1 John 2 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave useternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
Anti-Catholic or Pro-Gospel? — Answer: Pro-Gospel. A great list of questions to ask. By their own words, Catholics should consider Protestants as anathema. As I am quick to graciously tell people, I’m not offended if they think I’m wrong. I just want them to be fair and not get snippy because I think they are wrong. Let’s look at our common source of truth, the Bible!
If anyone says that the Catholic doctrine of justification as set forth by the holy council in the present decree, derogates in some respect from the glory of God or the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ, and does not rather illustrate the truth of our faith and no less the glory of God and of Christ Jesus, let him be anathema. (Canon 33)
This is the heart of the issue, isn’t it? The Roman Catholic doctrine of justification, as laid out by the Council of Trent, and as systematized in the canons, does that very thing—it diminishes the glory of God and the merits of Jesus Christ. It adds to Christ’s work. To add anything to Christ’s work is to destroy it altogether.
As I read the canons of the Council of Trent I see a systematic explanation and thorough denial of justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. I see that Rome understands what I believe and declares it anathema. Of course it is her right to do this, but let’s not miss some important implications: Whatever else Rome teaches, she will not teach that we are justified solely by grace through faith in Christ Jesus. If she teaches a gospel that adds to the work of Christ, she teaches a false gospel, doesn’t she? And if Francis is the head of the organization that states this as official doctrine, if he is her chief defender and propagator, I must judge him a false teacher. What else could I do?
Divorce Beltway Style — This is a fascinating and important article that should unite citizens on the Left and Right. We all lose when these influence peddlers buy off both sides. They are taking our money and sharing it. Period. Big Government inevitably leads to this.
“I see lobbying,” Tony Podesta has said, “as getting information in the hands of people who are making decisions so they can make more informed decisions.” Last week the information Tony Podesta was giving was the divorce complaint he had filed in D.C. Court against his wife Heather. The hands receiving that information belonged to a gossip columnist for the Washington Post, who made the “informed decision” to report on it. Later in the day Heather, who is also a lobbyist, informed the Post the text of her counter-suit. It published a follow-up.
The documents, which you can read below, did not become available to the rest of us until yesterday. They tell stories not only of a May-December romance gone sour, but of how obscene wealth can be amassed through rent-seeking and influence-peddling in Washington D.C., and of the hoary means by which the princelings of the capital and their consorts maintain and grow that wealth. They tell stories not only of an ugly divorce, but of the power of lobbying, of how one family maneuvered to the center of the nation’s dominant political party, of the transactional relationships, gargantuan self-regard, and empty posturing that insulates, asbestos-like, the D.C. bubble.
Citizens, Looters, and The Police – Why We Need The 2nd Amendment — The Ferguson fiasco should make even Democrats support the 2nd Amendment.
So that leaves the citizen where? In desperate need of a firearm. The police will either overact massively or they will just let the looters eat you. I’m still reminded of the old 8mm films I saw of the Rodney King Riots in LA. There was one island of LA that wasn’t featured in the film. That ran from Vermont and Pico to 3rd and Olympic. It was Korea Town and it wasn’t seriously looted because the people that lived there organized a citizen’s militia and defended their stores all night long.
When people tell you the 2nd Amendment is outdated, compare what happened in Korea Town during the LA Riots to what happened on La Brea. When people tell you the 2nd Amendment is for troglodytes, remind them that our President was too busy golfing to care that Ferguson, MO was on fire. When people tell you that the 2nd Amendment is for Red Neck Losers, remind them that the Missouri State Police ordered their officers to do nothing while looters attacked and destroyed people’s businesses. There are times when the only protection you have for your life, liberty and property is the weapon you can place in your hands.
The Spasmodic Hercules — great advice. This applies to career, education, parenting health & fitness and especially spiritual growth.
The spasmodic Hercules: this is how many of us behave. We behave as if one moment of great activity can overcome a thousand moments of inactivity, as if one moment of taking hold of opportunity will overcome all those moments wasted. The unglamorous habit of frequency is what makes up so much of life’s progress. Yet we are constantly tempted to put our hope in the brief and the glamorous.
