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.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day

On this Earth Day, rather than worshiping an inanimate rock that doesn't know or doesn't care about you, let us praise and worship God, who gave us the earth because He loves us

Saturday, April 15, 2017

To Deceive, if Possible, Even the Elect.

There is a ton of videos on YouTube that show the similarities between Easter and pagan rituals, beliefs, and fables. The saddest part is I have only paid attention to the videos that are from Christian sources and they concentrate on those similarities. Many of these videos concentrate on rabbits, eggs, hot cross buns and crossing oneself, and tie them to ancient Babylonian beliefs and much of that is unrelated to modern silliness regarding rabbits, eggs, hot cross buns and crossing oneself.

The silliness about rabbits, and eggs comes to us via German Lutheranism and has it's roots more in Christmas and Santa Claus than in ancient Babylonian myth that Europeans had completely no idea of until the 18th century. The word Easter doesn't come from Ishtar - it comes from the word Eostre which is the early Anglo-Saxon word for the Spring Equinox 

Ishtar the Mesopotamian goddess has nothing to do with Easter and everything to do with Isis the Egyptian goddess and Aphrodite the Greek goddess. Each of these "mothers of Heaven" had a lover that was slain and was restored in some form thanks to Ishtar/Isis/Aphrodite. Ishtar restored Tammuz, Isis restored her brother/lover/husband Osirus, and Aphrodite restored her lover Adonis. 

All of this has nothing to do with Jesus, the true Son of God, brutally tortured and executed as a sacrifice for our sins and risen in glory from the dead. If anything these fairy tails prove only that when Satan comes up with a good lie that's pleasing to ears desiring a good tickle he likes to tell it over and over to distract us from the truth and to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 

I'm sure we can all agree that there is no queen of heaven even if one is being worshiped by the neo-pagans and has crept into LDS teachings, and that to worship one is purely blasphemy as loudly proclaimed in Jeremiah 7:18. At first glance (and second and third glances) these Christian sourced videos appear to connect Easter with these pagan rituals. Rather than properly showing the difference between these fables and the pure truth of God many of these videos instead concentrate on the similarities between the truth and the lies. 

I believe that this is a plot crafted by Satan. A 'baby christian' still trying to grow in their faith sees this or someone who is still considering the possibility of God's truth sees this and their reaction is that Christianity is all a lie. Satan wins. 

We should be concentrating on Jesus' victory over sin, not the lies of Satan. and if your 3 year old finds a colored egg behind the couch, so what? We are commanded NOT to quarrel about holidays which includes how we like our eggs after Easter service - hard boiled and colored or over easy 
5 One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God. (Romans 14:5-6)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Spurgeon Thursday - I'm Sick of Being Sick

My personal health has been waning these past few weeks, but some things will get better soon, but still, I'm sick of being sick. 

Charles Spurgeon on the other hand actually saw the Holy Spirit at work in his maladies. Spurgeon suffered from chronic nephritis, a kidney inflammation similar to Lupus. At the age of 35 he was diagnosed with gout, a painful inflammation of the joints. In 1886 he said, “When I am suffering very greatly from gout, if anybody walks heavily and noisily across the room, it gives me pain” 

But worse, he Spurgeon also suffered from depression. “I do not suppose there is any person in this assembly who ever has stronger fits of depression of spirits than I have myself personally” Early in his career he witnessed seven people trampled to death during one of his services. After that he said “The very sight of the Bible made me cry” and later  “I think it would have been less painful to have been burned alive at the stake than to have passed through those horrors and depressions of spirit”

But he came through the fire, and was aptly named the Prince of Preachers. Here's several of his quotes regarding how the pain of illness is one of God's strongest tools

“Perhaps at this very moment, down in some cabin, or amidst the noise and tumult, and the raging of the ocean, when many are alarmed, there are Christians with calm faces, patiently waiting their Father’s will, whether it shall be to reach the port of heaven, or to be spared to come again to land, into the midst of life’s trials and struggles once more. They feel that they are well-cared for, they know that the storm has a bit in its mouth, and that God holds it in, and nothing can hurt them; nothing can happen to them but what God permits.” “Safe Shelter” (MTP 15, Sermon 902, p. 650).

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

WWUTT Wednesday - The One Unforgivable Sin

What does the Holy Spirit not do for you? If you're an NAR kind of charismatic that's a silly question. According to the NAR the Holy Spirit will do anything for you, from teaching you a language that no one (possibly including God) understands to killing you when someone waves a jacket at you. (Don't believe me? Watch Benny Hill Hinn in action)  To them the Holy Spirit can do anything and everything, all you have to do is name it and claim it. (See what I did there? 😊)

In the real world there is quite a bit that the Holy Spirit does not do for you. The Holy Spirit does not change your oil, fill your checkbook, or update your wardrobe. He is here to guide and comfort. He doesn't leave clouds, glitter, or feathers in his wake, He leaves encouragement and knowledge. Is claiming that the Holy Spirit does all the things that the New Age and NAR claims Him to do blasphemy? Blasphemy is the act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things, so I supposed that if you're intentionally claiming that the Holy Spirit is doing your will to entertain and misinform other people then yeah it just might be blasphemy.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

