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Almost 100 years later, and the Bible is still on trial: Desiring God has a rather nice article about the Scopes trial, which in 1925 loudly signaled the scientific and cultural assault on the Bible in America.

The Bible remains on trial. In 1925, the attacks on the Bible came from the hard sciences. Those attacks remain. Today, however, additional attacks come from the social sciences... Does an ancient book, the Bible, still have authority? That was the question one hundred years ago, and it remains the question today.

March 31, 2021

The charity and concern of the Catholic church: Ah, the warmth and love of the heretical "church" of Rome. Pregnant woman gets scolded by her pastor in the middle of Mass, removed and ticketed by police, and harassed by an usher who wants her "banned" from the church. Her offense? Not wearing a mask, of course. Which the bishops expects his flock to wear "out of charity and concern for others." Mm-hmm.

March 30, 2021

Sheep at the zoo: Took the family to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo yesterday, where masks are completely optional in outdoor areas. My anecdotal conclusion from walking around there for 5+ hours? At least 90% of adults (and more than half the kids) were voluntarily wearing masks outside. The sheeple definitely outnumbered the zoo animals.

Think, people! The viral load in outdoor areas is statistically as close to zero as you can get. It's virtually impossible to transmit an airborne virus under breezy outdoor conditions, unless you find some infected person and give them a long, passionate French kiss. Combine that with the absurdly high survival rate of COVID and it's pretty obvious that most people are being driven by social media, public shaming, and fear mongering rather than rational thought.

March 26, 2021

The basic problem is disobedience. The Life Application Study Bible has a great note on 1 Samuel 8:5,6 that says in part:

The people clamored for a king, thinking that a new system of government would bring about a change in the nation. But because their basic problem was disobedience to God, their other problems would only continue under the new administration... Had the Israelites submitted to God's leadership, they would have thrived beyond their expectations.

An earlier note says:

They wanted to run the nation through human strength, even though only God's strength could make them flourish in the hostile land of Canaan.

The time of 1 Samuel definitely speaks to our time, especially to us as Christians. Many Christians "clamor for... a new system of government" to change the nation. And many try to play the same game as unbelievers, which is to "run the nation through human strength." While we need godly leaders and government, yes, the fundamental issue is disobedience to God. Are we in the church actually obeying God? And, further, are we preaching and calling the world to obey? Most "evangelical" efforts in America go no further than the "you need a personal relationship with Jesus" and "pray this magic prayer to go to heaven someday" variety.

Jesus is Savior, yes! But he is first and foremost Lord. He commands obedience. Do we give it? Do we call others to it? Do we speak prophetically to our leaders to exhort them to obey?

March 22, 2021

On deserving death: Allegedly, Twitter recently banned someone for saying "sinners deserve death." In a related thread, one person commented in the typically incoherent fashion of modern American Christianity:

If they repent and accept Jesus as their savior, they will have eternal life.Sinners don’t deserve to die.We are all sinners.That’s what the Bible teach us.The wages of sin is death.Everyone is going to die.But after death we are going to be judged by our actions here on earth. [sic]

So, sinners don't deserve to die because... everyone is going to die? But the wages of sin is death? This nonsensical argument illustrates a fundamental flaw in today's Christianity: we don't want to face the fact that God is holy, and when we sin against God's righteous standards, that deserves death. Even the smallest sin is a sin against an infinite God, and is thus deserving of infinite punishment such as eternal burning in Hell. The woman in this thread rightly quoted the Bible as saying, "The wages of sin is death." But what are wages if not something earned — that is, deserved?

No. Sinners do deserve death, a thousand times over every day. Just one of those sins is enough to earn each of us a place in Hell forever. We must speak this plainly and clearly, because it is one of the most straightforward ways to point our neighbors to the fundamental and unavoidable need for Jesus to cleanse us, set us apart, and give us eternal life as only He can.

March 22, 2021

Banking for me, not for thee: Congress is taking another stab at the so-called "SAFE Banking Act" to "grant legal marijuana businesses access to financial services." Meanwhile, you'll notice that Congress doesn't seem to care one whit about banks becoming increasingly Woke and denying banking services to companies they don't like such as Gab and Covfefe. Gab leaves a bad taste in my mouth with the CEO's "Shut up, idiots! Jesus is King!" brand of macho-Christian posturing, and I've never tried Covfefe. But something tells me Congress will remain far more interested in protecting banking (and taxation) for weed than for Christian and/or pro-Trump businesses.

