Welcome to the November blog. History was made this month. Now we shall see whether this nation, or any nation, so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure….And whether the honored dead (our deceased veterans) shall have died in vain…and whether this government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth. (Thanks, AL)
Touching heaven while standing on the earth
Ministers are called upon to do just that—be spiritual without forsaking the element of practicality. The OT priests may have operated with their heads in the glory cloud at times, but their feet were always touching earth. As mortal men, we are of the earth, earthy. As spiritual men, we are children of a heavenly Father, in touch with things eternal.
As New Testament priests/ministers, we represent God to men, and as mortals we bring men to God. Until the Rapture we are bonded to the earth and are required to deal with earthly matters—like voting and standing up for righteousness and the Christian faith in the face of tyrannical governments. Just because we are Christians and our ministries and churches are tax exempt doesn’t mean we must disconnect ourselves from all aspects of governmental involvement.
The best thing we can do in response to the election is pray. Pray not only for the President but for the members of Congress to see not only the “fiscal cliff” ahead and avoid it, but to recognize the rapid erosion of the American family that is making us vulnerable to forces never before strongly felt in our nation. The most basic institution of our Republic has been the family. Now more states have opted for redefining the meaning of marriage. Wrong-headed policies like the legalization of marijuana (so usage won’t be considered a crime) will only increase crime and further the destruction of youth and the family.
It is time to really get serious about II Chronicles 7:14!
I’m tired too, Bill
There is an Internet essay floating around titled “I Am Tired,” purportedly authored by Bill Cosby. That attribution may be incorrect, but what was said could have been truthfully expressed by a million other citizens.
As I read it, I confessed to myself that while I am refreshed in my soul, some things make me feel tired too!
I am tired of politicians’ lies. It is traditional to fabricate self-serving data, I know, but where are those men with integrity who will both subscribe to Christian ethics and yet are willing to serve in the public sector?
I am tired of seeing America, which has been the hope of much of the world for the last hundred years, continue to slide into disrespect around the world, with our president bowing to foreign kings, and apologies made to the rest of the world for our exceptionalism and successes.
I am tired of paying for food stamps being given to 48 million Americans. Help for the indigent is magnanimous, but many recipients are not “poor,” just leeches. Instead of asking people to accept stamps, we should be seeking means to enable them to get off the government dole.
I am tired of tolerance being imposed on Christians while atheists, Muslims and the New Black Panthers get a pass from the DOJ.
I am tired of terrorist attacks like that at Ft. Hood, TX by a murderous Muslim extremist shouting “Allah akbar!” being labeled as “workplace violence.”
I am tired of entertainers popularizing drug use, overpaid basketball players snorting coke, wealthy scions and street gangs shooting heroin, and teens in the hood smoking weed—with all the consequences falling on the heads of law-abiding citizens. SHAME on all drug abusers! We pay billions in tax dollars to fight the war on drugs and to keep our children and ourselves from becoming victims of crime perpetrated by drug abusers. Don’t blame the Mexican cartels, they are only accommodating the above mentioned groups. Place the blame where it belongs.
I am tired of virtually all drug and alcohol addiction being labeled as “disease.” Call addiction what it really is—poor choices. They are not sick as the psychologists want us to believe—they are super-selfish.
I am tired of Charismatics reviling Pentecostals as too socially conservative when it was Pentecostals who paid a heavy price in the first half of the twentieth century for the popularity they are enjoying today.
I am tired of some in our own movements (plural) pushing the social gospel as though it is destined to redeem the world. There is only one gospel, and the cross is the centerpiece of that gospel. When we ignore sin, the blood of Christ, and the new birth we are preaching “another Jesus” and “another gospel”—merely warmed-over secular socialism.
I am tired of entertainment, fleshly talent displays and dance moves being substituted for true worship, of dark buildings punctuated by disco lights, of the elevation of those on the periphery of truth and holiness to places of prominence.
I am tired of seeing marriage as God ordained it sliding into disrepute while sodomite couplings are being promoted in schools and the media.
