Jeremy Walker: 00:24 You are listening to the Tools of Christian Reconstruction right here on CR101 radio. I wanna thank you for joining us. My name is Jeremy Walker and in this episode we are going to be talking about a very important subject, The Faithful God, is the title of this episode. The Tools of Reconstruction is brought to you by the GCS apprenticeship program which seeks to find young men and women who want to learn how to become successful Christian school teachers and how to own and operate their very own Christian school. If this sounds of interest to you or someone you know. You can visit our website at gcsapprenticeship.com for more information.
Jeremy Walker: 01:22 Okay. We’re going to go ahead and get started here on the Tools of Christian Reconstruction. Thank you for joining us for another episode titled, The Faithful God. We will be covering Deuteronomy 7:9 through eleven today. But we want to start with something a little bit different on the Tools of Christian Reconstruction. The question is, is what is that? I don’t think that most people who are Christians have an idea, about what are the tools of Christian reconstruction and is there something more than just basic salvation, the concept that most Christians can’t stop talking about and that’s all they talk about, I guess. But we want to start with something which occurred to me when I was on social media talking with people about the importance of the commandments themselves. So I’d like to start with Titus 1:16.
Jeremy Walker: 02:22 Titus 1:16 says this, quote, “They profess that they know God, but in works they deny him, being abominable and disobedient and into every good work, reprobate,” unquote.Why is that important? Why is Titus 1:16 tied to the concept of the Tools of Christian Reconstruction? Well, I’ll tell you real quick why it’s tied to it, is because the concept of good works. See, everybody can profess that they know God, that’s simple. Every church in America does it, but here in Titus 1:16 it separates a person’s profession from a person’s works or deeds. See, they profess to know God, but in works, they deny him being abominable and disobedient and to every good work reprobate. Now what that means is very simple, with their mouth they say that they are Christian. They might go to church, but their actions prove that they are not Christians themselves. So that’s why we’re doing the Tools of Christian Reconstruction right there because people have no idea what good works are.
Jeremy Walker: 03:44 Over the years, people have been talking about the idea and concept of good works. Some people have gone so far as to say, that works have nothing to do with the Christian life. Well, the Bible does not back that up, and we’re going to be discussing that more on the Tools of Christian Reconstruction, and how good works play a part in the life of the Christian. But if you do not have good works, then you have reason to severely doubt your profession of faith. Just as Titus 1:16 says. But I want to go into move into something here about the Tools of Christian Reconstruction. Deuteronomy 7:9 through 11 quote, “Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the Faithful God which keeps covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations and repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slacked to him to hateth him. He will repay him to his face. Thou shall therefore keep the commandments and the statutes and the judgments which I have commanded thee this day to do them.”
Jeremy Walker: 05:04 Now, that’s going to be our context for this episode of the Tools of Christian Reconstruction entitled the Faithful God. Well here on Tools of Reconstruction, we want to help people learn how to teach the commandments and also how to apply them. This commandment falls under the heading of the third commandment. If you’re unaware of what that is, the third commandment is thou shalt not take the name of the Lord Thy God in vain. It means the person that you say that you are underneath, the authority that’s over you. The invocation of the person above you who you say you swear your allegiance to. Who is that? What does it entail? I don’t think Christians understand that because in Titus 1:16 they say they profess to know God, but I don’t think that they understand what that really means because in Titus it says that they’re in their works, they deny him.
Jeremy Walker: 06:09 And in Deuteronomy, it’s very clear. It says that he’s going to be repaying people who hate him to their faces, but those people that love him, they’re the ones that keep the commandments. But how can you know what the commandments are unless you know the commandments themselves? So why is it churches don’t teach the commandments? Because they are not teaching actual Christianity. If you haven’t figured that out yet, that’s exactly the problem. They focus on the profession, but not on the works. They say all you need is a profession and you don’t need works. After all, works is not how you get saved. Well, no one is saying that. The Bible doesn’t say that. Titus doesn’t say that. However, what Titus does say is that in your works, you can deny your own profession. So you can claim you’ll know God and you can claim you love God, you can attend church all you want, but unless you actually had the works to back that up, the fruit to back up the profession, then it’s just a fake profession, doesn’t mean anything.
