The Royal Race of the Redeemed?
by Lewis Loflin
To be a Nazi is an attitude that doesn't always involve revering Hitler. Anyone who promotes, genocide, slavery, anti-Semitism, racism, and just out-right terror to obtain a political goal is a Nazi in my book. Christian Reconstructionism is Nazism in every important way. Reconstructionism is only two things, power and hate. It is evil cloaked in religion.
What does Cornelius Van Til think of his former student Rushdoony and his son-in-law Gary North on their perversion of the Gospel?
From a letter to Gregg Singer, May 11, 1972, in Gary North, Political Polytheism: The Myth of Pluralism (Tyler, TX: Institute for Christian Economics, 1989), p. 133n.
There is plenty of reason why Mr. van Til should be concerned. Christian Reconstructionism considers democracy/freedom a heresy. Its distortion/reconstruction of American Christian traditions is used to justify its evil. Its social and religious dogma promotes genocide, enslavement, and terror to promote the delusions of a self-chosen royal race to dominion over the earth. They see themselves in religious terms as a new "master religion" whose destiny is to crush all others in the name of God.
Except for perhaps Christian Identity, Christian Reconstructionism has to be one of the worse perversions of Christianity ever devised. It is the personal political opinions of its founders wrapped in a form of hyper-Calvinism totally stripped of anything Jesus ever said (they claim Jesus' moral teachings are for Jews only) while preaching a society stripped of all freedoms and personal choice. Every facet of society, government, family, schools, etc, would be "reconstructed" along Old Testament lines. This includes the death penalty for abortion, homosexuals, atheists and other non-believers, blasphemy, etc.
According Rushdoony son-in-law Gary North in a letter to Paul Hill in relation to the killing of Dr. Gunn at an abortion clinic in Florida:
So it isn't murder as long as it is for religious reasons. Everyone who doesn't submit to their perverted version of God is in fact Canaanites. This group is the driving force behind Operation Rescue and Randal Terry.
While it is true that most Christian fundamentalists don't agree with all of their theology, they do agree with their social agenda that all functions in life, including the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and all civil law be subordinated to the Bible. All society will be run according to their version of the New Testament (as opposed to the OT, the one point they disagree) and all of those who don't fall in line will be dealt with. Its founder R.J. Rushdoony has had his books endorsed by Jerry Falwell, has appeared on the 700 Club, and is a past associate of John Whitehead of the Virginia based Rutherford Institute. (He is claimed by many to run the organization, which is denied by Whitehead.) Their influence is wide spread yet most fundamentalists try to distance themselves publicly from this group for good reasons.
This cult is also the driving force behind home schooling, vouchers, and efforts to destroy public education. Part of their bizarre scheme is to train legions of Christian soldiers with home schooling to overthrow secular society. In their words:
So let us be blunt about it: we must use the doctrine of religious liberty to gain independence for Christian schools until we train up a generation of people who know that there is no religious neutrality, no neutral law, no neutral education, and no neutral civil government. Then they will get busy in constructing a Bible-based social, political and religious order which finally denies the religious liberty of the enemies of God.
So says his son-in-law Gary North, "The Intellectual Schizophrenia of the New Christian Right" in Christianity and Civilization: The Failure of the American Baptist Culture, No. 1 (Spring, 1982), p. 25. Gary North (I.C.E. Free Books) is also the biggest distributor of literature for home schoolers. They also call for an end to income taxes, end to most government functions, etc. The Christian Right agenda down the line. There is no conspiracy here, these folks operate in the open and they mean what they say.
For more on this and Gary North see
As Americans we should be patriotic to our country and its laws but according to these people, "the bottom line is that at a certain point there is not only the right, but the duty, to disobey the state." (See Patriotism) Thus America, its institutions, and the very ideas of freedom are to be disregarded and the only patriotism allowed is to their perverted bible-god. The Bible clearly states we are to obey the law. This is just one of many non-biblical opinions they promote. It's no wonder so many fundamentalists hint at armed overthrow of the government.
In a nutshell the main ideas of this cult are:
Christian Reconstructionism is a belief that society, particularly in the United States, has seriously degenerated morally and religiously and must be totally rebuilt to Biblical standards. (Their version only.)
Dominion Theology is derived from Genesis 1:26 of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament): "Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth and over all the creatures that move along the ground.'" (NIV) Most Christians interpret this verse as meaning that God gave mankind dominion over the animal kingdom. Dominion theologians believe that that this verse commands Christians to bring all societies, around the world, under the rule of the Word of God. Thus DOMINION.
