Sunday, July 30, 2017

Compromising with Compromise

“Too often (in politics, ecclesastical politics, academic politics, whatever), Christians trim their convictions so that they might stick around to make a difference. But by the time they are (eventually) in a position to make a difference, they cannot. This is because they compromised fundamentally in order to get where they are. Rather than make a difference, they were actually made different.”

-- Doug Wilson: Blog & Mablog blogpost “A Cinder Block in the Goldfish Bowl” 12/11/2004

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hippy Lettuce

"Marijuana never kicks down your door in the middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people, does not suppress medical research, does not peek in bedroom windows. Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could."

      -- P.J. O'Rourke
          As quoted in Busted: Stone Cowboys, Narco-lords, and Washington's War on Drugs                              (2002) edited by Mike Gray

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

What Does the "City of Man" Mean?

"The phrase "earthly city" is an ancient one, but you won't find it in Scripture. (That's not a problem in itself; the word Trinity isn't in Scripture either.) The phrase comes down to us from Augustine's magisterial work of cultural criticism, The City of God (civitas Dei, completed around 427 A.D.). In this work, Augustine distinguishes the "City of God" from what he variously describes as "the city of this world," the "earthly city," and the City of Man. These two cities or societies or "peoples" are marked by the standards by which they live: the earthly city lives by the standard of the flesh, whereas the City of God lives by the Spirit (14.1-4). What ultimately distinguishes the two are their loves: "We see then that the two cities were created by two kinds of love: the earthly city was created by self-love reaching the point of contempt for God, the Heavenly City by the love of God carried as far as contempt of self" (14.28).

For Augustine, then, the earthly city begins with the Fall, not with creation. The earthly city is not coincident with creation; it originates with sin. This is why Augustine sets the City of God in opposition to the earthly city: they are defined and animated by fundamentally different loves. So the earthly city should not be confused with the merely "temporal" city or the material world. It is not identical to the territory of creation; rather, for Augustine, the earthly city is a systemic—and disordered—configuration of creaturely life. However, this does not mean that Augustine cedes material, cultural, creaturely life entirely to the evil one. The City of God is not just otherworldly: the City of God is that "society" of people—that civitas—who are called to embody a foretaste of the social and cultural life that God desires for this world.

Augustine doesn't invoke the earthly city in order to motivate Christians to care about this-worldly cultural life. His theology of creation already does that. The analysis of the earthly city is instead cautionary, pressing Christians to recognize that cultural systems are often fundamentally dis-ordered, in need of both resistance and reordering by Christian labor in all streams of culture. And as we can see from his letters, Augustine involved himself in such work. There you'll find the bishop invested in the concrete realities of politics and civic life.

Augustine doesn't use the term "earthly city" to carve up reality into a "heavenly" second story and an "earthly" first floor. No, both the earthly city and the City of God are rival visions of heaven and earth. So the "earthly city" is more like Babylon than the Garden. But even this fundamental antithesis doesn't give us permission to retreat into holy huddles or simply castigate the earthly city.
No, as Jeremiah counsels, citizens of the City of God who find ourselves exiled in the earthly city (in Augustine's technical sense) are called to "seek the welfare of the city" precisely because we are called to cultivate creation. We will seek the welfare of the earthly city by seeking to annex it to the City of God, thereby reordering creaturely life to shalom."

          Excerpt from How (Not) to be Worldy by James K.A. Smith




Friday, May 5, 2017

Rich Enough

Whispers in the Cotton Grass

Life isn’t always
a breathless footrace with death.

Life isn’t just
ten thousand plodding steps
towards petty goals.

No, life is rich enough
to be just whispers in the cotton grass…

Life is rich enough
to forget the hours and bread
                      and death.

But all these busy people –
with pay packets and wristwatches
and dining rooms of blond birch…?
They are so stingy with the minutes.

The cry from their hearts is drowned
in the noise of pistons and steel.

But cotton grass whispers in the south wind
the simple song
that their hearts remember on factory floors.

And lonely birds
sail in the sun
sail in the sun and shriek…


by Hans BØrli   (1918-1989)
Norwegian lumberjack by day, poet by night.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

There is Cause for Concern

Song and video by Moby.  A secularly well-known and respected techno musician appears to be slightly concerned with where our western, united States culture is heading. (As you know I am). Check it out.  FYI, I'd rate it PG-13.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

“What did you like to do for fun as a kid?

