Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Just Step Out

I am finding that one of the most profound and fascinating . . . and fulfilling attributes to The Way . . . is in the use of WILL.  Not feeling . . . . Will.

For instance, carrying out the commandment to love . . . feeling . . . is not necessary or to be relied upon, but, rather, will . . . intention . . . and action . . . .

A little while ago . . . I told the Lord I wanted more . . . . I wanted to do more, have more, feel more . . . service in His will.  My mind was considering all the logistics . . . current impracticalities and impossibilities intervening between me and getting to a place where I could be more involved in evangelism, ministering . . . service full time more directly related to His operations on the ground . . . .

I know that He can be represented and worked for . . . in the smallest of ways . . . in one's daily vocation, whatever it is . . . and within all the interpersonal relationships and interactions that go on throughout a typical day . . . . But also, in this case, a prompting is in my heart which has some specifics to it . . . which I was asking Him how might be reached . . . where my practical situation is not very conducive . . . so-to-speak.

And there are some doubts and questions on some things . . . that I was thinking maybe needed to be resolved . . . before I went "too far" . . . so-to-speak . . . .

Anyway, His answer came . . . and has been followed up by the usual confirmations, signs and wonders . . . so-to-speak . . . .

He said . . . Don't wait for everything to be "in place" . . . or satisfactorily settled . . . in your mind.  It never will be . . . the way that your mind wants it.  Just GO AHEAD.  ACT.  He said, just "step out" and begin . . . and you will find . . . that in the resultant actions and reactions . . . the "service" will start.  Step out.  The things you are asking for . . . ie., the "more's" . . . will begin to be addressed IN THE PROCESS and during the actions and "work" that you do . . . in faith . . . and that actually, in the doing of them--even before feeling qualified, confident or "up to the task"--they will start to produce the spiritual desires placed in your heart.

Faith . . . is strengthened by action.  Waiting . . . hesitating . . . until "ready" . . . results in never being ready.

Tonight . . . I will be appearing for a brief guest appearance on the Heart Of The Matter cable television show . . . sharing some thoughts on Mormonism . . . and how it has impacted our family.  I believe it can be watched live at 8 pm Mountain Standard Time via Live Streaming . . . . here:

http://hotm.tv/watch-streaming/

I think it takes them about a week to get the show posted to the same website where it can be viewed later in their video archives . . . .

Monday, July 30, 2012

"Don't Feed The Animals"

I know some might question whether sometimes I spend too much time "feeding the trolls" . . . casting pearls before the clearly close-minded and determinedly clueless . . . .

But I believe I have good reasons to respond in some degree . . . based in scripture and according to prayerful considerations . . . .

For one thing . . . we are to "contend for the faith . . . entrusted" to us.   --Jude 1:3
The authentic Christian walk is one of action, inter-action, contending, "wrestling" . . . of engagement in and with the fallen world and the deluded, un-saved souls lost there . . . .

It is easy to despair at the obstinate blindness of carnally-led minds and to grow weary in trying to reach and teach them.  "There are none so blind as those who will not see" . . . . However,
"Let us not be weary in doing good, for we will reap in due season, if we don't give up."  --Gal. 6:9

I agree it would be far more satisfying if those with and for whom we "contend" . . . were better versed in scripture and reason . . . so that intelligent debates might be had . . . rather than one side simply reacting from knee-jerk emotion, sophomoric opinion and "politically correct" (atheist/Marxist) social conditioning . . . .
But unfortunately, there are really not that many people who take God seriously and who ever spend much--if any--time studying, thinking, praying, searching out and meditating upon . . . the deeper questions and implications of life and death, let alone the radical message of the Master and the Word of God . . . .

It has been striking . . . and amusing, I must say . . . as I have been listening to many recent debates between atheists and Christian apologists, how simple-minded, close-minded, childish, inane, unimaginative--in a word, STUPID--the thinking and arguments are that are offered by the renowned un-believers and skeptics. . . . VERSUS how intelligent, well-reasoned, logical, deep, profound, open-minded are those who take and rest on the Bible as the inspired, literal word of God . . . .

Sadly, I have found that the thinking of many so-called "Christians"--false converts, I would say--is just as typically shallow and immature, as that of the "new atheist" movement . . . .

It can be a demoralizing, frustrating and a sad realization . . . . when it happens . . . to see and know that many who claim to follow Jesus . . . in fact, don't know much about Him or what He actually said, or what the Bible teaches . . . . Indeed, despite their claims, many of these don't really believe in God!  Rather, they have a notion--a pet idea--of who God is and what He is like . . . based on their feelings and en-cultured opinions . . . .
But in reality, there is no daily, intimate relationship with the Lord there.  Oh, they will pray and ask for things, as if God is just the cosmic, bigger and better version of Santa Claus:  "Be good and he will give you lots of the toys on your list" . . . . But live your life as if Heaven and Hell are real, and that this life decides it?  Not so much . . . .

But even to these, we must continue to preach the Gospel, accepting that it is not WE who will maybe convert or awaken them; but the Holy Spirit will, if and when He chooses . . . . We present, God decides.

Also, I know that there are more than a few who read my blog . . . who have children and family members . . . who are not believers or who are false converts.  This is a most difficult and frustrating situation . . . .
You--the sold-out, broken, born-again, eyes-opened disciple of the Lord . . . love your family and friends and want them to See what you have Seen.  You want that they finally come to the end of themselves, give up on this demon-plagued fallen world and on their prideful, blind self seeking life . . . to find Jesus, truly repent and begin the blessed, astounding walk of sanctification . . . . You see all the unnecessary messes they get into, because they are led by the lusts and draws of the world--led by their flesh, led by seducers and charlatans . . . away from truth, from God . . . .

And they think YOU are crazy . . . fanatical . . . extreme . . . self-righteous . . . while they say to you:  "What makes you think YOU have the truth?  Oh, so YOU are the one who is all holy and only knows God" . . . .
Mistaking your impetus and sense of urgency to get them to see the Light--mistaking it for . . . you thinking you are "holier-than-thou" and "better than everyone else" . . . .
They mistake your heartfelt, spirit-led alerts and warnings against sin as just you being "judgmental", "over-critical", "mean", . . . or the best one, lol "Un-Christlike" . . . .

Such people have a cartoon image of Jesus in their minds, where He is just an all-accepting, anything goes, indulgent, mushy-loving sugar daddy . . . . And when you contradict that cartoon image in their childish minds, they begin seeing you ALSO as a cartoon image:  the mean, holier-than-thou, judgmental fanatic Christian who isn't "acting like Jesus would act."

Of course, when we are in a mode of discerning situations and other people--yes, "judging"--we are commanded to not be hypocritical.  In its context, the meaning of the admonition, "judge not lest ye so be judged" . . . is that we are not to accuse and judge others for things that we ourselves are guilty of.  This was what the Pharisees did and what Jesus was rebuking.  The greater judgment is reserved for those who overlook their own huge sins while condemning others for the very same thing or less.

What it does not mean is that we are NEVER to address and hold others to moral accountability.  "Judge not" . . . is too much used as an excuse by someone doing wrong (sinning) and to put up a wall, in effect, saying, "don't criticize me . . . don't tell me I'm doing anything wrong . . . I can do whatever I want . . . who are YOU to point out my flaws?  Shut up."

And, of course, we are not to be always and only running around being judgmental and critical of others, especially when we know and believe, as born-again disciples, that WE are guilty ourselves--and that we too once were blind . . . . And that, most of all, it was OUR sins which crucified Yeshua--WE killed Jesus!

The repentant, Spirit-led believer . . . remembers this always . . . remains humbled by it, grateful to no end . . . . So in our preaching and exhorting and contending and warning . . . it is not because we think we are "better" than the others . . . but because we have finally SEEN THE LIGHT, died . . . and live again . . . and want lovingly, desperately, urgently, energetically TO SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS! . . . as we KNOW from experience . . . how much more FREE . . . and courageous . . . and strong . . . and joy-filled . . . and understanding . . . we have become . . . now . . . with THE REAL Jesus . . . living in us!  We want others to be so free . . . saved!

So . . . while I have little confidence . . . that "feeding the animals" will change their minds and hearts . . . the Holy Spirit may work a wonder nevertheless . . . and also, I know for some . . . it is cathartic . . . to see the Gospel being contended for, regardless of an insincere recipient or opponent . . . as others have similar people in their lives--family, friends, co-workers . . . CHILDREN, yikes . . . who are caught in the snares of ignorance . . . and yet, we do not give up on them, no matter how they misunderstand our efforts and intentions . . . . For we answer NOT TO THEM, in the end, BUT TO GOD . . . and it is for HIM that we do what we do, faithful and obedient servants, God willing . . . .

