Thursday, February 28, 2013

Weak, Easy & Comfortable

Another immature (if atheists like Dan Barker, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins are anything, it's immature) and thoughtless typical atheist calumny against Believers which I find amusing is the assertion that people believe in God/"create God" because "they are weak" . . . or just to have "comfort" etc., because they can't deal with death or the harsh realities of life. 

Like that ray of sunshine himself Karl Marx postulated, "religion is the opiate of the masses."

Especially in this day of post-post-modernism, glorified libertinism, anti-Christian bias, rampant hedonism, idolization of technology and fame . . . do I find this particular charge the most silly . . . and thoughtless.

My atheist friend(s), do you have any idea how many Christians are right now being tortured, raped, plundered, imprisoned, discriminated against and executed right now around the world?  According to World Evangelical Alliance over 200 million "Christians in at least 60 countries are denied fundamental human rights solely because of their faith."

Starting with Jesus Christ Himself, then the Apostles . . . and then the early Believers and early church, just for professing a belief in Jesus as the Risen Christ and sharing the Gospel, Believers have been fed to wild animals, roasted alive, stoned to death, crucified, boiled alive, stabbed, hung, flayed and every other imaginable torture the God-hating mind can conceive . . . and you mean to tell me that people believe in God BECAUSE THEY ARE "WEAK" AND LOOKING FOR COMFORT?!?!?!

Right now--just one example of thousands TODAY--Pastor Saeed Abedini,  a Christian pastor in Iran . . . is sitting in a jail, being beaten and tortured daily, kept away from his wife and young children, being mentally abused . . . and ALL HE HAS TO DO is deny Jesus and renounce his Christian faith . . . and he can be set free.

What kind of comfort, weakness and ease is that?

Even in America now, if you wear a cross, you can be fired from work . . . . If you publicly admit your Biblical beliefs you are often sneered at . . . called a "hater", a "bigot" . . . discriminated against for public employment--your beliefs are mocked on television and in movies; they are impugned, blasphemed, marginalized, called "extreme", "out of the mainstream" . . . .

There is nothing easy, weak or necessarily all that "comforting" in believing in the Christian God and Biblical message.  As a Believer, you expect to be judged--exposed by a holy, righteous, just God--ALL your thoughts and deeds, hidden or expressed . . . which is a terrifying and humbling thought for any honest person to consider . . . .

As a Believer, you accept that God has the power to grant everlasting life or everlasting damnation--another weighty thought that convicts the naturally rebellious . . . .

What, in fact, could be more easy and comfortable . . . than to think that THIS life is all there is . . . . That there will be no consequences ultimately for your actions; your hidden (selfish, perverse) thoughts and feelings will never be known, never be shown, never be judged . . . .

An easy way out to me would be to think that this life is all there is and that at the end *poof!* you're gone, as if you never existed . . . .

Also in THIS life, with the current cultural and governmental agendas and biases, if you are anti-Christian, anti-Christ, anti-Bible . . . you are embraced, lauded, promoted--the toast of the town.  Whole careers are made for those who debase, mock, attack Biblical Christianity, whereas, if you are a person of faith you can expect to be shunned, derided, passed over, discriminated against, sued and in many parts of the world imprisoned, tortured, raped and persecuted . . . .

The hardest thing of all . . . is to "die to your self".  The atheist gets to glorify the self, revel in the self, extol the self, which all comes very naturally and easily to the fallen human condition.  But to go against the self, "crucify the flesh", "die to self" . . . is easily the most difficult (and in this world) Unrewarding thing a person can do . . . .

Really now, WHICH . . . is the "weak", "easy", "comfortable" way?

That charge against Believers is . . . as I said, immature, unthoughtful, uninformed, and . . . inept.

(p.s. I haven't yet looked at recent "comments" to post them--there a few building up and I will publish them next time . . . .)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

It Depends On The Purpose

Out of the 200 plus 1-3 hour Christian apologetic debates I have listened to, nearly every day for the past couple of years, most of those have included atheists, agnostics, evolutionists etc. on the other (about 20% have been inter-Christian debates on contending doctrinal matters) . . . .

I can say in practically every instance so far, the atheist eventually devolves (yes, I believe in DEVOlution) into a shrieking high school sophomore pounding the table, sneering epithets at the Christian, yelling, "What about the holocaust!?  How could a "good" God allow so much evil and suffering in the world!?"  . . . or something to that effect . . . . .

The slightly alarming part of it, also in every case (So far that I've heard) is the strange inability of atheists to understand that . . . in the atheististic, purely "naturalist" materialistic world . . . THERE IS NO EVIL!  Yet, these spiritual moles will carry on and on, and often with great passion and intention, that there is too much suffering in the world, and too much going wrong . . . too much "evil" etc., that surely no God would have made such a place and, if He did, "then I don't want to believe in a God like that!"

It never ceases to amaze me that the atheist cannot seem to grasp that he doesn't get to use words like "evil" . . . "wrong" . . . "right" . . . in his naturalistic world.  For in his world . . . there are no transcendent morals--no objective "right" and "wrong" . . . . But at the most, only preferences . . . . Which philosophy--as history has shown time and again--leads to inexorably to blunt, might makes right, totalitarian dictatorship . . . and the worst suffering and evil the world has known, if you want to talk about human suffering . . . .

When I was in law school, and the professors were extolling the progression of our country's law from having a basis in "natural law" . . . into "positive law" . . . I use to shudder.  Natural law says there ARE absolute rights and wrongs . . . that rights are God-given, inherent . . . NOT granted from or by the state . . . derived from God, primarily as given in the 10 Commandments (as to the moral) but also discoverable in nature and ongoing human concourse.  Hence, the importance of the Constitution--written law--and living under a "rule of law", rather than a (capricious--depending on the benevolent or cruel ruler) "rule of men" . . . . .

Communism is a system of "positive law" . . . . Whatever serves "the revolution" is good, whatever opposes it is "bad."  The "law" may be adjusted, depending on "circumstances" to further the goals of the leadership of the "party." 

Positive law--which is the kind of law that we are increasingly living under . . . .
"Positive law" . . . says there really is no ultimate "right or wrong" . . . and just like atheism, says basically that whatever is the consensus . . . ought to be the law.  And that might change, according to the changing culture and morays.  Hence, the definition of marriage being changed to "fit with the times" and modern "progressive" thought.  Positivism/progressivism always assumes, like evolution, that we are advancing to a better state, a "higher" development . . . .

Biblical teaching, conversely, says that we have devolved, deteriorated from a better state (that of the Garden) . . . .

I realized in law school--and even argued my case in papers and with professors--that "positive" law . . . is an inevitable disaster . . . and clearly unmoored from the reality that there ARE "right and wrongs" . . . there IS "good and evil" beyond just what current society determines by popular vote or by some "intelligentsia"--some "progressive" ruling class . . . .

For instance, I argued, what if . . . some day it became a majority opinion . . . that . . . raping and torturing little babies and children  . . . is not only a "good" thing . . . but a required thing . . . for the "advancement" of society . . . . Are you seriously going to argue that . . . indeed, there is nothing inherently wrong with that?  The atheist . . . the naturalist . . . would have to say, "Correct.  There is nothing absolutely right or wrong, good or evil about that.  If the preference of society were that the highest "good" is found if we are all required to rape and torture children, then WHO is to say that it is not "right?"

