Our Threatened Freedom

Are Fake Menaces Being Promoted? (03:38)

R.J. Rushdoony


R.J. Rushdoony: 00:01 Are fake menaces being promoted? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threaten freedom.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:08 We are regularly told by the press of various cults which are supposedly sweeping the country capturing countless numbers of youth, fleecing people out of money and generally creating problems. Among these groups regularly attacked are the Unification Church or Moonies, the Church of Scientology and Hari Krishnas. Now I emphatically disagree with the beliefs of these and other like groups. But I strongly disagree with the idea that they are a menace.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:42 First, in spite of the exaggerated reports about these people they are numerically small. The Moonies in the United States number about 7,000. The Church of Scientology has a membership of between five and 10,000. The Hari Krishnas are about 1,500. Second, if these or any other groups are out of line, we have more than enough laws on the books to take care of such cases.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:13 For example, Jim Jones and the People’s Church existed with state and federal cooperation. Complaints against the group went unheeded. When the tragedy took place all kinds of laws were purposed by the people who had done nothing previously. Those new laws would control the rest of us more than the cults. The same is true today. A number of states are framing legislation to control the Moonies and others. These purposed laws are so worded that they would easily control all of us. This is not all. All to often the courts have permitted the kidnapping and deprogramming of members of these cults. Now I would consider it a tragedy if a member of my family joined the Moonies. But would that make it right for me to have them kidnapped? We are seeing people now kidnapped for turning Christian using the same legal precedence. Will we see people kidnapped in the years ahead for turning Democratic or Republican? In other words, if we use the law to punish descent, we are outlawing freedom.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:31 A free society requires the possibility of people doing some foolish things. The freedom to make mistakes is an essential part of freedom. While sin is anathema to God, God allows us the option of sinning. He does not alter the fact that sin is sin, but neither does He try to make it impossible for us to sin. What some people are trying to do is be wiser than God. They want to legislate so as to prevent man from doing anything but the prescribed thing. However well intentioned such legislation is a stepping stone to totalitarianism. Freedom does mean the things we disagree with and even regard as evil can exist. But freedom also means that truth and man alike have an opportunity to grow and develop.

R.J. Rushdoony: 03:32 This has been R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.

Rev. R.J. Rushdoony (1916–2001), was a leading theologian, church/state expert, and author of numerous works on the application of Biblical law to society. He started the Chalcedon Foundation in 1965.  His Institutes of Biblical Law (1973) began the contemporary theonomy movement which posits the validity of Biblical law as God’s standard of obedience for all. He therefore saw God’s law as the basis of the modern Christian response to the cultural decline, one he attributed to the church’s false view of God’s law being opposed to His grace. This broad Christian response he described as “Christian Reconstruction.”  He is credited with igniting the modern Christian school and homeschooling movements in the mid to late 20th century. He also traveled extensively lecturing and serving as an expert witness in numerous court cases regarding religious liberty. Many ministry and educational efforts that continue today, took their philosophical and Biblical roots from his lectures and books.

Learn more about R.J. Rushdoony by visiting: https://chalcedon.edu/founder