Can We Move on to the Meat Yet?

January 21, 2017

Hebrews 6:1-2 says, “Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.”

A friend mentioned that if you search the Sermon Audio website for “baptism”, 20,000 sermons come up. Baptism is one of the elementary doctrines listed in Hebrews 6:1-2.

Keeping things dumbed down and sticking to Christianity 101 seems to me like it could be the reason for why American Christianity is in such a mess. A high percentage of Christians are stuck on basic doctrines their whole life. Those who consider themselves theology nerds never seem to move on either. They just dig ever-deeper on these elementary doctrines.

The most respected pastors are those who come up with interesting new ways to teach these basic doctrines. But it seems no one ever moves on. Not mentioned on the list of elementary doctrines, but one that, in my experience, is endlessly rehashed is how we are to respond to trying times.

At the G3 conference, where a lot of celebrity preachers are teaching this weekend, these basic doctrines are being studied again in more depth, and I’m sure it will be uploaded to Sermon Audio again. Some abortion abolitionists showed up to strike up conversations with some of the attendees in the lobby. They were kicked out and threatened with arrest.

So, what should we be doing, if not laying again the foundation of basic doctrines? We don’t continue to study first grade math. We grow up and get jobs where we’re all expected to be able to do basic math in our heads. That is, we get jobs. We work. So, working to abolish abortion would be one thing that mature Christians should be doing. But the supposedly mature G3 Christians are threatening to call the police (in violation of 1 Corinthians 6) on the abolitionists who are trying to move on to maturity. Hebrews 5:14 says that those who are mature will have the power to discern good and evil because of constant practice. That is, they will be able to make wise decisions, and point out what is good and what is evil.

I’ve heard that the reasons that the pastors in some denominations wear a robe while preaching is because in the past, Christians established courts to judge disputes between Christians. Those Christian judges were so wise that unbelievers started going to them. They were able to discern good and evil. Then, the civil government wanted to be associated with them, so they persuaded them to wear the robes of judges.

Christianity works. It is the only true worldview and when biblical principles are applied to society, it will be successful. No other worldview will function properly. They all lead to death. But rather than working to apply Christianity to every area of life, we’ve checked out of society.

Of course, new Christians need someone to help them learn about basic doctrines. But why should everyone in church have to sit through another sermon on a basic topic while a few new Christians in the room learn the basics? By this time we all ought to be teachers so that anyone of us can teach the new Christians the basics.

Here’s what RJ Rushdoony had to say about this. It is four minutes worth listening to.


Time Will Tell

September 2, 2016

On August 30, 2016, my pastor said that Christ will definitely return within 20 years. I just want to write it down somewhere so that we can all remember to check back to see whether he’s a false prophet. So mark your 2036 calendar, and we shall see.

Chuck Smith, who in Calvary Chapel fashion also set dates, like 1988, and said that he believed Jesus would return before his own death. He died in 2013.

Thank God, neither of them has lived a life consistent with their professed belief, and have endeavored to leave an inheritance for their children’s children (Proverbs 13:22).


By What Standard?

August 18, 2016

The church and Christians are guilty of many sins, but the question is this: has it followed the example of Jesus too closely or betrayed Him in committing these crimes?

By what standard do we judge the sins of the church? By our own? Then that is of no consequence. By the standards of Jesus? Then we admit his ethic is desirable. If so, then why do we not seek to follow him and confess him too?

Besides all this, whether we confess Him or not, we are not blameless ourselves.

Jim Gourlay


Who’s Not Loving?

July 25, 2016

My friend, Jeff, who I’ve been able to go witnessing with, is passionate about ending abortion. In this effort he sometimes seeks to persuade Christians to join him in the battle. That seems like a reasonable idea, and I’ve always known him to have a calm and loving demeanor.

As someone who attends a Calvary Chapel, I was extremely disappointed to see the video he posted where he goes to Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colorado and tries to pass out literature to Christians in the parking lot. You would think this would be a receptive audience, and he would meet with rousing success. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Their assistant pastor, Robert Beech, called the police on him to try to get rid of him. Robert acted very hostile–not loving at all.

Jeff went back to Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel yesterday, and “pastor” Robert arranged to have vehicles parked in such a way as to prevent Jeff from standing in a safe, effective place to hand out literature.

As Jeff pointed out in the first video, it is biblically unacceptable for Christians to seek resolution of their problems by appealing to unbelieving government officials. 1 Corinthians 6:1-8 says:

When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers!

