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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 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


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


NEW DEVELOPMENTS @ NEW GENEVA

In the next couple of months New Geneva will be offering free lodging for any student (or students) that desires to study at the Academy.

Internship programs will also be available for students who desire to work at the Geneva Research Library and coffee shop while taking classes. We have 2, 3 and 4 week slots available.

For a limited time in house interns will be able to take any course for up to a 50% discount in addition to working as a volunteer at the school.

Call or Email Dr. Raymond for full details. pastor@hisglory.us.


The U-Tube Prophesy Initiative by Dennis Woods

time-magazine-the-end-of-the-worldThe number of Premillennial videos on YouTube is legion.  Our senses are overwhelmed by the raw power and sheer magnitude of the visual display.  One thing you can’t fault Premillennialists for is lack of creative imagination.  At heart they love good fiction delivered with flair.  The theologically naïve are easily taken in by this stunning display….

Once the viewer is sufficiently numb, mesmerized, and near to being scared out of his wits, the video will proceed to the concluding gospel message – the altar call.  This is of course the most important segment of the video and some of these are delivered with genuine clarity and power….

Futurists like to point to the power of fulfilled prophecy for reinforcing the gospel message.  So far, so good.  But they then proceed on the assumption that their sensational prognostications of future fulfillment hold the same power.  This is a non sequitor – it does not follow.  The internet, specifically YouTube, has given us a potent arena in which to respond and disarm all of this deception.

Read part one at http://ambassadorschool.blogspot.com/