Archive for September, 2013

Some classic hymns among my favorites

September 21, 2013

Amazing Grace

Wayfaring Stranger

I love to tell the story

(robert duvall and emmylou harris

Farther Along

I know who holds tomorrow

I’d rather have Jesus

How Great Thou Art

Standing on the promises

You Raise Me Up

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Privatizing marriage

September 13, 2013

Even WND is giving voice to the idea of getting government out of state decrees.

Jennifer Morse, president of the Ruth Institute, which supports traditional marriage, says privatizing marriage “doesn’t really resolve the gay marriage issue, it capitulates on the key point, which is what is the public purpose of marriage, and whether the state has any role in protecting the interests of children.”

Getting the government’s grubby, perverted tentacles out of marriages is not capitulation. For sure, it does cut the knees off the pretext of the enemies of traditional marriage (aka “activists”), jerks the rug out from under the only basis for argument they have, that of “discrimination”, which is a psych trick.

“This is a rhetorical tactic for trying to make it go away. I don’t think it works.”

Not for me and growing numbers of people.

Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, said marriage deserves a privileged place in the law because it brings benefits “that are important to the well-being of society as a whole and not just a couple.”

Marriage does exactly that, which is why putting government of it has made so much damage to it and to society.

Chief among those benefits is the bearing of children “for the continuance of the human race.” Marriage is “the only type of relationship that results in the [natural generation of
children] and provides children with both a mother and father,” he said.

Yeah, duh. Make your case. It’s obvious. So don’t ask government for a “license”.

“Marriage can exist without the state and in fact the institution predates the state,” said Sprigg. Even so, “there is value in having the state recognize marriage, because without that recognition it would be much more difficult to protect the rights and obligations of spouses and to distribute the benefits that the state gives.”

There is no “value” in state-permits for marriage, it is a concession to Caesar. Forget it. Not gonna work.

“If it’s going to do that, it’s going to have to have some way of defining it [marriage],” he said.

The state brings guns and force into the equation. Paul wrote “We can do nothing against the truth but for the truth”.

“Society gives benefits to marriage because marriage gives benefits to society. Therefore the burden of proof is on the advocates of alternatives to marriage to prove that their relationships benefit society. I think that’s a burden of proof that same-sex marriage cannot meet.”

That’s right. But there is a push to abolish marriage altogether by diluting it. Protect it by letting families raise their children to respect it, before the government does it more damage.

Morse said the libertarian idea that two or more people can make up their own “marital” contract any way they wish collides with the needs of children.

But I am against using the biggest gang with guns (government) to enforce this. The best immunity is a new life in Jesus Christ. His love can win out..

Immediately after the Tribulation

September 4, 2013

Read the details in the Word itself, get away from what men say. Whatever you want to call the end-time events, the “gathering together” –what we usually call the Rapture– occurs, as Jesus said in Matthew 24, “immediately after the Tribulation“.  That’s after the plagues of the trumpets of Tribulation occur.

While we are with Jesus, the vials of the period we call “The Wrath” are poured upon the Earth and the plagues of the vials of the wrath of God are poured out on the ones left on the surface of the Earth.

At the end of “The Wrath”, that’s when Jesus descends from Heaven with a shout and the saints with him, and defeats the armies of the Antichrist at Armageddon.

Some point to the virgins and try to say the parable of the 10 virgins is about who gets raptured at any time and who gets “left behind”.  I do agree like Daniel predicts, most Christians will be killed in the flesh and liberated from their earthly bodies during the Tribulation. After all, in Daniel it says the Antichrist “shall make war against the saints, and shall overcome them”.

Some have said that Post-Tribulation Rapture belief causes people to be asleep and not ready. Quite the opposite as you can see below. “Those who are asleep in the church” are the ones who think they will not have to face the hardship of the Tribulation,. Then they use escape from the Tribulation to sell Salvation too. My missionary work was part of the the most alert and awake movements that grew amont the Jesus People movements of the 1960s and 1970s. I myself have led dozens and maybe hundreds to the Lord in three Latin American countries and in the States.

“Be ye also ready”.

