Monday, February 23, 2015

President Haman Rides Again

With so much happening in the world today at the hands of Mohammedan savages, and with the ongoing crusade against Israel by the Obama administration, it's hard to know where to start in addressing the issues.  On any given day, ISIS might be crucifying, beheading, or burning children alive in Iraq, or training other children to do the same thing.  The next day, we might read of English (and other European) schoolgirls, apparently recruited via Twitter, leaving home to join the ISIS savages as prostitutes or wives.  Boko Haram continues to kidnap, rape, and slaughter thousands of Christians in Nigeria.  The followers of Muhammad are very busy indeed. If happiness were permitted in Hell, Muhammad would be jumping for joy.

But I'm an American, so I begin at home, observing, not for the first time, the actions of President Haman, also known as Barack Obama.  Never before in American history have the Muslims had such a staunch supporter, or Israel so deadly an enemy, in the White House.  Despite the outrage of the entire civilized world, President Haman steadfastly refuses to attach these atrocities to the "religion" of Islam, continues to boast about the "great and peaceful faith" of Mohammedanism, and even criticizes Christianity as being morally equivalent to Islam in its excesses (see video below).   Just as he bowed in slavish obeisance to the dictators of Saudi Arabia several years ago, he continues to serve the interests of Mohammedanism, not the United States.

But that's not enough.  I don't happen to believe that Obama is himself a Muslim, as some have charged; I believe that his only religion is narcissism.  But his interests are the same as the Muslims' - - - and the Muslims' great enemy, Israel, is Obama's enemy, too. Obama hates Israel like Dracula hates the sunlight.

On March 3, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the United States Congress, having been invited to do so by House Speaker John Boehner.  This is hardly a novelty; foreign dignitaries have addressed Congress as far back as the Marquis de Lafayette, who addressed the House of Representatives and Senate, separately, in 1824.  The Marquis was not a head of state, but heads of state have addressed Congress, including King Kalakaua of Hawaii (1874), Winston Churchill (1941), Nelson Mandela (1990 and 1994), and others.  In fact, Netanyahu himself has addressed the Congress twice before, in 1996 and 2011.

But suddenly, the President of the United States is crying "foul," and doing everything in his power to diminish the impact of Netanyahu's upcoming appearance.  He has denounced it publicly and privately, using the lame excuse that leaders running for re-election (as Netanyahu is doing) are not invited.  (This is historically inaccurate, but it's the only thing Haman could come up with.)  In fact, the President is miffed because he didn't extend the invitation, and, more importantly, he hates Netanyahu, Israel, and the Jewish people.

Readers of this blog who are not Americans should be aware of some basic facts.  It is not the place of the President to invite people to address Congress; that's the role of the leader of Congress, the Speaker of the House.  The Speaker of the House, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, are the leaders of co-equal branches of government, along with the President.  John Boehner doesn't have to ask President Haman's permission to invite anyone he likes to speak - - - just as the Chief Justice doesn't have to ask the President whether the Supreme Court should hear a particular case.  To put it bluntly, it's none of the President's business.

So, Obama is encouraging Democratic members of Congress to boycott Netanyahu's address.  Some have already agreed to do so.  In a way, this is educational: it shows rather clearly who, in the Congress, is a friend of Israel, and who is not.  The Congresspersons who are boycotting the event are only friends of Israel when they're pitching for the Jewish vote at election time.

And on and on it goes.  President Haman is allying himself ever closer with Iran, and fears that his Iranian friends may be displeased by Netanyahu's reception in Washington.  So, in a shocking diplomatic snub, Obama will not even meet with this head of state when he visits Washington.

Happily, there are a few people with courage enough to oppose this monomaniacal tyrant.  Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York, below, is one of them.  

The ultimate satisfaction, of course, is that Israel will survive this petty tantrum by President Haman, and will endure long after he departs the scene.



