The wrong battlefield

Posted in For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 14, 2018 by cavalier973

The past couple of years have been fascinating, politically speaking. I did not vote for President Trump in the 2016 election, for a variety of reasons. I am a proponent of Free Trade, and Trump’s protectionist stances were off-putting. I viewed Trump as a “Trojan Horse” candidate; a New York City liberal who was lying in order to get Hillary elected. I actually believed that he did not want to win the election. I wasn’t quite as bothered as other people pretend to be about his flawed marriage life, and multiple commissions of adultery, because, well, I didn’t vote for him, but they were counts against his character, so throw it on the pile of reasons to not vote for him.

Still, President Trump has shown himself to be a much better President than I anticipated. He got a really good tax cut plan implemented, he has massively cut regulations (disassembling the administrative state), which is helpful to the economy, and he got two good judges (well, better than H. Clinton judges, anyway) onto the Supreme Court, and is reshaping the Federal judiciary at the lower court level. A successful Presidency, taken as a whole. I will wait for further evidence to see if his peace deal with North Korea will hold up, but I expect it will, for a while.

The 2018 Midterm Elections didn’t go nearly as well as I was hoping (wishing, really). Democrats are managing to turn Republican Party election night wins into Democrat wins, through extremely obvious voter fraud.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned, and the President appointed the AG Chief of Staff Matt Whitaker to be acting Attorney General, and there is a lot of hope expressed in conservative circles that Whitaker will bring to fruition the promises of “draining the Swamp”. However, there are groups of “conservatives” who oppose Whitaker, and who are arguing that his appointment is unConstitutional. So this tiny, possible win may likely be turned into a loss for the President, as well.

There are more examples of how the United States is in flux right now, and not just politically. Educational institutions and entertainment media also push certain ideas onto the populace. I mention them because there is an idea that conservatives will be able to push them back and “save America” or “Make America Great Again.”

Well, any success will be temporary, unfortunately, because “America” doesn’t actually belong to the people who inhabit its borders. Matthew Chapter Four gives the narrative of Jesus’s temptation in the wilderness, by the Devil. The Devil (“Satan”, Jesus calls him) makes a rather remarkable claim: that all the kingdoms of the world belong to him. He offers them to Jesus, with the provision that Jesus worship Satan. Jesus rebukes him, using Scripture (the only way to fight Satan is with God’s Word), but does not refute Satan’s claim on “all the kingdoms of the world”. I infer that “all kingdoms” includes future kingdoms as well as the ones present at the time of this narrative.

That means that, to borrow a phrase from the late Chuck Missler, The United States of America, even at its best, belongs to Satan. We can fight the leftism and cultural rot and political evil in our country, but in the end, will “lose”, because the country is already in the hands of the Devil.

We have a mission, however, from our Lord Jesus: make disciples of all nations. He didn’t say, “make nations of disciples”. We who believe belong to God’s kingdom, and are on the earth as His ambassadors. We are also spiritual warriors. Ephesians 6:12 points out that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against” spiritual authorities. Fallen angels or demons or some other evil spiritual entities. It is not appropriate for us to become angry with humans who spout anti-Christ nonsense, because they are not our real enemies. The evil spirits that control them are.

We won’t permanently “save America”, because it is a kingdom of this world. But we can join God in His work to save Americans. Pray, pray, pray. Jesus gave us a model that is quite useful for speaking with God.

“Our Father, which art in heaven” — an acknowledgement that God is real, that He is our loving protector and provider. He is outside our realm, and so can see everything that is going on.

“Hallowed be Thy name” — Praise for God is essential. It puts us in the proper mind frame for our petitions that follow.

“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven” — this is a prayer for the promised “Millenium Kingdom” that is spoken of in the Book of Revelation. As Chuck Missler notes, Gabriel promised Mary that her Son would sit on the Throne of David. Jesus will be the King of Israel as well as King of the world. God did not abrogate His promises to Israel, or transfer them to the Church. The promises to Israel revolve around their land. The promises to us who are Christ’s Church revolve around being with Christ.

