Fur-Babies, Dog-Moms, and Delusion

This article by Zach really gets at a tricky idol of our day. He puts his finger on something that is symptomatic of the atheistic secularism that we find ourselves steeped in. It is so ridiculous that you laugh at times while reading this, but also while being confronted with the haunting reality of the logical endpoints of the atheistic worldview. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and I think you would too!

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The World’s Agenda

The World, as God defines it, is full of horrendous evil and is only capable of evil. It is diametrically opposed to the will of God, the Law of God, the advancing Kingdom of Christ, and the people of God.

Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity (hostility) with God.
James 4:4

The World hates God. It is no surprise, then, to find that the World is working very hard to destroy and pervert God’s original design for our basic identities and the foundations of human society.

The most foundational aspects of human culture are marriage, childbearing, and childrearing; in sum, the family unit. These institutions were instructed and commanded by God prior to the Fall, demonstrating that they are essential components of human flourishing and that they are very good (Gen. 1-2). For these reasons, children…

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Can you Agree “God’s Law is Great”, Without a Reformed Understanding of the Law?

I just released an episode on the For The King podcast with Jeremy Collins from Theonomoney. In that episode Jeremy makes a statement along the lines of “presuppositionalism when applied to politics is theonomy”. I thought it may be helpful to address theonomy in a blog post so anyone keeping up with what I am putting out understands where I am at. Usually when someone claims to be a theonomist there are a lot of moves that go into a statement like that. Similar to someone seeing the ocean and knowing it as such without knowledge of the deeps. I have just started plumbing the depths of this subject but I do have some texts that are helping me think about God’s law. I will list them below and then interact with them shortly to give you something to think about.

Now before I go into this I want to remind anyone that would read this that every single law finds its root in a worldview. If you legalize abortion (which the supreme court cannot do), there is an entire worldview that corroborates attempting to derive rights from the 14th amendment in that way. If you legalize one law derived from a worldview you are by logical necessity outlawing another worldview’s laws. Any nonbelieving pagan that would get angry at this post would do so because their worldview is being attacked and the claim I am making is to legislate according to God’s revealed law and not according to man’s wisdom. The Atheist that would rebut with a statement, “what about my rights to abort my baby?” is not understanding that they are inherently oppressing Christians who believe completely opposite of them about the nature of reality. One worldview must dominate and one worldview must win. Worldviews cannot coexist. The worldviews that do coexist only do so because one dominates in legislation, power, and in totality, while the other worldviews in that society take a back seat in passivity. Those other worldviews would very much like to step up and take power and legislate the way they would like to. This is a necessary reality of any productive thought at all. Any other worldview that reads this article and is angered is feeling that way rightly so. I am positing that I want to legislate according to my worldview and force it upon them. It is not a matter of, will a worldview be legislated, but which worldview will be legislated. If you cannot understand that position and respond in pure anger at this blog post you are a fool and cannot think in basic categories. I implore you to rethink your position and to adopt mine, that Christ is King and there is no other.

For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions. But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers 10 and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.

1 Timothy 1:6-11 NASB

This text includes Paul claiming that the law is for the unrighteous. Law shows the unrighteous their sin and restrains them in their evil. The implication for theonomy here is the question of who is the law for? Should nonbelieving pagans be obligated to follow God’s laws even if they are not Christians. Every Christian believes that God’s law is good. The question at hand is, is it good for everyone in a sense that all people should follow it and the civil magistrates should punish the unbeliever if they do not follow the law of God. This text seems to show that the law is to retrain the wicked who without the law would continue in their lawlessness. So the work to be done here is to figure out what Paul means by the law. Is it just the moral law? All the judicial law? The ceremonial law? Just the 2nd table of the law? Both the 1st and the 2nd table of the law? I won’t argue a position yet, I just want to get you the reader thinking.

42 It is a night to be observed for the LORD for having brought them out from the land of Egypt; this night is for the LORD, to be observed by all the sons of Israel throughout their generations.

