Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Bulldozers and Wrecking Balls of the Church

There are a lot of people that probably hate this blog (of the very few who have read it) because of the consistent condemnation I preach against the churches and church-goers of American Christianity. There is a reason that I do this. I do not purposely plan to be negative, but I have a firm conviction that God has a specific function for me in the body of Christ. Romans 12:4-9 and 1Corinthians 12 outline that there are many members in the body of Christ, all having different gifts and different functions.

Do you suppose that perhaps there are some members of the body that function in a role that is mainly negative, and not positive? A bulldozer or wrecking ball on a construction site do not do much positive work. But they are helpful in tearing down that which is corrupt, so that those who build can create something beautiful and functional in its place. But they would not be able to build if the old, corrupt building is not torn down. I have an unction that perhaps I am a wrecking ball and bulldozer in the body of Christ.

There is a lot of corruption that needs torn down, and I am here to do it. Unfortunately, those who are in love with the older buildings (which have become corrupt) do not want such negative activity going on. They want to keep the building up, even if it is a safety hazard and people will die when the building eventually collapses on the people of God. To these people I say, you are not filled with love for your brethren, but hate. But these type of people think that people like me are divisive and want to cause disunity. Nothing could be further from the truth. You are not honoring God if you have unity in the name of unrighteousness.

There are probably very few people like myself in the church. And because of that, and because we are negative, we are generally despised by the church. Because of this, I can heavily relate to prophets like Jeremiah. Jeremiah was heavily persecuted by the "church" of his day, because he called them to repentance. He told them that God did not care about their sacrifices and offerings, and their holy days, and their worship; he wanted their obedience. He was not very popular though, as you can read in the scriptures. If you were to have interviewed the people of God in his day, they probably would have given the same testimony of Jeremiah as people give of the likes of myself. "He is too negative, and judgmental, and is sowing discord among the brethren!"

Anyhow, I had the privilege of bringing my family for supper at the Pastor's house this last Friday, and I brought many things to his attention. I mentioned that the church in general is apostate and needs to repent of it's love for the world and other various sins. It needs to repent of glorying in head knowledge rather than obedience. That God does not delight in their solemn assemblies, which the Pastor believes is the mark of righteousness (going to church). And we will just say he did not receive it too well. I am judgmental, and a Pharisee, according to him. Well, well, well. Of course. And it reminded me of these scriptures from Jeremiah 6:13-16:

"For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord.

Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein."

There are so many rich passages in Jeremiah that are similar, and I will not quote them all here. But you can see a direct parallel between Israel in Jeremiah's day, and Israel (the church) in our day. The Pastor told me that the church is not apostate and that there were 30 good churches (really?) in the city I live in, alone! Say that again? I asked him if this were so, then why are our towns and cities so corrupt? Consistent with his corrupt Amillenialism, he claimed that cities and towns being corrupt had nothing to do with how righteous the church was. Amazing, I tell you!

Take a look at this awesome passage from Amos 5:21-27:

" I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.

Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.

But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?

But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.

Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the Lord, whose name is The God of hosts."

Translation to the church age: I do not care that you are delighting in going to church, singing songs, and preaching your sermons, and performing the sacraments. It means absolutely nothing to me and I hate it all, because you are living in sin and love the world.

I do not claim to be a prophet, in that I believe I can foretell the future, or proclaim with absolute authority the judgment of God on a people or nation. But I certainly believe that God has gifted me to speak against the sins of the church, and call the people to repentance. And I would not have it any other way, even if I am despised in the same way Jeremiah was.

To my own amusement, this article was supposed to be about one of the things I love about Anabaptists. But my introduction got carried away and became an entire article. Oh well, such is the nature of the blog, I guess. Perhaps I will create a new category on this blog called "Positive Posts", since they are so rare. Ha! A positive post is coming soon though! Be ready for it!

Swiss Kinist

Monday, March 23, 2015

Inconstistent and Hypocritical Discrimination of Marxist America

To my few readers of this blog, I just wanted to drop a quick note before I get into this post: I have not forgotten about my series on Little Decisions Based on Biblical Principles. I simply have not had the time to edit, analyze, and/or write on that topic because it requires more attention and time than do my random thoughts of conviction (which are off the cuff from the top of my head). I do have most of the 1st and 2nd articles of the series either nearly finished or half-way finished.

Random Thought of Conviction

The other day my wife received a life insurance offer from All State, in the mail. Being that I have been learning to hyper-analyze just about every detail of life, to see whether it matches up with the word of God, something very interesting stood out to me. I constantly notice the inconsistencies of man, including in myself. When I see them in myself, I want to change immediately, regardless of the cost (This habit is something that church-goers do not like, particularly the "do not judge" crowd).



