Herman Bavinck; The Kinist

“Though all have turned away from God and are by nature on the road that leads to destruction, not all have progressed equally far down that wrong road that leads to destruction, not all have progressed equally far down that wrong road and not all are equally far removed from the Kingdom of heaven. There is endless diversity and degrees of difference in the sinful life between the start of it and the highest levels of its development. Individuals, families, generations, classes, peoples are utterly divergent also in sin. There are those who are not far from the kingdom of God; there exist people who drink sin like water, who lives totally given over to wickedness, who are utterly hardened and impervious to any good impression.

This difference, however, does not originate among people as a result of their personal deeds but is congenital. The original sin that comes to us from Adam is indeed the universal presupposition and source of all actual sins of individuals, but these sinful deeds also impact, reinforce, develop, and direct that innate moral depravity. Just as a sinful deed when repeated over and over, forsters a sinful habitual propensity, say to drink, sensuality, and lust, so sinful mores, and habits can also reinforce an innate depravity in a family, among relatives in a family line, or among a people and develop in a certain direction. Also, that special modification of innate depravity often passes from parents to children, from one generation to the next. Human beings are not individuals in an absolute sense. ‘The individual, like the atom, is a fiction.’ A human being is born from the matrix of a community and from that very first moment lives in a certain situation and period. the immediate and larger family, society, nation, climate, lifestyle, culture, the spirit of the age and so on — all of them together impact the individual person and modify his or her innate moral depravity. Sin, therefore, though it is indeed always essentially the same, manifests itself in different ways and forms in different persons, classes, and nations and in different states and times. Also, as a sinner, each person has his or her own physiognomy. Sins in the East differ from Sins in the West, in tropical zones from temperate zones, in rural areas from cities, in civilized states, from uncivilized ones, in the twentieth century from earlier centuries. There are family sins, societal sins, national sins. Statistics show that in certain situations, periods, and circles, there is a horrifying regularity in the incidence of certain moral offenses such as homicide, suicide, illegitimate births, and so on. In every area of life, we are all subject to bad habits and sinful examples, of the zeitgeist and public opinion. Aside from what we call ‘original sin’ there is also ‘corporate guilt’ and the ‘corporate action of sin.’ As people are interconnected, so also are their sinful inclinations and deeds. Penetrating the infinite riches of all creation, sin also forms a realm of that, animated by a single life principle, organizes itself in multiple forms and appearances.”

Herman Bavinck
Reformed Dogmatics; Sin and Salvation in Christ Vol., III — p. 175-17

This quote provides for us why the Holy Spirit could confirm the poet’s maxim that “all Cretans are liars.” Lying would have been what Bavinck refers to as an innate depravity that was characteristic of the Cretan people as a people group.

If all this is so, then one can easily understand why, as armed with crime statistics as chronicled over years one might say that it is not a good idea for one people group who are, as Bavinck says, farther down the road of destruction not to have intermarried with another people group who are not equally far removed from the Kingdom of God. This is one of the reiterated points of kinism and the Bavinck quote reveals there is nothing unreasonable in that thinking in the least. There is nothing unreasonable in taking into consideration an ethnic people group or race’s corporate predilection to a particular set of sins. What parent would desire their child, who was not a Cretan to marry a Cretan who is given to the congenital of lying as being inherited by their people group?

This quote also provides strong support that people from distinct particular ethnic people groups and races should marry within their particular ethnic people groups and races. Different particular ethnic people groups and races are going to have in marriage an automatically better understanding of their mate as both are familiar with the strengths and weaknesses that they both are coming from. Shouldn’t marriage be characterized as man and a wife who are the mirror of one another in terms of their belongingness to the same particular ethnic people group or race? If Bavinck is correct then the marriage of people from decidedly different particular people groups or races is the equivalent of seeking to marry oil and water.

Now people may subjectively choose to find this kind of thinking offensive but objectively that doesn’t mean that it is offensive. For centuries the Biblical Christian, for the kind of reasons articulated by Bavinck above, did not find miscegenation to be a wise course of action and so actively discouraged it. I agree with Bavinck and those people, which means that historically speaking I am in the majority.

The Strange Persistence Of R. Scott Clark – Part I

Over here, Dr. R. Scott Clark continues to provide evidence why you should pray daily that your sons do not attend Seminary.

https://heidelblog.net/2020/11/the-strange-persistence-of-theocracy-in-america-2/?fbclid=IwAR3z8bGDOJkCuofK6S2u0xecUKbc1tNT7EdRkHp_vH_QpVaAV2gV4Cp4G1Y

Make sure and read the article so that you can see that I am accurately representing Scottie’s thinking. In this article Scott continues to attack that which can never be eliminated. Scott attacks Theocracy as a form of Government when in point of fact there is never a government that isn’t theocratic.

