Feb 24, 2018

We Cannot "Rightly Divide" Scripture Without This Key


Understanding The Two-Fold Nature Of Man

From humanity's creation, we have all had a two-fold nature. The body is physical; its life is spirit.     "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Gen.2:7.   

Man's body is hand-made of dirt like a clay doll. Man's spirit (life) was breathed into his body by the very living breath God, and the finished man, Adam, became a living soul. Thus, we began as a lifeless body into which God breathed a spirit (life). 

"... That was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual." 1 Cor.15:46

Jesus said,    "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." John 3:6.

So man's two-fold nature has a physical birth, with a God breathed, human life/spirit in it, which all humans have and will live forever... somewhere. But because the human blood line, which originated with Adam, and    "the life of the flesh is in the blood"       (Lev.17:11), physical life was cut short by Adam and Eve's sin and all humanity inherited the consequences with a sin inclined two-fold nature. We have an inner man (Eph.3:6), our spirit/life, and an outer man, our fleshly body. When the body dies, the spirit/life departs, but because it was breathed of God, lives on forever ... somewhere. I won't follow that track because it is another subject.

The diabolical attraction of Satanic Causes...

Some people are more attracted to the upright knight in shining armor hero while others are equally attracted to the bandit, drug culture, and loose living anti-hero. The baser lusts of human nature have always been more curious about the bad boy and bad girl than about their descent, clean living opposites. The most evil men and women in history have had this devilish magnetism to draw followers to their evil causes. Historically, the meanest of men have risen to positions of power on the shoulders of their admirers. Two brothers grow up in the same home, treated equally, loved by their parents equally, with equal opportunity. One becomes a cop and the other a drug pushing pimp. Each is loved by female opposites. Why did so many Germans give their loyalty to Hitler? Why did the Russians fall in line for Stalin? Why did that motley little band of lost souls adore Charles Manson and kill for him? Jim Jones had it too, with a religious dimension. Why do the North Korean military leaders and millions of citizens put up with the likes of Kim Jong Un? And why do Democrats vote for and exalt, as their leader, people like Nancy Pilosi, Barack Obama,Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders? It would be a mystery to me, if I didn't have the Bible to explain the two fold nature of the human creature.

With our "image and likeness", of our Creator, He gave us a free will to choose between good and evil. That was how He identified the forbidden fruit tree in the Garden of Eden. He said of it,    "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it....." Gen.2:17.    They had a choice ... to obey or disobey. To remain sinless or to become sinners. They did not yet have sin, but they did have a God-given choice. If God had not given them a free will to choose, they wouldn't have sinned and we, their descendants, would all be predestined pegs on God's game board. If God had not given us a free will choice to obey him, or not, to worship him, or not, we would not give Him any satisfaction, as our Father, when we willfully obey and willfully love Him. We would bring Him no glory if we had no choice in the matter.

Jesus, Himself had a two fold nature. The Holy Spirit of God put the holy sperm, or life seed of God, in Mary's human, fleshly womb and "Jesus", his human side, with the Holy Spirit living in Him, His God side, was born. He was fully human and fully God. His human side, Jesus, hungered, thirsted, tired, and was even tempted, or tried, by Satan as all humans are tempted.    "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Heb.4:15.    (Also see Luke 4:2). So Jesus Christ's human side was tempted, but the Holy Spirit of Christ, which was His spirit side, overcame the fleshly temptations all humans face.

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh." Rom.8:1-2.

When Jesus was praying in the garden about what was about to happen to him, he knew he would be arrested, drug through the streets, tried, condemned, beaten and crucified, he prayed, in Matt.36:29,       "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me...."     It was His human fleshly body and mind praying which would have to endure all of that, plus having the sins of the world put upon Him. As 2 Cor.5:21 declares, that God     "... made him (Jesus) to be sin for us, (him) who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."

The thought of having all the corruption, evil and sin of all humanity, not only put upon him, but being "made sin" when He had never sinned, and enduring the judgment of God upon that sin...  upon himself, was horrendous. That was Jesus, the flesh and blood man, crying out to God for relief, but he didn't stop there. If He had, God would have heard his prayer and delivered him. But Jesus yielded to the Spirit of Christ in Him and continued with the prayer ...    "... nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt."     His human will surrendered to His Spirit of Christ side and the will of God who sent Him for this purpose.

Then when Jesus was on the cross and cried out to God, in Mark 15:34,    "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me",    it was his human, fleshly body which was suffering and dying and which cried out the question "why". The Holy Spirit of Christ, living in Jesus body,  would not have asked the question , "why hast thou forsaken me?" He was God and knew full well "why", and that God was forsaking the sins of the world, and judging the sins of the world ... of which Jesus had become the "scape goat" and the "sacrificial lamb" fulfilling all those Old Testament animal, blood sacrifices.    
The Apostle Paul also had a two fold nature and confessed it to the Corinthians and to the rest of us, knowing that all honest human beings would  come to the knowledge of the truth of it by their own experience. That truth is, that there are two sides of every person, the body and the spirit. The devil tempting and appealing to the lust of the flesh to gain control of the mind .... while the Holy Spirit  is convicting, motivating and inspiring the spirit to gain control of the mind. Like an old preacher once said, "There's two dogs in a fight for control of your mind and soul, one is pure white and the other black and dirty. The one who wins control is the one you say sic um to.

