Monthly Archives: July 2015

FALSE SEPARATION

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The Gospelcoalition.org had a great article entitled “The Urban Legend That Thomas Jefferson Believed in a Wall Separating Church and State” Posted by the Christian Apologetics Program by Biola University, good read take a look at it.

This idea of the separation of Church and State is an idea that is routinely gotten wrong by Christians, non Christians and the worst politicians.

Not that I’m a civics scholar but I believe government cannot sponsor a particular religion, or doctrine or ethically influence one that was the whole point of separation of Church and State by our framers.

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Religion can influence government and if it’s morally good has a duty to do so. Before America was founded religion and doctrine had influenced local government and this continued through the founding of our states and federal government. Natural law was vaguely attempted yet not fully institutionalized as part of our constitution.

We elect men and women in our government on the pretense of being a good statesman. We expect our elected officials to rule with good ethics and biblical morality although some would argue that I’m sure but that is a testament of our current government how many good statesmen do you know?

I have read blogs and ideas from not only atheist but from Christians as well that we should not have Christians or Godly persons in Government but only atheist and secularist feeling they would rule with complete impartiality.

Moronic idea at best, if we say only secularist or atheist should only be in government then we lose the notion of politicians to be elected with the intent of being a good statesman. The intent will count for nothing and we can expect the government body to move from trying to rule with Biblical good ethics and moral law to no ethics and moral relativism.

Atheist will refute this idea but if you have no reference point of good ethics and morality then how can you rule in favor of good ethics and morality, it becomes relative to the politicians own definition.

The separation of church and state should have a one way door, allowing good moral influence whether it be religious or not to effect government but not allowing government to influence religion.

Tough to regulate but if it can be done then society receives a government that rules with good biblical moral intentions and not with ambiguous ethics and moral relativism.

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WHY THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND

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Apologist Matt Slick has thrown around a theory that I find quite interesting. Whether you are a fan of CARM or not it is conjecture worth looking at. Mr. Slick from what I see feels that God had the scriptures written in such a way that unbelievers would not truly understand the Bible or completely miss the case or target messages of many of its books.

While the elect ones fundamentally understand God’s targeted message because they have been chosen by God to know and understand his message and heart. We can get a glimpse of this with 2nd Thessalonians 2: 13-14

13 But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you [a]from the beginning for salvation [b]through sanctification [c]by the Spirit and faith in the truth. 14 It was for this He called you through our gospel, [d]that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Again in 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

This idea to me has validity since many will hear but few will act. So many are clueless and few understand; you see this in everyday life both in the church and in open life.

In 1st Peter 2:7 This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, “The stone which the builders rejected, This became the very corner stone,” and in Matthew 22:14 14 For many are [a]called, but few are chosen.”

Interesting here I have seen many people get caught in scripture and just unable to make sense of it. You can see this not only in the Atheist but in main stream Christian churches today.

People just unable to fully grasp what God is saying, this is where maybe people are just getting frustrated with the Gospel and either completely walking away from it with contempt like the Atheist or they change it to help make sense of it all.

Not understanding what they have done by changing the word of God they end up making it a religion instead of what should have been a relationship.

It definitely opens the dialogue to why so many people find Gods target message so hard to understand and attempt to tinker with scripture to fit their idea of salvation.

This works for both the believer and non believer as we see in lukewarm or stone cold churches and cults like the LDS and  Jehovah’s witnesses. Some have completely lost their flavor while others have totally missed the mark by adding to or taking away from the scripture.

Yes the Bible can be mind bending at times but the overall message is simple to understand, so why do so many miss the mark and so few stay on target?

Luke 8:9-11 His disciples began questioning Him as to what this parable meant. 10 And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.

Something worth debate and kicking around, I do understand that not everyone is reformed so I don’t expect everyone to agree when we are talking about chosen ones.

Defending the Gospel within our own against watered down Christianity and doctrine that is taking bits and pieces here and there and making a false Gospel becomes our duty for the Glory Jesus.

If we love our neighbor church down the road I would think we would want them to at least be on par or on the same page as a Gospel believing church or Christian should be.

We will have small disagreements here and there but let that not stop us from knowing and spreading God’s truth.

Mind you this just my opinion I’m not trying to pin down an argument and I do my best to back it up with scripture, there is no knowingly trying to take the Bible and Gods word out of context this is purely conjecture and debate.

Even if God gave us a thousand years to study his word we still would never stop learning from him.

LOSS OF A GOOD TRAIT

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Paraphrasing off of what J Budziszewski blogged; liberals have exhausted all of their own resources of rational persuasion and have nothing left but propaganda and force.

They have bullied the common man to either believe what they the liberal does and says or be considered a person of hate and intolerance.

There is no rational room for debate and disagreement only you hate or your stupid.

Sad to see common sense is no longer celebrated as a good trait instead feelings of lust, desire, wants and needs over a society that is in constant turmoil because it no longer searches for common sense.

They have bullied the common man to either believe what they the liberal does and says or be considered a person of hate and intolerance.

There is no rational room for debate and disagreement only you hate or your stupid.

Sad to see common sense is no longer celebrated as a good trait instead feelings of lust, desire, wants and needs over a society that is in constant turmoil because it no longer searches for common sense.

Proverbs 28:26 Proverbs 28:26 He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,But he who walks wisely will be delivered.

THE FALL

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For those of us who grew up from the mid 90’s and beyond most had a funny face in their heart when actor/comedian Bill Cosby came on the TV.

Cosby once an icon of humor and family values could do no wrong.
When the accusations started that Cosby had drugged and assaulted people I can only imagine what crossed everyone’s mind.

Some thought it was an attack of the Left by liberals that were trying to sabotage Cosby for speaking out against President Obama others just thought no way and finally the truth comes out.

So how do we explain this, as a conservative it tears at you that a once family values man was half a lie. As a Christian I don’t see disgust but I do see disappointment, but with God’s grace can good come out of this?

The atheist might view Cosby as basic human corruption, nothing new here we would maybe expect this from all humans some will act and some will refrain that is just the way some of us turn out.

The Hindu or Easter philosophy enacts the uncontrollable act of karma in which the offender will have no real knowledge or understanding of their punishment just that their death will possibly reincarnate something vile, no chance to escape no forgiveness in sight.

How do we explain this to the person that sees this as a total loss in humanity? I’m sure there are some out there that have been hurt by this news.

Cosby’s family for one has been majorly impacted and there are those that would view this as a complete devastation, why would somebody do this? How can we turn this around for God?

Well for one this shows us we are all fallible without God.
Without Jesus hypocrisy is the norm and it becomes you.

Mr. Cosby showed the world that people are not always what they seem to be,we advertise one thing and do another. But with Jesus this is not so, Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Romans 16:18 defines the Cosby situation well the problem is how can a person acquires these negative attributes?For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own [a]appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.”

If we were to put our faith and trust in God could this be the remedy? When people ask or say where is this going who can we trust? Deuteronomy 31:8 “The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

As much as the Cosby situation is alarming and disturbing we can use this to tell others that trusting in humans will always lead to disappointment while trusting in God will never disappoint.