Thursday, July 2, 2015

A People Who Are Not, by John C. Calloway

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:21-23).

God forbid; but we insist. Christ stands and knocks, but we break and enter. Grace for granted is extorted abundance. These are the etymological implications of misappropriated Christianity, curated by the theological mathe-magicians of anathematized ambiguity. These are the overpopulated peculiarities of fallacious profession, who in time past gambled their eternal future for time being. These are the many self-made men made sinners by a man-made disobedience. These are the many who were called, but answered only to so-called. These are the many that “knew” the Lord that never knew them.

“I set thee a watchman,” whose blind ambition watched out for itself, and whose own blown horn warned no one. These are the many that were sound asleep while under obligation to sound alarms. “Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation” (2 Peter 3:4). These are the many whose existing states of affairs were falsified senses of securities, and whose forms of godliness were the glorified norms of society. These are the many whose willful ignorance was wily bliss, who departed “from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” (1 Timothy 4:1), “proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words” (1 Timothy 6:4), “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7), not enduring “sound doctrine; but after their own lusts,” heaping “to themselves teachers, having itching ears” (2 Timothy 4:3) and a sweet truth for Good and Evil flavored rot. “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20).

“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matthew 24:24).

These are the lectern-leaning academics highly educated in human reasoning, and armchair-reclining bibliophiles well versed in books about the Bible. These are the cults of personality who “by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple” (Romans 16:18) with the sounding brass and tinkling cymbals of “declarations of faith” and extra-biblical “revelations,” and whose “signs, wonders, and miracles” were health, wealth, and prosperity. “There were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies” (2 Peter 2:1). These are the masters of ceremonies whose choreographed programs were ubiquitously sensitive to the delicate “needs” of the average thief in the corporate temple instead of an audacious moving of the Holy Spirit, and whose church growth models saved seats instead of souls. These are the self-help gurus that played nice with God’s “unconditional love,” and turned the other cheek for an open display of shame. These are the jukebox heroes that felt their way around with hands-up “experiences” that worshiped “worship” with the vain repetition of improvisational superfluity. “Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding” (Proverbs 23:23). The bestselling pursuit of happiness is a poor imitation of the priceless possession of holiness.

Read the full article in the latest issue of Vexilla Regis Journal.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

From Jesus to the Church

Did Jesus intend to found a church separate from Judaism? Who were the very first followers of Jesus? And how did a clash between two families—the family of Jesus on one hand and the family of high priest Annas and their aristocratic allies on the other—eventually lead to the formation of Christianity?

Our guest this Friday July 3rd is best-selling author Dr. Craig A. Evans. Join us as we look at how a tumultuous chain of events from 30-70 CE—beginning with Jesus's entry into Jerusalem and subsequent crucifixion and ending with the destruction of the temple—led to the separation between the followers of Jesus and other Jews. Topics include the following: 1) whether Jesus actually intended to found the Christian Church; 2) the ways in which Jesus's proclamation of the "Kingdom of God" relate to the Christian Church; 3) the role of James, brother of Jesus, in the new movement in Jerusalem; 4) the tension between James and Paul in the matter of law and works; 5) the conflict between the families and followers of Jesus and those of the high priest Annas before the destruction of the temple; and 6) the aftermath of the Jewish rebellion, whereby the Church moved away from its Jewish roots.

New Testament scholar, Craig Evans, is the Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. A graduate of Claremont McKenna College, he received his M.Div. from Western Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Claremont Graduate University in southern California. He has also been awarded the D.Habil. by the Karoli Gaspard Reformed University in Budapest. A well-known evangelical scholar throughout the world, he is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.

After teaching one year at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Evans taught at Trinity Western University in British Columbia for twenty-one years, where he directed the graduate program in Biblical Studies and founded the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. He was also a Visiting Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.

Author and editor of more than sixty books and hundreds of articles and reviews, Professor Evans has given lectures at Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, Yale and other universities, colleges, seminaries and museums, such as the Field Museum in Chicago, the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. He also regularly lectures and gives talks at popular conferences and retreats on the historical Jesus, Archaeology, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible.

