R2K (Radical Two Kingdom)

Mall bans private prayer...

Before powerwalking, some Christian women made a little circle and began praying for God's blessing on their time together. But a mall policeman cut their prayer short, telling them prayer was prohibited on mall premises. The women appealed to the mall manager who came and assured them the mall policeman was right: prayer was not allowed inside the mall.

This led one of the women to ask it the prohibition of prayer extended to asking Gods' blessing over the food in their food court? The manager said such prayers...


Lawless judges...

Recently, U.S. District Judge Richard Young struck down Indiana's lawful democratic ban on sodomitic marriage, joining a cabal of federal judges intent on defying God's Moral Law and violating their vows to submit to the Constitution of these United States. Vengeance belongs to God. Notwithstanding God's Ownership of vengeance, though, the citizens of these United States are our Constitution's stewards and defenders. In fact, we may properly say that the authority of the Constitution is every citizen's authority and thus the defense of the Constitution and the duty to discipline civil magistrates who rebel against it properly lies with every citizen of these United States.

Whether it's caused by lethargy or the stupefaction of R2K casuistry, Christian citizens who abdicate our duties to be our Constitution's guardians deserve the wickedness which has already corrupted our children and will corrupt our grandchildren even more. God made us stewards of the authority exercised by our civil magistrates and...


Cutting through the rhetoric...

As already noted, the Hobby Lobby decision isn't particularly landmark. It is here, for now, but will likely dissolve within a short time-frame. During the interim, we will have our eyes and ears abused with twisted narratives used to induce panic and anger; certainly not careful thought or reflection. The weightier the issues, the more sinfully stupid people think about and talk about topics. It is not merely painful to our ears and eyes, it is tragic.

One such issue that sticks out is how so many articles and "news" outlets are focusing on the fact Hobby Lobby isn't a real person...


Last chance for Clearnote Summer Conference 2014...

We've now gone over 400 registrants, adults and children, for our Clearnote Summer Conference July 11th & 12th here in Bloomington, Indiana. The conference is titled,"Salt and Light: Confessing Christ in the Public Square." Are you coming?

We have a few spots left so go on over to the registration page and snag one. We'll look forward to seeing you.


The Hobby Lobby decision put in context...

The Supreme Court of these United States declares Hobby Lobby will no longer be required to submit to Washington D.C.'s oppression and we're supposed to be happy and grateful? Are you kidding me?

The cornerstone of our nation's principles of government is the recognition that all men have an inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, yet Christians are tickled pink and giggling with excitement that closely held family corporations of a certain inordinate religiosity will no longer be obligated to pay for the slaughter of their employees' children. It doesn't take much for the court jesters inside the Beltway to make us grateful, does it?

Sometimes I think I have a clear view of the game plan. The relationship between Christian citizens of these United States and their civil magistrates is much like professional wrestling...


Nixon, GDP, and judicial fraud...

The Modern State employs an endless fund of techniques to manipulate its citizens. In the realm of propaganda, the practice of Modified Limited Hangout (a term coined during Watergate) helps the government blunt the impact of bad news by releasing some information but concealing really bad stuff. The goal is to relieve pressure for the release of the really bad stuff, or if that is not possible, soften up resistance and condition us to mutely accept what was only a short time ago unthinkable or outrageous...


R2K hipsters want the PCA to merge with the PC(USA)...

To those who wonder why I left the PCA, most of it had to do with our pastors college and church planting with Clearnote Fellowship, our local presbytery. Then too, it was so tiring living in the middle this sort of faithlessness in my General Assembly work and on the floor of GA and presbytery meetings. This article is taken from the byFaith blog. Thus I suppose they would claim copyright. But really, there's nothing creative here to warrant copyright. They pulled the faithless words out of the public meeting of the Overtures Committee. Then there's the fact that byFaith consistently gags good comments and has been doing so for years. So I figure there ought to be one place where people are really free to leave comments (while of course abiding by our commenting rules).

To the issue at hand: the PCA General Assembly is meeting and its Overtures Committee just shot down the following overture using the following reasoning. The battle is all around them and they fear confessing Christ will jeopardize their hipster church planting.

