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Jul
19

Would Ivy League Students Conduct Nazi-Style Torture Tests?

Author Eric Metaxas speaks about German Theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and his resistance to Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. Bonhoeffer was part of a resistance movement to oppose Hitler, a move that ultimately cost him his life. Unlike most of the pastors in Germany in the 1930s and 40s, Bonhoeffer was not content to sit idly and do nothing. He joined an underground group of church leaders to form a non-registered, non-State-run seminary, and preached against the new Socialist party. It makes you wonder why more people didn’t resist Hitler, and it makes you wonder what people would do today if they were in the same situation as Bonhoeffer. After the Nuremburg Trials, a psychologist named Stanley Milgram wanted to know what American students would do if they were in the same position as German officers like Adolf Eichmann. So he set up an experiment with students from Yale University where they were told to administer a lethal level of electric voltage to a person who they had been told had a heart condition and could be killed by the experiment. The Milgram Experiment found that 65% of those involved in the test administered the fatal volume of 450 volts on the (actor) person they believed they were killing. Only one student refused to go over 300 volts. Please remember that a regular household electric socket is 110 volts! If at any time the subject indicated his desire to halt the experiment, he was given a succession of verbal prods by the experimenter, in this order: Please continue. The experiment requires that you continue. It is absolutely essential that you continue. You have no other choice, you must go on. The point is, even highly educated people, from an upscale economic background, are capable of being persuaded to commit terrible ethical and moral atrocities. It is only when you have an Objective Moral Absolute, that is found outside of yourself, that you can consistently make the correct moral decisions. Increasingly, it is going to be imperative for people, especially young people, to know what they believe, why their beliefs are true, and have the courage to live out their convictions against all opposition. In this way, Dietrich Bonhoeffer serves as a great role-model for our day. Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference...
Sep
12

What is Post-Postmodernism?

After the Protestant Reformation, a new ethos pervaded the Western world. Christianity began to infiltrate every aspect of culture, from the Arts to Literature, from Philosophy to Science. But then French Enlightenment thinkers like Voltaire, Rousseau and Decartes began to assert that we could know truth and reality apart from revelation; we could be good without God. When Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859, rationalists and empiricists began to win over the masses by claiming scientific support to their atheistic dogmas. 1859 was, in my view, the beginning of the Modernist era. The Modern Industrial Revolution of the early 20th century typified the new cultural modus operandi. The new methods of industry were mechanical, predictable, mass-produced, calculated, and mathematical. The church is usually about twenty years behind the world in terms of allowing cultural trends to infiltrate her ranks. In time, however, Modernist tactics were seen in churches’ organizational structures and even in the evangelism approach of Billy Sunday and other Christian leaders. Around the 1950s the seeds of Postmodernism began to grow. By the 1960s, America was witnessing a full-scale cultural revolution. In contrast to Modernism, its sociological step-child, Postmodernism is decentralized, relativistic, experiential, pluralistic and in many ways irrational. Again, it took 20 years, but soon enough Postmodernism found a foothold in many churches. Today we find ourselves in a near civil war within the church. Postmodern Emergents are on one side facing off against died-in-the-wool traditional, institutional Fundamentalists on the other. The questions range from doctrine to style, with cultural presuppositions under-girding many of the arguments on both sides. Culturally, I believe that September 11, 2001 has provided a sociological turning point into a new era. It has ushered in, in my opinion, the beginning of post-Postmodernism. When a civilization is embodied by relativism and hedonism, history tells us that it falls apart from within. Despair first entered Philosophy, then the Arts, then General Culture and finally, the Church. (See: The God Who Is There, by Francis Schaeffer.) Dr. Schaeffer told us that the church is the final hold out in a culture against nihilism and despair. There are only two things that can keep a nation from sliding into the abyss of pleasure: 1. The gospel of Jesus Christ as preached by the true confessing church. The gospel exerts its restraining influence by means of he Holy Spirit working in someone’s heart to convict him of sin and empower him to live righteously. (i.e. Self-Government) 2. The arm of a...
Jun
29

Dr. Francis Schaeffer speaks from the grave to the U.S. Supreme Court

Dr. Francis Schaeffer speaks from the grave to the U.S. Supreme Court You cannot have true freedom when it rests solely on the arbitrary decisions of a small group of individuals at a given time. Dr. Francis Schaeffer predicted in 1982 the judicial tyranny that was coming 30+  years later, when our U.S. Supreme Court would be legislating from the bench. When you replace absolute morality with Relativism, you will inevitably end up with tyranny. “We must understand something very thoroughly. If the state gives rights, it can take them away –they ’re not inalienable. If the state gives rights, they can change them and manipulate them. But the Founding Fathers believed there was a Creator and that this Creator gave inalienable rights –that is what has given us the freedoms which we still have…We are losing those freedoms and we can expect to continue losing them if this other worldview continues to take increased force and power in our country.” It is not too late for us to heed and apply these prophetic words spoken by God’s messenger, Dr. Schaeffer. We simply MUST hear these important words once again. “The Government, and especially the courts, have become the vehicle to force this anti-God worldview on the population.” Dr. Schaeffer also predicted and talked about the need for a Biblical theology of civil disobedience. You can get a copy of the book and DVD of A Christian Manifesto to hear this important and timely prophetic message once again. Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference Speaker and Director Family Renewal,...
May
31

John Piper interviews Rick Warren on…doctrine!

Rick Warren is one of the most famous preachers of our day. He is the author of the runaway NY Times best-seller, The Purpose-Driven Life. Rick Warren has given a lot of interviews over the years, and a number of them have gotten him in some hot water, including his controversial appearances on Larry King Live and Colbert Nation with Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central (not to mention his prayer at President Barack Obama’s inauguration). In those interviews, Warren seems to like building bridges with people and enjoys being everyone’s buddy. He doesn’t seem to be able to handle either fastballs up and in, or sliders low and away. However, John Piper, another of today’s most popular preachers, met with Rick Warren to “rehabilitate the witness” as they say in court. Piper gives Warren pitches to hit and asks him very direct questions to help Warren clarify what he really thinks and believes about doctrine (a topic that we don’t often associate with Rick Warren, by his own admission). I encourage you to check this out and allow Rick to address his views in context, and in a less hostile setting than a rapid-fire, sound-byte interview. I hope you benefit from this discussion:...
May
26

How the Patriot Act is Unconstitutional — Rand Paul

Congressman Rand Paul discusses the Patriot Act and how we have exchanged our Liberty for Security: Exchanging Liberty for Security always ends in Tyranny. Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference Speaker. He is the Director of Family Renewal, LLC and Site Editor for...

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