Five Solas


North, Millennialism And Social Theory, p.208

North, Millennialism And Social Theory, p.208

8. Historical Sanctions: An Inescapable Concept

Gary North

Millennialism And Social Theory, Tyler, Texas: Institute for Christian Economics, 1990, pp.185-209

1. Eschatology and the Millennium
2. What Is Social Theory?
3. Covenantal Progress
4. Pessimillennialism
5. The Society of the Future
6. Time Enough
7. Denying God's Predictable Sanctions in History
8. Historical Sanctions: An Inescapable Concept
9. The Sociology of Suffering
10. Pietistic Postmillennialism
11. Will God Disinherit Christ's Church?
12. Our Blessed Earthly Hope in History
13. What Is to Be Done?
Appendix: The Lawyer and the Trust
For Further Reading


The Impossible Dream

 The pessimillennialists want Christianity to be relevant in history, yet they have publicly denied the theological foundations of historical relevance: (1) the continuing New Covenant relevance of God’s Old Covenant social and civil laws; (2) God’s historical sanctions applied in terms of these laws; and (3) historical continuity between the present and the prophesied era of millennial blessings that will take place on earth and in history. How can they sensibly expect their followers to take seriously their assertion of Christianity’s historical relevance, let alone the historical relevance of their own efforts? C. S. Lewis described about a similar problem in his 1947 essay, “Men Without Chests”: (p.208)


 Social theory requires a unified, authoritative concept of good and bad, right and wrong, efficient and inefficient. To be consistent, it must affirm the existence of known or at least knowable standards, and it must also affirm that there is a sanctioning process that rewards the good (or the efficient) and penalizes the bad (or the inefficient). If the standards are affirmed without also affirming appropriate sanctions, then there is no way for society to insure justice. There is also no way for it to insure progress. (p.208)