Saturday Song: Air Kelly, Watch the Stars

A friend of mine gave me an MP3 file of this song and I immediately fell in love with Air Kelly. After listening to a few albums of this music on YouTube, I knew I had to add the band’s albums to my wish list.

Hear Air Kelly’s song here.

Do you remember the controvercy back in the nineteen-eighties regarding home taping being detrimental to the music business? I’ve found that much of the music I recorded from library records and friend’s LPs resides in my music collection today. I’ve ended up buying CD copies of the music I loved.

This brings up a thorny subject, namely the command in Exodus 20:15 (KJV) which reads, “Thou shalt not steal.” Is recording music and passing copies to friends theft?

I’ve given this matter much thought and I conclude that it is stealing. Artists work hard to produce their wares. They expect to be paid, just as any other labourer or professional should. By bootlegging copies, it diminishes the amount of sales that creative folks rely upon.

And it isn’t just those individuals who end up hurt by illegal copying and trading of MP3 files. Record companies lose out as well. This indirectly hurts up-and-coming bands since companies become cautious about signing up new talent. Independent labels and bands are hit even harder by the theft of their work.

My hope is to purchase all the music which I taped in the past. I’ve already bought many CDs of my favourite bands and I plan on buying MP3s of the songs which I’ve liked in the past.

If you would like to comment on this song and what I’ve written, please do so. But if not, have a nice weekend anyway.

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The Open Canon Error

Jul16,scroll fragmentBefore I explain why it’s important to believe in a closed canon, I need to describe what it is. The Bible contains sixty-six books which have been examined by scholars and approved as being divinely co-written. And while the Catholic Bible has the seven apocraful books from the time between the book of Malachai and the New Testiment, scholars have questioned the canonicity of those writings.

And with that explanation out of the way, here is why we must never allow supposedly divine writings to be given canonical status. We read in 2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV) that, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

Since this is so, any writing which contradicts any of it is therefore heretical and mustn’t be considered as coming from God. Otherwise any crackpot ramblings could be used as justification for all sorts of sinful activities.

In reference to the scriptures, Hebrews 4:12 KJV) explains, “For the word of God is quJul16a,Bible Seekerick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

It alone has that Holy-Spirit-breathed power to convict and convert sinful people. While other writings which people believe to be divine may have profound observations of the human condition, only God’s Word possesses the power God breathed into it.

And studying the supposed divine writings of other belief systems shows how absurd they are. The Quran, Book of Mormon, and many others are filled with contradictions whereas the Bible is consistant. Though forty or more authors wrote God’s Word down, they all agree with one another. These men lived in different lands and at different times, yet the Bible is consistant. Any assumed contradictions are the misunderstandings of people, not flaws in Holy Scripture.

I’ll be writing much more about this in my next bJul05b,Jesus on the crossook called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? If the Bible is a mere book of Jewish history and rambling prophecies, our whole belief system crumbles. This is why we must keep God’s Word as the infallible and inerrant source.

My next post will expose the insanity of one form of charismatic lunacy. Please stay tuned for that.

Saturday Song, The Serendipity, Don’t Let the Rain Come Down

This is such a good song for children to hear. I used to hear it on the radio and imagine the crooked little man fixing his crooked little house where he lived with a crooked cat and a crooked mouse. It was also fun to sing the chorus.

Hear this fun little ditty here.

Children sure can relate to songs like this. It’s like all the stories our parents tell us or read to us. But we soon leave that halcion world of trouble-free play for the disciplin of school and later work.

Jesus said we should come to him like a child and ask for forgiveness. Children are dependent upon their parents and have no skills or resources to fall back on. In this way, we must come to Christ, having no accomplishments or talents to brag of. We all need to trust him no matter what’s currently happening.

Of course there’s a huge difference between being childlike and being childish. It’s a sad fact that many people go to church and Christian gatherings to get what they desire. They want nothing to do with taking up their crosses and following him.

The sixth chapter of John’s gospel shows just how fickle people were and still are. He taught in a metaphorical way that they must accept him completely with no exceptions. This was too hard for the crowd to take so they all left him and followed him no more.

Jesus even asked his disciples if they tooJul14,rain cloud drawing, B&W were going to leave. But Peter asked where else they could go. Only Christ had the words of eternal life.

So, how is it with you? Do you attend church to worship the Lord or because they have good music, or some other reason? If you feel like doing so, please leave me a comment in the box below. And if not, have a great weekend anyway.

On Monday, I’ll post about why no new books have been added to the Bible.

The Error of Exaggerating Satan’s Power

Jul12,printer and paper trayHow sad it is that people either don’t believe the Devil exists or that they’re obsessed with him. Both ideas are fatally wrong. They’re fatal because both lead to discounting the truth and leading people away from God’s saving grace.

Charismatic Believers often become fixated on demons and supposed attacks on them by Satan. To us who know our Bibles, these claims are ludicrous. I even heard one guest on TV claim that a demon had taken over his computer printer. Because it suddenly began printing strange characters, this man assumed that the Devil had commandeered it so it couldn’t print out his message.

So, how much power does Satan have? The book of Job is a good place to investigate this question. In the first chapter, Satan came in with the angels and God asked him to consider his servant, Job. The Devil claimed that Job would reject the Lord if he lost his possessions and God’s protection.

