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As world wide tyranny grows rapidly in response to Covid-19, “Resistance To Tyrants” by Gordan Runyan could not be more necessary for church congregants and leaders to read and understand thoroughly. Gordan primarily focuses on handling Romans 13 and the many objections to resisting government authorities commonly raised by Christians through use of this passage. The wisdom of the Lord and theology that Gordan packs into this short read is truly astonishing and eye opening; it is truly a book that should be passed around every church everywhere in order that Christ’s kingdom of liberty and biblical justice can be rightly defended and proclaimed during these times of spiritual and civil tyranny.” – Prefect Law Institute
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“Objection: “But, instead of Resisting Tyrants, shouldn’t we submit where we can, and only resist if we are ordered to sin?”
Gordan’s 4th & 5th points in response:
“… Fourth, if the devil himself handed you a postcard and asked you to drop it in the mail for him, would you do it? Why not? Dropping off mail at the Post Office is no sin, right? So why not? Well, because he’s the devil, and Christians are called to resist him, not do what he asks as long as it isn’t a sin. In the same way, a wicked rule is an abomination. Proverbs 16:12 (NASB) says, “It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, for a throne is established on righteousness.” Abomination. Period. Whether he’s executing believers, or playing a friendly game of Canasta, it doesn’t matter. He’s a wicked king, and therefor an enemy of God. We’re called to resist evil, not let it take us as far as we feel comfortable with.
Fifth, there is something conveniently self-centered able this proposed strategy. “Wait to resist until I personally am ordered to sin” While you wait for the moment the government tells you to renounce Christ, your neighbors and fellow citizens are being trampled be unrestrained, unjust use of power.”
“One of the foundational inspirations for the formation of the Perfect Law Institute, “The Liberty Book” concisely and clearly communicates the truths and realities as God’s perfect law being the law of liberty (James 1:25). John & Don capture clearly based their liberty series off of the Christian blueprint for a nation found in the Monument to the Forefathers, and they invigorate the soul of the believer by helping them realize Jesus as being the one and true “liberty man”. Most importantly, John & Don articulate and show the connection between the material/ temporal/ civil world and our spiritual faith, a connection which has been lost on many in the reformed and evangelical circles which have drifted heavily into “pietism”, which is self-centered and personal only faith that recedes from civil institutions in world. Along with “Resistance To Tyrants” by Gordan Runyan, “The Liberty Book” should be one of the highest priority reads for any Christian who is getting newly acquainted with God’s perfect law of liberty.” – Perfect Law Institute
“Matt Walsh simply says it like it is and doesn’t hold back in his blunt commentary on the state of the Christian faith in the West. Including his own personal testimonies of his need for bold reverence, Matt calls out child-like practices, complacency, shallow teaching, and the ultimate apostasy and rejection of God currently underway by many churches and congregations. Any who call themselves Christian read this book and have the humility to consider the possibility of cowardice in their own lives and be moved to immediate action away from it.” – Perfect Law Institute
“To bring the Kingdom of God to the earth, societal transformation is necessary. However, this in its own right is still a misunderstood concept that carries objectives that need to be aligned in a biblical perspective in order to attain our mandates as sons of God. We do this by understanding God’s law in relation to the law of the world, by analyzing the true difference between the current state of our world and biblical instruction, and by looking at history to show us where this all began. An ambitious undertaking of unification amongst all cultural spheres, affecting change through gatekeepers with the proper biblical viewpoint, is needed.” – Dr. Joseph Mattera
“A distinguished professor debunks the assertion that America’s Founders were deists who desired the strict separation of church and state and instead shows that their political ideas were profoundly influenced by their Christian convictions.” – Barnes & Noble Description
“Historians have debated how the clergy’s support for political resistance during the American Revolution should be understood, often looking to influence outside of the clergy’s tradition. This book argues, however, that the position of the patriot clergy was in continuity with a long-standing tradition of Protestant resistance.