March 20, 2021

There's a reason for getting up every morning:

... the joy of following Christ: the thrill, the excitement, the exhilaration – knowing where I've come from, why I'm here, where I'm going! There's a reason for existence. There's a reason for getting up every morning of the year. (Billy Graham, Day by Day with Billy Graham, March 17)

March 18, 2021

Happy anniversary! Today is day 365 of the "15 days to slow the spread" in America. Didn't work out too well, did it? Of course not. Not because of anything to do with the virus, but everything to do with the nature of sinful man in power. After governors, mayors, and public health officials realized they could scare people into doing irrational, unscientific, and degrading things like wearing masks and social distancing, do you think they'd just give it up after 15 (or 365) days? That's not how fallen men and women operate, especially the majority in power today who don't believe God exists or that he will hold them accountable for the offices they hold.

This is the slippery slope people like myself were warning about a year ago. You give government figures "emergency" powers, and they'll keep finding new emergencies (or new facets of a previous emergency) to justify all sorts of intrusions and abuses. It's been 19 years since the "Shoe Bomber" incident, and you still have to take off your shoes at the airport in America. You think "public health requirements," which allow governments to intrude into even wider swaths of everyday life, will go away much faster?

March 16, 2021

Don't get it backwards: Pastor White forwarded on a quote from Martyn Lloyd-Jones that definitely speaks to our day:

It’s not unspiritual to be logical. The Christian is not a man who lives on his feelings—he’s essentially a man who grasps truth and knows how to reason from it.

There's significant depth here that is essential, but easily missed if you don't pause and think. The Christian grasps truth, which implies that truth exists, it's objective, and it's within reach of human understanding. Indeed, we find it revealed by God in countless ways, not least of which are His laws written on our hearts and written in our Bibles. Further, the proper way for a Christian to live is to grasp the truth and then reason from it.

American society gets this completely backwards today, preferring to reason upward and outward from man's feelings and emotions, rather than reasoning downward from God's revelation back into our individual and collective lives. The proper Christian life is to grasp the truth revealed by God, and then use it to shape our thoughts and emotions and morality and actions. We must also exhort others to do the same. This is the exact opposite of Wokeness and "living your truth," both of which can only lead to sin and destruction.

March 16, 2021

Time for Christian parents to "Go Galt." I'm not an Objectivist anymore, but it's time for Christians to "Go Galt," especially those of us who are parents. Your favorite superheroes have been ruined (Spider-Man will soon be bisexual; Batwoman is a lesbian; and The Flash has been a hotbed of LGBT propaganda for some time). Taylor Swift's bubble-gum pop music has been used as a vehicle to promote the Equality Act. SpongeBob is gay. The Disney Channel features a 14-year-old bisexual girl to serve as a role model for your teenage kids. And on it goes.

"Going Galt" means shrugging off unearned guilt, refusing to support your own destroyers, refusing to give them what Ayn Rand termed "the sanction of the victim." (source)

I can't agree with the ghost of Ayn Rand on most things these days, especially as a Christian. But when it comes to the sexual revolution and the culture of death sinking its claws into our society and our children, I'm with her. We must shrug off the guilt and refuse to support our destroyers.

March 8, 2021

More from the People's Republic of Canada: "Ontario Superior Court Justice George W. King denied a Windsor man interim custody of his kids because [of] the man's fervent anti-masking beliefs." (source) This from the country that releases a repeat-offender child rapist, while simultaneously jailing a pastor without bail for two-plus months for the heinous crime of holding church services. Canada's understanding of "public safety" is remarkably perverse.

March 7, 2021

Held hostage: A regional government in Ontario says if your child is sent home from school for something related to COVID-19, you must isolate them in a separate bedroom and force them to eat in a separate room for 14 days. Crazily enough, there are parents who are actually doing this, even going on social media to lament "the sound of my 10 year old crying while I sit on the other side of the door" and "my 7yo ... keeps msging me on FB messenger 'mommy, I'm lonely'." Not only is this terrible parenting, it openly rebels against God's model for how to deal with infectious disease (i.e. quarantine the sick, not the healthy) in favor of man's defective tactics for "slowing the spread" of COVID-19.

March 6, 2021

You can't know justice without the Lord: The Bible has a wide and deep body of statements on what wisdom is, why you want it, where it comes from, and how to get it. Proverbs 2 gives a beautiful snapshot of all these things, and lands on the unavoidable conclusion: you can't know righteousness, justice, or wise ways to live until you cry out with a desperate hunger from your soul (v.3). Then, and only then, will you "discern righteousness and justice and equity and every good course" (v.9). You must fear the Lord (v.5) and get wisdom from Him (v.6). Saying perverse things (v.12), walking in darkness (v.13), enjoying evil and celebrating perversion (v.14) -- these are the marks of man-centered worldviews that lead down to death (vv.18-19).

March 3, 2021

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