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7.19.2017

Most significant piano work of the millennium...

"The keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach cannot be called piano music, but there is one magnificent exception. Many musicians consider the six-voice ricercar from ''The Musical Offering'' to be his greatest fugue, and I would choose this as the most significant piano work of the millennium..."

Here is a great recording of the Ricercar a 6 by Charles Rosen:

https://youtu.be/2-p9KqznYz4



- C

7.12.2017

Gibbon's famous 15th chapter on Christianity (an email)

I finally read the famous 15th chp. of Gibbon's history and found it surprising. I really had no disagreement for the first 2/3s of the chapter. In fact, Gibbon says many things I came to on my own and wrote out on my PPP blog. The last third is a bit more of the juvenile atheism we constantly hear in our own day. His constant use of the word superstition, for instance. It's unself-aware, and the concept itself is defined by the true faith.

Yet none of it detracts from the history itself. Gibbon is cynical, which is OK. He is bringing the ways of the world type of understanding, and the nature of human nature, and the nature of power. This is valuable, even applied to the history of Christianity, which obviously has a lot of politics and human nature involved in it.

Gibbon obviously does not have the understanding and sympathy for the faith of a true believer.

The 16th chapter is also on Christianity, and I've just started it, but I can see already it is a bit more of a diatribe against Christians (and Jews) and a defense of their pagan persecutors. The defense thus far is Christians deserved being singled out and treated harshly, well, because. Gibbon doesn't really mount a very good defense for why Christians were the one religious adherents who were not tolerated by the Roman government. The answer is: it's because Christianity is the true faith. It's easy to tolerate a false belief. - C.

7.11.2017

The 3 stages of post-modernism (an email)

I like when things are categorized like this. This guy has a presence on YouTube. Here he categorizes the three stages of post-modernism. It's a short video. Post-modernism is basically epistemological nihilism. Epistemology is how we know what we know. Post-modernism is all about saying truth doesn't exist, everything is relative, everything is a semantic powerplay by one group or another (mostly by in power evil people). Etc. The philosophers he mentions at the beginning are the French ones with the strange sounding names. Foucalt (pronounced foo-koo), Lyotard, Derrida, etc.

Then he goes into the second and third phase of how post-modernism has played out.

In another video he talks about the motive behind post-modernist thinking and tactics. It's because Marxists got mugged by reality in the middle of the 20th century. Their great philosophy didn't reflect reality, so instead of changing their views they decided that truth itself had to be destroyed. The very notion that there can be truth. It's all Satanic warfare.

https://youtu.be/1cuxEmy_Ipo

"Understanding Postmodernism: The 3 Stages to Today´s Insanity (Stephen Hicks)
Stephen Ronald Craig Hicks is a Canadian-American philosopher who teaches at Rockford University, where he also..."


- C.

7.07.2017

Look at this paragraph

Paul Carter interacts with a difficult verse: “Sooner or later every honest Bible reader finds herself asking some version of that question. These verses are – beyond a shadow of a doubt – among the very hardest verses of the Bible to accept as Christian Scripture.”

Did you see it?

Ah, yes, the use of the feminine pronoun for the standard male which forever has stood in for both male and female.

I come across that, just one, and I'm instantly out of the article (or book). I don't read any further.

I can 'see' this type of author grinning and saying, "OK! So be it! Don't read on! And don't get enlightened by anything modern and thoughtful enough to not want to show disrespect to women, buddy! OK? OK, buddy? Run along, buddy!! Got it, buddy?" Ooh, a bit of an anger problem there with that male feminist and hewer to politically-correct strictures for proper word use in article writing.

No, one female pronoun in place of the traditional English usage of the male pronoun and I don't continue reading. In fact, I mark that author and avoid anything they write in the future.

About numbers

A theme of the Bible is don't count on numbers for success. God doesn't need numbers like worldly forces need numbers. And don't insult God by assuming (or fearfully thinking) you better have numbers to have success. David learned this.

Numbers though play a part in the influence of any school or teaching as well. A school doesn't need overwhelming numbers to be influential. A small number of adherents to any given school - good or evil - can have influence well beyond their number (the Frankfurt School, for instance). This is true for any school including the school of Christ. The Puritans, for instance, were always small little islands in a sea of worldly, unregenerate, hostile humanity. Yet their influence was very big and even defined an historical era. Calvin's Geneva, so influential in world history, changing the course of nations, was small and not only surrounded by Roman Catholic armies but also had people inside Geneva itself hostile to it.

So God doesn't need numbers to have influence through his elect. Yet He does need boldness on the part of his elect. What God needs is He needs his elect to fear Him alone and not the world. People who adhere to biblical doctrine, hard doctrine, Reformed, Calvinist doctrine, may yet be so scared of the world to such a degree that it makes them impotent in influencing anything.

7.03.2017

Music communicates the spiritual realm

Much is communicated of the spiritual world through sound, for good or ill.

Every Christian should listen to Beethoven's 3rd Symphony, or think about listening to it, as much as they think about reading the Bible. And do it.

Beethoven's 3rd Symphony is a complete spiritual pageant, or journey, beyond the veil, where light is at war with darkness, and wins. It's a triumphant epic in sound with struggle along the way. It not only communicates this to your soul, it teaches your soul. Not with words, but with sound.

Not all works by the great composers like Beethoven fall into this category. For Mozart, for example, it's his last six symphonies, which are Olympian: 35th, 36th, 38th, 39th, 40th, 41st.

With Bach, his Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin are a good example. Many examples with Bach. The Prelude and Fugue in C# minor played by Richter, for instance.

Bruckner's symphonies 4, 7, 8, 9.

Renaissance era polyphony - masses and motets - is in this category as well. Palestrina, Victoria, Byrd, Josquin, Dufay...

I'm giving examples that are pure.

7.02.2017

What is the significance of the white race?

Why the attack on the white race? Why is it that only white countries are being told they have to take in people that will displace them and destroy their race and their traditions and cultures and so on? Why isn't China being told this? Africa? Japan? Saudi Arabia?

It's because of the significance of the white race regarding the white race being God's race. White is how people were created. We all came from Adam and Eve. All humans were ruddy complected. All humans were what we know of as classically white. Olympian gods and goddesses, representations of the ideal of the human race. White. The Devil defiled the bloodline. At first his goal was to defile the bloodline from Adam to Christ. He tried it before, and after, the flood. He failed. Though he then kept it up for the purpose of wiping out God's people that were left. Any people group that isn't white is a defiled bloodline.

So why does the Devil want to wipe out the white race?

In these end times the Devil is asserting dominion over the entire planet. He is unbound now and deceiving the nations, and asserting ownership of every land, every nation in the world. The significance of his obvious singular attack on the white race is because it is in the white race that the memory and traditions of our Creator are carried, and it is in the Devil's interest to wipe those memories and traditions off the face of the planet. The Devil wants world tyranny. One world of no borders, complete mixture of humans, at each other's throats, chaos, violence, poverty, sickness, disease, hell on earth. White people are an obstacle to this. The white race is a connection to God and God's ways (and God's future for this world and universe).

Fear God, it is the beginning of wisdom. Why? Because when you fear God alone you then don't fear the world or the world's opinion of you. Look at all the white people walking around fearful of their environments and repeating politically-correct cant (hypocritical and sanctimonious talk, typically of a moral, religious, or political nature) about race and humanity. Getting embarrassed about the subject, or attacking anyone with the truth they are too fearful to think or speak.

7.01.2017

On books (from an email)

Speaking of Gibbon, I recently made what I think is a definitive list of books (and subjects like worldview analysis) for myself. These are works that I think stay with you in essence. Everybody's list would be different, but a lot of overlap. I focus on complete education, summit level, but there may be something to be said for smaller, less universal books, perhaps, in some ways.

My point here is the power to be gained by knowing a condensed, balanced list of influences. Really knowing them. Having it in front of you. Here's mine:

01 Holy Bible, AV1611
02 Iliad & Odyssey - Homer
03 Russian Novel - Tolstoy/Dostoevsky
04 Parzival - Wolfram von Eschenbach
05 Fourth Way - Ouspensky
06 Reformed Theology - Berkhof/Boston/Bunyan
07 Worldview Analysis - Naugle/Sire/Pearcey
08 Elements - Euclid
09 History of the Peloponnesian War - Thucydides
10 Lives - Plutarch
11 Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - Gibbon
12 Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville
13 Reflections on the Revolution in France - Burke
14 On War - Carl von Clausewitz
15 Wealth of Nations - Adam Smith
16 Spirit of Laws - Montesquieu


I've rarely mentioned Euclid, but for that I just think it's good to know, sometimes, that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Kind of a practical, common-sense language.

Also, when you read such books it then opens up in your mind the lesser things you need to get to get a complete picture. You have contrast and context to work off of. It's a lot of reading, but we have to have a lifetime of reading to get to the point of being able to construct such a list to begin with (and we'll already have read many by then, though re-reading is like compound interest, valuable), and there is time in the day to do anything if not wasted. - C.

