‘The judge asked: “Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?”
The ten words “The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”, gets to the crucial point in this phrase used for centuries to “quicken the conscience” of those giving testimony in court. A lie is commonly what we might call a half-truth – or even mostly all true! It’s simply not the whole truth. We’ve all seen the crime shows where the evidence all appears to lead to one conclusion. But at the last minute, another piece of evidence reveals the falsehood and the true criminal. Indeed, partial truths are frequently used to support a grand lie.
Thus, the grand lie of evolution starts with the truth of adaptation and natural selection. But then are added untruths, conjecture and wishful thinking on the part of rebellious mankind. And natural selection – to support evolution – becomes a grand lie. The truth is that natural selection cannot migrate out from the created “kinds” – the distinct species groups. The truth is that natural selection and mutations cannot add new creation, new complexity and new information to the genome. It can only shuffle the genetics that are already there!
The truth is that in nature the laws of probability are governed and indeed overwhelmed by the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics – the incessant move toward increasing entropy (disorder). The truth is that new specified complexity requires an outside energy and intelligence! The truth is that creation requires God.
Epitomizing the Nazi genius of propaganda under Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels famously and correctly said: “If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will come to believe it yourself.” Herein lies the secret to the grand lie of evolution, and to so much of the other disinformation being thrust upon us in the world today.
Climate Change as Climate Alarmism, for example, begins with the undeniable truth that climate changes. But added to a few truths about greenhouse gases are a lot of assumptions, conjecture and agenda-driven grant money for desired research outcomes with computer models. Another grand lie then becomes the drumbeat that is heard everywhere and has been now for 30+ years: We must unite globally to reset world economics and save the planet!
Subverting democracy under the pretense of protecting it is another grand lie. The lie includes people saying: “We must suppress their ‘disinformation’” (which is frequently truth) “in order to advance ‘our truth’” (which is frequently disinformation). And so they feel we don’t actually need free speech at all! They want more authoritarian powers to target political opponents who dissent from their approved narratives – whether that be disagreement with school boards about gender confusion and race theory indoctrination, or disagreement about COVID policy, or pointing out the various problems in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. They cannot and will not allow true reporting or debate on these issues!
Interestingly, Goebbels also said, “This is the secret of propaganda: those who are to be persuaded by it should be completely immersed in the ideas of the propaganda, without ever noticing that they are being immersed in it.” This is the great subtlety of the deception.
These grand lies are from “the father of [lies]” (John 8:44), “which deceiveth the whole world” (Revelation 12:9), i.e., the devil. And they are quite ugly upon examination. Lies, like any evil thing, are inherently ugly. Nobody, not even the worst perpetrators of the worst crimes, would honestly describe immoral acts as “beautiful”. The morally deformed is not beautiful.
Here is where the truth of Biblical Christianity also shines through uniquely. We believe in the Creator Almighty who established His original perfect order and is truly glorious in His perfection. In addition, we define human nature as inherently flawed because of Adam and Eve’s decision to disobey God and to listen to the devil. Understanding the truth about man’s depravity is satisfying because it is true and makes our redemption all the more lovely! Our liberty in Christ from the ugly bondage of evil is truly a beautiful thing!
Truth is vital. Without truth, we are left, in the end, with meaninglessness. We are left unable to detect propaganda, lies and disinformation. Therefore, we are at the mercy of evil, as well as despair. But the absolute truth of God – His righteousness and complete integrity, His omniscience and holiness, His love of liberty and His word – grounds us with meaning, purpose, joy and goodness so that we are able to trust Him and love Him.
We rightly appreciate the created beauty and freedom that God has given us. It is ultimately an appreciation of perfection – a perfection which derives from and is a joyous, marvelous reflection of the truth and nature and personality of the Lord. He is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. And that truth is beautiful! As the poet John Keats wrote, “Beauty is truth, truth is beauty.”
Divine beauty is characteristic of God and is vastly superior to even the very best of created splendors. Our great calling is to dwell in His house, “to gaze upon His beauty and to inquire in His temple,” as the Psalmist expresses his desire. The Lord is the purest loveliness and the very essence of joy and wisdom, perfect in all His ways without end.
So it is no wonder that saints throughout the centuries have experienced an inexpressible delight in worship, prayer and studying His word, even though the Truth is veiled in this fallen world. Through the lenses of our redeemed nature, we can appreciate the Lord as we survey the reflections of His creation. We were redeemed for an interior, supernatural joy as we indulge and even over-indulge our new nature! It is the meaning of “to be blessed”.
