There is an Interesting article on David Stockman who warned of the wealth inequality in the United States.1 His problem isn’t with the wealthy achieving wealth through business or even through the stock market, but that the stock market is unusually propped up because of the Fed’s monetary policy of printing new money. Continue reading
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Insights: Parenting is NO Longer Important
What do parents know? After all, consider the damage parents do to their children. Parents are often so busy, children are left at home as latch-key kids or glued to their smart phones and iPads. Parents really don’t know what is best for their kids. Continue reading
Strong Delusion – Part 2
To me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
Redeemed me for His own.
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day.
Strong Delusion – Part 1
Paul says it well, “they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie” (2Th 2:10-11) I rejoiced that Mike Pence will become Governor Mike Pence for Indiana, but regarding many of the other elections, I admit that I’m disappointed. I’m thankful that history never depends on man and I will never trust in man. Jeremiah warned Israel, “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited. Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit. (Jer 17:5-8) When Jeremiah prophesied, Israel was in a downward spiral to her fait accompli.
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
Book Review: God versus Socialism by Joel McDurmon
Joel McDurmon in his excellent volume “God versus Socialism” has done a brilliant job of exposing the evil promulgated by government programs intended to help the masses. However, by helping the masses, the government messiah has stolen from the rich to enable the poor to continue in poverty. There is only one King and He owns everything (Ps. 24:1). The foolishness of man has been and is to look to man for answers which he will never resolve in the realm of mankind, Republican, Democrat or Independent. Conservatives, especially the NeoCons of the last two decades are no better than their Liberal counterparts. They have increased the size of government in the name of personal power and individual aggrandizement.
McDurmon astutely exposes the evil agenda of several contemporary authors and speakers. At best they believe what they are writing will help, at worst, they are deceived by seducing spirits. McDurmon uses the subtle, or not so subtle, agenda of Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo and Ronald Sider as examples of wolves in sheep’s clothing. They have infiltrated many denominations and pulled them perilously close to the cliff, pushing many off into the chasms of ineptness and spiritual despair. They have twisted and distorted Scripture for their own purposes, which in short is to strengthen man’s dependence on man’s government, to redistribute property and to dislodge the Christian’s understanding of biblical theology.
Christian Socialism is an oxymoron, because instead of freedom in Christ, Christians are set into bondage to the state. Unfortunately too many Christians like the benefits they seem to get on their personal behalf and they don’t have to see who the government is stealing from in order to pay for what they need. It’s simply another ploy from the demonic realm that Christians will one day find themselves in such a deep pit of dependence on government and not be able to extract themselves from that pit. “The biblical view provides for freedom and responsibility, the socialist view leads to serfdom, slavery to government, and dependence on the state.” (p. 223)
War on Poverty Man’s Way
In 1965 Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty when 15% of America was under the “poverty” level. His “deal” became a raw deal, because man will never solve his problems without the Grace of God. We now spend 668 billion dollars per year on 126 programs. We are still at the same level of poverty of 15%. God is not a part of the program. If you leave God out of any solution, you’ll have a temporary fix at best and a deceitful money pit of misery at worst.
When a repentant woman came into a dinner engagement and anointed Jesus’ head with a very costly oil of spikenard, the indignant criticized her for this seemingly waste of resources. Jesus told them to leave her alone and then said, “For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always.” (Mark 14:7) Jesus didn’t say, don’t help the poor, but you may do them good. He also said they would always be with you. In other words, we ought to do good by helping, but always in the name of Jesus, so Jesus is the reason for our help to them and they know the reason for the help they receive. But we should also know that money and resources in themselves are not the solution to poverty as the raw deal has shown.
Am I against the support the poor receive from the government? Not really. I believe the church should be the source of help, but the church is at a point, where it can hardly take care of its own. Unfortunately, the government welfare level of support has risen 41% in the last three years alone, an astronomical figure and still there is no change to godliness or upward mobility of the poor. The only true answer is a change of heart and seeking after God’s way. Money has become one of the “gods of this age.” People think money will solve theirs and the world’s problems. It never will and never was meant to solve problems.