are Journal entries, eclectic commentary, and information bulletins for
site additions in 2009. A kind thanks to my dear wife for proof reading
these comments from time-to-time. Most recent posts are shown first.
Beginning 2010, I'll be taking a break from posting to The Journal,
while regularcorrespondence duties will continue.There
are a number of 'projects' which have fallen victim to my 'new-found-ability' of
procrastination. Without the daily task of posting to the Journal,
I hopefully will have no excuse for tackling and accomplishing these
projects. I would also ask readers for prayers relative to my ongoing
health and pain management.
I believe I've tentatively fixed the problem with our
Search Engine. For now, it may look a bit different, but at least
If you're staying inside next to a crackling fire while seeking protection from
the apocraphal effects "globe warming," here's my movie recommendation (mature
audience) at the end of 2009...after the kiddos are in bed.
Julie and Julia is something of a cinematic masterpiece.
Nominated for two
Golden Globe awards (and numerous others, the acting is superb and the
storylines are creative and heart-warming. An overall good movie.
If you're contemplating some last-minute giving here at Christmas, consider a
modest donation to
Angel Tree. Angel Tree reaches out to the children of
incarcerated members of society. Whether the parents of these children
justly deserve their prison sentences or not, the children and spouses who bear
and suffer from the wrong or criminal behaviors need comfort and compassion.
God can and does use these ministries of kindness to touch individuals, despite
Chuck Colson's doctrinal/neo-evangelical/ecumenical shortcomings.
A missionary working in Budapest, Hungary recently sent us a Hungarian (Ugric
language) translation of The New Birth
Explained, written by Miles J. Stanford. So often, evangelistic
missions fail to establish newly born-again believers on a safe-and-sound
foundation. Subsequently, converts become vulnerable to numerous doctrinal
errors and even cults. Rule: Avoid efforts to build
spiritual superstructures on faulty foundations; share The New Birth
Hard-core atheists, homosexuals, and evolutionists all share something in
common--a tormented conscience. Denial of the fact is ubiquitous. Strain as they
may, they cannot live with the ontological angst that accompanies their unbelief
and rejection of self-evident truths. Consequently, their pathology demands that
they fight against any and all who suggest the existence of God and transcendent
"...God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.
They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and
depravity...they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they
know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they
not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice
And we should add, DISAPPROVE (slander) of those who don't.
I just wanted to take a moment to say THANKS for your Journal articles.
I usually check it each day to see what your have unearthed since the previous.
I guess, at this stage, I shouldn't be surprised at what you reveal. Just
keep that shovel digging.
CRUtape Letters: For decades, the general public
has been unaware of the loss of integrity and objectivity in the scientific
community due to its embrace of postmodernism. But the recent, Climategatescandal has, to a degree, pulled back the curtain. Yesterday,
WSJ's Daniel Henninger wrote an excellent article regarding its
Climategate: Science Is Dying, Science is on the credibility bubble.
Of course, Christians aware of the decades-long struggle to liberate the
empirical data supporting Intelligent Design are no strangers to this science
cabal and its secular 'priesthood'.
new, 4,732-word ecumenical statement has been issued by one hundred forty-eight
(148) Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Evangelical signatories. The Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience
heralds the “2,000-year tradition of proclaiming God’s word, seeking justice
in our societies, resisting tyranny, and reaching out with compassion to the
poor, oppressed and suffering.” The Declaration seeks to affirm: “1)
the profound, inherent, and equal dignity of every human being as a creature
fashioned in the very image of God, possessing inherent rights of equal dignity
and life; 2) marriage as a conjugal union of man and woman, ordained by God from
the creation, and historically understood by believers and non-believers alike,
to be the most basic institution in society and; 3) religious liberty, which is
grounded in the character of God, the example of Christ, and the inherent
freedom and dignity of human beings created in the divine image.”
As with most ecumenical statements, it’s not often what’s said
but what’s omitted that is critically important.In my opinion, the editorial hands of Orthodox and conservative Catholic
activists have been overly heavy upon the document.The various subjects discussed show a strong bias in favor of religious
humanism, rather than balanced
Scriptural truth. American Evangelicals appear to be increasingly co-opted.
Under Life, reference to the quintessential
doctrine of the Fall is entirely omitted. This grave omission causes a
progressive distortion of the Christian faith, both in part and in whole,
and thus results in failure to “proclaim the Gospel of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ in its fullness, both in season and out of season.”
Any “pro-life” position based upon the “dignity of every human being as
a creature fashioned in the very image of God,” andseeking to
protect the innocent unborn cannot equally protect those guilty of murder
from capital punishment. Such position is morally inconsistent, ethically
dysfunctional, and an abject miscarriage of justice. God has delegated to
society the responsibility for the imperative execution of murders—Genesis
The section on Marriage is largely designed to
defend the biblical revelation of God’s social designs from destructive
efforts to redefine reality and those seeking to assuage their conscience of
immoral behavior. While the covenantal nature of Divine marriage is mention
twice, the Church’s historical mishandling of
the Apostle Paul’s analogous comparison of marriage to Christ and His Bride
tarnishes the document. The "great mystery" mentioned in Ephesians
5:32 is NOT marriage, but rather "Christ and the church" just as Paul
states. The Church was neither prophesied nor revealed in OT
In their effort to develop a statement on Religious
Liberty and despite the century-long attack upon the veracity of
canonical Scripture, Orthodox contributors were allowed to insert reference
to the second century Epistle to Diognetus. This section
highlights the loss of freedom for religious conscience together with the
rise to power and influence upon public policy of libertine/tyrants in
America, Canada, and Europe. The history of the development of
religious freedom in America is a complex one, with Enlightenment and
Biblical definitions of freedom often in opposition. Any
Christian statement on so-called religious liberty must be balanced
against the biblical truth/mandate of the Creator's/Christ's claim as Lord
of creation..."We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself
up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make
it obedient to Christ" 2 Cor. 10:5. As the Declaration rightly concludes,
“Disintegration of civil society is a prelude to tyranny.”
Some might find it surprising, but Dr. Mark L. Bailey,
President, Dallas Theological Seminary signed on to the document. PS.
The Dan S. in the comment section at First Things is not me.
One of the common experiences for "born-again" (John 3:3-7) believers is the
occasional reflective return to the memories of one's pre-conversion life
(religious or non-religious), together with the study of various aspects of
history. The value of such exercise is to better understand one's
spiritual journey as well as provide a more robust context for current events.
As many know from my testimony, I was
raised in a liberal/traditional American Catholic family. For the better
part of the decade following my conversion, my prior family life and parochial
schooling was the primary lens through which I understood Catholicism.
Then, I discovered the
insightful explanations of
Kenneth R. Samples, which opened a door to seeing the broad diversity
which makes up global Catholicism. This is vitally important since I
receive email from Catholics and former Catholics worldwide and need to
understand their cultural/religious context.
I recently stumbled upon The Catholic Right: A Series, by NYC attorney
Frank L. Cocozzelli. Mr. Cocozzelli is a liberal ("progressive") Catholic
associated with the Religious Left. Appearing to have begun in 2006. the series is comprised of
ongoing articles--a grand
effort to 'connect-the-dots' regarding the Catholic Right's role in the larger
"Religious Right." While most readers of withChrist.org may feel
the subject matter has little to do with them, you might be surprised. The
intellectual influence of Catholics: liberal, traditionalist,ultra,
etc. is more ubiquitous than you might imagine. Their rise
to power and influence in America, which historically considers itself
"Protestant," is a fascinating story. For example, when you encounter any
syndicated outlet (e.g., Fox News, et. al.) of the media empire owned by Rupert Murdock
(News Corp), you're largely encountering an element of the Catholic Right.
Further, the series of articles provides insight into the various factions and underscores the very deep divisions among
American Catholics. If you decide to read, keep in mind that Mr. Cocozzelli's biased perspective is both liberal (modernist-humanist) and
politically Leftist. He is a faithful ally of the current liberals and
progressives in the Obama Administration. These articles are not easy to
locate, so I'm organizing them below.
Temple Mount Heat /
Hard Empirical Evidence - "Israel displayed for the
first time Wednesday a collection of rare coins charred and burned from the
Roman destruction of the Jewish Temple nearly 2,000 years ago. About 70 coins
were found in an excavation at the foot of a key Jerusalem holy site. They give
a rare glimpse into the period of the Jewish revolt that eventually led to the
destruction of the Second Jewish Temple in A.D. 70, said Hava Katz, curator of
the exhibition. The coins were excavated from an ancient street below the
Temple Mount, experts said. Archaeologists had to sift through debris and remove
boulders thrown off the Temple Mount during the Roman raid before they found the
road and the hoard of coins. The exhibition shows not only coins minted in
Jerusalem during the rebellion but also European, North African and Persian
coins that were found around the holy site from various periods."
Jerusalem (AP), Michael Barajas
While the President of Iran publicly promotes the lunacy that the Holocaust
never occurred, a greater lunacy circulates throughout the Islamic world.
The Grand Lunacy? That the history contained in the Old Testament is pure
Jewish myth. Accordingly, Israel has no legitimate claim to the land, to
Jerusalem, or to the Temple Mount. The coins were likely put on display as
a not-so-subtle rebuttal to Muslims.
Reason in the Balance: The Case Against Naturalism in Science, Law &
Education, Phillip E. Johnson, IVP, 1995. While this book was written
nearly fifteen years ago, my appreciation is renewed each time I pick it up. As
a retired University of California law professor, Dr. Johnson's book is
extremely lucid and a pleasure to read. His ability to drill to the heart of
current cultural issues is second to none. Used copies are available on Amazon
for as little as $1, plus $4 for shipping. Do yourself a favor and order up a
"If God really does exist, then to lead a rational life a person has to take
account of God and his purposes. A person or a society that ignores the Creator
is ignoring the most important part of reality, and to ignore reality is to be
"The most influential intellectuals in America and around the world
are mostly NATURALISTS, who assume that God exists only as an idea in the minds
of religious believers. In our greatest universities, naturalism--the doctrine
that nature is 'all there is'--is the virtually unquestioned assumption that
underlies not only natural science but intellectual work of all kinds.
"If naturalism is true, then humankind created God--not the other way
around. In that case, rationality requires that we recognize the Creator as the
imaginary being he always has been, and that we rely only on things that are
real, such as ourselves and the material world of nature. Reliance on the
guidance of an imaginary supernatural being is called superstition.
domination of the intellectual world by naturalism has important consequences
for the popular culture, where theism remains prevalent. The United States is
formally a democracy, but on matters involving "religion" the Constitution is
supreme, and the judges have the authority to say what the Constitution means.
[Yes, that often spells trouble.] Moreover, the voters get their information about what is going on from
newspapers and television [now the Internet as well]. The judges who make the
legal decisions and the journalists who report the news get their education at
the universities, and they normally interpret events in the light of what they
have been taught. To the extent that they have learned to take a naturalistic
understanding of reality for granted, they will tend to assume that persons who
base their thinking on the premise that God is real are irrational and hence
dangerous when they influence public policy."
Oops! - Shortage - Peak Gold
Today, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard wrote openly about what we all knew was coming,
Barrick shuts hedge book as world gold supply runs out.A 'hedge
book' is a company's portfolio of speculative positions (options/hedges)
designed to provide financial protection(?) from either a rise or fall in price.
Shortages of the physical metal have been rumored for some time as more and more
investor want to hold the real stuff in their hands. Canadian gold giant "Barrick
bit the bullet in the third quarter, taking a $5.7bn [billion] charge
[write-off] against earnings on [bad bet] hedge contracts." Barrick is
looking to cover these huge losses by attracting additional equity capital, but
if they're unsuccessful, they and other big speculators may go belly-up.
Central banks have stopped dumping ("leasing") their gold vault reserves, while
trillions of $FRNs held by the Chinese and others are still looking for a safe
haven from falling value. Let the bidding begin! Are we turning the
corner on the long-talked-about "breakout" in the price of gold? The sky's
the limit if Geithner/Treasury's actions don't match the
hollow rhetoric. The Treasury Sec is between the rock (gold) and a
hard spot. Current policies are politically accommodating, but
At the most recent election,
Washington State Voters Approve Gay-Partnership Measure. Dubbed the
"everything but marriage" law, libertines of all stripes launched the next wave
of assaults on those who would deny homosexuals the "right" to marry. In
addition to the WSJ article, readers may find the exchange/dialogue (Comments)
over the oxymoronic subject of homosexual marriage of interest. I hope to
retain the thread, reformat, and include in the withChrist.org archive.
The tragedy/Jihad murders at Fort Hood could have been avoided. Intelligence agencies and
the U.S. Army knew of
Hasan's contacts with al Qaeda and Anwar al-Awlaki, but are infected with a mental paralysis
which runs deep in America's institutions and leaders. The light was
turned up brighter in July 2007 with the publication of Major Stephen C.
"TO OUR GREAT DETRIMENT”: IGNORING WHAT EXTREMISTS SAY ABOUT JIHAD.
