Monthly Archives: May 2017

Twisted Islam? Sorry, no.

From Get Religion’s article Twisting Ramadan: Some big newsrooms failed to note timing of attack on Copts in Egypt (updated)

Strangely enough, the Times report on this new attack on the Copts failed to mention the fact that this attack took place on the eve of Ramadan.

The Minya attack story – as it should – offers tons of detailed information on the political ramifications of this event, as well as lots of factual material about recent bombings of Coptic worship services (including on Palm Sunday).

However, the word “Ramadan” is nowhere to be found in this story.

Ditto for the report at The Los Angeles Times.

Ditto, believe it or not, in this report at BBC.

The Al Jazeera English report at the top of this post also omitted the Ramadan connection, which is surprising since that network’s religion coverage tends to be solid.

Why should journalists include the “eve of Ramadan” reference? For the simple reason – as the 2016 New York Times story demonstrated – that ISIS leaders are determined to link the holy season to violence on behalf of their cause. Yes, this connection is highly offensive to millions of Muslims. That’s the point.

Let me turn the question around: What is the journalistic logic for omitting the “eve of Ramadan” reference from stories produced by some of the most important newsrooms in the world (by which I mean BBC and the New York Times)?

So to state the question bluntly: In light of ISIS actions in the past, why would Islamic radicals choose this time for another high-profile attack on the largest Christian body left in the Middle East?

Some journalists have answered that question, in their early reports on this bloody attack. Others have not.

UPDATE: The New York Times has posted an op-ed by Coptic scholar Samuel Tadros which includes some information based on his own experiences – but one predictable, but still stunning, detail that (according to a personal email from him) he learned from watching video interviews with survivors of the Minya attack.

Read it all: “Coptic Christians: Islamic State’s ‘Favorite Prey’.”

Here’s the material that hit me hard:

The terrorists chose today’s target well. Saint Samuel the Confessor Monastery, which I visited a decade ago, is very hard to reach. One hundred and ten miles on the Cairo Luxor desert road, you make a right-hand turn and for the next 17 miles drive on an unpaved road. The single lane forces cars to drive slowly, and, as the only route leading to the monastery, the victims were guaranteed to be Copts. Friday is a day off in Egypt, and church groups regularly take trips there. Outside of a few policemen stationed out front, there is little security presence.

The terrorists waited on the road like game hunters. Coming their way were three buses, one with Sunday school children. Only three of them survived. Their victims were asked to recite the Islamic declaration of faith before being shot.

Of course. As always.

Did some of the Copts die – as on the beach in Libya – confessing their faith, rather than denying it? Once again, we could be dealing with Coptic martyrs, including the faces of children in new icons.

I would not care to be a child that disowns Jesus in the face of death. Or mockery and contempt… which is what Western Christians are generally faced with in the West, since Christians pointedly refuse to repent of multiple grievous sins.

But the real point is, there is exactly nothing wrong — from the perspective of Islamic Law — about the Righteous slaughtering the Filthy Kafirs on Ramadan.

From the comments of that same article on Get Religion:

Actually, this is hardly a new interpretation of Ramadan. In the traditions passed down, Muhammed declared it to be a month of truce among Muslims, but a very suitable month for raids against non-Muslims. Those engaged in jihad were permitted to break the fast as much as they wanted, and did not have to make up for it later (as pregnant women must).

Obviously not all Muslims avail themselves of this provision, some interpret jihad in a spiritual way, and some may disbelieve the accuracy of the tradition. But it is pretty well-attested in the tradition collections, and historically one can see tons of Ramadan raids, pogroms, and battles. ISIS pulls some of its interpretations out of thin air (like the anti-pigeon one) but this Ramadan jihad thing is not one of them.


Historically, the pre-Islamic month of Rajab was a month of truce. Some of Muhammad’s guys were trying to go in disguise for spying on Mecca but were recognized. They attacked the caravan they were traveling with, killed people, took prisoners and goods, all during this month. Then they went back to Muhammad, who repudiated their actions and spoils. Then God allegedly told him that breaking the truce was totally fine, because Meccans were non-Muslim and bad. Therefore, the next year Muhammad led a caravan attack called the Battle of Badr.

