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Independence Day, Flags, and Rainbows

July 3, 2015

Romans 2:4-5:  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 


To help us appreciate the Sacred nature of America’s birth, and the way in which the celebration of her birth was to be commemorated in a Christian society, I offer the words of Founding Father John Adams (emphasis mine):

The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epoch, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty (http://www1.american.edu/heintze/Adams.htm.)


This independence Day, July 4, 2015, will be the first in which mourning rather than celebration is the appropriate behavior, as we remember an America that once was, but now is deceased.  Oh, there will be celebrations all right, but many of the celebrants will be committing acts of devotion to Bacchus, not God Almighty.  America has rejected God’s blessings, and now stokes the fires of His Rage. We are but one or two steps from retiring the Stars and Stripes and raising the Rainbow flag in its place.  


The funny thing about that Rainbow flag, representing Sodomy as it does.  When God destroyed all living with a flood of water, saving only Noah and his family, God used the rainbow to symbolize his covenant with a fresh new world, purged of sin and ready to be replenished.   

Genesis 9:13:  I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.


But sin found its way into the New Earth soon, with Noah’s son Ham committing an act of sexual perversion on his own father.  It is thought by some that Ham’s son Canaan participated in the evil deed also, or even that the “younger son” referred to in the passage is in fact Canaan, not Ham.

Genesis 9:24:  And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.

As to what exactly what was done, it is clearly inferred from the text that a gross act of sin was “done unto him”;  one that warranted one of the most severe curses found in scripture:

Genesis 9:25-27:  And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.  And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.  God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

So God blessed mankind and symbolized the covenant with a rainbow, and man responded by reintroducing sin into the freshly purged world.  And today man takes that sacred symbol and uses it to blaspheme God; to revile Him, to display for all to see their hard and impenitent hearts, their hatred of God, and their love of death. Yet for all their provocations of God’s wrath and abuses of His patience, when they have finally filled full the winepress of His wrath, as He pours out His vials upon them, they will yet again accuse God of cruelty and malice, and will not repent of their blasphemies.

Revelation 16:11:  And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

Even so, come Lord Jesus.  

Georgia on My Mind

January 19, 2011

I’m beginning to emerge from the pit known as “relocating”, as my family and I have moved from New Jersey to Sunny Georgia.  It has been a hard time for us, having lived in the same house for twelve years, and overall in New Jersey for nineteen years.  But we are more than glad to pay the price to get back down south after so long a departure from our homeland.

Hopefully we’ll begin concentrating on ministry again soon, if we can ever get all the government paperwork associated with getting our driver’s license and such things out of the way!

Please pray for us as we seek a church affiliation and a ministry that pleases the Lord.  Thank you.

The Twelve Doctrines of Christmas!!

December 22, 2009

Check this out, very funny.  My fellow theologically-obsessed brethren will get a big laugh out of it.  The non-theologue will say, “huh?”.

http://blog.rbseminary.org/2009/12/the-twelve-doctrines-of-christmas-a-christmas-carol/

I’ll get back to you – soon!

May 15, 2009

To my readers:  Studying Koine Greek is taking all of my spare time lately, but I’ll get back to posting some articles and quips as soon as I can. 

In the mean time, I’m asking my Christian friends to pray for me and the ministry as we need to make some critical decisions soon.  We are progressing ever more closer to reformed theology in our thinking and we are weighing the arguments of the Westminster Confession in certain areas of doctrine in which I must have some measure of conviction before we can go forward in the ministry. 

Thanks.

This Blog May be Moving Soon

December 7, 2008

I’ve had it with the filth on WordPress.  I opened the WordPress home page tonight and was greeted with “Merry ****ing Christmas” from some blog in the “Hawt Post”, whatever that means.

It’s one thing if people want to blaspheme on their own blog, but neither myself nor my children should be subjected to such insulting garbage.

If it happens again, I’m outa here.

Joel.

Will President Obama Unite America?

November 6, 2008

Can America unite under a man that supports infanticide and homosexual marraige?

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin [is] a reproach to any people.   Proverbs 14:34

Sarah Palin Delivers a Delimma for Christian Conservatives

September 6, 2008

Who wasn’t impressed with Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s speech at the Republican National Convention?  WOW, what a gal!

But the spectacular blooming of this new political powerhouse presents an uneasy situation for those of us that believe in traditional values and Biblical Christian Womanhood.

