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.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wretched Wednesday - The Theology of Chairs

I've run into plenty of Cringe Worthy theology from both non Christians and Christians alike and most of it comes from not understanding the whole meaning of the text. For example I often hear "an eye for an eye" used to say that a believer is justified to use physical violence for an imagined slight. 

Quite often in the past I've mentioned the 20/20 rule of using a bible quote, to read 20 verses before and after a bible verse that you want to use to insure you are using it in context. However this is just a rule of thumb - how often have you heard that 2 Corinthians 6:14 means that a Christian shouldn't marry a non-believer? The 20/20 rule won't discount that theory, but you have to dig deeper to understand that it isn't marriage device. You have to read 1 Corinthians 7:12-16 to fully understand what God's plan is for theologically mixed marriages.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Random Bits

It's been a weird busy year so far, but the Lord is there to brace me and my family up. First, son #2 shattered his leg snowboarding causing compartment syndrome and DVT blood clots, then son #4 got hit from behind while sitting at a red light by a woman with no insurance and stolen plates on her car. (and she was defiantly not in financial straits, she could easily afford insurance and plates). On top of all that the flu hit and this year it was bad. Mrs WideAwakeChristian had a 100°+ temp for a week and when the flu released it's grip on her it turned on me.

We all made it through with the Lords strength and are continuing to press on, so with that, a reminder: If you show up Sunday ready for Sunday school but the class room is empty and the sanctuary is full, you clearly forgot to set your clock 1 hour ahead.

A man enters a Texas church with a gun and threatens to hold congregants hostage. A church member wrestles the gun away from the gunman. The cops arrive with guns a' blazing. Guess who the cops shot. Go on, guess

Benny Hinn is using the death of Billy Graham to raise money

Destiny, dream, break through, divine, prophetic, anointed,  these words aren't just meaningless jargon, these are Money Making Charismatic Buzzwords! that are causing millions of people to loose their minds

Take the catchers away!

Religion of Intolerance Update - Homosexuals force another Christian business to close

Wheaton College’s decision to stand up to an illegitimate government mandate (read: Obama) leads to a victory for religious liberty.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Wretched WWUTT Wednesday

Todd Freil discusses what I've discussed quite often in the past in my own posts and in WWUTT Wednesday post - Should a Christian commit herbicide? There is one point in both videos (You'll get the "both" reference when you watch it) where Galatians 5:19-21 is mentioned. WWUTT and Todd discuss that big "Laundry List 'O Sins" and Todd talks about a sin that is different than the sin that WWUTT points out.

I myself pick out a sin from that list that can be applicable too: Idolatry. Living in Colorado you soon learn that Marijuana is not just a danger to the environment or your health, it's practically worshiped here. It was always the unofficial Colorado state tree, but when this foul thing became legal it became the official Colorado demigod. Just to question its miraculous "healing" powers is akin to heresy and folks get very very upset if you question their idol. Foaming at the mouth upset. To be honest I can see inquisitions being formed to purge those who question the glorious weed. And the social destruction it has caused this state is incredible. If you want to explore the joys of hepatitis A, B, or C just come on up and hang out with the poor souls addicted (yes addicted) to the unholy weed.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Injecting Jesus Into Everything

Daily Wire reporter Matt Walsh is told by his readers that his writing is too religious, this is his response;

One of the most common complaints I hear from readers is that my writing is too religious. Borrowing a phrase from an email I just read, I am guilty of “injecting religion into everything.” I need to “tone down the religious talk,” according to a guy on Twitter. “Please cool it with the Jesus stuff,” someone else recently told me. I was informed by many people that the piece I wrote last week about fathers was “ruined” because I “brought God into it.” Some of the commenters here have given me the moniker “Pastor Walsh,” because only pastors talk about religion, I guess. I have even noticed, unsurprisingly, that many of the people who lodge these complaints often declare themselves to be Christian. In America today, nobody hates hearing about Christianity more than a Christian.

Rather than ignore these criticisms, I thought I might try to explain why I don’t plan on toning it down. In fact, I’m headed in the opposite direction. The reason is very simple: I really do believe this stuff. I have often been pretty bad at living and acting according to my belief — I am no expert when it comes following the teachings and making all of the sacrifices a Christian is called to make — but no matter my personal weaknesses (which are many and daunting), I still believe it all.

