Daily Archives: 11 May 2019

Signs of the Times

We Are Where We Are Because of Blind Obedience

There’s a wonderful passage in Acts that describes the missionary efforts of Paul being put to the scriptural test by the people of Berea.  ‘They searched the Scriptures to see if these things were so’.

Unfortunately few Americans have that same interest in finding out the facts.  So, as a consequence, we have herds of uninformed unthinking lackeys lapping up whatever swill their leaders, or talking heads on tv, or bible show ‘experts’, or cable news pundits give them.

It’s true in the Church when folk are told by their priest or pastor that ‘letting me touch you down there is what God wants you to do’.  No it isn’t.  And there’s nothing in Scripture that allows that.  Search the Scriptures, teens and adults, and report the perverts, and then, parents, protect your children from predators.  Simple, right?  And stop making excuses as to why you didn’t.  Or wouldn’t.

It’s true in the political arena where Democrats and Republicans are more than happy to buy the party line, even if it is contra scriptural in terms of killing the unborn or being uncharitable to immigrants and the poor.  Search the Scriptures, and you’ll find that both parties are led not by the Spirit of Christ, but by the Spirit of Antichrist. And stop pledging your blind allegiance to the GOP or Democratic party.  Your candidate is a wretch, and so is the other guy’s.  Stop acting like your guy or gal is the only choice.  Because, frankly, it’s a choice between a bowl of cat vomit and a bowl of dog diarrhea.

It’s true in social media where all seem to imagine that if their favorite lady preacher or man teacher says something, it must be defended at all costs.  Disagreement must be halted and all must acquiesce to the great leader’s sentiments and ideas.  And if not, then let the demonization commence.  All thought must be groupthink or there’s hell to pay.  Just ask anyone who has had the temerity to raise a question of a tweeter’s thought or a facebook post.

Stop with the blind obedience.  Use your brain.  Stop being a toady or a sycophant and stop giving your fealty to people who are using you for their own purposes without any regard at all for your well being, or the well being of your family.

Become a Berean.  The only way out of this mess is to realize that we are all in the same boat.  If we keep tossing anchors instead of lifelines, bullets instead of outstretched hands, we might as well all just get a gun and meet in the streets and kill each other off.  That’s where we are headed.  Unless Berea becomes our destination.

Sardis- a.k.a., American Christianity

“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write,`These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. “Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. “You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”‘  (Rev. 3:1-6)

More on the Wesley’s Childhood and the Philosophy of their Mother

Susanna Wesley, wife of a pastor and mother of 19 children, has gone down in Christian history as the ideal mother. In spite of poverty, sickness, disappointment, she managed her household well. She early drew up for herself some rules and observed them:

(1) No child was to be given a thing because he cried for it. If a child wanted to cry, “cry softly!” In her house was rarely heard loud cries by children.
(2) No eating and drinking between meals, except when sick.
(3) Sleeping was also regulated. When very small, a child was given three hours in the morning and three in the afternoon. This was shortened until no sleeping was allowed during the daytime.
(4) Punctually, the little ones were laid in the cradle and rocked to sleep. At 7 PM, each child was put to bed; at 8 PM she left the room. She never allowed herself to sit by the bed until the child sleeps.
(5) The little ones had their own tables near the main table. When they could handle fork and knife, they were “promoted” to the family table.
(6) Each one must eat and drink everything before him.
(7) Children must address each other as “Sister ___” or “Brother ___.”
(8) She never allowed herself to show through her ill-temper or by scolding. She would always explain and explain.

Thus, when John Wesley was in college, he wrote asking his Mother what books to read. And her recommendation influenced his life.*

Geesh.  Controlling mommy issues, John?

*Paul Lee Tan, Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times (Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc., 1996), 849–850.

Graduate School Sin

Graduate departments that accept more students than they have faculty retiring are guilty of using the lure of the PhD to fill unnecessary slots to boost their public profile. They use students for their own self aggrandizing purposes and they won’t admit it. And it’s wrong to promise careers in higher ed when these departments know full well that no positions are available. it’s immoral. It’s sin.

Student Heroes

Related to earlier discussions here of our turning self sacrificing kids into heroes, NPR today aired a segment on that very topic. Give it a listen.

How The Wesley Kids Were Raised…

No wonder they turned out the way they did… they were terrorized!

John and Charles Wesley, were reared by a God-fearing mother (of seventeen) who laid down some excellent principles for child training. They appear in John Wesley’s Journal:

“When turned a year old (and some before), they were taught to fear the rod, and to cry softly; by which means they escaped abundance of correction they might otherwise have had; and that most odious noise of the crying of children was rarely heard in the house; but the family usually lived in as much quietness as if there had not been a child among them.

“In order to form the minds of children, the first thing to be done is to conquer the will and bring them to an obedient temper. To inform the understanding is a work of time, and must with children proceed by slow degrees as they are able to bear it; but subjecting the will is a thing which must be done at once; and the sooner the better. For by neglecting timely correction they will contract a stubbornness and obstinacy which is hardly ever after conquered.

“Whenever a child is corrected, it must be conquered; and this will be no hard matter to do, if it be not grown headstrong by too much indulgence … I cannot yet dismiss this subject. Self-will is the root of all sin and misery, so whatever cherishes this in children insures their after-wretchedness; whatever checks and mortifies it promotes their future happiness.”

In sum, crush them, and crush them hard.  I bet they didn’t get her a Mother’s Day Card…

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