7 False Teachers in the Church Today

Tim Challies penned a very important article earlier this year and it needs to be shared with the entire church. Please read this, and if you're like me you'll recognize someone who fits each category, and if you're like me you've escaped at least one. It's heat breaking to see Satan's attack on the church Jesus built, but what's worse I've watched people who I thought to be good Christians defend these wolves

7 False Teachers in the Church Today

The history of Christ’s church is inseparable from the history of Satan’s attempts to destroy her. While difficult challenges have arisen from outside the church, the most dangerous have always been from within. For from within arise the false teachers, the peddlers of error who masquerade as teachers of truth. False teachers take on many forms, custom-crafted to times, cultures, and contexts. Here are seven of them you will find carrying out their deceptive, destructive work in the church today. Please note that while I have followed the biblical texts in describing them in masculine terms, each of these false teachers can as easily be female.

The Heretic

The Heretic is the most prominent and perhaps the most dangerous of the false teachers. Peter warned against him in his second letter. “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction” (2 Peter 2:1). The Heretic is the person who teaches what blatantly contradicts an essential teaching of the Christian faith. He is a gregarious figure, a natural leader teaching just enough truth to mask his deadly error. Yet in denying the faith and celebrating what is false, he leads his followers from the safety of orthodoxy to the peril of heresy.
From the church’s earliest days, she has been afflicted by the Heretic in his various forms. He continues his evil work today, sometimes by contradicting the truth and sometimes by adding to it. He may reframe the doctrine of the Trinity, as Arius did in the third century and as Oneness Pentecostals do today. He may, like Marcus Borg and other prominent scholars, deny the virgin birth or the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Like Jehovah’s Witnesses, he may alter God’s finished word, or like Mormons, he may add to it. Always, he boldly tampers with “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
Remember Hillary Clinton's complete and utter failure with her childish reset button? Steven Furtick is trying the same thing by resetting Christianity. He's teaming up with the heretics of the New Apostolic Reformation for RESET Charlotte a three day event filled with false teachers, false apostles, pastorix's, and I wouldn't be surprised if there's were also a lot of signs and wonders to entertain the goats.

And as for Steven Furtick - he's not here to save your soul, he's here to empty your wallet. Be sure to watch the Bereans Not Welcome video, it's incredible how Furtick injects himself into the bible (Narcigesis) in the role of Jesus

Here's an incredible article about the December 2, 2016 tragedy that destroyed the “Ghost Ship” club in Oakland, CA, claiming at least 36 victims and the occult ties to the tragedy

Franklin Graham calls for a Christian boycott of Disney's new live action movie Beauty and the Beast

Thousands of children, some as young as 12, are being forced into marriage - right here in the United States

The left has taken over sports to promote Satan's agenda

A Christians religious liberty group strikes back at atheist zealots

... heavenly portals are being created in different cities and God will interconnect them with a network of supernatural highways through which favor, provision, mantles and glory will flow for a coming revival... no, it's not satire, it's not the Babylon Bee, when I want nonsense I turn to Charisma News!

I thought I had tinnitus but that screeching noise I have been constantly hearing is my Heresy Detector imploding with a Preemptive Alert - Rob Bell is publishing a new book

The Case for Christ movie is due out on April 7th

Pray for the babies of Uganda that are being sacrificed to Molach

Here is the Holy Spirit in action, it's happening in Europe too

If your church is doing these five things well, you've got a wonderful church

What’s Your Spiritual Gift? Take The Quiz! It's got to be accurate, I saw it on the internet

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

WWUTT Wednesday - For Lent I'm Giving Up...

Ahhh Lent, when the whole world suddenly becomes Roman Catholic. Back in Colorado the world is more secular about Lent than here in the wilds of New Jersey. I'm dining in restaurants here and I'm always hearing "I can't have XYZ because I gave it up for Lent" from fellow diners. 

I come from a VERY Catholic town - Buffalo NY - and Lent there is almost a celebration. You start with wearing the ashes as a symbol of your intent to Lent. Then the season of fasting kicks off with the HUGE celebration of Mardi Gras. We don't have Mardi Gras officially in Buffalo, but hey - anything for a party. Look at St. Patricks  which falls during Lent. 

Lent kicks off with the obligatory listing of things you're giving up. Most of my cohorts gave up things like caviar, pate, lemonchello, basically things we'd never touch outside of Lent either. But giving up meat on Friday - that is what makes Lent a celebration rather than a time of repentance and introspection. Instead of meat we would have fish fry on Friday. If you never had a fish fry in Buffalo, you have to head up there next Lent. I suggest fasting all day because you're going to need to. A Buffalo fish fry consists of the following: heroic portions of potato salad, macaroni salad, cole slaw, and the star of the show a piece of haddock (beer battered or breaded) the size of the Pequod. 

This is people being people in action - taking something that was meant to be solemn and turning it into a party. And as you'll see, evolution is the only constant about Lent.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

My First Business Trip in Years

This is my first business trip in ages, at least four years. Travel has been rare since I came down with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Now finally I'm taking the plunge. Everything is painful and annoying, and the pile of medications I bring with is staggering not to mention the supplemental oxygen concentrator. 