Paul wrote Roman 7 to let everyone, especially Christians, know that when he said or did something which was un-Christlike, that he had let his flesh get temporary control of his mind, and his spirit, which was the part of him that was born again, regretted it, suffered because of it and repented of it. We think of Paul as some super human but he was no different from us. He was a flesh and blood human being who had been "spiritually" born again, .... not "physically" born again. All of our fleshly bodies are inclined to the sins of the flesh while our born again spirits feel the conviction and rebuke of the Holy Spirit of God who lives in us motivating our spirits to resist the lusts of the flesh, body and mind.

Here is how Apostle Paul put it to the Corinthians in the last half of Romans 7.

14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.     ("I" being his body).

15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.    (It has a purpose, RB)
17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.    (This distinction reveals his 2 fold nature. RB)
18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:     (Speaking of his eternal, born again spirit).

23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
    (Speaking of his fleshly body members. RB)

24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.



Feb 23, 2018

Do You Really Believe The Universe Is A Freaky Aberration

The Evidence Of A Creator Is So Obvious.

So, do you really, and truly, think the natural harmony of the human body, the earth's atmosphere, and the universe's infinite order is coincidental happenstance?  Especially when there appears to be not a single other planet among all the distant billions or trillions of variations of unique planets? Most we cannot even see? If it were, in fact, a weird coincidence of happenstance ... an accident, why is it obviously the single such miracle in all of the vast universe, and why did it happen on this wee, tiny, little dot of a planet which cannot even be seen from any other planet ... except for the moon? 

Cannot you unbelievers even consider the possibility that we, our earth and the universe, are not a freakish miracle, though glaringly magnificent, through an accident of happenstance? Do you hate or fear the existence of a Creator God so much that you willfully deny intentional creation by an intelligent power ... an Omniscient Omnipotence? Is it coincidental that the Earth is precisely and perfectly prepared for human habitation, as is no other planet? The burden of proof is yours since none other has ever been found though $billions have been spent in the search, and it is your eternal destiny in the balance. Nor have there been found any missing but imperative links between human and animal, where there should be millions of bones and fossils, to prove the human evolution theory.

Is it also an unbelievable aberration of nature that tiny earth is the only such planet perfectly prepared and perfectly located in relation to a sun and a moon for life to survive starvation, suffocation, freezing or burning up? And another accident of nature that our Earth is turning at precisely the right speed and in an exact orbit to function and make life possible here? Here, where there is perfectly balanced content of air for our meticulously designed lungs, blood, and organs to sustain the mystery of life. Here, where there is also exactly balanced H2O (water) content, in abundant and constantly replenished supply to sustain the life of every sort on Earth. Here, where the dirt we walk on contains all the nutrients needed for every variety of root and seed. Seed, of each myriad sort containing billions of generations of its own unique kind, and only its own kind. Here, the only place in an endless, infinite universe where it is possible to be born, live and breathe and work on a tiny ball called earth. And which is turning at 1000 miles an hour in open space, and not falling, and we are neither thrown off nor have any sensation of the speed at which we are turning. 

Do you really think there is no Creator God who did all of that ? Its hard for me to believe there is such a person among our 7+ billion. RB

Feb 20, 2018

The Whole Story Of DC Liberal Corruption Unfolds

Exactly Who Is Guilty And Not Guilty In The Chaotic Hullabaloo Of Accusations In DC.

This Scandal, The Greatest In US History, Explained By Joe DeGenova, Former US Attorney For DC Who Was Constantly Spliced Into The DOJ/FBI For 40 Years. His entire professional life has been to rightly divide the truth in a non partisan, non political way to bring forth justice for all sides of legal issues. RB


This is the best, extremely professional, insider, non-Left/Right, interview I've seen.  The brilliant and Hon Mr DeGenova has been within the workings of the DOJ and FBI in DC for 40 years.  He lays out, with zero slants for either side; who did what, why they did it, how absolutely unbeliveably massive/far-reaching this overall incident actually is, how/why it unraveled and will continue to unbraid and what could/should the consequences be for everyone involved.   


Don't watch this until you have 30 minutes to hear the clear unvarnished truth about the whole sordid affair.


https://www.liveleak.com/view? i=7b3_1516535346

Feb 19, 2018

My Friend, Dr. Jim Nicholson AKA Nick The BARman


Here is an example, in the form of a biography, of a real "He Man" 

who is as humble, gentle, and hugely successful as if everything in life had worked in his favor. The opposite is true. Almost everything fate threw at him worked against him, but, by God's grace, he took that giant pile of negative stones and built a stairway to the top of the pyramid. Jim and I were born in 1930 and when he was on the streets of South Dallas, I lived about ten miles away in Grand Prairie. Of all the men I know, Dr. Jim Nicholson is one of the top 6 or 7 I would want next to me, with his BAR, in a fire fight. He was a Marine's Marine and is a man's man.

