Judgment fitting a harlot

It’s no coincidence that the states that made up these United States criminalized homosexuality. Some states penalized such criminal behaviors with as much prison time as fifteen years. Inspiring the federal government to enact a statute declaring that marriage was to be only between a man and women. Called DOMA, or Defence of Marriage Act.

Why were such laws passed because that is what the majority of Americans wanted. So politicians did the only thing that they are good at which is to determine which way the wind is blowing. And discovering the will of the people, they enacted the appropriate laws. Which were signed into law by state governor’s, and President Bill Clinton. Clinton has said, that he only signed DOMA into because he feared a constitutional amendment declaring marriage to be between a man and woman. Going on to say that he now favors DOMA being declared unconstitutional.

All of that is history because DOMO is gone and America shamefully has united itself as a people who condones what God condemns.

There was a time, when America was a God fearing and God honoring country. The nations culture and its laws were fashioned around our Judeo-Christian heritage. And that is why, homosexuality was criminalized. Now America has, and will continue to walk a road in opposition to its Judeo-Christian heritage of culture and laws.

The legalization of same sex unions amounts to another nail, driven into the American coffin of death. Because the nation as a whole has decriminalized homosexuality. A clear act of ungodly defiance of what God declared an abomination.

Judgment fitting a harlot, yes indeed. From our scriptures we learn whoredom reaches beyond sexual deviance. To be continued.

A one time wonder

Hey I’m old! Been around a long time and can’t do this rescue thing anymore. So God has indited me. And the charges are severe and will impact America in ways unimaginable to most.

So here’s my indictment. And to the angel of the church of Laodiceans write. “These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God. I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I would you were cold or hot. So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, I am rich and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing. And do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked.”(Texts:Revelation 3:14-17).

That church and her six sister churches which are picturesque of church history. Managed to accomplished some mighty deeds for the cause of Christ, despite their short comings.

So here we are a conglomerate of all those churches. With some churches still at it for the cause of Christ in magnificent ways. Because God said that He would never be without a voice. With the elements of the universe also giving such testimony. (Texts Romans 1:19-20; Acts 14:17). And as such it is written, Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen. Saying “Blessed be the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.”

And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher rebuke Your disciples.” But He answered, and said unto them, “I tell you that, if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” (Texts:Luke 19:37-40).

The American way is to go belly up

Hey! I didn’t say it, the founding fathers did.

“…; And accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” (Source:Declaration of Independence In Congress, July 4, 17776. The unanimous declaration of the thirteen United States of America).

Next, to the rescue an ageless wonder.

Gangsters ask the right questions

After the near hit upon Sonny, in the movie the Godfather. The Don recuperating from an assassination attempt upon his own life. Arranges a meeting with the five crime families of New York and New Jersey. And presents this question, how did things get so bad?

So, I thought the following might shed some light on the political arena. By asking the question, how in the world did things become so politically bad in America? And! With an answer!!!

After listening to Obama, and his collection of Democrats trying to explain what’s in the electorates best interest. A war monger in the senate packed his bags and contemplated a trip to England. Thinking that the queen might be able to help him turn the tables legislatively on those democrats. After all, look at the good that had emerged from a republican controlled government of not so long ago. Pondered this senator of war, and more war, and irresponsible federal spending. With an unapologetic belief, that the market place is the perfect cure for a troubled economy.

So, the Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, did more than just pack his bags, he made the journey. And, once in the presence of Queen Elizabeth. He asked her, ‘How do you manage such an efficient government? Are there any tips you can give me?’

Well says the Queen, ‘the most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people.’

Mitch frowns, ‘But how do you know that the people around you are really intelligent,’ he asked?

O that’s easy says the Queen, ‘You ask them a simple riddle.’

Just than David Cameron enters the room.

‘David your mother and father have a child,’ says the Queen. ‘It’s not your brother and it’s not your sister, who is it?’

Cameron answers, ‘Oh! That would be me, your majesty.’

‘Yes!! very good,’ says the Queen.

When Republican McConnell returned to Washington D.C. Mitch asked the Republican Whip in the Senate, John Cornyn R-Tx, the same question. ‘John your mother and father have a kid. It’s not your brother and it’s not your sister. Who is it?’

‘I’m not sure,’ says Cornyn, ‘let me get back to you on that one.’ Cornyn goes to his advisers and asked everyone, but no one could give him the answer. Finally he ends up in the men’ room. And he recognizes, Barack Obama’s shoes in the next stall. “Mr. President! Can you answer this for me? Your mother and your father have a child and it’s not your brother or your sister, who is it?’

Obama responds, ‘That’s a tough one.’ Cornyn smiles to himself, and says, ‘Thanks!’

Then he goes back to speak with Mitch. ‘Say, I did some research and even consulted the President. I have the answer to that riddle. ‘It’s a tough one.’

Mitch gets up, stomps over to Cornyn, and angrily yells in his face, ‘No! You idiot! It’s David Cornyn!’  (modified by this writer from Patriot Humor)

And now, you know how things got so politically bad in Washington. But the larger question is, what to do about it?

The answer is nothing because it’s the American way. Explanation next disussion.

God mysteries

You bet ya! Far beyond human reasoning or understanding. Like this mystery, “For this reason, we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. This is a great mystery, but I speak of Christ and the church,” said the Apostle Paul. (Texts:Ephesians 5:30-31, NKJV).

So what’s going on hear? Just this! Those of us, who have experienced newness of life through Christ. Are seen by Jesus, as one and the same with Him. This is clarified by Paul in, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, KJV, who said, “What!” “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and your spirit which are God’s.”

