Daily Archives: 18 Aug 2017

The Blind Leading the Blind

Finally, A Member of Trump’s ‘Evangelical’ Advisory Board Resigns

Now the rest of them need to- though Falwell never will.  Trump is his lord.

The pastor of a New York megachurch said Friday that he has resigned from President Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board, citing “a deepening conflict in values” with the administration.

Rev. A.R. Bernard, who leads the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, said in a statement that he had “quietly stepped away” from the panel several months ago, but submitted his formal resignation on Tuesday.

“In a social and political climate such as ours, it often takes a gathering of unlikely individuals to shape the future of our nation on issues of faith and inner city initiatives,” Bernard said. “I was willing to be one of those individuals, and that is why I agreed to serve on the President’s Evangelical Advisory Board.”

“However, it became obvious that there was a deepening conflict in values between myself and the administration,” he continued.

Etc.

Bannon Hasn’t Wasted a Minute Attacking Trump

Here we go.

Bannon: ‘The Trump Presidency That We Fought For, and Won, Is Over.’

With the departure from the White House of strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who helped shape the so-called nationalist-populist program embraced by Donald Trump in his unlikely path to election, a new phase of the Trump presidency begins. Given Trump’s nature, what comes next will hardly be conventional, but it may well be less willfully disruptive—which, to Bannon, had been the point of winning the White House.

“The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,” Bannon said Friday, shortly after confirming his departure. “We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”

Watch Trump implode now.

Tina Fey Destroys Trump

Angry Arminian Mob Pulls Down a Statue of John Calvin

A rowdy gang of angry, riled-up Arminian believers gathered to pull down a statue of Reformer John Calvin standing in front of Calvin Reformed Bible College & Seminary, authorities confirmed Friday.

The band of Wesleyan troublemakers brought a rope, lassoed it around the neck of the stone likeness of Calvin, and yanked it down while yelling rallying cries like “Down with limited atonement!” “You’ll never take our free will!” and “For Servetus!”

Mob members then stomped on the statue and spray-painted crude Arminian slogans on the downed Reformer, according to police reports.

“We encourage all citizens to stay indoors as this dangerous gang of theological hooligans roams the streets,” police chief Ed Patterson said at a press conference. “When you get the Arminians going, there’s no extent to the depravity they can display.”

“Stay safe out there, and may God bless you all,” the police officer concluded before ducking to avoid an on-fire copy of Why I Am Not A Calvinist hurled by a rogue protester in the crowd.

Wretched Methodists.

These Are Godless People

These. They’ve hung a noose outside a Church in Alabama.  They are godless.  They know neither Christ nor salvation.  They are servants of hell.

Bad News From the Doomsday Clock…

The Bee reports

Doomsday Clock Now Spinning Like Ceiling Fan.

This Guy Thinks Confederate Stuff Belongs in a Museum

Invincible Ignorance: The Sycophants of Donald Trump

I’ve said all along that no matter what Trump did, most of his followers would still follow him. Not because he’s good or right or decent, but because they are invincibly irredeemably, incredibly, and irreversibly ignorant. And this poll proves it.

Most people who are on the Trump train say they are definitely, absolutely never getting off — no matter what.

Six in 10 people who approve of President Donald Trump (61%) say they can’t think of anything Trump could do that would make them disapprove of his job as President, according to a Monmouth University poll released this week.

Almost an identical number (57%) who disapprove of Trump say they are never going to change their minds on the President’s job performance either. This means a majority of Americans (53%) admit they have their opinion of Trump completely, totally and irreversibly baked in.

If Trump changed- my opinion of him would change.  I don’t see it happening, and it hasn’t even been hinted at yet.  Maybe one day he’ll prove himself to be a better person.  Maybe.  But unlike Trump’s adherents, there’s not a person on the planet I would give my allegiance to in such a way that whatever they did I would support them.  If my own child murdered someone, I’d turn her in.  There’s no way I would give my soul to a politician like these people have.

It’s Time to Rename Trump’s Religion Advisory Council

It is ‘The Pandering Immoral Power Questing Pseudo-Christian Self-Serving Advisory Council’.

Today With Bullinger

In Sacrosanctum Jesu Christi Domini nostri Evangelium secundum Matthæum Commentariorum libri XII. fol. Tig. 1542, was translated by Frisius into German, with the title, “The Hope of the Faithful,” and published August 18, 1544.

The preface to the volume is lovely. Really lovely.

