bible-with-magnifying-glassby baldilocks

Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family fame reports that the presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has “accepted” Jesus the Christ.

I believe he really made a commitment,” said the highly influential evangelical leader. “But he’s a baby Christian. We all need to be praying for him, especially if there’s a possibility of him being the next executive officer.”

Dobson’s comments came in an interview following the “historic” meeting between Trump and about 1,000 evangelical leaders on Tuesday. Pastor Michael Anthony, president of Godfactor and founder of the National Week of Repentance, caught up with Dr. Dobson to get his thoughts on the event and Trump, whose strained relationship with evangelicals has resulted in him ramping up his Christian outreach efforts.

If this is so, then I’m happy for Donald Trump and would not presume to question whether his conversion is a true one or not. That is between him and God.

And I especially like this.

Anthony said Trump was particularly passionate about ending the ban on endorsing political candidates from the pulpit, a law introduced by Lyndon Johnson, saying, “When I get in, we’re going to change that.”

You may recall that I wrote about the Johnson Amendment of 1954 a while back. You may also recall that Trump had already claimed to be a Christian but said that he had not repented. Presumably, now he has corrected that error.

Who do I have a problem with then? It’s these pastors and their language— the language of adherence to man-made so-called Christian traditions, rather than adherence to the Word of God as is.

First of all, one does not “accept” Christ, nor can any person lead another to Christ. One can only present another with the Gospel and that person makes his/her own choice. God the Father draws individuals to Jesus Christ—a supernatural occurrence. There is no other way.

And this conversation between Dobson and Anthony made me twitch.

“I think that he’s open,” he  continued. “He doesn’t know our language. … We had 40 Christians together with him, he used the word hell four or five times. He doesn’t know our language—he really doesn’t. He refers a lot to ‘religion’ and not much to ‘faith’ and ‘belief’ in Christ.” [From Dobson.]

“I’m sure Saul when he became Paul didn’t know much of the language either,” said Anthony.

The word ‘Hell’ is not in the vocabulary of these Christians? Okay, then.

And Paul didn’t know their language? Whose language are they referring to?

Paul was the author of much of the “language” which this pastor claims to use. Additionally, Paul was a Pharisee–mentored by the great Jewish teacher Gamaliel, a Pharisee doctor of Jewish Law—and knew scripture backward, forward and sideways. That scripture? It was the Torah or what we now refer to as the Old Testament. It was the Torah which Jesus quoted from and which Paul and the rest of the Apostles used when spreading the Good News.

One wonders if Pastor Anthony knows that when Paul was out spreading the Good News that the Gospels, Epistles and the Revelation hadn’t been written yet; or that the New Testament is partly composed of Paul’s letters.

The upshot is that these shepherds may be leading their flock astray, and that flock includes Donald Trump.

I’m am skeptical of what these men say and of where their focus lies. They presume to tell Donald Trump about Jesus but I wonder if they know Him themselves.

I wondering if these alleged men of God have lost their proper focal point–assuming they ever knew what it was supposed to be. I think they’re looking to use their role in Trump’s conversion as a means of holding some sort of sway over him–especially if he should become president.

Good luck with that.

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Earlier today I had a post up noting a WW 2 vet talking about his decision vote for Brexit.

While everyone rightly talks about immigration people might not realize the old gentleman might have decided it was time to leave, because of stuff like this:

The EU is poised to ban high-powered appliances such as kettles, toasters, hair-dryers within months of Britain’s referendum vote, despite senior officials admitting the plan has brought them “ridicule”.

and this

A sales ban on high-powered vacuum cleaners and inefficient electric ovens in 2014 sparked a public outcry in Britain. 

Oh and one interesting note to this story

The plans have been ready for many months, but were shelved for fear of undermining the referendum campaign if they were perceived as an assault on the British staples of tea and toast.

You know I thought young people didn’t like folks telling them what to do.

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UPDATE III. Reader Steve emails:
I phoned my Uncle Johnny (WWII Parachute Regiment) last night to wish him a happy 90th birthday. He was putting on his overcoat and heading into the rain to his polling station in West Yorkshire. I asked which way he was planning to vote.

“When I was 20 I dropped into France to stop the Germans taking over my country,” he replied, “so I thought I’d better have another go at stopping them now.”

