Does God Love Everyone?

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” ~ John 3:16

For the sake of rightly dividing the word, another way to pose the question could be: Does God Love the reprobate?

In the scriptures, the triune God is often furious with the unrepentant and rebellious – those who act freely and sin willfully without the least bit of coercion. So the blame falls directly on the shoulders of the rebellious. We are the issue. We have the problem. We are the ones in a quandary.

(All quotes from The Confessions of Saint Augustine)

“Without you, what am I to myself but a guide to my own self-destruction?”

Obviously, the scriptures also mention many times how ‘they’ were never of ‘us.’ So we know there is an elect of God. I’ve ran in circles where we never got past election. We waited around for some type of evidence of being ‘chosen.’ There is much danger in that. The door is wide open for those willing to take the narrow way.

“I sighed and you heard me. I wavered and you steadied me. I travelled along the broad way of the world, but you did not desert me.”

For God so loved the world…that WHOSOEVER…

He loves the disciple for Jesus’ sake alone and will not ultimately love those who are not in Jesus because they refuse to be reconciled. It’s not that hard a concept to grasp; but ultimately, we are wholly responsible.

“What am I to you that you command me to love you, and that, if I fail to love you, you are angry with me and threaten me with vast miseries?”

On the last day, when we stand in judgement, we will be without excuse. The greater the grace, the greater the gratitude and accountability. God will hold all non-reconciled sinners accountable for their hardened rebellion and animosity toward the righteousness of Christ.

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

When we were yet sinners, we were loved and known by Him. But it’s curious to consider how no matter how potent the apologetic, or obvious the truth, some will remain perpetually hostile to the mere consideration of a sovereign deity.

“In their perverted way all humanity imitates you. Yet they put themselves at a distance from you and exalt themselves against you.”

If God didn’t love us, then what was Jesus for? Now, what will we do with this truth? He came down for us, and we have an obligation to respond. That’s the bottom line. I no longer argue strong meat with babes. I’ve broken out of that cage.

“Uneducated people are rising up and capturing heaven, and we with our high culture without any heart–see where we roll in the mud of flesh and blood. Is it because they are ahead of us that we are ashamed to follow?”

At the end of the day, we have a duty not only to decide what we are willing to believe, but more importantly, what is actually true. Our preference and desire to reject a vital truth does not release us from the consequence. Don’t turn from these loving truths.

“O God, our Father, listen to me groping amid these shadows, and stretch out to me Thy right hand.”

Don’t turn away the free offer of grace. Only through faith will we ultimately find rest. Redemption is at hand. Know where ye stand!

“You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you.”

If we believe, we can know we are safe. Blessed are those whom are secure in Christ!

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Are American Christians Torn Between Two Kingdoms?

I love comment sections. I love the timely heartfelt wisdom so skillfully displayed by my fellow man. Here’s a gem I uncovered via a recent New York Times opinion piece…

As a Catholic, I hate to say this, but it’s America’s Protestant heritage which has been the source of its strength. Individualism, pluralism, and autonomy all arose from the Protestant emphasis on the individual’s relationship with God, his right to make his own decisions, to read the scripture and understand it himself. These have never been Catholic teachings. The Pope has made a lot of people feel good, but his top down, collective, authoritarian answers–no matter how sweetly and appealingly he packages them–are basically dogma and that is antithetical to the American tradition.

Christianity helped make America great. Early American culture and tradition was richly shaped on account of our God-fearing moral compass in conjunction with a strong and vibrant Protestant work ethic. But somewhere along the way, we began to lose the true fundamentals and blessings of the faith.

“How great is the common heritage which unites the Roman Catholic Church,with its maintenance of the authority of Holy Scripture and with its acceptance of the great early creeds, to devout Protestants today. We would not indeed obscure the difference which divides us from Rome–But profound as it is, it seems almost trifling compared to the abyss which stands between us and many ministers of our own Church. The Church of Rome may represent a perversion of the Christian religion; but naturalistic liberalism is not Christianity at all.” ― J. Gresham Machen, Christianity and Liberalism

A superficial form of cultural Christianity had swiftly spread that would come to undermine and trivialize the sanctity of the living word. Christianity was never meant to be a key to worldly riches or earthly goods, nor was its witness to merely be superficial.

