By Wang Jiapu
Published April 24, 2008
By Wang Jiapu
Q: If America is a Christian nation, why is there so much greed, corruption, drug abuse, and violence?
A: There is no doubt that America was founded upon Christianity. This has been reflected in her Constitution, her cultural heritage, her economic system, and her people. Despite all the social ills mentioned above, most of us Chinese students studying here would say that America is still the greatest nation of today, and it is hard for us to imagine how great she was in her early years, before atheistic and socialistic ideas corrupted her youth.
A careful study of America’s recent history clearly reveals the fact that her moral decline began due to a group of socialists planting poisonous seeds of rebellion, class hatred, covetousness, and self-centeredness into the minds of young Americans through public education, entertainment and media. Their agenda has been to turn America into an atheistic, socialistic state, and they have largely achieved their goals over the last 50 years. The outcome of their success is for everybody to see.
There is still hope for America, but the lesson we can draw from the history of this country is that the Bible is true in saying, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Our prayer and hope is that China will wash away her sin in the blood of Jesus and rise up in righteousness! Yes, China will become a Christian nation!
Q: Does it really make any difference what kind of government a country has as long as it allows free enterprise?
A: The Bible teaches that God is the Creator and sovereign Master of everything in this universe. Nations are His political creations. Just as He established all the physical laws to hold the material world together, He also has His eternal standards for every nation to live up to. These standards of God and the principles derived from them are universal in nature and encompass every conceivable area of life in any human society, such as the judiciary system (law-making, court system, etc.), agriculture, family, business, religion, individual life, and international policy. A nation can make a conscious decision to live by those principles – God calls such a nation righteous; or it can choose to ignore the sovereignty of God and live apart from them – God defines this kind of attitude and action as sin.
Free enterprise is but one of many things that a nation is supposed to practice in obedience to God. A government that claims to allow free enterprise and yet allows outrageous corruption go unchallenged, deprives the people of their unalienable rights endowed by their Creator as enumerated in the Bible, sheds innocent blood without remorse, has in reality set itself up against the Master of the universe. This great sin causes everything in the land to suffer: babies die, women are treated as inferior, and the environment is abused. In a country tyrannized by this kind of government, free enterprise simply cannot survive.
Having said all this, it must also be noted that even the best free enterprise system is doomed to failure unless the hearts of the people are internally governed by God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A song named “America, the Beautiful” expressed these ideals of the American people: They asked God to “confirm America’s soul with self-control, her liberty in law”; they also asked God to refine their nation “till all success be nobleness, and every gain divine.”
Q: If Christianity is the truth, why do the majority of scientists today no longer believe in it?
A: Unbelief did not begin in our age. Yet there is something special about our time: Evolutionary theory is taught as established fact in the public schools of almost every country. There is definitely a group of people that are doing everything they can to keep the public (even a lot of scientists) unaware of the overwhelming amount of scientific, archaeological and anthropological evidence that testifies to the truthfulness of the Bible. Despite all these concerted efforts, more and more scientists are coming to see these facts and many are becoming Christians.
Of course, the unbelievers did not take God by surprise. He knows the hearts of men and said in the Bible that His divine nature and eternal power are clearly seen in the creation; that deep down inside every man knows that there is a Creator-Master to whom he has to give an account of his thoughts and actions; that because of men’s wicked lifestyle, they choose to deceive themselves into worshiping created things (be it Buddha, animals, Mao Zedong, movie stars, oneself, wealth, science, etc.) rather than the righteous Creator, and in doing so, their thinking becomes futile and their foolish hearts are darkened. In other words, sinful men’s thinking always tries to justify what they desire and lust after, being deceived and deceiving others.
So the fact is, the truth stands in spite of the ever-complicated ways of deception invented by men, and I challenge you, dear friend, to honestly study the facts for yourself. Jesus Himself will never disappoint those who earnestly seek the truth, and He promised to liberate them from spiritual and intellectual darkness.
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“Give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry’s famous declaration not only helped launch the War for Independence, it also perfectly summarized the mindset that gave birth to, and sustained, the unprecedented experiment in Christian liberty that was America.
The freedom our Founders envisioned was not freedom from suffering, want, or hard work. Nor was it freedom to indulge every appetite or whim without restraint—that would merely be servitude to a different master. No, the Founders’ passion was to live free before God, unfettered by the chains of autocracy, shackles that slowly but inexorably bind men when the governments they fashion fail to recognize and uphold freedom’s singular, foundational truth: that all men are created in the image of God, and are thereby co-equally endowed with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
This presentation is a similar call, not to one but many. By reintroducing the principles of freedom that gave birth to America, it is our prayer that Jesus, the true and only ruler over the nations, will once again be our acknowledged Sovereign, that we may again know and exult in the great truth that “where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).
Welcome to the Second American Revolution!
This DVD features “Liberty: The Model of Christian Liberty” along with “Dawn’s Early Light: A Brief History of America’s Christian Foundations.” Bonus features include a humorous but instructive collection of campaign ads and Eric Holmberg’s controversial YouTube challenge concerning Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.
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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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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.
Watch these pro-life videos on-line.
“These videos helped change my mind from pro-choice to pro-life. Your videos are what did it for me. I will be walking in next year’s March For Life in San Francisco.” — A. Jackson, California
“I was going to have an abortion until I saw your video. Praise Jesus!”
— M. Drew, YouTube Commenter
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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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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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