Saturday, April 25, 2009

Theonomy and Homosexuality

I like this vid, so heck, maybe I really AM a redneck.

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Yes, God's law has something to say about marriage. And, God's law does not encourage homosexuality. Gay marriage? Says who? Not God. Not God's people. So who wants to play God and pretend that homosexual marriage is legit? Watch this video and chose a side. You have to. You can't be on the fence about this and claim you are "Christian". What the 'kicker' is, is that you, (as a Christian), have no leg to stand on except for theonomy. You can't JUDGE the following without a predisposition to God's law...I dare you to try.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Fighting Tyranny: "What Can I Do?"

"I'm Too Old" and "I'm Too Young"

Alex Jones; Infowars.com__04/14/2009
Running time: 00:03:04
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I know the following doesn't look like a concrete list of 'things to do', but it's more of an attitude check. Everybody can open their mouths, and that's where it starts. Much like the Kingdom of God which grows by 'word of mouth' and living by those words, tyranny is pushed back by word of mouth and living by those words. Anyone with a convicted heart can do it no matter what your position in life is and no matter what your resources are.

  • "I know historically what tyranny is and I know it's a lot worse than freedom."

  • "A lot of the public all talk and plan and have endless meetings and
    announce all these big wild ideas and then never put it into action."

  • "Are my films perfect; is my work perfect? Am I the slickest guy on the
    radio? No. but it's real and that's what matters."

  • "I would just challenge people out there to stop spending your whole life saying 'what can I do what can I do'".

  • "At Lexington and Concord a large percentage, in fact close to a third of the people were above 70 that fought the British. There were 75, 85, 89-year-old people out there blasting British."

  • "My whole issue is, that they tell you you're old and so it's your time to just enjoy yourself. What, watch TV and get Alzheimer's?"

  • "Who told you your life doesn't matter now or you don't have value, or nobody should hear from you?"

  • "Young people are like, 'shut up old man', and old folks are like, 'shut up you dumb kids'. ...we're all together."

  • "They've taken all the natural order of things and screwed'em all up."

  • "You'got all these old men who think their life's over; they don't have anything to give now; like they don't matter."

  • "Look, I don't care if you're 10-years old or if you're 95-years old. You got a job to do fighting corruption. And you have value."

Monday, April 20, 2009

Alex Jones Is A Theonomist?

Alex Jones Respects God's Law, Not Man's

Alex Jones; Infowars.com__04/10/2009
Running time: 00:01:47
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You might be able to argue that Alex Jones here is more of a natural law theorist, except for the fact that he equates natural law with God's law, so I think he is closer to a theonomist. I would also say that because of the fact that Alex Jones encourages obedience to God's "big orders" rather than the "orders" of men; very Biblical in principle and a very straight forward theonomic attitude. I thought this was an interesting observation; being an AJ fan and all.

The Hope of Practical Theonomic Ethics

Ethics 18; Some Practical Hope

Paul Michael Raymond__04/12/2008
Running time: 45:09
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I thought this lecture would be the perfect sequel to a previous lecture I posted, "Natural Law is NOT Our Standard"

The last lecture was more esoteric and philosophical, and focused on the negative aspects of alternative law attitudes, but this one studies more the practical implications of loving and following God's law in opposition to any other law standard or attitude, and could be considered the "positive" side. To me this is an extremely joyous contemplation and I am praying for the reality of its application in my life on an increasing basis.

I suppose this is basically an encouragement toward Godly convictions and to act on them, with an analysis of the following blessings of God. I like it.

By the way, I think this is also a great followup on my last 2 posts on sanctification. It kind of clarifies what it was I was trying to say in those posts, but of course, Pastor Paul here does a much better job.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Calvin and "Natural Law"

I decided to post some comments I recently made to a question posed to me referring to a previous post called, "Natural Law is NOT Our Standard".

The question goes like this: "Do you totally disagree with John Calvin's statements in these excerpts found here?:

My Answer: No, not at long as I am interpreting Calvin correctly. I believe the majority in the Church in modern times have taken these thoughts of Calvin to an extreme that was not meant. I could be wrong, but I see Calvin here making clear points that so-called natural law IS God's law as written on the hearts of men universally, just as Romans chapters 1-3 indicates, and then imposes the same standard to civil govermment in Romans 13:3-4. Calvin's whole point I believe, is one of equity. He is careful to point out that the standard of all equity, no matter "who" makes a social/civil law, is based on God's standard of equity. Therefore, if these social/civil laws do not conform to the standard of God, they are no longer equitable, nor valid, but are instead, a code of ethics designed for thieves and murderers bent on undermining the very nature of God and man both.

