News ofTGPUSA‘s unique plan is going out to tens of thousands of potential Gideons in all 50 states, Canada, and to wherever the Church exists. We hope many in God’s small but faithful body, the remnant, will be eager to help see Christian standards proposed and applied in small, manageable locales such as the one where you live. You remnant folks are duplicates of a select group of God’s people down through history, always  ready to respond to His call.

For a definition of who you are as a remnanteer see Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Zephaniah and Micah. In addition, search out the article, Isaiah’s Job by A. J. Nock. Then read Judges 6 – 8 for Gideon’s inspiring deed and Heb. 11 for his position in the Bible Hall of Fame. Although the humble Gideon needed extra divine persuasion, he and his 300 “unarmed” men succeeded because they obeyed God.

“About” contains the theoretical side ofTGPUSA‘s  launch motivation. After reading you’ll either agree and get going or have reservations as to its worthiness and potential. We hope option one is your choice. To the best of our knowledge nothing remotely resemblingTGPUSA  has been seriously contemplated, much less tried by any other Christian group.  This makes it not just a ground floor opportunity for potential activists. It’s important that it be attempted given the grim realities in culture that threaten us, our grandchildren, the Church and our future. The practical side ofTGPUSA  is found under “Take Action.” 

The following observations explain the assumptions and direction we feel are important and true for first time and all explorers of this site. Read it all or scan those parts that seem to best assist your understanding. We don’t think you’ll find any deal-breaking observations. You’re far more apt to find facts and insights that you’ve agreed with for much of your adult life.      

1. Background.

2. An Important Disclaimer.

3. Also Important: Ranking Service vs. Politics.

4. TGPUSA’s definition of “obedience to God’s laws.”

5. What to study as you plan your start-up activities.

6. Not the goal.

7. The true goal.

8. Theocracy?

9. Will we succeed?


1. Background

Most will shareTGPUSA‘s  frustration, 1) with a nation in decline, 2) with humanism’s creation of an educationally dumbed down, self absorbed citizenry, and 3) with the explosion of more takers than makers, hooked on entitlements and over-ripe for European style socialism. And, 4) in time, ready for full government control. You’re also frustrated with the non response of a strangely irrelevant Church in America.

You fervently desire to see Christian ideals applied in your community to the point that you’re ready to renounce personal past habits of laziness and apathy and to get involved. You’re also ready to link up with a locally based, kingdom advancing army of mutually supporting pioneer-patriots.

You’re where you are in life because you think and read. Unfortunately, not enough do. Thus, for people you know who could be with you, one of your tasks is to engage them in relation to the the realities of our national negatives and to get them thinking and reading along with you. By all means direct them to theTGPUSA  site. This review of where we are as a nation will aid in ecouraging them to help you in setting things right.

Much has been written about the USA’s historic rise and disheartening fall. Seldom stated is the fall’s true cause and it’s not complicated: Nationwide refusal to obey God and His laws and to put Him first in our daily lives. 

Frankly speaking, God the Creator will either become everything to us, His creatures, or end up being essentially nothing. Since all, if true to themselves, know innately that God is the ultimate of ultimates, why are American leaders, pastors too, so fearful of telling like it is? Can you think of one nationally respected statesmen-commentator currently inspiring us to rally around a  Godward paradigm shift? Some among the little known try, but key voices are silent. Instead, rebel humanists with their replacement gods of man, reason, logic, science and government continue to undermine our national core. This, by mocking the admirable Christianity of our 17th century founders; labeling it as silly religious superstition. Our collective navel gazing response of love of self, health, wealth and prosperity (and unseemly envy when others have more than we do) shows the extent to which brainwashed Americans have fallen for humanism’s wiles.     

Our national sickness is as serious as ancient Israel’s rebellious cycles of sin and temporary repentance. Even so, as bad as were the 720BC Assyrian and 586BC Babylonian defeat-captivities, neither were as devastating to disobedient Israelites as were AD70′s subsequent events when hundreds of thousands of Jewish lives were taken and national Israel permanently dispersed. Not so much by the Roman army per se but by a sovereign God who judges all nations all the time and will not be ignored. It’s no stretch to suggest that a once Christian USA is on a similar path to judgment. A modern adage has it that if God doesn’t judge the USA for its current level of sin and disobedience  He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.

Ironically, citizen apathy concerning our decline relates in large part to the prevailing national theology; one most likely extant in the church you attend. The theory is that “living in the last days as we do,” things must get worse before they can get better. Culture repair initiatives and applied good works in community are thus seen as futile if not in outright conflict with divine plans. Since “time is so short until the end,” God’s commands for rolled-up-sleeves commitment aren’t applied to the salt and light, good works, occupy-until-I-come edicts in Matthew 5:13-16; Luke 19:13 and Ephesians 2:10.

Some, however, including many of you, are no longer choosing to sit idly by. Since firm dates are simply not known and since the “end” may still be multiple decades or more away, wiser heads are choosing to act as though sufficient time does exist for the reformation, revival, kingdom advancement and better youth education that the twentieth (20th) century Church in America failed to heed.    

 2. An Important Disclaimer.

TGPUSA was conceived to inspire and guide a ready-to-go army (though still in embryo) of remnant activists, eager  to launch culture restoration initiatives in small locales everywhere. However, this newly awakened group of spiritual patriots would vigorously resist being defined as self-righteous rogue operatives, impatiently bypassing a sound asleep Church and taking matters into their own hands. On the contrary, the task of advancing the kingdom belongs to the Church, so much so that the gates of hell will not prevail against its holy offensive. The Bible says nothing about that holy assault being waged by a well-intentioned but amateur cadre of spiritual Green Berets.

By our foundation-laying efforts, TGPUSA merely aspires to alert Church pastors and leaders to the necessity of re-assuming the job themselves, as biblically they must. It’s true that Gideon and his little band achieved much in a short time on a temporary basis and TGPUSA hopes to emulate them, but our prayer is that the Church picks  up the torch and trumpet and soon. In any case the battle is not ours but the Lord’s. He will make His determination in a timely way as to the role TGPUSA will or will not be permitted to play. In our operating scenario the Church will prevail as TGPUSA divinely steps aside after a decade, or more, of leading the way. “Emeritus” TGPUSA participants will continue in the cause within their own churches. This pro-church approach is the only one God can honor, long term. If sooner than decades then that’s even better.  

3. Also Important: Ranking Service Vs. Politics.

Politics, though important and, yes, a part of your work, is emphatically not at the center of the TGPUSA plan. Service  is, and will be of much greater importance. The key is your desire plus your faithful efforts at creating biblical obedience at the national level, and, in your case personally, at the local level of the locale. This means that friendly, attention-getting and respect-gaining service will be the strategy for moving people to that God-pleasing point. As you’ll be reading here  more than once, the folks in your locale whom you’re trying to influence “don’t care what you know unless they know that you care.” And, service is a key to letting them see it.     

