Jerry Newcombe – Nordskog Publishing https://www.nordskogpublishing.com Meaty, tasty, and easily digestible Biblical Treasures Fri, 19 Apr 2019 19:25:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.1 No, We’re Not All Socialists Now https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/no-were-not-all-socialists-now/ https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/no-were-not-all-socialists-now/#respond Fri, 19 Apr 2019 19:25:54 +0000 https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/?p=8681 Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe On Sunday, New York Post had an editorial about how many millennials embrace “socialism,” while not really knowing what it means:  “Millennials — ignorant of socialism’s appalling economic and human-rights history — increasingly embrace socialism and its naively unrealistic prescriptions for ending all human want.”  I’m reminded of a college […]

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On Sunday, New York Post had an editorial about how many millennials embrace “socialism,” while not really knowing what it means:  “Millennials — ignorant of socialism’s appalling economic and human-rights history — increasingly embrace socialism and its naively unrealistic prescriptions for ending all human want.” 

I’m reminded of a college student who wrote his dad: “Dear Dad, No mon. No fun. Your son.”

His dad wrote back: “Too bad. So sad. Your Dad.”

The Post points out that a majority of Democrats view socialism positively—yet the very same poll finds them in favor of small business and free enterprise.  Therefore, many claiming to embrace socialism are apparently not aware that socialism refers to government control of the means of production. 

Meanwhile, New York Magazine had a title story: “When Did Everyone Become a Socialist?” 

The article claims, “Pinkos Have More Fun.” 

Well, I’m certainly not a socialist. And most of the people I know are not either. For the record, can anyone name a square inch on the planet where socialism has improved life for its citizens?

Russia?

China?

Vietnam?

Cambodia?

Cuba?

Venezuela?

It seems that between socialism and capitalism, the latter has the worse “branding.” Capitalism is supposedly greedy and self-serving. Socialism is supposedly caring and sharing. But that is not the reality. 

Young people have been fed a steady diet of pro-socialism in the media and in academia. Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center once told me in a TV interview: “In the movies from a cultural standpoint, the themes are that capitalism is bad; it’s evil, the free market system is evil, the wealthy are the greedy rich.” 

Jim DeMint, former US Senator noted, “As secularism replaces faith in America, we become less free and more socialistic; in other words, the government is controlling more things and things are controlled from the top down rather than the bottom up….You have central decision makers. That hasn’t worked any time in history, it always results in some form of tyranny.”

With socialism, the state replaces God. But the Bible says, God alone is God, and we should worship and love Him above all, and not the state, nor anything else.

Dr. Everett Piper, the president of Oklahoma Wesley University, says, “I do believe that socialism is on the rise right now and I think it’s a direct correlation to the loss of a biblical world view – the vacuum. When you create a vacuum it’ll always be filled, and if you take God out it’ll be filled by man. And God always gives us more liberty and freedom than man does.” 

The Bible says we should love our neighbor. But is it really loving our neighbor to wish on them a socialistic economic system like that in Cuba or Venezuela? 

Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, notes, “And if you want a modern example of why socialism doesn’t work and what it produces, look at Venezuela. Venezuela was one of the most affluent countries in Latin America; it is now a complete basket case.”

Today’s socialists like to say that Sweden, Norway, and other Scandinavian countries are the model—not Venezuela. I was married in Norway. I have many in-laws that still live there. Its economy is still more of a capitalist one—with high taxes for socialized medicine. But it’s a much smaller country with a limited population. Furthermore, my wife always points out that Norway is coasting on its past Christian work ethic. 

Socialism violates the command, “Thou shalt not steal.” The Ten Commandments also say we should not envy—but socialism is built on envy, envy of the wealth of others. 

More and more Americans seem comfortable with “the politics of envy.” The New Republic published an article by Alex Shephard (3/1/19), entitled, “The Sensible Politics of Soaking the Rich.” The article shows the picture of Democrat socialist leader, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, newly elected to Congress, who argues that $10 million should be the limit on what people can keep, regardless of their contributions to the market. 

Last week at CPAC (a conference of conservatives), Larry Kudlow, the director of President Trump’s National Economic Council, said socialism needs to be confronted quickly: “I want you, and everybody in this room and your friends and your neighbors, I want you to put socialism on trial, that’s what I’m asking….I don’t want us to stand idly by….I don’t want to let this stuff fester. I want it challenged. I want it debated. I want it rebutted. I want to convict socialism.” For example, he called “the Green New Deal” promoted by Congresswoman  Ocasio-Cortez, “central planning on a grand scale.”  

Indeed, the time has come for a necessary national discussion on socialism vs. free enterprise. On big government vs. market-based solutions. Let the debate begin.


Jerry Newcombe published the original of this article on March 6, 2019 in a circular email, at JerryNewcombe.com , and other outlets.

Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. Dr. Newcombe is the author of NPI The Book that Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation. He also wrote or co-wrote many other books, e.g., The Unstoppable Jesus Christ, Doubting Thomas (w/ Mark Beliles, on Jefferson), and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (w/ D. James Kennedy) and the bestseller, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (w/ Peter Lillback). djkm.org   www.jerrynewcombe.com  @newcombejerry

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When I was a kid, there was an expression: “Stop the world. I want to get off.” Glancing at the headlines sometimes make me feel that way.

For example, here are some stories highlighted on Drudge today (8/6/18):

  • A crackdown on free speech by Apple. They decide what is and what is not “hate.” Consequently, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is now denied his platform. 
  • The #MeToo movement continues to speak out against alleged sexual predators, and CBS is working to weather a storm of allegations swirling around their CEO.
  • Canada is calling for a boycott of the US.
  • Sex with robots is a growing fad.
  • The president is beleaguered by allegations of collusion with the Russians. 
  • Calls are going out for social media censorship of climate change “deniers.”
  • In Chicago, 63 were shot over the weekend in a city with some of the strictest gun control laws. 44 of them were killed within 14 hours. As a colleague noted, “It’s like Fallujah, only worse.”
  • Parkland victims protest the NRA…but the former have armed guards.
  • Older Americans have money woes. The New York Times (8/5/18) reports: “The rate of people 65 and older filing for bankruptcy is three times what it was in 1991.”

