The Sons of Issachar

From American Vision:

The sons of Issachar are referenced at a crucial point in the national life of Israel—the coronation of King David over all of Israel—as men who “understood the times” and had “knowledge of what to do” (1 Chron. 13:32). Yet Scripture does not seem to say why they are given such an honor or what exactly it means.

If you want to get into some very interesting biblical details, and even a profound insight on why Jesus was called “A wine bibber and a glutton” (Hint: Deuteronomy 21:20), check out the video on the webpage.

Atheists Steal Science from God

From Creation-Evolution Headlines’ You Are Free to Read This

You have to assume free will to do science. You have to have a moral standard to do science. All human responsibility collapses if we cannot start from positions of free moral choice by rational actors. Unless you want to completely give up on science, you have to start there. Evolutionary materialism, however, is totally incapable of justifying rationality or morality. The only position able to justify eternal morality and personal responsibility is the Judeo-Christian worldview. This is explained well by Dr. Frank Turek* in his book, Stealing from God (NavPress, 2014). Check it out, or watch the well-known Christian apologetics lecturer on YouTube explain how science needs God.

Exercise: Apply what you learn from Turek’s video or book to another entry in New Scientist’s Metaphysics Special, “Can we ever know if God exists?” (Note: this should be an easy exercise. Graham Lawton puts out one of the most asinine cases for atheism in recent memory. The editors should have found a better philosopher to make their case.)

*Frank must know. He told the editor he reads Creation-Evolution Headlines.

No moral standard?

No law outside of the craven grasp of wealthy and powerful men?

You won’t have science for long!

Now, about that YouTube video…

Kevin DeYoung and the Withering Church

From American Vision:

Kevin DeYoung’s brave piece “Stop the Revolution. Join the Plodders” gained considerable attention last week, but not nearly as much discerning pushback from Reformed folk as it should have. I need to say a few words about it, especially because it concerns a very hackneyed fallacy that destroys the true meaning and mission of this thing called “the church.”

Bojidar Marinov has already eviscerated the propaganda pitch in DeYoung’s piece. He is right. I don’t need to build on that. I want to draw your attention to a particular fallacy that surfaces multiple times in the piece. There are multiple fallacies that more discerning Reformed folk should be howling about across social media—straw men, epithets, equivocations, poisoning the well—but worst of all are the repeated examples of false dichotomy. These are worst not only for their content, but also for their presupposition. They arise from the entrenched two-kingdoms dichotomy that men like DeYoung depend upon to keep the evangelical industrial complex going.

Remember, it was not so long ago that DeYoung got candid as to why he likes “two kingdoms” theology: it provides, in his words, “a bulwark against theonomy and reconstructionism.” And how does it do this? DeYoung doesn’t tell us so much as show us in this latest piece. Just witness the fallacies:

It’s sexy among young people—my generation—to talk about ditching institutional religion and starting a revolution of real Christ-followers living in real community without the confines of church.

Notice how the two choices are structured here: either “real Christ-followers living in real community” or “the confines of the church.”

Problem: A group of “real Christ followers living in community” IS the church.

And, we definitely need more actually-existing Christian communities in this world: not just in a church building, but Christian community in the homes, the workplaces, the streets, the city halls, and the courtrooms of the nations — ALL nations.

And not just on Sunday, either. God demand all that we have, and all that we do: this is what we should give Him.

Now, let us focus on Bojidar Marinov’s response to Mr. DeYoung:

[DeYoung] blasts the “revolutionaries,” that is, those who want to ditch institutional religion. By “institutional religion” he means something which he calls “the church.” He doesn’t give his definition of “the church,” but the context makes it clear he is talking about the current prevailing institutional system which calls itself “church.” You know, the same system of which DeYoung is part of, and which provides for his regular paychecks and royalties. The system that I talked about in my previously mentioned podcast: a conglomerate of denominations, publishing houses, mission boards, local churches, seminaries, ministries, lobbyist and lawyers’ guilds, all devoted to the task of taking advantage of the market of donations, that is, the market of millions of Christians who want to see some godly leadership and teaching, and are willing to donate money to see it happen. This conglomerate I called by the name “ministry-industrial complex,” and one thing that can be said about it is that it has harmed the church – the real church – much more than it has helped, and it has appropriated money for a job it has never really done, nor ever had the intention to do. Instead, billions of dollars down the road, the church under the influence of that ministry-industrial complex is much weaker than before, and the culture is much less Christian than before, and Christians lose one battle after another in our culture, while spending money on “ministers” who can’t seem to be able – or willing – to train them to be victorious.