You’ll also be including the service of timely information. This is because 20th and 21st century Americans have been intellectually and spiritually shortchanged and must be alerted to this deficiency before permanent bondage to an anti-God, authoritarian state becomes locked in. You’ll be striving to convince them that their voluntary agreement to a moral/theological consensus and adoption of a biblical worldview with its life-changing  personal benefits is this  declining  nation’s only hope. Moral and theological chaos is our current default position. If not changed it portends certain disaster for us and for the generations of our children that (might or might not) lie ahead.

As we go, TGPUSA will share our teamwork-oriented army’s reported individual victories, defeats and lessons learned among ourselves. Some of the Take Action details listed are a bit provisional, so as we all gain new kingdom-advancing and cultural-regeneration application insights, our current procedures will be refined and expanded. This is new ground and we’ll be standing on each other’s supportive shoulders all along the way.

4. TGPUSA’s definition of “being obedient to God’s laws.”

We hereby quadruple emphasize that His people have always been under grace alone for salvation and eternal life; emphatically not by the works of the law either in Old or New Testament times. With that cleared up we also know that for daily behavior over a lifetime, for attaining the best worldview and for overall life direction, we have no choice but to rely solely on Christ’s moral and civil laws, on His case law principles and on the other rules and guidelines as found in Exodus, Proverbs and throughout all 66 books. (Who else’s laws should we look to, after all?) If John 14:15 and 1 John 5:1-3 (and many more) are true, then what you’ve just read is a proven statement, not just someone’s opinion. Excluded from our law keeping obligation, of course, would be the O.T.’s dietary, sacrificial and ceremonial (DISC) laws. This change is explained in Heb 9:11-14 and expanded upon by Peter’s eating event in Acts 10:13-16.  

To avoid confusion we need a reminder. When referring to the Old Testament laws, too many folks are in the habit of labeling them The Laws of Moses, or The Mosaic Law – almost making it sound as if they came from Moses and only secondarily from God, if at all. This too easily abets the self-serving deception that ”those older laws were only temporary for ancient times and need no longer be followed today.” Too many church-goers, heavily damaged by humanism’s inroads, find this excuse-justifying theory way too handy. But, it’s a view that can’t be justified if we are faithful to use Matthew 5:17-19; 1 Timothy 1:8-10; 2 Timothy 3:16; John 14:15, 1 John 2:7; 5:2,3; Romans 3:31; 7:1, 12, 14, 22 and 13:8-10; Acts 17:2 and 10, 11 as our measuring rods.

When others speak of The Law of Moses they’re mainly thinking about the DISC factors. Either way, needless confusion results. In this third millenium AD it’s best to use the term God’s Law when referring to the Bible’s still 100% cogent civil and moral laws and case law principles – the lawsTGPUSA  wants to to see reinstilled as part of  our strategy to revive crumbling cultures. For those who might disagree with our high respect for His law, consider the alternative: If given the choice, do we prefer family, church and civil government settings under God’s perfect laws (God, being perfect, after all) or under the ever-changing rules of sinful men? And to live with the chronic legal chaos these ”kinder than God’s law” alternatives have rained down upon us?

[Here’s a  statistic that speaks  for itself: The humanist dominated USA has 4.5% of the world’s population, but at 2.2 million prisoners, we have 25%  of the world’s incarcerated. Jail is a penal decree not sanctioned by Scripture.]

Few words are so poorly (purposely?) defined by pastors and commentators as is Christ’s “fulfill” in Matthew  5:17, “I have come to fulfill the law.” Did He intend that it mean to honor the law, to confirm it, to remind us of it, to obey it  on earth for His own sake, or to obey it in some mysterious, surrogate way on our “totally helpless, incapable” behalf? Some seem to want to believe He was saying, in so many words, that the Law of Jesus and the Law of Moses are two totally different things and that a Brand New Law (whatever we decide and prefer it to be) is going to be much more user-friendly than the “Impossible to Keep” Old Law of the Old Testament.

Whatever fulfill meant, it clearly did not mean, “I have come to give my official OK to the cancellation of God’s (that is to say, Christ’s Own) Old Testament laws in order to save you people needless guilt trips should you happen to debase the Sabbath, blaspheme, dishonor parents, lie, steal, commit adultery, abuse your children, covet and whatever else.” Instead He said, “If you love me, keep my commandments,” a proclamation that was not followed by a long list of sins and bad behavior we no longer need worry about. Such silliness is often implied in 2012 by humanism-infected, law-rejecting occupants of pulpits, seminaries, televangelists and in print.

Often contained in this silliness is an implied pass for sinners; perhaps for those thinking about joining a church that could do with a few more members. Sinners might join, but would be less likely to these days if there was any potential for ”harsh” sermons by overzealous pastors who tended to stress the still valid legality of God’s laws both for behavior and correction.

Scripture interprets Scripture, thus the teachings of Mt 5:19, John 14:15, Romans 3:20, 31; 7:12, 1 John 2:3, 4-5; 5:3 and dozens of others make clear that we are to try and keep God’s commanded laws to the letter every day of our lives. Even though as high, say, as even a 65% compliance rate is not remotely possible we are still not off the hook from doing our daily best to do our daily best. As Christians we have the ability to at least approach perfect obedience even if on an irregular basis, and so thus should we try. But, we haven’t even come close and look how far the entire world has  fallen as a consequence. Shades of the Flood! Has our refusal to obey happened in part  because Christ “has fulfilled  the law on our behalf?” Is it a case of, ”hey, gang, don’t worry about the law. That was for then, not for now. The pressure’s off.”

There’s another reason for striving to keep the law to our utmost ability. The Bible tends to indicate that those adhering more closely to the commands to shun sin, to repent and to be obedient may have an improved station in heaven as contrasted to those who, though there, don’t. Surely, this is worth considering.    

The only way the USA and all the other 195 nations of the world recover is to shun sin, repent and obey. Your job is to help realign your locale’s thinking so that Christian conditions will prevail there once again - voluntarily of course. With God all things are possible.

5. What to study even while planning your start-up activities.

By definition you remnanteers are well ahead of the curve per knowledge of the disease grinding us down. Yet there’s  plenty to learn and you can get started with the following material. As you do remember the importance of renouncing sin, of obedience, repentance and working to acquire a comprehensive biblical worldview. Plus the requirement to renounce the humanism endemic in every inch of U.S. culture. Come to grips as well with the truth that there is “no neutrality.” That is, there is no comfy half-way house sitting somewhere between full submission to God and full submission to humanism. We’re either 100% for Him in our hearts or against Him 100%.

Striving for obedience is a tall order, but freedom-of-choice indoctrinated Americans will decline at their earthly peril. Make it your goal that as many others in your locale will also read these materials, including local youth; tomorrow’s replacement Christian adults.

