Daily Archives: 6 Nov 2017

IOTS Meeting Announcement

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This is How Far Jeffress and His Ilk Are Willing to Go to Defend Mass Murder

Robert Jeffress is, it has to be said, one of the most evil pseudo-Christians presently wearing sheep’s clothing.

And Now the Most Disgusting News From the Texas Shooter of All

He evidently, according to reports, was at odds with his mother in law and went to the church, shooting everyone inside and killing more than half, just to kill her.  And she wasn’t even there…

This country is sick.  It’s sickness is unto death.

Quote of the Day

Das Neue Testament enthält die einzigen zuverlässigen Überlieferungen über das Auftreten Jesu wie über das grundlegende Werden der Kirche und ihrer Verkündigung. — Leonhard Goppelt

This Is The Stupidest Man In The Theological World

God was ‘answering prayers’ of Texas victims by letting them get shot. So Hans Fiene, Lutheran pastor and probably best known for his Lutheran Satire videos and essays on ‘The Federalist’.

No greater ignorance has ever been expressed by anyone pretending to be a theologian. Fiene has jumped the shark, and been consumed by it. Asinine… that gets close to what his comments are.

Hans Fiene, a Lutheran pastor who is also a regular contributor to the right-wing website The Federalist, has written a new column in which he explains that allowing 26 people to die at the hands of a crazed gunman at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, this weekend was actually God’s way of answering their prayers.

Fiene begins his column by attacking liberals who have mocked Republican politicians who only offer “thoughts and prayers” for shooting victims — and who don’t take any direct action that could prevent future shootings.

He then explains to liberals that it was part of God’s plan that over two dozen people would get shot up while in their own house of worship.

“It may seem, on the surface, that God was refusing to give such protection to his Texan children,” he writes. “But we are also praying that God would deliver us from evil eternally. Through these same words, we are asking God to deliver us out of this evil world and into his heavenly glory, where no violence, persecution, cruelty, or hatred will ever afflict us again.”

Fiene then says that, in order to fully defeat evil eternally, God has to let evil get some temporary victories, such as this weekend’s mass shooting.

“So when a madman with a rifle sought to persecute the faithful at First Baptist Church on Sunday morning, he failed,” Fiene says. “Just like those who put Christ to death, and just like those who have brought violence to believers in every generation, this man only succeeded in being the means through which God delivered his children from this evil world into an eternity of righteousness and peace.”

Incomprehensibly inaccurate.  The little phrase ‘Deliver us from evil’, in the Lord’s Prayer, proves Fiene wrong utterly and thoroughly.  What ignorance he displays.  What demonic ignorance.

If You’re Not Willing to Act, Shut Up

According to sources close to local 32-year-old John Rettner, the man recently stated that “praying doesn’t help anything,” while his own idea of helping is just trolling under activist hashtags on Facebook and Twitter.

After every nation tragedy and disaster, the man can be seen making fun of those offering “thoughts and prayers” while the only thing he himself has ever contributed to help those in need is his Facebook posts, sources confirmed.

“All your guys’ thoughts and prayers don’t do anything,” he wrote in a lengthy rant online. “Unlike you religious plebs, I’m committed to help out my fellow man by calling people names on social media.”

The man’s generous aid package for those hurt in recent tragedies has included “savage” memes mocking those who offer to pray for the victims, brutal comebacks on religious family members’ posts, and utilizing popular hashtags to self-righteously promote his positions on social issues.

“We can’t just sit around offering thoughts and prayers. We have to take action by attacking people online,” he said later.

Their name is Legion; the talkers but not doers.  Do something.  Contact your reps and DEMAND action.

Solving The Gun Crisis Whilst Maintaining the Freedom of People to Own Guns

  • All guns must be licensed just like cars.
  • All gun owners must be insured, just like drivers.  If you own a gun, you carry insurance to protect anyone injured by it.
  • Guns may not be sold to anyone with a record.
  • Guns may not be sold to persons under psychiatric care.
  • Semi-Automatic weapons should be banned.  They serve no purpose but mass murder.
  • Gun shows should be shut down and private gun sales made illegal.  When charged and convicted, any gun owner who sells privately forfeits all weapons and may not purchase any again, for life.
  • Make the national gun registry a real thing instead of a joke like it presently is.

NO sensible person can argue convincingly or intelligently against ANY of these points.  Congress and the White House alone are afraid to do the right thing.

Places Of the Reformation: Münster and Köln

Enjoy this little video.

‘Prayer Changes Everything’… Um, No, It Doesn’t

People, even well meaning preachers and theologians, will sometimes repeat phrases that sound good but when thought over aren’t all that good, or true, after all.

For example, people say, quite regularly- ‘prayer changes everything’, or in a variant form, ‘prayer changes things’.  Unfortunately, that simply isn’t true.

God changes things, prayer, as a human act, as an act of approach to God, and petition to God, can only REQUEST change.  It itself CHANGES nothing.

Furthermore, you’d be hard pressed to find any passage at all in the Bible which suggests that prayer changes anything.  The closest you’ll come is a passage like Ex 32:11-14 (where Moses prays for Israel and God changes his mind and doesn’t wipe them out).  Even there, though, it is God who changes his mind.  Moses doesn’t change it- or the impending disaster.

God is sovereign.  He changes whensoever he wishes whysoever he wishes and then He himself changes what he wills.  Prayer isn’t a magic talisman that can be waved and things changed thereby.

When someone tells you ‘prayer changes things’ gently correct them by reminding them that it is God who holds power, not a human act.  And if that doesn’t work, remind them that Jesus taught us to pray ‘your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’.

The Word You Wanted Was ‘Deaf’…

Can we get some editors, there, publishers…

Via the twitter.

Quote of the Day

It were ten thousand times better to trample a flatterer under a man’s feet, than for a man to suffer his feet to be taken in the flatterer’s net. A flatterer is a sore enemy in the habit of a friend, he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, he is a devil transformed into an angel of light; and what punishment can be too great for such? — Thomas Brooks

Read October’s Issue of ‘Theology Today’ For Free

Here.  Although I don’t know how long it will be available, so get essays while you can.