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Priscilla Shirer’s dangerous and false teaching

Priscilla Shirer is a famous Christian author, and far too many people (primarily women) buy her books and believe her nonsense. She equates the Bible with hand-me-down clothes and insists that God must give you something fresh and new. And even if you get it wrong, you should keep claiming to speak for God. You’d have to be biblically ignorant not to immediately dismiss her false teachings. She’s a clever wolf, actively teaching you to ignore the Bible and go with your own feelings of what God is supposedly telling you directly.  That won’t turn out well.

Years ago we were members of a generally solid Bible-believing Baptist church.  However, the women’s group studied one of Shirer’s books that claimed to teach you how to hear from God. That’s nonsensical on its face, of course, as if God isn’t speaking to you, there is nothing to hear, and if God is speaking to you, then you couldn’t miss it if you tried.  She turned the story of Samuel on its head, claiming that Samuel needed to learn how to hear from God.  Sadly, the pastors were reluctant to get involved and correct the women.

Shirer has made a career out of her false teaching.  Via Priscilla Shirer Attacks the Bible as ‘Hand-me-down Revelation’:

In the clip, she is saying that having a preacher teach the scripture is insufficient and not personalized enough, that it gets stale, old, and is a mark of immaturity to not seek more. In contrast, it is a sign of growth and wisdom to want more than that, and so seek some “revelation” that is new, fresh, and personalized just for you.

Speaking within the context of receiving clothing hand-me-downs, Shirer creates the analogy by recounting how one year as a young girl she was not excited to get hand-me-downs, because the clothes “had not been specifically chosen for me.”

“And I’ve been okay with hand-me-downs with secondhand clothes all of these years, but all of a sudden I want of my own stuff. I wanted something to come with my name on it that had specifically been chosen for me. There ought to come a time in your relationship with the Lord, when hand-me-down revelation just doesn’t do it for you anymore.

There ought to come a little bit of disconcerting, a little bit of maturity in your walk with God where you become a little bit unsettled to only be spoon-fed the Word of God from someone else to you.

Now, we thank God for our pastors and our teachers and our leaders that help us to rightly divide the word of truth *but* there ought to come a time in your life where you’ve decided, “You know what? I want fresh revelation with my name on it that has come straight from God’s Spirit for my life.”

As with most false teachers, Shirer doesn’t want you to read the Bible.  Why?  Because you might realize how anti-biblical her teachings are!  The more you read the Bible, the more you’ll realize how awful she is. 

Pray for discernment in the church and that people would read the Bible more.  And never trust Christian bookstores.

Here’s my lesson on decision making and the will of God and hearing from God.

A great summary of the Covid fiasco

Here is a thorough summary of what really happened, why Fauci should be in jail, and, as if you need more reasons, why you should never trust Democrats or the media. An enemy of our country designed this virus with some of our money, it has caused trillions of $ in losses and incalculable damage to people, and the villains tried to cover it up. And they almost succeeded. Will anyone learn from this?

Source: It’s Clear Now Anthony Fauci Isn’t A Fool, He’s A Villain

On Jan. 1, 2020, Fauci received a credible warning from a professor at the Scripps Research Institute, Kristian Anderson, that some of SARS-COV-2’s features “(potentially) look engineered” and that she and her colleagues “all find the genome inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory.”

Fauci later blasted the “lab origin theory” as completely uncredible, leading the entire media-industrial complex to deride theories of bio-engineering or even the idea the virus might have leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. His assurance, despite now finding it safe to backtrack on saying he’s “not completely confident” of SARS-2’s natural origin, was doubtless a major factor in Facebook banning posts supporting the lab origin theory.

That’s just one among many lies he’s spun since SARS-COV-2 reached our shores. It was clear from almost the beginning that Fauci was not just a benevolent science bureaucrat “trying to figure it out,” not just a bumbling idiot, but someone willing to put the entire nation through a punishing social and medical experiment, to gaslight the public time and time again to keep it going, and then bask in the sycophancy of Democratic Party lawmakers and the media while millions suffered needlessly. That’s the sort of thing we expect from the villains of political thrillers, not well-intentioned public servants who are just trying to “follow the science.”

