Public reading sham

“Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching.” (1 Timothy 4:13, NASB)

You may not have noticed, but the vast majority of Christians are woefully unfamiliar with the Bible’s narratives and speeches

Note how many times “read” is paired with NOT or NEVER

If people are not even engaging in the public reading of scripture in their own languag, dare we imagine that they understand what the Hebrew and Greek originals actually say? Some basics are not basic at all.

QOTD

If God came into the world to make winners of humans should humans not confess to losing?

Christ came to save sinners.  “Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.”

1 Timothy 1:16, NASB
  • God is not interested in your edenic dining
  • God is not moved by you sinaitic drinking
  • God needs your mortal and decrepit bodies
  • God has been giving his Spirit to people he knows to be prone to fatigue and forgetfulness, subject to change and growth

Yeah but no

Only the people who admit that they are ruined can hope to be registered among Gods people. The genuine vision of God can have only one response and one remedy.

“In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple.” (Isaiah 6:1, NASB)

Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” (Isaiah 6:5, NASB)

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.” (Isaiah 6:6-7, NASB)

Only the blind have the deepest appreciation of eyesight.

Ontario’s Bill 28: an illegal devotion to school

What a sorry example of dedication to learning Ontario’s Minister of Education that he should side with draconian measures to resolve labour issues.   Conservatives are committed to nothing human.  Their north star has been an unwavering attitude that puts business before labourers, corporations before people, nickel and diming consumers and  handing large handouts to businesses before educating themselves about Canada’s diversity.  They surely do not understand the balance between workers and employers or care about bargaining in good faith as a fundamental Canadian value.

Collective Bargaining is not a donut or a cheap bottle of beer

When did conservatives care about children and vulnerable adults in nursing homes, or about citizens terrorized by truckers, or about the priorities  of the Canadian family? Seeking to recoup the revenue lost in the extinction of annual motor vehicle fees by imposing fines on union members who exercise their right to strike is evidence of a conservative plot. Forced labour’s days are believed to have ended, but not in conservative circles.

Will churches, mosques, and synagogues rally behind the shady Ford government’s assault on workers

Premier Ford seemed to have only low opinions about the values which most people believe are the treasures for which Canadian blood was spilt.  In a few days conservatives will be attending Remembrance Day events, sporting poppies and mouthing their veneration of the brave soldiers who gave their lives in service and paid the ultimate price.  If Bill 28 is not repealed we will know that they are hypocrites of the first rank.

Opting out of the Canadian Charter

Let the politicians talk about how patriotic they are and swear how much they are committed to people’s safety and welfare, but when, even once, they seek exemptions from the  Canadian Charter of Rights, we know what hypocrites they are.  Remember when the federal conservatives railed against samesex marriage!  The leader had to be cornered by the press to accept that Canadian law accepts homosexuals as people. Ford opts out twice.

Ford government criminalizes the right to strike

Small government conservatives, guardians of fiscal integrity and diabolical separatists and insurrectionists seem to have few solutions that are not punitive legislation.  The view that business drives the engine of human life is about to be seen again as completely false.  In recent years we have seen how pestilence and weather can cripple business and leave people untouched.   So let the conservatives slander and accuse; their crimes will again be exposed.   The right to choose the size of government and the right to strike may not be popular in conservative and separatist circles, but people will not side with the government against education workers.

October 2022 is a month like any other

People in power like to call upon extraordinary circumstances because they want to do extraordinary things. Extraordinary people and things arise out of ordinary circumstances. How else can they be recognized? The most influential person who ever lived came from a town out of which his contemporaries said nothing good could come. The education minister balances the pandic and economic crises against stripping the rights of labourers saying that these are not ordinary times. The businesses to whom the conservative politicians hope to hand all the switches of power are not to be compared to people. The threat of fines for acting in accordance with Canadian law is despicable and shows the cruelty of conservative concern for valuable people whose wages have fallen by the wayside. Who does the government blame for all the broken services and trust? The same conservatives have been in power for the last four years. Canadian Law ought to be followed by provincial officers.

The brave women of Iran

What do the women under the hijab, scarf, or chador know that the men do not?  I, having served in my several places of employment alongside Muslim women and men, I now want to know what differentiates Muslims in North America from those in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.  It is clear that Iran and Saudi Arabia want to impose some version of Islam in foreign lands.   Letting them get away with that is not surprising, but they are not doing it to say they respect plurality and are ready to reciprocate.  No.  Their lands are sanctuearies of holiness, a holiness than allows them to treat women as second class citizens and worse.  Thank God for the brave women of Iran who are now saying that they prefer death to living under a mullah’s heel.

Life is more than food, drink and clothing

Is it mere coincidence that the leader of an Islamic republic is being called a dictator alongside calls for his death by women as the government uses deadly force to silence protest over its insistence that it has a God-given  right to tell women what  to wear?  What we have to say if we ever have an honest conversation with Islamic women outside of Iran is going to set in stone the truth about how deeply falsehoods have permeated the public discourse.  The chant “God is great” seems to be a precursor to homicide.   Is that what divine greatness is all about? The protest is proof that freedom is not based on rules that people create. I wonder how can it be that the Quran does not have a comparable narrative to the creation of Eve, with the obvious distinction (neged to the man) and elevation of women. The best part of humanity is not to be hidden.

What ancient and honourable culture oppresses women and girls?

