Sunday, November 30, 2014

"The Theory Of Everything"

There is a longing in the heart and a nagging at the back of the mind . . . for justice.  Related to this is what seems to be an innate yearning for equity, fairness.  Nearly all politics and governmental organization arises--ostensibly at least--to address such yearnings.

You crave some ultimate justice in and to this life. . . . You also crave peace and satisfaction within your soul.  There is also there a desire to live.  And to live and live and live. 

You want love, joy . . . ongoing deep, meaningful, intimate fellowship--sharing of life with others, or at least another. . . .

You are curious, exploring, adventurous . . . relishing the known and comfortable while thrilling at the new, surprising and challenging.  You want continuity packed with both general and nuanced context . . . and you are ever ready for something fresh, pleasantly disturbing and invigorating.

There is a gnawing un-ease, however, at present in the back of your mind and pacing the depths of your heart . . . as if somewhere, somehow you are missing a final piece to the puzzle, which, if found would make the picture complete.  On and on you search, looking to the intellect . . . then to sensuality . . . then to self-sacrifice--this way, that way, any and every way being searched out to provide the missing link, the lost piece, the "theory of everything" which will bring it all together.

Some take refuge in a kind of existential stoicism and gallows humor.  But this tack is empty and ultimately meaningless, which its adherents know but shrug off nonetheless.

Others simply run to obliteration of ennui through continual self-indulgence, blotting out the lurking dissatisfaction with noise, excess--bright lights, moving objects, raucous sound. . . . Constant intoxication of some sort masks the unanswered longings, but never does it fully satiate and ruin of mind and body is the pathetic end result.

What the human is missing, which cannot be corrected in any other way . . . is reconciliation with God.

What you long for, crave, search for in every person, thing and experience--is God.

And not just any God.  A made up divinity, constructed in the imagination, does not suffice.  That is merely another false prize--a sham.

No, what you desire in the depths of your being, which cannot be successfully replaced with anything or anyone else . . . is the one, true, living God.  Only He is capable of bringing the justice, the equity, the fellowship, the purpose, the peace, the love and joy . . . that you so desperately hunger and thirst for. . . .

Because He is real; because He IS . . . and because He made you for Himself . . . deep within you know this.  Your arguments and excuses to the contrary . . . are vain and weak and you know it.

All that you seek, in this or that enterprise . . . is solely found in the source and cause of your being, and it is--rather HE is--God.

HE is the "theory of everything".  Indeed, something has gone wrong in this world.  There was rebellion.  Reconciliation is now what is required; plus a judgment on all cases and a final putting to right.  This is what is yearned for . . . but never to be found except in the One Who Is That He Is.

It may seem fantastic, incredible, too pat, too neat of an answer.  But this take is simply the rebelling mind and spirit which yet wants to run and hide from what IS. 

Everything you are searching for. . . . All that you want and need . . . are found in the Person of Jesus Christ . . . Who is the embodiment of the Creator of the universe--Who is the great and holy I AM THAT I AM.

HE is The Answer.  HE is the "theory of everything", except that He is not a "theory".  He is . . . and is the source and cause of reality. 

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for their is the kingdom of heaven."

The full, the boastful, the independent, the self assured . . . will not, can not, inherit paradise.  They are too proud, too filled with self-justifying nonsense . . . to hear and submit to the Lord of Everything.  Pray that He humbles you--that you recognize your emptiness and utter need for His revelation. . . . .


Friday, November 28, 2014

Blast From The Primoridial Past

Wow.. a wonderful "blast from the past" just appeared!  Bob Lesh (he commented on my "singed" poem...
Mr. Lesh is/was one of the most thoughtful, interesting talk radio hosts that I've ever heard and had the pleasure to engage with.  He provided me an incredible platform back in the day from which to launch my biting conservative political satirical bits--"T-Ray: Regional Director of the NWO"..heh:)

I have thought of you often, Bob, wondering where YOUR genius eventuated to!  It was roughly in the period of 1990-92, 93? when Bob had a daily talk show on the local, great KTKK ("KTALK") AM630 radio station.  What I liked about Bob was that he was a thinker--an "original thinker", quite brilliant, soft spoken . . . but with a pleasantly biting wit and affinity to suss out more than the usual knee-jerk, unthinking reactions and sophomoric pov's on a given topic or controversy.  Honestly, what he did and what he allowed me to do for that brief but intense stint on "KTALK" was light years ahead (I believe) of anything going on on talk radio at the time.  Rush Limbaugh was just getting real big, and had his several (rather cheesy) production bits, ie., "Environmentalist Wacko Update" . . . but what we were doing was--I've thought many times since--has since turned out to be a whole, multi-million dollar satirical-infotainment genre with the likes of John Stewart, Steven Colbert, and to a lessor degree Mark Dice, Jesse Watters ("Watters World") in highlighting (as Jonathan Gruber would say "the stupidity of the American public").

I have actually thought of Bob recently with the Ferguson riots going on, as the "L.A. Riots" were happening, I believe at the same time or thereabouts when I was doing guest appearances on his show. 

Something that I've thought fondly of to this day . . . and with a grin . . . is how Lesh somehow made it happen at the station so that my faux, mocking campaign ads ran for days ("The choice is made:  "T-Ray IS your Regional Director for the New World Order") side -by-side against legitimate ads at the time for the likes of Orrin Hatch, Bob Bennett, Mike Leavitt for governor, Chris Cannon!   In fact, as soon as those knuckleheads put one of their ads on t.v. or radio, I would satirize their music and even their messages and create my own "T-Ray/NWO" ad.  As I heard through the grapevine later....?....indeed, it was the Bob Bennett campaign who didn't think it was too funny and they put heat on the station to finally knock me off the air.  But, haha, thanks to mischievous Lesh, it went on for quite a while. 

The main point of why I did what I did at the time, creating the NWO/T-Ray character . . . was to warn and basically show what I KNEW was coming down the road, in terms of the way that the media and the evil elite were going to be able (just like "T-Ray" did) to propose and mandate the most absurd, illogical, obviously treacherous/traitorous, dictatorial, WICKED even . . . political and cultural policies and mandates . . . and that . . . so long as done in a steady, calm, assuring voice, with media complicity . . . the abject asininity of it all would be swallowed like so much green jello.  I knew we were going into a communist/Marxist totalitarian state (designed/controlled by the super rich elite) and that it would look just about exactly what it looks like now.  I spotted the advent of the  environmentalist/"green" angle of social/economic global-totalitarian control . . . and the general hellish condition that we would be living in where logic, facts, truth, absolutes etc., would actually be considered "evils", where instead, ends-justifies-the-means relativism, irrational emotion, and mind-numbed, drugged and indoctrinated citizens would constitute the milieu of each and every day as we are marched steadily into mental, sensual, political, economic, spiritual, physical bondage.

It has been a mostly lonely walk, but I have always been grateful for Bob because most people didn't even know what I was talking about or getting at AND he also seemed to appreciate and get the somewhat dark and gallows humor I infused to the venture.  He was a perfect "straight" player in the bit and I've looked back and thought how great it was that we never really contrived anything together--didn't need to.  He trusted me enough to just invite me on the air for hours at a time, not knowing really what I was going to be doing and he expertly responded on the fly as we ended up riffing and doing spontaneous political-satire improv live on the air!  Lol.  WAAAAYYYY ahead of its time!!!  He also hired me to "soundscape" his own show where I was able to provide him with original bumper music themes and various audio zingers and blurbs--which again, nobody was doing and still even now just a few are, like Glenn Beck and a couple others.

Anyway... so much more I could say on all this.  Overall, its been just a tad melancholy and frustrating (not really though since becoming a Jesus Freak:) . . . as I've felt like someone who knew that was a train crash coming--knew the place and manner--and had to sit and watch it unfold just as expected with just a few to notice and discuss it with. . . . .

Creatively, I am still all dressed up with nowhere to go, heh.... I'm very sporadically working on some new music with the help of Jackson, one of my musical boys . . . which could possibly see the light of day some day.... and fleshing out a novel based on a 1800s Calvinist Cryptid-hunter who flies around in a steampunk airship. . . . and then always writing here about God, theology, "reformed" thought, heresies, occasional political/cultural commentary etc.--the stuff that REALLY matters!:)

I have long been curious what you've been up to and look forward to catching up if it can be.....
Thanks for finding me--curious how that happened as well...was it the "rioters and looters convention" blurb? Lol.  My oh my.... here we are.... where we get "democratic principles/executive orders" . . . "getting with the program" . . . "towards a bright and brave new fuuutuuurrrrre"....


