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



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

We Get The Leadership We Deserve



History records that as ancient Israel descended into idolatry, decadence and depravity, their leadership became more and more corrupt.

How corrupt Is Washington D.C.?

This crooked ------- Read some 2006 background here about Florida Democrat Rep. Alcee Hastings who is the latest political figure targeted by sexual misconduct claims.  A woman who accused Hastings of sexual harassment was secretly paid a $220,000 settlement by taxpayers in 2014. Hastings was removed from his federal judgeship in 1989 by the US Senate, which convicted him on eight articles of impeachment, including bribery.  Hastings had been acquitted in a criminal trial six years earlier, but evidence later emerged that he'd lied and provided false documents in those proceedings, leading to Congress throwing him off the bench. After being forced out of his judicial position in disgrace, amid the stench of corruption and dishonesty, Hastings turned around and ran for Congress as a Democrat.  He won the party's nomination and the general election, and has been a reliable vote for Democratic leadership ever since.

The fact that Florida voters not only elected Hastings to office but have securely ensconced him in power for decades, doesn't bode well for the United States. We're merely getting the leadership we deserve.

You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (James 4:4, ESV)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Welcome to the Hell Hole that is Brussels



At first glance, it could be a dramatic scene from a science-fiction movie. But this giant hole of fire in the heart of the Karakoram Desert is not the aftermath of an attack on Earth, launched from outer space. It is a crater made by geologists more than 40 years ago, and the flames within have been burning ever since. Soviet geologists were drilling at the site in 1971 and tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas. But the ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a hole with a diameter of 70 metres. Fearing that the hole would lead to the release of poisonous gases, the team decided to burn it off. It was hoped that the fire would use all the fuel within days, but the gas is still burning today. Welcome to Derweze in Turkmenistan - or, as the locals refer to it, 'The Door to Hell'.

"Hell-hole" is a somewhat appropriate description for what's becoming of Brussels, the de-facto capital of the European Union.

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If you penetrate the thick cloud of professional indignation to scrutinize the reality of the "capital of Europe", what you see in many respects is actually a hell hole, one where socialism, Islamism, riots and looting are the new normal. Last month alone in Brussels, there were three separate outbreaks of rioting and looting on a major scale.

.... Brussels is rapidly descending into chaos and anarchy. Exactly two months after that dramatic Trumpism, Brussels was eviscerated by a horrific Islamic terror attack that left 32 people dead. And that was only the tip of the monstrous iceberg that has built up over three decades of mass immigration and socialist madness.

..... lawlessness, with not even the remotest political justification, is the new normal in Brussels. Politicians may not like that fact, which is the result of their lamentable failure, but it is nonetheless a massive and unavoidable fact. The new Brussels is characterized by riots and looting by people of foreign origin, as well as the ongoing heavily-armed military presence in the streets of Brussels, in place since March 22, 2016, the day that European Islamists murdered 32 and wounded 340 people in the worst-ever terrorist attack in Belgium.

..... Destexhe is an interesting figure in Belgian politics. In French-speaking Belgium, he has been among the few to say publicly that the mass-immigration Belgians are inflicting upon themselves is unsustainable, that Islam may not be such a peaceful religion, and that school classes in which 90% of the children are of foreign origin, who do not speak French or Dutch at home, are not a recipe for success. Such may be taken as a given in much of the Western world, but in the French-speaking part of Belgium, heavily influenced by the French worldview, he was considered right-wing, if not an extremist, a racist, and other such niceties the Left often utters.

...... Brussels has, from the opulent conservative and "bourgeois" city that it was 25 years ago, morphed into a hell hole.

Article is here.

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Brussels is a foretaste of America's future given the road that we're currently heading down. Just as happened in ancient Israel when the nation collectively jettisoned truth, anarchy and chaos will ultimately reign supreme as everyone becomes an island unto themselves and individually decide "what seems right". Christians in this country that espouse traditional Biblical values will be increasingly marginalized, ostracized and lambasted as racist bigots. Christians are playing with fire when they feel comfortably-at-ease immersed in a culture that is obsessed with greed and worships the god of secular humanism, that mocks morality and marriage, that progressively admires and celebrates the obscene, that disdains life in the womb and that shreds any distinction between male and female. Much of the Body of Christ is in sore need of a divine renewal of the mind. Only then will we collectively and individually experience a stunning peace that the world can never impart (Phil 4:7).

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Rom 12:2, ESV)

A Millennial Job Interview


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Using language as a way of controlling the mind is nothing new


Sean Davis penned an insightful essay here entitled "What C.S. Lewis Can Teach Us About America’s Pronoun Wars".

While the pronoun wars may be new to America, the writings of C.S. Lewis show that the fight over language as a way of controlling the mind is nothing new.

While it may seem that America’s pronoun wars — namely the debate about whether words like “he” and “she” reflective the objective reality of biological sex — are a new and frightening development in human history, the works of C.S. Lewis remind us that in the fight over language, there’s nothing new under the sun. In his book “The Abolition of Man,” for example, Lewis expertly explains the nature and stakes of the battle over whether language reflects objective reality or only subjective experience .......

Lewis goes on to excoriate "the notion that objective reality is nothing more than a function of subjective emotions."


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Indeed. As the culture divorces itself from reality and descends into Wonderland, there is an insurmountable problem - i.e., sooner or later reality inevitably intrudes and slaps the delusional with consequences. Hard. And unfortunately, sometimes fatally.

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. (Heb 2:1, ESV)

Doomsday

From the 1983 movie "Wargames", this scenario becomes more likely with more and more rogue nations gaining nuclear capability ......


Friday, December 8, 2017

Legal Does Not Mean Moral


There is a striking scene in the movie "The Godfather, part 3" where Mafia chieftain Michael Corleone relates a period in his life when he tried to leave a life of crime and become a legal, respectable member of society. But as he says,

"All my life I kept trying to go up in society. Where everything higher up was legal. But the higher I go, the crookeder it becomes."
―Michael Corleone (in the movie Godfather 3)

The fictitious character Michael Corleone articulates a truth all too evident in today's disintegrating culture. Politicians (most of whom are also lawyers) excel at finding legal loopholes to justify their increasingly immoral behavior. Martin Luther was correct when he characterized them as generally the biggest fools or worst scoundrels on earth. The problem is that politicians foolishly equate legality with morality. But moral standing is entirely distinct from legal standing. Legality does not assign morality. Moral standing - the question of right versus wrong - is ultimately defined, assigned and arbitrated by God ....... not by man. We may rule on what is civilly legal, but we have no power to assign or change moral standing.

Homosexuality (once illegal in this country) is now legal, but that does not change its immoral standing. Abortion is legal while remaining a highly immoral act. The insanity of transgenderism may now be legal, but its moral standing has not changed. As the culture descends deeper into immorality, it will increasingly declare as "legal" its immoral acts.

