Welcome Home, My Friend

“PIPPIN: I didn’t think it would end this way.

GANDALF: End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.

PIPPIN: What? Gandalf? See what?

GANDALF: White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.

PIPPIN: Well, that isn’t so bad.

GANDALF: No. No, it isn’t.”

Our friend, Rush Limbaugh, crossed the sundering sea this morning and gazed upon the face of the Savior he loved and served. You will be missed, sir.

 

Rush Liimbaugh

Current Events 02-17-2021

Of Course They Want Two Americas – And They Want the Other One Dead and Gone Are Democrats Creating Two Americas?

Secession or war. Those are our only choices. Wait too long, and the choice may be made for us.

There Won’t Be a 2024 Woke Politics: The Democrats’ Plan for a Permanent Majority

The Communists seized power during a fake pandemic crisis. Now they will use the power we let them steal to make the steal permanent. And we never win another election. Yes it is that serious.

America is Already Divided – The Battle Lines Are Already Forming Life in DeSantis’s Florida: Time Travel to America; Biden and Democrat governors’ approach couldn’t be more different than the one this Republican governor has taken.

It Was Never About Public Health The Pandemic Is Over; 2020 was the year of government overreach. Make 2021 the year of organized civil disobedience and friendly reunions.

Traitor – I Regret Ever Praising or Backing Him How Loyal Was Mike Pence? Pence was perfectly suited to be vice president . . . for Mitt Romney.

What Has Conservatism ACTUALLY Conserved? A New Conservatism Must Emerge

They have surrendered on absolutely everything that matters.

Current Events 02-16-2021

America is China The Thirty Tyrants; The deal that the American elite chose to make with China has a precedent in the history of Athens and Sparta

Our whole government, our media, our academia, is all China. There is no corner of our country that has not been co-opted by Chinese influence.

King Quisling Mitch McConnell Doesn’t Care If The Election Was Tainted, But You Should; According to McConnell, the Capitol protesters were all conspiracy theorists who can’t think for themselves. It’s a convenient lie.

The GOP Needs to Die Republicans Acquit Trump, But Leave His Supporters Defenseless; Instead of engaging in outrage theater over “extremists” in their ranks and playing into overwrought narratives of supposed “insurrection,” Republicans should be focusing on protecting their voters.

All Lies The New York Times Retracts the Sicknick Story ; Like so many fake news stories about Donald Trump and his supporters, millions of Americans believe the Sicknick story as truth; even a correction won’t change their minds.

Just like George Floyd.
 

Idolatry Today

I got to prepare a Sunday school lesson this week on 1 Corinthians 10. Great book in the Bible. Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church. Real meat and potatoes doctrine in there. Love it.

Anyway, Paul is expounding on the whole “meat sacrificed to idols” thing that was threatening to split the young Christian church in those days. In a nutshell, you had these pagan temples dedicated to various false gods being worshipped by their heathen followers. Once the animal sacrifices had been made to whatever god it happened to be, rather than let the meat go to waste, vendors would cook the meat and sell it cheap on or near the temple grounds. Paganism and entrepreneurialism in action. 

The controversy was this: Gentile and even some Jewish Christians were buying the meat, because a) it was cheaper than meat NOT sacrificed to idols sold elsewhere, and b) we don’t believe in pagan idols so what’s the big deal? It’s just meat. This did not sit well with the Orthodox Jewish elements in the church who were still clinging to the old Mosaic law and customs. Now Paul had had some conflict with these folks. He writes about this in his letter to the Galatians. Jewish nationalists were trying to impose Mosiaic law and Jewish customs on Gentile believers. And meat sacrificed to idols was one of the issues they stuck on, along with circumcision, not eating meats deemed unclean, and the keeping of holy days and feasts.

Paul’s argument was that meat sacrificed to idols is no different than any other meat. Meat is meat. But, because you had to most likely enter a pagan temple to get it, and the money went to support the worship of pagan gods, it was not a wise thing for Christians to do. The meat was innocent – the location where it was sold was not. So, to avoid guilt by association, he advises Christians to stay away. However, if you are at a Christian brother’s house and they serve you meat, receive it with thanksgiving and don’t ask questions on its origins. That’s the basic gist of it.

What I want to shed some light on here is Paul’s definition of idolatry. 

“Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” 1 Corinthians 10:7 This is referring to the incident in Exodus 32 where the Hebrews pressured Aaron to make a golden calf for them to worship while Moses was still up on Mt. Sinai receiving the tablets of the Law from God.

It’s a substantial warning. The problem is that American Christians in our post-Enlightenment culture have no concept of what idolatry really is. They’ve never seen it. In an attempt to understand this passage, they cast about for some kind of corollary that this passage could apply to. I have heard the argument made that idolatry is “anything that takes the place of God in a Christian’s life.”

