Has America gone too far?

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Has America gone too far

The above excerpt is from the poem “Second Coming”, written by William Yeats during World War One, and published the following year. In it, Mr. Yeats captures, distills, and expresses the collective shock, horror, and confusion being experienced by people all over Europe during those calamitous years. To say that average people were scared would be an understatement; they were in fact terrified. To them, it seemed the end of the world was at hand, and the most pressing questions in nearly everyone’s mind was… “Will I survive it? And what manner of world will I have survived to inherit?”

Today there are many parallels between the circumstances which predicated WWI, and our own nation’s situation; both at home, and abroad. One thing we readily can recognize is the fact that, as it was in Europe prior to 1914, the established order of society is being challenged and systematically undermined from both within and without. In Europe, the old blood ruling houses had grown fat, and corrupt to the impoverishment of the people; and their appeals for reform and relief were falling upon deaf ears. Here in America, the “ruling house” of Democrats and Republicans have also grown fat, rich, and arrogant in their corruption; and they too have turned a deaf ear to our pleas for constitutional reform and relief. Our very election system has become a ritual of abuse we routinely subject ourselves to in the almost vain hopes that maybe, just maybe, this President, or that Congressman will actually do as they promised, and actually stop the madness! Yet time and again (with a few notable exceptions), they fly off to Washington, and “We the People…” to whom they made such swelling promises, are made into “You, the suckers”. In short: Europe, prior to WWI was a pressure cooker ready to blow, and today’s America is little better. All that is needed is for one more heavy-handed, arrogant autocrat to find their way into the White House, and we may well have our own reprise of Sarajevo 1914. The fear of this scenario has no doubt taken root in the minds of many of the same corrupt politicians crusading to disarm Americans. You’d think the obvious answer to such an imagined threat would be to repent of your crooked political ways, and enact political reforms to undo all of the damage you’ve done. But no, that would require something sorely lacking among the political elite… humility.

Another analogous parallel we cannot ignore is the fact that exacerbating the already intolerable inequities between the ruling class, and common folk of Europe: These same rulers did little to alleviate the tensions between the various ethnic groups within their jurisdiction, and in fact often played one group against another as a means of preventing any unified uprising against themselves. Nothing could be more Machiavellian, and throughout Europe, his book “The Prince” was required reading among the ruling class elite. What did they learn from Nicolo Machiavelli? Just this… Not only does one need to “divide and conquer”, but as an autocrat, one must maintain those divisions if he or she wishes to retain power. It’s no surprise then that most of our own politicians are well acquainted with, and apply Machiavelli’s diabolical principles. Knowing this, you can now understand the “method behind the madness” of such seemingly irrational and irresponsible schemes as “Open Borders”, mass amnesty, and the mass importation of so many Muslims into America. You see, the rulers of Europe did not have to import people from foreign cultures and ethnicity to break-up the homogeneity of their respective states: They were already there. There were large population groups of Muslims residing in those Balkan states, especially Serbia, who were the descendants of those Ottoman Turks which had repeatedly attacked and invaded Europe throughout the 13th, 14th, and 15th centuries. Had sound wisdom, foresight, and prudence governed the minds of the rulers in Europe at that time; they would have rounded-up these remnants of the Ottoman hordes, and deported them back into their Muslim homelands. But, whether due to their lack of will, or that of ability; they did not, and so the seeds of unending turmoil in that area of Europe were allowed to take root and flourish. It didn’t take long for the numbers of Muslims to increase to the point where the unscrupulous rulers of Europe were able to use them as pawns in a dangerous game of brinkmanship with their own citizens. This they did by (1) Allowing these former Muslim invaders to infiltrate and form insular enclaves within the society. (2) Appointing Muslims to positions of political and legal authority in areas which were predominantly non-Muslim, or worse… Christian communities. (3) Providing exclusions to the common laws governing all other citizens to Muslims to accommodate their Muslim beliefs.
This of course is but a short, summarized list of those most egregious actions by the rulers of Europe which predicated the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, and the resultant outbreak of WWI. The man who shot the Archduke – Gavrilo Princip – was forced to grow-up in a predominantly non-Muslim community where the above listed provocations were employed by the Archduke’s Austrian family. None of which of course excuses or justifies Princip’s actions; but it does enlighten as to what motivated him then, and may well equip us to prevent a repeat of such desperate actions here in America. It should be understood that the murder of the Archduke (who in fact favored reforming these practices) did not accomplish young Gavrilo’s dreams of reunifying his beloved homeland. They in fact made things worse. His own community was nearly wiped off the map during WWI, and as we all well know; the animosities and divisions within Serbia, Bosnia, and in fact all of the Balkans remain to this day. And if you watch carefully enough, you note that the present-day “rulers” of Europe are stilling playing brinkmanship with Muslims against the others.