Presented in other scriptures, as the bride and bridegroom. John wrote, “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him. For the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen and white. For the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” And he said unto me, write, “Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And He said unto me, “These are the true sayings of God.” (Texts:Revelation 19:7-9, KJV).

This is the fourth posting on marriage. Hopefully, they have demonstrated the purpose, and complete design from the mind of God concerning the sacredness of marriage.

Gay unions, therefore mock the sacred intentions of God Almighty. And should not be allowed because gay’s can’t become one, as is the purpose of marriage.

Mysteries 0f God

Can God get mad? You decide! Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping things and birds of air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” (Texts:Genesis 6:5-7). That was then, and it did occur, but does it have any implications for 21 the century. We shall see.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (Text:John 1:1.

Our first mystery, is so, because like the others to follow, they are unexplainable by human reasoning.

And He was clothed with vesture (body) dipped in blood (murder by crucifixion) and His name is called the Word of God. (Text:Revelation 19:13). Making our Bible like no other book. The Bible should be thought of as a unique collection of historic literature. Written by ordinary people like us, but over a span of dozens of centuries. Representing a host of different cultures. With very different agenda’s, and considering the varying times that separated their lives. Yet they were able to put together a compelling prophetic story that reverberates with stunning accuracy. Accomplished because all scriptures is given by the inspiration of God. (Text:2 Timothy 3:16). Inspiration from the Greek, “theopneustos” meaning “God breathed.” Making our Judea-Christian scriptures as authentic, as if the Almighty had written them Himself. Without using the many historical characters, whose names are ascribed to our Judea-Christian scriptures. Eventually allowing for a book in appearance that is bound by inked pages on white paper. That book, our Bible, is the living breathing Word of God. How important is all this? When God signaled the close of the age, as he did with the book of Revelation He allowed John by privilege because God doesn’t need mortals to accomplish whatever it is He wants to accomplish. John recorded those words, and we should pay attention. “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.” (Text:Revelation 3:22). It must be important because John penned it a total of 7 times in just 2 chapters between 68 verses. Perhaps because the world is catapulting into a catastrophic mess.

And Jesus said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate. (Texts:Matthew 19:5-6). Simply not explainable how that is possible. Look at the many Mom’s and Dad’s do they look like one person? No they don’t, but they are because the Living Breathing Word of God says so. And for that reason, gay unions should not be permitted in God’s America.

And now the judgment, maybe a repeat of the Genesis experience, who knows, but God Himself. But here’s the indictment. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he, who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting live. (Texts:Galatians 6:7-8).

Now that Genesis experience brought on the flood that accomplished God’s purpose in that era. But He found a righteous man, called Noah. The waters subsided, and God granted humanity a new beginning. (Texts:Genesis 6:8; But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD; Noah walked with God,Genesis 6:9; And God made the wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided, Genesis 8:1b).
And so hear we are in the 21 century. And we have this instructive directive. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart. (Text:Galatians 6:9).

Significance of Marriage

Then Arina Vlaayivna  came to his side, and pressing her gray head to his said, “It can not be helped, Vasya. A son is like a lopped off branch. As a falcon, he comes when he wills, and goes when he lists. But you, and I are like mushrooms growing in the hollow of a tree. Here we sit side by side without budging. But I shall stay with you forever, and unalterably, just as you will stay with me,” Vassily Ivanich removed his hands from his face and embraced his wife, his constant companion, greater than he had ever shown her in his youth; she had consoled him in his grief. (source:Fathers and Sons, Ivan Turgenev)

Many want signs of authenticity for what the Bible acclaims, before embracing its teachings. So here are some signs that should help authenticate our Judeo-Christian scriptures. The above short narrative is the only authenticated marriage relationship provided for human relationships. It was designed by God, who said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a companion helper,” Genesis 2:18, and this companion verse 23, “And Adam said, this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh, she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man.” And for that reason it is recorded for us, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh,” Genesis 2:24. And that readers, is an ancient miracle accomplished by our Creator; and to this day, every time a man and woman marries. They become one inseparable miracle never to be separated. Designed to know the comforts expressed by Arina and Vassily.

This modern day trend of joining same sexes in marriage is an outrage to God, our  provider and Creator. For it is recorded as such in the following scriptures. “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination” Leviticus 18:22. “Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their own bodies among themselves…. For this reason God gave up unto vile passions; for even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lusts for one toward another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their which was due,” Romans 1:24,26-27.

The shame which they brought upon themselves will bring upon them a just penalty. Which may have a singular or multiple ramifications. With this profound announcement, “Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a person sows that shall they reap. For they that sow to the flesh shall reap corruption; but they that sow to the spirit shall reap life everlasting,” Galatians 6:7-8.

Meaning that as individuals, gay or otherwise, it dangerous to sanction what God forbids. And, as this movement completed its momentum in victory with national legalization of same sex marriages. The wrath of God Almighty will visit such individuals and the nation as a whole.

Therefore, the command is to sow to the spirit, and fight to return marriage to its God ordained perspective.

So for those who want a sign of authenticity for what the Bible acclaims. Then watch how defying God plays out and then make your judgment.

Defining Marriage

The first scriptural prophecy found in the Bible is when God announced His intentions concerning a species He was going to create. When did God get around to bringing that revelation into fruition? Could have been His next act on the sixth day of creation, or it could have been days or even centuries later. The following is that prophetic declaration. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, and multiply fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Texts:Genesis 1:26-28).

The focus for this discussion is about the clause, male and female He created them. And in that creative process, this man and woman would have the human urge to reproduce themselves. Also instilled in them would be the human desire to multiply themselves. With the innate awareness to bring everything on under their control.

By divine providence, when he in perfect judgment, created man and woman. He allowed Moses by divine inspiration to record what He had instilled in Adam concerning the magnitude of subduing the earth. And Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. She shall be called woman because she was taken out of man. Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Texts:Genesis 2:23-24).

