Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Correction and note

correction re last blog entry...it should be "V" and Jim GARROW (not Garrison)....

Other "intel" is purportedly saying the same thing... watch out for "malls" and a Nairobi mall-style terror hit (Sept. 21, 2013) ..... only by the dozens simultaneously.... I don't see why this is too far out to expect.  The southern border is wide open, the border patrol pulled back some 40 miles, there ammunition taken away (for a year more I heard)..... OF COURSE all the "enemies" we've been creating the past while are pouring in to wreak revenge . . . aided by "enemies within"...

I remember the signs and evidences of the 2008 economic crash piling up prior . . . to such a point that I could see (and told many at the time) it was inevitable that the thing was going to implode; at a certain measure, there's no way it CAN'T.... This situation re the border and possible enemy infiltrators has that same look and feel.   It's not a matter of if but when... and where so many things are kicking off in a big way... it is appearing obvious at this stage . . . that something is going to go down... It also fits what I "saw" and wrote about--predicted in those early posts.....

So, I guess beware... be cautious... be observant where you are when in large public situations.....
And most of all, of course, stay close to the Lord, pray often, keep faithful and even exultant in His sovereign rule, that ALL will work to the good for those who love Him......God bless

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

On The Brink

 Below are some excerpts of warnings I gave in 2005, 2007 and 2008..... Some of you have seen them plenty of times as I bring them up once and a while as events continue to appear just as I thought.

I think it is hard not to see recent developments and realize that we are on the verge of major orchestrated chaos--"chaos magic" is in the air, so-to-speak . . . and I have little doubt that, as is being reported by purported "insiders" like "V" ("the Guerilla Economist") and Jim Garrison Garrow (claimed ex-CIA) indeed, the border invasion is cover and pretext for general mayhem and terror attacks....leading to the lock down we've all (who've been watching) been expecting. . . . This all matches quite well with what I "saw" and warned about almost 10 years ago. . . . And really even before that as evidenced in my song "Violence In The Suburbs" which I wrote from a "vision" of the future back about 1988-89. . . . .

Whether it's sooner . . . or later "prepare to die" is rough . . . but good advice anytime.  Know--KNOW Who or who you will serve and stand for . . . as you are put to the test.......Get ready, looks like we are on the brink.....

************       ********************       ******************

"I keep thinking of a post I made in the Lamb Cafe I think around winter of 2005. Bush was still relatively popular at the time–the anti-war groups had not really got going yet . . . though his approval ratings were starting to drop noticeably.

Anyway, I wrote that I saw Bush “limping” out of office–that his administration would be barely breathing, tarnished, possibly amidst “show trials” and a “constitutional crisis” of some sort. Then I said I could see a hard swing to the left, followed by the long-anticipated “next shoe to drop” (”another 9-11″ type event) . . . . or series of terror attacks, during the left-wing regime; then finger-pointing “see what happens when you elect liberals”, followed by the final hammer and swing back to a hard-line police state . . . . .

Recalling as best I can what I wrote, I think I then suggested that there would continue a swing to the left (which started with the last congressional elections and is now moving into full motion) . . . . and an ascendancy of the left for a time . . . . which is when the dangerous time will likely begin . . . . That will be the perfect time for the “t” word to happen in various cities, I suppose . . . accusations following of “see, we handed it over to the liberals and look what happened–' . . . . followed by the final hammer down, so-called “rightist” reaction of the police state/martial law . . . . . .'”   --Posted 6-26-2008

*******************          *******************       ******************

"For this is EXACTLY what they want–what they are orchestrating through their global play . . . theatre events . . . .

To create such morass and depravity and corruption and ineptitude . . . leaving the country open WIDE for infiltration, destructive agents . . . . . creating an aura of utter incompetence and laxness . . . SUCH THAT . . . the people . . . . start CLAMORING FOR MARTIAL LAW . . . Hey, give the people what they want (finally) . . . once what they want …..has been crafted to meet just what the OVERLORDS want as well — TOTAL ENSLAVEMENT under a global TOTALITARIAN DICTATORSHIP!"    --Posted 10-30-2007

********************                         *****************           *************

"Everything is unfolding just as I have expected it to, which means…..yes there will be civil war, riots, violence in the suburbs, death from the skies and a host of horrendous judgments coming to a town near you….to your town. It’s just a matter of a little more time…..but certainly we are on the verge a social and civil explosion, increasingly on all sides.

There are professional revolutionaries and terrorists EVERYWHERE just waiting for the moment to run amok. The elite will manage it, so that (in their mind) yes, there will be chaos….and civil disorder….BUT JUST ENOUGH to induce martial law and complete totalitarian control.

The fools and sold-out and uneducated still think it won’t really come to that. But it is. the wise are already getting prepared, spiritually first, psychologically, and bodily, to weather the coming challenges . . . . .

You can see “them” ratcheting up the stress, fear, paranoia on all sides…..the “patriots” are ready to blow, and word is, they are already taking matters in their own hands in some big cities . . . .

The “invaders” likewise are becoming more aggressive, “entitled” and belligerent and ready to riot……

Foreign troops will most likely be the mediators/enforcers of “security” once the thing blows…..

The elite controllers have their hands on several triggers and are moving ‘levers’ with aplomb as they orchestrate the final phase of their long-cherished plan of world domination . . . . .

Yes, it will be as bad as you fear it might be, if you’ve got any sense. Please get ready, get strong, have your mind made up who you will serve, looking only to the reward beyond–not the baubles and trash trinkets of this fallen mess. Godspeed you in your preparations."  --Posted 6-7-2007

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Look Who's Holding Hands

It occurs to me from time to time . . . as I see the collection, ehh..... army of those arrayed against the traditional, Bible-believing Christian view. . . . .I see the stark and simple contrast.........

I am, admittedly, generalizing . . . and there are exceptions to be found . . . but for the most part I am confident that this list is farily accurate. . . .
What list?
Well below, I have listed a number of groups, ideologies, agendas and people who . . . you could easily see gathered together in solidarity protesting this or that . . . or each others' causes--folks of a similar mindset . . . and with a common enemy at the base of it all I contend.
In fact, you WILL see many of these groups collected together at various rallies and protests, shouting vulgarities and insults, linked in common cause attacking . . . usually . . . America . . . Israel . . . or some "conservative" or "traditionalist" target . . . and I would say all of them are fundamentally anti-Christian and anti-Bible.

Just to give a rough idea of the sides that seemed to be formed and solidifying . . . I have put all those in this common cause on the left . . . . . versus the primary target of all (once you boil it all down) on the right.  The list is only partial, as there are multitudes of these groups, people and agendas . . . all aiming for the destruction and elimination of the Biblical worldview and position. . . .(which they also . . . rightly recognize a main basis for the traditional "American" worldview and position established by the Founders). . . . . 
And I know not every group on the list would necessarily agree with the others in all things, but IN GENERAL they are sympathetic to one another's causes and you will often see them holding hands, aiming their attacks and vitriol at one particular group/worldview........
Notable, eh?


"Pro-choice"/pro-abortion/feminists                 VS.                         Bible-Believing Christians
militant pro-homsexuality/LGBTQ                                                 (also American patriots, traditional
pro-illegal immigration activists                                                        family advocates, the "tea party",
pro-"Amnesty" groups                                                                        & originalist Constitutionalists)
anti-Semitic/anti-Israel groups
anti-American
communists
socialists
Marxists
Trotskyists
anti-Capitalists
anarchists
"left-wing radicals"
"mainstream media"
militant pro-Islamists
militant atheists
Common Core
"anti-patriarchical" activists
"pro-diversity" activists
radical environmentalists
drugs-sex and rock'n'rollers"
Democratic Party/platform
sexual/moral libertines
"Hollywood"
anti-"traditional family" groups
"hate America crowd"
"liberals"
PETA
Obama Administration
"No Borders" groups
"Earth-First!"
New Agers
left-wing Catholic activists/priests
anti-free speech college activists/students
Black Liberationists
Black Panthers
Nation of Islam/Farrakan
"Free Palestine" protestors
radical "performance-artists"
Ivy-League/elite Marxists professors
George Soros
KGB
Hillary & Bill Clinton
"anti-nuke peace protestors"
La Raza
CAIR (Council On American-Islamic Relations)
left-wing journalist hacks
Animal Liberation Front
Pro-Darwin Evolutionists
liberal "Christian" denominations
MSNBC
NPR
"Occupy Wallstreet"/"Occupy" Mvmnt.
Bill Ayers/Weather Underground
Freedom From Religion Foundation
moral relativists
nihilists
Azatlan Movement
Reparations for slavery mvmnt.
Al Gore
Southern Poverty Law Center
Saul Alinskyites
Neo-Pagans
Wiccans
NWO Globalists
left-wing violent "revolutionaries"
pro-Mandela
NOW (Nat. Org. for Women)
NARAL (pro-abortion group)
Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade
Green Party
Greenpeace
Code Pink
Catholics For Choice
FEMEN (radical topless feminist activists)
Stalin
Pol Pot
Hugo Chavez
Sandinistas
the demon-possessed
Satanists
the devil



Thursday, July 24, 2014

McCraney Update: No Doctrine IS A Doctrine & Preterism

Well, it's that time again . . . time for a McCraney update. . . .