“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed” (James 1:25). May you be blessed in the indulging of the new nature that is given us through faith in our great Creator and Redeemer, looking into the perfect law of liberty and continuing therein!’https://creationmoments.com/newsletter/joyous-islands-of-truth-in-the-worlds-vast-sea-of-lies/?mc_cid=5ecb7de1ed&mc_eid=00c1dcff3c
‘God made man, but men also make their own god or gods. Only one God made man, but men have made many gods. The Bible also talks about this, listing names of various fictional gods invented by men. Among these are
Asherah, Astarte, Astaroth, Baal, Chemosh, Inanna, Marduk, and Moloch. There is a reason the first of the ten commandments (Exodus 20:3) says, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
Men make-up gods. The Bible shows that men make up separate gods, very often regional ones, who represent a local people. Since the completion of scripture, men made up other gods, very often representing separate religions. Among these are Allah, Brahma, Eshwara, Krishna, Shakti, Shiva, The Tao, and Vishu. Roman and Greek mythology presented Jupiter and Zeus.
Perhaps something more sinister than different gods is using the biblical names for God, except with a different one. God is more than a name. Many of you reading know that sects in Christianity have different beliefs about who God is. They all use the same designations. For instance, they might say, “Holy Spirit,” but they mean an active force in the world, not a Person. Joseph Smith, first prophet of LDS, taught that God was once a man on another planet before being exalted to Godhood.
Professors of Christianity today conform a God in their imaginations to their own liking. In Colossians 3:5, the Apostle Paul wrote, “Mortify . . . covetousness, which is idolatry.” Their God has the same name as the biblical God. So does Jesus.
Instead of abstaining from lust, professing believers make up a God who permits it or wants it. He desires it in worship. This is another way of changing “the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image like to corruptible man” (Romans 1:23).
Peter wrote in 1 Peter 1:16, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” True saints are a “holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).’https://kentbrandenburg.com/2022/05/09/the-true-god-versus-a-made-up-one/
Romans 13:4 tells us the government is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Acts 5:27-29 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
Canadian Pastor ‘Phil, his associate pastor Cody Butler, and their church, His Tabernacle Community Church in Saint John, New Brunswick have been at the centre of a fight for religious freedom during the pandemic lockdown on society. The church and pastoral duo have been under constant surveillance by law enforcement and health authorities after refusing to police their congregation for COVID restriction compliance from the pulpit.
Restrictions when His Tabernacle Church first came on the radar of the province required places of worship to encourage vaccination, contract-trace congregations right down to the pew church goers sit in, force worshippers to mask and social distance, enforce arbitrary capacity limits, and ban singing.
For refusing to be the eyes and ears, and the enforcement arm of the state inside their church, Phil, Cody, the church and their families were visited repeatedly and watched by cops. Cody was arrested and hauled out of the church as he was giving the Thanksgiving Sunday service. Phil was summoned to court and sent straight to jail for over a week. The church has been locked by the province, and Phil has been giving services in a tent outside in a maritime winter — and now he’s in trouble for that!’https://www.rebelnews.com/nb_pastor_who_spent_a_week_in_jail_back_in_court_this_week_for_holding_church_in_a_tent?utm_campaign=rb_01_05_2022&utm_medium=email&utm_source=therebel
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world
My personal opinion is that America finds itself with a Biden administration because churches and professing Christians are trying to fit into an anti-Christian society. One of the things many professing Christens have accepted is the use of alcoholic beverages and this article is where the rubber meets the road. ‘It’s obvious in scripture that some wine is permissible to drink and other is not. This relates to alcohol. Scripture prohibits alcohol (Proverbs 23:29-35). However, all wine and strong drink is prohibited to the priesthood in the performance of their duties. I’m reading through the Bible twice this year and moving through it the first time, I arrived at Leviticus 10:8-11 earlier this week:
8 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, saying, 9 Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: 10 And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; 11 And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.
It was so important for Aaron and his sons not to be under the influence of alcohol that they were to take extra precautions by refraining from any wine or strong drink. What does drinking any alcohol do? If they were to be drinking alcohol of any amount, it would threaten their ability to do their job as a priest.
The drinking of alcohol could result in the execution of the priest by God like Nadab and Abihu were killed by God earlier in the chapter. God commands Aaron and his sons not to drink wine or strong drink, so that they would not be punished with death by God Himself. Leon Hyatt writes in his commentary on Leviticus:
Obeying this command would assure that they would not die for performing their duties incorrectly, but that assurance definitely implies that they would die if they disobeyed the command. The same stern penalty would result from disobedience to this command as from any other deviation from the instructions of Jehovah to the priests.
Refraining from alcohol would save the lives of the priests, but it would also enable them to “put difference between holy and unholy.” Drinking alcohol effects discernment. Any alcohol at all could impede a priest from discerning between what is unholy and holy. The mixing of the two is disastrous, a great offense to God, who is holy.
