Monthly Archives: December 2014

Concessioned to Death

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again:If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.  -Paul and Apostle of Jesus the Christ, to the Churches of Galatia

We Christians have become very generous these days when it comes to making every concession for every false view.  We can’t explain anything without a dozen caveats about all the people who have other views.  But why should we?  I think it amounts to little more than faux humility and actually giving evil a foothold.  Christendom is the most fun humans have ever had on this planet and we are letting the pos-Christians ruin it with their skepticism.

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?’

This is how it all began, this is how it always begins.  Just question the way things are.  Roll it around on your tongue a little bit.  Get comfortable with it.  Then “make your own choice.”  This is the way evil works.  Yet today we have glorified this as the highest form of good. It’s “thinking outside the box”, “being an individual”, “standing on your own two feet”, “being a thinker and not a follower” and on and on.  Now of course we should question the ways of men, many of them are wrong and need to change.  But we shouldn’t question the truth of scripture, as passed down to us through the Church. Don’t question the Gospel, even if an angel from heaven tells you otherwise.

I was recently listening to sermons by Martin Lloyd Jones from the 50s and he was speaking of Paul’s words in Romans, “I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me”(Romans 7:9)  As soon as I heard the law, and realized there was another option I wanted that option.  Jones mentioned the issue of sex education, which goes that far back.  He said the moderns want all this sex education because they think the problem is a lack of education  Really sex education just leads to more sin.  And he has been proven true.  As Margaret Sanger and the founders of Planned Parenthood knew, sex talk leads to more sex.  Just like the now dying D.A.R.E. program.  Kids are taught all kinds of ways to abuse their body, things that they would never have thought of.  A running joke in my family, was “if you sniff spray paint make sure it’s the clear kind so it doesn’t show.” Oh, ok thank you D.A.R.E..

And so we do the same thing with Creation.  God said he created the Universe in six days.  But even the most staunch Creationist thinks that you should still teach evolution.  That is where the scale has been shifted.  On the extreme Christian side is teaching both, on the pagan world side, is to not even mention Creation, and if it’s brought up you smack it down with punishment or ridicule.  This is a sure way to lose a battle.  Which is why Christians are being pushed further and further into the corner.  Why should we study this crazy theory by a hack who wasn’t even a scientist?  A theory which by his own words had not been validated.  Remember how you were taught that earthworms eat the dirt as they pass through it and then poop it out?  Well everyone believe that for a hundred years until someone actually did some science.  Kelly Dorgan found that the worms actually form a point and push their way through the soil.  So how is it that people believed this for so long?  Because it’s another theory, that Darwin just made up.  And you don’t question Darwin.  Though it’s fine to question God. ”Did God really say?”

Now similar questions are leading to the destruction of the basics of humanity.  Can I choose my own gender?  Did God really say I was born a male?  And so the trail of evil begins.  And leads to the chaos we see around us.  Did God really say marriage was between a man and a woman? Did God really say you can’t have sex with animals?  Did God really say you can’t kill yourself?

I hear it a lot in the news.  ”The controversial subject of” whatever, fill-in-the blank.  Even thought the subject is something as obvious as gravity, it has now become controversial because some lunatic thinks gravity is an elaborate conspiracy by the Christians to send us back to the ‘Dark Ages’.  This is how the progressive, Democrats have operated for generations.  Present a position that is so far out and insane that your insane left position looks like the middle, moderate position.  As Obama usually does it “some folks think this”, “but most scientists/economists/smart people agree, it’s really my way”.

I hear it a lot in sermons or lectures about theology or especially seminary classes.  The seminaries were taken over by liberal theology, beginning at the end of the Civil War.  You can find a degreed ‘expert’ on the Bible who will deny almost any of the established orthodoxy of the faith.  And, we spend all this time entertaining their skeptical lies?  Why?  Does it make us look more fair?  I submit it only introduces the next generation to a minutia of wrong opinions.  And most of the people we send to be educated these days get caught up in one or more of these falsehoods.  The academy is gravely ill, beyond the point of being repaired from within.  I think we need to stop honoring their positions as legitimate.  Why carry around all this endless baggage of detailed lists of all the errors that we could fall into?  Why not just study the truth, as it is plainly stated in Scripture?  Why not teach the basics of thinking and communication? When we are confronted with the various lies we will be able to apply them to the standard and find them wanting.  We could make actual academic progress, which might actually strengthen the Church.  We need to make a break as the Reformers did as the Puritans did.  We _________ stand for the scriptures, plain and simple.  We don’t care what you think, and we are going to prove that our way is correct by separating ourselves from you.  In a few generations you people will be trying to escape your tyrannical squalor and crawling over the fence to where we have been blessed for, following our Lord Jesus the Christ.  It wouldn’t be the first time.

A Ferguson Fable

La Cigale, The Grashopper, Jules Lefebvre, c. 1872.


La Cigale, The Grashopper, Jules Lefebvre, c. 1872.

A grasshopper that had spent it’s whole summer lounging on the beach, was almost dying with hunger when winter came.  So the grasshopper went to some nearby ants, and asked them for some of the food they had stored up, by working hard all summer.  “What did you do all summer?” they asked.  “Well I spent most of it hitting bitches and hoes and getting wasted, except for a few weeks I was in jail.” “Oh you did,” they said, “well now you can go clubbing”.  Then the grasshopper got mad.  It wasn’t fair that he couldn’t get any food. “Doesn’t everyone deserve food?”  So he started a philosophy glorifying the strife of the grasshoppers as caused by ant oppression. He changed his name to Jesse J. Locust and he continued his begging and immoral lifestyle while the movement for the ‘emancipation’ of the grasshoppers grew.  Though most of the grasshoppers were in jail, eventually one of them was elected president.  Then one day an ant shot a grasshopper while he was trying to steal some of his catnip.  This made the grasshoppers very angry.  Jesse flew in with his swarm and the grasshopper mobs started destroying everything.  The ant who killed the grasshopper was not charged and the swarms escalated.  But then it got cold and they went home. No one learned anything and the hard work of the ants and even some grasshopper converts, was destroyed all the more.