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Hatred is an Evil of the Heart, Not A Block of Stone or Metal

You can remove all the monuments you want, it won’t solve anything. Evil lies within the hearts of men, not images of stone and metal.

Another Image of Melancthon… Just Because

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Christliche Antwort Burgermeisters und Rats zu Zürich an Bischof Hugo

On 18 August in 1524 (a Thursday that year) Zwingli published, at the behest of the Zurich city council, their answer to the Bishop of Constance for the reformatory undertakings of their clergy.  In sum it asserts that the City will insist that its pastors preach Scripture and not papist tradition and will no longer celebrate the papist Mass or tolerate idolatrous images in city churches.  Written in German, its full title is

Christenlich antwurt burgermeisters und radtes zuo Zürich, dem hochwirdigen etc. herren Hugen,  byschoffe zuo Costantz, über die underricht  beyder articklen: der bilder und mesß, inen zuogeschickt.  Also in götlicher warheit gründt,  das mencklich ersehen mag, was davon under  christenem volck billich sölle gehalten werden.

The section on the Supper is interesting as it demonstrates where Zwingli’s thinking is on that critical topic long before any dispute with Luther commenced:

Summa. Das nüw testament, das ewig ist, muoß mit dem ewigen bluet Christi gemacht und ufgericht werden.

  • 1. Das bluot Christi nimpt unser sünd hin; dann die sünd wirdt nit on bluot hyngenommen.
  • 2. Nun wirt das bluot Christi nitt me denn einist ufgeopferet; denn es ist ein ewig bluot.
  • 3. So volgt, das das einist ufgeopferet bluot Christi in die ewigheyt wäret unser sünd ze bezalen.

Zum andren:

  • 1. Christus wirdt allein ufgeopfret, da er stirbt, lydet, sin bluot vergüßt. Ist alles eins.
  • 2. Christus mag nümmen sterben, lyden, sin bluot vergiessen.
  • 3. So volgt, das Christus nümmer me mag ufgeopferet werdenn, sunder er wäret, einist ufgeopferet, in die ewigheit, aller mentschen sünd zuo bezalen.

Ist alles vormals rychlich bewäret. Diß sind die gründ des lydens und opfers Christi, die Paulus in diser epistel ußgestrychen hat.

From hence there would never be any path back to the papacy for the Zurichers.

Britain: Send Your Kids to Newman Where they Can Study With Susan and Richard

My Favorite Portrait of Melanchthon

Is this one by Hans Holbein the Younger-

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There Will Be No Racists In Heaven

Because…  They wouldn’t like it there.  For them, it would be Hell… Because there are all sorts of Africans and Hispanics and Arabs and Asians and maybe even some Australians and Brits:

And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”  (Rev. 5:9-10)

And A Happy Anniversary to the Melanchthons

melanchAugust 18, 1520: Philipp Melanchthon married Katharina Krapp in Wittenberg. Katharina was the daughter of Hans Krapp who was the highly esteemed mayor of Wittenberg.

Apparently, Philipp had been determined to live his life as a bachelor. He was fully dedicated to his work and was afraid that domestic life would hinder his teaching and research. His friends, including Martin Luther, totally disagreed. While Luther at this time was totally avoiding marriage for himself, he realized that a wife was exactly what his friend and colleague needed. He helped to arrange the marriage and was a strong supporter of it.

Philipp and Katharina’s marriage was a happy one. Katharina proved to be a strong support for her husband both emotionally and physically. She stood by him when he face opposition from the other reformers and nursed him when he was ill.

Philipp and Katharina had four children: Anna, Philipp, Georg, and Magdalene.

For reasons that remain unclear, Kathrina and Katie Luther never became good friends. It seems that the Melanchthons initially disapproved of Martin and Katie’s marriage. Speculation has also been raised as to whether Katharina, who was born in a higher social class than Katie, resented a former nun now rising above her socially. The rift was obviously mended between Philipp and the Luthers and the Melanchthon and Luther children were playmates. But the Katies never became close despite all that they had in common.

Katharina Melachthon died in 1557 while Philipp was in Heidelberg furthering the cause of the Reformation.

This painting of Philipp Melanchthon is by Lucas Cranach the Elder

-Rebecca DeGarmeaux

And yes, she would have married anyone to rid herself of her maiden name.  #TragicGermanNames

Quote of the Day

There are two things of which a good pastor should be careful; to be diligent in teaching, and to keep himself pure. — John Calvin