Theonomy (Greek for "God's Law") is the concept that all of the non-ceremonial laws given to Moses and recorded in the Pentateuch (the first 5 books of the Hebrew Scriptures) are binding on people of all nations forever. That means the Old Testament was not done away by Jusus' death on the cross. This is why so many fundamentalists are so adament over the Ten Commandments and ignore the teachings of Jesus in Matthew/Mark/Luke.
The term Reconstructionism has been used to refer to various combinations of the preceding three terms. To quote an article at Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance:
Its most common form, Theonomic Reconstructionism, represents one of the most extreme forms of Fundamentalist Christianity thought. It originated in the United States from the Reformed or Calvinistic tradition. Its goal is the peaceful conversion of the United States government to a theocracy, which is based on the Mosaic Law of the Hebrew Scriptures. They intend to achieve this by using the freedom of religion in the US to train a generation of children in private Christian religious schools.
Funny that Ralph would say that considering most of what he and Pat Robertson preach is much the same. Ralph isn't the only one trying to distance himself from extremists for public appearance sake. (More below.)
Also see Pat Quotes.
Damage Control at Chalcedon
These two disclaimers recently appeared on the Chalcrdon website:
An Important Message on Chalcedon and Racism
By P. Andrew Sandlin
The February, 2000 issue of the Chalcedon Report (printed edition) carried an informative article by Mr. Charles A. Weisman entitled "Origin of the Right to Bear Arms in America." Unfortunately, we discovered after publishing that issue that Mr. Weisman holds and expresses racist views. I first read this article in another publication, and we contacted that publication to obtain permission to reprint the article. The article itself gave no hint of his racism. Had we known of Mr. Weisman's racism beforehand, we would not, of course, have published the article.
Unfortunately, a small but vocal sector of the professed Right Wing espouses racist views. An even larger sector of the professed Left Wing embraces racist views (see Jim Sleeper's Liberal Racism [New York: Viking, 1997]).
Chalcedon's position on racism is well known. Our perspective is religious, not racial. We have always, unequivocally repudiated racism, whether on the Left or Right.
And this from another page:
Important Notice: It has come to our attention that several sites on the web which support or promote white racial supremecy are linking to this page attempting to bolster their defective "reconstructionist" theology with Chalcedon's work. This is despicable, and we in NO way support these groups or their ideas. Here is an official statement from Chalcedon scholar and staff member Andrew Sandlin:
Chalcedon does not endorse and is in no way associated with racist groups or organizations like Identity, British Israelism, the Aryan Nation, etc. For Christian reconstructionists, the crucial issue is religion, not race. We press for the recovery of *Christian* civilization, not a twisted white racist civilization.
All races are naturally sinful, and all need salvation in Christ. Christianity is multiracial and multiethnic. The Bible teaches religious superiority, not racial superiority.
So says P. Andrew Sandlin executive vice president of Chalcedon and editor of the Chalcedon Report and other Chalcedon publications.What kind of idiot is this man? Is there a difference in advocating murder over religion versus racism? Oh, I forgot, it isn't murder if approved by God!
His real purpose is to distance Chalcedon form possible lawsuits over violence that readers of their hate propaganda might resort to. The KKK as an organization got sued for inciting violence, why not Chalcedon? Better yet, why would Neo-Nazis, skinheads, and hate groups of all kinds flock to Chalcedon and Christian Reconstructionism? A few examples below are why:
The Jew by David Chilton
The Holocaust by R.J. Rushdoony
Slavery by David Chilton
The Negro by R.J. Rushdoony
Native Americans by Gary North
Adherents of other religions by R.J. Rushdoony
Citizenship by Gary North
Non-Reconstructionist Christians by R.J. Rushdoony
Wonder if Sandlin could explain what section of Scripture do we get this garbage from? Except for slavery, all of the rest is their opinion. What Bible are they using? The God of Judaism is the God of the Bible! Just like Hitler Nazis these Christian Nazis try to separate Jews from the Bible. The reason for the Holocaust denial is simple, according to one neo-Nazi, "if the Holocaust didn't happen, National Socialism would be more acceptable." (So would Christian Reconstructionism/Nazism.)
The Christian community in America has to decide just what their religion is about. Is it about Jesus and His moral teaching or political opportunity for a powerful few while most others follow along like sheep? Christian Reconstructionism is not Christian; it's a cult and needs to be treated as one.
Paul Thibodeau maintains a site that is critical of Reconstructionism. See "Christian
Reconstruction: God's Glorious Millennium?" at:
Religion versus Science
Religion and History
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