Christian Zionism

This is an excellent video that explores what I have been hinting around at in my study of Psalm 2 here. I’m still working on that last verse, and a summary. This video covers the reasons I believe that the heathen are raging and the people imagining a vain thing:

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Dad.

It’s been a long time since I have written much at all. I feel there is a good reason for this; my opinion shrank in my own estimation. Nothing I have set about to write in the last 6 months seems to carry the weight of what I should have learned. What great insight I should be able to share at the passing of my father. I’ve been left without words. I learned to appreciate dad more fully due to the help of the “manosphere”, guys like Empath and Dalrock helped me to see my dad in a new light. Instead of the frustrated genius working his blue collar job for over 30 years, resenting his family and a son that forced him to grow up sooner than he wanted. I now had a window into that frustration. The lonely disposable life of a guy doing the right thing in the face of near universal hostility/apathy, trying to have people believe that he had his shit together, that he was “okay”. I had started seeing this on my own as I’ve matured, but the process sped up with my friendships and contacts here. Thankfully it happened in time for me to have an evening with my dad.

It was last December and we were finishing up a project I had started with mom. Earlier dad had disciplined my young cousin and it had brought up a lot of my anxiety over my own upbringing. This time though I had a new filter to see through. I sat with him through the night and got to express to him my pride in him, how he had raised me and provided for me, how he allowed himself to be chewed up by the system for us. I got to do it in such a way, because of the blessing of circumstances, that let him know that not only had I forgiven him for the violence of my childhood, but that I was proud of him. All this without exposing his shame. It was a God thing.

Dad died in September in his canoe (helping someone else with their “bucket list”) three months shy of his first pension check. He was the third member of his family to die at that age and he knew it was coming. He didn’t complain, didn’t call me and say that his heart was dying. That he was so tired. The best thing I could say about dad that week from my perspective was: I missed him.

Most of my life I feared him, was terrified of him, was angry at him, was fighting to forgive him. I had spent so much time wishing him dead, trying to put distance between us, needing that space, hoping he would change, that I would heal. In the end God was good enough to turn my heart and now what is left is what should be: I miss him.

I wish I could have honored him more, I’m thankful that I got to honor him as much as I did.

I felt like God impressed this song on me the weekend before my dad died.

So far this song has seemed like God was warning me what kind of year I would be having.

(Originally written for Feminism is Empathological, in my blogroll).

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A Calvinist vs. Noah

Some people don’t like reading ALL of the Bible.

Here is a funny skit on the subject:

Anything you don’t like about the Bible, just apply white-out and sharpie….

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Paul Washer on Holiness

I’ve had occasion to consider the Southern Baptists lately and was reminded of some excellent teaching on Holiness by Brother Washer. It seems so often that we forget that Jesus is a way that leads to life while He is also the life itself. As Paul Washer points out, Jesus Christ is a narrow way:

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Dr. Kelley Varner takes on the Rapture

Here is the late Kelley Varner who has some excellent Covenant Theology teaching. This is basically a summary of his book “Whose Right it Is” wherein he makes some of the arguments that solidified the doubts I had about dispensationalism and the rapture.

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
(Rom 8:15-18)

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Serve the Lord with Fear (Psalm 2:11)

Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
(Psa 2:11)

Consider how strange this verse is.

Now reflect on how it compares to the prevailing attitude of our culture. Are men fearful of God? Are people fearful of losing their job, their pension, their home, their country, their rights, their health, their life, their family or their culture? As this world begins to see Psalm 2 come to pass the trouble is going to get greater and greater. Verse 11 reminds us who to fear, how to keep our perspective. Again I point out from my post on Psalm 2:10 that we don’t want to fear “the smith” nor identify with “the coal” but instead with God and His plan for us as His sons.

Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
(Isa 54:16-17)

Notice that the promise, the heritage is to the servants of the Lord.

It seems that we humans are designed to fear, that sounds shocking on it’s face.  As God reveals to us the mystery of iniquity and righteousness (2 Thess. 2) I believe we are going to find that everyone either fears loss or fears the Lord (knowing that all things are His anyway).  As God reveals the hearts of humanity to all creation we are going to find out who truly believes the words of Jesus:

And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
(Luk 12:4-5)

We need to take the Gospel seriously, Jesus Christ our high priest has gone into the Most Holy Place and has reconciled us to our creator. He was the perfect sacrifice and if we keep in mind how great His sacrifice was we can begin to understand what is so fearful about our God. Not giving proper weight to that sacrifice put us in peril, the peril of losing the fear that we have for God and having and evil heart of departing from him.

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
(Heb 3:12)

Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
(Heb 4:1-2)

And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
(Job 28:28)

Fear is a gift. If we turn in fear to the One that is capable of perfect Love, the Tree of Life, we can have it and still live in peace. We need to find that place of rest, abiding in Him. Being wary once we have entered of departing from Him.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
(1Jn 4:18)

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Be Wise Now Therefore (Psalm 2:10)

Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
(Psa 2:10)

Lately, I have been contemplating on the times that we are living in, I recognize that God has sent a judgement on our nation and I find that I have a double mind on the subject. I am having a harder time finding rest in the Lord. On the one hand I want to see the corruption burned up but on the other hand I find myself wanting to make “war” with the instruments of His judgement. (Take for example the all reaching tentacled monster that has become our “government”, taking our pick between any of the last 4 Presidents at least.)

I begin to feel as if I can imagine what Jeremiah was feeling when God began to describe to him how he would go about cleaning up the abominations that had filled Israel.

“Then the LORD said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the LORD; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah. And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands. Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.”
(Jer 1:14-17)

Like Jeremiah I feel that I cannot “root” for the land, which is full of abominations nor can I give support to the enemies that God has prepared to sweep it clean. I cannot fight against the land nor can I fight against the Lords purpose in His instruments of judgement, I can only do His will and abide in Him. We can see how this worked out for Jeremiah:

For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land. And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.
(Jer 1:18-19)

Nobody wants to be Jeremiah but sometimes we are called to deliver a message that nobody wants to hear. Sometimes it is easier to become embroiled in political and cultural squabbles than it is to stand apart from them and deliver the warnings God wants delivered. Being a neutral observer sometimes puts us at odds with the partisans who insist that God is on their side, it is so easy to find ourselves in that role, Joshua did:

And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?
(Jos 5:13-14)

God is on a side all His own.

I’ve been feeling led of late that it is simply time to warn people, not argue with them, not “engage” with them but simply let them see and hear the gospel as clearly as the Holy Spirit can deliver it through me. Taking a side is only going to draw me out of the abiding rest of Christ, but I still have an obligation as a witness:

Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
(Eze 3:17-19)

It’s not my job to fight for my Constitutional rights, to fight for the United States of America and every abomination she has democratically chosen for herself. It isn’t my job to fight against the Marxists, feminists, globalists, fascists or the government.

Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
(Isa 54:16-17)

I don’t want to identify with the smith or the coal. Destruction is necessary, the parts of me that don’t conform to the image of Jesus Christ need to be consumed. I should lay them down like the dead man I am trying to be.

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