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Abortion and Politics
by Pilgrim. Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:42 AM
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None but Christ!
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Chau is no Jim Elliot
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Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:42 AM
Originally Posted by Tom
However I am not sure it is fair to go as far as some do in saying a politician is actually pro-choice if they refuse to use their office for pro-life causes.

1. Roe vs Wade should be overturned for several reasons, e.g., it is unconstitutional by denying the guarantee to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to any citizen, regardless of their physical/mental condition or stage of development. And, the ruling of SCOTUS itself was unconstitutional for it went beyond its official responsibility to apply the law and took upon itself the responsibility of the legislative branch which makes law.

2. A politician, in theory (this rarely is the case anymore) is to represent the will of the people which voted him/her into office. Thus if the politician's constituency is pro-life, then that is what he/she must fight for. Since Roe vs Wade was an illegal ruling, it should be every politician's goal to have it nullified and let Congress and the Senate decide whether there should be laws regarding abortion... Or, turn this matter over to the States to make their own laws, which I believe, due to the Constitution's guarantee of life must be upheld by the Federal government.

3. There are several petitions currently being circulated which deal with Life at Conception, which I doubt will ever see the light of day now since the Congress is going to be run by the Demorats, and since it couldn't have been passed by the Republican run Congress and Senate for two years. However, the "Life at Conception" bill would be the most effective way to overturn Roe vs Wade because in its ruling, SCOTUS wrote was that the issue of when life begins was not under consideration in that case. HOWEVER, IF that issue was presented at some future time, it would consider it. And of course, if SCOTUS actually took the case and ruled that life does indeed begin at conception, which is scientifically incontrovertible, then it is very possible that Roe vs. Wade could be overturned by a conservative judiciary. THAT is why the Socialist Democrats tried everything to block the appointment both Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

4. Lastly, if a politician refuses to work to implement the will of the people he/she represents, then he/she should be recalled and removed from office. To say that a politician who publicly supports the Pro-Life cause but fails to work toward that goal is actually "Pro-Death", aka: Pro-Choice, would not necessarily be true. It may effectively further the Pro-Death agenda by being silent, which is another matter entirely. Most politicians will say what people what to hear to get elected and then once elected, their goal is to make as many contacts which will result in a plush job after they are out of politics, and to make as much money as they can while in office. There are exceptions, of course, but such individuals are few and far between. [Linked Image]
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Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:18 AM
Abortion and Politics
I found out there are a few politicians out there, that are openly pro-life. However, in politics they do not believe they should use their office to try to overturn Roe vs Wade. Therefore, when the issue comes up in a political setting they abstain.
Some people say that if they do this they are actually pro choice, not pro-life.
While I believe there is nothing wrong with using a political office to support pro-life. I have no idea why they think it they should abstain. However I am not sure it is fair to go as far as some do in saying a politician is actually pro-choice if they refuse to use their office for pro-life causes.
Thoughts?

Tom
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Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:24 PM
Calvin on the Second Commandment [(from his commentary Exodus 20:4]

Now we must remark, that there are two parts in the Commandment — the first forbids the erection of a graven image, or any likeness; the second prohibits the transferring of the worship which God claims for Himself alone, to any of these phantoms or delusive shows. Therefore, to devise any image of God, is in itself impious; because by this corruption His Majesty is adulterated, and He is figured to be other than He is. There is no need of refuting the foolish fancy of some, that all sculptures and pictures are here condemned by Moses, for he had no other object than to rescue God's glory from all the imaginations which tend to corrupt it. And assuredly it is a most gross indecency to make God like a stock or a stone. Some expound the words, "Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven image, which thou mayest adore;" [80] as if it were allowable to make a visible image of God, provided it be not adored; but the expositions which will follow will easily refute their error.

Meanwhile, I do not deny that these things are to be taken connectedly, since superstitious worship is hardly ever separated from the preceding error; for as soon as any one has permitted himself to devise an image of God, he immediately falls into false worship. And surely whosoever reverently and soberly feels and thinks about God Himself, is far from this absurdity; nor does any desire or presumption to metamorphose God ever creep in, except when coarse and carnal imaginations occupy our minds.

Hence it comes to pass, that those, who frame for themselves gods of corruptible materials, superstitiously adore the work of their own hands. I will then readily allow these two things, which are inseparable, to be joined together; only let us recollect that God is insulted, not only when His worship is transferred to idols, but when we try to represent Him by any outward similitude."
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Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:00 PM
Yes, Tom.

The "traditions of the elders" were codified later with anti-Christian invective added, after the fall of Jerusalem and the increase in the number of Christian converts. The chasm widened further, and can only be closed in the heart by the birth from above.
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Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:53 AM
Here is a question concerning the Talmud. The Talmud was put in written form between the years 200-400. Before that the Talmud was taught in oral form. I am not clear on the exact date of the Talmud started. However it appears that during the time of Jesus ministry on earth, it was present, seeing it is the work of Pharasees.
My question has to do with Jesus conversation with the Jews in John 8:39-47. In verse 44 Jesus said "Ye are of your father the devil,..."

