Frenetic Friday


Oh this is going to be a doozie, we’ve have everything and robots too.

I haven’t done this for awhile so let me welcome any new readers to the blog thank you for stopping by we appreciate it greatly.

While I am at it make sure you take a look at Theology Thursday my co-writer Robin is doing some excellent work there and I for one appreciate the fact that he’s come on board here.

So once again the erotic liberty crowd has hit the internet. Submitted for your consideration rules for California judges:

California’s Supreme Court has voted to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts of America on grounds that the group discriminates against gays.

The court says its seven justices unanimously voted Friday to heed a recommendation by its ethics advisory committee barring judges’ affiliation with the organization.

In 1996 the state Supreme Court banned judges from belonging to groups that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, but made an exception for nonprofit youth organizations.

An ethics advisory committee in February recommended eliminating the exception to enhance public confidence in the judiciary. ~NBC News

So far you can still belong to a church that believes in traditionalmarriage but how long will that last?  If you recall last Frenetic Friday I pointed out how Frank Bruni in his OP-ED piece

Your God and My Dignity  he said that our religious freedom applies only to our pew, home, and heart. Here we have the California Supreme Court relegating other justices to pew, home, and heart but based on their their reasoning how soon will the church be declare to be the same as the Boy Scouts?

Along the same line the Church of the Later Day Saints has issued a statement willing to bargain with LGBQT in which they will support legislation that “protect LGBT people in areas such as housing and employment – as long as accommodations are made to protect the freedom of religious people who oppose such measures”  Immediately Andrew Rosenthal responded with: Mormon Church Wants Freedom to Discriminate  “That’s fake “war on religion” speak. What they want is legal permission to use their religion as an excuse to discriminate.”  And let’s face it the LDS was naive if they thought the LGBQT group was going to step back when they have made this much of an in road into the culture.

In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Wilde revealed that in 1985, Hawking, who is a staunch atheist, was struck down by pneumonia while participating in research at CERN that left him in a coma.

Wilde said that she received a phone call from the hospital in Switzerland letting her know that he was close to death.

“Please Lord, let Stephen live,” was the prayer she recalls saying.

The doctors said that there was nothing else that they could do, and asked her for permission to turn off Hawking’s life support, but Wilde refused.

“Turning off the respirator was unthinkable. What could more shameful then for such a heroic struggle for life to end! It would negate everything that I too had fought so hard for,” she said.

“My response was instant: Stephen should live.”

This is from the Briefing aka Al Mohler what do you think would scare Kim Jung Un the most?  Would it be an uprising of the military?  An attack from the South? How about Soap Operas?  Yes, South Korean soap operas scare Kim Jung Un to the point that some people who have been found with them have been executed. Yes it appears that the world the Soaps show is too free too diverse despite the cliched plots and outrageous devices.  That has to be shut down immediately and what better way than executions?  Pray for the people in North Korea.

Over at Adam4d.com they define what is a Theological Nerd.  I’m one.

This was pointed out to me by the guys at Triablogue: Stephen Hawking’s first wife prayed to God he would live even as he mocked her faith.

Renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking’s first wife Jane Wilde has revealed that her religious faith was integral in enabling her to care for him during their marriage.

In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Wilde revealed that in 1985, Hawking, who is a staunch atheist, was struck down by pneumonia while participating in research at CERN that left him in a coma.

Wilde said that she received a phone call from the hospital in Switzerland letting her know that he was close to death.

“Please Lord, let Stephen live,” was the prayer she recalls saying.

The doctors said that there was nothing else that they could do, and asked her for permission to turn off Hawking’s life support, but Wilde refused.

“Turning off the respirator was unthinkable. What could more shameful then for such a heroic struggle for life to end! It would negate everything that I too had fought so hard for,” she said.

“My response was instant: Stephen should live.”

Hawkings of course has continued his worship of  “the goddess Physics” and has declared that miracles are incompatible with science.

Lastly don’t drive a drone drunk you might just be put on a no fly list.

Drone

This is a favorite with hobbyists and drunks.  Seems he was flying this around some apartments when it got knocked out of the sky and landed on the neighbor’s lawn.  The neighbor was the POTUS and Secret Service was deployed.  Well after the hubbub died down the maker of the drone said that in the next software update Washington D.C. will become a no fly zone.

Thats it for tonight I am once again in the grip of a fever and so good night.