Here’s the first video from July 17, 2016. The part that is most shocking is at the 15:30 mark.

Here’s a video from July 24, 2016 showing more of Robert’s sinful behavior.

Just to make clear what my thoughts are on the subject, Robert is in sin, and is the one who isn’t loving at all, but is acting hatefully towards Jeff. For Robert to condemn what Jeff does seems to indicate to me that he is more concerned what people think about Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel than he is about 60 million dead babies.

I used to wonder what the Christians living in Nazi Germany were doing while millions of Jews and others were abused and murdered. I think they were doing exactly what Robert Beech is doing about the slaughter of American babies. There is a death camp within a few miles of this church and Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel not only does nothing, but puts forth an effort to hinder Jeff in what he’s doing.

I love what my friend said about this:

That so-called pastor is suffering from delusions of grandeur. Jeff is a witness against him… By preaching the word, handing out information, and posters, Jeff is pointing out that man’s apathy and pride. We all know what happens to the proud.
Being a 501-c3 means that it won’t be long before the gov’t tells Rob directly what he can and cannot do. Already he’s under the influence of the beast system. He thinks he has authority- over the building, the land, and the people… That’s his delusion. It’s also part of that greater delusion some “pastors” have that they are the authority in the church, i.e., the parishioners, but they aren’t. Christ is the head of the church!

It’s obvious that the road is a public access road, so the “legalities” aren’t the issue (even if it wasn’t a public access road). The issue is that pastor… His pride and arrogance, his compromise, his dis-honoring of Christ, and his hatred for and violence toward the brethren who are Christ’s Church.

You’ve probably considered sending this to your pastor. I’m going to send it to mine. I know that I would not attend any church or convention, or whatever where this man was “speaking”, or anything that he endorsed. I’ll remember the name, Rocky Mountain Calvary, and I will always be quick to tell people to avoid it.


The Way Things Ought To Be

July 5, 2016

In yesterday’s article, I demonstrated that America’s system of government has no basis in logic. Everyone cooperates because they believe in it by blind faith, or because they’re coerced. America’s system of government is based on power religion–might makes right.

Christianity is the opposite of man’s law and religion. God is perfectly righteous and just, and His law is a reflection of His character. His law is perfectly righteous and just. Christianity isn’t a power religion but an ethical/covenantal religion.13394163_971908306241409_2427123579007339431_n

American government is based on the blind leap of faith that the law applies because the law says it applies. As long as they can keep that scam going, they will, and they will use threats of force to do so.

If I were accused of a crime under a Christian government, that had a valid basis for its existence, and I asked why the law of the jurisdiction applies to me, they would be able to answer: Because Jesus Christ is Lord, and the Bible says that the civil magistrate is a terror to evildoers (Romans 13). That would not be a circular appeal to man’s law, but an appeal to God and His law. Jesus Christ is the only valid basis for civil government. He is the Rock we can build on.

Of course, a magistrate in America claiming authority from Jesus Christ is going to be kicked out of his job. That would be unconstitutional. The only valid basis for government has been ruled unconstitutional.

Our choice as individuals is Jesus Christ or absurdity. That applies to government as well. They’ve chosen absurdity, and Christians haven’t called them on it. We’ve played along with their scam and their idolatry.

American government is based on idolatry, and Christians should be resisting it wherever possible, and calling everyone involved in it to repentance.

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Presuppositional Apologetics Destroys America’s System of Government

July 4, 2016

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First off, when I speak of destroying America’s government, I mean rhetorically demonstrating the absurdity of it, not violently overthrowing it. Though, I’m about to demonstrate why it is antichrist and needs to go away. Happy Independence Day!

Presuppositional apologetics is a system of Christian apologetics where you don’t argue about evidence with unbelievers, but show how every sentence the unbeliever utters presupposes the God of the Bible. That is, you demonstrate the inconsistencies between their professed unbelief and how they behave, or their presuppositions.

If you get a ticket for speeding, the cop will cite a certain statute on your ticket. How does the cop know that the law he cites applies to you? He just assumes that because you’re within the range of his particular gun that his law applies to you. I’ll assume we’re talking about Colorado, but this is true of any state or municipality. Here’s what the cop’s argument boils down to:

1. The laws of Colorado apply within the territory of Colorado.
2. You’re within the geographical boundaries of Colorado.
Conclusion: The laws of Colorado apply to you.