.Would it be correct to say that these people followed the Talmud?

Tom
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Devotional
Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:01 PM
Before conversion, man seeks to cover himself with his own fig-leaves, and to make himself acceptable with God, by his own duties. He is apt to trust in himself, and set up his own righteousness, and to reckon his pennies for gold, and not to submit to the righteousness of God. But conversion changes his mind; now he counts his own righteousness as filthy rags. He casts it off, as a man would the verminous tatters of a nasty beggar. Now he is brought to poverty of spirit, complains of and condemns himself; and all his inventory is, 'I am poor, and miserable, and wretched, and blind, and naked!' [Rev 3:17]. He sees a world of iniquity in his holy things, and calls his once-idolized righteousness but filth and loss; and would not for a thousand worlds be found in it!

Now he begins to set a high price upon Christ's righteousness. He sees the need of Christ in every duty, to justify his person and sanctify his performances; he cannot live without Him; he cannot pray without Him. Christ must go with him, or else he cannot come into the presence of God; he leans upon Christ, and so bows himself in the house of his God. He sets himself down for a lost undone man without Him; his life is hid in Christ, as the root of a tree spreads in the earth for stability and nourishment. Before, the gospel of Christ was a stale and tasteless thing; but now—how sweet is Christ! Augustine could not relish his once-admired Cicero, because he could not find in his writings the name of Christ. How emphatically he cries, 'O most sweet, most loving, most kind, most dear, most precious, most desired, most lovely, most fair!' all in a breath, when he speaks of and to Christ. In a word, the voice of the convert is, with the martyr, 'None but Christ!'
~ Joseph Alleine.
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:13 PM
It is very apparent from the Word of God that He often tries the faith and patience of His people when they are crying to Him for some great and important mercy, by withholding the mercy sought for a season; and not only so, but at first He may cause an increase of dark appearances. And yet He, without fail, at last prospers those who continue urgently in prayer with all perseverance and "will not let him go except He blesses."
~ Jonathan Edwards
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:36 AM
Just to clarify, the information I provided was in no way an endorsement of Rabbinical Judaism. It had more to do with what they claim it to be.
The fact that Jesus said in John 8:39 “They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.” KJV
Should prove that the Talmud does not accurately reflect the Torah.
Tom
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Open Forum
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:38 PM
You're welcome, Tom!

He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; [and] he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. [1Jo 5:10-12]

Any religion can prescribe moral rules; Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, etc. all do. But what makes Talmudic Judaism so reprehensible is its explicit denial of and hatred for Jesus Messiah. This is well documented in the NT, and even the OT.

As for Hillel’s quote, it is merely the negative form of the Golden Rule that even Confucius teaches, a cunning twist on the GR so that it’s possible to earn works righteousness.

The Talmud is not a godly commentary on the Torah; it is the tradition of the [Jewish] elders that overturns the Word of God, to which they pay lip service. There are numerous, well documented quotes from the Talmud that expose a shocking level of Christ-, Christian- and gentile-hatred, sexual perversion, deceit, usury and gross idolatry, but the Talmudists cleverly cover this up. It’s like the crooked businessman—there’s one set of books for private use, and another for the tax man. And when a scholarly attempt is made at uncovering this, the weapon they wield most effectively is the charge of antisemitism, by which they also control the overton window.

Michael Hoffman, Ron Unz and Israel Shahak are Jews whose eyes have been opened, and they write in order that others’ eyes may see, too. Judaism is just as antichristian as Islam, but much more dangerous because of its devious subtlety. Islam is the part of the iceberg that is visible, whereas Judaism lurks below the surface.

A good place to start is Ron Unz’s recent article, American Pravda: Oddities of the Jewish Religion
http://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-oddities-of-the-jewish-religion/

Israel Shahak reveals the Zionistic mindset at the core of the modern state of Israel in his short but weighty Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years
https://ifamericaknew.org/cur_sit/shahak.html

Michael Hoffman is accessible and essential reading: Judaism’s Strange Gods
https://www.amazon.com/Judaisms-Strange-Gods-Michael-Hoffman/dp/0970378408/

For details of what’s in the Talmud, look at Johann Andreas Eisenmenger’s Rabbinical Literature: or, The traditions of the Jews, contained in their Talmud and other mystical writings
https://archive.org/details/rabinicalliterat01eise/page/n7

If you prefer audiovisual media, Hoffman’s book is summarized in this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po_cSMoCZ6w

Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. [Luk 13:35]

Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. [Rev. 3:9]
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Theology Discussion Forum
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:13 AM
You might want to check out the following link as well. Interesting interview as well.
http://www.dennyburk.com/mission-ag...bout-john-chaus-mission-to-remote-tribe/

Tom
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Open Forum
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:22 AM
Thankyou for that information.

