Sunday, August 20, 2017

TRAILER FOR MY NEW BOOK:


I Am Eve

I am Eve. I walked by the tree each day. It beaconed me, and I walked closer.

It is not the tree itself which spoke, and neither really the serpent. It was lust in the tree.

I had good things - I was blessed. I had Adam, the fairest except for the Voice.

The Voice walked softly in the cool of the evening. He left His Tree to find us near.

We were in unity; Adam and me. We were two yet we were one. In unity too with God.

So as not to be better than God, He was One but yet Three, all three in unity.

He created us in His image, but while we are two yet He Is Three. He IS.

Unity is meant to be. Us in twain; He in Three. One the symbol of the other.

God - we know as Father, and the earth is our only mother. We are of her dust.

"What could break the oneness?" we asked, because love was what we breath.

One thing could divide us, one into two, and that was the other tree. The one with knowledge.

We had yet to have reason because God showed us truth. With knowledge reason came.

Reason damned us, but we knew that not until knowledge increased.

We gained knowledge but sometimes it is better to not know things. How did that happen?

It was lust who beaconed from the tree. It spoke silently, especially to me.

Adam said the Word from God was, "do not eat". I listened but failed to hear.

I added something to ripen the tree beyond its ripeness. I added to that, "do not touch".

Lust reached out with spreading leaves. I held out my hand, but I did not touch!

I was deceived, but welcomed it because pleasure was my promised reward!

Then I spied a serpent in the tree. Perhaps it was he who beaconed.

As he spoke, I was not surprised. It was normal - to that I reckoned.

The serpent then spoke as the other animals often did. He spoke with the same tongue.

But there was a difference, you see. Love was the language of the beasts who sought shalom.

This serpent spoke with belligerence and certainty. Perhaps he spoke rightly!

He promised good things. I saw that of which he spoke. They were plentiful.

Fruits abounded on his tree. His fruit was beautiful. I desired their pleasure.

I sought the wisdom they offered. Surely I would be as God. The serpent said so!

I desired but still sought truth.  My hand reached out. I touched the tree. Its leaf invited me.

I surely didn't die, as I breathed another breath. I didn't die, but I changed inside.

I was content before, but now I felt a surge of excitement. This I had never felt before.

God said that I would die. I challenged Him and yet still live! What is truth? Who is truth?

I looked at the serpent. I saw him. I looked for God, and saw Him not!

Who is it that I should believe, the one I see or the One unseen?

I believed the one  I can see is who spoke truth. I obeyed him, and now I am excited.

Now my life has meaning. I can do what is right in my own eyes, though  I am no longer content.

As I touched the fruit, Contentment silently walked away. I saw the tears falling, but saw no One.

I knew that He was gone. No longer would I ever be content, but I now had pleasure.

One touch of the tree transformed lust into pleasure. One touch transformed me!

I had been pure as in the beginning. Now uncleanliness entered in. I felt good, yet evil.

I felt elation because I touched but had not eaten. I had not died, so I reached forth again.

I reached out, and touched the fruit. By then I had learned this pleasant feeling.

I felt excited as my heart pounded. Even the expectation of reward aroused me.

I touched again, and again I did not die. Then I pulled the fruit from its branch.

I pulled hard, and the branch broke off. It died right then in my hand.

It was the Branch who was to die, and I had thought it was me! How foolish was I!

I felt badly for the branch, but yet I still raised the fruit to my lips.

The thumping thumped harder as the fruit came nearer. My lips were pure, and my tongue right.

As the fruit touched my lips, my tongue came out from its dark cave, and I saw the light.

Perhaps I now am as God, but I feel so weak around this tree. Perchance, I've become its slave!

My heart pounded harder, and my lips spoke out. It said what my heart was feeling.

My tongue became defiant as new words flowed from the foreskin of my heart.

This fruit is my desire. It pleases me, so!  I will eat it all the days of my life.

From that day forth, I - Eve, ate of the fruit. It's fruit are many. My favorite is wiliness!

Wile is the trait which the serpent gave me.  I became devious. Treachery was overcame me.

Adam came by. I am now my own. I have dominion over myself. Myself is who I shall please!

As the serpent winked, I replicated his words: "Eat of the fruit, Adam, You surely will not die!"

Adam heard the lust calling too. Eve was created beautiful but somehow now she was  different.

Eve became a new creature. Not good! The woman that was before changed. Adam longed for her.

I longed for Adam. I forgot God because now it is pleasure which I seek.

Eve's role was to multiply. God ordained that. He told her to do so. Now was her chance.

Even as God said that, it was not yet the time, but Eve felt the passion within.

With the fruit of lasciviousness, replication even changed. It was once for God but now for Eve.

Eve desired Adam. She reached out, and he came forward. He touched Eve. God had not said not to!

"You didn't die, Adam. Touch me more! Partake of my fruit." Adam believed me.

Contentment was gone now. He was under his own Tree; crying because he was now alone.

Contentment expected one thing - he wanted love, but yet love was under the other tree.

As they ate, the two became one, as God had told them; yet they were divided.

Each became their own god. Both did what was right in their own eyes. Lust joined them.

The two became three as Adam and Eve were joined in lust. They defied God.

They were now in His image, but the third person came from the mouth of the snake.

Evil was consummated as Adam ate of the fruit. He ate from my hand as I pulled on him.

It was my hand which tugged, but it was the he who spoke within the snake who did the tugging.

The serpent merely spoke, but the words came from an angel - an evil one.

Contentment cried because now as his second creatures were as evil as his first.

Angels failed God, and now those a little better than angels, failed him too. Satan remembered well.
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I ate and knew Adam. It was not for children that I knew him, but for my own pleasure.

Eve became a new person. Unity was stolen from her ways. She became a temptress.

Eve did the bidding of the serpent, and Adam followed the priestess. He was her servant.

I died that day, and dragged Adam to his grave, but not the dust from which we came!

We died spiritually. Our union became estranged. We followed the serpent often now.

Who is really our God. It can't be He who just Is, because Contentment still cries.

I would deny it, and so would Adam, but we have two Masters. One cries. One smiles.

Contentment was the only Master, but now there is another! I am his lover. So is Adam.

Adam and Eve fornicated with each other, but also with Lucifer. He delighted in them.

They have another god before God, and those gods are many. Legion is his name.

The many gods before God are all the selves of His creation - the world he so loved!

They do what is right in their own eyes, and do it for the lusts of the flesh.

They are their gods, and the flesh is their idols. The fruits of that tree appease their flesh.

The Tree of Life has fruits too, but they are merely twelve in number. Love is number one.

The fruit of which they ate is hate. Disobedience called  by any other name is Hate.

Eve murdered her own soul, then sought to murder his. Hate did that - it was her accomplice!

Hate is a murderer. It flows from the bowels of my new master. Hate - the absence of love.

I showed hate for God first, and then Adam followed suit. One of us was no worse than the other.

The fruit most abounding was the rotten fruit of the flesh. They covered it in shame.

Shame is the first child as the pair coupled in ecstasy. Shame was of Eve's seed.

They hid Shame from God by covering their ugly head - his and hers, but God still saw them.

Shame are twins - Adam's and Eve's - one male and the other female; both uglier than sin.

God, not proud of our children, exposed them to the world. He hung his head and cried.

"Look", God said. "What you have wrought? You have given birth to Shame into this world."

God cried tears of living water. Satan smiled, the twins were really his. God knows that they are.

Suddenly, Adam and Eve were sorry for what they had done. I cried out! Adam did too!

Great tears flowed from our eyes, flowing in unity with God's. God showed Himself to us.

It was just for a moment, but God revealed Himself to his children. we were just like him!

No that is pride. We were just as He was to become, as we saw into the future.

We are the image of Him!  In our meekness, now, we spoke in sorrow:

We wanted to be like God but not be as God. God saw our remorse. He was happy.

The three joined in loving each other: God, Adam, and his best friend - she is Eve!

They loved God, and one another. The greatest commandment, and the one like unto it.

God saw a lamb pass by. The lamb did not come by chance, but came there for a reason.

The Lamb said, "I will die for them!" Adam and Eve cried. The Lamb died.

Not just then, but much later. Much later; but all too quickly he came and went!

The Lamb was nailed to a Tree - the Tree of Life right there in the Garden.

The Lamb gave His flesh for Adam and Eve to save them from death - eternal death!

God covered their sin, and washed away their filth; they became clean new creatures again.

What was clean, was made dirty, but now the blood of the lamb washed it all away.

We presented ourselves to God. He was pleased! We were a living sacrifice, but the Lamb died for our flesh.

Someday the Lamb will come again, and wash away the sins of all... of all time.

Adam had faith in the Lamb. They saw Him in the Garden, and heard his Voice. He spoke love.

I heard Him too - long before he ever became flesh! God is good - all the time!

