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, October 16, 2018

Ten Commandments Tuesday - Do Not Misuse God’s Name

I've been to a lot of bible studies but not one of them actually covered the 10 Commandments. Sure I've read them, I know that there's a difference between what we Protestants, the Catholics, and the Jews count as the ten, but nothing deeper than that. There's a difference between reading and analyzing the text and this week we analyze #3, and we now discover that there's one commandment that states clearly that breaking the commandment will not be forgiven. We also know that blaspheming the Holy Spirit is not forgivable - but isn't blasphemy of the Holy Spirit also Commandment #3? They are if you understand the Trinity. Listen to Dennis' explanation of Commandment #3 and tell me what you think

 Is there such a thing as "the worst sin" -- one sin that is worse than all others? Well, there is.  I am well aware that some people differ. They maintain that we can't declare any sin worse than any other. "To God, a sin is a sin," is how it's often expressed. In this view, a person who steals a stapler from the office is committing as grievous a sin in God's eyes as a murderer. But most people intuitively, as well as biblically, understand that some sins are clearly worse than others. We are confident that God has at least as much common sense as we do. The God of Judaism and Christianity does not equate stealing an office item with murder.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Column: Why I call Joel Osteen a false teacher

This column appeared at Fredricksburg.com

Why I call Joel Osteen a false teacher

By Adan Blosser
Oct 9, 2018

Joel Osteen recently spoke at an event in our area. I knew about the event ahead of time and took the time to listen to it on Facebook Live as it was taking place. I then read the article that was published on the front page of the Oct. 5, 2018, The Free Lance–Star.

I don’t believe in attacking other churches, but I do believe in speaking clearly about false teachers. Especially when they show up on the front page of the newspaper because they spoke at the largest church in the area.

Make no mistake, Joel Osteen is a false teacher and should not be trusted as a source of biblical teaching by Bible-believing Christians.

That raises the question “Why?” It is a serious charge to call someone a false teacher. It is a charge that I take seriously and do not throw around lightly. So why would I call Osteen a false teacher? Is that fair? Those are important questions that are worthy of an answer.

Osteen’s message is built on the power of positive thinking. If we will remove any semblance of negativity from our lives and focus only on things that are positive, then we can live lives that are victorious and successful. The clear problem with this message is that it ignores the reality of Christian persecution and suffering around the world.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Random Bits

- BREAKING NEWS - American pastor Andrew Brunson is to be released from custody in Turkey and allowed to travel to the United States. This is from a secret deal between Turkey and the Trump administration

Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer opens today, and if you want to tell the main stream media where you stand, go see it. They won't. The film tells the true story of Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortionist who was convicted in 2013 on three counts of first-degree murder of a few newborn babies, and one count of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a patient.

This story nearly exclusively ignored by the lame main stream media. When the police raided Gosnell's clinic they found the remains of human fetuses stored in refrigerators, forty-seven dead babies found in the basement, the severed feet of dead babies preserved in small jars, rusty, medical instruments and worn out equipment. And the more investigators dug, the worse it got.

Gosnell is written by one of my favorite authors, Andrew Klavan, a wonderful devout Christian whose years of experience in writing crime drama made him perfect for this movie. "Gosnell" was made thanks to approximately 30,000 people from around the world who donated money in an indiegogo crowdfunding campaign and the fierce determination of journalists and filmmakers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer. Go see it.

Rome is now accusing the accusers as the worshipers of the 'Holy' See circle the wagons around Mr. Pope

A Roman Catholic Arch Bishop announced publicly that he doesn't want  Jesus as a consultant rather than a King denying the Son of God's majesty in one tweet

The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops announced that all dioceses will release the names of clergy who have been “credibly accused” of sexually abusing minors for the past 70 years

Pope accepts D.C. Cardinal Donald Wuerl's resignation. As archbishop of Pittsburgh, Wuerl allowed priests accused of child sex abuse to be reinstated or reassigned

Pope ignores God, prays to an angel to protect him from those evil demons who demand that  he do something about his herd of child raping minions

Just as Mr. Pope begs for help in fighting the devil...

People are bailing out of the RCC at an alarming rate

Top Mormon wants the word 'Mormon' to go away. Looks like the devil is bothering him too

ESPN cuts Jesus out of Tim Tebow speech

Beth Moore's drummer becomes self appointed spokesman person for all men. Pulpit and Pen shows that he wasn't "Self Appointed" this was just a useful idiot following St. Moore's commands

Analysis of Rachel Held Evans' book "Inspired" (Part 9, chapters 7 and 8)

Religion of Peace Update #1: Fifteen year old Christian schoolgirl Leah Sharibu is days away from being executed by Boko Haram

Religion of Peace Update #2: Pakistan’s Supreme Court hears Asia Bibi’s ‘blasphemy’ appeal but delays ruling

Religion of Peace Update #3: Two Christian teachers in Kenya were murdered when Islamic militants ambushed a school

