Author Archives: Clyde Herrin
The Israelites were often tempted to worship the gods of the Canaanites and the surrounding nations. One of those gods was called Molech or Moloch. He required that his worshipers sacrifice their children to him. Here is what Wikipedia says about him. Read the rest of this entry
A few years back some local politicians, mayors, city managers, what have you, began posting things on social media that made me sound like a Canadian, as in I pulled back and said, “‘Eh?!”
Things like “fascists are secretly meeting and planning to invade the area, so support me if you want preserve your way of life. We must fight the Nazis!” Imagine my vast surprise when I found myself getting lumped into that category, a racist, fascist, Very Bad Deplorable. I stopped going to city council meetings, I stopped trying to fight politically. The truth is, you can’t reason with false hatred, with blind ideology. I wasn’t a person anymore, I was a caricature of the enemy, a troll, a thing to be hated and feared.
This is a tiny town, I’ve been here for some 40 years now off and on, so I know a fair…
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Growing up I always heard the saying “Don’t mix religion and politics”. I never understood that much till I became older but even as a grown adult I notice how people tend to avoid mixing the two. In school, we could learn all about politics but not so much religion but I found it most interesting that many people that are religious will not speak very freely of their views on politics. You might hear a Christian speak about it a little if they felt it wasn’t a hot topic or maybe only to a few people they trusted but to me it’s been so obvious that even I kept tight-lipped about my views for many years until I questioned why I felt this way. Why did I feel I wasn’t supposed to be open about my political views? What’s so wrong with talking about them? Is it because it’s…
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God simply spoke the world into existence and created something in the midst of the darkness. Let there be light! He turned on the lights.
A bit amusing, I was perusing Christmas lights on-line and hubby was like, I think we need to stage an intervention. You have a problem. Let me just cackle rather hysterically over the fact that in my case it is always mom who seems to have a problem.
I am quite content with my assorted issues, thank you very much. I’m telling you, the house could be on fire and sure enough someone is going to go, You know what the problem here is? Mom’s been putting two whole spoonfuls of sugar in her coffee. You don’t say? How disgraceful. Also, there are flames now forming on your jacket. Just saying……
Back to my lighting issues however. ‘Tis true, I probably have a good hundred…
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Since October 2015 I have blogged responses to alleged Bible contradictions listed on the Skeptic Annotated Bible. Apparently this week I hit a milestone: I have refuted over a hundred fifty alleged Bible Contradiction!
Below is the listing of these posts:
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I landed here in the 9th circuit of hell quite against my will some 45 years ago. My parents fled here, from Hawaii at the time. Hawaii really is my spiritual home, paradise, so the shift from the tropics to the grey, rainy, hostility of the PNW was a shock to the system already.
And by “hostility” I hope it’s quite clear I’m not just talking about the weather. Hawaii is (or was) very family oriented, a blending of cultures, everyone is your aunt, and kid’s sports matter. It’s a tight knit community in a way. Contrast that to a land where family, tradition, respect, roles, has now been totally replaced by politics, ideology, and shared beliefs. Rugged individualism rules the day. Family isn’t “family,” family looks like whatever we want it to, and you can choose your “family” just as you can choose your gender. Also, if you don’t…
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Ya know, the Bible can be used to justify pretty much anything. Perhaps we should say the Bible can be “misused” to justify anything, the problem being it would probably take a 30 year theological debate chasing after word origins and Latin translations in order to settle the matter. So suffice it to say, the Bible can and has been used to justify all manner of foolishness, from slavery to socialism.
Karl Marx pretty much twisted scripture to come up with his famous quote, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” Does that mean Marxism is Biblical? No.
Recently I got into a minor spat over the idea that it is Biblical to say, if you don’t work you, shouldn’t eat. This is a common argument against socialism, against taxation, against the welfare state. It’s a rotten argument, too! I cannot abide when people try to use the…
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I can’t believe I’m writing this, but in light of several things lately, one of them being Joe Biden alleging that black people are all the same, members of one monolithic group, unlike Latinos who are diverse, I think I really need to. Yes, he actually said that. He is only one of many who have said something similar this week.
Something I think we’ve done wrong as Americans, (ha don’t roll your eyes) but seriously something we need to change and fix is the way we’ve allowed stereotypes about black people to dominate the narrative in a way that presents black people as all being of one mind, one culture, one style.
They are really culturally diverse, from city folks to country folks, from conservatives to liberals, from far right extremists to far lefty nutcases. There are atheists and Christians, Buddhists and New Agers. There are single parent families…
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Years ago I was invited to attend a “salvation party” for a young lady who had just made a profession of faith in Christ. I’ll call her “Anne”. It was the first time I had heard of such a party. Out of profound curiosity and my heart for Anne, I went. We gathered at a local restaurant, with cake and gifts in tow.