 

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Theology Thursday BONUS: Birth, Life, and Death


I wrote this a few days after Mom died, and read it at her memorial service last Sunday. Response was so positive I thought I would share it here with Keachfan readers as well:

If you could talk to a baby still in the womb, you might tell her:

I can’t begin to describe the world that is waiting for you! Things you cannot even imagine, like colors, smells, touch, the unmuffled sounds of music! Everything you know in your present world is just preparing you for life in my world, and it’s wonderful! Pretty soon, baby, you will be pushed through a tunnel and enter this amazing new world, and we are very anxious to meet you, to hold you, to see you, and to have you see us as we really are. We are preparing a special place just for you, with your own crib and warm cozy clothes and pictures on the walls – oh, you can’t understand this description at all, but trust me, it’s wonderful. Your room is almost ready, and we can hardly wait for you to join us here in our world!

Hearing this, a baby who has only known the warmth and comfort and familiarity of her floating, liquid home with all it’s comfort and the sound of Mom’s heartbeat, might reply, if she could:

No, thank you! I am fine right where I am! I like my cozy little home, it’s great right where I am, I don’t want it to change. What’s a tunnel? What is color? What are taste and smell and touch? Please don’t frighten me, just let me stay here. It’s so nice and cozy, and I am content to live and float right where I am, beneath that beating rhythm and the embrace of this home.

But inevitably, birth comes. The painful squeeze through the tunnel, pushed against our will and thrust into a world of cold, warmth, light, color, sound, sensation, smell, and the taste of mother’s milk. And y’know what? It ain’t so bad after all! It’s amazing! Indescribable and constantly new! Only the transition through that tunnel was hard, but we quickly forget our former life in the womb because this new world is so totally awesome!

Now the preacher is describing life in the next world, and it’s as impossible for us to understand as it was for us to understand this world when we were still being prepared for it. He says,

I can’t begin to describe the world that is waiting for us! Things we cannot even imagine, not like colors, smells, touch, music, but much more! Everything you know in your present world is just preparing you for life in God’s world, and it’s wonderful! Pretty soon, baby, you will be pushed through a tunnel and enter this amazing new world, and your Lord and His saints are very anxious to meet you, to hold you, to see you, and to have you see Him as He really is. Christ is preparing a special place just for us. Oh, you can’t understand this description at all, but trust me, it’s going to be wonderful. Your room is almost ready, and Jesus is waiting for you to join Him in His world!

And as before, we might say,

No thank you! I am fine right where I am! I like my cozy little home here and I don’t want that to change. Please don’t frighten me, just let me stay here. It’s so nice and cozy, and I am content to live right where I am, in the embrace of my own body, my own house, my job, my family. Must I really leave all this? Please let me stay, even if just a little while longer.

Death is just like birth – for those who have been born again. But only for those who are twice-born! Those who have not been born of the Spirit, but only born once, of “water and of blood,” as the scripture says, cannot look forward as I do, to a wonderful world beyond the tunnel.

My wife’s mother has just made that journey through the tunnel to the invisible world, untouched by the pain of the disease which ushered her out of this earthly home to the next. I bet she couldn’t find words to describe the life she has begun there, but the closest we can come to words are described in God’s Book. We shall see Him as He is! We shall be like Him! No more tears, no more pain, no more sorrow, no more loss, no more fear.

But this new world, and a place in it prepared by Christ Himself, only awaits those who are twice-born. That is, born of the Spirit, as well as having been born physically into this present world with it’s mortality and decay and sorrow and pain. But this New Birth is from Above, not from within. It is not something we can work for, conjure up, earn, or create with our own efforts. Just as with our physical existence, it is entirely the work of Another, the Author of all things. Without His work, we have no hope in this world nor in the next. Are you twice-born? Are you being prepared for the tunnel and the entrance into everlasting life and light? Or will you face the justice of a holy God without an Advocate who gives His own birthright to those who trust in Him?

If you are not sure, find a copy of God’s Book and read the little Gospel of John. It is the story, in short form, of how God, the Author of all life and all creation, rescues a people for Himself from the fallen race of Adam. Those who have faith in Christ alone for safety from the Father’s terrible justice against sin can be born from Above! I am happy to answer questions in the Comments section below.

