A World Without the Concept of Sin?

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If you are like me, you look around at the world around you and are stunned at how much has changed and at how quickly it has changed. Things formerly unthinkable are being hailed as acceptable and even celebrated. Infanticide, cross-dressing boys dancing before gay men and naked transvestites in bars and clubs, and the demolition of the classic Judeo-Christian values that this nation was built upon are literally applauded while the persecution of Christians in America is picking up steam. Truthfully, the world is getting to be a scary place to be. But things are happening so quickly, it is hard to take time to evaluate where we are at and what should be our response.

This blog is just an easel for me to write down my thoughts about a wide variety of subjects. But this morning, as I was seeing what happened in the last 24 hours, I ran into an article in the New York Times that brought me back to the foundation of what has gotten us to this point that I no longer recognize the land I grew up in. There was an article published by Julia Scheeres on January 25, 2019 entitled “Raising Children without the Concept of Sin: My religious fundamentalist childhood was built around the fear of sin. My daughters don’t even know the word.”

In the article, Mrs. Scheeres details her fundamentalist Calvinist upbringing and the restrictions that bound her with chains of fear and isolation in rural Indiana. She equates this raising with Christianity and specifically struggles with the concept of sin that she was indoctrinated with from an early age. Later, she writes with the relief of breaking out of that environment and meeting others in the world, constructing her own moral structure that she has now indoctrinated her children in. Mrs. Scheeres has hidden all vestiges of her religious upbringing from her children and writes as one who while attempting to relay a sense of peace in a world without religion, still has this nagging discomfort about the theological teachings that she has left behind. While on the one hand, the article is meant to show how you can have a moral structure without a religious foundation – in the end, it shows the opposite to be true. In fact, one can not reasonably discuss a subject such as morality without a religious foundation of some sort to it – something the author seems to recognize as she speaks of her response to her daughter asking her the simple question ‘what is sin?’:

“By failing to teach my child the meaning of the word sin, had I somehow failed to give her a moral foundation? ” (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/well/family/raising-children-without-the-concept-of-sin.html)

What she doesn’t seem to grasp is that her trepidation is rooted in her unpleasant experiences of things that happened in her past rather than any objective validity or lack of validity to the concepts of sin or judgment or eternity or God or theology. She states ” Sin. That tiny word still makes me cringe with residual fear. Fear of being judged unworthy. Fear of the eternal torture of hell. Fear of my father’s belt. ” So, in other words, she doesn’t want to subject her children to the horrors she has alleged occurred during her childhood so she has attempted to throw the baby out with the bathwater. But, she can’t quite do it.

You see, even though she has distanced herself from her fundamentalist Hyper-Calvinist upbringing (which is frankly strange to me as a fundamentalist Calvinist since nowhere in her narrative does she say she was taught about the corner of Calvinist belief and that is the little word GRACE or SALVATION or even LOVE.) she can not get away from the language of the moral foundation that was instilled in her. The very concepts of morality, ‘better’, and ‘injustice’, terms she uses in her essay – are meaningless without a moral lawgiver. Let’s just take the statement she made towards her daughter and dissect it in an objective manner. ” She did have a moral code — one she followed not from obligation, but from her own desire to make the world a better place. “

First, she states her daughter has a moral code. Where does she get this code? Well a few paragraphs earlier she states she is trying to raise her children according to her own moral code? This moral code finds virtue in being an engaged world citizen, helping the homeless, marching in parades for various causes, fighting against gun violence, standing up against bullying and embracing liberal political causes. It is a moral code that includes no theological instruction and keeps her children just as in the dark about the Christian world as her parents kept her about the secular world. In short, it is a distorted view of reality.

Second, she states her daughter does what she does not from obligation but from her own desire to make the world a better place? Question regarding this one is who defines what makes the world a better place? This month, in the news, New York State, Vermont, and Virginia all passed or considered laws that they felt would make the world a better place by allowing children to be killed in their mothers wombs all the way to the point that they were at term. Ohio, Alabama, and Kentucky on the flip side are considering bills that will outlaw abortion once a heartbeat is heard. Who gets to decide what is morally right here?

In Washington, we are being lectured that to want a wall or to detain illegal immigrant families is immoral, and yet, the Democrats have helped fund walls in other nations to keep peace and safety for other countries for years. The leadership itself advocated for it for years until President Trump took office. So, what is morally right? Who decides? Does morality change? Society? What if society decides that certain races or political or religious or sexual persuasions have to go?

My point is that you simply can’t have a concept of morality if your foundation is based up your personal feelings or beliefs on subjects – because no two people are going to agree perfectly on what is moral and no two societies will either. Without an external force, a moral lawgiver, to speak of moral foundation is nonsense. You don’t have an epistemological leg to stand on outside of the Moral lawgiver and therefore can’t logically use terms such as moral or good or bad or better or worse because those terms have no anchor by which they can be defined outside of God. You only have preference, and for now, her 9 year old child prefers what her mom taught her to prefer and that is the wild liberal world where everyone does what is right in their own eyes and the dogma of the day is openness and inclusion and the peoples right to be what they were born to be – that is of course unless they were born to be straight, conservative, Bible-believing Christians who want to tell the world about Jesus.

God is real and Carl Sagan is dead. The world that this mother has constructed for her children is not real because in trying to avoid the ditch her parents went in, she has created an equally deep ditch on the other side and has hidden a whole other world from her children that is just as real to many of us as the crusades for ‘justice’ are for the author. And, as an American I say that is fine. She has the right to raise her child any way she believes is right. But, as a Calvinist, I can’t help but hope that someday, when she’s in her teen years, that she meets some well-balanced Christians and starts hiding a Bible under her pillow and becomes the light to that household that helps to thrust out the distortions from misapplied fundamentalist dogma and the shifting sands of liberal ideology. God is Sovereign, and if He is willing, this family can indeed be saved to His glory and their eternal good. That is my prayer.

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2018 – A Prophetic Year?

