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Of Blogs and Language

Most Blogs honestly reflect the beliefs, passion, character and simple ramblings of the blogger. This is a copy of a note to a very dear friend who is a Conservative Blogger Supreme. He shall be known here as “Joe.”

Joe, my comments here about language are not intended as a criticism of you – but of determining whether a language style is one I’d endorse for my family and friends. As we all know, people do what people do! I am not personally offended, only hesitant to recommend certain blog language to those close to me. This, of course, means they must miss the good stuff too.

Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.” Socrates (469 BC – 399 BC)

So likewise, I excoriate myself with this quote:
Socrates seems to be the philosophical napkin with which the ensuing cultural thinkers of history wipe their mouths of pedantic ooze.” Unknown

Before (and a while after) I trusted Christ as my Savior, I jaw-boned a verbal blue flame with the best (or worst) of ’em. Thankfully, the Lord did not make it a requirement that I clean up my language in order to secure my eternal life in Christ. The “F” bomb (as it is called now) was a common word of mine and I used it (and many others) with abandon. (I thank God that by His Grace I have eternal life — not by my actions or quality of words, but simply by my mental decision to put my faith in Christ as my Savior.)

However, as many have said, “Words mean things.” Here is a Biblical statement, “but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay.” I believe a malediction strengthens no argument.

Shortly after I trusted Christ, I realized that as I spoke, my young children and friends listened — and many times mimicked what they heard. Finally I concluded — I can express my thoughts just as well (maybe better) without the necessity of unseemly language. I am thankful my kids and g’kids have followed my lead into a more civil language style (at least when they are around me.)

Again, I emphasize — this note is not critical of you, but is indicative of my desire to see my family read Conservative and/or Christian sources which do not emulate the “average.” I pray my kids and g’kids strive to be above average… Joe, I’m not just “pickin'” on you — I have a similar problem with Rush when he goes off on a tear with off-color language, innuendo and puerile topics which he seems to enjoy. Rush, who has such a brilliant mind, would be just as effective without them. I cannot tell my g’kids to tune in to him — for fear that they will think I am OK with such words and thoughts.

This verse means a lot to me:
Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Tim. 1:13

Guess I’ll hop down from my pulpit, thanks for your forbearance.. (Fret not — at my age, I can’t hop anywhere.)

Thank God I am in Christ eternally, determined by His Grace and my choice, not by my behavior.

Comical Yet Tragic

“Religion” — The pathetic and the comical.

National Review Online (NRO) interviewed writer Andrew Brietbart, author of “Hollywood Interrupted” and produced the following insight into the mind of “religious” Hollywood.

NRO: How long before Kaballah {unorthodox Jewish mysticism} is out of style in your parts? Will Scientology ever be?

Breitbart: I didn’t grow up in a particularly religious house, or neighborhood, so I understand skeptics of organized religion. But the same people who mock the story of Jesus, the ones that speak incredulously of the “Virgin birth” or bemoan the Gospels, are the first people to line up outside L. Ron Hubbard’s pulp-science-fiction temple or to buy Madonna-endorsed Kaballah-water and her voodoo bracelets. Twenty years ago it was Shirley MacLaine and her myriad lives, all of which were strangely historical leading roles. Astrology will always be a given here. Hollywood will always be a reliable place to study comically trendy belief systems. In a strange way, I find this a good thing.

Many folks exuberantly pay their fare to see and adore movies of these Hollywoodians not realizing fully that their “small” ticket price. multiplied by millions, enriches the coffers of these foes of our American Republic. Of course these examples are the extremes in the world of American “religion” but some of the “mainstream religions” are just as pathetic.

Witness this post from The Berean Call” newsletter, 12/12/2005:

Dominion Theology (reconstruction, kingdom now, etc.) is a very real part of what is called “The New Spiritual Warfare.” One frequent teaching is that our prayer gives the Lord permission to operate in the earth.

[False] Religion Says: “As intercessors we have an enormous responsibility. God will actually use us to enforce his will in what I call the earth realm.” “The law of prayer is the highest law of the universe. It can overcome the other laws by sanctioning God’s intervention.” (“Possessing The Gates Of The Enemy,” Cindy Jacobs, p. 48).

God Says: “And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?” (Daniel 4:35).