“Give us this day our daily bread” — God is our provider, whether we are on the verge of destitution, or are the multi-millionaire CEO of a thriving corporation. There is a movie with Jimmy Stewart (I think it’s “Shenandoah”) where Stewart’s character very cheekily prays something along the lines of, “We did all the work, but I guess we’ll thank you for our food, anyway.” That kind of attitude is dangerous and nonsensical.

“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” — God is a God of Forgiveness. It isn’t that He overlooks our sins–He couldn’t be a Holy God if he did so–but He provided a substitution for us, which allows Him to forgive. We should likewise forgive others when they wrong us. Since Jesus put this in His “model prayer”, then we should also tell God when we’ve forgiven someone else.

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” — A prayer for protection, but not just physical protection. Our minds and hearts are bombarded with all sorts of evil ideas, with temptations to evil attitudes.

“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever” — a statement of fact concerning God’s position. Also, finishing up the prayer with more praise to God. Practice praise daily; you are developing a skill that will serve you well in Heaven.

“Amen” — “So let it be.”

 

Our battlefield is not the United States, and our goal is not national salvation. Salvation is an individual concern. Start with your own household. Believe in Jesus; walk by His Spirit; love with God’s power. Share the Gospel that Jesus died for our sins–that He took our punishment in our behalf. Maybe God will intervene, and allow us a few more years of plenty and peace, but remember that Satan is jealous of his kingdoms, and works relentlessly to claim back any ground he lost to the Gospel of Christ, which is why we see the anti-Christian community seem to gain ground. Politics won’t defeat Satan; they are all in his purview. His flesh-and-blood agents are working to overturn election results, and to infiltrate all civic institutions. Reclaiming the culture won’t work; as Satan is in control of all distribution networks, you won’t be able to get that awesome, conservative-Christian book published or movie released.

Prayer works, though; living the Gospel works. Just remember, we are praying for God’s kingdom to come, not for our kingdom (which is really Satan’s kingdom) to remain. He told us to abide until He returns, so pray that God gives you grace to be a good citizen in whatever nation you live. Pray that He will allow you to live peaceably with your neighbors. Pray for provision, so that you can share with others. Pray for unity in the Church of Jesus the Messiah; we may be bitterly opposed, politically, and you may think I have it completely backwards, and that the political right, with its bigotry and racism and sexism, is what is detroying America, that Trump is a horrible and horrifying President. However, if you are a Christian, then you are my brother or sister, and I pray that we are united in Christ’s love.

 

Party at my place, the third night of Heaven.

Maranatha.

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Believe the Bible, or don’t

Posted in For God with tags , , , , , , on November 3, 2018 by cavalier973

Believe that the Bible is God’s truth-message to us, or cast it aside as worthless. Don’t try to reconcile the truth of Scripture with the pitiful philosophical flatulence of atheists.

For those who desperately need to believe that Darwinism is true; who desperately want to call God a deceiver, remember that God holds humans responsible for death in the universe, an unjust stance if millions of years of death preceded man’s arrival on the scene, but perfectly just if the narrative in Genesis chapters one through three are solid history and not allegory.

I can only imagine the awkwardness for those who spent their lives basically calling God a liar suddenly finding themselves standing in front of His throne.

October 30, 2018

Posted in For Free Trade with tags , , , , , on October 30, 2018 by cavalier973

Some random thoughts, here:

♠ President Trump is proposing to end “Birthright Citizenship” by executive order. Not sure how this would work; it is generally accepted that if one is born on U.S. soil, then one is a U.S. citizen by default. As someone I follow on Twitter said, however, the 14th Amendment has the clause “and subject to its jurisdiction”, so the argument can be made that, as illegal immigrants are not subject to U.S. jurisdiction, then their children born on U.S. soil can’t be considered citizens.

This is obviously in response to the now-multiple “caravans” of “refugees” that are marching toward the U.S. This situation is fraudulent; the refugees were offered asylum by the Mexican government, and they refused. We watched them violently break through a barricade manned by Mexican police, so we know they are violent. Don’t listen to anyone who tries to guilt you into allowing these violent invaders into the country.

