Posted by: Marty | December 21, 2016

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

International Liberty

This chart, put together by my Cato colleague Andrew Coulson, is a devastating indictment of the government monopoly education establishment. They’ve received huge amounts of money in recent decades, and dramatically expanded the bureaucracy, but student achievement is stagnant.

Cato Education Chart

January 17, 2014 addendum: Chart has been updated to show May 2013 version.

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Posted by: Marty | November 7, 2016

Why I Will Not Vote

Common Sense, What's that?

At the time of the writing of this article I am not yet old enough to cast a vote for a presidential candidate, however I am going to explain why I would not, even if I were.

#1-It does not matter who is president, because the president does not have the ability to change the system, the president is participating in the system.

#2-Voting is worse than useless because for one, the system is rigged, and for another it is the system of our enemies. And yes you read it right, our enemies!

At this point most of you are thinking that I have gone crazy. You think that this system of government is the one that the founding fathers instituted, and that it just needs some work. That could not be further from the truth.

Let me give you an example. Do you believe that the American revolution was…

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Posted by: Marty | June 25, 2015

The Confederate Flag, Racism, and Just Being People

Yesterday, as my 16 year old son and I were going into a big-box home center, a customer and an employee were loading an appliance into the back of a pickup truck near the entrance. As we walked past, one guy had to turn loose in order to hop into the truck, so I grabbed the corner he had just turned loose of, and asked if we could help. We slid the appliance into his truck, he thanked us, and we went on into the store. Incidentally, that gentleman was black. I didn’t stop to consider his melanin content, nor did he stop to consider mine. We were just a couple of people who met in the course of life, without compartmentalizing one another based on our skin color. In fact, as I was relating this account to my wife later, my son laughed and said that he hadn’t even noticed that one of the men we had helped was black. This is what bothers me about this whole manufactured controversy with the Confederate flag. The professional race agitators in the propagandist media and politics have succeeded in further driving the racial wedge between blacks and whites. “They” have willing accomplices in socialist academia and in hand-wringing, self-flagellating white liberals. For whatever agenda “they” possess, “they” want to drive a wedge between me and the young man I lent a hand to in a 30 second encounter. “They” want people like us to divide purely over the color of our skin. “Their” hammer is lies. To further the agenda, “they” are lying about the Confederate Flag. “They” are lying about the South. “They” are lying about ME! People like me are being demonized in the eyes of people like this young man.

“They” are systematically expunging our history of everything that doesn’t fit the official narrative. We are watching the Hegelian Dialectic being employed on a massive scale. Every thought must be synthesized into the narrative. Every historical monument must be sanitized. Every last vestige of dissent and every last dissenter must be re-educated, in this brave new world we live in. This world in which every uncomfortable thing must be prefaced by trigger warnings and every boorish comment is taken as microagression. This brave new world in which men who pretend to be women are hailed as courageous, and men who bravely fought the invasion of their homes by the armies of their own former government, are spat upon as the vile off scouring of the earth. The real crime of the South, as far as “they” are concerned, was that the South stubbornly resisted tyranny and simply sought to preserve the original, Constitutional order of things. Southerners, as a people, still to this day, tend to be more resistant to federal over-reach and more inclined to insist that the federal government be bound by the Constitution.  This whole thing is not about the flag. It’s about the truth. It’s about the complete re-creation of Southern culture. It’s about finally bringing the South under subjection to the brave new world, and greasing the skids upon which America will finally slide into oblivion. I’m sure glad this world is not my home.

Posted by: Marty | March 5, 2015

Baptist Perpetuity in 1805

The West Kentucky Baptist

“The origin of the Baptists can be found no where, unless it be conceded, that it was at Jordan or Enon . . . . The Hussites, in the fifteenth century, the Wickliffites, in the fourteeth and the Petrobrussians, in the twelfth, and the Waldenses, were all Baptists . . . . The consequences of this whole is this: The Baptists have no origin short of the apostles. They arose in the days of John the Baptist, and increased largely in the days of our blessed Saviour, when he showed himself unto Israel, and the days of his apostles, and have existed, under the severest persecutions, with intervals of prosperity, every since . . . . In this short history of the Baptists, we see the continued accomplishment of one of Christ’s promissory predictions, which is, Matt. 16:18, ‘The gates of hell shall not prevail against the church.’ ” Daniel…

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Posted by: Marty | September 13, 2013

Blackbirds

This evening about dusk I happened to look up to see about 200-300 blackbirds circling and wheeling through the sky. I was awe-struck by the fluid motion of this flock of birds and the thought occurred to me that the pilots who fly the Blue Angels can only dream of this kind of united flight! The blackbird has no radar, no radio contact with a control tower, yet the entire flock moves as one. 

