Why Akathleptos?

Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.

Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.

Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.

“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal



Monday, February 29, 2016

Sad Example of How Hollywood So Easily Sucks Christians Into Compromise




‘Luscious Lesbians’: Candace Cameron Bure Takes Part in Racy ‘Dirty Dancing’ Scene in ‘Fuller House’

Despite her regular profession of being a Christian on television, talk show host and actor and sister to Kirk Cameron, Candace Cameron Bure recently let loose in an episode of “Fuller House”—a restart of the 80’s show “Full House”—pulling out her “dirty dancing” moves with her best friend in a lingerie-style dress, the two being referred to as “luscious lesbians.” The episode, which is the third for “Fuller House,” is raising concern among Christians who had looked up to the actor as a Christian role model.

... As the women win the dance-off, they are announced by Macy Gray as “luscious lesbians,” at which neither Tanner or her friend bat an eye.

“And the winners are these two luscious lesbians!” Gray declares. “Get up here you sexy people!”

“We’re the sexy people!” Tanner proclaims as she hurries to the stage and grabs the microphone. “I was just gonna stay in tonight, but my friends insisted that I go out and have some adult fun. They knew I needed to take care of me. Oh, I love you guys so d*rn much! Thank you, Euphoria! And the wait staff and the bartenders!”

“Shots for everybody! She-Wolf Pack is buying!” she announces.

... One of the episodes of “Fuller House” shows Kimmy Gibbler and Stephanie Tanner locking lips for several seconds until Gibbler’s ex-husband pulls them apart, and another contains a scene with heavy sexual references.

Last month, Cameron Bure, who is outspoken about her profession of the Christian faith on the talk show “The View,” explained that she would be open to having homosexuality included in storylines on “Fuller House.

... One of the episodes of “Fuller House” shows Kimmy Gibbler and Stephanie Tanner locking lips for several seconds until Gibbler’s ex-husband pulls them apart, and another contains a scene with heavy sexual references.

Story is here.

162 Abortion Clinics Close in 5 Years, Fastest Rate Since Roe v. Wade

Positive News In The Fight Against Abortion. Story is here.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Information Revolution’s Dark Turn



A Scottish philosopher visited Silicon Valley, and he didn’t like what he saw. Kaveh Waddell elaborates in The Atlantic here on disturbing dark turn that information revolution has taken.

Alistair Duff, a professor of information society and policy at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, says we’ve arrived at a crisis. Duff says the freedom that characterized the early days of the information revolution has started to be supplanted by “the domination of information technology over human beings, and the subordination of people to a technological imperative.”

... I saw a lot that was good. I wouldn’t want to condemn Silicon Valley carte blanche: There’s a lot of innovation going on; there’s a lot of new jobs being created. There’s a lot of the good side of capitalism going on. It’s a very pleasant environment.

But I think there is a dark side there, so it did confirm some of my theorizing about the information age. There is massive inequality, which is unacceptable. Inequality should not be so great that it crystallizes into class distinctions—master-servant relations—and I think you have that in Silicon Valley, to some extent.

And I think there are issues over abuse of data. In fact, some of the information corporations that I interviewed admitted that. There are issues over intellectual property—profound concerns over some of Google’s innovations. I think they are playing fast and loose in the name of copyright, all in the name of progress.

... That’s the great potential of information technology. It is an enabling technology, and it can be used—and should be used, and often is used—to further valuable ideals, such as human communication, brotherhood and sisterhood, and liberty (something you Americans are very good at).

But it can also be abused, and we see that increasingly. To some extent, these ideals are still alive in Silicon Valley, but there’s also an abuse of information technology, and the threat of what I call “technocracy.” It’s a term we don’t often use now, and I mean by technocracy not the rule of experts, but the rule of information technology, the domination of information technology over human beings, and the subordination of people to a technological imperative. That is a real threat, and I think it is almost out of control.
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The astounding power of information technology is a harbinger of a soon-coming global authority with vigilance over everything and everyone - exactly as predicted in the Bible during the last days. The book of Revelation reveals that at some point in time a world ruler will be able to track and control all financial transactions, and that no person will be able to buy or sell anything without his approval. Not until recent times did people understand how this prophecy could possibly come to pass. There was simply no way that anyone could control commerce on such a massive scale.

Advances in digital technology now make it possible to engineer an identification system capable of monitoring virtually every human transaction. Modern technology has created a dark new electronic world without borders. With modern computer technology, satellites, GPS, biometric and smart card technology, people can potentially be tracked to within 3 feet anywhere on the planet.

Telephone conversations are recorded, emails are read, tweets and instant messages on social networking sites are monitored, every purchase you make is being documented, and your movements are tracked with GPS in your car and cell phone. You are recorded by monitoring cameras all around. Your movements and access to resources are controlled, and in many cases citizens are deprived of their Constitutional rights in the name of safety and security.

You cannot board an airplane or enter a government facility without being subjected to an invasive search that violates not only the Constitution but violates your personal privacy. The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) warns that any “would-be commercial airline passenger” who enter an airport checkpoint and refuse to be subjected to “the method of inspection designated by the TSA will not be allowed to fly and also will not be permitted to simply leave the airport.” Americans may be arrested and fined $11,000 if they refuse to cooperate with the agency’s invasive and humiliating techniques.

Emerging technologies such as Biometric Security, Thermograms , Iriscans, RFID and Subcutaneous implants are all setting the stage to enable a one-world dictatorship. Each technology incrementally conditions us to accept yet even more invasive technologies. The enemy is crafty, incrementally incorporating these technologies, one step at a time - and often for truly beneficial use. But the transition from the beneficial use of these technologies to that of the dark side (as predicted in Revelation 13) will occur with astonishing rapidity.

When the day comes the Antichrist is revealed, wielding power on the earth and demanding global acceptance of his mark, it will be difficult for everyone... especially the unprepared Christian. Imagine the conflict of a parent when the mark of the beast is required to buy food for their children, formula for their baby, and anything else needed to survive.

And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. [Matthew 24:4-14]

Friday, February 26, 2016

"This is the culmination of what a pro-abortion mob, shouting ‘hail Satan,’ attempted to do"

The devil in “The Bible” TV miniseries looked hauntingly familiar.

The Obama administration has been given permission to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court against safety regulations for the abortion industry and alongside the mob that chanted “hail Satan” when the rules were adopted in Texas in 2013 ... At the same time, the court refused permission for “counsel or Guardian Ad Litem to represent all unborn persons.”

... the “most pro-abortion administration in history will now bring the full weight of the Justice Department to bear on this landmark case.”

He pointed out that the Texas law essentially bans late-term abortions after 20 weeks, requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals so that victims of botched abortions can get immediate help, requires abortion clinics to follow the same safety standards applied to medical facilities and enforces FDA guidelines for handing out drugs.

... “This is the culmination of what a pro-abortion mob, shouting ‘hail Satan,’ attempted to do – shutting down the Texas legislature in an effort to block the passage of a state law imposing basic safety regulations on abortion clinics.”

