Fruit Must Be Produced: Being Good Is Not Enough

Fruit (green grapes) on a vine.

We have this tendency to think of good as things like helping the poor, and yes, this is good, but, this is not the same as producing fruit. For what good is it when we have made the poor comfortable here, only to spend eternity in discomfort. This is why, or partly why, our works are meaningless. Our good works apart from Jesus are meaningless. Only when our works are the result of our faith in Christ do they become fruitful. If we, the branches, are not connected to the Vine, we are a dried up thing and cannot produce fruit. We produce fruit when we bring people to eternal comfort.

If You Believe In Jesus, You Must Believe In Satan

If you believe that Jesus is real, then you must believe Satan is real. Why? Because just as the Bible discusses Jesus as a real being, recording His conversations, actions, and character, it also refers to Satan as a real being, recording his conversations, actions, and character.

Satan’s Conversations

We find the first recorded conversation in Genesis 3:1-5. Satan is disguised as a serpent:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. (ESV)”

A lot of people scoff at the idea of a talking snake, but they fail to understand that this wasn’t your standard snake. Satan is referred to the “ancient serpent” twice in Revelations (12:9 and 20:2).

“Most scholars hold that it was Satan in the Garden of Eden who was speaking through the snake, not the snake itself speaking on its own.1

Later, in Job, God has two discussions with Satan:

In Job 1:6-12 and Job 2:1-6, we find that Satan had been “going to and fro on the earth” and “walking up and down on it.” In other words, he had a presence on earth; he wasn’t sitting in Hell biding his time. After roaming about, he then left the earth and presented himself to God, presumably in Heaven, where the two had a conversion regarding God’s servant Job. In both instances, even though God allowed Satan to test Job, there were restrictions. Satan complied both times, which teaches us that God is in control, not the devil.

In the third conversation, which takes place in Matthew 4:1-11, we find Satan having a conversation with Jesus. It is during this conversation that Satan tempts Jesus three times in the wilderness.

Satan’s Character

In 2 Corinthians 11:14, we learn that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Why is this important? Because when he visits you, chances are, he’s not going to be scary. He’s going to show up and make you feel comfortable, and he’s going to make you feel good about yourself, your actions, and your beliefs. You’re going to believe he’s bringing puppies and kittens, but the reality is he’s bringing unicorns and fairy dust. You’ll think he’s bringing good, but he’s really bringing evil.

Finally, in John 8:44 we learn that he is a liar by nature; there is no truth in him. Again, this treats Satan as a real entity. He is a liar and he is the father of lies.


We are cautioned numerous times in the Bible to not only be wary, but many are ensnared and don’t realize it.

1 Corinthians 7:5: Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control (ESV).

2 Timothy 2:24-26: And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will (ESV).

If you look around, and listen, everyone thinks they are going to Heaven when they die. Jesus told a different story:

Matthew 7:14: But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it (NIV).

Only a few will find life. Most will find death; Hell. Most people are ensnared by Satan’s lies. While he can certainly make you feel like you’re worthless, he can also tell you things that make you feel good. He’ll make you feel like you’re doing the right things, and believing the right things, but in reality, you’re furthering yourself and others to destruction. If you’re in with the “most” crowd, it’s time to second-guess yourself. There’s nothing wrong with asking questions.

Remember, if you don’t believe in the devil, but believe in Jesus, you are believing a lie, and rest assured, he believes in you.

Snowflakes Abusing Support Pets

The Detroit Free Press is carrying this story: Critics say too many flying with questionable emotional support pets.

I guess I never really thought about how people got support pets, like those aiding the blind, but apparently anyone can have one. And like most things, it’s now being abused.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that if you need an emotional support pet, your therapist isn’t doing his job. While a pet can bring comfort, responsibility, and companionship, it shouldn’t be your emotional crutch. It’s not going to tell you when the situation you’re in is your fault. Get over it. It’s got mobile safe-space written all over it.

Apparently it’s time to start licensing them based on prescriptions from actual doctors.

Climate Being Harmed By Biofuels

Uh, oh. It looks as if climate alarmists are actually making things worse.

