Posted by: reformedmusings | April 4, 2015

He is Risen!

Here’s an excellent perspective on the Resurrection and its implication for our faith from Rev. E.W. Jackson (former candidate for Virginia Lt. Governor and current leader of S.T.A.N.D.) which I received this evening and share with you:

Dear Friends,

Bishop E.W. &
Mrs. Theodora Jackson
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ assures us that we who put our faith in Him cannot be defeated because He triumphed over the ultimate enemy – death! It persuades us that nothing- persecution, terrorism, the federal debt, same-sex ‘marriage,’abortion, sickness, financial hardship – nothing can separate us from the Love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord! No matter how dark things get, His light shines in darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it.

Death is more than the mere end of physical life. It is the negative force that entered the world as a result of sin, specifically of Adam’s disobedience. By one man, sin entered the world and death through sin. However, the last Adam, Jesus Christ, conquered sin and death in all of its destructive manifestations. His victory is our victory. We are seated together with him in heavenly places.

In Christ we have a heavenly vantage point from which to view the rebellion against God that is sweeping the world like a plague. The antidote is not the ideological assumptions of the left or the right. The planet is not in danger from global warming, but from moral cooling. A moral meltdown is a far more imminent threat to our future than a fiscal meltdown. Indeed the former is what will produce the latter. The antidote to what ails our country and the world is truth. Jesus said the truth will make you free. His word is truth.

As we celebrate His glorious resurrection, we can take great comfort in knowing that He will have the final say. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Human beings may try to create a morality or even a religion for that matter to justify their own self-indulgence or murderous fanaticism, but they will not withstand the scrutiny of the King.

Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East for simply holding fast to their faith. Here in America, they are having their businesses fined, attacked and closed for being faithful to the Christian principle of marriage as a union between one man and one woman. The mere mention of the name of Jesus is considered offensive in many public settings. Christians do well to remember that there is no resurrection without a crucifixion. We must prepare ourselves to face whatever comes against us, persuaded “that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord! (Romans 8:38-39)

Presidents will come and go. Governments will come and go. Tyrants will come and go. Circumstances will come and go. The founders of “religions” are dead. But Jesus is alive forevermore. Through Him we have hope for the future of families and our country, not just in a glorious eternity, but in the darkest moments of the here and now. Thank God for the reassurance and hope of Resurrection Sunday!

God bless you and have a wonderful day.

 Yours In Christ,

E.W. Jackson

Posted by: reformedmusings | April 4, 2015

The Real “Gun Nuts”

David L. Goetsch wrote an outstanding article called The Real “Gun Nuts” are Anti-Gun Liberals. In it, he exposes the perverted logic of anti-gun liberals and their lack of basic common sense. They live in a happy dream world until disaster strikes. Liberals blame and irrationally fear inanimate objects rather than placing responsibility firmly upon the violent criminals responsible for their despicable acts. Worse, some raise violent criminals to celebrity status. Or beyond celebrity status.

President Ronald Reagan famously observed:

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.

If anti-freedom progressives get their way, we’ll be living in a Stalinist country as soon as possible with an all-powerful central government and a disarmed and helplessly compliant population. May it never be.

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Posted by: reformedmusings | April 4, 2015

Presbyterians and homosexuals together

Dr. R. Scott Clark penned an awesome article titled Presbyterians And Homosexuals Together: The Crisis Of Christ And Culture. Go read it.

I don’t have anything to add to Dr. Clark’s analysis. I believe that he’s right on target, including his assessment of the PCA’s situation. The PCA’s refusal to effectively deal with the Federal Vision heretics or paedocommunionists, both of which are contrary to our Confession, together with our questionable strategic plan construct, marks a definitive move towards a broad evangelicalism that’s currently trendy in some PCA circles, especially the secret National Partnership.