When we as a group get sufficiently tired of being tired, perhaps we will rise up and do something about it!
Don’t call it a Bible
The 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, highest prelate in the Church of England (Episcopalians in America), describes a new English Bible version as a book of “extraordinary power,” but admitted many would be startled by its content. It is not actually a translation of the Holy Bible. It is merely a rewriting of Scripture in what the authors feel is contemporary street language. I feel sorry for the British having to put up with the likes of Williams and the publishers of this stupid book.
“Instead of condemning fornicators, adulterers and ‘abusers of themselves with mankind,’” says Ruth Gledhill, the London Times religious affairs correspondent, “the new version of his first letter to Corinth has St. Paul advising Christians not to go without sex for too long in case they get ‘frustrated.’”
Williams is quoted as hoping the new version will spread “in epidemic profusion through religious and irreligious alike, turn[ing] St. Paul’s strictures against fornication on their head,” adds the Times.
The organization that produced the new version is dedicated to “establish[ing] peace, justice, dignity and rights for all.” It is also focused on “sustainable use of the earth’s resources,” challenging “oppression, injustice, exclusion and discrimination” as well as accepting “one another, valuing their diversity and experience.” (Read: Nothing is wrong except opposition to our agenda. –ed.)
The version changes the original Greek and Hebrew nomenclature into modern nicknames. The apostle Peter becomes “Rocky,” Mary Magdalene becomes “Maggie,” Aaron becomes “Ron,” Andronicus becomes “Andy” and Barabbas becomes “Barry.”
In keeping with the times, translators render “demon possession” as “mental illness,” and “Son of Man,” the expression Jesus frequently used to describe Himself, as “the Complete Person.” In addition, parables are rendered as “riddles,” baptize is to “dip” in water, salvation becomes “healing” or “completeness,” and Heaven becomes “the world beyond time and space.”
Here, according to the London Times, are a few sample passages:
KJV: “John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.”
New: “John, nicknamed ‘The Dipper,’ was ‘The Voice.’ He was in the desert, inviting people to be dipped, to show they were determined to change their ways and wanted to be forgiven.”
KJV: “And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him. And there came a voice from the heaven saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
New: “As he was climbing up the bank again, the sun shone through a gap in the clouds. At the same time a pigeon flew down and perched on him. Jesus took this as a sign that God’s spirit was with him. A voice from overhead was heard saying, ‘That’s my boy! You’re doing fine!’”
Authorized version: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!”
New version: “Take a running jump, Holy Joes, humbugs!”
KJV: “Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, ‘Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.’ But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.”
New: “Meanwhile Rocky was still sitting in the courtyard. A woman came up to him and said: ‘Haven’t I seen you with Jesus, the hero from Galilee?” Rocky shook his head and said: ‘I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about!’”
1 Corinthians 7:1-2
KJV: “Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: [It is] good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, [to avoid] fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.”
New: “Some of you think the best way to cope with sex is for men and women to keep right away from each other. That is more likely to lead to sexual offences. My advice is for everyone to have a regular partner.”
1 Corinthians 7:8-7
KJV: “I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.”
New: “If you know you have strong needs, get yourself a partner. Better than being frustrated.”
NOTE: This new version should not be construed as a translation, or even a Bible. Do not confuse it with credible translations that render Greek and Hebrew terms accurately into English. All paraphrases should be rejected and avoided.
Culture of death
Popular television personality Bill Maher, an ardent supporter of Obama, made a telling statement recently, seemingly in comedy, but it was an honest statement—one many progressives believe but are too afraid to openly say. Here is what he said:
“I mean I have a lot of ideas you might consider conservative. On that I’m just consistent. The Pope is consistently pro-life. I’m consistently pro-death. I’m for the death penalty. But I believe in more DNA testing my motto is kill the right people. I’m pro-choice. I’m for the assisted suicide. I’m for regular suicide. I’m for whatever the freeway is moving. The planet is too crowded and we need to promote death. I’m not randomly going in the streets ‘Hey we’re going to kill you.’ We’re talking about people….kill the right people. Nowadays it is possible to get that right.”
