Do I Need to Tithe?

Cash Coins

Your call.

Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings.“”
Malachi 3:8 NIV

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:24‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Nothing impure will ever enter it (heaven), nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Revelation 21:27 NIV

Outside (heaven) are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
Revelation 22:15 NIV

Do whatever you want with these scriptures. Personally, I’m a tither.  😉

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Is Judgment Day a Wild Party?!?!?

I know this is bizarre, and boy oh boy, I may be wrong! But I’m starting to think there’s a chance – just a chance – that the tears God wipes away after the Great White Throne Judgment might – just might – be tears from side-splitting, knee-slapping, rolling-on-the-ground-till-you-almost-pee-yourself laughter!

Please hear me out.  😉

If you had asked me a couple weeks ago what I thought of the Great White Throne Judgment, I would have said it was very serious and very, very sad. Everyone would be crying. Father God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the angels, the saved, and especially the damned – would be crying. It would be a profoundly sad time. Everyone would be overwhelmed with regret that the damned didn’t get their acts together while they had the chance. The tears everyone cried would be tears of grief – almost unbearable grief for all but the the damned, and tears of completely unbearable grief for the damned. Sadness, tears, moans and groans everywhere. That was my mental picture when I read this passage.

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
Revelation‬ ‭20:11-15‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I now think it’s barely possible this is a hilarious event for everyone but the damned. Let’s start with a passage from Proverbs that took me a very long time to accept. I confess, when I read this passage as a young Christian, I thought it was mistaken. God couldn’t be like this! God couldn’t be anything but sad when people screw up!

“But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you— when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD.”
Proverbs‬ ‭1:24-29‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I believe this “laughing God” passage can only apply after a wicked person has died. The passage states, “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me.” Most everywhere else in the Bible, God longs to answer those who call out to Him.

  • Acts 2:21 NIV is directly opposite: “And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”
  • Ezekiel 18:23 NIV: “Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?
  • 1 Timothy 2:3-4 NIV: “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

As a young Christian it bothered me that this laughing God passage from Proverbs was in the Bible. I didn’t see how it could true! God is just not like that! God is love, right?

At the time I also felt that the parable of the sheep and the goats was wrong. It listed just two groups, the sheep, and the goats. I knew there just had to be a third group, those that didn’t know! My thoughts were like this: “What about the dirt-poor person in Africa or China who never heard the gospel and lived a pretty good, but not perfect life? Don’t they deserve something better than hell, if they don’t deserve heaven? Shouldn’t there be a third group in between heaven and hell for those who just didn’t know?!?!?

The laughing God and the missing third group on judgment day were on my mind as I did Bible study and listened to sermons at church over the years. The missing third group was especially bothersome. If you look in my old Bibles and in my many Bible study notebooks, you will see WATH frequently. This stands for What About The Heathen? I was to discover WATH is everywhere throughout the Bible. God is deeply concerned about the heathen. He answered my questions. It took years but he did give me understanding.

What happened to me with WATH is why I’m unbothered by someone’s screwed-up theology, so long they are diligently looking for answers in the Bible. God will give understanding to those who really want it. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8  NIV

For space, I will just state my WATH conclusions, not develop them. There are only two groups on judgment day, the sheep and the goats. There is no third in-between group. On judgment day no one is surprised to be either a sheep or a goat. The sheep know they responded to the call from God in their hearts. The goats will know each time they rejected the call from God in their hearts. The whole creation points the searching heart to God. God has the wisdom to righteously judge what each person did with what they knew. No, no one is surprised on judgment day. Each sheep knows why it is a sheep. Each goat knows why it is a goat. Period.

Another factor in laughing God is why God made man. A one-sentence trailer: God did not create you so you could do whatever the hell you want. See my longer trailer, The Parable of the Horses.

We do have Christ’s mind here and now, so it is possible to understand laughing God.

The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:14-16 NIV

Though we do have the mind of Christ, at present, our mortal minds are very limited.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:8-12 NIV

In the fall in the Garden of Eden, man became aware of evil.

And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”
Genesis 3:22 NIV

When I am a citizen of heaven, I won’t have any evil. If I did, I couldn’t enter.

I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Revelation 21:22-27 NIV

Therefore, with the mind of Christ in me, not limited and restricted by sin and evil, I will be able to see things from God’s point of view. If God laughs at the wicked, I’ll be able to laugh at the wicked.