His case is fascinating to me to watch in real time, having been there from what I would consider his public "falling away" moment and tracking the development thereof.  It is a case study of what happens when one is not actually submitted to the Lordship of God in all things--when God is not the Lord of one's reasoning, directing it, but instead one's reasoning tries to approach God and His Word from the bottom up, so-to-speak; derived from a humanistic, man-centered advance . . . rather than looking at God as is, as revealed and taking cues from There.

Shawn is now presenting his eschatological views and has managed to find yet another classic heresy to surf around in . . . as if it were something new, unheard of and he is revealing a novel twist on scripture-- "mind-blowing" he promises--apparently again ignorant that Full Preterism has already long been dealt with by The Church (the true, spiritual body of believers) and found wanting. 

In essence, Shawn is now suggesting that all the prophecies of the Bible have already been fulfilled, including that the tribulation, the resurrection of the dead, the 2nd Coming, etc., have already happened in the time of Christ. 

Just as his attacks on the doctrine of the Trinity comport with various anti-Christ cults' positions like the Jehovah's Witnesses (his arguments are nearly identical to those of the JW's and "Oneness Pentecostals" . . . and just as his attacks on the doctrine of Election and Predestination (so-called "Calvinism" or "Reformed Theology", which we claim is simply "Biblical") parallel those made by ie., Joseph Smith, JW's, "Holiness/Oneness/Perfectionist", Molinists (Jesuit derived) . . . and just how his attacks on the Reformed understanding of God is practically identical to the accusations and vitriolic calumnies atheists and New Agers shout at the "Christian God" (that he is a moral monster, ie., "what kind of a God would send people to an eternal punishment for simply not worshiping Him!") . . . and just how his arguments for the elevating of man's "free will" above God's mirror the same Jesuit-designed arguments contracted by the Catholic church in response to the Reformation clarion call of the "5 Solas": faith alone, scripture alone, Christ alone, grace alone, for God's glory alone (where the Catholic Council of Trent contested the Reformation reiterating that there are some things you must do or be to get/maintain salvation) . . . Shawn has once again found himself in the camp of alien religion and philosophy shooting arrows back into the Gospel citadel.

Though  Preterism was considered and believed by some going at least back to Eusebius of Caesarea (263-339) . . . it was the Jesuits again attempting to come to the rescue of Rome in the face of the Reformation, who began a systematic design of the theory and sought to promote it to blunt the Reformed accusations that the Church of Rome was the Antichrist church written of in the New Testament. . . .

So, if it's not with the atheists, the Jehovah's Witnesses, the anti-Trinitarian Oneness Pentecostals, Joseph Smith, New Agers, anarchists . . . then you can find Shawn holding hands with the Jesuits and Catholics in his assaults on Biblical, orthodox Christianity. . . .

Which I find disturbing and a constant red flag. . . . It is becoming evermore clear that he will side with almost anyone or any philosophy EXCEPT traditional, Protestant, Reformed Christianity.

While I wouldn't of course say that the Reformed view of all things Biblical and of God is perfect or complete, so far, from all that I've studied and experienced, it is the most accurate and complete and representative of the Truth.  Above all--and I admit it's bold to say--I would suggest that resistance to it belies resistance to the Lordship and absolute Sovereignty of God over one's life.  When I see someone refusing it so insistently and consistently, I see someone still holding out on full submission; someone still holding on to the idol of self and of man as center of all. . . .

By the way, although it is not an area I have spent a ton of time looking at, all in all I consider myself a "partial Preterist", meaning that I believe some of the things prophesied about "end times" and in the Book of Revelation HAVE already happened . . . and that . . . some have yet to happen.  This makes the most sense of some of the statements made by Jesus and the expectation of the apostles of an imminent "coming of the Kingdom" combined with prophecies of certain events that obviously have yet to be.

Another thing I continue to find both astounding and somewhat amusing in the ongoing "case of Shawn McCraney" is his continuous declaration that what he is teaching is somehow NOT doctrine or a system or religion. . . . He regularly attacks orthodox, "evangelical" Christianity as being the "teachings of men" . . . "constructs of men" . . . "tradition" . . . as if HE, while offering his alternative ideas and interpretations is NOT a man . . . NOT offering "doctrine" . . . not espousing a new "religion" (we indeed have here "McCraneyism".) And he is certainly not alone in this tendency; one which fascinates me by its overt hypocrisy and lack of self examination. . . .

These are they who claim to be against "creeds of men" . . . against "the teachings of men" . . . of eschewing "churchianity", "church structure", "religion" . . . while asserting that they only teach "what the Bible says" . . . "just what Jesus actually taught" etc.

Do such not realize that the moment they say, for example "doctrine is not important" that they have just issued a DOCTRINE?!  When they say "theology gets away from the plain truth of the Bible" they themselves have just stepped into promoting a certain kind of theology?  To say that "theology is not important" is to make a theological statement AND SELF REFUTING!

What actually is happening is that . . . the unsubmitted, the unsurrendered (and I dare suggest still unbeliever). . . does not like certain ramifications or outright statements found in scripture as it conflicts with their own personal notions of how God "ought" to be, ie., if He is a God of "love"--if He, ie., "loves everyone the same" . . . and that person then runs to any and all philosophies and likewise contending views . . . to get around recognizing GOD AS HE IS, asserting God as they WISH Him to be. . . . It still boils down to the same basic rebellion that showed itself in the Garden, though dressed up in all "sincerity" and various Christian language. . . .

One of the profound realizations, however, that I have found in this experience and observation of Shawn's flailing trajectory . . . (and I am grateful for the whole thing, having learned a lot and strengthened my own faith and understanding throughout) . . . is to witness how powerful the truth of the Word IS!, despite we fallen, flawed men and women who seek to learn and extol It/Him.

Although we didn't know it at the time (though clues were starting to appear) early on in our attending of Shawn's Bible "class" . . . in retrospect, and from what he has said since, we now know that he was exegeting and teaching Biblical passages and ideas that he really didn't believe or at least deeply questioned.  Nevertheless, the Word is so powerful and resounding in truth in of Itself, that we were greatly benefited and learned a lot of sound Biblical truth!  The Spirit was present, undoubtedly as well (though it seemed to tangibly diminish over time, the further he got away from the truth of scripture and began inserting his various pet theories and interpretations.)  Ironically, though quite the Arminian (while he denies it, pretending to be beyond and above such "labels") it was from Shawn's explanation of grace that I became firmly convinced of the so-called "Calvinist" view of God's sovereignty and man's lack of ability to do ANYTHING to warrant salvation and being born again!

Shawn is a gifted expositor and the time he put into his sermons, when he was teaching fairly straight orthodoxy, was edifying, enlightening and interesting/entertaining all at once.

Which makes his departure that more alarming, disappointing and potentially disastrous. . . .

Further, we still highly value his daughter Mallory's music, which I think is genius and spiritually gifted, as she puts the Word of scripture to song. . . .

One thing that has become quite evident in watching Shawn's various pastoral adventures . . . is that he is (and he admits it, almost proudly) astonishingly ignorant of much of historic Christian debate, thought, writings, analysis, exegesis etc. where these topics that he is presenting as something novel . . . have long ago been well hashed out, from all sides, by intellects and talents beyond most that are available in these distracted, modern times. . . . He reminds me of those excited times of being a sophomore in high school, sitting around at some party with the more intellectual types, talking and arguing into the night about this or that religious or philosophical idea, as if we had just discovered it. . . . just at the beginning of our youthful seeking paths. 