Theology Thursday: Holy Spirit Baptism, Part Four


This is Part Four, the last of a series on Holy Spirit baptism. Until now it has only touched on a couple of the doctrinal issues which are ordinarily raised in any discussion of the topic, or of the related topics of spiritual gifts, speaking in tongues, and/or the offices of prophet and apostle beyond the first century AD. Be sure to read the previous parts to get a full sense of the topic and why I write as I do about it.

Part Three left off at West Lauderdale Baptist Church, where very few kids were left in the youth group after the mass departure of our former youth pastor and the majority of the kids and young adults who followed him to “the church in Fort Lauderdale.” A few of them returned within a year or so, broken and confused; and many more appeared to leave the Christian community entirely. The fruit of the Shepherding / Discipleship movement was horrific and damaging to those who got caught up in it, and many strayed far from the Lord after a period of exuberance followed by massive, cultish exploitation.

But we were not entirely safe from exploitation even in a somewhat accountable Southern Baptist church that strayed far from the word of God to embrace ear-tickling charismatic fables. Following the exodus of many members to the new “church in Fort Lauderdale,” West Lauderdale was left at less than half its former size and still dealing with spillover from the excessive of charismania in the larger movement. There was, for example, a “prophecy” given by “a reliable, proven prophetess” that a great tsunami would wipe out South Florida in the following year, as God’s judgment against the cities for the explosive growth of homosexuality there. Her prophecy was published in a couple of charismatic magazines and caused quite a stir. The only defense our new youth minister could come up with was God’s promise following Noah’s flood never to destroy the earth with water again. Really? There have been countless tsunamis and floods since that was written, so that verse was little comfort to us. What did provide some comfort, though, was a “vision from God” that our pastor shared with the congregation:

“God has shown me what the future holds for West Lauderdale Baptist Church,” the pastor said. “Five buildings will occupy these grounds and the surrounding property. At the center will be a huge sanctuary and administrative offices to oversee ministries in the other four buildings: A Christian school, a home for unwed mothers, a theological school like Samuel’s ‘school of prophets,’ and a music ministry school for psalmists” that would produce a great wealth of new songs, hymns, and spiritual songs for the Church. So at the very same time that some were fleeing the city to escape a prophesied tsunami, our church was fund-raising like crazy and buying up homes and real estate for about a square mile around the church. The year was 1973. Forty years later, this is what West Lauderdale Baptist Church looks like:

The property surrounding the church was purchased and either demolished or used for meetings or whatever, and then abandoned. The entire neighborhood was ruined. And the original sanctuary on Davie Boulevard still stands. The grand vision never became a reality. But like most groundless “visions from God,” this one wasted thousands of dollars and destroyed the credibility of the church.

I graduated from high school at 17 and got the heck out of there as fast as I could. Too small and delicately built (at the time) to qualify for the military, I determined to take the first job that offered room and board, preferably in another city. That job was on a sailing ship – a three-masted schooner – as a member of the crew, and the only kid aboard with a bunch of 30-something guys who couldn’t make it in “real” jobs. Another perfect setup for another tragedy. But that’s a whole ‘nother story. Following that whole mess I attempted college, and when the money ran out I found a job with an ambulance company back in Fort Lauderdale again, which was still there. No tsunami had destroyed it and nothing was ever said about the “prophetess” whose “vision” must have been at least as damaging to others in South Florida as my pastor’s “vision” had been to his church and the surrounding neighborhood. It’s curious in the extreme that when prophecies fail to come true, especially with all the damage that they often cause, that nothing is said; and if you say anything then you’re “being judgmental and condemning.” What?! In bible times, these false prophets would have been put to the sword (see Deuteronomy 18:20)! And I’m judgmental and harsh if I simply ask about false prophecies? Yet for all that, I still didn’t open my bible much, except in church, or when I wanted to impress someone with how spiritual and knowledgeable I was.

I had prided myself on instructing others in seeking Holy Spirit baptism, and even in my backslidden condition I continued to do so, and when someone told me had “the gift of discernment” because I hadn’t followed Andy and dared to ask questions about failed prophecies, I fed off of that little bit of affirmation and taught whoever would listen. I had passed my state tests and got certified as a firefighter and began what would become a 30-year career. I met a Pentecostal girl and “converted” her to my charismatic beliefs, and we got married at West Lauderdale Baptist Church, attending there until the fruit of the pastor’s failed “vision” gave us cause to move to a new Charismatic (Presbyterian) church in Pompano, just North of Fort Lauderdale.

