Frenetic Good Friday


Well it has been awhile since I have done a Frenetic Friday post but let’s get to it.

In case you’re living under a rock or in denial this is what is referred to as Holy Week. And today is Good Friday, and more on that later. But I hope that you did notice that as is the norm the various “shows” on Christianity has appeared on various streaming services. The newest one that I noticed is Jesus: Countdown to Calvary made in 2018 and starring Hugh Bonneville. This is playing on Netflixs. And yes I watched and as expected the idea that Jesus was the divine Son of God or the fulfillment of prophecy was completely played down or not mentioned at all. What I did notice was how it was claimed that Jesus came proclaiming a message of, wait for it, “social justice”. I am not really surprised at this an neither should you be if you’ve been keeping up with any of the “social justice” debates that have been going on in Twitter and elsewhere. Just be aware that this and other messages of the same sort will be playing this time especially since Easter or the Sunday celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus however you wish to refer to it draws near.

And speaking of heretical things have you heard about PreachersNSneakers? It is an Instagram account that has pictures of various “hipster” preachers and the expensive sneakers they are wearing. I am not talking about some $150 dollar Nikes here. No, how about $3000 for an off white pair of Jordan 1 from Europe. Or $1100 “Gucci” slippers?

I don’t mind a pastor being well dressed but I have to call into question exactly why do they need that expensive foot wear. What do you think where should this money have gone to?

And keeping with the Good Friday theme, as well as heretical notions a female Roman Catholic theologian has written a book called “Creation and the Cross: The Mercy of God for a Planet in Peril” In it Elizabeth Johnson maintains that Anselm‘s satisfaction theory of atonement was completely wrong. Johnson maintains that Anselm based it upon “the political system of the day” and that God’s mercy doesn’t call for a bloody and violent death for our sins. Basically atonement needs to be removed from what Christ did. <source>

Rather than have me bumble through why the atonement is necessary I shall point you to these resources:




And here is a list of resources from Monergism: Penal Substitutionary Atonement

And a list of resources from The Highway: TThe Atonement of Christ

Finally something from Toplady:

Goodnight.

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Earworm Wednesday: For the beauty of the Earth.


Written by Folliott Sandford Pierpoint a British hymn writer and based on Ephesians 5:20

Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

This hymn has been one traditionally used by Protestant churches for celebrating Thanksgiving.

This version was done by a member of The NCrew (EliEli) you can find them at their website here:  The NCrew (EliEli)

Frenetic Friday


Buckle up it’s going to be a bumpy ride.  More like a roller coaster actually.

Breakfast its important

Oh where to start, where to start.  How about breakfast?  It is the most important meal of the day.  Well unless you’re Kellogg’s Corn Pops then well then you are racist, at least your art on your cereal box is.

I am of two minds regarding this.  First  in the sea of yellow characters why did the artist have just one brown character?   And why a janitorial job?  But my other thought is am I reading too much into the back of cereal box?  Must we look for the hidden agenda everywhere?

Oh and while we are on this subject here is a helpful flow chart supplied by  1870 Magazine to help you decided if your Halloween Costume is racist.

Personally I am staying home and reading a book.

And now in barking mad news:

From the website of Campus Reform comes the story of a feminist professor by the name of Sara Giordano who claims that “traditional science” relies on “a colonial and racialized form of power,” and must be replaced with an “anti-science, antiracist, feminist approach to knowledge production.”  No I am not making this up click the link.  Of course my thought is that good luck on getting your computer fixed with that”anti-science, antiracist, feminist approach to knowledge production.”

Speaking of Science…

From the U.K.’s Independent: Scientists can’t figure out why the universe exists at all.  According to the current model in the beginning there would have been equal amounts of matter and anti-matter which should have annihilated each other completely leaving no matter at all. Christian Smorra, the author of a new study conducted at CERN said this:

All of our observations find a complete symmetry between matter and antimatter, which is why the universe should not actually exist. An asymmetry must exist here somewhere but we simply do not understand where the difference is. What is the source of the symmetry break?

The latest possibility was matter and anti-matter’s different magnetism. But new research shows that they are identical in that way too – lending further mystery to the question of why the universe is still around at all.

My answer to this is:

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:15-17

Robotic Over Lord alert

Do you remember Sophia the robot that wants to destroy humans?

