James and Paul

Posted in Uncategorized on July 5, 2021 by cavalier973

James 2:20-24
But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.”

This passage seems to be saying that faith alone is not enough to be justified. Paul, in Romans chapter 4, says this:


What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin.” Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness. How then was it accounted? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also, and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised.
For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression. Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, ‘I have made you a father of many nations’) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, ‘So shall your descendants be.’ And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him,
but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead,
who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.”

Notice that Paul does not bring up the offering of Isaac, except, perhaps, obliquely (“God, Who gives life to the dead”; see Hebrews 11:17-19). Paul does talk about circumcision, and that Abraham was declared righteous, based on his believing God, prior to the giving of the sign of circumcision.

James and Paul, then, seem to be making opposite claims about works, faith, and salvation.

Let’s look at James’s view, now. He says that Abraham’s offering of Isaac was the “righteous work” that brought him justification. Consider, though, that in Genesis, Abraham was declared righteous in chapter 15 (when Abraham was in his mid to late 70s, by my understanding) but the offering of Isaac do not occur until chapter 22, which was well over twenty years later—Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born, and then Isaac was old enough to talk and to carry the wood for the offering. So, for 20+ years, Abraham was in a state of “declared righteousness” before the offering of Isaac; that is, the “good work that justified him”. (Notice that James does not mention circumcision, like Paul does; that might be a clue that the two authors are making different arguments—that is, arguing about different things.)

The “good work” that “justified” Abraham was not the Ten Commandments. In fact, it was in direct violation of the commandment to “not murder”. So, why was this a righteous act that justified Abraham? I think it is because Abraham’s complete trust in God was demonstrated. He trusted God’s promises, but also trusted God’s character.

God had previously told Abraham that Isaac was the one through whom all His promises to Abraham would be fulfilled—it wouldn’t be through Ishmael, and it wouldn’t be through Eliezer, Abraham’s servant. In fact, God calls Isaac Abraham’s “only son”. Think about the situation: God tells Abraham, “Isaac is the child of promise; your many descendents that I said you would have will be through Isaac. Now, take him out and kill him.” (I will point out here that God did not ask Abraham to do something that God, Himself, was unwilling to do—and, in fact, did).

Abraham did not hesitate. Why? The Hebrews passage I mentioned earlier (11:17-19) explains that Abraham’s faith in God’s promises was so complete, that he still believed that Isaac was the one through whom the promises would be kept, even if Isaac died. Abraham believed that God would have to raise Isaac back from the dead, because God’s promises were stronger than death.

I think, also, that Abraham trusted God’s character completely. If God asked me, as a hypothetical example, to offer my child in sacrifice to Him, I would assume that it was Satan trying to trick me, at first, but, having verified that it was actually God making the command, I might refuse, and abandon faith in God due to my perception that He is evil. At the very least, I would equivocate, and rationalize that God didn’t really mean to “kill” my child, only to “offer” him, and/or that maybe I could use a doll or something to represent my child instead. Abraham didn’t do that. He was reaching for the knife when God stopped him.

A lot of people want to judge God’s character by His actions. That is the wrong way to look at things, however. We must judge His actions by His character. This is what Abraham did. He didn’t protest that killing his son was an evil act, but rather trusted that a good God would not ask this of him without a good reason, and that God was the one asking him made the act of sacrificing his son a righteous act, even if he did not see how. Abraham trusted God completely, without question. His “work” was not the observance of moral or ritual law, but an act of supreme obedience based on trust in God, and that God would work everything out as He promised.

To sum up: some try to use James chapter 2 to make an argument along the lines of: “Well, Abraham was justified by works, therefore, you need to keep the Ten Commandments and be a good person in order to be saved.”

That is not the argument James is making, though. Abraham wasn’t justified by keeping the Ten Commandments—they hadn’t yet been given. Murdering a child as a sacrificial offering seems to be in violation of the Ten Commandments. Abraham also wasn’t justified by periodically marching Isaac up the mountain to be offered as a sacrifice; it was a one-time event. The offering of Isaac was a picture of Abraham’s complete dependence on God to arrange everything to His purpose. When Isaac asked where the lamb was, Abraham declared that God will provide it.

In the same way, the Lord Jesus handles every part of our salvation. To be justified, we only believe in Him, and add nothing of our own “good works”. We believe first, and are declared righteous. The works that “justify” will follow from our faith.

