The Hollow Man

Mike Pence was in the right place at the right time and did the most absolute wrong thing a self-described “Christian” or even patriot could do in 2021. He didn’t stand up for the best principles of what a Christian believes. He didn’t stand for the country. He didn’t even stand. He could have defended the oppressed, the poor, and the meek who had their voices silenced and their votes nullified, and been entered into the historical annals of our country along with other mighty pillars of integrity and virtue like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. He was put in place by God and given the opportunity to show the world how to lead a country in righteousness and truth. Instead he showed us….nothing. A spine like a bowl of spaghetti. A will that wasn’t. Emptiness and hypocrisy. An embarrassment to all who genuinely follow God’s Word.

He says he would do it again the same way, and he is implying that he wants to run for president. I hope he does. I hope he ignores the polling that shows him a very distant also-ran, because then most of the country could show him exactly what he means to us as a leader. He trod on the downtrodden, crapped on the Constitution, and dumped trash on freedom-loving individuals everywhere. In his spineless destruction of God-given values he demonstrated his disdain for every good thing that built this country.

We could call him a villain, but he’s a long ways below any self-respecting evil person. At least a useless sack of excrement like Hitler or Stalin stood for something. It was the wrong and evil something, but they could be given a little credit for having a purpose and following through. Not Mr. Pence. There was nothing momentous or earth-shattering that he had to do. There was reasonable doubt that some of the elections were filled with fraud. He simply had to send electors back to states and direct that the states straighten out their election issues. That’s it. He didn’t have to create law like a bunch of the secretaries of states did. He didn’t have to twist the Constitution all out of proportion like a Democrat. All he had to do was follow it. His responsibility was already outlined in the law of the land. He just had to uphold his oath of office and stand in the gap.

Mike Pence isn’t a villain. He isn’t a great leader, or even just a leader. There’s nothing to him. He’s a caricature of a Christian, an empty suit, a typical politician with his finger in the wind. A hollow man.

To all the Democrats in 2022

Isaiah 29:20–21 ESV. For the ruthless shall come to nothing and the scoffer cease, and all who watch to do evil shall be cut off, who by a word make a man out to be an offender, and lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate, and with an empty plea turn aside him who is in the right.

Selwyn Duke Misses the Mark

In a column of 1/5/22 titled The Truth Factor: A Major Reason for the West’s Declining Christianity Is Rarely Recognized, Mr. Selwyn Duke presents his opinion that, in short, the reason for declining Christianity in modern times is people. People are to blame because of cultural relativism, lack of belief in objective truth, and a few other things. However, if this is correct, how in the world did Christianity spread and flourish in the first few hundred years of a “cultural relativistic” Roman empire after the Resurrection of the Christ?

The Empire’s pursuit of hedonism (pleasures of the flesh) and narcissism (self-worship reflected in idolatry) were certainly as prevalent and mind-numbing as they are now. Yet Christianity was accepted by huge numbers of Jews and Gentiles even at the threat of death. The culture, or more accurately cultures, was about in as bad a shape as it (they) are now. The people didn’t like objective truth, rejected any constraints on immorality, and generally were as jaded and seared of conscience as people nowadays. How, if Mr. Duke is right, did anything about Christianity ever get traction with anyone?

I put the blame squarely on the Church. The problem isn’t Christianity, the problem is how it is taught and lived by those who say they are Christians. If there is any moral or cultural relativism, and obviously there is, it was birthed and watered and fertilized (can I get an amen on the fertilizer?) by the leaders and teachers of the Church. By Church, I mean the collective, visible, entirety of every organization claiming to follow the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The so-called “Church” has modeled and force-fed a sort of Churchianity that looks like Christianity but only in name. It has appropriated some of the wool of what looks like Bible teachings while denying the One who bought them. They do this by sitting in judgment on the Bible, cutting out sections they don’t like while blowing those they do like all out of proportion to the rest of the Bible. They use deceptive words such as “Jesus, Jesus Jesus” just like many in Israel said of the Temple in Jeremiah 7. Israel said “The Temple of the LORD, the Temple of the LORD, the Temple of the LORD” like they were rubbing a lucky rabbit’s foot.