Jim, I love you for the Marine lives you saved in Korea, at the risk of your own, and for what you have done with that mountain of negatives. You have built a legend ... and I am proud to call you my friend. Rayburn

Here is Dr. Jim Nicholson's short biography in his own unassuming words.

BORN IN 1930, AT THE BEGINNING OF THE DEEP DEPRESSION. FOR YOU WHO DON'T KNOW ABOUT LIFE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FOOD CHAIN DURING THE 1930'S , YOU MUST READ JOHN STEINBECKS NOVELS AND LISTEN TO WOODY GUTHRIE FOLK SONGS ... THERE WERE NO GOVERNMENT SAFETY NETS. THE HUNGER AND HOPELESSNESS SUCKED THE LIFE OUT OF CHILDREN AND WOULDN'T ALLOW THEM  TO DREAM ----- MY FATHER LEFT WHEN I WAS THREE TO FIND WORK IN THE OIL FIELDS ------ HE NEVER CAME BACK------. I WAS NEAR - FATALLY ILL WITH MALARIA FOR THE NEXT EIGHT YEARS. 

MY MOTHER WAS FORCED TO LEAVE ME WITH MY GRAND PARENTS FOR THE NEXT 9 YEARS. SHE WORKED AS A WAITRESS FOR A DOLLAR A DAY WHILE PAYING A DOLLAR A DAY TO LIVE AT THE SHREVEPORT YWCA. THERE WERE VERY SCANTY TIPS DURING THE DEPRESSION. 

WE WERE SHARE CROPPPERS IN THE HEART OF THE NORTH LOUISIANA, RURAL COUNTRY. WE LIVED IN CAST OFF HOUSES AND WERE FORCED TO MOVE AFTER EACH CROP FAILURE. THE STOOP LABOR OF THE DEPRESSION. MY MOTHER, UNBELIEVABLY, MANAGED TO GET A DEGREE FROM A BUSINESS COLLEGE AND GOT A JOB AS A STENOGRAPHER IN DALLAS. SHE SENT FOR ME. WE LANDED IN SOUTH DALLAS IN 1943 AT 1821 HICKORY STREET. IN SOUTH DALLAS, I WAS QUICKLY INTRODUCED TO THE STREET THUGS ... GOT THEIR RESPECT, AND MADE FRIENDS WITH MANY GREAT KIDS. MANY OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD FOLKS ENDED UP IN HUNTSVILLE PRISON.

FORTUNATELY I HAD A STRONG MORAL COMPASS, BUT I WAS STILL A ROOTLESS KID ON THE STREET. I WAS APPARENTLY WELL LIKED AT CITY PARK GRADE SCHOOL, BUT I HAD NEVER HAD ANY "WINS" IN MY LIFE. EVERY BODY NEEDS WINS. 

THE SALVATION ARMY HAD A GYM COMPLEX AT ERVAY AND CORINTH STREETS. THEIR VOLUNTARY COACHES (TRUCK DRIVERS FULL-TIME ) SPOTTED ME AND LURED ME INTO THE GYM FOR  BASKETBALL AND BOXING.THIS WAS A MAJOR TURNING POINT IN MY LIFE. 

THIS SOUTH DALLAS NEIGHBORHOOD  FURNISHED OVER HALF OF THE CROZIER TECH BASKETBALL TEAM ----- FUTURE ALL - CITY, ALL STATE ---- ALL CONFERENCE COLLEGE. ALL AMERICA, HALL OF FAME GUYS CAME OUT OF THIS SMALL AREA. THE OLDER BOYS PERSUADED ME TO COME OUT FOR BASKETBALL IN MY SENIOR YEAR. I LETTERED ON A TEAM THAT WON THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TWO OUT OF FIVE YEARS IN THE TOP BRACKET. I WAS BEGINNING TO HAVE A FEW "WINS". 

I WAS THE FIRST PERSON IN MY FAMILY TO EVER GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL. I FINISHED NEAR THE BOTTOM OF A CLASS OF 360 DESPITE HAVING BEEN FOUND TO HAVE AN I.Q, OF 148. 

I WAS ALMOST LEFT ON THE STREET TOO LONG ! 