Now comes information from Saudi Arabia that Sophia has been given citizenship. however unlike other “females” that live in Saudi Arabia she won’t have to wear a burka, maybe. And it is unclear what citizenship will mean for robots in Saudi Arabia. Of course under Saudi law females can’t make important decisions unless given permission by their male guardians. Which should give humanity some breathing room.

And that is it for Frenetic Friday.

But there are many interpretations ~ John Divito


Today’s Theology Thursday comes from the Founders Ministries

But there are many interpretations

Over the years, when I bring God’s Word into my conversations with others, I have often heard: “But there are so many different interpretations of the Bible. How do you know that yours is the one that is true? Isn’t it arrogant to believe that your interpretation is the only true one?” Because I know that many people have asked these questions or have wrestled with the many interpretations of Scripture out there, here is my response:

Scripture is God’s Revelation to Us

We must begin by answering the question: What is Scripture? There are really only two possible answers to this question. One way is to recognize the Bible as God’s words to mankind. So our Creator and Lord has revealed Himself and His will to us in the pages of Scripture through human authors. Now if God has sought to communicate to us, then why would we think that He cannot speak to us clearly so that we will understand His revelation to us? When our God speaks, He speaks to be understood. God has created us in His image to receive His revelation so that we can know what He wants us to know. Therefore, we have every confidence in knowing that we can understand what God has revealed when we interpret His Word.  (Continue here)

Frenetic Friday: Friendly Fire


So tonight’s Frenetic Friday is a rant.

Let me preface this by saying that when I was being discipled in the faith by a former marine he had a saying that as a young Christian I didn’t really understand at the time.  That saying was that Christians are the only army that shoot their own wounded.  As I have grown older in years and in the faith I have come to the conclusion that my dear brother was wrong.  We don’t just shoot the wounded we engage in “friendly fire”, case in point Dr. James White of Alpha Omega ministries.

Now I am a great admirer of Dr. White, I make no effort to hide that fact at all.  He and I are of a similar age, although I believe I am older by one or two years, and when he mentions things like “Modems” or “Bulletin Boards” I know exactly what he is talking about.  In fact I am fairly sure that I saw his nick on some of the BBS’s that I used to log into while reading the religious/theology debate section.  It was his passion for and logical use of the Word of God that impressed me the most and when he came out with the book against K.J.V. Only cult I picked the book up because I had met a few of them.  Later when he came on the internet I listened to him every chance I could  and when podcasting came about his was one of the first podcasts I subscribed to, not to mention buying his books and devouring them.

Yes I learned a lot from Dr. White and so when I learned that he was attempting to preach the gospel to the followers of Islam and debate them in their mosques I knew there couldn’t be a better person for the job than Dr. White.  Indeed I would say that for such a time as this God raised up and prepared Dr. White for this role to be the one to preach the Word of God, the Gospel, to the followers of Islam so that as many are appointed unto eternal life will have their hearts changed by this preaching.

Unfortunately like Alexander the coppersmith, there has risen certain so called brothers in Christ that want to do harm to Dr. White’s ministry to the followers of Islam.  Their agenda is one of fear, and hatred.  They appear to say and think that it is wrong to preach Christ to the followers of Islam.  Or that to dialog with Imams makes you a useful idiot.

Well all I know is this no one can be saved unless they are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and the means of this is the preaching of the Gospel.  And to deny that preaching is to be like the Pharisees who told the apostles not to preach  Christ.  And like the apostles we have to we must obey God rather than men.  And Dr. James White is obeying God as he preaches the Gospel to the followers of Islam.  And I and this blog stand with Dr. White and Alpha and Omega Ministries.

Catechism


Q. 135 Why do Christians need to pray?
A. Because prayer is the most important part of the thankfulness God requires of us. And also because God gives his grace and Holy Spirit only to those who pray continually and groan inwardly, asking God for these gifts and thanking him for them.

Ps. 50:14-15; 116:12-19; 1 Thess. 5:16-18
Matt. 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-13

Q. 136 How does God want us to pray so that he will listen to us?
A. First, we must pray from the heart to no other than the one true God, who has revealed himself in his Word, asking for everything he has commanded us to ask for. Second, we must acknowledge our need and misery, hiding nothing, and humble ourselves in his majestic presence. Third, we must rest on this unshakable foundation: even though we do not deserve it, God will surely listen to our prayer because of Christ our Lord. That is what he promised us in his Word.

