The Paradox and Absurdities of Carbon-Fretting and Rewilding

Herschel Smith · 28 Jan 2024 · 3 Comments

The Bureau of Land Management is planning a truly boneheaded move, angering some conservationists over the affects to herd populations and migration routes.  From Field & Stream. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently released a draft plan outlining potential solar energy development in the West. The proposal is an update of the BLM’s 2012 Western Solar Plan. It adds five new states—Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming—to a list of 11 western states already earmarked…… [read more]

The Great Omission

BY PGF
4 months, 3 weeks ago

Found at Postmillennial Worldview from One More Hope. The latter I know nothing about, but Postmillennial Worldview is well worth a stop each week. I don’t know anything about Pastor Sumpter or his ministry.

Idahoan Pastor Toby J. Sumpter recently tweeted what he deems is the newly edited version of the Great Commission for modern evangelicals:

“A moderate amount of power has been given to Me — mostly in Heaven and a little on earth, therefore try your best to make disciples, maybe a few from every nation? — baptize them and teach them only your favorite parts of the New Testament.”

The quote makes some chuckle, but to a large part of the evangelical world it is a sad, but true reality: Welcome to the great omission! In 2018 Barna Group [1], a Christian research organization, released the results of a study conducted on pastors, churchgoers, and U.S. adults which demonstrated that 51% of those surveyed did not know what the Great Commission was! If 51% of the surveyors had never even heard of the Great Commission (this included pastors mind you), I wonder out of those who have heard of the Great Commission, how many actually understand and are actively obeying this great command?

The survey and quote demonstrate a catastrophic failure of the Church to understand what she is for and why on Earth (literally) are we here. It’s like we have embarked upon a ship not knowing where we are going, why we are getting on a ship, or what the purpose of the trip is. I once heard Pastor Jeff Durbin say that “culture is the report card of the Church” and if that’s the case we are failing tremendously. The Church’s disobedience to know, comprehend, and obey the Great Commission is the direct result of the darkness and sin encroaching upon the bride of Christ. Think about it, God’s solution to save, redeem, and restore the world from its cursed state (Gen. 3:15), is the Great Commission implemented and obeyed. It is not plan A or B or C, it is THE plan and for too long we have engaged in the great omission. It’s time for the bride of Christ to repent of her disobedience and be awakened to the inheritance that already belongs to her (Ps. 2:7-8), purchased by Christ’s blood-bought payment for the world (Matt. 28:18-20;Jn. 3:16-17; 19:30).

Amen.

Let us compare and contrast Pastor Sumpter’s satirical formulation of the Great Commission with the actual passage from Matthew 28:18-20. First he says: “A moderate amount of power has been given to Me — mostly in Heaven and a little on earth”. Now it’s probable that most Christians would not actually profess this with their mouths, yet we do confess it by the way we live. The misconception comes when trying to understand the idea of Christ’s Lordship. Scripture says:

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Jesus having all authority in heaven and on earth often means to Christians that He is supreme Lord in the heavenlies, in some other dimension way-out “there”. He is Lord over all of the angels, over all of the deceased saints that are now in heaven, or Lord over the Church, but when it comes to His full authority, kingship, power, and sovereignty over all his earthly creation, we have a hard time not limiting His authority because we are under the guise that “this world is not our home”, we’re just “passing through” and that the earthly world actually belongs to Satan. Yet Jesus is saying the exact opposite! At his ascension, Jesus was attending his coronation session. The Father gave Him all authority and made a regal pronouncement to the world, to every individual, every family, every city, every nation, every president, every political authority, every business, every educational system, that everything must be submitted under the Lordship of Christ because He has been crowned as King over all kings and Lord over all lords (Rev. 1:5). Universal dominion belongs to Christ (Ps. 2, 72; Matt. 28:18-20; Eph. 1:18-22; Col. 1:15-20). This scene is the capstone moment of God’s great story of covenantal and redemptive work throughout the world. Therefore, Christians are commanded to press the Crown rights of King Jesus in every area of life and thought. Hallelujah, truly “all authority” has (past-tense) been given to the King.