“In the 1980s, I was largely in favor of the Moral Majority agenda. But I remember hearing Os Guinness warn that conservative, fundamentalist Christians were pursuing a path that would lead to increasing worldliness. I remember hearing Charlie Dennison warn that evangelicals were following the very path that led to Protestant liberalism. At the time, I was incredulous. But now, I fear that both of them were correct.” – Pastor Larry Wilson

How could we ever sacrifice the church for the state? So often, when we mix with worldly powers, that is exactly what we do. We should restore order, but not at the expense of our faith.

Faith and culture are vitally and intrinsically linked. But faith and government is a slippery slope that perpetually threatens to taint the sacred with the carnal. The world is our mission field. The civil magistrate should be contained and reflect the will of the people. But if our influence has been lost, this is not indicative of a lack of political strategy; but rather, it’s reflective of a greater spiritual crisis in which sound doctrine and loving obedience has been sacrificed at the altar of an increasingly powerful and centralized state.

Awakening and revival must develop outside the political sphere, take hold of the culture, and work its way in. Let’s pray that it’s not too late. Regardless, may God’s Will be done.

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Is More Than Half Of America Homophobic?

Basically, yeah…

According to the recent history of majority vote, a significant portion of America has been staunchly against redefining marriage. When done right, husband plus wife as licensed by the state equals the potential for stable and secure family growth. Without a secure and sound foundation, society will fragment. It is then left to the government to try to pick up the pieces. And when things begin to break, the problem often gets ‘fixed’ with suppressive force.

If the government continues to grant itself more power – even in the name of equal rights – We the People will become powerless to stand against the whims and decrees of the ruling class. We will forced to take our medicine, served on behalf of a greater good. But what if ‘their’ conception of good is actually pretty sick and twisted? What if their values are too far gone for us to even stomach?

This is where this debate ultimately leads. There are no bystanders. Once something is branded with the ‘hate’ label, it becomes an enemy of the state. The unconformed church suddenly becomes the rogue church. We may feel safe inside; but eventually, they will come for us.

There was a time when judicial tyranny did not trump the will of the people. Tragically, today’s onslaught of media campaigns and judicial refrains seems to have put our voices permanently to rest

It only takes a loaded deck to turn the tide. If you feel uneasy about how it’s ultimately going to turn out, then welcome to the silenced majority. No-fault divorce got the ball rolling; and in many ways, we’ve been reeling ever since

“Marriage is a socially arranged solution for the problem of getting people to stay together and care for children that the mere desire for children, and the sex that makes children possible, does not solve.”– James Q. Wilson

This isn’t about hate; I certainly don’t hate anyone. But when something is forced onto the public, it’s usually not a good sign. Just like how the taking of a life is twisted into a “war on women” or protection against election fraud becomes a matter of “voter’s rights.” Words matter. If we find them hard to swallow, we probably should reject them outright.

I love my fellow man. We are all created in God’s image. However, we wrestle against desires and inclinations that are an offense to our Maker.

We live in a world that’s been tainted by sin. No amount of legal justification can absolve our guilt. Our evil deeds cannot go unpunished. The time for awakening is now!

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Orthodoxy Lost – An Open Letter To Jim Wallis And All Liberal, Lukewarm Christians

“So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” – Revelation 3:16

The orthodox Christian has grown excessively weary of the activist agendas of liberal Christians who turn the gospel and biblical truth upside down while promoting secular progressive agendas that undermine the Constitution and a country founded on traditional, Judeo-Christian principles.

They are highly complicit in a far-left agenda to vilify Christianity and destroy America…

Here’s how they plan to do so:

1. They ignore the correlation between moral decay and the expansion of social programs.

2. They champion amnesty for illegal aliens without offering proper justification.

3. They promote homosexuality on “pseudo-scientific” grounds (while ignoring mankind’s fallen sin nature and total depravity) and advocate marriage be a “one size fits all” institution without considering long-term ramifications or God’s natural order.