In an expanded conversation concerning unions between a man and woman. Jesus reiterated what was recorded in Genesis, but he added a condition. Jesus said, “So then they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate, verse six.” (Texts:Matthew 19:3-6).

The Apostle Paul had this to say about marriage. “So husbands ought to love their wives, as their own bodies. He who loves his wife, loves himself. For no one ever hated his own body, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body and His flesh and of His bones. For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become flesh. THIS IS A GREAT MYSTERY, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” (Texts:Ephesians 5:28-31).

Sour Grapes not from this vineyard

A hungry fox tried to reach some grapes which he saw hanging from a trained vine on a tree, but they were to high. So he went off and comforted himself by saying, “They weren’t ripe anyhow.”

In the same way people, when they fail through their own incapacity, blame circumstances. (Source:Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-“Sour Grapes”)

Which to a great degree is most unfortunate because like the fox, it is easy to see the prize as not being worth the effort to make it ours. And when things, either personal, or of a national magnitude becoming so damaged as to be beyond repair. Myriad of circumstances can always be blamed.

While we do not know who wrote the book bearing his name. We do know that a person named Job is a featured person through out the text. Confronted with the perils of suffering, Job listed this observation. “Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness reap the same,” Job 4:8. And from that time to this very day, those words ring with accuracy. Guaranteeing individual dividends for such behaviors. While at the same time assuring that national edifices of such sowing, are promised to find that their silos will be full of the same.

From observations of individual people to those lofty national edifices through out America. It seems rather apparent that the United States has plowed its share of iniquitous sowing of wickedness. Both at home, and abroad meriting a just recompense of reaping of the same.

So whether in pursuit of clusters of grapes, and not being content to blame circumstances. This truism is applicable for all Christ followers, “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. Those who continually goes forth and weeping, bearing seed for sowing shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing their sheaves with him,” Psalms 126:5-6.

In those two verses we have before us our Christ mission the sowing of seeds. Weeping because the Christ follower knows the intricacies of the Psalmist song. Like the faithful of old, we too shall come rejoicing with our harvest with him. But in the meantime, do not allow those cluster of grapes to be beyond your reach. Better to come rejoicing than bearing excuses about the circumstances.

The Tale of the Fox and the Brier Bush

At this time of year life in the Tampa Bay area life is becoming less comfortable because of the heat and humidity. Such conditions makes for a wide variety of outdoor activities more uncomfortable for the many different life forms.

So one day a fox was out for a stroll. The fox came upon a fence. And wondered, what could be on the other side? The fox thought to itself and decided that there was only one way to find out. Up the fence it climbed only to lose its balance. While falling, the fox grabbed onto a brier bush. Only to discover that the many thorns on the brier bush ripped into its body inflicting great pain. The fox cried out to the brier bush. And said, “I turned to you for help! Instead you have hurt me.” The brier bush responded by saying. “You wrongly judged my purpose. To become entangled with me,’ said the brier bush, “results not only in pain but much suffering.'”

The fox and the brier bush offer a lesson in expectations. Many people experience much pain and suffering during the course of the year. They will reach out for help from people, governments and religious institutions that they thought they could trust. Only to become severely hurt because trust is a tedious experience that always requires close scrutiny, so as not to get ripped off.

Before putting your trust in any Christian creed or its many doctrines investigate its tenets. You may decide Christianity is not for you. What mortal can determine truth for another? But if a serious inquiry is made, it is doubtful that would be the conclusion for ones self.

For it is written, know the truth and the truth shall set you free, John 8:32. Truth is different for each seeker. For this padre, Jesus is my truth. Especially the militancy of Christ and His church. A discussion, “Cardinal Sean O’ Malley, 22 April 2016, Which provided some examples of God’s militancy. For today, here is part of the Christ position, “I am come to send fire on the earth… verse 49, Luke 12. “Suppose that I am come to give peace on the earth, I tell you NO! but rather division, Luke 12:51. This division Christ is talking about is a division that separates our two worlds. One is light, as expressed in Luke 2:32, “A light to lighten the gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” From that, 22 April 2016, discussion recall our Judeo-Christian responsibilities. We will stand together in light or perish together from the onslaught of darkness. Our foes are presented to us in Ephesians 6:12, … ” against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” One world is obsessed with God’s plan for the universe with its multiple complexities of light. While the other is obsessed with the extermination of the light through governments and those raving wolves as false prophets of Matthew 7:15. The church faces two major problems today. One is that the church has allowed the government to be its ruling authority. From that, has emerged those raving wolves, who are slowing but surely snuffing out the light of Christ’ church.

People can not find the truth in modern governments. Nor from the many prophets, who announce the way to the path of God their way. Both paths are about empire building in the name God. For this fable of the fox and the brier bush, the brier bush is representative of both paths who are about empire building. The fox is representative of the seeker of truth. The seeker of truth once entangled with either path can come away with much pain and suffering. Read your Bible and take notes. From your notes, you determine whether the modern church is representative of the Christ you studied and the church He founded. Or, more representative of the brier bush. Another option is to take advantage of the services Church for Sanctuary offers the Tampa Bay community. You decide the topic you want discussed and this padre will provide the response.

Keep in mind this padre favors Christ centered militancy to check the darkness of our government. And the darkness of America’s, foes clothed in religious righteousness. With none being greater than the cancerous growth of Islam polluting the American landscape.

The Tale of the Fox and the Brier Bush, modified from Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-“Friend or Foe.”

How it is done-Connecting with the very spirit of God

Then sings my soul, My Savior God to Thee,
How Great Thou art, How Great Thou art!

