The Cave of Adullam

1 Samuel 22

David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was [a]discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.

The Cave of Adullam

By Sara Groves

Speak to me, speak to me in my cave of Adullam.
Reach to me, reach to me.
No one cares for my soul.
I thought I saw your kingdom,
but it’s not going to happen like I thought it would happen.
Remind me, remind me of the vision you gave me.
Remind me, remind me what anointing oil is for.
I need to know you’re near me.
I need to know you are holding me just as closely

As the day you took my life and gave me a vision,
as the day you poured the oil and gave me a dream.
I can’t believe this is happening.
How does a shepherd become a king?

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Black Lives Matter and Romans 13

This is not complex.

This does not require a degree from Harvard Divinity School.  (In fact, that may only blind you to the Truth even further.)

If you are a Christian, if you claim to follow Jesus, if you consider the Bible, the Old and New testaments to be the Word of God: revealed Truth, then you are standing at a fork on the road.

You cannot be a Child of God and “straddle the fence.”

If you take the path to the Right, then you believe that every word in the Bible is God’s Word without error or embellishment.  It is God’s Word; plain and simple.  Divine Truth without error.

If you take the path that veers to the Left, then the Bible cannot be trusted: it is riddled with errors and was created by men: Not by God.  It is a false, counterfeit, man-made document; not divinely inspired and written.

You cannot have it both ways.

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Many Christians, those who profess belief in God and his Word have now embraced the false doctrine, the evil teaching of “Black Lives Matter.”

These Christians, many of whom I love and respect, have abandoned God and his Word and embraced the false narrative that is now fast becoming a new “faith” in modern America.

What does the Bible say about black criminals dying at the hands of police?  What does God say about police officers and agents of the state?  Are they “murderers” like the BLM false narrative says?

Or does God say something entirely different than Black Lives Matter?

Romans 13: 1-5

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will [a]bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake.

This is either true.  Or it is not.  You cannot have it both ways.

Does God want you to submit to the police?  Or fight them and resist arrest because they are hateful racists?  Are black people submitting or resisting the police?  Is resisting the police; Godly, righteous, wholesome behavior?  Or is it sin and wickedness? 

This is NOT open to “interpretation.”

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Matthew Henry 1662-1714 

The grace of the gospel teaches us submission and quiet, where pride and the carnal mind only see causes for murmuring and discontent. Whatever the persons in authority over us themselves may be, yet the just power they have, must be submitted to and obeyed. In the general course of human affairs, rulers are not a terror to honest, quiet, and good subjects, but to evil-doers. Such is the power of sin and corruption, that many will be kept back from crimes only by the fear of punishment. Thou hast the benefit of the government, therefore do what thou canst to preserve it, and nothing to disturb it. This directs private persons to behave quietly and peaceably where God has set them.

John F. MacArthur, b. 1939

But the institution of government with all of its failures and abuses is nonetheless designed by God for the protection of life and property, the repression of evil, and the rewarding of virtue and good.

Here then is the first reason to submit to the government.  It is designed by God.  God knows what our government is like.  God knows what our situation is like.  God has allowed it.  It is His appointment and we are to submit to it.  That’s our responsibility.

Second point, government is by divine decree, first of all. Secondly, resistance to government is rebellion against God.  Resistance to government is rebellion against God.  All sin against civil authority is a sin against God who put that authority there.

Look at it there in verse 2.  “Therefore, he who resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God.”  The word “ordinance” is “institute,” “institution,” diatag.  You’re really opposing God.  Whoever resists… The word “resist” here has the idea of lining yourself up against.  It’s a military term, getting in line against, to arrange yourself to take action against.  When you do that, when you resist the government, you have committed an awful crime, a crime against God Himself.

