In its pages, I've learned much about the interface of the Academy, the civil authority, historians, the law, demographers, sociologists, etc. and the family order God ordained in the Garden of Eden as recorded by the Word of God. But don't misunderstand me: Scripture is very rarely mentioned in TFIA. The monographs are not biblical scholarship...
by David and Tim Bayly on November 12, 2008 - 12:00pm
(Tim) Filmaker Ken Burns endorsed Senator Obama for president, commending Obama's "moral courage" and comparing him to President Abraham Lincoln. Since Obama's election, many have made this same comparison pointing out the felicitous conjunction of Obama's Inauguration and the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birthday. Senator Diane Feinstein announced the theme of Senator Obama's Inauguration will be "A New Birth of Freedom" with words courtesy of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
Such comparisons are great theater, but sheer hypocrisy. Barack Obama is the leader of the bloodshed consuming our land and we all pat ourselves on our backs congratulating one another over our nation's great strides against racism? What is the injustice of racism compared to the slaughter of tens of millions of little babies?
Self-congratulatory about the end of racism in America, we point to a black champion of freedom we say bears the stature and moral authority of Abe himself. We look forward to sitting down with our families, having a good cry while we watch his Inauguration. Happily, no bloodshed has been required to reach our vision. Pull the lever for Obama and we all become heroes of truth and justice.
Obama's another Lincoln? Is he willing to do battle to end the slaughter of fifty million of our children by wicked oppressors? Is he preparing an Emancipation Proclamation for those little ones? Will he speak of them in his first Inaugural Address, warning his nation of God's holy wrath unleashed against those who offend even one of His "little ones?"
What a wonder it would be if, to celebrate Lincoln's 200th birthday, Senator Obama were to model his first after Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address:
by David and Tim Bayly on November 12, 2008 - 4:46pm
(Tim, w/thanks to Steve) From the transcript of religious celebrity Rick Warren being interviewed concerning Proposition 8 on Hannity & Colmes:
ALAN COLMES, CO-HOST: Look, I want to ask you about a couple of other things. We've covered a lot of ground here. But I was reading — or some members of your congregation were very disappointed in particularly — particular gay member of your congregation that you had come out in favor of Proposition 8.
She said, you know, "What do I do? Do I go inside the congregation or I do stand outside the Saddleback Church and protest?" And she was conflicted about that. So I'm kind of curious because you normally have not taken strong political positions. What's your — you know, how do you deal with your congregation who may be disappointed here?
RICK WARREN: Alan — Alan, I absolutely believe in loving everybody, giving respect to everybody, and giving everybody the freedom of choice.
by David and Tim Bayly on December 9, 2008 - 10:49am
(Tim) When I was a child, Dad subscribed to Time for a time. Then came the day they ran an ad for men's cologne pictured in a bottle shaped like a phallus. Dad wrote them strenuously objecting to such degradation.
Since then, our family hasn't been big on news magazines. The only one that's ever entered our home is World, to which we have a lifetime gift subscription kindness of its founder. Truth be told, I'm not at all fond of Time and Newsweek (especially), and Newsweek's current issue provides a good example of my reasons.
The cover story is a puff piece on sodomite marriage. The really disgusting thing, though, is that Newsweek's editors allowed their female (and yes, I believe sex matters here) religion editor, Lisa Miller, to play the schoolmarm to the nation on the true doctrine of Scripture concerning sodomy. The story's title tells it all: "Gay Marriage: Our mutual joy; Opponents of gay marriage often cite Scripture. But what the Bible teaches about love argues for the other side."
Yes, of course; Newsweek's religion editor is going to lecture us on the Bible's teaching on love. And I'm guessing she believes in the slaughter of little babies in their mother's womb, too, and could lecture us on Scripture's doctrine of love there, also. Our chattering class has Goebbels' principle down cold...
by David and Tim Bayly on February 5, 2009 - 3:11pm
(Tim, w/thanks to Mark) A month ago, we noted that our hero, Nat Hentoff, lost his job at the Village Voice. Today we received notice Hentoff's made a good landing at the Cato Institute. We're pleased.
And by the way, did you notice that the state is "investigating" to see if laws were broken by this mother carrying her children to term? Sitting in the fridge, they were, prior to nestling into their mother's womb.
The headline is "Octuplets' birth spawns outrage from public."
Listen, if people are angry at the cost of the octuplets and ready to tar and feather the mother...
by David and Tim Bayly on February 9, 2009 - 9:26am
(Tim) No links to Rob Bell's schlock, the deep and sensitive thoughts of Brian McLaren, the Christian Medical and Dental Society, Talbot Seminary's groundbreaking ethics and public policy think tank, faculty members at Wheaton College, or CTi journalists on this site. Ron Sider and Jim Wallis haven't made an appearance just yet--nor their "me too" buddy, Al Gore. There's been no sighting of Niel Nielson or Bryan Chapell--nor any of
their professors, for that matter. In fact, no sign of anyone in the Presbyterian Church
by David and Tim Bayly on February 11, 2009 - 2:54pm
(Tim, w/thanks to Brian) Although it makes me uncomfortable seeing national sovereignty lose to the New One World Order, praise God for this victory for religious freedom in Bulgaria won in the European Court of Human Rights by an attorney allied with the Alliance Defense Fund. If you have never supported the Alliance Defense Fund and you're able, please do so...
by David and Tim Bayly on April 15, 2009 - 11:13am
(Tim) From my incomparable tutor in all things political for over thirty years, Joe Sobran, I learned of the existence of the Tenth Amendment, but also of its impotence in the hands of the crooks who have served on the U.S. Supreme Court in recent decades. Also from Sobran, I picked up the habit of never, ever, ever referring to "the United States," but always and only "these United States."