Good will come in the flesh quickly. Shame will die then. Both of them - Adam's and mine.

Their Shame is our shame and the blood is efficacious enough to cover it all.

God weaved a large apron to cover all our Shame. His is woven by Mercy.

The fabric God weaved to cover sin is grace; even though Shame is still with us!

He knows our Shame, and how it came about. It was born of the tree - the other one.

God's Tree of Life spreads out and covers the other tree. He is no longer jealous.

Many have chosen Him. Others haven't! That is their shame! They are Adam. They are Eve.

I took the bad seed and planted it outside the Garden. I did. I am Eve!

The seed grew with the thistles and thorns. The world harvested its grain.  The world may die!

I wore God's apron. The one from the Lamb. I shall never die! I am Eve.














Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cream Cheese: Ruining America

When I was growing up, on occasion, about six or seven times a year, we had a rich dessert. I'm not talking the occasional blackberry pie but chocolate! Sometimes at Christmastime Mom even made candy. Most of the time the sweets were sorghum molasses or honey. However, most of the time our food was vegetables and fruit, normally stewed apples. We were quite satisfied with an occasional rich food.

Now it seems that even our richest foods need to be made more rich. I bought a church recipe book, and twenty nine of the thirty initial recipes called for either cream cheese or mayonnaise. I will acknowledge my bias - I hate both of them more than anything. I threw the recipe book away because throughout it all the food was doctored up with rich ingredients.

As Americans, and even the West, we have become accustomed to delicacies. Of course, health wise we pay for it, but heart trouble and obesity is not the real and present danger! My "cream cheese" is the very fattening pizza with mozzarella piled high on top. Indeed, at least once a week, I must have my pizza. Not just ordinary Little Caesars, but the best of the best! Of course, it is of my own bias that I address America's problem: cream cheese represents the fall of America, and even the western world!

Cream cheese by regulation must have at least 33% milk fat, and be a moist concoction of not more than 55%. (U.S. Code of Federal Regulations). Hence, cream cheese is the cream of the crop. It is akin to the firstborn and most perfect lamb one could find if it was a meat! In fact, it must be eaten fresh, thus in my mind is symbolic of the blood of the lamb which must be sacrificed immediately.

What is the problem with cream cheese? People aren't satisfied with the ordinary. It must be the richest of the richest for our own enjoyment. I'm not immune; my "cream cheese" has been acknowledged! We all our accustomed to the fine things in life. Even poor people in the West expect and get cream cheese. It has infiltrated the lives of most Americans!
Genesis 1:29 "And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food."
Milk was there, but Adam and Eve got no cream cheese. They didn't even get the milk it seems! They were given sustenance but not delights. They were tempted toward delightful food for it was available. It was the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. That fruit was the "cream cheese" of the Garden of Eden. They saw it, were tempted, and it had to be theirs.
Genesis 3:8  "So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate."
Adam and Eve already had nourishment but Eve wanted Epicurean food! She looked on the fruit of the tree with lust and desired it greatly, even though to eat thereof she would surely die! Now, I'm not saying that cream cheese will kill a person, at least not quickly, but neither did the fruit of the tree. It took 930 years for Adam to die, but his death was the outcome of eating Epicurean food. Before he ate, God intended him to be immortal, and would live an eternal physical life. His "cream cheese" ruined all that! He had to have the finest of the finest to appease his own god - himself. Adam and Eve were the first Epicureans.

Epicurean is not only a philosophy but a lifestyle. Epicureanism, named after the philosopher Epicurus, taught that pleasure is the greatest good; that material things were to live for and divine intervention was nothing more than superstition. To be summarized briefly, living for pleasure is what life is all about. We think of an Epicurean appetite as one with rich foods. Indeed, cream cheese is Epicurean because even in years past, it was not an "essential" ingredient in foods. Now, it seems, that people must have their cream cheese, although even my own "cream cheese" can speed up my death.  As we eat our cream cheese, we think: I won't surely die. Pleasure killed Adam, and it will kill us. Pleasure is ruining America. It has ruined civilizations before.

The "cream cheese" of many is the pleasure of sex. For others, it may be wealth, prestige, or power. The fruit of the tree is anything that we put before God. Those things are ruining America because God comes last among most Christians, and not at all for most people. Indeed, as the western world eats their cream cheese, whatever it is, we are in decline. We will be so until it is as it was in the days of Noah. (Luke 17:26).

Pleasure is of the "unknown god". Paul, in Athens heard the Stoic and Epicurean philosophers discussing life. He said this about that:
Acts 17:23 "...for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you..."
Admittedly, Stoics were worshiping their unknown God by frugality and self-denial. They didn't eat cream cheese of any sort, but they put the abstention of cream cheese before God. They worshiped the unknown god who didn't need to be appeased by pleasurable things. Each group was doing what was right in their own eyes. (Deut. 12:8). Both groups were eating their cream cheese because what they both were doing that which pleased them, not God.

Paul proclaimed to them who their unknown god truly is. Of course he is embodied to Christians as Jesus. However, their god was not Jesus. Without worshiping the One True God, the world goes down the tubes. America goes with it.

It seems right now America is as its most ruinous stage because most people live for their "cream cheese". God has no place in the lives of most Americans. We try to have our Cream Cheese and eat it too. Of course, I'm referring to the dualism of claiming Jesus, but eating still of the forbidden fruit. His true children are on a healthy diet void of extremes. His true children do all things in moderation, and for their own spiritual betterment. The "cream cheese" of pleasure and entertainment is ruinous to the souls of Americans. Unless we place God first, we shall surely die - a spiritual death.

Of course, I used the symbolism of "cream cheese" as an attention grabber but unfortunately, America is the land of milk and honey. God has provided great things for us, but we merely want the cream. Americans even disregard the source of our prosperity - God! He made an everlasting promise to Abraham years ago:  to make of Abraham a great nation and bless Abraham and make his name great so that he will be a blessing.

Part of that blessing is the promise of Jesus. America is indeed blessed. Some say that this covenant is unconditional, because it is for all the seed of Abraham, both the righteous and the wicked. Albeit, we're blessed by Jesus, we still suffer the consequences of disobedience. Israel was destroyed because of pleasure - their "cream cheese" was the same as ours; they had other gods before god. Their god too was an unknown god. The serpent told Adam and Eve that they will be like God. (Gen. 3-5). The unknown god is each of ourselves. We must appease our gods of selves with Epicurean delights. We all eat our cream cheese in the face of eternal death. Like the Romans who partied and pleasured as the empire was slowly sinking, so do Americans. "Cream cheese" is ruining America!








Friday, August 18, 2017

Tolerance and Intolerance

Tolerance is a two-way street.  I'm speaking of freedom of ideas and free speech. America was founded on that principle. Indeed the battle cry of the War of American Independence was "no taxation without representation."  Representation was having a say in government matters. The money of the colonials was wanted but not their opinion. Hence, free speech was demanded in the Bill of Rights.
The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, ensuring that there is no prohibition on the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble, or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.
Note that the free speech clause was in the First Amendment because it is of utmost importance! It's why we fought for independence, and why our forefathers were killed. Blood was shed all over the new nation just so people could express their opinion! Free speech is spoken and written word. In order to speak freely it was necessary to have a right to peaceable assembly. Peace is a key idea with free speech.

Those statues are free speech. Some wanted to honor their war dead. They did it by erecting statues. Anyone before as been able to erect statues - until now. We have become Taliban America where the secular humanists demand that only their gods be honored. For those who want to be like the Taliban their home is in the mountains of Afghanistan where intolerance lives on.

The kind of speech was not included for a reason. Unpopular speech is what is most protected. The grievances of our founders were very unpopular with the colonial government, but the founders had things to say, and wanted the freedom to say it!

In order to create an environment for free speech, it was necessary to have order. The voice of the majority should be heard, but fairness is that the minority have free speech as well. The most notable example in this age was Martin King speaking up when nearly everyone was opposed to what he was saying where he was saying it. Because the First Amendment allowed it, King was able to speak it. Those who disagreed with what he was saying tolerated it because that's what our country was all about. Those who aggravated and silenced him were mobs. They were criminals of the first order!

Now, the people who most effectively used free speech to their advantage deny others the same avenue to free speech. The victims of the mob are now the mob! They see tolerance as a one-way street. Now, rather than freedom of speech being the avenue for expressing unpopular ideas, it's merely a blind alley where the majority has all the say. When freedom of speech is abridged and controlled, the loss of freedom is not far behind.
A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.” (Benjamin Franklin).
The United States was designed as a republic, not a monarchy or even a democracy, because a republic means that even the minority are represented. If only the majority had their say, just think of the lack of free speech - only popular speech would be allowed! We are a republic so that those of fewer numbers can be represented. When that free speech is muffled, the republic is in danger, as Franklin so wisely said.

