John calvin

John Calvin

This coming year, 2009, marks the anniversary of several important events, some of which are important, some of which are rather disturbing. I’ll start with the disturbing to end on a high note.

On February 12, 1809, one of the most significant figures in the history in not only the western hemisphere, but the whole world was born into the world. Charles Darwin, a graduate from Cambridge University with a doctorate in theology, was destined to be one of the most singularly influential men in modern history. As the 2009 marker comes into view, the world looks back in history to this man as brilliant and wonderful scientist (even though he never was one) who changed the face of the earth. Whether they realize it or not, Darwin was most definitely the man who did this in modern history. His book, The Origin of Species, by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, which is the full title, was published 50 years later in 1859. This book became a basis of worldview for men like Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and even the Japanese during WWII. These forces were brutal and pagan men who loved the evolutionary theory, and it is men like this who put Darwin’s book to its proper use.

Chalres Darwin

Chalres Darwin

Now, for the much better news. 500 years ago next year marks the birthday of one of the most influential men in the history of Europe and America. John Calvin, one of the reformers of the 16th century, is celebrating his 500th birthday, and most people will ignore it and maybe never even know about it. Regardless of the propaganda, the advertising, and the praising of Darwin and his book by the media, the press, and organizations like the ACLU, I hope that Christians will not succumb to the lies of these organizations and will celebrate the man who desired to preserve the church and the truth of the Scriptures.

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A Truly Christian Holiday

November 27, 2008

The First Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, many people in the world will get together with friends and family, sit around a big table crammed with food, stuff themselves, and then leave, being very full and happy because they didn’t have to spend money to feed themselves. This is not the greatness of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a holiday that many people in the world view as an excuse to eat, eat, and eat some more.

Last night, at our church‘s normal mid-week service time, we congregated for a special Thanksgiving service. A time to lift up our hearts in Thanksgiving to God, as a church, and as individuals. Many people in our church were unashamed to express their thanksgiving to God in countless ways. The most prominent thanksgiving last night was the blessing of God in granting us a new building of our own. We have been renting space every Sunday for countless years and were nearly shut down because we had so few coming each week, but God did a mighty work, and He brought us more people, a new a pastor, a new building, deacons, and elders. To simply say thank you to God for such a blessing as this would be utterly insufficient.

Almost 400 years ago, a small group of Christians landed on the shores of America, seeking to worship God freely and to advance His Gospel. They went through countless trials during their first winter, yet they persevered and were preserved. A year later, in September, they had lodgings, food, and friendship with the neighboring indians. They had much to be thankful for, and set aside not one, but several days of time to congregate with the indians to eat, hunt, compete, and, most importantly, to be eternally grateful to God for His mercy in preserving them.

This holiday truly is a Christian holiday. Regardless of the food, the company, the conversation, and the enjoyment of simply being together, we must be thankful to God. And even though this day is only one special day of 365 to give thanks, we ought to give thanks every day for every blessing God has given to us.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with hope, joy, peace, and great thanks to God for all that He has done!

Real Marriage

Real Marriage

As many of you are well aware, California has been slowly deteriorating (who hasn’t) in regard to the issue of marriage. Aside from the fact that it is now legal for homosexuals to be married in that state and be recognized as a ‘real’ marriage, there is now another problem. I was unaware of this change in the state process in regard to marriage until today.

Apparently, California has changed the titles on the marriage license from ‘Bride’ and ‘Groom’ to ‘Party A’ and ‘Party B’. This is utterly ridiculous in and of itself, regardless of what Scripture has to say. Seems as if there were two others who thought the same way and crossed off these two changes and replacement with the true titles Bride and Groom. Unsurprisingly, someone caught wind of it, and California will not recognize their marriage if they left the license in this way. Read the rest of this entry »

In the Beginning, ME…!?!

September 12, 2008

Your Evolution Creation

Your Evolution Creation

In the beginning…

Well, most Christians hopefully would be able to complete this phrase correctly, but not for those computer gamers who love to be in control of everything. Yes, now you can be god and control the evolution of the entire race of aliens and/or creatures of your choice. You are god.

This is nothing new, but it is certainly approaching ultimate of the direction computer and video gaming has been going. Being able to blast things and even other humans to bits and not have even a single prick of conscience. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not calling all video/computer games evil. I like them myself, but I still keep them to a minimum.

The way the article puts it, you are “playing [g]od”. Ms. Schlueter also comments on this:

Without bloodlust, most video games wouldn’t leave the shelf. Additionally, Americans have much practice at playing God as they have aborted 50 million babies in the womb and counting. When the true God is replaced with MAN the creator, MAN the predestinator, MAN the savior, carnage is the only possible outcome. God is not mocked.

