Well and rightly stated.
“The Greek New Testament is the New Testament; all else is translation.” – AT Robertson
Well and rightly stated.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued an order to Joel Osteen, bestselling author and pastor of Lakewood Church, to acquire a butcher’s license in order to continue handling Scripture.
The department’s Meat Safety Assurance Unit was tipped off to a potential violation of the state’s health code, which prohibits individuals from butchering and mangling poultry, meats, and biblical passages for the public’s consumption without proper training and licensing. When a health inspector then performed a surprise undercover visit to Lakewood Church, sure enough, Osteen was in fact seen brutally slaughtering several passages—including Isaiah 53:5, Jeremiah 1:5, and Psalm 46:10a—without the proper licensing.
“Really we’re just crossing our T’s and dotting our I’s here,” Judd Grant, spokesperson for the inspection unit, told the Houston Chronicle. “It was clear from our observation of Mr. Osteen that he is in fact a skilled and experienced butcher of texts of all kinds. But rules are rules.”
Osteen is expected to comply with the request, and has already spoken victory over the licensing process according to the church’s Director of Positive Thinking.
In March 1997, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, the nonprofit organization that oversees the Jehovah’s Witnesses, sent a letter to each of its 10,883 U.S. congregations, and to many more congregations worldwide. The organization was concerned about the legal risk posed by possible child molesters within its ranks. The letter laid out instructions on how to deal with a known predator: Write a detailed report answering 12 questions—Was this a onetime occurrence, or did the accused have a history of child molestation? How is the accused viewed within the community? Does anyone else know about the abuse?—and mail it to Watchtower’s headquarters in a special blue envelope. Keep a copy of the report in your congregation’s confidential file, the instructions continued, and do not share it with anyone.
Thus did the Jehovah’s Witnesses build what might be the world’s largest database of undocumented child molesters: at least two decades’ worth of names and addresses—likely numbering in the tens of thousands—and detailed acts of alleged abuse, most of which have never been shared with law enforcement, all scanned and searchable in a Microsoft SharePoint file. In recent decades, much of the world’s attention to allegations of abuse has focused on the Catholic Church and other religious groups. Less notice has been paid to the abuse among the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a Christian sect with more than 8.5 million members. Yet all this time, Watchtower has refused to comply with multiple court orders to release the information contained in its database and has paid millions of dollars over the years to keep it secret, even from the survivors whose stories are contained within.
Read the rest. It’s appalling.
Since you are such vulgar blockheads that you think such lewd and stupid gossip will harm me or bring you honor, you are the real Hanswursts – blockheads, boors, and dunderheads. – Martin Luther
So, me, caustic? I’ve got a long way to go to reach Ezekiel / Luther caustic-ity
And then I re-read Ezekiel 23 and I say to myself- ‘nah, not at all. Not even close. Not even a little. Carry on. When you hit Ezekiel caustic you’ll know it…’
Of Jeremiah’s astonishing
“Pray no more for these people, Jeremiah. Do not weep or pray for them, and don’t beg me to help them, for I will not listen to you. (7:16).
“Do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them, because I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their distress. (11:14)
Then the LORD said to me, “Do not pray for these people anymore. (14:11)
אַל־תִּתְפַּלֵּ֣ל – that’s the theme. Maybe it’s exactly the advice God would give to us today. Maybe it’s time to stop praying for a country inhabited by a majority of people who are sickeningly disinterested in God in the same way that the people of Judah were in the era of Jeremiah. People are more than happy to play religious. But let’s be honest with ourselves for a moment- most Christian’s ‘religiousness’ ends the second they are out of Church (if they even bother going there at all).
I’m old enough to remember a time when biblical scholars were guided by ethical standards which precluded their hitching themselves to religious charlatans.
This is so absurd:
A gay headteacher has won a sex discrimination case against the primary school which sacked him for having sex with two 17-year-olds he met on the dating app Grindr.
Matthew Aplin, 42, who was principal at Tywyn Primary School in Sandfields, West Glamorgan, was openly gay according to a new court ruling. But while police and his local authority bosses decided no criminal offence had been committed the school governors decided to dismiss him.
He challenged their decision but in the end resigned, then claimed he was a victim of constructive dismissal and mounted an employment tribunal claim on the basis he was a victim of “unfair dismissal and sexual orientation discrimination.”
