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Three Cultures – Three Futures. Part 3 Bringing the Twin Wars Together Session 3.14 Connecting the Two Wars! Session 3.15 A Clash of Narratives Session.

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1 Three Cultures – Three Futures

2 Part 3 Bringing the Twin Wars Together Session 3.14 Connecting the Two Wars! Session 3.15 A Clash of Narratives Session 3.16 Three Cultures – Three Futures

3 Outline Religious Narrative and Free Societies The Third Way: Freedom an Alternative to Anarchy and Tyranny People Are Hardwired for Freedom

4 Religious Narrative and Free Societies

5 Narratives Define the Problem World- view PerspectiveNature of Conflict Solve ProblemBlind Spot Atheism SecularismSecularism vs. Religious Fundamentalism Freedom FROM Religion It was Judeo-Christian Theism that created freedom and pluralism Monotheistic Islam JihadIslam vs. Infidels: Atheism, Judaism, Christianity Tyranny of Religion Denial of being hardwired for freedom ModeratesRadical Islam and Secularism Freedom OF Religion Need to aggressively speak against Jihad Christiandualism Evangelical Gnosticism Spiritual WarfarePray Privatized faith; disconnect from culture Biblical Theism With anarchy of Secularism and tyranny of Jihadism Pray State defend freedom OF religion; church evangelize and disciple nations Know the truth; but what about doing the truth?

6 Three Cultures – Three Futures Freedom – Judeo-Christian Theism Anarchy – Atheism / Neo-paganism Tyranny –Atheism – Survival of the fittest! –Jihadism – Surrender under the sword! Question: Which future do you want?

7 The Third Way: Freedom an Alternative to Anarchy and Tyranny

8 The Third Alternative Bill Burtness 25 Years with YWAM U of N School of Gov. Lecturer in Bible and Government

9 Who Is Sovereign? Question: What are the three major options for sovereignty? Three options: –God is Sovereign –Man is Sovereign –The State is Sovereign

10 Three Forms of Government God is Sovereign - Freedom Man is Sovereign - Anarchy The State is Sovereign - Tyranny

11 Three Forms of Government The Individual is Sovereign –Anarchy (Judges 21: 25) No internal or external government Absolute “freedom” – license “Freedom” to do wrong The individual is slave to his/her own appetites The State is Sovereign –Tyranny of the State External government Absolute control No freedom The individual is slave to the state

12 The State Is Sovereign The State ChurchFamilyState Tyranny

13 Three Forms of Government God is Sovereign Internal Self-Government –Voluntary obedience to God’s Laws (Matt. 26: 20) leads to FREEDOM –Freedom without anarchy –Order without tyranny

14 God Is Sovereign God Individual ChurchFamilyState Internal self- government

15 Anarchy – Tyranny Scale (FREEDOM) Man is sovereign Anarchy State is sovereign Tyranny

16 Governance External Internal Universe’s Order Tyranny State (arbitrary absolutes) Stalinism Mao Fascism/Communism Jihadism Taliban Theocracy MORALAMORAL freedomlicense anarchy

17 Three Forms of Government God is Sovereign – Freedom – Constitutional Republic Man is Sovereign – Anarchy - Libertarianism The State is Sovereign – Tyranny – Statism, Fascism/Communism, Jihadism

18 Hardwired for Freedom Read –Set # 1: Genesis 2: 15-17; 3: 1-7 –Set # 2: Deu. 4: 3-8; 28: 1-2; 30: –Set # 3: John 8: 32-36; Romans 6: Questions: –What do these passages reveal about human beings being hardwired for freedom? –When are we most free?

19 Where does societal change come from? Questions: –From the “outside in” or the “inside out”? –Why? –What governmental systems provide for each answer?

20 Where does change come from? External to internal – Statism, Fascism /Communism –Jihadism Internal to external –Constitutional Republic

21 The Human Condition Atheism assumes that man is good; it is institutions that are evil. Read –Set # 1 Genesis 3: 1-7; 6: 5-6; Gal. 3: 22 –Set # 2 Eccl. 7: 20; Romans 1: 28-32; 3: 23 –Set # 3 Psalm 14: 1-4; Is. 6: 1-5; John 1: 8-10 What do these tell us about the condition of the human heart?

22 The Human Condition “But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn The Gulag Archipelago

23 The Human Condition “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Leo Tolstoy (un-sourced)

24 What is the solution?

25 What Is the Solution? “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. …”

26 Freedom – Our Driving Vision “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. …You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Apostle Paul Galatians 5: 1, 13-14

27 Freedom – Our Driving Vision “Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right of being able to do what we ought.” Lord Acton British Statesman

28 What will the future hold? Will you be a dualistic Christian or a Kingdom Christian? How will you engage in each of these clashes to captivate Atheists and Muslims?


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