New laws include no-permit carry, powdered alcohol ban | Idaho Statesman

Read her article, especially the section on the abortion law being changed.  Follow the link below.  I added my comment to the site and under the link on this post.

KIMBERLEE KRUESI

Source: New laws include no-permit carry, powdered alcohol ban | Idaho Statesman

 

This propaganda would be laughable if it weren’t so prevalent. This statement demonstrates her bias, “…Idahoans can carry a concealed gun without needing licenses or training starting Friday, just in time for Independence Day…” Catch the part about training? This implies that there should be training. I suppose the government would regulate that, and determine who could carry after completing the course. That would limit your 2nd amendment right.
Then the abortion piece. This person must be a leftist pro-abort activist or something. Just because a court or government approves or upholds something doesn’t make it moral or ethical. Remember slavery? It was legal. “…It will soon be illegal to buy, sell or donate fetal tissue even though no such practice exists in the state. The law is a response to undercover videos released last summer that alleged Planned Parenthood officials were selling fetal tissue for profit…” It isn’t alleged. It is true, and we all know it. Her little zinger of, “…even though no such practice exists in the state…” was a suggestive addition. If she weren’t practicing propaganda she would have just reported the law change, not added her own bias to taint the minds of the readers. How does she know it wasn’t happening here? Did she do any research? Did she site any sources? Nope, we just have to take her at her word. Oh, and this bit really galled me, “…It was later determined the videos were altered and a grand jury in Texas cleared Planned Parenthood officials…” the altering she was talking about is usually referred to as editing, which I assume she does to her written work. Again, just because a court clears them doesn’t make it moral or ethical. (slavery, racial segregation) How about the little dig at all the evil anti-kill your baby groups trying to save the children from the ghouls in the abortion industry? “…Meanwhile, women seeking an abortion will now be given a list of free ultrasound providers — typically owned by anti-abortion advocates…” Of course they are owned by anti-abortion advocates! Only a hard-hearted, evil, morally bankrupt, blood thirsty, molech worshipping, ghoul, would be pro-abortion in my opinion. (since her article is full of her opinions I thought it would be cool to add mine.)

Here is a Short List of Common Sense Truths.

God is real, good, and real good.  We are creatures of His, and we are sinners who deserve His wrath.  This life is about Him and for Him.  We are egomaniacs, because we think it is all about us.

God’s word is the Bible.  You should read it sometime.

Boys and girls are different.  God made it that way for many reasons.

Your flawed perception doesn’t change what is true, this includes your gender.

Government should be small and have very limited power.

Actors and musicians are not political scientists, nor are they any more intelligent than your favorite sign language using ape.  Don’t get your political ideology from them.

Character matters.  You wouldn’t let Jared from Subway watch your kids, so why would you trust Killary Clinton or Donald Rump with the Presidency?

Sinful people with murderous hearts kill people, not inanimate objects.  Banning guns is just stupid.

Marriage is between one man and one woman, joined by God, in front of witnesses, for the rest of their lives.  Any extra-marital sex or emotional entanglement is adultery.

Modern feminism, like the kind where you see all of the man hating, is horrible.  Even the more quiet kind is responsible for much of the decay in this country.  Refer back to the, “boys and girls are different” statement.  We are not interchangeable.  We are equally people in God’s eyes, but He made us to fulfill roles in the home, workplace, Church, battle field, and so on.

Women should never be in combat.  Men are supposed to protect women and children.

America is not God.  America is not Israel.  Get over it.

You don’t have the right to not be offended.  Grow up!

Socialism, and communism are satanic, tyrannical, systems.

You are not the center of the universe.  Your pet sin does not become ok just because it is yours.  If you’re gay, you’re sinning, if you’re straight you’re sinning.  Yes homosexuality is a sin.  Yes adultery is a sin.  So is telling lies, blasphemy, theft, not loving God perfectly every nanosecond of every day.  So, repent and believe in Christ’s work on the cross.

These are just a few of the things off the top of my head this morning that are getting under my skin.  If you disagree, that is your prerogative.  Get your own blog and say what you like.  I won’t be allowing your comments on my site.  I have to pay for this thing, so there is that.

 

 

God is Sovereign, and uses Men and Nations.

