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Study, don’t gaze

Centuries before the Roman regime existed, through the prophet Daniel, God told us what would happen during the times of its Caesars (these kings):

“…in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.” (Daniel 2:44)

Jesus indeed set up that everlasting kingdom. His “Palm Sunday” triumphal entry was indeed triumphant, for He was about to triumph through His cross. So after He rose from the dead, He said “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18). Then He ascended, the everlasting gates were lifted up to receive the conquering Lord of glory (see Psalm 24:7-10), and He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

There He is RIGHT NOW, ruling and reigning over the Messianic kingdom He set up 2,000 years ago! That kingdom has been growing like the mustard seed in His parable (see Matthew 13:31ff) ever since.

Back then, the kingdom was handful of disciples at the geographic center of the inhabited world. That was the mustard seed. Now it exists in every nation, birds nesting in it…some clean birds, some unclean. Like an anvil, that kingdom has worn out many a hammer that has banged on it (hat tip to Reformer Theodore Beza for that analogy), but it endures and continues to grow to this day by the power of the Gospel…the power of God unto salvation.

The apostle Peter wrote that we should not only be looking for, but hastening the coming day of God (2 Peter 3:12). Are we the people of God doing that, or are we sitting on a metaphorical hilltop, AWOL from the King’s battles? Are we the church militant or the church milk toast?

With all this in mind, let’s get busy working with Him to advance His kingdom. Read and believe Acts 1:7, stop speculating about what Jesus Himself said is not for us to know, and take comfort in this:

“…Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.” (1 Corinthians 15:24-26)

Since death is the LAST enemy to go down, the clear implication is that many other enemies must precede it.

Billions on Earth today are under the darkness of false religious systems, philosophies, wicked regimes…all these are enemies yet to be destroyed, just like all the enemies the King and His faithful ones have already crushed. There’s a lot of work to be done, more battles to fight. We are not commanded to put on the whole armor of God in vain. We are the Lord’s army against His enemies. We are called to obey Ephesians 5:11.

Let’s keep doing so until, as Isaiah (11:9) and Habakkuk (2:14) foresaw “…the earth is filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”

Beloved, let’s stop trying to treat the Bible like a Ouija board or a crystal ball. Knowing what God says about “the occult,” what do you suppose He thinks about people trying to use His holy word in the way superstitious people use those vain and foolish things?

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Consistency

Is it the hobgoblin of little minds? No Mr. Emerson, it is a beauty of the upright intellect…a comely attribute of minds well ordered. As functionality with beauty is to an architectural masterpiece, so consistency is to worthy thinking.

So here’s an ugly hobgoblin for the mentally inconsistent. You who are thoughtful, prepare for unreasoning responses…for visceral and vicious vilification:

In living memory cohabitation (and other forms of fornication), unlawful (and always sorrowful) divorce, and homosexuality were all regarded as personal moral failures and agents of social corruption and decay to be shunned. It was nice knowin’ ya, Boy Scouts of America! Our society had a vigorous ethical standard which is now horribly emaciated and on life support at death’s door.

Where is the consistency in those who, based on that standard, decry the heterosexual misadventures of public figures, but regard homosexuality as perfectly fine? Why is the fornicator or adulterer denounced as unfit to serve, while the homosexual is glibly and unquestioningly accepted?

When and by what authority did our ethical standard change, and why must those who want to retain the original one knuckle under to the social engineers, and join them in their glorifying of perversions of the orderliness and comeliness of God’s spiritual blueprint for the structure of successful human civilization?

Ladies and gentlemen, er…persons and other persons…behold the impish little devil of the contemporary western mind!

You Who are the resurrection and the life, shine forth by the power of Your Gospel! Hosanna..save, O Lord!

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It’s not Always Mental Deficiency

Communists/socialists are not necessarily stupid. Agility of mind is a cross-ideology gift, coming down from Him Who causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the just and the unjust. But cleverness and a ready ability to access mental catalogs of information cannot substitute for the wisdom which begins with the fear of the LORD.

So let us not assume unwisely that the comrades (at least not all of them) are ignorant of how their ideology has wrecked nations and brutally ended millions of lives over the last century or so. They might even be able to follow logically, for example, the socioeconomic plunge of Venezuela down from freedom and prosperity to chaos and indigence in a matter of decades. So why do they persist in following the pied piper of Marxism?

