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A Word Spoken to a World in Need and a Government Needing Repentance, Part II: The Issue and the Appropriate Response towards Civil Officials

“To be an effective warrior in the battle for truth today, several old-fashioned, Christlike virtues are absolutely essential: biblical discernment, wisdom, fortitude, determination, endurance, skill in handling Scripture, strong convictions, the ability to speak candidly without waffling, and a willingness to enter into conflict.”—John MacArthur, The Truth War1

“Individuals should disapprove of and oppose homosexuality as immoral. Churches should decline membership and office to unrepentant homosexuals. States should restrain homosexuality rather than making it a civil right. We must equally insist that individuals not take a holier-than-thou attitude toward homosexual sin, that churches faithfully proclaim the good news of deliverance to homosexuals, and that the state not persecute them by entrapment, invasion of privacy, or intentionally selective and uneven attention…[Moreover,] contrary to common retort, disagreeing with homosexuals about their rights and disapproving of their behavior does not automatically make someone a bigot…Viewing something as immoral is not the same thing as being bigoted.” Greg L. Bahnsen, Homosexuality2

God created mankind in His image to act as His vice-regents on this earth. Human beings were given dominion on this earth as the Lord’s stewards. Meaning we are to do two things: 1) work, tending God’s creation to its utmost potential, 2) work in guarding/protecting God’s creation from sin. To do this was to obey the voice of God and live. To do its opposite was to rebel against God’s Word and die. In this sense then, living and dying are ethical realities. Our parents in the Garden refused to listen to our Maker’s instruction, resulting in their eviction from His blessed sanctuary. (Only God’s grace made a further relationship—coming to Him in humility—possible).

Since that historical event, a visible struggle has been witnessed between those who seek to bear the mark of God in their lives and those who prefer the mark of the serpent. Previously, I pointed to how the Lord dealt with the rebellion of His creatures in the past. Using water, fire and sword to execute judgment against the nations (peoples) who refuse to submit to His Law-Word.

Today, I want to briefly explain why that is the case and what is going on that has so many Christian pastors (and Christians in general) concerned here in North America; specifically, in our sister nation Canada, although, such trouble is not far from our own borders. Furthermore, I want to challenge believers in their understanding of civil government and what our response ought to look like. In my final post (forthcoming soon) I will address how we are to deal with the sins of others in light of our gospel commitment.

A Warning and a Protection Enacted…

After the flood, God added a warning to the children of Man:

Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image” (Gen 9.6; ESV).

Life is precious and has dignity because God made us. We are not accidents. We are not products of a series of evolutionary events. Chance did not bring about man, God—the Creator of Heaven and Earth—did.

Genesis 9:6 lays out the groundwork for the death penalty. For to strike against a fellow image-bearer is to strike against the God who created them. Please understand that the death penalty is applied to more than physically slaying another individual. Do you not know that rape is considered the same sort of attack against a fellow image-bearer, against the God who gave them life (cf. Deut 22.26-27)?3 The depth of the commandment: “Thou shall not kill” (Exod 20.13) is greater than just not taking life, but also preserving life. We are to do all that we can to maintain the life and well-being of another individual.

What is sexual sin, if not a violation against the commandment of life? It is destructive to the life of an individual, a marriage, to the family, and in the end to society as a whole. Think about the ways that our current culture has twisted and perverted sex. Our technology makes it more prevalent, but we need to understand that what we are seeing in our culture is nothing new. Biblical revelation makes it quite clear that this has been done before.

This is why I cited various judgment passages from the Old Testament (Tanakh). I have no desire to jab my finger in the eye of another. Nor, do I want to cower in fear because my words, which are just a relaying of God’s Word to His image-bearing creatures, are offensive to some. However, speaking the truth in love means there will be times when others will not want to hear your message. Jesus Christ was crucified for nothing less; and yet, no one can deny that His words were spoken out of love. (That last comment alone is worthy of a lengthy discussion, but I must press forward).

Efforts of the Rainbow Coalition…

Recently you may have noticed that the alphabet soup “community” has gotten more brazen over the years. Initially, all they supposedly wanted was for us to tolerate their existence. To allow them to come out of the closet. But now they are gunning for our lives. They have attacked our places of business. They have invaded our educational institutions. They have attacked our concept of family, of marriage. Now they are gunning for our children. They demand that “sexual identity” reign supreme. Not just in their private lives, but in the public square. They are currently seeking political support in the hopes of drawing up legislation to further silence our voices and our freedoms. No longer do they seek toleration, but their true desire is to demonstrate their intolerance for our way of life.