In the lessons I taught on Holy Spirit baptism, I liked to use examples from the Old Testament as well as the New. Saul, for example, became “a Charismatic” when Samuel anointed him as king of Israel, and received the gift of prophecy (1st Samuel 10:1-12). Verse 6 is pivotal:

Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you mightily, and you shall prophecy with them and be changed into another man.

I simply failed to mention that Saul’s appointment as king was an act of judgment against Israel for rejecting God and desiring a king like the other nations (see verse 19 of the chapter), and that the prophesying was a sign of that coming judgment. When Samuel anointed David as king in Saul’s place, “the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward (1 Samuel 16:13),” and “the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord terrorized him (verse 14).” It looks like Holy Spirit baptism was revocable in those days, doesn’t it? But in neither of these examples is the term “baptized in or with the Spirit” employed to describe the Lord’s anointing on them. I simply misapplied the term to those Old Testament examples. I did the same with Elijah and Elisha in 2nd Kings chapter 2. The other prophets witnessing the sign said, “the spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha (verse 15).” This was God’s anointing for a specific office for a specific time. The ministries of Elijah and Elisha also represented God’s judgment upon those in rebellion against Him.

“Jesus had the anointing in His day,” I taught. “Just as Elijah threw the mantle on Elisha, so Jesus, ascending to heaven, ‘threw His mantle on the Church!’ See it fall upon them in the second chapter of Acts!”

Now doesn’t that sound all scholarly and feel all “anointed?” In truth, though, only the examples in Acts 2 and Acts 11:16 are described as “baptism in/with the Holy Spirit (see Acts 1:5).” Subsequently there were many “fillings” with the Spirit (4: 8 and 31, 7:55, etc)) and people described as “full of the Spirit,” like Stephen (Acts 6:3). But for Charismatics, Acts 8:14-17 is among the proofs that “receiving the Holy Spirit” is a separate and distinct experience from conversion to Christ.

For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they [Peter and John] began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:16-17).

The text doesn’t say for sure that these people were genuine converts to Christ, but it is a safe assumption because “they were receiving the Holy Spirit.” The text also specifically states that “He had not yet fallen upon any of them,” so one might rightfully assume that these baptized converts to Christ did not, in fact, have Holy Spirit baptism as in Acts 2. But since regeneration precedes faith (John 3:3-8, 1 Corinthians 2:10, 12:3, Eph 2:4-5), it is safe to say that they were born of the Spirit and thus “had” the Holy Spirit living within. What was “missing” was the peculiar powers conveyed by the Holy Spirit which were available only through the laying on of hands by an Apostle. Otherwise Philip the evangelist would have done so himself, having brought the gospel to Samaria and harvested many souls there. None of the Samaritan converts had given evidence of the gift of tongues, which most frequently (but not always) accompanied the laying on of the Apostles’ hands (see 10:45-46). This “impartation,” or anointing, was only at the hands of the Apostles; and only they had authority from God to do so. Acts 19 demonstrated Paul’s Apostolic authority when the Ephesian converts received the sign-gifts of tongues and prophecy by the laying on of Paul’s hands. It was distinctly a sign of apostleship (2 Cor 12:12) and did not continue after the Apostles died.

As in the Old Testament examples I used above, these special powers were conveyed to a limited number of people for a limited amount of time and for a specific purpose. In Acts we see Spirit baptism among non-Jewish converts as a sign to the Church that God was making no distinction between Jews and Gentiles (Acts 10:47, 11:15-18, and 15:9), and the gift of tongues as a sign to the single generation of unbelieving Jews (1st Corinthians 14:21-22) that had betrayed and murdered their Messiah.

All believers have the Holy Spirit, dwelling in their hearts by faith (2 Corinthians 1:22, Galatians 4:6, Ephesians 3:17). Indeed it is not even possible to become a Christian unless one is born of the Holy Spirit. “Baptism in the Holy Spirit,” with accompanying signs and gifts, was a strictly first-century phenomenon with a strictly first century purpose. It was a sign of the end of the Old Covenant, superseded by the New. It was a sign of apostolic authority; and the oft-accompanying covenant sign of tongues portended the destruction of the Temple and the end of the Jewish sacrificial covenant. These were prophetic signs, warning of events that occurred in 70 AD. There was no reason for the warnings to persist after the judgment they warned about had come to pass!