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
(Romans 1:20)

Posted by: Marty | August 30, 2013

Authority to Baptize

Welcome to the Old Paths!

The churches are commanded in the Great Commission to baptize those that have been saved and offer an acceptable testimony according to Scripture.

Matthew 28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

            It is very sad to say, but it seems that today many, if not most, independent Baptist churches only observe baptism as a ritual celebration and have no idea concerning the milk-of-the-word principle of the doctrine of baptism.  What do we learn from the Bible concerning this inherited church ordinance?

a.      It is not a Sacrament

            Baptism cannot wash away sins!  The Catholics and Protestants claim that baptism is sacerdotal.  In other words, they believe that somehow the grace of God gets stirred and appropriated towards that child because he was sprinkled by a priest into the “body”…

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Posted by: Marty | August 30, 2013

What is, “the Church?”

Welcome to the Old Paths!

A church is an authorized local assembly of baptized believers called out from the world, joined together in the doctrine and fellowship of the gospel and commissioned to execute the laws of Christ’s kingdom.  We will comment further on this statement, but we must first deal with some of the false beliefs concerning the church:

1.   The Church is NOT a “mystical, universal, invisible body” made-up of all “believers.”

1 Corinthians 12:27  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

      Setting aside the obvious fact that the Apostle Paul was addressing a visible local church (church at Corinth) in this statement, we will look to the natural usage of words in our English language:  According to our Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, the word “body” refers to frame, material substance, matter, a person, reality as opposed to representation, a collective mass, a corporation, and so on.  Obviously, there…

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Posted by: Marty | August 30, 2013

Salvation of Children

Welcome to the Old Paths!

There is not one instance in the Bible of a child being baptized.  Baptism is voluntary.  Children who were sprinkled have not been offered a choice.  This is a violation of soul liberty.

Matthew 16:24  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

            There are also no examples in the New Testament of children being saved.  As Baptists, we would readily agree that we should not be sprinkling babies, but we must also point-out that in many churches today, we are leading children through baptismal waters after instructing them in a prayer to Jesus for salvation.  We will find no such instances in Scripture, so we are giving our children an unbiblical “salvation.”  Then we wonder why our churches are carnal, our children come to nothing, and our…

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Posted by: Marty | October 31, 2012

The True Reformers

The TRUE reformers in Germany in the 16th Century were men such as Hans Denk and Ludwig Hetzer, whose German Worms translation of the New Testament was preferred by the Mennonites over Luther’s translation for over 100 years. This Received Text translation was based on the earlier Waldensian translation of the 1400s. Michael  Sattler was martyred for publishing his confession of faith (the SCHLEITHEIM CONFESSION, 1527). Menno Simons consulted with the ancient authorities, as well as Luther, Bucer, and Bullinger and found that infant baptism had no ground in the scriptures. Menno Simons became a baptist unlike his modern-day namesakes who accept sprinkling and pouring as valid.

Luther, Calvin and the other “reformers” should have sat at the feet of these men and learned the word of God in truth!

Posted by: Marty | October 31, 2012

Zwingli v. Hubmaier

http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?m=t&s=23091744374

What is an “Anabaptist?” Listen closely to the answer of a 10 year old! A look at the Anabaptists of 16th Century Switzerland from the “Collegiate Baptist History Workbook” by James Beller and “A History of the Churches” by David Cloud.

The Zurich study group composed of Ulrich Zwingli, Felix Manz, Blaurock, Graebel and others came to the position that scriptural baptism is by immersion of adult believers. Zwingli soon reversed position and returned to the Protestant position of sprinkling infants due to the opposition that the study group received from Zurich’s leaders. “The fear of man bringeth a snare!”

The Zurich City Council called for a public debate between Zwingli and the other members of the study group. Immediately after the debate, the city council shut down all preaching and teaching which was contrary to the Protestant position. Manz and others drowned in 1527.

Balthasar Hubmaier tortured on the rack and in a moment of extreme duress recants, and is brought to the “church” to make a public recantation. After Zwingli preaches against the heresies of the Anabaptists, Hubmaier is called to make his statement. Greatly strengthened by the Lord, Hubmaier shouts that infant baptism is not of God and is hauled back to the dungeon! He is later released and over the next 3 years baptized 12,000 converts before he is finally martyred in 1528!

This is an informal study we do on Sunday evenings in our home as a part of our homeschooling curriculum. Another couple from our church joins us every Sunday night. We discuss things and you might even hear the younger children playing in the background! We hope you enjoy this study and encourage you to follow along!

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