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I Want To Get Singed

I want to get singed. . . .
. . . .So close to God,
so close to His ever burning fire,
that . . . I want to draw near as I can
without getting burned.

Ok.  Burned a little.

I want to get singed.  I want to approach His Holy Majesty
so close . . . that it hurts, and then I withdraw . . . into His loving
effulgence.  Give me Lord,
the most I can handle.  I want to bask
in the Truth.  I want You!

But don't destroy me for my greed.  Burn that away in the heat
of your massive beauty.  Just let me draw near to Your
ever lasting fire--and have
it burned into my spiritual retinas . . . forever.

And in the midst of that eternity, whatever the softer
condition, the singed edges of You
are always there. Amen.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Nation Turned Over




 The nation has turned from God.  As has happened many times in the past . . . He withdraws His restraining grace and turns the wicked over to their lusts and blasphemies.  Depravity runs riot, on full display, as the wicked hearts of men and women find no barrier to the acts of their fallen, demon compelled souls.  The natural evil within them bursts forth and rushes to cause harm and ruin.  God, spurned by the elite, by the commoners, by the church, by many self seeking false prophets . . . opens the gates and allows the armies of darkness to swarm inside and takes the city hostage.  The nation's enemies are given free reign to bring destruction, judgment on the lazy, indolent, idolatrous people.  The nation is under judgment.  She has turned from God.  Her ministers are a mockery.  The elders have left their stations.  No one heeded the watchmen.  Now comes the whirlwind.  

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 "Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this nation do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.

 You have forsaken me and served other gods, therefore I will deliver you no more. Go and cry out to the gods which you have chosen, let them deliver you in the time of your distress.

 Because I called and you refused, I stretched out My hand and no one paid attention and you neglected all My counsel and did not want My reproof, I will even laugh at your calamity. 
  
I will mock when your dread comes, when your dread comes like a storm and your calamity comes on like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come on you, then they will call on Me but I will not answer. They will seek Me diligently but they shall not find Me. 

Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord. They would not accept My counsel, they spurned all My reproof. So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way and be satiated with their own devices."

 "The Lord is a jealous God and avenging, the Lord is avenging and wrathful;
the Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries and keeps wrath for his enemies.
The Lord is slow to anger and of great might,and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty.


His way is in whirlwind and storm,
and the clouds are the dust of his feet.  He rebukes the sea and makes it dry, he dries up all the rivers;

The mountains quake before him, the hills melt; the earth is laid waste before him,
the world and all that dwell therein.  Who can stand before his indignation?

Who can endure the heat of his anger?
 

His wrath is poured out like fire,
and the rocks are broken asunder by him." --God in His Word



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Monday, November 24, 2014

"Bible Says"/God Says






“The Bible is a written revelation from God, and we must approach it as such. In terms of what God has decided to tell us, and in terms of accuracy and authority, there is no difference between God and the Bible. To say, “The Bible says” is to say “God says.” The two are synonymous. This provides definition to the Christian faith. That is, you can claim that you are a Christian, but you are really not a Christian if you disagree with Paul, or Matthew, or Isaiah. As long as you disagree with the Bible, you may say that you are a Christian you can make the sounds that form the sentence ­ but you cannot fool God.

If you disagree with the Bible, then you disagree with God, and you are not a Christian.And if you are not a Christian, then you are entitled to none of the promises and blessings that God has deposited in Christ for those who are Christians, who are the beneficiaries. Therefore, whenever we approach the Bible, we must remind ourselves that it is the written revelation from God, and it provides an inflexible standard that defines and governs all the doctrines and practices of the Christian faith. 

Whether we are reading the letters of Paul, the prophecies of Daniel, or the Psalms of David, it is Christ who speaks through the pages, and who teaches our minds as we read, so that our response to the words of Scripture is our response to God himself. There is to be no gap in our minds between faith in God and faith in the Bible, or obedience to God and obedience to the Scripture. Our attitude toward the Bible reflects our attitude to God. May the Spirit grant us wisdom to perceive and acknowledge this.” – Vincent Cheung

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Yet Lurking Self Promoter?

(continuing thoughts on the Q re James 1:13-14)

We (speaking loosely of those with Reformed or "Calvinist" understanding) do not say that man has NO "free will".  What I/we say is that no man is "free from the determination or constraints of human nature and free from any predetermination by God."

I agree that we are "free" to do what we will.  We can do what we want.  BUT what we will or want is limited to our nature.  For instance we can WANT to leap to the moon all day long, but our nature, our boundaries according to that nature ARE limited.  Our "free will" is limited to what our nature dictates or allows.  And not only what we can DO, but even what we WILL or WANT to do . . . is going to be limited by our nature.  Does a cow ever will or want to parachute out of Boeing 747?  Or wish to go deep sea diving for mollusks?  It not only can't DO it--it doesn't will or WANT to do it. The cow, however may want (according to its cow nature) to saunter over to a a rich part of the field to find again that bunch of thick, sweet grass to chew as the sun sets on another day.

The Bible is clear that, since the Fall, man is "dead in sin"--he cannot do anything to please God, BUT for the grace of God which makes him able.  Even classical "Arminianism" "does not believe that a man has the ability to respond to God apart from a special act of (prevenient) grace.  Man cannot, by means of his natural free will, please God.  Man cannot, by means of common grace, choose to accept God's offer of salvation."

Man in his depraved, hopeless, fallen, degenerate condition (nature) simply cannot and will not choose God.  Paul states that unbelievers are "dead in trespasses and sins".  DEAD.  Not almost dead, not nearly dead, not nearly whooped but "hangin' on"--but dead which means DEAD.  And the dead do not seek God.  They do not want God.  It is not in their nature to (genuinely) will to be saved.

It is by GRACE we are saved--unmerited, unwarranted, undeserved, un-asked for grace.  Which grace is a gift, unearned.  GOD'S free will determines where He grants the gifts of faith, repentance, regeneration. . . . Fallen, degenerate man can indeed will and want and choose, but only according to his nature, which is completely (dead) depraved UNLESS and UNTIL God moves on the unbeliever to open his eyes, change his heart, give him/her the spirit of repentance and faith.

I'm wearing today a t-shirt LJ sent me for my Bday which bears one of my favorite verses:  "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.…"  Eph. 2:8-9

How can it not be that if we have "free will" and Joe chooses God while Jerry doesn't . . . that Joe then has something to boast of?  Even using the Arminian theory of "prevenient grace", Joe will still be able to boast that he was a little bit better than Jerry--that he warranted saving grace through his "free will" decision.

I cannot see any way around--and would not want to--that ALL the glory belongs to God.  There is not one shred of goodness in our hearts that we would seek God, except that God FIRST provides it--NOT based on any quality or ability we might possess to warrant it.

13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.  --James 1:13-14

All I see here . . . is that each person, when tempted . . . is dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.  Of course.  Each person has a fallen, depraved nature.  That nature causes the person to desire--to will--evil continually.  The so-called "good" works of an unbeliever are filthy rags.  "Those who are in the flesh CANNOT please God."  --Rom. 8:8.  

CANNOT please God.  Can they please Him a little?  Is there some shred of goodness in the flesh that leans toward righteousness, such that God might smile and then lend a helping hand of grace? No.  Those who are in the flesh--whose NATURE is of the flesh--CAN NOT PLEASE GOD.

I agree, we have a certain degree of "free will".  We can do what we want.  The problem is, UNTIL God regenerates our hearts, where we are born again, made new creatures . . . what we will want is NEVER pleasing to God.  It is just to do what James 1:13-14 says.  Our evil nature tempts us to evil desires . . . which we do . . . according to our "heart of stone."

Otherwise, we have room to boast.  If one chooses God and another doesn't, what makes the difference?  Something "better" in the one who chooses rightly?  Where does that "better" come from?  Is it innate to that person?  How can that be?  Does that mean there is some repository of general "goodness" outside of God from which a person can draw?  That can't be.  That would mean there is something outside of God's purview and control.  He ceases to be God and looks more like the superman/god of Mormonism who merely has access to and organizes the qualities and material of an independent universe (which includes a separate-from-God "good" from which to draw?)!

