Irrational Hatred of AHA

January 27, 2017

There are guys I’ve liked and listened to a long time, that are showing an irrational hatred for AHA. Guys like James White and Tony Miano are just acting weird.

Here are some examples.

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Why is James White referring to other Christians as jihadis? Because they have a different ecclesiology?

And this is just strange behavior from Tony Miano. He thanks the abolitionist girl for handing him literature, until he finds out she’s AHA and then he turns on her. Notice he doesn’t hold the guy who also interrupted him to say it’s AHA material to the same standard.

He’s sitting in a public place, and everyone is just supposed to know that he’s reading the Bible to people via the internet, and is not supposed to be interrupted?

And there’s more from Tony. His comment with the red box around it is mind blowing. He has no evidence, but that won’t stop him from bashing other Christians.

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And it’s not just reformed guys. Last summer, Robert Beech with Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel behaved much the same way as James White and Tony Miano.

I hate to criticize these guys, but they’re mistaken on this topic. And I want to make it clear that I’m with AHA. They’re not perfect, and I can disagree with them on some things, but I aspire to be as bold and courageous as them.

Here’s an example of a high-profile preacher who seems to not have an irrational hatred. I think it’s commendable that he’s heard some rumors and has some misgivings, but is willing to not jump to conclusions.

Bojidar Marinov said it best:

“The rule is this: You can be already doing tons of work which you think is enough. If it doesn’t produce fruit, you should be willing to listen to opinions of how to produce fruit. If a church is already doing a lot, great. If that church thinks that’s enough and no one should challenge it to do more, that’s not great.”

“And in general, the very idea that challenging the church to more action and more effective involvement is “damaging reputation” is so patently absurd that even the fact such argument is used is already a testimony to the moral failure of the American church. All these churchmen seeking safe spaces. I guess the next thing is gender-neutral pronouns for these same churchmen.”


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.


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.


What the Infant Euthanization Clinic Protesters Don’t Think About

June 28, 2014

This is in response to this article where the author claims that abortion clinic protesters haven’t thought deeply about the message they are proclaiming. She saw a man protesting at an abortion clinic, but she judges him as having failed to put himself in the shoes of the abortive mothers. He didn’t hold up signs showing distraught women saying “This is the hardest decision of my life.” Nor did he have pictures of impoverished families suffering financial strain from raising multiple children or a sad child wondering why his rape victim mother doesn’t seem to love him.

Every single argument the author makes is moot if the unborn baby is a human being (as opposed to some sub-human species). However, if the author were to acknowledge that the unborn is human, then her arguments for the freedom to murder apply to people of all ages.

Here’s a thought experiment for you. Imagine if the euthanization of infants were legalized.

The mother heading off with her 1-month old to the euthanization clinic could use all the same arguments as the author uses for abortion. Maybe she thought she could care for her baby conceived in rape, but the baby reminds her of the rapist. She should have the freedom to put the child put to death, right? The baby uses his mother’s body like a parasite. He can’t even roll over. He is completely dependent on his mother for food and shelter.

Euthanizing her son was a difficult decision–one she didn’t arrive at lightly. Maybe her friends and relatives will shun her, but the baby makes demands that are too great. Do you know how much diapers cost? Do you know what it’s like to feed a baby every 3 hours, night and day with no days off and no vacation in sight?

The child, being the illegitimate offspring of a rapist, is going to live a terrible life of poverty. He’s going to cost his mother the chance at a good job and a college education. This trip to the clinic is really for his own good. If he only knew the life he’d be facing, he’d be thanking his mother for this mercy killing.

10344155_717023651696985_8920858435991118701_oThat is the end of the bone-chilling, disgusting thought experiment. Now, we can come back to the bone-chilling, disgusting reality where the murder of the unborn is perfectly legal.

The truth is that some of the greatest people in history have grown up in poverty. Their parents struggled to feed them, and they went without food occasionally. I seriously doubt there are children going hungry in America today except for those whose parents are mentally ill or abusive. Would those children who are having a tough time be better off dead? The author claims they would be.

The truth is that humans are created in God’s image. Babies in their mother’s womb have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, regardless of what the Supreme Court says. How dare those of us who have been born deny that privilege to others.

Hitler decreed that Jews were sub-human and the US Supreme Court has said the unborn are sub-human. Abortion is no less evil and no less murder than Hitler’s gassing of Jews.

However, amazing grace earned for us on the cross is available to those who have taken part in murdering their own children, but only to those who are willing to admit they committed a grave sin and turn to Christ for forgiveness. Those who make excuses don’t need Him.

I can assure the author of this article that the protester hasn’t taken the content of his signs lightly. I would bet that he would be honored to help mothers in difficult circumstances, and would experience great joy if a woman with murder in her heart turned to Christ. True Christians are the least self-righteous of all, because we know that any righteousness we have is a gift from God. We know that apart from Christ we are no different than the worst sinners. But we must stand up for the unborn and warn those who would murder children that the lake of fire awaits them.


Classic Youtube Comment

January 31, 2013

How’s this for exposing hypocrisy?

The person who posted the video below, put this in the video description:

For some reason the bureaucrats running City “government” have allowed these anti choicers to broadcast an offensive looped video over and over again at Powell and Market in San Francisco, “enhanced” by hideous, blaring music!

Obviously, the guy doesn’t care about freedom of speech or comprehend that even offensive speech should be protected. What he finds unoffensive, I’m sure I would dislike strongly, and the government doesn’t have the right to censor him. He doesn’t comprehend that that freedom goes both ways.

Furthermore, he’s pro-choice, and I don’t know how he justifies that, but if it is a legal procedure, why would pictures of the results be offensive?