Don't be fooled by the spider's web of deceit.

They say that what is right is wrong and what is wrong is right; that black is white and white is black; bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. (Isa 5:20, Living Bible)

A Politically Incorrect Christmas


Thursday, December 7, 2017

The mind-blowing mystery of time



Age of Jesus Christ’s Purported Tomb Revealed


Over the centuries, Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre has suffered violent attacks, fires, and earthquakes. It was totally destroyed in 1009 and subsequently rebuilt, leading modern scholars to question whether it could possibly be the site identified as the burial place of Christ by a delegation sent from Rome some 17 centuries ago.

Now the results of scientific tests provided to National Geographic appear to confirm that the remains of a limestone cave enshrined within the church are remnants of the tomb located by the ancient Romans.


Read about it here.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The scam artists in contemporary sex education


Carl Trueman (William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion in Public Life at the James Madison Program at Princeton University) brilliantly roasts here the scam of contemporary sex education that promised us freedom but instead sowed a moral and social deficit that is evident in broken families and damaged bodies. Unfortunately, I suspect his admonition to put sex back into a moral framework will largely fall on deaf ears amidst a culture sucked into hedonism.

...... during the 1980s, the least acceptable response to the AIDS crisis was the promotion of abstinence. Promiscuity was held to be normative, opponents of it were decried as idiotic and prudish, and any acceptable solution had to be built on these foundational truths.

Thirty years on, the failed pattern continues. 


... The change in sexual habits is presented not as a problem, but as a reality to be accommodated. This makes perfect sense, given the divorce of sexual activity from any kind of moral framework or personal narrative. As sex is essentially amoral (except when consent is absent—and then it is only the violation of consent, not the sex, that is immoral), so the education that surrounds it is amoral, too.

.... Modern sex education keeps failing to deliver on its promises—indeed, it keeps plunging society into deeper and deeper problems—and it keeps proposing as the solution more and more of the same. Sexual assault is heinous, and even the clients of prostitutes want something more significant than an anonymous encounter. The notion that sex can be pursued as recreation, isolated from a larger relational and moral context, is an obvious scam. But we keep getting mugged by reality.

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Contemporary culture has taken the priceless jewel and divinely-bestowed gift of human sexuality, and morphed it via moral chaos into dime-store plastic jewelry.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

It's not a question of "if" but when "when" Europe becomes Islamic




Pew Research published a detailed study here outlining the alarming growth of the European Muslim population even with "zero migration" going forward. Combined with the declining numbers of the non-Muslim population, it's not a question of "if" but when "when" Europe becomes Islamic.

These growing numbers of Muslims in Europe, combined with the projected shrinkage of the non-Muslim population, are expected to result in a rising share of Muslims in Europe’s overall population in all scenarios. 

.... In Europe overall, even if all Muslim migration into Europe were to immediately and permanently stop – a zero migration scenario – the overall Muslim population of Europe would be expected to rise by 2.5 percentage points, from the current level of 4.9% to 7.4% by 2050. This is because Muslims in Europe are considerably younger and have a higher fertility rate than other Europeans. Without any future migrants, these prevailing demographic trends would lead to projected rises of at least 3 percentage points in the Muslim shares of France, Belgium, Italy and the UK.

The Poison of Subjectivism by C.S. Lewis



Monday, December 4, 2017

Massive ‘ocean’ discovered deep beneath Earth’s crust



A reservoir of water three times the volume of all the oceans has been discovered deep beneath the Earth’s surface. The finding could help explain where Earth’s seas came from.

The water is hidden inside a blue rock called ringwoodite that lies 700 kilometres underground in the mantle, the layer of hot rock between Earth’s surface and its core.

The huge size of the reservoir throws new light on the origin of Earth’s water. Some geologists think water arrived in comets as they struck the planet, but the new discovery supports an alternative idea that the oceans gradually oozed out of the interior of the early Earth.

“It’s good evidence the Earth’s water came from within,” says Steven Jacobsen of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.


....... “We should be grateful for this deep reservoir,” says Jacobsen. “If it wasn’t there, it would be on the surface of the Earth, and mountain tops would be the only land poking out.”

Read about it here.

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The last place secular scientists will look for truth is in the Bible. Petrified by the idea of a transcendent and omnipotent Creator, they will embrace any extra-Biblical theory to explain life no matter how bizarre. Thus the serious proposal that life on Earth was seeded by aliens (i.e., see here.) Or the preposterous theory that comets produced the enormous quantity of water in the world's oceans.

The vast oceans of water beneath the Earth’s crust is precisely what the Bible describes in the first book of Genesis. In fact, prior to the flood of Noah’s day, it had never rained. The waters from the fountains of the deep (the water reservoirs beneath the Earth’s crust) provided water.

And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. (Genesis 2:5-6).

This was the state of the Earth until the days of the global flood judgment. And it would be two-fold: water came from the sky in torrential rain, and from the ground, as The Lord caused the huge oceans of subterranean water to burst forth and shoot onto the surface.

And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. (Genesis 7:10-11).

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Court should have known it would happen


Don't put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there (Ps 146:3, NLT)

Mark Bauerlein states the obvious in his excellent essay here entitled "You Can Say That". His thesis is that the foolish Supreme Court ruling in 1971 of Cohen v. California (which turned on whether a man who entered a Los Angeles courthouse wearing a jacket marked “F—- the Draft” could be arrested for “offensive conduct”) laid the foundation for incivility. The Court said “No,” reversing a lower court ruling.

And here we are, forty-six years after Cohen, with waves of nasty tweets out of Hollywood, speakers at the Lincoln Memorial shouting curse words to righteous crowds, and the most popular songs on college campuses spewing language that would make Carlin shudder. Even liberals agree that the public sphere looks anything but more capacious and expressive and pluralistic. They reject, reflexively, any speech restrictions based on aesthetic norms, but they too regret the coarseness and incivility. The head of the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Obama organized a national “Civility Tour” to stem the epidemic of American nastiness.

The Court should have known it would happen.

..... You and I may have no problem in calling such messages crude and inappropriate and expelling them from the room, but not the justices. They erased the line between principled objection and puerile insult. A four-letter word now rises to the level of meaningful, respectable expression.

..... The saddest part of this prevaricating, trimming episode in the Supreme Court, which bears so closely on contemporary life, is that if those justices were alive today and witnessed the triumph of vulgarity everywhere in American mass culture, they would, I suspect, shake their heads in tired resignation and persevere in their decision.


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Amen.