    43 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the ordinance of the Passover: no foreigner is to eat of it; 44 but every man’s slave purchased with money, after you have circumcised him, then he may eat of it. 45 A sojourner or a hired servant shall not eat of it. 46 It is to be eaten in a single house; you are not to bring forth any of the flesh outside of the house, nor are you to break any bone of it. 47 All the congregation of Israel are to celebrate this. 48 But if a stranger sojourns with you, and celebrates the Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near to celebrate it; and he shall be like a native of the land. But no uncircumcised person may eat of it. 49 The same law shall apply to the native as to the stranger who sojourns among you.”

    50 Then all the sons of Israel did so; they did just as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron. 51 And on that same day the LORD brought the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their hosts.

Exodus 12:42-51 NASB

This text in its context is commanding the foreigner in the midst of Israel to also celebrate the Passover with the people of God. The Passover is not to be celebrated with foreigners who are not circumcised. If a foreigner is to celebrate the positive law of the Passover in the covenant God has made with his people they were to be circumcised. The same law is to apply to the foreigner as to the sons of Israel. Now this command is tied to the land to keep it pure in this Covenant time. Now in the new covenant, the people of God have inherited the entire earth (Matt. 5:5). The kingdom of Israel was tied to a specific land, but now the Kingdom of Christ is for the entire creation. Therefore the laws of Israel only applied to them in the land and the nations were to look at the laws of Israel and see the wonders of Yahweh (Lev.20:24). Now after Christ has conquered (and is conquering) the entire world the ideal Christian society would be one where, if the sojourner in that Christian society is to remain and celebrate the covenant blessings of the people, they must be repent & believe and then be baptized. The ideal Christian society would also omit the outsider in their midst from celebrating the Lord with them and receiving the positive signs of the covenant. We see the atheist secularist doing the same thing by slowly disarming and purging the Christians from western society if they are not “baptized” into their (always changing) ideology. If we are not baptized into the secularist utopia then we are not to receive the “blessings” of their covenant relationship to wickedness. The scriptures here are picking up on the exclusivity of worldview. John Gill notes on this passage,


A proper Israelite, one that is so by descent: and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you;
that becomes a proselyte to the true religion; these were both bound by the same law, and obliged to observe the same rites and ceremonies, and partook of the same ordinances, benefits, and privileges; this was a dawn of grace to the poor Gentiles, and presignified what would be in Gospel times, when they should be fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God, be fellow heirs of the same body, and partakers of the promises of Christ by the Gospel, ( Ephesians 2:19 ) ( Ephesians 3:5 Ephesians 3:6 )

John Gill’s Commentary

I am not speaking these things according to human judgment, am I? Or does not the Law also say these things? For it is written in the Law of Moses, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING.” God is not concerned about oxen, is He? 10 Or is He speaking altogether for our sake? Yes, for our sake it was written, because the plowman ought to plow in hope, and the thresher to thresh in hope of sharing the crops. 11 If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? 12 If others share the right over you, do we not more? Nevertheless, we did not use this right, but we endure all things so that we will cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ.

1 Corinthians 9:8-12 NASB

Paul is here quoting from the old testament law, specifically Deuteronomy 25:4, in his discourse with the church in Corinth. Before I comment, Paul uses this same law in a similar fashion in 1 Timothy 5:18 if you are interested in looking at that as well. Paul in verse 9 poses the question, does God have JUST oxen in mind with the law laid out in Deuteronomy 25:4? His answer in verse 10 is that God is speaking mostly for our sake in that law for animal rights. He isn’t saying that the law about the rights of the oxen are not the point of the law, but that the general equity embedded inside of the law is that of plowing in hope, reaping what you sow. Paul claims that the apostles had this right to reap material things from the church in Corinth but they do not exercise this God-given right among them that there is no hindrance to the gospel. Paul has in mind something like an accusation of payment in exchange for the gospel. He doesn’t even want to entertain the possibility of that charge so he chooses not to exercise the right. Regardless, he, and the other apostles, have the right as well. What is Paul up to here? He is seeking the general equity of the law that is embedded in case laws throughout the old testament. He extracts the main principle (that of now plowing in vain but in hope) and applies to THAT case with the church in Corinth. Interesting right? Is there more work we can be done when deriving rights from the text of scripture and applying it to certain cases? This is the whole idea of the case law system (and common law) that has been conducted in the west for centuries. Rights do not precipitate out of thin-air, they are secured by God in his revealed law. It is our duty to apply them case by case in a godly way. We do not want to legislate man’s laws, but God’s law. That is at the heart of the theonomy discussion. From whence will you derive your laws? If you are a natural law whore you can derive them obscurely from creation. If you have natural law understood correctly you should see the natural law matching up with the more clear revealed law of God. So the claim is that we would do as Paul does here and look to God’s revealed law to derive a right that a laborer is due his wages rather thane exclusively by natural law, although you could get there from natural law. Listen to the confession here.