* A Conquering Faith by Wm. O. Einwechter. A 44 page monograph for purchase from www.chalcedon.edu. In addition to the printed product a “read only” version also exists on that site. Hit Research, then Research Home, then Books. Type the title in the Keywords box. Zoom in on the PDF. You might also try Amazon. There is a book, not by Einwechter titled Conquering Faith. It’s a different book, not the one mentioned here. 

* Unconditional Surrender and Backward Christian Soldiers. Both of these are by Gary North. Check first with www.americanvision.com, or www.garynorth.com/freebooks, or with Amazon.

* Introduction to the Law by R.J. Rushdoony. See, www.christrules.com/biblical-law.  14 pages. You can print it out. 

* Tactics of Christian Resistance. A symposium edited by Gary North. The theological fundamentals here are excellent. 500 pages. Google, download and send to local printer by attachment. Amazon has some copies. This will be the hardest one to find.

Whenever possible, print hard copies of key material. The same for free downloads. Use your own printer or send an email attachment to a local printer. Hard copy is the best for personal study and group discussion. Consider the materials just listed and the Bible as daily spiritual food; food ultimately to be shared with many. But, the main daily weaponry for your field of battle will be your visible acts of service and hands on community involvement as found at the Take Action button.

6.  Not the goal:

Your main motivator is not a direct striving for success in the quest for such things as less government spending; less crime; less uncivilized behavior by youth and gangs; less drug use; an honest, unbiased press; an end to abortions and other sex-driven perversities; hope for an ever rising stock market; balanced federal budgets; fewer public sector make-work jobs; a stronger private sector; less intervention overseas; more and better jobs; national economic revival; less intrusive government; more real wealth production; an end to the Gestapo-like TSA; an end to the disaster of single motherhood and resistance to adoption; rejection of the god of materialism; an end to personal identification based on ethnicity and name hyphenization; an end to the feminization and perpetual adolescence of boys and men; more respect for property rights and contracts and more love of freedom and liberty.

Though sorely needed, these are often and erroneously thought of as attainable through better politics. Unfortunately, politics of any kind will never fix our national mess. Only with sincere, voluntary submission to a God-honoring, wholly Bible-based moral consensus untainted by humanism will we produce the better politicians and better voters that every nation needs for the successes just listed – and for the many more beyond.

Indirect striving for the above goals by direct obedience to God’s word, however, is fine. Obedience comes first; blessings second and as a result. Success will come via the re-implantation of spiritual soundness in the national soul.  Why so sure? With the exception of yesteryear’s appalling sin of enslaving black Africans, we know this kind of future can be ours again because this was once a Christian nation and began explicitly as one. The majority of early (from 1620 to 1730) immigrants habitually trusted God and his law word for direction. And, repented, mostly, when they sinned.  When it becomes one once again  (as can also be the case even in countries without a Christian heritage background) those economic and political ideals listed above in not our goal will occur “automatically,” riding across the finish line on the coattails of what can happen when the Bible becomes this nation’s life-textbook of choice. All will benefit, even those practicing non-Christian religions or even no organized religion at all.

7. The true goal.

* A first step and then part of all others afterward is to try and win your locale’s respect. You want them to become cooperative with, to place confidence in, and to find a new sense of happiness with you, your team and your goal. And, they will when they see  that what you want is for their own benefit. Beyond this, think of the implied goal on the banner you’ll be carrying into battle as being: For Christ’s Crown & Covenant. By project’s end many years down the road, citizens of your locale will likewise have appropriated (voluntarily at every step of the way) this same goal.

* Repairing the culture means applying the rule of law based on Scripture, not on fallible man’s ever-changing and wrong headed opinions. Freedom, limited government and individual responsibility are all good, but to get there the  imperative must be a commitment to the shunning of sin, repentance and obedience to God. If you like, you can turn this three-part sequence into a handy acronym reminder – SRO. With God’s blessing, people in years ahead will say that SRO used to refer mainly to “standing room only” relative to crowd count at a sports event or theater, but now has a more significant meaning. SRO plus development of a biblical worldview can bring the needed repair.

* Another goal is for our children to live to see nationwide agreement on a national theological consensus. We also want the current worldwide impulse towards multi-denominationalism (as driven largely by human egos) to  be reversed.

* Christians have been blindsided for the entirety of the 20th century by the public schools, government and the government bureaucracy, leftwing-media and the entertainment industry. And, by the Church through pietism, retreatism, escapism and focus on self-centeredness, self esteem and a reluctance by leaders to stress SRO.  You’ll help your locale to grasp the enormity of this Satan-guided swindle. Jesus, not Satan, is the way the truth and the life. He offers the truth that can set us free and will set us free from a century’s + worth of error. 

* As part of bringing Him in, you’ll work to instill the needed biblical worldview on a kindly, bottom-up basis with  voluntary acceptance being your non-negotiable guideline. As things stand now per Barna polling, only 8% of American adults have any kind of a biblical worldview at all. And, even that paltry amount is based on a watered-down definition. Unbelievably, the Barna score for young adults approaches zero %!

The culture reversal you’re after will work to bring those “Not the Goal” fruits to pass. Even so, that reversal also requires whatever degree necessary of preparatory evangelism in advance of His Mt 28:20 command for people everywhere to “learn and to obey all things whatsoever I have commanded.” This latter part of the Great Commission comes through evangelism plus the various theological messages that will be piggy backed onto your service-related efforts.  With a new, life-changing biblical worldview, your converts will be better leaders and better voters; the kind of kingdom-advancing citizens Christ desires before He returns for the final time at the consummation of the age.

* In spite of inroads made by the French Enlightenment, pro-Bible convictions still prevailed in the colonies even in the late 1700s. 29 of the 56 signers had seminary or Bible school degrees. In spite of today’s historical revisionists, an abundance of sermons and clergy writings from those days shows that most colonists were Christian. 98% of the population was Protestant with 66% of them Calvinists. It’s also interesting to recall the large number of Old Testament-derived names given to babies even into the 20th century.

Other indicators of a Christian inclination were the scriptural commitments to personal freedom, rejection of control by an earthly king, and inalienable rights with safeguards over those rights by the consent of the governed. The desire to be free of King George III did not imply that he be replaced by a new American king or even by any group of fallen men. We were not to elevate, pagan-like, some exalted  federal entity to a substitute god status. God was to be our God, not Man. Equality rested on the Bible’s decree of the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man as in Leviticus 19:18. (But not on the kind of  brotherhood  theories implied in the French word fraternité.) Also not envisioned was anything resembling Marx’s free-market-hating dictatorship of the proletariat. Our hope, under the Constitution was that biblically grounded citizens would exercise oversight over a severely limited federal agency whose sole job was to protect liberty, provide for courts and justice and to perform some – though not even necessarily all – of the 18 suggested options in Article I, Section 8. 

