Special Saturday


Yes it is that special time when the meandering mind of a curmudgeon Calvinist awakens from that deep slumber and rears its head and with its jaundiced eyes see what is going on in the world.

First a little something from the Robotic Over Lords.

Can you believe your eyes?  Here is the final end of Christianity, and by end I don’t mean goal.  An automaton programmed to give you a blessing.  The ultimate in ecumenical you can program the robot to give you a blessing in all the denominations of Christianity, not to mention Buddhist, Hindu, Islam all you need is the right software program. Think of this you can have a robot father confessor, a preprogrammed robot that can deliver a sermon, do communion all you have to do dial in what you want to hear.  And it will all be based on your felt needs. (Robot priest heralds Christianity’s Death in Europe)

Why are we afraid of robots?  Can it be it is because we don’t believe in God?

In our post-Freudian world, where mind has been reduced to brain chemistry and the idea of a transpersonal soul long banished from university curricula, this assumption is quite widespread. Taught to think of themselves as biological computers, people naturally fear that real computers—advanced so they can walk, converse, and learn from their mistakes—will inevitably take their place.

Read it all here and ask yourself do I fear them because I don’t believe in God?

That is it for tonight prepare yourself for worship tomorrow.  Good night.

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The Five Day Post


And now the post that has taken five days to write.  As I was looking at my various news feeds I was wondering what should make the cut.  Not much in Robotic Over Lords, there was some news on the Pro-life front and then I saw it.  Something that coincided with the 240th celebration of the independence of the USA.  What you may ask?  And even if you don’t ask, well let me point you to a few news items first.

Item 1.

Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to rule that pharmacies dispense emergency contraception

Item 2.

U.S. District Judge strikes down Mississippi’s religious freedom law.

Item 3.

Christian Mingle Opens Doors to Gay Singles Under Settlement.

Item 4.

California Bill protects LGBQT students by limiting the Faith of Universities

Are you seeing a pattern here?  If I am being obtuse let me spell it out for you.  Each of these cases has to do will religious freedom, in particular the right of persons to behave or operate a business under their belief system.

In Item 1 Christian pharmacists because they view plan B morning after pills  as an abortifacient and do not want to dispense the drug.  But are compelled by Washington State law to do so.  They filed suit claiming that the law put undo burden upon religious objectors.  The Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

At issue are Washington State regulations that are likely to make a pharmacist unemployable if he or she objects on religious grounds to dispensing certain prescription medications,” argued Justice Alito

“Yet the Ninth Circuit held that the regulations do not violate the First Amendment, and this Court does not deem the case worthy of our time. If this is a sign of how religious liberty
claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern.”

Item 2 A district judge struck down a religious liberty law based upon other religious freedom laws and the federal religious freedom law.  The judge claims that “The State has put its thumb on the scale to favor some religious beliefs over others. Showing such favor tells ‘nonadherents that they are outsiders, not full members of the political community, and . . . adherents that they are insiders, favored members of the political community,’ ” Reeves wrote, citing precedent. “And the Equal Protection Clause is violated by HB 1523’s authorization of arbitrary discrimination against lesbian, gay, transgender, and unmarried persons.”

Item 3 Christian Mingle a dating site that specified  whether you were a man seeking a woman or a woman seeking a man was sued by two gay men under California’s anti-discrimination law saying that the limited options violated the Unruh Civil Rights Act.  Because of the suit Christian Mingle has changed it’s policy to allow same sex users.

Item 4  California Senate Bill 1146 would prohibit any faith based policies from religious schools that take any state assistance and “discriminate” against LGBT persons.

“State assistance” includes any participation in the Cal Grants or Pell Grants programs, which provide critical financial assistance to lower-income students.

This means that a Catholic school that receives state aid can be sued for refusing to hire a non-Catholic applicant to serve as its president.  It means an Adventist school can be sued for refusing to hire a professor living in a gay marriage.  It means a Baptist school can be sued for refusing to allow a male student who “identifies” as a woman to live in a women’s dormitory, or to use women’s restrooms and showers.
The intent of this bill is transparent: to target Christian schools that maintain Biblical beliefs on marriage and sexuality, and to use the threat of losing government funds to force them to change those beliefs.  It puts schools into a terrible predicament.  If they maintain their beliefs, their prospective students will not be eligible for Cal Grants or Pell Grants, and the schools will suffer significant financial loss.  If they give in to this requirement, they compromise their core principles.

Do you see the pattern?  Can you see what we are losing here?  Do you understand that for the opposition it is a take no prisoner situation?  No matter who wins the presidency we can no longer depend on the courts to protect our rights that is no longer an option as they don’t rule based upon actual constitutional law rather they are an oligarchy of ideologues that rule based upon social theory.

Good Night.

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.

Frenetic Friday on a Saturday!


So four days ago this video was posted.

