2000 Years of Deception and Error, Part 4D: Constantine, Augustine, Chalcedon, Aquinas 2007

Continuing with Part 3 regarding the error at Chaceldon.edu.

2. The denial of a future, thousand-year, physical reign of Jesus Christ on the earth.

From http://www.chalcedon.edu/credo; chalcedon.edu/ministry

“Because we affirm postmillennialism…Because we believe that Christ’s first coming established His kingdom (Mt. 3:2), and His church is presently energized to advance that kingdom
(Mt. 28:18-20)…”

“…Jesus Christ already ‘brought in the kingdom’ at His first coming. His glorious reign was formalized at His ascension (Dan. 7:13-14), after which He showered His royal gifts on His people so that they could advance His kingdom in the earth (Ac. 2:17-18, 30-33)…”

“Chalcedon’s activities include foundational and leadership roles in Christian reconstruction. Our emphasis on the Cultural or Dominion Mandate, Genesis 1:28, and the necessity of a return to Biblical Law has been a crucial factor in the challenge to Humanism by Christians in this country and elsewhere. Chalcedon’s involvement in and commitment to Christian education began with its inception when founder Rousas John Rushdoony pinpointed the Christian and home schools as the most important institutions in reversing the influence of secular Humanism.”

My Comments

These folk have torqued scripture to come up with a reconstructionist postmillennial eschatology. As you read above, they believe Jesus has established His kingdom already, and the church is energized to advance that kingdom.

In my opinion, the postmillennial belief combined with Replacement theology (the belief that Israel has been replaced by the church) and their ideas about the state/church has allowed for their belief of “Reconstructionism.”

Rather than preach the gospel to every creature like Jesus told us to do, they are putting their energies into getting people to obey Biblical law.

Perhaps you would be interested in reading a book that uses both the Old and New Testament to discuss the Redemption (Rapture) of the church by our Redeemer. You can read ‘The Manasseh Effect: A Biblical Case for the Rapture of the Church” by John Higgins and download the chart online for free.

Jesus did not tell us to set up a church system or to reform the American government or to Christianize our culture. He came to rescue people from hell, and He wants us to spread that good news to others.

From the BOOK

“And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.”—1 John 5:19

“Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.”
—John 18:36

This is what Christ’s kingdom on earth will be like. Does it sound like it has happened or is happening? Does it sound like Jesus needs help establishing the kingdom?

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.“—Isaiah 9:6, 7

“But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”—Psalm 37:11

“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”—Acts 17:30, 31

“Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.“—2 Corinthians 3:6

“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world {not government} unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.“—2 Corinthians 5:19

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