Well, by now I’m hoping you understand that what we as Americans face in this election cycle, is a far more dire situation in need of immediate remedy than just one more turn of the wheel in politics: This could indeed be, a fork in the road from which we may never be allowed to return. Having treated you to what I realize is a brief condensation and overview of that political history which has direct relevance for us today; let us heed what Santayana’s warning, that “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”, and elect Congressmen, and a President who not only share our concerns for America, but have a proven track record of fighting to save and restore this great nation. We are at war my good friends. And in a war, you do not concern yourself with how likable you are to your enemies, and neither do you want a General who, rather than being a master tactician, excels at his ability to negotiate a surrender. As concerned citizens who continue to fight the good fight to restore America to her Constitutional foundations, and root out all that has been planted which does not belong: We should refuse to grovel as the defeated French did under the boot of tyranny, and neither should we allow any man who, like the infamous General Petain, becomes our President on the basis of his ability to negotiate our surrender. We don’t need any more “deal-makers” America, we need a “crime-buster” to bring these “deal-makers” to heel.

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Should Trump take America’s helm?

If Trump helms the ship of state

In the absence of having any record in the political realm as either a legislator or executive administrator, Mr. Trump offers up his experience as a proven leader in as a captain of business and industry. Yet what does his personal record show us? And does it qualify him to captain the ship of State?

The records show that Mr. Trump has been at the helm of no less than four different business ventures he’s owned which all ran aground in bankruptcy. See – FactCheck on Trump

Now, as any Navy man will tell you, it’s an extremely rare thing for any Ship’s Captain to lose one ship, and be trusted to captain another. But to lose FOUR and yet be entrusted with the lives, safety, and welfare of yet another is simply unheard of.
We must then ask madness of this modern-day Ahab would so possess any sane American to crew for him? Is it the promise of increased wealth? Ahab nailed up a Spanish gold doubloon as enticement for the first man to spot the elusive white whale. Such a some would be enough for the average whaler in those times to retire from such hard labor, and grub-stake a better life. And no doubt Trump’s promises to reform America’s economic woes appeals to many whose primary concerns are personal enrichment. Such are the “fiscal pragmatist” who have come to dominate the core of Country Club Republicans. For such, issues of the Nation’s moral decline and need for reform are minimal if not annoying. For still others (to continue our analogy), the promise of wealth alone was not enough to entice them; some were already well set, such as the ship’s officers, and could easily choose to serve elsewhere; and so another enticement would be needed, one which promised more power. And hence you have those who sign-on for the promise of a prominent position and voice on such a ship of state. “Welcome aboard, Mrs. Palin. We’ve a special berth prepared for ye”. And finally you have those who are convinced there are no other choices available to them. In Melville’s tale, the young Cabin Boy epitomized such persons. In  the 1800s, a Cabin Boy was not usually free to quit a ship’s company, or transfer to to yet another. They were usually per-pubescent young men from poorer families who had no means to pay for their formal education, and so sought to have them apprenticed into a trade such as seamanship. Such contracts were usually binding stipulating strict repercussions upon the boy, and his parents should he fail to fulfill his duties.

Many today I think feel the same way. No matter which political party you turn to, their corruption only differs by degrees. And although there are third parties they might turn to to find a home with; the fact that a 3rd party candidate has little chance of winning deters them. So, when they see a man such as Donald Trump who appears to be a “mustang”, promising grand adventure, great rewards, and glory. As such, I have little doubt that there will be a surprising number (at least to the DNC) of registered democrats actually voting for Trump, right alongside many a disillusioned Republican. You see these cross-over Dems know something all too many GOP supporters of Trump refuse to realize: Donald Trump has always been about the business of Donald Trump. And at any given time those reckless ventures of his have failed; he has had little conscience about settling his accounts on the backs of others. Isn’t that would bankruptcies do? And as to his political sympathies, they also well-know that he has ever been a liberal with regard to social issues; i.e.- gay marriage, abortion, euthanasia, education, and YES… even illegal immigration.
It’s a well documented fact that he has used illegal immigrants as employees, especially in his hotel concerns. He brags he would build a “wall” to keep illegals out? I predict he will instead build an escalator to bring more in. 😉

So choose carefully America. The Ship of State already lurches perilously close to running aground on the rocks. Do you want a Master at the helm who has presided over no fewer than FOUR previous shipwrecks? Or one such as Senator Ted Cruz who, limited only by Constitutional authority, human limitations, and conscience of character; has fought tirelessly to keep the Ship of State on keel, and headed into better waters. He’s even fought single-handedly at times to do so, which cost him friends, colleagues, and political position. He’s not a perfect man, but he is one known for his integrity, faith, and dogged determination to set America back on course.

He has my support, and prayerfully, I hope he’ll find yours also.

Troy

The Marriage Supper of the Lamb: What will it look like?

