Questions Nobody is Asking
Vol: 105 Issue: 30 Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The world’s reaction to the multiple threats portending the end of the world as we know it is nothing if not puzzling to me.
After seventy days of dithering, the White House finally decided to allow foreign-flagged vessels to help with the oil spill cleanup. But not until after Hurricane Alex formed in the Gulf, suspending operations.
It is an inescapable conclusion, given the evidence, that White House deliberately sabotaged any meaningful cleanup effort to this point. Why? Instead of demanding answers, the media is avoiding the question altogether.
They aren’t pretending Obama is doing a good job or anything so childishly transparent as that. While even Obama’s most ardent worshippers have begun to question his competence, nobody is questioning his motives. Why?
That is puzzling to me.
The birth certificate controversy is another one of those things that just makes you want to pull your hair out in frustration. To date, Obama has yet to clear up the mystery surrounding the circumstances of his birth.
The solution is laughably simple and direct. It is such an easy fix that Obama’s refusal to apply it should trump every other possible argument.
How hard is it to produce a legal birth certificate? But that isn’t the unasked question that puzzles me – I already know that answer.
The unasked question that puzzles me is why nobody in the mainstream is asking? Many of Obama’s former worshippers have shifted sides. And there is no doubt that Obama’s policies are unpopular enough in some circles as to warrant discussion of impeachment.
However, the Constitution imposes a pretty high standard for impeaching the President of the United States. Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution is both detailed and specific:
“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
There is nothing in the Constitution that allows for the impeachment of the President for gross incompetence. But Section 1 Article 2 is equally detailed and specific — and a lot less difficult:
“No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”
The provision for being a citizen of the United States at the time of the adoption of the Constitution in 1787 was necessary because anyone thirty-five years old in 1787 could not BE a natural born citizen of the United States.
The United States did not exist in 1752. Obama was not alive in 1787. So there is no loophole allowing for naturalized citizenship – only natural born.
The question that puzzles me does so because it is such a simple one. Why investigate him for impeachable offenses without first investigating his eligibility?
It is a much simpler hurdle. All it would take is a court order to Hawaii ordering the production of a government document for examination by a federal judge. Why won’t anybody, including the president’s most rabid opponents, even consider the question?
What is puzzling to me about the question is that obtaining the answer, one way or the other, is in the best interests of every single American, whether pro-Obama or totally opposed to him.
Moreover, it is even more clearly in Obama’s best interests to put this controversy behind him by providing the documentation necessary. He no longer needs a red herring like the birth certificate controversy to distract attention away from his real agenda.
The multiple crises facing the nation are distraction enough. If anything, producing a valid birth certificate would decimate his critics, reenergize his administration and take the wind out of the sails of the Tea Party movement.
But nobody is asking why he doesn’t just produce it and be done with the controversy.
Given that polls say two thirds of the country disapprove of the direction Obama is leading the country, why would anyone (the Right in particular) be afraid to ask the question?
The only logical reason for not asking is out of fear of the answer.
One would think that as Christians see the developing signs that the Lord is preparing for His return that we would be exhorting one another to seek comfort in trusting in the promises of Christ to the Church when they see these things ‘begin to come to pass.’
So I am equally puzzled by the increasing volume of email from Christians exhorting me instead to warn the Church to make preparations to survive the judgments of the Tribulation Period.
The logic of this line of thinking puzzles me.
IF the Church is under the same judgment as is the world during the Tribulation then is that not an exhortation to thwart the will of God? If it is God’s will that the Church undergo judgment for sin during the Tribulation, then the logic of exhorting Christians to try and beat God at His own game eludes me.
Conversely, if it is NOT God’s will that the Church undergo the same judgment for sin, then the logic behind denying a pretrib Rapture is equally elusive to me. It seems to me an exhortation to do for myself what God did not.
The same logic applies to the volume of emails attacking the doctrine of eternal security. I am saved by grace, but my salvation must be preserved through my subsequent works. Again, it exhorts me to do for myself what God did not.
