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I’ve Had A Change Of Heart

 

Here is a youtube video that I saw on Facebook. And there was a time not that far in the past that I would have agreed with these men, though in the back of mind I would have had an inkling that something about it wasn’t exactly right.

 

I’ve learned that the best way to discern what exactly it is that our inklings are speaking to us about is to put what is causing the inklings under the light of scripture. At the 41 second mark, the fellow with the guitar begins to speak, and what he says is not only wrong, it is contrary to scripture. A man is not to “give deference” to his wife, and he most certainly is not to give deference to a female stranger. He is not to “bow his head” to her, and she does not “have more jurisdiction” than him.

The Bible commands husbands to love their wives and wives to respect their husbands. There are simply no scriptures to support what this man says. He appeals to the traditions of men (my father did it and my grandfather did it) which are the very traditions that have brought us the toxic feminism that we currently find ourselves immersed in.

The picture of a man and wife is a type and shadow of the picture of Jesus and His bride. Can we imagine Jesus telling his Bride, the Church “whatever you want, you got it, without question?” Does Jesus bow his head to His Church, and does he show deference to her? Of course not.

These men seem to think that this behavior is the reason that masculinity has gotten a bad name. I disagree with this point as well. Masculinity has gotten a bad name because feminism is the new cook in the kitchen. No man can ever become subservient enough to appease feminism. Subservience to women only disgusts feminists more with masculinity. And for the young man looking for a bride, although deference and submission will get him a pat on the head, it will also ensure him that the girl he has his eye on will be more attracted to his masculine friends.

I don’t, as a rule, treat women any different than I treat men. I don’t open the door for them in any ways that would be different than how I might open the door for a man. I don’t protect them as a rule in any way different than how I would protect any other human being. That is my change of heart. But it’s not because I’m buying into feminism that I have changed my views, or because I’ve become less masculine. On the contrary, it is because I have rejected feminism lock, stock, and barrel that I have changed them.

 

 

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If It’s The Right Issue, Single-Issue Voting Can Heal America

Single-issue voting gets a bad rap, and rightly so most of the time. But when it comes to abortion, even though it’s a single issue, it encompasses all others. Tell me if a politician is pro-life or not and I’ll tell you with a reasonable amount of accuracy where that politician stands on almost all other issues be they fiscal or social. This means that I don’t have to do a lot of time-consuming and confusing research when it comes election time.

It’s also a win-win for candidates and their supporters. There’s a reason that no one likes to talk about abortion. For one, we all know that what we’re talking about is the legalized slaughter of the most defenseless among us. Even the pro-abortion candidates, when forced into the topic, would rather talk about the mother’s choice rather than what that choice entails. They’d rather talk about women having control of their bodies while hiding the fact that there is another’s body residing inside. They try to pretend that the baby is not a person, but even if they have really believed that it’s not, the latest rounds of legislative breakthroughs have shown us what we have always suspected anyway: that they know and have known that what they’re advocating for is legalized murder.

This is why the pro-abortion politicians want to change the subject. They want to make the pro-life folks look like heartless meanies by talking about government handouts, homosexual marriage, “separating families” and how evil corporations are, even though, ironically, those evil corporations support the same things they do.

That’s why, when I’m talking politics, I talk “abortion.” If the pro-life candidate wins he will represent my views on just about everything else, at least as much as I can expect him to given that he must represent all. And, on the flip-side, if the candidate is a pro-abort I can safely depend on him to govern against my wishes on every issue.

So in many ways, politics has become very easy in these confusing times as long as you have a choice between a pro-abortion and a pro-life candidate.

 

The Real Battle In The Government Shutdown Is Not Over​ A Border Wall

The so-called government shutdown looks on the surface to be the same stuff, different day. But it isn’t… unless Trump and the Republicans collapse like cheap lawn chairs, the way we’re used to seeing them do things. If that happens, then yes, same stuff different day.

At first glance, it would seem that this is about a border wall. But it’s not. The border wall is only the catalyst. The real issue is power. And to put a finer point on it, the real issue is the media’s power. What this battle will determine has ramifications that far exceed a wall. The real question is, will the “news-media” be able to pin this shutdown on the Republicans in the eyes of independents? The reason we don’t know the answer to this is because the Republicans have never stood. They always assumed that the media could and would win. I’m not so sure.

