Consequences For Mistreating Sojourners

November 5, 2018

I keep seeing conservatives and Christians saying the most socialist things about the Honduran caravan. Our immigration laws were written by Ted Kennedy to control the labor market. I’ve never seen such passionate defenders of socialist labor market controls as “small-government conservatives”. They are also deeply concerned with maintaining the integrity of the welfare state–only us Americans should be getting welfare. I always thought it was a conservative ideal to end welfare and return to private charity. I guess I wasn’t in on the meeting when we decided welfare is as American as apple pie.

I’ve heard many say they like immigration, as long as it’s done legally. This presupposes that either men are free to make up whatever immigration laws they like, or that our current system is close enough to perfection that it should be strictly enforced.

What I don’t hear being discussed is what is right in God’s eyes, and Scripture certainly speaks on how we should treat the foreigner among us. Feel free to do your own search of Scripture; if you use ESV you can search for the word “sojourner” while other versions may use other words.

Here’s what happens if we treat them properly:

“For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly execute justice one with another, if you do not oppress the sojourner, the fatherless, or the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not go after other gods to your own harm, then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your fathers forever” (Jeremiah 7:5-7).

If we treat them poorly, we won’t be dwelling in the land, meaning we will become immigrants, if not refugees. Liberals have already placed this country in grave jeopardy by advocating for the legal murder of the fatherless in the womb. Conservatives generally don’t make that grave error, but are they in favor of oppressing the sojourner?

Numbers 15:15-16 says:

“For the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you, a statute forever throughout your generations. You and the sojourner shall be alike before the Lord. One law and one rule shall be for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you.”

There is to be one law for everyone–citizen and sojourner.

I’ve spoken with some conservatives who want foreigners to be treated differently than Americans. I wonder how government goons will be able to determine who is a foreigner and who is a citizen? Maybe checkpoints and government-issued paperwork? That sounds like the land of the free, doesn’t it? Wouldn’t a fitting punishment for trying to oppress foreigners be for God to take the unjust law we intend to apply only to foreigners, and make it the one law that is inflicted on everyone?

The truth is that the only job of biblical government is to punish evildoers (Romans 13:4). Government has no jurisdiction over people not committing evil (Romans 13:3). It is the government of the beast which is all about red tape, permits, and licenses for doing things that aren’t a sin (Revelation 13:17). It’s not a sin to move where your labor is valued the highest, even if it means crossing a border. It’s not a sin to put in an honest day’s work. What is a sin is to advocate for beastly government, where anyone needs visas, passports, permits, or licenses to earn a living.

I’m certainly not advocating for the U.S. government to step in and provide anything to the Hondurans–charity isn’t the job of biblical government, but Jesus said, that those who welcome strangers will inherit the kingdom (Matthew 25:34-35). Those who do not welcome strangers will be sent to eternal fire (Matthew 25:41, 43).

For an in-depth study of this topic, I recommend these lectures. America’s history on this topic is very interesting, and is covered in those discussions.

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A Little Project

June 12, 2018

My friend who preaches at the abortion clinic in Georgia wants to get this video on the first page of results when someone searches for “A Preferred Women’s Health Clinic Augusta Georgia”. It currently has only 37 views, and doesn’t show up on the first five pages. There are at least three ways for you to help.

  1. Watch it.
  2. You can click on the “Youtube” lettering in the lower right hand corner and go comment on it and give it a thumbs up.
  3. Post it wherever you can.

Of course abortion is often dangerous for the mother. But it is fatal for the baby. This mother won’t escape the judgment of God by hiding her face.


Saltless Churches

March 8, 2018


Here’s a Cool Conversation

February 6, 2018

I know a guy who stands in front of the Augusta, Georgia abortion clinic five days a week attempting to convince women not to murder their babies. He has had a lot of success, and has varying levels of contact with the parents that decide not to abort. There are times when people don’t ever talk to him, but they leave the parking lot never to be seen again, and there are times when he’s been involved with throwing baby showers for the women who chose to keep their baby. Here’s an interesting conversation he had via text message today with a father.


This Isn’t What the Bible Teaches

January 22, 2018

Of course, the principal that you must have approval of someone to evangelize is nowhere found in Scripture. In fact, Christ commanded everyone to make disciples. We are all priests and the head of every man is Christ.

Here’s what Bojidar Marinov has to say about this.

Actually, this is quite a good news. Uncontrolled expansion is a challenge to every false system, because uncontrolled expansion always leads to a point where the elite has to face too many challenges by “non-professionals” who achieve that growth. So, at some point, they have to start building walls: both to stop outsiders from coming in and upsetting the balance, and insiders from going out and expanding and rendering the elite obsolete. The ecclesiastical system White is part of already has both: they jealously “guard the Table” (a concept present nowhere in the Bible) and they jealously guard their monopoly of preaching and evangelizing. Which means, they have self-consciously stopped expanding, and will fight any expansion from now on. Thus, for all practical purposes, they are a dead body.