The God centered wisdom commended by the Bible includes the understanding that humans are God’s created beings, and recognizes the present universal corruption of human nature. (Thank God for the redemption freely offered to all through Christ!) This fallen state in which we all share, so evident in every arena of the human experience, they willfully ignore. And that is par for their course.

For example, they have been taught since childhood that the Earth is very, very old and therefore interpret geological phenomena accordingly. “Look at those rock layers on every continent. Yes, I believe. Uniformitarianism explains it all, Charles Lyell be praised! That sedimentary stratification is the result of water acting on the Earth’s surface over millions of years.”

Point out fossilized tree trunks which vertically intersect with multiple rock layers…suggest to them that the Earth doesn’t look old, but looks like it went through a catastrophic global flood several thousand years ago during which the layers were put down rapidly…propose that the existing Colorado river is not the slow poke carver of the Grand Canyon but only the residual trickle of an unimaginably powerful torrent which sculpted that magnificent marvel in short order, and you will be dismissed as a Neanderthal – who were simply a human ethnic group, not the semi-human cave dwellers of myth.

(By the way, whatever happened to that fine old English word once used as an epithet for the haplessly outdated, namely ANTEDILUVIAN? You know, as in Donovan’s Atlantis song: “The antediluvian kings colonized the world.” Perhaps it was one of the first victims of Newspeak. But back to topic.)

So our once red now green friends scratch their secularly indoctrinated heads pondering what went wrong with all previous attempts at engineering a classless utopia. As they ignore the violent, selfish, and greedy perversity of human nature which is so evident from the deluge of evils with which it covers the Earth, their inward thought is, “This time WE will get it right. We’ll fix the planet and establish a new, man made Eden for those who inhabit it!”

This hubris…this ugly toadstool of arrogance grows on the compost pile of a-Theism (intentionally so spelled). A-Theism is deliberate and formal in the case of the hard core communist. This is his profoundly devout religious creed: “there is no God!” The garden variety socialist might not be as doctrinaire, still he adheres to a practical form of a-Theism. He asserts that if there is a deity, it is detached from humanity’s concerns and irrelevant to the utopia seeking agenda. And he reckons that people who talk about the present kingdom of the living, loving, righteous and holy God will be at best tolerated nuisances in the society he envisions.

Being envisioned is as far as the Communist/socialist utopia will ever get. Can you say doomed to fail…again?

“Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.’ He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision.” (Psalm 2:1-4)

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Contra Gaystapo

Having shared an article which attempted to show that homosexuality is just fine according to the Bible, a friend asked for a rebuttal. Five lines of argumentation to that purpose follow…

1. The term “homosexual” is euphemistic; that some Bibles use it in translating from the original languages is regrettable. The meaning of the word used at Deuteronomy 23:17, 1 Kings 14:24, 1 Kings 15:12, 1 Kings 22:46, and 2 Kings 23:7 (translated “sodomite” by the KJV) is male temple prostitute.

At Leviticus 18:22 we don’t have a single word, but we read “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.” Cf. Leviticus 20:13, where capital punishment is to be inflicted on those who commit this. By allowing the word homosexual, as it is commonly used today, into our vocabulary we are already apologetically compromised to some extent.

Two pertinent Greek New Testament words (transliterated MALAKOS and ARSENOKOITES) refer to those committing such abominable practices which also are described by the apostle Paul in Romans 1. The first word means “soft, effeminate” and the second “one who lies with a male as with a female.” So the proscription of Leviticus applies; remember the two testaments are not at variance but together constitute the whole and coherent counsel of God. Cf. Romans 3:31

The word sodomite apparently came into the English language because of the Biblical city Sodom; hence also the related words sodomy, sodomize, etc. Among the sins of the inhabitants of that ancient Canaanite town was the “going after strange flesh” mentioned at Jude verse 7. Cf. Genesis 18, 19.

So linguistically, we already are sanitizing “deeds done in secret” (cf. Eph. 5:12) when we use the terms homosexual, bisexual, and transexual. And the very perversion in question is reflected in the perversion of the original meaning of the English word GAY, as used for example in the carol lyric, “don we now our gay apparel, fa la la…” Bright and festive this dark bondage is not.