♣ George Papadopoulos has been invited on a few news opinion shows (Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, to be specific) to talk about what’s up with him. He was charged with lying to the FBI and sentenced to 14 days in jail (I don’t know if he has served his sentence yet). He is trying to take back his guilty plea, based on new evidence that the prosecutors cheated. Dan Bongino has been hitting this story pretty hard. Hear him at this link.

 

Interesting Story

Posted in Uncategorized on October 22, 2018 by cavalier973

A little over a year ago, there was a story about a woman who filed a lawsuit against then-candidate Donald Trump, accusing him of raping her when she was 13 years old. She dropped the lawsuit, however.

As it turns out, she may have been paid $200 grand by Hillary Clinton to file the lawsuit, and, further, may have actually been raped by Bill Clinton. The story is from last November.

A thought on Hell

Posted in For God with tags , , , , on September 24, 2018 by cavalier973

Part of the pain, and shame, of Hell will be that one’s unbelief, which one assumed to be evidence of superior intelligence, will be shown to be hideously naive and stupid.

Laughing off God’s word as “oral traditions of goat-herders written centuries after the fact” will be particularly piercing. One does not call God a liar without repercussion.

Chrissy Ford is a liar.

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , on September 23, 2018 by cavalier973

Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote should be held at the earliest opportunity, and the woman who accuses him of feeling her up should be ignored.

Remember that she has not claimed that he raped her. A lot of people are jumping straight to calling him a rapist when that isn’t what she claimed. She seems to be claiming attempted rape, but even that didn’t actually happen.

Let me help those who may be confused: there was no party, gathering, or meeting at which a teenaged Kavanaugh threw Chrissy Ford on a bed and felt her up. It did not happen. Anyone who claims it happened, anyone who talks about repressed memories and believing the victim, is a liar, or is irredeemably stupid and gullible. This is a purely political tactic, to attempt to derail the confirmation of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court or, failing that, to try to tarnish his reputation so that any decisions he makes as a Supreme Court Justice can be described as illegitimate.

A lot of people who support Kavanaugh are expressing frustration and despair, thinking that this tactic by the prog-leftists will be successful. It only succeeds, though, if we let it. We dont have to allow the Democrats and the prog-leftists get away with their lies. Simply say, “You are fooling no one with this. You are a liar, and have no right to have your accusations treated seriously. We don’t care what you say. We will pursue this course of action despite your opposition.” As Dan Bongino says, “New rules: we win, you lose.”

In order for this to work in the political sphere, we have to vote for candidates that will have the backbone to not play the Democrats/prog-leftists’ silly game, where normal people take their lunacy seriously.

What about the Jews?

Posted in For God with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2018 by cavalier973

There is a group within the alt-right and pro-Trump movements that seems only interested in pushing an idea called “the Jewish Question”, which, as someone else quipped, is more of a “Jewish Statement”, and revolves around the idea that most or even all of the world’s problems are the result of the insidious secret activities of Jewish people. The high percentage of Jewish people (as compared to their percentage of the population) in media, finance, and entertainment is normally mentioned, along with anti-nationalist policies prominent Jewish personalities promote.

Okay, that isn’t too surprising. Jewish people have long been held in suspicion due to their insularity and their ability to succeed in business and politics despite their proportionally small numbers. Jews are easy scapegoats when times get tough. As an aside, Dr. Thomas Sowell has noted that Chinese people who immigrate to other lands are similarly viewed and by the native populations.

In any case, the feeling among those who promote the Jewish Question is that Jews need to be persecuted, even executed, as a group. Again, this is a stance that a lot of people have historically taken.

It seems that many people claiming the name of Christ are being enticed into embracing this idea. The most mainstream Christian version is called “Replacement Theology”, which posits that all the promises that God made to Israel have been permanently transferred to the Church, because Israel rejected the Messiah. Well, all the good promises have been transferred, anyway. Israel still gets to have all the bad promises.

At least the replacement theologians aren’t saying that God straight up broke all His promises to Israel. That would imply God is a liar, and if He is a liar, how can we Christians ever truly trust Him?

