News Media: Social Wrecking Ball

Wherever we find humans, freedom is always so very precious to us because it is who we are.  Nothing phases that love, no matter what comes against it.  Liberty and America are synonymous terms in today’s world, but everyone knows instinctively that communism, fascism, socialism, and all such isms are bed partners with slavery, bondage, torture, and suffering.  What an amazing irony that such things even exist at all among our freedom loving human race!

But depravity and evil are bound up in our human identity, and so out leaps from all too many of us an aggressive urge to fulfill our lusts.  It is an exercise in utter foolishness to think any human society of such nature, past, present, or future, will not act in such a destructive way.  Evolution will never cure it, because we just keep getting worse and worse, not better and better.

America, the grand experiment of a free people, is no different.  Think of it this way: we can bake the most delicious bread possible until its wonderful aroma fills the air, but if the baking process does not go on replacing the previous batch, then one day we will slice into it and discover it to be shot through with mold.

Before mold is visible, it begins smelling bad.  You don’t see anything, but you sniff it and say, “Hmmm…something doesn’t smell right about this.”  Sure enough, one day the smell bad becomes visibly bad, and if you eat it, it tastes bad, and then in your stomach you finally realize just how bad!  B.O.  becomes oh, me!

Too often we forget the formula for American liberty.  We must keep baking new batches, one after another, until it is infused with the very same freedom that made us a great free society from the start.  We need only visit our public institutions and read what is chiseled into granite, shown in our paintings, and shouts from our preserved documents to know what we must pass on if our new generations are going to be free of mold.

One of the visible spots of mold was the B.O. of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.  It was passed on, leaped the fence, slammed into our public schools and universities, and attacked our greatest asset to freedom, Christianity, with an aggressive vengeance.  Today, it eats like termites into our very superstructure of liberty, and threatens to crumble it into a heap of godless atheism.  There cannot be a more deadly enemy to the liberty of Christian America.

That brings our subject to a deadly mold that has become the greatest threat to the very existence of our American experiment.  It comes down to the familiar adage, “wolf in sheep’s clothing” (Acts 20:29), which American Christians do not seem ready to hear.  This wolf is so very well disguised, so subtle in his methods, so self-effacing, so full of a false humility, so believable and seeming trustworthy, that even Christianity itself goes bleating in train behind it.  In fact it is a vital part of our very American identity as a free people.  It is our constitutional guarantee of free speech, especially  our precious constitutional freedom of the press.

Early in our history, the enemy of Christianity saw that soft underbelly, and set it as his main target of infiltration against what God had inspired in our founding fathers — Christian freedom.  America was to become the world’s bastion of freedom, a protected haven whereby the gospel of Christ would be preached to the ends of the earth.  It came from God’s inspiration that energized them, knowingly or not, and became the thread of gold running through American liberty.

The problem connected to the free press was just that — free to anybody, Christian or not, and not everyone with money to found a press was a Christian, or perhaps was a liberal one.  American printed materials quickly became it’s loyal citizen’s source of trusted information, simply because it was produced by an American press, not British or French.  In those early times when high moral standards ran through society, and because patriotism was at peak, the press was forced to follow such standards or else go broke for lack of readership.  Besides, if they failed to please the people, another enterprising publisher was waiting to give the people what they demanded: truth.

Moving forward then, American prosperity and freedom affected Americans the same as it has affected all people of the past who experienced it: they grew cold in their spiritual morality and turned to self sufficiency.  And this process became an evolution before Charles Darwin’s curse of The Origin of the Species claimed the word.  And, quite naturally, when Darwin’s curse dawned, the evolving American press embraced it with great enthusiasm.  Since the press was their trusted source of truth, the American people came to Darwin’s view as well.  It’s poison shot through society with a vengeance, especially the institutions of higher learning.  The result was phenomenal.  What was once a press governed by a people at large with moral convictions, it evolved into a press which became more and more dictatorial of what is truth, than a mere reporting of the truth– a vital difference indeed!

But a worse thing happened: Christian pulpits across the land, once flaming arrows of truth into American hearts, became somewhat confused.  You see, as I said, the entire governing principle of the American press was to provide the American people with facts, not propaganda from England or France.  In short, the press itself was meant to be a pulpit of truth which complemented the Christian pulpits, the original source and inspiration of American freedom.  The American press was never designed to insult the integrity of the free people of America, whose chosen guiding moral principle was kept fresh by faithful Christian pulpits.

However, because the Christian zeal of the people cooled, they found themselves faced with a double-image source for factual information, the pulpit and the press.  Sadly, the people’s mental focus gradually shifted away from the Christian pulpits, and slipped rather into judging the pulpit by the “factual” reporting of the press-pulpit instead.  In a word, the press-pulpit very slowly stole the limelight of public trust.  If the so-called truths of Scripture coming from compromising pulpits could not stand up to the dictatorial scrutiny of the press, the Christian pulpit appeared to be a dispenser of fairy tales, while the press took on the image of an everyday source of factual, reliable, reality.  In fact, a noted newscaster of the past always closed with, “And that’s the way it is.”