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Then sings my soul, My Savior God to Thee,
How Great Thou art, How Great Thou Art!

Recalling that Stuart Gustaf Boberg, trapped by a deadly thunder storm that almost claimed his life. Upon its soon passing, seeing the luminous reflection upon the bay from the high hills of Sweden penned a poem reflecting the second stanza of what would become the hymn, How Great Thou Art.” Boberg, no doubt deeply touched by the severe thunder storm, and his near death experience. Appreciating God’s creativeness is one way we connect ourselves with the very Spirit of God. Allowing for what many seek which is to experience God’s creative beauty from a rare perspective.

This padre attempting to somehow connect with Boberg’s cumulative experience of that day. Has drifted to scriptural accounts from the book of Genesis. God’s own account of how everything came to be then and today. With of course, with one big exception; manifested by the degree, that we humans have desecrated the very work of God Almighty. Merciful God shed your mercies upon us; your inhabitants, by stirring us to action to save the planet. Capture the beauty of the following and attempt to connect it with first two stanza’s and the chorus. “The earth was without form and void … And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters, Genesis 1:1. That very spirit of God dwells in you and me. From 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, comes these words, “What?” “Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have of God. For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit which are God’s. And if we Christians took more seriously those words. The state of our health would be better and God’s earth would not be in such a pitiful state of environmental desecration.

Returning to our creative process with the spirit of God moving upon the face of our earth. Which ended, with what God called the first day, Genesis 1:5. The second day resulted in God creating heaven and establishing day and night, Genesis 1:6-8. During the third day God separate the waters into two more spheres (once there was three but now two because heaven was created). Creating dryness and waters , calling the dryness earth and the waters seas. God determined what he had created so far to be good, verse 10. With God creating specific functions for our earth, Genesis 1:9-12. Which gives every Christian a right to be tough environmentalist advocates. Safe guarding the very creative process God gave us for survival! Our loyalty should not be to the government, federal or state, because they represent the desecration of God’s earth. Instead our loyalty should be to the coming Kingdom of God because God created this place He called earth for our enjoyment and survival. And it’s where, we will abide and reign with Him. Thus we are stewards of His property.

During the fourth day God created the calendars for times using His created luminaries as guide posts, Genesis 1:14-19.

During the fifth day God created the creatures of the seas and the birds of the earth, Genesis 1:20-23.

During the sixth day God created the various and sundry life form on earth, and He saw that what He had created was very good, Genesis 1:24-25.

Continuing with the sixth day, God created His most prized creation man and woman. Created He, them, in His very image and likeness. Giving these special life forms specific responsibilities. And God saw that everything He had made, and behold it was very good, Genesis 1:26-31!!!

“And on the seventh day God ended His work which he had made; and He rested on the seventh day, and sanctified it because in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made,” Genesis 2:2. A topic that needs to be explored because rest rejuvenates the body. Rejuvenation of the body eliminates killer diseases.

Perhaps from Borberg’s inner being to this padre’s inner thoughts attempting to connect thought patterns which led to the creation of the hymn, “How Great Thou Art.”

To the majesty of a happy soul which sings,
“Then sings my soul, My Savior God to Thee,
How Great Thou art, How great thou art.”

Because: “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world and they who dwell therein,” Psalms 24:1. In song and verse the majesty of Almighty God.

World drama

Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven. Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ has come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night has been cast down.

And they overcame him by the word the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath because he knows that he has a short time. (Texts:Revelation 12:10-12).

Get It? No! Here’s a little help. It’s about the delegation of responsibility to us to continue to labor towards the completion of God’s kingdom on this earth by his Christ. And we are told it’s done through the blood of Jesus because we have testimonies to share which is gathered from His word. Christ is the Word, note Revelation 19:13. It’s a dangerous labor requiring for some the loss of life.

Some fun with Charley

Charley, a new retiree greeter at Wal-Mart couldn’t seem to get to work on time. Every day he was five to fifteen minutes late. But he was a good worker, really tidy and clean shaven. With a sharp mind, he was considered a real asset for the company.

One day the boss called him into the office for a talk. “Charley, I have to tell you, I like your work ethic. You do a fantastic job. But your being late, so often is  bothersome. I know you are retired from the armed forces. What did they say, if you came in late there?”

They said, “Good morning General, coffee this morning, sir?” (source Patriot Humor)

Getting the job done

Almost anywhere through out the country, anyone may get cornered by religious zealots, peddling some religious scheme. Some try to sell the notion that people need to be “born again” in order to escape the eternal fires of hell. Pure and simple, it’s a scare tactic employed by certain religions to add numbers to their membership rolls. Suggesting that the larger the numbers the more powerful the church for Jesus. When in reality, it is a ploy for some (not all) clergy to demand bigger salaries and fringe benefits.

Plus it’s a very profitable financial business for many religions. In that no one knows the future it’s an easy sell. After all, why not be safe than sorry when it comes to the eternal unknown. It works because all one has to do is to travel the highways of America and strings of churches can be found. God seems to be speaking in so many voices that it’s difficult to separate the truth from the fiction.

When these religions, are finished with their fire and brim storm torching of the community, and the ashes have settled. What remains is pure fiction at its very best. With church treasuries over flowing with profits. But with very little Christ like change being evident any where in the community. Making the church a castle of hypocrisy, and the victims of Revelation 3:14-17, and most likely both, “… these things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God. I Know your works, that you are neither cold or hot; I would prefer that you were either cold or hot. So then because you are lukewarm, neither cold or hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, I am rich, and increased in goods, and have need of nothing. Do you not know that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.”