The past few years, Church of the Good Shepherd has had an influx of Texans who move here for a few years to complete their doctorates at IU. Most of them plan to return to the motherland so, half-seriously, I've told them of my wish that Texas would secede so I could move there...
(Tim) The joys of serving Church of the Good Shepherd are all around me, day by day, and my heart is constantly thankful to God for this privilege. Just one of my recent joys was reading the following statement written by several of our high school students a week and a half ago in anticipation of being ready to respond to the pro homosexual immorality Day of Silence held at our two public high schools each year on April 17th (last Friday):
Silence Can’t Hide the Truth
Although people attempt to write
off sodomy as merely a lifestyle choice, it is in fact morally wrong.
Arguments to the contrary could go on forever, but the conscience and
the Word of God give indisputable evidence that it is sin.
this fact, many believe that they can continue in this sin without any
form of judgment, and try in every way to gain equal approval from
others. However, even if all voices were to cease speaking out against
homosexuality, in the coming judgment no one will be able to escape or
to justify himself.
While this may seem cruel and heartless, as
there are none who are perfect, God has given us a way to escape from
our sin and be saved from the coming judgment...
(Tim, w/thanks to James) Americans United for Life has long served as the principal legal arm of the antiabortion witness. Here's their short list of likely candidates as President Obama's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.
(Tim, contributed by Ben Crum) Everyone knows it's wrong for the government to meddle in the
health issues of individuals. So it surprised me to see this statement
in an article about a 13-year-old boy being ordered by a court, against
his parents' will, to undergo treatment for cancer:
Medical ethicists say parents generally have a legal right to make decisions for their children, but there is a limit.
A limit? And how would this limit be defined? Does that mean a
parent's desire, comfort, will, even rights can be trumped by those of
another; namely, their child? The parents have a belief, but that
belief can be considered to be in opposition to the child's well-being?
I have been a practising Christian all my life and a deacon and Bible
teacher for many years. My faith is a source of strength and comfort to
me, as religious beliefs are to hundreds of millions of people around
the world. So my decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist
Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult. - President Jimmy Carter
(Tim, w/thanks to Kamilla) Former President Jimmy Carter has been leaving the SBC for years, now. This is no news at all. He's not committed to the Word of God and belongs elsewhere, as he acknowledges here.
What is news is that the Southern Baptist Convention blames Eve for the Fall:
however, an unavoidable decision when the convention's leaders, quoting
a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created
second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that
women must be "subservient" to their husbands and prohibited from
serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service.
It's a brave man who speaks up publicly for the right of women to enlist in the military, placing themselves as wives, daughters, and mothers in harm's way.
Then, we arrive at President Carter's statement about the SBC "claiming" Eve was created second after Adam...
(Tim, w/thanks to my Mary Lee) The July 18, 2009 issue of World ran an article about South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's confession of adultery. The article is worth reading, especially if you're a frequent traveler, rich, or influential. Wealth is deceitful and pride goes before the fall.
Three statements stuck out to me.
First, why am I not surprised that YWAM's Virginia rep knew nothing about YWAM's ownership of the Fellowship's $1.8 million C Street home, and that when World asked them for clarification, the Fellowship declined to respond?
Second, the article admits it's common for politicians to have no church home or to skip church. This is increasingly true of missionaries, also, so here at Church of the Good Shepherd we've begun to implement standards with the missionaries our church supports. They must be a part of a local church, where they work, as well as hold permanent membership in an evangelical Bible-believing church that they and the church recognize as their home church.
Third, to the degree that Gov. Mark Sanford had a church, he claimed it was an evangelical congregation called Seacoast Church in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. He sometimes attended an Episcopal congregation when he was working in the capital, but Seacoast is his home church.
So, when Gov. Sanford publicly confessed to adultery, how did his Seacoast pastor respond?
by David and Tim Bayly on August 12, 2009 - 8:59am
(Tim) For several weeks, now, the news has been filled with articles reassuring Americans that government medicine is inevitable and poses no danger to us. They tell us government medicine will not fund abortions except in the most extraordinary cases where any reasonable man would agree the baby must die. It will not require the wholesale slaughter of the old and feeble--what we are taught to refer to as "euthanasia." After all, termination counseling isn't mandatory; it's simply an option offered those who may find it helpful.
A front page article in the Indy Star yesterday (picked up from the LA Times, by the way) blamed Rush Limbaugh for all the fear. "Nothing bad will happen," the civil authority tells us. "Just trust us."