It’s also worth noting that unlike the youth of England who voted to stay folks like Uncle Johnny here remember an England that did just fine without an EU to give them orders and thus weren’t afraid of it.

On June 21st after hearing about the College Republicans were suspended at the UC Irvine I decided to send When the news that the College Republicans were suspended at the UC Irvine I wrote an email to the two advisers who the College Republicans met with just before the decision was announced.  I include said email in full:

Hello Ms. Esparza, Ms. Umali
I am preparing a story on the suspension of the UCI college republicans at your university following this piece at and I have several questions I wish to ask concerning assertions in the piece.
The Breitbart piece states that the college republicans received notification of their suspension hours after a meeting with both of you.
1.  Is this correct?
1a:  Was the decision to suspend the College Republicans taken before or after that meeting?
1b:  If before why were not the college republican informed at said meeting of their suspension, if after what action took place at the meeting that prompted this suspension
The Breitbart piece states the group was suspended for the:  “group’s alleged failure to provide a certificate of insurance for the private security hired for the event to protect Milo.”
2.  Is this correct, if not what was the rationale for the suspension?
2a:  If it IS correct, have any other student group been suspended for failure to provide a certificate of insurance?  If so can you list any suspended over the last five years for this?
2b:  Is the necessity to provide a certificate of insurance for private security an explicit rule, if so where is this rule listed, and have any groups who have failed to provide such a certificate of insurance avoided suspension?
During Mr. Yiannopoulos appearances nationwide the danger that has required additional security has generally come from on campus students and organizations threatening to disrupt events. reported on such protests at UC Irvine
3.  Did any such organization make such attempts and were they warned concerning security concerns?
3a:  We’re such organizations sanctioned for disrupting said events or creating an “unsafe environment” if not why not?
Many campus’ have rules concerning creating a “hostile environment” for students and employees
4.  Does UC Irvine have any such regulations
4a.  If so, given the necessity for increased security for Mr. Yiannopoulos have any of the student protesters been sanctioned for creating an “hostile environment” for those trying to attend Mr. Yiannopoulos speech in general or members of the college republicans for sponsoring the event.  If not why not?
The suspension of a Student group is a significant event and presumably rare event
5.  Can you provide a list of student groups that have been suspended over the last 5 years for any reasons and said reasons for those suspensions.
I hope to have my piece up by the end of the week so an answer by Thursday evening would be most welcome.  If you wish to include a statement concerning these events independent of these question I would be happy to include it in the piece.
Thank you for your time
Peter “DaTechGuy” Ingemi
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I didn’t receive an answer but the question has become moot as per this Breitbart report:

College Republicans at UCI

Dear Ms. Rowlands and the Authorized Signers of the College Republicans at UCI,

I am contacting you on behalf of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. As a follow-up to my letter sent yesterday, I want to share with you that the revocation of your privileges to access space on campus through UCI Student Center & Event Services has been withdrawn pending the final outcome of your appeal. At this time, your ability to access space on campus has been restored.

As mentioned in the June 22 letter, the vice chancellor invites you to submit your appeal by July 1. We look forward to hearing from you.


Edgar Dormitorio

Chief of Staff
Student Affairs

The college republicans have no intention of entering any “appeal” process which would give their initial suspension a semblance of legitimacy that it doesn’t deserve

The CRs, however, quickly declined to enter any sort of appeals process, saying it could be construed an admission of guilt, which they firmly deny.

“We will under no circumstances be submitting an appeal for the decision by UCI as that would be an admittance to a wrongdoing we did not commit,” the CRs wrote in a statement. “We will not be silenced and we will not be stopped.”

The most interesting, and encouraging part of the story was the reaction of other groups both inside and outside the university:

Extraordinarily, even left-wingers on campus came out in support of their rivals’ right to free speech. In a rare display of bipartisan unity at the campus grassroots, the group for Bernie Sanders supporters at UCI issued a statement condemning the administration for “repeated mistreatment of political organizations that take part in open discourse on campus” and calling for the restoration of the College Republicans’ right to access college facilities.

It’s a great thing to see that some of the left are seeing this for what it is.

I predict that we will quietly see this entire “appeal” business dropped in the hope that all of this goes away.

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