Which is fine . . . if that's where he's at; except that he is put out there as a pastor--as a teacher of the Word, given certain authority and responsibility for those who come under his sway, whether he wants to acknowledge or accept that or not.  THIS is the concern--and it is a loving concern, I know, from those of us who have known him and care for his soul and the souls of those he is influencing, and, whether he admits it or not, leading astray!




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Fam Report

The Fam Report (as opposed to The Farm Report:)

A bit of update on the youngin's...... Alexander has been in California, southern . . . fighting fires and various other needed tasks with his crew the past several weeks..... havn't had a chance to hear all his great tales from the adventure (he's a primo storyteller) . . . other than one time, after hauling lumber all day . . . in 110 degree (faren.) temps that night they got called out to combat 8 fires around the area some arsonist had set..... He came back over last weekend, maybe has a couple days off to be with his new wife... then most likely back out again, perhaps up to the northwest where all (fire) hell is breaking out.....Washington, Oregon area.....
Re Skylar, thanks for your prayers back when he had the cochlear surgery... I am convinced they helped his rapid recovery.... He is still getting use to the new cochlear unit.. It is a much higher quality than his last one, so he is hearing a lot more... but this is often disturbing and exhausting as the brain reacts to so much new stimulus..... At least though the processor and stuff is working... and now it will just be a period of months for him to get used to it and for his brain to develop to acclimate to the new and better defined sounds he is 'hearing'..... The insurance angle is another matter... They agreed to cover everything except the initial deductible.... but now that it's done thye are changing the story somewhat... We find in general ... that everywhere you turn these days, and nearly everyone you deal with ... no longer goes smoothly or appropriately....I've called it "the race to the bottom" . . . as it seems everyone is getting squeezed and those with no virtue or morals (which seems to be most these days) are always angling to take what is not theirs or don't do the work properly... or sabotage the situation so as to get further work . . . and on and on.... For instance, Sky was suppose to get a certain amount of equipment and accessories (all expensive stuff) included under his coverage . . . but as my wife started going through it all ... it would appear that somewhere along the line... the more important (ie., costly) pieces were swapped out for lessor, gimmickier pieces of hardware (we didn't want) ... probably so that those pilferers can sell them on a black market type situation.... We are not utterly sure this is what has happened... and there seems to be no getting to the bottom of it .. as all the bureaucrats involved now act like the IRS and Louis Lerner (pleading the 5th or acting stupid or can't seem to find the "paperwork") .... that... well..... its tough to tell .... But again... this type of shady behavior seems to be epidemic now .. everywhere you turn and related to practically every transaction you make.....
This is what happened in Russia and East Europe when the commie's took over there... Socialism destroys natural market transactions.... and turns everyone into petty criminals...operating black markets and underground economies to escape the tyranny..... and this is what you get..... until no property and wealth is left above board.... (its a race to the bottom) .... and equality (of poverty) is what is finally achieved......

Jackson and wife and the band are doing well.... busy little bees those guys.... and their big outdoor concert opening for The Head and The Heart is coming up soon in August.....
And Isaac is fine.... he just went on a short camping trip with his Christian youth fellowship group.... did some big hiking.... which is good for him, being the homebody he is (he has, we are quite sure, a version of Asperger's which is in the Autistic spectrum) .... And we continue to talk lots of God, theology, and some politics/current events... around the house with him, studying and growing together as believers.....

Wife and are hangin' in there... I continue with the strange migraine situation.. constant headaches... and am starting to think it might be a kidney thing.... No insurance... no money... so .... gotta figure it out holistically.... and with prayer and diet.... praise God.... and God bless you... and you and you and you!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

As Witness, You Either Encourage Or Compound

The Bible is clear that our ability to believe in God--that Jesus is Lord, is an ability granted by God Himself and not something we are able to do by ourselves . . .

"29  For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake"  --Phil. 1:29

. . . and that this is how we are saved:

"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."  --Rom. 10:9

And it is clear that just as the numbers of hairs on our bodies are known and counted by God Who determined that they should be so, so is the number known, counted and determined who are chosen by God to be saved--those whom He has "granted . . . to believe in Him."

Most street preachers evidence this when they often tell a prospect something like, "I can't make you believe--the Holy Spirit is the One who must convict you. . . . I can only tell you the truth and then it will be the Holy Spirit Who will open your eyes or not. . . ."

So then some will say, "So why bother?  If it has already been decided who will and who will not believe, what is the point of preaching, evangelizing at all?"

Well, the point is always about the demonstration of God's glory--which is what He is doing here with all of this; and what is to be grasped is that He has also determined to work through fallible, fallen mankind to effect His will in an era of space and time--in this creation.  "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong."   --1 Cor. 1:27


Demonstration and witness. . . . This is what it's all about--at least so far as has been revealed.  The Lord is demonstrating His magnificent, glorious attributes and made us to be witnesses and participants in that demonstration.

Could God have chosen to create a world where all get saved?  Yes, of course.  He could have created a world where none sinned, as it will be in Heaven.  But He did not; for His own "good pleasure" (Eph. 1:9) He has planned it the way He wills, and "who are you, a mere creature, to question God?!"  (Rom. 9:20)

 ". . . the true task of the "Church" [is to] proclaim the Gospel that we become a savor of life unto life in them that believe and a savor of death in those who reject the truth."  --Barnhouse

Knowing this, we need not fret nor be anxious nor fear that our preaching of the Gospel may not be "effective". . . . We can rest assured, in the peace of God, that those who are to be granted to believe WILL believe, either now or in time . . . and that those who reject the Good News, in the face of our witness, do so that their "cup of iniquity" should be filled!

As witnesses--as actual "ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us" (2 Cor. 5:20) our expression of the truth we have been shown acts to give strength, hope, "savor of life" to the "believing ones" (see John 3:16, properly translated) while compounding just wrath upon the heads of those who continue in rebellion.  This is our role as witnesses, as ambassadors, as "temples of God" wherein the Spirit of God dwells (1 Cor. 3:16).

In this sense we are "prophets" who "admonish" in the name of Christ, "priests" who teach, give comfort and encourage other believers. . . . (see Col. 3:16, Rom. 15:14, Heb. 3:13)

 We are called to be witnesses of the truth before believers and unbelievers alike, not so much to persuade but to declare . . . so that those chosen will hear and be saved . . . or so that the already saved will be encouraged . . . or so that the children of the devil are further condemned in their refusal to submit.

 In this way, by means of we creatures, on the stage of the world, in this space and time, the Word of God goes out and does not "return void" but in every case, "accomplishes" all that the Lord intends.
(see Isa. 55:11)

God speaks through His witnesses, demonstrating His glory, encouraging or compounding wrath, and all His will is done. . . .

Friday, July 18, 2014

Those Who Honor Terrorists

I see the Marxist terrorist (Mandela) is being honored today on google. . . .

Nice timing, as South Africa, led by his terrorist comrades in the ANC is about to descend into a state of orchestrated genocide against the whites there.  The white farmers and whites everywhere in S.A. are going to see what it was like to be Tutsi in the Rwandan genocide which the U.N. and everyone else stood by and watched happen. . . . I'm afraid this coming pogrom in "liberated" communist South Africa will serve as template for the U.S. 
"Oh, that would never happen here!  American citizens will not target and turn on each other!"

Ahh . . .  but the demonization and dehumanizing of a particular group is already well into the initial stages--a pattern long used by demonic tyrants.  Of course, we watch as the "tea party", "patriots", "Christian white males" . . . etc. are being dehumanized in the media and made to be enemies of the state.  When the SWAT teams and anti-terror officials teach and train, they do not train against theoretical Jihadists, but against "right wing, white, militia/patriot" types. . . .

Google is doing its part today. . . .

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Spirit Of Martyrdom

It would appear the Father sends a spirit of martyrdom to certain believers meant to strengthen, glorify . . . and prepare the lambs meant for slaughter. . . . A kind of yearning to be a martyr wells up in the believer where they secretly long to be a sacrifice for the Lord, for the Truth.  It is nothing like a masochistic or morbid spirit; the mind and heart are focused only on bringing glory to God--showing Him the "greatest love there is" . . . "to lay down one's life for another"--for the demonstration of His truth, His glory. . . .