You have got to be kidding! Trust you? You can't be serious!
Look at your track record. Your government education is so bad you'd sooner die than enroll your own children in the public schools serving your neighborhood there at the White House. And this is equally true of Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama.
by David and Tim Bayly on August 20, 2009 - 6:28am
(Tim, w/thanks to David Wegener)The story's lead line is: "A day after winning her first 800-meter world title amid a
gender-test controversy, the father of South African teenager Caster Semenya
dismissed speculation his daughter is not a woman."
So they're going to test her. How? Again, the story reports:
The test, which takes weeks to complete, requires a physical medical
evaluation, and includes reports from a gynecologist, endocrinologist,
psychologist, an internal medicine specialist and an expert on gender.
The gynecologist, endocrinologist, and internal medicine specialist I understand, but the psychologist? The "expert on gender?"
What in the world?
Well, I guess we should have known when the talk was about gender--not sex. As I've tried to say, but found few hearers, gender is always a social construct, whereas sex is body parts. So where will they end of up on this one?
by David and Tim Bayly on August 25, 2009 - 6:37am
(Tim) Recent tests showed South African runner, Caster Semenya, had three times the normal level of the male hormone, testosterone, prior to her latest competition. This led sports authorities to order what are widely being called "gender tests" to determine whether, when she blew her fields away in recent races, Miss Semenya had an unfair advantage. An errant fax number brought what should have been a private matter into the public eye.
Returning to Johannesburg following stunning victories at the World Athletics Championships, Miss Semenya told reporters...
by David and Tim Bayly on August 26, 2009 - 7:01am
For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest upon the land of the righteous, So that the righteous will not put forth their hands to do wrong. - Psalm 125:3
(Tim) Government funding always means more government control. Always. And today, that cannot possibly be good news.
government control will lead to less compassion (for single mothers,
for instance), responsibility (for single fathers, for instance),
justice (for unborn children, for instance), mercy (for the homeless,
for instance), truth (for children educated in government schools, for
instance) and freedom for citizens forced to foot the bill for
government's aborting those very virtues her subjects hold dear.
is the reason compassionate, responsible, just, merciful, and truthful
Americans are joining Libertarian ranks in droves. They've read Paul
and learned that the sort of leaders profiled by the New Yorker and the NYTimes Magazine will talk about love for the people and national compassion while demonstrating an
astounding selfishness in their own personal lives.
Need I list examples?
Hillary Clinton of It Takes a Village
fame? Her husband, Bill? The latest entrant into the race for that
moral squalor called the Office of Governor of the State of New York,
Rudy Giuliani? Our resident global-warming prophet safely ensconced in his
carbon-spewing mansion (except when he's flying in his carbon-spewing coporate jets), Al Gore?
won this last election by hoodwinking young and middle-aged
"Christians" who had been softened up to the deception by years of
being inoculated against all discernment by ear-scratchers like Rob
Bell and Brian McLaren. Their pastors had turned them into easy marks
for Barack Obama's lies.
But among those who saw through
President Obama's lies...
by David and Tim Bayly on November 9, 2009 - 7:54am
Lots of Berliners talked of Ronald Reagan’s speech, delivered in
Berlin, almost two years earlier, when he demanded:”Mr. Gorbachev, Tear
Down this Wall!” Was President Reagan’s dramatic call about to happen?
Some Berliners worried the soldiers would take charge. No one knew.
Ironically, the worst source of information was the media, perhaps
because in 1987 so many had underestimated the importance of Reagan’s
speech. The New York Times declared that Reagan had “lost the air of
authority” and suggested that Reagan’s Berlin Wall speech was “surreal”
and indicated that the “presidency had ceased to function.” The
Washington Post, and U.S. News & World Report has also been highly
But, in November 1989, Berliners remembered the power of a U.S.
president calling for the hateful wall to be torn down. Each person to
whom I spoke, seemed to know someone, a family member or friend, who
had been trapped on the other side of the wall. Hope was alive,
powerful and focused on tearing down the Wall. -"I Helped Tear Down the Wall"
(Tim) Grant Olson, the producer of the video at the bottom of this post, was an elder at our church some years back. Since then, he's gone on to serve in Campus Crusade's work in Eastern Europe. Although I'm in strong disagreement with Crusade's relegation of the Church to the sideline of evangelism and discipleship, since the fall of communism twenty years ago, it's been a great joy to see how Crusade has poured men into Eastern Europe where they've boldly proclaimed Jesus Christ.
There was some glamor in the early years, but that glamor has long since departed. The callouses Marxism left on men's hearts are real. Also, the systemic poverty and corruption that is Communism's legacy remains intractable in many of the Eastern European countries. The glory days of the first opening of Eastern Europe are long gone and what's left for those giving themselves to the people of countries such as Albania, Hungary, and Romania is very tough slogging.