As a result of that progress, elements were set in motion for the erosion of whom God intended us to be as a Christian nation.  What started as our friend, became our deadly enemy.  We were fooled into thinking our enemy was abroad, when in fact it became part of our furniture, right there in every American living room!  And, I’m sorry, but  that’s the way it is!

How did that happen?  Here’s how: silent pulpits.  That’s how!  Ministers behind pulpits, through lack of perception, became suckers to this covert strategy.  It was an imperception molded by compromise, lack of New Testament vision, a doubting the veracity of God’s word as the final authority of any issue, not to mention a plethora of new translations by questionable scholars with a bent to soften the edges into something more in keeping with modern accepted views.  Besides the feminist Bible, the Reader’s Digest had the foolish notion of printing a condensed Bible, leaving out much of God’s vital message!

This multistage missile passed through many stages over the last 200 years to reach what appears to be the final stage before it explodes among us.  With each stage it gathered more power for greater altitude and accuracy toward its target.  It passed through such stages as the Scopes monkey trial, the FDR stage, the Vietnam stage, the hippie stage, the rock ‘n roll stage, the Nixon stage, the Clinton stage, the hanging Chad stage, the terrorist stage, and many other smaller ones, until the dangerous one now facing us.  Today the liberal press could well be called the fourth arm of the government, and seems to have positioned itself into the most powerful arm of the government!  It’s readership and viewership is so vast and so relied on by so many, that it holds the entire nation captive to its dictated “truth.”  Reality has become what the wolf says it is.

Taking advantage of the human psyche, these deceivers have developed great skill over the many decades, and have honed their message to a razor edge.  They have great skill at maneuvering of emotion, directing human affections, of winning confidence, believability, and trust.  They use degreed personnel to their advantage, especially those skilled in the fine art of moving people in a desired direction.  It works wonders simply because through many decades they firmly hold an envious position where all eyes and ears are on them.  With such power, something becomes fact simply because they say it is, a tactic proven again and again for thousands of years. “It has to be true, I read it in the newspapers and saw it on television.”

Unguarded pulpits themselves have fallen victim to this deadly assumption, but it is a colossal mistake for any pulpit to assume that just because it is a network newscast it will be any different than a soap opera shown daily by the same network.  Such a naive pulpit is taking a bath in false reality.  One cannot drink a sip of hemlock tea and expect not to be sick the same as everyone else who sipped it.  A free people are not advantage if 90% of the press is a thundering pulpit into American living rooms preaching the glowing wonders of a socialist state, such as we are seeing today.

But it should be clearly understood that a wolf in sheep’s clothing is not going to bark or growl.  No, he will only give a lowly bleat.  He will carefully blend with the real sheep and seem very much to be a part of the flock.  Only in the influence he gives to others can he be detected.  The most subtle trick they have found to date works like a witch’s brew.  Probably the best description for it would be the old bait and switch deception.  Here’s how it works: first, it takes a handsome or beautiful face, carefully and professionally dressed and made up in the latest hairdo and fashionable attire.  They must be very personable, but of a matter-of-fact expression, well spoken, with a smooth voice.  Then it takes a very carefully screened editorial staff, one honed to a philosophy and harmony to the purpose behind the political aim of the network.  It must be of an overwhelming liberal mindset, except for a token moderate voice, but never a true conservative.

Now comes the gathering of information for the sheep-like staff to present to a waiting audience, who have complete confidence in hearing truth, “the way it is.”   Out goes a film crew and reporters to gather what will make excellent material for such a setup.

Once a full stock of materials are gathered, it is then put in the hands of an editorial staff for tailoring to fit the foregone agenda of the network.  Now, here’s where the entire process becomes extremely subtle.  Bear in mind that the reporting agency is heavily ensconced in an adopted political base, and has staffed virtually the entire organization, through interview, with only those of the same persuasion as the base.  The base, however, is never stated.  Instead, it is always presented as honest, factual, unbiased, and completely reliable for truth.  The agenda is always followed, even if it fits the political views of only a minority of the American people.  This ploy is extremely effective if one has a “captive audience,” such as currently exists in America where the majority of the American people hear the news from several dominant networks which, over the decades, have become trusted household news sources. Only one comparable news source conflicts with the others, but the majority heavyweights have successfully reduced them to only a novelty where one goes for humor, not hard facts.

