Thursday, July 30, 2015

If We Truly Saw. . . .

:)Thanks guys... It gnaws at me every day . . . and has really all my life since quite young.  I remember being young . . . and astounded that everyone, especially the adults, were apparently utterly oblivious to the monumentality of the sheer fact of life.  What's it all about?  Why is no one seeking, imploring, yearning . . . to find the meaning and purpose of it?  Is this not astounding on its face . . . I would wonder . . . that here is this world, here are we . . . alive, experiencing existence; but then, the huge, unremitting bottom line at the end--death?  Does no one want to understand? 

My greatest fear was that something would happen upon growing up and I too would end up as one of these thoughtless, robotic creatures . . . simply moving about according to this or that stimuli or social expectation--no life in the eyes, no wonder, no desperation to find and obtain the truth.

The idea that there was no truth to be found was on its face absurd to me, so giving up or shrugging it off was out of the question.

No, I knew that for there to be this yearning--this constant drive to find the answer--meant that somewhere, somehow there indeed must be a solution.  I was "thirsty" . . . because there was water to be had.  I was "thirsty" . . . because I was actually alive . . . and the finding of that water meant life would go on.

Oh, if our eyes were truly opened . . . we would be horrified at the sin with which we are constantly engaged!  We do not love God.  It is only by His grace that we are saved from our desperate condition.

If we loved God as we should, as we will . . . we would rather die a thousand torturous deaths than commit one "small" sin against Him.  But we hardly believe in Him. Barely we do.  Instead, we love and believe in the world and in other creatures.  He is not fooled by our professions.  If we could really see the depths of our hypocrisy we would fall to the ground, unable to stand, mortified at the charade we play . . . as if it is getting us by.

No, we are in dire, dire straits.  We are excited and enticed by a thousand things before we are thrilled and enticed by God.  Tell us we are the winners of a money lottery and we are ecstatic, leaping for joy, laughing, bursting with new life. . . .

We claim to be saved by the grace of God, "chosen" for eternal life in fellowship with that God . . . and it slightly registers at all. 

We don't believe.  We don't see.  We don't care.  We don't love God. . . .

It is terrifying to behold the true situation. . . .

Furthermore, we care more about what other people think of us than what God is seeing from us.  We are afraid to proclaim the Gospel; afraid to lose our jobs, our friends, our possessions, our position in the rat race. . . .

Yet most of those people and things we fear more than God . . . are themselves slated for the fire.  They have nothing to say--no power over our souls. . . . Many of them are actually children of the devil and are satisfied to be going to Hell to live with their father, the devil.  Yet we worry what they think of us--what they might do to us . . . if we proclaim God's truth and warn them of His wrath.  We fear man, woman, child . . . more than the Lord.

How does He view that?  What lying, sniveling, cowardly wretches we are who claim to be the adopted royalty of Heaven!

The day starts . . . and it's ME ME ME ME all the day long; with perhaps a few seconds here and there with some half-hearted, vague looking in God's direction.  Then we go about sinning with abandon all the day long with no care or little care or even knowledge of the seriousness of our crimes piling up.  "One day I'll get it together and honor God" we say to ourselves. . . .  "But first, there's a bunch of things I want to do for myself and my idols--my own gods. . . ."

Words can't describe the magnitude and consequence of our situation--our very being.   We are made in the image of God, made by the very God of all the universe and all creatures . . . and are to be His representatives on this world in space and time.  We have been given that incredible, undeserved, HUGE opportunity and gift!  We have the opportunity--being made in the image of God and being the living temples of His Holy Spirit--to be His representatives, giving Him glory--to all the world.

Yet we profane our bodies, our minds, our hearts, our souls . . . with the filth of the enemy, nonchalantly, blaspheming our loving, benevolent Father's name through our daily thoughtless, Spirit-less habits, deeds, words, agendas, "dreams" . . . dragging His image through the mud--through the perverse and vile evil of the rebellious, sinful world. . . .

Where we could instead be living according to conscience, to the Spirit within . . . magnifying His glory and righteousness . . . in ourselves, through ourselves outward as a shining, purifying and exposing light to the world!

We would be horrified if we were to clearly and bluntly see how casually we are living and using His grace . . . compared to the stakes and glories at hand.  Deception is in key use by the enemy to keep us lulled and dull and habitual, missing the glory to be given, shown, lived EVERY DAY . . . if we but put ourselves, in priority, to love God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength and with all our mind. 

We don't even really try, do we?  Barely. . . .

And then we have the audacity to be outraged and self-satisfied as we look at the wicked world merely being the wicked world. . . .

Oh Lord, give us love of You!  Give us the eyes to see the real situation--how dire it is--our lackluster devotion and meager faith . . . while we chase after chimeras and the lures of the enemy.  Let us burn with a fire to know You, love You, serve You, glorify You EVERY DAY, in front of the world, unafraid, excited, in power, in grace, in truth! 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Doorways and Portals

Closing doorways, portals . . . to the temple . . . is key to maintaining and progressing along the way of sanctification--which is so necessary in these trying times.  Does anyone care?  Is it worth the bother?  I'm increasingly unsure. . . . Which is fine; there are a number of things I am putting off and cannot get to which could occupy the time I spend researching and relaying here . . . and I suspect it could pass without much of a notice or lament. . . .

But then, I blustered once that whether it were for one or thousands . . . I would carry on the same.

Anyhow . . . yes, what are the doorways--the access portals which keep the dark side forces inhabiting your space--what should be your temple of housing Holy Spirit?  Drugs--painkillers, sedatives . . . marijuana . . . booze. . . . Obviously anything pornographic, titillating--the "lust of the eyes", "--of the flesh". . . . Also, nowadays I am highly suspect that there is digital access . . . via different means.  Direct frequency manipulation through blunt wave trauma . . . and probably the more deadly and devious is the mental and emotional doorways and triggers used via social media, especially Faciebook.  I suspect and have experienced upon investigation . . . that the very moment you "log in" . . . you are quickly taken away, far away from the spiritual platform.  Well, to be more precise, from the HOLY Spirit platform or state . . . because indeed "spiritual" forces are at work, but of the enemy side. . . .

It is a serious matter . . . but most are lost in a trance and cannot even here such warnings.  They think they've got it under control.  But these are just a few of the doorways the enemy enters and makes himself at home within what should be a sacred space for the Spirit of truth and righteousness. . . .