The food company Nature Valley recently sat down three generations of families and asked them one simple question:  “What did you like to do for fun as a kid?” 


Monday, April 17, 2017

Is Jesus Now the Temple and does He have Priests?

by C.E. Ankeny
NKJV

--  Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?”   But He was speaking of the temple of His body.  Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.  (John 2.19-21)

--  Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.  Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.  (Hebrews 9.11-12)

--  Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,  and having a High Priest over the house of God…  (Hebrews 10.19)

--  Now this is the main point of the things we are saying:  We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.  (Hebrews 8.1-2)

-- Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ….You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.  
(1 Peter 2:5, 9)

-- Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.  (Revelation 1:5-6)

-- You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; For You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.  (Revelation 5.10)



Comments:  Jesus is both the High Priest, Sacrifice and the Temple/Tabernacle all at the same time.  And it is said that we – those who believe in Messiah – are being built into a holy temple (Ephesians 2) and actually ARE the Temple, both individually and corporately (2 Cor.6. 11-16, 1 Cor.3.16-17, 6.19).   
         That being so, Jesus then is also Mount Zion and Jerusalem (see Hebrews 12:18-24) because both were used as interchangeable synonyms in the OT to speak of where YHWH dwelt (see Isaiah 2.3, Micah 4.2, Jeremiah 31.6, Psalm 48), the Temple being the primary thing alluded to because it was the “heart” of Zion.  Therefore, all the prophetic Old Covenant references describing the nations in the "latter days" coming, or streaming to them are referring to Jesus Messiah and coming to Him not some geographical piece of land.  Those three -- Temple, Zion and Jerusalem -- were mere types or shadows waiting to be fulfilled in Messiah. 
        Therefore, in the final analysis, I do not believe it is inconsistent nor is it following a man-contrived system to conclude that the nations were, and are now, streaming to Jesus (read Isaiah 2:1-4), and they do that by coming to His Bride, that is, His People / Gathered Ones / Congregation which is the Temple NOW and not in the far distant future.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Romans Chapter 11 and Modern “Jews”

Are the Present-day People who Identify Themselves as “Jews” still Special in some way in the New Covenant Era? And will they be Saved?

by Corey E. Ankeny, February 2017, Scripture in NKJ Version

-- [Jesus said]  Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.

Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?”

They [the chief priests and the elders of the people] said to Him, “He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons….” 

Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.    (Matthew 21.33-43)

-- And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. 
Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”’ But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 
Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.  (Matthew 22.1-10)

-- Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’
“Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt.  Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of Gehenna?  Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.  Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon THIS GENERATION.     (Matthew 23.29-36)

--  Now as He [Jesus] drew near, He saw the city and wept over it [Jerusalem], saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”     (Luke 19:41-44)

--   For Moses truly said to the fathers, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’  (Acts 3.22-23)

-- Harmonize these verses above with:
       Deuteronomy 28.15, 47-63 
       Malachi 4:4-5 


Comments:  The Scriptures above make clear that Old Covenant Israel came to an end, and the Lord passed His Covenant-Kingdom on to another people: Christians, both Gentile and Jew.  Those people within OC Israel that had been given “ears to hear” and “eyes to see” continued to be apart of the Covenant; these were the chosen “remnant” that Paul speaks of in Romans 10-11.  
       In other words, they were still connected to The Vine (i.e. Jesus), ....

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Blindness of Old Covenant, First-century Israel


NKJ Version

--   Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them. But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke:
“Lord, who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of YHWH been revealed?”
Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again:
He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts,
Lest they should see with their eyes,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.”    
(John 12:35-40  /  Isaiah 6:9-10)

--   Then His disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”  But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”
(Matthew 15:12-15)

-- But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, so that,
“‘Seeing they may see and not perceive,  And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn,  And their sins be forgiven them.’”  
(Mark 4:10-12 /  Isaiah 6:9-10)

--   “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obliged to perform it.’ Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold? And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is obliged to perform it.’ Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift? Therefore he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by all things on it. He who swears by the temple, swears by it and by Him who dwells in it. And he who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by Him who sits on it.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!   (Jesus from Matthew 23:16-23)

--   On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul. Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us:  ‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’” Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.    
(read Acts 13:13-48,  this excerpt from vss 44-48)

--   Now as He [Jesus] drew near, He saw the city and wept over it [Jerusalem], saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”     (Luke 19:41-44)