Why would God laugh at the wicked? Here is more of Proverbs 1 with relevant parts in bold.

Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech: “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings. But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you— when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD. Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
Proverbs 1:20-33 NIV

Fact is, God did everything he could to get these wicked people to see the light, but they refused. They chose to believe that there is no God, and that they were free to get away with whatever they could. Well, they won’t. And right smack-dab in the midst of the passage in the Bible, I say again, the “B.”  “I.”  “B.”  “L.”  “E.”, God is laughing at the wicked fools.

You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
Psalm‬ ‭91:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Galatians‬ ‭6:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done.
Revelation 20:12-13 NIV

Adolph Hitler sowed much evil and killed millions. How will the righteous who suffered and died because of him feel when he reaps what he sowed? What will they say, standing there near the throne? One possibility.

Oh, you wicked, evil Adolph Hitler! You thought you were really something. You ignored God’s invitations to get right with God! Hahaha! Fool! You thought you could hohoho harm hahaha the apple hehehehe of G-God’s eye, hehehehehe! Hahahaha! And n-now, hehe, you’re, hahahaha, hehehe, oh my, hahaha about to be, hahaha, fl-fl-flung l-like a hehehe b-b-booger hahaha -snort- hehehe into the hohohoho l-l-lake of hehehehe hahahaha f-fire!snort- HAHAHAHAHA!  M-my hahaha p-party hasn’t -snort- even HEHEHEHE -snort- st-st-started hahaha y-yet and y-your -snort- m-m-misery you -snort- HAHAHA CH-CHOSE HOHOHOHO is just HAHAHA -snort- st-starting! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA HEHEHEHE F-fool! -snort- F-f-fool! -snort- HAHAHAHA HEHEHEHEHE!

Oh, I may be wrong. Very, very wrong. But…..   This is Psalm 52 NIV!

Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?
Why do you boast all day long,
you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
You who practice deceit,
your tongue plots destruction;
it is like a sharpened razor.
You love evil rather than good,
falsehood rather than speaking the truth.
You love every harmful word,
you deceitful tongue!

Surely God will bring you down to
everlasting ruin:
He will snatch you up and pluck you
from your tent;
he will uproot you from the land of
the living.
The righteous will see and fear;
they will laugh at you, saying,
“Here now is the man
who did not make God his stronghold
but trusted in his great wealth
and grew strong by destroying others!”

But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
for ever and ever.
For what you have done I will always
praise you
in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name,
for your name is good.

Are you following God's plan for your life? 
   You should.
      Your plan sucks.
      It really, really sucks.
      Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
   Are you ready to meet Him?
   Give your life to Jesus Christ.
   Time is running out.

Lemming Theology

“Hi. I’m Mark, and I’m a recovering lemming.”

“Hi, Mark.”

“Like the rest of you in these rooms, I did things I knew to be wrong, just because lots of other people were doing the same things. But my Higher Power, who I choose to call God, went out of his way to get my attention. God gave me over a year of unemployment where I could do little more than think. Among other things, He challenged me to show Him, in His Word, where it says fornication is ok when the act can’t make babies anymore. I couldn’t. I had to conclude I was engaging in behavior that bars entry into Heaven. I had deceived myself and was on my way to being one of the most spiritually-knowledgeable and surprised people to ever enter hell. I repented and got right with God again.”

Outside (heaven) are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
Revelation 22:15 NIV

There are no permitted “flavors” of sexual immorality. Plain old adultery is in the same category as sex with sheep. All of it disqualifies one to enter heaven. The alternative to heaven is distinctly unpleasant.

God is not mocked. Each of us will reap exactly what we sow. No ifs, ands, buts, maybes or changees. I don’t know if I ever believed in the “Once saved, always saved” doctrine. I sure as hell – and heaven – don’t anymore.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
Galatians 6:7-8 NIV

When sin abounds, it becomes very, very easy to indulge in sin just because it is so widespread. This many of us can’t be wrong! Yes, we can. The broad, easy path to destruction is heavily populated. “Everyone else” is how one can let one’s love for God grow cold. I know. I’ve done it.

Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
Matthew 24:12-13 NIV

On Judgment Day each of us shall stand alone. “But everyone else!” will be no defense.

But, Lord, Lord!” will be a terrible shock for many.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
Matthew 7:21-23 NIV

Is your conscience seared as mine was? Pray and ask God to make it tender and effective again. Do it before it is too late. Don’t make God laugh at you.

