By Paul Entrikin
10 hrs ago
Not exactly a question you’d imagine would be a challenging litmus-test question for a Supreme Court nominee, but there it was. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Joe Biden’s equity nomination for a lifetime position on the Supreme Court, couldn’t answer because, “I’m not a biologist.” It’s tempting to just chuckle at Judge Jackson’s ineptitude and just say, “Next candidate, please.” But as we have yet to the see the bottom of the Biden administration’s barrel of incompetence, let’s assume her name won’t be withdrawn.
I accept that Judge Jackson is not a biologist. What exactly is she then? She’s obviously a convert to the church of “Willingly Obedient Wokeness,” better known as “WOW.” In a public, high-profile confirmation hearing Judge Jackson just had to bravely proselytize and defiantly proclaim how thoroughly marinated she (or some other genderless pronoun) is in her (or some other genderless pronoun) hyper-woke WOW theology. The question, “What is a woman?,” was a direct theological challenge to the catechism of her (or some other genderless pronoun) WOW religion.
Science (biology in this case) be damned. Like many a convert to the church of WOW, Ms. Jackson is blindly, yet totally, committed to WOW theology. She needs an intervention. If Ms. Jackson can’t say what a woman is today, how long will It be before her WOW doctrine tells her she can’t say what a citizen is, or what’s child sexual exploitation, or what anything is? Now this is fine and all; we still have freedom of religion here, but this kind of demonstrable fantasy has no business influencing the judgements of any courtroom, much less the Supreme Court.
Catholics on the bench can compartmentalize their theology and allow themselves to make rulings that allow abortions. Jewish legates can set aside their dietary commandments and give licenses to non-kosher restaurants because at some intellectual level they know our species are omnivores who can digest almost anything. Seventh-Day Adventist judges can hold Saturdays sacred, but turn back Sunday Blue Laws because at some scientific level they acknowledge that each day has the same astronomical characteristics as any other day in a week.null
The spirit of concession to paganism opened the way for a still further disregard of Heaven’s authority. Satan, working through unconsecrated leaders of the church, tampered with the fourth commandment also, and essayed to set aside the ancient Sabbath, the day which God had blessed and sanctified (Genesis 2:2, 3), and in its stead to exalt the festival observed by the heathen as “the venerable day of the sun.” This change was not at first attempted openly. In the first centuries the true Sabbath had been kept by all Christians. They were jealous for the honor of God, and, believing that His law is immutable, they zealously guarded the sacredness of its precepts. But with great subtlety Satan worked through his agents to bring about his object. That the attention of the people might be called to the Sunday, it was made a festival in honor of the resurrection of Christ. Religious services were held upon it; yet it was regarded as a day of recreation, the Sabbath being still sacredly observed GC 52.1
But the church of WOW apparently indoctrinates their disciples to the point that Judge Jackson can’t acknowledge the scientific reality of DNA. All their faithful must always reverence and maintain resolute allegiance to their irrefutable dogma that “a woman” is an imaginary construct. Why? Because WOW demands it.
What will happen when judge Jackson is confronted with cases (e.g., the draft, discrimination, positive or reverse affirmative action, men or women only associations, etc.) that touch the broad array of issues around men and women if she can’t define “woman” and therefore by extension, she can’t define “man?” Is justice to become so blind that we must now stand before the bar of justice as brainless, asexual sponges?
After her WOW response to the “What is a woman?” question, it’s really hard to think of Judge Jackson as a serious person. I suggest that Judge Jackson steer clear of all STEM subject matter careers, not just biology. Without her robes, she seems a better fit in some gender studies role at Yale. Her record of social activism on the bench makes it clear she’s not one to measure laws and decide if they fit the Constitution or not.null
To Judge Jackson “justice” must be a fluid thing where WOW situational ethics and equity reign. If broad sentencing guidelines are insufficiently flexible for her and can be set aside in her WOW wisdom, how likely is it that as a Supreme Court Justice she will respect the far more precise boundaries of the constitution?
Judge Jackson is neither a biologist nor a worthy choice for the Supreme Court. She is an affirmative action equity choice, nominated by President Biden because of her looks and her politics — period.
I wonder what her answer would be if some curious senator asked her, “What is an American?” I wouldn’t be surprised to hear her reply, “I can’t answer because I’m not one. I identify as an African-American.” If Judge Jackson does reach the Supreme Court we can look forward to many a ruling and many an opinion that will leave us exclaiming, “WOW, just WOW!”
Romanists have persisted in bringing against Protestants the charge of heresy and willful separation from the true church. But these accusations apply rather to themselves. They are the ones who laid down the banner of Christ and departed from “the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Jude 3.