So God bless Campus Crusade and her men and women who have loved Eastern Europeans with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
All this on the occasion of our arrival, today, at the Twentieth Anniversary of the act of God pulling down the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989. Men of towering courage and strength like Lech Walesa, John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn were putty in God's hands to bring down the bloodiest ideology and greatest oppression man had known up until that time. (It's since been dwarfed by feminism's victims, one billion and counting.)
In my office is a picture Dad had been given by the artist who drew it. He had the drawing on the wall of his study and loved it...
by David and Tim Bayly on November 14, 2009 - 11:41am
(Tim) With the release of Sarah Palin's book,Going Rogue, there is increasing talk of her presidential aspirations. As I have said before, I could vote for a woman for office. But it would be due to other considerations that, in my view, relegated her sex to a tertiary place in matters of consequence--the most obvious being her commitment to opposing the wholesale slaughter of the unborn across our land when her opponent was a proponent of that slaughter. Casting such a vote, though, I'd be under no delusion that her sex didn't matter. It would matter, but other things would matter even more.
Here are a few short statements--one from Marvin Olasky, several from Early Church Fathers, and several from John Calvin--explaining why sex does matter outside the home. First, an excerpt from an interview we did with World's editor-in-chief, Marvin Olasky, when I served as the Exec. Dir. of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and edited...
by David and Tim Bayly on November 22, 2009 - 7:43pm
(Tim) It wasn't until my thirties that I learned scientists lie, too. They just use different techniques. So no surprise tonight when I read that someone hacked the servers of a global warming advocacy group called the Climatic Research Unit of University of East Anglia and posted thousands of their e-mails, papers, and other correspondence on a Russian server for all the world to read. It's caused big problems:
Global warming alarmists are scrambling to save face... The messages ...reveal correspondence
between British and American researchers engaged in fraudulent
reporting of data to favor their own climate change agenda.
Summing up the damage the documents have done, climatologist Patrick J. Michaels said: "This is
not a smoking gun, this is a mushroom cloud."
by David and Tim Bayly on December 13, 2009 - 3:42am
Sinners in Zion are terrified; trembling has seized the godless. “Who among us can live with the consuming fire? Who among us can live with continual burning?”
He who walks righteously and speaks with sincerity, he who rejects unjust gain and shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe; he who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed and shuts his eyes from looking upon evil; he will dwell on the heights, his refuge will be the impregnable rock; his bread will be given him, his water will be sure. (Isaiah 33:14-16).
(Tim) At the top of Google's news page this morning appeared a headline beginning: "Environment ministers try to..." And directly under that headline, this one: "Houston elects first openly gay mayor."
The salvation of the earth will not come from environment ministers, but...
by David and Tim Bayly on December 21, 2009 - 12:39pm
(Tim, w/thanks to Michael) If anyone still needs to be convinced that every aspect of life is in bondage to feminist ideology today, look no further. And by the way, don't you love that phrase, "fall pregnant while active?"
by David and Tim Bayly on December 30, 2009 - 3:55pm
(Tim) Monday, December 29th, there was another murder here in Bloomington. The victim was a homosexual named Don Belton recently hired to a tenure track position in IU's English Department. Early reports indicate the victim was stabbed to death by the husband of a married couple with whom he had celebrated Christmas.
What was the motive?
Apparently, the man accused of the murder, Michael James Griffin, claims he was the victim of two sexual assaults by Mr. Belton, and that the stabbing came in the wake of those assaults.
Local advocates imply sexual assaults are immaterial to murder and they have mounted a campaign asking readers of their blog to write the detectives and prosecutor expressing the opinion that such claims by the accused should not be considered in the investigation of the case. Or better...
by David and Tim Bayly on December 31, 2009 - 6:28am
Behold, your people are women in your midst! The gates of your land are opened wide to your enemies... (Nahum 3:13a)
(Tim, w/thanks to Bob P.) When the lion lies down with the lamb, we'll no longer need policemen or soldiers. Until then, we do. And it matters a great deal whether those policemen and soldiers are men or women. On many levels.
by David and Tim Bayly on January 30, 2010 - 10:15am
(Tim, w/thanks to Kamilla) Former Surgeon General C. Everett "Chick" Koop is a longtime family friend who, as a pediatric surgeon, worked on several of us when we were growing up in Philly. Here Dr. Koop presents one more voice of wisdom warning of the evil consequences of turning our nation's health care over to our federal masters in the same way we've already turned over to them our automobile industry, our banks, and our unborn children.
by David and Tim Bayly on February 15, 2010 - 7:54am
An investigation last year revealed that church leaders in Dublin had spent decades
protecting child-abusing priests from the law while many fellow clerics
turned a blind eye. (There were) decades of sexual, physical and psychological abuse in Catholic-run schools,
workhouses and orphanages. ...a succession of
archbishops and senior aides had compiled confidential files on more
than 100 parish priests who had sexually abused children since 1940 (but the)
files had remained locked in the Dublin archbishop's private vault.
Joseph Duffy said resignations were not on the agenda in Rome...
(Tim, w/thanks to David C.) I've commented before that the Roman Catholic's unscriptural insistence on celibacy for the priesthood is directly tied to priests' predations against their flocks. Something about it's better to marry than to burn...
