Sorry!


I’ve been REALLY busy lately, and haven’t had much time to blog.
My Surviving the Tribulation website is powered by Joomla, and recently I’ve found that it’s got a security breach that allows people to get user accounts, which they can actually spam from! I spend two hours one day deleting users, came back a month later, and found that all 1600 of them were back!

So, right now, I’m working to get everything moved over to a WordPress format I can work with (this is actually one of those times I miss Frontpage!) and get it up online, and pull down the Joomla site.

I’ll get blog entries up online soon. Please bear with me!

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Pure Cambridge Edition


Going back through entries from 5 years ago, I can see that I was using the Pure Cambridge Edition exclusively. It was made possible by the fact originally I was using E-Sword.

Now, of course, I’m using Logos. Oddly enough, although Logos doesn’t boast about it, they’re using the PCE King James as well.

It’s funny, but at this point, I’m siding with David Cloud that, yes, it really doesn’t matter if you’re using the regular Cambridge edition or the Pure Cambridge edition. Indeed, some old-time KJV purists have actually found one spot where the PCE is actually in error (a lower case s instead of an upper case in Holy spirit. It should be Holy Spirit). It’s been so long since I looked at that, I really can’t remember where. The King James has I believe only seven instances of Holy Spirit instead of Holy Ghost.

Shouldn’t be hard to find and compare.

Cloud’s attitude is, “it’s typos and capital letters.”
The important part is that you’re reading the King James. If you really want to get picky about it, make sure it’s a Cambridge Edition.

Charity and Lakewood Church


Give.

But not to Joel Osteen.

Interestingly enough, he refused to open his megachurch to storm victims, but instead his website continued to encourage people to donate to him.

Um… he lives in a 17,000 square foot mansion. His church can seat tens of thousands of people.

Eventually, after being shamed by the press, he did open his church, and gave lame excuses.

And I understand social media went nuts over it. Someone created a graphic saying “You cannot serve God and mammon both.” And a picture of Osteen with the caption, “Challenge accepted!”

If I owned a church that size.. And a home that size… you know what? Let’s get people to donate sleeping bags. I just betcha that I could get 10,000 people to crash inside a warm, dry Lakewood Church – and probably another hundred or so in my house!

I don’t know how much Osteen is worth… but I’m pretty sure he could afford to put a few thousand aside to order food for everyone. Or order pizzas.

So it would cost a man (with what 50 million in savings), what, $250,000?

Ever consider the fact that maybe, just maybe, the Lord allowed Osteen to have that kind of wealth for just such a moment?

The owner of Dell computers donated $35 million for disaster relief. Not from his company, from his own bank account.

What if, just WHAT IF… Osteen had opened Lakewood as an emergency shelter, and then got up there after feeding everyone and preached a BIBLICAL gospel?

Sure, most would have just kept chewing and nodding, but a few might have gotten saved.

What’s it worth to you to not see someone burn in hell forever?

Osteen turned a golden moment to be a witness to Christ just ONCE in his life, into a moment to make Christianity look embarrassingly bad.

Rent 10,000 cots. Buy bulk food. Get church members busy in the kitchens. “Give them food, water. Someone go out to the thrift stores, get clothes. We’re giving stuff away today.”

That’s what Osteen should have done. That’s what I would have done. “Can we get stuff delivered by helicopter?”

See, this wasn’t about Joel Osteen, but about Jesus Christ. And Osteen made the Lord look bad.

At this point, Joel, it’s clear. You’re stealing someone else’s pulpit. Turn it over, and step down.

Or go to a seminary, open the books, LEARN something about the Bible, and stop preaching this “You need to get a bigger vision” recycled Norman Vincent Peale teachings.

Preach THE WORD. Be instant, in season and out of season!

Not health, wealth, and self esteem.

Robert Schuller eventually lost the Crystal Cathedral.

Lakewood is next.

What in the World??


I’m no stranger to long Bible reading plans. I recently did a 3 times a year reading plan (or 4 – I can’t remember. There was a TON of chapters a day I had to read!).

But Logos recently threw me for a loop. I’m currently on a once a year reading plan to work on all my clippings, passage lists and commentary. I’ll probably be doing this for a couple of years.

So, I was reading… and suddenly I hit Proverbs 3.

Through 20.

Yes, I had to read seventeen chapters of Proverbs!!!

And tomorrow, back down to 3 chapters of Old Testament a day.

What in the world????

