- Legalizing abortion to get government out of the bedroom is like legalizing cannibalism to get government out of the kitchen. — Joseph Sobran
- Atheists can be good people; they just have no objective way to judge the conduct of those who are not. —Michael Gerson
- The aim of public education is not to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence. The aim is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. –H. L. Mencken
- Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again. —André Gide
- Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. –C.S. Lewis
Monday, July 27, 2015
Monday, July 20, 2015
- It’s a good thing to have all the props pulled out from under us occasionally. It gives us some sense of what is rock under our feet, and what is sand. —Madeleine L’Engle
- I find that when I tell lawyer jokes to a mixed audience, the lawyers don’t think they’re funny and the non-lawyers don’t think they’re jokes. —Chief Justice John Roberts
- People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything. —Thomas Sowell
- The difference between a thief and a congressman: When a thief steals your money, he doesn’t expect you to thank him. ―Walter Williams
- One of the most important reasons for studying history is that virtually every stupid idea that is in vogue today has been tried before and proved disastrous before, time and again. —Thomas Sowell
Monday, July 13, 2015
- We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress. –Will Rogers
- For every action there is an equal and opposite government program. —Bob Wells
- Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones. —Winston Churchill
- There are men running governments who shouldn’t be allowed to play with matches. —Will Rogers
- Every power grab is the new base camp for the next power grab. —Mark Steyn
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
A Response to the Supreme Court's Obergefell Opinion
This sermon is now available on the church website. It is the 7th in the series titled "Who's to Say?": http://www.gcov.org/media.php?pageID=37
It should also be available as a Podcast. Search GCPC- Nacogdoches.
Monday, July 6, 2015
- The further backward you can look, the further forward you are likely to see. —Winston Churchill
- For the Christian there can be no social or political panaceas, no easy escapes from personal responsibility achieved by collectivising guilt or virtue. The true ends of temporal life lie beyond it, and, though the tyrannical State may diminish virtue, the benevolent State cannot procure it. —Margaret Thatcher
- Tryin’ don’t get the job done. —John Wayne
- Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good. —Thomas Sowell
- The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. —Mark Twain
Monday, June 29, 2015
- The truth can walk around naked; only lies must be clothed in euphemism. –Yiddish proverb
- Calculus destroys self-esteem on contact. —James Lileks
- The common denominator of success — the secret of success of every person who has ever been successful — lies in the fact that he formed the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do. —Albert E. N. Gray
- No matter how cynical I get, I just can’t keep up. —Nora Ephron
- Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face. —Mike Tyson
Saturday, June 27, 2015
God is love but love is not God. In other words, love is an attribute of God and, therefore, genuine love is defined by God’s being. When God no longer defines love―when the definition of love is changed―a new but false god emerges. When we are told, in this current secular coup d'état, that “love wins,” it is important to understand that the definitions of both love and god have new identities. The co-opting of Christian language has long been a part of the secularist strategy to overthrow biblical Christianity. Having been immersed in the modern secular university and slathered with the gravy of pop culture, a lot of naïve, professing Christians have swallowed this argument whole. Many dogs refuse to swallow pills and so someone has marketed “Pill Pockets,” and “Hide’ems” to disguise the bitter tablets. My dog now thinks he’s getting a treat. The catch-phrase “Love Wins” is nothing but a “Hide-em.”
This hatred of biblical ethics is not new. People have long despised the law of God as that which places too many constraints on their personal liberties and choices. The problem is as old as the Garden. Sin has always been about having it our way. God needs to stop telling us what to do. We know what’s good for us. We can determine good and evil for ourselves. God spoke through the prophet Isaiah saying:
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! ―Isaiah 5:20-21
Since we now have a generation that has been raised receiving whatever they want―having been fully indulged―they come to think that it is not “loving,” indeed it is positively “hateful,” not to give someone what they want. However, loving someone is not necessarily giving them what they want but rather what they need. But who’s to say what they need? Don’t they get to determine that? Well, if there is no transcendent/immanent Creator God―if Darwin was right―then it’s every man (oops, I mean “person”), for himself/herself (was that correct?). Everyone can do what is right in their own eyes. If you don’t approve of what I want then you must be a hateful person and any God that doesn’t approve of what I want is hateful as well.
Now if there is a transcendent/immanent Creator God (like the God of Scripture)―if Darwin was wrong―then He does get to tell us what’s good for us, and whatever is good for us is an expression of love even if we don’t like it at the moment.
Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, 6 from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, 7 desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.8 But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully. ―1 Timothy 1:5-8
God’s law is the expression of His love. “The law of the Lord is perfect…” (Ps. 19:7). Love isn’t a substitute or replacement for law. There’s never been more talk about love and at the same time more lawlessness than in our own day, and I might add, no more hatefulness. Jesus said: “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matt. 24:12). When God’s law is diminished, love is diminished. Love is the summary of all of God’s law. God’s law is what is good for us and for society—it’s what we need.
When we reject God’s law―God’s truth―we forfeit love. C. S. Lewis pointed out that there are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.” The Darwinian model of man as mere animal is reaching the end of its tether. The animal appetites drive us forward as we seek the satiation of our desire to be our own gods.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting. ―Romans 1:18-29
True love knows when to say “no.” Our current trajectory knows no limits. This kind of “love,” when consistently applied, will legalize anything and everything. Everyone will do what is right in his own eyes. Who’s to say? The unthinkable of today will become, with increasing rapidity, the thinkable and the acceptable. As Francis Schaeffer and C. Everett Koop wrote:
…people drift along from generation to generation, and the morally unthinkable becomes the thinkable as the years move on…. There are for such people no fixed standards of behavior, not standards that cannot be eroded or replaced by what seems necessary, expedient, or even fashionable. [Whatever Happened to the Human Race?, (1979), pp. 16-17]
Thank God, love does win. That’s the good news. The gospel is the real message of real love.
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God. ―John 3:14-21
Monday, June 22, 2015
- The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule it. —H. L. Mencken
- There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.” –C. S. Lewis
- If you can’t convince them, confuse them. –Harry Truman
- A fanatic is someone who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject. –Winston Churchill
- There is no proposition so clear that it cannot be rendered obscure and incomprehensible by a committee. –James Finnegan
Monday, June 15, 2015
- Abortion is the only event that modern liberals think too violent and obscene to portray on TV. This is not because they are squeamish or prudish. It is because if people knew what abortion really looked like, it would destroy their pretense that it is a civilized answer to the problem of what to do about unwanted babies. ―Peter Hitchens
- The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost. –G. K. Chesterton
- Weighing benefits against costs is the way most people make decisions — and the way most businesses make decisions, if they want to stay in business. Only in government is any benefit, however small, considered to be worth any cost, however large. —Thomas Sowell
- When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators. —P. J. O’Rourke
- Darwinism by itself did not produce the Holocaust, but without Darwinism neither Hitler nor his followers would have had the necessary scientific underpinnings to convince themselves and their collaborators that one of the world’s greatest atrocities was really morally praiseworthy. ―Richard Weikart
Monday, June 8, 2015
- I’m not young enough to know everything. ―J. M. Barrie
- Some mornings, it’s just not worth chewing through the leather straps. –Emo Phillips
- Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. –F. P. Jones
- The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us. –Bill Watterson
- It’s the fellow who knows when to quit that the audience wants more of. –Will Rogers