Scott opens his piece by giving a definition and then explanation of the word Theocracy. I wholeheartedly agree with this definition of Theocracy. My beef with Scott is that he has no capacity to look beneath the surface to see that the whole idea of non-theocracy is impossible.

Scott writes,

The word (Theocracy) came to be used regularly in the 19th century to denote a “form of government in which God (or a deity) is recognized as the king or immediate ruler, and his laws are taken as the statute-book of the kingdom, these laws being usually administered by a priestly order as his ministers and agents; hence (loosely) a system of government by sacerdotal order, a claiming divine commission; also a state so governed: esp. applied to the Commonwealth of Israel from the Exodus to the election of Saul as King.” This is the way Josephus (Against Apion, 2.165) used the Greek word, which we transliterate theocracy.

From here Scott quotes others in order to expand on this basic idea.

However if we take this definition as is we can clearly see that America is a Theocracy. That American is a Theocracy is also clearly seen after Scott expands on the above definition. Scott’s problem is that he doesn’t think a Theocracy is possible unless it has all the pomp and circumstance. Scott’s problem is that he thinks Theocracies only exist where they step up and scream into the microphone that “We are a theocracy.” One would think that someone with a D. Phil would have the ability to look beneath the surface.

That we are currently living under a Theocracy can be seen in this quote from Rushdoony;

“God’s law begins with the fundamental premise, ‘Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods before me,’ which means also this, ‘Thou Shall Have No Other Laws before me.’ Other laws mean other Gods whether we admit it or not.”

R. J. Rushdoony

Rushdoony can say that other laws besides God’s laws mean other gods because all law is derivative of some God source. (If Scott disagrees with that he can show us how law is not sourced in God, god or a god concept.) In other words laws are the incarnation in a social order of the God who is ruling the social order. Pull on the strings of a nation’s laws and it will lead you back to the god or gods of the social order. As all nations have laws whereby they are governed so it is the case that all nations have a god or gods who exist as those entities who are the originators of those laws. Hence theocracy.

Further, a Priestly order exists right now in America. That Priestly class is filled by our bureaucratic and educational class. These folks fill the role of Priest every bit as the Levitical Priesthood filled that role in ancient Israel or the Islamic Imams and Mullahs fill that role in Islamic Saudi Arabia. The only difference is that in OT Israel and in modern Saudi Arabia those nations explicitly recognize their Priestly type role whereas in America that Priestly role is implicit and not overtly recognized. However, the lack of recognition of the agents of the Theocracy doesn’t make us any less of a Theocracy. All civil governments are governments by some sacerdotal order. However, in the age of R2K – Anabaptist theocracy one just as to look a little harder for that sacerdotal order.

Scott goes on to cite that a Theocracy occurs when one has a union of Church and State. However, once again we are required to understand that our humanist Theocracy doesn’t announce with a bullhorn the reality of the existing union of Church and State here in the good old USA. However, if one understands the Church as that Institution which is responsible for educating the populace in what pleases the God of the Church & State then it is easily seen that we do have a union of Church and State here and that the Government schools are now serving in the capacity of the Church. The Government schools are now to our State what the Church in the Holy Roman Empire was to the various Roman Catholic States. We find in the Churches of our modern Theocracies (Government schools) everything that was present in the Churches of the Holy Roman Empire. We find prayer-books (textbooks), Priests (teachers), Holy Calendar (have you ever seen a School Calendar? The Middle Ages never had more special days), Stations of the Cross (ringing of the bell moves them from station to station), etc. We do have a union of Church and State but because Scott’s thinking is so static and compartmentalized he hasn’t the ability to see that Union and so doesn’t think we currently live in a theocracy. However, in America, right now, we have a Union of Church and State under the God of Humanism. Scepter and Miter continue to walk together.
When Scott disagrees with this all he is really telling me is that he prefers living in a humanist theocracy where the humanist State is in union with the Humanist Church (Education centers). My challenge is to realize that Scott really isn’t treasonous but instead is just intellectually challenged.

