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.


There are Actually People Who Believe This?

January 25, 2017

It’s hard to believe, but there are some people, even Christians, who actually think the world is flat. I’ve run into these people making comments on Facebook, and it’s ridiculous.

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They think the North Pole is the center of the earth, and Antarctica is a land mass circling the outer edge of the circle. There are tons of ways to show that this is false, but seeing the map they propose made me think of a simple way that they themselves can test the validity of their theory for themselves.

If the world looks as they propose, it would mean that to fly around the world in the Southern Hemisphere would be much farther than to fly around the world in the Northern Hemisphere. You can check flight times on travel sites. So, here is my comparison between flying around as far north as passenger planes usually travel, and as far south as planes usually travel.

London is 2669 miles from the North Pole.

The distance from London due south to the latitude of Johannesburg, South Africa (26° South) is 5339 miles.

That means if you went all the way around the world at the latitude of London, you would be going around in a circle with a radius of 2669 miles. The circumference of that circle is 2*pi*r, or 16,770 miles. (This is assuming a flat earth. That circumference would be a little bit different in reality since the earth is a sphere.)

If the earth is flat, that circle gets way bigger by the time you get to Johannesburg. Johannesburg is 5339 miles south of London, which means that on a flat earth, that circle would have a radius of approximately 8008 miles, and the circumference would be 50,315 miles.

The average speed of a 747 is 570 miles per hour. So, if the world were flat, it would take approximately 29 hours to fly around the world at the latitude of London. And, to fly around the world at the latitude of Johannesburg would require 88 hours.

However, taking flight times from real flights you can find for yourself online, here’s what I found. To fly from Vancouver, Canada to London to Tokyo back to Vancouver takes 31 hours and 30 minutes. This corresponds nicely with what we figured with the average speed of a 747.

There are fewer people in the Southern Hemisphere, so there are fewer flights to choose from, but to fly from Sao Paolo, Brazil to Johannesburg to Sydney, Australia back to near the starting point in Santiago, Chile, doesn’t take anywhere near 88 hours. It takes 35 hours and 25 minutes, which is exactly what you would expect if the earth were round.

Another simple way would be to look at the flight path of a plane traveling from Johannesburg to Sydney. On a flat earth map, the shortest route would go over India. But on a globe, the most direct route doesn’t go anywhere near the equator. I will leave that for people to look up for themselves. I’m sure there are websites where you can check flight paths.


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.


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.

 


Did Jesus Always Obey The Government?

October 12, 2015
I'm glad some Christians were willing to break the law.

I’m glad some Christians were willing to break the law.

This pdf from Abolish Human Abortion is fantastic. I want to quote part of it in answering the question in the title.

First, we have to know who the government in Jesus’ day was. The obvious (but only partial) answer is the Romans. They were occupying Israel. But, they weren’t the only government. The Pharisees were also governing.

Jesus declared the scribes and Pharisees “sit in Moses’ seat”–the place of civil authority (Matthew 23:2).

Rulers brought the woman caught in adultery to Jesus (John 8).

The Sanhedrin tried Jesus before turning him over to Pilate (Matthew 26).

The high priest put the apostles in common prison, beat them, and commanded them regarding their speech (Acts 5).

Saul was a bounty hunter commissioned by the Sanhedrin to deliver “law breakers” for trial and punishment–even death (Acts 26).

So to find examples of Jesus resisting authority and disobeying the government, you can pretty much just flip open to a random page in the gospels and find at least one example. He disobeyed them often and boldly.

Christians need to resist unjust laws, and the only standard for what is just and unjust is God’s law.


I Stand With Kim Davis

September 5, 2015

Below is the email I just sent to the Rowan County Sheriff (j.carter@rowancountysheriff.net), which is the county where Kim Davis is the clerk. Maybe it’s too late for this sheriff to do anything, but I sent it anyway.

I don’t think Ms. Davis should have reported to the federal court where she was given jail time by an evil judge. She should stand on Kentucky law and ignore federal decrees, and hope that local people stand with her and protect her from federal intrusion.

Here’s the e-mail:

Sheriff Carter,

Jesus said to render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s. In our republic, the Constitution is Caesar. Kim Davis is doing the right thing and obeying the U.S. Constitution and the Constitution of Kentucky, while evil judges try to legislate perversity from the bench.

It’s impossible for two people of the same gender to marry, even if Ruth Bader Ginsburg has decreed such from Washington DC. A judge can’t decree that two dudes can marry any more than they can decree that water now flows up hill.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn’t going to come down to the county clerk and force anyone to issue a license. She needs boots on the ground to enforce her evil decree. It seems wicked judges have never had a problem getting law enforcement to carry out their orders.

But maybe it’s time we just stop doing stupid things the judges say. Kim Davis has taken the first step, but she needs others to refuse to follow evil orders with her. She can’t do it alone. We must obey God’s law, and the Constitution, rather than men.

This country was founded on the idea that just governments derive their power from the consent of the governed. (That means if people work together, they don’t have to do stupid things judges tell them.) At this point, I don’t know if the population is so evil that they are offering their consent to the unjust laws, or whether the good people have just formed a habit of retreating from hills worth dying on. But this issue is so crystal clear that it’s time to take a stand and do the right thing.

Check out this article:

http://americanvision.org/12425/kim-davis-and-the-call-to-all-christian-officials/

Thanks,
Bill Phillips