Archive for the ‘grace’ Category

Martin Luther and John Calvin: “Killers”?

July 2, 2013
Disputatio pro declaratione virtutis indulgent...

Disputatio pro declaratione virtutis indulgentiarum, 95 theses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is in reply to this statement found on another web site I follow:  http://jamesjpn.net/

Luther, Calvin et al the supposed stalwarts of Protestant Christianity, are wolves in my opinion and the complete opposite of the apostle Paul. They were responsible for killing people AFTER their supposed conversion and break from Catholicism. They may not be Jesuit agents but they have walked right into the Devil’s schemes.

Calvin is known to have given his enthusiastic support for an execution for heresy in Geneva, in one case I know of. That’s just one. Calvinists are very adept at defending him and I won’t address that right now. The case of Martin Luther is not so simple.

If he supported the brutal suppression as reported, this would be another flaw. Some of the peasant actions were those of going into the churches that were built with their own contributions, in the clerical “theft by fraud” scheme of the penitence payments. They began destroying those evil idols that filled those buildings.

In my opinion, Martin Luther is partially or completely exonerated by Matthew 7:20, By their fruits ye shall know them. His was the pivotal moment, at great risk to himself, to expose the clerical autocracy. His opposition to the peasants uprising, by the way,  was based on a strange and unworkable hybrid of libertarianism and authoritarianism.

Libertarianism because he opposed the stealing and looting that the peasants were apparently saying was their right, and that only voluntary sharing of goods as in Acts 2 and Acts 4 was encouraged. Share your own voluntarily, but not someone else’s by force.

Authoritarianism because he invoked a misinterpretation of Romans 13 that is common to many. People forget to consider, even Martin Luther, that not all governments are “of God“, and not all government agents are “ministers of God”. If they are not “God’s ministers” (Rom 13:6), or “ministers of good”, they don’t qualify.

Also, the takeaway from Matthew 17 is that Jesus did not have much regard for any government taxation scheme. The children of tax collectors (the ones who tell you how much you have to pay in “tribute”) “are free”, he said, meaning that taxation is a form of “not free”, or “involuntary servitude”. Because the taxation deciders make sure of their own advantage in these schemes.

It usually holds though; David referred to “the wicked” as God’s sword, meaning God uses them to implement his judgements upon the people that are known by his name.

 

 

Man’s free will and salvation and God’s sovereignty

June 22, 2013
English: Resurrection of Christ

English: Resurrection of Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

—A Calvinist said: “Are you saying that a man can come to faith in Jesus of his own free will apart from grace? Where do you find this in the Scripture?”

 

I don’t say that, because coming to faith in Jesus Christ, whether of his own free will or not, is accepting the grace of God by definition.

 

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

 

If I give you a free gift, you can take it or leave it. If you reject it, your loss. If you take it, and benefit from it, you cannot say you earned anything, you cannot say that you had anything to do with having that gift at all, because it was my doing and it was not your doing. And so with salvation.

 

God says, here’s salvation. Take it or leave it. Most people leave it. I do not claim to know how it works, but God does. “God is not a man, that he should lie”. We are created in God’s image, as sovereign deciders so to speak. The gift is for everyone, “whosoever will”.

 

If you concede that man has a free will that chooses salvation, but God is the one that chooses to put that will into his heart, this is a squishy deal. It is no better logic than to say that God chooses you for salvation because of the fact that you chose to receive the free gift.

 

It’s a mutually exclusive argument.

 

You can “accept” man’s free will in accepting salvation all you want to say you do, but then you contradict yourself by saying he made it impossible for them to accept salvation. Besides, you have to say that God decided to create the human race so he could throw the vast majority of them into hell, since he picks out some to save.

 

But then alas, that contradicts this verse that tells us the original purpose of hell:

 

Matt 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

 

 

God’s love is the answer to everything

December 16, 2012

God never “tires of his Creation“. We are the only ones that can put him off with our own self-righteousness and refusal to accept his love.