When Scripture says we are fighting not against “flesh and blood” but “the powers of darkness,” I believe it. And when it says that the Devil is prowling the world “like a lion seeking someone to devour,” I believe that, too. And when Revelation tells us about the war between Michael and the angels of God against Satan and his minions, I believe exactly what it says. I have sometimes wished that I didn’t believe any of it. I have even had terrible times in my life when I have tried not to believe it. But I still do. I believe it for the simple fact that it is true, no matter how I happen to feel about that truth. It just is. That’s all.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Wretched Wednesday - Dr. Michael Brown Lights 'em Up

31 For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted; 32 and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets; 33 for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. (1 Corinthians 14:31-33)
Our God is not a God of chaos, so when the Holy Spirit had Paul lay out the order of worship in 1 Corinthians 14, order is the order of the day. If you want to prophesy, wait your turn, otherwise sit down and be quiet. If you want to speak in tongues wait your turn, but if you don't have a translator, sit down and be quiet.  Confusion is not allowed. Dr. Michael Brown, who denies being part of the NAR, is shown here on Wretched TV, how do you think he's doing in regards to 1 Corinthians 14?

Monday, February 26, 2018

Dr. Michael Brown Slaying and Speaking

A brief video of Dr. Michael Brown speaking in tongues without an interpreter in total disobedience to scripture, and also slaying people in the spirit.

Full video here


Friday, February 23, 2018

Random Bits

I didn't know, or know of Billy Graham other than the fact that he was a Protestant preacher and occasionally network television was occasionally interrupted for one of his crusades. Being raised in a very Roman Catholic house we didn't watch his crusades, and when I did tune in, I didn't see any knights or horses or Ottomans, so I didn't understand what kind of a crusade it was. Since then I learned that he was knighted as an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, so yeah, crusader.

I'm not making fun of an incredible life, from what I have learned of Billy Graham in the past few weeks I'm think he would have enjoyed that 'crusader' pun, because after all his nick-name was "automatic dishwasher". I found it interesting that he was a target of the Ku Klux Klan, Billy was a registered Democrat his entire life which may have upset the Klan even more because the real reason why the KKK was after Rev. Graham is because Billy and Mike were friends and worked together for civil rights. I just discovered that the Reverend Graham preached in Korea. I've lived in Korea and discovered that the Christians there are incredibly happy to be Christians and love sharing Jesus. Billy Graham was there in 1973 and one evening 1.1 million people, mostly traveling on foot, attended his Crusade. He will lie in honor in the US Capitol Rotunda

How the "King of Cool" met the King of Kings

The United States will move the US Embassy to the capitol of Israel, Jerusalem, on May 14th.

I don't care where you stand on the gun issue, this is just stupid (Ignore the video, it's about another story)

Christians are being slaughtered wholesale in Nigeria - up to 16,000 of our brothers and sisters murdered, do you even care?

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Spurgeon Thursday - Preachers Are Servants, Not Celebrities

 Preachers Are Servants, Not Celebrities
What I Learned from Charles Spurgeon 

Article by Alistair Begg
Pastor, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

On Sunday morning, August 5, 1855, 21-year-old Charles Haddon Spurgeon stepped behind the pulpit of New Park Street Chapel to challenge

his congregation to follow the example of one of the saints who had inspired his ministry, the apostle Paul. “As a preacher of the word,” Spurgeon said of Paul, “he stands out pre-eminently as the prince of preachers and a preacher to kings.”

Young Spurgeon’s description of Paul was prophetic of his own future ministry. Within a few short years of that Sabbath morning, Spurgeon also earned the moniker “the prince of preachers” as he proclaimed God’s word to congregants from every stratum of society. The boy preacher from humble beginnings even became the “preacher to kings” as members of the British royal family filled his pews.

Lessons from the Prince of Preachers

I first heard the name “Spurgeon” as a young boy in Scotland. However, when I became a man, and began to read his sermons and writings, he endeared himself to me even more. Today, as a minister, I find in his work and life a wonderful example of what it means to be a preacher of the gospel.

