Jun 30, 2012

Unfathomable Means True But Not Understandable

Common Sense Commentary:

What, besides the starry sky, infinite space, time and God Himself is unfathonable to the human brain?  The U.S. Federal debt!!!  Totally incomprehensable!!!

A thousand thousand is one million.  A thousand million is one billion.  A thousand billion is one trillion.  A thousand trillion is one quadrillion.  Our total national debt is somewhere between $500 trillion and a quadrillian.  Now stay with me.  That figure includes Federal, public, private and bank debt and derivitives.

If God had commissioned Adam, 6000 years ago, to count to ONE trillion, and if he were still alive and counting, 24 hours per day, he would be about one fifth of the way to ONE trillion with 24 thousand more years to count.  And that is only ONE trillion. Our country is in a $600 trillion hole of fiscal irresponsibility.

Our U.S. government debt, of actual borrowed money, is now about $15 trillion.  That
number, alone, is totally unimaginable to the human brain.  But, our U.S. government's contractual promises and commitments of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, government retirement programs, and so fourth, multiply that $15 trillion by a factor of ten.   So, now the U.S. Federal government debt becomes $150 trillion... and rising. That does not count the debt of our U.S. cities, states, businesses and private citizens, which together, would double the $150 trillion to $300 trillion.  Now add to that an incomprehensible debt of an equal amount in derivitives, held by just 5 of our biggest banks, J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank Of America, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.  That $300 trillion, estimated by the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is as of now. That figure is 45% of the entire world's total derivitives as estimated by the Bank of International Settlements.  (Google derivitives).  Other, more credible, institutions estimate it at nearer  $1.2 quadrillion = $1,200 trillions.

That is so much money that $1 million compared to $1.2 quadrillion, is like unto a flea
orbiting the sun for a place to land.  The zeros lined up behind $1,200 trillion would reach from here to the moon and back many times.  Before you curse those 5 big banks for losing your life's savings way out on their fantacy, dream world of professional stupidity, ask yourself, "Where were our Federal Regulators, politicians and news media when all this was going on?"  Holding the door open for them while bowing to their masters... and they still are.

If you retired folks wonder why our U.S. Federal Reserve Bank keeps the interest rate,
you earn on your retirement savings, down to 1 to 3 %, it is because our government can't even pay that interest rate on their insurmountable debt, much less the principle. If they raised your 2% to 4%, their own interest rate owed, would double also. They already have to print (digitally) many billions of new dollars just to pay the interest on their own debt.   So, you see, it is a catch 22, an unsolvible, insurmountable hole we are all in and we voted ourselves into it by electing Liberal Socialists to govern us.

Relief ??  God is neither impressed, worried nor affected by all this.  Praise Him for the "Blessed Hope" of the return of Christ and resurrection from these very deep graves. RB

Jun 28, 2012

No Finish Line

Common Sense Commentary: The primary thing in any conflict is not winning but being on the side of right. Even though the antichrist is prophecied to rule the earth, it is still important to stand against him and resist him as long as life remains in us to do so.... though we know he will reign ... temporarily.  RB

Financially speaking, the only thing worse than preparing for a crisis that doesn't happen is not preparing for a crisis that does happen. In that respect, since we cannot believe our Government, the media or even the pseudo-experts, we must inform ourselves and act upon the knowledge and calling we have, and not rest in blind "hope" or empty promises spewed out daily by that element. When our lives, families, and souls are at risk, we need nothing short of true hope and real change, which comes from just one source ... Jesus Christ! "...If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2Cor.5:17

Every sector of our society is in turmoil, confusion and leadership desperation. The secular powers that be, dare not tell us the truth about our national situation for three reasons. The first is, it is their "leadership" which got us in this mess. Second, they have no remedial answers for an unsolvable dilemma. Third, they can't afford to stampede the nation by telling the truth. So they, the politicians and their economic wonks dream up vague new words and phrases such as, "Quantitative Easing", which simply means, digitally, printing trillions in new money; and "Counter factual", which means, "what would have happened if what did happen hadn't have happened". That one is a real, double backward, gymnastic, mental twist to explain why their party had a good plan, but the other party wickedly blocked their efforts and caused the present problem.