You will remember not that long ago when Obama was in office that it was the Republican Congress that shut the government down, or so the narrative was supposed to have been. Today it’s the Republican president who is shutting the gov. down. That’s always going to be the narrative. All bad is always the Republican’s fault.

There are two factors that promise that this will be a long and drawn out ordeal. One is the Democrat’s smug confidence that the media will convince independents to swing left and punish the Republican Party at the polls.

The other factor is that Trump is determined also. His re-election might well depend on him winning this battle. That, plus I think he’s convinced that he really does have the nation’s best interest at heart. I don’t see either side folding any time soon. The days will become weeks, and the weeks will become months, and the captive paychecks of a multitude of government workers who can’t go indefinitely without them will become the supplanting issue soon enough. There must be pain and that pain must be laid at the feet of conservatives for the big Democrat win in 2020.

Historically, the dems have seen these continuing resolutions as a win-win. They either get to advance their agenda, or they shut the government down and let the media machines trash their opponents for the pleasure. The only question that I have at this point is, will Trump be able to circumnavigate the media? The State Of The Union Address would have been a great opportunity to do just that, but the dems cleverly shut that down too. (Will they pay a price for it? Who knows? The independents will answer in 2020 should it last that long.) Facebook controls what people see, so that’s not an option. Besides that, the whole nation is not on Twitter and FB anyway, and the media can easily black Trump out. Trump has his work cut out for him.

In the meantime, expect the propaganda machines to operate in overdrive. It is, after all, their battle.

 

 

 

The “Social” Gospel

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The Art Of The Verbal Dance Demonstrated​ By Tim Keller​

In this older video below, we have the final few minutes of an interview of Tim Keller by professor David Eisenbach from Columbia University. The professor had written a book “…about the gay rights movement because [he] was appalled by the oppression and the discrimination against homosexuals in [his] America.”

Eisenbach pushes Keller hard. He is sober, straightforward, and keeps pushing his point. His disposition is, I must say, refreshing while Keller is clearly uncomfortable seems to use humor as a defense.

 

The first question is a good example of question begging. “What do so many of the churches have against homosexuals… ?” Keller could have simply answered with one word. “Nothing.” It’s the churches who do not preach the gospel to homosexuals that have something against them. The “gay rights movement” that Eisenbach spoke of, however, is a different story. Individuals and movements are not the same things. Churches ought to stand against any movement that seeks to glorify sin because to do so is love.

Keller also says that the Bible has reservations about homosexual practices and that the Bible says, “Homosexuality is not God’s original design for sexuality.” I don’t how else to put it than that Keller is being deceptive. He continually attempts to bring in love, because, as we know in these times, such topics are safe. Very safe. And they’re easy too. It might surprise many that Jesus didn’t talk that much about love. He did talk a lot about repentance, however, which, considering Man’s condition before a holy and righteous God, was one of the most loving things he could have talked about.

You can bet that Eisenbach knew what the Bible says about homosexuality. And he knew he was forcing this poor preacher into a corner. And he knew that Keller was squirming, and if he didn’t enjoy watching someone he hated squirm, he missed a wonderful opportunity to do just that. Keller would have looked stronger and more loving too if he would have simply laid it down straight for this poor professor. But he didn’t. I wonder why? I know he knows better.

One Way To Know If You’re Making An Impact For Christ

My daughter told me about this couple. They are two homeschool girls who have set up a video blog called “Girl Defined” on YouTube. Their target audience is teenage Christian girls. Here is a sample:

But the real proof of the impact they’re making is in the comment section. It was Dennis Prager who said, “No one hates like a liberal.” I would personally one-up him on that with, “No liberal hates like a feminist liberal.”  There is consistency in the hate, however. It is all self-righteous, as in, “Hate who we say to hate or you’re a hater, and love who we say to love or you’re a hater.”

And if that’s not enough proof, check out the Youtube feed for examples of even more self-righteous hate, the very kind of real hatred that Jesus said that His followers would have to endure. Way to go girls!

Regarding the video above, look at what the schools are doing as it pertains to modesty.

