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this begins.

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Welcome to the Stone Quire podcast. I am Corey J. Moller, and I'm well. In this episode,

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we will be discussing the issues of genealogy, ideas, the genealogy of ideas, the fourth

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commandment, ancestry, morality, and a number of related issues. We now live in a time when

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few care about the provenance, the source, the genealogy of the things they consume,

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whether it is physically, intellectually, or spiritually, or the things they believe.

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Is this how God wants us to operate? Is this how God operates? Now, some know these things matter

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at least to a degree and in a certain way. There are those who will go out of their way to

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purchase heirloom seeds, to buy organic produce, to avoid soy, at least in certain forms,

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to avoid hyphryctose corn syrup, other various things in their diet, who will carefully select

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the breed of their dog for certain behaviors. But if people actually apply this to what they believe,

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by way of example, if I handed you a picture and told you that it was taken by a propagandist

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from the USSR, would you believe that picture is true? Would you believe that it represents reality,

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probably not because the USSR was known for lying, doctoring photos, and so forth? Similarly,

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if I gave you information and said that it came from an avowed Marxist, would you be inclined to

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believe or disbelieve it? And I don't mean just CRT, but all of the various things that come from

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particularly the Frankfurt School, you probably would be disinclined to believe it, and that is a good

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thing. But it's important to distinguish between say the unwitting and the witting Marxist,

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because sometimes the unwitting deceiver is more dangerous than the witting.

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But to move on to the actual topic of today's episode, genealogy and scripture. And actually,

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don't mean that because first we have to discuss a couple of other issues related to genealogy

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and scripture, because I want to get something out of the way that will definitely come up,

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that will be raised by adversaries, and that is the seeming condemnation of genealogies in scripture.

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Now there are two core verses for this. There are some other verses that are related,

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but the two core ones are Titus 39 and 1 Timothy 14. Titus 39 first. But avoid foolish

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controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and

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worthless. And of course, 1 Timothy 14, the second. Nor to devote themselves to myths and endless

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genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith.

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But of course, it is important always to add the context, and if you were actually looking at

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the verse, you'll notice that nor at the beginning of 1 Timothy 14 is lowercase. We've started

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off in the middle of a sentence. So I'd like to add that context back. Here's verse 3 and 4.

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As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain

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persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies,

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which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith.

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So what is the word that we actually have in these two verses for genealogy?

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It is genalogia, which is an account of ancestry, and it is in fact the word from which we get

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genealogy. You can probably see the two parts in there, gene and logia, the study of genes,

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more or less broken down. And this should bring to mind another verse from the New Testament.

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It should bring to mind Matthew 1-1. And why should it bring to mind Matthew 1-1?

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Beep-loss, Genesios, Yezu Christu, Huyu, Dawid, Huyu, Abraham.

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The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham,

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there's that same word. Now that is Genesios. Genomai comes from, related to,

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to become or to take place. They should also raise, bring to mind, something else in Scripture,

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Genesis, Genesis, the very beginning of Scripture. But before we get back into that, I want to address

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a particular word from that verse in Titus, and that is the word that is translated

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worthless, Matoioss. And that word means pertaining to being of no use, idle, empty, fruitless,

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useless, powerless, lacking truth. We see this in a lot of places in Scripture,

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but particularly one that it should bring to mind, and that it will bring to mind if you are

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familiar with Scripture, is Ecclesiastes. Now we'll bring it to mind even more readily

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if you happen to have read Luther's translation, and I do mean the German. Because here is a verse

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from Ecclesiastes. And of course that will be familiar, even if you don't know German,

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you may understand the cadence there what is being said, because what is that? That's Vanity of Vanities

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says the preacher. Vanity of Vanities, all, is Vanity. And the word being translated, the Hebrew

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word is Hebrew, vapor or breath, figuratively translated here as Vanity. Now Titus 3.9 in German.

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The Turkish-dened Fragan Abba, the Gershlechtisch register, the Zankus, Unstritis, Ubadas, Gazetst,

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and Schlaggedisch, Denzyzint, Unnutzd, Un-Eitel. I only want you to pay attention to that last word,

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because I want you to see this connection, idle. Allist, Gans, idle, idle, worthless, useless,

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vain. And of course to read Titus 3.9 again in the German to remind you, but avoid foolish

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controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable

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and worthless. Now, knowing Scripture thoroughly is vital because you will be able to make these

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sorts of connections if you have Scripture in your mind. And so what is one of our general

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canons of construction of interpretation when it comes to Scripture? Scripture,

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Scriptura, Scripturam, Interpreter, Scriptur, Interprets, Scriptur. And so let us look to Titus again,

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Titus 114. Therefore, rebuke them sharply that they may be sound in the faith, not devoting

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themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. Focus on

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what is being told to the recipient of the letter, which of course, Titus and then us,

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what are being told to avoid Jewish myths? This should bring to mind Matthew 3, specifically

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verses 9 through 10. And do not presume to say to yourselves, we have Abraham as our Father,

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for I tell you. God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham, even now the

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axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut

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down and thrown into the fire. So what are we being told to avoid here when we're told to avoid

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genealogies in this useless speculation, these worthless things? We are being told to avoid

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what so many of the Jews presumed. Well, of course I'm saved. I'm a son of Abraham. I'm

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descended from him by blood. Salvation belongs to us. That is useless genealogy. That is worship

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of your race of your ancestors. That is idolatry. That is what we are being told to avoid.

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And now let us turn back to genealogy in scripture and particularly, of course, we will start with

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Genesis. So Genesis 2, 4. Oute, e, biblas, guinezios, uranu, cae, gase, jote, egenator.

