Monday, December 15, 2008

CHRISTIAN RECONSTRUCTION OF SCRIPTURE?

In order to rescue my blog from certain obscurity, I would like to clarify my theological postion on Christian Reconstruction. I have been reading articles, both pro and con, about it, and have been "haunted" by scriptures in the Bible which say such things as:

"Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." (Jesus, in Matthew 7:13-14 ESV)

Judging from Scriptures such as this one (and we are called by Christ Himself to do that), I would say we Christians (those who are truly born from above--that is, by God's Holy Spirit, John 3:3) will not outnumber and overpower those who are not born again for Christ. Granted, it is a noble idea, if not a worthwhile goal, to see the whole world convert to Christianity. But the plain teaching of the Bible, as far as I can tell, is that it won't happen that way. In fact, the end will be so bad that our only hope will be the Second Coming of Jesus Christ!

Now, this is "mere speculation" on my part, because:

(a) I am not God...whew!

(b) "for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." (Mat. 24:44 ESV)

(c) "But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only." (Mat. 24:36 ESV)

You see, a "remnant" will be faithful to the end (Gen. 45:7; Ezra 9:15; Isaiah 10:21; Micah 2:12; Acts 15:17; Romans 11:5).

"Remnant" sounds like a minority to me !

"Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?" (Luke 18:8 ESV)
Judging from Scripture, I would say yes.

I'm sure there are plenty of Scriptures to support the opposing viewpoint, to wit, that all the earth will be presented to Christ at His Return as a crown jewel for us believers to enjoy, and for unbelievers to endure. But we shall see in the coming days whether or not I am all wet in my understanding of Christian Reconstruction. I shall gladly be proven the fool if Scripture and Reason be my correctors. Here I stand...?

Now that we've gotten that all cleared up, let's keep studying Christian Reconstruction so we can better understand its underlying tenets, and compare Scripture with Scripture to come up with a Biblical framework to counterbalance any tendency toward error. For an excellent website on this subject, please see AmericanVision.com.
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