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Saturday, April 09, 2005

In Memory of Terri Schaivo

Has anyone noticed how strange a country we are--we starve  Terri Schaivo and give Secret Service protection to a duck in Washington D. C. ?  Strange.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Ten Reasons to Be a Calvinist

1. Calvinists tend to wear wool and cotton. Arminians tend to wear lime-green polyester leisure suits.

2. John Calvin moved away from France, setting a good example.

3. Calvin sounds like Calvin Klein..very chic clothes.

4. Calvinists can drink adult beverages.

5. Calvinists can smoke good cigars.

6. Arminians are into prophecy conferences where they talk about Star-Trek eschatology and the mark of the Beast. Calvinsts have conferences on "life and culture," art, social justice and other highbrow things like that. Afterwards, we do to the local pub and talk about philosophy over a pint of Bass ale.

7. Calvinists have close ties with Scotland and Scotland is very cool: you know--Sean Connery, the movie Highlander, Bagpipes, the Loch Ness Monster, Glenlivet 18 year old Scotch, the movie Train Spotting, Brave Heart, etc.,

8. Calvinists think we are smarter than anybody else. We have high self esteem. We talk about supra- and infra- and know what we mean. We know the difference between the Economic Trinity and the Ontological Trinity. We know about the filioque and why Rome was right, although we don't like Rome much.

9. It is more dignified to say, "I go to Grace Reformed Church" than to say, "I go to Washed in the Blood Worship Center," or "I go to Happy Wind Fellowship Believers Assembly," or "I go to the "Latter-Day-Rain Deliverance Tabernacle Prophecy Center," or "I go to the Philadelphia Church of the Majority Text," or to say "I go to the Lithuanian Apostolic Orthodox Autocephalic Church of the Baltic Union of 1838."

10. Calvinists had no choice; it was predestined.

Worship Revisited

Just Do It?

Back on January 23 I published a blog about how you can know that worship is taking place. It was a rather tongue in cheek rant that you can read in the archives by clicking the proper link on the right side of this page.

Since then it has been interesting to see it travel about the web. Other bloggers have referred to it, and have commented on it, and readers of other blogs have commented on it. I don't permit comments on this blog because I don't want to read them all and I am not interested in getting into a "dialogue"--much to feely-meely for me.

Anyway, I have enjoyed what people have written on other blogs that have linked to this one. The most common reaction, it seems, goes something like this: "How do you know whether someone is worshipping or not? That person with hands up, or clapping, or bouncing to the tune may be worshipping in their own way. You don't know people's hearts."

Well, they got that right. I don't presume to know people's hearts, for that knowledge is reserved for God alone--it is off limits even for the devil. [You didn't know that? Maybe there are some other things you don't know.]

But so what? It is a non-sequitur. Not knowing people's hearts has nothing to do with knowing whether a person is worshipping. Doesn't the Bible say anything about worship? Is the theme of the Bible this afterall: "Let everybody just do their own thing?" Then why did God bother, if He did not have some very important things to say about Himself and how He is to be served?

Look up Nadab and Abihu. King Uzziah. King Saul. Ananias and Sapphira. Just for a start. Then try the Second Commandment. If you want more, try to find out what the Apostle Paul meant by "will worship" in Colossians 2:23.

That is, if you are interested in such stuff. How people worship is not important, is it?