Why is America seemingly sinking into the abyss? We have forgotten God. As a nation, just like as individuals, we reap what we sow.

Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, the great Russian writer and critic of the atheist USSR (who spent years imprisoned in one of Stalin’s gulags), once said: “… [W]hile I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.”

The Nobel-prize winning writer went on to say that he had read hundreds of books on the godless Soviet state and talked with many people about the murderous disaster it was, and he said no one provided a better explanation than those simple peasants: We have forgotten God.

Not to the same degree, but something similar could be said about America. We have forgotten God, and are reaping the consequences.

About 200 years ago, Yale University president Timothy Dwight (1752-1817) warned us against forgetting God: “Without religion we may possibly retain the freedom of savages, bears, and wolves, but not the freedom of New England. If our religion were gone, our state of society would perish with it and nothing would be left which would be worth defending.” 

Dwight also added: “Where there is no religion, there is no morality…. With the loss of religion… the ultimate foundation of confidence is blown up; and the security of life, liberty and property are buried in ruins.”  

Why? If there is no God, there is no one to hold us accountable. That is why so many deny God, when they know deep down, “Of course, there is a God.”

About 50 years after America’s independence, Alexis de Tocqueville, a notable Frenchman, came to these shores to assess the new nation. He wrote his famous observations in 1835 in Democracy in America, a book that is still in print, in which he noted: “It must never be forgotten that religion gave birth to Anglo-American society.” 

One of the greatest American speakers in the 19th century was Massachusetts Senator Daniel Webster. He’s depicted in statues in DC and is the center character in a large painting in Boston’s Faneuil Hall. 

Webster once declared, “Finally, let us not forget the religious character of our origin. Our fathers were brought hither by their high veneration for the Christian religion. They journeyed by its light, and labored in its hope. They sought to incorporate its principles with the elements of their society, and to diffuse its influence through all their institutions, civil, political, or literary.”

The famous orator also opined, “We live under the only government that ever existed which was framed by… deliberate consultations of the people. Miracles do not cluster. That which has happened but once in 6,000 years cannot be expected to happen often. Such a government, once gone, might leave a void, to be filled, for ages, with revolution and tumult, riot and despotism.” [Emphasis added]

Revolution, tumult, and riot are becoming almost commonplace in America. We have a U.S. Congresswoman, Maxine Waters, declaring people should publically hound out and shame members of the Trump team. The minority leader in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is wondering why there are not more “riots in the streets” against this administration. 

During the days of the Civil War, our nation faced worse challenges. But Abraham Lincoln called for a national day of repentance and prayer in 1863, in which he warned us to stop forgetting God as a nation and to remember this truth: “those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”


Jerry Newcombe published the original of this article on August 8, 2018 in a circular email, at JerryNewcombe.com on August 17, 2018, and at Townhall.com on August 9, 2018.

Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. Dr. Newcombe is the author of NPI The Book that Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation. He also wrote or co-wrote many other books, e.g., The Unstoppable Jesus Christ, Doubting Thomas (w/ Mark Beliles, on Jefferson), and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (w/ D. James Kennedy) and the bestseller, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (w/ Peter Lillback). djkm.org   www.jerrynewcombe.com  @newcombejerry

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Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe

In the last few decades, we have somehow been conned into the idea that there is a strict separation of God and state in the public square of America. But that is so clearly out of step with our traditions, including our Christmas traditions.

Some past presidents have made interesting Christmas observations worth sharing. I acknowledge my thanks to author/speaker Bill Federer and his book, America’s God and Country, which has been quoted by the Supreme Court (Greece v. Galloway, 2014).

When he was very young, George Washington wrote out the following Christmas poem in his own handwriting, apparently copied out from the February 1743 issue of Gentleman’s Magazine (London). It reflects the orthodox understanding of the incarnation—God becoming man in the Person of Jesus—who is Immanuel, meaning “God with us.”

Washington wrote out:

ON CHRISTMAS DAY

Assist me Muse divine to sing the morn,
On which the Savior of mankind was born;
But oh! what numbers to the theme can rise?
Unless kind angels aid me from the skies?
Methinks I see the tunefull Host descend,
Hark, by their hymns directed on the road,
The gladsome Shepherds find the nascent God!
And view the infant conscious of his birth,
Smiling bespeak salvation to the earth!
For when the important era first drew near
In which the great Messiah should appear
And to accomplish His redeeming love
Resign a while his glorious throne above.
Beneath our form every woe sustain
And by triumphant suffering fix His reign
Should for lost man in tortures yield his breath,
Dying to save us from eternal death!
Oh mystic Union! Salutary grace!
Incarnate God our nature should embrace!
That Deity should stoop to our disguise!
That man recovered should regain the skies!
Dejected Adam! From thy Grave ascend
And view the Serpent’s Deadly Malice end,
Adoring bless the Almighty’s boundless grace
That gave his son a ransom for thy race.

There are people who claim Washington was a Deist, but Dr. Peter Lillback and I document that our first president was clearly a devout Trinitarian Christian in our book, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (2006), and this poem is but an example. The documented evidence shows that Washington worshiped Jesus as the divine Savior and Lord all his life.

Jumping ahead to the 20th century, we see some remarkable statements from President Harry S. Truman, as he was lighting the national Christmas tree on December 24, 1946: “The message of Bethlehem best sums up our hopes tonight. If we as a nation, and the other nations of the world, will accept it, the star of faith will guide us into the place of peace as it did the shepherds on that day of Christ’s birth long ago.”