2. Consider another Greek word, PORNEA, used frequently in the New Testament. It refers to ANY kind of sexual activity outside of marriage. The Bible identifies all such activity as sin. PORNO-GRAPHY means media portrayal of it. Our English word fornication corresponds to it. So “cheating” on one’s spouse, i.e. adultery, is a specific type of fornication. “Pre-marital sex” is another kind, looking at lurid images online or on glossy paper another, perverted behavior with someone of the same sex another.

And even though all fornication is not adultery, the Seventh Commandment must be considered. Jesus vigorously upheld it in His sermon on the mount, where He in no way abolishes the Law (cf. Mat. 5:17 ff.), but rather expounds on its spirituality and breadth of application. Lustful looks? In essence you’ve done the deed, declares the Master. (Who can stand up to such a standard? Let us be thankful He is also the One Who saves us from our sins!) Since marriage is by definition the union of one man and one woman, redefining it equals breaking a commandment Jesus upheld.

3. Let’s think hard about the term “having sex.” Though preceded by foreplay, usually the term refers to coitus itself…getting to the heart of the matter. The bard of Avon called it “making the beast with two backs,” or something to that effect. Can two people of the same sex even “have sex?” Why should we allow an imitation of coitus, a perverse mockery of it done by two men or two women, even be called “having sex?”

What does having sex, let alone the more noble expression making love, have to do with one man shoving his penis into another man’s anus, withdrawing it slathered with blood and dung, and leaving his seed in the other man’s rectum? That is not “having sex” and is an infuriating blasphemy against Him Whose name is Love, the One with Whom they will have to do in His time.

4. Another argument is similar to this one against erroneous views of divine creation: Where does the Bible proactively teach that the days of creation were really eons in duration, or that God used evolution to create humans and other life forms? Where is the positive teaching that would force us to reinterpret as “poetic” what is so clear in the precise historical narrative and prosaic geneaologies of the early chapters of Genesis (repeated in 1 Chronicles and Luke)? How does one tell a six year old about the six days of creation, and ten years later tell the sixteen year old that those days weren’t really days?

Are not all those modern views of creation, originating after Darwin published his magnum opus in A.D. 1859, merely attempts by those ashamed of the clear teaching of God’s word to accommodate and appease Mr. Worldly Wiseman, who calls it foolish?

(And speaking of evolution, how did the very process which allegedly works by natural selection as a population procreates over long periods of time bring forth a behavior which by definition cannot result in procreation? How did the “gay gene” evolve? How did the first mutant who did not want to engage in the behavior which does result in procreation pass that gene down to the next generation?)

Similarly, where does the Bible illustrate, exemplify, or proactively teach the legitimacy of this abominable perversion of what was so clearly established by God with the world’s first marriage? Holy writ gives us patriarchs and matriarchs, where are the Bible’s transiarchs? Where are the passages giving us practical instruction for Christian living in the gay home? How does a child who has been told he has two mothers or two fathers understand the Fifth Commandment?

Let them trot out their mantra “Jesus never said anything about homosexuality.” Jesus never said anything about abortion, either. But rightly interpreting the book which tells us how John the baptizer in utero lept for joy (wow – an emotional lump of tissue!), we know it violates the Sixth Commandment.

Jesus never said anything about grand theft auto, does that mean I can steal a Maserati and call myself a member of the BGLQT (By Grand Larceny Quick Takers) community? No, it violates the Eighth Commandment.

5. At Ephesians 5:3 we read “But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints.” Our society once reflected that view of this particular form of fornication: it was not fit for polite conversation, it was a shameful horror. So a final brief argument from history and from the contemporary fruit of the normalization of these practices.

Sodom and Gomorrah beg the question, what other society has long endured after going down this path, let alone advanced? The demise of those societies might not have been as spectacularly miraculous as was that of Sodom and Gomorrah but they were overthrown in God’s providence and in accordance with His righteous judgment just as surely.

In our own time, consider: what has happened to the Boy Scouts of America? What has happened to women’s sports? How many children have been abused to the point of mayhem being committed on their bodies, eventually bringing them to utter despair and suicide? What about all the insanity in the public square over locker rooms, lavatories, and pronouns?