Compounding that error is the silence of Reformed men in the midst of this scandal...
by David and Tim Bayly on February 15, 2010 - 8:13am
"Don McLeroy, a small, vigorous man with a shiny pate and bristling
mustache, proposed amendment after amendment on social issues to the
document that teams of professional educators had drawn up over 12
months, in what would have to be described as a single-handed display of
archconservative political strong-arming." -read more of the New York Times piece, "How Christian Were the Founders?"
(Tim) How dare that small vigorous man whoop up on those teams of professional educators who had worked so long and hard to produce a document that did such an excellent job of promoting the established state religion. Educators shouldn't have to be subjected to such benighted individuals.
by David and Tim Bayly on February 21, 2010 - 8:55am
(Tim) Part of the work of pastors and elders in churches with military men is helping those men think through the morality of war, today. And lately, it's not been easy to say that the Christian man can enter any branch of the Armed Forces and accept any assignment.
Of course, we start with the Christian's opposition to carpet bombing and nuclear warheads. A basic commitment of historic Christian principles of just war has been the distinction between military personnel and civilians. No matter who orders them to do so, Christian soldiers don't kill civilians, intentionally.
There's also the matter of the mainstreaming of women in military deployments. This leads to at least two critical issues.
First, men going into the military must pick a branch of the service where they aren't going to have to live with gross temptations to fornication and adultery. Modesty matters to Christian men and women and this means the Marines are more likely a better choice...
"For every Baby Doe, there will be ten-thousand Grandma and Grandpa Does." -C. Everett Koop
"Can a man take fire in his bosom And his clothes not be burned? Or can a man walk on hot coals And his feet not be scorched? (Proverbs 6:27, 28).
"The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes. Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts. To do righteousness and justice Is desired by the LORD more than sacrifice. ...The violence of the wicked will drag them away, Because they refuse to act with justice." (Proverbs 21:1-3,7)
If the heart of the king is a river directed by the hand of God, much more so the hearts of the men leading our nation in Congress and the Senate. And despite the conniving claims of Emergelicals that Jesus would be for the nationalization of health care, I've been to Jerusalem and seen what turning one-sixth of the economy of these United States inevitably will produce.
My brother, David, and Pastor Curell and Doug Ummel and Joel Belz and Paul Fratiani and lots of others with your scribe were there five years ago in Pinellas Park, Florida, when our civil servants murdered Terry Schiavo. We saw it with our own eyes and we know the rule of law is gone in these United States. The civil magistrate has become the predator and he devours the lives of the weak and innocent and oppressed.
Make no mistake about it: there are many nice things about nationalized health care that will make it go down smoothly. I have a dear relative who finally will be able to get coverage without his serious pre-existing conditions ruling him out...
(Tim, w/thanks to Yoseph) Psychotropic drugs have a place, I'm sure, but this short article (very unfortunately, where Arianna and her buddies huff and puff against God) demonstrates there are druggies on both sides of the legality fence. Whether the addict is getting his drugs from dealers, pain clinics, or psychiatrists, the cost to society and the drug-addled zombies and their families is terrible. Of course, like most sins of our culture, this one too is an epidemic among confessing Christians.
One in every forty-five adults of working age is getting money from taxpayers for a mental illness disability. And the number of children receiving federal payments for mental illness jumped from 16,200 in 1987 to 561,569 in 2007.
But maybe this explosion of legal drug use allows men to function as more productive members of society?
Woe to those who enact evil statutes And to those who constantly record unjust decisions, So as to deprive the needy of justice And rob the poor of My people of their rights, So that widows may be their spoil And that they may plunder the orphans.
Now what will you do in the day of punishment, And in the devastation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help? And where will you leave your wealth? Nothing remains but to crouch among the captives Or fall among the slain. In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away And His hand is still stretched out. (Isaiah 10:1-4)
(Tim: This by Brian Bailey, an attorney and elder here at Church of the Good Shepherd) On October 28, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the
Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Congress tacked
the hate crimes act onto the tail end of an already 646-page, $686 billion Department
of Defense bill.
Ahate crimes racket?
What is a federal
hate crime? “[W]hoever, whether or not acting under color of law, in any
circumstance described in subparagraph (B) or paragraph (3), willfully causes
bodily injury to any person or, through the use of fire, a firearm, a dangerous
weapon, or an explosive or incendiary device, attempts to cause bodily injury
to any person, because of the actual or perceived religion, national origin,
gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of any person”
commits a federal hate crime.
We can breathe a sigh of relief. We don’t plan to cause
homosexuals or cross-dressers “bodily injury,” and thus the statute could not
possibly apply to us. But . . . why this nagging doubt about the reach of the
hate crime act?
(Tim) Because I'm a citizen of these United States of America and have a number of men in my congregation who serve in our Armed Forces, I care deeply about the integrity of our nation's homeland security forces (the mandate our military used to follow). That integrity has already been gravely damaged by the mainstreaming of the weaker sex among our soldiers. Everything now indicates our President's resolve to further politicize and weaken the military, using it as an instrument to oppose God and His Moral Law by repealing the ban on sodomy and sodomites.