GRADUATION --- NO MONEY --- TELEPHONE LINEMAN ON A TRAVELING LINE GANG IN WEST TEXAS ---- A YEAR AT NORTH TEXAS U.---- WASHING DISHES AND FRY COOK IN A BURGER JOINT ---- CHANGING TRUCK TIRES AT AN ALL NIGHT FILLING STATION
---LITTLE INTEREST IN MY BUSINESS COURSES ---- BROKE --- OUT OF SCHOOL TO WORK FULL TIME AS A TELEPHONE LINEMAN 

A LARGE GROUP OF CROZIER TECH BOYS JOINED THE MARINES WHEN THE KOREAN WAR STARTED. OUR BOOT CAMP PLATOON WAS ABOUT HALF FROM DALLAS.----ALMOST ALL FROM CROZIER TECH.WE WERE ABOUT HALF AND HALF MEXICAN AND GRINGO. WE BECAME FRIENDS FOR LIFE. I CHALLENGED THE DRILL INSTRUCTORS THE FIRST NIGHT ----FOUR OF THEM STOMPED ME IN FRONT OF THE OTHER 75 BOOTS AND MADE ME A SQUAD LEADER THE NEXT MORNING ---- I VOLUNTEERED FOR THE INFANTRY. PASSED UP A CHANCE TO GO TO OFFICER'S CANDIDATE SCHOOL. THE BAR (BROWNING AUTOMATIC RIFLE ) IS A KILLING MACHINE. BY CHOICE, I CARRIED ONE THROUGH FIVE MAJOR CAMPAIGNS IN NORTH KOREA. ALMOST NO ONE EVER CARRIES ONE THROUGH MORE THAN ONE CAMPAIGN.  (Barmen don't live long. RB) AND YES --- MY GUN KILLED A LOT OF PEOPLE. 

I GOT A SILVER STAR FOR GOING INTO THE MIDDLE OF A REGIMENT OF CHINESE TO RETRIEVE A MORTALLY WOUNDED FRIEND ON 22 APRIL 1951. AND I RECEIVED  A PURPLE HEART  WHILE ON POINT DURING THE ASSAULT ON "THE PUNCHBOWL BATTLE", 2 SEPT 1951 --- FREE HELICOPTER RIDE, FREE SURGERY. FREE I MONTH STAY ON HOSPITAL SHIP. 

RETURNED TO COLLEGE. NOW WITH PRE-MED MAJOR --- NO LONGER A SQUARE PEG IN A ROUND HOLE --- GOOD GRADES -- MARRIED BUT STILL BROKE  --- WORKING ALL NIGHT LOADING FREIGHT ON RED BALL MOTOR FREIGHT DOCK ---- ACCEPTED TO SOUTHWEST MED. SCHOOL, ONE OF THE BEST MED. SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY ----STILL BROKE. 

AFTER FURTHER TRAINING AT BAYLOR, PRACTICED FAMILY PRACTICE IN GREENVILLE, TX. 

I DELIVERED TWO THOUSAND BABIES IN ADDITION TO RUNNING A VERY LARGE PRACTICE. 

RECENTLY RETIRED AFTER 57 YEARS 

A BEAUTIFUL WIFE, WANDA, FOUR BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS, EIGHT PERFECT GRAND CHILDREN. 

A WONDERFUL LIFE.------IN LARGE PART DUE TO THE THE BE-SAINTED TEACHERS AT CROZIER TECH WHO REFUSED TO GIVE UP ON A STREET KID FROM THE SALVATION ARMY IN SOUTH DALLAS. 

THANK YOU FOR TIME 

JIM NICHOLSON M.D. 

AKA 

NICK THE BARMAN 

AUTHOR OF THE BOOK: GEORGE -3- SEVENTH MARINES 

A brief glimpse through time of a group of young marines 

AWARDED THE GOLD MEDAL FOR THE BEST MILITARY HISTORY BOOK WRITTEN IN THE UNITED STATES IN 2014 

CAN BE REVIEWED ON AMAZON, BARNES AND NOBLE, FACEBOOK AND MANY OTHER SITES 

OR BY PERSONAL CONTACT

Feb 18, 2018

The Anti-Christ Left's All Out Attack On Masculinity

To Make Boys More Like Girls

"Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created." Gen.5:2

From the beginning of time little boys have played games which parallel their inborn nature which God put there. They were given, in their creation, the inclination, the urge, the drive to protect, defend, provide for the more helpless around them, the women and children. Their protective nature also included the end result of their labors, their crops, tools, tent, location and stored up food. That natural drive took many forms, the good guys and the bad guys, cowboys and Indians, those in the fort and those attacking it, warring against the enemy, swords, bows and arrows, and later, guns. Those characteristics were inborn and were put there to secure their own lives and welfare, and those of the family, the village, the tribe and the nation.... civilization. Masculinity has played itself out throughout history and throughout the pages of the Bible in the form of wars, attacks, defense, and honing skills. It is the original reason for practice, shooting contests, sports contests and the male drive to survive victorious, preserve a family and the tribe, and live happily ever with the woman you love and your children. Women have their own special and equally important and balancing, natural, characteristics.
It was our Creator who designed and assigned these different qualities in men and women. But those of women are more peaceful, nourishing and yielding than those of men. Boys act them out fighting, running, and challenging, and will become positive assets if encouraged by mothers and guided by fathers. But when the father is not there ... a boy's chances of masculine integrity are narrow indeed.

