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Six Convictions I hold today, on Inauguration Day, which are all true at once, all at the same time:

Six Convictions I hold today, on Inauguration Day, which are all true at once, all at the same time:

by Pastor Eric Anderson

1. Joe Biden is now President Biden, and I will refer to him by this Title. This is important for me do so, and for my witness. I honor the office which is God ordained, even if I am less-than-optimistic regarding the one who holds the office. (I Timothy 2:2, Romans 13).

2. Joe Biden as US President is God’s secret will revealed (Daniel 2:21). I opposed his election, for many reasons. I have serious question regarding election integrity. I also understand now that, above all this, it is God’s will revealed that Joe Biden is President. I can rest in this because God alone is the Sovereign, and President Biden’s heart is like water in the Lord’s Hand (Proverbs 21:1), to turn as He so wills.

3. This does not mean I agree with his Platform and positions and that I will go along with them, cart blanch. We should work for election reform, and for courageous leaders to elect in the next election. We should oppose, resist, and speak against evil. (I am against almost everything, both as written and unwritten, on Biblical grounds, which the DFL stands for today)

4. The election of President Biden and all of the destruction which, (predictably) will probably come from his administration is what we deserve, not what we should or do want (Romans 1:17-31)

5. This is a great time for the church, as both an heavenly and earthly reality. There is much we can do, many things to teach, to speak, to practice, which are the will of God for our lives, regardless of our nation or circumstances, whether in the the promised land, or back in Egypt (Colossians 3:23).I hope we appreciate anew each and ever freedom and opportunity we have beforehand taken for granted, and get to work.

6. God’s Providence, of which He is the first cause, using secondary causes, both human and natural, is surprising at every turn. Under God’s Providence, we should be specifically thankful for any good that happens during this Administration while speaking against the bad. Practicing discernment is good, making and listening to acute and specific prophetic predictions is unwise.

“All Things will work for the good of those who love Him and are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28)

Some thoughts on public “Mask wearing”

By Pastor Eric Anderson

Masks: What are they? Not, what do they do (in the right time and right circumstance for which they were designed), but, what are they today, as a people, as citizens of a nation, in 2021? What do they signal? Not, in each and every possible circumstance, but bigger, wider and deeper: as a worldview, a religious symbol?

Why are we wearing them publicly? Why are some state governments and big businesses mandating them, in mass and all the time, for a virus which kills only a tiny percentage of the population anyway, and for, in the way we wear them, have never proven physically effective, yet are incredibly effective at isolating ourselves and destructive to healthy relationship in a community?

Douglas Wilson wrote recently that Masks are a flag, a banner of surrender, of national identity, of compliance, of loyalty.

Let me add to this train-of thought: What does the large scale wearing of Masks represent?

Masks serve as a sacrament, to gain social credit to the gods of the all powerful state, which give back freedom and promises health.

Masks serve as a penance, for absolution by the god’s of government—proving you are clean and healthy and a “good boy”.

Masks serve a public virtue, to the new holy standards of safety and health consciousness’.

Masks serve as a nod to, and proof of “loving others,” as defined by 2020 standards.

Masks serve as personal therapy, self care to avoid conflict with people.

Masks serve as a fig leaf, covering our shame, fear, and guilt.

Masks serve as a uniform, a public dress code, to the Marxist regime of the elites, to stay in their good graces and of loyalty to the religion of “safety-ism”.

Masks serve as an identity politic in a world of group think and group belonging.

Masks separate, in the eyes’ of the elite, the clean from unclean, the safe from unsafe, the caring from the care-less, and the law abiders from the lawless.

Masks are a balm to fear, yet they are a posture of defeat, surrender, and defeat-ism.

People, only God can declare what is unclean and clean again. Your shame is real, but not by the world’s standards, but God’s perfect standard, his perfect law (the Ten Commandments). You have not peace with God, the one true King.

We are all under judgment. Fearful people are scared people. Scared people are easily manipulated and believe lies in order to calm their fears. The way of escape is not through an external vestment or religious ceremony, but through Repentance to God and faith in the only one who could take on our judgment and shame, the Lord Jesus, who loves his people and gives them this gift of grace: Himself.

Believe and trust in Him. Fear the one who can kill body and soul, and receive what a mask can never give, true peace and true eternal health. Get a clean conscience and the way of Truth. Don’t repeat the lies, don’t serve the gods of the world, for there is no freedom in their religion.

Here are some Scriptures to ponder. Test them. See if they apply to our current cultural clashes, summed up by the public “masking pressures.”

2 Corinthians 10:3-5  For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ

Hebrews 12:1-2  Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Podcast: The Law of God: The foundational authority and abiding ethic for all of life

Here is an Audio Link to the podcast from the December Zoom Conversation on our series called “A Place for Truth.”

In the first part we covered foundational topics of the Law of God in Creation, the organic unity of the Bible, and the pitfalls of the Law/Gospel distinction. For the final 45 minutes we covered application of God’s law to cultural issues/controversies, such as mask mandates in church, COVID-19 responses, legalism, virtue signaling; ultimately with the assurance and hope that we have in obeying God, believing the Gospel, and loving his Law. We hope and pray this is of great benefit to you, as you seek to think as a Christian to the glory of God.

Speakers:

David Smith

Ardel Caneday

P. Andrew Sandlin

Bob Dalberg

Host: Eric Anderson | Producer: David Gonzales

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