And as an explanation to new readers, I discipline myself to use the words 'sodomy' and 'sodomite' as a Biblical witness so that shame and horror will continue to be attached to this sexual perversion. For 2,000 years, this usage has been common, reminding us all of the fire of God's wrath that rained down on Sodom and Gomorrah's abominations.
There are a number of voices in the wilderness calling our nation back to sanity in these matters. As an aid to our fulfilling our Christian obligation to be salt and light, here are some useful links...
(Since publishing this post, I've realized some of our readers may never have heard that John Eldredge opposes Scripture at key points in his writing. So, I'm adding several links here (one, two, three, four, five, six, seven) as a warning to our readers not to be snookered into buying Eldredge's books or listening to his false teaching. Many have been harmed by him and there's no need for any others to fall into the trap.)
Eldredge is likely the most popular proponent of the heresy known as
open theism. (He) is not a trustworthy teacher of the Word
of God. While he presents an attractive message and often does so in an
attractive way, much of the content simply does not line up with
Scripture. He denies many of the truths orthodox believers have long
held to. I do not recommend his books and encourage you to exercise
extreme caution when dealing with his teachings. -Tim Challies
(Tim)Speaking of the perversion of Biblical male sexuality sold in books like Wild at Heart (see final comment under "Sacred Swooning" post), the most recent New Yorker has a piece on the murderous drug cartels displacing the rule of law in much of Mexico. The article delves deeply into one relatively recent cartel known as La Familia, reporting that La Familia's leader, El Chayo or El Mas Loco (the Craziest), "is inspired... it has been reported, by the muscular Christianity of John Eldredge...
(Tim) So, speaking only personally, I have a friend fired from the faculty of Greenville College (a small Christian liberal arts college in Southern Illinois where three of my in-laws attended), for defending Christian orthodoxy; another friend denied the Ph.D. by Harvard because his thesis defended Christian orthodoxy; another friend ejected from his Ph.D. program in the history department at UW-Madison (my own alma mater and major department) because of his commitment to Christian orthodoxy; another friend terminated from Covenant College who found the atmosphere there stifling to Reformed orthodoxy; another friend disciplined and publicly humiliated by the Vice Chancellor in the Faculty Council (on which he sat) for holding to Christian orthodoxy (see here, here, and here); and now, another friend has been terminated...
(Tim, w/thanks to Heather) There's more than ample evidence that, if confirmed to SCOTUS, Ms. Kagan will serve for many years as President Obama's hack, faithfully politicizing our highest court in order to protect the murder of many millions of children across our land.
No better proof of the depth to which Ms. Kagan has sunk in the past, and is likely to continue in for decades in the future, is this account by former Surgeon General and longtime member of Tenth Presbyterian Church, C. Everett Koop, detailing how Ms. Kagan supported the murder of unborn, but viable, babies by manipulating the words of...
(Tim) Digging the hole for an in-ground swimming pool led to French authorities unearthing the tiny corpses of eight infants murdered and buried by their mother in her back yards. Acknowledging such child slaughter to be a growing trend, French authorities are horrified. In an article titled "Why Are French Women Killing Their Babies," several possible explanations are given:
Experts explained each of those cases as resulting from pregnancy
denial, an often misunderstood and minimized condition. According to (former gynecologist)
Michel Delcroix ...pregnancy
denial is a quasi-schizophrenic condition in which women either don't
realize or cannot accept that they are with child — not even enough to
have their unwanted babies aborted... Delcroix says it's now rising in frequency. The probable reason, he says, is changes in wider social factors that have downgraded the value
of childhood, parenting and family.
But in some cases, it can also be a matter of women simply failing to
see themselves as mothers. "Some women never manage to update their
self-identity during pregnancy, [while others] want to become pregnant
without wanting to procreate," psychiatrist Pierre Lamothe told Le Parisien
on Thursday. "When the child arrives, it doesn't really exist for them.
They don't give it life, in psychological terms. If they saw it as a
[real] baby, they wouldn't kill it."
Others just never realize — or acknowledge — that they're with child.
Women don't realize they're "with child?"
Why would they when seconds prior to birth these same mothers can murder these same children with no consequences at all? Who exactly is "quasi-schizophrenic"--these mothers or the civil magistrate?
Think about it: a mother sees no reason why waiting a few minutes to murder her baby should cause the civil magistrate to prosecute and imprison her. Why should she leave the comfort of her own home...
(Tim, w/thanks to Kamilla) We were privileged to have dear friends who serve in DR Congo with us for a week, recently. The husband grew up an MK in Congo and he and his wife have given their lives in service to Africa.
One evening, the discussion turned to the United Nations and I was shocked to hear the strength of this godly couple's condemnation. The wife said something like, "The United Nations is totally corrupt." What she said, though, was even worse--I just can't remember her exact words. I asked if she'd meant what she said and she intensified the condemnation.