And God bless you today, btw, I am praying for you all, as well as for some specific situations--the moment I finish typing! :)
b,t

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Looney For God!

"Anonymous" nailed it!  It's true!  We are loons . . . . . . for God!  For the truth!

"No one should deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks he is wise in this age, he must become foolish so that he can become wise.  For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God . . . . " --1 Cor. 3:18-19

"We are fools for Christ's sake," said Paul . . . .

The way of Jesus is radical . . . shocking . . . hard-core . . . and looks crazy to the un-regenerate eyes of the worldly, to atheists and idolaters and false converts . . . . 
  
I enjoy Christian Apologetics (debates and arguments for the case of Christ) . . . and have been devouring while I work lately, recorded debates--most recently including the brilliant Christian apologist William Lane Craig.  

I believe he was battling with the blustering, angry atheist Bart Ehrman and Bart was making the point of how dangerous and insane was Jesus' warning that: "If your right hand causes you to sin, CUT IT OFF and throw it away, because it is better to lose a part of your body than to go to hell."


"What madness!" . . . according to Ehrman!   And--I dare say "looney"--to the un-saved and carnal mind!

 . . . . But really, this is just one of the "violent" and dis-concerting admonitions of the Lord that He said . . . to make clear the serious and radical requirements expected of His disciples . . . .


Here's another one: "If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple."  --Luke 14:26

Or how 'bout this:   "Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”  --Luke 12:51-53

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What a loon, right?!  

We see in Mark 3:20-21 . . . that even Jesus' own family began to question His sanity.  "Is He out of his mind?" they wondered one time when He seemed to be so extremely focused on His teaching mission . . . that He allowed crowds to gather to the point He and the disciples were not able to have the space and time to . . . eat properly . . . . The "teachers of the law"--(here come the legalists)--chimed in and upped the ante by suggesting that Jesus was--not just a loon--but possessed by the devil!
[Here we can see again the concerns of the un-regenerate mind alarmed and demanding that worldly, familial and bodily concerns take precedence over the preaching of the Gospel.]  


Why would a Mormon . . . or an atheist . . . or false convert . . . or pagan . . . think it is crazy for a Christian to wish that a loved one rather be an alcoholic or drug addict than join and believe the L.D.S. church? 

Because a false Christian does not understand or believe the seriousness of the FIRST COMMANDMENT OF GOD--to have NO other God before Him.  No church, no family, no government, NO CREATURE, no wish, dream or desire . . . is to be loved MORE than loving God.  "If your right hand offends you, cut it off" . . . If you love your family or church MORE than Jesus . . . you are not fit for the Kingdom of God, plain and simple.

However, we read that . . . . "The wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight."  --1 Cor. 3:19

Indeed, the "loon" . . . in God's eyes . . . is he or she . . . who lives by human, carnal, worldly wisdom and  opinions.  
The "loon" in the world's eyes . . . is he or she . . . who actually hears, understands and follows the admonitions of Jesus Christ.

At least, someone with an obvious sin . . . an addiction . . . is likely to realize they need help--that they NEED A SAVIOUR . . . .


The Mormon, for instance, however, thinks they have found the Saviour--in the "only true church"--and so, have stopped looking for the real Jesus, and thus, real saving grace . . . . 

The Christian objective in this life . . . is not to have a "healthy", "prosperous" . . . life . . . but then, lose your soul and go to Hell.


The objective in this life is to get saved from the consequences of sin and the Fall . . . and go to Heaven!

Jesus told we Believers that if we followed Him we would be hated by the world . . . . Considered foolish, crazy, "extreme" in the opinion of the world . . . .
And it has been the case since the days of the Apostles . . . that Believers have suffered much in this world--poverty, disease, persecution, deprivations . . . . 
But do "good people" ie., who don't drink and smoke go to Heaven?
No.  Sinners go to Heaven--who repented, believed, and put their trust in Jesus alone . . . .  
"There are none that do good, no not one."  --Rom. 2:10


Give me any drunk, prostitute or drug addict . . . humiliated in their sin . . . and recognizing their need for a Saviour ANY DAY . . . .


Over some millions of  . . . prideful . . . Pharisaical religious types . . . believing and living as though they can work their way into Heaven by their own righteousness and the law--who follow a different Jesus than the One found in the Holy Bible . . . . 


Yeah . . . . It's true . . . . We are "loons" . . . "fools" even! . . . 

"Fools for Christ" . . . . 
  
Looney for God,
In love,
Brother Thomas,  . . . . . . .






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[Henry Ward Beecher, the famous New England minister, entered his pulpit one Sunday morning. Awaiting him was an unmarked envelope. Opening it, he found a single sheet of paper on which was written the single word, “FOOL.” After chuckling to himself, he held the paper up to the congregation and said, “I have known many an instance of a man writing letters and forgetting to sign his name. But this is the only instance I’ve ever known of a man signing his name and forgetting to write his letter.]

Saturday, July 28, 2012

There Are 2 Kinds . . . .

It is . . . touchingly . . . profoundly . . . and shockingly simple . . . once you begin to see it . . . .

There are two choices . . . . On the one hand . . . there is _____________.
On the other hand . . . there is ________________.

There is an illusory phantasmagoria of diversity--of possible options if you choose not to choose . . .which leads to bondage, sameness, killing boredom, dearth of life and joy . . . .

There is one . . . coherent, simple, clear option . . . once you choose truth . . . which leads to an actual and real diversity of wonder, freshness, ongoing regeneration and discovery . . . .

An irony is . . . that those who reject God, because they don't "want to be told what to do", and claim to be "independent" thinkers . . . who want to be "free" . . . "self-willed" . . . THAT . . . they end up quickly in dry, dull, stupid, repetitive bondage . . . with only their limited self to draw from--which self, soon expends all its attempts at pleasure . . . then must increase the shock to conscience in order to be "entertained" . . . until, only the most horrendous and perverse activities and thoughts are able to slightly stimulate . . . but mostly, all just winds down . . . to a faint, dripping . . . piddle . . . .

Meanwhile, the one who craves TRUTH above and beyond all . . . and follows it where it leads . . . REGARDLESS of consequences to self's comfort . . . finds a wellspring of refreshing life--newness and surprise at every turn . . . ongoing growth--both upward, outward and deeper . . . . The self willing is going, going, gone . . . and so, there is real freedom, increasingly devoid of the consequences of sin and mistake, because the Lord is in charge . . . and steers the vessel . . . into the calm, deep, life-giving, LIVING waters . . . of God's care and direction . . . .

Two ways to go . . . . 1) keep following the deceptions and tricks of the world and pleasure seeking and vanity . . . . In a word: VANITY ("all is vanity")
Or, 2) Listen to the Word of God, believe it . . .and BE FREE!

There are basically just two kinds of people in the world . . . .

Those who avoid the truth . . . who love lies and make bed with lies . . . .

And those . . . who tire of the lies . . . and only want the truth . . . whatever that means--whatever the consequences . . . .

Indeed, there are really only two types of people in the world . . . . 1) those who are angry with reality--at the fact of how things actually are . . . versus how they selfishly WISH they were . . . .

And, 2) those who accept "the full purpose/plan/counsel . . . of God" . . . no matter what it means to one's personal wishes and opinion . . . .

"Why do the heathen rage and imagine a vain thing?" --Psalm 2:1

Why do some people hate the name of Jesus?  . . . . Why do they scoff and mock and deride those who believe the Bible? 

Why do so many philosophers and false prophets and new religions . . . seek to change or re-interpret scripture . . . as if to discover and reveal some new angle or some previously hidden esoteric meaning or . . . they just claim new revelation . . . to "update" and "correct" the old . . . ?

Because the truth is abhorrent to the fallen man and the rebel.  Of course the sinner does not want there to be something like Hell . . . eternal punishment . . . judgment . . . . Otherwise, then the stakes are alarmingly serious and it requires an IMMEDIATE change of direction!  It requires action NOW!

Whereas, if God does not really care if you continue in your rebellion and hatred and ongoing deliberate challenges to His plan and purposes . . . then . . . "what's the big deal?"  There is no need, no rush to get saved--to get SAFE--from final judgment.  "Anything goes", the rebel and criminal wishes . . . .

