Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Critical Things John Lennox Missed

Thursday night I went over to Harvey Mudd College, one of the top science schools in the nation, to see something I thought was quite extraordinary. John Lennox, one of the preeminent Christian apologists ever, was appearing for a talk I think I saw titled, "Cosmic Chemistry." Hmm, was this a nifty challenge to the materialist worldview? Whatever the case, wow...

John Lennox right there to talk Christ with however many atheist humanist religionist progressive naturalist dogmatist collegians who would be there.

I arrived and managed to get a seat right in the middle of a lecture hall that sat about 300. By the time Lennox started the place was packed. Hmm. What's with that? Who were these people? I noticed many were older folks -- these lectures are open to the public. There were quite a few students, however, but I did see some were brought in by their professors. Oh these kids are smart, but I really don't think many of them have the intellectual sophistication to truly get the sublime meaning of any of this.

Lennox did his typical best at eviscerating the world view of those who think science answers everyone's questions about life. He paraded before us all the pithy quotes from renowned scientists summarily showcasing the idiocy so many simply refuse to be equipped to see.

He also did put in a good word for Christ, and he did do it reasonably well, as he always does. He pulled no punches in highlighting the superiority of the Christian faith. Some in the audience chafed at that -- "If Christ is superior then you must by default be dissing my faith! The gall!"

Everyone was still respectful, but I can't help but see this as yet another forum in which one faith is expressed as just one of many. I'm certain most just left without any real consideration of what they should do with their destiny. The student representative introducing the event shared the standard pap about "respecting other views" and all the other politically correct humanist-derived dreck that tries to keep people's hurt feelings at a simmer.

Why Lennox couldn't do more to articulate the reality and the power and the beauty of the absolute truth of Christ in Him and Him alone, is he badly missed two things that I really don't believe he has the capacity to see. Nothing against him as a speaker and an apologist, or even a genuine man of faith -- he is an exceptionally gifted spokesman for the Kingdom.

But still...

The first is that at the end he was asked one last question, one that is very typical: "Why is your religion better than the others?"

Lennox proceeded to tell us about all the other religions and how they are all about following this rule and that rule, and that your favor is dependent on merit. Well, huh, Christianity is not that way.

Thuh end.

Now I totally get why he shared this, this way. It is a typical strategy of the apologist who wants to get the nonbeliever the think seriously about the gospel. I get that.

But it is woefully deficient and leaves the listener with the idea that merit means nothing. That you're cool. That you really don't have to do anything to ultimately consider justice and your own part in violating it.

No. The truth is it is very much about merit. You must be morally perfect to enter God's Kingdom and live richly and fully and eternally. Yes, you must indeed merit His favor.

Oh but that is so ugly and mean and horribly intolerant!

Ergh. It is because people have such a benighted view of what this thing justice really is. Consider yet another incoherent view the humanist materialist has -- I don't like ugliness and meanness and intolerance. Well then, don't you then want to not be around those disfavored things when you're living your life? Aren't you being intolerant of the intolerant?

See, you can't escape the truth that merit and justice are two parts of the same principle. If you want justice you'd better be a part of having it around -- your merit to achieve it is unequivocally required.

Here's the truth about true Christianity: While you can never have enough merit to get to the place we want, Jesus Christ does. He's the one who did it for us. That was the whole purpose of what He did on Calvary. Because of His righteousness, yes, the beauty and wonder and joy of the Christian faith...

We now have merit.

Now I don't think Lennox is unaware of this important concept, I just think he dropped the ball here.

That second feature of really getting this audience to fully grasp the magnitude of Christ is, however, something I don't think Lennox really comprehends -- or maybe he does and he's just too Catholicist, just never really having a desire to even somewhat detail the -- yes -- merits of the authentic Christian faith beyond its magnificent counterfeit.