This is nothing new. Satan has been planting lies in the minds of people since he showed up in the Garden of Eden. I call it the Battle of the Ages. Good against Evil.
The conflict has raged since Lucifer lied to a third of the angels in his rebellion against God. "Ye are of your father the devil.... When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father of it." Jesus said it in John 8:44. We can't go too far wrong by simply thinking for ourselves based upon the simple teachings of the word of God. God did not make the truth complicated so that all may accept it and make their decisions, based upon it. Though the Battle of the Ages will continue on earth until God casts Satan into the lake of fire, we must never surrender or cease resisting the devil. "Submit yourselves therefore to God: Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:7. There is no finish line in this conflict and "no discharge in this war". Ecc.8:8. In war, the best tactics are almost always the simplest ones. Complexity leads to confusion and confusion to disaster. Keep it simple stupid, is a good rule. Simple, common sense action, on the most likely of the several options set
before us, is the best way to go. You got a problem ... solve it. You got a crisis, deal with it. You got an enemy... neutralize him. You got a war ... win it.

If our nation is going down the toilet, cut an exit in the outhouse wall. If the whole world is going to hell, take the hand of Jesus and walk in the other direction. If you are Job and your wife tells you to "curse God and die", tell her to "sit down, shut up" and "though He slay me, yet will I trust Him." Job 13:15. Sickness is not the finish line. Catastrophe is not the finish line. Divorce is not the finish line. Discouragement is not the finish line. Bankruptsy is not the finish line. There is no finish line until the trumpet sounds, the archangel shouts and Jesus comes for his own.  As a Christian, even death is not the finish line. In that event, I have a "casket key" with Jesus' name on it.  So buck up, pray up, and get up and do what Jesus told us to do ... "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel ...." Mark 16:15. Title from my son, Rex. RB

Don't You Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
Whe he might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.


Jun 25, 2012

Lost People Often Have More Sense Than Some Christians

Common Sense Commentary:

"And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light." Jesus
said it in Luke16:8.

Gandhi was not a Christian, but was, as far as we can
tell, an honest and committed man to humanity and to
India.  He died without Christ ... lost forever, though his
last words were, "Oh God". The Bible warns that, before
a person is spiritually born again, they are "...without
Christ ... strangers from the covenants of promise,
having no hope, and without God in the world."

Mahatma Gandhi listed "Seven Social Sins"

1 - Wealth Without Work
2 - Pleasure Without Conscience
3 - Knowledge Without Character
4 - Business Without Ethics
5 - Science Without Humanity
6 - Religion Without Sacrifice
7 - Politics Without Principle

My comments of each of the above truths from an unsaved, decent man.

#1 - I have known professing Christians who expected the Government
 or "someone" to supply their medicine, food, housing, and retirement.
#2 - I have known people, even professing Christians, who seemingly
felt no guilt about some fleshly, sinful pleasure.
#3 - I have known professing Christians who were highly educated
and intelligent, whose character was full of contradictions.
#4 - I have known professing Christian, business people who casually
overcharged or lied to their customers.
#5 - Science is a God given asset to the human race but has often been
used, by Popes, Pharisees, Politicians and Religionists against people.
#6 - A most common  "Christian" failure in America is "Religion
without sacrafice"Professing Christ is not Possessing Christ.
#7 - "Politics without priniciple" is the diabolical tool of the world's
politicians to manipulate, bleed and control the masses of people. RB

Jun 23, 2012

Thomas Jefferson: The Man, His Heart, His Brain

Common Sense Commentary: He was a product of freedom, the most prominent of our Founding Fathers.  He set the example and led the way in which all Americans should walk and work and be.  How far have we gone astray from what he and our other Founding Fathers stood for and lived and gave us ... to guard? RB


At 5, began studying under his cousins tutor.

At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.
At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.
At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.
At 23, started his own law practice.
At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
At 31, wrote the widely circulated "Summary View of the Rights of British America " and retired from his law practice.
At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence ...
At 33, took three years to revise Virginia ’s legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.
At 40, served in Congress for two years.
At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.
At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.
At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party.
At 57, was elected the third president of the United States...
At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s size.
At 61, was elected to a second term as President.
At 65, retired to Monticello ...
At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.
At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence ..

John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement:

"This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe...
Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.Thomas Jefferson

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
Thomas Jefferson

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.Thomas Jefferson

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.Thomas Jefferson

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property - until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered

Jun 22, 2012

Language Dates Back To God

Common Sense Commentary:  The Middle English word "language" derives from an Old French word, "langue" which means "tongue" which came from the Latin word, "lingua".  That, of course, dates back to Babel where God seperated the nations by languages (tongues).  When the Bible says the early Christians spoke in "tongues" it simply means languages.  They had the Great Commission to carry out and couldn't do it, not being able to speak the many languages of foreign Jews arriving in Jersulem for the  O.T. Feast of Penticost.  That was the sole purpose of being empowered to speak a language they did not know. When various foreigners were present, an interpreter was required.

