More Pentebabbleist Insanity

Steven Bancarz used to be enamored with the occult. He actively participated in astral projection, Christ-consciousness and more.   But now he’s out to expose the New Age and the presence of the occult in seemingly mundane events, like the Super Bowl. Sunday night, the internet was abuzz with talk of Lady Gaga’s halftime show. While many people praised the performance, Bancarz saw something malicious beneath the surface.  He posted his analysis on Facebook: 

Pentagrams lining the stage at the Superbowl halftime show. Cross-dressing men with makeup dancing on stage. Flames, black clothing, 666 hand signs over the eyes. Typical halftime show.

I have an honest question for non-Christian truthers and political conspiracy activists who are Facebook friends with me and are reading this status. Because I am confused and want to know what your worldview is.

(This may seem strange to some Christians who have not been exposed to this kind of material before).

If we can grant, for the sake of argument, that there is a class of Satanic/occultic elites who pull strings and run the show from the top down (as most I am referring to believe in some sense or another), we can obviously agree there must be something beyond the natural material world of atoms and molecules in order for Satanism, ritual sacrifice and occult practices to even be feasible and existent.

These people are nuts.  Just plain nuts.  These Montanists are a blotch on the Christian faith.

Trump Deports the Statue of Liberty

After living in the United States for over a hundred years, the French-born Statue of Liberty was detained and deported Tuesday by direct order of President Donald Trump, sources confirmed.

The deportation of the iconic statue is just the latest development from the immigration order signed by President Trump his second week in office which could potentially be used to expel millions of immigrants currently living in the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel began dismantling the universal symbol of freedom and shipping it back to France on Monday afternoon.

According to Border Patrol agents, Lady Liberty was marked as a high-priority target of deportation due to her foreign origins and suspicious inscriptions indicating that it would support the immigration of more foreign nationals to the United States.

President Trump has taken to Twitter to comment on the situation:

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A Lovely Lunch

Gareth Jones, our Principal at Ming Hua, is visiting here in the States for a bit and he stopped by Knoxville where we met for lunch at one of his favorite spots- Cracker Barrel and we discussed plans for J-Term for 2018 at Ming Hua.  It was great to see him again and great to make plans for some exciting courses coming up.  You’ll be unsurprised to learn that I snapped some photos.

And yes- he signed up for a Prius as his rental and they gave him that sweet Mustang instead… lucky devil.

Sex

If you treat sex like it’s the moral equivalent of kissing or going to McDonald’s, you lack ethics and morality. Evidently that truth is completely unknown to young people (and some old people) today.  Someone has failed you or you have failed to learn moral behavior.  Either way, you need to change.

Schiffman on Post Maccabean Jerusalem

Here’s an interesting essay:

The period following the Maccabean Revolt ushered in tremendous expansion in the city of Jerusalem and even on the Har Habayit (Temple Mount). Jerusalem expanded westward to include the area known as the Upper City and a combination of enlargement and refurbishing of the enclosure of the Har Habayit resulted as well. As a result, Jerusalem in this period once again became a prosperous and beautiful city. But to understand these important developments, it is necessary first to know what happened in the aftermath of the re-conquest of the city and Beit Hamikdash (Holy Temple) under Yehudah (Judah) the Maccabee in the revolt of 168-164 BCE.

Fun Facts From Church History: The Rise of Anabaptism in Zurich

On January 21st, 1525 the Council forbade the private meetings of the Baptists and banished the foreigners among their members.

Up to this time the Baptists merely protested against infant baptism, but had not ventured upon baptising adults who had already been baptised in unconscious infancy. Now, in the village of Zollicon, on the north shore of the Lake, and six miles from the city, whither persecution drove them, they proceeded for the first time to take the logical step.

grebelConrad Grebel seems to have been the leader in this. He rightfully argued from their accepted premise: baptism should follow a confession of faith, that only those who understood what the rite meant should be baptised; and baptised the former monk George Blaurock, who, in turn, baptised fifteen others. This baptism was by pouring, not by immersion. The idea found quick acceptance and soon all their adherents were baptised. They all agreed that the “baptism” they had received in infancy was invalid. Yet because the entire Christian Church in all centuries up to that time, and with the exception of Baptists ever since, has proclaimed that infant baptism was valid the party got the name of Anabaptists, i. e., those who baptise again those previously baptised. One of the Baptists, Rudolph Thomann of Zollicon, examined by the Council of Zurich on February 7, 1525, thus described the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper as observed in the Zollicon gatherings:

“He had eaten the Lord’s Supper with the old assistant (Brötli?), and him from Witikon (Röubli), and had invited them into his house.… There many had assembled so that the apartment was full; there was much speaking and long readings. Then stood up Hans Bruggbach of Zumicon, weeping and crying out that he was a great sinner and asking all present to pray God for him. Whereupon Blaurock asked him if he desired the grace of God and he said ‘Yes.’ Manz then arose and said, ‘Who will hinder me from baptising him?’ Blaurock answered, ‘No one.’ So Manz took a dipper of water and baptised him in the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. Whereupon Jacob Hottinger arose and desired baptism; and Felix Manz baptised him also.… Seeing the loaf on the table, Blaurock said: ‘Whoever believes that God has redeemed him with His death and rosy-coloured blood, comes and eats with me from this loaf and drinks with me from this wine.’ Then each one present ate and drank as invited.”*

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*Samuel Macauley Jackson, Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531) (Heroes of the Reformation; New York; London: G. P. Putnam’s Sons; Knickerbocker Press, 1901), 244–246.

Public Lecture Series at Ming Hua

Bishop Patrick Yu will have public lectures at Ming Hua on Mondays between 27 Feb and 29 May.  The lectures will be in Cantonese.  The fee for all 13 lectures is HK$650 (excluding the fee of Saturday retreat).  If you register on or before 17 Feb, the fee is just HK$500 only.  For details, please kindly refer to the attached poster.

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