Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Mary, Mary, How Many Genders are There?

Mary, Mary, quite contrary
Now what gender are you doing?
Female, male to gender-fluid
Today gender non-conforming.

The question I ask today is, "How many genders are there?" In case you were wondering, allow me to provide the answer: 2.

Surprised? If you do an internet search you will find some sites claiming there are 64 genders, others say 72. I found one which claimed 12 (including those listed in the little poem above). And, of course, there are folks who claim an infinite number of genders are available. Which one are you choosing today?

Perhaps you are confused. You are like me. When asked on a form to define my gender, I always check the "male" box. Until recently, I never saw any form with more than 2 boxes for answering that question. A form I completed a few days ago gave me three options: male, female, other. I guess the "other" refers to the fictional genders.

Yes, there are only two genders. Yes, all other "genders" mentioned and described in this generation are fictional. They have developed in a person's mind in the place of reason and logic.. The gender identity question of the day is foolishness run amok. Invent as many "genders" as you want, there are only two and you belong to one of those groups: male or female.

Those who believe in multiple genders > 2 will dispute this fact. "Why, I am gender-fluid. Today I'm a male; tomorrow a female; on Wednesday a female giraffe." It's a joke and yet I feel very sorry for those who truly believe such unreasonable nonsense. I may "feel" more like a woman today and a cat tomorrow, nevertheless my gender always has been and always will be male. 

God has ordained humanity this way. Genesis informs us He created humans as male and female. Jesus confirmed this. The Scripture NEVER speaks of other gender possibilities. God says 2 genders. That settles it even if you don't believe it.

Biology confirms this fact. We know about the chromosomes. "XX" sex chromosome is female while "XY" is male. The multiple gender supporters claim gender is more than biology and chromosomes. No, its not. You simply want it to be that way. Some things in life we cannot change and our gender is one of those things (discussion of transgender will follow in another post). I can change my weight but not my height (unless I use stilts or high heels). My eyes will always be blue unless I choose either colored contacts or an eye transplant! 

God has not given us the option to change our gender no matter how we might feel on any given day. He determines your gender at the moment of conception. Your cells will carry that chromosome for the rest of your life. And that chromosome provides internal proof of your gender while your genitals provide external proof.

Add to this attempt to find your "true" gender, we now have the pronoun discussion. Do you go by "he/him", "she/her", "he/her", "ze/zim" or any other combination. Again, your pronouns are easily defined. You are either "he/him" or "she/her". In most cases, I can tell by a quick observation what to call you. If I use pronouns you don't like, too bad. You see, "he/her" or "she/him" or "ze/zim" do not exist. Use your head and some simple reasoning and you'll figure it out.

The question of gender identity is settled at conception, revealed at birth, and remains unchanged to death and beyond. I pity those who are confused and those who desperately want to change genders. Some of you have been deceived by false teachers. Some of you are affected by a mental disability and need help from a good doctor. Nothing good will come from this for the person suffering from gender confusion or for society. 

If you are confused, your best help will be found in God's Word and from the Great Physician. You need to return to the real world, recognize the sinfulness of your gender searching (i.e., you are telling God you and not He decides gender), and turn to Jesus Christ for salvation.

Now, as I close, let us review all the genders: (1) male (2) female. That will do!



Friday, April 29, 2022

A Brief Look at Deaconess

 Our church recently adopted a constitutional change permitting women to serve as deacons (and that is what they will be called). For centuries, Christian writers have studied this topic. Good men have come to different understandings. This author falls far short of the abilities of those who have already addressed the subject. All I want to do in this brief article is to present a part of my argument as to why women should NOT serve as deacons. I will not go into great depths but focus only on the 1 Timothy 3 passage. When I conclude that discussion, I have some thoughts on what should be done if a church decides to have women deacons.

1 Timothy 3:8-13

First, the Romans 16:1 verse referring to Phoebe as a "deacon" (or "servant") of the church at Cenchreae is far too ambiguous. In light of 1 Timothy 2, I find it difficult to believe Paul saw Phoebe as an official of a local church. There is a brief study claiming that when the phrase "of the church" follows a title (e.g., deacon) that the office referred to is an official office in the church. My personal examination of these verses in the New Testament (and there aren't many) doesn't prove anything conclusive to me. 

Therefore, the only other text in the New Testament which may support women deacons is in 1 Timothy 3. Here is the verses as translated in the English Standard Version:

8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain.
9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless.
11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things.
12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 
13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

 Those who support women deacons argue that verses 8-10 present the qualifications for male deacons, verse 11 are the qualifications for female deacons, and verses 12-13 combine male and female deacons. Let's discuss the original Greek behind some of the words in this text.

"Deacons" (vv. 8, 10, 12, 13) - the noun used in 8 and 12 is diakonos, meaning servant or deacon, context must decide. Verses 10 and 13 use the verb diakoneo meaning to wait upon or to serve. The words are from the same root. The ESV has translated the verb as "serve as deacons". So, same word. In form, the word is masculine. However, there is no feminine form so the same word is used when referring to the service of a female.

"wife, wives" (vv. 11, 12) - In both cases, the word is gune, a feminine word meaning woman or wife, context must decide. This is the most common word for woman or wife in the New Testament.

Based on this analysis, contextually "wives" in verse 11 could be "women" and, therefore, describing the qualifications of a female deacon. However, assuming that to be true, then verse 12 which is claimed to be referring to all deacons (male and female) presents a problem. 

"Let deacons each be the husband of one wife."

Literally, the final clause can be rendered "one woman man". Per Scripture, there is no way a woman deacon can be the "husband" of one wife. Such behavior would be homosexual and, therefore, condemned by God. 

Hence, I do not believe verse 11 is referring to women deacons but to the wives of deacons. If Paul was really introducing a new/different office in verse 11, why not begin it with the female rendering of deacon? Of course, the masculine and feminine forms are the same. But all Paul needed to do was write "tas diakonous" and the verse becomes "The female deacons likewise". That would have made the passage quite clear.

Based on these two straightforward look at the text and the addition of a little reasoning, verse 11 does not introduce women deacons but merely tells the church to make certain the wife of the deacon is a good woman. I believe this understanding makes more sense in the context: vv. 8-10 are deacon qualifications, v. 11 are their wives qualifications, vv. 12-13 conclude the section on deacons.

Some have argued back at me that, if this is the case, why didn't Paul say something about the wives of the elders. I do not know and will not speculate. God has His reasons.

With certainty I can conclude that Phoebe was a wonderful servant of her local church but was not serving as a deaconess.


As I noted at the beginning, my church has already adopted women deacons. While I oppose the direction and pray we may, one day, discard that change, I want to share a few thoughts about having female deacons.

1. In my analysis above, the only way to have a female deacon who does hot have a "wife" would be for that woman to be single or widowed. This would align better with Titus 2.