When the fight was raging, a video appeared showing pro-life advocates singing “Amazing Grace” while abortion activists chanted “hail Satan.”

Story is here.

Judge Jeanine Pirro Warns Of Dire Future For U.S. Evangelicals



Jeanine Ferris Pirro is a former prosecutor, judge, and elected official from the state of New York, and currently a legal analyst  In a speech at the NRB International Media Convention, held in Nashville, Tenn., Judge Pirro warned freedoms for evangelicals are in danger. Speaking to a capacity crowd on Tuesday night, she said,

“Although it seems that the protections that we have in the Constitution are protections that no one can take away from us, I want to tell you that they’re already being taken away. The irony of today’s liberalism that is accepting of anything and everything is that it is sanctioning discrimination against Christians.”

She warned the U.S. is now seeing a “chipping away of that Constitutional right,” and that evangelical Christians stand the chance of losing their right to openly address the issues of faith they are most passionate about.

Story is here.

This Is What Happens When Moral Ethics Are Not Considered



Scientists claim they can create babies without men by injecting eggs with artificial sperm.

Scientists have claimed they have found a way for women to have babies without men by creating artificial sperm. The team from China claim they have created healthy mouse babies by injecting laboratory-made sperm into eggs to produce mouse offspring. The scientists claim their stem cell technique could pave the way for new treatments for male fertility.

But British experts have called for the results to be independently verified and pointed out that any practical application is likely to be a long way off. The mouse cells produced were technically "spermatids" - undeveloped sperm that lack tails and cannot swim. Yet when they were injected into mouse eggs, mimicking a common IVF technique called Icsi (intracytoplasmic sperm injection), they delivered viable embryos and healthy, fertile babies.

In the UK, using spermatids in the same way to produce a pregnancy would be illegal.

Story is here.

There are an increasing number of experts calling for ethical boundaries to shape technological advances. For example, Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering at Peter Kilpatrickthe University of Notre Dame and one of the nation's foremost experts on ethics in technology, called for ethical considerations to be an integral part of business and governmental policies (see here). Even the notoriously secular publication Scientific American recognized this in March 2015 with their article "The Many Ethical Implications of Emerging Technologies". They warn that "advances offer great promise but also raise serious questions that we must deal with now". They conclude,

"Ultimately, how we approach the regulation of emerging technologies will inevitably have wide implications—not only for security and ethics but for our definition of human dignity and the equality of individuals."

The failure to be guided by ethical boundaries is what led Nazis to conclude "medical" experiments on prisoners was justified because of the potential to gain new data.

A Good Reason Not To Shop Lands End Anymore



At least two religious schools said they will stop buying uniforms from the clothing company Lands’ End this week because it honored abortion activist Gloria Steinem in its spring catalog and created a campaign to donate to Steinem’s organization.

Tolton Catholic High School and the College of the Ozarks, both in Missouri, said they were disgusted that the company would honor the well-known abortion activist who once said women “need” abortion.
Story is here.

Then, after customers vowed never to shop Lands End again, Lands' End quickly backpedaled this week from an association with feminist Gloria Steinem after hearing complaints from customers and the publication of an article by a pro-life news agency. With customers taking to the company's Facebook page to voice objections centered on Steinem's support for abortion rights, Lands' End on Tuesday removed a feature on Steinem from its website.

Company CEO Federica Marchionni had interviewed Steinem to kick off the Lands' End "Legend Series" on "individuals who have made a difference in both their respective industries and the world at large."

On Wednesday afternoon, the Dodgeville-based retailer of traditional clothing issued an apology.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

'Idiocracy' author: I never expected my movie 'to become a documentary'



The man behind the 2006 cult sci-fi film “Idiocracy” is lamenting that his fictional movie appears to have become reality.

"I never expected #idiocracy to become a documentary,” tweeted screenwriter Etan Cohen.

Together with "Beavis & Butt-head" creator Mike Judge, Cohen co-wrote the time-travel comedy. The plot revolves around the misadventures of a man who wakes up in a futuristic America only to discover that everyone around him, including lawmakers and government officials, is an idiot.

Story is here.

This Is A Good Reason Not to Give Money To The Air Force Academy Chapel



Judicial Watch announced today that on October 8, 2015, it obtained documents from the United States Air Force Academy revealing that in 2014 and 2015, the Academy used its “Chapel Tithes and Offering Fund” to pay for cadets to participate in worship services featuring witchcraft, “Faery Magick,” and voodoo. The records reveal that the Air Force Academy paid to send cadets to a Wiccan festival in Denver in May 2014 and a Denver Witches Ball in October of the same year.

One wonders just what kind of "chaplains" inhabit the Air Force Academy.

Story is here.

Ex-Abortionist Explains Abortion Procedure

A former abortionist who is now pro-life who explains the exact abortion methods and procedures abortion practitioners use every day to kill unborn babies. The non-graphic educational video features Dr. Anthony Levatino, a former abortionist, demonstrating and talking viewers through a D&E abortion.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A Study In How A Demonic Empire Arises

This is also a frightening example of how easily an entire populace can be deluded into adjudging evil as good and good as evil.


What Global Turmoil & Cultural Upheaval Really Means



The Bible foretells global turmoil and cultural upheaval in the generation prior to the return of Christ. Tumult will not be limited to the culture, but will also infect the church.

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. (2 Tim 3:1-5)

For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. (Matt 24:7)

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, (1 Tim 4:1)

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God ... (2 Tim 3:1-4)

... knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” (2 Pet 3:3-4)

 For believers, the fulfillment of these signs - as troubling as they may be - should be an encouragement because our ultimate redemption draws near.

Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. (Luke 21:28)

For unbelievers on the other hand, the fulfillment of these signs is both a warning and a call to repentance. This means unequivocally that the church must make a call to repentance a priority in our message to the last generation. In His discourse on the Second Coming, Christ's parable of the 10 virgins warns,

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps[a] and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. (Matt 25:1-13)

In a futile attempt to appeal to the culture-at-large, much of the modern church unfortunately is relegating the message of repentance to the trash bin. So pervasive is this tendency that Wayne Grudem was forced to critique the false doctrine of salvation without repentance at the Nov 2014 meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (see here.) As I argued earlier here, the church's primary function is to bear witness to the truth, not win popularity contests.

Bill Blankschaen presents here his valid reasons for leaving seeker-sensitive churches.

... In fact, it’s quite possible that we’ve just slapped a God sticker on a smelly garbage can and called it a seeker-friendly church.

... But here’s a simple question: If your worship service is all about attracting those who don’t yet share the faith, why would I stay? Unfortunately, much of what gets communicated on Sunday is a steady diet of gumdrops and milk. Sweet treats for the seekers and milk for those who’ve recently made commitments to follow Christ.

Don’t get me wrong, those items should be present in any diet, but not as the main course. As a father of six, I know how that diet ends. Either I don’t grow as I should or there’s going to be a cleanup in aisle 4. At some point, God’s people need to eat real foods – whole grains, veggies, and a little meat, even at the risk of offending those who just stopped in for the free soul candy.

