Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Do you have a sound mind?

Do you ever worry that you might be a little bit crazy?  Most of us have, at some point, when we've been confronted with the true madness of modern society, or by the inconsistency and treachery of friends, or by family problems, or a hundred other things.  Wondering about one's own sanity isn't unusual ... and it's not bad or wrong or sinful.  But, in reality, are you okay?  Do you have what is often called "a sound mind?"

I begin with a confession, or, more accurately, an acknowledgement.  By definition, I am mentally ill.  For over twenty years, I have been diagnosed with, and treated for, major clinical depression.  (The problem probably existed long before it was diagnosed.) By the grace of God, the emotional and intellectual symptoms of this disease are being controlled very effectively by medication, and I'm not even seeing a psychiatrist - - - although I've seen several of them in the past.  For years now, I've only suffered the physiological symptoms of the disorder: fluctuations in my appetite, sleep disturbances, etc.  But God has lovingly delivered me from the gloom and hopelessness that, at some point, accompanies the disease.*

But, whether a person has depression or some other problem, we've all wondered at times: "Am I a little bit nuts?"



The King James Bible contains a beautiful and comforting promise to believers on this subject.  Referring to Christians, who have received Jesus Christ by an act of the will according to John 1:12, and been born again according to John 3:3, the apostle Paul writes: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).  Christians may have many problems and many worries, but God has made a promise: If you truly know Jesus Christ, and are seeking to follow Him faithfully, He will protect your mind, and give you peace and love and good judgment.  You won't go crazy.

In my life, that's one of the most precious promises in a Book filled with promises - - - for obvious reasons.  If you're a Christian, it should be a delight to you, too.  There's just one problem.

Virtually every English translation of the Bible since 1881 (when the Revised Version was published) has removed the term "a sound mind," and replaced it with something else.  There have been nearly 300 English "translations" or "paraphrases" since 1881 (that's one every six months), and they all replace "a sound mind" with something else - - - usually something that can lead you into a terrible trap.  Here are a few examples of the words that the modern "scholars" use instead of "a sound mind:"

Revised Standard Version: "self-control."
The Amplified Bible: "personal discipline."
Douay-Rheims: "sobriety."
New American Standard Version: "self-discipline."
New International Version: "self-discipline."
Holman Christian Standard Version: "self-discipline."
New Living Translation: "self-discipline."
The Message: "sensible."
English Standard Version (ESV): "self-control."
Easy-to-Read Version: "self-control."*




Are you seeing a pattern here? Someone doesn't want you to have the promise of a sound mind.

Someone wants you to rely, not on God's gift, but on your own self-discipline and self-control.

Someone wants to change God's words, to trip you up: rather like the Serpent talking to Eve. "Did God really say that, Eve? Go ahead and take a bite. You've got self-discipline. You can quit any time you want!"

I would pose a question or two to the "translators" of these Bibles: Isn't it a contradiction to say that self-control is a gift of God?  If I can control myself, why do I need God? Also: What if I don't have much self-control?  What if I lack all self-discipline, or am not "sensible" or "sober?" The translators will reply, "That's the point of the verse.  God gives you these things."

No, He does not!  Sadly, there are plenty of Christians who lack self-control or self-discipline.  If a Christian isn't controlled by the Spirit of God, he or she can fall into all sorts of harmful and even sinful habits, and even end up a suicide, while still retaining salvation.  Because God doesn't want us depending on ourselves; He wants us to depend on Him.  "Self-discipline" is the antithesis of the Christian life, which is centered in reliance on God, and faith in Him alone.  Many people will say "I'm not a drunk or a fornicator; I'm very self-disciplined."  But that sort of discipline can vanish in a moment, and it's what the Bible calls will worship
(Colossians 2:23): worshipping one's own will, rather than God. 


Do you ever worry that you might be a little bit "off," a little crazy? If you're a Bible-believing Christian, following your Lord as close as possible, you don't need to worry.  He's promised you "a sound mind." And He'll keep that promise - - - even to someone with a mental disorder, like mine.

But the promise is only found in the King James Authorized Version, God's perfectly-preserved, final written revelation in English. Be "sensible:" accept no substitutes!


*Those people who consider clinical depression a "cop-out" or an "excuse" are simply ignorant, and too many Christians believe this.  Clinical depression involves the premature re-uptake of serotonin neurotransmitters in the brain.  In plain language: the chemicals that your brain releases to make you "feel good" are re-absorbed by the brain before they have a chance to work.  Medication can correct this, and it's not the kind of medication that alters one's thinking. 

*The so-called "New King James Version" retains "a sound mind," but changes over 100,000 other words, including the removal of the word "Lord" 66 times, and "God" 51 times.  It removes God's Name, Jehovah, entirely. It is not simply "a new edition of the King James Bible."

Monday, January 18, 2016

Muslim sex slavery comes to Canada

Once again, the true face of Mohammedanism is revealed, this time in Canada.  It wasn't enough for Muslim immigrants and "refugees" to kidnap and rape girls and women throughout northern Europe, from Germany to England and Sweden; now, they're bringing Muhammad's teachings (rape, slavery, "honor killings," and the like) to North America, in this case Quebec. What the Muslims themselves call "the sexual jihad" knows no boundaries, just as their savage, demonic "prophet" intended. The following story, in which the perpetrator victimized ten girls between the ages of 15 and 17, will come as no surprise to our Canadian readers, but it is instructive for the rest of us.*

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Walid Mustafa Chalhoub is not an "Islamic extremist."  He is not known to be a member of ISIS or any terrorist group.  He is simply a believer in the Koran who practices the "religion" of Islam faithfully, and Muhammad would doubtless applaud his actions.  Next time you hear the term "moderate Muslim," remember this creature.