That is a bad interpretation of this passage, in my opinion. The problem with this line of reasoning is that literally anything a Christian does or enjoys can be considered idolatry based on that definition of “taking the place of God.” Inevitably, the things you do and like are idolatry, and the things they do and like never are.

I think when Paul says idolatry here, he means real idols with actual heathen worshippers in legit pagan temples. He means real idolatry. Not imaginary idolatry of no substance. It is not necessary to allegorize something in the Bible that has a direct, physical application. 

So what is the idolatry here that Paul says we should avoid, and how can you identify it in the absence of physical idols? It’s not hard. Pagan worship has pagan practices that go along with it. There are characteristics throughout history common to all pagan cultures which you can study if you can stomach it.

Those characteristics are:

1) Sexual perversion, usually ritual in nature

Many pagan religions featured temple prostitutes, male and female, who would engage in sexual perversion with worshippers as an act of devotion to a pagan deity. The Bible mentions several of these practices in antiquity.

2) Ritual murder

Nearly every pagan culture practiced some form of ritual human sacrifice. The blood of innocents had to be sacrificed in order to appease the nature deities or spirits.

3) Drug/alcohol use, typically to achieve altered states of consciousness and communicate with the spirits

The word translated “witchcraft” or “witch” in the Bible comes from the same Greek root that gives us the English word ‘pharmacology’. Drug use has always factored very heavily in the ritual practices of pagan worship.

4) Nature worship

Pagans worshipped the rocks, the trees, the rivers, the ocean, the sky, the sun, the moon, the stars. God is in nature, and God IS nature.

5) Rejection of the true God

Of necessity, if you are worshipping false gods, you have rejected the true God.

6) Killing God’s followers

Nearly every pagan culture has persecuted Jews and Christians. And often killed them rather than hear their message of redemption.

These are the evil things that Paul is condemning, and is the reason why a Christian would not wish to be associated with idol worshippers, as was the case with going to pagan temples to buy cheap meat. 

So what is the application in our modern, secular world today? Do we have such idolatry today?

1) Sexual perversion – you bet. It’s rampant. Fornication, adultery, homosexuality and now transgenderism. And you are evil if you have a problem with it.

2) Ritual murder – our culture has industrialized ritual murder in the form of abortion.

3) Drug/alcohol use – we have an ever increasing list of intoxicants considered to be ‘recreational’

4) Nature worship – environmentalism; they say Nature like we say God

5) Rejection of the true God – today’s Neo-atheist is absolutely convinced that there are no absolutes, and above all else, no God.

6) Killing God’s followers – it hasn’t happened here, yet. But it will. And around the world the persecution of Jews and Christians is on the rise.

Who do we know that fits the bill with these idolatrous practices and characteristics?

The modern Left. Today’s so called Progressive Democrat. They are in fact modern day pagans. All the way. It is why I call them heathen Leftists. Because heathens they are.

That’s what real idolatry is. And in our modern world with its secular sensibilities it is right there, hidden in plain sight. 

Current Events 02-15-2021

The Squeeze Cometh #SilverSqueeze Hits London As SLV Warns Of Limited Available Silver

Quislings Trump Voters Will Never Forgive Shameful GOP Establishment

If the Republic survives their betrayal, which I doubt, there must be a purge.

Our Generation’s Whigs McConnell’s Impeachment Ploy Was Not Statesmanship, But An Attack On The Base — And Republicans Must Remember It Well; Friday’s floor speech was no quick tantrum: It was the last stupid moments of the minority leader’s plan to purge the GOP of Donald Trump.

Well That Should Go Over Well in Africa Biden Opposes Religious Freedom at Home and Abroad; He calls on his State Department to meddle in the moral and religious affairs of foreign countries.

Libertarians Are Bought and Paid For Spoilers and Useful Idiots Koch Proxies Threaten to Destroy Conservative Populism; It isn’t conservative populists who need to do the soul searching in the wake of Trump’s defeat. It is the libertarians who need to decide what they want to do when they grow up.

Their only job is to help Democrats win close elections.

The Message is Clear – This Is OUR Country, and You Are Not Welcome Anymore What is “Our” Democracy?

The feeling is mutual. I do not want to live in the same country with you heathen Leftists anymore.

Current Events 02-10-2021

America As Founded Died on January 20, 2021 Killing the Republic – Trump As Tiberius Gracchus

I haven’t been blogging much news, because all the news is bad. And it is only going to get worse. This illegal regime of Communists that has conquered our country with the assistance of traitors in the GOP, is not going to stop. They have already obliterated all Constitutional limits on governance. Why should they stop? They got what they wanted. A country free of self-rule, a nation free of electoral oversight. They took power with fraud, and America rolled over and let them. There is no representation for us in Congress, where there are no political parties – only the illusion of them. I don’t think the country will long endure in this state.

