We are a group of Christians who recognize that God, in His love, mercy, and infinite wisdom has not only provided the means of forgiveness through His Son Jesus Christ, but has also provided, in the Old and New Testaments, all necessary directions and instructions for a just, happy, and productive society.
These instructions apply to all God-ordained spheres of government, namely self-government, family government, church government, and civil government. Our goal is to promote these principles. We believe that the modern church, for generations, has increasingly failed to apply God’s Word to all of life, having a focus that is self-centered and incapable of affecting the societal institutions that crumble around us.
We believe that God’s Word teaches that the Great Commission includes His plan to carry out His purposes through faithful and godly generations: passing them on to children to grandchildren to great-grandchildren. Any investment of time and resources is done with the next generation in mind and heart. MARS focuses on the necessity to train up this generation to prepare the next.
Our work is dedicated to turning the ship, for the very positive benefit of our families, churches, communities, and nation, to the honor of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ. The Mid-Atlantic Reformation Society promotes ethical perspectives of today’s pressing issues. M.A.R.S. has conducted dozens of presentations making the moral case for how we as individuals and together as a society are to handle the challenges that are facing the nation.
In addition to encouraging Christians to think and reform, we have provided opportunities for dominion, kingdom-minded, victory-driven believers to meet in a conference setting for teaching, fellowship, and mutual support and edification. These conferences are now called the Future of Christendom conferences with relevant themes that are beneficial to all who attend.
Our Christian institutions, largely limit the transformation of thought to areas of personal piety, to the neglect of all the rest of life. Hence, the Church is losing the battle in economics, politics, and all other cultural and societal realms. MARS takes the command to renew our minds seriously, and exists to guide teachers, Christian leaders, and all Christians in applying Christian thought…thinking God’s thoughts after Him…in EVERY area of life.
The goal of MARS is exhortation by education—helping individuals break unbiblical thinking patterns. Our presentations are intended to show that a biblical view on various matters may be outside the comfortable status quo. It’s our duty as Christians to conform ourselves to God’s pattern of thinking, to reform our thinking to His. Since the Bible is His revelation to us of how He thinks, His Word is where we must first inquire to know His will in all matters of life. God has demonstrated in history and revealed in His Bible His blueprint for how life works. His message is fully confirmed by the power and authority of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. We encourage all Christians to incorporate His principles and reform their day-to-day living with God’s message.
Joel was providentially introduced to R.J. Rushdoony’s Institutes when he acquired a copy of it as a dispensational Bible college student in 1979. He was then guided by the influence of other young scholars who suggested other reconstructionist authors. After 20 years of career, study, and teaching ministry, he readily agreed to join and help launch the MARS organization. Joel is the Executive Director of MARS and teaches regularly at the MARS lecture series on a variety of social and political topics. Joel resides with his wife, Audrey, in Denver, PA and has 9 grown children and 16 grandchildren.
A political activist since 1973, Randy was introduced to R.J. Rushdoony’s work soon after he and his wife were saved in 1989. His political approach became radically reformed by reconstructionist teaching and he joined MARS soon after it was launched. He is retired from a career in the construction industry and has stayed close to local politics, holding his local magistrates’ feet to the fire. Known for his “take no prisoners” attitude, he contributes the most seasoned and practical political street smarts to this group. He and his wife, Karen, reside in Boyertown, PA.
After decades of always being “the crazy guy in church who worries too much about culture and politics”, Jim read a quote from R.J. Rushdoony in The New American magazine during a frustrated involvement in secular politics as an activist with the John Birch society. He followed the trail to the works of Rushdoony. “I was a reconstructionist without realizing it”. An avid reader and a gifted writer, he contributes regularly to the MARS website blog. Jim is an electronics engineer and lives with his wife and son in Berks County, PA.