Friday, November 25, 2016

Oh But God Sees And Will Act

"The sinner sees little cause for alarm and fails to apprehend his imperative need of promptly accepting Christ as his Saviour. He imagines himself secure. He goes on in his sin, and because judgment against an evil work is not executed speedily he increases in his boldness against God. But God's ways are different to ours. There is no need for God to be in a hurry - all eternity is at His disposal. He is in no haste to execute judgment because He knows the sinner, cannot escape Him. It is impossible to flee out of His dominions! In due time every transgression and disobedience shall receive "a just recompense of reward."
~ Arthur Pink, "The Wrath of God"

Anti-Principles Principle

There is a spiritual war waging right now, more blatant than ever, but is being played out in our society by attacking values and principles.

Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper,” Clinton argued. “Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”


Bank of America, not happy enough to have your money, is pushing the same anti-principles principle:
"Love Has No Labels successfully launched in 2015 encouraging audiences to examine their implicit biases—ones most people don’t realize they have—in order to promote acceptance of all people. We signed on to this campaign to demonstrate a commitment to fostering inclusivity for employees. We look forward to integrating Love Has No Labels into several of our upcoming employee and community events in 2016, starting with Pride Month in June." This is headed up by BofA's "Chief Diversity and Inclusion officer."


That they have such a useless and made up position with nothing but cultural realigning as it's objective is telling. That BofA also echoes Hillary's demand for changing values in order to get a behavior (sin) accepted , so blatantly is wrong. After all, they don't demand this of Muslims, do they? They don't demand this of themselves, do they (the reaction to Trump winning the presidential election is telling)? The only ones demanded to compromise are those with a different set of values.

Moreover, the God of Scripture, who is the God of Truth, has defined what love is and is not. After all, He is so characterized by true love, that His the God of love. He says:

1Cor. 13: 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

2Thes. 2: 10 and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

Heb 5:14  But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice  to distinguish  good from evil. 

1Jo 1:6  If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 


1Jo 2:4  Whoever says "I know him" but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,

Mar 7:20  And he said, "What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21  For from within, out
of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 
coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.23 All these evil things
come from within, and they defile a person."

Isa 45:19  I did not speak in secret, in a land of darkness; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob,
'Seek me in vain.' I the LORD speak the truth; I declare what is right.

Joh 8:31  So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you abide in my word, you are
truly my disciples, 32  and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

1Jo 2:21  I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it , and
because no lie is of the truth

Then there is the "Frankenstein" commercial by Apple pushing "accept everyone who's not like you":

"The neck bolts as sockets for Christmas lights are just one of the strangely magical elements here. In fact, the whole setup is discordant—this isn't even Frankenstein's holiday—but that actually helps to build the sense of "otherness" that the spot is trying, at the end, to dispel.
It's beautifully shot, and the details are great—like the framed photo of Mary Shelley in Frankie's home. And the end line, "Open your heart to everyone," will be read far and wide as a plea for acceptance in a political climate where the core of that message is in dispute."
Again, where's the open heart speach to Muslims? To Hillary Clinton supporters? To the mainstream media? Ah yes, only the "deplorables" (that is, those who have an opposite worldview than the liberals) are called to compromise (presuming quite a lot about the hearts, values, and motives (not to mention lie about) of said deplorables). Who after all, has been rioting for a year now? Not law-abiding, hard working people like biblical Christians (who ,by the way, call upon Scripture's command to obey our government (unless it tells us to sin against God), to honor and pray for our leaders, and to work for an honest day's wage in order to take care of one's own family, and to have integrity in one's life).
Then there's Amazon's preaching:

"The ad features a priest and imam having a pleasant conversation over tea. As the the imam prepares to leave, both men remark at their sore knees, share a hug, and part ways. Afterward, they both take out their smartphones and buy the other knee braces through Amazon Prime.Amazon finds common ground between a priest and imam.
Amazon this week released an ad that appears to be a response to the 2016 presidential campaign.
While the ad is designed to promote the company’s Amazon Prime membership, its theme suggest it’s trying to achieve far more than additional Prime memberships. The ad features a priest and imam having a pleasant conversation over tea. As the the imam prepares to leave, both men remark at their sore knees, share a hug, and part ways. Afterward, they both take out their smartphones and buy the other knee braces through Amazon Prime. The ad ends with both the priest and the imam kneeling to pray while wearing the knee braces they received from the other via Amazon Prime."
This after the Orlanda jihad of a homosexual night club. This after countless jihads both foreign and domestic. What is ironic is that Islam can't nor is willing to coexist with the West, much less any non-Muslim religion. CAIR (and unidicted co-conspirator with terrorists), is working to get ignoramuses in the US and the West to think Islam is just a harmless religion like Roman Catholicism, which is a downright lie. Anyone who has read the quran, the hadith, and the history of Muhammad (this is a good short article on these things), as well as have been on top of the constant jihads worldwide, knows that this political religion is one of slaughter, not of peace. To be sure, both Roman Catholics and Muslims do indeed bow and worship the same god--the one who temporarily is at work in this world, that is, the devil--but not the true, Triune God of Scripture.