For me, there is some fascination in wondering what it is that compels . . . or inspires . . . or draws a person to NOT want to accept that man is nothing and has no power or goodness in him, EXCEPT and ONLY by what God wills and provides . . . . ?  I am ever intrigued by the resistance to the notion of God's absolute authority and sovereignty in ALL things . . . which position can be well supported by His Word.

Even if I were to accept that there are roughly equal amounts of verses suggesting man has free will to weigh against those which say he doesn't and that only God does . . . I do wonder why a person would tend to fall on the side of man's autonomy over God's.  I do know that is an oversimplification of the issue, but I still think when you boil it all down, it comes to that.  Honestly (and I admit I could be wrong, and am saying this in very general terms) I suspect there is yet a degree of lurking rebellion and refusal to fully submit (to DIE all the way to self). . . which stands on the side of promotion of man's unfettered "free will".  On the other hand, where is the yet lurking and vying self promoter who wants to proclaim that only GOD is good, sovereign, independent, and freely holy?



Saturday, November 22, 2014

Iron Sharpening Iron

. . . another excellent challenge from my "iron sharpening iron" friend and covenant comrade ("As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend."--Proverbs 27:17).

He posits:

"James 1:13-14 says God does not tempt, but each is drawn by his own desires and enticed... does this not require free will?"

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My response:

"Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil." --Mat. 4:1

This line is a clear example showing how, while God is sovereign over all, He uses "secondary causes" "apart" from Himself to effect His will.  In one sense, it must be seen that God is the "primary" cause of the evil--the tempting.  He is sovereign.  His will is done, always.  BUT HE did not directly tempt Jesus.  His "otherness" . . . His holiness . . . His "apartness" from His creation establishes it that the DEVIL is the one directly doing the tempting, the evil.

This motif, this picture of His operations is, of course, all through the Bible.  The very Lord's Prayer asks God to "lead us not into temptation" (presuming He could) . . . but, again, if He did, HE would not be the direct agent effecting the tempting, but would be using a secondary agent/cause.  This is critically important to understand--how God does not become or identify with the cause He decrees.  How He can sovereignly will that evil is to exist and effect His ultimate plan and purposes, yet HE is not evil.

For instance, the crucifixion . . . the greatest crime in all history . . . was directed, decreed by God.  Yet, evil men and the devil, according to their own natures and relative "free wills" effected it.

Deuteronomy 8:2 says, "Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands."

While God controls all aspects of temptation and testing, He is not the tempter. 

But this is off topic.  The question was about free will.  However, this aspect is related and I will continue asap.... God bless

Friday, November 21, 2014

"Rioters and Looters Convention"

It was 1992 or so and I was doing my gig as "T-Ray the Regional Director of the New World Order" . . . . and I could see the landscape coming down the pike . . . and so . . . did a bit . . . off the cuff (I was, as usual on a paint job and listening to talk radio) and decided to call in to Bob Lesh's show on KTKK 630 AM Salt Lake City (the 2nd or 3rd oldest, I think, talk station in the country) where I had been doing recent regular appearances (as THE "Regional Director" of the NWO, haha) . . . and so, anyway . . . I could see that protesting and rioting was going to be a way of life, and likely funded . . . and part of the general media brainwash programming/social engineering (being the NWO "Director" and all, I knew these sorts of things, heh) . . . thus . . . called in from "on location" from a "rioter's and looters convention" . . . where pre-hipsters and Bob Marley types could congregate to learn how to "blend in" . . . "hide behind corners" and such other savvy techniques in order to maximize the rioting and looting escapades . . . . .

And this came to my mind in fond remembrance . . . as I heard that indeed, seminars are being conducted in Ferguson Missouri . . . by professional protesters . . . to teach the upcoming rioters and looters how to operate . . . . . .

So, over there at the top of my "Soundclick" music/audio link/player . . . I've put up the original broadcast I made (circa 1992). . . (apparently in semi-"prophetic"anticipation) of what's going on nowadays in this spiffy, brave, new world . . . . . . . . . . . . . care of the "knucklehead battalion" as I fondly like to call them these days.......
A bit of nostalgia, for me at least.......
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"Protesters anxiously awaiting the St. Louis grand jury decision relating to the shooting death of 18-year-old Mike Brown have been training activists all weekend in preparation for the day the grand jury makes an announcement about whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for Brown’s death."
 http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/11/17/Organizers-Train-Newly-Minted-Protesters-in-St-Louis

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

His Supremacy

Is it not astounding what people will give their time, energy, money, focus etc., to . . . which is usually just so much dust in the wind, while running from and being repelled from . . . the things of God? . . . . Do people take 5 minutes?  1 minute? or is it just too much--? to ponder the character of God, to look toward Him?  No, they have got to get busy with the worldly things of the day. . . . 

Anyway, here's something from A.W. Pink ......fwiw
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God’s supremacy over the works of His hands is vividly depicted in Scripture. Inanimate matter, irrational creatures, all perform their Maker’s bidding. At His pleasure the Red Sea divided and its waters stood up as walls (Ex. 14); and the earth opened her mouth, and guilty rebels went down alive into the pit (Num. 14). When He so ordered, the sun stood still (Josh. 10); and on another occasion went backward ten degrees on the dial of Ahaz (Isa. 38:8). To exemplify His supremacy, He made ravens carry food to Elijah (1 Kings 17), iron to swim on top of the waters (2 Kings 6:5), lions to be tame when Daniel was cast into their den, fire to burn not when the three Hebrews were flung into its flames. Thus "Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did He in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places" (Psa. 135:6).

God’s supremacy is also demonstrated in His perfect rule over the wills of men. Let the reader ponder carefully Ex. 34:24. Three times in the year all the males of Israel were required to leave their homes and go up to Jerusalem. They lived in the midst of hostile people, who hated them for having appropriated their lands. What, then, was to hinder the Canaanites from seizing their opportunity, and, during the absence of the men, slaying the women and children and taking possession of their farms? If the hand of the Almighty was not upon the wills even of wicked men, how could He make this promise beforehand, that none should so much as "desire" their lands? Ah, "The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will" (Prov. 21:1).

But, it may be objected, do we not read again and again in Scripture how that men defied God, resisted His will, broke His commandments, disregarded His warnings, and turned a deaf ear to all His exhortations? Certainly we do. And does this nullify all that we have said above? If it does, then the Bible plainly contradicts itself. But that cannot be. What the objector refers to is simply the wickedness of man against the external word of God, whereas what we have mentioned above is what God has purposed in Himself. The rule of conduct He has given us to walk by, is perfectly fulfilled by none of us; His own eternal "counsels" are accomplished to their minutest details.

The absolute and universal supremacy of God is affirmed with equal plainness and positiveness in the New Testament. There we are told that God "worketh all things after the counsel of His own will" (Eph. 1:11)—the Greek for "worketh" means to work effectually. For this reason we read, "For of Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen" (Rom. 11:36). Men may boast that they are free agents, with a will of their own, and are at liberty to do as they please, but Scripture says to those who boast "we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell...Ye ought to say, If the Lord will" (Jas. 4:13,15)!

Here then is a sure resting-place for the heart. Our lives are neither the product of blind fate nor the result of capricious chance, but every detail of them was ordained from all eternity. and is now ordered by the living and reigning God. Not a hair of our heads can be touched without His permission. "A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps" (Prov. 16:9). What assurance, what strength, what comfort should this give the real Christian! "My times are in Thy hand" (Ps. 31:15). Then let me "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him" (Ps. 37:7).

A.W. Pink excerpt from "The Attributes Of God"


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Galileo Was Wrong

Brother P sent me a link to this article (I think it was to this article, heh my cell phone is of the ancient variety...;) thanks P.



“Strong evidence shows there is a special direction in the cosmos, and it points toward Earth. This is a serious claim that could indicate that perhaps the Bible was true in its account of creation … and they’re ignoring it,” he continued. “Experimentation is supposed to be the acid test of an assumption. Experiment trumps all. In the universe, we are told there are no special places – no up, no down, no left, no right. But every experiment tells us we are indeed in a special place, which the scientific community sees as impossible.
http://www.wnd.com/2014/11/science-shattered-hand-of-god-suddenly-revealed/#4zS8qZvEXgZXgoAz.99
 
It's about the recent release of the film "The Principle" which shows that Galileo was wrong and that the earth IS at the center of the universe AND DOESN'T MOVE.
 