6.29.2017

Email thread on spiritual insight from historical works

Simon of Australia writes:

I've actually been getting the message to read Decline and Fall [Gibbon] again. Yes - ALL OF IT. I can make it my project at work because I get a nice long hour to sit in our cafe for lunch, so that's 5 solid hours a day if I commit.


Its those kind of times where you need Decline and Fall, and the Bible obviously.

I respond:

Also, the history of the Roman *Republic* era is relevant to our times. Gibbon doesn't cover that. That Arthur Gilman book I talked about is a quick overview. Oliver Goldsmith wrote a history of Rome that is also free on Amazon Kindle. Mommsen's famous history is on the republic. The late Roman republic era is not all that different from the empire era events Gibbon describes though. Worth having the full picture though.

Spiritually, Puritan types read Gibbon for end time history insights. They were Historicists regarding the book of Revelation, but even if you don't hold to that school the fact that history repeats (or rhymes) makes Gibbon uniquely relevant for this purpose. Meaning, Gibbon shows the spiritual pageant better than other historians. - C.

Simon of Australia responds:

I started in earnest today. It's good to get back to - the quality of it....

I respond:

I didn't want to mention it because it might seem like competition, but I've started Gibbon and am in chapter 14 currently. I paused though to read that Arthur Gilman book on the Roman republic. Years ago I read the first 12 chapters of Gibbon. I just re-read them and now am in chapters new to me. I'm also spot reading de Tocqueville's Democracy in America. It has spiritual realm insight qualities too. Almost like you can see descriptions of types as they are in the spiritual realm. His description of 'Negroes' (old term) and Indians is like that. How they differ. Hard to describe quickly. - C.

6.28.2017

THEOCAST: boys drinking deep at the hose of Michael Horton

Just became aware of a Reformed podcast. It's called Theocast. Their main concern seems to be Christians making efforts to develop in the faith. They think this is not only stupid but dangerous. It's dangerous to make efforts. This means Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progess is dangerous and stupid because Christian makes efforts on the Way to the Celestial City. These Theocast boys apparently think Christian is supposed to ride a magic carpet called Faith along the Way to the Celestial City.

"Faith, bypass Vanity Fair. Keep on the Way. Good, faith, good," the Theocast boys obediently say. (Giving their obedience to Michael "You don't do anything! the faith is 100% objective!" Horton, ultimately, and not the Bible.)

Meanwhile, Christian struggles through Vanity Fair, catching all manner of shit from the world, but developing, being tempered, in the process. While the Theocast boys ride their magic carpet, Faith, on down the Way to the Celestial City.

What is the difference between Christian and the Theocast boys? The Theocast boys are shallow and inexperienced and not tempered to any degree.

Their deeper problem is they don't understand how to talk about sin or will. They've never been taught a language that would make that clear to them. They've been to 'seminary', but they've never acquired understanding of what the Bible teaches.

There's also a side issue here where all these types seem to have issued out of churches and church experience where they were told if they didn't have a buzz cut and drink Pepsi from an actual bottle while wearing short-sleaved, button-up white shirts they would go to hell. So because those non-biblical requirements were put on them they are now rebelling against all that by saying you don't do anything when you are a Christian. Do they understand regeneration? Who knows. Once regenerated you are able to make efforts. Prior to regeneration you are able to sin, unable to not sin. After regeneration you are able to sin, able to not sin. See the difference there?

And they struggle with a lack of understanding of will. They don't know the categories of will such as self-will vs. God's will. Acting from God's will doesn't mean you don't make any effort. It's God-enabled effort, yet it's effort none-the-less. I forget the exact J. I. Packer phrase he used in the chapter on Sanctification in his Concise Theology, but I think it was God-enabled effort. It's probably a better phrase than that, but I don't have the book at hand.

For instance, in the midst of a difficult event (when normally, in your fallen state, you would explode in resentment) to act from God's will will seem like a type of non-action, yet it is effort never-the-less. To be able in the moment, a difficult moment, a storm of a moment, to gather yourself, separate yourself from the immediate external noise and inner chaos, and just simply wait, wait on the Lord is the phrase. But just to have it in you to be able to step back and not be captured by the world and the noise and the violence and idiocy and whatever is going on...THAT, that is ability to act from God's will. It is NOT an ability given to you at your ritual water baptism, Theocast boys. You anti-pilgrims. You have to work on it, develop it, cultivate it, think about it, practice it, DO it.

Stop listening to Horton and R. Scott Clark. They are shallow. Get your basic Reformed doctrine from the Puritans (yes, they exist). Seminaries in general don't teach the practice of the faith. And if they - or you - dissuade Christians from making any effort to practice the faith they - and you - become demons.

Jesus said be awake (that takes development, practice, effort), and love your enemies (again, something that requires practice and experience...effort).

Paul said now it is high time to awake out of sleep. He is not referring to head-on-pillow sleep. The sleep he refers to requires effort to get out of. To be more awake in the moment requires effort. To act from God's word rather than from life influences requires effort.

Final note: maybe stop lecturing until you know what you're talking about.

6.27.2017

James White steps outside his safe space and gets exposed

This is why James White always carefully selects who he will and won't debate. Normally he would avoid Robert Spencer like the plague, but White is currently in a bit of a maelstrom, and he's trying to repair and protect his reputation for being an all-knowing, triumphalist debater guy rather than a dupe, useful idiot, simpleton who eats whatever a practiced Muslim apologist puts in his mouth.

Notice in the clips above that White gets schooled on basic facts he was ignorant of (that Jihad is offensive or defensive and what that difference means, for instance) then reacts by going into his high school level sophist mode? Obviously this tells you what White is all about, but it also tells you what his followers and defenders are all about. Some of those defenders surely can see what White is engaging in in these moments, so maybe his defenders see White's entire career as an exercise in some kind of subterfuge and they have chosen to be in on it. Otherwise they all are just ignorant and dishonest like White. The latter is probably what is going on.

Never discount common ignorance in the phenomena you see going on all around you.

One note: why is David Wood always silent on these matters? He is a colleague of Robert Spencer, he advertised this debate on his social media, yet he never weighs in on James White. Why is there this silence regarding White from other Christian leaders, teachers, personalities? I suppose it's the natural reluctance people have of critiquing someone they suspect has a mental illness? Something is going on...

6.20.2017

An email, about cultural Marxism hitting you between the eyes

Just discovered this person's YouTube channel. A couple of example videos linked below. The first is 28 mins., but very fast, and the second is a follow up video that is 3 mins.

The subject is cultural Marxism. We all know about this by now, but having it hit you between the eyes in a documentary like this is valuable. One thing this doc does is it simplifies the influences behind cultural Marxism. Satan tactically portrays himself as a myriad of fragmented things with different names, so that we don't see the one influence behind the curtain. The only thing this doc is missing is the Christian understanding that these evil ideas get their strange propagation and power to influence everything from the supernatural spirit of Satan. At the end of the first link he asks, how did these evil mediocrities and their ideas get so much influence? He couldn't answer it. Christians know. Though the person speaking in the video may be a Christian for all I know. He doesn't mention Christianity though. This is spiritual warfare.

First one here.

Second one here.


- C.

6.19.2017

Imagine the pearl clutching when Jesus starts killing

The nevertrumpers at National Review Online, godless moralists all, are predictably upset about an English dude running over holy Muslim people of God, er, Allah, er, Satan. They used the analogy of the protests at the Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Ceasar. Those were wrong too. Here's a comment someone left:

Re : the SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK business. WHY oh why do I know that NR and Country Clubbers were in the audience shocked SHOCKED that the great unwashed had DARED to go past the NO DOGS AND PEASANTS sign out front and disrupted THEIR evening on the town with the "right sort". Oh Reginald show the riff raff out the service entrance this minute!! This is why trump won.


6.18.2017

Something about Law and Gospel theology has missed

There is a big area theologians have missed regarding the Law and the Gospel having to do with how human beings (en masse) enforce a twisted, distorted, upside-down version of the Law on other human beings (individuals, for the most part).

Luther touched on it, but I've lost the quote. I wrote something on it, but I can't find it. When I say Luther touched on it I mean just that, touched - merely touched - on it. Perhaps not even knowing where he was going with it or understanding it.

It's about the Law as a mass face or influence that blankets everything. It becomes more noticeable when it emerges as movements such a political-correctness or the demonic indulgence in smug self-righteousness and being holier-than-thou. Godless puritans is a phrase that gets at it, though unfortunately that keeps alive shallow and wrong popular notions of what the Puritans were all about. Godless moralism is probably better. It always includes a sense of entitlement. A shout of this is our time, our world, you listen to us, you are evil, you aren't holy like us. Conform to our demands or we destroy you.

There is an unspoken (and unconscious) claim of sinlessness on the part of the moralists. Black Lives Matter could just as well be re-titled Black People Without Sin. Social Justice Warriors are Young People Without Sin.

And this force of upside-down, distorted, twisted Law is meant (by Satan) to crush all into a totalitarian conformity and tyranny. A dead soul state of existence.

This is seeing the Law as a curse, though a more mystical, if you will, aspect of its curse. A curse as force that blankets and strangles and threatens and menaces. The Gospel frees us from this dark, dense, blanketing-like force (and from being an obnoxious, dead-in-sin unaware active part of it as well).

