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.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Nahum: A Prophet of Doom (Nahum 1:11) - Worthless Counselors

11 From you came one
    who plotted evil against the Lord,
    a worthless counselor.

Can there be anything worse than a “worthless counselor”? Something you are have seen or heard or experienced has greatly disturbed you. Why has this happened? What should I do? How do I handle it? You need some help, some guidance.

So, you find someone who professes to be a counselor to assist you in sorting out these disturbances in your life. However, your advisor leads you down the wrong path. He gives you a bad interpretation of your situation. You gladly accept his counsel only to find out (much later!), his advice has only created more turmoil for your life. Now, you are worse off than you were.

What a horrible thought! Yet, this happens all the time in our society. People are confused and/or disturbed. They are running to their relatives, friends, government officials, or therapists for help. But, what they receive does nothing to resolve their problems. In fact, their counsel only makes things worse.

Perhaps something similar happened in Nineveh. Destruction is coming, cries the prophet of God. What do we do? How should we live? Some “wicked advisor” (perhaps the king?) appears and offers counsel. However, his counsel is against God’s counsel. His advice is merely an evil rebellion of God’s advice.

Being quite literal, the translation of this one verse would read something like this: “From you one comes out thinking against YAHWEH evil, one advising wickedness.”

Is this not our society today?

“I’m single and pregnant. What should I do?” Our “counselors” tell us “Get an abortion”.

“I’m a woman who loves another woman. What should I do?” “Accept your sexuality. Enjoy your partner. If possible, get married.”

“My parents want me to go to church. But the church is full of hypocrites. What should I do?” “Your parents are from another time and just don’t understand. If you want to hear a preacher, just turn on the TV and listen from home.”

“I’m a woman trapped in a man’s body. What should I do?” “Take any and all steps you need to take in order to live your life as you wish to live it.”

“I’m so bored and depressed with life. I’m useless. What do I do?” “Here are some pills that will help you cope.”

“I’m in love with a woman who is not my wife. What should I do?” “Divorce your present wife so your life can be happy living with your new love.”

On and on it goes in twenty-first century America. Counselors are everywhere offering advice that contradicts the counsel of God. Anyone who offers such counsel is plotting evil against the one true God. They are a worthless counselor.

Have you pursued the wicked counsel of such counselors? Are you listening to society’s advice instead of God’s? The Word of the Lord provides us with the wisdom and guidance we need to live this life. Why seek advice from those who oppose the Lord? Where is the wisdom in such behavior?

God has revealed that each of us is a sinner. We stand condemned in our rebellion against God. Judgment is coming upon us as it did upon Nineveh. We cannot escape that judgment. Heeding the counsel of the wicked will not alter that fact.

But Jesus Christ can change your future! Repent of your sins (turn from them) and trust Jesus and you will be spared from future judgment. Study God’s Word and strive to live your life daily for Christ. God has the solutions for our problems.

And leave the godless counselors behind.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Nahum: A Prophet of Doom (Nahum 1:10) - Thorns, Drunkards, Stubble

10 For they are like entangled thorns,
    like drunkards as they drink;
    they are consumed like stubble fully dried.

Practical jokes were a common feature of college life. This was especially true for those of us living in the dorms. Our dorm-mates, including our roommates, were constantly plotting harmless pranks against one another. You see, you wanted to pull off the prank but have some way to give yourself an alibi. This way, you could repeat the prank at various times without your victim knowing who was responsible.

Thus, it is with schemers. Some in Nineveh were developing the plans against Yahweh. When His judgment fell, they believed they would, somehow, deceive the Lord and not receive the punishment.

Nahum disagrees. They will not escape. To prove his point, he describes such plotters using three illustrations of such individuals.

First, they are “entangled thorns”. Such thorns are sharp and painful on all sides. No matter how you grab them, they hurt. The contrivers are like that. They are evil, wicked, angry, furious, outspoken at ever turn. Every characteristic of their behavior is like that of a thorn.

Second, they are “drinking drunkards”. A drunkard has already lost all self-control. They can’t even walk across a room in a straight line. Furthermore, they are oblivious to their surroundings. And those in Nineveh devising their plans against the Lord have not only lost self-control and awareness, they continue to drink!

Lastly, they are fully dried stubble. Such matter catches fire quickly and burns completely. It will be fully consumed.

To believe you can escape the Lord’s judgment by some ill-devised plan is foolishness. You may be as wicked (or even more so) than the entangled thorns of the Assyrians, yet you will be consumed. You may have lost all self-control and awareness of your eternal state, but that will not excuse you on that last day. Your thorns and your drunken stupor place you in the condition of fully dried stubble. When God’s judgment falls, you will be consumed.

Some of us are like those in Nineveh. We live our lives every day, oblivious to God and His Word. We do what we want to do and, at times, are aware what we do is wrong or even wicked. Each of us is like a ball of entangled thorns.

From day to day, we stumble through life as though we are drinking drunkards. We are unaware of God, His Word, and His coming judgment. We have lost all self-control and the ability to change our behavior and our future.

