Christian Business: What it Is & What it Is Not

trendThe trend for starting a business is becoming quite popular among the Christian community. Of course,  as a “Christian business” it is to be structured according to the ethical standards of Scripture. But what is the motivation and characteristic of a Christian business? How does a Christian business distinguish itself from any other business? Is what is considered a Christian business simply a business that prides itself on the Scriptural principles of honesty, integrity and fair pricing? If that is what determines the identity of a Christian business, then we might agree that those businesses are in fact Christian. But these traits alone what makes a business Christian?

When a Christian Business is Not a Christian Business

Most business entrepreneurs never go into business with the intentionhonest abe roofing on ripping people off. They go into business to provide a skill or service that is unique, and which serves the local or global community in a way that can be profitable. All businesses exist to make a profit. Christian businesses are no exception nor should they be. But that should never be the end goal.

For any business to survive it must have an honest reputation for good and prompt service, a unique skill or talent which addresses a market need, competitive pricing, friendly customer relationships, and an overall ethical approach to business relations. But that, in and of itself, does not make the business Christian. Many businesses that do not claim the title “Christian” follow these principles. So what’s the difference?

A Family Business

Some Christian businesses are family owned and operated. This structure keeps the familypaper-chain-family-in-cup together in a unified effort to support itself. It is then passed down to the next generation. While a worthy endeavor this, in and of itself, does not make the family business a Christian business. There are thousands of family owned and operated businesses that are distinctly not Christian. They are established in an effort to support the family and to hopefully pass it on to the next generation.

Business Pietism

Another popular reason why some Christians start a business is so they can maintain theirStAnthony piety within the secular marketplace. They want to close on Sunday, maintain a customer base which conforms to their standard of ethics, or seek to shun any employment which mandates working for a non-Christian employer. But this does not make the business a Christian business. Many non-Christian individuals start businesses to be free from tyrannical employers. Some start a business to be more flexible with their work schedule or to pick and choose their customer base. But this does not make the company Christian. Starting a business and calling it “Christian” simply because the owners and employees are professing Christians does not make the business distinctly Christian.

The Distinguishing Marks of a Christian Business

There is a nehemiahdramatic difference between a Christian owned business and a Christ Centered business. While the structure and the methodologies might be somewhat the same, the reason and motivation behind starting a Christ-o-centric business is vastly distinct.

A Christ-o-centric is Covenant based God ward. It is not motivated by personal goals or to maintain familial stability within the marketplace, but rather it is motivated by the Dominion Mandate of Genesis 1:28 and Deuteronomy 8:18.

Ge 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

De 8:18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get green-economy1
wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

The Christ-o-centric motivation is a result of the New Birth and the desire to “spend and be spent” for the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom, on earth in time and history. It is not about the self in anyway whatsoever. The reason, motivation, purpose and goal of a Christ-o-centric business focuses upon what the business can do for the establishment of Christ’s Kingdom and how it can fulfill the Covenant obligations which is Divinely imposed upon every believer.

Calvin colorHow Does the Christ-o-centric Business Differ?

  1. A Christ-o-centric business seeks to maximize profits so they can support Christ-o-centric ministries in their efforts to build the Kingdom of God. The money generated by a Christ-o-centric business, after expenses and employee/owner support, is always being funneled to building God’s kingdom. Profits are not to be used for fancy cars, expansive vacations, bonuses or other frivolous expenditures.
  2. A Christ-o-centric business faithfully tithes to its church and then makes quarterly donations to a faithful para-church ministry of its choice from the business profits. The key distinction here is that monies earned by the business are targeted for the work of the Kingdom according to Deuteronomy 8.
  3. A Christ-o-centric business budgets a percentage of its profits for carefully chosen projects above and beyond the commanded tithe or quarterly donation. Support for the publishing of faithful theological books, Christian colleges, Christian political candidates, even the support of a local Christian newspaper can be part of a special project.
  4. A Christ-o-centric business also may see its way clear to expand into other areas in order to maximize profits for the express purpose of funding Christ’s Kingdom.There are many ways in which Christian businesses can transform themselves into Christ-o-centric businesses provided they have the right Christ Center motivation intact. Otherwise, they will simply be another business with a Christian name as an outward show without any depth of root.

Navigating the College Chaos

reading-frustratedIn a rapidly changing world most young people aren’t sure what career to choose. Parents of high school age children are especially confused and are not always able to direct their sons and daughters effectively when it comes to academic and career direction. The Christian home educating community is no exception to this dilemma. In today’s marketplace no one is immune to this confusion.

