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Podcast Update #3 from the Cross Conference Thursday, December 29, 2016 5-6 pm
Podcast Update #2 from the Cross Conference Thursday, December 29, 2016 8 am
Podcast Update #1 from the Cross Conference Wednesday, December 28, 2016 1 pm
Assurance of salvation comes from understanding the new birth and knowing there is no law to judge you. It must be understood that the new birth is a literal spiritual rebirth. Protestantism is fraught with doubt of salvation because its orthodoxy calls for no assurance as a driving force behind sanctification. Protestant orthodoxy redefines the new birth as a legal declaration rather than a literal new birth. The new birth and righteousness (justification) cannot be separated; so, if justification is a mere legal declaration as confessed by Protestant creeds, so is the new birth.
Literal new birth changes the relationship of the law to the believer. There are only two kinds of people in the world: those under law and those under grace. Those under the law are under its condemnation; those under grace are under God’s loving help described by the same law and executed by the law’s application to wise living. A primary proof of new birth is a love for God’s truth. Prior to salvation we were obviously indifferent to God’s truth. The following chart shows forth the Bible’s dual perspective on the law.
Always remember there is no law to condemn you; it died with the old you. Always think of God as your literal Father, and pray to Him accordingly as one speaking to a literal Father. Seek God’s forgiveness for failure to love Him and others per the law’s wisdom, but not as one under the law’s condemnation.
Lastly, strive to love rather than focusing on not sinning. Technically, where there is no law of condemnation there is no condemning sin. However, a lack of love grieves the Spirit who has sealed us until the redemption of our mortal bodies.
Do this and think this way and assurance of salvation will be your experience.
“While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And [the believing Jews] were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost…Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?” ~ Acts 10:44-47
You know what’s missing in this passage?
- No one first walked an aisle
- No one first prayed a prayer
- No one first became a member of a “local church”
The people in Cornelius’ home heard the word and believed while Peter was still speaking! They were born again the moment they believed! That is, they were convinced and persuaded that what Peter was saying was true and wanted what was being offered to them.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” ~ Romans 10:17
“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!’ ” ~ Romans 10:14-15
Evangelism is not the job of the “local church”. Evangelism is an individual mandate. Every believer is an ambassador of reconciliation!
“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation…and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:18-20
Gnosticism and all its various forms was the primary nemesis of 1st century Christianity. In fact, Gnosticism is the foundation of the clear majority of religions save a few. What is it?
It shouldn’t surprise us, but it is the religion that even spoofed God’s created beings Adam and Eve. If it worked on them, why reinvent the wheel? Gnosticism is the “knowledge of good and evil.” It is a strict state-of-being reality between the material world and what is invisible. The material world is evil and the invisible world is good in a manner of speaking, but in all cases, escaping the material world signified by bondage for the freedom of the “spiritual realm” is the utopic goal. The escape is progressive via some religious doctrine and finalized by death.
God drove a Mac truck over Gnosticism through Christ who united holiness with the material world, but of course, religious people can be very thick headed. Most of Christ’s life was a demonstrable statement against Gnosticism.
First, Gnosticism makes weakness and sin synonymous. Mortality and holiness/goodness are mutually exclusive. In the case of Protestantism, perfect law-keeping of the biblical variety defines goodness. Hence, the only good President is a Christian president and if a Christian president doesn’t get elected all bets are off; basically, the United States might as well get nuked by China tomorrow. In fact, we deserve such for not electing Mike Huckabee since we are a decadent nation that has obviously turned its back on God because we refuse to elect a “Christian” president.
This will present itself something like this when someone like Trump is elected: “Our President is Jesus (pronounced, “GeeeeeeJuuuuus”) not Donald Trump the evil one.
Secondly, infatuation with the trending exchange of power event will be deemed man-worship as opposed to Jesus-worship. It’s an either/or view of reality.
And thirdly, this results in a primary hallmark of Gnosticism: denial of cause and effect, and fourthly, an utter indifference to present-day societal injustice.
Let me summarize the mentality of numbers 3 and 4 this way: “Whether we have another holocaust in our day is neither here nor there because Jesus is coming back anyway. Whatever is going to happen is going to happen because GeeeeJuuuuus is in total control. Besides, God is presently judging America for not electing Mike Huckabee anyway.”
This manifestation of Gnosticism denies practical cause and effect and assumes that God cares little about present societal justice in the present material world. Of course, this is the antithesis of what the Bible states about God who is “angry everyday” with present injustice.
Gnosticism throws out the material baby with the material bathwater—it looks at the baby in the featured picture and says, “That’s what happens when people turn their back on God; praise GeeeeJuuuuus.”
Those not of the Gnostic worldview prefer as little carnage as possible until Jesus returns and are therefore willing to partake in present-day practical cause and effect. Gnostics will have more of a “let go and let God” indifference to practicality because everything material sucks anyway.
Gnostic underpinning will often lead to fundamental Gnostics under many different nomenclatures to deny the above intellectually, but nevertheless function per Gnosticism in the practice of their worldview.
Really, all denominations, Calvinists, Arminians, and Baptists et al should just come under one umbrella and sit around the campfire singing Kumbaya because they are all fundamentally Gnostic.
Am I here right now? Did America really elect Donald Trump 45th President of the United States of America? And how could this guy beat the tremendous odds against him including himself? Especially himself.
