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Linda Kimball, Thursday, December 30, 2021
While most commentators identify the falling star as Satan, in his Concise Commentary Matthew Henry provides a second, human identity. Human falling stars are tepid, indecisive, weak or apostate clergy who have ceased to be a minister of Christ, thus,
John identifies antichrists, in this case clergy who serve the devil rather than Christ, sequentially. First, like Bultmann, Teilhard de Chardin, Robert Funk, Paul Tillich, and John Shelby Spong, for example, they specifically deny the living, personal Holy Trinity by negation of the literal and historical elements of the Genesis account in favor of Gnostic pagan, immanent or Eastern pantheist evolutionary conceptions. Though the personal Triune God upholds the souls of men and maintains life and creation, His substance is not within nature (space-time dimension) as pagan and pantheist evolutionary and progressive creation speculators subtly imply but outside of it. Sinful men live within nature and are burdened by time and mortality. The Lord our God neither lives within the space-time dimension He created or is burdened by time and mortality.
Second, the specific denial of the Father who spoke creation into existence ex nihilo in six days logically negates Jesus Christ, the Word who was in the beginning (John 1), was with God, and is God from the creation of all things (1 John 1).
In a pre-incarnate theophany, Jesus is the Angel who spoke "mouth to mouth" to Moses (Num. 12:6-9; John 9:20) and at sundry times and in many ways "spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, last of all..." (Hebrews 1:1) Jesus the Christ is the incarnate Son of God, the life and light of men, the perfect fulfillment of law and prophecy (Rev. 19:10) who by His shed blood on the Cross died for the remission of all sins and bestowed the privilege of adoption on all who put their faith in Him. Therefore, to deny the Holy Father through denial of creation ex nihilo is to logically deny the deity of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, hence,
According to Peter (2 Peter 2:1), human falling stars will work among the faithful, teaching damnable heresies that deny the Lord, cause the fall of men into unbelief, and bring destruction upon themselves:
Almost thirty years ago, two well-respected social science scholars, William Sims Bainbridge and Rodney Stark found themselves alarmed by what they saw as a rising tide of irrationalism, superstition and occultism – channeling cults, spirit familiars, necromancers, Wiccans, Satanists, Luciferians, goddess worshippers, 'gay' shamans, Hermetic magicians and other occult madness at every level of society, particularly within the most influential level– Hollywood, academia and the highest corridors of political power.
Like many scientists, they were equally concerned by Christian opposition to naturalistic evolution. As is common in the science community, they assumed the cause of these social pathologies was somehow due to fundamentalism, their term for faithful, orthodox Christian theism as opposed to progressive and/or liberalized Christianity and evolutionary theism.
But to their credit, the research they undertook to discover the cause of the madness and occultism was conducted both scientifically and with great integrity. What they found was so startling it caused them to re-evaluate their attitude toward authentic Christian theism. Their findings led them to say:
In more detail they observed that authentic 'born again' (spiritually regenerated) Christians are far less likely to accept cults and pseudoscientific beliefs while the irreligious and liberalized Christians (i.e., evolutionary and progressive creation theists, progressive Catholics, Protestant emergent, NAR, word faith, prosperity gospel) are open to unscientific notions. In fact, these two groups are most disposed toward occultism.
As Bainbridge and Stark admitted, evolutionary science directly contradicts the Bible, beginning with the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo. This means that evolutionary science is the antithesis of the Genesis account. For this reason, discerning Christians refuse to submit to the evolutionary thinking that has swept Western and American society. Nor do they accept the evolutionary theism and progressive creation brought into the whole body of the Church by weak, tepid, indecisive, or apostate clergy.
Over eighty years ago, Rev. C. Leopold Clarke wrote that priests who embrace evolution are apostates from the 'Truth as it is in Jesus.' (1 John2:2) Rev. Clarke, a lecturer at a London Bible college, discerned that evolution is the antithesis to the Revelation of God in the Deity of Jesus Christ, thus it is the greatest and most active agent of moral and spiritual disintegration:
The faith of the Christian Church and of the average Christian has had, and still has, its foundation as much in the literal and historic meaning of Genesis, the book of beginnings revealed 'mouth to mouth' by the Angel to Moses, as in that of the person and deity of Jesus Christ. But how horrible a travesty of the sacred office of the Christian Ministry to see church leaders more eager to be abreast of the times than earnestly contending for the Faith once delivered unto the saints (Jude 1:3). It is high time, said Rev. Clarke, that the Church,
The primary tactic employed by priests eager to accommodate themselves and the Christian Church to modern science and evolutionary thinking is predictable. It is the argument that evolution is entirely compatible with the Bible when we see Genesis, especially the first three chapters, in a non-literal, non-historical context. This is the argument embraced and advanced by Pope Francis, Hugh Ross and mega-church pastor Timothy J. Keller.
With a position paper Keller published with the evolutionary organization Bio Logos he joined the ranks of falling stars (Catholic and Protestant priests) stretching back to the Renaissance. Their slippery-slide into apostasy began when they gave into the temptation to embrace a non-literal, non-historical view of Genesis. (A response to Timothy Keller's 'Creation, Evolution and Christian Laypeople," Lita Cosner, Sept. 9, 2010, creation.com)
This is not a heresy unique to modern times. The early Church Fathers dealt with this damnable heresy as well, counting it among the heretical tendencies of the Origenists. Fourth-century Fathers such as John Chrysostom, Basil the Great and Ephraim the Syrian, all of whom wrote commentaries on Genesis, specifically warned against treating Genesis as an unhistorical myth or allegory. John Chrysostom strongly warned against paying heed to these heretics,
As St. Cyril of Alexandria wrote, higher theological, spiritual meaning and by extension, spiritual regeneration is founded upon humble, simple faith in the literal and historic meaning of Genesis and one cannot apprehend rightly the Scriptures without believing in the historical reality of the events and people they describe. (ibid, Seraphim Rose, p. 40)
In the integral worldview teachings of the Fathers, neither the literal nor historical meaning of the Revelations of the pre-incarnate Jesus, the Angel who spoke to Moses, can be regarded as expendable. There are at least four critically important reasons why. First, to reduce the Revelation of God to allegory and myth is to contradict and usurp the authority of God, ultimately deny the deity of Jesus Christ; twist, distort, add to and subtract from the entire Bible and finally, to imperil the salvation of believers.