At this instant in time, our republic is in gave danger. It was the home of the brave and land of the free. Now it is becoming the home of the mob and the land of intolerance. Intimidation is now the rule of the land!

Even capitalism is against free speech. Big business, to keep the almighty dollar, allows only certain speech. It is what is acceptable to them! What is defined as acceptable speech is the problem. Strangely, it is not the majority that has determined acceptable speech. However, it appears that the majority are in lock-step with acceptable speech because of fear of the consequences. For instance, until I retired I feared saying what I believe because my employer expected me as a manager to represent them in the community. Their focus was on profits, and intolerant people would quit spending money with them if many of us spoke our say.

Then, business and industry, once the bastions of conservatism, became liberal in their social policies. Why so? For the fear of reprisal!

Let me say something in favor of the left! They put their mouths where their hearts are. They let people know where they stand. On the other hand, the right, led by timid Christians, seem to have little principle. They just stand back and accept what the world dishes out, surely hoping for a better place for them, but they fail to consider the children! That part the free exercise of religion will be a weak right if there isn't the ability to do it. Mark this: without freedom of speech, freedom of worship is in jeopardy! We see the persecution already because Christian speech is unpopular speech. The nation has made it clear: they don't want to hear our voice!

Christians have accepted the notion of tolerance. Indeed we have excepted that intolerance is always bad. Let me be clear: Holy Scripture is not about tolerating bad behavior but forgiving it! With forgiveness comes the expectation of obedience. Essentially, Scripture is against tolerance but teaches obedience. God is the controller of speech. He is the One who judges and punishes for hateful words or actions.

Now, let's look again at where we are today. Free speech has already been abridged by the elite, business, education, and the media. In lockstep with that are modern churches and politicians who would die just to be re-elected. Senator Corker of Tennessee just took that bait himself. The left threw it out, and he bit into it. He failed to support free speech in favor of controlled speech. He is a traitor as is Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio and others who submitted to the PC Police.

President Trump campaigned on free speech. People voted for him because they believed in free speech. I was disappointed with him when he caved to the PC Police, and re-directed his comments only to the one group. When he came out and said what was true, I thought, this is why we voted for him! Corker, Romney, and even Rubio couldn't handle the truth. They are victims of the PC Police.

We don't know who all is in the camp of political correctness. We do know one thing: it is those who don't believe in free speech! Since Marxists don't, I suspect that it's the Marxists who have the hidden rules of political correctness. Many times we don't even know we say hateful things until the PC Police revise their rules!

When Bill Clinton and George Bush were running for president, Hillary Clinton came to town. I went there to exercise my free speech. I held up a placard right in front of Hillary which said, "Communism is dead except in slick Willy's head!" One democrat cursed me and f-worded me as intolerant people will do. (Just before, I had welcomed the peaceful protestors at our Bush rally at the same place when Dan Quayle came. I told them I was glad they were exercising their free speech). Eventually, this democrat slugged me in the presence of our local democrat senator, Nick Kafoglis, who said nothing. Although my flesh told me different, I turned the other cheek and said, "Hit me here as too," as scripture directs.

Afterward, I called the organizer of the event, a local lawyer, and said, " I thought you liberals were in favor of free speech!" She replied, "Just acceptable speech." I was floored. Who says what is acceptable? Those who are intolerant of free speech. I tolerated theirs, but they couldn't tolerate mine.

I said before that Scripture is not about tolerance but obedience. Hence, free speech is not a biblical issue but hate is! Those who can't handle free speech are hateful and arrogant. It's their way or the highway, and they care little about fairness. When the mob silences those who express hate, I have always seen it done with hatred. Who noticed the hateful remarks at Charlottesville by the counter-protestors? I did!

My entire life I have studied the Third Reich and Bolshevism for just this occasion. They both kill people who disagree with them. Marxism (socialism) is un-American but yet we openly had a man who is a socialist run for president. Hillary Clinton hid hers, but Elizabeth Warren proclaimed who the Democrat Part is - Progressive, their more palatable word for Marxists.

The reason I am against Progressivism is because they are intolerant. I despise the Nazi ideas expressed at Charlottesville, and the KKK and Nazis kept civil protestors away. Almost without exception, my circle of friends are in favor of leaving the statues alone. They are very vocal on the social media about that but in public they shy away from controversy.

I am angry at the KKK and neo-Nazis for stealing civil people's thunder. The PC Police know that all they have to do is brand the right as extremists and haters, and they can control. To be correct, the Progressives care little about those statues - all they want is to divide. As long as the races bicker and fight, the longer the Civil War will be fought! The black race is the victim. The Democrats still use them for their purposes. They fail to understand that in Democrat eyes, they will always be childlike blacks who need everything done for them. Please, I implore sane Democrats, give them their freedom. Let the people go! Get other tools to do your bidding. It's modern times. Do it yourself!

Now, for the ultimate intolerance. The Jewish government hated what Jesus had to say, and in the end had him killed for saying it. However, they were more tolerant than radical Americans who even would deny Jesus's right to say it. Progressives symbolically burn Jesus's words with prohibiting the free exercise of the Christian religion. They are still intolerant of Jesus, and like the Jews, they want to put an end to God's Word. Progressives are the most regressive people in existence. They are as regressive as the KKK and Nazis, and Trump is right for calling them out!



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Spiritual - Not Religious

This commentary is dedicated to a relative whom I love we'll call Cindy. She defines herself as "not religious, but spiritual". I'm sure that she knows scripture because she was brought up in a Christian home. Let's look at "spiritual - not religious" and see what that implies.

First off, it's not just Cindy who is spiritual but not religious. I noticed when I was dating that the match-making sites had many who claimed spirituality, but not religiosity. When I first noticed that distinction, I had no idea how one could be spiritual but not religious. With years of thought, I now conclude that no one even can be spiritual without being religious! Let's first look at what each are.

RELIGIOUS:

To be religious means to be faithfully committed to a deity or an idea. Hence, any devoted follower of any God is "religious". In fact, anyone faithful to an idea is religious. Because atheists are the hardest to convince otherwise, they are the most faithful to their ideas. Hence, atheists are quite religious in a humanistic sense. Paul challenged the philosophers in Athens about that. Paul addressed those very religious philosophers in this manner:
Acts 17:22 "Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, 'Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; 23  for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription:
TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.
Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: 24 God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.'"
The philosophers were very religious but failed to know who God even is. Paul proclaimed to them in the Areopagus who God is! He started explaining the nature of God by proclaiming Him as Creator and ruler of the universe, and his invisible presence; thus, indicating that the gods they were arguing about were not even of the same nature of the supernatural God.

Paul went on in later verses to explain that the way to know God is by repentance because everyone will be judged. Their judgment won't be about how religious they are, but how faithful they are to God. Then Paul points out that Jesus is God, he died for the sins of all, and now is resurrected. The philosophers scoffed at the idea that man could be raised from the dead! However, that's what "shall be saved" means - resurrected from the dead to live in eternal bliss, rather than eternal death.

With that now explained, we all know that no one wants to die. They may want to escape the pain associated with this world, but everyone wants to live eternally. Skeptics just can't believe it's true, hence they have no faith in God who provides eternal life by the sacrifice of his only begotten son!

We are children of God when we come to accept Jesus, and trust him to deliver us from sin. We are adopted, as such, after we are emancipated from our earthly father - the Devil. On the other hand, Jesus is the Son of God in a different manner. He was begotten. The Holy Spirit came down on Mary, and God came down to us so that He could experience what we experience.

Paul made it imperative by saying, inspired by God, God is Creator. That was so important that he said that first! Many "Christians" believe in God, but fail to believe He is Creator, choosing to believe in the lie of evolution. As such, their God who doesn't have the power to create is an unknown god because the Known God can create, and did!

There you see, that everyone gathered in the Areopagus were "religious". Paul called them that. Paul was religious too -  but he knew who his God is! He proclaimed to them Jesus Christ.

Scripture tells us who the unknown God truly is:
John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."
Jesus is the straight gate all must enter as they walk the narrow way! Only Jesus saves, and only Jesus says he can save. All other gods are powerless to do anything rather than confuse! However, there is one who lies as he proclaims himself to be God. He is the god of this world - Satan. By bowing to the gods of Athens, those religious people were worshiping Satan! One can be religious but damned to hell, because that's what all these other gods do! Even those who have no god become as gods, and damn themselves by self-worship. Their wrongness in selecting their god is their damnation.

On the other hand, Paul was very religious too. He had great faith in Jesus Christ, and His power to Create and save. Unlike the others, Paul knew his God. I know mine as well. Paul was religious, but not to a mere deity, but the One True God who is called Jesus! One can be religious without God even though Christians are religious people. However, Paul warns that correct religion isn't paying homage to works of man's hands or even the ideas from their minds, but the invisible and real God who came down in the flesh, died and is risen.

