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I found this site through some other blogs. It rates your blog using the same system that rates our movies… my blog was given a PG-13 because of the words: dead, gays, guns… Therefore, no children under 13 are allowed on this blog site… wonder what that says about pastor’s site being unfit for children under 13? Well, I think it says I deal with the topics of the world… What say you???

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I reached another milestone this week. This is my 300th post since reinstating my blog. Again, I hope that for those of you who read it, you are blessed by it, educated by it and humored by it. It has been a great outlet for me.

Golf Lessons
Head down, don’t move it, arms straight, knees bent, weight on inside of right foot, nice easy swing, let the club do the work, and above all, don’t think about any of these things while you do it!

Yes, I had my first golf lesson yesterday and the first accomplishment? My slice evaporated. For those of you who don’t know, a slice is when you hit the ball, it goes straight for a while, then it begins to curve to the right, and then it really curves to the right, and finally it falls so far to the right that it is: a) considered a right-wing conspiracy nut, and b) it is lost in the woods. Wouldn’t that make it a tree-hugger? But I digress.

My first lesson was an excellent outing because I’m no longer slicing the ball. The ball is going straight, lifting high and landing about 100 yards every time. This is good since we were only working on my swing using a pitching wedge. All Sam wanted me to do was get my grip down (which eliminated the slice), and get my stance and positioning and the way I held the club, and keeping my head still and…

Sam gave me some exercises that I need to practice in the back yard until our next lesson on Monday. I can’t wait. It was fun hitting the ball straight and true. Not all of them mind you, but as Sam said, “you’re hitting more good shots than bad shots.” That has to count for something.

No, I’m not dreaming of making the PGA. I would never admit that to any of you! But perhaps… knocking 40 strokes off my game. That is not a goal that is out of reach. I’m averaging 125… 40 strokes puts me about 85. That should be doable… should be.

Gasoline Lawsuits
I tried to find the AP story about those who are suing the gasoline distributors but could not. The reason the lawsuits are being brought is that it is said that in the summer months, because of the higher temperatures and the expansion of gasoline, we are not getting as much gasoline in our cars. The price of gas is figured for a mean temperature of 66 degrees Fahrenheit. So those suing are saying we are being ripped off in the summer time. I have two problems with this premise. First, gasoline is kept in the ground, therefore the temperature of that gas is whatever the ground temperature. It’s usually somewhere between 57 and 68 degrees. That stays the same wherever it is. Secondly, what should we do in the winter time, give back some of the gas because it is supposedly colder? I hope someone defending the distributors thinks of these things.

Trial lawyers… blah!

Golfing Update

I’m scheduled for my first lesson with Sam, the golf pro at Carolina Golfing Range & Batting Cage, and hair care and tire center! OK, last part was a joke. But I’m scheduled for a lesson tomorrow after work for one hour. I hope it doesn’t rain!

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Against Mormonism

I’ve been getting a few hits lately from those in the Big Three. Which Big Three? The Big Three cults of Christianity: Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and a lone Christian Scientist. They stop by and make a few comments trying to defend their views of God, or a better way to put it, to express their views of their gods.

The latest was from a Mormon who wanted me to realize that because of their fruit, then we must count them as a legitimate. The apologist wrote:

One dilemna with the condeming of the Mormon church concerns the current teachings and activities of the church. In Matthew 7:15-20 we’re taught that the test of false prophets is in the fruits of their labors. In verse 18 it says: “”A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.” A study of the current Mormon teachings (mormon.org and/or lds.org) as well as a study of the good that the church does in the world for the poor and downtrodden, seems to indicate “good fruit”. Perhaps, those that published information about the “shady character” of early leaders of the Mormon church had an agenda and that agenda wasn’t that of telling truths.

On the surface this may seen like a logical argument for not coming down so hard on the Mormons. But alas, if we look at the big picture, this makes their religion even more heinous. Why? Because they are using Scripture to show that they are legitimate, when their view of the gospel is corrupt and evil.

Notice what the writer appeals to in order to legitimize his religion: works. He is appealing to the so-called good works of the Mormon church. The problem with this is that our works are like filthy rags before God.

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.