When I see “signs and wonders” performed by such hucksters as Benny Hinn, Jesus’ tragic words, recorded in Matthew 7 come instantly to my mind:

Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophecy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?” And I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me you who practice lawlessness (Matt 7:21-23).”

Earworm Wednesday: Sloop John B~Relient K


Off their 1966 album Pet Sounds Sloop John B was a West Indies folk song called the John B. Sails.   It was the Kingston Trio’s version of the song The Wreck of the John B that influenced Brian Wilson’s version.  Wilson modified the chord structures and turned it into the version that made it one of the Beach Boy’s most memorable hits.

Relient K staying true to Brian Wilson’s vision of the song does an excellent cover of this classic song.  Enjoy.

Movie Review: Snowpiercer



Director:Joon-ho Bong
Writer:Joon-ho Bong, Kelly Masterson, and others.
Cast:Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Kang-ho Song, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris, Ah-sung Ko

Plot.
In 2014 an attempt is made to cure global warming rather than cure it the action caused the world to become frozen. The only people left alive are the people in the Snowpiercer. Snowpiercer is a train designed by Wilford (Ed Harris) with a perpetual motion engine. The train circles the globe forever and the people in the train have degenerated into a class system. Those in the rear of the train eat protein bars, purple gelatinous bars, while the front of the train they dine on lobster and steak. Every so often armed guards appear and take head counts as well as take children with them never to return.

After seventeen years Curtis (Chris Evans) leads a revolt the goal is to get to the front and be treated like the privileged class. But going through the cars to the front is more costly than he realizes and once he reaches the front what is revealed is more horrifying then he could imagine.

I have to say that it has been a long time since I saw a science fiction movie this good.  In fact I would rank this right up with the classics such as Metropolis, Blade Runner, or the Matrix (first movie).

The story has some of the elements of the class struggle such as Metropolis but to situate into this small world within the train is unique.  When Curtis (Chris Evan) faces Wilford (Ed Harris) and tells him of the struggle that went on in the back cars and how during the early years people ate other people, the weak and the children, and how he is ashamed that he knows that babies taste the best.  What Wilford then reveals to him is shocking and reveals the nihilistic mindset of the designer of the train.

This isn’t a family show let me disabuse anyone of that notion.  It is violent, and shocking and some of the scenes makes me cringe.  But if you enjoy on the edge of your seat science fiction then this is the show for you.

I give Snowpiercer four stars out of five.

Catechism


Q. 9 But doesn’t God do us an injustice by requiring in his law what we are unable to do?

A.No, God created humans with the ability to keep the law.They, however, tempted by the devil,

in reckless disobedience, robbed themselves and all their descendants of these gifts.
1 John 3:5;  Ephesians 4:24;  Luke 10:30;

 

Q. 10 Will God permit such disobedience and rebellion to go unpunished?

A.  Certainly not. He is terribly angry about the sin we are born with as well as the sins we personally commit. As a just judge hepunishes them now and in eternity. He has declared: “Cursed iseveryone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.

Romans 5:12; Deuteronomy 27:26; Galatians 3:10;

Frenetic Friday


Frenetic Friday, Some fun-and adventure at last!

Again bonus points if you name the film the quote came from.

On a less flippant note the forty-second anniversary of Roe v. Wade has come as of January 12th the American holocaust since 1973 is:

56,662,169

To give some perspective 416,800 Americans were killed in World War 2, 36,516  in the Korean war,

58,209 in the war in Vietnam, and 625,000 in the Civil War.  That gives you a grand total from those wars of 1,136,525 That is basically one fiftieth of the amount of babies killed.  And the number keeps going up.

Erotic liberty as far as I can discern was coined by Albert Mohler, the definition of erotic liberty is:  a liberty claimed on the basis of sexual identity and activity.  This of course was unknown when the founders of the nation drafted the bill of rights, when they talked about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Sexual identity and activity was the farthest thing from their minds.  One thing that wasn’t far from their minds was freedom of religion.  Now what was meant by that?  Well it is more than ” in their pews, homes and hearts”  that columnist Frank Bruni said in his opinion piece on January tenth called “Your God and My Dignity”  In fact an excellent examination of what the establishment clause means can be found here.  The Founders saw religion being more than just “pew, heart, and home” but rather something that enjoyed it’s place in the public square.   But with each win of erotic liberty over religious liberty we are driven back out of the public square and into those spaces that have been designated for us.  One must wonder though if the proponents of erotic liberty get to define where religious liberty can occur, how soon will they decide that even those places are too much?  What happens when one can’t even have  pew, heart, and home?

