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Evil Men and Women Do Not Understand Justice

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“Evil men and women do not understand justice. (Prov. 28:5). [T]he LORD hates . . . a heart that devises wicked plans. (Prov. 6:16, 18). [T]he name of the wicked will rot. (Prov. 10:7) [T]he expectation of the wicked ends in wrath. (Prov. 11:23) [T]he counsels of the wicked are deceitful. The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood. (Prov. 12:5-6). [T]he mercy of the wicked is cruel. (Prov. 12:10). The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD. (Prov. 15:9). The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord. (Prov. 15:26). The soul of the wicked desires evil. (Prov. 21:10). Whoever says to the wicked, ‘You are in the right,’ will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations. (Prov. 24:24). When the wicked rule, the people groan.” (Prov. 29:2).

The first of the above Scriptures came to my mind earlier today, and as I read it, I could not help but think of Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer and Anthony Kennedy. These are the current justices who, in their wickedness, have given legal sanction and approval to the killing of unborn human beings, human beings who bear God’s image in full. To these “justices” names could be added many more past justices who have acted in like evil.

The above-named justices have now added to their wickedness the giving of legal cover to abortion clinics to operate without proper health standards, all in the guise of preventing an “undue burden” on a woman’s “right” to have an abortion. As Kevin Williamson aptly stated in National Review Online: “There is a great deal of dishonesty in the abortion debate, which is necessary: Otherwise, we’d be obliged to think about the horror of what we perpetrate and what we endure, and that would be very difficult.” However, Williamson is not quite right when he goes on to say: “A culture that treats pregnancy as a horrible disease and classifies its children as liabilities rather than assets is a culture that is, strangely enough, childish.”

The proper adjective is “wicked,” not “childish.” Supreme Court justices who apply rules and standards to abortion opinions which they would never dream of applying to other issues, solely in order to keep the killing regime going, are evil and wicked. Further, Supreme Court justices who refuse to overturn a lower court decision which would effectively compel pharmacists to sell abortion-inducing drugs are wicked. As Justice Samuel Alito put it, the Washington regulations which these justices allowed to be upheld create a “plain dilemma: Violate your sincerely held religious beliefs or get out of the pharmacy business.”

I believe such wickedness needs to be pointed out in our times.





Written by Michael Duenes

June 29, 2016 at 9:12 pm

Pharaoh, Anthony Kennedy, and the Almighty

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Consider the following statements:

“Pharaoh said, ‘Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and besides, I will not let Israel go.’” (Exodus 5:2).

“At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” (U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Anthony Kennedy)

“For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back? . . . I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.’” (The Triune God of the Universe)

When I consider these words, and what Justice Kennedy might say in the gay marriage case, my mind goes to St. Peter’s rebuttal to the so-called rulers of his day: “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge.” The Word of God stands fast forever, and those who love and trust Christ will gladly stand upon it.



Written by Michael Duenes

May 4, 2015 at 6:43 pm

It Won’t Even Be Worth Kindling for a Fire

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Later this year when the U.S. Supreme Court decides, in a 5 to 4 decision, that gay marriage is the law of the land, the only thing worth reading in the opinion will be the dissent (even better if it’s written by Justice Scalia, as it often is in these types of cases). The majority opinion will not even be worth kindling for a fire because it will simply be repeating the same old lies about marriage, children and parenthood that we’ve been hearing for years. Nothing new will be said, and certainly no true legal analysis will be provided. It will simply be another tired piece of political and social advocacy and judicial self-assertion and lawlessness, tarring those who agree with the truth about the nature and purpose of marriage as irrational bigots and simpletons akin to racists of the Jim Crow era. But now such lies will be enshrined as the supreme law of the nation. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”

My oldest son came out for breakfast the other morning with a homemade white prize ribbon cut from paper taped to his shirt. He announced that he had just won a prize for “best dressed.” I asked him who gave him the ribbon. He replied, “I did.” Classic! The kid does like to win.

