Come Morning

With priest he said his final prayers; tick tock, the clock did mock his fears.
Tensed with suspense the warden cleared the air of hope as he drew near.
While silence to the moment stretched sextillion nerves and caused to slow
The hand upon the lock until he found his voice; it’s time to go.
Onto the gurney he is strapped. Predestination seems to say;
Into the world helpless he came, now helpless he goes out today.
Or so it seems to mortal mind where impulse is the guiding light
And relativism covers with shades of gray all black and white.
To victim’s relatives he spoke and to society explained;
Their calls for justice were to him a hypocritical refrain.
With penalty I do agree and have no qualms to neutralize
This parasitical attack upon the heart by changing minds.
Yet, eye for eye and tooth for tooth can never set your spirit free.
The law was never meant to be a tranquilizer to relieve.
On what first principle pray tell does hang the value of your glee
At seeing man’s great enemy remove my branch from off the tree?
To those who relish my demise, anticlimatic this will be.
Ulysess overcame his nymphs; even heathens sometimes see
The deadly end of caving in to voices falling on the ear,
Soliciting emotions’ whims while reason falls upon its spear.
This malefactor you despise, your condemnation holds aloft
Revilings like another man who died on yon side center cross.
God bless you all is my last will and testament; make it so known.
A heave, a sigh, a wistful look around the room and he was gone.
To us they did apologize whose sentiments were not their own,
That to offend was not their end, but glad they were that he was gone.
This Jesus stuff he laid claim to, he lied they said, his heart was stone,
But others begged to disagree who watched him reap what he had sown.
They saw another paradigm; repentant heart made wind for sail
To paradise prepared of God, revealed, yet sealed beyond the veil
Of vengeance and the other lust, a paradox only to those
Whose anger dresses justice up in vain and vindictive clothes.
By J.P. Shepherd circa 1998

In The Spirit Or Under The Influence

“Under the influence” here is to be understood in a negative sense, such as driving under the influence.  To drive under the influence is against the law for good reason.  A person is a danger to himself and others because his abilities are impaired to a degree.  The degree ranges from a slight reduction in response time to total inability to function normally.

Charisma has degenerated into charismania and the charismaniac wrongly defines himself as a charismatic.  This maniac is a danger to himself and others and is breaking the laws of the very God he professes to worship.  He claims to be walking in the spirit, but demonstrates the characteristics of being under the influence.  This is obvious to all sober minded people and is unrecognizable only to those who are also drinking the “Kool-Aid.”

The actions in the upper room on the day of Pentecost can be construed as an experience whereby the participants were not in control of their actions, creating a false paradigm and lending legitimacy to all sorts of “spiritual” drunkenness.   The context where “the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets”  is found, rightly divides the word to eliminate Pentecost to be an “under the influence” phenomenon.  Quench not the spirit is a command showing God has left me in command of my own vessel.  I have the spirit of God.  I don’t possess it.  The spirit of God dwells in me.  He doesn’t possess me.  He can leave anytime of His choosing and I can quench Him anytime of mine.  God is sovereign and He chose to live in an obedient vessel by mutual consent.

Cessationism is not the answer.  Spiritually speaking, I am to be circumcised, not castrated.

John

Beauty of Holiness

I want to share a few thoughts about the beauty of holiness. I have condensed this by 80% and am going to post it before deciding on 100%.

We don’t have to look through a glass darkly to see this beauty. It is not esoteric mystery or hard to understand prophecy. If it is not seen it does not follow that it isn’t there. It is hidden in plain sight. Imagine that the sun is the lake of fire that death and hell are to be cast into. A man may now say he doesn’t believe in hell because he doesn’t believe in anything he can’t see. On judgment day God could answer, ” son that is why I put it in the sky. For you to see every day”. He saw it but he didn’t see it. The lake of fire was hidden in plain sight. I heard that about the sun recently and have no idea if it is the “lake of fire” spoken of in scriptures, but it serves my purpose here as an example.