It was not consequential whether the Roman emperor was elected by the people, whether he was appointed by the senate, or whether he was placed by the military, or whether he inherited it by family.  That didn’t matter.  It was not consequential whether the imperial authority asserted by Caesar was just or unjust, or whether Caesar was good or bad.  We know his authority was often unjust and he was terribly wicked, that was not an issue.  Still Paul says to the Roman Christians, submit.

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As a Christian, you can NOT have this “both ways.”

Either,

(A) You side with Black Lives Matter (BLM), Antifa, and other un-Godly groups and their rebellion against God and the civil authority (police) that God has instituted to keep order and punish the evil doer.

Or,

(B) You side with God and the police (law enforcement) who are doing HIS WILL in protecting society and keeping us all safe.

The Bible is clear: Those who submit have nothing to fear.  The only ones upon whom the sword falls are those who resist the lawful authority that God has put in power.

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.

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Warrior

This is a deeply personal song for me and the brother who wrote and sings it, Matthew Ward, has had his own struggles with faith and life.

For all of those who struggle, this is for you.

Warrior

By Matthew Ward

So many times, you would let your faith fade away
Blind to the truth
There’s an enemy that would lead your soul astray

You can train in warfare
You are called to fight the fight

The fight of faith
Is a battle that no man should ever lose
Hold to the truth
There are many powerful weapons you can choose

You can train in warfare
You are called to be a

Warrior, stand up and fight
Warrior, stand up and fight

Don’t let this world
Drown out the Light within your heart
Fight the good fight
Standing with the full armor of light

You can train in warfare
You are called to be a

Warrior, stand up and fight
Warrior, stand up and fight

This world grows darker with each passing day
Pray for His light
Call on His love
And wisdom and light
Will shine through your heart
Breaking down walls
That are blocking your sight
Allowing you room to be training for the fight
As you grow into a

Warrior, stand up and fight
Warrior, stand up and fight

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The Safe Distance of Doubt

As I watch events unfolding all around me and ask the question: How could this have happened?  I must, if I am going to be honest, look into the mirror and take a good hard look at myself during the past 40 years.

In this absence of moral courage and conviction, and immersing myself in hypocrisy and denial of my own sin and cowardice, I am not unlike King David when confronted by Nathan.

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How did I arrive at this dark time?

How did I become a man like King David; blind to my own weakness, cowardice, and sin?

Because I abandoned Truth, in order to live in the safe distance of doubt.

I dressed up moral cowardice and called it, “skepticism.”

In 1978, when I was 19 years old, I became a Christian.

I was strong in my faith back then, and bold in my preaching of God’s Truth.

In 1981, I married a beautiful Christian girl from my church and in 1984 we moved from Phoenix to a small town in West Virginia and I enrolled in a small Bible College in preparation of becoming a full-time Evangelist.

Looking back now, I was rich beyond my wildest dreams.

I had a young, Godly, pretty wife who celebrated the passion of our marriage every night in our marriage bed.  I was certain of my faith and certain that God had called me to the preaching ministry and had given me a beautiful young faithful wife as a life-long companion.

Then, in September of that year, just after I enrolled in Bible college, my younger brother was killed in a horrific auto crash in Tennessee.

At the tender age of 19 my little brother was dead.

I could not really live with that loss.  I dropped out of college, stopped going to church and became angry and bitter.  I wanted nothing more to do with faith or moral certainty.

And what did I do what that anger and bitterness?

I immersed myself in worldly knowledge; history, politics, philosophy, etc.  I became skilled at interjecting doubt into moral certainty.  I become an expert in moral doubt, relativism and skepticism.

I read, celebrated, and championed authors, speakers and worldly philosophers who made a living and a name for themselves by deconstructing any kind of faith or certainty.

I believed myself to be “enlightened” having put away silly outdated ideas about faith, God, patriotism, nation, family, loyalty, honor.

My liberal arts education at Ohio University from 1992 to 1996 only amplified this agnosticism about anything and everything.  Nothing was true.  Nothing was right.  Nothing was certain.  Not life, not morality, not faith, not honor, not virtue.  Everything and everyone was “relative” and open to question.