In fact, when Jesus said, “for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh”, he very well could have been talking about the any-minute pre-Trib Rapure, because just before that he said:

Too many Christian “scholars” have said Pre, so many have believed it:

43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

So be ye ready like the “goodman of the house”, as in “had known what watch the thief would come”, that’s when “he would have watched”. But so many Christians will have their house broken up by either (1) the surprise that ALL the saints were “left behind”, or (2) an even greater “falling away” from disillusionment by the ones who believed a false prophecy, or by the ones who thought they were saved and now think they are not.

 

The Rapture is a DIFFERENT EVENT from the SECOND COMING!


No kidding, if you mean the “gathering together” is different from the descent at Armageddon.

  In the Rapture no one but the Saved will know about it, like a thief in the night.


They’ll know about it (the Rapture) alright, at the end of the Tribulation, like Jesus said, just before the “parable of the fig tree”:

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The “parable of the fig tree” represents the re-establishment of the geopolitical and quasi-heriditary nation of Israel, which would come before any of it but would lead into the generation that would see the return of Jesus Christ in the clouds.  This is probably before the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. “They that understand among the people shall instruct many”.

The Antichrists with the antichrists might very well tell the world that this is an alien invasion or something in fact.

  The Second Coming we will come with Jesus to set up his kingdom, and everyone on earth will see us coming and know their doom is upon them.  Jesus and his army will destroy all the works of the Devil at that time.  False teachers are in all the churches, just as all men have sinned.  You must study to see if these things are so as the Bereans did, you must not listen to false teachers.  Look it up yourself, do not read any preconceived things into it, do not believe any authority except the Bible itself.


I have studied this “like the Bereans”. We’ve been led to false doctrine (I was beforetimes myself once) by the Scofields and the Darbys and the Westcotts and the Horts. It might even be a doctrine of devils to get Christians to sleep through much of the Antichrist rule, just like they are right now with a lower-case “antichrist” in the White House… Huckabee would talk nice to him and lift him up if the big bad “O” ever went on his show. The guy could chip half the Christians in the country in their right hand and they might even think it’s okay because they can’t believe it’s Trib time.

You can lead an atheist to proof, but you can’t make him think

September 4, 2013
English: "Daniel's Prayer" (1865) by...

English: “Daniel’s Prayer” (1865) by Sir Edward Poynter, from illustrations for Dalziel’s Bible Gallery, in the Tate. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To this: “The Atheist asks the Theist to provide proof for his assertion that this supernatural creature does in fact listen to supplications and does intercede.”

You can lead an atheist to proof, but it’s up to him to decide he really wants it.

There have been at least a half-dozen peer-reviewed studies that I have heard about (there may be others), all of them double-blind and at least one of them triple-blind (whatever that means) that showed a significant and marked correlation between “intercessory prayer” and recovery rates among the sick, as compared to the “control group”.

Those were studies of healing. BUT the very first similar such study I have seen publicized in the Loyal Royal Press (aka “Establishment Media”) was a recent one that supposedly found no significant difference. The report said nothing about how they picked the people to do the praying. In today’s faithless post-Christian culture that is a big difference.

One of them I remember reading about in an old 1954 Reader’s Digest. An organization called something like “The Institute for the Study of Prayer” did it. They had two big pots with exactly the same soil mixture and in each planted 22 seeds from the same source and batch, and watered them both with exactly the same water source.

For one pot, though, they prayed blessings over the water. For the other, they prayed a curse.

In the pot getting the “blessed” water, all 22 seeds sprouted, almost all of them (20 I think) showed especially vigorous growth.

In the pot that got the other water, only about five scraggly sprouts poked out of the ground.

Then there are the Biblical prophecies that have already been fulfilled. Besides the ones for the Messiah pointing to Jesus including the year of his crucifixion, there are many others. The city of Tyre, as foretold, was cast into the sea and not one stone was left of it when Alexander made his causeway to the island whence the inhabitants escaped, and to recent days fisherman cast their nets from it.

The rabbis spoke with Alexander the Great outside Jerusalem and showed him the prophecies in Daniel that he was coming, that the “goat” named to mean Grecia would break the Persian “ram”, but in a very rapid conquest. I don’t know if they showed him the part that said the empire would break up into four parts, and said it would be against his wishes, but that’s what happened.

That prophecy came after supplications by Daniel.

Read about the one guy who got out of the greatest aviation disaster of history (still) in Tenerife, saved by such prayers, and find the link to the youtube with the several first-person testimonies about the Nigerian pastor risen from the dead:

http://trutherator.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/god-heals-and-does-miracles/