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Friday, June 02, 2006

Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. (Isaiah 1:5 AV)

Unrepented sin is a disease that gets worse and worse. In a body politic the sins of one generation, if not repented and renounced, will infect the generations to come.

"There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and is not washed from their filthiness. (Proverbs 30:12 AV)

The generation that won the war against Hitler has been called by one of their own The Greatest Generation. This generation won a great war against Hitler and continued to resist and were able to overcome Communism. They made advances against civil wrongs in this country. But they lost the most important battle of all, the war for the minds of the next generation, because they lost their own faith.

No one who wasn't ignorant of the great warriors who fought the War for American Independence would ever have allowed the name greatest to be given to another generation. This is another indictment against what has become public school education, with its bias against the past.

But the so-called Greatest Generation did not teach their children the great truth of Christianity or the morality that made this nation great. They did not expel from their churches and universities the unworthy and ignorant. They did not discipline their children but reared a lawless and rebellious generation. Their own faith had degenerated to empty moralism and dead ceremonies. They did not repent of this. They still haven't. In the place of repentance they have substituted public relations and re-definition.

The generation that followed the mis-named Greatest Generation were brought up on Dr. Spock and spoiled by one of the greatest outpouring of material goods and pleasures that any nation has ever known. They immersed themselves in drugs, sex, rebellion, and alternate religions. They lived for what made them feel good: their immoral music, perverted religions, or philosophical fancies. This could have been predicted, given their nurture on Spock and Twinkies. Fathers and Mothers surrendered en masse and as individuals.

This writer has spent his whole life in education. I graduated from high school in 1952, went to college, and got my first teaching job in 1959, seven years out of high school. I could not believe what had happened to young people. There was plenty of wickedness in the public schools I attended, but we knew how to blush, how to hide our transgressions, and how to pretend virtue, as Hamlet said. Hypocrisy is the complement that vice pays to virtue, a wise man said. But in those seven years I saw the future of America, and I was not wrong. The sin of forwardness was added to other crimes. As David wrote: Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. (Psalms 19:13 AV)

The new justification that parents used, "Well, at least he is honest about it." so was Al Capone.

It is not true that honesty in wickedness is a virtue. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 6:15 AV) When I was a boy, we knew how to turn white, and then blush, when our transgressions were found out. The bible says it is a kind of virtue to be ashamed. That changed in my experience between 1952 and 1959, when the generation I speak of was in grade school. Their character was already formed, and this was in a Christian school. There was more outward morality in the public school I had attended just so few years before at the same age.

These spoiled brats never did grow up. They did not want to fight for their country, not because of high ideals, but simply because they were lazy and spoiled. If there had been no draft, there would have been no flights to Canada, no protests on the campuses. They were gutless wonders with high-sounding ideals which masked their own essential selfishness.

Like a scourge of locusts this generation of self-righteous, spoiled, and self-centered children have left barrenness behind them. Discipline disappeared in schools, because children would not endure it, and the parents would tolerate it, for Johnny couldn't sit still because he had never been made to sit still. So instead of a rap on the rear, this generation devised new diseases and syndromes to be treated by new drugs that robbed boys of their manhood and reduced them to whimpering misfits.

They could not sit still long enough to listen to a sermon that lasts more than 10 minutes, if that. So they must bring the churches up to date. Bibles must be no more than 5th or 6th grade level, music must not require thought. Preachers must "feel" the text--didn't matter what the text meant.

The only thing they were absolutely certain about was their right to say, do, and think whatsoever they pleased at any time and any place. It does not take centuries to destroy a civilization and a moral order; it can be done in one generation.

Because immediate gratification is what drove and drives this generation, laws against any kind of sexual gratification must be attacked, including laws against fornication, sodomy, pedophilia, bestiality. No thought must be taken for tomorrow and the results of the destruction of morals, for love me tonight is the only workable motto for degenerates. An inconvenient pregnancy can be remedied by murder. Just keep the party going. A new world is coming and the old with their hang-ups must give way. In the new world it will all "hang out," and hang out it did.

If law and tradition got in the way of instant gratification, they must be attacked also. Law, tradition, culture, decency, patriotism, and religion were mocked unmercifully by the sixties generation. The most popular television shows of this generation routinely attacked military honor, honesty, and sexual decency.

