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II. The Gospel:
World-Wide Conversion

And it will come about in the last days
That the mountain of the House of the LORD
Will be established as the chief of the mountains
And the peoples will stream to it.
And many nations will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD
And to the House of the God of Jacob”

Micah 4:2

We sometimes decide whether or not to follow Christ based on whether it's popular. We don't want to be “different.” We should realize that what is important is the long-term, and in the long run, Vine & Fig Tree Christianity will be “mainstream.” “Extremist fringe” today; dominant culture tomorrow.

What is the Gospel? Is “Vine & Fig Tree” a “new gospel”? NO! The word means “Good News” The Good News is victory. “The Gospel” is the predestined success of “The Christmas Conspiracy” (Galatians 3:8).

The Universal Triumph of the Gospel in History

True Catholicism

The Prophets Predicted Victory

Catholicism: The entire planet — all races, all cultures, all languages — will be governed by Christian principles.

“Roman Catholicism”: A Contradiction in Terms. Ecclesiocentrism: racism; statism.

Optimism: The Gospel (“Good News”) is predestined to succeed.

The History of Gospel Triumph

=| From B.C. to A.D |=
"B.C." stands for "Before Christ." "A.D." is "anno dominini," the Year of our Lord Jesus Christ. Orwellian historians are at it again. They now want us to speak of our age as "C.E." ("Common Era") and Pre-Christian time as "B.C.E." ("Before the Common Era"). But this is not a "common" era. Peter says that "God hath showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean" (Acts 10:28). We live in the Sacred Era, an age in which Christ is making all things holy, and de-sacralizing an obsolete priesthood.

False Catholicism: Christ vs. The Imperial Church of Rome

The Anabaptists vs. the Imperial Church of the Reformers

Patriarchy and The End of Churchianity

The Institutional Church is Not the Kingdom: The Priesthood of All Believers

The Triumph of the Gospel in the New World

False Catholicism
The Fall of Rome and the Triumph of the Gospel --
A History of Christians and Christianity Outside the Roman Ecclesiocracy

A. Constantine: A Dying Paradigm
Augustine vs. Salvian the Presbyter: Christianity Without Empire?
The Empire: World of the Demonic
The World of the "Polis"
Syncretism: Baptized Paganism (Van Til)
B. The "Pre-Reformers"
Premature Critics of Romanism

C. The New Romanism: The Reformers and their Step-Children

A Theonomic Defense of the Anabaptists

1. Introductions
Personal Involvement * The Major Issues * The Recent Controversy * Goals of this Examination

2. Who Were the Anabaptists?
Different Groups Distinguished * New Sources of Anabaptist History * The Medieval Church * The Medieval Reformers

3. In Praise of Humanism
The Tenets of Humanism * Humanism and the Establishment * Reformation and Accreditation

4. Anabaptists and Heresy
Anarchy * Revolution * Pacifism * Communism * Perfectionism

5. Anabaptists and Orthodoxy
Biblicism * Trinitarianism * Justification * Sanctification * Humility

6. Baptism and Statism
Mode of Baptism * Members of the Church * Infant Baptism

7. When Did Protestantism Begin?
The Great Reformation Flip-Flop * Waiting for the State (or someone like him) * Acts 5:29

8. Pagan Education and the Reformers
Calvin: Ambition * Seminary * Law School * Classics * Parallels in Zwingli:

9. The De-Education of the Anabaptists
Ambition * University * Education under Zwingli * Rejection of Paganism * Berean Mentality (Acts 17:11) * Obedience and Systems

10. Politics from Seneca to Calvin
Conversion and Humanism * State and Freedom * State and Spirit * The Organic State * The State Glorified * Parallels in Zwingli

11. Theonomy and Justification by Faith
The Church vs. The Gospel * Living Faith * Doctrine and Obedience

12. Statism and Justification by Faith
Doctrinal Diversions * Doctrine from the Outside

13. From Victory to Defeat: The Reformers and Theonomy
Natural Law * The Expansion of the Faith * Lang * Rushdoony * Nelson