Monday, July 27, 2015

Making Amends

I really am getting the spiritual message that this is indeed a time to make amends, "get right with God" . . . endeavor to become "spiritually prepared" as we are on the brink of some major shifts.  People we know we have wronged in the past . . . debts and apologies that we know we should address . . . addictions, habits, inclinations toward ungodly behavior . . . ought be dealt with as fast and as far as possible.  What we will need going into the coming tribulations is to be close to God, tight with the Spirit, on personal terms with the Master . . . Who will guide and protect us for our best ends. . . .

Those who serve under and look to the world and the worldly will be compounding their judgment and shame when the challenges and trials advance. . . .

More on this, fwiw . . . as these days progress, God bless

Friday, July 24, 2015

Turn From The World!

As far as your life in this world is concerned . . . believer . . . you are already dead.  Death of the worldly-seeking self is not optional and cannot be a partial measure.  Dead, done, fini┼í. . .

"Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.  Because of these things the wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience."  Col. 3:5-6

How embarrassing it will be--nay, devastating!--to stand before the Holy God on that day, bringing the "fruits" of your life's efforts, time, energy . . . and it is nothing but thoughtless, self-centered rubbish, meaningless, detestable baubles all to do with that life's lusts, greed, evil desires. . . .

A whole life lived in self-deception, with all your energy, time, money, attention . . . expended on self serving, self aggrandizing . . . for having sought the whole time to be well thought of in the eyes of other thoughtless, wicked men and women. . . .

What was truly done for Jesus?  What was sincerely done out of sheer gratitude and acknowledgement in consideration for the life and blood given--sacrificed on your behalf so that you could have eternal life spent with the God of all creation?

Nothing, or very little.  Perhaps an infinitesimal scrap and speck here and there when you miraculously experienced a rare moment of selflessness.  But even that is so surrounded with prideful, self-righteous smugness . . . that it is worthless to behold.

Listen, you who call yourself a "believer". . . . As far as this world is concerned, you are already dead, and your true life is a hidden one in the living God, through Christ. 

"Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.  For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God."  Col. 3:2-3

Wake up!  Do not allow yourself to be carried along in the sewer of the disobedient, lascivious, God-hating carnival barkers!  The enemy wants to take you away, divert you from holiness and the path of sanctification.  

What is truly done for Christ?  What is genuinely done in thrilling thankfulness for His having saved you from the eternal damnation you justly deserve?  For everything else done . . . will be burnt and tossed away, worthless, wasted, meaningless. . . .

All these empires, achievements, amusements, theatrics, aggrandizing efforts--all the running to and fro and checking status and latest updates on the wickeds' scandals and orgies of self pleasure and adornment . . . amount to NOTHING!  It is all rotten garbage to be cast into the fire.  Nothing but what is of and for and about God will remain, to give Him the glory He--and ONLY HE--is entitled to.

His wrath is coming--it is already here. . . . And still the so-called believers cackle and cavort and hold hands with the vile who hate God and defame and blaspheme the name of Christ hour after hour, heaping stores of judgment upon their own heads. . . . What terror it will be and already is for those who have the eyes to see it.

Do you have the eyes to see it?  Or does it seem only half bad and much of it enticing?

The depravity is so pervasive and so deep and such a part of the air we breathe that if we could actually see what we are living in and for . . . we would fall to pieces in horror--oh the horror of the filth and violence we participate in every day which is all aimed at attacking God and His sovereignty.

Look how the self fights and weedles and manipulates and dissembles constantly to avoid dying and how it still tries to hold on and push through some semblance yet of its own agenda, disguised in lofty motives.

What liars they are who claim to love God but use Him but as a marketing ploy to dupe and draw in other so-called believers where they get together stroking each other--supporting each other's delusion, calling it Godly!  What frauds!  False teachers, false prophets, fake "holy men" seething within with lusts and greed and disobedience, cloaking themselves in garments of purity which hide their stinking decay.

Liars, frauds, fools, slothful . . . lovers of self--not dead to self but striving to remain relevant and be the focus of adoration instead of the Lord being lifted up and the One focused on!


"Narrow is the gate, and confined is the way that leads to life, and there are few who find it."  Mat. 7:14

If "few" find the narrow, strict way . . . it means that many don't.  But most have been put to sleep; they walk and move in a trance of self-centered pleasure and power and fame seeking . . . all the day long, day after day.  None--or few, at least, have any real sense of how serious and ominous the situation is.  Not the worldly, current-affairs situation; that has always been dreadful and ominous regardless of the petty details.  But what is deathly serious and foreboding . . . is the fallen condition of man and of every human life; and how so many waste their lives on empty, shallow, vain pursuits while ignoring the horrendous consequences of a life lived in flagrant disobedience and flaunting of the will of God! 

He will not strive with us forever.  We are in time . . . and there is a limit to the time we have to wake up and die to this perverted, despicable, blasphemous mess--this selfish life we naturally fall into living. 

They--the ghouls and children of the devil--want you to shrink away from the seriousness of it. They scoff and mock and laugh . . . as they did to Noah.  They accuse and deride the one who calls out to the evil hearts to repent.  They hate the one who holds up the lawlessness and self-worshiping and who shouts "turn to God before it's too late!"

What vanity!  What meaningless meandering and wasted hours are spent on devious and foul diversion!  What time and resources and energy is lost--thrown away--on this world and its people which is doomed to judgment, slated for the fires of destruction. 

Only that which is for God, done in Christ Jesus will remain.  The rest is refuse, waste, vile fruits of rebellious self glorifying ghouls who will not--cannot prevail against their Maker. . . .

Turn from greed!  Turn from lust and folly!  Turn to holiness, to God!  Become pure, righteous, holy, serious, devoted . . . to the One who can save your soul!  The end is near!  It is always near--but a moment, a brief flash and a breathe away, inevitable!  Do not wait!  Rededicate yourself to the death of self, to rejecting this wicked world and its deceptions!  Stop serving the Evil One!  Cease hemming and hawing along the way!  Get right with God!  Put away the childish things and walk mature in the faith, sure footed, confident in the hope of eternity!

Amen, amen, amen!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

stationary earth



















Apparently more interesting evidence that the earth does not spin......