The Gospel frees us from being unconscious of it and a victim of it in the sense of it being an inherent part of our being, but the Gospel doesn't free us from the obnoxious action of it. If anything our new state as regenerated believers makes us more of a noticeable target of this Satanic counterfeit force.

Christianity is not about being 'good', it's about being awakened and making contact.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

The Law of God infiltrates everything, and not just as a positive example. The fact of Law itself (for instance as the necessary thing that makes sin a real thing) exists and manifests through humanity as an unconscious mass force. Fallen humanity co-opts the existence of the Law and distorts it, mostly actually turns it upside-down, and enforces it as a group demand on all individual humans; demanding their conformity to the group and destroying any rogue cells, if you will.

Once a person begins to awaken and then is actually regenerated by the word and the Spirit they are then in full conflict with this Law. Intense friction commences. The easy route is to give in and go with the easy current of the Devil, naively as a self-perceived silent noncombatant thinking they're not a part of the evil but that they're just being common-sense and realistic. Going along to get along.

Yet this friction is valuable to a real Christian on the Way. It is this friction that provides the necessary heat to develop and temper the New Man within the regenerated Christian.

When this friction is met with Be Awake and Love Your Enemy (to paraphrase our Savior's two great commandments); replacing all sleepy - and fierce - resentment with awakened gratitude (not an easy thing at all) then the Christian develops. Conscious labor, intentional suffering in the face of the friction from this odious, massive, all-pervading distorted Law that manifests through all humanity.


6.14.2017

Some things you can't understand without theology

Comments under a Victor Davis Hanson article:

PV
The only themes VDH seems to not want to touch on are: the nationalism vs. globalism theme which is at the foundation of the nevertrump whining; and also the fact that this is spiritual warfare, and Trump is the Christian in the arena surrounded by Satanists and asinine moralists. (I won't mention the Washington, D.C. pedophile rings as a sub motive in a lot of the nevertrump noise.)



Bill Kenny
This is satire, right?



Charles Stewart Jr.
Globalists are satanically created evil 1-worlders waiting for the arrival of the Anti-Christ.

Nationalists were God created by the Tower of Babel that sent like-speakers to settle all the parts of the world. There they developed localized languages and DNA [due to climate and leader dominance] and then the Tribes grew into Nations.

Je comprende vous?




Kristana Arp
This has got to be satire. If not, I despair for Americans' mental state.



PV
Whether he (Charles Stewart Jr.) meant it as satire or not it is true. God put people within borders with their own languages. The Devil wants no borders and everyone mixed and at each other's throats to facilitate world tyranny. In the very end times Satan and his spiritual children assert dominion over the entire planet. Satan is unbound and able to deceive the nations, which he couldn't before. Christians are to confront the Devil and never acquiesce. In this process God's elect are called out and tempered.

6.12.2017

Submit to your church leaders, you sheep!!

This is from an article by some seminary doofus named Julius J. Kim.

I know somebody who gets a lot from the R. C. Sproul website this article was posted at, so I want to say I am not slamming R. C. Sproul. I've read numerous books written by him.

But look at this:

Submission to Leaders

Being a member of the church includes receiving the blessings God has provided for our growth and maturity, especially as we submit to the church’s leadership. God established the church with a structure for pastoral oversight and spiritual leadership. Like weak and defenseless sheep, members of the church are blessed to have the guidance and protection of shepherds. Hebrews 13:17 calls on Christians to “obey your leaders and submit to them.” Why? “For they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account.” The pastors and elders of a church are called to care for the “flock” of God as they follow the pattern set by Christ, the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:1–5).

As leaders under the authority of Christ and the Scriptures, pastors and elders are called upon to promote the marks of a true church: the faithful preaching of the gospel, the pure administration of the sacraments, and the true exercise of discipline. Through this, members of the church receive the grace of God in Christ.

Why don't these church leaders submit to me? What's the difference? I'm human, and I'm also not the one Mediator between God and man, just like they aren't. Also, I have the word of God too. In many forms. On many gadgets, and in beautifully bound leather.

He quoted Hebrews like a Romanist. They always leave out this: Heb 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Heb 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines.


They had the word of God. Which was a rare possession back then. Not so rare today. Oh, but, you say they have seminary educations? Which seminary? Oh, a conservative, orthodox one? Like Westminster Theological Seminary? Good, solid Reformed seminary, right? That employed Peter Enns for twenty years (who is pretty much the equivalent of a doctrinal blood drinker, and always has been)? Good discernment, conservative, orthodox seminary. Not to mention employing Norman Shepherd. God knows who else they've employed or still employ. These are professors, folks. The very people who teach these benighted seminary graduates.

(Look at the recent, actually ongoing, case of Pastor James White. He recently sat on a stage with a Muslim jihadi saying in a puppy dog, beta cuck tone: "You are my mentor, sir. What you teach me I follow." This is a 'church leader.' One would be better off submitting to his dog, if he has one.)

This comes down to how God sees Christians vs. how Satan wants Christians to be. God makes his elect prophets, priests, and kings. Satan takes the sheep metaphor and runs with it to the point of saying: "In the nursery for life, sheep! You eternal milk drinkers! It's not for you to become lions of the faith, or so-called prophets, priests, and kings. Who are you? Submit to my carefully selected church leaders. I, Satan, am a very skilled gatekeeper. My selected leaders will keep you safe. Don't worry. And don't get uppity. And don't read those Bibles either. Let my, ahem, I mean your church leaders read it for you. They'll spend a full hour on half a verse, just like I tell them to. But you're too stupid to catch on even though I tell you this. See you in hell for eternity, sheep."

6.10.2017

A rule for living in end times

The end times get into final stage when Satan asserts dominion over the entire planet. Clearly that has been happening since the early 20th century with Marxism and arguably even more so now with Islam operating on top of an entrenched layer of cultural Marxism.

The Devil's two biggest fronts in these latter days have been Marxism and Islam. Islam always, of course, but with the current reawakening of the massive evil that is Islam it takes on the role of being the army of Satan in his putsch to attain dominion over areas of the earth God didn't give him access to prior.

Marxism is the power of the 'air', the universe of discourse, where evil ideas get propagated with lightning speed because they have Satan's power behind them. Marxism does not have to be bloody revolution, but can merely be things like Critical Theory, able to defile institutions and minds and cultures and civilization itself. Cultural Marxism.

How are God's elect to act in these times? How are God's elect to see all this in the light of Scripture?

As one of God's elect the way to see all this is: it may very well be decreed by God, in His plan, that Satan has these victories all the way to the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Yet the Bible tells us to confront the Devil. It doesn't tell us to acquiesce to the Devil's (and his children's) putsch on the entire planet.

This is how to see it: we confront the Devil at every step, and in the process of doing that the already called out elect both temper ourselves in the battle, and - in the demonstration of that battle - call out the rest of God's elect.

Any Christian leader or educator who tells you to acquiesce to Satan's advance all around us is either duped, weak, or demonic.

6.09.2017

Neocons

I, like a lot of people, am shaking my head that I ever fell for the neocon ruse. As someone said recently, though, the neocons fooled everybody; they crafted their lies well, and they hid their motives well. It didn't help that their most aggressive critics were know-nothing leftists who snarled at neocons while supporting the same thing on the left side of the uniparty.

In fact, all 'schools' of foreign policy in Washington were really the same thing. Like good Marxists they took the real choice off the table, which was the traditional foreign policy of the Founding Fathers.

Here's a good, non-mainstream article on what neocon/neoliberal mean.

David Goldman (who goes by Spengler at times) is always fun to read when he's talking about his old neocon buddies. He left the movement long ago. In the linked article he demonstrates why Trump is a force for good and what he's up against.

While you're at it go through this page with all its useful links. If you have a knee-jerk dislike or hatred for Trump try to see how that is very shallow (and wicked if you are at all conscious of what he is going against). Many Christians, not street level but seminary educated (which means unknowingly addled by cultural Marxism), took a negative approach to Trump not realizing they were fully on the side of the Devil in doing that.

6.08.2017

Islam again kills women and children...James White gets angry at Christians

[Update: James White has run for the tall grass. He was challenged to debate a former Muslim on these issues and on White's recent behavior, and White has refused. White always runs when confronted. He embodies the worst of modern Christian leaders and educators. He's shallow, but he also seems to take pleasure in seeing the Devil have victories in this world, in these end times. A sign of a lack of regeneration, among many other signs...]

Once again, just after another bout of heroic woman stabbing and child massacring James White doesn't disappoint in his refusal or inability to acknowledge that the 's' in Islam stands for Satan.

Like 99% of pastors in America James White is a beta cuck unconsciously brain-addled by cultural Marxism.

If you're a pastor "in good standing" in America you can't believe in anything "wacky" like the supernatural. The world will mock you, and you can't have that. The Holy Spirit has nothing to do with the word of God and its preservation, and Satan has nothing to do with Islam.

