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Thursday, June 23, 2016

BIDDING FAREWELL TO THE "PERSON OF INTEREST" TV SHOW

BIDDING  FAREWELL  TO  THE  "PERSON  OF  INTEREST"  TV  SHOW

by Forrest W. Schultz

     Today there is a lot of discussion about the "dark side" of our police forces.  Detective Carter (on the "Person Of Interest" Show) possessed an exemplary character which led her colleague Detective Fusco to turn away from the dark side of the NYPD and to join the good guys and their good computer, first to prevent crimes, and then, after 2014, to battle against the bad guys and their bad computer, who was called "Samaritan".  I wonder if perhaps the show's writer chose this name to play a joke on us:  in contrast to Jesus, who composed a parable about a GOOD Samaritan, he decided to write a story about a BAD Samaritan!  Ha Ha !!

     Well, anyway, on Tuesday night, in the show's final episode, the bad guys' computer was destroyed by the good guys, BUT the show did NOT deal with the allegation of the bad guys that there is a need for a super intelligent computer knowing almost everything to plan our future.  We should trust it, they said, because it knows much more than any of us!  The ONLY answer to this is to trust in God, who is omniscient as well as all righteous, thereby being the only valid person in who to rest our trust.  Without this trust in God, people will keep on trying to invent a supercomputer and place their faith in it.  Amen!

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

A GREAT QUOTE FROM OS GUINNESS ABOUT TODAY'S EVANGELICALISM

A  GREAT  QUOTE  FROM  OS  GUINNESS  ABOUT  TODAY'S  EVANGELICALISM


If any of you have been following  what Franklin Graham has been saying and doing, it is clear that, unlike his father Billy,  he is not a compromiser, and is not afraid of speaking out about the compromising of what passes for evangelicalism today, and of publishing in Decision the comments of others who do likewise.  A case in point is the latest issue, June 2016, which on page 17 quotes the remarks of Os Guinness on this sordid subject.  I especially appreciate the opportunity to read these remarks because it has been a long time since I have read anything by him.  I vividly recall what I believe was his first book, Dust of Death, (published in either the late 60s or early 70s, when he was getting started, and I welcomed him as sort of the British version of Francis Schaeffer,  one of my greatest heroes.  Here is what Guinness says today:

"American Evangelicalism has lost its way.  Much of the Evangelical movement is in the process of melting down and following the disastrous trajectory of mainline Protestant liberalism, which has betrayed the Gospel".

Amen!!

Forrest

A GREAT QUOTE FROM RICHARD WURMBRAND

A  GREAT  QUOTE  FROM  ONE  OF  GREATEST  CHRISTIANS  OF  THE  TWENTIETH  CENTURY  --  REV.  RICHARD  WURMBRAND

Wurmbrand was known for his suffering under Communism, and for the organization her founded after he was freed -- Jesus To The Communist World.  Then, after the Soviet Union collapsed and persecution of Christians   increased all over the world, he changed the name to "The Voice Of The Martyrs", information on which is available at their website www.persecution.com.  The thought-provoking quotation from Wurmbrand, shown below, is taken from their October 1981 newsletter and is referenced in their June 2016 newsletter on page 3.


"... we do not ask God why He allows suffering.  Birds sing not because they have an answer but because they have a song.  We too have a new song."

Forrest

A  GREAT  QUOTE  FROM  VINTAGE  RUSHDOONY  ON  THE  COMPARISON  OF  IMPORTANCE  OF  THE  PEOPLE  AND  THE  PRESIDENCY 



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June 7, 2016 
Do We Make Too Much of Our Presidents?
by R. J. Rushdoony

When Thomas Jefferson was inaugurated as president, it was a simple and brief act before a few people. When it was over, Jefferson walked back to his boarding house. Dinner was already served, every seat was taken, and the newly inaugurated president had to wait for a place at the table. The same thing happened to President John Quincy Adams some years later. On a coastal sailing vessel, Adams was slightly late and had to wait his turn to eat.

In those days, a president was "no big deal." The federal government was small and insignificant, and the same was true of state, country, and city levels of civil government. Being president was not too important a position, nor was holding congressional office.

In fact, the last thing Americans wanted in those days was an important and powerful federal government. Even as late as the early 1900s, when the federal government was much larger than in Jefferson's day, it was still a minor factor in American life. During William Howard Taft's presidency, Washington, D.C., was still a small community with a handful of big buildings. In fact, the Tafts kept the family cow staked out in what is now the White House grounds but was then an open pasture.

What was important in those days was the American people. The people were the powers in the United States, and their faith and freedom made America great.

I submit that what you and I do, and other men like us do, is more important to the future of this country than what the White House and Congress do.

In the days of Jefferson and Adams, the people were not controlled, but the federal government was. The whole point of the Constitution was to handcuff the federal government and keep the people free. Today, the courts have reversed that. They have re-interpreted the Constitution to handcuff the people and to free the federal government from controls.

It is a serious mistake to look to the federal or state governments for our freedom. After all, if we gain power and freedom, they lose it. Many of our presidents, senators, and congressmen have been - and are - fine men. It is more important, however, for people to be godly and of a strong, sound character. We cannot vote in men and expect them to make this country strong when we ourselves refuse to be strong and self-reliant.

Thus, we do have a problem today: a much too strong federal government and an all too weak a people. If this continues, we will be a slave people at home and an oppressed people abroad.

Freedom begins in your life and mine, in our faith and character. We make too much of our presidents and far too little of ourselves. Most of all, we make too little of our sovereign Lord and God, and the result is that He is making little of us.

 
Sincerely,
 
Forrest