The Man Who Saw Tomorrow

AFFH is easily one of President Obama’s most radical initiatives, on a par with Obamacare in its transformative potential. In effect, AFFH gives the federal government a lever to re-engineer nearly every American neighborhood — imposing a preferred racial and ethnic composition, densifying housing, transportation, and business development in suburb and city alike, and weakening or casting aside the authority of local governments over core responsibilities, from zoning to transportation to education. Not only the policy but the political implications are immense — at the presidential, congressional, state, and local levels.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/420896/massive-government-overreach-obamas-affh-rule-out-stanley-kurtz

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I warned of these things back in '91......

Monday, July 20, 2015

Traitors and Demonic Conclaves

Ah . . . for a moment I must admit it is pleasant to see someone stand up to the traitorous, psychopathic bully Sen. John Mcshame.  "Songbird McCain" they call him--the vets and fellow POWs who know what a fraud he is.

And how disgusting the simpering, sniveling feminized fellow GOP'ers . . . tut-tutting Trump for his daring to shoot back at the perpetually condescending, dismissive, arrogant, name-calling joke-of-a-statesman.  I can't count how many times I've heard the treasonous, blustering coward McCain calling conservatives and patriots names such as "crazies" . . . "wacko birds" . . . "hobbits" and so on.

He's a zero, not a hero, and for once it's refreshing to see someone not falling for the red-faced self-righteousness and pomposity lavishing phony reverence for his supposed "heroic service".  It is well known that he made scores of anti-American propaganda videos to save his own hide while at the "Hanoi Hilton".  His injuries--his T-Rex arms--come from his crash and ill-executed ejection.  He was not tortured and he knows he is a fraud and a sell-out . . . which is why he has such a giant chip on his shoulder and is always defensive and attacking legitimate patriot citizens.  Besides not being a "war hero" he is actually one of the lowest of the low--one of the most despicable characters in government--a sell-out liar who has done tons of damage to the state he "represents" and the country he supposedly serves.

http://educate-yourself.org/cn/earlhopperinterview08feb08.shtml



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Meanwhile, here in "Zion" we are going to host probably what will be one of the biggest demonic conclaves since . . . well, maybe since last LDS "conference". . . .

"Parliament of the World Religions 2015" is being held here in Salt Lake City.  Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, feminists, Zen monks, Yogis "indigenous" Shamans and more will be gathering to discuss . . . THE most important issue(s) of the day. . . . You guessed it, "climate change" and "sustainability".  Oh, and "widening wealth gap and wasteful consumption."

In  other words, it's just more globalist, Agenda-21, Marxist drivel dressed up in saffron robes, healing crystals and turbans while patting itself on the headdress.

Guess who won't be welcome?  Reformed, born again, Protestant Christian evangelists.  The "diversity" and "inclusion" . . . unsurprisingly includes EVERYBODY . . . but anyone proclaiming Jesus Christ as the one, only, true way to world peace, justice, love, prosperity, harmony etc.

....."women, indigenous communities and youth" (unsurprisingly, roughly the same constituency of Obama and the communistic American Democratic party) are to especially coddled and buoyed.  White boys, white men, manly men, Christian men (and Christian women) . . . need not apply.  YOU are NOT included in the new diversity.

Oh, there are phony, liberal, heretical nominal "Christians" such as Brian McClaren who will be happily in attendance to blaspheme and diminish the God of the Bible, rubbing shoulders with devil worshipers, self-lovers and anti-Christs. . . . But something tells me Pastor Jason Wallace won't be chairing any panels. . . .

Can you imagine the dripping, pious egos that will be slathering down the halls of the Salt Palace at this thing, demons in tow, stinking up the joint amidst the patchouli and Chanel no. 666?

Way to go Salt Lake.  Nice job keeping up the tradition of heresy and abomination against the Truth by hosting the budding (rotten) fruit of the coming, anti-Christ, one-world religion. . . . 



No thanks, I'm pleased to NOT be "in".  I'm "out", praise God.


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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Clarification and Word of Warning

I want to back up a bit.... I don't want to put too much in that last prognostication.  Saying I "believe" the end comes in the 2060s is too much.  It is more that I suspect it.  No man knows the hour or the day. . . . It could be anytime.  I would hope it were sooner rather than later, although truly I only want what will be according to God's own purpose. 

Meanwhile, something comes as a warning which may apply to someone who hears it--it may be helpful to recall.  That is this:  Beware gifts or seeming niceties given from one who you know is not a servant of God but is yet a child of the devil.  Their fruits are always tainted.  It may appear a good thing, a fortuitous thing in the moment, but there will be strings attached . . . which may be long strings where the attendant evil is far out of sight but arrives eventually nonetheless.  We often are overly willing to overlook what we know about someone if in the present they are smiling, bearing gifts or some opportunity.  It is like any other deal with the devil.  The price is always high--much higher than the temporary lack or suffering which occurs if you were to reject the offering in the first place.

I am ever in awe of the real hatred and ill-will that lies in the hearts of the unregenerate against the saints, secreted away, who may be supposed friends, family, benefactors. . . .  The children of wrath . . . who serve their father the devil . . . will never bear good fruit.  Beware the temptation to look the other way for some immediate gain or boost.  As always in such cases, it is a lie.  Behind it is the intention for your destruction, misery, persecution. . .  Be strong in faith, bearing the fruit of self control . . . to go without, throwing yourself on the good graces of the Lord Who knows what is truly best for your soul in the long run.  Sometimes--I dare say often . . . in this world--that means deprivation and temporal suffering and foregoing . . . for a time--sacrifice . . . bearing iniquities of the fallen age . . . for His name's sake.

Usually, accompanying these seeming boons or "opportunities" . . . there is an illusion that all is well, or that the subtle evil involved can be managed and sussed out so that the poison of it is minimal or put away.  But deception is the main part of it, and if you could but see at that moment the reality of the thing before you, you would see a plate of scorpions, adders . . . meant to be loosed in your space, against and within you and your loved ones. . . .

Just a word of warning . . . if it may apply. . . .

Friday, July 17, 2015

The 2060s

If you were to skip ahead a thousand years or to the end of this age . . . there will be a way that it has all gone.  All the events of the past will be done.  It went a certain way--all the details of a the events and lives and courses through time will be what they are.  In that sense, what WILL happen is already there.  There is no deviating from what will be because it is going to happen a certain way and that is that.

This is how some are able to see the future, for it is already there; just not traversed yet.

Myself . . . I've recently come to suspect and believe to a degree that this world, this age will end in the 2060s. . . .

Time will tell. . . .