All human language is a work in progress.  Time and change alter everything but God.
"For I am the Lord; I change not." Mal.3:6.  Since Babel, the sounds and meanings of words have mutated or deviated from what they originally were, many times.  Some of the meanings have completely changed. Just in my lifetime, American English has changed in many ways.  WWII brought young men and women together, from every state, into the military services.  A Texan and a boy from Brooklyn could hardly understand each other.  They spoke two very different dialects of the same language.  There must have been at least six or seven distinct dialects in our nation.  Many well traveled people could tell almost any American what state he/she were from, by their diction.  Radio and television commonality have homoginized American English so that we all sound very much alike now. 

Even the meanings of words change.  The word vulgar once meant "unrefined". Now it means indecent. "Gay" once meant an effervesent or happy attitude and people named their new-born girls that.  They certainly do not do so today.  "Terrible" is supposed to mean "horrible".  "Terribly" is now often used for "exceedingly".  Can a thing be terribly good? .... Only if it is delicious poison.

My point is, that the English language has changed considerably in the last four hundred years since King James had Bible Scholars translate my King James Bible. The newer versions of the Bible, though the words are easier to understand, being contemporary English, are not always accurate to the true meanings of the Received Texts (Textus Receptus).  Therefore, every student of the Bible should have an old dictionary, an old concordance and a King James Bible for their study.  When a Greek or Hebrew word is translated several different ways, I read them all, and every reference, to get the most accurate meaning.  Some Greek words require two or three English words to define them because there is no exact English counterpart word.
This is why our founding fathers not only founded our nation but also our first schools and colleges.  Harvard, Yale, Columbia and others. Their primary purpose was, that children study the Bible, even Greek and Latin, to have a more complete understanding of English words.  This required the importation of many thousands of King James Bibles for those schools.  Preachers were generally the teachers. 

My reason for using the King James exclusively, is because, though in Old English, it is more accurate to the Received Texts and because of it's poetic beauty.  If you use a "modern" version, there are now dozens, you need a King James to moderate the newer
version's deviations from central truth.  But .... that requires much more "stud y" by the
"stud ent", which is exactly what 2Tim.2:15 says to do. "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth."  Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me." Jn.14:6.  The Bible is our map to that "way", "truth" and "life".
He also said, "I am the light of the world".  That "light" is shinning through the prism of God's Word, the Bible. 

It is immencly interesting that the "Word" of God says that He "spoke" the worlds into existence, when He said, "Let there be....", in Gen.1 and God's "Word" then says, in John 1 that Jesus was not only there, but that He did the creating.  Notice that in John 1 the "Word" is capitalized which means it is a proper name of Jesus.  "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.... All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made..... He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.....And the Word  was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten (Son) of the Father,) full of grace and truth." It could not be clearer that Jesus Christ is the Living Word of God, the root and source of the written word of God.... the Holy Bible. "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God..."
2 Tim.3:16.  So be very very careful how you handle and use it. RB

Jun 19, 2012

Could You Survive A World Calamity?

Common Sense Commentary:   "Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase." Prov. 13:11

I was born at a pivot point in American history.  The Great Depression had just begun a year earlier. There was devastating unemployment, terrible poverty, plus the Southwestern Dust Bowl unfolding in our country. WWII was beginning in Europe and would soon engulf the U.S.  The war launched sixty years of unprecedented prosperity and high tech everything.  As a boy, mule drawn wagons and cowboys on horseback were and everyday sight in Sweetwater, Texas. Now, at 81, we have satellites rocketing around the earth from which I can dial anyone in the world or watch every news item on TV instantly, around the world.  From saddles to satellites in one lifetime.

Another great change and historic pivot point is now unfolding before our eyes. When the really hard times come to America, and the "chickens come home to roost", who will survive and who will not.  I am not speaking of eternity or of being a Christian. I am speaking of human life here and now. 

If you had to face an unsettled land with essentially no resources, except the soil and your energy and a hoe, could you survive in an unsettled land, as our pioneer, great great grandparents did?  In a land of wild wild Indians, snakes, grizzlies, and no doctors, little water, harsh winters and no stores of any kind, how would you survive?