Calvin did not expound on my later point here, but his whole premise would imply such, just as Romans 13:3-4 implies the same. I believe Calvin does make my later points in other writings of his such as in his sermons on Deuteronomy, but his thoughts on "natural law" here, and his thoughts on all men being subject to God there, do not contradict themselves, they are simply 2 sides of the same coin. (See also, Gary North's "Was Calvin a Theonomist?")

I am no expert on Calvin by any means and have only read some of his work in partiality, I am just trying to answer your question to the best of my current ability. I think my biggest problem with "natural law" is how it is embraced by the Church as an "excuse" to judge matters of this life and the heathen world apart from the standard of God...(even though both Calvin and Romans teach the exact opposite on this topic). I've seen this attitude consistently in the Church and in my own experience and to me there is no justification for it other than a sinful desire within the Church to act out of human wisdom and understanding, prefering pragmatism over true equity. This is the core belief and standard of the religion of humanism and should have no quarter within the Church. The only way to combat such heresy, sometimes apostasy, is with the standard of God, not with human wisdom and reason.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

More Thoughts on Sanctification

Well here are yet more of my thoughts on sanctification before I actually do a detailed study on it. Perhaps that's not wise, but the following thoughts are crossing my mind nevertheless. I will write them down.

I've been scanning articles and postings on the net about sanctification trying to get a 'feel' for what is publicly being said on the subject. The overall focus I found did not surprise me, but it made me both sad and angry at the same time. It seems that the Church is thoroughly self absorbed, even when contemplating something as 'selfless' as sanctification. I would guess it is especially when we are contemplating sanctification.

The biggest theme I found about sanctification, on line, was "assurance of salvation". No talk of service. No talk of battle. No talk of giving Jesus Christ His due as Commander in Chief as His saints conquer kingdoms of men and demons to the glory of the King.

Online preachers and books are trying to "sell" sanctification by inspiring readers with fear. Don't get me wrong, there definitely is a place for assurance of salvation, but that seems to be ALL the saints are thinking about when it comes to sanctification. Are we so untrusting of the blood of Christ that all we can think of about sanctification is that we really, really, need an assurance of our own salvation? It seems to me that the more we self-obsess on this the more we lose sight of what it is we are to be sanctified for.

Assurance is simply a natural byproduct of our sanctification, and not its main purpose at all..

I'll have to say that our motivation and desire for sanctification should be based on a desire to serve God with more power and conviction then we currently have. Our desire for sanctification should be based on an outward motivation. One that centers on God and others, rather than on ourselves.

What pleases God is our engaging His enemies in battle. Whether that battle is in our home, or whether it is in our community, or even if it is in our own Churches. When I say "battle", I mean confrontations of all kinds, not just against human enemies of the Gospel, but any situation at all that has been caused by the fall. Any sort of corruption, be it hunger, disease, homelessness, and the like. We can only do that righteously and in a way that is pleasing to God if we are sanctified. The more we desire to influence other spheres of life for Christ and His Kingdom, other than our own self-centered sphere, the more we should desire our own sanctification. This is the opposite of being self-centered. To me, this is a much more powerful motivation and attraction to sanctification. To "get out of me", and, "into the work of Christ", for His glory, and for the sake of others. We need to trust more the blood of Christ for our salvation and leave that to Him, as we are then free to look all around us at all the destruction and at all the Goliaths that God calls sanctified saints to rush out to conquer.

Until my thoughts continue on this, I'll stop right there.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Thoughts on Sanctification

Again, this is not a Bible study or theological thesis, but some short thoughts I've been having on sanctification. Perhaps as time permits I will turn the following thoughts into a more in-depth study with Scripture reference.

I've gotten the impression over the years as a Christian that sanctification was simply our efforts to try to be "cleaner" before a Holy God. But lately I'm thinking it is so much more; of course. My main thought of late is that sanctification is to strenghthen our spirits so that we may have the fortitude and courage to come up against evil. And not just a resisting of "temptation" in our personal lives, but again, it is so much more than that.

Sanctification, it seems to me, is God's way of strengthening His saints for battle. We are to be growing in sanctification so that we become a growing threat to evil forces in every sphere of life. We are to be strong in sanctification so that we are able, offensive, and courageous soldiers who attack the gates of God's enemies on every front...not so that we can just passively sit behind our walls ready to give our lives after the enemy breaks down the door.

So that's it. More when it comes to mind.