Early in the 21st century, we've reaped what we sowed. We naively trust those who occupy positions of high authority and power, falsely believing the "system" elevates only the wisest and most deserving. But in fact - in this fallen world - it's usually the most conniving, unethical and immoral that rise into those positions. With very few exceptions (i.e., Justice Scalia), the truly righteous tend to be weeded out. We foolishly sowed some very bad seed decades ago, and the rotten fruit is understandably now nauseating the culture.

What Is Beyond The Universe?

(One of the comments provides the correct answer theologically - Heaven & Hell lie beyond the physical Universe)

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Disney Debuts 'First Boy Princess'


I gave up Disney animated features long ago, frustrated with their leftist propaganda, homosexualizing and politically-correct nonsense. As reported here, they have now proudly unveiled their first "boy princess" cartoon. Parents that expose their young children to Disney are foolishly sowing bad seed.

Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it (Prov 22:6)

Significance of the Agarwood tree in Scripture


I'm a fragrance connoisseur.

Perfume has mysterious power to elicit specific responses in the body and psyche. One can instantly be transported to a different place and time upon smelling a specific scent from their past; indeed, perfume is often the key to our memories. (To this day whenever I smell an orange tree, I'm instantly transported to outside the airport in Tel Aviv in the late 1980s where I was greeted with the luxurious scent upon departing the terminal building.) Long after one has forgotten what a woman wore, the memory of her perfume lingers.

Scented oils, perfumes and other fragrances have been adorned by people since earliest recorded civilization. Today, fragrances abound - from scented candles, to all your favorite bath and body products. There are numerous reasons why people wear perfumes, but ultimately it boils down to the fact that they make us feel happy. The reason we feel happy is heavily dependent on the individual, but can range from the presence of pheromones, memories the scent invokes, a feeling of escape, and the ability to show individuality through fragrances.

Fragrant aromatic substances including ointments, anointing oils, and incense are mentioned in quite a few places in the Bible. In fact, the Bible has many verses that reference the use of fragrance - i.e., see here. They were used for religious (rituals, etc.), health (medicinal), personal (pleasure, cosmetic), and funeral purposes. When a useful substance (like olive oil for anointing or to protect the skin in the hot, dry climate) didn't smell particularly good by itself, adding a fragrance added pleasure, a sense of significance, and a distinctive association. Several fragrant spices and oils are mentioned in the Scriptures. A few of the fragrant substances were native to Palestine, and the others had to be imported, mostly from tropical countries. Most were relatively expensive, so. their uses were reserved by most (the non-rich) for special occasions.

Many of the oils mentioned in the Bible are what today we call essential oils. Why are they called “essential oils?” Each of these extracts or oils is the “essence” of the plant it comes from. One of the definitions of “essential” is “absolute, undiluted.” So essential oils are the extracts from plants that are distilled into concentrated, pure oils that retain the unique aromatic and medicinal qualities of that plant but in concentrated form. Historically most “perfumes” were essential oils.

The "aloe" mentioned in the Bible for the burial of Jesus is known as "Oud" today and comes from the agarwood tree. The agarwood tree referred to in the Scripture (Ps 45:8; Pr 7:17; Ca 4:14 ) is large and can grow to a height of 100 feet. The inner core of the trunk and some branches are impregnated with resin and an odoriferous oil from which comes the highly prized fragrance known as "oud" today. Attaining its most aromatic state in decay and infected with a specific fungus, the wood is sometimes buried in the ground to hasten the decaying process. Quality oud oil is quite costly, approximately $8000/lb. Pure oud oil is very expensive. A measly three grams of pure oud oil can be purchased here for $700 (Black Friday discount.)

The bible records that Nicodemus brought “a roll of myrrh and aloes” weighing about 100 Roman pounds (33 kg), to be used in preparing for Jesus' burial. Nicodemus’ contribution must have required a considerable outlay of money on his part. While some apply the term “aloes” in this text to the plant of the lily family that now bears the botanical name of Aloe vera, the product of this plant (a thick juice from the leaves) is employed not for its aroma but as a purgative and for other health-related purposes. The aloe brought by Nicodemus was almost certainly the same aloeswood or agarwood product as that referred to in the Hebrew Scriptures. Aloes, today, are the costliest of biblical scents. Up untill today, many of the Kings' garments are fragranced in agarwood, replicating the practice of the kings of the ancient world.

For outstanding contemporary fragrances that feature oud oil, here are three that I recommend:
  • Tom Ford Oud wood (here)
  • Amouage Interlude (here)
  • Montale Black Aoud (here)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Deep in darkness, the city is allergic to any light.


The Archdiocese of Washington wanted to extend an invitation to commuters to find the perfect Christmas gift by advertising on city buses with the above ad. However, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) rejected it, deeming it offensive because it “depicts a religious scene and thus seeks to promote religion." (Story is here.) But the transit authority is more than happy to promote other enterprises – like gay hookup websites. In 2016 the transit authority defended its decision to allow Squirt.org to advertise citing First Amendment rights, CNS News reported here.

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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is merely reflecting the increasingly debauched and depraved values of Washington. Deep in darkness, the city is allergic to any light.

For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. (John 3:20, ESV)

Useful Idiots of Cultural Jihad


Judith Bergman warns here of the capitulation of western corporations to cultural jihad, focusing on Mattel's Hijab Barbie.

Far from being a symbol of empowerment, the new Hijab Barbie is an example of a cultural and civilizational jihad -- and the submission of a Western company, Mattel, to that jihad. Cultural jihad is the attempt to change and subvert Western culture from within, or more simply put: to Islamize it. Rather than reminding girls of a world of opportunities, the hijab reminds them of all the things they cannot do in many Muslim countries. These include decisions about their own lives and bodies, such as not having their genitals mutilated, and generally not leading the free lives that women in the West -- including the ones working at Mattel -- probably take for granted.

Unfortunately, there is an increasing number of "useful idiots" in positions of power and authority within western governments, that are not only submitting to cultural jihad but also supporting and encouraging it. Far more dangerous and effective than militant jihad is soft jihad, as I warned here in 2013.

"Soft" jihad seeks to impose Shari'a onto every country by non-confrontational means.  Deceiving its' target population into apathy, it is also much more effective - in the long run - than traditional violent jihad.  Under the banners of "tolerance" and "civil rights," soft jihadists introduce little-by-little in piecemeal fashion, the elements of Shari'a into Western societies and then demand that non-Muslims make allowance for those elements.  Soft jihadists disparage those who dare to discuss the negative aspects of Shari'a (and Islam) as "racists" and "Islamophobes."  Ultimately, they exploit the West’s respect for minority rights and cultures to transform pluralistic societies into Islamic states and gradually sweep away Western notions of legal equality, freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and individual rights.

