Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Christ is coming again

A quote from Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis -
God is going to invade this earth in force.  But what's the good of saying you're on His side then, when you see the whole natural universe melting away like a dream and something else, something it never entered your head to conceive comes crashing in.  Something so beautiful to us and so terrible to others that none of us will have any choice left.  This time it will be God without disguise;  something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love, or irresistible horror into every creature.  It will be too late then to choose your side.  There is no use saying you choose to lie down, when it's become impossible to stand up.  That will not be the time for choosing; it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen, whether we realize it or not.  Now, today, in this moment, is our chance to choose the right side.  God is holding back to give us that chance.  It will not last forever; we must take it or leave it.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Keep preaching the Gospel

Here is a PodCast that should encourage us to keep preaching the Gospel even when we don't see any results.

http://www.thelivingword.us/blog/GeorgeStreet.mp3

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Headship and Glory

Here is an article explaining the headship and glory of Christ from 1 Corinthians 11.

http://thelivingword.us/headship/headship.html

Monday, August 23, 2010

Kind and Merciful God

by Bryan Jeffery Leech

Kind and merciful God, we have sinned in Your sight,
We have all wandered far from Your way;
We have followed desire, we have failed to aspire
To the virtue we ought to display.

Kind and merciful God, we’ve neglected Your Word
And the truth that would guide us aright;
We have lived in the shade of the dark we have made,
When you willed us to walk in the light.

Kind and merciful God, we have broken Your laws
And in conduct have veered from the norm;
We have dreamed of the good, but the good that we could
We have frequently failed to perform.

Kind and merciful God in Christ's death on the cross
You provided a cleansing from sin;
Speak the words that forgive that hence-forth we may live
By the might of your Spirit within.

Kind and merciful God, bid us lift up our heads
And command us to rise from our knees;
May our hearts now be changed and no longer estranged,
Through the power of Your pardon and peace.

45 goals of Communism

Congressional Record January 10, 1963

It's amazing how many of these goals have already been achieved!

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a "religious crutch."

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the "big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture--education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use ["]united force["] to solve economic, political or social problems.

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

Problems with Calvinism

Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion - Book 3 - Chapter 21 - Section 5 -
... By predestination we mean the eternal decree of God, by which He determined with Himself whatever He wished to happen with regard to every man.  All are not created on equal terms, but some are preordained to eternal life, others to eternal damnation;  and, accordingly, as each has been created for one or other of these ends, we say that he has been predestinated to life or to death ... 

If Calvin is correct in his view that some have been preordained by God to eternal damnation and have been predestinated to death, then all of the whosoever will passages in the Bible are meaningless.  Whosoever no longer means whosoever.  Whosoever now means only those who have been preordained to eternal lifeThose preordained to eternal damnation are not included in the whosoever -- they have no choice in the matter.

In addition, 2 Peter 3:9 -
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
and 1 Timothy 2:3-4 -
This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
become meaningless statements.  If God has truly preordained some to eternal damnation as Calvin claims, then how can He say that He is not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance?  How can He say that He desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth?  If God has truly preordained some to eternal damnation, then He does wish some to perish because He has ordained it so.  He does not desire all men to be saved because He has made it impossible for some to be saved.

What an incredibly heinous doctrine!  What a terrible twisting and distortion of the Bible's clear teaching!  Calvinism is not a philosophy that is derived from Scripture.  It is a philosophy that must be imposed on Scripture.  Scripture must be twisted and distorted and redefined in order to support Calvinism.

Calvinists teach that God preordained some to eternal life.  Most, however, would deny that He preordained others to eternal damnation.  And yet, that is exactly what Calvin taught.  If someone is going to claim the name Calvinist, then they should agree with everything that Calvin taught.   If they don't, then they shouldn't claim to be a Calvinist.  To not do so is akin to someone claiming the name Christian and not agreeing with everything that Jesus taught.  If they don't agree with everything that Jesus taught, then they shouldn't claim the name Christian.