Major Coughlin was subsequently fired from his position on the military's Joint
Staff. For a brief review of his thesis, click
HERE. In the current public dialogue regarding Islam, any Muslim who
adheres to the historical teachings of Mohammad and Islam is dubbed an "extremist"
according to the fearful PC crowd. Islam (Dar al-Islam) is at war with any and all who are
not Islam (Dar al-Harb). Wishing or hoping it is otherwise will not make
Wall Street Journal poll
Ministries International has completed their website overhaul
project and the results are exciting. Click on their logo to go to their
website home page. What do they believe? Their complete statement is
1) Scripture teaches a recent origin for man and the whole
2) The days in Genesis do not correspond to geologic ages, but
are six  consecutive twenty-four  hour days of Creation.
3) The Noachian Flood was a significant geological event and
much (but not all) fossiliferous sediment originated at that time.
4) The ‘gap’ theory has no basis in Scripture. Nor has the
day-age idea (so-called ‘progressive creation’), or the Framework Hypothesis or
5) The view, commonly used to evade the implications or the
authority of Biblical teaching, that knowledge and/or truth may be divided into
‘secular’ and ‘religious’, is rejected.
6) By definition, no apparent, perceived or claimed evidence
in any field, including history and chronology, can be valid if it contradicts
the Scriptural record. Of primary importance is the fact that evidence is always
subject to interpretation by fallible people who do not possess all information.
Today’s antagonism between young Calvinists (monergism) and young Arminians
(synergism) takes on the flavor of gang rivalry…like Crips and Bloods. Here in
the 21st century, these polarized groups often ‘rumble’ in cyberspace using
increasingly slick dueling YouTube videos. Each group dons its emblems and
colors. For example, here’s a popular Calvinist hooded sweatshirt complete with
portraits of stalwart, Reformed-oriented theologians (Owens, Luther, Calvin,
Edwards, and Spurgeon) together with the five Reformation “solas.” These ‘young
turks’ are confident they know their stuff, so make sure to act intimidated if
you encounter them. Tongue-in-cheek...
is a serious mental disease among today’s conservative Right. It is nearly as
anti-Christian as the Statism on the Left. Its ignorance and moral
bankruptcy is vividly seen in its vocal opposition to government regulation of
toxic financial derivatives (the equivalent of suitcase nukes in the hands of
terrorists). As America descended into its post-Christian milieu, Statism on
the Left and Libertarianism on the Right rose to prominence in a yin yang
fashion. However, unlike
traditional Chinese theory, no state of so-called quiescence is
possible. Without a return to a biblical framework, the Nation is doomed to “grope for the wall like the
blind…grope as if we had no eyes…stumble at noonday as at twilight…as dead men
in desolate places.” Isaiah 59:10
Last Tuesday, PBS Frontline put their one-hour special "THE WARNING"
online. This is a 'must watch' documentary of the political drama
surrounding the financial derivatives markets. The movie and website are available
Click on "Watch the Full Program Online," then Video Timeline tab for additional
Pay close attention to Alan Greenspan's testimony before Henry Waxman - "Now
He Tell Us!" video clip.
Waxman:You have been a staunch advocate for letting markets regulate themselves.And my question for you is simple, Were you wrong?
Greenspan: Yes…I found
a flaw, but I’ve been very distressed by that fact.
Waxman:You’ve found a flaw…in…the reality?
Greenspan:Flaw…flaw…in the model that I perceived is
the critical-functioning structure that defines how the world works…sort of
Waxman:In other words, you found that…your…your
view of the world, your ideology was not… right?
Greenspan:Precisely.No, that’s preciselythe reason
I was shocked…because I’ve been going for forty years or more with very
considerable evidence that it was working exceptionally well.
I guess no one ever suggested to him that empiricism (as a source of
knowledge) was highly overrated.
Alan Greenspan's economic "model" was largely built upon the
atheistic and libertarian
worldview of Ayn Rand. Did Ronald Reagan understand this when he
nominated him to be Chairman of the Federal Reserve? Probably not.
If you're even slightly inclined to think that worldview doesn't
matter...think again. Further, be aware that radio commentators Rush
Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, etc., all non-Christians, have followed this same
libertarian ideology into a philosophic quagmire.
PS. The derivatives time-bomb has not been defused and sits atop the inverted
pyramid of debt. See 9/8/2009.
previously commented, positively, on Ronald Nash’s book The Word of God and
the Mind of Man. The late Professor Nash wrote numerous books and is my
favorite author in the realm of Christian apologetics and philosophy. His
style places subjects within the grasp of the average reader, yet each work contains ample
footnotes and references for even the most scholarly. He earned his doctorate from
Syracuse University and subsequently taught at: Western Kentucky University in
Bowling Green; Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida; and Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.
to the hour is his SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, published
by CSS Publishing in 2002. “Nash examines which economic theory is most
conducive to social justice. A champion of the free market, he indicts
socialism in all forms. Much of the book answers the arguments of
political liberals and disentangles capitalism from caricatures. Nash
argues that moral problems in a capitalistic society will not be improved
through new [so-called progressive] economic structures.”
A partial list of his publications can be found
HERE. If and when I find a better list, I'll change the reference.
LESS TIME THAN YOU THINK?
On October 14th, Lord Christopher Monckton,
noted climate change skeptic, spoke at Bethel
University, St. Paul, MN
"The United States must live within its
means once its economy recovers if it is to preserve
global confidence in the U.S. dollar's status." U.S. Treasury Secretary
Timothy Geithner. [Underline mine.]
Mr. Geithner has just explained to us that fiscally responsible
choices can be delayed until the current
Administration's round of irresponsibility has effectively created another
illusion of economic prosperity.
Prior to the current recession, both
the Nation's level of debt (public and private) as well as its private savings rate reached
historic highs and lows, respectively. Relative to income and
productivity, America's decades-long economic run has been an unsustainable exercise in living beyond our means...and
listening to economic nonsense like the above.
Facts: 1) The U.S. economy will not recover to
its pre-recessionary levels, 2) confidence in the U.S. dollar has been damaged
to the point it cannot be restored, and 3) the U.S. standard of living is 'going
in the tank' whether we like it or not. Geithner is buying political time
for the current Administration.
“True wisdom is not manifested in trying to see
resemblances in things which differ, but in discerning the real difference among
those things which resemble one another.”
The Congressman who uttered these two words was subsequently
rebuked and politically forced to apologize with little thought, discussion, or
concern as to the substance of his charge.
In a post-Christian culture and with the 'end of the age' (2
Tim. 3:1-5), deception and lying by persons in both high and low positions seem
to be rather common place--status quo.So much so, that we
likely won’t be surprised when the reply comes “Of course I lied!What else did you expect?”
Today’s so-called Christians don’t seem exempt from
gullibility, deceiving or being deceived (2 Tim. 3:13).Remember Obama’s appearance and statement at mega Saddleback Church?“I believe that marriage is the
union between a man and a woman ... for me as a Christian it is also a sacred
union…you know, God is in the mix.”Now jump forward to his recent appearance at the annual dinner for the Human
Rights Campaign (HRC), the leading organization promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender rights.“There are still fellow citizens, perhaps neighbors, even loved
ones—good and decent people—who hold fast to outworn arguments and old
For whatever reason, Christians erroneously believe judging
someone’s claim to be "of the faith” is somehow off limits.Contrary to postmodern relativism and skeptics, the premise that
believers CAN and SHOULD discern the difference between “sheep and goats” is
woven throughout all Scripture, both OT and NT.Jesus said, “Do not judge according to external appearance, but judge
with proper (honest or righteous) judgment” (John 7:24).What!? How is that possible?
And the Apostle Paul’s declares, “The spiritual man makes judgments about
all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment” (1 Corinthians
3:15).What!?The darkness says, “Impossible!”
Believer, your path is clearly laid before you:
Now this is the basis
for [God’s] judging: that the light has come into the world and people loved the
darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil.John 3:19 NET
Then Jesus spoke out
again,“I am the light of the world. The one who follows
me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”John 8:12 NET
I have come as a light
into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in
darkness.John 12:46 NET
But to all who have received him – those who believe in
his name – he has given the right to become God’s children – children not born
by human parents or by human desire or a husband’s decision, but by God.
John 1:12, 13. NET
For you [born-again
believer] were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as
children of light…have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but
rather expose them.Ephesians
Therefore each of you
must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor…Ephesians 4:25
If we say we have
fellowship with Him and yet keep on walking in the darkness, we are lying and
not practicing the truth.1 John
Carefully reading a church or organization’s “Statement of
Faith” is often telling.Having read
hundreds of them over the past 40 years, the most blatant errors now seem to
leap from the page.For example,
compare this errant description of the Second Coming of Christ…
The Physical Return of
Christ:Jesus Christ at His second
coming will victoriously descend from heaven to earth to consummate His judgment
against Satan, his demonic hosts, and unbelieving humanity, resulting in their
eternal separation from God. Moreover,God will lift the curse which now rests upon the whole creation, and
eternally dwell among His people in the new heavens and new earth. (Matthew 24;
25; Romans 8:19-23; 1 Corinthians 15; Revelation 19:11-21)Bold emphasis mine.
…with the truth found in 2 Peter 3:10-13 and Revelation 21:1.
But the day of the Lord
will come like a thief. The heavens will
disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and
everything in it will be laid bare.
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to
be? You ought to live holy and godly
lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.
That day will bring about the destruction
of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven
and a new earth, the home of righteousness.2 Peter 3:10-13.
Then I saw a new heaven
and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and
there was no longer any sea.
The difference should be obvious, hopefully. At the root of
this eschatological error is the fundamental failure to see that God has
judged and condemned the First Adam and
the First Creation, and by His sovereign love, grace, and mercy, established the
Last Adam and a New Creation in their
place. Their humanistic concept of Divine redemption involves
amelioration—i.e., change, not the Biblical exchange found throughout
the Apostle Paul’s and other NT epistles. For them, the only thing wrong with
the First Creation is God’s curse (Genesis 3), which they claim will be
"lifted." This is radically contrary to the Word of God (heresy) and the
results are devastating.
“He [Jesus]was in the
world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize
For born-again Christians, it should come as no surprise that
the world loves and honors it own.
Jesus told us as much in John 15:19 and 5:44:
“If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.
As it is, you do not belong to the world,
but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”
“How can you believe if you accept praise [honor] from one another, yet
make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?”
If consistent with these realities, genuine Christians should not
be annoyed over the fact that Alfred Noble (1833-1896), the inventor of
nitroglycerin/dynamite and unregenerate pacifist, created a
multi-million dollar foundation for the purpose of issuing awards to various
citizens of the world system, and in particular, an award for “peace” consistent
with his pacifist ideals. [There is a fierce irony here. Noble
earned his über wealth by selling explosives to the
various global militaries.]
Noble set forth criteria for his ‘peace prize’ in his Last
Will and Testament: “…to the person who shall have done the most or the best
work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing
armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
Consistent with the Noble Committee's observation and acknowledgement that "he
[Obama] had not yet actually achieved many of the goals that he had set out to
accomplish," his conciliatory speech to the theonomic Islamic world in Egypt, his lack of support for
American troops on the battlefield, and his participation at the abominable
United Nations, do in fact show merit to warrant this worldly award. Most
importantly, Barack Obama shares Alfred Noble's pacifist creed of
appeasement--the humanistic panacea to bring about so-called “peace” in
“Do you think I [Jesus]
came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.”Luke 12:51
“Peace I leave with
you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not
your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”John 14:27
PS. On the one hand, such pacifistic nonsense by a
leader of the civilized world creates a power vacuum in Israel and places the
planet in peril. On the other, such behavior advances the global drama
several more steps in the direction of God's plan set forth in the Book of
Revelation. Come Lord Jesus.
Those political cynics who believe or assert that the current Obama
Administration is no less moral than any prior Administration have either lost
their minds or never had one to begin with.
"President Obama has been agitating for the authority to criminalize
political opponents since he took office. First there was the raft of DHS
reports profiling conservatives as
terrorists. Then came the push for a new fairness doctrine,
subsequently refined to be achieved in diversity regulations to be imposed on
radio stations. Following these attacks on free speech was the much
debated hate crimes legislation, considered by many to be a back-door path to
silencing critics of the administration. But, while dangerous to free speech, none of
these draconian policies could do as much damage as new regulatory czar Cass
Sunstein's shocking proposal to ban "falsehoods" -- a term left up to the Obama
administration to define. If Sunstein succeeds, free speech will be truly dead
in America." John Griffing
Several Christian denominations (Roman Catholic, Orthodoxy, some Baptists,
Campbellites, etc.) claim to be the unbroken continuation of the Church
established by Christ and the Apostles, and thus the one and only expression of
genuine Christianity. Each denomination's claim involves differing
approaches to the how, why, and value for such
ecclesiastical succession. But these arguments are largely irrelevant for
the born-again believer.
is the historical belief of Christian evangelicals and fundamentalists that such
claims are spurious and have little-to-no spiritual
value. Such assertions may serve the purpose of creating a 'voice of
authority' (power/control) for leaders and some psychological comfort of
assurance for members of the denomination. However, what is spiritually
important is whether an individual believer, or believers collectively, are in
union with the "Head" of the Body/Church (Colossians 1:18)--the Risen Lord Jesus
Christ via the New Birth.