Scott insists that all of Europe was, for 1394 years, ruled as Christian theocracies until the formation of America. However, Scott is in error here. America, in her colonies, remained theocratic as seen in the fact that 9 of the 13 colonies before the war for Independence retained State Churches that were funded with public monies. After the war for Independence that was true of 7 of the 13 colonies. As a nation our movement from a Christian Theocracy to a Humanist theocracy began in earnest in 1861. At this point in time we are a thoroughgoing Humanist theocracy.

Scott gets painfully close to the truth of the matter when he writes,

“It was assumed that there must be a state-church. They only and great question, especially from the Reformation forward was which church?”

That is exactly what I am saying only I am adding that the Church Scott mentions became a question of which church of which religion. Scott is looking for a Lutheran Church (Germany) or a Catholic Church (Italy) or a Reformed Church (England) to be the state-church whereas I’m saying that we still have a state-church but of a different religion (humanism) and that we hide all this from ourselves by pretending that we live under pluralism.

Next Scott argues the old canard of the “wars of religion.” We will go into that in part II of this response.




Correcting A Lawyer on the Distinction Between Revelation & Reason

Dear Pastor,

“You are wrong when you say that man’s reason is not part of Revelation. Reason most certainly is a part of God’s revelation, as much as anything in nature is. It is a revelation of an attribute of God, and to attempt to make use of it to deny revelation is ironic in the extreme.

We agree on a lot, but when you whiff, you whiff big!”

Brian Matthews
Lawyer

Bret responds,


Dear Lou,

First of all there is a category mistake here. Revelation, strictly speaking is what we find in Holy Scripture. In point of fact we refer to that as Special Revelation. Revelation is what God gives to fallen man. It is outside of Him and not internal to him.

I Peter 1:20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture comes from one’s own interpretation. 21For no such prophecy was ever brought forth by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Even should one desire to talk about “Natural Revelation” (all that which isn’t Special Revelation) it is still the case that in order to engage God’s Natural Revelation man must use that which isn’t God’s Revelation and that is reason.

So, reason is distinct from Revelation though in order to understand Revelation aright we certainly must use reason in submission to God’s Revelation. Even with Natural Revelation, in order to read it aright we must use a reason that presupposes the truth of God’s Special Revelation lest we twist the meaning of Natural Revelation.

To insist that reason = Revelation is to discount the effect of the Fall and to suggest that man independently of God can arrive at true Truth. However this cannot be as man’s reason (unlike God’s Revelation) is fallen. This is why we talk about the noetic affects of the fall.

Now, certainly the regenerated man uses his reason to understand Revelation but that is a far cry from saying reason is a part of revelation. Revelation is independent of man’s reason and man’s reason is only as good as its Revelational starting point. Man can either start with himself as the source of Revelation and reason from there or man can, in submission to God, reason in the context of presupposing God’s Revelation as truth. But again we see that it is a deeply confused person who says reason is a part of Revelation.

Indeed, epistemologically speaking the reality that reason is not part of God’s Revelation is seen in the fact that man can only answer the question of “How do we know,” in one of three ways,

1.) Autonomous Reason (Rationalism) 2.) Intuition (Mysticism) 3.) Revelation.

Of course I would expect a Lawyer not trained in theology to make the kind of category mistake that says that “Reason is a part of Revelation.” Just as I would expect a lawyer to not be able to see his mistake.

Monism’s Impossibility

“The ancient pagan Greeks were ready to believe all kinds of marvels could take place because nature had divine power inherent in it. Thus, Aristotle was interested in every kind of freakish birth, because that freakish birth could represent the next step in evolution. This is why when Paul at Athens spoke about the doctrine of the Resurrection, the philosophers were immediately interested, because here was a man declaring that somebody had risen from the dead. Their interest was premised on the fact that maybe this is in the next stage in the development of nature in evolution.”

RJR
Lecture — Author and Authority

The significance here is that the Greeks viewed nature as pantheistic. Per RJR if nature had divine power inherent in it, what this means is that their naturalism had supernaturalism poured into it so that the natural and the super-natural co-existed together in the same reality. There was no distinction between the natural and the supernatural. We might say that the Greeks were supernatural naturalists.

This is the way it goes whenever someone either claims the monism of pure materialism (everything is of nature) or the monism of pure spiritualism ( everything is of the supernatural). If one is a pure materialists (naturalist) then by necessity they fold the supernatural into the natural and contradictorily claim that they are “naturalists.” If one is a pure Spiritualist then by necessity they fold the natural into the supernatural and contradictorily claim that they are “supernaturalists.” The monistic Supernaturalist always sneaks nature into their supernaturalism and the monistic Naturalist always sneaks the supernatural into their naturalism. One simply cannot consistently get practice monism consistently.

