Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Fall of a Church

I grew up in a church family in Nebraska. Little did I know that the denomination that I called home for almost 30 years would decide that politics and political correctness would be a higher calling than teaching the Gospel and proclaiming its Good News. I was a member of a Presbyterian Church(USA). I am no longer involved with this denomination and I am searching for a new church. They have lost their way and have turned their back on God and the Bible.

The first transgression of the PC(USA) is their redefining of marriage to that of a union between two people rather than the Biblical definition of marriage. The Bible tells us this in Paul's letter to the Romans, Chapter 1:

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers...
King James Version(public domain)

Paul's letter to the Romans spells out what God expects out of us. We are not to judge an individual person and Romans 8 tells us we are not to condemn any one person ourselves. God is the only one to judge us at the end. We are to judge sin, however, so that we will not repeat it ourselves. When the PC(USA) turns their back on this aspect of Biblical teaching, they turn their back on God. The Old Testament tells us that men and women were designed for each other and that any other relationship is outside of God's master plan. Why does this so-called church redefine what has been for eternity?Acting outside of God's plan only serves to destroy this once strong denomination. 
The second transgression of the PC(USA) is the General Assembly's choice to turn their back on Israel. They have chosen to divest themselves of all ties to Israel. Israel protects Christians in the Holy Land. With the rise of the Islamic State, Israel is more needed in the region that ever before. They are the only just and moral society in the Middle East. The PC(USA) shows a very sick view and has chosen to take the side of a religion that stones women and kills gays over the only state where Jews, Christians and Muslims live together in relative harmony in the Middle East. This is disgusting and should be shouted from the mountain tops. 
I urge all God fearing and Bible believing members of PC(USA) churches to break away and find a new church home or in the old Presbyterian way, vote for your church to dissolve all bonds with Louisville and the General Assembly. There are several other sects of the church that still hold true to the Bible and God's plan. Do so for the soul of each and every church. 
The Presbyterian Church(USA) has chosen apostasy over righteousness. Christians should not follow. Those that do follow this broken path should no longer be called believers. I pray for the the Church as Christ's body. The PC(USA) is trying to break that body. I will not be a party to such a disturbing time in the life of His Church.

Progressive Hypocrisy and the LGBT Mafia

The state of Indiana has done something that many extremist Islamic countries have not been able to. They have made the LGBT Mafia attack. Indiana's attempt to protect the religious beliefs of Hoosiers has made the leftist LGBT lobby go absolutely insane, even if it was a short trip, but I digress. What bothers me so much is this same group of anti-Christian bigoted leftists say little to nothing when an Islamic country or terrorist group decides to kill people for being homosexual.

I don't condone the lifestyle of those outside the biblical definition of marriage but I also don't want to kill anyone over it either. Every individual deserves to have their right to life preserved. What this Indiana issue shows me is the the LGBT Mafia doesn't really care about the lives of those they claim  to protect. They are just interested in advancing their radical leftist agenda. Nothing more, nothing less. When a gay or lesbian couple go into a Muslim owned bakery and ask for a cake to be made to observe their union, I may reconsider my finding. 

The answer to this leftist ploy is to support Indiana and all other states that protect the speech and liberty of all forms of opinion, not just that of the radical, anti-Christian, blind to Muslim extremism LGBT left.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Let This Week Be A Reminder

This week is Holy Week. This is the most important week in the calendar of the Christian Church. While Easter is the goal and the triumph, I think we can all learn something from the events that lead up to it. We all are like Judas from time to time. We deny Jesus. I am guilty of this as much or more than the average Christian. No matter how much each one of us tries, we will never live up to Him. I need His grace and the events of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday serve to remind us all that we all need Him. He has Risen. Thanks be to God.

From one sinner to another, in Jesus' name,
Amen and God Bless

Friday, March 27, 2015

Life and Why Leftists Think So Little of It.

This week has brought up many negative feelings in me, but perhaps most troubling is the crime committed in Longmont, CO on March 16th, 2015. If you aren't familiar with what I'm talking about, it involves the heinous act of one Dynel Lane. She lured Michelle Wilkins to her home by advertising baby clothes for sale. Michelle Wilkins was 34 weeks pregnant when Lane forceably cut her unborn daughter from her womb and left the expectant mother to die, thereby killing the baby girl, who would have very likely be viable outside the womb with proper medical treatment. Luckily, Michelle Wilkins had enough life left in her to call 911 and direct emergency personnel to her location. She is recovering in the hospital. While it looks like she will recover physically from this disgusting and disturbing act, we don't know how long, if ever, it will take for her to recover mentally. I pray that this woman knows God and knows that Jesus loves her.