You can see from the above picture I scanned (though the quality is not great) that it costs more for life insurance, per month, based on what your gender and age are. The insurance company puts a difference between male and female, and between young and old. This is the definition of that dreaded word... (dun dun dun) discrimination.

From Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. To distinguish; to observe the difference between...
2. .... to make a distinction between...
3. To mark with notes of difference; to distinguish by some note or mark...

So on and so forth. To discriminate is to mark, note, practice, observe, etc. a difference between. Is discrimination wrong? According to Marxist Americans, it is. Mention discrimination at all, and you will hear passionate and angered comments against it. This is especially true if concerning discrimination based on race, religion, or gender. And this is starting to including "sexual orientation". And worry not, the Christians will come around on the issue of Sodomy before long, just as they have with the other tenets of Marxism (a lot of them already have).

Here above, with insurance, we have a clear case of discrimination based on gender and age. Americans do not mind this fact, however. One of the reasons is, that nobody uses the word discrimination when speaking about life insurance. We have been trained to only use the word discrimination when it has a negative connotation (and when it favors non-whites, women, non-Christians, and Sodomites). In this case, it would be positive, so it is not used (and because it favors women). I am going to assume here, for the sake of argument, that this type of discrimination is based on logical, sound reasoning. Perhaps because women are less likely to die early than are men. In this case, I favor discrimination and almost nobody objects to this type of discrimination.

Why does practically nobody object to discrimination based on gender for life insurance? Certainly if a company discriminated for a job hiring based on gender, people would protest it in a heartbeat. In fact, as you know, discrimination based on things like gender, age, race, religion, etc. are illegal in many cases. And the American Christian has no objection to this violation of free association.

Could An Insurance Company Ever Discriminate in Prices Based on Race?

Let us suppose something for the sake of argument. Let us suppose that a Negro is much more likely to die young than a White Man. And suppose that All State, using the same logic for its discrimination against men (giving men a higher rate to pay), had a chart that said, "Male Negroes $17.75 per month, Female Negroes $16.89 per month, Male Whites $16.01 per month, Female Whites $15.53 per month... or whatever, you get the point. How long do you think such a policy would exist for All State? It would not have a chance! Why? It is based on the same logic as is used to discriminate now, based on gender. The reason it would not be allowed to discriminate is because Marxist dogma does not permit it.

And of course, we cannot forget, that discrimination is only truly evil if it is perpetrated against a "minority" or a woman, or a non-Christian religion, or a Sodomite. There is no such things as discrimination (or racism, sexism, etc.) against Whites, Men, Christians, or those who are not Sodomites. This is a clear indicator that Marxists are doing the bidding of their father, the devil. And the American Christian has no problem partaking of their evil deeds by bidding them God speed (2John 1:9-11).

Thus you can see the hypocritical policies, and the hypocritical and inconsistent ways of thinking in the modern American, including the modern Christian. His true god is Marxism, not Jesus Christ. He does not value truth and justice above all things, he values "equality and fairness", things that the Bible knows nothing of promoting. Examine yourself, dear reader, as to whom you are really serving.

Swiss Kinist

Friday, March 20, 2015

If we had been in the days of our fathers...

Random Thought of Conviction

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,

And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.

Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.

Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?"  -- Matthew 23:29-33

Some things never change. And history truly does repeat itself, although in slightly different ways. The religious reprobates of Jesus' day are truly seen in America today; yet not in the way that modern church-goers interpret it. They think that a Pharisee is someone who has a high standard of holiness. So if someone refuses to watch TV, Hollywood, refuses to dress like the world, etc., then they are considered a Pharisee. Why, their Pastor told them so!

The Pharisees were not condemned by Jesus for having high standards, but that they were hypocrites. They imposed things on others that they themselves were unwilling to do (Matthew 23:4). But one thing that stands out to me as I write this, is the statement Jesus makes about how, if they were in the days of old, they would not have persecuted and killed the prophets, as their fathers did.

Apply that to today. You can apply it secularly, first of all. Those who lived under tyrannical governments of the past, i.e. Nazi Germany. Now, I certainly do not believe in the fake Jewish Holocaust but I am going to use it to illustrate my point here.