1. Preach the Word

As Spurgeon stood before the congregation of New Park Street Chapel that same August Sunday to discuss what it means to preach the word, he pointed his listeners to the veracity and sufficiency of the Scriptures. “Am I to take God’s Bible and sever it and say, ‘This is husk and this is wheat?’” Spurgeon said, “Am I to cast away any one truth and say, ‘I dare not preach it’? No — God forbid!”

Throughout his ministry, Charles Spurgeon maintained an unwavering commitment to the word of God. Over time it became apparent that whether he was preaching in the Crystal Palace, before thousands in the Metropolitan Tabernacle, or with his students, Spurgeon was a man of integrity. His integrity, however, extended beyond his own personal life to encompass his concern for the gospel and theology. His preaching was forever crystal clear and Jesus-centered — qualities that have chased me down through the corridors of time to make me an unabashed fan of Spurgeon.

2. Cultivate the Heart of a Shepherd

Following the example of his Good Shepherd, Spurgeon was filled with compassion for sinners and longed to see them safely returned to the fold of God. Spurgeon firmly believed God loved saving the lost. It was a conviction that fueled his ministry. His tremendous longing to see men and women respond to the offer of the gospel was only matched by his intolerance for those who tainted the gospel of grace with the fallacy of good works.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

WWUTT Wednesday - What Is A Christian

I had an entirely different introduction written for today's WWUTT Wednesday video, but a news article came up on RedEye Radio this morning that got me to thinking (always a dangerous proposition) and I scrapped the whole intro.

The news story is that Delaware is going to let school children choose their own race and gender without their parents permission or knowledge. Sooooo... the thought occurred to me that if  I were given the chance to self identify race and gender I was going to choose "Christian" That way if a liberal disparaged Christianity I could accuse them of racism.

Then 2 Corinthians 5:17 came crashing down on my head: Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. I AM a new creature, in Christ I put off the old man with his deeds (Colossians 3:9), I put on the new self in the likeness of God (Ephesians 4:24), so yeah, given the opportunity to choose my gender and race on a form I am going to mark Christian, because that's what I am.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Being Liturgical

A very busy Liturgical Calendar
I was raised in a Roman Catholic household, so catholic in fact that there was even a priest in the family (Fr. Teddy, he was a missionary in the Philippines) so yeah, I'm familiar with Liturgical. Do you realize that this coming Thursday, February 22, is the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter the Apostle at Antioch? This is a Catholic holiday to celebrate a wooden chair. Actually there's two Catholic holidays to celebrate two wooden chairs that the Apostle Peter may or may not have even seen. January 18th is the Feast of the Char of St. Peter the Apostle at Rome and there's even an official color that the priests should wear when recrucifying Jesus on that day (white).

This really goes beyond the pale. It's a chair! Ok, I'm not going to say that my recliner, a TV remote, and I haven't had some great times together, but nothing that would require a holy day of obligation. Liturgy is defined as a form or formulary according to which public religious worship, especially Christian worship, is conducted. In a sense liturgy means all the rites, ceremonies, prayers, and sacraments used by a church. Our little church is actually liturgical. We always have worship service on Sunday, not the Sabbath, and our service always follows the same order starting with the call to worship and ending with the benediction. (Sudden thought - passing the collection plate before the sermon: liturgical neccessity or good economic sense?)

The Bible tells us that the liturgy, if any, should include baptism remembrance of the lord's supper (1 Corinthians 11:23-32), Prayer and praise (1 Timothy 2:1-8; Ephesians 6:18), and evangelism and discipleship (Matthew 28:18-20). That's about it, there's no requirement in the bible about golden icons, bells, incense, prayer beads, and days dedicated to worshiping dead people or their furniture.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Random Bits

While CNN embarrasses the entire nation with ooohs and ahhhs over Kim Jong Un's half sister Kim Yo Jong, let's keep in mind that she is the Minister of Propaganda and Agitation of the most repressive regime on earth. She is the Joseph Goebbels of North Korea, and considering the drooling plaudits from CNN and their ilk, she's done her job very well. Lets keep in mind how brutally North Korea treats their own people. Millions are starving, so starving that they're eating dirt to quell the pangs of hunger. But wait there's more: if you are caught with a bible or a portion of a bible, or just a bible verse written on a scrap of pape,r then you and your entire family including parents and grandparents will be sent to political prison camps (kwanliso). There you will be subject to enslavement/forced labor, torture, persecution, rape and sexual violence, and  extra-judicial killing.