You know, not one of these guys who lectured the other commissioners on the committee and Savanna River Presbytery about the danger of this statement has ever counselled or admonished or rebuked or excommunicated or encouraged or hugged or kissed (with a holy kiss) one single homosexual. It's clear from their whining that they don't know a thing about evangelizing or ministering to men tempted by same-sex intimacy. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Then, you add the R2K spirituality of the church nonsense and we have a hipster/R2K perfect storm of cowardice...


Happy Fathers Day...

When you read the Bible and see it condemning a particular sin, if the sin seems absent today, do you move on? Or do you presume every sin is common to man?

Take bloodshed, for instance: across the Old Testament God rebukes man for shedding innocent blood.1 In fact, the first mention of blood in Scripture is God's condemnation of Cain for shedding the blood of his brother, Abel: “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground."2

When you read this and the many other places where God's people are condemned for shedding innocent blood, do you stop to consider whose blood cries out to God from our soil? Do you find yourself wondering whether God cares about the hundreds of thousands of disabled and elderly who are starved, dehydrated, and drugged to death each year in our hospitals, nursing homes, and bedrooms? Do you wonder if God keeps track of the newborn who are denied...


Affirming stuff, part one...

Christian faith has always unapologetically been affirming of “stuff” - physical stuff. So affirming of stuff, in fact, that the entire world is scandalized by it. Some might say that one problem with our godless generation is its denigration of stuff; like a child in formation within his mother’s womb. The reason such a child may be incautiously discarded (killed) is that it is said to be nothing more than a mess of tissue - you know, it’s “just” stuff.

The word 'gnostic' is so abused of late that it can refer to nearly anything—so nebulous, it defies concreteness. This is a sad irony. But the fact remains, Christians have always scandalized the world by our unapologetic affirmation of stuff—insofar as our spirituality is divorced from stuff, some form of dualistic juju is wreaking havoc on our very humanity. It is a violent form of dualism which rages against our identity—an identity created by God which is identifiable through our bodies... 


Jeffrey Fowle arrested...

A man's enemies will be the members of his household. - Matthew 10:36

Imagine having retreated into the radical two kingdom (R2K) posture toward the state, then waking up to find you are a citizen of North Korea. Your civil magistrate is Kim Jong-un and he's just arrested Jeffrey Fowle, an American missionary in his seventies on a group tour through North Korea, for leaving his Bible behind in a hotel room. You have many brothers and sisters in Christ who have been executed by the state for testifying to Jesus Christ and you're a pastor of a house church. What do you do?

Maybe...


I have had enough of your liturgies, homilies, and sacraments...

[NOTE FROM TB: Please note the apology and change to my comment below. I took an uncalled-for jab at attorneys, and therefore at my dear brother, Dan, below. Fact is, Dan and several other attorneys I know and love are precisely what I was calling for—faithful Christians who live out that precise righteousness spoken of by Isaiah. I praise God for them and their faithful service to many needy and oppressed!]

It's all well and good to say the Christian should not look for the civil magistrate to supplant the preacher of the Gospel in calling men to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. We don't need huge books to make that point. It's obvious. And yet I suppose it is precisely those obvious places where scholastics like to sit and ruminate. And if they pull off the supercilious thing well enough, they may be successful in enticing callow young men to listen to their ruminations; or better yet, buy them.

Meanwhile, the real action continues unimpeded. Brothers and sisters in Christ are being forced out of their calling, their work and profession, by civil magistrates, professional societies, professors, teachers, school boards, trade organizations, public monopolies like the AMA and Apple and Google, and state bar associations—all united in their attack upon God's Created Order and Law. It's impossible to miss. Everyone sees it every single day and its fruit of blood and damnation is piled up three feet high and rotting in our nation's public square...


Sodomite adoption and the repeal of adultery laws...

Two news items, today. First, on voice vote this past week, New Hampshire lawmakers took the first step toward repealing a two-century-old law against adultery. The sponsor of the bill to repeal, state Representative Tim O'Flaherty, announced: "I don't think there's any appetite in New Hampshire to use police powers to enforce a marriage."