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

"Ye have turned judgment into gall..." Amos 6:12 "Landmark president Mark R. Levin said, "...Starting with the vicious attack on Judge Robert Bork's character in 1987, and continuing with several of President Bush's nominees, Kennedy, working with People for the American Way and other groups, has sought to tear down the reputations of justices, judges and judicial nominees with whom he disagrees.'"
It is time that good people began to fight back against Kennedy and his cronies.  It is an old tactic, devised by the devil himself in the Garden of Eden:  accuse your enemies of what you are doing yourself.    Satan accused God of using deceitful and manipulative words [see Genesis 3].  Democrats are now accusing Republicans of trying to overthrow the rule of law and the courts, when they have been overthrowing the rule of law and corrupting the judiciary as long as this preacher has been alive.  I can read the Constitution of the United States of America.  I understand what it says, and no corrupt men and women in black robes can make it say what it doesn't.  It protects our life, liberty, and property, and yet corrupt judges from the Supreme Court on down deliberately starved to death Terri Schaivo, because a death-loving lobby convinced a judge that her life did not have enough quality to permit her to live.
Americans think they are secure in the their life, liberty, and property.  But property is taken without due process all across this country in the name of eminent domain and zoning and environmental protection and a thousand other ways; money is taken to buy votes, coddle criminals, conduct social experiments, and a thousand other ways thieves reach into the pockets of American citizens through court and judicial decrees; liberty to use property, bear guns, buy political ads, speak from the pulpit on moral issues, liberty to speak and think freely is curtailed on a thousand college campuses in the name of political correctness; the IRS snoops into every detail of a citizens personal and financial life, but a mother's privacy is respected when she murders her unborn.  Rats and mice and other rodents cannot be starved because the quality of their lives is greater than Terri Schaivo's.  All by a judicial system that has been corrupted by the likes of Ted Kennedy and his liberal, lawless, gangsters.
Liberals know no law but the law of power, power in their own hands, meddling in the affairs of others in order to protect their own immoral and wicked lifestyles.  They will lie and slander good judges to keep them off the high courts so that selfish pleasure-loving fornicators can murder the fruit of their fornication and adultery.  They will destroy the character of fine judges to deny them a place on high courts so that drug lords and thugs can be secure in their civil rights and continue to vote for liberals.
No judge has the right to decide that any living human being is unworthy of life except in the case of capital crime, according to the law of our Creator.  Any judge who makes and enforces such a decision on any human citizen is a criminal and ought to be impeached and tried in a criminal court.
Has life become so cheap to us that it means nothing to us that Terri Schaivo, whose only offense was not being able to speak, was put to death because someone decided she was not conscious and therefore not fit to live?  Is this the Final Solution for the weakest among us? 
Why are not more people, especially Christians, outraged by this?  Are we stumps and blocks, sans eyes, sans taste, sans feelings?  Has the church lost all moral compass? 
Isa 1:21  How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
Jer 5:4  Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God.
Shame, shame, shame, shame!

Hurrah for the Second Amendment!!

Yahoo! News - Florida eyes allowing residents to open fire whenever they see threat: "Florida's legislature has approved a bill that would give residents the right to open fire against anyone they perceive as a threat in public, instead of having to try to avoid a conflict as under prevailing law. "
Hurrah for the Second Amendment.  There was a time when Americans could be expected to defend themselves; they didn't whimper about calling the cops.  It was a simpler time, but not a more violent time.  A man could go anywhere in America he wanted to.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

In Memory of Terri Schaivo

The following are quotations from an interview with R. C. Sproul: 
"What happened to Terri Schiavo is symbolic and illustrative of a significant shift in the structure of our culture. Though there are many complex issues here that we can discuss, what we've just witnessed is the willful starving and dehydration of a living human being. If we did that to one of our pets, we would be arrested. If we did that to a convicted killer on death row in one of America's prisons, we would be charged with cruel and unusual punishment."
"There is no more fundamental civil right according to the Constitution than the right to life. And if the government cannot be involved in this, then the government should not be involved in anything. The issues here are so much larger and more serious than the life of one person, as serious as that is. What I've seen is the serious threat to the whole principle of the balance of power in the government of the United States."
"A reasonable response to this tragedy would include within it an emotional response, because a heart that is not moved by understanding is really not rational. I think there should be a cry of mourning but also a cry of protest throughout the land. We have an ethical crisis in this country that is not going to go away with respect to the sanctity of human life."
You can hear the entire interview at: 

Want to Fix It?

MSNBC - Charities used as tax dodges, IRS chief says: "Charities and other nonprofits exempted from taxes because they serve a public purpose have become a hotbed of tax evasion and abuse, according to the head of the Internal Revenue Service."
The Internal Revenu Service is the most corrupting influence in America. It would be easy to fix. Simply replace it with a national sales tax. People who spend would pay more. Too simple, because the true reason for the Income Tax is to control people and behavior, not raise money.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Centrist Democrats warn liberals - The Washington ...

Democrats Want to Find Out Who They Are!
Centrist Democrats warn liberals - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - April 04, 2005: "But party liberals last week dismissed the DLC's advice as warmed-over Republicanism.
"'I can't tell the difference between the positions the DLC puts forward and Republican policy,' said Jack Blum, counsel for the liberal Americans for Democratic Action.
'I've read this before and I am not carried away by it. Nobody in the Democratic Party, and that most especially includes the liberals in the Americans for Democratic Action, opposes fighting the terrorists.' "
Hoo, boy.  Go for it.  Let's have the ruckus.  Blum and his crowd have a very strange way of fighting terrorism:  "It's all America's fault.  We need to have the French and Germans teach us how to be more 'sensitive' to their needs and our incipient nazism.  If we can just get the world to love us, they won't hate us so much.  We need to learn how to bite our lower lip, not keep a stiff upper one."


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