Don't sell our forefathers and mothers short.  Few had an education, but they laid the foundation of what became the most successful nation on earth.  They couldn't drive a car, or use a computer or cell phone, and most could hardly read or write, but they had
"survival" knowledge. They could haul all their earthly possessions across the Continent, in a wooden wagon full of the implements of survival.  They could fight off marauding Indians, treat snake bite and a dozen diseases, drink muddy, ill tasting water
.... and survive.  They could stop in the middle of nowhere, a hundred miles from a three building town .... and survive.  They could dig a well fifty feet deep, through sand-stone to water, build a rock wall around it, hang a pulley or barked pole above it  ... and survive.  They could saw every board or dig up enough rock or make mud bricks and build a shanty of a home .... and survive.  They could plow a field full of rocks, sow a crop, weed it, water it, weed it and reap it .... and survive.  They could build a barn for their hay shocks and start a herd of cattle with two calves, doctor them, protect them, lose them and start again .... and survive.

Wives knew how to dry, bury can or preserve their harvest, raise chickens and prepare, plant and have a garden and store up the excess for a long cold winter ... and survive.
They could do all that and a thousand other chores while pregnant, give birth in a field or two room shack or soddy, without a doctor or midwife ... and survive.

So who of us will survive with no super markets or electricity, if it came to that?  New Yorkers?  Las Angelites?  Chicagoans? ...  where hundreds of thousands of hungry people are just beyond your four walls?  The answer is, of course, those who have taught themselves how to garden, save, store-up, save, make-do, use-up, and wear out.
Plus who is prepared mentally and physically ... but the key element is faith in our great God ... for "physical" survival. Yes, Christians will be caught up to heaven when the Great Tribulation begins .... but what about the months and years building up to that short seven year period?   The Apostle Paul said he had a "desire to depart" and be with the Lord "but to remain was more needful" to bring more souls to Christ. Phil.1:23-24. We may come to the place where we too have a desire to depart to heaven ... but we must live, thrive, survive until our time comes. We too must endure whatever comes and be witnesses for Christ, in the hard times, but we cannot do so unless we do survive our weakness, ignorance of survival tactics, weariness and difficulty.  Read, learn, preserve your resources, continue to function no matter what the future holds.  Be a vibrant, effective Christian .... survive ... for our Lord's service.

God commissioned Joseph, in Egypt, to store-up food in preparation for a famine.  Gen.41-42.  There are two sides of wealth ... the greedy, rich farmer who couldn't get enough of everything and the wise steward who was not greedy but diligent in the use of his masters goods in Lk.16:1-8.

"Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest." Prov.6:6-8.   "He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame." Prov.10:5  "He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding." Prov.12:11.  RB

Jun 14, 2012

Chris Matthews: One Honest Liberal Commentator

Common Sense Commentary:  "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth
shall make you free."  Jesus said it in Jn.8:32.

This is so true it speaks for itself;  But Liberals denied it for years. They had so brainwashed John Q, they didn't worry about public reaction.  But suddenly,
Chris Matthews, the Liberal's Liberal, who claimed a "thrill ran up his leg", 
blurted it out to the world: "The News Media is Liberal; it's true", he said.
He had an Obama, "My Muslim faith" moment, put his brain in neutral and
spoke from his heart. Now that Chris has fessed up for all his cohorts, and let
the flying nocturnal mammal out of the bat bag, the issue is settled.  Ten billion
denials are now in the "Liars Column". Why anyone is surprised beats me. 
NOW, my patriotic, Constitutional, all American friends, before the Liberals
finish the sentence and confess they are "really Socialists", which they are, we
must bring America back to her roots and foundation ... The United States
Constitution and Bill Of Rights. Long live Freedom in America.  I must add
this, "Thank you Chris for telling the truth when all those about you lie." RB

Jun 11, 2012

Where Are We On God's Scale Of Good & Evil ?

Common Sense Commentary:  God's question: "To whom will you liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be alike?"  Isa.46:5.
Apostolic warning: "We dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some, that commend themselves: but they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise." 2Cor.10:12.

Few men/women can judge themselves objectively ... all inaccurately.  "Objectively" speaks of an honest realist, "Inaccuracy" to unaware ignorance.  Ignorance, as in the fact that only our omniscient God knows the absolute contrast between good and evil, right and wrong.  He alone has perfect wisdom and infinite knowledge of the totality
of each persons true character and content.  Only He knows how truly evil our sins are and how wonderfully righteous rightness is.  Only He knows the precise extent of and eternal effects those two opposite extremes have upon each person and everyone around them. 

