Sunday, June 19, 2022

Vote For Your Constitutional Rights

 If you believe that our federal government is devoted to protecting our constitution and our civil rights, then you must be either brain-dead or a willing participant in the destruction of America.

As we approach Sept. 17, the birthday of our Constitution, I want to take this opportunity to inform you of some facts. Our rights do not come from our government. They derive from God. They are inalienable; that means they cannot be taken away.
Every one of our politicians swears an oath to protect and uphold our constitution when they are inaugurated and lots of them didn’t mean it.
These days we have elected representatives mandating laws without the consent of the people. But an illegal law is not a law and there are plenty of us out here in Real America, who will not obey illegal laws. And many of us are inspired, instructed, and dutifully motivated by the preamble to our Declaration of Independence. I have paraphrased that document here in plain language for your convenience:
“There are some things that are just absolutely and fundamentally true. In fact, they are so universally evident and understood that they don’t even need to be argued or defended. One of those absolute truths is that we are all created by God. And because He is the creator and the giver of life, no one, and no government has the right to arbitrarily take the life of another. Nor does anyone have the right to own, control, or hold another person hostage. And, no one has the right to deny any other person the opportunity to pursue his dreams or ambitions. The right to life, the right to be free and the right to pursue happiness are all rights that are granted to men by God, not by any government.
“In order to secure and protect their God-given rights, it is the responsibility of men to organize governments, for themselves, whose ONLY powers are those that are granted to them by the willing consent of the people. And, with those powers, they must act righteously for the good of those they govern.
“Whenever any government becomes so destructive or oppressive that it threatens or diminishes these basic rights of its people, it is the responsibility of the people to change or abolish that government and create a new one that will most effectively secure their safety, freedom, well-being, and happiness.
“Governments that have been well-established and that have served well over long periods of time must be wise. and very careful to remember their fundamental purpose and not substantively deviate from it for frivolous or fleeting causes. History has shown “that most men will endure a lot of abuse and persecution and even evil at the hands of their governments as long as they think the abuses are tolerable because, over time, they become accustomed to it. Resistance is hard work and, frankly, it is much easier to just endure government encroachment as much as possible.
“But when a government becomes so abusive and oppressive; when it systematically erodes the freedoms of the very people who established it and empowered it in the first place, to the point that it becomes tyrannical or dictatorial, it is the right, - no, it is the duty of men to overthrow that government and to organize a new system to guard their future security.”
The Democrat party has been hijacked; it is not the benevolent, God-fearing party of my parents and grandparents. It already has and no doubt will continue to make our lives increasingly more miserable. We have no reasonable assurance that it will not continue to dispatch federal thugs and goons to harass and intimidate us to the point of restricting our travel, seizing our property, incarcerating us, or even killing us. That’s what tyrants do, and the party has shown us no good reason to expect less after the next election.
Nevertheless, understand and take comfort in this; there is a great, patriotic resistance out here across our nation. Millions of us who value liberty more than safety and comfort are, if necessary, willing to bleed or even make ultimate sacrifices for our freedom.
So, in closing be prepared, vote right, and pray for God’s continued blessings on America.

Your Representative Swore an Oath To You

 I don't care what political party you identify with; I don't care what color you are; I don't care about your gender, your ancestry, you economic status, or your religion. If you are a citizen of the United States of America and you value your freedom, this post should mean something to you.

Your congressional representative, when he (or she, or it, or whatever) was elected, swore this oath to YOU.
"I ______, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
Clearly, Barack Obama has trashed and trampled our constitution. He is a lawless criminal whose actions are destructive to our culture, economy, safety, and happiness. If He truly an intentional domestic (or maybe foreign) enemy of the state and Congress has the constitutional authority to STOP HIM, and IMPEACH HIM.
And if any congressman will not keep his promise to protect us, he is also an enemy of the people and deserves to be removed from his office at the next election.
Write to YOUR congressman and tell him to shape up or get out.

My First Letter To Joe Biden

 Dear Mr. Biden.