I submit, then, that everyone is religious but if their belief is wrong, they are damned by their own reasoning. Religious people who are not devoted to Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture, are merely worshiping in futility. They are foolish!
Romans 1:21 "...because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened." 
It is true: being religious is not saving. But being faithful to Jesus who has the power to save is saving! Belief in Christ is a "religion" of the heart. Devotion is to God who is there but we can't see. It's a relationship between a devoted follower of their Creator and Savior. Doing religious things is mere futility, and like the philosophers of Athens, you, as they, are wasting your time!

SPIRITUAL:

Cindy says that she is "spiritual". We need to look at how one is spiritual.

Being spiritual is having a relationship with the supernatural - what one cannot see, but sense.

Cindy may be spiritual, but is that a good thing?

To understand spiritually one must understand the spiritual world. There is one particular Spirit who is desirable. That is the Holy Ghost who whose essence is God's Spirit. It is my position that He experienced travail on the cross when Jesus died. As Jesus ascended, he sent back the Comforter, who is actually the Ghost of Jesus - or the Spirit of Jesus.
John 4:24  "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
This verse essentially says, that the spirit in which we worship God must be how and as God says. God says that by Jesus we are saved. It is Jesus's Spirit who is with us, and we worship Jesus by revering his presence; he is still with us - the Comforter: the Holy Spirit.

That is one way to be spiritual. One cannot be imbued with the right spirit without worshiping God in truth - by Jesus Christ who is the Way! That Way is being religious, but not just to any god; it must be to Jesus Christ - the One True God!

The other way to be "spiritual" is through demons. There are legions all around us:
Mark 5:8 "For He (Jesus) said to him (the man possessed with evil spirits), 'Come out of the man, unclean spirit!' 9 Then He asked him, 'What is your name?' And he answered, saying, 'My name is Legion; for we are many.'” 
Jesus wasn't speaking to a man, he was speaking to the many unclean or evil spirits who had taken over the soul of this wild man. Those spirits were real and the man was indeed very spiritual, but not of the righteous kind.
Ephesians 6:12 "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."
The "spiritual" which one feels is real. If one is religious by being faithful to Jesus Christ and obedience to Him, then that person's spirit is the Holy Spirit. However, if Jesus is not worshiped in Spirit and in Truth, the person is possessed by evil warriors who came to take him or her to hell.

How do evil spirits enter in? We are born with an empty soul which has a need to be filled. The Holy Spirit calls us to be filled with his Spirit:
 John 6:44  "No one can come to Me (Jesus) unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day."
From the moment that we're born as we learn, God's Spirit draws one toward Jesus. The soul must be filled! If it remains empty, it will be filled by something because man is born with that spiritual instinct. Unfortunately, if the soul is not imbued by God's Holy Spirit, it will be filled with an unclean one(s)! Those without Jesus have some sort of unclean spirit(s) within their soul and only by the blood of Jesus can they be washed clean!

How is it that evil spirits enter? They come in by deception. Satan tricks them into believing that they are their own masters of their souls. He tricks them by giving them pleasurable things which takes their minds off God. Throughout history some of those things have always been sexual gratification, excessive and tasty foods, intoxicants, and even things - anything which takes God out of the thought process. We are told to remain vigilant:
1 Peter 5:8 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."
Being sober is taking our minds off the self with its pleasure, and on Jesus. Unfortunately, false religions use even hallucinogens to open a new reality to filling with the spirits - not the Holy Spirit, but demons! Indians used poisonous mushrooms to empty out the soul in readiness for "spirits" to come in. Nowadays, it's easier to just drop a pill, get drunk, or smoke dope - the Devil's weed. While one is high or low, is when demons find the gate to enter. Unfortunately, after demons enter, they rule the host - namely you who are not sober. As such, those with unclean spirits feel spiritual! They do then what is right on their own eyes at the command of the spirits inside them!

Cindy has used LSD. That drug is used for that very reason! It opens the mind and soul to unclean spirits. It provides an alternate reality where pleasure is experienced. It is one of the forbidden fruits of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil which makes people feel "as gods".

SUMMARY

Just as there are two kinds of religions: false and true; there are two kinds of spirits: false and true. If we worship God in spirit and in truth, it is the true Holy Spirit we have. If we fail to worship the true God, then the spirits we feel within are merely demons bargaining for your soul. If one feels spiritual, and doesn't have Christ as Savior, then their spirituality is demons inside deceiving them. There is one way to remove demons from within and get the real deal -  faith and obedience to Jesus Christ! With that hope, sinners no longer have a need for the things of the flesh which deceive.

Jesus removes the chains of slavery. If you are spiritual and not religious with faith in Christ, you are chained to Satan by unclean spirits. Only by Jesus can you set free of that evil spirituality that rules you from inside:
Romans 6:18 "And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness."
It's better to be a slave to Jesus who loves me, than bound in chains to those unclean spirits who seek to destroy!




Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Revolution Has Started

Matthew 24:37 (NKJV) "But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be."
How were things in the days of Noah? Just as they were in other times of other rebellions: people did what was right in their own eyes. Some even surely had a form of godliness, but were not Godly. You name the sin -  they did it!
2 Peter 3:3 "...knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts..."
Who are these scoffers?  Someone who jeers or mocks or treats something with contempt or calls out in derision. Noah  wasn't the government nor a civic leader, but scoffing was directed at him because he was right in the eyes of the Lord. He was the sole representative of God's government on the face of the earth, and the people could not stand righteousness because it had rules. At that time the Law had yet to be written in stone but it existed because of God's expectations. God expects obedience, and Noah was the face of God. From the beginning, with Adam and Eve, mankind wanted to be as gods. The serpent hit the nail on the head with that accusation.

To be as gods, like God, sinful people desire their own kingdom. God had the Garden of Eden. Mankind has always wanted Utopia - Eden without God. Utopia is the theoretical perfect society where everybody lives in harmony, doing whatever they want without regulation or need to be defiant. This desire is Marxism which he coined as socialism and communism, there being no difference (Communist Manifesto).

Socialism preceded Marx to be truthful. However, it was he who proposed revolution! Essentially, he moved social justice advocated by religious and/or enlightened people to the extreme of necessary violence. Socialism in a nation always starts with the promise of much needed change. Often, people get on the socialist bandwagon of their own volition. At some point in time, those who are firmly against the tenets of socialism resolve to never comply. With that roadblock, violence ensues to force people to do what they don't want to do. As capitalism is a necessary prerequisite for socialism, socialism is for communism. It is just an intermediate step.

Again, when we return to the conditions in the days of Noah, it is time for the new Noah to return. This is the Son of Man - Jesus Christ himself! As Christians, both the living and the dead, arise to glory, universal socialism will result, not abruptly, but gradually and covertly. Mankind will praise their Utopia and proclaim the dictator a god, fulfilling the wily serpent's prediction!

Let's consider for a moment the Third Reich. It is an example of revolution. The Utopia Hitler sought was the 1000 year reign of what was the Holy Roman Empire and much new territory - as far as the Nazis could reach. The goal was for a global Utopia under Nazi control. Therein lies the problem with socialism. People don't like to be controlled: Infidels don't want to be ruled by the religious, as Marx taught, and Christians don't want to be ruled by tyrants. Because of that confliction, Utopias can never exist because harmony can never be when force is used. Essentially, Hitler proclaimed himself as God, and sought to find the relics of Christianity to reinforce his own godhood. Many died because of his self-aggrandizing charade!

You see, the Third Reich was socialist. Sure, the enemy was Russian Communism and the adherents in Germany, but it was one brand of socialists against another. Their modus operandi was the same, as well as their goals! Each having to use force, one was as much of an evil empire as the other!

Just as I predict that the end-of-time "Utopia" will be socialistic for 3-1/2 years, I predict the final 3-1/2 years to be communistic. This time is called the "seven year tribulation period". They need a religion, although Marx taught against it, he was obviously referring to Christianity. I believe the tribulation period religion is Islam and its government Sharia Law. This is based on Scripture and the Quran.

Now for my point: I believe that throughout history revolution has been driven by socialism. It is the deception I have termed YSWD ("You surely won't die"). That is the lie Satan told Eve to get her to partake of the forbidden fruit. Socialism is poison so it must be made palatable. It is the grape Kool-Aid that Jim Jones had his herd drink before they actually drank it!

