Hope is only in Christ

Looks like society is doomed to civil war. Only forgiveness will save us, but no one can forgive unless they are partakers in the glory of Christ.  Everyone wants revenge even for micro-aggressions. And the glory of Christ is despised by society. And the churches are hiding in fear.

Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

Something came up in Bible Study …
According to the Bible, unforgiveness takes one to hell. So those people who are accusing society of racism, insisting on repartions for slavery and defunding the police, even assuming they really suffered wrongs, are in danger.
Matt 18: 23
¶ Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Mark 11:26
But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Law keeping does not justify

The Black Liberation Movement Socialists are demonstrating the impossibility of being justified by keeping the Law.

BLM is in the place of God, and white people are the sinners. The Law states that you must not commit the sin of racism, and all white people are guilty of it. This is like the doctrine of “original sin.” Racism is passed on from white ancestors, like sin is passed on from Adam, and nothing can get rid of it

Even if white people repent of sin and forsake it, they are still guilty, and must be punished forever, just like original sin takes people to hell. They can never atone for their racism, in the eyes of the BLM god.

But unlike Christianity, where God pays the debt He demands from man by dying in his place to justify man, BLM condemns white men to eternal punishment. They can never do enough to fulfill the BLM law, and are always not quite acceptable.


Manmade UFO strings

// Starlink is the name of a satellite network that the private spaceflight company SpaceX is developing to provide low-cost internet to remote locations. While SpaceX eventually hopes to have as many as 12,000 satellites in this so-called megaconstellation, the size and scale of the project have flustered astronomers and amateur skywatchers, who fear that the bright, orbiting objects will interfere with observations of the universe. //

This is apparently not the same as the lights that appeared in Colorado skies and elsewhere that were interpreted to be drones.


Trump landslide or chaos?

It seems that BLM continues to rally support for the reelection of President Trump. Unintentionally, of course. They think they are gaining support for their side of the civil war, but I suspect they are not representative of the majority of voters. But anything can happen in civil war.

The current civil war is not pleasant to observe, but it does demonstrate the wrath of God being poured out on American society, and may call some to repentance. When we are in a comfortable position, we don’t feel like we need a Savior. That has been the place of America in recent years. Now we see the terror of God more clearly, and we see that the devil is much smarter than we are when God releases him on us.

We can’t blame the people who follow the devil for wanting to rule the world, and using force and despising reason. They are only following their leader, who is called the Father of Lies. They have abandoned the very concept of truth itself, since truth implies obedience to something definite, rather than self-expression and emotional fulfillment. Truth is in the place of a God who judges, so it must be overcome.

This is a great opportunity to share the Gospel with many who see that they have no rational way to answer the people who want to destroy America, since these people are committed to the overthrow of order in the country into chaos, and the only possible answer is civil war. Some, of course, are willing to resort to civil war, and we will have to see how events unfold. But some will see the hand of God in judgment, and will see that He is calling his elect to repent and trust Christ.

God is worse than any government leader anyone can imagine. He is Truth Itself, personified. Truth cannot tolerate the slightest error and still be truth. He must ruthlessly destroy all falsehood. He made a way to be acceptable to Himself for man, however. He took His own punishment to satisfy His perfect justice in the person of Christ, for those who will trust that sacrifice and not claim their own good works should be enough for Him.

Sudden cardiac death from cosmic rays

What does this mean for space travel and planned colonization of Mars? Mars has no magnetic field to protect from cosmic rays.
“…there are studies linking cosmic rays with cardiac arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death in the general population. Our latest measurements show that cosmic rays are intensifying, with an increase of more than 18% since 2015.”
— (from spaceweather dot com)

Taking the Mark of the Beast

It appears to me that the idea of science (human perception) as final authority is the mark of the beast. The churches have accepted it, at least in principle, by accepting the scientifically-based practice of social distancing, and cancelling their meetings, as the solution to the Wuhan pandemic, rather than continuing to meet and trusting God for whatever happens. It is not a matter of trusting God to keep church members from getting sick, but trusting Him for whatever He gives.
Revelation 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. (“science?”)
Those who do not trust science as final authority will be in a position to reject the Mark, since it will be dependent on trusting science more than God, we can be sure. Those who trust science can be expected to accept the Mark, enthusiastically, whatever actual physical form it will take, if any.
Society is not learning the right lesson from the Wuhan pandemic. We are seeing lessons on how heroic people are resisting it using science and the indomitable human spirit, and no lessons of how it brings people to repentance from their sins and trust in Jesus as the propitiation for us, to make us acceptable to God.
That is not surprising, because Jesus has generally been knowingly rejected as Savior by world society. He is just presented as another example of the heroic human spirit as in the Mithras cult, or a self-improvement program.