And the one who does not love truth . . . but wishes to live in a self-made fantasy life--praying to an imaginary god or multiple gods . . . or who appeals to dead spirits . . . or tries to employ magic . . . . SUCH A PERSON becomes angry at God--defiant . . . and especially resents those who claim to know and follow The Truth . . . .

There are basically two kinds of people in the world:  Those who defiantly persist in their self-centered, self worshiping, self-concocted childish, sinful fantasies of what this life is really about . . . . AND THOSE who relentlessly pursue THE TRUTH . . . until they find it . . . and then, surrender the rebel (self) to the WILL OF GOD, Whose will . . . is found in His Word . . . and through direct, loving, INTIMATE, personal relationship with Him . . . .

That's it.  There is nothing else going on here.

Defiant, proud, vain rebels . . . to the end . . . .

Or . . . submitted, grateful disciples . . . willing slaves to the truth, to the Lord of All . . . .

Everything else is . . . distraction . . . parlor tricks . . . hollow, pointless entertainment, noise, and sin splattered chaos . . . .

There are those who insist in . . . pursuing their own will . . . to the end . . . .
And those who choose to follow God's will . . . and in the end, say "Lord, Thy will be done."
To the former, God must finally say, "Ok . . . thy will be done . . . . "

The fool . . . says there is no God.

The meek . . . shall inherit the earth.

Praise God!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Why The Rancor

We are in the throes of a time when the Gospel is being watered down, compromised, selectively preached . . . to avoid controversy and conflict.  At this time when many churches and so-called "pastors" are de-emphasizing or outright ignoring the "harder" aspects of the Bible and God's character, I am thrilled to be among those who have no intention to "build bridges" with liars, false teachers, false doctrine or any other mushy conglomeration of idolatry and heretical religion . . . .

Jesus and the (real) Apostles . . . and all the persecuted martyrs and saints since them . . . were not attacked because they went around passing out daisies saying all is well and everyone's "truth" is good enough to get by with.

The Gospel is offensive.  The message of the Lord is scandalous to the world.  It makes people react angrily, defensively, often with violent rejection.

The exclusivity of The Way . . . is an affront to those who want to live guiltlessly according to the god of their own design.  Idolatry . . . was the repeated sin of Israel, where, rather than accept God as He is and glorify that, the people make up gods in their own minds who tolerate and reward the unregenerate, self-seeking and sinful heart.

The glory of God . . . exchanged for a lie . . . is at the heart of idolatry; and the first commandment addresses this most pernicious of sins straightaway and above all.  The temptation to concoct an idea of god with which we are more comfortable is the beginning of damnation.  Any time we take an attribute of God, which shows His glory and His truth, and exchange it for a lie, we repeat the first mistake in the Garden . . . and take up with the Serpent.

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth by their unrighteousness . . . . "  Paul says in Rom. 1:18.

 Those who want to ignore the attribute of God's character, which is His wrath, and only focus on His love, take away the glory of God's true character.  Such a person is not worshiping God, but instead, a fabricated version--an idol.  It is usually when disciples speak of God's wrath against sin, false teachers and idols . . . that they are attacked by the worldly . . . who love and worship those things, which are their gods.

Scripture tells us that God is a God of love AND a God of wrath.  True religion means worshiping God as He is, according to The Word.  False teachers--wolves--who would separate out the sheep in order to prey upon them, say that the Bible is unreliable, incorrect in places, and they offer new, man-made doctrines and scriptures to mollify and coddle the fallen nature, and lead people astray . . . to hell even, with the Father of Lies who hates God's true attributes and hates those who preach His infallible Word.

Those who would answer the Great Commission . . . must teach "the whole counsel of God" . . . and not just pick and choose only those parts which are least offensive; otherwise we are participating in idolatry and breaking the first commandment.


One of the strongest and most immediate of the fruits of the Spirit is to gain "a heart for the lost."  This is why missionaries and evangelists have . . . since Jesus' day . . . risked health, wealth, life and limb . . . to spread the Gospel and try to reach the unsaved. 

Only someone who has not read God's Word and taken in "the whole counsel of God" . . . would suggest that Jesus never derided others.  In fact, He used His most strident invective against FALSE RELIGIOUS TEACHERS.

To them He said, "You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?"

"Ye blind guides . . . . Ye fools . . . . Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees…for ye are like whited supulchres…full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness . . . . Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! . . . . ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation . . . . Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do."

And . . . there is even a place for mocking, taunting and sarcasm . . . sometimes . . . in the glorifying of God!  When might that be?

Against FALSE TEACHERS and worshipers of a FALSE GOD!  Elijah taking on the priests of Baal:


"About noontime Elijah began mocking them. 'You'll have to shout louder,' he scoffed, 'for surely he is a god! Perhaps he is daydreaming, or is relieving himself. Or maybe he is away on a trip, or is asleep and needs to be wakened!'"  1 Kings 18:27

At least the priests of Baal were not pretending to worship the God of  Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

At least Satanists and Mother Goddess devotees do not claim to be representing Jesus Christ.  How much more pernicious is the false teacher who claims that the Bible (The Word of God) is not trustworthy . . . and that Jesus failed in establishing His church on the earth . . . and that the Gospel needed to be restored?

I can't imagine a born-again . . . Spirit-filled . . . Jesus loving and following Believer . . . who would NOT be deeply and viscerally offended by any so-called "Christian" who claims and teaches that . . . ie., Jesus was married . . . was a polygamist . . . that He was the product of physical sex between God the Father and Mary (God's daughter) . . . that Jesus is brothers with Lucifer . . . that God was once an imperfect man who sinned . . . that Jesus did NOT quite finish the work on the cross . . . .

The two great lies in the Garden of Eden . . . which led to the Fall . . . which came from Satan were:

1) The Word of God is untrustworthy and to be doubted . . .  ("He [the serpent] said to the woman, "Did God really say . . . ?")
2) That humans can be like god by their own merit . . . .("The day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God . . . ." )


Two of the primary doctrines of the L.D.S. church . . . are that the Bible (Word of God) is unreliable (hence the need for "new revelation") . . . and that the plan of salvation culminates in humans . . . by their own merit . . . get to be gods."


People go to hell for worshiping false gods . . . false doctrine and for leading others astray from the Word of God.  It is serious business, this . . . and deserving of a strong response.  Believers are urged to FIGHT FIERCELY FOR THE FAITH!  Jesus used His harshest rhetoric against the false religious teachers of His day.  No one who loves another would tepidly, politely sit by and watch them walking a path that leads off a cliff to destruction.  No one who loves another would be silent against those who are leading the loved on the errant path . . . which leads to the cliff . . . and destruction.



Tuesday, July 24, 2012

To Shrug, Pretend and Gloss Over

Avoid conflict . . . gloss over . . . and pretend . . . .

This is a nearly universal, knee-jerk reaction . . . in those . . . who have no deeply held conviction.

"I just want everyone to be happy" . . . "If he is happy, then that is all that matters."

On the other hand, there is often an impulsive response to condemn . . . to feel more righteous than ____ . . . .

The Way of the Holy Spirit . . . is strait, nuanced, and may look at times like the former, then sometimes the latter approach . . . . Because the Way: is not a set of rules . . . . Is not a dogma ["dogma: an official system of principles and tenets concerning a faith"] . . . . Does not answer to temporary consensus . . . . Is not bound by tradition, culture, civil law . . . .

The Way . . . is found in personal, ongoing relationship . . . with Deity.  Of course, this does not mean whimsical chaos, untethered impulse and "do what thou wilt" . . . . For Deity--God--has characteristics, such as holy and good . . . and He is love.  And love wants what is best, perfect, whole, pure, holy and good.  Indeed, love IS all those things, by nature, and Love knows . . . that to be "happy", the created (now "fallen") being must ultimately conform to the image of Love, of God, to be WITH God . . . .

When the father sees his son on a path which, at its core, is contradictory--even antagonistic--to the Word of God and thus to love and ETERNAL "happiness" . . . then . . . LOVE/GOD demands . . . some type of intervention or attempt to retrieve or at least alert . . . the son, the child, who is on the wayward path.

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"Well, I just want everyone to be happy" . . . usually means, "just leave people alone to seek their own version of 'happiness'" . . . . "If they are 'happy', then what's the problem?"

Do we say this to pedophiles?  A pedophile says, "It makes me happy to molest little boys."

And we say, "That's ok.  Whatever makes you 'happy' . . . go ahead." ? ? ? ?