Religion of Peace Update #4: Iranian Christians Saheb Fadaei and Fatimeh Bakherti, both converts from Islam, were sentenced on Sept. 22 to 18 months and 12 months respectively for “spreading propaganda against the regime,”

Religion of Sacred Cows Update: Hindu parliamentarian calls for drive to ‘Get rid of Christian missionaries’ in India

Wa Rebels in Burma continue to attack the body of Christ. Hundreds of minority Christians in Myanmar are being forced to sign papers vowing to limit their faith and not pray in churches

Paganism grows in Australia as Christianity plummets

Witches outnumber Presbyterians in the US; Wicca and Paganism are growing "Astronomically" it's the Perfect religion for millennials already involved in yoga, mindfulness, new-age spirituality'

Speaking of witches, if you're still upset about the Kavanaugh appointment (victory), hop on your broom, bring your rage and all of the axes you've got to grind, and whisk yourself off to New York City so you can wriggle your nose and cast a hex on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh (emphasis mine, just to rub it in)

Could the reason why witchey-poo is so upset about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh (emphasis mine, just to rub it in) is because this man of honor promises to "heed the message of Matthew 25"?

Just in case you think that the Democrats are out of control now, here's a history lesson for you This is a shining example of why the left does not want their history taught in school (how anyone can study history and still vote for the party of slavery and violence is beyond me)

China legalizes concentration camps to "re-educate" members of unauthorized religions

Remember that fellow that attacked a pro-life advocate in Toronto that I mentioned last week? He has lost his job and has been charged with eight counts of assault and seven counts of mischief under $5,000.

Yet another Canadian abortion activist assaults a Pro-Life woman, hitting her with a metal device.

UK Supreme Court: evangelical couple did not discriminate by refusing to make a homosexual wedding cake

United Pentecostal Church International = Racist?

US withdraws from another UN committee over blatant Anti-Israel bias. This time it's a committee I've actually heard of - UNESCO - and I say Good Riddance!

Prophet Charlie Shamp prophesied that Hurricane Michael would be silenced. Ummmmmm...

One of my favorite discernment ministries is putting itself on hold. Very sad đŸ˜¢ Praying for you Amy!

Hobby Lobby is introducing a new line of Calvinist Home Decor!!! please, oh please don't be satire!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

WWUTT Wednesday - Does the Bible Say the Earth Is Flat?

Look - silently he comes, Great A'Tuin, the giant star turtle (species Chelys galactica) swimming slowly through space. He is  fully aware of the weight of the four giant elephants on his back: Berilia, Tubul, Great T'Phon, and Jerakeen. They in turn carry the flat disk of the world on their backs while around them circle the small sun and tiny moon. Occasionally Jerakeen must lift a foreleg to let the moon go past.

No where in the bible will you find this, or anything like this. This particular scenario comes from the hilarious fertile imagination of Terry Pratchett. I don't think the bible even mentions turtles or elephants, and I know it doesn't mention what is the shape of the world . There's more important things to consider when the Word of God is pondered.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Ten Commandments Tuesday - No Other Gods

Oh yes, false Gods are out there. They may not have a huge monument like our old nemesis Ba'al pictured here, then again maybe they do. Look at the temples of higher learning. To many a degree in their chosen field is their God. Most college classes need little more that Jesus used to teach: a hill side. Seriously: why should the alumni spend a gazillion dollars on these temples of learning when many classes are little more than Perfessir Dankhippi droning on and on about their own political idealism and the student is left to teach themselves at the library on the subject of... Battery Weaving? Preternatural Etiquette? It doesn't matter, most term papers don't decide which course they're destined for until page five, as long as the student loan is obtained so the great God University.edu is worshiped. 

Let's discuss the Second Commandment according to the oldest, that is the Jewish, enumeration of the Ten Commandments. In Christian tradition it is the First Commandment. The most common translation begins:  "You shall have no other gods before me."  The commandment then goes on to prohibit both making idols and worshiping idols.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Random Bits

Roman Catholic priests and monks turned the Antonio Provolo Institute for the Deaf into a private whore house where they took sick, disgusting pleasure in abusing young boys who were not only incapable of calling out for help, but thanks to these sick perverts, these young kids were unable to communicate their distress at all. If you can read this article without tearing up you're either a stronger, or colder person than I am.If you are not a former part of the RCC, or familiar with how they work, this article shows how these rapists got away with their disgusting sin as long as they did. Rather than deal directly with a priest caught with blood on his... hands, the church just moves them across the world to hide the offending priest. It's easy: If you can't hide the sin, hide the sinner. 

In this case the child molesters were moved from Italy to Argentina where Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, helped hide the stain of their foul actions. It is not unusual for a parish priest to suddenly disappear, swept away to another part of the world leaving behind confused parishioners. Priests aren't moved around solely to hide their sins, I pray that's a minority of the priests that are 'disappeared' without notice, but I can't help feeling that legitimate moves may be done to disguise moves that were made to hide priests that were abusing young boys. I don't think the Protestant world has a Get Out Of Jail Free card that is anything close to the Roman Catholic Churches game of Three Card Monte

Since the pope can't be bothered to open an investigation into Cardinal Theodore McCarrick's serial homosexual abuse, the congregation will do it, and they're going to look at ALL of the cardinals

The Vatican denounced the scandal of child abuse before the U.N. General Assembly, guess what they didn't mention - go on, guess!

