Catechism


Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through Christ alone, must we still do good works and obey God’s Word?

    Yes, because Christ, having redeemed us by his blood, also renews us by his Spirit; so that our lives may show love and gratitude to God; so that we may be assured of our faith by the fruits; and so that by our godly behavior others may be won to Christ.

    1 Peter 2:9–12

    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

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    Frenetic Friday


    Here it is again Friday are you feeling frenetic? I myself am feeling that way and so let’s get started.

    Well the Church of England is slowly but surely slipping loose from whatever moorings it had that attached it to scripture. The Church of England has announced that it will create special liturgical services for transgendered people. Now please let us take a moment and think what this means, they are creating a special worship service for people who think they are a different gender than what is their biological sex. A worship service. Let me say that again, a worship service. A worship service to welcome their transition. Now of course this wasn’t a unanimous vote there were those that opposed this but they were overwhelmed by those that have gone with the world. Read the full story here

    And sticking to this subject seems that according to Zinnia Jones a “trans activist” and a “transgendered woman” straight men need to start dating “trans women” and if they don’t want to date “trans women” they should “try to work through that”. But what if straight men have no desire whatever to date these “trans women” well that is “misplaced and inappropriate” See the tweets here.

    So it seems that Teen Vogue, remember this is a magazine targeted at teenagers, has written an article on how to do a specific sex act. Let me repeat what I wrote a few words ago, this is a magazine targeted at teenagers.

    In the article the magazine used the terms “prostrate owner” and “non prostrate owner”. Well when YouTuber Laci Green used the terms “male” and “female” the Social Justice Warriors went ballistic. Seems terms like male and female, basic biological terms, are hate speech to the “trans activists”.  Story here.

    By the way the Federalist has an excellent article entitled: Why you should intervene if your daughter reads raunchy teen magazines.  I suggest you read this if you have teenage girls.

     

    And that is it for this Friday night.  Have a good weekend, go to church.

     

    Frenetic Friday


    Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear! From out of the past comes Frenetic Friday!

    Thirty non points to the person who can name that phrase.

    Politics!

    Okay I said it. Now I make no bones about not being a Trump supporter I backed another horse in the race but now he is the official Republican Party’s nominee.  And frankly this guy said it better than I ever could so take a look at this:  You Wanted Trump, You Got Him  ht:  Dan Phillips

    Speaking of my horse let’s take a look at what the nominee said about him.

    So he is right Ted Cruz did add to what he originally submitted.  In fact let’s take a look at what he submitted for review:

    Thank you. Heidi and I are honored to join you here in Cleveland, where Lebron James just led an incredible comeback victory. I’m convinced America is going to come back too.

    I congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination last night. (rest of submitted text here)

    Now let’s take a look at what he changed when he actually spoke to the crowd:

    Thank you, and god bless each and every one of you.

    Heidi and I are so honored to join you here in Cleveland where LeBron James just lead an incredible comeback victory, and I am convinced America is going to come back too.

    (APPLAUSE)

    I want to congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination last night.

    (APPLAUSE)

    And, like each of you, I want to see the principles that our party believes prevail in November. (transcript of entire Cruz speech)

    All I ask is that you compare the two speeches and judge for yourselves if what Trump is ballyhooing about is actually that significant?

    So now let’s talk about the Presbyterian Church in America.  One of the reasons that the PCA and the PCUSA split was over women’s ordination.  The PCA taking the correct stance said that the Word of God doesn’t teach such a thing nor does the Westminster Confession.  So why would the PCA now form a committee to look into women’s ordination?   I can’t say but what I have seen is this:  One of the first signs a denomination is taking that slippery slope toward liberalism is changing whom are suppose to be the elders and pastors in the church.  The scripture plainly state who is to lead the church and who isn’t and changing that shows a lack of belief in scripture as the word of God.  And once that step is taken then that cliff edge comes a lot sooner that you can believe.   Read:  PCA goes back to where it started  and A troubling turn:  PCA General Assembly 2016

    You know it has been a long time since we have had a Robotic Over Lord alert so heads up it is a Dalek!

    Whoops silly me this is just a security robot.  Meet the Knightscope K5 a security robot that is used to patrol the Stanford Shopping Center.  Unfortunately the five foot 300 pound robot knocked down a young child and then ran over his foot!  This has upset the mother of the child and she has asked that the robot be decommissioned before more children get hurt.  There is no truth to the rumor the robot said “Exterminate!”  as it ran over the child’s foot. <source>

    Well that is it for tonight! Tune in next week.