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Update: James White is finally being recognized as an apostate and useful idiot for Islam:

https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1401529089913442

http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/brannon-howse-june-7-2017

http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/brannon-howse-june-8-2017

http://www.worldviewweekend.com/radio/audio/brannon-howse-june-9-2017


5.31.2017

Addendum to a previous post on the human races

A continuation of this post.

The more animalistic a people look the more the Devil has defiled their racial bloodline.

This also happened prior to the flood. God wiped out all living creatures because of it. Then He said He would not do that again, so the Devil did his thing again, defiled the human blood line(s), and so here we are again. God has let it go this time, though there will be a judgment.

Asians resemble monkeys, Africans resemble great apes (such as gorillas and chimpanzees). It is only the extent that any individual one of them has white blood that they look anything approaching the original human creation.

These comments freak people out, but they're made just for understanding. We're all in the same boat regarding salvation. No faith in Christ (who is God just as the Father and just as the Holy Spirit is God) no salvation. No faith in Christ, no salvation.

Political-correctness is fear of the world. The theories Christians give for why there are many human races are all garbage explanations meant to show the world that they 'properly' fear the world.

When the Devil defiles the bloodline of a people it changes the structure of the soul of that people. Regeneration by the word and the Spirit, though, restores an individual soul back to how God created the human soul.

5.27.2017

The answer to why there are different races of human beings

One of the questions I had in this post had to do with why God created races of humans so divergent from each other which could only lead to conflict of various kinds.

Today I was reading a story about ISIS militants in the Philippines, and they had a photo of one of the militants. He looked more animal than human. I asked the same question, why did God create such animal like humans in the first place? (This militant also behaved as an animal.)

Right then it struck me: God didn't create them. They are the result of Satan infiltrating and defiling the human bloodline.

I was talking to an Hispanic woman once who in the course of the conversation casually said white people are how God made people to look. I.e. white people are the normal way God created people. This came out of the mouth of an Hispanic woman. Casually. Like it was common knowledge and a common thing for her to say in her own community.

There's a sense that mongoloids and negroids, and various mixes of all the races, know, collectively and individually, that there is something wrong with them. Compared to the white race. Obviously it's not conscious knowledge in them all, or even in many of them, but it's there. They look in a mirror and say, What the hell? At some point they do that. They then say to themselves, "I've been caught up in some kind of evil I had nothing to do with. I just got born. But does that mean I'm evil?"

Complicating it all - to the Devil's advantage - is all humankind have original sin and have actively sinned. So the Devil knows this puts the normal race of people at the same level as his defiled offspring, and he's then able to play it all off against each other in multifarious ways, all to the detriment of the white race ultimately.

Satan can't destroy God's elect. He can only annoy God's plan, he can't defeat God's plan. Yet he really annoys God's plan in many ways.

(I should add this point in here: these races of people defiled by Satan have the pride and vanity of Satan. In their animalistic hybrid selves they think they're just fine, if not the crown of creation. This also breeds a wild resentment in them, justified in their animilistic minds, patterned as well on Satan's hallucinogenic resentment towards God.)

Where does this leave individuals born in the line of blood Satan defiled? Are they all hellbound? Reprobate? Decreed by God to their fate of being defiled humanity? Or are they in the same boat as any white person?

Christian doctrine would put them in the same boat as all white people. Hell bound but for saving faith in the life and death of the Savior, Jesus Christ.

The main point here is my question is answered. I asked God why He created such radically diverse types of human races, and the answer is He didn't. He created Adam and Eve and from them all humankind have their genesis, yet Satan stepped in and defiled that bloodline in numerous ways at numerous times to get things to where they are now. God allowed it, yet He will bring His fist down upon the perpetrator in His time.

[See an addendum to this post here.}

5.26.2017

Wotan, Odin, like Olympian pantheon, are folk-imagination-evocations of angels

Europeans are trying to find their way back to God, or to some connection with the invisible realm. Their indoctrination has been strongly negative towards Christianity (not to mention common fallen nature being strongly against it), so there is some groping in the dark towards folk gods and goddesses such as Odin, also known as Wotan.

This seems silly to Christians on the surface of it. Some see this yearning to revive old pagan religion as a kind of LARPing (live action role playing). It's easy to mock in this way, but hold on...

What are mythological gods anyway but angelic evocations the organic, collective folk mind conjures in the desire to people the heavenly realm that is invisible to us? I say folk mind because each people group small and large seems to evoke this angelic realm and these beings in their own unique way.

Christianity is bigger than unbelievers know. Christian history goes back further than they know as well. For instance, the Europeans interested in old pagan religion don't realize the basic stock of humanity itself migrated to Europe from ultimately the dispersing of Noah's offspring at the Tower of Babel. Does this make Europeans Israelites? Perhaps same stock, but Israelites are more narrowly the line of Jacob. Did later some Israelites migrate into Europe just a few centuries prior to the birth - incarnation - of Christ? Yes.

What is the role of good angels and fallen angels in all this? These evocations can be used both ways. If they're drawn on for true wisdom, inspiration, a force of unifying in war, and other positive things then the evocation is of good angels. If they are worshipped in the place of their Creator then the evocation becomes Satanic, ultimately. Satan will use anything, counterfeit anything, appropriate anything to his uses. He'll also impersonate an angel of light.

Angels are messengers of the Triune God, they are not God Himself. Yet angels exist as real beings. If the folk imagination conjures them as Apollo and Athena, or as Wotan and Freya, and they are not worshipped as God Himself then they are angelic evocations of a real nature.

Christianity is not a religion or worldview in the sense of one among other competing religions or worldviews. Christianity is reality and transcends everything, and in that it also includes everything under its umbrella. Everything false under that umbrella will either be counterfeit of the real thing or will be the real thing seen in fragment and through a glass darkly.

Europeans yearning for wisdom and the spiritual realm have too small a view of Christianity in history and human nature and in the visible realm and the invisible realm.

A necessary postscript: Many Europeans are stuck at the stumbling block of associating Jesus and ancient Israelites with modern day Jewry. Modern day Jewry don't even worship or recognize the same God as Christians. The God of the Bible is Triune. This is something even the ancient Druid priesthood knew. Jews see God differently. Like Muslims they reject the biblical Triune God. They, like Muslims, deny Jesus is God come in the flesh. This is the biblical definition of having the spirit of anti-Christ. Strikingly, Jesus Himself said these Jews were of their father the Devil. So Muslims reject the Bible for their own book, and the Jews do the same, their real book being the Talmud, not the Old Testament. As for the racial aspect, King Alfred the Great had more Israelite in him than any Jew in modern day Israel.


5.25.2017

Three questions I have for God

I don't know everything. Everybody has to pretend that they do know everything. I know a lot, and can figure out the rest pretty well, but there are some things I still don't know.

I'm going to put three questions to God. People are probably afraid to put questions to God in this way. I'm not questioning God so much as putting questions to Him. These are things I honestly wonder about.

1. Why don't human teeth regenerate? You created the human body so wonderfully (even though in our fallen state we've made it look rather ugly and worn out in terms of disease and other things over the centuries since the fall), yet you didn't make it so that human teeth regenerate. Teeth wear out. They get broken, knocked out in various ways, rotted. They need to regenerate just like fingernails and hair regenerate. Alligators go through hundreds of teeth in a lifetime. Their teeth regenerate. I wonder why human teeth don't do the same? (And also it's hard to think of someone living 900 years, as before the flood, without teeth regenerating.)

2. Why did you create different races of human beings of such startlingly different traits and looks and intelligence and so on? It seems that only could lead to conflict. Perhaps you wanted all the different races and people groups to stay within their borders speaking their own unique languages like You said in Genesis, and we have gone against that arrangement. I understand all that, but I still wonder why You created such disparate kinds of people. And the differences were bound to make one the enemy of the others. The darker prey upon the lighter. The lighter are even the fewer making it worse.

3. Why, when you said you would, as part of your common grace, limit the evil of man do we see evil seemingly unbound and unlimited such as in the past century? It's hard to see that man was kept from acting out unlimited evil in just the 20th century alone. Perhaps this is evidence that Satan has been unloosed because we are at the very end of the end times and he is now able to deceive the nations and assert dominion over the entire planet. That would answer it.

Bonus Question: Why, if there was no death before the fall, do all the creatures of nature bite and tear and rip and kill with their fangs and their claws and razor sharp beaks and so on? I.e. why do nature's creatures even have these sharp fangs and claws and beaks that are only designed to kill and eat other living things? It's hard to imagine a lion eating only plants. Perhaps it was only humans, who were created in the image of God, that didn't endure death. That would explain it.

5.21.2017

Christianity requires initiation

To the uninitiated Christianity will always come across as strange. To the initiated Christianity will always come across as strange. This is because Christianity is not worldly. Everything else is worldly. Anything worldly is comfortable to us. Anything that's not worldly is weird. Just as everything that isn't God the Creator - i.e. everything that is part of the creation - is comfortable to us; yet God Himself is uncomfortable to our fallen nature. We'll worship anything that is part of creation, but we will refuse to worship or even recognize the Creator. That is because the Creator is higher than us. He created us. This makes our fallen nature very uncomfortable. It's uncomfortable to even just recognize something higher than 'us.'