When Lennox splashes on the screen one inane statement after another made by secularly-minded scientists and shreds each one, does he understand who has already told those scientists to believe the stuff they emphatically blither to the masses? Does he know what "deep politics" forces are right now very proficiently filling the humanist materialist mind with this plap? Does he apprehend the identities of the people who are doing this are not only extraordinarily close to home but charged with that duty on behalf of the authorized ordained institution assigned the legitimate task of facilitating human sacrifice for the purpose of keeping an unjust and merciless populace in check?

How much more powerful would it have been for Lennox to use his excellent speaking ability to articulate these two truths, which would have gone miles further to get those in the audience to grasp the magnitude of what he was saying. I do believe Lennox said some amazing things. His talk was powerful. I was tremendously edified.

But I just wonder.

And pray...

Oh that there would be apocalyptic revival.
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Friday, September 20, 2019

When God Is The Stomach, or Gaia's Stomach I Guess

I haven't even had a chance to put in a modest blog post just to introduce my webzine's latest home page piece. Fall is a tremendously busy time for me professionally-- I don't even know how I put in anything in my web work at all. Definitely a God thing.

But I always hope to remark about something notable so this is worth your time. How about this folly?...

Today some large number of disled people went out of their way to screech loudly about climate change. At an intersection of a small college town near my home, a town filled with phenomenally disled people -- yeah, I should say here that I intend to say "dis-led," a more accurate form of misled, because these people are listening to, indeed led by the one who's endgame is their destruction -- anyway, at this intersection those people were all in on the folly. Holding up signs about how climate change is this and climate change is that.

Pure folly.

When someone says, "Protesting climate change..." (as it was verbatim in a New York Times headline), it is exactly the same as saying "Protesting sunshine." It is idiotic, yet people do it all the time because they've been browbeat by those mandarins assigned the job of destabilizing society by insisting gobs of value extraction must take place to fight something that simply can't be fought.

This isn't the place to get into it, there are lots of places where you can see the details. What I do want to share is how much I do feel for these people. They stumble about thinking they're doing something meaningful, but they're just being exploited, pounded like a drum. What makes it especially heinous is how much they are manipulating children in this effort. It is extraordinarily ugly -- children being pushed to ditch school and hit the streets for the cause, choking on the propaganda rammed down their throats.

Here's one of the main, main, main things about all of this. It is what makes watching this so painful, watching these people continue to slide into Hell at rocket speed. Oh, they're not totally oblivious to it. They know the law. They have no excuse. Certainly the law is good, even good for telling us that we should be taking care of God's creation, that's fine. I'm all for fine strong constraints on polluters.

But the law can never get us there. Never. These people stridently believe the problem is climate change and its crazed deniers, and that if we could just get the planet right we'll be really good.

No, the problem is the heart. The problem isn't something environmental out there. It is totally, fully, completely the environment of the soul. Where is it? How is it? It is the heart that is most polluted. When the body dies, even if it is from the worst radiation poisoning because of a gargantuan hole in the ozone layer, the soul will live on -- where?

I do want a nice planet. I do want it now, and for our children, and grandchildren. God does want us to take care of this place. But it'll only happen by those who love with His love, and because they have an eternal perspective with the understanding that God's sure judgment against the evil on the planet will eventually result in the utter destruction of the earth and the wholesale replacement with a fully new creation.

The Way to be there with Him at that time, even if it 10,000 years from now, is to be joyfully in the embrace of Jesus Christ.
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Thursday, August 08, 2019

The Disintegrating Social Landscape Part II

I came across this article, in The Federalist, a pretty good one, but there are dozens of these kinds of things popping up everywhere now. This one gets deep into the numbers, the larger numbers of those dying at the hands of destructive people all around.

The author gets into all the main reasons, and yes, the systematic demolition of strong social institutions is a decent one.

What he doesn't get into is the main main reason:

The World System uses people's sinfulness to enlarge its authority and they do so at the people's request so they can remain sinful.

Does that last statement mean anything to you? Can you see the riveting and quite sobering truth in it? Or do you just do like millions of entrenched Catholicists and shrug it off as fairy tale blithering, conspiracy inanity, or just mumbo-jumbo too difficult to comprehend?

