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.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Problem With Mr. Jones

By now you've heard of the left wing shut down of Alex Jones, bull horn of the InfoWars website. I am not a fan of Alec Jones, I've seen a total of maybe 10 minutes of his raucous bluster and came away feeling like I lost IQ points.

YouTube, Facebook, Apple podcast, and Spotify all removed Alex Jones' content from their sites stating that he violated "Community Standards". Oddly, Twitter who is the loudest liberal crybaby of social media sites did not shut him down stating that his content there, the same content on YouTube, Facebook, Apple podcast, and Spotify, did not violate their policies. Twitter shuts down conservatives constantly for posting far softer content that the bellicose clamor of Mr. Jones. Very interesting.

Alex Jones is not a conservative like you and I would consider a conservative, he calls himself a "paleo-conservative" a title which I claimed for myself about 1.4 seconds after the left coined the phrase "neo-conservative". Alex is actually a Ron Paul libertarian. If you've never heard of Alex Jones or heard his bellicose tirades, do not feel like you missed anything. Mr. Jones is loud and bold and quite often dead wrong and to be honest I'm thankful for the quiet on YouTube and can get back to things more important than his anger. I am a very strict strict constructionist so I don't have any first amendment concerns here, but I do have some serious freedom of speech concerns (they are two different things), but discussion of that is for a different forum.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Random Bits

I'm not looking for excuses to avoid writing blog entries, my backlog of excuses is longer than my backlog of unfinished draft posts. Ever try to write a coherent email, let alone a blog post, while on pain killers? The list of excuses is wide and creative, from illness to a hailstorm that destroyed our roof, gutters, and skylights.

However one week ago today my love, my gift from God: Mrs. WideAwakeChristian, was stepping down off a foot stool and looked down to notice that Darling GrandChild #4 was crawling right up behind her. She twisted to avoid stepping on DGC#4 and ended up falling and breaking her wrist. DGC#2 and DGC#4 with a combined age of 4 years and 3 months tried to help her but it took Grandpa to help her her up and whisk her off to the ER.

Returned from the ER with her arm in a splint, Mrs. WideAwakeChristian began complaining that her arm was numb, then she had severe chest pains. My documented superior intellect* combined a numb left arm with chest pains and came up with a reason to set a land speed record to the (very) nearby ER. Prayers to my heavenly Father were answered as the chest pains were found to be pericarditis (very painful but not harmful inflammation of the heart tissue) and the numbness in her left arm was the splint being wrapped too tight. As always the prayer warriors of the First Congregation of the Bereans came through, as did a lot of 462s** who joined in the prayer chain. Now it's all over but the healing. (I just jinxed the rest of August didn't I? No worries, I'm not superstitious. It's bad luck to be superstitious.)

Willow Creek continues to circle the drain as even more allegations of Bill Hybels sexual sin come to light. Many churches are beginning to see that the credibility of Willow Creek's Global Leadership Summit as well as the leadership of Willow Creek has been undermined by the Hybels controversy. One wonders if this undermines the credibility of the entire Emergent Church movement

False Prophet Rick Joyner says he's going to slaughter Christians in the name of Jesus and says it's all God's fault

The New Apostolic Reformation is a shelter for the unqualified

Religion of Peace Update #1 - Toronto Mosque sermon calls on Allah to slay non-Muslims 'one by one' while Canada's PM encourages Islamic terrorism

Religion of Peace Update #2 - Son of a Brooklyn imam with ties to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing was running a center in New Mexico teaching children how to commit school shootings

How Pure Flix, a faith-based movie studio, is seizing the moment in Trump's America

A picture of a man holding a book that just might be the bible is OFFENSIVE and MUST BE TAKEN DOWN!!! to appease the left

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Random Bits

Keep an eye on Canada, eh? Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Canada, they have a very singable national anthem and they mostly speak English. "Mostly" meaning that they use the words serviette, parkade, and gotch (among others) as words for real things*. I've lived near (and some times north of) Canada most of my life, and I've spent a lot of time up there, so I know a few things about the Great White North. It's true that they really do say eh? a lot, I know what a Chesterfield is (it's not a cigarette, a cigarette is a dart), and I know that they do not have a freedom of speech.

Although the Canadian constitution says it recognizes the supremacy of God in the very first sentence, and states that everyone "has the freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression" in paragraph 2.(b), it clearly states in paragraph 1. that "the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society." Get that part about subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law...? The US Constitution specifically forbids congress from making a law that abridges the freedom of speech, the Canadian Charter uses words like demonstrably justified and reasonable limits to give their law makers the right to crush the bible and throw Christians like Bill Whatcott in prison for handing out Jesus Saves pamphlets. Canada bears watching with Justin Trudeau and his antics because stopping the spread of the Good News for the "Greater Good" may catch on elsewhere

Speaking of all this law stuff, why isn't God in the Constitution of the Unites States?