It is said - with justification - that true Bible-based ideals were missing in the Declaration and the Constitution. A forgiveness-based explanation for this lack might be because overall societal respect for God’s rules in 1775 and 1787 was sufficiently great (helped along partly by the 1740′s First Great Awakening) that the founders may have felt no need to transfer, word-for-word, any scriptural codes into either document. The last thing most signers would have envisioned (in spite of the deistic and  Unitarian leanings of some) was an eventual trend toward laws favoring the “separation of God and state” or of religion and state. The modern phrase, “separation of church and state,” is a deceitful  well-poisoning device for denying the better Christian convictions of most signers. They knew the Christian religion was important because they knew that the closer 1) ordinary citizens, 2) professionals involved in law and justice, and 3) even potential law-breakers, adhere to Scripture, the closer a people will come to attaining civic harmony and societal happiness. 

Christianity then, to most colonists, seemed to at least be heavily implied in both documents. Either way, the USA ended up being blessed with a Christianity based, first-time-in-history potential for the mankind improving and nature subduing breakthroughs such as we have, until recently, enjoyed.

Tragedy, however,  from the tension between God’s supremacy and man’s opinions has been brewing ever since. Failure of the Constitution writers to put Bible precepts in writing or clearly weave them in has saddled us, 225 years later, with law codes that, opertively speaking, are 100% humanist. Rule by fallen man accelerated as 19th and 2oth voters sat by for the shredding of the Constitution by vote-buying, benefit-providing officials, by leftward media, by the public schools, by a weak Church and by the ever present, five out of nine, humanist imbued Supreme Court  justices. A modern spinoff of this tragedy  is this: With a once world respected USA now gone over into full humanist mode, virtually all governments worldwide, copycat style, work their mischief as never before. As substitute god, governments tax more, regulate more, manipulate more and have never been more pompous, arrogant, and ambitious than are world governments today.

Man’s law codes end up giving honor to power-seeking men. But, God’s codes honor Him and, in trickle down fashion,  to the benefit of individual citizens. Only when the USA (and your locale) recovers a biblical basis for law and the subsequent reduction of legal authority away from federal and state governments (in favor of a decentralized, more county-based emphasis) will the “Not the goal” benefits flow forth once again for both rich and poor. We can agree this is a good thing and an example of a covenantal God’s material and societal blessings for obedience. The converse is  discipline for disobedience. When God is demoted, discipline in the form of undreamed of troubles is every nation’s  lot.

Sadly, the black slavery circumstance was anything but a shining moment in 1787. Slavery should never have existed  much less been approved in the Constitution. But, excuses and resigned acceptance came partly from an entrenched, age old acceptance of slavery worldwide dating back to (and still rampant in 1787) olden day Greece, Babylon, Rome, Egypt, Arabia, Africa, much of Central and South America and in the European Slavic (slave) states. American Indians, the Aztecs and Incans specialized in slavery. So common is world slavery that it was (and still is) going strong even into the 20th century under the likes of Lenin, Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot and Castro. Key pro-slavery sentiment early on in the 13 colonies grew out of the indentured slave practice that brought so many poor whites here from Britain. When extended to Africans as it was, and, ultimately, with its enormous economic impact in both North and South, slavery was simply not going to be brought to an overnight halt in 1787; especially by the flawed sinners who were our founders. A shame, and we suffer as a nation today because of it.

* The textbook ideal is that people in your locale should turn to Christ sooner rather than later, and you’ll always be working toward that end. But, once “saved,” what should be the daily routine of a person’s alloted three score and ten years on the planet? Picture a boy who comes to Jesus early in life. You can only be “saved” once. What happens after that? Is he then free over his remaining decades to follow the same shallow, self-focused paths as before, no different than a humanist neighbor?

As a new Christian, in what new direction are converts supposed to go? He or she might expect to find an answer within the Westminster Confession’s first question, “What is the chief end of man?”

The answer is “To glorify God and to enjoy him forever.” This is fine as far as it goes but a bit vague as to the full nuts and bolts of one’s daily purpose both inside and outside of one’s house. It takes Genesis 1:28 and Psalm 8:6 to pinpoint the practical specifics of the stuff of daily glorifying and enjoying. We glorify Him per those two passages by agreeing to be  fruitful, to multiply, to replenish the earth, to subdue it and to have dominion over the works of His hands. The men of Westminster might also have added that we do our best subduing and dominion-pursuing via daily good works. Ephesians 2:10 calls for exactly that even though sermon exhortations to that end are rare, having been replaced by a substitute 21st century pulpit focus catering to an it’s all about me self-centeredness. This bad habit and faulty worldview is what you’ll be fighting to subdue through your public-relation-enhancing good works of service.

* It might be said that Barack Obama typifies leaders of suspect spirituality who ignore obedience to God while advancing the welfare state’s side-door path to full socialism. One way to see how some of the damage already done will be guiding your work comes via one man’s view: “The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of Mr. Obama than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Obama who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

It’s correct to point the finger at a spoiled child’s parents for bad behavior, not the child. Those in 2008 who fell for hope and change were the truer miscreants, not young Barry. As Cal Thomas says, “Righteousness doesn’t come from the top but from the bottom. A nation that focuses on money and pleasure will get political leadership that reflects that idolatry. The list of great nations that collapsed throughout history is a long one. Self-indulgence toppled most of them. Invading armies merely finished them off.” Prior to Obama, nearly all recent presidents and their political helpers have been pretty much pro-money, pro-power, God-avoiders. Except, perhaps, for Calvin Coolidge. Our best people, typically, are not attracted to politics.

* Much of the former hard-won, Scripture-based historical high ground in U.S. culture was ceded over to the secular-humanists thanks to the anti-fruit of a culturally irrelevant 2oth century Church in America; one that feared bringing God’s “controversial” precepts” to bear on every area of life. Just as are their neighbors, church members are employed in the vocational areas of science, education, medicine, business, art, economics, agriculture, politics, journalism, media, mining, energy, entertainment and more. Yet, for 150 years, pastors have refused to encourage members to take the Gospel plus Christ’s kingdom-advancing cause into these vocational venues in a culture-impacting way. Evangelize? Well, yes. But, to bring the full message? Instead, the popular motto has it that, “The earth is not our home.” Or we hear that ”you don’t polish brass on a sinking ship.” These are some of the duty-ducking, in-denial attitudes you’ll be working to undo.

Such church member reluctance to act productively in culture is partly because (poorly trained) pastors in a liberal-leaning age have families who must eat and deserve decent financial security. In a mega polarized nation, speaking the truth about God’s edicts often brings what appears to be unacceptable financial risk to a pastor should a tithing member take personal exception to these truths and leave. Rookie pastors go on to become senior pastors, thus it’s not unreasonable to see how that early, “I’d better not make any waves” type preaching is often cemented in place. 