I thought I would study a bit to familiarize myself with what Rabbinical Judaism believe about the Torah and the Talmud. Below are some of the basics.
The Talmud is basically a discussion of what the Torah (5 books of Moses) mean. Jews can study both the Torah and Talmud. Talmud means “instruction” in Hebrew.
Jews believe God gave the Torah and Rabbis gave the Talmud. The Talmud was canonized between 3rd and 5th century AD. They believe that the Torah is of divine origin and the Talmud is divinely inspired. So the Talmud would carry a lot more weight than a commentary in their view. “Torah is the administrator's guide, Talmud is the user's guide.” Or as someone else put it: “The Torah is like a Constitution, for instance that of the United States. It's written and it cannot be amended.
The Talmud is like the Supreme Court rulings, which show how to interpret the constitution.”
Although the Talmud is much longer that the Torah. It can be summed up as followed: “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah. The rest is commentary.” Rabbi Hillel
To a Rabbinical Jew, to study and obey the Talmud, is to obey the Torah explained in commentary.

Tom
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Open Forum
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:55 PM
Originally Posted by Tom
Pilgrim

I have been sharing what you wrote. Up until now, I haven't received any feedback until the following which I am not completely sure what it really means.
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As Patrick Buchanan and many others have pointed out for many years, the concept of judicial review, which began with Marbury v Madison (1803), would need to be done away with before we could ever attempt a return to the principles of the US Constitution. This, of course, will never happen. As Michael Hoffman has said, "In the religion that is directed by the Talmud, there is no legislature. All laws are made by judicial decision. It just so happens that this is how much of the supreme law of the land is made in America. Another name for “activist judge” is Talmudic judge."


Do you?

Tom



The quote from Michael Hoffman is the key.

America, and Western civilization, are Christian. However, Talmudic religion (Judaism) has made significant inroads into our political, financial, academic, media, and social institutions. Much of American evangelicalism is pro-Israel, based on a faulty understanding of the Abrahamic covenant, which was made by God with Abraham and his seed, Jesus Christ (and all those in Him)—not the physical descendants of Abraham, or the proselytes who joined themselves to Judaism after the fall of Jerusalem. Many still regard Jews as "brethren of a kindred spirit" when the Apostle John clearly identifies their spirit as the spirit of antichrist, and Christ himself denies that they are Jews (Rev. 2:9, 3:9).

Judaism is based on the Talmud, and NOT the Old Testament. Michael Hoffman's book, "Judaism's Strange Gods" is a good introduction to this religion that is really the legacy of the Pharisees and Saducees.

The Christian ethic is not the Talmudic ethic. There are no Judeo-Christian ethics or values, just as there is no Judeo Christ.
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Devotional
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:53 AM
O MOST merciful God and Father, who dost vouchsafe to build Thy spiritual temple among us, not with wood and stone, but with the edifying of the Holy Ghost, who abideth in those that believe, grant, we heartily beseech Thee, that we may not be left, under the power of any temptation, to defile that temple by our sins, but yielding ourselves to God as dear children, may continually glorify Thee by holy obedience, till we come to behold as with open face Thy glory, which we now only see reflected in Thy word, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John Calvin
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What's New on The Highway website?
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:06 AM
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, that renown "Prince of Preachers" gives us a different perspective on the celebration of Christmas and one that is solidly based upon and taught in Scripture; the only rule of faith and practice. This month's Article of the Month is a sermon preached on December 21, 1856, and on the text of Mark 5:19. I have enjoyed and benefited from this sermon from the first reading of it and I do hope that many who read it now for the first time or perhaps once again will likewise benefit from it.

You can read it now by clicking here: Going Home - A Christmas Sermon.

And for reading it at a later time, you can simply visit The Highway website and click on the "Article of the Month" logo.

In His service and grace,
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Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:48 PM
Our prayer must not be self-centered. It must arise not only because we feel our own need as a burden we must lay upon God, but also because we are so bound up in love for our fellow men that we feel their need as acutely as our own. To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them.
~ John Calvin
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Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:19 AM
Thank you
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Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:07 PM
It simply means that the SCOTUS too often legislates (creates laws) rather doing what it is supposed to do; apply the law AS IT WAS INTENDED. The Roe vs. Wade case on abortion which the Supreme Court ruled on the legitimacy of abortion was NOT Constitutional. The court made up their own law instead of applying the law. IF they had done that, then abortion would be illegal because it murders an innocent human life according to the whim(s) of a woman. Many other rulings by the SCOTUS could be given to show that the judges who sit on that bench have overstepped their authority and even ignored the Constitution which they swore to uphold.
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Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:03 PM
Amen!
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Quotes
Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:17 PM
Expel from my mind all sinful fear and shame,
so that with firmness and courage I may
confess the Redeemer before men,
go forth with Him bearing His reproach,
be zealous with His knowledge,
be filled with His wisdom,
walk with His circumspection,
ask counsel of Him in all things,
repair to the Scriptures for His orders,
stay my mind on His peace,
knowing that nothing can befall me without His
permission, appointment and administration.

