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This chapter is a scathing and satirical attack on idolatry and an outstanding testimony of the supremacy and incomparability of the God of the Bible.

It also clarifies the inclusivity and exclusivity of the Biblical Religion. It is inclusive in that it embraces the entirety of life in its promises and laws; and it embraces any and all who surrender to its content and its Savior in faith and repentance. It is exclusive in that it alone is the true religion from the one true God, with the only true interpretation of life in this universe.

God called his covenant people to conquer and occupy the land of Canaan, building there a godly civilization according to his word. He put a promise with this command. that, as they were faithful to him, he would bless their efforts with success.

In 1:18-21 Israel shows her lack of faith in God's promise in the midst of a difficult situation, which led to her failure. In 1:27-28 her unfaithfulness to God's law is seen in her attempted compromise with the enemies of God. This was a fatal mistake leading to future failures in Israel, Judges 2:2.

Columbus was the first to see in the New World, finally giving up his hopes for passage to the Indies, a land representing the gates of Eden itself. His report was but the first of the images of a land of all but workless plenty. Exploring the Carolina coast a century after Columbus, Captain Arthur Barlowe found himself in the midst of such "incredible" fruitfulness that he was certain it was the "golden age" intact--a land where "the earth bringeth forth all things in abundance, as in the first creation, without toil or labor." Later when Captain John Smith undertook a careful mapping of the New England coast he was convinced that three days work a week would satisfy any settler in that fruitful land, much of that time spent in the "pretty sport" of fishing.

A couple of years ago, as many of you may remember, we were offering a book entitled Vindiciae Contra Tyrannos (A Defence of Liberty Against Tyrants). We distributed several dozen copies at that time. When the special price from the publisher expired, we no longer offered the book.

Recently, in listening to the outstanding taped series of lectures, America: The First 350 Years, by Steve Wilkins of Forest, Mississippi, learned that Vindiciae Contra Tyrannos (probably written around 1579) was highly influential in the thinking of the founding fathers of the United States. I also discovered some comments by R.J. Rushdoony in reference to this work.

What is Calvinism? Or the Confession of Faith in Harmony with the Bible and Common Sense. In a series of dialogues between a Presbyterian minister and a young convert. Dialogue XX, Biblical Presbyterianism.

The Antinomian Streak in the Reconstruction Movement, by Kevin Reed. A Presbyterian Heritage Monograph. (12 pages).

My dear friend and brother Kevin Reed has written and published a challenging pamphlet which should cause us in the Reconstructionist movement some sober self-examination. Though at points I disagree sharply with Kevin in this review, I give thanks for his concern for God's truth and glory and think he makes some excellent points. Constructive criticism is useful if taken to heart. I hope my Reconstructionists friends and co-laborers who love Christ's Kingdom and the Reformed Faith will not ignore these important issues Kevin raises. We do so to our own detriment and costs to lasting Kingdom progress. In this review, I will follow the order of Kevin's monograph.

We have been of late greatly struck with the placid, heavenly lives of some of the Puritans. In these days piety is frequently superficial, and meditation and religious exercises are much neglected. We thought it would be one of the best rebukes of this evil, and one of the surest ways of stirring up our brethren to better things, if we gave them a specimen of how a believer has lived, and how he thought and spoke. The person whose way of life is here described was John Row, of Crediton, a county magistrate, who died in 1660. Reader, look at his life, and then at your own, and see wherein to amend.

Judah's apostasy was permanent, deliberate and vigorous. They were "clinging" to their sin and defiantly "refusing to return" to God.

Even the migratory birds follow instinctively the creative order of God. But Judah refuses to obey the covenant orders of their loving Jehovah. They do not "know," i.e., love, the orders of the Lord.

"It was an incredible thing that God's covenant people could behave so unnaturally toward their Creator, the sovereign Lord of the covenant." ~ Thompson

Gwen Nix is one of those people who knows who she is, exactly. She remembers where she came from and best of all, she says she knows where she's going.

Gwen was born to poor tenant farmers in a postage stamp of a place called Sweetapple, in northern Fulton County, Georgia. Her formal education fell to the wayside in the seventh grade to make way for homemade spelling bees, dictionary memorizing, babysitting baby brothers and picking cotton.

In this section the doctrine of liberty of conscience is laid down in most explicit terms. The conscience, in all matters of faith and duty, is subject to the authority of God alone, and entirely free from all subjection to the traditions and commandments of men. To believe any doctrine, or obey any commandment, contrary to, or beside, the Word of God, out of submission to human authority, is to betray true liberty of conscience. And be the power and authority whose it will--be it that of a magistrate or a minister--of a husband, a master, or a parent--that would require an implicit faith and an absolute blind obedience, it would destroy liberty of conscience.