Truman went on to talk about how our nation has seen “the fundamental unity of Christianity and

democracy.” Sin still prevails, noted our 33rd president, but Christmas provides an antidote: “Selfishness and greed, individual or national, cause most of our troubles. He whose birth we celebrate tonight was the world’s greatest teacher. He said: ‘Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.’ Through all the centuries since He spoke, history has vindicated His teaching.”

He also added, “We have our unique national heritage because of a common aspiration to be free and because of our purpose to achieve for ourselves and for our children the good things of life which the Christ declared He came to give to all mankind.”

When John F. Kennedy lit the Christmas tree on December 17, 1962, in the Pageant of Peace Ceremonies, he declared, “With the lighting of this tree, which is an old ceremony in Washington and one which has been among the most important responsibilities of a good many Presidents of the United States, we initiate in a formal way the Christmas Season. We mark the festival of Christmas, which is the most sacred and hopeful day in our civilization. For nearly two thousand years the message of Christmas, the message of peace and good will towards all men, has been the guiding star of our endeavors….[Even people of other faiths] pause from their labors on the 25th day of December to celebrate the birthday of the Prince of Peace.”

I close these presidential reflections on Christmas with President Reagan’s radio address to the nation at Christmastime 1983: “Some celebrate Christmas as the birthday of a great teacher and philosopher. But to other millions of us, Jesus is much more. He is divine, living assurance that God so loved the world He gave us His only begotten Son so that by believing in Him and learning to love each other we could one day be together in paradise.”

Merry Christmas!

The original of this article was published November 8, 2018, in a circular email by Jerry Newcombe, at  JerryNewcombe.com. and at WND.com.

Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. Dr. Newcombe is the author of NPI The Book that Made America: How the Bible Formed Our NationHe also wrote or co-wrote many other books, e.g., The Unstoppable Jesus ChristDoubting Thomas(w/ Mark Beliles, on Jefferson), and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (w/ D. James Kennedy) and the bestseller, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (w/ Peter Lillback). djkm.org   www.jerrynewcombe.com  @newcombejerry

© 2018 Used by Permission

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The contentiousness of the recent elections underscores how there are conflicting visions of what our nation should be. Are we a brave new world in a secular mold or are we endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights?

Secularists have tried to change America into a godless void. And they have recruited a caricature of our third president to do so.

Thomas Jefferson did have some serious doubts that he harbored about core Christian doctrines, privately, near the end of his life. But did he and the other founding fathers intend America to drive God out of the public arena? 

Mark Beliles, co-organizer of Healing4Charlottesville, is a pastor in Jefferson’s hometown, and he and I wrote a book together on the faith (or sometimes, the lack thereof) of Jefferson. Doubting Thomas (2014) makes two points overall: 1) Jefferson was not a lifelong skeptic. 2) Jefferson did not believe in the separation of God and state. 

In our book, we point out the following facts, which dispel the myth that Jefferson favored America being some sort of godless void. This list compiled by Beliles is abridged and does not include, for example, his references to God in both of his Inaugural Addresses:

  • 1768. Jefferson voted for chaplains to the House of Burgesses (Virginia’s legislature).
  • 1774. Jefferson advocated a resolution “Designating a Day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer” that was adopted by the House of Burgesses.
  • 1776. While in the Continental Congress, Jefferson proposed a national seal with a Biblical image “expressive of the divine presence, and…[the] Motto: Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.”
  • 1777. He prepared laws on religion in Virginia “…for Punishing Disturbers of Religious Worship and Sabbath Breakers,” and “…for Appointing Days of Public Fasting and Thanksgiving.”
  • 1777. He advocated a bill “…for Establishing General Courts” which required oaths and a prayer “so help me God.”
  • 1779. As Governor he issued a Proclamation for a Public Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer.
  • 1800. Vice President Jefferson, as leader of the U. S. Senate, approved (at least tacitly) that the Capitol building be used for Christian worship services. He personally attended many times during his years in Washington.
  • 1802 and 1804. As President, he asked for certain evangelical ministers to preach in the Capitol services. 
  • 1803. He presented a Treaty with the Kaskaskia and other Indian Tribes, which provided federal funds for the construction of churches and salaries for Catholic priests and missionaries.
  • 1803. He promised the Nuns of the Order of St. Ursula at New Orleans “the patronage of the government it is under. Be assured it will meet all the protection which my office can give it.”
  • 1804. He had $300 in federal funds given to help Presbyterian Rev. Gideon Blackburn build a school for the Cherokees in Tennessee.
  • 1804. He signed an act that approved the payment of chaplains for the government.
  • 1806. He “Gave…50 Dollars to the order of Governor Wilkinson or other acting governor of Louisiana for building a church there.” 
  • 1807. He said an accusation that he “wanted government to be without religion” was “a lie.”
  • 1807. He wrote that “the councils of the General Government in their decisions…[were drawn from] the…precepts of the gospel.”
  • 1807. He wrote that “liberty to worship our creator…[is] deemed in other countries incompatible with good government, and yet proved by our experience to be its best support.”
  • 1808. He signed an Act Appointing a Chaplain to Each Brigade of the Army.
  • 1817. He wrote: “Our right to life, liberty…is not left to the feeble and sophistical investigations of reason, but is impressed on the sense of every man. We do not claim these under the charters of kings or legislators, but under the King of kings.” Note: the King of kings refers to Jesus Christ.
  • 1822. He praised the use of the Albemarle County (Virginia) courthouse by churches and personally attended their services.
  • In 1817, Jefferson and the board of Central College (which became the University of Virginia) approved the program for the laying of the cornerstone that included prayer and Scripture reading by Episcopalian Rev. William King.
  • 1818. While Jefferson advocated “no professor of divinity” at the University of Virginia which he founded, he did stipulate that students would learn of “the proofs of the being of a God, the creator, preserver, and supreme ruler of the universe, the author of all the relations of morality.” 