As 2017 comes to a close, we look back at a year that was quite amazing in many ways. Much of what is amazing about it swirls around our new President, Donald Trump, a man who has been quite a surprise I must say.  In 2017 we saw:

  • England began to exit the EU
  • The US Struck Syria with missiles and began dismantling ISIS
  • US Withdrawal from Paris Climate agreement
  • Increased Pestilence including cholera and the black death
  • the Great American solar eclipse
  • Massive devastating hurricanes
  • Robot humanoid recognized as a Saudi citizen
  • Terrible terrorist attacks, including one of the worst incidences of domestic terror ever in Las Vegas
  • US and Israeli withdrawal from UNESCO over UN’s lopsided bias against Israel
  • President Donald J. Trump announces US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the beginning of steps to move our embassy there.

Truly amazing year.  It would seem hard to top.  But, incredibly, we always seem to witness even more in each subsequent year as time is winding down.  So what will happen in 2018? Only the Lord knows for sure, but it would seem we will see further rise in artificial intelligence, and I would predict an increase in the Gog alliance against Israel with Erdogan and possibly Putin leading the charge. Immorality will continue to be flaunted in astounding ways and Bible believing Christians marginalized even further if not persecuted. Economic collapse?  Possibly.  The Bubble is surely growing.  Nuclear war?  I doubt it – unless we reverse course on Jerusalem.  Then, I expect the Zechariah 12 principle to take affect.  Whatever happens though, it is sure to be exciting and it is comforting to know that no matter what happens, God is in control.   See you in 2018!

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On the Death of Charles Manson

There is within the heart of every man, woman and child a longing for justice.  Oh, this longing is not necessarily a result of any conscience understanding of the image of God in whom we are all made. Nor is it a reflection of a yearning to abide by His moral law.  Without regeneration, such a yearning simply does not exist (Romans 3:10-12).  Still, even amongst psychopaths, there is a sense of right and wrong, a sense of justice and injustice,  a sense of good and evil.  Severely warped though it may be, as R.C. Sproul once stated, “Even Hitler loved his mother. ”  And even the worst in our society begin life with a desire for freedom and justice and acceptance.  And so it is with the case of Charles Milles Manson, the 83 year old cult leader and mastermind of murder who died yesterday of natural causes in a hospital in Bakersfield, California.  Both in his person and in the reaction to his life, we see a longing for justice, an understanding of good and evil, and strong beliefs about what should happen where evil exists.

The New York Post Headlines stated “Charles Manson is rotting in hell.”  The Drudge Report’s main headline of the hour was simply “HELL’S BURNING.” Still others stayed more true to society’s desired mores which deny God and such a thing as Hell by noting “Manson…was no devil but a human being, as his death makes clear. I don’t say that to soften or absolve him. But I don’t believe in demons; people are frightening enough.”  The same thought continues “Indeed, to accept Manson as a person, to see him through the filter of his humanity, is to acknowledge what we resist: that he was perhaps not so utterly different from the rest of us.” (http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-ulin-manson-death-20171120-story.html)  And indeed he wasn’t.

Charles Manson was born in 1934 in Cincinnati, Ohio to an unwed teen mother named Kathleen Maddox.  Maddox had run away from her home in Ashland, Kentucky and lived the life of a criminal herself.  “No name Maddox” took on his step-father’s name of Manson, and likely never knew his biological father whose name was reportedly Colonel Walker Scott a Boyd County , Kentucky resident who died of cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 44 in 1954.

Stories about Manson’s childhood are questionable, since he gave varying accounts through the years.  But, we do know that his mother spent time in and out of jail and he was shuffled between relatives and boys homes in his formative years.  When his mother was released from prison, he noted her physical embrace was the sole happy memory that he had during his childhood.  Nevertheless, even she would ultimately reject him and so he turned to a life of crime and incarceration.

By the time he was 13 years old, he had committed various burglaries and armed robberies. He himself was humiliated and brutalized, including sexual assault by relatives and others during his teen years – even being forced by an uncle to wear a dress to school in first grade because he had cried in class.  He would spend time in and out of correctional facilities, and was deemed aggressively anti-social by a caseworker.  Though he began as illiterate (with an IQ of 109 – 121), he did not lack intelligence and did have a certain cunning – being able to model good behavior and picking up enough education that he earned a parole from the Federal Reformatory at the age of 20.

He married at the age of 21, and indicated that he was happy.  Yet, his refusal to leave a life of crime ultimately cost him his marriage and a relationship with his son who later changed his name but was never able to get away from the legacy of his biological father and committed suicide as an adult.  Manson had at least two other sons but little is known about them.  It seems few wanted anything to do with him.  And so, he made the prison system his home.  There, he had a certain stability and rank.  Yes, it was prison, but by the time he was 33, he had spent half his life there or in other correctional institutions so the familiarity of prison life was not a deterrent to him.

In 1961, it was noted by a reviewer that Manson had a “”tremendous drive to call attention to himself.”  Coupled with his now sociopathic sense of morality and the application of lessons learned from Dale Carnegie’s 1936 book “How to Win Friends and Influence People,”  this drive for attention resulted in the toxic brew that became the murderous “Manson Family”.  He had convinced his followers that he was the Christ and they were reincarnations of the original Christians who were destined to show black people how to start a race war that would end in the apocalypse.  Masterminding the killing of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and others provided for him a life-sentence and forever stamped his name into infamy as one of the most evil men in history.  Even though it put him into isolation in prison for his own safety and lost him his “rank” in prison (killing pregnant women was seen as akin to pedophilia and looked down upon by the prison population)  it gained him the attention he wanted and created in itself a cultish fascination surrounding him even up to the point of his death.  Charlie Manson, the psychopathic felon might be hated, feared and despised – but he would never again be ignored – at least not on this earth.


Today, things are very different for Manson.  Today, there are no press hounds or penitentiary guards.  There is only darkness, pain, grief, and torment.  This very hour he is in a prison of agony and a torment that he will never escape except for the brief time he stands before the God he denied and is cast into a lake of Fire which burns forever.  Yesterday, his terror just began.

