Archive for February, 2009

Tea Party in Fort Worth

Posted on February 28, 2009. Filed under: A Theology of Patriotism, News of the Day, Political Issues |

UPDATE FOR THE APRIL 15TH TEA PARTY:

mark12ministries.wordpress.com/2009/04/16/fort-worth-tax-day-tea-party-draws-5000-april-15th/

The next Tea Party in Fort Worth is going to be a Tax Day Protest on Wednesday, April 15th, from 6:00-8:00pm at LaGrave Field, 301 NE 6th Street, Fort Worth. There is a $5 parking fee. See map:

maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=301+NE+6th+Street%2C+Fort+Worth%2C+TX

I understand the importance of doing this on Tax Day, but a lot of supporters are going to be at church that night. I might take a pass from Care Group that night, I’m not sure.

Email:

Here is a link to my most recent update on the Tax Day Tea Party

mark12ministries.wordpress.com/2009/04/04/fort-worth-tax-day-tea-party/

Friday, February 27, 2009–All across America today thousands of Patriots held “Tea Parties” to protest the dramatic and revolutionary socialism of Pres. Barack Hussein Obama in his first month in office. I attended the Fort Worth Tea Party organized by Stephanie Klick and held at the Cowtown Bar and Grill at the intersection of HWY 377 and HWY 80 (Camp Bowie and Alta Mere).

There were about 300 folks at the peak of the Tea Party in Fort Worth, but it was a come and go event so there may have been another hundred or so who participated. (Stephanie Klick estimated 800 who showed up total) I did hear that the petition against the porkulous spending bill was signed by about 800 people.

The Fort Worth event was covered by the local TV News channel 11, CBS. I watched the 10pm showing and saw myself on the news waving my Continental Navy Jack flag (13 red and white stripes, a big yellow snake and Don’t Tread On Me) and carrying a sign that read: I am John Galt (from Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged).

There were several highlights from this event. One couple had manufactured two pig carts using the kiddie rides that you used to see in front of grocery stores. They were riding pigs affixed to those electric scooters for older, handicapped folks. They were riding them around in the median at the intersection. See the attached youtube videos.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFdUP3YnZgE

www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXHtz6N8xLk&feature=related

I am seen in the background of the first video towards the end waving my Navy Jack.

Another highlight was meeting Larry Kilgore, candidate for Governor of Texas in 2010. Larry is part of the Texas Independence movement that wants to peacefully secede from the union. I have heard some talk of this in my social circles in the past year. More on this later. Larry was an interesting and attractive person; worth seeking more information on.

www.larrykilgore.com/

Because I was wearing my 9th Infantry Division hat I got asked by several other veterans about my service in the Army. Had a few good conversations there and met several other vets.

The T-shirt of the day that I saw was a guy with an OD green T and four faces: Marx, Engles, Lenin and Obama. I have got to get me one of those! I saw one young lady in a Club Gitmo T-shirt from Rush Limbaugh (much envy…grrr) and I saw a guy wearing an Infidel Tee (I have one of those!). One guy had a very entrepreurial idea- he made some Tees for the occasion. A gray T-shirt with black lettering that said simply, “yeah…time for a Tea Party”. He was selling them for $10 so I bought one to commemorate the occasion.

shop.cafepress.com/anti-barack-obama

There were a lot of very cool, well done signs and many interesting signs that were not as well done. We conservatives need to work on our signage! The two common problems were that the signs were too small and impossible to read unless you were right up on them, and they were at times too crowded, too much material on them for the size. The other problem was that some were just hastily drawn and didn’t look very good.

Since I brought my big Navy Jack I did not make a sign.

www.united-states-flag.com/1stnavyjack1.html

When one gentleman was leaving the Tea Party he gave me his sign to hold along with my flag. It was not a very well done sign, but I like it so I accepted it. It read: “I am John Galt” referring, of course, to the principle character of Ayn Rand’s famous novel, Atlas Shrugged. I got asked a few questions about this sign and this sign was highly visible on channel 11 news as I and my flag were right behind the reporter:

cbs11tv.com/local/tea.party.protest.2.946495.html

My flag is visible at .46 and I and my flag and sign at 1.06.

All in all, this was a great event to participate in. Next time, and there will be a next time, maybe we should bring Bar B Q grills and be grillin’ some Pork!

I believe that the conservatives in America are waking  up and realizing that Pres. Obama and the Demoncrats in the Congress have crossed the line and are outright Socialists. For a bunch of conservatives to get out and actually protest is an amazing thing.

Michelle Malkin helped get the Tea Party going at a national level and her website has some good pics from around the country:

michellemalkin.com/2009/02/27/fiscal-responsibility-is-the-new-counterculture/

And here is the Fort Worth Star-Telegram story with pics and video:

www.star-telegram.com/metro_news/story/1230545.html

And for those who care about race issues we had about a 95% white crowd, unfortunately. I saw a few hispanics in our group, one brave muslim-American, a couple of asians, and one mixed family (black-white) with 3 cute kiddos.

I saw a few blacks drive by us supporting us as well as a few hispanics. I saw a few blacks drive by and peacefully disagree with us and some drive by with some insulting words and gestures. As I was crossing the street to leave, a car of black folks cursed at me and derided me and my flag. White liberals just seemed to drive by and not say anything.

On our side I did not see or hear anything remotely racist although there were some T-shirts and signs that linked Obama to muslims, terrorists, etc. that could possibly be interpreted as racist.

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Should Christians be Vegetarians? Is the Death Penalty a Just Practice Today? Gen. 9:1-17

Posted on February 21, 2009. Filed under: Genesis: Answers to Life's Crucial Questions |

Redeemer Church Sunday School: Genesis Class

Sunday, February 22, 2009

God’s Pro-Life Statement cont.

Crucial Questions: Should Christians Be Vegetarian?-and-

Is the Death Penalty a Just Practice Today?

Genesis 9:1-17

 

Read Genesis 9:1-17

 

Introduction: Last week we looked at this passage and saw that God is making a very strong Pro-Life statement here- Be Fruitful and Multiply. We sought to apply this teaching to our day by looking at how anti-life the Pro-choice, or, Pro-death, crowd is, and how we can not just proclaim a pro-life message but live a pro-life message. This text goes into specifics in two areas that are related to this strongly pro-life message. Moses writes about man’s relationship to the animals and he writes about homicide and its punishment. In both cases the Word of God goes counter to modern day liberal thought that is dominating our culture. This morning then, we will attempt to examine two crucial questions: (1) Should Christians be Vegetarian? And (2) Is the Death Penalty a Just Practice Today?