Jeremy Walker: 07:20 I’m going to quote something to you here, ’cause I think it’s a wonderful passage. I don’t remember as a child ever hearing this passage like at all, but it’s a beautiful passage because it sounds out of place in the modern church. I don’t remember anybody ever saying it, but it’s in Joshua. Joshua 24:2 through 28, kind of a long passage. But the reason why I quote a long passage is that’s how you get context. So let’s quote Joshua 24:2 through 28, quote:
Jeremy Walker: 08:00 “And Joshua said unto all the people, ‘Thus sayeth, the Lord God of Israel, your father is dwelt on the other side of the floods. In old time, even Terah the father Abraham and the father of [inaudible 00:08:15], and they served other gods. And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood and led them throughout all the land of Canaan and multiplied his seed and gave him Isaac. And I gave unto Isaac, Jacob and Esau. And I gave unto to Esau Mount Seer to possess it. But Jacob and his children went down into Egypt. And I sent Moses, also with Aaron, and I plagued Egypt according to that which I did among them, and afterward I brought you out. And I brought your fathers out of Egypt and you came into the sea and the Egyptians pursued after your father’s with chariots and horsemen unto the Red Sea. And when they cried into the Lord, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians and brought the sea upon them and covered them. And your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt and you dwelt in the wilderness a long season.
Jeremy Walker: 09:07 And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, which dwelt on the other side of Jordan. And they fought with you and I gave them unto your hand that you might possess their land and I destroyed them from before you. Then Baylack the son of Suppor, the King of Moab arose and warred against Israel and sent in called Balan to send [inaudible 00:09:30] to curse you. But I would not harken and to Balan, therefore he blessed you still. So I delivered you out of his hand. And you went over Jordan and came into Jericho and the men of Jericho fought against you. The Amorites and the [inaudible 00:09:45] and the Canaanites and the Hittites and the [inaudible 00:09:48] and the [inaudible 00:09:48] and the Jebusites. And I delivered them into your hand. And I sent the Hornet before you, which drave them out before you, even the two kings of the Amorites, but not with the sword, nor with the bow.
Jeremy Walker: 10:04 And I have given you a land for which you did not labor and cities which you built not, and you dwelt in them, of the vineyards and the olive yards which you planted not, do you eat. Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day, whom ye will serve, whether the gods, which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood or the gods of the Amorites in whose land she’s dwell. But as for me in my house, we will serve the Lord.’
Jeremy Walker: 10:50 And the people answered and said, ‘God forbid that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods, for the Lord our God, he it is that brought us up out of our fathers, out of land of Egypt, from the house of bondage in which did those great signs in our sight and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people whom we passed.And the Lord drave out from before us. All the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land. Therefore will we also serve the Lord. For He is our God.’
Jeremy Walker: 11:23 And Joshua said unto the people, ‘You cannot serve the Lord, for he is an holy God. He is a jealous God. He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins if you forsake the Lord and serve strange gods. And he will turn and do you hurt and consume you. After that he hath done you good.’ And the people said unto Joshua, ‘Nay, but we will serve the Lord.’ And Joshua said unto the people, ‘Ye are witnesses against yourselves, ye have chosen you, the Lord to serve him.’ And they said, ‘We are witnesses.’ ‘Now therefore put away,’ said he, ‘the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the Lord, your God of Israel.’
Jeremy Walker: 12:16 And the people set into Joshua, ‘The Lord our God, will we serve and his voice will we obey.’ So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day and set them a statute in ordinance in Shekem. And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the Law of God and took a great stone and set it up there under an oak that was by the sanctuary of the Lord. And Joshua said unto all the people, ‘Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us where it have heard all these words, the Lord which he spake unto us. They shall therefore be a witness unto you, lest you deny your God.’ So Joshua, let the people depart every man unto his inheritance.” unquote.
Jeremy Walker: 13:03 Well, that right there is the basics of Joshua 24:2 through 28, why is that important? How does it tie into the third commandment and to Titus and Deuteronomy? Very simple. Professions of faith are simple, are basic and are worthless. God is not somebody to play around with. When you take God and you take his name and it is placed upon you, you say, “I am a Christian.” You are now bearing the name of God. If you are a parent, if you are a teacher, if you have children, students, you’re a pastor, you have people who you teach. The third commandment is not something that most people think it is, but it’s about bearing God’s name. It doesn’t mean just saying God’s name as a curse word and things like that, but actually bearing his authority. You stand for him. You represent him.