These blatant pushes for acceptance are ironic and really quite hypocritical because it's the same liberals who don't accept those with a diametrically opposing worldview, those who voted for Trump or Bush, those who are against abortion, those who are against Islam, and those who believe and obey the Bible openly and consistently. Such liberals are not just in our society at large but are part of American Evangelicalism specifically. While their hostility is merely a tad more veiled, it is there nonetheless. These are the liberals who constantly tell us to stop pushing our principles and beliefs and the Bible down their throats, yet they think they're entitled to do it themselves.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Designs of Our Gracious Heavenly Father

"One of the principal designs of our gracious heavenly Father in the ordering of our path, in the appointing of our testings and trials, in the discipline of His love, is to bring us to the end of ourselves, to show us our own powerlessness, to teach us to have no confidence in the flesh, that His strength may be made perfect in our conscious and realized weakness."
~ Arthur Pink, "Gleanings in Genesis"

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Gratitude

Singing

Many of you sang very prettily just now, didn't you? I wonder whether you would sing very prettily, if there were a stake or two in Smithfield for all of you who dared to do it? If you sang under pain and penalty, that would show your heart to be in your song. We can all sing very nicely indeed when every body else sings. It is the easiest thing in the world to open your mouth, and let the words come out; but when the devil puts his hand over your mouth, can you sing then? Can you say, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him?" That is hearty singing; that is real song that springs up in the night. The nightingale singeth most sweetly because she singeth in the night.

~ CH Spurgeon Songs in the Night


One of the best quotes I've ever read by Spurgeon and it's extremely applicable more now than ever. Nearly all but the Remnant won't even stand for biblical Truth in these easy circumstances, much less sing truth to the King of kings and find joy in Him regardless of circumstances.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Don't Want A Constitutional Republic Electoral College? Here's why that's a dangerous idea

"I hope everyone who wanted to end the electoral college now understands why a direct vote for president is not a Republican government feature and is not in our best interest for true representation. The electoral college allows true representation across a broad and vast environment. Just look at this map and you will see that a direct vote would steal representation from most of the country and give it only to big cities and in only high populated areas. We can never abandon the electoral college and by doing so would eliminate the Republic and instill a direct true democracy which history has showed [sic]to us always exhauts [sic], commits suicide and dies. As it is now, trump [sic] lost the popular vote but won the electoral college. He would have lost in a direct election and 3/4 s of the country would not have been heard or represented." ~ Frank (Thomas Jefferson FB page)


Swallowed up in a worldly church!


(James Smith, "Man's Treatment of Gods People" 1859)

"If the world hates you—keep in mind that it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world—it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world—but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you!" John 15:18-19 

Such is the testimony of the Lord Jesus. 

Real Christians have never been favorites of the world—and while it continues what it is, they never can be. 

Nor can the pure and simple gospel be pleasant to the world, because it lays the sinner in the dust, and exalts God as supreme and sovereign. Let us not be surprised then, if we hear worldlings speak against the gospel, and traduce the Lord's people; for what the Romans told Paul, is in a good measure true in the present day, "For concerning this 'sect', we are aware that it is spoken against everywhere!" Acts 28:22

This 'sect' originated with Jesus, the hated Nazarene, who came into the world for its good, and to save His people from their sins. He gathered around Him many—but they were principally the poor and unlearned. There was nothing in them, or about them, to recommend them to the proud and sensual world. 
They were begotten of God, and made new creatures in Christ. 
They embraced the truth that He taught. 
They observed the precepts that He gave.
They copied the example that He set.

Their creed consisted pretty much in these facts: 
that man is a lost sinner, 
that salvation by works is impossible, and therefore it must be all of grace—or not at all; 
that the Lord Jesus came into the world to take the sinner's place, fulfill the law in the sinner's stead, and die as the sinner's substitute.

By such hopes, they were animated, 
by such rules, they walked, and 
at such objects, they aimed.

And yet, they were spoken against and despised, because they poured contempt on the luxuries, pride, and honors of this world. They were treated as the offscouring of all things, unfit for society, unfit to live. 

"Do not be surprised, my brothers—if the world hates you!" 1 John 3:13

And yet, like Israel in Egypt, the more they were persecuted, the more they multiplied and grew; until at length they spread not only over the Roman empire—but nearly over the world. And, had they retained . . .

  the simplicity of their lives,
  the spirituality of their minds, and
  the correctness of their creed—
they would no doubt have encircled the globe!