* As for the term “your local TGPUSA ministry,” you already sense that those volunteers joining your team will most likely not be local pastors. This, in part, because of the weak pastor problem in Isaiah 56:10-11, Jeremiah 23:2, 50:6 and Ezekiel 34:2. For now, you’ll need to be the layman and spiritual patriot who will launch local revival. If all goes well, revived pastors will in time become inspired and emboldened to join you, eventually assuming the reins outright. If Christianity is to prevail in the coming decades and restoration occur, this pastor breakthrough simply has to happen. Pastors must again strive to be among the most heeded and respected leaders in any community.

* Our faithful U.S. military is still greatly admired. But, setting aside these truly dedicated folks for a moment, President Eisenhower warned that collusion between the defense industry, D.C.  politicians and Wall Street money interests threatens freedom right here inside our borders. This legal partnership can too easily bring with it war-related, government-expanding “emergency” controls as well as needless tax expense. Also a problem is that often naïve, dumbed-down, politically and economically illiterate, but patriotic, U.S. youth admirably sign on to fight for flag and country. The problem as we’ve seen is that the supposed overseas challenge is generally not about freedom at all. It’s about politics and money. Many youth die needlessly. 

Also troubling is that amid all of this “freedom defending,” whether by diplomacy or by the death of our youth, there are those self-hating, suicidal voices of political correctness in media, universities and government telling us nonstop to  “celebrate Islam” (diversity is our national strength, don’t you know?) with nearly a mosque-a-month building crusade and an open sesame immigration green light for people who envy and hate us. If freedom is our goal we need to be a bit more consistent. Is Islam a threat or a friend? Both? Neither? Sometimes? Never?

* We should scorn to death radical organizer Saul Alinsky’s treacherous plot and the odious ACORN acronym by striving instead to be Awakened Christians Ordained to Revive a Nation. This is the superior way and 180 degrees from that of the dumbed-down, class-envy-driven, pro-socialism, chaos-seeking “organizers” who march, if they would only consider, for national and personal suicide.

* As, little by little, our restoration goal is achieved, locale by locale, momentum will spread until the entire country grasps the soul-satisfying truth that comes from living out our very short lives on earth dedicated, not to self, but to Him. Surely by now, the wheel of selfish self-interest has been re-invented enough times in history. As for optimism, Isaiah saw forward (amazingly) in 65:17-25 to a time still future to 2012 when a far better culture was to come prior to Christ’s final return and consummation of the age. Your locale will also come to believe that the wisdom of adopting dependence upon and obedience to God (from Ecclesiastes 12:13) is the primary reason we’re here on earth.

* Yes, we want that shining city on the hill, but we want it achieved in good ways. Through SRO (shunning sin, repentance, obedience) the city will be built. Dominion will be taken. Establishment and growth of the city will come as a corollary event to obedience. The city is not the goal, obedience is. The city will auto-build when obedience becomes the norm. There will be “standing room only” for the new generation of Christians who’ll be making a difference and setting enviable examples for the entire locale to see and be inspired by.

(Chalcedon has published an excellent article in its July/August 2011 Faith For All of Life magazine: Don’t Plant Churches, Build Covenant Communities, by Bojidar Marinov. He puts your task into excellent perspective. The key section begins 2/3′s of the way through with the first of five key points. Please print it out for regular reference. Find it directly at the conclusion of this “About” section.)

8. Theocracy?

While working for conversion breakthrough to the superiority of Bible-based rules, local liberals will accuse you (typically, in pejorative, ad hominem fashion) of trying to “ram theocracy down our throats by dictatorial church-state edicts.”  The anti-God left thinks this charge is a slam-dunk winner for intimidating new Christian activists. You need a rebuttal.

Theocracy, in the Greek, simply and purely means ”rule by god” with a small g. The particular god in question depends on the theocracy in question. Who or whatever the god is, whether he, she or it, the point is that: any nation’s truest or top god is the author of that nation’s moral code. Since individuals, families and states are all human spheres requiring moral rules, some primary ruler-god will unavoidably be chosen. Put it this way: All governments have a moral code and every moral code has an author. Thus, all governments are theocracies since some author’s (god’s) morality is always being enforced by the state. This narrows the god-search possibilities down either to the Creator God of Scripture or, more often, to humanist man’s (or a group of men’s) made-up god or gods.

 In the latter case the god will be another person, an oligarchy, a “government safety net,” a loved one, the gods of  money, sports, fashion, music, a cause, or a combination. Very often even Christians are able to self-create a watered-down façade of the God of Scripture, turning Him, ironically, into a false god. In the USA there’s little doubt that the true god of the 21st century’s sham-enlightened age is spiritually weak, often power mad, sin filled man.

Which god do you want writing the rules for you? Do you prefer to live in a theocracy ruled by men where individuals, families and governments operate based exclusively on God’s written rules, or in a theocracy ruled by men busy looking out for themselves and constantly re-writing the rules to accomodate sinful passions?

But, to skeptics; please hold on for three thoughts: First, a nation that purposely chooses the God of the Bible as law giver could, in theory - being populated by sinners - let itself evolve into a Church/State dictatorship. But, it absolutely must not. The Bible doesn’t support it, calling instead for emphasis on self-government and self-responsibility. With this understood, people are free under God to be all they can be. At that point they’ll be the most (relatively) free they can be from their own innate sin nature, and, with that, society automatically becomes more free from crime and disharmony. And, the fewer the hordes of dictatorial magistrates and their cruel rules. Even in inevitable cases of normal civic rule-breaking, the government need not be an all-powerful Church-State alliance. The ideal is for there to be lesser civil magistrates at lesser levels, ideally at the county level, who will be the principle purveyors of justice and mercy.

In fact, most ”federal and state crimes” are on the books because Washington and the states poke around in areas where they have no business. Over time, throngs of federal and state “public servants” (aka everyday sinners just like everyone else) have found ways to make ”governing” their business, mainly because public sector government salaries are so lucrative.

Second, name a dictatorship in history if you can (you can’t) that was Christian in any kind of Bible sense; one where the Bible was the ”dictatorship’s” principle statute book and where non-Christians were abused. Please don’t say Nazi Germany, a nation tyrannized in the 1930′s by God-hating, Christian-persecuting governors as far from being Christian as night is from day. It’s exactly because the German nation became so weakly God-honoring following World War I and because of the ethical breakdown within the Weimar Republic that a pagan Hitler and his perverted minions were enabled to come to power at all.

Third, a “Christian dictatorship” is not called for in Scripture and as such is an oxymoron. To speak with sham fear about the ”threat” of a Christian dictatorship by “forces on the right” is to speak in reality as if insane. In fairness such a speaker has often been well deceived by forces on the left and no doubt is far from insane. Yet the oxymoronic nature of the statement must stand. Americans need to be apprised of this fact while they still have a chance to embrace it. And, they will when they see that the truth of Christ’s word sets us free to know the truth and to be self-governming. The truth is that shrinkage, not expansion of federal and state power is biblical and part of TGPUSA’s goal. That’s because minimum human (as in sinning) government always means more, not less community harmony. God provides for true human  happiness inside a framework of right behavior based on His rules. 