Billions and billions of dollars thrown at the ministry-industrial complex, the official spokesmen of the church, wasted.

Wasted on losers… on men comfortable to be losers.

“This did not Abraham.”

He doesn’t allow for the thought that perhaps his institution is not properly the Church of Jesus Christ. He doesn’t allow for the existence of the thousands of people who are leaving his institutional system and are taking the church with them, to start it anew, because false shepherds like DeYoung have corrupted it. He calls their exodus “immaturity,” and he doesn’t allow for the possibility that it is exactly the immaturity created by himself and his own class of “ministry” swindlers that is driving these people out.

The church is on the move, as men chose to follow the Spirit, instead of the various dead-enders out there.

The truth is opposite to what DeYoung says. These people who are leaving his “institutional religion” are not leaving the church. DeYoung and his “ministerial” buddies are not the church and have never been the church, and have no more authority to speak for the church than Johann Eck had in 1521. DeYoung’s “revolutionaries” are not leaving the church, they are taking it with them. They are the Shekinah-Glory cloud leaving the Temple in AD 60 and going to the Mount of Olives where there was no building nor structure, but where the last prayer of the true Lord of the Church was pronounced in His earthly body. Their leaving leaves DeYoung churchless, left alone with a mass of people he prefers to have around him: faceless, passive, apathetic, willing to hear the same empty useless “sermons” every week, willing to go through the same senseless ceremonial motions every week, people perfectly content to leave the world exactly the way they found it, in the same darkness, injustice, ignorance, and abortion rate as it was when they joined the “church.”

(…)

Such people who are willing to leave the things as they are do not have the Holy Spirit. A person baptized in the Holy Spirit is not a person who yearns for the same thing over and over again every day, the same useless rituals, the same useless sermons, the same useless church programs, the same useless session meetings, the same useless lobbyist rallies. A man baptized in the Holy Spirit is a man baptized in fire. Fire can mean many things, but whatever it symbolizes, it certainly doesn’t symbolize DeYoung’s boring, static, passive, complacent state of vegetating. If these people are the “authentic community” DeYoung wants, then he doesn’t want a community powered by the Holy Spirit. Thus, he doesn’t want a church.

The people DeYoung inveighs against are not starting a revolution. They are stopping it. They are acting as a counter-revolutionary force. The revolution has already happened, in the last one century. It was the revolution that killed the real church – the church that was a covenant community, and was taking the world by storm.

The Revolution Was“.

And not just in politics, either!

The pulpits must be purged of this illegal brood of vipers which has kept the church on milk and hot air – mostly hot air – for over 50 years. The fruit of that ministry-industrial complex is obvious in America in the last several decades: there’s barely an aspect of the American society that hasn’t been affected by the victorious march of neo-paganism. And that’s not because paganism is powerful. It is because the church members have been passive and incompetent and pessimistic and immature. And why are they so? Because of DeYoung’s institutional system. The fruit clearly reveals the root. There is no way that a true church would turn a previously Christian culture into a pagan culture. The true church does the other way around. When a system – like the one DeYoung defends – has absorbed billions of dollars only to produce defeat, then this system is a counterfeit church. It’s time for it to go. The people leaving it are only trying to stop the breakdown, not to cause one.

OK, let’s go over that key sentence again:

“The fruit clearly reveals the root. There is no way that a true church would turn a previously Christian culture into a pagan culture.”

The proof is in the pudding: the current church is simply apostate. An abject failure.

Obviously, she has chosen to defy the explicit commandment of God to redeem the world, and bring live to all men, in and out of the church, in and out of the corporations, in and out of the courts… all kneeling, recognizing, obeying the will of Christ.

