By Jay Rogers
Published April 1, 1992
In last month’s issue of The Forerunner, we introduced “A Series on the Presidential Candidates.” In this month’s issue, we had planned to cover at least three of the Democratic Party’s offerings for the presidential nominee. But oh, how seasons change!
In just one month every viable Democratic challenger to Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton has dropped out of the race. In a series of primaries more resembling a demolition derby than an electoral process, every one of the Democrats have been bested by Clinton; everyone, that is, except former California Governor Jerry Brown, who maintains that he will keep Clinton from the nomination. Also, Paul Tsongas, who mysteriously left the race before an almost guaranteed victory in Connecticut, has hinted that he may reenter the race depending how he does in future primaries.
No one knows for sure exactly why Clinton seems to have lost momentum after having demolished virtually every contender. At press time, the Tsongas’ vote seems to have swung in favor of the ultra-liberal Brown, rather than who would be the former Massachusetts Senator’s preference: the more moderate Clinton. This indicates that the pro-Tsongas vote may have been due to an anti-Clinton sentiment among Democrats. There is a “Draft Tsongas” movement within the Democratic Party that may keep delegates away from Clinton that are crucial to his nomination.
No political commentator seems to know exactly what to make of Brown’s candidacy. Every joke imaginable has been lobbed in his direction in an attempt to ridicule his quixotical image as he lunges toward the Democratic convention. Yet Brown seems destined to make a showing delegates intact. It may be that the combined showing of Brown and Tsongas could delay Clinton from the nomination long enough for mounting charges against his character to undermine his candidacy. If this scenario (although unlikely) were to happen, the Democratic convention could become a chaotic free-for-all with still more candidates entering and reentering the contest.
Meanwhile, George Bush continues to win against Pat Buchanan in every contest. Buchanan’s unexpectedly strong showing will undoubtedly work in favor of maintaining a solidly conservative platform at the Republican convention. Barring some history making fluke in the electoral college process, The Forerunner predicts that George Bush will win the November 10 election and will remain our President for four more years. A third party candidacy, however, could tilt the electoral college toward another candidate, Democrat or otherwise.
Despite anger among the electorate and a strong protest vote in the primaries, President Bush is still the safest bet for conservative and Christian voters. Being the most electable candidate, however, should not give George Bush automatic approval over the other candidates. Intelligent and concerned voters should not ignore the moral strengths and weaknesses of the other candidates, and should at least seriously scrutinize them. Therefore, we will continue to examine the candidates in contention, Democratic, Republican and Independent, until the November election.
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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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Foundations in Biblical Eschatology
By Jay Rogers, Larry Waugh, Rodney Stortz, Joseph Meiring. High quality paperback, 167 pages.
All Christians believe that their great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will one day return. Although we cannot know the exact time of His return, what exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of the signs of His coming (Mat. 24)? How are we to interpret the prophecies in Isaiah regarding the time when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:19)? Should we expect a time of great tribulation and apostasy or revival and reformation before the Lord returns? Is the devil bound now, and are the saints reigning with Christ? Did you know that there are four hermeneutical approaches to the book of Daniel and Revelation?
These and many more questions are dealt with by four authors as they present the four views on the millennium. Each view is then critiqued by the other three authors.
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After 40 years of intense study and world-wide ministry, Dr. Francis Schaeffer completed his crowning work of scholarship – to present profound truths in simple film language. Dr. Schaeffer’s brilliant analysis of the past and predictions for current trends have proven so uncannily accurate that this amazing series still feels contemporary almost three decades after its initial release. Ultimately, Schaeffer concludes that man’s only hope is a return to God’s Biblical absolute, the truth revealed in Christ through the Scriptures.
Available for the first time on DVD, this documentary spectacular also includes intimate in-depth conversations with Francis and Edith Schaeffer. With the on-disc study guide, this presentation forms a unique course of comprehensive study. While this series forms an innovative analysis of the past, this outstanding work is more than history. Each episode focuses on a significant era, yet speaks clearly to 21st-century man with answers for modern problems.
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God’s Law and Society powerfully presents a comprehensive worldview based upon the ethical system found in the Law of God.
Speakers include: R.J. Rushdoony, George Grant, Howard Phillips, R.C. Sproul Jr., Ken Gentry, Gary DeMar, Jay Grimstead, Steven Schlissel, Andrew Sandlin, Eric Holmberg, and more!
Sixteen Christian leaders and scholars answer some of the most common questions and misconceptions related to this volatile issue:
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2. Does the Old Testament Law apply today?
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5. Was America founded as a Christian nation?
6. What about the separation of Church and State?
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Who is the dreaded beast of Revelation?
Now at last, a plausible candidate for this personification of evil incarnate has been identified (or re-identified). Ken Gentry’s insightful analysis of scripture and history is likely to revolutionize your understanding of the book of Revelation — and even more importantly — amplify and energize your entire Christian worldview!
Historical footage and other graphics are used to illustrate the lecture Dr. Gentry presented at the 1999 Ligonier Conference in Orlando, Florida. It is followed by a one-hour question and answer session addressing the key concerns and objections typically raised in response to his position. This presentation also features an introduction that touches on not only the confusion and controversy surrounding this issue — but just why it may well be one of the most significant issues facing the Church today.
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