What is the basis for premise 1? How does the cop know the laws of Colorado apply within Colorado? If you take the ticket to court, you can put the cop on the stand, ask him this question and watch him squirm. A smart cop might appeal to the state or U.S. Constitution, but the only possible reason he can give is that the law applies, because the law says it applies. That is an invalid answer, because it is circular reasoning. There is nothing else they can say.

To drive your point home, during your speeding ticket trial, you hold up a lovely bound volume, with a gold embossed title saying, “Bob’s Law for the State of Colorado”. You flip open to the first page, and it says, “1-1a. Bob’s laws apply to everyone inside the boundaries of the state of Colorado.” You tell the judge and the cop that Bob’s laws apply because Bob’s law says so. Bob’s law is every bit as valid (or invalid) as the laws of the state of Colorado.13423757_848101832001253_1489153994269602614_n

I don’t care whether Bob’s law was voted on by a legislature or by one person or a million. If the only reason the law applies is because the law says it applies, that is circular and not a valid answer. The fact that the state of Colorado uses force to enforce its law doesn’t make it right. Might does not make right. In fact, if Bob’s law submits to Christ as Lord, and lines up substantially closer to God’s law, it is more valid.

Of course, this is a cute way that people have successfully used to get out of minor tickets. But it is absolutely just as valid for any law including murder, rape and kidnapping. There is no true basis or argument for why any law in the U.S. applies to anyone. The American system of government is hereby refuted and destroyed. No cop or politician has any valid basis for any authority other than his willingness to employ deadly force.

When a cop, prosecutor, judge or whoever says the law applies because the law says it applies, they are revealing what their ultimate authority is–man’s law and the violence used to enforce it. The only proper ultimate authority is Jesus Christ. Everyone must choose an ultimate authority.

America has determined that for government to choose Christ as the ultimate authority is unconstitutional, so it is easy to refute that system, because when you reject Christ, you’re choosing absurdity. Jesus encouraged us to build our house on the rock, but American government is built on sand.

When the people accept man’s law as the ultimate authority, they accept it by blind faith; that is, it becomes their religion. It is an antichrist religious system–a religion built only on the power of the state. Christians have a duty to oppose an idolatrous government, and rebel against it whenever it is wise to do so.


Somali Gospel Tract

January 2, 2016

Last summer, we visited my wife’s family in Minneapolis. We went to the Mall of America, and it seemed that half the people there were African immigrants. It turns out that there are about 50,000-70,000 Somalian refugees living in that area, who immigrated as refugees during the Somali civil war of the 90s. We went back to visit over Christmas, and I thought that I should find some gospel tracts in Somali to pass out.

I was hoping there would be some million dollar bills that someone had translated to Somali, but there are very few options for Somali gospel tracts. This was one of the first ones I found. I didn’t like the part titled “2. The Convict”, because it isn’t consistent with Calvinism. After searching some more, and not finding anything better, I decided to use that one, because the rest of it is good.

As it turned out, there weren’t nearly as many Somalis out and about as there were last summer. After five days of our seven day stay, I even gave in to going back to the miserable Mall of America hoping to see Somalis there, but they weren’t even any there.

I did a google search and found a neighborhood nicknamed Little Mogadishu. We drove down a commercial street, and there were a few Somalis walking around, and just as many college kids from the nearby University of Minnesota.

My son and I handed a tract to the first lady, and she was very friendly and asked our names. She was very happy to receive a tract and offered to pay us $5. I of course refused, but it was encouraging. I offered another one to a young man, but said he didn’t read Somali. I asked if there are people around who read Somali, and he pointed to a high-rise apartment building and said a lot of them live there. I tried to pass a few more out, and they all accepted what I gave them except for one older lady.

I tried to hand her one, and she just look confused. I greeted her with “galab wanaagsan” which is supposed to be “good afternoon.” Maybe I didn’t say it right, and she just pointed me towards another group of people that I had already given tracts to. I couldn’t understand what she was saying in Somali, but the lady whose car she had just gotten out of asked me if she could have one.

I suppose many of them speak English–especially the younger ones, but I hope there are Christians attempting to evangelize these people. Maybe even if I gave some Somali tracts to someone who doesn’t read Somali, they will find their way into the hands of someone who does read Somali.

I was told that one of the sayings of Somalia is that to be Somali is to be Muslim, but I doubt the average Somalian in Minneapolis is too devout. I’m sure the light burden and easy yoke of Jesus is something they would like to hear about.

So, I wasn’t able to pass out too many. Maybe I’ll go back sometime and try again. Here is the tract I used in pdf form so you can print it out for yourself. Print it once and then print it again on the other side of the paper and cut in half.