This expansion of Christendom is hard work, a heavy responsibility: work and responsibility the leaders of the church secretly hated, as surely as the public atheists are motivated by hostility to God, period. You can know this by watching the results of the billions of dollars that the Official Church has received.

(And you know that the laity approved of all this, by their refusal to dump the corrupt leadership.)


“How many believing Protestants are in the Supreme Court, by the way? None, you say? I see… now, go on and cry out on how evil the nations’s laws are.

Tell me when every pulpit in American demands that Christians get serious about expanding Christ’s rule to the core concept of Public Justice — an explicit command of God Himself, spelt out again and again — and then perhaps we can talk about it.”

“But… but… we’ll be asked by what standard we should measure God’s Justice. And we can’t dare point to the Mosiac Code: the Laughing Masters would – GASPmock and insult us!”

“When you are more interested in pleasing God and less worried about the fear of man — however powerful, wealthy, and connected — then you will get the victory you long for. Assuming you actually want victory, that is, which I seriously doubt.

Failure is so much more easy, so much more comfortable, so much less risky, than victory. Cry about your endless string of abject defeats long enough, and you might even get a dog treat from the highly entertained Laughing Masters!

There is a better Master out there. One who plans to disciple the nations, and teach them to obey the real Master of heaven and earth.

Once more, for effect – the bold is mine:

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. — Matthew 28:18-20

Obey Christ, and gain the victory!

Disobey Christ, and expect punishment and failure and defeat.

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. — Matthew 5:13

Tired of being spat on, and having your face ground into the dust by worthless, corrupt, and evil men?

Time to believe what Christ said, explicitly and clearly.

Time to repent before Christ.

Time to do what Christ told you to do.”


Let us continue with Marinov:

DeYoung’s system has only preached milk for decades. Yes, the same milk that the author of Hebrews tells us to leave behind and move on (Heb. 5:11-6:2). And what is DeYoung’s solution to the problems with people leaving his so-called “church”? More appreciation of the same milk.

It’s possible we no longer find joy in so great a salvation. It’s possible that our boredom has less to do with the church, its doctrines, or its poor leadership and more to do with our unwillingness to tolerate imperfection in others and our own coldness to the same old message about Christ’s death and resurrection.

In other words, people are leaving because they do not appreciate their milk anymore. No wonder. Those who have the Holy Spirit want to move on from being permanently excited about childish things to working as mature men. May be they want to dosomething about that message, not just hear about it from the pulpit and experience sweet meltdowns over it. When an institution continues offering only milk – in opposition to Hebrews 6:1-2 – it is clear that institution is not a church.

The enemies of God cry out for milk, milk, milk… and never moves on to the meat.

To actually applying the Word of God to the world around us.

To stay a helpless infant, no matter how many times you have been told the same thing, over and over and over again. “Always learning, never obeying, never growing.”

There’s more than one way to show your contempt of the Divine Commandments, one way to be rebellious and lawless!

The exodus from the institutional system DeYoung defends was not caused by not enough Soviet-style propaganda, and can not be fixed by more Soviet-style propaganda. The reason for it is covenant realities, not psychological perceptions. It has nothing to do with “boredom,” or “globe-trotting rock stars,” or Che Guevara t-shirts. It has everything to do with the fact that the institutional system DeYoung defends is a fake, and it has been designed as a fake from the very beginning when it replaced the church. It was designed to destroy the real church, and it was designed to destroy the victories of the church in the West in the last several centuries.

The Soviet system looked eternal and imposing and immovable until the very last minute when it fell. When it fell, many were deeply shocked and surprised. Only a few had seen the signs of its collapse years before that. The signs were not many and not spectacular, but they spoke enough to those who could discern the times.

In the same way, the institutional system of the ministry-industrial complex in the US may look quite stable right now, and quite established in its claim to be the “church.” But the exodus of young people from it – similar to the exodus of people from the former Soviet bloc – is one of the many small signs that the system is losing credibility. It may continue lingering for a while, but its days are numbered. And its shepherds will receive a greater judgment.

Withering away in failure and powerlessness, drowning in the contempt of what was a strongly Christian society (before the impostor church really got its claws and fangs in): this may be the Safe Place of the leadership of the Western Church, but it isn’t good enough for me.

