Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Future of Israel-Part 1

"For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance." Romans 11:29

  There is a currently a growing  resurgence of an old heresy, which goes something like this: God is done with Israel as a nation, and all promises he made to them have  been bequeathed to the church.  Some call this 'replacement theology', or 'continuance covenants' or 'kingdom dominion' depending on what flavor of this philosophy you  encounter. I call it  sloppy handling of the scriptures.The fact is that Israel  has several promises on the books that are still unfulfilled and are unconditional , the bulk of which nobody else  qualifies for.  The only way you can make these very specific  promises apply to anyone else is to ignore the particular provisions of them. Time would fail  us to look at them all (after all God did give you a Bible)  and many of them intertwine but we will take a look at a few.
The Land
   In what is probably the second best promise in the Bible, God promises to Abraham and  his descendants a  piece of   land in Genesis 12:7, which says "And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said , Unto thy seed will I give this land.."  This land is given to Abram unconditionally, there is nothing he can do to  earn it and nothing he can do to lose it.  The promise is repeated in Gen 13:5 as "For all the land which thou seest , to thee will I give it , and to thy seed for ever." Once again, it's unconditional. The borders of the land are spelled out in Genesis 15 and in Genesis 17:8 God spells it out in black and white that it is an "everlasting possession".  In case there was any question about which seed gets the land, God tells Jacob in Genesis 35:12 "And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it , and to thy seed after thee will I give the land." It's not enough to be related to Abraham, like Ishmael was. To qualify for this land you have to be related to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  When Joseph is in the dungeon of Egypt, he even refers to it as "the land of the Hebrews" in Genesis 40:15, and Israel promises his family in Genesis 48:21 that God will return them to "the land of your fathers". Joseph's deathbed testimony is that "I die : and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob"  God makes it plain that this covenant is with a group in Exodus 6:4 which says  "And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers" 
  From this very cursory examination of the foundation, we can easily deduce that  unless you are descended from those three men, you have no promise from God regarding that piece of property.  Being merely a spiritual child of Abraham through faith (Gal 3:7 among other places) is not enough just like being a physical child of  Abraham via Ishmael wasn't enough.  But if you are descended from those three men, God has sworn  to you and your family a piece of land, unconditionally.  
  But its not enough to  have the land if God doesn't allow you to live there, and while owning the land is condition-free, living there has a pretty steep price.  God warns them going in
"Wherefore ye shall do my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety. And the land shall yield her fruit, and ye shall eat your fill, and dwell therein in safety."  God spend whole chapters in  the Bible laying out this dynamic; obedience in the land brings blessings, disobeying brings   hard times and eventually expulsion. God is willing to  cast them out for as many generations as it takes to get obedience and then that obedient generation will be allowed to return to the land God promised to their fathers.   
  Repeatedly in the Old Testament this cycle  of rebellion, expulsion, repentance and restoration is played out. but it's imperative to understand that even while they are expelled from the land, the land still belongs to them.  Lev 26:20-38 says "And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits. And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins  I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children , and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number ; and your high ways shall be desolate . And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me:Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins.And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy .
  And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat , and not be satisfied .And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me;
Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins. And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.   And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you. And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation , and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours.   And I will bring the land into desolation : and your enemies which dwell therein shall be astonished at it. And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste. Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate , and ye be in your enemies ' land; even then shall the land rest , and enjoy her sabbaths.  As long as it lieth desolate it shall rest ; because it did not rest in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it. And upon them that are left alive of you I will send a faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies ; and the sound of a shaken leaf shall chase them; and they shall flee , as fleeing from a sword; and they shall fall when none pursueth .And they shall fall one upon another, as it were before a sword, when none pursueth : and ye shall have no power to stand before your enemies . And ye shall perish among the heathen, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up ."
   Keep this in mind; God wants them to live there, even though they don't deserve it according to Deut 9:6.  Because of this desire, regardless of the reason for the expulsion, or the length of time  of the expulsion, God leaves the door open for His people to repent and do the things necessary to return to the land that He promised. Meanwhile it would just sit there, sometimes desolate and  sometimes inhabited by their enemies while they toiled away in Babylon or slaved away in Chaldea or spun their wheels amongst  the Gentile nations.  This is the history of  the children of Israel.
  But this article isn't about  Israel's past, it's about Israel's future. So the question at hand is, will this ever happen? Will there ever be a generation of Abrahams descendants who see the complete fulfillment of God's promises?
  In order to lay the groundwork to properly answer that question, we have to put some more   pieces of the puzzle together.  Stay tuned for part 2.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Common Mans Commentary on Genesis, Chapter 7