Or, someone says, "It makes me happy to spread lies . . . and to subvert the culture . . . "

Do we say, "Great! Whatever makes you 'happy', you go for it!  I will not intervene or try to correct the lies."

Or, someone says, "It makes me happy to drink a gallon of rum and shoot heroin all day, every day."

If it is someone you love and . . . let's say, have some responsibility for . . . do you shrug and say, "Hey, whatever makes you 'happy'." ? ? ?

No.  If it is someone you love . . . you try and find some way to help, to intervene, to save the self-destructive person from themselves . . . .  Who, I ask, might turn the other way, shrug and say, "whatever . . . . Let them destroy themselves." ? ? ?

Well, the devil would for one . . . . He who hates humanity and hates God and hates that creature souls will be saved and immortalized and glorified in Heaven, to inherit Heaven and be loved by, and love, God . . . .
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A few have said, "It's not so bad.  At least he's not an alcoholic, or drug addict."  To such people, they see the Mormon church as it presents itself . . . as being "Christian" . . . "upright" . . . "clean living" . . . "chaste" etc.  What could be so wrong with all of that!?  "At least he's trying to live "right" and be "good."

And I have said, I think I actually would rather that he were drug addict or alcoholic. 

Which sounds crazy, I know, and extreme . . . to those . . . to whom the Truth of Jesus Christ does not really matter so much . . . .

But who was Jesus able to reach and teach and save?  The super religious Pharisees . . . who followed all the rules and obeyed all the laws?  No, He called them "serpents" and "a brood of vipers".  Extreme?
He found those who were broken and admittedly lost . . . humble and open to realizing THEY NEEDED A SAVIOUR.  The self-sufficient and "successful" . . . are blind to their actual abject condition, caught up in their pride.  The drug addict or alcoholic . . . usually knows they need help . . . and they have a humility which is not found in the religiously satisfied . . . .

Of course, it is because we love our son . . . and want to him to be "happy" . . . that we cannot shrug and pretend and gloss over . . . his enrollment and oath-taking . . . to a clearly heretical, man-made and (spiritually) dangerous religious cult (of personality of Joseph Smith.)  We believe the Bible when it says that Jesus is the only Way . . . to ultimate, eternal salvation ("happiness".)

At the same time . . . there is no panic.  We are well aware that we ourselves, each in our own personal history, didn't always see the truth.  Some slack is cut . . . and empathy and understanding are there . . . recognizing that everyone was once blind . . . before they could See . . . .
Nevertheless, an urgency is also always present, for He said, "repent of your sins, return to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand."  Recent horrific events . . . remind us that at any moment, death can come suddenly . . . game over . . . your time is up . . . . Who did you serve, who did you trust for the meaning and purpose of your life, now that it is gone, each must answer?

A couple of months ago, in our first and only real heartfelt talk . . . since he had made his decision to get baptized in "the church", I told Jackson "We love you dearly and always will.  Whenever . . . if ever . . . you wake up and realize the error of this thing . . . whether it's a few, or a lot, of years from now . . . I will be here, ready with open arms to help and receive you."  He knows, even now, our arms are open and that we love him.  There have been no arguments, outbursts, haranguing on our end.  I have never been a domineering, coercive father, but have preferred, while certainly letting my thoughts be known, nevertheless to lead mostly by quiet, persistent example.

I think what is hard for some to comprehend . . . is just how seriously and single-mindedly . . . we take this whole subject of . . . spiritual truth . . . . The meaning and purpose of life . . . . For many, it is just not that big of a deal.  They see very little distinctions, between, for example . . . "Christianity" . . . and "Mormonism" . . . or even between Buddha and Christ.  To them, life is a vague, confused jumble . . . where . . . you try and "live your dreams" . . . if you can . . . "try to be 'good'" . . . "hope for the best" . . . maintaining a self-constructed image of a god . . . who . . . shrugs, pretends and glosses over sin and says, "Anything/everything goes . . . nothing really matters . . . everyone will make it to Heaven, even those who break, who hate and who reject my laws and character.  No big deal."

When the Holy Spirit invests in your being, however, you naturally begin to hate sin (beginning with your own) . . . and abhor lies . . . and are affronted by devilish blasphemies against the Person of Jesus and of the Father.  Not because you are suddenly "better" than others . . . . But because He Who is Holy, Who is in you . . . hates sin, hates lies and cannot stand any unclean thing in His presence.  Therefor, not your good works and supposed "good character" are what bring you into Heaven, into His presence, but rather the perfect, holy, purely good character of the Messiah, the only begotten Son, stands in your place . . . and His Spirit even begins to transform you to conform to His righteous being!

Having realized . . . this . . . supreme truth above all . . . what loving person would not want the same for every other--especially one's child?

Exactly.  We want Jackson to be happy too!  FOREVER!  Not for just a few years of preening in the fallen earth.  We love him.

It is not love which would shrug, pretend all is fine, and gloss over the gross errors of that abominable, man-made church of works, which purports that it's adherents can "become gods" in their own right, by their own righteousness . . . . Savvy?
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"Late last March the Mormon Church completed an ambitious project: a megamall. Built for roughly $2 billion, the City Creek Center stands directly across the street from the church’s iconic neo-Gothic temple in Salt Lake City. 
When it came time to cut the mall’s flouncy pink ribbon, [Prophet] Monson, flanked by Utah dignitaries, cheered, 'One, two, three—let’s go shopping!'" 

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-07-10/how-the-mormons-make-money

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Quick Edit Fixes re "A Wedding..."

quick note .... I got in a bit of a rush finishing the Wedding blog and we had to dash to bible study . . . so there were various typos and errors . . . . I have fixed these, so if you read it earlier, you may want to try it again to get the more accurate rendering . . . :)

A Wedding . . . .

We sat there, my wife and I, in the midst of mostly strangers . . . . Our sweet boys are dutifully standing there, three of them "in the line" in their required dress--grey dress pants, white shirts, teal colored ties.  The Bishop is  quoting Eckhart Tolle, one of the more heretical, anti-Christ new age philosophers on the pop culture, "Oprahanity" scene . . . .

There is our fourth beloved son, the youngest at 20, getting married to his lovely girl--both glowing with the radiance that attends every wedding moment . . . .

We almost didn't go.  Back when Jackson informed us that he was going to get baptized into the Mormon church, the alarm and concern was initially overwhelming.  As is quite typical here in Utah, a non-Mormon falls in love with a Mormon . . . and it is not the Mormon who leaves Mormonism, but the non-Mormon is "fellowshipped" into "the church" . . . if, as in this case, the boy wants to be with . . . the one he loves.  Would you show support and celebrate if your child had decided to join a Satanic cult?  Would the girl's Mormon parents have supported and celebrated if we had converted their daughter to "Christianity"?  Not likely.  But, I prayed . . . and God said to go, and He gave me some reasons, and so I . . . and the rest of us . . . obeyed . . . trusting His will and purposes . . . .

While Jackson was going through junior high and high school, most of his friends were Mormon, as that is  the predominant culture.  When he brought his friends around the house, we made it a point, out of respect, not to discuss religious differences.  As strongly as me . . . and my wife feel about the spiritual dangers of the L.D.S. cult, out of respect for Jackson's friends and their parents' beliefs--while we did not ever hide our love of Jesus and the Biblical world view--we did not deem it our place to challenge, confront or contradict the Mormon kids' religion when they were in our house hanging out, or when driving them around to skate parks, movies, school functions etc.

They loved our home, shared many things, and we did comfort them when necessary as they recounted various obviously dysfunctional scenarios in their home-lifes.  But NEVER did we seek to take advantage of that or turn them against their parents and their religion.

What we didn't know--because it was kept hidden and secretive--was that, when our son began dating the Mormon girl . . . and visiting the Mormon households . . .  that they and their church leaders WERE working on Jackson, to turn him from our beliefs and tear him out of our family--determined to convert him!
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I sat there . . . listening to the Bishop (of their L.D.S. church house/"ward") marrying them . . . not once mentioning Jesus, but quoting L.D.S. authorities and . . . the blaspheming Eckhart Tolle . . . and was struck cold when he casually mentioned . . . to the large Mormon audience . . . and the five of us . . . how proud he was of Jackson and his wife-to-be . . . that they had been taking his "counsel" for around a year . . . helping prepare them for this momentous occasion . . . and how they were all looking forward to getting "sealed" in the Mormon temple in just a few months more time!