365 Reasons To Homeschool

 

The Dead Judge No One

Geoffrey R. Kirkland of “vassal of the King” wrote a piece on responding to those who accuse street preachers of pushing people away from Jesus. Personally, I,m of the mind that this fearful thinking comes from the personal, Jesus-is-kinda-like-my-boyfriend-only-not, feminist-driven theology of our current zeitgeist. It is an unbalanced theology that ignores truth while laying mercy and love down as thick as molasses. It also raises Man up to a point of deserving God’s love. Salvation is a two-way street in this theology. There’s the one who needs salvation, who, except for a few flaws, is otherwise a good person deep down. And then there’s God, who looks through all the outer crud to the beauty inside each person, and pines away wishing that inner person would come to his senses. The fact that Man is Ephesians 2:1-3 is foreign. Fear is the result. Fear that man will be driven away from God, even though that would be impossible because he is already as far away as he can possibly get.

I love to see street preachers. I can remember walking past them as an unsaved man and feeling fear, a good sort of fear, a Biblical sort of fear to be exact. I was afraid of being judged by the almighty God that I knew existed and at the same time hoped didn’t. Some plant, others water, that sort of thing.

Anyway, here is Kirkland’s list:

  1. Dead sinners can never be pushed further away from their already existing state of being enemies of God and under the wrath of God.  —  The fact that someone would think that an evangelist could push a sinner further away from Jesus assumes that the sinner isn’t in the worst possible situation. But the Bible would state otherwise. Anyone outside of Christ lives in darkness, is an enemy of God, and remains under God’s wrath. No one can be pushed further from Jesus Christ — no one.
  2. No one can push someone away from Christ by being bold with gospel proclamation. — Bold evangelism does not push people away. What keeps people (who are already far away from Christ!) from coming to Christ is not a bold-hearted evangelist but their own inability to believe and their own unwillingness to humble themselves and come to Christ for salvation.
  3. The assumption behind such a claim is that man has control of or the ability to choose God. — Such statements assume that the rebellious sinner who is dead in his sin somehow is able to draw closer to God in his own strength. No one seeks after God (Rom 3:11).
  4. This claim presupposes that the evangelist can do something by his method or technique or manners or presentation to win and woo people to Jesus Christ for salvation. — The power to save is not in a method or step-by-step process, but the power of God is the message of truth.
  5. To follow the example of Christ, believers must be compassionately urgent in evangelism. — Jesus came to earth & His mission — his purpose! — was to preach to the cities and call men to repent and turn to God to be saved! This is why He came (Luke 4:42-44)!
  6. No one is more urgent and passionate in evangelism than God Himself. — All through the Old Testament, God repeatedly calls Israel, Judah and sinners to return to Him for salvation (just start in Isaiah 1 and keep reading from there!).
  7. No evangelist can ever do something to make someone more receptive to the gospel. The fundamental issue remains the same: the heart is dead & only God can give life. — There’s no magic trick that makes people more ‘saveable’. Souls are dead till God sovereignly awakens and gives life — all by grace through the proclamation of the Word & call of the Spirit!
  8. That which saves a soul is the almighty power of God that brings regeneration as the Word of God goes forth faithfully. — Evangelism is never (ever!) a failure when the truth of the gospel is faithfully presented. Conversion is God’s work. He saves. We must preach & trust Him to do the saving, heart-changing, converting work that only He can do. Speak truth & trust God!

On Faith

I was exploring the idea of faith because I realize that, not only do I struggle with faithlessness, I live in a world that struggles with it.

The word faith has been bastardized as of late. Can I just say that? It has morphed from a trust that God is sovereign to positive, if-I-believe-hard-enough-I’ll-get-that-material-idol-I-so-long-for thinking. How does this bastardization play itself out in everyday life? Here are a few examples off the top of my head:

  • God can’t superintend his Word. There’s a lack of faith that God can give oversight to the preservation of His Word, so there is doubt that what is being read is trustworthy. This lack of faith is akin to, “Hath God said?” and this very question, therefore, is the refrain of our age. The feelings go some like this: God wanted for us to know what he requires of us, but Man corrupted it, and god was helpless to intervene.
  • God cannot preserve his planet. There’s no faith that God can preserve the environment in which he created for us to live. This plays itself out in foolish beliefs by those who should know better, that Man is overpopulating his planet and using up all the resources. There’s no faith, only a belief in a little god who is doing his best but needs our help desperately to ensure that his creation survives.
  • God cannot regenerate. There’s no faith that God can take a sinful human being and make him a new creature. So because of this little impotent god, man has to step in and affirm sinful desires. But for some reason, it only affirms the popular sinful desires. It must remain silent on other less popular sinful desires, unless someone commits the sin of not affirming sinful desires, at which point there is hell to pay.
  • God cannot provide. There’s no faith that God can provide for his own their needs. So a Secular Humanist education is lifted up to the high place. Children are run through the mill learning about anti-Christ philosophy, Godless history, Godless social studies, godless science, godless sexuality and a whole host of other godless worldview propositions so that they can earn that living when they grow up. God is just too little to make it work any other way.
  • God cannot be relevant. There’s no faith that God’s Word and His truth is relevant to this generation. So since God is not relevant, Man must make him relevant by making him look more like the Godless culture. The Christian must get tatted up and dressed down or he will not be listened to, because the god he worships is basically a has-been.
  • God is shameful. Man thinks highly of himself. Man sees himself as deserving of the love of the creator if such a being actually exists. So to let it slip that such a man is under the judgment of God is more than Man can handle. Where’s the love in doing that? The faithless must hide such truths therefore under an alternate message because the little wimp of a god that he worships can’t cut to the heart with his words, and cause conviction. “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life” has to be the message. Who wants to convict anyway? How many people out there want to be convicted? That’s a bad plan from the outset. Affirm, affirm, affirm is a better plan, then we don’t have to be ashamed of a God who would actually flood the earth and kill all on it save a few.
  • God cannot sustain His bride. The Church of Christ is going to be extinct unless we change to accommodate the current zeitgeist, or so we’re told by the faithless. God can’t do it. So we’ll have to, and here’s how. Get rid of God’s law, because ours is better anyway. Stop holding people to account. Just love, love, love. Be inclusive, and diverse, and socially just.
  • God cannot hurt you. Gone is the faith that sees God as almighty, all-powerful, vengeful and wrathful. There’s no reason to fear God. He’s really not big enough, or rotten enough to disagree with our strongly held beliefs on what is righteous. Dispense with the God of the Old Testament. We’ve got Jesus now, and he’d never hurt anyone.
  • God cannot order humanity. There’s no faith that God created roles for humanity. No! We are all isolated individuals with differing inconsequential anatomies. First, there’s no difference between men and women. Then men can become women by mere choice. Children don’t need to honor their parents, parents need to honor their children instead. Wives don’t need to obey their husbands, rather, husbands need to obey their wives. Elders can’t tell me what to do! Or how to live. Who do they think they are anyway?

This is faithlessness friends. And in the same way that ethics is a major concern in a world that has essentially dispensed with ethics, faith in God is a major concern in a Church that has dispensed with faithfulness. We hear a lot about faith. Will he heal me. Will he get me that job. Will he prosper me. Will he slay me in the spirit or make me laugh for an hour. Will he make my folly spiritual?

I start my thinking in these times with the confession that something is wrong. I don’t assume, given that assumption, that the problem is always elsewhere. I’ve been guilty of every one of these examples of faithlessness at one time or another, to some degree or another, in some form or another. It is my belief that one of the problems we have with faith is that we haven’t identified our faithlessness in applicable ways.

 

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Trading The Rules For The Exceptions? Well, Mostly.

In life we have the rules, and then we have the exceptions. A sampling of the rules go something like this:

  • Women are the weaker sex.
  • Abortion is the legalized murder of a baby.
  • Men in the market for a wife prefer untattooed, debt-free virgins.
  • Government assistance leads to government dependency.
  • Masculinity is a good thing.
  • The man is the head of the home.
  • Christianity has a positive impact on civilization.
  • Guns save lives.
  • Terrorism is a decidedly Islamic activity

All of these statements are not only true, they are obviously true, and so are the rules. But there are exceptions:

  • But there are some women out there who are stronger than some men.
  • Some babies, by their presence in the womb, threaten the life of the mother.
  • Some men are fine with tattooed, previously promiscuous, debt-ridden women.
  • Some people use government assistance to escape the government’s hell-holes.
  • Some men are brutes.
  • Some men are despotic tyrants in their home.
  • Some who go by the name of Christian are destructive to society.
  • Guns are used to cause harm.
  • Timoty McVeigh