 

I.                   The Literary Structure of the Text

A.     Moses relates this Noahic Covenant to the Creation Account in Gen. 1-4

9:1 Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth

                                    Relates to:

1:28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth

 

9:2 The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast…every bird…everything that creeps on the ground…and all the fish of the sea.

                                    Relates to:

1:28 and subdue it and have dominion over the fish…birds…and every living thing that moves on the earth.

 

9:3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.

                                    Relates to:

1:29 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. 2:16 You may surely eat of every tree of the garden

 

9:4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood

                                    Relates to:

2:17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat

 

9:5-6 From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed

                                    Relates to:

2:17 for in the day you eat of it you shall surely die. –And- all of ch.4.

 

9:6 for God made man in his own image

                                    Relates to:

1:27 So God created man in his own image-and-5:1 When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God.

 

Furthermore, within verse 6 you have one of Moses’ favorite chiastic structures:

Sheds

            Blood

                        Man

                        Man

            Blood

Shed

 

II.                What is the text saying?

A.     Fear and Dread

1.      Victor Hamilton, in the NICOT The Book of Genesis Chapters 1-17, basically says that the relationship between man and the animals changes with the Flood and that man and the animals prior to the Flood were not carnivorous. Prior to the Flood man did not exploit the animals. “Human exploitation of animal life is here set within the context of a post Flood, deteriorated situation. It is radically different from the ideal of Genesis 1.” (p.313).

 

But this seems to mean that he thinks that the nature of animals and the eating habits of man and the animals did not change until the Flood. Yet in ch.3 of Genesis God kills a couple of animals to make skin clothes for Adam and Eve. Presumably they learned from that and also killed animals for skin. In ch.4 Abel was a shepherd and sacrificed from his flock to the LORD. Is it reasonable to assume that men would kill animals for their skins and to make sacrifices yet not eat them? Is it reasonable to assume that after the Fall of Man, and all nature began to groan (Rom.8:22) that the animals all remained herbivores?

 

If Hamilton means to draw the comparison strictly with ch.1-2 of Genesis, comparing the situation Noah faces with the situation Adam faced in the Garden Pre-Fall, then I can understand it. Especially if you consider that Noah witnessed a miraculous transformation of the nature of the animals as God brought them all to the Ark. For that journey the lions and gazelle were at peace.

 

Kenneth Mathews, NAC, Genesis 1-11:26, B&H, 1996, writes, “It is saying too much of the narrative to suppose that before the Noahic covenant there were no carnivorous animals. Rather, the LORD is formally announcing that this new enmity against humans cannot win out because the animal order is given into your hands.”

 

This phrasing also points forward to the future:

 Ex.23:31 And I will set your border from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the Euphrates, for I will give the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you.

Num.22:3 And Moab was in great dread of the people, because they were many. Moab was overcome with fear of the people of Israel.

Deut. 2:25 This day I will begin to put the dread and fear of you on the peoples who are under the whole heaven, who shall hear the report of you and shall tremble and be in anguish because of you.’

Deut. 11:25 No one shall be able to stand against you. The Lord your God will lay the fear of you and the dread of you on all the land that you shall tread, as he promised you.

Deut. 20:3 and shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them,

 

B.     Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you.

1.      John H. Walton, NIV Application Commentary, Genesis, 2001, says that domesticated animals were eaten for food after the Fall, but now, after the Flood, God is approving the hunting of wild animals for food (p.343).

2.      Is this passage talking about eating unclean animals? It is pretty all inclusive sounding, but…the word used for “everything that creeps on the ground” is remes and can be translated as wild herd animals, which are usually clean animals that chew the cud and have cloven hooves. Plus, the language of clean and unclean animals has already been used in 7:2 and 8:20, so Moses may be showing that the division between clean and unclean animals goes all the way back to Noah.

C.     Should Christians be Vegetarian?

1.      We can be pretty certain that Adam and Eve, while in the Garden of Eden, were vegetarian. However, it is clear in Gen. 9 that the LORD has given us the animals for food and it likely goes all the way back to immediately after the Fall in Gen.3. What God allows, we should not prohibit. There is no command in Scripture to eat meat, nor is there a prohibition against being a vegan, therefore, a vegetarian diet is permissible. Rom.14:1-23 is appropriate:

      14:1 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master  that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written,

“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess
  to God.”

12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.

13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. 14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. 15 For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. 16 So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

20 Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. 21 It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.  22 The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. 

                          And in 1Cor. 10:23-33 also speaks to the issue:

23 “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. 25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 26 For “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” 27 If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 28 But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience— 29 I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience? 30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks?

31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.

 

 

D.    You shall not eat flesh with its…blood

1.      We are not to eat the flesh of animals with its blood still pumping through its veins like the carnivorous animals do. This separates us, marks us as above the animals and being created in the image of God. To refrain from that action shows a respect for life according to God. See Lev.3:17; 7:26f; 17:10-14; Deut.12:15f, 20-24; Acts 15:29.

2.      This sounds so primitive to us, where is the point of application and relevance to us today? This prohibition paved the way for the sacrificial system that Moses would establish and ultimately points us to the shed blood of Christ who died for our sins, whose blood was an atoning sacrifice that turned the wrath of God away from us. Heb.9:22 “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins”. Because most of us today are not hunters or farmers/ranchers we lose an understanding about the shedding of blood. We buy our meat at the grocery store or already cooked at a restaurant and do not appreciate the value of blood. This has affected our theology in a very subtle way. Our sanitized society has had the same effect as what God has prohibited in Noah’s day, we have lost the value of life and the blood and take Christ’s sacrifice lightly.

 

E.     “for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast…”

1.      Briefly, this verse points us forward to the Mosaic law that prescribes death for an animal that kills a human. Ex.21:28f.

 

III.             Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed

A.     Is this passage talking of murder only?

1.      Since it requires the execution of the one who sheds human blood it necessarily speaks only of the one who unjustly sheds blood. The execution of the murderer is a just shedding of blood. Likewise, the warrior who kills in war is not held guilty of murder. The Law of Moses makes allowance for the accidental killing of someone with the cities of refuge. But there was no mercy for those who lie in wait and kill.