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These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

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These are the generations of. I want you to focus on that little bit of the text there,

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because that is Tolodot in Hebrew. It occurs 10 times in Genesis. Genesis 2, 4, Genesis 5, 1,

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Genesis 6, 9, Genesis 10, 1, Genesis 11, 10, Genesis 11, 27, Genesis 25, 12, Genesis 25, 19, Genesis 36,

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1, Genesis 36, 9, Genesis 37, 2. Now, these are major divisions in scripture. The

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attentive reader may have noticed I actually listed 11, but that is because Genesis 36, 9 is

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repetition, emphasizing Genesis 36, 1 with relation to Esa and his progeny. So, for instance,

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in Genesis 5, 1, oute, e, biblas, guinezios, and propon. These are the generations of man.

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Genesis 6, 9, oute de e, guinezis, noe. These are the generations of Noah. Now, these are both,

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of course, hutas. That is the reference there. There may be a different form. It is declined,

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but these are the same statements. And then, of course, we have one of the major ones in Genesis,

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Genesis 10, 1, oute de e, guinezis, toon, huiun, noe. These are the generations of the sons

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of Noah. Otherwise known as the Table of Nations, Genesis 10. I want to turn to Genesis 1032,

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which I do not have up here, so I will pull that up. Just want to read that the English,

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instead of the Greek. These are the clans of the sons of Noah. Note the word clans,

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according to their genealogies. There is that word again, in their nations, and from these the

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nations spread abroad on the earth after the flood. Of course, we are dealing with guinezis again.

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That word turns up constantly, so let's do a word study of it very briefly. It appears 40 times

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in the Old Testament. And to look here at Lagos, the word study, the scope, it appears a number of

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times in the ESV as well, translated from the Greek, but the 40 times in the Old Testament,

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translating various Hebrew terms, extended family, clan, types, descendants, successors, seed,

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descendants, stage in life, cycle, lifetime, descent, generation, descendants, relations, relatives,

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descent. You can see these are all related words. These are all the same sort of word family.

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And so we also wind up tying in to guinezis. That's the word for nation, people, class,

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or kind, a related word. And you're going to see also the word ethnos, which is another related

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word, which has a similar meaning. So let us turn to Acts 17, 26 through 27A, which is a verse that

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always comes up when discussing these issues. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to

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live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their

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dwelling place, that they should seek God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him.

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Speaking of the nations, ethnos is the word for nation, which is a body of persons united by

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kinship, culture, and common traditions, or people groups foreign to a specific people group.

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So for instance, you will see that usage when you are contrasting Old Testament Israel versus

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the nations, because the nations are foreign nations with regard to Israel in that reference.

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And then a third usage, those who do not belong to groups professing faith in the God of Israel.

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We used to translate this as heathen in the Luther Bible translated as height in the same word.

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That is a more useful translation than Gentiles, which is a carryover from Latin, which just

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tends to confuse things. Better to use heathen. And so I turn back to genesis to look at

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genesis 3. Now I'm going to use the Septuagint numbering here because, quite frankly, it's better.

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For some reason we've decided that genesis 225 belongs in chapter 2. It really is part of chapter 3.

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And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. Now this serpent was more

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crafty than any other beast of the field, that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman,

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did God actually say, you shall not eat of any tree in the garden? And the woman said to the serpent,

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we may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, you shall not eat of the fruit of

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the tree that is in the midst of the garden. Neither shall you touch it, lest you die. But the serpent

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said to the woman, you will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be

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opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. So when the woman saw that the tree was good

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for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one

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wise. She took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her,

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and he ate. Now here is the core of what we are discussing today when it comes to genealogy.

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This is the genealogy of ideas. Look at the ideas that are present here in the narrative of the fall.

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Which ideas do we have? Whence do they come? You have statements from God. You shall not eat of

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the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden. That is a truth. It flows from God. That

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is the genealogy of that idea. It is traced directly back to statements God made to Adam and Eve.

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What else do we have here? Did God actually say we have ideas from Satan questioning whether or

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not God has actually said what he said? And then, of course, we have Satan simply lying. You will

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not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be

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like God, knowing good and evil. What is the genealogy of that idea of that statement? The genealogy

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of that, of course, is Satan. It comes from him. And so the point here, the vitally important

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takeaway is that the genealogy of an idea matters. Where the idea originated does say something

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about the truth of the idea. This is something that pops up throughout scripture whenever there is

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a discussion of fruits and trees and branches. You'll find this, for example, in Matthew 7.

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Jesus says, beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are

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ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Our grapes, gathered from thorn bushes or

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figs from fizzles. So every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the disease tree bears bad fruit.

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A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a disease tree bear good fruit. Every tree that

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does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire, thus you will recognize them by their

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fruits. And again, this, this is a reinforcement of the point that the place from which something

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came affects the nature of the thing. All of the generations of man and of beast throughout

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scripture are reinforcing that this is how God within creation made certain things by

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once they came. They came down through history, through the seed of men, and they were passed on to

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their sons who inherited foregood or evil, whatever the fathers bequease them. And this is something

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that's completely lost from from modern thought is the notion that there's any connection to history

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beyond accidents where we live in a time where it's reinforced continuously to us that

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you basically just appear in the timeline when God decided to create you. And basically,

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there was your mother and father conceived you through God's blessing and God stuck the next

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soul available in the soul hopper into that embryo. And then you became you by virtue of really

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happenstance on the creative part and then whatever God did in the spirit realm. But that's not really

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you. You're the spirit thing. You're the soul. You're not the body. That's completely contrary to

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what's actually happening when God gives life to a man. The soul in the body in those two cells,

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the the ovum and the sperm are united and the three come together to become one thing, which is

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a human. And that has roots and it has a miraculous aspect. And as Christians, we we have a

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tendency to only focus on the miraculous and the instantaneous in conception or in the conception

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of ideas. And we don't really care where they came from, but that's it's never how God speaks

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at any point in scripture. There's there's no point where God is indifferent to whence things came.

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In fact, there was the I mentioned it last week. There was the the fig tree that didn't bear fruit

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when Jesus came to it. And so he cursed it because it was failing to do its duty as a fig tree.

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When you see a tree or you see any any creature, what it produces is flowing from its nature.

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This applies to people who are not individuals. And that's something that we'll touch on today.

