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The Revolutionary War Patriot: Private Joseph Anderson

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Over the last month or so, I have been able to confirm that at least one of our ancestors fought in the American Revolution. After some communication and a possible recollection received from from a relative, Glenda Rogers, I decided to continue on my quest to see if we had any. Of particular interest was one on my Father’s side and my Morher’s side when you go back far enough who would have been fighting age at the time.

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I was emotionally overwhelmed when I saw copies from the South Carolina war archives and a sworn testimony from the 1830s. He fought as a soldier amongst many in the South Carolina Militia under the overall militia commander General Francis Marion, The Swamp Fox. The debt of gratitude we owe such men who won against virtually impossible odds opposing such a strong and determined enemy is incomprehensible.

From documentation as a militia private, he fought in numerous skirmishes and in the battle of Eutaw Springs. Eutaw Springs was one of the last major battles in the Southern Campaign which helped to force Lord Cornwallis north to Yorktown-technically a tactical defeat by some but a strategic victory which was not abnormal during the Revolutionary War. Fight and win something then withdraw to fight another day. A few weeks later, surrounded and under siege, Lord Cornwallis gave the order, at which time his subordinate surrendered to General Washington.

One can only imagine the perseverance required to continue fighting in such beleaguered circumstances. South Carolina came to be some of the most ruthless fighting of the war where neighbor against neighbor was prevalent, and the ravaging of the countryside was vicious. It would not be surprising if he would have been acquainted with the ruthless accounts of Bloody Banastre Tarleton, portrayed as Colonel Tavington in the movie The Patriot.

Joseph is buried in Thomas County Ga, and a new headstone was put at his gravesite at Friendship Baptist Church in 2017. He died at the approximate age of 90 in 1848. Though he did have a parcel in Bulloch County, GA, where I am from, it was his son John F Anderson, Sr. and grandson John F Anderson, Jr. that spent a greater portion of their lives settling there.

On my Dad’s side, with an unbroken paternal side of Andersons, the line is:

Joseph, Daniel, Moriah, Lily, Shiphrah, and Tabitha Anderson
Jeramy Anderson
Dennis Anderson
Raleigh Freeman Anderson, Jr.
Raleigh Freeman Anderson, Sr.
James Jackson Anderson
John Fitzgerald Anderson, Jr.
John Fitzgerald Anderson, Sr.
Joseph Anderson

My parents are related several generations back in the mid 1800s. Here it is from her.

Joseph, Daniel, Moriah, Lily, Shiphrah, and Tabitha Anderson
Jeramy Anderson
Jane McDonald Anderson
Gladys Kerby McDonald
Frank Kerby
Anne Jane Nevill Kerby
Mary Anderson Nevill
John Fitzgerald Anderson, Jr.
John Fitzgerald Anderson, Sr.
Joseph Anderson

Patriots as these fought on and helped to seal the freedoms that we enjoy today. Such men are not forgotten.

Soli Deo Gloria

The Madman and His Hypocrisy of Care

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The Post-Modern prophet Frederick Nietzsche, I would say, really put the last nail in the coffin of the Enlightenment Project as he rightly understood materialism, the atheist based philosophy leading to the conclusion that only the physical exists. I have much respect for his work, having wrestled with and grasped key elements of it a decade or more ago, because he killed the vain Idol of Reason. He adamantly echoed that the spiritual realm nor anything that hints at the immaterial like logic, justice, love, hatred, etc. simply doesn’t exist in a purely materialistic universe.

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Even words just lead to more words to more words to more words which leaves us in a prison of verbiage that we cannot escape, something which has been capitalized moreso by 20th century post-modern philosophers. The immaterial cannot exist because it cannot be grasped by the senses and certainly not by reason because it to is but a mere brain wave of folly. Logic and the like are illusions to cope or figments of the imagination at best by a brain that produces impulses of what is perceived to be real but is not–or at least cannot be certain of in any form to any extent. The mind and its reason does not exist, only the brain. In that, you cannot even know that you know anything, much less that you are even here.