What’s the point of designing your church to seem attractive to those to whom the gospel is unattractive? Is it just to get them in the door? I’ve got to tell you, at times your church more resembled a network marketing meeting than a church service. Been there done that. Just get people to the weekly meeting and let the flashy band, superstar speaker, and stellar child care do the rest. Don’t forget to take a sample and sign up on your way out – oh, and tell your friends about us!

At some point later, I guess, we’ll talk about all that tougher stuff about dying to self, forsaking all to follow Christ, and – gasp — hell and sin. But for now, just push that Easy Button. Settle back into your stadium seating and enjoy this riveting drama and dance routine we’ve cooked up for you while we smile incessantly.

Sounds like the classic bait-n-switch to me. I don’t recall Jesus charging his disciples to “lure potential recruits in with flashy programs, comfy chairs, and a free foot massage. Then, when the mood is right, guys, drop the whole repent thing on ‘em – but subtle, boys, subtle with a capital S and that rhymes with – well, you know – that word we do not speak of. (Wink!)

For the church then, the global turmoil and cultural upheaval is a two-fold call to action:
  1. lift up our heads as our redemption draws nigh
  2. clearly share the gospel in love with both a warning and call for repentance to an unbelieving world

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Study In Seduction

This documentary is a classic expose on how evil seduces and markets itself as both desirable and rewarding - Satan's modus operandi. As one of the policemen says, "I'm really worried about my country." and one of the convicted female drug mules admits, "I'm so ashamed of what I've done."  The end result of seduction is always the steep price of misery and suffering. Ultimately, as one of the anonymous "groomers" observes, "they do it because they want to."

“Do you think we really had to convince them? We just let the news out and they signed up themselves,” says a drug mule recruiter here.

Amen. We sin because we want to sin. Only Christ can deliver us from that deadly desire.

And what about the fleeting pleasures of sin? As Fleet Streetfox wisely observed online,

Either way, it’s a messy business and zero fun for anyone involved. Even the guy at the top who makes all the money has a stressful time trying to launder it, stop people <from> killing him and figuring out how to evade customs. The mules, willing or otherwise, risk their families, freedom and health. The henchmen live and die by the gun. The dealers risk capture and pissing off the men with the guns.

And the end user? He has a great time, right? Well, he might spend twenty minutes thinking he does. In reality he’s just paid a 1000% mark-up for something which has both been cut with Persil and already passed through someone else’s intestine. The pleasure this will bring him lasts mere minutes, during which he will act like slightly more of a d******* than normal, and after which his brain chemistry will be misfiring for days. If he’s one of the lucky ones it won’t do permanent damage, and if he’s not there’s an array of psychological disorders awaiting him, alongside relationship and family breakdown, debt and various kinds of organ failure.



Advice For Christians Who Are Trying To Approach Technology With A Biblical Worldview

Excellent advice from David Murray that a Christian needs to keep technology in proper perspective is here.



Monday, February 22, 2016

Jesus Isn’t Voting For Ted Cruz (Or Anyone Else)



Stephen Roberts has an appropriate warning here that "Jesus Isn’t Voting For Ted Cruz (Or Anyone Else)". Arguing that " Christian faith is not a means to power, but a means to relinquish it in light of the higher good of knowing Christ", he correctly cautions us that it's all to easy to focus on Caesar and diminish our (more important) perspective of God. He also reminds of the very real and catastrophic danger of using faith as a political lever.

This petty spat by otherwise esteemed politicians shines a light on a great danger in conservative politics at the moment: Using Christianity as a means to a political end. Granted, a politician’s faith should and inevitably will inform his conscience—there is no such thing as checking one’s beliefs at the door. But there is a big problem when a candidate employs his faith to rally voters to polls, claim a moral high ground over tax policy, or justify types of political discourse.

Socialism, often rooted in religious rhetoric, re-defines biblical terminology in materialistic terms. It is dangerous to the church, in that Christians are tempted to define their faith in cultural and political terms. Their battle becomes one of “flesh and blood,” and the lines are drawn between different political ideologies, rather than belief and unbelief. It locates sin in a political opponent, rather than in one’s own heart, obstructing the vital process of conviction, repentance, and renewal in the grace of Jesus Christ.

Using Christianity this way is also dangerous to the state because it cultivates a politicized faith normally considered anathema to conservatives: socialism. Socialism, often rooted in religious rhetoric, re-defines biblical terminology in materialistic terms—sin is found in unfair power structures, salvation comes through political means, and heaven comes in the form of a mythical, utopian state.

Progressivism in the early twentieth century heavily relied upon such religious rhetoric to propel its political myths, often with the express purpose of overturning the Bible and the Constitution—the guiding documents of the church and state, respectively. This ideology was a facet of both political parties and led to the idealism that ruined the Treaty of Versailles and spawned the New Deal. In the process, the church shrank, across the country and across denominational lines.
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The best historical example of the danger of using faith as a political lever is Calvin's failed theocracy experiment in Geneva - i.e., see here.

Calvin’s presupposition that his church was the One True Church, driven by his own passionate vision, led him to employ inhumane means to achieve his desired ends. Was this inhumanity an inescapable conclusion to Calvin’s view of the church, or just an instance of cultural hang-over from an earlier in­quisitional milieu?  Or is it, perhaps, the nature for absolute power to corrupt even the most well-meaning of souls?

Bring Back Dueling!



David Harsanyi argues here quite eloquently that we should bring back dueling.

I think we can all agree dueling would be a much-needed corrective.

Now, please don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying violence is the answer. I’m saying violence is an answer. Because sometimes a witty retort on Twitter simply can’t recapture your lost honor. Dueling would confer consequences onto all the ugly, dishonest, uncouth, untrue, and defamatory things people say about you or your family. Yes, some politicians might be struck down if we allowed this ancient combat to reemerge in contemporary society. But I’m sure that’s a sacrifice most of us would be willing to make.

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Hmmm.  He might be onto something.

On a more serious note, dueling was amazingly popular in the United States from the country’s birth until about the 1860s. Before taking office, Andrew Jackson fought several duels, almost all with pistols, and lived to tell the tale. One book, British Dueling Pistols, by John Atkinson, details that only some 6% of pistol duels ended in fatalities.

National anthem composer Francis Scott Key, naval hero Steven Decatur, and the first Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton all died from pistol shots received in duels. Hamilton, who had fought in 11 previous honor trials, fired first and into the air while then-Vice President Aaron Burr returned fire and mortally wounded the man who now graces the $10 bill. Celebrated Russian author Alexander Pushkin, survived 29 previous duels before being killed in his 30th encounter.

By the 1860s, dueling had largely been regulated away but this did not stop it from becoming a sport in the 1906 and 1912 Olympics—with the shooters firing at mannequins dressed in frock coats.