Why am I on your email list of Democrat supporters? Do you know? There isn’t a day goes by that I don’t get donation appeals to support your presidential campaign. So I ask again; do you know who I am and why I am on your list?
Well I do know so allow me to tell you.
You see, for several years now, I have been on the DNC email list of supporters ever since I first wrote a sarcastic birthday message to your former president.
That was the trigger. As much as I tried with rude, obnoxious, and downright disrespectful responses, Barack Obama, His wife, and all his mind-numbed minions continued to thank me and solicit for more donations. The fact that they placed my name on the DNC supporter list made it obvious that they (and you) don’t care about your constituents. THEY NEVER BOTHER TO READ ANY CORRESPONDENCE THEY RECEIVE.
And so here I am, a Conservative, Christian, America-loving citizen who will NEVER vote for you or any Democrat, and yet, I remain on the list of brain dead minions.
And YOU all think I am a supporter and potential donor. Furthermore, I would bet that YOU too, will never read my letters.
But I am happy about one thing. For years I wanted a membership in the National Rifle Association but I could not afford it. But that all changed a few years ago when
I started getting donation requests from Barack Obama. He wasn’t asking for much; just a mere $3.00. Every time He, or your party, asks me to help with a $3 donation, I put three bucks away. You don't know just how quickly it all added up and every year, on my birthday, I would take enough of the money to buy myself a present; I sent it to the NRA for my annual membership dues.
So I am writing this letter to thank you and the DNC. I trust you will be pleased to know that I had accumulated enough to purchase a LIFE MEMBERSHIP in the National Rifle Association.
Again, I say Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for the wonderful birthday present.
P.S. PLEASE keep sending your appeals to my email address; I have some grandsons who would also like to be NRA members.
Sincerely,
Ralph M. Petersen
(doing my part to Make America Great Again)

Monday, May 30, 2022

       content list  ALWAYS RIGHT, SOMETIMES WRONG 


Published Opinions

 1.      2-19-20        Long Live the Good Old Boys Club
 2.      9-14-20        A Reader's Letter To President Donald Trump
 3.      7-31-20        Elections and the "My Flatulence Doesn't Stink" syndrome
 4.      9-28-20        October Is Pastor Appreciation Month
 5.     10-19-20       Vote Right
 6.     11-14-20       The Best Thing You Can Do To Honor Our Veterans
 7.     11-25-20       GIVING THANKS TO GOD
 8.     12-09-20       Athens Election Fraud
 9.     12-16-20       Jello Politicians
10.    12-23-20       Boys Need Fathers
11,    12-30-20       The Death of A Republic
12.    1-6-21           Socialized Medicine
13.    1-13-21         I'll Keep My Polyps
14.    1-20-21         Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
15.    1-30-21         Wombmates
16.    2-5-21           Covid19 Vaccinations
17.    2-8-21           The Second Amendment
18.    2-17-21         The Story of St. Valentine
19.    2-24-21         Chinese Fortune Cookie
20.    3-10-21         MY EARLY EXIT PLAN
21.    3-17-21         GOD'S PROVIDENCE PROVIDES REAL WORDS OF COMFORT
22.    3-24-21         Face Coverings.
23.    3-31-21        More Justification for the second amendment
24.    4-28-21        K IS FOR KEEPER
25.    5-5-21          THE GLORIFICATION OF SELF-ESTEEM
26.    5-12-21        MAMAS, LET YOUR BOYS GROW UP TO BE MEN
27.    5-26-21        FREEDOM IS NOT FREE    
28.    6-2-21          HOLY HOARDING AND SACRED JUNK
29.    6-8-21          THE WORLD IS ROUND
30.    6-16-21        A FATHERS DAY TRIBUTE
31.    6-22-21        INNIES AND OUTIES
32.    6-29-21        INDEPENDENCE DAY
33.    7-7- 21         DON'T CONFUSE ME WITH FACTS
34.    7-21-21        I AM A THICK-SKINNED CONSERVATIVE
35.    7-28-21        BIG TENT ATTRACTIONS
36.    8-4-21         FINALLY, NOW I CAN MARRY MY TRUE LOVE  
37.    8-11-21       LADIES, PLEASE SHOW US SOME MERCY
38.    8-18-21       FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE
39.    8-30-21       MISSING BODY PARTS
40.    9-8-21         WHO IS GOD (PART 1)
41.    9-14-21       WHO IS GOD (PART 2)
42.    9-22-21       WHO IS GOD (PART 3)
43.    9-29-21       WHO IS GOD (PART 4)
44.    10-6-21       WHO IS GOD (PART 5)
45.    10-13-21    BIBLICAL CHURCH GROWTH
46.    10-20-21    GRAMMATICAL GENDER CONFUSION DISORDER        
47.    10-27-21    HALLOWEEN IS A PAGAN HOLIDAY
48.    11-3-21      HALLOWEEN IS A PAGAN HOLIDAY  
49.    11-10-21    VELVET-COVERED BRICKS
50.    11-17-21    SPIRITUAL FAST FOOD
51.    11-24-21    GIVING THANKS TO GOD
52.   12-1- 21   WHEN THEY CRIMINALIZE EVERYTHING, EVERYONE WILL BE A  CRIMINAL
53.    12-8-21      PULPIT PROFANITY AND POTTY-MOUTHED PREACHERS
54.    12-15-21    CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR MEN
55.    12-23-21    MERRY XMAS AND A HAPPY HOLIDAY
56.    12-29-21    IGNORANT ATTORNEYS AND AXE-WIELDING JUDGES
57.    1-5-22        DOES ANYONE CARE ABOUT DOCTRINE ANYMORE?
58.    1-12-22      THE GRAY BRIGADE
59.    1-19-22      INVASION OF THE BODY CAVITIES
60.    1-26-22     WHY I IGNORE ENVIRONMENTALIST FEAR MONGERS  
61.    2-2-22       THE BOOK, THE BLOOD, AND THE BLESSED HOPE
62.    2-9-22       FREE STUFF
63.    2-15-22    THE STORY OF ST. VALENTINE
64.    2-22-22    GOOD CHARACTER IS AN ARCHAIC AND UNAPPRECIATED VIRTUE
65.    2-28-22    MY CRASH OF RHINOS
66.    3-2-22      FREEDOM OF SPEECH
67.    3-6-22      THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT LIFE & LEADERSHIP FROM  THE RHINO
68.     3-22-22    THERE ARE TWO CULTURES; LAWS APPLY TO ONLY ONE
69.     4-6-22      CONGRESSIONAL JELLO
70.     4-13-22    RESSURECTION DAY HERESY
71.     4-20-22    LETTER TO PRESIDENT BIDEN
72.     4-29-22    MAYBE THE PROBLEM IS YOU
73.     5-4-22     A TRIBUTE TO MOTHERS
74.     5-11-22   HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW         
75.     5-18-22    AMERICA'S WAR CASUALTIES
76.     5-25-22    FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS
77.     6-1-22     LEGALIZED INFANTICIDE
78.     6-8-22     FEED ME
79.    6-15-22    MY HIGH-POWERED ASSAULT HAMMER
80.    6-26-22   FACEBOOK REWRITES GENESIS 1:27
81.    6-29-22    THE HOLY SPIRIT IS NOT A CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE
82.    7-04-22    Independence Day (rerun) 
83.    7-23-22    BRAIN-DEAD DOOFUS