With this midterm election coming up there is no excuse for believers not to get out and vote, and vote wisely.

Totally Obvious Department Update: A Virginia pastor discovered that the Democratic Party has gone socialist

It is now  "idolatrous" for the church to embrace and uplift God's created design of the nuclear family?

Why people don't go to church

Monday, July 30, 2018

Random Bits

Yeah, I'm running late with this, it's been that kind of year. The repairs on the hail damage on my roof are running behind because the contractor working on my hours has hail damage to his own house now. I wonder what kind of paperwork one has to submit to get a do-over on the first half on 2018.

On the up side Mr. D. invited me to go to the Mile High Nationals with him and his wife. D. is one of those guys who not only knows and loves the bible, he is not afraid to share God's word. His construction company always starts the job with a prayer and the homeowners join in as the contractor praise God. 

I really like drag racing and was hoping to see Antron Brown race. Antron is like Mr. D, not afraid to share his faith in God and share God's word, unfortunately he was eliminated on Saturday and didn't make the finals on Sunday.

Trump threatens sanctions on Turkey for detainment of U.S. pastor

Maxine Waters, the woman who publicly called for her minions to deny service to and physically attack people she disagrees with (us) is now On A Mission From God. I'm have a feeling that the god whose mission she's on isn't the god she claims it to be

Foaming at the mouth, barking and howling. It's not a rabid dog, it's Steven Furtick (natch) in his scariest bout of narcigesis yet

Homosexuals cannot reproduce – they can only recruit. Therefore, seeking to drag children into their sordid lifestyle has always been a big part of the way they operate. This has been going on for decades now, and is getting worse.

Teen Vogue magazine teaches young girls that abortion can be funny

Canadian man changes gender for cheaper car insurance. (Hey, when I was his age I considered doing the exact same thing)

Seven big moments from Vice President Pence address on religious freedom

An Indonesian Christian has been sentenced to four years in prison for a Facebook post

Bible Contradiction? How did Judas die

The New Apostolic Reformation isn't just a group of self appointed false prophets who base their prophesies on sports scores (that they can't get right) and False Apostles who invent their own extrabiblical reason for being, they're dangerous, very very dangerous

The Last Blood Moon! (I'll have to ask John Hagee "Because we won't be able to see the Blood Moon from North America, does that mean the world won't end for us, just the rest of the world?")

Six reasons why the Church is not singing (Spoiler alert: CCM)

Drag queens reading to children could be coming to a public library near you

California decides to "bully and persecute" Christian baker despite her court victory

Eritrean Christians released from shipping container prisons

The LGBTQPedoEtc guide to Evangelical inclusion

The Pennsylvania Catholic Nuclear Bomb

Pastor Robert Jeffress has publicly accused Jesus of Nazareth of having “Trump Derangement Syndrome” after reading that Christ condemned adultery. It's got to be true, I read in in the Babylon Bee

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

WWUTT Wednesday - Is Social Justice Just?

I was a child in the 60's and in middle school the student teachers would entertain us with the stories of their protests. They protested just about everything, so to us it appeared that Buffalo NY was a seething hotbed of social injustice. Some things they protested made some sense to me, but how they protested was, in my mind, stupid. 

Stupid, dangerous and insulting. 

The actions and attitudes of these mid 20th century Social Justice Warriors gave birth to one of the greatest conservative minds of the 21st Century; me. Well myself and tens of thousands of other people who might have agreed with them, but their antics drove us to a different way of thinking; one that was based on logic and reason rather than emotion and anger. Those same protesters spawned a new generation of protesters who now call themselves "Social Justice Warriors". They don't appear to understand the term 'Social' because if you disagree with them they become extremely unsocial. They clearly don't understand what the term 'Warrior' means, a warrior has honor, and these people's actions are far from honorable. And as for Justice... 

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Random Bits

I've made the jump away from Twitter. I never got the whole thing about Twitter, it's a shouting match as far as I'm concerned, with the rules tilted to the far left. Why are liberals called "the Left"? Simply because they're Not Right. And Twitter's (and Facebook's) rules against conservative speech are Not Right.

So I moved to Gab, a Twitter-like open forum that promises freedom of speech. We'll see - if my post that points out the fact that over 45% of transexuals attempt suicide gets blocked I'll quit them too. The Gab web interface is about the same as Twitter, maybe a bit easier, but the phone apps are not carried on Google Play Store or Apple iTunes. It's actually quite easy to load the supplied app on an android, but if you have an iPhone, sorry. But you can access the web UI on an iPhone and pin the link to your home screen.