Why would Jefferson want God to be taught in the school he founded? He said that God is the foundation of our liberties. Remove Him, and we end up with chaos (kind of like modern America): “And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God?”

11/7/18

The original of this article was published November 8, 2018, in a circular email by Jerry Newcombe, at  JerryNewcombe.com. and at WND.com.

Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. Dr. Newcombe is the author of NPI The Book that Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation. He also wrote or co-wrote many other books, e.g., The Unstoppable Jesus Christ, Doubting Thomas (w/ Mark Beliles, on Jefferson), and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (w/ D. James Kennedy) and the bestseller, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (w/ Peter Lillback). djkm.org   www.jerrynewcombe.com  @newcombejerry

© 2018 Used by Permission

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Happiness: The Christians’ Vindication? https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/happiness-the-christians-vindication/ https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/happiness-the-christians-vindication/#respond Mon, 08 Oct 2018 21:06:42 +0000 https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/?p=6263 Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe Many in our society seem to do everything they can to squelch Christianity, as the following examples illustrate: A retired Lutheran minister might get expelled from his retirement home. Why? For having Bible studies there. A chaplain was facing punishment for not facilitating a lesbian couple’s “marriage” retreat, because it […]

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Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe

Many in our society seem to do everything they can to squelch Christianity, as the following examples illustrate:

  • A retired Lutheran minister might get expelled from his retirement home. Why? For having Bible studies there.
  • A chaplain was facing punishment for not facilitating a lesbian couple’s “marriage” retreat, because it violates his conscience.
  • A Christian baker fought all the way up to the Supreme Court to defend against being forced to bake a same-sex wedding cake, lest it violate his conscience. The high court sided with him. Now Colorado is persecuting him again for not being willing to bake a cake to celebrate a transgender’s transition.

It’s as if in this country, founded by Christians for religious freedom, which we’ve then extended to everybody else, Christians are not free to practice their own religion.

Ah, but here is what is interesting about all this anti-Christian fervor in our time. Happiness often eludes the anti-Christian bigots. Who was happier? Saul of Tarsus (who persecuted the Christians) or Paul the Apostle (Saul of Tarsus, transformed by the risen Christ)? Paul learned that all are welcome to believe in Jesus and experience the positive things that flow thereafter.

I don’t follow Jesus to be happy here on earth. He’s the one who said, “Blessed are those who mourn.” Essentially: “Happy are the sad.” Wait, if they’re sad, how can they be happy? The first step to a blessed life is to mourn over one’s sin. This points to our need for a Savior. Paul even said, if only for this life we are Christians, we are to be pitied more than all.

What got me thinking about all this—the personal, quiet happiness of the run-of-the-mill active Christian—was a recent story from the BBC (8/27/18) about happiness and the Scandinavian countries, “Why Nordic countries might not be as happy as you think.” Despite the headline, however, Scandinavian countries consistently score among the highest on the happiness scale.

The article concludes: “So the picture in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden does remain relatively rosy—just not as perfect as some may have painted.” What I found most interesting in the article is this statement: “Very religious people were more likely to be happier.” So the happiest people in the happiest countries are the religious ones (and that’s in a Christian context).

The Mayo Clinic has been studying happiness for quite some time. They posted the summary of their findings on happy people on 4/20/18: “Their lives are built on the following pillars:

  • Devoting time to family and friends
  • Appreciating what they have
  • Maintaining an optimistic outlook
  • Feeling a sense of purpose
  • Living in the moment.

An active, practicing faith in Christ cultivates this type of lifestyle. For example, under the notion of appreciating what you have (as opposed to coveting what you don’t have), Mayo talks about the importance of giving-thanks: “Make a commitment to practice gratitude. Each day identify at least one thing that enriches your life. When you find yourself thinking an ungrateful thought, try substituting a grateful one.”

The Christian faith beat them by 2000 years in their findings. Paul said to give thanks, even in all circumstances.

In his case, he underwent many difficult circumstances. In 2 Corinthians 11, he goes through a litany of what he had suffered as an apostle for the Gospel’s sake. He was shipwrecked, robbed by thieves, stoned and left for dead, flogged, imprisoned, and endured other hardships. Yet, this very same man could declare: Give thanks in all circumstances.

Actively living as Christians means applying Christ’s Golden Rule, treating others as we would like to be treated. It means forgiving others (letting go of bitterness), and being forgiven by Christ who died for us. It means valuing relationships over things. “For it is in giving that we receive,” to quote the Prayer of St. Francis. It means being a part of the largest family in the whole world, the Body of Christ.

Recently, I experienced the loss of some important worldly goods. But through it all, I kept remembering this statement of Jesus: A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.

So what is the Christians’ vindication in a society that continues to marginalize us? Personal happiness and a sense of well-being, because our lives are based on a higher purpose—not to mention what we look forward to in the next life. Indeed, one of my favorite sayings is: “All this and heaven too!”


The original of this article was published September 5, 2018 in a circular email by Jerry Newcombe and September 5, 2018 at Townhall.com.

Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. Dr. Newcombe is the author of  NPI titles American Amnesia: Is America Paying the Price for Forgetting God, the Source of Our Liberty? and The Book that Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation. He also wrote or co-wrote many other books, e.g., The Unstoppable Jesus Christ, Doubting Thomas (w/ Mark Beliles, on Jefferson), and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (w/ D. James Kennedy) and the bestseller, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (w/ Peter Lillback). djkm.org www.jerrynewcombe.com @newcombejerry

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New Left Slogan? “Hey, Let’s Turn America Into Venezuela” https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/new-left-slogan-hey-lets-turn-america-into-venezuela/ https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/new-left-slogan-hey-lets-turn-america-into-venezuela/#respond Wed, 29 Aug 2018 19:30:26 +0000 https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/?p=5974 When you see Bernie Sanders, remember Venezuela. When you see Elizabeth Warren, think Caracas. When you see Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, think of the plight of those poor people fleeing Venezuela by the hundreds of thousands—just so they can eat. That may seem a little harsh. But the fact is that Venezuela went from one of the […]

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When you see Bernie Sanders, remember Venezuela. When you see Elizabeth Warren, think Caracas. When you see Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, think of the plight of those poor people fleeing Venezuela by the hundreds of thousands—just so they can eat.