                B.  Does this passage require the death penalty?

1.       Notice that this is a universal law applying to all men throughout the world for all time since this is given in the Noahic covenant. R. Kent Hughes in the Preaching the Word series, Genesis, 2004, writes, “to argue against the death penalty on humane grounds is to argue against God’s Word. It exists precisely because of God’s humane concern. To ignore it is to despise life. This was, and is, God’s word to a violent world. This was meant and is meant to protect human life. To ignore God’s teaching is to descend ever more into a society of violence.” (p.146).

2.      This passage does require the death penalty for murderers and links it directly to man being created in the image of God. Ex.20:13; 21:12-14; Lev.24:17; Num.35:30-34. And in the NT Matt.5:21-24; Mark 12:28-33.

A.     Capital Punishment Statistics

1.      http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/cp.htm

2.      In 2008, 37 inmates were executed, 5 fewer than in 2007.

II.                In 2008, 37 persons in nine states were executed — 18 in Texas; 4 in Virginia; 3 each in Georgia and South Carolina; 2 each in Florida, Mississippi, Ohio, and Oklahoma, and 1 in Kentucky.

III.               Of persons executed in 2008:
— 20 were white
— 17 were black

IV.               All 37 inmates executed in 2008 were men.

V.                  Lethal injection was used in 36 executions in 2008; 1 execution was by electrocution.

VI.               Thirty-seven states and the federal government had capital statutes at yearend 2007.

The number of prisoners under sentence of death decreased for the seventh consecutive year in 2007.

Prisoners on death row, 1953-2007

 

  • At yearend 2007, 35 states and the federal prison system held 3,220 prisoners under sentence of death, 13 fewer than at yearend 2006.

 
Since the death penalty was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976, white inmates have made up more than half of the number under sentence of death.

Prisoners on death row by race, 1968-2007

 

  • Of persons under sentence of death in 2007:
       — 1,804 were white
       — 1,345 were black
       — 26 were American Indian
       — 35 were Asian
       — 10 were of unknown race.
  • Fifty-six women were under a sentence of death at yearend 2007.
  • The 362 Hispanic inmates under sentence of death at yearend 2007 accounted for 13% of inmates with a known ethnicity.
  • Among inmates under sentence of death and with available criminal histories at yearend 2007:
    — nearly 2 in 3 had a prior felony conviction
    — 1 in 12 had a prior homicide conviction.
  • Among persons for whom arrest information was available, the average age at time of arrest was 29; nearly 1 in 9 inmates were age 19 or younger at the time of arrest.
  • At yearend 2007, the youngest inmate under sentence of death was 19; the oldest was 92.

http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/news/state/pennsylvania/40023487.html

Pa. boy, 11, charged with killing pregnant woman

RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI

The Associated Press

WAMPUM, Pa. – An 11-year-old boy has been charged in the shotgun death of his father’s pregnant girlfriend, who was found slain in a bedroom of her western Pennsylvania farmhouse, authorities said Saturday.

Jordan Brown was charged as an adult in the shooting death of Kenzie Marie Houk, who was 8 months pregnant, Lawrence County District Attorney John Bongivengo said at a news conference.

Brown, the son of Houk’s live-in boyfriend, was charged with criminal homicide and criminal homicide of an unborn child, Bongivengo said.

Police said Houk’s 4-year-old daughter found her mother’s body Friday morning in a bedroom of their home in a wooded area in the community of Wampum. Houk’s other daughter, who is 7 years old, later told police that Brown killed her mother, Bongivengo said.

Police said the boy had been arraigned in district court and placed in the county jail.

The home, located at the end of a half-mile-long driveway along a road scattered with abandoned and burned-out trailers, was cordoned off with yellow police tape and a Pennsylvania State Police vehicle was parked out front early Saturday afternoon. Next to the house was farm equipment and a barn filled with hay.

A neighbor, Cameron Tucker, said Houk was engaged and had been renting the house for no more than a year. Tucker said he had never met Houk’s fiance, but that both of them had children.

“She was very protective of her kids,” he said, adding that she seemed very excited about her pregnancy.

Tucker’s wife sometimes drove Houk’s daughter to the bus stop because she went to preschool with the Tuckers’ 5-year-old.

WPXI-TV identified the dead woman’s father as Jack Houk. There was no immediate response Saturday to a call by The Associated Press seeking comment from a Jack Houk of New Castle, a town next to Wampum.

A preliminary hearing is set for Thursday.

The rural community is about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/homicide/race.htm

Although slightly less true now than before, most murders are intraracial

From 1976 to 2005 —

  • 86% of white victims were killed by whites
  • 94% of black victims were killed by blacks

http://www.hhscenter.org/bonbstat.html

While African Americans comprise 12% of the U.S. population, 45% of all murder victims in 2002 were African American, 91% of whom were killed by African Americans. Nationally, homicide is the leading cause of death for black men and second leading cause of death for black women ages 15-24. There have been over 250 homicides reported over the last 5-6 years in Pulaski County. United States spends an average of over $4.5 billion on emergency and physical/occupational therapy associated with crime-related injuries/deaths.

http://www.benbest.com/lifeext/murder.html

 

 

http://gunowners.org/op0746.htm

 

A.     Common Objection- But Jesus would never execute somebody!

1.      Jesus did stop the stoning of the adulterous woman in John 8 and stoning was called for in the Law. However, Jesus will ultimately exercise extreme coercion in his second coming and will judge the nations. Sinners will be cast into the Lake of Fire, the second death. If this is not execution I don’t know what it.

2.      We understand the OT Joshua to be a type of Christ and he did command Joshua to kill everyone in Jericho, etc.

B.     Liberal Confusion Today

1.      Confused Liberals today want to spare the animals, rehabilitate murderers, and kill innocent, unwanted babies. The world has the exact opposite values that we see in Scripture.

2.      Some of those in Dominion Theology who want to restore the OT Law as the Law of the Land today would have us execute adulterers and homosexuals perhaps as per Lev.20:10ff.

3.      Granted that there have been a lot of people executed who were innocent as has been proven by the high number of death row cases being overturned by DNA evidence. Our system has been flawed but remains the best system on earth and it is getting better thanks to improvements in forensic science and diminishing racism.

C.     Does this passage set up human government?

1.      Yes, in order for there to be just executions of murderers there must be some kind of an orderly government involved. Even a tribal society has a government of some sort.

2.      Paul in Rom 13 acknowledges the role of government in exercising the sword.

D.    Application

1.      To be consistently Pro-life we must also support the death penalty and treat animals with respect.

2.      Can a Christian today be a Law Enforcement Officer? Soldier? Possess a CHL and weapons?

3.      Can a Christian be a hunter? Wear a fur coat?

4.      How do we respond to those who, like PETA, oppose eating meat, wearing furs, or even having pets compete in shows?

