What Would God Have Done If…?

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Their power could not save them.

In Genesis 18, God reveals to Abraham his intention to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah for their outrageous sins. Trying to bargain for mercy toward those cities, Abraham asks God if He will still destroy Sodom if only “ten just men” can be found in it; and God replies, “I will not destroy it for ten’s sake” (v. 32).

Well, there weren’t ten just men in that whole city, so God did destroy it. But what if there had been ten just men in Sodom? Even with them in it, the city was still a cesspool of sin. What would God have done?

I think we can find the answer in the New Testament, and in Church history.

Once upon a time, people in countries throughout the Mediterranean saw Rome as a force for good. But by St. Paul’s time, that was no longer true. Rome had corrupted itself, and was too far gone to be saved. So God turned His back on it. “God gave them over to a reprobate mind” (Romans 1:28), leaving Rome to pursue its sins and follies to the bitter end. A more terrible punishment cannot be imagined.

But at the same time, He patiently worked to create, in His Church, a parallel society. He used His saints to build it. The more Rome persecuted the Church, the more it grew. And when the end of Rome finally came, Christendom was there to replace it.

Today the nations of the world have again corrupted themselves–promoting “transgender,” for instance, as if their very lives depended on it. This is not sane. This is a reprobate mind at work.

So again Christians have their work laid out for them, to create another parallel society to replace a world given over to a reprobate mind. We need to build Christian homeschooling, Christian schools, Christian charities, and a Christian community worldwide, using modern communications to accomplish it. God will help us do these things.

This is a pattern in history and in Scripture. The faithful remnant is called upon to do God’s work. The kingdoms of this world rise and fall, but Christ’s Kingdom will not fall. Its seeds are already in the ground, already growing.

We have God’s word on it. When Jesus comes again, let Him find us at our posts, working diligently for His Kingdom.

‘Trendy Church Leaders, Beware’ (2018)

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You do wonder, sometimes, what goes on in seminaries–at least, when you see the kind of graduates coming out of seminaries. A little tag from Revelation springs to mind: “the synogogue of Satan” (Rev. 2:9).

Trendy Church Leader, Beware

Standing in front of the camera, trumpeting their support for Planned Parenthood–have they no fear of God?

I doubt that they believe in Him.

Why Don’t They Just Throw Out the Bible?

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The writing on the wall has not been erased.

As long as the U.S. bishops are going to get together tomorrow to discuss “Eucharistic coherence,” they might want to consider the Eucharistic incoherence being practiced at Our Lady of Grace Church in Hoboken, NJ (https://www.tapinto.net/towns/hoboken/sections/religions-and-spirituality/articles/catholic-church-to-hold-lgbtq-pride-mass).

For the fourth year in a row, this alleged church is going to hold a “pride mass” to celebrate sodomy. Take pride in something that God’s word calls a sin. For three years in a row the American bishops pretended such things weren’t happening. Ditto the goings-on at so-called “Catholic” colleges: they ignored those, too.

Please don’t take this post as Catholic-bashing. If there weren’t faithful Christians in the Church trying to hang on to truth and righteousness, there’d be no controversy, no debate. There are many Catholics who must feel like Lot in Sodom.

This is open, flagrant defiance of God’s law.

Remember us, O Lord, that we never gave consent to this.

 

Rushdoony on ‘Invisible Rulers’

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When R.J. Rushdoony wrote this essay, thirty years ago or so, the Western intellectual mind (pardon the oxymoron) had not yet degenerated to “your truth, my truth, no truth.” But as he so often did, he saw exactly where it was heading and could tell you exactly where it came from.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/invisible-rulers

There’s a lot of meat to this essay, but stick with it–because it tells us how we got here and points us back to God.

Postmodern poop that rests on such philosophical gems as “I is reality” has no future.

Seminary Teaches ‘Confess Your Sins… to Plants’

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Please tell me it’s just a bad dream, it isn’t really happening…

[Thanks to Susan for the news tip]

Are we gonna wind up “confessing sins” to everything and everyone but God?

As NBC Nooze exhorts us to confess our “climate sins,” Union Theological Seminary is urging its students and faculty to confess their sins to plants (https://www.faithwire.com/2019/09/18/seminary-encourages-students-to-confess-sins-to-plants-msm-outlet-asks-you-to-do-the-same/?fbclid=IwAR2FlcZoGHOhSbkuTZLBMoArtigf98unNs3dXytGAG3_tP8XnELxZZXiLIU).

Why is anyone surprised? Union does ABC Theology–Anything But Christ. Union does “feminist theology” (like God is different for men and women–or whatever the devil it means) and goddess worship. There’s enough horse manure slung out of there every day to fertilize Mars.

They actually held some kind of “service” in which dunderheads did confess their sins to house plants. And one guy wanted to know why they weren’t confessing to whales and glaciers, too.

We are not told what happens after you confess your sins to a potted begonia. Does it forgive you? Does it cleanse you of your sins? Or does it just sort of sit there in the flower pot and do nothing, because when all is said and done it’s only a plant and you’re a heathen nincompoop for treating it like it was a god?

Another thing we’re not told is what, exactly, “sins” are being confessed? “Bless me, O begonia, for I have committed fornication…”? Nah. You know what? I don’t think I really want to know what the pagans at Union Theological Seminary would consider a sin. Not sure I could take it.

I wonder when was the last time anyone at Union read Romans Chapter 1? Maybe they ought to brush up on it, eh?

But they wouldn’t believe it if they read it, would they? All that stuff about not worshiping the created things, but only the Creator–what “teacher” at Union would ever teach that?

Inspiration Sunday!

While I set up this morning’s posts, here’s a nice one from our friend Allison, aka “weavingword.”   We are not alone.      –LD

When the Lord Plies His Paintbrush

I wish I knew how to take my own pictures and post them on this blog. I would’ve had something very fine for you today.

Today we have a dark, rainy, windy day, but I had occasion to go out in it. And as I was driving home from the store, I saw something which moved me to cry out, “Oh! Oh, beautiful!”

They were nothing out of the ordinary–just red maple trees. But during the week that had passed since I last went that way, they’d all been dressed in their full fall foliage, bright crimson, interspersed with a few trees now wearing gold. Their beauty took me utterly by surprise, as if I were seeing them for the very first time.

That’s when it’s a good time to say a prayer of praise and thanksgiving. Who but God the Creator could have painted this scene? And here it was given to me, an unexpected gift.

“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…” (Romans i:20)

We can’t see the invisible things of God, but we can see His handiwork, His art: it’s all around us, everywhere we look.

This is indeed my Father’s world.