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THE NAME GAME

Confucius said, “The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right name.” People have a problem with this today. They don’t like to do it. They’ve coined words and identifying labels and created a whole new set of names in the interest of watering down and white washing what God calls, and what should be recognized by everybody, as sin — sin, which in terms of specificity is categorized as “wickedness,” “iniquity,” “evil” and an “abomination” depending on the degree of abhorrence it has in the eyes of God.


People historically identified as sodomites are now identified as “homosexual” and “gay.” Men and women who aren’t married, but who live together as though they are married were until relatively recent times called whoremongers and harlots or some variation thereof; now they are known as “significant others.” Todays “transgenders,” “bisexuals,” etc., etc., etc. were once recognized, even by themselves, as simply being perverts.


People once known as drunkards, dope fiends, porn addicts, wife beaters, bums (the list is unending) now are known as those who are, in one way or another, among the “challenged” (A catch-all category if there ever was one). Our society is now filled with people who are identified, and identify as being, socially, sexually, emotionally, financially “challenged”—a name that comforts, excuses, induces sympathy and a sense of self-entitlement. It may trigger unwelcome feelings in people to hear things called by the right name, but this also has a way of snapping people back into reality.


Climate control crackpots and other promoters of all kinds of “science falsely so called” (1 Tim. 6:7) are called “experts,” and documented and bonafide liars are called “revisionist historians” and “scholars.” Propagandists and useful (to the enemies of America) idiots are called “journalists” and people in government who personify the definition of a criminal are called “politicians.” In churches, those in pulpits who by word and deed are identifiable as “hirelings,” “grievous wolves,” and “wolves in sheep’s clothing” (John 10:12; Matt. 7:15) are called pastors while pagans in the pews who “name the name of Christ” (2 Tim. 2:19) are called Christians.


The names of those who practice wickedness, iniquity and evil, and all that is an abomination to God have been changed to protect the guilty. Consequently this has enabled, empowered and emboldened them to the end that they have taken control of all our institutions, are the great influencers of our society, and at present are preparing an inquisition to punish any and all who refuse to bow the knee to them.


Confucius wasn't right when he said, "The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right name." Actually, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Prov. 9:10). But calling things by their right name is vitally important to the turnaround of things we so desperately need spiritually and otherwise. Shakespeare was right when he wrote that "a rose by any other name is still a rose." And any Missouri farm boy is right in the assumption that a skunk by any other name is still a skunk.



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