Of course the American Holocaust has made Reichsführer-SS Himmler and Reichsmarschall Göring look like pikers with 56 million abortions since Roe v Wade but even they would be impressed by the ingenuity of the leaders of the holocaust.  After all the best they could do was the dental commandos who pried the gold out of the teeth of the murdered Jews just before their bodies were incinerated.  However R. C. Sproul Jr. has said it best:

As horrible as that might be, the reality is that before this video was taken and despite what I described the real horror was that babies are being killed. We get up in arms when we see stories like this one. We get up in arms when we hear about Kermit Gosnell. We get up in arms when we hear that 90% of all children diagnosed as suffering from Down syndrome will be aborted. We get horrified at sex selection abortion; this kind of abortion, that kind of abortion; abortion in this context or abortion in that context. But we don’t get horrified by abortion itself. The hue and cry, the hair on fire response of conservatives over this latest atrocity, in my judgment, is further evidence that we have completely forgotten the real atrocity.

It’s not the harvesting of parts, it’s not the selling of parts. It’s killing babies; that is where the horror is. But if you’re like me all of your social media feeds are filled with all of the angst about this horror. And when I politely point out, as is my want – it is not the first time I’ve made this point, but when I make the case, “hey, what are you screaming about this for? Where were you last week when body parts were simply thrown away instead of sold, as far as we knew?” And I get the response, “oh, maybe this will wake people up. Maybe this will change things.”

If killing babies doesn’t change things, selling their parts won’t; eating their parts won’t. Babies are being killed and with them our consciences. That is why we get upset about this instead of because of the real horror-because we have gotten used to the murder of the unborn; because we have allowed our rhetoric, our politics, our media to forget that babies are being murdered.

In politics President Obama has brokered a deal with Iran regarding their making of nuclear weapons.  Supposedly this will keep Iran from making a nuclear weapon for ten years.  I’m not saying it’s not worth the paper it is written on but when the Religion of Peace (ROP here after) has such concepts as hiyal, taqiya, and kitman in it all just say I remain a cynic on their promises.  However, that is not what I want to talk about.  Pastor Saeed Abedini an Iranian Muslim turned Christian who left his country in 2005 because of religious persecution.  In 2009 he returned to Iran to visit his family and was arrested but released with the proviso that he could only return to Iran for non-sectarian humanitarian aid.  In 2012 he returned to again visit his family and to continue his work on build an orphanage in the city of Rasht.  He was then arrested and convicted his crime was he “undermined the Iranian government by creating a network of Christian house churches and … attempting to sway Iranian youth away from Islam.”  On May 11 the Senate of the United States passed a resolution (90 to 0) that called on Iran to release of not only Pastor Abedni but also Amir Hekmati, and Jason Rezaian imprisoned in Iran.  And so what has President Obama done about this?  Nothing.

If you haven’t checked out Fred Butler’s blog Hip and Thigh your missing out.  I’ve been a faithful reader for a long time and although I disagree with his dispensational hermeneutic he is very insightful.  He’s recently posted links to a series of messages by Don Green of Truth Community Church regarding the Bible and Homosexuality that will be worth your time to listen.  Click the church link to go to the messages.

And now a word or two from our Robotic Over Lords.

A while back I saw a 3D printer that basically prints out a house from cement but that is a just a goldbricker (pun intended) when it comes to this robot that can make a brick house in minutes.

And now in this corner we have the first real Mecha ever built Suidobashi’s Kuratas.

And the challenger MegaBots Mark II.

The makers of the Marl II has issued a challenge to Suidobashi a fight to the death between the two robots in one years time.  Agreed said Suidobashi’s CEO Kogoro Kurata but this isn’t going to be large gun battle this will be a hand to hand melee knocking each other to scrap parts.  So next year it’s on!

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this special edition of Frenetic Friday (on a Saturday) regular posting will commence Monday.

 

Saturday Special: The week in review


Yes I know typically this would be a Frenetic Friday post but to be honest the afternoon heat at my house has been sapping my will to write.  So now while it is still cool and my brains still work let’s go on with the show!

 

On the Science 2.0 blog Nury Vittachi discusses the evolutionary evidence that atheists might not exist and that’s not a joke. Now Christians especially those of the presuppositional  apologetic view have been saying this for years.  After all Romans 1:18-20  states:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

But I think that Peter Pike over at CalvinDude.org nailed it on the head when in response to the post by Nury Vittachi said:

The article tries to claim that there are evolutionary survivability advantages to believing in God despite Him supposedly not existing. But frankly the article posits nothing of value on that discussion. Better arguments have been put forth elsewhere.

Of course, all such arguments fall prey to one important fact. If evolution selects for us to believe in some form of deity when objectively there is no God at all, then evolution is selecting for us to believe a lie; and since on the theory that God isn’t real then all our knowledge comes from similar evolutionary pressures, then ultimately we must acknowledge that evolution cannot select for truth at all. This means we can’t exactly trust anything that is based on evolutionary pressures.