But, what about the Salem, Massachusetts witch trials? Notice that even Christianity’s detractors in 2012, just when you’d think they’d be ramping up against us even more, have not yet gone to the extreme of calling them the New England or the Christian witch trials. This is because the frantic accusations and trials were so obviously a local aberrancy; a one-time, 15 month season of local hysteria in and around Salem, Mass. in 1692 and 1693 when 22 people were put to death for supposed witchcraft. “Supposed,” because  it was later proved that no such crimes occurred. As modern background for today’s fake concerns about “the threat of an enforced theocracy,” you need to know that witchcraft accusations abounded throughout Europe for 300 years from the late 1400s to the late 1700s. 40,000 to 60,000 accused were put to death. Imagine living in those days, always wondering who might secretly be pointing a finger at you. The point is that neither British nor New England Puritans lived in an idyllic societal vacuum and  were vulnerable to various degrees of influence by events in the greater public sphere – many of them based on myth, fear and entrenched superstition. In the case of Salem, local Christians allowed a tragic mistake but apologies and monetary compensation to relatives of the deceased were not long in coming. Writing in 1697, pastor John Hale framed it this way: “Such was the darkness of that day, the tortures and lamentations of the afflicted, and the power of former presidents, that we walked in the clouds, and could not see our way.”

Biblically, on the other hand, should an actual probable or possible case of true witchcraft come up before a civil  magistrate, with two or more responsible wittnesses attesting, Exodus 22:18 and Deuteronomy 18:9-13 would need to be considered. The stress here is on at least two responsible witnesses, not a gaggle of suggestible, hysterical young girls or any hysterical others. (What is a witch? Do witches exist? God seems to think so. Many in 2012 claim that they are witches.) 

Still on the topic of theocracy, as the, “God’s rules, not Man’s,” message gains currency, it could well evolve over time that the best way for citizens to gain God’s blessings for obedience will come when much smaller units of government, namely county units, become the citizens’ major focus for governance. The details for laws and civic behavior in the best kind of civil justice system might eventually come to reside within the 3,141 U.S. counties with civic and moral code decisions made democratically county by county. This is similar to the competitive model of governance that Jefferson envisioned for the separate states.

Akin to fake concern by those on both left and right over ”theocracy” is the perjorative and disingenuous charge of dominionism. This term is typically miscast as being “the arrogant act of trying to bring in the kingdom” in order to “get the world ready” for Christ’s return to rule on earth. This contrived objection fails on its face since there is no such “bringing in” command in Scripture. Christ will return when good and ready without any extra help from mere mortals.  Naysayers seem never to tire of proclaiming that  “dominionism driven Christian radicals on their mission to rule the world threaten the very foundations of democratic governance.” A short article (Google it) by Gary DeMar, Liberal Dominionists Go On the Attack, will enable you to put that charge to rest to your own satisfaction.

Insincere charges of theocracy and dominionism can also be dismissed for an equally important reason. True civic success in governance can never be church ordered, much less achieved, by top down commands. Not even if all politicians turned to Christ overnight and began legislating based on Scripture and scriptural principlies. The adage still holds that “he convinced against his will is of the same opinion still,” thus all worthy agendas for changing minds must be achieved bottom up by kindly persuasion not force. If kindly persuasion fails to bring Christian principles to bear in your locale and others, a non-compliant populace will, to their detriment, simply have to remain non-compliant as they stick stubbornly to their dead-end, secular substitutes.

In summary, top down political agendas which are supposedly pro God generally don’t succeed. This was dramatized by the long term disastrous consequences of Prohibition in 1920-1933. It was largely a church-driven  mistake and with no Bible justification and its bad carryovers remain with us to this day. (God has given us wine and such for our pleasure. However, this fact is also accompanied by strong negative sanctions in cases of abuse.) A rare but worthy exception to church overexuberance in the realm of politics was the English Parliament’s 1833 abolition of the slave trade. It happened because of the Bible based importuning of William Wilberforce. Long before that most of the inspiring gains by early century Christians were made in low key, non legislated ways because of the threat of vengeance by a pagan  Roman government. And, because low key plus Scripture always works best.

The bottom up only theory is especially true for the many sinners who harbor various levels of disrespect for Christ. These folks, too, must be among your targets for conversion. Psalm 51:13 encourages us to teach transgressors God’s ways so that they, as sinners, will turn to Him. But again (humanly speaking) voluntarily. What the Holy Spirit does is a different matter.

While politely squelching nasty accusations about your being a theocrat or dominionist as derisively defined, you’ll stay busy pressing ahead as salt, light, occupying and good works soldiers striving to advance His kingdom. The oft-neglected good works passage in Ephesians 2:10 will, when acted upon, advance the kingdom for the kingdom’s sake – not to prepare it for His return and not for anointing a ruling Christian monarch in Washington. Christ’s heavenly and earthly kingdom already exists and He already rules over every inch of it. Satan does not as James 4:7, Romans 16:20, Luke 10:19, John 16:33, Colossians 2:15, and 1 John 5:18 remind us.

At some point it would be good to read the following article. It is, frankly, rather long and needs concentration, but it  contains material that will help you persuade libertarian leaners and “objectivists” why the term, “theocracy,” as it is thrown around today is a straw man: http://americanvision.org/5675/theonomys-radical-libertarianism/

9. Will we succeed?

If God’s rules were the basis for modern laws rather than sinful man’s “let’s make it up as we go along” substitutes, TGPUSA would not be necessary. Citizens would be happy and satisfied with the received blessings that come from fearing God and keeping His commandments. God once said He desired obedience more than sacrifice leading us to ask what it is He wants specifically from us? Is there any doubt that He wants both, with “sacrifice” in this case meaning the joyful sacrifice of our own time and resources? We need and want to be obedient evangelists and ambassadors for the entirety of His word, and for the locale wide benefits that dependence on and obedience to Him bring. As for our personal sacrifice, we should be happy to stay with the program through thick and thin; gladly willing to come to the day of our earthly passing knowing we  gave our daily best faithfully right to the end. And that’s even if our best efforts had yielded no easily visible evidences of success.

But, to ask if we’ll succeed is likely the wrong question. Better to ask what will happen if we don’t try? We ask that you use the  implied danger as a motivating springboard. Worldwide Christendom is at a clear crossroads and under siege by secularism all across Europe; by Marxism in much of the Orient, Asia and Latin America (and in American classrooms)and by Islam globally. Of the earth’s 7 billion inhabitants, 99% are seriously resistant to anything close to an Ecclesiastes 12:13 grade obedience. What should be as simple for adults in their relationship to the Creator as it is for children who know they do better when they obey wise parents, has proven too much for 21st  century sinners. Instead of admitting to man’s weakest link - the spiritual - we’re repeatedly programmed to believe that all our problems and solutions lie in the realm of the political, the environmental, the racial, the economic or the educational and so on. 

