A POSTMILLENNIAL CHRISTMAS

PMW 2017-099 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

Christmas is upon us, and quite appropriately it will be followed by a new year. Since Christ came to effect a new creation!

We must not forget the message of Christmas; we must take it with us in the new year God is granting us. So as we enter this season, let us consider the postmillennial hope embedded in Christmas. Unless my memory fails me, Bing Crosby sang: “I’m Dreaming of a Postmillennial Christmas.” If he did not, he should have! Whereas Elvis was apparently an amillennialist when he sang: “I’ll Have a Blue Christmas.” Which might explain the howling of the Jordanaires in the background of this song.

Postmillennialists can easily use Christmas texts to present the postmillennial hope. Continue reading

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GOSPEL GROWTH IN UGANDA

PMW 2017-098 by Eric W. Tuininga (New Horizons, OPC)

Gentry introductory note:
With widespread corruption in American politics, the declining fidelity of the church, the threat of Islam, and the danger of Kim Jong-un, many cannot bring themselves to believe that “the gospel is the power of God unto salvation” and that it will one day reign throughout the world. But we must learn not to “despise the day of small things.”

As we look at various places in the world, we see small mission works growing. They should give us encouragement in recognizing that the gospel will ultimately triumph on a global scale, even as we see it percolating in small places in the world today. This article provides a glimpse into the glory of gospel salvation. Read it, and be encouraged.

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ORTHODOX PRETERISM AND LUKE 17

PMW 2017-126 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

From time-to-time I receive inquiries regarding the relationship of Luke 17 and Matthew 24. This is generally prompted by orthodox Christians who have been challenged by Hyper-preterists. Thus, it is important for the protection and promotion of evangelical orthodoxy to return to this question when needed.

I argue in several places in my writings, that Matthew 24 is answering two questions from the disciples. They assume the destruction of the temple means the destruction of the world (Matt 24:1–3). But Jesus separates the destruction of the temple from the second coming and the end of history. We see him drawing a line between the two events between verses 34 and 36 in Matt 24. Continue reading

RESURRECTION VICTORY AND THE WORLD

PMT 2017-097 by the Chalcedon Foundation

“In the world of sin and death, problems and troubles concern men most. In the world of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, it is opportunities, duties, service, faith, and obedience which concern Christ’s people above all else, not death and troubles.” (R. J. Rushdoony)

To look at the news headlines, one can see that the nation is being rocked by scandal, abuse, strife, disaster, protest, criminality, and the like. The changes are happening much faster than in times past, and with everyone plugged into social media channels, the national mood can shift within minutes. A weak nation is reeling from the constant blows. Continue reading

THE TRANSGENDER MATRIX

PMW 2017-096 by Walt Hyer (The Witherspoon Institute)

Gentry: The postmodern attack on God has reached new depths in the transgender phenomenon. Not only is God irrelevant, but reality is irrelevant. God created two genders, like it or not. This is an excellent and important article on the topic. Postmillennialism expects development toward “Edenic conditions.” One of the first Edenic conditions was God-created genders. Postmillennialism cannot endorse transgenderism, though it does present the gospel that can cure the problem.

In the 1999 sci-fi movie The Matrix, the hero, Neo, is given a choice of two colored pills: red or blue. It’s a monumental decision, because his choice will determine how he understands everything around him.

If Neo chooses the blue pill, he will remain blissfully unaware that what he perceives as reality is an illusion: a simulation called “The Matrix.” People who take the blue pill can believe in whatever reality they want, but they never know that they are being manipulated and used by nefarious entities. Continue reading

WHY DOES A GOOD GOD PERMIT EVIL?

PMT 2017-095 by Dr. Jay Sklar (byFaith Magazine)

David Hume, the famous 18th-century philosopher, framed the issue as succinctly as anyone: “Is [God] willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is impotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Whence then is evil?”

Much closer to our time, philosopher H.J. McCloskey, in his 1962 article “The Problem of Evil,” describes the situation as follows: “The problem of evil is a very simple one to state. There is evil in the world; yet the world is said to be the creation of a good and omnipotent God. How is this possible? Surely a good, omnipotent God would have made a world free of evil of any kind.” Continue reading

PROVIDENCE

PMT 2017-094 by R. J. Rushdoony (Chalcedon Foundation)

Every now and then somebody tries to tell me that everything is useless, because all life is determined by the politicians, or by heredity, environment, capitalists, labor unions, or somebody else. Naturally, a minister has to be polite, so I can’t always say exactly how I feel about such opinions, although I do assert human responsibility as against this excuse-making. Continue reading