Per Fidem Intrepidus means "Fearless Through Faith". My courage isn't my own, it comes from the Holy Spirit, it's my faith in God and my personal savior Christ Jesus that calms my fears and allows me to move forward in this fallen world. Personally I'm afraid of a lot of stuff, but having the faith that Jesus adopted me as his little, sin filled, brother keeps me going.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Random Bits

'I started to pray for the lost souls there who are dying without knowing Jesus Christ. I prayed to the Lord saying: "I want to be a salt and light in this place for these poor souls".' - A North Korean prisoner's prayer as she faced a life of torture and death in a North Korean concentration camp. No place on earth abuses their people like this,  the UN released a 372 page report on the horrific crimes against humanity that is North Korea. 

While it's neighbor to the south truly is The Land Of The Morning Calm (mornings in South Korea are beautiful), the land to the north is unspeakable in it's evil. Pray for those trapped in Kim Jung Un's personal playground of death and torture, and pray for those that are reaching out and bringing the word of love and salvation to East Asia 

Ministers! You need to read this - atheists want to do away with the housing allowances for pastors

North Korea's neighbor to the north, China is also oppressive to Christians

Hindus in India are stepping up their attacks on Christians

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wretched Wednesday - Arguing With The Unsaved

It was one week ago today that I posted a Wretched Radio video discussing the biblical role of women in the church, in particular the female elders. Just the concept of a female elder is unbiblical, because it's clearly stated in Titus 1:6 that the first (of several) qualifications of Eldership is - 
namely, if any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion.
That's it. No argument. An Elder is a man and a husband that is raising (or has raised) children. Single men and women need not apply, but thank you, there's literally hundreds of other ways you can glorify God in this church, have you thought of chairing the Food Bank committee? Working with us at the homeless shelter? Help out at the nursing home? Why do we do this?? 

Reason #1 - This Is What The Bible Says.
Reason #2 - When in doubt, refer to Reason #1

That's the price of being a Christian - we do what our Lord and Master tell us to do. Last weeks post got in the of some folks. I really doubt they were followers of this blog, I am assuming that they heard of my post through the grapevine or from a Google search (seriously? Google linked to a Christian blog? *gasp!* Hey, miracles happen).

Monday, April 16, 2018

Women in Leadership = Slavery???

A very brand new reader of this blog recently asked: 
Women in leadership and slavery are very similar subjects. If we can on the basis of two scriptures forbid women from assuming leadership roles, can we on the basis of Paul REGULATE slavery?
The statement that "women in leadership and slavery are similar subjects" is not only false but it is quite misleading. There is absolutely no sane similarity between a slave living his/her life away in drudgery, and a woman fulfilling the duties of mayor of a city, a position that she was elected to do. The entire thing is illogical.

Is this writer is trying to compare carrots and cows because both are found in a field? His comparison of them tells me that since they were both found in the bible and they are both in epistles from Paul they must be inexorably tied to each other. I write a lot about things I find in the bible, but in other venues I write about railroad history, does that rock solid connection mean that railroad history can be found in the bible?

Paul's letters to Timothy spoke of not putting women in a position of teaching men are just one part of his instructions on how a congregation is to conduct itself. Not how society is governed but how the body of Christ worships their savior. There is nothing that says or implies "This is how the secular world must operate in their mundane affairs." It is clear this person was reading 1 Timothy 2:12, taken out of context, because that's the only way one can come up with a meaning that they chose to assign to it. 

Clearly some people don't like Paul's admonishment that women are not to teach men when in worship. The word Paul used that we translate to "man" is "anēr" (ἀνήρ) which can mean man, men, husband, male fiance, group of men, or even a group of people which includes men and women.  (Kind of like the word "man" is used to day. Stunning.) Since Paul is speaking of group worship I'm going to assume that he means all of these definitions of ἀνήρ, and because I am not God's editor (I'm his worshiper) I will use all those definitions too because this entire chapter is instructions for a congregation to conduct themselves. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Random Bits

I remember many people asking that if it were ok for students to walk out of school to protest gun violence would it be ok for students to walk out of school to protest abortion? Students at Rocklin High School in Northern California asked their administration just that, and guess what the administration said. Go on, guess!

I never saw this one coming

New California bill threatens those who believe homosexuality is a sin with legal repercussions (if you didn't see this coming you haven't been paying attention)

THE WORLD IS GOING TO END! I am going to have to add this to the list.

Is this the end of Heavenly Tourism? gosh I hope so

False teacher extraordinaire Bill Hybel's has stepped down from his Pulpit Of Heresy for reasons which are not revealed

Is God going to kill me for my remarks about Bill Hybel being a false teacher? Francis Chan says yes.

What part of the word "Chaplin" don't you understand?