Students 100 years from now might be forgiven for thinking Fauci was an invented boogeyman. Deceit is a classic character trait of fictional antagonists, and Fauci is, as one popular (now Twitter-banned) lockdown skeptic put it, a “one-man highlight reel of mendacity.”

Time Management

Time management may seem like a more secular topic, but everything we have is a gift from God, and we should be good stewards of our treasures, talents, and time. 

I learned a long time ago that I inevitably forget some things if I don’t write them down.  So I have two simple rules I follow for any to-dos:

  1. Write them on a list.
  2. Look at the list daily.

That’s it. I’ve used an app called Todoist for years on my PC and my phone.  It lets me quickly add any to-dos to various categories.  It is easy to assign dates and make to-dos recurring if necessary.  I use it for work tasks, for lists of things I want to tell my supervisor, team, or individual employees, for birthdays and anniversaries, for house maintenance things, for various lists such as what to pack for different kinds of trips, and much more.  When in doubt, something goes in Todoist.  I highly encourage people to have a system like this.  Forgetting important things can be very costly in terms of your productivity and reputation, not to mention that it isn’t a great way of loving your neighbors. 

But my biggest time-savers are avoiding social media, computer games, and watching little if any TV.  I used to watch a lot more TV, especially sports, but when we had kids, I phased out of much of that without really thinking about it.  Then I realized that I didn’t get that much value out of what I was watching, and it was easier to cut back more. I’m too compulsive with computer games as well, so I avoid those.  If you can’t do things in moderation, cut them out completely.  I did that with Twitter.  I tried just taking a month off here and there to see if I could go back to it in a less compulsive way, but it never worked (OCD isn’t just a disorder, it’s a lifestyle).  So I deleted my account. Later I got rid of Facebook, partly due to the time-wasting and partly because I learned more about what they do and how they do it.  No regrets.

I also found that scaling back on news consumption saved time and reduced stress.  We live in an unprecedented time where we unwittingly feel that we are omniscient, in that we think we know everything that is going on in the world in real-time, and omnipotent, in that if we go rant on Twitter that we’ve done something about it.  And the repetition of analyzing the same stories can be pointless.  I like being informed on current events, but I’ve learned to limit my time with the news cycles.

I’m not pressing all those views on you, but I encourage you to do an inventory of where you spend your time and think carefully about it. 

If you aren’t reading the Bible and praying regularly, it is because you have decided not to.  You may think you don’t have enough time, but what you are saying is that everything you do – all day, every day – is more important than that, and that God designed the universe without giving you enough time to hear from him or talk to him.  So watching one hour of TV instead of two each night (or playing fewer computer games, or whatever) will free up an entire hour for something more meaningful and lasting.

And be creative with your time.  Most of us spend a lot of time in the car, so instead of listening to secular music all the time, try listening to the audio Bible (free downloads at Bible.is) or to Christian Podcasts.  Redeem your commute!

I took social media apps off my phone and then got off them altogether, because I wasted way too much time checking them.  Instead, I pick up my phone and do Bible verse memorization with my Bible Memory app.  It is a much better use of time.  I know that many Christians live in fear of offending others, but if you use social media, I encourage you to try to work in some Christian truths where you can.  Bible verses, links to sound articles defending the faith, etc., will signal to non-believers that you are a safe person to come to if they have questions about God. 

My wife jokes that I’m like the guy in the Cheaper By The Dozen movie, who automated everything he touched.  My approach is that if you do something regularly, figure out how to do it in the fewest possible steps.  For example, I try to learn every meaningful shortcut I can on any computer software.

Time is a precious gift from God.  Use it wisely. 

A simple tip when comforting others: Don’t try to be profound

2 Corinthians 1:3–5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.

Christians are uniquely equipped to comfort others, and it is one of the great gifts you can give to your friends.

We can get tongue-tied when trying to comfort others, as we don’t know what to say or we may fear that we’ll say the wrong thing.  A friend asked me how to approach someone who had been diagnosed with cancer because he was worried about saying the wrong thing.  He asked me because he knew my cancer history.  My advice was to just be there and keep it simple.  More than that, I encouraged him not to feel like he had to say something profound.  That really resonated with him and took the pressure off.  He had felt like he had to say something that would make it all better. 