When Jesus returns, will He find you having faith, or will you be trying to hide in the herd of lemmings?

And the Lord said,“Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Luke 18:6-8 NIV

Choose to do right, and continue.

Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”
Revelation 22:10-11 NIV

Are you following God's plan for your life? 
   You should.
      Your plan sucks.
      It really, really sucks.
      Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
   Are you ready to meet Him?
   Give your life to Jesus Christ.
   Time is running out.

I Could Stand Going to Hell


Hell is horrible. Scorching fire, no sleep or rest, unending regret, worms that gnaw, unbearable thirst, terrible pain. Created for the devil and his angels, it is no place for a human. Read about the rich man and Lazarus, and the parable of the sheep and the goats.

Nevertheless, if I had to go to hell to gain Heaven, I could handle it. Hell is temporary. It will pass. It will be thrown into the lake of fire.

The lake of fire is permanent. It is the second death.

There is no escape from the second death. I could not handle the lake of fire, the second death.

And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Revelation‬ ‭20:11-15‬ ‭KJV‬‬


(Image from http://briantodd.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-lake-of-fire.html)

I can’t handle eternal punishment. Forever is a long, long, looooong time. So I decided to believe that Jesus died for my sins and went to hell in my place. He rose from the dead, went to heaven to prepare a place for me, and is coming back very soon. You, too, need to accept Jesus to escape the fire of hell and the second death. God loves you and wants you to choose eternal life.

Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:6-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Are you following God's plan for your life? 
   You should.
      Your plan sucks.
      It really, really sucks.
      Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
   Are you ready to meet Him?
   Give your life to Jesus Christ.
   Time is running out.

The Army, Hell, Suicide, & Making America Great Again


I graduated from the US Army Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 1985 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. Of necessity I had ponder spiritual things deeply in order to become at peace with two major responsibilities of being a US military officer.

1. I must be ready to send people to hell. Perhaps great multides of people would enter eternal torment as a direct result of my actions.

2. I must be ready to commit suicide. I may need to take actions that I know, in advance, will most likely result in the cessation of my heartbeat and brainwaves.


All the jobs I’ve held since my time in the green machine have seemed spiritually trivial.

I shan’t dig through diaries to tell the chronological tale of the spiritual journey. Instead, I’ll just state where I am now.

The 2nd proposal, committing suicide, is quick to deal with. Throwing a rope over a garage rafter is wrong. Throwing my body on a hand grenade to save the lives of other soldiers is right.  “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” ‭‭John‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬. It was relatively easy to conclude that, in the right circumstance, the single biggest and best thing I could do with my life would be to choose to end it.

The first job requirement, that of needing to be prepared to kill people, sending the vast majority to eternal torment, required more work and meditation.

I concluded that no one is surprised to be either a sheep or a goat on judgment day. Everyone will know that they chose, deliberately and totally voluntarily, either an eternity of paradise or an eternity of torment. Details of this are currently in draft.

I concluded this: Sometimes evil people just have to die. They have to die. There is no other way to get rid of their vile, evil influences than to have them die.

And to get them to die, you usually have to kill them. An interested 2nd party has to make the decision to stop their breathing, then act on that decision.

Sadly, sometimes you just have to kill the evil people. Sometimes there is simply no other recourse to stopping evil than killing whole flocks of vile, hateful, evil humans. They have to die!

Jezebel? She had to be killed.

The prophets of Baal? Those wicked dudes just had to be killed.

The armies at the Battle of Armageddon? Jesus “Love thy neighbor as thyself” Christ will kill the evil people with the sword of his mouth.

“Turn the other cheek.” I only have four. Two on my face. The two on my butt are almost gone, having been chewed out so many times. Do I have to put up with evil forever?

No.

The earth is God’s ball, and we are all going to play by his rules. Period.

These conclusions are how I came to be prepared to send out a squad to occupy hill 417 until relieved, knowing the relief would not come before they had been converted into little, tiny people-pieces. I would have to write condolence letters to grieving loved ones, knowing that many of the sons or husbands or daughters or wives I personally sent out to die were at that moment sizzling and frying and screaming and baking and wailing and being chewed on by worms in the (I believe) relatively pleasant conditions of the temporary lockup of hell, waiting to flung like boogers into the (I believe) far worse lake of fire, the second death. At the Great White Throne Judgment, I would see them. When they are on trial, they might bring up “Lieutenant Jerde” by name.