Satan well knew that the Holy Scriptures would enable men to discern his deceptions and withstand his power. It was by the word that even the Saviour of the world had resisted his attacks. At every assault, Christ presented the shield of eternal truth, saying, “It is written.” To every suggestion of the adversary, He opposed the wisdom and power of the word. In order for Satan to maintain his sway over men, and establish the authority of the papal usurper, he must keep them in ignorance of the Scriptures. The Bible would exalt God and place finite men in their true position; therefore its sacred truths must be concealed and suppressed. This logic was adopted by the Roman Church. For hundreds of years the circulation of the Bible was prohibited. The people were forbidden to read it or to have it in their houses, and unprincipled priests and prelates interpreted its teachings to sustain their pretensions. Thus the pope came to be almost universally acknowledged as the vicegerent of God on earth, endowed with authority over church and state.
The detector of error having been removed, Satan worked according to his will. Prophecy had declared that the papacy was to “think to change times and laws.” Daniel 7:25. This work it was not slow to attempt. To afford converts from heathenism a substitute for the worship of idols, and thus to promote their nominal acceptance of Christianity, the adoration of images and relics was gradually introduced into the Christian worship. The decree of a general council (see Appendix) finally established this system of idolatry. To complete the sacrilegious work, Rome presumed to expunge from the law of God the second commandment, forbidding image worship, and to divide the tenth commandment, in order to preserve the number.
The spirit of concession to paganism opened the way for a still further disregard of Heaven’s authority. Satan, working through unconsecrated leaders of the church, tampered with the fourth commandment also, and essayed to set aside the ancient Sabbath, the day which God had blessed and sanctified (Genesis 2:2, 3), and in its stead to exalt the festival observed by the heathen as “the venerable day of the sun.” This change was not at first attempted openly. In the first centuries the true Sabbath had been kept by all Christians. They were jealous for the honor of God, and, believing that His law is immutable, they zealously guarded the sacredness of its precepts. But with great subtlety Satan worked through his agents to bring about his object. That the attention of the people might be called to the Sunday, it was made a festival in honor of the resurrection of Christ. Religious services were held upon it; yet it was regarded as a day of recreation, the Sabbath being still sacredly observed.
To prepare the way for the work which he designed to accomplish, Satan had led the Jews, before the advent of Christ, to load down the Sabbath with the most rigorous exactions, making its observance a burden. Now, taking advantage of the false light in which he had thus caused it to be regarded, he cast contempt upon it as a Jewish institution. While Christians generally continued to observe the Sunday as a joyous festival, he led them, in order to show their hatred of Judaism, to make the Sabbath a fast, a day of sadness and gloom.
In the early part of the fourth century the emperor Constantine issued a decree making Sunday a public festival throughout the Roman Empire. (See Appendix.) The day of the sun was reverenced by his pagan subjects and was honored by Christians; it was the emperor’s policy to unite the conflicting interests of heathenism and Christianity. He was urged to do this by the bishops of the church, who, inspired by ambition and thirst for power, perceived that if the same day was observed by both Christians and heathen, it would promote the nominal acceptance of Christianity by pagans and thus advance the power and glory of the church. But while many God-fearing Christians were gradually led to regard Sunday as possessing a degree of sacredness, they still held the true Sabbath as the holy of the Lord and observed it in obedience to the fourth commandment.
The archdeceiver had not completed his work. He was resolved to gather the Christian world under his banner and to exercise his power through his vicegerent, the proud pontiff who claimed to be the representative of Christ. Through half-converted pagans, ambitious prelates, and world-loving churchmen he accomplished his purpose. Vast councils were held from time to time, in which the dignitaries of the church were convened from all the world. In nearly every council the Sabbath which God had instituted was pressed down a little lower, while the Sunday was correspondingly exalted. Thus the pagan festival came finally to be honored as a divine institution, while the Bible Sabbath was pronounced a relic of Judaism, and its observers were declared to be accursed.
The great apostate had succeeded in exalting himself “above all that is called God, or that is worshiped.” 2 Thessalonians 2:4. He had dared to change the only precept of the divine law that unmistakably points all mankind to the true and living God. In the fourth commandment, God is revealed as the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and is thereby distinguished from all false gods. It was as a memorial of the work of creation that the seventh day was sanctified as a rest day for man. It was designed to keep the living God ever before the minds of men as the source of being and the object of reverence and worship. Satan strives to turn men from their allegiance to God, and from rendering obedience to His law; therefore he directs his efforts especially against that commandment which points to God as the Creator.
Protestants now urge that the resurrection of Christ on Sunday made it the Christian Sabbath. But Scripture evidence is lacking. No such honor was given to the day by Christ or His apostles. The observance of Sunday as a Christian institution had its origin in that “mystery of lawlessness” (2 Thessalonians 2:7, R.V.) which, even in Paul’s day, had begun its work. Where and when did the Lord adopt this child of the papacy? What valid reason can be given for a change which the Scriptures do not sanction?
In the sixth century the papacy had become firmly established. GC 51.2 – GC 54.2