The Biblical case for Free Trade

Posted in Uncategorized on May 4, 2021 by cavalier973

Exodus 20:15 — “You shall not steal.”

Exodus 20:17 –“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

It’s a Myth, and You’re crazy.

Posted in Uncategorized on May 4, 2021 by cavalier973

No, the mRNA vaccines will not change your DNA. The experts have spoken, and they say it can’t happen, so stop worrying about it. Check out all the news articles that prove beyond a doubt that injecting a substance that interacts with your cells to cause your body to produce COVID19 spike proteins when it otherwise wouldn’t does not enter the cell nucleus and change your DNA. The experts would never lie to us, not about something this important, anyway. And the experts always know what they are talking about–that’s why they are experts, and you’re not. The chances that an mRNA vaccine can change your DNA are about the same as the chances that Communists infiltrated the US Government in the 1940s and 1950s. About the same chances that the US Government would give fake treatment for syphilis to black US citizens. So, no chance at all, really. Do you see what I’m saying?

Update: Just don’t worry about stories like this. Get your magic potion injection, and go back to sleep.

True Justice

Posted in Uncategorized on April 21, 2021 by cavalier973

True justice will only happen at God’s throne. Revelation 20:11 describes a judgement that occurs in front of a great white throne. It is this judgement that resolves everything. Every crime, every sin, every subversion of justice that we observe, every time someone rejoices in the lies used to oppress people, will be judged thoroughly and righteously. It will be extremely satisfying–more satisfying than if these crimes were exposed and punished in our lifetimes. It will be the only judgement that matters. The God-hating people who now seem to have the upper hand over His children will deeply regret how they lived. They will regret their false sense of superiority for “knowing how the world really works”, because they will learn they are fools. The smugness they feel now for getting away with injustice will at that time cause them to feel shame so intense that they experience physical pain.

Only those who have called on Jesus to save them will be exempted.

Dr. Lisle answers Vischer

Posted in Uncategorized on March 5, 2021 by cavalier973

I come not to praise Q, but I’m not here to bury him/her/it, either

Posted in For God with tags , , on February 4, 2021 by cavalier973

I just read a short article from a site I respect, and, honestly, he took a weird turn about a quarter of the way through. I thought he was about to talk about the supposed COVID-19 pandemic, but he hurled himself face-first into attacking the Qanon movement.

There is a lot to not like about Q, and the Qanon movement. That doesn’t mean it’s fake.

Pres. Trump never acknowledged Q as being real. That is a point against. The posts by Q are esoteric to a Nostradamusean degree, and require decoding by the reader. For bears of very little brain, or people who don’t have time to sit and think about and/ or research what “DECLASS 1 – 5” means, there are decodes already done by others, with varying degrees of believability. Q possibly makes reference to something called “Project Looking Glass”, which is purportedly technology that allows one to see into the future. Consulting a medium is expressly forbidden by the Bible, and it makes no distinction between flesh and blood mediums or robot mediums. I suspect that Q will eventually come out and say that aliens are real, and that they wrote the Bible. As an aside, extraterrestrials are real, but there is no such thing as space aliens. In addition, Q started recommending his/her/its followers to “become free thinkers”, and to reject tradition, authority, and revelation as sources for truth, and rely on their own ability to think logically using facts and data. Heh, heh.

Heh, heh, heh, heh.

In any case, the Bible is revelation. It is the only source of real truth and wisdom. The error-prone musings of sin-tainted minds cannot compare. Telling people to reject revelation is telling them to reject truth, and Truth.

Anyway, even if “Q” is playing a massive trick on thousands or millions of people worldwide, that doesn’t mean the movement itself is fake. People who follow Qanon are assiduously researching, investigating, and reporting information to each other. I expect they use the Internet, mostly, but also have been scouring libraries for old newspapers and magazines, and interviewing people. They gather photos and study them for anomalies. Questions get raised that cannot be easily answered using “open source” news outlets.

So, telling people they can stop evil treasonous pedophiles by working free of charge for an intelligence gathering operation seems like a rather smart move, if one with limited resources needs a lot of intelligence gathered.