None of our works are acceptable to Him in order to earn the righteousness we need to stand in His presence. If we do something good, because we are tainted by sin, even the smallest of sin, it becomes unacceptable to God. Therefore, no matter how much we do for good works, it is all rejected by God. Yes, the Mormons may do a lot for their fellow man. To that, we can be thankful.

But none of what they do is acceptable to the Father. They need a righteousness apart from their own that comes only through Jesus Christ and Him alone. Now, they might even agree that Jesus died for their sins. But which Jesus? The problem is that their interpretation of Scripture is such that Jesus is not the Second Person of the Trinity, but merely a man who becomes God in the end. (This is nothing more than a new twist to the mythology of the Romans. That somehow, men can become gods.) The point is that they are spreading lies about the very One that could save them from their sin. Jesus Christ is not the brother of Satan, or just a man. He is the God-Man, the second person of the Trinity, with the same essence as the Father. To claim anything else about Him is to claim a lie (the father of lies being Satan. Remember Satan’s first recorded act of history was to challenge God’s word. Therefore to disagree with Scripture about the Son of God is to join hands with Satan).

There gospel is a different gospel than that found in the Bible. The gospel there is that we are condemned by the Law and without righteousness and Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, laid aside His glory in order to atone for the sins of His people. To add anything to that is to shame the gospel, for by doing so we are telling God that His gospel is not good enough. We need to add to it in order to make it good enough. As I pointed out earlier, we have nothing to add, therefore we bring shame to God’s word.

This is what the Mormons do with their young teenagers. They send them out on their bicycles telling them that they need to be faithful to their cause in order to earn a righteousness of their own. And in doing so, the lead many astray from the true gospel. Now if all religions led to heaven, there would be no problem in what the Mormons do. But since they are leading others to destruction, then there is a severe problem. They are leading others down the broad road, which Jesus said leads to destruction. Therefore, no matter what fruit the Mormon church may produce in this life, their misleadings far outweigh that fruit in its wickedness because their corruption of the gospel leads to eternal hell. Because of this, the apologists words are in vain. Their religion is corrupt when compared to the gospel of the Bible.

When a Mormon tells of his good works, ask him, “what good works? Now, lets look at your evil works… leading others astray.

Mao Movie

I don’t know if you have heard the news yet, but some dunderhead in Hollywood wants to make a movie about Mao Zedong, the brutal communist dictator of China that put more than 100 million people to death. It would be OK, if he were going to do an honest treatment of Mao. But the producer, Steven North, wants to put a positive spin on Mao Zedong’s life. North wants to do a movie that would make Mao out to be China’s George Washington. Blech!

Read the entire article here.

This shows us once again how far out the left has become. Just the fact that someone is trying to do this, and will probably do it, shows how loony our culture is. Our culture loves that which is wretched and sick, while rejecting that which is righteous. In fact, in the article you can see how far our culture is from Christ in this quote from Mao.

Mao wrote: “I do not agree with the view that to be moral, the motive of one’s actions has to be benefiting others. Morality does not have to be defined in relation to others. … People like me want to … satisfy our hearts to the full, and in doing so we automatically have the most valuable moral codes. Of course there are people and objects in the world, but they are all there only for me. … People like me only have a duty to ourselves; we have no duty to other people.”

This looks like the humanist manifesto. It is perfect for our self-serving culture. Yet, it is exactly 180 degrees the opposite of what Christ has called us to be.

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 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.

Our culture exalts itself to its destruction. If we truly want to be great in a lasting way, the we must reject that attitude and take on the mind of Christ… seeing others as more important than ourselves.

Mao got to live the life he wanted, unhindered, everyone around him giving him what he wanted in life. The result? One hundred million dead by his hand. While our culture screams that we should live the unhindered life, this is the result… debauchery and murder. We don’t need an unhindered life at all, but a life that is subject to Christ and His word. Anything else, leads to the killing fields. Maybe not on the same scale as Mao, but with sin, the end result is the same even when the sin is not of the same intensity.

I hope North fails in his attempt to glorify the murderer Mao. But my hopes are not real high. Too many in our culture glorify that which is wrong and have the attitude of Mao. Let it not be found in us.