The key to understanding the specialized dueling pistol weapons (and 18th century dueling) is that the guns were made for honor and not accuracy. Almost invariably smoothbore guns of a large caliber, the idea was that if a gentleman needed them for defense, they would be lethal at a very short range but couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn at 20 paces—the customary distance in duels. This was by design: since honor did not require the death of either of the duelists to be satisfied, it was common for the shooters to fire into the ground, the air, or simply to the side of their opponent. Seconds were known to stay well away from the peripherals of the line of fire because of this.

Did Jesus Descend Into Hell?



Wayne Grudem wrestles here with the question as to whether Jesus "descended into hell" during the period between his death and resurrection, as stated in the traditional version of the Apostle's Creed. This is not an inconsequential doctrine as it is a popular affirmation of several charismatic teachers with the serious implication that Christ's suffering on the cross was not sufficient.

RC Sproul echoes here Wayne's position that Christ did not descend into hell. He warns of the dangerous teaching that the crucifixion was insufficient to atone for our sins ...

Today, many in the heretical Word of Faith movement teach that the crucifixion was insufficient to atone for our sins and that Jesus also had to suffer three days of torment in hell.

Faithfulness to all of Scripture, however, requires us to deny that Jesus’ spirit went to hell after He died. First, Jesus told the repentant thief on the cross that he would be with Christ in Paradise on the same day of their crucifixion (Luke 23:39– 43). Second, nothing in Ephesians 4:8–10 says Jesus descended into hell; Paul means only that Christ descended into the grave. Third, 1 Peter 3:18–20 likely refers to the Son of God preaching by the Holy Spirit through Noah to the people of Noah’s day. Finally, Jesus finished His atoning work on the cross. The New Testament speaks of propitiation, the turning away of the Lord’s wrath, only in relation to Jesus shedding His blood on the cross (Rom. 3:25; Heb. 2:17; 9:1–10:18; 1 John 2:2; 4:10; 5:6–11). Moreover, our Savior’s last words on the cross were “It is finished” (John 19:30). He saw His work as completed when He died.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Only An Idiot Couldn't See This Coming ...



... which clearly indicates idiots must have implemented this moronic policy.

Definition of Idiot:
noun
1. Informal. an utterly foolish or senseless person: If you think you can wear that outfit to a job interview and get hired, you're an idiot!
2. Psychology. a person of the lowest order in a former and discarded classification of mental retardation, having a mental age of less than three years old and an intelligence quotient under 25.

Concerns are being raised after a man who did not identify as “transgender” recently used the women’s locker room to change his clothes in front of women and young girls. According to reports, the incident occurred on Feb. 8 as the man visited Evans Pool in Seattle, which is open to the general public. Seattle Parks and Recreation told reporters this week that the individual was wearing men’s clothing and never claimed that he thought of himself as being a woman.

Story is here


RISEN - Great movie worth seeing


Friday, February 19, 2016

People Saved By Guns

Warning - Viewer Discretion Advised.


And a police officer explains why concealed carry is good ("the overwhelming majority of the time, we were too late")



CIA Has Dedicated Program to Recruit Transgender Individuals

The Central Intelligence Agency three-year “Diversity and Inclusion Strategy” includes a dedicated program to recruit transgender individuals and agency-wide “unconscious bias” training. Story is here.

" I had discovered the madness of the transgender life. It is a fabrication born of mental disorders"

A former transgender-turned-activist is warning that children who think they are members of the opposite biological sex are actually "deceiving themselves". Walt Heyer, an author and public speaker who had sex reassignment surgery at the age of 42 and has grown to regret it, explained in a recent op-ed published by the Daily Signal that parents who encourage their children's gender dysphoria and don't get them psychological treatment are hurting their children.

Heyer detailed how he was forced by his grandmother to crossdress as a small child, which led him to have strong feelings of being a girl as he grew older. Heyer was told that he was suffering from gender dysphoria and that the only way to get relief from the situation was to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

"I lived as a transgender, Laura Jensen, female, for eight years. While studying psychology in a university program, I discovered that trans kids most often are suffering from a variety of disorders, starting with depression — the result of personal loss, broken families, sexual abuse, and unstable homes," Heyer explained. "Deep depression leads kids to want to be someone other than who they are."

"That information sure resonated with me," Heyer continued. "Finally, I had discovered the madness of the transgender life. It is a fabrication born of mental disorders."

Story is here.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Rotten Fruit Of Decades Of Pragmatism


A chief characteristic of our disintegrating culture is the enthusiastic embrace of pragmatism coinciding with the discard of principle (truth).

As John Macarthur notes,

Pragmatism as a philosophy was developed and popularized at the end of the last century by philosopher William James, along with such other noted intellectuals as John Dewey and George Santayana. It was James who gave the new philosophy its name and shape. In 1907, he published a collection of lectures entitled Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking, and thus defined a whole new approach to truth and life.

Pragmatism ultimately has roots in Darwinism and secular humanism. It is inherently relativistic, rejecting the notion of absolute right and wrong, good and evil, truth and error. Pragmatism ultimately defines truth as that which is useful, meaningful, helpful. Ideas that don't seem workable or relevant are rejected as false.

Of course, there is room for common-sense pragmatism in everyday life. If your car's tire is flat, replace it with the spare. A painful cavity is resolved by a trip to a dentist. Simple pragmatic solutions are obviously self-evident.

But the basic tenet of pragmatism is “If it works, it is true.”  The end results of an idea or practice, therefore, determine its ultimate truthfulness and validity. This kind of thinking appeals to our logical and practical approach to life.

Macarthur goes on to warn,

But when pragmatism is used to make judgments about right and wrong, or when it becomes a guiding philosophy of life and ministry, it inevitably clashes with Scripture. Spiritual and biblical truth is not determined by testing what "works" and what doesn't. We know from Scripture, for example, that the gospel often does not produce a positive response (1 Cor. 1:22, 23; 2:14). On the other hand, Satanic lies and deception can be quite effective (Matt. 24:23, 24; 2 Cor. 4:3, 4). Majority reaction is no test of validity (cf. Matt. 7:13, 14), and prosperity is no measure of truthfulness (cf. Job 12:6). Pragmatism as a guiding philosophy of ministry is inherently flawed. Pragmatism as a test of truth is nothing short of satanic.

Nevertheless, an overpowering surge of ardent pragmatism is sweeping through evangelicalism.

Pragmatism starts at the conclusion of the process to determe truth, and then works backwards. It begins with the results. If  the outcome is desirable, that validates the "truthfulness" of the concept. Truth, therefore, dangerously becomes subjective depending on the judgment of the one assessing the outcome. Man ends up “creating truth” as it suits him. In the pragmatic worldview, there is an inevitable rejection of absolute truth. The garden of Eden is where pragmatism was born.

Pragmatism is now the guiding philosophy of our culture. President's Obama's recent declaration (see here) that he "regrets" the filibuster he exercised as a sitting senator against a supreme court nominee - the very thing he now demands existing senators not do - is a stark example of the pragmatic worldview that he and most other politicians hold.