“Listen to Me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, you who have been borne by Me from birth and have been carried from the womb.” (Isaiah 46:3). The Lord has carried His people even “from the womb.” He has borne us up throughout our lives. When we think back on our lives, this is an incredible truth. The Lord has carried me from my birth, which means He carried me through all those toddler years when my life was so vulnerable, through all the asthma attacks as a child, through the folly of my high school years when I thought it was a good idea to drink and drive, through the heartbreaking relationships, through the anxiety and depression, through the challenging circumstances of jobs and school, through a scary landing during my piloting days, through loneliness and through victory, in all the good and bad, the sicknesses and the health, the joys and sorrows, God has been carrying me, and will continue to do so. For Isaiah concludes: “Even to your old age, I will be the same. And even to your graying years, I will bear you. I have done it, and I will carry. I will bear and I will deliver.” (46:4). Thank you, Father. 


Written by Michael Duenes

February 11, 2015 at 4:31 am

“Any Further Attempt to Prevent Historical and Legal Change is Fruitless”

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A13914.jpgSo says Howard Simon, the executive director of the ACLU of Florida, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision not to hear any of the gay “marriage” cases. In other words, get on the side of the gay “marriage” juggernaut, or be steamrolled. Resistance to the cultural ascendancy of the redefinition and twisting of marriage is futile. If you so much as attempt to prevent the imposition of the gay “marriage” agenda, you’ll be damned to the wrong side of history. The statist, secular gods have spoken!

But then I wondered how God sees things, and how God’s people should therefore see things. Mr. Simon’s statement is that of a man who “scoffs and speaks with malice; [who] loftily . . . threatens oppression, [who] sets [his] mouth against the heavens, and his tongue struts through the earth.” (Psalm 73:8-9). He is of those who arrogantly speak: “Who is the Lord that I should listen to His voice?” (Exodus 5:2). “They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption” (2 Peter 2:19).

Whatever Mr. Howard and those of like mind may have to say about the supposed inevitability of gay “marriage,” their words are a fleeting vapor, with no more truth or power than the morning mist that hangs over one’s front lawn. Even if gay “marriage” becomes legal in all 50 states, their words will pass away, but Jesus’ words “will never pass away.” What God says about masculinity, femininity, sex and marriage is what will endure – legal or not – for it is good, true and beautiful. God “who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds in derision” such presumptions against His Word and ways. God alone “changes times and seasons,” and decides what is “inevitable” and what isn’t. Even the wicked King Nebuchadnezzar had to acknowledge that God’s “dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing; and he does according to his will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, ‘What doest thou?'” We Christians should have the utmost confidence in God’s continued rule and reign, and it is His promises which we should bank on in light of yesterday’s folly by the Supreme Court.

As for the future, I agree with Russell Moore: “The sexual revolution didn’t start at Woodstock. It is always with us. We ought to have the confidence of people who have heard a word from God and the compassion of a people who are on a mission with God. The Supreme Court can do many things, but the Supreme Court cannot get Jesus back into his cemetery plot.” Our commanding orders remain the same: “We are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made [Christ] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:20-21).


Written by Michael Duenes

October 7, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Stand for God’s View of Marriage and You’re No Better Than a White Supremacist

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dysonHere you see the indictment with the gloves off. And it’s not going to be just about “gay marriage” as we go forward. For too long we’ve thought that Jesus was just whispering sweet nothings when He said that we would be insulted, reviled, persecuted and falsely slandered on account of Him and His gospel. Perhaps Professor Dyson’s views in the video below are simply the most egregious and shameless example of outright slander against what God has revealed, but I think we can already begin to see more of what it will cost God’s people when we articulate and defend the beauty and wonder of God’s truth.

And those Christians who think they can make themselves cozy and safe by supporting gay marriage but not also supporting every manner of homosexual behavior, well, let’s just say that they won’t be able to escape the “you’re as bad as the racists of old” tag either. So it’s either abandon God’s Word – which is already beginning to happen among “evangelicals” – or get ready for the ride. Further, it will be of no avail, as you can see, to point to Obama or Clinton or other supposedly “enlightened” celebrities who once believed that traditional marriage is the way to go. What it will require is Christians, including those who go on TV, saying, “God says that marriage is between a man and a woman, and God is Lord of all, He defines all things, He is the ground of all knowledge, and all judgment is His. His Word is the foundation for human flourishing. And if someone’s view is going to be imposed, which is inescapable in human affairs, then I side with God.” And then let that play out. I know that sounds unthinkable in our overweening secularism, and no one should doubt the amount of courage it will take. But what this does is shift the ground upon which the discussion will be had, and allows the Christian to frame the questions and issues, rather than the secularist. That’s right where we should want to be.


Written by Michael Duenes

June 30, 2013 at 6:08 pm