The stories of many of the early martyrs  show this spirit in their recorded testimonies and proclamations as the wicked children of the devil commenced their rampaging persecutions of the faithful.  The same spirit invests in those who, while not martyred, will nevertheless suffer varying degrees of persecution for their witnessing for the Truth.

Something to be understood now--deeply and thoroughly--is to realize that when that time comes, it will likely otherwise be a lonely, shameful affair.  Many times, it will not really be obvious to others--to whatever audience there is at the time--that the lamb is being put up for their faithfulness in God.  Other "crimes" will be listed.  In the early Church days, martyrs were not technically put to death because of their "love of God" but because of their purported "crimes against the state."  They were reviled for being insane, dangerous, perverse, fanatical, insubordinate to law. . . .

If you are to be a martyr or to suffer severe persecution . . . it is highly likely that in your moment of trial, you will be left very much alone to stand and make your case, if even that is allowed.  Only you and God and perhaps a few of the nearby elect, will know the real reason for the oppression.  To the world, to the mob, to the "authorities" . . . you will be labeled and determined to be nothing noble at all, but instead called the most foolish, the most dangerous, "bigoted", "hateful". . . . It will seem as if all have deserted you and you will be pressured to doubt your faith, your sanity, your rationality, your worth. . . .

When all have left you--perhaps even betrayed you (such as friends and even family) you will be hard pressed to justify just why you have ended up in the position you have.  At that moment all you will have is God in your heart, your mind, your soul as witness to your sincerity and apparent calling. . . .

You will be called mad for not simply acquiescing to the very "reasonable" demands of the state and authorities in this or that proscription of law or societal expectation.  Merely assent to what they want of you, and you will be released from your torment. . . . What "sane" person would not step away from their faith for a time to spare violence or imprisonment to themselves or their threatened loved ones?

In the days of severe persecution . . . it may be that everyone around you will be pressuring you to simply "give a little" to avoid dire consequences. . . . No noble pageant or heroic reporting of your steadfastness will be happening--but instead all will be against you, to the point that you may begin finally to doubt your sanity or to question the necessity of so firmly "standing for Truth, for God".

Now is the time to prepare, while the mob and the state persecution units are still organizing and haven't yet "hit the streets". . . . Persecution has started in earnest, and martyrs are already abounding in these late, days of high evil. . . . Ministering angels and the Spirit may even now be familiarizing you with the courage and spirit YOU must have . . . to shine brightly for and to God . . . in the coming storms of judgment. . . .

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Task At Hand

I will be getting to the persecution/martyrdom message shortly . . . I believe it is the most important thing to address and I've been holding off on it for a while concerned about the best way to deal with it . . . but an obvious confirmation came to me such that I feel it is time . . . .

But I need more time than I've got right now. . . . .

Meantime here is a statement that is related . . . and I think is also a most critical thing to understand and employ . . . and I will "unpack" it later as well:

". . . the true task of the "Church" [is to] proclaim the Gospel that we become a savor of life unto life in them that believe and a savor of death in those who reject the truth."  --Donald Barnhouse


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Persecution. . . .

If there has been a particular call or leading in my life, there is one that has been there since from a very young age.  Through dreams and "visions" compounded by observation and study . . . I have always felt and thought strongly I would live in troubled times and that the "troubles" would increase to days of outright tribulation and persecution. . . .

The majority of my writing and speaking has been with this in mind; to help prepare mentally, emotionally, spiritually . . . those of like mind and of likely similar "destiny". . . .

Persecution . . . martyrdom . . . have these too been a powerful impression and expectation in your life?  More in a bit. . . .

Monday, July 14, 2014

Blue Helmets

--"Meanwhile, the south western border of the U.S. is about to erupt into open insurgent warfare--the plight of "the illegals" will be tied to that of "state-less" Palestinians . . . . "  --brother thomas Posted 1-29-11

--"Years ago, back in the Lamb Cafe days, circa 2004-2005 . . . I said to expect one day the plight of "illegals" in the Southwest U.S. to become linked to ie., the plight of Palestinians in and around Israel; that the two diverse situations and issues . . . would start to be linked as similar . . . and eventually, the U.N. would be involved in the Southwest, agitating for global intervention . . . to help with the "refugees" . . . "undocumented workers" . . . displaced and in a similar sense "stateless" like the Palestinians."  
--brother thomas Posted 5-16-11
----------------------------------------------------
WND, by Jerome Corsi 7-14-14


UNITED NATIONS – Representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHRC, are “intensely discussing in meetings” the possibility of extending U.N. protection to the thousands of Central Americans crossing the U.S. border with Mexico illegally by defining them as “refugees” who are seeking asylum from political and domestic violence in their home nations, WND has confirmed.
The ministers, according to preliminary reports obtained by WND, concluded the Central American illegal aliens are “refugees” deserving international protection under the auspices of the U.N. as they seek asylum in the U.S. The ministers cited the U.N.’s 30-year-old declaration on the rights of refugees.
 
http://mobile.wnd.com/2014/07/u-n-seeking-to-intervene-in-u-s-border-crisis/#jLJMFuxYVcD5ubKO.01

Comforting Truth

I quite enjoy Francis Schaeffer's writings and exegesis of scripture. . . . There is special comforting quality to his teaching which in no way compromises the intensity and sharpness of the truth. . . .
Here are some quotes:
------------------------

Christianity is the greatest intellectual system the mind of man has ever touched.

Tell me what the world is saying today, and I’ll tell you what the church will be saying in seven years.

Christianity provides a unified answer for the whole of life. 

The beginning of men’s rebellion against God was, and is, the lack of a thankful heart.

I have come to the conclusion that none of us in our generation feels as guilty about sin as we should or as our forefathers did. 

The inward area is the first place of loss of true Christian life, of true spirituality, and the outward sinful act is the result.

Truth always carries with it confrontation. Truth demands confrontation; loving confrontation nevertheless. If our reflex action is always accommodation regardless of the centrality of the truth involved, there is something wrong.

Here is true Christian mysticism.  Christian mysticism is not the same as non-Christian mysticism, but I would insist that it is not a lesser mysticism.  Indeed, eventually it is a deeper mysticism, for it is not based merely on contentless experience, but on historic, space-time reality – on propositional truth.  One is not asked to deny the reason, the intellect, in true Christian mysticism.  And there is to be no loss of personality, no loss of the individual man.  In Eastern mysticism – for which the West is searching so madly now that it has lost the sense of history, of content, and the truth of biblical facts – there is always finally a loss of the personality.  It cannot be otherwise in their framework.  You will remember the story of Shiva, who is one of the manifestations of the Everything.  He came and loved a mortal woman.  Shiva put his arms around this woman in his love, and immediately she disappeared and he became neuter.  This is Eastern mysticism.  It is grounded in the loss of personality of the individual.  Not so Christian mysticism.  Christian mysticism is communion with Christ.  It is Christ bringing forth fruit through me, the Christian, with no loss of personality and without my being used as a stick or a stone, either.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

More Geocentric Kerfuffles

 People have a real hard time recognizing their own presuppositions.  This is most obvious in Christian vs. atheist debates where the atheists simply, profoundly cannot seem to recognize that the DO have a "worldview"--a presuppositional lens that there is no God, no supernatural . . . through which they filter all their analysis and reasoning.  I find that a lot of Christians who are aware of false atheistic presuppositions are also prone to presuppositions of their own which go unnoticed and unexamined.  I find this especially evident when I bring up Geocentrism with them.  Without realizing it, many Christians have assumed the validity of the Copernican/Galileo promoted Heliocentric "worldview" . . . along with assuming the validity of Einsteinian-based relativity THEORY, quantum THEORY etc.  Just as secular types, "scientific naturalists" and the like ASSUME the validity of the THEORY of evolution, black holes, "dark matter" etc.

Matt Slick, a well-known reformed Christian apologist and pastor has a radio show that airs on our local Christian station, which our whole family really enjoys, had one of his regular guest hosts take over the show recently while Matt was away. . . . Randy Reams (another Idahoan pastor) is the fellow, and good chap at that who does wonderful work ministering in the Philippines on occasion.

Anyway, Randy was filling in for Matt and had on as a guest a friend of his who is a science teacher/professor . . . and I felt led to call the show and address Geocentrism with them.

