Race in America, and the Real Problem

We live in a cursed and fallen world.  That proposition shouldn’t require more evidence than looking around us.  There is no hope for this world outside of the gospel of Jesus Christ; the whole Old Testament and the history of Israel demonstrates that you cannot change people’s hearts by law.  The perfect law of God given through Moses did not change the hearts of the people.  The laws of America sure aren’t going to, either.  Neither will protests, riots, or elections.

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I didn’t say White Nationalism

In the previous article, I said I think nationalism is a good thing.  I find it important to note, however, that I did not say “white nationalism.”  That is important to note, not just for those who oppose nationalism who might be tempted to mischaracterize my argument, but also for various alt-right types who might be tempted to overcharacterize what I said.  I am in favor of nationalism.  I am not in favor of white nationalism.

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Abuse of Authority

Limits of Authority

The last two articles on this subject covered the issue of the Biblical basis and nature of authority, and how we see that modeled in the Trinity itself. In the first article, I promised to try to answer a very difficult question, and that is how we deal with the inevitable abuses of authority.

I say “try to answer” because it is indeed a very difficult question, dependent on many circumstances. Hopefully this will be helpful.

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Does the Son Submit to the Father from Eternity?

*updates below, including new quote from Warfield.

My last post  got me embroiled in a bit of a controversy that’s been brewing regarding the idea of authority and submission within the Trinity, though I was planning these articles on authority before I knew this was happening.  There are some that are asserting that such an idea is contrary to Trinitarian orthodoxy, but I just don’t see it.  So I thought I would share some quotes regarding this matter from several well-regarded theologians, followed by some Biblical passages and some analysis of my own.

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Authority and the Trinity


This is kind of a part II on the subject of authority (part I). Specifically, we have a perfect model for us in our understanding of authority within the Trinity itself.

Christian thinkers since the very early church have asserted the doctrine of the Trinity, that God is One in Three and Three in One. He is One in a sense and Three in a different sense. We cannot understand this, in the sense of getting our heads all the way around it. But we can assert what the Scriptures assert. God is One in the sense of His essence or being. There is but one God. But this one God eternally subsists in three Persons, three centers of consciousness. We know that the Son is aware that He is not the Father, and the Father knows that He is not the Son. They are distinct. They are all equally God, equally in possession of the single divine Essence. They are all equally powerful, knowledgeable, everywhere present and perfect in every sense.

But there is distinction of the Persons. They are aware of one another and that they are not each other. And there is also distinctions among them as to their works and acts. The Trinity always does what it does as a perfect Unity, but the Persons of the Trinity engage in the work of God in distinct ways.

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The Costs of Socialism

Michael Walsh, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace, p. 187:

What will it take to disabuse the rest of America?  We have a partial answer before us– and in recent history.  As it happens, I spent much of the period between February 1985 and the summer of 1991 behind the Iron Curtain, in what was then the Soviet Uniion and the Warsaw Pact nations.  From the time I arrived, it was evident to me that the socialist system could not last.  Its “internal contradictions” were not merely theoretical, like the West’s, but visible and grotesque.  Its “liberated” women had been reduced to little more than prostitutes, sexually available for the price of dinner or a new dress.  In the Soviet Union, if you were a man in need of female companionship, it came to you:  All you had to do was wait for a woman in an elevator to offer to visit you in your room or, even easier, wait for the chambermaids to knock on your door, with delicacies boosted from the kitchen and themselves as the sweeteners.  The Old Soviet Union was Reich’s sexually liberated paradise come to life, and all the scars on the women’s bodies from multiple abortions spoke of its mutilations and death toll.

So too in Cuba, in China, in Venezuela.  Destroy the economy, and it’s always the women and children who will suffer the most.

Authority in Christian Thinking

In a previous discussion the issue of authority was raised, and how we as Christians view it. This is a big issue, and something Christians have really wrestled with throughout our history. Overthrowing the pagan conception of authority was one of the major accomplishments of Christian civilization, and one that brought some of the greatest societal advantages.

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