To them also he gave sundry judicial laws, which expired together with the state of that people, not obliging any now by virtue of that institution; their general equity only being of moral use. ( 1 Corinthians 9:8-10 )

London Baptist Confession of Faith Chapter 19 Article 4

This is the claim of the 1689 LBCF. This is the historic confession that I hold to and I agree with what it says here. I think this is the way Paul uses the judicial laws. God gave us the law in the OT for our good to determine the general equity of them that still apply today. I hope this is a good starting point for you. I hope to write more on this subject as I am still working through these issues but this should at least get the wheels turning brothers and sisters. My conclusions: I think you may be hard pressed to agree that God’s law is great, if you don’t seek to understand how the scriptures apply God’s law. Also, by necessary extension, YOU applying God’s law as Paul does.

For The King, Rocky

4th Generation Warfare: Commies, Karens, Cowards, and Cowboys

This was an amazing read and worth considering. Obviously I agree with all of it.

“This is the battle. The commie revolutionary versus the reformed cowboy.”

The self-ruled man or the cultural Marxist? The worldview that produces Stalin’s Soviet Union and the CCP or the worldview that builds cathedrals and has built up every society it has touched?

Reformed Operator

A reading of the essay is included immediately below. However, it is encourage you look through the images included in this essay for maximum impact. A picture is worth…

Summary:We have entered a new phase of warfare in the US. It’s an inherently religious warfare of ideology, politics, and legal standards. The Christians are late to the fight, but we can win.

Cowboy Up. If not me, who? If not now, when?

A little background on Lind’s Generations of Warfare theory:

There’s a theory presented by a man named William Lind that there are 4 generations of warfare. It’s important to remember that war itself, even as defined by the dictionary, no longer holds to the first definition of “open, armed conflict between countries or factions within a country.” War now tends to fall under the second definition found in Webster’s New World Dictionary “any active hostility, contention, or…

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The Importance of Daily Repentance

Daily repentance is a task every Christian must endeavor in. I set out in this post to make a biblical case for that exact idea. First, I would like us to listen to Christ’s words as he teaches his disciples to pray in the sermon on the mount. He tells his disciples to petition to God and this verse is included in those petitions.

“and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

Matthew 6:12

Jesus here includes in his model of prayer for us a petition of confession and repentance. Question 112 of The Baptist Catechism1 shows us what is meant by this part of the model of prayer.

Q. What do we pray for in the fifth petition?
A. In the fifth petition, which is, And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors (Mt. 6:12), we pray that God, for Christ’s sake, would freely pardon all our sins (Ps. 51:1279Dan. 9:17-19); which we are rather encouraged to ask because of his grace we are enabled from the heart to forgive others (Lk. 11:4Mt. 18:35).

It is a good practice to rehearse repentance on a daily basis. We as God to forgive us our sins because we have confidence in the atoning work of Jesus Christ as the Catechism states. From this we are shown and encouraged to forgive others sins against us because God has so forgiven wretched sinners like us. Is it good to frequently forgive your brothers and sisters as we wrong one another? To forgive our family members or those in close vicinity to us as we are wronged in daily life? In a similar manner, and a more important one, Jesus Christ is teaching his disciples in the sermon on the mount to frequently seek reconciliation to God, having a clear conscious before him. Jesus is teaching a model of prayer so our prayers ought to be structured in a similar fashion as Jesus’ is here. Contained in that prayer is an asking of forgiveness to our father.

