Karmic Necessity?

Karmic Necessity?
Reprinted from Revolt Against Maturity, Chapter titled,”New”
By Rousas John Rushdoony

In every age, the future belongs to those who live in terms of it in Christ. However important technology and economics are, man’s future is never determined by them. They are first of all products rather than causes: the causes rest in the mind and faith of man. If technology and economics determined the future, then the twentieth century should be the happiest and most peaceful of eras rather than the one bent on committing suicide. But men, having forsaken Christ, have also forsaken the future. Instead of newness of life and future, they lack also a present and live in blind revolt. Men who cannot make a future destroy even their present and despise their past. The present order can be destroyed either by revolution or by a refusal to grow and accept the requirements of renewal.
In most churches today, if not almost all, the evil men are both those who seek to put the church to the use of revolution rather than Christ, and those who are content to let the church continue as an unbelieving and ungodly social center for those who want a form of godliness without the power thereof (II Tim. 3:5). The godly men “turn away” from such and rebuild the church apart from them, for the church is neither a building, an organization, a hierarchy, or a tradition, but the living, growing body of Christ which in every generation breaks the old wineskins and demands new forms for a new day.
At this point, Scripture gives us an interesting usage of the word new, whereby the Holy Ghost brings us to a clearer knowledge of the meaning of the new. In Matthew 9:17, the wine is new, neos, but the new wineskins are kainous; the same is true in Luke 5:37-38. The wine, the life of believers, is ever new in time as each generation sees the regenerating power of Christ in its day. The institutional containers of that new life are the same, church, state, school, family, and others, but they are either new in quality and nature, renewed, or they break under the pressure of the new wine. The true Christians are those who in every age break the old wineskins of the past because they are the life of the future and require the renewed forms of the future. We are called “the new wine” (Matt. 9:17; Mark 2:22; Luke 5:37-39) neos, “as being of recent production.” We are new in time, not merely because we are born in this era, but because of Christ’s regenerating power we are freed from the world of sin and death, from karmic necessity, and made the force and power of the future.
Thus, the Christian, while respecting the past, cannot involve himself too deeply with the past. Too often, as we listen to others, and to ourselves, we find that the major concern of our lives, what we talk and think about, is what happened yesterday, the past. We grieve over the past, talk about it, rehash it endlessly, and thus sadden and distort the present and neglect the future. The problems of yesterday and today are very real, and they are inescapable in a fallen world. The test of a Christian is in part this; Christ having declared, “Behold, I make all things new” (Rev. 21:5), do we work confidently under Him towards that goal, or are we endlessly troubled over who said and did what yesterday and today? Are we merely reacting to what others say and do, or are we acting to reconstruct all things in terms of Jesus Christ? Are we more concerned with the sins and imperfections of others than our duty to build for the future?
[I]t is death to cling to the past. Time is not eternity, and that which is must pass away in order for that which must be to develop. The Christian is a pilgrim who refuses to find permanency in time, nor newness in novelty. In Christ, who is his redeemer, he finds his newness of life and the marching orders for time, so that he is fixed as to his faith, and on the move in his time. *
Excerpt from “Revolt Against Maturity” by Rousas John Rushdoony. Available at Chalcedon.edu.

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