I don’t care who you are, that’s heavy-duty.

These conclusions are how I came to be mentally prepared to obey an order for my whole platoon, including me, to go occupy hill 417 – knowing full well we would all be dead before relief could make it to us.

I am mentally and spiritually prepared to kill, in vast quantities if necessary. I am prepared to commit suicide, if necessary. Not only do I have things to live for, I have things I am willing to die for. I know I do.

The Army done teached me good.


And now, ladies and gentlemen, please make sure your seat belts are securely fastened. Put away your carry on items and secure your tray table in the upright and locked position. The captain of this post has turned on the seat belt light, indicating turbulence ahead. You are in for a very bumpy ride. By God, (yes, this is a prayer,) I hope I can make some people think!

It is my heart’s desire that people I pray for soberly consider the times we are in. The fat lady has powdered her nose. She is warming up her voice, walking to center stage. Things are about to get crazy. For the ten wise virgins, it will be a glorious, happy party. For the ten foolish virgins, the pre-saved and the damned, it will be, literally, hell on earth. Read Matthew 24. God’s going to intervene. NO ONE would survive if He didn’t. The time to choose sides is now! Very soon it will be too late to switch sides.

Freedom isn’t the power to do whatever you want. Freedom is the power to do what is right. God’s ball, God’s rules.

The by-in-large parasite class in Congress seems to have forgotten what We The People wanted when we elected them to represent us. Apparently they think the Constitution begins with “Wee the People.” Well, we’re tired of being peed on. To start with, we don’t like you having retirement and health plans inaccessible to us. I know it would be easy to get them to fix this by passing an act this breathtakingly simple:

“Congress shall make no law that favors or exempts itself. All such acts extant are null and void.”

Bye-bye cushy Congressional retirement. Social Security works for all of us. And all Americans have the same health care plan. Congress doesn’t get a great one for cheap.

How could this happen? We military types know to take a cue from Sun Tzu, the The Art of War dude. He motivated a harem of concubines to take their military training seriously. Initially they tittered and laughed. They got very, very serious when one of them was lying on the floor, her head some distance from the body.

Sometimes, you just have to kill the evil people. Oftentimes, one is enough.


The left has every reason to try to disarm US Veterans. They have every reason to fear us. We love our country, hate what evil people are doing to it, and don’t think the oath we took has expired. This oath includes defending the country against domestic enemies. And we’ve had just about enough of closed-minded morons trampling on the freedoms bought at such high price.

The “The Congress Is The People Act” above is trivially easy to get passed. Shoot the first “nay” voter. I bet there won’t be any more.


The year before I got saved was a very stressful time for me. During that time I had a dream I still vividly remember some 39 years later. In the dream I walked up to a swimming pool and jumped in. I floated midway in the water for quite awhile, on my back looking up at the surface of the pool. I vividly noted two things. First, I felt very secure. I felt loved and very, very peaceful. Second, I was not breathing! I was extremely aware of the fact that I was alive, but my rib cage was not expanding and contracting. I was alive but not breathing!

There is not the slightest doubt in my mind that this dream was a recollection of my time in the womb. When in the womb I knew what security felt like and the dream showed me I wanted it again. I was me before the morally-inconsequal act of being born. My mom and every other woman has the right to control their own bodies. That right does not extend to babies growing in their wombs. These are separate human beings, entitled to live. Abortion is nothing more than a law that gives landlords a “right” to kill their tenants. Abortion is murder. Period.

God hates murder. In fact, it’s in His Top-Ten List. America should not have laws that legalize murder. How do we get rid of these bad laws? Well, sometimes you just have to kill the evil motherfuckers. There’s no other way to rid the land of their evil ways. The Army taught me it’s ok to kill people against whom I have no personal grievance. Think I’d have much problem killing someone with whom I have gigantic personal grievances? Philosophically I have no issue with performing a “late term abortion”, at the 609th month, on an abortion doctor who just turned 50.

Do I think there will be a “righteous uprising?” Well, not from our side. We vets are, as a rule, praying that God will peacefully restore freedom and righteousness to America. I don’t think there can be people who hate war and killing more than military people and veterans. But please, please stop pushing us. You are picking a fight you cannot win, because the morally-right is not on your side.

Are you following God's plan for your life? 
   You should.
      Your plan sucks.
      It really, really sucks.
      Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
   Are you ready to meet Him?
   Give your life to Jesus Christ.
   Time is running out.