Roundup

When people suppress the truth of God in unrighteousness and don’t honor him or give thanks to him, he gives them over to bad things.  He didn’t give them over to square dancing, but to things like homosexual behavior, the utter denial of God’s created order.   It is unloving and sinful to pretend that he approves of their desires and to affirm those living by those delusions. 

Romans 1:26–27 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

Romans 1:32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

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Disney’s Child-Predator Problem

Corrollary: Learn a trade, work hard, and we’ll use your money to pay off AOC’s college debt.

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Biden Family Corruption Update for April 7, 2022 « Lawrence Person’s BattleSwarm Blog — The media is now trying the pathetic approach of “Yeah, but it wouldn’t have impacted the election anyway, so it is no big deal that we actively covered up the story in 2020.” In a way, they are right, because the Dems would have just manufactured more fake votes for Biden. Those “journalists” should be fired and then jailed.

Now that the Hunter Biden dam has finally burst for the MSM, we’re finally getting the “Hey, the Biden family sure seems to be involved in a lot of shady business deals” stories we should have gotten well before the 2020 election if the media weren’t so in the tank for Democrats.

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The Brian Houston & Hillsong Cornucopia of False Doctrine, Abuse, Obfuscation & Money Generation — Why did it take so long to realize what frauds they were?

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More Thoughts on “The Chosen” Series — No interest in this series. Just read the Bible (or listen to it), and don’t add to or take away from it.

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Why the left really wants to sexualize your kids. — Many school districts have few children who can read or write and have no marketable skills, but the Left wants to make sure they hate others (if they are black) or hate themselves (if they are white), and above all, to follow every sexual perversion the Left dreams up and not to tell their parents.  And we pay for all this with our taxes. Get your kids out of government schools and away from these groomers, and vote for real conservatives to be on your school boards.

A nice one-two punch was developed. Kids learn key concepts of Critical Race Theory, which encourage them to hate themselves and their peers because their skin color makes them complicit in systemic oppression. The kids who are marginalizing others with their mere existence are then offered the opportunity to pick new, safe identities from a batch of made-up genders and sexualities. They’re encouraged to hide this from their parents, whose bigotry won’t allow them to understand.

Related: California School Creates ‘Transition Closet’; Allows Students To ‘Swap Out’ Of Clothes ‘Parents Approve Of’

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FBI Kidnapping Caper Was Flagrant Election Interference — Yep. You can’t trust them.

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The anti-war Left should have loved Trump.

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This is child abuse. Those kids have been implicitly and explicitly told to listen to their teachers and to trust them.

16 thoughts on “Roundup”

  1. More memes for me to capture!

    I wrote an article about Hillsong for the Personal Freedom Outreach Journal two years ago and posted about it on my blog at;
    https://watchmansbagpipes.blogspot.com/2020/09/hillsong-article.html
    If anyone is interested in a copy, I have 12 copies left for giving away.

    “The Chosen” series was meant as a feel-good story, and that’s the reaction so many Christians have about it. But it is really full of unbiblical nonsense and blasphemy. Thanks for linking to my post.

    The LEFT is the reason everyone should abandon public schools. The teachers and administrations a mostly evil groomers and perverts.

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    1. I never watch TV, so I hadn’t heard much about “The Chosen.” So glad you wrote about it!

      Yes, and even if most of the Left weren’t groomers, their open season on perverting little kids is a magnet to pedos and the like.

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      1. We watch very little TV (just rabbit ear antenna) and us it mostly to watch DVDs. Never say The Chosen but kept coming across news items an people posting it on Facebook so I just had to start posting about it; I link to many articles from my blog and have posted a bit more about it. So sad that so many Christians are loving it.

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  2. First, I want to comment on the bear thing. I thought of my own childhood and I do have memories of my life prior to my fifth birthday. That “milestone” was when we moved from Brookfield, IL to Schaumburg, IL, where I did most of my biological growing up (if you know what I mean). Thus, I am aware of many memories from Brookfield, when I was four yrs old and younger. (Won’t try to tie any particular memory to any particular age)

    Anyway, like so many, I had a teddy bear (I think his name was “Ted”, but I don’t know if I gave him that name or if it’s how he introduced himself). I have fond memories of seeing him hung by his ears on the clothes line after Mom washed my vomit off of him.