Capitalism is scriptural. I have provided the many verses to support that notion before. Crony capitalism is not! That is uncharitable, selfish, and deceitful. It is the sin of usury: "the lending of money at exorbitant interest rates." (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). Scripture defines it even more strongly:
Nehemiah 5:7 "After serious thought, I rebuked the nobles and rulers, and said to them, 'Each of you is exacting usury from his brother.' So I called a great assembly against them."
That was crony capitalism early on. The nobles and rulers colluded to make excessive gains at the expense of the poor! Crony capitalism is sinful and Satan uses this sin to his advantage. The unfairness of it makes the victims angry. They rebel. That is revolution. You see, fairness is of God, but the world uses God's concept of fairness to revolt. Revolution can be noble or ignoble. It depends on two things: (1) The actual motives of its leaders, and (2) whether it is based on righteousness. For instance, "Thou shalt not steal" applies to all. It does not have an exemption for socialists who, playing Robin Hood, steals from the rich and gives to the poor!

The notion of one-percenters caused revolt the last few years. The many without have jealousies for those with. Some of those abusers are crony capitalists, and ironically, their most notable leader is one of them: George Soros. One wonders why him? He has wrong motives. His is for power and control! (Bernie Sanders was one of his stooges.)

Jealousy too is a sin. "Thou shalt not covet". When those without, desire what others have without the necessary industry to profit, they are sinful. That coveting leads to rebellion.  When capitalism fails to provide for the less fortunate, they join the ranks of the belligerent. Capitalism as taught by Jesus and the apostles is fair. It had rules though; to take care of those who can't themselves - the older widows and orphans, and the infirm. Those others who seek gain without their own work, are committing the sin of usury themselves. They extort gain from the government to minimize their own hard work.

An unfair system, coupled with jealousy, sets the stage for revolution. That unfairness and abuse of the people was stage one of catholic church, France, Russia, Germany and even the United States. Believe it or not, most revolutions are because of social injustice, some type of usury, and outright jealousy. Of course, our own revolution was against taxation without representation, a mild form of socialism, but with God intact. The problem arises when God is removed from the sought-after Utopia. America was blessed with what our patriots called divine Providence.

Now we are engaged in a great battle, "testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure" (Gettysburg Address).  Some Americans are seeking revolution, and we are in the second stage right now! For most, the revolution is for perceived noble causes. However, behind the charitable idea are despots just waiting to gain power! The masses who seek change are the "useful idiots" spoken of by Saul Alinsky. The people are mere puppets of those who control them! Just as Hitler and Lenin gained by promises of Utopia, those covert leaders today use the same carrot to get the herd of rabbits to rebel.

Class warfare is the transparent device of socialism - divide and conquer. Soros and his covert leaders used Obama to divide the nation. Like it or not, Obama was a mere puppet of those powerful people. He surely was not even aware of it! Most puppets can't see their own strings. If you fall for the propaganda, you too are a puppet!

Propaganda is the primary tool for revolution. Thomas Paine used it in the U.S. and France, and both Hitler and Goebbels used it in the Third Reich. Marx supplied much of the propaganda. In this present age, the propaganda is rampant. It is from nearly all institutions: the media, education, foundations, and even the church and business of all people! Right now, even the church has taken sides on class warfare, ignoring the left and focusing on the extreme right, both of which are hateful!

There is both a far right and left revolution going on. However, the left is much more powerful, and their propaganda machine has launched the war profoundly. Of course, they use "good" to provoke evil. They even accuse the conservative church of being hateful, and with their propaganda, the church is one of the enemies of the people. That goes back to the days of Noah when the people did their will, and rebelled against God's will.

We are on the verge of the third stage of the revolution - violence. What we see now is tame compared to what it will be. As the left seeks even more concessions from the people, unless we cave in, more violence will prevail. In years past, countries paid tribute to other countries so as not to be bullied. This is an extreme form of usury. Right now we pay tribute to the complainers not to bully us. It's both pecuniary and civil payment. We give it to the most vocal. Sure, the people need a say, but not through coercion!

The mob is saying things the mobster is putting into their minds. It's not scripture, by the way; Scripture teaches love. Satan teaches self-interest. Part of the revolution is because of the class struggle. Rahm Emmanuel said, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."  Right now, the manufactured crisis is statues of old Confederate dead men who can do no harm. It is that cry-baby crisis which is creating division in the nation. It crowned under Obama, and grew as the propaganda machine revved up against Trump.

All revolutions need a villain! It's necessary to have a high level person to hate. In the American Revolution, the fault lied with Parliament. However, King George was the villain. The people organized, not against those most responsible, but against the king. It's easier to have one sacrificial person. Trump is the sacrifice whose head the rebels demand! It's not so much the people, but the invisible elite telling the people. As they push the buttons of gullible people, the people get angry and become a demanding mob. They all want things their way! (I guess they have been eating at Burger King too much.)

With the apocalypse, the people lose. The "good" people - the Christians lose most; their heads! In the ongoing revolution, the masses will lose. The elite people pulling the strings and pushing the buttons will have the power. The Utopia will be theirs to abuse! People who hate the unfairness of today's system will despise the new one! They will find out at that time, that they indeed are "useful idiots". Then the persecution will only begin. Do you doubt me? Just read history. That's normally what happens with the exception of our own revolution, created on the pattern of God's justice, not entirely, but much of it. Now, we are prone to go down in history as a dead culture. We are committing mass suicide where our Jim Jones - George Soros, pours the Kool-Aid; and the people drink it!

We may be seeing the end. It was predicted: Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

We are in the process of losing our republic and the people are allowing it to happen. Unlike our founders, even Christians today don't have enough principle to fight this war. We are letting our freedom of religion go as our type of government goes down the tube. We just sing a little louder as the German Christian during the holocaust.

The left has principles whereas Christians don't seem to have much. They seem to be willing to die for their cause, but we aren't willing to sacrifice our own comfort to speak out. People might think ill of us or accuse us of being right-wing zealots. We are victims of the propaganda machine, and we let it happen! We deserve our loss! To avoid being called "haters" we hide.

Look at what the Democrat de facto leader just remarked. Elizabeth Warren said this week that progressives are not an arm of the Democrat Party; they are the party! (paraphrased). With that said, and with the knowledge that "progressive" means "socialist", she admits they are Marxist. What do Marists want? Revolution. She just admitted that there is a revolution, and we still fail to see it!

My daughter asked me, "Dad, who wins?" I responded, "They do." They will for a time because the Prince of the Air is ruler on earth, but when Jesus comes to do battle, we win in he end. Which side will you be on? The way things are going with Christians, Jesus's army will be few  but powerful as he leads the charge. Your are either with God or against him. My choice is to be in Jesus's army for I know he wins!

I bet most of you are scoffing right now. This zealot thinks there will be a revolution. Wrong! This zealot knows that we are in a revolution, and Christians seem to be losing! Don't scoff at this. Think in it.

Proverbs 29:8 (NKJV) "Scoffers set a city aflame, But wise men turn away wrath"

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Methods of Hate

Hate is as serious as murder, and is an extreme offense:
1 John 3:15 (NKJV) "Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him."
It's often hard to love one's friends, let alone their enemies, but love of the enemy is a prerequisite for eternal life.
Luke 6:27 (NKJV)  “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you."
What is the difference between love and hate? Hatred is the absence of love. Then what is love? It is this:
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
Love here is defined as unconditional. It doesn't say that people have to do certain things, believe a certain way, or even be good. God loves you just as you are! God loves those people who fought in the Civil War on both sides. God loves those who put up statues of southern heroes. God loves those who want them torn down. God loves those who provoked violence in Charlottesville. God loves those who cursed each other. God loves the left-wingers who shoved and intimidated. God even loves the white supremacists and neo-Nazis at Charlottesville. He even loves James Alex Fields, Jr. who killed Heather Heyer in Charlottesville.

The world is everyone! "But," you say, "Fields is a killer and the extremists are hateful!" That is true. However, because of God's grace "he so loved the world" that anyone who believes should not perish. Christians must pray for Field's salvation, not his condemnation. That is what love is all about!

Essentially, love is sincerely desiring that even evil people go to heaven. It is not wanting anyone to suffer for eternity. In order to obtain that love, there is one thing each person must do - believe that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Light, and that salvation is by no other.

Right now people hate Fields. They hate the neo-Nazis. Those groups are haters too, but hate is never God's will. Right now people hate Obama for creating a divisive atmosphere. Likewise, others hate Trump for the same reason. Sure, we can criticize, but there are no loop-holes for hatred to exist. Loving one's enemies is demanding but it is demanded!  We forget that we're all in this together. There was a reason for this chaos in Charlottesville. Satan planned it and made it happen. He made hatred, he made violence, and people are merely doing his will. We cry over this as Trump haters and liberal haters abound. Satan smiles!  Hatred from either side is unexcused. 