--   So when they [leaders of the Jews at Rome] had appointed him a day [Paul], many came to him at his lodging, to whom he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning till evening. And some were persuaded by the things which were spoken, and some disbelieved. So when they did not agree among themselves, they departed after Paul had said one word: “The Holy Spirit spoke rightly through Isaiah the prophet to our fathers, saying,
Go to this people and say:
Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand; And seeing you will see, and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.”’
Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it!”
And when he had said these words, the Jews departed and had a great dispute among themselves.
(Acts 28:44-48 / Isaiah 6:9-10)

--   Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded. Just as it is written: “God has given them a spirit of stupor, Eyes that they should not see and ears that they should not hear,   To this very day.”  And David says: “Let their table become a snare and a trap, A stumbling block and a recompense to them.  Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see, And bow down their back always.”
(Romans 11:7-10)

--   For I speak to you Gentiles…For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.  
(Romans 11:13, 25)

--   Therefore I [Jesus] speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:
‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.’  
But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.    
(Matthew 13:13-17)


Comments:  It is popularly believed that according to Romans 11:25-27 we are still waiting for some future “Jews” that are blind to believing in Jesus as Savior and Messiah, and will one day – at the "end of times" – quite suddenly convert to Jesus in a mass conversion.   As Scripture shows above, the Jews at the time of Christ not only seem to be exactly who are blind and who the OT Scriptures were referring to and waiting for, but as Jesus and Paul say, they ARE the ones the OT was fully speaking about.
        So, the question must be asked:  Do we let multiple, clear verses inform us how we understand Romans 11:25-27 or do we let Romans 11:25-27 – which is ambiguous and has only a few details – explain to us what the rest of Bible means when it speaks of the Jews being blind?
          Modern American Christians have gone with the latter, and I believe most of it is due to having a heart for the lost.  But I also believe it is due in-part to being led by a current, common interpretation of Scripture that has romanticized those wily, quasi-magical Israelite “chosen people” that are found in Christian Dispensational myths about Armageddon and the “last days” (i.e. Schofield reference Bible, and Left Behind fiction to only name a few).
        It would seem obvious we should let multiple, unambiguous verses explain what Paul is speaking about in Romans 11.  This is what we call Scripture explaining Scripture.  If we don’t, we are left in the precarious position of saying Jesus and Paul were likely twisting Scripture to accommodate their own desires, and that all those Scriptures they quoted from the Old Testament were actually referring to some super-blind Jews in the future.
        I don’t think there is any doubt that the OC, first-century Israelite generation is the one Paul is referring to in Romans 11.  And when the “fullness of the Gentiles” had come in during the Last Days – meaning between Christ’s resurrection and the destruction of the Temple in 70AD – there was a final conversion of many OC Jews and then all “Israel” was saved (meaning, all the chosen individuals, both gentile and jew).
        Well, you may ask: Why then, and how does that make any sense?  As I understand Scripture, both Jews and Greeks had been brought in at that time and prepared during that intense period of upheaval and persecution (40 years) so that all Jesus’ New Covenant Israel would be gathered, prepared and set to move into the new “land” (but this time it would be, and is, the Earth) after 40 years just like OC Israel had done so long ago.  That OC era was a shadow of the New Covenant (1 Corinthians 10:1-11) when the King would one day lead His People into all the Earth, but this time, not just a small little plot of land.  Again, the land of Canaan was a mere shadow of the New Covenant land the King would brings His people in to conquer.  Remember, Jesus' Hebrew name is "Joshua".   Just a funny coincidence?  No way.
        So, to sum up, Paul is both describing the blind Jews of his time (see 2 Corinthians 3:14-16) and prophesying of a near future conversion of the remaining chosen, remnant of Israelites that would come in after those chosen Gentiles, of that time, had come to belief in Messiah.    (Corey Ankeny)

Friday, April 7, 2017

Who is a Jew according to Scripture?


NKJ Version 

--   For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart.     (Romans 2:28-29)

--   For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. (Romans 10.12)

--   Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.  And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.  (Galatians 3.7-9)

--  For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.   (Galatians 3.26-29)

--   Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh…that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise…. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of ChristFor He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace…. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,  in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,  in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.   (Ephesians 2.11-22)

--   And he [Abraham] received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also, and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised….Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”)    (Romans 4.11-12, 16-17)

--  For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.
(Romans 9.7-8)


Comments:  To be a “Jew” is, and always has been, about being in covenant with YHWH.  It isn’t, and never was, about genetics or lineage.  It is not based on blood-line, rather it is based on covenant-line. 
       So now, it is about worshipping and obeying the “exact image” of YHWH -- that being Jesus -- and being in covenant-relationship with Him.  Those who do, are Israel: true Jews.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Is the Old Covenant Still in Effect in Some Way?


