The basic rule of Reformation is as follows: Wherever the Bible has become available in the language of the people, revival and reformation follows.
The Gospel cannot be stopped anywhere in the world now because of the fiber-optics revolution. We do not have to smuggle Bibles and sound teaching into these countries. It is already there.
Most Muslims are not fanatics who want to kill all Christians, but are like most nominally religious people in third world countries. Much of the current fanaticism is a response against the new “openness” because unfortunately they see only the depravity of the West and not the Christian foundation. Muslims want stable families and a lawful social order. When they see that Christ can give that to them, little by little they will be converted in each generation. We can offer the tools to help them to that end.
In the West, we have had the Bible for 500 years, but then we had liberalism in the church and the wrong strategy of countering liberalism with fundamentalism which had its roots in pietism and dispensationalism. Both of those movements robbed us of the vision to be cultural revolutionaries. At the same time that Islamic dictatorships are falling into turmoil, Western humanism has had its day. People in our own Western culture can see that its values are bankrupt and there is a whole generation of people coming up that are open to a Christian Reformation — or as I prefer to call it: “a Second American Revolution.”
Most adult Christians are straining in hope that there will be a Revival, but they think of “revival” as a highly personal and pietistic experience. The truth is that there is already a type of awakening happening, but most adults don’t know how to lead the younger generation. What we should do is to systematically get more and more teaching materials with a correct Christian worldview to the younger generation in order to equip them to be Reformers. That is why the teaching videos and the pro-life presentations we want to produce are potentially more powerful than jihad.
Did William Bradford, the first governor of Plymouth Colony, ever experience a mid-life crisis? He was too busy taming the wilderness, converting Indians and building the New Jerusalem to think about himself. The Pilgrims and Puritans who came to this country in the 1620s and 1630s were looking for results three generations ahead. They too had their time of apostasy a few decades later.
Then there was the Great Awakening in the 1730s and 1740s. The birth of the first republic in the world governed by constitutional law did not occur until 40 years after that. What we should be thinking about now is not the immanent jihad apocalypse, but how we can be used 40 years from now and after we are dead. John Wesley and George Whitefield, leaders of the First Great Awakening, couldn’t work within the framework of the established church. They had to go to the coal miners. And that is what we must do as well.
It may not come as an explosion in the way we are used to thinking about “revival.” It will come little by little as we are faithful.
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Who is the Real Jesus?
Ever since the dawn of modern rationalism, skeptics have sought to use textual criticism, archeology and historical reconstructions to uncover the “historical Jesus” — a wise teacher who said many wonderful things, but fulfilled no prophecies, performed no miracles and certainly did not rise from the dead in triumph over sin.
Over the past 100 years, however, startling discoveries in biblical archeology and scholarship have all but vanquished the faulty assumptions of these doubting modernists. Regrettably, these discoveries have often been ignored by the skeptics as well as by the popular media. As a result, the liberal view still holds sway in universities and impacts the culture and even much of the church.
The Real Jesus explodes the myths of these critics and the movies, books and television programs that have popularized their views. Presented in ten parts — perfect for individual, family and classroom study — viewers will be challenged to go deeper in their knowledge of Christ in order to be able to defend their faith and present the truth to a skeptical modern world – that the Jesus of the Gospels is the Jesus of history — “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He is the real Jesus.
Speakers include: George Grant, Ted Baehr, Stephen Mansfield, Raymond Ortlund, Phil Kayser, David Lutzweiler, Jay Grimstead, J.P. Holding, and Eric Holmberg.
Ten parts, over two hours of instruction!
Running Time: 130 minutes
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Revival, Resistance, Reformation, Revolution
An Introduction to the Doctrines of Interposition and Nullification
In 1776, a short time after the Declaration of Independence was adopted, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin were assigned to design an official seal for the United States of America. Their proposed motto was Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God. America owes its existence to centuries of Christian political philosophy. Our nation provided a model for liberty copied by nations the world over.
By the 21st century, we need a “Puritan Storm” to sweep away the Hegelian notion that the state is “God walking on earth.” We need revival and reformation in full force to vanquish the problems that plague us as a nation — from government controlled healthcare — to abortion on demand — to same sex “marriage.” This booklet gives a primer on our founders’ Christian idea of government and examines how the doctrine of nullification was woven into the Constitution as a safeguard against federal tyranny. It concludes with the history and theology of civil resistance. A Second American Revolution is coming with the Word of God growing mightily and prevailing! (Acts 19:20).
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Exposes the Dangers of Abortion to Women!
These shocking eyewitness accounts expose the dangers of abortion not only to unborn children, but to the health and lives women as well. An antidote to the smokescreens of the liberal media, these short clips show what really happens in and around abortion clinics.
Although the content is emotionally gut-wrenching, these videos have been used in church seminars and small groups to educate Christians on the abortion issue and to lead people toward a pro-life position. Contains 2 hours and 40 minutes of materials that can be shown separately.
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A Reasonable Response to Christian Postmodernism
Includes a response to the book Christian Jihad by Colonel V. Doner
The title of this book is a misnomer. In reality, I am not trying to get anyone to shut up, but rather to provoke a discussion. This book is a warning about the philosophy of “Christian postmodernism” and the threat that it poses not only to Christian orthodoxy, but to the peace and prosperity our culture as well. The purpose is to equip the reader with some basic principles that can be used to refute their arguments.
Part 1 is a response to some of the recent writings by Frank Schaeffer, the son of the late Francis Schaeffer. This was originally written as a defense against Frank’s attacks on pro-life street activism – a movement that his father helped bring into being through his books, A Christian Manifesto, How Should We Then Live? and Whatever Happened to the Human Race? These works have impacted literally hundreds of thousands of Christian activists.
Part 2 is a response to Colonel Doner and his book, Christian Jihad: Neo-Fundamentalists and the Polarization of America. Doner was one of the key architects of the Christian Right that emerged in the 1980s, who now represents the disillusionment and defection many Christian activists experienced in the 1990s and 2000s. There is still great hope for America to be reformed according to biblical principles. As a new generation is emerging, it is important to recognize the mistakes that Christian activists have made in the past even while holding to a vision for the future.
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That Swiss Hermit Strikes Again!
Dr. Schaeffer, who was one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the twentieth century, shows that secular humanism has displaced the Judeo-Christian consensus that once defined our nation’s moral boundaries. Law, education, and medicine have all been reshaped for the worse as a consequence. America’s dominant worldview changed, Schaeffer charges, when Christians weren’t looking.
Schaeffer lists two reasons for evangelical indifference: a false concept of spirituality and fear. He calls on believers to stand against the tyranny and moral chaos that come when humanism reigns-and warns that believers may, at some point, be forced to make the hard choice between obeying God or Caesar. A Christian Manifesto is a thought-provoking and bracing Christian analysis of American culture and the obligation Christians have to engage the culture with the claims of Christ.
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