2. Even in a church "ruled" by elders, deacons are in a position of authority. They hold an office in the local church. They engage in specific tasks not given to every member (e.g., serving the supper). Many churches have deacons teaching classes and, as a teacher, they have authority. To avoid conflicts with Paul in 1 Timothy 2, the responsibilities for a woman deacon need to be defined long before one is chosen. Those responsibilities can not be the same as they are for male deacons because a woman executing such responsibilities would be exercising authority over men (another argument for not having women deacons).

3. Deacons have their own meetings as well as meetings with the elders. A woman in such meetings may feel "out of place" with all the men around. I'm not arguing this from Scripture, merely from personal experience. Again, if you want women deacons, decide how you will handle such meetings before you choose one.

May our Lord Jesus Christ receive all the glory!

Friday, September 3, 2021

Why I Haven't Received the COVID-19 Vaccine

 Over the past several months, I have been repeatedly encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine by some family members, friends, organizations, and even the Federal government. I am over 65 and have several co-morbidities. As of this post, I have refused to do so. Some want to know why, therefore, I will give you a few of my reasons. 

I have listened to the information concerning the vaccine from a variety of news organizations (not simply Fox News which I rarely listen to any more). I have read the CDC's own data bases. I have listened to scientists and medical folks ON BOTH SIDES of the issue. Finally, I have weighed this information and used my conscience to arrive at the conclusion that I will not receive the vaccine now or in the near future no matter what threats the government might use against me. 

So, in no particular order, here are some of my reasons for refusing.

1. The Federal government is seriously pushing the vaccine. Now, in my many years on this planet, I have never seen such an effort on behalf of the government to get people to do something. No matter where you turn, there is an effort to shove you into the vaccination line. Anytime government gets this demanding (even threating the use of "vaccine passports" for travel, etc.), I fear something is afoot. I have studied history and I know what they did in Germany in the 1930s. 

2. The vaccines are not approved but are in emergency use. Yes, I know the Pfizer vaccine has recently been approved but I have other reasons for not getting it. First of all, approval of these vaccines is much too rapid. While I am grateful Operation Warp Speed expedited their manufacture, we have absolutely no idea what they will do to their recipients in 20 years, 10 years, even in 1 year. From my studies, I do not believe ANY vaccine has been approved for human use in such a short time frame from its creation. I received a smallpox vaccination, polio vaccination, pneumonia vaccination, flu vaccinations, shingles vaccination, etc., but these vaccines took years of trials before being approved. I might get the COVID-19 vaccine next year or the year after, but not this soon. I want more testing.

3. Furthermore, the Nuremburg Code does not permit the forced/required use of experimental drugs on human subjects. If our government attempts to mandate every citizen receive the vaccine while it is still experimental, that would be a violation of this code. I sure have heard the word "mandate" quite often over the past few weeks. 

4. There are cures, apart from the vaccine, for COVID-19. Several doctors have used Hydroxychloroquine and Zinc successfully as well as other long-approved drugs to cure COVID-19 patients. These drugs have been downplayed in the media simply because President Trump mentioned them early in 2020 (and I'm certain he received his information from medical folks). 

5. Even if one catches COVID-19, the mortality rate is extremely low (less than 1% of those who have it). If I ever reach the decision to receive the vaccine, I would want to first be tested for COVID-19 antibodies since I may have had a mild dose of the illness in early 2020.

6. The vaccines are less effective than true antibodies.

7. Receiving the vaccine does NOT guarantee that you will not get COVID-19. Yes, in most cases, the vaccinated individual receives a milder form of COVID and avoids the hospital. But that is not true in all cases. So, even with the vaccine, there are no guarantees.

8. If I recall correctly, the three leading vaccines in the United States (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J) are not actually vaccines like other vaccines we receive. In the other vaccines, we are given a small dose of the disease so our own immune system can develop the antibodies in preparation of battling a full onslaught of the illness. The COVID-19 vaccines manipulate the human RNA. Can anyone be certain as to the impacts on the human body by such a procedure? What about in a year? Maybe 10 years? See item 2 above.

9. The only approved COV ID-19 vaccine at this time is Pfizer. In its development and testing, this vaccine utilized cells from partially aborted babies. I am completely opposed to abortion and such usage to me if reprehensible. Some might argue that is true for other vaccines as well. If it is, I was unaware of that fact at the time I received those vaccines. In this case, though, I found this out BEFORE I received a vaccine and I will never knowingly support abortion in any form, even in this case.

10. Referring back to #1, the government and the media appear to doing all they can to keep COVID before the public eyes. They continually push fear. They tell us to wear one, two, or even three masks when the cloth masks used by most folks do NOT prevent the transmission of the bug. They tell us to keep 6 feet apart when more recent studies indicate that distance should be at least 20 feet. They constantly predict super spreader events and have been proven wrong (e.g., Sturgis). Our officials do not practice what they preach (parties without masks or distancing; President Obama's huge party; the Speaker frequently not wearing a mask while demanding members of the House do). Something is wrong with this scenario. The pandemic is never ending because political leaders have found they can use it to their advantage to gain more power. Now they wish to divide the populace into the "I have received the vaccine" and, supposedly, "antivaxxers". Well, I am not an antivaxxer. But my conscience tells me something is amiss with all of this and, for now, I will not cooperate.

It has been pointed out that I am awaiting a kidney transplant and one of my daughters, who has been vaccinated, has graciously volunteered to be my donor. From this comes two questions: first, since she has the vaccine, won't I be receiving it indirectly via the transplant? Second, how can I take her kidney but not the vaccine and possibly die soon from COVID-19? Wouldn't that be a shame for her to lose a kidney because I refused to get vaccinated?

The answer to the first question is fairly simply. She, guided by her conscience, chose to receive the vaccine. I had, and shouldn't have, any say in that matter. I have no issues with folks who get the COVID-19 vaccine. Each person must act on his own conscience. Does that mean I will be affected by the changes to her RNA in the transplant? I have no idea (nor does anyone else due to the lack of testing) but I trust the transplant team to make these decisions.

The second question is a bit more difficult. COVID-19 aside, I have asked my daughter on numerous occasions if she is certain she wishes to be a donor. I fear her giving up a kidney at such a young age. Each time I mention it, she says yes. Again, this is her decision. She knows I will not be upset if she backs out at any time. 

And, yes, even with the transplant, I might die in a year from COVID-19. Of course, I might also die the day I leave the hospital from a car accident or from a heart attack (more likely) or some other ailment. No one, but God, knows what the next day will bring to your life. I will not live in fear of death for I have a Savior no matter what happens to me. 

Again, each person must follow his conscience. My conscience tells me now is not the time for the vaccine.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The Sins of America: #3 Gender Identity

 Having lived seventy years, I have been required to fill out numerous forms: medical, employment, student, government, etc. For most of my life, these forms all contained one very easy question to answer. In fact, all you had to do was choose a box and check it. The question (in question) was: "Gender". Of all the information those asking for the completion of the form wanted, that was surely one of the simplest to answer. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case.