Psalm 9:17 says “The wicked shall be turned into hell.”  To that, the whole world stands and says amen!  It’s one of the few things that will get secular thinkers to embrace the concept of Hell.  “Charlie Manson.  He’s in Hell.  Where the Wicked Go!  There is justice!  Bad guys don’t get by with it!  Amen, and Amen!”

But the praise choruses end when the rest of the verse is read.  ” The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. At this point, the verse becomes fanatical meddling.  Anger flares in hearts and nostrils.  Social castigation ensues as people gasp, how dare you thrust your judgmental religion down our throats!  We want justice, when we believe it is something truly bad.  But we also want to be our own gods  – determining for ourselves what we think is right and wrong and never subjecting ourselves to the Lordship of another, nor admitting his sovereignty over our futures.  Put another way, God is A-okay as long as he is holding accountable sickos like Charlie Manson – but not when He does the same to us.

In our own way, each of us has a little bit of Charles Manson in us – or worse.  Oh, we would all like to think we don’t; but, given his life experiences from an early age can any of us say that denied love and direction we would have ended up much differently?  Even without the life experiences, our nation has within it over 325 million people who rebel against God and do not love others as they should.  Alcohol, drugs, pornography, debauchery are all prevalent on our streets and in our homes.  They are glorified on our TV screens and funded by our wallets.  Violent crime is epidemic.  Lives don’t matter.  Everyone for themselves.  Such is the way of nations that forget God.

And what about Christians?  You would think they would be different, but many times they are not.  We claim to love God and others, but we find simple obedience a very difficult thing and when it comes to others we would rather see souls die without Christ than to become unpopular in their eyes or to give one red cent out of our wallets for their welfare.  Which is more barbaric?  A man who was raised in such a way that anger at life turned him into a demented killer or Christians who have every blessing in the world but won’t step forward with the love of Christ to perhaps save that soul from Hell?  The grace and love of Christ could have given Manson what he needed and could have turned that wicked heart into one that actually did some good for society.  I wonder how many times their door was knocked on by a Christian who wanted to make a difference in their lives?  To love them where they were at?  To offer them a better way?  I wonder if it ever happened at all?


Jesus, quoting Isaiah, said “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19)

Today, it is too late for Charles Milles Manson.  He justly suffers the torments of a Hell he will never escape with only the sound of his own screaming and the deafening chorus of like-wails of those who rejected God’s truth and ways.  But there are others out there just like him.  Teens in the criminal justice system who have already known the brutal reality of crime and abuse.  Infants left to cry until they no longer cry because there is nobody in their homes that will pick them up and give them love much less care that they exist.  Forgotten ones.  Brokenhearted.  Captives whose hearts cry out for love.  Blind of heart.  Bruised by this world.  Lost and in need of a Savior.  Who will go to them?  Who will care?  Who will bring the healing their lives need?

Christian, when you stand before God to give an account of what you did with your life, your sins will already be under Jesus’ blood and will not be brought before you.  But your works will be judged according to His righteous judgment and you will either obtain His reward(s) or you will be saved with nothing to show for it.  Tears will exist in Heaven, at least for a time, because Christ said He will wipe all the tears from the eyes of His children and there will be no more sorrow there.  I cannot believe we will be crying for any of the things we lacked in this world.  The world to come will be so much grander and more lovely than anything that we have ever had down here and the love will flow freely and fully that we simply won’t miss what we didn’t have here.  Rather, I think we will cry over the times where we could have given God glory but didn’t and could have reached out to the little Charlie Mansons of the world but found other things more important.

Today I don’t rejoice at the death of Charles Manson, but I reflect upon what could have made things turn out differently for him.  In answer to that I have but one answer.  Christ!  The love of Christ.  The hope in Christ.  The grace of Christ.  And the knowledge that though the whole world reject me, Christ never will.  Who knows how that message might have made a difference?  Who knows in whose life it can make a difference today?    How can we remain silent while the world perishes?!!

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A Tale of Two Nations

Over four hundred years ago, a group of men and women set foot upon the shores of our nation with the hope of a new life before them.  Accustomed to civilized society in Europe and the benefits that it provided, life was difficult for the Pilgrims.  In fact, due to starvation and disease 80% of the colonists at Jamestown colony would perish during the years 1609-1610.  Yet, the rest stuck it out – much like those who, just a few years later, would settle in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  For that group, leaving kin and country, traveling the treacherous and deadly sea and going to a wilderness land where all of the comforts of home were lost was a small price to pay for freedom – specifically, the freedom to worship God in a way consistent with their Protestant convictions.

It was not only Protestant convictions that found refuge in this new land.    In 1634, Roman Catholics settled in Maryland.  In 1638, Roger Williams established the first officially recognized Baptist church in North America and by 1654, America saw its first Jewish Congregation formed from Jews escaping Brazilian persecution. And, by the 1700s, Islam made its way into America in small pockets as Muslims fled European persecution  – though actual mosques didn’t show up until the 1920s.

As the American colonies became the United States, this principle of religious freedom followed the colonists and expanded as they set up the new country.  Now, rather than having a state religion as many of the colonies had, no state would establish its own religion and people of all faiths would be free to worship their G/god according to their own convictions.

This fact is illustrated in no better place than the realm of American Jewry.  Though Jews have been expelled throughout the world, they have been able to live here.  But what if that were to change?  What if America turned her back on Israel and the Jews and no longer acted as a protector against this long persecuted group of people?

There is evidence she is doing just that.

In what is being classified as yet another embarrassing verbal gaffe, US Vice President Joe Biden stated at a Rosh Hashanah Party:

“You understand in your bones that no matter how hospitable, no matter how consequential, no matter how engaged, no matter how deeply involved you are in the United States…there is really only one absolute guarantee, and that’s the state of Israel,” (http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/26354/Default.aspx?utm_source=news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=No-sidebar-news-1&utm_content=1709)

And, in 2014 anti-semitic incidents were said to have risen 21% over prior years with 44% of those incidents being vandalism or assault in the United States.