ONLY when you have a transcendent Law giver and judge . . . do we have an anchor, a final authority . . . on what is right/wrong . . . good/evil . . . .

But the atheists, when arguing and complaining about how God made the world, versus how THEY think it ought to have been made (their hubris here always cracks me up, lol) always resort to using terms of morality and judgment when advancing their case, even though, in their world, there IS no morality, no ultimate judgment . . . no ultimate meaning or purpose . . . . And I am always wondering why they even bother to care?  If everything ends in annihilation--at the very least, each individual life . . . then who bothers to get up and operate in the world, work, play, have relationships . . . as if there were purpose and meaning.  Sorry, I just don't believe and cannot see . . . in any way . . . that purely materialistic, evolved animal, chemical, energy and matter automatons . . . would ever be bothering about much of anything.  And I can see, quite obviously, that the atheist does NOT live as though there is no ultimate meaning.  They do NOT live as though everything is relative, that there is no "truth" . . . that right and wrong, good and bad . . . are mere "evolved animal" conventions . . . . .

I don't care how lettered with Ph.D's and doctorates . . . or how many books they've written or conferences headed . . . or the erudition of their words . . . . In EVERY debate I have heard between a Christian and an atheist, creationist versus a scientist . . . it ALWAYS (so far) has boiled down to . . . something resembling a lot of stoned or drunk debates I recall witnessing in high school, in the corner of some room at a party . . . . The atheist . . . simply doesn't like the Christian God--has a better idea of how the world OUGHT to have been created . . . and can't comprehend why there is so much suffering--the "problem of evil."

What they also can't seem to comprehend . . . because they don't want to, I suspect . . . is the proposition that this life is not about . . . simply being "happy" and avoiding suffering. 

Whaaa?

Yep.  What if this life is not ABOUT . . . just being "happy" . . . or "having a good life" ?

Indeed, if that were only the purpose, or the only purpose of life, then yes, this seems to be a messed up world and quite unfair.

BUT . . . if the purpose . . . of this creation . . . is to "glorify" the God . . . and . . . for his creatures to be able to live perfectly in His presence forever . . . then, it might just be that . . . a world mixed with evil and suffering . . . which fell into such a state when man tried to go his own way . . . but which, God saved through His grace . . . and which will be REDEEMED and made eventually into the perfect world the atheist wants now--then, this IS the exact and perfect kind of world . . . to accomplish the end goal.

And what little created fool has the audacity and asserted intelligence . . . to dictate how God "ought" to have made things for His purposes?  It is ever amusing, though sad and somewhat pathetic at the same time . . . to listen to the "sophomoric" atheist, whether he is that genius at age 19 or 20 . . . or that same "genius" at 40, 50, 70 . . . devolve to the same, tired old tirade . . . .
If one doesn't know the PURPOSE of life, then the prescriptions for "fixing" or "improving" it . . . are bound to be off the mark . . . . It depends on the purpose!

If there is no ultimate PURPOSE . . . then this discussion has no more relevance than riding the plastic pony in front of the supermarket . . . and we might just as well put on clown noses and twiddle our thumbs for the rest of the day . . . .

If there IS an ultimate purpose . . . then there is no more important thing to be doing . . . than sorting it out . . . .

oy, so much to say . . . on all of this . . . .

 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

My How The They Rage . . . .

I have a bit more and more specific things I want to say following up the last post . . . . The morning has been spent digging out of snow drifts, and now it's about time to make the church and bible study rounds, so I will be back . . . . But in the meantime, if you wish, please check out this video of some street preachers in Scotland . . . and see how the heathen rage.  Why do they rage?  What is it about the Gospel that is so offensive, though preached in love and concern for the lost, that it drives sinners mad with vitriol, anger, violence even . . . ? As it has always been.  They crucified the most perfect, loving, sinless man in history . . . and the Apostles.  Merely for proclaiming God's Word and the message of eternal salvation.

Darkness hates the light.  Some are more subtle in their rejection, more civilized . . . . But the offense taken at the Gospel is the same.  We are sinners and we naturally hate God.  Only by His grace are our hearts changed, our eyes opened, our ears made to hear what was once before like burning coals on our conscience . . . becomes sweet light and liberation . . . .

Saturday, February 23, 2013

"Dear Christian . . . ."

It was a long, hard-working week . . . so, the three amigos--me, wifey and Isaac decided we needed a "break today" and went for a big night out . . . to McDonalds, heh . . . and . . . well . . . every so often when we are out I get a prompting to engage with a waiter, waitress . . . cashier or other service person and . . . well . . . I sense that an unusual person is there--someone thoughtful, a seeker, an "individual" and not just a typical drone lost in the cultural/societal mass trance . . . .

And this happened last night.  The fellow behind the counter instantly struck me (in the Spirit, I dare say) and I looked at his name tag.  "Christian" is what it said and so I asked him, "Your name is 'Christian' . . . ?
"Yes," he replied.

"Are you?  . . . a Christian?" I asked.

He frowned quickly and smirked slightly saying, "No . . . no . . . ."

Then, in a quick flurry of back and forth--(I, noting there were no customers in line behind us, so could talk for a bit more)--I learned that he had once been L.D.S. but was now an "atheist/agnostic".

 I blurted, "So you believe something can come from nothing?"   . . . To which he replied, roughly paraphrasing, "Yes, and your belief is just a "god of the gaps" argument . . . . "

Whoah!  The young McDonald's cashier just countered my evangelizing with the "god of the gaps" argument!  How many Christians even know about the "god of the gaps" argument and one of the standard atheist rebuttal apologetics? 

As we talked, rapid fire back and forth across the counter I learned that he not only knew who William Lane Craig is, and was well aware of and had watched Craig's renowned "Does God Exist" debate with Christopher Hitchens, he also informed me that Craig had just been on CNN a week before in a segment with "The Amazing Atheist."

Christian also admitted that Craig fairly well mopped the floor with Hitchens . . . and likewise he didn't seem too impressed with "The Amazing Atheist's" arguments (which are indeed little more than ad hominems, belligerence and bellicosity, loud opinion--lots of smoke and no fire) . . . .

But wow!  I was so pleasantly surprised and pleased, atheist/agnostic or not, here was a young fellow who obviously was engaged, intelligently studying the arguments, fair-minded, polite and did not dismiss my queries like so many these days who are either utterly (intellectually) lazy or so vainly close-minded that they have no interest in any other belief or opinion than their (un-thoughtful) own!

I suspect, though know too little about Christian to say for sure, that he may be one of those discerning, truth-seeking ex-Mormons--(a rare breed, btw)--who . . . have sincerely looked into the doctrines and history of the L.D.S. church . . . and have been stunned by the massive foundation of lies and deception it is built upon, feel burned by "religion" in general, and so, turn from God altogether assuming that the whole thing is man made and not to be trusted.

It is indeed one of the saddest and downright diabolical consequences of the L.D.S. Church's grim history of deception . . . where it claims to be "THE" church of Jesus Christ . . . and uses the Bible as support--that it turns so many of those who discover the truth of it's shady founder's life and practices . . . into disillusioned atheists and advanced Bible skeptics.  Those Mormons who DO find the real Jesus and His real teachings almost always say that one of the most deplorable things that Joseph Smith did . . . was to inculcate doubt in the Bible, where he taught that it was partially the Word of God "insofar as it is translated correctly."