They are driving home the narrative that male and female is a myth, a lie propagated to control the masses. It is argued that one can transition from the “gender” classification they were assigned at birth. Reason and rational thought have been replaced with feelings and intentions of the heart as if the truth of reality were determined by such things! For the human heart is “exceedingly wicked” (Jer 17.9), more so than an individual might know about themselves (Jer 17.10), and this “from our youth” (Gen 8.21)

The Overreach of the Canadian Government…

Now, this past December the Canadian government passed legislation at the national level that makes it illegal to speak against or attempt to correct the errors laden in these forms of sexual sin. No longer are you allowed to question or offer a gentle rebuke in the hopes of converting such an individual to Christ for that is now considered hateful, harmful, and worthy of getting your freedoms revoked. To offer counsel, to preach the gospel, to proclaim the truth about the reality of sexual sins, of previously unspoken perversions/abominations, may get you fined, jailed, or even worse…you may have your children taken from you.

What should we do?

We ought to do as we are commanded to do. Herein lies the issue of jurisdiction. Whose spoken law has legally binding authority on this issue? Who should Christians bow the knee to and whom should they oppose? Where is our allegiance supposed to be demonstrated and in what way?

Romans 13:1 says,

Every person is to be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exists are established by God” (emphasis added).

I was listening to Dr. Joe Boot this week and he made a point I thought was worth repeating. (Bear in mind that this is a paraphrase of his words.) He pointed out that it is our duty as Christians to proclaim the truth. But he cautioned,

“We are not preaching against the government. For as we are taught in Scripture God has established government. He has sanctioned it to act as His ministers in the civil sphere. What we do is preach against the abusive tyrants that are besmirching the name of God…that are trampling on His Word…that are distorting the truth in government.”4

God ordained governing bodies because of mankind’s sinfulness. They serve as an authority above the person in society, in order, to curb bad (evil) behavior while upholding the good (lawful) citizens. Notice that the apostle Paul says “governing authorities” in Romans 13:1. Not one governmental body, but many; a plurality of governing institutions have been ordained (instituted) by God to help govern the affairs of men and execute His vengeance against those who take His laws lightly. This is why Paul also says that leaders in governmental bodies serve as His ministers (Grk. term for deacon) in the public sphere (Rom 13.4, 6).

The limitation is two-fold in Romans 13:1-7. First, the citizens of this earth are limited in their sphere of individual authority in that they are responsible to do good (honor the law), and if not justice will be executed against them accordingly (cf. Deut 19.21). Second, the individuals in positions of authority (governance) is given the use of the sword (retributive justice) but are limited in their use of it as the exercise of the sword must comport with God’s law. The governor (regardless of his/her station) is not a law unto themselves.

As Gary DeMar explains,

“Ultimately, only God has the authority to govern. He does so because He is God, and His infinite wisdom and majesty are beyond compare. He grants authority to others to govern: ‘By Me kings reign, and rulers decree justice’ (Proverbs 8:15)… [Therefore,] all who rule receive their authority for the administration of justice and equity from God, Lord (Governor) of all creation.”5

It is here that we find a voice for the Christian to speak. No one government is absolute, they are by divine decree derivative having delegated powers. They are not all-encompassing, and therefore do not have absolute autonomy. They have a jurisdictional boundary by which they are able and likewise limited, to operate.

God’s Truth…

Thus, they have no right to write nor authorize legislation that attempts to supplant the truth of God. Marriage was ordained by God, and so too was sex, which is a part of the covenantal bed (cf. Heb 13.4). God alone has the right to define human identity and this He did in the beginning:

So God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female He created them” (Gen 1.27).
“…the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living person” (Gen 2.7).
“…the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. And the Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. Then the man said, ‘At last this is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman because she was taken out of man” (Gen 2.21-23).

Moreover, God defined marriage between a man and a woman and therefore, no other union is to be legally or lawfully recognized as marriage. And to those who claim that understanding marriage in this fashion is outdated or patriarchal, I respond it is based on the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords:

Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no person is to separate” (Matt 19.4-6; cf. Gen 2.24).

What teaching may we glean from this? What application(s) may be drawn from Jesus’ words? That God created only two “genders” from the beginning—male and female. That God made the woman for the man and by extension the man for the woman; thus sex is to be shared only between a man and a woman. In fact, the entire alphabet soup narrative is destroyed by this one teaching. For no governing authority is authorized to change the defining marks of what makes marriage, sex, or even the family—something that Christ also warns not to attempt to separate—are. God reserves that right.