But I’m sure atheists will get right on patching up that flaw. Any time now. Any time.

Speaking of evolution here’s a few things:

Chuck Queen pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Frankfort Kentucky in an opinion piece for ABP/RH says that it is time for evangelicals to come out for evolution. 

He states:  “Whenever I engage in conversation with people I meet for the first time I try to avoid being asked the question, “What do you do for a living?” But if I am asked I say, “I am a minister.” Generally, the one who asks then inquires, “What denomination?” or “What kind of church?”

Here is where I always have to clarify, depending on the most recent news headline involving Christian leaders: “I am a Baptist minister, but I am not a science-denying Baptist minister who thinks that dinosaurs lived alongside humans a few thousand years ago.”

So my question is why does that need to be part of the answer?  An really science denying?  Are you really telling me that you as a Baptist minister believe the life on earth came from random chance?  Or is he espousing a form of theistic evolution?  Frankly most people that I’ve met that hold to some form of evolutionary theory (and there is more than one folks) dismiss theistic evolution immediately because of the theistic part.

But that isn’t all let’s turn to dinosaurs:  Did you know that the Triceratops didn’t actually exist?  Yes here it is from Gizmodo the Triceratops was actually a juvenile form of a Torosaurus, the three horned dinosaur you don’t know.  First the Brontosaurus now the Triceratops where will it end?

Moving from evolution to social news an Australian judge Garry Nielsen has said that base upon the changing views toward homosexuality  that incest should no longer be considered a social taboo.  To quote the judge:

The judge went on to say that incest is only criminalised because of the high chance that any resulting offspring will be born with serious birth defects, but added that “even that [risk] falls away to an extent [because] there is such ease of contraception and readily access to abortion”.

Expect bestiality next mark my words.

And from incest to illegal aliens this just in if you live in California, from an ad placed in the Penny Savers. You could get $6045 a month for providing a loving home for unaccompanied refugee minors. I’m not sure that INS will appreciate that.  But then again under the current administration I may be wrong.

Now turning to Robotics yes it is time for our Over Lords to make an appearance.

Jason Barnes lost part of his right arm during a freak accident.  It seems his dream of being a drummer was over.  But he persevered and cobbled together a replacement hand made of a brace and springs.  But it doesn’t end there Gil Weinberg at Georgia Tech came up with a robotic hand making Jason Barnes the world’s first cyborg drummer.  Take a look:

Hey do you have a 3D printer?  Well if you do Intel wants you to print out your own robot! 

And that’s the week in review.

 

 

Saturday Special Part 2


So technology it is a wonderful thing truly.  Except when it decides to strike back.  Case in point my Friday post just didn’t make it out so settle back grab a beverage of your choice and get ready.

Remember Boko Haram?  Terrorist jihadists that kidnapped over 250 young girls.  Then there was that whole hashtag thing on Twitter that worked out real well didn’t it?   But did you know that we have our very own Boko Haram here in the good old US of A?  Yeah neither did I, but according to Mike Greer a retired baptist missionary the Southern Baptists are the same as Boko Haram!  And how did he come to this conclusion?  Why it is because the Southern Baptist denomination holds to complementarianism.  So what is complementarianism?  Complementarianism is the theological view that although men and women are created equal in their being and personhood, they are created to complement each other via different roles and responsibilities as manifested in marriage, family life, religious leadership, and elsewhere. <cit. Theopedia>  Yes because Southern Baptists don’t allow women to be pastors (which is what it really boils down to ultimately) they are the same as jihadists.  Fortunately Dr. Paul Chitwood executive director of Kentucky Baptist Convention has provided a well thought out response to Mike Greer entitled:  Southern Baptist Terrorists?  A response to Mike Greer.  Please take a moment to read Dr. Chitwood’s response it is well worth it.

Speaking of the Religion of Peace, let’s say you want to go to a Christian seminary, what do you suppose the rules should be?  Well there is those rules that in my opinion make no sense like no smoking or drinking (Charles Spurgeon couldn’t get in with those rules) but how about Christian?  Well wouldn’t you just have egg on your face!  Because Southwestern Baptist Seminary has accepted Palestinian student Ghassan Nagagreh to its archeology doctoral program in 2012.  What 2012?  So for two years Southwestern has been keeping him on the down low?  Southwestern has said that allowing a Sunni Muslim is a one time thing and doesn’t mean it’s changing the policy about “a mature Christian character” and “evidence [of] a desire for Christian ministry,”  Nagagreh is participating in a local congregation and is abiding by the school’s moral code.  No information about whether he still prays to Mecca five times a day or if the school has given him a place to do so.

