RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 68810463 LA English T1 In the name of God, amen : rediscovering the biblical and historic covenants A1 Ford, Daniel J., PB Lex Rex Publishing PP St. Louis, Mo. YR 2003 SN 0972455418 9780972455411 AB There is no subject more directly connected with the prosperity of the Christian home, the integrity of the local church, or the success of national governments than that of the covenantal nature of life, law, and relationships. The Bible begins and ends with the doctrine of covenant. The history of the world, of nations, and individuals can only be understood in terms of those who kept covenant with God, and those who did not. The family was birthed from God's directive that man and woman become one through an indissoluble covenantal union. The Church is a testimony to the triumph of God's holy covenant. Even the civil authority is a covenantal creation. And thankfully, from the perspective of the history of our own people, we can gratefully report that no nation in the annals of Western civilization was ever birthed from such a self-consciously covenantal model than the United States. Today, and perhaps only for today, our own nation continues to enjoy the manifold blessings of prosperity, not because of any innate wisdom or righteousness of this present generation, but because of the cumulative efforts of our covenant-keeping ancestors who established a nation with the specific goal of securing the blessings of liberty for their posterity. This historic truth, the memory and honor of which is central to the perpetuation of our present freedoms, is all but forgotten today. Never before in our history have American lawmakers, pastors, and students been more ignorant of who they are and how they got here. I believe we have but a brief window of time to remedy this problem of ignorance and indifference. It must begin with the people of God. It is up to them to embrace these truths and argue the case on behalf of generations yet to be born.