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Strange, isn’t it? As a Christian, one of your greatest anticipations is the marriage supper of the Lamb, and yet so few of us know exactly what that will entail. True, there have been a lot of well-meaning speculations as to what it will look like; but few, if any really have much of a Scriptural notion as to what happens there.

Often times, when anyone tries to ply a “prophecy expert” for more details concerning this event, they often get the much misquoted “…no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”, lifted from it’s context in 1 Cor. 2:9. I say “misquoted” and “lifted” because had they quoted the entire contextual passages, they would have read…

1Co 2:7-10
(7)  But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.
(8)  None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
(9)  But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”–
(10)  these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.

And so the truth is, while those in and of the World are kept in the dark regarding those things God has promised to his own; we have not been! This was precisely Paul’s point say “…we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God”. Who is it a hidden secret to? The Lost!

True, there are some things which God in his wisdom chooses to keep secret from us (Deut. 29:29), but this is not one of them. So let’s look at what we can know, and compare it to what we think we know, shall we?


Most Christians are unaware of the fact that while this event is certainly alluded to in several places, the “marriage supper of the Lamb” is only mentioned in one place of the entire Bible; that is Revelations 19:9, which reads…

And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ And he said to me, ‘These are the true words of God.

This is important for many reasons, primarily because of the CONTEXT in which it is mentioned.

One – It is found in the one book of the Bible which itself admits it is a book of signs and figurative language (Rev. 1:1). Now this does not mean that it is any less the inspired Word of God, and that the truths it teaches are any less relevant.

The word “signified” as used in Vs 1 comes from the Greek. word semaino, from which we derive our English word “similitude”; i.e. – a type, model, figure, illustration, etc. which is not the actual thing it represents. This is part & parcel of “apocalyptic” (hidden) language. A good example of this in found in Jn. 6:32-33, where Jesus speaks of his own crucifixion in figurative terms.
Two – It is an event which occurs AFTER the appearance of Christ and his judgment of the Great Whore and her followers, at which point his omnipotence is praised. (vs.-6)
Three – The Bride of the Lamb (the Church) which is comprised of ALL God’s people throughout time will be present, and arrayed in white, after having come out of the most horrendously bloody part of her history. (vs.-8)
It is at this point the marriage supper is said to commence.

But what follows surprises many: Do you know what will be served at this feast? Read on from verses 11 through 21 and you will see.

Truly here is the ultimate fulfillment of God’s promise not only to King David, but of they of like faith when he said…

You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies… (Psa 23:5)

And again we see the fulfillment of Psalm 149 where God’s promise is that we should not only witness, but participate in God’s judgment upon the faithless nations who have always made war with Christ and his Saints. And as it was ever Christ’s “food” to do the will of the Father (Jn. 4:34), so too shall it be our food to do His will in fulfillment of Enoch’s prophecy…

…Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him. (Jud 1:15)

What is it that God’s true people hunger & thirst for? Righteousness, according to Matt. 5:6, and not only do his saints have that in their personal lives now, but they shall know it in a hereafter where no unrighteous person can dwell. That will be the ultimate fulfillment of what all true saints crave – righteousness, peace, and a sin-free world within which to live for all eternity. They’ve craved justice for thousands of years, and yet have been told repeatedly not to seek it for themselves in this life, but rather to wait upon a time yet appointed when their God would avenge them. (Deut. 32:35, 43; Psa. 94:1-3; Na. 1:2,3; Rom. 12:19; He. 10:30)

This then will be the time of God’s answer to all those saints who for countless ages have cried out – “…O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”  (Rev 6:10)

No my precious saints, this feast will be a feast of judgment upon the the world, the flesh, and the devil; and while it may offend the squeamish, it will yet be glorious.

I don’t suppose that unless you are one of the many Christians who are being daily martyred for their faith in those “Third World” nations the media loves to ignore, that you’d have the following passages listed in your “Jesus Person Pocket Promise Book”!

And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. (2Th 1:7-10)

No, I’m afraid those weaned on pop-Christianity blanch when they see those kinds of words. Never-the-less, despite all of their protestations that such words are “uncharitable”, and offensive, and hardly apt to “win souls”; they are one of many like promises the Father has made to his children who suffer for his name. And the Apostle Paul assures us that, contrary to popular opinion – This is a “righteous thing”.

Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you…” (2Th 1:6)

I suppose that if you are like me, you are doing some serious re-examination of your previous assumptions about this event – and that’s good.

It’s past the time where we who are Christ’s really need to know what we believe and why. We can no longer afford to “take it on faith” that what we’ve heard or read is necessarily true, no matter how popular the source. We all need to be like those noble Bereans by examining the Scriptures to ensure that what we’ve been taught is actually true. (Acts 17:11)

“Do you not know that the saints shall judge the world?” (1 Co. 6:2)

Given what we’ve learned from Scripture: I think this picture actually better depicts what the “marriage supper of the Lamb” will look like than the previous one, don’t you?

