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.
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Matt 18: 23
¶ Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
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And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
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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.
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The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
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Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
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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.
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And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
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And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
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So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
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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:
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Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
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And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
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So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
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Mark 11:26
But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
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Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

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
Friends,
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

For further reading go to Review Archives at http://www.trinityfoundation.org

Astrobiology docudrama

Some astrobiologists will be interested in the new History Channel series “The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch.” I have to admit it has me hooked. It is good as entertainment, but I am worried that it may turn out to be as much of a hoax as Animal Planet’s “Mermaids” series was a few years ago. I can’t find any disclaimers about it that it is for entertainment purposes only, but there may be one later.

April Fool Joke

By their own free will, the leaders of our local church, affiliated with the Southern Batist Convention, have declared their church irrelevant. They have been tricked into agreeing to shut down at least until Wednesday service on April 1, which is very appropriate, because a very smart influence, which we could call Bigfoot, has played a really good April Fool joke on them. They have admitted to society that attendance at their church is not as important as shopping at Walmart, which continues to be open and available. 

I am horrified at this. They are actively imposing a shutdown on the members, as if the church itself were under their control, not that of God. They argue that practical considerations override the need for meeting in worship. There were no doubt practical considerations that the martyrs of the church should have taken into account, using the same reasoning. They should have denied Christ, and lived. God help us all.

No doubt they will practice social distancing on me for having pointed this out to them, but they are free to do so.

The pastor tells me I am being “divisive.” I believe that this means that my viewpoint, and consequently  I myself, will be no longer welcome at his church, since I know he uses the ESV:

Titus 3:10–As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him. [The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) is adapted from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. All rights reserved.]

He has an excuse for the mistake he is making, in that the ESV tells us to have nothing to do with Jesus.

In the ESV, Jesus says: 

Luke 12:51 — Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. (ESV)

Then it uses the exact same word to tell us to have nothing to do with such people.

Titus 3:10,11 — As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned. (ESV)

Bigfoot as a forest spirit

A quote from the website below--

// If Sasquatch is some type of ghost or spirit entity it sure would explain a lot. We wouldn’t expect to find a living specimen, or a body, bones or even a fossil record. Ghostly calls in the night would be par for the course we would think, and even footprints left behind and tossed rocks and sticks aren’t outside of the norm for the standard supernatural apparition.

More than anything, it would explain why sightings are so fleeting, and why, even with the woods crawling with people (some of them looking for him), Bigfoot has never been properly documented.

It’s because he isn’t really there. At least not in the way we’re used to thinking.

Native American legends are often cited as proof that Sasquatch exists in North America. After all, if people have been seeing him for thousands of years, he must really be out there. But many indigenous Bigfoot legends mix the spiritual world with the biological world, and accounts of Bigfoot with shape-shifting abilities, or the powers of invisibility, are not uncommon.//

https://exemplore.com/cryptids/Bigfoot-Forest-Spirit

The photo is of a stump pretending to be Bigfoot.

 

UFOs are science now

It was probably better for society back when there was ridicule attached to UFO reports, rather than taking them seriously, like is becoming popular now. That is because, as the Bible tells us, there are forces smarter than human which want to destroy humanity with deceit. Science is dependent on human understanding, and cannot tell us what these things really are, so the smarter forces can define them and we cannot know better.
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1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:


Genesis 3
1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LordGod had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

NASA, SETI, and ET

NASA cooperates with SETI, setting up the public for the return of the evil fallen angels from before the Flood as their saviors.

// Most scientists agree that a finding like this (intelligent ET life) would alter and transform the status quo in many ways–what would be its effect on our society–our science, our technology, or our religion?

So for me detecting another civilization is a way of coming to a better understanding of who we are as human beings. It would mean a chance to see whether the ways of knowing that we’ve developed here on earth—our math, our science, our ways of expressing ourselves, our music, our art–are they somehow tapping into something that goes beyond earth or are they uniquely ours?

The discovery would be on the same level as those of Copernicus and Darwin and as of the transforming events in human history. However it will be decades before people get used to the idea that we are not alone in the universe, and its real meaning becomes deeply ingrained as occurred with the heliocentric cosmology and biological evolution… //

–Douglas A. Vakoch, Ph.D., SETI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVBCLAaflaw

Devils in space

Steve Quayle is falling for the concept of space and time travel, which seems to be an implanted memory that is being placed into certain selected, highly intelligent people by something. Here he interviews another official who claims to have been to Mars on a space elevator. Remember Captain Randy Cramer. These people may even have been somewhere, but it certainly is compatible with an elaborate deception by things smarter than humans.
https://youtu.be/U3W65ABvAus