Thursday, April 9, 2015
Riders of the Purple Sage
Tres Hombres . . . Me . . . Sky . . . Isaac . . . went on what I believe and experienced is likely the best horse riding expedition available in the country, if not the world . . . both because of the wranglers and the location which is one of kind--in our home state--southern Utah, red rock . . . Zion's Canyon area. Both Isaac and Sky really needed an experience like this as we have not had opportunity to do much in the way of vacations, getaways etc. It's been a pretty rote, humdrum, grindstone kind of life for them (due to various factors). This chance came up and I could feel God in it and so we took off for a couple days. Hopefully the rest of the video (a lot more exciting) I took turns out and I can post a bit on my Youtube.
Meanwhile, at the horse ranch . . . I suspected something (awesome) from the sincere and right-on prayer the lead cowboy gave to the group before we headed out--turns out the young man is a preacher! And not only that, as he and I got to talk afterwards--and he kept emphasizing "all things for the glory of God"--I began to suspect . . . and turns out the case--he's Reformed to boot! A Calvinist cowboy! He agreed that the main reason some Christians have an instant, negative reaction toward "Calvinism" . . . is that they simply don't understand it. They have a cartoonish, bumper sticker knowledge of Reformed theology . . . which "theology" WE would say is nothing other than simply BIBLICAL theology--THE WHOLE counsel of God--not just those parts pleasing to the man-centered tendency of the fallen nature's interpretation! Look at the context of the proclamation of the Holy Spirit through the disciple regarding teaching "the whole counsel of God":
" . . . .For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God. "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. "I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them." --Acts 20:27-30
Who area the "wolves"? I dare say they are those who leave out those truths which offend and challenge the humanist, man-centered mind. They are the ear ticklers, the "prosperity" pimps and the just plain wacky who concoct from their own traditions and biases what they deem will be pleasing to listener, to gain following, build "kingdoms". . . . Whereas, the Gospel is offensive to the natural man/woman. If it is all unicorns, sunshine and lollypops . . . and leaves out hard, dire truth.... it is nothing more than another lie, wrought from the father of lies . . . and all who cleave to it . . . go his place of eternal abode . . . where the unicorn becomes a slathering, malicious beast; there is no sunshine . . . and the lollypops are scorpions and snakes. . . .