    All the buildup was just for that. Apparently I puked on him several times.

    More seriously, I watched the first two seasons of The Chosen. I like it. At least so far. I’ve seen nothing which causes me any concern. That’s not to say I would have approved of every minute, but unless no word is uttered which wasn’t also in any of the many versions of Scripture means one must flee from it…well…I absolutely disagree.

    There’s nothing new about the concept of trying to take a historical figure and “fleshing out” the figure’s humanity. And what are we taught about Christ but that He was both man and God. He was tempted, He suffered, He died. No doubt somewhere along the line He laughed and enjoyed the company of others. We know He worked before His ministry. We know He had a family with siblings. I’ve seen no liberties taken which detract from Scripture, other than perhaps to condense or otherwise focus differently on especially minor points.

    Here’s one possible point with which one might contend: The second season ends with Christ about to give the Sermon on the Mount. He is depicted going over His sermon with Matthew, having him take notes and read them back, sometimes making suggestions…which to me is portrayed as if Jesus is already intending to act accordingly. What gives me the slightest pause is the very notion that Jesus would need to think it over, rather than simply speak the sermon extemporaneously. Is there some Biblical reason we must presume the latter is absolute and the former would have been unnecessary?

    Doctrine-wise, I haven’t seen anything that troubles me. They’re only two seasons in and not a whole lot of Christ’s teachings has taken place, except in very small ways toward His disciples. But one thing that rankles critics is Matthew being depicted as having Asperger’s Syndrome or some similar disorder. There’s obviously no mention of any of the apostles being afflicted with any disorders which aren’t of the soul. So what? One supportive article I read suggested this artistic license suggest the practice of God to call on the less than perfect, as has been the case since the early Old Testament.

    Now, I’m no Biblical scholar. Neil, Glenn, Stan and a few others seem to have a far better ability to recall far more verses from memory than I ever could. But it’s not like I haven’t done a cover to cover, and again, nothing I’ve seen causes me to believe this series should be shunned. I read many criticisms, most of which I find without solid basis and most of them makes me wonder if they’re based on actual viewing of the series. Dallas Jenkins has done a brief video response to the more serious charges against the series and I believe he addressed them satisfactorily. And that was at a time when I was wondering if I should flee as well. One thing he insists on is that no one regard watching it as a replacement for studying Scripture directly.

    At the same time, I wish you and Glenn would actually watch it and then present your reviews. I’d be very much interested. You could get the app and watch it on your phone or laptop, and you may still be able to watch for free. (I haven’t paid a dime yet. Still deciding on that.)

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    1. Thanks for the bear story! I like that guy’s videos, and that one struck me as particularly funny.

      I appreciate your background on the Chosen, but I’m just not a TV/movie watcher. I can see how someone like you with discernment may not be swayed, but others will think that is what the real Jesus was like and miss his teachings. I understand the poetic license thing. Even the movies with word-for-word representations of the Gospels have to deal with that.

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    2. I don’t need to watch pornography to comment on it. I’ve read too many reviews of the absolute unbiblical nonsense found in “The Chosen” to ever consider wasting time financing something produced by Mormons.

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      1. Glenn,

        I’ve read several myself and that’s why I can speak on both the movie and those reviews. Just because something is portrayed not as precisely as Scripture, that doesn’t mean it is not Biblical. The three of us know full well how a supposedly “serious and prayerful” study of Scripture can leave someone with a less than accurate understanding. So if that’s a problem for some who are of the world, a film adaption like this is unlikely to do further or worse harm. It’s just not as bad as the naysayers have portrayed it as being, even with minor areas which I find slightly problematic. And given Dallas Jenkins warns against using his work as a replacement for one actually reading and studying Scripture, there’s no excuse for anyone to be led astray as a result. What’s more, I don’t even believe it’s all that likely anyone would.

        So again, having watched two seasons, and having read the criticisms, I can confidently state the criticisms are goofy and unworthy of placing too much of one’s faith in them over watching the series one’s self and then deciding. I like movies and other dramatizations about Biblical stories. I’ll continue to check them out. I continue to look forward to the sequel to The Passion of the Christ, as well.

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      2. Art,
        When you show God in the flesh as having to rehearse a sermon, that is blasphemy.

        The producer is a Moron, and Jenkins claims that Mormons and Christians worship the same Jesus. These two things by themselves show that money from the movie is ending up with the LDS and people are being deceived as to the Mormons being Christian.