Now, we have crafted a treaty with a known supporter of terrorism in which Israel’s very existence is being laid on the line in such a cavalier manner as to be shocking.  Not only are we giving Iran a green light for creating nuclear weapons, but we’re paying them and protecting them as they literally get by scot-free in their quest to annihilate Israel and ultimately the USA.

What in the world is going on?  Right is wrong.  Up is down.  Black is white.  It is as if the entire planet was teleported to backwards land  and now has awoken to a world in which every standard and principle we have stood for and believed for so long is turned on its head.

While America has existed, she has been blessed greatly for her support of Israel.  Other nations have suffered under a curse for not supporting her.  But today, I’m forced to ask the question of not how much longer God will continue to bless our nation but how much longer before we start feeling the full strength of the curse we have placed ourselves under.  The United States of America, a country established on a biblical foundation has forsaken her heritage and is now plunging headfirst into self-destruction.  A choice was given – choose you this day whom you will serve – and she chose Baal.  From here, we can only hope for national repentance; but, with our turning our back on Israel, might this be the point where God does not send revival again?

Jeremiah 8 speaks of a time when the Jews were being warned to turn.  Time and again, Jeremiah poured out his heart with the message God had given but they would not repent.  Destruction was near but they not only ignored Jeremiah’s words but persecuted God’s prophet.  Jeremiah lamented:

18 When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me. 19 Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the LORD in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities? 20The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. 21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me.

Jeremiah spoke harsh words towards his people because he was trying to wake them up – because he loved them and did not want to see them destroyed – and because He loved the God who made them.  For this, he was put in chains.

Persecution is rising in America.  It is rising against Jews and it is rising against Christians.  It is getting to where it is no longer safe to be a part of the people of the book.  Will we stand silently as it all passes away?  Or will we take what is perhaps the last moments of freedom in this land to be a Jeremiah to our generation and warn them of the destruction that awaits them if they do not repent?ur

One can follow the history of America and pair it up with the history of Israel in many ways.  Both of us were founded with dedication to the God of the Bible.  Both of us have stood on biblical principles.  Both of us faced a division of our land through civil war.  Both of us have fallen into idolatry and sin.  Both of us have had periods of revival.  Both of us have turned right back to our sin after the revival has come.  And both of us have stood on the precipice staring face to face with our own destruction and have been given a clear choice.  Israel chose her own destruction.  Will America?

America and Israel are a lot alike.  But there is one key difference.  Israel’s promises from God are eternal and though she has strayed far from Him, God will never forsake her.  America doesn’t have such a promise and is on very precarious ground right now.  Everything she is and everything she has enjoyed may be lost in a single moment if she does not repent and turn back to God.  What will we do?  Are we about to face our Babylonian captivity?  Are we about to face the end?  Time will tell – but I don’t think we will have long to wait to find out the answer to that question.   The UN meets in September.  Key decisions will likely be made.  Will we be on the right side of history or the wrong side?

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Watch Israel

I don’t know about you, but as for me and many of my friends there is a sense that something really big is about to happen.  A turning point in human history is about to take place and for the awake and alert there is a feeling that we ought to be prepared but also a frustration in not knowing how to prepare for what is going to occur.  And so, we keep on keeping on – working as we’ve always worked, but with a greater sense of urgency that the work may soon be over so we must keep to the plow while it is still light.

Night is falling.  Make no mistake.  Matt Ward highlighted this in his article on the Rapture Ready website; where he pretty much declared that the nation had so thumbed its nose at God that he no longer had hope that God would save her.  Personally, I can not imagine why He would.  Still, the book on our nation is not yet closed – even though His hand rests on the cover.  Why do I know this?  Simply because we are still here.  I’m still writing freely.  I may be being recorded, who knows, but the truth is still being disseminated – the gospel is still being preached openly – and people are still being saved.  But, for how much longer?  What will be the tipping point?


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Street Evangelism

I go to a most unusual church. In this country, it is more normal to find churches that center around their own community, their own comfort, and stick pretty much to themselves. It is very unusual to find any church that has an active program of trying to reach the lost for Christ outside of a missions program. The philosophy is if we “market” ourselves to the world, the world will embrace us. Churches leave out the more controversial aspects of Scripture and preach nothing but positive uplifting messages. So, when you see a church like Morning Star that has an active visitation program, has an active Street Evangelism ministry, has an active TV & Radio ministry and preaches strictly from Scripture whether the passage is joyful or whether it speaks of judgment and calls for repentance – you are witnessing something quite unusual in our day and age. You’re witnessing a church that in at least some aspects is trying to follow the New Testament model.

We are now living in a post-Christian America. The gospel message is becoming increasingly unpopular. And, as many pastors are sitting in the comforts of their own assemblies, preaching a soft message to a friendly crowd, America is dying and going to Hell. For many, that last statement probably made you roll your eyes. If you profess Christ, I would have to ask you why? Why would it make you roll your eyes? Why would it make you uncomfortable? Have I said something untrue?

Jesus, whom many preach as being nothing but love and tolerance did the politically-incorrect thing by referring to national tragedies and using those events to try to call people to repent.

In Luk 13:1-5, we read:
1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Likewise, did you know Jesus spoke often about Hell (and not always in the most genteel manner). He instructed His followers to go and tell the world and warned them that people would not like the message. In Luke 10 we read:

10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say,11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
14 But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you.15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.

This is what Morning Star Baptist Church is trying to do. They are trying to go tell others about Jesus, not in some covert way but in a way that gets their attention because time is short. America is disintegrating before our eyes. People are turning from Christianity and the Christian message in droves. A lot of times what is said may appear shocking but you have to realize, these guys don’t have hours to reason with people. At most, most of what they have is a few seconds to get out a message to let the Holy Spirit work on hearts. The world has heard the God is love message. They love that message. It allows them to march on in sin and go down that broad path that most of the world thinks will lead to eternal life. They don’t like the, no, you’re not okay without Christ message. They are not okay with the “you must turn from your sin to Christ” message or you will die and face a Christ-less eternity in Hell. It’s not popular.