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Some folks have the notion that the Bible, and Christianity, is all about them, and getting saved by Jesus because He loves them soooooo much.  Don’t get me wrong, Jesus does love those He has been given by the Father, but you know what He loves more than sinners saved?  If you said anything other than the will of the Father, you might try again.  That’s right, He loves the will of the Father.  So much so, that He loved sinners, while they were yet sinners, so much that He died for them.  So if Jesus loves the will of the Father, why do we seem to love our own wills so much?  Why do we seem to put this inordinate value on our own volition and liberty?  Why, when Christ our Savior, submitted His will to that of the Father, by dying on the cross, do we refuse to bear our cross?

I believe the answer is this man centered hermeneutic when reading the Bible.  It seems to be intrinsic to a large part of American Christianity.  So when we read a passage like this one, where God is using the Assyrians to punish the Israelites as judgment against them, we see it as mere history.  We completely glaze over the obvious fact that God has used them like a weapon.  Even the Assyrian king didn’t give God the glory.  He wasn’t humble at all.  In his impudence, he thought that he was the one who did all of those things to Israel.  Just read the passage, and I’ll be there when you are done…

“Isaiah 10:12-15 NASB So it will be that when the Lord has completed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, He will say, “I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the pomp of his haughtiness.” (13) For he has said, “By the power of my hand and by my wisdom I did this, For I have understanding; And I removed the boundaries of the peoples And plundered their treasures, And like a mighty man I brought down their inhabitants, (14) And my hand reached to the riches of the peoples like a nest, And as one gathers abandoned eggs, I gathered all the earth; And there was not one that flapped its wing or opened its beak or chirped.” (15) Is the axe to boast itself over the one who chops with it? Is the saw to exalt itself over the one who wields it? That would be like a club wielding those who lift it, Or like a rod lifting him who is not wood.”

Finished?  If you’ll notice how arrogant and proud the king was, it is obvious that he suffered the same self-delusion that many Christians suffer from today.  We think we are just the center of the Christian world.  Oh sure, we give lip service to Jesus, just like some musician on an awards shows thanks Him, along with their entourage and momma.  I encourage you to look at what God says about this arrogant man.  Look at verse 15.  In verses 12, and 13, God says He is going to punish the king after He is done using him.  We then read why God has determined to do these things,

“Isaiah 10:16-22 NASB Therefore the Lord, the GOD of hosts, will send a wasting disease among his stout warriors; And under his glory a fire will be kindled like a burning flame. (17) And the light of Israel will become a fire and his Holy One a flame, And it will burn and devour his thorns and his briars in a single day. (18) And He will destroy the glory of his forest and of his fruitful garden, both soul and body, And it will be as when a sick man wastes away. (19) And the rest of the trees of his forest will be so small in number That a child could write them down. (20) Now in that day the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel. (21) A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God. (22) For though your people, O Israel, may be like the sand of the sea, Only a remnant within them will return; A destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness.”

God is the author, His glory is the point, His Holy One is who it is all about.  God chose Israel to demonstrate this through, just like He chose us in Him before creation to demonstrate this through.  Be honored to be used by God in your lowly state as a vessel of honor.  Don’t think that there is something about you that warrants this utilization, not your works, not your choice, not your fallen faith, not your fallen repentance, no there is nothing about you that would make you appealing to God.

“1 Corinthians 1:22-31 NASB (22) For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; (23) but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, (24) but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. (25) Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (26) For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; (27) but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, (28) and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, (29) so that no man may boast before God. (30) But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, (31) so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.””

It is all about Jesus.  God grants the new birth, the saving faith, the saving repentance from dead works, to Christ, God is the author of our salvation, for His glory, amen.

Isaiah 9 and Some Interesting Correlations.

Isaiah 9:1-3 NASB
[1] But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles.
[2] The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them.
[3] You shall multiply the nation, You shall increase their gladness; They will be glad in Your presence As with the gladness of harvest, As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

John 1:1-16 NASB
[1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
[2] He was in the beginning with God.
[3] All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
[4] In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
[5] The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
[6] There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.
[7] He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him.
[8] He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.
[9] There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
[10] He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
[11] He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.
[12] But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,
[13] who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
[14] And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
[15] John *testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.'”
[16] For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.

Isaiah 9:4-5 NASB
[4] For You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders, The rod of their oppressor, as at the battle of Midian.
[5] For every boot of the booted warrior in the battle tumult, And cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire.