That may seem a little harsh. But the fact is that Venezuela went from one of the most prosperous countries south of the border, to being a complete basket-case because of socialistic policies. And American leaders should learn from Venezuela and tone down the pro-socialism rhetoric.

Despite the realities of daily life in Caracas, precisely because of socialism, a new survey just released found that among Democrats, socialism is to be preferred over capitalism. The new report by Frank Newport issued by Gallup Polls (8/13/18) declares that Democrats are more positive about socialism (57 percent) than they are capitalism (47 percent).

Perhaps more disturbing is that many young people also state they prefer socialism to capitalism—but, as Dr. Frank Wright, head of D. James Kennedy Ministries, points out, these same people will glance down at their I-phones and Androids and other marvels of technology that capitalism produced. Newport notes: “Americans aged 18 to 29 are as positive about socialism (51%) as they are about capitalism (45%)…a marked shift since 2010, when 68% viewed [capitalism] positively.”

This is astounding. Capitalism is a proven winner. Socialism is a proven failure. We don’t have to look to other hemispheres to see that. We have seen it in Cuba for five decades. Now we see that nightmare relived in Venezuela.

France24.com (8/14/18) reports that, according to the U.N., 2.3 million people have fled Venezuela simply so they can find food. Furthermore, it is becoming less safe medically: “Diseases that had been eradicated such as measles, malaria, tuberculosis and diphtheria have reappeared and are on the rise.” What a human tragedy.

Music minister John Moore lived in Venezuela performing in one of that nation’s symphony orchestras in the early 1980s. This was during the days of prosperity, long before the days of socialism. He told me: “There’s just no sadder or more visible testimony of the ravages of socialism than what has happened to the country of Venezuela in the past 10 or 15 years.”

He added, “When I was there, the oil companies were still being run by the Venezuelan government with the assistance of American oil companies; and so oil production flowed. People lived in a government that had been stable for 120 years. The currency, the bolivar, was 4.3 to the dollar for over 25 years.”

But then came the siren song of socialism, and tragically many of the people fell for the communistic rhetoric of Hugo Chavez who turned that country to socialism.

Today the bolivar is not even remotely close to 4.3 for one U.S. dollar. Venezuela is now experiencing one million percent inflation—that’s the worst inflation in the world. And since 2012, the currency has lost 99% of its value. Last year, the inflation was up 2,600%. Everywhere, there are long lines for food and necessities.

As of this writing, the UK Guardian reports that it costs 14 million Venezuelan bolivars to buy a single chicken.

Moore says of Hugo Chavez, the dedicated communist who turned Venezuela in the wrong direction: “In his desire to equalize the society…[he] didn’t attack the super-rich, he attacked the middle class. He took their money.” And the result? “Just complete economic ruin.”

The average Venezuelan lost 24 pounds last year because of food shortages.

All the promises of socialism in Venezuela have turned out to be lies—bringing destitution, suffering to most of the population, and death to some—and increasing power to those in control. Up until his death, strongman Chavez insisted that socialism was not only democratic, but also Christian. There is nothing Christian about encouraging covetousness of your neighbor’s goods and then stealing them (even through government intermediaries). Ironically, it was reported several years ago that among the richest people in Venezuela is the daughter of Hugo Chavez.

The suffering in Venezuela illustrates how the socialistic promises of free stuff for everyone means that the resources have to be taken by the authoritarian hand of the state. At the end of the day, it simply doesn’t work. It never works. It never has. How can people keep falling for the socialist rhetoric?

Recently, I interviewed John Tamny of FreedomWorks on the radio about Venezuela and economics. He said of the Democrats who tout socialism: “If they actually had to live under socialism, they would hate it.” And he added, “Only in economics textbooks do we consume our way to prosperity.”

I hope that run-of-the-mill Democrats will wake up to the realities of how bad socialism is for everybody (except for the small elite who run the economy) before it’s too late.


Dr. Newcombe published the original of this article Aug 23, 2018 in a circular email. WNDTownhall, and other blogs also published it.

Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. Dr. Newcombe is the author of NPI The Book that Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation. He also wrote or co-wrote many other books, e.g., The Unstoppable Jesus ChristDoubting Thomas (w/ Mark Beliles, on Jefferson), and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (w/ D. James Kennedy) & the bestseller, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (w/ Peter Lillback). djkm.org www.jerrynewcombe.com @newcombejerry

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Who Died and Made the Supreme Court God? https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/who-died-and-made-the-supreme-court-god/ https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/who-died-and-made-the-supreme-court-god/#comments Tue, 24 Jul 2018 16:14:26 +0000 https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/?p=5415 Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe To hear some liberals tell it, you would think that America is finished as a nation with the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. One such person tweeted: “Literally in tears. Haven’t felt this hopeless in a long time. With Justice Kennedy leaving, we now have two options as […]

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Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe

To hear some liberals tell it, you would think that America is finished as a nation with the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. One such person tweeted: “Literally in tears. Haven’t felt this hopeless in a long time. With Justice Kennedy leaving, we now have two options as Americans: get fitted for your Nazi uniform or report directly to your death camp. How do you fight the darkness without light? My spark is going out.”

California Senator Kamala Harris said that Trump’s replacement for Kennedy (whoever that will be—unknown as of this writing) means the “destruction of the Constitution of the United States.”

These sentiments are terribly wrong on so many fronts. The founders created an experiment where “we the people” would govern ourselves. But in recent decades the high court has taken upon itself more power than King George III could possibly have lusted after. In fact, the swing voter on the Supreme Court—the now-retiring Anthony Kennedy—often experienced such power.