There is nothing wrong with his design. His creation was perfect, and he gave man a chance with only ONE little bitty itsy bitsy teemy weeny rule, not to eat of the “tree of knowledge of good and evil“. We did not know what good versus evil was until Adam disobeyed, Mankind has been making a mess of the Creation ever since. It’s not God’s fault.

Now we all know.

Man is who messed up. Forget trying to look at him as “human”, no comparison. He never tires of us seeking him, and he can handle it all, after all he created the entire universe.

And by the way, “religion” has no “hold” on science. Just go do science yourself. The Amateur Scientist put NASA to shame when he proved their measurements wrong on one type of radiation with $300 worth of interferometer equipment.

In fact the father of modern science wrote more about Bible prophecy than he did about science.

About what God thinks, he knows our frame that we are but flesh and he gave us his Son to take the punishment for our sins. God is love and is “not willing that any should perish”. Jesus said he came not to bring condemnation to the world but salvation. “The law came by Moses but love and grace came by Jesus Christ.”

I don’t have to second guess God, he TOLD us everything we need to know in his loving book.

“Neither do I condemn thee”, and “go and sin no more”. What is sin? Violation of the two greatest commandments which embody the whole “law and the prophets”: LOVE.

Wow. Just wow

July 10, 2012

“If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me”, Job said. (Job 9:20)

This line was found in a prayer uttered by a “prayer” purportedly to a “rainbow Christ” by an “ordained minister” of a “gay Christian denomination“.

With the red stripe in the rainbow, we give thanks that God created us just the way we are.


There were some things that are true in the prayer itself and go against the current traditions of men in churches, but it’s mixed in with poison too. Jesus is non-conformist, and he is all human as well as all divine, and God made sex to be the most pleasurable thing you can get, so you get a bit of “erotic” there too. Women were the crowning creation, last but best! And God invented sexuality! The first commandment was to be “fruitful and multiply, and replenish the Earth”, meaning have lots and lots of sex until the Earth was replenished, overflowing with people!

So Jesus is certainly non-conformist, God is love, and he that loveth not knoweth not God. He was always an enemy of the “holier-than-thou” stuffed shirts, both of the godly kind and the ungodly kind.

But for the Metropolitan Church, that claims to be Christian, they claim to but they do not thank God for creating them just they way they are. Male and female created he them, and no wonder they mutilated the Bible to have one of their own. They do not thank Him for making them the way they are, they do something else.

What you “are” and what you “do” are two different things. They relate of course but they’re not the same. I “am” a software developer but that’s changeable. My X chromosome is in every cell in my body. Even if they developed science to replace all your X-chromosomes with a Y, you still cannot claim that you’re thankful for the way God created you.

(Too bad Roberts and SCOTUS couldn’t just come up with a new “version” of the Constitution and had to use the semantics two-step instead. Oh wait, I guess you could say they amended it. There’s nothing like “case law” to amend the Constitution the easy way, with stealth RINO Court nominees. That will last until people are fed up with the idiocy of pretending court decisions are like Papal missives that preempt the Bible)

Sodom and Gomorrah had “filled their cup of iniquity” when their judgment hit. Very few truly righteous men, meaning people who think before they just go for the feel-good.

Self-righteousness is the worst sin. The publican begged God for mercy, knowing he was a sinner. He goes to heaven before the Pharisee does. The Pharisee brags about following God’s law, like chastity, regular church attendance, and taking the sermons to heart that make him feel good, and reads Joel Osteen to find out how to “Become a Better You“. These are bigger sinners than the thieves who are genuinely contrite.

She prayed for “healthy pride”, a contradiction in terms. ” Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” – Proverbs 16:18

Then points to the “light…within us”. The heart is wicked and deceitful and if you follow the emotions of the moment without checking against facts and logic, you’re done for. Therein lies addiction, avarice, envy, coveting and the rest.