It shouldn’t be good enough for you, either.

Sexual Suicide for the Wicked, and Fruitfulness for the Godly

Gary North notes that there is a distinct chance that the pleasure principle that governs the dying West today is likely to expand into robotic sex toys.

This is hardly a surprise: anything, it is merely the natural end-point of the West’s march into sterility and death:

  • starting with adultery,
  • then divorce (and busted families… and the rise of the lawless bastards),
  • then contraception (government funded!),
  • then the widespread rise of pornography & fornication among youth (really, women: American men have gone a’whoring en mass since the 1880s, if I recall correctly)
  • then abortion,
  • then sodomy (including sterile sexuality of all varieties).

Christians would be wise to get married and stay married, multiply, and raise their children outside of the State schools, in the fear of the Lord and with a good entrepreneurial attitude.

There is no need for Joshua to slaughter the Canaanites, when the Canaanites are so eager to destroy themselves.

This is the era after Christ has resurrected, and rules enthroned at the right hand of God. Today, God does all the heavy lifting, crushing Jesus’ enemies: all we need to do is hear Jesus; obey Jesus; and have faith in Jesus.

His Kingdom is not founded by human hands, and will have no end.


The meek before God shall definitely inherit the Earth!

Complete with ‘…wells we have not dug, and gardens we have not planted.’

 

Hillary, “Pneumonia”, and Centralized Power

…, or, more exactly, “…the Inevitable Death of Centralized Power

The Fire-Breathing Christian speaks again!

Centralized government power – the likes of which both Clinton and Trump are committed to securing and using to their benefit – is fraying ever more dramatically, and not just around the edges, but at the core. Brexit and various secession movements picking up steam are but the upper most tip of a very large iceberg destined to rip the hull of centralized civil governments to pieces…and that’s a beautiful thing.

But it’s hardly the only beautiful thing building before our (usually and purposefully Trump/Clinton distracted) eyes. Decentralization is becoming “a thing” all around us in practically every sphere of life. From civil government, media and industry to education, finance and agriculture, the tools needed to enable the radical decentralization of power are being raised up by God in dramatic fashion all around us. (For more on this awesomely encouraging development, please read Technology, Family, and the Awesome Opportunity for Decentralization and listen to the podcast we recently did on the subject.)

Freedom and Liberty is coming.

Better get ready to face it and use it, fully aware that we act in the face of God Almighty, with blessings and curses to issue as He wills.

The slavers — still blubbering about Tolerance and Security, and justifying their unquenchable thirst for centralized power — are on their way out.

Don’t worry too much about the dead: focus on your family and your calling today, to expand the Kingdom of God tomorrow!

Tossing Victims Under the Bus

I was glad that the current lawlessness of the cops was noted by Christian Reconstructionist/Theonomist Bojidar Marinov in his series of articles:

Essentially, Douglas Wilson refuses to condemn a policeman killing a black man without all of the facts: Bojidar Marinov wants to know if “all the facts” — and can we really know all of the facts? — are needed.

And the answer is no.

What does the Bible say about the issue? Do we really need all the facts?

No. We need only three relevant facts, and only these three facts need to be established by witnesses. Correct, not all the facts. Only three relevant facts. Let’s see:

But if he struck him down with an iron object, so that he died, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death. If he struck him down with a stone in the hand, by which he will die, and as a result he died, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death. Or if he struck him with a wooden object in the hand, by which he might die, and as a result he died, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death. The blood avenger himself shall put the murderer to death; he shall put him to death when he meets him. If he pushed him of hatred, or threw something at him lying in wait and as a result he died, or if he struck him down with his hand in enmity, and as a result he died, the one who struck him shall surely be put to death, he is a murderer; the blood avenger shall put the murderer to death when he meets him (Num. 35:15-21).

The first sentence is relevant to all killings with a gun:

But if he struck him down with an iron object, so that he died, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death.

So, the three facts that need to be known are these: (1) the fact of the crime, (2) the identity of the killer, (3) the nature of the weapon.

So this is a good thing: we actually know what God requires us to know, to ascertain guilt in a criminal case.