 

 

 

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A Culture of Corruption in Our Government

Posted on February 19, 2009. Filed under: News of the Day, Political Issues |

Thursday, February 19, 2009– The Obama Administration is already wearing me out! The number of scandals, embarrassments and failures is already so huge, yet the MSM libtards are still in the tank for Obama. But maybe, just maybe, that is changing. Today I have read two press reports that are disfavorable towards the “annointed one”. If these problems keep coming up I just do not see how the press can keep quiet.

The first story I read is related to this:

www.wtop.com/?nid=25&sid=1478352

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/25/AR2007042502820.html

usgovinfo.about.com/b/2007/04/27/federal-employees-owe-3-billion-in-back-taxes-senators-say.htm

I couldn’t find the actual story I read this morning but these other stories show that this is an old problem. The bottom line is that one of the largest segments of our economy, government workers, has a huge problem paying their taxes. They are feeding at both ends of the trough.

Then, the next story just blows my mind because it clearly shows the corruption of the Obama team and the Demoncrats in general:

www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j44ku9zUM9IEdkkoWbIYStDVE6SwD96EH4JO0

Let me briefly list the corrupt Demoncrats:

Roland Burris- chosen by impeached governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich, to replace Obama, this guy is now being accused of lying about his involvement with Blagojevich.

Rod Blagojevich- impeached governor of Illinois, removed from office for trying to sell Obama’s Senate seat to the highest bidder along with other crimes and misdemeanors.

Charles Rangel, Dem Congressman from NY is the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee is under an ethics investigation

Charles Murtha, Dem Congressman from PA is linked to some defense contractors that got raided by the FBI this week.

Nancy Killefer, Tom Daschel, and Timothy Geithner all had tax problems and now it is looking like Rahm Emmanuel may have a serious tax issue too.

Gov. Richardson of New Mexico was going to be Sec. of Commerce but had to bow out due a criminal investigation.

Liberals have no moral foundation that is objective and rooted in eternal truths. Situation ethics is their norm, therefore they seem to have a tendency to ignore inconvenient laws and standards a bit more than conservatives.

Because there are fewer genuine Christians and fewer church goers as a percentage of the population, we are losing our moral foundations as a society. Our Constitution was written for a religious people and depends upon the populace doing the right thing. Today, our leaders are not doing the right thing and fewer and fewer people are too. We live in a pagan culture now. I genuinely fear for our nation and believe that the end is near.

Maranatha!

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Pfc Walker Home on R & R

Posted on February 16, 2009. Filed under: Walker Military Adventures |

Luke's Band of Brothers in IraqMonday, February 16, 2009– Pfc Luke Walker arrived home on R&R from Iraq this past week, and is enjoying catching up with friends and family and just resting.

The trip home took a bit longer than we expected, about 3 and 1/2 days. One interesting thing about the trip home was a brief layover in Leipzig, Germany. Luke did not realize it, but 64 years ago his grandfather was involved in the Battle for Leipzig in WW2, so two Walkers have now been to Leipzig in uniform!

Luke’s unit, 2/505th, is doing good work in Iraq, keeping the peace, detaining a few bad guys once in a while, and generally speaking helping out the Iraqis. One of their biggest successes so far was assisting the Iraqi Police in the recent elections. There were no serious incidents in the 2/505th’s area!

Luke’s daily routine is pretty busy, leaving little time for anything but work. He has to keep his MRAP in top shape and be ready for a mission 24×7. When not driving or maintaining his vehicle, he has a variety of details to attend to and he has to hit the gym and work out to stay in top shape as a paratrooper.

Here at home he has been able to do a bit of shopping, hanging out, watching movies, go to church, and eat some home cooking. this last Saturday we did a big cookout for big brother Jeremy’s B-Day, so we had some sirloin steak, burgers, sausages and hawt dawgs.

Luke’s morale seems pretty good and he has stated that he enjoys his work when they go on a mission. Luke has always been an action oriented guy.

Here are some pics from Iraq and Kuwait:

Thanks to “Doc”, the Medic from Luke’s platoon, who took these great pics.

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Should Christians Be Pro-Life? Genesis 9:1-17

Posted on February 14, 2009. Filed under: Genesis: Answers to Life's Crucial Questions |

Redeemer Church Sunday School: Genesis Class

Sunday, February 15, 2009

God’s Pro-Life Statement

Crucial Question: Should Christians Be Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?

Genesis 9:1-17

 

Read Genesis 9:1-17

 

Introduction: This morning I had hoped to maybe hurry on through the remaining details of vss.1-17 and perhaps even finish ch.9 and the story of Noah’s drunkenness, but, once again, while studying this text I have come upon just so much that needs to be brought out that I think we really should go deeper. We have discussed the covenant that God made with Noah and the animals and the whole earth for the last couple of weeks, but this morning we need to look at some of the details that we just touched on previously.

 

In our calendar in the past month we have remembered the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in our Right to Life Sunday and brother Dale brought a couple of outstanding sermons on adoption. It is very refreshing and encouraging to be in a local body of Believers that not only has a pro-life theology but is pro-life in practice. Dale is on the board of directors for one of the pregnancy help centers. Another elder, Mike, has an adopted child, others in the church are in the process of adoption, the Driggers are foster parents, several families in the church-maybe most- are having more than 2 children, and many of us are active politically in communicating the pro-life message. This church, because of its faithfulness to the Lord and to His Word, is going directly against the grain of our society in regards to issues about life.

 

In our text this morning we find a very pro-life message that we need to examine. While certainly the main teaching from this text is about God’s covenant with Noah, included is a very strong statement by God, and some laws from God to Noah, that are explicitly pro-life. The Crucial Question for us from this text then, is: Should Christians be Pro-Life or Pro-Choice? And this text as well as my crucial question involves related issues as well. The text talks about our being fruitful and multiplying, it speaks about our relations to the animals and it speaks about murder and the death penalty. We will examine what the text actually says and see how it relates to other texts in the Bible. We will look at some broader issues that are related in the Scriptures and then we will also seek to examine our society in light of the Bible and finally, try to apply the Word to our lives.

