On Spanking

Repeatedly, I read that almost all IFB survivors have real trouble making decisions as a result of the abuses and warped sub-culture in which we were raised / “trained.” Cases of spanking up into 18… and even 24 have been noted. That is physical abuse and domestic assault, not child-rearing. 250 swats and bruising/bleeding welts or blisters is sheer cruelty. Spanking—when the “go-to” method of “discipline”—is medically KNOWN to inhibit the recipient’s ability to develop grey matter in the brain, let alone make decisions for himself/herself in adult years, because it is essentially a form of torture that bends the human will and conditions it co-dependently to that of another human. Susceptibility to addiction / depression as well as increased “hostile attribution bias” are documented in connection to modes of spanking.
First, recognize and know that this is a real psychological if not physiological complex / syndrome of issues, which even Christian psychologists have long studied and affirmed. Also know that the Bible does NOT advocate modern-day spanking, contrary to the misinterpretation and misinformed beliefs of many. So, do NOT feel alone or incapable. Instead, acknowledge this as a result of your abuse… and then begin to cope.

Here are some studies that reveal the causes and nature of the condition. Hopefully they will help you cope, because you’ll be able to name it and work against it.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2896871/

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/125/5/e1057.short?sso=1&sso_redirect_count=1&nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR%3a+No+local+token

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/23/health/effects-spanking-brain/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2014/04/22/parents-still-spank-their-kids-for-trivial-reasons-even-when-researchers-are-listening-in/?utm_term=.3693c9f69dd8

http://jonathanmerritt.com/tag/spanking/

https://lambsharbinger.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/spanking-and-solidarity/

Open Letter: The Irresponsible & Misleading Journalism of Gary Stearman / Prophecy Watchers

The following is a message, which was submitted by Lamb’s Harbinger to Prophecy Watchers via one of their social media venues.

Prophecy Watchers did not respond to this message. In fact, their only action was to block me from sending/receiving messages on their social media.

The message I sent them is in full below:

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Recently, you (among others) reported a US military general referring to “little green men” in a speech. You supposed he alluded to aliens. (See https://vimeo.com/166416256 as well as https://www.bing.com/search?q=prophecy+watchers+little+green+men&form=APIPH1&PC=APPL)

In actuality, “little green men” has been code language for forces in the Crimea since 2014. (See https://www.bing.com/search?q=little+green+men+russian&form=APIPH1&PC=APPL)

Either come forward with a correction of your error, or I will expose you without deference for fraudulently misleading your readers/viewers.

You should be ashamed for your lack of responsible journalism. It is a disgrace to our Lord Jesus, making Christians a laughing stock.

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Given Prophecy Watchers’ choice not to respond to my plea for integrity, and given their choice rather to block me, I send out this exposé. Before this time, I have been a reader/viewer of Gary Stearman’s work. I hold to the interpretation of Genesis 3:15; 6:4 & 2 Thessalonians 2 which he and many others hold.

What cannot be tolerated is fabrication and exaggeration in reporting. Misleading one’s viewers/readers, whether due to no fact checking or sincere supposition, is plainly wrong and deserves no respect, nor trust.

Demon Fairy Fiasco Update | Dr. Michael Heiser

In previous blog articles, Lamb’s Harbinger passed on reports of a winged creature which L A Marzulli had recovered and tested. That winged creature is now known to be an elaborate hoax, though it was thought to be authentic by more than one veterinarian. To his credit, L A Marzulli did try to research the supposed entity to the best of his resources and conscience. Also, he exposed the truth of the matter as soon as solid evidence proved the thing is a hoax.

I do not believe one can blame Mr. Marzulli’s character or motives; it was on his character—personally known by me—that I passed on his findings. Perhaps the lesson here is to exercise more patience and utilize the full spectrum of scientific diagnostics before even implying a thing is genuine.
One critic of Mr. Marzulli demanded further testing from the onset of this phenom.