I’ve questioned the intelligence of fighting climate change (not climate change itself), and propose we adapt to it instead. I think it would be cheaper and more effective for mankind in general. Warming and cooling are part of the Earth’s natural cycles1; I don’t believe man caused it, and I don’t believe man can stop it.

I do, however, believe we can make things worse, and apparently, according to a new study, we can:

“Policymakers should reconsider their support for biofuels. This issue has been debated for many years. What’s new here is that hard data, straight from America’s croplands, now confirm the worst fears about the harm that biofuels do to the planet2.”

  1. Eldredge, Sandy and Biek, Bob (2010). Ice Ages – What Are They And What Causes Them?. Survey Notes, vol. 42, no. 3. September 2010. Utah Geological Survey. Accessed: 29 Dec 2016. 
  2. Erickson, Jim (2016). Study: Biofuels increase, rather than decrease, heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions. University of Michigan News. Accessed: 6 Dec 2016. 

Atheists: Belief In Aliens Is Not Rational

One of the reasons I find atheists less credible thinkers than the religious is because the religious are more open minded. When I say more open minded, I mean more willing to look at ALL evidence, regardless of the source, where atheists omit certain types of evidence because it doesn’t fit their narrow definition of science.

Peter Burfeind sums up this thought well in Aliens Don’t Exist, But They Tell Us A Lot About Atheists.

The “Occam’s Razor” answer science excludes but that actually faces the evidence is “We have no evidence of aliens because they weren’t created.” Exclusion of even contemplating this answer betrays a huge epistemic blind spot in the premises of science, at least among its modern defenders.

The Illegal Immigration Problem Is A Democrat Problem

The illegal immigration problem falls squarely in the lap of Democrats. The laws are clear that illegal immigration is a crime, but Democrats, primarily, have been aiding and abetting these criminals for years. Hundreds of people have died attempting to cross the border. They try to blame it on tightening security along the border, but the bigger problem is the hope on the US side.

They can get jobs. There are US citizens who will hire them, despite knowing they are here illegally. They hire them for the work “no one wants to do” and they pay them less than minimum wage. Generally I’m all about keeping down the cost of doing business, but I’m against breaking the law to do it.

There’s a good chance they won’t be sent back to where they came from. Democrat run sanctuary cities won’t arrest them, and at times, have even let them go after committing crimes. Democrats actively try to skirt the law, because of “compassion.” Don’t worry about the law, we’ll fix that. We’ll ignore the parts we don’t like.

It’s the fault of Democrats who allow illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses, attend public education, vote in some towns, and they even hold office in one town!

It is the fault of Democrats because they refuse to differentiate between legal and illegal immigrants.

Amnesty won’t stop the flow of people dying in the desert between Mexico and the US. If anything, it will only encourage more people to try and make it.

People didn’t just start complaining about the illegal immigration problem in the last couple of years; they’ve been complaining for years and no one has been taking them seriously. The laws are there, but law enforcement has gotten lax. It’s finally come to a head. I would argue that’s one of the reasons Trump was elected over Hillary. It has nothing to do with xenophobia: “a dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries1,” and everything to do with the law and the burden placed on society. People watch the news and see illegal immigrants getting better treatment than many of our actual citizens.

It is time to deter people from illegally coming to, or remaining, in the US. Right off the top of my head, I can think of five places to start:

  • Pull federal funding from sanctuary cities
  • Pull federal funding from colleges and school districts that allow illegal immigrants to attend
  • Fine, heavily, companies that hire illegal immigrants
  • Arrest people for aiding and abetting illegal immigrants
  • Deport illegal immigrants

I know. I’ve heard the Christian argument about taking care of the foreigner, but let me remind you of what else the Bible has to say:

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. ~Romans 13:1-2 (ESV)

How does one reconcile following the law and taking care of foreigners? Simple. Differentiate between the legal and the illegal. It’s called discernment; another Christian principle.

For more information on Illegal Immigration:

Illegal Immigration: Yes, Punishment Is Fair

I’m going to go out on a limb here, and assume that if you’re here illegally, you know it. The law requires citizens to be documented, and if you’re “undocumented,” I’m also going to assume you know to be undocumented is to be illegal. Regardless of the reason, knowing you’re illegal means you’re intentionally breaking the law.