In July 2017, a  consultant for a privately held Homeland Security entity warned here of the soft jihad encircling America, identifying "concerted efforts by power brokers in Washington (led by FED security agencies, backed up by a complicit media with a sundry list of globalists at their disposal) operate with deliberate force to separate Islam from jihadi terror." The author identifies and elaborates on the different phases of this stealth jihad and warns that "the fact remains that a majority of Americans remain blind to the oncoming jihadi encirclement."

Gene Veith warned in 2008 that "Traditional jihad is waged with scimitars and their contemporary equivalents, e.g., stolen Boeing 767s, which make handy instruments of mass homicide. Soft jihad is a quieter affair: it uses and abuses the language and the principles of democratic liberalism not to secure the institutions and attitudes that make freedom possible but, on the contrary, to undermine that freedom and pave the way for self-righteous, theocratic intolerance. Soft jihad is patient. It can add and multiply as well as Mark Steyn can (and here). It, too, sees the demographic writing on the wall and is content to wait a few years to occupy the West’s real estate—it’s so much easier, when you come right down to it, than blowing the stuff up and then finding yourself with a massive clean-up and rebuilding bill. Just sit tight and watch the infidels tie themselves into knots making excuses for you while, elsewhere in their lives, they embrace barrenness as an “environmentally friendly” alternative to Genesis 1:28."

Worst of all, much of the western church is not only blind to this encroaching stealth jihad, but is actually a useful idiot in its' spread and effectiveness.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Prepare Now


Europe is contracepting itself into demographic oblivion.


George Weigel provides some alarming statistics here on the declining fertility rate in Europe, warning of "a culture in which love and reproduction are technologically sundered; a culture in which children become another lifestyle choice, like the choice of vacation (the Dalmatian coast or Majorca) or automobile (BMW or Mercedes-Benz); a culture in which the family is defined absent its most fundamental characteristic, the transmission of the gift of life and the nurturance of the young."

Demographers tell us that a society must have a “Total Fertility Rate” (TFR) of slightly over 2.1 (the average number of children a woman has during her child-bearing years) in order to maintain its population over time. Here are the most recent Eurostat TFP figures for the countries of the European Union in 2014: Austria: 1.47; Belgium: 1.74; Bulgaria: 1.53; Croatia: 1.46; Cyprus: 1.31; Czech Republic: 1.53; Denmark: 1.69; Finland: 1.71; France: 2.01; Germany: 1.47; Great Britain: 1.81; Greece: 1.30; Hungary: 1.44; Ireland: 1.94; Italy: 1.37; Latvia: 1.54; Lithuania: 1.63; Luxembourg: 1.50; Malta: 1.42; Netherlands: 1.71; Poland: 1.32; Portugal: 1.23; Romania: 1.52; Spain: 1.32; Slovakia: 1.37; Slovenia: 1.58; Sweden: 1.88. Thus, the TFR for the European Union as a whole in 2014 was 1.58, well below population-replacement level and heading toward the demographic Niagara Falls that demographers call “lowest-low fertility.”

Please note that no EU country was in a major war in 2014. Nor was any EU country beset by a devastating plague. Nor did Europe suffer a Vesuvius- or Krakatoa-like natural disaster. In other words, none of the causes of demographic collapse that have depleted populations throughout history was in play in the European Union in 2014. And insofar as I’m aware, European men have not suffered the loss of fertility that sets the stage for P. D. James’s brilliant novel, The Children of Men.

So from a strictly social-scientific point of view, one is led to the inescapable conclusion that Europe’s infertility is self-induced. Which means that European infertility is deliberate and willful, not random and accidental. Which means that Europe is contracepting itself into demographic oblivion.


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The precipitously declining fertility rate combines with the dramatic Islamic influx to portend an ominous future for Europe ....... and western civilization. As chronicled here, in 2011 Bat Ye'or warned of the complex strategy of the Islamic world to Islamicize Europe.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Most People Don't Even Realize What's Coming

The vast majority of people - including most Christians - are ignorant of how fast the world is approaching the final age prophesied in Scripture. Accepting without question all new technology is the hallmark of people who will embrace the coming global dictatorial regime. Discernment is paramount and is ultimately grounded in real (not technological) relationship ... first with Christ and then with our fellow man. Disconnect from a world accelerating into judgment.


Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life[a]—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17, ESV)

The truth won't always make us feel good, but it will set us free


Ben Godwin has an essay here worth pondering entitled "Was Jesus a 'Feel-Good' Preacher?"

...... Paul warned Timothy, "For the time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine, but they will gather to themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, having itching ears, and they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn to myths" (2 Tim. 4:3-4).

Contrary to some opinions, Jesus wasn't always a Mr. Nice Guy who never offended anyone with His words and carefully avoided controversy. Some people have the misguided notion that Jesus was a "feel-good" preacher who was always sweet, kind, diplomatic and never made waves or rocked the boat. Are you kidding me? What Bible have they been reading?

Jesus offended many people with unvarnished truth that made them feel uncomfortable (John 6:60-61). The late Jamie Buckingham expressed this reality in his clever book title, The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Make You Miserable. Sometimes the truth hurts; it hits us right between the eyes and cuts like a knife. Jesus didn't preach what I call "cotton candy sermons" that are in vogue today—fluffy strings of sugar-coated thoughts woven together to make people feel good, but containing little spiritual substance. In fact, Mark 12:37 (NKJV) indicates that "The common people heard Him gladly," probably because He told the truth without any religious pretenses or pulling any punches. But make no mistake, not everyone heard Jesus gladly .......


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Ben sounds a much-needed clarion call for the church today. Yes, the truth will undoubtedly inflame many. But it will also set multitudes free.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Missing Prerequisite For Leadership


So the last will be first, and the first last. (Matt 20:16, ESV)

The vast majority of those ensconced in high leadership positions today, particularly at the national level, have such a bankrupt lust for power that they foolishly sacrifice things of true value to gain and keep their positions. They stand in stark contrast to those whom God has called to effective leadership throughout history.

The first President of the newly-formed United States, George Washington, did not want the Presidency and had to be coaxed into accepting it. The same is true with virtually everyone in Scripture that God called into effective leadership. Virtually none was actively seeking or campaigning for a position of power. In fact, Scripture consistently paints an unflattering picture of those who were anxious for authority (i.e., Simon the magician in Acts 8.)

After his 40 years in the desert, Moses clearly did not believe he was qualified. Saul was the choice of the people of ancient Israel to be king while his successor David was the choice of God ....... and it's apparent from Scripture that becoming king was the furthest thing from David's mind and aspiration as he shepherded his father's sheep. Solomon's answer to God's offer to grant him literally anything he desired, paints him as an oddball in contrast to today's "leaders". None of the apostles that Jesus called was actively seeking that kind of position (except perhaps Judas who betrayed Him). Clearly, it was the last thing on Paul's mind when he encountered the risen Christ on the Damascus road.