    Frenetic Friday


    It is June 10th 2016 and this Frenetic Friday!

    So first an important word from Mike Rowe:

    Parents point your children to this.

    “This is Emmy, mailing our letter to the prenatal specialist who didn’t want her to live. He repeatedly suggested we abort. He said her and our quality of life would be horrible.” Emmy’s mother Courtney Baker says, “He was so unbelievably wrong. I want to do something to advocate, but other than my letter to him, I don’t know what yet.”

    Courtney Baker’s letter which you can read here talks about her love for her daughter Emmy and the how she had to deal with her doctor who kept pressuring her to abort saying that Emmy would affect their “quality of life”.

    But as Courtney points out her child is perfect, Emmy isn’t a mistake and she enhances the quality of life not takes away from it.  Not only her family but in thousands of other families too.

    So have you heard of AB/DL?  Well list this one under the downward spiral of moral degeneracy if we can call any thing degenerate any more.  But I know you’re asking what is AB/DL?  Well it is Adult Baby Diaper Lovers.  Frankly I don’t know if I want to list this under Peter Pan syndrome or just plain lunacy.  But there is a store in Illinois called Tykables that specialize in adult size diapers for adults that want to be babies.  Yes I am well aware of the oxymoronic nature of that statement.    But not only that at the store in their “nursery area’ is a giant crib, high chair, and rocking horse for people to take pictures of themselves no doubt while clad in the diaper.  <source>

    Now let us journey to the Great White North for a momentous court decision that just happened.

    Most bestiality is legal, declares Canada’s Supreme Court

    The Court left it up to Parliament to better define the term.

    Sex acts with animals are legal in Canada, so long as there is no penetration involved, according to a surprise ruling issued by the Supreme Court.

    Just when I think that we can’t go any lower someone gets out a shovel.  You can read about this here.  But really what can we expect?  Once the moral principle that governs western civilization is abandoned what can be called wrong if there is no objective truth?  There is a rant there but I am going to save it for another day.  Just keep a close watch on your animals if you travel to Canada.

    There is an excellent article by David Sorrell entitled Trans Theory is a War Against Reality.  I suggest that you take a minute and click the link provided and read this excellent article.

    Oh and while I am at it over at VOX Alan Noble has written “Evangelicals like me can’t vote for Trump — or Clinton. Here’s what we can do instead.”  If you don’t want to choose between two evils of equal value I suggest you read the article.

    And no this isn’t a parody this is what a particular  United Church of Christ put up on their Facebook page:

    So keep in mind no matter what if you are white you are racist.

    And now for some good news.

    In South Korea Jung Gwang-il is working with a music studio, producer and a former singer of North Korean propaganda songs to create “stealth gospel music”.  In Korea the only music allowed is songs praising the Kim family the hereditary dictators of North Korea.  Jung Gwang-il is taking those songs and changing them so instead of praising the Kim family they praise Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

    Jung says: “It sounds exactly the same as what you would hear in North Korea, the same accompaniment, the same type of voice, but the names have all been changed, [The customs officials] aren’t going to sit there and listen to each song, because the music sounds the same to what they’re used to hearing,”

    Although Jung Gwang-il says the stealth gospel music is not meant for proselytizing people but rather exposing them to new ideas let us hope and pray that hearing about Jesus causes the gospel to be heard once again in the hermit kingdom. <source>

    Lastly a Ted Talk Parody

    Good night folks.

    Frenetic Friday


    And now to continue to document our descent into moral insanity is your host Keachfan!  Well folks we have a really good show tonight so with out further to do here we go!

    I don’t know about you but I am tired of the transgender revolution yet it seem to appear every day in my news feed.  So let’s take a look at a few new bits of information to come across my desk.

    First this:

    I find it disingenuous how he quotes the golden rule but ignores what the rest of the scripture says regarding how God created them male and female. It just shows that his “Christianity” is subservient to his political career.

    And then reality smacks you in the face.

    What do you do when you work for the ACLU and your daughter asks you why are you forcing her to go to a bathroom with boys in it?

    “I have shared my personal experience of having taken my elementary school age daughters into a women’s restroom when shortly after three transgender young adults, over six feet [tall] with deep voices, entered,” said Maya Dillard Smith, interim director of the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. “My children were visibly frightened, concerned about their safety and left asking lots of questions for which I, like many parents, was ill-prepared to answer, <source>

    Well in the case of Maya Dillard Smith she left the ACLU to start her own advocacy group that seeks to find a middle ground, which is also the best name of her website. On it you can see this video:

    Of course not everyone in the trans-community are interested in having a middle ground and one has responded in a verbally abusive manner. You can read that if you so desire here fair warning the language used is rough.

