October 16, 2016


I have been so disturbed that some in my church, sweet caring people, are excusing Trump and posting defenses of him on their Facebook pages. I told one ~60 yr old lady off who has spent her ENTIRE ADULT LIFE working with troubled young men. She should KNOW better! I unfriended quite a few from my small church this past week. I told my pastor a few days ago as a result of all this Trumpodolatry I don't want to go anymore.  He definitely sympathizes and can't understand the support for Trump.

We got up and skipped Sunday School but drove to church (and it takes 35 minutes to drive there).  Then we sat for ten minutes in the church parking lot. I couldn't  make myself go in.

Just want to cry. someone, at least one, had a trump sticker on their car and I just wanted to leave.  (I don't know how many actually were advertising for Trump - after that I couldn't look anymore  but I know I've heard at least a handful of people arguing for trump during fellowship over the last few weeks. And yes, we have had #neverTrump and #NeverHIllary on our cars for about 6 months, I think, give or take, but no stickers endorsing anyone.  And now I'm glad I never put a Cruz sticker on there since he STILL hasn't retracted his foolish endorsement.)

It's one thing to vote for him because you feel trapped and don't know what else to do, quite another to "evangelize" for him.  Those who feel trapped are not attacking their brothers and sisters and telling them they're "voting for Hillary" because they don't vote for Trump.

But a vote for Trump I see as equivalent to a vote for Hillary.  He's done all the same things as Bill and Hillary when they were in the run up to getting elected, and their sycophants were saying ALL the same things in his defense!  It's unbelievable!

Service started at 1030. We went back to our home town and got some food and sat in the car because we couldn't figure out what else to do.

Church is supposed to be a sanctuary and I feel like ppl are walking around w Nazi armbands and others are just tolerating it as a minor political disagreement.

Maybe I should try wearing one myself and see if anyone says anything.

October 13, 2016


Happened upon this today. I am having a hard time not being very very angry when I see Christian men defending and excusing Trump. Forgive me, I guess. I'm just a sinner like everyone else. I know too many people who have been sexually abused, and I have had my own experiences with dirty old men trying to grope me, teenage boys talking dirty to me in school when i was in 3rd or 4th grade, etc, and bullying. CONSTANT bullying, harassing, mocking for every reason under the sun. IT IS NOT OK. But for some reason men think it's great to advocate voting for such people to take on the presidency of the United States. Clinton is just as bad. Her husband is just as bad. TRUMP HAS DEFENDED BOTH OF THEM in the recent past for their evil behavior. No one seems to remember. He's literally a narcissistic, power hungry, sex addict/abuser and nut case, but I guess that's OK, we can overlook that as long as he's not a Democrat.

What bothered me the most was the excuses given by those who claimed the name of Christ. I don’t know why, really. I learned the hard way back in high school when a pastor excused the abuse my best friend suffered by a church member as a case of “a man being overly-friendly.” And I think that’s why I couldn’t say anything when I, too, was assaulted by my own cousin. This side of my family is nothing but church people and I’m terrified still I’ll somehow end up being the bad guy in all this.

In my experiences, too often sexual abuse and assault is excused in the church. Forgiveness is supposed to be automatically given because “we are all sinners.” If there is one thing narcissistic deviants are good at, it’s feigning repentance in order to regain trust and access to future victims. They charm their way back into good graces, play the penitent soul, and the victims of their abuse are, in a cruel twist, the bad guy if they can’t find it in their heart to forgive and move on.

And to that, I cry “bullshit.” Sexual abuse, sexual assault is an act that not only violates a body for a moment, but scars a mind forever. From the moment the assault occurs, a life is forever changed, be it just a kiss, an illicit touch, or heaven forbid, rape. A body is violated, and mentally, it’s close to impossible to erase the fear and the physical memory of the touch. Ask survivors… how many have frozen up during a moment of intimacy with their spouse as a fleeting memory crawls out from the scar in their mind? The simplest triggers bring the moment back because innocence and security was stolen by a deviant soul.

But yet, we’re told to just forgive. We’re told to move on. We’re told it’s just “locker room talk” or “boys will be boys.” I’m sorry, but that’s asinine. Excusing the behavior, turning a blind eye to it… it’s how we end up with Brock Turner and his dad claiming rape was “just 20 minutes of action.” We have a problem, folks , dealing with the structure of the rape culture these creeps take advantage of. Rape culture will never be dismantled as long as trite excuses are given.
Jerry Falwell Jr appeared on CNN and told us he would vote for Trump even if he were guilty of rape/sexual assault.

