LABOR DAY – 1894                              SO                                 CI A            e of                     ...
Basic Questions about LaborWhat is the “just” value of labor?What is a “just” view of labor’s reward—private property?What...
Karl Marx writing in “Contribution to the                   Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right”                   and...
“The two governing passions of Marx’s life were, first,a hatred of Christian society, of Biblical law andorder, and, secon...
Ancient & Modern “Chaos cults”“The human state              “You’ve got to go  [controlled] nature,          through 15, 2...
MARXIST DOCTRINE:         “Economic Determinism”         Structure of    Ideas and         the State       Speculations  R...
“Reformed” MarxismFrankfort Group      Fabian Society (1884                     to present)(1923 to WW 2)                 ...
Evangelical Christian SocialismBillionaire supporter of the   Editor Sojourners’Left                           magazine & ...
UNBELIEF SWALLOWING UP A BIT OF    THE WORD OF GOD                                        Unbelief                        ...
UNBELIEF FORCED INTO A CONTRAST INMANY AREAS SIMULTANEOUSLY                                           Unbelief            ...
THE BURIED FOUNDATIONCREATION      God              Man              NatureFALL          Evil & SufferingFLOOD         Jud...
THE DISRUPTIVE KINGDOMCALL OF ABRAHAM         Election                        Justification                        FaithEX...
THE KING’S DISCIPLINEGOLDEN ERA OF SOLOMON   Sanctification                        (Growth & Wisdom)KINGDOM DIVIDED       ...
THE KING AS CREATOR & CREATUREBIRTH              Hypostatic Union                   KenosisLIFE               Impeccabilit...
THE KING’S QUALIFYING         CAMPAIGN                          Judgment / SalvationASCENSION & SESSION                   ...
politics                          Pressure of Life              ethicsSequenceLogical           epistemology           met...
Consistency                                                     Correspondence criterion:criterion: man’s                 ...
Non-Biblical Answers to:  “Who are you to tell me how to live?”1. Subjectivism (moral relativism): “Ethical judgments mere...
Non-Biblical Answers to:  “Who are you to tell me how to live?”Problems with:Says nothing about actions or objects themsel...
politics                          Pressure of Life              ethicsSequenceLogical           epistemology           met...
The Risk Costs ofViolating God’sDesign Due toValuation Errors &Bad Choices:$112 B / year“Bail-outs” funded bytax-payers
“Marriage is more that a moral or even social  institution; it is also an economic one, a  generator of social and human c...
CIVIL GOVERNMENT“Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood will beshed; for in the image of God He made man” Gen. 9:6
politics                          Pressure of Life              ethicsSequenceLogical           epistemology           met...
“The rebellious people are tired of being  named, of being the recipient of a name.  They want to name themselves. . .This...
“Justice Lifts theNations”(1905) in old Supreme CourtBuilding, Lausanne,SwitzerlandCited in Francis Schaeffer, How Shall W...
Great Ideas that raised Western Civilization out of Underdeveloped           Status & Poverty• A purposeful created existe...
Chiastic Structure ( Χ )5:6-10 God alone is worthy of worship and service  5:11 Accuracy in language about God      5:12-1...
God’s Design of SocietyLIFE (protected)                      LIFE (jeopardized)MARRIAGE & FAMILY                MARRIAGE &...
Chiastic Structure ( Χ )5:6-10 God alone is worthy of worship and service  5:11 Accuracy in language about God      5:12-1...
All social              phenomena are“Class        “socialwarfare”      constructs” out              of man’sContinuing   ...
Civil Government & PropertyLegitimate Power            Illegitimate Power1. Enforce the 8th          1. Eminent domaincomm...
Chiastic Structure ( Χ )5:6-10 God alone is worthy of worship and service  5:11 Accuracy in language about God      5:12-1...
Great Ideas that raised Western Civilization out of Underdeveloped           Status & Poverty• A purposeful created existe...
The Risk Costs ofViolating God’sDesign Due toValuation Errors &Bad Choices:$112 B / year“Bail-outs” funded bytax-payers
Chiastic Structure ( Χ )5:6-10 God alone is worthy of worship and service  5:11 Accuracy in language about God      5:12-1...
Labor creates value and reveals character likeGod’s creation & saving work does for HimThe Sabbatical principle: our labor...
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Doctrine of Labor

  1. 1. LABOR DAY – 1894 SO CI A e of of A LIS me TP arad C rica arty or p NYLab 00 in 10,0
  2. 2. Basic Questions about LaborWhat is the “just” value of labor?What is a “just” view of labor’s reward—private property?What is the family role regardinglabor?What is the role of civil government (“the State”) regarding labor and itsreward?
  3. 3. Karl Marx writing in “Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right” and “The German Ideology” 1818-1883“The criticism of religion ends with the doctrine thatman is the supreme being for man. . . . .with thecategorical imperative to overthrow all thoseconditions in which man is an abased, enslaved, . ..and contemptible being. . . .For the creation on amass scale of this communist consciousness, it isnecessary for men themselves to be changed on a largescale, and this change can only occur. . .in arevolution.”