Along with countless interviews on radio networks across Canada and the US, Evans has been seen on Dateline NBC, CBC, CTV, Day of Discovery, and many documentaries aired on BBC, The Discovery Channel, History Channel, History Television and others. He also has served as a consultant for the National Geographic Society and for The Bible miniseries, produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Sobering Word and a Challenge

I've seen a lot of sadness and anger over the last two days as a result of the SCOTUS decisions. Yes, the decision to permit gay marriage will affect the church. We may even be forced back into the "catechombs" as it were; meeting in private homes, etc. We might even see pastors put in jail for refusing to comply. As we said last night on the radio program- perhaps that is a good thing. Perhaps it is time for the church to be purified, the chaff separated from the wheat, the sheep from the goats.

I think it also calls into question the patriotism that has been a part of the church (especially here in the U.S.) for a very long time. I know this will anger some of my conservative friends, but hear me out. 

Lets be honest; we live in a nation founded on revolution. It is the nature of revolutionaries to overthrow the preceding revolution, and as they do so to move ever more away from the principles of the Word of God. Can you name a revolution that embodied the Christian virtues, the foundational doctrine of the Christian faith as its guiding light? No. The American Revolution, while paying lip service to Christian ideals, was essentially a Freemasonic Libertarian movement led by Deists- not Christians. The Word of God did not inform the Founding documents of this country as much as the principles of Enlightenment. This is not, nor ever has been a Christian nation in that sense. It has taken this nation 200 plus years, but it has finally caught up to the principles of that other notorious Freemasonic debacle, the French Revolution. In essence what we are seeing are the principles of the French Revolution in modern form. With that said, can you really be that surprised at the revolution happening today? This is not even the Constitutional Republic of 20 years ago, never mind its founding. 

So what am I saying? The early church stands as a stark reminder (and perhaps indictment) of what we as disciples of Jesus once were, and what we could be again. Indeed, what we MUST be again. Living in a world hostile to their faith they engaged in peaceful civil disobedience simply by not offering incense to the idol of the emperor; an act for which they paid with their lives. But why? 

While never advocating uprisings, they always asserted the timeless truths of the Gospel including that of the Kingdom of God. You see, they knew we are not citizens of any worldly system. They LIVED that identity. They understood that we are citizens of the Kingdom of God, and for that reason alone the worldly systems hated them, persecuted them, and ultimately even murdered them. What is the challenge of the early Church? In part it is this: It is time to let go of the juvenile and naive patriotism that you may have held to all your life. This country, this world is not your home. Stop calling yourself an American, since it carries with it a history of revolution, war, hate, immorality and rebellion against God. Start living your true identity as a citizen of the Kingdom of God. That or you can offer that pinch of incense. It is only eternity at stake.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Rebellion of Thought

By this point it is clear that Modernism infected the Church. And now its even more destructive offspring, Post-Modernism, threatens to completely destroy the faith of millions- IF they even embrace faith to begin with. Like the Tower of Babel, Modernism sought to replace God with reason and science. And just like the aftermath of the Tower of Babel, Post-Modernism has left the world without a common language, a common set of principles upon which we can all agree. In today's culture there are no absolute truths and any claim to absolute truth is viewed as an offense, an attempt to control the lives of others, and yes even hate speech. The Church must act fast, and it must act now if souls are to be saved. This however requires we engage an increasingly relativist culture differently than in the past.

Our guests this Friday 6/26 will be documentary film makers Kent and Brad Williamson, the masterminds behind the highly controversial film "Rebellion of Thought".What is Post-Modernism? How has it affected our culture? What is the role of the Church in the Post-Modern world? Does Man truly need God, or is God really just a fairytale left over from a past cultural experiment? Join us as we discuss these questions and more Friday 6/26 starting at 8:00 p.m. eastern. Also, we will give away one copy of the film to the first caller who can answer our trivia question announced live during the broadcast.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

The JFK Enigma

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 in Dallas' Dealey Plaza. The official investigation, encapsulated in the Warren Commission Report, says our beloved president was murdered by a lone gunman firing from the 6th floor of the School Book Depository; Lee Harvey Oswald. Is the official conclusion correct?

