April 14, 2016

Thank you Todd Pruitt for taking on the SGM / CJ Mahaney / T4G scandal

Todd Pruitt has weighed in on the continuing coverup by Mahaney's friends of Mahaney's misdeeds.

An Appeal to the Organizers of Together for the Gospel
I understand and value loyalty to friends. I understand that false accusations are made. But I also understand that loyalty has its limits. The details that have been revealed about the various SGM scandals show that there is indeed at least some fire behind the smoke.  
read more at Alliancenet.org

The Evangelical Industrial Complex just keeps rolling along, squashing children and biblical dissenters with impunity.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

March 25, 2016

I see a pattern here (Donald Trump Attacking Families)

It is amazing how Trump supporters blindly repeat the mantras tweeted out by their Messiah, not even bothering to verify the facts.  Still claiming Ted Cruz was affiliated with the ad showing the GQ cover, when it stated plainly on the ad that it was not endorsed by any candidate or candidate's committee.  And then another question comes to mind.  Why are Trump and his supporters upset about a publicly available GQ cover (which happens to have been photographed in Trump's plane) being put in a political ad in the first place? Is there something wrong with the cover?  Enquiring minds want to know!

Btw - this from 10-2015, a pattern of attacking families, false accusations using his friends from the Nat'l Enquirer.

Donald Trump’s Alliance With the National Enquirer
Now, as Carson overtakes Trump as the GOP front-runner, it appears Trump is getting help from a media outlet known for ending presidential candidacies: the National Enquirer. Earlier this month, the Enquirer published a cover story on Carson headlined “Bungling Surgeon Ben Carson Left Sponge in Patient’s Brain!” The article called Carson a “White House wannabe” and claimed he “brandished a scalpel like a meat cleaver!” It went on to quote angry former patients saying he botched surgeries that left them disfigured and in pain; one patient who sued Carson said he forgot to remove a surgical sponge from her brain after a procedure. “His presidential campaign should be dead on arrival!” Enquirer reporter Sharon Churcher wrote.
So yeah.  People like the Satanic Trump resort to very desperate measures to stay on top of the heap.  He is the epitome of anti constitutionalist, and would be better suited to running a drug cartel.

Any Christian that makes excuses for voting for this evil person FOR ANY REASON (even "anybody but Hillary) is pretty much demonstrating that their faith means very little to their thought processes regarding politics.

And no, I don't and won't apologize for that statement.  Ever.

March 24, 2016

Rosebrough commending Sacramental Entrepreneurs / Five Two?

I thought The Pirate was a Confessional Lutheran?

So apparently Chris has taken to commending people who are 'sacramental entrepreneurs.' Hmmmm.
Who is R J Grunewald you ask? https://www.fivetwo.com/directory/rj-grunewald/

I'm being told that RJ Grunewald is no longer with Five Two. (Well now he's with ChristHoldFast and retweeting LIBERATE  and Mockingbird junk so not sure if that's really much of an improvement.)

Last article Grunewald contributed to Five Two was Oct 1, 2014 "What Does Missional Mean?"

He is apparently not concerned enough about the direction of Five Two to get his name removed from their site or his articles taken down.

And his church is one of these that says this about themselves:
"What a privilege we have to fulfill our vision of Bringing Christ to People. It’s our hope that through these pages, God would show you the many and various ways our church is striving to serve Jesus and make our vision a reality! It’s also our prayer that you will see how these opportunities have an impact in the Tribes of people to whom God has called you. That God would use you to reach out to people whom Jesus Christ died for and loved is a privilege!"

Wow talk about using all the same language as the thing people claim he isn't a part of.  Bore me with something else, please.

March 23, 2016

In Love With Donald Trump (Tates Creek Presbyterian Church)

Excellent short article from Tates Creek Presbyterian Church:
"It is clear that evangelical support for Donald Trump serves as a humbling rebuke that we cannot ignore, but what is less clear is what needs rebuking. The easy answer is our doctrine and conviction, but the better answer is our loves. Indeed, Donald Trump is a clear indication that the evangelical Church is ignoring the Apostle John’s simple command, 'Do not love the world or anything in the world.' Evangelicals in our day are in love with the world and things of this world, and that is why evangelicals in our day are in love with Donald Trump."

March 22, 2016

The Theology of Donald Trump (Michael Horton writing at Christianity Today)

Michael Horton has weighed in on Trump as well:
Vague on doctrine, infiltrated by consumerism and a sentimental moralism intent on helping us all “become a better you,” and sort of interested in “family values” as long as they don’t interfere with our own family breakdowns, many cultural evangelicals are tired of losing the culture wars. They want a winner—“a strong leader.” I’m hardly the first to point out that it’s the stuff of which demagogues are made.

It is not that Trump has caused this transformation in portions of the so-called “evangelical electorate.” Rather, his candidacy has revealed the inner secularization of significant portions of the movement, which surveys have documented for some time now. Four theological words highlight the problem.

He goes on to explain that those four words are Creation, Sin, Christ, and Leadership, and why Trump gets all four of them wrong. So does the evangelical church, by and large, which explains why so many are falling for him.

read more at The Theology of Donald Trump

God help us if Trump wins, or if he doesn't win, because he has so many violent people stirred up that no matter what happens a large portion of them will be very very unhappy. And if he does win, he has shown he has autocratic tendencies (anyone who doesn't see that is being willfully blind). He has the potential and personal will to do irreparable harm to the Constitution, which he seems to see as just a tool for promoting his own personal agenda, as much as any Obama or Hillary. The backlash against that abuse of the worst excesses of crony capitalist populism could be a sudden and complete revolution over to Communism.

March 14, 2016

Lutheranism's problem with soft antinomianism - Four good articles by pastor Mark Surburg

Mark's thoughts: What is soft antinomianism?

Mark's thoughts: The elephant in the room - Presuppositions of soft antinomianism

Mark's thoughts: An example of soft antinomianism

Mark's thoughts: David Scaer describes the problem of soft antinomianism

also these related tweets and a link from Jordan Cooper.
Jordan Cooper: "Why I have decided to leave Pirate Christian Radio"