Drawing from a wide range of sources, Justifying Revolution: The American Clergy’s Argument for Political Resistance, 1750-1776 answers the question of why so many American clergyman found it morally and ethically right to support resistance to British political authority by exploring the theological background and rich Protestant history available to the American clergy as they considered political resistance and wrestled with the best course of action for them and their congregations. Gary L. Steward argues that, rather than deviating from their inherited modes of thought, the clergy who supported resistance did so in ways that were consistent with their own theological tradition.” – Amazon Description
“In 1913, something happened that changed the state of our nation forever: the Federal Reserve Bank of America was created. DeMille shows us how ever since this year America has been on a collision course for financial catastrophe, and it has been advanced through a few constitutional amendments which particularly accelerated and exacerbated the situation. All Christians should read this book to understand just how important our political participation in a society is and how drastically our neighbors can be impacted by our failure to understand and stand for biblically just concepts of money and weights and measures.” – Perfect Law Institute
“Glenn Sunshine provides and excellent historical examination of the rise of the classical liberalism, natural law and rights, and the development of political resistance theory that fueled much of the American Revolution. Touching all the way back to the days of Jesus, Rome, and Augustine, Sunshine makes a sweeping path across history to show the secular and Christian origins of various political theory and how it influenced the writings of John Locke, who is largely attributed with the secularized political theory that drove the American revolution; Sunshine shows how the “secularized” theories are deeply rooted in protestant Christian political theory.
As one caution, Sunshine doesn’t do much for deep explanation of certain topics which may leave some readers with questions. For example, in his discussion of natural law and rights, Sunshine discuses natural rights theory which advocates for an individuals moral obligation to steal food in order to protect their life, of which the theory also argues they are morally obligated to preserve. Any Christian ought to throw a red flag on an idea that says stealing becomes a moral responsibility when doing so contradicts the law of God; natural law theory obviously has its points of failure because it lacks use of the revelation of God in His Word, and such theory is one such example. Sunshine doesn’t explain or dive into such realities, nor is his mentioning of them an advocation of such ideas, he’s simply trailing through history to discover the path of idea; readers should keep this in mind as they read.” – Perfect Law Institute
“Oliver DeMille captures well the need for the entrepreneurial spirit to return to America in order to defend and guard the freedom that enables it; he goes as far to call for an entrepreneurial revolution. The tides can turn in America through individuals participating and living in such a manner that requires their use and defense of their liberties and rights; entrepreneurially driven people have no choice but to defend against and act to oppose encroachments on such necessities. In addition, DeMille focuses on the need for tribal communities and all the benefits that come with them; it’s by no mistake that the success of such tribal structures in society parallels the Christ’s design for his church: a very tribal looking entity. As always, the reader must “chew up the meat and spit out the bones” with DeMille; not written from a specifically Christian perspective, there are tones of abstract “unity” for the sake of success, which any Christian ought to flag as incompatible with the Bible’s call to be unified of the authoritative truth of God’s Word, not simple worldly success.” – Perfect Law Institute
“Nothing marks our current social and financial downfall more than our disrespect for the Lord and His Biblical Law. God’s Law frees individuals and nations. The divinely inspired biblical writer calls it “the Law of liberty.” The Gospel of Christ in all its intent—is salvation with all the life after it. God’s Law prescribes godly freedom and self-government. It protects the innocent from unjust prosecution. It defines justice and just punishments. God’s Law frees us from excess taxation, and requires the people to provide a system of private care for the infirm, widows and orphans, liberating them from poverty. It also frees the people in general from the tyranny of socialism, communism, humanism, and progressivism. Meanwhile, neither socialists nor political tyrants are safe under God’s perfect Law of liberty.” – Amazon Description