 

Provide today for tomorrow, in philosophy and food.

Languishing Worship Leadership

I often see stories about how men no longer want to participate in worship.  Is it any surprise?  I think it’s simple, like most of the ways of a man.  He is bored.  It’s the same reason boys are wrestless in school.  They too are bored, they want to be out conquering the world.

I was really struck this week by remembering services that I have enjoyed actively participating in.  Now perhaps I am not normal.  I define the bane of those elementary teachers, attempting to drug the little boy, out of the little boys.  I was drugged, but unsuccessfully.  Strong leaders are the result of all that little boy energy directed into some positive direction.  And even when it is directed in the wrong direction, you can’t help but admire the fireworks.  But this is not allowed anymore.  Teachers like the passive, following nature of the females and many of the males are happy to go along with it.  Tom Garfield always tells the story about how you give a bunch of kids a picture to color and the girls are all trying to color inside the lines as carefully as possible, while the boys turn the paper over and start drawing their own thing.  This is male leadership.  This is the job of every male, to lead in his home at the very least and also outside it to whatever extent possible.  These are the men who sailed to this continent, who led revolutions and wars.  These are the men that got other men to follow them on their adventures.  And this is what we repress with drugs 1.  And so we have lots of followers and no leaders.

I  want Russell Crowe to be my worship leader.  What guy wouldn't be singing?   I googled "worship leader" the first picture was some pencil necked dweeb and the second was a woman!

I want the Gladiator to be my worship leader. What guy wouldn’t be singing?
I googled “worship leader” the first picture was some scrawny hipster and the second was a woman!

I think this is important in worship.  Do you really want to follow your typical worship leader into battle?  I don’t.  This is the first guy down when the trouble comes, he is off in the corner crying, or having flashbacks to the emotional throne room of heaven. And this ain’t no throne room, this is back on earth, it’s dangerous.  Oh he’s  sensitive and caring but worship is warfare.  That’s how we fight, by worship.  We are in a war, as if it isn’t obvious, Paul says as much explicitly.   The language of the Psalms is the language of a warrior sometimes beaten by his adversaries, sometimes victorious, sometimes praying for victory.  I want to follow the Psalm writer into battle.  This is the real man who is so grounded on the word of God that nothing can shake him, every event is an instance for calling to God. We share his joy in victory and his tears in defeat.  The Psalms are vivid and often blunt, women don’t like this and so our modern translations have softened the language, and modern churches simply skip most of them.

One thing I noticed about engaging churches was that they keep you busy.  The order of worship is unapolagetically rigorous.  If you don’t pay attention you get left behind, and you look the fool.  There are times for listening to scripture, times for responding to the scripture and times for singing.  And the singing is complex, there are parts.  And not just male and female parts, but  Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone and Bass.

Adam Smith observed that the the division of labor was one of the keys to the wealth of nations.  But it is not anything new.  Cain and Able participated in divided labor, one was a rancher, the other a farmer.  That is how men function best.  The Protestant work ethic rediscovered this.  All work, before God is valuable.  And each man who has his job and does it well should take pride in it.  And so you could have the coal miner down in the dark, chipping away somewhere in Ohio, taking pride that he is fueling America.  The America that was victorious over the obvious evil of Nazi occupation, he played his part.  No shortage of men willing to sign up and do their part.  Yet in praise music there are no parts, it’s mindless simplistic chanting, and so the men stopped singing.  On the other hand if you are singing parts and the men are silent, something is missing.  A man has about as much tolerance for something not getting done right as he does apathy at being told to follow.  The high church aristocrats dressed like women in all their robes, the modern worship leaders act like them.  And so the men don’t follow, they don’t sing, or even go to church.

I am told, by men who know more about music history that I, that most old hymns used to be to a faster tempo, like a march.  Because, we are an army preparing for battle.  We battle every day. Every bit of evil that we push back to make way for the kingdom of heaven is a good work, and it is difficult work.  The worship we see in the throne room of heaven is not an end in itself.  As the worship proceeds, real events, real war happens on earth.  And Jesus the Christ is victorious.  This is the language of the Gospel, the language of conquest of our inheritance.  We have been given the earth, as an inheritance, like Abraham, now we must claim it, as far as the curse is found.  The worship service should rally us for the battle the rest of the week.

If you want men to participate, give them something besides an experience for the sake of experience, to participate, in.  The worship service should be directed to equip us for the rest of the week.  The words in the music should come to mind when the battle gets us down.  The strength of the congregation singing should push us to fight through the difficulty to the glory.  As I said it’s simple, treat the men like men.

 

This kid gets it:

Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follower of the Lamb?
And shall I fear to own His cause
Or blush to speak His name?

Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease?
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?

Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?

Sure I must fight, if I would reign
Increase my courage, Lord!
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy word.

Thy saints, in all this glorious war,
Shall conquer, though they die;
They view the triumph from afar,
And seize it with their eye.

When that illustrious day shall rise,
And all Thy armies shine
In robes of victory through the skies,
The glory shall be Thine.

-Isaac Watts, Am I a Soldier of the Cross

  1. I find it ironic that the men are now leaving these feminist schools and leading to another place.  They receive criticism for this but can you blame them?  Higher education has become a place for liberal evil and the girls who follow it.  This principality and power must be destroyed and ceasing participation is a good first step.