It was a fun call, though I think I got their "goat" a bit as I exposed some of the aforementioned (I would suggest faulty) presuppositions pertaining to Geo/Helio-centrism black holes, relativity etc., and I was kinda surprised at how flustered Randy suddenly got (he's a very mellow guy normally, heh) . . . . but uh . . . yeah . . . this is a most intriguing topic to me and I am more convinced than ever, as the SCIENCE continues to confirm, that the Geocentric model is correct AND Biblical.
 

My call starts at about 25:00 minutes into the show and I was on for about 17 minutes. . . .

Here are two different links to the podcast which aired on July 3rd though posted on July 8.......God's blessings upon you!

http://feeds.feedburner.com/carmorgpodcasting

Saturday, July 12, 2014

THE Answer To The Madness....

To my mind there is only one sure answer to the many problems now vexing society and "the country" at large. . . .

First, a rough recap of the situation:  The evil globalists are putting their finishing touches on the superstructure of the coming attempted one-world government/economy and the demolishing of sovereign borders has always been a key component of their plan.  They are protecting borders and maintaining state sovereignty in those places where they want to raise or hold fast a particular state's economic status while erasing borders on those states they need to bring down to the (lowest common) level of the others already firmly under their control.  [Thus, the "advanced" "Western" ("1st world") states such as America and those in Europe are having their borders be porous, allowing massive influxes of "3rd world" "refugees" to enter and take up residency while countries already firmly in the grip of the global cabal have strict controls.]

In America, the massive invasion of so-called "children" illegally entering the country includes many who are not "children" at all but rough, military-age young men--militants, terrorists, drug cartel agents, gang members etc.  These will not only be a new voting army finally obliterating the already tenuous hold to power by "red" (Republican/"conservative") states . . . but an actual "5th column" army of revolutionaries ready to wreak havoc (and fulfill the dark vision of my 1989-written song "Violence In The Suburbs") when the scripted "civil war" breaks out.

The Evil Cabal will, unfortunately, control both sides in the coming civil war so while it will appear that there is hope for a patriotic resurgence, the whole thing will be mostly controlled by agent provocateurs and infiltrators at the top levels.  Already, the "patriot" groups are deeply infested by subversive agents of the Cabal and many sincere and well-meaning citizens will be betrayed and led to slaughter by these wicked traitors when the riots and unrest get into full swing. . . .

The answer is not force, deportation, stricter controls--although this would work if allowed to; but these things will not be allowed except so far as to increase tension, friction, conflict between all parties involved. . . . No, sadly, the invasion will continue, the borders will be mostly open, as society is leveled such that the "1st world" can be merged with the "3rd world"--fully socialist countries merged with the (now nominally) "free market" so that the one-world government can take control over all.  According to the KGB/globalist elite-designed strategy this is called "convergence", and has been planned and being implemented for a long time . . . and now, merely in the "final phase" (another term of art used by the conspirators.)

All of culture is part of the "total war" strategic methodology.  The arts, education, news, entertainment, social programs etc., are under their control and being used together to guide the whole into the (Satanic/"humanist") Utopian scheme.

The answer to it all . . . is the Gospel.  What is to be done?  Evangelize the Gospel.  This is the only thing that could change the situation.

For instance, consider the invasion of potential militants pouring in now through the border and with the covering help of the regime. . . . What is the one thing that could alter the violent and hateful intent of these militants who are now being put in place to cause terror and chaos?  The Gospel.  Imagine a gang of these thugs ready to kill, steal and destroy . . . but the leader of said group . . . suddenly Sees the Light, gets saved/born again . . . and affects the others to follow.  Now that gang is transformed from soldiers of the devil into soldiers for Christ.  Anyone truly born again . . . immediately begins to regenerate, turning away from their old, hateful, violent, God and people-hating self . . . into one seeking healing, love, charity, grace. . . . . .

Same as would pertain to those in "the media" who are currently creating all manner of vile, anti-Christian, anti-American, perverse, degenerate films, music, art. . . . Change their hearts and minds with THE GOSPEL . . . and they can no longer pursue those devious ends!

What should a believer's response be in times such as these?  Same as it ever was.  Live, preach and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Yes, some are led also to be involved in social and political avenues of action on the mundane, temporal level, and this is fine.  But all in all, the only real change that will and can have true, lasting value . . . is the changed hearts, souls, minds . . . of people who awaken to THE call of God, putting aside the things of this world, in service to the next, where citizens of Heaven, while in this world, live, preach and teach the eternal Word of God!

This is also the answer personally for anyone looking at the dire state of affairs, depressed, anxious, fearful etc., of what is taking place and what is obviously coming--and that is, to be always looking to the cross, to Jesus, remembering The Gospel--the Good News above all!  Not superficially, not just with a brief intellectual nod and assent--but deeply, emotionally, wholly, spiritually!  Recalling the very purpose of this world and the way it has gone (to glorify the Son, to glorify the living God) and that He has designated a People for Himself in the midst of all the reprobates and fallen evil . . . and that there is "nothing new under the sun" . . . as the world has always been so . . . and that the pinnacle of the drama is the death, burial and resurrection of the Son of God--THE GOSPEL--then whatever the fleeting madness and mayhem, a disciple of the Lord's heart can maintain grace and poise and gratitude in the midst.  Our job is not to "save countries" but to save souls!  Staying focused on this and not being caught up in the (literally) insane rabbit trails of the perplexed and anxious . . . is the course to follow above all.

It is a sin to doubt--to become overly anxious, fretful, doubtful, fearful during these events--because it shows lack of faith that God is in control and shows doubt that He has got the best and most perfect of intentions for your life, whether you understand His ways and means or not.  We are to trust God, even when all is appearing as in an out-of-control shambles.

The simple and profound answer to ALL present crises and chaos . . . IS THE GOSPEL!

If this does not bring you comfort . . . or remains dim . . . or you are not really seeing it that way . . . or find yourself half-doubting such a claim, you need to repent and ask God to reveal it to you.  There is no preparation more important than this at this time.

With a real, firm and enthusiastic grip on the truth of this proposition, ANY of the present threats and challenges and eventualities befalling you . . . can and will be kept in their proper role and perspective.  In a sense, you become untouchable, invincible IN HIM, FOR REAL, through all that the evil one(s) have to throw at you.  Do not be led astray or let yourself drift through laziness in the matter.  THERE IS NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT TO BE SEEKING OR DOING right now than understanding and "owning" this command and purpose of God for your life.  When some say "God has a special purpose for your life" . .  . THIS is what that purpose is!  Not some self--seeking dream or ambitious, vain fantasy or coveting of status, money, position. . . . All of this other stuff . . . is garbage, puerile, waste, "dust in the wind". . . . And you have got to get into a position internally, where this view, this understanding is daily visceral, real, and your greatest treasure among your "preparations".  Seek it earnestly and valiantly, and He will reward you. . . .

"But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, 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, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,…"--Phil. 3:7-9

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Caballo de Troya 2014

 

On The Other Hand.....

The unregenerate don't like it . . . but there are many, many verses warning and describing the judgment of God.  Along with the critical remembrance I wrote of yesterday "there but for the grace of God go I" . . . at the same time considering the awful judgment that WILL BE meted out to these wicked who torment us and God's creation . . . is the other side of the comforting equation.  The regenerate delights in the punishment of the wicked and seeing God's justice and will being done, all for His glory.....

Here is just a sampling, please read . . . . . These are the Words of God Himself, meant for out comfort and edification and knowledge. . . .
-------------------

Luke 17:1-3 -Jesus said to his disciples: "Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. So watch yourselves."

Romans 14:12  -So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.

Revelation 19:2 - For true and righteous [are] his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

Ecclesiastes 12:14 - For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil.

Revelation 14:13 - And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed [are] the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

2 Peter 2:9 - The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

Matthew 25:46 - And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

 Matt. 13:40      -As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age."

John 5:27-29  -And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man. Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out--those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.

 Phil. 3:18-20  -For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction....

 2 Thess. 1:6-9 -God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power

 Rev. 14:7-11 - He said in a loud voice, "Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come...A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name."

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Never Forget!

It really can't be remembered enough, for we are so constantly prone to sliding into delusion and forgetfulness. . . .