Apostle Paul said, "With me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgement; yea, I judge not mine own self." 1Cor.4:3.  Only God is able to judge us accurately.  We quickly judge ourselves and others with flawed, biased opinion and incomplete knowledge. We are but flesh.  Even Jesus said, "Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. And yet if I judge, my judgment is true" Jn.8:15-16.

Though we be completely honest, in our self judgement, and truly repentant of what we know about ourselves, we still do not fully comprehend the true awfulness of our sins or the depth of our guilt, in the light of God's holiness.  Job, the near perfect man (Job1:1), when he saw God's holiness said, "I have heard of thee ... but now mine eye seeth thee.  Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes." Job 42:5-6.  We are incapable of such judgement and ignorant of the vast scale between our sins and God's righteousness.  They are eternal opposites, an infinity apart.  Jesus bridges that gap and delivers us from where we are to where He is... forgiven, clean. RB

Jun 4, 2012

Homosexuality: What Does The Bible Say?

Common Sense Commentary:   No sinful addiction is easily conquered in our human strength; But our God is able, and will help those who are willing to listen to Him, and seek His deliverance from sin .... through Jesus Christ ... Lord and Savior.

The Bible Record is the final word.

If you do not believe the Bible is God's Word, there is no reason for you to read what I have to say about this subject.  God's Word is the only source, we humans have, of knowledge and truth above ourselves and our human opinions.  After all, each human opinion, based only on human thought and conclusion, has no final authority  superior to any other opinion ... without the Word of God. The Bible alone is exceptional in it's divine origin.  Or, if you don't believe that, you must admit it is unique in it's claim to be God's Word. If you prefer the Muslim "Holy" writings, Muhammad copied the Old Testament record, of Lot in Sodom, recorded by Moses, 2100 years after Moses gave it.  Besides that account of Sodomy in the Koran, Muhammad added these verses in the Hadith on homosexuality: "When a man mounts another man, the throne of God shakes." "Kill the one that is doing it and also kill the one that it is being done to." (in reference to the active and passive partners in gay sexual intercourse).  I doubt any homosexual person would prefer Muhammad's degree of inspiration to the Bible's.   Many millions of Christians have personal experience with the power and blessings of God's Word in their lives.  "All scripture is given by inspiration of God (breathed of God) and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."   2Tim.3:16.  The Scriptures I will use, all fit into those categories and are inspired of God.

Sex In Creation:

After God recreated the earth and made it habitable, for mankind and animal kind, He created the animals, male and female, after their various kinds, and spoke to their animal nature to be blessed, breed and "be fruitful and multiply and fill" the seas and earth with their offspring. Genesis 1:20-25.

Next, God said, "Let us (Holy Trinity) make man in our image, after our likeness ... So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth ...." Genesis 1:26-28. "Therefore shall a man ... cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." Gen.2:24. This last verse is repeated  four times in the New Testament ... by Jesus, Matt.19:5-6 and by Apostle Paul,  Eph.5:31 and 1Cor.6:15-16. This last reference is a condemnation of the abuse of the "one flesh" principle, by having any kind of sex other than between a husband and wife.

In my sixty years of Bible study for close to 20,000 sermons, lessons and speeches, it is my belief that God devised sex for three reasons: (1) As a physical means of reproduction for the continuum of human and animal life, on earth, in fulfillment of His divine purpose. (2) As an emotional and physical binding of husband and wife together as "one flesh" and thereby maintaining family unity for the welfare of each and for the training of children in a secure atmosphere. The "one flesh" phrase, first spoken by God in Gen.2:24, is clearly limited to husband and wife and nothing else. 
The Apostle Paul repeated and emphasised the God given limitation of "one flesh", in 1Cor.6:15-16, by condeming the unholy abuse of this Holy Union between husband and wife only.
(3) For the extreme pleasure of both husband and wife, primarily to draw them together, in order to get God's original plan of procreation in action.  If sex were not so pleasurable, men would likely lose interest and even avoid the extra time, effort and responsibility the whole process incurs.  Women would likely forgo the joys of having a "sweet little baby", remembering their last nine month's of inconvenience, pain, misery and bloated appearance ... followed by more years of inconvenience, pain, misery and work, raising a child to adulthood demands. Then a lifetime suffering with her adult child through the same story she went through. In other words, "No Pleasure, No, Thank You." Without the pleasure, it would be very difficult to keep the two sexes together in the same house, uhh neighborhood uhh city, state .... until they are both too physically feeble and feeble minded to safely live alone.