        You have Jenkins claiming a direct revelation from God for his script!!!!

        Have you seen this video:
        https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=34616

        How about this article exposing the trash in the series?
        https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=34462

        Even Jenkins says that 95% of the series isn’t from the Bible. There is so much wrong with this series that I find it disturbing that any Christian would recommend it or waste their personal time with it.

        As for “The Passion….”, that is just as bad if not worse; it’s nothing but Papist theology. I watched it for apologetics purposes and found it to be an abomination:
        https://watchmansbagpipes.blogspot.com/2018/01/movie-review-passion-of-christ.html

        And yet Christians every where praise it.

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      3. I would also say that I don’t believe we are risking anything by a respectful and sincere attempt to dramatize the life of Christ. I don’t regard it as a graven image, but a sincere desire to evangelize, even if done poorly, until it can be proven to be something less.

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  3. I would also say that I don’t believe we are risking anything by a respectful and sincere attempt to dramatize the life of Christ. I don’t regard it as a graven image, but a sincere desire to evangelize, even if done poorly, until it can be proven to be something less.

    I whole-heartedly agree, but neither “The Chosen” nor “The Passion of the Christ” are valuable for evangelism. Both have many theological errors and both are only to appeal to emotions–“feel good theology”

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  4. I watched Glenn’s video and found it wanting. The main problem with both the video and Glenn’s review of Gibson’s movie is no more than a matter of artistic license. Both seem to think because something presented is not also presented in Scripture, it is unworthy and likely to lead people astray. But this is only true if people are not willing to truly study Scripture and instead use these or any other film adaptions as a kind of Cliff Notes.

    The dude in the video makes too much of too much. Peter calling John the Baptist “Creepy John” isn’t blasphemy. Who wouldn’t wonder about a guy who dresses the Baptist did and lived in the desert eating bugs?

    And apparently we’re to imagine Peter was a saint his whole life and not a regular guy who even after spending a year or two with Christ denied Him when the heat was on. It’s an absurd argument and this guy scrapes the barrel to find fault.

    When listening to this guy’s complaints about details, such as the chronology of the selection of Apostles, I’m reminded of all the scholars who speak of the differences between the Gospels and how those differences are exploited by unbelievers to discredit them all.

    I’m also amazed that anyone would suggest that Jenkins is insisted he had direct conversation with God is referring to his belief God is calling him to make this series. It is not uncommon for ministers to speak of being called. But Jenkins is having actual conversations? Please!

    I will admit my own reservations about the involvement of Mormons. But the part where Jenkins speaks of a Mormon not speaking publicly about an issue is not the same as admitting he was including Mormon belief, or intending to do so. This guy in the video is really doing some serious cherry-picking and I think his reasons are his animus toward Mormons or the fear of promoting Mormons as real Christians. Many Christians refer to all people as brothers and until there’s some specific mention by Jenkins that he believes they are no more flawed in their belief than any true Christian denomination, I caution against making accusations.

    The dude makes assumptions about why apostles are depicted as they are. Specifically, he insists it’s to make us all believe we’re not so bad because these guys are goofy, too. That’s absurd. It would indict Scripture itself given God’s penchant for calling on flawed people throughout Scripture. In this, it’s no different in depicting God continuing to call on flawed people to do His work. So the writers take license in choosing how to depict them as flawed. So what?

    I’m not without my own concerns. But I’ve had them with all dramatizations of Scripture. And the more closely one tries to stick to only that which shows up in chapter and verse, the more of a waste of time it was to even make the film. Just offer the Book itself if that’s what you’re going to do.

    I could address every point the guy in the video made and resolve them just fine. He really makes no argument which isn’t just proof of intent to disparage the film first…as in, I’ve decided not to like it, now I’m going to watch and find reasons why everyone else should dislike it, too. Yeah, it’s imperfect. Sue them. Or just focus on encouraging people to study the actual Bible and not pretend they don’t need to if they watch any dramatic presentation like this. It’s absurd.

    Now that I think about it, I would love if someone who watched without ever reading Scripture believed something untrue because of the film. What a great opportunity to teach them the truth. Such a case would be justification of the film as having given an atheist, agnostic or ambivalent person interest in the Truth. God works in mysterious ways. Be ready to guide such people when He gives you the opportunity.