So that’s the bait, the smooth anchorperson, the subtle editorial staff, the majority voice.  Now comes the magic of the switch.  The suave anchor, with a smooth, calm voice, reads a prepared script.  Now watch: they show pictures and videos of a reporter on location proving what the  anchor just said.  The viewers see and hear these hard “facts” and come away thinking they have been factually informed of the actual truth of an event.  After all, there’s the proof for the whole world to see and hear for themselves.  Seeing and hearing is believing.  Now how slick and subtle is that?  Well, here are a couple of examples of how slick it is:

A few years ago I saw on the local news that a recent storm had completely demolished an auto parts store.  My ears perked because it was where I’d shopped for auto parts for years.  I knew the owner.  The news item showed the damage, and even an interview with the owner’s wife.  A few days later I was near there, so I decided to drive by and view the damage.  To my great surprise, there it was, completely intact, doing the usual booming business!  I stopped and went in.  Absolutely nothing had changed!  I asked the owner about the report.  He said it was nonsense.  I said, but they showed pictures.  He said that too was nonsense, that it was an adjoining empty room where one piece of tin roofing lifted and let a little water in on a concrete floor.  He showed me.  It was virtually nothing!  I said, but they interviewed your wife and she said you didn’t know what you were going to do.  Again, he said nonsense, that he told her not to talk to them.  Here, then, was a news report that was viewed all over central Texas, made perfectly believable to those viewers by a story “proven” with undeniable  pictures and even a testimony of the man’s wife!  And yet, it was almost entirely a fabrication!  Those who knew the truth were not fooled, but well over 90% of the viewing audience, even to this day, believed a lie.  The only reason for it was a desperation to show some news, any news, so they could make money. Mind you now, this is the testimony of only one person, myself, of an incident that my own eyes and ears know for sure that this was a false report.  Imagine how many other similar false reports have taken place across the nation and deceived multitudes of people into thinking they were actually seeing and hearing reliable facts.

But here is another one viewed and heard by my own ears, which was a pure fabrication: we were victims of the great Bastrop, Texas wildfire, although it narrowly missed us and was just across the street as it went by.  We lost power, and the outage lasted nine days during one of the hottest summers on record.  After the burning was well underway, I received a cell phone call from someone 250 miles away saying the news report they heard said a corner gas station and minute-market (name withheld) only a short distance from us had burned to the ground and all the underground tanks had exploded!  It was perfectly believable, because this whole area looks very much like a war zone.  We even heard many explosions. But several days later, the highway barricades came down and we were able to drive into Bastrop for groceries.  To our astonishment, there stood our so-called “demolished” minute-market completely untouched!  In fact, the emergency personnel were using it as a way station for supplies.  The news report was a complete fabrication, with not an ounce of truth in it.  One wonders how many other false stories went out around the world about this devastating fire, and floats around out there even yet as truth.

Now let’s swing that focus around to politics. It is easy to see that the same liberties are taken, but more so, when the stakes are infinitely higher.  It can easily be seen that in extremely subtle ways, a “free” press can easily be a propaganda tool the same as any communist nation where the press is state owned.  Quite frankly, when a nation ceases to be a Christian-based nation such as America has been, the  greatest danger to its liberty is a rebel press, whose daily fare is the art of brainwash.  When Christian morality is not the ruling principle in our society, it cannot be self-governing, because self control with a worthy principle is the only way a society can get along with itself.  To quote an adage of recent years, “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.”  And when a free press is not self-governed, it becomes a heavy weapon in the hands of tyranny and barbarians. Mark Twain once observed to another writer, “Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.”  In short he was observing that if you make the facts your base, you can easily make distortion believable with some slick maneuvering.  Joy Lucius, continuing the thought, observes in the AFA Journal, “How can Christian consumers distinguish the truth amid the whirling, spinning facts disseminated by creative marketing and a politically correct cultural bent?”

Few Americans seem aware that the political stakes are as high as they actually are.  The stakes being gambled for is the overthrow of a powerful Christian nation whose history was to stand like a monolith against tyranny, barbarism, cruelty, hedonism, slavery, perversion, human suffering, and the stealing of innocence.  America has been a bastion of Christian freedom, a base from which the good news of the Gospel has been a lighthouse to the world.  The enemy of such greatness is using every available means to dynamite our base, and to see “The Establishment,” as the hippies called it, come crashing down in a heap of rubble, plunging the planet itself into an unbelievable darkness called socialism, a way station on the road to Communism.  If it happens, woe to those who assisted even in a small measure in that fall!  Especially Christian pulpits whom God has charged to be vigilant, discerning, resilient, strong, and faithful to God’s holy Word.  –DA

 

 

 

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OTTO

NOTE: This might seem like a scatter-brained, spaghetti-headed piece of perfect nonsense, but I worked out the details of it with the old tried and true “smoke and mirrors.” I classified it under “Politics” because one can’t miss the whacko overtones so well defined in today’s America. See if you can follow it and stay clear of the mental ward all at once.