And so, it is the duty of the Christian minister whether great or small to proclaim/preach this truth in opposition to the governing authorities above us that are attempting to pervert it. We are to warn them that God’s wrath was not silent in the past, and it will not be silent in our present state if they do not desist and repent from what they are doing right now!

ENDNOTES:

1John MacArthur, The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2007), 146.

2Greg L. Bahnsen, Homosexuality: A Biblical View (Nacogdoches, TX: Covenant Media Press, 2011), Preface 1, 2. Using the term “homosexual” Bahnsen recognizes “…specific variations within sexual identity and orientation…” (p.1) and so it applies to a wider variety of practices within the LGBTQ? Community; something that continues to evolve over time at an increasingly rapid pace.

3The list of sins that struck the image of God in man are many. Either the sins were a direct assault on this image or indirect. This includes a long list of sexual sins (cf. Lev 18, 20), but others as well. For example, child sacrifice (Lev 20.1-5), kidnapping (Exod 21.16), chattel slavery (Deut 24.7), murder (Num 35.16-18), parental abuse (Exod 21.15; Deut 21.18-21), and in some cases the slanderous purger/malicious witness (Deut 19.19).

4When I say paraphrase I mean just that. This is the essence of what he said, but it is not a word-for-word transcription of his message to his listening audience. Therefore, if a person would like to hear Dr. Boot’s testimony I will provide the link to his website so that you may download his podcast and listen: https://www.ezrainstitute.ca/resource-library/podcast/biblical-sexuality-sermons/.

5Gary DeMar, God and Government (Powder Springs, GA: American Vision, 2011), 56.

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Warring for Truth: “I AM A CHRISTIAN”

John MacArthur writes,

“Every true Christian should know and love the truth. Scripture says one of the key characteristics of ‘those who perish’ (people who are damned by their unbelief) is that ‘they did not receive the love of truth, that they might be saved’ (2Thessalonians 2:10). The clear implication is that a genuine love for the truth is built into saving faith. It is therefore one of the distinguishing qualities of every true believer. In Jesus’ words, they have known the truth, and the truth has set them free (John 8.32).”1

Though MacArthur’s words ring true the tendency of some is to position the concept of truth into the spiritual realm. That is to say, they make it an issue regarding religion rather than something that pertains to all of life. This attitude is prevalent even within the domain of the Church; the body of Christ.

As seen in the words of Pilate during his interrogation of Jesus on the day of His crucifixion:

Therefore Pilate entered again into the Praetorium, and summoned Jesus and said to Him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews? ...Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm. Therefore Pilate said to Him, ‘So You are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice. Pilate said to Him, ‘What is truth?’” (John 18.33-38; NASB; emphasis added).

Pilate’s response was based on the pluralism and relativism of Rome. There were many roads to “god” all of which measured the “truth” as the individual saw it. Pilate’s rhetorical question demanded a negative answer: “There is no truth.” For truth is what we make it, nothing else. And so, many who profess the name of Christ compartmentalize the concept of truth to fit their own preconceived scheme. Their own view of reality. One that does not encroach upon their freedom to determine what truth is, and what it is not.

And yet, we are confronted with the reality as God sees it. Truth is defined by Him, because He is the author of reality. What things are, what things come to be, they are what they are because God has determined them so. It is said of Jesus that “in [Him] are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col 2.3). Consequently then, we are commanded to “…examine everything carefully; hold[ing] fast to that which is good [or true]” (1Thess 5.21). Notice that both Colossians and Thessalonians stress two universal categories of truth: all and everything. The believer is to take into consideration all things that are presented as truth and to examine them thoroughly, and retaining only that which is good. Meaning that in our effort to examine the “thoughts of men” we are to cast aside the “vain” ones in our desire “to bring all” teachings under Christ’s feet (cf. 1Cor 10.3-5).

Responses…2

Typically there are various responses given when one is confronted with the truth. We have various examples from Scripture that we might draw from on this point. We’ve already looked at one. I would classify Pilate’s as the passive denial: “It may or may not be a truth, but either way I am going to ignore it for who can truly know?”

Another is the denial of sorrow:

And a ruler asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’ And he said, ‘All these I have kept from my youth.’ When Jesus heard this, he said to him, ‘One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.’ But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich” (Luke 18.18-23; ESV).

When confronted with the truth, when confronted with the reality that he still was not serving God with all his heart, the man went away sorrowful. Why? Because the truth was presented that it was either all for Christ or none. There cannot be any other ties that bind us to this world. It is not that wealth is wrong. Nor, is it that we must be poor in order to be saved. But, if we are to have Jesus, if we are to follow Him, then we must be willing to lose it all for His namesake. This, the ruler could not do. When confronted with the truth he went away sorrowful, having denied what he’d heard.