Decisions

In the realm of higher education, there seems to be three, or perhaps four, major choices businessman-looking-at-townafforded to the Christian. Secular colleges and universities, the so-called Bible colleges and universities, and those colleges and universities which are explicitly Christ-centered which prepare its students to be culturally relevant in the advancement of God’s Kingdom which, sadly, are few and far between. Of course, there are also trade schools which provide rich on-hands education related to a particular skill but do not necessarily fall into the category of Academia. Yet, even here we must confess that if Christians are to be faithful to their professed worldview, every trade must be taught from a Christ-centered presupposition. There can be no neutrality.

College Tuition and Debt

cash-flowInvariably, whenever decisions are made as to where a Christian young person is to receive an education the topic of career comes to the fore-front as if education and its anticipation of financial success is the determining factor which college or university the student attends. Once lucrative financial possibilities become the dominant deciding factor in choosing a college or university, both parent and student are then more easily able to justify going into debt in order to pay exorbitant tuition which, in truth, cannot guarantee future financial prosperity.

The decision to go into debt, in hope that the education will somehow automatically result in some future financial prosperity, is a clear violation of one of the most basic principles of Biblical Economics. If debt is the status quo of our modern education strategy can we expect God to bless the taking on of large debt for an education that may or may not be comprehensively Biblical? Certainly He will not bless any education motive that does not conform to His commandment to advance His Kingdom.

drowningYet, how many Christian families are drowning in debt, or considering debt, due to outrageous tuition? Even if one can justify spending the money on what is actually being taught by that institution? Does the mere price tag of an educational institution translate into a good education that is culturally relevant to the Glory of God? Not usually. So what should Christian parents and students  consider when choosing higher education?

Biblical Criteria

The most important criteria for choosing an educational institution must be, if it is to be God college-2glorifying, “What college can best equip my child to advance God’s Kingdom within the scope of his or her chosen area of study?” None of God’s true saints ought to be educated for the sake of learning or for the sake of financial advancement. Our lives are to be invested for the Glory of God. All learning must be devoted to the call of God in advancing His Truth. I think the Christian community has forgotten that and has defaulted to a secular world and life view concerning higher education.

A Christ Centered Alternative

prophetWe developed New Geneva as a solution to the college dilemma. Geneva is a unique higher learning institution providing both the learning necessary for individual advancement within whatever field the student seeks to enter into. More importantly Geneva directly mentors and challenges each student to use that learning for the advancement of God’s Kingdom.  Without application learning is simply a head-scratching exercise.

New Geneva is a private College patterned after Calvin’s Geneva during the European Reformation and follows a system of learning much like that of the University at Cambridge.

https://westernconservatory.com/articles/what-i-learned-cambridge


The Psychology of Arousal

safety-helmet
Definition:
Arousal is a state of activation and readiness for action.

Arousal shows itself validated as genuine when there is action associated with it and when it is executed in the realm of time and reality. Arousal without an actionable end is simply emotional euphoria.

The Christian community is full of individuals that are emotionally charged by the Truth of God’s Word who will, unfortunately, never act upon that emotion beyond their own personal pietistic gratification. This type of emotional euphoria is useless except to the self-serving nature of the individual. It is an arousal which is fueled by the carnality of the fleshly mind which makes it antagonistic to the Spirit of God. It is not an arousal unto conviction of what needs to be done in light of the Truth, and therefore it does not conform to the definition given above.

Psychological Arousal: Theistic v Humanisticred-ant

There is a difference between carnal arousal and arousal for Kingdom building produced by the Preaching of God’s Truth. Whenever the Holy Spirit applies the faithfully preached Word of God to individuals, Theistic Christo-centric psychological arousal results. Its validation is action. When Christians are aroused by God’s intervention things get done. Strategies for cultural change are discussed, planned, and then executed. When aroused by God, Christians do things. They do not sit on the side lines of the culture war. Rather, they are right in its midst of it, getting things done. When God wakes up His people, not only are they ready to make a difference, they begin by actually making a difference. Their theology is actionable. It is applied, making it powerfully effective. Only then is Christianity real.

teamworkKindle the Fire

The preaching of God’s Word, whether it is in the context of general discussion, market evangelism, or from the pulpit on the LORD’s Day, needs to excite those in attendance.  It needs to instill in them a passion for the Truth of God’s Word and a desire to see it manifested in the real world. There is however a grave distinction between carnal excitement and Biblical Excitement. By referring to excitement, I am not taking about the carnal excitement of the modern evangelical, self-help, ‘Name it Claim it’ prosperity type charlatans within the ranks of what is now called Christianity. I am taking about the excitement that comes only by the faithful preaching and application of Scripture where the Holy Spirit is intervening.