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A grizzled shadow stretched itself over my office floor. Silhouetted against outside light, its threatening form convinced me that the zoo had certainly lost a dangerous inmate. And then, to my horror, it stepped inside! Two glaring eyes, almost lost in facial brush, peered at me. I darted into a darkened corner. We eyed one another silently. Gradually it became clear that whatever it was, it was human. A beerbelly under a skin-tight undershirt struck a profile similar to an ape forced to stand erect. His trousers bagged until it seemed certain that an entire family had vacated them. Emblazoned across his chest appeared the word:

Shocked and still reeling, I ventured from my dark corner and asked, “Wh … what can I d-do for you, mister… mister… ?

“Just call me Otto, maaaan.”

His speech articulate, the voice was as one who had doused his vocal cords with thousands of gallons of alcohol; clouded and barely audible.

“Uh-huh, okay, ah…Otto, is there a problem? Your child is one of our bus riders?”

“Jimmy Johnson’s my kid”, he said. (Ah yes, Jimmy. Not a violent kid; just infused with the spirit of a orangutan.) “Whatever your mode of therapy is for resolving juvenile rowdyism, it is quite effective, maaan. It has transformed my boy. Why, he thinks the bus ride home is better than home itself. I must say that you are an excellent pupil transportation manager. Our School district is fortunate to have you on its staff. But that’s not the purpose of my visit. Actually, my colleagues would laugh me to scorn if they knew my reason for consulting you, but, well, your successful method of counsel might assist me in resolving a personal physical problem.”

(Hah! My “method” was simply an exercise in practicality. All I did was wipe snotty noses, clean up vomit, root like a neurotic for the team, snatch heads bald, and astutely place my foot on deserving seats. The kids loved it. Besides, I was backed by an old fashioned school principal who brandished a three-foot paddle with holes bored in it. His graduates knew the exact size of their playground and where the gate was. I was Otto’s senior by a number of years, but I couldn’t recall Otto ever attending our school.)

“Okay,” I said, stunned, “this is most unusual, but I’ll help if I can. What is the problem?”

He glanced around the room furtively. “I lost track of which hand is which and up and down.”

If allowed, a grin would have crowded my jaws. “I see, Otto. Ah … lessee…you, ah, where … I mean … what do you do? For a living, I mean?”

Again, the glance around. “I’m a psychology professor over at the university.”

Hilarity whistled past my ribcage and burst out as a fit of coughing. (Surprise should not have taken me–this was the mid-seventies.)

” You should see a doctor, maaan!”

“I’m okay. You lost track of what?”

“Up and down and which hand is which.”

Momentary silence. “Uh-huh. Up and down and left and right.”

“Right, maaan, left, right, up, down.”

“Left, right, up, down.” (Isn’t that a psychiatrist’s trick or something? Parroting your client is supposed to keep him spilling his guts.)

“Why are you repeating me, maaan?”

“Ah, never mind, Otto. Why do you think you can’t tell up from down and one hand from the other?”

He shuffled further into my office, (Converted utility room) and stood before my full-length mirror. (It allowed student offenders to watch themselves lie).

Slowly lifting his right arm, he waved to me in the mirror. “Which arm did I raise, maaan?”

I chuckled. “Your right, Otto; so what?”

He stepped forward with his back against the mirror and waved again, but this time with his left.

“See, maaan? First time I waved, it was my right, but you can plainly see that from the plane of the mirror both arms were on the same side of my body.”

More silence. I scratched my head. Suddenly I wasn’t sure which hand I did it with.

He scuffled with two chairs. By the time I switched hands and scratched again, he was prostrate across the chairs facing the mirror, left arm down, right up.

“Now which hand is waving?”

Your hand or the one in the mirror?”

“In the mirror.”

“Uhhh…right”, I said hesitantly.

“Okay,” he said, “but if I move over there with my back against the plane of the mirror, my…

“Uh, left would be waving. Look, I realize it’s a little confusing, Otto, but…”

“A little confusing! Man, here I am with my right up and my left down, but you just said that from a different perspective my left was up and my right down all at the same time. Don’t you see that down is up one way, up is down the other and left and right are easily switched? The question is which one is correct?”

Stunned silence.

Surely there was a simple explanation for this cockeyed scramble of reversals. Let’s see: If I had my…

Suddenly he was standing on his head in the chair, his trousers bagged in reverse!

“Now, maaan. My undershirt–is it right side up or upside down?”

“Ah… the one on you, or…”

“Either!”

“Upside down!” (Confidence mounted. It was upside down either way).

He flipped to his feet, caught the tail of his undershirt with both hands and, in one swoop, peeled it off and held it before me inside out, upside down.