That is why God was declared dead. He was dead because evolution does not allow for the immaterial like God to exist, much less communicating Himself to man. Nihilism, the favored philosophy of Nietzsche, was not new with him, for some of the ancients believed the same thing. He was rather able to popularize it on the back of Darwinism or at least some form of evolution.

It was his quest to reach what is called the zero point, the point at which you traverse through nihilism and get past the bonds of meaning in life, purpose, the reality of existence, the surety of knowledge, etc. The problem is that this creates purpose and will drive anyone mad trying to get there because to traverse is to create meaning and purpose.

This brings us to his popular episode with the horse of Turin in Italy. There is dispute about its reality, and, if true, what Nietzsche was communicating when he threw himself around a horse being whipped by its owner. Was it care, a philosophic point, a combination, or something else? Moreover, was this the result of syphilis or rather brain cancer based on what we know of both with the addition of his worldview? His detractors have often used this alleged account to dismiss him and his writings as simply crazy, though a further look is important for our purposes here.

If for a moment we dismissed the horse episode and we dismissed that he died of syphilis due to wild living with prostitutes, then we still arrive at the reality of what materialism leads to and the perplexity of why man still “cares” in spite of a veiled attempt to embrace materialistic evolution. To “care” for the beaten horse is absurd in this context. Both horse and protector are simply chemicals floating about, and “caring” is not real. It is only imagined at best as a crutch. It is deemed a crutch because trying to live as someone who has thoroughly embraced the end game of evolutionary materialism, not merely pay lip service as most do today, is hypocrisy.

To weep at a funeral is folly.
To rejoice over a new birth is folly.
To seek justice is folly.
To demand equity is folly.
TO LOVE IS FOLLY.

We then ask ourselves why man still “cares” about anything, for western society gives outward loyalty to evolution, but the inward propensity to “care” is baseless. Moreover, even the ancients new this, but men still seek to “care”, or else they will go mad. Madness is a cliff, so he lives “as if” God exists (though at the same time denying His Being in this bizarre psychology of unbelief) because he just can’t bring himself to embrace insanity even after millennia of knowing where all this leads. It is not in ignorance nor is it new, but man just won’t accept the madness of it all. Even before the Greeks, Solomon in Ecclesiastes spells this situation out very clearly that life apart from God is indeed vanity.

A strength of the truthfulness of a worldview is its ability to explain things as they are, not just what we want them to be to justify a particular behavior or lifestyle. The Bible gives us the answer to this.

Man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1). However, he rebelled against God and seeks to find meaning apart from God (Genesis 3). Such was the first lie to be as God or gods (Genesis 3). Man has sought meaning by starting from himself ever since and has brought nothing but folly. He knows instinctively that God is real (while denying Him) and thus the immaterial/spiritual is real, but God commands obedience, and he despises God for that (Romans 1). He wants and knows what God provides as it relates to meaning, but man hates what God requires: obedience to Him and His Law due to sin.

There is a way out of the folly, but it is no surprise then that few take the narrow road that leads to life, for many run to the broad road to destruction (Matthew 7). The Christian life is counter intuitive to sinful man who wants a list of things to justify himself on the one hand while hating God on the other. The idols of the heart are strong, and they bring instant gratification, but they lead to a maddening offspring: vanity and striving after the wind (the sum of Ecclesiastes).

What will you do? Will you repent and be baptized demonstrating the new birth and life in Christ as the Lord commands (Acts 2), or will you continue in folly. If you know the Lord, are you still clinging to the idols of the past or some repackaged ones that have caught your fancy? Turn to the Lord believing that He paid for your sins on the cross and rose from the dead three days later conquering death, and you will be saved from this foolishness.

God is love (1 John 4), and He demonstrated this on the Cross. He did not leave man to madness but provided a way out. Experience His peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4) which gives rest to your weary soul (Matthew 11) along with the removal of guilt about things in your past which you cannot go back and change. Be not enthralled by the cheap substitutes of the factory of idols pouring out of your sinful heart, but be filled with the Holy Spirit and His joy (Acts 13) and be set free of grudges and bitterness as being a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5) now having the power over sin to forgive and even love your enemy (Matthew 5).