Instead of being male or female, forms now let you choose "Other". In some cases there are even more possible selections. "Transwoman", "Transman", and so on and so forth. In my humble opinion, having more than two choices for this category is ludicrous. It doesn't align with biology and certainly does not align with Scripture. And, yet, here we are in our American society. Not only are we permitting such labeling, we are also promoting it. Somehow, after six to eight thousand years of existence, humanity has "evolved" into more than two genders. Wow! How and when did this happen?

I do not profess to be the most holy man who ever lived. I sin. I make mistakes. However, I do my best to sync my conscience on various issues with what GOD has said rather than what MAN might think. It is no different on this issue. God has created two genders of humans, PERIOD. He tells us this first in Genesis 1 when He creates male and female. He elaborates on that very creation in Genesis 2 again with male and female. Every human born since Adam and Eve has been and will be either male or female. That is God's plan, His decree. He will not alter it. He will not create a third, fourth, or fifth choice. When conception occurs, God has ordained you either to be male or female.

Our society hates being told there are things in their life they cannot change. TOUGH. Time to grow up! I can't really change my eye color. I can't tell everyone I have dark brown eyes when they are clearly blue. I can't claim to be a basketball star 6' 10" tall because (1) I'm not that tall and (2) I stink at basketball! Like other young boys, I wanted to be a major league ballplayer. I can CLAIM to be one, but I am not. I never could hit the fastball. That is a skill God did not grant to me any more than he made me very tall or gave me brown eyes. 

Yes, He has permitted some freedom with our being. He enables us to gain or lose weight, firm up our body via exercise or not, and care for our teeth or let them rot. But we can't change when we were born, where we were born, to whom we were born, or what we were at birth. You are either a male or female.

Biology confirms this. Your sex is determined at conception. If the resulting union of the male and female reproductive seeds contain the "XX" chromosome you WILL be a female. If it is the "XY" chromosome, you are a male. You can have as many surgeries as you desire and take as many drugs as you wish in an effort to be another gender, but you CANNOT change those God-given chromosomes which identify you as male or female. Of course, most of us identify another person's gender by their physical appearance. This is also God-given. To be blunt, if God gives you breasts that develop and a vagina, then your chromosomes contain the "XX" chromosome and you are female. You might remove your breasts in an effort to look like a man, but you are still what God intended you to be: a woman. If, instead, God has given you a penis, then you have the "XY" chromosome and you are male. You might have your penis removed and breasts enlarged to appear to be a woman, but you are still what God intended you to be: a man.

From the beginning of your existence, God has settled the issue of which gender you are to be in life. That is HIS plan for YOU and it is a wonderful plan! To make any effort to change your gender is to curse God for what He has done, accuse Him of treating you wrong, and attempting to live your life as YOU want to live it, not as He wants you to live it.

Today in America, we have many attempting to change their gender by various means. Many have been deceived by Satan and others who have undergone such "transformations". Some simply dress like the other sex. Some undergo surgery and hormone treatments, spending tons of money. There are several testimonies of individuals who have tried the latter approach and, in a few years, regretted their actions. Anyone who believes they can live their life by rebelling against the plan of the Almighty will, at some point, realize the poor choice they have made. I pray those individuals come to this realization prior to judgment day.

The root cause of this problem is very much the same root cause for abortion: men desire to live their lives without God in whatever way they so choose. They don't like their gender so they reject what God has created and attempt to fashion their own creation. They worship themselves, the creature, rather than the one true God.

I know this article will upset some and folks will say I am "transphobic". No, people who are going through such "transitions" do not scare me. They should be heard and treated with respect. I do not hate those struggling with their gender, rather, I grieve for them. But, as I said earlier, my conscience is captive to the Word of God and that Word is clear on this subject. Denying there are only two genders or claiming God made you the wrong gender is denying the very will of God. Those individuals are in rebellion against Him and, as a minister of the Gospel, I am to call them to repentance for their actions.

And so, I close with such a call. Will you confess that you have sinned against the Almighty by deciding to live your life as YOU want it to be rather than as God has designed you? Will you, then, call upon the Lord Jesus Christ, the only Savior of any sin, and asked Him to save you? That is my plea.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

The Sins of America: #2 Homosexuality

 I am certain this will be a poorly received post and that name calling will commence soon after its publication. Permit me to say at the outset, I am not a homophobe. I do not fear homosexuals. I'm not afraid of catching some disease from them or being forced into their lifestyle. What they do with their private lives is their business. Our government has even given them legal authority to marry. Nevertheless, I believe each of us should strive to live within the boundaries our God has given us. Because of that, I pray for those caught up in this sin. Failure to repent from this offense will bring His judgment. Have no doubt; when it comes to homosexuality, His Word is very clear. I will attempt to be as brief as possible.

Both Testaments of God's Word condemn the behavior. Probably the most recognizable portion of Scripture on this subject is found in Romans 1:26-27.

"For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error."

God made us either male or female. He did not join together two men or two women. No, He brought together into marriage one man and one woman. They are to become one flesh. Pursuing sexual relations is to unite the pair, bring pleasure to each partner, and provide for the procreation of the species. 

As God has noted in multiple places in his Word, anything apart from this structure is a deviation from His design. Just observe from the above passage how God describes homosexuality.

"dishonorable passions"
"exchanging natural relations for those that are contrary to nature"
"gave up natural relations"
"were consumed with passion for one another"
"men committing shameless acts with men"

Unfortunately, some do have such passions for the same sex. Others are tempted into such a lifestyle by the desires of others. Nevertheless, this is NOT God's design but man's desire. Such desires are the result of being sinful creatures living in a sinful world. However, having such a passion does not DEMAND/REQUIRE you to submit to it. Those who find they have an attraction for the same sex need to flee to the Lord and ask for deliverance from this mindset. 

Needless to say, marriage is ALWAYS between a man and a woman. That, too, is God's desire and I may say more on this in a subsequent post. Be assured, however, even though our government may call homosexual marriages legal, God calls them immoral. You must choose whether to follow your own sinful desires or God's sovereign design.

Homosexuality is NOT normal; it is sinful. It is an act of rebellion against God for it exalts the desires of man over the designs of God. It is men (and women) saying THEY know what is best for their life and pursuing it no matter what God has commanded. Such sinful acts against the Almighty will not escape the judgment. If you are caught up in homosexuality, I plead with you to examine God's Word, repent of your sinful behavior, and turn for forgiveness to Jesus Christ. He will NOT ignore unforgiven homosexual behavior when the books are open on the last day.  

Monday, March 8, 2021

The Sins of America: #1 Abortion

Now is a horrible time in our nation. We are very divided and, I fear, we may be on a downward spiral that will only end with our country's demise. I hate to think of what America may be for my grandchildren and great grandchildren.

