‘Paul’s Speech to Wise Fools’ (2015)

Providentially, a wise fool appeared as if to illustrate Paul’s point: see his lengthy sophomoric contest below the original post.


There’s no fool like an educated fool.

Jesus Said, ‘It Is Not for You to Know’

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I shy away from conspiracy theories, and from self-anointed prophets who come up with flashy interpretations of Biblical prophecies.

So when I read yesterday that the New World Order, NWO to fans, is fixing to nuke New York to stop tonight’s presidential debate ( http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2016/09/nwo-to-nuke-new-york-before-debate-3416801.html ), it sort of made my head come to a point. This prophecy, we are told, comes from “a Kenyan lady” who got it directly from God.

Just before Our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, after His resurrection from the dead, some of the disciples asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” As if this were all about setting up Israel with a king again: maybe they weren’t paying much attention to the Gospel.

And Jesus answered, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father hath put in His own power” (Acts 1:7).

What part of “It is not for you to know” don’t some people understand?

So tonight will come and go without New York City being blown off the map, and tomorrow it’ll be another conspiracy, another prophecy, etc., etc.

How many times did the Lord have to say that His return would take the whole world by surprise, and that we must “watch”–“What I say unto you, I say unto all: Watch” ( Mark 13:37)–and that we are to be found at our posts, performing our duties like good servants, when He finally does return–“like a thief in the night” ( I Thessalonians 5:2).

We can’t help wondering exactly when that time will be, and trying to figure it out by studying the Bible’s many prophecies.

But I think we have to find more productive ways to “occupy until I come” ( Luke 19:13).

Is It OK for Christians to Watch Pagan Movies?

When this sort of thing starts making sense to you, it’s time to ease up on the movies.

You probably already know I’m going to say yes, of course it is. And pagan TV shows. And to read pagan books, etc. But not all Christians would agree with me.

In Acts 17, Paul delivers a sermon to the pagan know-it-alls of Athens, in which he quotes “your own poets.” Obviously Paul was familiar with pagan Greek literature, and used it to make his Christian message more understandable to his audience. Not that many of them listened, but that was hardly his fault.

How can we effectively carry out our mission, the Great Commission, if we don’t know what we’re up against? If we don’t know how to communicate with this world’s audience? If we have no idea of how they see things, no idea of how they think?

Popular culture can do much to educate us in these areas.

To be sure, you don’t want to be watching so many of those pagan movies and TV shows, if it’s gotten to the point that they’re starting to make sense to you. For instance, it’s useful to know how deeply the Evolutionary Myth has soaked into our culture. It is not useful to start believing in it yourself.

If you can learn how to decode the cultural messages buried in movies and TV programs, you can learn much. At the very least you can learn what to watch out for.

You don’t have to feel guilty for watching a movie.

Just don’t let the movies get to you.

Hymn, ‘The Huron Carol’

This is the oldest Christmas hymn known from Canada. It was composed by missionaries in 1643 for the Huron people. Their word for God was “Manitou,” but it means God–our God, Father of Jesus Christ. If the words and details seem strange, remember what the Bible says–of one blo0d made He all the nations of men (Acts 17:26).

I am still taking requests for carols to be posted here, and from now on I will take requests for hymns every day of the year. When it comes to loving and praising our heavenly Father, and His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, every day is the right day for that.

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

The Folly of Mohammed-Mocking

Do we even know what “freedom of speech” is, anymore?

Happily no one was killed at last night’s “Draw Mohammed” contest in Phoenix. There are a lot of angry people on hand, but there were also a lot of police who were ready to deal with any trouble. You will remember that, when they had a “Draw Mohammed” in Houston, people got shot.

Current events are confusing me. Apparently “freedom of speech” means you have an absolute right to insult religious people and mock their beliefs–something which Christians in America have known for quite some time, and Muslims are just finding out.

But apparently it also means that if you are a religious person, especially if you are a Christian, you may be forced to say and do things that are an outrage to your conscience: to take an active part, for instance, in a same-sex parody of marriage.

It seems to mean that a religious person, especially a Christian, must tamely put up with speech that seeks to refute his beliefs. But at the same time, no atheist has to tolerate seeing or hearing any kind of religious expression. One atheist can stifle a whole town’s prayers.

You can see how it gets confusing.

I don’t think much of Draw Mohammed contests. Other than to provoke Muslims to violence, what’s the point?

If it’s “to exercise free speech,” then it seems to be the kind of free speech exercised by Caliban, the monster in Shakespeare’s The Tempest: all he knew how to do was curse.

As a Christian, I naturally don’t believe in Islam. As a civilized human being, I hate the savagery practiced by Muslims all over the Middle East and Africa.

But is the only use of free speech to curse at things which others hold sacred? Is that all we know how to do with our freedom?

St. Paul preached to pagans. Did he ever try to convert them by telling dirty jokes about their gods? “So Zeus comes home drunk one night, and Hera’s waiting for him with a rolling pin…” No, he did not. Indeed, he cited their own poets in support of his Christian teaching, in his sermon to the sophomoric pagans of Athens (see Acts 17). Mockery was not found in Paul’s evangelistic tool kit.

If Muslims will make war, it’s righteous to make war right back at them, and defeat them–which the West could easily do, if the leaders had the stomach for it. If they will commit acts of violence against their neighbors, it’s righteous to punish them severely–whatever it takes to ensure the domestic tranquility.

But if they will live in peace, then Christians most certainly ought to live in peace with them. We do our Lord Jesus Christ no service by joining the Caliban crowd in gratuitously offending Muslims.

“Hey, guys! Now you know how we feel, when they hand over our tax dollars to some cockroach whose ‘art’ is to dunk a crucifix in urine! Now you know exactly how we feel.”

It’s what the ungodly do. It’s not what we should do.

Paul’s Speech to Wise Fools


If you had been in Athens around the year 52 A.D., you might have arrived in time to hear an odd little Jewish guy give a speech to the most sophisticated, best-educated audience in the Greco-Roman world. The odd little guy was St. Paul, and this is what he said to them:

“Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.’ Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.

“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; and hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: for in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain of your own poets have also said, ‘For we are also his offspring.’

“Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained whereof he hath given assurance unto all men in that he hath raised him from the dead.”

And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked… [Acts 17:22-32]

Paul made few converts in Athens. They were all too smart to be interested in eternal life.

Some things never change.