“Are you playing Russian roulette with your child’s soul? Nothing should allow us to gamble with the lives of our children. We pray they get a good Christian education, and we must work to see that they do. We must be examples for them to believe and obey the Holy Scriptures. We have to keep humanist teachers from stripping our children of their Christian faith. Christian education must be restored in America so we can again become one nation under God.” – Amazon Description
“With combined decades of Biblical learning and application to real life, the authors of The Economic Liberty Book revive the once common, historic Biblical view that material well-being requires attention to God’s commands and moral principles. Consider the importance of land and how God blesses or curses work from generation to generation. See how civil government’s meddling in the marketplace with regulation and taxation destroys prosperity and freedom to live for God. Learn the inspiring and strategic Biblical Correction to the contemporary problem of an overwhelming, messianic and all powerful state.” – Amazon Description
“Culture is the public manifestation of religion. Today, Western culture is facing an epochal turning point. Having largely abandoned the triune God and His Word in private and public life, the edifice of our civilization is crumbling. The humanistic and utopian architects of our “progressive” order erroneously assumed that our social order could remain stable and flourish without its foundation. The coming decades will accelerate our rapid decadent demise into pagan religion, economic decline and social decay, unless a renewal of Christian vitality is seen in the church by a recovery of biblical faith and truth for every area of life. The Mission of God is a clarion call for Christians and God’s church to awaken and recover a full-orbed gospel and comprehensive faith that recognizes and applies the salvation-victory and lordship of Jesus Christ to all creation; from the family, to education, evangelism, law, church, state and every other sphere. Boot shows that the only hope for our time is the reign of Jesus Christ and His kingdom, arguing that, like a mustard seed, this kingdom grows as believers declare the good news and assert the crown rights of Christ the king, in the power and grace of the Holy Spirit.” – Good Reads
“God’s Law is Christianity’s tool of dominion. This is where any discussion of God’s law ultimately arrives: the issue of dominion. Ask yourself: Who is to rule on earth, Christ or Satan? Whose followers have the ethically acceptable tool of dominion, Christ’s or Satan’s? What is this tool of dominion, the Biblically revealed law of God, or the law of self-proclaimed autonomous man? Whose word is sovereign, God’s or man’s?
Millions of Christians, sadly, have not recognized the continuing authority of God’s law or its many applications to modern society. They have thereby reaped the whirlwind of cultural and intellectual impotence. They implicitly denied the power of the death and resurrection of Christ. They have served as footstools for the enemies of God. But humanism’s free ride is coming to an end. This book serves as an introduction to this woefully neglected topic” – Good Reads
“As a result of America’s departure from a metal commodity standard for money and the use of perverted monetary policy through the Federal Reserve Bank established in 1913, America and the World have been set on a course for certain financial calamity as a result of corrupt monetary policies and the destruction of the US dollar, which many in the World rely on. Though its not a biblical examination of money and currency, Jim Rickards unpacks the realities of America’s past in regards to currency and spending, exposes the sinister truths behind Modern Monetary Theory and its guaranteed authoritarian requirement for tyranny, and provides guidance on how to prepare for the unavoidable day of reckoning that approaches America.” – Perfect Law Institute
“All law is based upon morality, and morality is itself based upon religion. Therefore, when the religion of a people is weakened, so also is its morality undermined. The result is a progressive collapse of law and order, and the breakdown of society.
Men, though, see law as a limitation on their liberty, and Christianity is held to be the most restrictive with its emphasis upon Biblical law as the foundation for morality and liberty. Humanistic man wants total liberty, but he does not realize that total liberty leads only to total anarchy, and that leads to the death of law and liberty. Unless every man’s liberty is limited by law, no liberty is possible for any one.
In this concise volume, R. J. Rushdoony expounds on the central themes of the application of Biblical law to every area of life. This book is a great starting point to understanding Rushdoony’s larger expositions on Biblical law.” – Chalcedon
“In 1572, Roman Catholic soldiers slaughtered thousands of French Huguenots for their Protestant faith.
This calamity forced many Protestants to ask whether taking up arms against a king was even lawful.