I think back 2000 years and remember that my Lord and savior was on the go, traveling constantly and never complained. From Phoenecia to the Dead Sea He wandered constantly and ceaselessly on foot, while I whine about dragging my back pack down the hall to my rental car.
I pray for strength and help dear Lord, that I may return to my family in better mental and spiritual shape, and as for physical? That's why you've blessed me with reasons to lean on you every day.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a pilgrim
 in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
Again I try to write about something, anything and my attempts get preempted by work, family, doctors, and the greatest model train layout in the world. That is unless I try to write about discernment. Then the road blocks, research blocks and mental blocks just fall away and the words come out. Other than this Random Bits post, the only post I've been able to get out in over a week was about discernment, and the last post before that was about discernment, and even the post before that one was about discernment. And looking at what popped up and dared me to put in this Random Bits post - it's all discernment.

I've talked with a few other bloggers on Facebook and they are experiencing the same thing, posts about discernment and suddenly easier to write than any other subject. It has to be The Shack that's doing this. The Shack is a wonderful, delightful tool of Satan to deceive those who can't, don't, or won't put the effort it takes into discern the word of God versus the word of an author who has publicly pronounced god as inadequate and has replaced him with this drivel. More and more people whom I had thought were standing on the solid rock of Christ but instead are standing on the sinking sand of The Shack Is the Holy Spirit using me as his mouth piece? Maybe, it's pretty awesome think that was true, but it's also kind of prideful. If the Holy Spirit is using us as a tool I pray we are well calibrated, if He's using us as a weapon I pray that our edges are sharp, and if He's using us as His keyboard interface to you the internet reader I pray that our keyboards aren't full of crumbs and coffee.

Bookmark this blog post, it's an incredible, and growing, collection of writings that address supposed Bible Contradictions and each post shoots them down with unerring accuracy

The Pope is a fraud? Many Catholics think he is

Because of the content I don't allow Hillsong music in my home, why do you allow it in your church?

If your sermon prep comes from The Shack, just go away. Put your hands up, back away from the pulpit and leave.

New Apostolic Reformation poster child Todd Bentley tells us that his ministry has the anointing from the ghosts of some dead guys

The IRS granted the After School Satan Club 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt status in 10 days while Christian organizations are forced to wait up to 7 years for the same status

Want to make a difference for Israel? First do your homework.

Openly homosexual director of Disney’s live action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” wishes he could publicly deface bibles

The Godly men at Goodfight.org are compelled to inform us that there's Fifty Darker Shades of Sin being thrust upon us

I really have no words for the sickness that is being inflicted upon society, it's even creeping into the Church that Jesus built

False teachers Steven Furtick and Levi Lusko team up to do a promotional tour of a new album of "faith" music. Let the cashflow begin!

Pharisees and False Teachers: A modern day look at the crooks Christ couldn’t stand

Visual proof that modern churches are (much) better (yeah, that intro is sarcastic)

One Mary to rule them all, One Mary to find them, One Mary to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

A new study shows that 79% of Americans that call themselves Christian are comfortable with female pastors. This tells me that only 21% of Americans that call themselves Christians read their bibles.

These articles are all proof that deception is a PROGRESSIVE DISEASE

Eight steps to finding the right church! It's got to be true, I saw it on the internet.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

WWUTT Wednesday - What is Discernment?

I've been writing a lot about discernment lately, and that's really all I've been wanting to write about. Is this the Holy Spirit moving in me? or is it just that I'm shocked at what I see going on about me? I think it's both.

Maybe I should I say I've been writing about our lack of discernment lately. And by 'our' I truly mean Our, Our Christian family, Our brothers and sisters in Christ, Our Church which was built by Our messiah Jesus Christ who shed His precious blood for Our salvation. And this leads to the question are we lacking in discernment or are we just terrified of the accusation of being judgmental?

If we're lacking in discernment, why are we lacking? We have been given the all the tools we need to discern properly and lovingly, we have the Scriptures which are the word of God and our top tool (Hebrews 4:12), we have the Holy Spirit (Ezekiel 36:26-27), and we have each other - brother and sisters in Christ and sharers in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. In 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 Paul lists some of the gifts of the Holy Spirit
8 For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. 
Wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, the distinguishing of spirits, tongues, interpretation of tongues. These are all such incredible, beautiful gifts, and I wish everyone was gifted equally but we're a family and that's not how families work. Think of the older sibling who is the football star while his sister is the math wiz and the younger boy who couldn't catch a wiffle ball to save his life or do math with out counting on his fingers but can train any dog to obey any command. That's how the gifts of the Holy Spirit work - all different gifts given to different brothers and sisters at different levels and we as a family need to figure out how to work together. If we can't do the math we need to ask our sister to help us with our homework. If we can't catch the football we need to ask our brother to play catch with us, and if our dog keeps biting the mailman we depend on our younger brother to help train our dog to stop biting that poor mailman.

The Distinguishing of Spirits is an awesome gift, it's what we call Discernment, and it would be so wonderful if we all had that gift in megadoses. But we don't all have the same level of discernment so we who have discernment need to share that gift with our family, and we who don't have it need to listen to our brothers that do and follow their lead.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

We've Been Warned

Scripture is filled with warnings about liars. God hates liars. God hates those who tell lies. God cannot lie, the Bible says. He always speaks the truth. He is truth. Satan is a liar. He is the father of lies. They all sort of generate out of his spiritual mind set. We then have to be able to discern between the truth and the lie with regard to everything that God has revealed to us. 