             
 
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ALPHABETICAL INDEX

A FATHERS DAY TRIBUTE
AMERICA'S WAR CASUALTIES
A READER'S LETTER TO PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP
ATHENS ELECTION FRAUD
A TRIBUTE TO MOTHERS

(THE) BEST THING YOU CAN DO TO HONOR OUR VETERANS
BOYS NEED FATHERS
BIG TENT ATTRACTIONS
BIBLICAL CHURCH GROWTH
BRAIN-DEAD DOOFUS

COVID 19 VACCINATIONS
CHINESE FORTUNE COOKIE
CONGRESSIONAL JELLO
CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR MEN

(THE) DEATH OF A REPUBLIC
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
DON'T CONFUSE ME WITH FACTS
DOES ANYONE CARE ABOUT DOCTRINE ANYMORE?

ELECTIONS AND THE "MY FLATULENCE DOESN'T STINK" SYNDROME

FACE COVERINGS
FREEDOM IS NOT FREE 
FINALLY, NOW I CAN MARRY MY TRUE LOVE 
FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE 
FREE STUFF
FREEDOM OF SPEECH
FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS
FEED ME
FACEBOOK REWRITES GENESIS 1:27

GIVING THANKS TO GOD
GOD'S PROVIDENCE PROVIDES REAL WORDS OF COMFORT
GRAMMATICAL GENDER CONFUSION DISORDER
GIVING THANKS TO GOD
THE GRAY BRIGADE
GOOD CHARACTER IS AN ARCHAIC AND UNAPPRECIATED VIRTUE

HOLY HOARDING AND SACRED JUNK
HALLOWEEN IS A PAGAN HOLIDAY
HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW

I'LL KEEP MY POLYPS
INNIES AND OUTIES
INDEPENDENCE DAY
Independence Day (rerun) 
I AM A THICK-SKINNED CONSERVATIVE
INVASION OF THE BODY CAVITIES
IGNORANT ATTORNEYS AND AXE-WIELDING JUDGES

JELLO POLITICIANS

K IS FOR KEEPER

LONG LIVE THE GOOD OLD BOYS CLUB
LADIES, PLEASE SHOW US SOME MERCY
LETTER TO PRESIDENT BIDEN
LEGALIZED INFANTICIDE

MY EARLY EXIT PLAN
MORE JUSTIFICATION FOR THE SECOND AMENDMENT
MAMAS, LET YOUR BOYS GROW UP TO BE MEN
MISSING BODY PARTS
MERRY XMAS AND A HAPPY HOLIDAY
MY CRASH OF RHINOS
MAYBE THE PROBLEM IS YOU
MY HIGH-POWERED ASSAULT HAMMER

OCTOBER IS PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH

PULPIT PROFANITY AND POTTY-MOUTHED PREACHERS

RESSURECTION DAY HERESY

SOCIALIZED MEDICINE
SPIRITUAL FAST FOOD

THE SECOND AMENDMENT
THE STORY OF ST. VALENTINE
THE GLORIFICATION OF SELF-ESTEEM
THE WORLD IS ROUND
THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT LIFE & LEADERSHIP FROM  THE RHINO
THE BOOK, THE BLOOD, AND THE BLESSED HOPE
THERE ARE TWO CULTURES; LAWS APPLY TO ONLY ONE
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS NOT A CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE

VELVET COVERED BRICKS
VOTE RIGHT

WHEN THEY CRIMINALIZE EVERYTHING, EVERYONE WILL BE A  CRIMINAL
WHO IS GOD (PART 1)
WHO IS GOD (PART 2)
WHO IS GOD (PART 3)
WHO IS GOD (PART 4)
WHO IS GOD (PART 5)
WHY I IGNORE ENVIRONMENTALIST FEAR MONGERS 
WOMBMATES








Sunday, September 27, 2020

                                                    OXYMORON



This is a symbol of

LIBERTY and FREEDOM!



This is a symbol of

CONTROL and SUPPRESSION



This is a symbol of 

CONFUSION and DISRESPECT




Tuesday, May 21, 2019

THINGS I WANTED TO SAY BUT MY WIFE WOULDN'T LET ME

I have been waiting a long time to get this off my chest.  These are some of the things I have wanted to say but my wife objected because she was afraid it would have an adverse effect on our business.

But now, since we have closed her store, we have moved far, FAR away from the "sophisticated," "self-centered," and "entitled" elites on the west coast to a place where normal, respectful people are in the majority.   So I am finally going to dump this whole load of greivances for your edification.  And furthermore, I am writing this on behalf of most business owners who agree with me but are afraid to speak up.

Here are nine of my pet peaves in no particular order. 

1. Don’t get all huffy and insulted by me just because I referred to your little boy as “her.”  It’s not my fault he looks like a girl; it’s yours.  Get him a haircut and some boys’ clothing.  And furthermore, teach him some anatomy.  Tell him to look between his legs.  If he sees something there, HE’S A BOY.

2. Number One applies to adults too.  If I can’t readily tell if you are male or female, it’s your fault; not mine. 

3. When you came in to apply for employment with metallic orange hair, facial tats, nose hair extensions, and you looked like a pincushion, did you really think I might hire you?  I'm trying to run a respectable business and you are scary-looking.

4. When you brought your children into my store and you said to them, “Don’t touch anything!”  I was impressed.  But that didn't last long.  When you needed to repeat it three times before your little brats cleared the threshold, just know this; WE DON’T WANT YOU IN OUR STORE!

5. To the little lady who came in looking for a wedding dress, did you really expect me to believe that you didn’t know your dress size?   When you saw one that appealed to you and asked to try it on, I asked your size. That wasn’t intended to be an insult.  You told me you didn’t know your size but you wanted to try a size 6.  When I said, “I don’t think it will fit because I think you are probably about size 12 – 14,” I didn’t intend that to be an insult.  I was just trying to be kind because you REALLY looked more like a size 43 and I didn’t want you to ruin our garment by forcing the zippers and stretching the seams around your Pilsberry Doughboy physique.

Besides, why would a forty-six-year-old, divorced woman want a white wedding gown anyway?

6. Our stuff is for sale.  It is not here for your abuse or entertainment.  And our clothing is not here for you to try on just to take “selfies” for the amusement of your friends on Facebook. 

7. Why do you think it is okay for your little, out-of-control, brats to play with our stuff?   It’s like they have never been told “NO.”  Oh, that’s probably because you’ve NEVER TOLD THEM NO!

8. Yes!  We do allow dogs in our store.  Why wouldn’t we?  After all, we allow undisciplined kids.  No dog has ever urinated on our carpets, spilled food or drinks, destroyed merchandise, stuck bubble gum on our clothing, or kicked, screamed, and pitched fits when they didn’t get what they wanted.  That’s what bratty, undisciplined kids do. 

9.  If you don’t like fur coats or leather boots made from real animal hides,  DON’T BUY THEM!  Nobody is forcing you.

10. When you have to count to three, in order to control your brats, please know this.  We already know, before you start, that you, apparently, don’t know what comes after two and so, we don’t want your kids in our store.    What are they learning from you when you never get to three?  When you say “One, two, two and a half, two and three quarts, two and seven eighths, OK this time I really mean it.  Stop it right now!  This time I really, Really, REALLY mean it,” your precious little monsters already know that you don't mean NO!

You will never get to three because, if you do,  you will have to follow through with consequences.  Your kids have learned that they do not need to obey at the first or second count.  And they probably already know that you will never say three.  They have learned that there are NO CONSEQUENCES for their bad behavior. 

You are raising little juvenile delinquents who will someday be big criminals.  Just count to three and mean it or, better yet, spank the precious little monsters.


For all my other fellow store owners: YOU’RE WELCOME!