There is a clear lesson here. One of the primary prerequisites for effective leadership is a reluctance to accept the position. The most qualified for leadership is usually the individual not actively seeking it and who does not believe that he/she is even qualified. Contrast that with the overwhelming majority of national "leaders" today who clamor for ever more power and prestige, and refuse to resign even when confronted with evidence of behavior that clearly disqualifies them.

Most will be shocked at who is ultimately elevated into positions of authority and responsibility in the kingdom of God. Authority in the Kingdom of God is starkly different than authority in the world.

The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matt 23:11-12, ESV)

Monday, November 27, 2017

If you want your children to stay out of poverty and prison, the formula is very simple


Justin Haskins articulates here on America’s new supreme moral law-giver ....... the media.

U.S. Census Bureau data show being born into a household with two married parents decreases the likelihood of a child growing up in poverty by 82 percent. As Rector notes, only 6.8 percent of married, two-parent households with children are in poverty in the United States, compared to 37.1 percent of households with children led by only a female parent.

If you want your children to stay out of poverty and prison, the formula is very simple: Don’t have kids until you’re married, a position so taboo in our modern society that those who express such a claim are often deemed to be bigots.

...... The root cause of these wild inconsistencies is that the void in our culture left by a rejection of religion has been filled by the news media and, to some extent, Hollywood, who spark moral outrage whenever it suits them.


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Read the entire article to understand how the media becomes "god". Haskins makes a valid argument. The media is nothing more than a platform for the elites to propagandize the populace. If done effectively, the media becomes the transmission through which "god" speaks to the populace - for all practical purposes. The Nazis understood this and Joseph Goebbels, the Reich Minister of Propaganda, excelled at his job. The Nazi propaganda principles are abstracted from Jowett & O'Donnell:
  • Avoid abstract ideas - appeal to the emotions.
  • Constantly repeat just a few ideas. Use stereotyped phrases.
  • Give only one side of the argument.
  • Continuously criticize your opponents.
  • Pick out one special "enemy" for special vilification.
Note how closely the contemporary media adheres to these principles. Only a gullible fool will believe everything the media presents. A wise person tests everything.

The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps. (Prov 14:!5, NASB)

but test everything; hold fast what is good (1 Thess 5:21, ESV)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Demonic Abortionist Stripped Of Medical License


Earlier this year I posted here a disturbing video of a San Diego abortionist's bizarre demonic rant. He has been stripped of his medical license.

It was abortionist Robert Santella who confronted pro-life activist Zephaniah Mel with a pair of surgical scissors, a rant that included hissing and growling, and a confession that he loved killing children.

“That behavior, along with complaints of malpractice and botched abortions, resulted in Santella’s firing from the abortion chain, which he had been affiliated with for over 30 years,” Sullenger said.

Santella was forced to surrender his medical license after the California Medical Board charged him with negligence and unprofessional conduct, she said. Santella’s private office on College Avenue in San Diego, where he also conducted abortions, is also closed.

...... A woman watching the video after it was posted online noticed the identification badge Santella was wearing and brought the encounter to the attention of Sharp Healthcare, a group of hospitals in San Diego County.

Allyson Smith posted to her Facebook page the email she sent to the company:

Hi there, I would like to bring this video to your attention. The crazed doctor in this video is Robert Santella, who performs abortions at Family Planning Associates on Miramar Road. You’ll notice he is wearing a Sharp Healthcare ID tag. A quick Internet search reveals that he is affiliated with Grossmont Hospital. Why is this “doctor” allowed to be affiliated with Grossmont Hospital? He is nuts and should be fired. What will you do about him? Thanks.

Grossmont Hospital replied to Smith’s email:


Thank you for your message. We appreciate your concerns regarding this physician, and we can assure you that he is no longer affiliated with any of our hospitals, he is not employed by our medical groups, and he does not practice or have admitting privileges at any of our facilities. We are currently looking into other aspects of this matter, and we will provide updates as we have more information.

Read about it here.

Friday, November 24, 2017

The Perfumed Princes of the Pentagon


Clyde Ward authored a pertinent editorial here entitled "The Perfumed Princes of the Pentagon". His spot-on thesis is that "American elites are killing America."

If you're not familiar with the term "Perfumed Prince," take a look at Air Force LTG Jay Silveria, Commander of the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs.

Silveria achieved the national spotlight by chewing out the entire class over racial slurs posted on five cadets' quarters.  Months later, it turned out that one of the targets was actually the perpetrator.

.... Colonel David Hackworth coined the term "Perfumed Princes"  to describe the leaders who sidestepped the Vietnam disaster and infested the senior ranks, playing the academic or business manager while they squeezed out soldiers on the soggy end.

..... Martin Dempsey, 18th chairman of the Army chief of staff, 2011-2015, persisted with the hyphenated American being our strength to the end of his career.  Never mind that the attack at Fort Hood in 2009 was perpetrated by a Muslim-American Army psychiatrist-major.  Of this, Gen. George W. Casey, Jr. chimed in at the time, "as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse."

The tragedy was that Hasan's behavior had been scaring the pants off his colleagues in Army mental health, of all places, for years.  But they understand.  Diversity comes first.

The tragedy was that the Army maintained that firing some 140 rounds in a medical processing center while yelling "Allahu akbar" was "workplace violence" until 2015, when a funding bill forced the Perfumed Princes to reclassify the incident as "combat-related."  Until then, all the dozens of victims had been denied appropriate benefits and the Purple Heart, thirteen awarded posthumously.

.....American elites are killing America.  But when our most focused, disciplined, and universal institution withers, it's time to stop, smell the roses, and pin the carnations.  Perfumed Princes are not going to fall on their own swords.


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The current military promotion system efficiently flushes out virtually anyone who dares to buck whatever political-correctness is being promoted by the political elites no matter how immoral, bizarre or nonsensical. By the time the "Perfumed Princes" reach the upper ranks, any of their peers who were not afraid to articulate moral values and stand for principle, are long gone. Feigning command interest in their subordinates, the real passion of the remaining"yes-men" is their own self-promotion. There is a strong correlation between the Pentagon elite and the political elite in Washington, for the corruptness of Washington D.C. makes bedfellows of the vast majority of those who "serve" there no matter in what capacity. Those who refuse to conform to the Borg are either forcefully ejected from the system, or choose to leave of their own free will to avoid contamination.