But the founders clearly felt that both a monarchy and an oligarchy (the rule by a few) were tyrannical. James Madison, a key architect to the Constitution, put it this way: “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

However, through the years, we have experienced the Supreme Court virtually governing our lives, and we assume that’s the way it is supposed to be.

Consider what the courts, especially the Supreme Court, have ushered in during the last several decades by legislating (not adjudicating) from the bench:

  • Pornography on demand, Roth v. United States (1957) and Miller v. California (1973).
  • No school prayer allowed, Engel v. Vitale (1962) and Murray v. Curlette (1963).
  • No official Bible reading of a devotional nature in schools, Abbington v. Schempp (1963).
  • Abortion on demand, through Roe v. Wade (1973), which dissenting Justice Byron White called an act of “raw judicial power.” Roe was based on a series of lies, and before she died, the “Roe” in this case, Jane McCorvey, became a pro-life activist who tried in vain to get the case overturned.
  • No Ten Commandments to be posted in the schools, Stone v. Graham (1980). They actually said in that decision: “If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be to induce the schoolchildren to read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey, the Commandments. However desirable this might be as a matter of private devotion, it is not a permissible state objective under the Establishment Clause.”
  • No equal time for creation science in the classroom, Edwards v. Aguilard (1987).
  • States are not free (as in the case of Colorado) to prohibit the granting of special legal rights to homosexuals, Romer v. Evans (1996).
  • States are not free (as in the case of Texas) to outlaw sodomy, Lawrence v. Texas (2003). This decision was cited by the Massachusetts Supreme Court when it took the next logical step and granted the right to same-sex marriage.
  • Same-sex marriage is supposedly the law of the land, Obergefell v. Hodges (2015). In their hubris, the Supreme Court actually thought they could redefine what marriage is, thus overturning millennia of marriage traditions all over the world in virtually every culture. Anthony Kennedy wrote that decision, as he did the Lawrence decision, which was a precursor to it.
  • Colleges (or law schools, as in this case) are free to oust a Christian group from campus if it will not allow for homosexuals to be among their leaders, Martinez v. Hastings (2010).

And on it goes . . . .

Yet, the Supreme Court is supposed to interpret the Constitution and evaluate whether a certain law being challenged does or does not pass Constitutional muster. The justices are not supposed to just dream about what they think the Constitution should say.

In the history of the world, America has enjoyed the stability of the Constitution, which was predicated on our God-given rights (as seen in the Declaration of Independence).

Ronald Reagan, put it this way: “In this country of ours took place the greatest revolution that has ever taken place in world’s history . . . Every other revolution simply exchanged one set of rulers for another. But here for the first time in all the thousands of years of man’s relation to man, a little group of the men, the founding fathers—for the first time—established the idea that you and I had within ourselves the God-given right and ability to determine our own destiny.”

Instead, activist courts, taking on more power than they ought to have under the Constitution, have instead helped turn America into a moral swamp.


The original of this article appeared July 3, 2018, in a circular email by Jerry Newcombe and March 21, 2018 at Townhall.com.

Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. Dr. Newcombe is the author of NPI The Book that Made America: How the Bible Formed Our National. He also wrote or co-wrote many other books, including The Unstoppable Jesus Christ, Doubting Thomas (w/ Mark Beliles, on Jefferson), What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (w/ D. James Kennedy) and the bestseller, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (w/ Peter Lillback). djkm.org www.jerrynewcombe.com @newcombejerry

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Confessions of a “Christian Constitutionalist” https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/confessions-of-a-christian-constitutionalist/ https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/confessions-of-a-christian-constitutionalist/#comments Mon, 02 Jul 2018 20:21:57 +0000 https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/?p=5343 Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe After a recent column on “fake news,” someone sent me an email, accusing me of propagating fake news by saying the Bible had anything to do with the founding of America. The email stated the common charge that the Constitution was the product of men of the Enlightenment, with Masonic […]

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Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe

After a recent column on “fake news,” someone sent me an email, accusing me of propagating fake news by saying the Bible had anything to do with the founding of America.

The email stated the common charge that the Constitution was the product of men of the Enlightenment, with Masonic influence as well.

Unfortunately, this reader, like so many others, fails to understand the historical truth that the Bible played a unique role in helping to create the U.S. Constitution.

The Biblical concept of covenants gave rise to the Puritan-type covenants. The Pilgrims began the process in the Mayflower Compact of 1620, which was done “in the name of God,” in which they declared their purpose was “for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith,” as they formed “a civil body politic.”

After this Compact, there came about a hundred or so Bible-inspired covenants, frames of government, and articles in America, leading all the way to the U.S. Constitution in 1787.

One of these Puritan documents was the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut of 1639, which says they started their colony for the “liberty and purity of the gospel of our Lord Jesus.” The Fundamental Orders was the first complete constitution written on American soil and is believed by historians to have impacted the U. S. Constitution. This is why Connecticut calls itself “the Constitution State.”

The U. S. Constitution itself says that it was done “in the year of our Lord”—meaning Jesus. But also it was done in the 12th year of independence. The Constitution is predicated on the Declaration of Independence—our national birth certificate, which mentions God four times.

Was all this the product of men of the Enlightenment?

The late Michael Novak of the American Enterprise Institute made a great point about the Enlightenment. It was not monolithic, and there were really two types of Enlightenment thinkers: those that were solidly within the Judeo-Christian tradition (e.g., Montesquieu, John Locke, Sir William Blackstone) and those not (e.g., David Hume, Voltaire, Diderot).

America’s founders quoted heavily from the Bible, Montesquieu, Blackstone, and Locke—in that order.