The United Nations is perversely wicked in its work in Africa, and this extends not simply to its policies, but also to UN individuals profiteering both financially and sexually. Along with many of the NGOs, these UN men and women are the new colonialists.
by David and Tim Bayly on August 16, 2010 - 7:15am
(Tim) One of the many things about our culture that seduces me to despair is the utter vacuity of political comment--of course in the Times and both Posts; but sadly often in World and Christianity Today, also. There's little light, and only salt replacement. None of the real thing for fear of high blood pressure.
If you'd like a quick glimpse at the sort of thing American political commentary used to be full of, but never says today, check out this post by Doug Wilson on the building of the mosque near Ground Zero. It has the sort of wisdom a pastor steeped in the Word of God and prayer should bring...
by David and Tim Bayly on August 20, 2010 - 6:13am
Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, I implore you, give glory to the LORD, the God of Israel, and give praise to Him; and tell me now what you have done. Do not hide it from me.” (Joshua 7:19)
(Tim) MLB's pitching superstar, Roger Clemens, has been indicted for lying and obstruction of justice in testimony he gave before Congress about his use of performance enhancing drugs. In "Pettitte's Words and Character Carry Weight," the Times' George Vecsey compares Clemens to his longtime friend, Andy Pettitte, whose testimony carried the most weight in assuring Clemens' indictment.
Vecsey reports Clemens is "the alpha male in that friendship, the man with the huge
gymnasium on his property, the man who knew how to train his way to
eternal youth, to the Hall of Fame one day."
Vecsey says he's "humble" and that when he provided testimony before Congress, he...
by David and Tim Bayly on October 8, 2010 - 7:56am
(Tim, w/thanks to Kamilla) As some readers remember, back in 2005 my brother David, Pastor Dave Curell, and I were joined by a few friends and family from Church of the Good Shepherd outside the nursing home in Pinellas Park, Florida, where we were opposing our civil magistrates' judicial murder of Terry Schiavo. The president, justices and judges, the governor, and policemen executed her because she was in a "persistent vegetative state," or "PVS."
Some of these civil authorities publicly stated they were opposed to Terry's execution. Some even lifted a finger to protect her.
But the conspiracy had no real opponents other than many hundreds of Roman Catholics outside the nursing home saying their rosaries under huge images of Jesus and Mary.
Too, there were a couple Reformed Protestants. But really, it was embarrassing to see how ill-informed they were concerning the proper doctrine of the Two Kingdoms. If only they'd known the spirituality of the Church allowed them--particularly pastors--to do and say nothing, but simply to stay home. (Unless, that is, they'd already observed Lord's Day corporate worship and they could do their Sabbath deed of mercy without travelling far enough to have to buy gas.)
Five years later, Roman Catholic blogs are announcing the good news that Cambridge researchers have used EEG monitors and fMRI to give voice to the voiceless. Researchers are charting the electrical activity of PVS patients' brains in response to questions. The patient is asked to answer "yes" by imagining playing tennis, while for "no" he's to imagine walking through a house. Turns out PVS patients are every much alive and aware...
by David and Tim Bayly on October 20, 2010 - 6:29am
(Tim) You go public with the truth that a married man made crude sexual overtures to you in the office at work; his career is nearly busted and his reputation trashed around the world; then, twenty years later when his wife leaves one message on your office phone politely asking you to explain your actions and to apologize to her husband, you... What? Call the police? Ask them to send a recording of the voice mail to the FBI because the message was "not invited"? Call in the New York Times and play the message for them?
You lie, publicly accusing a married man of making crude sexual overtures to you in the office at work...
by David and Tim Bayly on November 2, 2010 - 6:39am
(Tim: this post from our New York City correspondent, a Manhattan attorney from Redeemer Presbyterian Church.) Here are two New York Times articles (one and two) regarding recent developments on the abortion front in New York City that highlight (i) the pro abortion position of the NYTimes and (ii) new legislation proposed by the New York City Council that requires pro-life pregnancy centers to post signs that basically say "make sure you visit Planned Parenthood too."
As described in one of the articles:
To compensate for ambiguities like unclear signage at the centers, the bill, set to be announced on Tuesday, would require, among other things, signs at the entrance and in the waiting rooms to inform women that the center does not provide abortions or contraceptives approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and that it does not provide referrals for those options, either. Signage would also need to make it clear if no licensed medical professional is on the staff.
by David and Tim Bayly on November 10, 2010 - 7:00am
(Tim, w/thanks to a brother) Over and over, I warn Christian fathers and mothers that each community's child protective services pose a terrible threat to our covenant children. Since twenty-five years ago when we lived in rural Wisconsin and a dear godly pastor and his wife had their son kidnapped by the state, to the past few years when our church and family have had the state threaten four of our families with the loss of their children, it's only becoming more clear each year that the state is not content to have our children in their schools to be indoctrinated from age five through eighteen. They will come after our children at home, also, and kidnap them from their father and mother after getting one anonymous phone call from a malicious neighbor, an officious nurse, a jealous lesbian, or a practicing witch who hates Christ and is delighted to torment his sons and daughters at the place of their greatest vulnerability.