So here’s my simple advice for illnesses, deaths or other hardships: Don’t try to be profound and all-encompassing.  Just listen and love.  Ask how they are feeling.  Offer to do specific things for them There is a big difference between “Let me know if I can do anything” and “What specifically can I do to help you?” But don’t let your fear of saying the wrong thing keep you from reaching out.

Prayer Mate App

The Prayer Mate app is a key part of my daily devotional routine, which currently looks like this:

Morning

  1. Read a page from The Valley of Vision, a book of Puritan prayers.  These guys were intense and motivating.
  2. Go through my PrayerMate app.  I have it set up with various categories, such as adoration, confession, gratitude, family, church, evangelism, current requests, etc., so I get a mix of prayer topics each day. 
  3. Read a chapter of the Bible plus commentary notes.  I love the chronological Bible reading plan or a plan that rotates between genres (i.e., the Pentateuch, history, Psalms, Proverbs, Gospel, letters, etc.).  This gets me through the Bible every 1.5 – 2 years.  When I finish, I start afresh the next day. 
  4. Work through some memory verses on the Bible Memory app.  Some days I do more than others.  If I have downtime during the day I’ll go through verses then as well.

Evening

  1. Read another chapter of the Bible plus commentary notes.

I’m not good at “freestyle” praying. Having an app like this gives me the structure I need. It also reminds me to check in on people for whom I’ve been praying. You can easily add categories and individual prayer items. Best of all, it is free!

Universal Basic Income will be even more disastrous than the “stimulus” checks

The stimulus bills were horrific.  They gave billions to people who didn’t need it.  The rest wouldn’t have needed money if we would have just let them work instead of requiring the foolish lock-downs.  They led to huge staffing problems, as many companies couldn’t get people to work once they got their checks.  This will be many times worse with Universal Basic Income.  Once you start giving away money like this you can’t go back.  Each party will try to one-up the other in “generosity.”  It will destroy this nation at an even more rapid rate.
And the huge child credits will just lead to more out-of-wedlock births. We already have too many people thinking that fornication is a money-maker.  Why increase the incentives? More here — Taxpayer-guaranteed annual income for families will be a 2022 election issue

Leftism literally causes mental disorders

And I mean literally literally.

This has gone on for decades, with Leftists pushing abortion and insisting that it causes no guilt for women. But unless you are a psychopath, you can’t kill another human being – let alone your own child — without psychological consequences. People will try to repress the guilt, but there is a reason that great works of fiction such as Crime and Punishment, Macbeth and The Telltale Heart explore the theme of people trying to rationalize their sins yet failing to do so.

Then there is the “trans” craze, where Leftists actually encourage children to destroy their bodies and their fertility by undergoing radical medical treatments and surgeries. And in purely Satanic moves they block parents from getting their children counseling to overcome their delusions and they try to silence anyone who dares to state the obvious about this mental illness.

Then there is the impact of the climate change hoax, where the Leftists pretend that we can control the earth’s temperature with a virtual thermostat while ignoring that they have no plans to deal with China, India or Russia, who have no intention to derail their economics because the earth might be getting a little warmer.

Witness the congresswoman who is not only gullible and dense but an atrocious parent: ‘The Earth Is On Fire And We’re All Going To Die Soon’: Dem Rep Pleads With Thunberg For Advice For Her Panicked 9-Year-Old Daughter | The Daily Wire. Why didn’t the mother just tell her that it is a political power-grab and nothing to lose sleep over? She could point out how Bill Gates just bought a $43 million beach house and how countless “woke” celebrities buy beach properties as well. They obviously have no fear of rising oceans, and neither should the 9 year old. Oh, and why would you ask a slow-witted 18 yr. old puppet for parenting advice?

Finally, witness how CNN has been caught on video admitting that they deliberately increase fear in their audience for profit: Project Veritas: CNN Insider Admits They Hyped COVID Death Toll, It’s “Gangbusters For Ratings” | Video | RealClearPolitics. Got that? Those kind, loving Leftists are deliberately driving people into mental illness just to make a few more dollars. And yet they stereotype Conservatives as the greedy ones. I know otherwise smart and logical people who are still distancing and wearing masks even though vaccinated, and they concede that they don’t know when they’ll be able to live normally again. So many people suffered despair and crushing loneliness because of the superfluous lock-downs. But the Left didn’t care, because the elites didn’t miss a thing.