I told Christian I was going to blog about him today and he kindly said he would check in here and was open to "debating" with me further about such things as the "god of the gaps" arguments . . . .

I intend to continue my response in general to him tomorrow here . . . and overall I am simply just thrilled to run into someone who obviously has a passion for top shelf apologetics, reasoning, searching--especially these days when so few young folk seem even capable, let alone interested, in fighting past all the propaganda and indoctrination that is being heaped on them via the culture, the government, and false teaching churches.  It may go nowhere--he may not be as interested in conversation as it seemed at the time . . . and/or we all may simply too busy (surviving) to go much further than this initial meeting, though I hope that through some email's, over time, perhaps I can hear his ideas as I am always grateful for independent, sincere, concerned thinkers/seekers . . . and enjoy sharpening my own arguments/responses to the God/no God debate . . . .

 I remember when I was an atheist . . . for about a week . . . in high school, and remember being not at all impressed or convinced with school chum "Roland's" argument:  "Of course there is a God--just look around . . . the trees, the birds . . . creation."

My belief in God, which I had prior to--and then forever--after that week of disbelief . . . initially came from experiencing His presence and also deducing that this life, this world--reality and the very fact of existence itself . . . was just too ridiculously poignant and real to NOT have a more transcendent and "divine" purpose and meaning . . . than the mere "accident" of random matter and energy colliding somehow . . . out of nothing . . . meant for nothing . . . ultimately meaningless and irrelevant . . . where IN MY SOUL, IN MY MIND, IN MY HEART . . . there screamed a yearning for meaning and purpose . . . beyond this short flash of mortal existence . . . and . . . answering me IN THE SPIRIT was a Being, other than myself, saying "Yes, there is a meaning and purpose to this."

It made no sense to me that a purely material creature, wrought from purely material chemicals, energy and matter, with no soul--just fizzing neurons and banging around random atoms--would EVER develop such an obvious desire, longing, intuition for spiritual purpose, AND actual mode of living (caring, love, compassion, empathy, morality, integrity etc.) . . . where there would be no origin or basis for such things . . . in a merely material, spiritless, pointless, meaningless, infinitesimal CHANCE of something-from-nothing colliding energy, particles and whatever other quantum fill-in-the-blank . . . current "science" claims "started it all."

Naw . . . that's just . . . too . . . desperate . . . and, honestly . . . dumb and requires more faith and magical thinking than anything the Biblical Theist is proposing . . . .

The Truth is written in our hearts.  We suppress it . . . because we don't want to submit; because we actually don't WANT to die . . . whereas the Truth--Jesus--requires that we MUST die, to have life.

Our sinful, rebellious, fallen egos . . . want to live . . . with no consequences, no judgment, no answering, no need to "obey" . . . .

The beauty and glory of Biblical Christianity compared to Mormonism and other "works-based" religions (which is nearly ALL other "religions") . . . is in finally realizing that we do not and can not EVER obey . . . as we should, in our present fallen condition.  JESUS, however obeyed perfectly and HIS righteousness, HIS works . . . are presented to the Father on our behalf, and HE bore our sins and judgment that we deserved . . . so that now, we are FREE . . . and, so grateful for that liberation . . . that now we delight in pleasing God, not out of guilt or fear or because some "church elder" says we must . . . but from sheer, Spirit-led faith and thankfulness at the amazing grace the Creator offers to those who but believe and trust in His Son . . . .

Hey, Christian, if you are reading this . . . thank you for the quick conversation last night--the three of us (me, my wife and one of my sons) were mightily impressed and rather shocked . . . at your level of knowledge and intensity for those issues, which, frankly . . . are all that can really ultimately matter in this life . . . . So few . . . arghh! SOOOO FEW . . . even care enough to bother with such things . . . .

God bless, one and all:)
bro, t

Thursday, February 21, 2013

You Don't Have A Soul

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”


“In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.”

You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”

C.S. Lewis



Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Attention!

The great thing about the practice and state of "trusting the Lord" . . . is that the opportunity to check it arises constantly . . . . [Thus the opportunity to see if it is there or not, and/or begin making it a centerpiece of daily life.]

I mean, when you wake up--assuming you at least have developed the habit of bringing your self to immediate and Godly awareness upon awakening, rather than just having your fallen, self-centered mind already be running a 100 mph as you start the day--you can instantly note whether you are roiling with anxiety, or if you are at peace no matter what the day is expected to bring.

Typically, you will awaken, and if you bring your mind to God, taken your thoughts captive as you should as a Believer, you will observe that, yes, there are some worries and possible fears beginning their agitating work on the mind and heart.  BUT, as a disciple of Yeshua, you straightaway go into prayer and take charge . . . .

Well, YOU don't take charge (being a disciple) except that you are deliberately setting your mind on the things of God to start the day, but you go into prayer and remembrance, recalling the high purpose of your life--to know and glorify God--and putting things speedily into the right (spiritual) perspective.  Money, the economy, the Marxist takeover, bills, relationship problems or lack thereof . . . are all submitted, subjected, subdued to the primary objective of the day, which is to stay close to the Lord in prayer, obey His commands, be repentant, love Him above all and love others as you do your self . . . . THOSE are the kinds of priorities that are to be front and center as the day begins; which takes some effort, ongoing practice, attention, energy . . . .

But why wouldn't you put those things first?  Why would someone instead start pouring all their energy into goals and objectives . . . which are purely related to this fallen world?  If we claim to love God above all, then our thought and feeling time . . . should reflect it!  It is too cheap to just say we Believe, but then go through the day focused 99% on worldly and temporal material concerns.

When we love someone, our thoughts and feelings are consumed with them.  We long for them if apart, and focus on them when together.  The world and the problems of the world . . . fade to gray, while the beloved is bright, beautiful, proximate, and joyfully demanding our attention.

Our relationship with the Lord should be like this . . . .

If it's not, we are a likely hypocrite, false convert, or a babe in the faith.  If a babe, it's time to start growing up . . . . Especially considering "the hour" . . . .

Monday, February 18, 2013

Of Visceral, Vibrant Imputation

Joel Beeke in an interview was asked if his teachings on the necessity of a vigorous, daily, sincere prayer life . . . perhaps expected too much of believers. 

"Does . . . maybe this kind of intensity question peoples' assurance a bit much?" . . . .

"Well," said Joel, "I think people need their assurance questioned . . . . It is loving [to challenge believers' sincerity and effort . . . ."

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I heard that interview last night . . . and thought it is the same thing I am trying to do here.  First, I dare do so, because I am applying the same vigor to my own prayer life--to my own need to be fully trusting in the Lord, along with believing . . . . Any time demands it, but especially with all that is going on in the world right now and anticipating some of the trials and events soon coming upon us.

Second . . . because I sure do like it when my own efforts and sincerity are challenged . . . as there is nothing I want more than to be pleasing to God and responding in the Spirit; and if I am fooling myself on some level, I want to know--I want it corrected . . . .