But it's not just the politicians who are operating from a pragmatic worldview. Virtually the entire culture - and even much of the church - has been seduced by this perilous worldview. Whatever works, no matter how unprincipled or destructive to others, in order to accomplish one's agenda is all that matters. Principle (i.e., truth) be damned; do whatever works. This shortsighted outlook on life is ultimately devastating as we now clearly see from the proliferating rotten fruit throughout our culture after decades of pragmatism.

As David Bolton observes,

 It is a foolish thing to necessarily construe God’s working as confirmation of His endorsement and approval. In many instances they have nothing whatsoever to do with one another. The validation of any particular means is not whether God is blessing or using it, but is it in accordance with the revealed will of God.  It is so often said, however, when methods or objectives are questionable as to their rightness, “But God is blessing it!” That, my friend, is pragmatism.

.... Pragmatism also comes into play when there is an unhealthy desire to please people, or there is a fear of man. In either case, God is replaced as the Center and Source, and man takes His place. Pragmatic scheming and strategizing is employed to obtain a particular effect or result.

By way of example, a pastor who avoids publicly addressing controversial topics from the pulpit is being dangerously pragmatic. Nobody is offended and the congregation can rapidly grow to significant size. But in the process, truth is sacrificed on the altar of pragmatism.

Scripture addresses the issue of pragmatism in several places. In the wilderness after fasting for 40 days, Jesus is hungry and surely close to the extreme limit that a human can survive without food. Pragmatism dictates that food can save him - the very temptation Satan holds before Christ. But in Matthew 4:4, Jesus says , It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Jesus rejected the poison pill of pragmatism that was fatally swallowed by Adam and Eve in the garden.

Christians that fall into the trap of a pragmatic worldview are walking through a minefield. Sooner or later, there will inexorably be devastating consequences.

"The train has left the station"



Susan Stamper Brown ponders here the death of Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia and whether it's symbolic of God's judgment upon the nation.

Keith Olbermann tweeted Scalia's death was an "... improvement" rather than a loss for America, while activist Dan Savage tweeted he was "Dedicating the rest of this weekend's marital sodomy to the memory of Antonin Scalia," the Blaze reported.

Comments like these really come as no surprise to those who read the Scriptures. The train has left the station and is obviously running on schedule, given you believe Old and New Testament prophesies describing how things will only get worse until God's judgment falls.

... Pardon my sloppy translation here, but 2 Thessalonians says people will be so obsessed with what God calls evil, he will rub their noses in it — giving them over to their own desires. They'll temporarily get their way, but in the end their way will get them. It's sort of like the kid who wanted to smoke a cigarette so his parents made him smoke a whole carton, only worse.


When a society gets to the point where there are no moral absolutes it is impossible to understand the difference between right and wrong. That is why any attempt to inject a scriptural or even a moral argument into the conversation these days is a fool's errand at best.

Even with a conservative like Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court, recent decisions show us the court has long since abandoned scriptural precepts and base opinions on the unfounded idea that the Constitution is a living document worthy of spinning to suit the changing times.

... Scalia's death gives reason for pause, given his death could allow the Supreme Court wiggle room to make some very big decisions, which could radically change America.

Should that happen, what was once moving in the slow lane will have switched to the fast track. Some on social media ask if Scalia's death is part of "God's judgment on America." While only God can answer that question, students of history and Bible prophecy understand that God repeatedly raised up leaders to judge his people for abandoning him.

... While I am not a theologian, I'd dare say it might be time to strap on our seatbelts as we pray, folks. We might be in for a wild ride.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Back To The Basics



My wife and I are competitive ballroom dancers, competing at the highest amateur level. At this level, the instruction is way beyond simply learning the steps.  In fact, it’s ultimately back to the basics.

All dancers, when they begin to learn, naturally focus on wanting to learn the steps. But there comes a time if the dancer truly wants to excel, that he/she must move beyond simply learning the steps. You need to understand essentials like contra-body movement position, swing versus sway, and the simple physics of moving. You need to be able to keep balance through the most intricate movements. You work on training individual muscles to do what’s required to execute a world-class routine. You must know how to move your body in perfect unison with your partner while in close contact. Your frame must be rock-solid. This is all difficult stuff that takes years to learn.  It’s the “basics” of dancing.

The interesting thing is that all new dancers mistakenly believe it’s simply a matter of knowing the steps.  Know more steps and you’re a better dancer.  Know complex steps and you’re an advanced dancer. 

Wrong. 

The steps are only as good as the basics underlying it.  Lousy basics equals lousy dancing no matter how advanced the steps are.  Think of “steps” like icing and “basics” like the cake underlying it.  Terrific icing will never make up for bad cake.  The problem is that the “basics” tend to not be flashy and beginning dancers naively think that flashy steps signal progress.

There’s a parallel here to the Christian life.

It’s the basics under-girding our understanding that ultimately determine how strong our faith is. Things like the nature of truth, grace, Trinitarianism (God), sin, death, faith, justification, sanctification, the sovereignty of God, etc.  I can’t tell you how many Christians I encounter who are unable to articulate an orthodox explanation of the Trinity.  Or what it means to be justified before God. Or how to correctly read and understand Scripture.

A typical contemporary group Bible study consists of reading a passage and then going around the room with everyone saying what it means to them. What’s wrong with this picture? Plenty. What if I’ve written the following sentence?

”It’s good to be gay.” 

What did I mean?  What if I wrote it 50 years ago?

A lot of Christians are simply indoctrinated in their beliefs. That is, they believe something because someone they trust told them – i.e., a parent, a pastor, a spouse, a friend, etc.  While what they believe may well be true, there’s a problem. If they don’t know WHY they believe, their faith is shallow and poorly grounded. (Hint:  If you feel threatened when your beliefs are challenged, that’s a pretty good sign that your beliefs are more the result of indoctrination than reflection. You know “what” you believe, but not “why”.)

Sadly the basics aren’t glamorous enough for many Christians who are more excited by “cotton candy” theology - i.e., colorful and tasty, filled with hot air, and melting in your mouth with no true spiritual nutrition. Go into any Christian bookstore and peruse what’s up front on the “bestseller” shelf. Then compare and contrast those books with the ones that have stood the test of time as classics in terms of teaching the basics. The classics are usually on some back shelf gathering dust – or you have to special order them because the demand is not great enough.

It’s a solid and deep grasp of the “basics” that characterize strong Christians. Lose the basics and you’re on shaky ground. Paul warns the Galatians that their abandonment of the basic principle of grace (Gal 4:8-20) will enslave them once again. He warns the Corinthians about the allure of “super-apostles” with the latest faddish teaching (2 Cor 11:4-6.)

Decades years ago, I was convicted of a desire to deepen my relationship with God and become the most effective servant I could.  The result of my conviction?  It was back to the basics, diving into a much deeper level of understanding. Want to be a world-class ballroom dancer?  Focus on excelling at the basic techniques of ballroom dance, not merely learning as many advanced steps as possible. Want to be a powerful kingdom-class Christian?  Dive deep into the basics of the faith.

"Discernment cannot survive without doctrine, and where there is doctrine, we need discernment "



Elizabeth Prata has a well-written blog entry here entitled "Discernment cannot survive without doctrine, and where there is doctrine, we need discernment". It/s must-reading in entirety.