“Which is it now, maaan? Right side up ? Upside down?”

“Hah! Upside down, of course!”

“Wrong! I changed the state of it when I turned it inside out. You’re thinking of it in its former state. If I turned it to what you call right side up I must either switch the left to right or the back to the front. The only way I can maintain its new state of inside out is to keep the left left, the right right, the front front, the back back, the tail up, the neck down. What’s more, I’m sure you’ll agree that simply because an undershirt is inside out shouldn’t mean you can’t wear it. But in its new state of inside out, the only way I can wear it right side up, which you say is not, is if I walk around upside down.”

“Wh …! Uh, well, I…yeah but…”

“But look in the mirror, maaan. There it changes state again. The left is right, right left. Even though it’s inside out I can turn it neck-up so right is right, left left. But notice: the only way I can wear it inside out and walk on my feet is if I got into the mirror with it where I’ve turned the neck up so my right arm will go into the right sleeve.”

“Well, yeah, but it’s jus…

“So you see, maaan, my left is left on me and my right right, but the mirror says my right is my left, my left right. If my right is up, in the mirror my left is up, right down. Inside out my undershirt reverses right side up and upside down, thereby switching right and left to left and right. I should be able to walk normally with my undershirt on inside out, but the only way is in the mirror where upside down has been switched to right side up.”

Agonizing silence.

Even more silence.

“Any comments, maaan?”

“Iyahhhhh…”

“I can tell, maaan, your method of counsel isn’t working for me.”

Otto left, his sandals slapping his heels down the walkway.

A sudden fear came over me.  Loose in society, this man might multiply and confuse an entire generation! He might collapse everything from law and order, to churches, families, nations, even a whole world! I rushed to the door and raised my arm to hail him back–and that confounded mirror caught me in the act. Now, which arm…no, I must do this with the other … but, no, I’m right handed … no no, in the mirror…

I visited Fourth street last week where the protesters, gurus, chowder-heads, whiz-bangs, dope addicts and draft dodgers used to gather back in the seventies to encourage one another. Suddenly a slick-faced, baldheaded fellow in a white robe stopped me and said he was Otto. He finally found contentment, he said, in a personal mixture of eastern mysticism, transcendental meditation, voodoo,  environmentalism, aquarianism, and something to do with hoot owls, dinosaurs, bird beaks, yak’s feet, platypus’s, Egyptian mummies, and many other such figments.

We talked a bit, and when we parted I glanced back. Ceremoniously standing on his head, his robe had fallen into a little pile surrounding it, exposing his beerbelly and two gangly legs rod-straight through his loin cloth. If he was wearing his undershirt, I thought, it would read:

I grinned. Hah! All along down was down, left was left, up was up, and right was right. And I’ll bet nobody ever noticed that when I wore my undershirt inside out it was actually upside down………I think..

DA

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The Veil Over The Nations

The following is a devotional by Dr Henry M. Morris from the ICR publication, Days of Praise. I have posted another devotional by him under “Tragic Ignorance.” The one below seems so very appropriate for Christians today, considering the recent tragic turns toward evil America has taken. We Christians should take courage from this devotional, and while as citizens of this God-given land we should resist evil and stand on righteous principles, we should find rest in knowing that one day God Himself will lift the veil. DA

The Veil over the Nations

“And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations. ” (Isaiah 25:7 KJV)

Many people feel that every nation should be encouraged simply to practice its own religion. God’s Word, however, makes it plain that all nations are blinded, cut off from the truth by a deadly covering. This is true of the Jews, for “even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart” (2 Corinthians 3:15). It is also true of the Gentiles, who have “the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” (Ephesians 4:18).

The veil that keeps them in such darkness is a Satanic blindfold. “The god of this world [i.e., Satan] hath blinded the minds of them which believe not” (2 Corinthians 4:4). And how did the devil ever gain such control over human minds? “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened…. Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator” (Romans 1:21, 25).

So today, men and women almost everywhere atheists, Communists, humanists, Buddhists, Confucianists, animists, Hindus, Taoists, Shintoists, occultists, “New Agers,” and even the “liberals” in the monotheistic religions (Judaism, Islam, Christianity)–really all believe and practice the same religion, rejecting God as Creator and worshipping instead some man or manexalting evolutionary philosophy.

Someday, God will destroy this pervasive veil over the nations. In the meantime, we must reach everyone we can with the true and everlasting gospel of Christ, for that “vail is done away in Christ” (2 Corinthians 3:14). —Henry M. Morris

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Is God In Control? Part 3 of 3

Besides a few other famous names of church history, one in particular stands out: John Calvin, (1509-1564 A.D.). This man, like Martin Luther (1483-1546 A.D.), changed the entire playing field of church history, thereby greatly influencing world history itself. In his shadow came one James Arminius (1560-1609 A.D.), countering Calvin’s influence. Highly intellectually trained from childhood, and skilled in renaissance logic of the ancient pagan Greek and Roman philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle, Calvin one day made a quiet intellectual decision to follow Christ instead. Following that, he put together a sophisticated, ingenious system of Theology based on the sovereignty, foreknowledge, and fore-ordination of God in His creation of the physical universe, including mankind.

