Daily Archives: October 2, 2018

OCTOBER 2 UNWILLING TO YIELD

Yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead.

Romans 6:13

I know there are people who hear me preach regularly who will never consider changing their way of living. They will go “underground” before they will do that!

Our situation is not an isolated case. There are millions of men and women with an understanding of the revelation of God in Jesus Christ, who are still not willing to receive and commit themselves to Him whom the very angels and stars and rivers receive. They hesitate and they delay because they know God is asking the abdication of their own selfish little kingdom and interests.

This is the tragedy of mankind, my brethren! We have rejected Him from our lives because we must have our own way. But until Jesus Christ is sincerely received, there can be no knowledge of salvation, nor any understanding of the things of God.

The little, selfish, sinful man rejects the Son of God. While he is still enumerating the things he deserves, the Son of God stands outside.

My brethren, I repeat: This is the great tragedy of mankind!

Dear Lord, we all know of some people in our lives who are aware of the truth of the gospel but who choose to live apart from God. I pray that Your Spirit will cause each of these people to feel an overwhelming sense of dread concerning their future destiny.[1]


[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Tim Keller Tells Christians How to Vote, Says Jesus ‘Lost Power’ on Cross — Pulpit & Pen

Tim Keller writes in nuanced language. But in his latest column in the New York Times, the incarnation of the intellectual think-tank of the American religious left (as embodied in Tim Keller) has a simple message: Christians shouldn’t vote straight-line Republican. Projecting himself as above politics, the man who has asserted more times than I have fingers that he is greatly influenced by the Frankfurt School of Marxism, wants evangelicals to know that they should vote for both parties, and that both the Democratic National Convention and the Grand Old Party are equally as virtuous. His goal is simple, and that is to get as many evangelicals as possible to vote Democratic in the upcoming 2018 election, shifting the longtime tradition of evangelicals forming a politically conservative voting block.

Keller, who is more a political ideologue than a theologian, gathered several months ago with other Marxists and leftists to strategize on how to pull as many evangelicals to the political left as possible before the next election. We wrote about that in the post, Marxist Brain Trust Gathers at Wheaton to Discuss Moving Evangelicals Left. Any naivety that Keller’s New York Times column is just a simple exhortation for Christians not to be beholden to a single political party (as some claim) should be betrayed by his lifelong allegiance to Marxist theory and his April meeting with evangelicals where they strategized ways to make evangelicals vote Democrat.

Keller writes in the New York Times:

The Bible shows believers as holding important posts in pagan governments — think of Joseph and Daniel in the Old Testament. Christians should be involved politically as a way of loving our neighbors, whether they believe as we do or not. To work for better public schools or for a justice system not weighted against the poor or to end racial segregation requires political engagement. Christians have done these things in the past and should continue to do so.

Of course, there is not an inkling of Scriptural data to suggest that either Daniel or Joseph had any social agenda whatsoever, least of which was working “for better public schools.” And while a justice system should not be weighted toward the rich, it should also not be weighted toward the poor, which is precisely the goal of Marxists like Keller. Regarding our current supposed need to end racial segregation, one wonders exactly what institution in America still lacks integration, except for perhaps jazz music and professional hockey. Of what is Keller speaking?

Nevertheless, while believers can register under a party affiliation and be active in politics, they should not identify the Christian church or faith with a political party as the only Christian one.

While it is true that no single political party is synonymous with the Christian Church and no single political party can claim to exclusively represent Christian values (there are lots of smaller political parties, like the Constitutionalist Party, for example, that purport to have a Judeo-Christian worldview), it is unfair to say that some political parties don’t better represent Christianity than others. While the current POTUS is certainly an adulterer, whore-monger, and a profane man with no semblance of Christianity about him, the reality is that the opposition party is a declared enemy against God and stands starkly opposed to virtually every single issue of importance to evangelicals. There is nothing remotely Christian about the DNC, from platform to politicians. A whole host of Republican politicians may very well be as personally wicked as Democratic politicians (although I doubt it), there is no doubt that one party’s platform is a literal checklist of the things that God detests.

Criminalizing abortion and putting to death abortion doctors and abortive parents is a social justice issue that all Christians should get behind, but abortion remains the holy blood sacrament of the Democratic Party. Their inclusion and mandated-celebration of the LGBTQXYZLMNOP agenda leaves us believing the DNC should change their headquarters to Sodom. The DNC’s systemic oppression of people of faith and their fascist-like opposition to our rights of conscience on matters ranging from health care to gay wedding cakes should be categorically rejected by anyone who believes in Soul Liberty. Their intentional removal of language referring to Christ from the public square should ring out to us as evidence of the depravity of their heart.