The book of Revelation pictures seven conditions of the church. With the above depiction resembling the most tragic of them all. It is difficult to picture the church sinking to a more dismal state. And if so, we are talking about our modern 21 century church. Then you know why so little is accomplished for Christ today. Despite the magnificence of certain church edifices.

This padre most certainly believes in the transformation power of Jesus Christ. Yes, it begins with being born again. It is of central importance for any Christ centered operation. But it has a secondary application which is just as important. Peter serves as an example of what it means to be born again. It’s the setting aside of ones own priorities and taking upon ones self the mission of Christ. To take upon the purpose of Christ does not require the abandonment of a career. Peter most likely remained a fisherman. He fished in order to live and meet his obligations. It’s just his main priority became the cause of Christ. That is a significant part of what being born again means for everyone who embraces Christ, as Lord and Savior. Despite the condition of the church today. It is never to late to emulate Peter and His Christ; our Christ. God’s prescription for service in His cause is found in Revelation 3:19, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; be zealous, therefore, and repent.” Then move on offering the world our Christ solution, with zeal.

Perhaps in another discussion, I’ll discuss the meaning of what it means to embrace Christ. A later discussion may occur concerning Christ as Lord and Savior. These are complex spiritual, metaphysical and intellectual discussions

The mission of Christ was to provide common services for the people in His community. Readers might want to read the book of Mark. Because, it is the shortest of the four gospels. By reading Mark, you’ll get a feeling for what Christ did during his lifetime. A brief summary of His ministry is that Christ saw to the common ordinary needs of the people. This summary also finds Christ at opposition with the religious and civil authorities of His day. The people admired Jesus. They thought he might be the Messiah who would deliver them from the bonds of religious and civil oppression. Christ was found to be a criminal by the religious leaders of His community. The civil authorities feared him. They feared that He might over throw the government and establish Himself as Emperor. In the end the religious and civil authorities conspired against Christ. He was eventually sentenced to death and executed.

That summary of the Christ mission is in stark contrast to the Christian movement today. For example, our national government today considers itself unofficially to be a Christian state. Then we have a very powerful group of evangelical christian fundamentalists promoting a union between protestant Christianity and the national government.

After a brief contrast between the Christ mission pictured in the book of Mark. And a careful reading of his gospel, the reader might be left in a state of horror. Because a relationship between church and state will lead to religious and civil oppression of the people by these two evil conglomerates. Neither has ever provided for the needs of the people. Of course exceptions exist, but not enough to make a difference in the current trend of religious and civil oppression by church and state.

What this nation needs is a of band of Christian revolutionaries. Willing to take upon themselves the mission and purpose of Christ. The recruiting offices are open, so sign up! And maybe God will privilege you to die for him, as He did for His son.

Who is that Hedgehog

Aesop spoke in the public assembly at Samos where a demagogue was being tried for his life.

A fox which was crossing the river was carried into a deep gully. All his efforts to get out were unsuccessful. Beside all the other sufferings that he had to endure, he was tormented by a swarm of ticks which fastened on him.

A hedgehog which came that way on it travels felt sorry for him, and asked if it could pick off the ticks. “No please do not,” replied the fox. “Why not,” asked the Hedgehog? “Because these have already made a good meal of me. They will not suck much more blood now. But, if you take them away. Another lot will come all hungry, and drain every drop of blood I have left.”

“It is the same with you men of Samos,” said Aesop. “This man will do you no more harm. For he is rich. But if you kill him, others will come who are still hungry, and they will go on stealing until they have emptied your treasury.” (Source: Penguin Classics-Fables of Aesop-Blood-suckers)

“My father always told me that all businessmen were sons of bitches, but I never believed it till now,” John F. Kennedy, thirty-fifth President of the United States (1961-1963).

“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all,” President John F. Kennedy.

There are two main reasons for this. With the first being found in our, Declaration of Independence. Where we find these very perceptive thoughts, “… Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government is destructive to these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…” Destructive to what ends? From the Declaration itself, “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” But there will be no change because, ” … and according to all experience hath shown, that mankind are disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed…”

And that is a sad, but true commentary on the American human condition today. With Obama, it’s the Bush era again because they are both cut from the same piece of cloth. It is politics as usual, all over again.

Now the only institution to deliver real change is the church but it can not. Our modern day church is more like the fox then the hedgehog. Because the church has been attacked by blood sucking ticks. Fearful of deliverance by the hedgehog because resurrected to its original mission might just mean its death. So better to suffer a lot, than to be put out of its misery forever. Which is pretty much what has occurred anyway!

Well, who is that hedgehog anyway? Perhaps a few pesky churches still willing to offer deliverance.

Why the church is a failed institution

Many people like to pride themselves with their ability to think and act independently. They play with notions like “why be normal” suggesting an ability to see the glass half full instead of half empty or to “draw outside the box” suggesting a willingness to behave non conventionally.

In reality it is very hard not be normal or to be able to draw outside of the lines. It goes back to the age old argument of which came first knowledge or consciousness? Many Christians would argue consciousness came first. Suggesting that God upon the birth of a child, has instilled in that child’s spirit the knowledge between right and wrong. This padre takes the notion that understanding came first than consciousness. And that consciousness is not associated with the spirit God instills in the human species. Consciousness is associated with our mental apparatus. From our mental apparatus, we become knowledgeable.

The goal of society is to indoctrinate its members to think and act according to certain preordained concepts. Society as a whole has done an outstanding job in molding the way people think and act. Here is an example. This padre has spent years working with defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges. Here is what they have told me. Most convictions are secured because defendants confess to their crimes. Many prosecutors believe these confessions result from being instructed to tell the truth from infancy. The point is that understanding comes first from the counsel of family and outside influences of religion and government. When they are through with most of us, we than have a conscious. Which than becomes our knowledgeable data base, from which most function from. With that consciousness most are rendered brain dead. Completely unable to determine if the glass is half full or half empty. Never really able to actively draw outside of the box. For most, there is an abhorrence to the notion of being able to draw outside of the box. However, many will still cling to those fanciful notions. They just can not act upon them.