So the Liberal Left, not believing in the God of the Bible, sees these masculine tendencies, driven by the inborn testosterone, as some kind of evil demon to be exorcised from young boys' nature instead of wisely channeling this natural, inborn gift of God. So they seek to force boys to become more like girls and thereby so twist, frustrate and fracture the nature of boys to become strong men, that they wreck the boys. It is kind of a Frankenstein like syndrome experiment and is resulting in a similar perversion of nature. RB

This from The Observer
The demise of our culture will result from the demise of its men if something isn’t changed quickly. Far too many men remain directionless, devastated and scared children.
Male suicide rate increased to three to four times higher than the female suicide rate. Men are twice as likely as women to become alcoholics. And males are far more likely to commit juvenile crime.
Much has been said and written in recent years about the challenges of men and boys. A sampling of book titles includes:
  • Why There Are No Good Men Left
  • The Demise of Guys
  • The End of Men, Why Boys Fail
  • The End of Men, And The Rise of Women
  • Boys Adrift
  • Manning Up: How The Rise Of Women Has Turned Men Into Boys
A common theme is that men and boys have become increasingly confused about their identity and role in society. Kay Hymowitz, author of Manning Up, put it this way:
“It’s been an almost universal rule of civilization that whereas girls became women simply by reaching physical maturity, boys had to pass a test. They needed to demonstrate courage, physical prowess, or mastery of the necessary skills. The goal was to prove their competence as protectors of women and children; this was always their primary social role. Today, however, with women moving ahead in an advanced economy, provider husbands and fathers are now optional, and the character qualities men had needed to play their role—fortitude, stoicism, courage, fidelity—are obsolete and even a little embarrassing.”
It is the norm in Hollywood films, TV and cable shows, and even commercials to portray men as incompetent, immature, or self-absorbed. This underlying message has subtly and increasingly become the collective unconscious with devastating repercussions.
Academically, it is reported in the United States that:
  • Girls outperform boys now at every level—from elementary school through graduate school.
  • By eighth grade, only 20 percent of boys are adept in writing and 24 percent adept in reading.
  • Young men’s SAT scores in 2011 were the lowest they’ve been in 40 years.
  • According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), boys are 30 percent more likely than girls to drop out of both high school and college.
  • It is predicted that by 2016, women will earn 60 percent of bachelor’s and 63 percent of master’s degrees.
  • Boys make up two-thirds of students in special education remedial programs.
Women deserve the increased success they are getting. They’ve been oppressed for far too long. They’re hungrier and more motivated than most men. And hopefully society will continue to allow them the increased equality they deserve.
However, this article’s focus is on helping the struggling and confused young man. Indeed, many young men have taken the adverse cues of society as an excuse to evade responsibility and never really grow up.
If you are a young man and you’re struggling, you are not alone. This article is intended to challenge you to rethink your entire approach to life. If applied, these habits will radically set you apart from the decaying norm.

The Desperate Cry Of America's Boys
FOX News

In response to this week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a man named Michael Ian Black, whom I’ve never heard of but who’s apparently an actor and comedian, invited a “conversation” on Twitter that began with the following statement: “Deeper even than the gun problem is this: boys are broken.”
This is an absolutely, 100 percent true statement.  

 Unfortunately, Black quickly veered off course. “Men don’t have the language to understand masculinity as anything other than some version of a caveman because no language exists...The language of masculinity is hopelessly entwined with sexuality, and the language of sexuality in hopelessly entwined with power, agency, and self-worth...To step outside those norms is to take a risk most of us are afraid to take. As a result, a lot of guys spend their lives terrified...We’re terrified of being viewed as something other than men. We know ourselves to be men, but don’t know how to be our whole selves. A lot of us (me included) either shut off or experience deep shame or rage. Or all three. Again: men are terrified.”
Mr. Black is not the first to attack masculinity and suggest it’s at the root of all evil. Indeed, the phrase ‘toxic masculinity’ has become boilerplate language in America.
It’s not a hard sell, either. After all, it is boys and men who are typically to blame for violent acts of aggression. Ergo, testosterone—the defining hormone of masculinity—must be to blame. But testosterone has been around forever. School shootings have not.
Mr. Black is correct that boys are broken. But they're not broken as a result of being cavemen who haven’t “evolved” the way women have. They’re broken for another reason.
They are fatherless.
The solution to male violence is not to spout off drivel about the evils of masculinity. Masculinity, channeled well, is the reason assistant football coach Aaron Feis died this week. Feis shielded students from bullets by pushing them inside a classroom.
Broken homes, or homes without a physically and emotionally present mother and father, are the cause of most of society’s ills. “Unstable homes produce unstable children,” writes Peter Hasson at The Federalist.
He adds, “On CNN’s list of the “27 Deadliest Mass Shootings In U.S. History,” seven of those shootings were committed by young males since 2005. Of the seven, only one—Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho—was raised by his biological father throughout childhood.”
Life for Nikolas Cruz was no different. His adoptive father died when Cruz was very young, and his adoptive mother had a difficult time raising him.
America’s boys are in serious trouble. As Warren Farrell’s new book, The Boy Crisis, explains, boys are experiencing a crisis of education, a crisis of mental health (as in the case of Nikolas Cruz), a crisis of purpose. And at the root of it all is fatherlessness.
Indeed, there is a direct correlation between boys who grow up with absent fathers and boys who drop out of school, who drink, who do drugs, who become delinquent and who wind up in prison.
And who kill their classmates.
“We blame guns, violence in the media, violence in video games, and poor family values. Each is a plausible player,” Farrell noted in 2013 after the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting. “But our daughters live in the same homes, with the same access to the same guns, video games, and media, and are raised with the same family values. Our daughters are not killing. Our sons are.”
Farrell’s explanation about how masculinity can be a force for good or for evil is enormously instructive. “Without dads as role models, boys’ testosterone is not well channeled. The boy experiences a sense of purposelessness, a lack of boundary enforcement, rudderlessness, and often withdraws into video games and video porn. At worst, when boys’ testosterone is not well-channeled by an involved dad, boys become among the world’s most destructive forces. When boys’ testosterone is well channeled by an involved dad, boys become among the world’s most constructive forces.”
The solution to male violence is not to spout off drivel about the evils of masculinity. Masculinity, channeled well, is the reason assistant football coach Aaron Feis died this week. Feis shielded students from bullets by pushing them inside a classroom.
The same instinctual response occurred at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theatre in 2012, when three young men— Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves—died shielding their girlfriends.
To be sure, there will be those who’ll continue to blame masculinity and the NRA for the recent bout of school shootings. But amidst their chatter are voices of reason who know all too well, either from first-hand experience or because they’re simply paying attention, that the reason boys are broken goes far deeper than policies and politics—and requires us to look at things we’d rather not.
That’s hard. But harder still is waking up to the deaths of yet more innocent children. How many kids will have to die before we get it?
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Comment:
So from whence cometh my title?