While my comments are true, this youtube commenter really knocks it out of the park with this pithy little comment:

Jon Swerens said,

So, “pro-choice” means that your opponents aren’t allowed to speak publicly? And you call THEM “anti-choice”? Clever!

Here’s the video if you care to see it. There is a lot of cussing from the pro-choice people, so be warned.


Are Mormons Really Pro Life?

February 12, 2008

I found the following quote from the Latter-day Center for Moral Liberalism.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints considers the elective termination of pregnancy one of the most sinful practices of modern society, though abortion is not necessarily murder. The Lord has commanded, “Thou shalt not . . . kill, nor do anything like unto it” (D&C 59:6). Members of the Church must not submit to, be a party to, or perform an abortion, except in cases such as pregnancy resulting from incest or rape, or where competent medical authorities certify that the life of the mother is in jeopardy or that the fetus is so severely defective that it cannot survive birth. But even these exceptions do not justify abortion automatically. Church members are counseled that they should consider abortion in such cases only after consulting with their bishop and receiving divine confirmation through prayer. Church members who encourage, perform, or submit to an abortion are subject to Church discipline as appropriate to help them repent.

abstracted from “Abortion,” in Encyclopedia of Mormonism, ed. Daniel H. Ludlow, 4 vols. (New York: Macmillan, 1992), 1:7.

Scott Klusendorf from Life Training Institute is a pro-life apologist who debates pro-choicers. He often starts out the debate saying that if the pro-choicer can prove that the unborn child isn’t human, then he’ll have no problem becoming pro-choice as well. I think he’s safe in saying this, because the baby is clearly human, and no one has ever shown otherwise. So the question we all have to answer is whether there is ever a situation when it’s okay to murder an unborn child. It was news to me that Mormons answer in the affirmative. Apparently, there are three such situations—rape or incest, when the life of the mother is in jeopardy, or if the child is so defective he’ll be a waste of time and money to carry to full term.

I would like to say the same thing to Mormons that Scott Klusendorf says in his debates. If you can show me how the child of a rapist, a child who puts his mother’s life in jeopardy, or a child that is less likely to live isn’t human, I’m the first one to say let’s kill them. However, if you can’t show me that they’re less than human, it’s murder, and those responsible for killing those children will stand before God as murderers.

There are plenty of people who call themselves pro-choice, but still say it would be wrong to kill babies in certain situations. The only difference between Mormons and staunch pro-choicers is where they choose to draw the line.

I would urge Mormons or anyone else who is guilty of killing an inconvenient child to repent and trust in Jesus alone to forgive their sins—even murder. However, you must seek forgiveness from the true Jesus, the Creator of the universe who is the one true God.


Human Sacrifice in America

October 3, 2007

We think of human sacrifice as something of the distant past, but some religions still practice this—whether directly or indirectly. Various religions perform such sacrifices to please their gods so that the followers will be blessed with riches and comfort on earth or in heaven after death.

1 Corinthians 10:19-20 says, “Do I mean then that a sacrifice offered to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God…” If someone offers a sacrifice of some sort to any god but the one true God, he or she is actually making that sacrifice to demons. I’m sure demons are happy with whatever they can get, but it made me think: What kind of sacrifice would be most coveted by demons? I believe it would be human sacrifices. A dead person no longer has a chance to be saved from hell.

  • Islam is one of the most obvious examples of a religion in which human sacrifice is still being practiced. Devout Muslims believe that the only way to be guaranteed entrance into paradise is to die in jihad. No Muslim knows whether or not he or she’s lived a good enough life to get to heaven. Human sacrifice (of self) is the only way a Muslim can know that he or she has pleased Allah adequately to earn his or her way into paradise.
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses have a doctrine that says that blood transfusions are unacceptable. To make the issue more complex, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society seems inconsistent and confused on the various technologies that they allow. Hundreds of Jehovah’s Witnesses have died because of this policy. The most heart-wrenching stories involve children who need such treatment, but the parents don’t allow it. This policy is self-sacrifice or sacrifice of children to appease Jehovah, based on a verse that says not to eat meat with blood in it (Acts 15:29).
  • In the 1800s, Mormons held to a doctrine of blood atonement. This demanded that if someone committed a horrible sin, such as murder or adultery, his or her own blood would be shed through death to atone for that sin. It’s unclear whether the religion still officially believes this doctrine, but the Mormons who committed human sacrifice of others or themselves certainly believed it.
  • The first time a Wiccan or someone of similar beliefs points to a tree and tells you that tree is his or her god, any frustration you have for the confused ideas of the lost world becomes pity. Environmentalism is a religion for many people, and Mother Earth is their god. The space shuttle Columbia exploded on re-entry due to a chunk of the insulating foam breaking off earlier in the mission. The foam had been replaced because of an EPA directive to no longer use foam that used Freon as a component. A similar story of a technology change for environmental purposes is the Challenger disaster of 1986. Fourteen of America’s brightest individuals died for Mother Earth. You can check out this article.
  • The worship of Molech is discussed in the Bible. At one time the Israelites had an idol of Molech right outside of Jerusalem. They would start a fire inside the metal idol until it glowed red hot, and then place their babies in the outstretched arms of the idol. If they carried out this sacrifice, they believed, Molech would ensure their prosperity and ease of life.

    Today Molech is unheard of, but abortion is common and broadly accepted. The end result isn’t any different than placing a child into the hands of a burning statue. It is killing a child so that the mother and father can go on to college or careers without a “burden,” or because they can’t afford to raise the child, or another reason that is chillingly similar to that of those who sacrificed to Molech—prosperity and ease of life.

Proverbs 8:35–36 says, “For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death.”

Is there any doubt that whatever power dominates these religions and systems hate the LORD? Is there any doubt that they love death?