This is seen increasingly in the world of Academia. Many of these people viciously deny the existence of God insisting that they are rationalists and naturalists but in one and the same breath they will talk about “para-psychology,” or about having concourse with the demonic. How one can believe in the Occult without believing in God is curious beyond measure.

Pandemic of Christ Hating


By the time of Easter Sunday 2020 American Churches were shut down because of the Chicom virus. Only a few Churches defied the State and its draconian pronouncements. The Church I pastor was one of those Churches that refused to close, because we knew that the reason for the State’s existence is to lie and so we acted on that premise. On that Easter Sunday we had more visitors on any given Sunday than we have ever had as God’s people who thirsted for Worship drove from as far away as Muskegon in order to Worship. Still, the State used the Wuhan in order to use fear to close Churches.

When Independence Day came around the State told us we couldn’t have our public picnics and family gatherings or attend our fireworks because Covid might get us. Patriotism was squelched by the State and the gathering to publicly remember how God formed this Nation by our Puritan forbears was disallowed by the State.

Now we are on the cusp of two more great Christian Holy-Days (Holidays), to wit, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Already the anti-Christ state is demanding that we cut back on our Thanksgivings. In Michigan our succubus Governor through her manipulations of the Michigan Health Department is trying to tell people just exactly how they can and cannot celebrate Thanksgiving. Whatever happened to the notion that a man’s home is his castle? The State is seeking to stick their grimy, unwashed, disease ridden fingers in my own home? I say, in my best John Knox impersonation…”Madame you can go bugger yourself.”

Isn’t it obvious what is going on here. This is a direct attack, under the guise of a phony health alert, to kill Christian traditions and the Christian faith. Lenin and Stalin could not have come up with something more clever to discourage Christianity.

Next is Christmas and already we are getting hints that the bitch Goddess State will not stop from seeking to shut down Christmas from being celebrated. If Scrooge had only been Governor he could’ve have fulfilled his fantasy at bah-humbugging Christmas.

Now be honest… do you think the State is going to insist on Martin Luther King celebrations being squashed?

This is all poppycock. From the disease, to the masks, to social distancing, to lockdowns and every thing in between this is the biggest grifter con … the largest gaslighting project ever pulled. Finally, some people are standing up and speaking clearly into the mic to say it is all bushwah.

https://nworeport.me/2020/11/18/top-pathologist-claims-coronavirus-is-the-greatest-hoax-ever-perpetrated-on-an-unsuspecting-public/?fbclid=IwAR1gvHreXUs-LOPCJjyDZiwLYE7GO2zN5a3_-9AxwJS1zeexPDR8Lmgy5Mc

There is no pandemic disease but there is a hatred of Western Christian Civilization. There is no pandemic disease but there is the desire to pull Christ off the throne. There is no pandemic disease but there is a desire to build a satanic globalist New World Order. There in no pandemic disease but there is a desire to snuff out the Church. There is no pandemic disease but there is a desire to wipe out every memory of a vigorous and muscular Biblical Christianity.

If there is a pandemic, it is a pandemic of hating Christ and His people. Thus it has always been throughout history. Whether you are talking about Henry VIII’s attack on the Church or King Charles I and his desire to wipe out Cromwell and his Christian Roundheads or Catherine de’ Medici and her attack on the Huguenots tyrants have always tried to snuff out Biblical Christianity with especial hatred towards historic Calvinism — of which precious little remains.

There is no pandemic. What you are seeing is just another outbreak of the seed of the Serpent seeking to kill off the seed of the Woman. And like all previous outbreaks the serpent and those who do his bidding are going to have their head ground into the dust under the heal of God’s people. It may not happen tomorrow. It may not happen for a generation. But eventually the serpent’s head will be crushed once again.

You want to contribute to crushing these NWO Statists? Find a biblical church and attend. Sing to the glory of God. Hear the word broken forth. Receive the pronouncement of forgiveness and the promise of eternal life in the Bread and Wine. Remember you are there to give God glory and not to get. Grow in faith and understanding. Pray earnestly daily for heaven sent wisdom. Raise your children in the fear and admonition of the omnipotent Lord Christ. Train your children to be warriors who can see through and don’t put up with statist gaslighting.

This is the only way that the foul stench that is covering our land will be sent back from the nether realms from whence it originates. It is the only way that the servants of the Sulfur King will be dismissed back to the hovels of their envy and the corner’s of their misery.