Twenty Five reasons why the world hates Christians and Christianity

The United Methodist Church has appointed a transgender deacon

Someone carved "Hail Satan" into the floor of a South Carolina Baptist church porch

Man confesses to sacrificing 675 victims in satanic rituals. He also warned of false pastors using Satan in their "faith healing" rituals

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

WWUTT Wednesday - Microaggression - America's Newest Craze

I spent a third of my life in the military, most of that in the Strategic Air Command, I was trained and proficient in mega aggression measured in megatons. To me a micro aggression is something smaller than .50 caliber so I really don't understand what all the hubbub is about.

Then I was told that asking someone where they are from is a microaggression, I just do it because I don't want to invite someone from Boston over to my house to watch the Buffalo Bills game. Most Microaggressions are basically dumb questions and should be handled as such. (I once stupidly asked someone "How do you say that in Mexican?) like I said dumb question, but children these days aren't raised to deal with dumb questions.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Dennis Prager and Ben Shapiro on the Bible

Many years ago I was blessed with the opportunity to study Genesis and the book of Ruth under a rabbi. It was a truly eye opening semester, and I wish it could have continued, but it truly instilled a love for the bible in my heart. Any chance I get to hear a discussion of the Torah, be it a Jew or a Gentile, I'm there. So when I found this video of Ben Shapiro and Dennis Prager discussing the bible, I just had to share.

Dennis Prager was raised an Othodox Jew born in New York City. He's a best selling author and I can't wait to read his book The Rational Bible: Exodus. Ben Shapiro is an Orthodox Jew and an American conservative political commentator and writer. He is the founder and editor in chief of The Daily Wire

Friday, July 6, 2018

Random Bits

Hillsong's Joel Houston publicly announced that "Evolution is Undeniable" and I agree with him (this time) but only in the short term. "Survival of the fittest" is an undeniable law of nature, if an ice age breaks out, the parrots aren't going to fare as well as the polar bears, if you drain a pond only the residents with feet will survive; ducks and frogs. 

When talking about how amoeba become fish become lizards become monkeys became people, the mechanics still don't add up. The difference between human and primate DNA is too vast to uphold the claim that humans evolved from primates. And how come our evolutionary friends never claim that apes evolved from humans? They look like people, they eat bananas like people, they even try to talk like people. Science rocks.

Facebook continues to try to purge Christians from their 

Did Steven Furtick and Relevant Magazine keep Charlamagne from the kingdom of God?

Holy Spirit-driven, multisensory events: fog! concert lights! prophetic paintings! aerialist performances! wait - no gospel? 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Wretched WWUTT Wednesday - On Fire For The Lord

July 4th! Independence Day! That warm, almost mystical, holiday when we remember those brave men who declared their freedom from an oppressive tyrannical government and won independence from the largest empire on earth. A year later on July 4, 1777, Philadelphia marked Independence Day by adjourning Congress and celebrating with bonfires, bells and fireworks, thus starting an annual celebration I highly approve of and recommend heartily.

I hope you all are having good weather, and while you're "chillin' and grillin'" take a little time to smell a rose, remember those who fought to maintain your freedom, and thank God who gave you Jesus, your savior. Declare your freedom from sin, hard won by the blood of Jesus. Celebrate your independence from the Wicked One and his worldly plots to ensnare you. If you are a Christian then every day is your Independence Day... and be careful with those fireworks.

Monday, July 2, 2018

God and the American Revolution

During the last French and Indian War at the Battle of the Monongahela (July 9, 1755) General Edward Braddock's British army was defeated by a smaller French and Indian force. Two thirds of the British forces were killed or wounded in the fighting. During the battle the British commander, General Edward Braddock, was gravely wounded and it was up to a civilian aid-de-camp, George Washington, to carry out his orders. Washington was able to organize Braddock's retreat order and save the remaining British forces. All through that long, terrible day George rode back and forth organizing men, relaying orders, and all throughout that day native American sharp shooters picked off British officers at will, but when it came to George Washington their bullets failed to find their mark. George later wrote to his brother:
"By the all-powerful dispensation of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat and two horses shot under me, yet I escaped unhurt, while death was leveling my companions on every side of me."
Fifteen years afterward, he went West with a party of men to survey the wild lands, and an aged Indian chieftain called upon him, and told him that at the battle of Monongahela, he had selected Washington as a special target for his bullets, and had instructed his warriors to do the same, but that they were unable to hit him. The chief said that, becoming convinced that he was under the protection of the Great Spirit, they ceased firing at him. The chief said that he had made a very long journey to look one more time upon the face of him who was the particular favorite of heaven. (source)

Friday, June 29, 2018

Random Bits

2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 Tells us that before Jesus returns the Great Apostasy must happen first. For those of you that don't know what the Great Apostasy, or massive falling away from the faith, looks like; here it is

Picture a steam locomotive, a massive steam locomotive. It takes a huge effort to to get them moving, they start out slowly with a hiss of steam and an occasional chuff. But then slowly they gain speed and momentum, and before you know it they are blasting along and nothing can stop them (I know the fellow driving the locomotive in the last clip). At startup a steam locomotive can barely move it's own train, but once it gets up to speed there's nothing that can stop it.