It is well time to put away the things of childishness and walk as a mature, adult in the Word--in His life and Spirit . . . . Sentimentality, emotionalism, superficial conviction, false conversion . . . will be of no help, no anchor . . . in these storms . . . .

We ought be acquainting ourselves with death--its inevitability in the physical . . . . It's necessity in terms of the old self . . . . It's threat used by the enemy to scare us into compromise, blasphemies, rejection of the Lord . . . . The reality of our future hope--of the Heavenly City of God--must gain in preeminence in our daily expectation--as a present experience, compared to the passing temporality of this fallen state . . . knowing and living with assurance that we are redeemed and will be resurrected . . . in the blink of eye . . . compared with eternity . . . .

These must not just be vague thoughts . . . dull-gray outlines, irrelevant in the now . . . . But instead, as we are consumed with love, with faith . . . in the knowledge and promises of His Word, the glory present in His presence . . . and the glory to come . . . should be crackling with energy, color, visceral imputation . . .  vibrancy  . . . within our prayer and communing life . . . .

Myself, I relish correction and encouragement . . . by strong hand or gentle breeze, and if there is any sting, I am grateful, for there is the sign of some hidden stronghold I have kept secret in some chamber of vanity and self delusion . . . . Bring it on!  More light, more strait and narrow, more life, more Spirit, more holiness . . . less of grousing, fallen "king me"!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

"First Be Spiritually Prepared"

What to do?  How to prepare?  The signs and evidence have been obvious for quite a while, and even now the "low information voter"-type person has caught on that we are in a time of lawlessness and increasing totalitarian controls . . . .

Fireballs . . . . "demonic flashing", where people snap and commit sudden, violent acts and rampages . . . . The government buying up millions and millions of rounds of ammunition . . . . The dollar crashing, inflation starting it's jitters to a spike . . . . The pope resigns . . . .

Any given week now, the unprecedented stories, events . . . stack up . . . and are becoming so constant and numerous now, that we forget them because new ones, even more outrageous and unprecedented are in the news . . . .

How to be ready? 

For years, those who have been tracking and reporting on all these things, who have a spiritual inclination, have always said, "Well, first . . . you have got to get your spiritual house in order; then . . . you need get some food, water, silver, gold, self protection . . .  etc."

In almost every case, I have heard this advice from the end times watchmen and survivalist pundits:  "First, you have to prepare spiritually . . . then __________ . . . . . . . . "

And every nods and agrees, mumbling, "yes . . . yes, of course . . . indeed . . . . "

Then the conversation quickly shifts to things like water, food, medicine, escape routes, bug-out bags, and so on . . . . . . . .

However, this is not something that should just be glossed over--"first, be prepared spiritually" . . . .

Because, in reality . . . this is the advice that should be given . . . taken . . . and MADE REAL, regardless of the times; in any age . . . during any crisis . . . in days of peace, plenty, war or famine.

Thank God for tyrants, calamities, plagues, drought, conquerors . . . for if it were not for the obvious threats and "tragedies" . . . I doubt anyone would EVER seriously consider the urgency of the directive:  "First, be prepared spiritually."  It is almost always only in times of distress and impending doom . . . that finally, in desperation . . . we turn to God.

Otherwise, we seem quite content to eat, drink, fornicate, nap, watch games, vacation, specialize in some hobby or work . . . with perhaps an occasional 30-second ponder at the wonder of life and vague curiosity as to Godly things . . . followed by a shrug, and then back to business or pleasure.

So . . . what does it actually mean and how to really and truly "first be spiritually prepared" as the tribulation and persecution enters the stage, up close and personal . . . ?

Well . . . the answer is found in this matter of believing AND trusting . . . FULLY . . . in the Savior.

But is easier said than done.  In fact, most say it and claim it . . . but inwardly, do not LIVE IT.

Yes, there is a way to "prepare" for what is swiftly upon us . . . .

And indeed, it should be done first, before all the ancillary  and contingency preparations are worked on, assuming one is even in a position to do much about those things . . . .

The beauty of this primary preparation . . . is that it can be done whether a person has any financial, external means or not . . . .

The sign of its acquisition . . . is peace and confidence--assurance within--that no matter what happens, the end is certain; and it is a glorious, blessed end . . . and no end at all, but only the beginning . . . of all hopes, dreams, wants and needs . . . fulfilled . . . forever, perfect in His will.....

Friday, February 15, 2013

A Modern Poem For The Remnant

“Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them, or by a power without them; either by the Word of God, or the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or the bayonet.”

-- Robert C. Winthrop, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1847-49


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“Nil desperandum, — Never Despair ... All are not dead; and where there is a spark of patriotic fire, we will rekindle it.” — Samuel Adams
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A MODERN POEM FOR THE REMNANT
by brother, thomas

"Patriotic fire" . . . is the fire of God.  Why?  Because God made nations, made peoples, made families and government from there . . . from tribes . . . .

Protect the family . . . . Protect the tribe . . . . Protect the village . . . . Protect the town . . . . Protect the city . . . . Protect the county . . . . Protect the state . . . . Protect the country . . . . . . .

Who wants to break that all down, starting with the family?  Militant Marxist homosexuals . . . . Militant Marxist feminists . . . . Militant Marxist atheists . . . . Militant Marxist evolutionists . . . .

Militant Marxist idiots, perverts, fools, tyrants, losers and demons . . . .

Yep.

I said it.

A ray of hope . . . .
Is always over the horizon . . . . Notice how God, our Father, Creator, Lord Jehovah Yah Jesus Christ Holy Spirit . . . lets the rebels run on . . . and on . . . allowing them to think they are building organizations . . . kabals . . . conclaves . . . secret combinations . . . fraternities . . . secret societies . . . clubs . . . corporations . . . bands . . . movements . . . causes . . . agendas . . . . . . . . and all the self worshipping pathetic slobs clamor to find a place in the sun . . . . . . desperate for their two minutes of fame (sorry Andy Warhol., we're down to 2 minutes) . . . via Facade Book . . . instant messaging . . . ooooh . . . look at my dinner picture . . . . . . .

PATHETIC!

Beings made in the image of God, Imago Dei . . . scrounging around like beggarly dogs lapping up scraps of self serving bile . . . . . . all to have a few moments on facebook (wow, sorry Andy, we're down to moments now . . . ) . . . .

Weak, complaining, gluttonous, fame-ravenous drones . . .  who spit on founding fathers . . . . Who know nothing of history--the brave and selfless men and women through ages and ages . . . sacrificing for their families, for the tribes, for their towns and countries . . . guided by the Good Book . . . and by God's speaking breath . . . since time began . . . .

Look at these heathen scum, reveling in drugs, wine, nakedness, man-bags and girl-boots, hating their own children, killing them by the hundreds of thousands through casual abortions/murders, praising Lilith . . . abandoning their raising so as to shuffle off to Marxist-directed work . . . .

Oh, you didn't know that "feminism" and "women in the workplace" was a disgusting, anti-Christ communist plot to destroy family?  To undermine the God-given authority of men? 

How are your children now, you selfish fool?  On drugs?  Gay?  Pregnant?  Depressed?  Dead already?  Because mommy took the bate?