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And we're we're definitely going to do a full episode in the future about the enlightenment and

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individualism. But we're not just atomized bits of souls with flesh attached who appear and

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disappear, appear from the timeline. We have an inheritance and we pass that on to those who are

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descended from us and to those who inherit the ideas that we propagate. And that's why it's

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vitally important as you mentioned and mentioned earlier. There are a lot of times when people propagate

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evil ideas that came from evil sources. But they are choosing to do something they believe is good.

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They do it with a clean conscience. And in many cases, they're Christians who are propagating

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ideas that came from an evil tree. But because they didn't see the evil in the tree,

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they can't discern the evil in the fruit. And so when they willingly pass it on to someone else,

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they do tremendous harm. And they do it under the cloak of Christianity itself. They do it in the

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name of God, which is a tremendously evil and destructive thing. Because as a Christian, our

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shackles are not when we're talking to each other. We're not we're not preparing to be deceived.

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It would be as if Adam had deceived Eve in the garden rather than the serpent. She should have

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known that the serpent was creepy, but she didn't because there was nothing creepy. It was it was

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perfection. And she didn't see it coming. And the real thrust of this discussion today is around

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teaching Christians to see it coming because you don't have to simply evaluate the merits of

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an argument. You first and foremost have to devaluate the tree from which it came.

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There's a sort of general idea that ideas stand on their own. That we can assess something

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in a vacuum. We can simply look at it as some sort of little logic puzzle. But that's not how ideas

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work. That's how logic puzzles work. Yes. If a, then b, if b, then c, a, therefore c. Yes, that

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stands on its own kind of because it does still depend on the laws of logic, which flow from the

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nature of God. And therefore, if a good tree is their source and are true, but they can be assessed

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more or less in a vacuum, you cannot do that with ideas that are simply, they're more complex

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than a simple logical statement. And so we cannot take a book in a vacuum and just look at the book,

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look at the content of the book and assess whether or not we think it's good based on that contact

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because what is the source of this book? What is this book trying to accomplish? What was the

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person who wrote this book trying to accomplish? What else did he do in his life? We want to pretend

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like works are separate from the worker. And they're not because works flow from the worker.

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Creation is good because it is a work that flows from God. Sin is bad because it is a work that flows

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from sinners and from Satan. So the genesis, the source truly matters. And so we, we know that because

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we see it in scripture. The first book is called Genesis. And yes, I know the name isn't technically

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part of the book itself, but the word appears all throughout the book. So it is part of the book.

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And how does the New Testament start? The New Testament starts with a genealogy. So we can't

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obviously take the supposed blanket prohibition on genealogies, which is what some people try to turn

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it into as an actual blanket prohibition on genealogies, because otherwise we would have scripture

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condemning scripture. Because Matthew 1, 1 is Biblas, Ganesi, Oceas, Ocresto, Huyo, Dawid, Huyo,

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the book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham, the genealogy

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matters. God's promises have reference. God makes promises to individuals, to groups, to nations,

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to all of mankind, depending on the particular promise. So the Messiah promised to Adam and Eve,

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the seed shall crush the serpent's head. The Messiah promised to come from Abraham,

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the Messiah promised to come from David. This is God making promises to individuals,

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but they will have progeny from which will come the eventual Messiah to peoples, because it is

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promised to this people, the Messiah will come from them. God very clearly cares about genealogies.

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And another way we know this is the fourth commandment. Thou shalt honor thy father and

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thy mother, that it may us go well with thee, and thou mayest lived long in the land. Yes, I know

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I memorized from the KGV, the older versions. But this is genealogy, being raised up to the level

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of God cares about it so much it's one of the ten commandments. Because as we know, honor thy

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father and thy mother is not just your immediate flesh and blood father and mother. It also includes

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your flesh and blood grandparents, your flesh and blood great-grandparents, and if you're so lucky

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to meet them, your great-great-grandparents. But also, all those ancestors you didn't meet,

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because they have bequeathed things to you that were gifts to them from God. They held them in

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trust and gave them to you. And so you have duties with regard to those things not to destroy them,

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but to pass them on to future generations. Because God actually cares about you honoring your ancestors,

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no it's not ancestor worship, no it's not idolatry. There is a difference between worship and

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honoring. Yes, when it comes to God, we worship him in part by honoring him, but we're not talking about

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the same concept here. Because God obviously does not command you to idolize your father and

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brother. He does not command you to worship them, but he does command you to honor them.

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That's why the reason that we're doing this episode is to make it crystal clear to our listeners

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that we have roots, and we'll get into this in a few minutes, but just as a preview,

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there's a notion today in the modern post-enlightened world that, as you mentioned,

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every idea is basically treated as if it's a virgin idea that doesn't matter where it came from,

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maybe it's good, maybe it's bad. Let's just see how it looks. Let's see how it works.

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People are presumed to be the same, to be a blank slate, tabula rasa.

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Nothing could be further from the truth. You are not a blank slate. I am not a blank slate.

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I am my father's seed, and he is his father's seed going back to Adam.

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And the reason that I am a sinner is that Adam's sinned, and his sin was passed down

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for all, however many hundreds of generations, until today to me in the flesh through his seed,

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the transmission of sinfulness, the transmission of the curses of God,

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in Genesis 3, occur generationally through flesh. And this is something that I think we don't

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even believe anymore today is Christians, because again, if everyone's a blank slate,

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if all you are permitted to do is judge a man by the content of his character,

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then you can't notice that the man is a credent, and that when the Holy Spirit said that all

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credence or gluttons and liars, well, I guess maybe God sinned when he said that, because that's

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not permissible. There may be sun credence that have good character, and so we can't know that

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about credence until we talk to each of them individually and make individual judgments.

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That's simply false. A people is a family, ideas, how come from families, they all are

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transmitted through time sequentially inheriting what came before them, and the reason that we're

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talking about roots today versus a blank slate is that when the blank slate theory was originally

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proposed, the first record we have, it was from Aristotle, you know, over 2,000 years ago,

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it was specifically a philosophical inquiry into the nature of thought itself.