Chapter 7

“And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.” ( V1)
  The implications of this, the first invitation in the Bible (the last being Rev 22:17) are both comforting and staggering. God says ‘Come’ because he’s inside the ark with them.  God also commands men to come in places like Ex 3:10 , Ex 24:12, Matt 11:28,  and Acts 16:31.
  Now if the reader will be gracious enough to allow me to ride a hobby horse for a paragraph or three, the term “house” obviously here means “family”, like in John 14:2.  But the Bible also uses the word ‘house’ to refer to a dwelling place on occasion, as the temple is called the “house of God” repeatedly.  There was supposed to be reverence for the building and its contents.  I personally cannot find any clear place in scripture where a structure erected for the purpose of New Testament saints assembly is ever called ‘the house of God’.
   Since there is no temple in the Old Testament sense, and every believer is the temple in the New Testament, New Testament references to ‘the house of God’ seem to always refer to the body of believers and their interactions with each other. For some examples of this, take a look at 1 Tim 3:15 as compared to 1 Peter 4:17.  We don’t get much right in the South, but the old southern tradition of referring to the meeting place as ‘the church house’ seems more spiritually correct than referring to a building as ‘the house of God’ and   taking the stand that you are obligated to behave differently inside the building than you are in other  places of your life. Considering that I carry the Holy Spirit with me, I ought to be concerned about my behavior all of time, not just for a couple of hours a couple of days a week. Other references to the ‘house of God are in John 2:21, 1 Cor 3:16-17, 2 Cor 6:16, and Rev 3:12. I will now dismount from my hobby horse.
  Notice again the emphasis on Noah and his standing in the ‘generation’ in which he lives.  Also notice that, according to 2 Pet 2:5, Noah’s primary job was that of ‘preacher’, not ‘ark-builder’ or ‘animal wrangler’.  Furthermore, not only does Noah make God’s very short list of ‘righteous ‘men (Ezek 14:14-20), Jesus himself vouches for Noah in Matt 24:37-38 and Luke 17:27.
“Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens , the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.  Of fowls also of the air by sevens , the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.” ( V2-3)
  In an amazing occurrence of me getting ahead of myself,  most of the material was discussed in the previous chapter. 7 males, 7 females and every clean animal and  2 males, with 2 females of every unclean animal.
“For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.  And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.  And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.  And Noah went in , and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.  Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,  There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.” ( V4-9)
  Noah’s obedience is pointed out again here. Obedience pleases God more than sacrifice.  The rain starts a week after they enter the ark, with various dating methods placing the flood around 2347 years before Christ. Keep in mind that God gave them no indication as to how long they were going to be in the ark before they came out.
  It’s common enough to refer to this big floating box as ‘Noah’s ark’, but the truth is, it was God’s ark.  As God’s ark, it was Noah’s job to labor to get his family in, and trust God for the remedy (John 10:1-15). Other than his obedience, there was nothing Noah could contribute to the process; no idea of his could make the ark any safer, or any better.  When it was all said and done, Noah gave up the world, and God gave the world back to him ( Mark 8:34-38).
  This also brings to mind the old saying, “The Titanic was built by professionals, the ark was built by amateurs”.
“And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.  In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up , and the windows of heaven were opened .  And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.” (V10-12)
  Yet another attack against the validity of the Genesis account is often leveled at this section of the text.  Skeptics claim that there is not enough moisture in the atmosphere to drop enough rain to cover the mountains. The skeptics claim that this leaves us with two options regarding this account. Either the flood of Noah’s day was a local flood, or it is entirely fictitious.
  I personally scoff at the scoffers, and insist that by reading the text and comparing scripture with scripture we can arrive at an explanation that fits all the available facts.  First of all, there is no reason to assume that the dry earth was as mountainous in Noah’s day.  Lower land would take less water to cover.  But an even more elegant explanation awaits us in the Bible. You may recall earlier in this work we mentioned that there exists out past the   known reaches of space a large body of water, the surface of which is frozen ( Job 38:30, Ps 104:6). According to the passage, it wasn’t only rainwater, but rather the fountains of the ‘great deep’ that poured out on the earth through the ‘windows of heaven’.  In God’s judgment, water flowed across the   vastness of space and flooded this small planet, covering all the dry land in no time flat, just like it had once before.
  God is operating off of a lunar calendar, with 12 months of 30 days each as opposed to the Gentile hodgepodge of days and months. Compare verse 24 of this chapter to Gen 8:3-4. Regardless, forty days and forty nights water poured out on the earth like a firehose. Nothing survived except the inhabitants of the ark.
 Another point against the scoffers is the prevalence of flood legends scattered among the various cultures around the world. 
For example, in southwest Tanzania they say that once upon a time the rivers began to flood. The god told two people to get into a ship. He told them to take lots of seed and to take lots of animals. The water of the flood eventually covered the mountains. Finally the flood stopped. Then one of the men, wanting to know if the water had dried up let a dove loose. The dove returned. Later he let loose a hawk which did not return. Then the men left the boat and took the animals and the seeds with them.