Many Christians thought that even in the case of persecution, kings had absolute power and lesser magistrates had no right to resist them.
Vindiciae Contra Tyrannos: A Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants, written by an anonymous Huguenot, is a powerful tract that makes a case for why Christians can sometimes lawfully resist and fight against tyrants and persecutors of the faith.
The apostles told the Jews that they needed to obey God rather than man when it came to the Gospel, and to this day many Christians need to be reminded that men only derive their power from God and there are indeed times when resisting the authorities may be lawful and even biblically required.
This tract is thoroughly biblical and a great testament to the courage and convictions of our fathers in the faith.” – Canon Press
“Nearly forty years ago, amid the rapid dissolution of the American moral fabric after Roe v. Wade, an old truth started gaining new life in America.
It was the truth that had once made America great, but one which she had forgotten—that the Bible is not a collection of disconnected moralisms for private application, but rather a comprehensive guide for all of life, a blueprint for the private and public conduct of all individuals and nations.
In 1982, the three-volume God and Government series fanned the flames of this national worldview awakening, establishing that the character of a nation and its people depends on their relationship with God as revealed in Holy Scripture.” – AmericanVision.org
“When Lex, Rex was written, the Reformation in England and Scotland was in crisis.
The English Civil War had just begun after Charles I tried to impose popish rituals on the church and asserted his divine right as king to overrule parliament.
Against these grandiose claims the Scottish pastor Samuel Rutherford wrote a book and changed western political philosophy forever as it led to the thinking that enabled the American revolution.
In his very learned work, Rutherford shows from Scripture, classical authors, and scholastic theologians that the king is not above the law; and that when the king violates it flagrantly, the people are right to resist him, even to the point of war.
The title Lex Rex is Latin for “Law is King”.
Divine right theorists had said that the King was the law, but Rutherford reverses this and shows that natural law is above the king, and thus there are times when citizens can and must obey God rather than man.” – Canon Press
The Theory of Monetary Institutions covers free banking monetary thought and a theoretical account of the evolution of monetary institutions.
“And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there.” – Genesis 2:12
“The connection between currency destruction by the State and perceived “wealth inequality” or “systemic injustice” is less and less understood in the modern West. As housing, healthcare, and tuition become un-affordable to an ever-increasing number of people, humanists and saints are both quick to prescribe further government monetary intervention as the way out, unaware that such actions are the true primary drivers of such inequalities. We need to return to a societal understanding of biblically just money, weights and measures, stores of value, and currency management in order to correctly solve such issues; The Theory of Monetary Institutions, while not written as a biblical examination of currency, never-the-less contains biblically backed explanations of commodity money standards and the commodity usefulness requirement of a value store.” – Perfect Law Institute
“Far from carrying out its Biblical mandate to be a terror to evildoers, civil government in America has increasingly become a terror to its law-abiding citizens.
R. J. Rushdoony’s essays seem even more timely today as we are witnessing a staggering display of state intrusion into every area of life. This is the outcome of humanistic thinking. It is the end result of political salvation as both Left and Right continue to practice the belief that we can somehow get better—or less—government by way of politics. However, Rushdoony’s comments are pastoral and theological, not political. He did not spin the issues for political gain, but spoke as a man who feared God and desired to know how God’s Word was applicable to our times. Throughout these concise, insightful essays, you will see that true and lasting freedom is the end result of responsible, faithful Christians exercising self-government in terms of God’s Word.” – Chalcedon
“As discussed elsewhere, we must be careful handling Rushdoony and his theonomic concepts; there are definite errors and theological failures in some of the thinking. At the same time, Rushdoony’s commitment to logical consistency in carrying the principles and concepts of God forward from the Old Testament to the New is impeccable and provides much material and insight to learn from, especially as it pertains to understanding God’s order and design as expressed through His Law. For anyone looking to deeply examine the Word and God’s law, there are many theological and intellectual nuggets of gold to be found in this biblical law set.” – Perfect Law Institute