Drugging Our Children…

Chris Ortiz at Chalcedon Blog posted this:

Small Town Warzone’s – Government Schools

From AFA:

18 year old Ryan Schallenberger of Chesterfield South Carolina which is a small town of about 1,500 people planned on blowing up his high school. “Authorities learned of the student’s plans to commit mass murder at his school. Police discovered a hate-filled journal lauding the Columbine High School killers, an audiotape to be played after he perished during his rampage, and a year’s worth of plans for the bombing that included a hand-drawn map of the school. Prosecutor Jay Hodge said, “The kid had the intellect and the means and the materials to carry it out.”

Here are a few links to the full story: Here and Here

This is what happens when you educate the mind but not the conscience.

Why do the American people continue place thier precious children to these warzones?

A Bad Cat Day

This is for all you cat lovers!

His Life is the Textbook

(J. R. Miller, “Uniting with the Church” 1912)

Bible knowledge alone, does not make one a godly Christian. One might know all the great facts and doctrines of the Word of God, might be a profound Bible scholar and a wise theologian—and yet not be an advanced, or even a growing Christian! We are to learn to ‘live Christ’—as well as to know the truths about Christ.

Jesus in His teachings, makes a great deal of obedience. “You are My friends—if you do what I command you.” John 15:14. We are to learn to be patient, meek, gentle, compassionate. We are to learn to be humble, kind, unselfish, truthful, sincere. We enter Christ’s school to be trained in all the qualities which make up the true Christian life. Jesus is not only the teacherHis life is the textbook which we are to study!

We are to look to His life—to learn just how to live, the kind of character we are to seek to have, and the meaning of the lessons which His words set for us. We are in the school of Christ to be trained in all Christian life and duty. The lessons which the Bible sets for us—we are to live out in common life.

For example, it is not enough to learn from the Beatitudes, that certain qualities are praised by the great Teacher; we are to get the Beatitudes into our own life as quickly and as perfectly as we can. Just so of all the teachings of Christ—they are not for merely knowing—as one learns the fine sayings of favorite literary writers; they are for living! They are to become lamps to our feet and lights to our path, and to be wrought into the web of our character.

We are not to expect perfection in the school of Christ—but we have a right to expect an increasing knowledge of spiritual things, and also spiritual growth in all the qualities which belong to Christian character. We should become more patient, more loving, more unselfish—more like Christ!

Taken from: Grace Gems

Why Women Live Longer than Men

A friend of mine sent this to me, enjoy!

Standing on a bucket on TOP of a ladder,

brilliant.

That CAN’T be right.

Ummmm…

at least someone’s holding the ladder steady…

Isn’t this a violation of the seatbelt laws?

Shouldn’t he be wearing a lifejacket?

Wonder what HE makes an hour?

It can’t be enough.

Who needs a truck?

I get by with a little help from my friends.

HMMM,

maybe he couldn’t see the huge yellow sign that said CLEARANCE.

Hey, I strapped it down.

Hey, he has a special license to drive that truck.

Maybe we shouldn’t have parked it on the side of a hill.

No problem, I can see through the holes.

It starts at a young age and men just get worse.

You hold it while I whack it with this hammer.

A new OSHA approved substitute for ladders.

Ropes are for sissies.

Kubota’s new tractor mounted scaffolding.

Always follow traffic signs.

All I wanna know is, HOW?

Now I wanna know why

In a hurry?

I can cut it down AND load it in the truck!

Husband to his Wife:

Don’t worry dear I put enough tape on it…

Is the Law of God Only Binding on People in the Covenant?

I was having a conversation with a friend the other day and we were talking about Christians in government. The question arose – is right for Christian Magistrates to govern unbelievers by the Law of God?

He asked, isn’t the Law of God only binding on people in the covenant? Is it legitimate to bind the non-covenant people to “covenantal laws”?

He asked me to prove from scripture that people outside of the covenant are bound by the same ethical standards of righteousness as people in the covenant.

So here it is, my evidence:

First of all in Romans 1 and 2 we see that all men, Jew and Gentile, are held to the same universal righteous standard – yet they both break this standard.

Here, both Jews and Gentiles break both tables of the law:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. (Here they break, the first and second commandments) Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against natureLikewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; (here they break the fifth through the tenth Commandments) who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God. For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.

We also see in 1 Timothy that God’s righteous standard is also for the unbeliever:

We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

In light of this universal standard of God’s righteousness we go to the book of Jonah Chapter 3:

Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journey in extent. And Jonah began to enter the city on the first day’s walk. Then he cried out and said, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”

Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.