The idea that “religion” can “sanction” or give permission to God before He can act borders on the absurd. God, Who created the Universe, needs no permission from man to function.

Reformed Christianity (Calvinism) makes claims that God, despite man’s desires or choice, determines in advance that some folks go to Heaven while leaving those less fortunate to be condemned to Hell. If that were true, God would be choosing some to Heaven and choosing the rest to hell. This makes a mockery of God’s Love and Grace. Scripture says God loves the whole world and by His Grace, as His love gift, sent Jesus Christ to pay for the sins of the world.. the whole world, not just a chosen few — so that whoever trusts Christ as Savior WILL have eternal life!. Some time ago I spoke with a friend whose mother deliberately chose not to trust Christ as her Savior. As he and I discussed the failures of Calvinism he stated, “I could never worship a god who deliberately refused to allow my mother to make a decision to trust Christ as her Savior!”

Even the time honored father of Protestantism, Martin Luther managed to proclaim a message contrary to God’s Gospel.

Luther said, “Where there are no good works, there is no faith. If works and love do not blossom forth, it is not genuine faith, the Gospel has not yet gained a foothold, and Christ is not yet rightly known.” John Dillenberger, ed., Martin Luther (New York: Doubleday, 1961), 18.

Martin Luther obviously misread the Scripture in Ephesians 2:8-10, especially Verse 10:
Ephes. 2:8-10 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast. [10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Now if the Bible, in Ephesians 2:10, said “we MUST walk in them. [good works],” then I could agree with Luther. However the Bible says, as believers in Christ, “we should walk in them..” I must believe the Bible before I believe Martin Luther in this matter. God graciously gives us the choice to trust Christ — and then we as believers have the choice to serve Him, which we should do.

TV is cluttered with unbiblical preachers proclaiming, “Put your money on my altar and God guarantees to bless you with material prosperity!” God’s Word never makes such promises.

Screaming TV preachers “preach” in a breathless, unintelligible gibberish and the audience becomes ecstatic.

The largest and best known religious TV channels spend hours weeping and telling how they are strapped for funds. They beg for your dollars while seated in and surrounded by gilded furnishings and silken finery.

Has organized mainstream “religion” become a pathetic comic routine? Kaballah, Scientology, Calvinism, New Age Emotionalism, MacLaine’s reincarnation religion of secret mysticism and The Prosperity Gospel, ad infinitum. These are all perversions of God’s simple, eternal plan of Salvation. Apparently the world’s religions have become a proud, prancing, pitiful and pathetic comedy with eternally pernicious consequences.

What IS the truth of God’s simple Gospel — the eternal plan for all mankind? Read it HERE.

Words Mean Things

What’s the difference between these two combinations of words?

  1. The press says with a sneer, “Spying on American Citizens”
  2. President Bush says “Surveillance upon Alcaida and those communicating with Alcaida; listening in on those who are sworn enemies of freedom in general and America in particular.”

Answer:

  1. This is a statement made by determined liberal mainstream media trying to smear the President, hoping to assist in the defeat of the United States.
  2. This is the truth about what President Bush is doing; desperately trying to protect the country against our sworn enemy, International Radical Islam and fellow travelers in this country.

Just think (if you dare), what if we were condemned to another Clinton or a Gore, Kerry or Teddy, et al, under the same set of circumstances. The press would laud the President, crown him with many crowns and fall at his or her feet in putrid worship.

I thank the Lord for the Neo and Old conservative blogs. Having been through the political wars for 50 years as a Conservative, I find it a real joy to see the newer generation awaken to the serious dangers hidden under that slimy alias of “Liberal Democrat.” Back in my day, we called them Socialists and Communists. We weren’t too far off then and it smells the same today.

Folks, the liberals do have an agenda.. to regain their good old power days regardless the price. The security of our country is either non-existant or waaaay down on their list. Destruction of our free Republic is their goal.

Of course liberals are being powered primarily by the mainstream media. However, don’t overlook a close scrutiny of mainstream “religion.” Think it not strange that religion of the left is also playing its part by promoting the liberal philosophy and theology. I will try, in my next post, to quote from mainstream religion to prove the point.

Jesus Christ Himself said in Matthew 15:9
But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

The Apostle Paul writing to Timothy said 1 Tim. 4:1
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

So, let’s not be taken in and hoodwinked by the left in politics or our faith.

John 8:32
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.