When we do this, we are not asking God to justify us again, hence why Christ starts the prayer with “our Father”. This predicates that we are children of God. See what the apostle Paul says in Galatians,

“I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”

Galatians 4:1-7

If we have a Father in heaven then that means that we have been redeemed by Christ. This is the truth taught here in Jesus’ model of prayer. My reminder to all who may read this is the importance of daily repentance before God. We want to have a clear conscious before God. Although we may not have lost our salvation, we have grieved his spirit and we need to in a sense be reconciled back to God. This is a good practice to make. Catholics destroy this teaching by their doctrine of confession, that you come before a man to absolve you of your sin. They claim the priest is standing in the place of God and actually cannot pardon sin. Why did David then in Psalm 51 not go directly to the priests or Uriah’s family to repent but instead he says, ‘For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.’ David new that when he had sinned that he is first to go to God and be reconciled to him and then his fellow man later as a byproduct. This is what is taught in the Lord’s prayer here that because God has so forgiven us we can go forgive other. There is an ordering to the thing though and it starts with God and not a man (like a priest or a friend).

I will end with on of my favorite verses on the matter than and old man that discipled me would always remind me of. This is a wise one to write on the tablet of your heart friend,

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

1 John 1:9-10

For The King, Rocky

Sources:

(1) https://founders.org/library/the-baptist-catechism/

Bill C-4 in Canada and January 16th, 2022

From: https://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/44-1/bill/C-4/royal-assent

This Sunday, church leaders across the globe join our Canadian brothers and sisters in speaking the clear biblical truth about the church’s view on human sexuality. This is exactly what Christians should do in the midst of persecutions. They should preach the clear message of Jesus Christ from the pulpit being careful to teach the full council of God’s word.

“preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” -2 Timothy 4:2 ESV

If you have not heard then incline your ear to my words. Canada has passed a pagan bill outlawing the Christian worldview in Canada. This Sunday is dedicated to supporting our brothers and sisters in Canada by preaching God’s law against the sexual perversions of our modern day. There will be faithful pastors in Canada like James Coates and Joe Boot that will be preaching on the topic this Sunday. They will thus be criminalizing themselves and risk because arrested and taken away from their family. These are the kind of men we need in Christendom. I thank God for them but I also am apprehensive to see what takes place this Sunday. I am no pastor, so I am unable to deliver a sermon this Sunday. However, I do have my podcast and this platform. I intend to speak on the topic as well and condemn the perversion of sexuality in our modern day. I have already addressed the topic here and here and I continue to do so because this is what it means to love your neighbor. On page 33 of J Gresham Machen’s book Christianity and Liberalism, he states

The Golden Rule furnishes an example. “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you”–is that rule a rule of universal application, will it really solve all the problems of society? A little experience shows that such is not the case. Help a drunkard to get rid of his evil habit, and you will soon Christianity & Liberalism come to distrust the modern interpretation of the Golden Rule. The trouble is that the drunkard’s companions apply the rule only too well; they do unto him exactly what they would have him do unto them –by buying him a drink. The Golden Rule becomes a powerful obstacle in the way of moral advance. But the trouble does not lie in the rule itself; it lies in the modern interpretation of the rule. The error consists in supposing that the Golden Rule, with the rest of the Sermon on the Mount, is addressed to the whole world. As a matter of fact the whole discourse is expressly addressed to Jesus’ disciples; and from them the great world outside is distinguished in the plainest possible way. The persons to whom the Golden Rule is addressed are persons in whom a great change has been wrought–a change which fits them for entrance into the Kingdom of God. 1

True love calls for a right-side upness to reality. Unfortunately, our society has turned things upside down and they beckon us to do the same. This has been a long time coming and our eyes, however, have been shut. We should not be surprised that the west has ended up in a place like bill C-4. We have utterly abandoned God’s word as the standard by which we live by and build civilizations on. However, there is nothing new under the sun and the world’s affront to God’s word has happened before and will happen again.