There is no possible spiritual union apart from the New Birth. The unregenerate
sinner is "dead" in "transgressions and sins" (Ephesians 2:1). Thus the
Apostle Paul wrote of the "unspiritual" who lack, "connection with the Head,
from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and
sinews, grows as God causes it to grow" (Colossians 2:19). To
widen the analogy, imagine a physical human body without a head. This is
the state (spiritual condition) of Christendom, figuratively speaking.
While the members may be outwardly religious, they have no spiritual connection
to Jesus Christ--Head of the New Creation (Galatians 6:15). And as Apostle
Paul emphasized, that's what really counts!
"For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable,
through the living and enduring word of God." 1 Peter 1:23
In this era of postmodernism, revisionist history abounds. According to
postmodern theory, historical facts are really not facts at all. Rather,
they are simply the subjective interpretation of events by some particular
historian or individual (supposedly always motivated by some bid for power),
without any viable methodology which could help in ascertaining the facts.
Thus according to postmodernists, histories are nothing more than the
expressions of differing individual realities.
Your Aunt Ethel?
This may be an ancestor for the small-cranium liberal/Leftist crowds, but I
don't recognize any family similarities. Sorry guys.
Agnostic David Berlinski is a writer, thinker, and raconteur who lives in Paris.
His latest book is The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific
Pretensions, was released in paperback this past month, September 2009.
(working to get video here)
"Here's what so unacceptable to the Left. The
Declaration of Independence invokes "Nature's God" as the author of our
liberties. Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration, argued that the same God
that designed life and the rest of nature also guarantees our rights to life,
liberty and pursuit of happiness. Darwinism directly undercuts Americans' belief
that any Designer did or does any of that. If there's no design in nature, there
are also no genuine rights of the kind the Founders believed in. So the war on
intelligent design is really a war on the Founding values of our country. It's a
crucial part of the wider liberal effort to extinguish the flame of freedom."
Center for Science and Culture
Many young or immature Christians have little understanding of the difficulties
faced by the average American church congregation. In addition to the
dysfunctional issues affecting both individuals and families during the current
Great Recession, financial problems rank near the top. Since many churches
are modeled along the lines of a business franchise, they experience many of the
same pressures. Will customers grace our doors and buy our 'product'?
Will income (giving/tithe) exceed both fixed and variable expenses? Are we
growing or shrinking? What about the competition? Is our marketing
efforts and 'branding' appropriate? Can we maintain cash flow and service
debt? Can we retain qualified employees? Are we facing bankruptcy or
moral ruin due to scandal?
One of the latest gimmicky fads in churches is "prayerwalking."
Listen to this hype:
"God is using prayerwalking all around the world to pave the way spiritually
for His glory to be revealed. You can participate in this special movement of
God’s spirit. Through prayerwalking, lives will be changed as Christians begin
praying for and sharing their faith with those in need."
Among Christian humanists, and in particular the
Pentecostal/charismatic variety, it is not uncommon to claim God's endorsement
and involvement for their own religious agenda. Here is a list
of counter-claims to the falsehoods contained in the statement:
God is NOT "using" praywalking.
God is NOT "paving the way spiritually" for His glory to
Praywalking is NOT a "special movement of God's spirit."
Praywalking is NOT God's way of "changing" lives.
Religious humanists fail to understand that God does not
operate on their terms, no matter how attractive or
exciting they believe their programs to be. God operates upon the
principle of life out of death, an inviolate principle which was
established at Calvary.
“For we who live are always
delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made
manifest in our mortal body” (2 Cor. 4:10)
The 9/28 entry has been re-worked. So, if you initially
read it, please re-read the comments below, particularly the linked entry
regarding Utopian communities.
Above all, understand
this: In the last days blatant scoffers will come, being propelled by their own
evil urgesand saying, “Where is his [Christ’s] promised return?
For ever since our ancestors died, all
things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation.”
For they deliberately suppress this
fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago and an earth was
formed out of water and by means of water.Through these things the world existing at that time was destroyed when
it was deluged with water.2
A clear mark of an evil heart* is the act of deliberately
suppressing self-evident facts (e.g., 2 Peter and Romans 1:18).The elimination of the biblical creation narrative has been brought about by a
deliberate effort to eliminate from or make relative the Judeo-Christian
worldview in public education.
Without that narrative, the "educated" masses are unaware [ignorant] of the
historical Fall (Genesis 3) and its corresponding universal consequences (e.g.,
Genesis 3:14-19).A recent
correspondent genuinely asked, “Why do we
have to work?” Further,
without an understanding of the Fall, mankind has no contextual reference for
SIN or SINS, nor any need for a Divinely-provided "salvation." And this is
the root cause for the pervasive godless secularism of the Western democracies.
world has fully embraced a technologically-advanced paganism. Despite whatever
evidence there may be to the contrary, the masses are being led to believe the
lie (one of many) that dysfunctional events (“crisis”), in social, economic and
environmental realms, are solely attributable to private ownership and
capitalism…oh and lest we forget, George W. Bush. As I’ve previously
written, an increasing number of individuals vainly imagine our planet as a sort
of pre-Fall Garden of Eden, a cornucopia of plenty, a place where public nudity
should just 'feel right' and working shouldn’t really be a necessity...if only
government fairly and effectively redistributed the Earth's bountiful resources.
Being illiterate of history, they believe the planet's brokenness did not occur
in some ancient past; rather, it took place during the post-Industrial centuries.
For them, economic scarcity** (Gen. 3:17-19) is not a universal fact or condition;
rather, it’s a series of imbalances and inequities brought about entirely by the
Industrial Age and
evil behavior of so-called “greedy people” who've gamed the system***. And
of course, "greedy" is progressively defined downward to include anyone who has
something more than yourself. Further, they believe their “green solutions” to
environmental issues are capable of magically transcending the limits and laws
of physics to which other prior “bad” choices (realism) were subject to and
* The direct references to lies, lying, deceive, deceit, or
deception in the Bible total in the thousands. Is it any wonder why the
Lord Jesus referred to the Devil as the "father of lies" (John 8:44), and the
Apostle Paul describes this celestial being as "the god of this age" (2 Cor.
4:4). How does the Devil "blind" minds? Through lying and deception.
"The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with
the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and
wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing.
They perish because they refused to the love the truth and so be saved.
For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the
lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have
delighted in wickedness." 2 Thess. 2:9-12. NIV
** The pagan Gaia community
refers to this as the "scarcity mythos." For example, see the
"Regenerative" and "Transition" Culture movements. These are modern-day
reincarations of the
Utopian socialist/transcendentialist communities (e.g., Amana, Owenite,
Brook Farm, Fruitlands, Oneida, etc.) or the "Christian" variety (e.g., Shakers,
etc.) of the 19th and early 20th century, but with a genuine pagan worldview.
Key words: sustainability, regenerative, abundance, green, resilience,
transistion, permaculture, etc.
*** This description is true of the plague of global investment
brokers/bankers who created the derivatives bubble and paid themselves
exorbitant "bubble bonuses."
Christian apologist Copan uses arguments from reason and natural law to expose
the incoherence of skepticism held by the unregenerate mind (Rom. 12:2).
For born-again Christians, 1 Cor. 2:6-16 goes further to reveal a transcendent
realm of knowledge and certainty unavailable to those who are "dead" to the
spiritual realm and do not participate in "the mind of Christ." The
agnostic crosses into the realm of self-contradiction when he
asserts that no one can "know" with certainty.
While he may personally lack certainty, this does not preclude someone else from
possessing knowledge and certainty to which he has no access.
Here's a newly-designed online version of MJS's THE NEW BIRTH EXPLAINED
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Panel to Investigate Financial Crisis - The
Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission will hold its first meeting today as it
looks for the root cause of the financial crisis. The investigation might be the
White House's best opportunity to reinvigorate its regulatory revamp. Critics
argued that the causes are already known (deceptive mortgage lending and
reckless debt securitization, to irresponsible banker bonuses and unregulated
over-the-counter derivatives markets) and that going back through them is a
waste of time. However, proponents pointed out that no single panel with the
authority to subpoena has thoroughly examined the crisis. Read entire
Following up on what I've written about for years, the Commission will like
focus on effects rather than cause, so that further legislation can be passed.
Hopefully, they will also address the problem of failure to enforce existing
legislation, the hallmark of our libertine culture. Since they will
unlikely reveal the true causes, I'll give it to you right here.
A global system of fiat money. Global fiat
money violates biblical principles of ethics. It has no built-in
checks and balances, so it's fully vulnerable to a variety of abuses by
those at the top.
The ascendant rise of the philosophy of
radical Libertarianism in commerce. Note the philosophic
similarity with today's predominant humanistic religions. It is no
coincidence that an ideological follower of atheist
Ayn Rand (1905-1982), Alan Greenspan, together with global computer
technology, laid the foundation for the global debt bubble. His brand of laissez-faire
capitalism set the stage for the inverted pyramid shown below (9/8/2009)
and the abuses mentioned above, which together triggered the widespread
financial hemorrhaging. Like the old Soviet Union and
public education, the current system appears too
big and entrenched to either be reformed or fixed.
Chart by Libertarian David Nolan
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The president has asked
for a $4 billion increase in the foreign affairs budget which is a very
strategic part of World Vision’s own budget. To put that into perspective,
the total humanitarian assistance budget for the world is about $25 billion a
year, and the total foreign affairs budget is about $49 billion. The
humanitarian portion is less than 1 percent of the federal budget and is equal
to what we’ve given to the auto industry in the past few months.
Since January 2008, the
total bailout and stimulus monies passed amount to about $2 trillion, and if
we were to have that money, it would fund the humanitarian assistance budget
for 80 years, just to put that into context. So in the context of these massive
stimulus and bailout packages, the $4 billion increase that the president has
requested is the equivalent of throwing a five cent tip into the tin cup of the
world’s poorest 2 billion people who are the most affected by the global
economic crisis.Richard Stearns
- President of World Vision.
Underline emphasis mine.
“…if we were to have
that money, it would fund the humanitarian assistance budget for 80 years…”I rather doubt it.Having
gone on a spending orgy with other peoples’ money, the recipients would likely
return in a few years for more, with the claim to having been short-changed the first
time around.The history of wealth
transfer schemes is typically not a pretty one—corruption, waste, graft, etc.Both money and sex have the potential of bringing out the worst in human
nature.And some of the first
tell-tale signs are covetousness and envy. Inherently, what's taking place
are violations of both the 8th and 10th Mosaic Commandment by the citizenry.
So, despite the monetary/fiscal insanity of the bailouts and
stimulus programs, why shouldn’t the Religious Left, the Democrats, and Barack
Obama expand their health care proposal to cover the entire planet, and
end to global poverty as well?
Seriously, what’s the problem?
It’s got to be lack of love and compassion.It isn’t lack of fiat money, because that doesn’t appear to be a
hindrance to the current proposals or any other fiscal high-wire acts* of the
Federal government and the Central Bank.The Treasury issues IOUs (bonds) and the Federal Reserve monetizes them!Magic!Why should a few more
tiny zeros stand in the way of expressing
real concern and care?Why are
all the liberals so small-minded?Of
wait, they’re not!They’re the
“smartest guys in the room,” or so a majority of the electorate thinks.
So, why not propose true
universal coverage that is genuinely
PS.I always wince
at bit when engaging in satire.A
genuine fear is that some individual will miss the humor.
* "The U.S. has failed to fix the underlying problems of its banking
system after the credit crunch and the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings
"In the U.S. and many other countries, the too-big-to-fail banks have become
even bigger. The problems are worse than they were in 2007 before the
"We’re going into an extended period of weak economy, of economic malaise.
The U.S. will grow but not enough to offset the increase in the population.
If workers do not have income, it’s very hard to see how the U.S. will generate
the demand that the world economy needs.
"The Federal Reserve faces a 'quandary' in ending its monetary stimulus
programs because doing so may drive up the cost of borrowing for the U.S.
government. The question then is who is going to finance the U.S.
Joseph Stiglitz, Noble Prize-winning economist.
If you think you know the answer to his rhetorical question, drop me an
I recently became aware of an effort to erroneously label Miles Stanford and
withChrist.org as "Amyraldian dispensationalists." Sounds
serious, doesn't it? However, Amyraldism was never the belief of J. N.
Darby et al, nor Miles Stanford, nor has it ever been our view.
Amyraldianism or Amyraldism is a variant of Reformed/Covenant theology
(expressed by French Protestant pastor Moses Amyrald, 1596-1664) that sought to
acknowledge the broader character of Christ's atonement but erred
into a 'hypothetical' universalism, as well as watered down the consequences
of the Fall.
The Reformed website, Theopedia, has written the following: "In the
United States, essential Amyraldism may be found
among various evangelical groups, perhaps most notably among dispensationalists
in independent Bible churches and independent Baptist
churches--although the term Amyraldism is not used." Based on my
day-to-day experience, the comment is more speculative than factual. While
a small minority of 4-point Scofieldian or Arminian dispensationalists
may fit the historic
Amyraldian definition, the effort to explain dispensationalism using
Amyrald's theology appears new and novel to Theopedia. In all my
reading, I find no connection mentioned during either the 19th or 20th
centuries. If I've missed it, please send me an email and provide a
Reformed/Calvinists' bent to generally besmirch Darby and all Dispensationalism,
their broad-brush theological imprecision has come to be expected. I
continue to spend countless hours explaining the tenets of Pauline
dispensational theology to those who write with honest questions. See comments
regarding the Five
Points of Calvinism and Arminianism. Also see,
Limited vs. Unlimited Atonement.