If the Republican Party can be considered “worldly,” the Democratic Party should be considered as hell itself.

Another reason not to align the Christian faith with one party is that most political positions are not matters of biblical command but of practical wisdom. This does not mean that the church can never speak on social, economic and political realities, because the Bible often does. Racism is a sin, violating the second of the two great commandments of Jesus, to “love your neighbor.” The biblical commands to lift up the poor and to defend the rights of the oppressed are moral imperatives for believers. For individual Christians to speak out against egregious violations of these moral requirements is not optional.

Right. So, we should stop murdering infants in their mothers’ womb.

 I know of a man from Mississippi who was a conservative Republican and a traditional Presbyterian. He visited the Scottish Highlands and found the churches there as strict and as orthodox as he had hoped. No one so much as turned on a television on a Sunday. Everyone memorized catechisms and Scripture. But one day he discovered that the Scottish Christian friends he admired were (in his view) socialists. Their understanding of government economic policy and the state’s responsibilities was by his lights very left-wing, yet also grounded in their Christian convictions. He returned to the United States not more politically liberal but, in his words, “humbled and chastened.” He realized that thoughtful Christians, all trying to obey God’s call, could reasonably appear at different places on the political spectrum, with loyalties to different political strategies.

This is Keller’s point…be more politically liberal. It’s okay. Nevermind that socialism has always been a great enemy of theism and Marxism is responsible for the death of 100 million people in the 20th Century. Nevermind that socialism has never proven itself a friend of “human flourishing” and has only led to the starvation and oppression of the masses.

This emphasis on package deals puts pressure on Christians in politics. For example, following both the Bible and the early church, Christians should be committed to racial justice and the poor, but also to the understanding that sex is only for marriage and for nurturing family. One of those views seems liberal and the other looks oppressively conservative. The historical Christian positions on social issues do not fit into contemporary political alignments.

What Keller is espousing here is the Christian Democrat and Communitarian philosophy of Russell Moore. The idea is that Cultural Marxism and Critical Race Theory and dismantling sovereign borders through illegal immigration are inherently Christian ideas. Those of this philosophy are Marxists, both culturally and economically, but maintain a (supposed) Biblical ethic on human sexuality. We’ve seen how much these evanjellyfish have defended traditional marriage and asserted the sinfulness of Same Sex Attraction, which is not at all. Amazingly, abortion seems to have become a complete non-issue to Keller.

The Gospel gives us the resources to love people who reject both our beliefs and us personally. Christians should think of how God rescued them. He did it not by taking power but by coming to earth, losing glory and power, serving and dying on a cross. How did Jesus save? Not with a sword but with nails in his hands.

This is actually heresy. Jesus did not “lose” power or “glory.” That is called kenosis, and I addressed it in my podcast here. Jesus lost none of his divinity in the cross, not the least of which was his omnipotence.

False gospel. False preacher. False Christian.

Tim Keller Tells Christians How to Vote, Says Jesus ‘Lost Power’ on Cross — Pulpit & Pen

OCTOBER 2 NOTHING CAN HINDER GOD

Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

—1 Peter 4:16

The essence of spiritual worship is to love supremely, to trust confidently, to pray without ceasing and to seek to be Christlike and holy and to do all the good we can for Christ’s sake. How impossible for anyone to hinder that kind of “practice.” As soon as our normal churchgoing religion is interdicted by government decree or made for the time impossible by circumstances, we can retire to the sanctuary of our own hearts and worship God acceptably till He sees fit to change the circumstances and allow us to resume the outward practice of our faith. But the fire has not gone out on the altar of our heart in the meantime and we have learned the sweet secret of submission and trust, a lesson we could not have learned any other way.

If we find ourselves irked by external hindrances, be sure we are victims of our own self-will. Nothing can hinder the heart that is fully surrendered and quietly trusting, because nothing can hinder God. ROR148-149

Lord, I know that nothing can hinder the worship of my heart except the coldness of my heart! May I remain “fully surrendered and quietly trusting.” Find me faithful today, I pray. Amen. [1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

President Trump on Kavanaugh: ‘It’s a Very Scary Situation Where You’re Guilty Until Proven Innocent’ (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

President Donald Trump defended Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, saying that “it’s a very scary situation where you’re guilty until proven innocent.”

President Trump spoke to the press Tuesday before leaving for Philadelphia.

The President defended Judge Kavanaugh, calling him “an outstanding person” who’s being “very brutally treated.”

Trump also noted that it’s a “scary time for young men.”

“It is a very scary time for young men in America, when you can be guilty of something you may not be guilty of,” Trump told reporters as he was leaving the White House.