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Good night and God bless.

Theology Thursday: Holy Spirit Baptism – Part Three


This is Part Three of a four-part series on Holy Spirit baptism. Please read Parts One and Two before jumping into the middle of the story here! Forgive the autobiographical bent to this series, but it is meant to portray the profound damage that the Charismatic movement can do to people, especially the very young:

Part Two ended where the great experiment – “the Church in Fort Lauderdale” – began. A link at the end of Part Two describes the experiment and it’s tragic results which linger even today. The principle founders of the movement have expressed regret for the damage, at least as far as to say, “we did a right thing a wrong way.” I am here to bear witness that they did a wrong thing, period. They failed to clearly distinguish spiritual authority from other forms of authority; most notably domestic authority, the authority of conscience, and the priestly authority that belongs to every believer in “a kingdom of priests (Revelation 1:6).” It was wrongly assumed that disciples were under obligation to their master until released by him. That was never so, even in bible times. Jesus’ disciples were free to walk away at any time, and in fact, many did. In this tyrannical experiment, the “penalty” for departure was condemnation – equivalent to excommunication, “let him be to you as a tax collector (Matthew 18:17).” Entire churches that saw this scheme for what it was were labeled as being “in deception,” and members of those churches who followed the movement were called upon to renounce their churches and be assigned to a new “shepherd.”

My church was soon to become one of them. My old middle school crush didn’t even know that I existed, and her dad’s preaching didn’t make sense to me anyway. So when some of the other kids from the Monday night teaching time who sat on the floor with me, literally at Bob Mumford’s feet, invited me to their church, I was anxious to go. It was a Southern Baptist church, traditional, with a piano, organ, and choir just like a “real” church was supposed to have. And it had a supercharged youth group that was oh-so-Spirit-filled, just like the few kids from my first church! It would be almost like going back to my first church, except with no danger of being kicked out for speaking in tongues! Andy, the youth pastor, was dynamic and “wise in the things of the Spirit,” and the youth group under his leadership grew large and dynamic as well. One of the church buildings was designated “The Cup,” and Friday night meetings there took the form of youth-led rock ‘n’ roll Charismatic bliss where “the gifts of the Spirit” flowed freely. Manifestations of tongues, interpretation, prophecy, and knowledge ran almost amok. It was so very different from the Sunday services, which were more traditional, but peppered with more modest “manifestations” during the song and prayer times before the sermon. The Cup was dark, crowded, and exuberant with runaway Charismatic indulgence that reminded me of my first visit to a Pentecostal church, but less put-on and artificial. I had met Andy and some of the other kids before at the Monday night “Mumford meetings,” but Friday nights at The Cup were wild and wonderfully “anointed.” I didn’t find out until later that Andy was among those being trained as a “shepherd” for the new Church in Fort Lauderdale, nor did I have any hint of the heartbreak that was soon to follow.

Before I get to that part of the story I want to convey what we kids meant when we talked about “the anointing,” or about so-and-so being “a really anointed teacher,” or “that song is really anointed.” For us, a person or event that was “anointed” was one that had a special spiritual power. “Wow couldn’t you just feel the anointing Friday night!” Anointing imparted a kind of righteous ecstasy that was palpable. The thrill of a teaching with implications we hadn’t considered before, or a song that made us feel especially intimate with God, or a teacher whose presentations prompted intense feelings of unqualified weal and delight – this was “the anointing.” It was a sure indication to us that God had empowered and approved the person or thing that was taking place. If one could feel the anointing, one accepted it as having been God-sent and God-empowered.

The Scriptures, however, hold no such definition of the term. Most often the words anoint and anointing in the both Testaments refer to the physical application of medicine, balm, water, or oil to an injured part or a sick person. Sometimes it means “mingled” or “mixed,” as in unleavened cakes “anointed” with oil in Exodus 29:2. In a more spiritual sense, anointing was done to designate people or things as set apart, or holy to the Lord, as in the ordination of Levitical priests (Exodus 29:29) or Samuel anointing Saul and David as kings of Israel (1 Samuel 10:1 and 16:12-13 – and note in the account of Saul’s anointing that he prophesied!). In the New Testament, other than its primary meaning of applying or mixing, it is similarly used to represent ordination or setting apart for God (Luke 4:18, Acts 4:27, 2 Corinthians 1:21). We find it applied generally to all who are in Christ, representative of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives, applying God’s word to our hearts, bringing it to remembrance in time of need. As oil is applied to outward things, so the word of God is applied to the inner man by the Holy Spirit. Through the Apostle John, the Holy Spirit writes,

These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him (1st John 2:27, NASB).