"Enforce a marriage?" Marriage is love and fruitfulness and submission and self-sacrifice and affection and intimacy and pillow-talk and fights and the longest and slowest of obediences that finally produces the joy of fiftieth and sixtieth anniversaries. Marriage is "two cats in the yard, life used to be so hard, now everything is easy 'cause of you." Marriage is Christ and His Church.

Trust me, Honorable Tim O'Flaherty, no one in these United States of America is thinking about using "police powers to enforce a marriage." Rather, our wise fathers and mothers of two centuries ago were acting in defense of husbands, wives, sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, friends, and neighbors from the rapes, incest, sexually transmitted diseases, baby-murders, assaults, prostitution, and other crimes of passion that accompany adultery as surely as darkness accompanies night.

Which brings us to the second item: in southern Indiana, a sodomite was just sentenced to forty years imprisonment for crimes committed against a son he owned with his partner. The crimes are too awful to speak of. But what should be noted is that these sodomites bought their son from a surrogate mother with the express purpose of committing these crimes. Meanwhile, single mothers and lesbians and sodomites around the world are hounding civil magistrates for the right to go and do likewise...


A conference for the whole family...

Conferences get a bad rap around here, and for good reason. Generally speaking, conferences tend to be about money and personalities and book sales and money and self-promotion and money and stuff, for instance. They're also a really great opportunity for super-spiritual people to go and listen to their favorite super-apostles so they can feel super-righteous about their super-awesome understanding of supralapsarianism or something like that.

But if you're like me, there are still a few conferences out there that you like the idea of going to...


Homosexualist marriage, death, and compassion...

Think with a Christian mind. When a lesbian in a homosexualist marriage is facing death due to Stage IV ovarian cancer, one of two things is true: either now is the time to release her from the oppression of residents of the state of Indiana so she and her partner in this "loving relationship" may approach her death in peace; or now is the time to warn her that, if she defies God to her very end, upon death she will certainly face God's wrath and eternal damnation. Death is the great purifier of thoughts. The choices are clear. The Holy Spirit has spoken: "it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment" (Hebrews 9:27).

Which side of this choice shows compassion for this immortal soul? The attorneys and judges who use this lesbian's impending death to express their own hatred and defiance of God? Or the citizens of the state of Indiana who call their civil magistrates to condemn the evil of lesbianism and warn those who practice it, particularly at the time of their death?

Who has compassion...


Seminaries and search committees in the dance of death...

Pastors are called to warn their sheep. This is the reason the Apostle Paul declares his innocence of the blood of those he pastored, saying he never failed to warn them. His warnings were both public and private and he gave them every last warning God commanded him to give. (See Acts 20.)

This is not true of Reformed pastors, today. There is a great absence of pastoral care among us and the pastor whose ministry is characterized by warnings must justify those warnings while the lethargic and conflict-avoiding Reformed pastors around him who trade in flattery and presumption are viewed as paragons of clerical virtue.

Think of the spiritual destruction of their sheep caused by such careless pastors and we tremble. Let's keep in mind, though, that people choose their own churches and pastors, and thus a certain measure of blame belongs on the congregants themselves. They have a chaplain rather than a pastor because they prefer a chaplain to a pastor. They prefer a man who can keep a good religious shine on their Reformed veneer providing religious cover for friendship with the world.

If this were as far as it went, it would be bad enough. Remember how our Lord took pity on the crowds because "they were sheep without a shepherd?" This is the condition of all those souls who have chosen churches and pastors who are committed never to warn their sheep. But it goes further. The damage caused by faithless shepherds extends beyond their own parish to sheep tended by faithful shepherds, also. Richard Baxter describes the process by recording the irritation sheep have with


Forty-one years of the slaughter of babies across America...

Yesterday marked the forty-first anniversary of the legalization of baby-slaughter by the evil justices of the Supreme Court of these United States. Their arguments were devious, or simply lies. But they had their way, and now they will face God and give an account for these forty-one years of bloodshed of innocents. Again this year, I post a sermon preached ten years ago in Indiana's Statehouse to focus our thoughts on this greatest of all evils we face today. Take time to read the sermon, thinking how you can speak up, and like Noah, be a preacher of righteousness.