We Christians can be blinded by the brilliance of a single innovation in philanthropic practice and the same kind of experience can also obscure vital aspects of eternal life that are secure in their hidden configurations.  We Christians believe that mercy is a virtue that benefits us when we receive it and benefits others as we are courageous enough to give it.  Mercy is not just one of the most satisfying things that God has and gives to human beings.  There is no wisdom behind the treating woman differently from Men under religious law I suppose there is an Islamic version of the story of the creation of man and woman that allows them to put the women behind, beside or under men, but they have not printed it.

The prophets are wind and everybody needs a scapegoat

The Iranian government is not the first to think that it had its people under control because of a religious sentiment that permeates the society.  Since the ayatollah transfixed the world with his return to Iran from France many have thought that a realistic book might emerge from the shadows of a common heritage. Religious people are known to have consciences, and sooner or later they will act upon what their consciences dictate and not what men or women of any religious persuasion have imposed upon them, for however long those dictates have existed. One has to look way back into the bronze age to find women courageous enough to ask the gatekeepers of their society to change the oppression of women into rights and freedom. Those who are supposed to speak with authority- the prophets- have turned out to be yes-men for the current regime (2 Chronicles 18:12). They are wind fanning the flames of people consumption (Jeremiah 5:3), reckless and treacherous persons (Zephaniah 3:4) blaming foreign foes. Oh well!

Regressive and insurrectionist

People wearing the label conservative never fail to confirm how shallow, shady and shameful their ideals and lifestyle are. Confederates will never be successful because their solidarity is a mere convenience. Even when they use statistics to make their points, the quest for small government stands opposite the increase of crime and the growth of human needs for which government has to be responsible. Even two hundred years after a civil war American confederates still think that insurrection and regressive laws are viable civic solutions.

Canadian separatists and His Majesty’s opposition

Members of parliament are often bags of hot air because no conscientious Canadian votes to have someone sit in the hallowed halls as opposition. They fully expect all members of the house to work on behalf of all Canadians. The Bloc Quebecois and the Conservative leaders are sleepwalking mosquitoes, buzzing in Canadians’ ears and threatening daily to fatally sting the only government Canadians have. A divided house falls, and the eyes of His Majesty’s loyal opposition are incapable of seeing what is up ahead of the people. Their gaze is stuck on the ground, excepting the overthrow of the government. The Crown is so gracious as to allow opposition folly, but people know insurrection when its head appears, disguised as angry convoy or partisan rage and righteousness in question period.

The circumcision and the mutilation

But some of the sect of the Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses”.

Acts 15:5

Some men from  Judea, tried to paint the Church Jewish. In verse 5 it is the Pharisees who voice the madness of marginalizing Gentiles. Circumcision is now known to be be mere mutilation. It has no bearing on women and God’s acceptance of human beings.

Juvenile bodyworks vs reasonable service

They had the audacity to compare Moses to Messiah.  People are still doing it two thousand years after the Christ raised up his church as a separate entity, distinct from Abraham’s descendants, distince from the Aaronic legacy, distinct from the submission to Moses’ mediation.  Yeshua, creator and saviour of the world and Moses, prophet between Yahweh and the Hebrew people are not like figures. 

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”

Romans 12:1

Playing word games instead of mining the gold of God’s word

Billy Graham’s son appears in an ad on television labeling politicians as less than reliable when they make promises to the population and he introduces Jesus as completely reliable. He inadvertently makes Jesus a politician and makes American politics the same kind of venture. It is no wonder that American preachers are silent about the corruption of politics and the political scene is dominated by abject poverty of mind and unrestrained racism, lies, hypocrisy, the speech and actions of violence.

Might a catastrophic end be in America’s destiny?

“Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth.”

Genesis 6:11-13, New American Standard Bible

Ripe for correct handling

So many verses in the Bible graphically display the need for correct handling that it boggles the mind why there is still so much false teaching and fig leaf solutions to the human problem. I suppose fear has overtaken love and Christian leaders lack the diligence to interpret the word of God because they do not see the need. Here are a couple of questions Moses put to the people in his care as Yahweh prepared them for their possession of the land of Canaan. The questions contained in the two verses are concerned with (a) what kind of God do people have and (b) what kind of governance that God provides for his people. The difference between the two is striking and the call for correct handling (rightly dividing or cutting straight) is seldom clearer.

“For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the Lord our God whenever we call on Him? Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today?” (Deuteronomy 4:7-8, NASB)

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15, NASB)

This verse contains another of the Greek words with ORTHO prefixed, but this one is the vector for a great deal of shenanigans, bogus instruction, gimmicks and elementary interpretation of the Scriptures.

 

I cut straight…

Orthotomeo, ορθοτομεω, has to be with reference to CHRIST, because noone else could be the measure or straightedge for confirming God’s will and testimony.

The close God and his gift of guidance

God gets no closer than living inside of human beings, and that is a fact established by the holy spirit being poured out and received by those who believe at Pentecost and every case thereafter where Christ gives his approval and acceptance to people who come to God through him. The image however of God giving statutes and judgments to the church to make it the distinct entity from the world has no basis in fact it is that very Holy Spirit who gives to the believers who God accepts the guidance into all truth and the delivery of the excellent things that are in Christ. It is not acceptable written rules and regulations such as were put before the Israelites in Moses’s day.