Liberalism is a mental disorder, and in its malevolence it literally causes mental disorders.

Update: Great timing — now there is this: Progressive white women report high levels of mental illness in 2020 Pew survey | WINTERY KNIGHT

Leftists do NOT care about children

They don’t care if you crush and dismember them before they are born. In fact, their #1 goal is ensuring that it is legal to do that to their first breath and that you be forced to pay to have others kill their children.

If they are born, they don’t care if the children have fathers in the home, even though that is devastating for families.

Once the children are born, the Leftists only care about unrestricted access to brainwash and pervert your children and to subvert your rights to parent them properly. And they want you to pay for the brainwashing.

The “trans” craze is the latest example. Deep down everyone knows you can’t change your sex and that even trying is just rebellion against God. The Leftist ghouls want to hurry up and destroy these children before they grow out of the social contagion phase. They won’t be there to comfort the children when they realize what horrible mistakes they’ve made.

Why don’t conservatives use and promote options to big tech?

Oh, I know they complain about Facebook, Twitter and Google. But I’ve seen countless conservative individuals, organizations and churches continue to just use those entities for their social media . How hard would it be to add icons for MeWe, Parler and Gab on their web pages and to copy and paste their content there? BTW, I’m on those as Eternity Matters though I don’t use them much these days.

And why use Google search when you can use DuckDuckGo? It will give you much more meaningful search results.

Yes, I know those platforms don’t have the same volume yet, but how will they grow if just left to die? Keep feeding and promoting them and then maybe you’ll be comfortable quitting the major apps altogether. Why keep profiting people who hate you?

Here’s some good news:

Here’s some good news: Anti-Facebook MeWe continues its user growth surge | ZDNet

Daisy the French Bulldog artist

My wife was painting and Daisy “slightly” overestimated her leaping abilities and landed in the paint tray, then produced this timeless treasure.  She was an amazing dog but we had to put her down in December due to some serious health issues.  She was my napping buddy through two serious series of chemotherapy treatments.  Frenchies are a high maintenance breed but never fail to entertain.

Memorizing Scripture

If you want to memorize Bible verses I highly recommend the Bible Memory software.  The online version is free and the app is inexpensive.  You pick the verses you want, then you can practice typing over them, filling in every other word or typing them from memory.  You have the option to just type the first letter of the word, which is a huge time-saver. 

I am not good at memorizing, but this app has made all the difference.  It takes a lot of repetition for me to remember passages, but eventually I get there.  I’ve been able to memorize over 1,000 verses, including individual verses, short passages, the Sermon on the Mount, the Book of Philippians, Romans 8, the Book of Jude and more. 

Just start small and select a few verses.  You’ll pick up momentum and confidence, and you’ll be surprised how often God gives you opportunities to use the verses you’ve memorized, either reminding yourself of them or sharing his truth with others.

If you remember the book of the Bible from where you got the passage, that’s helpful, and chapters and verses are a bonus.  But as you probably know, the chapter breaks and verses weren’t in the originals.  The New Testament quotes the Old Testament many times but makes no attempt to even note the book being quoted.  Hebrews 2:6 even says, “It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him?”  The verse quoted Psalm 8 but just noted that it was “testified somewhere.” 

I think you’ll be blessed if you make it a practice to learn more and more verses and passages.  And as I cycle back through verses I’ve memorized I try to meditate on what they mean, in context.  I have to fight the urge to do rote memorization, as if I was trying to remember Pi to 100 places. 

Aside from memorizing important theological truths, you can use the app to memorize handy lists, such as the names of the 12 tribes of Israel (Exodus 1:2-4), the names of the 12 apostles (Matthew 10:2-4), the books of Bible (you can edit a verse to add the list), the names of the seven “ites” living in the Promised Land (Canaanites, Hittites, etc. – Joshua 3:10), the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-19) and others. 

I go through some verses as part of my morning devotional time and and other times during the day.  I have no social media apps on my phone.  Instead I can read the Bible or go through memory verses if I have free time or am stuck somewhere like the doctor’s office. 

If you aren’t already doing so, give it a try!