Friday, April 13, 2018

SO THAT WE NEVER FORGET



I’m posting this for two reasons:

1. SO THAT WE NEVER FORGET
2. To inform a generation of ignorant young people who have wasted years in public indoctrination facilities (schools) where they learned NOTHING worthwhile about real science, history, biology, or basic reading, writing, and math skills.

REMEMBER THE HOLOCAUST

Most people have heard the numbers – approximately 6 million Jew were exterminated by Hitler's nazi regime.  But that was not the total extent of Hitler's list. There were millions of others killed among which were:
About 5.5 million Soviet civilians who refused to bow down to Hitler's regime.
Nearly 3 million prisoners of war.
Approximately 1.8 million non-Jewish Polish civilians.
312,000 Serb civilians
Around 250,000 institutionalized elderly people with various disabilities.
Between 196,000–220,000 Roma (gypsies).
1,900 Jehovah's Witnesses.
At least 70,000 repeat criminal offenders who were deemed to be socially unfit.
An undetermined number of German political opponents and resistance activists in Axis-occupied territories.
And at least 250,000 Homosexuals.

The real casualties, of Hitler’s regime, are estimated to be about 11,000,000 (eleven million).
That is equal to the entire population of Wyoming, Washington DC, Vermont, N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Alaska, Delaware, Montana, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, and Hawaii COMBINED!

We are raising a whole generation of young people who are enthralled with and attracted to Nazism. To them, I offer this warning: You are really going to hate the new world you are trying to create. Wake up before you screw up this country. And learn to VOTE RIGHT.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

XXXX LETTER TO PRESIDENT BIDEN ABOUT CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

(This is NOT an open letter; it is a copy of my real letter sent on April 2, 2022, to Joe Biden, the President of the United States.)




Dear Mr. President,

I am in full agreement with your Democrat party, your predecessor, Barack Obama, and the mainstream, fake news media; it is time for you to step up and do something about mass shootings and other fatal gun crimes.

 

But gun control is NOT the remedy.  Here is what we, the freedom-loving, law-abiding citizens of the United States, deserve and should expect from you and our government.

 

We don't need long, drawn-out psychological investigations or excuses about what occurs in the shooters' heads. It doesn't matter if the shooters are mentally ill. Nor does it matter why they shoot. Knowing why is not going to bring back the dead, satisfy their families, or protect our society.

 

What we need from our government is swift and fair trials for the accused. And, if they are convicted, we need long incarcerations without early release or, better yet, speedy executions. That is the biblical and the constitutional responsibility of our government; to "wield the sword" in the execution by a blind (that means indiscriminate) system of justice. 

 

The commission of crimes must have just and deterring (an eye for an eye) consequences for criminals; we don't need our government to administer rehabilitation, correction, medical or psychological treatments, or any other ineffective, touchy-feely nonsense. 

 

So, Mr. President, you should man up and insist on the right and appropriate constitutional punishment of all criminals, NOT their victims. And if our government starts doing its job, the penal system can be, once again, an effective deterrent.  Crime rates will decrease, you will be respected, and we, the people, will all be safer. (And, by the way, I wonder why Hillary still walking around free?  But I digress.) 

 

Your first 15 months in office have been disastrous but there is still time for you to man up, and re-direct and restore some semblance of honor to you and your office. You have the opportunity to either protect or destroy this nation. You have the constitutional authority to enact justice, punish real criminals, and protect all the patriotic law-abiding citizens who really love this country.

 

Mr. President, this letter just addresses one aspect of your disastrous leadership (or lack thereof). Your actions will determine your legacy. Will you be remembered as the president who passed the buck or hid his face during our country's destruction, or will you be honored among a few great leaders who worked hard to uphold our constitution, protect our heritage, and keep America great? You still have time to exercise some courage, protect our great nation, and redeem your honor but, frankly, I don't believe you have the will or the desire to serve and protect our constitution and our country.

 

I hope I am wrong. 

 

Sincerely, 

 

 

Ralph M. Petersen



(mailed to the White House on Feb. 16, 2018)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Does Antinomianism Characterize My Church's Doctrines?

Because this year marked the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we reviewed the “Five Solas” that are sometimes called the Doctrines of Grace.  After discussing Sola Gratia (salvation by grace alone), someone asked me, “Is ours an antinomian church?”   Here is my answer:


I hope not but it seems to be evident in the minds of a lot of church attendees, these days, who want to make excuses for all kinds of sin.

I try to avoid using secular dictionaries to define spiritual or biblical terms, mainly because our language is constantly changing according to contemporary usage and not according to what words actually meant when they were first used.

The simple contemporary dictionary definition for antinomianism is the belief that, under the gospel dispensation of grace, the moral law is of no use or obligation because faith alone is necessary to salvation.