Then there is the response of pride:

Jesus heals a beggar who was born blind. When news spreads of the sign performed in their midst, the man is questioned by the religious leaders. Some of the Pharisees denied that Jesus was from God. However, when they asked the man about what had occurred, how he received his sight they refused to believe what was reported to them. After questioning the man’s parents (for they did not believe he was really born blind), they once again brought him before them to challenge him.

So a second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, ‘Give glory to God; we know that this man is a sinner.’ He then answered, ‘Whether [Jesus] is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.’ So they said to them, ‘What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?’ He answered them, ‘I told you already and you did not listen; why do you want to hear it again? You do not want to become His disciples, do you?’ They reviled him and said, ‘You are His disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where He is from.’ The man answered and said to them, ‘Well, here is an amazing thing, that you do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes. We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hear him. Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.’ They answered him, ‘You were born entirely in sins, and you are teaching us?’ So they put him out.” (John 9.24-34).

When confronted with the truth—right before their eyes, pun intended—they failed to see it for their own foolish pride blinded them. How could a man born blind, a man who begged for his living know anything about God or His Word since they were teachers in Israel? Men who had been weaned on the Word from their youth.

There is the response of blind and deafening rage:

You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have betrayed and murdered, you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it. Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And he said, ‘Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’ But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him. Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him” (Acts 7.51-58; ESV).

Rather than hear the truth. Rather than see it as it was laid before their eyes. They shut their ears and eyes in anger. How dare they be challenged. How dare they be confronted. And so in rage against the clear testimony of Stephen, they murdered him.

Finally, let us look at the response of humility:

There are several examples that we might draw from in Scripture that illustrate this point. We might point to the man who beat his chest, refused to look towards heaven because of his shame, and cried out for the mercy of God to fall on him a sinner (cf. Luke 18.13). We may look at the disciples confronted with a truth that caused many in their numbers, many in Israel, to grumble against the clear teaching of Jesus, but in humility of heart they confessed with Peter, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6.68; ESV). Or we might turn to a man caught in his sin that he had covered up so long, who was confronted by a cunning word from the prophet Nathan. Nathan tells the story of a richer man stealing his neighbor’s little lamb. A lamb that was dear to the previous owner, for he loved it. But the rich man was not satisfied with the life God had given him, and so sought the life of another. When David first hears the story he is filled with indignation. Who would dare do such a thing? How vile! How evil! To take the life of another so that your life might be blessed!

Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hands of Saul. And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites…David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord’” (2Sam 12.7-9, 13a; ESV).

If we want to see how contrite of heart David was, then all we need to do is turn to Psalm 51 where a song and prayer shows the misery of heart that brought him to his knees before the Lord of Hosts.

David, like so many of us at times, failed to see his sins in the proper light because he had hidden them in the dark. We are tasked with bringing such things into the light so that they may be repented of. Do not think that this is limited to our personal sins, but the sins of a nation as well (cf. Dan 9.1-19).

Where evidence leads…

Evidence can lead no further than the mind that is dragging it in the direction they seek. It is akin to asking “Let us follow where this rock leads us” and yet, we are the ones tugging on the rock with an invisible string made up of our own presuppositions. Evidence does not lead because it cannot. Neither does evidence speak, for it does not have a voice.

The reality is that we follow people, not evidence. It is the interpretation provided that offers a voice to our ears. It is the interpretation given by a person or persons that makes us see this or that. Facts are what they are. Our conclusions about them are derived from the governing worldview that directs our thoughts in this life.

Greg L. Bahnsen wrote,

“The problem is not that we…believe things without evidence, the problem is that the [person in question] doesn’t like the kind of evidence we have.”3

Gary DeMar adds,

“The mind is designed by God to (1) reason, (2) test, (3) investigate, (4) examine, and (5) accumulate knowledge through the study of the Bible, creation, history, experience, and everything else but with certain interpretive first-principles called presuppositions.”4

God has blessed mankind with the ability to think and draw conclusions about reality. This is meant to be done in a God honoring fashion, which requires a Scripture first approach. If reality is God’s then all of reality is what God says it is, and it the human’s responsibility to learn after God; to think His thoughts after Him. We see this in the beginning with Adam in the naming of the animals. Adam did all the things mentioned above as he viewed the evidence of God’s other creature made on the 6th day of creation. He observed the details before him, he reasoned through them, he tested certain characteristics he witnessed through his five-senses, he investigated and examined the animals thoroughly, and then after accumulated as much knowledge as possible from what God had given, he named each animal according to its kind.