Preachers Forcibly Removed from Campus

 

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“Preachers Forcibly Removed from Campus.”

Once again, a MNSCU University has forcibly removed two preachers practicing their first amendment right of free speech and the practice of their deeply-held religious beliefs from the campus of SMSU (Southwest Minnesota State University).

John Chisham and Jake Larson, campus ministers at SMSU were outdoors on a beautiful 70 degree day practicing their faith by proclaiming the Gospel in the open air on the SMSU campus prior to their weekly meeting of Change Collegian Network. There was the occasional student and professor wandering through the courtyard where they were preaching. Even a juggler came through and began to practice his hobby where the preachers were preaching. At no time did anyone on the campus-students, faculty,or security- approach the preachers to object to their practice of free speech. That is until Captain Brian Ehlenbach approached the preachers with two uniformed Marshall Police Officers and sarcastically asked John Chisham, a taxpaying citizen of the United States of America and the State of Minnesota, both of which funds this public University, “are you ready to leave now.” Chisham questioned what it meant, and Captain Ehlenbach, even more forcibly now said ‘are you ready to leave now.’ Chisham responded ‘why are we being asked to leave?’. Captain Ehlenbach motioned to the officers, who responded that “They do not want you on their campus anymore. Are you going to leave or will we have to arrest you for trespassing’. When Chisham responded with his intent to go inside and have his weekly meeting with his students, the police forcibly removed him from the courtyard under threat of arrest.

At no time were the officers able or willing to give a reason for the removal other than ‘they do not want you here’. Chisham repeatedly asked Captain Ehlenbach and the officers what law he was breaking, or what policy he was transgressing on the campus. The officers and Captain Ehlenbach were unable or refused to answer.

Even though Jacob Larson was not preaching at the time, he also was forcibly removed under threat of arrest. When he was forcibly taken to his car by the Marshall Police Officer, she was unable to give him a reason why she was asked to leave.

In a private discussion with a Corporal with the Marshall Police Department nearly one hour after the incident, he was also unable to give a reason why the officers were called and what Jacob and John would be charged with, just that a report was pending.

What it all comes down to is this: Southwest Minnesota State University has no legal reason to have these preachers forcibly removed from their campus. Southwest Minnesota State University has demonstrated time and again a bias and prejudice against Christians practicing their deeply held religious beliefs on their campus. There is no clear policy forbidding this practice of free speech on their campus, but the Campus Security and the Provost’s office has used policies concerning solicitation to silence free speech and deeply held religious beliefs. They then use the Marshall Police Department to participate in this conspiracy to silence free speech and the practice of deeply held religious beliefs by telling them ‘we do not want them here any more’.

We invite you, dear reader, To flood the mailboxes and phone lines of Southwest Minnesota State University and tell them that you believe in the First Amendment and to allow the practice of Free Speech on their campus.

President
Ronald A. Wood, PhD
Founders Hall 207
Phone: 507-537-6272
Email: Ron.Wood@SMSU.edu

Provost
Dr. Beth Weatherby
Founders Hall 214
Phone: 507-537-6246
Email: Beth.Weatherby@smsu.edu

Michael Munford CPP, CPO
Director of University Public Safety
507-537-7252
Mike.Munford@smsu.edu

Executive Administrative Assistant
Chris Anderson
Founders Hall 209
Phone: 507-537-6272
Fax: 507-537-6241

Mailing Address
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State Street
Marshall, MN 56258-1598

Chancellor MNSCU Steven J. Rosenstone
chancellor@so.mnscu.edu

Pontificating pot-heads resort to Scripture-twisting

Scripture-twisting Pot-Heads seek divine blessing…

If it were not such a serious affront to God, I would find the latest attempts on the part of Marijuana Users to justify their habit uproariously laughable.

Some might say, “You just don’t get out enough” but I had never before seen a sticker advocating pot-smoking which actually tried to cite a scripture to justify it!

The scripture was Gen. 1:29, which says “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth…to you it shall be for meat.”

Okay, first you will note that not only do they cite from the King James version Bible which uses the word “meat” instead of “food”, but they severely truncate the verse in question leaving out the full context of what God is prescribing here, so let me quote it from the English Standard Version – “And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.’” (Gen. 1:29)

The differences are subtle, yet important. Instead of just “herbs”, the word “plants” is used since the Hebrew word “ehseb” applies to all plants and herbs which are edible as food.

They also seem to prefer the word “meat” which they have strained to render “consumables”, allowing consumption via smoking to be considered alongside ingestion. This they do, since cannabis sativa has hardly ever been classified as part of the four basic “food” groups, having little or no nutrient value, much less palate-appeal. No, it is a drug, and consumption in food form is more about the intoxicating effect than it is about the taste. I speak from experience here; “Pot Brownies” are “icky”, as my kids used to say, but endurable if the desired end was to get “high”, and as for “Cannabis Tea”… I think the connoisseurs term for it is – “blech!”, and in no threat to replace Earl Gray in most cupboards.