14. Should We Celebrate Reformation Day?
Universal Priesthood and Reform * The Myths of Theology * Rome and Justification

15. Deformed Reform
The Early Reformers * The Threatened Reformers * The Later Reformers

16. The State as Pastor
Calvin and the "Reconstructionists" * The Ninth Commandment * Crushing the Opposition

17. Macho Theology
Verbal Pyrotechnics * Intimidation * Coercion * Politics and Put-Downs

18. Police State, Police Church
Omnipotent Regulation * Socialism as Discipline * Winning Through Intimidation

19. Plato and Calvin: Artistry in Dictatorship
Plato's Laws * Empire Medieval * Roman Law and Plato's Laws * Momentary Reform * Power vs. Reform * "Anabaptists!" * Plato Resurrected

20. A Legacy of Compulsion
Through One Man's Eyes * Luther * Calvin * The Puritans * The Pendulum Swings

21. Fascism and the Reformation
Fascism Defined * Westminster's Arguments Against God's Law * Fascism and the New "Christian Right"

Patriarchy and The End of Churchianity

A Truly Catholic Priesthood
Every Believer a Priest

A Summary of Each Essay Below is Found Here

Essay No.



2.  Life-as-worship vs. Institutional "Worship"
3.  Patriarchy and Community
4.  Revolution, Repentance, and Redemption
5.  Revolution and Church History
6.  History and the Hidden Patriarchs
7.  Who Were the True Reformers? (The Priesthood of All Believers)
9.  Objection -- Believer-Priests in the Old Testament
11.  Christian Radicalism


12.  Authority, Submission, and Obedience in the New Covenant
14.  Objection -- On Being "Willing to Obey"
15.  "The Depravity of Man" and the Fear of Patriarchy
16.  Spontaneous Obedience
17.  The Promise of World-Wide Patriarchy
18.  The End of Teachers
19.  "The Pastor" vs. The Patriarch


In this section we examine the duties of the "Elder" (Pastor) as spelled out in "The Form of Presbyterial Government," drawn up in 1645 by the writers of the Westminster Confession of Faith. We argue that every legitimate duty set forth for the "Elder" is a duty for all believers.

Duties Relating to Scripture Dissemination

20.  The Bible: Monopolies and Famines
21.  Pastors Must Pray
23.  Pastors Must Read the Bible
25.  Pastors Must Feed the Flock
27.  Pastors Must Catechize
29.  Pastors Must Comfort
31.  Pastors Must Exhort
33.  Pastors Must Convince
35.  Pastors Must Teach
37.  Are You "Apt to Teach"?

Pastors Must Preach

38.  Word Study
39.  Objection -- The delivery of Religious Lectures
40.  Lexical Observations by Craig A. Evans
41.  Biblical Styles of Preaching and Teaching
42.  Pulpits and Peripatetics - The Greek Origin of the Sermon
44.  The Primacy of the Preacher (by James B. Jordan).
45.  What is "Authoritative Preaching"?
46.  Who Should Excommunicate?

47.  Pastors Must be Mysterious

Duties Relating to Rule and Discipline [?]

48.  Pastors Must Administer the Sacraments

Traditional Considerations

50.  Objection -- "Sacerdotalism"
51.  What is Sacerdotalism?
52.  The Sacraments as "Discipline"
53.  Sacramental Retrogression?

Sacraments in the New Age

54.  Sacraments and the Sacral Society
55.  Baptism: Spirit vs. Water
56.  "Till I Come": The Parousia and the "Christian Passover"
57.  Footwashing and Shallow Sacramentalism
58.  Pastors Must Bless
59.  Pastors Must Take Care of the Poor
60.  Charity and Church Government
61.  Pastors Must Be An Example
63.  Pastors Must "Oversee"
65.  Objection -- Clergy in I Peter 5:1-6
66.  Objection -- Office or Function?
68.  Pastors Must Lord it Over the Flock
69.  Statism in the Churches
70.  Objection -- Elders in the Old and New Testaments
71.  Objection -- Spiritual vs. Appointed Elders
72.  Objection -- Pastors: Among vs. Over.
73.  Equality as a training ground for Leadership
74.  Robes in Review
75.  Pastors Are Worthy of Double Honor