 

I.                   Be Fruitful and Multiply and Fill the Earth 9:2, 7

A.     Re-enforces Original Command/Blessing of 1:28

B.     Points Forward to Abraham and Israel 15:1-6; 22:15-18; 46:26f; Ex.1:1-7

1. In the next covenantal passage Abraham is promised more descendents than he can count. 15:1-6; 22:15-18.

2. The covenant family in 46:26f is represented by the number 70 signifying completeness.

3.  The covenantal nation, Israel, has fulfilled the mandate of being fruitful and multiplying Ex.1:1-7.

C.  The Fruitfulness in the New Covenant in Jeremiah 33:14-22; John 4:35; Lk. 10:1-2; Matt.9:37; Matt.28:19-20; Acts 1:8; Rev.7:9-12

D.  Biblical View of Children- Psalm 127; Mark 10:13-16; Gen. 1:27; 5:1; 9:6; Psalm 139:13-16; Jer. 1:4-10

      Additionally we see stories that focus on the joy of having a child and the pain of being childless. QQ: name some of the famous children of the Bible? How does the Incarnation affect our understanding of the sanctity of human life in the womb? Name some of the famous barren women of the Bible?

E.     Biblical View on Abortion-

1.      We are created by God and therefore belong to God.

2.      We bear the image of God and have value and worth because He has given us his image. This is different than the animals.

3.      God allows us to kill animals for food, but forbids the murder of other humans and issues a death penalty for murder.

4.      Lev.18:21 forbids child sacrifice even though practiced by the majority of the culture around Israel. Lev. 20:1-5 demands the death penalty for those practicing child sacrifice. In 1Kings 11:1-8 Solomon allowed his many foreign wives to lead him to build idols altars to their false gods, including Molech. 2Kings 16:1-4 King Ahaz of Judah practices child sacrifice. 2Kings 17:6-18 lists the reasons God is sending Israel into exile and slavery. Matt.2:13-18 shows Herod’s attitude towards children- he kills them without remorse if it will protect his power and wealth. Application: is it possible God is doing the same to Amerika? Ex.21:22-25 shows that there was a severe penalty for injuring or killing a fetus. Psalm 51:5 shows that David considered the unborn to be person even though a sinner. Early Christian literature including the Didache and Letter of Barnabas both forbid abortion and infanticide, practiced widely in the Roman Empire. Christians were known for rescuing the babies exposed by the Romans. While the NT does not directly address the topic, Dr. Luke includes much about the birth of Christ and includes the fact that the baby John inside of Elizabeth, leaped for joy when the pregnant Mary got near to Elizabeth.

5.      Babies inside the womb are a distinct life with a unique genetic code. The fetus/foetus (Latin for baby) is necessarily human and is, while dependent upon the mother and inside the mother’s body, a separate human life with intrinsic value because it is created in the image of God by God.

F.      Today’s View of Children and Abortion-

1.      http://www.nrlc.org/ABORTION/facts/abortionstats.html

About 50 million abortions in America since the SCOTUS Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. We are averaging somewhere around 1.3 million abortions per year, but in the last several years it has dropped significantly.

2.      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/01/23/obama-lift-ban-overseas-abortion-funding/

One day after the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Pres. Obama signed an executive order, overturning Pres. Bush’s executive order,  to allow for funding of overseas abortions.

3.      http://www.drudgereport.com/flashpbc.htm

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, from San Francisco and a mother of 5 and grandmother of 6 wanted to include hundreds of millions of dollars in the stimulus bill to fund contraception and birth control projects because children are considered an economic drain on the states.

4.      There is some talk after this single, unmarried, California woman had the octuplets by invitro fertilization to limit by law the number of children people can have. This is seriously discussed in Europe and actually practiced in China for many years. In China they have a forced abortion policy if you don’t abide by the one child policy and many times if a couple finds out they are having a girl baby, they abort the girl in favor of trying for a boy.

5.      http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2006/sep/06092701.html

http://www.lifenews.com/nat1561.html

Russia has more abortions than births and is facing a demographic disaster.

6.      The homosexual movement is inherently anti child despite the efforts of some to adopt children. A gay guy that I have known since college, and his long term partner, have two children by adoption. But the gay lifestyle is inherently sterile and childless.

7.      The consumer culture we live in is inherently anti child. The Me-First generation frequently chooses to remain childless out of convenience, while other couples who desperately want children are unable to conceive and the laws and economics of adoption make it very difficult to adopt.

8.      Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and is the fastest growing ethnic group in Europe due to both immigration and birth rate. By 2050 the political balance in Europe will be decisively altered. But the birthrate in the “Christian West” is significantly lower than the Muslim birthrate.

G.    How Do We Fulfill the Biblical Mandate Given Adam and Noah to “Be Fruitful and Multiply”?

1.      Marry in the Lord, and raise our children in the admonition of the Lord. 2Cor.6:14 do not be unequally yoked and teach your children well Deut. 6:4-9; Prov.22:6.

2.      Have as many children as the Lord leads and you can care for. Generally speaking it is a good thing for Christians to have more children. This is a highly personalized and individual thing. The Lord and circumstances can lead some godly Christian couples to have no children or to have a dozen.

3.      Carry out the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 and bring spiritual children into the Kingdom for the glory of the King, Jesus.

4.      Consider adoption.

5.      Get involved in the political realm. There are many Reformed theologians and pastors and bloggers who are coming out against getting involved in the political realm. I would say that we are called of God to bring salt and light into every area of our world and we are not to surrender any realm, any idea to the evil one.

H.    What About Those Pastors, Churches and Denominations, and Individual Christians Who Are Pro-Choice?

Individual Christians are prone to being led astray and being imprecise in their thinking and can be wrong on this issue, yet still possibly be genuinely saved. They should be lovingly and respectfully confronted with the biblical, historical and scientific evidence that shows abortion to be sinful and that God is pro-life. Pastors who teach the Pro-choice line should be considered heretics and Churches or Denominations that hold a Pro-Choice position are apostate and all true Believers should flee the city of destruction. I might add a personal note here, I paid a price for being pro-life in a church that was not pro-life. The lay leadership in the  church I pastored for 15 years was not pro-life and my steady preaching on the subject was a constant irritant to them and was one of many contributing factors to my dismissal. The lay leadership did not want to hear anything “controversial” nor hear any sermon about “issues”. Abortion was especially difficult because one of the women leaders had an abortion due to the child testing positive for a fatal disease that two of her other 3 children had.

Conclusion: God is the author of life and is Pro-life. There is no way from Scripture that anyone can support the Pro-Abortion position and those churches and pastors who due are apostate. Being pro-life is much more than taking a political position and screaming slogans or driving with a bumper sticker or wearing a T-shirt; it should mean having children responsibly, adopting, sharing the gospel and making disciples, staying informed and voting pro-life. It is theology, philosophy, science, politics, evangelism and love. Therefore Go, make disciples, be fruitful and multiply!