Confessionalism should be the rock that keeps a denomination together. Church officers in the PCA swear that our confessional standards contain the system of doctrine taught in Holy Scripture. It seems that some, however, take that oath with their fingers crossed. I’ve written on this many times here on the blog. The decline of the PCA is still reversible in my opinion, but probably not for more than another few years. Conservatives have already started leaving the denomination. The fewer confessional conservatives in the denomination, the faster the decline. Dr. Clark’s article cuts to the heart of the decline – words to the wise.

Posted by: reformedmusings | April 4, 2015

Liberal cowards vs. religious freedom

Unless you’ve been on another planet for the last week, you’ve heard about legislation guaranteeing religious freedom in Indiana and Arkansas, paralleling the the 1993 federal law signed by Bill Clinton. In true liberal fashion, a local TV reporter in Indiana trapped the Christian daughter of a pizzeria owner. He gave her a hypothetical question, she answered in accordance with her faith, and the reporter blew it up into a major controversy. Predictably, the cowardly “people of tolerance”threatened to kill the Memories Pizzeria owners firebomb their business. That’s the tolerant left for you.

But it didn’t end there. One of the staff of Blaze TV started a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of raising $25,000 to help the Memories Pizzeria family. Christians and others around the world donated $842,387 in just a few days. God provides for His people, something that godless liberals will never understand.

But here’s the kicker – liberal and progressive fascists only pick on Christians because the liberals know that most won’t fight back because Christianity really is a religion of peace. Liberals rarely pick on Muslims, even though Muslim backers won’t back cakes for homosexual ceremonies. No protests, firebombs, or death threats there. Why? Because Radical Islamists will kill those who insult Islam. So, they routinely trash Christians for their faith, yet give Islam a pass even though homosexuals are routinely executed in Muslim counties. No uproar from liberals to compare with Christian religious liberty in Indiana. Liberal cowards and hypocrites.

Posted by: reformedmusings | March 29, 2015

Research paper retort – awesome

From the April 2015 Reader’s Digest, page 68, supposedly found on Facebook:

Student: I don’t understand why my grade was so low. How did I do on my research paper?

Teacher: Actually, you didn’t turn in a research paper. You turned in a random assemblage of sentences. In fact, the sentences you apparently kidnapped in the dead of night and forced into this violent and arbitrary plan of yours clearly seemed to be placed on the pages against their will. Reading your paper was like watching unfamiliar, uncomfortable people interacting at a cocktail party that no one wanted to attend in the first place. You didn’t submit a research paper. You submitted a hostage situation.

I thought I’d never see the day. Michelle Ye Hee Lee of the liberal Washington Post actually admitted that “hands up, don’t shoot” is a lie. The 300 lb. thug that attempted to kill Officer Darren Wilson never tried to surrender. He was acting on his intent to killing Wilson when Wilson shot him in self-defense. The forensic evidence, credible witnesses, and several independent investigations all agree on this basic fact. Yet, criminal-worshipping mobs and media liberals continue the lie. Go figure.

The rioting mobs are part of a subculture that remains alien and destructive to America’s survival – becoming a contributing part of the civilized society isn’t in their game plan. It’s so bad that the sub-culture even shames those who dare to communicate in a way that would help them succeed in the real world. It’s no wonder that thugs and murders are glamorized in that subculture. Obama could have made a huge difference in helping bring the entitlement subculture into the fold, giving them a chance for real success in society. Instead, Obama’s lack of leadership and ill-considered comments have fomented division and worsened the overall situation.

I always thought that Carter was the worst U.S. president in history, but he was just passively incompetent. Obama has taken that title away from Carter by actively dividing the country and attempting to take the country into the toilet. Sadly, he’s succeeding.

Posted by: reformedmusings | March 25, 2015

Spitfire 944 – An Amazing Story

This is an amazing story about an American that flew a British Spitfire Mark XI in World War II, and an improbably connection and meeting with a piece of his own history. I wouldn’t mind flying a Spitfire myself…

Posted by: reformedmusings | March 15, 2015

The descent of America

I cannot say it any better than Cal Thomas. Doesn’t look like our grandkids will have much left. Our Founding Fathers gave us the best chance that any nation ever had in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. The 2nd Amendment was particularly inspired. Judges 21:25 says,

In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

In America, it’s King Obama himself and his followers who do what is right in their own eyes. The result is the complete trashing of the Constitution and its replacement with a perverse and decadent socialism. History shows that socialism fails in every instance it has been tried. Go figure.