Friday, February 20, 2015

The Polluted Word

...if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.
Exodus 20:25

God's altar was to be built of unhewn stones, that no trace of human skill or labour might be seen upon it. Human wisdom delights to trim and arrange the doctrines of the cross into a system more artificial and more congenial with the depraved tastes of fallen nature; instead, however, of improving the gospel carnal wisdom pollutes it, until it becomes another gospel, and not the truth of God at all. All alterations and amendments of the Lord's own Word are defilements and pollutions. The proud heart of man is very anxious to have a hand in the justification of the soul before God; preparations for Christ are dreamed of, humblings and repentings are trusted in, good works are cried up, natural ability is much vaunted, and by all means the attempt is made to lift up human tools upon the divine altar. It were well if sinners would remember that so far from perfecting the Saviour's work, their carnal confidences only pollute and dishonour it. The Lord alone must be exalted in the work of atonement, and not a single mark of man's chisel or hammer will be endured. There is an inherent blasphemy in seeking to add to what Christ Jesus in His dying moments declared to be finished, or to improve that in which the Lord Jehovah finds perfect satisfaction. Trembling sinner, away with thy tools, and fall upon thy knees in humble supplication; and accept the Lord Jesus to be the altar of thine atonement, and rest in Him alone.

Many professors may take warning from this text as to the doctrines which they believe. There is among Christians far too much inclination to square and reconcile the truths of revelation; this is a form of irreverence and unbelief, let us strive against it, and receive truth as we find it; rejoicing that the doctrines of the Word are unhewn stones, and so are all the more fit to build an altar for the Lord.

- - - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Morning and Evening
(emphasis added)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Sanity in Texas: "Muhammad Art Contest"

It seems that the followers of the "religion of peace" aren't making much progress in their efforts to enforce worldwide reverence for their demon-possessed "prophet" Muhammad.  In 2006, after worldwide riots followed the publication of some cartoons in a Danish newspaper, sensible people around the world scoffed, and continued to satirize Muhammad whenever they felt like it, sometimes being killed in the process.  ("Sensible people," of course, did not and do not include the members of the mainstream media, which continued to censor images of the bedraggled pedophile, out of simple cowardice.) By 2010, an enterprising woman in Seattle, Washington started the yearly celebration "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day."  And now, in the wake of the Muslim attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, something even better is happening.

Pamela Gellar, who is internationally known as one of the fiercest and most serious opponents of Mohammedanism, having founded the American Freedom Defense Initiative, is planning the 2015 "Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest." This event is delicious for two reasons.  First of all, Pamela Gellar, contrary to the claims of her enemies, is not an ignorant, hate-filled Muslim-basher.  In point of fact, the editor of Atlas Shrugs is a very sophisticated, cosmopolitan New Yorker, Jewish by background, whose main concern is liberty: she simply perceives, rightly, that Islam is the greatest threat to liberty in the world today.  (If the Boy Scouts were the greatest threat to liberty, she'd be going after them.)  Secondly, the event will be held at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas: the same venue that recently witnessed a Muslim-held "anti-Islamophobia" rally, after the French massacre. The Mohammedans sought to attack their enemies (in a legal manner, for once) in Texas; and Ms. Gellar is striking back, on the very same ground.

“This event will stand for free speech and show that Americans will not be cowed by violent Islamic intimidation,” Ms. Gellar says. “That is a crucial stand to take as Islamic assaults on the freedom of speech, our most fundamental freedom, are growing more insistent ... Of course, this event will require massive security. But this exhibit has to be staged. If we don’t show the jihadis that they will not frighten us into silence, the jihad against freedom will only grow more virulent.” Amen.

For those too young to recognize it, the poster advertising the exhibition is a brilliant parody of the famous self-portrait of the American artist Norman Rockwell, seen below.  This event isn't a fundamentalist Christian burning a Koran in a trash bin: this is a classy operation!

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Thursday, February 5, 2015


Here's a question you don't hear every day: How's your conscience been treating you lately?

For some people, it's not much of a question.  Some people, after years of effort, have come very close to killing their conscience, and have arrived at a state of happy self-satisfaction in which they can look in the mirror and wink.  "You're doing pretty good! You're quite a guy (or gal)!" They may not say those words audibly, or even think them propositionally, but that's their attitude.  It's not exactly conceit; it's more like an utter contentment with who and what they are, with just a dash of pride thrown in.  "I may not be the best person in the world, but I'm doing pretty good!  I'm not as bad as that guy down the street, or that terrible woman I heard about on the news!  I'm basically a good person!"