NKJ Version

--  Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. ….. And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant.  
(Hebrews 9.11, 15)

--  For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come…then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.”  He takes away the first that He may establish the second.
(Hebrews 10.1, 9)

--  For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says YHWH, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah — not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says YHWH.…..In that He says, “A new covenant,”   He has made the first obsolete.  Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.  
(Hebrews 8.7-13)


-- [Jesus said]  Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.

“Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?”

They said to Him, “He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons….” 

Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.
(Matthew 21.33-43)


So, NO, it is not.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

RePost: The Latter-day Heretics or The Point Group

"For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”  
         -- The KING    (Matthew 12.37)

One fine Lordsday, a few years ago, when my family and I were on our merry way to worship, we passed by our friendly, neighborhood Mormon...er...building as we always did going to worship.  This time though, my oldest daughter Esther (who was six at the time) inquired as to why and what all those folks were doing milling around the mentioned building on the Lordsday.  I responded lamely (with a coy little grin aimed at my wife), "Well, Esther, they're a group of people that have a fine little club and they like to meet on this day."  Silence.  Then Esther responded, "Dad, it kinda looks like a church building but what's that big point on top of their building for?  Are they a point group?" 

      "Yes, exactly.", I thought  They are just a  point group and are unequivocally not a church in any fashion or form and -- it must be said -- never have been.  And ever since that enlightened day we in the Corey Ankeny family have fondly referred to the LDS as the Point Group, and we haven't taken our hands off that moniker-plow and looked back ever since.   

Monday, March 13, 2017

Civil Government Religious School Postcard

Well, our State religion has stooped to a new low. Got this postcard in the US mail a few weeks ago.  Taking our money to advertise as though "they/we" are some kind of quasi-private business. Ugh.  This apple has rolled far away from the original tree. 

Also, they/we -- Nampa School District -- has taken out advertising space on billboards throughout Canyon County.  This is a disgrace.  They aren't in competition with other options.  They are merely there for the public to access and use if we desire.  If we don't...they go away.  Unless you live in a creeping communistic society, which, we do.  

So, just shrug your shoulders and let's not do anything about it.  Right?  Hopefully not.




Saturday, February 25, 2017

Some News is just Too Wonderful

Messiah's kindness knows no bounds.

The era of overpriced, cheesy, "christian" kitsch is over!

It appears the King was through being represented to millions of people in these united States by superfical, commercialized garbage.

Yes, that's correct.  Christian Family Stores is CLOSING all 240 of it's stores forever.

Hallelujah and amen, Lord.  

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Immigration, World Poverty and Gumballs


My father showed me this the other day, and I found it very helpful in
understanding immigration into the USA.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Movie: Is Genesis History?

This looks excellent.  Showing in theaters around the country February 23rd.

Check out the site and where it's playing HERE.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Men...it's Time to be Just That. MEN.

The people of these united (lower case u) States need true, masculine, courageous men to lead.  

Right NOW.

So-called men of the King have been unwilling to take their creational place of leading, protecting and serving -- which, like our Lord, almost always leads to our almost certain detriment and death -- their wives, children and women-in-general for some time now.  Sure, heading off to war "counts" but that is relatively easy in contrast to intentional, daily declaring and leading and standing firm to, and for, your wife, kids and the feminist goons (both women and men) dressed as men in the workplace. 

To do so is a courage and love of a whole different kind, and a whole different HIGHER order.

To get a mind that is set for this battle, read a courageous article by Tim Bayly

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Happy Independence Day! (Not a Misprint)

Are you aware of what was the official, legal event that marked the beginning of the 13 Colonies being independent from Britain?

Contrary to US public school propaganda (i.e. Humanist religion doctrine) and popular drivel, it was NOT some "revolt" or rebellion by some peeved, we'll-do-it-our-own-damn-way American colonists, or even our Declaration of Independence document.

Nope.