We are warned in Scripture about ear-tickling teachers who just want to give the feel-good message to us no matter whether it's truth or not. We're warned about doctrines of demons, demonic lies, destructive heresies, myths, perverse teachings, commandments of men rather than God. We're warned about speculations that lofty ideas raised up against the knowledge of God. We're warned about deceitful spirits. We're warned about worldly fables. We're warned about false knowledge, empty philosophy, science falsely so-called, traditions of men, worldly wisdom, corrupters and adulterers of the Word of God. 

We're warned about all of that. We're warned about the wolves in sheep's clothing who come along to devour us. They come as if they are prophets, they turn out to be destructive agents of Satan. I mean, we have these warnings all over the place in the New Testament. They're also everywhere in the Old Testament.

And to put it simply, there is a world of chaos and confusion out there and Satan is very adept and very clever and very powerful and very systematic in the structure of evil that is wrapped up in the system in which we live. Against that is pitted the truth of God. We have to be able to discern the difference.

If you understand the warnings of the Bible and you understand how critical it is that you know the truth, that you have discernment. You cannot be gullible. You cannot be sucked off into error without dishonoring God. God is truth. He is revealed truth. He loves truth. He has given you the Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth. He's given you His Word which is truth. How terrible it is to think you might drift into lies. But people do it all the time, even people who sit in churches under very often weak teaching.

- John MacArthur

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Spurgeon Thursday - Discernment and The Shack

Those who know anything of Charles Spurgeon know one of his. That quote is beautiful in it's simplicity and its accuracy. Here it is in its Victorian beauty:
Discernment is not a matter of simply telling the difference between right and wrong; rather it is telling the difference between right and almost right. ~ C. H. Spurgeon
The reason why I bring this up can be summed up in two words:
The Shack
During a discussion at my Tuesday night bible study (Tuesdays we're studying John) the subject of false gospels came up and I mentioned two very popular false gospels "Love Wins" by Rob Bell, and "The Shack" by Paul Young. One member of the discussion disagreed with me and called the book a good novel. He said it was sweet and kind but "nothing anyone could take seriously." I was incredibly shocked because here was a man, raised on the bible and student of God's words for over 6 decades, leader of many bible study groups, and a Godly Christian calling this heap of distortions "a nice novel". I pray he was looking at it through a filter of over half a century of discernment and was now immune to the fact that people other than himself can fall prey to the lies of The Shack.
It has been well remarked by a great writer, that he never knew a man who held any great theological error, who did not also hold a doctrine which diminished the depravity of man. ~ C. H. Spurgeon

Friday, March 3, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
I try to remove myself from the silliness of politics. Did I say silliness? Of course - just note the hypeventilating headlines that gasp with oh so righteous shock that Jeff Sessions actually spoke with the Russian ambassador. Well, duh, he was a sitting US Senator on the Armed Services committee - should he instead have played golf for eight years? So I retreat (or should I say advance) to better things, Jesus is my #1 love and railroads (model and real) is my favorite past time. Can you imagine how great that would be to combine these loves?

Don't laugh, men of God are doing it. Like here at the BM&NCMRF (Blue Mountains & Nepean Christian Model Railway Fellowship)  Here's a list of how Mike uses his model railroad to teach important bible truths to children. Then there's the The Railroad Evangelistic Association which exists to proclaim the  Good News of Jesus Christ to the entire railroad community worldwide and to promote mutual Christian fellowship among the railroad industry, the model railroad hobbyists and the rail fan enthusiasts. No, I'm not going to turn this into a Model Railroad blog, a true Christian model railroader knows that Jesus is the most important thing, and the only way to God. Then again a true Christian model railroader also knows exactly what this is

What must we do with false teachers and those that prey on 'baby' Christians? Hold their feet to the fire of Scripture

The magical attack on you. Elisabeth calls this "practical magic" I personally think there's nothing "practical" about Satan.

Only YOU and (your $$$) can save the entire world!!!! See "Christians" become a Mighty Spirit! Hear inspiring words like EMPOWERMENT and REVIVAL! Learn the Seven Game Changing Ministry Lessons for enhancing YOUR God Given Potential Only 800 are allowed to save the world so act now. Not valid in ministries that actually follow the word of God. Biblical references are taken out of context. Side effects may include being slain in the spirit, holy ghost laughter, inhalation of angel feathers, choking on holy ghost fumes, and eternal damnation

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Spurgeon Thursday - The Burden Of The Word Of The Lord

I found this as I was reading one of Spurgeon's later sermons, #2114 to be exact. It reminded me of the importance we bloggers must put on the words we use when we write our blogs. We can tell ourselves "I'm just reporting what I see" until we're blue in the face, but in the end we're ministers preaching the Word Of The Lord.
The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi (KJV) (Malachi 1:1)
Do not make me a messenger of death to you. I implore you, receive the message of mercy, and be saved.