Source: The Blaze
That, my friends, is where America is headed. We may not get there in the next four years, but we will be a long way down the road of no return. Only a miracle from God can turn this nation around. The miracle didn’t happen in Germany—will it happen here?
Been there, done that
A man fell into a deep hole and was unable to climb out on his own. A doctor passed by and looked in. The man in the hole called to him for help. The doctor wrote out a prescription, dropped it into the hole and moved on. Later, a priest stopped and looked down and the fallen man called to him for help. The priest wrote out a prayer and dropped it to the man and continued on his way. Soon a friend passed by and saw him in the hole and dropped down to be with him.
“Great,” said the fallen man, “now we are both in here and neither of us can get out.”
“Oh, no,” the friend said, “I have been here before and I know how to get out!”
You make the application.
My wife, the terrorist
Recently at an airport, my wife was pulled aside, patted down, her purse rifled, and was made to remove her jacket during the screening process. I joked with her that she must look like a terrorist. It wasn’t funny to her, however. Consider the following list that someone sent me (only slightly edited):
1. In 1968, Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by a Muslim male.
2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, several athletes were kidnapped and massacred by Muslim males.
3. In 1972 a Pan Am 747 was hijacked and eventually diverted to Cairo where it was blown up shortly after landing by Muslim males.
4. In 1973 Pan Am 707 was destroyed in Rome, with 33 people killed, when it was attacked with grenades by Muslim males.
5. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by Muslim males.
6. During the 1980’s a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by Muslim males.
7. In 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and wounded by a Muslim male.
8. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut were blown up by Muslim males killing hundreds of Americans.
9. In 1985, the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year-old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by Muslim males.
10. In 1985, TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens , and a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by Muslim males.
11. December 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 people on board as well as 11 on the ground. It was blown out of the sky by Muslim males.
12. In 1993, the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by Muslim males.
13. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by Muslim males.
14. On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take down the World Trade Center, and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers. Those responsible: Muslim males.
15. In 2002, the United States entered a war in Afghanistan against Muslim males.
16. In 2002, reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and beheaded by Muslim males.
18. Countless arrests were made during the past six years of those attempting terrorist acts in American transportation facilities or military bases, or conspiring to do so. Virtually all of them involved Muslim males.
Do you see a pattern here to justify profiling? If so, you must be racist, according to current conventional wisdom and the U.S. government.
Think about it? How many Pentecostal grandmothers have been caught with bombs in their underwear? None!
How many Mormons have been caught trying to smuggle bottles of explosives onboard in their carry-ons? Zilch!
How many Baptist missionaries have been caught sneaking explosives on board airliners? Nada!
How many Amish men have smuggled nitroglycerine aboard airliners in their shoes? Zip!
So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent on killing us, airport security screeners are prevented from profiling certain types of people. They must conduct random body searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, secret agents who are members of the President’s security detail, 85-year old Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal of Honor winner and former Governor Joe Foss, but leave Muslim males alone lest they be guilty of profiling!
Have the American people completely lost their minds and powers of reason? No, they just elect presidents and congressmen intent on forcing America backward into third world status by stupid regulations and political correctness.
Strange DOJ quote
“The common law is the will of mankind, issuing from the life of the people.”
That catchy phrase is a partial quote from C. Wilfred Jenks, who in the 1930’s was a leading proponent of the “international law” movement, which had as its goal to impose a global common law and which backed “global workers” rights. It really fits Obama’s globalist agenda. Call it Marxism, Progressivism, Socialism, Marxism—under any of those names, it definitely makes the DOJ look like they are just making another slash at the U. S. Constitution.
Why Evolutionists Hate the Bible
by Dr. Arlo Moehlenpah
This morning we read in Isaiah 40:12-28 where it mentions among other things the waters, mountains, islands, inhabitants and the heavens. Isaiah challenges the readers to “Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these things.” He also asks “Have you not known? Have you not heard?, the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth.” As I read this I thought this is why evolutionists hate the Bible.
