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A consistent belief in evolution, natural selection, survival of the fittest, etc. would seem to be possible only for those who believe that there is no God who created all things, etc.

From the standpoint of someone who believes in the survival of the fittest [which is not what I believe], how would so-called racism be wrong since it promotes the idea that some so-called races are better than others?

If you believe that humans in their so-called races evolved to be the way they are, how can you hold that it is wrong for the so-called superior races to do what is the way everything supposedly works (natural selection, etc)?

Disclaimer: I believe what the Bible teaches about God, creation, the Golden Rule, etc and hold that evolution, natural selection, survival of the fittest, superior races, etc. are all false views.

I praise God for the grace that He imparted me to minister His truth about music to the brethren of Foundation Baptist Church on March 26, 2017. At my request, Pastor Gillis has written a recommendation letter for my ministry.

He also shared the following “blurb” with me about my ministry:

Most Christians agree that music is an important factor in our worship of God. However, there is much debate about the style of music to be used. Most agree that what the words say is very important, but there is disagreement about the morality of the music itself. What do I think? That’s not important. What God says in His Word is, however, critical. Dr. Rajesh Gandhi recently spoke at our church on Acceptable Music for Corporate Worship. The four messages focused on what the Bible says about the subject. Foundational to the series was an effective refutation of the popular meme that music is neither right nor wrong (amoral). This was interwoven with a Biblical theology of music throughout the Bible and the history of man. For those who want to please God with all they do, including their music, this series of messages is essential. May God open the doors for this message to be taught.

If you know of any brethren who would be interested in having me minister to their people on this subject, please have them contact me. Thanks for any help that any of you as readers of this post is able to provide me with in reaching more brethren with these messages.

I continue to be amazed to find out what the top all-time most viewed posts on my blog have been. I never would have expected the top articles to be of such comparatively greater interest than some of the ones that I thought would have been more viewed.

It’s very intriguing to me that the following have been the top 5 most viewed posts on my blog:

1. Nine Reasons Why Solomon Did Not Perish Eternally

2. The Autobiography of Dr. Frank Watson Garlock

3. Striking Parallels between Jesus and Stephen

4. Christian Health/Fitness Quotes I

5. The “Problem” of Jemimah, Keziah, and Keren-Happuch?

The stats below for the top 25 all-time most viewed posts show that there have not been all that many people who have viewed what I have posted over the past nearly 4 or so years since I started keeping track of the views on my blog. Even so, I am thankful for those who have profited from what I have shared!

Top 25 posts 10.6.15

Scripture has many statements of divine comparisons of both the wickedness and the spirituality of humans. It even has a statement about differing levels of wickedness among evil spirits.

An examination of these statements brings out some important truths.

Divine Comparisons of Wickedness 

God evaluates the wickedness of people in comparison with those who preceded them:

1Ki 16:25 But Omri wrought evil in the eyes of the LORD, and did worse than all that were before him.

1Ki 21:25 But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.

Jer 7:26 Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers.

Jer 16:12 And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me:

God evaluates the wickedness of His people in comparison with the wickedness of the heathen:

2Ch 33:9 So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the heathen, whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel.

God even evaluates the wickedness of evil spirits in comparison with one another: 

Mat 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

Divine Comparisons of Spirituality 

God comparatively evaluates the spirituality of all who are living: 

Job 1:8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

Job 2:3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. 

God evaluates the spirituality of people in comparison with both those who preceded them and those who came after them: 

2Ki 18:5 He [Hezekiah] trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.

2Ki 23:25 And like unto him [Josiah] was there no king before him, that turned to the LORD with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.

Discussion

As the omniscient Judge of all (Heb. 12:23), God perfectly evaluates individually the wickedness of humans and evil spirits. What’s more, He flawlessly makes comparative evaluations both among those who are living and between those who are living with those who preceded them.

He also similarly evaluates the spirituality of people. He knows those who have trusted Him more than others have (cf. 2 Ki. 18:5), and He knows those who have been wholly His to a remarkable extent (cf. 2 Ki. 23:25).

Given the enormous number of divine commands revealed in both Testaments, the vast number of differing sins that people have committed, and the necessity of assessing not just actions but also underlying motives, it is plain that no one other than God could possibly even begin to evaluate the wickedness or spirituality of anyone properly. When we also take into account that God makes comparative evaluations that reflect His comprehensive knowledge of the actions, words, thoughts, and motives of all moral beings that have ever lived, both human and superhuman, we should regard God rightly as the only truly awesome Person in the universe.

Conclusion

Scripture reveals that God as the Judge righteously evaluates all moral beings in His universe. Even this brief consideration of how remarkable God’s judicial ability is in that respect should cause us to fear God, humble ourselves before Him, repent of all evil in our lives, and live pure and holy lives before Him by His grace!

Using the Summaries capabilities of Jetpack to determine the posts/pages on my blog/website with 100 or more views since February 2013 is quite revealing. Apparently, at least over the past 14 months, items related to music are of the most interest overall.