And, then, it becomes a great burden to me to preach the gospel when I think of what those lose who will not have it. That heaven above-what tongue can describe it? What painter can ever picture it-the heaven above, where all is love, and joy, and peace, and everlasting blessedness? What if you should be shut out? What if against you the door should be closed! 

There is no opening that door again, remember. Even though you stand and cry, “Lord, Lord!” yet will he not open it to you. May no one of us miss eternal felicity! May no one among us fall into eternal misery! But here lies the burden of the Lord-in the consequences of our ministry. 

I recollect walking out to preach nigh unto forty years ago, just when I began my witnessing for the Lord Jesus. As I trudged along with a somewhat older brother, who was going to preach at another village station, our talk was about our work, and he said to me, “Does it not strike you as a very solemn thing that we two local preachers are going to do the Lord’s work, and much may depend even upon the very hymns we give out, and the way in which we read them?” 

I thought of that, and I prayed-and often do pray-that I may have the right hymn, and the right chapter, as well as the right sermon. Well do I remember a great sinner coming into Exeter Hall, and I read the hymn beginning, “Jesu, lover of my soul,” and that first line pierced him in the heart. 

He said to himself, “Does Jesus love my soul?” He wept because he had not loved the Savior in return; and he was brought to the Savior’s feet just by that one line of a hymn. 

It does make it the burden of the Lord when you see life, death, and hell, and worlds to come, hanging, as it were, upon the breath of a mortal man, by whom God speaks to the souls of his fellows. This is serious burden-bearing. At least, I find it more and more so the longer I am engaged in it.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

WWUTT Wednesday - I Do Not Worship a Sissy God

My God is the God of love, but he's not a lovesick god of valentines hearts and silk flower bouquets that is hiding in the corner until drawn out with a trail of Reese's Pieces and promises of sweet guitar sonatas. My God is the God of true love. How much love? My God is so much in love with my brothers and sisters and I that he is burning with love,
For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. (Deuteronomy 4:24)
and He is jealous of anything that endangers that love, anything that would come between my brothers and sisters in Christ and Him
4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. (Exodus 20:4-6)
Saying that "God is love" does not mean He is incapable of other feelings as some false teachers would have you believe (Cough * Rob Bell * Cough). Why do you think that God hates haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, hearts that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, false witnesses that utters lies, and those who spreads strife among brothers?(Proverbs 6:16-19) Because He loves us. He loves us so much He sent His only son to be humiliated, tortured, and murdered in order to save us. That's no sissy god, that's an All Powerful, All Loving God.

He loves us, even though we're evil.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
What Part Of Romans 13 Don't You Understand? "Faith leaders" are organizing an underground railroad to hide illegal aliens from deportation. The organizing group, LA Voice,  which is more hype and hyperbole than help, hides behind the term "Faith Organization" to legitimize their flaunting of federal law. Their leader Zach Hoover also hides behind the title "Reverend". Yes Zach does have a degree in divinity from Harvard, but is a degree what gets you the title "Reverend"? Al Sharpton was licensed and ordained as a Pentecostal minister at the age of 9, he didn't have a degree. Zach Hoover is a deacon at First Baptist Church Pasadena. I'm a deacon now too - can I be called reverend?

Zach Hoover's real job title is "Community Organizer" like our last president (and how did that work out for you?) and as part of his community organization efforts he is actively hiding wanted criminals from law enforcement officials. He calls this "helping". Legally it's called Aiding and Abetting or Assisting a wanted fugitive, AKA Harboring A Fugitive. Legally police can enter a building/home without a warrant in pursuit of a fugitive, and people who are hiding criminals can be charged with harboring a fugitive or obstruction. This crime can be up to a Class 4 felony, punishable by up to two (2) years in prison and/or a fine up to $500,000.00

What part of this is in the gospels? Jesus never directed anyone to disobey the law, in fact the bible begs people to obey the laws of the rulers God put on earth. The ONLY exception we get is when those authorities try to prevent us from spreading the gospel (Acts 5:27-29) and we must be ready to take the punishment meted out to us in that case. Zach Hoover and his cohorts are willingfully disobeying the law merely for political activism. In essence, when looking at this biblically, Zach Hoover and his pals disagree with God for giving us the leaders He did and they are protesting God's direction. Disagree? Please respond with your biblical reference for their (or your) actions. Until then, let's look around

Top Jesuit priest claims that no one really knows what Jesus said. Don't be shocked, the Roman Catholic Church has been undermining the Word Of God for over 1,500 years.

"It's better to be an atheist than a hypocritical catholic"

For Lent I'm giving up Lent

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How Little Is Known Of The Bible

I suppose this is a continuation of my rant from last week. I can't believe that Christians would use the word of God loudly, incorrectly, publicly, out of context, to protest something that's perfectly legal and entirely biblical. 

Yes, I'm talking about the temporary emigration restriction for seven countries whose major export is terror. As I've mentioned in the past, this temporary restriction is perfectly legal under the Constitution of the United States (Article IV, Section 4) and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952. I'm not going to go into the background of the restriction, nor am I going to explore the ignorance of calling it a "Muslim ban". We need to look at the Christian reaction to this executive order.