I agree, I understand, if you are not prayerfully versed in Scripture to employ the spiritual intelligence necessary to grasp what is really going on, then please, I censure no one. World inhabitants benefit tremendously from the magnificent work Cain's legacy carries out. God set forth the Roman Catholic Church, the United States government, the Federal Reserve banking system, and all their licensed, contracted, incorporated subdivision entities, all perfectly legitimate and authoritative for better managing the evildoing of people who want to keep evildoing.

If you are one of those people, then what are you complaining about? Why are you screaming at someone else who is wantonly murdering people when the only answer the World offers is more murdering in response?

I do peek around a bit at Facebook every once in a while, and while I love every one of my friends there, some of them post the most idiotic things. One such post featured something along the lines of "If you want to stop the mass killings then be willing to fight to do it!" There was another one like "F***ing do something and it isn't praying and sending thoughts and insisting politicians refrain from politicizing after these things!"

Ahem. Then what is that thing? What precisely are you going to fight to do when, um, I kind of got the idea that you want to end the fighting?

They don't say. Yes they'll screech about all kinds of gun control and other fine-sounding humanist things, but they only amount to splendid virtue-signaling that keeps the Legacy churning out more and more imaginative ways to murder in the name of not murdering.

The only only only answer is Jesus Christ, and it isn't the fake Jesus most churches shove in your face to bleat their virtue-signaling. Please, you really don't have to trust what I say about Him, you can find out for yourself. But the simplest truth of all is this.

"Whoever has the Son has life, whoever does not have the Son does not have life."

Thuh end. There ya go. It can't get simpler than that. That's from John's first letter, by the way, fifth chapter.

In fact do you remember what Jesus said when people did something very similar to what everyone seems to be doing right now? Screeching and hollering and wailing about those deaths at the hands of crazed gunmen? People right there with Jesus, way back then even, said, essentially, "Hey Jesus, what about those people who had that building fall on them, killing them? What's with that? And what about those sacrificially murdered for the governor's pleasure. WHAT ABOUT THAT?"

Yeah, ouch. That is a tough one. What'd Jesus say about it? Now I took some liberties with the text, but again, please, you don't have to take my word for it. Look at the passage yourself, it is  at the beginning of the 13th chapter of Luke. Go ahead and see what Jesus said, right there.

Here's the essence of that, though. He told them, "Hey, everyone is guilty of sin that leads to death. No one is any more guilty than anyone else. That means you too. So make sure you turn from your own sinfulness, or it will be just as bad for you." In another context He said, "Don't fear those who may destroy the body, but fear the One who can destroy both your body and your soul."

That's the riveting and sobering reality that so, so many just can't see in all their plaintive moanings about lack of family and community and mentoring and parenting and all the rest of it. Please, family and community and mentoring and parenting are all good, but -- whupp, Jesus again -- He said if you so tightly grip all those things no matter how good and wholesome they are and your heart doesn't belong to Him, then you're no better. What is amazing is that He also said if you give them up and put 100% of your trust in Him, in return you'd get a hundred times those things. And not just in heaven some time, but right now.

Wow. That's in the tenth chapter of Mark, by the way.

Look.

Seek and find.

These web pieces are fine and quite informative, but I'm still looking for the ones that share those fundamental biblical truths, not about some ethereal theological confusion...

...but about life itself.

Or even better, about The One Who Is Life And Pours Life Out To Those Who Want It.
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Tuesday, August 06, 2019

The Disintegrating Social Landscape

Came across this brief article, just getting at what's what, but not at the real what's what. At least it is sincere and authentic. At least we can see what's really happening, especially in light of the ridiculous media coverage of responses to the most recent devastating mass shootings and the horrifically fractured political landscape that ravages the country.

But as usual this author has no answer.

"The U.S. should reexamine the foundations of its social policy."

Annnd... then what?