I was struck . . . because I suddenly realized that this man--who I do not know . . . have never met . . . "The Bishop" . . . has been secretly--without my consent or knowledge . . . for quite a while been indoctrinating my son (they call it "fellowshipping) to join the Mormon church and be taken out of our family and away from our Christian beliefs!

Jackson is an adult, I realize . . . and can make his own decisions.

But the disrespect . . . for me as his father . . . and for my wife, his mother . . . and for his brothers . . . was suddenly quite astounding to me.  I'm thinking, as I'm sitting there trying to honor the occasion . . . just how deceptive, unethical, hurtful, sneaky, arrogant . . . this whole operation has been.  And I hold the authority--the Bishop responsible, in the end, for what, I consider, his devious part in this.

Yes, I know that the bride's parents have been working on Jackson all these months also . . . to turn him, while we NEVER ONCE tried to pull HER out of her faith and away from her family . . . (in fact, I recall Jackson thanking us one time for not bringing up controversial issues about Mormonism and for not expressing our strong stance against it to his then girlfriend when she was at our home or when we took them places during dating) . . . . But look at this!  HER parents and family had no problem turning Jackson against US all that time!

And actually, while we are not surprised at this . . . and pretty much expected it, knowing the ways of Mormons, what we didn't expect . . . was that Jackson would fall for it . . . knowing what he does, being raised as he was . . . .

Love is blinding . . . eh?

Yet, I must say that her parents and some of the others helping with the wedding were . . . when the day arrived . . . gracious to us and made their best attempts to be thoughtful and accommodating as the actual event drew nigh . . . and during it . . . no doubt realizing that this whole, quite sudden development (Jack becoming a Mormon) was not an easy thing for us.

We are all still in a bit of shock.  His brothers are confused, stunned, somewhat hurt . . . and mostly exasperated that this has happened.  We were a very tight knit, loving, bonded family.   Still are.  The three other boys, at least, are all on fire for Jesus.  God has His ways.  Each of the three have never been more devoted, committed and seeking in the Biblical truths and in a personal relationship with Jesus, and for this we are grateful.  When I prayed about this situation with Jackson . . . the day after he walked in and announced he was going to be baptized in the L.D.S church about 8 months ago . . . I prayed . . . and God answered me He was Sovereign, which I wholly accepted and my heart was calmed . . . .

Watching the spectacle . . . I thought . . . about this "Bishop" . . . this purported representative of Christ and truth . . . quoting "one of my favorite philosophers" he said, Eckhart Tolle--a practically abhorred false teacher of the new age movement, known to utterly pervert and upend the Biblical Gospel, calling Jesus "a consciousness" "like the Buddha" . . . . This Bishop displacing the solid truths I have taught my boy and who, at least over the past many months, had been secretly "counseling" my son, without my knowledge or consent; never once approaching us, contacting us, alerting us even . . .   Where is the respect for MY authority as the boy's father?  For the deeply held and cherished spiritual convictions of our household? Jackson can make his own decision, of course, and he has. 

But look at this:  According to that church, me . . . my wife . . . Jackson's brothers . . . are slated for "outer darkness".  Mormons believe that Hitler . . . Stalin . . . Charles Manson . . . for example . . . will ultimately end up in at least the lessor of the three heavenly kingdoms . . . . But those who "reject the restored gospel" . . . are guilty of the "unpardonable sin" . . . and must go with the devil, the demons (the "enemies of 'the church') to "outer darkness."  Jackson will, the Bishop has likely said, or must say eventually, be together with his wife (sealed together in 'the temple') and with her family . . . hopefully,  . . . in the "Celestial Kingdom" . . . where . . . they will be a god and goddess, reigning over their own worlds . . . . While we burn and are obliterated forever, for our sin of rejection of the Book of Mormon . . . .

Meanwhile . . . here we are . . . vitally concerned . . . that . . . in fact, there is but one family who will persist in Heaven . . . and that is the one Jesus taught of:  The Father, His Son and Spirit and all those who follow Him.  There is no marriage in Heaven, JESUS said.  Brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus . . . make up the eternal family--NOT those "sealed" in some half-baked, Masonic, man-worshiping cult of Joseph Smith!

In fact, the tables are turned, I'm afraid, my son.  YOU are the one in danger of something like "outer darkness" . . . loving creature over Creator . . . . Desperate in the "lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life" . . . following after the serpents' seduction in the Garden, "to be like God!"  What is my authority?  God's Word, the Bible.

It is no secret, that much of what attracts some people to Mormonism is that it is built on a corporate model, where worldly success is prized and the program to "achieve" and "succeed" is priority one . . . and "hookups" to career, status, wealth and (worldly) prosperity . . . are afforded.  So long as you pay the tithe, follow the rules and answer when "called" . . . a way is made to "advance" . . . IN THE WORLD.

Gain the world . . . and lose your soul?  I pray not . . . son . . . .

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As we milled around the lemonade punch bowl and white-frosted cake, there was a sudden, quiet hubbub we noted. In hushed and reverent tones people whispered, "one of the 'apostles' is here."  (This wedding and reception was all done in one of the more notoriously affluent Mormon neighborhoods and church districts--the one with the Masonic symboled clock tower at the center of town . . . .)
I looked around for bearded Peter . . . maybe Paul . . . .
"I've got to go and touch his hand . . . hopefully shake it," someone breathlessly muttered, craning to see the revered church leader. . . .

I peered through the multitude . . . and saw . . . a CEO-looking guy . . . businesslike . . . gliding past the fruit-kabobs . . . .

"Apostle" . . . . riiiight . . . . 

Then I remembered that Jesus was there . . . and it was about time to take our leave--let the Ward members continue on with their victory celebration.  I found scruffy, bearded Isaac in his pony tail--sweet, shy . . . alone in a corner . . . . Alexander had already gathered his wife and son and were making for the exit.  Sky . . . (having dreaded the whole night for days, because of his experience of being mocked and treated badly by Mormons for years on account of his being deaf) . . . was stoically standing by, silent, observing the crowd, watching his brother Jack with troubled wonder . . . . ("I don't know Jackson anymore...who is he? What has happened?" Sky has been asking for a while, stupified by the change) . . . .
My wife and I found the groom chumming and goofing around among his new "brothers and sisters" --we told him we loved him and that we were going.  We felt we had done our part, representing . . . (despite our broken hearts) and honored Jack and the occasion . . . . We gave him our wedding gift (which all his real brothers contributed to) . . . and then we slipped out . . . .

Note:  We won't be allowed to attend to attend the actual "Temple Wedding" in November, on account of our "unworthiness" (according to his new religion) . . . .

The Bishop not once talked to me, except to get me to sign the witness document.  He appeared to me smug, exultant, having won another one to "the only TRUE church" on earth--and a good catch at that!
Indeed, while all of Jackson's Mormon friends were in trouble with the law, on drugs or getting caught stealing beer . . . oddly, Jackson was usually the only one NOT doing those things.  It perplexed, I know, the Mormon parents who wondered how he could be such a "good kid" while not being "in the church" . . . and "oh what a good church member he would make" if they could only get a hold of him!

Well, they did.  Congratulations.  Our family weeps.  You and yours exult.
Then, we move on.  Scripture warns us . . . houses will be divided over His Name . . . .

However, there is another Father . . . who will have the last word . . . one way or the other . . .on the matter--THAT we know.

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 “This book’s main purpose is … to bring about a shift in consciousness…. Not everyone is ready yet, but many are, and with each person who awakens, the momentum in the collective consciousness grows.” Eckhart Tolle "A New Earth"

"Eckhart Tolle’s teaching is the oldest blasphemy in the world.  It is the same lie to which Satan wanted Eve to “awaken” in the Garden of Eden: 'You will be like God' (Genesis 3:5).  Sadly, just like Eve, many still fall for it."  http://www.bibleone.net/new_earth_review.htm


"For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" Jesus Christ

Friday, July 20, 2012

Be Ready Now

As the orchestration of events continue . . . designed to install full tyranny . . . for those without benefit of the Holy Spirit active within their lives, it will become unbearably maddening, frustrating, surreal . . . and push the feeling of being alone in seeing the obvious to the point that even the elect will borderline despair that the odds are too strong in favor of the liars, the opportunists, the tyrants--THE DEVIL . . . . ! . . . .

For those who take the time and energy and heart and mind to get straightaway EVERY DAY, every moment CENTERED IN THE SPIRIT . . . it's just another day in paradise . . . lost . . . .