76.  Ordination
77.  Objection -- On God's Desire for Empires
79.  Ordination in the Westminster Standards
80.  The Laying on of Hands
81.  Objection -- Its True Purpose
82.  Study Questions -- Hands and Voting
83.  Are Presbyterians Democrats? 
84.  Perpetual and Ordinary Officers
85.  Ad Hoc Authority vs. Institutionalism
86.  Natural Ordination
87.  Amateurism and Professionalism



151.  Gary North: "Family Authority vs. Protestant Sacerdotalism"
152.  James B. Jordan: "God's Hospitality and Holistic Evangelism"

Every man a Lawyer -- No man a lawyer
Showing the Pastoral Functions of an Attorney at Law

In their own way, every vocation has pastoral responsibilities. The Attorney is but one example.
189.  What is "Theonomy"?
190.  What is "Law"?
191.  Every Man a Lawyer
192.  The "Theonomic" Lawyer
193.  The "Judicial Law"
194.  Unconditional Surrender and the "Attorney"
195.  The Sacerdotal Attorney


Now we parallel our discussion of the "Pastor's" duties by examining the same list of duties in "The Form of Presbyterial Government" and showing how those responsibilities are particularly incumbent upon any who would take upon themselves the mantle of "Christian Attorney."

Duties Relating to the Dissemination of Scripture

196.  Lawyers: Keys and Closed Doors
197.  The Shepherding Lawyer Must Pray
199.  The Pastoring Lawyer Must Read the Bible.
200.  The Pro-nomian Pastor Must Feed the Flock
202.  Pastoral Lawyers Must Catechize
204.  Christ-like Attorneys Must Comfort
206.  Shepherding Lawyers Must Exhort
208.  Pro-Nomian Patriarchs Must Convince.
210.  Shepherding Attorneys Must Teach
212.  Pastoral Lawyers Must Preach
214.  Christian Attorneys Must NOT Be Mysterious

Duties Relating to Rule and Discipline [?]

215.  Shepherding Lawyers Must Administer the Sacraments

Traditional Considerations

216.  Baptism -- The Covenant Sign of Unconditional Attorn
218.  The Lord's Supper -- Communion and Government 

Sacraments in the New Age

219.  Jeremiah 31: The End of Sacraments

220.  Theo-Nomic Pastors Must Bless 
221.  Pastoral Lawyers Must Take Care of the Poor
122.  Justice and Poverty
224.  Shepherding Attorneys Must Be an Example
226.  Patriarch/Lawyers Must "Oversee"
228.  The Servant-Lawyer Must Shepherd
230.  Doctrinally-sound Attorneys are Worthy of Double Honor
231.  Law and Doctrine
232.  Working for a Living


234.  Law, Religion, and State

The Attorney as Patriarch

235.  Government and the Patriarch
236.  Elders, Lawyers, and Judges
237.  Levites and Lawyers

The Lawyer as "Church Officer"

238.  The Myth of the "Separation of Church and State"
239.  The Lawyer as Priest
240.  The Magisterial Pastor
241.  The War of the Pastors
242.  Excommunication and the Lawyer

The Lawyer as Reconciler

243.  The Legal Pimp
244.  The Theonomic Lawyer
245.  Resolving Disputes in the Home Church

Legal Mediation and Arbitration in I Corinthians 6

246.  The Arbitrators
247.  State Enforcement of Church Arbitration
248.  Arbitration and the "Rash Vow"
249.  The "Local Church" vs. The Christian Conciliation Service
250.  Punishment, Criminal Defense, and Patriarchy 

The Institutional Church is Not the Kingdom

The Gospel in the New World

"Vine & Fig Tree" in American History

Much more here: Separation of Church and State in the Modern World

The Christmas Conspiracy is Rooted in Sovereign Grace

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