The purpose of declaring Scripture is not simply to relate knowledge to individuals. It is to kindle the fire of regeneration and reconstruction in the life of the individual and the world at large. God’s Word is meant to be actionable both upon the life of people and the structure of society. Its purpose is to move God’s people to conquer the land of Canaan and claim their rightful inheritance for the glory of God.

How?

How do we arouse God’s people to action? How do we make people care about God’s Law simple-handshakeand His commission to teach all nations so that one day they will bow to the majesty of His Glory? How do we inspire others to move into the ranks of ‘Doers’ and not hearers only?

First: You cannot inspire others if you are not inspired yourself. Likewise, if you are not thinking in concrete actionable terms of strategies and tactics you cannot move others to think in those terms either.

Second: Be sincere. People are very astute when it comes to assessing others and whether or not they are sincere. If your passion is real, then it will be evident. If it is not, you will be found out, eventually.

Third: Don’t be afraid to be openly passionate about your desire to advance the Kingdom of Christ.

Most people are emotionally driven. Emotions drive people to action. Share your emotion with others who desire direction and a way to engage the culture. Don’t waste time on those that are apathetic. There are many who are already aroused, you simply need to network with them, plan your strategy and then execute it. Lead by example. Preach by getting things done.

railroad-tracksFourth: What you win people with you win people to. Do not try to entertain people, like so many modern churches do today. It is a losing, even damnable strategy. Those that are serious do not want to be entertained, they want to be moved. They want to be led. Some of them just want to be involved in concrete efforts to change the way things are to the way God has commanded them to be.  Look for those people when building your team of shakers and movers. Disregard the rest. Perhaps one day they will grasp the vision. Perhaps they will not and remain blind and ineffective in the battle. Nevertheless, you have a duty to perform. Get to it.

New Geneva is dedicated to the advancement of Christendom by teaching, challenging and mentoring those saints who desire to execute God’s Kingdom commission in time and in history for a complete and total cultural reconstruction to the Glory of God. www.newgeneva.us


The Blue Ocean

blue-oceanThere is a book in print called the ‘Blue Ocean Strategy’. It has been around for years. It is a book on business strategies and marketing. Its premise is simple. There is a red ocean and a blue ocean within the realm of marketplace competition. The red ocean is made up of the bloody waters where the vast majority of businesses viciously fight for a small handful of customers. The blue ocean is where smart business owners find a way to create a unique market, product or service that is distinct from the rest. The result is little or no competition. Those in the blue ocean stand out. They are the real entrepreneurs. They have either a unique product or service. Coupled with the uniqueness of their product or service they have a keen intuition as to what people want and need. They also have what it takes to maximize what it means to be swimming in the blue ocean. They have what is known as MOJO. And it is that MOJO, more than anything else, that got them into the blue ocean in the first place.

New Geneva is among those that swim in the blue ocean. It is not the blue ocean of red-oceanbusiness but the blue ocean of theologically applied leadership academics. While Geneva may be viewed as competing with the colleges, bible schools, universities and seminaries that are scattered across the US in multitude, it is a very unique institution. This uniqueness in addition to the MOJO that fuels Geneva is what enables it to avoid swimming in the red ocean. The red ocean is full of colleges, Bible schools, seminaries and universities that are fighting to stay afloat in a sea of tremendous competition simply because they are all similarly structured and offer the same incentives.

reading-frustratedThe educational institutions of the red ocean offer degrees many of which have been given outstanding credentials. Most of these are secular academic degrees which automatically segregates them from the Bible colleges and seminaries. Those that confer these degrees swim in the most concentrated part of the red ocean. The Bible colleges and seminaries, while distinct from the secular universities, swim in their own concentrated section of the red ocean. America is full of them. The question is “Why?” What makes these institutions red ocean swimmers and what makes Geneva a blue ocean swimmer? The answer is “Theologically Applied Leadership Academics.” Geneva is training cultural leaders for the Re-Establishment of Christendom and a Christ Centered Western Civilization.warfare

The majority of red ocean schools are academically stagnant. By not stressing the application of the knowledge they become an academic head scratching institution disseminating knowledge without the mentor-ship for its application.

Geneva swims in the blue ocean because it trains each individual student to be Christo-centric cultural warriors of Christian Reconstruction.