"And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and  this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world." 1 John 4:3

Feb 15, 2018

"In God We Trust" is our Motto..."One Nation Under God" is our Pledge

There was a time, not too long ago, when virtually every American stood with hats off, hand over the heart, or a salute, when the U.S. Pledge Of Allegiance to our flag and country as "one nation under God" was promised. But now our country has reached a spiritual black hole which is sucking what was "Christian America" into Agnosticism and Atheism. Yes, God can change all that, but you and I, as salt and light, are the influences He uses in every nation to accomplish His work. It is we who have let him down. Is our motto true with you and me ... that ...
"In God we trust"

And is our promise still real and in affect when we say...
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Our national leaders, of the past, not only incorporated God consciousness and the Christian Bible in the nation's founding instruments, but continued that emphasis with great frequency in the early years, and to a lesser and lesser degree up to the present day. From Samuel Adams, a Christian founder, up to Ronald Reagan the decline was steadily downward with more persistence. Since Reagan, there has been almost a complete absence of acknowledgement of God and the Bible except by pretentious politicians who mention God in hopes of gaining political support from Christians. One side of our Congress, on the political right, is at least friendly toward God, the Bible and Christians, but the other side, on the left, no longer even hide their animosity toward Christians, our God and the Bible.

Reagan, quite often made such observations as ...

"Without God there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience...without God there is a coarsening of the society; without God democracy will not and cannot long endure...If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under."- Ronald Reagan

"Government should uphold--and not undermine--those institutions which are custodians of the very values upon which civilization is founded: religion, education and ... family."
- Ronald Reagan

But more and more America is losing sight of our great heritage as a nation founded on Biblical truth, and the consequences are dire: schools are failing, the divorce rate is climbing, and as a founder of our nation, Samuel Adams, said,

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!” – Samuel Adams, Christian First and always.

Feb 12, 2018

Is Your Weak, Sin Tempted, Dying Flesh ... Born Again?

Or is it the spirit life who lives there and leaves when your body dies, that is born again?

The flesh was born in the first birth; the spirit is born again in the second birth, a spiritual birth. Every unsaved person has a body and a spirit but their spirit has never been born again.

Praise God with me that my only brother, Tommy, though his body is dying, his spirit is alive and well and and will soon leave that painful, dying body to be caught away into the presence of God.

This post is the result of a 'Common Sense' reader who asked me to comment on a verse and her pastor friend's commentary on eternal security, who believes eternal life isn't necessarily eternal and that you can be un- 'born again' after you have been born again, unless you are good enough to keep it. Here is the verse...