You ain't seen nothing yet . . . .

Truly, mens' (and womens') hearts will fail at the magnitude of what is occurring . . . for real . . . up close . . . and personal . . . .

For the disciple of the Lord, and thus for the evangelist and saint, which are rolled into one . . . there is only one matter to occupy, regardless of the mind-blowing scenarios and overt machinations of supernatural Evil Spirit working through the hands, mouths and minds of men (and women) . . . . . . .

That is, to NOT BE DISTRACTED, derailed, confused, mis-directed . . . from the daily, moment to moment relationship with the personal Messiah--with JESUS YESHUAH CHRIST LORD HA MASHIAH...KING . . . Brother . . . Father . . . Friend . . . LORD . . . Guide . . . Comfort . . . Sustainer . . . Strength . . . LIGHT . . . . Grace . . . LOVE . . . Sovereign . . . .
REGARDLESS of the astounding, frightening, shocking, THEATRICAL concoctions of the Deceiver . . . .

Remembering, as those who remain . . . are able to keep watch . . . that all that matters--THE ONE MATTER . . . is whether at last, YOU have surrendered . . . and given ALL trust to God . . . repented . . . then walk in the faith of that knowledge and decision.  Death comes, now or later . . . . Be ready NOW, then now or later is moot . . . .

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Register In The Spirit

We know we are not to become ascetics, retire to the cave, and indulge in self-introspection . . . . But, rather, stay engaged in the world, in it, not of it . . . . And also to be wise as the serpents--meaning, to stay abreast of the latest enemy tactics and related information, because to reach the lost in that land, some of their language should be known, otherwise the gulf is too large and there is no compatibility whatsoever making relating to each other too difficult or impossible . . . thus preaching, sharing, shining the light etc., falls flat . . . .

The danger to the disciple is simply in being focused on the news and things of the world BEFORE those of God, and thus ABOVE those of God . . . where God--our Lord specifically--is an afterthought at best . . . .

What I do, if it may be of help to suggest . . . is to, first thing, recall the Lord upon waking--"get centered" in Him . . . before too many or ANY thoughts, concerns and worries of the day rush in to displace Him in my heart/mind/soul . . . . Then, throughout the day, I make a practice of recalling Him to my mind's eye and especially in to my heart, remembering what He did for us, keeping it fresh and alive and relevant NOW . . . .

Along with this . . . is to recall . . . the omniscience and omnipresence of God--knowing and feeling that HE IS WITH US always . . . IN US even . . . every moment . . . with no moment being inconsequential or rote.

I make myself realize and remember how profound it is . . . that the God of the Universe . . . is personally observing and caring over my little life . . . and that I can talk to Him and seek Him ALL THE TIME, if I but have the presence of mind and intention to do so . . . . However He responds is beside the point.  I KNOW He is there and wants what is spiritually, eternally best for me . . . .

THEN . . . after this "registering in the spirit" . . . I can look at the land of the dead, through which I walk en route to paradise--take in current developments on the world stage, work at the day's responsibilities, satisfy curiosities (ie., "intricacies of news events") . . . relate/respond to strangers, loved ones, friends . . . .

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God . . . .
Love God with all your heart, might, mind, soul . . . .

THEN . . . add the other things . . . . And do this DAILY, presently, in the now . . . consistently . . . not drifting into dumb habit, lukewarmness, unconscious reactions . . . .

First things first!  Register in the spirit . . . then carry on with the rest of it . . . .

I pray God in you, with you, upsteps this report in your mind, heart and practice, always to His glory, letting the dead bury the dead . . . while the pilgrims--the sons and daughters of the Father press on . . . press on:)!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Fighting thru the Land of the Dead

“I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.” A. W. Tozer

Now more than ever . . . it must be all consuming . . . this pursuit, this focus, this looking at God!

“Faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God.”  Ibid.

When will the self-claimed believer stop looking at the world, listening to exotic fairy tales, following intricacies of news events, hoping in political answers . . . ?

When will you finally be sick of the world?  Are you not done with it?  Lies, perversity, blaspheming, pride, criminality, greed, lust, coveting, vying for position on the sinking ship . . . . How is it that your eye still strays and the ear hearkens to hear the pointless noise of vain and Godless chatter . . . ?

Do you feel futility?  Of course you do, one way or the other, as humans do.  But which way?  The soul awakened by the Holy Spirit feels and recognizes the futility of all that is done to glorify and sustain man's world.  This kind of despair is natural and a part of the spiritual pilgrim's walk.

But woe if you feel boredom and are unexcited at the preaching of God's Word, but the world still entices and allures . . . .

For instance, the unregenerate mind might drop by here and think, "Ach . . . he is saying the same thing again--" and all that seems to be being conveyed is something like the "mbwah-bwah-bwah-bwah, mbwah-bwah-bwahhh"--the droning sound of the adults in a Charlie Brown cartoon . . . . .

However, one fired by the Spirit, hungry, thirsty . . . is rarely, if ever, tired of talk of God based in His Word.

It is no small thing--in fact, it is the crux of everything!--that we strive moment to moment, morning through the day into night . . . to stay close to our Lord and Shepard . . . . The attacks and subterfuge of the Adversary are CONSTANT, and so then should also be our defenses and offenses against him; for it does not take long for the lackluster seeker to slip into old habits and the ways of the world and soon be taken away into another land--the land of the dead, playing with corpses and participating in the games of necromancers . . . now forgetting . . . then loathing the presence of Holy Spirit and any who extol Him . . . .

Do not be long distracted . . . nor led by the blind . . . nor cozened by the nefarious . . . neither coerced by fools . . . to stray from your Holy Master, your Guide through this valley of tears and suffering . . . lest your tears and suffering be for naught . . . .



You will find . . . if sincere and earnest . . . that the more you put in--the more you invest with your time and energy and heart and intellect . . . into the things of God, the more He returns in Spirit, Who is your home and treasure . . . .

“The person who would truly know God must give time to Him.” Ibid.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Count Them But Rubbish



So you're shocked it has come to this . . . .

You've worked and worked your whole life, striving to be well thought of and respected by the important people in the community . . . . Day in, day out, focused on one supreme goal:  To make a name for yourself; leave a legacy . . . .

How could it have all come to this?  You are now gripped with panic, horror . . . that perhaps it has all been for naught.  Worse than that, it may end in embarrassment, humiliation and poverty--where now you must depend on the good will and resources of others, maybe even some who you previously looked down upon and were constantly ready to criticize and correct; you being the expert and all . . . .

Why am I not surprised and saw this coming miles away?

Pride goes before the fall.  You looked to yourself as a source of wisdom and if ever you took cues from others, it was from the similarly worldly and prideful who only care for status, rank, privilege, and self importance.  And you made many others miserable along the way as you both baited, then brow-beat and humiliated them when they failed to meet your expectations.

Expectations--vain and misguided--in fact are at the root of your dilemma.  Who are you in the first place to think that you were entitled to an exceptional, auspicious life?  Because of some inherent, pre-supposed superiority you possess?  You claim to believe in God and even the Bible, but you do not know what He has said.  Surely you have heard it, but you rejected it thinking, for some reason, your case is different.  Others are sinners perhaps, but you are a "good person."

If you heard Him say, "The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked", you were quick to assume this of other peoples' hearts . . . but not yours . . . .

When He said "But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" . . . you instead did the opposite.  First you sought all the things you desired . . . to add to yourself, and then claimed that when you attained some of them . . . it was a blessing from God.  Somewhere you heard and assumed that material blessings are a sign of God's favor.  And when you saw others struggling and lacking you felt pride in being better than them--more talented, smarter, a cut above the riff-raff--more favored by God . . . ignoring the more general reality . . . that actually, God chastens those He loves and allows suffering and deprivation in their lives as a blessing . . . so they will learn humility, patience, faith, and above all, the utter and complete NEED for Him in their lives ABOVE ALL THINGS in this world . . . .

Did you care very much what the Lord thought of your ambitions and achievements; or did you care most what other people--often Godless and prideful people--thought of you?  You assumed God was pleased with your self-seeking drive . . . and found pop culture pundits and self-help gurus to reinforce the notion.  Oh yes, there are plenty of false teachers who ignore certain plain scripture . . . or twist it . . . to promote a guiltless, shameless philosophy of love of self above all--.  It is the way of the world, in fact, and the world WILL reward those who, in the secret places of their hearts, ignore God and His Word while exalting personal "success" and "achievement."

