By P. Andrew Sandlin
Published May 1, 2008
October 31, 1994
Dear Board Members:
The temporary tailspin occasioned by Jerry Bowyer’s resignation as executive director last winter is over. Jerry did yeomanly service for the NRA, as did Tony Cowley in the office of president during the late period of transition. At Tony’s kind suggestion, I was elected president at the October 28 Association meeting. First, a biographical summary: I have pastored Church of the WORD (independent Reformed congregation [confessionally WCF]) for the last ten years; am American editor of Christianity and Society; co-founder and moderator of the Reconstructionist Society of Ohio; hold academic specializations in English, history, and political science, with Ph. D. studies in English. I have been happily married 11 years and have five children. I am committed to advancing the cause of Christ and his kingdom by advancing the cause of the NRA.
Now, in fact, is the time for a revival of the aims and influence of the NRA. It is needed today more than ever. We fought slavery and the liquor traffic in the past. The enemies today are incomparably more formidable. Our NRA forebears perceived clearly the destructive effects of the secularization of society and politics. We have lived to see the culmination of those effects. That is the bad news. The good news is that this secularization has shown itself a miserable failure: it has eroded the very fabric of humanity. There is one solution to this problem. It is the same solution proposed by the NRA founders in 1863 and 1864-the recognition and implementation of the authority of Christ and the moral law of God in the nation without compromise.
My immediate vision of the NRA begins with the Statesman. We will use it not only to generate interest in and funds for the NRA, but also to locate like-minded individuals throughout the country, those who share the convictions and goals of the Association. And, believe me, there are many such people, and their number is growing. Weary of pop evangelicalism and its impotence in the face of the tide of secularism, they are craving a more profound understanding of the Faith and its possible application to all areas of life-including society and politics. This is where the NRA comes in. We must employ the adage: “If you have no world view, we will be happy to provide you with one.” As the NRA attracts more supporters, we expect a snowball effect; this may take time, but we have the time to take. Christ is Lord over the nations. He will not desist till all his enemies are made his footstool.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the publishing schedule of the Christian Statesman has been in arrears for some time. We intend to remedy that situation by the new year, or at the latest by next spring. Upcoming issues include “Voting,” “Is Christian Coalition Christian?”, “Romanism,” and “Slavery.” Our new editor, Steve Campbell, a bright, experienced, and energetic individual, is formulating an editorial calendar for next year. Our goal is to generate the revenue to begin monthly publication. Believe me, there will be no lack of material-the problem heretofore has been lack of funds.
We are delighted to welcome sorts physician and former PA gubernatorial candidate Jack Perry as our new vice president. Too, we are reviving the Publications Committee (new attractive brochures soon) as well as the Speakers Bureau. Moreover, we are working on expanding our local chapters.
As board members, I urge you to continue doing your part to support the NRA. Ask others to send monthly contributions to the NRA. Advertise the Statesman widely.
Tentative date for our spring board meeting is April 29 in State College, PA. Soon we will be distributing copies of the charter with recommendations from the Revision committee for rendering certain procedural-not ideological- changes in the by-laws that would allow smoother operation. We will vote on these changes at next fall’s Association meeting.
The NRA is unique. For 130 years it has stressed the Lordship of Christ over the nations. It has a noble history. By God’s grace, it will have an even more noble future.
Yours for Christ’s Imperial Reign,
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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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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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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.
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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.
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