“Peace! Be Still!” saith the Lord (Mark 4).

 

Vindication as a Master of Timing

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The LORD is the master of timing and vindication of the faithful. Things were looking a bit dim during Elijah’s day with virtual total apostasy. The showdown between between Elijah and the pagan prophets was serious, but Elijah trusted the LORD. After so much nonsense all day, Elijah stepped forward in humility, prayed a simple prayer, and God delivered.

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This happens today when facing the false prophets of secular humanism. Before the early manuscripts were discovered, the bigoted monk hypothesis was used to mock, intimidate, and silence Christians. The 19th century was supposed to see the end of Christianity, but the faithful persevered through some of the most atrocious 20th century conditions.

It was during this time that some of the most astounding discoveries were made with regard to manuscripts; some had already occurred in the 19th century. Probably one of the greatest in the 20th was the Dead Sea Scrolls, especially that of Isaiah. All these centuries it laid there … preserved ready to be discovered at the right time. The secular humanist zealots had been seething, mocking, and persecuting, yet there it remained: unhindered. Then, at a time when the fever pitch of the haters of God were shaking the foundations of the temple, the earthquake of God’s Providence moved, and they were discovered.

In time, the Great Isaiah scroll which prophesied the very manner of Christ’s death (which was said to be made up well after the time of Christ by bigoted monks of course because its prophecy was “too accurate and precise about the crucifixion”) was made public and now stands as a pillar of God’s faithfulness in the preservation of His Word.

Like others, I stand in awe when I read the Hebrew of the Isaiah scroll, something I am slowly teaching my older daughters to read as they slog through Fuller and Choi’s Hebrew. It is absolutely awesome and stunning to behold and read a document that the haters of God abhor yet vindicates the faithful in a time of great apostasy and virulent hatred of the LORD God of hosts.

Be encouraged. Be still and know that He is God.

And at the time of the offering of the oblation, Elijah the prophet came near and said, “O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. – 1 Kings 18:36
Answer me, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” – 1 Kings 18:37
Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. – 1 Kings 18:38
And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The LORD, he is God; the LORD, he is God.” – 1 Kings 18:39

From The Resurrection to Irenaeus & From General Sherman To Me: What’s the link?

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What on earth does The Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the very early 2nd Century Church Father Irenaeus have in common with General William Tecumseh Sherman and me?

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There lies a Common Timeline of highly charged events that were Predominantly Recorded by the Victims, Eyewitnesses, and other Persons of Interest closest to the events, including local points of minutiae otherwise unknown to most outsiders that would have been lost to history.

Let me explain.

In the movie, The Patriot, Mel Gibson’s character Benjamin Martin, a composite figure which includes Francis Marion known as The Swamp Fox, goes out militia recruiting with a French soldier. They draw into a local pub of sorts and want to know if it’s a good stop for recruitment. Martin yells out over the commotion, “God save King George!” The place then goes silent, a lot of guns are cocked, a fiery rabble becomes stern and steely eyed, and the then the whole place erupts with them being run out in great haste.

In my birthplace of Bulloch County, GA, you will get the same response if you mention one word: Sherman. I am convinced that if you have family that can be traced to Sherman’s March to the Sea, then you probably have an anti-Sherman gene in your DNA. I have it myself.

My Yankee comrades could never figure out why we were so passionate about the War Between the Stares and why we were ready to fight it over again when they would bring up their “hero” who “put us in our place.” Sherman. At the sound of his name, glasses drop, ears pin back, and a long deep breath is drawn in so that he can be spat out yet again from the deep parts of the heart and mind. There might be a lot of Shermans out there, but I only know one: the passionate union zealot who raped the countryside from one end to the other.