Since that fateful day there have been subsequent investigations, both by independent researchers and law enforcement officials such as former New Orleans attorney Jim Garrisson. What has emerged from these investigations is a very different version of what happened in Dealey Plaza. Instead of a lone nut as gunman what emerges is an Oswald who was deeply involved in intelligence work, a network of intelligence agency operatives surrounding him, and a web of deceit that implicates the government itself.

Mike Ray, a veteran of Indianapolis, Indiana and JFK researcher, will be our guest. After Oswald was murdered by Jack Ruby, Mike recognized along with his father that something very dark was happening. He broke into radio in 1969, and at that station found old audio reels recorded during the weekend of the assassination and murder (Nov. 22-25). He made copies of those recordings which began an in depth pursuit of searching out primary sources of information on the assassination of JFK. He investigated Oswald and those 4 terrible days in November thoroughly. He has compiled over 400 hours of audio material related to the case, including the showdown between Kennedy and the Federal Reserve. Mike has also extensively investigated the Vince Foster case. He continues to aquire audio material today and will be our guest on Vexilla Regis Radio. Mike will share the facts behind the JFK enigma.

We start at 8:00 pm eastern, this Friday night!

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Monday, June 15, 2015

The Two Ways: Life and Death

"There are two ways, one of life and one of death; and there is a great difference between the two ways."- The Didache 1:1

Indeed there is no question that Christianity (the way of life) is quite different from the way of death (the Progressive secular worldview). While Christians work to save the innocent unborn, seek to preserve a morality that promotes healthy families and societies, the Progressives have historically sought the destruction of Christendom and of anything that advocates for Christian principles. Why is that? It is precisely because the Progressive worldview is the same as that offered to humanity by Satan in the Garden. Freedom! Liberty! You do not need God. You can determine your own future, your own morality free from the interference of God. When Adam and Eve capitulated to this twisted view of freedom of will, what followed?

Disease, disorder and death. Absolute and utter separation from God. They achieved the "liberty" Satan promised. They were their own "gods".

"You shall not surely die.", he said, knowing full well his plan led to death.

The message of Progressivism continues to share its "freedom", "liberty" and "free thought" in the form of abortion, whereby innocent unborn babies are murdered while the "Choice" advocates gleefully march and shout the slogans of their prophet Margaret Sanger. You know Sanger, right? The Racial Eugenicist who founded what would become Planned Parenthood? Ah yes, stroll down memory lane with me as we recall her wonderful contribution to the Progressive worldview. She was honored by TIME magazine as one of the "20 Most Influential Americans of All Time". This of course placed her in the same category as another messenger of death, Adolf Hitler, who graced the cover of TIME as "Man of the Year". This is only fitting as Sanger expressed the same racist views as the National Socialists. For example:

  • She gleefully wrote in her autobiography of speaking to the Ku Klux Klan in 1926 of her racial eugenics ideology, which of course was very well received.
  • In a letter to Clarence Gable in 1939, she wrote, "We do not want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the negro population.." (Dec. 10, 1939)
  • The magazine she founded, Birth Control Review, carried many of her articles, with such titles as, "Some Moral Aspects of Eugenics" (June 1920), "The Eugenic Conscience" (Feb. 1921), "The Purpose of Eugenics" (Dec. 1924), "Birth Control and Positive Eugenics" (July 1925), and "Birth Control: The True Eugenics" (August 1929), just to list a few.
She also made some wonderful comments that leave no doubt as to which of the two ways she walked. Comments such as:

While I personally believe in the sterilization of the feeble-minded, the insane and syphilitic, I have not been able to discover that these measures are more than superficial deterrents when applied to the constantly growing stream of the unfit. They are excellent means of meeting a certain phase of the situation, but I believe in regard to these, as in regard to other eugenic means, that they do not go to the bottom of the matter.” (“Birth Control and Racial Betterment,” Feb. 1919, The Birth Control Review).

