This -n- That Quote-fest

“As political and economic freedom diminishes sexual freedom tends compensatingly to increase.”

Aldous Huxley

BLMc observes,

Conversely as Sexual “freedom increases,” man is increasingly put into political and economic bondage. Men’s vices become their Masters.

“Everyone can have his or her own definition of what marriage means, and if an agreement or contract is reached by the participants, it would qualify as a civil contract if desired…Why not tolerate everyone’s definition as long as neither side uses force to impose its views on the other? Problem solved!”

Ron Paul
Liberty Defined

BLMc responds,

And so we see why Libertarians should be kept as far away as possible from handling machinery when running.


From an interview with Christopher Hitches from 2010

Unitarian Female Minister asks Hitchens,

Q. — The religion you cite in your book (Christopher Hitchens) is generally the fundamentalist faith of various kinds. I’m a liberal Christian, & I don’t take the stories from scripture literally. I don’t believe the doctrine of atonement. Do you make any distinction between fundamentalist faith & liberal religion?


Christopher Hitchen’s answer

I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus was the Christ, & that he rose again from the dead & by his sacrifice our sins are forgiven, you’re really not in any meaningful sense a Christian.

BLMc observes,


Well, at least the atheist Christ-hating pagan gets it even if the Unitarian female minister doesn’t.



“No more than the Romans could lock up Jesus Christ inside a sealed tomb can Westminster Seminary California confine Him to the church. If they continue to try to lock Him into the church, He will shatter the church as He did the tomb, and leave it empty as He emerges to rule the world, for He “is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords”.

~ R.J. Rushdoony

BLMc adds,

R2K advocates really need to quit saying things like “the law of God is no longer applicable to the common square,” when what they mean to say is “The Law of the OT God is no longer applicable in the common square.” Clearly for R2K the New Testament God has a different agenda than the OT God.

Either R2K must embrace their Marcionism or they need to ask some hard questions about God’s Immutability.


“The other (my conversation partner), whom I try to influence with what he likes to hear, ceases to be my partner; he no longer a fellow subject. Rather, he has become for me an object to be manipulated, possibly to be dominated, to be handled and controlled. Thus the situation is just about the opposite of what it appears to be. It appears, especially to the one flattered, as if special respect would be paid, in fact, this is precisely not the case. His dignity is ignored; concentrate on his weaknesses and on those areas that may appeal to him — all in order to manipulate him to use him for my purposes. And insofar words are employed they cease to communicate anything. Basically, what happens here is speech without a partner (since there is no true other); such speech in contradiction to the nature of language, intends not to communicate but to manipulate. The word is perverted and debased to become a catalyst, a drug, as it were, and is as such administered. Instrument of power may still seem a somewhat strong term for this; still, it does not seem so far-fetched any longer.”

Josef Pieper
Abuse of Language — Abuse of power — pg. 23

BLMc observes,

Is there any kind of language that we hear today that isn’t manipulation? In the sales business. In the advertising business. In politics. In the Church. It is all manipulation. It is all monologue.


“Apart from the power and promise of God, the preaching of such a religion as Christianity, to such a population as that of paganism, is the sheerest Quixotism. It crosses all the inclinations and condemns all the pleasures of guilty man. The preaching of the Gospel finds its justification, its wisdom, and its triumph, only in the attitude and relation, which the infinite and almighty God sustains to it. It is His religion, and therefore it must ultimately become a universal religion.”

W.G.T. Shedd
19th Century Reformed Theologian

Sermons to the Spiritual Man, page 421


BLMc observes

Shedd’s observation that “Christianity must become a universal religion,” smacks of postmillennialism.

Author: jetbrane

I am a Pastor of a small Church in Mid-Michigan who delights in my family, my congregation and my calling. I am postmillennial in my eschatology. Paedo-Calvinist Covenantal in my Christianity Reformed in my Soteriology Presuppositional in my apologetics Familialist in my family theology Agrarian in my regional community social order belief Christianity creates culture and so Christendom in my national social order belief Mythic-Poetic / Grammatical Historical in my Hermeneutic Pre-modern, Medieval, & Feudal before Enlightenment, modernity, & postmodern Reconstructionist / Theonomic in my Worldview One part paleo-conservative / one part micro Libertarian in my politics Systematic and Biblical theology need one another but Systematics has pride of place Some of my favorite authors, Augustine, Turretin, Calvin, Tolkien, Chesterton, Nock, Tozer, Dabney, Bavinck, Wodehouse, Rushdoony, Bahnsen, Schaeffer, C. Van Til, H. Van Til, G. H. Clark, C. Dawson, H. Berman, R. Nash, C. G. Singer, R. Kipling, G. North, J. Edwards, S. Foote, F. Hayek, O. Guiness, J. Witte, M. Rothbard, Clyde Wilson, Mencken, Lasch, Postman, Gatto, T. Boston, Thomas Brooks, Terry Brooks, C. Hodge, J. Calhoun, Llyod-Jones, T. Sowell, A. McClaren, M. Muggeridge, C. F. H. Henry, F. Swarz, M. Henry, G. Marten, P. Schaff, T. S. Elliott, K. Van Hoozer, K. Gentry, etc. My passion is to write in such a way that the Lord Christ might be pleased. It is my hope that people will be challenged to reconsider what are considered the givens of the current culture. Your biggest help to me dear reader will be to often remind me that God is Sovereign and that all that is, is because it pleases him.

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