No, it is a Mummer’s farce to watch as they try to wrest scriptural justification for what is clearly sinful behavior.

What Genesis does teach us…

Following God’s inaugural commands for man to “be fruitful, multiple, and replenish the earth; subduing it and having dominion over all things”, God then prescribes their initial diet.

It is their “initial diet” since that is what they (we) were to eat at first, but later, after Adam & Eve’s fall into sin, their (now OUR diet) diet was expanded to include eating animals; i.e. – fish, birds, and land animals. See: Gen_9:3

*It is important to note that animals shared the same basic diet, and did not yet prey upon each other. (Vs.- 30)

Some, who desire to legitimize the use of mind altering drugs such as Marijuana a.k.a. “Cannabis Sativa”, attempt to force-interpret this verse to mean that ALL “herbs”… including Marijuana are given “divine sanction”. Nothing could be further from the truth, and this is truly a case where “the wish is father to the thought” as “interpretations” go.

First – While in the Beginning, all herbs may have been suitable for human consumption, it cannot be reasonably argued that this remained the case after The Fall when the destructive consequences of sin entered the picture. (Rom. 8:19-22)

Also, it is pure conjecture to assert that “cannabis sativa” was amongst them, since no herbs were listed by name.

Second – In their desperation to find proof-text Scriptures legitimizing their desires, the Cannabis advocate conveniently “over-looks” the fact that all of Creation was negatively effected after the Fall of Adam & Eve, which resulted in the introduction of all manner of previously unmentioned plant and animal life which would now be unhealthy, if not deadly for man & beast alike to consume; and Marijuana may just as likely be one of them. (Gen. 3:18) If we allow baseless assertions that cannabis sativa existed before the corruption of the creation, then we could equally argue that it may well have been the plant God had forbidden mankind to eat from.

Truly, it seems to have the same fool-appeal today as it had then. Eve, despite being told by God that it was NOT on the menu, yet insisted that it was “good for food”, and had eye-appeal, and what’s more… “Was able to make one wise!” (See Gen. 3:3-6) I can’t recount how many times I’ve heard people say, “Yeah, but it loosens-up my creative juices man!” and/or “It elevates my spiritual understanding!”… Sound familiar?

Are they right? Am I just being “judgmental”? I mean, how do I know what it actually does for them?

Well, for one thing, I have my own subjective experiences to draw from; so “I know whereof I speak” when I say such claims are a load of “hooey”!

But I also have decades of objective scientific data to draw from which also supports my “judgment”; for example, as far back as…

March 24, 1982, the Department of Health and Human Services submitted to Congress a report reviewing the consequences of marijuana use. Marijuana and Health, 1982, ninth in a series, was primarily based on two recently conducted, comprehensive, scientific reviews by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the Canadian Addiction Research Foundation, and the World Health Organization (WHO). Both independent reviews corroborate the Public Health Service’s findings of health hazards associated with marijuana use…

Among a few of the established effects of frequent Marijuana use were…

  1. Serious, acute effects on perception and reasoning resulting in illogical and/or irrational behavior, a noted DECREASE in skilled performance of routine tasks; and a marked effect on more complex skills/tasks such as driving, which require fine motor skills.
  2. A marked decrease in sperm count and sperm motility (they get lazy).
  3. Interference with ovulation and pre-natal development (very bad)

So much for “elevated understanding”…”spiritual enlightenment”, blah, blah, blah… And as for the “creative juices” thing: Any fool high enough quickly becomes a “Legend” in his or her own mind, and you can forget about pro-creative “juices” too it seems; doing cannabis actually REDUCES your procreative potential!

What “spiritual enlightenment” did Adam & Eve get out consuming their forbidden fruit? Answer: They came to the rude awakening that…

  1. They just sinned away their innocence, and were now naked before the Judge of all Creation
  2. They actually FELL from the true “enlightenment” they already possessed, which only God can grant…without the aid of drugs
  3. They brought decay, destruction, and death to all of their descendants and the world they would have to live in
  4. Rather than “enlightenment”, they brought spiritual darkness upon themselves and their descendants for countless generations; a thing only God, in His mercy could ever undo.
  5. And worst of all, mankind was cut-off from the Tree of Eternal Life which meant we not only lost fellowship with God here & now, but for all eternity! *See Genesis 3

No, the only way to true “spiritual enlightenment” is not through being joint-smokers, but rather “joint-heirs” with Christ, through whom we have access to the Father again, and with it, all the spiritual wisdom we could ever crave. (Rom. 8:13-17; Eph. 4:17-24; 1 Cor. 1:19-30; Col. 2:3; Jas. 1:5)

We must therefore conclude that there is no evidence to justify using Genesis 1:29 as a divine license to use Marijuana, and such a twisted misapplication of divine writ is sinful. (2 Pet. 3:16)


Cannabis: A plant of “renown”, or infamy?

