Frenetic Friday


Star date 11609.09 we are in orbit around an M class planet that is third from its sun.  While doing a standard sensor scan we have discovered that it is Frenetic Friday!

Well if you’ve been on the Internet at all you’ve probably heard about Evan Hempel a “transgendered man”  who decided that she would do what any woman would do and that is get pregnant and have a baby.  And then Time Magazine decided to do an article about her breast feeding.  But of course they said “he was breastfeeding” frankly this came to mind.

But see that is exactly what is wrong it isn’t a man breastfeeding it is a woman breastfeeding.  And even if they are taking artificial hormones in order to give them beards, which by the way they have to stop if they are going to get pregnant, they are still female and a female breastfeeding a baby isn’t something new at all.

So at a certain point in the history of the United States Black Americans rose up to protest the segregation that was going on in the country.  You would see signs saying that how some places, bathrooms, diners, water fountains were for “whites” only and there were other signs that said “colored” only.  But men and women rose up and said that segregation was evil and that there can’t be a “white” or “colored” only place.   Now more that fifty years after the fight to end segregation comes this from the California State University Los Angles that to combat micro-agression from whites the black students will have segregated housing.  <source>  Next Jim Crow laws will be repealed.

And now a moment of feminist singing with the Hills Are Alive with the sound of Feminism.

And now a moment of truth.

And now good evening.

 

 

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Catechism


Q. 126 What is the eighth Commandment?

A. Thou shalt not steal.

Q. 127  What does God forbid in the eighth commandment?

A.  He forbids not only outright theft and robbery, punishable by law.  But in God’s sight theft also includes cheating and swindling our neighbor by schemes made to appear legitimate,  such as: inaccurate measurements of weight, size, or volume; fraudulent merchandising; counterfeit money; excessive interest; or any other means forbidden by God.  In addition he forbids all greed and pointless squandering of his gifts.

Ex. 22:1; 1 Cor. 5:9-10; 6:9-10

Mic. 6:9-11; Luke 3:14; James 5:1-6

Deut. 25:13-16; Ps. 15:5; Prov. 11:1; 12:22; Ezek. 45:9-12; Luke 6:35

Luke 12:15; Eph. 5:5

Prov. 21:20; 23:20-21; Luke 16:10-13

Q. 128  What does God require of you in this commandment?

A.   That I do whatever I can for my neighbor’s good, that I treat others as I  would like them to treat me, and that I work faithfully so that I may share with those in need.

Isa. 58:5-10; Matt. 7:12; Gal. 6:9-10; Eph. 4:28

Theology Thursday: What is Theonomy?


What is theonomy? Why does it keep coming up in Reformed debates?

The strictest definition of theonomy is “the application of God’s Law.” As Christians, we should all love God’s law and seek its application in our own lives and in our societies. To some degree, all Christians are and/or should be “theonomists.”

There are disagreements among a lot of very smart Christian people about how the laws of God should be applied in the 21st century, which laws are applicable, etc. There are extremes on both sides of these issues. “Theonomists” have been accused of everything from wanting to bring back stoning as punishment for adultery to excommunicating disobedient children. Those who teach that the Scripture forbids any use of music in worship other than acapella psalmnody may be an example of a type of theonomy that is considered “extreme.” That is the reason for much of the recurring debate among Reformed folk, both Baptist and Presbyterian. Both of these Reformed groups – the confessional ones at least – subscribe to what is commonly called “the Regulative Principle of Worship (hereafter RPW).” The Regulative Principle basically holds that God is the One who gets to decide how He is to be worshiped, not us. He has told us what is pleasing to Him, and anything beyond what He has commanded in His word is not to be used in corporate gatherings of Christians every Lord’s Day. In Reformed shorthand, “Whatever is not commanded is forbidden” describes the RPW. Yet even in churches which supposedly subscribe to the RPW, one can find elaborate expressions of extrabiblical worship, from liturgical dance and vocal “worship teams” that lead rock-and-roll worship, to elaborate Anglican/Eastern-Orthodox style liturgy, closely tied to the “church calendar” and featuring “high church” worship forms, images, candles, golden candlesticks, pomp and circumstance in advance of a lofty homily delivered by a robed orator in fancy vestments. More on that debate in a later edition of Theology Thursday. For this week, I just want to define the Law of God in terms of how it is generally defined and categorized among the Reformed:

Most folks in the Reformed community separate the Law into three categories:

The Moral Law of God is the Ten Commandments (summed up in the two greatest commandments; love the LORD supremely and your neighbor as yourself). The moral law is an elucidation of the demands of love. It is binding upon all men in all places and in all times.

