I have been asked several questions lately (June 2020).
First question: What do I think of the book Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. I read it several years ago. I thought it was very encouraging to see How King Jesus draws His elect to Himself, and other Moslems have been converted by the book. There is a huge movement of the Holy Spirit in Muslim lands bringing people to Jesus. There are powerful and unusual miracles taking place in those lands. I’m usually skeptical of what we often call sensationalism, but then these are different times. Seeking Allah is an easy read and definitely will increase your faith. Moreover, Seeking Allah demonstrates that King Jesus is the one in charge, and one’s life can have love and peace if he/she bows before Jesus as Lord and asks Him to forgive his/her sins.
Second question: What do I think of disbanding the police. Disbanding the police is insane. Just refresh your memory with Romans 13:1-7:
1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. (Rom. 13:1-7 NKJ)
Paul does not say that the ruling authority has to be perfect. One day I’m going to write a short treatise titled The Heresy of Perfectionism. The policemen who did the dastardly deed should be tried in a court of law to see if they are guilty. If so, then they should suffer the same penalty as any other murderer. There should not be a privileged class who either escapes prosecution or receives a light sentence. That is not justice but manipulation, favoritism. I detest that this policeman has already been tried and found guilty in the media because there is a video of what was done. Biblical law, as R. J. Rushdoony was forever reminding us, embraces the process as well as the conclusion. Both are equally righteous. Remember Rodney King who was beaten by the LA cops, and there was also a video. It seemed to be an open and shut case until the broader context was brought in. The COPS were tried and found guilty in the media; and when the not guilty verdicts came out, riots took place. People were not interested in the process, only in the outcome; and when it did not meet their desires, the fed government had to devise a reason to try them again on the federal level. Double jeopardy is not righteous but lynching.
Someone may object: “But suppose a criminal gets away with a crime?” That is infallibly impossible. The sovereign Triune God does not settle all His accounts here and now. That is the reason for the Last Day. Patience is the order of the day. His judgment will be totally just, never favoritism, He has been the eyewitness of all evil, and there is no appeal from His justice. By the way, there is an unpardonable sin: failure to believe in Jesus Christ God’s only Son. If one dies with that sin on his soul, he will perish forever, no exceptions, no excuses. When one closes his eyelids in death with that sin, there is no hope, no possibility to escape, no other humans to fellowship with but solitary confinement as far as one can see. And when one has worn out many ages, he has no less time to suffer under the just wrath of the Almighty Jesus. I’m almost daily reminded—and especially when someone dies—of Matthew 16:26: “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matt. 16:26 NKJ)
To disband the police is rebellion against God because it is rebellion against His constituted authority. When Rushdoony heard that we [actually Jesus won] had won our church-state trial in Memphis over the feds, he said, “Well praise the Lord. There is still justice even if against all odds.” (Or something like that). We were the underdogs by a huge margin through the trial (4 ½ months, Monday thru Thursday), but on the last day (! rather symbolic), ALL defendants were found NOT guilty on ALL charges. How sweet it was to beat them at their own game, and despite their lying witnesses, false evidence, and the judge trying the case along with the prosecution, we won EVERYTHING so that all defendants on all charges exonerated forever!
Third question: As for the USA suffering “mass delusion,” absolutely! And it is self-imposed as in self-deception! We are one of the most self-deceived nations on earth and not one in a thousand gets it. Rushdoony got it big time, and he taught us. Sean Hannity not so self-deceived but worse than Limbaugh, and recently Limbaugh is waking up. He is as scared as I’ve ever seen him (Prov 1:7). Of course with his advanced cancer, he is fearing death and fearing the Lord. That is enough to scare anyone, as well as comfort us. Bill O’Reilly is his same arrogant self with his new TV program, over-confident. Glenn Beck is lost as a golf ball in high weeds. He doesn’t get anything. He does not usually see the spiritual forces behind movements, and his Mormonism keeps him from seeing the Gospel. Sometimes he is good at analysis but seldom any good in solutions.