This is Islam.  It is the most evil "religion" ever to exist on this planet, and makes the hideous cults of the Old Testament seem mild by comparison.  It cannot be reformed or redeemed, and it cannot, and must not be allowed to, exist within a civilized society.

 A "moderate" Muslim

*The "Paul Bernardo" referenced in the video is a serial murderer and rapist from Ontario, considered by many Canadians to be that nation's most egregious criminal.  Although Walid Mustafa Chalhoub has not been charged with murder, his victims far outnumber Bernardo's.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

SAEED IS FREE

For the past three years, this blog has continually beaten the drum* for the release of Saeed Abedini, the Iranian-born American pastor (and citizen) being held, tortured, and deprived of medical attention by the rogue state of Iran. Christians throughout the world, in concert with such organizations as Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse and the American Center for Law and Justice, have prayed, fasted, and petitioned Congress and various national governments to intercede on Saeed's behalf.

Tonight, by the grace and mercy of God, and with no thanks to his Mohammedan captors, he is free, and will soon return to his wife and two small children in America. O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy (Psalm 107:1, 2).  We can now remove the "Free Saeed" banner from the margin of this blog, and we praise God for the opportunity to do so!

Saeed was imprisoned by the Mohammedans on September 26, 2012.  After three years of feckless and treacherous inactivity on the part of the Obama administration, the current President, in his zeal to curry favor with his Iranian masters, has now struck a deal in which Saeed and four other hostages will be returned, in exchange for seven Iranian prisoners.  It is a national disgrace that the current President waited until his final year in office to lift a finger to help Saeed, but God is not bound by the apathy and perfidy of human politicians.

Saeed has spent over three years living under conditions that are probably as close to Hell as a person can come on this earth.  But now, as he prepares to return home, he joins the ranks of Joseph, Daniel, the Apostles Paul and Peter, and so many others who have been delivered from the tortures and fetters of God's enemies.  As we praise God for inclining His ear to our prayers, and for His mercy to our brother, we must redouble our prayers for other Christians imprisoned and slaughtered throughout the world, primarily (though not exclusively) at the hands of the followers of Muhammad.


Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, 
and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
(Psalm 107:8)


*Previous posts regarding Saeed's plight may be found under the "Israel and Islam" tab. Included are video messages made by Brother Saeed before his imprisonment, and his letters from prison, encouraging his brothers and sisters in the free world.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Not saved?

The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. 
- - - Jeremiah 8:20

Not saved! Dear reader, is this your mournful plight? Warned of the judgment to come, bidden to escape for your life, and yet at this moment not saved! You know the way of salvation, you read it in the Bible, you hear it from the pulpit, it is explained to you by friends, and yet you neglect it, and therefore you are not saved. You will be without excuse when the Lord shall judge the quick and dead. The Holy Spirit has given more or less of blessing upon the word which has been preached in your hearing, and times of refreshing have come from the divine presence, and yet you are without Christ. All these hopeful seasons have come and gone - - - your summer and your harvest have past - - - and yet you are not saved. Years have followed one another into eternity, and your last year will soon be here: youth has gone, manhood is going, and yet you are not saved. Let me ask you - - - will you ever be saved? Is there any likelihood of it? Already the most propitious seasons have left you unsaved; will other occasions alter your condition? Means have failed with you - - - the best of means, used perseveringly and with the utmost affection - - - what more can be done for you? Affliction and prosperity have alike failed to impress you; tears and prayers and sermons have been wasted on your barren heart. Are not the probabilities dead against your ever being saved? Is it not more than likely that you will abide as you are till death for ever bars the door of hope? Do you recoil from the supposition? Yet it is a most reasonable one: he who is not washed in so many waters will in all probability go filthy to his end. The convenient time never has come, why should it ever come? It is logical to fear that it never will arrive, and that Felix like, you will find no convenient season till you are in Hell. O bethink you of what that Hell is, and of the dread probability that you will soon be cast into it!



Reader, suppose you should die unsaved, your doom no words can picture. Write out your dread estate in tears and blood, talk of it with groans and gnashing of teeth: you will be punished with everlasting destruction from the glory of the Lord, and from the glory of His power. A brother's voice would fain startle you into earnestness. O be wise, be wise in time, and ere another year begins, believe in Jesus, who is able to save to the uttermost. Consecrate these last hours to lonely thought, and if deep repentance be bred in you, it will be well; and if it lead to a humble faith in Jesus, it will be best of all. O see to it that this year pass not away, and you an unforgiven spirit. Let not the new year's midnight peals sound upon a joyless spirit! Now, NOW, NOW believe, and live.
ESCAPE FOR THY LIFE;
LOOK NOT BEHIND THEE,
NEITHER STAY THOU
IN ALL THE PLAIN;
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAIN,
LEST THOU BE CONSUMED.
- - - Genesis 19:17


- - - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Morning and Evening

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Islamophobia?

Are you an "Islamophobe?"

I'm not, technically, because, as a Christian, I don't fear Mohammedans: the Bible says,  The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe (Proverbs 29:25).  Likewise, Psalm 118:6: The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? And, perhaps most salient: And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Matthew 10:28). 

But I'm not naive.  Our Christian brethren in Mohammedan nations are being burned alive, crucified, and decapitated - - - including infants and children.  They are God's own martyrs, and they have a martyr's reward.  But, generally speaking, perhaps "Islamophobia" is not the foolish "prejudice" that the media and the "intellectuals" claim.  Watch the following video (it contains no graphic images), and judge for yourself.

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Christian woman being stoned to death