Politics of Guilt and Pity, R.J. Rushdoony, Audiobook

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From the foreword, by Steve M. Schlissel

In the first golden chapter of this book, Rushdoony, working from the premise of the need for atonement as inescapable to man, explains how unbelief, tragically, is willing to endure anything, or to inflict anything, in its attempt to be freed from guilt and shame. But again, God’s established category must be filled with God’s provided content. It is the blood of Christ alone which brings freedom from the power of sin and guilt, that opens for us a way of escape from the spiral leading to death apart from Him.

Along the way, Rushdoony sounds the clarion call of liberty for all who remain oppressed by Christian leaders who wrongfully lord it over the souls of God’s righteous ones (see Ezekiel 13:22). Morbid introspectionists, beware! Chapters one and two just might surprise you with joy! I pray that the entire book will not only instruct you in the method and content of a Biblical worldview, but actually bring you further into the glorious freedom of the children of God. Those who walk in wisdom’s ways become immune to the politics of guilt and pity.

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Perhaps the unique contribution of Rousas John Rushdoony to the Kingdom of God can be aptly summarized by saying that he has lived his life building upon an inherited Reformed worldview, keeping Christ’s words always before him: What God has joined together, let not man separate. Don’t separate the Old and New Testaments—labor to understand their relationship. Don’t separate law and grace—strive to properly understand their relationship. Don’t separate God’s Word from God’s world—make every effort to bring God’s Word to bear on every domain and arena under Him.

Our task as Christians is not simply to accumulate Biblical facts and data, not simply to memorize verses. Surely we may start there, in faith. But we must go on to maturity in Christ. Our task is to pursue wisdom, to seek to apply the Word of the Almighty God—the King of kings and Lord of lords— to every square inch of life.

May God use the reprinting of this book to bring many to self consciously ascribe to Him the “power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing” forever. Amen.