Our guys have been spit at. Our guys have had coffee thrown at them. They have been physically assaulted. They have had coins thrown at them. They have been mocked. They have received threats. They have been stalked on Facebook and cussed out via the church’s phone. And you know who their number one critic is? It isn’t the people who do not claim affiliation with Christ. It’s Christians. Christians will say horrible things to them, try to make them stop preaching, and accuse them of being a cult.

If you look at our statement of faith, we are very orthodox in our belief. Salvation is by grace through faith alone in Jesus Christ our Lord. We’re not working for our salvation because we know without Jesus we’re nothing. All of my righteousness is as filthy rags. It’s dung. I needed a Savior because I’m a horrible sinner and without His righteousness applied to my life, I would never see God and I would be heading towards Hell. We all know that. And we want the world to know that same freedom and truth.

When we say people will go to Hell we’re accused of hate. In reality, it would be hate if we didn’t tell them. Oh, many of you will say to yourself, I can’t be like that, I’ll lose them. I see. So, it’s better to keep them and watch them go to Hell never having been told than to lose them and perhaps make them think about something besides the moment?

Please Christians, wake up. You don’t have to do it like Morning Star. Our church is very bold and that is not everyone’s personality. God works with all sorts of personalities. And this is a very good thing. And, if He saved you, He expects you to tell others. Do not be silent. Do not tell half the story. Work because the hour is coming where we will not be able to work and then it will be very difficult to get the real gospel out at all.

Preachers, get out of your comfort zones. Pastoring is a hard job. I have had the privilege of being close friends with most of my pastors and I see what you go through. I was a church secretary so I know what the church office faces. You have a hard job. But, your job doesn’t stop at the church doors. There are people in your communities who need to hear the gospel.

On 4th of July, Morning Star was the only presence out at some parades where the whole community was gathered telling people that Jesus saves. Telling them they need to repent before it’s too late. And yeah, they had a very rough time and they were hated. People turned their backs on them. And so far, nobody that we know of was saved. But a few nights before, they went to a witches party at Ault park and never got to preach because God had readied them a crowd who wanted to know and wanted to hear. One soul was saved and God is working on another.

Jesus did not call us to ease. He called us to be His witnesses. If you are a Christian and you are not doing this then you’re not living up to your purpose for being here. Rick Warren made a lot of money on his Purpose Driven series – but that book was not the truth. It sent many preachers forward with the idea that they should be marketeers to specific demographics. That is not the Bible.

2Ti 4:2-5 says:
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Brothers and sisters, that time is now. Are you going to fulfill your purpose???

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Requiem for a Nation

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So this is how liberty dies…with thunderous applause

-George Lucas


The month of June 2015 will go down as one of the most significant and dark times in American history.  In mid-June, the nation was shocked as a young man mercilessly took the lives of 9 parishioners in a AME church in Charleston, South Carolina.  Out of that event came both great promise and great sorrow as Americans embraced one another, as brothers and sisters with no regard to race, and mourned the tragic loss.

Sadly, also out of that event came a call to get rid of anything that would remind one of the Civil War South – the Confederate Battle Flag, statues of Confederate figures, and ultimately, even old glory.  Amazon, Ebay, Walmart, and many others quickly declared they would no longer sell the battle flag  in their businesses, even though Nazi paraphernalia and even ISIS flags are apparently still available.

Meanwhile, while we were arguing about the meaning of the Confederate flag and the free speech issues with its forced erasure from history, the Trans-Pacific Partnership bill passed by Congress and was sent to President Obama’s desk for signing.  The bill, negotiated in secret, gives the President fast track authority in treaty negotiations and denies Congress the ability to amend or change any agreements to best represent their constituents interests.  Its critics say that it essentially makes the President “King.”  Talk about fundamental transformation!

Finally, not to be outdone, the SCOTUS had to stick their proverbial finger in America’s eye  twice by actually rewriting unconstitutional provisions within Obamacare, effectively saving the gift that keeps on giving on one day, and then inventing a Constitutional right to homosexual marriage the next.  Justice Roberts said of the decision “The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgment.”  And a man I will miss, Judge Antonin Scalia had several terse comments concerning the majority judgment.

“Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court,” he writes.

“This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.”

He also writes:

“To allow the policy question of same-sex marriage to be considered and resolved by a select, patrician, highly unrepresentative panel of nine is to violate a principle even more fundamental than no taxation without representation: no social transformation without representation,”

Finally, just today, I read of 6 black churches, in the midst of all of this national chaos, being torched by arsonists and two more parting shots from the Supremes during this session: Texas’ abortion law which would have shut down many clinics has been put on hold by the court and the court refused to hear a case about whether or not voters would have to prove citizenship before they could vote in US elections.

All in all, you could say the month of June has been like the close of an epic tragedy painted in rainbow hues.  Liberty has suffered several blows, some no doubt mortal.  America is more divided today than ever.  We sit around as some are trying to orchestrate a race war and as Washington has ceased to care what we the people think.

The America we knew is gone.  She is morphing into something the founders never envisioned.  And, for Christians, the journey may be about to become quite rocky.  If our hope were in man or even in country, we would be in despair.  Still, we know that whatever may come, we serve a God who’s got this.  Let’s take time to reflect upon what it is He wants us to do and say in a post-Christian USA.

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Thus Shall It Be Part 6: Return of the Nephilim

I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. – Daniel 7:8

As I revisit this topic tonight, I can’t help but be amazed at the point that our world has come to.  On this day, in the U.S. Congress, the world witnessed the leader of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, pleading with members of the House and the Senate to stop what threatens to be another Holocaust of the Jewish people in the form of an Iranian regime armed with nuclear weapons.  Many cheered the great stateman, as they took a stand solidly for Israel; yet, others, on both sides of the aisle. appeared tempered in their applause – sometimes not showing agreement at all.  It was as if one could see the wheels turning “how will this look to my constituents?  to the leadership? ”  WHO CARES YOU MORONS!  THIS IS LIFE OR DEATH! SHOW SOME CONCERN!!!!