And it is most helpful to be recalled in times such as these when traitors and liars and the perverse abound on all sides with glee attacking all the is good, Godly and just. . . .

It is all too easy to slip quickly into despair and resentment and even anger and hate, which then unsettles the soul, disturbs the mind and enwraps the heart in blackness. . . .

As in, you look about and see so many fools rushing headlong to destruction--cheering and voting it on, taking the whole ship with them, and truth and reason and righteousness are not only so ubiquitously lacking, but are even aggressively attacked!  The inmates are running the asylum!  The most ignorant and ignoble rise to the top!

"In a time of universal deceit . . . telling the truth is a revolutionary act"  --Orwell

So how is one not to be consumed with grief, anger and a spirit of vengeance while being subjected to the ongoing madness and descent into deliberate anarchy and tyranny?

Recall always: "There but for the grace of God go I."

Agitation to your mind, heart and soul comes when you observe the insanity and think, "Why can't these fools see what's going on!  I can see it!  I have got it figured out!"  The follows a gnawing self-righteousness and sense of superiority and loathing against the dangerous idiocy that abounds; but mostly a subtle pride in being above the ignorance--of being better than the derelicts, perverts and wretched hypocrites and megalomaniacs running the show and the blind, dumb supporters following the demonic oligarchy to obvious devastation and doom.

Were you just smarter?  More spiritual?  Is that why you can see what's going on while others are maddeningly duped?

No.  It is only because of God's sovereignty and grace that you have been given the eyes to see and the ears to hear.  You were just as wicked and foolish as they before you were saved.  Nothing you ever are or did earned you the blessed rescue.  It is ALL because of God's own purposes and will that He chose you out of the chaos and delivered you from the wrath extant and that much more to come.

Remember this always . . . and it helps you to suffer the fools with grace.  As you were forgiven, so should you forgive.  He saved you while you were yet a sinner.  "None seek God" so . . . always recall that the fact that you have and do . . . is only because of His perfect and good pleasure that you are not to be found among that awful horde gleefully charging to the Pit. . . .

Praise God always, for His will is being done in ALL things and working to the good for those that love Him!  

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Dark Riddles In The Mirror Of Brass

Sometimes I get something like a glimpse of the Spiritual world, of Spiritual Truth--though to even call it a "glimpse" is giving the vision too much optical credit.  For it is hardly seen at all but seems to be apprehended as with almost a wholly different kind of sense besides, ie., seeing or hearing.

"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known. "  --1 Cor. 13:12

Apostle Paul here is trying to convey just how dimly we comprehend or see Spiritual things in our present, fallen state . . . compared to how much more clearly and directly we will be able to see in our completed, perfected condition.

This is not talking about looking through, ie., a window glass that is darkened . . . but instead looking at a reflection in a mirror--that is the kind of "glass" meant.  In ancient times mirrors were made usually from polished metal, rubbed with pumice stone.  In Corinth, where Paul was addressing the church, they were noted for producing certain mirrors of a polished brass kind, some of the best of such a kind, thus Paul was giving practical context with his allusion.

But, unlike our mirrors today, the image seen in the polished brass was but a dim, distorted reflection comparatively.  And when he uses the term "darkly" . . . from the original Greek more means as "an enigma" or "riddle" or "dark saying" . . . where the meaning is not instantly clear, but shrouded.

Our relationship to God, and understanding of the Spirit and Spiritual Truth now is like to looking into a dim, distorted reflection which is peculiar, mysterious, puzzling . . . compared to when we are at last glorified and we will see the Lord--not via some distorted, corrupt reflection, but "face to face", without a veil, without obscurity, with no intervening medium! 

I dare say sometimes, my perception (I am assuming "spiritual eyes") skirts and presses the edge of that "glass darkly" . . . and a "glimpse" of sorts is had of the "other side".  At such times I am always struck at how far away "It" is--how different and "other" . . . the pure world and truth and person of Spirit is . . . compared to this world and life we are in now.  For the most part we have just the faintest, barest, slightest inkling . . . of how deeply enmeshed and entranced and embedded we are in the fallen world of sin, living and thinking and acting in a paradigm that evil has wrought to such a degree . . . that it is "the water we swim in" . . . and, while we often think we are comprehending Spiritual Truths and acting in good and righteous ways occasionally (modestly conceived) . . . in fact, we are not even close, in reality!  Thank God for grace!  Thank God for His mercy . . . and that the race is already won, the contest finished!  And that, once saved, regardless of our present ignorance and delusion (which is far more profound than we even begin to realize compared to the coming glorified Spiritual Reality) our place is secured . . . until we get There.

Meanwhile, we continue to bumble and stumble and mostly talk nonsense, though thinking ourselves wise--and it will be embarrassing when we get There to See how lacking we truly were--as we while away the hours . . . until our release. . . .

[I have more to say on this . . . please pray for me in getting to it here and asap . . . . . . You might be surprised the "forces" and obstacles that are constantly put before me to just come here and write and do my little part for the glory of God...... The Enemy is constantly seeking to thwart any who love God, from the smallest to the grandest of efforts in that divine cause........]


Friday, July 4, 2014

Loving The Heroes AND Villains

One of the harder things to do in this life, especially in present times (though it has always been the case but looking at now, because this is the time we are in) is to look upon the wicked and our enemies with any degree of compassion, let alone love toward them . . . as we are nevertheless commanded to do. . . .

Here is a way that I have found helpful, and though is but an analogy, I am fairly well convinced comports with the teachings of scripture and is sound. . . .

For one thing, we should recognize that there are different kinds of love.  There is the love we have  for our spouses, children and friends, which is more intimate and rightfully passionate; and there is a kind that we might have generally, more commonly for strangers, knowing that they too are our kin, though in a more distant sense, and the kind that we might have for things, ideas, places, memories etc. 

In the early stages of our spiritual regeneration we may find guilt and shame in knowing that we do not love others--especially our "enemies"--as we know we ought, yet certainly we are capable of moving from a position of hate and loathing and resentment and anger into a higher mode, such as that more "general" or "common" kind of compassion or love which at least, is well on its way to the type of Christlike love that we must eventually find our destination, as we are to:

" . . . the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked."  --1 John 2:6
"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."  --Eph. 5:1-2


This is how I have been able to enter into such a way. . . .

I recognize that this life, this universe, this world . . . and the way it goes . . . is primarily made for the purpose of demonstrating God's glory--to reveal and share His attributes with creatures He has made to be witnesses and partakers thereof.  We are in the midst of a divine demonstration of Who He is, what He is like, the different attributes of His eternal nature and character (ie., love, grace, mercy, justice, holiness, goodness, perfection . . . and yes, wrath against sin).

Something to consider straightaway when pondering a demonstration . . . is in the question:  Which of these demonstrates better, deeper and more of God's power and glory?  If He created a perfect creature that reflected His divine attributes, ie., if Adam had been made good and perfect and never sinned and just went about his business in the Garden undisturbed and undisturbing . . . OR . . . if we see a creature who was made overall good but chose to rebel . . . then plummeted into corruption and chaos, tormented by evil repercussions and surrounded all about by evil, God-hating beings (the devil and demons) . . . who then God mercifully rescues by stepping in to receive the full weight of those dire and horrific repercussions, taking on the penalty for that rebel . . . then saving and giving that rebel the ability to return to and love God and finally be perfected in holiness and goodness . . . and even have that rebel going on to be a joint-heir in the eternal riches of the glory of God and Heaven?

Now, if I thought that the current rebels of our time--those who are actively attacking God and His people and righteousness at every level of human culture and throughout the world--that they were acting completely independent, with their own power and volition, unconnected from God's will and purposes . . . yes, I think I could justify the natural resentment, anger and even hate I have toward them, liars, perverts and murderers that they are!

But where I am daily more convinced of the utter and complete sovereignty of God, Who rules the world and all in and around it--with perfect, holy and good intention/purpose . . . I am far more likely to look upon them with pity and concern . . . and yes, even a type of love . . . because I know that God has decreed the roles they are playing in His demonstration; and there but for the grace of God, I too would be!  [Note: I half suspect that those who continue to reject's God's absolute sovereignty, do so in order that they can maintain the dark pleasure of their baser "old man" feelings such as hate and resentment--in essence still refusing to "put off the old man"][see Eph. 4:22, "put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires"]

So, pity and thankfulness are more the emotions I experience, rather than loathing and anger, because I recognize my Lord's brilliant, righteous, Authoring Hand in all things!  Here is where I am actually coming close to capable to even "bless those who curse" me!  (see Matt. 5:44)

What I see is a story--a demonstration--that God the Creator has written, with living characters who play roles, within a stunning, awe-inducing narrative put in a certain time and space; and some characters He has made to be heroes . . . while others villains; all to show, to reveal the vast and variegated, creative and nuanced, profound, Personalized aspects of His eternal Being!