Take this thought - this reality - into how to think of non-Christians, or people who are commonly hostile to Christianity. It seems weird to them. Uncomfortable. It did - and still does - to me. Yet what happened? I finally took up the Bible and read. I read and persevered on until I'd read it all. (This is a side point, but even the various genres of the Bible are strange, even to a well-read individual.) I read, and read, and read again, until I became initiated into the world of the word of God. It slowly began to come into focus with each new reading. There is no shortcut. This is what you have to do. Just read it. Read the Bible. Page by page. Verse by verse, chapter by chapter, book by book. And this is what an unbeliever has to be told.

With all the raw living word inside you you will then be able to gravitate towards true biblical doctrine. This is part of it as well. But you have to have the entire word of God in you. Something so few make the effort to acquire. You have to be initiated.

You're not going to be argued into the faith, or coaxed, or convinced emotionally or intellectually. Without the real initiation of having the entire living, quickening words of the Bible in you it will all be shallow.

You have to have a stake in Christianity (a share, or interest in, money on). In reality itself.

Churches don't teach what I've written above. Seminaries don't teach what I've written above. The Bible itself to these people and institutions has become a sort of ad hoc, loose binder class notes, or professor's notes, or pastor's notes, and not even a complete, unified, pure and whole, supernaturally preserved, inspired, word of the living God. It's almost like these types not only don't see the Bible that latter way but they actually keep such a thing away from those they influence. Such a thing is something to mock.

Just read. And don't confute (disagree, or be disagreeable) at every page, just take it in. If you have to see it this way: like a computer downloading a program. Just download it. Complete. You don't want a partially downloaded program. Along the way the word of God has a way of quickening you. If you're really doing what I've written to begin with there is a reason for that. God quickens - regenerates, awakens - via His word, and via the Holy Spirit. Move towards Me, and I'll move towards you, says God, in several places throughout the Old and New Testaments...

Only this effort to get initiated in a real way has any meaning or leads to anything real.

5.14.2017

I don't exaggerate regarding churchians

Listen to this program around the 27:30 mark. These people don't believe in supernatural regeneration by the word and the Spirit. It's obviously something they've never experienced. John Owen wrote about this. I find it absolutely obnoxious that people would put themselves in positions of Christian leadership while not having a clue about the main thing: regeneration (also called being born again).

Many of these clueless souls grew up in churches, so they appear to be handicapped in not being able to discern any real change in themselves, unlike a person who grows up having nothing to do with churches. Regeneration is going to be a more striking change (lifestyle change, for instance) for the latter. Still, though, regeneration is regeneration and its effect will be known whatever your life experience, and these types at the linked podcast appear to not have been through it.

This effects their relationship with the Bible as well. The two most foundational realities of the faith: the living, quickening - supernatural - word of God and monergistic regeneration by the word and the Spirit, are things they actually downplay. They downgrade the Bible to a mere text document that needs their own critical text skills to even be determined what it is; and they downgrade any work of the word and the Spirit, giving all to man and ritual.

What does this sound like? It sounds like a default Roman Catholicism. No word of God needed, and 'sacraments' the all in all. Priestcraft stepping in for any silly notion of supernatural regeneration by the word and the (so-called?) Spirit. Then they protect themselves by adopting a default guild mentality and guild-like respecting of persons. The 'teaching church' talking down to the so-called 'lay people.' Meanwhile real Christians (red-pilled?) are being awakened (Rom. 13:11) everyday, but are not walking through the doors of such shallow, Christian-reality-denying fakes.

God and Mammon = God and Satan

Seeing the phenomenon of internet truth and liberty people selling out to globalist money (via intermediators like Media Matters, if you think that sounds too grandiose) made me think of the biblical verse about serving God and Mammon (money) at the same time. You can't serve God and Mammon at the same time. My thought is: that dichotomy - God and Mammon - is as stark as God and Satan. I believe this means that when a person sells out their conscience and ideals to money they are in effect actually selling themselves to the Devil.

With all the focus - understandable focus - on pedophilia and sex crimes in general being used to extort and control people we can forget how central money is in corrupting people for political use. Somebody said if you give someone a good salary, a pension and benefits you can get them to do anything. Think teacher's unions, think federal police forces. Think IRS. You can turn someone into a death camp guard for the right price.

5.12.2017

Trinitarian objectivism

I came across the term 'trinitarian objectivism' in a J. I. Packer essay awhile back and tried to google it to see what it meant (Packer gave no explanation in the course of the essay), and came up empty. Because I'm banned from pretty much all of the Christian forums on the internet I couldn't put the question to anyone that way; so I just put it on a shelf.

Then this evening I came across this little essay on Reformed Forum. You have to read the entire essay to get the context, but in it I found an explanation for the term I was looking for.

This paragraph is probably not very helpful when read alone (again, you should read the entire essay), but it gets somewhat directly at what it means to have an objectively Trinitarian worldview:

Herman Bavinck’s organic ontology, which holds that the archetypal unity-in-diversity of the triune God of Scripture requires an ectypal unity-in-diversity in the creation, provides the theological rationale for his philosophical apologetic.[12] Because the creation is not amorphous, conforming to the subjective and variegated philosophies of man, but has an objective unity-in-diversity ontology, both monism and dualism are unable to account for the full-orbed life of the world and humanity. The former destroys all diversity at the expense of unity and the latter posits a diversity that never arrives at a unity—neither can satisfy both the heart and the mind. Such satisfaction is reserved only for the revelational epistemology of Scripture that takes the doctrine of the Trinity as its alpha and omega point.

5.10.2017

An obnoxious, familiar pattern regarding the new scientific discoveries putting the earth at the center of the universe

I've been complaining about the lack of interest by Christian writers in recent scientific discoveries putting the earth at the center of the universe. Now I'm seeing a pattern that plays out elsewhere on the internet.

Globalist interests want to destroy the truth and liberty movement generally known as the alt right or alternative media. One way they are attempting this is to pay people to present themselves as part of the movement but then to write constantly on the themes of an extreme anti-Jewish or anti-Zionism position and also constantly rattling on about flat-earth theory and beliefs. While also attacking the most popular and effective members of the truth/liberty movement.

So now I'm seeing something similar happening with these new scientific discoveries showing the Bible to be true and the earth to be supernaturally positioned in an obviously created universe. Establishment science can't wave these findings off, so they've decided they have to try to separate Christianity from the findings. They are doing this by paying for articles and blog posts on the subject written by people pretending to be Muslim, and having them associate the religious aspects of the new findings solely with Islamic beliefs.

Why aren't real Christians writing about - or even mentioning - these things? Maybe real Christians are few. The churchians are scared of their own shadow when it comes to what the world thinks of them, and thus they don't want to publicly espouse anything that is or seems supernatural.

All the early internet articles on these remarkable findings (remarkable obviously understates such epochal and world-changing findings) are written by professed Muslims. Here's one that doesn't tip the Muslim hand until midway through the article, but that is the reason it was written:

http://www.reach-unlimited.com/p/1039043492/planck-satellite-data-confirm-earth-may-be-the-center-of-universe

These are interesting times, these new scientific discoveries not the least of it all. Interesting that Christians still are showing a really very studied lack of interest in them. It exposes them.

4.27.2017

Transyuggothian Magic

Do a word search on Transyuggothian Magic.

It's basically the ritual involving the belief that a person can tap into powers from realms beyond our solar system to attain worldly power, and - ultimately - immortality. The significance of the realms being tapped into being beyond our solar system is the belief that there are gods beyond the outer most planet that are greater than the God of the Bible, Jehovah. The people with these beliefs are Luciferians in general. The ritual itself involves the sexual molestation, torture, and killing of infants and children; the union with their bodies in sexual acts, the drinking of their blood, eating of their flesh, etc.

The people involved in these rituals wear different hats but are basically the same. Just as Satan goes by many different names and guises and fronts but is Satan just the same.

It's arguable that these rituals work, to some extent, considering the human lizards and dupes who engage in them seem to be the power brokers in every corner of the world and level of society.

Along with the ultimate motive to achieve immortality they have a sub-motive to entrap people for purposes of extortion to further and protect their obviously (hallucinogenically) illegal activity; politicians and law enforcement being prime targets. I.e. once these people and groups are already involved in human trafficking to supply themselves with young blood they can also easily traffic in young girls and boys to tempt the easily tempted, get the visual evidence on them, then use that to control them. Imagine the successful man who already has it all (he's a politician, a CEO, a whatever) yet laments the one thing he can't seem to get: a fresh, young teenage girl. The traffickers can supply that, no problem. Even if the girl is not technically under age (which she probably is, especially in America where the age of consent is 18 as opposed to European countries where the age of consent varies but can be as low as 14 as in Germany), again even if the girl is not technically under age the revelation of the man with a young girl might still destroy his life, his marriage, etc. And the opportunity for false witness and false claims against him are just multiplied by him even having been in the environment of the temptation to begin with.