So the war on Boys you’ve heard about this well here is some practical suggestions from Prager University to help boys out in schools.

 

Lastly here is a something from our Robotic Overlords:  Robotic furniture

Sure now they’re furniture what else are they going to disguise themselves as I wonder?

 

 

Saturday Special


So for some reason what I typed up on Friday night didn’t post.  So stay tuned later for a recap of the week.  Have to get coffee in me now. 

Saturday Special: Joel Osteen does he preach the gospel?


So I was on twitter and one of the people I follow tweeted to me a Joel Osteen quote.  I challenged him on this and through the conversation I told him that I would post on the blog why I think that Joel Osteen is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

First the gospel:  Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 1Cor.15:1-4

As Paul has succinctly put here is the gospel, this is what we received, this is what we stand in, and this is what is saving us.  It consists of:

  • 1. We are sinners
  • 2. Christ died for our sins
  • 3. That all of this is in accordance to the Scriptures
  • 4.  That Christ was buried
  •  5. That Christ was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

If the gospel that Joel Osteen preaches doesn’t have these elements in it then it is a false gospel.

So let’s take a look at what Joel Osteen has said about sin:

“Listen; don’t dangle people over the fires of hell. Lisa and I always kid about you know we’re going to dangle them over the fires of hell. Listen, that doesn’t draw people to God. They know what kind of life they live. They know how bad they’ve lived. What you’ve got to do is talk about the goodness of God. Listen, it’s the goodness of God that brings people to repentance. It’s the goodness of God. One thing I always appreciated about my dad is that he instilled into us a good vision of who God was. We learned about a good God.” [Sermon: What the Resurrection Means to Us As Believers

So Joel Osteen is reluctant to talk about the severity of sin where sin leads to or how that God hates all evildoers (Ps. 5:5), hates the wicked (Ps.11:5) and that sinners are children of wrath (Eph. 2:3)

So what does Joel Osteen say about Christ dying for our sins?  Well here is a snippet from a sermon.

For three days Jesus fought with the enemy. It was the battle of the ages, light versus darkness, good versus evil. But thank God Satan was no match for Jesus.” (Joel Osteen, Discover the Champion in You, TBN, April 26, 2004)

Osteen describes what took place in typical word faith color, “He grabbed Satan by the nap [sic] of his neck and He began to slowly drag him down the corridors of hell. All beat up and bruised because He wanted to make sure that every single demon saw very clearly that Jesus was indeed the undisputed Champion of all time!” ( Joel Osteen, “The Truth of Resurrection,” April 23, 2000, Lakewood Church, Sermons, http://web.archive.org/web/20050323022921/http://www.lakewood.cc/sermons/cs_002.htm (Cited fromBob Hunter Christianity Still in Crisis? A Word of Faith Update JAW455)

Wow even if Osteen is using hyperbole and I don’t think he is, is this how scripture describes Christ dying for our sins?  Instead of being victorious over sin, death and the grave at the cross Jesus had a fist fight with Satan in hell?  Instead Hebrews 10:10 tells us that we saved by Christ’s offering his body on the cross, that it was his blood that saved us (1Peter 1:9) so it was at the cross that our salvation was accomplished.,

And what about the scripture well when commenting on the lack of scripture in his books Osteen said this:  (From a Larry King interview)

My message, I wanted to reach the mainstream. We’ve reached the church audience. So I just try to, what I do is just try to teach practical principles. I may not bring the scripture in until the end of my sermon and i might feel bad about that. Here’s the thought. I talked yesterday about living to give. That’s what a life should be about. I brought in at the end about some of the scriptures that talk about that. But same principal in the book.

Lastly this is what Joel Osteen preached on the resurrection:

We have a reason to celebrate every day because we serve a God who is alive and filled with resurrection power! Not only did He resurrect Jesus from the dead, but He wants to extend His resurrection power to every area of your life, today!

Maybe you have a dream to get out of debt, pay off your house or be free from that burden of lack, but it looks like it’s impossible in the natural. Business is slow. The economy is down. You’ve gone as far as your education allows. But God is saying, “I’m not limited by those things. I’ve got resurrection power. I can give you one break that will thrust you to a new level. I can open up doors that no man can shut. I can bring talent out of you that you didn’t know you had. I can cause people, for no reason, to go out of their way to want to be good to you.”

Your part is to keep believing today, knowing that He wants to bring you into supernatural increase. Remember, He is risen, He is alive, and He is faithful to His Word. Trust Him today and let His resurrection power work in your life!

So I have to ask is this the gospel?  Is this what Paul taught us that saves us and keeps us?  I don’t thinks so this isn’t any gospel that saves people.

See also:

Staying in his Lane~Albert Mohler

Does Joel Osteen not know or does he not care? ~Albert Mohler

Become a better you:  Reflections on Joel Osteen’s latest book ~Michael Horton