  • In his The Spirit of Laws, Baron Montesquieu wrote: “We shall see that we owe to Christianity, in government, a certain political law, and in war a certain law of nations—benefits which human nature can never sufficiently acknowledge.”
  • Sir William Blackstone, who has often been quoted by the Supreme Court, said that the laws of nature were written by God and were supplemented by the Holy Scriptures. He wrote: “This law of nature being…dictated by God Himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times. No human laws are of any validity if contrary to this.”
  • John Locke penned: “The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men.” I used to have a Sunday school teacher, Dr. Greg Forster, who earned his Ph.D. at Yale studying Locke and became a Christian because of Locke’s classic book, The Reasonableness of Christianity.

Although not all framers of the Declaration and Constitution were orthodox Christians, about 95 percent of the founding fathers were active members of Trinitarian Christian churches. To many of them, the Christian faith was central in their lives:

  • In his “Circular to the States” (1783), George Washington said that America could never hope to be a happy nation unless we learned to imitate Jesus, “the divine author of our blessed religion.”
  • In his Inaugural Address (1797), John Adams calls “a decent respect for Christianity among the best recommendations for the public service.”
  • Thomas Jefferson said that Jesus is the reason we can have religious freedom. To force people to believe in religious views they don’t share are a departure from Him, “the holy author of our religion.” Jefferson wrote this in his Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (1777, adopted 1786).
  • James Madison, a key leader in the creation of the Constitution, wrote that our obligations to God come before those to the state: “Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.”

As to the Masonic charge, I view it as an anachronistic charge. The Masons in America did not become anti-Christian until the 1830s and thereafter, long after the time of the framing of our founding documents.

God and the Bible are greater than anyone or any country. But I think we do a disservice to our history to discount the incredibly positive role the Scriptures played in helping to shape this nation.

In the email that prompted this column, I was accused of being a “Christian constitutionalist.” Guilty as charged.


Dr. Newcombe published the original of this article April 18, 2018 in a circular email. WND, Townhall, and other blogs also published it.

Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. Dr. Newcombe is the author of NPI The Book that Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation. He also wrote or co-wrote many other books, e.g., The Unstoppable Jesus Christ, Doubting Thomas (w/ Mark Beliles, on Jefferson), and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (w/ D. James Kennedy) & the bestseller, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (w/ Peter Lillback). djkm.org www.jerrynewcombe.com @newcombejerry

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What Was the “Crime” of Jesus that Got Him Crucified? https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/what-was-the-crime-of-jesus-that-got-him-crucified/ https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/what-was-the-crime-of-jesus-that-got-him-crucified/#comments Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:58:43 +0000 https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/?p=5036 Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe Soon another Holy Week will be upon us, beginning with Palm Sunday and culminating with Easter Sunday. It was “the week that changed the world.” The week began in a humble, triumphant sort of way. That may seem like an oxymoron. Jesus was hailed as a king, but rode in […]

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Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe

Soon another Holy Week will be upon us, beginning with Palm Sunday and culminating with Easter Sunday. It was “the week that changed the world.”

The week began in a humble, triumphant sort of way. That may seem like an oxymoron. Jesus was hailed as a king, but rode in on a donkey—a humble way to begin His public entry into Jerusalem. Of course, He was fulfilling what Zechariah the prophet had foretold about 700 years before.

Dr. Paul L. Maier is a professor of ancient history emeritus from Western Michigan University. He is a terrific scholar on all things related to Jesus and the Gospels.

In his 1997 book, In the Fullness of Time, Maier writes of Jesus’ entry into the Holy City on the eve of the Passover on that very first Palm Sunday: the donkey “was the common beast of burden of the time, in contrast to the superior horse of gilded chariot used in Roman triumphs.”

The city was bustling and filled with people. Dr. D. James Kennedy notes this: “Josephus tells us that there were over three million pilgrims that visited the city on this occasion. 256,000 lambs were slain for the Passover.”

Of course, the climax of Jesus’ entry was His death (on Passover) and resurrection.

Why was Jesus crucified? What crime did He allegedly commit?

Crucifixion was a horrible way to die. It was so bad that no Roman citizen could be crucified. It was an execution reserved for slaves and bandits. How amazing then that the Son of God become man would allow Himself to be so degraded by people whom He Himself had created.

Crucifixion was invented in the Near East and perfected by the Romans. It was not uncommon for a crucified victim to suffer for days. Pontius Pilate was surprised Jesus had died in only a few hours—however, He had been scourged so horribly that He could have bled to death, had He been released after the whipping.

The crucified victim had the crime he committed posted above his head. Crucifixion was like a living billboard—do what this fellow did and you too could end up like this.

In the case of Jesus, we’ve all seen the crucifixes with INRI above His head. This stands for Iesus Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm, Latin for Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, as recorded in John’s Gospel.

His “crime” was claiming to be a king, a treasonous act in ancient Rome.

In a television interview I once conducted with Dr. Paul Maier, he noted that there were three phases of Roman history, beginning with the Monarchy from 753 to 509 B.C. The next stage was the Republic from 509 to 30 B.C. And then there was the Roman Empire from 30 B.C. to 476.

Commenting on that first phase, Maier told me, “The first seven kings of Rome ended in a real tyrant. His name was Tarquin the Proud, and they didn’t want another king throughout their history.”

Thus, after 509 B.C., the Romans eschewed the title “king” [rex] thereafter, despite having emperors who were far more powerful than any earthly king.

Thus, Jesus’ claim to be the King of the Jews was His death sentence. Maier adds: “[Rex] was a term of opprobrium. It was somebody who was trying to subvert the masses…. And that is the charge that the prosecution made, which really turned the case as far as Pontius Pilate was concerned.”

It’s a tragic fact that in 2000 years of Christian history, there have been anti-Semitic professing Christians who blamed the Jews for the crucifixion of Jesus.

But the fact is that Jesus laid down His life as fully God and fully man, who alone fulfilled the Ten Commandments, on behalf of sinners—so that those who believe in Him might be saved. As Jesus Himself said, “I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again” (John 10:17-18). If there were any “crime” committed for which Jesus was dying, it was the crime committed by sinful people against our holy Creator.

