Friday, February 21, 2020
Will Durant, The Story of Civilization: Caesar and Christ:
Three centuries BC:
The college of the Vestal Virgins tended the state hearth, and sprinkled it daily with holy water from the fountain of the sacred nymph Egeria. These white-clad, white-veiled nuns were chosen from among girls six to ten years of age; they took a vow of virginity and service for thirty years, but in return they received many public honors and privileges.
The ritual of worship aimed merely to offer the gods a gift or sacrifice to win their aid or avert their wrath. To be effective, said the priest, the ceremony had to be performed with such precision of words and movements as only the clergy could manage. If any mistake was made, the rite had to be repeated, even to thirty times. ... Holy formulas pronounced over the victim turned it into a god who was to receive it; it this sense the god himself was sacrificed.
The first citation says how the Roman Catholic Church stole the Vestal Virgin idea and made it into their “nunnery” theology. Nuns must stay virgin and they are clad and veiled in white.
The second citation shows me where the Papist “Mass” comes from.
Monday, February 10, 2020
In 1995, at a home-school conference, I acquired a 46-page booklet by Pastor Jim West titled, The Art of Choosing Your Love. Although there are some legalistic ideas in it due to being part of the “courtship” movement, overall he had some very good advice. For provoking thought, below I am sharing some quotations from this booklet.
What women should look for in a husband.
Your first criteria is to marry a man who can love you as Christ loved the church.
Is the man you will marry willing to forgo his own pleasures, his own hobbies, in order to may you happy with his love and to love you the way you wish to be loved? Is he willing to stop his television watching, put down the newspaper to listen to you and to talk with you? Although he is to be a hard worker, he is not to be married to his Job either. He must love you sacrificially. This means that you are to marry a Christ-centered man instead of a self-centered man.
In the home, the man is the king and the woman is his queen. The wife is a mistress who rules, but she does not rule over the husband. To her husband, she is royalty, but that royalty consists in her submission.
The man you desire should be a Christ-centered ruler. … A Christ-centered husband is a husband who is under the easy yoke of Christ. Your husband should rule over himself too. A man who loses his temper easily is a man who cannot rule. If he cannot rule his own passions, if he cannot put a cap on the nuclear reactor, then he cannot rule. The reason is that a man without self-control is a weak man, not a strong man.
Your husband should rule over you in a managerial sense. Three times in the Bible the husband is called a “manager,” that is, the manager of his household (1 Timothy 3:4). … The meaning that the husband is the head, which means that the head does not do the work of the arms or the work of the legs. The head does not do the work of the body. A manager does not say, “I can do it all myself.” Your husband must recognize your gifts and not squash them.
[Marry] a man who will cherish you.
[Marry] a man who respects you.
You must…submit to your husband’s economic decisions. … Although your input is important and crucial, and you husband is a fool if he does not consider your opinion, the final decision is made by your husband. As his helpmeet you must submit to his champagne appetite even if you have a beer budget. Will you marry a man who will listen to your advice? Or will he be like Nabal who was such a fool that “on one would speak to him” (1 Samuel 25:17).
You are to submit to your husband sexually. The culmination of marriage is the marriage bed. Any married woman who withholds her body out of blackmail or personal resentment is a wretch. … (1 Corinthians 7:4) The husband’s body is the wife’s and the wife’s the husband’s.
What men should look for in a wife.
(Referencing Proverbs 30, A man must find a “virtuous woman,” i.e. a “Proverbial Wife.”)
The Proverbial Wife works for God.
The Virtuous Wife fears God. … the more a woman knows about the Bible the more she will acknowledge the sovereignty of God. This is why it is good that a godly wife strive to know the Bible from Genesis to the book of maps!
A man who marries primarily on the basis of what he sees marries on the basis of lust. … There is no such thing as love at first sight. Why not? Because true love is not based upon appearance. True love is based upon the inward character of the heart.
You should be looking for a wife who is husband centered.
You are to trust the moral integrity of your wife.
You are to trust your wife’s fiscal competence.
You will also trust in your wife’s goodness.
You should be searching for a wife who will assist you in your work.
A woman who dresses to draw attention to her legs, breasts, etc., is lusting to be lusted after.
[Choose] A woman who is wise. … You should be searching for a woman of the Word.
[Choose] A woman with a good testimony.
The man who has chosen his love must love his choice.
The Bible never presents sex as mating; sex is portrayed as communicating. The Song of Solomon is about speaking lovers.
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Friday, February 7, 2020
This will be my last post of this nature for a while. I am getting inundated with life and I still have to catch up with articles being readied for The Anti-Mormon Blog so I can cut back from that for a while also.
For those who are interested in some of my daily feeds for apologetics information, here’s a short list (you can also just look at sources in the links in my articles).
The Geller Report. Sign up for the daily email.
Marshal Art’s (he has a lot of political stuff also)
Winging It. (Very Calvinist position)
Reformation Charlotte. Can sometimes get too picky.
Rational Christian Discernment (includes lots of focus exposing Roman Catholicism)
Midwest Christian Outreach. I suggest signing up for the weekly e-mail.
Townhall. Political and culture focus.
American Thinker. Runs the gamut of politics, culture, religion.
The Good - For Education and/or Edification
Christians need to get sexually explicit!
What the Bible says about the death penalty for murderers, rapists, and child molesters. A follow-up article is, “I support the death penalty because all lives matter.”
The Apostle Paul Apologizes For Insensitive Remarks On Sexuality. Well, no he didn’t, but apostates are stumbling all over themselves for saying what Paul DID say.
More Wolves and False Teachings
Paula White is getting worse by the day. Those who support her teachings just to be in the limelight should be ashamed of themselves. Of course you have to remember that she committed adultery with arch-heretic Benny Hinn.
How about instead of pandering to biology-deniers we confront them with their sin!
No, Bethel, this is NOT from the Holy Spirit, rather it is from sinful self or perhaps even demonic.
I have previously noted problems with singer Lauren Daigle, but this article really opens up the issue.
Randy Clark’s “Global Awakening” to the demonic.
The blasphemy of Joyce Meyer.
Monday, February 3, 2020
This past Saturday we watched an old movie which we recently purchased — The Student Prince. I first saw this movie while in high school and my mom had an album of the songs from the movie, all sung by Mario Lanza.
This song below has always been one of my favorites from the movie; even as a non Christian I believed in God. In the movie the prince’s father has just died and he now is king. As he stands alone in the cathedral looking at his father’s coffin on the bier with four guards he sings this song, finally realizing his duties.
If you’d like to hear the song, this link goes to the scene (the actor playing the prince is lip-synching Mario Lanza).
The lyrics are good for encouragement and the tune is remarkable.
I'll walk with God
From this day on,
His helping hand I'll lean upon.
This is my prayer my humble plea:
May the Lord be ever with me.
There is no death though eyes grow dim.
There is no fear when I'm near to Him.
I'll lean on Him forever
And He'll forsake me never.
He will not fail me as long as my faith is strong,
What ever road I may walk alone.
I'll walk with God,
I'll take His hand.
I'll talk with God he'll understand.
I'll pray to Him,
Each day to Him,
And He'll hear the words that I say.
His hand will guide my throne and rod
And I'll never walk alone
While I walk with God