That's the way that a great many people in Western society see themselves.  Maybe most people.  And then there are the rest of us.  Those of us who look in the mirror, and aren't completely happy with what we see.  Those of us who have bad thoughts, bad memories, and bad temptations.  Our tendency is to look in the mirror, or stare out the window, and think, "What's wrong with you?" Or, "You did it again, didn't you?  Why can't you quit it?"  Or, "You fool!  How many times do you have to make the same mistake?"  

thoughtful black man

We have plenty of bad habits, or weaknesses that we've never managed to control.  A bad temper, for example.  Screaming, or sulking, when we don't get our way.  Treating our loved ones badly - - - the very people we should treat the best!  And, of course, all the besetting sins and weaknesses: from tobacco to heroin, from lustful thoughts to actual adultery. 

Not that these things are always present in our lives.  Very often, especially for Christians, they're in our past.  They're forgiven.  God has, by His grace, granted us victory over them.  But we Christians have a way of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, don't we?  Whether our sin is ingratitude, or laziness, or physically abusing our spouse, God gives us victory .... and then we go back to it, a day or a year later.  The victory is never final.

And oh, the guilt that this produces, especially for a Christian!  "God, you've helped me out so many times.  You've forgiven me, and helped me overcome the drinking, or the cursing, or the gossip ... but I keep doing it again.  Oh, God, I'm such a failure!"

Have you ever felt that way, as a Christian?  If not, you're a better person than the Apostle Paul: read Romans 7. 

For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I .... For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.  I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 

And then there's the problem of memories.  A Christian can have a clean conscience about his or her sins, can be "prayed up" and in fellowship with God .... but there are still scars, and bruises, from the past.  This is a delicate area for Christians, because we're often told, from the pulpit, "What's past is past!  Get right with God, and He'll cast your sins to the bottom of the sea!  With Jesus there are no yesterdays, only tomorrows!"

That's mostly true - - - although the last sentence is very false. Yes,  as far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us (Psalm 103:12).  Thank God!  And Jesus is always leading us into the future, away from the past; but that doesn't mean the past is erased.  Sin has consequences.  Jesus forgives our sins as soon as we ask, even if we commit them over and over again.  He told us to forgive our brethren, not seven times, but seventy times seven (Matthew 18:21, 22); how much more will He forgive His children?  But let's be honest.  We don't always feel forgiven, do we?

 We have a very active Enemy who is called "the Accuser of the Brethren" (Revelation 12:10), and he makes sure that we're reminded, on a regular basis, of our sins  - - - the ones we committed twenty years ago, or the ones we just asked God to forgive this morning.

That's when we hurt.  God isn't holding our sins against us any more; in fact, the Father can't even see our sins any more, because they're covered by the blood of His Son.  But, in a way that is incomprehensible, we see them.  We remember them.  We feel guilt, even when guilt no longer exists. That's when it seems like our conscience isn't treating us very well!  Of course, our conscience is a great gift from God; but our minds can twist the murmurings of conscience into the nagging and whining of guilt and shame. Our flesh is still fallen, and our brains are part of our flesh.  God can forgive us (has already forgiven us, at Calvary, if we're saved), but we still lie in bed at night and feel guilty and mean and evil.  We feel like the dogs and pigs we were (2 Peter 2:22), before Jesus saved us.  It makes us miserable, and as a result, we sometimes make things miserable for those around us!

And, sometimes, it's not a matter of guilt over the past; it's a matter of doing battle with temptations in the present.  We fight against temptation, whatever our temptation is; and although we know, intellectually, that "the battle is the Lord's" (1 Samuel 17:47), we're the ones who are down here on the ground fighting it.  I want to buy the booze; I want to watch the dirty movie; I want to gossip, and spread somebody else's business all over town.  My flesh is betraying my good intentions; I want to please God, but my flesh wants these other things!  It's Romans 7 over and over again!

I don't know about you.  But sometimes I'm plagued by memories. My brain seems to be throbbing with old hurts, old wounds.  I'm troubled with temptations: my brain seems to be pulsating with the conflicting desires that Paul wrote about.  I just need to fix my brain!