Our desire should be that Fields change by belief and trust in Jesus, but haters on the other side may not even believe in Jesus. Guess what? Their eternal destiny is the same as Fields! Our desire should be that Trump succeed. If he fails, the nation fails. One problem is that Trump haters want Trump to fail. I must admit, I wanted Obama to fail! However, I don't hate him. I believe he did what he did sincerely. I just don't see that he used God's standards. Many think the same way about Trump. That is a difference in belief systems. I just believe that Trump's is closer to God's will, albeit he falls far short. What can I say? Even King David, a man after God's own heart, failed miserably. In the end, with God's conviction, things did turn out well.

Prayer changes things. David wrote his prayer down. If you haven't read it, it's Psalm 51. We should pray for Trump and the nation. We should pray that hearts change. Of course, I'll be attacked for this, but both sides in Charlottesville need prayer. Everyone wants things their way. That is mankind's problem! We each want our own way, and as such we are our own gods. Satan smiles.

Jesus's prayer says:
Luke 22:42 (NKJV) “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” 
Even Jesus knew the power of the flesh. It was powerful for him too but because he would not sin, he overcame the flesh. It is not his own will but God's will that he wanted to do. That is the solution to hate! We want to do God's will: to love him and love him enough to love others as ourselves! Face it, we love ourselves quite a lot. We must love others to that same degree!

I have a problem with love. You do too! We just can't seem to love each other as God expects us to. We don't even love God as we should although with His grace, He should be easy to love. What impedes love? Satan. It is his will that we hate one another. He creates chaos. Do-gooders in Charlottesville: you were an unwitting tool. You meant well, but you contributed to chaos. 

Haters in Charlottesville: you responded to your master. You created chaos. Antifa in Charlottesville: you went there to create chaos. If you don't know who the Antifa are, you better find out; they are Satan's tool. 

Then we have those with the money behind it all! They weren't even in Charlottesville but just like Satan, they smile at the outcome. They are the politicians and elite who want this nation to fail because when it does God goes away with it! They strive on hate, but those haters can't be found. They are in comfortable offices all over the world "doing what is right in their own eyes." They hate America. They hate God, and they even hate us. The herds in Charlottesville are "useful idiots" according to left-winger, Satan-loving, Saul Alinsky - the hero of the left, and whose strategies are used by George Soros and his kind.

As Christians we are to obey authority. With Obama, I disliked it, but I was civil. I never hated him but only his policies. He seemed to be a likable guy in manner. Compared to Caesar, Trump is angelic. However, Jesus said to render unto Caesar what is his. (Matt 12;21). Jesus could have destroyed Caesar with one thought. He didn't do that. He didn't come to destroy but to save. As royal priests, Christians are not to destroy but to save others from perishing; even those with whom we disagree!

As for slavery, Jesus could have ended that. He didn't. Shall we Christians hate Jesus? Never! He came to free our souls not our bodies. He expects something in return: to love him and others; even our enemies. That's our thanks for him saving us from true slavery!

It sickens me when Christians spew hatred, thinking how righteous they are! While you are picketing and being deceive by Satan, souls are being lost elsewhere. Be zealous for Jesus. Tell others about him! You can't do that by slinging hatred at those who need salvation. Pray for James Fields right now that he be saved. Pray for Trump right now that he will do God's will. Pray for Soros and his instigators that Jesus circumcise their hearts. Prayer changes things; hate by any other name does too, but for the worse!





Monday, August 14, 2017

On Liberty

Liberty is freedom from fear of the past, and confidence on what is ahead.

Once in bondage, now I'm free. Once regulation enslaved me, but grace removed my bonds.

The Taliban is a fundamentalist Islamic organization which once ruled Afghanistan before western forces liberated that country. When those fundamentalists took over Afghanistan in 1996 that country was ruled by Sharia Law, the same government/religious entity now supported by the left in this country! One of the first acts the Taliban did was to remove much of the legacy of the past from their country. Mullah Omar, following a decree stating: "all the statues around Afghanistan must be destroyed. (Luke Harding (2001-03-03). "How the Buddha got his wounds". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2010-08-27).

Now, the political left joins the religious right of the Taliban in demanding all statues of those associated with slavery be removed. Regardless of reason, in the United States, that kind of censorship is of the same ilk as book burnings. For those who can't stand the opinions of others, the precedent has been to "burn, baby, burn!" The alternative to burning the statues of noble men, albeit with human flaws, is to hide them away for future destruction when the left regains power. We can fight the Taliban with guns and bombs, but the left must be fought with reason.

The excuse for hiding those statues is that they are offensive. Everything is offensive to someone. For instance, the Statue of Liberty is offensive to some because it doesn't really represent freedom, but a false God which Libertas is. Some consider her as the embodiment of Lucifer with the flaming torch, and indeed that statue replaced those of Christ in the churches of the First French Republic. Shall we hide Liberty behind some trees somewhere? I'm not a Taliban as is the left, so I think not!

To some, Mohammad Ali is offensive because of his draft dodging activities. Shall we remove all vestiges of his legacy? The left wants one side to be favored, and the other side censored as if history didn't exist! 

Government censorship of statues is just the beginning. Anything which had even a remote connection to slavery will be vilified and removal demanded. Now it's confederate personalities; next comes even the founding fathers!

Benjamin Franklin owned slaves. His statue must go! George Washington owned slaves for fifty-six years. (http://www.mountvernon.org/george-washington/slavery/ten-facts-about-washington-slavery/). Some will demand that his and Martha's caskets be exhumed from internment at Mt. Vernon, and buried in some obscure place - even though in later life he freed his own, the first founding father to do so!

Likewise, Thomas Jefferson's bust will be removed from all its places. He owned slaves and wrote the document  that declared independence of a slave-holding nation.  His views on race was as follows:
Jefferson’s belief in the necessity of abolition was intertwined with his racial beliefs.  He thought that white Americans and enslaved blacks constituted two “separate nations” who could not live together peacefully in the same country.( Notes, ed. Peden, 138. The 1832 edition is available online. See Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (Boston: Lilly and Wait, 1832), 144.)  Jefferson’s belief that blacks were racially inferior and “as incapable as children." (Jefferson to Edward Coles, August 25, 1814, in PTJ:RS, 7:604. Transcription available at Founders Online.)
Twelve presidents owned slaves including U.S. Grant! Jefferson owned 600. Here are twelve groups of statues which have to go! (as some will charge). Even Yankees Martin Van Buren, as well as Grant owned slaves.

James Madison proposed the 3/5 compromise. He certainly needs to be censored even though he helped found this "bigoted" nation!

Then what do we do with "the great emancipator himself", Abe Lincoln whose Emancipation Proclamation freed zero slaves in the United States! After all, this "bigot" said:

“I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races – that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything.”
by:

Abraham Lincoln
(1809-1865) 16th US President
Source:
Fourth Debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1858
(The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume III, pp. 145-146.)
My point is that there will be no end to this symbolic "book burning". Even history is in the process of being rewritten to make some feel better about themselves! Our founding father's will become traitors in this century while benevolent ideologists like Marx will be valued for their enlightened view on social justice!

You see, this anger is fostered. There are those elite who will foment divisiveness for the sake of power. We must examine who has what to gain. Since even the U.S. Constitution honored the institution of slavery with its 3/5's Provision, in time it too must go! John Hancock's bold signature will need to be struck off the Declaration of Independence because he kept those slaves which that Yankee inherited! There will be no end to the censorship, and Americans will soon have the good that came with freedom replaced by the deception of social justice. Our very existence is threatened as Satan continues to deceive!

Even some of my friends see Charlottesville, Virginia through gray tinted lenses.. The problem is all of the protestors there; not just the designated haters. Both sides were filled with hate. They demonstrated it well, and even the mob which demanded that harmless statues be removed provoked division. Hate in any form is still hatred whether covert or outright. Why can't we all just get along? Because rather than the whole, each group looks out for themselves. A true liberal can accept the existence and imperfection of  bad ideas of another. The left wing is not liberal, they are tyrants!

We are to love one another - even our enemies. I see much hatred on both sides. Who wins? Neither, but Satan smiles! We need to denounce Antifa as a violent mob who spew hatred, as well as the despicable carriers of the Nazi flag. Evil knows no wing. Left and right hatred are both evil. Satan uses both to divide and conquer. Those civil people who follow either are just part of the ignorant herd. "Father, forgive them. They know not what they do!"



Unpopular Ideas

Can you imagine how unpopular Jesus was with those in charge during his life and afterward? People hated what he stood for with such a passion that he was crucified, and afterward ostracized. Indeed, his apostles were persecuted. I'm sorry, Joel Osteen, but Christianity is not all positive! There are many negative things associated with Christian life.
Luke 21:12 "But before all these (signs of the end), they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake." 
John 15:20 "Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you..."
Do you think not that you will be persecuted? Think again! If what you say and do is not acceptable to those in charge, you will be persecuted. Paul was persecuted for Jesus's name sake. That's all it takes for persecution. Even the church persecuted Jesus and Paul! There is an exclusion clause for persecution: if Jesus name is misrepresented, those people who do so will be spared. Woe unto them; they are spared the persecution here, but not in the hereafter!