I thought of myself as wise, but in reality I was foolish.

ND5YFYVQIZHDLMXQDV3D2KENUE Looking back now, at the age of 61 I have come to see many things that I did not see 40 years ago.

Yes, hindsight is 20/20.

First, I have come to see that it wasn’t just my brother who died in that September of 1984.  I died too.  When I abandoned my faith in God, when I abandoned my certainty in the grounding of Truth, I ended up losing everything.

In 1984 my “Moral Compass” was shattered.

That year, the year my brother died, the seeds of death were planted in my marriage.  We made the marriage “work” until 1993, but I was no longer the man she had married in 1981 so she left.

In 1981 she had married a born-again Christian who was on fire for God and was full of conviction about Biblical moral Truth.  When we divorced in 1993, the man she was married to was a bitter, skeptical agnostic doubter who ridiculed the very idea of objective Truth and moral certainty.

I don’t blame her for leaving: I was no longer the man she had married.

I consoled myself about the divorce and my brother’s death with more doubt and skepticism; more worldly knowledge in a vain pursuit of “truth” without faith in God or his Holy Word.  The deeper I fell into the hole, the more furiously I dug the hole deeper.

Second, I have come to see with crystal clarity that what we call “doubt” or “agnosticism” are just a convenient, sophisticated way to cover, obscure and justify our own moral cowardice.

The skeptic or agnostic never has to take a stand on any moral issue because he “doubts” and “sees both sides” of an issue.  He can stand “aloof” high upon a mountaintop of stoic philosophical detachment as his faith, his church, his family, and his nation are ripped apart and pummeled by the forces of darkness and evil.  Hyperbole?  I think not.

I have been a coward, and that is tough to admit,

I have been living in the safe distance of doubt.

I kept silent as greedy, false teachers (like Joel Osteen) preached a false doctrine of “health and wealth” and deceived millions.  I didn’t raise my voice against him and his ilk because I lived in a place called doubt.

I had no interest in going to war again.

I was a “doubter” and a “skeptic” therefore I was exempt from spiritual service in a time of spiritual warfare.

920x920 (1) For almost 40 years I kept quiet and told myself that I was above the fray and besides, I didn’t believe in God anyway.

Spiritual, cultural, moral combat was being waged against my faith, my nation, my race, and God himself.  But I had grow tired of the war and wanted to live in “peace” as everything around me was being burned and torn down.

I lived in the safe distance of doubt.

“Can anyone really know the truth about anything?” I said to myself.

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My “sword” (Bible) sat on a shelf gathering dust, as the enemies of civilization, the enemies of Truth, the enemies of God laid waste to the America I was born into.

But no more.

They say that in times of plague or civil war people often find, or re-connect with their faith: I guess I am no different in that sense.

My “truce” with a wicked world is at an end.

I am no longer living in the safe distance of doubt.

We Are All Pontius Pilate Now

One of the things that liberal democracy has excelled at since 1945 and the end of the “Great War” is the discouragement or destruction of strong truths and shared love of one’s race, faith, and nation.  Deconstruction, post-modernism, moral relativism, doubt and subjectivity have become the ruling thought process of our time.

In my lifetime (I am 61) I wish I had a dollar for each time someone spoke the words of Pontius Pilate to me in a discussion or debate.

Quid est veritas?  “What is truth?”

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Jesus Before Pilate

28 Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover. 29 So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?”

30 “If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.”

31 Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”

“But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected. 32 This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.

33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”

35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”

36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. 39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”

40 They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.  John 18: 28-40

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In 2020 America, we are all now stoic Roman governors seeking to appease the mindless mob by retreating into the open sewer of moral cowardice. doubt and deconstruction.  What is truth?

Recently I stumbled into a 2011 Catholic blog and post (no, I am not Catholic) and the writer pointed out some lessons about Governor Pilate that we should all muse upon.