All the Writers of the Bible Agree on the Creation Account
To verify this agreement, search for words such as Create, Creator, or Maker in a Bible Concordance or in an online program such as http://www.biblegateway.com. Examples are as follows:
I recently received an encouraging email from my good friend, the late Carlton Watkins. The subject line read, “I have no regrets after doing this venture.” Admittedly, I did not open the message, being satisfied to merely read the subject line. It was good to know he has no regrets.
Isn’t it miraculous how folks from the other side can communicate with us via social media?
To better express myself
The late E. L. Holley, my best friend and spiritual mentor, was fond of saying as he used quotations, “I quote others to better express myself.” Below, G. K. Chesterton expresses my thoughts better than I ever could.
“Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.”
“No man who worships education has got the best out of education. Without a gentle contempt for education no man’s education is complete.”
“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.”
“It [feminism] is mixed up with a muddled idea that women are free when they serve their employers but slaves when they help their husbands.”
“Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.”
“Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.”
“To complain that I could only be married once was like complaining that I had only been born once.”
“There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there.”
“Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.”
“In prosperity, our friends know us. In adversity, we know our friends.”
“These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own.”
“The truth is, of course, that the curtness of the Ten Commandments is an evidence, not of the gloom and narrowness of a religion, but, on the contrary, of its liberality and humanity. It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted; precisely because most things are permitted, and only a few things are forbidden.”
“There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.”
“Once abolish the God and the government becomes the God.”
Short pants on men
Some young men are being tempted to wear short pants when working outside, playing sports, or as casual wear on vacations. However, such attire has never been a part of the Apostolic Christian’s wardrobe.
For those honestly seeking truth, those are not the best questions. How about these:
1) How would it affect my testimony?
2) What doors would it open to other questionable practices?
3) Would I look more professional, more like a minister, or less? (Even professional golfers are not permitted to wear short pants on the course. And although if some colleges allow them in the classroom, it is because that environment has become a cultural wasteland. What committed Apostolic wants to follow those trends?)
4) Would it encourage others to go a step farther and appeal for even more changes? (One concession calls for another.)
5) Is the motivation to be cool in the summer heat, or merely to “look” cool and be in step with what carnal men are wearing today. (Long track pants can be worn in virtually any sport. For a game of pick-up basketball or baseball or a day in the park they are fine. Pro basketball players often practice in long pants.)
6) Is this something I would personally like to remove from the list of practices we avoid so that our young men would feel better about the church? (Better be careful about crossing that line. Would this really satisfy them? They know compromise when they see it.)
7) Is this something that I am tempted to overlook so the practice will become so widespread that to oppose it would make one appear backward and out of step?
8) What would be the next thing to be removed from the list of things conscientious Apostolics avoid?
9) Shouldn’t mature believers set examples for younger men? Which is the best example in the overall environment of Christian living—short pants or long ones? (Short pants may be fine on toddlers, but as one matures, long pants have been traditionally considered more appropriate and are mandated by many schools.)
10) How would wearing short pants square up with the Bible’s definition of “nakedness” as expressed in the Bible (Isaiah 47:2,3; and Exodus 28:42,43 where prescribed “linen breeches” or underwear that went to the knees so that when the priest was upon the surround of the sacrificial altar, his nakedness [his thigh] would not show under his outer garments).
11) Is this something I have honestly prayed about?
The wearing of short pants in public should not become an issue among us today.
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Why are some men categorized as “educated fools”? It is because they are “foolishly educated.”
A quiet man is usually a thinking man. A quiet woman is usually mad. As long as our wives are talking, we are in good shape!
Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil—it has no point. – Anonymous
Gold is the currency of Kings. Silver is the currency of Noblemen. Debt is the money of slaves. (16 trillion and still counting!) – Anonymous
Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue. – Joseph Addison