Both arguments fly in the face of both the promises of God and the best interests of the Church. It puzzles me. If eternal security is a false doctrine, then salvation by grace through faith is impossible, since Christians still sin after salvation.
The Bible does not differentiate between levels of sin. There is no Biblical support for one sin being worse than another.
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 3:2)
If eternal security is a false doctrine, then it follows that if one sins after salvation with an angry thought, one is as guilty of sin before God as if one murders his brother. I cannot find a Scriptural exemption for ascending or descending levels of sin having any bearing on salvation. Or any way to recover salvation once lost.
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” (Hebrews 6:4-6)
What does “it is impossible to renew them again unto repentance” mean? Impossible is one of those words that is hard to misinterpret. Paul says that it is impossible because renewing them would put the Son of God to an open shame. What could openly shame the Son of God?
“Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1st Corinthians 1:8)
His failure to confirm you ‘to the end’ and keep you blameless, perhaps?
There is nothing in Scripture that says that the Church won’t go through tribulation – it has gone through tribulation since the 1st century. Jesus promised that in this world we would have tribulation in the sense of hard times, but also exhorted us to “be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
So it puzzles me that as the skies darken and the evil days approach, I am exhorted to trust Jesus less and myself more while preparing myself to thwart God’s judgment against me during the Tribulation.
The days ahead are undoubtedly evil days for the United States. And there is no reason to believe that nothing bad will happen until after the Rapture of the Church takes place.
Bad things have happened throughout history. The Lord sends the rain on the evil and the righteous alike. The purpose of the Rapture is not a ‘Great Escape’ — it is to remove the restraining influence on evil during the Tribulation Period.
The Apostle Paul told the Thessalonians that the antichrist will not be revealed until after the Restrainer (Holy Spirit) has been ‘taken out of the way’ and the Bible promises that the Holy Spirit will indwell individual believers until the Lord returns. (2nd Thessalonians 2:7)
So the removal of the restraining influence of the Holy Spirit cannot be accomplished without the removal of the believers He indwells.
Without the doctrines of eternal security and the pretrib Rapture, I would be in constant fear of losing my salvation and hopeless in the face the horrors of the Tribulation Period.
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)
There is no bondage more powerful than fear. And nothing as hopeless as having lost one’s salvation.
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.
If this does not describe the resurrection of the dead in Christ then I am puzzled as to what it does describe.
For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
The Apostle Paul underscores the Divine nature of the revelation by signing it “by the Word of the Lord.” If this is a recent doctrine invented in 1820 by J.N. Darby, then I am puzzled about what doctrine is being revealed ‘by the Word of the Lord.’
“For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
If this does not describe the catching up of believers into the clouds by Jesus Christ, then I am puzzled as to what it does describe.
Finally, if this does not refer to the catching up occurring before the beginning of the judgments Jesus said were “great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:41) then I am puzzled by the passage’s conclusion.
“Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1st Thessalonians 4:18)
If my salvation depends on my finishing the Work of the Cross on my own and my future includes enduring the most terrifying time of spiritual testing in the history of humanity while bereft of the indwelling Holy Spirit, then ‘comfort’ is the furthest thing from my mind.
It isn’t fear that inspires comfort. It’s faith.
Followup from yesterday’s OL
I am humbled by the response to the probable evacuation of the Dead Zone with so many of our members stepping up to the plate and offering alternatives to a FEMA evacuation camp.
The discussion is moved over behind our firewall into the Member’s Only Discussion Forum. Winky Taylor has undertaken the project of maintaining an OL emergency list of contact information in the event something ‘happens’ to the internet.
I encourage you, if you’ve not done so already, to go to our member’s forums on this thread, click on Winky’s contact information (it is linked to her name beside “Posted By”) and email Winky with your contact information. The list is updated and forwarded on to us.
Don’t post your email address or other personal information directly — use email. We’re behind a member’s firewall, but I think it prudent to take precautions nonetheless.
And may our God bless and keep us all according to His will.