Confidence in Pope Francis plummets in the U.S. American Catholics now give Francis negative marks for his handling of the sex abuse scandal

The Papacy, “Infallibility” and the Magisterium. When Glenn wants to cut the mustard he knows right where to stick the knife 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

WWUTT Wednesday - What Does the Bible Say About The Pope?

The hierarchy of the Roman Catholic church (AKA the Magisterium) believes that it is infallible. Seriously, it's in the Catechism that they wrote, they believe that they received this charism (spiritual gift) of infallibility directly from Jesus. Paragraph 889 of the  CCC (Catechism of the Catholic Church) states in part:
... the pastoral duty of the Magisterium is aimed at seeing to it that the People of God abides in the truth that liberates. To fulfill this service, Christ endowed the Church's shepherds with the charism of infallibility in matters of faith and morals. (emphasis mine)
I'm not going to pretend that Protestants are better at morals than the Roman Catholic Magisterium, nor will I say that Jews, Muslims, and Atheists have a closer shot at being infallible than Mr. Pope - we are all sinners (emphasis God's, see Ecclesiastes 7:20 for details) not one of us is capable of not sinning, even when ex cathedra. 

I've been told by several people knowledgeable in the dogma of the catholic church that we Protestants do not understand papal infallibility, this gift only happens when the pope is speaking ex cathedra which they tell me means when he's acting as the head of their church. However ex cathedra really means when he's being infallible. So in other words if someone tells you "he's only infallible when he's ex cathedra" really means "he's only infallible when he's being infallible" 

So confusing, let's turn to the bible... what does the bible say about Mr. Pope?

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Ten Commandment Tuesday - I Am the Lord Your God

 What is the first of the Ten Commandments?

It might seem like an odd question, but it's not. Jews and Christians give different answers. The reason is that what we know as "The Ten Commandments" is, in the original Hebrew, "The Ten Statements." And since the Hebrew is the original, we begin with the first statement, which all religions agree, is: "I am the Lord your God who took you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage." This statement is so important that none of the other commandments make sense without it.

First, it asserts that God is giving these commandments. Not Moses and not any other human being.

Second, God is the One who delivered you from slavery. Again, no human being did this, not even Moses. Therefore you have an obligation to me, God. And what is that obligation? That you live by the following nine commandments.

This is the beginning of what is known as ethical monotheism, the greatest world-changing innovation of the Hebrew Bible. It means two things. Ethical monotheism means that the one God -- that's monotheism -- is the source of ethics, of morality. Morality, an objective code of right and wrong, does not emanate from human opinion; it emanates from God, and therefore transcends human opinion. The other meaning of ethical monotheism is that what God most wants from us is that we treat other human beings morally. None of the Ten Commandments concern what humans must do "for" God; pre-Ten Commandments religions all believed that people must do a lot "for" their gods -- for example, feed them and even sacrifice people to them.

But now, thanks to the Ten Commandments, mankind learned that what God wants is that we be good to our fellow human beings. Even the commandments concerning not having false gods and not carrying God's name in vain are ultimately about morality. The thing we can do "for" God is to treat all his other children decently. Every parent can relate to this. Parents -- or at least healthy parents -- have indescribable joy when they see their children act lovingly toward one another and indescribable pain when they see their children hurt one another. So, too, God, who is likened to our father in heaven, cares most about how we treat other human beings, all of whom are His children.

The third critical teaching of the First Statement -- "I am the Lord your God who took you of Egypt, out of the House of bondage" -- is the importance, and the meaning, of freedom.

Note that God is not saying in this introduction to the Ten Commandments that He created the world. It surely would have made a lot of sense for God to introduce the Ten Commandments with the statement, "I am the Lord your God who created the world." That is, after all, pretty impressive, and would make sense: "I created the world: You better listen to Me."

But no, the one thing God declares is that He took the Children of Israel out of slavery and into freedom. That's how much God hates slavery and how important God considers freedom. The Founders of America based their entire view of America on this belief -- that God wants us to be free. That is why the most iconic symbol of the American Revolution, the Liberty Bell, has only one sentence inscribed on it -- a verse from the Hebrew Bible: "Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof."

But there is one other equally important lesson about freedom imparted by the opening statement of the Ten Commandments: what freedom means. The Giver of the Ten Commandments is, in effect, saying: "I took you out of slavery and into freedom, and these Ten Commandments are the way to make a free society. You cannot be a free people if you do whatever you want." Freedom comes from moral self-control. There is no other way to achieve it.

And fourth and finally, by telling us that He liberated the Hebrew slaves, God made clear that He cares deeply about human beings. It is impressive to create the world. But what most matters is not only that there is a Creator, but that the Creator cares about His creation.