So, let me reemphasize—Our salvation is by GRACE ALONE.  That simply means that it is an action that results from God’s goodness and cannot be earned or deserved by any attempts on our part, to be good or do good.  God saves unworthy sinners.  Keeping the law perfectly is impossible so if any part of our salvation were based on our works, we would all fail, and all fall short of His glory, and all be condemned to eternal judgment.
 
The dictionary definition is fairly accurate, but it only mentions the moral law which is still in effect on Christians today.   I think the definition needs some clarification.
    
The problem (or confusion) arises in the heresy that twists the definition by implying that, because we live in a dispensation or “age of grace,” we are no longer bound to any of God’s laws including His moral laws; we’re saved by grace and therefore we are eternally secure.  We don’t even need to try because God will simply overlook all our sins.

Antinomianism is contrary to everything the Bible teaches.  God expects us to live a life of morality, integrity, and love.  Jesus Christ freed us from the burdensome commands of the Old Testament Law, but that is not a license to sin; but rather a covenant of grace.

There are nominal Christian sects that teach that.  But that is not what you hear preached in our pulpit as has been evidenced in our pastor’s recent sermons on the Ten Commandments. 

And that is the whole point of the epistle from James.  Obedience and good works are the evidences of salvation and without the evidence, there is good reason to doubt an actual conversion.  When God saves us, He begins the process of cleaning us up and making us fit to live forever in His presence.

The ministry of the indwelling Holy Spirit is to convict us of our sin and bring us to repentance and obedience.  To ignore Him, and His laws, is tantamount to blasphemy and violations of the First, Second, and Third Commandments, and God will not tolerate it nor will He accept our worship.
 
There are many, many people today, who are resting in a false assurance that, because they responded to a preacher’s altar call, walked an aisle, and repeated a prayer, they are saved, but the real evidence of a new birth is an obedient life.

I hope this helps and I trust you are convinced that we are not identified as a church that teaches or practices antinomianism.



***Believe It Or Not, Everyone Has A Personal Relationship With God!

The God of creation; the God of the Bible, is your God whether you want Him or Not.

Does everyone have a personal relationship with God?  I would say, “Yes” but not in the way most Christian use that phrase today. In fact, I would have to say that no one has that kind of personal relationship with Jesus.

It is true that authentic, born-again Christians have a unique and intimate relationship with God; we are the elect of God, we have been redeemed, and our sins have been atoned.  The Spirit of God indwells us.

But the concept of a “personal” relationship with Jesus is not found in Scripture.  The idea of having “My own personal Jesus” is a relatively new invention of the pragmatic approach to modern evangelism.

Here is the biblical picture of our relationship; “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” Ephesians 5:25-2

The Church is described as the Bride of Christ.  So, a Christian’s life with Christ is not isolated or private.  When the Scriptures speak of believers, they are always part of a community or a fellowship of other believers.  Christianity is about the Bride’s relationship with Jesus.
   
Christianity is not a solo act.  It is not a private relationship between Jesus and me.  Jesus doesn’t have any secret concubines.   In the Old Testament economy, God formed Israel as His chosen people together in one body by His covenant.  And that is the way our relationship is with Jesus.  We (the Church) are His Bride.  When a sinner is saved, he is added “to the Church” by the baptism of the Holy Spirit. 

And that is why active Church membership is important.  It is within that body that we worship together and commune together in remembrance of His death and resurrection.

We sing together, pray together, confess and hold each other accountable together, rejoice together, and grieve together.

God gives each of His members gifts, not for our personal fulfillment, but for service within the body.  He knits us all together as members in the faith.  And He gives His church pastors to feed us, care for us, protect us, and guide us.
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Having said all that, why would I suggest that everyone (both the saved and the lost) has a personal relationship with God?

God is a personal being and He created every one of us; both the saved and the lost “in His image” and it was a special unique creation. No one is hidden from Him or can escape Him. In fact, no one can live without Him.
  
He is omnipresent (present everywhere) always. And He is Sovereign (personally in control) over all things including the affairs of all men.

So, what about the final destiny of the lost? We have been taught that Heaven is where God is, and hell is where Satan is. We have been conditioned to believe that when a sinner dies and goes to hell, he will suffer forever, absent from God and under the punishment of Satan.

But that idea is not Scriptural either. In fact, it diminishes the Glory of God. We understand that God created everything for His purpose and it wasn’t because He was lonely or that He needed someone to love. He is neither diminished nor fulfilled by His creation. Before anything was created; He was complete in His triune being and lacked nothing. His work of creation was His pleasure and for His manifest glory.

And He is glorified in His work of salvation. We, whom He has saved, will enjoy Him forever knowing that our sins have been blotted out.

But God will also be glorified in His righteous judgments and He will not share that glory with anyone else; He will NOT delegate the execution of His righteous justice to a fallen creature (Satan). Satan will come under God’s good and final judgment as will all the lost when they are tormented in darkness and silence forever, as the results of their sins. And God will be there with His face, figuratively, turned away from them.   