Lastly, abstaining from alcohol was a necessity to ensure the priest might teach the children of Israel all of God’s statutes, part of the job of the priest. God is saying that alcohol would get in the way of doing that. The passage doesn’t say “alcohol,” but since wine and strong drink could become alcoholic, the priest in his role could not even drink what might be non-alcoholic out of safety for not being influenced by alcohol in a detrimental way in his duties.
Is there a priesthood today? Every believer is a priest before God, the doctrine of the priesthood of the believer. Usually people like to focus on the benefits of being a priest, but not the responsibilities. If we look to the example of the Old Testament priest for lessons on the New Testament priesthood of the believer, we should acknowledge that the responsibilities outweigh the benefits. The responsibility should be the focus. We never stop our priestly duties.
Today we know when a beverage is alcoholic, because it is plainly labeled. No believer should drink alcohol. It impairs him from his duties. He loses discernment for what is holy and unholy. Alcohol results in a multitude of unholy thoughts, motives, and actions. It keeps a believer from being filled with the Spirit. The Apostle Paul commanded, be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess. Excess is riotousness. The wine possesses or contains riotousness. When it is alcoholic it is riotous. That is seen in Proverbs 23:29-35.
Our entire nation prohibited alcohol at one time for believers and unbelievers. Now professing believers advocate for and promote alcohol, serving it themselves. Habakkuk 2:15 warns:
Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!
Professing believers attempt to attract unbelievers and accommodate them by serving them alcohol, this sin a way to fit in. I’ve read recently of a group of professing believers bringing people over on the Lord’s Day and serving mimosas for brunch. God gave the threat of death to Aaron and his sons for drinking alcohol. Habakkuk directs a “woe,” a severe judgment from God toward those who serve it to others. Do not mock God by ignoring, rebelling against, or scorning what He says about this.
Alexander MacLaren writes on this passage:
Nothing has more power to blur the sharpness of moral and religious insight than even a small amount of alcohol. God must be worshipped with clear brain and naturally beating heart. Not the fumes of wine, in which there lurks almost necessarily the tendency to ‘excess,’ but the being ‘filled with the Spirit’ supplies the only legitimate stimulus to devotion. Besides the personal reason for abstinence, there was another,-namely, that only so could the priests teach the people ‘the statutes’ of Jehovah. Lips stained from the wine-cup would not be fit to speak holy words. Words spoken by such would carry no power. God’s servants can never impress on the sluggish conscience of society their solemn messages from God, unless they are conspicuously free from self-indulgence, and show by their example the gulf, wide as between heaven and hell, which parts cleanness from uncleanness. Our lives must witness to the eternal distinction between good and evil, if we are to draw men to ‘abhor that which is evil, and cleave to that which is good.’
Both the Hebrew and Greek words for wine in the Old and New Testaments are permissible for drinking, except when they are alcoholic. Drinking becomes impermissible is when the beverage is alcoholic. In that day, one didn’t know exactly to what degree a product of the vine or the tree was alcoholic. One had to be careful at all times, but the priest couldn’t drink it at all. It was forbidden, because if it was alcoholic, it would impair judgment necessary in the most important work in the world, the worship of God.’https://kentbrandenburg.blogspot.com/2021/01/leviticus-108-11-and-its-conformity-to.html
‘These are momentous days when we find ourselves in the midst of a worldwide ‘discipline’ or warning from God, calling us to acknowledge and seek Him. And although we shrink from the thought, this is the reason for all unexpected catastrophes, whether epidemics, floods or vast fires. The Bible says these things will come more often in the ‘last days’, when atheism abounds and people generally have no thought or prayer to their Creator.
A warning from God is not like the last judgement, because it is an expression of God’s love, urging people to turn to Him, whereas the last judgement will finally close the door of mercy for those who turn away from Him. A warning is not permanent, and God has also given mankind the skill to control it, eventually. But a warning catastrophe pulls us up and humbles us, reminding us that we are only people, and that we are in God’s hands and accountable to Him.
Coronavirus has certainly shaken us more than any other catastrophe of recent generations. The relatively gentle approach of our UK scientific elite soon gave way to radical measures as the virus defied all predictions. Mighty China shook with alarm; the grim regime of Iran was stunned; Europe was soon sent scurrying to lock-down, and the all-powerful USA was brought to cower like everyone else.
As the pandemic proceeds, significant features become apparent. It is the elderly (like the writer of this) who are most at risk – those who have had a lifetime of opportunity to honour their Creator (and may have refused). The virus seems to say to the younger people – ‘you have some opportunity left: don’t despise the longsuffering of the Lord.’ Remember that while God is love, He is also holy and just.