Honest to God I swear this guy is on drugs the more I look at and listen to him.

Jerry Falwell Jr needs to be out of Liberty U, he should be run out on a rail.  The students should put on a tuition revolt until he's gone.  He and his cronies have been shilling for liars and charlatans even on their own staff, and attacking whistleblowers, for far too long.  It's unbelievable and blasphemes Christ.  Romans 2:24

“I feel a strong desire to tell you – and I expect you feel a strong desire to tell me – which of these two errors is the worse. That is the devil getting at us. He always sends errors into the world in pairs – pairs of opposites. And he always encourages us to spend a lot of time thinking which is the worse. You see why, of course? He relies upon your extra dislike of the one error to draw you gradually into the opposite one. But do not let us be fooled. We have to keep our eyes on the goal and go straight through between both errors (p. 186).” Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

If you want godly Christian options, look at Darrell Castle. (btw, The Libertarian party its just liberal democrats with guns.)  If you want even just a better moral sensible option and aren't opposed to voting for a nice Mormon guy, look at Evan Mcmullin.  Of the two it seems for now that Mcmullin has the better chance of making an impact at the electoral college level, and throwing the race to the House.  Not a giant comfort measure by any means but maybe enough sense could be knocked into the House before November and they would rid us of the evil duo that currently heads the polls.  I won't hold my breath.  But I also won't hold my nose and vote for the very real evil of either major party.  This loss is all on Trump and his Trumpons.  God help us.

October 12, 2016

Third party can't win?

It's been so disgusting to me to see Christian men blowing off the recently exposed  comments of Donald Trump toward women and how he feels entitled to grope their bodies regardless of whether they give consent, because he is a star.

Christians who defend this man tell every sexual abuse victim they don't care about them and therefore Jesus doesn't care about them.

I'm also pretty sick of people who buy the lie that a third party can't win. (Remember the Republicans were the third party at one time).  Well, here's a poll now showing Evan Mcmullen, who has spent very little and only announced in August, and who is eminently qualified for the job in character and temperament and experience, pulling close to both Hillary and Trump in Utah.  Yes, it's Mormon territory, but it just shows how ripe an opportunity this is to break the two (one?) party monopoly that exists.

Third-Party Candidate Evan McMullin in Statistical Tie with Clinton, Trump in Utah
The poll conducted by Salt Lake City-based Y2 Analytics finds that Trump’s double-digit lead in the state has evaporated after his “grab ’em by the pussy” remarks. Trump is tied with Clinton with both receiving 26% of the vote. McMullin is not far behind with 22%, while Libertarian Gary Johnson is polling at 14%. The poll has a margin-of-error of ±4.4.
(read more at link)

Here is a 92 video playlist of interviews/speeches by Evan Mcmullin

I'm sure this one is in the list but this was also an excellent interview, from the days after Cruz foolishly endorsed Trump.

(It's interesting to note that the very people who have been pressuring Cruz to endorse him are now backing off their support for Trump.  It's all on Cruz for not realizing this was going to happen.  It was painfully obvious to the rest of us all along.)

October 10, 2016

If Donald Trump has done anything, he has snuffed out the Religious Right (Russell Moore)

Can't argue with this.
And yet here stands the old-guard Religious Right establishment. Some are defending or waving this away, with the same old tropes they’ve used throughout this campaign. Trump’s not a Sunday school teacher, they tell us. Trump’s a new King David or pagan deliverer Cyrus. Trump is either a “baby Christian” or the kind of tough strongman conservative Christians need since the Sermon on the Mount isn’t realistic enough for the 21st century.
And, of course, they tell us, he will appoint judges and justices who stand up for unborn human life and religious liberty. After all, he promised us he would. Why Trump would be more faithful to vows to religious political activists than he has been to people named “Mrs. Trump,” they do not tell us.

August 14, 2016

The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Hear (Pastor Eric Anderson, LCMS)

What you hear matters. Jesus warns that you can’t assume what you’re hearing is true, even in church. And so He warns about wolves who come in sheep’s clothing. Satan will distract you with friendly pastors and catchy songs so you don’t notice as he’s stealing God’s Word from you. The devil disguises himself as an angel of light. The minute you lower your guard and something becomes more important than hearing the voice of your Shepherd, Satan will devour you. What you hear matters.
Read more here https://seelsorge40.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/the-most-important-thing-youll-ever-hear-a-sermon-for-the-twelfth-sunday-after-trinity/

August 7, 2016

Pr Mark Surburg - several posts on Antinomianism in Lutheran circles

Pr Mark Surburg has collected a few articles which deal with antinomianism and law/sanctification preaching in Lutheran churches.