Discussing the allegations against Kavanaugh, Trump spoke out about the presumption of guilt that the judge has been dealing with.

“It’s a very scary situation where you’re guilty until proven innocent,” Trump said. “That is a very, very difficult standard.”

When asked if he had anything to say to young women, Trump stated that “Women are doing great.”

via President Trump on Kavanaugh: ‘It’s a Very Scary Situation Where You’re Guilty Until Proven Innocent’ (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Kavanaugh Accuser’s Recollection May Stem from False Memory, Suggests Psychology Professor — Christian Research Network

 

Mather explained how a concept called the “availability heuristic” helps explain part of the phenomenon of false memories.  “The availability heuristic allows us to kind of base our belief in the confidence of what we’re retrieving on how easily we recalled it.”

(Michele Blood – LifeZette) Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation of sexual assault at the hands of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (shown above right; Ford is at left) could stem from a false memory, Dr. Robert Mather told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham Monday night on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“There’s volumes of research that show, going back to [Dr. Elizabeth] Loftus’ work, that you can implant memories in children, such as being lost in the mall,” said Mather, who is a professor of experimental psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Cognitive psychologist and University of California, Irvine professor Elizabeth Loftus is a respected pioneer in false memory research.

She has studied the phenomenon for decades.

“Sometimes people are very, very certain and wrong,” Loftus told Agence France-Presse (AFP) in a recent interview, which Yahoo News published late last week. View article →

via Kavanaugh Accuser’s Recollection May Stem from False Memory, Suggests Psychology Professor — Christian Research Network

Kavanaugh Carnival Continues: Exposing Ford’s Paper On “Creating Artificial Memories”

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk,

The carnival continues with interesting twists such as Ford’s paper about using self-hypnosis to create memories

The Federalist reports Kavanaugh Accuser Co-Authored Study Citing Use of Hypnosis to Retrieve Memories.

Christine Blasey Ford, a California woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape in the 1980’s, co-authored an academic study that cited the use of hypnosis as a tool to retrieve memories in traumatized patients. The academic paper, entitled “Meditation With Yoga, Group Therapy With Hypnosis, and Psychoeducation for Long-Term Depressed Mood: A Randomized Pilot Trial,” described the results of a study the tested the efficacy of certain treatments on 46 depressed individuals. The study was published by the Journal of Clinical Psychology in May 2008.

While the paper by Ford and several other co-authors focused on whether various therapeutic techniques, including hypnosis, alleviate depression, it also discussed the therapeutic use of hypnosis to “assist in the retrieval of important memories” and to “create artificial situations” to assist in treatment.

Ford’s paper cited a controversial 1964 paper on the use of hypnosis to treat alcoholics and claimed that “hypnosis could be used to improve rapport in the therapeutic relationship, assist in the retrieval of important memories, and create artificial situations that would permit the client to express ego-dystonic emotions in a safe manner.” The study by Ford and her co-authors also used “self-hypnosis” to help treat their randomized sample of patients.

The 2004 text by Spiegel and Spiegel referenced by Ford and her fellow researchers discusses in detail the use of hypnotism, and even self-hypnotism, to recover memories from traumatic episodes.

“Remember that all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis,” the authors of the referenced 2004 text on hypnotism wrote. “[T]herefore, therapists are only tapping into their patients’ natural ability to enter trance state.”

The authors noted that hypnosis as a means of recovering traumatic memories could also lead to the “contamination” of those memories.

“Patients are highly suggestible and easily subject to memory contamination,” they noted.

Source: Kavanaugh Carnival Continues: Exposing Ford’s Paper On “Creating Artificial Memories”

Hillary’s Fingerprints are All Over Kavanaugh Inquisition

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Is a picture worth a thousand words?
In this case it might be worth more.

A closer look at the woman behind Hillary Clinton reveals that it might be Christine Blasey Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz.

Very interesting.

The photo was taken at a 2016 campaign benefit hosted by Anti-Trumper Cher, according to Dr. Eowyn of Fellowship of the Minds.

“During the 2016 presidential campaign on August 21, rabid anti-Trumper Cher hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at the Pilgrim Monument & Museum in Provincetown, Cape Cod.

The fundraiser, attended by a cheering crowd of about 1,000 useful idiots, netted $1.5 million for Hillary’s campaign coffers. (Cape Cod Times)”

Let’s pause for a moment to give the leftists at Snopes a chance for  a rebuttal. The above photo was originally posted by TMZ and they have since retracted.

Snopes explains, “Although the woman behind Hillary Clinton in this photograph may bare a passing resemblance to Debra Katz, the pictured woman is actually Clinton’s official campaign photographer, Barbara Kinney.