Never Let Leftists get away with the “white supremacist” canard

The latest serial lie in the Leftist playbook is to call anyone on the right a white supremacist. Just note their latest talking points. But never let them get away with that slander. Just respond like this to any charges of racism or white supremacy:

Unrestricted abortions are the #1 priority of the Left, and they kill black children at a rate three times that of whites. If advocating for that isn’t racism and “white supremacy” then nothing is.

And if that doesn’t shut them up, feel free to bring up how Republicans support school choice that disproportionately helps blacks, how illegals take the jobs of low-income blacks and suppress the wages of remaining jobs, how Democrats just use them for votes but haven’t really done anything for them, how despite the media lies the police kill whites as often as blacks, they want to disarm blacks so they can’t defend themselves while the elite Leftists have armed guards, they try to destroy successful conservative blacks, they are proven to talk down to blacks whereas conservatives do not, etc.

As Thomas Sowell said, the Left did what slavery and oppression could not: Destroy the black family.

Want to help race relations? Get involved in prison or pregnancy center ministries.

I originally wrote this in 2017 but it seems even more relevant this year.

Race had nothing to do with why I got involved in those ministries.  I’ll share the Gospel with anyone, whether you are a black convicted murderer or the best-behaved white pagan in the free world.  And I want to help save unborn children from murder regardless of their skin color.

But the nature of these ministries is such that it is mostly whites serving mostly minorities.  And as a fantastic by-product of sharing the love and truth of Christ with these folks it does marvelous things for race relations.  It pushes a giant reset button on those who have been wounded because of their race and/or steeped in their own racism.

It has changed countless prison environments, where skinheads and Black Panther-types have become friends and led their respective gangs to change.

I’ve seen countless inmates and even volunteers note how the ministries radically changed how they view others, and how they repented of their racism.

I know a guy from prison ministry who was in the Aryan Brotherhood.   I saw him in action many times as a leader of the Christian groups inside prison and in the ways he is giving back now that he’s out of prison.  Let’s just say that he wasn’t transformed by the power of virtue-signaling social media posts.   

I realize that the race-baiting professionals of the Left — including the “Christian” Left — want to improve race relations as much as McDonald’s wants to sell less hamburgers.  If your movement demands tax-funded abortions to the child’s 1st breath that kill blacks at a rate three times that of whites and Hispanics at twice the rate, then you’ll have a tough time convincing me you really care about them.  But authentic Christians really do want to see improvements.   And ministries like these make it happen.

It is remarkably safe to say “Nazis are bad!” or “racism is bad” on Facebook in 2017 2020 in the U.S.  If you really want to do something about race relations — and more importantly, the Gospel — try something more substantial.  Look into your local pregnancy resource center or prison ministries, or anything similar that shares the love and truth of Christ with minorities – and non-minorities.

I almost went back on facebook . . .

But I just can’t handle the stupid.

I’ve toyed with getting back on, mainly for convenience of certain things that are only on FB (a few communications things), but when I was logged on to my wife’s account this weekend to check something I saw too many depressingly stupid posts by some of her FB friends.

One was a rather ironic meme about how people couldn’t believe Trump was elected after making fun of the disabled reporter. Of course several people chimed in with righteous indignation and Trump Derangement Syndrome to agree with the person who posted it There were a few sizable problems with all this.

  1. It never happened. Even though wolves like Rachel Held Evans were debunked for repeating that vicious lie, it is still being spread four years later by the ignorant and/or malicious.
  2. Since it is truly fake news and violates the written standards of Facebook and Twitter, why don’t they delete those memes and block the accounts of those who post it? Oh, right, shameless hypocrisy.
  3. Even if Trump mocked the disabled reporter, which is worse, making fun of someone or killing them? The Trump haters are pro-abortion zealots who rejoice that abortion can reduce Down Syndrome cases, for example, by killing children with it before they are born. The person posting the meme actually has a special needs child but doesn’t realize the incongruity of her belief system. So Trump didn’t make fun of the disabled person but these people ghoulishly let the unborn be killed because of their disabilities – or any other reason! Because love is love, right?
  4. These ignorant Leftists know nothing about Biden’s evils (his lies about the accident that killed his first wife and child, the way he married he current wife, how he called someone fat for daring to ask him a real question, how he sold out U.S. interests to China, and so much more).

So I’m going to stay off of FB for now.