All of that is in the one statement with which the Ten Commandments begins.

I'm Dennis Prager.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Submit! Be Subject!

Pastor Paratus spoke about submitting yesterday. Pastor Paratus is a very good teacher, preacher, and friend, and he didn't even blink when I carried a pillow in to church yesterday. Then again I'm not sure he noticed, it was a smallish pillow.*

The teaching centered around Ephesians 5:5-21 and centered around submission and it tailed into Ephesians 5:22 where we are told that wives must submit to their husbands, which upsets some people, mostly wives. Pastor Paratus made a very good suggestion that we need to take to take this in context because verse 21 tells Christians to submit to each other, so verse 22 telling wives to submit to their husbands is just a reiteration of verse 21.

This may cause someone to raise the question - if husbands and wives are submitting to each other, who is in charge? Answer: God! (duh). But we Americans are so wound around the axle about the subject of submission, probably because the word has so many negative connotations, from slavery to 50 Shades of Gray. The bible version that I read is the NASB which doesn't even say "submit", it says "be subject to" which still has a connotation that Americans don't like. But is that what Paul was saying? Was Paul inferring that we break out the whips and chains and cow-tow to each other? Let's go to the original Greek:

Friday, September 28, 2018

Random Bits

Any emphasis on social issues can lead to a departure from the gospel, or more bluntly: political and social activism are not a central part of the mission of the Church. Sorry, but that's exactly how it is. We help the widows and orphans (those who are incapable of helping themselves) as a part of being loving Christians, but that's not our theology. We are called to "make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you", not to become part of the political apparatus. 

God requires those who bear his image to live justly in the world showing appropriate respect to every person and giving to each one what he or she is due. Relativism, socially-constructed standards of truth or morality, and notions of virtue and vice that are constantly in flux cannot result in authentic justice. Because values borrowed from secular culture are currently undermining Scripture in the areas of race and ethnicity, manhood and womanhood, and human sexuality, the Statement on Social Justice was formulated to insure that we are not "taken captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ." (Colossians 2:8)

Tacoma Megachurch: pastor has been fired for sexual harassment

A young Indonesian teenager adrift at sea for 49 days survives on fish and the word of God

The pope uses Mary to shove his borderless world theocracy down the throats of followers

Der Spiegel: the Pope "preaches mercy, but in reality he is an ice-cold, cunning Machiavellian, and, what is worse – he lies.”

Irish-Catholic Buffalo NY is in shock to find out that Bishop Richard J. Malone did not sanction priests accused of sexual abuse and concealed the identities of alleged "predator priests" from the public. The official list of 42 names may actually exceed 300

Archbishop Carlo Maria ViganĂ² blasts that pope fellow over the papal cover up of perverted  Cardinal Theodore McCarrick

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

WWUTT Wednesday - Are You A Pharisee?

Have you ever been called a Pharisee? I have. Not too long ago in a Twitter "discussion" I was being called a Pharisee by someone who claimed to be a Christian but his talking points were straight out of the Mark Sandlin False Teacher Of The Year 2015 playbook, all that was missing was a promise to go get drunk with prostitutes because "that's what Jesus did".

My "sin" was to quote the bible and use the selected scriptures in context with the "conversation". My antagonist didn't appreciate that his argument did not jive with what Jesus actually said so to cement his argument he branded me a Pharisee, a title I promptly ignored but didn't forget. Did he even know what a Pharisee was, did, or believe? Apparently not

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Ten Commandment Tuesday - the 10 Commandments: What You Should Know

I love the word of God and I really, really love learning the Old Testament from a rabbi, or at least a knowledgeable orthodox Jew who deeply understands the text. Studying the book of Genesis and the book of Ruth under the tutelage of a rabbi was a vastly important step in my walk with Christ. 

I originally took the class because I was enrolled in college under the GI Bill and was thirsty for almost any knowledge I could soak up. I was working full time and taking night classes when the opportunity to take The Bible As Literature arose. I took it because it fit my schedule. I expected a fluffy meaningless class that glossed over all the God stuff and waxed poetically on the Psalms. When the instructor put on his Tallit Gadol and unrolled the Sefer Torah I knew the class was going to be special, and it was! Not having a Rabbi handy we're going to have to settle for Dennis Prager to lead our study of the 10 Commandments, and that's like saying "Not having a Rolls Royce handy we'll have to take a Bentley." 

Friday, September 21, 2018

Random Bits

Have I mentioned Andrew Klavan? Yes I did, right here. Andrew is a very talented writer, a hilarious humorist, and deadly commentator on the political morass that the biblical fools of Washington are dumping this country into. But what truly endears Mr. Klavan to me is that he is a Jew who has accepted Christ as his savior. And he's a converted jew who has helped me pray. Over and over he insists that one must pray in a quiet place, alone, for 10 minutes, and pray aloud because praying aloud focuses your mind.