The Chinese classic called the Hihking tells about "the family of Fuhi," that was saved from a great flood. This ancient story tells that the entire land was flooded; however one family survived in a boat. The Chinese consider this man the father of their civilization. This record indicates that Fuhi, his wife, three sons, and three daughters were the only people that escaped the great flood. It is claimed, that he and his family were the only people alive on earth, and repopulated the world.
 In Chaldean legends, the god Chronos warned a man named Xisuthrus of a coming flood and told him to build a boat. The boat was to be 5 stadia by 2 stadia. In this boat Xisuthrus was to put his family, friends and two of each animal (male and female) into the boat.. The flood came. When the waters started to recede he let some birds loose. They came back and he noticed they had mud on their feet. He tried again with the same results. When he tried the third time the birds did not return. Assuming the water had dried up the people got out of the boat and offered sacrifices to the gods.
The Toltec natives have a legend telling that the original creation lasted for 1716 years, and was destroyed by a flood and only one family survived. The Assyrians date the flood at 2316 BC, the Greek legends place it at 2300 BC, and the Egyptian flood story dates it at 2600 BC, and the Phoenicians place it at 2700 BC.
A man unhindered by a hatred of the Bible might conclude that, after the tower of Babel, the various peoples of the world took the story of the flood with them, and the differences among the stories reflect the passage of time and the fading of memories. Thankfully we have the original story preserved by the Holy Spirit.
” In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;  They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.” (V13-15)
  Animals and people got on the ark on the same day.
“And they that went in , went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.” (V16)
  God himself closed the door and in doing so, sealed the fate of everybody on the outside.  Once God closes a door, nobody else can open it, and once God opens a door, nobody else can shut it (Rev 3:8, Matt 25:10, Prov. 1:22-30). Had Noah been inclined to heed to the   panicky screams and drowning cries of his neighbors, he would have still been powerless to open the door and stay God’s hand.
 I have friends and relatives who have not received Christ, and dwell under the wrath of God. I have tried to be a good witness, and I have tried to live for God in front of them. But unless they repent, there will come a day in which the door of salvation is closed to them, and not even my tears will be able to reopen it. Teaching that God will tolerate foolishness forever, or that he will forgive anything forever is insanity.  His righteousness demands he deal with it, his longsuffering delays it until all hope is lost. (1 Pet 3:20)
“And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.” (V17)
   Here’s an interesting thing. The pouring out of such a vast quantity of water on this planet would add to the mass of the planet. Mass affects gravity, and it’s very likely that this flood affected the earth’s orbit around the sun, moving it closer to the sun ( Isa 13;13, 24:18,20, Ps 82:5).  If it happened that way, there would be a couple of immediate and obvious affects. One is that the climate of the earth would be quite different than it was before the flood. Another effect would be an increase in the amount of solar radiation hitting the earth, which would decrease lifespans after the flood.  Moving the earth closer to the sun also throws out the window any attempt to date the age of the earth using radioactive isotopes.  Things from before the flood would appear much older than things after the flood.
“And the waters prevailed , and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.” ( V18)
  The dictionary defines “prevailed” as “to overcome; to gain the victory or superiority; to gain the advantage”.  The water won, despite the best efforts of men or angels (Rev 5:5).
  Let’s take a quick break from the text to catch up with the ruminations and postulations of the Monkey Men of modern science falsely so called.  It is my assertion that men reject the flood of Noah’s day not because of the  evidence, but because of the wickedness of the hearts. Richard Dawkins, in his book The Greatest Show on Earth, said “Evolution could be so easily disproved if just a single fossil turned up in the wrong date order. Evolution has passed this test with flying colors.” Well, let’s take a look, shall we?
In June of 1971 Lin Ottinger, an amateur geologist and archaeologist, made a fascinating discovery in a Moab, Utah copper mine. Ottinger found human remains in a Cretaceous age sandstone (supposedly more than 65 million years old). He carefully uncovered a portion of what later proved to be two fossilized human skeletons. Dr. Marwitt, J. P. Professor of Anthropology at Utah University, pronounced the discovery "highly interesting and unusual" for several reasons. As the bones were uncovered, it soon became obvious that they were in-situ and had not washed in or fallen down from higher strata. The rock and soil that had been above the remains had been continuous before the dozer work, with no caves or major faults or crevices visible. Thus, before the mine exploration work, the human remains had been completely covered by about fifteen (15) feet of material, including five or six feet of solid rock. The bones were still joined together naturally and stained green with copper carbonate. (Burdick, C.L., "Discovery of Human Skeletons in Cretaceous Formation," Creation Research Society Quarterly, vol. 10, no. 2, 1973, pp. 109-110.)
  In the coal collection in the Mining Academy in Freiberg, there is a puzzling human skull composed of brown coal and manganiferous and phosphatie limonite, but its source is not known. Prof. Dr. R. Vulpius, Professor of Coal Geology at the Freiberg Mining Academy, has indicated that wide-ranging scientific studies to elucidate its composition and origin were in progress. (Whitcomb and Morris, The Genesis Flood, 1961, pp. 175-176.)
  This sort of thing happens so often that they even have words for it. “Polystrat fossils” are fossils like petrified trees growing up through layers of sediment supposedly deposited over   millions of years. “Erratic boulders’ are rocks that don’t come from the local area, with no explanation as to how they got there. There are also what they call “ossiferous fissures” which are rock crevices with   multiple different types of animals jammed together as if they were all running away from something. In these fissures you see animals that don’t normally live together, and in these fissures, the fossilized fish have their fins extended, as if they died while in flight, and in fear.

