Posted by: Art | November 9, 2016


In light of recent events, I’ve been thinking about this famous quote:

“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers—and it was not there. . . . in her fertile fields and bound less forests—and it was not there. . . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce—and it was not there. . . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution—and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.

OK, so Alexis de Tocqueville didn’t actually say it (even though Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and others have made use of it.)

In light of Mark 10:18 and Luke 18:19, it provides a useful point of reflection:

And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.”

The logic seems fairly straightforward: No nation has ever been great because no nation has ever been truly good in God’s eyes because no nation has ever been made up 100% of those trusting in Jesus Christ alone for their right-standing before a perfectly holy and just God, their sins forgiven at the cross, credited with His righteousness, not our own, and not by any works of our own.

Any effort to make a nation “great” in the sense in which the Bible and multiple American presidents from multiple parties have meant it must therefore reference the goodness and greatness of God. Any effort to make a nation “great” without such a reference at its very core must necessarily be false and misleading no matter how compelling it may seem.

Posted by: Art | March 2, 2016

Blind and Deaf to the Gospel

Memorable clip from a great teaching sermon on Ezekiel 8-12 by Dr. Peter Masters at London’s Metropolitan Tabernacle*:

“If you’re a rebel against God, you’ll never understand the gospel. You won’t see anything. You may be very intelligent. You may have the mental capacity to absorb all the information, but it won’t really mean much to you, because you’re a rebel. Being a rebel overrides your faculties and blinds you…

…When you hear the gospel, if you’re a rebel, confirmed in that, and the Spirit doesn’t set you free from that, then you don’t hear anything wonderful in the gospel. You hear something tedious and irritating and objectionable. You can’t hear, because there’s something deeper going on. You’re a rebel.”

*Charles Spurgeon‘s old church. NOT to be confused with the Mormon Tabernacle!!

Posted by: Art | March 1, 2016

Scriptures for “Super Tuesday”

These two “just happened” to be part of my regular line-up of scriptures to read this morning…

Job 12:23-25:
He makes the nations great, then destroys them;
He enlarges the nations, then leads them away.

He deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth’s people
And makes them wander in a pathless waste.

They grope in darkness with no light,
And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.

Jeremiah 18:7-10:
At one moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to uproot, to pull down, or to destroy it;
if that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on it.

Or at another moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to build up or to plant it;
if it does evil in My sight by not obeying My voice, then I will think better of the good with which I had promised to bless it.

Posted by: Art | October 21, 2015


This pithy paragraph, from Doug Wilson, is too good not to share:

We live in a generation that is totalitarian in principle, having accepted all the basic totalitarian premises. Denying the Lordship of Jesus Christ drives you to those premises — for if Jesus is not Lord, then there is a vacancy that men will always want to fill. Without an exhaustive rule through the predestinating love of the Father, unbelieving men will always see a job opening. They will want to fill that gap. They mimic the Father’s omnipotence, which is where we get the totalitarian part. They also try to mimic His love, which is how we get the tolerance farce. And so it is that we find ourselves suffocating under this totalitolerance.

To put it another way, as the Apostle John makes clear in his first epistle, the spirit of antichrist entails both imitation and opposition. Just as a counterfeiter degrades the value of what he is counterfeiting, any very close knock-off of the true spiritual authority in the universe is, at its core, an attempt to usurp authority and divert glory to where it should not be.

Posted by: Art | September 2, 2015

9th video

Posted by: Art | August 26, 2015

The Banality of Evil (updated)

Just catching up… found this excellent piece from July, helping us to step up a level and see the larger game being played.

Wallace Henley writes “Planned Parenthood, Adolf Eichmann and the Banality of Evil” in which he cites the work of the late Hannah Arendt:

“Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda.”

ADDENDUM: This quote, from the end of her book, ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil‘ (1963), could equally well be applied to the issue of abortion:

Just as you [Eichmann] supported and carried out a policy of not wanting to share the earth with the Jewish people and the people of a number of other nations—as though you and your superiors had any right to determine who should and who should not inhabit the world—we find that no one, that is, no member of the human race, can be expected to want to share the earth with you. This is the reason, and the only reason, you must hang.

In short: Lex Talionis. That is, because of sin, we are all de facto rebels — collaborators in the execution of God. Those who do not flee to the cross of Jesus Christ remain in their sins, deserving of (and receiving) eternal death. Those who do place their sole trust in Him receive the un-earned benefits of his death in our place.

Posted by: Art | August 25, 2015

“…to have them be destroyed is just awful.”

Not the lives, but the merchandise produced by ending them.

Eighth video is out. Hard to believe, but it just keeps getting worse.


David Harsanyi, “Questions Every Planned Parenthood Supporter Should Have to Answer”

…after reading about how thrilled many Washingtonians were that National Zoo officials had spotted a fetus in the giant panda the very same day I watched a video about Planned Parenthood and how “cool” it is to see a human fetus’ heart pumping after his face was ripped open … well, the question just popped into my head…

Would you be okay with a government-subsidized company performing vivisections on a baby panda? You know, cutting one of those adorable things open, taking parts out of them while their hearts were still beating? What if we could make a few bucks while, maybe, sorta, using those organs for scientific study—even though several other methods are available to researchers? Is that acceptable?

Doug Wilson on how this is a judgment/gospel moment (i.e., the “bad news” which helps all of us to realize, in our shiny, glossy, outwardly happy and prosperous society that we are up to our necks in blood).

…as a rebellious and confused house, we have wracked up an unpayable national debt, not in dollars, but in blood. There was a time when many of us thought we could look away. Then the videos came, and we now know that we cannot look away. If we decide to try to look away, we now know that our choice to look away will also be on video [at the judgment seat].

What can be done to pay off this blood guilt? There is only one way. This is a kind of blood guilt that can only be met with blood. The blood that we shed within history can only be atoned by the blood of the Lamb, slain before the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8). In obedience to this decree, our Lord was executed outside Jerusalem two thousand years ago, by authorities and representatives as fully corrupt as our own.

Also potent and lucid, from Doug Wilson:

Not only is abortion a sin, but it is a very grievous one. The Bible very plainly teaches that the womb is God’s workbench, the place where He is assembling yet another son or daughter, crafted in His image, bearing His image from the moment the work first began. To disrupt His artistry in such a moment is highest degree of arrogance… abortion is the bloody sacrament right at the center of secularism’s cathedral. It is their high altar… We cannot split the difference. The question before us is straightforward and simple. Shall this house [i.e., our society] be founded on child sacrifice or not?

Posted by: Art | August 19, 2015

Video #7

“…intact fetal cadavers… part of the budget…”

Do not harden your heart!

Posted by: Art | August 18, 2015

Real Conservatism

Something I’ve been saying for a long time.*

Doug Wilson says it more eloquently:

What are we conserving? America or that which makes America worth conserving? …the diseased conservatism I am speaking of thinks that we should swank along in our prosperity as a matter of birthright justice… Of course we should be great — that’s axiomatic. Why? Follow the argument closely here: because we’re us! …Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, and He will lift you up. Anything else is seeking out a divine smack down. God opposes the proud, and that would include proud conservatives.

*I’ve distilled my political stance down to this:
“Conserve the content of the gospel. Be liberal with spreading the gospel. Pray for King Jesus’ return.”
(The ways in which each term is used nearly always begs the question of object.)

Posted by: Art | August 12, 2015

Sixth Video

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