There Are No Elections Now, Only Mass Political Theatre Meant to Preserve the Illusion of Free and Fair Elections If You Thought the 2020 Elections Were Chaotic, Just Wait

Normal Has Been Murdered Small Acts of Resistance (Part One)

Freedom is normal. Therefore normal is the enemy of the ruling oligarchs. There will never be normal again unless we take it back by force. We must refuse to comply with all illegal government diktats. And all laws, policies, or rules that violate the Constitution are on the face of them illegal, by definition. Almost everything this government has done since China Virus was designed to get us to passively accept ever increasing control over our daily lives. Where we can go. Where we can work. Where we can worship. Whether or not we can gather in groups. Literally whether we can show our faces in public. If you can’t see this, then you are one of the sheeple. And useful idiots to the oligarchs now ruling in Washington.

Current Events 01-27-2021

Critical Race Theory is a Cult The University as the Woke Mission Field: A Dissident Women’s Studies Ph.D. Speaks Out

Once Free Speech Is Dead, There is No Bulwark Against Fascism American Authoritarianism
Watch what he does, not what he says.

Following the Suppression of Speech is the Mandting of “Left Approved Thoughts” The Echo Chamber Era
Trust in media is down, but if journalists don’t listen to critics anyway, why should they care?

Heckler’s Veto How The Supreme Court Made It Easier To Smear People As Racists And Scream The F-Word In Public
Instead of protecting true free speech, we’ve crushed the speech that matters most: the articulation and testing of the truth.

Current Events 01-26-2021

Why Should We Do Anything For Leftists? What If Deplorables Start “De-Platforming” Leftists From Receiving Skilled Trade Services?

We Have to Fight American Exceptionalism Is Our Birthright. We’re Keeping It.

We cannot accept the rule of despots.

There Are Two Americas Americans’ Lack Of Trust In Each Other Is Getting Dangerous; Not nearly enough attention has been spent on why many Americans have come to believe that ‘the other side’ will destroy the country if it gets power.

Regime politics is killing us. We need to gut the federal bureaucracy, as it threatens our freedoms. Then we need a full and unvarnished return to Constitutionalism. Enough with myriads of rules that are somehow allowed to strip us of our rights. Laws, rules that violate the Constitution are illegal on their face, and can safely be defied.

Why Are We Tolerating This Nonsense? Our Pandemic Fears Are Killing What Makes Life Worth Living

The Bill of Rights is Dead The Bitter Truth About Free Speech; Repairing free speech is the No. 1 priority in this nation right now.

Current Events 01-22-2021

Of Course It Did Industrial-Scale Election Fraud – Did It Happen?

This is an illegal government and an illegitimate President.

Maybe The Conservative Path Forward in the Biden-Harris Era

If the red States unify to defy illegal federal orders, we can hold the line until 2022. The state legislatures will have to push sweeping Election reforms, though, otherwise there is no point.

But More Likely With Trump Out of the White House, Will His Followers Secede? Wyoming’s Republican Party chairman is considering the idea, but it seems unlikely.

With our votes nullified and the social compact that binds us to our government broken, and given the clear intention of reprisals and persecution from the Communist Party in Washington, secession may be our only option short of war.

Current Events 01-21-2021

The Red States Must Unify Against This Threat The New Domestic War on Terror is Coming; No speculation is needed. Those who wield power are demanding it. The only question is how much opposition they will encounter.

We have to resist, refuse to enforce, sue, and otherwise defy all unlawful edicts and abuses of power by the Biden regime and the Communist Party in Washington. It’s the last legal option. It is the last thing we can do, short of war.

The GOP Are Traitors – They Are Done as a National Party Where to Find a Principled Right-Wing Party

We need to absorb the 80 million people who backed Trump, and all Republican politicians who can be persuaded to jump ship who were loyal to Trump, and make a new Patriot Party.

The New Dictator Hates America Words of Division; Cloaked in an appeal to unity, President Biden’s inaugural speech hit all the expected themes of racial resentment and blame.

His speech, and the 25,000 troops in Washington, was a warning – sit down, shut up, and accept my illegal regime. Or else.

This Was the Installation of a Dictator, Not the Inauguration of a President Inauguration of FICUS Biden – Citizens Not Invited

We Must Wield Local Power Now We’ve Got Them Right Where We Want Them

But with a new political party. The Republicans cannot be trusted.

Useful Idiots How Libertarians Aid and Abet Oligarchy; Libertarians like spoiler Senate candidate Shane Hazel fail to appreciate that America can be just as thoroughly dominated by big corporations and powerful oligarchs as it can be by big government. 

They are spoiler candidates whose only purpose is to hand power to Democrats in close elections.