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So originally blank slate wasn't referring to a human being with regard to their moral qualities,

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it was with regard to the contents of their mind. The question was, when a baby is born,

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what do they know? Do they inherit knowledge or do they know nothing and then whatever they absorb

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from the world accumulates and that helps to define them? And this was the use of blank slate,

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whenever it popped up across philosophers until the 1700s, when John Locke came along,

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he decided that it wasn't enough just to say that it was about thought, but he wanted to turn the

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blank slate of a human being into a moral blank slate as well, and to say that individuals

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we define our moral character as well by our choices and that we build up from

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nothing into either a good person or a bad person based on the information we receive and then

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the choices that we make. And that sort of self-determination is the root of libertarian thought

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and it's something that so many Christians have fallen for and it's really a shame because

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that's the argument that Satan made to even the gospel in the, sorry, in Genesis.

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Satan's argument to Eve was, you can be like God, you can choose to be better than you are.

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This obedience stuff isn't, that's not really a question. The question is, how much can you

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become? And that was the lie that Satan sold to Eve and she ate it up because she had not been

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properly categorized because Adam was not a faithful husband who kept Satan in bay and she was

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the weaker vessel and she fell for it and that lie has been repeated for six thousand years

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and it keeps getting repackaged and people keep swallowing it because they don't look at its

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origin. Once you understand the form of the argument that you can be as God, once you,

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when you get a whiff of that it should terrify and you should run screaming and you should

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silence whoever is bringing that argument to you because that person is Satan's vessel.

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A person is there as an emissary for the devil and we don't have any concept of that today.

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We don't have any discernment when we look at ideas. We just think about it in pragmatic terms

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because we assume that all since all people are blank slates and all these ideas are blank slates

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when a Christian comes to you with some new idea that they heard,

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their arguments are going to be, well, here's the pragmatic value to it. Let's see if we can make

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this work and then let's see if we can find it in scripture and if you can go back to scripture

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and sort of import some Bible verses and proof text and say, okay, here we go. Now we have officially

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sanctified this brand new idea that no Christian, no believer for 6,000 years of ever held,

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we now hold it and we've now justified it in view of scripture. Ta-da, it's Christian.

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No. Absolutely not. That idea has roots that are not from God because if the roots were from God,

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other believers would have held it too. This is the essence of, I mentioned this last week,

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Lutherans in particular, and I think the post-reformation believers in general are extremely vulnerable

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to resisting any notion that if you make an argument from the historicity of a fact, you're somehow

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going to turn into a Papist because when Rome made arguments about, well, no one's ever

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believed this. We've done this for hundreds of years and thousands of years. This is the official

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teaching. It's our tradition. You can't do otherwise. It wasn't that that was a bad argument. It was

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that it was a false argument when Rome said that the teachings on justification that Luther

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found in Romans were not historically accurate, they were lying. They were lying in the Lutherans

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of that day and others went back to the early church fathers and found that they all believed

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those things. Then they were lost at some point. New ideas were imported and they became sanctified

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by everyone repeating the same lies over and over again. Then eventually the inheritance became

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such that no one could remember what was originally taught and people stopped looking at scripture

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as the source. That's the error that every Christian must resist. Tradition is not the principal

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argument, but tradition is substantiation for a claim. If you claim that something is scriptural,

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you are tacitly claiming and really you're implicitly claiming one of two things. Either you have

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discovered something that all Christians didn't believe, they sinned by in disbelieving it,

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and you are condemning every forefather in the faith. All of your ancestors who held to the Christian

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faith, they sinned by not believing the thing that you're saying they should have believed.

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The you now believe and the you're saying is coming from God. It's conceivable that that's true,

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but if that's an argument that's to be made, it must be made out in public. You can't just say,

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well, Luther said mean things about the certain group and that was evil. Well, the Luther was

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unrepentant. Did he go to hell for it? He never repented for the things that he said about certain

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people groups. Neither did Walter, neither did all these other men. They went to their graves,

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boldly proclaiming in Christ's name, things that are today called sinful.

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And so the reason we're talking about the genealogy of ideas, the roots of these ideas is that

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if you got something brand new, you got to admit it's new and you have to explain to everyone

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why this new thing that you're trying to sell is consistent with what the Christian church is

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always held. And if you can't do that, you should be silent. And that's the reason we're spending

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so much time on talking about the scriptural basis for talking about this in this way is that

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we want to make sure that we're not guilty of that, which we are challenging elsewhere in the

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church. If we say something and we can't back it out from what God says, we should be silent.

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What we're saying is that the idea that where something came from

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has an inherent moral tenor is scriptural, the saying that where a man came from,

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who his ancestors were, shapes who he is, not who he might be, but who he is apart from his own will.

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That's something that's never been controversial in all of human history until the last

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couple hundred years. And today it's something that will get you expelled from churches. It will get

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you fired from your job. It will get you completely destroyed in our modern world

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for saying what Christians have always said until recently. And so it's incredibly important to

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deal with this issue of what are these ideas based on? Where did they come from? Where are their

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roots? Because if you're getting ideas that are rooted in false teachings,

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you're serving Satan. There's no other way to put it. In the future we will do a general

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episode just on truth. But there are two points that I hammer every time I get the chance.

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One is that Satan is the father of lies. Not just lies about John 316. Satan is not only the

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father of lies about how you go to heaven. Satan is the father of every single lie.

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And Satan doesn't care which lie you adopt. You can love Jesus and you can think the cross is

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great and you can be delighted at the prospect of going to heaven. And if you start embracing lies

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that are contrary to what Scripture says, that are contrary to reality, you are also embracing

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Satan. Even while you're embracing Jesus, this is something that's pointed out in 1 Timothy 5,

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where there are a couple examples of what Paul calls teachings of demons. And if you look at them,

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it's abstention for meeting certain meats and it's trivialities. It's something that we would never

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call heresy or blasphemy today. We would say, well, I don't know. Maybe that's okay. Paul says

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those are teachings of demons. And he says it because Satan is the father of lies. And when

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the demons go out and they spread these lies, it's the little stuff. It's the penny any stuff

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that no one cares about because even if you're wrong, it's no big deal. I'm still focused on

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the cross. So I'm going to be fine. Satan knows that's not true. And so does God. And the battle

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ground that we all face today. Again, it goes back to Genesis. It goes back to the lies that Satan

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told Eve, but it's also a constantly evolving battle where the lies are changing periodically.