Hundreds of Chinese Christian Schoolchildren Forced to Declare They Follow ‘No Religion’ — Faithwire

Some 300 schoolchildren in the overtly Christian Zhejiang province have been forced to fill out a form declaring that they do not follow any religion.

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A “trusted source” told Christian persecution watchdog World Watch Monitor (WWM) that it is very normal for parents to fill in a questionnaire that asks them about their child’s religion, but that having to falsely declare that they do not follow Jesus is unheard of.

“In this case,  the children were handed a questionnaire in class about faith, which is not normal,” the source explained, adding prying for more information on the kids appears to be part of a new initiative “to identify Christians and give them pressure of one sort or another.”

“Children in this part of China would write ‘Christian’ because of 1) their innocence and 2) they come from families of fervent believers who do not compromise their faith,” the source added. However, following this, the teacher demanded that each child specify on their form that they follow “No religion.”

Despite many of the kids choosing to keep their first answer of “Christian,” after numerous warnings, all but one of the students changed to “no religion.”

“It seems teachers recently were tasked with pressuring children by separating them from the other students to ‘counsel’ or talk to them sternly about the ‘consequences’ of talking about being a Christian believer at school, urging them to write “No religion” on their questionnaire,” the WWM source explained.

“This is for the child’s sake and to limit any growth of Christianity amongst young people through evangelism or simply becoming known as the ones who could answer questions other pupils may have about Christianity.””

Indeed, these are not empty threats put forward by government-swayed educational staff. If students fail to comply and are bold to declare their faith, they will likely forfeit any opportunity to, for example, become a class representative. In more severe cases, they may not even obtain their leaving certificate upon graduating from school, making it difficult for the student to gain admission to a university.

Indeed, the persecution can go even further than that for young followers of Jesus. Every choice the child makes with relation to their official religious status is recorded on their “file.” These are then held by government officials on a permanent basis. Thus, an out-of-line answer may result in hampered employment opportunities. “Of course these are all hypothetical scenarios and would be determined largely by the level of involvement of the individual school, its teachers and principals,” the source qualified.

“But generally the sense is one of bias against Christians.”

Do continue to pray for Christians across China, and the persecuted Church across the world.

(H/T: World Watch Monitor)

via Hundreds of Chinese Christian Schoolchildren Forced to Declare They Follow ‘No Religion’ — Faithwire

Crooked Hillary Cackles Over Kavanaugh’s Claim Sexual Assault Allegations Against Him Are ‘Revenge on Behalf of Clintons’ (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Crooked Hillary broke out into a shrill cackle on Tuesday when she was asked about Brett Kavanaugh’s claim that the sexual assault allegations brought against him were ‘revenge on behalf of the Clintons.’

The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg asked Hillary about Brett Kavanaugh’s claims as the audience laughed.

“It deserves a lot of laughter,” Hillary said, cackling. “I thought it was just part of the whole of his very defensive and unconvincing presentation.”

“I told someone later…they give us a lot of credit. Thirty-six years ago, we started this against him?”

VIDEO:

Of course this is a political hit by the Clintons. Hillary Clinton is angry that Trump is stacking the Supreme Court with Justices, not herself.

Furthermore, when Hillary Clinton was First Lady, her husband, then-President Bill Clinton was impeached for perjuring himself about having “sexual relations” with a very young White House intern–Monica Lewinsky.

Hillary even vowed to fight Trump’s SCOTUS nominee.

In June, Hillary promoted a radical left-wing organization called ‘Demand Justice’ as a new group her pac, Onward Together would be teaming up with to fight President Trump’s MAGA agenda.

“This whole two week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election–fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record–revenge on behalf of the Clintons,” Judge Kavanaugh said in a hearing last Thursday.

The sexual assault smears against Kavanaugh have Hillary’s fingerprints all over it.

via Crooked Hillary Cackles Over Kavanaugh’s Claim Sexual Assault Allegations Against Him Are ‘Revenge on Behalf of Clintons’ (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

October 2 Daily Help

POOR souls! forget not the present Saviour, who bids you look unto him and be saved. He could heal you at once, but you prefer to wait for an angel and a wonder. To trust him is a sure way to every blessing, and he is worthy of the most implicit confidence; but unbelief makes you prefer the cold porches of Bethesda to the warm bosom of his love. O that the Lord may turn his eye upon the multitudes who are in this case to-day; may he forgive the slights which they have put upon his divine power, and call them by that sweet constraining voice, to rise from the bed of despair, and in the energy of faith take up their bed and walk.[1]


[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 279). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.