Once a nations people have been programed with the consciousness of understanding as determined by religion and the government. Then most Christians act in conformity to the wishes of the state. As if the state, supersedes the church. Unfortunately it does, because most Christians are not in touch with the Holy Spirit who dwells in them. This is a topic people need to learn about. It is what liberates us from the arguments of what came first knowledge or conscientiousness. The Holy Spirit empowers us to know that the glass is half full and that we must create our pictures from outside of the box.

War serves as a easy example to understand. Christians are to quick to march off to war invading foreign and sovereign nations at the behest the government. They are convinced that they are on a preordained mission from God to accomplish three goals. First they must bring democracy to the conquered country. Then they must see to the establishment of their God’s economic system which is capitalism. Then they must Christianize the nation because Christianity is the cement that makes capitalism and democracy work. Which is most unfortunate, because those three priorities work to advance the state and not the church. Those three lies have worked so effectively that it is almost impossible to persuade the church that it is not within the radar of the Christ modus operandi.

The United States is a conglomerate of Christian religions, imperialists government, and predatory capitalism. Which has been accustomed to seeing itself, as beacon of light on a mountain top for the world to emulate. With that twisted perception, they have with impunity marched around the globe and inflicted Americanism upon an unwilling people. Now the world community is saying. We have had enough of Americanism. Some members of the world community are turning the tables on the exporters of Americanism. Many innocent people are suffering because of those conglomerate of Americanism; right here in these good old United States.

If ever their was a time to learn how to see the glass half full, and how to use the Christ skills of drawing outside the box, now is that time. Unconventional behavior is the call of the hour employing the tactics of the previous two postings. Readers of this padre’s postings know that this padre is a practitioner of liberation theology. Which translate into active militancy of the people of God, to change the course of the nations destiny. You will notice the emphasis on the people of God. That is because this padre has concluded that most churches are not up to the task for reasons stated in this posting. More importantly, this padre is equally convinced that scores of God’s people absent themselves from places of worship which includes people outside of Christendom. Because the connections between Old and New Testament God centered militancy, is not observable whether Jew or Christian from among those institutions.

It should be understood that God acts violently quite often in order to encourage individual and national repentance. It’s observable through the many aspects of nature. The most powerful weaponry of destruction in the hands of Christians is found in Hebrews 4:12. Which accomplishes what bullets, bombs and the most sophisticated of weapons can not. And it’s recorded in 2 Corinthians 5:17. It’s sophistication is found in Isaiah 55:11 and John 3:8.

When China Rules the World:confusing size with power

Secular pundits are predicting that China will replace the United States as the premiere economic and military power. The rational for such determinations are based upon several notions. One of which is that China is still an undeveloped third world nation. Yet, it is the United States largest creditor, holding trillions in U.S. debt. It’s predicted that not far in the future China’s economy will over take the American economy. And soon after that it’ll be twice the size of the American economy. And, that will translate to a significant shift in global power in favor of the Chinese. That will manifest itself, according to such thinkers, in political, cultural, intellectual, global moral influences. With a formidable military, whose navy is already rivaling that of the United States on the high seas. Along with being a long standing member of the nuclear armament society.

But as usual, such arguments leave out the God factor. And I’m talking about our Hebrew/Christian factor. That is translated into our Judea-Christian heritage. Which gives, and sustains life in accordance with obedience to our God. If America falls, it’ll be because she put godliness behind her. Which is, and been the way of most nations. Fulfilling the prophecy of Acts 14:16, which reads, “Who in times past has allowed nations to walk in their own paths.” Acts 14:17, with commentary, but nevertheless, He has never left Himself without a witness in that He did good. And that good was done through Manasseh, the grandson of Jacob and son of Joseph. Who became a great nation through the prophecy of Genesis 48:19. (Here it’s suggested that you might want to read the discussion dated, 07 May 2016, “A Tough Old Guy Said Get It Together and Know About Tomorrow,” for greater clarification.) This is the testimony of Almighty God, who said, I gave the rains from heaven and fruitful seasons. Fulfilling your hearts with food and gladness, continued commentary Acts 14:17. With rain being symbolic to God’s utmost bounds of the everlasting hills; the crown of Joseph, Genesis 49:26.

This is how this great truth plays out. “Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well, whose branches run over the wall. With water being suggestive of unimaginable prosperity, wealth and power. Which has been Americas heritage, for over two centuries. But that well is drying up, as America retreats from her dependence upon the God of creation. And that is the only way China will replace the United States, as the cultural, intellectual, political, moral and military authority in this world, Genesis 49:22, with commentary.

And this is why, because the United States has traveled that road before. And has always prevailed because, “The archers have harassed him, and shot at him, and hated him, verse 23. Symbolic of the nations enemies over the course of its history.

But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob. From there is the shepherd the stone of Israel, verse 24.

Even by the God of your father, who will help you, and by the Almighty, who shall bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lie under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb, verse 25. No matter where America turned she prevailed; Always finding the resources necessary by overcoming insurmountable odds. Then being first with so many global interventions for the prosperity of itself and the world community.

And honoring the sanctity of marriage by being blessed for generations with able bodied children to carry the torch of God’s greatness. Guaranteeing God’s continued blessings. But now America, seems determined to sacrifice the holy, Genesis 2:23-24, for the unholy; with same sex marriages, Romans 1:24-27. A sure way for America’ wells of prosperity to dry up, and for the nation to become subservient to a godless nation like China. And to compound matters, the nation has colonies of termites gnawing at its infrastructure. In the form of the two legged kind recognized as Muslims. And if the nation fails to eradicate them, then they’ll destroy the nation. Like they are doing to Great Britain!!

