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1/ In reading on the impact of Christian Right thinkers, I was reminded of this piece by Gary North, "The Three Legs of Christian Reconstruction's Stool": (1) Presbyterian-oriented educators, (2) Baptist school headmasters and pastors, (3) charismatic telecommunications system.
2/ North talked about a new cooperation which gave rise to the Christian Right. "The rise of the 'New Christian Right' in the U.S. since the late 1970s has yet to be fully understood, even by those within the movement. But this much is clear: the increasing arrogance of the...
3/ ...humanist elite which controls the West is creating an opposition movement which is itself increaslngly confident in the foundations of its own power, namely, the God of the Bible and the power of blbllcal revelation. Christian leaders who a decade ago would have rejected...
4/ .... both doctrines are today preaching about the sovereignty of God and the law of God... This new cooperation can be compared to a stool which rests on three legs. Each leg is important, yet as recently as 1959, these three legs either dld not exist or were not being used...
5/ ... outside of some narrow denominational tradition. The three legs are: 1) Presbyterian scholarship and six-day creationism; 2) Baptist day schools, and 3) the Pentecostal’s various satellite communications systems."
6/ North then goes on to laude the influence of people like Schaeffer and Rushdoony: "Francis Schaeffer’s influence is obvious – another Calvinistic Presbyterian. R. J. Rushdoony’s defense of ChristIan education and hls critique of humanist education have become 'testaments'...
7/ ... of the independent Christian education movement in the U.S." North goes on saying: "In a war, you need to be concerned about how well your partner shoots, not what he believes about the cosmic source of guidance for his bullets. In short, Presbyterians supply the ammo...
8/ ...The 'shame' of the Scopes’ debacle has been cleansed away. The evolutionists are on the run intellectually today, not the creationists. The psychology has shifted from retreat to victory." North then focuses on the second leg: Christian education.
12/ He says: "The advent of the Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) program and the Beka Books of the Pensacola Christian School have produced thousands of new independent Christian day schools and church schools since 1965. These schools are molding the minds...
13/ ... of the next generation of Christian leaders. They are the knife at the throat of the monopolistic humanist schools, and the humanists know It... Pastors who were previously unwilling to make a stand against humanism’s myth of neutrality now must make a break...
14/ ... Their schools need a reason to exist. The war against humanism IS that reason. Their schools give formerly pietistic pastors the motivation to fight." Near the end of his piece, North discusses the third leg: the charismatic telecommunications system.
15/ North gives an example of the impact of satellite networks: "Pastor Robert Tilton of the Word of Faith Church in Dallas has over 1,000 churches hooked up by satellite to his ministry. He IS about to enter the field of Christian educational programming in a big way...
16/ ...This IS going on unnoticed right under the noses of the humanist ellte. He IS in a position to reach hundreds of thousands of Christians with a message or even a mobilization effort within a matter of days... Thus, the technology is now available...
17/ ...for nationwide mobilization for Christian reconstruction." North then concludes with the result of this cooperation: "We are now in a position to fuse together in a working activist movement the three major legs of the Reconstructionist movement...
18/ ...When this takes place, the whole shape of American religious life wiII be transformed." North was talking about the Christian Right's plan for America some 35 years ago! It's unfortunate that not enough people were paying attention; we are now living with the consequences.
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