This activity has built in protections against exposure and prosecution also due to the fact that it so explodes all notions of sane behavior that normal people can't begin to comprehend such things; and even if they can begin to they don't continue to think about it because it is so evil and dark and depressing. It is emotionally and spiritually draining to keep it in mind.

The Luciferians bank on this and know that all little flaps of media exposure eventually blow over in time. They might throw some of their own under the bus to satisfy public concern to some extent; but nothing changes.

Overall these people are the tools Satan uses in his big end time moves to assert dominion over the entire world. All the one worldism, the globalism, the massive global level schemes like 'climate change' to effect politics in every nation and to divert public money, etc. All the moves to defile cultures and institutions and to destroy human beings at all levels of civilization.

This is what is playing out.

If you begin to think in terms of everything in this physical realm having an analogue in the spiritual realm you can begin to see it all more clearly.

There is much in the Bible that remains opaque to Christians simply because putting two and two together requires a vision (and recognition to begin with) of the supernatural realm (not to mention sin itself) that is considered "wacky" by the usual suspects in Christian environments (shallow, world-fearing seminary graduates, pastors, elders, teachers, professors) that people get dissuaded and stay shallow.

Faith hath a piercing eye to see into the spiritual realms, saith the Puritan of yore.

An example: in the physical realm homosexuals are just two people of the same gender having sexual relations of one kind or another. Yet in the spiritual realm two male homosexuals are engaging in a Satanic ritual of feces eating; and two female homosexuals are engaging in a Satanic ritual of blood drinking. These activities (not to even mention the boundary crossing and rebellion against God's ways) open up the individuals in question to Satanic influence and bondage. In the physical realm you may not see the effect of this in the homosexuals' everyday lives, but usually if you can get a longer and more under-the-surface glimpse into their lives and mental and emotional and spiritual states you will see their darker sides. Their treatment of children, for instance; or their love of baby killing, if even just in the form of advocating for extreme positions on abortion. Also their recruiting of vulnerable youth into their homosexual lifestyles. Their politics, their choice of entertainment (or what they consider entertaining), their stunted emotional development, lack of maturity in general, a thousand different ways you'll see the manifestation of their dark lifestyle in their more private world. Certainly where you won't see these sides of them is when they are presenting themselves to the public with intent to defend their lifestyle. This is just one example of how to see the connections between the physical realm and the spiritual realm.

We live amidst supernatural evil of the most cartoonish variety. We stay asleep to it though because awakening to it is psychologically and emotionally depressing if not crushing. Just look how the mainstream media blanks out the evil of children being crucified in the Middle East but will jump and scream with indignation and rage that somebody in the White House praised Ivanka's shoe line. Mainstream media types are not just giving evil a pass but are demonstrating how we as humans tend to want to not be awake to blatant evil all around us.

4.22.2017

The Challenge of Islam According to the Reformers



In expounding Daniel 9, Martin Luther noted that among others, the prophet Daniel was talking about the Muslim Turks, who at that time were invading Europe: "In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue will arise. He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation … He will cause deceit to prosper and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power." Daniel 9: 23 – 25

Luther wrote that the "two regimes, that of the Pope and that of the Turk, are … antichrist."

John Calvin in a sermon on Deuteronomy 18:15 maintained that Muhammad was one of "the two horns of antichrist."

In his commentaries on Daniel (7: 7 – 18), Calvin put forward the theory that the Muslim Turks were the little horn that sprang up from the beast. As the Turks had conquered much of the old Roman Empire, much of the prophecies concerning Rome could apply to the Muslim world. Islam was one of the two legs of the later Roman Empire described in Daniel 2.

Commenting on Daniel 11:37, Calvin wrote that Muhammad "allowed to men the brutal liberty of chastising their wives and thus he corrupted that conjugal love and fidelity which binds the husband to the wife … Mohamet allowed full scope to various lusts – by permitting a man to have a number of wives … Mohamet invented a new form of religion." (Commentaries on the Book of the Prophet Daniel – John Calvin).

Luther noted that Christ warned about false prophets coming from the desert (Matthew 24: 24 – 26) and this certainly included Muhammad.

Commenting on 2 Thessalonians 2: 3 – 12, Calvin wrote that … "the sect of Mohammad was like a raging overflow, which in its violence tore away about half of the church."

In his commentary on 1 John 2: 18 – 23, Calvin states that the Turks "have a mere idol in place of God."

Luther observed from 1 John 2: 18 – 22 and 4: 1 – 3, "Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist – he denies the Father and the Son." 1 John 2: 22, that the Mohammadans deny both the Fatherhood of God and the Deity of Christ – hence they are liars. They testify against the truth of God’s Word.

On 1 John 4: 3 – 6: "but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus, is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist … this is how we recognise the spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood", Calvin noted that "Mohammad too asserts that he has drawn his dreams only from Heaven … False spirits claim the Name of God."

Luther observed that the Muslim Turks want "to eradicate the Christians."

The 1637 Calvinist Dordt Bible in Dutch, comments on Revelation 16:12 that the Muslim nations of the East would still unite with one another in a Pan-Islamic Jihad against the West.

The 1643 Westminster Assembly’s "Larger Catechism" calls on Christians to ... "pray, that the kingdom of sin and Satan may be destroyed, that the Gospel propagated throughout the world …" It’s "Directory for the Public Worship of God" instructs congregations to "pray for the propagation of the Gospel and Kingdom of Christ to all nations, for the conversion of the Jews, the fullness of the gentiles, the fall of antichrist, and the deliverance of the distressed Churches abroad from the tyranny of the antiChristian faction, and from the cruel oppression and blasphemies of the Turk."

Commenting on Rev. 9: 1 – 11, the Dutch Dordt Bible of 1637 suggests that Muhammad is "Apollyon" (which is Greek for the Hebrew word "Abaddon" which means destroyer) and the army of locusts and scorpions are the Arab and Saracen armies which wage Jihad in Muhammad’s name.

In his Institutes (Book 2, chapter 6:4), Calvin writes: "So today the Turks, although they proclaim at the top of their lungs that the Creator of Heaven and earth is God, still, while repudiating Christ, substitute an idol in the place of the true God."

Jonathan Edwards, the first President of Princeton University, wrote in his "A History of the Work of Redemption." "The two great works of the devil which he … wrought against the Kingdom of Christ are … his Anti-Christian (Romish or Papal) and Mahometan (Muslim or Islamic) kingdoms … which have been, and still are, two kingdoms of great extent and strength. Both together swallow … up the Ancient Roman Empire; the (Papal) kingdom of Antichrist swallowing up the Western Empire, and Satan’s Mahometan kingdom the Eastern Empire … In the Book of Revelation (chapters 16 – 20) … it is in the destruction of these that the glorious victory of Christ at the introduction of the glorious times of the Church, will mainly consist…"

In a sermon on 2 Timothy 1:3, Calvin explained: "The Turks at this day, can allege and say for themselves: ‘We serve God from our ancestors!’ … It is a good while ago since Mahomet gave them the cup of his devilish dreams to drink, and they got drunk with them. It is about a thousand years since those cursed hellhounds were made drunk with their follies … Let us be wise and discreet! … For otherwise, we shall be like the Turks and Heathen!" (Sermons on Timothy and Titus – John Calvin).

Calvin pointed out that the reign of antichrist will be destroyed by the Word of God (2 Thessalonians 2:8). "Paul does not think that Christ will accomplish this in a single moment … Christ will scatter the darkness in which antichrist will reign, by the rays which He will emit before His coming – just as the sun, before becoming visible to us, chases away the darkness of the night with its bright light.

"This victory of the Word will therefore be seen in the World. For ‘the Breath (or Spirit) of His Mouth’ means simply His Word … as in Isaiah 11:4, the passage to which Paul appears to be alluding … It is a notable commendation of true and sound doctrine that it is represented as being sufficient to put an end to all ungodliness, and as destined at all times to be victorious over all devices of Satan. It is also a commendation when … a little further on … the preaching of this doctrine, is referred to as Christ’s ‘coming’ to us." (Commentary on Second Thessalonians - John Calvin).

"The Kingdoms of the world have become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign for ever and ever." Revelation 11:15

"All nations will come and worship before You …" Revelation 15:4

"The desert tribes will bow before Him and His enemies will lick the dust ... All kings will bow down to Him and all nations will serve Him." Psalm 72: 9-11

From here; which was linked from this excellent website out of South Africa.

4.20.2017

A different approach to studying and using historical writing that values the unity of truth

I say that "values the unity of truth" because these days historians, or so-called historians, consider truth to be relative or some kind of 'power play' perpetuated by mostly white people and Christian western culture and civilization. We just have to stick with and engage older historians these days, for the most part, which isn't a horrible thing anyway. Time-vetted historical works are obviously valuable in many deep ways, it goes without saying...

Until roughly the 1930s, American higher education was based on what was explicitly called “the unity of Truth”—“ the conviction that all truths agreed and ultimately could be related to one another in a single system,” writes Harvard historian Julie Reuben.

Pearcey, Nancy. Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes (p. 153). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition.

In addition to the above paragraph the unity of truth also means truth doesn't evolve or change with the time. What was truth for 5th century Athens is truth for people today in any part of the world.