We live in a world where we are told that we need to follow the facts. We are currently living in a time when we are also being told that certain information is false and should not be looked into. “MISINFORMATION” is the scare word of our day. If you don’t follow who the government deems as experts, then you are in a world of hurt. You will hurt yourself, others, even your country, and quite possibly every one else in the known world. You are being told to submit to the reasoning, testing, investigation, examination and knowledge of others, rather than trusting your own ability to do these things in a God-honoring fashion. You are being herded to think according to an accepted paradigm (worldview), and to throw out all other considerations as heretical.

There is a war for the truth going on in our nation.

“The war is not between reason and faith; it is between faith and faith…one which admits a word from God while the other does not.”5

What we must remember is that

“There are high level emotional stakes here because, depending on the answers, people will have to change their lives and maybe their professions. They’re going to have to see the world differently. And when it comes to those sorts of things, the facts don’t always move people.”6

But, Christ’s people are called to maturity. To carry one’s cross also means to not be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. We are to weigh all teaching, all evidence, all presuppositions under the light of God’s Word. We are to be slaves of Christ, not the powers that be. We are to bring every idle thought under Jesus’ feet, regardless of where the thought might originate. The war for truth is a war for God’s reality…not man’s.

I want to close with the following excerpt from John MacArthur’s book Slave:

“As one historian explained about the early martyrs [Christian witnesses]:

‘They [would reply] to all questionings about them [with] the short but comprehensive answer, ‘I am a Christian.’ Again and again they caused no little perplexity to their judges by the pertinacity which they adhered to this brief profession of faith. The question was repeated, ‘Who are you?’ and they replied, ‘I have already said that I am a Christian; and he who says that has thereby named his country, his family, his profession, and all things else besides.’

Following Jesus Christ was the sum of their entire existence. At the moment when life itself was on the line, nothing else mattered besides identifying themselves with Him.”7

ENDNOTES:

1John MacArthur, The Truth War: Fighting for Christianity in an Age of Deception (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2007), xi.

2This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of responses, but is illustrative of typical reactions by persons when confronted with truth.

3Greg L. Bahnsen, Against All Opposition: Defending the Christian Worldview (Powder Springs, GA: American Vision, 2020), 31, PDF e-book. This work is the transcribed work of the late Dr. Bahnsen’s lectures at “American Vision’s first Life Preparation Conference entitled Pushing the Antithesis” (p. xxi; italics in original).

4Ibid., xiv.

5Ibid., 34.

6Ibid, 53.

7John MacArthur, Slave: The Hidden Truth about Your Identity in Christ (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2010), 8-9.

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Diabolic Witness

The turmoil surrounding Covid-19 is NOT based on a diabolical illness, but a diabolic witness. Men are preaching salvation/deliverance if, and only if, we submit to the whims of the civil and corporate powers that be. It has gotten to the point where those who have not been jabbed are being attacked as the reason for why people are getting sick.

According to various news outlets1 the nation of Israel has one of the highest vaccinated populations percentage wise, and yet they are finding out the supposed medical breakthrough vaccine is only about 39% effective.2 Meaning what? That getting the vaccine3, at least in Israel, does little to prevent you from contracting or even spreading the illness as one report noted. Other reports are coming out that state that even the vaccinated still pose the threat of spreading the virus around.4

Who’s at fault? Is it a virus or is it the unvaccinated? The dreaded vax-deniers. The vax-reluctant. Are we to blame for the spread of COVID-19. I mean, why not, asymptomatic people were blamed as risky carriers that could unknowingly spread the virus last year, without a shred of evidence other than vain suppositions that “It might be possible….” Even when scientific data was reported on that showed the unlikely hood of asymptomatic spread, this was tacitly denied or ignored.5

It is our fault that people are getting sick and dying, when those who are getting sick and dying have received the medical gift of the state? “No, no, no…” it will be argued. The ones getting sick are the unvaccinated. This has been the argument from Mike DeWine here in Ohio. “99% of the infected are the unvaccinated.”6 Okay, let’s assume that governor DeWine’s figures are accurate. Let’s ignore for the moment that this “evidence” seems counter to what is coming our of a highly vaccinated nation, like Israel. Who is really at risk? If the vaccinated are safe, then why the push? If the vacinated have nothing to fear, then why the purposeless commentary? Why lay the blame at our feet like those in the media do, like some elected officials do (say for example, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, or President Joe Biden?”). What happened to “My body, my choice?” Oh…that only counts when we are murdering our offspring…I’m sorry, I forgot.

