Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Second Flood - by D.R. Webster

There is a flood of decadence pouring over our culture, and therefore, the whole world.

When we assess the weight of this decadence and consider the hand of providence upon us, it occurs to me that there may be a reason for all of this apparent degeneracy. Perhaps, as a part of the testing process that I am convinced is a major portion of, and perhaps reason for, our being, these temptations and distractions are placed before us as another facet of the testing process or experience.
In our modern times, with less physical stresses, these are the kinds of struggles that we must face up to. Though perhaps not as demanding or physically stressful to our faith as the rigors which our ancestors endured, they are temptations and stresses upon our values and spirits.
With few frontiers left, and with science having eliminated much in the way of disease and other elemental hardships, we are left to a large extent with the trials of morality, judgement, and choices between good and obvious evil.

It is apparent to me that many are failing this testing of their souls, and they are probably well aware of their failures. Having realized their moral shortcomings and degeneracy, they seek to tempt others, even successive generations, into their same moral morass.
Thus we see the anger and proselytizing tendencies of the political left -  the relentless and mean spirited drive to enlist and enslave the souls of others - and by the post-modernists and anti-theistic multi-culturalists and statists.
It may sound overly simplified, but I have come to believe that most of those things that we view as trial and travail are actually part and parcel to our test here in this lifetime. I believe this so firmly, that I have come to view our existence here as being, in the GREATEST measure, purposeful to the discovery of the worth of our souls. This is opposed to the accidental randomness that is the perception of the atheist, and certainly of the anti-theist philosophy or perception.

One of the strange and mysterious things that I have noticed about life is that the mental processes are often divided between the practical, the survival, the intellectual, the spiritual etc.
 
Sometimes when concerns of the practical and survival modes are called into play, other aspects of mental capability or drive are sublimated for good reason. As a guy who has worked most of my life at rigorous and even somewhat dangerous work, I have long been aware of this division of capacity. It is, no doubt an important survival mechanism, and I think it resides to some extent in all humans, and perhaps animals as well.
  
I guess the success of individuals, and mankind as a whole has greatly depended upon balancing and controlling these mental facets.
 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Are We In A Post-Christian Age?

Islam is now on the offense, dictating to the West  We are playing defense. In the end it may not matter, though. Technology is the new god of this world; a massively distracting and corrupting influence that will very likely subsume everything unto itself. Moving forward with exponential speed, it renders history and culture almost irrelevant.

Once we could see the leisurely flow of history and identify with our ancestors and the way they lived. People of the ’20′s, ’50′s, and ’80′s shared many common perceptions, cultural understanding, and technology: radio, cars, airplanes, foods, movies, politics, and ethnic differences. These are being rapidly erased by the internet and other, newer technologies. Google and other search engines are the new world authorities for controlling knowledge and thought.

Today the world of a teenager is filled with dazzling information of every conceivable kind, flowing nonstop: pornography, celebrity ‘news’, weird and amusing YouTube videos, opinions of every contradictory type. Soon it all will be in 3D, and all the more irresistible. It will take on godlike appearance.
This is the primary motivation of the IslamoNazis. They’re terrified of being drowned in the maelstrom of modernity, and believe they can stop it.

“Who is to say what is truth?” the new generations ask. The alarm bells are ringing madly. God will respond to save those who are asking to be saved.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Can Salvation Be Collective?

There are a lot of religious and secular people in the world trying to convince us that our happiness and eventual salvation from death is dependent on 'global solutions' and 'collective action'. The United Nations,  environmentalists, Marxist/socialists, Islamic extremists, and even many Christian churches, want you to believe that we can achieve 'collective salvation' from 'collective guilt'. There is no such thing as collective guilt. You can be saved by God's grace no matter who you are or where you are; whether rich or poor; regardless of skin color. God alone is our judge.

Many people feel they can't ever be happy unless all people are fed, clothed, housed, employed, and happy. Woody Allen famously said it in his Oscar-winning hit film Annie Hall. This belief essentially describes the Leftist, 'progressive' viewpoint.

It's dead wrong, and flies in the face of Judeo-Christian teachings. Yes, we do have an obligation to help the poor, whether materially or spiritually, as much as we can. But it's an individual obligation arrived at by free choice. Jesus said, "For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me." The Book of Ecclesiastes says, 
"So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun."
There is no such thing as collective salvation. Only God can grant this, and it's done on an individual basis, determined by your relationship with God. Your deeds alone cannot save or condemn you.

This is what really marks our age as evil. The collectivist ideal is a grave menace to our nation and the world.
It's Marxism in disguise, preaching that Jesus was a social justice community organizer, and there is no salvation unless everyone has material salvation. Therefore, the full machinery of all-powerful government must be brought to bear on all social ills. Religion then becomes a tool of government, and inevitably, private property rights have to disappear, because it's all needed for the collective.

This is pure heresy. Jesus preached that God is personal, and wants a private relationship with each of us individually; that many, perhaps most people, will reject God, and be "burned in the furnace as chaff"; and the kingdom of this material world is evil; that we must "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's, and to God, that which is God's."

Jesus: "My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be [killed]: but now is my kingdom not from hence."

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Who Or What Is The Anti-Christ?

The Apostle Paul says in Second Corinthians 11:14: "Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light."

From the times of Daniel and Isaiah in the Old Testament - hundreds of years before Jesus - the Anti-Christ prophecy was written. You see, the Anti-Christ always precedes the Christ. Just as in the refining of gold and silver, the purifying flame drives out the dross, or impurities in the metal. Malachi 3:2 says,"But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire..."

All things must be gathered together in the end, like with like. As Lincoln said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand.... It must become all one thing, or all another."

First let's define Christ and his attributes. The word Christ means annointed by God. He is given power by God and rules with God. He came down to earth so that men and women could see the Divine Eternal Light, Lux Aeterna, and be reconciled with their Creator. We've been involved in a feud, a divorce, from the Lord, and it started a very long time ago. The original causes have been largely forgotten, which is typical with any longtime feud.

Christ gave entirely of himself, even to death, for our sake. He served faithfully all his days, healed the sick, spoke until he was exhausted, acquired no property, and didn't defend himself from horrible injustice and undeserved disgrace. He was humble and selfless above all things.

The Anti-Christ is the exact opposite. He is annointed by the prince of this world, Satan, to walk among us and deceive great masses of people. His job is to peel off the weak and faithless. He is proud and haughty above all things, loves power, dominates people, and charms them with his glittering personality. The Anti-Christ promises peace, happiness, wealth, and 'empowerment' to all, and wants you to imitate him. But his promises are lies, and all that will come of it is violence, death, strife, chaos, and destruction. This is foretold, and actually is a very good thing, required before The Second Coming.

Scripture says, "Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come [the Second Coming of Christ] until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God." -  Paul, 2 Thessalonians 2

We see these kinds of people everywhere. The Anti-Christ may not be one individual, but a spirit of our age. Awaken. Prepare to see the Lord your God.