And YOU, so-called "man" . . . . Sitting there like a stupid rock, watching sports, memorizing "players" stats, while you can't recite one single verse of scripture, you who are suppose to be Christ in the world and to your family, you joke!  Going to bars, talking garbage and looking at women other than your God-given wife, who you claim to love! . . . . . . .

Pathetic!!!

Hey you . . . fool . . . . Idiot . . . . Yeah you (not you:) . . . . Do you know that if you'd take about only two hours out of your robot, unthinking life to read from a book or two on history you'd know that the atheist, communist, God-hating, Satanic dirt-bags have been systematically infiltrating your schools and churches and local governments for decades . . . brainwashing your children--while you were chasing martinis and cars and social club--to hate Jesus, hate the Bible, hate America, hate fathers, hate the family and everything else that God ordained . . . so that now you sit twiddling your stock market and 401k fingers . . . and diddling your unemployment checks . . . watching "reality t.v." which is porn . . . only now half wondering if maybe something is "wrong" with society . . . as children grab guns and knives and slaughter mindlessly anything that looks like YOU?

Oh, how grateful I am (not) to the baby boomer generation who read Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem and the Happy Hooker . . . and chuckled at All In The Family . . . not realizing you were cheering on your own deaths when all comes to fruition in the day of Obummer Death Panels . . . .

You ridiculous churches holding hands with blasphemy and heresy, singing three-chord songs to the tune of Hare Krishna, in a trance, seeker-sensitive, taking pot-shots at the lambs . . . .

Cowards . . . . Weak . . . . Selfish . . . . Self absorbed . . . . paltry . . . . Godless . . . . pleasure seeking . . . . . entertainment driven . . . . complaining . . . . loud . . . . fame ravenous . . . . facile . . . . superficial . . . . . . . Did I say God-hating? . . . . Jesus hating . . . myopic derelicts . . . . . . wearing Superman S's on your arms . . . just below your nose ring and tattoo . . . . . .  . . . . . . .

Expressing your self  . . . . your
individuality . . .  ? . . hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

I thank God . . . . I THANK GOD!!! that no matter how desperate . . . . How ridiculous . . . . How delusional and psychopathic . . . the Godless/Bible-hating society gets . . . there are still a remnant!

 Elijah . . . thought he was the last one . . . . . . . And that was several thousand years ago . . . and even then, God let him know there were 7000 others . . . in the wings . . . A REMNANT! . . . .

Despite how asinine the culture gets on its nauseatingly circular return to thinking it's being "edgy" and "progressive" (which it has been doing ad-nauseum since Cain first blew the idiot horn) God, our most high and precious Lord, always maintains a contingency WHO SEE THE LIGHT . . . and refuse to buckle to the inanity . . . . Who stand, whether persecuted or not (probably yes, persecuted) . . . .

Who cannot submit to the mass "broad is the way" destructive impulse of the fallen, for God has chosen them out . . . to resist . . . and be a reserve . . . all the way through to the end . . . .

For He said, the (ugly and drearily passe') forces of sin and darkness and vapid gates of Hell . . . WILL NOT PREVAIL!!! . . . against His Word and His Church, which are the ever living remnant . . . . . . . .

So TAKE HEART, you who are equally disgusted and fed up . . . with the Satanic Marxist Feminist Atheist Evolutionist Gay Drivel that is trying to SHUT YOU DOWN through bullying and through law . . . .

GOD RULES . . . . and any jackball . . . who does not quick get with HIS program, and rejecting the (fallen) other . . . is bound post haste . . . to the ever-burning sulphery pit of the lake of fire . . . . AND THE ANGELS AND THE SAINTS WILL REJOICE IN THE TRIUMPH OF HIS JUSTICE!!!!!!!!!

Amen.



"A World Of Difference"

To be a bit more specific, it's more like "UNTRUSTING believers" . . . .

It is oft said, "the demons believe . . . . It's not enough to just believe in Jesus Christ; you must also put your trust in Him."

This is quite an interesting situation--that one could believe in Jesus, as the demons or the devil do, and likewise not be saved . . . .

What's the difference?  How can one claiming to believe in Jesus be saved, while another is not?

A couple of things . . . .

For one, WHICH Jesus?  Muslims believe in Jesus . . . . So do Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, most Hindus and even a lot of so-called "atheist" scholars . . . .

But you will find that the big diving line between what they believe about Jesus and what the Bible teaches--between a saving conception of Jesus versus a heretical one . . . is that the cultish idea of Jesus is always something LESS than what He is . . . and denies that He was 100% fully man AND 100% fully God.  [It is the TRUTH! which sets us fee--not some vague, twisted approximation, ie., "Jesus was a great mortal/moral philosopher" . . . or, "Jesus was the literal, sexually produced offspring of Heavenly Father."]

It is one thing to believe in a famous man who lived some 2000 years ago . . . .

It is quite another to believe in the LORD Jesus Christ who was a man AND God in the flesh . . . .

The other point is . . . that besides "believing" . . . . We must TRUST.

This is something I have really been delving into the past couple of years--deeply and authentically TRUSTING in Jesus alone--not self, not another, not the world . . . .

It is easy to say, "Oh yes, I believe and trust Jesus" . . . . But few there are who actually DO.  I wonder if it is not the same "few" Jesus warns about when He says: "strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it."

And the difference between those who thought they believed in Jesus, but to whom He says "And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity."

Because, "believing" . . . is one thing.  TRUSTING in that belief, seems to be quite another.

And really, I don't see how one can claim to truly "believe" . . . but then refuse to "trust."  If you believe, then you will want to obey; you will take to heart what He says and what God's Word says.  If Paul says "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us," then . . . we ought to TRULY believe him--which will produce a commensurate attitude of relative nonchalance concerning the trials and sufferings of this life . . . .

The big test of our trust and belief . . . is shown when we find ourselves worrying or fearing.

If He says in 1 John 4:18 that "there is no fear in love" . . . and we know that God is love . . . and if we believe and trust in God . . . THEN, when we worry and complain and effuse anxiousness . . . over the future or some immediate problem . . . it must show that we really DON'T believe and trust.  Oh, maybe we can say we "believe" in some sense, like the demons believe, or like Muslims "believe" in Jesus . . . . But, we must not believe that God is sovereign and we must not actually trust Jesus to be the Lord of our life.

WE have other ideas . . . wants . . . strategies . . . agendas . . . and THESE we want to trust in.  So, up rises fear, angst, worry . . . .

But I have found, through deliberate, attentive and ongoing practice, that, if we truly and honestly deep within PUT OUR FULL TRUST IN JESUS, worry and anxiety, fear and angst . . . disappear!  And are replaced with a sweet, strong, holy and blessed assurance--a peace which "passeth understanding" . . . .

At least in myself, I grew so tired of reading certain scriptures, but not LIVING them, that I determined to seriously believe, trust and follow them/Him . . . not just give a vague, half-hearted lip-service. 

The difference in understanding and life and peace and discernment . . . which has followed . . . is a "world of difference".

I dare say it is the difference between still living in and belonging to this (fallen) world . . . versus living in and belonging to the world of the Kingdom of God . . . .

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Unbelieving Believers


"For I reckon that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory about to be revealed in us;"  Romans 8:18

It IS a second!~  It's LESS than a second!  Compared to eternity?  Are you kidding?

