Christianity and Culture (6)

Culture follows from, arises from, and is dependent upon faith. Spiritual loyalty to God, in faith, must precede and be the ground of all cultural change. It not only must be, it inevitably will be. The gospel has inevitable consequences, and so does Baalism.[1]

When Christian leaders are unsure of the fundamentals, can you blame those who are supposed to follow them for being confused? As the saying goes,

Mist in the pulpit-fog in the pew.

If we are really serious about the infallibility of scripture, we have to make consistent application of this through all we do. And this applies to everything, bar nothing. Clearly in the garden, Adam and Eve were not particular about their means of obtaining knowledge. So, we can understand that even in the field of epistemology, or how we gain our knowledge, the use of God’s Word is critical. Do we really believe in a sovereign God who rules all things, and knows all things?  Rushdoony has written,

An infallible Scripture means an absolutely sovereign God who rules all His creation and determines the course of all things. Man’s thinking then cannot be interpretative but only re-interpretative, not creative but analogical; man must think God’s thoughts after Him and re-interpret time and history in terms of an already established divine interpretation. This orthodox faith challenges man’s claim to autonomy…[2]

The sin of the garden was for man to seek autonomy from God; Adam and Eve were duped into believing they could be intellectually promiscuous, that they could seek knowledge wherever they wanted, even from sources apart from God. That lie has taken humanity down some terrible paths.

If Christian leaders really want to be faithful to God’s Word, they need to begin with 6 Day Creation. They need to believe it and teach it, and return to it regularly, as a foundational, non-negotiable issue of basic Christian doctrine.

The heart of the gospel is torn out, when we compromise, flounder and flap over Genesis 1-11, and the Biblical 6 day Creation perspective is missing. In fact, all the evidence from science tells us that the Biblical record is totally consistent. True science and the Bible are not at war at all. Jesus himself affirmed the concept of the Genesis record. He said to the Pharisees,

Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’ (Mat.19:4-5).

When we get the 6 Day Creation perspective right, this leads to much more. It is one of the first stages of fleshing out a Christian world view. The Bible is true, as opposed to the falsifications of humanism. And if the Bible is true, then all the outpourings of humanistic thought that have plagued and deceived people (including within the church), are false and must be utterly rejected. Some of the recent ones are socialism, progressivism, feminism, statism and environmentalism. They all commence with either an implicit or explicit rejection of scripture, and then try to re-establish “facts” on this totally unsustainable foundation.

This should give us confidence to confidently press ahead with studies based in the infallibility of God’s Word, making the applications of God’s Word to all of life. Thus all of life should be impacted and directed, through logically applying scripture. For as the Bible says,

The one who despises the word will be in debt to it, but the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded (Prov.13:13).

Is there any limit to this? In human activities, no. This means law, economics, the family, education, government, defence, foreign affairs, charity, welfare and social policy, all impacted, subjected to scripture and brought to health and life.

A massive task? Of course, with generational responsibility for those following us, which was exactly God’s purpose with Adam and Eve, who were commanded to

Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth (Gen.1:29).

Conclusion:

Adam and Eve were to be stewards of creation and culture developers, in harmony with God’s Word. So should we. They were to apply the Word of God to their lives. So should we. They were to be thinking in harmony with God’s commands. So should we. In the garden of Eden, they were to “…cultivate it and keep it” (Gen.2:15). We have a similar charge, expanded. Now we have “…all the nations…” (Mat.28:19).

Are you ready to be a cultural developer? Go forth and do it, in faithfulness to God our Creator and Redeemer.

 

 

[1] James Jordan, “Judges: God’s War on Humanism,” 1985, p.59.

[2] Rousas Rushdoony, “By what Standard,” 1959 [1995], p.137.