I fear God's hand is about to bring judgment upon us for our many sins. We call evil good and good evil. For years, we have put our fists in God's face, essentially telling Him we will live any way we so choose. Such rebellion begs the wrath of the Almighty. To this point, He has been merciful and His hand has been stayed. How much longer before He brings down His judgment?

Until He does, we have time to repent. We have the opportunity to turn from our evil ways and call upon Him, asking Him to rescue our country. We need to God-sent revival. We need to Christians to take a firm stand against anything our nation supports which God does not.

To say something is LEGAL is not the same as to say it is MORAL. Yet that is what we have done for many years. I'm convicted to jot a few posts in this BLOG on this matter. I'm calling them "The Sins of America". I intend for each one to be straightforward, easy to read, and my opinion based upon my understanding of the Word of God. I'll do my best to limit my Scripture references as well as theological terminology.

So I begin with what I believe to be the greatest sin of our land: ABORTION.

It is time the debate on this subject ends. Even before 1973, it was a hot topic and has remained so for almost 50 years. But, modern technology should squash the differences in the argument. Abortion at any point of pregnancy is destroying human life. PERIOD.

If you don't believe this, just think rationally about it for a moment.

1. What is that thing in the woman? Is it a monkey? Perhaps a shark? Maybe a bird? I know, its a Martian. Someone will blurt out "it's a fetus". The only reason they use the term "fetus" is to disguise what every expecting mom calls it: "my baby". It is human life at its earliest development. It isn't long before the brain has brain waves and the heart has heartbeats. It is truly a human at its very beginning. 

2. Modern microscopic pictures in the womb affirm this truth. What makes this newly conceived human different from a one-year old is only its growth. If nurtured, it, too, will be a year old soon. Quit trying to make it something it isn't (e.g., "clump of cells"; while that's true, the phrase is used to remove the "human" from the listener's ears. It is a clump of HUMAN cells, hence, it is human.).

Unfortunately, we have politicians in 2021 who are promoting not only abortion but also the killing of the newly born (infanticide). How ridiculous are the arguments in support of such practices. Every true follower of Jesus Christ should be outraged that we continue to permit and even support these horrific acts. 

Immediately, I can sense the incoming arguments.

1. What about the life of the mother? Per studies, a very rare occurrence if ever.

2. What about rape or incest? Horrible crimes but the child is not at fault; the attacker is. Terminating the life of the unborn solves nothing. If the mother does not wish to raise such a child, then put them up for adoption. Abortions of babies who are the result of rape or incest are also very rare (I've never heard a number higher than 3%).

3. It is a woman's right to choose what she does with her own body. Yes, until that body is no longer JUST her own. Apart from rape or incest, the woman has means of not becoming pregnant. She can say "no" or use some form of protection. That's her right to choose. But, once the choice is made, she must accept the responsibilities associated with that choice. (You shall reap what you sow).

Abortion on demand is done for whatever reason a female wants it down. Abortion is sacrificing your child to your god. Who is your Molech? (In Israel, if a person sacrificed their child to this false deity, the person was to be put to death; Leviticus 20:1-3). Perhaps your Molech is a god of finances (you don't want to spend any money on a child). Perhaps he is a god of pleasure (you just want the sexual experience without the child). Maybe he is a god of enjoyment (how will you enjoy yourself if there is a child in the mix?). If you don't want the responsibilities of parenting, don't get pregnant. 

Yes, raising a child is an impact to your financials, to your time, to you ability to be alone and enjoy certain activities, so on and so forth. Consider the cost before you act. Don't kill your child later.

I've often wondered how anyone could believe abortion is somehow a justifiable act. Pretend you are standing pregnant in the very presence of Jesus Christ. Do you honestly believe He would give you permission to slaughter that child before it is born? If so, you need to read the Gospels. And therein, I believe, is the true root of the problem. WE WANT TO BE OUR OWN GOD. We want to do whatever we want to do whenever we want to do it and not be held accountable. The one true God has no place in a life governed by such principles.

Let's repent of this sin. Christians. I call on each of us to pray for the termination of this heinous act. Let us find ways to peaceably call our nation back to God and end this practice. 

I begin by calling on President Biden who claims to be devout Catholic. Your church opposes abortion. Prove your faith, sir, by your works. Do everything in your power to have abortion outlawed in our country. 

Regrettably, I will not hold my breath waiting for that to happen.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The Democrats Win on November 3!

 For a brief time, I wrote some blog entries based on statements from the 2020 Democrat National Platform. The more I read, the more ill I became. So, my blog entries on that document ended. However, over the past several weeks, my concern for our nation has only grown.  The recent revelation of the Biden's illegal activities have added to that concern. Therefore, I am writing one final blog on the topic.

Pretend it is November 4th and Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris have been elected President and Vice President. Furthermore, the Democrats have increased their majority in the House and have taken the majority in the Senate. What might we expect for our nation once they take office?

Well, here is a sample of what is coming (based on what they have said or written and on the Democrat National Platform and the manifesto agreed to by the Biden and Sanders camps). Some of these are being denied by the candidates right now but they have clearly claimed their true intentions several times in the past. If they win, here is what may happen. May it NEVER BE!

1. Mr. Biden will not be our President. I want to be kind on this. Anyone who watches or listens to the Vice President speak must recognize his mental capacity is failing. Either he will sit in the Oval Office with those around him making the decisions or the 25th Amendment will be applied and Senator Harris will become President. She is the most radical Senator in the Senate. You must translate Mr. Biden's statements far left for that's where Senator Harris lives.

2. Your taxes will increase. Mr. Biden claims his tax hikes will affect only those making more than $400,000. That is NOT true. First of all, further study of his proposal implies hikes will impact those over $100,000. Also, Mr. Biden has pledged to eliminate the Trump tax cuts which have provided roughly $4000 more money to each American in their paycheck each year. If those tax cuts go, your taxes will rise. Then, Mr. Biden will add his tax increases to that amount.

3. Businesses will relocate overseas. The increased taxes and regulations proposed by Mr. Biden will, once again, drive businesses out of the country. This happened during the Obama-Biden administration and will resume with Mr. Biden. The former VP is a great friend of China!

4. Hide your guns. Both Democrat candidates have vowed to take your guns and they mean it.

5. Poorly managed Democrat states will receive bailout money from you, the taxpayer. This is what is holding up the COVID relief package. Speaker Pelosi wants that money included. If necessary, she will wait until after the election and, if Biden wins, will, some day, push it through.

6. Illegals to our country will receive free benefits. That is also on record.

7. The wall will come down and outsiders welcomed. This will force us to pay more in taxes (someone has to pay for their freebies) and loss in jobs (they will work cheaper than our citizens). Furthermore, it will increase crime in our nation.

8. Recent developments indicate the Bidens have made their millions through illegal influences, even using the office of Vice President for that purpose. What will the Bidens do if Mr. Biden is President?