Israel thought that just because they had the Temple that God would always protect and nourish them. They could live however corruptly they wanted, do a couple sacrifices, and keep living corruptly. Now the Church uses Jesus as the same kind of a lucky rabbit’s foot. Go to Church on Sunday, say the Name a few times, then go out and live like they want to anyway.

The reason Christianity is declining is not the condition of the hearers of the message but the fact that the Church message isn’t any different than the world’s. They aren’t teaching (or living) the Word, which makes Christianity as different from the world as the Garden of Eden is from a landfill. The Church just looks like a bunch of social clubs, with varying rules of behavior mostly coming from confessions, creeds, by-laws and statements of faith that might contain some of the Word rather than the unchanging and undying whole Word of the Most High.

Jesus told His followers to “make disciples, baptizing them…and teaching them to observe all that I commanded you (Matthew 28:20).” Since the misnamed New Testament wasn’t created at the time, that meant all of the also misnamed Old Testament words of God. “All I commanded you” was all in the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings. He didn’t command anything new, He just cleared away the commandments of men that had come to obscure the Word.

His Word has been obscured again. The Church teaches “commandments of men” as commands of God (Isaiah 29:13) just as other religions do. So it just doesn’t look any different compared to the world. The commands of men are the same relative, permissive, sappy, weak, banal, lame, narcissistic junk that is the hallmark of the world. Their Jesus is a caricature of the Jesus of the living Word, nutritionally lacking in the power to change not only oneself but the world.

The problem is not the hearers of the Word It is in the ravenous wolves wearing sheep’s clothing who substitute their own opinions for a whole Bible.

Excerpt from Whole Bible Prophecy

Isaiah 46:9-10 NASB95. 9“Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, 10Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;

Whole Bible prophecy is my attempt to meld or blend or weave all of the words God has given us into a complete picture of what He wants from us, what has happened when we don’t give it to Him, and what will happen if we continue to reject Him. The message from God is “REPENT.” Return to following the whole of His Word, including all of His laws.

Too often, interpreters grab parts of books or verses and patch them together while attempting to plug in current events. They ignore passages that don’t bear on the message they want to convey. I, on the other hand, do not think that any one part of the Bible stands alone. God has breathed out a complete picture in His Words, and anyone who wants to understand that picture not only has to look at the whole thing, we need to live the whole thing.

The place to start for understanding prophecy is, well, The Beginning. The book of Genesis is the back drop for every succeeding event or prophecy. In loving grace, God made a perfect place and created perfect beings to inhabit it and take care of it. Dad and mom (Adam and Eve) decided to ignore His Word and go their own way, and every child since has done the same thing. Some of us have repented and order our lives after His wisdom and ways, but the majority of people insist on continuing the sin of Adam.

All the world’s troubles can be traced back to rebellion against anything to do with God. Imagine a place and time with no war, disease or pestilence. Paradise. We had it, and didn’t want it. We chose and still choose to pursue our own ways and goals, but apart from God and His life, we just create death and destruction. I don’t know if you see it or not, but our world is already gone. You can see it in the way we cater to people with money, and the way people with money use it to further the destruction of godly culture. It is there in the thinking that everything is fine and getting better. It is in the distancing of ourselves from the morality and life in God’s Law, with the Church leading the way. It is illustrated for us in so many of the ways we treat each other, from the ho-hum reaction to the slow disappearance of our rights, on up to the spinelessness of political leaders. We are at the exact point of thinking “peace and safety” as the storm from sudden destruction is on the horizon and coming fast, just like the flood.

Gun Stores Support Gun Control

The headline might not make sense, but let me explain. I ordered a pistol from a major gun store who shall remain nameless, at least for this article. This pistol has the feature of magazines holding 24 bullets each. When the pistol arrived, there were no magazines. Apparently, the dealer didn’t want to ship so-called “high capacity” magazines to Colorado because the state has a law forbidding them.

Our country’s founding fathers pledged their “lives, fortunes and sacred honor” to fight the tyranny of the British empire. Most of them had to sacrifice at least the “lives” and “fortunes” part of that pledge. In modern times, people who describe themselves as “patriots” or “second amendment supporters,” in particular gun stores, can’t even sacrifice a few dollars or the possible loss of their businesses (as in the loss of their license). They don’t stand up to unconstitutional laws by selling anyway what the tyrannical government tells them they can’t sell.