PHOTO COLLECTION: ‘Peaceful Protesters’ Vandalize, Loot & Destroy #Ferguson Businesses — Let’s say you are opening a business and need to decide on a location. Review the pictures at the link knowing that the vendors with damaged stores did nothing wrong but were looted and vandalized because people were mad about some other event. Would that make you more or less likely to want to invest in that area? Explain.
The Rick Perry Veto and Ferguson: Holding the Police State Accountable — The link is meaningful: Public employees who think they are above the law. Aside from having three times the legal limit of alcohol while driving, she abused her power repeatedly to avoid accountability. Then the Leftists doubled down to abuse power again and blame Perry!
She denied: “I wasn’t drunk.”
She threatened: “You all better do something quick ‘cause you all are gonna be in jail, not me.”
She dismissed: “That’s your alls’ problem, not mine.”
She resisted: “Yea I did [kick and pound on doors].
She demanded: “Get these cuffs off my arms.”
She questioned: “What is wrong with you people.”
She belittled: “Because some cop pulled me over.”
She blamed: “You’ve ruined my entire political career.”
But most importantly, she told them who she is, repeatedly: “I’m the district attorney, so you should listen to me.”
And who she believes she can’t possibly be: “Look at me, I’m restrained like a criminal.”
Lehmberg is not unfit to prosecute political corruption because she made the mistake of driving while intoxicated. She is unfit because she holds the belief that earned the Ferguson Police Department national scorn: She believes she is above the law.
What John Quincy Adams Said About Immigration Will Blow Your Mind — Wow. Read it all. I wish we would publish this to the world.
It was explicitly stated to you, and your report has taken just notice of the statement, that the government of the United States has never adopted any measure to encourage or invite emigrants from any part of Europe. It has never held out any incitements to induce the subjects of any other sovereign to abandon their own country, to become inhabitants of this. From motives of humanity it has occasionally furnished facilities to emigrants who, having arrived here with views of forming settlements, have specially needed such assistance to carry them into effect. Neither the general government of the union, nor those of the individual states, are ignorant or unobservant of the additional strength and wealth, which accrues to the nation, by the accession of a mass of healthy, industrious, and frugal laborers, nor are they in any manner insensible to the great benefits which this country has derived, and continues to derive, from the influx of such adoptive children from Germany.
But there is one principle which pervades all the institutions of this country, and which must always operate as an obstacle to the granting of favors to new comers. This is a land, not of privileges, but of equal rights. Privileges are granted by European sovereigns to particular classes of individuals, for purposes of general policy; but the general impression here is that privileges granted to one denomination of people, can very seldom be discriminated from erosions of the rights of others.
Emigrants from Germany, therefore, or from elsewhere, coming here, are not to expect favors from the governments. They are to expect, if they choose to become citizens, equal rights with those of the natives of the country. They are to expect, if affluent, to possess the means of making their property productive, with moderation, and with safety;—if indigent, but industrious, honest and frugal, the means of obtaining easy and comfortable subsistence for themselves and their families.
Immigrants ‘come to a life of independence, but to a life of labor…’
They come to a life of independence, but to a life of labor—and, if they cannot accommodate themselves to the character, moral, political, and physical, of this country, with all its compensating balances of good and evil, the Atlantic is always open to them, to return to the land of their nativity and their fathers.
A Leftist false teacher I know linked to a “progressive Christian” site and added this gem:
“Not for people who are certain they already have all the answers.”
I sent him this private note (probably should have put it on the main FB page but didn’t want to embarrass him in front of his congregants).
Thanks, I think I’ll borrow that line when I link to posts by Bible-believing (read: authentic) Christians. By doing so I can pre-emptively dismiss the views of anyone who disagrees with me as being arrogant because they think they have “all the answers.” Pure passive-aggressive ad hominem gold!