Documented incidents against Christians include being hung on a cross over a fire, crushed under a steamroller, herded off bridges, and trampled underfoot. A policy of guilt by association applies, meaning that the relatives of Christians are also detained regardless of whether they share the Christian belief, so if you are caught with a bible, your entire family will be "disappeared". Even North Koreans who have escaped to China, and who are or become Christians, are often repatriated and subsequently imprisoned in a political prison camp. The entire 15 page Christian Solidarity Worldwide report can be found here.

16,000 Christians Dead in Less Than 3 Years, This Is Nigeria

215 Million Christians experience HIGH levels of persecution worldwide, including death, rape, imprisonment, forced marriage, and physical violence. Learn more and get involved

Men: would you like a quick way to an Olympic gold medal? Pretend you're a girl

Men: would you like an easy way to become a football superstar? Pretend you're a girl

Women: Would you like a fun way to become a women's wrestling champ? Pretend you're a boy

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Spurgeon Thursday - The Christian’s Life

The Christian’s life is no child’s play. All who have gone on pilgrimage to the celestial city have found a rough road, sloughs of despond and hills of difficulty, giants to fight and tempters to shun. Hence there are two perils to which Christians are exposed; the one is that under heavy pressure they should start away from the path which they ought to pursue - the other is lest they should grow fearful of failure, and so become faint-hearted in their holy course....

There is really nothing to be depressed about, there is no real danger, you are safe while God lives, and while Christ pleads, and while the Spirit of God dwells in you; therefore be not dismayed, nor even dream of fear. Be not timorous and unbelieving, but play the man; “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart.”

From a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon entitled "Brave Waiting," delivered August 26, 1877

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wretched Wednesday - Are You Reading Your Bible Too Fast?

I will admit it, I read my bible too fast. I didn't realize how fast I have been reading until I started taking well structured bible study classes. Once in those classes I found that I had to go back to the Old Testament and re-read something I blasted through in the past thinking it was merely an object lesson and I missed the deeper lesson. I found Elijah entertaining, but when doing a deep study of Romans, I realised that thanks to Paul. I had to go back and re-read First and Second Kings because it was so much more than I first thought

Friday, February 9, 2018

Random Bits

I like football, I'm not crazy about football, but I do enjoy a game if one of my two teams is playing. I am originally from the Buffalo NY area, which means that I have two teams to root for:
    1. The Buffalo Bills
    2. Any team playing against the Patriots
Which means going in to Super Bowl LII I should have been an Eagles fan, had I bothered to watch the game. But like an increasing number of people I didn't care. Being a veteran and friend of many a disabled veteran I found myself not caring about multi millionaires and their pet peeves.  

I could go on and on but in the end it's not about freedom of speech, it's about respect. If you want to say it's about freedom of speech, then this is me being free with speech by saying you're wrong, it's about respect. There are things bigger than their issues and maybe the NFL would be better place if everyone with a million dollar paycheck had emulated JJ Watt, and instead of sitting down they should have stood up and made a difference. That being said I now wish I had paid more attention to the Eagles. After reading this article and this article and this article I found reason to enjoy the Eagles, maybe I'll watch one of their games next year... if they play the Bills (or the patriots)

A Kern County Superior Court judge rules that forcing a Christian baker to decorate a wedding cake for a homosexual couple is a violation of that bakers right to free speech

Polyamory and polygamy – the next big social change? 

Yet another reason is why the secular world looks down on Christianity (and it's not just the faux-Christians listed in the article)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

WWUTT Wednesday - Upon Further Review

Your Team just scored the go-ahead touchdown! Then the official steps into camera range, clicks on his mic and utters those fateful words
"Upon further review..."
Your Star Receiver who hauls down a hefty seven digit annual salary stepped out of bounds when catching the winning pass. Oh well, it happens. False teachers step out of bounds too, but I'll bet you don't get as upset with those who are trying to ruin your salvation as you did with that guy who just ruined your Sunday afternoon. Heck, there's false teachers who do nothing but teach people how to be false teachers. You think you're immune to the whiles of a false teacher? Jesus Christ himself said 'not so fast mister...'
"For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. (Matthew 24:24)
I answered a question on this in another forum using Matthew 24:24 there too, but I had admitted I didn't look at the original Greek. Today I looked at the Greek. I pray that what we use is a very good translation because "if possible, even the elect" εἰ δυνατόν καὶ τοὺς ἐκλεκτούς can also be translated "if mighty, also the elect". Try reading this verse and end it with "if mighty, also the elect" It's terrifying! I have a friend or two who may be able to help with the translation here, but right now, let's use this as a warning not to step out of bounds;