In the revolutionary shift that our society is now deep into, the shift appears to be based on the rejection of the rules in favor of the exceptions. Sometimes one exception can prove a rule false. If the rule is, there is no god, then the discovery of a tangible enough god to convince the most hard-core of the secular humanist would prove that rule false. The attempt, I suppose, is to carry this sort of logic into general life where one exception voids the rule and then attempting to order society and life around the exceptions. So these become the new rules:

  • Women are stronger than men.
  • It’s good to kill babies in the womb.
  • Tattooed, promiscuous debt-ridden women are the best to marry.
  • Government assistance ought to be expanded more and more.
  • All men are brutes.
  • Men who think that they are the head of the household are despotic tyrants.
  • Christianity is destructive to society, and it always has been, just look at Hitler and the Crusades.
  • Guns are evil.
  • Non-Muslims are just as likely to murder innocents to advance their cause.

So in contemporary thinking, the exceptions are the best way to order a society. But, as with all rules, there would appear to be exceptions even to this rule. Case in point:

  • Most Muslims are not terrorists.

This is the rule, yes. It’s not the exception to the rule. It is the rule. But since Islam is not Christian, and since Islam has a fair amount of vitriol for Christians and Jews, then the rule stands supreme, and so the exception:

  • The vast majority of terrorists are Muslims

…is suppressed. That this thinking is more dangerous than a gun is cast aside for whatever reason and we are left with this:

  • Islam, unlike Christianity, is good and righteous.

We live in a time of absurdity, to say the least, and it is a dangerous absurdity.

 

The Gospel And Jeffery Dahmer

One of the most fascinating things about Christianity is its doctrine of grace; a terribly misunderstood doctrine in this day.  While perhaps the majority of those who call themselves Christian in this age see grace as liberty to sin without eternal consequence, real grace bears no resemblance to that mindset.

Every time I have the opportunity to teach the children of parents who attend our church, I will always ask an all important question.  How does a person get to Heaven?  With very little exception the answer involves the flesh, or works.  It looks inwardly at what man brings before God.  Now granted these are children, but we must also realize that this is a spiritual deception, a deception that most likely pervades the home from which these children reside.  That is man’s natural inclination.  I am good, and because I am good I deserve good things.

The problem is that scripture states a clear case to the contrary.  Man is not good.  And even the best man that ever lived is still not good, but rather is as filthy rags.  The vast majority of people I encounter see themselves as basically good people who deserve a wonderful afterlife.  Christianity makes no promise that this is going to happen, and in fact warns that unless men repent of their sins it absolutely will not happen.  The Bible is clear, very few in existence are headed to eternal bliss.

Perhaps one of the most shocking and perplexing realities of this truth can be found by contrasting people who see themselves as good with a serial killer of the worst sort, Jeffrey Dahmer.  Dahmer visited gay clubs and bathhouses and put sleeping pills in the drinks of his victims.  He brought them home, chopped them up, had sex with them after they were dead, ate parts of them and kept other parts for souvenirs.  He was a walking nightmare.

One of the most fascinating aspects of grace is that Jeffrey Dahmer, by all indications, will be spending an eternity in Heaven while other otherwise good people will not.  For the average man this seems beyond the pale.  Here this one man is, he doesn’t cheat on his wife, he provides for his household, he pays his taxes and is a pillar in the community, yet he is Hell bound while another, who is the worst sort of human being is headed for heaven.  To say that this appears to be unfair is an understatement.

The Christian however understands a key point.  It is not how well we live but rather does Jesus Christ live in us, and us in Him?  Are we depending on Jesus’ righteousness before God, or our own righteousness?  This does not sit well with the man who does not understand the Gospel, as might well be imagined.
Dahmer was asked by his father “when did you first feel that everyone is accountable for their actions?”  Dahmer’s answer is priceless, and it involves God’s law.

 

Well thanks to you for sending ah, that ah, creation science ah material.  Because I always, I always believed the lie that ah, evolution is truth, the theory of evolution is truth, that we we all just came from ah, the slime and ah, when we, when we died, you know, that was it, there was nothing.  So, the whole theory cheapens life and ah, started reading books about how–that show how evolution is just a complete lie. There’s no, there’s no basis in science to it, to uphold it, and have since come to believe that  the lord Jesus Christ is the true creator of ah, the heavens and the earth, and this didn’t just happen,    And I have accepted him as my lord and savior, and I believe that I will–as well as everyone else–will be accountable to Him.

 

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