I was raised in the RCC church who prayed aloud but it was the relentless monotonous dronings repeated over and over until the meaning of the words is lost and the heresy is ignored (mother of God? Really?) Andrew is right, praying aloud in an non-repetitious manner focuses your mind on the conversation. For me the hard part is finding 10 minutes a day in a quiet place with no distractions. And Andrew may be right when he says, You Can Find God In 60 Days

Yes, there really are churches devoted to worshiping Marijuana, and they get busted just like the other drug pushers

Ever hear the term "there are no atheists in foxholes"? It's true

Dear Idiots, Helping the unfortunate is NOT justice, what you're calling Social Justice is actually a heresy called Rauschenbuschism

The folks that created surprise hits God’s Not Dead and I Can Only Imagine are finishing up their latest film; Unplanned which focuses on anti-abortion activist Abby Johnson, who spent years working for Planned Parenthood before switching sides

Friday, September 14, 2018

Random Bits

Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction (2 Thessalonians 2:3)

This verse has been swirling around in my head a lot lately, and not because of the mention of the man of lawlessness. It seems that a lot of people concentrate on that portion of the verse, but to me the apostasy stands out front and center although the man of lawlessness could be the cause or the head of the apostasy.

I personally believe that we are seeing the falling away happening right now and the hate and anger that is filling the airwaves is what happens when you take God out of our lives. Nature abhors a vacuum and the gap left when God is removed is filled with superficial superstitious nonsense and rage when that nonsense falls short of God's glory.

Once upon a time the Roman Catholic Church was a God centered entity, but with great power comes great corruption. The seeds of today's catholic implosion were planted in the second and third century when gnostics claimed that material things are evil and marriage was somehow a material thing. The roman church became God to the roman church, and they replaced God's natural desires with nothing. And now they're shocked when their little world reacts the same way the whole world reacts when you take away God?

Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York not only refused to step down when confronted with documentation that he mishandled allegations of sexual abuse by his flock of pervert priests, he returned accused priests to positions that put them in daily contact with young children

The Vatican has known about Arch Bishop Theodore E. McCarrick's raping seminarians since the turn of the century and they not only did nothing about it, they covered it up. The Vatican promises 'clarifications' on the claims of a coverup at the highest office in the romish church

In New York, the state’s attorney general issued subpoenas to all eight of the state’s Catholic dioceses seeking any and all documents pertaining to allegations of the Roman Catholic sexual free-for-all that has become the pastime of that Pope's fraternity

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Spurgeon Thursday - The Religion of Rome

The Religion of Rome

by C. H. Spurgeon
From the January 1873 Sword and Trowel

We welcome the publication of a volume entitled "The Religion of Rome." It consists of letters published in a Roman Journal, which have been translated from the Italian, by Mr. William Howitt. In these times, when liberality is the only popular virtue, and zeal for truth the cardinal sin, it is worth much to let the public know assuredly that Popery is not the angel of light it professes to be. "Distance lends enchantment to the view;" but, to the rightminded, to see Romanism is to abhor it. It is a system which is as dangerous to human society, as it is hostile to true religion. We would by no means abridge the civil rights of a Catholic, or a Mormonite, but whether in any community the confessional or polygamy ought to be endured is not a question with us. The system of confession to priests is the sum of all villanies. Murphy1 was martyred for speaking the truth about the confessional, and in his person the liberty of public speech received a serious blow.

The day will come in which that man's name and fate will be looked upon in a different light, and many will regret that he was given over as a victim to Romish bigotry, when they feel that bigotry burdening themselves. We have seen with our own eyes2 that which would make the blood of any decent man boil within him. In the confessional boxes in Germany and Italy, anybody may see for himself, exhibited in the compartment allotted to the priest, a list of the sins concerning which the confessor is to enquire; these include crimes which we will not pollute our paper by mentioning; he must be a hardened profligate who would dare allude to them in the presence of a young girl. Not in the pages of a folio reserved for studious eyes did we read the degrading memoranda of which we speak, but in the confessional itself, where every passer-by may see them if he will. True, the document is in Latin; but, unfortunately, such words as abortio, sodomia, and the like, need no translation. But we dare not trust our hand to write more,—the superstition of Rome is the worst of all the evils which have befallen our race; may the Lord arise, and sweep it down to the hell from whence it arose.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Trinity - Proven By Logic

There is a bit of a debate going on elsewhere in this blog regarding the doctrine of the Trinity. A reader, whom I assume based on his or her virulent anti-trinitarian stance is a worshiper of Joseph Smith, wants to know more about the "concept" of the Trinity. 

To begin with, a concept is an abstract idea, a general notion. To call the Trinity a concept not only demeans God but is calling 2000 years of study, prayer, and debate meaningless. The Trinity is a much more complex doctrine than simple questions such as "To whom did Jesus commend his spirit? Himself?" The answer is "Yes" and "No" at the same time.

Glenn Chatfield at The Watchman's Bagpipes did a great job explaining the Trinity using Logic:

 TheTrinity - Proven By Logic
There many cults who teach against the idea of a Triune God, often claiming the idea originated with the Nicene Creed. However, the Trinity is really mentioned often in the Bible, even though the term “Trinity” isn’t.