It is clear from Scripture that God chose Israel to be the people that bear His name. It was Israel that God brought out of Egypt, Israel to whom God gave the Promised Land, Israel who received His law, Israel through whom the Messiah would come, and thus bless all the world. Israel and “the Jews” are the same, by the way; some try to claim they’re different, that the Jews are satanic, etc. Some try to say that the people of Great Britain, or the American Indian tribes, are really the “lost Tribes of Israel”. I doubt either scenario.

To be quite honest, the Jews haven’t quite covered themselves with glory, and aren’t always the innocent victims that some want to portray them as. Even the barest effort at research will reveal that Jews are definitely the children of Jacob: lying, cheating, grasping, cowardly, disloyal, unconstant… Even a good Hebrew, like Joseph son of Jacob, you kind of have to watch your back with. He interpreted Pharoah’s dream, and thus saved Egypt, and the surrounding regions, from terrible famine, and yet, less than fifteen years after being put in charge, Joseph had finagled every single Egyptian into becoming a slave–literal slave– of the government. Read that story again; he seized a portion of everyone’s grain during the seven good years prior to the famine, and then sold it back to them. The Egyptians had to buy back their own seized property. Joseph stopped even keeping records of the grain he seized. Again, Joseph was a good guy–nothing bad is directly said about him in Scripture.

The three Hebrews/Jews (the Bible applies both terms to the same people) who wrote the largest portion of Scripture–Moses, King David, and Saint Paul– were murderers.

To take it to the next step, GOD HIMSELF is harder on the Jews than many “Jewish Question” adherents today. Read the prophets. Isaiah, when granted a vision of,God, cried out “Woe is me, for I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and dwell in the midst of a people with unclean lips.” [Isaiah 6:5]. I don’t think Isaiah is admitting he has a potty mouth; his lips are unclean from kissing idols–literally, or figuratively.

Or consider the whole prophecy of Ezekiel. At one point, God lifts Ezekiel by his hair (Ezekiel was one of the exiles in Babylon), carries him to the Temple in Jerusalem, and shows him all the idolatry that is going on in the place that God described as His earthly dwelling. The priests have idols hidden away in their chambers, and are out in front of the Temple, worshipping the sun.

So, what about it? Why hasn’t God abandoned Israel in favor of the Messiah’s church?

God asserts in Ezekiel the He will rescue Israel for His name’s sake: “Then you will know that I am the LORD when I have dealt with you for My name’s sake, not according to your evil ways or according to your corrupt deeds, O house of Israel,” declares the Lord GOD.’” Ezekiel 20:44

So, God isn’t blind to Israel’s bad qualities. He will save the nation despite the Israelis, not because of them, because He keeps His word and His promises.

All right, then; that is Old Testament stuff. Is there anything in the New Testament that supports the idea that the Church permanently replaced Israel?

Well, St. Paul didn’t think so. Check out his letter to the Romans, chapters 10 through 12.

St. John’s prophecy, called “Revelation”, deals exclusively with the Church until chapter 4, after which only Israel is talked about as being God’s people on earth. The 144,000 are Jews, 12,000 from each tribe, and these are the ones that evangelize the world with the Gospel of the Kingdom. The Church (as represented by the crowned-and-enthroned Elders) is in heaven.

We are living in the Church age. It is a special time of God’s grace, whereby people can freely accept God’s offer of salvation through Jesus the Messiah, who died for us, and then rose from the dead. The offer of salvation is made to Jews and non-Jews, and any Jewish person who accepts Jesus the Messiah has the same privileges and benefits as the non-Jewish believer. In fact, in Jesus the Messiah, there is no longer a distinction between Jew and non-Jew; there is only the Christian.

At some point, though, being a Jew will entail a lot of privileges that will be unavailable to non-Jews. During Jesus’ reign on earth, a non-Jew who wants to worship God will have to find a Jew and request access to God. The temple during this time will only be open on Saturdays and on new moon days. Those of us who became Christians during the Church age will, of course, be serving God day and night in His temple, so access don’t be a problem for us.

To wrap up, hatred of Jews as a group is a Satanically inspired emotion. They are God’s chosen people, not for their own sakes, but rather for God’s name’s sake. That said, God obviously has a special regard for Jews, and loves them, even as they continually reject Him. One who wishes to have the mind of God should have the same love and regard.