This may not be the last warning or discipline, although its full ‘indignation’ has not yet unfolded. Christians are praying for relief and healing for those suffering, and we are witnessing many acts of kindness among people, but it is vital that we heed the message and meaning of this pandemic. Its purpose is to call us to forgiveness and reconciliation with God, by coming to the Saviour, Jesus Christ our Lord, who has opened a way of salvation by suffering and dying for sinful people on Calvary’s cross. To trust in Him, repent of sin, and yield your life to Him, is to receive from Him a new and eternal life.’https://www.metropolitantabernacle.org/Articles/God-s-Love-in-a-Pandemic
It should come as no surprise that “In the early 1900s, various ‘morality tales’ sought to advance the idea of eugenics. Squarely based on evolutionary belief in ‘survival of the fittest’, the eugenics movement was founded by Francis Galton, cousin to Charles Darwin.
This taught that, just as a farmer controls the breeding of his livestock to enhance the quality of his herd, promoting the childbearing of ‘ideal’ people and preventing ‘undesirable’ people from having children could improve the human race. One of the most popular pro-eugenics accounts was the story of ‘Deborah Kallikak’ (a pseudonym).
The story of the ‘Kallikak’ family supposedly went back to an ancestor code-named ‘Martin Kallikak’, who as a young man had a relationship with a “feebleminded barmaid” that resulted in the birth of Martin Jr. Later, Martin married a “worthy Puritan woman”, and their union produced many productive people. But alas, the damage had been done, because Martin Jr, a drunkard and worthless individual, had many children, and those children were all morally and intellectually bankrupt. Supposedly Deborah was a direct descendant of Martin Jr, and she was tested to be ‘feebleminded’, and was locked away in an asylum, supposedly to keep her from immorality.
‘Deborah Kallikak’ was a pseudonym for the real woman Emma Wolverton. The problem is, the story was wrong from beginning to end. The genealogy was wrong for a start.
‘Martin’ and ‘Martin, Jr.’ were second cousins, not father and son, and were both the offspring of respectable married couples.3 And the testing used on Emma was invalid, as they didn’t take into account her complete lack of previous schooling when she first came to the asylum. Later evaluations also tended to downplay the significant gains that she made in learning practical skills. In fact, visitors to the asylum frequently expressed astonishment that such a ‘feebleminded’ woman could present herself so well. But unfortunately, no one ever doubted the story that Emma was feebleminded.
Emma entered Vineland Training School in Vineland, New Jersey at eight years old, and as a young woman was transferred to the women’s institution across the street. She was never offered the chance to have a life of her own—she was not offered freedom until she was far too old and ill to accept it. She died in 1978 at 89 years of age, having been a victim of a cruel branch of pseudoscience.4
Why does this matter?
Some might wonder why Emma Wolverton is important today. It is a sad story, but she died almost 40 years ago. Today, eugenics has a bad name because the Nazis used the ideology to support exterminating Jews and other ‘lesser’ races—after using it to justify murdering large numbers of mentally and physically handicapped people in the name of preventing them passing on their supposedly ‘inferior genes’.
But when Emma first entered the Vineland Training School, it was the scientific
consensus in the western world, accepted by all preeminent researchers in the field, and approved by the US Supreme Court (Buck v. Bell, 1927). It seemed self-evident, enough to justify the lifetime incarceration of some ‘feeble-minded’ people, and the permanent sterilization of tens of thousands more.5 We look back in horror on the atrocities committed against people whose only ‘crime’ was being poor, uneducated, or otherwise disadvantaged, who were abused to advance a theory that built the careers of some of the most famous scientists of the day.
But it’s easy to forget that scientists still make pronouncements that affect the life and death of people today. Some ‘ethicists’ say that it is more merciful to kill a child in the womb when he or she may be born disabled, and that it is better to help a troubled or ill person to commit suicide rather than to ‘force’ him or her to live a life that they arbitrarily decide is ‘not worth living’. Someone as famous as Richard Dawkins proclaimed that the ‘moral’ thing was to abort a Down Syndrome baby and ‘try again’, and Peter Singer (Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University) infamously remarked that some animals have more moral value than some newborn babies.
The only worldview that upholds the value of all human life, regardless of intelligence and ability, is the Christian worldview, because Scripture teaches that all human beings are created in the image of God and are thus inherently valuable, despite that image being marred by sin.” https://creation.com/wolverton-kallikak?utm_campaign=infobytes_au&utm_content=Life+imprisonment+for+%27feeble-mindedness%27%3F&utm_medium=email&utm_source=mailing.creation.com&utm_term=Fortnightly+Digest+-+2019.06.28