Christians believe that Jesus is the King, whose kingdom was foretold by Daniel the prophet about 500 years before He came, who said that in the “days of those kings”—which kings? The Roman kings—the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will smite the Roman Empire.

It begins as a small stone but that stone goes on to become a mountain that fills the whole earth. Christianity began very small, but has grown to where about one-third of humanity claims to be Christian.

And so during this Holy Week, Christians celebrate the coming 2000 years ago of the King, who came the first time in humility, who will one day ride a white horse as the conquering King of kings and Lord of lords.

The original of this article was published March 21, 2018 in a circular email by Jerry Newcombe and March 21, 2018 at Townhall.com.

Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. Dr. Newcombe is the author of NPI The Book that Made America: How the Bible Formed Our National. He also wrote or co-wrote many other books, e.g., The Unstoppable Jesus Christ, Doubting Thomas (w/ Mark Beliles, on Jefferson), and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (w/ D. James Kennedy) & the bestseller, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (w/ Peter Lillback). djkm.org www.jerrynewcombe.com @newcombejerry

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Loving God with Our Minds—a Tribute to the Late R. C. Sproul https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/loving-god-minds-tribute-late-r-c-sproul/ https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/loving-god-minds-tribute-late-r-c-sproul/#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:08:20 +0000 http://www.nordskogpublishing.com/?p=4807 Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe The greatest command, said Jesus, is that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Sometimes missing today among many professing Christians is the emphasis on the mind. A great evangelical theologian died December 14, 2017, R. C. Sproul (rhymes with role), the founder of Ligonier Ministries. […]

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Guest essay by Jerry Newcombe

The greatest command, said Jesus, is that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Sometimes missing today among many professing Christians is the emphasis on the mind.

A great evangelical theologian died December 14, 2017, R. C. Sproul (rhymes with role), the founder of Ligonier Ministries. And I think he exemplifies the notion of loving God with our mind, as well as our other faculties. Even his radio program was called Renewing Your Mind with R. C. Sproul.

Sometimes one gets the impression that the more religious you are, the less likely you are to be educated. But Dr. Rodney Stark of Baylor University factually disproves that myth.

In his book, America’s Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists (2012), Stark notes, “Angry atheists frequently claim that religious folks tend to be uneducated and are inclined to stay that way—putting little value on book learnin’. This fantasy is probably the most outrageous of all regarding people of faith. Americans who never attend church are significantly less likely to have finished high school than are those who attend weekly.” (p. 72)

Stark adds, “Religious students have a superior level of academic achievement, however it is measured…. Evangelical Protestants were second only to Jews in being college-educated, significantly exceeding all other religious groups as well as the nonreligious… the more often students attended church, the more likely they were to enroll in college…. The idea that churchgoers tend to be less educated is false.” (pp. 134, 139, 140, 141)

The great thing about R. C. Sproul is that, while he was an intellectual and taught the meat of God’s Word, he had the ability to communicate deep truths in an understandable way.

I interviewed Sproul for Christian television a few times. In one of those interviews he noted, “As the church embraces more and more secular ideas, and as preachers in their zeal to bring people into the church tell them that God loves them unconditionally, the unbeliever hears the preacher say, ‘I don’t need to repent. I don’t really need Jesus. God loves me just as I am, unconditionally.’ And it’s not the Kingdom of God; it’s more like Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

For this column, I reached out to some Christian leaders that knew him or were influenced by his teaching for a statement on Dr. Sproul and how he encouraged Christians to think.

Dr. Sam Lamerson, president of Knox Theological Seminary, where he taught some occasional classes, wrote: “Dr. R.C. Sproul was a rare mix of a great communicator and a good scholar….I became an academic, in part, because of the witness of Dr. Sproul.”

Dr. Peter Lillback, president of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, sent me this eulogy: “Dr. Sproul was granted that rare combination of sincere devotion with penetrating intellectual power. This harmony of gifts made his preaching, writing and ministry magnetic to many within and without Reformed Christianity.”

Author Dr. George Grant writes, “He was brilliant…Over the 35 years that I knew him, that first impression has only been reinforced a hundredfold. Without ever using notes, he could wax eloquent on everything from Greek morphology to Modernist philosophy, from the wonders of the Magisterial Reformers to the feats of the Pittsburg Steelers.”

Lee Webb, vice president of broadcasting for Ligonier Ministries and host of “Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul,” wrote: “[His teaching] brought me great comfort and encouragement to know that Christianity could stand intellectual scrutiny. …Dr. Sproul could lay claim to the theological ‘ivory tower,’ but his great passion was to bring that rich theology down to people like me to understand and embrace it.”

Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, emailed me, “R. C. Sproul was a Christian apologist and theologian to the layman and laywoman in the pew and on Main Street. He had a great burden to equip the church to defend the faith in the public marketplace… to equip the laity to do so as well was quite evident to all those with whom he came into contact.”

Del Tackett, creator and teacher of the Truth Project, pointed me to his blog, where he had written, “[Dr. Sproul] was instrumental in developing in me the understanding that it was all about God.”

By contacting his office, I found out that John MacArthur had likewise already issued a statement, including this sentence: “One of R. C.’s most admirable characteristics was his refusal to shy away from difficult doctrines or shape his teaching to suit whatever might be popular or politically correct at any given moment.”

Thankfully, R. C. Sproul’s legacy endures through his books, taped lectures, and radio broadcasts. His life work reminds us to love God with our all our mind.


The original of this article was published December 20, 2017 by Jerry Newcombe at JerryNewcombe.com and December 21, 2017 at Townhall.com.

Jerry Newcombe D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. He has written/co-written 28 books, including NPI title The Book that Made America: How the Bible Formed Our Nation, Doubting Thomas, (with Mark Beliles on Jefferson), Strength for Today and What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (with D. James Kennedy) and George Washington’s Sacred Fire (with Peter Lillback).  @newcombejerry.

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