“And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered . 20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail ; and the mountains were covered .” ( V19-20)
  We don’t know if the modern mountain ranges were present at the time, but assuming they were, 15 cubits above Mt. Everest, which is 29, 028 feet high means the water could have easily been 40,000 feet deep.  That works out to 30 feet of water an hour for forty days.  Imagine how fast you would have to run to escape water rising at 30 feet an hour.
” And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:  All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died .  And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.  And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.”( V21-24)
  The list is fowl, cattle, beast, creeping thing and man.  Now when we take a peek up into the third heaven at the faces of the creatures surrounding the throne of God ( Rev 4:7) we see all of these classes represented save one.  There are no heavenly creatures with the face of a ‘creeping thing’.
 At the end of the day, men reject the Noahic account not because of the evidence but because of an irrational hatred for the word of God. Man’s state is always worse than he thinks. Not only is he corrupt, but he’s the corrupter.
 As we close out this chapter, it’s worth pointing out that the ark of Noah’s day has quite a bit in common with the Lord Jesus Christ.  For example, the ark was prepared before the judgment fell, before it was necessary ( Gen 6:5-22, Gen 7:1, Rev 13:8). Through the preaching of Noah, the way of escape was proclaimed openly. Through the preaching of the cross, the way of salvation is proclaimed openly (2 Cor 4:5-6). Noah cut down living things to make a refuge, and the Lord Jesus Christ was cut down to make my refuge (Is 53:2, Dan 9:26-27). The ark was the only safe place on earth, and ‘in Christ’ is the only safe place on earth (Acts 4:12). No measurement was given for the door of the ark, in theory; anyone could get in (Matt 11:28).  God told Noah to seal the ark within and without. Inside the ark you were safe and sealed (Rom 8:38). There was only one way into the ark (John 10:9, John 9:34). We were sinners, and God saved us. He also justified us, and will deliver us. We are saved from top to bottom (Col 3:3). The ark had a dwelling place for everybody on board (John 14:1).  The ark took every ounce of God’s punishment, every drop of his wrath. It was, for all intents and purposes, indestructible and unsinkable while performing its assigned duties (Ps 42:7-8). Everybody in the ark lived. Everybody that was in the ark was lifted up then returned to the earth after the judgment is done (1 Thess 4).