“Therefore, God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the Name which is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”   (Philippians 2:9-11)

In the end, every created being will know that God is, and all creation will show forth His Glory forever.


Ralph M. Petersen

Sunday, October 29, 2017

****WHO IS YOUR GOD? (part 5. The Omnipresence of God)

Who’s your GOD? 
A brief description of the Attributes of God.

We can know nothing about God, except that, and ONLY that, which He has revealed to us.  And those attributes are found in Scripture.  If the god you worship is less than, more than or different from the ONE TRUE GOD of the Bible, then your God doesn’t exist.
Ralph M. Petersen


THE OMNIPRESENCE OF GOD

In part 2, we caught a brief glimpse of this attribute; because He is Spirit, God is not confined to a physical body in time and space. 

Here, I want to reemphasize that God is present everywhere always.  There is no place anywhere, past, present or future, in the entire universe of His creation, where He is not.

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 

If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.  If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.    Psalm 139:7-10

People often question or doubt God’s presence during times of catastrophes or griefs or losses, about God being absent or negligent.  But they are wrong; God is there. 

Where was God during the 9-11-2001 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York?  He was in the cockpits with the pilots, He was in the towers when they began to collapse, and He was under the rubble with hundreds of people as they were being crushed to death.  God was there. 

“If God be infinite, He is omnipresent.  Suppose Him infinite, and then suppose there is anything besides Himself, and His presence with that thing, wherever it be, doth necessarily follow; for if He be so bounded as to be in His essence distant from anything, He is not infinite.”  John Owen

“Does the Lord turn Himself unto our prayer only after long delay?  Is not He omnipresent?  Is not every whispered and stammering prayer know to Him before there is yet a word in the tongue?”  Abraham Kuyper

Most people, to some degree, imagine that God is transcendent; He inhabits and rules from Heaven.   According to scripture, The Lord is enthroned in the heavens (Psalm 23:1).  He is exalted over all other rulers and authorities on earth (Psalm 97:9).  His throne is high and lifted up (Isa. 6:1) and His throne room is in Heaven (Rev. 4:1-2).

But He is also, always immanently present; He is with us in the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4).  He is ever present on earth and in heaven (Deut. 4:39).  He dwells in the high places and with the humble and lowly (Isa. 57:15).  He will be with His children to the end of the age (Matt. 28:20) and He will never leave them or forsake them (Heb. 13:5).

There is no place where God is not.  We often talk about the eternal existence of the lost in hell as being isolated from the presence of God but that idea is not supported in Scripture.  God is the one who actively and eternally administers His divine wrath in hell.  Rev. 14:10 describes that eternal (never-ending) punishment occurring “…in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.”

Many will rightfully argue that God cannot look on sin; that He will turn His countenance away from sinners.  But this is a part of His righteous vengeance and wrath on the unjust.     

Whenever I treat my wife poorly or inconsiderately, sometimes I get to the point where she suddenly turns her face away from me; “she gives me the cold shoulder.”  And then she gives me the silent treatment.  And that is not a fun place to be.  Nothing is right or happy in our relationship until I apologize.  I need her forgiveness and I can’t imagine what it would be like if she never forgave me.

In hell, God will turn His face away and there will never be any reconciliation, forever, for the inhabitants of hell.  They will exist eternally, in their sin.  And in the presence of the God whom they spurned, forever without any hope of forgiveness.




(Some material presented here has been quoted from "The Attributes of God" as published by Ligonier Ministries and influenced by the companion lectures of Steven Lawson)


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Does God Love Everyone?

'It has been customary to say God loves the sinner though He hates his sin.  But that is a meaningless distinction. What is there in a sinner but sin?   Is it not true that his “whole head is sick” and his “whole heart faint,” and that, “From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness” in him? (Isa 1:5-6). 

Is it true that God loves the one who is despising and rejecting His blessed Son?   God is Light as well as Love, and therefore His love must be a holy love.  To tell the Christ-rejecter that God loves him is to cauterize his conscience as well as to afford him a sense of security in his sins.  The fact is, the love of God is a truth for the saints only, and to present it to the enemies of God is to take the children’s bread and cast it to the dogs.  With the exception of John 3:16, not once in the four Gospels do we read of the Lord Jesus, the perfect teacher, telling sinners that God loved them!  In the book of Acts, which records the evangelistic labors and messages of the apostles, God’s love is never referenced at all! 

But when we come to the epistles, which are addressed to the saints, we have a full presentation of this precious truth—God’s love for His own.  Let us seek to rightly divide the Word of God and then we shall not be found taking truths which are addressed to believers and misapplying them to unbelievers.  That which sinners need to have brought before them is the ineffable holiness, the exacting righteousness, the inflexible justice, and the terrible wrath of God.  