The Ceremonial Law, which prefigured Christ in the Old Testament, is the “shadow” depicting the substance, which is Christ and His work. Christ did not abolish the ceremonial law! Rather He fulfilled the ceremonial law. His fulfillment is the reason that we don’t sacrifice bulls and goats and doves and lambs anymore. This law is not “obsolete,” but is still applicable in that it pictures for us what the work of Christ fully means to us. While the covenant people no longer circumcise their male children, observe the Passover and bring animal sacrifices to an earthly temple, we do, under the new covenant baptize believers, eat and drink at the Lord’s Table in remembrance of Christ, and offer sacrifices of praise wherever two or more are gathered in His name, and our bodies as living sacrifices for His service.

The Civil Judicial Laws of ancient Israel are also part of the Bible. God has preserved them as part of His eternal word which shall never perish though heaven and earth pass away. The old national kingdom of Israel no longer exists, however. So does that mean the civil laws of ancient Israel should not apply? No! Though not enforced by the civil magistrate in most countries, the civil laws of ancient Israel were dictated by God Himself and therefore indicate His will. We still apply these laws in terms of “general equity.” Here’s an example: Deuteronomy 22:8 is part of the building code of ancient Israel which requires a parapet around the rooftops of houses. What does that have to do with us? When this law was first given, rooftops were where people entertained. Their rooftops were the “living rooms” of the time (most had canopies on top). The law required a safety wall to prevent people from falling off the roof! Do we apply this part of the law today? Absolutely. Put a trigger lock on your firearms and lock them up when not in use. Fence in your swimming pool. Put up a side rail along stairways, etc. That is “general equity.”

By no means are we to dismiss any part of God’s word as “irrelevant,” “obsolete,” or “abrogated.” The law is fulfilled in Christ, but not abolished! It is valuable, applicable, and every bit as relevant for our time as it was to the people in the time and place it was first given. Because I believe that all of God’s law applies in some way to us today, I am a theonomist. But I do not believe in bringing back stoning. I don’t advocate exclusive acapella psalmnody (although I find its beauty and simplicity extremely refreshing and compelling).

Theonomy is a dirty word to some folks, because of the unfortunate examples and rigid, unkind writings of some of those on the extremes. But in fact, to at least some degree, anyone who delights in the law of God can be said to be a theonomist.

Catechism


Q. 87. What is forbidden in the tenth commandment?

A. The tenth commandment forbids all discontentment with our own estate, envying or grieving at the good of our neighbor, and all inordinate motions and affections to anything that is his.

Nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. 1 Corinthians 10:10

Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.  James 5:9

Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:26

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Colossians 3:5

Catechism


Q. 86. What is required in the tenth commandment?

A. The tenth commandment requires full contentment with our own condition, with a right and charitable frame of spirit towards our neighbor, and all that is his.

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:5

But godliness with contentment is great gain
1Timothy 6:6

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
Romans 12:15

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant  or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;  it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1Corinthians 13:4-7

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself:  I am the Lord.
Leviticus 19:18

Catechism


Q. 84. What is forbidden in the ninth commandment?

A. The ninth commandment forbids whatsoever is prejudicial to truth, or injurious to our own, or our neighbor’s good name.

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.  Ephesians 4:25

who does not slander with his tongue
and does no evil to his neighbor,
nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
Psalm 15:3

We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us, for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man.  2 Corinthians 8:20-21

Catechism


Q. 82. Which is the ninth commandment?

A. The ninth commandment is, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Exodus 20:16

Catechism


Q. 81. What is forbidden in the eighth commandment?

A. The eighth commandment forbids whatsoever does or may unjustly hinder our own or our neighbor’s wealth or outward state.

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
1 Timothy 5:8

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
Proverbs 28:19

Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags. Proverbs 23:20-21

Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
Ephesians 4:28

Catechism


Q. 80. What is required in the eighth commandment?

A. The eighth commandment requires the lawful procuring and furthering the wealth and outward state of ourselves and others.

Know well the condition of your flocks,
and give attention to your herds, Proverbs 27:23

If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you.  Leviticus 25:35

You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake  Deuteronomy 15:10

“You shall not see your brother’s ox or his sheep going astray and ignore them. You shall take them back to your brother. And if he does not live near you and you do not know who he is, you shall bring it home to your house, and it shall stay with you until your brother seeks it. Then you shall restore it to him. And you shall do the same with his donkey or with his garment, or with any lost thing of your brother’s, which he loses and you find; you may not ignore it. You shall not see your brother’s donkey or his ox fallen down by the way and ignore them. You shall help him to lift them up again.  Deuteronomy 22:1-4