Yes, regulation of the market is needed. However be assured of this, the
Democrat-proposed medical healthcare "public option" will be as equally
godless as present-day public education and will, in a short amount of
time, crowd out any and all health alternatives. The principle
of the lowest common denominator will go to work as soon as the final
congressional vote is cast. The parallels in argumentation between today's
proponents of government-funded healthcare and the 19th century proponents of
public education are striking.
If passed, religious objections to abortion and
euthanasia will be ruled 'out of bounds' upon the basis of the system's need for so-called
'neutrality' as well as 'separation of church and state'. They destroyed genuine
education and a majority of the public is now too 'dumbed-down' to realize the
fact. If they succeed, they will destroy healthcare, as we know it, as
well. Death by 'public-option' bureaucratization will become the
new status quo.
Americans are asleep. American Christians are asleep. America's
religious liberals, having embraced the tenets of Enlightenment humanism, are
blinded by hate against conservatives who imply the moral authority of God in
their lives. Their blindness ironically results in denial toward both the
overt terrorism and covert subversion taking place by fundamental Muslims, as
well as the brutal theonomic goals of Islam. Like a twist on the
Stockholm syndrome, liberal's and the Left's fear and cowardice has turned them
into pawns of radical Islam. The Muslims know it and are successfully
exploiting it. The advocacy of Shariah law for America by
allies of Barack Hussein Obama should alarm, but sadly seems to only draws yawns.
Currently, you can watch the unabridged version at their website.
Do this in memory of 9/11.
PS. The movie's use of the label "radical Islam" is really a
misnomer. So-called "radical Islam" shown in the movie is
orthodox Islam...Islam as Mohammad instructed his followers to
practice it. Dr. Jasser, the movie's main commentator, is a
'westernized' (liberal) Muslim, and not taken seriously by a large
portion of the Muslim world. It is Dr. Jasser's hope that Western
secularism will slam the door on 'radical' Islam. But the
secularists find more pleasure in fighting with passive Christians, than
risking their lives and opposing militant Muslims.
Contrary to popular misunderstandings in the West, there is very little
equivalency between fundamental Muslims and fundamental Christians.
Given Islam's advance around the globe, I marvel at those who still
believe in either Amillennialism, Postmillennialism, or Preterist
eschatology (which are all variants of Christian triumphalism) can
remain intellectually viable. Premillennialism is quickly becoming
the only eschatology that fits today's world.
Why do governments and tyrants need to control the Internet? Because the
"...pulls back the curtain and exposes with bright luminescence everything
formally hidden in the darkness...at the speed of light." TM
More spin than at a traveling amusement park.
The graph above is included in the January 2009 report,
A New Era of Responsibility Renewing America’s Promise. Despite
the current Administration's continuous efforts to blame any and every problem
on the prior Administration or Republicans, the facts don't support the rhetoric
and the line has become 'shop worn'. Many of today's policy failures can
be traced to Liberal/Keynesian policy makers.
As shown, the decline in manufacturing employment started in the late '70s.
During the '60s, the widespread thinking on college campuses was that the world
was entering an "information age," (can you hear the song, Age of Aquarius
playing in the background?) manufacturing was considered passé
(old school), and tomorrow's graduates should strive to make "big money" by
becoming "knowledge workers." Computer degrees were considered chic.
Well, American education worked its magic. America began a shift from a
nation of producers/manufacturers to a nation of consumers/information handlers.
A large percentage of manufacturing either moved to Asia or now originates
there. Yet, the mantras of the '60s and '70s die hard. In the same report
linked above, you'll read, "Tough choices have been avoided, and we have
failed to make the wise investments we need to compete in a global,
information-age economy." I don't think so. America was an
early leader in the information-based economy. Alan Greenspan repeatedly
cited statistics showing macro enhancements in productivity due to adoption of
information technology. American's did not avoid making "tough choices."
Based on the advice of a failing and misguided academy, America, in hindsight,
made the wrong choices. It chose to give up so-called "dirty"
manufacturing industries in favor of so-called "clean" information-based ones.
But wait, we outsourced the clean industries too. And, how long do you
think we can sustain a consumer culture based on borrowed money?
Those who are NOT clear on God's provided righteousness (justification), set
about to create, via works/merit, a justification of their own (Romans 10: 2-4).
For I can testify that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not in
line with the truth. For ignoring the righteousness that comes from God,
and seeking instead to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to
God’s righteousness. NetBible
Those who are NOT clear on God's provided righteousness (sanctification), set
about to create, via rule and disciplines, a sanctification of their own
(Colossians 2: 20-23; Galatians 6:14-16a).
If you have died with Christ to the elemental spirits of the world, why do
you submit to them as though you lived in the world? “Do not handle! Do not
taste! Do not touch!” These are all destined to perish with use, founded as they
are on human commands and teachings. Even though they have the appearance
of wisdom with their self-imposed worship and false humility achieved by an
unsparing treatment of the body – a wisdom with no true value – they in reality
result in fleshly indulgence.
But may I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through
which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither
circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that matters
is a new creation! And all who will behave in accordance with this rule,
peace and mercy be on them.... NetBible
The core mission of withChrist.org is to help believers "grow in
the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Pet. 3:18).
One of our guiding principles is Ephesians 4:15, "...speaking the truth in
love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ."
Due to today's widespread confusion over the meaning of "love," a more detailed
explanation may be helpful for both visitors and regular readers of this
The ministry of withChrist.org is established upon two ‘linked’
principles: 1) to speak the truth in love, while 2) not resorting to the
principle of accommodation. This biblical love is found throughout
Scripture, is universally demonstrated by faithful parents who raise their
children well (Heb. 12:9), and is altogether different from the humanistic
emotionalism generally found in society. Many craven Christians and
Christian leaders accommodate their audience by compromising and betraying the
truth. Such capitulation, they reason, will gain them a 'rapport' and in turn
result in a favorable response toward the Savior. But this never turns out
well. They inevitably are reduced to the level of their worldly audience
rather than drawing lost unregenerates to the truth. In their misguided effort,
they may even extend human approval to what God clearly deems incorrigible and
has condemned. For those who walk this path, the price paid, spiritually
speaking, is infinitely too high for what little is gained.
By contrast, the world equates love with accommodation and approval. Those who
fail or refuse to accommodate their views or grant approval for that which is
sinful are falsely accused of being unloving or even “hateful.” Do you see the
problem? Biblical Christians and the world are operating under radically
different definitions and concepts of love, to say nothing of the meanings of
dozens of other words used in the Bible. Much of this is attributable to the
ruin caused by the anti-biblical philosophy of postmodernism.
Postmodernism claims the meanings of words are wholly arbitrary, i.e., linguistic
relativism. These wide variations in the meaning of words inevitably cause
breakdown in communication and dialogue, as well as allow misunderstandings to
Readers and supporters of withChrist.org represent a broad spectrum of cultural
backgrounds and intellects. Such is the blessing and challenge of
maintaining the website, the Journal, and personal correspondence with those who
write. So, you just never know what you might find here.
A parody (pronounced /ˈpærədiː/;
also called send-up or spoof), in contemporary usage, is a work created to mock,
comment on, or poke fun at an original work, its subject, or author, or some
other target, by means of humorous, satiric or ironic imitation.
The primary goal of ecumenical "unity" movements is to deny the truth spoken by
Jesus Christ in Luke 12:51.
"Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but
Why division? Because Christ is the Cornerstone (Mark 12:10; 1 Peter 2:7,8) and Head
(Col. 2:19) of a New Creation (Gal. 6:15), not a
reformer of the Old. The Cross marks the 'dividing line' between the
Old and the New.
Authentic Christians are members of the
“How many earnest and religious people belong to ‘the Old Adam Improvement
Society.’ It is the recognition of the Christ-life, it is union with the Risen
Christ, that men need instead of the culture of the religious self-life.”
In many ways, humanistic philosophies and theologies are similar to the Tower of
Babel mentioned in Genesis 11:1-8. Neither are commissioned by God, for he
has already spoken and set forth sound doctrine (propositional truth) and wisdom
in His Word--the Bible. A major difference between now and then (Babel),
is that God does not directly intervene to disrupt men's vain construction
plans. Today, deconstruction and demolition has been left to the Church.
"I have read John Frame's book, [No
Other God: A Response to Open Theism] and found it to be well written,
very well referenced and a wonderful study of God's attributes. He
systematically destroys every argument Boyd and others of his ilk make. He
sites 5 or more Scripture references for every one Boyd et. al. hang on to. I
highly recommend it. I still hope to get to reading the Ware and Piper works,
but Frame did such a thorough job of refuting the misguided theology of Boyd, I
am off on another course at the moment." Chuck in Albuquerque
"The relatively few number of Muslims who dare to convert to Christianity do
it in extreme secrecy. That is because the penalty for leaving Islam is death in
all schools of Sharia, both Sunni and Shiite. Those who wrote Sharia centuries
ago knew that keeping Muslims in total submission would be very difficult to
maintain, and thus they established barbaric laws condemning Muslims to death
for exercising their basic human rights to choose their own religion. Sharia
never entrusted its enforcement only to the formal legal system. Islam promises
heavenly rewards to individual Muslims who take the law into their own hands.
"The end result is a chaotic society where everything happens behind closed
doors but at a very heavy price to interpersonal relationships. Fear and
distrust of others exists in all Muslim societies. Muslims are not just
distrustful of the West, but they are distrustful of one another. In Muslim
society, people are often more afraid of their neighbors and family members than
of the police. Thus, we see husbands or fathers pressured to apply Sharia by
killing an adulterous wife or daughter, or a perfect stranger participate in the
killing of an apostate in the public square. Very few get arrested or punished
for such crimes across the Muslim world. The ingenious Sharia uses vigilante
street justice to bring about Islamic submission. That is why civil unrest and
honor crimes go wherever Islam goes. The power of Islam comes from turning
Muslim against Muslim -- with a reward in heaven." ND
In the Muslim faith, a Muslim man can marry a child
as young as 1 year old and have sexual intimacy with this child,
consummating the marriage by 9.
The dowry is given to the family in exchange for the
woman (who becomes his slave) and for the purchase of the private parts of
the woman, to use her as a toy.
Even though a woman is abused, she can not obtain a
To prove rape, the woman must have (4) male
witnesses. Often after a woman has been raped, she is returned to her
family and the family must return the dowry.
The family has the right to execute her (an honor
killing) to restore the honor of the family.
Husbands can beat their wives 'at will' and he does
not have to say why he has beaten her.
The husband is permitted to have 4 wives and a
temporary wife for an hour (prostitute) at his discretion.
The Shariah Muslim law controls the private as well
as the public life of the woman.
In the West World ( America ) Muslim men are starting
to demand Shariah Law so the wife cannot obtain a divorce and he can have
full and complete control of her. It is amazing and alarming how many of
our sisters and daughters attending American universities are now marrying
Muslim men and submitting themselves and their children unsuspectingly to
the Shariah law.
By passing this on, enlightened American women may
avoid becoming a slave under Shariah Law.
What is interesting, from a sociological perspective, is the
comment regarding American college-age women marrying Muslim men. As
difficult as it might be for the author to believe or understand, the phenomena
of so-called "enlightened" women submitting to Shariah Law may be a 'whipsaw'
reaction to several generations of unfettered autonomy and attendant spiritual
emptiness found in Western feminism. Ironically, such extreme personal
debasement may represent one more legacy of modern feminism.
In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, there is no greater
irony than the liberal Left’s lack of concern regarding historic and
contemporary Islamic/Muslim theonomic oppression, in contrast to their extreme
phobia of so-called biblical Christianity! The zenith of bigotry.
American public education should be the poster child for socialism.
The problem, of course, is that their solution will never supplant the
power of the mass of individuals having a vested interest in public
education. In many districts, sending your kids to public school
is the equivalent of tossing them into a wood chipper,
à la Saddam Hussein. The tragedy is
that this crisis falls most heavily upon minorities, not because of lack
of money, but because of compounding pedagogic illiteracy.
How many graduates are willing to admit their functional illiteracy, or a least
their serious handicap? None. How many teachers are willing to blow
a whistle and indict themselves? None. How many politicians will
speak the truth openly and forfeit votes? None. Reform will never
work due to the depth of corruption and level of moral and philosophic
bankruptcy, to say nothing of the spiritual dimension which is a nihilistic
For an educational 'phoenix' to rise from the ashes, one-by-one public schools
should be required to undergo the equivalent of a forced bank closing.
Line up private bidders for the net assets, hand out vouchers to the students,
and close the doors on a Friday.
And on a final note, we hear from the icon of godless Communism, Fidel Castro--a
elite Marxist who has plundered the medical care of millions of Cubans to keep
his own self alive, that all of
Obama's critics are "racist, right-wingers." One can find comfort
knowing our Just God has created a "Lake of Fire" and a "Hell." Evil will
ultimately be held to account.