Dr. Michael Heiser writes:

Well, the demon fairy is a hoax. Just like I said I expected it would turn out to be. On August 9, 2016 I wrote:

See the full article here: http://drmsh.com/demon-fairy-fiasco-update/

Colossians: Jesus is Better than Special Knowledge, Part 6

Neither secret (esoteric, theosophic) knowledge, nor ascetic legalism can combat one’s impulses to indulge the flesh [a.k.a. old, corrupted self] (Colossians 2:23). Only the grace of Jesus Christ can wage war with our fleshly (sinful, obsessive or excessive) impulses and lead us to victory.

Why is it important to have victory over these drives and base responses? It is all about maintaining and improving our relationships—our relationship with God and our relationships with others. Sin destroys relationships, isolates us from others and alienates us from God. Even though they may seem to have a measure of wisdom, secret knowledge (Gnosticism) and asceticism (exclusion-based, externals-focused, behaviors-level, shame-driven religion) cannot combat the indulgence of the flesh; and so, cannot maintain or improve your relationship with God and others. Only the grace-filled life and forgiveness of the Supreme Savior, Jesus Christ, can lead us to the victory over fleshly impulses that destroy relationships.

God’s Prescriptions for Navigating Relationships — Putting on the New Self

3:1-4     The Believer’s Mindset about Earthly vs. Heavenly Affections

  • “I am raised with Christ; therefore, I seek the things which are above, where Christ is (at the right hand of the Father).” [position –> affection]
  • “I will set my mind on things that are above, not on the things that are on earth; because the old corrupt, selfish me has died, and my new life is found only with Christ in God.” [identity –> devotion]
  • “When Christ—my life—appears, then I will also appear with Him in glory.” [identity –> reward]

3:5-11     The Believer’s Relationship to God & Other Believers (Negative Aspect): Putting to Death What is Earthly

  • Put to death: Sexual Immorality, Impurity, Passion, Evil Desire, Covetousness (thinking that acquiring things or situation will make your life better)
    • These are the sort of things God judges, and…
    • These are the things which WERE ONCE a part of your life, but now
  • Put away all of these: anger, wrath, malice, slander and obscene talk
  • Do not lie to one another, …
    • because you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self (which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of your Creator). [implied: God does not lie; you are God’s new creation; do not lie.]
    • because you are all of equal value to God. Man-made, religious, earthly bounds & prejudices do not exist in Christ.

3:12-17     The Believer’s Relationship to God & Other Believers (Positive Aspect): Putting on What is from Above, Heavenly

  • As God’s chosen one’s, holy and beloved, put on: compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness and patience (bearing with one another)
  • If anyone has a complaint against another, forgive one another; because as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive.
  • Above all these, put on (selfless, holy) love! It is that which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
  • Allow the peace of Christ to rule your hearts (in relation to each other). It was to peace in Christ that you were called in one body. Be thankful about that!
  • Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly by: …
    • Teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom
    • Singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts toward God
  • Do everything in the name (for the glorious reputation of) the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

3:18-21     The Believer’s Family Relationships

  • Wives: submit yourselves to your husbands, as is befitting for one who is “in the Lord.”
  • Husbands: love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.
  • Children: obey your parents in everything, because this is pleasing to the Lord.
  • Fathers: do not provoke (exasperate) your children, so that they do not become discouraged

3:22-25     The Believer’s Role as a Servant to a Master (a.k.a. Boss, Employer)

  • Obey—in everything [moral]—those who are your earthly masters (bosses).
    • not just to make yourself look good, as people pleasers do (approval seeking), but…
    • with sincerity of heart, because you reverence the Lord
  • Whatever you do, work heartily (with a good attitude) as if you are working for the Lord and not for people
    • Knowing that from the Lord you will receive inheritance for reward
    • You are serving the Lord Christ
  • The wrongdoer (boss and/or employee) will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and their is no bias (partiality, bribe favors) with God.