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The approaches are changing. And as the world becomes worse, as fewer and fewer people,

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care what Scripture says or even acknowledge that God exists, the easier it is for Satan to use

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these small lies as huge wedges to divide us from our own own salvation. And that is why this fight

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is worth fighting. It's why it's worth mentioning these things because as long as people are willing

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to disregard the history of ideas and just look at them in a vacuum and adopt them wholesale,

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if they can somehow find justification in Scripture through proof texting, we will lose the church.

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We will lose souls to Satan. It happens every day. And I don't have examples to provide, but

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you see this happening over and over again, where someone on Twitter or elsewhere,

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just as someone who's no longer connected to the church at all will say, I used to believe,

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but then I went down this path of drugs or music or some worldly thing that when it was

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served first adopted by that person, it didn't seem like a big deal. And they will give those things

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credit for separating their souls from God. And they'll say, and I don't care, I'm glad I'm

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glad I'm done with the church. I hated that part of my life. It was terrible. I was abused

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spiritually. And I thank no one because there is no God. I am thankful to have been freed from

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the shackles of all of those Christians trying to tell me how to live. That's the end game for

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adopting these little lies. And so it's vital that people take the notion of where did that idea

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come from seriously. If you don't, you are wide open for deception from all directions.

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There's a form of fishing where you tie a bunch of hooks along a single line and then you toss

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that line out. Now as a fisherman, you don't care which hook the fish bites. Because if he bites

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any hook, you caught the fish. Satan is the same way with his deceptions. If he can get you on

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anything, he's going to try to reel you in. And then you'll get you on something else and

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something else. Because once you've bought into one lie, it's easier to get you to buy into

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the next lie. It's the same thing as when a large company takes over a market. And I guess I'll

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delve into my specialty here for a brief moment. One of the problems with a monopoly is that a

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monopoly can use its power in one market to leverage itself into an adjacent market and take over.

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And Satan does the same thing with lies with deception. If he can get you to believe one,

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he will use that belief in that one to undermine your belief in some other truth and then get you

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to accept another lie, another deception. And you just find yourself more and more mired, more

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and deeper stuck in this morass. And so you cannot give him that foothold. If you give Satan a toe

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hold, he's never going away. He's going to keep trying to grasp at more. And that is how falsehood

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works. If you believe a lie, you are, it is a sin first off because you are believing something

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that is false, depending on the falsehood you believe. Of course, if I simply have a mistaken

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belief, I believe my dog is in the next room when he's actually at my feet. That's not a sin,

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that's a mistake. But if I believe something false about God, about God's creation, about the truth,

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that's sinful. And believing that opens me up to other attacks. Now, on the topic of traditions,

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can't say how many times I have encountered those who will say, well, we both agree that Jesus

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died. And so we're both saved and all this other stuff doesn't matter. And that's just an insane

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position to take. And we know that because yes, so tearyology matters, yes, the gospel matters,

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yes, this is the core of our faith, yes, article four, justification, all important. But if you get

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that right and everything else wrong, the odds of you remaining a Christian are very slim because

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you can't hold on to that one truth in the face of this storm of lies and deceit. You will eventually

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lose that too. And that's what happened with Rome. Rome slowly adopted a little lie here, a little

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mistake there. This cult of Mary here, this synchrotistic practice there. And Rome lost the gospel

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because of it. And it's the same thing the Jews did in the Old Testament. Oh, we'll just adopt

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this particular form of worship on this high place from this Canaanite tribe. It'll be fine.

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And then another and another. And all of a sudden, you don't even know where the Torah is anymore.

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You've literally lost the scriptures. That is what Satan wants. And he's good at this game. He's

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been playing it for a very long time. And he has a lot of time on his hands. So the goal here is

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it to out with Satan. The goal is to stand steadfast on the truth and rely on God. And to rely on God,

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we need to believe true things about God instead of all these lies from the world,

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instead of, you know, Rawls veil of ignorance and all of the various underpinnings of libertarian

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thought, which when you start to compare them, libertarianism and Satanism look a lot alike.

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And that should deeply worry Christians. And also there's quite a bit of overlap with

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individuals involved in the two. Because what is the core command as it were, the rule in Satanism?

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Do is thou wilt and thou shall be the whole of the law. Well, libertarianism is pretty much the

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same thing. It's do whatever you want, but don't harm others. Typically is the formulation

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something along those lines. And Satanism has other additional rules that basically say, well, don't

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harm others. You know, don't take what they say seriously. But it should worry Christians that

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these are the same things being said by libertarianism, which is construed as well as just a political

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ideology. It's just a theory. We're permitted to accept that because again, they don't look at

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the genealogy of these ideas. And Satanism, which obviously most Christians, I would hope,

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will be able to say, well, obviously we can't accept that. But if they're saying the same thing,

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why are you accepting one and not the other? Why don't you look at the genesis of these things

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to give a concrete example just to make some people particularly uncomfortable? How about Harry Potter?

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Did you let your children read that book? Do you have it in your house? Have you watched the movies?

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Do you support these things? Well, the author of that book for a very long time, her social media

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background was tarot cards from Crowley's deck, open, outright, blunt Satanism. And so you are

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exposing your children to things that have literal black magic, satanic magic in them

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because you didn't pay attention to the genealogy. You did not pay attention to once this particular

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work came. The author matters. So look into the author. Well, the author is involved in the occult.

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If this author involved in the occult, promoting occult practices and having all sorts of occult

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images, if she is the one who wrote it, you should probably be worried about providing that to your

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children. It's not just a cutesy story about wizards. That's not what it is. Pay attention to the

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source of the materials you are ingesting and you are providing for your children.

