HATING ONE ANOTHER
By: Al Cronkrite
Let me state at the outset that I have no personal relationship with anyone at
Chalcedon. I never had the privilege of meeting or
corresponding with Dr. Rousas Rushdoony. I have
exchange emails with Rev. Ted Weiland but we do not have a personal
relationship and I do not support his ministry.
I was saddened to
read the article Faithful in
Little Things by Martin Selbrede and Dr. Archie Jones in the May/June issue of
Faith for all of Life. Martin Selbrede seemed insulted to receive a book
from Rev. Ted Weiland. His response was haughty: A 562 page hardcover book
showed up at my door bearing the formidable title Bible Law vs. The United States
Constitution: The Christian perspective. Written by Rev. Ted R. Weiland, it
represents Dr. Gary Norths anti-Constitution
thesis in extremis (i. e., on steroids). Without addressing any of the
issues contained in the book he goes on to condemn it, to sarcastically demean its author,
and turn the balance of the essay over to Dr. Archie Jones. Rev. Weilands response
seems to infer that neither Mr. Selbrede nor Dr. Jones bothered to read the book.
Though neither of
them have produced an entire volume on the issue Selbrede describes Dr. Gary North and Dr.
Archie Jones as Titans inferring that Rev. Weilands lack of institutional
credentials demeans his work. Doctor degrees are sometimes honorary but generally
represent acknowledgements of specific scholastic achievements. They are
particularly useful if one is applying for work in one of the institutions that create
them; also in many business situations and for Christian ministries that seek human
affirmation. Those that do not have them tend to honor those who do. Half a
century ago undergraduate degrees still possessed some prestige. I earned one and
shortly thereafter during the United Nations sponsored Korean War was selected for the
Army Counter Intelligence Corps. The degree and the cushy army job got me a position
with a large prestigious corporation which my ballooning ego soon put in jeopardy.
There is nothing particularly wrong with college degrees but there are severe problems
with the ballooning egos they sometimes create.
Chalcedon. I believe Rev. R. J. Rushdoonys writings are important
contributions to the Christian Faith. I have great admiration for Rev. Mark
Rushdoony who uses his considerable talents to support of his fathers work rather
than crediting them to his own account; that, to me, is true humility and scarce in
contemporary Christian circles. I do not, however, believe R. J. Rushdoony was
Weiland for not considering Rushdoonys contention that the Constitution provides us
with procedural morality, not substantive morality. The Constitution
formed the government of United States of America; its statements are the foundational law
of the land. It was originally intended that the states remain strong and
independent. However, the ability of the Federal Government to levy taxes provided a
defining amount of power which the Civil War affirmed. I believe there are
substantive Constitutional issues that should concern every Christian. Dr.
Rushdoonys assessment of this issue was wrong. What else is there to say?
thesis is that the remedy to the dissolute disintegration of the United States of America
is obedience to the Constitution. An overwhelming number of both Christian and
secular American leaders support this position. They support a document that allows
Muslims, Buddhists, Satanists, Atheists, and humanists free reign to practice their
religions and to be elected to government positions. The fruit of this support is
the codification of law supporting abortion and homosexuality and a pending health care
law that will allow the government to arbitrate life and death. Morality is
religious. Moral neutrality is impossible. If we are not specifically Christian we
will be pagan.
Rousas Rushdoony, whose writings mentored me into the theological importance of obedience
to Gods Law, joined a large company of Constitutional supporters. His opinion
is now shared by popular Libertarian presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul, confrontational
Christian minister Chuck Baldwin and a host of Libertarians and Evangelical Christians.
Many of these Constitutionalists hate Gods Law. Christians may express a love
for Jesus while harboring hatred for The Law. I wonder if pedantic supporters of
theonomy are aware of the fanatical bias most Western society has for Gods Law.