Congressional reaction aside, one can not help but notice in this time of terroristic threat – the message that seems to sell the most is peace.  Peace.  What we won’t do for peace!  Oh, perhaps if we play nicey nice to the Ayatollah, he will play nicey nice with us and we can have peace.  This indeed seems to be Mr. Obama’s key foreign policy approach.  If it shows an inclination towards terror – try to placate it.  Don’t go out too strong against it.  Oh, sanction it maybe but work with it.  Negotiate with it.  Surely, it is misunderstood.  You know, maybe it just needs a nice jobs program and it will get over its bad attitude.

But, Mr. Obama will not succeed and in all likelihood neither will Bibi Netanyahu – because bad guys are always going to be bad guys and one day soon Iran will attack Israel.  Ezekiel 38 tells us that.  And, she will come with a band of other marauders on the mountains of Israel in hopes of taking a spoil.  Ominously missing are a few key nations – Syria for one.  Israel’s historic enemy is nowhere to be seen?  Did Isaiah 17 happen?  That’s what I would presume.  But also missing is the U.S. and her allied nations.  Maybe the young lions are the US (as I think they are) – but where is Israel’s friend?  where is Israel’s big brother?  Reduced.  Reduced to a mere diplomatic protest.  “Have you come to take a spoil?”  Neutered.  Superpower no more.

And so, Israel will go it alone – at least amongst the nations.  Oh – but she is not alone!!!  She is never alone!  For the God of Israel is not dead nor does He sleep.  He sees. And, He will avenge!  There is a day where all this threatening of Israel will taken care of – quite decisively – and the world will know that the Lord is God.  And the princes of Persia and all who ally themselves against Israel will have a very very bad day.

But then what?  Well – peace.  Peace on every hand.  Israel’s enemies destroyed, she will rest in peace – but it is only illusory. For though she has witnessed the defeat of one historic enemy she will be faced with another more powerful and evil than has ever been witnessed – and she will pay a horrible horrible price for her trust in him.  Great will be the tears in Israel in that day.  And yet, she will not be utterly destroyed.  For 1/3 of all Israel will survive and witness the appearance of her Messiah.  And she will look upon Him whom she has pierced and she will mourn.  Yet, he will wipe away her tears and embrace her fully and she shall be His people and He will be her God and we will be brothers and sisters with the remnant of Israel forevermore. Praise the Lord!  I pray all people reading this blog will be there as well.

Until that time, however, the world is going to go through Hell – quite literally.

This time of longing for peace will be met by a man who promises peace.  And the people will follow him.  Or at least, they will follow his image.

Here is what I think could be a possible scenario of what is coming down the pike.  It ties quite nicely in with everything we have learned thus far.  And, it may be a little paradigm shifting for some.  But, here is what I think might occur.

The AntiChrist will arise from somewhere in the Middle Eastern/Mediterranean realm.  How do I know this?  Well, from Scripture.  Revelation 17:10-11  says:

And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

John was writing this sometime around 90 AD while exiled on Patmos during the Roman Empire.  From his perspective, there were 5 great world empires that had already fallen.  Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece.  The one that ‘is’ would be Rome.  And then, there would be another yet to come. This empire would continue just a short time before the 8th kingdom would arise – that of the AntiChrist.  And where would he hail from?  The Bible is not specific as to country of origin; but it does say he is of the other 7.

So, in my simple mind, all I need to do is look at where all the empires intersect and I will have a general region from whence the antiChrist has his origin.  I have illustrated that area on the following map:

Antichrist birthSo, assuming that is right, it appears he’s from a very narrow tract of area that encompassed parts of all the major world empires.  That he is called the Assyrian may imply he is from the area from Southern Turkey through Syria as well.  And that he is a “little horn” seems to say he doesn’t come on the stage as a major world player.  Do I know who he is?  I would not make that claim, though people I respect have noted several interesting candidates – the time of his revelation is yet future.  Still, I think we can rule some folks out.

What happens once he is in power will prove interesting.  First, it appears he wipes out 3 other kings somehow and he comes in as both the peacemaker and the conqueror. Kinda reminds me of Hitler.  All the while making treaties in an effort to expand his domain.  Throngs will flock to him, ignoring Scripture, and will love him.  And tiny Israel will make a deal with him as well.  Possibly in exchange for rebuilding their temple, they will sign onto his covenant and most will believe peace has finally come.  Then, sudden destruction.

At some point during his reign, it looks like he suffers a deadly head wound and that wound is healed.  Miracle?  False sign and wonder is more like it because only God can give life.  But the sign will be convincing.  What could possibly cause all of the world to buy into this false miracle? I believe we have a possible clue again in the pages of Scripture.

Our Opening passage says : I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. – Daniel 7:8

His eyes were like the eyes of a man – but it doesn’t say they were the eyes of a man.

Going to a parallel passage in Revelation 13, we see the AntiChrist again through verse 10 and then starting in verse 11 we read:

11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

What is going on here?  We have the beast.  He has received a deadly head wound.  Presumed a gonner, the wound is healed and he is revealed as the blasphemous monster he is.  His eyes are like unto a man but they aren’t the eyes of a man.  To me, there are three possibilities here.  1) They are the eyes of a demon indwelling a man or 2)they are the eyes of a transhumanist robot (i.e., bionic eyes) or most likely – both.

Today, I was looking at more of what DARPA is doing with robotics and they are very active in pursuing robotic consciousness.  They are primed for it even.  In the video they speak of training the robots to do things with an expected end hoping to so train them that the robots will start acting on their own and do things they weren’t expecting.  Since there is an element of the supernatural here, what is to say that a beloved world figure gets a mortal head wound – the false prophet (who is the second beast) orders that experimental transhumanist robotics be reinserted into him to save and meld with the essence of the human being they are about to lose?  Then, with the world looking on, Satan supernaturally empowers him so as to make it appear that the scheme has worked beyond everyone’s wildest dream.  The resulting being would not be the original but would be an image of the original – and all the world would fall down and worship or die.