It's like that with the damage done to Christianity especially from the relentless left. They start with a weak little seed of doubt, and as that grows and gains momentum they add to it: "Why not have women as pastors? Nothing wrong with that, Paul's epistles were written centuries ago, they no longer apply". Atheist worship leader? Nothing wrong with that, music is music. More and more until you're worshiping the sin instead of He who was born without sin. What has changed that we should cast aside the theology of our fathers? The only thing that has changed is the intensity of Satan's attacks. Here's Rev. Timothy Rogers performing Satan's favorite trick

Justice Kennedy: A wretched jurist and a treacherous Catholic with blood on his hands - may President Trump learn from President Reagan's mistake

A couple of years ago I was listening to Dr. David Jeremiah regularly, then he mentioned something I knew was historically inaccurate, it had to do with the use of ejection seats on fighter aircraft during WWII (there were no ejection seats in WWII). I stopped listening immediately. For you who are still listening to him - it might be time to bail out now

William P. Young, author of 'The Shack', continues to spew false teaching

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Wretched Wednesday - Social Justice Is Not Our Calling

By definition and by their actions the "Christian" Left cannot truly be called Christianity. It's a left leaning political movement hiding behind a thin veil of Christian sounding words. Look at the picture on the left provided to us courtesy of the "christian" left. Now look at Romans 13:
1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. 3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same (Romans 13:1-3)
Donald Trump could have been sent to save us as Moses was sent to save the Israelites, then again he could have been sent to punish us as the Assyrians were sent to punish fallen Israel. Either way he was sent by God for a purpose. What Christian movement would tell you to ignore what the bible says? None. By definition a Christian movement follows Christ, the son of God who himself believed every word of the bible so not believing what the bible teaches invalidates the title of Christian. The "Christian" Left doesn't ignore the bible so much as it cherry picks verses that suit their mood. Right now their mood is "social justice" much of which, ignoring the political blathering associated with the movement, is good Christian benevolence. Psalm 82:3 tells us:

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

WWUTT Wednesday - WWUTT is a Faith Healer?

This is Todd Bentley. Todd claims to be a faith healer. He claims that he heals them so good that he can heal them post-mortem and raise them from the dead. 

Todd Bentley performs his miraculous healing extravaganzas in front of less less biblicaly astute crowds where folks tend to be a bit more gullible having little knowledge of scripture such as Africa, Pakistan, and the New Apostolic Reformation. 

Here's a short list of places where you won't find Todd Bentley:
  • Oncology Wards
  • VA Hospitals
  • Any area that has a plague
  • Tattoo removal clinics
  • Bible study

Friday, June 8, 2018

Random Bits

Right after I clicked "Publish" on Random Bits last week I came down with a severe bout of bronchitis. Now I don't think that the two occurrences have anything in common. The bronchitis could be caused by many things; air pollution, smoke, pollen, collusion, my manliness, or my inability to see sin as anything but sin (I think I just jinxed my CrissFit membership) But before I go full Gloria Copeland I think I will follow my doctors orders. After all, it was her lecture that I interrupted with my coughing and hacking. Pulmonologists don't like their lectures to be interrupted with the coughing and hacking of their own patients, it looks bad.

This wasn't Dr. Awesome lecturing (she treats my COPD and a couple of other acronyms), this was Dr. Chicago who treats my Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension which is a pretty rare thing. The cause is unknown, and I have only a few of the risk factors (rule out the major risks:  HIV/AIDS, sickle cell disease, cocaine use) which leaves me with blood clots in the lungs (no one knows how they got there), COPD, really really bad sleep apnoea, and living at high altitudes. It was Dr. Awesome's staff that got me on the road to recovery from the bronchitis, and a week later I am feeling better. Not finished with it, but better. And I thank God every day that He led me to these medical champions who keep me going so I can worship Him from down here a little bit longer. So with that I'm outta here for about a week. I'm headed up to North Dakota to visit my kids and if summer occurs up there I'll post the new about it here first!