    And now a quick message from the Religion of Peace

    I’m sure you saw this on all the major news networks, in a village in Egypt a mob of 300 men stripped an elderly Coptic Christian woman and made her march through the street.  Her crime?  There was a rumor, a rumor mind you, that her son was having a relationship with a ,Muslim woman.  Yes, no, actual evidence was produced but that doesn’t matter after all a Christian was involved!  Or wasn’t as the case may be.  And to top it all off they also burned down seven houses of some Coptic Christians.  <source >

    Politics!

    It had to be done.  Well over at the Gospel Coalition there is this post by a member of Thabiti Anyabwile congregation on Evangelical Leaders: Tell Us to Vote for Clinton.   I completely disagree with this viewpoint.  However, Pastor Gabriel Hughes has provided a more articulate reason to disagree with the author’s statement.

    Thabiti’s Hillary Problem

    The following is a statement that was made on the WWUTT podcast on June 3, 2016. It was made into transcript form to be posted on this blog. Some of the wording may vary a bit.


    On Thabiti Anyabwile’s blog through the Gospel Coalition website, he featured a guest post from Nick Rodriguez, fellow church member at Anacosta River Church in Washington D.C., the Southern Baptist church where Thabiti is a pastor. In that blog, Rodriguez gives six reasons why evangelical leaders should tell Christians to vote for Hillary Clinton. Read the rest here

    Lastly something to cause End Time experts heart palpitations:
    Good night!

    Frenetic Friday


    This is going to be a short but pithy Frenetic Friday tonight so let’s not waste a minute.

    In politics/culture wars we have a new decree directive from our current ruler:

    The Obama administration is planning to issue a sweeping directive telling every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity.

    Let me quote Denny Burk here:

    Just to be clear what this means. The Obama administration is announcing its intent to coerce through force of law every public school to accept this. He expects your local school to allow boys to use bathroom and shower facilities with girls and vice versa. So long as the child’s parents are willing to go along with their child’s new identity, the school has to let students into the bathroom and locker room of the opposite sex

    This directive is jaw-dropping. The Obama administration doesn’t care whether the local or state school system supports such a move. It doesn’t care whether parents want male students showering with the female students or vice versa. President Obama’s letter…

    …requires schools to provide transgender students equal access to educational programs and activities even in circumstances in which other students, parents, or community members raise objections or concerns.

    The Obama administration is saying that every public school must accept the new rules or face the music. It has decided that anyone (even parents!) who refuses the new rules will be guilty of invidious “discrimination.”<source>

    This decree directive effectively bypasses any rule of law that originated in the constitution or what our founders intended.  And frankly I doubt greatly that our founders wanted was for gender disillusioned men to share a public bathroom with a woman.

    And here is something to think about:

    pottyfreedomHT: R.C. Sproul Jr.

    Think about it.

    And speaking of Politics here is a piece by Thabiti Anyabwile:

    A vote to check unpredictable evil with predictable

    I disagree with his conclusions but I suggest you read the article and make up your own mind.

    And now for a little humor.

    Meet the president-dictator of a micro-nation inside the United States

    I love what he said about taxes and the roads.

    And now a robot:

    Now here is what I am afraid of some televangelist hustler is going to see this and think hey what a great idea I can get the faithful to buy one of these and I’ll program it with my teaching.  Can’t you just see this robot in a Benny Hinn silver suit?

     

    Special Saturday


    Ah Saturday!  No doubt getting that yard work done, spring cleaning, garden being prepared for planting.  Well to quote that famous chocolatier:   “So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you.”

    Well if you’ve been hiding in a cave, keeping the television off, not listening to radio or podcasts then you’ve never heard of  North Carolina’s bill HB2 the so called “bathroom bill”  (here is the bill in question) and of course immediately the celebrities have chimed in condemning it as prejudice and bigotry.  And Bruce Springsteen announced that he was canceling his concert Greensboro because

    Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.

    Well Dr. Michael Brown wrote an excellent letter to Mr. Bruce Springsteen and his band and you really need to read this letter it is a reasoned and balanced response to Mr. Springsteen.

    And Open Letter to Bruce Springsteen and His Band

    Dear Bruce,

    As a resident of North Carolina since 2003, I read with interest that you decided to cancel your April 10th concert in Greensboro because of HB2, the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act.

    In your statement you explained that, in your view, the bill is “an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress.”