The Christian reaction has ranged from relief that our government is finally taking steps to protect us from terrorists, to outrage that the government is finally taking steps to protect us from terrorists. This is normal because everyone paints an executive decision with their own bias, but many Christians who oppose this temporary restriction for whatever reason are attempting to use biblical quotes to support their political argument. Quite often it becomes abundantly clear that they don't fully understand the quotes they use, or they take them completely out of context. Are they doing this to spread God's word? If you study what they are doing it appears to be that instead of using God's word to enlighten the masses and save a few souls on the way, the Holy Scriptures are being used to advance a personal political agenda.

Let's start with 'vetting'. Vetting is the act of making a careful and critical examination of something. Remember the uproar over vetting Sarah Palin when she was selected as a candidate for Vice President? All we heard from the press was that she wasn't vetted properly and in the end she was more thoroughly vetted by the press than the rest of the candidates combined including the one that won an 8 year golf vacation  the presidency.

Fast forward to December 2, 2015 when two Daesh operatives shot up a Christmas party murdering 14 and severely injuring 22 friends and co-workers. The female murderer, Tashfeen Malik, was supposedly vetted and passed supposedly comprehensive background checks, none of which noticed Tashfeen's jihadist rantings and terror threats that she often posted on social media. This was a complete vetting failure and this is what the temporary emigration restriction is trying to prevent.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
RANT WARNING: I am so tired of people who call themselves Christians who decide that politics is the be-all end-all of their Christian lives. Are these people simply caring people, misinformed people, or stooges for political movements? Take Jason Webb, pastor at the Elmbrook megachurch, who is one of those people who claim to be Christian. A Christian is set apart (1 Peter 2:9), is not of this world (John 17:16, John 15:19),  is different from this world (Romans 12:1-2, James 4:4, 1 John 2:15-17)  but is required to comply with this world's leaders (Romans 13:1-7, Romans 12:8, 1Timothy 2:2, Titus 3:1) So you'd figure that a Christian in a position of eldership would say "Here's the law, it doesn't violate the bible, what do we do to make it better?

Mr. Webb and his cohorts have chosen to do what they can to usurp the law of the land and are counting on the ignorance of their followers to succeed in their plans. And by ignorance I mean ignorance of civics, history, and the bible. Civics: The temporary ban on immigration from a small number of countries is legal, whereas the overturning of that ban by the 9th Circus Court of Appeals (yes, I said it: CIRCUS) was not legal. The bible: there's NOTHING in the bible about enacting immigration law. If you want to use Matthew 25 as your guide, go ahead and be kind to strangers, and if they end up in jail because they broke the law, by all means visit them, witness to them, share the word with them. As for history, historical ignorance is the leftists greatest weapon. Webb hyperventilates: "Jesus, who fled as a baby with Joseph and Mary into Egypt to escape the wrath of King Herod, was also a refugee" Well, yeah. so what? Israel was a Roman state. Egypt was a Roman state. It was the legal, moral, and physical equivalent of fleeing from Ohio to Indiana. And when their reason for fleeing ended, THEY WENT BACK. When my job in New York dried up I fled to Colorado - is Jason Webb weeping and gnashing his teeth for me too? Of course not, I didn't break any law. Enough with this nonsense, let's look at the rest of the world

Christian - are you shocked that Donald Trump retained Randy Berry as the State Departments special envoy to homosexuals? Why? Donald Trump has always been pro homosexual, in fact he was the most pro homosexual candidate in the entire 2016 race. Stop the political idolatry, Trump is not your messiah, Jesus is.

Speaking of political idolitry. The scary part of this article is that the voice of reason comes from Tony Compolo

Remember Saeed Abedini - the US minister that was held in an Iranian jail for 3 years? He's back in jail

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Spurgeon Thursday - Grace

Webster's dictionary describes grace as:
Unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
In other words, God is helping us on our path to be with Him for nothing that we have physically done to earn His assistance. He's doing it out of love. And that's a pretty good definition, there are only a couple of  five syllable words in the definition, but that's far fewer polysyllabic elements of speech than any theologian worth his autographed copy of Matthew Henry's Exposition of the Old and New Testaments would use. 

Grace is exhaustively over defined but it's such a simple, wonderful concept - God gives us divine assistance because He wants to give us divine assistance. All we have to do is believe that he will give us His grace and he does. 
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
I've collected some nuggets of wisdom on the subject of grace by the Prince of Preachers

🕆 The bridge of grace will bear your weight, brother. Thousands of big sinners have gone across that bridge, yea, tens of thousands have gone over it. Some have been the chief of sinners and some have come at the very last of their days but the arch has never yielded beneath their weight. I will go with them trusting to the same support. It will bear me over as it has for them.

🕆 Christian, remember the goodness of God in the frost of adversity.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

WWUTT Wednesday - The Shack

There's no deep meaning or slander intended in this photograph, it's an outhouse, a small shack out back, down wind, and it only has one purpose in life (ok, two purposes). This one may be old but it's not bad as outhouses go. First of all, it's a "one holer" rather than two, which is nice, and you'd know what I mean if you ever spent time in a "two holer". The flashing on the top of the roof tells me it has a ridge vent so it's not going to be an oven in the summer. I thought the item to the upper left of the door was an exterior light, but when I zoomed in I noticed that it was a red headed woodpecker, and that's pretty cool. I mention this 'little house on the prairie' because it has an actual purpose (ok, two purposes), so by all means use it. This shack has my stamp of approval. You may be squeamish but other than olfactory issues there's noting sinister about this shack, and if you leave the door open, you have a nice view of the woods which is nice in case you forget your magazine. On the other hand I cannot approve William P. Young's shack for anything except if you forget your Sears catalog when going to my shack. 