A Corporate pilot tells the truth about those magnificent men (Jesse Duplantis and Kenneth Copeland) and their flying machines

Secret genocide of Christians reported in Myanmar: thousands killed, pregnant women raped

Human Rights Disaster: China's persecution of Christians at the highest level since Mao

Chinese police entered a seminary class and hauled away two pastors

Released North Korean Christian prays for his future

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

WWUTT Wretched Wednesday - Just The Basics

It's an evil world out there, and I truly believe that this hectic world is designed to insure one thing: that we forget the basics and wander off on a new path following Satan to your doom. Look at Tony Campollo, I've heard rumor that once upon a time he was a solid bible believing Christian, but Tony's son decided that sin is more fun that being a Christian. So Tony decided to listen to his own son rather than God's son and came to the conclusion that God Is Not In Control. 

There's no one verse in the bible that jumps out and says "God is in control" but there are 31,102 verses that show this to be the case. And if we are to pay attention to just the Red Letters as Tony Campollo insists, how did he miss Mark 10:6-8?

We have preachers that can't spread the Word of God from anything but the newest and best corporate jets, preachers that can slay you in the spirit and the wallet, preachers whose houses exceed $13 million dollars while preaching of the man who had no place to lay his head. Pile upon this snowflakes, teens on murderous rampages, and my favorite - a president who should be impeached because he talked about doing things that another president did with pride and was defended viciously by those who now snarl about impeachment. My head is swirling - I need to get back to the basics

Tony Campolo: 'God Is Not in Control'

Liberal Christian Leader Tony Campolo: 'God Is Not in Control'

By Chris Queen June 5, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, I introduced you to the Red Letter Christians, a group of liberal believers whom the New York Times breathlessly profiled recently as the face of Christians who don't worship Donald Trump. One of the group's leaders, Tony Campolo, recently gave an interview with Premier, a Christian website in the UK, in which he stated that he doesn't believe that God is in control — yet.
Campolo barely touches scripture to support his assertion when he says:
So often we read the scriptures but don't pay attention to what is really going on. In the temptation story, for instance, Satan says to Jesus: "Here are all the kingdoms of the world, they are mine to give you". Does Jesus say: "Oh no they're not"? No, he doesn't!
Did you know that St Paul, in five different places, announces that God is not in control?

Of course, he doesn't cite any of those specific places. He does mention a passage in Ephesians that doesn't really support his point before he goes off on a tangent about worship music.
I have problems with a lot of the new worship music. I think it's wonderful that it's captured the music that young people can relate to and they get into it with great love and emotion. But compare 'My God reigns' with the old hymns which say: "Jesus  shall reign" - it's future tense, not present tense.
The Hallelujah Chorus never says: "God is in control". It says: "The kingdoms of this world will (when the second coming occurs) become the kingdoms of our God and he shall reign forever and ever hallelujah".

(Of course, we use the future tense when we talk about the future. It doesn't take a grammar nerd — or a theologian — to see that lyrics or statements that address the future won't necessarily be in the present tense, even if those statements are true in the present.)

Friday, June 1, 2018

Random Bits

Television is a weird, strange, insane world, and worse: it's a public example of the liberal mind. One of the best things about television is Mike Rowe, a Christian man who espouses the joy of hard work. His show "Dirty Jobs" was one of the last watchable things on the discovery channel. Sadly his new show "Somebody's Gotta Do It" is unwatchable. Not because of content, it's incredible (you can find segments on You Tube), but because of location. First it was on the ratings Hindenburg CNN, now it's on apostate TBN. Many people won't watch TBN because it's a "Christian" channel, but I won't TBN because it's an NAR channel.

Television is not a "slice of life" drawing inspiration from the wide range of real life in America, it's propaganda that is laser locked onto what ever the radical left believes needs to be shoved down the throats of the unwitting masses. And there's no escaping the horrors of the liberal agenda on television. ABC/Disney is the company that chopped "Last Man Standing" for the sin of espousing Conservative, Christian, Family values. And as for Rosanne... If you need me, I'll be watching re-runs of Fixer Upper. You can tell it's a Christian production because the liberals hate it  

Bill Press continues the atheist liberal mantra that Christianity is a mental illness. Now, I'm not about to go around throwing stones, but there is legitimate psychological documentation to further my opinion of Mr. Press and his cohorts

Nikolas Cruz recorded himself laughing as he plotted to kill at least 20 of his former schoolmates. He said he heard voices in his head and that those "demons" gave him instructions on how to carry out the attack

Page Paterson has been ousted from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and his retirement benefits revoked. But are the charges made against him erroneous? This new revelation has me wondering if the SBTS had a sudden case of PCAS (Political Correctness Attack Syndrome)

This is an example of PCAS (Political Correctness Attack Syndrome)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Spurgeon Thursday - An Evil in the Camp of the Lord

The following message is commonly attributed to Charles Haddon Spurgeon, but it is actually from the Reverend Archibald Brown, a student of Spurgeon, which is probably why it sounds so much like Spurgeon that the attribution is often confused. The pulpit is no place for actors, entertainers, or performers, it is for preaching Christ risen from the dead. Nowhere does the Gospel say "Go ye into all the world and amuse every creature" (Mark 6:15) nor does it say "And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, to put a smile on the faces of the entertained" (Ephesians 4:11-12)

An evil is in the professed camp of the Lord, so gross in its impudence, that the most shortsighted Christian can hardly fail to notice it. During the past few years this evil has developed at an alarming rate. It has worked like leaven until the whole lump ferments!