All Time
Title Views
Home page / Archives 1,923
The Autobiography of Dr. Frank Watson Garlock 432
Striking Parallels between Jesus and Stephen 430
On “Cultural Racism” and Christian Opposition to “Holy Hip-Hop” 371
Christian Health/Fitness Quotes I 338
Gene Simmons, American Idol, and the CCM Debate 279
The Wilds Songbook: Eight Edition 229
Guitar Music for “Praise Him, All Ye Little Children” 211
Guitar Music for “My Song is Love Unknown” 202
Will Jesus Raise You Up at the Last Day? 201
Learning from “The Cross-Billy Graham’s Message to America” 175
Resources That Provide Answers to Key Issues Concerning CCM 171
The “Problem” of Jemimah, Keziah, and Keren-Happuch? 168
Will The Sensuality of CCM in Your Church Worsen the Wickedness of Many Herod-Like People in Your Church? 168
Guitar Music and Chords for “Cristo Me Ama” 166
Beware Endangering Yourself and Others through Music! 161
New Book by Shelly Hamilton about CCM 158
New Hymnal from Majesty Music 157
About Rajesh Gandhi 152
Music 136
About A People for His Name 129
Quotes from Church Fathers & “The Apostle’s Creed” 122
Do 1 Timothy 4:4-5 and Romans 14:14 Refute What Shai Linne Says They Do? 117
Guitar Music for “Nearer, Still Nearer” 116
Guitar Music for “The Church’s One Foundation” 111
Is Scripture Silent about Musical Styles That Are Inherently Unacceptable to God? 108
Guitar Music for “Jesus, I Am Resting” 100

Today, I had an animated exchange with another believer concerning whether a proven history of being immoral should disqualify a political candidate. I believe that it should and disagree with the notion that goes something like this: “I’m voting for a president, not a preacher.”

I’m interested in hearing and learning from the views of other believers on this important question, both pro and con.

Speed-Kub

November 12, 2011

I recently came up with a variation of the game Rummikub that I call Speed-Kub. This variation takes far less time to play, making it ideal for playing at times when you know that you will not have time to play the regular game.

Speed-Kub has only three simple rule changes, making it an easy variation to play:

–Each player starts with 10 tiles (instead of 14).

–To start playing, a player needs to lay out one or more sets (a group or a run of two or more tiles) totaling at least 20 points (instead of one or more sets of three or more tiles totalling at least 30 points).

–On any turn, a player can make groups or runs of just two tiles (instead of having to make groups or runs of at least three tiles each).

These changes make the game go much faster and also make Speed-Kub a good variation to play with younger players!

This semester, I have been tutoring a student who is taking first-semester Hebrew. Today, he needed to learn ten function words and nine words for numbers (for his quiz tomorrow).

When he told me that he had not studied these words much at all so far, I told him that I thought he was in trouble. As we began to work on the words, however, mnemonic aids came to me that made the task much easier for him.

Here are the ten sentences/phrases that we came up with to help him learn these words. These provide the Hebrew vocabulary words in a part-transliteration, part-pronunciation scheme that I use.

 

Numbers)

 

Ri Aleph-Shon – “first”; Sheni – “second”

Echad – 1 [Masculine]; Achath – 1 [Feminine]; ShƏnayim – 2 [Masculine]; ShƏttayim – 2 [Feminine]

Meah – 100; Ma Aleph-Thayim – 200; Eleph – 1000

 

In the race, Ri Aleph-Shon finished first, and Sheni was second.

Number 1, Echad, married Achath.

Number 2, ShƏnayim married ShƏttayim.

A meah is 1/10 of an eleph.

A meah is ½ of ma aleph-thayim.

 

Function Words)

 

Lifney – “before”; AchƏrey – “after”; Min – “from”; Nyad – “as far as”

El – “toward”; Nyal – “on”; Nyim – “with”; ¯Eth – “with”; Koh – “thus”; Beyn – “between”

 

Before Lifney and after AchƏrey; from Min as far as Nyad

Toward El on Nyal; Nyim with Eth Maqqeph

Thus Koh is between Beyn

 

Like many other seminary students, I learned NT Greek before I learned Hebrew. When I was given the Hebrew alphabet, I was taught to pronounce it by hearing it spoken and by reading English renderings of the names of the Hebrew letters.

Recently, I read through Lamentations in the LXX and noticed that the verses in the first four chapters began with the letters in the Hebrew alphabet rendered in Greek. Most of these are exactly what I was taught when I learned Hebrew, but a few vary somewhat.

I think that I would have learned the Hebrew alphabet faster had I been given these Greek renderings along with the English.

This table has the Hebrew alphabet in Hebrew, English, and Greek. It may be of help to some future students who try to learn it.

If the Lord wills, I hope to publish two books in the next 1-2 years:

Christ as God’s Judicial Agent: An Important Element of Apostolic Doctrine and Practice — Summer/Fall 2012; A heavily revised and expanded version of my dissertation

A People for His Name: Profiting Fully From Gentecost — Spring 2013; A thorough treatment of the accounts of Gentecost, the premier evangelistic encounter in Scripture concerning Gentiles

As God directs, if you are a regular reader of this blog, I would appreciate your praying with me and for me that I would be able to produce these resources in a timely manner and that they would be greatly used to advance the kingdom of God and His righteousness.