Find out more at www.newgeneva.us or contact us as Registrar@newgeneva.us


A Great Opportunity

“And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.”  Mark 12:42-44

The_Widows_MiteDear Brethren,

Christianity, America and the whole of Western civilization is at a cross-roads. If we are to lay a foundation of applied Biblical Scholarship for the express purpose of cultural renovation for the next generation the time is NOW. If we miss this opportunity it may very well be too late for any progress in the years to come.

The New Geneva Academy in conjunction with its parent non-profit Theological Institution the ITR has been given a tremendous opportunity by the merciful providence of God. The ITR has just secured a substantial piece of property across from its already existing library of more than 100,000 books, pdf and microfiche documents in downtown Appomattox, Virginia. The purpose of this purchase is to build a small conference center with additional library space which will house the R.J. Rushdoony Library of 48,000 books, making New Geneva and the ITR one of the largest libraries in Virginia, if not the largest to date.

The facility will be used as a research and resource center to train cultural leaders, ministers, evangelists,200px-Genevan_Consistory gospel ambassadors and statesmen. It will be like the Geneva of Calvin’s day where Knox once commented that the school at Geneva was “The most perfect school of Christ that ever was on earth since the days of the Apostles”. We want to realize this once again as we embark on a new reformation.

While we have the property we do not have the funds to build the building. Wonderfully, however, new construction prices in Appomattox are relatively low compared to other U.S. cities. Moreover, Appomattox is located in the heart of Virginia, easily accessible from several of the East Coast States and developing quickly.

widows-mite1In order to realize this we need others to share both the vision and the passion that we have for this project. We are asking you to give like the widow gave in Mark 12. We need to raise approximately $200,000 – $225,000 for this to become a much needed reality.

This building will not only house the conference center and the library, it will be coupled with our existing building to provide a campus like atmosphere for both our students and the entire community.

Will you please consider being part of this project?

All donations are tax deductible and checks should be made out to the ITR.
PO Box 778 Appomattox VA 24522

You can also go onto our website to our donation page if you wish to donate via Credit Card.

http://www.newgeneva.us/PAYMENT%20OPTIONS.htm

Thank you for your prayers and support in this most critical time of our history.

Deo Vindice!


Defunding Humanism

Sadly, over the past many years, Christianity has played a passive role in reclaiming the culture, especially in the economic sphere. With so many churches, Christian colleges and seminaries, and the increasing number of Christian businesses, it is a wonder why Christendom has not found a way to be sufficiently funded as the secularists.

Until just recently there seemed to be no concrete, tactical strategy to defund  the anti-Christian humanist agenda while at the same time properly stewarding Christendom’s one-dollar-bills

But that time has passed.

As Christians we need to be consistent in who and what we support. Paypal and most other on and off line credit card services are not only expensive, but by supporting ungodly companies and services they are the enemies of Christ and His Kingdom.

Cornerstone Credit Card processing systems is a family based Christian company which services many Christ Centered ministries, churches and businesses across the United States and Canada.

In an effort to support Christendom, Cornerstone guarantees a significant savings on all existing credit card processing fees for churches, ministries, colleges and businesses.

In addition to these savings Cornerstone will donate 10% of each purchase back to the ministry, or church, of your choosing in keeping with the commanded Tithe of the Old Testament. That is a 10% donation to your church or ministry of your choosing on each purchase from Cornerstone. In this way your business can support the Lord’s work through your local church. For any Christian educational ministry, such as schools, colleges or seminaries, Cornerstone will donate an additional 5%.

There is no contract or obligation. The transition is free, fast and easy and comes complete with a support team ready to build your Web Sites’ donation page, or tuition page along with any further assistance you may need while you labor in the Lord’s Vineyard.

In order to combat the ravages of humanism, while at the same time increasing Christianity’s financial strength, please consider switching to an explicitly Christian credit card processing company that supports the Kingdom’s advancement.

Please join us in stripping humanism’s antichristian agenda by Biblically stewarding your church or ministry’s economy through Cornerstone.

Please contact me with any questions at: paul.cornerstone.va@gmail.com and I will have my team contact you immediately. OR you can call me at 434 941 1895

Deo Vindice!

Rev. Dr. Paul Michael Raymond
Cornerstone’s Direct Line: 800.508.9030 ~ http://www.cornerstonepaymentsystems.com


The Hamster Wheel

The Clock Dial

The Clock Dial

One of the strategies of the Monolithic State is “Time Appropriation.” If the State can commandeer the Christian’s time by forcing him to devote all of his time to mere survival via making just enough money to live, the State then can thwart any move for Christian Reconstruction from being realized. Read More