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hope and Change Precap

Every once in a while for kicks I like to see how we've done. . . . Amidst the euphoria of the "first black president" . . . I was not so hopeful.  Considering where things are at now, here is what I wrote:

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posted 11-9-08

"......not trying to be Mr. Wet Blanket here . . . but some immediate thoughts, only slightly tongue-in-cheek, meandered through my working consciousness yesterday . . . re anticipating or, if you will, simply pondering the trends to follow . . . .

Herein I announce: Brother Thomas' Quick Method Of Prognostication/Dialectic Trending (utilizing the lens of opposites to denote actualities . . . . heh . . . . .) "QMPDT"

Briefly, it goes like this:

--The new leader is promoted to bring a new profound UNITY .......
[so, actually there will be increased and more vociferous DIS-unity--more factions more divided and more violently so]

--He is expected to clean up "corruption" .......
[there will actually be MORE corruption and it will be more devious corrosive than ever before]

--We are told we now enter a "post-racial" era ......
[actually, race will become MORE of an issue, more divisive, more discussed, constantly in our faces and infused into every social, political and religious activity]

--We've been led to expect a decreasing militarization of the country, less warlike, even an end to hostilities with other nations ........
[look for INCREASED WAR and militarization of the country, MORE conflicts, and probably the inauguration eventually . . . soon of WWIII]

--It was proffered that the new executive would bring a lessening of terrorist activities and acts ......
[now begins the long expected terror attacks on "the homeland", plus an increase and widening field of "terroristic" activities throughout the country and world]

--Many, tired from the ongoing flim flams of the current regime, and the dire economic turmoil, voted for "hope" ......
[we enter one of the most HOPELESS times in history, with great despair, angst, anguish suicidal tendencies becoming rampant]

--Many expect now that the country can "come together" .....
[look for the country to fly apart--to break apart at the seams, with secessionist movements breaking out on several fronts and the real possibility of civil war]

--The new admin. claims to be working to save, help, revive the middle class .......
[actually, the middle class will be targeted for destruction, obliteration, destitution]

--Objectives have been laid out to "bring people up" from the "bottom", "spread the wealth"....
[look for the people on the "bottom", thus, to be crushed further and for wealth to be concentrated into even fewer and tighter hands]

--The new regime has ambitious plans to "fix" the education system and provide for wider opportunities for the masses to be "educated".......
[probably this means that in fact, education, true knowledge and actual learning will suffer greatly, and less and less people will actually receive an "education" but more than ever will be "dumbed down" and their independent thinking abilities destroyed]

--We are to expect a "fixed" and greatly expanded health care system .....
[fewer people than ever will be able to get decent health care, and what system was there, will be thrown into chaos and will greatly deteriorate]

--The new executive plans to deeply expand and buttress international poverty and disease relief .....
[poverty and disease will grow exponentially worldwide]

--We've been told that now we will get the "change we need"
[we will get the exact OPPOSITE of the "change we need"]"

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Christian Mystics? and Faux Paint Job

I'm surprised I hadn't heard of this character before as I have read and studied so much of India and its various "holy men" and religious sects.  Perhaps I have and just forgot.  Anyway, for any fellow history enthusiasts, below there is a brief tale of the Christian mystic (Sadhu) Sundar Singh.  I'm always curious about these generally accepted Christian "mystics" who appear to love and serve Jesus but generate doctrine that is . . . hmmm . . . questionable?  Are they genuine?  Are they following "angels of light"?  This Sundar's story is quite interesting, nevertheless. . . .

Also, here is some video of the faux painting job I recently did in St. George.  It was an unusual job in that it was mostly all faux style painting, where I painted over the old white, latex trim interior paint (doors, baseboards, crown etc.) to make it look like stained natural wood grain.  Very time consuming (it took about 13 different processes, layers--ie., drawing the knots, the graining, the shades of blended wood tone colors--to get the look I wanted for the client..... Also the roof was quite a feat--they wanted each roof tile hand painted a different color (from a palette of 6 colors I custom made)... sometimes done in the very hot, desert sun of southern Utah)..... (I need to fix the title from "My Movie" which youtube defaulted to for some reason to brother thomas/faux paint job)



God blesses you daily, praise God.
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When Sundar Singh’s mom died, the boy raged against the God of the Christians for, although a Sikh, he was being educated at a Christian school. Just fourteen years old, he formed a gang which harassed and persecuted believers. He burned a Bible to show his contempt for Jesus
His actions brought him no peace, and he determined to know the truth or die. One night he spent several hours asking God—“If there is a God”— to reveal Himself. Otherwise, he planned to throw himself under an early train.
Near morning, Sundar had a vision of Christ which transformed his life. Eyes shining with joy, he hurried to tell his father. His father was baffled. Just days before his son had burned a Bible and now he was embracing Christ. He attempted to change Sundar's mind, and when every strategem failed, he disowned the boy as a traitor to the Sikhs and even tried to poison him. Sundar survived, and became a yellow-robed “Sadhu” (holy man), wandering through India, Nepal and Tibet with the Gospel. By invitation, he also toured western nations to preach.
Christianity was not welcome in Hindu Nepal or in Buddhist Tibet. Sundar experienced many afflictions in his journeys to those places, and was imprisoned several times. He is thought to have died in 1929 when he ventured one last time into Tibet and was never heard from again.
The following is an account of his mysterious rescue from a death pit in one of his earlier mission trips to Tibet.
Excerpt from Mrs. Parker's Sadhu Sundar Singh