Blessed with unprecedented prosperity and scientific knowledge, America roared through the last half of the 20th Century. We rocked and rolled, and today speak with nostalgia of the abomination of Woodstock and other degenerate revival meetings for arrogant rebels. We rewarded those who pandered to our lusts and rebellion great rewards of money and fame, many of them preachers who gave standing to our lusts and rebellion. Every aspect of America life: the lesson of the music was plain to those who knew the language: It is right to do whatever you want to do, and it is right to destroy anyone who gets in your way, including churches, schools, families, courts, business. The Age of Aquarius is upon us and we will bring it in over your dead bodies and the ruins of your institutions.

But something very precious was gone from the American soul, the fear of God and a love for righteousness. Church services became entertainment services to stoke self-worth and self-congratulation. Hell fire disappeared from the vocabulary as did repentance and the Ten Commandments. People laughed at their fornication, their lies, their thefts, and their infidelities. Newspapers that once printed the uniform Sunday School Lesson and routinely printed the sermons of famous preachers did so no more, but faithfully recorded every scandal that afflicted the church, reported the slanders of the ungodly, and warred on decency by promoting sexual license and infidelity. This generation idolized a president who used the Oval Office to satisfy his corrupt sexual desires--and still laughs at it. Thus the world ends, not with bang, but a giggle--and not even a nervous one, but the giggle of small boys behind the barn telling nasty jokes, with one set as a watchmen, lest adults come. But now the adults tell the jokes. Ho, ho, ho.

Another casualty was justice. It took just five days to convict the man who tried to assassinate FDR and who did shoot the mayor of Chicago. When the mayor died, the man was taken from prison, tried, and executed within five months of his crime. But the generation that hated responsibility and refused to suffer would not allow the courts to do their job either. They invented new rights and new "safeguards"---they learned their skill well in seeking to avoid fighting for their country in Viet Nam. Now they would make it exceeding difficult to convict a criminal. They never got real jobs but became lawyers and teachers and wove their rebellion against decency and morality into the very warp and woof on the American justice system, so that their right to break every one of the Ten Commandments could never be challenged. They learned to protect their own, while savaging their opponents.

They have never repented of these things. But we have may well have lost our ability to have a moral society, decent homes and safe schools, and protect ourselves from foreign enemies who hate us.

What a great nation this generation has given us. We send our girls to war. Boys cannot be boys in school, but must be drugged so they will behave like girls. Homosexuals are in our face. We routinely slaughter millions of people before they are born so that we don't have too many of us. Instead, we import aliens to work for us at slave wages. Sodomy, adultery, fornication, and flagrant sexual perversions are considered normal. Freedom of speech is dead on the college campus and ignorant and half-educated professors promote a political agenda of socialism and atheism, while thumbing their nose at the taxpayers that pay their salaries.

It is time to repent, not only of our own sins, but of the sins of our fathers that have brought us to this place.

I will write more on this subject.

Without faith, the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. --Solomon

RealClearPolitics - Articles - Europe's Good Intentions Have Gone Sour: "Despite a public anti-Americanism, individual Europeans extend the old warmth and friendship to American visitors. Yet beneath the veneer of the good life, there is also a detectable air of uncertainty in Europe this summer, one perhaps similar to that of 1914 or the late 1930s."


Say, do you think that a turning away from the God of the Bible has anything to do with this? A pertinent NEW Testament passage might be: "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;" (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 AV)

There is no room in the thought of the modern man for any God except the good one, and only then in the whimper, "If God is good and all powerful, how could He have let ____ happen."

The Bible knows nothing of such a God, and Christians don't worship such a wimpish conception. Yes, God is good and God is all powerful: that is exactly why bad things happen, because He cannot deny Himself but MUST punish the wicked. The real God moves His people to pray as David did in Psalm 58:6-11

"Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD. 7 Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces. 8 As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun. 9 Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath. 10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. 11 So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth."

This God hasn't forgotten the world, even though the world has forgotten Him. But maybe Europe and the children other nations who have forgotten God will remember. Where are the faithful preachers? Who will tell the world where the disaster comes from?

A Real Hater?