The devil has seldom done a more clever thing, than hinting to the Church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them. From speaking out the gospel, the Church has gradually toned down her testimony, then winked at and excused the frivolities of the day. Then she tolerated them in her borders. Now she has adopted them under the plea of reaching the masses!

My first contention is that providing amusement for the people is nowhere spoken of in the Scriptures as a function of the Church. If it is a Christian work why did not Christ speak of it? “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, and provide amusement for those who do not relish the gospel.” No such words, however, are to be found.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

WWUTT Wednesday - Coexist?

Is it just me, or do other people feel the same way as I do in feeling that people who demand that the world "coexists" coexist on their terms, and their terms only? Name one theology that tells its adherents to "coexist" and then tells how to do it? There's only one that does:

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

9 Things You Should Know About Wicca and Modern Witchcraft

9 Things You Should Know About Wicca and Modern Witchcraft

by Joe Carter

A growing number of young women—driven by feminist politics and the #MeToo movement—are being drawn to a new brand of witchcraft, according to a report by NBC News. Here are nine things you should know about Wicca and modern witchcraft.

1. Witchcraft refers to the worldview, religion, and practices associated with using rituals that are believed to harness and focus cosmic or psychic energies to bring about some desired change. Modern witchcraft is the largest and most common subset of neo-paganism, a diverse group of religious movements that claim to be derived from historical pagan religions.

2. Within the witchcraft revival movement, the largest subset is Wicca. The 2008 American Religious Identification Survey estimated that in the United States there were about 600,000 neo-pagans, with about half identifying as Wiccan. Some estimates conclude that in 2017 there were more than 3 million practicing Wiccans.

3. In modern usage, the term “witch” is considered gender-neutral and can apply to either men or women. The term “warlock” is often considered a derogatory term as the original usage of the term meant “oath-breaker.” A group of witches who meet together regularly are known as a “coven.” Some witches believe a coven must have 13 or fewer members, though not less than three.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Random Bits

Mr. Pope makes a mockery of God's word again. Seriously, how can become chief cook and bottle washer of the top religious money making machine in history, claim to be the human embodiment of Christ here on earth, and be completely ignorant of Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:26-28, or 1 Corinthians 6:9-10?

It looks like Jesus has a part time job selling high end luxury business jets to megachurch pastors - "People like Copeland, Benny Hinn, T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen and others who push this malignant distortion of Christianity prey on the poor and vulnerable, enriching themselves at the expense of the downtrodden."

If you wonder why Jesus castigates a wicked and adulterous generation for looking for a sign, maybe it's because you can make Christianity look stupid, like Charisma Mag does 

Trapped Kachin Christians reach safety in dramatic elephant escape

With an attitude like this, who would want to be in their neighborhood or church?

Judge rules Christian baker does not have to make gay ‘wedding’ cake

God is the creator of reason and expects humans to use it

Is Genesis a myth?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wretched Wednesday - The Royal Wedding Sermon Disaster

I did not watch the royal wedding, in fact as far as I'm concerned the enchantment of anything royal ended in 1776. I do know several people that were agog at the worldwide display of excess by a familial dynasty built on patricide, matricide, mariticideuxoricide, fratricide, filicide, sororicide, and good old fashioned regicide. 242 years ago the "North American Union" rose up against the tyranny of a royalty run amok and gave us a new nation founded on the principles of inherent rights, government by the people, separation of powers, and not having to publicly fund fairy-tale weddings. While I hate royalty, I love England. England gave the world many things: one of the coolest flags in history, the Third and Fourth doctors, the DB-5, fish and chips, the Hitchhikers Guide, and most of all Charles Haddon Spurgeon. In return we sent them the comedic stylings of the drain circling Episcopal Church

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

6 Fitness Tips for Senior Church Members

Several (actually very many) weeks ago Jason Lewis of Strongwell.org asked if he could write a guest column centering on the health of our senior saints. Being a member of a church with quite a few folks with longevity I said "Sure!" and proceeded to allow life to interfere and his article got pushed back as much as my articles did. Here at long last is his article, and being a veteran of various forms of physical therapy I can say the advice for physical fitness for the elderly in this article is perfect. I personally like the advice on walking because I know for a fact that cardiologists set great store in walking

6 Fitness Tips for Senior Church Members

For seniors who are concerned about their physical health, they may not know where to turn for help and support. Fortunately, many seniors who are active in their churches find exactly that from fellow congregation members when they make a commitment to getting fit. From exercise groups to accountability partners, church families are a blessing for seniors who want to improve their physical health.