And finally capsuled, with the sacredness of these parting truths. And may America find the resolve to ride her destiny into the future as the God of Abraham and Jacob’s partner in godliness. “The blessings of your father have prevailed above the progenitors (Abraham Jacob and Joseph ancestors through Ephraim, Great Britain and Manasseh, the United States) unto the everlasting hills; they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of him that was separated from his brethren, verse 26. Meaning as Joseph was not lost to God’s provisions and protections. May it be so for Manasseh’ ancestors, the body of people, who are the United States of America. For that to occur, the United States must carry that glorious crown of Joseph up the everlasting hills. And not be separated, we must as a nation preserve the truths of God.

Festivities of the supernatural

Some historical events are so chiseled into our memories, never to be forgotten. Etched into ones memory to such a degree. That on any particular occasion, its easy to remember, where we were, and even what we were doing.

For this discussion, it is about the Israeli/Arab Muslim, six day war, which occurred 49 years ago. With clear recollection the history of that day is forever mine. This writer had just finished his morning run. A favorite conditioning program, and was in the process of doing some sit ups.

When the news of the Israeli preemptive strike upon Egypt, came over the radio. In the end, Israel had completely disseminated the armies of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria.

The war did not come as a surprise. For some time these Arab Muslim armies where marshaling troops on the borders, surrounding Israel. Seemingly, creating an impassible route for escape. Only death, destruction, and possible annihilation, seemed to be the destiny and doom of Israel.

Israel knew it was greatly out numbered by these Arab Muslim armies. Knowing that they could possibly realize their centuries old ambition. Which was to annihilate, this small Jewish state. The world community stood by seemingly helpless to intervene to save Israel which included the United States.

But Israel shocked the world, with a stunning, and spectacular defeat. Of their ancient, and modern day enemies the Arab/Muslim world. Consider these staggering graphics which in themselves would make an Israeli victory seem insurmountable. Israel occupies less than 8,000 square miles. While the Arab/Muslim acreages are estimated to be 650 times the size of Israel. Even the state of California has a land mass 20 times the size of Israel. Here we have this tiny Israeli state, shocking the world then. And constantly finding itself prominently heralded in the news today. As if it were a global super power, which it is, because the festivities of the supernatural will make sure that it stays that way.

With the odds for such a victory so over whelming it would seem that only the festivities of the supernatural could save Israel. Maybe that is exactly what occurred. Perhaps a short tour of Biblical prophetic history might be of some help. God said this concerning the Jews. Its recorded in Deuteronomy 26:18, that the Jews would be his people. Because of that relationship, it is recorded. That whenever enemies rise up against Israel. They shall be defeated and forced to flee, Deuteronomy 28:7. Which of course, is what happened during the Israel Arab Muslim war of 1967.

This is how these repeated military assaults occur against Israel. It does not matter if we are discussing the past, present, or future. The goal is the same; annihilate the Jews. Biblical history demonstrates, a constant effort to exterminate any memory of the Jews as a people. Biblical prophecy declares that it will never occur. Although the Jews suffer long persecutions, as they are experiencing today. It will pass with Israel being victorious. Then sometime in the future the scenario replays itself.

Repeatedly, in one form or another Israeli conspirators have laid careful plots to accomplish the impossible. It works like this, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance, Psalms 83:4. This is how it always ends, “O my God, make them like a wheel, like stubble before the wind. As a fire burns a forest, and as the flame sets the mountains on fire. Persecute them with your temper, and make them afraid with your storm,” Psalms 83:13-15.

That was the Arab/Muslim goal, and experience of their war conspiracy of 1967. Israel was transformed immediately into a super power. Causing the Arab Muslim nations, who conspired against Israel. To fear the Israeli storm helped by Elohim, Hebrew for God, meaning God as creator, preserver and judge of the universe. The Deity responsible for all the festivities of the supernatural.

But always, the smell of annihilation of the Jews is in the air in recent years. Two factors seem to be giving this annihilation of Israel fuel. The Israeli/ Hezbollah war, from which the Arab/Muslim nations sensed a weakened Israel.

Then the growing demand from the world community that Israel surrender the *sweet fruits* of their 1967 victory for peace. After decades of propaganda, world public opinion is swelling against Israel. All suggesting. that if Israel fails to surrender land for peace. Their *sweet fruits* of victory in 1967 will turn ‘sour.’

Palestine, all of Palestine belongs to Israel! The Jews were there in 1312 B.C.E. (before common era) and at least 2000 years before the rise of Islam. Therefore, if there are occupiers in Palestine, it is the Arab/Muslim inhabitants.

Quar’an terrorize them until they say-no God but Allah

There will always be war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria as long as there is an American presences in those countries. Because ISSI will make it so. And it will be so even if America exits the region. ISSI is the beginning of a new world order as the world marches into the Day of the Lord. Meaning the last great battles of the era. Resulting in Jesus Himself intervening less the coalition led by ISSI should destroy the entire world, as noted in Matthew 24:22-24.

It can be taken further because there will be no peace in the Middle East as long as Israel exists. Taking the community of nations even deeper into the tunnel of the unknown. Terrorism by Muslims will increase in the United States, as long as the government supports Israel. And, as long as there is any resistance to the dominance of Islam in any non-Muslim country. Two profound books make this very clear, our Holy Bible and Islam’s Quar’an. Even if both religions are figments of ones imagination With both books being the stuff of wishful thinking, it does not matter. Because millions of practitioners from Christianity, and Islam believe what their respective books teach.