I’m not saying that this analogy is a direct equivalent, but the underlying premise is strangely similar. We’ve heard this sort of language before. We’ve seen this form of propaganda before. This is not the first time in history when an opposing thought has been censored, when contrary evidence has been “lost.” There was a time not too long ago when a group of socialists blamed one sector of their society for the countries economic woes. They then ostracized the sector of society. They vilified them. They took from many their livelihood. Are we now to believe that those who refuse to take what companies like Pfizer and Moderna offer as a remedy to a mild virus are at fault when those who’ve taken it get sick or die? We are forbidden to blame Wuhan for a possible origin, but we are not forbidden for blaming our neighbors, fellow citizens that have different convictions and concerns based on empirical data (when it is not being buried below the public’s line of sight), for this silly virus?

A needed dose of reality…

Chicken pox is a virus.7 It is a virus that has proved to be deadly to old people or people with weakened immune systems, as is true of a number of viruses. There was no vaccine when I was a child. When one kid got chicken pox, parents would send their kids in the vicinity of the infected to allow their children to get it. This was how herd immunity was built. Nowadays they have a vaccine for it. I’m not sure how effective it is, but I do know this: If a child received the vaccine and another didn’t, and then the child who did got chicken pox, you didn’t blame the other kid for your bad fortune. But that is where we are at.

We have witch doctors running the medical field, we have magicians running the scientific field, and we have Pharisees running the law field. There are dissenting voices, but they are being censored. They are being black listed, and their lives are being threatened. As I said in the beginning, it has more to do with a diabolical witness than a diabolical illness.

“An open conspiracy. If you are going to run a conspiracy, put some of it into the open so that the targeted victims think they are seeing all of it.”

GAry NOrth, Conspiracy: A biblical view, 2nd edition (tyler, TX: dominion press, 1986), 13, pdf e-book.

ENDNOTES:

1Examples articles may be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/23/science/covid-vaccine-israel-pfizer.html; https://nypost.com/2021/06/27/delta-variant-outbreak-in-israel-infecting-vaccinated-adults/; https://www.businessinsider.com/israel-seeing-new-covid-19-outbreak-despite-vaccine-success-2021-6?op=1; https://www.forbes.com/sites/roberthart/2021/05/11/covid-surges-in-4-of-5-worlds-most-vaccinated-countries-heres-why-the-us-should-worry/?sh=7cd0a68dd677.

2Berkeley Lovelace, “Israel says Pfizer Covid vaccine is just 39% effective as delta spreads, but still prevents severe illness,” CNBC, July 24, 2021, accessed July 30, 2021, https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/israel-says-pfizer-covid-vaccine-is-just-39-effective-as-delta-spreads-but-still-prevents-severe-illness/ar-AAMu3IG.

The interesting thing about Lovelace’s conclusion is that this efficacy rate is seeming limited to Israel. This is implied, though not specifically stated in the opening paragraph. The vaccine from the Pharmaceutical giants (Moderna and Pfizer), it is claimed by the author, “works very well in preventing people from getting seriously sick, demonstrating 88% effectiveness against hospitalization and 91% effectiveness against severe illness, according to Israeli data.” Okay, if that is true, then why all the fear mongering? Why the push to get the rest of the nation vaccinated or to have a vaccine passport? If the majority who are getting sick are the vaccinated, and the vaccinated barely register a sniffle, then what is there to report? What is the urgency? People get sick every day, throughout the year, sometimes deathly so…but never before have we seen such a panic towards an illness that has over a 99% survive-ability rate.

3I only use this term to avoid confusion, but the drug being injected into so many is not traditionally, legally or medically recognized as a vaccine. The common usage of the term refers to a substance made from a weakened or dead pathogen that is injected into the body to bring about the bodies natural immune response. The body identifies the invader, replicates a defense and keeps the memory of it in our cells, in order to be prepared the next time our immune system comes into contact with it.

The spike protein (mRNA) is a synthetically engineered substance that has been studied in various lab animals, but to devastating ends, as we are now beginning to witness in human candidates. See: Paul Alexander, “The COVID-19 spike protein may be potentially unsafe toxic endothelial pathogen,” TrialSite News, June 1, 2021, accessed July 30, 2021, https://trialsitenews.com/the-covid-19-spike-protein-may-be-a-potentially-unsafe-toxic-endothelial-pathogen/.

This has been the warning from the creator of the spike protein Dr. Robert Malone as seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Du2wm5nhTXY. This is a production of DarkHorse Podcast Clips, with Dr. Robert Malone, Bret Weinstein and Steve Kirsch discussing.