Several of them have additional further reading.  Worth going through especially in light of the previous post about Higher Things, Rosebrough, and "John Philoponus"

Read pastor Mark's posts here (be sure to click "older posts" at the bottom to get through all the pages of posts).

August 5, 2016

Yet another friendly fire attack from the Piratey one against someone trying to express concerns about antinomianism

A Dinatarian Higher Things Conference

  by "John Philoponus" (apparently a pseudonym)

He makes the case that they are leaving out any discussion of sanctification.  After reading a few paragraphs I realized that "Dinatarian" is being used in contrast to "trinitarian" because the writer makes the case that the conference left out the third  article of the creed, the work of the Holy Spirit, and his work of sanctification in our lives.

This gels with some of the attitudes I've observed in some of the younger voices in the LCMS as well.  Especially those who have been enamored of LIBERATE and Mockingbird and Christ Hold Fast.  It is discouraging to see that this is not being put down more decisively. Sandra Ostapowich and Ellie Corrow, along with Donavon Riley all seem to have a huge attachment to Nadia Bolz Weber.  Any time she's mentioned, they tend to mock everyone who thinks there's that much of a problem with the woman.  I have experienced especially Sandra O's constant deconstructing interrogation every time a discussion is begun in Lutheran Facebook groups regarding Nadia especially, but it happened more times than I can count, and I'm sure we didn't discuss Nadia that much.  It became insufferable for quite a few of us and yet the moderators let her run around all over the place slipping in her shivs. No amount of asking the moderators to notice it could get them to see it.  They also made sure to trash women who promoted godliness in the comments section at the Sisters of Katie Luther. I should be clear to mention that not all the SKL contributors are like that.  But when you let catty women like those, who seem only interested in undermining any admonitions to godly behavior because they are still in their cage stage overreacting to  perceived moralism or pietism, women don't always stick around enduring the needling, to find out about the others.

But then, the LCMS couldn't even figure out what to do about Matt Becker, whose errors were so much more blatant.  Instead they tried to attack those who were concerned about the do-nothing result of the discipline proceedings. So...it's not surprising.

So of course, Chris Rosebrough has responded. He just cannot resist trashing someone who sees a problem before he does.  Either he doesn't actually see it or he wants to discredit them so later he can take credit for exposing it, as the LCMS and AALC's anointed watchman. He makes a point to hammer home the fact that the author of the above article used "dinitarian" rather than "binitarian."  Maybe because Rosebrough subconsciously has an idea that that's the biggest error worth attacking.  So might as well draw attention to it.  Also, because someone  They are automatically guilty of bearing false witness and have to repent.  Thus spake Pope Rosebrough:

A Call for John Philoponus to Repent

When Chris outright lied to me in the beginning of 2015 when I asked him why he changed the story about what happened regarding our big huge fight in 2010-2011, I gave up.  I mildly tried to request an explanation.  He saw my response, and I waited a few days to see if he would offer me anything worth considering.  Changing the narrative is changing the narrative. It's lying.  He claimed he had to do it to avoid looking like he was self justifying.  But his changing the narrative actually had the exact opposite effect.   It made his former apology null and void because we (those of us who had concerns back then) were once again the bad guys.

Nothing came, so he was written off.  It wasn't worth the fight anymore.  That was such a bullying manipulative roller coaster, I haven't dealt with anything like that since high school. Well I shouldn't say that.  There was one job I had where a couple coworkers were having an affair and he broke up with her (she was married/separated, with two children) and she tried to pit us all against the guy to punish him for his unfaithfulness to her, (yes, seriously!) when she was actually much more the problem. Not to mention that he was 18 and she was in her 30s. Yeah it was pretty sick.  I kinda felt sorry for the kid by the end of it.

Rosebrough proves once more that has learned nothing.  He is still the same.  Once again I'm reminded it's not worth bothering with him anymore.  Lying is ok I guess if you're the captain of your own Pirate Ship.  But at least we know there's one rule they live by - do not question the leadership.

Btw if you wonder why I'm bothering again, let's just blame someone in my house that alerted me to the story. :-)  I'll tell this nameless person to quit giving me news regarding Rosebrough unless it changes substantially in behavior pattern.