9. The former VP professes to be a Catholic and Senator Harris claims to be religious. Yet, both of them deny the right to life of those who are still in the womb (or just born). The VP also claims he was raised with middle class values. I guess those include homicide, infanticide, lying, and theft.

10. 401ks and other savings plans will be hammered by the increased taxes, increased regulations, and loss of small businesses in our country.

11. Don't be surprised if the new President doesn't lock us all in our homes for another several months due to COVID, destroying our economy, destroying the lives of many, over a virus which has an extremely low mortality rate. Masks will become the newest apparel. 

12. Riots, burnings, looting, and property destruction will continue. The overwhelming majority of these acts today are NOT the result of white supremacy but the actions of organizations such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa, Marxist groups supporting Mr. Biden. They will continue doing what they do until they get everything they want.

13. President Trump supporters will be required to take re-education training perhaps by a new organization known as the Ministry of Truth.

14. Free speech is gone. The media is already preventing any anti-Biden story from reaching the masses. Imagine what they will do if he is in the White House.

15. American foreign policy will be in a shambles. Over his 47-year career, Mr. Biden has made mistake upon mistake when it comes to foreign policy. The Obama administration painted America as the "bad guy" to other nations and we ended up with ISIS. President Trump has changed all of that around, brokered a peace deal in the Middle East, and has been nominated for 4 Nobel Prizes.

16. The Democrats have a message of doom and gloom and view America has a horrible country. Why do we want people with such a view to lead us?

17. The oil and fracking industry will be destroyed and we will, once again, be dependent upon foreign oil. All of the solar panels and wind farms cannot supply the amount of energy we need. Furthermore, fossil fuel is required for manufacturing those "green" methodologies. 

18. The government will take over more and more, requiring the individual to be more dependent upon them than ever before.

19. Mr. Biden will expand the Supreme Court, adding several liberal justices, ensuring the court remains a policy making body from this time forward. The court is a judging body, not legislative body.

20. The Democrats will add Washington, D. C. as a state (which makes no sense) and Puerto Rico as another. It is almost guaranteed both states will elect 2 Democrat Senators. This will give the Democrats a majority on the Senate for years to come.

21. The Democrats will end the filibuster in the Senate and, thereby, taking away the voice of the minority in that body.

22. The Democrats will push through an amendment that will eliminate the electoral college. From then on, a simple majority elects our President. That means all the future candidate has to do to win is to visit the large cities and sway the voters. Given most large cities vote Democrat, the presidential elections will become meaningless. Those of us in "flyover country" have no say in the choice of our leader.

23. The false history of "1619" will be taught throughout the educational system providing propaganda for our "new direction".

24. Evangelicals, in particular, will be under attack. Even today we see this among some Democrats who believe church is "non-essential" while bars and abortion clinics are "essential". The freedom to worship will be under attack.

25. Lastly, COVID response. Mr. Biden claims he would have handles the virus better than the President. He would have listened to the science. The facts are: (1) the President shutdown travel from China and Europe. Mr. Biden called him xenophobic. So much for being earlier to the game. (2) The President mobilized industry to create make-shift hospitals and manufacture respirators, etc. This was underway while Mr. Biden was laying low. (3) The President initiated operation Warp Speed to create a vaccine as quickly as possible. The President did these actions based upon what Dr. Fauci and the CDC was telling him. Truthfully, what else would Mr. Biden have done? Nothing!

These are a few of the changes to come if Mr. Biden and the Democrats win in November. While our nation has many sins in its past, I pray the Lord Jesus will be merciful and gracious by sparing us from the above. May He grant us, at least, another four years of hope!

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Why I will NOT vote for ANY Democrat - Part 4

 My last three posts have been reasons from the Democrat National Platform for 2020 why I will not vote for any Democrat in 2020. I was going to add a fourth today (believe me, there are many reasons listed in their document), but the events in Louisville last night made me change my mind. Let's be open and honest about what is going on in our country.

1. The riots were are witnessing are just that, riots. They are not peaceful protests. Oh, they may begin that way but the bottom line is these are riots. Fires, destruction, vandalism, theft, assault, and even killing are their tools.

2. Such riots have been encouraged by the left wing in our nation over the past several months. I could provide many quotes from Democrat leaders who have encouraged such violent behavior.

3. Vice President Biden said nothing against the riots until the polls revealed he was losing ground to President Trump. Then, he spoke against violence but in doing so blamed the violence on the President's "right wing militia" (whatever that is).

4. The rioters are clearly left wing / progressive people. They do not support the President nor has the President caused such behavior. For eight years, I disagreed with virtually everything President Obama said as did many Americans but I never saw any riots. Oh, there were protests but not riots. No, this is the work of the left in an effort to divide our nation, generate hatred on our President, and assist in winning the election for Democrats.

5. The rioters frequently use the pretense of justice as the motivation for their activities ("No justice, no peace"). Such grounds are mere smoke screens. In their eyes, the only justice is for people to do what they demand. They don't study the evidence. They simply pronounce the guilt of the alleged offender and, if for any reason, that is not the returned verdict, then the verdict must be wrong. In other words, they don't want justice, they want power. They want to threaten American cities and citizens to follow their lead or face destruction. So we are led to believe, if we elect anyone but Donald Trump, the violence will end. Don't fool yourselves. The rioters will not stop until they eradicate our system of government. They are bent on a socialistic or Marxist system and, until they achieve their goal or they are stopped, there will be no end to these acts of terror. 

6. People have complained that the President hasn't done enough to stop the violence. Unfortunately, his legal possibilities are limited. He cannot send in the National Guard unless the local officials request them. Kenosha did quickly and the violence ended. Minneapolis eventually did although well after the destruction. Portland, Seattle, Chicago, and New York have refused assistance. When he has sent in the National Guard, he is criticized for bringing federal soldiers into local communities.  

7. These riots are well organized. There is video of bricks being left on street corners in Los Angeles and supplies being dropped off in Louisville. Some group is planning and financially supporting this activity. I pray the federal authorities are investigating this organization and will soon arrest those involved. They should be charged with sedition.

8. Do not be fooled by the media. Antifa and Black Lives Matter are Marxist organizations whose goal is to destroy our system of government. They should both be labeled domestic terrorist organizations and all of their members arrested on charges of terrorism.

The more acts of terror performed by these rioters, the more I will refuse to vote for their supporters: the Democrat National Party. I have family and friends who despise our President and intend to vote for the former VP. To be honest, there are characteristics of President Trump I do not care for and things he has said that has caused me to cringe. I did not support him in the 2016 primary because I really viewed him as a joke. But, when he won the nomination and his opponent was Secretary Clinton, I voted for him and against Hillary. 