On page 59 of J Gresham Machen’s book Christianity and Liberalism, he states,

“But the loss of the consciousness of sin is far deeper than the war; it has its roots in a mighty spiritual process which has been active during the past seventy-five years. Like other great movements, that process has come silently—so silently that its results have been achieved before the plain man was even aware of what was taking place. Nevertheless, despite all superficial continuity, a remarkable change has come about within the last seventy-five years. The change is nothing less that the substitution of paganism for Christianity as the dominant view of life. Seventy-five years ago, Western civilization, despite inconsistencies, was still predominantly Christian; today it is predominantly pagan.”2

This quote is quite revealing of what we have missed in the church in the present day. Machen was commenting on liberalism this way in 1923! Have we fallen asleep? There are two competing worldviews at war in the west. That of secularism and that of historic Christian values. There is no neutrality and we must realize we are in a war. We sit idly as God’s word is trampled upon and watch the loss of freedoms that Christians have enjoyed in the west for thousands of years. We send out missionaries in swathes, yet we haven’t evangelized our own house. Machen called the west pagan in 1923 and if you think things have gotten better then prudence would call for you to look around and wake up.

We have been given marching orders (Matt. 28:18-20). There is no peacemaking with evil. We go to battle every day, and now our Canadian brothers go to war this Sunday. We ought to wake up in the church and see what is happening. Christianity is outlawed in Canada and it most definitely can happen here. The enemy is on our turf, stand up or get stood on. Pray diligently for our brothers and sisters in Canada. May the Lord have mercy on us.

For The King, Rocky

(1) Machen, J. G., & Wilson, D. (2020). Chapter 2: Doctrine. In Christianity and Liberalism (pp. 33). essay, Canon Press.

(2) Machen, J. G., & Wilson, D. (2020). Chapter 3: God And Man. In Christianity and Liberalism (pp. 59). essay, Canon Press.

The Myth Of Relativism – Blog

From : https://lifehopeandtruth.com/discern/november-december-2019/the-abyss-of-moral-relativism/

Recently on the For The King Podcast, we recorded an episode with an identical title to that of this blog. This topic is massively broad and an accompanying blog post may help flesh everything out. First lets define some terms

rel·a·tiv·ism/ˈrelədəˌvizəm/ noun

  1. the doctrine that knowledge, truth, and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute.1

If you are familiar to the philosophical discussion on relativism, you often hear it talked about in relation to morality (cultural relativism). Cultural relativism purports that the reasoning for differences in cultural morality is because morality is actually up to cultures to decide and not transcendent above cultural attitudes. This is a tempting thought because it seems so empirically verifiable. Just look at all of these others cultures and they get along fine! Some cultures include cannibalism, polyamory, abortion, etc. These cultural differences are just unique to each culture and no one culture has a monopoly on morality. There are ,however, different forms of relativism. A more strict view would say that each society is entitled to its own relative cultural norms and practices that manifest in morality, and that no outside culture has a right to judge or speak into that morality. This would lead to being forced to accept the Nazi party’s justification for the holocaust and chalk it up to difference in thought based on cultural differences. This is obviously a silly thought as all people cry out for justice against such things and condemn the obvious evils of the Nazi party.

So what is another alternative view? Cultural relativism can try and save itself by saying that we must be critical of some practices in each society based on why that society is pushing such a practice. Such a view that actually makes a judgment on perspectives can hardly be called relative anymore. If there is ever a standard invoked by a thinker then that standard now becomes the final authority. To make a judgement is to appeal to a higher authority. Modernity proposed that truth is found in the individual, but post-modernity claims that there is no truth. That even the truth for oneself isn’t really capital T truth, but rather just what’s true for you. I hope you can see that slight difference. Modernity was characterized by rationality and whatever one could reach from reason is the final authority of truth, but indeed capital T truth itself. Post-modernity and relativism purports that there is no capital T truth that is binding on all people like rationality was binding for modernity.

The pitfall of relativism (in both forms laid out above) lies in its logical contradiction from its foundation. To say the statement such as “there is no truth” is a capital T truth, is it not? To say that it is absolutely true that there is no truth is in itself a truth. With such a contradiction present one is forced to change their worldview. Why must they change? Their starting assumption of something as basic as truth is flawed. Is there a way out for someone that holds such a position? Yes, however, the only way out is to admit absurdity and try your best to live life based on such foolish principles. Even to rebuttal with a statement such as “well, there is truth we just can’t understand it.” Well my friend, can you understand that statement of truth? If so then you have walked yourself into another contradiction.