Finally: a standard of justice that doesn’t depend on God-hating lawyers, on or off the bench. True: it will take some time until a sufficient number of Christians — weary of the incompetence and malice of our current overlords — decide to repent before God, get empowered by the Holy Spirit, break free of the drooling Pharoahs, and establish a God-honourig society.

(As opposed to hiding in our ever-shrinking ghettos, waiting for the Rapture…)

But that day will come, assisted with decentralizing, accelerating technology. Within decades, everyone — believer and on-believer alike — will be able to create their own style of government, ruled by themselves (preferably locally or self-governed).

It won’t be about revolution – the centralizing of power by the Compassionate Ones.

It will be about quiet, peaceful secession as the Authorities smoothly de-legitimize themselves, failure after failure.

We need to know our Bible, so we can rule ourselves according to God’s standards, and so receive God’s blessings.

As opposed to the curses that are being swelled by our dying society.

Again, to Marinov (who is acting as a very good model of a Biblical judge, instead of a clerical servant of a anti-Christian State):

Notice how there is no condition for an iron object as there is for stone or wood, “by which he might die.” “An iron object” is the Law’s code word for “an object specifically designed to kill.” A man doesn’t strike with an iron object unless he wants to kill. One must be careful with such weapons – if you kill with such weapon, you are not allowed exemptions. You know it kills people, and you know it is specifically designed to kill people. You are a murderer in the eyes of the Law.

When we apply this as a case law today, its force is even greater when it comes to modern firearms. An iron tool in Israel could be used for killing but could be used also for work. (Micah 4:3, “swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks.”) No such thing can be said for firearms. (OK, OK, a .22 pistol can be used for driving nails into concrete; but that’s about it.) Firearms are used for killing. Once you draw and you point it at a man and you pull the trigger, you know the result can be only one: the man at the other end of the barrel will die. There is no doubt about it. And then, no matter what the other facts say, you are a murderer, period.

So, really Biblically, do we need all the facts to condemn a cop? No, we need only threefacts, according to the Law of God. First, was anyone killed? Second, did that cop kill him, or was it someone else? Third, did that cop use a weapon for killing to kill the victim?

Thus, Biblically, in the real sense of “Biblically,” not in Wilson’s sense of the word, we surely can condemn that cop. We know a man was killed; no one disputes that fact. We know the cop did it; no one disputes that fact. And we know the cop used a weapon for killing to do it, not a shovel or a sewing machine. Thus, Biblically, the cop is a murderer. He must be executed, Biblically.

What are the witnesses for, then? The witnesses are not to establish all the facts. The witnesses are to establish only these three relevant facts. If the three relevant facts are known, no other facts are needed. The cop must be executed, Biblically.

What if the cop acted in self-defense? It is possible, and I covered this in the article I wish Wilson had plagiarized. If the cop acted in self-defense, that is an accusation against the victim, and therefore another, separate case. Now he needs his own set of witnesses to prove that the victim did actually pose a mortal threat to him. Now, if the dead man had attacked the cop at night in his own home, that would be a different issue – then the cop would have been free of guilt (Exo. 22:2-3). If the dead man had drawn a gun in public and pointed it at the cop, that would be a proof in favor of the cop. But he needs two or three witnesses to support his claim against the dead man. His own fellow cops can’t count – they are biased. The cop needs independent witnesses who can supply information on why he had to kill the dead man. If he can’t bring in such witnesses, he is a murderer, and he must be executed, Biblically.

No reverence for the uniform, but great reverence for the explicit commands of God.

We can do more with this kind of preaching from the pulpits.

Now, let’s follow the chain of reasoning, of a real Biblical theonomist:

So, let’s re-capitulate. If the cop has killed a man, using a weapon for killing, he is a murderer, period. Witnesses are needed only when we don’t know who did the killing, not when the killer is known. The “innocent-until-guilty” principle stops where the killer is known. If the cop has acted in self-defense, he needs to file a counter-charge against the dead man, and bring in independent witnesses against the dead man. If there are none, the cop is a murderer. There, thinking Biblically. Really Biblically, not like Wilson.