Worse yet are Mark Levin and Ben Shapiro, both insightful, conservative Jews, and both have no time for the self-diluted Jew called Jesus who convinced Himself that He was something when He was nothing. He led His followers to defeat, and the Church today is not the same as the first-century one but has morphed into something weird, they allege. My heart goes out to them, for they think, like Charles Krauthammer the conservative atheist, that politics is the answer. It is not. Politics are the symptom of the problem. Krauthammer was brilliant and was on Fox News every evening as a regular contributor, but was completely blind to the Triune God and His gospel. I heard Krauthammer say several times something like this: “I don’t believe in God, but I’m terrified of Him.” He was the most transparent and honest atheist whom I have observed over the years. I along with the whole Fox network grieved when he died about two years ago. He also wrote a book with short chapters on various topics that is well worth reading. The title is Things That Matter.
The problem today is idolatry and rebellion against His commandments, especially as summarized in the Ten Commandments. We are terrible sinners, beginning with me (and I’m not just saying that to be humble). Jesus, as the second person of the Holy Trinity, became incarnate to live a life of perfect obedience, then died on the Cross for our sins, taking our penalty and raised Himself from the dead. All those who trust in Him receive forgiveness of sins as a free gift. This is the solution and nothing else. Those who trust in Jesus become salt for the culture to preserve it from judgment. Salvation is free. By definition, it cannot be earned, for the one who tries to earn it commits the sins of arrogance and self-righteousness. It is the wicked hearts of rebellious human creatures that is the problem. The solution is in the Nicene Creed that we say each Lord’s Day. Until the hearts of people are changed from the inside out, there is no hope for our culture. The Nicene Creed points to the Triune God, the Holy Trinity: The Father created us, the Son redeemed us, and the Holy Spirit applies the merits of Christ to our souls.
There are other so-called conservative atheists. Tammy Bruce, as late as several nights ago (11 June 2020), who is a Fox News contributor, reminded the viewing audience that she is a lesbian and atheist and lives with her “partner.” I’ve read her book The Death of Right and Wrong: Exposing the Left’s assault on Our Culture and Values, where she laments that her lesbian movement has given up any consistent ethics. Talk about being self-deceived!
Then there is S. E. Cupp, Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media’s Attack on Christianity. She is married with children but is also an atheist. Both Cupp and Bruce are Fox News contributors. Both Bruce’s and Cupp’s books are well worth reading, but the only way they can critique those with similar world views as themselves (atheistic) is by assuming the truth of Christianity. She may have been reared in a Christian home because her initials stand for S(arah) E(lizabeth). Sarah is in the Old Testament and the New Testament while Elizabeth is only in the New Testament. But the point is that they are both biblical names.
Fourth question: What about finding an island somewhere? This question was asked in jest, but we can say that it did not do Jeffrey Epstein any good. We need to stay in the fight. Epstein tried to hide from his sins, but the slow train of judgment caught up with him.
We must proclaim the light of the gospel, for light dispels darkness. As Plato once said: “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” Why do you think that the radical left becomes so angry when confronted with their sins? It is because they are left naked, and their sins are exposed. The kingdom of darkness thrives on deception, not on transparency. My grandfather used to say, “If you’re honest, you don’t have to remember anything.” I wonder how some of our politicians can keep all their lies organized. Often they don’t. Did you notice recently when Trump’s appointed Chief Justice Roberts to the Supreme Court indicated he might be willing to revisit Roe v. Wade that Chuck Schumer went into a screaming rage? He shouted that Chief Justice Roberts must watch his back! That is a felony, surely. Something may be done about it yet. This is the left’s most sacred sacrament to their god; it is passing their children through the fire to Molech, offering them as a living sacrifice that results in a dead baby. Schumer threatened Roberts with violence. Bet you did not hear that on the news, did you? AMEN.