Persecution takes on many forms. It is on a continuum between discrimination and beheading. Paul was beheaded in front of Nero, Eusebius wrote. Peter was crucified upside down. John was persecuted by being boiled alive in oil, but survived because God needed him alive to write Revelation. James, although not an apostle, was thrown from the same pinnacle of the Temple on which Jesus was tempted. (gotquestions.org). He was clubbed to death by those who disagreed with him. (Osteen needs to read a little history as well!)

Discrimination is the accepted persecution at this moment. When I was a child, being a Christian was a great character reference. My own father vouched for people who were in jail and got their release, mainly because of his character and notoriety as a Christian. What helped in the 1950s, can hinder in this century!

Discrimination is basing treatment on group status rather than individual attributes. Discrimination can be more toward more favorable or less favorable treatment.  In these days, few recognize the more favorable treatment which people get outside of white and male privilege. Unfortunately, being male and Caucasian in this age is a liability. Add to that, the Christian religion. Because it has been the religion of western civilization, it now is considered a religion of oppression in spite of the love which its founder taught!

On the other end of the continuum is beheading. Most Christians in history were burnt at the stake. However, in the end of days, Christians will be beheaded for Jesus's namesake when they refuse to take the mark of the beast. There is only one group who uses that punishment. You do the math. Christians, in general, are not now persecuted to that extreme in the western world but they are in Africa and the Middle East. Persecution for Christians is at the apex right now - never worse in history! That is a sign that the end is near.

In America right now, their is an inherent bias against Christianity because Christians here have been in charge. Now that's not the case, and retribution is forthcoming. I submit that few of those in charge are born-again Christians but merely most are Christians in name only (CINO).  This applies to those in education, government, the media, the entertainment industry and even the mainstream clergy. Somehow, those with disdain for the biblical Jesus are now in charge. I believe that Political Correctness is the ideology of American institutions. It's not the people who are PC Police, but the elite. The people are merely duped by the elite.

In the eyes of the secular world, and its liberal counterpart - the church, the teachings of Christ are  anathema to the religions of the world. Somehow they take teachings of love and make them hateful. They take teachings of peace and make them war. They take grace and mock it. They deny miracles as mythology, and right teachings as intolerance.

Jesus did not come to bring peace to the world, but only to the true Church:
Matthew 10:34 (NKJV)  “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.'
Because most will reject Jesus, he knew that peace would never come. In fact, with the advent of Jesus's ministry, there has never been peace. Not because people accept him but because they reject him and his teachings. Jesus came to dispel the notion that when people do what is right in their own eyes, it is still okay in God's!  The western world, as most, reject the notion that God's Law is truth. They see Jesus as the cause of dissension but it's actually those who reject him who cause division.

The elite and the government have resolved to prevent poverty. If one remembers, the penalty for sin was toil. Wealth does not bring on toil. Toil is for those in poverty. Jesus didn't come to end poverty but to pay the price for our sins. He said this about that:
Matthew 26:11 "For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always."
Poverty is an eternal institution as long as mankind still sins. That is until the world ends. Even the modern church sees that as unjust, and they focus more on social justice than on spiritual reward. They elevate the needs of man above the will of God. Society finds that intolerant and unfair. It is a consequence of sin, and even the church fails to accept that we are master of our own destiny since prosperity comes with obedience.

Jesus didn't come to be tolerant. Jesus is intolerant to be truthful. Although he has grace to forgive any sin, until one repents and trusts him, that grace is not forthcoming. The world's desire is that all shall enter the kingdom of heaven without regard to remorse and repentance. Since Jesus doesn't bow to the world, the world right this instant does not bow to him. Someday that will change when the world realizes how wrong it has been!
Romans 14:11 "For it is written: 'As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.'”
Those evil rulers we have will someday bow to God. All the clergy who deny the grace of Jesus; they too will bow. Even the PC Police and the elite will bow!

Until then, Satan is Prince of the Air, and ruler of the world. Because Jesus is unpopular, we will be persecuted. If you're not, perhaps you are unprincipled Christians because true Christians are zealots for God! Unfortunately, because of the PC Police, us zealots are not popular: we are "hateful" and "intolerant" because we believe that God's will be done, not the world's!

I am persecuted because I'm a zealot. It is subtle but even my career was  short-changed because of my belief. All that I have said and written has been and will be used against me. Because my beliefs are unpopular, political correctness stifles my opportunities.

When I was young I once wrote an off-color word in my freshman essay because the professor used foul language profusely. He wrote on my paper: "Say what you want but never write it because it becomes permanent." How true that was! My entire belief system has been displayed on all sorts of social media, and I know, it has been and will be used against me.

My warning for you, unless your career is over, is to be careful. What you write anywhere will be the case against you as persecution increases. My career wasn't ruined because of the times; yours may be! Limit your anger and dissension. You will pay the price for Christian beliefs. However, that is not all bad:
2 Corinthians 4:9 "Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed..."
Society will persecute you, but Jesus will never forsake you even as you're cast down. I'd rather be right with Jesus than wrong with the world. Jesus saves. The world can't!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Unborn: Just An Inconvenience

We see signs all the time - Abortion is Murder, yet even Christians minimize unborn children as a mere inconvenience. There are three concepts here which deserve mention. (1) The unborn are persons, (2) the destruction of persons is killing, and (3) the unborn are killed out of convenience.

Let us consider a most heinous king:
2 Kings 15:16 "Menahem attacked Tiphsah, all who were there, and its territory. Because they did not surrender, therefore he attacked it. All the women there who were with child he ripped open."
King Menahem was evil in the eyes of the Lord. He was guilty of the sin of Balaam. As he was suppressing this revolt at Tipshah, he destroyed the city, killed all its inhabitants, and purposely aborted all the pregnant women,. By doing that, Menahem even destroyed those with the potential of endangering him later on. Even this cruel king recognized the personhood of what Planned Parenthood now refers to as fetal tissue. Even Menahem made persons out of the unborn while Planned Parenthood and their supporters rob them of their personhood!

In this generation, even some Christian Americans are as brutal as the Christian Tsar Peter the First of Russia. While he never hesitated to decapitate those who said wrong things, even Peter's heart was civil enough to make abortion illegal in Russia - and this was in the early 1700s, long before the Age of Enlightenment - the time after which barbarians became civil and liberty for all became the rule. Our own government was founded by enlightened people as they rebelled for life, liberty, and the pursuit if happiness (The Declaration of Independence), but our justice system finds "life" repugnant, and a matter of inconvenience to those who are already alive. Roe v. Wade returned America to the Dark Ages as five crusty old Menahem's ripped millions of babies from the wombs of America's mothers!

What is the sin of Balaam which Menahem did? He brought ritual fornication into worship. He was a early day Nicolaitan whom God hates (Rev 2:6). Throughout the ages, sex has been brought into the church. What is the consequence of fornication? Pregnancy. With pregnancy comes a little inconvenience. What is to be done with the unborn who cause that inconvenience. Abortion - killing a developing human in the womb.

Zoom ahead to modern times - now. We are enlightened. Even fools know that fetuses are a mere stage of human development. The unborn person doesn't go from non-person to person with what I call the birth canal crawl - the time it takes to be born. They are a person all the while under different stages of development, yet Planned Parenthood and their supporters are still in the dark ages! (Read my commentary on "Miracles" at https://kentuckyherrin.blogspot.com/2014/01/on-miracles.html). They are the Menahem's of ancient days in modern times, as they rip babies from their wombs without remorse. Why? They are an inconvenience!

What are the inconveniences?  They are many. Here are a few:
  • "Women deserve the same sexual freedom that men have." This type of thinking is self-godhood at its worst. Women deserve no more than their own right to life - the same which they want to deny their own seed! Women weren't created for sexual intercourse but to multiply. Their biggest sin, I believe, was putting their own self above God - their own sexual gratification came before God's will. With that old time religion, women sacrificed their babies to Molech. They were the object of Balaam's sin. They were tools in evil men's hands, and are still tools for the gratification of men. Strangely, feminists allow themselves to become puppets in the hands of fornicators.
  • The pregnant woman is "too poor to raise a child." I write from experience; poor children are happy children given parental love.
  • "The career or education of the woman is ruined." A life is much more precious than a career, yet it is possible to be educated and pregnant, and to have a career at the same time. The government even gives financial aid to mothers-to-be in this predicament.
  • "The pregnancy may result from rape." My own relative was a product of rape, and both mother and baby did quite well! She was a very happy child and woman who has now passed on. Children think little of how they were conceived, but about their happiness being alive!
  • "One must save the mother's life." This is a lame excuse in these times. The goal is to save both lives, and without repressive laws, the mother's life historically always was of utmost importance. The goal must continue to be to save both lives.
  • "The baby may be born with deformities." This is most often used for Down's Syndrome babies, the most happy of the lot. As they desire to enjoy life, their life is just a little inconvenient. It is Hitlerian to destroy the less fit. Indeed, the heresy of survival of the fittest, is morally cruel, and is contrary to the doctrine of Jesus.
  • Then there are the pitiful excuse of "the mother's health." Courts have stretched that ill-defined condition to the extreme. Even one girl who got an abortion was to avoid the stress of not looking good in her bikini! Sure, a few women have problems during gestation, most of which are quite normal given the hormonal changes in their bodies. This excuse is just that. It's a matter of their inconvenience. They might get stressed out or throw up, among other things, but there are medicines available which can help.
The reader gets the idea. Happiness of a future child is not dependent on how poor they are, their abnormality, or their means of conception. Those are the excuses of society for legalizing barbarianism!