                                         

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Is the Banking Crisis a Result of a Terrorist Attack?

Posted on February 13, 2009. Filed under: News of the Day, Political Issues |

Friday, February 13, 2009– Everyone knows that Sept.11, 2001 Muslim terrorists attacked the US, choosing to attack the World Trade Towers as a symbol of our financial system. What we are just finding out this week is that the current Banking Crisis may have been another Terrorist attack on our financial system. Rep. Paul Kanjorski, Democrat, 11th District of PA, is caught on a video from CNN stating that on Thursday, Sept. 15th, SOMEONE started an electronic run on the banks that took out about $550 BILLION IN AN HOUR OR TWO from money market accounts. The Federal Reserve had to shut down the system or it would have collapsed. THE PROBLEM IS THAT SEPT.15 IS NOT A THURSDAY, IT IS A MONDAY. But Rep. Kanjorski keeps referring to Thursday. Do you know what date the previous  Thursday was? SEPTEMBER 11. Perhaps the confusion of the date is that the meeting with the Sec. of treasury and the Fed was on Monday the 15th and it was about what happened on Thursday the 11th. But over at Rush Limbaugh’s site he is calling it Thursday the 18th.

www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_021009/content/01125106.guest.html

IS OUR GOVERNMENT JUST PLAIN STUPID OR ARE THEY DELIBERATELY TRYING TO HIDE FROM THE PUBLIC THAT WE HAVE BEEN HIT BY TERRORISTS AGAIN? Who withdrew the money? We know that many Muslim countries have Trillions of Dollars of assets in the US. Was it a Muslim government doing this or a combination of muslim individuals?

Here is a link to the story at Atlas Shrugs:

atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/02/9112008-catastrophic-financial-terrorist-attack-caused-economic-meltdown.html

Here is a link to another column about this, by Diana West at Townhall.com:

townhall.com/Columnists/DianaWest/2009/02/12/who_attacked_our_economy_why_does_no_one_care?page=full&comments=true

I am going to call my Congressman and Senators this morning to rant about this! I URGE you to do the same!

If the American people had known this was a Terrorist attack in September (and it is not known for certain that it was a terrorist attack yet) how would that have affected the election? I have no doubt that it would have swung huge numbers of voters to McCain. Now the question is, who decided to not tell the American people and why? Where was Pres. Bush (demoncrat-lite)?

Now we have a Muslim and terrorist friendly President in charge who is a radical socialist. I believe that he is not even a legitimate US citizen by birth, that his whole life and campaign is a fraud, and that America and the Constitution are in mortal danger.

Is it time to form a modern day equivalent to the Committees on Correspondence and Sons of Liberty?

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Genesis 8:20-9:17 “God’s Covenant with Noah”

Posted on February 7, 2009. Filed under: Genesis: Answers to Life's Crucial Questions |

Redeemer Church Sunday School: Genesis Class

Sunday, February 8, 2009

God’s Covenant with Noah

Crucial Question: Does God Keep his Word?

Genesis 8:20-9:17

 

Read Gen. 8:20-9:17

 

Introduction; Today we shall begin looking at the covenant that God made with Noah and the world in this passage. The concept of covenant is very crucial in the Bible. Back when we studied ch.1-2 we saw an implicit covenant between God and Adam, but now we come to the first explicit covenant in the Bible. The language of the covenant is common in the ancient Near East because it is used by many kings. There are a couple of types of covenant, (1) Conditional- “I will do this, if you do that; if you do not do that I will not do this but rather this…; (2) Unconditional- I will do this, and you are to do that, but even if you don’t do that, I will still do this. This covenant in Gen. 8-9 is an unconditional covenant, God quite simply promises to never again destroy the world by a Flood. This morning we shall examine this covenant and try to see just what Moses is telling us about Noah and Israel in Moses’ day.

 

I.                    The Nature of the Covenant (most of this discussion comes from Derek Kidner, TOTC, p101)

A.     Notice first of all the Breadth of the Covenant. Vs. 8:2 “I will never again curse the ground…” vs. “Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature…” vs.22 “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” Vs.9:9-10 “I establish my covenant…with every living creature” vs.9:11-17 “never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth…”

 

When God created the world he pronounced it “Very Good” in 1:31. But after Adam sinned, not only were Adam and Eve ejected from the Garden, but the very ground was cursed in 3:17-18, bearing thorns and thistles. Now, after the Flood has worked destruction all over the world, the LORD is promising, “Never again!”

 

This covenant, then, applies to Noah and his family, vss. 9:1, 7-9, 11-17, and to all the generations that follow.

 

We see some signs of this covenant and its ultimate fulfillment in other portions of Scripture. Rom.8

 

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

We see glimpses of Creation restored in some OT passages like Isaiah 11:1-9 that speaks of Christ and how all of creation will be transformed eventually and Isaiah 65:17-25. Jeremiah 31:31-40. Notice how permanent the New Covenant is, how it is related to the permanence of sun, moon and stars, which sounds similar to what God promised in Gen. 8:22.

 

Yes, sin has wrought great devastation upon the world, not just in the Flood, but in the natural disasters that are a part of this world and in the man made disasters of pollution, deforestation, strip mining, poor agricultural procedures that deplete the soil, over building that leads to more rain runoff and more flooding. Our efforts at exercising dominion are tainted with sin and therefore we are destroying the earth. But there is coming a day, and I believe soon, when Jesus will return and transform us, and this world so that the curse is lifted and the Garden restored and the promise of the Rainbow is fulfilled. There is an aspect of Redemption that, like this Noahic Covenant, applies to all creation and we find great hope in that. Here is then, a beginning text for a Christian view of the environment. For too long we have allowed the pagans to run wild with their form of environmentalism. We need to practice both dominion and a biblical environmentalism, realizing that as man exercises dominion we do pollute and destroy and mismanage, yet we have the capacity, through a study of the Bible and through science, to ease the burdens of pollution.

 

B.     Notice next the permanence of the Covenant. See vs. 8:21, “I will never again curse…” 22; 9:11 “Never again…” vs15 “I will remember my covenant…the waters shall never again become a flood…” vs.16 “I will…remember the everlasting covenant…” The LORD words it both negatively (3X) and positively (2X)

 

Praise God that we worship a God who keeps his word and never lies or forgets. Numbers 23:19

God is not man, that he should lie,
or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

 

Isaiah 46

“Remember this and stand firm,
recall it to mind, you transgressors,
remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me,
10 declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
11 calling a bird of prey from the east,
the man of my counsel from a far country.
I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass;
I have purposed, and I will do it.