I've written about William P. Young's The Shack before here, and here, and I entertained guest columns here, and here, You may get the idea that I am not overly thrilled with The Shack and you would be right, and I'm incredibly not thrilled about the movie The Shack. The director of The Shack, Stuart Hazeldine, only has 2 other credits to his resume, Exam which was filmed 8 years ago, and the heretical short film Christian which is described as The King Of The Jews meets The Lord Of The Flies which was filmed 13 years ago. I'll let WWUTT describe the rest

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon

It's been very busy at work so far this year and it has been very difficult for me to sit down at my blog and write something meaningful, so today I'll stick with stuff that's meaningless.  In other words mostly the Charismatics and the NAR. It's an easy thing to do, because they write themselves into my blog. I want to do meaningful subjects such as what I learned in my study of Hebrews and things like Jesus desire for peace among his followers.

Actually with my back issues when it comes to sitting down and writing something meaningful it's difficult for me to sit down at all, and with my other issues it's difficult to do much of anything once I stand up. But I see these issues as God reminding me that I am to lean on HIM and not myself. However He did send me some comfort in the guise of one of the new elders at our church. This elder whom I'll call Dick (mostly because that's his name) invited me to come along with him to 'play trains'. I've been a model railroader all of my life to at level or another but it's been years since I've been able to inspect my waybills, "whistle off", bunch up the slack, and do all the things a 1/87 (HO) scale hogger does on a Saturday afternoon. Wow - what an afternoon it was at the Colorado Model Railroad Museum! At a scale 20 mph it took us a full 2 hours to move our 50 car consist from one end of the scale pike to the other, the layout is just that huge. If you're a Christian man looking for a hobby, I heartily suggest model railroading. I better stop here before this becomes a Model Railroad blog

Is it blasphemy? Is it heresy? Some say neither, some say both, I say it's a living example of 2 Timothy 3:6-7. Edie Bayer wrote an article chock full of nonsense of breath taking proportions, telling us that Jesus Said, "You Need to Have Some Fun!" Honestly, if there's a punch line to the whole thing it's in the introduction where Steve Shultz (Founder and Publisher The Elijah List & Breaking Christian News) took this unbiblical blathering seriously. I mean come on - she claims this of Hollywood, Satan's greatest tool on earth: "the foothold that we have in Hollywood will increase exponentially in the next short while. Right now it may even look like a toehold, but will become a bona-fide stance, a Christian movement!" Clearly she hasn't seen anything that's come out of Hollywood in the past 45 years. The problem with the NAR and the Charismatics is that they claim that things are going to get so much better. They speak of "Great Outpourings" and massive "Revivals". I have a reading assignment for them. Thank you Amy for finding this nugget of... entertainment.

What do you get when you cross a fired alcoholic seeker sensitive poor exegete business man with a a Word of Faith heretic who has thousands of followers and millions of dollars? There's no punchline, this is a legitimate question

Monday, January 30, 2017

Steven Furtick Update

1 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 5 But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:1-5)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
A peaceful transition of power happened again, it's one of the things that those of us who served this country in the Armed Forces hold dearest. Yeah, we care who wins and looses, but in the end the transition of power happening without exchange of gunfire and militias surrounding the White House is what we hold dear. And this transition was again peaceful... well mostly peaceful. It's quite obvious that those who have rejected God as their true ruler have also rejected the time honored skills of dignity in defeat and conducting polite conversation. I occasionally view the conversation on the "Christian" Left group on Facebook and lately have discovered that for many of them their God did not create the universe, their God lost the election. I have been known to post Romans 13:1-7 as a reminder of who is really in charge, but that is either ignored or falls on deaf ears.

This Random Bits update is late because I was busy working and other things (Hey! That Xbox isn't' going to play itself!) but also because of following coverage of the March For Life

Speaking of the March For Life, after the bloodbath the Democrats received at the state level a tsunami of  pro life legislation is flooding state chambers

The Free Burma Rangers are bringing food, medical aid and the love of Jesus to some of the worst places on earth

Pray for Huang Yan, a Christian woman in China who has assisted a number of Christians targeted by the Chinese government. She has suffered two miscarriages due to the beatings she has received from the government. Now she has ovarian cancer and the government has refused her medical treatment. 

I mentioned that Islamic prayers denying the divinity of Christ were sang in a Scottish Cathedral to "celebrate" the Epiphany. The Queens Chaplain called it blasphemy (and rightly so) and he lost his job over it. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

WWUTT Wednesday - This is Not Going To Make Some People Happy

This video will not make some people happy, but I'm not here to make people happy, I'm here to chart my progress as I follow my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you enjoy reading my words good. If this entry angers you, please leave a reply as to why it angers you. And keep in mind, I moderate.