If I break the law, even unintentionally, I expect punishment. If I break the law, intentionally, I expect a harsher punishment.

Why should I expect a lesser punishment for you when you’re intentionally breaking the law? I don’t. I expect fair, and fair is expulsion from the club, for breaking club rules. The rules aren’t new. They’ve been in place for years. We finally have a government administration that is going to enforce them.

For more information on Illegal Immigration:

Ad Blocking More Than Just Bad Ads

Ad blockers have been making the news quite a bit for the last few months. Publishers hate them, and consumers love them. I published my own feelings on the subject earlier this year.

Apparently, the number of users ad blocking has gotten to the point that some on-line sites are willing to block the ad blocker users. They are willing to lose customers, rather than address the reason for ad blockers in the first place.

But there are two problems that I see with the plan. The first problem is that my employer filters a lot of websites–anything it may deem malicious, or even possibly malicious, gets blocked. Apparently some of the advertising sources are blocked, so digital content would be blocked. There was period of time when articles at Forbes and MLive would not show. I have no control over that.

The second problem is that I–and I’m sure I’m not alone–am not willing to pay subscriptions for dozens of different on-line magazines or media sites. Which means if you block your site, consumers won’t read, comment on, or share your content. You lose word of mouth advertising for your news, and well as ad sales.

The argument is that digital ads pay for content, but I came across an interesting article a couple days ago with these even more interesting stats:

Media Approval Rating: 19 percent
Americans with high confidence in the media: 6 percent

So, based on these numbers, not only do consumers not like your advertising methods, they’re not overly impressed with the content you’re providing, which is probably an understatement. But, your brilliant plan is to block your sub-par content from consumers instead of looking at your own business practices. In the end, you may be doing us a favor, and for that, I thank you.

Is The Election An Indicator of Change?

I don’t remember where I heard it, or maybe read it. But as a result of Trump winning the election, the accusation was leveled: People are afraid of a changing America.

Since most of the change we have seen over the last eight years has been forced by government–a top-down change–this election may actually show that people haven’t changed the way some people would like America to have changed.

For example, gay marriage was/is illegal in most states because when placed on the ballot, it was rejected by popular vote. The only reason this changed, is because Federal government overstepped its bounds and forced states to change; the Supreme Court should have refused to take the case.

So, I ask again. Has America really changed?

Hillary Clinton Lost To Donald Trump: Here’s Why


If you think Trump was elected because of racism, bigotry, prejudice, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, etc., you’re living in an alternate reality. While some of these things certainly exist, it’s on a smaller scale than Democrats believe, and it wasn’t enough to swing the election. The real reason Donald Trump won is because Hillary Clinton lost.

Most everyone can agree that Donald Trump was not the ideal Republican candidate. The man is deeply flawed. But, so is Hillary Clinton. But, so are we. No one is good, not one. Whether Clinton or Trump is the better person is debatable, but in the end, what matters, is that Hillary Clinton, as a candidate, is the more deeply flawed.

How? Let me list some of the reasons:

  • Trump wants to build a wall. Whether practical or not, the message is that he will work to keep illegal immigrants out, and deport the illegal immigrants that are here. Democrat’s refusal to distinguish between legal and illegal hurt them.
  • Trump wants to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the country. He wants to make sure they’re properly vetted. When 99% of terrorist attacks are caused by Muslims, this is common sense; Ismlorealism if you will. When a candidate refuses to acknowledge terror attacks for what they are, it shows a lack of concern for American lives and security.
  • Trumps wants to make American great again. Once upon a time, American was looked up to in the world. Now we’re frowned upon. It’s time to reverse that. Many people want a President that likes this country, instead of one who appears to not like it. They want a President to look out for the citizens of this country, after all, the position is President of the United States, not President of the United Nations.

These issues were a big deal, but should not have been. The insistence of Democrats that they have to have it all or have it all, probably helped drive voter turn-out against Hillary. Here are more reasons people didn’t vote for Hillary:

This isn’t a discussion of right or wrong. It’s simply a list of reasons Hillary lost to Donald Trump. There are more. I could go on. This is enough for now.