Eugenics without birth control seems to us a house builded upon the sands. It is at the mercy of the rising stream of the unfit” (“Birth Control and Racial Betterment,” Feb. 1919, The Birth Control Review).

Stop our national habit of human waste.” (“Woman and the New Race,” 1920, Chapter 6).

By all means, there should be no children when either mother or father suffers from such diseases as tuberculosis, gonorrhea, syphilis, cancer, epilepsy, insanity, drunkenness and mental disorders. In the case of the mother, heart disease, kidney trouble and pelvic deformities are also a serious bar to childbearing No more children should be born when the parents, though healthy themselves, find that their children are physically or mentally defective.” (“Woman and the New Race,” 1920, Chapter 7).

The main objects of the Population Congress would be to apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring[;] to give certain dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation or sterilization.” (“A Plan for Peace,” 1932).

It is of interest to note that 79% of all Planned Parenthood abortion clinics are located in Black and Hispanic communities. Coincidence? I think not.Of course, the parallels to the Racial Eugenics pogroms of the National Socialists are hard to ignore.

Today not much has changed in the Progressive worldview. Abortion remains the same hot issue as always for them, as are such issues as Euthanasia (so-called "right to die" laws). If you think Euthanasia is a new issue for the Leftists, think again. Have a look at THIS ARTICLE! Do note that at least one member of the "Choice" crowd was hailing Hitler as a wonderful "social planner". In today's terms that would be the equivalent of a "community organizer". No, Euthanasia is nothing new to the Progressive culture of death.

But what about today? Well, lets just ask the question, "Why do the Progressives seem to bend over backward for extremist Muslims? Why capitulate to Iran, the hub of Islamic terrorism? Why the constant claims from the Leftists that Islam is a "religion of peace", when the reality around the world is screaming the opposite? Why no outcry from the Progressives regarding the plight of women in Islamic nations, the mass genocide of Christians, or even the treatment of homosexuals in Islamic regimes?"

The answer may be found in the fact that extremist Islam is a philosophical fellow in a sense. Progressivism promotes abortion, euthanasia, cultural decimation in the form of moral relativism, sexual "liberty", etc. How far off from militant Islam are they really? Militant Islam also seeks the death of cultures it does not like, of morals it finds reprehensible, of people that refuse to embrace "change", and has engaged in the murder of the unborn, the elderly who could not run away, and those pesky Christians. Even those Muslims who fail to embrace jihad are fair game in the ideology of death.

It seems there are worldview connections with militant Islam that conservatives don't see and some Progressives refuse to admit. Interestingly, both Progressivism and Militant Islam view Christianity and Christians as enemies to be dealt with ruthlessly; one by destroying them economically, socially, etc., and the other by killing them. One wonders if Progressives had the power to do so if they would deal with Christians in the same way as Muslims do. Keep in mind, National Socialism was Leftist and did so, and so was the USSR. Both regimes embodied the vast majority of the principles of the Progressives of today as well, so the question isn't as absurd as it might at first seem.

Standing against this worldview of death are, as has always been the case, those Christians who embrace the "way of life". The difference between the two ways, as the Didache says, is great. Remember this. This is the ultimate key to understanding the spiritual war around us disguised as global politics.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

End Times Buffoonery

You can hardly watch popular Christian television or be on Facebook for any length of time without at some point finding yourself staring at an article declaring the immanent danger of Nephilim roaming our world, UFOs visiting the Pope, Jesuit conspiracies, or some other equally frightening (and absurd) claim by some ministry or self appointed apologist. Drawing on the same material used by fringe history, historical revisionists, "Ancient Alien" theorists and even outright occultists, these various promoters of End Times buffoonery have gained a significant following from a Biblically ignorant and gullible segment of the Protestant population.

Friday 6/12, starting at 8:00 pm eastern, we will be exploring this wacky, wild world of ludicrous prophetic claims, historical silliness, and theological heresy. Join us as we expose the ideology, theology, organizations and personalities behind End Times Buffoonery.

Oh, and we promise we're not Nephilim alien Reptilian hybrids involved in the Jesuit conspiracy to introduce aliens as our space brothers.