Jeremy Walker: 14:06 So this is why Joshua, when he says, “Choose you this day, whom you shall serve,” this is why he says, “No, no, no. You can’t serve God. You’re not fit to serve God. You should rethink this. I’m not sure you really want to join the church. I don’t really think that you need to be a Christian.” How many times have you heard that? How many pastors, how many churchmen, how many evangelists stood there and said, you know, “I know that you’re thinking about, you’re Christian. You think you’d like this idea, but I don’t know. I don’t think you need to do it because you should probably think about it a little bit more because God does not forgive you. He’s going to punish you. You represent him, you are going to go out to the community and you’re going to say, I am a Christian. I’m one of God’s people,” and he’s not going to forgive you.He’s not going to allow you to walk around representing him and be a bad example. It’s not going to happen.
Jeremy Walker: 15:07 But in our churches today, that’s exactly what happens. You have people who profess to know God, but in their works they deny him, they become abominable, disobedient, and to every good work reprobate, just like Titus says. See, Deuteronomy is important because it says something very important about the name of God. To bear the name of God comes with a blessing and comes with a curse. Those that bear the name of God and are obedient, they will get rewarded for it. Those that bear the name of God in vain, which is the third commandment, it says he will repay them to their face. That’s not going to be pleasant for them. There’s many Bible examples all throughout the Bible, but if you’re a parent, if you’re a teacher, you’re trying to teach the commandments to your children and you’re going over the third commandment. Obligations are part of the third commandment.
Jeremy Walker: 16:11 The Bible actually has so many commandments and case laws and studies that connect to this commandment that people just have no idea about. This concept that you just serve a god that would just let you get away with anything that you want is basic idolatry. The Bible itself is very clear about who this God is, who it is that you’re dealing with. If you just read systematically through the Bible, I’ll do it with my own children at home and as we teach our children and it at school, we teach our children the commandments. We teach them Bible stories, but I don’t think that most people understand who they’re teaching. They’re teaching to some kind of a false god that always likes people. Never would be upset with people and oh my gosh, would never be angry at people, would never punish them.
Jeremy Walker: 17:02 But here in Deuteronomy, part of this commandment is to be repaid to your face. God says, “I’m not just going to, you know, punish you and let you not know about it. I’m going to come down and you’re going to know what’s going on. I’m going to get in your face about it. I’m going to make sure there’s no miscommunication. You’re not going to get away with what you think you’re going to do by breaking my commandments and thinking you’re going to hold my name up to it and people will call you Christian? No, no.” Like Joshua said, “It’s better off that you just go someplace else.” Why use the name Christian?
Jeremy Walker: 17:40 As an example of what we’re talking about I recently saw an article in the news about some woman who was on a TV show claiming to be a Christian, but she was openly proud about her fornication, she was saying that she could fornicate freely and nobody could judge her because God loves her. Well, that’s exactly what we’re talking about here. The person who says, “I know God,” they professed to know him like in Titus, but in their works, IE. fornication, adultery, they deny him. These people are not Christians. If you’re going to teach the commandments, you’re gonna learn how to do that. That means taking these types of commandments, Titus, Deuteronomy, Joshua, putting them all together.
Jeremy Walker: 18:30 You see, the Bible is one big, giant cohesive. People like to use the big word called Hermeneutics, where the Bible kind of explains the Bible, but it’s really not that complicated. People like to make it sound like it’s complicated, some kind of difficult thing, difficult concept, but teaching the commandments is relatively simple. You take the commandments themselves and you teach them. You take the Bible stories and you use those to apply the scriptures that you’re learning.
Jeremy Walker: 19:00 Good example. What we’re doing here is you’re taking the third commandment, “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain,” right? That’s the broad scoped commandment that we’re talking about. We take Deuteronomy 7:9 through 11, which talks about those people that keep the covenant, keeps the Commandments. God has mercy upon those people. Those who doesn’t, he repays to their face. Those who keep them, he gives them rewards. We have Titus who says there are people who profess to know God, but then in their works they deny him. So these are people who are claiming does have some kind of spiritual kind of, communication with God, but in their actual works, I heard somebody one time kind of phrase it like this, “I’m not a,” what do they call it? “I’m a spiritual person. I’m not a religious person.” That’s what they said. “I’m not a religious person. I’m a spiritual person.”