I've been convinced of geocentrism for a while now and noted when Robert Sungenis came on the scene promoting the same and talking about this movie he was going to make.  Sungenis is fairly well known Catholic apologist who I knew from his debates with Dr. James White.
 
I think his work on this (geocentrism) is very thorough although it frustrates me that it is a Catholic who is daring to broach this subject and is using it to tout the legitimacy of the Catholic church.  Some of you may recall my phone call to Matt Slick's show where I engaged his guest host's on this subject and how defensive they became . . . defending the traditional so-called "scientific" view of heliocentrism (as they then went on to belittle the theory of evolution.)  I say evolution and heliocentrism are THE two top diabolical lies which have done more than anything to shift Western culture from Christian/Biblical . . . to atheist/humanist/Satanist. . . .
 
Truth is truth and if Catholic Sungenis exposes it, oh well, it is a loss for those Biblical Christians who are still caught up in the lies and propaganda of the so-called "scientific community" (who are, in my opinion, too often little more than anti-God, anti-Bible militants and not very scientific at all!)
 
Here is another Sungenis site:
 
I suspect if this film gets any traction in the media it will be reported on in the way of Bigfoot and UFO sightings where the anchormen and women smirk and joke one-liners as the "X-Files" theme music plays in the background . . . "Is the earth really flat?  Does the sun actually revolve around the earth? Hahaha . . . a new film "The Principle" claims . . . (blah, blah, blah).....

But, aside from mush media doltishness . . . in fact, more and more high level astronomers, physicists, astro-physicists . . . are taking this issue seriously.  The evidence just isn't there to support the Copernican Theory!   All their latest tests and space probe reports keep pointing to that EARTH is at the center of the universe . . . and it is fixed . . . just like the Bible says!

Praise God

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Divine Exhibition

We checked into Shawn McCraney's show the other day to see where he's at these days.  Nothing has changed other than he appears more entrenched than ever in his speculative propositions and above all he was reiterating again that he just can't imagine or believe in a God that ie., would sovereignly designate some for eternal punishment. . . .

And that is the crux of so much errant interpretation!  The human thinker, based in his own limited, emotional preferences tries to understand and interpret scripture/God through that defective lens.  Everything is colored by his own bias of how he tries to imagine or believe God should be--rather than first looking at God as He is and letting God define Himself.

I believe this distinction is the key to everything.  It drive straight back to the first misstep--the original sin--questioning and then reinterpreting and defying God.

"I simply can't--I WON'T believe in a God who ___________ (ie., sends people to Hell; elects some and not others; Who permits so much suffering and evil in the world etc.)"

And so it goes.  THERE is the rebel's yell.  Next follows the creating of idols (instead of acknowledging the real God, as He is) to worship, fashioned according to the rebel's personal preferences and inclinations. 

In essence, what is actually being said is: "I will not believe in or follow the one, true, living God; but I WILL follow the god of my own making, with whom I am more comfortable."

As to the "problem of evil" and it's related issues, this is my current understanding (based in scripture, as it were, letting God describe and show Himself and His plan as He has.)

God is perfect, holy, just, love. . . . All that is created is created to bring glory to Himself.  The world, the universe, all creatures . . . are created in exhibition of God's glory.  WE were created to glorify God.

When God first created something and someone, it was other than Himself, and so, immediately bore the possibility of error, of evil.  When He saw what He had made, remember, He did not say it was perfect; He said it was "very good".  Almost perfect perhaps, but not quite.  At once, being not perfect, the possibility of that lurking imperfection stood by to begin running its course, like how rust can begin to appear if the conditions are there to allow it.  

Now, if the purpose in all of this . . . is that it redounds to and magnifies the glory of God, then that supreme purpose should be remembered topmost in all analysis.

For instance, the skeptics often ask and charge:  "If God is all powerful and all good why didn't He just make everything perfect from the beginning?  Why allow all the evil and suffering to take place, only to have to come Himself, suffer a horrible death at the hands of His own creatures and then send all those who won't believe in Him to eternal punishment?  Why do all of this?"

Lurking behind that question is usually the pre-supposition that creation is made for the comfort and glory of the CREATURES--the CREATION.

But if we remember that the purpose is THE GLORY OF GOD (not us) then it is easier to see why He did what did and does what He does.

If God had made the angels and humans and all creation perfect in the first place, so that we could not err and go against God, look at all that would NOT be revealed about Him!  In other words, look how much less His glory would be revealed and furthermore shared (for we know that along with His primary purpose to glorify Himself, He also, out of His love and beneficence wills that He has a family of individual creatures who He will share His glory with, forever.)

By making a creation . . . that had the capacity to go wrong, go bad, rebel etc., He was then able to show His character and attributes in greater depth, color, subtlety, profundity etc.  Through the Plan of Salvation, He shows that He is "self" sacrificing . . . compassionate . . . humble . . . generous . . . loving . . . justice loving . . . lawful . . . creative . . . dramatic . . . and a host of other incredible qualities (considering we are talking here about the self existent, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent I AM THAT I AM Who sustains all things in the crook of His "hand"!  It shows that He is involved and intimate down to the smallest, meanest of levels ALONG with being so big, so incomprehensible, so powerful . . . that it staggers the imagination!

How much more does His glory shine and show as it is compared to the darkness and corruption of a creation that tried to exist apart from Him, against Him.  All of this is a demonstration, a divine exhibition made all the more profound and clear because of the example made of what it looks like without Him, so-to-speak!

Now there will come a time when His creation and creature will exist in perfection and glorious harmony with Him, in the Heaven to follow, but only after His various and holy attributes have been on full display beginning with Adam, through Christ, on to judgment and then full redemption manifested!

What business do I have--a fallen, limited, currently finite creature--questioning how God chooses to reveal and magnify His glory; when I know that He is perfect, holy, gracious, loving, all-knowing, infinite?  Surely, of all possible ways it could be done, He has chosen the best!

Another mistake that human-centered reasoning makes when looking at all this . . . is to assume that everybody created WANTS God, but that He cavalierly decides to choose some (who WANT Him) over others, dooming the rejected ones to Hell, against their will.

The actual case is that NONE want God and He regenerates some of those so that they DO want Him.  Those He created to demonstrate that part of His character which loves justice--which IS justice--are not deprived of something they want or wish to have (relationship with God).  It is not as if the damned are pining for righteousness and eternity with God, but He callously rebuffs them, choosing others.  No.  Those damned are are going right where they want to be.  The Bible says they were made for that purpose; it is in their nature to "love the darkness".

Does the ant wish it could drive a car?  Does the whale lament not being able to fly?  Does the deer languish for not being able to live in the crevice of a sea rock as the crabs do?  No.  They are made as they are for their created nature and purpose.  The "children of the devil" were made for a purpose and that purpose we know is perfect, just, holy and good--it glorifies God. "You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires."  --John 8:44

When the big picture is understood NOT from a limited, fallen, human-centered perspective, but from the perspective of God, we can see that there is no "problem of evil".  Evil is allowed for the purpose of the divine exhibition of God's complex, fascinating, wondrous character--all to magnify (and for those who He has designed for the purpose to WITNESS and share) His glory.

 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Continuing the thread.....

Glad you could make it. . . . Through all the noise, the nonsense, frivolity, perversity, inanity, distraction, mis-direction, thought-grooming etc., that is available via the media . . . is it not at least in the direction of God-honoring to spend some time of a day looking at, considering, imbibing topics related to God, His Word, His character, and any aspects thereof involved with the truth of His reality?  Yes, it is!  Praise God. . . .

Okay . . . so continuing on with my most current assessment of the age-old "problem of evil" matter, I will here just give my general understanding of what's going on.  Basing my propositions solidly in scriptural authority is critically necessary to me, and so, I can support all I am suggesting with Biblical verses . . . and I can't I will make known if I have made a leap of speculation (though any speculation would also be tied to sound scriptural inference as well.)  I simply don't have the time right now to track down every verse which stands foundational to my premises, but trust me they are there and if anyone wanted such evidence, I could (and would be happy to) provide it.

With that said, let me just lay it out as I have come to see it.