1. Join Group Exercises

Churches often have large fellowship halls and education wings that they can open for various classes throughout the week. And, many churches across the country are opening their doors for group exercise classes for seniors
who want to enjoy socializing, getting fit, and improving their overall health and balance. Some churches set their exercises to Christian music. Other churches focus on daily devotions to guide yoga classes, stretching exercises, and  meditation.

No matter the type of exercise being offered, seniors find that joining exercise groups at church provides them with a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere that they have difficulty finding at gyms and other fitness centers. Seniors enjoy participating in exercises with their friends from church and are more likely to attend class in their church than elsewhere.

2. Designate a Fitness Buddy

Studies show that people who exercise with a friend and have a fitness buddy stay committed and enjoy their workouts more than those who don’t. Seniors who want to get and stay fit are more successful when they have a support system because fitness buddies provide support, accountability, motivation, and perhaps even healthy competition. The key is for seniors to find a fitness buddy who motivates them and pushes them to keep going.

Churches that promote fitness buddies as a critical component of getting fit also should welcome members and non-members to participate in their group exercises and fitness classes. Seniors will feel more comfortable when they can choose their fitness buddy, and the buddy may be a non-member. And, churches have a better chance of gaining new members when they open their doors to everyone.

3. Start Working for the Church or Another Church Member

If you are a senior who likes to stay active but does not enjoy working out, you should enquire about becoming the housekeeper or groundskeeper for your church or for fellow church members at their homes. People who clean for a living bend, stretch, lift, and move quite a bit; becoming a housekeeper will keep you fit even if you don’t feel like you are working out while cleaning. Groundskeepers also find themselves getting more fit as they complete tasks such as raking leaves, using a push mower, and shoveling a walkway.

4. Invite Fellow Senior Church Members to Go for a Walk

Walking is an ideal way to exercise and get fit regardless of your age or athletic skill level. The more you walk, the more time you spend outside, and the more you will relieve your stress. Walking has been shown to stop bone mass loss in older adults, strengthen muscles, improve circulation, improve sleep, increase mental sharpness, improve balance and stability, and increase your lifespan.

If you don’t like to walk alone, invite your fellow senior church members to start walking with you. You may walk to church on Sundays when the weather cooperates, plan to walk after Sunday services, or meet during the week at a nearby park or large shopping center that welcomes walkers to get fit indoors when the weather does not permit you to walk outside. Seniors who walk in groups tend to walk a little faster and a little further than when they walk alone. If you don’t get enough interest in your walking group, advertise in the church newsletter or bulletin to gain more members.

5. Become a Mentor

To get well and do good at once, consider becoming a mentor to one of the younger members of your church. Many youth and young adults attend church because they want to be closer to God and better themselves, and having a senior member to advise them on both faith- and life-related subjects could be extremely meaningful to both of you. This kind of partnership is also a great way to get in your daily dose of physical activity: ask your mentee to go on a walk with you as you discuss this week’s sermon, or invite them to tend to the church garden with you while you explore ways he or she can work out a personal issue at home. You’ll be so engaged in your conversation and bonding that you won’t even notice you’re exercising.

6. Seek Guidance

Your mental wellness is just as important as your physical wellness. Your faith will provide you with a framework to tackle life’s challenges as you age, but being a church member also offers you great opportunities to seek counsel from others. Whether you suffer from a substance abuse problem or are simply lonely and depressed following the loss of a spouse, your pastor and fellow church members, especially Sunday school class members, will offer support, advice, and a listening ear, when needed. Sometimes simply knowing there’s someone out there who cares about how you’re doing can make you feel a lot better when you’re struggling.

Senior church members have several options when it comes to getting fit. You may want to try joining an exercise group at church, designating a fitness buddy, working for the church or a fellow church member, inviting fellow senior church members to join you for a walk, or becoming a mentor to a younger congregant.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

How To Tell if it’s a Prosperity Gospel Church

How To Tell if it’s a Prosperity Gospel Church
by Tim Challies
The prosperity gospel is a diverse, popular, and worldwide movement that understands faith to be the instrument through which Christians can attain physical health, material riches, and divine favor. There are countless thousands of these churches around the world with various levels of adherence to the key tenets of the wider movement, yet they rarely advertise themselves as prosperity gospel churches. So how can we know if a church is part of this movement? In Kate Bowler’s book Blessed, she provides some helpful guidance.
Look for Keywords. There are certain keywords that may demonstrate an association with the prosperity gospel. The first place to look is in the name of the church since most churches have names that reflect their ethos. Words like “victory,” “abundant,” or “conquerors” provide what may be key information. Beyond the name, look at the language used either in the church’s material or in its services. In different ways these churches will emphasize their core conviction that faith is the instrument through which believers attain their desires. This leads to language like, “releasing your faith,” “speaking your faith,” or “believing God for” things. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Spurgeon Thursday - Thank You Charles

