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Galatians 2:4-5

Posted by heyrandy on August 17, 2010

4And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:

5To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. Galatians 2:4-5 AV

Verse 4 is a puzzle. It starts with a conjunction but does not conjoin anything. The verse is an anacoluthon. There is no antecedent. Why did Paul suddenly interrupt his thought of verse three?

False brothers were the problem. Spies. One cannot readily imagine this kind of problem occurring in today’s churches. Who sneaks in to spy on us? Maybe the tax man if there is suspicion of misuse of tax exemption. (All the more reason to avoid the tax exempt status temptation.) But spies were a problem in Paul’s day. Here he calls them what they were: false brethren. They were not what they seemed to be. They were liars. They gave the appearance of being real. How did Paul know that they were fake?

The false ones were there to “bring us into bondage.” The rest of Galatians will tell us that the bondage in question is the yoke of the Mosaic law. It looks like the problem presented itself in the matter of circumcision but law keeping was also involved. We won’t know the exact details (the Holy Spirit didn’t inspire their recording), but we do not need to.

Liberty in Christ is very important. It frees us from the Mosaic law. This is something that we need. We cannot keep that law. Only Jesus could and did. Praise God for Him. This issue of the Christian and the Law is what Galatians is about.

Paul did not give ground to these fakes. Paul would not compromise the gospel. Notice that he says “the truth of the gospel might continue with you.” Paul resisted these impostors to protect the gospel but also to protect the Galatians.

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There is Nothing to See Here

Posted by heyrandy on August 16, 2010

Superclass, The Global Elite and the World They are Building David J.Rothkopf New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.

This book is a diversion. It diverts our attention away from the movement toward a one world government by telling us that the principals and the organizations that work for that end are really just a bunch of regular billionaires and famous people who only want to help the less fortunate. Who would dare doubt Rothkopf? He would know. He was a founding manager of Kissinger and Associates.

Rothkopf mentions all the usual places: Bilderberg, Davos, Bohemian Grove, telling us that they are just benign gatherings of like minded people trying to be of service to the world. It is all quite innocent. There is nothing to see here, secrecy not withstanding. Move along.

Rothkopf is not naive. He would not have made it to the inside(?) circle of the power elite by being anything but a player. He is doing his job. But he does not do it very well. The book is wooden. The prose dry. The story unconvincing. His only good line is “I am convinced that the world most mind altering drug is oil.” This is the truest thing he says. It is here that Rothkopf give his only criticism of the elite. It is the relationship of the major oil companies to the various tyrants who control the countries with the oil reserves. It is difficult to defend this, so Rothkopf does not get any points for his effort.

Rothkopf mentions lots of the players in the one world game. In fact, the name dropping in this book is the most annoying feature. It is a form of self-certification: see, I have been there and know them. It does not work.

I suggest that the book be skimmed by those interested in the defenses being put forth by the elites’ operators. That this book is in existence tells us something unintentional: they are scared. Otherwise, there is nothing to see here.

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