Saturday, April 28, 2018

Was George Washington a Christian or a Deist?

This is from the blog Finding Christ Our Lord & Savior:

We must first understand what deists believe. They believe what Einstein believed. It is a belief in an impersonal God who created the universe and set it in motion and then abandoned it to run on its own. He abandoned all control over it or any influence on the affairs of humanity.

Washington’s use of providence meant the opposite. Providence refers to God’s governing and controlling all things within certain bounds, overruling and directing according to His eternal purpose. This includes man’s free will. He does not interfere with free will but He does direct it.  This includes man’s good and sinful actions. Sinful actions are allowed, never caused or approved of by Him, but controlled and directed by Him for good. 

God’s Controlling evil for good is vividly illustrated in the life of Joseph, whose brothers hated him faked his death to their father Jacob and sold him into slavery. Then he was falsely accused of a crime against his master’s wife and thrown into prison.

But God overruled and controlled their sinful actions and while in prison he interpreted some dreams that led him to be placed in charge of Egypt’s food supply during a great famine. He was made ruler under pharaoh and saved many lives including his own family. At every turn God had overruled evil intentions for good. When the famine hit Israel and affected his family his father sent his sons to Egypt to buy food where they were put at Joseph’s mercy.

His brothers were afraid when they faced Joseph and threw themselves before him and said: “We are your slaves”. Joseph then explained about God’s overruling providence. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid, I will provide for you and your children”.

So George Washington appealing to providence is the opposite of what a deist would do. He was known for beseeching God in prayer, and for his giving thanks, for God’s help and blessing as a personal God, who was vitally concerned about His creation. On March 11, 1792, President Washington wrote a letter to John Armstrong, from Philadelphia:

“I am sure that never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a Divine interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States; and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that, which was so often manifested during our Revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them”.

And as President he many times called for days of prayer and thanksgiving for God’s protection and care of America. George Washington was a true Christian and by the true standard of greatness he was one of the greatest men that America ever produced.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Lord Closed The Door


Genesis 7: 16:  

"and the LORD shut him in." (King James Version)

"the LORD closed the door." (Contemporary English Version)

"Then the LORD closed the door behind them." (New Living Translation)

"Then the LORD shut the door behind Noah." (Good News Translation)

"and the Lord shut him in; or shut the door after him (l), he being the last that entered; and which he could not so well shut himself, at least so close, as was done by the Lord, or by the angels; and this was done to keep out the waters, and all within in safety; and to shut out others, and preserve Noah from the rage of wicked men, as well as the violence of the waters: some (m) have thought that not so much the door of the ark is meant, as the way to it, the pensile bridge which was necessary for the creatures to enter the ark; which being carried away by the force of the waters near the ark, that not being joined to it, precluded all access of the scoffers, whose scoffs were soon turned to lamentation and howling." 

(l) "post ipsum", Vatablus, Tigurine version, Cocceius, Schmidt. "Pone eum", Piscator. (m) Scheuchzer. Physica Sacra, vol. 1. p. 45.

--Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

"16. and the Lord shut him in—literally, 'covered him round about.' The 'shutting him in' intimated that Noah had become the special object of divine care and protection, and that to those without the season of grace was over (Mt 25:10)."

--Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

Matthew 25: 10-13:  "And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.   Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.   But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.   Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh."

Genesis 7: 16 reminds me of the destruction of St. Pierre, Martinique in 1902 and the firebombing of Hamburg, Germany in 1943.  Just before the volcano erupted and destroyed St. Pierre, either the mayor of St. Pierre or the governor of Martinique had roadblocks set up, so that the people of St. Pierre could not leave the city.  Same thing happened in Hamburg.  Just before the Allied bombers dropped incendiary bombs on Hamburg, there was a military order given preventing all civilians from leaving Hamburg.

When the Lord closes the door, mercy has run out and the wicked are destroyed from the face of the earth.

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Operation Gomorrah:  Firebombing of Hamburg
It's Time For Justice
A Vision about George Washington and America
When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens
Ark Encounter

Destruction of the Wicked