I've thought about blogging about so many things, but much of why I don't is because I am so busy. That I'm pounding out a few words now is quite a task. I don't put much here because I am so busy with things that God has given me to do to minister His Kingdom into the lives of others. I'm a husband, a father, a grandfather, a son with a father who has advanced dementia, a teacher, a coach, a minister, a congregant, and even a high school football game announcer. Not trying to boast about any magnanimity, I'm just talking about the breadth of what it takes to invest what God gives to someone to love others with His love, that's all. Anyone can do it -- He's always asking people to do it, and while it takes time it really isn't that hard.

I'd blog and add to my webzine all the time if I wasn't so engaged in those things, and please, don't get me wrong, I believe my writing web ministry is important.

But whether or not I do this or not doesn't seem to matter to people who by the hundreds of millions are naked, angry, and alone, and no matter how much they cry about it simply choose to remain that way.

What is the answer? The author of that piece I referenced says what so many others futilely say. "Let's have a different social policy, come on."

Errgh.

The answer is spiritual, and it always has been. And just as much it has always been the case when you say, "Hmm, maybe the devil has a mighty grip on your soul and you should do something about it," you get, "Hmm, maybe you better take your puritanically Neanderthal ideas and get outta here."

Okay, you can say that, you're free to do so.

But you're still naked, angry, and alone because you've allowed the devil to grip your soul.

All that stuff about mental illness and addictive proclivities and communitarian disorder? All of it is from Hell. So many have been seduced into believing the problem is purely physiological -- well there may be elements that are but it still starts with the devil. They believe the problem is something science can answer -- well David Hume may be the lord and savior of a lot of humanists, but still, all that destructive stuff is there because people are letting the devil make it that way. Until we get serious about treating it as such and asking the God of the universe come in human form in the Person of Jesus Christ to take out the devil -- please know He is the only one who can -- we will continue to see this crap happen, indeed risk being victims of it.

You can go to Cain and his Grand Agency of Making Things Look Good with all the social policy recommendations you want, and he'll just humor you and perhaps even devise a spiffy looking treatment program or community bonding activity of some kind, but you'll only be asking him to tenderize you as yet another slap of meat to throw on the altar of human sacrifice. You'll still be in freefall heading for a hard splat in the bowels of Hell. Really, as I think about it, I really really can't see how anyone who actually looks can't actually see that truth by reading about what happened in Seattle.

Yet the millions who are naked, angry, and alone still remain naked, angry, and alone -- and blind.
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Saturday, July 06, 2019

God Still Judges Nations

At one time many millennia ago, Babylon ruled the world, by divine decree. Eventually God brought His judgment against it, and Persia-Media took over for a while. God took them out and the rulers of evil became Greece-Macedonia. Rome soon followed. Eventually Cain's legacy became the blend of Anglicanist power known now as the United Kingdom-United States. This indeed is its present manifestation. Check out the second chapter of the book of Daniel for more -- it is all right there.

Think globalism is a newish phenomenon? Nah. It's been around since Babylon started. All the other great nation-states bonking against one another are merely pawns in the game. If they crack heads with Cain's seven-fold strength, the global hegemony is well-tuned. Once they weaken they are discarded like the flimsiest chafe. They may also rebel, and in that case they are pulverized into oblivion. So, so many once proudly regal potentates are long, long forgotten.

Sadly, such will be the case with the United States.

Yesterday the more patriotically minded roared with approval the display of Americanist machismo at Washington's mall, what with Donald Trump's stirring speech and military adornment everywhere including a fine array of stalwart weaponry including a few boffo army tanks. Many are convinced he'll get re-elected in 2020, but his reign will do nothing to stop the surging wrath of God against a nation who simply has no idea who He really is.

Many believe it is the folly of the Democrat party candidates, being revealed at break-neck speed in speeches, debates, interviews, and rallies. And please, don't get me wrong, it is the greatest folly -- a perfectly understandable reason for praying folk to be on their knees asking God to tarry.