But then, people don't really believe in eternity.  Not really.  No, this life is all there is.  The pain, the suffering, the focus on self instead of God.  People don't really comprehend the pain and suffering Jesus--the one man in all of time who least deserved it--bore for our sake to have eternal life.

"Eh . . . what's the big deal?  I'm poor, I'm lonely, my back hurts . . . I want comfort now, in this life!"

In fact, our present angst, suffering, unhappiness etc., comes from the fact that we really don't believe.  Not REALLY.  Oh, there is a sort of intellectual assent and certain vain sense of "being" right', unlike the "heathens" . . . but day to day, moment to moment . . . we don't think about God, about Jesus.  We don't really believe too much in Hell.  It's all a bit vague and far off.  Meanwhile, the present discomforts are foremost in our minds, looming large, dredged up day after day, bandied about as a much used flag of self pity.

If we DO think of Jesus, it's in considering how He might help us out.  How can He alleviate this or that material concern?  Maybe even, how long will it take Him to set it up so I can achieve my dreams?  Me, me, me.....What Has God done for me lately?!

How casual and dismissive are we, every day, about the PROFOUND, LOVING, PAINFUL sacrifice He made for us, so that WE CAN LIVE FOREVER . . . AND EVER . . . AND EVER . . . EVER . . . IN PERFECTION . . . IN LOVING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE . . . WITH OUR SANCTIFIED BROTHERS AND SISTERS . . . FOREVER . . . AND EVER! ?

Oh I have little doubt that if I told someone they were about to suddenly inherit 5 million dollars, their countenance would immediately change . . . to a beaming smile, then maybe a laugh, then crying and leaping . . . and maybe even shouting and dancing . . . . Until they received that money, let's say in a week or so, they would leap out of bed in the morning, planning, excited, looking forward to collection.  Any present pains would fade and oh, the good cheer such a person would spread through the day, encouraging others, excited every moment like a little child before Christmas!

Then why are so few that excited about eternal life?  Which is a far, far, far, far, far, far, greater future!  Perfect health, no more tears, loving fellowship, adventure in a Divinely created world or plenty, joy, perpetual youth, beauty . . . FOREVER!

Because . . . despite the claims . . . of  being a "Christian" . . . people don't really believe.  They love this life and the present self-centered comforts MORE than Jesus, than God, plain and simple.  They read some scriptures . . . know a few by heart . . . . But . . . don't really internalize them and TAKE THEM TO HEART.  They really don't trust Jesus.  They doubt He takes care of them, continuing to trust in the flesh, in man . . . .

Oh, some do.  They are laying down their lives in jails, prisons, being tortured, executed, raped, robbed, beaten . . . REFUSING to deny CHRIST . . . right now, all over the world.  THEY truly understand and believe that "the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory about to be revealed in us" and their lives exemplify it . . . and great will be their reward.

But, no worries--never fear you folks feeling left out of that glorious martyrdom . . . .
The Lord chastises those He loves; especially those who complain and take His sacrifice for granted.  He brings in plagues, foreign armies, earthquakes, occupation . . . to give so-called "believers" a chance to prove . . . if they really believe . . . or not--whether it is just words and a lazy smugness OR whether the disciple is ready to take up the cross . . . and FOLLOW Jesus . . . FOR REAL.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

One Second Of Pain

Never forget . . . .

No, really . . . . Everyday or at least when trials and troubles are bogging you down . . . .

Happiness . . . is not the purpose of this life; happiness in this life . . . is not the point of life.

Knowledge of God is.  "Knowing" . . . in the scriptures can refer to an intimate relationship with another . . . .

Happiness, holiness . . . the knowing of God . . . FOREVER . . . is the purpose of this life.

Imagine someone with the authority and ability to provide the result offered, said this to you:  All you have to do . . . is suffer a sudden burst of pain--yes it will be severe, excruciating--but only for one second.  Then after the second of time is gone, there will be no more pain--none--and nothing of it will remain, not even an unpleasant memory of that second of pain . . . and for a reward, you will be a billionaire, have perfect health, have perfect loving relationships with all your loved ones, who also will be as wealthy and healthy as you . . . whom you will adore, and they will adore you, and nothing and no one will ever be able to take it all away from you . . . for the rest of your life . . . . BUT, if you don't go through the moment of great discomfort, you will have to suffer in continuous pain . . . for the rest of your life, with no hope of relief.

Which would you choose?
Would you not say yes to the second of suffering, knowing what lies just beyond it, in but a flash?

Would anyone reject such a wonderful proposition?  Well, there might be someone who is so myopically focused on that one second of pain that they just can't bear going through with it . . . . But, agreed, such a person would be a fool and it would be hard not to blame them for failing to accept such a fantastic offer . . . .

THAT is a rough picture of our lives here.  Yes, this life is tough.  Some suffer incredible, terrible pain. 

But compared to eternity . . . this flash of pain . . . is even less than the second described above.  And as that eternity stretches on . . . and on . . . and on . . . FOREVER, it is shown to be an infinitesimal price to pay for the great reward offered.  It is an unimaginably gracious and beneficent gift we are looking at here . . . !

What small minded creature dares to question the God of the universe and time and all that is, "But I don't like the way you have set this up!  I think it would be better if ___________?"

Who is it that puts forth such pride and vanity and arrogance to debate how the Creator ought to have designed the thing? 

Regularly, daily . . . putting our little run of life here into perspective, compared to the inheritance and reward to follow . . . remembering that the purpose of this life is not just to be "happy" . . . then die, but rather, to be happy AND holy . . . FOREVER . . . is crucial . . . to maintaining the grace and poise and joy and strength . . . to carry on through the challenges, temporary disappointments, struggles.....


Saturday, February 9, 2013

An "old man's" dreams

I was in a neighborhood, at someone's place or in their apartment rather, in a large complex.  Suddenly, with no warning, a full-scale, multi-pronged military invasion began   Aircraft were flying overhead--many of them, and helicopters coming in low throughout the residential areas.  Chaos ensued.  There was no time to think or plan.  The assault was so massive and so widespread that people just reacted and started bolting in all directions.  Most threatening was that troops were dropping to the ground, parachuting down, by the scores.  In every direction I looked, soldiers were landing and also appearing on the streets along with ground vehicles, jeeps, trucks and tanks.

I ran, with some others, but the ubiquity of the forces was so overwhelming that in the panic it became "every man for himself" as folks were running in all directions, amidst the soldiers, like pouring army ants, everywhere . . . . It wasn't clear their nationality, though we assumed it was Russians and their allies . . . .

Somehow, I managed to stay just one step ahead, leaping from balconies, dashing into rooms, jumping out windows, running, hiding for a moment until the area was saturated with troops, then bolting and slipping through once again . . . .

This went on for a little while--I saw quite a few people captured or just quickly gunned down, and I several close calls myself, but managed to evade or escape . . . .

Then, things turned strange . . . .

It was no longer just military attacking everywhere, but more and more it was citizens.  But there were deranged.  I wouldn't say they were zombies . . . but they were out of their heads . . . and seemed infected, sick . . . . I noticed, as they were chasing us--the normal people--they were already wounded, somewhat bloody, which added to their terrifying appearance and crazed actions.  Had the invading soldiers wounded these people with some type of weapon that turned them into rampaging, blood-thirsty murderers? 