It is not surprising to see the double standards and hypocrisy of liberals and
the political Left. For nearly four decades they howled regarding the
involvement of conservative Christians into political and public policy realms.
Violations of "separation of church and state" they loudly claimed.
America's government was intended to be "secular." However, we see that
so-called Jeffersonian "wall of separation" only protects in one
direction. Like the liberal clergy before them, the political Left extends
its power by utilizing church pulpit.
There is no doubt that many elements of Western culture are in need of reform.
However, history has proven that the 'gospel' according to socialism is hollow.
Being out of touch with reality, it cannot deliver on its utopian promises.
Rather than raising the dignity of mankind, it destroys it. Like the
Pharisees of Jesus' day, so-called "progressives" and liberals have
'cherry-picked' particular NT ethics which appear to advance their political
As I stated in
The Roots of Religious Liberalism and Christian Agnosticism,
"...liberalism culminates in attempts to reconcile science and humanism with
traditional Christianity, stresses the ethical teachings of Jesus and a social
gospel, envisions God as a co-worker in the task of reforming the world, and
believes human nature is essentially good."
American Psychological Association (APA) Revises Treatment
Guidelines to Allow Counselors to Help Clients Reject Their Same-Sex Attractions
"...the American Psychological Association said Wednesday that it is
ethical -- and can be beneficial -- for counselors to help some clients reject
gay or lesbian attractions.
"According to new APA guidelines, the therapist must make clear that
homosexuality doesn't signal a mental or emotional disorder.
"But if the client still believes that affirming his same-sex attractions
would be sinful or destructive to his faith, psychologists can help him
construct an identity that rejects the power of those attractions, the APA says.
"But we have to acknowledge that, for some people, religious identity is
such an important part of their lives, it may transcend everything else.
"...the task force also gained an appreciation for the pain some men and
women feel in trying to reconcile their sexual attractions with their faith.
There are gay-affirming churches. But the task force acknowledged that for those
from conservative faiths, affirming a gay identity could feel very much like
renouncing their religious identity.
"...there has been little research about the long-term effects of rejecting
a gay identity, but there is 'no clear evidence of harm' and 'some people seem
to be content with that path'."
The APA's acknowledgement and acceptance of non-affirming approaches is
certain to spark additional rage within wide sectors of the homosexual
community. How can any group or individual, demanding UNIVERSAL
AFFIRMATION to maintain a sense of well-being, NOT be considered in a state of
“mental or emotional disorder?” Want complete answers? Look outside of science
and the APA.
"The HealthCare Monstrosity-All 1,018 Pages"
"Since Congress doesn’t want to read the
Health Care Bill and Obama, ACORN, Unions, Lawyers, & Special
Interest Groups don’t want you to know what's in this monstrosity, I
Fleckenstein) decided to do it myself. I’ve taken all my
tweets on the HC bill and put them into
one single place for your enjoyment. Additionally here is
the link to the full bill" – Health Care Bill"
Socialism is a utopian dream based on an anti-Christian worldview. As
such, socialists are first-rate pragmatists. When the dream cannot be
achieved due to lack of resources, a good socialist will figure out ways to
eliminate people so as to effectively address the
problem of economic scarcity. And history has proven, over and over,
that socialistic systems suffer a downward spiral of chronic scarcities.
The end is a
111TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION
To provide affordable, quality
health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending,
and for other purposes.
Isn't it time for all Americans to read the fine print??
Because evangelicals believe biblical truth is "knowable," AS WELL AS
neither self-evident nor a universal possession, they engage in evangelism.
Only evangelicals are capable of speaking the genuine "Good News" with
certainty to mankind.
However, there is a huge gulf between evangelicals and today's modern cultures
that surround them, and it's not the evangelicals who've moved. First, men
today reject any claim to "real knowledge" which is not based on scientific
finding. For secularists and other liberals, it's near sacrilege to
question whether Hume or Kant were wrong. Figuratively speaking, the door
into other realms of real knowledge was
closed several hundred years ago. For moderns, Biblical revelation
is a myth--a cleverly devised myth by individuals who supposedly want social
power 'on the cheap'.
Second, modern men are not closely in touch with the basic realities of life.
For example, today economic scarcity is also said to be a myth--a myth
devised by capitalism. Without greedy plunder on the part of capitalists,
there would be more than enough to go around...or so they claim. For them,
government can and should provide a cornucopia of entitlements: food,
housing, education, comprehensive medical care, etc, even entertainment.
Like the laborers in Christ's parable (Matthew 20:1-16), people today are so
absorbed with the issue of "equity," they can't mentally comprehend the concept
of gift (grace). Such explains the hardness of heart ("stony ground") in
today's modern culture. If I am entitled to everything (upon one basis or
another), where is there room left for grace? There simply isn't!
The cancer of Pentecostal doctrine takes it
Tony Alamo finally goes to jail. The past 100 years plus is a
of sex and financial scandals among charismatics, as well as the
worst...murder/death of children due to their fallacious "demon possession."
Liberal "christians" wish to indict all fundamentalism; secularists indict all
Christianity. The mainstream media's silence on this subject is a
Keep in mind, Pentecostal/charismatic teachings typically
build on an humanist theological foundation (Arminianism).
Other denominations share the same foundation, but the radical subjectivism is
held 'in check'. Generally speaking, Anglicanism through Wesleyan/Holiness
religious liberalism, rejecting the veracity of the Word of God, and
generally suffer the consequences of
agnosticism. As the Apostle Peter explained, "...ignorant and
unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own
destruction" (2 Peter 3:16).
"Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be
on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men
and fall from your secure position. But grow in grace and knowledge of our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever!
Amen" (2 Peter 3:17,18).
The financial term for this activity is illegal
arbitrage. When individuals are caught trading with the advantage of
inside information, they usually have gone to jail. Apparently, this is
not the case for "high-frequency" traders. To make matters even worse,
Wall Street appears to even be exploiting the Federal Reserve.
"The Fed has emerged as one of Wall Street’s biggest
customers during the financial crisis, buying massive amounts of securities to
help stabilize the markets. In some cases, such as the market for
mortgage-backed securities, the Fed buys more bonds than any other party."
“You can make big money trading with the government,” said
an executive at one leading investment management firm. "The government is
a huge buyer and seller and Wall Street has all the pricing power.”
Wall Street profits from trades with Fed
Without being a
born-again Christian with the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit (1 Cor.
2:12-16), one cannot adequately understand with certainty that
God truly exists and that the universe (albeit a “broken
symmetry” due to the Fall) is His handiwork (Psalm 19:1), the work of an
Without being a
born-again Christian, one cannot understand that God has one purpose: to
glorify Himself in Christ. This involves glory in two (2) spheres, the
earthly and the heavenly (Ephesians 1:7-10)
Without being a
born-again Christian, one cannot understand that Israel (God's earthly
people) is the focus of God's earthly activities, that God made a perpetual
covenant with ancient Israel and gave ownership to her of the land (Genesis
17:7-8) as an eternal possession/inheritance. ALL competing ownership claims
are fraudulent and will be exposed. The Jewish people were returned to their
land to await a coming judgment (Ezek. 20:34-38).
Without being a
born-again Christian, one cannot understand that God has judged and rejected
the Adamic race and has established a new Head of a New Creation (1 Cor.
15:22-28, 45-49; Gal.6:15), with new Life (read the Gospel of John) via a second
birth (John 3:3). Reforming the old is not "sustainable," as is commonly
understood among the current generation.
Without being a
born-again Christian, one cannot understand that support for Israel by all
other nations (including America) must cease, so that her people (Jewish) will
have absolutely NO hope except they turn (repent/change their thinking) and call
upon (Deut. 4:30) the Name of the Lord Almighty for deliverance. At that time
(still future), Israel will realize and acknowledge that they crucified the Lord
of Glory, their Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. All other nations (including
America) will face judgment as well (Joel 3:1-2).
Without being a
born-again Christian, one cannot understand that modern-day Israel will in
fact WAIT TOO LONG to deal with adversaries, and will subsequently be
intimidated and overwhelmed (not destroyed, Islam wants Jerusalem for itself) by
the enemies that surround her. This sets the stage for the glorious Return of
the now Risen Lord Jesus Christ, the Millennium (1,000 year, Rev.20: 2-8), and
the Co-Reign of Christ's Bride, the Church, the collective of born-again
individuals. This is God’s heavenly work.
But if someone does not
provide for his own, especially his own family, he has denied the faith and is
worse than an unbeliever.1
Suffice to say, this verse is subject to much subjective
interpretation and abuse.Sadly,
among modern-day evangelical and fundamental Christians in America, it is often assumed to mean
that the husband should provide a middle-class, materialistic standard of living
for his family.
Johnson in the LendingTree commercial? This was quite a
commentary/indictment upon life in America at the end of the 20th century.
[No endorsement of LendingTree is intended.]
Stanley was/is the stereo-typical “Christian” father and husband.
Expectations run high for all
members of the family, and when those expectations aren’t met, the
husband/father is supposedly “open to blame” (v. 7).
Based on a broader understanding of both OT and NT moral values, the
Apostle Paul would have eschewed this definition of "providing" for family.Life in ancient Israel and the Mediterranean certainly did not include
widespread personal debt or anything like our modern consumerist society.Neither did they have the added complexities of government programs and
the miracle of modern healthcare (albeit expensive).
I’m not arguing that all debt is wrong
or that the benefits of modern life are inherently evil and should entirely be
avoided.Rather, I desire to place a
'check' on how some Christians use and abuse Paul’s teachings regarding
Fathers and husbands who are not idle, who own an obligation
to “provide” for basic living necessities for those who cannot provide for
themselves (children, infirm parents, etc,), are not failures, not losers, not
“worse than an unbeliever.” Life in the modern world is complex, with
complex issues. This is particularly true in the context of the current, global
recession/depression! Millions of honorable and hard-working men are or
have already lost their jobs or businesses. Make sure you recognize appropriate
principles when applying biblical teachings to your life today.
The current Administration and its radical policies, e.g.,
nationalized healthcare, trillion-dollar economic stimulus, etc., highlight the
sad reality that America has deteriorated from a post-Christian culture into an
anti-Christian one. The truth and reality, that humanity lives in a fallen
world, is either absent or repressed in the broader public consciousness.
Denying reality has become today's mantra.
To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and
ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil
you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and
thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of
your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground since from it
you were taken; from dust you are and to dust you will return.” Genesis
During the past month, an adult individual wrote and asked me,
“Why is it that we have to work.” I was initially taken back by the
question, wondering about the inquirer's sincerity. But after further
correspondence, I found the they were genuinely perplexed as to why working was
The public’s way of looking at the world (“worldview”), no
longer includes awareness or acceptance that economic scarcity was and
continues to be brought on by the Fall, and that “painful toil” is a
necessary part of life in a post-Fall world. Rather, the public is seduced by
political utopians into believing that such scarcity is entirely the result of
inequitable distribution of existing wealth and the planet’s resources.
What their solution? With government's “equitable
redistribution,” there will be more than enough for all, so they claim.
But this is both the illusion and lie of all economic systems
(i.e., socialism, communism, etc) which deny or denigrate the inalienable right
to private property. Such redistributions distort the moral imperative
that some form of genuine productivity (toil) is necessary for survival.
Under these anti-Christian systems, there is progressively
less and less available to provide for humanity at the end of each day.
Workers are punished through ever higher-and-higher taxes; profligates are
more-and-more rewarded*. In the end, the “solution” becomes some form of
genocide as a pragmatic way to solve the problem of scarcity.
* I recently overheard an amusing conversation between two
young liberals while sitting in a local restaurant. A young female and a
companion had attended a
bluegrass "music" festival in Telluride, Colorado. She characterized
it as having had something of a "communal" atmosphere. She then proceeded
to explain/complain how shortly after their arrival at the concert, their
camping provisions of food and drink were seized, added to the community
storehouse, and largely consumed by other attendees, all without
their consent. Despite efforts to rationalize the situation, her emotions
simply refused to "go-with-the-flow." She inherently sensed that something
wasn't right with this behavior, despite the reality that such forced "sharing"
mirrors the redistribution policy goals of the current Administration.
Jesus spoke to them
again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who
gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to summon those who had
been invited to the banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other
slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Look! The feast I have
prepared for you is ready. My oxen and
fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the
wedding banquet.”’ But they were indifferent and went away, one to his farm,
another to his business. The rest seized his slaves, insolently mistreated them,
and killed them. The king was furious! He sent his soldiers, and they put those
murderers to death and set their city on fire. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The
wedding is ready, but the ones who had been invited were not worthy. So go into
the main streets and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ And those
slaves went out into the streets and gathered all they found, both bad and good,
and the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see
the wedding guests, he saw a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. And
he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ But
he had nothing to say. Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Tie him up hand
and foot and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and
gnashing of teeth!’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”Matthew 22: 1-14 (NETBible)
Contrary to popular evangelical belief, God is NOT testing
humanity to see whether some individual(s) here or there will accept the "gospel
of God’s grace" (Acts 20:24).They
won’t…end of story!All such
“testing” by God ceased with the crucifixion of the Son (Second Person of the
Trinity) at Calvary.All humanity is
‘bound’ in unbelief (John 16:9; Romans 3:9-20).