We must do everything possible to oppose this growing threat to our precious children and grandchildren. Remember C. S. Lewis' warning that they'll tell us we can have our religion in private and then make sure we're never alone.
The suffering of children growing up in homes where they are the objects of physical and sexual and spiritual torment is horrible, crying out to God Almighty for His intervention. But to adress these problems in a way that undercuts the authority and love of the children's natural sovereigns given them by God...
by David and Tim Bayly on November 10, 2010 - 1:05pm
(Tim) Yesterday, in the name of teaching normal students how to avoid making students committed to sexual perversion feel bad about their perversion, the young men and women at Bloomington High School North were required to watch a movie that promoted bestiality. In that movie, young perverts complained about how hard it is to be committed to bestiality when normal boys and girls act squeamish about it. They can't change the way they feel about animals, they said, so why can't other boys and girls get over it and learn to accept their unique sexual identity?
Of course, the reason perverts feel bad about themselves is that, even with the help of teachers and school counselors, we have a tough time silencing our consciences. When we give ourselves to sexual immorality, inevitably it takes a toll on us, particularly when we're young and still feel our guilt acutely. When those tempted by bestiality give in to their perversion, depression sets in. Inevitably, depression sometimes leads to suicide.
To fault those normal souls who fight against that same perversion by avoiding the sin and those who advocate it is to blame the victim. The perversion should never be mentioned in public, nor should any boy or girl be able to parade that perversion among our children through wicked and destructive conversations, clothing, or other stylistic signatures associated with bestiality. It's time for the school systems paid for with our tax dollars to stop bullyng our children in the name of tolerance. We don't pay taxes to have bestiality shoved down our sons and daughter's throats...
by David and Tim Bayly on December 3, 2010 - 7:49am
(Tim) Responding to this article from Family Research Council commenting on President Barack Obama's use of his office of Commander in Chief to promote sodomy, a friend of mine who is a longtime IVCF staff worker in a metro area of the Eastern Seaboard sent this e-mail:
Friends, I’d be interested in your take on the first article here. I’m as strongly against homosexual activity as anyone but I’m not sure I see the logic of banning them from the military. Prohibiting any and all sexual contact among servicemen, yes. But can we ban someone’s desires in a public way?
I’m not sure this is as clear-cut as many conservatives make it out to be. Your thoughts?
by David and Tim Bayly on December 7, 2010 - 6:25pm
(Tim, w/thanks to Scott) Our national president of shrews, Eleanor Smeal, sent an e-mail out earlier today exhorting her constituents to protest the don't ask, don't tell policy. She's desperate to see it repealed before the Republicans take over. Smeal made the point that this policy is a particular hardship to her sex because women comprise a disproportionate number of the 13,000 soldiers discharged for sodomy in the past sixteen years. (And yes, historically, "sodomy" includes copulation against the order of nature.)
Smeal reports that, in 2009, although women were only one seventh of Army soldiers, they were half of those discharged for the same-sex perversion. Similarly in the Air Force, although only one out of every five airmen was a woman, one out of two discharged was a woman. In the Navy, one out of every eight sailors was a woman...
by David and Tim Bayly on December 15, 2010 - 8:08am
(Tim: this post is by Church of the Good Shepherd's David Talcott; it's interesting to note that, so far as I've been able to tell, the New York Times doesn't consider this news "fit to print.")
This past Friday, December 10th, Professor David Epstein of Columbia University (formerly of Harvard and Standord; also a blogger for Huffington Post) was arrested on charges of incest. Though every man is legally innocent until proven guilty, it is hard to imagine that the Boys in Blue would arrest a tenured, full professor at Columbia without having good evidence. Based on initial news reports Epstein is accused of having sex with his adult daughter (now age 24)...
by David and Tim Bayly on December 21, 2010 - 5:26am
A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD your God. - Deuteronomy 22:5
(Tim) Speaking of mishmash, take the words 'sex' and 'gender' as an example. Until the past few years, there were two sexes, but three or four (or more) genders. 'Sex' was body parts and core identity flowing from those body parts while 'gender' was kind, sort, or class. Which is to say in the old days biology was destiny and sex was anything but plastic. From conception, God made man man or woman, and precious little escaped that physical division.
But today, language has become one of the principal weapons in the rebels' arsenal and Exhibit A is the death of 'sex'. Suzi was born a boy, but the doctor botched her circumcision and no one wants to hurt her feelings; Zoe was born a hermaphrodite and no one wants him to feel odd or left out; Johny grows up dressing like a woman and no one wants to hurt his feelings.
Anyone can see sex is really much more complicated than the two wooden categories used by all those ignoramuses who came before us. It's a continuum--not just body parts. It's endless aspects of personality and taste and clothing and family of origin stuff..."
by David and Tim Bayly on December 21, 2010 - 6:03am
(Tim, w/thanks to Kamilla) Speaking of "gender" being a choice, your next-door neighbor has murdered three of her unborn sons because she doesn't want a son--she wants a daughter. But there's a better way.
California IVF doctors are now selling mothers the freedom to choose their unborn baby's gender...