Risking the danger of being misunderstood, let us say—and we wish we could say it to every evangelist and preacher in the country—there is far too much presenting of Christ to sinners today (by those sound in the faith), and far too little showing sinners their need of Christ, i.e., their absolutely ruined and lost condition, their imminent and awful danger of suffering the wrath to come, the fearful guilt resting upon them in the sight of God: to present Christ to those who have never been shown their need of Him, seems to us to be guilty of casting pearls before swine.  If it be true that God loves every member of the human family then why did our Lord tell His disciples “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father...If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him”(John 14:21, 23)? 

Why say “he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father” if the Father loves everybody? The same limitation is found in Proverbs 8:17: “I love them that love me.”

Again; we read, “Thou hatest all workers of iniquity”—not merely the works of iniquity. Here then is a flat repudiation of present teaching that, God hates sin but loves the sinner; Scripture says, “Thou hatest all workers of iniquity”(Psa 5:5)! “God is angry with the wicked every day”(Psa 7:11). “He that believeth not on the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him”—not “shall abide,”but even now—“abideth on him”(Joh 3:36). 

Can God “love”the one on whom His “wrath” abides?  Is it not evident that the words “the love of God which is in Christ Jesus”(Rom 8:39) marks a limitation, both in the sphere and objects of His love?  Again; is it not plain from the words “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated”(Rom 9:13) that God does not love everybody?  It is written,  “For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth”(Heb 12:6).  Does not this verse teach that God’s love is restricted to the members of His own family?  If He loves all men without exception then the distinction and limitation here mentioned is quite meaningless. 

Finally, we would ask, Is it conceivable that God will love the damned in the Lake of Fire?  Yet, if He loves them now He will do so then, seeing that His love knows no change—He is “without variableness or shadow of turning”!' 

A.W. Pink, 'The Sovereignty of God'


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

****WHO IS YOUR GOD? (part 4. The Holiness of God)

Who’s your GOD? 
A brief description of the Attributes of God.

We can know nothing about God, except that, and ONLY that, which He has revealed to us.  And those attributes are found in Scripture.  If the god you worship is less than, more than or different from the ONE TRUE GOD of the Bible, then your God doesn’t exist.
Ralph M. Petersen


THE HOLINESS OF GOD

I would proffer that most Christians, today, don’t really understand the word, HOLY.

Holiness is not about practicing or exuding a posture of humility.  It’s not about the appearance of being devout or religious.  Holiness is a demarcation of separation.  It means to be sanctified, marked out, set apart, or unique.

One aspect of God’s holiness is His ultimate purity.  All His decisions are righteous, and His judgments are perfect. He is without flaw or blemish.

His goodness is not just an acquired or practiced virtue.  He IS Good.  He cannot look on evil.  There is no sin or moral blemish in Him. 

“Infinite purity, even more than infinite knowledge or infinite power, is the object of reverence… ‘The Holy One of Israel’ is He who is to be feared and adored.”   Charles Hodge  

But beyond His spotless purity, His holiness exists in His “utter otherness.”  He is not like us.  He doesn’t act like us and He doesn’t think like us.  His ways are not our ways.  He is utterly indefinable. 

As a man, when I look at a slug on the ground, I might think how much different I am than that slimy, slow-moving mollusk.  But, I have things in common with the slug.  We are both created, mortal, physical beings.  

The difference between God and me are infinite.  I am mortal; He is immortal. I am a creature; He is the creator.  I am a physical being; He is Spirit.  There is nothing comparable to God. 

His holiness is overwhelming.  He is superior to and separate above all creation.   He is superlatively majestic and indescribable in His splendor.  His Glory is too stunning to look upon or understand.

“When the Bible calls God holy, it means primarily that God is transcendentally separate.  He is so far above and beyond us that He seems almost totally foreign to us.”    R.C. Sproul   

Of all God’s attributes, revealed in scripture, His holiness is uniquely and superlatively emphasized.  He is thrice Holy.  The four living creatures surrounding His throne, raise up and honor Him by crying out continuously, day and night forever, “Holy, Holy, Holy!”   And that is what we, His Church will do also.  We will worship Him in His holiness forever as we bow before His throne and cry out, “Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will, they existed and were created.”  (Rev. 4:11)

So when Scripture uses the word, holy, to describe people, places, or things, as holy, we should be sober in the way we mark them out or set them aside for service to our God.
  
According to the Bible, Human life, Marriage, Sex, His Church, His Word, His Name, and His Worship are not to be profaned, manipulated, or abused for our convenience or pleasure.  They are to be set apart to Him and revered for His glory. 



(Some material presented here has been quoted from "The Attributes of God" as published by Ligonier Ministries and influenced by the companion lectures of Steven Lawson)