Here is the link to the article: Whosoever Desires

Why does Pilate get our empathy?

Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ last year generated a lot of discussion and ended with an intriguing question:  “Why does Pilate always get so much empathy from us?”

It would be easy, at this point, to start tossing around charges of anti-Semitism, charges which would allow us to feel a certain measure of moral superiority over those less enlightened than ourselves.  Then we could pray like the righteous Pharisee, “God, I thank thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, anti-Semites like Mel Gibson over there” (Lk 18:10).

Throwing around such charges is a way of doing precisely the same thing that blaming the Jews for the crucifixion once did:  deflecting guilt from ourselves.  I would suggest a far more troubling answer to the question, “Why do we empathize with Pilate?”

The Blog’s author has an answer that I am forced to agree with: Because we see so much of ourselves in Pilate.

For a man who lived over 2,000 years ago, in a time and culture very different than our own, he is remarkably like us in so many ways.

Pontius Pilate: A Western Man.

Pilate is educated, Western, professional; he is not a sociopath, not some oriental despot, neither particularly poor nor fantastically rich; above all, he is no religious fanatic.  The purity laws of the Jews, their concerns about idolatry, seem as foreign and irrational to him as they do to us.  His concern is not for God’s honor but for, to borrow a phrase from the Constitution, domestic tranquility.  He wishes the Jews would disagree without being so violently disagreeable.

Pilate is not bloodthirsty.  Nor is he indifferent to justice.  If given the choice, he would prefer that the innocent not die, but neither truth nor justice are his highest priorities.  He is more concerned with keeping the peace and keeping his job.  Pilate fears the passions of the crowd and the opinions of his superiors.  He is a canny enough politician to know that it is best to stay the middle course.  Even if the middle course is immoral—having Jesus beaten before he is released (Lk 23:13)—it is still moderate and centrist.

Pilate’s actions in the Gospels even have a way of bridging differences.  He becomes friends with his onetime rival, Herod.  In Luke’s Gospel, Herod is spiritual but not religious.  He is curious about Jesus, not wishing him any harm at first, even eager to see him.  But when he realizes that there is no religious novelty in Jesus, no quick fix, no sign; when the spiritual exoticism has worn off and Herod sees in Jesus only the prospect of unpopular moral commitment, he has no use for him.

Governor Pilate is a moderate.  In American political terms, he is a “centrist Republican” or “moderate Democrat.”

Never taking a “extreme” position or course of action; always checking the temperature of the mob to see which direction they are likely to go in.  Governor Pilate is a follower of trends; not a leader of Men.

Pilate: Skeptic, Doubter, Moderate.

Pilate recognizes no absolute standard of truth.  “What is truth?” he asks (Jn 18:38), a question repeated in our own day often in such a tone as to imply that to answer would be offensive.  Pilate, like so many of us, faced with perplexing truth claims and passionate religious differences, weighed down with a history of violence and error, takes refuge in a relativism that seeks simply to tolerate.  Pilate has a COEXIST bumper sticker on his car.

The problem with coexistence, however, is that it occasionally means sacrificing those who step too far out of the social order, those whose existence threatens our coexistence, whether they be innocent or not.  Coexistence cannot tolerate one who says that coexistence is not enough, that there is a right and a wrong way of existingTolerance cannot bear one who says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me” (Jn 14:6).  Jesus came preaching love, not tolerance.  The Gospels would have had a very different ending if his command had been, “Tolerate one another as I have tolerated you” (Jn 13:34).

We are like Pilate.  We all desire to be thought of as moderates; we do not like our religion too extreme; we get nervous at words like “truth.”  We know that such words have a way of stirring conflict, and we want peace.

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We should listen to the words of Christ again, and again.

“In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” John 18:37

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The Golden Calf

I think a lot about the Golden Calf these days.

The Golden Calf, 1446 BC

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When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods[a] who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”

Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods,[b] Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”

When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the Lord.” So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’  Exodus 32: 1-8

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The Golden Calf, 2020 AD

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The parallels are striking.

Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods,[b] Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”

They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it…”

Yes, they have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it.

The parallels are striking.

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The Golden Calf, 2020 AD

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The Golden Calf, 1446 BC

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Note; this scene from the 1956 film The Ten Commandments, is worth it’s weight in gold.  (No pun intended.  Well, maybe a little.)

Edward G. Robinson who played mostly gangster and hoodlum roles in the 1940s, plays the role of Dathan The Overseer in this 1956 Biblical film to the hilt.  No one else could have played this role except Edward G. Robinson.

By the way, do you see any parallels with our own time?

Band of Survivors

I will be honest.  Getting through each day is not easy.  As the darkness covers our land I am terrified and full of sorrow.  Terror of what the future may hold; and deep sorrow knowing that the America I knew and loved is dead and it’s not coming back to life.

I am struggling with and reconnecting to a faith I had long ago abandoned.  I will write more about that in another post.

Music, contemporary Christian music helps me a great deal.

It edify s my soul and centers my mind and gives me hope.

Without hope, there is no life.

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Band of Survivors

by Twlia Paris.

There is a war raging on
Between the right and wrong
And we have encountered the darkness
But as each night moves along
We face another dawn
To reach for the courage of love
As the fainthearted run for the shelter of home
There’s a question that hangs in the air
When the smoke clears away from the battlefield
Who will be there?

Will you stand with the band of survivors?
Hand in hand ’til the end of the day
Taking the land with the band of survivors
Tried in the fire
Will you stand with the band?
These are the ones
He will choose to win the victory
And He will declare it is over
And so we honor the call
Remain upon the wall
And trust in the name of our God
When the body is weak and the heart is afraid
Then be strong for the message is clear
When the banner is raised on the mountain
We still will be here?

Will you stand with the band of survivors?
Hand in hand ’til the end of the day
Taking the land with the band of survivors
Tried in the fire
Will you stand?
Will you stand in the path of the strong man
To be counted for all you believe?
Will you stand with the heart of a warrior
By the blood of the Lamb
In the name of the King?

Will you stand with the band of survivors?
Hand in hand ’til the end of the day
Taking the land with the band of survivors
Tried in the fire
Will you stand with the band?
Will you stand with the band?

Twila-Paris

Who You Tryin’ to Kid, Kid?

A 1983 song for our times, by Steve Taylor.

Bad Rap: Who You Tryin’ to Kid, Kid?

Now L. A. hip and N. Y. chic
Been dancin’ lately cheek to cheek
While Midwest good ole boys like me
Should all be playing catch-up, see

Subscribe to the Village Voice in throngs
And guess who gigs at Madame Wong’s
Well drop your pens and pant designs
And drop six words in your open minds

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Who you tryin’ to kid, kid?
To the Hollywood school
Teaching everything’s cool
Who you tryin’ to kid, kid?
To the Greenwich mockingbird
Who has gotta have the last word
Got your head together now?
Got a way that’s better now?
Who you tryin’ to kid, kid?
(Say what, bad rap, uh huh)

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You save the whales
You save the seals
You save whatever’s cute and squeals
But you kill “that thing” that’s in the womb
Would not want no baby boom

Good, bad, laugh and scorn
Blame yourself for kiddie porn
Convenience is the law you keep
And your compassion’s ankle deep

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Who you tryin’ to kid, kid?
Wrap it in a fine philosophy
Who you tryin’ to kid, kid?
But your bottom line still says “me me me”
Got your head together now?
Got a way that’s better now?
Who you tryin’ to kid, kid?

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You’ll march if all the streets are full
A two bit closet radical
No time to check the end result
Expedience is your catapult

Convictions make your skin to crawl
You act like you’re above it all
You say faith is a crutch for a mind that’s closed
You guzzle your crutch and shove it up your nose

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Who you tryin’ to kid, kid?
To my left wing band with their head in the sand
Who you tryin’ to kid, kid?
To the “might makes right” playin’ chicken (delight)
Got your head together now?
Got a way that’s better now?
Who you tryin’ to kid, kid?