If you see the extortion of the poor,
or the perversion of justice and fairness in the government,
do not be astonished by the matter.
For the high official is watched by a higher official,
and there are higher ones over them!
(Ecc 5:8, NET)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The 7 Signs Of An Empire In Decline


The Collapse of Mormonism

Truth comes into the light and withstands all scrutiny. Deceit on the other hand, thrives on ignorance and stays in the dark. This is why one of the central tents (and demands) of Mormon Church leadership is that LDS members stay away from any and all scholarship that contradicts Mormon theology, history or teaching.  The Church does not allow members to openly and independently investigate or question its core beliefs or historical claims, or to challenge its leadership or core values. It does not allow  hard-to-swallow doctrines to be discussed with potential converts before they have digested simpler ones (called “milk before meat”), nor for these doctrines to be publicly disseminated. When members do these things, and do not leave the Church voluntarily, they are “disfellowshipped” or excommunicated. 

“Lying for the Lord” is the term some ex-Mormons use for the Mormon practice of not telling the whole truth or dissimulating when necessary to further the image and interests of the Church. In the 19th Century, when the clash between Mormons and mainstream Christians was more overt, deception was more overt as well.  Examples often cited are the denials by LDS leaders and members when they were charged with condoning and practicing polygamy (“plural marriage”). Since polygamy became illegal throughout the United States in the mid-19thCentury, church leaders such as Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and Heber Kimball, as well as members who practiced polygamy were breaking the law, so that secrecy and denial were considered necessary to protect the church.  At times deception assumed the status of a religious duty.  This stance led to perjury by LDS President Joseph Fielding Smith and others during the Reed Smoot Congressional Hearings of 1904-7.


Many prominent 19th and 20th Century Egyptologists have examined the Joseph Smith papyri, including the one from the Egyptian “Book of Breathings” which is thought to be the specific papyrus which Smith translated as the main text of the Book of Abraham. All the papyri are inscribed with hieratic funerary texts, and the “Book of Breathings” is dated to the 1st Century BC or AD, 2000 years after Abraham supposedly lived. It is the unanimous opinion of the many Egyptologists who have examined the papyri that the text of Smith’s Book of Abraham, together with his related interpretations of the papyrus “facsimiles,” bear no resemblance whatsoever to the papyri texts. The Book of Abraham  is, in the words of these renowned Egyptologists, an “impudent fraud” (A. H. Sayce, Oxford Univ.), “absurd” (W. M. Flinders Petrie, London Univ.), a work by an “absolutely ignorant” person (James H. Breasted, Univ. of Chicago), a work whose “explanations [of the facsimiles] are completely wrong” (Richard A. Parker, Brown Univ.), a “pure fabrication” (Arthur C. Mace, Metropolitan Museum of Art), a “work of pure imagination” (S. A. B. Mercer, Western Theological Seminary).

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Beachhead of the Islamic Invasion of the West



A Liberal Reconsiders Gun Control


This Liberal Reconsidered Gun Control. He Found It’s A Lot More Complicated Than ‘More Guns, More Crime'.

I started off this process thinking, as do many of my political coreligionists, that reducing gun violence is simply a matter of will, and of overcoming the Neanderthals at the National Rifle Association (NRA). But I have learned that it is not, and that if we really want to reduce gun violence, we should be focusing not first upon the weapons but on a lot of things around it: poverty, drugs, race, and addressing mental illness, opportunity, and gangs, to name just a few.

Ken Stern is a former chief executive officer of National Public Radio. Read his essay here.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Ideas have consequences and bad ideas have victims


Eric Metaxas shines the light of truth here on the ruling elite's embrace of eugenics.

2017 is a year of milestone anniversaries for events that shaped our world: the Reformation, the Russian Revolution, and one horrible Supreme Court decision.

As John Stonestreet often says, “ideas have consequences and bad ideas have victims.” One such victim was Carrie Buck. She was the “Buck” in Buck v. Bell, the notorious 1927 Supreme Court decision that upheld Virginia’s statute permitting compulsory sterilization for those deemed to be “feebleminded” and “unfit.”

In his majority decision, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., wrote that, “It is better for all the world, if . . . society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind.” He then concluded by saying, “three generations of imbeciles are enough.”

The “imbeciles” Holmes referred to were Buck, her mother, and Buck’s infant daughter. But as Adam Cohen tells readers in his recent book, “Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck,” there was nothing wrong with Carrie Buck, her mother, or her daughter. The problem lay in bad ideas that can be summed up in one word: eugenics .......


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Eugenics is the the study of or belief in the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population, especially by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits. It underlies the worldview of most ruling elites who arrogantly believe themselves empowered to identify and eliminate the undesirables. Abortion is nothing more than eugenics - getting rid of undesirables. In 2012 advances in genetics breathed new life into the previously-discredited theory of eugenics (see here.)

But it's also increasingly and ominously apparent that the "undesirables" now include anyone upholding a Biblical worldview - for the Weltanschauung of Scripture is truly anathema to the vast majority of ruling elite. This should come as no surprise to those of us who follow Christ. "And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved." (Mark 13:13, ESV)

On 'Sexual' Morality by C.S. Lewis


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Why God Is The Supreme Judge


God alone has the wisdom to always sort right from wrong, the purity to persistently choose right, and absolute power to enforce his judgments.
Douglas Groothuis
Christian Apologetics

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Here Are Two Swords


Over at Breakpoint, Shane Morris offer some thoughtful perspective here on the question of Christians arming themselves in an essay entitled "Here Are Two Swords". It's worth reading in entirety.

Is it okay for Christians to bring weapons into church for self-defense?

.... However (and this is the part where I stop raising new questions and start suggesting an answer), it’s important to note that even if Jesus was making a spiritual point by referring to “swords,” He nowhere condemns defensive violence as such. He never tells Peter to get rid of his sword, any more than He tells the centurion in Matthew 8 to get rid of his. Rather, He tells Peter to “put it back in its place,” implying, as another commentator points out, that swords have a proper use. Presumably, Peter and at least one other disciple had these swords on hand for the defense of their little band during the sometimes dangerous travels from Galilee to Judea. We have no record that Jesus was ever bothered by this.

All of these passages come into sharper focus when we recall a foundational truth of Christian worldview thinking: All believers, even Christ Himself during His earthly life, occupy what Augustine called the two cities.

“Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s,” Jesus famously said in Matthew 22, setting up a distinction that would inform Christian theology for the next two millennia.

We live simultaneously in the city of man and in the City of God—in society and in the Church—in creation and New Creation. We have duties and roles in each, and where they don’t conflict, we must carry out both. In fact, being a good citizen of God’s City usually means being a good citizen in man’s, insofar as it depends on us.

.... We’re not called to stand and suffer martyrdom at the hands of a crazed and lone gunman. Quite the opposite: Guarding human life against imminent and unjust violence, as Augustine would argue with his principles of Just War, is a created duty. It is part of loving your neighbor. And while Paul teaches in Romans 13 that the governing authorities “do not bear the sword for nothing,” the governing authorities are not always on hand when the wicked strike.

That’s why for us, if no conflict exists between our spiritual and temporal duties—if the warfare in which our weapons are spiritual does not call us to lay down our physical arms—then we are permitted to use those arms, even as Christians, and even in church. At least, as far as I can tell.