 “All the days ordained for me were written in a book when as yet there were none of them”  --Psalm 139:16

"For God is not the author of confusion, but (the Author) of peace . . . " --1 Cor. 14:33

Now, the unregenerate, humanistic mind, made as it is, will rail against this saying, "How dare God do this!  I refuse to worship a God Who has made things in such a way!"  And with Paul the apostle I easily and instantly answer, "O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?"  --Rom. 9:20

A mistake many such make is in assuming that those whom "The LORD has made . . . for its own purpose, even the wicked for the day of evil" (Prov. 16:4) that they want and love God and yet He has passed them over, capriciously assigning them to destruction nonetheless.  Whereas, those who are made for the revelation/demonstration of His wrath against rebellion and sin do not, by there very nature want Him, nor to please Him.  On the contrary, what they want, they get--which is enmity with God--to reject and curse Him!  [" . . . men loved the darkness rather than the Light . . . for everyone who does evil hates the Light"  --John 3:19-20]
 
It is not as though everybody is seeking God--wants to be like and with God--but He callously refuses some while choosing others.  But, rather, "no one seeks God . . . no one does good, not even one"!  --Rom 3:11-12

He has created, Authored . . . all for His purposes--for the demonstration of His multifaceted, divine character--each with a specific and unique role to play in His story, including that some will choose to reject Him, to their justified end, where others will choose (as He grants them to) to worship and serve and commune with Him forever.

Who doesn't like this?  Who is that would supplant God with their own method and purposes?  Who resents God's absolute sovereignty and wants a seat at the ruling table, matching their own own wills against His, railing and complaining at Who He is and what He has done and intends to do?  Who refuses to submit and praise God's decrees?  The devil, the Evil One! . . . and his demonic cohorts, and all those who share in their accusing, rebellious sentiment.  "What kind of God is this!" they demand.

But the Children of God, in reverent fear and awe-filled worship, praise His Name, His ways, "Thy  will be done (not mine!)"

When I look at the wretched state of the world, and the trouble and misery-makers within it, and see that all in all, they are fulfilling roles that the supreme and divine Author has written them to fulfill, that His glory be manifest in all its attributes (including such as mercy, sacrifice, law, love, grace, justice) then I am able to love (even while fighting) those enemies, knowing that not they, but God's will is being done, for good, for those that love Him, no matter the temporary appearance of the situation.

The story isn't over. . . . The heroes and villains will bow at the last curtain call--but it will be their knees they bow, for then all will recognize who has been the Author all along, and because He is good and  "is just! . . .  There is no evil in him!"  --Psalm 92:15

In this way, seeing it as it is, as it is Written . . . I can love all the parts of the Story--even the heroes along with the villains, though it be in different ways, according to His purposes in the Authorship.






 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Some Cred On The Subject & Manti Pageant

While on the topic, spurred by LL's question let me just add a bit of credential to speak on the topic--
(The topic of LDS/Mormon history and doctrine). . . .

My family on both sides are generational Mormons.  On at least one side, my father's, my great grandparents were part of the famous "handcart" Mormon pioneers who trekked (by foot, pushing their belongings in handcarts) from the Midwest plains to Utah; a tough, determined folk.



On the other side, I have Mormon pioneers and settlers who established towns in northern Utah, one of whom was an official church historian (more on him at a future date, I plan . . . as I am in touch with a family archivist who has collected a quite interesting history on that fellow, who ended by blowing himself up with a lot of church documents in an explosion of discontent . . . and perhaps insanity, I've learned in recent years).....

Anyway, I went to "Sunday school" at the LDS church as a child, received the missionary lessons at age 15 and got baptized at that time.  Always a voracious reader, and especially concerning spiritual and/or religious topics, I began reading and studying all I could of LDS church history and doctrine.  I was first a "deacon", then ordained a "priest" in "the church" and was months away from going on an LDS mission at the age of 19 going on 20.  I also taught Sunday School for young adults in a "ward" in Davis, California, where I lived at the time.

Indeed, it was my serious and dedicated self-study of Joseph Smith's teachings . . . that began my leaving "the church".  Just months before becoming an ordained "elder" and going on mission, I was stunned to read that LDS doctrine, in essence, considered The Fall . . . a GOOD thing and necessary for the "eternal plan of spiritual progression" whereat . . . because of Lucifer and Eve's disobedience to God, humans got physical bodies and were able to thus procreate ( a necessary feature of becoming a "god") . . . . . .
I realized that this insidious teaching meant that, to the Mormon mind, the end "justified the means" and such thinking and belief would allow any member to justify anything--any sin or evil, so long as the purpose was deemed "good" . . . since, according to Smith and logical deduction from his various teachings, God Himself was a liar and trickster who got what He wanted using deception. . . .

Since that time, years ago, I have continued to study LDS history and doctrine and maintain a large library on the subject(s) . . . including a full multi-volume set of "the Church's" own authorized history, along with books by about various "prophets" and "apostles", also church approved, plus many books more critical of the religion from insiders and scholars who have left or been excommunicated.

I know what I'm talking about on the subject.......
------------------------
Every year in Manti Utah . . . "the Church" puts on the Manti Miracle Pageant, which is a (propaganda) play of sorts with music, actors and lighting and effects . . . portraying the story of Joe Smith and the coming about of the LDS Church . . . and it has become a hotspot over the years for street preaching Christians to go to and witness to the throngs of thousands of LDS who attend.  Christians now come from all over the world to this thing every year.   We ourselves haven't gotten down there yet to join some of our Christian friends who go, but hope to some day . . . . . .Some of the fellows that go down there whose clips you can find on Youtube from previous years are Matt Slick, Bill McKeever, Aaron Shafovaloff, Rob Sivulka, Keith Walker, Bobby Gilpin....... Here are a few clips from the recent event which are starting to show up on YouTube:





Tuesday, July 1, 2014

compare and contrast

 below are some excerpts from a great site that shows up the big differences between the blasphemous, enslaving, man-made cult of Mormonism vs. Biblical Christianity
http://www.mormoninfo.org/
 Mormon.................................................Christian
Are there other Gods? There are many Gods for other worlds, and each God is equal to the God of this world in terms of His nature.
There are many gods who create and rule over other worlds, and on those worlds, worship excludes the God of our world. So there is only one God for us, and this God is typically referred to as the Heavenly Father. Mormons may also speak of the term "God" in reference to "the Godhead," which is a team of separate Gods (McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 576-7; Joseph Fielding Smith, ed., The Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 346-7 [pre-2002 edition]; Abraham 4:1, Pearl of Great Price; Gospel Principles, 245 [1997 edition], and 302; "God," LDS Bible Dictionary; and Blake Ostler, "Review of The Mormon Concept of God: A Philosophical Analysis by Francis J. Beckwith and Stephen E. Parrish," FARMS Review of Books [Provo, UT: FARMS, 1996], 99-146).
There is only one God for all worlds.
There is only one God who created and rules over everything in existence. LDS simply devalue and weaken God when they think that He did not create something like some other world (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 4:39; 10:14; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 96:5; Isa. 40:12-26; 43:10; 44:6, 8, and 24; Jn. 1:1-3; and 17:3).
The Trinity? The Trinity means three separate Gods, who are one in their nature and become one in purpose.
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three separate gods, who are one in purpose and nature, but not in a being they share eternally (Ibid; Fielding Smith, The Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 372 [pre-2002 edition]). There was a time when the person of the Father (Elohim) was without the person of the Son (Jehovah) as His Son. Thus, there was a time in which Elohim was not the Father.
The Trinity means three inseparable Persons, who are eternally God in purpose, nature, and being.
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three distinct or different persons, who are eternally and inseparably one in purpose, nature, and being (Ibid.; Isa. 48:12-7; Mt. 3:16; 4:10; and 28:16-20). So the Father is not the same person as the Son, and the Son is not the same person as the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is not the same person as the Father, but nonetheless, each Person eternally makes up the only Being of God there is.
Are humans and God the same nature or species? Humans and God are of the same nature or species.
The nature of these gods is identical to the nature of man, and as such, these humans had to become gods; they haven't always been gods (Fielding Smith, The Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 345 [pre-2002 edition]; Thomas C. Romney, The Life of Lorenzo Snow, 46; D&C 76:23-4; and Abraham 3:18-28).
Humans and God are not of the same nature or species.
God has His own unique nature that man, a created being by definition and not the originator of literally everything else, cannot ever have. God is God by nature, and not by obtainment (Numbers 23:19-20; Ps. 90:2; Ezekiel 28:2 and 9; Hosea 11:9; Acts 14:15; Gal. 4:8; and 2 Pt. 1:3-4).
Does God in His nature have flesh and bones? God is an exalted man with flesh and bones.
God the Father and Jesus Christ have tangible bodies of flesh and bones, but the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit. Personages of spirit are still material with a certain form or shape, but they are not as tangible as the bodies of those who are sent to a mortal planet (Ibid.; D&C 130:22; 131:7-8; and "Spirit" in the LDS Bible Dictionary).
God is not an exalted man with flesh and bones.
Since He is the Creator of all things outside of Himself (e.g., the entire material universe), God is not limited to a body. He created matter, and does not need a body or anything else to operate anywhere in all of creation. He is all powerful, and as such, He can take any type of form or nature to show up any way He wants to (1 Kings 8:27; Jer. 23:24; Luke 3:22; and Jn. 4:21-4).
Can humans become Gods for other worlds as God is God for this world? Humans may become Gods for other worlds as God is God for this world.
Worthy Mormons may become gods to create, rule over and receive worship from their own worlds some day. They will do this exclusively as the god or the team of gods for that world or that set of worlds (like the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are for this world or this set of worlds), and thus the God of this world will not perform those functions there (Ibid; D&C 76:50-8 and 95, 132:15-23, 29, and 37; The Latter-day Saint Woman: Basic Manual for Women, Part A, Lesson 10: Eternal Marriage; and Gospel Principles, 302 [1997 edition]).
Humans cannot become Gods for other worlds as God is God for all worlds.
When all believers become what some Christians such as C. S. Lewis call "gods" in heaven (although the Bible never uses this language of glorified individuals), they are still dependent and human "gods," and not God by nature, who alone is eternally the Author and Sustainer of literally all that is outside Himself. He is the only God in this fundamental sense of the term (Ibid.; and Lewis, Mere Christianity [N.Y.: Macmillan, 1952], vi, 160, 172).

More Proof of Brother Lucifer LDS Doctrine

Any LDS member who denies that "the church" has taught that Jesus and Lucifer are spirit brothers and that we are literal siblings to them both is, with all due respect, utterly clueless. . . .

Here are some more examples from LDS top leaders, "apostles" and "prophets" who have clearly taught such doctrine:

This doctrine was further explained in the June 1986 LDS magazine Ensign. The question was asked "How can Jesus and Lucifer be spirit brothers when their characters and purposes are so utterly opposed?" Jess L. Christensen, Institute of Religion director at Utah State University, Logan, Utah, responded:

On first hearing, the doctrine that Lucifer and our Lord, Jesus Christ, are brothers may seem surprising to some — especially to those unacquainted with latter-day revelations. But both the scriptures and the prophets affirm that Jesus Christ and Lucifer are indeed offspring of our Heavenly Father and, therefore, spirit brothers. Jesus Christ was with the Father from the beginning. Lucifer, too, was an angel who was in authority in the presence of God, a son of the morning. (See Isa. 14:12; D&C 76:25-27.) Both Jesus and Lucifer were strong leaders with great knowledge and influence. But as the Firstborn of the Father, Jesus was Lucifer's older brother. (See Col. 1:15; D&C 93:21.)

How could two such great spirits become so totally opposite? The answer lies in the principle of agency, which has existed from all eternity. (See D&C 93:30-31.) Of Lucifer, the scripture says that because of rebellion he became Satan, yea, even the devil, the father of all lies. (Moses 4:4.) Note that he was not created evil, but became Satan by his own choice.

When our Father in Heaven presented his plan of salvation, Jesus sustained the plan and his part in it, giving the glory to God, to whom it properly belonged. Lucifer, on the other hand, sought power, honor, and glory only for himself. (See Isa. 14:13-14; Moses 4:1-2.) When his modification of the Fathers plan was rejected, he rebelled against God and was subsequently cast out of heaven with those who had sided with him. (See Rev. 12:7-9; D&C 29:36-37.)

That brothers would make dramatically different choices is not unusual. It has happened time and again, as the scriptures attest: Cain chose to serve Satan; Abel chose to serve God. (See Moses 5:16-18.) . . .

We can only imagine the sorrow of our Heavenly Father as he watched a loved son incite and lead a rebellion and lose his opportunity for exaltation. But we can also imagine the Fathers love and rejoicing as he welcomed back the beloved son who had valiantly and perfectly fought the battles of life and brought about the great Atonement through his suffering and death. ("I Have a Question," Ensign, June 1986, p. 25-26 [link])

Apostle John A. Widtsoe explained:

The story of Lucifer is the most terrible example of such apostasy. ... He pitted his own plan and will against the purposes of God. He strove to gain the birthright of his Elder Brother, Jesus the Christ. When his proposition was rejected, he forsook all that he had gained, .... He was no longer Lucifer, bearer of truth, who walked in light, but Satan, teacher of untruth, who slunk in darkness. He became the enemy of God and of all who try to walk according to the Lord's commandments. One-third of the spirits present in that vast assembly supported Satan and became enemies of the truth that they had formerly cherished. With him these rebellious spirits lost their fellowship with the valiant sons of God. (Evidences and Reconciliations, p. 209)

Apostle Bruce R. McConkie stated:

God lives in the family unit. He is our Father in heaven—the literal and personal Father of the spirits of all men. He begat us; we are the offspring of Heavenly Parents: we have an Eternal Father and an Eternal Mother. We were born as spirits, and we dwelt in the presence of our Eternal Parents; we lived before our mortal birth. As spirits we were in all respects as we are now save only that we were not housed in mortal bodies as is the present circumstance. Christ was the Firstborn of all the heavenly host; Lucifer was a son of the morning: each of us came into being as conscious identities in our appointed order; and Christ is our Elder Brother. (The Mortal Messiah, vol. 1, p. 21)

President Spencer W. Kimball commented on the relationship of Lucifer to Jesus:

The importance of not accommodating temptation in the least degree is underlined by the Savior's example. Did not he recognize the danger when he was on the mountain with his fallen brother, Lucifer, being sorely tempted by that master tempter? He could have opened the door and flirted with danger by saying, "All right, Satan, I'll listen to your proposition. I need not succumb, I need not yield, I need not accept—but I'll listen." (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p. 163)

President Spencer W. Kimball also wrote:

Similarly Satan had contended for the subservience of Moses. Satan, also a son of God, had rebelled and had been cast out of heaven and not permitted an earthly body as had his brother Jehovah. Much depended upon the outcome of this spectacular duel. Could Lucifer control and dominate this prophet Moses, who had learned so much directly from his Lord? (Faith Precedes the Miracle, p. 87)

Apostle George Q. Cannon taught:

The adversary ... aims to destroy us. Angry that his plan was not adopted in the heavens; angry at his failure in the rebellion against God and at his expulsion from the courts of glory; angry at his being deprived of a body, he and those who fell with him have been eager ever since that dreadful time to destroy their brethren and sisters who did not rebel with them. We who are here tonight, as well as all who are upon the earth, kept our first estate. We did not listen to Lucifer. He was a mighty angel; he had exceedingly great power in the presence of God. He used his great influence with the family of God to convince them that the plan which he proposed was the better one, and to persuade them to reject the plan of God and his Son Jesus, our elder brother. Failing in this, he has, apparently, declared war against all his brethren and sisters who were honorable and maintained their allegiance to God. Therefore he is continually spreading snares for the feet of the children of men. (Collected Discourses, edited by Brian Stuy, vol. 1, May 19th, 1889, p. 255)
 
 

Brother Thomas ©2015

MySpace Tracker