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The Lord'€™s Throne Is in Heaven

(For the choir director; a psalm of David.) In the LORD I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, "Flee as a bird to your mountain; for, behold, the wicked bend the bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string to shoot in darkness at the upright in heart. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD'€™S throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain snares; fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup. For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; the upright will behold His face. (Psalm 11:1-7)

Thirty one (now forty-one) years ago today, on January 22nd, 1973, the Supreme Court of these United States issued its infamous ruling, Roe v. Wade, in which the Court declared that a mother's intentional killing of her unborn child was a fundamental right guaranteed under our Constitution. Since that ruling, it has been a commonplace to observe that Roe v. Wade, the Court's repeal of the laws prohibiting abortion on the books of all fifty states, was simply the exercise of raw judicial power with a legal justification based upon a mist and a vapor--€”or as the Court itself might put it, emanations from penumbras.

Our Supreme Court: intentionally conniving at murder...

Since 1973, no one has made a name for himself defending Roe. v. Wade’s history, biology, ethics, logic, or justice; and only a few have been foolish enough to claim this ruling will stand the test of time...


Feminists who claim to be daughters of Calvin, Bullinger, and Knox...

Check out this post opposing what the author refers to as "Biblical patriarchy." It's written by a complementarian woman who styles herself "a daughter of the Reformation." With respect to the matter of God's Creation Order of sexuality, though, Ms. Miller is no daughter of the Reformation.

Her arguments are a combination of error, straw men, and straightforward repudiation of the Biblical doctrine of sexuality taught by Protestant church fathers through the centuries, starting with Luther, Calvin, and Knox, and continuing unbroken down through the centuries until a very few years ago.

First, the error: the post's author, Rachel Miller, quotes a Phoenix Seminary prof saying Don Bloesch was a complementarian. Don was not.

Don and his wife, Brenda, were good friends. One night my wife and I joined two Roman Catholic sisters...


Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson: a postmodern morality play...

Well, they'll stone ya when you're trying to be so good
They'll stone ya just a-like they said they would
They'll stone ya when you're tryin' to go home
Then they'll stone ya when you're there all alone

But I would not feel so all alone
Everybody must get stoned.

-Bob Dylan, Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

Although a number of men I'm close to have loved the show for quite some time, yesterday in our pastors meeting I was told Duck Dynasty is one of the most popular TV shows of all time, and I was floored. I've never really gotten reality shows. More recently I haven't gotten FB, either. Everybody shouting at their friends that they just went gluten-free. Scintillating ain't it?

So yeah, the Robertsons are fun and I'd like to blow their duck call once or twice to hear why it made them rich. Is it "Queeeeaaaaaaaaauuuck" or just "Quack Quack?"

In fact, Duck Dynasty's success is mostly about money... {C}


The NSA is taking liberties from us...

(NOTE: After posting, this news just in.)

Since some readers were scandalized by Nelson Mandela's 1964 self-defense appearing here, maybe the anvil is hot and it's time to strike again giving readers another reason to believe David and I have turned into Commie-lovers.

Last night I read a long piece on the ten to fifteen year backstory to Edward Snowden's warnings that American citizens are routinely spied on by their government. The article titled, "State of Deception: Why won’t the President rein in the intelligence community?" by Ryan Lizza is a complicated story of Oregon Senator Ron Wyden's long and hard work defending American's civil liberties against the feds' fear-mongering espionage agencies that routinely dismiss the rulings of our Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) created to govern them. Lizza gives the history of the creation...


Sodomy rights trump religious freedom...

Peter and Rosemary Bull, the Christian couple fined in 2008 for not allowing sexual immorality in their bed and breakfast, have lost their appeal to the UK's Supreme Court. In a unanimous ruling, the court ruled the Bulls have no religious freedom to decline one of their bedrooms to the sodomite couple who filed a complaint against them.

After 25 years, the Bulls business has been ruined and they are now forced to sell their home.

From the court's decision, this from Deputy President...