The way we know whether a thing is approved by God is not from the giddy feeling we get from having our ears tickled with seductive words. We know God’s approval because of the application of the written and infallible word of God by the Holy Spirit! The anointing, as it applies in believers, is upon their ears and feet, so to say:

…he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he puts forth his own, he goes ahead of them and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers (John 10:3-5, NASB).

So how is it that so many of the Lord’s sheep follow false teachers? One would have to ignore and suppress the anointing that John described above in order to do so! But tickle their ears a bit, and many will do just that:

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths (2nd Timothy 4:3-4, NASB).

The genuine anointing of God in every believer is what keeps calling them back to the truth, enabling them to walk away from myths and fables to dine in the fields of lush grass that our true Shepherd leads us to. To many Charismatics, “anointing” only means having their ears tickled! But they would rarely admit it.

When all of the “shepherds” in “the Church at Fort Lauderdale” were trained and established in little flocks of their own, all accountable to the three “Apostles” of the church, the call went out from the “Apostles of the Church at Fort Lauderdale” that any church that was not “in submission” to the larger Church at Fort Lauderdale was “in deception,” and those who were truly following the will of God would come out from those churches and take their place under an approved “undershepherd.” My church did not play along. Andy left West Lauderdale Baptist Church, and took most of the Friday night “Cup kids” with him and formed a commune under “the Church at Fort Lauderdale.” While I must confess that I immensely enjoyed having my ears tickled, even at age 14 I knew the voice of my true Shepherd and refused to follow Andy – and almost all of my friends with him – any further. Besides, there was plenty of ear tickling to be enjoyed right where I was. I stayed put, but was lonelier than ever. I watched from a distance as old friends from the Cup were exploited, abused, and abandoned when they broke. The great guitar player I always tried to emulate had gone with Andy. And in less than a year’s time, had entered into a homosexual relationship with another member of “the Church at Fort Lauderdale.”

The youth group at West Lauderdale Baptist had to rebuild, almost from scratch. Very few of the youth had remained, not wanting to miss out on the Grand Anointed Plan that was unfolding. Of those who stayed behind, I was the youngest. The loss of those friendships left me in profound danger of further exploitation, yet God had spared me from the fate of those who had left, which was far worse.

In Part Four I will finally get to a scriptural analysis of the doctrine of Holy Spirit baptism, and the role of the spiritual gifts according to scripture. Stay tuned!

Earworn Wednesday: Your My Best Friend~The Once


Written by John Deacon the bassist for Queen. He wrote it for his wife and it appeared on Queen’s album A Night at the Opera.

The Once is a folk trio based out of St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada and I had never heard of them before until I was watching a show on Hulu and heard this rendition of “Your my Best Friend” on it and the sound of Geraldine Hollett’s voice pulled me right in and I had to find out who this group was.

So without further ado here is The Once.

Movie Review: The Wind Rises



Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Writers: Hayao Miyazaki and others
Cast: Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto, and others

Plot
A fictional account of the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

You don’t mind if I gush like a fanboy for a moment do you? Hayao Miyazaki has been the director of some of the most beautiful animated films ever. Tears have come to my eyes, I am not ashamed to say, when viewing the world as painted by Miyazaki. Whether he was showing the world devastated by man’s constant warfare (Nausicaä), the battle of men against nature (Princess Mononoke), a young girls encounter with the supernatural (Spirited Away) or the antics of a thief with the heart of a hero (Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro) his vision has influenced and inspired both directors and artists.

So when I learned that Hayao Miyazaki was retiring from directing and there would be one last film from him I couldn’t wait.

And this wasn’t what I was expecting. I have to say that this is the first Miyazaki film that has disappointed me. And I hate to say this but it was bland. That isn’t to say that it wasn’t beautiful to look at but the story I’m sad to say couldn’t hold my interest. So no matter how lovely the annimation the story failed. I can’t believe I am saying this but unless you are a die hard Miyazaki fan, and even then, skip this one.

I give The Wind Rises one and a half stars out of five.