BBC NEWS UK Wales Gore in Hay climate change plea: "But Mr Gore, fresh from an appearance at the Cannes film festival, delivered a starker message that the world was now facing a 'danger which could bring the end of civilisation.' "


But how can you believe a man who has been the purveyor of more hate than any American in the last 100 years. I speak of the hatred of George W. Bush, by the liberal elite, who took their cue from Gore that Bush stole the election in 2000.

Richard Nixon faced the same issues in 1960, when there were strong indictions that democratic shenannigans in Illinois and Texas had delivered the election to John Kennedy. Nixon refused to challenge the elections in the court [while privately vowing to do a better job of poll watching if he ever got another chance], because Nixon felt it would leave a legacy of bitterness in the American electorate, and send a very bad message to the rest of the world. Nixon loved his country. Gore refused to follow Nixon's lead, for modern liberals love power, no matter what the cost to the electorate or the public morale.

Charge you opponent with every crime that you can imagine, no matter what the residue of hate that your spread around. There is no question. The polarization of American politics and the bitterness of the left is the direct responsibility of Al Gore. Even Kerry is a better man than Gore, for he refused to pout over Ohio and make wild charges in 2004. The Gore legacy may very well be the fire of hatred and bitterness that may last for a generation and do more harm to our great nation than any Chicken Little warning of warming.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

In a Dream?

Pope: How Could God 'Tolerate' Holocaust?: "Benedict walked along the row of plaques at the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex's memorial, one in the language of each nationality whose members died there. As he stopped to pray, a light rain stopped and a brilliant rainbow appeared over the camp. 'To speak in this place of horror, in this place where unprecedented mass crimes were committed against God and man, is almost impossible - and it is particularly difficult and troubling for a Christian, for a pope from Germany,' he said later. 'In a place like this, words fail; in the end, there can be only a dread silence, a silence which itself is a heartfelt cry to God: Why, Lord, did you remain silent? How could you tolerate all this?'"

You would think that an infallible pope would know better. What do you mean, "Why did you remain silent? How could you tolerate all this?"

As a matter of fact, God is not silent and has never been silent. He will also certainly punish the wicked and bring every evil thought and deed into judgment as Isaiah said so succinctly: Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:

9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: 10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: 11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us. 12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon: 13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant. 14 And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit." (Isaiah 30:8-14)

Where is the Third Reich? Where is Hitler? Where is the Soviet Union? Where is Mussolini? All gone and in hell, where all the nations go that forget God. And where is it written that God's people don't have to suffer? People have suffered immensely since the beginning of the world, from Abel that was slain by his brother to our Lord Jesus who was crucified by those who should have known better.

Where is it written that only the guilty suffer? that God does not have a purpose in suffering, as He did in the case of Job. I think it is terrible what Hitler did to the Jews. I also think that it is terrible what happened in Rwanda, and in Cambodia, and in the Soviet Gulag. There are still piles of bones of Germans and French from the battlefield of Verdun in World War I. I recently visited the battlefield of Fredericksburg from our own Civil War and saw the thousands of graves of Union soldiers who died there--only about one-tenth of them identified. They were mostly kids in their teens.

But this does not mean that God is silent. It rather means that God is speaking fortissimo, if we only had ears to hear. Man's end is not on this earth, and earth becomes a hell for those who seek heaven here. When the Hitlers and the Mussolinis and the Stalins and the Osamas and such like, some with American citizenship, forsake the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the Lord Jesus then comes to pass what God has clearly spoken in His word, for He would have us know that Scripture cannot be broken.

But the judgment of the world is not yet. God has other things to do right now. He is busy calling out His people to faith and hope, a people whose conversation is in heaven, who inheritance is God Himself and not the things of the world.

Psalms 76:10 "Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain." The wicked and the righteous suffer the same things on the earth, the difference is the purpose of the sufferings and their condition in eternity.

David expressed this poignantly in Psalm 73. He fretted against the Lord because their did not seem to be any difference between the godly and the ungodly. "I have cleansed my hands in vain," he pouted. In fact, it even appears that the ungodly get along better than the godly. It was very painful for him, and he didn't "get it" until he went to the sanctuary of the Lord, the place where the eternal God made His name known: Psalm 73: 16-20:

"When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. 18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. 19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. 20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image."

The Pope needs to awake from his dream, too.


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