They were everywhere, like the military . . . and we who were on the run . . . stood little chance of evading them for long, so numerous and persistent were they . . . .

Those of us who were yet free from capture or execution, were frantically looking for knives, swords if possible, as this seemed to be the most easily found and useful weapon under the circumstances.

I don't recall how it all ended, if it did, or I awoke in the middle of the mayhem.  I was never caught, though the last thing I remember is that about 4 or 5 of us had found ourselves together in an apartment, frantically rushing from window to window to door to secure the place and fend off the crazed, ghoulish attackers . . . .

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A night or so after . . . it was a dream of massive mudslides and huge, house-crushing boulders coming down the mountain . . . . Something had happened, an earthquake perhaps? . . . or rains . . . . But there were few places to run, as I looked up and saw the wall--maybe 60 feet high--of mud, rocks and debris barrelling down the slope . . . then, to the side of that, a boulder or two each the size of 3 or 4 houses . . . .
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Last night, it was another military invasion.  Except this time I was already on a base of some sort, it seemed . . . perhaps doing some work there, painting or maintenance of some kind.  Suddenly, an alarm went off and on the television sets about the place . . . news reports were stating that a major bio-chemical assault was underway . . . .

I looked out the window from the room I was in . . . onto what looked like a runway . . . and saw a huge military plane fly in low and start dropping small explosive bombs.  When the bombs hit, a smoke or vapor ensued.   Oddly, and somewhat comically (in retrospect) Vladimir Putin was there and as I went out onto the concourse to find out more of what was actually going on, he came rushing by me and snapped that I should have a gas mask on.  I told him I didn't have one and kind of shrugged, assuming that whatever gases were being released, it was likely too late for me anyhow.  He argued briefly, disappeared from a moment amongst some others there, came back and handed me an old gas mask, which . . . looked to me like . . . was defective and wouldn't do much good.  I put it on nevertheless, and continued to watch the airplanes flying in and dropping the chemical bombs . . . . Again, even though Putin was right there with me, it was assumed that the attackers were Russian and/or Chinese . . . .
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I mention these dreams . . . just because . . . they have come all of a sudden the past few days, whereas I haven't had any such dreams like this for a long time--so clear, so epic, so detailed and coherent.  They say, "the old men will dream dreams" . . . heh . . . . Do I qualify as "old"?  I guess to some, while not to others . . . .

I wasn't going to post these but heard a bizarre news item yesterday about a new brain disease that is causing some women . . . to . . . well . . . cause seizures, hysterical behavior and overall act "possessed" . . . . They are calling it an "auto immune disease called Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis".
 http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2013/02/07/health-mysterious-disease-discovered-locally-strikes-mainly-young-women/

I have never really been into zombies or zombie movies (though we do like to watch the Walking Dead) . . . and I've never dreamed about them . . . . The murderous, crazed people in my first dream ....I did not take to be zombies in the dream . . . but more like people . . . whose brains had gone haywire, somewhat like this odd new disease . . . .

In general . . . I do expect an overwhelming military attack one day, similar to what I've dreamed (lately and many times before) . . . and am just wondering if it is closer than might have been expected . . . . ? Also, I think some new big earthquake events are coming soon.  Also, I can feel the stock market collapse coming . . . . The communists have always had as part of their strategy to attack when there is big economic chaos . . . .

Anyway, if nothing else, there's some vivid tales --dreams of an "old man" heh ... . . .


Thursday, February 7, 2013

2 Keys To Know (the T & G in F)

I thank the Lord . . . I have a voracious mind for God . . . . I know it rubs off on others and through the fits and starts . . . of my life . . . it has continued through, and I thrill at that similar love and desire for God in others, in you . . . . If I have anything innate to offer, it probably is this . . . .

This is the joy of our lives . . . presently . . . and to come--that we share our experience as holy designed creatures, together, forever . . . basking in and praising His glory . . . . That He made us to want to get to know Him, and gives us the means and ability through His Son, the designated Mediator, propelled and enlightened . . . by His Holy Spirit . . . all the Way!

The Trinity . . . . Oh, how I am learning to appreciate and love our vast God in His mysterious complex unity . . . of three . . . persons--one God . . .!

This is a key . . . . It is key . . . when the sublime paradox--similar to the paradox of the God/man Jesus . . . and similar to the paradox of our choosing AND being chosen--of the Trinity is begun to be grasped . . . .

This key separates the goats from the sheep, the lambs from the wolves, the wheat from the tares, those who somehow understand and wholly accept . . . the revelation of the Triune God . . . versus those who, for instance, would make Jesus to be just another creature, however special or exalted (as do the Muslims or Mormons or Jehovah's Witnesses) . . . . Likewise, I mourn for the "oneness" Pentecostals . . . who only view Christ as an agent and not equal to the Father . . . .

For it is the crux of the matter, to realize that Jesus IS God in the flesh, and that the three Persons of the Eternal Supreme Being are our One God, the same God Who said He/They made all that is and will be and was . . . . That the Father loves the Son and gave His Son for us . . . by Whom all was created and is sustained . . . . And that the Comforter resides within each of us, awakening us and drawing us . . . to our inheritance of perfection and glory . . . where the Father sees the Son in us, as us, and yet, we are the Children . . . of God . . . . We are the sons and daughters of Light, Children of Light, as scripture says . . . .

It is a mistake . . . and falls short . . . to pass by the knowledge of the Trinity, remaining in a fuzzy nonchalance about His revelation of the same, thinking it well enough to have a vague, half-hearted acceptance of the notion, and then satisfied to be partially comprehending Him through heresies which would make Jesus to be less than God Himself or the Holy Spirit a mere "force" or radiance.

Our God IS WHAT HE IS.  "I AM THAT I AM . . . ."

WHAT He is . . . WHO He is . . . He has revealed in His Word and rather than argue or try to reason Him out to be a more "appropriate" or "comprehensible" style or version . . . we do well to just see what He says He is--WHO He says He is--and go from there.  (Which is, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.)

I dare say, once this is done, a whole new level of relationship and wordless understanding of His nature begins to open up . . . which is more like . . . that holy and mysterious nature found in praying in tongues, for instance, where wordless utterances are allowed to pour from our spirit's heart, speaking to the Spirit, surpassing mundane language, but touching the language of the angels and the language of Heaven . . . .
 His wisdom confounds the worldly-wise, for they are lost in semantics and sophistry, going in circles of superficially adorned ignorance, while the CHILD can leap past over-headiness . . . into the quick light of understanding . . . through simple faith, borne on belief, supported by hope, and so, . . . one is able to rocket past the brittle, shining constructs of man, straight out of the planet . . . into the universe cradling arms of our blessed, sweet Lord, and into the company of our God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit . . . .

Meanwhile, I want to say to you . . . . To you who may be disheartened and even frightened by the times, the signs . . . the collapse and corruption of all that seems good . . . . I am more certain of this than anything else at present:  that freedom, safety, growth, progress, goodness, holiness, peace, joy, fulfillment, knowing, strength, health, assurance, confidence, purpose, meaning . . . LOVE . . . are found . . . right now . . . going forward . . . un-assailable . . . on this road--the Pilgrims' Road . . . of the Believer . . . no matter WHAT is going on in the world, or about to go on . . . . !!!!!!  2 keys found along that sacred route . . . are when you See . . . the Trinity . . . and the truth and profundity of God in the flesh . . . .