Ps. 145:18-20; John 4:22-24; Rom. 8:26-27; James 1:5; 1 John 5:14-15
2 Chron. 7:14; Ps. 2:11; 34:18; 62:8; Isa. 66:2; Rev. 4
Dan. 9:17-19; Matt. 7:8; John 14:13-14; 16:23; Rom. 10:13; James 1:6

Of First Importance


For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures 1 Corinthians 15.

The death of Jesus.

Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.   And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.
And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. Then they sat down and  kept watch over him there. And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”

Many of the Jews read this inscription, for  the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” Pilate answered,  “What I have written I have written.”

And those who passed by derided him, a wagging their heads
and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself!  If you are d the Son of God, come down from the cross.” So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, “He saved others; f he cannot save himself.  He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.

But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus saw his mother and  the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to a his own home.

One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!”  But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me  when you come into your kingdom.”
And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.  And about the ninth hour Jesus j cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.”  And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with l sour wine, and put it on a reed and m gave it to him to drink.  But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.”  And Jesus n cried out again with a loud voice and o yielded up his spirit.   And behold,  the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.   The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of  the saints  who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

When the centurion and those who were with him,  keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said,  “Truly this was the Son of God!”

 And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 49 And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.

The burial of Jesus

 Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man,  who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God.  This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.  Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid.  It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning.  The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid.   Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments.

The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate  and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’  Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.”  Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.”  So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.

Earworm Wednesday: Handel’s Messiah ~ King’s College Cambridge Choir


Based upon a libretto composed by Charles Jennens which using passages from the Old Testament and Revelation the libretto dealt with prophecy of Christ’s coming, his birth, death, resurrection and victory over sin and Christ’s second coming Handel made it into an oratorio.  The speed in which he composed this is legendary and in composing the famous Hallelujah Chorus he said that he saw the heavens open and beheld the face of God.  It was first performed on Easter, since then it has been a Christmas favorite although mainly the highlights of the oratorio not the entire work.

This is the King’s College Cambridge Choir doing this classical work.

Frenetic Friday Night


And now coming to you live from the secret cave underneath Superman’s fortress of solitude in the Arctic it is the Frenetic Friday show!  Accept no substitute, void where prohibited by law.

So, the Pope, has issued a document about salvation and the Jews ( see here ) in the document it lays out two different covenants one saves the believers in Christ, the other saves the Jews not by believing in Christ rather by keeping their old covenant. Theology matters (@ James White AOMIN.org) and what the Pope has done goes against everything the Bible teaches concerning the Gospel and who is to hear it. (Romans 1:16). Take a look at what Dr. White had to say regarding this:

And now from the serious to the seriously stupid, you might want to sit down for this, in Colorado a new Bible study group has emerged they smoke marijuana and study the Bible. I’ll wait until you pick yourself off the floor I did warn you.  Stoner Jesus Bible Study combines marijuana use and scripture reading.  One of the newest members, JeTaun Brown, says “reading the Bible stoned enables people to relax and focus. She says, I think you have a deeper thought process which makes you better understand.” Mark Button, a member of the group, who has always been a devout Christian, says he has heard the word of God “over and over and it never clicked (and now) it clicks.”  So much for the Spirit of God opening up the scriptures to the believer.  (1 Cor. 2:12-14; 1 John 2:20,27) (BTW notice what 1 Cor. 2:14 says about people who don’t understand what scripture teaches).

They study various sections of the Bible which they say have a direct link to smoking out. They say pot smokers are open-minded people and God’s word is also for open-minded people. For example, Pastor Greg says the Beatitudes teach the group “to be kind and loving and have mercy on other people; not to be judgmental and that’s why we like the 4/20 crowd because we are open minded.”  <source>

Seems to me a lot of smoke and mirrors.

And now in Robotic Over Lord news:

Corpus Christi is no place to commit crime especially now since the newest weapon in the police department is a drone.  Police used it to track down some suspects that they suspected were carrying guns near a school yard.  Because of the low noise level of the drone it makes finding the suspects easier as opposed to a helicopter whose blades make more noise.  And while the drone isn’t actually credited with capturing the suspects the police did say it made it easier to get through potentially dangerous back yards as they were apprehending the suspects.  <source>

Herzogenaurach, Germany, Adidas is opening up a new factory that will make 500 shoes via robots.  With the rising cost of Asian wages Adidas is looking to trim its costs by using robots instead of humans.  The factory will have about ten human workers initially but Adidas intends to go fully automated in the future.  Ultimately they want to develop machines that can create custom designed shoes for customers. <source>

And good night.