You were quoted as stating: "I'm often asked why I make such a 'big deal' about choosing conservative Christians, Messianic Jews, or Orthodox Jews for neighbors. The plain truth is that in a societal collapse there will be a veritable vacuum of law enforcement. In such times, with a few exceptions, it will only be the God fearing that will continue to be law abiding. Choose your neighborhood wisely." Perhaps you might clarify for your non-believing readers what side you would place them on come TEOTWAWKI. For the sake of full disclosure? It seems to me that in an overwhelmingly religious nation such as this, it's statistically the believers one should perhaps be concerned about. Let's not confuse those suffering from "bad theology" with those lacking a theology. Otherwise an excellent site. Kind Regards, - James C.
JWR Replies: First, I don't consider the U.S. an
"overwhelmingly religious nation." Perhaps it was in the
1950s. But not today. Less
than 20% of Americans now attend church regularly. In
people that believe that they will be judged for their actions
in the hereafter will
be the people that you can trust more to remain law abiding, post-TEOTWAWKI.
that have strong morals
and reliable compunctions
engaging in theft and
In fact, I know lots of them. (Including my father in law, BTW.)
All that I assert is that folks like you (presumably very moral, upstanding,
and law abiding, but not religious--or perhaps subscribing to a non
Judeo-Christian religion) are in
the minority in
our secular society as a whole. I assert that there is just
a thin veneer of civilization, even in First World countries. Most
people have weak morals and no compunctions about taking what they
want if they think that nobody is looking. You ask "on
what side" will
I place them? As for folks that aren't faithfully and outwardly religious
(meaning: in a faith that includes a fear of God and the judgment
to come) then I would have to know them for a substantially longer
of time to discern their moral values and trustworthiness.
As for theology, yes, I am a purist. I feel strongly convicted to speak up about bad doctrine (2 John 10). Why must I be so forthright and absolutist? Because I believe that bad doctrine is leading millions of people down the wrong path. Nothing can shake me from the conviction that men are saved only by faith in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:8-9) and that faith in Christ is a pre-ordained gift. (Ephesians 1:4-5, 1 Peter 1:2, and John 1:12-13) Further, I believe that God's elect come from all nations and races. (Matthew 28:19.) And, to reiterate a theme that I've stressed in previous posts, I fully intend to dispense charity post-TEOTWAWKI to everyone in need, regardless of their religion. I consider that my Christian duty.