But there is more, and here comes the tie on the bow.  What if, having seen this transformation from human to superhuman – humanity is sold the promise that they too can be as he is.  They can be as gods?  Take of the forbidden.  Experience immortality.  All..you..need…is a little nano-chip that will reprogram your DNA so as to make you immortal.  Undo the curse.  Fulfill the Genesis 3 promise.  Fulfill the Genesis 6 experiment.  Defeat God.  How many do you think would go for it?

Today, there are many companies in a race to create nanotechnology which will reprogram our DNA to get rid of disease.  Got a cancer gene?  We can fix that.  Degenerative disease?  We will stop and reverse it.  Healthy but want to do more?  We will give you an exoskeleton at first but ultimately we will download your mind and put it in a hardware shell that isn’t so susceptible to thing like death.  You will live forever.  Science fiction?  Well…set your google alerts – it’s real and it’s upon us.

Human beings want to shake off the conscience that God gave them and pursue their own lusts.  It is becoming more an more blatant.  I believe that part of the mark will be the promise of immortality and that it will come very possibly through the kind of experimentation we see today.

Will they succeed?  At first.  God will give them a measure of success so as that they would believe the lie who suppressed the truth in unrighteousness.  And in Revelation 6 when they cry to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.”  there will be no place to hide.  And when this verse is fulfilled “And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. (Revelation 9:6).”  It will be God saying “You wanted to live and not die?  You got your wish.”  Their attempt at godhood will be met with God’s scoff and their damnation will be assured.

As iron mixed with clay can not cleave to itself so when “they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.”  Who is they?  The same ones who spawned the Nephilim – returned for a second try at it – but their doom is sure.

And so it shall be.  As in the days of Noah – so shall it be when the Son of God returns.  He will set all things right and He will judge the evil which the world has wrought and forever reign in victory.  Praise His Holy Name!



ADDENDUM:  Shortly after I wrote this article, Drudge Report featured the headline:
Google: Live to be 500Matt Drudge linked to this article about Google’s quest for immortality.  Here it comes!

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And Thus Shall It Be, Part 5 – Technological Tyranny in the Hands of General Himmler – Military Monstrosities

Chaim and Haddassah ran breathlessly through the forests near their home in the Carpathian Mountains.  Unable to continue on, they huddled in the shadows of a fallen pine.  Shaken, cold, and bleeding, they knew this was the end of their road together and looked at one another intently as the only sounds they heard was the sound of their breathing, their pounding hearts and the sicking “foot steps” of the beast that was coming their way.  “Będę kochać cię na zawsze, mój aniele”, Chaim whispered to the shivering Haddasah as her eyes brimmed with tears.  “Będę kochać cię mój książę” she replied as the metallic monster approached just yards away.  Chaim tenderly kissed Haddassah’s forehead and held her close as long as he possibly could until they heard the beast’s metal claws grab hold of the tree.  This was it.  Months of running were now at an end and they had lost their quest to live.  The end was here, and in a way it was a relief, because the horrors of the days which had preceded it were now at an end.  No more horror.  No more pain.  No more death. No more fear.  In a moment they would be in the arms of Yeshuah Hameshiach and all would be changed.  And then it was there.  As Chaim felt the steely grip of the monster’s strong claws grasp his waist and pull him away, he looked into Haddassah’s eyes one last time and heard her cry out “Wreszcie Bezpłatne”  And then there was blackness, and then there was light, and then there was life evermore.  He was home.

Sound like fiction? It is.  But could it become reality?  Perhaps.

Any reader who who watches the news will note the plethora of articles about the coming age of robots that have been in the popular press in recent days.  Matt Drudge has alerted us to them many times; and such robotics, be they for domestic or for military purposes, are usually painted as being a good thing; and, in a lot of cases, that is right.  Robotic hands that perform intricate surgery, for instance, may be of great benefit to humankind – helping to avoid accidents that have cost both financially and in terms of human life.  But what about military machines that take a licking and keep on ticking (such as Boston Dynamics “LS3” workhorse.)  Is that what we really want?  After all, anything the “good guys” have, the “bad guys” are bound to follow up with (if they haven’t invented it first and defense cuts put us behind the curve as is increasingly becoming likely).

But artificial robotics in the form of mechanical monsters isn’t where things are stopping.  DARPA, the military’s think tank, is actively supporting human augmentation in the form of external devices and some would say internal genetic manipulation to create a military force with capability beyond what we know as “human.”  The last charge is no empty claim.   DARPA has called for experimentation with human genetics and has noted the importance to military goals of being able to introduce new information into the human genome for military purposes.

Sound intriguing?  or sound scary?

The wiser man gets the more dangerous he becomes.  The more dangerous he becomes the closer we get to the day that the real Creator will pull him up by his bootstraps and show him who is boss.  Any “good” technology can be used with nefarious intent.  Without a Christian worldview guiding such experimentation, it can be guaranteed that at some point – it will be.

So – in terms of military – look for the day in the not so distant future that machines can track you down and get at you regardless where you are at (I have no information that says we are here yet, but with drone technology and advanced robotics I can’t imagine us being far from this mark) and human non-humans will have capabilities beyond that which any human being ever imagined.  And they will all be controlled by a benevolent government with only good in mind.  We hope.  And, they hope.

Scary stuff folks.  What does it all mean?  Well…look for that in the next post.

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And Thus Shall It Be, Part 4 – Technological Tyranny in the Hands of Dr. Frankenstein – Medical Manipulation

sphinxMuch has been written about the potential dangers in the realm of Transhumanism; but, for readers unfamiliar with exactly what is involved in this futurist pursuit, here is a quick primer on some of the things that the Transhumanists have been able to do along with some of their plans for the future.