The eventual conquest of Mecca by Muhammad took place during Ramadan. So did the conquest of Andalusia. So did the 1973 war of Egypt and Syria against Israel, for that matter. So let us not pretend that offensive war or other attacks by Muslims being deliberately scheduled during Ramadan is new and unheard of.

In other words, Islam is Islam… and all the projection, all the wishful thinking, won’t change that.

The end of oil wealth, coupled with the disintegration of the usual tools to centralize authority and control, is a lot more effective. After all, after the local Christians have been disposed of, there remains fratricidal warfare… which will have much the same result as fratricidal European warfare, 1914-1990.

No great armies… just endless bands of murderers, purifying Islam in the manner they have grown accustomed to.

One hundred percent backed by the words and example of Mohammed, as usual.


Faith in Christian Leadership

As it’s behind a paywall, I prefer to limit/avoid direct quotes on the subject: but it is fair to say that in the article Big Trouble and New Leadership, Gary North believes that when things get tough, Christian leadership in America will get tough, too.

I have immense difficulty believing this.

Not because it is impossible: it is actually quite likely, assuming that a spirit of repentance and reconsecration takes hold in the church.

The problem is that “spirit of repentance and reconsecration.” I see only two signs that the American Church is in the slightest interested in repentance: the homeschool movement, and the Abolish Human Abortion activists.

This is definitely better than nothing: see the Western European Church, snug as a bug in her grave, as an illustration of what nothing really looks like.

But what believing Ameicans have done just isn’t enough, not nearly enough compared to the scale of the redemptive task at hand.

And yet, it can be reasonably argued that these things are the glimpses of something bigger, something that will rise with great spiritual strength when the time comes.

It is in the spirit where the real action takes place, then in homes and churches. I am content to wait a decade or three before the impact reaches politics, so long as it shapes homes, hearts and pulpits right where we are, right now.

That shaping hasn’t kicked in yet. Not on a large scale, which is what is needed for national (or even county- or state-wide!) repentance.

I am told that people in great pain and suffering look to God.

I am confident that that coming pain is a certainty, due to the coming bankruptcy of the Welfare State.

But the mere fact of pain and change, does not mean repentance and renewal.

There has been various Great Revivals in American history, each of which has left the nation more lawless and more secularized and antinomian than before.

from North’s Revival: True and False

Past “Revivals”

In about 1735-60, there was a wave of revivals in England and in the English colonies. Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield (WHIT-field), and hundreds of roaming itinerant preachers crisscrossed the country and the Atlantic, bringing the gospel to hundreds of thousands of people (in a day when fewer than three million lived here). Whitefield attracted tens of thousands at a time in open air fields, both in England and the colonies. Region by region, the churches filled up . . . for a while.

Then passions waned, leaving cynicism and unwed or newlywed mothers in the wake. In the town of Bristol, Rhode Island, from 1680 through 1720, there was not a single recorded instance of a baby arriving less than eight months after marriage. From 1720-40, the percentage rose to 10%. From 1740-60, in the Great Awakening era, it hit 49%, trailing off to 44%, 1760-80. This story was repeated throughout the colonies, according to one as yet unpublished manuscript I have seen.

There is no doubt that the first Great Awakening permanently altered colonial America. Historians argue about its political effects. Some argue that it led to a new sense of community, including political community, and a new sense of millennial vision! But there is no doubt that ecclesiastically, the first Great Awakening shattered what was left of the New England holy commonwealth. The ideal of theocracy–God’s rule through God’s revealed civil law–never recovered from the anti-denominational and anti-creedal preaching of the itinerants.