Read the rest here.

It’s one thing to send the tweet and write this article; it’s another to teach anyone who would listen about the foundations of not just why we tell folks about Christ but how to deliver a clear and straightforward salvation testimony. If you read the whole article and come away thinking, it doesn’t tell how to prepare and do it, you’ve found the real problem.

The Great Commission isn’t only about teaching those who wander into your church building, but as Mark relates the words of Christ, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Prepare: here, here, here, here, and doing it here.) Christ made His men into teachers, evangelists, witnesses, and preachers. Todays leaders make their men comfortable by tickling their itching ears.

I wonder how many doors Pastor Sumpter’s church knocked on this summer and how many of his men stand on public streets with their Bible offering to show lost sinners what Jesus was doing two thousand years ago and why they need Him this very moment. I hope for their zeal and my total embarrassment that their works put me to shame for even asking.

The trenches are where Christian Soldiers win the war, one soul at a time. Personal witnessing is as much about seeking the lost as it is about asking those who claim Christ if they’ve told somebody how they got saved and how Christ can save them also. Challenging milk-takers to grow by publicly sharing their testimony with lost sinners is a key beginning of growth in the believer. Every Christian must tell lost souls how to be saved; that’s the power of the multiplier, as the Holy Spirit works through us.

The Gospel of Christ doesn’t need a bunch of fancy university degrees; it needs sergeants, soldiers, and grunts who know how to fight and win. Professional Christianity has wrecked the Church in the West. Take your fancy titles and throw them in the trash, grab your Holy Bible, and go show folks how to be saved from the book of Romans, compelling them to come into the wedding supper of the Lamb.

Animals

BY Herschel Smith
4 months, 3 weeks ago

If you have to beat a dog in order to train him or her, you’re stupid and wicked and have no business being around animals or humans.

But this dog seems to have recovered from abuse quickly.

I demand to have my belly rubbed, and I’m badder than you.

Nothing wrong with a good pool party.

Good boy.

Don’t mess with bull elk, especially if they are rutting.

California’s Emergency Motion to 9th Circuit in Benitez Magazine Case Looks Like a LOSER

BY Herschel Smith
4 months, 3 weeks ago

As usual, Mark does a great job.

Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays – What’s the Diff?

BY Herschel Smith
4 months, 3 weeks ago

Lies, Narratives, and Selling Your Children’s Graves

BY PGF
4 months, 4 weeks ago

This is an interesting deconstruction of the violent extremism that pervades transgender depravity, and it also attacks Red Flag laws soundly. It is well-researched with some data and footnoted, but it’s not too long.

Genital mutilation is labeled “gender-affirming care,” while the mainstream media constantly reminds attempts to frame anti-trans legislation as a matter of “survival.” From self-harm to self-deception, the transgender community is plagued by depravity and violence. Yet every step of the way, the Biden administration has sought to hamper any laws that would curb this violence.1 For the federal government, downplaying the violence of transgenderism is just as crucial as skewing statistics on firearm deaths. Creating the illusion that transgenderism and violence are separate issues is a task that never ends, resulting in confusion and false impressions. After all, without mountains of rhetoric and manufactured evidence, the average person would be inclined to assume transgenderism is a “red flag” for gun ownership.

[…]

Even though the studies are scarce, the association between transgenderism and violent offenses is inescapable. To those who have already made this connection, the shooting at Covenant School was a tragedy, not a surprise.

[…]

For the average Christian, attending these churches in good conscience is impossible. How can you sit in a pew and listen to a pastor who would immediately use your death for their own liberal activism? For the majority of Christians, their own death would be used to support the policies they opposed while alive.