Several years ago I read a book (I don’t remember which one) in which a short logic exercise was used to demonstrate the truth of the Trinity. I thought it was such a good idea that I came up with my own logic exercise, which I am now posting here. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wretched Wednesday - Pastors who have affairs

I've been hammering pretty hard on the Roman Catholic Homosexual Orgy Church, but have faith, the liberal media is covering up the disaster for that Pope fellow, the news stories will soon dry up and the sexual disaster that the Roman Catholic church is now will soon disappear or worse, it will become the vanguard of a whole new attack by satan.
11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; 12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. (Ephesians 5:11-13)
It's not just the priesthood I'm calling out, yes I am incensed by their blatant orgy of sin, but we Protestants need to clean up our act also and I do call out pastors who dally when they hit the news. I once knew a pastor who boldly stood in front of his congregation and informed us that he always had his wife in the room with him when he counseled a woman, so that there's no possible way of any improprieties. Then again I'm pretty sure his wife wasn't in the room with him while he was sleeping with a member of the congregation. I think he drives for FedEx now. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Dr. Awesome, Dr. Chicago, and He Who Heals

This is my one thousandth published blog entry! It's the one thousandth published entry anyhow. I have nearly a dozen more in the works but this it. To celebrate my 1K I had planned to go into length on my understanding of the rapture, but instead I had another run-in with Real Life and chose to write about it;

I'm not happy with 2018, I've had much better years - 60 better years by my count. My chronic back pain is still here, I've got an entire list of things I need to avoid doing just to avoid the pain. And my COPD and Pulmonary Hypertension is still here as are the occasional bouts of bronchitis, but I did get up to see the kids in North Dakota and had a wonderful week with them. On the downside there's been a lot going on behind the scene

First one of my sons smashed his leg on a remote mountain in Colorado and compartment syndrome, an incredibly painful condition, set in. That required long drives across Colorado to be with him and return to be with my responsibilities, not to mention the emotional toll this takes. 

Then, on the Ides of March, my mother passed away. It was a blessing, she went quietly in the depths of dementia thinking that she had happily spent her entire life in a Florida nursing home. The estate wasn't much but there were legal kerfuffles, this was sorted out but this too takes an emotional toll.

Then another son finally admitted that he was addicted to drugs. To be honest the only surprise was that he did admit it at the time he did. The was in that accelerating downward spiral where the addict starts more and more powerful drugs. At this point if you don't pull out, you're lost. We got him into rehab, scrambled to get the financing because his insurance fell far, far short, and did what we could to support his wife and kids. The emotional toll hit my wife pretty hard.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Random Bits

I haven't been feeling well, but Dr. Awesome and Dr. Chicago have been working overtime to keep me up and running. I honestly thought that as I lay in the hospital, blissfully unpolluted by newsfeed annoyances, that I wouldn't have to write about Mr. Pope or any of his disgusting child raping minions when I got back to the blog.

I'll chart my adventures at "St. Jewish Hospital" next week and how the blessings of 2018 renew my faith and refresh my love in God.

Unfortunately for me, and now unfortunately for you, I checked twitter this morning before I got discharged. Neil over at the Eternity Matters blog had filled the 'twitterverse' with all sorts of news that Twitter works very hard to keep silent, and sure enough - those cassock covered perverts are still in the headlines. Maybe it's their plan to hasten Christ's return by insuring that Satan controls every corner of this world?

#3 place on the list of stories I did not want to see was the Vicar of Christ, Mr. Pope himself, and 30 of his fellow worshipers of the Catechism not only covered up Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s sexual abuse of seminarians and priests but also repealed the strict canonical sanctions imposed on McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI

#2 on my list of foul unspeakable horror is Cardinal Blase Cupich's vile, repugnant, stomach-turning insistence that the Pope's policies on global warming and immigration are so much more important than confronting the fact that a large number of Roman Catholic Priests are raping children. He also said that any allegation of the pope's improper governance or conduct is due to racism

#1 on my hit-list of Satan's frivolities is the discovery that the Vicar of Christ, Mr. Pope himself knowingly gave a highly prized Vatican apartment to a gay priest who later used said apartment for a cocaine-fueled homosexual orgy.

Friday, August 24, 2018

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Boston, Buffalo, and now Pennsylvania (and let's not forget Chile, Australia, France, and Ireland) - all battlegrounds of sin perpetrated by the Cassock Covered Perverts of the Roman Catholic Church who went so far as to produce child pornography on church property. This sin is not new, and it's not isolated to the northeastern United states. It's pandemic. If the Catholic Church had bothered to clean up their mess they could have prevented this assault on Fr. Hutsko. 

As I mentioned last week, the sins of Pope Francis' minions are going to cause a backlash to innocent 'bystanders' and this was just one case, and won't be the last. This isn't by any means a prophesy, it is just an assessment based on my six decades of observing the human condition. The priest attacked in this article was a Byzantine Catholic, not a Roman Catholic, Sometimes it takes a scorecard to tell the Maronites from the Armenians,  but the secular world does not care and will attack what it thinks is a target regardless. By the way, one of the priests on the list in the Buffalo scandal baptized me.

