America Needs an Abraham Kuyper

One thing is sure, America has become an apostate nation, run by apostates who have been busy grooming younger apostate generations. When you look at the Christian Church in general, one could say that the apparent decline of the Church is due to apostate leadership that infiltrated the pulpits and seminaries.

If you doubt me, just take a good strong look at America today along with those driving the government and you will see what I mean.

In some ways, the Netherlands and the Reformed Church around 1830 could be compared with America today. The Reformed Church had been infiltrated by numerous apostates and was in a state of disarray and shambles.

Like the Church in American today, there were good sound ministers still trying to preach the truth from the pulpits in the Netherlands, but they were becoming a minority with the apostates becoming the majority.

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On Oct 29, 1837, Rev. Jan Frederik Kuyper and his wife welcomed the arrival of a son they named Abraham. They lived in the small fishing village of Maassluis, located about 8 miles inland along the banks of the Nieuwe Maas (New Meuse) River, a tributary of the Rhine.

At the time, Rev. Kuyper was considered somewhere between the liberal modernists and the orthodox Reformed ministers in the Reformed Church.

According to one source:

“Two significant reformatory movements had swept the Netherlands. The first was called De Reveil (The Renewal), a movement which was found in every country in Europe in which Protestantism had taken root. It bore, however, some marks of Humanism in the Netherlands; and it refused to engage in true church reformation, believing that the State church could be reformed from within. The second was called De Afscheiding (The Separation), of which Hendrick De Cock was the leader. The movement had demonstrated powerfully that the common people thirsted for a return to Scripture and the Confessions, to sound biblical preaching and a holy walk. It spread like wildfire through the Netherlands, but soon became the object of the persecution and oppression of the government. It was a movement that attracted thousands, but was composed mainly of the common folk, the simple and uneducated people, those on the lower rungs of society, those whom Kuyper himself was later to call “De Kleine Luyden” (The Small Folk). This separation was three years old when Kuyper was born. That hardly any mention of it can be found in Kuyper’s writings in the first 20 to 25 years of his life is perhaps indicative of the fact that it was scorned by the educated and ignored by the majority in the State church — after all, the sophisticated leaders in the church could not take seriously a movement which attracted such lowly and despised throngs. None of the influences of De Reveil or De Afscheiding seemed to have touched Kuyper.”

“Bram (as he was called) did not attend grade school, but was instructed by his parents in his home. Particularly his mother was his instructor, from whom he learned French. His father, fluent in German, taught him that language. Kuyper showed early in life an aptitude for languages and the ability to master any subject.”

Inn 1849, Rev. Kuyper took a new position in the Church, which provided for a good education for Abraham. This allowed him to eventually enter the University of Leiden, from which he graduated in 1858 summa cum laude. From there, he entered the Leiden Divinity School. When he graduated, he had become a true modernist when it came to theology.

As a preacher, Kuyper began to understand the problems of the modernist movement within the Church. He eventually became a champion of orthodoxy for the Reformed Church. During that time, he began writing a number of works as well as preach the Gospel, unlike other modernists in the Church.

Then Kuyper got involved in politics in the Netherlands, per one source:

“Perhaps Kuyper’s role in the political affairs of the Netherlands has, more than anything else, had its effect on subsequent generations. And it is true that much of Kuyper’s time and activity were spent in politics. His goal was to restore the Netherlands to what it had once been in the golden days of its history when the Reformed church was truly Reformed and the government was a strong supporter of orthodoxy. And, as a by-product of this goal, Kuyper saw that the advantage would be an alleviation of the difficult lot of the common people.”

In 1901, Dr. Abraham Kuyper was elected Prime Minister of the Netherlands and served in that role until 1905. His impact on the nation, Church and people lasted many years after Kuyper left office.

Donald Trump was elected President of the United States in 2016 because the American people were tired of politicians leading the country. There is no doubt that Trump’s business success and knowledge has made a huge positive impact on America, but for the most part, America largely remains an apostate nation.

What America needs is someone like Abraham Kuyper to take the presidency and lead America back to the nation it once was, a nation who honored God and used many biblical principles as the foundations for the government and law.

America needed a businessman to help with the economy, but more importantly, America needs a sound man of God in the White House to help bring about a much-needed reformation or revival.

 

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David Jolly
R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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