2 Tim. 2:19.
"Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." 

The question here is what is meant by "depart from iniquity"? One cannot "depart" from a position or location he is not already in. So a Christian can, at times find himself within sin or maybe the very edge of sin. Is he then lost again, at that point, before he "departs", even if he remains for only a moment? If so, this means that a single sin, of a Christian, even for an instant, by action or thought, is enough to send his soul to hell. If that be true, and a cigarette, glass of beer, bad thought, or an exaggeration (a lie), will doom a Christian's soul to eternal torment, then a single puff of a cigarette, a single swallow of beer, a fleeting thought or the slightest exaggeration of the truth over-rides what the agonizing death of Jesus paid for and the person loses his "eternal" life, which means it was not "eternal" to start with. Another question. So here is a Christian who has done his human best for many years to live for the Lord, but then, a speck of temptation flies through his eye into his brain and is conceived in a flash of lustful fantasy. The scripture says that is "sin", and "the wages of sin is death". Sin sickens, weakens and kills the body and if not repented of, a Christian's fellowship with God has a blockage. And "every man",  (including all man-kind) must deal with this reality... regularly, with some version of sinful lust, no matter how small it may seem. But it is the Christian's flesh not his born again spirit that is tempted to sin.  

"Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." 1 John 3:9.

But the Christian's flesh is constantly tempted because the flesh is not born again.

"But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin, and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." James 1:14-15

This verse tells us that "every man is tempted" and that he is only tempted "when he is drawn away by his own lust" . The lust is already lying there like a dozing snake, in its weak, hungering, sinful flesh, which is, itself, constantly corrupting toward death. The flesh is not born again. If it were it would not have lust and would not get sick and die. It is our spirit which is born again, in the second birth, and cannot be tempted and will never die. When a Christian's faulty flesh dies, his eternal spirit is immediately released and carried by God's Holy Spirit, who also lives in true believers, to eternal glory in the presence of God to await the resurrection, reunification and glorification of the old dead body.

So that brings up the question of whether it is possible for a human being, while still living in this fleshly, tempted, carcass, to live totally and perfectly without the slightest ting of lust or sin. Things like insufficient prayer life, insufficient witnessing, insufficient burden for the sufferings of others, spending too little time in the scriptures, overeating, vain pride, judging others, gossip, not telling the whole truth,  and many more. So then, if a person cannot live sinlessly perfect, they cannot be saved or stay saved more than 5 minutes without having to be saved again and again throughout life. Jesus said,     "...there is none good but one, that is, God." (Mark 10:18).    If we are all "not good", what is it that makes us "not good"?    "It is SIN that dwelleth in me.... that is in my flesh",    said Paul, in Rom.7:17-18. It all comes back to this. We are either saved by our good works and perfection living, and that only if we are truly perfect, or it is according to Eph.2:8-9      "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."

The command to "depart from iniquity" will distinguish between an imperfect human flesh, a Christian, who passes through temptations and sins and is in a continuous process of repentance and departing from the sins of the flesh, and a habitual sinner, non-Christian, who lives there and his lust is seeking out more sin to enter in to. Every Christian, by the very nature of the "unsaved" flesh, in a sin saturated world, must and will be, daily departing (going the other way) from fleshly temptation and sin.

The sins listed in your pastor friend's reference below are, indeed, the things Christians must not willfully enter or remain in if they find themselves there. Like the prodigal son, they will always, soon, "come to themselves" (Luke 15:17) and "depart from it". If they choose to remain in the pig pin of sin, and prefer it, they are not truly born again believers but religious pretenders or self-righteous joiners. The sins listed in the verses below are things which a Christian's flesh may be tempted to briefly, but the Holy Spirit, dealing with his spirit will not let them remain there with any comfort. Part of His purpose is to convict Christians of any hint of sin. He lives in every Christian. And if He lives in you, you will not long remain in sin. The Prodigal son's flesh got him into sin, but his convicted spirit walked his body out of it and back to his father.

Every Christian has been tempted, to some degree, small or large, by at least one of these temptations ... deception, sexual lust, obsession with collections or possessions, sexual fantasy, perversion, keeping the tithe, wanting what someone else has, finding relief in oblivion, cursing, etc. (verse below). Any one of those temptations may briefly pass through a Christian's fleshly brain, without an invitation, but you don't let it build a nest there. A true Christian wants to be free of it rather than embracing it. Those who do not soon "depart from it" do not have the Holy Spirit of God living in them and convicting them to flush it as unwanted filth.  Remember, it is your "inner man", your spirit, not your flesh, which is born again. Your weak, faulty, dying flesh is not born again, and will not be until it is resurrected, rejoined with your born again spirit, and it too be glorified ... born again....  "and when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is ..." 1 John 3:2. 

1 Cor.6:9-10
"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."    Is your outer man, your fleshly body "righteous"? So what is there about you that is? Your born again spirit soul. Your body has its turn coming .... at its resurrection and glorification. But not until then. As long as it lives, our flesh, where lust lies, will be inclined to sin but not our born again spirit which "does not" and "cannot sin" and is the only thing about a Christian that is "righteous".    

 "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sinbecause he is born of God." 1 John 3:9.

I am also struck by the worldliness of this Corinthian Church, Paul was writing to about sin, which was guilty of the sins pointed out. Yet, he addressed that church as ...              
"Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord...."    and spent the second book of Corinthians encouraging them. He may, obviously, have been speaking only to the ones who fit the description he gave in the address, but even if they were not the guilty ones, they were tolerating such things in their church.