4Josh Gauntt, “Can fully vaccinated people still spread the virus?” WTVY, May 19, 2021, accessed July 30, 2021, https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/can-fully-vaccinated-people-still-spread-the-virus/ar-BB1gUurF.

5As seen here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/27/4/20-4576_article; and here: https://www.aier.org/article/asymptomatic-spread-revisited/; and here: https://nationalfile.com/fauci-promoted-threat-of-asymptomatic-spread-in-public-but-downplayed-it-in-private-email/. I cited the last article because it highlights the hypocrisy with the current narrative’s protagonists. They say one thing in public to promote a reaction, but they calm the fears of others in private. We should not be surprised by this sort of manipulative tactic in the higher echelons of our society. This is not the first time in history when those presented as leaders or experts said or did things in order to promote their own agenda under the guise of caring for the welfare of the public.

6https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/dewine-99-of-ohio-covid-19-deaths-hospitalizations-in-2021-were-unvaccinated/ar-AAMAaYe.

7I started writing pieces of this short article sometime last week. A little thought here and there. Ironic, I think, given the fact that the CDC has now compared the spread of the so-called Delta variant to chickenpox. Using warlike language they suggest that the battle must now be adapted to take old countermeasures into practice, like wearing masks again in public spaces. See: Lee Brown, “Delta variant spreads like chickenpox and ‘changed the war’ on COVID: CDC docs,” New York Post, July 30, 2021, accessed July 30, 2021, https://nypost.com/2021/07/30/delta-covid-variant-spreads-like-chickenpox-cdc-docs-reveal/.

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Old Wisdom Needed in Our Day

“In the intellectual battle of the present day there can be ‘no peace without victory’; one side or the other must win”1

J. Gresham Machen, Christianity and Liberalism

I started reading this book over the weekend and I was amazed at how clearly this line of thought speaks of (to) our current sociopolitical climate. These thoughts by Machen were put into writing nearly a century ago, and yet we find their relevance applicable to today. Like a son of Issachar (1Chron 12.32), Machen understood (it would seem better than his peers) the time in which he lived. His insights into the heartbeat of America in the early 20th century were on point. And, like today’s generation, his generation does not appear to have taken the warning seriously. At least not the majority of them anyway.

As in our day Machen was faced with an antagonistic mindset regarding the Christian faith (religion) and scientific theory. A certain sector of Machen’s culture wanted to pit science and religion against each other. Could the two “ever stand in company”2 with one another? This growing mindset, had also began to infect the Evangelical Christian Church in the early 20th century. The belief that was gaining popularity was that if the two came into conflict (Christian religion vs. Scientific Consensus) the biblical testimony was a hopeless (pointless?) position to defend.3 However, the conclusion that Machen and those that shared his convictions came to was that the only view compatible with the Christian faith was:

“If science comes into contradiction with the Bible so much the worse for science!”4

Meaning what? That science needs to be thrown out with the bath water? Many people struggle with this line of thinking by Machen and other Christian’s who share his sentiment in our day. Why? Because of a false narrative that has been adopted and grafted into the way we think.

When science and biblical thought are found to be at a crossroad, and the Christian says—“If there is a problem with our interpretation of the world around us, then the problem is to be found with the scientific premise and not biblical teaching! Go back to the drawing board and correct the interpretation of science; reform it, not our Bible’s!”—many hear the following: “I’ll do away with reality, rather than give up my faith!” Tied with foolish notion that faith is a mere wishing upon a star, is the conviction that “science” is concerned with the real world; those things I can touch, taste, smell, see, and hear.

To be fair both the Christian faith and “science” are concerned with the real world. Where they depart is found in their governing spheres. The Christian faith pertains to all of life. It is an all encompassing worldview that is concerned not only with what we observe in the world about us, but also speaks authoritatively on those things that we do not directly observe; namely the Triune Creator God.

A Conceptual Tool…

Science is, as Dr. Jason Lisle has pointed out, “a conceptual tool.” Science helps us make sense of the world that we directly observe.5 Science does not touch. Science does not hear. Science does not taste. Science does not smell. Science does not feel. Neither does it reason, think or speak. And so, science has necessary limitations, even though it is a wonderful process by which we are not only able to understand the world we live in a little more clearly, but it helps living situation here as well (i.e., a tool of dominion; Gen 1.26, 28).

On this ground…

Now it is the limitations that Machen, and every Christian worth his/her salt, identify with science that enables them (us) to say, when a particular scientific hypothesis, theory or so-called fact butts up against what the Bible clearly speaks about, “Go back to the drawing board;” or “You are in error here.” Science has natural limitations and those limitations are tied to the creatures that utilize it.6 As material beings we are fixed in observing a material world, even though not every thing in this world is material. There are many things that are of an immaterial nature (e.g., laws of logic).