That we don’t need to know all the facts is also clear from another example, related to murder, that of rape in the absence of witnesses:

But if in the field the man finds the girl who is engaged, and the man forces her and lies with her, then only the man who lies with her shall die. But you shall do nothing to the girl; there is no sin in the girl worthy of death. . . . (Deut. 22:25-26).

No need for witnesses to establish guilt. The only facts that need to be known are that the man was with the girl in the field, and that she accused him of rape. She may have gone with him voluntarily. She may have thrown herself on him. It doesn’t matter. He should have thought better before it happened. He is guilty, period, until he produces witnesses that can testify that the girl gave herself voluntarily.

Which means, if a 25-year-old man in your church performs sexual acts with a 12-year-old girl in the absence of witnesses, and the girl testifies against him, you don’t take the side of the man, you automatically take the side of the victim. You don’t try to “restore” the man. You don’t accuse her father of “negligence” or whatnot. You don’t try to find a middle ground between the rapist and his victim. You don’t try to seek excuses with “Christian love” etc. You just deliver the man to the authorities and you demand his execution, according to the Law of God. If the authorities refuse, you speak prophetically against them. That’s what Biblical thinking is.

I said this case is related to murder. Why did I say that? Because the next sentence specifically says it:

. . . for just as a man rises against his neighbor and murders him, so is this case. (Deut. 22:26).

In the case of murder, the guilt is even clearer: no one voluntarily goes to get murdered. Not like the ambiguity of whether the girl wanted it or not. Thus, no need to know all the facts to condemn a cop. Only the three relevant facts. Once they are known, the cop is a murderer. Call for his execution. Again, unless he has witnesses that he was saving his own life. He shouldn’t have gotten in the fight in the first place if he doesn’t have those.

Government uniforms do not shelter a man from the wrath of God.

(As opposed to the AMPLE protection government uniforms give from secular laws and morality. But this is to be expected: Servants of the State are Servants of the People, the only God there is, so far as todays intellectual elite is concerned.

And why are the People to be exalted? Not because of their moral superiority but because of the Power they have.

So we come to the realization that, once again, secular governments only serves Power, be it demagogic or financial or military. God hates idolators, and the worship of Power is idolatry. Such a society will be destroyed… just as ours is being destroyed, root and branch, even as we watch.)

Should any government on earth actually establish and uphold the Biblical law code, I will be there, faster than lightning (God willing!). Justice is what God demands, and for the first time ever, Christians would be giving God what He demands in public, as well as in private.

It’s about time!

If the victims have to supply all the facts to get a fair trial, no victim can prove his case in court. In the final account, the one walking away with the spoils is the criminal, for even though he has committed the crime, no witnesses can supply all the facts. Ah, yes, there may be trial, etc., but we know how these trials work. Eric Garner was murdered in plain sight, on video. Where’s the trial, and where’s the verdict against his murderer? And the Doug Wilsons in the churches are silent and just offer the same excuses as the political machine which defends murderous cops. “We need all the facts to condemn a cop.” The cops, on the other hand, don’t need all the facts to kill anyone. They just need to say that they “felt in danger.” They know, there is always some Doug Wilson somewhere in some church to make a theological excuse for why they should get away with it.

When you demand all the facts to condemn a criminal, not only the three relevant facts, its only those with power who profit from it.

What about the victims?

They are thrown under the bus.

I know, I know, may be I am too harsh on Doug Wilson. But may be I am not. If I am too harsh, surely next time he will dutifully plagiarize me to avoid defending criminals in uniforms.

So, Doug, you have my permission. Next time don’t write pagan theories of justice and call them “biblical.” Just plagiarize from “Brown, Garner, and the Application of Biblical Law to Homicide and Murder.” Don’t mention my name, pass it for your own. Just steal it. In the name of Christ, you may.

Let’s pick out the key sentences here, in bold:

And the Doug Wilsons in the churches are silent and just offer the same excuses as the political machine which defends murderous cops. “We need all the facts to condemn a cop.” The cops, on the other hand, don’t need all the facts to kill anyone. They just need to say that they “felt in danger.” 

I grow weary, on the criminal level of importance our precious, fragile, FEELINGS have in this society, and how deeply despised the actual, dependable, predictable, just LAW OF GOD is.