    You added that it was time for you and your band “to show solidarity for those freedom fighters” (speaking of transgender activists), and you ended your statement with these powerful words: “Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”

    I also read that your guitarist, Steven Van Zandt, has likened HB2 to an “evil virus” that is spreading through the United States in the form of similar legislation. (read it all here)

    And here Lt. Governor Forest of North Carolina explains the bill.

    So as I was researching things for Frenetic Friday I came across an interesting piece by David Harsanyi senior editor at the Federalist titled:

      How The Media Attacks Religious Liberty.

    Most of the media won’t acknowledge that Americans who refuse to participate in a gay wedding could have any sincerely held beliefs or good faith arguments. For the media, there is hate. And there is light.  (read more here)

    And lastly it has been awhile since we had a Robotic Overlords article and this one is a little bit disturbing.  This in from Wired:  The Scarlett Johansson Bot is the Robotic Future of Objectifying Women

    Seems a Hong Kong designer called Ricky Ma spent $50,000 making a robot that he named Mark1 that looks like Scarlett Johansson.  Using a 3D printer and software that he taught himself to use he created this robot:

    Yes I am creeped out by this too.  Basically what this designer has done is shown that any woman you fantasize about with money and software you can create that woman.  And yes it isn’t flesh and blood, but that is the point.  Flesh and blood gets in the way, you have to deal with emotions, feelings, conflicts, the normal every day things that happen when people interact with each other.  Not any more now you have your very own toy to satisfy your every whim.  Now of course this robot isn’t anywhere near what I would call a substitute for an real human being but it is obviously the first step.

     

    And with that I will say good night and come back again.

    Blog Update


    OK I know you were looking for an Earworm Wednesday yesterday, but the blog is in a state of transition.  I am looking to simplify the theme, add more information and pages not to mention try to get Robin the Sidekick to come back and do some more theology Thursdays.  However I know he is busy right now and that may not happen. 

    So stay tuned, you’ll see your old favorites soon and maybe a little bit more. 

    Frenetic Friday


    Better men than I have written on the tragedy in Charleston and the young man that did the killing however one of the things that appeared yesterday was this post by gospel singer Marcus Stanley a man that had been shot eight times while touring.  This is the post he left on Dylann Roof’s Facebook page before that page was taken down,

    The Gospel is the solution to hate.  <source>

    With all the various labels being thrown around, transracial, transgender, etc.. Here ar Keachfan we are going to lump this under Trans-issues.

    So speaking of that Rachel Dolezal now that she has stepped down as the head of the NAACP in Spokane Washington she has been asked to leave the ombudsman post she also headed.  But she wasn’t in Spokane when this occurred no she had jetted over to the Today Show to be interviewed where she again asserted that she identified as “Black”.

    However, some have taken issue with the idea that race is like gender is all in the mind.  Tamara Winfrey Harris writing in the opinion page of the June 16 New York times says that

    Some people have pointed to this strange case as an illustration that race is malleable. I submit that Ms. Dolezal is a reminder that it is not. Racial identity cannot be fluid as long as the definition of whiteness is fixed. And historically, the path to whiteness has been extremely narrow.

    And then later writes:

    Being able to shift one’s race is a privilege. Ms. Dolezal’s masquerade illustrates that however much she may empathize with African-Americans, she is not one, because black people in America cannot shed their race. We cannot proclaim the black race a nebulous concept, while strictly policing whiteness and the privileges of that identity. I will accept Ms. Dolezal as black like me only when society can accept me as white like her.

    <source>

     

    So two celebrities were in the news today, who you ask?  Why Bill Nye the science guy and Pope Francis.

    Seems Bill, the science guy not the tropical storm, blames the floods in Texas and the warm weather is cause by man made global warming.  Well meteorologists weren’t having any and took Nye to task.

    Bill Nye the bloviating, low information “climate guy” … not taken seriously by any meteorologist. https://t.co/aOHSCW3Ga2 — Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) June 16, 2015

    @BillNye you stand for everything that is wrong in the world of climate/atmospheric science — Ryan Breton (@RyanBretonWX) June 16, 2015

    Then there is Pope Francis, he just finished up an encyclical that lays out what the good Roman Catholics should do regarding climate change.  But as Al Mohler points out:

    Pope Francis has also tied the credibility of his papacy to scientific arguments that may well change over time, perhaps radically. <source>

     So if climate change is proven wrong, And the pope has egg on his face metaphorically speaking what does that do to his credibility?  And as a protestant should I care?  My standard is the unchanging Scriptures.
    Good Night!