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And it's important when people here look at the source that we're talking about the original

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source. So it may well be that your pastor pushes libertarians or says the Harry Potter is

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fine or shares books with you in your congregation that should never be shared or read by any Christian

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because of their origins. We're saying to look past the past or regardless of his intentions.

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If he's doing those things and he is an heir, that is grievous sin on his part. But it's grievous

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sin not because he is aware that he is doing something evil. It's evil because he doesn't realize

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he's doing something evil. And he is giving it his impromotor. He is blessing and sanctifying

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things which are evil, which are satanic, which are demonic wise. He is saying in the name of God,

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I tell you, you're fine to eat this or to read this or to listen to this. It's not going to hurt you.

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You raise an important point here and that is whether or not intent matters.

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The answer to that is kind of like our answer to whether or not baptism is absolutely necessary.

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Does intent matter? No, but yes, but no. And intent doesn't matter in the sense that an act

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can be evil itself, in and of itself, regardless of intent. Intent is an additional sin potentially

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on top of that. So what does it say about the fall? What does scripture say about Eve? She was

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deceived. Did she intend to sin? It says she was deceived. She misunderstood. She did not know

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what was happening. It doesn't say that of Adam notably, but Eve was deceived was what she did

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still sin. Absolutely. The intent does not always matter. Acts themselves can be evil.

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And when we propagate them, we can't make them clean because we're Christian. And I think this is

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where a lot of people break down is that we have a notion that people hear the term Christian

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freedom and they don't know what it means or what where it came from, but it sounds pretty good,

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so they're just going to run with it and make it whatever they want it to mean. And people think that

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if you confess that Jesus is God and you know that he died for your sins,

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then as long as you're not deliberately sinning too much, you're going to be okay. And while there is

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there is a way in which it is possible to say that that is true, it should never be

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what anyone clings to. You you had mentioned talk earlier about where things come from and

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who says things first. I think it's very important to point out to people who like to cling to

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the verses about whoever confesses Jesus will be saved. Yes, that's true. But remember this,

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the very first confession in all of scripture, in all of history, the very first time that anyone

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said, Jesus is the Holy One of God. It was a demon. In Luke four, there was a man who had a demon

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and he screamed at Jesus. What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy

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us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God. Now that was a confession of Jesus as the Christ

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was it salvific? No. And it wasn't just because it was a demon speaking. It was not salvific because

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it was a confession in the sense that it was anguish. It was terror. And it was a confession that

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the demon in opposition to God knew that God was superior, superior, infinitely so. And so he knew

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that when Jesus the Christ came to him, he was powerless and he was an anguish as a result. But he

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did say Jesus was God. And I think that far too many people who call themselves Christians today

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genuinely believe that all someone has to do is cry Lord, Lord. And that's the end of it. And

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we're going to talk probably in virtually every episode about satireology, which is how we're saved

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in contra distinction to the Christian life after salvation because this is where Protestant

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theology really gets into trouble. We spent so much time battling Rome's semi-pollegion teachings

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you can save yourself in part. You know, Jesus did some work on the cross, but you got to do good

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works. You have to buy the indulgences. You have to make the pilgrimages. You have to do certain

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confessions as a wrote right not as a confession of I confess that I am a sinner, but you must perform

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these acts in order to be saved. No Christian can believe that. And we are never arguing that.

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Anytime you hear Corey or I talking about what we must do, it is in the sense of when James

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was writing to the believers to the church. He was not addressing people who were not Christians,

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who were trying to discover how to come to faith. James wrote his epistle to an established

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congregation filled with believers, addressing believers and telling them, here's what the Christian

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life looks like. That's what you and I are doing with this podcast. We are talking to believers,

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like I'd be thrilled if someone who wasn't a Christian who didn't know Jesus listened as well.

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I hope that there would be something that would resonate in their minds to hear that, yeah,

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there are actually Christians who don't sound completely gotless when they talk about this stuff

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because we don't have a gotless God. We have a God of strength and compassion and mercy and infinite

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love and infinite patience and infinite wrath. And each of those things must be emphasized at

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different times for different purposes. But modern Christianity has just kind of become afraid of

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emphasizing the parts that scare people. Never mind the fact that the fear of the Lord is a virtue

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of a Christian. It is a virtue of a believer in not fear. We don't even think about that. What

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that word is means what it says. It means terror. Not that the thought of God should terrorize us

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at all times, but that the recognition that we as fallen sinful creatures have lived and behaved

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in ways that is contrary to our Creator's will and that he has infinite power should give us a

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sense of terror, which is what makes the comfort of the gospel all the sweeter because we know we

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don't deserve it. We know we haven't earned it. We know that there's nothing we could ever do to

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merit it. And God gave it to us freely because his love is as great as his wrath. But on judgment day,

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there's going to be just as much wrath poured out as love. And given that the narrow gate is the one

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through which we as believers have passed, the white gate is going to, you know, by volume,

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there's going to be a lot more wrath passed on on judgment day than there is love. And that's not

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because God is not a loving God. It is because we as believers and as humans have, in many cases,

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failed to hear God's call. And we're going to do future episodes on Christian nationalism and

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on race in particular. And so a lot of the things that we've discussed today will be themes

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that are going to recur because all of this is really one big argument pointing back to scripture

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to make the case that the way that God has arranged the world is when we obey God, when we do what

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God says and when we believe what He teaches, we are blessed by it and going back to the earlier

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promise of, actually, I guess we didn't mention it in this episode, but God promises to visit the

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wrath under the third and fourth generations of them that hate him is a is an American that's not

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fair. Why would a great grandchild be punished for what the great grandfather did? That's just not

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fair at all. The grand kid didn't do anything. Well, it's for the same reason that I inherit Adam's

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sin because I came from his seed. Is that fair? Who cares? That's not a Christian principle. Fairness

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is not something that is applied in the Christian life at all. It is a fundamentally unfair religion

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where we are spared the eternal consequences of all of the wrath that we are every day for the

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evil that we do, both knowingly and unknowingly. Fairness is basically along with niceness. One of

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the idols, one of the actual gods of most Americans. And I always love when people make the appeal

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to children as being some sort of arbiters of morality because, well, even children understand

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fairness, one they really don't because if you actually look at the use of that isn't fair,

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when it comes to children, it's generally the child making an argument that he didn't get

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something. The that isn't fair is almost never used when he got something and someone else didn't.