  4. 4. “The two governing passions of Marx’s life were, first,a hatred of Christian society, of Biblical law andorder, and, second, a magical belief in the efficacy andpower of destruction. . . .As an economics, it has nofuture. As a philosophy of magic, [it] is impervious toattack, once its presuppositions are granted.”Rousas J. Rushdoony, Preface in Gary North, Marx’s Religion ofRevolution.
  5. 5. Ancient & Modern “Chaos cults”“The human state “You’ve got to go [controlled] nature, through 15, 20, 50 [upheld] the orderly years of civil wars and cosmos. In the rites national wars not man secured the revival of nature in merely to change your spring, won the conditions but in order cosmic battle against to change yourselves chaos, and created the and become qualified orderly world each for political power,” year anew out of Karl Marx, London Central chaos.” Committee of the Communist League.• Thorkild Jacobsen, Before Philosophy.
  6. 6. MARXIST DOCTRINE: “Economic Determinism” Structure of Ideas and the State Speculations Religious Functioning of belief executive, legislative, and judicial processesEconomic Organization of Society (HumanProduction = Marx’s “Archimedean Point”)
  7. 7. “Reformed” MarxismFrankfort Group Fabian Society (1884 to present)(1923 to WW 2) George Bernard ShawCritical Theory Sidney & BeatriceEric Fromm & WebbHerbert Marcuse British Labor PartyStudent revolts ofthe late 1960s & London School ofearly 1970s Economics
  8. 8. Evangelical Christian SocialismBillionaire supporter of the Editor Sojourners’Left magazine & spiritual advisor to the President $$$
  9. 9. UNBELIEF SWALLOWING UP A BIT OF THE WORD OF GOD Unbelief reinterpreting the Word of God within its own categories A portion of the Word of God presented to unbelief“Unbelief controls my interpretation of the situation”
  10. 10. UNBELIEF FORCED INTO A CONTRAST INMANY AREAS SIMULTANEOUSLY Unbelief challenged at A portion of the the Word of foundational God presented level to unbelief as part of a network“Word of God controls my interpretation of the situation”
  11. 11. THE BURIED FOUNDATIONCREATION God Man NatureFALL Evil & SufferingFLOOD Judgment / SalvationCOVENANT God Man Nature
  12. 12. THE DISRUPTIVE KINGDOMCALL OF ABRAHAM Election Justification FaithEXODUS Judgment / Salvation (Blood Atonement)MT. SINAI Revelation Inspiration CanonicityCONQUEST & SETTLEMENT SanctificationRISE & REIGN OF DAVID Sanctification (Confession & Restoration)
  13. 13. THE KING’S DISCIPLINEGOLDEN ERA OF SOLOMON Sanctification (Growth & Wisdom)KINGDOM DIVIDED Sanctification (Chastening & Repentance)KINGDOMS IN DECLINE Sanctification (Chastening, Repentance, & Final Cleansing)EXILE Sanctification (Separation) Revelation / Inspiration (Apocalyptic Literature)RESTORATION Canonicity (Preservation of the Text) Prayer
  14. 14. THE KING AS CREATOR & CREATUREBIRTH Hypostatic Union KenosisLIFE Impeccability Infallibility SubstitutionaryDEATH Blood AtonementRESURRECTION Glorification
  15. 15. THE KING’S QUALIFYING CAMPAIGN Judgment / SalvationASCENSION & SESSION (Last days begin) Person & Work of the HolyPENTECOST Spirit; Sanctification Dispensations (IsraelologyEMERGENCE OF THE CHURCH & Ecclesiology) Historical TheologyMATURING OF THE CHURCH (doctrinal clarification)DESTINY OF THE CHURCH Eschatology (Rapture, Bema, Return)
  16. 16. politics Pressure of Life ethicsSequenceLogical epistemology metaphysics
  17. 17. Consistency Correspondence criterion:criterion: man’s GOD man’s ideas can correspondthoughts can be with factual reality outside hisorderly because head because both are part of aGod’s plan is unified creationorderly KN MPR a CO as OW EH LY ally S I VE re parti NS EN cre OWS HE SIV atu CO OWS RE KN EL MP Y KN MAN NATURE KNOWS partially as a creature
  18. 18. Non-Biblical Answers to: “Who are you to tell me how to live?”1. Subjectivism (moral relativism): “Ethical judgments merely express an individual’s emotions or attitudes toward an action or object of evaluation.”Arguments for:Circumstances & generational experience differ from person to personIntolerant to impose one’s values on others
  19. 19. Non-Biblical Answers to: “Who are you to tell me how to live?”Problems with:Says nothing about actions or objects themselves, only autobiographical expressions lacking basis for moral outrage over evil actions or belief in objective value.Self-refuting since every person inevitably experiences others’ judgments of him or his labor to which he objects as “unfair.”Resulting anarchy leads to totalitarian imposition of the judgments of the stronger against the weaker to avoid social chaos
  20. 20. politics Pressure of Life ethicsSequenceLogical epistemology metaphysics
  21. 21. The Risk Costs ofViolating God’sDesign Due toValuation Errors &Bad Choices:$112 B / year“Bail-outs” funded bytax-payers
  22. 22. “Marriage is more that a moral or even social institution; it is also an economic one, a generator of social and human capital, especially when it comes to children. . . .To the extent that family fragmentation causes negative outcomes for children and adults, it also leads to higher costs to taxpayers through higher spending on antipoverty programs and throughout the justice and educational systems, as well as losses to government coffers in foregone tax revenues.” (pp 7,8)