So let me preface this video; for 20 years I served this nation honorably in arctic cold and in blazing desert heat. I served on beautiful tropical islands and on the polar opposite of beautiful tropical islands: eastern New Mexico. I gave up my youth, my family, and my health to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and all I ask (other than my contractually guaranteed compensations) is that the Constitution of the United States remains the law of the land. I also ask that it is read and understood by our leaders with at least an 8th grade level of reading.

What I mean is this - I hear (from the left naturally) that the 14th amendment guarantees "equal treatment under the law". It says no such thing, it guarantees "equal PROTECTION under the law". If it guaranteed equal treatment we'd all be paying the exact same tax rate and we'd all be getting welfare checks regardless of our actual income. I'm sure you all can come up with some very good examples of how reading the first and second amendments the way they were written would change society. And what about the 10th amendment? why is that one ignored?

And it's exactly the same with the bible, I can only ask that people read the bible and preach what is says, not what they want it to say. Seriously Frank, what were you thinking?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Montanism - Nothing to do with Montana

St. Mary's Lake in Glacier National Park Montana
I've noticed that the word "Montanism" was appearing quite often in the WatchBlogosphere lately. When you see that happening it may be the Holy Spirit using Watchbloggers to spread a word that God needs spread, so I pay attention to these occurrences.

As I said,the word that I've seen being used is "Montanism" which at first I thought was an overly complex word that Christian theologians like to invent and smack about like a badminton shuttlecock. The next thing that came to mind was 'Montana' as in the state, or 'Montaña del Norte' which was the original Spanish name for the entire Rocky Mountain area (mountainous country of the north). But, of course, Montana and 'Montaña del Norte have nothing to do with Montanism. Nor is Montanism one of those 4+ syllable words that theologians love to invent, Montanism is actually a heretical form of Christianity and has been around for quite a while.

Montanism was known by its followers as the New Prophecy and to its adversaries as the Cataphrygian Heresy. It started as an early Christian movement in the late second century and was named after its founder, Montanus. Little is known about Montanus, and what documents that survive do not paint a complimentary picture. This is probably because the beliefs of Montanus and his followers contradict orthodox Christianity. Followers of Montanism unbiblically recognized women as bishops and presbyters (overseers and priests/elders) and also unbiblically claimed that apostles, prophets, bishops and presbyters had the the power to forgive sins. Even the Apostolic Church at the time realized that only God has the power to forgive sins (however confession has to be performed through a bishop or priest) But there's more, much more.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
I have been feeling a call lately to help free our brothers and sisters in Christ from the bondage of the modern day Pharisees of the Roman Catholic church. I've published a blog entry this week and have more planned. It appears that Glenn Chatfield is feeling the same call (but he missed another easy indulgence - if you follow Mr. Pope on Twitter you get an indulgence). So is Triablogue who realizes that the Roman Catholic church is simply making stuff up to justify their practices. (Anyone who reads the catechism or the Council of Trent will realize the truth of this)

I've mentioned before that sometimes I get the impression that the Holy Spirit needs something broadcast and He occasionally uses us bloggers. This seems to be the case right now with the Roman Catholic Church. If you feel the call to rescue someone from the bondage of legalistic heresy, any legalistic heresy, take it from me a recovering Catholic, the beauty and peace of God's word is what it takes. Put the "bug" in their ear about the truth of salvation by grace through faith and let the Holy Spirit do His thing. No need to flog them with Colossians 2:8.

Minnesota "faith" leaders are now openly violating US immigration laws, they are intent on violating Romans 13:1-2. I looked at the director of this movement's twitter page and her tweets contain no theology, but 100% anti-Trump propaganda. (If you look at this link you'll also see that it's cold in Manitoba. In other news; scientists have discovered that water is wet) I had a twitter conversation with Doran Schrantz, she appears to be very nice but she use bible verses horrifically out of context to justify violating federal law and she's very upset about the "Russian hacking of the election" which turned out to be fake news. I said to her "I find it ironic that someone who is so upset about cyber security makes their money penetrating border security" She hasn't responded

Bomb threats were called in to at least 16 Jewish Community Centers in 7 states, hundreds were evacuated. At the same time threats were called in to several Jewish schools in Britain. No explosives were found.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

WWUTT Wednesday - Can a Catholic Be Saved?

Can a Roman Catholic be saved? Look at this crucifix carefully - This crucifix has a skull and crossbones on it, The skull and crossbones is said to represent the bones of Adam who was supposedly buried directly beneath the cross. It was told to me once that it symbolizes Jesus' victory of life over death (my response was "Wouldn't an empty tomb show that better?) Another explanation is that  Christ was crucified at Calvary. Calvary = Golgotha, and Galgotha = the place of the skull. 

According to ETWN the answer is the combination of all the above. Personally I believe the best answer is that there's no real answer. Symbology and iconoclasm is deeply rooted in the Catholic church, yet the meaning of these symbols changes over the centuries to reflect the popular viewpoint. The faith of their faithful is placed in gimgaws, trinkets, pomp, ceremonial babble, and gilt without end that the saving power of Jesus' sacrifice is ignored in favor of the man with a triple crown on his head who claims to represent a man who never had a place to lay his own head