Recently, Qanon followers are starting to notice that Q posts from a year ago and longer seem to have relevance today. For example, Q talked about “Castle Rock”, and there was speculation over the years what that meant. Castle Rock is the studio that made the movie “Independence Day”, and so had a set based on the Oval Office. There are photos of Biden sitting in the Oval Office, with a car parked right outside the window, over his right shoulder. Is Biden sitting in a movie set instead of the real Oval Office? Is the photo real? Has it been altered by some smart alec? I don’t know. But just hand-waving stuff like that away shows an astonishing amount of incuriosity.

And that brings me back to the article I mentioned in the beginning. In contrast to what the article’s author asserts, Qanon folk are not mindless sheep who believe things without evidence. The movement has been conditioned over the years to question everything. “Sauce?” is a popular response to any post that makes some claim. That is, people–at least the veterans in the movement–ask for a source for the claims. Qanon followers specialize in various elements of information gathering. Some focus on plane schedules. Some focus on military movements. Some research financial systems. That way, when a question arises, there is info confirming or disputing a particular claim.

Meanwhile, the legacy media gets away with stuff like claiming a video shows our Kurdish allies being slaughtered in Syria because Pres. Trump withdrew our troops, only to later learn the video was footage of a live fire exercise in Kentucky–and that the news outlet knew that before making the initial claim. No repercussions, no questioning of their motives, or of the validity of every other news story they publish.

“If it’s in the papers, it must be true!” ~Dudley Dooright

The author of the article is a Christian, and should know better, from the Bible, than to accept legacy media claims, and to denounce people who are searching for information apart from that “sacred” institution. Unless a Christian is a Preterist, he should know from the Bible that Satan is the “god of this world”. He made the claim to Jesus that all the kingdoms (not nations, but kingdoms–that is, governments) belong to him, and that he could give it to whomever he wished. Jesus didn’t contradict his claim. Is it so hard to believe that that Old Serpent would require politicians to engage in every form of degeneracy in order to earn a high position in his organization(s)? The chosen people of God, Israel, were punished by God for placing newborn infants into the arms of a metal idol that was heated by a furnace beneath it, and then worship that idol as the infant screamed in agony. Is it so hard to believe, in a culture permeated with antepartum infanticide and perversion of every type, that something similar couldn’t happen, and that politicians and business leaders and social leaders would engage in profligate child abuse to gain power, money, and influence? Does our “modernity” preclude that ever happening?

“Where’s the proof?” one might counter. Well, I think it’s coming, but if you want someone else to do your thinking, and research, for you, then you really have no reason to feel intellectually superior to those who do it themselves, even if they are often incorrect in their findings or interpretations. You don’t have to scour the Dark Web to find stuff. You don’t have to go on questionable message boards. Just do a little thinking for yourself, and ask yourself questions, and then look for answers.

Why did Pres. Trump deploy the National Guard to Washington, D.C. for an inauguration of a President he thinks won by fraud? Why is there a fence around the Capitol area? Why are there a set of hangman nooses on display at the stage built for the inauguration ceremony? Where is President Trump now? Why does Biden look so different than he did a few years ago? What did Pres. Trump mean when he said, “We caught them all”? Why didn’t he do anything about it? Is Trump living in a fantasy? Why did Trump have rallies every day, sometimes in multiple states, that drew tens of thousands of devoted supporters, and win more votes that Pres. Obama won in his first election, and still get beat by a guy who “called a lid” every day? Why do the “executive orders” that “President” Biden is signing appear to be blank pieces of paper?

I like President Trump, but I don’t necessarily trust him, and it’s because of his touting the mRNA “vaccine”. There is only one true vaccine, and that is giving someone cow pox so that he can survive smallpox. “Vaccine” means “cow”. What we call vaccines are inoculations–giving someone a dead or weakened version of a virus so that the body can build immunities, and so make catching the actual virus less severe. This mRNA vaccine tricks your body into making a part of the COVID19 virus, in the hopes that your body will then build the antibodies to fight it. It is a type of vaccine that has never before been approved by the FDA, but it was fast-tracked, and Trump touts its development and distribution as a great success, and I don’t understand why.

Believing that the COVID-19 virus is exceptionally deadly, and that having mRNA injected into you is safe, seems much more delusional than believing that there are secret plans by Trump and his allies to eliminate evil corruption in government and other areas of society.