Quickverse 2010 Update


The illustration by Eugene Peterson is a good example of why I hate sermon illustrations

I’m really stubborn about getting a computer program to work. Quickverse 2010 comes with an annotation ability, such as Bible Explorer used to have, and Wordsearch had (and apparently now has again).

Why I’m putting this much work into it , I really don’t know. Logos is my go-to Bible program. I just really remember having Quickverse back in the 90’s, and it was the industry standard Bible program. I’ve had the Platinum package since 2016 (I think) and… while it’s great, I can’t copy and paste without having to fiddle with it, and the annotation feature (as I’ve mentioned about 563 times) never worked.

I’ve tried everything at this point. Tried using Quickverse 2009 to make annotations, copy and paste over or import over my annotations. The annotations still don’t work, and didn’t in the 2009 edition either.

I can write in the user books, and those actually work BETTER than the Wordsearch user book functions.

The only way I think I can use is to openly edit the db3 annotation file, but here’s where it doesn’t work – you’d have to know the lookup. Each entry in the db3 database has an index key, called a lookup. I could enter it as john1.1, john1:1, Jn1.1, Jn1-1, etc. Without knowing how Findex intended for it to work, the annotations functions remain useless.

What it really is, honestly, is nostalgia. I think it’s just a comfortable feeling of poking around in a Bible program I knew well and could use (kind of silly that I actually had Logos back then, and never read the user manual, back when software came with printed user manuals).
Also, it’s got to be that I’ve got a HUGE library of books in Quickverse platinum, and I’m reluctant to just let that go. I’m just frustrated that the overall design was not bad, and could have been useful… but it’s not working.

So, frustrating as it is, I really need to stop wasting time trying to get the annotation function to work.

I only use Quickverse as it is for one or two things, and should just keep working with Logos.

If you find Quickverse 2010 Platinum, and you decide to make it your go-to, just know you’ll have to constantly edit your Bible quotes, and you’ll need to use your Bible user books to do commentary and study notes in.

Reasoned Atonement


What do I mean by Reasoned atonement?
Simply, that you can actually reason your way through the problem logically without resorting to tracts or a witness from everyone.
Quite literally, this is why the Bible says that…

“Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? ” Romans 2:1-4(KJV)

So, quite simply, what this means is, one can deduce the existence of God and the need for atonement… solely by what you see and experience around you. This is the cosmological argument.

Here we go:

We can see the universe around us is vast, that things are far too orderly to be left to chance. Universal laws such as speed of sound, electrons having a negative charge, etc., prove there is too much order to the universe. If things happened by chance – and I proved that many of the theories advanced to prove that long ago were busted – then there would not be universal rules and constants.

We also can see by observing nature that sometimes we cannot trust our senses. This means we are poor judges of what we see and experience. Optical illusions are readily available. There is too many mirage events which sometimes are the result of humidity and sunlight – such as “mysterious lights around Mexico”. Those aren’t flying saucers, they are theorized to be reflections in an atmosphere of gases vapors, etc. Auto headlights can sometimes be seen reflected great distances. One infamous mirage of a steamship sailing over a desert was reported. The steamship was real – it was just hundreds of miles away from the desert on the ocean.

We have universal senses of right and wrong. Although it angers people for me to say it, we all know that taking something that does not belong to you is wrong. We all know that murder is wrong. If you’re going to try to tell me that you have no inner sense of right and wrong, I’m going to advise you see a professional for possible diagnosis as a sociopath.Indeed, the existence of Sociopaths proves to us that if something in them is not functioning correctly, there is an innate sense of right and wrong.
Before you rush to harass me…Sorry. I don’t allow comments.

Anyway, proceeding on (it’s too late – you’re going to be judged by God, so might as well read this!) if there is a sense of right and wrong, this means that someone put that there. There’s no “Evolution” – no proof for it and tons against it. And that sense logically would not be a product of evolution. It’s the product of that which is perfect Good programming us.
So, if so, then we have a problem, since man is incapable of being good. The Atheist campaign a couple of years ago “be good for goodness sake” resulted in zero permanently changed lives! We cannot be good. Give us a law, we’ll break it. Give us a rule, we’ll try to get around it.

So, what then? If we break the laws programmed into us by this supreme Good being, then what is that? Your hands now are polluted. “Well, I’ll work my own salvation by doing nothing but good deeds.”
Won’t work. Your hands are now polluted. You have no way to atone for your sins.

So it requires a man without sins to atone for your sins, since you can’t.
So, how can we find a man without sin? He would have to be God!
Very well. Name me one person, just one, who claimed to come to die for everyone, because He was without sin, and God.
I can think of only one name.