This short polemic against relativism could have much more to say but I want to equip the Christian to push the antithesis of such foolish worldviews. There are professors, politicians, scientist, legislators, and many more of our societies leaders that think these thoughts. We must be quick to admit the supremacy of Christ and his Word as THE truth. Jesus says in John 14:6 that he is the truth. All epistemological2 foundations are found in Christ and his Word. I hope to release another blog post soon expounding on the epistemological stronghold of Christ and the epistemological skepticism that comes with naturalism, relativism, post-modernity and the like.

In conclusion, do not let the unbeliever off the hook with such statements. If they commit logical fallacies hold them to that and don’t let them out of that until they give you a satisfactory answer. So many Christians give up in their apologetic when the unbeliever spouts such nonsense. We must be prepared to push the antithesis of their view (thesis). If they don’t except truth don’t give up but press them until they confess themselves consistent in their worldview or admit the folly of their views.

1.)https://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/oi/authority.20110803100412717#:~:text=The%20doctrine%20that%20knowledge%2C%20truth,context%2C%20and%20are%20not%20absolute.

2.) https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epistemology

epistemology

noun

epis·​te·​mol·​o·​gy | \ i-ˌpi-stə-ˈmä-lə-jē  \

Definition of epistemology

the study or a theory of the nature and grounds of knowledge especially with reference to its limits and validity

The Importance of Christology

Christology is one of the most important fields of theology. Christology brings a few presuppositions to the table, however, that must be rendered true for any real work to be done in the field. Namely, that Christ exists and existed as a man 2000 years ago along with the writings that we have about his life being trustworthy. If these two points stand then we can begin understanding the nature of the person of Jesus Christ. Bryce and I have just started a series on the podcast titles “Christology”, so I thought an accompanying blog about the importance of Christology would help the For The King community.

What Christology is Not

Christology, because of its presuppositions, does not labor to prove that Jesus was a real person that existed. It also, does not set out to prove that Jesus is the son of God. Christology, as a subject, is under the more broad heading of “theology”. Theology, as many know, is the study of God, and if Christology is going to be considered under that heading then we are already assuming Christ to be God himself. Christology is not an endeavor to know “about” a person in the sense that the world would study Immanuel Kant’s writings, but rather to know the true and living God as presupposed in the field.

What Christology Is

Christology is the study of the person of Christ. The God-man Jesus Christ incarnated into our material world that we might see him and know the true and living God.

“O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

John 17:25-26

He was also incarnated that he might bear our sins as a man, being that blood is the only way for the remission of sins.

“Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”

Hebrews 9:22

Christology however, largely concerned with Jesus’ work as an incarnated man, is also concerned with the pre-incarnate Christ that has existed co-ordinate with the father before time ever began.

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

John 8:58-59

So, it is easy to see from scripture that Jesus, being God himself, has much more to him to understand than what a secular university may describe as “Jesus Christ” in a history of religion course. The world largely recognizes the existence of the person of Christ (see the our podcast episode titled “Q/A With a Friend: Can the Bible be Trusted?“) as a historical figure. You must be a fool to reject that claim. The number of biblical, and extrabiblical resources are a wave of evidence that most atheists drown beneath when they utter such claims. When the atheist passes, there will be more evidence that Christ exists that they themselves ever existed. This is why if we take Jesus, to be who he truly was, then all other pieces of orthodox theology come into place. The question can be framed, is Jesus a liar, lunatic, legend, or LORD?

Christology, concerned with the incarnation of Christ, also looks into the life of Christ and gleans the reality of the second person of the trinity as he reveals himself to us in the incarnation. However, Jesus’ claims about his divinity and being himself God, call us into much deeper study of the person of Christ. This main claim of Christology, makes accurate Christology a matter of orthodoxy, and heresy for those that would attack his deity. This is exclaimed here by the apostle Paul.