God bless!

pilgrim, brother, thomas

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Developing: The Fascistic Religious Beast

So, then after a day of listening to various sermons, debates, apologetic presentations while I work, when I get home we have dinner and afterwords watch 2-3 different Christian television programs--more teaching, preaching or biblical exegesis, Isaac, my wife and I.  We do have one or secular shows we like to watch for sheer entertainment, such as the series Grimm when it's on, but mostly we have no interest in the blasphemous, degrading slop offered by the networks.  Come bedtime, perhaps a bit more reading, then prayer and connection to His Spirit, to end the day.

That is the ration pretty much Monday through Saturday.  Sunday is the day we all look forward to--a special day of rest and worship for the Lord, as He commanded and usually our oldest son, Alexander drives "down" in the morning from his place about 50 miles away, to join us in our circuit of church-going.  We play Christian music on the way, to help remain focused on Him, and go first to one fairly large but "down-to-earth" congregation whose Pastor is legit and not one of the goofy seeker-sensitive/purpose-driven types . . . then we drive further into town, to the Univ. of Utah, where we hear the Word preached and receive a more in-depth exegesis, line-by-line study . . . .

I am bringing this all up, just to share what we have found ourselves doing, not out of any sense of obligation or duty or legalistic motive, but from sheer Spirit-led desire and interest, and we all agree that--as the times have become more treacherous and the assaults on the Godly-minded have become full-frontal and on every flank--it has felt and seemed necessary to, indeed, so immerse ourselves in the things of God, that the enemy is better shut out and the dangers of "drifting" away from the Spirit are greatly lessened.

I can't imagine being a Believer at this point in time, and NOT being highly diligent and determined and practiced at now avoiding the onslaught of seductions and distractions from the world, by being constantly engaged in His Spirit and Word . . . as far as is practically possible (which more than many realize or attempt) . . . .

Thanks for your concerns regarding ie., "Bible school" and seminary . . . . No worries there.  For one thing, I expect it far more likely to be sitting in a Soviet-American gulag than any Bible school in the future . . . heh . . . .
Also, one of the areas included in my current (Spirit-led?) "program" of study . . . IS the history and manner of corruption of the seminaries and Bible schools and all of the dangerous, heretical "churches" and modern "Christian" movements that have resulted.  For instance, one of the most disturbing trends I have learned of in the "church growth" model, used by people like Peter Drucker, Andy Stanley, Mark Driscoll, Stever Furtick, Rick Warren, Perry Noble, Creflo Dollar, James McDonald, T.D.Jakes . . . to name just a few . . . is how it is based on a frighteningly dangerous FASCISTIC model derived from such (anti-Christ) humanist philosophers as Rousseau, Nietzsche, Hegel . . . . In watching this new conglomeration of "word faith", "seeker-sensitive", "emergent","church growth", "new apostolic" ecumenical trend . . . it is alarmingly clear to see how the one-world (fascistic/anti-Christ) religion is starting to shape up . . . . When this wicked religious beast joins hands with the beast of likewise developing totalitarian government . . . the stage is set for the prophesied days of persecution of the REAL Church and Body of Christ . . . .

All in all . . . it is not a time to be slack in the things of God, but a time to deepen and strengthen and purify and serve . . . under the caring and protective guidance of the Holy Spirit and King Jesus, amen!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Grace In Repetition and Mundanity

Repetition and mundanity . . . . . . . . .  the secret to (a decently) good life . . . . . . if accepted . . . . with grace and poise . . . . . expectations vanquished, but Heaven . . . . . In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

No, really . . . it's true!

You want to be constantly miserable, unhappy? . . . . Then try to apply some semi-magical system like the "law of attraction", whereby you chase around goals, dreams and ambitions, employing a formula of mental focus and "intention" toward them . . . thinking that one day . . . some day, when you at last get those things under control and in possession (whether it's wealth or health or relationships) . . . then . . . THEN . . . you will have "arrived" and attained some satisfaction . . . . . .

Whereas, deep and lasting satisfaction and a certain peace which confounds natural understanding . . . is found . . . in humble, submitted . . . acceptance of the inevitable mundane course of this life, where spiritual growth and experience is not found in giant explosions and leaps and changes of scenery, but in the daily, steadfast, meek, step-by-step, incremental REAL growth and change--as is seen in His creation, where the banyan tree, or redwood sequoia . . . starts as a sprig, and whose ascent you never perceive--imperceptibly in the moment--but over time becomes a giant . . . !

Spiritual growth/understanding is like this.  I recall the allure I once encountered as a young seeker, looking into the thrilling and exotic accounts of sudden "enlightenment" coming from the "East" and its various mystical traditions.  The seduction was that . . . as you were dutifully practicing one or another ascetic, mystical disciplines . . . one day, some day . . . it would be like Buddha sitting under the Bodhi tree--VOILA!--instant cosmic consciousness!  The day before you were a mundane, ignorant seeker, stumbling about in the dark . . . but now--in a shock of the ultimate "punctuated equilibrium" (Cladogenesis)  . . . you are a new species, replete with "God consciousness", all-knowing, fully transcendent . . . "THE Buddha" . . . a "master" . . . an "Adept" . . . "Realized" . . . "Oneness" . . ."Satori/Nirvana" etc. . . . . .

I think of all the self-purported gurus I came across at that time . . . and what became sadly obvious to me in every case . . . . Was how such people who had supposedly "Attained" . . . had actually only self-hypnotised themselves into a delusion that they had "transcended" the world and achieved some sort of cosmic superhuman status . . . . A few were outright charlatans, but most had actually convinced themselves that they were now "Enlightened" and nothing was more plain to me than that I was simply looking at a person putting on (spiritual) airs, acting the part . . . but within there skulked the same old, covetous, prideful, greedy, lying cheat (that we all are).

In the Christian Walk, there is indeed a moment of "rebirth"--when and where one surrenders to the Lord . . . Believes and puts final trust in Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Life . . . . And at that moment, in the Heavenly places, one is Justified and seen as whole and perfect in the eyes of the Father . . . . BUT, there is a meanwhile component, where we retain a dual nature as our yet fallen and corrupted bodes, mind, heart . . . continue in this place, travellers still on the Road, vagrants in this doomed land, just passing through . . . . Here, it is the constant, diligent and humbly dignified patience and "waiting" . . . step-by-step . . . pilgrims progress . . . where spiritual growth and correction ("sanctification") . . . unfolds almost organically, like what we see in nature, how vines and fruit grow . . . incrementally--NOT, in sudden cosmic flashes of instant transformation or appearance.

Trusting the Lord in this steady, sometimes (often?lol) tedious slog . . . brings a certain holy grace and poise . . . that the flitting and the flaky--the nervous and the undulating--fail to acquire, and so, usually fail to grow . . . in strength, depth, profundity, assurance . . . as their anxiousness and immaturity are constantly sabotaging what was about to be their real, new and more intimate relationship . . . with . . . the Lord, the Father, the Spirit . . . . .


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