I also call to memory the fact that even among the 12 apostles, Jesus had His Judas. That is one in 12. I wouldn't be at all surprised if at least one of every 12, probably more, "professing" Christians are as lost as Judas. So why was he there? God knew he would be a greedy, self-serving traitor before he was chosen. That tells me that the Lord had a reason for the treason. I know families who have a child who is super exceptional in Christian Commitment and another who is the total opposite or who joins a cult. It's as if God uses the positive and a the negative for His own unknown objectives. It's kind of like day and night, hot and cold, up and down, a negative and a positive in electricity. Both of which have a purpose in God's design.

I think one thing is clear: A lot of "professing" Christians are not "possessing" Christians and when the Anti-Christ makes his demands, they will shift sides quickly. And even prior to that, when Christians are greatly persecuted and suffering, many "professing" Christians will drop out and "fall away".

"...that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition."  2 Thess.2:3


Feb 10, 2018

The Christian Diet ... Moderation And Temperance


"Let all things be done unto edifying." 1 Cor.14:26.   

To edify is to build up, grow spiritually and improve. Everything a Christian does is, to some degree, either good or bad, right or wrong, edifying or destructive. Growing in edification is more than a onetime event. It is a constant, a way of life. We are either moving forward and upward or drifting backward and downward. An "edifying" life edifies others to edifying. It is contagious.

"And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness." 2 Pet.1:15.

Temperance is one of the steps forward and upward between believing faith...
and godliness. Temperance was a word before 'Prohbition' and means more than alcohol. The early versions of Webster dictionaries define it as "Habitual moderation of the indulgence of appetites and passions". It is simply self control of the human will.

The Apostle Paul speaks to this when he edifies the Corinthians and confirms that nothing we do or don't do, or laws we transgress, as born again Christians, will cause us to lose our salvation, but that some of those things are neither appropriate nor advisable and that he would not let himself "be brought under the power of any" of them. Habits are hard to break, once internalized.   

"All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient ... 
I will not be brought under the power of any. 1 Cor.6:12.

Again, the Apostle Paul encourages the Philippian Christians not to keep their Christian "moderation" secret or private, but to practice it openly and without apology, because your time of Christian influence in the world is short.  

"Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand." Phil.4:5.

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doeth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience (endurance) the race that is set before us." Heb.12:1.  

When you are going to endure a long and strenuous challenge, you discord or lighten every thing which will take extra energy. There are times when a soldier is entering combat when he drops his pack and everything he can do without in order to be an unhindered warrior. Athletes do the same. We as the soldiers of the cross must eliminate every unnecessary hindrance to our strength, health, mind and testimony in order to be our best for Christ.

Sometimes it isn't easy to break a habit, jettison a hindrance, or quit doing something which has become deeply rooted in our flesh, mind or spirit. But we must remember how Paul met those challenges after he met Christ.    

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Phil.4:11. 

How did Paul access that strength from Christ?  Here is how, in the words of Jesus ...    

"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." Matt.21:22.

No trial is too great for God to deal with ... for you. No obstacle or temptation is too big for Him. Where there seems no way, He will make a way for you.   

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." 
1 Cor.10:13.

"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Cor.10:31.   


Eating and drinking are physically essential to our health and our lives. God made us that way and is vitally concerned with our physical health as well as our spiritual health. That has to include letting our appetite grow larger than our britches. Gluttony does not develop overnight. We train it over time until it has full control of our bodies in almost the exact same way as narcotics addiction.

"It is not good to eat too much honey...." Prov.25:27. 

When we first overeat, our stomach complains and throws it back up at us. But, we persist until our stomach swears we are starving it to death... unless we go to the "All you can eat" Conveyor Carousel Cafe.     

"Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." 3 John 1:2. 

"Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?" Matt.6:25.

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh." Gal.5:16.

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." Rom.12:1-2.

"For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost .... For meat destroy not the work of God." Rom.14:17,20.

"Know ye not that they which run in a race all run, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things .... I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I ...." 1Cor.9:24-27.
"For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit." Rom.8:5.
"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." 1 Cor.6:19-20.    
There is a condition I shall call the Felix Syndrome. The Apostle Paul was given a brief moment before Governor Felix and wasted no time in putting his finger on three subjects the Governor did not want brought up, but which he needed most to hear if he was ever to be saved ... righteousness, temperance, and the judgment of God.
"And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee." Acts 24:25. 
The Felix syndrome continuously puts off unpleasant decisions. But the Holy Spirit just keeps on putting our need for "righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come" in our thoughts, and our conviction, guilt and misery keeps boiling over until we die or repent and we find peace with God.   
"Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." Heb.12:11.

However, our already glorified Christian soul is of far more importance than our, as yet, unglorified, faulty, dying body. Even Paul struggled with his flesh, and never completely conquered it. He bemoaned that fact in Rom.7:14-25.  And though Paul's born again spirit life went on to heaven, when his body died, his lifeless flesh of dust still lies in the grave awaiting its resurrection and its glorification when Jesus comes "in the air" for it. 

"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." 1 John 3:2.