So here's an approach to world history that gets at foundational elements that give unique understanding of human nature, the ways of the world, the nature of power, and even current psychological phenomena.

Study the five main cities in world history:

1. Jerusalem
2. Athens
3. Rome
4. London
5. Washington

Not really just the 'cities' but what they represent. In most cases they represent an empire of one type or another. I guess in all cases. And because they represent empire their influence in the world and through time - until our very own time - gives added dimension to getting understanding from history.

For Jerusalem we have the Bible.

For Athens we have her own classic historians such as Thucydides.

For Rome we have Edward Gibbon.

For London there are many histories of the British Empire. I read Niall Ferguson's Empire which I can recommend highly. It's not politically-correct, and I got some of the understanding of psychological phenomena that is current that I mentioned above from this book. For instance a lot of the interplay between the races, especially black vs. white, but lately all the races (because they've all learned it now). How black people play on white guilt, for instance. Why our world looks the way it is currently. Much of this has to do with consequences of actions committed by the British around the world. And to a lesser extent other European countries, but mostly the British and their Empire. The United States, unfortunately, seems to get all the blame nowadays for what other European countries and the British Empire did.

For Washington (or just American history) there is Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America and the epic three volume History of the American People by Samuel Eliot Morison.

For tyranny you can go to Paris and France's archetypal Satanic revolution. Then to fill that out further and see an empire development of that darkness go to Moscow/Saint Petersburg.

4.09.2017

Take advantage of the old pedagogues

Every Christian should read Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Not because, as some did in the past, to match historical events with the Book of Revelation (Historicism) but to see the patterns of history nevertheless (which does help with reading Revelation). To also get a general, classic presentation of the nature of power and the nature of human nature itself. To get perspective and understanding from where we stand in history and in the events of our own country and culture and civilization.

Since, though, Roman history is divided into three main sections: the Kingdom; the Republic; and the Empire; it may be useful, before reading Gibbon (which gives a complete history of the third section, the Empire) to glance through the Kingdom and Republic parts.

For that there is a book written in 1885 by an American educator and founder of a college (a pedagogue with interest in educating young people with easy-to-read yet serious overviews of various subject matter, a type of writer that seemed prominent in the 19th century) named Arthur Gilman. He wrote a book titled The Story of Rome from the Earliest Times to the End of the Republic. See, he gives the Kingdom and the Republic part of Roman history. Gibbon covers the Empire from there.

You can find Gilman's book for free at Amazon's Kindle store (and probably at other internet sites that have old books in electronic formats). It's free, it's well-written, it's worth it.

Along the same lines there is a similar writer from the same century, though in this case an Englishman, who wrote an incredibly helpful book on the Peloponnesian War. Reading Thucydides is a difficult task. It's difficult to envision the geography and events and timeline of the action. The book I'm talking about is by H. L. Havell titled Stories from Thucydides. The title makes it sound like a book written for children, but it's not. It's a good 400 pages and follows Thucydides' history closely, but just narrates it in a way that makes the entire narrative easy to envision and get perspective on. If you've read through Thucydides once, as I have, and then you read this book there will be a lot of 'Ah's and "OK, now I see" and so forth. It really is a necessary book to get understanding of Thucydides classic history. Not even modern books written with the intent of making Thucydides easier to grasp come close to the usefulness and competence of this book. Well worth looking for. It's free too at Amazon Kindle or any other site that has free, old books in electronic formats.

PS: Another similar writer from the 19th century is Alfred John Church, or A. J. Church. He may be focused on younger people, but it's a similar vein.

3.31.2017

Today on Reformed Forum...

Today on Reformed Forum - Fri., May 6, 2016 - we're going to be talking with a good friend about an article he has written for the North American Karl Barth Review regarding what do we make of Barth's Christology vis-a-vis his unique view of inspiration in light of his support for Stalinist genocide. [Moderator note: we've deleted all mention of Stalinist genocide from this interview after many complaints from some very good and important Reformed Barth scholars, many of whom are our good friends and brothers in the faith.]

Today on Reformed Forum - Fri., May 13, 2016 - we're going to be talking to just an excellent Reformed scholar about his new book on Declension Static Traumatizing String Theory Translation Algorithms and how this new practice is revolutionizing the translation of the Bible for new generations and making it possible to get the word of God right without having to even access any manuscripts. Praise God.

Today on Reformed Forum - Fri., May 20, 2016 - we're going to be presenting highlights from our last two shows.

Today on Reformed Forum - Fri., May 27, 2016 - we're going to be talking with Carlos Montoya, a really cool graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary, on his thesis that dichotomy was not the reigning belief in OPC churches in western Pennsylvania surprisingly until really the middle of the last century. He's done a lot of important investigative work on this subject, and we will explore this important topic on Reformed Forum, Christ the Center.

Today on Reformed Forum - Fri., June 3, 2016 - I will review the new version of Scholax Software, and, with great joy, focus on their new 20th century Roman Catholic theologians modules. Here's a hint: there's joy in Mudville, because they hit it out of the park...

Today on Reformed Forum - Fri., June 10, 2016 - we're going to be talking with church historian Len Dulles (pronounced Dull-ass) regarding the very exciting new finding of a cache of pastor's diaries from the 1950's in a storage unit in Milwaukee three years ago. The diaries have been collated and put into a new multi-volume book by Len and cast a very important light on the relation between Milwaukee pastors and their congregations during the historic Eisenhower administration years. One thing Len has dug up from this find is the extensive use of catechisms for vetting church administrators and not just teachers. That's an important find and gives a great new insight into our faith and the history of God's plan of redemption. Praise God.

Today on Reformed Forum - Fri., June 17, 2016 - we're going to be talking with a good friend about Karl Barth. How do we see Barth's take on regeneration? Barth said that regeneration was like giving allegiance to the Communist Party. Is this helpful for our understanding of Reformed doctrine? How can we incorporate it and learn from it. What did Barth say about Reformed churches taking money from the government to help settle Muslim refugees in our small town? Should we become Muslim? Is there a difference? What would Barth say? Why am I talking softly? Am I a soft-talking scholar? Are my blank eyes a symptom of some sort of unknown-to-me indoctrination I've received from institutions that don't really believe the Bible to be more than some Ancient Near East text document, with its supernatural baggage and talk of sin when I'm a pastor in good standing with a wife and kids, i.e. sinless and soft-talking and blinking mindlessly with my blank eyes, following the rules laid down by all the authority figures that must be obeyed including their decrees about gender and abortion and bathroom access for men into girls bathrooms and Satanic-pedo ritual everywhere including rightfully in churches where pastors in good standing teach the faith and exercise a lot? Does the Bible say suicide sends you to hell, not that I care because I'm enjoying life...

Today on Reformed Forum...

3.28.2017

A good, short book on Reformed, amillennial end-times doctrine

I just read a little book (booklet) on end times doctrine titled The ABCs of the Prophetic Scriptures by George H. Clement (available for free download here).

I recommend it highly because there doesn't seem to be a single quirk in it. I mean, if you already are amillennial, Reformed, and hold no allegiance to Dispensationalism then you'll find this concise little book to, in an on-the-mark and clear way, sum up end times doctrine.

It's a difficult subject, and bigger books can overload, so to get to the point in a simple, on-the-mark way this is a good book to read through.

3.08.2017

Studying war for the three-front battle

Here's how you fight the three-front battle as a Christian:

1. The battle with the Devil is fought by knowing the Bible in the parts-in-relation-to-the-whole way; and knowing sound doctrine which is five solas, doctrines of grace, covenant - federal - theology.

2. The battle with the world is fought by studying worldview analysis and getting understanding and perspective on just how and why the Christian worldview is transcendent and correcting and all-encompassing of every worldview fallen man has ginned up.

3. The battle with the flesh (our fallen nature) is fought by learning a practical language which describes clearly the features of our fallen nature, and as well describes the psychology of what is possible and indeed normal for man no longer in the bonds of sleep, self-ignorance, and debilitating weakness.

[Good sources for the first category are numerous and summed up in the difficult word 'puritan.' It is called generally Reformed Theology, of which great individual authors are many. One great trinity would be Louis Berkhof's Manual of Christian Doctrine, John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, and Thomas Boston's Human Nature in its Fourfold State. Good sources for the second category are James Sire, The Universe Next Door; David Naugle, Worldview: The History of a Concept; Nancy Pearcey, Finding Truth (and anything else by her). A good source for the unusual third category doesn't come from the mainstream, academic or otherwise. You have to go into the esoteric realm. Ouspensky's Fourth Way is a cache of raw material on this subject (get the paperback as eBook editions are horrible and missing much of the original). Take it from there...]

Related note: Christian books on spiritual warfare are attractive to a believer but ultimately unsatisfying because they lack the practical nature and necessary subject matter listed above. I mean, for instance, you can't do battle with the world and defend yourself against the onslaught of the world until you know the worldviews you're dealing with. And you can't get control of your fallen nature (if you don't control it, it controls you) until you can *see* it, and that requires language and method to accomplish. And you get nowhere in all this without downloading the living, quickening, supernatural word of God into you by dedicated, cover-to-cover complete readings, once, three times, seven times...