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But also appealing to children is just completely ridiculous. Why would you appeal

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to this sort of understanding and morality in children when these are creatures that were not

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so long ago chasing their other siblings with a stick and trying to stab them? Like the morality

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of children is not a developed thing. Yes, there's a degree to which the law is written in all

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human beings, but there's a development there before you can really understand these things. And so

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it's just it's a ridiculous silly argument that so many people will try to make fairness isn't a

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thing. Fairness is nonsense drawn up by the enlightenment and various philosophers and then

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imported into the culture and then unfortunately imported into the church because many Christians

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blindly believe it because again, they don't look to the genealogy of the things they profess.

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But then there's one other bit of irony that I'd like to bring up because I just find it funny.

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The Jews in Christ time got so many things about him wrong. Yes, there were those who followed him,

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he had disciples, some of them understood, to some degree varying degrees. But in his hometown,

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they didn't understand that he was the Messiah, not even his own family understood that he was the

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Messiah. But the Jews in his hometown did get something right and I'm going to turn to Matthew 13.

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And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there and coming to his hometown,

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he taught them in their synagogue so that they were astonished and said, where did this man get

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this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's son, is not his mother called Mary,

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and are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas, and are not all his sisters with us?

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Where then did this man get all these things? And they took offense at him, but Jesus said to them,

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a prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and his own household. And he did not do many

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mighty works there because of their unbelief. Did you catch what the Jews said about him?

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Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? And then is not this the carpenter's son?

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They understood implicitly that the genealogy mattered and they should understand that living

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where and when they did because they should have been told what their ancestors had done by importing

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false beliefs, false religion, false practices from the surrounding nations that worshiped demons.

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They would implicitly understand this genealogy matters. They wanted to know he's speaking with

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authority, but where did he learn these things? What's the genealogy these ideas?

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They got the answer completely wrong when it comes to the fact that he got them from God because he

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is God. But they understood the general concept and it's so funny to me that these people who got

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almost everything else wrong happen to get this one vitally important thing right. But again,

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it does show that you can get one vitally important thing right, say, satiriology, and get a lot of

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other things wrong and look at where these people most likely ended up in many cases.

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That's a good point and I think that they got it right because the only reason we don't get it

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right today has been it's been beaten out of us. It's not an evolution or a greater understanding

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that the Western mind has today. It's a devolution. It's a losing the basic connection with

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created reality. And we've all fallen victim to what I have. I've fallen for lies in the past and

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I've adopted beliefs that were false. And I did so with a clean conscience because I didn't

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I didn't examine the priors and the givens, which is why it's so important to meet a warn others.

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As we wrap this episode up, I want to tie this back to the first episode where we were talking

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about girls teaching. I neglected the mention this in the in the previous episode, but there's a

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man online named Matt Cochran who's a brilliant man. He's a very clear thinker and outstanding

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writer. We'll I'll link his blog in the show notes. He made a great point that it was was

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completely missing from all of the conversation about whether girls should be teaching theology by

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writing books. All of the opponents, including now the majority of pastors who call themselves

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confessional Lutherans, who have aligned themselves on the side of girls teaching theology,

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do so by pointing to various passages and scripture that have been found just in the 20th century

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to justify these things. The point that Matt made on his blog was that there is actually a

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particular passage in scripture that tells girls to teach where God specifically commands the

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female to teach. And I want to read it to you because it's hilarious because none of the pastors

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who are quoting all the other scriptural passages is proof text to justify these girls teaching.

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They don't believe this passage. Listen to this from Titus 2, older women likewise are to be

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reverent in behavior, not slanders or slaves to much wine. They're to teach what is good and so

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train the young women to love their husbands and children. To be self-controlled, pure, working

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at home, kind and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

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Now show me a single pastor who's cheerleading CPH, publishing books of girls teaching,

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25-year-old girls teaching theology to pastors. Find a single one of them that believes this.

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They can't because they stand condemned by the very verse, very verse which says that these

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women should be at home. Now it's interesting about this. I found on Google Books last week,

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I'll put this in the show notes as well. I was looking for the history of deaconesses and the

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like in the church just because I was curious, you know, are you and I crazy or are we the novelty

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seekers who are trying to end a proud church tradition? And so I found a book from the 1700s by a

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Catholic writer, the 12th chapter of the book is now it's 30 pages or so. It basically gives the

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entire history of the service of women in the church. And it begins with the first, second,

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third century where there were in fact women who were called deaconesses. But when it gives

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a description of what those deaconesses did, it was tight as two. Some of the original restrictions

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were that the woman had to be over 60. That meant that she was menopausal. That meant she was

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probably a great grandmother, certainly a grandmother. And it meant that she was no longer serving in

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the home the way she had when she was a mother. These older women who were the youngest permissible

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age was 40, to be a deaconess, to privately teach and categorize other girls only. So it was

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private. It was only limited to girls being taught. And it was only older women, which was a

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direct reflection of this dictum in Titus 2. Now with the reason we talk about the genealogies of

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ideas, that's I think a perfect microcosm in the entire discussion about whether girls could be

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writing theological books, not one pastor who used scripture used this verse because this verse

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condemns them. It condemns the men who say the girls should be teaching when they're 25-year-olds

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in public teaching pastors and other Christians. There's simply no permissible Christian argument

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for it. And so what do they do? On one hand, they're confessional guys, they're Lutherans,

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they're Christian, they're huge as solo scriptura. But when they find a verse they don't like,

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well that's not what that means. Did God really say, no, we have a better idea, we have a new idea

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that we're going to pretend as an old idea so that we can cause something to happen in the church

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that has never happened in its entire history. And that needs to end because that is Satan,

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chipping and chipping and chipping away until we will have nothing else. We think we can cling to

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the cross when we despise Christ's words. If you are ashamed of God, he will be ashamed of you

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on judgment day. And I pray that no man would feel that way because in the final judgment,

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it will be perfectly just and there will be many you cry out and say that there were Christians

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and God will say, no, you weren't. And that should fill any man with terror if he is acting in a way

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that is with a clean conscience and is contrary to scripture. That's all I can say to anyone.