            Heb.6

           

13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” 15 And thus Abraham,  having patiently waited, obtained the promise. 16 For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. 17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant  of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began  and at the proper time manifested in his word

When the LORD makes a covenant, an unconditional covenant, he keeps it because he cannot break his word or lie. He has made a covenant with his Son to save for himself a people. He has made a covenant with all the redeemed to bring them safely through this world and death to himself. The good old Baptist doctrine of “once saved always saved” or, better, “the perseverance of the saints and assurance of salvation” is rooted in this idea of covenant and the truthfulness of God himself. He has promised to save us for all eternity and we can rely on that promise, that covenant, sealed in the blood sacrifice of his son, Jesus.

C.     Notice the generosity of the covenant. It is an unconditional covenant in that Noah and all men after him would still be sinful from their youth. Sinful, fallen man is not capable of not sinning. This covenant, then, shows amazing grace. In the next part of ch.9 we see Noah fall into the sin of drunkenness.

On what basis does God make his covenant of salvation with you? How are you chosen? Is it rooted in anything that you have done or will do? No, we believe in what is called Unconditional Election. God chooses to love and save you not based upon anything you have done or could ever do, it is based solely upon his mysterious will and good pleasure, for his glory alone.

II.                 Parallels Between the Covenant with Noah and with Moses/Israel (this point comes from John Sailhamer in EBC, vol.2, p.93)

A.     The covenant with Israel in Ex. 23-24 comes after a salvation experience at the Red Sea, several weeks before and the Covenant with Noah comes after he has been preserved from the Flood.

B.     An altar and offering mark the establishment of a covenant in Gen.9:9 and Ex. 24:5-6.

C.     Both covenants bring about God’s blessing in Gen. 9:1 and Ex. 23:25

D.     The central provision in both covenants is protection from “beasts of the field” or “wild animals” in 9”2 and Ex.23:29 and human enemies in 9:5-6 and Ex.23:22.

E.      Specific mention is made for the earth to be preserved from destruction in 9:11 and Ex.23:29

F.      A visible sign of the covenant is given in both accounts, the rainbow in 9:13-17 and the glory cloud on the mountain in Ex.24:15

G.     A command to obedience is given in 9:4 and Ex.24:3

All of these similarities suggest that Moses was attempting to show his people that this new covenant that they were entering into with the LORD had an antecedent in the covenant with Noah. The covenant at Sinai with Israel is not new, it is linked back to Noah. It is a return to God’s original promises, God is still at work bringing sinful man back into fellowship with God. This covenant with Noah lies about halfway between the covenant blessing of man in 1:28 and the covenant with Abram in 12 to bless all peoples on the earth through Abram.

 

 

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Pres. Obama Does Away with “Hail To The Chief”

Posted on February 7, 2009. Filed under: News of the Day, Political Issues |

Saturday, February 7, 2009– I had heard a couple of weeks ago, but failed to follow up, that the new President, B. Hussein Obamasky, had either downsized or eliminated the US Marine Corps band’s role in his administration. Today, at Pamela Geller’s Atlas Shrugged, I heard her describe what happened. Pres. Obamasky was greeted by the USMC Band and “Hail to the Chief” everywhere he went on his first day in office, but then sent them packing and now has a pianist who gives “musical interludes” during these times. Apparently the favorite song that has replaced “Hail to the Chief” is “Desert Rose” by Sting. Press secretary Robert Gibbs says that the President is not a real Pomp and Circumstance kind of guy.

Here are some links:

news.aol.com/main/obama-presidency/article/obama-relaxes-white-house-dress-code/323903

newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2009/02/02/informality-excess-obama-replacing-hail-chief-stings-desert-rose

atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/02/more-vlog-fun-with-geller-and-spencer-the-jihad-candidate.html

And to add insult to injury, apparently the version of Sting’s song being used is an Arabic version displayed here:

gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2009/02/obama-replaces-hail-to-chief-with.html

What does this all mean? President Bush treated the Oval Office with great respect, whether you agreed with his politics (most of his politics I disagreed with- he was too liberal for me) or not. President Clinton was also very informal and disrespectful of the Oval Office (Monica Lewinsky anyone?) Now the new Demoncrat President, B. Hussein Obamasky, is also altering the dress code, the music and is informally walking into press briefings.

Amerika, you voted for change and you have got it. You have a closet muslim on your hands who is a marxist-socialist and an empty suit. I believe that God is judging us for our sins as a people by giving us the type of leadership we deserve.

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SWBTS Trying to Oust Calvinist Professors?

Posted on February 5, 2009. Filed under: Theological Issues |

Thursday, February 5, 2009–There is apparently a big controversy breaking out of Southwestern Theological Seminary here in Fort Worth over the issue of whether President Paige Patterson is trying to remove certain Calvinist Professors over the doctrine of the limited atonement or particular redemption.

I am a SWBTS alum, I live in Fort Worth and attend a church that has a  few SWBTS professors as members as well as dozens of SWBTS students from the college to the MDiv program to the the PhD program. I only have  a couple of friends who might know anything about this situation and I am not close with to any of the main actors in the situation nor have I spoken with any of the main actors. I have generally positive thoughts and feelings toward Pres. Patterson and very positive thoughts and feelings towards the particular professors in my church who are of the Calvinist persuasion. I have no insider, first hand information of the controversy, but I have been reading about it on the  blogs listed below and I have spoken with a couple of  friends at the school. This posting on my blog is my personal experience, thoughts and feelings about the controversy.

According to some of the blogs and some of the second hand information I have heard which amounts to hearsay (as opposed heresy) there MAY be an effort by someone, maybe Dr. Patterson, to remove some of the Calvinist professors and to link their removal to the economic downturn.

I am optimistically skeptical of this effort being a deliberate effort by Dr. Patterson to oust the Calvinist professors. In the first blog I linked, in the comments section, is a very strongly worded denial by a seminary professor who should know what is happening because he is a 5 point Calvinist. Secondly, there were other comments made that clearly stated that Dr. Patterson has a track record of hiring professors from all points of the TULIP perspective. He hired ’em, why would he now seek to fire them?