A while back one candidate, midsize city mayor Pete Buttigieg, had a town hall campaign event in which many in the crowd openly reviled him for not doing more to stop a white police officer from shooting a black man in his city. If Mr. Buttigieg had a modicum of a sense of what justice really is about, he'd have confidently said something like this:

"Excuse me but the issue was whether or not an individual was breaking the law, threatening the safety and security of citizens in South Bend. If a given individual did something deserving of such an action by the police in the name of protecting the people, then I am 100% behind it. The police are there to serve you, and keep criminals from threatening you. There is this assumption the action was because of racism. If it was, then I will be the first to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice. But I also want to make sure our community is safe from anyone, black, white, brown -- it doesn't matter -- who would compromise that."

Now, did he say that? I don't know. All I know is that he seemed to be flummoxed and responded pitifully, even declaring in the nationally televised debate a couple weeks later, that he messed it up. He admitted something along the lines of not handling it well.

What? What kind of leader is this guy? I know. First he's allowed sodomism to take over his entire life, being "married" to another man. Those who do this lose a conception of what is right and wrong because if it is accepted that marriage may be between anyone but one committed adult male and one committed adult female, then marriage means nothing at all. And if marriage means nothing at all, then nothing means anything. We are all merely dust swirling about blown by the winds of the autocratic Zeitgeist media. Mr. Buttigieg is one such individual.

How about Kamala Harris, who is now surging at the Democrat polling leaders because she looks like a no-holds bad-ass -- hey, a Democrat version of Donald Trump! -- and she's a woman of color! She really is being given the most attention for those reasons, even though every time she opens her mouth she reveals she knows very little.

Thing is, the only criticism of her I have ever seen is that as California's Attorney General she was very strict about enforcing the state's truancy laws, really putting the screws on parents and their children about attending school.

Excuse me? That's the thing about which you are most critical? That?

Forgive me, but that is the one thing she should be doing, the things for which she should be commended. Enforcing the law. Otherwise she's getting gobs of plaudits for endorsing every ungodly public policy initiative on the planet. As it is she'll have to find ways to apologize for making sure kids are in school but then spout about how much more loving and caring government needs to be, especially when it comes to handing American's hard-earned dollars to millions who do nothing but have their hands out.

Then there's Joe Biden, justifiably shredded a new aye-hole just about every time he opens his mouth. One of the most loudly repeated criticisms -- much of it from Kamala Harris -- was his refusal to support busing in the 1970s. Remember busing? The idea that people should be forced to put their kids in less quality schools just to even things out, you know, all white people being racist and all.

Again, this is the one thing he should not be called on. The idea of busing is abominable, and yet if you were or are against it, well, you're just the worst racist troglodyte. And yet, hmm, we must have a loving caring government. We must make sure government makes everything equal for everybody no matter how much expropriation of people's incomes or moral propriety there is.

All of what is being proposed by the Democrats is just more and more of the most vicious human sacrifice. It is precisely what Romanist World Operatives are dutifully charged with facilitating for the purpose of having splendidly noble knights of democracy pretend to valiantly rectify.

Donald Trump is no different. He is all bluster. He does very little to restore any kind of meaningful moral integrity to the country, even though he spouts about some of those things sometimes. Doesn't matter, they are all given over to Cain's human sacrifice machine. It is indeed why God's wrath will be manifest, sometime. Yet He does tarry.

Why?

It is merely because He still loves. He still sees so many sheep without a Shepherd.

Thing is, where are the shepherds doing the work of The Shepherd?

Sadly, so many are just obligated to the state-church system tied to Cain.

So yeah, it is just a matter of time. I'm always praying for apocalyptic revival, that people would be thoroughly blown away by God as the One Who Loves With His Life.

Otherwise...

"I have a message from God in my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked. There is no fear of God before their eyes. In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin. The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful, they fail to act wisely or do good..." These words are from the 36th Psalm.

"The end of all things is near. Therefore, be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins... If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen." These words are from Peter's first letter.
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