Yet another scripture, pot-puffers have taken to misquoting and wresting to their own use is Ezekiel 34:29, which reads…

“And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.”

This “plant” they take to mean the Marijuana plant. Again, it would be laughable were it not such a deadly serious sin on their part. I mean, to suggest that marijuana is the plant which shall do away with “hunger”? Ha! Any fool knows it brings on the notorious “munchies”!

The whole context of Ezekiel chapter 34 is that of God restoring his now exiled people to their promised homeland, and not by larger application God’s People from out of all Nationalities, people groups, and ethnicities. It is a Messianic prophecy full of allusions to the Messiah to come, and variously depicted as that “One Shepherd” (Vs. – 23)… “My servant David” (Vs. – 24)…, and notably, there would be no more ravenous beasts in the land. (Vs.-25) The identity of this singular “plant of renown” is readily apparent, and has ever been identified as Christ the Messiah. Marijuana and cannabis were never once mentioned in the scriptures, and so can hardly be this “plant of renown” since it was literally UNKNOWN. And besides, even if it was known to them, it would be a plant of infamy and not “renown”. On the other hand, the “root of Jesse” a.k.a., Jesus Christ was well-known, and held in the highest esteem!

“And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.”  (Isa 11:10)

“And again, Isaiah says, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.”  (Rom 15:12)

“His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.”  (Psa 72:17)

Of “bigots” and “Sorcerers”…

It is at about this point that people who don’t have a rational counter-argument to make begin to throw around labels such as “bigot”. I find that ironic since it is THEY who have no reasonable basis for their opinions! It matters little to me: For while that class of sinners known to the world as “bigots” is nowhere to be found among those mentioned in Scriptures; “Drug-Abusers” a.k.a. “Sorcerers” certainly are. There’s no record of any “bigot” being damned to hell, but there are plenty of “sorcerers” there.

Now, if I were a “mean-spirited bigot” about such things, I’d be quite content to keep such facts to myself knowing that my pot-puffing neighbors were on a fast track to annihilation, and would soon die-off via attrition; but I am NOT such a person, and I really DO care about others, and the dangerous things they’ve duped themselves into believing.

Webster’s defines a “bigot” as “A person who is obstinately and unreasonably wedded to a particular…opinion”. Well, I have herein given the Reader some very sound reasons for my opinions concerning marijuana use; I hope that they will allow that, however forceful my arguments, I am not a “bigot”, much less “mean-spirited” in any sense.

In conclusion, it becomes plain to the objective reader that those seeking to assert divine sanction to use cannabis from the Holy Scriptures, fail miserably in the attempt, and in fact have only proven that they fully deserve the divine CURSES and not blessings, promised to all those who would so misuse the Word of God. They have over-reached themselves in touching that which is holy in a vain attempt to justify their sinful desires; and they shall not go unpunished. Little did they realize that in daring to open God’s Word seeking a “liberty” He forbids, they have instead ensnared themselves! They have no excuses now…They have held the divine oracles in their hands which warned them against misusing it, and they ignored it! And now they must face the Bar of His justice and answer Him as He demands to know…

“But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes or take my covenant on your lips?” Psa 50:16

The Apostle Peter warned us that it is the “ignorant and unstable” who twist the Scriptures to their own (“apoleia”) damnation. 2 Pet. 3:16

Rev 22:18-20

(18)  “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book,

(19)  and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

(20)  He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”

[*See also – Deu. 4:2; 12:32; Pro. 30:6]

As King Solomon said, “There is nothing ‘new’ under the sun” (Ecc. 1:9), and that includes drug abuse. In Biblical terms it was known as “sorcery” from the Koine Greek word “pharmakeia”, from which we derive our English word “pharmacy”; i.e. – “drugs”. And while the Bible does not condemn the genuine medicinal use of drugs, it does condemn its use in deliberately altering one’s state of mind so that they become “ensorcelled”; i.e. – easy to influence. Cultists and Occultist alike have long used such means to break-down the normal walls of inhibition and caution in their subjects, and thereby brainwash them.

Both they who abuse drugs, and those who promote is abuse are flatly condemned by God. (Gal. 5:20; Rev. 9:21; 18:23)

Friend, there’s not enough pot in the whole world to make it worth the exchange for your very soul. And if the factual health arguments aren’t enough to convince you of its dangers, then consider this… Whether it be drugs like pot, or excessive drinking, or sexual promiscuity; it’s a pretty sure indicator that its already having a corrupting influence on your life that you’d stoop so low as to attempt twisting God’s holy word to justify it. Think on it – Is it really a “plant of renown” to you, or one of infamy? Are you really that dumb to risk having your hope of eternal life to go…“up in smoke”?

