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Jannes and Jambres and Other False Teachers: Just Plain Stupid — Post by Mary C. Findley

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2 Timothy 3:6-9 ISV

For some of these men go into homes and deceive foolish women who are burdened with sins and swayed by all kinds of desires. These women are always studying but are never able to arrive at a full knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men oppose the truth. They are depraved in mind and their faith is a counterfeit. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those two men, their stupidity will be plain to everyone.

I always wondered something about those magicians of Pharaoh’s back in the time of Moses. Why would it be a good thing that they could duplicate God’s plagues the first few times? Then I remembered that, in the scientific world, the first step to getting rid of a problem, such as a disease, is to duplicate it. Knowing the nature of the problem is at least helpful in discovering its solution.

Perhaps, then, the magicians were really scientists. So maybe Pharaoh was cheering them on those first few plagues, saying, “Yes! You’ve duplicated the problem. Now get to work on the solution!”

However, there came a time when, not only could the magicians no longer “do likewise with their enchantments”, God even allowed the Hebrews to be spared some of the plagues while they continued to decimate the Egyptians. I can imagine Pharaoh, and that point, changing his tune. “You idiots! All you ever did was make more frogs and bugs! Now you can’t even make bugs! What good are you?” If Jannes and Jambres were not beheaded or impaled, I guess they were at the very least looking for new jobs.

2 Timothy 3 is talking about religious con men. They keep deceiving women who claim to be trying to learn truth but never manage to do anything but fall for every quasi-religious self-help scheme that comes along. Jannes and Jambres were solid with Pharaoh, I bet, before Moses and the ten plagues came along. Note that many scholars say the plagues were each a different frontal attack on the gods and pagan religious practices of Egypt. God attacked and undermined their pet sins, since their entire society’s structure was based on a false religion. He intended to show them His truth by destroying their foundation of lies.

So Paul takes the example of Jannes and Jambres, who had similarities to the false teachers of his day, and explains how the women of his time could stop being deceived by them. If you just get rid of your sins, ladies, these false teachers will be exposed to you for the liars they are, and the truth will start making sense to you.

This problem is still common today. What will it take for silly women nowadays, laden with sins to stop listening to the latest spiritual scam artist? I want to say that they need to get rid of those sins they are carrying around with them. The Bible clearly says, in many places and ways, that we have to purify ourselves or a. The Lord will not hear us, and b. we will not hear Him.

It’s not that there aren’t any good religious self-help books. But let’s study the Scriptures, not the latest religious best seller, to learn how to stop being silly and burdened down by sins Christ died to forgive and cleanse and make disappear. Then we’ll know how stupid some of these self-help wizards are.

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The Presidential Primaries as of February 2012

This round of Republican Primaries is called wacky, zany, strange, unpredictable and frustrating. It is also the most important election in my lifetime (born 1956). There is no way I can predict tomorrow, much less the election, so this is just a collection of wacky observations of others. These are more or less random thoughts of insanity. I am not documenting any of this, because it is so crazy and might be completely different even before we can publish this.

Newt Gingrich is in the lead in the polls in Georgia, Alabama and California. Ron Paul had a brief lead in Texas, but I could not verify that. Rick Santorum leads in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois (At this time it does not matter. Illinois votes March 20). Mitt Romney is expected to sweep the “Mormon Corridor” (Arizona, Utah and Idaho). Who came up with that name? I know a lot of people in Idaho. They are all voting for Ron Paul. At least, that’s what they say. New York is equally divided between Rick Santorum (upstate), Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich (NYC).

The RNC has not yet taken action against Florida for awarding Mitt Romney a “winner-takes-all” of 50 delegates. The RNC rules require all elections before April first to be proportional. Arizona is also going to award delegates as winner-take-all. Steps the RNC is considering are: 1) Refuse to seat the Florida and Arizona delegates in the first round of voting. 2) Simply award Florida and Arizona’s delegate votes proportionally regardless of how the actual delegates vote. 3) File lawsuits against Florida and Arizona. I believe what will actually happen is: 4) nothing. The Arizona and Florida delegates will roll into Tampa and vote as if nothing happened.

Conservative, pro-family, anti-birth control Rick Santorum was just endorsed by the Rock Group Megadeth. (Eh?) Mitt Romney is reportedly outspending Rick Santorum more than 100:1. Yahoo just predicted Obama would win re-election 303 to 235. It’s a computer model, so it must be wrong. The Federal-spending limit will be reached in October, 2012. Newt Gingrich has pledged to stay in the race until the convention “no matter what.” What does that mean? Hillary Clinton reportedly wants out of the Obama administration. Does she seriously want to head the World Bank?

Head to head polls have Rick Santorum as the only Republican candidate to defeat Barak Obama. Will that hold? Unemployment, which includes those who have stopped looking for work, is around 20%. Figures which include the underemployed put the rate over 40%. Voters under 25 years old are very discouraged and not likely to vote for anyone. This is horrible news for liberals not at the top of the ticket. This is their primary voting block.

Personal freedom and moral values are listed as the driving forces for the vast majority of voters, Democrat as well as Republican. Economics is second, foreign policy, including wars, is third.

Every single one of these points could change before this is published. Interesting.

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