This is a very bad idea

Conservatives looking to Sen. Marco Rubio as the answer need to wake up and smell the greenbacks:

U.S. Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a possible 2016 White House contender, unveiled legislation on Wednesday to broaden the use of financial vehicles known as “income share agreements” that students can use to fund their higher education costs.

Under the agreements, which are marketed as an alternative to traditional student loans, private investors or organizations provide students with financing for their education costs in exchange for a percentage of their future earnings.

So indentured servitude is about to make a comeback in 21st century America. Wonderful.

As always, Vox Day takes this proposal to its logical end:

[W]hy not let men buy a percentage of a woman’s future sexual services in return for financing her education costs? If we’re going to let students peddle their futures, the least we can do is permit them to sell their bodies as well.

Sounds absurd, but remember, in the US, student loan debt can never be discharged through bankruptcy. The student loan system is nearly indentured servitude now.

The banksters have clearly gamed the system and Sen. Rubio appears to be just as far into in their pockets as President Obama.

Chick-Fil-A Passes KFC

Harlan Sanders is rolling in his grave:

Despite the fact that Chick-fil-A closes on Sundays, despite that the chain has fewer stores, and despite the major attack on its businesses by left-wing activists, Chick-fil-A has surpassed Kentucky Fried Chicken as the nation’s leader for fast food chicken.
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Amazingly, Chick-fil-A has achieved this status with fewer locations than its top rival. The Georgia-based restaurant has 1,775 stores in the U.S. compared to KFC’s 4,491. Despite that disparity in locations, Chik-fil-A earned $5.05 billion in 2013 whereas KFC brought in $4.22 billion.

This lends evidence to my belief that gay activists are overplaying their hand. If they are going to demand the scalp of anyone who disagrees with their lifestyle, as they did with Chick-Fil-A and Mozilla’s now ex-CEO Brandon Eich, they may find the pushback is a lot stronger than they expect.

The message sent by gay activists over the last year is clear: They aren’t satisfied with being tolerated, they want to crush dissent. I suspect most gays, who for the most part are people who just want to live their lives in peace like the rest of us, wish the loudmouths would sit down and shut up. They’re angering the rest of us who’d be happy to live and let live.

Vox Day spells it out:

This is for the benefit of all the logical slowpokes. It is logic so basic that even those who are intellectually limited to the rhetorical level should be able to follow it:

  • If you have the right to demand that I bake you a cake, then I have the right to force you to attend church, mosque, or synagogue.
  • If you have the right to fire me because you don’t like my political position on the legality of homogamy, I have the right to fire you because I don’t like your political position on the legality of homosexuality.
  • If you have the right to deny me access to the news media because I don’t believe in climate change, I have the right to deny you access to the media because you don’t believe in God.

If atheists truly want a power struggle for the right to be intolerant, Christians will eventually engage and win. Because we will die before we will give up our beliefs and you will not. We invented the Crusade and the Inquisition, two institutions so historically intimidating that atheists still shiver and tell each other scary stories about them centuries after the event.

The tide has shifted in their favor, but apparently that isn’t enough. Maybe the most strident activists are just worried that achieving their stated goal of tolerance will put them out of a job.

Yes, this is real

If your child brought this home from Sunday School, how long would you remain a member of that church?

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This is so over the top that I was sure it was a parody produced by atheists. It’s not.

This piece of propaganda comes from Elevation Church, a megachurch in Charlotte, North Carolina. Elevation is pastored by Steven Furtick, a young man who’s come in for some criticism lately: Preaching Word-Faith, too concerned about butts in seats (a fair cop — see points 5 and 9 of the Elevation Church Code, their 12 “core values”), greedy (building a $1.7 million dollar home; compensation set by handpicked board of advisers who all happen to be megachurch pastors themselves), and thin-skinned (see this bizarre video response to his critics, titled “Hey Haters”).

Oh, yeah, Furtick also requires volunteers at Elevation to sign a confidentiality agreement.  Seriously.

Not just to protect sensitive personal information about members of the congregation or staff, but…

(iii) the Church’s plans and projections for opportunities for new or developing ideas; and/or (iv) the Church’s research and development activities and technical data.

“Developing ideas?” “Research and development”?  Really? Is Furtick afraid an idea for a sermon series might be turned into a book by another pastor first?

Well, now I’m delving deeper into this than I planned.  Bottom line:  If a church I’m a member of ever starts teaching that we unite under anyone except Christ (and enforcing said unity with court-ordered injunctions), we’re gone.

Update:  As always, Sharon comes up with the best line: “Elevation Church is obviously so named because its mission is elevating ‘Pastor Steven’.”  Amen.

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One New Man

fishsymbolThere hasn’t been much activity here at the blog lately because most of my writing has been focused on a new project.  I’ve submitted the first draft of a chapter that will be included in a forthcoming anthology, and now I’m in the middle of converting it into a presentation for the Orlando Prophecy Summit in March.

The more I look at the topic, which examines the appeal of Dominion Theology to conservative Christians, the more I believe I need to flesh it out into a full book.

While writing the chapter, I stumbled across a teaching that seems to be gaining popularity in some circles, particularly among Christian Zionists, Messianic Jews (and the Hebrew Roots subculture), and especially the apostolic-prophetic movement, also referred to as the New Apostolic Reformation.

The NAR seems to be fascinated with Israel, and it appears that the “One New Man” doctrine is why.  It’s based on an interpretation of Ephesians 2 that follows a pattern for teachers in the NAR, who tend to view literal verses symbolically and symbolic verses literally.

When Paul wrote that Jews and Gentiles are formed into “one new man” in Christ, he was imprisoned in Rome, falsely accused of bringing a Gentile into the Temple in Jerusalem.  He was making a point to the predominantly Gentile believers in Ephesus that Christ had removed the wall of hostility that existed between Jew and Gentile, affording all believers, regardless of ancestry, direct access to God the Father.

To the NAR, however, it appears that these verses are taken as prophecy, referring to some future time when Jews and Christians are molded into a new body of believers, neither Christian nor Jew, that will inherit the land promised to Abraham.  This is problematic in the current political climate because that would include not only the Palestinian territories but a big chunk of land from Egypt and Saudi Arabia to Syria, Iraq, and southern Turkey.

Furthermore, the end of the chapter, verses 19-22, is interpreted to mean something very different from what Paul intended.  He wrote:

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

Rather than understanding Paul’s point, that we are all one in Christ, the Dominionists of the NAR take the final verse to mean that when Christ returns, He will literally incarnate inside this One New Man — a “dwelling place for God’.

If I have my head around this, One New Man is Joel’s Army, the Many-Membered Man Child — the Manifest Sons of God heresy from the old Latter Rain movement of the ’40s and ’50s repackaged for the 21st century.

More on this as I do more digging.

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