Like those initially “invited to the
banquet” (representative Israel), all humanity is either indifferent or hostile.
Thus, for nearly 2,000 years, God the Holy Spirit has sovereignly (like the
slaves mentioned above, “…added to the
church daily those who were being saved.” Of course, "being saved"
includes an exercise of the will (volition). Yes, by faith we
believe unto life eternal. But hidden from our view is the Slave sent to
persuasively and effectively "gather" us into the figurative "wedding hall."
Now you may have noticed, toward the end of Christ's parable
above, that one poor fellow wasn't dressed appropriately. In our day of
common and casual dress, his forceful rejection may seem "over the top" to most
readers...if you fail to understand the spiritual meaning for his lack
of wedding attire. So then, how are you dressed??
If there is any doubt that America elected a socialist
president, who is aligned with socialist/communist sympathies, read the following WSJ
Honduras Defends Its Democracy. It is absolutely despicable to
see the U.S. Secretary of State (Hillary Rodham Clinton) standing
shoulder-to-shoulder with long-time avowed Communist Fidel Castro, Nicaraguan Daniel Ortega, and
the left-wing dictator of Venezuela Hugo Chávez.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs claims, "our goal now is on
restoring democratic order in Honduras." However according to O'Grady, no
military coup is taking place. The military is following directions of the
Honduran Supreme Court and its Congress, while the ousted President was
attempting to run roughshod over their Constitution, à
la Chávez. As for BHO's comments of a "coup", you be the judge. One
has to wonder what the next U.S. election will look like...if there is one?
More Marxist dictatorship under the guise of "democracy?"
PS. These leaders are infused with Marxist hatred toward
biblical Christianity. The peoples of Central and South America have been
the victims of both secular dictatorships
as well as the darkness and corruption of Roman Catholicism. Pray for
believers in these deeply troubled nations.
It's been a great spring and early summer. Lots of rain,
greenery, flowers! So I hope you'll all excuse my absence. Getting
outside and away from the computer is a must.
Reuter's reports, "The Bank for International Settlements
(BIS), which acts as a forum for central banks, said government efforts to
revive the global economy might have only a temporary impact because banks are
not being pushed hard enough to fix their underlying problems. Financial
products should be treated like medicines and sold to consumers only when they
are certified safe to prevent a repeat of last year's financial meltdown, the
world's central bankers said on Monday."
"Underlying problems"? Yes, that's code
for problems which are barely visible to a largely illiterate public. It's
warehouse-upon-warehouse of financial 'toxic waste', with little beneficial
purpose other than as a basis for charging fat commissions.
"Medicines"? This is pure toned-down
understatement. The truth is that exotic forms of financial instruments
(derivatives, swaps, options, etc.) CAN act like nuclear bombs. Rather
than hedging risk, they amplify risk, and collectively are a massive financial
'house-of-cards'. These financial products marginally serve the economic
common good, rather their primary purpose is to line the pockets of
global/domestic brokers, traders, and hustlers!
Those so-called "free market" advocates (Limbaugh, Hannity,
Beck, etc), who bemoan any and all regulation and government interference are
acting like libertarian ideologues, not genuine conservatives who
anchor their views in a Judeo-Christian worldview.
Beware! Here is the heart of the current crisis among
conservatives. None are willing to face down the popular philosophic
relativism in the realm of knowledge. None are willing to openly and
unapologetically anchor their views in a dispensationally-interpreted Bible.
I will be away from the computer for awhile. Diane and I
have a wedding to attend; then, we plan to take a few days of vacation.
Also, the main computer (laptop) must be sent off to HP for a minor keyboard
repair. Please pray that nothing goes wrong...e.g., the computer becomes
See you in June.
There just seems to be no end to the religious ‘pitch’ men and
women (2 Cor. 2:17) working to create substitutes to the true Gospel revealed by
the Risen Christ and to biblical Christian living. People continue to
climb onboard to ride these bandwagons. True, some exploit more Scripture texts than
others, but all fall short of the “not I, but Christ” life set forth in
The explanation for this widespread deception (2 Tim. 3:13) as
well as "falling away" (2 Thes. 2:3) is at least three-fold. First, Western
society has largely embraced Enlightenment humanism and religious humanism is
compatible with the Enlightenment tenet that man is basically good. Remember
this point when you read point #8 of the paper linked below. Second, the Word
of God anticipates doctrinal deception as a ‘mark’ of the end of the Age (1 Tim.
4:1, 2; 2 Tim. 4:3, 4). Lastly, the century-old distinction of dividing
the Bible into OT and NT (Testament = covenant) has likely predisposed a
majority of readers to think of the Bible's central theme as the contrast
between these two Israelite
covenants (important as it is). Surely, our Hope draws near.
In an effort to answer the variety of email requests to
critique” this-or-that religious sideshow, I’ve put together some basics which
readers will likely find have universal application. Download, read, study,
print, share (easy 2-page format), use for Bible study outline, etc:
PS. Thanks to Bill Blake for the inspiration behind this
article! He provided a majority of the points.
It appears that this website, and many others, is not playing well with the
recently-released MS Internet Explorer 8.0. In short, IE8.0 is
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The "Compatibility View" doesn't alleviate the problem. IE7 and
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given the option.
In the mean time, please use Mozilla Firefox
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incorporated some of neat panorama image features. Using their "Top
Sites" page, you can create a panorama of your favorite and often-visited
websites...don't forget to include withChrist.org.
Readers will not want to miss the HBO miniseries,
John Adams(available in DVD). While I cannot speak to the
historical accuracy, the theatric production of the historical period and the
acting of Paul Giamatti (John Adams) and Laura Linney (Abigail Adams) is
both heart-moving and exquisite.
At times, living the Christian life is often like camping. You set
up the tent using 6" stakes fastening the corners. During the night a strong wind
buffets the tent and loosens the stakes. Some may even come loose.
The tent flaps around and you lose sleep wonder whether you'll end up in the
lake. When you return home, you visit your local hardware store and buy
24" stakes or buy a camper/RV.
This past month has me hunting for some longer stakes.
I've been working on several projects. Some are complete, while others are
'works in progress'.
On a related note, I've begun putting together a compilation
of quotations by the late Dr. Ronald Nash from his book, The Word of God and
The Mind of Man. The Roots
of Religious Liberalism and Christian Agnosticism is a
'work-in-progress', but I'm willing to share what I've crafted so far to
stimulate interest and possible comments on the subject(s).
Finally, I've completed my review of Dr. Emerson Eggerichs'
fine book, Love
and Respect. Eggerichs tackles the challenge of resurrecting the
long-forgotten idea of respecting men and its vital role toward a healthy
Similar to the decade of the '70s, various financial schemes
and frauds are finding root in a gullible, and vulnerable, public.
While the 'financially-educated' crowd have suffered substantive real losses,
others claim to offer simply "too-good-to-be-true" financial returns to those
willing to make blind leaps. Other scams offer "thousands a month" working
from home or on the Internet. Whether evangelical Christians are more
vulnerable, due to their willingness to be trusting (i.e., so-called faith)
or desire to be home with family,
than the rest of the public is open to debate. Nevertheless, believers
should beware of any and all offers that have an above-average level of
attractiveness--aka shiny things. Remember Thomas Tusser's adage:
"A fool and his money are soon parted."
This website affirms the classic, evangelical Protestant
doctrine of Special Revelation. The doctrine of special
revelation was taught by: OT prophets, Jesus Christ, the Apostles, and the
Church (with variation) over the past two thousand years.
There is no more critical issue in
theology than that of authority: by what standard, on what grounds, from
what source, and for what reasons do we believe something to be true and
therefore binding on our conscience (beliefs) and conduct (behavior)?
Donald Bloesch put it this way:
“Is authority to be placed in human wisdom or cultural
experience, or is it to be located in an incommensurable divine revelation that
intrudes into our world from the beyond? Does it lie within the compass of what
we can ordinarily discover or conceive, or does it break into our world as a new
reality that overturns human imagination and conception? Is it a truth waiting
to be uncovered through diligent searching, or is it a word personally addressed
to us, calling us to repentance and obedience?” (A Theology of Word and Spirit,
Simply put, the inspiration and
authority of the Bible is the bedrock upon which our faith is built. Without it,
we are doomed to uncertainty, doubt, and a hopeless groping in the darkness of
The above quotes in italics are from Dr. Sam Storms'
introduction to his three-part article entitled, Special Revelation:
Part 2, and
Part 3. [Note: The
doctrinal statement of Enjoying God Ministries and Dr. Sam Storms
is classic/historical Protestant evangelicalism (good), except for #8 which is
"continuationist" in regard to the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit as well as non-dispensational (not good).]
I would like to create a comprehensive resource page on this
vital subject. A part of my goal is to demonstrate the consistency found
throughout a broad spectrum of Protestant evangelicalism. Please
email me links to online
sources which address the doctrine of special revelation.
Amending the Constitution would appear to be the only
route left available to traditional marriage advocates, but this action
highlights the one necessarily unavoidable weakness of the Constitution — in
order to legislate morality, you need a moral people. As John Quincy Adams
wrote, "Our constitution was made only for a moral and
religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other."
Amending the U.S. Constitution is both remote and a dubious
legal endeavor. John Quincy Adams (1767–1848) was the 6th President of the
United States and son of John Adams (2nd President). John Quincy also
wrote, "The highest glory of the American Revolution
is this: it connected, in one dissoluble bond, the principles of civil
government with the principles of Christianity." The above
statements must be understood in the context in which they were written.
Adams was not referring to just any "moral" or "religious" people, but
specifically to Christian peoples. Generic
morals and non-Christian religion may have civic value, but they did not, nor
can they ever form an adequate basis for America's unique constitutional,
democratic, representative government. John Quincy knew as much.
The American public is witnessing the final stages (financial
and political) of collapse of the Nation as a republic. The spiritual collapse,
which came and went at the beginning of the 20th century, has been followed by
progressive moral and cultural decline. Longstanding constitutional protections
are quickly being dismantled and America’s religious/political past is becoming
just a memory in the minds of a few. During the past two decades, we have
devolved into a fascist-like culture, and now the fascist-like
state has arrived. So, what do I mean by “fascist” and “fascist-like?”
While historians and political scientists disagree on a
precise definition, all forms of fascism “forbid and suppress criticism
and opposition…” Fascists do not believe in free speech (1st Amendment
to the U.S. Bill of Rights) nor respect the right of dissent, except their own
of course. Rather, they politically advocated a single-party state
maintained by the tyranny of their dictatorship. Any election results which
would remove them from power are simply invalidated. Cuba, Venezuela, and
Nicaragua are current examples of established leftwing dictatorships. Leading
up to our current fascist-like state, three varieties of
radicals—political/liberal, postmodern, and the atheist/secular—have laid the
cultural foundations for today’s fascist ethos. Also see
Jonah Goldberg’s, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left,
From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning. Paperback available
Political/liberal – Until the most
recent national election, the political/liberal fascists were, like communists,
a small but significant minority. Their rise to power coincides with the
general secularization of American culture. Liberal/socialist political views
have progressively grown large by reason of several decades of hegemony in
institutions of higher education. For a comprehensive understanding of the
political Left and fascism on modern-day, college campuses, read any of the
several books written by David Horowitz, as well as visit his website FrontPage
Postmodern – If the essence of
political fascism is tyranny, then philosophic and religious relativism
(together with their literary handmaiden—postmodernism) has provided the
framework for all forms of fascism to flourish. “Politically-correct speech” is
an expression of cultural fascism brought on by postmodernism. For a more
detailed explanation of postmodernism, see
. Postmodernism emerged as epistemological relativism invaded the literary
realm of higher education and knowledge. According to postmodernists, words and
language are the purely-human creation and power tool of various interest
groups. Empowerment results from the ability to control the definition of words
as well as the use of language. [In the religious realm, it was the radical
liberal theologian Karl Barth (1886-1968) who rejected the historical Christian
doctrine of special revelation and maintained that
human words were/are incapable of carrying a cognitive word of God.(2)]
It is the effects of postmodernism then, which have broadly spawned today’s
demand for diversity and so-called “tolerance” on the one hand and fascist
attitudes and behaviors on the other. How so? If all opinions are equal in
value, then raw power is all that matters and suppression of opposing views is
justified on pragmatic grounds. The individual who screams the loudest, not
truth, is the winner in any discussion or debate. Postmoderns believe that all
exclusive claims of religion are bogus. The “truth” claims of historic
evangelical Christianity are simply efforts to seize and retain power.
According to them, all so-called universals, “metanarrative,” are
purely local. No view can claim superiority over any other view. Some of the
most extreme forms of cultural fascism today exist among homosexual activists.
Atheist/secular – This form of
fascism has developed from the principle
of the supremacy of lowest common denominator, entrenched in public
together with the dogma of Darwinism. Today’s secular Darwinian scientists
constitute an academic hegemony on par with the religious tyrannies found in
Islam and in Roman Catholicism’s past.
Islamic – This fascist threat to
America is currently more foreign than domestic. However, that equation is
changing quickly. Read:
Islamic Economics and the Final Jihad - The Muslim Brotherhood to the
Leftist/Marxist-Islamist Alliance, Jonsson, 2006. When one
understands the historic, theonomic nature of Islam, Islamic fascism can clearly
be seen as a redundant term. Orthodox Islam is a religion with a goal to
conquer the entire world. Suppression of all criticism and opposition to Islam
is set forth in the Koran and is a fundamental tenet of the religion.