Only the salt of the earth can preserve western civilization. Only the light of the world can dispel this present darkness. Christians, we are the salt of the earth. We are the light of the world. (Matthew 5:13,14)

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No Machismo, No Hembrismo

On November 15 A.D. 2019 The New Yorker published an article by Susan B. Glasser entitled:

“In Trump’s Jaded Capital, Marie Yovanovitch’s Uncynical Outrage”

Yovanovitch is a former U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine, and the article dealt with her testimony in the current presidential impeachment inquiry. The title of the article and the gender of the former ambassador led me to coin a term:

Non-tyrannical patriarchy.

Sure, the ouster of Yovanovitch by President Trump was abrupt and no doubt shocking to her. But it’s a rough world out there. Once it was common to say, “It’s a man’s world,” because it was commonly recognized that men and women are not only anatomically different, but psychologically and emotionally different – which is not equivalent to inferior.

We non-tyrannical patriarchialists affirm those distinctions and believe that society is better off when it does likewise: men normatively in positions of leadership such as an ambassadorship. Yes, ordinarily men should be heads of state, town fathers, heads of households. God’s word the holy Bible insists that all ordained leaders in the Church of Christ be male.

At the same time, we non-tyrannical patriarchialists deny that men have the right to regard their wives as mere chattel slaves or to oppress women. Remember that good old word chivalry? Let it be equally normative that men cherish, protect, and provide for the mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters of the world.

Vive la difference. Let society’s vocations generally reflect the toughness of masculinity and the tenderness of femininity. Long live “the binary.” Let men and women, both bearers of the image of God, celebrate and enjoy the respective roles God has given to each of the two (and only two) sexes.

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Half Baked

POTSTIRRER – Do you believe in evolution?

WINGNUT – Of course! Don’t tell me you deny it!?

POTSTIRRER – I do, and am sad that you and many others cling to that foolish myth.

WINGNUT, laughing heartily – This is incredible! I bet you believe in a flat earth, and refuse to accept that gender is merely a social construct!

POTSTIRRER – The earth is roughly spheroid…kinda pear shaped. But let me ask you this. You maintain that over millions of years as our ancestors procreated sexually, mutations and natural selection made the human race what it is today, right?

WINGNUT – It’s science, man! Shake off your religious superstition and face it!

POTSTIRRER – I’ll take that as a yes. Here’s my follow up question. At what point during those millions of years, when evolution was going on courtesty of that natural, inescapable reality called gender, did said natural, inescapable reality magically become merely a social construct, and how did that happen?

WINGNUT – Stares at POTSTIRRER with that deer in the headlights look.

POTSTIRRER, continuing his deconstruction work – In reality, the absurd idea that gender is merely a social construct was constructed within the last decade (at most). So which is it? Is evolution true, or is gender real? You can’t have it both ways.

WINGNUT, blubbering and hissing – Look at this cake on my pretty rainbow colored platter.

POTSTIRRER, eyes widening – What cake? I only see the platter decorated with the sign of the covenant God established with all flesh after the great Flood.

WINGNUT – I ate the cake!

POTSTIRRER – Oh, I get it. You can have your cake and eat it, too?

Wild-eyed WINGNUT – Exactly! Now bug off, you hateful racist bigot!

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High Flying Figure

The following analogy addresses the canard so often presented by defenders of abortion, namely “what about cases of rape?

Private jet A takes off. Shortly after reaching cruising altitude, the owner’s crew informs him that a child stowaway has been found on board. He makes a wicked choice. He orders the crew to open a hatch and throw the child out. After all, it’s HIS plane, HIS choice! His henchmen do the savage deed.

Private jet B takes off. Shortly after reaching cruising altitude, the owner’s crew informs him that a child stowaway has been found on board. He makes a merciful choice. Upon reaching his destination, he turns the stowaway over to the authorities, who arrange for the child’s adoption. It’s HIS plane, HIS choice!

Private jet C takes off. Shortly after reaching cruising altitude, the owner’s crew informs him that a child stowaway has been found on board. He learns that the child was forced onto the plane by her dead beat parents, in an effort to send her far away to get rid of her for good. The jet owner makes a loving choice. He adopts the child himself, welcoming her into his family. It’s HIS plane, HIS choice!

The one time stowaway from jet B grows up and cures cancer, while the one time stowaway from jet C grows up and becomes the first woman in human history to stand on the planet Mars.

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