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

1 Corinthians 15:12-19

If Jesus is not himself God, having the power over death to be raised to life in victory over death, then we are a people to be pitied. If Jesus is not the Christ then we are did in out sins and mine and your faith is futile and we have believed in vain. This is why I conclude and carry in further detail in the podcast that Jesus our Lord and savior is eternally God, pre-incarnate, incarnate, prophet, priest, and finally OUR KING.

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

1 Corinthians 15:20-28

This is material for EVERY Christian. Our faith is predicated on Jesus Christ. Christology is not for the theologian in the ivory tower but for all of us. The laymen is a reflection of the state of the church. If the church does not know who Christ is, then we will soon forget him in capitulation with the Christ the world delivers us, the antichrist.

My Current Position on Natural Law

I have done many podcasts that involve a concept in theology and political/moral philosophy termed, “Natural Law”. From the vision cast from my first blog titled “purpose”, this entry will show the application of that vision. Natural law itself could be a great podcast in and of itself but I would like to get something in writing that describes my personal view on the subject currently before any more damage is done by the concept being present on my podcast.

How One Is Saved

As a Christian I believe that Jesus alone is the way the truth and the life (John 14:6) and that the Word of God alone is the conduit by which mankind can be saved. Jesus makes it clear that no one can come to the father except through him! I can back this up easily with scripture,

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.Romans 10:13-17

Paul clearly lays out here that faith, which is the way in which we receive grace by God (Ephesians 2:8), comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ which is the good news of the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God and how the saints are to live is the point of the redemptive history of God which is contained in the holy scriptures. So revelation is the only way in which someone can be saved. Someone who has no one to preach to them are unable to reason or logically bring themselves to mentally ascend to the God of the universe Yahweh. It must be revealed by preaching or reading the word of God. It was a mystery hidden for ages and has now been revealed in Christ.

What Natural Law Is and Isn’t

A quick google search of Natural Law produces this result,

Natural law is a theory in ethics and philosophy that says that human beings possess intrinsic values that govern our reasoning and behavior. Natural law maintains that these rules of right and wrong are inherent in people and are not created by society or court judges.” -From Investopedia.com 1

Many philosophers and political theorists have maintained this position until recently. It was very popular during the enlightenment thought because human reason was elevated to virtual god status and worshipped itself. There are two ways to reach Natural Law theory. Either from scripture being rooted in revelation, or from human reason alone and the revealed scriptures just happen to align with the thinking. For the former, theologians can point to texts like this to support the claim that Natural Law is rooted in scripture and the words of God,

For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.Romans 2:14-16

Natural Law theorists that root themselves primarily in human reason and not by virtue of revealed scripture and being made in the image of God would reason like this.

“Natural law can be discovered by reason alone and applies to all people, while divine law can be discovered only through God’s special revelation and applies only to those to whom it is revealed and whom God specifically indicates are to be bound. Thus some seventeenth-century commentators, Locke included, held that not all of the 10 commandments, much less the rest of the Old Testament law, were binding on all people. The 10 commandments begin “Hear O Israel” and thus are only binding on the people to whom they were addressed (Works 6:37). As we will see below, even though Locke thought natural law could be known apart from special revelation, he saw no contradiction in God playing a part in the argument, so long as the relevant aspects of God’s character could be discovered by reason alone.” – Locke’s Political Philosophy, 20052

The bible would claim that reason alone cannot bring one to a comprehensive understanding of the Natural Law. I say this because in Romans 2:15, Paul clearly shows us that this law that is written on the hearts of gentiles (all humans other than the Jews), and that law will either accuse or excuse their actions. They can very well understand that some things are evil and wrong but they can never reach a full understanding of the Natural Law. Some societies reach a consensus based on reason that cannibalism is okay and some reach a consensus that it is not. However that same society that cannibalizes each other can understand that stealing is wrong while the society that does not cannibalize may permit theft. Our ability to reason has been severely altered by the fall. It is no longer what it once was before the fall. So, it seems clear to me that Natural Law only stretches so far based on the way one reasons in a certain society. The Natural Law theorist that roots it in the ability to reason well has departed from what is revealed in scripture because there is no category for reasoning well enough to understand the full law of God.