There is no room in any of these God inspired and God created elements of human sexuality for beastiality, incest, illicit sex of any kind including homosexuality.  In fact, God speaks against homosexuality as an especially wicked sin.

The Eternal Price Of Homosexuality...Practiced.

Homosexuality is a perversion of God's most holy human to human relationships,  husband and wife, which is a picture-type of the spiritual relationship of Christ and His Church, identified as the bridegroom and his bride in the Heavenly Family of God in Matt.25:1-10, Rev.18:23, and many other verses.  As Satan has counterfeited every holy thing God has devised, Christ vs. Anti-Christ, Holy Spirit vs. evil spirits, Christ's Church vs. the harlot church of Revelation, Holy Bible vs. perverted versions of the Bible, the Muslim Koran, Book of Mormon, Prophets of God vs. the false prophets, Male/Female marriage sex vs. male/male and female/female sex and "marriage".  Lucifer even fantasises himself as God vs. Jehovah God in Isa.14:12-15.  COUNTERFEITS !

Homosexuality (Sodomy) In The Old Testament:

Homosexuality was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Sodom was the wicked city of sodomites in Genesis 19, where two angels, messengers of God, appeared as men at the door of Lot and were invited to spend the night because the streets were full of sodomites.  The word spread throughout the city that these two strangers were in Lot's home and the entire city surrounded the house and demanded that Lot bring his two guests out to them that they might rape them.  Their depraved, homosexual lust was so uncontrollable that they were going to tear Lot's house down to get the two messengers of God for their twisted, perverted pleasure.  Read it !  Gen.19.

Homosexuality in the New Testament:

You should read Romans 1:18-32 to get the full impact of the cause and consequences of homosexuality. 

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Romans 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature (human body) more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. Romans 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  ****
  Romans 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Romans 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Romans 1:31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
And yet they say, "It's not mentioned in the Bible". 

My friends, human words, actions, condemnation cannot change the homosexual.  You must pray to God for their spiritual deliverance... at least from the practice of this sin.

I am sincerely burdened for anyone who has this sin, and for their loved ones and friends who can not bear to even think about it in their child, parent, friend or sibling. May God give you strength and peace. RB http://godfatherpolitics.com/5534/new-mexico-court-says-christian-photographer-must-violate-faith-or-pay-hefty-fines/

Jun 3, 2012

A Christian, Constitutional, Conservative, Independent American

Common Sense Commentary: For years I have been more anti-Democrat than Pro-Republican.  Many times I have voted for the lesser of two evils.  When I looked at the two Party Platforms, there was little difference, but their actions, after election, gave the Republicans the edge so I considered myself on the right wing of the Republican Party... a Constitutional, Conservative, Christian Republican.  I chose that because I couldn't see any wing of the Democrat Party which fit that description.  I disagreed with half of the Republican and ninety  percent of the Democrat Party.  But the Democrats aren't one hundred percent responsible for the unholy mess politicians and greedy, freeloading  voters have gotten us into.  In my estimation, the political and financial chaos which looms on the horizon of our shores is the natural result of the seed we have sown.  The effect does not determine the cause, the cause determines the effect.  So what is the cause?  Like all such calamities in all of history, the cause is, at it's root, a spiritual problem. 

When America was considered by most of the world as a "Christian, Conservative nation of Constitutional Law and Freedom, our people mostly accepted the Bible as God's Word and the Constitution as the limits of Law, we did very well.  We were known as "Christian America".  But, though our country was unquestionably founded upon Christian principles by mostly Christian believers, we are no longer a truly, basically, Christian nation.  The evidence of that is plainly obvious in the kind of politicians we elect, the entertainment a majority of Americans enjoy, the rise of divorce, abortions, drug addiction, perversion of marriage, and the metamorphic devolving of our churches from something holy, biblical,  and born again, into a religious freeforall with no standards and tons of emotion, show and glitter.  A beautiful butterfly has become a huge, gorging  fat caterpillar. Our problems are spiritual.  Though Christian evangelicals who vote, vote Republican, neither party can be classified as "Christian".  The Republican party has slowly but surely become the Democrat "Lite" Party. 