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Satan's New Gig: Queering The Bible

RELG 033. Queering the Bible

This course surveys queer and trans* readings of biblical texts. It introduces students to the complexity of constructions of sex, gender, and identity in one of the most influential literary works produced in ancient times. By reading the Bible with the methods of queer and trans* theoretical approaches, this class destabilizes long held assumptions about what the bible--and religion--says about gender and sexuality.
1 credit.
Eligible for GSST
Fall 2018. Kessler.
Catalog chapter: Religion 
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/religion

No, this isn't something I made up, this is something that Rabba Gwynn Kessler ("Rabba" is a female Rabbi, and yes, it is a thing)  and she even has a book: Conceiving Israel: The Fetus in Rabbinic Narratives. It must be a gem, it's a $65 book but it's going for $5.70 on Amazon. Hurry, because they only have three copies left (and oddly it has NO reviews) It's ranking in Amazon is #1,249,981 with a bullet. Swarthmore college also teaches this class:

Friday, February 2, 2018

Random Bits

Something has been weighing on my heart a lot lately and that is the response we as Christians should take on attacks on our churches. Last November a hate filled failure of a human being walked into a church in Sutherland Springs Texas and murdered 26 people. Officials tell us that attacks on the church are not religiously motivated, which is not true. Just about every shooting in a house of worship could have happened somewhere else. 

The Knoxville Unitarian Universalist church shooting was politically motivated, it could have happened at a any DNC office. The Charleston church shooting was racially motivated, it could have happened almost anywhere. The Sutherland Springs shooting was motivated because a hate filled failure of a human being hated his mother in law. He could have attacked her in her home, her grocery store, anywhere she liked to be. These three and other shootings could have happened elsewhere but they didn't. I believe that these shootings happened in a house of worship because that's where Satan wants the war taken. Churches across the country are beefing up security because of these and other shootings, and I could come up with a security plan, but churches short of money pits like Castle Osteen couldn't afford it. So how do you fight Satan? You can't. You do what you can and you take your worries to Jesus. Let Him do the heavy lifting.

Pray for our Chinese brothers in Christ who disappeared and are probably being held by the Chinese government security apparatus. Christian persecution is rampant in China.

Presented with evidence that unborn babies can feel the pain of being chopped to pieces in the womb, the Democrats stand unified in their resolve that The Slaughter Must Continue and high five each other to celebrate the continuing holocaust of the innocent

Speaking of the slaughter of the innocent, one of the only US clinics to perform no questions asked abortions up to the point of birth was blessed by Rev. Carl Jackson, Rabbi Charles Feinberg, the Rev. Cari Jackson and the Rev. Barbara Gerlach

If you plan to go to Canada and you are a Christian, Prime Minister Skippy Justin Trudeau does not want you there

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Spurgeon Thursday - Charles Spurgeon's Evangelistic Fervor


From the book, The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon by Steven J. Lawson

Throughout his prolific ministry, Charles Spurgeon sought to maintain the important balance the Scriptures give to divine sovereignty and human responsibility. Perhaps no preacher ever held these two truths more carefully in balance. Being committed to the full counsel of God, Spurgeon embraced both truths with equal allegiance. He clung tenaciously to God’s sovereignty in the salvation of His elect, but he was equally convinced of the mandate to extend the offer of the gospel to every person. Emphasizing one of these truths to the exclusion of the other, he believed, would result in an unbalanced ministry.

Spurgeon was once asked how he could reconcile the apparent contradiction between these two truths. He replied: “I never have to reconcile friends. Divine sovereignty and human responsibility have never had a falling out with each other. I do not need to reconcile what God has joined together.” He confessed: “Where these two truths meet I do not know, nor do I want to know. They do not puzzle me, since I have given up my mind to believing them both.” Spurgeon simply embraced both divine sovereignty and human responsibility as clearly taught in the pages of Scripture.