That system in it’s purest essence had the effect of conveniently putting the real monkey of responsibily on God’s back and a fake one on ours. How? It simply determined that God foreordained the whole physical scene, start to finish, the good, the bad, and the ugly before He ever even lifted a finger to create anything! We are all just victims of it. No matter what happens, so goes the notion, “God is in control” anyhow, no matter how we behave. No kidding! Why, some of us were created for the express purpose of going to Hell to burn forever, and the rest were created to go to Heaven without a genuine choice in the matter! In fact, the church Calvin founded, the Presbyterian Church, later met together and established a doctrinal confession called THE WESMINSTER CONFESSION, part of which states unequivocally, “God did from all eternity, by the most just and Holy counsel of His own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass.”

Well, strains of that confession drifted over all of Christendom like a heavy fog, becoming a vital part of Christian brain wrinkles. It still goes on today. But original Calvinism was so harsh in its approach, many saw need to modify it to be more universal in it’s scope, making more room for greater numbers to be saved. Besides pure Calvinism, there was Hyper-Calvinism and many other splinters adopting some variation of sublapsarianism, supralapsarianism, and other isms, all crossing Theological swords over the Doctrine of Decrees in creation, all of it crawling with pride of intellectual prowess, while all along the good old image of God in them bit the blood from them because, despite their ramblings, their FREE WILLS were doing whatever they jolly-well pleased anyhow, even as the Lord stood away arms akimbo in the shadows shaking his head. Amazing!

One of the most quoted Scriptures by all Calvinists is Romans 8:28 in making the “God is in control” claim. Many non-Calvinists unknowingly also use the same terminology. What they all seem to always ignore is what that verse states exactly in plain language. The meat of the verse that pleases the Calvinist mind is “…All things work together for good to them that love God…” (KJV).

You see, this entire phrase expresses verbal ACTION, including the word “love.” In the original Koine Greek the word is AGAPOSIN. Please be patient while I explain something technical about this Greek word and the grammar in which it is couched. It is in the Dative Case of the Indirect Object. It is a masculine, plural, Present Participle in the Modal (mode) form, signifying the MANNER in which the action of the Verb is accomplished. For example, “Came John the Baptist preaching (Matthew 3:1), meaning John’s preaching was what his coming accomplished.

Now, these rules of grammar applied to Romans 8:28 tells us love is the manner in which all things work together. But hold it right there: The Greek word for love here is not the noun the Calvinists have made it out to be. No, it is in the verb form, an ACTION word! Put into plain street English of today, the verse says, “Everything in this world work together for those whose love (a verb) has legs!” Friends, simply sitting around IN love (a noun) with God, waiting for Him to work out His sovereign will in spite of your own will, will NEVER get all things to work together for your good. It takes DOING your love. God made His created women to thrive on their husband’s words, backed up by DEEDS to prove it. WORDS only makes her sick; DEEDS only, starves her to death.

And so we Christians at large today PARROT the Calvinists when we do something stupid, but then throw up our hands and sing, “God is in control.” Nonsense! God was NOT in control, WE WERE! That’s exactly why it was stupid. And stupidity is stooped to, not just by individuals, but by churches, cities, and nations. Contrary to Calvinism, the providence of God doesn’t elect evil to office vicariously through our “free” wills, WE do. God doesn’t have some kind of mysterious PURPOSE in mind in ALLOWING wickedness to become law, WE do. God respects every evil our FREE WILLS concoct and put into place by simply stepping back and letting us suffer the consequences for crowding Him aside. No, friends, God is only in control when we exercise sanity and PUT Him in control! Otherwise, His promises, such as He made to Israel to give them “as the Days of Heaven on upon the Earth” (Deut. 11:21) if they would only put Him first, would be absolutely meaningless.

Calvinists can put together a plethora of Scriptures they believe refutes this fact of reality, but the law of free will put there by God Himself bites them like an Adder regardless of their reasoning, with a pure known reality as certain as the law of gravity. No, some were not decreed to be saved; no, once saved does not mean one cannot will to trash it and go to Hell instead; and no, when it comes to the human free will, God is NOT in control unless we put Him there. He Himself guarantees it! That’s why human history is an unbelievable pile of twisted human carnage, and the express reason God will finally say it is enough and catch away His few remaining faithful and judge a whole planet who shakes their rebellious fists in His Divine face. It was the entire human race who purposely abused His holy image within us in order to control our OWN lives, instead of entrusting them into God’s pristine control. It is who we are and where we are FREELY heading, although from the very beginning NONE of it was necessary!