    Frenetic Friday


    For what we are about to see next, we must enter quietly into the realm of genius. Welcome to Frenetic Friday.

    Dude looks like a Lady

    By now you’ve seen the Vanity Fair cover of Bruce “call me Caitlyn” Jenner. When I first saw it an artist friend of mine posted the perfect meme:
    image

    Which says it all regarding that picture.

    However that isn’t all to say about the matter. Submitted for your approval:  Dr. James White was on Dr. Drew’s  HLN show.  He barely got to say anything but what he did say was profound.  Apologia Studios was kind enough to put it together in a video.

    Now take a look at this video where Dr. Drew and his co-host discuss what James said, or rather what he didn’t say.

    Dr. Drew after show

    Dr. White has posted on Facebook an offer to come on the Dividing Line and discuss what they were talking about, or at least what they were trying to talk about.

    Robert A.J. Gagnon in response to Bruce Jenner writes about the face of the new anti-somatic Gnosticism:

    The sick national conspiracy to pretend that Bruce Jenner is a woman because he is mentally confused, has surgically mutilated his male body, and received plastic reconstruction surgery to give him a not entirely successful appearance as a woman, to the fanfare of the twisted leftwing elite and with the financial windfall of a reality TV show. For that he gets an award for “courage”: “Shortly after the cover reveal, ESPN announced that Caitlyn, a former Olympian, will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the EPSY Awards in July.” The man needs help; instead he gets validation for his neurosis. This is not love. This is functional hate.  Read more here  HT:  Steve Hays

    And now a bit from the sport page:

    Have you ever heard of an MMA (fe)male fighter called Fallon Fox?   I didn’t know him from Adam’s off ox myself since i don’t really keep up with the sport much less the female competitors.  Fox is a transgender fighter and this is the interview given after he broke the orbital bone of his last opponent.

    Tamikka Brents said,

    “I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life.”

    “I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because [he] was born a man or not, because I’m not a doctor,” she stated. “I can only say, I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life, and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right. ”

    His “grip was different,” she added. “I could usually move around in the clinch against…females but couldn’t move at all in Fox’s clinch.”

    last year, UFC announcer Joe Rogan made his opinion unambiguously and graphically clear, saying on his podcast that a transgendered man would “have all the bone structure that comes with” being a man. “You have bigger hands, you have bigger shoulder joints.”

    Speaking to LifeSiteNews, military veteran Jeff Nader, who has fought for UFC competitor Bellator, said that “Fallon Fox has had the benefits of being a man for most of his life. [He has] bone density, muscle mass, and other physical benefits that one gets from being a man. You can’t have that, and then make a minor adjustment — basically, a cosmetic adjustment — and suddenly claim to be a woman.”

    “Nothing can take away from the fact that you are physically a man. Mentally and emotionally, who knows — but physically, he’s a man.” <source>  HT: Calvinist Batman

    The Marriage Debate continues

    Changing in slightly in direction here is an article by Matthew Parris of the Spectator:

    As a Gay Athiest, I  want to see the Church oppose Same-Sex Marriage.

    I see. So now we have the result of the Irish referendum on gay marriage, and now we’ve heard the Roman Catholic Church’s chastened response, we shall have to rewrite Exodus 32, which (you may remember) reports Moses’ (and God’s) furious reaction to the nude dancing and heretical worship of Moloch in the form of a golden calf: the Sin of the Calf in the Hebrew literature. Moses had come down from Mount Sinai bringing God’s commandments written on two tablets of stone.

    ‘And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot…

    ‘And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.’

    Let me have a crack at the revised version right away:

    ‘And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the Irish referendum’s huge majority for gay marriage, and the dancing: and Moses’ alarm was palpable…

    ‘And he took a copy of the Pink Paper and, flourishing it, said, “We have to stop and have a reality check, not move into denial of the realities.

    ‘”I appreciate how these naked revellers feel on this day. That they feel this is something that is enriching the way they live. I think it is a social revolution.

    ‘”We need to find a new language to connect with a whole generation of young people,” the prophet concluded; then, casting off his garments, Moses said, “Hey, lead me to the coolest gay bar in the camp.”’  Read more here

    Robot OverLord Alert

    How do you feel about hospitals?  I’m not too keen but then again I’ve been in and out of hospitals too many times this year.  But when you have surgery do you want your anesthesia delivered via automaton?  In this WA hospital you get to meet Dr. Robot

    Thank you ladies and gentlemen that is all for Frenetic Friday.