It actually was the Prohibitory Act proposed by King George III and passed by British Parliament on December 22, 1775.  It severed all ties of loyalty and friendship between Britain and the 13 colonies, and revoked the charters King George had signed and promised to uphold.  It further stated that the Colonies were considered foreign enemies and were no longer under British protection. And soon after Parliament passed the Prohibitory Act, King George hired 30,000 Hessians (German province) mercenaries, along with thousands of commissioned Redcoats, and sent them all across the Atlantic to wage war against the colonies.

That changes your view doesn't it?

In other words, December 22nd is the TRUE Independence Day of the united States!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Let's take the "Mass" out of Christ-mass


"Do not judge by appearances, but judge with righteous judgment."
     -- Jesus, Good News of John 7.24

There’s always a lot of grumbling among Christ's followers around this time of year about the unbelieving, lost world manipulating or disregarding Advent season and the feast of Jesus' birth.  One biggy is that they -- the unbelievers -- are taking "Christ" out of the celebration both literally (Xmas) or metaphorically through crass commercialism or laws stopping religious, public displays of Christians.  All true.  But remember, they're blind, and only responding to the whip of their master, the one who's been lying since the Beginning, that is, Satan.

How 'bout this though...since it is Christ's Congregation's holy-day, why don't we back the bus up, and we all get out somewhere at the beginning of this holy-day observance and reach up and tear the "mas" (i.e. the Roman church "mass") out of the name Christ-mas?  It would seem appropriate that true, regenerate disciples of Messiah should be more peeved about that than a bunch of dead-in-sin unbelievers messing with our holy-day.  They don't know any better!  They are spiritually dead, lost, blind. In fact, we should have pity on them, and continue to be long-suffering, applying the healing balm of the Gospel where-ever possible.  We are the Light and the Salt; not the Bat and they're the Ball.

On the other hand, we've let a high holy-day be labeled and stamped with the Roman church idolatry for centuries!  Centuries!!  Christ-MASS? What the flibbity-jibbits has been going on??  Is it that we are so uncreative we can't think of some other name for this holy-day?  Or, is it fear of man that perhaps the World won't know what we're talking about and, Oh! No! we'll be embarrassed?  We shouldn’t be concerned, correct?  He's the King (now) over all other sub-kings (not later, see Revelation 1:5), and He's the one we honor and are concerned about what He thinks of us not the blind leading the blind.

Now, it needs to be said that the feast of Christ-mass did not always have the Roman church's idolatrous, re-sacrificing connections (transubstantiation) that it has had since around the 12th century. Before that time the word "mass" was "misse" which is the Latin word for "sending".  So, our word "mass" is the Anglicized rendering of that word.  To make a long history short, it eventually became the short way of referring to a Christian worship gathering because often the Latin phrase "Ite misse est" meaning "Go you are dismissed" was the final words spoken at the end of the gathering by an elder-shepherd. (See Jeffery Meyer’s fine article “Is Christmas Christian?” for more info on that idea. You'll see I do not agree with the heart of the author's argument but it still is an excellent article.)

The stubborn fact remains, though, that the Mass of Rome now does have that meaning of re-sacrificing and not the general ancient one of "worship time" and -- let's be bold here -- it's high time we deal with it.  Let's think this through ... we Protestants don't currently call our worship gatherings "mass" even if it started out as a generally accepted term long ago, do we?  No. Why not? Because it's referring to idolatrous worship!  The word has changed meaning and means something entirely different than a 1000 years ago.  Just like the word "gay" today.  Let me ask you, are you going to keep on using that term “gay” now just because it meant "merry and jovial" in Webster's 1828 dictionary? No way. In the same way we Protestants aren't using the word mass for our fellowship gatherings.  It is unacceptable, but unfortunately it is tacked on the end of the word Christ-mass like a leech that is unwilling to release.

So, here's what I propose: Let's actually reform our language, and seek precision and clarity not vague notions and ambiguity.  Loose, subjective language allows compromise with the world on multiple levels of life.  Just look at what the World does during and with Christmas and Easter.  In other words, brethren, it's OUR fault, the Church's that is.  Look at Easter.  No one even knows what that word means!  It literally is a foreign language, lost to our culture and irrelevant. How 'bout renaming it Resurrection Day instead, hmm?  That's pretty precise and clear.  And, as for a name change for Christ-mass, I propose my wife's suggestion which is INCARNATION.   

All reform starts small.  But, let's change the language and reform ourselves first.

"For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?" 

1 Peter 4.17  


Reposted from 12/2014