With a deep determination to make the name of Christ known in this hostile country the Sadhu continued his work, knowing that sooner or later bitter persecution would be his lot. At a town called Rasar he was arrested and arraigned before the head Lama on the charge of entering the country and preaching the Gospel of Christ. He was found guilty, and amidst a crowd of evil-disposed persons he was led away to the place of execution. The two favorite forms of capital punishment are being sewn up in a wet yak skin and put out in the sun until death ends the torment, or being cast into the depths of a dry well, the top being firmly fastened over the head of the culprit. The latter was chosen for the Sadhu.
Arrived at the place he was stripped of his clothes, and cast into the dark depths of this ghastly charnel-house with such violence that his right arm was injured. Many others had gone down this same well before him never to return, and he alighted on a mass of human bones and rotting flesh. Any death seemed preferable to this. Wherever he laid his hands they met putrid flesh, while the odor almost poisoned him. In the words of his Savior he cried, “Why hast Thou forsaken me?”
Day passed into night, making no change in the darkness of this awful place and bringing no relief by sleep. Without food or even water the hours grew into days, and Sundar felt he could not last much longer. On the third night, just when he had been crying to God in prayer he heard a grating sound overhead. Someone was opening the locked lid of his dismal prison. He heard the key turned and the rattle of the iron covering as it was drawn away. Then a voice reached him from the top of the well, telling him to take hold of the rope that was being let down for his rescue. As the rope reached him he grasped it with all his remaining strength, and was strongly but gently pulled up from the evil place into the fresh air above.
Arrived at the top of the well the lid was drawn over again and locked. When he looked round his deliverer was nowhere to be seen, but the pain in his arm was gone, and the clean air filled him with new life. All that the Sadhu felt able to do was to praise God for his wonderful deliverance, and when morning came he struggled back to the town, where he rested in the serai [a fortified or walled village] until he was able to start preaching again. His return to the city and his old work was cause for a great commotion. The news was quickly taken to the Lama that the man they all thought dead was well and preaching again.
The Sadhu was again arrested and brought to the judgment seat of the Lama, and being questioned as to what had happened he told the story of his marvelous escape. The Lama was greatly angered, declaring that someone must have secured the key and gone to his rescue, but when search was made for the key and it was found on his own girdle, he was speechless with amazement and fear. He then ordered Sundar to leave the city and get away as far as possible, lest his powerful God should bring sonic untold disaster upon himself and his people. Thus was Sundar delivered from a fearful death, and praised God for interposing on his behalf.

 http://www.captivefaith.org/modern/sundarsingh.php

http://www.tentmaker.org/biographies/singh.htm

Monday, July 13, 2015

Pertinent Points and Angles

I fell upon these passages . . . while loosely considering the times.  These verses struck me as especially pertinent related to staying in the right frame of mind and heart to cope in these days of judgment. . . .
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Open rebuke is better than secret love.

The prudent sees danger and hides himself, the naive goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely. 
Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.


Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into evil.


The one whose walk is blameless is kept safe, but the one whose ways are perverse will fall into the pit.



A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that makes haste to be rich shall not be innocent.


The one who trusts in himself is a fool, but one who walks in wisdom will be safe.


When the wicked are in authority, sin flourishes, but the godly will live to see their downfall.


An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous; and he that is of upright way is an abomination to the wicked.

O LORD, I know that the way humans act is not under their control. Humans do not direct their steps as they walk. 
Pour out your fury upon the nations that know you not, and upon the families that call not on your name.

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Prov. 27:5,12; 28:5,6,14,18,20,26; 29:16,27; Jer. 10:23,25

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Birds Of A Feather.....

ST. LOUIS, MO, July 10, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- "The New York-based "Satanic Temple" is filing a federal lawsuit against Missouri, claiming that state laws restricting abortion violate their "free exercise" of Satanism.
The suit identifies abortion as an essential religious duty for Satanists.
Missouri's "informed consent" law educates women about the facts of abortion and what's going on inside her body, and its 72-hour waiting period between initial contact and the major surgery of abortion is intended to give mothers time to think the information over before having irreversible, elective surgical procedure.
The individual that the Satanists are using to bring their lawsuit, "Mary Doe,"  went to the St. Louis Planned Parenthood pregnant, and submitted a letter stating that her religious beliefs in Satanism require no informed consent and no waiting period before abortion. "

=more at:
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/satanists-sue-missouri-pro-life-laws-violate-our-religious-beliefs

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Because . . . God.

As I understand it the Bible is slightly more of an ACCOUNTING vs. a HOW-TO document.  [And the phraseology of that statement eludes to a thesis viewpoint that I think I could easily spend a book or two writing about, fleshing out, but on to a much shorter analysis. . . .]

As in, while it functions practically . . . applied to the day-to-day . . . within this world of present space and time . . . it (the Word of God) is primarily a depiction--a revelation of . . . what was, what is and what will be; how it all went, goes and will go; and not so much a text meant to dictate how things OUGHT to be.

If it were a text describing how things OUGHT to be . . . but aren't . . . as many thoughtlessly take it, it would mean that God failed in a sense; He is not able to achieve the ends He seeks, thwarted by the "autonomous free will" of humankind.  Instead I read and believe that the Bible is a written, revealed work which shows that God achieves exactly and perfectly just what He wants to be, past, present and future.

Now, I still ponder and wonder about the "personal responsibility" issue, which I thoroughly enjoy stewing over as I am ever in awe and wonder and curiosity over the ways, personality, objectives etc., of The Creator.  I love everything about Him, including that mystery that is involved from the human perspective; and as I've stated before, I believe it is such that we will spend eternity forever exploring the vast reaches of His mysterious, wondrous essence and creativity and nature, as He continually reveals more and more of it, unending, for our pleasure and edification.

One clue I've noted, mentioned before . . . is from personal experience.  While I fully believe and accept the "golden chain of redemption":  "For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified", (Romans 8:29-30) . . . meaning . . . that God is in Sovereign control of my life . . . I also have no sense or feeling or inclination whatever to presume that somehow I am not myself personally responsible for the sins I have committed.  While I believe that God has designed me to be just who and what I am . . . I in no way think or feel that HE is somehow responsible for the sins I have committed--from which I need saving.  I do not blame anyone but myself for my personal lawless, disobedient, fallen nature behavior and attitudes . . . when they have or continue to . . . occur.  And I feel this to be utterly correct.

Somehow I believe and know that . . . as a sinner, I deserve Hell, even though God has pre-ordained everything that happens in this world of present space and time.

How this can be, I am not sure but one possibility I consider . . . could be the way it is.

What if God simply declares that it is so?  And, being the Sovereign--against Whom . . . no other person or reality can contradict or challenge--God is able to simply say this is the way it is . . . AND IT IS!

God created a reality--a world--where the fallen and rebellious exist AND He also declares that we are responsible for our sinful, disobedient nature and actions.  Is this "fair" many ask--(or flat-out complain it isn't)? 

Well, according to OUR perspective, it may seem not.  But it is not OUR perspective that rules--that is the order of reality.  God, being Sovereign over all, Who does just what He wills to do, perfectly, righteously . . . is the standard for what is "fair" . . . "good" . . . "proper" . . . by definition.  So it is actually meaningless to question whether the way God operates is "fair" or not.  Of course it is!

. . . .Maybe not according to OUR fallen, finite, limited, darkened, sinful perspective.  But God may do anything He intends to do, which will always comport with His nature, His character (which is good, holy, perfect, loving, just). . . .