Yes, God did make provision for our redemption through sheer mercy and love for His own. No matter, it is the human race the Lord was talking about when He said, “Straight is the gate, and narrow is the way…and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). That is why the cross of Jesus was, is, and ever will be such a heartbreak for God the Father.

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Is God In Control? Part 2 of 3

Before you begin, I beg you to review the previous article, “Is God in control?” This will make what I am about to say come together in a meaningful way. The whole idea here is to put our minds into the proper perspective for considering humanity’s role in the subject of control.

What is that other natural law of God? It is this: Humanity’s free will, born of God’s own image He created within us. Now I can just hear the chorus of moans and groans and “Oh, brother! I thought he was going to say something important!” Better cup your ears, folks, because this is indeed extremely important, and grossly overlooked across the board of Christianity. Why so important? Because THAT ONE THING IS WHAT GOD WILL JUDGE IN EVERY SOUL, FACE TO FACE, ONE ON ONE! (Hebrews 9:27). Nobody escapes! If you’re a human, it WILL happen!

You see, that one natural law, unlike all the rest in one very important respect, is not ASSUMED in God’s creation. The others exist externally to us and impose themselves on our whole physical bodies, throughout our physical existence. But humanity’s free will first works within us and then radiates outwardly into God’s physical creation around us, governing in a limited way the laws of nature. That governing, or harnessing, Divinely meant to be constructive, can be either constructive or destructive, according to how we freely will it. The creation of that natural law of God is very explicitly described in Scripture: “…And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” and, “…And God said unto [Adam and Eve]…replenish the Earth, and subdue it: and have dominion…” (Genesis 1:26, 28).

Friends, God’s own image of free will, free choice, a creaturely endowment of a portion of His Divine attributes of omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience, His express image, if you will, was the VERY ESSENCE God used to create humanity! If He had not done that, He would no more bring us into personal judgment than he would a rock or a lowly lizard.

Now here is the crux of the matter: God Himself maintains His image in our creaturely existence! Without it we would indeed be a rock or a lizard. It is who and how humanity is forever. It is who we all are, free-will creatures, with the God-given power to make our OWN decisions, APART, yes, APART from God’s choice. Otherwise, Adam’s choice to sin would have been GOD’S CHOICE, not ours. Such a thing is totally and completely foreign to God’s own revealed pristine nature. To judge us for that would be to haul HIMSELF into His own court of infinite law! The naked truth of this is simply that God is ever in control of seeing to it that our FREE wills operate in absolute freedom, no matter what we choose to choose, good or evil. That’s what He did in Eden, and that’s what He still does. God always honors His own endowed image in humanity, whoever He finds it in, just like he honors the law of gravity, whoever harnesses it for whatever purposes. Hear it, friends: God always honors our own choice whether it is good or evil, even if it shakes it’s fist and curses God to His Divine face!

You see, God’s image in us was a Divine trust from the very beginning. Sin was not part of His prestine image in us. No, God’s image of pure freedom in us exercised its own freedom of freedom and CHOSE to believe a lie instead of God’s sublime Word of warning. Adam himself was in control of WHAT he chose, not God. And once that decision was made, God backed away and respected it. It was going to be what Adam and Eve made it into, not what God was controlling it into. He as much as said, “Okay, you made your bed; now you must sleep in it. Someday I’ll bail you out of the mess you made for yourselves, but until then you can’t live in this beautiful garden I made for you. It’s certainly not what I intended for you; the making of this one is on you, not me. Meanwhile, I warn you: Things will go much easier in the future if you obey me instead of trashing my Word.”

Therein is the sordid story of all human history since then. Sadly, the main ingredient in the tragedy of human sin is the vain pride of blaming someone else for it, God included, instead of our own selfish will. Adam said it was the woman’s fault whom God had given him, thus blaming God. Eve, on the proverbial spot, probably nonplused by Adam’s accusation, simply dodged by blaming the Devil for it. Everyone but the Devil himself claimed innocense and passed the buck, and he would have himself but he had no one qualified to pass it on to. Neither Adam nor Eve simply admitted guilt, repented, and begged God’s pardon. We’re still at that guilty business.

In the third and final part of this three-part subject we will deal with the practical aspects of this “God is in control” business sweeping Christianity. One of the main Scriptures often quoted by those who promote this error is Romans 8:28. We will show that, instead, this Scripture actually plainly says the exact opposite, not only in plain English, but in the original Koine Greek language of the New Testament!