Can’t understand those Christians
So you type us all in stereo
They’re hypocrites
They’re such a bore
Well come on in
There’s room for one more

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So now you’re mad
Who is this guy?
To bake us all in one big pie?
You think I care?
Forget it, hon
You’ve just been shot
With your own gun
(Bad rap, uh huh)
Sugar Hill’s gonna need a pill
Grandmaster Flash gonna get a rash

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J. D. Greear and BLM

It is getting harder to shock me these days.

For the past six months I have watched elected leaders of both parties dismiss and allow a lethal pathogen to spread like wildfire.  Some even advancing the hateful, despicable view that people like me over 50 should be willing to sacrifice our lives for Wall Street and the American economy.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, those same inept, corrupt, craven “leaders” then got on their knees and praised the criminals, arsonists, looters, and thugs who were burning and looting America in the worst act of rapine pillage in our history.

And now, we have the sick, obscene spectacle of Evangelical Christian pastors and leaders bowing before BLM and the violent mobs.

Case in point,

the leader of the Southern Baptist Convention J. D. Greear.

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Fox News reported,

The leader of the largest Protestant Christian denomination in the country shocked many when he urged his members to declare “black lives matter” and denounced using “all lives matter.”

J.D. Greear, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), made the comments during his annual address delivered on Facebook due to coronavirus orders limiting public gatherings.

Southern Baptists, we need to say it clearly as a gospel issue: Black lives matter,” Greear said. “Of course black lives matter. Our black brothers and sisters are made in the image of God. Black lives matter because Jesus died for them.”

“And, oh by the way, let’s not respond by saying ‘all lives matter,'” Greear said.

Really?  Is that what Jesus would say Pastor Greear?

“Let’s not respond by saying all lives matter.”

Would you have ever believed that a Christian Pastor, the leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, would say such a thing in 2020?

After the uproar, J. D. Greear took to Facebook again and tried to soften and walk back his comments.  He said that they were “taken out of context” and he even said that the BLM website itself had been “hacked” or “hijacked” to say some very un-Christian things that as a Christian Pastor he knew were “problematic.”

“I realize that the movement (BLM) and the website has been hijacked by some political operatives whose worldview and policy prescriptions would be deeply at odds with my own, but that doesn’t mean the sentiment behind it is untrue,” Greear added.

No, the BLM website and the BLM movement has not been “hacked” or “hijacked.” 

Here are their explicit words.  The official statement of BLM.

Written by a BLM administrator; not a “hacker.”  Judge for yourself.

“We … do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege. We build a space that … is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered. We dismantle patriarchal practices … We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure … We foster a queer-affirming network … with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking …” 

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Perhaps what Pastor Greear said about the police and law enforcement is even more troubling.

“Black Lives Matter is an important thing to say right now because we are seeing the evidence of specific injustices that our black brothers and sisters and friends have been telling us about for years.  We need to take a deep look at our police systems and structures and ask where are we missing the mark.  And we need to do that because, Black Lives Matter.”  

Does the Bible talk this way? 

Has Jesus or the Apostle Paul ever said anything even remotely similar to what Pastor Greear just said?

Romans 13: 1-5

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

Pastor Greear was not upset because innocent people were killed and their businesses burned and looted.  He NEVER took to Facebook to denounce the criminality and violence.  He took to Facebook and told millions of Christians that, “Black Lives Matter” and to sow doubts about the police and law enforcement.  (See Romans 13)

Jesus said, “By their fruits you will know them.”

Pastor J. D. Greear is a FALSE TEACHER. 

Southern Baptists, we need to say it clearly as a gospel issue: Black lives matter.  And, let’s not respond by saying ‘all lives matter.”  J. D. Greear

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