  23. 23. CIVIL GOVERNMENT“Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood will beshed; for in the image of God He made man” Gen. 9:6
  24. 24. politics Pressure of Life ethicsSequenceLogical epistemology metaphysics
  25. 25. “The rebellious people are tired of being named, of being the recipient of a name. They want to name themselves. . .This means becoming independent. . .It is the desire to exclude God from his creation. And it is this solidarity in a name, this unity in separation from God, which was to keep men from ever again being separated on earth. . . .” Jacques Ellul, The Meaning of the City
  26. 26. “Justice Lifts theNations”(1905) in old Supreme CourtBuilding, Lausanne,SwitzerlandCited in Francis Schaeffer, How Shall WeThen Live? p107
  27. 27. Great Ideas that raised Western Civilization out of Underdeveloped Status & Poverty• A purposeful created existence controlled by God’s Providence• Confidence in economic cause-effect and permanent (unchanging) law• Optimism concerning historical progress [Marx borrowed this]• Dignity of labor• Future hope for savings and investing the profits of labor• Sanctity of contracts and private property
  28. 28. Chiastic Structure ( Χ )5:6-10 God alone is worthy of worship and service 5:11 Accuracy in language about God 5:12-15 Management of labor and property 5:16 Society depends upon functional marriage & family 5:17 Life is to be respected & preserved 5:18 Marriage is to be protected 5:19 Property is to be protected 5:20 Accuracy in language of judicial proceedings5:21 Self is not worthy of worship and service
  29. 29. God’s Design of SocietyLIFE (protected) LIFE (jeopardized)MARRIAGE & FAMILY MARRIAGE & FAMILY(strong & functioning) (weak & dysfunctional)LABOR & PROPERTY LABOR & PROPERTY(respected & productive) (demeaned & wasted)INTEGRITY of INTEGRITY ofCOMMUNICATION COMMUNICATION(consistently states truth (deceitfully professes truth –fitting reality) Sophist rhetoric)HEART ALLEGIANCE (to HEART ALLEGIANCE (toGod) self)
  30. 30. Chiastic Structure ( Χ )5:6-10 God alone is worthy of worship and service 5:11 Accuracy in language about God 5:12-15 Management of labor and property 5:16 Society depends upon functional marriage & family 5:17 Life is to be respected & preserved 5:18 Marriage is to be protected 5:19 Property is to be protected 5:20 Accuracy in language of judicial proceedings5:21 Self is not worthy of worship and service
  31. 31. All social phenomena are“Class “socialwarfare” constructs” out of man’sContinuing autonomous mindthe Marxistanalysismethodology Continuing the Kantian subjectivism
  32. 32. Civil Government & PropertyLegitimate Power Illegitimate Power1. Enforce the 8th 1. Eminent domaincommandment against applied after ownershipdestruction of property & beginsrecords of ownership 2. Exercise control2. Exercise control when without threat to otherother peoples’ rights peoples’ rights under theunder the Decalogue are Decalogue (e.g., rent &threatened by owner’s price controls, inflationcontrol. of the currency)
  33. 33. Chiastic Structure ( Χ )5:6-10 God alone is worthy of worship and service 5:11 Accuracy in language about God 5:12-15 Management of labor and property 5:16 Society depends upon functional marriage & family 5:17 Life is to be respected & preserved 5:18 Marriage is to be protected 5:19 Property is to be protected 5:20 Accuracy in language of judicial proceedings5:21 Self is not worthy of worship and service
  34. 34. Great Ideas that raised Western Civilization out of Underdeveloped Status & Poverty• A purposeful created existence controlled by God’s Providence• Confidence in economic cause-effect and permanent (unchanging) law• Optimism concerning historical progress [Marx borrowed this]• Dignity of labor• Future hope for savings and investing the profits of labor• Sanctity of contracts and private property
  35. 35. The Risk Costs ofViolating God’sDesign Due toValuation Errors &Bad Choices:$112 B / year“Bail-outs” funded bytax-payers
  36. 36. Chiastic Structure ( Χ )5:6-10 God alone is worthy of worship and service 5:11 Accuracy in language about God 5:12-15 Management of labor and property 5:16 Society depends upon functional marriage & family 5:17 Life is to be respected & preserved 5:18 Marriage is to be protected 5:19 Property is to be protected 5:20 Accuracy in language of judicial proceedings5:21 Self is not worthy of worship and service
  37. 37. Labor creates value and reveals character likeGod’s creation & saving work does for HimThe Sabbatical principle: our labor is necessarybut not sufficientEnvy is anger at God for what is thought to berelative differences in valueTheft attempts to by-pass God’s design for labor &rewardThe family is the normative unit of laborThe end of all labor isn’t material wealth; it is moreof life lived in His Presence
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