Monday, June 8, 2015

A Letter To My Younger Self


  It's 2005 where you're at, and if memory serves me, you have two kids and another one the way; a daughter.  You left California a couple of years ago and returned to Georgia and you are currently living in a crackerbox house where everything is broken.  You're working two jobs,sometimes three and on the rare occasion you aren't overdrawn, you have about 5 bucks to your name.  You have a black Lab that always escapes.  You finally bought a mini-van after the wreck.
  Relax, as your older self. I'm going to make this easy.  I'm not going to give you any hot stock tips or tell you who the next president is going to be.Trust me, you don't want to know.  Also, I've seen enough science fiction movies to know that such plans always backfire.
  I will tell you this.  You won't always work those two jobs and you won't always live in that tiny blue house.   Someday there will be enough money to pay the bills. The minivan will eventually give way to an SUV.  In the next ten years you'll have opportunities in the ministry that you can't even fathom now.  That's the good news. You'll also watch people die, and you'll have church folks turn on you. You'll spend a lot of time trying to fix cars. You'll write one book that lots of people will read and then lots of books that nobody will read.  You'll have friendships in the ministry that are highly unlikely.   You'll say lots of stupid stuff.
  So here is  my advice to you; calm down.  Seriously. Not everything is a fight, although I know better than anyone that's exactly how you're wired. Don't get me wrong, I didn't get old and become a pacifist.  Some things are a fight,  but  not everything is. It will be all right. Your kids will be all right, although they will always be a little weird.  Quit worrying about having a daughter.  Daughters are wonderful, and  trust me, you won't ruin her, at least not so far.
  All of this is possible not because you're tough, although you are.  And it won't be because you're smart, because you aren't.  It will be because God is faithful and God in his mercy has been putting up with  knuckleheads like you since the dawn on time.  Just keep getting  up every time you get knocked down, and keep asking God for help.
  Oh, and be nice to your wife. Remember what Bro Fisher told you all those years ago in his office and be mindful of the fact that days are coming in which she is the only friend you'll have.   Those days will come, and those days will pass, though at the moment  when you're in the thick of them it won't seem possible that they'll ever end.  So be nice to her now.  It's worth the money you don't have to buy her something now and then. It's  a big deal to her.
  There you go.  That's my sage advice gleaned from about 3,600 more sunrises than you.  You were probably expecting  more, but tough, that's all you're getting.  My only concern is that you won't listen to me and that somewhere  up ahead of us in 2025 there is a grizzled old man writing a letter to me telling me to  calm down and be nice to my wife.  Even so, come Lord Jesus.