Here is J.D. Farag, who does not like the Qanon movement, but who knows what a “strong delusion” actually looks like, and it concerns the COVID-19 “pandemic”: https://www.jdfarag.org/bible-prophecy/bp42

You are not a good person

Posted in Uncategorized on September 12, 2020 by cavalier973

You probably think that you are a kind, caring person because you indulge others in their mental problems. You are not.

It is cruel to not seek to help people who are mentally ill. It is cruel to use the law and social pressuring to force people to pretend that mental illness is normal and okay.

Those you think that you are being a good friend to will one day look at you with eyes full of hurt and grief. They will ask you why you refused to help, and instead pushed them further into the lifestyle that destroyed them, and you will experience shame so intense that it causes physical pain, eternally.

You are the disgusting and despicable person you imagine that those who disagree with you are.

Your only opportunity to escape your fate is to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, in His death and resurrection. He takes care of all arrangements; He already made full payment for your sin.

For reference

Posted in Uncategorized on August 22, 2020 by cavalier973

Q and free thought:

https://qanon.pub/?q=%22Free%20thought%22%20is%20a%20philosophical%20viewpoint%20which%20holds%20that%20positions%20regarding%20truth%20should%20be%20formed%20on%20the%20basis%20of%20logic%2C%20reason%2C%20and%20empiricism%2C%20rather%20than%20authority%2C%20tradition%2C%20revelation%2C%20or%20dogma

 

Wearing a mask

Posted in Uncategorized on July 15, 2020 by cavalier973

God has this

Posted in Uncategorized on June 12, 2020 by cavalier973
Nothing is happening these days that God didn’t already know about, even before He said “Let there be light.”

“We cast all our care upon Him, because He cares for us.”

God is not a curmudgeon. He isnt an automaton. He isn’t an impersonal force that we have to manipulate through magic spells.

Jesus doesn’t sit around, waiting and hoping that lost people will believe in him, and that believers will continue the work of sanctification that He abandoned them to.

God is actively working, without panic or surprise, to an end He has already seen and determined.

COVID and riots and voter fraud and statue toppling and racism and bearing false witness and child trafficking and illegal spying and apostasy in the churches and the rebuilding of bridges and cleaning up of destroyed cities and the reestablishment of justice and the purge of corrupt government officials and the gradual, state-by-state elimination of antepartum infanticide and the destruction of world terrorist organizations and the spread of the Gospel to all peoples have already been factored into God’s plan.

We can trust Him. It isnt magic. Faith isn’t a measure of “spell points”, like in a video game. We know how to trust in something or someone. When you are feeling bad, and the doctor says, “put the lime in the coconut”, you do it, because you trust that he knows what he is talking about, and that his prescription will cure your bellyache. Or, when you get arrested for drag-racing on city streets, and the lawyer says, “For $600, I can make this all go away”, you pull out your check book and a pen, because you trust him, even though he is a lawyer.

The fix is in–in our favor, as Christians. Our Defense Attorney is the Judge’s Son. The District Attorney is a corrupt liar that has spent centuries flicking his boogers at the Judge. They don’t like each other.

You sit, handcuffed, and listen as this DA lists out your very real crimes and instances of lawbreaking; you glance at your attorney, and He is smiling and humming to Himself, doodling on His notepad, and you start to sweat. All the evidence is against you.

The DA finishes, and your Attorney stands up, clears His throat, and says, “Your Honor, all the charges are true.” You slump back and groan. “If You remember, however, I took this person’s punishment, in full.”

The Judge raps His gavel. “Case dismissed. Good work, Son.”

“Thanks, Dad.”

“Invite the defendent to dinner.”

“Will do.”

And the DA fumes. He can’t do anything.

This present world is important, else our Lord would not have died to save it. Not just the people, but all of creation. We all belong to God, and He is working to take back what was stolen from Him by our own actions (through Adam’s fall). Unfortunately, some people will resist, to their everlasting shame and contempt.

For us Christians, there is nothing to fret over, or worry about. We have infinite goodwill with the Father, because we placed our trust in the Son, as He commanded. He has already prepared good works for us to do, and invites us to join Him in accomplishing His redemptive work. This is work that no person or circumstance can thwart.

So, rejoice!

Last edited: 
Remove formatting

BoldItalicUnderline

Text colorFont size

Insert linkInsert imageSmiliesInsert

AlignmentListInsert table

UndoRedo

Toggle BB code

Write your reply…

 Post reply Preview