In loving truth,

The Paladin

In case you didn’t get the “Memo”…

“And there shall be MANY false prophets…”

In case you missed it: Count yourself “blessed”.
Yesterday was October the 21st, 2011. A date, which the now thoroughly discredited Mr. Harold Camping had once again set as being the “End of the World” in an apocalyptic nightmare.

Yeah, we know… He said all this before; several times in fact; so who on earth could be taking him seriously?

Well, as the great showman P.T. Barnum used to say, “There’s a sucker born every minute”, and so there’s never a short supply of those Johnny-come-lately “suckers” who Mr. Camping can spell-bind into his following.
You must remember – His so-called “Family Radio” is still a very powerful medium, which he continues to use rather effectively. He’s rather reminiscent of Adolph Hitler actually… issuing orders to phantom armies… broadcasting lying propaganda messages to the German people from his Reich-stag bunker… even after all hope for his evil empire was crumbling around him. Like Hitler, Mr. Camping refuses to repent, let alone acknowledge his wrongs. No, he will not go until literally rooted out of his bunker. Needless to say: Such a man is most DANGEROUS. He’s got his own theological “scorched earth” policy which has harmed thousands of people who may never listen to a “preacher” again. And he won’t be contented until he has burned every last soul he can influence.

Signs of Mr. Camping’s megalomania and apostasy began to emerge long ago. Did you know he was once a “Teaching Elder” with a mainline Christian denomination? Yep, it’s true! And I can tell you this: It’s not easy to become a “Teaching Elder” with any mainline reformed Church. They’re sticklers about such things as, oh… “sound doctrine”, avoiding “vain speculations”, and “prophetic prognostications”. Yes, the Christian (Dutch) Reformed Churches… (at least used to be) very careful about such things.

“ENGINEERING THE END-TIMES SCENARIO”

So what happened? Well, here’s yet another tale of what all too often happens when you allow someone who has not undergone the rigors of training and testing required to ensure that an individual is truly “called of God” to teach and preach His Gospel.
Mr. Camping never attended a Seminary, neither was he trained in theology. No, he was/is an “engineer”. And, well you know how “engineers” love to play with numbers! So it seems Mr. Camping could not stand what he perceived to be such disorder and lack of predictability in Biblical prophesy. Remember, engineers simply hate not being able to crunch-out all of the numbers and make it all fit to their satisfaction!

And what is it with these “engineers” now-a-days, anyway?! Harold Camping is certainly not the first to try their slide-rule at “rapture-ratios”. No, you have guys like Chuck Missler, and “88 Reasons Why the End will come in 1988” – Edgar Whisenant, just to name the more prominent ones. They ALL have brought discredit upon Christ, Christianity, and real Biblical teaching with their repeatedly failed prognostications!
Don’t they understand that God is also talking to them when He states….
“…my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isa 55:8-9)

You just can’t figure God out with a slide rule and/or super-computer folks!

I think the seriousness of what these men & women have done, and continue to do cannot be better underscored than by the fact that under Old Testament law, they were to be immediately taken out and stoned to death for even ONE failed “prophecy”; and yet these folks have continued to perpetrate many…and that, I might add…for a sizable profit!
Thankfully, we live in the age of grace, where instead of stoning, we excommunicate such persons from the life of the Church, and so declare to the world they are in fact “false prophets”.
Howbeit, the world hardly listens anymore… and few Churches have the ecclesiastical, er…”manhood” to kick-out such “pop-cult prophets”.

Men like Mr. Camping are not satisfied with being told – “The SECRET things belong to the Lord…” (Deut. 29:29) And where it concerns the time & date of Christ’s return; that is definitely “secret”. Jesus himself made that abundantly clear when he said: “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” (Mat 24:36 ESV)

It is to the eternal credit of the Alameda Christian Reformed Church that they carried out Matthew 18:15-20 with Mr. Camping. And though he refused to heed scriptural Church discipline as laid down by Christ himself; no-one can say that they did not earnestly try to correct this man of his errors and restore him to fellowship.
Mr. Camping of course had been allowed to go on for far too long, and only balked at their attempts to reconcile him to the truth. And it was at this point that he was “defrocked”, and removed from his teaching position with them.
He of course left, in a huff, and by no “coincidence” first began announcing the “End of the Church age”, and that “…all Churches were apostate” that very day, which just so happened to be… May 21st, 1988.

Sound familiar? Oh yeah, the Church of Christ is “apostate” now because HE, and his aberrant doctrines are no longer welcome there! Ah yes…shades of Joseph Smith (Mormonism), and Charles Taze Russell (Jehovah’s Witnesses), rise up again… False prophets just HATE “accountability”, don’t ya know. 😉

There’s really much more to tell in this story… for those of you “engineers” out there who simply must have all of the dirty details… look here… The Gordian Knot
For me to say more on the particulars than what Pastor Gordon (who knows the intimate details better than I) has to say, would be redundant at this point.