When God said, "Let there be light" . . . there was.  Is it necessary for The Creator first to have access to electromagnetic rays and atoms and molecules before He figures out how to "create" light?  Or can He not, by being THE CREATOR, simply declare "let there be light" and there is?

If God the Father intends that He will send His Son to suffer His wrath against sin, by being executed viciously upon a cross . . . can a created being argue and say this is not "right" . . . "fair" . . . "good" . . . "loving"?  Well, yes they can argue that . . . but it is irrelevant in the extreme.  Since God the Father is ALWAYS "right" . . . "fair" . . . "good" . . . "loving" . . . the answer is an unequivocal "YES!"

God is God.  He may declare something into existence (ie., light . . . the plan of salvation . . . man being responsible for his own actions etc.,) and it instantly becomes exactly what He declares it to be and nothing else.

Whether I or anyone deems it "fair" or "sensical" or not is wholly beside the point.  God made me who I am, predestined me for a certain purpose according to His will and plan . . . demanded perfection . . . AND He declared that I am responsible for my failure to measure up to His standard and thus, deserving of eternal punishment.  How dare any creature--especially fallen, mortal, sin-wracked creatures question the why, how, what, who, where, when of ANYTHING that God has perfectly declared to be?  What arrogance!  What foolishness!

Now, I am not done thinking on this seeming conundrum nonetheless.  But for now, this is a possibility I can easily live with. . . .

Friday, July 10, 2015

Loving The Author's Whole Work

I believe that one of the most depressing, angst-inducing, demoralizing viewpoints to maintain--especially during these times . . . is the idea that people each have their own, autonomous free will.  I know it is aggravating, disturbing and sad to watch the traditions, institutions, principles etc. of one's own culture being systematically torn apart and destroyed.  All the more when you know it is a small, vicious minority doing it.  Whenever the Godless collectivists have overthrown a people from within it has always been done by a few, dedicated, conspiring minority.  One of their primary strategic weapons is to rewrite history and eliminate all of the major connecting cultural webs that kept the society robust and prospering.

I submit that if you don't have a proper theological viewpoint on the situation you are highly susceptible to debilitating resentment and demoralization; which, of course, is the goal of the enemy--to cause defeat psychologically prior to physical, pervasive conquest.

When you see such devious, destructive methods and supplanting ideologies being forced onto your unwitting family, friends and countrymen . . . how do you genuinely follow the commands of your Lord to "love your enemy"?  I don't think, for the serious, authentic disciple it is okay to just throw up your hands and say, "sorry, I can't, I won't."

I don't spend my time and energy here writing for part-timers or nominals.  I consider it a waste of time and affront to God to address anything less than the best, the highest, the most dedicated.  If you are not for Him you are against Him.  There's only one of two ways to go.  I have no interest in playing at Christianity. 

Hot or cold.  Passion for the Truth is how it's got to be, otherwise go ahead and line up with worlders in one of their various guises.

So . . . watching this horrific train-wreck unfold . . . and clearly seeing the hypocrisy, subterfuge, decadence and outright wickedness and blasphemies being conducted by the committed destroyers, how is it even remotely possible to maintain Christian quantities like compassion, love, faith . . . ?

I have found that my theological perspective is proving invaluable.  As they say, "theology matters." And, of course, I believe it is the correct--or at least closest to correct perspective which brings with it the actual power to transform, as it ought to if it's true. 

If I think that people have autonomous will . . . and could be good and decent if they only just decided to--that they stand in a neutral, autonomous position looking at the world able to clearly discern right from wrong, productive/life affirming from destructive/desecrating . . . then I have no sympathy.  It is easy to detest those who pervert and destroy all that is good, noble, innocent.

If I think that everyone has the same free will to choose good over evil . . . it is easy to feel better, smarter, more righteous etc., than those who turn from God to follow the deceiver.  If we are all equally free and able, then it must be that I, of and in myself, am more spiritual, more intelligent for deciding to side with the Creator.  I can feel justified deploring and resenting the dark-minded fools who hate God and seek the worst for humanity. . . .

Pride, self-righteousness, superiority,  smugness are bound to follow that theological perspective.

But if I realize, as scripture shows, that I have nothing--NOTHING!--whatsoever to do with my having seen the Light . . . and that it is ONLY because God so ordained it . . . then I have no place wherein to boast.  Only gratitude, thankfulness, humility can follow where I know that I have done nothing to deserve God's grace and mercy, that He made me to See and Hear.  Furthermore, with the knowledge in mind that God is sovereign over ALL . . . including that, for His own perfect and holy purposes, He has "made the wicked for the day of destruction" . . . some "vessels for common use" . . . I am more in a frame to have compassion and pity on those fulfilling the role of villains. 

Then when I look at the "bad actors" who are determined to fight God and God's people I see them more as pawns, specially designed pieces to function as, for instance, a means of God's judgment and wrath meted out in the present age; and as an object lesson revealing what the Godless world looks like.  There but for the grace of God would the saints be as well.

Though they are genuinely evil and children of the devil, all of it is subject to and designed to be as it is according to the will of God.  To be hating or resenting these characters within the grand display would be like seriously hating and resenting the antagonists in some author's novel.  It is really an affront and disrespect to the author to disparage, hate, question, 2nd guess the dark characters he has created for the overall ultimate purpose of his work.  Within the context of entering into the Author's work, yes, I am against the villains, but it does not enter into the depths of my heart.  It is a superficial loathing--real to a point, but doesn't cause me ie., debilitating angst, depression, hatred, demoralization . . . in my actual life.

We war not with flesh and blood. 

Now, the argument usually shot from the other side is:  "But then how can they (the evil doers) be held responsible for what they do if they are just "pawns" as you say?"

Beneath this also is the problem that people don't like to be thought of as pawns themselves.  But here I just see the rebel still fighting.  Here is man-centeredness, elevating the self, the human above the Sovereign yet again.  Who is it that argues that God ought not have pawns?  More 2nd guessing perhaps?  So what if we only have "free will" according to the limits of our created nature and destiny as intended by the Author?  Yes, it appears as though we do have some degree of autonomy ("free will") . . . but it is not unfettered, absolute.  It operates within the prescribed areas of God's design and purposes. . . .

It is a seeming nonetheless, I agree (how we are yet responsible for our sin) . . . and I will address this next, so far as I've been able to discern it. . . .

God bless and strengthen you in the Truth.......