Jesus Christ.

There you go. Reasoned atonement. Want me to prove everything? Easy.
Go to any bookstore and buy a King James Bible.

Hey, meet any of the readers of my blog and ask them for one, and I’ll just bet they FESTER to give you one.

I’e got entire article series’ on these subjects. Historical proofs for the Bible. Inerrancy of the Bible. Proofs of Jesus Christ. Answering evolution. Answering the cults.

So here’s my final point. You can have atonement by accepting through faith the atonement of Jesus Christ. What do you have to do? Repent, and believe.

That’s it!

So, what if you DON’T accept the Jesus of the Bible, but instead a Jesus of the cults, the brother of (l’havdil) satan, the good man Jesus, then eastern mystic Jesus, the aquarian conspiracy Jesus, the archangel Michael Jesus. None of these are the Jesus of the Bible.

Then you have no atonement.

So if those who have atonement go to heaven, where do the rest of humanity go?

Where are you going?

Think on these things.

7 Ways to Backslide


Most Christians want to stay true to the Lord, and avoid backsliding into sin. The rest really aren’t Christians, so they’re not worried about it.
But did you know Evangelicalism has you programmed to backslide? A lot of people struggle with daily disappointments and besetting sins, and try to find a way to avoid sliding back. Let’s look at what Evangelicalism is doing to keep you in sin, and ineffective for the Lord right now.

  1. Devotionals, instead of the Bible. Single biggest thing, right there. Our Daily Bread starts with ONE Bible verse, a pithy story that usually isn’t well connected to the Bible verse at all, a call to inaction, and a sample prayer to pray. Throw the things away, and never read them again. This hits you on so many levels I could write an entire blog post on this alone! Not to mention that someone else is interpreting the Bible verse for you, and you have no idea who they are, their theological standing, etc.
  2. Refusal to separate from error. No kidding. This is another big one. I’ve heard Evangelicals praise the writings of modernists who denied the deity of Christ and the virgin birth, and are suffering right now in eternal torment. I’ve read so many times the “In Essentials, unity, in all else, tolerance” nonsense too many times. If you study and devour the writings of non-Christians, it will not help you to maintain a holy, sin free lifestyle. If you’re spending a lot of time reading C. S. Lewis, how will that help you to live a Godly life? He thought salvation was by works, and believed in Universalism. C. S. Lewis had problems with the idea of Hell (I wonder if he still does? If he;s in heaven, then no. If he’s in Hell, then… no). People who teach error – and I could spend a full time job exposing them – lead you into error. That’s a bottom line statement. My purchase of Logos came with so many modernistic materials I had to issue warnings about soe of them on this blog.
  3. Lack of prayer. Prayer is not just asking God for whatever you want… prayer is about praising God, speaking to God, giving glory to God,and asking for intercession, healing, etc. Tim Laheye used the ACTS acronym – adoration, confession, thanks, supplication. Try that, If you spend one minute a day on each, you’ve only prayed four minutes, but it’s four minutes more than you’ve been praying!
  4. Lack of Fasting. There are times that Christians need to fast. That’s obvious from the Bible. When you’re seeking God’s will for your life, BINGO – fast time. All Americans could use a fast. Biblically, a fast includes no water as well as no food. You have to start slow, and build your way up. By the way, unless God is strengthening you, it is impossible to fast 40 days with no water. Day number 4, someone is calling an ambulance to take away your cold, cold remains. For most people, I would not recommend a fast with no liquids.
  5. Lack of church. If you’re not attending a Bible believing Narrow is the Way Fundamentalist King James only fried chicken eatin’ Baptist Church, you’re backsliding already. It takes like-minded believers to keep you strong.
  6. Television. Yup, I know them’s fightin’ words. And you only watch Godly programming, but there’s TV commercials. And I’ve seen Godly TV programs throw something in there that never should be shown on a Christian’s TV. I remember dialogue on “Seventh Heaven” that really should never have been said EVER on a Christian TV show (that should bring you to some conclusions…). Better to not have a TV.
  7. Foul Language. Taking the Lord’s Name in vain and cursing are two of the quickest ways to backslide. Evil communication corrupts good manners!
How do you fix this?

Do the opposite of these seven errors! Throw away your daily Bread. Separate from error and false teachers! Pray daily, the more the better! Fast when the Lord leads you to, be faithful in church attendance. Abstain from Television, and be exceedingly careful what videos you watch, and finally avoid taking the Lord’s name in vain and cursing! This includes watching movies where people DO curse!