For, surely you remember that God's Word reveals that "Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Gospel. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ . . . ."

You have been deceived by that very god of lies . . . to seek your heaven NOW; whereas those who follow Christ are forewarned that this world, this life will be a sort of hell now, but that heaven comes AFTER.

But, like so many who go the way of subtle sin, you could not accept this.  You want your heaven now AND after . . . . To such as pursue this, the devil will give some standing and wealth and charisma--a little bit of heaven now indeed . . . but not for long.  Old age comes, sickness, accidents . . . but most certainly DEATH . . . and then, the Demon will escort you to the hell you deserve; for you loved your self and the Demon's world more than the Lord and His saints.

In fact, you thought His saints were a little foolish.  You were embarrassed to be seen with them--the "uncultured" . . . the dirty . . . the poor . . . the "fanatical" . . . too extreme in their religious sentiment and devotion and this made you feel uncomfortable.  You labeled them as lazy, un-ambitious, irresponsible, silly for not following your way of striving above all, to "make a mark" in the world.

However, did you forget this world is fallen . . . and will be judged . . . and then destroyed?  There will be no mark of anyone's left in this world, as it is destined for the fires of God's wrath.  And all those who served it, worshiped it, loved it MORE THAN GOD . . . will burn with it . . . .

This should be terrifying you right about now . . . .

A whole life . . . spent serving mammon . . . .

"But wait," you say, "I did some good things--in fact, lots of good things for other people!  Won't this count for something?"

But look:  Again you run to your own understanding and opinion, instead of humbly accepting what God says.
He says the best of your "good works" are as "filthy rags".

You may not want this to be the case, and your opinion is contrary, however . . . He says it is so.

And here is the crux of your problem, found in your blind pride and vanity in your self and the seducing whispers of this demon-haunted world:  It is not your righteousness which can save you, but only Jesus the Christ's!  And a vague, tepid mish-mash of beliefs and opinions in your mind, of which, HE is just a slight part, is not enough to rescue you, however you may wish it.

He demands a complete surrender.  You are to "love God with all your heart, might and soul" above everything else.  In fact, this self, this life you have banked on for so many years . . . must die.
He said do not build your house on the shifting sands of this temporary fallen world . . . . We are but sojourners here, passing through, pilgrims on the way to a real, eternal paradise.

He says if you hear His Word AND put it into practice . . . then you have built upon the rock, so that when trials come . . . and devastations . . . and should you lose everything you have worked for . . . which you assuredly will when you die anyhow . . . yet you will have built your soul on the one, sure foundation which transcends death.  Otherwise, building on the sands of reputation, comfort, security, possessions . . . your soul will be swept away, and He will say, "I never knew you."

Not because HE didn't knock on your door; did not visit, did not call, did not love that you would find Him.  But because YOU did not answer, did not seek, did not care enough to bother . . . were too busy, seeking the approval of others and investing in a fallen, doomed, sinful kingdom . . . .

If now . . . you should be brought low by present circumstances . . . by a turn of events . . . the downturn in the economy . . . the failures and mistakes of others and of yourself . . . PRAISE GOD! that He still cares and shows hope in you, that at last, after all you have done, you might finally seek Him with desperate earnestness.
For it is a greater woe, when He lets the vain and prideful and self seeking run on . . . and on . . . so that they never feel the need to search Him, for they consider all their needs met and "all is well in Zion."

I would consider it the greatest blessing of all . . . if, should everything you have worked for be near crushed to ruin . . . if it meant that the humility and shame of your actual inner condition be exposed, so that you might begin to count it all as nothing if it means you lose your soul!  Where are your treasures stored?  In your name?  In your house?  In plaques and worldly honors?  OR IN HIM?

He is no respecter of persons.  The plaudits of man are but the shrill cries of Valkyrie--harpies conducting mis-guided souls to Valhalla . . . to Gehenna . . . to a mountain of death where the world's heroes burn, whose names will be forgotten . . . .

Where are the meek . . . the least . . . the downtrodden . . . the poor . . . the sick . . . the self-proclaimed sinners?  Those who--recognizing their utter and desperate need for a Saviour--put their trust in Jesus the Risen and thus turned from relying on their sinful self and sinful others . . . ARE SAVED! . . . and will inherit, not just the baubles and trinkets of the current age . . . but the Kingdom and riches of the Sovereign Ruler of the whole Universe!

Praise God . . . if He leaves you sitting in the smoking ruins of your life's work . . . yet, there you still are, with breath left to give--yea, LIFE left to give to the single-minded, full hearted pursuit of His Person, His Word, His Son . . . who came to take you back from your prodigal wanderings . . . to the Father's house . . . where waits a feast and celebration!

Hurry now, to be able to say like Paul, "I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ . . . ."

brother, thomas

Friday, July 13, 2012

Stars & Grains of Sand

Indeed Lee  .  .  .
I was thinking last night also . . . . Just simple, plain thinking, logic, observation . . . re the fixed earth subject . . .
What am I missing?  I don't know much about the logistics of it, but how is it . . . that a satellite (there are over a thousand of them up there now) . . . is in space, precisely positioned above a supposedly moving earth--an earth that is supposedly flying at 66,000 miles per hour . . . .

The earth has an atmosphere--space doesn't . . . .
How can it be that all those satellites IN SPACE keep pace with the earth moving at 66,000 mph?  They move with it?  Satellites can travel 66,000 mph?  That's pretty fast . . . . AND keep their precise positions and orbits?

I suppose the "scientists" (propagandists and dupes, rather) . . . say that they move with the momentum of the earth . . . . But does a rock or banana peel when you throw it out a moving car keep moving at the same speed as the car?  No, it very quickly loses momentum and drops.  But you say, that's because of air, of friction in the atmosphere.  Yet . . . we're talking "space" where there is no air, no friction . . . .

I just don't buy it.  I believe the Bible, God's Word--He Who should know.
Is is not astounding to consider . . . that . . . now using "computer models" and graphics and video from space . . . with all their millions in funding . . . that our scientific institutions might be perpetrated one of the greatest (anti-Biblical) frauds imaginable on the people of earth--that earth spins and flies through space ....

We all grow up just taking it for granted that it does.  But what if . . .  . What if the Bible is found true again, and actually, the earth is stationary and also the focus . . . the center of creation, as far as we are concerned?

I'm not 100% sure that it is . . . . But I strongly tend to think so.  The Bible says so and I don't believe it is just metaphorical language.  Real science . . . and honest "Creation" scientists are finding out all the time that many statements in the Bible are proving scientifically accurate after all . . . .

The Bible says there are as many stars as there are grains of sand for instance . . . .
Since ancient Greece, "scientists" were saying there we only about a couple thousand stars in the universe--those which could be seen.  Then, with telescopes, it became observable there were many, many more than that.
At last, we have determined that there are roughly 10 to the 22nd power number of stars--that is a "1" with 22 zeroes . . . . 1, 0000000000000000000000 . . . . .
As it turns out . . . we have also found out that that is roughly how many grains of sand there are on the earth.

So, . . . Bible right again . . . . Or, rather, duh . . . GOD right again!  Of course He is!

[what I find so amazing and worshipful . . . is that God has every one of those stars named and a purpose for them . . . . !  What an AWESOME GOD!  AND to think He also knows every sparrow that falls!  AND the hairs numbered on every person's head!  We are talking here some GODLIKE omniscience!  AND he is a PERSON . . . AND A FRIEND . . . and a Father!  It's too much!  Ya gotta fall down and worship!~

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Lie Particle






The "God Particle" . . . . Heh . . . .

Above we see some of the processes at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN . . . where, at a cost so far of around 7 billion dollars . . .  over 30 years time . . . a team of thousands of scientists, physicists are hoping to find the answer to how the universe was created . . . .

As you can see in the above graph, "The production cross section of the standard model Higgs boson. Across the complete possible mass range the gluon fusion process is dominating."


Look! ..... Just look at what man can do!  Finally, maybe . . . with a bit more testing . . . a few billion dollars more . . . this most complex and high-minded of, perhaps, ANY of man's creations . . . will . . . provide a clue . . . some evidence . . . of . . . of . . . the meaning of life?  No . . . unfortunately . . . . All those scientists still must contend with the question, "what's it all for?" . . . even if they do find "the God Particle" . . . .

How about this diagram?  This project?  Performed by one man, freely . . . .



 I wonder if any of those scientists know they could go to probably any used book store . . . and for a few bucks, pick up a book which tells the who, what, when, where and why of the creation of the universe?