The Valley of Vision
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Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:46 AM
Pilgrim

I have been sharing what you wrote. Up until now, I haven't received any feedback until the following which I am not completely sure what it really means.
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As Patrick Buchanan and many others have pointed out for many years, the concept of judicial review, which began with Marbury v Madison (1803), would need to be done away with before we could ever attempt a return to the principles of the US Constitution. This, of course, will never happen. As Michael Hoffman has said, "In the religion that is directed by the Talmud, there is no legislature. All laws are made by judicial decision. It just so happens that this is how much of the supreme law of the land is made in America. Another name for “activist judge” is Talmudic judge."


Do you?

Tom
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Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:26 PM
There is no erratic power or motion, or action, or motion in creatures, but that they are governed by God's secret plan in such a way that nothing happens except what is knowingly and willingly decreed by Him.
~ John Calvin
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Devotional
Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:17 AM
“Be anxious for nothing”—(Philippians 4:6) WORRYING is as definitely forbidden as theft. This needs to be carefully pondered and definitely realized by us, so that we do not excuse it as an innocent “infirmity.” The more we are convicted of the sinfulness of anxiety, the sooner are we likely to perceive that it is most dishonoring to God, and “strive against” it ( Hebrews 12:4). But how are we to “strive against” it?

First , by begging the Holy Spirit to grant us a deeper conviction of its enormity.

Second , by making it a subject of special and earnest prayer, that we may be delivered from this evil.

Third , by watching its beginning, and as soon as we are conscious of harassment of mind, as soon as we detect the unbelieving thought, lift up our heart to God and ask Him for deliverance from it.

The best antidote for anxiety is frequent meditation upon God’s goodness, power and sufficiency. When the saint can confidently realize “The Lord is My Shepherd,” he must draw the conclusion, “I shall not want!”

Immediately following our exhortation is, “but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known unto God.” Nothing is too big and nothing is too little to spread before and cast upon the Lord. The “with thanksgiving” is most important, yet it is the point at which we most fail. It means that before we receive God’s answer, we thank Him for the same: it is the confidence of the child expecting his Father to be gracious. “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought (anxious concern) for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” ( Matthew 6:25,33)

~ A. Pink.
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Theology Discussion Forum
Thu Nov 22, 2018 5:44 PM
Thank you for sharing. Two of your links have been most helpful. Someone who has been in contact with me is, I believe very involved in 'Following the Way.' Reading the articles in certain places was just like reading her messages which she had sent to me. Thank you, again.
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Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:46 PM
FoxNews online headline: "American Missionary wrote 'God, I don't want to die' before being killed by remote tribe" (11/22/2018)

First sentence of the article:

"John Allen Chau, the American missionary who was killed by an isolated tribe on a remote Indian island, reportedly wrote in his journal hours before his death, 'God, I don't want to die.'"

On John Allen Chau's Instagram, he describes himself:

"John Chau
Following the Way.
Wilderness EMT.
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver.
Outbound Collective Explorer.
Perky Jerky Ambassador.
Snakebite Survivor."
https://www.instagram.com/johnachau/?utm_source=ig_embed


What is "Following the Way"?

https://www.followingtheway.me

Statement from this web page:

"Years ago, through prayer, study and observing the major faith traditions, I caught onto a pattern that I didn't know existed. I came to realize that the Shema of Judaism, the Great Commandment of Christianity, the Five Pillars of Islam, the Eightfold Path of Buddhism, and The Way of Taoism were common revelations of the same four essential truths. If this was true, I thought, then God must have reached out to us with this same message in every time, place, and culture to reveal to us the meaning of life's journey. What I have found since that time has astounded me."

Where do we find the "Confession of Faith" of this "Following the Way"? In the link above, you'll find a letter, a statement describing the beliefs, the link is:

http://www.reclaimingjesus.org

John Allen Chau is NOT a new version of James Elliot, an evangelical Christian missionary killed in Ecuador 1956 by Huaorani people. It is sad that the young man lost his life, and I'll not judge his spiritual state, but there is nothing of the true gospel in this "Following the Way", in the online links. Missing are the idea of "sin", "cross", "blood", "faith in Christ as the only way". This group is a socialist, leftist perversion of the gospel of Jesus Christ as Paul describes in 1 Cor. 15:1-7
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Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:32 PM
Perhaps someone new visiting this topic may know of examples.
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