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I think Augustine's perspective on the two cities that we simultaneously inhabit is key - the city of man and the City of God.

Creating God


A former executive at Google has filed paperwork with the IRS to establish an official religion of technology. This religion doesn't just worship scientific progress, but artificial intelligence itself, with the goal of creating a godhead.

The new church of AI will aim "to develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead [to] contribute to the betterment of society," according to IRS documents.

The non-profit religious organization would be called "Way of the Future" (WOTF). According to the website (wayofthefuture.church), the movement is "about creating a peaceful and respectful transition of who is in charge of the planet from people to people + 'machines.'

Read about it here.

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As mankind reaches the pinnacle of his rebellion against the creator, we are in the final phase of cultural collapse (exemplified in part by the widespread prevalence, endorsement and glorification of homosexuality - i.e., Rom 1:24-27). And now we are peaking with the extraordinarily arrogant and foolish claim that creating God is now within our reach.

We are inviting ... even daring ... judgment. The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. (Ps 2:4, NIV)

Christians need to increasingly focus on staying faithful to Christ. That must be our core in this dark age for it's our faithfulness that brings meaning to our works and shines the light of the gospel into a rapidly blackening culture. We must be careful not to put the cart before the horse by emphasizing our good outreach works over our faithfulness. It is our faithfulness that will keep us through the F5 tornado of judgment that is on the horizon, bearing down on us.

Lot was surrounded by wickedness yet remained faithful (But God also rescued Lot out of Sodom because he was a righteous man who was sick of the shameful immorality of the wicked people around him.; 2 Pet 2:7, NLT). As the cultural darkness intensifies, followers of Christ will be sorely tested and pay an increasingly heavy price to remain faithful. Christ's messages to the churches in Rev 2-3 are more pertinent than ever.

And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.” (Matt 8:22, ESV)

It All Starts At The Top


When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan. (Prov 29:2, NLT)

There's a fascinating lengthy essay here in the Dec 2017 issue of First Things entitled "Culture Is Downstream of Politics". While a call to action, the piece is particularly enlightening with its thesis that culture flows from politics and not the other way around. Focusing primarily on the examples of traditional marriage and abortion, the authors present a persuasive case that contrary to popular wisdom, culture indeed flows from politics.

Walk into any room full of Christian conservative donors, and someone will say, “Politics is downstream of culture.” Every head in the room will nod. Nothing is more entrenched as conventional wisdom among Christian conservatives. Like most truisms, this one is only partly true. As people change their beliefs about what is true and good, politics changes as well. But putting culture above politics as a distinct sphere is profoundly mistaken, for politics is part of culture. 

Politics allows the American people to give public form to what they believe to be true, good, and important; it is also the main way Americans decide which views are “within the pale” and which are beyond it. Elites of the left dominate most other domains: the mainstream media, the academy, the arts, Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and increasingly the Chamber of Commerce and corporate suites. When an idea or issue drops out of politics, therefore, progressives can easily stigmatize it as outside the mainstream, extremist, and intolerable, effectively ending conversation. But election results feed back into culture .....

Politics is full of cultural content.


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There is Scriptural support for the position that culture flows from political leadership.

The history of ancient Israel and Judah recorded in the Old Testament clearly indicates that evil political leadership was at the heart of the nation's slide into idolatry and debauchery. Remember that those political leaders were not elected but came into office through succession. As such, they were not a direct result of the desires of the population at the time. When wicked rulers were in power, the nation deteriorated. When a righteous leader (like Josiah) arose, the nation's descent into sin temporarily stopped and could even reverse itself. In other words, the culture flowed from the political leadership.

Political leaders who believe they are to reflect of the ethics of the populace are impotent and indecisive. Led by surveys, focus groups and polls, they are ships without a rudder. Weak leadership leads to indecisiveness within the culture. Evil leaders lead to cultural disintegration. Righteous leaders lead to cultural uplifting. It all starts at the top.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Electric Familty

Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle. (Prov 23:5, NIV)

Earlier I wrote here about the great con that Tesla pulls with the deceptive marketing that their ridiculously over-priced cars are "green". And here's a parody that uses truth to make a valid point that Tesla (an ultimately impractical car) primarily appeals to people who want to publicly showcase their wealth. After a year of testing two Tesla S models, the Los Angeles Police Department ruled them impractical as police cruisers. At first glance, Consumer Reports was enamored with the Tesla and gave it the highest rating ever for any car that is has evaluated. Every honeymoon comes to an end sooner or later, and so it was with Consumer Reports and its former paramour - the $150,000 Tesla Model S electric car. As part of its yearly reliability report a year later on cars sold in the U.S. market, the respected consumer magazine said it could no longer recommend the Model S because the car's predicted reliability is below average. Specifically, CR said, "The main problem areas involved the drivetrain, power equipment, charging equipment, giant iPad-like center console, and body and sunroof squeaks, rattles, and leaks."

At best, it's a very expensive toy suitable primarily for short trips around the city ...... or to impress your friends with how much money you have.

Viewer Discretion Advised For One Inappropriate Word

Beyond the Reformation of Politics


Alec Ryrie, professor of Christianity at England's Durham University, penned an insightful essay here for Modern Age Journal entitled "Beyond the Reformation of Politics". He reports that Luther believed governments were ordained by God to restrain sinners and little else. Real transformation of individuals and thus societies, he reasoned, could be achieved only by a changed heart, which is the work of the church, not government.

Luther’s view on politicians in his work Temporal Authority, was soberingly realistic:

"They  can  do  no  more  than  strip  and  fleece,  heap  tax  upon  tax.  .  .  .  Since  the  beginning of the world a wise prince is a mighty rare bird, and an upright prince even rarer. They are generally the biggest fools or the worst scoundrels on earth."

"In Luther's view," writes Ryrie, "God permits these scoundrels to rule because 'the world is too wicked, and does not deserve to have many wise and upright princes.' Anticipating (James) Madison, Luther argued that it is only because of human sin that God had instituted government at all, in order to make some limited semblance of peace and order possible. His point, deeply counter intuitive to most modern sensibilities, is that government is not very important. It is necessary in a humdrum way for as long as this passing world endures, but Christians should not pay much attention to it."

That is the antithesis of the theology and political activism of many modern evangelicals, who seem to prefer access to temporal power more than faithfulness to a kingdom and King not of this world.

While Ryrie himself is not an "apolitical Protestant", he observes that "the claim that politics is an inherently corrupt and rotten business with little power to effect positive change in ordinary people’s lives sounds less like a theological claim than a self-evident truth—as indeed has long been the case across much of the world." He goes on to admit that "that a large part of human misery and flourishing  does  in  fact  lie  beyond  the  power  of  any government, and therefore that there are better  responses  to  the  ills  of  our  age  than  impotent rage at a ruling class."

