Blog as Monologue and Conversation-Stopper

Pluralists would rather talk about HOW I am communicating instead of about what I AM communicating. Pluralists don’t like my tone.  Don’t I know that the only way to influence people is for me to let them influence me first? And then we can agree to call this “mutuality”.

To which Christians say: the main debt we have to you is the debt we have to God to love you enough to tell you the gospel. When we tell pluralists the gospel, we listen to them to find out if they are understanding it. When we tell them the gospel, they may have valid points to make. Our duty is to agree with them when their point is right and to let them know when their point is wrong, especially when that point is evidence of their rebellion against the gospel.

It is not reasonable to disagree with the gospel. If one disagrees with the gospel, then one is not being rational. The God who made all of us is the God who has revealed the gospel. The God who demands PERFECT righteousness is the God who had sent God the Son to obtain that righteousness for the elect.

The desire to leave out some of the gospel is evidence of a mind and will still at enmity with God. If all we ever want is peace at any price, then we should never claim to have any news from the Sovereign Creator of this world. When people say that talk like my talk is “hateful”, that only means that they have now understood that I am an enemy of their false gospel.

When the enemies of the cross say that talk like this is a “conversation-stopper”, their assumption is that the only way to have a conversation is to agree first that we are all saved but that we interpret things differently. Believers have been born again in order to believe the gospel. Non-elect unbelievers were created in order to never believe the gospel and thus be destroyed. (II Peter 2:1-12).

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4 Comments on “Blog as Monologue and Conversation-Stopper”

  1. markmcculley Says:

    all it takes for evil people to win is for good people like us to be pacifists

    because the Muslims do not agree to the existence of the Jewish state, we must not agree with the existence of Muslims

    because we are sovereign, sometimes only killing can make the big difference

    overcome evil with evil, because there are always are only two sides. And if you begin to act like a Lenin in order to overcome Lenin, we will still know that you are not really Lenin but the good guys. And good guys like us are never patient. We have to hate the haters so that we can love the rest of US.

    Elie Wisel—We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.

  2. markmcculley Says:

    Collage literary magazine 1973 fort defiance high school


    Mark, the frustrated scholar watches the all star basketball game. Tiny Archibald, first and quickest on the fast break, jumps with audacity toward the basket. Mark is not happy when he hears that President Nixon will interrupt the game with a speech on Viet Nam. Nevertheless he is fascinated with the moment Tricky Dick has picked—so many people watching the game—and remembers the speech Nixon gave during the Knicks-Lakers playoff two years ago. Maybe Nixon had not yet found love from America but he was making her watch.

    Nixon is just the anchor man on Channel 13. “Good evening, this morning in Paris.” Reporters all over the country write headlines, WAR ENDS SATURDAY. Will someone be killed in the next three days, before Saturday? But just who had been worried before about killing and being killed? Who before had questioned the justice of killing all those people coming down from the north and all those people sent in big airplanes to Viet Nam and later brought back in boxes? Who before had questioned the wisdom of not ending the same war years ago on the same terms Kissinger got this week?

    Nixon turns commentator, political analyst. Climbing back on thin hyperbole, Nixon explains that this is a first step in remaking the universe. But Mark does not believe Nixon. He wonders what the most powerful man in the world is trying to prove. Nixon talks like boy scout who has helped an old lady across the street . He’s still trying to persuade the rest of us that it was the right thing to do.

    Mark pushes the Updike novel out of the way and stares at the TV, which is the first TV his parents had ever owned. Nixon has no more elections to win. Does his conscience bother him? “Let us be proud that we have not been selfish”, Nixon says and praises those lucky enough to be wives of POWS. But don’t indecision and deception deserve a certain amount of humility?

    Mark senses it coming. Nixon explains that Lyndon Johnson would have welcomed peace. Since Mark cannot think of anyone who would not be for peace, he wonders what Nixon is saying if indeed he is really saying anything at all. Is Nixon looking for absolution from the pope? Maybe he’s trying to talk Lady Birth into becoming a Republican.

    Eleven minutes have gone by and Lincoln speaks, “let us consecrate these deaths (at least the deaths on our side)…….And as America resigns itself to more years of Kissinger, Mark thinks about the pretty hair of the girl who sits in front of him in English. Jerry West comes back on the TV screen and Mark does not care anymore that wars that end are only the beginning of others wars that nobody right now wants to talk about.

  3. markmcculley Says:

    All the girls and boys
    Makin’ all that noise
    ‘Cause they found new toys
    Well we can’t salute ya can’t find a flag
    If that don’t suit ya that’s a drag
    School’s out for summer
    School’s out forever

    No more pencils no more books
    No more teacher’s dirty looks yeah
    Well we got no class
    And we got no principals
    And we got no innocence

  4. markmcculley Says:

    are people who don’t argue with themselves more healthy and moral?

    why have an imaginary friend, when you can always argue with yourself?

    I wonder how my grandson reads a book when there is nobody there to watch him do it?

    Or, is there ever a time when nobody is watching my grandson?

    Or, what do you do when there is nobody but you to see what you are doing?

    Is this beginning to sound creepy ?(watching people who don’t know that they are being watched)

    how to be alone with oneself, without arguing with one self

    Matthew 6:1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people, to be seen by them

    6:3 But when you give, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing

    6:7 they imagine they’ll be heard for their many words.

    or “why do you feel less alone, if you have a Carl Truman quotation”?

    dialectic–don’t let your west hand know what your east hand is doing

    or, why move East, when you stay in the West but compare the East favorably to the West

    John 8: 39 “Our father is Abraham!” they replied. “If you were Abraham’s children,” Jesus told them, “you would do what Abraham did. 40 But now you are trying to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do this! 41 You’re doing what your father does.” “We weren’t born of sexual immorality,” they said. “We have one Father—God.” 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me,because I came from God and I am here. For I didn’t come on My own, but My Father sent Me. 43 Why don’t you understand what I say? Because you CANNOT listen to My word. 44 You are of your father the Devil

    Genesis 3:15
    I will put hostility between you and the woman,
    and between your children and her children.
    Her child will strike your head,
    and you will strike his heel.

    We are all born only kind of people, sinners in Adam.

    But one becomes two.

    Some born children of Satan become children of the God who gave the Son to die and raised him from the dead.

    Psalm 31 Into Your hand I hand my spirit

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