WHAT TO DO NOW

Suffice it to say, yet another false prophet and his false prognostications has come & gone; and the world will hopefully be a better, wiser place for it.

And for those of you who may have gotten “caught-up”… Oh garsk! There I go with those painful puns! I’m sorry, forgive me.. it’s not the “end of the world” for me to pun is it? Ooops! I did it again! :-O

Well anyway, for those of you who did indeed get suckered-in by Mr. Camping’s scripture twisting prognostications; I do feel sorry for you. But I really must ask the painful question: “Didn’t you get the ‘memo’ on this guy?”
No? Well let me see… Ah yes, here its is!

“Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will NOT come, unless the rebellion (apostasy) comes first, and The Man of Lawlessness (sin) is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.” (2Th 2:1-4)

As this quote from the Apostle Paul reveals, wanna-be “prophets” and prognosticators of the return of Christ and the End times have been with us since early Church times. They are nothing new, though admittedly expected to become more prevalent as the true time of Christ’s return nears. All the more reason we should take earnest heed to warnings such as Paul issued us above. That Day CANNOT come until AFTER the great apostasy occurs, and The Man of Sin aka “Anti-Christ” is revealed fully for all to see! And when THAT happens, that’s when you can begin to look-up with expectancy for His return will be happening at any time.

The happy conclusion of this is: Christ will assuredly come, but NOT until after the “Man of Sin” is fully revealed, at which point Christ will return, and utterly destroy him, and his followers. It’s a promise Christ made, through his true Apostles and not the Harold Campings of the world…

“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming…” (2Th 2:8)

Until that blessed day comes, I pray you will hold fast to that form of sound doctrine Christ and his Apostles taught (in the New testament), and not be soon shaken in your understanding and faith by false prophets such as Mr. Harold Camping. (Rom. 6:17; Rev. 3:3)

And if you should need help with understanding any of this, please feel free to contact me. Any and all genuine inquiries will be welcomed.

God bless you one & all.

The Paladin

Like something out of “12 Monkeys”…

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Like something reminiscent of the movie “12 Monkeys”, a mentally disturbed man released 50+ of the most dangerous animals being held at his private exotic animal preserve into the public, before shooting himself in the head.
I mean no disrespect to the dead man, but serious questions need to be asked as to how this ever could have happened. Over 50 of some of nature’s most beautiful…and in some cases…RARE, animals have been shot dead, with only a few comparatively being captured and returned to safety. This is a crime which needs serious examination to keep it from being repeated.

First, after the public safety is once again assured; an intensive, thorough-going investigation needs to be launched into the background of this man, and his psychiatric state of mind. He has a well-documented history of run-ins with the law, especially related to his running of the exotic animal preserve. What were his sentiments regarding animals versus humans? Was he affiliated with such radical groups as the infamous “World Wildlife Fund”? Was he the target of such groups as “PETA”? What exactly was it that finally sent him over the edge?

In the meantime, I think it reasonable to demand that stricter controls be put on who may be allowed to have such exotic animals which pose such potential risk to humans. I would suggest that NO-ONE who considers animals to be as valuable to, or equal in dignity to that of humans be disallowed from such a fearful trust. Animals, as beautiful as they are, and intrinsically essential to our Eco-systems, are NOT as valuable as humans, nor should they be accorded the same rights as human beings.

Having said that, I too mourn this needless tragedy, and applaud the timely, measured response of our Public safety officials in Ohio.

As for that escaped Duo… the Gray Wolf and Monkey; they were last seen heading for the “Occupy Protests” where they hope to blend in. 😉

I’m a Grand-Father!

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I’m happy to announce the arrival of my first grand-child, Malachi.
He arrived on Monday, October 17th, at 11:03 pm. Weighing in at 9 lbs., 1 oz., at 21″ he’s strong & healthy.
Mom was not able to deliver conventionally due to his size, so she will be recovering from her “C-section” for some time; but she is well also. As for “Papa” – Well he’s ecstatic to say the least, an he may take some while longer to recover from the shock. hehehe

Psalm 127:3-5 “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. (4) Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. (5) Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”

Welcome to the world Malachi!

Yet another “Voice crying in the Wilderness”…

This will be my first posting here on WordPress. I’ve never done much “blogging” before. But since so much of what I have observed being “blogged” amounts to useless rubbish…and even downright insanity; I figure, at worst I can only improve the “blog-o-sphere” by my presence.

Today also marks another extraordinary event for me… For at any point now I expect the arrival of my first grand-child! May God graciously grant him and his Mother easy entry into this world, for surely he arrives at a most precarious time in world history, and he shall have trouble enough navigating his way through it.

As soon as this event has been duly celebrated, I will return to my task here with many things to share with you all. So please do come back often, and I will try to make it worth your while.

In the meantime, may the God of all mercies reveal Himself to you in some marvelous way.

The Paladin