Assuming that the mainstream historical fable about World War II is correct, people all over America, including the Christians, condemn the German people of the 1930s and 1940s for going along with tyranny of the State. They say, like the Pharisees, "If we had been in the days of Nazi Germany, we would not have been partakers of the State's tyrannical oppression". Yet, they certainly would have. A better example would be Marxist/Communist Russia (which revolution was perpetrated by the Synagogue of Satan), which was truly tyrannical and oppressive. But we will stick to Germany, since the most can better relate to that analogy.

My response to those who say they would not have participated in, encouraged, or even tolerated a wicked regime is this: Of course you would have done it. How do I know this? Because you are participating in it right now. When you go along with the mainstream agenda of anti-racism, when you condemn people for being too extreme in their Christianity (because you yourself are lukewarm-- Revelation 3:16), and when you thank God because we live in "such a free country", and sit and do nothing to try to change things, you are doing the very same thing. You are much too comfortable right now to "stir the pot" and become unpopular and rejected for the sake of Christ and his kingdom. Of course you would have been a partaker in the wick deeds of the past; you are doing so this very day.

The same goes for those who criticize the people in the days of the Roman Catholic Church, and their oppression and ungodliness. The days when you would be persecuted for going against the church. You say you would have stood up to them, like Luther did. But I am here to tell you, you would not have done the slightest thing, but would have went along on your own merry way. Why?  Because "we need to have unity, and charity, and not be controversial. We cannot be divisive, or be critical. We need to thank God for those whom he has appointed to church leadership", etc., etc. etc. You have come up with excuse clauses in your Bible to justify yourself.

But the church today in America is as corrupt as it has ever been. The only difference is that all the power is not consolidated into one church organization. The devil has gotten more clever in this generation. But it is still a united consensus among the churches; you must either be a complete compromiser and reject all of God's truths, or at the very most, you can be a lukewarm church that does not take matters too serious. And the people are tolerating this apostate church as much as they ever were in the days of Roman Catholic control.

I almost forgot to mention: If the typical Christian were in the days of Jesus, he would have been partaker with those who condemned Jesus. Why? Because Jesus did not go along with the religious establishment of his day, and called it out for its apostasy. The Christians would have also condemned John the Baptist, and also Jeremiah the prophet. Why? Because Jeremiah essentially stood alone in condemning the "church" of his day. Yes, the church today condemns the modern Jeremiahs who call the church to repent!

We need a new Reformation. We need to take heed to the words of Christ. I do not know what the specific solution(s) are to our situation, but we can no longer sit back and accept things the way they are. Be like Martin Luther and stand up for the truth of Jesus Christ!

" And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." -- Revelation 18:4,5

Swiss Kinist

Monday, March 16, 2015

Do you have the heart of a thief?

Random Thought of Conviction

I am teaching through the entire book of The Institutes of Biblical Law (R.J. Rushdoony) with my family in devotions in the evening. One of the great things about Rushdoony's book is that he shows the connection between each of the Ten Commandments and the case laws of the Old Testament. We have not yet made it to the eighth commandment (we are still on the first commandment-- it is rich with wisdom in obedience to God), but one thing I take away from Rushdoony's classifications is that each command is much deeper than Christians and infidels alike realize. For instance, Rushdoony points out that;
“[I]n any culture, the source of law is the god of that society.”    

Thus to set up any other law system than God's law is to violate the first commandment. The point being, you do not have to literally say, "I believe in the god of so and so, over and above the God of the Bible", in order to violate the first commandment. You violate each commandment through the way you live; i.e. your conversation (lifestyle-- 1Peter 1:15).

Likewise, there are many ways you can steal, other than physically taking someone's property out of their hands before their face (or in secret). And just as you can have the heart of an adulterer (Matthew 5:28), you can have a heart of a thief. Even more so, you can demonstrate the actions of a thief in practice, without actually stealing, as we conventionally think of it as. My example is a simple one, and probably not one Rushdoony covers, but I thought of it as I pondered a situation we had at work one time.

I was walking past our work's coffee station today and there is a paper sign that says, "Coffee-- 50 cents per cup" (Of course, I do not drink that nasty stuff; I bring my own organic/locally roasted coffee with raw cream and maple syrup... yum!). I remember months ago someone complaining that nobody ever put enough money in the coffee can container (to collect the money) and that the person in charge was having to buy more coffee (restock it) without the proper amount of money given.

Then a question arose in my mind. What is the definition of "cup"? I want to write a post later about how important word definitions are; but consider it shortly here in this post; your definition of cup will make a big difference in how much coffee you actually take per the amount of money you put in the container. I am sure some people's coffee mugs are bigger than others. I am certain there are people that look at the sign and say in their hearts, "I am going to take advantage of my larger cup, and still pay 50 cents. Such a person has the heart of a thief and is demonstrating the actions of a thief. But he justifies himself in his mind, because he has not "technically" stolen anything. He who has the heart of a thief looks for loopholes to take advantage of so that he can gain from the demise of others (or of God) without technically breaking the law.