Well, for one thing, even if they do claim to find "the God Particle" . . . I'm not sure I can believe them.  Scientists are often confused and are constantly re-writing their textbooks and theories to accommodate new findings and theories . . . . Plus, they also lie and hide evidence when it doesn't fit their pre-conceived ideas and personal agendas.  Also, they must conform their results to match the expectations of those who are providing the money for their research . . . .

Look at the "Global Warming" scam, for instance.  Some years ago, communists and global government megalomaniacs and rich pagans got together to devise a "Green Movement" . . . whereby capitalism, private property rights and individual liberty could be crushed through the ruse of "saving the planet."  Then they funded immoral, unethical "scientists" to concoct "evidence" to support the agenda.  We saw the devious communications between co-conspirators to intimidate challengers to the theory . . . and their nefarious methods of hiding the truth as it fortuitously came to light . . . yet they continue on promoting the totalitarian scheme . . . .

And, of course, there is pathetic fraud of evolution which they've been foisting on children in schools for decades now . . . .

All in all, though, I suspect one of the grandest, longest-running possible "scientific" scams of theirs has been the lie that the earth revolves around the sun and that the earth spins . . . .

They need a spinning earth and a heliocentric model to support their diabolical theories of evolution and accidental creation.  It is a directly anti-Biblical view, which, I wouldn't doubt for a moment that "they" would be eager and capable of perpetrating.  How do you know the earth spins and revolves around the sun?  Is that what you observe?
No, we see the sun rise . . . set . . . . Same with the moon and stars.
If the earth is the center of creation, it lends massive credence to the whole Biblical story that humankind . . . is indeed a special, unique creation, made by God, for a purpose.

Up until the time of Galileo in the 1600s . . . it was common, accepted knowledge . . . that the earth was fixed--does not spin around in space.

So . . . the earth spins about 1,038 miles per hour . . . ?
And . . . it moves at about 66,000 miles per hour through space . . . ?

And we supposedly are able to send up satellites . . . into space . . . with fixed orbits and positions . . . which are able to stay perfectly tracking with this fast moving, spinning planet?

How in the world . . . can a high atmospheric plane or space ship . . . go up into space . . . and then come down to land in a specific, pre-determined place . . . if the earth is cruising over a thousand miles per hour . . . and also moving through space at 66,000 miles per hour?
Simple reasoning . . . and observation . . . if you start to ponder it . . . says this is ridiculous . . . .

Yet, it's what we've been told . . . for centuries now . . . so, everyone just goes ahead and accepts it . . . though none of us can prove it--none of us have the instrumentation, equipment etc., to actually know if this is the case . . . .

They lie about evolution and global warming all the time . . . . They constantly craft sociological, economical and  political "findings" to support their anti-Christ goals . . . Why should we believe them in this?  Especially when we know that there is both a worldly AND supernatural agenda to . . . discredit, abolish, smear, malign, destroy, undermine, twist, distort, ignore . . . the Word of God, born of demonic, devilish hatred of the Truth . . . .

Of course, my faith does not rise or fall on the matter--it is a secondary issue, of "the minors" . . . .
But I think it is highly intriguing and maybe quite profoundly enlightening . . . .
If the earth is indeed stationary, as the Bible seems to indicate . . . and "they" have managed to successfully lie to the world for all these years that the opposite is true--that it spins and moves . . . then it thrills me in a strange way to realize just how deep and fast the deception is in this world:  It supports my spiritual instincts and perception that indeed . . . the stakes are extremely high!  That there really is a huge, complex, intricate, systematic attempt by "the powers that be" . . . to utterly fabricate a Godless worldview, from infancy, through all schooling . . . .

God is real . . . the Bible is true . . . Jesus is Messiah . . . and the devil wants you to not know it!
Praise God--we win!

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SUN
“From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same” (Psalms 113:3) 
“the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof” (Psalms 50:1)        “He maketh his sun to rise” (Matt. 5:45)
“And when the sun was going down” (Gen.15:12)
“where the sun goeth down” (Deut. 11:30 and Deut.24:13)
“and the sun went down” (Judges 19:14)
“the sun went down” (2 Samuel 2:24)
“of the morning, when the sun riseth” (2 Samuel 23:4)
“about the going down of the sun” (1 Kings 22:36)
“The sun also riseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.” (Ecclesiates 1:5)
“his glory from the rising of the sun” (Isaiah 59:19)
“…cause the sun to go down at noon” (Amos 8:9)
“when the sun did arise” (Jonah 4:8)
“the going down of the sun to deliver him” (Daniel 6:14)
“and the sun shall go down” (Micah 3:6)
“when the sun ariseth” (Nahum 3:17)
“from the rising of the sun” (Malachi 1:11)

WHY GEOCENTRICITY?

Gerardus D. Bouw, Ph.D.

To hear tell, geocentrism, the ancient doctrine that the earth is fixed motionless at the center of the universe, died over four centuries ago. At that time Nicolaus Copernicus (picture below), a Polish canon who dabbled in astrology, claimed that the sun and not the earth was at the center of the universe. His idea is known as heliocentrism. It took a hundred years for heliocentrism to become the dominant opinion, and it did so with a complete lack of evidence in its favor.

Yet the victory of heliocentrism has been less than total. Over the years geocentrism has had its spokesmen. Among scientists who adhered to the centrality of the earth were three generations of Cassinis: a family of astronomers who dominated French astronomy from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth centuries. Astronomers, pastors, and educators in the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church maintained the geocentric truths well into the twentieth century. They, with the reformers such as Luther, saw that the embracing of heliocentrism would weaken not only science, but also the authority of the Bible.


Despite the testimony of all the equations, and despite the published testimonies of top scientists to the viability of geocentricity as a model of the universe, and despite the inability of experiments to establish its truth or falsity; some will still scoff at geocentricity. How can one ever determine which is the truth? Only by going outside the universe and taking a look around can one ascertain the truth of the matter. Without that ability to "look around outside," physics cannot resolve the debate. However, since God does know what is beyond the universe, should His word not be taken as the final authority? It is the testimony of God as found in the Bible which constitutes the foundation of modern geocentricity. May it ever be so.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Lucy Is An Ape



The theory of evolution is such a joke . . . and anyone who believes the lying, self-deceived "scientists" who promote it . . . is a fool--a blind being led by the blind.

"Lucy" . . . the supposed hominid ape-human evolutionary specimen of bones is on tour right now and there are reports of people having "spiritual" experiences looking at the bones . . . .
"Linda Piper, a humanities professor from Albuquerque, N.M., shook her head solemnly as she stood over Lucy's bones. The experience, she said, brought her closer to God." http://www.chron.com/news/falkenberg/article/Lucy-knows-how-to-start-a-conversation-1828081.php


Did you know that "scientists" actually altered some of the bones in the pelvic region to try to make it not so obvious that the bones are nothing more than some type of ape?

Did you know that Carbon dating . . . is  a wildly flawed and highly tentative form of supposedly dating bones and fossils . . . .

--Dr. Snelling, Ph.D-- once sent some lava rock from a recent volcanic explosion to a lab to be tested for age . . . . The flows of lava occurred in from an eruption in the 1950s.
The samples were sent to a well respected commercial laboratory for testing.  No specific information was given to the scientists about the samples.
They came up with an age for the lava rock ranging from 0.27 to 3.5 million years old!

It was about 40 years old.  http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/cm/v22/n1/dating

When you hear news reports of archaeologists, anthropologists etc. touting a new find . . . of some creatures' fossils . . . or some human made pottery fragments . . . or carvings on some cave . . . purported to be tens of thousands of years old or older . . . be very skeptical.  They're making it up according to their anti-Christian, anti-Biblical biases . . . .

When you start looking into such matters you find out fairly quick, that there is no evidence for evolution . . . .
There is no real evidence for the earth being millions old . . . or that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago or that the universe is billions of years old . . . .

But there IS all kinds of evidence that there was a great, global flood, which captured all kinds of creatures into rock layers around the earth, a few thousand years ago . . . including dinosaurs . . . .

Lies, lies, lies . . . . evolution . . . old earth . . . coming from sin-racked, befuddled so-called scientists who simply hate God and don't want the Bible to be true because of the moral and spiritual implications to their self-seeking lives of pride, status, money and delusion . . . .



 http://wayoflife.org/files/3c6a5c15e874066f61b22ade22cb6d43-434.html

http://www.angelfire.com/mi/dinosaurs/carbondating.html

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