Posted by: reformedmusings | March 15, 2015

Holder lies about Ferguson in report and attempted ATF ammo ban

Economist Dr. John Lott exposes Holder and Justice Department lies about the situation in Ferguson. I say lies, because no self-respecting statistician would make the gross errors in analysis and logic publicly displayed in the report. Reporting disconnected figures and then drawing unsupported conclusions as if they were facts counts as lies in my book. This is typical of anti-libery gun controllers and race baiters. That’s the government that Americans elected two terms in a row. Breaks my heart to see.

So what else is the Justice Department up to? Trying to ban the most common sporting ammunition. After receiving over 90,000 responses and incredibly bad publicity, including an awesome response from Georgia Carry, the ATF backed down…for now.

Liberty is always only one executive order away from destruction in the Obama administration.

Posted by: reformedmusings | March 15, 2015

Liquid Metal Man starts!

Remember the Liquid Metal Man from the Terminator?

Here’s an awesome article about fascinating research on a shape shifting metal that changes shape as it moves through channels. Here’s a quick film of its capabilities:

Awesome stuff!

Posted by: reformedmusings | March 4, 2015

Perhaps the greatest political speech in history

Today marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Address. In typical Lincoln style, it was short, to the point, and incredibly discerning about the national situation. At this point, the Civil War had been going for four incredibly bloody years. In the end, the official count would be 620,000 killed (~2% of the population), 476,000 wounded, and 400,000 missing or captured – over 1.5 million casualties. It was the costliest war in human terms for the United States.

The consequences of the war devastated communities and families, as they often fought together. According to civilwar.org:

The 26th North Carolina, hailing from seven counties in the western part of the state, suffered 714 casualties out of 800 men during the Battle of Gettysburg.  The 24th Michigan squared off against the 26th North Carolina at Gettysburg and lost 362 out of 496 men.  Nearly the entire student body of Ole Miss–135 out 139–enlisted in Company A of the 11th Mississippi.  Company A, also known as the “University Greys” suffered 100% casualties in Pickett’s Charge.  Eighteen members of the Christian family of Christianburg, Virginia were killed during the war.  It is estimated that one in three Southern households lost at least one family member.

One in thirteen surviving Civil War soldiers returned home missing one or more limbs.  Pre-war jobs on farms or in factories became impossible or nearly so.  This led to a rise in awareness of veterans’ needs as well as increased responsibility and social power for women.  For many, however, there was no solution.  Tens of thousands of families slipped into destitution.

In that light, Lincoln’s immortal words in his 2nd Inaugural Address seem beyond wise:

At this second appearing to take the oath of the presidential office, there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement, somewhat in detail, of a course to be pursued, seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention, and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself; and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.

On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago, all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it–all sought to avert it. While the inaugeral [sic] address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the Union without war, insurgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war–seeking to dissole [sic] the Union, and divide effects, by negotiation. Both parties deprecated war; but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive; and the other would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came.

One eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the Southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was, somehow, the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union, even by war; while the government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it. Neither party expected for the war, the magnitude, or the duration, which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with, or even before, the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces; but let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has his own purposes. “Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!” If we shall suppose that American Slavery is one of those offences which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South, this terrible war, as the woe due to those by whom the offence came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a Living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope–fervently do we pray–that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether”

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan–to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.

Oh, that our nation would find such a leader today! Instead, we get socialist community organizers and race baiters. God’s judgements are indeed true and righteous altogether.

Posted by: reformedmusings | February 23, 2015

Great videos on confessionalism and the WCF

Reformed Theological Seminary posted the videos from their ReForum on confessionalism and the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF). Dr. Howard Griffith, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Academic Dean, hosted the event.

Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn, Associate Professor of Church History, delivered the opening address, titled “Confessing Christianity: Yesterday’s Reformation for Today’s Public Life.”

This was followed by a panel Q&A period. The panel consisted of Dr. Peter Lee, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Mr. Geoff Sackett, Dean of Students, and Dr. Chad B. Van Dixhoorn.

This is excellent material and well worth watching and considering. The panel addresses most of the current controversies about the WCF and confessionalism in general. This proves timely, as Federal Visionists want to rewrite key parts of the Confession, well-known people like Dr. John Frame question the usefulness of confessionalism in general, and young bucks want to write new additions to address their current social concerns.

Bottom line is that the WCF and its Catechisms are as accurate and correct as they were 350 years ago, and they speak clearly to God’s people today in the contemporary world.

 

Posted by: reformedmusings | February 22, 2015

The Unalienable Rights of Man

Mark Alexander of the Patriot Post wrote an historically correct and damning critique of liberal assumptions held by the likes of Chris Cuomo and Barach Obama. The opening quote from Thomas Jefferson lays out the reality of liberty:

God who gave us life gave us Liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever. (1774)

That quote was used a lot in past decades to counter the liberal socialist agenda that assumes that rights are granted by a benevolent, nanny government. That’s now what our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, said:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…

The Founders understood that all rights come from our Holy, Just, and Gracious God, not men. What governments of men can give, governments of men can take away. That’s why the Second Amendment is included in the Bill of Rights – to ensure that no government of men would ever take away the God-given liberties of the American people. It wasn’t and isn’t about hunting. It’s about the preservation of liberty, protecting it from tyrants.

Of course, liberals want to eliminate the Second Amendment. Just see what the liberals in Newtown Panel want to do. They want to gut the Second Amendment by registering, limiting, and confiscating the firearms of law-abiding citizens – the foundational step toward tyranny.

Please read Mark Alexander’s essay. The truth is out there. Liberals want to hide the truth and define your limited liberties for you. Obama’s disregard for the laws of our nation demonstrate the liberal way. Don’t be fooled.

Posted by: reformedmusings | February 22, 2015

Clueless Obama can’t name the enemy

Obama’s dance to avoid identifying the civilized world’s most obvious enemy – radical Islamists – has come to the point of absurdity. Obama called the targeted attack on Jewish citizens in Paris as a “random attack”. His press release ignored the Christianity of the 21 beheaded in Libya by referring to them as “twenty-one Egyptian citizens”. Apparently there’s no religion in Obama’s happy little world. Well, except for playing into the Islamic terrorists hands by bringing up the crusades from hundreds of years ago. How can you defeat an enemy that you cannot even name?

Obama has an idea along those lines, though – community organizing, jobs in desolate deserts, and more understanding for psychopaths. Clueless. Studies have shown that most of these Islamic psychopaths are actually from middle class or better backgrounds, including Bin Laden himself. They don’t need to be coddled by the community-organizer-in-chief, they need to be killed. Dead. Period. That’s how you win wars against barbarians.

BTW, here’s a tidbit about the crusades. Islamists invaded Spain in April of 711 and weren’t kicked out until 1492. The first crusade wasn’t launched until 1096. I’m not defending the crusades by any stretch, but who started the whole mess? Don’t bother asking Obama.

LATE ADDITION: Here’s a 12-year-old American who is apparently way smarter than the president:

I bet if Obama had a son, he wouldn’t look like or think for himself like CJ Pearson. Good on you, CJ!

Posted by: reformedmusings | February 20, 2015

Dealing with the aftermath of a critical incident

This video is a must-see. It features Lt Col Dave Grossman, USA, Ret., who is incredible. I’ve met him and heard him speak. He’s dynamic and knows his stuff upside down and backwards. Dave has helped more people than anyone could count. His advice goes beyond combat or self-defense shootings, but to any critical incident in life. Dave Grossman is always worth the time.