With all of the news about the political rush for President, I came across this article by Doug Phillips:

Within twenty-four hours of the announcement that John McCain was inviting Sarah Palin to serve as his vice presidential candidate, three things happened. First, the press was inundated with a seemingly endless barrage of announcements from neo-conservative organizations offering unqualified support for the selection of Sarah Palin as a vice presidential candidate. Second, we met Sarah Palin and discovered not only that she is the mother of an infant, and that she returned to politics three days after giving birth, but that she is a feminist (1) who identifies with the leaders of the feminist movement and publicly praises them; (2) who uses the language of the feminist cause to rally supporters; (3) who praises some of the most vicious feminists in history as a means of rallying female voters; and (4) who has embraced the type of lifestyle regarding leadership, career, and children which has long been touted as a feminist ideal.

The third thing we saw was confusion in the ranks of both liberal feminists and neo-con Christians. Both proved their loyalties were driven more by political expediency than principle. Not knowing what to do with a feminist, pro-life Republican vice presidential candidate, feminist Democrats raised criticisms of Mrs. Palin which reflected their own hypocrisy. On the other hand, neo-con Christians performed triple back-flips to justify or overlook behavior and qualification deficiencies in their new Republican candidate that they would found have found distasteful had the female candidate been a Democrat.

On the other hand, there has been a response from the pro-family movement which reflects the historical and theologically orthodox position concerning what the Bible says about the mothers of young children ruling over nations. They are willing to ask the very questions that Rudy Giuliani and Republican apologists are now declaring off-limits: “At a time when the family is in such chaos, when fatherhood is in decline and when godly models of motherhood are so disparaged, what in the world are Republicans doing advocating the mother of an infant special needs child, and other young children, to serve as Commander in Chief?”

Their voices reflect the opinion of many around the country who are asking if the emperor is dressed in the beautiful clothing that neo-cons claim are really there, or whether the emperor is as buck naked as he appears to be. Because their loyalties are not with parties, but with the Church first, foremost, and forever, the analysis of these Christians is more focused on “what sayeth the Scriptures,” rather than “what winneth elections.” Here is a selection of their voices from the blogosphere:

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First Elvis, now Superman, or should I say “Super Pastor”, is taking over the mega church pulpit. Once again inovations of men are replacing the mandates and commands of God regarding His own worship. Here at Grace Church Worship, you can watch the video of a singer with an out of tune guitar with an even more out of tune voice sing a song about Superman and the pastor give a sermon on the Superman comics. After you have watched 10 min. of the video (which is about all I could take), feel free to post and answer the poll at the top right of the page.

Last Saturday, I was given the opportunity to attend my Christian Home School graduation in my area. I had many friends graduating and moving on in life (Unfortunately, many of them are leaving home for secular college.). At the particular church it was hosted at, there was a room in the back part of the building called the ‘Jr. & Sr. High Room’. Immediately my thoughts turned into, Uh oh, this is going to be a typical no-Bible, no-sound doctrine room. To a large degree I was indeed right, but what I saw literally frightened me.

I have indeed been in room such as these before. In the last ‘church’ I attended, they had a similar room. In reality, I was not exactly surprised by what I saw, but I was indeed shocked to see the extreme proportions to which it extended. I will attempt to give you an idea of what this room looked like:

  • Band stage, complete with drum set, bass guitar, electric guitar, mikes, and other instruments.
  • Large projector screen
  • Projector
  • Flat screen (approx. 30″) HD TV
  • Pool table, ice hockey table, ping pong table, foosball table, another table similar to the pool table
  • Popcorn machine
  • Lava and glitter lamp
  • Two sets of round, black bar tables with four chairs each
  • Two large rows of unmatched lazy chairs, couches, and love seats arranged in front of the band stage

If I had simply given the list at the beginning of this post without a name, what would it remind you of? A teenage recreational center is what it made me think of; and in reality, that’s all it really is. I couldn’t find a Bible or doctrinal book of any sort, or any form of a stand for holding papers a teacher might use to talk to the teens. I can’t imagine that there is any sort of true, sound, Biblical teaching given in that room at all.

This room created thoughts in my head. I have had other thoughts about this rubbish before, but this time I had something solid to ponder on. That room offers no truth whatsoever. Is it any wonder that the vast majority of teens in the church leave when that is the kind of ‘Sunday school’ they are receiving? They are getting Bible stories from church and not true sound doctrine and the answers that they need to be giving to the world when they are challenged. Does not Peter say ” Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?  But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.” (1 Peter 3:13-17, ESV)

I hope that this will encourage those who read this would seek to read the Scriptures, and earnestly seek after truth, and set aside this rubbish the modern ‘church’ has to offer. I certainly look forward to spending my Sabbath worshipping the Lord in spirit and truth tomorrow morning, and I certainly don’t need any entertainment to do so.