonder of the Internet. We could not have done that so easily even 20 years ago. I became interested in Mauro because he was a convert from premillennial dispensationalism to postmillennial preterism and wrote some important groundbreaking books critiquing and expounding on both views. It turns out he had also argued cases before the Supreme Court, was radically anti-Darwinian and even prepared briefs for the Scopes Trial.
He recognized the connection between Darwinian evolution and Eugenics. This pamphlet was a propaganda piece against both. This needs to be circulated far and wide among the pro-life community and the Personhood movement - anyone who "gets" the philosophical connections between the "isms" I mention above.
By PHILIP MAURO
THESE stirring times are prolific of great "movements." One of the most notable is that going under the imposing name "Eugenics." This movement has received little attention from simple people, because its aims are so very scientific that not many are able to grasp them. Its very name is a mystery to ordinary people. So we hasten to tell our readers that "eugenics" is an Anglicized Greek word signifying "well-born." Briefly stated, the aim of the "Eugenists" is to bring to pass such tremendous changes in human society, and in the conduct of human affairs, as to insure that the children of coming generations shall be well born, that is to say, free from hereditary diseases, degeneracy, predisposition to insanity, etc. This is to be accomplished, according to the Eugenic programme, by preventing the "unfit" (that is to say, persons who are diseased, mentally deficient, extremely depraved and criminal) from mating and becoming parents. It is proposed that "Society" as a whole shall select those who are to be the fathers and mothers of future generations.
It is not worth while to raise the question whether "Society" possesses, or can by any means procure, the power and authority to select those of its members who are to be entrusted with the responsibility of parentage, and to exclude all others from mating. Society has not up to this time been able to accomplish many other "reforms" which, in comparison with that proposed by the Eugenists, are very simple and easy. Even the leaders of this new movement have not been able to suggest any means whereby the desired end could be attained, though a feeble and dubious attempt to prevent the marriages of mentally deficient human beings is about being tried in England by "Act of Parliament." There appears to be considerable skepticism as to what will be actually accomplished by the proposed Act.
People in general are losing the simple faith they once had in the omnipotence of Acts of Parliament. We need not, however, concern ourselves with the probable outcomeof Eugenics. The impressive fact, for those who have learned from the Word of God that the real trouble with human Society is SIN dwelling in and corrupting the hearts of men, is that the wise men of this world have at last come to see that things are going badly with the human race; and that succeeding generations of human beings are not [exhibiting that "progress" and "betterment" which "civilization" is so generally believed to be accomplishing.
A great Congress of those devoted to the spread of "Eugenics" lately assembled in London (1912). It was attended I by about 500 members from all parts of Europe and America. Many addresses were made, papers read, theories propounded, and discussions held. One of England's most prominent scientists, Sir Ray Lankester, has published a resume of the proceedings of this Congress; and from his report we take the information on which the present article is based.
The starting point of Eugenics is the well-known Darwinian theory of "natural selection." The supposed law of "natural selection" is said to dominate absolutely among all plants and animals. Nature herself is said to "select" those plants and animals, which are to propagate their kind; and Nature selects so wisely that the standard is maintained. This she does by the simple but effective process of killing off the weaklings and degenerates before they have opportunity to bear, ruthlessly cutting short their career before they can transmit their infirmities to others. Thus, among plants and animals, the sickly and otherwise "unfit" are not permitted to hand down their defects to the next generation, and so fasten them upon the "stock." This is the explanation given by the learned men of our time to account for the fact that there is no deterioration among plants and animals; for indeed there is no observable change among them when not interfered with by men - no "progress" either forward or backward.
But with the human race it is very different. Says our authority, "The action of the principle of natural selection which determined the survival of apt or favoured races among plants and animals, has to a large extent been evaded or suspended in the case of civilized man." We are therefore tempted to ask, What advantage, then, is it to have “intelligence," and what benefit is there in "civilization"? It strikes us as most extraordinary that "Intelligence," which is regarded as the consummate product of "Natural Selection," should set itself to accomplish the overthrow of that great creative "law."
Our authority, after speaking of the ruthless action of Nature in destroying all but a few - the most perfect - of the rising generation, continues: "But man, in proportion as he has become intelligent, has set himself to oppose this destruction of his less capable offspring, and to resist the selection of a strictly limited number precisely fitted to take the places of the elders who vacate by death.. He arranges new conditions or combinations in place of those once offered by Nature. He discovers new foods, new protections, new powers. He rears the weak and sickly. He even allows and carefully enables them to propagate and to transmit their weaknesses, the defects of body and brain, to new generations."
The observation of these disquieting facts has caused some of the wise ones to inquire anxiously (in the words of our authority), "How is it, then, that mankind has not already become everywhere a diseased, broken-down, degenerate race? What will become of man in the future?"
These are pertinent and solemn questions.
The agitation of these questions has led to the formation of the Society of "Eugenics," in order to insure a thorough consideration of them, and to evolve, if it be possible, some means for checking the progress of "civilization" in this direction. It is obviously imperative that some effective measures be taken in order to prevent men from employing their "intelligence" in the destruction of the human race. In other words, it has been found necessary to organize the most highly endowed and scientific leaders of humanity for the express purpose of devising measures to counteract what "Evolution" has accomplished in developing a creature (man) who, while gifted with "intelligence," does not know better how to use it than in working havoc to his entire race. Apparently "Evolution," that mighty god of the scientist, has done its work very badly. It should either have stopped short of the creation of man, or else have endowed him with capacity to employ his intelligence for the advantage of his race, and not for its destruction.
We must admit that certain developments are taking place among "civilized" peoples at the present day that should cause the deepest anxiety as to the future of mankind - assuming that the Lord does not interfere in Person in human affairs, and that all things continue for a while longer as they have been going of late. For example, among the astounding developments of our day the newspapers are announcing the existence in New York City of a thoroughly organized business partnership between the police and the proprietors of gambling houses and other criminal resorts. Having attained that stage of progress, it is not seen how "civilization" can advance much further in this direction.
It is a point of some little interest that the Eugenic Society should have for its President the son of Charles Darwin, the propounder of the theory of "Natural Selection." It seems quite fitting that Darwin's son should take the lead in the forlorn hope of attempting to find some remedy for the evasion by mankind of the operation of the supposed "law" of "Natural Selection." It seems, indeed, not only foolish in the extreme, but ungrateful as well, on the part of human beings (who owe their very existence. according to the Darwinian theory, to the operation of Natural Selection) thus to cast off the authority of that beneficent "law of Nature." Indeed it is worse than foolish j for if the Eugenist is right in his deduction from admitted facts, then the nullifying of the law of natural selection means nothing less than race suicide, and that by a death that is awful to contemplate. At all events, the enlightened Eugenist is thoroughly alive to the situation. He sees clearly the grave danger that threatens to exterminate the human race, or that threatens to make it a race of demons, which would be even worse. Everything, from the Eugenic standpoint, depends upon the adoption by civilized man of "some method of selective breeding." Nothing else will save mankind. The feeble-minded, diseased, and criminally disposed are permitted, say they, "to wander about without restraint, and, owing to the very fact of their feeble-mindedness and want of self-control, they constantly, among the poorer classes, produce children, and increase the number of semi-idiots and feebleminded helpless individuals in the population."
Concerning the prospect before mankind our authority says (and we call special attention to this): "As to the future, it is probable that, if the civilized races of men do not consciously adopt some method of selective breeding, struggle and competition will develop at a later period between the different race groups of mankind, when the surface of the earth, and the available sources of nutrition, are fully taken up by the dense population of that lawful future."
Such is the outlook for humanity from the standpoint of the highest "Science." But this is the Science that excludes every ray of light from the revelation of God's Word, and that shuts out God Himself from all interference with the "laws of Nature." The condition of such as look to "Science" for the explanation of the universe, and of the origin and destiny of man, is set forth plainly enough by the passage last quoted. In simpler and plainer words their condition is described by the Apostle Paul as "having no hope, and without God in the world." "Having no hope" - nothing in prospect but that "awful future" where myriads of semi-crazed and desperate human beings shall tear each other to pieces for possession of the food needed for the prolongation of their miserable existence. And "without God" - having none to look to for deliverance from this clearly perceived danger! No prospect of help save from the yet unborn Science of Eugenics!
Unbelievers scoff at the idea of hell. Yet here we have "Science" itself calmly drawing a picture of conditions inconceivably awful, and for the production of which it is ONLY NECESSARY THAT "CIVILIZED MAN" BE LEFT TO HIMSELF.
From this we may learn the impressive fact that nothing more is needed to produce the conditions of hell than that God should entirely withdraw Himself from men; or rather (for it is the other way) that men should continue in their self-chosen course of departure from the living God.
We invite special attention to the fact that the disaster foreseen by the Eugenist is said to threaten only the "civilized" races of men. It is our boasted "civilization" that is hurrying us into the abyss. The uncivilized or unprogressive races are not threatened with such a frightful calamity. It would be difficult, however, to extract any comfort from that distinction, seeing that "the prince of this world" is manifestly bending his energies to effect the spread of "civilization” over the entire earth. Is it not significant that in nations that have party-government, the "Progressives” are just now carrying everything before them? In confirmation of the fate of civilized man, as predicted by the Eugenist, we would call attention to a startling fact lately brought into prominence by the eminent expert in mental diseases, Prof. Forbes Winslow, namely, "that insanity is advancing with civilization.” In a recently published letter he says: "The more civilized the nation is, the more insanity is seen. Insanity is rare among the uncivilized nations of the world. It is absolutely unknown among those generations that live in their primitive simplicity. Immediately a nation is on a fair way to be civilized, then insanity shows its face forthwith.
"In England there is more insanity now than in the Middle Ages, as civilization has continued to further advance. Every year we are in a higher state of civilization and every year lunacy increases" (Pall Mall Gazette, Jan. 7, 1913).
The official census reports of the United States for many decades past fully confirm Prof. Winslow's statement. They show that insanity is on the increase in that country at a ratio far greater than the increase in population. And the same is true of murder and suicide.
In the presence of such facts as these, we should suppose that the suggestion that the development of these monstrous evils might be due to the increasing departure of the civilized nations from the Word of God, which has been given to them, would be deemed worthy even of "scientific" consideration.
For an instructive and exceedingly interesting discussion of the tendencies and outcome of modern civilization, we would refer our readers to, After Civilization, What?
There is much in what the Eugenist says with which we can agree. Thus, he attaches the highest importance to the "stock" of humanity saying, "A good stock means a stock which has within it germ matter which is good." It is, indeed, of the highest importance that the stock of the tree be "good," otherwise the fruit cannot be good. The trouble with every child of Adam is that he is the fruit of a tree whose stock is bad. Heretofore the efforts of reformers have been addressed to the vain attempt to make the fruit good. Whereas the Lord has said, "Make the tree good and its fruit (will be) good." Now at last some discerning men of science have obtained a glimmering recognition of the truth that it is necessary to have a good "stock" and good "seed" in order to produce good fruit. Having perceived so much, they should bring themselves to acknowledge that none but God has power to "make the tree good." Surely presumptuous man will, in this extremity, learn his dependence upon God, and turn to Him! But no, anything rather than to trust in God. So we have, as the offspring of man's dire necessity, his latest "invention" - Eugenics. Or rather we have the proposition to bring Eugenics into existence, as the only conceivable means whereby humanity may be preserved from a hell of its own making. For, as we have seen, Eugenics exists at present only in name. Scientific and civilized man has yet to create the engine that is to save him from the consequences of his own scientific "civilization."
Fallen man has, from the earliest times, devoted himself to the making of idols, that is to say, the making of gods who might be invoked to do for man what man (their creator) could not do for himself. But the idols that answered very well in former times are not equal to the demands of our modern civilization. A new, and more potent deity is needed to avert the threatened disaster. Keen-eyed "Science" has detected the need, and now the leaders of Science have organized for the great purpose of bringing the much needed god into being.