I am not at all sure that "any" political party can be truly Christian.  Those which call themselves "Christian" something or other, in other countries are not, in any way, truly Christian.  Even most pseudo "Christian" churches are not truly, "Christian" so it is foolish to expect a political party to be "Christian".  Our Christian, founding fathers left that door open for all Americans to have "Freedom of Religion", regardless of what religion it might be or no religion at all.  Christianity must be freely, personally accepted by a person, of their own free will, or their "profession" means nothing at all.  So called "Catholic countries" are Christian in name only not in reality.  All Muslim countries were originally conquered by Muslims and forced into their religion in the first generation and following generations were physically and psychologically born into it, not spiritually "born again" into it.

I am not looking for a "Christian" Political Party.  There is no such thing.  I am looking for a Political Party which first, follows our Constitution and Bill of Rights to the letter.  It worked for nearly 200 years and would still be working if Patriotic, thinking  Americans had risen up in absolute defiance when the first deviation from it was not challenged by an irrepressible, united  force of good Citizens.  As with raising children, that first violation, of the rules we live by, undisiplined, leads to another and another and another until half the country has no respect for our Constitution at all, and no idea what it says.  Even as a spoiled,  undisiplined child, with no rules of order, grows up into an undisciplined, anything goes, irresponsible adult... which is exactly what we are dealing with today.  This did not happen overnight but has been at least 50 years in the making, and cannot be reversed quickly.   Half of the American people were born into a welfare, free stuff, political patrimonial society which assumes the government or "someone" owes them a living, guaranteed happiness, a retirement and free everything, which they cannot or do not provide for themselves.  That is a direct contradiction of God's first assignment to man .... "work".  "And the LORD God took the man, and put him in the Garden of Eden to dress it and keep it." Gen.2:15.  God's work assignment to people came before sin and it's resulting curse of thorns, thistles and "In the sweat of thy face (hard labor) shalt thou eat bread til thou return unto the ground." Gen.3:19. God's word also admonishes us, "For when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.  Now them that are such we command and exhort, by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread."  1 Thess.3:10-12.

The only way the USA will ever be restored to "the land of the free" is for "the home of the brave"  to rise up in united, titanium toughness and force the issue through the ballot box.  God owes us nothing.  He will deliver individual souls who repent and turn to Christ but He will not deliver our nation out of the sinful swamp a majority of us have created and a majority which still thinks Socialism's "free stuff" works.  Both parties have been terminally infected with that disease and one of them is on it's Liberal death bed. 

The Libertarian Party isn't the answer for Christians either.  Though they strongly believe in the U.S. Constitution, a majority of them are for practically no rules at all and are for "choice" concerning abortion, drugs, gay marriage and whatever.  If they would exchange those things for the Biblical or at least moral point of view, I could join them, but that won't happen. At least they are for the U.S. Constitution.
A "Sea Change"  for a Strongly Constitutional, Political Party is desperately needed. The Tea Party isn't really a Political Party, in it's true sense, with a separate primary, and a slate of candidates for office,  though it is political and strongly patriotic, it simply supports "Constitutional" candidates.  It is rather like me in that it is compelled to vote for the most Constitutional of the Republican candidates or run one of their own as a Republican.  Tea Partiers are  mostly, common, ordinary, patriotic, Constitutional, tax paying Americans looking for a home. They don't care much about the Republican Party and have nothing in common with Democrats ... nothing. The last Democrat I could have voted for was Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia, who has long since outgrown political office. 

Any political party which has within it's ranks ninety percent of the nation's gays, abortionists, Socialists, religious Liberals, dis-respecters of our Constitution, freeloaders, anti-Christians, pro-big government, anti-military, illegal alien voters, and
the Jessie Jacksons, Al Sharptons, Nancy Pelosis, Harry Reids and the President's Czars and Cabinet, is not the party of my father, who was a democrat most of his life.
He left the party only after it left him.  Under no circumstances could I be a member of such an organization.  Neither can I call myself a Republican since it has and is still contributing to the near 100 trillion dollar debt and obligations politicians have dragged us into.

So what am I?  A Christian, Constitutional, Conservative, Independent American.  In that order.  But, there is no such Political Party.  There needs to be one.  RB

Jun 2, 2012

I Am Hurt, but I am not slain

Common Sense Commentary:  "But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry." 2 Tim.4:5.

 The plight of Andrew Barton:
I am hurt, but I am not slain; I will lay me down and bleed a while, And then I will rise and fight again.