Since then I have seen a leader who has kept virtually every campaign promise he made! Never in my wildest dreams did I think a Presidential candidate would actually accomplish in office want he promised on the campaign trail. President Trump has and has won me over as a supporter. This year, I will vote for him NOT simply because Joe Biden is his opponent, NOT simply because the Democrats are far left ideologues, BUT because President Trump has turned our country around by doing what he said he would do. 

When President Obama was in office, I did not recognize our country any more. President Trump has changed all that. He truly loves America, as do I, and wants to restore it to its former greatness. That's what I want as well.

My Democrat friends, vote for your people, put them into office, and kiss our country goodbye for your children and grandchildren. It is your choice. I will not vote for any Democrat because their policies will destroy our nation and their actions/words disgust me.

P.S. I did not add links to documents, pictures, and videos for some of my above claims because I just didn't want to spend the time doing so. But they are there. Oh, you may not find them on mainstream media sights but you can find them on the web. Do some pre-election homework!


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Why I Will NOT Vote for ANY Democrat - Part 3

 Today's entry will be brief. Here I am quoting two paragraphs from page 39 under the title of "Healing the Soul of America" with a sub-header "Protecting Americans' Civil Rights".

Democrats are committed to ending discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, language, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability status. We will appoint Supreme Court justices and federal judges who look like America, are committed to the rule of law, will uphold individual civil rights and civil liberties as essential components of a free and democratic society, and will respect and enforce foundational precedents, including Brown v. Board of Education and Roe v. Wade. Democrats are committed to restoring the full power of the Voting Rights Act and ensuring every citizen can access the ballot box. We will enforce and strengthen the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and will end racial and religious profiling in law enforcement.

President Trump's words and actions have given safe harbor and encouragement to racists, anti-Semites, anti-Muslin bigots, and white supremacists. It's time to root out domestic terrorism in all its forms. We will use federal law enforcement tools and resources to address domestic terrorism, and if necessary work with Congress to pass a domestic terrorism law that is consistent with the Constitutional right to free speech and civil liberties.

Here are some of the issues I have with Democrats on these paragraphs.

1. The second sentence of the opening paragraph provides the list of qualifications for a Supreme Court Justice from a Democrat perspective. Note the absence of the Constitution of the United States. They do not want originalists on the court, rather, liberal activists who could care less what the Constitution actually says. 

2. Note, also, among the list of Supreme Court qualifications the specific reference to Roe v. Wade. In other words, if the nominee has anything in their background which might result in the reversal of that case, they are unqualified. I suspect simply being nominated by President Trump will classify as something in their background. Supreme Court decisions have been reversed in the past (see the Dred Scott decision that I mentioned in yesterday's post for example). No justice can ever say they will or won't reverse a previous court decision including an activist judge since the justice must judge each case on its own merits. This is not true for the Democrats when it comes to "abortion rights". 

3. I love this phrase from the first paragraph: "We will appoint Supreme Court justices and federal judges who look like America". The justices must look like America? What does that mean? Of course they must be American citizens. How do you look like America? Ah, they want our justice system diverse. Do they want quotas on the justices? So many white, so many black, so many Latino, so many male, so many female? Instead of finding "diverse" justices, we need the BEST justices we can find no matter what their color, gender, race, or religion might be.

4. Per their first sentence, they are against all discrimination including those of a religious nature. Yet, depending on which candidate President Trump appoints, they will attack that nominee's faith. The Democrats are wonderful hypocrites. 

5. Democrats claim they will ensure every citizen can access the ballot box. Is that not the case today? In fact, news articles in recent days have revealed there are folks who have been accessing the ballot box multiple times in one day and voting for Democrats more than once. Are Democrats saying they want felons to vote? Do they count illegal aliens as citizens? Which citizens do not have access to the ballot box? Providing each CITIZEN with a voting id card would give every citizen access to vote plus ensure no one votes multiple times. Yet Democrats always oppose voter id. Why? They demand I have an id to drive, an id to board an aircraft, but no id to vote. Their alternative is to push for mail-in unsolicited, uncertified ballots to everyone they can find. That's not helping everyone vote; its helping promote fraud.

6. The opening sentence of the second paragraph is simply not true. Those who are causing riots in American cities are not President Trump supporters. They are left wing anarchists, partially supported by Democrats including Democrats on Vice President Joe Biden's campaign staff. Antifa and BLM are domestic terrorists yet I never hear a Democrat condemn any of them. If the Democrats are so against domestic terrorism, why don't they speak against it (note last sentence of the second paragraph above)? Just last evening, I watched a political ad from the Biden campaign. VP Biden spoke against arson and theft in these riots (finally). But then he turned around and implied it was President Trump's "right wing militia" behind all of this. Everyone in this country know that is not true (see part 1).

The bottom line is that Democrats claim they are protecting Americans' Civil Rights while doing exactly the opposite. They only want ideological left justices, illegal voting, and left wing terrorist activities. Electing Democrats will destroy the very fabric of our nation.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Why I Will NOT Vote for ANY Democrat - Part 2


My first article was a brief look at a couple of sentences in the 2020 Democratic National Platform's preamble. You could spend days critiquing everything in that section. Most of what I read in their introduction is either a lie or misleading statement. So, I have decided to move into specific topics listed by the platform statement.

Like the majority of Americans, Democrats believe every woman should be able to access high-quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion. We oppose and will fight to overturn federal and state laws that create barriers to women’s reproductive health and rights, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment and protecting and codifying the right to reproductive freedom.  (page 42)

Personally, that one paragraph eliminates my vote for any Democrat until they change their position. If you have so little respect for life that you support and promote the killing of the unborn child, then you will have little respect for anyone's life.

In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled that a woman had a right to an abortion and that right was implicit in the right to privacy section of the 14th Amendment. So, many claim abortion is ok because it has been pronounced legal. Of course, legality is not the same as morality. 

In 1857, the United States Supreme Court rule that slaves were not citizens of the United States and had no rights which white men were bound to respect. The court was wrong. Virtually all Americans today would agree that such a decision was a farce. When it comes to race, slavery is long gone in our nation.

Since 1973, medical science has taken leaps in advancement. Expectant mothers can see images of their child within weeks of conception. They can watch the unborn move in their womb and suck their thumb. The gender can be determined early in the pregnancy. The unborn's beating heart may be heard as soon as six weeks after conception. Some women may not even realize they are pregnant until they hear the heartbeat in a doctor's office.

If that image on the ultrasound, if that movement witnessed in the womb, if that heart that is beating inside the woman is not a child, what is it? A Martian?! Since most abortions are performed well after six weeks of pregnancy, such abortions are taking the life of an unborn child. It is homicide not reproductive right. While it may be legal, it is not moral.

The old adage "It's my body, my choice" usually appears about now and I agree. You may exercise your reproductive freedom as you choose. However, once you use your freedom and participate in the reproductive act, you must be ready to accept the RESPONSIBILITIES of reproduction! That's what the act is! You have the freedom to have sex. You don't have freedom to take another's life.