Several Muslim groups have warned Americans. That by supporting Israel’s war crimes and massacres. Americans have turned themselves into a legitimate target for all Palestinians and Muslims. Muslims must deal “merciless blows” upon Americans wherever they are found. The American-Zionist enemy understands only the language of blood and force. (source:The Jerusalem Post)

According to the American Muslim Council, “An exact figure of the Muslim population in the United States is very difficult to estimate.” They estimate the Muslim population in the United States to be between 5 and 8 million. Saying that at least 5 million of these people identify Islam as their religion.

In the United States they have 843 Mosques / Islamic Centers, 165 schools, 426 associations, and 89 publications.

The construction of mosques in the United States has experienced about a 42% growth rate in recent years due to generous funding from abroad.

Should any of this be of any concern to non-Muslim Americans? The answer is yes. If Americans take seriously a report released by the Center for Religious Freedom. They produced an 89 page report detailing the dissemination of hate ideology filling American Mosques. This hate propaganda is being supplied by Saudi Arabia. The center notes that the Muslim sect responsible is a group known as Wahhabi. They appear to be the extremist arm of Sunni Islam.

This same report condemns the government of Saudi Arabia for committing human rights violation within the borders of the United States. Because the propaganda, is reaching Mosques in the United States with the full support of the government. And the propaganda, urges a totalitarian ideology of violence directed at non Muslim Americans. If that is not enough, the United States considers Saudi Arabia an ally. Seems to this writer that the nation would be better of with one less friend. Of course that is not going to occur because the nation is dependent on Saudi oil. So Americans, are put at risk because these Muslims within our borders will strike, but not with out permission. They must the Qur’an demands that they strike.

Islam does not tolerate freedom of thought, expression, or speech. Muslims as a people are pretty stagnant. Before any American target is hit, whether one person, group of people, or some structure. An Imam must order the strike. The Qur’an makes it very clear what the duty, and therefore, the obligation of all Muslims are under.

Here are a few quotes from the Qur’an. Sura (meaning chapter) 5:33, ” Those who would wage war against God and his Messenger and strive to spread corruption in the land should be punished by death ….”

Sura 5:51, “You who believe, do not take the Jews and Christians as allies: they are allies only to each other: Anyone who takes them as an ally becomes one of them-God does not guide the wrong doers.”

Sura 8:12-13, “Your Lord revealed to the angels: ‘I am with you: give believers firmness; I shall put terror into the hearts of the disbelievers-strike their necks and strike all fingertips.’ That was because they opposed God and His Messenger, and if anyone opposes God and His Messenger, God punishes severely.”

Here is the Muslim ultimate battle cry or “Jihad” as they say. Sura 8:38-39 “Prophet, tell the disbelievers that if they desist their past will be forgiven, but if they persist, they have an example in the fate of those who went before. BELIEVERS FIGHT THEM UNTIL THERE IS NO MORE PERSECUTION, AND ALL WORSHIP IS DEVOTED TO (ALLAH) GOD ALONE.”

Sura 8:67, “IT IS NOT RIGHT FOR A PROPHET TO TAKE CAPTIVES BEFORE HE HAS CONQUERED THE BATTLE FIELD…”

Hopefully, this discussion and the others on the subject of Islam will provide reader with the credits needed to support the thesis that our Muslim neighbors are a threat waiting to be launched until everyone proclaims that their is no God but Allah. And that we as an American Christian nation are engaged in a world war for our survival.

Commentary:How life is shortened

As sorrow sweeps into the nations homes, where sons defile their mothers. Shame on America, and all those who would violated the sacredness of motherhood. From an influence that is demoniacally evil and will destroy an individual and the nation collectively. Mothers and women are to be shown the greatest of respect. All great societies have understood that innately. Think about that for it’s the pathway to individual and national prosperity.

A veteran, Hillsborough County, Circuit Court judge presiding in his court room found himself appalled in disbelief. As a young man not 21 hangs his head, as the prosecutor reads: Punched his mother, threw her down and spit in her face. (source:St. Petrersburg Times, Tampa Bay Section, 23 Oct.09,

It doesn’t stop there because earlier in the month in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Where authorities said an angry teen kicked his mother in the throat, head butted his brother and punched and bit his father. Why? Because his mother took away his cell phone to punish him. The father a law enforcement officer had to use his handcuffs to subdue him. And the police were forced to use leg shackles to get him under control. (New York Daily News, 09 Oct.09)

America has lost its way by putting behind it what made her great. The Word of God is slowly being made irrelevant in the home and through out our public institutions like schools. There was a time in our public schools, where the Bible was prominently placed on teachers desks. The Ten Commandments were found  observable in the classroom, also. In addition to reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, students recited the Lords Prayer. Today the only thing that remains from that bastion of character builders, is a moment of silence.

The solution for a swaggering intoxicated America drunken in her sin, but with pride. America needs to be led back to the fundamentals of her greatness. It must start in the home, and move from there to the public arena through out the nation. Where there once again resonates the great edicts of God through out the community. Like this great truth, “Honor thy father and thy mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God given you,” Exodus 20:12.

We are indeed short sighted. Note the words,”That your days may be long upon the the land.” Suggesting that failure to understand that the land was made plentiful. Because of a reverence for GOD, and His HOLY WORD. And that the converse is slowly, but steadily over taking America. With an ever increasing lost of productivity across the land. Shortening our days with decaying plentifulness. With the full consequences of those shortened days still to be discovered among the the people and collectively for the nation. Remember that whole civilizations have been sweep aside by God. One should not think that that can’t happen to America. That would be the ultimate for the shortening of the day, wouldn’t it?