In fact, it is the biblical worldview (and no other!)7 that makes the use of science as a conceptual tool justified. For without these axiomatic truths (1. uniformity in nature, 2. nature is understandable) scientific inquiry would be impossible.8 Science is dependent upon identifiable patterns (the future will be like the past) and those patterns are usable for making sense of things directly or indirectly seen.

Speaking to today…

Leap frogging through time a bit, we come to our present generation. As I said earlier I have been somewhat astounded that many of Machen’s conclusions about his own sociopolitical climate, for they are in many respects, lock, stock and barrel akin to our own. In his day, it was science vs the Christian faith, in ours this attitude has stuck and something else has developed alongside of it: the belief that the Christian faith and politics cannot be wed. And yet, political theory is directly tied to the subject of ethics. For policy that affects society as a whole is largely based on what is perceived as right versus wrong behavior.

If I may I would like to use the remainder of the moments I have with you and address something that has bothered me for sometime. It pertains to what some have identified as the mask cult that has gripped American culture (and many other parts of the world). Celebrities, politicians, scientists and medical professionals—even silicon valley—have pushed the “science” of mask wearing. It used to be that certain preconditions allowed for a person to refrain from wearing them. But due to social pressure and the fear of being sued or in some cases charged with a crime the general consensus has been adopted that there is no good reason not to wear a mask. Those in favor of universal mask wearing will use whatever weapon available to them in their verbal arsenal. It will be argued that it is the loving thing to do. It will be argued that it is the ethical (law-abiding) thing to do. It will be argued that it is the “scientific” thing to do. I have heard all of these differing strands or argumentation, but the one that I’m honing in on in this article is in relation to “science.”

A popular saying is that “Mask wearing is not political, its about the science.” Paul Rudd, a fairly popular A-list celebrity made a similar assertion when doing a commercial for the state of New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo. I don’t recall him saying the phrase above verbatim, but the idea was without a doubt expressed. If mask wearing were about the science, then why is there a suppression of all counterarguments? Much like the Climate Change enforcers any argument counter to the one held by “general consensus” is vilified as pseudoscience. Challenge the current narrative and you are a “cotton headed ninny-muggins.” A “science denier!” A downright fool!

Machen realized that what was going on in his culture was a declaration of war. He rightly concluded that there can be no peace without victory. Peace promised must be peace won. Thus the cry of one of our nations founders, “Give me liberty or give me death!” A sign of warning that ought to cause us great alarm is when the seeming majority of a given culture—both inside and outside the Church of Jesus Christ—is crying “Peace, peace” when there is no peace (Jer 6.14).

ENDNOTES:

1J. Gresham Machen, Christianity and Liberalism (West Linn, OR: Monergism Books, 2015), Kindle Edition, loc. 80.

2Ibid., loc. 50.

3Ibid., 111.

4Ibid., 111.

5Del Ratzsch, Science & Its Limits: The Natural Sciences in Christian Perspective, 2nd Edition (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000), 12.

6This is a very important point. Science as a conceptual tool is used for human investigation, thinking and reasoning. Science’s limitations are human error. For example, a hammer is used to drive a nail. But the inability sometimes to hit the nail squarely, drive it in a few steady strokes, or miss it entirely is the result of the human application. As valuable as science is, it is only as good as the person utilizing it. Errors are brought into the hypothesis process, the testing process (empirically evaluation observable phenomenon), and the reasoning process (guiding by presuppositions that may or may not be accurate themselves).

7The most popular theory to date that attempts to offer a counter to the biblical worldview is Darwinian Evolution. Evolutionary theory has permeated all of the sciences (biological, cosmological, and social to name a few). And yet, all models of evolutionary thought are based on the premise of an accidental/chance creation of all material things from a previously immaterial beginning. Therefore, evolution like the Christian faith seeks to offer insight for the beginning of all things, the reason for all things existence, and the ultimate end all things will experience. Like Christianity, Evolutionary thought is a religious faith with dogmatic positions believed and upheld.

8Ratzsch, Science & Its Limits, 14-16.

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Irony of Bible Burning on Behalf of BLM: An article by Jerry Newcombe

americanvision.org/24173/the-irony-of-bible-burning-on-behalf-of-blm/

An excellent, articulate, concise article that accurately summarizes the importance of the biblical worldview and why an accurate historic viewpoint, while unfortunately lacking in our current cultural climax, is desperately needed today.