What can one lone individual do to help bring sweeping change? In Zechariah 4:10 we find, “Do not despise the day of small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.” The adage also fits that a journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step. It all starts with one person’s resolve. Will that person and others of the same caliber win the battle here in the USA? Yes, if enough of us change our lives for Christ and respond as sincere leaders and toilers. Should God so decide, the USA can still be salvaged even without TGPUSA’s locale by locale plan. But, and even though Christendom will prevail on earth before Christ returns for the last time, that’s not to say the USA will automatically receive a top spot. So far have we fallen from what our 17th century forefathers envisioned, that perhaps Chile, India, New Zealand, Taiwan or someplace else will be on the leading edge of Christian advancement in 50 or 100 years. 

The time frame for success is unknown, and, yes, it would be nice if God would once again send a Jonathan Edwards or a George Whitefield to help with the transforming. Short of that, the best thing is to heed His salt, light and good works commands and convert them to attention getting service to others. The right approach is to go at the task as though we will succeed. Thomas Edison said that life’s successes depended upon 10% inspiration (God-given gifts and talents) and 90% perspiration, better known as hard work. Another secular admonition with a ring of biblical truth comes from Winston Churchill, a flawed man, but with more redeeming qualities than many: “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never – in anything, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never, never, never, never give up.”

If, you’ve read this far you may be close to agreeing that you, personally, have nothing more potentially rewarding to do with your time. Even though it’s a tall order, if not now, when? If not you, who? Even with no crystal ball we still possess a great advantage, namely our certain knowledge that Satan is a defeated foe as just stated via those six verses at the close of section 8, above.

So, thanks for thinking about becoming personally involved. There’s no reason we shouldn’t and can’t succeed.

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Don’t Plant Churches, Build Covenant Communities

By Bojidar Marinov 

From Faith For All of Life; July/August 2011 

(Used by permission; SB, Chalcedon.) 

[Per TGPUSA: The principles here regarding overseas church planting give excellent suggestions for how to tackle your locale; the locale being the equivalent of the overseas church. The key section begins 2/3s of the way through with the First of five key points. Please print it out for regular reference.]

A missionary to a Muslim nation recently wrote me that a great deal of the discussion within his missionary organization is devoted to the concept of “insider movements.” The term means that new believers should remain within the cultural and religious tradition of Islam while at the same time professing saving faith in Christ. “The whole thing,” wrote the missionary, “is predicated on the idea that Christianity is not a religion.”

The missionary himself-a long-time reader of Rushdoony’s books-disagreed with the approach and said that it is going about the issue of community the wrong way. He lamented the fact that missionaries “are generally resistant to the idea that we are advancing a new culture, and one that will conquer the existing cultures of this world.” Apparently, his coworkers in the missionary organization believe that the cultural practices of a convert don’t need to change according to the requirements of his new faith. Christianity, in their view, requires no change of behavior, and therefore it requires no change of culture. If it is “not a religion,” then it doesn’t address the whole of man, and therefore the whole of man can remain unchanged; ideas do not have consequences.

It is worthy to note that Christianity is the only religion in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries that has such discussions within itself. Muslims do not believe that a man can be a Muslim and remain faithful to his non-Muslim cultural practices. Neither do Communists believe that a conversion to Communism can leave a person unchanged in his cultural ways. Every other faith looks at itself in a comprehensive way and has comprehensive requirements for its adherents. It is only Christians who willingly abandon the comprehensive demands of their own faith and surrender the new converts to the cultural traps of their old faiths. Christianity cannot and should not build a culture, they believe. A culture, in their view, is something given and fixed; we shouldn’t try to change it. All that is necessary is individual salvation; that individual salvation is not supposed to nor expected to produce cultural changes.

The majority of modern missions-and the seminaries that train the missionaries-are based on this approach to the relationship between the Christian faith and the culture. Missionaries are never instructed in a comprehensive worldview that builds a new Christian culture within the old pagan culture. They leave their churches illiterate about the Biblical answers to the multitude of questions other cultures are asking. Mission organizations insist that their goal is nothing more than “planting churches.” Some even boast that they are working “within the context of the local cultures,” which translated means the same thing as the term “insider movement” mentioned above. Seminaries never offer courses about the broader applications of the Christian faith in areas like family, business and economics, history, education, civil government, welfare, etc. A missionary seldom has any answers beyond the elementary level of personal salvation and church worship.

Ironically, while this approach to missions and culture is predicated on the idea that Christianity is not a religion, its result is exactly a religion-and that in the limited pagan sense of the word. The truncated view of the missionaries drives them to focus on “planting churches” with little else to do. Since these churches are not there to change the culture, their mission becomes very limited-only to “dispense religion” on Sunday morning. In a very real way, such a church is no different from a pagan temple in antiquity, a specialized institution that provides for a specific need of the worshippers, the need for religious experience.

People go to the grocery store when they need groceries, to the auto repair shop when they need their car repaired, to the theater when they need entertainment, and, when they need some religion, they go to church on Sunday morning. The grocery store, the auto repair, the theater do not claim to change the culture; they only provide a specific service for a specific need. The church, by refusing to address the whole culture, becomes like them, simply another outlet for services in the community. That was the use of the temples in pagan antiquity: people went to the temples to get their daily portion of religion and religious experience, or to tell the gods what they needed so that the gods knew better how to serve the humans, or to perform rituals designed to manipulate the gods to act in favor of the worshipper.

By default, modern missionaries act as if the culture without Christ contains everything it needs and is good per se, or at least morally neutral. All it needs is individual salvation and an institution for dispensing religious experience, and the missionary is there to provide it with the least repercussions on the culture itself. History thus is independent of the gospel; it runs its course no matter what the religious faith and commitments of the people in the culture. Culture becomes a product of historical forces, or material forces, or chance; faith-and specifically faith in Christ-has no bearing on it: it is only an external addendum to the culture. This is exactly the view of materialistic determinism, and specifically Marxism. Thus modern missions are in essence Marxist and materialist in their philosophical outlook.