The courts of the state of Colorado have zero jurisdiction in other states. If an out-of-state gun store wants to send me magazines of which Colorado doesn’t approve, they cannot be prosecuted by Colorado. Even if they are, they can easily ignore the court case. If the Feds were to get involved, the easy rebuttal to any charges is the Constitution. So the claims of patriotism by the gun store in this case are just hollow advertisements, perhaps trying to sell more guns (keep their license). Their patriotism is an empty mockery of the pledges from our founding fathers. They are helping the tyrants enforce gun control by quietly acquiescing to their every whim.

The gun stores don’t even fight back when given the encouragement of a ruling from the courts admitting that restricting the size of magazines is unconstitutional. Recently, the historically liberal 9th Circuit Court ruled that California magazine restriction laws go against the Constitution and are therefore void. Sure, this only applies to western states (California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Arizona), but it gives evidence that the courts are aware that the magazine bans don’t pass the smell test. In addition to this, many local Sheriffs, including our own, have specifically stated that they will not enforce lousy laws like the magazine size restrictions.

At the very least, you would think the gun stores would do like so many other retailers and refuse to judge what people will do with the items they sell. The responsibility of adhering to the magazine size restrictions should be up to the end user. If I am willing to suffer the wrath of the tyrants (and I am much more subject to the state courts than they are), then the gun store should stop trying to be the police and just sell me the stuff I want. In fact, they may be opening themselves up to more of the liability they are trying to avoid. If they act like a judge and jury with magazine sizes, afraid of liability, then what’s to keep them from liability for the use of the other items they sell? If you are judge and jury for a magazine size, doesn’t that raise the question of the gun store’s part in what I might do with the gun itself?

When stores start sliding down the slippery slope of laws they will enforce and laws they won’t, what is to happen to the business when the tyrants finally do pass bans on keeping and bearing arms? If stores are helping to enforce some unconstitutional laws, how are they possibly going to refuse to enforce others?

Some gun stores really do resist the tyranny of stupid gun laws by inventing ingenious ways to get around them. For instance, in our state there are places you can go to get magazine “kits” with instructions on how to modify the magazine to increase its capacity. I’ve already used some videos telling me how to remove the plug in my shotgun magazine so it can hold more than two extra rounds. I can buy magazine extenders for that shotgun so it will carry more than five extra rounds even after I removed the plug. So it’s not completely bad out there. But it is obvious to me that some of the success of the gun control tyrants is due to the fact that many so-called “patriots” are rolling over and playing dead for them.

We’ve come such a long way down from the “give me liberty or give me death” pledges which won the Revolution and birthed the greatest country the world has ever known. Now we can say “patriot” without even having to sacrifice a dollar or two, let alone backing it up with our lives, fortunes and sacred honor.

Listening

Many of our political leaders are listening to doctors. But not all doctors, and not even a reasonable cross section. As of April 16, 2020, citizens in the U.S. are mostly locked away in homes, away from jobs and businesses, because politicians are selectively listening to the scare doctors. Now we know at least one method the beast or little horn of Revelation and Daniel is going to possibly use to control people in the tribulation. And most of us, like sheep, are going (and will go) right along with the diagnosis.

Funny how people are listening to the scare doctors and not to God. He has been telling us not to eat certain things for about, oh, maybe four thousand years. The Wuhan China virus is said to have come from so-called wet markets, where conditions are filthy and animals are slaughtered right there on the spot for eating, and also from animals such as the pangolin (a little like an armadillo) and bats.

Leviticus 11:13–19 ESV. “And these you shall detest among the birds; they shall not be eaten; they are detestable: the eagle, the bearded vulture, the black vulture, the kite, the falcon of any kind, every raven of any kind, the ostrich, the nighthawk, the sea gull, the hawk of any kind, the little owl, the cormorant, the short-eared owl, the barn owl, the tawny owl, the carrion vulture, the stork, the heron of any kind, the hoopoe, and the bat.

God has designated certain animals for food, and others are not food (unclean). We don’t listen to God, and many of the diseases that afflict us are because we ignore Him and listen to “experts” instead. These experts are invariably wrong, as we see in the many revisions downward in the models they use to scare us into doing what they want. If we just listened to God, and do what He says instead of what the experts say, we would not be in the condition we’re in. The experts are the ones who tell us that pork is okay if it is cooked well and refrigerated properly. Uh huh.