A similar thing happened to the Covenanters 100 years ago. Look at them today: an insignificant sect at the periphery of the culture. Anabaptists were like that from the every beginning: and they never expanded beyond their limited communities and never influenced any culture.

And this is why the Charismatics are eating everyone’s lunch around the world.

That’s why Christian Reconstruction can’t afford to have “leadership.” If we do, we will end up as a dead body, the “leadership” deciding the terms of expansion. We will teach people but we will also trust them in the Holy Spirit, letting them decide the terms of expansion each one in their own sphere. This is how we build a culture. White wants a ghetto, and ghetto is what he is going to get.


Can A Godly Man Change a Tire?

July 5, 2017

I completely disagree with Arsenal’s pietistic garbage.

Those things he mentions are important, but to say that being able to work has nothing to do with being a man is preposterous.

1 Timothy 5:8 says, “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

 

If a man does all the things Arsenal mentions, but doesn’t work, he is worse than an unbeliever.

Obviously, there are godly men who have never owned a car or might not be able-bodied, so I’m not saying that every man has to know specifically how to change a tire, but a godly man takes care of his family physically as well as spiritually.

1 Timothy 3:4-5 says that a man who aspires to be an elder must be able to manage his household, along with his spritual responsibilities.

Proverbs 31 is obviously speaking of a woman, but you’ll see that neither are a woman’s responsibilities strictly spiritual. The Proverbs 31 woman does all sorts of things to bless her family materially. Very little of what she is praised for is spiritual.

I can only imagine the weakling that Arsenal thinks is a godly man. A soft man, unwilling and unable to love others enough to change a tire. He would betray every true, biblical thing he said with his femininity.


So Much Wasted Time

July 5, 2017

There is a big debate raging among Christian reconstructionists over whether membership in a local church is mandatory for Christians. I’ve been thinking about the value of church attendance for a couple of years before this debate even started.

I love my pastor. He is a kind, generous, tough-as-nails guy and he’s a better man than I’ll probably ever be. That being said, I’ve been listening to him preach for about 50 minutes on Sundays about 40 weeks a year (he’s out of town sometimes and I’m out of town sometimes) for the last 11 years. I’ve also listened to him speak many times during Bible studies and Wednesdays. I’ve come to the conclusion that all of that has been a huge waste of time. I learn way more from reading a book or listening to an online sermon or podcast.

We are currently going through Genesis for the third time since I’ve been there, and I guess it’s a Calvary Chapel thing to go through a chapter per week. I’m sure he puts in a lot of time preparing the sermon, but we have these projectors in the sanctuary, and the ability to show videos, with thousands of sermons to choose from. Is my pastor the very best one to deliver a sermon on a certain chapter in Genesis, when there are many sermons to choose from on that very chapter? Like I said, he’s a great guy, but he isn’t a world-class teacher. Is his current rendition of Genesis so much better than his last rendition? Why does it have to be live? Why shouldn’t we just play a sermon from someone who is a world-class teacher?

Do you know all the fascinating topics there are to discuss in Genesis? There is so much stuff about creation, the flood, the tower of Babel. No one man can present that information, and even if he could, it would be a waste of his time to prepare a regurgitation of someone else’s content, and a waste of a perfectly good projector system.

When you’re in college, it’s the worst professors that lecture non-stop for the whole class. Not many people learn best that way. It is much better to have a professor who draws on the chalkboard or provides pictures, graphs and diagrams to illustrate the topic. Why has anyone ever thought that it would be a good idea for one guy to stand at the front of the church and drone on? Even the worst professors probably reference a textbook or something, but Christians don’t even have that luxury. But there are people who not only believe that it is a good idea for it to be done this way, and that anything else is a sin.

There are some who believe in the regulative principal of worship that think that anything out of order in the church service is a sin. But they have pulpits (not in the Bible) and they have one guy who preaches every Sunday (not in the Bible). I admit I don’t know all their arguments, but they ignore the clearest description of a worship service in the New Testament–1 Corinthians 14. There is little correlation between that chapter and their Sunday morning ritual.

I understand that the projector and access to thousands of sermons is a somewhat new phenomenon. But I don’t understand why it hasn’t dawned on anyone that we don’t have to reinvent the wheel every Sunday and Wednesday. Even before there was projectors and free content, there was VCRs and before that, cassettes and records for audio. To have access to the best teaching is a decades-old capability.

Sunday morning doesn’t have to be a waste of time, and it shouldn’t be Christianity 101 forever.