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I think there's another verse that we probably will never see the adversaries quoting and that

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would of course be the first verse of the curse God spoke to Adam in Genesis because you have

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listened to the voice of your wife. And that is of course repeated other places in scripture and

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that is harkening back of course to headship. Adam is cursed in part because he abdicated

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but Eve usurped it both sinned neither is acceptable and women teaching in public

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is a usurpation of the proper role of head whether it be their husband, pastor, someone else in the

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church. This is not a proper role for women. It is not what scripture permits them to do. It is

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sinful to permit it and we absolutely need to eliminate it because we have to be true

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to the word of God. What God has commanded us to do and not to do.

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I agree. These are battles that we are fighting because we don't see them being fought by one

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anyone else. There are pastors who are faithful and pastors who understand some of these things

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but in most cases they're afraid to speak publicly. The only pastors who are not afraid to speak

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publicly against what we are saying do so slanderously and they do so with murder in their hearts

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and they do so in concert with the world and it's sad to see that happen but neither of us can

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be remotely surprised by it because again we believe scripture. We believe God's blessings that those

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who are God's promises and blessings to be hated for the sake of Christ's name is a blessing.

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Some days it doesn't feel like it but that is often how God's blessings work. The thing that

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that hurts the most in the moment may be the thing that God is using for the greatest benefit

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to an individual. I encourage everyone to look to where things are coming from to look at the roots

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of their own ideas of what are things based on? It's a zoom or trope to call things based and it's

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a great word. That's based. It's not cringe. It's based. It's something that is based on something.

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And so the show art has a meme that I made. This is based based on what? The

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internal word of God, yes, absolutely based. That is our goal with everything that we speak is to

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do so in a manner that is based on God's words and God's promises and God will judge each of us

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for what we have done and for what we have failed to do and thank God that all the evil that we do

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is covered by Christ's blood and the good that we do is to His glory. But in every life,

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there is the opportunity to do less evil and to do more good and that is a conscious choice for

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the believer. But it can only be made as a conscious choice when the believer is actually thinking

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about it. So I hope that everyone will spend more time in the word and to spend time in faithful

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churches where they are hearing the word rightly preached and the sacraments properly administered

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and to always focus on what God wants because that is a blessing. The law is not only a curse

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against us, but it is a guidepost to show us how to live the life that God intended for us to live

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in the first place. And although we can never do it perfectly in this life, we can do it better

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than we would have if we weren't thinking about what God wants. We often take that Lex Semper

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Akhusat a little too far. We morph it instead until Lex Sola Akhusat as it were. The law does not

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only accuse the law always accuses because as long as we are in this life, we are sinners.

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But God's law is good. God's law has real, tangible benefits. If we obey God's law and hear

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to his rules and his truth, we will simply live better lives. And of course, we don't do it simply

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because of the reward. We do it because it is our duty to God, but it is also we were made to do

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this. It is properly aligning ourselves to our teleological purpose if we at least attempt

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to adhere to God's laws to live our lives within the bounds that he set, recognizing that those

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bounds are good. And just want to make one more point before we close out this episode, a tangentially

01:09:54.000 --> 01:10:01.200
related point to the genealogy of ideas. Related to looking at the source of your ideas,

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the things you believe, who wrote it, who advanced it, who argues for it, look to your right,

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and look to your left. Who is standing with you, defending it? Because if you look to your right

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and you're left, and you see Satan's minions, you're probably on the wrong side of the battlefield.

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Absolutely. I can say for a fact that the only people on the internet who have ever hated me

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wanted to dox me, to cause harm to my family, to my reputation, to my career, are literal

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Satanists, literal pedophiles, and Lutherans. And they all use the same arguments, they all use

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the same words. They all get angry at the very same things that I've said to a tea. There's

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100% overlap between what the Satanist hates about me and what some of these Lutheran pastors

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hate about me. And if I were the Lutherans, that I would not be able to sleep a wink until I

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figured out why that was and how I could fix it. But these men, they do so with a clear conscience.

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And again, I hope that for the sake of their souls, they will hear our words and they'll think

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about these things because when you are joining in lockstep with evil men, you cannot sanctify the

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evil that you're doing by saying, oh yeah, I'm doing it for Jesus. And frankly, that's I think the

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your last comments and my last comments are a great plug for next week's episode, which is going

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to be about Christian nationalism because Christian nationalism is the synthesis of

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obedience to God, allying with God's people in opposition to evil doers because we'll have a

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lot to say about the tune kingdoms doctrine and the three estates. And the misrepresent

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representations made about things like the term Christian nationalism online. But

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the very same pastors who hate us are again in lockstep with the most evil people on the planet.

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And I'm not saying that lightly. I'm not saying the pastors in the other Lutherans and other

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Christians are the most evil people on the planet. I'm saying they are best friends with them

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on this issue and on other issues. They are in lockstep with Satan.

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If you care about where your ideas come from and you realize that all of your allies are the

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people who are going to hell pause, just hit the pause button, take a look at where you got those

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ideas because you are on a path to hell. And I don't want that for anyone. I don't want for the

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people who are going to have it happen anyway. And I certainly don't want it to happen to people

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who have confessed Christ in this life and who believe the creeds and the confessions

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and have mostly led good lives. But when it comes to these modern issues where there is silence

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in the historical record from the Christian Reformation on, people who adopt these new ideas

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find that they are bedfellows with demons. And that's only going to in one or two ways. Either

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you get out of bed or you are going to sleep there in eternity.