If we would look at our lives from God’s perspective, we would see ourselves as fully dried stubble. All that awaits our consummation is a match! That match, God’s fire, is coming. We will burn. We will be punished. We will be destroyed throughout eternity.

Praise God, He has provided us with a way out! Jesus has lived and died for sinners. He has borne the punishment for every sin committed by those given to Him by the Father. Now, He calls on us to repent (turn from our wicked ways) and believe (trust) in Him.

Will you call upon Jesus this day?

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Nahum: A Prophet of Doom (Nahum 1:9) - Provoking the Lord

What do you plot against the Lord?
    He will make a complete end;
    trouble will not rise up a second time.

Most of us who have reached adulthood can recall specific individuals who, in one form or another, plotted against another and go away with it. Perhaps it was a classmate who wanted to skip class, so they made up an excuse about being sick or a dying grandmother. Or maybe that classmate failed to study for an exam and came up with the idea of sneaking in a cheat sheet.

Maybe we knew of a friend who was given a traffic ticket, took it to court, and used some lame excuse to have the ticket reduced or even dismissed. Maybe it was a more serious matter such as a friend to whom we provided an excuse for their extra marital activities.

Man enjoys devising schemes to enable them to sin and get away with it. Some men become so good at it that their entire life is a lie consisting of such plots.

The warning has been given to Nineveh for their sin. But there are probably some who are already plotting some excuse for their behavior. They are devising a scheme in order to fool their accuser. Nahum asks the rhetorical question, “What do you plot against the Lord?” “Plot” or “contrive” indicates their intent. They might get away with such schemes when standing before men. But do they really think they can devise some plot against YAHWEH?

Oh, how many of us are already plotting our schemes for escaping that final judgment to be given by our God? We have sinned and realize punishment awaits us. But, we are fast talkers, we are clever cheaters, we can get away with anything. True, if we are fast talking or cleverly cheating another man. However, do you honestly believe you will escape the God of the universe? What a fool you are if you truly believe that.

Nahum, for a second time, says, “He will make a complete end.” Observe two clear revealed truths in this phrase. First, “complete end” is “destruction”. Nineveh is the capital of the great Assyrian empire which conquered the entire Middle East. But their destruction is certain. Second, it is “He”, Yahweh, who will bring that destruction. No, Nineveh, you can’t fast talk this God.

“Well, if I can scheme against God, I still have hope. Remember, God is a good God, a kind God, a merciful God. Perhaps, as He did in the days of Jonah, He will provide a stay of execution.”

“Trouble will not rise up a second time.” No, there time has come and gone. The extent of God’s patience towards Nineveh and Assyria has reached its limit. There will be no reprieve, only destruction.

Make no mistake, reader, your end has been foretold by God. If you are a sinner, your end is your eternal destruction. Perhaps God will be patient with you and provide you another opportunity. Perhaps not. As the writer says, “Today is the day of salvation.”

Do not scheme against God. It will not save you. Turn to Christ while the opportunity remains.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Nahum: A Prophet of Doom (Nahum 1:8) - Good News, Bad News

    But with an overflowing flood
he will make a complete end of the adversaries, 
    and will pursue his enemies into darkness.

“I’ve got good news and bad news.”

I suspect most of us, at one time or another, has heard this statement. The speaker is preparing us for some bad news yet wants to do so in a more pleasant manner. So, first they share something good and positive: anything! Then we receive the bad news.

In verse 7, Nahum informs his readers of the goodness of Yahweh. He is our fortress of solitude in the time of trouble. And, for the listener in Nineveh, Nahum’s words in verses 1-6 sure sound like trouble! How good verse 7 must have sounded to those just threatened for destruction.

Now, however, Nahum delivers the bad news. Verse 7 is for those who are trusting God, for His people. For those in Nineveh, “an overflowing flood” is coming. Of course, a flood is already an overflow of water. So, to have an “overflowing flood” is to have a catastrophic flood! For those of us in Missouri, it reminds us of the 500-year flood of 1993!

This flood will bring the “complete end” (destruction) of the Lord’s adversaries (i.e., Nineveh and the Assyrians). The flood bringing this destruction is not likely a physical flood. Rather, it is a flood of armies. Over a century before, Isaiah had used similar words to describe the Assyrians overrunning Israel. Now, they will be overrun by invaders.

God will not allow his enemies to go unpunished. Nahum predicts He will follow them into darkness. He doesn’t simply mean a place without light. Darkness is isolation, fear, stress, mourning, perplexing, even terror! The Bible reveals the enemies of God will be cast into eternal darkness, the very fire of Hell. The flames will punish the flesh; the darkness will punish the soul.

Woe to those who are His adversaries! The Lord is good to those who take refuge in Him. But, to those who are His enemies, He is an overwhelming flood, bringing total darkness.

Which one are you?  

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Nahum: A Prophet of Doom (Nahum 1:7) - The LORD is Good

The Lord is good,
    a stronghold in the day of trouble;
he knows those who take refuge in him.