If this act was not sickening enough, Colorado has no fetal homicide law on the books. Leftist politicians in Denver have fought every attempt to rectify this issue fearing that it will endanger their holy sacrament of abortion. In this case, if the medical examiner in leftist Boulder County found no reason to believe that this little baby did not live outside the womb, the most serious charge would be attempted murder of the prospective mother. Lane would not face the first degree murder charge that she deserves. Boulder County also has a left wing District Attorney, one Stan Garnett, that saw to it that the outcome of this investigation would only yield the attempted murder charge. This case has made me sick to my stomach. A certain sect of people in this state feel the need to protect abortion over the rights of the unborn to the point where no law that sees to it that life, especially a life that was so dearly anticipated and wanted by this expectant mother, be protected. This same group of people make a huge deal when a land developer wants to kill a few prairie dogs.

Leftists think that humans are the root of all that is bad in this world because they, for the most part, think this is the end. Nothing better is to come. It is a mental disease, if you ask me. Without humans, there is no good or bad, there just is. God knows the human race is fallible(I'm first in line to confess to this) and yes, the human race has done bad things, but it is also responsible for art, music, speech, writing, philosophy, architecture, engineering, science, charity, and perhaps the greatest thing, love. Why some people don't see this, I will never truly know. I am highly suspicious of anyone that puts animals before humans. While I don't condone undue suffering and violence done to animals, they will never be human and don't deserve the same deference as a human. I believe that God intended us to be masters over the animals and in doing so, we should be just with them.

Having said all of this, Colorado has its priorities screwed up. Leftists would be up in arms if they heard of someone killing unborn or just born bear cubs or any other non-human animal, and rightfully so. They would want the full weight of the law to come down on who ever did that but they will allow no effort to protect the life of an unborn baby for fear that it might endanger the right to kill one's own unborn child. Our state and our country are severely morally bankrupt. These same people object to the death penalty for a criminal on the grounds that it would violate the violent criminal's human right to life. They have it backwards. All humans deserve a chance at life. Once a person commits a crime that is deemed horrific enough, they should be removed from the population. They gave up their right to life when they took the life of another with malice and forethought. This woman took the life of this little baby and she should never see the light of day. Perhaps, the cheaper and easier solution would be to put her in general population and let the other women in the prison know what she did and look the other way for a little while. That, in the end may be the most just thing that could happen to this animal. Dynel Lane turned in her membership in the human race when she killed Michelle Wilkins' daughter.

In order to rectify this error in Colorado's law, I urge anyone who reads this to call a Colorado Democrat lawmaker, especially those in the state House and our worthless governor, John Hickenlooper. 303-866-2346 is the phone number to the Colorado Speaker's office. Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst is the Speaker of the House and represents part of Boulder County. I urge you to melt her phone line. Also, call Stan Garnett at the Boulder County DA's office and let him know of your disapproval. His number is 303-441-3730.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Control: The Leftist Goal and What Can Be Done to Combat it.

Control. A simple word with many complex interpretations and means to which it is achieved. I seek to explore why so many are willing to give up their individuality in order to achieve some sort of mindless assurance that they won't fall on perceived hard times. Many people think that the goal of leftist social policy is to enable anyone to do anything with little or even no consequence. That is actually the furthest thing from the truth. The left in this country sings the praises of being tolerant of any lifestyle but once one digs deeper, they are only tolerant of lifestyles that are destructive to the social and moral construct of an honorable and just society. Our Constitution was written to give the power to the people so that they would never have to deal with an overarching authority running their lives. This just won't stand with those that seek to control us. We are stupid in their view. We can't be trusted. We might fail. Honor and true justice no longer matter because that would mean that we would be beholden to ourselves and even a higher power that knows no governmental bounds and that is dangerous to central power. We must be beholden to that central power for that central power to remain relevant. Control comes in many forms.

First, control comes in the form of regulations on business and private property. The central powers that be have figured out that they can limit the right of individuals to self determine their lives by telling them what they can and can't do, many times resorting to draconian measures to do so. You can't plant that in this place. You can't paint your house a certain color. You can't just do nothing with that property. You can't buy this property because the government bought it and will tell you what you can and can't do there. You can't carry weapon. You can't travel freely. You can't enter into a contract with just anyone. You can't speak up about government imposed rules. I could go on and on. The real reason behind these rules is to shape and mold the society into a malleable mass that can be shaped to the ideas that government sees fit. We must not be allowed to be our own people. The most ironic part is the people that profess to be the nonconformists in society happen to be the most conformist of us all. They rail against those that just want to be left alone and go about their lives. They think that everyone that doesn't share their opinions is a bigot or is somehow stupid or unkind. Regulation is used to enforce many of these viewpoints now.