In 1800, a new wave of revivals began in the Ohio Valley, and grew to a flood in the 1820’s and 1830’s. This second Great Awakening led to abolitionism, perfectionism, Christian political action, cults, church splits, and eventually to the phenomenon which Charles Finney called the burned-over districts. These districts became cold and resistant to evangelism efforts. The churches grew rapidly, and then emptied almost as rapidly. Revivalists returned, and repetitions occurred, but by the end, the second Great Awakening produced effects very different from what its founders had expected: the Civil War and, after the war, the rise of liberalism and the social gospel movement.

I am confident that North will pardon me, if I choose to be suspicious of the results of a Great Future Revival. “By their fruits shall ye know them.”

(Also: the Western Church has a solid post-Darwinian record of failure after compromise after collapse.

But then again, hasn’t God merely given us what was our heart’s deepest desire — not the holiness of God, not His justice and rule, not the salvation of men, not a peaceful world, neither beauty nor truth, but Free Stuff from the Government?)

North rightfully insist that, if the majority of men are to be saved from eternal hell and damnation, there simply must be a great, overwhelming revival (See: Some Undisclosed Costs of World Revival)… and if the Church is not ready for such an event, they will be held in account for it by God.

I agree… and I think that everyone here knows that the Church is not in the slightest interested in any such revival, regardless of its fruits.

The Church holds the keys to salvation: if she simply isn’t interested in saving men or nations, then they simply will not be saved.

And that’s all there is to it… until the current Church, laymen and pastors alike, give an account to God before His Throne.

Or unless the Holy Spirit wroughts a miracle, using some really poor materials.

I strongly suggest that, as a believer, you don’t stand before God empty-handed or tongue-tied when He asks how you pushed forward His Kingdom.

You know, the Kingdom Jesus spent so much time on in the Gospels… the Kingdom that we were supposed to dedicate our lives to expand, in whatever way we are capable of… the Kingdom that was – and will – overthrow all competitors, in this world and the next.

I do not want to be ashamed, when I stand before that Holy Throne. Christ covers my sins: but the servant is not higher than his Master. Christ worked to expand Kingdom of God: and so must I.

We must follow the demanding example of Christ, Obedient to the Law…

…and the explicit refusal of Our Christian Leadership to behave in accordance to Biblical Law (never mind teaching others to do so!), is what promises great wrath to come, should there be no repentance.

Yes, even greater punishment than what we have today, with our slaughtered unborn, our God-despising schools (and the graduating classes of God-despising youth) and our pathetic, laughably powerless churches.

We are under Divine punishment.

We must know why, and we must repent.

Clone Music

In general, I don’t comment much on the music scene — not a good way to gain wealth or lead society nowadays, since the pagans had their pleasures with it and has tossed the corpse aside to rot — but I do have an interest in pointing out obvious pitfalls for any artist out there.

And  God does like good music in worship: so as a Christian believer, I have an interest in promoting the Good Stuff.

So let’s avoid offering Him the Corporate Clone Canned trash that currently dominates the withering and disintegrating music scene, hmm?

Every song you love was written by the same two guys

Songwriting today is not the romantic notion of one kid with a guitar. As John Seabrook writes in his new book “The Song Machine,” it’s an impersonal, assembly-line-driven process that would make Henry Ford proud.

For Rihanna, “A-list producers and topliners [the term for vocal melody writers] were summoned to Los Angeles for two weeks and installed in studios around the city,” creating what Seabrook calls “a pop-up hit factory.”


Seabrook calls the modern method of song creation “track and hook,” indicating the split between the writing of the beat (track) and the hooks (melodies). He distinguishes this method from the more traditional “melody and lyrics”; often referred to on older albums as music and lyrics.

“The [track and hook] method was invented by reggae producers in Jamaica,” Seabrook writes, “who made one ‘riddim’ (rhythm) track and invited 10 or more aspiring singers to record a song over it. Today, track-and-hook has become the pillar and post of popular song…it is common practice for a producer to send the same track to multiple topliners — in extreme cases, as many as 50 — and choose the best melody from among the submissions.”

Stuck on Repeat

While this method has become a reliable source of hits, any artistic endeavor so mechanized is likely to have a downside.