So, the fundamental difference between the two paths to Natural Law is that one is rooted in scripture and one is in human reason, yet human reason plays a part in both. The question is where is the root for the Natural Law. I labor to say all this to argue that I am of the former of these two paths to Natural Law. I think our ability to reason has been greatly impacted by the fall and that we cannot fully reason ourselves to God himself or his law he has given us. We have some inkling of both the law and the fact that there is a God. Hence, Paul says this,

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. – Romans 1:19-23

These things can be clearly seen, but it is not enough to save them nor to inform their conduct to be holy and upright. My point in all this is that the Natural Law should show us the revealed law of God, but since we are totally depraved we are unable to see that law clearly. Natural Law can only condemn persons rather than save them. Those salvific things can only be revealed by the Word of Christ when preached or read in space and time. This should cause us to greatly consider our lack of proclaiming the word of God and telling other of the word of Christ, the good news of the kingdom of God. Lets be faithful to this great word that God has given us.

so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.Isaiah 55:11

Sources:

(1) – https://www.investopedia.com/terms/n/natural-law.asp#:~:text=Natural%20law%20is%20a%20theory,by%20society%20or%20court%20judges.

(2) – https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/locke-political/

Purpose

Humans have a natural aversion to things lacking purpose. There is a telos or goal to every thing that humans engage in. Art? A sense of beauty. Reading? Knowledge to be gained. War? domination of others for personal purposes. Even the most seemingly arbitrary of activities have some motivation deep down to the one engaging in it. This blog is not meant to be purposeless but filled to the brim with purpose. Even God himself has a purpose and does no thing arbitrarily, there is always a reason for the things God does. The photon on the outermost regions of the universe expanding outwards does indeed have a purpose.

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” – Proverbs 19:21

This blog accompanies a podcast titled “For The King”. You can find this podcast on apple podcast, Spotify, anchor.fm, podcast republic, and many other platforms. The accompanying blog to the podcast is not to engage topically with each podcast released. Rather the blog should serve its own purposes while not being entirely disconnected from the podcast. For example, I have already had quite a few podcasts talking about natural law. Instead of doing a blog with every episode that talks about natural law, or any other topic that is touched on, I (or other writers) can develop these blog entries to:

1.) Dive deeper into a topic that either wasn’t covered well but isn’t large enough on its own for an individual podcast. Some topics are much more nuanced than we can give credence to on the podcast platform and need to be written accurately to deal with the heart of the issue.

2.) Engage with ideas that are brought up by listeners

3.) Get to know me, the host of the podcast and owner of this site, Rocky

4.) Invite other bloggers or people with platforms (or without if you feel so inclined) to share their ideas and write as a guest.

5.) Build a sense of community for our listener base and create a platform everyone can engage in.

I imagine the feel of this blog will evolve as time progresses but these are a few preliminary purposes that this blog will accomplish. I want this platform to be a place where those that share a common faith in the LORD Jesus Christ can be encouraged that there are young laypeople that love the LORD, love his word which is truth, and love others. The Bereans embody this activity…

“The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” – Acts 17:10-11

I want this to be an accurate space where the intellectual rigor of Christianity is shown to be the powerhouse that it is. So many people drift through life without considering the heavier things of reality. I, and I’m sure those that enjoy the podcast, love to think and love to consider. I try my absolute best to truly embody other beliefs and understand the arguments being made while maintaining faithfulness to my own positions. I hope and pray that listeners and readers would send a quick email, or comment on this blog feed, about questions you have or things that you think of so we can work through them. I have always noticed that when you are alone, it is much harder to get much further in your thoughts. Yes, there are savants out in the world that can figure much by themselves. More commonly, I have noticed that when you get one other brain together with your own, much more can be found out. Hence the writer of proverbs says,

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” – Proverbs 27:17

God is much closer than anticipated. His fingerprints are all over the universe. He wears galaxies as rings on his fingers. He creates out of nothing. His day is a dreadful day, but for those of us hidden in the cleft of his own son Jesus Christ, there is no fear in judgment. Join me in discussing and finding the truth that has been revealed to us from God.

“Am I a God at hand, declares the LORD, and not a God far away? – Jeremiah 23:23