Dallas Catholic priest rapist Edmundo Paredes has disappeared (or maybe has been disappeared?)

Mexican Cardinal: rape and pedophile abuse victims should be “ashamed”  to accuse “men of the Church.”

The National Catholic Register claims that much of the sexual abuse was not pedophilia but homosexual statutory rape which makes it so much better

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Spurgeon Thursday - Geese in their Hoods

Geese in Their Hoods

In the frequent quarrels between the priests and monks of the Church of Rome, the two parties of rogues were silly enough to expose each other's villainies. On the edifices belonging to monasteries, priests were caricatured in the stonework; and on the churches built by priests, the monks and friars were held up to ridicule. A great deal of real truth was thus brought out by their mutual recriminations. The ancient carving below [this is the actual illustration that Spurgeon used] is a specimen of a common caricature representing the clergy as foxes with geese in their hoods; a very admirable picture whether monks or priests were intended. Popery, with its secret confessional and priestly interference at dying beds, is essentially a fox. Puseyism, pretending to be Protestant, and gradually bringing in all the foolery of Rome, is a deep fox indeed. Yet there are geese silly enough to be deceived by priests in this nineteenth century; and so long as the supply of such geese is kept up, the foxes will never cease to prowl.

Reader, do you believe that men like yourself have priestly power? Do you think that they can regenerate infants by sprinkling them, and turn bread and wine into the very body and blood of Jesus Christ? Do you think that a bishop can bestow the Holy Ghost, and that a parish clergyman can forgive sins ? If so, your head can be seen in the picture peeping out from the cowl of the fox. You are the victim of crafty deceivers. Your soul will be their prey in life and in death. They cajole you with soft words, fine vestments, loud pretensions, and cunning smiles, but they will conduct you down to the chambers of death, and lead you to the gates of hell. Silly goose, may grace make thee wise!

Jesus Christ is the true Priest who can forgive all your sins; go to him at once, without the intervention of these pretenders. Make confession to him! Seek absolution from him! The Holy Ghost alone can cause you to be born again, and the grace of God alone can bring you to glory. Avoid Puseyite and Romish foxes, for they seek to make a gain of you, and lead you not to Jesus, but to their Church and all its mummeries. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and not in these deceivers.

No. 22. Sword and Trowel Tracts, by C. H. SPURGEON.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

WWUTT Wednesday - Did Jesus (REALLY) Declare All Foods Clean?

Bacon wrapped shrimp - the thought of which sets my mouth to watering but that thought has been known to render rabbis, imams, and hindus apoplectic. Delicious it is, kosher it is not. 

Kosher (which means "proper") foods omit most notably pork and shellfish, also state that meat and dairy may not be combined, and meat must be ritually slaughtered and salted to remove all traces of blood. So an innocent pork free cheeseburger is Not Kosher.

Halal (which means "lawful") foods omit pork but some shellfish such as shrimp are debated, clams are definitely haram (unlawful). Since Islamic food law falls under Islamic jurisprudence you can literally lose your head over that bacon wrapped shrimp. 

The diet of Hindus usually does not include eggs, fish or meat. Ancient Hindu texts describe the whole of creation as a vast food chain, and the cosmos as a giant food cycle.

Monday, August 20, 2018

The True Origins of the Prosperity Gospel

The True Origins of the Prosperity Gospel AKA Word Faith Theology
By Anton Bosch, pastor-teacher
The prosperity gospel has to be one of the grandest deceptions of all time. A Time poll conducted in the USA in 2006, produced the following statistics:
“17% of Christians surveyed said they considered themselves part of such a movement, while a full 61% believed that God wants people to be prosperous. And 31% – a far higher percentage than there are Pentecostals in America – agreed that if you give your money to God, God will bless you with more money” (Time, Sept. 10, 2006).
From America the message has permeated the whole world, most notably Nigeria where two of the biggest promoters are David Oyedepo, whose Canaanland church seats 55,000, and Enoch Adeboye, whose Redeemed Christian Church of God claims branches in over one hundred countries, 14,000 branches in Nigeria, and 5 million members in Nigeria alone. In 2008 Newsweek magazine listed him as one of the 50 most powerful people in the world.
The prosperity message has mutated into many variants that all share certain common traits and roots. A closely related teaching to the prosperity message is the “word-of-faith” teaching with its erroneous views on faith. Many regard these errors as the same thing and while they are related and claim to produce the same fruit, their doctrinal and historical roots differ.
The word-of-faith message developed simultaneously and parallel to the prosperity message, but its roots trace back through EW Kenyon to Christian Science, while prosperity’s roots trace back through Oral Roberts to Napoleon Hill. This article therefore only deals with the roots of the prosperity gospel which can be summed up as “give to God and He will give back to you” or “sowing and reaping”. (Word of faith is summed up in “name it and claim it” aka “blab it and grab it.”)