About now the pro-murder advocate will question me about pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. In those cases, the woman was denied the freedom to say no to the act. My personal take is that, while the offender in such cases should be severely punished, the victims (mother and child) should not. However, statistics indicate abortions performed for these reasons are less than 5% (I've heard the percentage listed as low as less than 1%). The overwhelming majority of abortions are performed for convenience. 

I have written elsewhere about abortion so this is enough for now (1). The bottom line: abortion is the killing of an unborn child. It is homicide. It is immoral. It should be illegal.

Since the Democrats fully support the practice, I will NEVER vote for any Democrat no matter for which office they are running. 

Exodus 21:22-23: When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined as the woman's husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life.

(1) Here are some of my blog entries: (article 1), (article 2), (article 3), (article 4)

Monday, September 21, 2020

Why I Will NOT Vote for ANY Democrat - Part 1

 Since the election of President Trump, the Democrats and virtually all the media have tried everything to remove him from office. Of course, nothing has been successful. Their hope now rests with former Vice President Joe Biden and they are going to all lengths to make that hope a reality.

There is much I could write about our former VP. But, instead, I have decided to pen a few blog entries (yes, I still have a blog! Haven't been very discipline with it.) calling attention to the reasons why I cannot and will not vote for ANY Democrat in 2020 (and likely into the future). My entries will focus on sections of the 2020 Democratic National Platform, not on individual candidates or news events. I acknowledge not each and every Democrat holds to every position in the platform, but reality is every Democrat will support Democrat legislative proposals even in areas of disagreement.

With that said, let me begin. The following section is a quote from the platform preamble.

The challenges before us—the worst public health crisis in a century, the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, the worst period of global upheaval in a generation, the urgent global crisis posed by climate change, the intolerable racial injustice that still stains the fabric of our nation—will test America’s character like never before.

These few statements are completely misleading. The worst public health crisis in a century is not the result of the present administration. The crisis has come about via a virus from China. A simple reading of what happened in January and February reveal the President took quick steps to stop travel from China and Europe. In doing so, he was called xenophobic (among many things) by several Democrats (e.g., Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi). These same Democrats didn't say much about the virus for months while the President acted in January. Yes, it's a terrible health crisis. But no one, at least in the administration, is responsible for it. 

Some will say we weren't prepared. We lacked equipment. And that's true. No one anticipated a pandemic this year. However, the unavailability of equipment can be traced back to the cuts by the Obama-Biden administration.

I've heard some say the release of the virus was a plot by the Democrats to crash the economy and give them something to use in their efforts to remove the President. Personally, I don't believe it. Maybe I'm naive, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt. Nevertheless, while I can't blame it on the Democrats, neither can they paint the picture that the blame lies with the President. And that's exactly what they are claiming in the above statement. If THEY were in charge, this would have NEVER happened! HOGWASH! The death counts would have been higher because the Democrats ignore the virus for at least two months!

Of course, the "worst economic downturn since the Great Depression" followed. That's what happens when the scientists (remember, we must believe the science) recommend the President locked down everything. He followed the science! The end result: the economy tanks. What else can the economy do? Again, the statement above leads one to the impression that such a downturn would have never happened under the Democrats. NONSENSE. This is not the fault of the Republicans; it is a result of the virus. It makes not difference which party is in the majority.

Let us also remember that prior to the virus, our economy was booming like no other time in history. Unemployment was at historic lows, median income at all time highs, the stock market climbing and climbing. Why? Our growth was NOT the result of the Democrats, although their preamble sentence gives the impression the economy would grow greatly with them in charge. The growth is because of the President's economic policies. He, and the GOP, cut taxes, cut regulations, and BOOM! In less than four years, our economy went from dismal (under Democrat rule) to fantastic!

Furthermore, while the virus drove down the economy and raised unemployment, the President's policies are, once more, restoring that fallen economy to its record levels. Unemployment is dropping and income is rising once again. 

Climate change remains on the Democrat platform. They talk and act as though every scientist in the world accepts climate change as a reality. Well, yes, the climate changes all the time. But the evidence that humans are the cause of this change and that the world is doomed in twelve yes (per Rep. AOC) is very much lacking. Furthermore, the most outspoken supporters of the "doom" climate change hypothesis seem to be the ones who own and operate multiple homes and private jets. Why do those who scream that "the end is near" because of our impact on the climate and that the sea levels are going to rise and flood the coasts buy homes on the ocean fronts? Until there is concrete proof of climate change, it is improper to make such a claim. 

Such misleading statements are commonplace from the Democrats. I know there are many people who hate the President. But, if you listen to what he promised to do if elected back in 2016, he has accomplished or is accomplishing almost everything he set out to do. He said it, he's doing it. Never in my seventy years on this earth has any President fulfilled as many of his campaign promises as has President Trump. He says things I do not like and he says things sometimes in ways I don't like. But, when he says he's going to do something, he does it. 

That has not been my experience with the Democrats. They say one thing to one group and something else to the other. For example, candidate Biden early on "under a Biden administration, there will be no fracking". Nominee Biden recently claimed he will not banish all fracking (while he spoke to a Pennsylvania audience, by the way). Behind the scenes, AOC claims, if Biden is elected, the progressives will push him left meaning no fracking. I can't believe what they say.

The President promises and delivers. The Democrats make misleading statements like the one above, say one thing to one group and another to another group, and seem more concerned with their power than with their service. 

Too many lies (spoken or implied) flow from their lips. 

Psalm 7:14 - "Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Nahum: A Prophet of Doom (Nahum 1:15) - Good News!

15  Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him
    who brings good news,
    who publishes peace!
Keep your feasts, O Judah;
    fulfill your vows,
for never again shall the worthless pass through you;
    he is utterly cut off.

There is a hospital in our area where committed medical personnel treat children who have various forms of cancer and other diseases. Happily, there are many cases when a child is cured of the ailment by God’s hand through this wonderful staff. On such an occasion, the staff throws the child a party and the child rings a bell announcing the deliverance they now have over their life-threatening illness.

What great news this is especially to those in bondage to some disease! Surely such a pronouncement is worthy of celebration. Who among us would not also rejoice over such great news?

That is what we have in verse 15 (chapter 2, verse 1 in the Hebrew Bible). Nahum has repeatedly pronounced the coming judgment upon Nineveh and the Assyrians. For centuries, this evil empire has dominated the middle east bringing destruction to many and hopelessness to others. The northern kingdom of Israel was overthrown by them. They also held sway over the southern kingdom of Judah as a constant threat of their destruction as well. But now, God, through His prophet, has announced that is about to end!

The verse begins with words almost identical to those found in Isaiah 42:7 (we aren’t sure who wrote them first). Essentially, these two verses say the same thing: a messenger has appeared on the mountains surrounding Judah and that messenger announces the “good news” that the enemy of Judah has been defeated and the people have been delivered from their bondage. Peace has come. Ring the bell!