(1) The Secular Revolution: Power,
Interests, and Conflict in the Secularization of American Public Life,
(2) The Word of God and The Mind
of Man, Nash, 1982. This is an important book for those wanting to
understand the veracity of God's written Word.
Chris Martenson is one of several financial 'Paul Reveres' of
our day. His analysis of what is happening to America (us), financially,
demands very close attention. That's why I've recommended his Crash
Course for the past several years, ordered his DVDs and made copies for friends,
as well as have held presentation meetings in our home. Yet, his most
recent daily commentary is a real zinger. Let me quote from
AMERICA IS BEING LOOTED.
"My cynicism stems from the fact that, as I string
together the dots comprising this entire bailout fiasco, I can come to only one
conclusion: Our “public policy” is not being conducted in the interests of the
people, by the people, and for the people.
Public policy appears to be in the grip of a very powerful
and self-interested cabal that seemingly has no concern for the future or the
health of this country and does not even see the need to be cautious enough to
mask its efforts.
The fact that the bailout trajectory did not waver in the
slightest while passing from the Bush to the Obama administration indicates that
the bailout is not a function of who’s in political power,
it is a function of something else, of some other power."
In my opinion, the framework for the cabal's ability to "loot"
America was most recently laid by
libertarianism, any many so-called "free market" philosophers.
Libertarianism is utopian and not Christian. Unfettered,
these robber barons have made victim of us all.
PS. If you can't see the entire article, sign up for his free
"Within the past five decades, relativism and
postmodernism have become the ruling philosophies of Western culture. Confusion
now abounds within the Church and many so-called leaders have fallen prey."
Those words were written nearly 15 years ago and conditions have only gotten
worse. New Creation Christians need to keep in mind that religious
Joel and Victoria Osteen, etc., are symbiotic creations of leftwing,
secular, mainstream media "MSM". These religious
'wolves' need media hype to generate popularity and thus bankroll their tens of
millions. The MSM has a well-defined
ideological purpose and agenda in showcasing those they
choose, who are also willing to serve, to represent so-called "evangelical Christianity in America." Their
goal is to equate "conservative" evangelicalism with hypocrisy and
"right-wing fringe," while erroneously
portraying religious liberals as the historic representatives of the evangelical
tradition. Of course, this ploy is a falsehood designed to shape and
control public sentiment and mislead the masses of religiously illiterate.
It’s been nearly four decades since the “radical ‘60s,” and 36
years since the momentous Supreme Court judicial failure of Roe vs. Wade
(1973). The opposition (evangelical, Catholic, etc.) and pro-life message has
been generally ineffective in bringing change. I say “generally,” so not to
diminish those have spent hours of their lives dedicated to the ‘cause’.
However, these movements figuratively resemble efforts, albeit earnest, to hold
back ravaging flood waters with 2lb sand bags. Why? The bottom line answer is
their failure to understand the cause for the abortion tragedy--the
secularization of American and European society via the vehicle of
The Roman Catholic pope is not entirely in error when he
recently warned the world regarding its drift into a “desert of godlessness.”
The inaccuracy lies in the fact that it’s been no unconscious “drift.”
Rather, society has set course and has sailed directly to the humanistic point
we find ourselves. The original architects of publicly-funded education knew
exactly where and how they wanted to take society. What they possibly didn’t
understand was the unintended consequences of their actions.
Classical Pauline Dispensationalism, “CPD” (a biblical
framework for interpreting Scripture) is built upon the recovery of biblical
truth which began with Martin Luther (1483 – 1546) and the Protestant
Reformation (first stage), followed by John N. Darby (1800 – 1882) and the early
Plymouth Brethren (second stage).
The modern Pentecostal/charismatic movement has many faces
which span a broad spectrum. I have the opportunity to see many of them
via the email I receive on a regular basis. Some who write are fiercely
arrogant as well as ignorant--a deadly combination--and do not appear to have
yet suffered the practical effects of their heretical theology. At the
other end of the spectrum are those who appear broken, possibly beyond repair.
It is only at this point that the failure has adequately prepared these
believers to accept the 'tough' love of safe and sound doctrine. To
'minister' to such, an undershepherd must possess a heart of butter,
but with the hide of a rhinoceros. Below is a superbly-composed and
articulate email from a believer (anonymity always maintained) who has been
crushed and who figuratively lays by the side of road.
How does one find help to discern what is going on in
their life? How do you know the difference between a "spiritual" issue and a
"psychiatric" issue? Are they not closely related? In the Bible the Lord
healed those with "psychiatric" issues.
I'm feeling desperate for answers. A couple of years ago
I started in a study on spiritual roots of illness. At that time I was truly
struggling in my life to get it back on track. Feeling the Lord had never
really wholly captured me, I was dealing with fear, anger, frustration,
rebellion, lonlieness and a true lostness. I was crying out to Him for help.
I'd been through a divorce, the loss of my home... and was struggling to find
the next step. I was feeling empty and without direction.
The Bible study seemed to open up a demonic influence
that I didn't understand. I began fighting spirits day and night, and then
watched my facial features begin to change. I went to a conference put on by
the study providers in Georgia. They did "mass casting off" of spirits. After
I came home, it seemed like the spiritual fight was stepped up a notch. I was
struggling greatly, not knowing what to do. I had never been taught basic
My facial features continued to change, and it seemed as
if I were being torn in half. I woke up one morning to hear, "I'm removing
covering". I didn't understand. Two weeks later, there was a vision of the
heavens tearing and a bright light hurled at a vision of me with my daughters.
I was obliterated. I haven't heard from the Holy Spirit since. A tormenting
spirit has come. There is no peace between me and the Lord. The Word brings no
peace. I've been hospitalized three times. Every morning I wake up feeling
more empty than the day before.
There is no place to turn. Doctors want to medicate.
Deliverance ministers stick Bibles in your gutt and stare you in the eyes. I
went to see Dr. Kraft at Fuller, and he wanted me to visualize holding a sperm
and an egg and see Christ uniting them to make me.
All I want is my relationship with the Lord back, and
along with it, the relationship of my family. Everything is in shambles. I've
had to change job sites because I was hauled off in a police car because I was
trying to explain to a friend that I was sure I took on spirits at the
I'm frightened. I feel so separated from God, and I
don't know how to bridge the gap. It seems as if the Holy Spirit has been
snuffed out. I cry out to Jesus, but I hear nothing in return. I don't know
how much further I can press. Something inside wants to kill me. But then I go
straight to hell... and the torment I feel now is nothing like what it will be
there. I don't know how to get better. I just can't believe I got this far off
the pathway with the Lord.
Are there people who have discernment in the Spirit that
can tell what is happening and how to break the bondage? Who can I trust? And
why won't the Lord relieve the torment? All I need is to hear some
encouragement from Him. Then I'd know I'm turning a good corner. Right now, I
just want to give up... at the same time, I'm fighting to hold on.
Hopefully dear reader, your heart has been touched by the sad
plight of such a one. How can you be of help here? First, you can
take a moment and specifically pray for this individual, who is representative
of tens of thousands of others who are not as articulate or are not "fighting to
hold on." Second, you can also continue to support this ministry with your
prayers--which are as precious as gold.
G20's Global Currency - Like many other students of
biblical eschatology over the past 180+ years, I have waited in anticipation for
the advent of the universal medium of exchange,
predicated by a global crisis. This G20 act forfeits any vestige of
national sovereignty and subjects all wealth, from top to bottom, to subtle
seizure and transfer.
"We have agreed to support a general SDR allocation which
will inject $250bn (£170bn) into the world economy and increase global
liquidity," it said. SDRs are Special Drawing Rights, a synthetic paper currency
issued by the International Monetary Fund that has lain dormant for half a
"In effect, the G20 leaders have activated the IMF's power to
create money [out of thin air] and begin global 'quantitative easing' [upon the
recipients of its own choosing]. In doing so, they are putting a de facto world
currency into play. It is outside the control of any sovereign body."
"He [the Beast] also forced everyone, small and great,
rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his
forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the
name of the beast or the number of his name." Rev. 13:16, 17.
One of the few stalwart conservatives left in the Republican
Party--Senator Tom Colburn of Oklahoma. Dr. Colburn, a physician,
testifies regarding the change death of our Nation.
Before this election cycle is over, many who voted for the
current President and Administration will have haunting doubts about how they
cast their vote. The so-called "change" will not make the pain go away.
In fact, it's becoming far worse.
"Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's proposal for comprehensive changes to regulation of
financial markets was met with opposition from some, resignation
from others. Instead of blatantly fighting the proposal, many hedge-fund
managers, investors, lobbyists and market participants will strive to limit
measures they see as being overly intrusive, according to this article. The
Treasury's proposals focus on four areas: risks to the overall economy, closing
oversight gaps, stronger protection for consumers and investors, and global
coordination of initiatives." CPA Newsletter.
Where is the Dr. House of the financial/regulatory world?
Oh, that's right...they got rid of him. The Conservative Party of the UK
is not entirely dead yet.
In conclusion to a piece of recent
correspondence addressing the regulation issue, I wrote, "A quest for
pure autonomy was the original sin of the Devil." By truly
understanding this sentence and keeping it in mind, the believer is enabled to
spot theological, political, and social errors more quickly.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all
ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth by their
unrighteousness, because what can be known about God is plain to them, because
God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world his invisible
attributes – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen,
because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without
excuse. Romans 1:18-20
For centuries, the Christian community has distinguished
between general revelation (Creation) and specific
revelation (the Bible). General revelation (that which may be known
about God and truth) is largely
described in the verses quoted above. What can we glean from the text?
1) God exists.
2) As an expression of His righteousness and holiness
(ontological essence), God is from time-to-time moved to passionate anger/wrath
(Greek - orge) against evil.
3) God has revealed a degree of knowledge about Himself, which
is self-evident to all mankind.
4) Due to unrighteousness (inherited through the Fall),
mankind suppresses the truth. It is an inherent characteristic of men’s fallen
nature to suppress knowledge of truth (reality), wherever found.
5) Moral accountability is maintained.
It is extremely important to not read into the Scriptural text
what does not exist. General revelation is adequate to establish moral
culpability. But it does not make it possible for all mankind, in their
own power, to either repent, believe the truth, or comprehend special
revelation. "Coming from humanistic Pelagianism instead of from the
Scriptures, Arminianism bases salvation upon the will of fallen man. It is an
anti-sovereignty, anti-security, anti-dispensational, anti-grace, pro-works
religion. The teaching is that God, through redemption, bestows a 'common grace'
upon all men, thereby making it possible for the individual to exercise his free
will either for, or against, God." So-called 'common grace' does not
offset the effects of the Fall!
The broad philosophical relativism of German existentialism,
during the late nineteenth and twentieth century, lead to postmodernism and
anti-foundationalism. The moral relativism of the ‘60s was but one of many
outward social expressions of these underlying views. All were formal efforts
to suppress truth.
Age of Obama brings this suppression of truth and reality to a climax.
His administration, as well as members of the Democrat-controlled Congress,
firmly believes that principles and laws are only arbitrary ‘social constructs’,
which can be bent and changed by government fiat. Their goal is to
recreate reality more to their childish and utopian liking. The financial
markets are signaling a pending ‘revolution’ against the
Age of Obama. PS. The "Baby Boomer" generation, who voted
heavily for Obama, has yet to wake up to the reality that their retirement
future has been totally destroyed by the liberal agenda. Maybe the
greatest 'disconnect' in all recorded history...
Q. I was reading The Message bible and in
Philippians 4:1 it translates "...filled me with such pride..."
I've always heard pride was BAD. Is there any instances that God has it?
A. Your question demonstrates the importance of having
1) good word study tools, and 2) a reliable 'word-for-word' translation, rather
than a paraphrase version. I own The Message (TM) as part of an 8 translation,
parallel NT. The New Century and Contemporary English also
render the Greek word, stephanos, "pride" as well. I'm
comfortable with NET, NIV, NKJV,
and ESV, but double check them against the original language The NET and ESV are not shown below, but would be on the left side of
A copy of Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament
Words or Strong's Concordance quickly clears up the humanistic suggestion that "pride" best conveys
the meaning. In context, stephanos means "an emblem of life, joy,
reward and glory." The KJV renders the word, "my joy and crown."
Romans 12:3 (NET) instructs us, "For by the grace given to me I
say to every one of you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to
think, but to think with sober discernment, as God has distributed to each of
you a measure of faith." When it comes to 'self image' (how we view or
think about our self), "sober discernment" is an imparative. We must
satisfactorily integrate the teaching of the believers two natures.
Pride might be defined as "thinking MORE highly" of oneself
than one should. In 1 Corinthian chapter 1, pride is seen and equated with
glorification. The Greek verb is kauchaomai, meaning to boast or vault
(negative) or to glorify God (positive), "He who glories, let him glory in the
LORD." One must be absolutely clear on the difference.