Friday, August 17, 2018

Random Bits

A grand jury in Pennsylvania just issued a 884 page report stating that they have evidence of 301 Roman Catholic priests who were raping little boys and girls. One priest raped a 7 year old girl while he was visiting her in the hospital after she had her tonsils removed. One boy was forced to say confession to the priest who sexually abused him. The stories get worse. The priests "weaponized" their faith to groom, molest, and rape children. They ran a child porn ring in Pittsburgh and Mr. Pope has not said a word

My heart breaks for not only the victims, but also the innocent who are going to be swept up into the maelstrom of public opinion. Because the Roman Catholic church considers itself to be Christian and the public actually believes this, we will be lumped in with the sick men that abused and raped children, and the gutless old men that hid their sins. All Christians are going to suffer for the sins of cassock covered perverts, but Do Not ignore the fact that we Protestants have our own problems like Bill Hybels and the elders of his church who covered it up, and Archbishop Earl Paulk, Creflo Dollar, Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Ted Haggard, Eddie Long, Marcus Lamb, Paul Barnes, Lonnie Latham, Earl Paulk, Coy Privette, Joe Barron, Tony Alamo, George Alan Rekers, and let's not forget Aimee Semple McPherson. We will be targets. We must clean house and hold our pastors, elders, and deacons to the biblical standards that God set out to protect our churches from unfit men in leadership

Responses to the Pennsylvania perverts are starting to be heard

Mr. Pope: “We are full of homosexuals

St. Basil the Great on how sexual abuse by priests should be punished

Bill Hybel's Willow Creek is probably glad St. Basil's suggestions are not followed 

Kenneth Copeland says God told him to lay  hands on private plane, had it was 'healed' it of corrosion (I wonder how he is on fuel cells and avionics, that's the true test of an aerospace faith healer)

A Southern Baptist Army Chaplain is being investigated for being a Southern Baptist

Dennis Prager schools Mr. Pope on God's  moral law in Genesis 9:6

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Book of Mormon And It Came To Pass - lifeafterministry

The Book of Mormon And It Came To Pass

From the book by Mark Twain, “Roughing It”, Chapter XVI;

"All men have heard of the Mormon Bible, but few, except the elect have seen it or at least taken the trouble to read it. I brought away a copy from Salt Lake. The book is a curiosity to me. It is such a pretentious affair and yet so slow, so sleepy, such an insipid mess of inspiration. It is chloroform in print.

"If Joseph Smith composed this book, the act was a miracle. Keeping awake while he did it, was at any rate. If he, according to tradition, merely translated it from certain ancient and mysteriously engraved plates of copper, which he declares he found under a stone, in an out of the way locality, the work of translating it was equally a miracle for the same reason.

"The book seems to be merely a prosy detail of imaginary history with the Old Testament for a model followed by a tedious plagiarism of the New Testament. The author labored to give his words and phrases the quaint old fashioned sound and structure of our King James translation of the scriptures. The result is a mongrel, half modern glibness and half ancient simplicity and gravity. The latter is awkward and constrained, the former natural, but grotesque by the contrast. Whenever he found his speech growing too modern, which was about every sentence or two, he ladeled in a few such scriptural phrases as, “exceeding sore,” “and it came to pass,” etc. and made things satisfactory again. “And it came to pass,” was his pet. If he had left that out, his bible would have been only a pamphlet.”

From the Book of Mormon:
2 Nephi 4:14; “…for a more history part are written upon mine other plates.”
Mormon 9:35; “And these things are written that we may rid our garments of the blood of our brethren, who have dwindled in unbelief.”
I had a pastor ask me to provide him with a synopsis of the Book of Mormon and I have to admit that it took a few days to fulfill his request.  It’d be easier to tell you the number of times I’ve dozed off while reading it (100% of the time) than it would be to give a quick analysis.  And as I write this I have an incessant memory of a visit with my mother in Utah.  She was sitting on her couch reading her Book of Mormon and after a half hour or so of not turning a single page I asked her what truths she had gleaned from her experience. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Social Injustice and the Gospel

Social Injustice and the Gospel

by John MacArthur 

Scripture says earthly governments are ordained by God to administer justice, and believers are to be subject to their authority. The civil magistrate is “a minister of God to you for good . . . an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil” (Romans 13:1–4). But it is also true that no government in the history of the world has managed to be consistently just. In fact, when Paul wrote that command, the Roman Emperor was Nero, one of the most grossly unjust, unprincipled, cruel-hearted men ever to wield power on the world stage.

As believers, “we know . . . that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19), so worldly power structures are—and always have been—systemically unjust to one degree or another.

Even the United States, though founded on the precept that all members of the human race “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” incongruously maintained a system of forced slavery that withheld the full benefits of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness from multitudes. Many generations of people from African ethnicities were thus legally (but immorally) relegated to subhuman status. According to the 1860 census, there were about four million in the generation of slaves who were being held in servitude when Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

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.