The basic conundrum is . . . is that if one accepts (as I do) that God is absolutely sovereign over all His creation (including all creatures) how is it then that He must also not be the cause--the author--of evil/sin?  People horrified by this notion say that man has his own, independent free will which, by its own volition, chooses evil/sin.  God does not compel, cause the man to choose or do evil, the man does it on his own.

The problem with that, of course, is that the Bible records many instances where God does indeed cause certain men to do evil, usually as He uses them to mete out His judgment in some situation or to effect a larger plan He is accomplishing.  We have the examples of  Pharaoh . . . the Assyrians ("the rod of God's anger") . . . and, of course, the supreme example of all, how He used people like Judas, Pilate, the Pharisees et al, to commit the greatest crime of all time--the unjust trial and execution of the Son of God!

Furthermore, the fact that there is evil at all--that God created a world where such horrific suffering and acts of cruelty exist as they have, since the Garden--is part of the conundrum, or "problem of evil" as well.  Many ask, "if God is all powerful and good, why did He create a world where there is so much evil and suffering?  Couldn't He have just made a world that was perfect from the beginning and leave it at that?"

Well . . . and dagnabbit . . . I gotta go already and just barely got started.... but hopefully this is interesting enough to keep following the thread.  I'll be back with the way I see it asap.  Meantime, in the previous post I showed that so far we know that whatever the answer is, we can accept that God has a good, perfect, just, holy and even loving purpose behind making a creation and creatures as He has, so regardless of how we come down on the issue, we can have solace in that much!

Oy, back in a bit.... God bless:)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The conundrum of evil....

God cannot lie.  (Titus 1:2)
 However, He creates people who can and do lie. . . .

God is perfect.  (Psalm 18:30, Deut. 32:4, Mat. 5:48)
 He has created a world (which is not)--with creatures (who are not) . . . perfect. . . .

God is holy.  (Rev. 15:4)
The term "qodesh" means holy in Hebrew, and it describes God.  It has the connotation of being uniquely set apart, distinct, one-of-a-kind.  "To say that God is holy is to say that He is eternally separate and distinct from all impurity."  (Dr. Bruce Ware, Bible scholar/author)

God is good.  (Luke 18:19)
What is "good"?  It is what God is.  He is THE standard for what is good.  HE determines, by His very character, essence, and as He decrees it, what is "good."  

There are many examples like the above to make the point . . . which are seen by the Spirit of Truth (those without the eyes to see it cannot "see" it) . . . that while God is perfect, holy, truthful, good etc., He has created a world and creatures . . . which are not.

This presents a conundrum, it would seem, and is indeed one of the great, historical philosophical and spiritual dilemma's to comprehend for students of truth and seekers alike.

Straightaway, according to His own Word, we can say this:  It MUST be good, just, perfect, holy, etc., that "bad" or "evil" has entered into creation.

 It cannot have been an accident, for we know that God is omnipotent.  It cannot have been a surprise, for we know that God is omniscient.  And it cannot have somehow crept it from the outside of God's purview, for we are Told that He is omnipresent!

We are left to deduce that God MUST have a perfect, good, holy, even LOVING purpose (for God is love) in allowing evil to corrupt His creation.

One thing to keep in mind while considering this matter, is to realize that evil does not have existence in and of itself.  It is not a thing.  It is, rather a LACK of something--of God's perfection, of God's holiness.  Evil is a privation, a parasite.  It is a deterioration, a perversion of the good thing.  For instance, a wound on the body.  The wound cannot exist without the body first being there.

I believe a big clue to understanding better this conundrum . . . is found in Genesis 1:31:  "God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good."

Notice, God, Who is perfect Himself . . . made a creation which was "very good".  He did not say it was "perfect".  Right there we see that distinction between the holiness (divine, perfect separateness) of God Himself . . . versus creation . . . which is but "very good."

(More on this, as I can . . . in a bit.....)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

New Trouble for Glenn Beck and the LDS "faithful"

The recent major story in the New York Times about the LDS church admitting to Joseph Smith's 40 wives (including moms and daughters, sisters, already married women, under-aged) . . . I am sure is providing some intense cognitive dissonance for the more thoughtful church members.   Many Mormons, if you can believe it, never knew Smith was a polygamist at all, let alone a quite debauched one.  But sadly, knowing them and their culture well, a lot will simply close their eyes tighter, shrug it off and launch into their stop-thought testimony, "I know the church is true, I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, I know the Book of Mormon is true . . . " etc.

Oh it is grieving to see how all the brainwashing and lies and contradictions and blasphemies pile up in the minds of "TBM's" (True Blue Mormons, as they're known) and so mess up their thinking and, yes too often, very lives.  Most of them are very well intentioned, want to and think they serve God, but are sadly misled by a charlatan, con man, sexual predator and false prophet. 

I have watched Glenn Beck over the years, and he is a prime example of the muddled thinking, confusion and mis-direction that results from following a false religion and false prophet.  Oh what a mess his mind has become, and his life, it would appear.

Perhaps you've heard the dramatic news of his "mystery illness" which he just went public about. . . .

And he is taking his radio and television show in a "new" direction where he is turning from politics and focusing on spirituality. . . . Which is . . . YIKES!

I don't have time to give all the background and analysis of my opinion of where Glenn is at . . . so will just give a quick rundown.....

I suspect his mystery illness is probably from poisoning he received in New York when he was there and attacking the powers that be, especially Soros and the rest of the commi regime that's in control presently. . . . (I think he suspects this too and maybe even knows it)......

I think his attempts to run with the Christian crowd AND his Mormon one . . . are causing all kinds of spiritual, mental and emotion "dissonance" which surely can't be helping.... I think also there is a strong possibility that somewhere along the line he made a deal with the devil and the devil is simply collecting his due....

I don't doubt the recent admissions of the LDS church, like the ones covered in the NY Times article are having their effect on the LDS "faithful".........

I believe Glenn's recent forays into ecumenism with other faiths and the political left which he has increasingly been exploring . . . have caused and will continue to cause all kinds of trouble spiritually and physically and mentally . . . . . and will also bring about much traumatic stress to those who had been loyally following him . . . with much more confusion and chaos to follow . . . . .

Those who do not love the truth . . . will be forced to love a lie.........

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"Healing energies"

JC ... very interesting your comment re the "tapping into the energy of the universe" . . . . I want to address this as I have been generally ... seeing that many "Christians" are increasingly turning to metaphysical means for both their "spirituality" and things like healing.  As you noted....unless the energy is coming directly and via means of the Holy Spirit, Jesus--the one, true and living God--then there is definitely a problem.  A quite dangerous actually.  The "means" of accessing spirit and spiritual energy (so-called "universal energy" let's say) is everything!  There is no doubt all kinds of spiritual manifestations and "energies" out there and we know that Satan masquerades as an "angel of light" . . . which fools all to many . . . so discernment in these things is absolutely critical.  It sounds like a form of "prana" healing, which derives from the yogi's and gurus of India.  In all cases of what is simply, as I alerted earlier, "demonic healing" . . . it is never a positive ultimate outcome.  What is "given" or "healed" is always outweighed, sooner or later by a greater "taking".  The payment for the "cure" always outstrips the beneficial result.  Something WILL be taken by the demonic.  Another trick of the dark side energy healing is something you could call "transference"..... For instance, let's say a bad back is "healed" . . . or a stomach problem.  What happens is that the sick or hurt area is merely shifted to something else.  So, the stomach becomes better, but later, now headaches or a blood problem surface.  The "curse" or "dis-ease" is just moved to another place.  This is how "gypsies", witches, sorcerers etc. stay in business and keep and increase clientele.  Yes, there may be something like a miraculous "healing" in one case, but then something else or more things pop up which need ($) further attention and "healing" . . . .

In everything... the MEANS is all.  Who do you serve?  This is why, although Buddhism or Taoism or whatever . . . may have all kinds of "good" moral teachings and temporal "benefits" . . . unless the Lord is the source and means and center of it, it is sin ("missing the target"). . . . . . Thanks for mentioning this thing... :)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Planetary Arrival Day

Well, 'twas the anniversary yesterday of my earth landing, Nov. 8. . . . Thank you to those who sent me a Happy Birthday note:)



Yeah, it was 1849 . . . I landed in a steam-punk airship, many moons ago, with its many fine hand-crafted Victorian appointments.  I alighted in a field, luckily, a few buttes over from Nella-Meda gold mining camp where the ol' diggers and carpet baggers there had recently been having problems with the natives . . . and the Toylona (the "giant person(s)).