 

 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Walking The Ancient Paths

I'm all about the process of sanctification.  I love it; to be ever more conformed to the image of the Son (Rom. 8:29).  Most of what I write here is toward this purpose--the daily, hourly walk along the path of righteousness; attention and application to the "ancient paths" (Jer. 6:16).

This is a real, practical discipline I have just written about which can help in self analysis to determine where your state of faith lies.  "If you love Truth . . . then you love ______" allows you to ascertain where strongholds of resistance remain in your soul against God.

I've heard it often from certain Christians--pastors even--who will say something like, "I don't LIKE doctrine of Hell . . . but that is what the Bible teaches, so I have to believe it to be so."  Or, "I don't LIKE that not everyone gets saved, but that's just the way it is."  Or, "I don't really understand or like that God commanded that the Amalekites all be killed, men, women and children--in fact I hate it, but that is what His Word says so. . . ."

And I have once felt somewhat the same; even now some of these hard teachings give me a moment's pause according to my natural (man-centered) reaction. 

But then, I have since learned to love and trust God so much that I want to love ALL that He does and did.  If I personally understand it or not . . . or have knee-jerk, humanistic reactions to it . . . is beside the point.  I want to love the Truth, and I do (as far as able) love the Truth, Who is Christ, Who is God--the same God who said ""Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" (Matt. 19:14) . . . as also told Saul, "Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys."  (1 Sam. 15:2-3)

If I find a cognitive dissonance involved between these depictions of the Lord, where I cheer one on but turn away in disgust from the other . . . then I have discovered a stronghold of sinful resistance which ought to be thrown down.  Many just stop there at the discomfort and shrug and say something like, "Yeah, I don't like all the things that happened in the Old Testament that God did . . . but anyway, I just mostly look at the 'red letters'."  As if  the Bible contains the history and teachings and depictions of two different Gods, one really nice and gentle and loving . . . and the other one sort of petty and vindictive.  The intellect may accept that what we have is the one, same God; but the heart breaks away and rejects a portion of the Divine.

And . . . that would be blasphemous.  It is not a small, shrugging matter to continue to hold within . . . in hidden recesses of the soul . . . revulsion or disagreement or rejection of God.  Yet many, if not most do and don't even realize it.  I want to love the Truth and with my mind AND heart love the "whole of the counsel of God."  (Acts 20:27)

Which is why I like to go to the so-called "hard teachings" of the Bible and check myself out there; see what my real, inner response is.  If I do not love all that God is and does--if I do not follow the first greatest commandment to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind" . . . then I'm falling short as a disciple.

I have found that learning to love God, love the Truth . . . in ALL His aspects, instead of simply glossing over some that are more offensive or difficult (to my natural self) . . . it propels me to a higher, deeper, more robust and broad appreciation and love and devotion to ALL that the Lord is.

Rather than turn, or run away from such "natural" difficulties . . . I find my mind widens to a new level of righteousness as it seeks to rationally comprehend the full personality and nature of the Creator.  As a result, in practical living . . . day to day . . . I also find that I stabilized and anchored ever more securely to the rock of Truth and capable of dealing with the many challenges presented in this world, especially at this tumultuous time where the faith (thus my own faith) is being attacked constantly from many sides.  I want to love and praise God in all His ways knowing that His glory is shown in everything . . . as it is, as He is.  This is the walk of sanctification--to be more like the Son Who loves the Father and is one with the will of the Father as I am to be one with the same.  This is the walk of the ancient paths.

Monday, July 6, 2015

What We Treasure

I love the Truth.  With a perfect love?  No, it's flawed of course, like me . . . but through the years while searching for the Truth, wanting the Truth . . . then finding the Truth . . . I have learned to love the Truth. 

This has meant a steady, conscious and continuing effort at submitting to God's sovereignty and loosing the urge to resent it or secretly try to countermand or finesse around what He's wrought . . . and writes . . . remembering "not me, but HE"!

I use to love a lie--when I was lost.  Being my own god, I lived in a world I created . . . where I was king and always winning regardless of how things were going in reality; there was always a way to justify things--consequences, results (from being a lost fool). . . . The emperor with no clothes. 

And oh what freedom there seems to be when you are "creating your own reality", where you are able to construct and revise and adapt as you go--where everything is relative . . . centered only on selfish wants and supposed needs.  Everyone and all circumstances are made to fit and maintain that delusion.

Ahhh . . . is this not the way of the world?  Do we not hear the pied piper of doom's siren-call reflecting back through all in that concocted realm . . . saying, "create your own reality" . . . "you can be anything you want to be" . . . "follow your heart" . . . "don't let them keep you down". . . .

But it's all illusion.  In that state you think you are making your own way . . . but if you could but see in the light of Truth . . . you would see yourself a monster, bound in chains, a slave ring in your nose . . . as the one who hates you most leads you stealthily to your destruction.

When the Lord shined His light onto me . . . I was horrified.  It was "the great dressing down."  And since then, although stumbling at times, as I follow the path of righteousness . . . I have learned to once again love holiness and Truth and light.   It's not a lazy way.  I work it out with fear and trembling . . . and thrill and delight.  [I say "once again" because in the innocence of my youth I recall visitations of holiness--the experience of His righteous presence . . . which is a presence that is more real and lovely and magnetic than any other experience.]

If you love the Truth . . . you love that many are called but few are chosen.  Because that is what He said.

If you love the Truth . . . you love your brothers and sisters and you love others.  You love God above all and seek to love others like you love your self, which causes you to be sacrificial, giving, tolerant, compassionate, understanding.  A good father takes no "pleasure" when he needs to discipline his child, but it is right and good that he does so when necessary.

If you love the Truth . . . you take no pleasure in the death of the wicked--but would that they turn from their wicked ways and live.  There is no contradiction in loving that God is a righteous judge and shows His wrath every day while yet taking no pleasure that the wicked rebel.

If you love the Truth . . .. you love every day reading about, thinking about, doing about . . . the things of God and you abhor and resist the temptations of the world and all its distractions and meaningless pursuits.

If you love the Truth . . . you seek those others who love the Truth and avoid those who waste their time and energy on meaningless self-serving, self-glorifying entertainments and endeavors.

It takes effort . . . sacrifice . . . intention . . . practice . . . like anything we become better and more efficient at.  Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. . . .

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Nothing BUT The Truth!