In 2007 a novel called "The Shack" by William P. Young was published. It is a novel about a father experiencing grief over the kidnap and murder of his 7-year-old daughter. He receives a personal invitation from "God" to meet at the very place where his daughter was killed, a shack in the nearby woods.

 The book swept Christianity, with near unanimous affirmation that this was a sensitive and heart-shaking book that revealed Christ as a loving Father. "It changed lives" we heard over and over. But that was wrong, it didn't change lives. What The Shack did was change our theology.

Discernment as a regular practice among Christians seems to be at an all-time low, that is, until tomorrow, when it will be lower still. The onslaught didn't begin nor did it end with The Shack, but only continued briskly apace. Discernment is not just for those having been given the Gift of Discernment, but should be practiced and sought by every Christian.

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I remember when "The Shack" was in vogue with much of the evangelical community. I would surface concerns with the theology of the book; in response the vast majority of Christians who affirmed the book, looked at me like I had a hole in my head.

Paris Terrorist Attack Survivor - "Why should citizens accept an enforced defenselessness from a government that can’t protect them?"

One survivor of the ISIS terror attacks in Paris knows what would have come in handy: a firearm. The attack took place while the US band Eagles of Death Metal played the Bataclan, where scores of people died. Band member Jesse Hughes told French television that their tough gun control did nothing but leave people unarmed and vulnerable to attack.

Story is here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Spark For World War 3?




Michael Snyder intelligently opines here on the potential for WW3 to start in the Middle East because of what is perhaps the biggest upcoming military peace-time exercise in the region ...

Three-hundred fifty thousand soldiers, 20,000 tanks, 2,450 warplanes and 460 military helicopters are massing in northern Saudi Arabia for a military exercise that is being called "Northern Thunder."

According to the official announcement, forces are being contributed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Sudan, Kuwait, Morocco, Pakistan, Tunisia, Oman, Qatar, Malaysia and several other nations. This exercise will reportedly last for 18 days, and during that time the airspace over northern Saudi Arabia will be closed to air traffic. This will be the largest military exercise in the history of the region, and it comes amid rumors that Saudi Arabia and Turkey are preparing for a massive ground invasion of Syria.

Even if Michael missed the mark on this one, it's clear that a major conflagration is brewing in the Middle East that is going to shortly and dramatically alter the course of world events.

Wayne Grudem - Why Pastors Should Preach about Political Policies



ISIS executioner beheaded by SAS sniper as he demonstrated how to decapitate prisoners

 

A SAS sniper has beheaded an ISIS executioner with a single shot while the militant was teaching jihadis how to decapitate prisoners, it has been reported. Some 20 Islamic fighters were taking part in the executioner's outdoor lesson when he was killed by the elite British soldier - hiding 4,000ft away and using specially-designed 'wounding' bullets. A witness said the entire group of student jihadis then fled, deserting their cause after the ill fated training session at a small village in northern Syria.

Story is here.

Monday, February 15, 2016

ISIS Uses Four-Year-Old Boy to Execute Prisoners



The depravity of ISIS seemingly knows no bounds.

A new video released by the barbaric Islamic group ISIS, which identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, shows the terror organization using a four-year-old British boy to help execute prisoners. The child has been identified as Isa Dare, and is being dubbed by some as “Jihadi Junior.” In the video footage, he is characterized as “[o]ne of the sons of the martyrs who were targeted by coalition airstrikes.”

The child appears in the video next to a Islamic fighter who delivers a message to United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron.

“David Cameron, you sent your spies to Syria, and and when you authorized your men thousands of miles away to push a button to kill our brothers who lived in the west,” the jihadist says. “So today we’re going to kill your spies, the same way they helped you kill our brothers.”


“So prepare your army and gather your nations for we, too, are preparing our army,” he threatens.
The child, who is dressed in fatigues and wears a headband bearing the Islamic State logo, speaks as well.
“We are going to kill the kuffars (non-believers) over there,” he says in the footage, holding a detonator in his hand.
 

The four prisoners, dressed in orange jumpsuits, are placed inside of a car that is rigged with explosives. After the four-year-old presses the button on the detonator, he declares, “Allahu Akbar,” meaning “Allah is the greatest!”

Story is here.

Play portraying Jesus as a transgender woman performed in a church (of all places)

A play that portrays Jesus as a transgender woman who refers to God as 'Mum' is to be performed in a Church of England church today. To the fury of critics who say the play is deeply offensive, the Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, will not block the staging of The Gospel According To Jesus, Queen Of Heaven. The one-woman play by Jo Clifford, an award-winning Scottish playwright who has herself changed gender, imagines Jesus returning to earth as a 'trans woman' and retelling the parables with a transsexual slant.

Story is here.

One Good Man With A Weapon Could Have Stopped The Carnage



Here is a report of another apparent lone-wolf jihadi attack by a machete-wielding Muslim in a Columbus, Ohio restaurant. One good man with a concealed carry weapon could have stopped this carnage in its' tracks. Instead the patrons were reduced to throwing chairs to try and stop the jihadi.

It took more than five months for the Justice Department to decide that the July 2015 mass shooting that killed five U.S. servicemen in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as a terrorist attack. That attack was carried out by Mohammed Youssef Abdulazeez, who emigrated to the U.S. from Kuwait with his parents at the age of 6.

In November last year Faisal Mohammad unleashed a knife attack on fellow students at University of California-Merced, a case that received almost no national media attention and was never ruled a terrorist attack by the Obama administration.

The 2009 attack by Maj. Nidal Hason at Fort Hood, Texas, that killed 13 soldiers was ruled "work place violence.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, recently sent a letter calling on the Obama administration to stop covering up the arrests of Muslim jihadists inside the U.S.

The letter states that since early 2014 there have been 113 arrests of Muslims implicated in terrorist activity on U.S. soil and the Obama administration refuses to provide an immigration history on any of them. Most of the cases have received little or no coverage in the national media.

The restaurant in Ohio remains closed while police investigate.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

10 Ways The Christian Worldview Spawned Scientific Inquiry



History records that it was the Christian worldview that spawned the quest for scientific knowledge in the West during the Middle Ages and especially during the scientific revolution. The rise of science in the Western civilization is unique in world history. As Rodney Stark observes in his work "Victory Of Reason",

Real science arose only once: in Europe. China, Islam, India, and ancient Greece and Rome each had a highly developed alchemy. But only in Europe did alchemy develop into chemistry. By the same token, many societies developed elaborate systems of astrology, but only in Europe did astrology lead to astronomy. Why?

The answer lies in the West’s Christian worldview of God, creation and humanity. As I noted earlier here, the Islamic claim that "Arab scholars were advancing the frontiers of knowledge long before Newton emerged from his study. From flying machines to theoretical physics, the Koran inspired them all" is pure propaganda. Only the Christian worldview provides the necessary preconditions for the intelligibility of scientific inquiry. Science requires a significant number of philosophical assumptions just to even conduct empirical investigation.