So much has been swirling around in my head lately, so much turmoil this year, and the year is not half done. Stepson #1's broken leg, Mom's passing, my health ups and downs, my sister's emotional trauma over mom's passing, my Stepson #2's problems, his wife and children's reaction to those problems, and my poor dear wife who can only stand firm and let the waves of adversity wash over her.

Have you ever had one of those Job days/weeks/months/years? We all have and yeah, it's tough. Sometime Proverbs 3:11-12 makes God's love bittersweet 
11 My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD Or loathe His reproof, 12 For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.
Sometimes you just want to shout "SIR? Can you please spread the love around a little bit?" Proverbs is a great great book to follow when you're following God, and it doesn't soft pedal anything. Proverbs gives wisdom (not advice; wisdom) on matters pertaining to personal conduct, sexual relations, business, wealth, charity, ambition, discipline, debt, child-rearing, character, alcohol, politics, revenge, and godliness. But sometimes you need God's word explained to you in just a different sort of way, a way that eases your soul like Milk of Magnesia eases the knots in your stomach. Charles Spurgeon had such a gift and here, 126 years from his passing, his words give me joy that God's plan will work out:

Spurgeon, Charles, Delmarva Publication, Inc. (2015). “The Complete Works of Charles Spurgeon, Volume 78”, p.92, Delmarva Publications, Inc.                                                 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Random Bits

Looking At The Numbers: In His wisdom God gave us 10 fingers and once that fact was recognized, His greatest creation's greatest past times quickly became counting things. Blogger and Wordpress gives us bloggers lists of things that have been counted, for us. Things like the fact that last week more people in Russia read my blog than that of folks in the United States (736 to 557 page views) which is very interesting. Is it Christianity or is it English that is becoming more widespread in Russia?

I also learned that over the history of this blog some people have been accessing it using computers with a Unix operating system. That is seriously űber nerd! I can also see that Internet Explorer is still quite a thing, while Opera is hardly a thing at all, (Seriously - try Opera with Duck Duck Go, you'll thank me) and that my #1 most viewed post is still the Cult Of Furtick.

Recently Mr. Furtick's antics made me want to do a full post of on his latest comedy stand-up routine about "Sneaky Jesus" just to see if the pageview count of that entry could beat the pageview count of the Cult of Furtick. But I can't. I just don't have the stomach for that. Furtick starts off dressed in his hungover-just-rolled-off-the-couch best and opens his monologue by insulting the sovereignty of Jesus (or is he insulting the Christians that actually have READ the bible and understand the sovereignty of Jesus?) If you have the moxie to watch his undisciplined screed, ask yourself "How can someone whose coming was foretold for centuries sneak up on anyone?" Keep in mind this was brought to you by Charismamag.org, the folks who brought you the Sneaky Squid Spirit.  remember John 18:22. Most of all, keep the goats ensnared in the Cult of Furtick in your prayers that they get the message from the Holy Spirit that it's not about them, it's not about Mr. Furtick, and it's not about Mr. Furtick's money, it's about the sovereignty of Jesus, because they are not getting that message from Mr. Furtick.

Dr. John MacArthur elucidates Apostle Paul’s “characteristics of false teachers and the very works that mark them” in Galatians 5:7-12.

Speaking about Mr. Furtick and his money, it's not just real Christians that want him to tone it down, his neighbors want his satellite church to dial it back a notch also.

Hillsong Theo-eroticism

I've steered clear of the Michael Brown - NAR uproar because it seems pretty divisive to me, even though the NAR is a theological ISIS in a sheep suit. But, as Holly Pivic points out, Michael Brown is the NAR's own Baghdad Bob

Yet another "Christian" pastor has been accused of sexual misconductWith the sexual antics going on in the Roman church for the past decades (and more) the world's eye is on Christianity as a whole. Pastoral search committees and church boards need to concentrate on 1 Timothy 3:2-3 and Titus 3:7-9 because the Pastor is the the face of the church that the whole world looks at.

Mr. Pope calls for a ban on all weapons. Since he didn't specify what kind of weapons he wants banned he clearly must be talking about all weapons: guns, artillery, bombs, missiles, rockets  bows and arrows, cutlery of all forms, motorized vehicles, stones, sticks, and firm language. Unfortunately for Catholics who believe that God is not a god of confusion, Mr. Pope doesn't bother to read his own rules