And it's not just me.  Maybe you don't have these feelings, but millions do.  Since the 1970's, the "healing of memories" has become a large and profitable subdivision of the Pop Psychology and Pop Religion fields.  There are "ministries" devoted to nothing but "emotional healing."  These tend to come in two varieties: Pentecostal/charismatic, which contain enormous dollops of Eastern occult practices; and liberal, "global consciousness" "Christians" who believe that we can "heal the planet" by healing our own memories and hurts.

But I'm not trying to heal the planet. I'm just trying to live a consistent Christian life, and get some sleep at night!

I need to fix my brain.  Specifically, I need to wash it.  It's not that I've got a "dirty mind;" it's that the grooves and ridges of my brain are dirty, clogged with the emotional and psychological sludge of decades.  I need to have my brain washed clean!

So God has offered to do exactly that ... as immediately, and as often, as I need it.  He's offered to wash my brain.  Not "brainwashing," like putting thoughts in my head; but cleaning out the sludge and the grit from all those years.
(Hebrews 9:11-14)
But He can't do it with psychology, although psychology can be useful in some areas.  He can't do it with medication, although medication has its place.  And He sure can't do it with soap and water!  There's only one substance in the universe that's strong enough to clean my brain, and give me peace, and a good night's sleep.

But it's only possible for, and available to, God's children: those men and women, boys and girls, who have received Jesus Christ by an act of the will, and been born again, according to John 1:12.  This remedy is for Christians only: it simply isn't offered to anyone else.

You think your brain needs washing?  God thinks so, too.  But He has to wash our brains with blood - - - the most powerful cleansing agent known to Heaven or earth, the blood of Jesus Christ:

But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  

When you're plagued by memories, of things you've done, or things that have been done to you; or, when you're in an agony of temptation, torn between what's right and what you want; you need a blood bath!  You need to ask God to "purge your conscience from dead works" by the blood of Christ.  And He'll do it.  It works. It's the only thing that works.

In this context, your "conscience" is not that wonderful "fire alarm" that God gave us, to keep us from sin.  In this context, the conscience is the consciousness of what's there, in our life.  (I'm not correcting or revising the scripture; "conscience" is the right word! I'm simply explaining how it's used in this verse.) It's that consciousness of the past, or present, that needs to be washed clean by the blood of Christ.
What "dead works" is God talking about in this verse?  Well, it's spelled out in Gal. 5:19-21:
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 

These are the "dead works" that clog the grooves and ridges of our brains.  They're the "works" that some of us did, or wanted to do, before coming to Christ - - - or, all too often, since coming to Christ. They're "dead" works, in that they've lost their power over us; they can't damn us any more, and the Holy Spirit can give us victory over them.  I don't have to buy the whiskey: at one time, maybe I did.  But now it's just a "dead work."

That list of sins, of "dead works," sounds pretty dramatic, but you fit in there somewhere: only you know where.  You should look up each of those words, like "emulations," and see what they mean: it's not just a matter of barroom brawls and sex orgies!  ("Emulations" can be anything from competitiveness, to pretending to be something you're not.) These are some pretty subtle sins.  "Variance," for example, can be anything from a grumpy, disagreeable spirit, to actual destructive disunion: like splitting a church over some stupid little non-issue.  It can mean a bad argument.  You see, all kinds of human misbehavior is included in that list of "dead works!"

We only need to get saved once.  Our sins were judged at Calvary, and don't need to be judged by God again.  But, just as Jesus reminded the disciples that they needed to wash their feet regularly, we need to wash our brains regularly - - - especially in today's society, with all the things we're exposed to. 

Has your conscience been treating you badly?  Have you been carrying a load of guilt and powerlessness that you weren't meant to carry?  Then you need a blood bath.  You need for God to cleanse your poor, tired, sinful brain with the pure blood of His Son - - - not once or twice, but as often as you need it.

He wants you to be clean: He gave His life to make it possible.  But He also wants you to feel clean, to have the joy of His salvation, and not be constantly beset and besieged by doubts and guilt and temptation ... and the self-hatred that comes from those things.

If you're saved, ask your Father to purge your conscience from dead works, by the blood of His Son.  You'll find it to be a source of power and cleansing and renewal that you never dreamed of.

It works!