Every law-breaker-in-heart operates on the same principles of the thief mentioned above. He looks for loopholes in God's law so he can heap upon his own lusts. The Christian way to approach the situation (besides not drinking coffee produced by the evil corporations) is to err on the side of giving more money than necessary. This way you are blameless before God and before men. No one could accuse you. And regardless of how you will be viewed by men, you are making certain you are in obedience to the law of God without question.

What about other areas of Christian obedience? Do you have the heart of a law-breaker in other areas of life? This is seen to a great extent in the area of women's attire. There is a saying that goes around in some of the Anabaptist circles; Modesty Without Question. They go above and beyond what is technically required so that there is no question of whether their attire is appropriate. This is a vastly different attitude than the typical "Christian" woman.

We spoke about women's attire here and here and also about whether a Christian should go to the beach, here. All of these topics/issues will prove whether or not we have a spirit of obedience to Christ. When a woman says, "My dress/skirt is not too short" or "my pants are not that tight" or a man says, "I can go to the beach and not look at the naked women there with lust" they are not only tempting God, but they lack a fear of God and certainly do not tremble at the thought of sinning against God. This should cause a Christian to consider whether he truly is born of God, or is just a pretender, following Jesus as long as it does not get too uncomfortable.

"Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation." -- 1Peter 2:12

Swiss Kinist

Thursday, March 12, 2015

He that sweareth to his own hurt

Random Thought of Conviction

Psalm 15

"Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved."

My wife's side of the family is nominally Christian. They have Christianity going back a few generations, but the current living generations range from lukewarm to cold. When you begin living like this you are practically denying Jesus Christ as Lord. As Keith Green said, "Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to McDonalds will make you a hamburger". My wife's mother and father know all the Baptist lingo and have "asked Jesus to come into their heart" and go to church, but they live just like the world does for all practical purposes, except they are more "moral" than the rest of the world.

But this did not happen by accident. Their parents were lukewarm Christians and thus, this scenario was all too predictable. My wife's generation (her and her sister) were both totally in the world. Her sister still is, even though she doesn't do "really bad" stuff (according to the world). My wife used to be a Britney Spears type performer and was on her way to that type of career before the Lord Jesus changed her into a new creature (2Corinthians 5:17).

Anyhow, all that to say (I probably said too much), it is no surprise that my wife's side of the family does not keep their word. When they tell you they are going to do something, you cannot count on it at all. If they say they will be there at 9am to go somewhere with you, they may not show up until noon. And certainly you would think they would call and let you know they are running late, right? No, not at all.

My mother in law's sister, her side, is even worse. They will tell you they are coming over to help you with a plumbing repair or some other task, on a certain day and certain time, and many times will not even show up at all! Then you will hear from them a week later (because they do not answer their phone) and they will say, "Oh yeah, sorry. I had to do this and that, etc.". Seriously?

Why do they do this? Because they do not fear God. They do not know the Lord Jesus. They go to church, though! They do not rob banks. Yet they get divorced and remarried (another example of not keeping their oath, and which Jesus said is adultery) and declare bankruptcy through covetous and undisciplined spending. No, such a person does not know God. For he that knows God swears to his own hurt, and does not change (he does not go back on what he said he would do). Only those who are willing to suffer loss, suffer hurt, i.e. die to their self interest, are the ones who walk with Jesus, who know Jesus Christ. The rest are just pretenders. This is a serious matter, folks. If you are not even willing to be inconvenienced to keep your word, certainly you are a laughingstock of a Christian if there ever was one. It does not matter how much Bible you know or how great you have discerned the conspiracies of the Jews, or how many good deeds you supposedly do.

A true Christian should be known to keep his word in such a way that just saying yea or nay will be enough for another person to trust he will do what he said (Matthew 5:37, James 5:12). The root cause of not keeping your word is that you are still living for self; you are not taking up the cross to follow Jesus. Repent, dear people, if you are one of these people. Keep your word, even if it is something small; even if it is something you said you would do for your children or anyone lower in authority than yourself. It does not matter to God how insignificant that thing might appear to be. Let us never be able to be accused of not keeping our word, even if it hurts us. Be one of those people who is always going out of the way and who is always bending over backwards for people. Be willing to be used and under appreciated. That is being like Christ; becoming poor so that others will become rich (2Corinthians 8:9).

Swiss Kinist