I was able to use my wing pack and glided all the way to the giant cavern, near the Trinity River, roundabouts the mountain known there as the "Temple of Set".   Unfortunately, a guardian blocked my search for repast and shade at the mysterious place, where I merely wanted to have a look around, so I glided on my way to an old camp of Mangus Colorado's and found there some of his scouts who shared with me some excellent venison and a sage-spiced rabbit and root stew. . . . I gave them a New Testament in their own language, told them to stop torturing their captives, and traded one of them my fedora for a pair of buckskin knee-high moccasins.

Thence I took myself and my walking stick (which secretly harbored an air-compressor mini-projectile launcher--for use against possible brigands) . . . and made my way to a place I'd heard of--a new territory called "Deseret" up north . . . where word had it a new magic cult was getting established. . . .

But I digress.....
Thanks for the birthday nods:)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Jesus Gathered His Chicks Despite "Jerusalem" (Mat. 23:37)

"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling."  --Mat. 23:37

A beloved brother in Christ asked my thoughts on this verse as it relates to the old issue of God's sovereignty versus man's will.  The brother is not "Arminian", just asked my ideas about it, but as this verse is one of the "big 3" that Arminian/Pelagian's cite as a proof text against "Calvinism" or "Reformed" interpretation, I will address that aspect of its usual said use. . . . 

So, there are those (of the Arminian/Pelagian view) who use the verse to say, "see, Jesus WANTED to "gather His chicks under wing" but couldn't on account of their "free will" choice not to be gathered!  Which means to them . . . that man's "free will" to refuse ie., salvation, rises above God's will to "gather."  In essence it would appear that God values man's "free will choice" so much that he limits His own sovereign will "that none should perish" . . . to allow man his freedom.  God elevates man's freedom . . . over His own, in other words.

And they use this passage to prove it.

BUT, as usual in such cases, they do not bother to consider the full context of the verse, and tend to not place it in context with all the other verses that clearly express that God's will is absolutely sovereign and His freedom to do with His creatures (include elect some while punishing others) is unfettered by man's so-called "free will choice."

One of my favorite verses, which shows that even our "good works" are designed and willed by God (not us) is: "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them."  --Eph. 2:10

GOD PREPARED OUR GOOD WORKS BEFOREHAND! . . . So that we would walk in them!   For we are HIS workmanship (not our own!)  Is choosing God over Satan a "good work"?  Surely it must considered the best work of all!  He is saying here that even that initial "good work" was prepared BEFOREHAND for us to "walk" into.

As to God's sovereignty, which must first be seen and accepted as THE foundational context in interpreting all verses related to His various expressions of intent/will, the proofs are abundant:

"The Lord Almighty has sworn,
  'Surely, as I have planned, so it will be,
    and as I have purposed, so it will happen'  . . .
 This is the plan determined for the whole world;
    this is the hand stretched out over all nations.
  For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him?
    His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?"
     --Isa. 14:24, 26, 27

"Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, 'My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure;" --Isa. 46:10

Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/God,-Sovereignty-Of#sthash.vTd9dIDe.dpuf
Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/God,-Sovereignty-Of#sthash.vTd9dIDe.dpuf
"Whatever the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps."  --Psalm 135:6

"If he snatches away, who can stop him? Who can say to him, 'What are you doing?"  --Job 9:12

And there are scores more, of course, showing God will do just what He will according to His own "good pleasure".

But I'm digressing a bit from the verse in question. . . . Let me return. . . .

Context-wise Mathew 23:37 follows on the diatribe Jesus just met out to the Scribes and Pharisees, the "serpents", "brood of vipers".  When He cites "O Jerusalem who kills the prophets" He is citing these same leaders of Jerusalem specifically and NOT generically all the people of Jerusalem.  He further clarifies by making a simple indicative statement that as He sought to gather the "children" of Jerusalem . . . the LEADERS of Jerusalem--the Scribes and Pharisees etc.--were "unwilling."  

Here is He is continuing His diatribe against them, the "vipers", pointing out again their refusal to recognize Him as the Savior.  It certainly cannot mean that there were "children" among the city whom He wanted to gather but couldn't, for we know, considering the clear, foundational context and scriptural proofs of His sovereign will, that He accomplishes ALL that He wills to do!  [We know He gathers and "saves to the uttermost" ALL who the Father gives Him (see Heb. 7:25 and John 6:37).]

The leaders of Jerusalem, who Jesus elsewhere called "sons of the devil" in explaining their inability to "hear" His message as they sought to do HIS (their "father" Satan's) will . . . are again by Jesus being marked as to their intransigence, "unwillingness" to recognize Him.

The verse, in context, is not teaching that Jesus "wanted" to gather the Jerusalem's "children" but couldn't on account of the Satanic leaders' unwillingness.  For He certainly DID gather some of them (those He willed to be gathered as His will is always and wholly EFFECTIVE) . . . and He is merely pointing out that whenever He was in the mode of gathering, "Jerusalem" (the Scribes and Pharisees) were constantly opposing Him.  In no way should it be seen that they succeeded against Him.  Simply that they were always agitating to do so. . . . 

And though I have not yet seen this following point in the various commentaries I've read on the verse, I personally think there is also the element of the MAN Jesus--His human side and emotions involved in this statement.  We know that God limited Himself in certain mysterious ways as He became a man, where He did not always exhibit His ie., omnipotent, omniscient abilities.  He wept as a man.  He was tempted as a man.  He developed from youth to manhood in a natural way, as "He grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man."  --Luke 2:52


I believe that while this verse (Mat. 23:37), in context, is not a weak bemoaning and complaint of Jesus in not being able to gather as He would have wanted, but instead is more a simple description of what happened according to "Jerusalem's" Satanic intransigence and opposition to His mission . . . AND that we get a glimpse, nevertheless of the fully human side of His character in play, which  does mourn the sad state of affairs in Jewish leadership, thanks to the Fall and the devil's (doomed but madly continuing) fight against the plan of salvation.  This is but His further piling up of wrath, exposition and implied judgement against the "synagogue of Satan."

Unless we believe that God's will can be frustrated by the will of man--his being "unwilling" . . . then the passage cannot mean that Jesus' will concerning Jerusalem's "children" was thwarted by the Jewish leaders.  There is plenty in the nearby context and the broader context of the Bible's declaration of God's absolute sovereignty of will (above any of Man's) to show that Mathew 23:37 does mean what it may appear to mean with but a brief and surface glance.  And this is not unusual.  Many parts of the Bible can be taken out of context, of course we know, where, standing alone and in agenda-driven hands, can be even made to show the opposite of their intended meaning or something altogether different.  Athiests and general God-haters, we know, often do this to show, ie., "the God of the Bible is a homicidal, sexist, racist narcissistic tyrant!"

Anyway,


here are some further thoughts by some great theologians covering this old contention re Mat. 23:37:

"They [i.e., our Roman Catholic adversaries] bring up a saying of Christ's: 'How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her chicks, and you would not?' Here also it is the antecedent will of the sign that is meant. God through his prophets, preachers, apostles, and Scriptures invited the Jews to fly to him by repentance time after time, but they refused, but by his effective will, which is called consequent, he always drew to himself those who were his. Nor was there any age when he did not gather as many of the Hebrews as he had predestined. Therefore, as Augustine said, those that I would, I have gathered together, although you would not" -- Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499-1562)

"[Matthew 23:37] signifieth quite another thing [than Arminius supposes]. Christ speaks to Jerusalem, and saith, that he would have gathered his children together; but Jerusalem herself resisted, with all her power. Jerusalem is one thing, and her children another, who here are expressly distinguished from the city: By Jerusalem understand the priests, the Levites, the scribes, and the prince of the people, for these did most of all withstand Christ: By the children of Jerusalem, understand the people. Christ saith, that he would have gathered together these children; neither is it to be doubted, but that he gathered together many of them, although the rulers were unwilling ... Saint [Augustine] thinks [Enchiridion, chapter 97] ... she indeed would not have her children to be gathered together by him: but even [though] she [was] unwilling, he gathered those of her children whom he himself would"  --Pierre du Moulin (1568–1658)