My grandfather was born in 1927, so some of the younger generation that lived during the War of Northern Aggression would have still been alive when he was about ten years old. Many in my family lived to a great old age, so it was not surprising to hear such accounts only one generation removed from the harrowing events themselves. I have vivid memories of his recounting them to me when I was a child, especially the passion with which he told the accounts of what the looters, burners, and pillages did to common small homesteads.

Interestingly, a good number of these accounts were recorded by those who went through the events giving interesting detail about times and places that have been lost to history or since become a ruin and destroyed with the passing of time. You won’t find these harrowing first hand accounts written by the union soldiers (or very few in comparison), but even my Yankee friends don’t doubt theses specific local accounts.

Why not?

Maybe they are all fabricated. Maybe these homesteads in Bulloch County were bypassed, and they just wanted some street credibility as fellow victims. After all, the Union soldiers that ravaged the area don’t give detail about such locally defined areas. It must be made up because all you have left in the record books are mostly one-sided accounts left by the victims.

On the contrary, it is common in history to have those closest to the accounts, especially those most affected by the outcome to not only remember the events but also to be the ones to record them. A very famous case of great antiquity which virtually no one doubts was that of Plato writing about the trial against his Teacher Socrates. If you want to know what happened, this is your source. The are no originals, which is common of any ancient piece of extensive writing. We only have a few copies removed by over a thousand years!

Now to the New Testament.

The early Church Father Irenaeus was likely born around AD 125 and studied under Polycarp, the famous martyr who was a disciple of one of the original Apostles, John. This is a very close history timeline collapse. Just as I heard one generation removed accounts of Sherman, he would have heard one generation removed accounts of The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Bah humbug you say! Iraenaus died around 200AD, and oldest copies of his works are several hundred years later! Those fake bigoted monks are at work again and have done a mind blowing job of creating a giant consistent paper trail across vast regions and epochs of time while being separated from each other as they used telepathy to communicate with each other to keep the rouse consistent, especially when they had zero or very limited access to each other’s libraries as the centuries piled up. Well, that’s what you have to believe is it not?

But wait, there is more here than meets the eye. You can tell quite a bit from an internal evaluation of a text as to its original date written and who affected its contents. The Gospel of John is a strong statement against a heresy that crept up known as Gnosticism. Interestingly, we should not be surprised when we find that, Irenaeus, the Disciple of Polycarp, the Disciple of John, wrote extensively against the intricacies of Gnosticism. It is actually from Irenaeus that we find out how the whole Gnostic system worked as it interacted with the Bible. His “Against Heresies” is an incredible read that I commend to anyone.

From the recorded time of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ to the time of Irenaeus’ discipleship by Polycarp was about 110-115 years, and from the time that Sherman marched through my birthplace up to my 10th birthday was about 125 years. My timeline is a bit longer, but this makes my point with regards to the credibility of the New Testament documents being penned very early on, of which we now have papyrus well before the very thought of Constantine. This is in stark contrast to the skeptical mantra that the New Testament was fabricated by a bunch of bigoted zealous monks around the time of Constantine some 300 years or so after the time of Christ’s recorded death and resurrection.

I always find it amusing to read 19th critiques by 21st century novice skeptics who have read a little here and there and simply parrot old tired arguments that have been refuted by 20th century archaeological discoveries. For example, there was once a strong push deny the man Jesus but then that was too much to press. Then there was the push to claim a very recent date of the New Testament manuscripts, but then that was too much to push. On top of that, the Hebrew Masoretic text was claimed to be bogus until the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls collapsed time by over a thousand years. Then it was said that Isaiah was made up, but now we seem to have located items with his name on it DURING the time of the great King Hezekiah collapsing that by some six or seven hundred years from the great Isaiah Scroll, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

I might add that the New Testament, especially Luke and Acts (written by Luke as well) is filled with immense historical detail of places, dates, and times that would have been lost to history rather quickly without such things being written down at the time. Many of these have been vindicated through 20th century archaeological discovery.

