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As we engage in the battle for freedom and reformation in our generation, we must keep in mind that central and indeed, indispensable to freedom is Biblical Christianity. There has never been and will never be, true freedom apart from the one true religion. Only as the Son of God makes us free, are we free in any true sense of the word (John 8:32-36).

The Bible teaches us that man since the Fall is not naturally "free" but enslaved to sin and Satan (Rom. 6:16-17). This spiritual bondage unless broken by God's grace, will always result in political bondage. A people convinced in the Bible's teachings however, are almost impossible to enslave. Thus, political revolutionaries have always targeted Christians and Christianity for destruction in the first stages of their revolutions. This has been the case in every atheistic revolution of this century (Russia, China, Korea, Cuba, Nicaragua, etc., etc.).

Once again America's military is in defense of President Bush's quest for a "new world order." Two years ago it was to liberate Muslim Kuwait from the tyrannical Muslim Saddam Hussein. This time it is supposedly only a mission of mercy called "Operation Restore Hope." President Bush insists that we are doing God's work, but are we? By what standard do we determine God's works? Is the Bible the self-declared standard for American foreign policy? George Bush's quest for a new world order is no Chistian agenda. Rather it is a humanist agenda which champions the methodology of "the end justifies the means."

A Critique of A.N. Wilson's book, Jesus.

I have been thinking a great deal recently on the issue of CERTAINTY OF KNOWLEDGE. How can we be sure that our religious beliefs are true? How can we be certain that the gospel events actually happened? How can we KNOW FOR CERTAIN that Jesus is everything the Bible claims He is?

These concerns have been on my mind because of two things: (1). my careful study of the preface to Luke's gospel in Luke 1:1-4; and (2). my reading of A.N. Wilson's newly published book, Jesus, published in 1992 by W.W. Norton & Company, New York. It could be on its way of being a best-seller. There were at least twenty copies in the secular bookstore, (Bookstar), where I purchased my copy.

Israel is a small nation that may seem at first glance to have had little impact on the development of human history. Israel never grew to be a great power projecting empire like Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, or Rome. Its political influence during the era of these great political powers was, at best, minor. Yet, looks are deceiving.

Despite the minor political impact of Israel on the development of world history, she has dramatically altered the flow of history. The modern man tends to think of national significance in terms of politics. But Israel's importance was not primarily political. Rather her significance lay in the fact that she was used of God as the protecting sheath through which the seed of the covenant flowed. In other words, she was the agency through which God providentially brought Christ into the world. And the impact of Christ on history has been enormous.

In 2 Timothy 3:16, the apostle Paul writes: "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God." Two questions arise: 1) What is meant by inspiration?; and 2) How may we know that the Bible is inspired?

1) What is meant by inspiration? First, as Warfield has pointed out, "God breathed out" (theopneustos) is a better translation of the original language than "inspired." Theopneustos actually speaks of the fact that the Scripture is "breathed out" of the mouth of God, whereas "inspired" means "breathed in."

Christians are to view all things from God's perspective. We are to think like God thinks (or, as Cornelius Van Til has said, we are to "think God's thoughts after Him"). How are we to think about history if we are to think about it correctly?

A Christian view of history makes a serious effort to apply the truth of the Bible to the record of the past. Three Biblical truths give us a proper view of history.

The Great Christian Revolution by Otto Scott R.J. &: M.R. Rushdoony & John Lofton, Ross House Books P.O. Box 67 Vallecito, CA 95251 1991 h.b. 327pp.

As our culture seeks to move further from God and His standards, man still desires order. In recent years the political focus has been on a New World order. Yet our own nation is becoming more disorderly. Many would argue that much of the world is also. It is no surprise that man created in God's image, thirsts for order. True order originates in the sovereign God not in man. This fact is one of the reasons this book is a delight to read. The authors look at the importance of Calvinism from a variety of perspectives.

The underlying argument for gun control seems to be that the availability of guns causes crime. By extension, the availability of any weapon would have to be viewed as a cause of crime. What does the Bible say about such a view?

Perhaps we should start at the beginning, or at least very close to the beginning - in Genesis 4. In this chapter we read about the first murder. Cain had offered an unacceptable sacrifice, and Cain was upset that God insisted that he do the right thing. In other words, Cain was peeved that he could not do his own thing.

Cain decided to kill his brother rather than get right with God. There were no guns available, although there may well have been a knife. Whether it was a knife or a rock, the Bible does not say. The point is, the evil in Cain's heart was the cause of the murder, not the availability of the murder weapon.

It is only as we read all four gospels, (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John), that we see a complete picture of the person and work of Jesus Christ. LUKE FOCUSES ON JESUS CHRIST AS THE DIVINE-HUMAN SAVIOR OF THE WORLD, Luke 2:30. Matthew focuses on Jesus Christ as the King of kings, who came to establish His kingdom in the earth over all other kingdoms, Matthew 28:18ff. Mark presents us with Jesus Christ, a King who became a Servant to ransom His people from their sins, without ceasing to be a King, Mark 10:45. John presents us with a Christ, the Son of God, Who gives eternal life to all who believe in Him, John 20:31.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones; The Fight of Faith 1939-1981 by Iain H. Murray Banner of Truth Trust, 1990 831 pp. incl. appendices and index, hb. At one point in this biography the author writes that Lloyd-Jones wanted his biography written only if it "should be for God's glory" (p. 729). I believe Iain Murray has successfully carried out this desire.

This is the second volume of a two volume biography. (The first was published in 1982 and entitled D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The First Forty Years 1899-1939 published by The Banner of Truth Trust.) The volume covers Lloyd-Jones' ministry at Westminster Chapel in London (from which he retired in 1968) as well as his manifold ministry to multitudes through student work, outside speaking engagements, personal counsel, letters, and books. Throughout his life and broad ministry we see a man, not caught up with how people saw him, but with a desire that those in and outside the church seriously see God in His majesty and glory as revealed in Scripture and that they savingly know Jesus Christ.