The non-Christian worldview ultimately fails under the weight of numerous internal contradictions. Of course unbelievers can be proficient in science (and usually do so very well), but they cannot account for the very science they are doing without relying on the “borrowed capital” from the Christian worldview. Cornelius Van Til argues that unbelievers use the good gifts of God, which are spread throughout creation and on which they unknowingly depend in their thought and life, without giving God the glory. Non-Christian scientists avoid utter nihilism and skepticism in science only by being inconsistent with their own worldview and borrowing elements of God’s revelation in the Christian worldview.

And just what are these borrowed elements from the Christian worldview? What are some of the most important presuppositions without which scientific investigation is impossible? A brief list of such presuppositions presented by the Resurgence web site includes:
  1. The uniformity of nature. The laws, properties, or characteristics of objects and phenomena of a particular class do not vary over distance or time. Nature should be regarded as uniform.
  2. Induction. Since nature is considered uniform, one may, from a limited number of objects/phenomena of a class, properly induce generalizations about all objects/phenomena of that same class.
  3. Ontological/epistemological realism. Nature has an objective existence as an interdependent system, and is both intelligible and accessible to the human intellect.
  4. Mathematical realism. Nature can be described accurately by the use of mathematics.
  5. Methodological, epistemic, and ethical values. Examples of these would be the common claims that some methods constitute good science, others bad or pseudo-science; good theories have certain characteristics; and scientists ought to report accurately and honestly.
  6. The reliability of the human mind and sensory faculties. The human mind and senses “fit” the natural world, and the use of the laws of logic aids discovery of truth and tends to falsify error.
  7. Ontological/conceptual categories. Observed phenomena and entities are defined a priori by known classes such as objects, facts, events, etc. and are construed in a scientific tradition as planets, waves, species, etc.
  8. The usefulness/adequacy of human language to describe nature. Nature corresponds to the mind in such a way that human language closely “fits” nature.
  9. The existence of singularities, ultimate boundary conditions, and brute givens. Certain features/constants of the cosmos are simply taken for granted (eg. the mass of a proton, some values for forces, free acts of moral agents, etc.).
Only the Christian worldview offers all these presuppositions necessary for scientific inquiry. The philosophical preconditions for science are ultimately found in the ancient Hebrew and Greek scriptures. According to Scripture, God is the transcendent and almighty Creator of heaven and earth, and everything owes its very existence and character to His creative powers and definition (Genesis 1; Nehemiah 9:6; Col. 1:16–17). God makes particulars in creation the way they are and determines that they will function as they do. According to Psalm 147:5, “His understanding is infinite.” Ephesians 1:11 declares that God sovereignly governs every event that transpires, determining what, where, when, and how anything takes place. This includes the motion of the planets, the molecular world, and even the death of a sparrow. Isaiah 40:12–28 celebrates the power, creation, providence, delineating, and directing of Yahweh. God has the freedom and control over the created order as the potter has over the clay (Romans 9:21). Moreover, knowledge is possible because of a corresponding capacity created in us by God.

The atheist worldview cannot account for the uniformity of nature on which to base the scientific process. David Hume taught that to say the future will be like the past is to beg the question. Therefore, since the uniformity of nature is an unjustified assumption in the atheistic worldview, there can be no basis upon which to engage in scientific activities. Bertrand Russell succinctly states the problem of assuming the uniformity of nature in The Problems of Philosophy:

The problem we have to discuss is whether there is any reason for believing in what is called ‘the uniformity of nature.’ The belief in the uniformity of nature is the belief that everything that has happened or will happen is an instance of some general law to which there are no exceptions... But science habitually assumes, at least as a working hypothesis, that general rules which have exceptions can be replaced by general rules which have no exceptions... Have we any reason, assuming that they (scientific laws) have always held in the past, to suppose that they (scientific laws) will hold in the future.

Without a basis for the uniformity of nature there is no basis for induction. Russell continues that the business of science is to find uniformities, such as the law of gravitation and the laws of motion. Is it possible to formulate general laws of science in a world with no basis for the uniformity of nature? Russell conclusively answers this in the negative by writing:

Experience might conceivably confirm the inductive principle as regards the cases that have been already examined; but as regards unexamined cases, it is the inductive principle alone that can justify any inference from what has been examined to what has not been examined. All arguments which, on the basis of experience, argue as to the future or the unexperienced parts of the past or present, assume the inductive principle; hence we can never use experience to prove the inductive principle without begging the question. Then we must either accept the inductive principle on the ground of its intrinsic evidence, or forgo all justification of our expectation about the future.

Christians however, are not left with such a problem precisely because the uniformity of nature and induction are compatible with the Christian worldview. God, who is providentially in control of all events, has revealed to humans that we can count on regularities in the natural world. Because of this regularity, the endeavors of science will be fruitful. Science would be impossible without the truth of the Christian worldview.

Kenneth Samples in "Without a Doubt" (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004), pp. 192-94) summarizes ten powerful ways the Christian worldview - alone, unlike all other worldviews -  spawned scientific inquiry.  As summarized by Doug Groothius in "Christian Apologetics" (InterVarsity Press, 2012-06-18) here they are:
  1. The physical universe is an objective reality, which is ontologically distinct from the Creator (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1).
  2. The laws of nature exhibit order, pattern and regularity, since they are established by an orderly God (Psalm 19:1-4).
  3. The laws of nature are uniform throughout the physical universe, since God created and providentially sustains them.
  4. The physical universe is intelligible because God created us to know himself, ourselves and the rest of creation (Genesis 1–2; Proverbs 8).
  5. The world is good, valuable and worthy of careful study because it was created for a purpose by a perfectly good God (Genesis 1). Humans, as the unique image bearers of God, were created to discern, discover and develop the goodness of creation for the glory of God and human betterment through work. The creation mandate (Genesis 1:26-28) includes scientific activity.
  6. Because the world is not divine and therefore not a proper object of worship, it can be an object of rational study and empirical observation.
  7. Human beings possess the ability to discover the universe’s intelligibility, since we are made in God’s image and have been placed on earth to develop its intrinsic possibilities.
  8. Because God did not reveal everything about nature, empirical investigation is necessary to dis cern the patterns God laid down in creation.
  9. God encourages, even propels, science through his imperative to humans to take dominion over nature (Genesis 1:28).
  10. The intellectual virtues essential to carrying out the scientific enterprise (studiousness, honesty, integrity, humility and courage) are part of God’s moral law (Exodus 20:1-17)

Jonathan Cahn's Powerful Speech to the UN On Global Christian Persecution


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Our Reversible Moral Coma



Mike Adams brilliantly defends the concept of absolute truth here in his opinion piece (recounting a debate on the issue of abortion at a college campus) entitled "Our Reversible Moral Coma". It is must-reading.