Second, control comes in the form of moral relativism. When an individual loses moral clarity, the government can then control them. There is no higher power the state. An example can be seen in the Presbyterian Church(USA). They have abandoned moral and upright Biblical teaching in favor of being politically correct. They will marginalize themselves in order to be seen as non-offensive to a small group of people and anyone that doesn't hold that warped view will be singled out and shunned for being old-fashioned or stiff. Leftist statists will stop at nothing to make sure they are seen as the source of all that is good. Nothing else can be above them. If something else is seen as being superior to their own wishes, they would then be marginalized and that can not be allowed. If the world made to seem like a mass of many shades of gray, government can step in to be perceived as offering clarity.

Third, control comes from centralized power and layers and layers of bureaucracy to support that central power. Once these layers are set up, it becomes nearly impossible to peal them away. It is seen in the many duplicate agencies in the federal government that are also overlapped by state and local agencies that do almost the same or in many cases, the exact same duties and tasks. Why do we have the FBI, DEA, ATF, state, county and local police organizations overlapping each other. The same goes for federal, state and local education agencies. All these do is serve to make citizen control of our governance all that more difficult. The other concerning thing about the bureaucracy is it is unelected and almost impossible to get rid of. There is no system of checks and balances limiting the size of this leviathan. After all, there is nothing more permanent that a temporary government program.

Fourth, control comes from politicians more concerned about staying in power than doing the people's business. Promises in elections are like a certain part of the lower body. Everyone has one and they all stink. Many political types talk a good game to get elected and then fall into the trappings of power and unearned wealth. This country has people in the federal legislature that have been there for over thirty years. To a person, every one of these people no longer represents anyone but themselves and to a lesser extent, the government that has made them wealthy. The saddest part is people continue to vote for them if they are seen as "bringing home the bacon".

After many years of looking at this like someone that is being governed, recently I decided to step back and look at these problems from the perspective of someone that lived in this land 245 years ago. Why did the colonists rebel against the King of England? The answer, quite simply, is they wanted to be able to think and do for themselves in a manner that met their own moral and civil ideas. The King was removed from these ideas because he was only accountable to himself, as supreme leader and head of church and state. There were no consequences for him, short of natural death. He had no reason to care about the colonists. Doesn't that sound rather similar to our plight now? Yes, our representatives are elected, but they are only concerned with staying elected and that is the root of the need to control the individual and put them into groups and are unable to think and do for themselves. If the individual can do for himself, there is little need for government. Our founding documents are written with this individualism in mind. The only minority that should matter is the individual. No group of people is as important is the individual. Liberty needs to be our clarion call. Out of this, we should endeavor to strike at the heart of the centralized power that controls most aspects of our lives. While certain politicians have shown honor and courage, most don't and can't be trusted. Public mandates to reign in government mean little when the people mandated with the task fail to be courageous once elected.

I have come to the conclusion that an Article V Convention of States is needed in order to amend the Constitution in order to save the Republic. The most important amendment that would impact our quest for liberty is reform of Congress. First, the 17th Amendment must be repealed. The Senate was intended to represent individual state's interests. It was not intended to be a statewide popularity contest. Second, there must be a term limits amendment passed. Along with that, legislators must not be eligible for any healthcare, pension or retirement benefit that is not available to the general public. Congress was not intended to be a means to wealth. It was intended to be a position of service to people that have duly elected them. Third, the 16th Amendment should be repealed. There should be no mechanism to tax income. A tax on voluntary commerce would be legal and just and would absolve no one of paying taxes. The progressive income tax has been one of the greatest scams ever foisted upon the American people. It dissuades growth and hard work. Fourth, a balanced budget amendment should be passed in order to limit government spending and overreach. Our current debt is out of control and there is no hope with spending at current levels, to every paying it down. This balanced budget amendment should also outlaw the practice of baseline budgeting. There should be no automatic spending increase for any federal department. There should be no more language to the effect of a decrease in the rate of increase is seen as a spending cut. I also believe there should be an amendment to cut most presidential domestic cabinet level positions. The president should be less concerned with domestic policy than that of protecting American interests around the world. There should be no Secretaries of Agriculture, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Labor, Transportation or Homeland Security. State and local governments would be much more efficient in administering these areas. Some will mark me as unkind or intolerant for advocating for these changes. I don't care. These reforms are needed in order reign in the federal government and the result of reigning in the government will be more individual liberty. Without this, we will lose the Republic and along with that the last, best hope for mankind.

I will fight to make sure that does not happen. Who will join me? You can find me on Twitter: twitter.com/@bigredmatt1011