This week Pastor Wilson talks about what he thinks is the Biblical response to the immigration and refugee problem in America. He also talks about Theodore Dalrymple’s book, “Romancing Opiates”, and the greek word antichristos. Happy plodding!
Immigration and Refugees:
- What is a biblical response to the problem of refugees?
- Americans have fallen under the assumption that the state cannot run out of resources
- We are assuming that the state is God
- People who want to accept every single refugee into the U.S. are forgetting that the state has limited resources
- Written by Theodore Dalrymple
- He argues that there is a mythology that surrounds the use of opiates in Western culture that goes back to the 1700s
- We have grown accustomed to thinking of drugged up artists in a romanticized way
- Anyone who works with down and outers should read this book
- Rendered as antichrist
- Only used 4 times in the whole bible: 1 John 2:18, 2:22, 4:3 and 2 John 1:7
- The word antichrist is never used in Revelations
- A common understanding is to see The Antichrist and The Beast as the same thing
- In scripture, a beast is a civil ruler, persecuting the Church (like Nero, Hitler, Stalin…). An antichrist is a false teacher from within, one infected with all the latest ideational leprosy (a soft-spoken Anglican bishop for example).