Now let us look at the evil empire - the Third Reich. They were the most cruel since Ghengis Khan. They used abortion as a means of controlling the births of undesirables: those people who were deemed unfit or unhealthy - mentally or physically. They aborted the babies of women of lesser races for population control. Indeed, their essential doctrine was survival of the fittest, and believing that only Aryans were fit.

Margaret Sanger was as Nazi as was Hitler himself. She propagated sexual freedom so that she could commit adultery in a safe manner in her open marriage. She also sought to control undesirables from being born through birth control and abortion - mostly the black race! This tramp of a woman who was most cruel in her methods, is the founder and idol of Planned Parenthood - the organization which "gases" pre-born infants that they consider to be mere "sub-human parasites." Unwanted babies are the "Jewish Problem" in post-Hitlerian days! Abortion is their "final solution". 

Almost the entire German population supported the Nazi cause. They are responsible for the deaths of millions by genocide. Abortion is modern-day genocide and the general public are the Nazis - even those Christians who stand idly by, and just sing a little louder, so as not to hear their conscience!

The point to this commentary is to reveal to those who have turned a deaf ear, the barbarity and inhumanity of abortion. God cannot be happy with his creation who destroys what he creates. God gifts people with children. They are the product of multiplication which is good. When we become as gods and make the decision who to let live or not, then we commit the ultimate sin. Like David, we can even murder to cover our sins.

There is a time for choice. In that, I am pro-choice. The time for that is when one makes the decision to have sex or not to have. Even the ignorant women are intelligent enough to understand that penetration may result in pregnancy! Careless women who choose abortion are testifying to their own ignorance at best, or irresponsibility. Heaven forbid that they have consequences for their own stupidity. Include men in that too! They are just as bad.

The cure for abortion is obedience. We are to live righteously for God. Of course, God is considered repressive to those Marxists who propagate abortion. Did I say that totalitarians use abortion for the good of the state? You women who think that you're independent are merely doing what the state wants you to do. The serpent deceives you time and time again!


Friday, August 11, 2017

Double-mind and Double-thought

James 1:8 (NKJV) "...he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.  4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded."
The double-minded are those who vacillate in their thinking. Because they are not firm in their thinking, they are unstable. On the other hand, double-think is holding two opposing ideas at the same time. with the former, ideas vary. With the latter, there is no variance. The thinker has no problem with holding conflicting beliefs.

An example of double-minded is alternating between belief in God and unbelief. An example of double-thinking is believing that God has prepared a place for us in heaven, but could not prepare for us a place on earth. In other words, even though He is God, he lacks godly powers. He can only create the unseen, and not the seen. The former is hypocritical, and the latter is Orwellian.

Our mind is a peculiar organ. It, and only it, considers the options and directs the entire body to do the most rational option. It is the control center for each person. The control centers abounding in the world communicate with each other, and each seek to control the other. I call this world's colliding!

Unfortunately, double-minded and double-thinking people disrupt the world. Double-minded people pick and choose doctrine to fit the occasion. Their Bible is multiple choice depending on their own desires. Double-thinking people are heretical. Truth is not absolute. God is God, and yet He is not! When it suits the purpose to have God, he is real, but when it's not convenient He is myth.

For those who are neither double-minded or double-thinking, God just IS. He IS truth, he IS the Beginning and the End, and He IS the Almighty. He IS the man who walked on water, and He IS the He who died for all our sins. He IS the one who was resurrected and resides in heaven. He IS the one who came back in Spirit and Comforts us. There is no wavering nor holding opposing thoughts. He IS the Creator and Savior!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hope

"Hope" implies uncertainty.

Let us say, for instance, that a management position exists. We know that it does because others have had that position. You were promised the job if you performed well, and the rating system validates that. There are no others in competition, so you expect that you will be promoted. Your expectation is hope. The truth is that the position exists, you qualify, you were promised the job, but yet it is not yours yet. Hope in this case is to cherish a desire with anticipation :  to want something to happen or be true. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

Let is focus on the second part of the definition. We want that the position be there when it is our time. We strongly believe that it will be, but what if management is lying about your opportunity? Then you have been deceived. You are offered the carrot, but the meat doesn't exist. You see, the management position is not tangible. It can just disappear in an instant. Believing management and the reality that the position will be there when you qualify is based on faith. Well, what is faith?

Faith is a firm belief in something for which there is no proof, or another definition belief and trust in and loyalty. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

I actually prefer God's definition of faith better:
Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
In a nutshell, faith is based in hope - a strong desire that we want something to be true. Faith is intangible since it cannot be seen. We must trust that what God promised is real. Heaven and hell must really exist to be saved, or there is nothing to be saved from, or a place to dwell safely in the afterlife.  Christians want eternal life. We can't stand the thought of ceasing to exist, or worse yet, going to a place of eternal torment. God says that both exist and we want to believe that - at least the heaven part! That premise is based entirely on God's Word. We can't see God, but yet we believe in his existence, and power to save. As such, salvation is a hope.  Paul called it that:
1 Thessalonians 5:8 "But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation."
Not only does God's Word have to be true but we must firmly believe it. Faith is a gift from God (Eph 2:8), and was given to each in a certain measure (Rom 12:3). Since the apostles had a little faith (Matt 8:26), and were saved, it doesn't take much.  Why blame God for having little faith since he is its source? Because Christians must work to make it grow. That is the work of faith (1 Thess 1:3). Salvation is a gift of God but it must mean enough to us to make it grow. If we don't, then we can lose faith. Here are some examples:
Colossians 1:23 (NKJV) "...if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.
1 Timothy 4:1 (NKJV) "Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons..."
1 Timothy 5:11 (NKJV) "But refuse the younger widows; for when they have begun to grow wanton against Christ, they desire to marry, 12  having condemnation because they have cast off their first faith.
1 Timothy 1:18 (NKJV) "This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19  having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck, 20 of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme."
In essence, Christians have only the hope of salvation for two reasons: (1) It is not yet attained being at the end of life, and (2) one comes to disbelief at the instigation and deception of Satan's representatives. Of course, the stronger one's faith is, the more assured they shall be saved. That strong faith is of one's own belief - God gave it and the recipient practices it.

Sola gratia is Latin for by grace alone. That is Calvinistic in doctrine. Salvation is available by grace alone, but to receive it takes faith. If one doesn't do the work of faith, Satan replaces it with doubt. Since only God has perfect faith, there remains some doubt in all of us. Even with Abraham's great faith, that left some room for doubt. Our hope of salvation depends on keeping the faith. Sure, we can doubt, but some faith must remain. Those who have no faith are reprobate, as Hymenaeus and Alexander surely found out. In short, we can commit apostasy, the sin of blasphemy, which those two did. They lost their hope. Although they once believed, they ceased to and fell into apostasy. They lost their faith, and their hope ceased.

It's not "hoping that we're saved" because until the end we are not. Specifically, Paul said that we are nearer our salvation than when we first believed (Rom 13:11). The way to obtain that salvation is to run the race (1 Cor 9;24) where it says that we are to run in a manner so as to obtain. Anyone who has ran in a race knows that to win, one must be serious. All run but few win the prize. Our hope is that we persevere until the end (Rev 3:10). The race we run is a hard course, but with God it is made possible. Satan shoots his barbs at the runners, but the runners must dodge them, Faith is how that's done. Our hope is that we miss all his barbs and finish the course. That is the hope of our salvation!

Admittedly, this is Arminian doctrine, but it is based on the word of God. Although I can't see how it is denied, Calvinists do. Am I right? I believe so. I have faith that God is true to His word. Of course, the easy route is Calvinism, but by faith we obey. If we cease to obey, then that's a display of little or no faith. Continuing in sin after once having been born again is akin to crucifying Jesus all over again (Heb 6:6).

Salvation isn't I hope so, but that I have confidence because of faith that I shall be.(Acts 2:21).