"Although Christ professes that 'he had wished to gather together the children of Jerusalem, and they would not' (Matt. 23:37), it does not follow that grace is resistible. (1) Jerusalem is here openly distinguished from her children and by it are denoted the elders, scribes, priests and other leaders of the city (who are gifted with the better name of city [as Matt. 2:1, 3] and who wished to be considered the fathers of the people). Nor does Christ say that those whom he wished to gather together were unwilling to be gathered together. But only that Jerusalem was unwilling that her children should be gathered and 'thou wouldst not' (to wit, ye leaders). And thus Christ does not so much complain of those who being called had not come, as of those who resisted the calling of others as much as they could (the key of knowledge being taken away); not entering as to themselves and prohibiting others who entered (i.e., who desired to enter) as much as in them lay, as we read in Luke 11:52. But still Christ did not cease, notwithstanding the resistance of the leaders of the city, to gather whom he wished, as Augustine has it"  --Francis Turretin (1623-1687)

"It is up to those parties still to prove that an efficacious and internal calling is spoken of in this passage [i.e., Matt. 23:37]; and even though we grant this, this passage still does not favour the wrong idea of these parties; for the Saviour very clearly refers to Jerusalem and her children; and they tried, were this possible, to prevent Him from gathering the children. But in no way does He complain about the children as if they have resisted that calling, which these parties try to prove from this passage. The opposite is true, for many did believe in Him, regardless of the fact that this displeased and was contrary to the wishes of the rulers"  -- Peter Nahuys (1692-1766)

"Now let Pighius boast, if he can, that God wills all men to be saved ... I will only cite one passage, which clearly and briefly proves how Augustine despised, without reservation, their objection now in question. 'When our Lord complains that though he wished to gather the children of Jerusalem as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but she would not [Matt. 23:37], are we to consider that the will of God was overpowered by a number of weak men, so that he who was Almighty God could not do what he wished or willed to do? If so, what is to become of that omnipotence by which he did "whatsoever pleased him in heaven and in earth" [Ps. 135:6]? Moreover, who will be found so profanely mad as to say that God cannot convert the evil wills of men which he pleases, when he pleases, and as he pleases, to good? When he does this, he does it in mercy; and when he does it not, in judgment he does it not'"  --Calvin


"Our Lord says plainly, however, in the Gospel, when upbraiding the impious city: ‘How often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!’ as if the will of God had been overcome by the will of men, and when the weakest stood in the way with their want of will, the will of the strongest could not be carried out. And where is that omnipotence which hath done all that it pleased on earth and in heaven, if God willed to gather together the children of Jerusalem, and did not accomplish it? Or rather, Jerusalem was not willing that her children should be gathered together, but even though she was unwilling, He gathered together as many of her children as He wished: for He does not will some things and do them, and will others and do them not; but ‘He hath done all that He pleased in heaven and in earth’"  --Augustine

Friday, November 7, 2014

Wondrous Stories

Ok, this is random . . . although not really as it goes along with various subjects of interest that I continue to follow in my research and studies.  And yes, JC, if only they taught real history in schools, I think children would be fascinated and eager to learn--of giants, Indians battling and defeating the "red-haired giants" . . . of King Solomon's extensive Phoneocian navy and trans-Atlantic explorations the world over . . . of anceint advanced technology found such as computers, flying ships, telecommunications . . . brain surgery . . . and so, so much that is wondrous and enchanting to learn of . . . which the Satanic Darwinists and diaboilical Heliocentrists continue to hide, stifle, shun, mock, and mostly with great desperation try to keep from the public light.  Indeed, according to high level occultists, there was great conference of the demons held just prior to the industrial and scientific revolution where they determined to grab hold of "science" and "academe" in order to better control the public mind and divert it away from Biblical truth, confirmation and discovery.......

Anyhow, along such line, I think this is a wonderful story, of one of my favorite Indian chiefs, the brilliant and gentlemanly Chief Joseph of the Nez Pierce tribe . . . and the Babylonian "tablet" he kept, handed down from his "white ancestors" . . . which he gave eventually to General Nelson Appleton Miles. . . . 

What a great story and which raises so many interesting questions and theories.......(of which I have a few, heh.....).!


"The gift received by the general was a pendant that turned out to be an ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform tablet. According to Benjamin Daniali of AssyriaTimes.com, the tablet was translated by Robert Biggs, professor of Assyriology at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Professor Biggs found that it was a sales receipt for a lamb dating back to 2042 B.C.

Mary Gindling of Helium’s History Mysteries wrote, “The chief said that the tablet had been passed down in his family for many generations, and that they had inherited it from their white ancestors. Chief Joseph said that white men had come among his ancestors long ago.” Chief Joseph was a man of honor, and there was no reason for him to invent a flowery story about the origins of his gift.

 Furthermore, Gindling eliminated the possibility of forgery based on the fact that cuneiform had not been deciphered until 1846, and a potential forger would have had to be “familiar not only with the ancient language itself, but with the shape of the tablets created by the ancient scribes”.

The story of Chief Joseph’s tablet leaves us with a mystery. How did the ancient Assyrian artifact make it to the Western Hemisphere? The scholars are still scratching their heads in search of an explanation. . . . "

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2011/03/24/where-did-chief-joseph-get-his-mesopotamian-tablet-24717
 
 
 Yes: "Wondrous Stories"

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Pope Keeping Track of Demons?

....a quick note, followup related to my piece on the Pope.  While he has made a number of obviously very left-leaning, progressive and Biblically questionable statements . . . I find it interesting that he has brought about a bit of a resurgence in the matter of exorcisms.  From what I have heard he has sponsored some conferences on exorcism and has ordered up that the office and agents of the rite be expanded, himself referring to a greater time of demonic and Satanic influence. 

Now, if he is actually the anti-Christ spirit type of leader that he appears to be, and at the head of what many consider to be a type or the actual "whore of Babylon" false church/cult . . . it would not seem to make sense that he would be going after the demonic realm, fighting it as a good Christian ought.

But here is what I suspect.  For one thing, I know that many Catholic churches and officials are infested with the demonic and serve Satan outright.  Black masses are said on good authority to take place in the Vatican, with a devil-worshiping cabal well and long established there (Ft. Malachi Martin exposed what many suspected in his book "Windswept House" on this issue).

So, why would the Pope be so suddenly and oddly (to many of his more liberal acolytes) focused on exorcism and taking the fight to the devil in the cases of demonic oppression and possession?  Jesus even spoke of this referring to how it is not possible for the devil to work against himself, his cause in this way:  "A house divided against itself cannot stand"  --Mat. 3:25

I do observe that devil worship, witchcraft, occult practice is quite on the upswing, being promoted to children, teens and adults through movies, music, books, etc., and that it is becoming a pervasive, ubiquitous presence in our world today (which is why I have been studying more of the specifics related to it, thereby) . . . . .

A lot of foolish people are interacting with the spirits and inducing demonic influence on a widespread basis. . . . .

What I suspect is that the devil worshipers within the Catholic church, perhaps beginning with the Pope . . . are merely wanting to keep close tabs on event(s).  Through "exorcists" they are able to track down, record and monitor the activity of specific demonic powers and principalities, probably in preparation for THE antiChrist or any big-time anti-Christ actors in general.  What better way to keep tabs on the operations of the dark side (who, what, where etc., they are influencing/controlling) than to send in "exorcists" trained to identify and monitor them.  We know that demons are arranged in a type of military order and the big ones rule over definite regions and subjects . . . and so, if you are a practitioner of the dark arts, you get access to greater dark power through knowledge and communication with the "principalities of the air" . . . . . .

Anyway, that's what I think is probably going on with this........

Monday, November 3, 2014

Its' Because Men, Women, Have Forgotten God

"More than half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened.

Since then I have spent well-nigh fifty years working on the history of our Revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous Revolution that swallowed up some sixty million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened.

What is more, the events of the Russian Revolution can only be understood now, at the end of the century, against the background of what has since occurred in the rest of the world. What emerges here is a process of universal significance. And if I were called upon to identify briefly the principal trait of the entire twentieth century, here too, I would be unable to find anything more precise and pithy than to repeat once again: Men have forgotten God.

The failings of human consciousness, deprived of its divine dimension, have been a determining factor in all the major crimes of this century. . . .

. . . . Dostoevsky warned that "great events could come upon us and catch us intellectually unprepared." This is precisely what has happened. And he predicted that "the world will be saved only after it has been possessed by the demon of evil." Whether it really will be saved we shall have to wait and see: this will depend on our conscience, on our spiritual lucidity, on our individual and combined efforts in the face of catastrophic circumstances. But it has already come to pass that the demon of evil, like a whirlwind, triumphantly circles all five continents of the earth. . . .

It was Dostoevsky, once again, who drew from the French Revolution and its seeming hatred of the Church the lesson that "revolution must necessarily begin with atheism." That is absolutely true. But the world had never before known a godlessness as organized, militarized, and tenaciously malevolent as that practiced by Marxism. Within the philosophical system of Marx and Lenin, and at the heart of their psychology, hatred of God is the principal driving force, more fundamental than all their political and economic pretensions. Militant atheism is not merely incidental or marginal to Communist policy; it is not a side effect, but the central pivot. . . .

Imperceptibly, through decades of gradual erosion, the meaning of life in the West has ceased to be seen as anything more lofty than the "pursuit of happiness, "a goal that has even been solemnly guaranteed by constitutions. The concepts of good and evil have been ridiculed for several centuries; banished from common use, they have been replaced by political or class considerations of short lived value. It has become embarrassing to state that evil makes its home in the individual human heart before it enters a political system. Yet it is not considered shameful to make dally concessions to an integral evil. Judging by the continuing landslide of concessions made before the eyes of our very own generation, the West is ineluctably slipping toward the abyss. . . .

All attempts to find a way out of the plight of today's world are fruitless unless we redirect our consciousness, in repentance, to the Creator of all: without this, no exit will be illumined, and we shall seek it in vain. . . .

. . . To the ill-considered. hopes of the last two centuries, which have reduced us to insignificance and brought us to the brink of nuclear and non-nuclear death, we can propose only a determined quest for the warm hand of God, which we have so rashly and self-confidently spurned. Only in this way can our eyes be opened to the errors of this unfortunate twentieth century and our bands be directed to setting them right. There is nothing else to cling to in the landslide: the combined vision of all the thinkers of the Enlightenment amounts to nothing. . . .

Our five continents are caught in a whirlwind. But it is during trials such as these that the highest gifts of the human spirit are manifested. . . ."

Solzhenitsyn: "Men Have Forgotten God" – The Templeton Address (less than 50% excerpted, fair use justified)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Going To Rome Anyone?

 Yes, I think it is quite clear (to those with Eyes) that Pope Francis is making way for the coming One World Religion, which "religion" will be a new-agey, relativistic, humanistic, conglomeration of all   anti-Bible-Christian cults and creeds.  It won't even leave out the atheists, as he made sure to include in one of his all-inclusive homilies (see below).

Such developments only tend to strengthen my conviction in the truth of the Reformed view of things.  For he is basically saying, along with ardent Arminians and human-free-will idolaters/proponents . . . that it is our WORKS which will "save" us, not GRACE/FAITH alone as the Bible states it:   "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast."  --Eph. 2:8-9

His Marxist/Humanist, anti-Christ leanings are obvious in such statements as:

“For me, hope is in the human person… I believe in man. I’m not saying man is good or bad, just that I believe in man.”  --Francis, Conversations, p. 220

It is hard to imagine a more un-Biblical, anti-Christian statement than that.  "Hope" in the "human person"?  The Bible teaches: "Blessed [is] the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is."  --Jer. 17:7

Paul says:  "For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope."  --Rom. 8:24

Francis sees his hope . . . which is in man.  This is flat-out demonic, blasphemous theology.  The Believer's hope is in Christ and Christ alone.

And Francis assures he is not "saying man is good or bad, just that I believe in man."

Again, I thank God for the light of Reformed vision, which is simply vision that Sees clearly into the meaning of scripture.  Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, New Agers, Wiccans, Pagans, JW's, and virtually all cultists disagree heartily with the Biblical/(and I assert "Reformed") view that mankind is THAT--that the human, man or woman can WORK their good works up to the point of salvation.  Whereas, Scripture teaches that repentance is a GIFT from God (2 Tim. 2:25) and that faith itself is a GIFT from God (not something you earn) (Eph. 2:8).

Francis' hope in man, refusing to cast man as "bad" robs God of His due glory, and is utterly Satanic, it is likewise flatly contradicted by Holy Scripture:  "All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, NOT EVEN ONE."  --(emphasis mine)Rom. 3:12
""There is no one righteous, not even one . . ." Rom. 3:10

Here are some other jarring and Biblically offensive statements from the communist-friendly, humanist Pope:

 “I often say that the only glory we have, as Saint Paul says, is that of being sinners.”  --Francis, Conversations, pp. 120-121

Our "glory" should we have any is only that which comes from Christ!  There is no glory in being a sinner.  Sin is an abomination to God!  ["God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day."  --Psalm 7:11;  "The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness," --Rom 1:18]

“It’s true that I was, like the rest of my family, a practicing Catholic. But my mind was not made solely for religious questions… I read Our Word and Proposals, a publication by the Communist Party, and I loved every article ever written by Leonidas Barletta, one of their best-known members…”  --Francis, Conversations, p. 39

“When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said.
“He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.”  --Pope Francis addressing the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Francis' opening the door to the acceptance of naturalist evolution is par for the course.  He obviously starts with man's words and supposed "science" and then wants to adjust the Word of God to that!

The theory of evolution proposed as a valid "scientific" explanation for origins . . . is a joke.  While "micro-evolution" and "adaptation" are observable and in line with Biblical teaching, "macro-evolution" as a theory is devoid of proof--it is an absurdity and the dirty little secret among many top scientists is that it is largely being abandoned as a satisfactory explanation of origins and so-called "species development".  (ie., see http://www.aboundingjoy.com/scientists.htm   ......  http://www.amazingfacts.org/media-library/book/e/33/t/how-evolution-flunked-the-science-test.aspx
 http://lamp-of-diogenes.blogspot.com/2013/04/more-and-more-scientists-are-abandoning.html

And here below is Pope F's notorious assertion that even atheists can get into heaven (based on their good works).  But I must add, that for many Christians who are quick to lambaste this statement, they ought consider that their own beliefs in  "universal atonement" . . . that "Christ died for everyone" are roughly in the same theological camp and bound for the same theological conclusion as Francis--along with all those who decry and deride the Reformed understanding of "limited atonement" (also known as "effective  atonement" or "particular redemption")

I wonder sometimes, does it not make such folks feel a bit uncomfortable to be sharing the same theological bed as this Marxist/humanist, universalist, blasphemous Pope? . . . . But I digress.........


 "The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter  that so much. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there."  --Pope Francis


“God is not afraid of new things!” Francis exclaimed in his homily Sunday. “That is why he is continually surprising us . . .  [we must make sure the church adapts methods to respond to the] "growing needs of our time and the changing conditions of society."  --Pope Francis

This one is another doozy from the false "Father".  "God is not afraid of new things" . . . . Really?  He made this comment when broaching the subject of "same-sex marriage" . . . where he was obviously trying to get the "conversation" started . . . which will eventually (I suspect) lead to some major revisions in the way the Catholic church treats homosexuality and gay marriage.

Anyway, it is a stupid, un-Biblical comment to make.  What has God said on the matter?

"What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun."  --Ecc. 1:9

Pope F's aside . . . seems to imply that God adjusts His truth and commandments (His Holiness in other words) according to the "changing times."  This is ludicrously un-Biblical and contradicts the revealed character of God which is un-changing and definitely does not yield to fallen society's current or "modern" changing "norms."  Murder is always wrong.  Idolatry is always wrong.  Romans 1:20-32 taught by Paul, which is the Word of God . . . is just as relevant today as when it was God-breathed!

An upside to the ongoing heretical and blasphemous verbal emissions by the humanist, universalist, Marxist-sympathizing Pope is that it ought to present some Christians with a good scale against which to balance their own Biblical and theological suppositions and beliefs.  We see that many word-faith, Arminian, free-will exalting Pentecostals are quite comfortable with Rome's new twists, for instance.  

And that ought to sound some alarms, and I would hope lead some to question just where their soteriological views have taken them. . . . To Rome?

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