Michael S. Alford

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Jenner Needs Jesus

It's official.  We, as a society are now rolling down the  hill of ruin at breakneck speed. We've cut the brake lines  ourselves, tossed the steering wheel out the window, and now we are sitting back smiling at each other with no idea even how  far it is to the bottom  of the hill , let alone how bad the crash is going to be.
  Bruce Jenner, a man who was 'the man' when I was a kid, has decided to pretend he is a girl.  In my younger days he was one of that rare fraternity of athletes known as Olympians, now he's just another confused deviant being lionized by people at least as confused as he is.  Our society has  lost its mind, so it makes total sense to the insane to  do a 'glamor-shot-esque' photo shoot of this sad individual where he looks less like the champion athlete I remember and more like an escapee from a red-light bar in Thailand.  Forgive my brusqueness, but I used to be a  sailor.
  My heart goes out to Mr. Jenner.  His  mind is no doubt a tangled, and confused mess, and God is not the author of confusion. The lusts of his flesh and the counsels  of his heart have bubbled to the surface, and the result is indistinguishable from a bout of mental illness. Mr. Jenner is no more a woman than I am Napoleon Bonaparte, and if I claimed to be such, I would expect people to be concerned about my mind.  Children pretend to be people and things they are not, but when a grown man with a wife and children does it, there should be  some concern. He clams to now be free, a claim often made by people who are busy tying themselves up with the cords of their own iniquity.  The story is  almost always the same; a man  who seeks freedom and life and happiness outside of Jesus Christ winds up either  as a parody and mockery or himself or a corpse.  Sometimes both. It's a story as old as Genesis 3, and I feel horrible for Mr. Jenner that  his fall is being reported on and misrepresented by idiots complicit in his demise as a person.  The fact that people in support of his  deviancy are applauded while  fence-sitters and  remarkers of the obvious are attacked speaks volumes.
  Long before Bruce Jenner the Olympian decided to try to pass himself off as 'Caitlyn' , God in his mercy gave His Son to redeem confused, sin-sick men who didn't even understand how much trouble they were in. They  couldn't comprehend that, having rejected the one source of light they  were going to stumble around in darkness.  They didn't understand that they were walking in the vanity of their own minds, and that's a  bad neighborhood to hang out in.  Jesus Christ  went to the cross of Calvary to rescue miserable wretches who might not  have even  known how miserable they really were.  God made the first move to  reconcile rebellious man to himself, and that reconciliation came at the  price of the blood of His Son.
  Bruce Jenner doesn't need another deviant to tell him it's all right. He needs Jesus Christ.  He needs somebody to tell him it's not too late, that God's mercies were fresh anew for him this morning and that Jesus Christ can give him back the sound mind he once had plus the abundant life he  never had.  I cant fix this. You can't fix this. Mr. Jenner can't fix this.  Diane Sawyer and Vanity Fair certainly can't fix this.  But Jesus Christ fixes things like this all day long, and has been doing it since the foundation of the world.  Bruce Jenner needs Jesus Christ, and without Him,  this very public figure will unravel further and further before our very eyes.
  Who's going to go tell him?  And why hasn't anybody told him by now?