Now, science is our savior, even for the churches. Science even is used to confirm the Bible, making science above God.

Christ keeps the Covenant for us

The New Covenant is between Christ and the Father. We are not required to keep it. We are required to be in Christ.

The late John Robbins wrote:

Tabletalk Rewrites the Covenant

March 2004
The February 2004 issue of Tabletalk, a monthly magazine published by Ligonier Ministries, contains a lethal misrepresentation of the Covenant of Grace. In its February 18 “devotional,” we read these words:

“The book of Hebrews uses this story [of ancient Israel] as a basis for warning Christians to persevere, thereby proving that the new covenant can be broken as well [as the Mosaic could]….

“The fact that Hebrews gives real warnings and teaches that the new covenant can be broken might seem strange to those of us from a Reformed background. After all, are not the elect secure in their salvation? Surely it is not possible for the elect to lose their salvation?… How then can these warnings be real?

“The answer lies in the concept of covenant. When God makes a covenant, He makes a covenant with both believers and unbelievers, with both the elect and the reprobate…. Human beings are responsible to keep the covenant….”

Nothing could be further from the truth. First, Hebrews says that the new covenant is better than the old Mosaic covenant:

“But now he [Christ] has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as he is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises [than the Mosaic covenant]. For if the first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.”

Second, the new covenant, says Hebrews, is better because it cannot be broken:

“I will put my laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God and they shall be my people. None of them shall teach his neighbor and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them ” (Hebrews 8:10-11).

There is no possibility of these things not happening: “All shall know me.”

Third, God does not make the new covenant, the Covenant of Grace, with both the reprobate and the elect, despite what Tabletalk says. The Covenant is made with the elect only. Question 31 (and many other questions as well) of the Westminster Larger Catechism makes this perfectly clear:

“Q.31 With whom was the Covenant of Grace made?

“A. The Covenant of Grace was made with Christ as the second Adam, and in him with all the elect as his seed.”

In the new and better covenant, God the Father made an agreement with God the Son, Jesus Christ. Acting as the Mediator, as the Representative and Substitute for his people, the elect, Jesus Christ fulfilled all the conditions of the Covenant of Works that Adam had failed to fulfill. Jesus procured all the blessings of salvation for his people, and that salvation he gives to them all as a free gift.

What Tabletalk is teaching is false doctrine. Tabletalk’s covenant is the basis of the Antichristian Neolegalism that is sweeping through Reformed churches. This false covenant does not recognize the role of Christ as Mediator. Instead, it requires believers to fulfil unspecified conditions of the covenant in order to keep their salvation. In this false covenant, there is no room for Christ as the Substitute for and Representative of his people, who alone met the conditions the holiness of God requires for salvation: perfection. In this false covenant there is no room for Christ as Savior. In this false covenant, the doctrine of the imputation of Christ’s righteousness as the necessary and sufficient ground for salvation of sinners is denied. In this false covenant, sinners are told that they themselves must meet the conditions of salvation, the “obligations of the covenant,” and by their own “covenant faithfulness” obtain the blessings of the covenant.

If they love the brethren and the truth, the writers, editors, and publishers of Tabletalk must issue an immediate apology to their readers, and a correction and retraction for these false statements. Their failure to do so will justifiably cause many more to doubt the doctrinal soundness of Tabletalk. For three years Tabletalk gave Douglas Wilson, a proponent of Neolegalism, a platform for his views; now the magazine is giving George Grant, a featured speaker at the Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church (which is the primary source of Neolegalism in the PCA), a platform for his views.

When taken to task two years ago for saying in Tabletalk that Peter was the head of the church, the editor of Tabletalk refused to issue a correction or retraction to his readers. So the magazine’s record is not good.

The question we must ask is, Will Tabletalk repudiate Neolegalism and its proponents, or will it continue to teach it and to give the proponents of Neolegalism a platform?

John Robbins
The Trinity Foundation
March 4, 2004

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