“As a working method, track-and-hook tends to make songs sound the same,” Seabrook writes. “As dance beats have become the backing tracks to a growing number of pop songs, similar-sounding records have proliferated. The melodies themselves are still supposed to be unique, but because of the way producers work with multiple topliners, tracks and melodies tend to blur together.”

By way of example, Seabrook cites two 2009 hits — Beyoncé’s “Halo,” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone,” both produced by ”the super-producer Ryan Tedder.” (Both stars wrote their own toplines, Beyonce paired with Evan Bogart.)

“Halo” hit No. 5 first, and when Clarkson heard the song, “She thought it sounded too much like ‘Already Gone,’ and feared the public would think she copied Beyoncé’s song. But nobody cared or perhaps even noticed: Both songs were hits.”

And while track-and-hook can lead to similar sounding work, it can also be an exhausting, uncreative grind for the assembly-line writers.

A quick glance at the money shot, one more time:

“Halo” hit No. 5 first, and when Clarkson heard the song, “She thought it sounded too much like ‘Already Gone,’ and feared the public would think she copied Beyoncé’s song. But nobody cared or perhaps even noticed: Both songs were hits.”

The phrase for today is nobody cared.

If Christians want quality music, they had better demand more, and better, than what the pagans are willing to settle for.

Be the best… and offer the best.

First to God, then to the listener.

Marinov on the Bride of Christ

Just an excerpt from his Proverbs 31 Woman broadcast.

But in the world after the Cross, there are to be no more concubines, no more second-rate wives. This characteristic has a much more profound meaning, and we won’t have the time to examine it today. One application of it, however, needs to be mentioned: the fact that there are no more concubines in the world after the Cross affects the way we view the Church and her covenantal status before God. In an article in Faith for All Life several years ago, I made the connection between the different existing eschatologies and how they view the Church as the Bride of Christ. Modern amillennialism views the Church as simply a girlfriend, or, at best, a fiancee of Christ. “Almost a wife but not yet.” She has no authority over the world which is her Husband’s estate. Like a virtuous fiancee, her focus is on purity, not on responsibility and authority. She is not expected to take over the world as her legitimate sphere of work and dominion; she doesn’t have that legal right. Modern dispensationalism views the Church as a concubine of Christ. The real, fully privileged wife is national Israel, and all the promises and the inheritance belong to that real wife. But since, for a time, the real wife has eloped with her heathen lovers, Jesus has taken a temporary consort, the Church, with the purpose to incite the real wife, national Israel, to jealousy, and thus return Israel to Himself. The Church has all the rights of a wife and she will be rewarded for her services, but she has no inheritance or authority, for all the promises belong by right to Israel. Finally, postmillennialism view the Church as the true, fully privileged wife of Christ. Not only does she have the rights of a wife, she is fully representative of her Husband and has full authority over His estate, the world. She is expected to take dominion over the world now and to exercise her authority in bringing the world. She has full authority; she doesn’t have to wait for any more permission to rule in her own right. Being Christ’s body and His fulness (Eph. 1:23), redeemed, crowned, and enthroned to rule with Him, her job is to occupy, or, in another translation, do business, or, using the Greek original, pragmateusaathe (from the same root as “practice”), until He comes.

But that mandate is not limited to the church. It is actually a mandate to every wife. Whoever claims that wives are supposed to remain passive and waiting for their husbands to rule over them and tell them what to do, micromanaging their work, shopping, and business decisions, has no idea of what the Biblical view of the virtuous wife is. That Biblical view is expressed very specifically in one of the most important chapters about the Biblical view family: Proverbs 31. Anyone who does not lay Proverbs 31 as the foundation of his view of the family, is not restoring the Biblical family, but some twisted pagan view of the family, whether patriarchal or feminist, but the Biblical view.

Incidentally, in regard to Concubines in the Bible, listen to Marinov’s presenation on the Concubinage on ReconstructionRadio.

Toppling Cultural Idols

My respect to American Vision for their willingness to show Robert E Lee, the Official Saint of the South, as (Shock! Horror!) a proponent of the enslavement of Black Americans… because they are, well, Black.