Nature itself teaches us certain things. If we no longer “see” them it is not because nature itself has been corrupted. These things are common to all men and yet professing Christians in the west no longer see them. How can the beauty of holiness be seen when the heart has become so twisted as to prevent seeing the good in the things of nature itself? Jesus came to open the eyes of the blind so we can see far above that which is common to all men in nature itself.

The beauty of holiness is not in riches or poverty. But, it can be found in either.

The beauty of holiness is not in free will. But, it can be found there.

The beauty of holiness is not in the worship of God. But, it can be found there. It cannot be found in the worship of idols.

The beauty of holiness is not in traditional marriage. But, it can be found there. It cannot be found in Sodom.

The beauty of holiness is not in a properly attired woman. But, It can be found there. It cannot be found in her otherwise.

Question: What is this proper attire?
Answer: The beauty of holiness is not in the heart. But, it can be found there. If it is seen, both inside and outside of the cup will be clean.

Can Iron Sharpen Iron

I was trying to knock the rakes down on my chainsaw and the file was softer than the chain rendering both file and chain useless for their designed intent.  The chain had been successfully sharpened and made ready for “good works” (though not perfect as it was no longer in it’s created condition), however, all it could do at this point would be to frustrate it’s owner as the rakes had become “exalted”.  Everything was ready to go.  Fuel. Check.  Oil. Check.  Tension. Check.  Cranking. Check.  Best saw on the market.  Practically useless at this point.

Untying The Gordian Knot

This is in response to “Five Reasons Why Gold Will Be Worthless After The Collapse of The Dollar” (found here). The article fails to reach the level of sophomoric. The writer displays stunning ignorance by equating gold as mere currency. Gold – and silver – is money. Aristotle was the first to define money and he defined it as a medium of exchange and a store of value. The dollar is currency and it is so only by governmental decree and therefore has to be accepted as payment for debt, but it does not qualify as money as it is not a store of value. At least not a good one. Currency should be backed by something of value. Money is value. Your check is currency and must be backed by dollars in your checking account. The dollar is currency and should be backed by something of value as it is only a piece of paper with a dead man’s picture on it. And it is backed. By faith, not the biblical faith of substance and evidence, rather, a dead faith lacking the work of vigilance and held together by the American dream, a dream which is slowly morphing into a national nightmare. Gold doesn’t need backing. It is valuable in and of itself just as are my shoes, tractor, lawnmower, toothbrush and my wife. See? All these things take labor to achieve and make my standard of living increase. I threw my wife in the mix as her worth is far above rubies. But,I digress.

Many things could qualify as money, but historically gold – and silver – come out on top because they meet the five Aristotelian qualifications of good money better than anything else. Those five requirements are: durability, divisibility, consistency, convenience and intrinsic value. It must be durable is why we don’t use wheat or tulips. They might wilt or rot. Good money must be divisible. That is why we don’t use artwork or diamonds. Imagine dividing the Mona Lisa or one of Kincaid’s paintings to make change. Obviously, when you divide a perfect carat, you have messed up big time. The parts are worth less than the whole. It must be consistent and that is why we don’t use real estate or diamonds. Every piece of real estate is different from each other and the same can be said of diamonds. In other words, good money needs to be fungible; meaning, being of such a nature that one part or quantity may be replaced by another equal part or quantity. For example, all nickles, dimes, quarters and dollars are the same so they meet the consistency test. It must be convenient. That rules out elements like steel. Consider how much steel it would take to make a large purchase. And finally, it must have value within itself. If by now I have demonstrated that gold is money, I can proceed with this fly swatting.