3.07.2017

Real Puritans


Scripture-The only Rule

While we have Christ's Word for the things we do or refuse to do, we need not fear the threats of any vain men; neither be amazed at any vain titles of Church, Sacraments etc. For this we know, that their is no church that can excuse us for the breach of God's Law before that great Judge. [Henry Barrowe]

3.04.2017

Some thoughts on the current scene in these end times...

Every Calvinist who knows better still goes soft on Roman Catholicism every now and then. It's a constant push and pull between recognizing evil vs. wanting to be fair and brotherly to actual Catholics themselves.

But then you're shocked back to reality. (Consider the current Pope. Enough said.)

I have always been one to defend Israel, to mention another similar subject. I probably know better, but there it is. Then you get shocked out of it by hearing that Israel is the world capital of human organ harvesting. OK.

There are four types of human trafficking.

1. The trafficking of children for sexual exploitation (and worse...Satanic Ritual Abuse).

2. The trafficking of of-age (usually) women for sexual exploitation. The so-called white slave trade.

3. The trafficking of humans for forced labor (otherwise known as slavery).

4. And the least known of the four: the trafficking of children and adults for the purpose of harvesting their bodily organs to be sold on international markets. It is big money.

All these networks are involved with each other. They call themselves different things, go by different names, wear different hats, but they are all unified in their Satanic intent and activity. Jewish networks, Roman Catholic networks, pedophile networks, Islamic networks, Marxist networks, media, political realms, entertainment, religion, academia, all relatively high level, able to - to a good degree - ride above the law. All with money, if only just enough to have the leisure to be involved in such activities to begin with.

Actually, of those four points above I could add a fifth: the trafficking of humans (so-called refugees, for instance) for the purpose of disrupting the polity of a nation or community and for the purpose of increasing a political party's voting rolls, etc., etc...

This is all Satanic activity. It is all activity motivated by the spirit of Satan in this world. You have to call a spade a spade. You can't go soft and have any - any - sympathy for the Devil in this world, on this journey towards the consummated Kingdom of God, New Heavens and Earth.

Without regeneration we called good evil and evil good. We didn't have discernment that comes from the Holy Spirit. Once regenerated we can discern good and evil. We know which way is up. But we have to constantly be internally vigilant that we don't allow the world to move us or influence us, or make us fearful of stating the truth, as difficult for others that that will be (and difficult for us due to the inevitable backlash of all kinds).

These evil acts are the price of admission to participation in the higher levels of this Satanic world structure. The level of evil is going to always be shocking. Astonishing. We will always be vulnerable to understate it. If not justify it away.

For the final sentence of this post I'm just going to say this: prayer is a weapon of a spiritual warrior as well as the armor listed in Ephesians 6:10-18...

2.05.2017

To Christians who piously condemn America as evil

All areas of the Earth have the influence of anti-Christ constantly seeping through it. To some degree or another. Also, all nations are populated with fallen humanity and judged on a scale of perfection will have a black record. Yet some places the Devil owns, and some places the Devil attacks. And some places evil is sanctioned, and other places evil goes against cultural norms. Judge things by your feet. Where are your feet? You could live in Islam right now. In the 20th century you could have lived in a communist country. Evil manifest on this planet is not like an even layer of paint over the surface of the globe. The American Revolution and the French Revolution were contemporaneous; one was biblical and good, the other was atheist and evil. America has been under attack from its founding by forces that despise its biblical foundation. Let's not whip and beat and castigate the child from birth then piously condemn the child as bad. The Devil grins.

2.03.2017

Street level definition of Existentialism

Existentialism (I'm referring to atheistic existentialism which pervaded popular culture throughout the 20th century) is said to be notoriously hard to define. I think that is probably because most people don't have a concrete understanding of it, if there is one. In reading James Sire's The Universe Next Door I came across a pretty good explanation of it. From memory here it is.

Existentialism is not really a philosophy but a reaction to a philosophy (or philosophical worldview); in this case a reaction to nihilism.

I.e. an existentialist is first a nihilist. He considers the world and existence to be ultimately meaningless and absurd. Then - from that foundation - he (as an existentialist) proceeds to determine to create himself and his world in a kind of heroic action that is still meaningless yet at least is macho (or pleasurable, or self-sacrificial, or successful in existentialist terms which is becoming what is called a 'strong poet').

A strong poet, in existentialist terms, is a person who muscles his view and language of something into the world to where other people adopt it as part of reality. In so many words. This could be in music, architecture, psychology, literature, whatever.

There seems to be a low hum of hedonism as well in the existentialist quest, or manifesting essence. Get your cigarettes, your women, your adrenaline rushes while you can type of hedonism. Not necessarily really decadent hedonism (because existentialists seem to operate by a code that would look down on such things; which gets at the subject of how close really existentialism is to a practical sort of Christianity)...

As for the existentialist saying: existence precedes essence... That means, in existentialist terms, you are nothing until you make of yourself something. Even though it's all meaningless anyway...

An approach to philosophy for smart, common-sense, Christian oriented people

If you're smart and common-sense oriented (and either a beginning or fully initiated Christian) you will likely have concluded, after studying all the basic areas of higher influences (art, music, history, imaginative literature, philosophy, science, religion) that philosophy is a lot of gobbledeegook. Mental masturbation by people who can't accept Christianity, or refuse to, and who put way too much confidence in the powers of their intellect, or any human intellect. You see it as too surfacy as well. Not deep. Surface knowledge as opposed to deep language. And you're right. Worldly type philosophy, it should be said, can be more practical and useful. Carl von Clausewitz' On War, Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, good political philosophy based on biblical anthropology, Montesquieu's Spirit of Laws, for instance. These works are hardly a waste of time. But analytical philosophy; or the big system building philosophers associated with the European continent, and anything similar seems - or can be - ultimately empty, often silly, sometimes evil, overall shallow in contradistinction to Biblical wisdom. (Caveats would be practical handbooks on aesthetics like Edmund Burke's little book on the Sublime and Beautiful, etc.)

After that preface here are three things to know to help one get a basic sense of the field of learning called philosophy nevertheless:

1. I read this in some book by R. C. Sproul, and it stuck with me: all philosophy takes place between two poles: one pole is Theism; the other pole is Nihilism. I.e. these are really the only two honest positions. Everything that happens in between these two poles is 'philosophy.' Nietzsche, for instance, is called a rare honest atheist because he admitted he was a nihilist. He embraced that pole of the spectrum. He conceded that was where he stood because he stated that he would rather believe everything was meaningless and absurd rather than believe in God. (This brings up the question, can you learn anything of worth from a philosopher who is not a theist, like Nietzsche? Yes, with Nietzsche, for instance, you can learn a lot about honesty. Nietzsche is good on that subject, even if just in an indirect way. I picked up on this when before I was a Christian and read a lot of Nietzsche. His remarks about Thucydides, for instance, brought this subject out. Nietzsche, as a general writer and thinker, can also be bracing in a real way. For instance bracing in going against the easy currents of the world. Ironically this is what a Christian ultimately does, or should be doing, when a Christian fears God alone and does not fear the world or the world's opinion of the Christian, etc.)

2. A practical and powerful way to learn about philosophical schools and ideas is through the discipline of worldview analysis. Philosophers hate worldview analysis. Why? Because it brings down their strongholds and does it rather easily. It tests their assumptions and consistency and rather deftly exposes them as wanting. How does worldview analysis do this? It does this by coming at philosophy from the base of biblical revelation and wisdom. A good book on worldview analysis would be whatever the latest edition is of James Sire's The Universe Next Door. David Naugle's Worldview: The History of a Concept is a good, more academic-oriented overview. Anything by Nancy Pearcey is worth reading as well. (The Naugle book will direct you to other very good books on worldview analysis from the turn of the 20th century up through until today.) There are also websites that will define the basic worldviews in a concise way. Just Google worldviews.

3. A third thing to know about philosophy to have it in perspective is how ideas - especially bad ideas - have a really kind of supernatural ability to speedily infect large populations of people and define whole eras of human history (think Marxism). This is because it is part of Satan's power in this realm (one of the things in his toolbox) to control people. Satan is the prince of the power of the air. David Naugle speculates convincingly that this includes Satan's ability to control what ideas get propagated through the 'air' (the universe of discourse), hence it being mostly bad ideas that get the supernatural ability to take over quickly in the minds of average people, and not just the most hollow and shallow among us. Related to this is another of Satan's great advantages in doing battle with the human race: the fact that each generation is born a blank slate to a good degree. This is how a country can be inflicted with a Satanic ideology that results is widespread suffering and even genocide and then the very next generation can be born and fall for the very same ideology because they are blank slates. This is why civilization relies so heavily on inter-generational educational efforts, and traditions, and ritual and so on to keep the light of truth and wisdom going generation to generation. Satan's children for this reason always infiltrate and destroy educational establishments and institutions. The left in America did this and has completely destroyed education from Kindergarten to the Ivy League. Anyway...