It is biblical to loath the "old man," that life we inherit
from the First Adam, but inappropriate toward the "new man." Again, "sober
discernment" is necessary to see the difference between the
old and the
new--discernment which is impossible if one's theology is not
based on Pauline-revealed truth. Hope this
Click on the map to read the explanation/story.
The distinction between "religiosity" and "spirituality" can be found throughout
the entire Bible. Most religiosity is based on some form of 'law-system'.
However, the "spirituality" spoken of by the Apostle Paul is unique. It is
the exclusive condition of being joined together with the Risen Lord Jesus
Christ, by the power of God the Holy Spirit, and prefaced by the
New Birth mentioned by Christ himself in John 3.
Professor Fish, a vocal proponent of
anti-foundationalist philosophy, is living proof that today's
taxpayer-funded university is an intellectual wasteland. Fish advocates
that academic training be strictly limited to equipping students with the
analytical skills necessary to "interrogate" physical data. Finding or
giving meaning to that data is "someone else's job." Thus the significance
and play on words, "...on Your Own Time."
In the process of exploring the theme of educational
philosophy and knowledge, I came across and read excerpts from Duane Litfin's
Conceiving the Christian College, Eerdmans Publishing, 2004.
Duane Litfin is the president of Wheaton College and his book
is "designed to help those who are interested in Christian higher education
explore anew the unique features, opportunities, and contemporary challenges of
one distinct type of educational institution."
President Litfin sets forth ten axioms regarding Christian
1) God exists.
2) Through the agency of his Son, God created the
universe and all that is in it.
3) We can therefore entertain an intellectual construct
4) This reality is complex and multi-dimensional.
5) This reality, though complex and
multi-dimensional, is also coherent and unified, centered upon the person of
6) God has created humans with the capacity to apprehend,
however fallibly and incompletely, this reality.
7) Genuine knowledge is therefore feasible for humans.
8) Human knowledge of reality stems from two prime
sources: special revelation* and discovery**.
9) We can therefore maintain a distinction between truth
10) All that is truthful, from whatever source, is
unified, and will cohere with whatever else is truthful.
What an exercise in intellectual contrasts!
* For centuries, the term special revelation
has referred to the spiritual reality sovereignly disclosed by God in
His written Word, the Bible, and exclusively revealed to those "born again,"
while "hidden" from the rest of humanity (1 Cor. 2:6-16).
** Romans 1:20 states that an accurate understanding of
physical reality can be "seen" (i.e. discovered) though use of men's
five senses, and this ability is available to all humanity.
The mainstream media regularly confuses conservatism,
which is not laissez faire,
with libertarianism, which is. It is the utopianism associated with the
libertarian view of man that advocates little-to-no government regulation.
The appropriate balance can only be found within a biblical worldview.
Here is one more candid discussion regarding risky behaviors that have been
transferred to the American public.
Did you follow and understand the dialogue? Probably not. You're not
trained in finance and banking. So, let me create an analogy to simplify
You catch a bus to Las Vegas and convince the casino ("house")
that you're very wealthy. They allow you to place very large bets at the
table. You loose millions...even billions. The fraud becomes known
you can't cover your losses. Because you've caused a huge crisis, you call your
Congressional representative for help. He turns to the Federal Reserve and
U.S. Treasury and says, "You're the experts, you handle this problem." The
Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury design a plan to 'print up' the necessary
money to payoff your debts to the casino. Problem solved? Not
really, because the losses are simply being shifted. The newly printed money
(USD) has value because it extracts value from the existing USD in circulation.
Everyone who holds USD looses because they are forced to bear the burden of your risky
behavior at the casino.
Berkeley law professor Phillip E. Johnson poignantly explains
what he calls "libertarian socialism".
Everyone has a right to live exactly as he or she
pleases, but if something goes wrong, some abstraction called "society" is to
blame and must pay the bill for damages. The savings and loan debacle of the
1980s was not an isolated incident but a paradigmatic example of the delusionary
character of American thought near the end of the twentieth century. The S&L
[financial bankruptcy] debacle occurred because the government freed financiers
to make risky investments and at the same time insured the depositors who put up
the money from any loss. The same generous public policy applies to individual
behavior. Everyone must be free to make risky choices, and everyone must be
protected from unpleasant consequences by social insurance that is ultimately
provided by government, which is to say by everyone else."
Society did not learn the lesson twenty or so years ago. They
voted into office articulate libertarian socialists as our representatives.
So now, the disaster is 100X.
It is no coincidence that society (including Reformed
believers) believe more "law" is the answer to behavioral problems.
Here's an exercise in discernment for readers. I'll give
you the story and facts, then you fit the pieces together. I will choose my
words carefully since withChrist.org is not interested in multi-million-dollar
Hank Hanegraaff ("Bible Answer Man") considers himself
"charismatic," and has often been a vocal anti-dispensationalist. Like
Hanegraaff, Gretchen Passantino's roots go back to Walter Martin. Fuller
Seminary was the spawning ground for the Wimber phenomena, as well as 'demonism'
Now...you do the math.
It is true that Miles Stanford recommended Nee's The
Normal Christian Life in TheGreen Letters.
However, he both qualified that recommendation as well as warned believers
regarding the aberrant views of both
Nee and Lee. Having observed the effect of Nee's teachings upon
believers for nearly 40 years, I also wrote a brief article entitled Soul Eradication.
Like the proverbial 'bad penny', the
Rev. Ted Haggard has
resurfaced to haunt the
crowd and discredit evangelicalism in general. The HBO television channel has produced a
documentary "special," to be broadcast January 28th, regarding Haggard's
homosexual philandering and grand hypocrisy. The fact that Haggard would consent to
be showcased in front of tens of millions of public viewers is prima facie
evidence of his sick and reprobate mind/ego.
If Haggard understood how his
cultic doctrines led him down the road into the depths of the "Slough of
and HBO was willing to acknowledge the same, the 'testimony' might have
redeeming merit. But that's not the objective here. The homosexuals
hope to strike a fatal blow toward any and all religious/moral objection to
their lifestyle. The Rev. Haggard is the pathetic dupe, and
ChristianityToday magazine is complicit in the 'cover up' of doctrinal
What the documentary is sure NOT to bring out is the fact that
sexual and financial scandal is a historic hallmark of the
Pentecostal/charismatics denominational tradition--the hyper-emotional expression of
the humanistic Anglo-Catholic religious world.
The liberals' goal is to
make Ted Haggard the representative 'poster adult' for all so-called,
conservative Christians and biblically-based
Does your God bite his fingernails? No, I haven’t become a Mormon, and yes my
question is a figure of speech, albeit an important one. Medically, there may
be several explanations for why people bite their fingernails, but popular
perception associates the pathology with nervousness, anxiety, apprehension, and
As Martin Luther accurately understood, the question of whether man has autonomous
“free will” is the “hinge upon which all turns.” To embrace the
presupposition that mankind has free will inevitably alters the entire meaning
of both OT and NT. Both Judaism and Christianity are reduced to legalistic
systems, complex moral codes given by God with the intent (falsely assumed) that
men can with 'grit'...succussfully keeping their commands. The Message of the Cross and Grace are thereby
However, the most devastating effect of religious humanism is in the realm of
knowledge. A God who determines nothing is, more or less, incapable of
effective and clear communication. This undermines the veracity of Scripture,
thus rendering it the words of men rather than the Word of God. In time, all knowledge becomes relative and
meaningful communication becomes exceedingly difficult.
We all know how very important the environment is to Barack Obama's supporters.
Yes, "sustainability" of our fragile planet is a very high priority of theirs.
The truth is self-evident.
For those who have never been to Washington, DC., this view is of the National
Mall area looking south toward the Washington Monument following the
inauguration. The litter was estimated to be 130 tons. I've
done some travel and I'm always puzzled by the mentality of cultures that
What's amazing is all the rationalization of why the litter was left.
Were these folks never taught to "take it with you" and "leave only footprints?"
Following the election of Barack Obama, many Christians have been sadly confused
as to what their attitude should be, in light of verses like Romans 13:1-7 and 1
Timothy 2:2, toward this liberal and socialistic incoming
Some erroneously think that since he won a democratic popular vote, that he is
somehow God's "choice," i.e., the best for our Nation. This is 'wacky'
theology*. God permits evil; He doesn't endorse it. The will of any
majority is NOT, de facto, the will of God on earth.
The passage in 1 Timothy instructs us to pray "for kings and all those in
authority." However, it doesn't explain 'how' believers should pray.
Should believers pray for the "success" of an ungodly leader? Of course
not! We should pray (and vote if living in democracy) that the ungodly
never achieve positions of power, and if they do, that they are deposed as soon
as the next election.
The second part of verse 2 outlines the objective for these political-specific
prayers, "that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and
holiness." Further, Romans 13 defines the role of
legitimate government, and we should pray that
political leaders acknowledge and formulate policy around these truths.
Consequently, believers can pray that leaders refrain from decisions which lead
to conflict, chaos, or widespread unrighteousness (i.e., the demeaning of life,
liberty, morality, and the confiscation of property through excess taxation or
abuse of fiat currency). If political leaders do not hold these values,
but some other set of so-called values, it is perfectly righteous to pray for
failure in their 'reign of unrighteousness'.
* Out of unfamiliarity with the issues and by taking civic liberty and religious
freedom for granted, many believers today have defaulted back to something that
resembles the Middle Age dogma of the "divine right of kings," which existed
prior to the
Glorious Revolution of 1688 and the rise of England's parliamentary democracy.
Two books I've recommended before to clear away the fog: Toward a Biblical
View of Civil Government, Culver, Moody, 1974, and Never Before In
History, America's Inspired Birth, Amos and Gardiner, Foundation for
Thought and Ethics, 1998.
I have a feeling the Obama 'bomb' is about to hit the Boomer generation.
Many have falsely believed their long years of contributions (trillions of
dollars) into Social Security and Medicare, combined with a Democrat
Administration, would result in benefit protection. Get ready...you're in
for a shock! Obama continues to hint at benefits cuts for Social Security
and Medicare recipients, this on top of having had their 401k and pension plans
financially devastated. Read about the upcoming so-called "Grand Bargain"
One individual from GenerationX once made (jokingly?) the following comment to
me, "Euthanasia is the best answer to the Social Security and Medicare
"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."
America is historically thought of as a bastion of religious freedom. Of
course, the meaning of this "freedom" has become distorted as our culture has
looked to and drawn upon the ideas rooted in the Enlightenment period (16th and 17th
later philosophers, rather than the Bible for meaning. The Enlightenment,
and its heir religious Liberalism, denied the
possibility of biblical revelation and enshrined reason as the ultimate
authority. Postmodernism took this a step further and enshrined the
individual as sole arbiter of meaning, regardless of reason or any other
factor. The Bible posits a worldview with the God who is there
at the center. The Enlightenment posits an opposite worldview in which Man is God
and God is Man. Herein lies the source of America's so-called "culture
If man is God, then men have the power, even the right, to define the meaning of
words and language as they see fit. Herein lies the essence of
Today's postmodernists consciously seek to redefine the meaning of words as an
effective means for bringing about "change" and recreating a world to their
own liking. Taking the liberty to redefine words is an ancient evil.
The prophet Isaiah warned Israel regarding this perversion, "Woe to those who
call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter" (5:20). And John
Locke has been credited for saying, "Whoever defines the word, defines the
past decade, liberals have worked hard to change the meaning of "evangelical" in
an effort to marginalize Christians and Christian influence upon society.
The term "evangelical" is intentionally used in the most broad fashion
(unbounded), in an effort to also subtly undermine the concept of antithesis.
Mainstream media continues to mislabel a wide variety of religious individuals
Such was the case with an NPR's
9th, Fresh Air interview of Frank(y) Schaeffer,
'prodigal' son of
the late Francis Schaeffer. Following
upon his book Crazy for God, he continues his narcissistic quest of casting
dispersion on his parent's ministry and wildly besmirching evangelicalism as a
whole.* This is all 'red meat' for both
religious and political liberals. His pandering to the secular and
Left by claiming to having been a former leader within
evangelicalism is simply a circus side-show...self-aggrandizement. To what
degree his parents were responsible for his character deficit, we will never
know. [What is often conveniently ignored in these interviews is the fact that Franky Schaeffer left evangelicalism nearly
four decades ago in favor of the Eastern (Greek Orthodox) Church.]
The audio clip was brought to my attention, to which I wrote the following
In my opinion, Franky Schaeffer won, hands down, the 2008 religious postmodernist
award for twisting the meaning of words with the following statement, "As a
born-again Christ-centered believer, Obama offers a spiritual vision of life
founded on the Sermon On the Mount."
Given Francis Schaeffer's emphasis on preserving antithesis, this statement
represents the zenith of contempt and hate of this son toward his father.
To what depths will he go in an effort to garner media attention and earn book
royalties? Tragically, history proves, individuals of this sort
* Popular lecture titles for Franky include:
Inclusive Spirituality In An Exclusive World--Beyond
Certainty, Finding Comfort in Doubt and Mystery
Embracing Mystery Over Rationalism: My Journey From
Being the Son of The 20th Century's Most Famous Evangelical Theologian, to
The Most Ancient of All Christian Faith Traditions -- the Greek Orthodox
Confessions Of A Former Fundamentalist--My Journey From
Right to Left