Mr Aplin argued that what he had done was lawful and part of his private life and that the officer’s report and the management case were “biased and homophobic.”
The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) found that Mr Aplin would have been treated differently were he a heterosexual male having sex with two teenage girls, or a woman and two teenage boys.
So he had sex with kids. And was fired. As he should have been. But claimed discrimination? And sued. And WON???????? What insanity. He is a pedophile, a victimizer, not a victim.
Give to the devout, do not go to the help of a sinner. Do good to the humble, give nothing to the godless. Refuse him bread, do not give him any, it might make him stronger than you are; then you would be repaid evil twice over for all the good you had done him. For the Most High himself detests sinners, and will repay the wicked with what they deserve. Give to the good, and do not go to the help of a sinner. (Sir. 12:4-7)
March 25, 1549: Veit Dietrich died in Nürnberg, Germany at the age of 42
Veit was probably the most famous of all of the boarders in the home of Martin and Katie Luther. He was born on December 8, 1506, also in Nürnberg. At the age of fifteen, he enrolled at the University of Wittenberg to study medicine. Soon, Martin Luther convinced him to study theology instead. Veit lived with the Luthers and became a recorder of Martin’s table talk and then went with him to Marburg and Coburg as his personal secretary. Many of the sermons and quotes that we have of Luther are due to Veit’s diligent recording.
Katie and Veit didn’t always seem to get along. Apparently he had a large number of students who followed him around, including to the Luther home, which made for extra work for Katie. But it’s undeniable that much that we know about Katie and life in the Black Cloister comes from Veit’s pen.
Any disagreements between Veit and Katie never seemed to last long and later, when he was a pastor at St. Sebald’s church in Nürnberg, Martin sent warm greetings to him from Katie.
-Rebecca DeGarmeaux (for Katie Luther on FB)
Kindly listen to this, you leaders of the House of Jacob, you princes of the House of Israel, who detest justice, wresting it from its honest course, who build Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity! Her leaders give verdicts for presents, her priests take a fee for their rulings, her prophets divine for money and yet they rely on Yahweh! ‘Isn’t Yahweh among us?’ they say, ‘No disaster is going to overtake us.’ That is why, thanks to you, Zion will become ploughland, Jerusalem a heap of rubble and the Temple Mount a wooded height. (Mic. 3:9-12)
Rove the streets of Jerusalem, now look and enquire, see in her squares if you can find an individual, one individual who does right and seeks the truth, and I will pardon her, Yahweh says. Although they say, ‘As Yahweh lives,’ they are, in fact, swearing a false oath. Yahweh, do your eyes not look for truth? You have struck them; they have not felt it. You have annihilated them, for they ignored the lesson. They have set their faces harder than rock, they have refused to repent. I thought, ‘These are only the poor! They behave stupidly since they do not know Yahweh’s way or the ruling of their God. I shall approach the great men and speak to them, for these will know Yahweh’s way and the ruling of their God.’ But these, too, have broken the yoke, have burst the bonds.
And so, a lion from the forest will slaughter them, a wolf from the plains will despoil them, a leopard will be lurking round their towns: anyone who goes out will be torn to pieces — because of their many crimes, their countless infidelities. ‘Why should I pardon you? Your sons have abandoned me, to swear by gods that are not gods at all. I fed them full, and they became adulterers, they hurried to the brothel. They are well-fed, roving stallions, each neighing for his neighbour’s wife.
Shall I fail to punish this, Yahweh demands, or on such a nation to exact vengeance? Scale her terraces! Destroy! But do not annihilate her completely! Strip off her branches, for Yahweh does not own them! How treacherously they have treated me, the House of Israel and the House of Judah! Yahweh declares. ‘They have denied Yahweh, they have said, “He is nothing; no evil will overtake us, we shall not see sword or famine.
And the prophets? Nothing but wind; the word is not in them; let those very things happen to them!” ‘ Because of this, Yahweh, God Sabaoth, says this, ‘Since you have said such things, now I shall make my words a fire in your mouth, and make this people wood, for the fire to devour. Now I shall bring on you a nation from afar, House of Israel, Yahweh declares, an enduring nation, an ancient nation, a nation whose language you do not know, nor can you grasp what they say. — (Jer. 5:1-15)