PART II: Christian Reconstruction & ISIS – Two Peas in a Pod

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“...Our problem is with … the religious extremists … who want to destroy everybody who doesn’t agree with them. I see them as betrayers of the fundamental principles of conservatism. A lot of so-called conservatives today don’t know what the word means. …” Barry Goldwater

The one thing that ISIS and Christian Reconstruction has in common is the corruption of a great religion.  ISIS is to Islam what Christian Reconstruction is to Christianity.  They are both cults, which, on the surface, should not be able to succeed.  The reason they do is because of the ignorance of their followers.  No Christian, who has a real background in the scriptures is going to be sucked into the heresy and the cult that is Christian Reconstruction.  No Muslim who knows the Koran, and has a real, grounded background in Islam is going to be sucked into the cult.  Oh, some will, but for the most part, these movements have been able to grow, due to ignorance.

The far right patriarchal movement doesn’t quite understand the world around them. They are abjectly ignorant about the Bible, history, literature, and when they do know something, they slant it in the most intellectually dishonest ways imaginable. We’re dealing with men and women who no longer know what they believe. What they are now spewing is pure heresy. Try these examples:

“...Wow, that is scary to think about. Satan has really used the idea of limiting children and “planning” our family size to do us in. Like you said, it isn’t just a “personal, idividual” choice, it affects our way of life, our culture. Our children need to be prepared for living in a culture hostile to christianity…”

Why do those in the far right want to invite persecution? Why are they teaching their children that they will be persecuted and should be prepared to enjoy it? Satan has nothing at all to do with family planning and limiting the size of families. No where in the Bible is anything like that said. Anyone who believes this and spreads the heresy is lying, to prove a false point. Why? Our culture is not hostile to Christianity. People are hostile to to cults where where misinformation is spread and good people are brainwashed.

“…We fail to understand that many principles of Scripture are not individualized; they are given to “a people” and the obedience or disobedience affects “a people”. God’s ways are not always meant to be interpreted as a tool to improve or hinder our personal lives, though He is deeply concerned with us on a personal level. But “His ways are higher than our ways” and we would do well to just trust that. What I’m trying to say is, often God is wanting to do something much bigger than the scope of our own lives with our obedience to Him. And even in His sovereignty, He allows us to reap blessings or curses based on that obedience….” re: Deuteronomy 28:43

The second quote is ignoring history and context. Yes, the Lord did use long-term abstract concepts for dealing with the Children of Israel as an tribe, a people and a nation. The passage in Deuteronomy is about the fate of the Children of Israel, a prophesy of the destruction of the nation by the Babylonians and the Romans. The worst part of this is that the blogger implies that we are not to have a personal relationship with the Lord. God, our Heavenly Father is a remarkable, awesome God. The Creator of the Universe, He also requires us to have an intensely personal relationship with him. Anyone who implies otherwise is an ignorant wretch.

What I do find rather fascinating is that they have a tendency to specialize in promoting certain scriptures like the above, while ignoring such classics as Ezekiel 16.

“…Gothard teaches that the new parents of an adopted child must research the sins of the “biological parents,” confessing them and casting the consequences off the child. He says: “Causes of Conflicts — Adopted children are affected by the sins of their natural parents, and these sins are usually very severe. … Steps to Resolve Conflicts — If the child is too young to understand, pray for the child. Confess your sins and acknowledge the sins of the natural parents. Ask God to rebuke Satan and free the child from any unbelief or rebellion from the lives of the parents. Pray in the name and through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ” (“Ten Reasons Why Adopted Children Tend to Have More Conflicts,” IBYC, 1982, pp. 1-2)….”

There are some who say we must confess the sins of our ancestors. One minister even states that 1John1:5-10 is about ancestral confession: 5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. 6If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; 7but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. There is nothing in this passage about ancestral sin. There is nothing in the New Testament about generational curses and confessing generational sin. What Bill Gothard is ordering, above is not in the Bible – well, not in the New Testament.

In fact, all of this is a violation of Jeremiah 31: 31-34 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, ‘Know the Lord’, for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. We aren’t required to atone for the sins of our ancestors.

In fact this is absolutely wrong. It is picking and choosing, and ignoring the historical and theological progression of the Bible.

“….In accordance with (Lev. 26) I do now confess the sins of my ancestors, and ask forgiveness for these sins: Idolatry, witchcraft, occultism, lust, adultery, divorce, perversion, rebellion, stubbornness and wicked heart of unbelief, all sins known and unknown. I claim forgiveness because of the provisions in I John 1:9, break the curse and lift the curses, whoredoms and iniquities from me and my descendants. I command all spirits associated with these to leave me and my family and go wherever Jesus wants to send them, in Jesus Christ Name! ….”

Under the new covenant we only need to worry about our own sins. Have you noticed that the new version of Christianity had a tendency to ignore John 3:16.

“...I found an article from 2002: “In Gothard’s world view, husbands are dominant over wives (another of Regier’s stated beliefs), and wives are forbidden to work outside the home. Marriages must be arranged by fathers, and divorce is not allowed. Rock beats and, oddly enough, chords in minor keys are considered a subversion of God’s harmony. Television and other forms of popular culture are largely shunned as evil. Gothard even dictates how people should dress and when married couples can and cannot have sex. And, like Regier, Gothard is a big believer in corporal punishment, preaching that the “wrath” of parents leads children to God.”…”

Let’s be honest here, why would anyone even bother with the teachings of a pervert like Bill Gothard? By the year 2000 his perversions and the Rushdoony heresy beginning to infect the Southern Baptist Convention. I joined the SBC around 1970, when my sister and I left the local Presbyterian church and went – where the boys were. If the church had been ruled by today’s standards, I never would have joined. I found an article written by Russell Dilday, who was the minister at the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, when my sister and I were members. Because I know what his theology was, I can go by what he wrote, in the Baptist Standard, April 30, 2001: An Analysis of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.He also expressed exactly what I’ve noted here. It also exposes the problems we see with the petty individuals who don’t comprehend what Christianity is.

“...This seems to many to be a serious rejection of a very important hermeneutical principle. Baptists (and most evangelicals) have valued what is called the theological principal of Biblical interpretation. This principle teaches that the Bible is a book of faith, not just history or philosophy. Therefore, the Bible cannot be fully understood from the outside by grammar, logic, rhetoric, and history alone. It must be understood from its center – Jesus Christ. This Biblical center yields itself best to those who have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ and who are indwelt by the Spirit of God. Because of this personal relationship with Jesus, the believer knows personally the author of Scripture and has the promise of illumination from the indwelling Christ…”

While on the surface, ISIS, has nothing in common with Christian Reconstruction, we shall, in the next few days, see how much in common the two cults have.

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