Yet the main blogger who started the story, Wade Burleson, has stood by his story. In fact I heard of this alleged plot 2 weeks ago from one of my friends at the seminary before Burleson broke the story. Burleson maintains that his breaking of the story may now have forced Dr. Patterson to change the plan in mid stream since it got public and would be a huge embarrassment.

In situations like this there is often truth on both sides and it comes down to a matter of intent, of emphasis and even personal interpretation, when not all the facts are known.

Some professors were probably asked by Dr. Patterson about their soteriology, and possibly their views on witnessing, sharing the gospel and missions. Wade did not mention the possible questions about witnessing etc. The quote that I have seen from the transcript of a meeting Dr. Patterson had last night is,

Southwestern will not build a school in the future around anybody who could not look anybody in the world in the eyes and say, “Christ died for your sins.”

Wade Burleson made much of this quote and basically is saying that this is clearly Dr. Patterson stating that he will not allow 5 point Calvinists to continue teaching on the campus.

In my humble opinion, I believe it is possible to interpret the quote differently. Yes, strictly speaking if you draw a very tight line, he is confronting the doctrine of limited atonement. But I think something else may be going on here.

In the interviews with the professors in question, the questions asked were not merely theological, but, perhaps also about personal witnessing encounters and views of missions and evangelism. It seems to me that just maybe, Patterson asked the questions in such a way so as to elicit a response from the Calvinist professors that would confirm their individual commitment to preaching the gospel, witnessing and missions. By asking the questions in that manner, Patterson would then be able to go back to the Trustees, or whoever was putting on the pressure, and give a positive report that would basically say, “Yes I have some 5 point Calvinists as professors and they have each given me an account of how they share the gospel and I am satisfied that they fit in with our missions and evangelism emphasis.”

Now this may be pure conjecture on my part, and may be overly optimistic. But it is plausible given the evidence I have read and heard.

Until I am confronted with overwhelming evidence, I cannot agree with Wade Burleson’s accusations. That being said, I do not impugn his motives at all. I quite simply believe that there are times we can look at the same evidence, and interpret it differently. Wade may be proved right; but I hope not. I DO believe that there are SOME, not neccessarily Dr. Patterson, who do want to oust the Calvinists from SWBTS

Here are the links to the spat:

Here is the first story that broke the news and caused all sorts of charges and counter charges:

kerussocharis.blogspot.com/2009/02/forcibly-removing-all-tulips-at-swbts.html

Here is the second story:

kerussocharis.blogspot.com/2009/02/forcibly-removing-tulips-at-swbts-part.html

And here is the third story:

sbctoday.com/2009/02/05/a-brief-visit-with-dr-paige-patterson/

sbctoday.com/

And today’s story:

kerussocharis.blogspot.com/2009/02/are-southern-baptists-blind-or.html

And here is a very good piece from Founder’s Ministries about the whole mess:

www.founders.org/blog/2009/02/reflections-on-dust-up-over-calvinism.html

Over 33 years ago, when I was just getting ready to graduate from High School, Paige Patterson, Judge Paul Pressler, Dr. Adrian Rogers and others were formulating a plan to rescue the Southern Baptist Convention from the clutches of liberalism. The liberals of the old SBC controlled virtually every seminary and agency within the convention and most of the state conventions’ colleges. Just about every other large denomination had either succumbed to liberalism or divided along liberal/fundamentalist lines. To my knowledge and according to a long lost Christianity Today article from several years back, the SBC is the only major denomination in America to approach the abyss of liberalism, stop, pull back and recover without a major split. I fully supported the Conservative Resurgence and genuinely thank Pres. Patterson for his hard work in that effort.

Yes, many of the moderates have left the SBC and formed their own convention, but overall, the losses were fairly small.Yes, there were some ungodly things said and done during the whole process by both sides. Everyone involved was a sinner and so sin enters in inevitably. I think the moderates were extrememly disengenuous about calling it a Fundamentalist Takeover, which name automatically implies someone else (the moderates) was already in charge. It was a fight that we won fair and square. It was a fight well worth the risks and efforts. There are casualties in any fight. But some things are worth fighting over.

When I was a student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1985-89, the school was fairly liberal in my mind, and the course work was on par with what I had at OU for my Bachelor’s degree in history. During that time I had Dr. Doyle Young for a couple of Church history classes including Baptist History. During class one day I remember him saying that after the current fight with the moderates and the fight over women’s roles in the church and seminary, the next big fight 20 years from 1986, would be a fight over Calvinism. In two classes with Dr. Young he asked the Calvinists to raise their hands. In one class of about 30 folks, I was the only Calvinist. In another class of about 50 I was one of three Calvinists.Today on campus the percentage of students who are Calvinists is much larger, perhaps up close to 20%.

Dr. Young was spot on with his prediction. In the last two years the fight has seriously begun over Calvinism, in particular the doctrine of particular redemption or Limited Atonement. This fight has been aggravated by the John 3:16 conferences among others.

mark12ministries.wordpress.com/2008/11/13/john-316-conference-nov-6-7-2008-woodstock-ga/

At the very least we should pray for SWBTS during this time, pray for Dr. Patterson and the professors involved, and refrain from some of the anger and vitriol that is in evidence on some of the blogs.

Bryan


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Obamasky Imposes Salary Cap on CEOs

Posted on February 4, 2009. Filed under: News of the Day |

Wednesday, February 4, 2009– In a strong move toward a State run, centralized economy based upon the principles of Socialism, Pres. Obama today imposed a salary cap of $500,000 for CEOs and other top executives in companies that receive federal assistance. This follows last weeks revelation that many of the Wall Street companies and banks that received federal funds continued paying their execs. huge bonuses, even though their companies were losing huge sums or going bankrupt. President Obama last week said that “…there was a time to make profits…and now is not the time”.

While certainly as a Bible believing Christian, I believe in the biblical basis of capitalism, I also believe that the CEOs, Bank Presidents, etc. who were taking these huge bonuses were basically unethical, unprofessional and immoral for doing so. But they were legal. Until today. Even though I think these CEO’s are immoral for how they handle their businesses and bonuses, I absolutely object to the President’s statements of last week and his actions of today. I object to the whole interference into our economy by the federal goverment. The federal government is filled with enough incompetence, bureaucracy, and outright thievery that it is very hypocritical of the President to complain about, let alone take action against, these CEOs.

Amerika has now slipped further down the slippery slope into Socialism and I am very pessimistic about our ability to recover our freedoms.

Here is the story link:

www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.971ca461247820662877d6aaecf06087.361&show_article=1

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