People don’t like change and Trump represents a gamble never before undertaken by the American people. How did it happen? It happened because of Americanism. What is Americanism? It is a spirit of rugged individualism inspired by roughly 10,000 years of collectivism which is the antithesis of individualism.
Let’s set the table for answering the question posed by the title of this post.
This is simply a matter of two worldviews: self-actualization (Americanism) as opposed to self-worth being defined by one’s willingness to obey the top of the societal caste hierarchy. For the first time in history, men said “no” to the caste system.
What is the caste system? It is predicated on the idea that the masses are totally depraved and will destroy themselves unless ruled over by preselected mediators. The mediators serve a cosmic force or god of your choice. Caste has utterly dominated all of human history until the American Revolution. This is why the Protestant claim of historical uniqueness among religions is utterly laughable. Protestantism’s “inability of man” doctrine is the same old worn out historical song and dance with some modifications here and there. Martin Luther nor John Calvin were original thinkers and I seriously doubt God was much impressed with either of them.
Nevertheless, Protestant scholars insist that Luther and Calvin were God’s anointed. So, which church counsel was it when God attended and established such? Never happened. So, why should we take their word for it? Because they are God’s preselected representatives to save His people from self-destructive ignorance…and because they say so. And how do you become one of these rulers? You buy the privilege by attending a Protestant seminary.
Finally, men stood up and rejected this nonsense that licensed elitists to rule over other men. Furthermore, Americanism will never go away because humanity has tasted of it for over 200 years. For the most part, humanity will never go back to collectivism. The American experience connects with how man was created: free, and individually responsible for the sum and substance of their own lives before God.
Human experience is a tension between fears of failure leading to death and established self-confidence. It is a tension between the ability to be free and an inability to be free while believing the latter will lead to death and the destruction of mankind. Supposedly, mankind must be saved from itself by the elitists. Remember, elitism is defined by the belief that gods or cosmic powers preselect knowers to save mankind from its totally depraved self.
Only problem is, who are the real elitists? Who are the elitists who are best capable to usher in the utopia of Plato’s Republic? Throughout human history wars have supposedly settled that issue. But at any rate, America began as a run of the mill caste system church state. The Puritan version of such drove the colonials to demand liberty or death. America was NOT founded on Christianity, it was founded on the freedom of man and the ability of man to be free. The founders of Americanism were a mixed bag of people who agreed on the freedom of man. That’s the core factor that united them, not the because aspect; man is free because…. The founders of Americanism were not united on why man is free, but on the principle that man is indeed free. Some said that such was “self-evident” while others said God made it so. Religion was not the primary uniting issue.
Now let’s talk about crash and burn politics. Sometimes a system is so deeply entrenched in a society that the only hope for change is to destroy the system and hope something better comes out the ashes. To first destroy the present system is the only real hope for something better. What came over the pond and established colonial America has never gone away. After the American Revolution it moved South and eventually incited the American Civil War. A cursory observation of history will identify the South as the post-Revolution remnant of Puritan caste. Historically, the Democratic Party was founded on and came out of the Southern caste system which of course included slavery which is fundamentally driven by caste.
In our day, even though Protestants disagreed with President Obama on many issues, they saw him as the only hope in crashing Americanism with the hope that the same old song and dance would rise from the ashes. Remember, Protestantism was founded and chartered as a church-state and was the primary negative inspiration for Americanism’s separation of church and state. The present-day New Calvinist movement that has taken over the Protestant church and is returning it to its former tyrannical roots understands how this all works. Caste governments give those who control blocks of population a place at the tyrannical table. In their endeavor to return America to the glory days of Calvin’s Geneva, they must destroy Americanism at any cost and hope their control of a large block of people will give them bargaining power with the new government. That’s crash and burn politics.
But on the other side, we have the same thing. Americans who are of Americanism have sensed over the years that caste is taking over via both Parties. Like WWF wrestlers who fight in public and go out to drink beer together afterwards, Democrats and Republicans play golf. President Bush’s seemingly honorable refusal to criticize Obama is really based on his respect for fellow elitists. This is also why he gave Hillary Clinton a kiss-n-hug at Nancy Reagan’s funeral. Be sure of this; she rolled in her grave accordingly.
This is why Americanism elected Donald Trump; crash and burn politics, the present system has to go at any cost while hoping that the Donald will bring back Americanism out of the ashes. Ok, so, now you’re going to point out Trump’s tyrannical side but that’s not the point. The point follows: Trump is a better shot at a return to Americanism than Hillary Clinton; that’s how crash and burn politics work. It’s not either/or, it’s the best gamble. This alone is why Trump correctly stated that he could shoot somebody in Central Park and still rise in the polls. He gets it.
Now we get to why Democrats are acting like they are completely unhinged, because they are, over Trump’s victory. Answer: fear of self-dependence leading to the destruction of humanity, and the loss of power to control the masses by the political elite represented by two parties: Caste Light (Republican), and Caste Lager of the stout ale variety (Democrat). Whether scotch and water or straight up, Americanism is sick of both. For crying out loud, football and baseball are even being politicized; and that’s were red-blooded Colonial Revolutionaries will draw the line. Crash and burn time. In addition, remember that many Trumpers even threatened actual revolution if Hillary was elected.
Hence, anything Trump said or did was completely beside the point.
So, in conclusion, this is why Democrats are acting the way they are acting: fear of two things; freedom is supposedly like handing a toddler a loaded pistol, and loss of elitist power that satisfies the sin of control-lust.