The problem with America is that our universities teach worldview and our churches don’t. As a consequence, students usually enter college with a limited capacity to answer simple moral questions. By the time they graduate, that capacity is further impaired if not lost altogether. Such substantial moral impairment was on full display in a recent Q&A following a debate on the topic of abortion at Oregon State University (OSU). I participated in that debate and one of the questions I was asked by a student has been reproduced below:

“Dr. Adams, you mentioned that dead things do not grow. But then how can you explain how vegetarians will eat plants, which grow, but will refuse to eat animals. And doesn’t self-awareness matter to define what human life is in terms of personhood?”

In case you did not understand what the student was saying, please allow me to explain. According to the postmodern worldview, to which this student clearly subscribes, there really is no objective truth. Things don’t have essential value because of the kinds of things they are. They have value only if people assign value to them according to some accidental characteristic.

For the postmodernist, the abortion debate should not be focused on truth claims. Choosing abortion is simply a matter of preference. It is like deciding whether to assign value to animals and become a vegetarian or simply decline to do so and head to Texas Roadhouse and eat a 12-ounce steak.

Their basic thesis is that if you personally value human life, then, by all means, have a baby. If you don’t, just have an abortion. You’ve seen this worldview reflected in bumper stickers that say “Don’t like abortion? Don’t have one!” Imagine a similar sticker on a buggy in the 1800s, which read “Don’t like slavery? Don’t own one!”

How does one respond to such a broad worldview problem in a short Q&A with a time limit and a long line of people standing behind the microphone? I responded to the student at OSU by narrowing the question and clarifying her position with a hypothetical. That hypothetical, which follows in its entirety, is a variation of one I first read in Defending Life, written by Baylor philosopher Francis Beckwith: ......

..... Fellow pro-lifers can take away two general lessons from my exchange with the student:

1.We sometimes deal with people whose hearts are so hard that they cannot be persuaded by logic or by the glaring deficiencies in their own reasoning.
2.When we respond to such people with respect and focus on their inherent worth as human beings, we bolster our credibility with people who are sitting on the fence while listening to the exchange.


In other words, we can’t convert everyone. But we can convert many people by arguing respectfully in public exchanges with the unconvertible few. This is why churches need to do more than just actively engage the culture on the issue of abortion. The church needs to train every member of the congregation to defend the unborn with a proper balance of grace and moral clarity.


Quoting Bible verses will not get us anywhere in the debate over abortion. We must first ground our arguments in scientific evidence showing that the unborn are human. Once we do so, our job is not finished. At the end of the day, we must also be able to address the issue of what makes us valuable as humans.

In order to cultivate a basic reverence for human life, Christians need worldview training. Every Christian needs to know how our worldview differs from other worldviews. As disciples, each needs to understand that the truth claims of Christianity are superior and that they are worth defending. In the abortion debate, it is literally a matter of life and death.
In short, there is still a chance that we can stop this country’s moral free fall. But the church must come out of its own moral coma first.

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He is absolutely correct. The inability of most Christians to articulate and navigate life from the perspective of a Christian worldview is appalling. Churches need to spend less time on feel-good sermons and more time teaching a Christian worldview from the pulpit using the Scriptures.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Why Switzerland Has The Lowest Crime Rate In The World

"The key to freedom is the ability to be able to defend yourself"
 

"In a world where political surrealism is the new normal, self-evident truths become heresy"



Dave Carter superbly slaps the politically-cowed crowd with truth here in an opinion piece entitled "Conscripting Women Into The Military Displays The West’s Death Wish".

... We’ll just join hands, celebrate diversity and pray to Heaven above that the enemy is as irredeemably stupid as we are in filling the ranks of its fighting forces.

... Well, senator, part of me thinks that part of you should consider that the federal government doesn’t “ask” men to register any more than it “asks” anyone to pay his taxes. It demands it, senator, even as it would demand (if you had your way) that our daughters, wives, mothers, and sisters register to be taken forcibly into government service.

... Leave aside for the moment the suicidal absurdity of poking our meddling paws into the ethos and composition of such an effective fighting force in pursuing a formula the Marines have already tried and found lacking. Leave aside the fact we are as unlikely to prevail against semi-savage Islamic fanatics as we are to strike fear in their black little hearts by throwing prom queens at them, and consider the message conscripting women sends about a society so blinded by political correctness that it will assist in its own destruction.


Making Women Fight Is Barbarism


Are we so swept away in the search for equality among things that are manifestly not equal that we will consign our daughters and granddaughters, our wives and our sisters, unwillingly, to the tender mercies of an enemy that rapes children, crucifies Christians, and saws off the heads of all who hold contrary beliefs? Are we so intimidated by sniveling agitators that we will atone for our very existence by bowing to the superstition that there is no significant difference between the sexes?

Or, conversely, are we so exasperated by the Left’s radical encroachments on reason and reality that we are prepared throw our hands up as if to say, “Fine, then, do what you wish!” and sit back in our rocking chairs to watch the world implode?

... If the idea that gentlemen protect their wives, sisters and daughters has been anachronized, then it would suggest that the “civilization” part of the West has atrophied to the point that it is barely even recognizable, a point greatly to be lamented. It causes me to wonder, in my darker moments, exactly what the hell was I defending?

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As one who spent 20 years on active duty in the Armed Forces, I add my voice of agreement to what Dave so eloquently penned. Those advocating women in combat conveniently ignore the facts regarding the very real differences between men and women, having bought into the egalitarian heresy espoused by the culture.

Most disturbing for me though is the apparent capitulation of senior military leaders who are willing to sacrifice the wives, daughters and mothers of America on the altar of political correctness to save their careers. Shame on them.

They Gleefully Advocate The Worse Form Of Violence





A pro-abortion staff member at Purdue University threatened to rape pro-life women in an online comment to an article posted by the pro-life website Live Action News. See here. Take note that it's the pro-abortion advocates who are inherently violent since they gleefully advocate the worse form of violence to begin with - the slaughter of innocents in the womb.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Islam Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West

"These eggs are hatching and what comes out is something from Nazi Germany ... what the Muslims do to their own children is even worse."
 


"Welcome to the TSA: the Total Security Abyss"



Michelle Malkin pulls the curtain back here on the largely-ineffective security theater of the TSA.

A budget of $7 billion. A workforce of 55,000. Useless explosives-screening “puffing” machines. Unreliable full-body scanners. Thousands of lost and stolen badges and weapons. Unknown numbers of criminals, illegal aliens, imposters, and terror operatives with security clearance to do as they please on ramps and runways across America.

Welcome to the TSA: the Total Security Abyss.

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Created after the 9/11 attacks by a panicked government, the Transportation Security Administration is a study in government bureaucracy gone mad. As recently reported here in a leaked report, the TSA is outrageously expensive and yet 95% ineffective.

The Colors Of The Four Horses in Revelation

In Revelation 6:1-7, the colors of the four horses of the apocalypse are white, red, black and green.

 
Now take a look at these flags of various nations around Israel:
 
Jordan
 
Palestinian Territories
 
Sudan
 
 
Kuwait
 
United Arab Emirates
 
Libya
 
Afghanistan
 
Syria 
 
Iraq
 
 Iran
 
Oman
 
 
Egypt
 
Yemen
 
Algeria