Leviticus 11:1–8 ESV. And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, These are the living things that you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth. Whatever parts the hoof and is cloven-footed and chews the cud, among the animals, you may eat. Nevertheless, among those that chew the cud or part the hoof, you shall not eat these: The camel, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. And the rock badger, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. And the hare, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.

The pangolin doesn’t have a hoof and doesn’t chew cud. The pig has a cloven hoof but doesn’t chew cud. So they are not food. Simple, right? Simple, that is, for those who are humble and listen to the Creator of the food and the not-food. Jesus tells us it is not what goes into a man that makes him unclean.

Mark 7:14–23 ESV. And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

In this section of the Word He is speaking of eating with unwashed hands, not telling us to put anything we want into our mouths. If we question what God says, that is wickedness and deceit which Jesus says makes us unclean. When we ignore what He says about eating, it is from the heart with pride and foolishness and we deserve what we get.

For those who are arrogant and “cook it right” though eating it wrong, thanks for the diseases. Happily for those of us who believe Him and do what He says, He will make sure we avoid the worst of the disease effects.

Exodus 15:25–26 ESV. And he cried to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a log, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the Lord made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them, saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.”

Shalom

Bruce

Quarantine connecting

So the churches are shut down in the US because of the China virus, Covid-19, or coronavirus. Most are afraid, sitting in their homes, some with paid time off but many with just their fear. Pastors with empty buildings are now trying to keep their flocks together and are offering suggestions for staying connected spiritually. I think they are finding out that what they really mean by “spiritually connected” is to stay connected to the building and the pastor.

Staying connected to God for my family is easy. None of us has been to church in years, and in my case a couple of decades. It is very simple to stay connected to God, because He isn’t at the church anyway. My family doesn’t need a multi-media presentation with professional singers and speakers. We don’t need a building. We walk with Him all the time because we read and do His Word minute by minute, whether we are isolated because of some fearful disease or living life free and easy.

Right now my family is getting ready for Passover. My wife has picked up some lamb, we are ordering a case of matzah crackers, and everyone has reserved April 9th and 15th as days of rest. Soon we will remove the leaven from our homes and spend a week eating unleavened bread. We will be barbecuing the lamb Wednesday night the 8th, and taking time off from all work. Even though we might not be at a building (and the Church doesn’t pay attention to Passover anyway – they prefer pagan festivals) we are doing it in concert with many others who are also observing Passover at home, so we are connected spiritually anyway. It would be great if the Church actually followed the Word as they say they do. Then we could be connected spiritually with them too.

I don’t want to be “spiritually connected” to people who don’t follow God except in very superficial ways. Our family has managed tremendous spiritual growth, perhaps to some surprisingly, because we are already spiritually connected through the Word of God. It is living and active and binding us together into one Body whether we are in a building playing church or not.

You can be connected with us too, though we may not know you and are separated by distance instead of isolation because of a disease. Read and do the Word. Ignore the idiots who think we have to maintain a spiritual connection to a denomination or other group. Walk with Him in every way by letting His Word into every corner of your life. The connection is His Word lived out by everyone who wears His name or claims to follow Him. Jesus is right there in the Words, and we live Jesus when we take His Word seriously and eat it like bread.

Shalom

Bruce

Nicolaitan versions

More good news! Nicolaitan: Lords of Hypocrisy is now available on Kindle and we also have it in Audio Book format.

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Shalom, Bruce

New book is done

Hello everyone. After many months of sweat and editing, the new book Nicolaitan: Lords of Hypocrisy is finished and ready to order. Here’s the cover:

And here’s the first few paragraphs:

On his last visit to Ephesus, Paul warns the congregation leaders about the future appearance of bad shepherds coming from within the congregation.

Acts 20:29–30, ESV. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.