By maintaining this balance, Spurgeon avoided a grave danger to evangelism known as Hyper-Calvinism. This teaching holds firmly to the doctrines of grace, but it neglects any urgent appeal to lost sinners to be converted. Iain Murray explains: “Gospel preaching for Hyper-Calvinists means a declaration of the facts of the gospel but nothing should be said by way of encouraging individuals to believe that the promises of Christ are made to them particularly until there is evidence that the Spirit of God has begun a saving work in their hearts convicting them and making them ‘sensible’ of their need.” Thus, Hyper-Calvinism rejects a universal invitation for sinners to believe, but argues that the gospel is to be preached only to the elect. Only those who feel the full burden of their sin, Hyper-Calvinists suppose, should be encouraged to seek relief in the Lord.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wretched Wednesday - the NAR is Nothing New

It was exactly one year ago when I first wrote about Montanism, back then the word started popping up in the WatchBlogosphere® and never having heard it before I did a bit of research on it. In the last paragraph or two of my post I touched upon a connection that should have hit me over the head, rang alarm bells, and set off signal flares, but I missed it. 

In the responses to that post Glenn Chatfield pointed out the connection I should have made, but neither of us took it any further than that. Suddenly one year later here is Todd Friel, Mr. Wretched himself, making the connection that Glenn and I should have made and expanded upon a year ago. 

Monday, January 29, 2018

Destiny Destiny No Escaping That's For Me

First of all, kudos to everyone that caught the Mel Brooks references in the title of this post and accompanying meme.

You can't read an article or listen to a homily from the Charismatic fringe without hearing the word "Destiny" being being beaten into your head. Not just false prophesy but falsely prophetic merchandise like Destiny Pants and Destiny Cards are being sold to the theologically gullible. This got me to thinking; where is all this Destiny nonsense coming from?

Destiny is not just a vacuous concept, it's a tired and overworked  Buzzword that the charismatics have been flinging at their followers like #4 birdshot at a flock of mallards. Destiny is defined as "the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future" AND "the hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future"

If you are a human being your destiny is the same as all other humans, when you die you will stand before the throne of judgement. If you are a Christian and truly believe that Jesus died for your sins and rose from the dead, He will stand as your advocate at your judgement. As for "the hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future" I'll get to that in a few moments, let''s look at the use of the word destiny first. 

The cool thing about a search engine is that you can search for something particular in one site if you want, so if I were to search my own blog for all the articles where I've used the word "UFO" I would enter this in the search engine:

site:https://wideawakechristian.blogspot.com UFO

Friday, January 26, 2018

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
2018 Prophetic Roundup

You may not have asked for it but the folks at Fighting For the Faith compared the prophesies that self appointed prophets, many of whom are self appointed apostles too, spewed shared with for this year. Here's a quick synopsis, but to get the flavor of the whole thing you should listen to the audio. Then ask yourself, has any of them considered 2 Thessalonians 2:11?

The above audio provided by Fighting For The Faith, clearly the best pirates I've ever seen

Cindy Jacobs - 2018 is going to be GREAT, you're going to possess the "gates of your future"
Jim Bakker - 2018 is the beginning of the end, the time of sorrows has begun, famine and pestilence, and a terror attack at the Winter Olympics
Rick Joyner - 2018 is going to be One Awesome Year! To Infinity And Beyond!!! I can't believe he actually said that
Kent Christmas - 2018 starts negative and ends positive. It is the year of God's Judgement on False Prophets. If you're lukewarm 2018 is going to suck 
Dephne Madyara - 2018 is a year of receiving a blessing. There is going to have rising up podiums, quickly rising up, with people on them. With glue. Yeah, she really said it
Heather Curnew - 2018 is a year of... well,  January is a month of Favor and Discovery and God is going to supernaturally bless you 
Jennifer LeClaire - 2018 is Metamorphosis  

What happens when a Blue Moon, a Blood Moon, a Super Moon, and a Lunar eclipse all occur on the SAME DAY?!? Does the Super Blue Blood Moon mean triple prophetic judgement??? - probably not, John Haggee isn't pushing books on it.