I. Medicine & Pharmaceuticals

In the area of medicine, transhumanist innovations have been many.  One underlying tenet of tranhumanistic study is this idea that human beings have limited, flawed, and sometimes breakable hardware shells that transhumanism can help fix or, to go one step further, upgrade.  Much of the work being done here is very good and helpful; and, many of the researchers, doctors and inventors of these technologies would probably not classify themselves as transhumanists.  However, their underlying philosophy has its spot to one degree or another in the transhumanistic world.

Some examples of this technology are things such as cochlear implants to make the deaf hear, prosthetic arms for those who have lost limbs, artificial hearts and even in vitro fertilization.  In each of these cases, the technological breakthrough takes from the human body that wasn’t functioning properly or wasn’t there period and develops a capability that person did not have.  While there are a few issues with the last technology mentioned, in general and in theory these technologies are good and beneficial to mankind.  They are, for the most part, as benign as a peg-leg was 200 years ago and are helpful additions to the medical arena.  That said, man never seems to be satisfied with his achievements and always wants to push things one step further; and herein lies the problem.

Medical science has not been content with helping infertile couples have children through fertilizing their babies outside the womb; they have had to start creating their own type of babies through genetic engineering.  Down syndrome babies a problem?  Hey, we have a test where you can see whether your baby is going to be undesirable and eliminate the problem before it occurs.  Have a particularly ugly gene in your own genetic makeup that you don’t want your baby to inherit?  That’s fine, we’ll just introduce another person’s mitochondrial DNA in vitro and solve that issue.  The resulting child will be 99% the genetic offspring of the requesting parents and .1% that of a female donor.  All subsequent generations will also inherit this genetic mixture.  And even though any potential risks of this kind of manipulations are at this point unknown; because we want to and because we can and because we’ve sold it to the general public – we’re plowing forward into the great unknown and going for it.  Note these articles.

‘Three-parent babies’ could be born in Britain next year’

FDA panel debates technique that would create embryos with three genetic parents

One advocate of the method also notes the risk.  Medical Ethicist, Art Caplan states:

“The big issue over the next 5 to 10 years is going to become how far do we go in pursuit of the perfect baby,” said Caplan. “Do I think we’re going down that road? Yes. Does it creep me out? Yes. Are you going to be able to draw a clear line? I don’t think so.” ( FDA considering 3-parent embryos )

Advocates say it isn’t eugenics, and perhaps under the strictest interpretation it isn’t.  After all, they are attempting to save lives not destroy lives.  Nevertheless, in practice this will likely be what it becomes even if on an embryonic level.  Scientists will take the most desirable of their genetic creations and destroy the rejects.   From curing disease, it will evolve into creating better humans with greater capabilities.   When Pandora’s box is opened (and it likely is already opened), it is just about guaranteed that it will not be able to be closed again.  Where it ends is anyone’s guess; but, they are playing with fire to be sure.

Still, the medical manipulation doesn’t stop there.  In an effort to create non-human test subjects for things such as pharmaceuticals, scientists have now gone beyond what people once thought was possible and are creating hybrid beings or chimeras.  These hybrids take human DNA and animal DNA and intermix kinds (again, where have we heard this before?).  Using genetic engineering, a firm in New Jersey as early as 1991 created pigs which produce human hemoglobin, in Shanghai, they have fused human embryos with rabbit embryos (and allowed the resulting chimera to live for several days), Mayo Clinic produced pigs with human blood, London is pursuing human-cow embryos for their stem cell value, the University of Reno-Nevada has produced sheep with human organs (including brains) making creatures that were 15% human, and Stanford University created mice with 1/4 human brain cells.  In fact, an article from 2011 noted 150 animal-human hybrids had been created and destroyed in the UK at that time raising all sorts of questions from theological to ethical to legal.  For instance, holding back on the theological considerations for a bit, legally, if something is part human, does it have the legal rights of a human?  At what point does it gain these rights?  Is experimentation even ethical?  What laws need to be written to protect hybrids from abuse?  All of these things are being actively discussed.

Legal and ethical issues aren’t the only thing that scientists have to be concerned with.  One telling article told of what was found when scientists examined the DNA of pig-human hybrids.  They found that the resulting creature was truly intermingled down deeply within the DNA and that this would influence things such as animal-human organ transplantation and even epidemiology.  If animal-human DNA could be fused in such a way, they surmised that perhaps the stem-cells from an infected animal merged with human stem cells resulting in the AIDs epidemic.  Indeed, they also found that by mixing the two types of DNA cells, virus previously only affecting pigs could now be transferred to humans.  What box has Pandora opened?

Finally, there is also a move afoot in the medical realm that doesn’t involve human-animal hybrids at all.  There is this idea of nano-technology in which scientists hope to one day reprogram the DNA of human beings to overcome certain genetic diseases.  Beyond that, they also hope to augment humans into something beyond what they are today (we will discuss more about that in coming posts).  In these cases, the internal DNA of humans would not be human only, but a mixture of human and machine. In their minds, it would be a step to push homo sapiens to the next step in his evolution.

Scripturally, there are many things to consider, the least of which is do these things have a soul?  Are they able to be saved?  I believe in both instances, the answer is no.  In the book of Genesis, we see where God breathed and man became a living soul.  These creatures are beings that God did not create, so why would they have a soul?  We see further evidence in that with the hybrids in Scripture, the Nephilim, there was no attempt to save, evangelize, or otherwise reason with these chimeras.  Often, God instructed His people to utterly wipe them out.  I believe this was not an arbitrary decision on His behalf.

Second, I find this idea of the transference of disease quite interesting.  Revelation 6:8 says “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”  Might our genetic manipulation play a part in this?  We already have several instances where ugly diseases such as Ebola and AIDs have transferred from animals to humans, and clearly mixing the DNA of beasts with humans makes this even easier.  Might there come a time where this experimentation becomes more widespread and a resulting judgment is that humans become the beneficiaries of deadly plagues?

There is so much more to discuss, and I’ll try to bring it out in the posts to come.  We’re in truly bizarre territory here – but perhaps not new.  Was this part of what the Angels who fell were doing in Genesis 6?  There is no new thing under the sun.  Is Satan attempting a sequel?  Stay tuned.



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