Scenarios commonly proposed by modern Origenists posit a cleverly disguised pantheist/immanent or deist nature deity subject to the space-time dimension and forces of evolution. But as noted previously, it is sinful man who carries the burden of time, not God. This is a crucial point, for when evolutionary theists add millions and billions of zeros (time) to God they have transferred their own limitations onto Him. They have 'limited' God and made Him over in their own image. This is not only idolatrous but satanic.
Additionally, evolution inverts creation. In place of God's good creation from which men fell there is an evolutionary escalator starting at the bottom, in hell, with a quantum fluctuation, an exploding Cosmic Egg (Big Bang), matter (Sagan's star stuff) pregnant with life and an eternally expanding cosmos. Emergent life somehow evolves out of star stuff, then up and through the life and death of millions of evolved creatures that preceded humans by millions of years until at long last an apish humanoid or pair of humanoids (mythical Adam and Eve) emerge into which a deity shaped and controlled by man and always in a state of becoming (evolving) places a soul.
This upside-down view leads to a philosophy of nihilism (meaninglessness). Nihilism results because if men were once something else, a genderless blob of matter, then later on lizards, and later still some kind of ape-like creature, then not only are we going to become something else, maybe divine supermen, super robots or cosmic beings, but nothing can be said about transgender, ‘gay,’ and lesbianism since all life forms ascended from a genderless blob of matter.
Moreover, with regard to soul, if life arose from chemicals or a blob of matter and then billions of years later man evolved from lower life-forms, then his rational nature, his soul, differs not qualitatively but only quantitatively from the beasts. Like beasts, man is not a person created in the spiritual-image of the One God in Three Persons but rather a creature of the earth. Like them he has no spirit---will, higher mental faculties, and conscience. Thus he is a fleshy androgynous robot or hominid whose brain is organized by the genome and the genome shaped by natural selection.
Evolution is an abomination of desolation that conceptually unmakes and renders meaningless the Word of God, thereby opening the door to further abominations such as the Swedish lesbian bishop who wants to remove crosses from the church and mark the direction of Mecca to make it more inviting for Muslims (1).
As the atheist Frank Zindler enthusiastically makes clear, evolution makes Jesus Christ unnecessary:
In response to the presence of false teachers, apostates and abominations infecting the Body of Christ our Lord answered:
Falling stars following after damnable heresies are blind guides of the blind. Thus blessed is the man who does not place his trust in blind guides who stray after heresies and abominations of desolation such as evolution (Psalm 40: 4-5) and exalt the works of their fallen imaginations against the knowledge of God. (2 Cor. 10:5)
Do not throw away your confidence in the Lord:
1. Swedish bishop wants to remove crosses from church and mark direction of Mecca to make it more inviting for Muslims, Robert Spencer, jihadwatch.org, Oct. 4, 2015
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Date: Thu Dec 30 05:51:32 2021
From: Vic Biorseth
The word "Originalist" struck a chord with me.
I have always thought that Artificial Contraception was the single most destructive concept to have been adopted by Western Civilization. I now see that Evolution paved its way.
The search for how everything originated is where material science went off the tracks. Origination of everything is unknowable and unsearchable by material science. The adoption of originating theories is all science can possibly come up with, and any hypothesis that cannot by empirically proved is not science; it is merely opinion, no matter how many "scientists" sign on to it.
Before Modernism split philosophy into the two warring camps of material science and theological science, the material scientist began his investigation with an priori recognition of divine creation. Now, 'enlightened' science, god-like, assumes it has the ability to - scientifically - correctly discern the origination of everything. Scientists today - most of them - begin their research with an a priori assumption of a godless cosmos.
A godless cosmos which appears to have a beginning, which beginning science cannot scientifically explain.
As you point out, God stands outside of any space-time continuum, and man is stuck in them and can't get out. No scientist can see what's outside of time, nor can he develop instruments to do that.
Meanwhile, thermodynamics and entropy disprove cosmic evolution, and prove the opposite, the inevitable devolution of complexity to simplicity.
And, genetic entropy disproves biological evolution, and proves the opposite, the inevitable devolution of complex beings to simpler and simpler ones, leading to eventual extinctions of beings.
But, having accepted the self-woven mantle of god, science cannot accept what entropy proves, because, after all, it is the purview the new gods of science to say what is and what is not, and the gods of science say that entropy is somehow wrong, and evolution is somehow true, even though it has not been and cannot be proved.
So, science blindly marches on, leading the blind toward the pit.
Thank you for your great insights.
Date: Fri Dec 31 03:06:41 2021
"So, science blindly marches on, leading the blind toward the pit."
And trailing after high priests of scientism are all whose eyes are blinded by its magical star-dust: shepherds (ie Bergoglio, and too many Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox priests to name them all), and after them political and social leaders, and masses of people.
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He who is indifferent to God has already forfeited his soul.
He who is indifferent to politics has already forfeited his liberty.
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