Matthew 11:25-30 NASB
[25] At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.
[26] “Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.
[27] “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
[28] “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
[29] “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.
[30] “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Isaiah 9:6-21 NASB
[6] For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
[7] There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.
[8] The Lord sends a message against Jacob, And it falls on Israel.
[9] And all the people know it, That is, Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria, Asserting in pride and in arrogance of heart:
[10] “The bricks have fallen down, But we will rebuild with smooth stones; The sycamores have been cut down, But we will replace them with cedars.”
[11] Therefore the LORD raises against them adversaries from Rezin And spurs their enemies on,
[12] The Arameans on the east and the Philistines on the west; And they devour Israel with gaping jaws. In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away And His hand is still stretched out.
[13] Yet the people do not turn back to Him who struck them, Nor do they seek the LORD of hosts.
[14] So the LORD cuts off head and tail from Israel, Both palm branch and bulrush in a single day.
[15] The head is the elder and honorable man, And the prophet who teaches falsehood is the tail.
[16] For those who guide this people are leading them astray; And those who are guided by them are brought to confusion.
[17] Therefore the Lord does not take pleasure in their young men, Nor does He have pity on their orphans or their widows; For every one of them is godless and an evildoer, And every mouth is speaking foolishness. In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away And His hand is still stretched out.
[18] For wickedness burns like a fire; It consumes briars and thorns; It even sets the thickets of the forest aflame And they roll upward in a column of smoke.
[19] By the fury of the LORD of hosts the land is burned up, And the people are like fuel for the fire; No man spares his brother.
[20] They slice off what is on the right hand but still are hungry, And they eat what is on the left hand but they are not satisfied; Each of them eats the flesh of his own arm.
[21] Manasseh devours Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh, And together they are against Judah. In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away And His hand is still stretched out.

Ephesians 2:11-22 NASB
[11] Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands–
[12] remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
[13] But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
[14] For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,
[15] by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace,
[16] and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.
[17] AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR;
[18] for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.
[19] So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,
[20] having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone,
[21] in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord,
[22] in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.

Is Your Hope in Politics, or God’s Gospel?

Years ago I was a Fox News Christian.  My political ideology took precedence over my theology.  In other words, I cared more about being conservative, than I did about Christ, and the will of God.  I also saw conspiracies all over the place.  It seemed to me that there was a world government that controlled all of the governments of the civilized world.  I thought that the world government was comprised of the ultra-rich and influential.  I haven’t really changed my mind about that.  I do think that the enemy has his minions running a satanic plan.  What has changed is that I no longer think it is possible to fix the problems via politics.  I also think that the enemy can only do what sovereign God allows.  I believe with all my heart, all that matters now, is to preach the gospel to the lost and perishing world.  I read something from Isaiah today that brought this to mind.  

 

Isa 8:11 — Isa 8:16
For thus the Lord spoke to me with mighty power and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying,
“You are not to say, ‘It is a conspiracy!’
In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy,
And you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it.
“It is the Lord of hosts whom you should regard as holy.
And He shall be your fear,
And He shall be your dread.
“Then He shall become a sanctuary;
But to both the houses of Israel, a stone to strike and a rock to stumble over,
And a snare and a trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
“Many will stumble over them,
Then they will fall and be broken;
They will even be snared and caught.”
Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

 

Of course, I’m not encouraging you to take this section out of context.  It is obviously a prophecy from God to Israel, through Isaiah.  I get that.  The Israelites were suspicious of the true prophets of God.  They didn’t like the warnings they gave them.  They were relying on their allegiances with pagan nations, they were hoping on pragmatic security and not God.  Relying on our own feeble abilities and righteousness keeps us from God the same way that it kept many of the Israelites from Jesus when he came.  This also reminds me that living in fear of what could happen, and what the government will do to us, is not honoring to God.  God is the one who we should fear.  He is the one who we should concern ourselves with.  We should seek his glory.  The true hope of the world is not electing the right politicians, it is the wonderful gospel of Jesus.  Only the transforming work of God can change the hearts of sinful men, and reform the reprobate heart.  So we preach repentance of sins, and faith in the work of Christ on the cross, to justify men to God, and save their souls from the flames of Hell.