This terrific news of peace is followed by two commands: “keep your feasts” and “fulfill your vows”. The first is likely a reference to three annual feasts of Israel: Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. Passover is a remembrance and celebration of God’s deliverance of the Hebrew people from their bondage to Egypt. Pentecost is a celebration of the newness of life given to God’s redeemed. Tabernacles celebrates the continual abundance of God’s provision for His people. With the defeat of the enemy, Judah may celebrate!

“Fulfill your vows” is a reminder to the people to fulfill the commitments they have made to God. To turn from your vow would be sin. In other words, Judah must consecrate themselves to serve and obey God.

Why should they celebrate? Why should they consecrate? “For never again shall the worthless pass through you; he is utterly cut off.” Your enemy is through. Your slave master has been forever defeated! Assyria will never again trouble Judah!

But this verse not only provides good news for Judah and the Old Covenant people. It also provides good news for the Church and the New Covenant people of God. Paul quotes the similar verse from Isaiah in Romans 10:15 and interprets it has the good news proclaimed by Gospel preachers. What great news such ministers deliver! Ring the bell! We are sinners in bondage to sin and Satan. But Christ has provided the deliverance from our sin and the devil. That’s good news! So, what should we do?

First, let us celebrate our deliverance! Let us celebrate with the Lord’s Supper, the New Covenant counterpart to Passover. Let us celebrate the coming and indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the counterpart to Pentecost. Let us celebrate the daily provision of our Lord until He comes, the counterpart to Tabernacles. Celebrate your deliverance, believer!

Second, let us consecrate our lives to serve and obey our Deliverer. What God commands us, let us do gladly. He has given us freedom and brought us peace.

And, just like Assyria, the enemy of God’s people Judah, would never defeat and control Judah again, Satan/sin will never defeat and control us again! God will preserve His people and protect them until the day He comes!

Celebrate! Consecrate! Ring the bell for deliverance provided by God’s Son the Lord Jesus Christ has arrived!

Have you been delivered? Have you repented of your sins and put your trust in Christ for the keeping of your soul? The message has arrived. Have you received it?

Monday, September 9, 2019

Nahum: A Prophet of Doom (Nahum: 1:14) - You Will be Cut Off

14 The Lord has given commandment about you:
    “No more shall your name be perpetuated;
from the house of your gods I will cut off
    the carved image and the metal image.
I will make your grave, for you are vile.”

Perhaps I have unfairly judged certain individuals I have encountered over the years, but I must confess there have been a few people with whom I avoid every possible association. Over time I have found these specific people to by liars who can never be trusted. Often their worldview is completely opposite, and they are so rigid in that worldview they refuse to listen to any argument you might present against it. They worship their jobs, money, fame, or others and they tend to promote themselves rather than help those in need. I have no desire to be their friend or to associate with them. To me, I have cut them off.

After pronouncing judgment upon Nineveh/Assyria, Nahum now quotes Yahweh on the matter. It is the LORD who has charged you, not merely a man or a prophet. And, unlike man, the Lord’s judgment of every individual is just and righteous.

What is that charge he brings against the Assyrian empire? “No more shall your name be perpetuated”. Literally, “God will no longer sow from your seed.” Assyria has been a might kingdom and Nineveh a mighty capital. But no more. The name of Assyria will be forgotten, not feared. For us today, that is so true. Apart from a study of history, Assyria has vanished.

The Assyrians were religious people. The empire was a religious empire. They didn’t have just one god but many (which violates the first commandment). They didn’t worship they god in spirit and in truth but with graven images and idols (which violates the second commandment). And, of course, worship of any god other than Yahweh is false worship.

Being a religious person/nation is irrelevant if that religion is not true religion. Yahweh demands we worship Him. He is the one true God. And, like the Assyrians, if you have other “things” in your life more important than Yahweh, you have broken the first commandment. At some point, you will be “cut off” from your false gods. If its your job, you’ll lose it. If its your money, you’ll lose it. False gods are of no valuable once death overtakes you.

God tells the Assyrians they are “vile” (or contemptible). So is anyone who worships false gods with their false religion. There is only one name given among men whereby we must be saved, the name Jesus Christ.

If your religion is not centered on Christ, you will be cut off. If your worship is not directed to Christ, you will be cut off. Nineveh and Assyria are a lesson to us. Do not place your faith and hope in the wrong place.

Trust Jesus.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Nahum: A Prophet of Doom (Nahum 1:12-13) - Breaking Yokes, Bursting Bonds

12 Thus says the Lord,
“Though they are at full strength and many,
    they will be cut down and pass away.
Though I have afflicted you,
    I will afflict you no more.
13 And now I will break his yoke from off you
    and will burst your bonds apart.”

Often we feel as though we are slaves of others. Individuals working for an unreasonable employer has that sense. Students in a class taught by a fearful instructor also has the sense. People living under the political rule of a corrupt monarchy are in a similar position. Each of us, at one time or another and to one degree or another, feel as though we are slaves of someone or something. We long for freedom from our bondage and judgment against our oppressor.

Assyria has been a powerful nation in the Middle East for some time. They have fought against the Hebrews, defeated the northern Kingdom of Israel, and scattered many of them across their empire. Even at the time of Nahum’s prophecy, they were a great, powerful nation, full of strength, with no end in sight. No end except that foretold by Nahum in this proclamation against the Assyrian capital city of Nineveh. Assyria, though powerful and many, will be cut down. They will pass away. And, indeed, this came true.

Now Yahweh enters the picture for the first and only time in the prophecy: “Thus says Yahweh”. The creator, sovereign ruler of the universe confirms the words of His prophet.

The Lord had used the Assyrians to afflict His people just as He had used the Egyptians during the time of Moses. Israel had sinned against Him with their idol worship and God’s punishment was provided through the Assyrians. Now God assures His people this affliction has come to an end. No more will the Assyrians be His instrument for disciplining His people.

And, by defeating this powerful nation, Yahweh breaks the bondage of His people (including those in the southern Kingdom) and has set them free. God and God alone delivers them from their servitude.

You are I are also in bondage and under affliction due to sin. We are captives of our nature and our own disobedience. We are slaves to sin. Sin must be punished, and it will be. God will judge and punish the sinner with eternal judgment and that judgment will place Him in Hell forever. Unless God delivers you from your sin, this is your fate. You will forever be sin’s slave.

Jesus Christ lived without sin and sacrificed His life to ransom those whom God had given to Him. In a sense, God has defeated the enemy (sin) and we can escape eternal affliction by trusting Christ. Will you turn from your sin today and trust the Lord for the salvation of your soul?

If you will then God will deliver you. He will break the yoke and burst the bonds of sin just as He delivered His people.

"Scripture and Cosmology" by Kyle Greenwood

My review of "Scripture and Cosmology" by Kyle Greenwood may be found here.

Bottom line: Find another book on the subject.