We see that God only allowed the Devil to afflict Job but not to kill him. Job 1:12 (KJV) reads, “And the LORD said unto Satan, ‘Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand.’ So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.”

When Job clung to his trust in the Lord, Satan again challenged God. Job 2:6 (KJV) showJul12a,s that the Lord restricted his actions against Job. “And the LORD said unto Satan, ‘Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.'”

We see in these verses that Satan is, as Hank Hanegraaff aptly put it, a lion on a leash. He can only do what God allows him to do. Imagining such nonsense as printers printing out satanic messages is unbiblical and ridiculous.

I’ll be writing jul12b, student jotting down notesmuch more about just how much or little power Satan actually has in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Because Many Christians don’t bother to study the scriptures, they’re led astray by fast-talking preachers who are satanic infiltrators of Christ’s body of believers.

My next post will be about a song I heard as a child and how its nursery rhyme lyrics impressed me.

The Lack of Faith Error

jul09,MUTEIn past posts, I’ve explained how charismatic Christians have hurt me by assuming I didn’t have enough faith to be healed. In fact, many disabled folks have been slandered by hard-hearted churchgoers who had zero understanding of God’s sovereignty.

One verse thrown at me many times was Matthew 17:20 (KJV) which reads, “And Jesus said unto them, ‘Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, “Remove hence to yonder place;” and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.'”

What those teachers, and many of them today, don’t understand is that Christ was using hyperbole. He wasn’t saying they could literally cause a mountain to be moved. Christ meant that they should trust in him implicitly.

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Jesus rebuked his disciples many times for not trusting in him. For example, he fell asleep in the stern of the boat when a storm came up. Matthew 8:26 (KJV) quotes his chiding. “And he saith unto them, ‘Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?’ Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.”

Another time, Peter was actually walking on the water with Jesus. Then he got worried about the violent waves and winds. In Matthew 14:31 (KJV), we see what Christ did next. “And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, ‘O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?'”

jul09b,GLASSESCharismatic Christians make the mistake of believing that faith is some sort of magical power. Without understanding the purposes of God in doing miracles through his Son and his immediate disciples, they assume they can also do marvellous works. That’s like an uneducated person putting on glasses and wondering why he or she can’t read books.

I hope to write much more about this subject in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? The whole purpose of what we go through in this life is to build trust in the Lord, not to wield God’s power. Sadly, Jesus himself said at the end of the Sermon on the Mount that many will say they did all sorts of miracles in his name. But the Lord will say, “I never knew you.”

I’ll be writing in my next post about how some charismatic believers exaggerate Satan’s abilities.

Saturday Song, University of the Air theme

What would appeal to a ten-year-old child in a broadcast for university students? The CTV Network had a show called University of the Air. Beginning each show, they played the most incredible and awesome music I ever heard.

Listen to the show’s theme music here.

Electronic music, created with Moog and ARP synthesizers, was a new thing back then. I instantly fell in love with this spacey music. It appealed to my nerdish nature.

Ever since the summer of 1967, I have had a passion for electronic music. It was hard to find at first. Apart from a few novelty songs, no radio station played this futuristic music.

Eventually, rock bands began using synthesizers in their songs. Some groups later went on to use these endlessly-flexible instruments exclusively.

In the same way, I had a passion for apologetics. I gave my life to Christ in 1969 but nobody mentored me. The only teaching I found was on the radio. And since I had some bad church experiences, I didn’t attend any of them.

But not all Bible teaching is correct. I became hooked on Garner Ted Armstrong’s “World Tomorrow” program. What I thought was deep teaching was actually blasphemy.

Getting back to electronic music, what do you think of it? Please leave me a comment in the box below. Have a wonderful weekend too.

My next post will be about charismatic believers and their misunderstanding of what faith is. It certainly isn’t some mystical power we can harnace for our own ends, that’s for sure.

`The Rejection of Medicine Error

Jul05,Gavel, striking wood blockAlong with a lot of spiritual error, charismatic preachers and cults teach physically harmful doctrines. One of the worst in this class is the rejection of medicine. Believers are taught to build up their faith so that God will be obliged to heal them.

One badly-abused scripture is Matthew 8:16 (KJV) which reads, “When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:”

What many charismatic teachers do is conflate this with believers today. If somebody suffering from a demon or illness has enough faith, ministers standing in Christ’s stead can heal or deliver that victim. What those preachers forget, or choose to ignore, is that God is sovereign.jul05a,pill bottle

As I wrote earlier about John 9:2, the man born blind wasn’t being punished for his sins. How could he do anything worthy of blindness in any case.

And how could his parents be to blame? The Pharisees and Christ’s disciples should have remembered Deuteronomy 24:16 (KJV) which plainly says, “The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.”

But there was Jul05b,Jesus on the crossone man who was put to death for the sins of whoever would follow him. Thanks to Jesus’ work on the cross, we are freed from the judgement of God on all sinful humanity.

I’ll be writing more about this in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? The most important decision we can ever make is to believe in Christ. But some folks think they’re good enough without “religion” and will be horrified on Judgement Day when they’re sentenced to eternal torment in hell.

Switching gears, my next post will be about a style of music which captivated my young heart back in 1967. It still thrills me today.