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    1. So the fact that Jenkins specifically state that God spoke to him and said He wouldn’t let Jenkins “screw it up”, and that Jenkins says 95% of the movie is not in the Bible doesn’t bother you?!?!

      The screenwriter and film director have the actors portraying Jesus and his disciples doing things they never did.

      So “artistic license” makes this okay? I guess we really need to make people feel good about Jesus; he could be a boyfriend!

      The whole purpose of the show is to have people experience an authentic Jesus.. Authentic?!?!?! A Jesus who has to rehearse his sermons?? I consider that blasphemy.

      Having Mary Magdalene being raped by a Roman soldier doesn’t bother you? Such a thing isn’t even hinted at in the Bible.

      We’re shown that the disciples are in charge of producing the speaking events Jesus (e.g., crowd control, distributing flyers for his events, setting up a stage complete with curtains for his presentation of the Sermon on the Mount). Do the Scriptures tells us that the wardrobe of Jesus for his stage appearance was decided upon by four women? Did Jesus, along with his mother, pine for his stepfather Joseph before his preaching on the Mount…or anywhere else in Scripture? Was Matthew, as seen throughout the series, the continual script advisor regarding the content of the sermons and teachings of Jesus? Did Jesus anxiously have to rehearse his preaching before delivering his teachings to the crowd? All those things are found in The Chosen. They are not only missing from God’s Word, their inclusion amounts to blasphemy—that is, a blatant mischaracterization of God manifest in the flesh.

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      1. “So the fact that Jenkins specifically state that God spoke to him and said He wouldn’t let Jenkins “screw it up”, and that Jenkins says 95% of the movie is not in the Bible doesn’t bother you?!?!”

        Only if I took it the way you’re taking it. I don’t because he sounded like so many people who say they believe God was calling them, such as any number of ministers about whom you wouldn’t question if you heard them speak in that manner.

        “So “artistic license” makes this okay? I guess we really need to make people feel good about Jesus; he could be a boyfriend!”

        Depends on exactly what scene you wish to reference. But it depends even more so on what the producers intended by writing a scene as they did. You got any specific insights as to such things? The best I’ve seen is a desire to provide a faithful portrayal and I don’t believe I need to crap on the work simply because of some flaws…unless you can prove they were intentionally intended to present a non-Christian view.

        By the same token, I believe all people should feel good about Jesus. Don’t you? There’s much about Him compels my feeling good about Him. Don’t you feel good about Him?

        “Authentic?!?!?! A Jesus who has to rehearse his sermons?? I consider that blasphemy.”

        Why? Scripture tells us Jesus was both God and man. We know He lost His temper, we know He expressed frustration with His disciples, we know He was tempted and we know He experienced fear and dread. All very human emotions and responses to that happening around Him and to Him. Do think He had to practice at being a good carpenter, or He knew how to do it without the least bit of training?

        I had never given any thought to whether or not He thought about how He would deliver His Sermon on the Mount. I guess I would have suggested it was completely extemporaneous….totally off the cuff. But despite how it was depicted in the film, I don’t really think it’s the least bit blasphemous to suppose He thought about it beforehand, even if the scene takes it a bit far in one’s mind. Blasphemy? Nonsense.

        So tell me…how did thousands of people know Jesus was going to give any sermon at all? Do you really think it all that odd to suppose His closest followers were in some way involved in the proceedings? There were no logistical considerations at all?

        Just because Scripture doesn’t give details about the events it relates, doesn’t mean we can assume it happened just as written, as if nothing at all happens in between the many events depicted therein. From what I’ve seen, there’s no real “adding or subtracting” from the teachings of Jesus. The criticisms, even when legit and justified, are overwrought in how they’re presented, making them much worse than they are.

        I would love to hear any of my non-religious friends or acquaintances were watching it. It could be a great opportunity to guide them toward Scripture. But unless they were looking to pick a fight, I doubt they’d even get hung up on anything critics are holding up as dangerous.

        Look…this isn’t Braveheart level inaccuracies here. This is an imperfect guy producing an imperfect presentation about the life of Christ and I would not suppose it should be left to any movie or TV show to be a main impact on anyone’s belief or disbelief. Keep in mind…and this is of greatest importance…even Jenkins himself says his work is not intended to replace Scriptural study.

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