First of all, consider the implications of a wife and mother of several young children coming to such a position of responsibility and power.  What does this say about the role of the husband in the home?  Will she be able to fulfill the needs of her family – especially if she is pressed into the presidency itself?  Will the young children have to turn to a stranger for the motherly nurturing they need?  Is this the role model we really want for our daughters? 

Now don’t get me wrong – if my own daughter were to rise to the level of public acclaim that Mrs. Palin has, I would be very proud of her.  However, I am equally as proud of her as a longsuffering wife and mother.  But if she were to be negligent in her wifely and motherly duties for the sake of political, social, or financial gain, it would bring sorrow to my heart.

And just how many young women are looking to Sarah Palin as a role model?  Millions would be my guess.  It’s becoming more and more difficult to steer our little girls and young women into traditional roles, and public figures like Mrs. Palin is not making the task any easier. 

The actions of public people have always been held to a higher standard, if for no other reason than the fact that whatever shortcoming they have will be mimicked, multiplied, and expanded by the young on-lookers in this world.  But unfortunately, to the postmodern cynic, holding public officials to a higher standard has become one of the backwater superstitions of a bygone era.  Let us pray that this trend will not hold.

I wish Sarah Palin well and if she is elected, I’m sure she will be a fine vice president or even president if called up.  Her committment to the right to life is highly commendable – a committment she has put into action by bringing forth a special-needs child of her own, and the pregnancy of her teenage daughter – a pregnancy which could have easily been swept away to avoid the public embarassment.  So we believe that she has been blessed and will yet be blessed in her stand for life.  But let us also proceed with caution.

Pray for Jim Bublitz

June 17, 2008

Jim at Oldtruth.com is in a hospital suffering from complications connected with a serious bone condition.  Please uphold our brother in prayer.   More information is available at: http://www.oldtruth.com/blog.cfm/id.2.pid.1011

 

Jim at Oldtruth says “Controversy is Sometimes a Painful Necessity”

May 28, 2008

And I agree.  Note that he said it is PAINFUL.  We don’t enjoy it, but if we are going to stand for anything in this world, we are going to face it.  So stand up and be counted!  Check out the article here:

http://www.oldtruth.com/blog.cfm/id.2.pid.1008

 

God Requires the Death Penalty for Murderers

December 26, 2007

 The State of New Jersey has officially abolished the death penalty.  Make no mistake about it: this represents an end to justice in murder cases and an invitation to God’s judgment.

The Bible makes it clear that God commanded that murderers be put to death.

“And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.” (Gen 4:10) 

“Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.” (Gen 9:6) 

“then thou shalt give life for life,”  (Ex 21:23) 

“And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death.” (Lev 24:17) 

“And he that killeth a beast, he shall restore it: and he that killeth a man, he shall be put to death.” (Lev 24:21) 

“And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.”  (Num 35:16) 

“And if he smite him with throwing a stone, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.”  (Num 35:17)  

“Or if he smite him with an hand weapon of wood, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.”  (Num 35:18)  

And thine eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.(Dty 19:21) 

“At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death;” (Dty 17:6)

“Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death.”  (Num 35:31) 

Some people think that the New Testament, and specifically the sermon on the mount, does away with the death penalty requirement of the Old Testament.  But the sermon on the mount was clearly a treatise on personal relationships and had nothing to do with the carrying out of civil justice in this present evil world.  Indeed, the New Testament continues the Old Testament appeal to justice as we can see from the following New Testament scriptures:

 “Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder,”  (Mat 19:18)  

“Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Gal 5:21) 

“Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,” (1 Tim 1:9) 

“But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he [police, law enforcer] beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.”  (Rom 13:4) 

In view of the State of New Jersey’s willingness to ignore God’s word, is there any reason that we should expect God’s blessing and protection on us?  If God destroyed the sinful people of His own chosen nation during the Exodus of Israel from Egypt, we have no reason to expect that He will spare His judgment on this sinful generation either.

 

“For if we sin willfully, after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no sacrifice for sin, but a certain looking for of judgment and fiery indignation…” (Heb 10:26-27)

 

Justice demands the death penalty.  A murderer has no right to breath air, eat food, see the sunrise, feel comfort, enjoy sleep, or become “model citizens”; for their victims shall never have the same opportunities.  The equitable payment for death is death.  To do otherwise makes justice arbitrary and mocks God’s commandments.