If you love the Truth . . . then you love that Jesus was compassionate and merciful to sinners when He met them in the flesh, walking the earth . . . and you also love that God is a perfectly just judge Who hates sin . . . and "hates the hands that shed innocent blood" . . . He hates "haughty eyes, a lying tongue". . . . He hates "a false witness who breathes out lies".  (Prov. 6:17, 19).  You love that He loves, and love that He hates . . . as His Word reveals.

If you love the Truth . . . you love the Holy Spirit, Who is a person and Who convicts us of our sin.  You love the shame and guilt He causes brought by the Truth, caused by the Spirit when He shows you your corrupt, fallen nature.  You also love the comfort and guidance He gives when He reveals to you that you are saved by the gracious, fully effective sacrifice of the Lamb.  (John 16:8, 14:18, 15:26)

If you love the Truth . . . you love that God designed a chosen people and set aside for them a "promised land" (Gen. 15:18-21).  You love that God caused plagues on Egypt and its rulers for not releasing the enslaved chosen of God, including the killing of all Egypt's "firstborn" . . . where He ordered "Every firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne to the firstborn of the female slave who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the livestock."  (Ex. 11:4-5)

If you love the Truth you love that Jesus personally, compassionately healed lepers, cripples--the lowest of society . . . that He loved and sought the protection of little children and that He ministers to and comforts you even now.

If you love the Truth you also love that He, God--because of its sexual perversity, along with its inhabitants' haughtiness, gluttony, and hardness of heart toward the poor--utterly destroyed Sodom with a rain of brimstone and fire, leaving it a desolation to this day.

If you love the Truth . . . you love that God saved some (His church, His children) from His own wrath against the global sinfulness and disobedience of this fallen world's inhabitants . . . and that He did it by sacrificing His own son as a propitiation for divine justice's demands . . . and you love that He intends an eternal paradise to harbor those saved where they will live together in glory, in Godly perfection.  If you love the Truth you also love that God makes a place of punishment--an eternal fire for "the devil and his angels" and for "those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus" who "will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power."  (Matt. 25:41, 2 Thess. 1:8-9)

If you only love some of the Truth (assuming even that much) but reject other facets of the Truth . . . you lack faith.  You show your mistrust of God and His ultimate goodness, holiness, perfection.

It is a good barometer of where you stand in faith which depends on how much of the Truth you love.  If you love only part of the Truth, perhaps you really don't love the Truth at all but instead love a false picture of the Truth, which means you love a lie.  As a disciple of the Truth, it is incumbent to love the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth.  Praise God!  I pray that myself, and any professing disciple of The Master, Who IS the Truth . . . learns to love the whole Truth and nothing but the whole Truth, amen!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Learning To Love Truth

"They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie . . . and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but took pleasure in wickedness."  2 Thess. 10-12

The goal is to learn to love the truth.  It doesn't come naturally.  On the contrary, as you see it in little children even, the tendency is to lie and if allowed to proceed unchecked the child learns how to manage lying, sprinkling in just enough truth to get by.  For many it becomes habitual, almost necessary like breathing, done with little extra thought or concern.  Little lies, big lies and overall the whole life is a lie.  The fantasies of the child become the delusions of the adult.  We believe we are basically "good people" . . . when really we are ignoring or spitting in the face of God all day, every day . . . as nothing is done for His glory but instead for the glorying of the self.

And if it continues on and on, with no real pain of conscience . . . it becomes a thrill to deceive, to "get over".  Eventually 2nd Thessalonians comes into play and the Lord makes it so that the rebel falls into loving a lie.  Look at the situation presently--those who exult, cheer, celebrate lies made official with the stamp of government approval.  They revel in the lie and they genuinely hate the truth, violently . . . with a passion.

What a terrifying thing.  What a nightmare of a judgment. . . .

To be handed over to the father of lies . . . so that you can not longer even perceive truth but live only in a state of perpetual deception, a monstrous fantasy, disconnected and adrift far away, deep into the waters of wholesale destructive illusion!

Many who claim to love and follow the truth . . . do no such thing.  They loosely acknowledge the Word of God, Who IS Truth itself . . . Who reveals the Creator's character, personality and attributes . . . His interaction with the creatures of time . . . but they only will see and accept those parts of His revelation which comport with their own personal predilections, likes and dislikes. . . .

They do NOT love the truth.  They yet love a lie for they reject aspects of the Lord they personally disagree with, rather than see Him as He is and love all that He is and does.

They make excuses for Him--they are ashamed, embarrassed by Him and so concoct a version of Him which will not so offend the world and then they worship and extol this false god.  They call Him "love" . . . but they have their own opinion what "love" is and what it looks like and how a "loving" God would be.  They won't let God define "love".  They reject the real God of love and instead worship the false god of lies and false "love".

Learning to love the Truth is what it's all about here.  Seeking that Truth . . . then, upon finding it/Him . . . coming to Him naked, with nothing, humble to accept and glorify ALL that He reveals Himself to be.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Holding The Line

Hopefully tomorrow night and a couple other times, we are going to get the chance to meet (and hear some talks and a sermon by) Dr. James White who is visiting Pastor Jason Wallace's church here. . . . A great opportunity to be with other salt and light holding the front line amidst the ever rising pitch of the spiritual, last days battle. . . .
 
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“The primary emphasis of biblical Christianity is the teaching that the infinite-personal God is the final reality, the Creator of all else, and that an individual can come openly to the holy God upon the basis of the finished work of Christ and that alone. Nothing needs to be added to Christ’s finished work, and nothing can be added to Christ’s finished work. But at the same time where Christianity provides the consensus, as it did in the Reformation countries (and did in the United States up to a relatively few years ago), Christianity also brings with it many secondary blessings. One of these has been titanic freedoms, yet without those freedoms leading to chaos, because the Bible’s absolutes provide a consensus within which freedom can operate.
 
"But once the Christian consensus has been removed, as it has been today, then the very freedoms which have come out of the Reformation become a destructive force leading to chaos in society. This is why we see the breakdown of morality everywhere in our society today — the complete devaluation of human life, a total moral relativism, and a thoroughgoing hedonism.
Without a strong commitment to God’s absolutes, the early church could never have remained faithful in the face of the constant Roman harassment and persecution. And our situation today is remarkably similar as our own legal, moral, and social structure is based on an increasingly anti-Christian, secularist consensus.” --Francis Schaeffer
 
 “If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved and to be steady on all the battle front besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.” --Martin Luther
 
 

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