About 30 years after this, Jesus warns the Ephesians (and Pergamum) about Nicolaitans in Revelation chapter two. Obviously, Nicolaitans were some of those wolves about which Paul warned. Did the wolves disappear after John wrote the Revelation, or have they survived to populate modern congregations? Did believers get rid of false teachers, or have they spread out from Ephesus and Pergamum in the last 2,000 years and continue to speak “twisted things?” The Church identifies wolves as those who don’t follow “orthodox” Church teachings. But what if those making that judgment are Nicolaitans in sheep’s clothing? Could the “orthodox” teachings be unbiblical? How do we tell? Jesus mentions the Nicolaitans in two of the letters He dictated to the seven congregations in Revelation 2 and 3. Their origin and exact teachings are not clear, but He groups them with other false teachers and those whose works He hates. This is important because Nicolaitans are, in fact, still around; just with different names. They might only be mentioned a couple of times in the Bible, but they have indeed spread throughout the Church/synagogue and have a lot of influence.

Shalom!

Bruce

New book on Nicolaitans

I haven’t been posting much lately because I’ve been working on a new book. The most popular video on our Youtube channel is the one on Nicolaitans, so I decided to write a book explaining more about them. Here’s an excerpt from the manuscript.

The Pharisees. There’s a good chance that Nicolaitans are the Gentile version of the Pharisees. Jesus says He hates the works of the Nicolaitans, and He wasn’t too fond of the works of the Pharisees either. It’s apparent that we can put them in the same group.

When we look at the example of the Pharisees we have to ask ourselves, “Why does Jesus have such a problem with them? Weren’t they teaching the ‘old testament,’ and wasn’t Jesus going to eliminate it, according to the teachings of the modern church?” The fact that He didn’t could be termed an argument from silence, which isn’t a good way to support a position. On the other hand if Jesus was going to change the Covenant that would surely be a huge issue and would have ended up the centerpiece of the controversy. It would also have given the Jewish leaders an excellent justification for the crucifixion.

I’m just saying that, in view of the standard church idea that Jesus loved everybody and the Pharisees could’ve been merely mistaken, it seems odd that He was so wrathful towards them. This is one of the many logical inconsistencies that modern Nicolaitans have generated with their extra-biblical doctrines. If the Pharisees were teachers of the Old Testament, and the Old Testament was being eliminated by Jesus, then why get so mad at them? Wouldn’t Jesus just tell them that you don’t have to do that now because I came to start a new thing?

The fact is Jesus was angry with the Pharisees because they seated themselves in Moses’ seat and did NOT teach the Old Testament (Matthew 23:1-3). They were teaching their interpretations and traditions which had covered over or eliminated much of what Jesus gave at Mt. Sinai. They were “preaching but not practicing” (Matthew 23:3-4), tying up heavy burdens and not lifting a finger to help move them, doing deeds to be seen by others, and shutting the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces while not entering themselves. They twisted the “living oracles” as Stephen called the Law and the Prophets into something that caused people to despair of ever being able to touch God. The Nicolaitans fall into this group of people also. Jesus hates them because they are teaching the same types of things as the Pharisees, albeit in different ways perhaps. Any teaching that causes people to detour from God’s living oracles is hated by Jesus.

One very large fault in the Pharisees illuminated for us by Jesus is that they were hypocrites, meaning that by and large they taught one thing but lived life differently than their teaching. They were play actors. On the outside they looked holy but on the inside they were rotten. In their public teachings they centered on Torah but in their lives they didn’t practice it. They accepted deferential treatment, the best seats at corporate gatherings, dressed differently so they would be recognized, and loved to be called “rabbi” meaning “master.” This is one of the reasons I think Nicolaitans might very well have been (and are) the Gentile version of the Pharisees. They earned God’s wrath because they assigned themselves to speak for God and didn’t follow through in their personal lives.

Hypocrites are variously defined in the Word as “men of falsehood,” “dissemblers” and “vain persons” (Psalm 26:4 ESV and AV), “godless” (Job 36:13, Proverbs 11:9 and others, ESV), “evil doer” (Isaiah 9:17 ESV and AV), and “profane mockers” in Psalm 35:16 ESV. Not a great group in which to be included. Jesus had a lot to say about hypocrites recorded for us in various places, and He also quoted Isaiah 29:13 in Mark 7:6 ESV. “This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” We can see that there is not much difference between the doctrines of all false teachers. Just a difference in looks, methods or approach.

More is coming soon, I hope. The book will be about a hundred pages in 6 x 9 format. We will dive deep into the methods, philosophies and dogma of the modern Nicolaitans. We will also explore the damage they’ve cause to the maturity, fruit of the Spirit and abundant life of the believer.

Shalom

Bruce