The author and I have a shared interest in Christ and firearms. He’s kind enough to speak with me on social media, though his intellect is well above mine. He’s a good man; read the rest it’s worth your time.

Things God Hates

BY PGF
4 months, 4 weeks ago

Proverbs 6.

I found this message to be instructive. It’s great to know that God hates, but few discuss the particulars of what He hates, why, and how important it is to avoid these things as a faithful Christian. The mentioned particulars about the causes of division and strife within a local body of believers are pertinent. Protect your flock; the video explains how. It’s worth watching to be on guard, and if it’s you causing problems, knock it off! It gets a little long, but he has a local flock to lead. Make the application to yourself and your congregation. If you click off after an hour, the final point is that those weak in the faith for refusing to study, serve, and grow are susceptible to being offended or run out of church.

 

The 1911 Pistol Pros & Cons: Is The 1911 Overrated or Underrated?

BY Herschel Smith
4 months, 4 weeks ago

This is a fair assessment, and it all comes down to the user and what he wants.  I’m willing to clean the gun so it works in order to get the awesome trigger pull and that tactile feel.  Others may not be so willing.

But the best comment of the video is this: “If you’re an American and you don’t like 1911s, we can’t be friends.”

Guns Tags:

Trump Toured Palmetto State Armory, Bought a Glock, and Then Talked About Overturning the Pistol Brace Rule

BY Herschel Smith
4 months, 4 weeks ago

Source.

Trump took a tour of Palmetto State Armory – yes, the company that wants to arm AS MANY AMERICANS AS POSSIBLE WITH AS MANY ARs and AKs AS POSSIBLE.

And apparently, Trump found himself a new Glock.

Some people are reporting that he bought the hand cannon (not sure if it was a G19 or what – someone said it was a .45, which is boss – but I love that custom threaded barrel and finish).

More important than the photo op was this clip where Trump promised to overturn the ATF pistol brace rule that has made tens of millions of Americans felons …

Did he really do all of that?  Must be some sort of superman or something.  Honestly, the sycophants and worshipers drive me crazy.

No, he didn’t purchase a gun that day.

Suppose he did talk about the pistol brace rule.  So what?  He set the whole thing up with his precedent of the bump stock ban.  Did he talk about canceling that project?  Apparently not.  No more than he talked about how he was wrong to shut the country down and march Fauci in front of the public for a year over the flu.

“I never got the credit I deserve on Covid,” said Trump, patting himself on the back for his “tremendous response” that saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

The commenters over Reddit/Firearms are brutal.  He lost many gun owners over the bump stock ban.  I predict this isn’t a hurdle he can overcome.

Color me unimpressed with all of this.  Silly season has begun in earnest.

Concerning Cops Demanding Identification

BY Herschel Smith
4 months, 4 weeks ago

This gets tiresome.  First of all, I simply cannot fathom the stupidity of telling someone they are under “suspicion” of a crime because of an anonymous call.  Cops shouldn’t be dispatched in the case of anonymity.

Second, no one is obligated to assist the police in an investigation.  “We need to identify you because [such and such, open investigation, caller said so and so, you fill in the blank] isn’t reason to force identification.  That’s a violation of the fourth amendment, regardless of how some particular state law is interpreted by police procedures.

Animals

BY Herschel Smith
4 months, 4 weeks ago

Big dog versus Cobra.  Good Lord!  That dog has guts, but seems to know the risks.

If dogs are more courageous than snakes, cats are quicker.

Dog and puppy rescue.  Just in time.

Everybody loves good music.

What a jerk.

Dogs are smarter than cows.  Hey, they’re probably smarter than many humans.

Even injured, the honey badger fights off the leopard.

Man it’s eerie when wolves howl.  And man those wolves are big.

@arcticfoxdaily Ngl, this is pretty freakin’ awesome and it never gets old ❤️ #wildlife #rescue #sanctuary #wolfdog #wolf #howl #fyp #animals ♬ original sound – Kimberly DeFisher


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