I noticed the people most excited were the ones throwing the party, the ones who had witnessed to her. Anne sat appearing unsure and distant.
One could think she was just an introvert who didn’t like the fuss of a party, or that it was a bit too silly for her taste- I would have agreed with her. Perhaps she was thinking what I was thinking….is she…. saved? I silently prayed for her and tossed around in my head the question, “how did anyone really know…
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Psalm 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints”
2 Corinthians 5:8, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord”
Do you like continued stories? Let’s say you’re reading a magazine article or even watching a television program for half an hour, and you come to the place where the hero plunges into the water to rescue his drowning sweetheart. Then you’re left hanging in the air with the words, “To be continued.” Oh, how disappointing!
However, there is quite a different response to the inscription on the headstone of a born-again believer in Jesus Christ. The inscription would read “To Be Continued Above”! Yes, this life is just the first chapter of the book of a person’s life. Whether that chapter is long or short, it’s not the end…
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Proverbs 16:9, “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps”
Acts 8:26, “Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, go south to the road – the desert road – that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza”
As we wake up and begin each new day, we should have a sincere desire to please the Lord, and gladly anticipate God’s appointments He has planned for us. As we go throughout our busy day, we are continually met with unique opportunities to have an influence on others. Our appointments may be the people we meet or even the unplanned circumstances that are put before us.
It might be an encounter with family, friends, and fellow believers or it might be the man or woman in front of you in line at the grocery store, or the teenager at the checkout counter, it may be the…
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Revelation 1:3, “Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near”
Key verse – James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning”
Theme – God is not responsible for tempting us to sin.
No one on this earth is temptation proof. Even mature believers in Jesus Christ have weaknesses in their spiritual armor that makes them vulnerable to satan’s attack. Temptation is an urge to do something we know is wrong and certainly troubles each one of us, saved or unsaved. It may well be some sin, or something we tend to excuse like impatience, pride, programs we shouldn’t watch or places we shouldn’t…
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There will be a final judgment just before God creates the new heaven and the new earth.
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life.
And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.
This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-15)
Here is something I read on Facebook.
Contend without being contentious
by Joshua Agan
“What doth it profit thee to enter into deep discussion concerning the Holy Trinity, if thou lack humility, and be thus displeasing to the Trinity? For verily it is not deep words that make a man holy and upright; it is a good life which maketh a man dear to God. I had rather feel contrition than be skillful in the definition thereof. If thou knewest the whole Bible, and the sayings of all the philosophers, what should all this profit thee without the love and grace of God? Vanity of vanities, all is vanity, save to love God, and Him only to serve. That is the highest wisdom, to cast the world behind us, and to reach forward to the heavenly kingdom.”
—Thomas à Kempis
If you are contentious over theology, then you are displeasing the very God you feign to defend and exalt with your intellect. That is vanity. Only to walk by faith in every word that proceeds from God—that is the duty of man.
There is a difference between “contending for the faith” and being “contentious about the faith.” There is room for rebuking false doctrine or even discussing differences of interpretation, but contention is not the same thing.
It is a popular belief that in the past everyone thought the world is flat. I have heard it said that Christopher Columbus proved the world was round when he discovered America. The peasants might have thought the world was flat but the educated people knew it’s true shape. They didn’t think Columbus would sail off the edge of the world. They thought it was impossible to reach Asia by sailing west because the distance was too great. If the American continents didn’t exist they would have been right. Read the rest of this entry
Revelation 12:7-9, “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So, the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him”
Through this study we should be able to gain a better understanding of who satan is, the causes and nature of demon possession; other names used to describe the devil, develop an appreciation for what Jesus Christ did to overcome demonic power, and become more aware of the seriousness of dabbling in any type of the occult. My brethren, demons are very real, have great power, hate God, His people and always work havoc…
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A few weeks ago we published an article giving you the answers to ten questions asked by Premier Radio in the UK to Young Earth Creationists. Now we’d like to ask the old earth advocates a few questions of our own. I suspect most old earth advocates will struggle to answer these questions while remaining faithful to the text of Scripture.
- Were Adam and Eve real people who lived in a real Garden of Eden and were they the first human?
This question will work best when wielded against theistic evolutionists. Even a few of them might answer affirmatively, but not many. Most will view Adam and Eve as a metaphor for sinful humanity. This ideas raises all sorts of Scriptural problems such as “Was Jesus descended from a metaphor?” and “Why does the Bible refer to Jesus as the last Adam if there was no first Adam?” Removing Adam…
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Here is something I read on Facebook.
Depression is still something a Christian may sink into and suffer from. We are not freed from the possibility of it, as our souls are still wrapped in this corrupted flesh, and so we must be equipped to deal with it if we happen to ever find ourselves suffering in this way. Read the rest of this entry