When a parent disciplines a child, the form of punishment is not what causes the deepest pain in the recipient. Rather, it is the knowledge that your parent is the one executing the discipline. The person to whom you are the closest, who loves you the most of anyone on the earth, is punishing you. At such a moment, you may believe your mother or father is the most wicked person who has ever lived. But, after the discipline has been given, you see the big picture. You remember the true nature of your parent, the depths of their love for you, the desire of wanting the best for you. Furthermore, you understand the discipline you just received is to help you understand a bad choice you have made, and, hopefully, to divert you from making similar mistakes in the future.

Nahum has emphasized the approaching judgment coming upon Nineveh by the God who granted their ancestors a reprieve. It would be quite easy to assume that our God is a vindictive, harsh judge who cares little for those under His rule. But Nahum now assures his readers that is not the case. For Yahweh, the covenant God of Israel, is “good”.

His discipline is for correction and prevention. His punishment is satisfaction for His justice. Our God, by nature, is a “good” God, not wicked. He is not vindictive, only just.

Furthermore, God is a “stronghold in the day of trouble”. “Stronghold” refers to a fortress. When I hear that word, my thoughts run to the hymn “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”. In God, we find security. In God is our hope. The “day of trouble” may be any day or every day. Nevertheless, our God is good and there is safety in Him for those who flee to Him.

“He knows those who take refuge in Him”. He KNOWS means not only He intellectually knows them, but that He also loves them and cares for them. And the ones whom He knows, loves, and cares for are those taking “refuge” in Him. Literally, it is those who are trusting in Him.

When Jonah proclaimed judgment upon Nineveh for their sin, the citizens of the trusted God and fled to His side. He protected them by not executing punishment at that time. But now their descendants find themselves once more engaged in sinful acts. Judgment is coming this time. There will be no reprieve. Punishment comes not because our God is evil but because He is good. The wicked will be destroyed. For those who trust in Him, He provides them safety and love.

Will you flee to God by trusting Christ for your salvation? If so, then you will discover God is good and a fortress for those who trust Him. If not, you will receive the punishment your sin deserves.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Nahum: A Prophet of Doom (Nahum 1:6) - Who Can Stand?

Who can stand before his indignation?
    Who can endure the heat of his anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire,
    and the rocks are broken into pieces by him.

While playing baseball in my early high school days, there were times where it was apparent early in the game that this would not be our team’s day. The pitcher was on, throwing fast balls we couldn’t hit or breaking balls completing fooling us. At the same time, their offense was hitting our pitchers all over the field. Perhaps athletes should remain optimistic until the end of the game, but most of us were very realistic. The differences between our athletic ability and our opponents made it clear we would lose the game that day.

Far too many of us go through this life doing whatever we want to do, whatever we believe is right. Perhaps we sense a twinge of guilt over our actions; perhaps not. Those who do not believe there is a God have little worries. But, unfortunately, there are many who do believe in a God and, yet, believe that somehow they will escape His judgment. They will answer God’s charges cleverly, and they will avoid the punishment. Perhaps they think they can lie to God and escape. In some ways, when Judgment Day arrives, they will slip by the judge and into the heavenly kingdom. They are the athletes who are totally outclassed and outplayed  by their opponent.

I have no idea how many of those living in Nineveh during Nahum’s day still believed in the God proclaimed by Jonah. But, assuming there were some, I suspect a few believed they would get away with their sinful deeds. Besides, they weren’t nearly as bad as that neighbor of theirs. God would punish the neighbor but permit them to go free. They would find some way to escape this Sovereign opponent.

However, Nahum informs these deluded individuals that will not be the case and he does so with two rhetorical questions. “Who can stand before His indignation?” God’s fury rages over the sins of His creatures. No one escapes, no one gets by. Sin demands punishment and someone must pay. “Who can endure the heat of His anger?” And when that judgment is pronounced and punishment delivered, no one will remain standing. You in Nineveh: you will NOT escape God’s hand.

Neither will any sinner including those living in the twenty-first century. Do not fool yourself. You cannot outwit God and you cannot outplay God. If we sin, we will be judged. And when we are judged, God will “pour out” His wrath upon us as His punishment against our sin. There will be no escape. Those who are clever with their words will not fool this judge. When you stand before God, you will stand only long enough to hear your punishment. Sin must be punished; you will pay.

But there will be some to whom the judge will proclaim, “not guilty”. Their acquittal will not be the result of any clever trick or for living a perfect life. Their acquittal is the result of the work of God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who lived a perfect life and then died an obedient death, taking the punishment for His people. If you are one of God’s chosen ones, your punishment has already been endured for every sin you have (and will) commit! Praise the Lord!

But, are you one of God’s chosen ones? You can know. God’s Word calls upon you to turn from your sins (repent) and believe (trust) Christ alone for your salvation. The chosen of God will obey His saving call. Have you? Or will you suffer the wrath of God on that Judgment day?