For Christ’s Kingdom to Rise, Idols Must Fall.

For Christ Kingdom to Rise, there must be repentance.

No, I am not proposing the destruction of all those official memorials of the Lost Cause: such a destruction of memory and the relics of the past is merely leftist violence and hatred… usually in the service of some new tyranny, a new pack of lying masters.

I do propose an end to the reverence for old slavers. Not because slave-holders per se are particularly damned merely because they held slaves: Paul taught no such thing in the New Testament, after all.

But because the Southern Institution was grounded on injustice and unlawful oppression, while claiming a Biblical Mandate for their evil.

Such a blasphemy of God’s Name had to end… and did end.

Over the violent, to-the-death objections of 1/4 of the manhood of the South.

The Saudi Religious Police Fade Away…

… and, when they enter their eternal habitations, they can greet the Gestapo, the KGB, and the other pointedly anti-Christian enslaving police forces and organizations as well.

The declining role of the religious police

Riyadh sits in the Nejd heartland of Saudi Arabia, where in the mid-18th century the first Saudi King allied with Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahhab, a cleric who promoted a harsh interpretation of Sunni Islam.
This alliance is a marriage of convenience that has survived for more than two and half centuries and is the key to the political economy of Saudi Arabia in which the Saudis have retained absolute authority — so much so that their family name is embedded in the name of the country — while the Wahhabi religious establishment sanctions the rule of the absolute monarchy and has largely held sway over the social mores of Saudi society.
Until a year ago, compliance with the dictates of Saudi-style Wahhabi Islam were rigorously enforced by members of the feared religious police, known as the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (the same name that was used by the Taliban’s religious police when the Taliban were in power in Afghanistan).

The religious police patrolled the streets looking for purported malefactors and were given a more or less free hand to do so. In one notorious episode in 2002, in the holy city of Mecca, the religious police prevented girls from fleeing a school that was on fire because they were not properly dressed. Fifteen of them perished in the flames.

But, last April, the wings of the religious police were clipped by King Salman and his son MBS, as he is universally known here. They no longer have the power to arrest suspects and now can only report them to regular police units.
In addition to getting the religious police to back off, the Saudi monarchy has allowed some music concerts to happen,
The Pharisees will fail, in the end, as God does not stand with them.

PS: There is a distinct possibility that all police organizations are, by their nature, anti-Biblical, and so have no place in a society organized according to Biblical principles.

Seeing that

  • there is no provision for a civilian police force in the Bible (as opposed to a proper army)
  • they originated in either an increasingly secular and statist culture (UK), when they didn’t rise from slave-catching patrols (US)
  • they were never heard of during the highly decentralized Medieval Christian period

I suggest that today’s government-funded Police Force is essentially an anti-Biblical instrument of tyranny.

A standing army directed against the inhabitants of the land, rather than against outside enemies.

A curse on cowardly, responsibility-hating Christian men, who refuse to face the enemy themselves, and so abdicated their responsibilities to the State, Our Saviour… instead of personally and corporately uphold the commandments of God themselves, as judges and as fighters bound to uphold God’s Law.

A Strong Delusion

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. — II Thessalonians 2:9-12

People have a tendency to confuse God with Santa Claus, or some rich old wise man who would never hurt a fly.

I wonder if they have ever opened a Bible.

(Well, they might have… and then, when they saw something they didn’t like, they quickly turned the page until they saw something that “God really meant for today”… with the reader deciding what “God really meant.”

This attitude will not help us, five minutes after we die.

We don’t get to define reality. God does.)

For an example of strong delusions, I present Is Europe committing suicide? Controversial book claims elites in UK and the Continent are encouraging mass immigration because they’ve lost faith in historic Christian values.

A few excerpts from the article:

Indeed, the opening lines of his new book, The Strange Death Of Europe, could hardly be more incendiary.

‘Europe is committing suicide,’ Murray writes. ‘Or at least its leaders have decided to commit suicide… As a result, by the end of the lifespans of most people currently alive, Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place in the world we had to call home.’