Jeremy Walker: 19:55 In other words religion means something systematic, some kind of rule oriented concept, some structure, rules, but spirituality, something how you feel, your emotions so you can love God, but nobody can tell you if you love God because of your works or how your actions, that’s just judgementalism the complete opposite of what the Bible actually teaches. Just like in Titus, your profession has to be backed up by your works. If you don’t have works like in the book of James, faith without works is dead. There’s no concept of faith without works. You have to have it to back it up. But what are the works? Well, obedience to the commandments and if you don’t know the commandments themselves, how can you know if you’re an obedient Christian? How can you know if you are truly a person of faith, how can you know it?
Jeremy Walker: 20:50 You have to know the commandments. You have to teach the commandments. You have to understand the commandments. You have to apply the commandments. Without that you have nothing at all, except a blank, basic, fruitless, pointless, empty profession and that’s what you’re holding onto. That’s nothing to hold onto. The Bible screams the commandments. The commandments don’t save you. It’s the commandments that condemn you, but the commandments as the Bible says, are the schoolmaster to drive you to Christ. You have to have a savior because you can’t do it yourself.
Jeremy Walker: 21:29 But after that, what comes next? Now comes obedience. So the profession of faith is followed by the keeping of the commandments. This is why we teach them. This is why we learn them. This is what we study them. Real soon we’re going to be going into the quoting the book of Psalms where David is constantly talking about, especially in Psalm 1:19 about how much he loves the commandments again and again and again. The modern Christian talks about how much they are free from the law, freed from the commandments, how they’re not oppressed by it anymore. The law is not oppression except for the guilty. The the law is liberty. The law is the way, is the good works is the what we’re supposed to do. It’s the light that we give to the world.
Jeremy Walker: 22:22 If you’re not sure about this concept, if you’re a listener here and you’ve never really thought about it yourself, you should. The commandments themselves, the reason why you teach them the reason why you study them is so that you can number one, evaluate your own faith. And number two, know how to grow in maturity and help those around you, your own children, your students, and all the rest in between. But the third commandment, “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord that God in vain for the lord would not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain”, goes right along with Deuteronomy 7:9 through 11 and Titus 1:16 and Joshua 24:2 through 28, if you claim to be a Christian and you are not going to represent him properly, you’re not going to actually keep the commandments. He is not going to hold you guiltless. He is going to repay you to your face.
Jeremy Walker: 23:14 It’s a threat. It’s a very real severe threat right in your face. I don’t think that’s the God that most people are teaching nowadays, but that is the god of the Bible. So here on tools of Christian reconstruction. That’s what you want to do is to bring people back to Basic Bible doctrine, taking scripture and allowing it to interpret itself. Not to interpret it through some denominational lens or because of your own reasonable faculties, but allowing scripture to dictate what you believe versus you dictating what the Scripture says based on your belief. Complete opposite of what it is. But here in the third commandment, “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord Thy God in vain.” You need to be careful. If you’re a Christian, God will expect you to obey his commandments.
Jeremy Walker: 24:08 As Joshua says, “It is best that you don’t even call yourself a Christian. If you’re not going to represent him properly is best that you just go someplace else.” Why bother? Why bother calling yourself a Christian if you don’t obey the commandments? Why bother calling yourself a Christian if you are just going to disobey God and not listen to him? Why bother calling yourself a Christian if you’re not going to teach, learn, study anything about the commandments whatsoever. Why bother?
Jeremy Walker: 24:39 Because in Titus you are only concerned with the profession of faith, but you’re not concerned with your works. But this commandment is tied to that concept. The faith has to follow or the works have to follow the faith, profess something, it produces something. If it doesn’t produce something, it’s not real and if you make a profession of faith but you don’t have the works, God is not going to be kind, he’s not going to be happy. He’s not going to be pleased with this kind of concept. He is going to repay that kind of person to their face. So we need a little bit more fear in our doctrines, in our reverence for the god of creation. He’s not some silly school girl. He’s not some benevolent grandfather who’s just going to dote on you all the time.
Jeremy Walker: 25:30 He is a good father who will preserve and keep and prosper his children and also protect them from those that are fakers. This is why the commandments are important. This is why we should keep them. This is why we should teach them, but this is the Tools of Christian Reconstruction. Hopefully this has given you some form of insight about the third commandment. That is our hopes here on the Tools of Christian Reconstruction. We want to give insight about why you should know the commandments, study the commandments and keep the commandments and this is the third commandment we’re discussing and hopefully it’s giving you some insight for that.
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