The Satanic Temple is taking Missouri's abortion law to court. They claim that there's too many loopholes to jump through to slaughter a baby

Friday, January 19, 2018

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
Let's start out with some good news: Are you a News Junkie? Does your day start by pouring over the Drudge Report, or Breitbart, or Bad Blue, or PJ Media, or... or... or is that just me? I like reading the news over a cup of coffee, but the vast majority of the news sites are aimed toward a small segment of society; the ultraliberal. I like my news both right and correct. 

If you want your morning news without the blathering of Christianity Astray Today, or the unGodly nonsense of Chrisma news, or the mindnumbing  nonstop ads of many of the other Christian news sites, I have found something that is an answer to the Christian news junkie's prayers. Adam4d who gave us those great Christian web comics has created the Christian Daily Reporter.  I really like this site. Thank you Adam4d!

Here's an incredible Freebee - Are People Basically Good? (Crucial Questions) by RC Sproul is free on Kindle. Dr. Sproul discusses what it means to be made in the image of God yet being fallen in sin. It's also a free audio book if you're an Audible subscriber

I didn't find out until this morning, but January 16th was Religious Freedom Day

I was never a Trumper, but I was never a never Trumper. Like all presidents I allowed him time to earn my admiration or disdain, or both, but with actions like this I thank God for giving us the President we now have.

Who is Shawn Bolz? He's the guy who holds the keys to Heaven's economy. I honestly can't believe I just typed that

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Spurgeon Thursday - Predestination and Freewill

What is right - Freewill or Predestination? Ardent followers of either philosophy will find a myriad of bible quotes to back up their cause, but as with many other disagreements I find that the truth lies somewhere other than the two extreme ends. In this query I turned to Charles Haddon Spurgeon for guidance fully looking forward to his preaching to fall in the Predestination camp. His answer? It isn't what I was expecting -

The system of truth is not one straight line, but two. No man will ever get a right view of the gospel until he knows how to look at the two lines at once.

I am taught in one book to believe that what I sow I shall reap: I am taught in another place, that “it is not of him that willeth nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy.”

I see in one place, God presiding over all in providence; and yet I see, and I cannot help seeing, that man acts as he pleases, and that God has left his actions to his own will, in a great measure.

Now, if I were to declare that man was so free to act, that there was no presidence of God over his actions, I should be driven very near to Atheism; and if, on the other hand, I declare that God so overrules all things, as that man is not free enough to be responsible, I am driven at once into Antinomianism or fatalism.

That God predestines, and that man is responsible, are two things that few can see. They are believed to be inconsistent and contradictory; but they are not. It is just the fault of our weak judgment. Two truths cannot be contradictory to each other.

If, then, I find taught in one place that everything is fore-ordained, that is true; and if I find in another place that man is responsible for all his actions, that is true; and it is my folly that leads me to imagine that two truths can ever contradict each other.

These two truths, I do not believe, can ever be welded into one upon any human anvil, but one they shall be in eternity: they are two lines that are so nearly parallel, that the mind that shall pursue them farthest, will never discover that they converge; but they do converge, and they will meet somewhere in eternity, close to the throne of God, whence all truth doth spring.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 4: 1858

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

WWUTT Wednesday - God Is Not "Dude"

I'm currently on a business trip which explains the limited number of posts I've made so far this year (a total of none) but this popped up in my inbox and I had to post. I've written about Christianity and marijuana before and haven't really touched the subject since. When I hurt my back I actually tried medicinal marijuana three times, a topical ointment, and it did nothing for me or to me. 

I personally believe that it was God who did that for me, for if it had relieved some of the pain that I have been in I may still be using it. I know people who use it "for pain" and are stumbling through life now in a permanent stupor; smoking, consuming edibles, and wearing patches like those Nicorette patches. Had God allowed the Marijuana to ease my discomfort I may have ended up like one of those unfortunate souls (I come from a family of alcoholics so substance addiction is a family trait) instead of trusting God to find a medical specialist who actually could fix me (which He did marvelously).

I'm told over and over about the medical wonders of Marijuana, however I don't have epilepsy or terminal cancer so those wonders are lost on me, I'm just fine with my Tylenol PM thank you. And the argument that "It's natural" is a no brainer too - anthrax is natural, would you like me to find you a patch for that, or would you prefer a brownie?