Our present crisis:
The problem most people have, with decisions and investing, is that they forget what they know to be true, and begin to listen to "experts" with an agenda. We know that the printing of fiat money (baseless paper) has exploded exponentially, and will continue to accelerate, with Europe now joining the race. So where does that always lead? Inflation!  Right now, inflation and deflation are hand in hand swinging down the lane.  Having brought us to this crisis, World Governments have NO OTHER SOLUTION to their massive debt, which they created, except inflating our currency or default.  The spark became a flame, the flame a conflagration.  At this irreversible juncture with calamity, all paper promises are highly combustible. Gold and silver are the most "convenient" way to store wealth that cannot be printed at will. A better way is "Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven..." Matt.6:20. If you have the "Joseph in Egypt" calling, you can do both.  Financially and physically speaking, the only thing worse than preparing for a crisis that does not happen, is not preparing for a crisis that does happen. Joseph prepared and saved his entire family. I believe all paper wealth has seen it's best days and won't be worth the paper it is printed on. Illustration... Weimar, Germany

Dont You Quit by Ralph Acosta

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It' when things seem worst that you must not quit.

I am hurt, but I am not slain; I will lay me down and bleed a while, And then I will rise and fight again.
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations (trials) ;
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect (mature)and
entire, wanting nothing. James 1:2-4

Jun 1, 2012

Narcissism: From whence Cometh Self Adoration ?

Common Sense Commentary: Greek mythology tells of a young hunter, Narcissus,  who was renowned for his beauty... and so proud of it, he fell in love with himself and could not bear leaving his reflective image in a pond, and so, died there gazing at his only beloved. He loved himself more than anyone else and even more than life itself..... Narcissism is self-worship.

As the vast majority of human beings are driven to survival, some are equally driven to power, control, sex, wealth, excessive food, alcohol, drugs, fame, false religion, perversion, physical beauty, perfection and other depraved, inordinate fantasies. I say, "equally driven", because I have known of people who were as obsessed with these out of control lusts as with their very survival... because it killed them and they knew it was killing them. In fact, any of those things, if coveted to such an extreme, will ruin your physical or mental health and shorten your life.  The question is, what inner force is it which has such power over a person as to drive them deeper and deeper into their insatiable passion for fulfillment to the satisfaction of their personal demon?  I think it is just that .... a demon or demons.

There are three possible ways demons may affect a person.  First, a "religious" person, or one raised under excessive "religious" (Not Christ-like) influence, may become obsessed  with the idea of demons.  This obsession accredits every mistake, sin or negative experience to demons.  We do some of those things on our own.  But they may "feel the presence of demons" in every personal conflict, in people they don't like or maybe in large buildings at night, alone, or in a "haunted house".  Some see demons behind every shadow and problem.  Second, a person may be oppressed by demons.  Satan often oppresses someone who is close to accepting Christ or has already been saved and is seeking God's will, or someone God  is dealing with.  A true Christian can be oppressed "upon" by demons, but not "within" himself.  This brings us to the third effect .... Demon possessed.  All true Christians have  God's  Holy Spirit ... all of Him.  He is not liquid, vapor or divisible substance. The Scripture speaks of Him as a person ... the third person of the Trinity.  The problem is not how much of the Holy Spirit you have but how much of you... He has. Some Christians reserve compartments of their lives unyielded to God. But the Spirit of Christ wants all of us as we have all of Him.  You either have Him or you don't have Him.   "Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His." Rom.8:9.   Therefore, if you are a Christian, and the Spirit of Christ lives IN you, demons cannot live there, in you, with Christ, also.  It is not possible. Christ would not live there with Satan and Satan cannot live there with Christ ... In you. Christians cannot be demon possessed but they can be demon obsessed or demon oppressed and still be a Christian.

A narcissist is either demon oppressed or demon possessed, but it is not possible for a "self worshiper" to also be a worshiper God.  Jesus said, "No man can serve two masters...."  Matt.6:24.  Even though there are often "professing" Christians and even "preachers" who are obviously narcissists.  They, therefore, probably are not truly saved, in my opinion.  I think Judas fit that description.  This was the downfall of Lucifer, the Arch-angel, also.  Read his self adoration's ambition  in Isa. 14:13-14.  There, you will see a narcissist or self-worshiper.  He clearly put himself above  his  Creator and worshiped himself, not God, but pretended to worship God. You will see, there, that God did not tolerate Lucifer's self-worship for long and he will not tolerate it in us either .... for long.

Jesus asked some unbelieving Jews, "How can you believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that cometh from God only?"  Jn.5:44.  These very religious people claimed to be "believers" in God, but Jesus denied them.  RB