Those who have spiritual discernment can easily see that man's (as yet non-existent) method of being "WELL-BORN" is the human substitute for God's method of being "BORN-AGAIN." The need of a "good seed" is more imperative even than the Eugenist thinks. To meet this necessity God sent forth His own Son. HE is the Sower that sows the "good/seed," the living Word of the living God, in the hearts of men. Those who receive this good seed into their hearts have something far better than the Science of Eugenics could bestow, even if it existed with all the powers desired for it. They have the new birth, being "born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth forever."
The choices afforded to us by the two-party system in the 2016 presidential election are sad indeed. I decided in 1992 that I’d vote Constitution Party in every election whenever the Republicans fielded a candidate who was unit for the office. I’ve voted Constitution Party in every election since then with the exception of 2008, which I now concede to be a mistake.
I have always said, “Revival in the church and reformation of culture first. Then politics will follow.” So in one sense, I agree that we can’t end a serious moral problem like abortion by stacking the Supreme Court with constructionist judges or by making it illegal. But I do make the pro-life position a litmus test for my vote for several reasons.
The first and most practical reason is that if a politician is correct on the sanctity of life (meaning no abortion with no exceptions) and won’t compromise, he will be correct on 90 percent of other issues that I also hold. As a bonus, he won’t compromise on those issues either. Think about it. If you are willing to compromise on the most fundamental of all rights — the God-given right to life — what else won’t you compromise on?
Second, a big part of revival and reformation stems from obedience to God’s Word. Practically, we have to replace at least 90 percent of our legislators to truly reform America to the place we need to be politically. So why not begin that process now. Why wait? Why delay our obedience until the political system changes on its own? That day will never come unless we move first.
Third, another reason is put aptly in the words of George Washington, “If to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the event is in the hand of God.”
To put this in the reciprocal, “If to promote political expediency, we give our vote to politicians whom we disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the event is in the hand of God.”
If we believe revival is supernatural and heaven-sent, why do we believe that God will send it to Christians who allow for some child murder in every election?
“LET US RAISE A STANDARD TO WHICH THE WISE AND HONEST CAN REPAIR, THE EVENT IS IN THE HAND OF GOD.” ~ George Washington
It’s all about the entitlements!
Every Republican nominee for for president since Nixon has promised to do three things.
- End the Great Society social welfare entitlements
- Cut taxes and spending
- Balance the budget by reducing the size of government
Every Republican president since Nixon has ended up doing exactly the opposite of this.
The fundamental problem with socialism welfare is the entitlement mentality it has produced. We have created a society of irresponsible people. If we simply ended the entitlements of the Great Society programs, this would soon create a truly great society of responsible people.
For example, there would still be abortion, but in general, the abortion rate would be low since an abortion is expensive. Abortion is level two invasive surgery that is risky and has frequent complications. It’s healthier, cheaper and easier to be responsible.
A lot of people don’t realize it, but there are now fewer than 500 abortion doctors in the whole country. The average age of an abortionist is now over the retirement age of 65. Soon these numbers will plummet even more. Mainly, they are old farts and quacks who can’t get board certified. So they become bottom feeders and prey on women in crisis pregnancies. If we simply eliminated entitlements, the numbers of abortionists would drop even more and virtually no one in their right mind would want surgery performed on them by the few notorious horror show characters that would be left on stage for all to see.
Eliminating entitlements would also solve the problem of “illegal” immigration, since all people would have to work. The controversy over marriage among Christians would become moot too, since no one would have to support or recognize a marriage he did not agree with. I could go on and on.
It’s all about the entitlements. America would probably return to a pre-1960s social morality and gain untold liberty by simply eliminating the social entitlements of the Great Society programs of Lyndon Johnson.
I don’t even need to be a libertarian on social issues to understand that this is 90 percent of the solution that we so desperately need.
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