The writer’s first mistake is to say that gold will skyrocket from now until the dollar collapses, implying gold increasing in value and then claiming gold will become as worthless as the paper it has been appreciating against. He purports to see through something but fails to see something through it. Gold is not appreciating against wealth, rather it is increasing against an unbacked currency. To be more precise, gold is stable while the currency is decreasing on an ever steepening continuum. Gold was $20 the ounce when my father was a teenager and $35 when I was a teenager. It is now $1700. The amount of above ground gold has approximately doubled in my lifetime. Wealth in the aggregate has probably doubled as well, however, gold priced in dollars has gone up by a factor of 50. If the supply of gold has increased in relative equal amounts as wealth – houses, skyscrapers, roads, factories, cars and congressmen etc. – then it’s relative value measured against all that wealth should remain stable. And it has. I repeat; it has. The same relative lifestyle can be enjoyed today with the same amount of gold to purchase it with as was the case centuries ago. It’s value to society hasn’t changed. It has maintained it’s store of value. It is the proliferation of dollars that has made them worth less over time. Gold is simply holding its own. So gold will not skyrocket in value, but will do so in terms of dollars. Dollars are becoming worth less and less until one day they will be worthless due to the fact they have no inherent value and are being added to the currency supply at a faster rate than wealth is being added to the economy. And now to refute reason # one as to why gold will be worthless when the dollar collapses.

Our teacher asks: “With no currency, with what are you gonna sell your gold?” Remember, gold is money. Hey class, gold IS money. You don’t sell money, you spend it. The amount of dollars I had to use to exchange for something of value such as gold is irrelevant after the dollar is gone. We are further informed “no one will want it because it won’t really have any purpose during this time.” Then how, pray tell, did paper EVER have any purpose as money? OK, so we go to the barter system. I have a dozen eggs more than I need and you have an extra gallon of milk to exchange for my eggs. But, I don’t want your milk. What now? Barter is a wonderful thing when it works, but that is precisely the rub; it doesn’t work efficiently. We both need a medium of exchange to facilitate the purchases of what we need. I can then use this medium to purchase what I want which is the gallon of orange juice my neighbor stole from a FEMA camp. Everything according to it’s utility. Horses, planes, bicycles and cars are the utility of transportation, food, the utility of nourishment, a store of value and a medium of exchange the utility of money and fools the utility of bad advice. Next, he claims that most people will be forced to sell $1000 worth of gold for $5 worth of food. Continuing with the untangling, he is placing a dollar value on gold and a dollar value on food. Second grade math informs me I would get $995 back in change. So what exactly is he saying or attempting to say? To be fair, I believe he is saying that what used to be valued at some time in the past as $1000 gold and what used to be valued as $5 food would at future present be valued equal. This portion of the knot unravels easily. Per the rest of his “dissertation” he insinuates a severe food shortage. That is not a valid argument against money but a condition of supply and demand. No amount of gold is inordinate if I am starving to obtain even one meal. By the same token, I would give everything and promise to be your slave for life if I were drowning and you drove such a bargain before rescuing me. In hell, what would you give for one drop of water? Incidentally, most people don’t have any gold and why talk in terms of dollars. The dollar has collapsed at this point, remember? Might as well say $1000,000,000,000,000 as $ are now meaningless. And that is the point.

To refute reason # two is beneath me as it would be akin to arguing with a three-year old. But hey, if there is anyone out there in paradigm control land that really wants it straightened out, I will humble myself as a little child and dip my pen in the quill.

Moving right along to reason # three I learn that the government will not create a new currency. Really. If only he were correct. He views that as a bad thing and the fact that there will be no currency exacerbates an already bad situation. I say it would be a good thing for governments the world over to allow the people the freedom to determine what is sound money. Let currencies compete whether they be precious metals, fruit loops or basketball scores. I then wouldn’t care if the government entered the fray as they would have to compete and not merely legislate. There goes your entitlements since government could no longer live beyond it’s means. Back to his premise. Why wouldn’t the government create a new currency? On what basis does he make such an outrageous statement? Control of money is what wicked governments are all about. It is pure power and they have the power to define legal tender. A collapse of the currency will allow government to renege on it’s promises and obligations (they’re already doing that through inflation) but won’t allow the citizenry to do the same as their debt will be recalibrated to the new currency. Whether or no we have a new national currency, the present one will lose it’s reserve status and the past profligacy of the American people will be just that. Past. Debt is a claim on future labor and we have a lot of debt to work off. To obtain the wealth of other nations we will have to do more than print worthless dollars. Ask them and they will tell you: they gladly accept gold. And that is the point.