Posted by: reformedmusings | February 8, 2015

Global warming fraudulent data manipulation exposed

We all knew that, in the words of Christopher Booker, “The fiddling with temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever.” Booker’s previous article recounted Paul Homewood’s checking of South American temperature data, finding it had been manipulated to increase the ground temperature readings, turning a cooling trend into a warming trend. Homewood checked other data around the world and found the same thing. Extreme cooling trends in the 1970’s were wiped out by carefully massaged data. Here’s another great summary of the situation.

In my career, if I had massaged data like that, people would literally have died. Accuracy and truth trump feelings and politics when the rubber hits the road. The truth in engineering always manifests itself because physics doesn’t lie. The Verrisano Bridge episode provided a graphic example. Although the global warming frauds continue to sell their wares to a gullible, science-ignorant public, their predictions have repeatedly failed to materialize. Few seem to notice. But the truth will become apparent, just as the global cooling lies did in the 1970’s.

The earth represents a complex open system that not only hosts intricate interactions on the planet and in the atmosphere, it also receives light, heat, radiation and charged particles of various types from the sun and inded the larger universe. Only arrogant men and women would claim to have a lock on a situation this complex. As I’ve posted before, the underlying equations require a host of assumptions to solve. A change in any initial or boundary condition requires reconsideration of the whole.

Science is about questioning more than answering. So-called “climate deniers” are the only ones practicing real science in the whole global warming debate. So why do so many pseudo-scientists sign on to anthropological global warming? As usual, follow the money. Science for sale. Sickening. Not how I was taught to do science in school. Ask questions, do experiments, collect data, ask more questions, repeat. That’s science. Massaging data, selling your message, collecting money, repeat, is not science. It’s fraud.

Posted by: reformedmusings | February 7, 2015

Background checks largely ineffective, all freedoms at risk

As gun controllers push for so-called universal background checks, which are really universal gun registrations that inevitably lead to confiscation, more evidence piles in showing that the existing checks are largely ineffective. The Oregon Firearms Federation reviewed the background check data from the Oregon State Police and found that only 0.025% of checks resulted in arrests. We don’t know how few or many of those resulted in eventual charges and convictions.

So, if background checks are so critical to keeping guns out of bad guys’ hands, then why aren’t more denied people arrested and convicted? Probably because criminals don’t opt to go through a background check that they know they won’t pass. They steal their weapons or buy them on the street. Duh.

Universal background checks are just a ruse to create a government database of all gun owners, to be used eventually to confiscate private arms in defiance of the Constitution:

Think that they respect the rest of the Constitution? Guess again. Your right to protected speech as codified in the 1st Amendment is not a right according to liberals, it is simply a special privilege. Therefore, the 1st Amendment only applies to credentialed professionals:

Sound familiar from the folks that think only the military and police should have guns, and then only when the government says so? Remember that the 2nd Amendment is the only earthly guarantee of all the rest of the Bill of Rights.

Posted by: reformedmusings | February 7, 2015

Terrorists disguised in uniforms

There’s an excellent article at Active Response Training that discusses the threat of terrorists in stolen police uniforms and how to spot them. Such attacks have occurred around the world and certainly will again. Remember that the armed citizen IS the first responder. Know thine enemy!

Posted by: reformedmusings | February 1, 2015

Saving for Christmas

If anyone wants to contribute, I’ll take any and all contributions. My dream toy linked here – the perfect blend between Linux and firearms, my two favorite things:

(Image courtesy of TrackingPoint)

(Image courtesy of TrackingPoint)

Awesome!

Posted by: reformedmusings | February 1, 2015

More gun control lies exposed

Excellent video from Bill Whittle with the real truth on murder rates vs. gun ownership:

Gun grabbers now say that they want “common sense” gun control to cut “gun violence”. Anti-liberty types want “compromise”. Well, their definition of compromise is take everything. This graphic tells the story from the factual history of gun control:

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And that’s the truth! We’re finally living in the last pane. If gun controllers treated the First Amendment like they treat the Second, they’d have to get government approval and pay for permits to open their lying mouths, and then be limited to the number of words per article and could only use quills and ink wells with which to write. And, of course, assault quills would be outlawed:

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