4. They engage in wealth envy, class warfare, and the promotion of stealing, coveting, lying, and bullying to advance their vision of a “just” society with calls for economic retribution and equal results, despite these realities:

• The poor are already taken care of in America.
• Entitlements are economically unsustainable.
• We are stealing from our children and grandchildren to ensure continuance and expansion of these entitlements.
• The neediest (elderly, disabled) will have more competition for state and federal dollars, a consequence of widespread increases in government dependency.
• Fiscal responsibility (even with tax increases on the wealthy) is no longer politically expedient.
• The middle class continues to face higher taxes and consumer cost increases on food, housing, energy, etc.

5. They excuse abortion and foster the perception that Christian conservatives are unified in support of war declarations and harsh interrogations.

6. They ignore the threat of Radical Islam (and the sinisterly subtle ‘civilization jihad’ movement) and don’t call it out as a political-social power grab that will lie and use force as needed.

7. They fail to acknowledge that much of evolutionary science is based on false presuppositions, but rather demean the knowledgeable, educated Christian who has considered the research with a critical eye.

8. They use today’s culture and media to mock, discredit, and ridicule biblical Christianity grounded in God’s everlasting truth.

9. They blur the realities of sin by accusing traditional Christianity of sexism, racism, and ignorance.

10. They have their own ax to grind, which usually has more to do with a hostile aversion to Judeo-Christian principles (with our emphasis on charity, morality, and personal responsibility).

Honorable Mention: They are obsessed with gun control and ignore the studies that demonstrate how armed citizens are infinitely safer and better protected. Why punish the responsible citizens who solely and primarily seek to protect their family from evil? If the civil authorities hate God (and continue to manipulate the narrative to have their way), it is the faithful Christian who will be most vulnerable if and when the Second Amendment is upended.

Liberal Christianity is guilty of promoting a humanistic, man-centered approach to faith that undermines and denounces God’s immutable attributes and decrees. They are willing to compromise the gospel in an effort to gain the acceptance and big money support of the secular progressive elite establishment. They have adopted the damning tolerance of the PC-moral relativist movement while helping to advance a smear campaign against Christian conservatives who hold to principles and traditions grounded in biblical truth.

The liberal preacher of our day has exchanged the truth for global social acceptance. They are endorsing a form of culture-embracing inclusivity that minimizes Christ’s sacrificial atonement and diminishes God’s glory.

They are promoting and embracing universalism and postmodernism, while at the same time rejecting the foundational tenets of Christianity. Rather than prepare the world for a joyful coming of the kingdom, they ensure that God’s wrath will shorten the days for the sake of the faithful servants of God.

Defenders of orthodoxy have a spiritual and moral obligation to expose those who seek to reshape, reform, or simply recommend a false presentation of Christianity. I am in no way trying to imply that there is such a thing as the perfect Christian. We are sinners saved by grace. We are flawed human beings prone to failures, doubts, and a faith that waivers. What do we have that we did not receive?

But we should not remain passive and complacent as Christianity is repeatedly misrepresented. We must stand and be counted. Every single one of us must examine ourselves and consider for whom we stand. We are either for Jesus or against Him; there is no middle ground.

The religious humanists of our day are denying Christ before men. But unlike Peter, they continue to do so without remorse.

America is no ‘Christian nation’ (as if such a thing could ever exist this side of Heaven), nor is it ‘exceptional’ by birthright; but if the only thing that has ever made it truly great is eradicated, then it will be to the great pain and suffering of all of its inhabitants. The religious deceivers will be held in greater condemnation. They will proceed in their attempts to use Christianity (a perversion thereof) to further eradicate Christianity… and this is why their offense is so great.

Orthodox, Bible-believing Christians may be overzealous; but may we never be faithless.

*A Godly Response

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Welcome To The CIA’s Latest Masquerade…

I’m not afraid
I’m not ashamed
I’m not to blame…

Are we truly known?

How well do we truly know ourselves? Do we carry our insecurities and peculiarities around with us? Are we hiding the broken pieces? Are we driven by repressed fear and hidden lust?

Are we seeking revenge? Are we seeking redemption? Whose interests do we truly represent? In the end, does it even matter?

We are living in the days of deception. Question everything, and realize that if something doesn’t seem right, it’s usually much worse than you could ever imagine. Where there’s lots of smoke and fire, too often the agenda lies right around the corner. We must realize that their time is limited, and they have to move pretty swiftly to advance their cause.