One final thing…The reason we have a wide open field of study called New Testament textual criticism is because we have so many early manuscripts. Next to Worldview and Apologetics, original language work and textual criticism is my personal favorite field of study. You won’t see very much cross comparison on most other renowned ancient documents because there are so few. It was very expensive and time consuming to even have documents before the printing press and internet, especially if it was a long document, so just to posses a few parchments was a big deal.

As for the Bible, they hated it, mocked it, and feared it, so they stomped on it, shredded it, beat it, and burned it, yet it grew in number. To the skeptic, this is just a very rare case of tremendous coincidental luck, but to the believer it is obvious Special Providential Preservation of His Divinely Inspired Inerrant Authoritative Sufficient Word. All other bits and pieces from other existing ancient pagan documents around the world are just interesting news to note to Him Who did not concern Himself as much with their preservation.

Be encouraged therefore ye faithful, and repent ye skeptic.

Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.” – Acts 17:32
So Paul went out from their midst. – Acts 17:33
But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them. – Acts 17:34

 

A Growing Christian Intellectual Army

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Over the last quarter century the size of the Christian Intellectual Army has grown tremendously due in large part to a host of theologians, pastors, apologists, historians, linguists, and philosophers like Al Mohler Jr., Tom Nettles, Greg Bahnsen, Cornelius Van Til, D James Kennedy, John MacArthur Jr., Francis Schaffer, Russell Fuller, Peter Gentry, Mark Coppenger, RC Sproul, Wayne Grudem, Gary DeMar, John Rushdoony, and so many others. These men, by God’s grace, have cemented the groundwork some time ago. The debt to these men to the glory of God is incalculable.

This has raised an army which has been transformed by the renewing of the mind, and one which seeks to apply this to daily life. Much of this army works in everyday professions that are able to press an enemy that has retreated to fallacy rich argumentation because they have not been exposed to and/or taken the time to study the fundamental dilemmas that have faced both Biblical and secular philosophers/theologians for millennia.

We bring the fight to the enemy leaving him naked and bare calling him to repent and leave his sedative idols covered in fig leaves. We question the secular fundamentals that get passed over like “ought” and “should”. When a nonbeliever uses such words, he often has no idea as to the depth of the issue that encapsulates such terms. We expose their ever reaching into the “realm of the absurd”, a phrase with rich philosophic meaning. They often then reduce us to being “irrational” when we use such phrases as they parrot the latest philosophical fad thinking they are wise. All the while, they have no idea what “irrational” actually means in its historical context nor do they realize that such worldview weaknesses were often coined by secular men of whom they implicitly and deceitfully worship, men like Hume, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Derrida and others.

Through censorship and intellectual bankruptcy, they will lose this long term war. Even very knowledgeable liberal legal scholars like Alan Dershowitz are censored by them in their own universities. They are now left with raw emotion and the inability to think critically. This is a war we will win because the truth perseveres as falsehood implodes under its own weight of madness.

Victory may not manifest itself with a great immediate change in society, but it will result in a greater passion for holy living and the building of the Kingdom of God in the hearts and minds of a growing faithful Church where children are raised in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Instead of being given to parroting cheesy wannabe philosophers at best, these children, Lord willing, will grow into the next generation of great thinkers. Their possession of a transformed heart will be a testimony to the perseverance of the gospel in contradistinction to the culture of death that will leave little or no offspring as it imbibes in abortion, infanticide, and a host of other naturally self destructive philosophies. Rome will die as the Church grows. This truth they hate just as Rome hated.

Soli Deo Gloria

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Beautiful Custom Hand Woven Quilt & Pillow

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Saturday was a great day at the Jasper Farmer’s Markey with all baked goods and home decor. Two big projects that the girls have completed and sold are an incredible hand woven pillow and a stunning quilt. Both are warm and especially soft. Check out some more of their amazing work. If you are looking to buy some home decor for yourself or as a gift to someone who else, let us know, and they will hook you up. You can choose from a wide range of products, sizes, and colors to meet your needs.

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