Once upon a time, Europeans were making new homes for themselves, around the world, enjoying the best lands and defeating all opposition.

Those days are long gone.

Even without military superiority, Europeans would still have had a bright future… or at least as long and interesting a future as the Chinese or the Africans or the Arabs… if they still respected marriage and children, valuing the hard labor to build the future over the life-wasting pleasures of lawlessness today.

Those days are long gone, too.

Now, by their own hand, their own governments, and their own policies, they have decisively chosen death over life.

They won’t have a home, because they don’t want a home.

And the reason why they don’t want a home on this world… the reason that (since there are no off-world settlements) they desire death… is because they have insistently decided to hate God and His Commandments.

But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:


The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway:


The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.

He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.

Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee:

And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever. — Deuteronomy 28:  15, 33, 43-46

The insipid Christian theologians of Europe don’t believe a word of this… but it’s happening right now, regardless of what they think.

God determines reality. Not His enemies.

The causes, he thinks, are twofold. First, our political leaders have knowingly colluded in the ‘mass movement of peoples into Europe’, filling ‘cold and rainy northern towns’ with ‘people dressed for the foothills of Pakistan or the sandstorms of Arabia’.

Second, he believes Europe’s intellectual and cultural elites, including those in Britain, have ‘lost faith in its beliefs, traditions and legitimacy’. Crippled with guilt, obsessed with atoning for the sins of empire, they have lost sight of the historic Christian values that their people expect them to defend.

These paragraphs are simply false.

After all, you can find a vast number of Secular liberals willing to wail and cry out against the wicked acts of their Christian ancestors… as they stand 20 meters from the nearest abortion clinic.

I don’t think these liberals feel the slightest amount of guilt at all. Instead, they use the politics of guilt and pity as a tool to gain power, and they use this tool well.

(But if you think they will feel an ounce of guilt and pity for you after they have broken your power and authority, Christian, think again.

Being tools of Christ to punish His disobedient children, liberals will follow Christ’s direction to grind his rebellious disciples into the dust as per Matthew 5:13… until Christians finally repent of their sins before God.)

It helps that both Secular Europeans and Muslim immigrants are united against the evil dead European Christian past.

As for that nonsense about “historic Christian values that their people expect them to defend”, just who do you think has been electing/supporting Secularists for the last two centuries or more? Could a single modern atrocity — from Communism to Fascism, to Sodomy to Abortion, to the Welfare State to the Politically Correct Culture– have come to pass without either the activity support or the silent passivity of most Christians, including their pastors and priests?

God’s People despite God’s Law, and so implicitly (…and not so implicitly…) despise God.

And so they stand there, surprised, when God smashes their teeth to the back of their throats.

But I suspect his trenchant dismissal of all those naive liberal pieties will strike a chord with people in every corner of our political landscape. He pours scorn, for example, on the argument that immigration has magically made us a more tolerant society.

A survey of attitudes to homosexuality in 2015 found that just 16 per cent of people outside London thought it was morally wrong. The figure in London was 29 per cent, reflecting the much higher concentration of conservative Muslims.

Some people understand God’s will partially, and in a distorted fashion… and try to obey it. Others clearly understand God’s will… and openly mock and despise it.

Shall we stand, astonished, when God blesses those who in their ignorance partially obey Him, while He damns those who — fully cognizant of the Divine Command — are careful to spit on it at every opportunity?

The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Luke 12:46-48

As for the Church’s mission?

I recommend that missionaries, well-trained in Islamic, Arab, and African cultures, be sent to Europe, to dwell among the Europeans of the future… and not the Europeans of the past.

A committed believer, able to open the door to a faith with a future, worthy of the pain (and risk of death) that possible Arab converts will face, can succeed in bring salvation to the Arab immigrant as well as the African immigrant.

A victorious Christian faith that not only redeems souls, but transforms lives and civilizations, that brings the light of Divine Law and Justice to ALL of society and ALL of our lives… there is a future for such a religion.

As for dead European religions… let them rot in the graves God has assigned for them.