Western Christendom not only resists Gods Law but, other than the Ten
Commandments, harbors a visceral hate against it. Some of this antipathy is
reflected in the hysterical fear Americans have of Shiria law. It makes very little
difference whether they assume the Christian mantle or some form of paganism most of the
Western world is humanistic rejecting an overarching, immutable legal system in favor of
The United States
Constitution contains two particular laws that should cause the worlds little band
of pronomians concern. One, the First Amendment provides for freedom of
religion (polytheism) which breaches the First Commandment of the Decalogue, and two,
Article six, Section 3 of the Constitution requires all state and federal officials,
senators and representatives, to take an oath to support the Constitution. It ends with
these words "but no religious test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any
Office or public Trust under the United States". This mandate disastrously allows
pagans to rule over Christians; neither of these direct affronts to the sovereignty of God
is mentioned by Selbrede or Jones. If either of these men intends to be taken
seriously they must address these issues.
Many of the
arguments Jones makes for the Constitution are merely opinions which can be legitimately
questioned. He claims that ninety-five percent of the Framers were Christians.
I doubt it! Thirty-three percent of
the Framers were Masons. If the standard for Christianity is loose enough to
include polytheism some Masons might be considered Christians. However, in spite of Franklins call for
Gods intervention, it is difficult to include men like Benjamin
Franklin and George
Washington. How do we determine which god is being solicited when a Deist or
Mason prays? The word Yahweh Ted Weiland uses has been sullied by cults
but it is a useful term in these days of polytheism because there is no doubt about which
God is being addressed.
One can understand
Chalcedons reluctance to entertain this issue. It does not help the promotion of a
body of work to admit it contains errors. If the work is to be promoted the errors
must be overlooked and outside critiques ignored. It was a mistake for Chalcedon to
respond to Rev. Weiland. Responses require soundly reasoned backup and
willingness to concede to better positions. Now that the response has been made the
issue should be properly addressed.
It is also apparent
the if Rev. R. J. Rushdoony had agreed with his son-in-law, Gary North, about the
need to support Gods Law rather than the Constitution the results of his stand would
have heaped additional criticism on Chalcedon. My own article which is linked later
resulted in my writings being banned from sites that had always published them.
Supporting unpopular truth is always dangerous.
The majority of
American Christians and patriots still vest the United States Constitution with the sole
responsibility for restoring our freedom. Even if one ignores the several
serious faults with this document Christians are still in trouble with the God of the
Bible who declares His Law to be the sole avenue to peace and prosperity. We will
continue to lose the battle with Islam as long as we fail to support Gods Law as the
ONLY basis for lasting peace and prosperity. With Shiria law Muslims are promoting a full
orbed religion while Christians are busy sinning against The Great God of All Creation by
promoting freedom through a seriously flawed secular Constitution.
In spite of the
seriousness of a matter, new truth dallies When, in the early to
mid-Nineteenth Century, Ignaz
Semmelweis determined that infections were caused by germs the idea was vigorously
resisted by most of the medical community. Even when Pasteur confirmed it a few
decades later there was considerable resistance. Truth is often shocking and new
truth that overturns cherished opinions is usually met with untoward resistance.
When my own
research lead me to the conclusion that our Constitution was not the remedy for our
problems I was not aware the Dr. North and Rev. Weiland were of the same opinion.
Rev. Weiland contacted me after I published this article. Apparently each
of us reached the same conclusion independently.
The problems the
United States Constitution set up against Gods dominion cannot be hidden behind a
forest of irrelevant arguments. Dr. Jones presents numerous considerations most of
which do not address the issue. Neither the intent of the Framers nor the massive
prevalence of the Christian religion is pertinent. Regardless of the peripheral
details from a Biblical perspective the problems with the Constitution remain.
Chalcedon has presented a lame rebuttal.
It is tragic that
Christian leaders working for the same goal treat each other disrespectfully. God
enjoins us to prefer one another. In the Fifth Chapter of the Book of Mathew Jesus
directs us to go and reconcile with our brothers before we place a gift on the altar.
Have we forgotten that a soft answer turns away wrath? Chalcedon, Dr. North,
Rev. Weiland, and I all support Gods Law. We are a tiny band and urgently need
one another. Are we willing to hinder Gods work by clinging to our cherished
opinions when they are refuted by fact? Are we seeking truth or are we willing to
hinder Gods dominion with compromise? God is changing this world but some of
us appear to be dragging our feet.
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Al Cronkrite is a free-lance
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