In a previous article for Faith for All of Life, “The True Origin of Foreign Missions,”1 I made the case that foreign missions did not originate with Paul; they were part of the very culture and life of the Jewish nation. Foreign missions were a program for conquest, for converting the world to the Word of God in its entirety. Proselytizing was part of the very culture of the Diaspora; Jews outside of the Holy Land had a mission: bring the nations to God by offering them the law of God, superior to all laws of men. That law of God was not only meant to convert the life of the individual; its scope of work was to bring all of life under the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

I am not the first to make the connection between Christian and Jewish missions. In his book An Introduction to the Science of Missions, J. H. Bavinck also traces the origin of foreign missions to the Old Testament. He then devotes a half chapter to the Jewish missions in the Roman Empire before and in the time of Christ. In it, he makes a very important observation about the nature of the Jewish missions and what he calls its “power of attraction.” Quoting from Axenfeld, “As a philosophical religion, Judaism indeed touched the isolated educated individual. But as a religious and social fellowship, with a unique way of life, it appealed to the masses of people,” Bavinck comments:

By entering into the Jewish communion a convert was brought into union with a world fellowship, and he thereby enjoyed all sorts of political and social privileges … A Jew enjoyed many civic advantages. The Jews who lived in the cities had a sort of government of their own and were states within the state. To a certain extent they even had their own administration of justice, so that to belong to such community was desirable for many.2

Foreign missions, in their original form, not only addressed the culture, they also built an alternative culture to the worldly culture. And that alternative culture of better justice and righteousness than what the world could offer was the “power of attraction” for the multitudes of people. The formal religion, the synagogue and the Sabbath services, had no attraction in themselves; the very essence of the life preached and practiced by the covenant community was what attracted many Gentiles to saving faith in God. While the pagan temples tried to attract worshippers with the majestic beauty of their buildings, statues, and altars, the Jewish missions had only the life of the Jewish community. In fact, so pronounced was the difference that Bavinck felt compelled to add the following:

Since the common people, the unthinking masses, could not think of a religion without idols, they might indeed say that the Jews were atheists. But those who came into a deeper understanding of Jewish worship were in one way or another influenced by it.3

The attraction of a new culture of justice and righteousness was much stronger than the visible trappings of the mystical religions that sought to escape time and matter. It was the invisible power of the comprehensive worldview of the law of God that drew the masses to God, not the visible worship of the temples. Foreign missions were meant to be cultural conquest, not an “insider movement” of converts who stayed in the cultural practices of their pagan religions. The Christian church after the Resurrection continued the same practice, as is known from the examples in Acts, and then from the examples of the early church. And people flocked to the Jewish synagogues, and later to the churches. When a religion has all the answers to the cultural questions, people are naturally drawn to it.

The approach of modern missions is exactly the opposite to this: visible trappings and no cultural alternative. And it has abundantly proven its inadequacy. It is a failure; in many places missionaries waste time and money and effort to produce only meager results. It is time to return to the Biblical model of missions, as exemplified by the synagogue, and then by the early church.

To do that, our missionaries must shift their focus from “planting churches” to a program of cultural conquest. This cultural conquest can’t be anything less than the building of a covenant community-an alternative culture within the broader culture, an alternative economy within the broader economy, and, by extension, a civil jurisdiction and government within the broader political and civil settings of a society. Our mission organizations and seminaries must abandon their truncated approach and teach and empower the missionaries to build comprehensively, to offer solutions to the destruction of the pagan religions and culture in a community built on the comprehensive demands and blueprints of the Word of God.

While the detailed breakdown of the work a missionary should do will require a book rather than an article, here we can at least sketch the necessary steps:

First, a missionary should work to build the intellectual foundation for a future Christian civilization. This means he must make available to his flock the richness of the Christian literature we have accumulated throughout the ages on the application of the gospel to every area of life. He may need to engage in or organize a long-term program for translation of Christian materials. He must start building libraries in the nation that is his field. No missionary effort can succeed long-term unless there is knowledge about Jesus Christ and His Kingdom; and no knowledge is possible without a constant connection with the rest of the Christian world through the books Christians have written. That might also mean that the missionary should spend time teaching whole populations to read; although a program for literacy shouldn’t be independent from the effort of making Christian books available to the new converts.

Second, a missionary must build the leadership of the covenant community. This doesn’t mean appointing “pastors” or deacons or any other ecclesiastical offices; in fact, the institutional ecclesiastical form must come only after there is an established community, out of that community. A missionary should work to raise and train elders and judges who will be the foundation for building the alternative economic and judicial life of the Christian community. When a missionary is appointing pastors and deacons without trained elders and judges, he is only building a baptized version of a pagan temple, an institution limited to dispensing religious experience.

Third, a missionary must work as a “legislator” who helps the newly formed Christian communities establish their own covenant rules for acceptable conduct and relationships. The law of the community must be based on the Bible and must reflect the justice and the righteousness of the law of God, taking into account the general rules (the Ten Commandments), the case laws (the Pentateuch), and the judicial and moral applications (in the rest of the Bible). Unbelievers clearly see the goodness and the majesty of God in His law (Deut. 4:5-8); without God’s law applied in the community, there isn’t much that can attract the masses of people to Christ.

Fourth, a missionary must preach and work to establish an ethics of rewards and charity in the new converts. A strong pro-business attitude and appreciation of the problem-solvers-that is, the entrepreneurs-is an integral part of a Christian community that plans to survive long-term in a hostile environment. At the other end of the spectrum, a missionary must be able to help form and establish a system within the covenant community for helping the poor and the needy. Both must be based on a Biblical understanding of value-relational, economic, intellectual, moral, etc. No person should be rewarded for laziness, and those who work hard to solve problems must be given honor.

Fifth, a missionary must establish a system for transferring the faith, the commitment, and the wisdom of the covenant community to the next generation. No Christian community can survive and thrive and fight the good fight without specifically Christian education of its children. A missionary who leads his listeners to Christ but lets them send their children to pagan teachers and schools is undermining his own effort. Christian homeschooling or institutional Christian schools must become the focus of the missionary’s effort from the very beginning of his work with the local converts. Only when the children are safely accommodated into a system of Christian education under the control of their Christian parents can there be hope for the survival of the covenant community through the generations.

Building a covenant community that is an alternative to the culture is the only way to evangelize the world. The “insider movements,” just like the other piecemeal approaches we have seen in the last 200 years, are only a retreat before the enemy, an acceptance of the legitimacy of Satan’s power over the earth. Preaching Christianity while legitimizing cultural traditions of pagan religions is only a denial of the Great Commission. It’s time for us as Christians to change our approach to missions to the comprehensive, victorious approach of the early church missions-and redirect our mission financing accordingly.

1. http://chalcedon.edu/faith-for-all-of-life/worldview-contamination/the-true-origins-of-foreign-missions/

2. J. H. Bavinck, An Introduction to the Science of Missions, trans. David H. Freeman (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1960), 28-29.

3. Ibid., 29.

Reformed missionary to his native Bulgaria for over 10 years, Bojidar preaches and teaches the doctrines of the Reformation and a comprehensive Biblical worldview. He and his team have translated over 30,000 pages of Christian literature about the application of the Law of God in every area of man’s life and society, and published those translations online for free. He currently lives in Houston with his wife Maggie and his three children.