4:1     The Believer’s Role as a Master (a.k.a. Boss, Employer)

  • Treat your employees justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master—in Heaven. [implication: the employer who is not just or fair will be corrected accordingly by their heavenly Master]

4:2-6    Every Believer’s Role as a Minister

  • Continue steadfastly in prayer…
    • watching (for answers) in it
    • with thanksgiving
  • Pray for fellow ministers of the Gospel
    • that God may open a door (avenue of ministry) for the Word
      • to declare the mystery of Christ, no matter what the situation (even imprisonment)
      • to make it straightforward and clear (instead of “watered down” and hidden in part), which is how believers ought to declare it
  • Walk in wisdom (life skill) toward outsiders (non-believers)
    • Make the best use of your time with them [implied: for the Gospel’s sake]
    • Let your speech always be gracious & intriguing (salty, question provoking) …
    • So that you may know how you ought to answer each person

4:7-18  People Matter: Encourage Them, Talk to Them, Remember Them, Love Them (Paul’s Example)

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Previous Series Parts:

Colossians: Jesus is Better than Special Knowledge, Part 1

Colossians: Jesus is Better than Special Knowledge, Part 2

Colossians: Jesus is Better than Special Knowledge, Part 3

Colossians: Jesus is Better than Special Knowledge, Part 4

Colossians: Jesus is Better than Special Knowledge, Part 5

Colossians: Jesus is Better than Special Knowledge, Part 5

Colossians: Jesus is Better than Special Knowledge, Part 1

Colossians: Jesus is Better than Special Knowledge, Part 2

Colossians: Jesus is Better than Special Knowledge, Part 3

Colossians: Jesus is Better than Special Knowledge, Part 4

So far in this perusal of the Letter to the Colossians, Lamb’s Harbinger has taken a look at Chapter 1 through Chapter 2, verse 15. This part 5 will continue with the next paragraphs.

Chapter 2, verse 15 of the Letter to the Colossians ended the Apostle Paul’s proclamation of the absolute triumph and the supremacy of Jesus Christ over all sins, all humans and all spiritual beings. It stands to reason that Paul will now give the Colossian believers another charge to keep:

2:16-23

Since Jesus Christ is supremely triumphant over all sin and humanity and all spiritual beings, then the Law of Moses (Old Covenant) which gives sin its power to condemn (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:56) has also been fulfilled in Christ.

FOR THIS REASON, no believer in Jesus Christ should allow Judaizers to pass judgement on him or her, regarding Old Covenant religious dietary restrictions, or with regard to observing Old Covenant religious festivals or calendar events… OR celebrating worship on a Saturday (Shabbat) vs. a Sunday.

All of the Old Covenant (Testament) observances and rituals and calendar days were (prophetic) shadows of things to come. BUT the real substance of their prophetic importance belongs to CHRIST.

So, Paul further urges the Colossian believers [and us] who are being tempted to go back into Jewish ritualism. The challenge is to “let no one label you as “disqualified,” as the result of their insisting on:

  • Asceticism: severe self-discipline and avoidance of all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons
  • Worship of Angels
    • Going on in detail about visions (modern example: Mormons & Joseph Smith)
    • Being puffed up beyond sound reason by his sensuous mind (a.k.a. one’s emotions, feelings, sensory perceptions; ex. “burning in the bosom”)
    • NOT holding fast to the Head — Jesus Christ
      • from Whom the whole body… grows with a growth that is from God…
      • as a result of being nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments

Then, haling back to verse 8 of Chapter 2, Paul continues by challenging those who are being drawn back into Greco pagan thought (Gnosticism):

Since you died with Christ to the elemental spirits of the world (referring to pagan thought of the worlds order; Gnosticism), WHY—as if you were still alive to the world—do you submit to regulations that are according to man-made teachings, 

such as:

  • Do not handle (certain material objects), Do not taste (certain foods), Do not touch (as in good marital, sexual relationship)
    • referring to things that are all temporal (as apposed to eternal).

Then, Paul levels a death blow to legalism and gnosticism.

These [man-made regulations] indeed have an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism, BUT they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.  (Colossians 2:23)

Simply put: even though man-made religious rules seem pious and wise, THEY DON’T DO ANYTHING TO CURE YOUR SINFUL IMPULSES. Asceticism and Special Knowledge cannot stop you from giving in to the flesh.

The implication is better than one could imagine. Jesus is better than special knowledge and asceticism. Unlike gnosticism and legalism,

THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST CAN CURE YOUR SINFUL DESIRES