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Is God In Control? Part 1 of 3

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Possibly the most used phrase in Christian circles today is, “God is in control.” No matter what awful thing happens, disaster, disease, war, tyranny, all such things, “God is in control” is shouted from the housetops by everyone from the least of laity to the height of scholarship.

Well, excuse me, but in the sense universally used, GOD IS NOT IN CONTROL! This article is intended to prove that fact.


Really now, is God in control? Well, depending on the usage, yes, but no. Because of that, if we’re going to say “God is in control,” then it behooves us to clarify what is meant, especially any Christians in positions of influence. Indiscriminate usage of it sends confusing signals into listening ears, saint and sinner. They rely on Christian leaders for what to think about God’s role in such inconsistencies of right and wrong.

Yes, God is most certainly and sovereignly in control of the Laws of Nature which He originally created and set to work in flawless order for all time. He ordained them that way. Only He alone can temporarily suspend those laws, and the times He has done it can be counted on your fingers without running out of fingers. What’s more, those laws are completely neutral in nature in regard to good and evil. They work just as well for despots such as Hitler, or an Abraham Lincoln. Fire will cook a pot of oatmeal, but it will also melt a whole city in a nuclear explosion. In every case, God’s laws of nature operate the same, no matter if it is used for good or evil. The hijackers of 911 skillfully employed it to bring down the Twin Towers in a slaughter of thousands of innocent people because God made certain His morally neutral law of gravity operated in absolute flawless manner. Fire heated the homes of America while Hitler incinerated over six million innocent Jewish people.

Now it doesn’t take a scientific genius or a great theologian to realize those obvious facts of nature. No, even an ignorant bum on the street corner is never heard to say, “Ho-hum, guess I’ll levitate today; I’m getting tired of sleeping on this concrete.” Why do we not see a religious order “prove” by Holy Writ that it is possible to levitate if they will only believe they can? Simple answer: There could be a large church of them making the claim, but anyone with eyes can plainly see that none of them are “floating” around in the church house. No, we all know about the laws of nature, even if we can’t even pronounce their names. We just know they have to be respected, or we pay the sad consequences. So what happens to a religious nut who leaps from a high-rise to prove his faith to levitate? Better ask him about it on the way down, because once he splatters the argument is over.

Oddly, we don’t even NEED Scripture to tell us to obey God’s laws of nature. Doesn’t matter anyhow. Even an atheist is forced to obey God’s laws of nature, or die. Just the act of living is absolute proof that these laws are ironclad for every human, belief in God or not. The factual essence of them is as much of who we are as the noses on our faces! We have to look cross-eyed to see our noses without a mirror, and one has to be a little cockeyed who examines God’s laws of nature to find out if they are real or not.

So what does this have to do with “God is in control,” you ask? EVERYTHING! You see, what we seem to overlook on purpose is yet another of God’s natural laws. Remember, God’s natural laws are set in stone to work flawlessly in neutral between good and evil. He guarantees it by His ordained providence. Like the others, this one God established from the beginning of creation, as secure and solid as gravity itself, if not more so. This one played THE major role in Hitler’s Germany, 911, Hurricane Katrina, and much more throughout history. God always maintains it in full working order, and will throughout all time. He’s not about to change it for anyone. And like the others, this one actually needs no Scripture to prove it’s existence, because it is always as real and present as light and gravity.

However, unlike the other natural laws, would you believe that large religious orders formed hundreds of years ago, and continue today, who have adopted and promote the ridiculous notion that they can suspend this law at will so it ceases to operate for them ever again? I’m not kidding! The thing is addictive, too. Multiplied millions have bought into this fictitious notion. Why? Because of the wonderful convenience it serves in not having to be bothered with it’s troublesome presence everyday of our lives.

Well, like gravity, though, God is always faithful to make absolutely certain the thing is in full operation all their lives, no matter what they choose to believe about it. It is just THERE! Yep, like gravity, light, heat, and perpetual motion, this one just goes right on being itself, forcing us to recognizing it, no matter what. Millions of folks go about claiming to “levitate” free of it, but not one among them, ever, floats away from it. Frankly, of all the examples demonstrating the lengths humanity will go to ditch having to deal with it’s grasp on us, this one takes the proverbial cake!

Think of the thousands of years humans have spent trying to figure out how to suspend the law of gravity. It is only within the last two centuries that we managed to come up with a fake of it: The balloon and the aero plane. But really, did we suspend the law of gravity? Nope. Not at all. We simply obeyed one law to temporarily override another. Trouble is, old gravity makes sure a deflated balloon crashes; an aircraft engine fails and down it comes, people and all, in a fireball. Suspend one of God’s natural laws? Come on! Let’s not be silly!

So what is that other natural law of God? So sorry; we are going to save that part for the next segment of this three-part article. If you haven’t figured it out, boy are you going to be surprised!

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