Selective reporting and political cover has reaped irreconcilable damage. All hope and trust is shot. If there are significant holes and gaps in a reported narrative, they must be soundly and conclusively clarified–or we will continue to take it upon ourselves to find the pieces and see where they ultimately fit. Fool me once…

“There is quite an incredible spread of relationships. You don’t need to manipulate Time magazine, for example, because there are [Central Intelligence] Agency people at the management level.” –William B. Bader, former CIA intelligence officer, ‘The CIA and the Media‘, by Carl Bernstein

The ‘truther’ movement is merely getting warmed up. Whatever is to be done will have to be done in the light of day. Only the democrat-sheeple are left to manipulate, and their ignorance will ultimately be our nation’s death knell. They don’t call them ‘useful idiots’ for nothing.

“The Agency’s relationship with [The New York] Times was by far its most valuable among newspapers, according to CIA officials. [It was] general Times policy … to provide assistance to the CIA whenever possible.”–‘The CIA and the Media’, by Carl Bernstein

As far as the CIA goes, it is their stated responsibility to “consistently provide tactical and strategic advantage for the United States….”

How do they accomplish this? Well, they are called upon to “preempt threats and further US national security objectives by collecting intelligence that matters, producing objective all-source analysis, conducting effective covert action as directed by the President, and safeguarding the secrets that help keep our Nation safe.”

What we are left with is ultimately an uncontrolled, unaccountable and terrifying branch of government…

If they are intent on destroying a citizen they deem to be a nuisance, what could stop them? Who dares oppose their agenda?

The tables have turned. When you play with fire, you will eventually get burned. The CIA does not represent us; nor do they act on our behalf. If we have benefited from their work in any way it is merely incidental. But the trade off is inequitable. In fact, the worst case scenario of such an arrangement has been realized.

We are an inconvenience. We are but a mere nuisance. The global elites run the show; and at the end of the day, the CIA is a major tool at their disposal.

Where does that ultimately leave us? Very vulnerable!

Too much of the accessible information has gone missing. Cover Ups and agendas drive our future course and underlie the discourse.

Disinformation is power. As long as there remain so many who blindly trust the editorial content they are fed, we will remain on the outside. It is probably where God has wanted us along. But the price of ignorance is steep.

Maybe we, the majority, have already come to our senses; but the damage is already done. The news is not reported as much as it is shaped. A global agenda is at hand. Our own sovereignty and self interest has been perverted. It is no accident how the mockingbird media skews its reporting. The lying leftist media are in the business of shallow reporting and political narratives. If the case cannot be won in the public square, reported events will be falsified, hijacked, and manipulated so that an ideological mission can be advanced.

The press is dead. Talking points is the new normal. In a worst case scenario, the scene is staged

Media trust is at an all time low. The details of the latest ‘breaking news’ tragedy now take a backseat to prematurely proposed legislation (that an otherwise seemingly isolated and conveniently timed massacre can opportunistically reap). So when the details raise major suspicions, it becomes no surprise that the narrative is questioned. In a world where thoughtful analysis and a fair consideration of the facts are at a premium, there should be no room for unduly swift and emotional appeals to action (especially when a lawless liberal agenda is at hand).

Accurate reporting has gone the way of the agenda. The burden of proof now falls on those who continue to stage, manipulate and ignore. A dangerous utopian ideology has been deceptively applied. It’s a truly sinister game being perpetuated upon the masses. America is a playground, and she’s being played like never before.

Those who perceive themselves to be God are a great danger… mainly to us but mostly and eternally themselves…

What are they trying to hide?

What are we trying to hide? What are we ultimately looking for? How are we made whole?

I’m not ashamed
I’m not afraid
I’m not o.k.

Welcome to the masquerade *

(Note: George H.W. Bush was appointed CIA Director in 1976 when he announced a new policy: “Effective immediately, the CIA will not enter into any paid or contractual relationship with any full‑time or part‑time news correspondent accredited by any U.S. news service, newspaper, periodical, radio or television network or station.”)

The question remains… Should we believe ’em???

* Thousand Foot Krutch

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