In reason # four the writer asserts that in the past when one country’s currency died, another would simply take it’s place, but now that won’t be the case because never before has one country held the world’s reserve currency as is the case presently with the USA. This is very poor logic and irritating as it takes too much space to refute as I am already over the limit with the average attention span. Unlike reason two however, it is worthy of discussion and I would be glad to delve more into the meaning of reserve status and why losing it is no guarantee another would not take it’s place. Another will take it’s place. It may be an international currency controlled by a world body but there will be another reserve currency. One should ask how the dollar became the world’s reserve currency? It acquired that status because it had enough gold in Fort Knox and West Point to back the dollar. The dollar was redeemable in gold. FDR broke that contract with the American citizens but kept it with foreign nations. Nixon broke the contract with foreign nations and the dollar subsequently became a purely fiat currency, a floating abstraction kept afloat by the sheeple’s faith at home and military intervention, intimidation and threat abroad. But times, they are a changing. One thing that won’t change is the golden rule. He who owns the gold makes the rules. And that is the point.

I have tried to be brief but the soul of wit has been sorely challenged. I can only hope that PC readers are a word picture or two above average. There isn’t much I can do with reason # five without repeating myself so I’ll just give it the wrap. A total reset is coming. Interesting times await us. The time for real faith is now. Oil in the lamps type faith. The majority of preppers are in for a rude awakening. Gold indeed will not save us. I concur, this time will be different, however, for different reasons than this denigrator of a true weight and measure understands. If he had known in this his day that the wise will understand, he would have asked wisdom of God who would have given to him liberally. God owns the cattle of a thousand hills. He also owns all the gold. And that, dear reader, is the point.

John P Shepherd

The Compass

After my first solo flight in June of ’76, it was time to start preparing for my first solo cross-country. The term cross-country is somewhat misleading in that the longest flight required for a private license is a three legs, 300 mile trip with a minimum of 100 miles per leg. Sounds impressive to the student though. For VFR flight (visual flight rules) a pilot can and should make use of all instruments, but is not allowed to fly in conditions that make this the only option. You must maintain minimum visibility requirements. Therefore, a course has to be plotted with an aerial map. The map is drawn to true north, however the compass points to magnetic north and the two are geographically different, causing variation. In most cases the heading plotted by the map cannot be the heading flown. Also, true north is a fixed point while magnetic north moves around, forcing new maps to be drawn up periodically as the variations are indicated on the maps. The variations themselves differ and range anywhere from insignificant to extreme depending on one’s location on the globe. By compensating for magnetic error a correct heading can be obtained.

Our emotions are like the compass. They always point to our interest just as the compass needle locates magnetic north. When the pole moves, they vacillate as well. In the turbulence of conflict they bounce around so violently we find it difficult to stay on course. While true north is purely academic for the hiker or aviator, we find its’ equivalent problematic in human affairs. Man has been arguing for thousands of years over what represents moral true north. That argument cost 160 million lives through war in the 20th century. Incidentally, the east can be reached by going west but to reach true north one has to travel north. Though there are many paths to true north there is only one way. Assuming for the sake of argument that we all agreed on a moral true north, we now come to the crux of our dilemma. There are 7 billion of us, each with his/her own individual magnetic north pulling the needle. That alone has exponentially complicated things, but to exacerbate things more, we don’t want to adjust our heading even when the variations are extreme. To reiterate for emphasis, though only one geographical magnetic north exists there are 7 billion personal ones. True north is not the problem.