But at length they were . . . 
  courted by royalty,
  loaded with wealth, 
  became intoxicated with worldly honors,
and then their glory departed!


They drank into the spirit of the world, 
conformed to its maxims and customs, 
sought its approbation and applause—and 
so fell from their exalted station, and lost their real dignity. The 'sect' 
that had been spoken against everywhere, with the exception of a few—was swallowed up in a worldly church!  

There are still some, who, like the ancient sect of the Nazarenes, are spoken against everywhere. They will not swim with the stream. They will not compromise their Master's honor, or give up their Master's truth. According to the light they have—they walk; and they rejoice to exalt the Savior, humble the sinner, and proclaim salvation, all of grace. They rejoice that they are counted worthy to suffer shame, for His dear name.

Reader! Do you belong to this sect? Is there anything in your religion that is distasteful to the world, anything that draws forth its opposition, or excites its contempt? The carnal mind is still enmity against God, and if we are godlike—that enmity will manifest itself against us!

If we copy Christ's example, as set before us in the gospel; if we testify against the world, that its works are evil, and call upon it to repent, as Christ did—we shall soon be hated by the world!

Encourgement

(J. C. Philpot, "Faith's Standing-Ground" 1862)

"And everyone will hate you because of your
 allegiance to Me." Luke 21:17

Professors of religion have always been the 
deadliest enemies of the children of God. 

Who were so opposed to the blessed Lord as the 
Scribes and Pharisees? It was the religious teachers 
and leaders who crucified the Lord of glory!

And so in every age the religionists of the day 
have been the hottest and bitterest persecutors 
of the Church of Christ. 

Nor is the case altered now. The more the children 
of God are firm in the truth, the more they enjoy its
power, the more they live under its influence, and
the more tenderly and conscientiously they walk in
godly fear, the more will the professing generation 
of the day hate them with a deadly hatred. 

Encouragement

Spurgeon, "INDEPENDENCE OF CHRISTIANITY"
To be pampered, flattered, and applauded by men,
is a poor, base thing, that is not worth having.

To be despised, to be spit upon, to be caricatured, and to
be jeered, is the highest honor that a Christian can have.

Monday, November 14, 2016

To Recap


Now that has been relegated to the dustbin of political history, the list on the right is just a stunning lesson in hubris.

Oh the hypocrisy and lies of Hillary and the Lefties. Be sure your sins will find you out.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thanks Famous Christian! Eld Stetzer Slams White Evangelicals & Calls For Racism

Old Ed Stetzer, the Emergent Church Movement leader cum TBN host and Life Way guru has some deep, biblical, and non-racist wisdom and insight for us. I'm so glad famous Christians can tell us how to think, believe, and act. I mean, their standard is so much higher than.....Scripture's. Here's what he said in his piece, "What Do White Evangelicals Owe People of Color in Trump’s America They Helped Create?"
As such, let me share six ways that White Evangelicals, among others, can respond.
First, if you’ve never spoken up about some of the offensive things that Trump has said, this would be a good time to apologize for that.
Second, if you are in ministry leadership, affirm (or begin) a commitment to developing a multicultural approach that more intentionally elevates people of color.
Third, we must all speak for—and sometimes even join—those who are marginalized.
          Fourth, we must embrace the refugee, the immigrant, and people on the move.
Fifth, we must speak up and quickly condemn any and all racist comments flowing out of this election.
Sixth, we must elevate non-Anglo evangelicals.

          ~Excerpts, Ed Stetzer, "Christianity" Today

You could not get more fleshly, more earthly, more unspiritual than that. Placing guilt upon a whole people that are not proven to be guilty is not only unjust, it is slanderous. To apologize for another man's sin is also wrong. To elevate anyone based on race is itself, racist. After admonishing racism among white Evangelicals, he turns around and pushes racism. Twice. 
Scripture, on the other hand deals with such fleshly, temporal, and divisiveness:
2Co 5:16  Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.

Joh 6:63  "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. 
Php 3:4  although I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more 
Php 3:5  circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; 
Php 3:6  as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless. 
Php 3:7  But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 
Php 3:8  More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, 
Php 3:9  and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 

Eph 2:11  Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called "Uncircumcision" by the so-called "Circumcision," which is performed in the flesh by human hands--
Eph 2:12  remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 
Eph 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 
Eph 2:14  For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 
Eph 2:15  by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 
Eph 2:16  and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity
Eph 2:17  AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR; 
Eph 2:18  for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. 
Eph 2:19  So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, 

And how does Scripture describe such wisdom as that of Stetzer and those puppeting the same liberal, racist, socialist nonsense?

Jas 3:12  Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh. 
Jas 3:13  Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. 
Jas 3:14  But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. 
Jas 3:15  This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 
Jas 3:16  For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. 
Jas 3:17  But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. 
Jas 3:18  And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.