Ryries's essay is recommended reading in entirety.

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I think Luther's perspective has some merit. There are some parallels to Rod Dreher's "Benedict Option" outlined here which calls for incubating our faith from a fatally corrosive mainstream culture. It's now quickly becoming apparent to all but the most jaded among Christians that worldly politics tends to groom the worst in fallen mankind - even among those with the best of intentions. The vast majority of those who enter politics with the noblest of intentions and determined to remain pure must choose one of two alternatives against the overwhelmingly prevalent corruption, greed, lust for power and sexual immorality:  either (1) abandon the sewer of politics after a short term to remain untainted, or (2) become one of "the biggest fools or the worst scoundrels on earth".

A good illustration of how disconnected from reality (i.e., truth) that politicians are is the recent survey by Pew Research here that an astonishing 77% of college-educated Democrats believe that a man can be a woman if he just says so, regardless of his biology, genetics, and genitalia. Luther was right; they are the "biggest fools" on earth. The incestuous relationship between far too much of the church and politicians will (at best) damage the credibility and witness of the church. At worst, it will pollute their faith and divert their focus from their first love.

As Cal Thomas admonishes,

Principles are still being swallowed today in exchange for a false sense of influence and power.

In the Book of Revelation, Jesus says about the church at Ephesus, which had been strongly influenced by the Emperor's cult and worship of the Greek goddess Artemis: "You have left your first love," meaning Himself (Rev 2:4).

For too many modern Protestants, politics has become a cult and their "Artemis." They are forgetting their first love, the consequences of which can be found in history, dating back to Israel's King David, who warned, "Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save" (Psalm 146:3).


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Amen.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The most dangerous poison is not the foul-smelling and putrid-tasting concoction in a bottle marked with a skull & crossbones

The most dangerous poison is not the foul-smelling and putrid-tasting concoction in a bottle marked with a skull & crossbones. It's the sweet Kool-aid laced with cyanide. Some Christians naively believe that Mormons are part of the Body of Christ. They base their assessment on similar values and outward behavior ....... instead of truth. 


Summary of Mormon theology ...



Lest there be any doubt about the cultish and heretical nature of Mormonism, here is a video of secret Mormon temple rituals ...




Here is the testimony of ex-Mormons ...


Confronting a Mormon Elder with Truth ...



The Gospel for Mormons .....



Adulterously embracing anything but the Judeo-Christian


Susan Harris nails it here with her thesis that we are spinning into a "a world rejecting the moldy, cavernous halls of Christian cathedrals and synagogues while grinning like the Cheshire cat as it adulterously embraces everything but the Judeo-Christian." She presents a strong argument that globalists are seeking to shape us ultimately into a one-world religion and one-world class - just as predicted in the book of Revelation.

Here comes the submissive new world of feigned individuality meshed into universal oneness for the sake of the greater good – a world rejecting the moldy, cavernous halls of Christian cathedrals and synagogues while grinning like the Cheshire cat as it adulterously embraces everything but the Judeo-Christian.  This new world system will forge all religions in the fire of socialist globalization in order to ensure a uniformity that is more easily corralled – because separateness and unique thought only breed rebellion that needs quashing.

You will be happy. 

...... there is a multipronged approach underway to mold hearts and minds into the one-world religion and one-world class that can be most easily manipulated by power-hungry globalists with the most evil of intentions.




Monday, November 13, 2017

Such technology will enable and empower the coming global dictator that is prophesied in Scripture

Scientists are warning us of the real danger of autonomous weapons. The technology is now rapidly emerging for a future where "Terminator" is not so far-fetched. Such technology will enable and empower the coming global dictator that is prophesied in Scripture ....


The Naivete' Of Young Americans


Foolishness brings joy to those with no sense; a sensible person stays on the right path (Prov 15:21, NLT)

There's a story is here about how socialism is increasingly finding endorsement among American millennials.

The 31-year-old former Marine is part of a growing cadre of Americans, particularly millennials, pledging their allegiance to the Democratic Socialists of America, the nation's fastest growing leftist group that was originally founded in 1982 as a foothold for Marxists.

Riding the wave of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders's spirited White House bid against primary rival Hillary Clinton, the organization is helping propel socialism out of the shadows.

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Earlier I commented here on what the Bible has to say relative to socialism.

We need to remember that, when soft socialism with its siren song of “equality” is left to its own devices, it takes ever more rigid forms. The political hubris of “progressives” who know better than you and me—and with such utter certainty—always leads to central control, corruption, cronyism, censorship, and abject conformity.

The more than 100 million victims of communism shows just how slippery a slope socialism is. Any person of goodwill who is familiar with the history and realities of socialism would do everything possible to avoid going down that minefield of a road.

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The naivete' of Americans is astonishing. In a country with free access (at least for now) to information, Americans who ignore the clear testimony of socialist history and foolishly embrace it as the ticket to Narnia, need only live in true socialist countries for a prolonged period to appreciate its inevitable fruit. As noted here and here and here and here.Venezuela is the current poster child for socialism. The house of cards in socialist Venezuela is on the verge of collapse as reported here. As with all false worldviews, the greatest enemy of socialism is reality (truth) - see here.

Christians who embrace socialism also need to be reminded here that heaven is neither socialist nor democratic.

..... It's important to keep in mind that Heaven is not a socialist worker's paradise. Indeed, Jesus indicated differing levels of reward in Heaven. Orthodox Christianity certainly does teach that faith alone saves us. But Christianity also teaches our salvation is not the same as our reward. We serve an equitable and fair King, who loves us and is also just and holy. Grace alone brings us into the kingdom. Nothing we can do on our own can ever ‘earn’ this for us.

Jesus specifically told us that Heaven is a place where rewards will be given to the saved.

...... If Heaven is not a socialist paradise then, it also is not a democracy where everyone is an island unto themselves. Neither is it a republic with elected representation. In the strictest sense, it is also not a dictatorship. All these forms of government are the result of life in a fallen world that is infected and infested by sin. Ultimately all forms of earthly government fail because all have fallen leaders that are subject to temptation and sin. The founding fathers of the United States wisely recognized this Biblical truth and accordingly sought to implement limited government with strict checks and balances. Although it succeeded for some 2 centuries, ultimately sin now apparently has its' inevitable effect.

The kingdom of Heaven is a monarchy with a single, sovereign, benevolent King. That's why it's referred to as the "kingdom" of God and of Heaven. 

...... We are wise to be wary of all earthly forms of government. All those who foolishly place their hope and trust ultimately in an earthly form of government are doomed to disappointment and despair.

Only the KING of Kings can bring everlasting peace and joy.