So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published throughout Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; do not let them eat, or drink water. But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to God; yes, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?

I ask the rhetorical questions, what right does this “gentile” King of Nineveh have to decree a fast and call the inhabitants of his kingdom to repent from their evil and violence to avert disaster by the “Hebrew” God?

What “standard of righteousness” is the “Hebrew” prophet holding these gentiles to?

Would you think it is right today for a “Christian Magistrate” to call the people of this Nation to repent of their sin against the “Christian” God?

In light of the King of Nineveh I ask why not?

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We now turn to Daniel Chapter 4 where Daniel preaches to Nebuchadnezzar:

“And inasmuch as they gave the command to leave the stump and roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be assured to you, after you come to know that Heaven rules. Therefore, O king, let my advice be acceptable to you; break off your sins by being righteous, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps there may be a lengthening of your prosperity.” Daniel 4: 26-27

(Again rhetorically) So the Babylonian King is called to be righteous?

By what standard?

And this righteousness is manifested in him being just to the poor? – That sounds like something a Hebrew prophet would call the Hebrews to and yet he’s calling the gentile King to it.

Nebuchadnezzar is obviously called to rule by God’s standard of justice and righteousness, not his own. This is why Daniel says if he does right (by God’s standard) there may be better days ahead for the King.

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Sometimes, Magistrates are not only called to rule by God’s standard, they are called to protect and establish the righteous by decree:

Also I (King Darius) issue a decree that whoever alters this edict, let a timber be pulled from his house and erected, and let him be hanged on it; and let his house be made a refuse heap because of this. And may the God who causes His name to dwell there destroy any king or people who put their hand to alter it, or to destroy this house of God which is in Jerusalem. I Darius issue a decree; let it be done diligently. Ezra 6:11-12

Here we have King Darius who like King Cyrus before, issued a decree to protect and establish the people of God in his realm so they can build up the temple of God (which is now the Church, Christ’s body)

Going on to the next chapter in Ezra:

And I, even I, Artaxerxes the king, issue a decree to all the treasurers who are in the region beyond the River, that whatever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the Law of the God of heaven, may require of you, let it be done diligently, up to one hundred talents of silver, one hundred kors of wheat, one hundred baths of wine, one hundred baths of oil, and salt without prescribed limit. Whatever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it diligently be done for the house of the God of heaven. For why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and his sons? Ezra 7:21-23

Here we have a Magistrate who obviously fears God (this is pretty obvious from this text “for why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and his sons”) who calls for the rebuilding of God’s Temple in his realm.

If we put this in context today, I ask, Is it wrong for a Magistrate to use his kingdom’s resources to establish the people of God so they can build up the church? Is it wrong for a Christian Magistrate to write laws to establish the church today in light of these two texts?

Maybe Constantine wasn’t such a bad guy after all.

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Let’s move on to an interesting text in Isaiah:

The earth mourns and fades away, The world languishes and fades away; The haughty people of the earth languish. The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, Because they have transgressed the laws, Changed the ordinance, Broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, And those who dwell in it are desolate. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, And few men are left. Isaiah 24:4-6

The “inhabitants of the earth” have

transgressed the laws

changed the ordinance

“broken the everlasting covenant“?

Again, God’s standards are universally applicable to all mankind, not just Israel or the Church (the new Israel).

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In Psalm two the world’s Magistrates are warned:

Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One. “Let us break their chains,” they say, “and throw off their fetters.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, “I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.” I will proclaim the decree of the LORD : He said to me, “You are my Son today I have become your Father.Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

First of all, the world’s Magistrates want to throw off the authority of God’s appointed “King of the world” and His rule.

Secondly, if these Magistrates refuse to obey this King and His rule (His law) this King will will smash them like a piece of china!

Thirdly, these magistrates are told to “serve the Lord” with fear and trembling!

I ask rhetorically, what standard are they trying to throw off?

By what standard are they to serve the Lord with fear and trembling?

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By these passages, I believe the Scriptures teach that it is legitimate for Christian Magistrates to bind non-covenant people to God’s universal ethical standards of justice and righteousness which are found most fully manifested in God’s law-word.

Also, I believe the Scriptures teach that it is the ethical duty of Magistrates to establish the righteous and suppress the wicked.

God’s ethical standards are universally binding on all men especially men who have the responsibility to rule over other men.

Lar

Immigration By the Numbers

Part 1:

Part 2: