Monday, April 14, 2008

Butchering a Goat, and the Pope's President

4/14/08 - 2nd Day - Midday. Hey y'all. Well, we had a great weekend. The Sabbath was nice and peaceful, then we had a busy, but fruitful Lord's Day. We had read that we were going to be getting a few cold mornings and a possible frost on the first and second day mornings, so we planned on doing some more butchering. Chris Woods had raised two wethers (a 'wether' is a castrated male goat) for us and we decided to butcher them for a Ranchfest meal. Well, we had 44 glorious degrees yesterday morning, so most of us on the land gathered round at 7 a.m. and I had an impromptu goat butchering class. We had the goat butchered up and in the freezer in about an hour and a half, so we were still on time for fellowship singing at 9 a.m. After fellowship, the field planting team got together again and we planted the rest of my pasture - this time in buckwheat. Then we had to get the gardens covered up for a possible frost since we were expecting colder weathers overnight. We got everything covered up with plastic and buckets, and just hoped the temps wouldn't dip below freezing.

We woke up this morning to 34 chilly degrees (in mid-April! in Texas!) and we butchered the second goat under clear blue skies. This second one took us about an hour and fifteen minutes. Both butcherings went very well and we now have probably close to 80 lbs. of goat meat in the freezer. Our intention is to get together later this week if my pigs come back from the butcher and make goat sausage out of the two butchered goats.

The last several work days Robert and I have been working on the floor of the office, putting up the floor joists. The wood we ordered for Ranchfest should be delivered sometime this week, so we are hoping to have the entire floor finished before everyone gets here this weekend. Ranchfest is coming up on Friday, so we are trying to get everything squared away and ready for guests (though we have guests all the time, all year round!).

Ok, so many of you may not remember me back when I was a traveling preacher many years ago. Back 5 or 6 years ago I did a video entitled "The Papal Presidency" about Bush's ties to the Romish Church. Here is a description of that video I found online:

The Papal Presidency - Videotaped live in Portland, Oregon, this video is an expose of the Bush ties to the Pope and the Vatican. It details how the Bush clan intend to control all future elections, handing all temporal control and authority back over to the Papacy.

That was not my description, and I don't know who wrote that, and it is probably a very light description of what is on the video. The actual tape was three hours done mostly from memory - a history lesson on the Bush family and their connection to the Papist created and led intelligence community in the US and around the world. Anyway, a friend sent me this today:
Subject: as if you didn't know
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2008 23:04:45 -0500
I think you have been way out in front of this story but it is interesting to see it get this much attention:

I guess you are just ahead of the times.
Here was my response:
Yeah, I was laughing reading this to Danielle just now. We said, "we ought to get out my 'Papal Presidency' video and watch it'". I guess there's only so many "i told you so's" that people will put up with though.

Thanks for remembering though.

Michael
Anyway, if anyone is just interested or fascinated with what I said about this a long time ago, we might be able to get someone to get a copy of the original tape and transcribe it, then we could post the whole thing (it would be very, very, long) online. If you are interested in doing the transcribing and can do it pretty quickly, contact Elder David Sifford (he will probably hate me for doing this) at david (at) biblicalagrarianism.com and see if he can come up with a DVD or something of that talk. Who knows, I didn't talk to him about this first, I'm just flying by the seat of my pants here... kind of like I did during that talk.

It does make me think though (by way of saying "I told you so" over and over again for so many years) that you people pushing Ron Paul (a Pope praiser if ever there was one) down our throats ought to heed some advice from someone who knows. Ron Paul is NOT the answer, unless the question is "What new antichrist is the 'freedom movement' pushing today?".

Gotta get back to work, all this is really old news to me.

Your servant in Christ Jesus,

Michael Bunker

3 comments:

Garth & Ildi Fout said...

I'll just continue my questions on this entry if that's O.K.

I. Does your group then follow the Old Testament practice of tithing or the New Testament model of giving cheerfully? And if you give, who do you give it to?

II. Does your group practice the evidence of the Holy Spirit by Speaking in Tongues? And what does the group believe about the gift of Speaking in Tongues?

III. From the sounds of it, it seems that your group is Reformed in Theology? Is that a true assumption?

Please believe that these are questions I am asking to get input from what you believe. By no means are they to judge or discredit you or the group you have formed there in Texas. I have recently been searching and researching several of these questions on my own and am looking for help in determining what it is that I truly believe the Bible to be saying on issues. I am finding your blog helpful (and quite radical mind you :) in relationship to values, beliefs, and practices.

garth

Michael Bunker said...

Garth,

Thanks for your questions.

I. Our group does not believe in or practice "tithing" as we believe it was a part of the Levitical system which was replaced by the Melchizedecian priesthood of Jesus Christ. We practice "cheerful giving" and "communicating" (Gal. 6:6). Everyone is free to give what they wish to whomever they wish, though we do believe and practice that those who labor in the Word and who preach and teach ought to be "communicated with", which means that they should be assisted in carrying their burdens, and ought to receive from those whom they teach. How they do this, what they give, to whom they give, and how much they give is totally up to the giver.

II. We do not "practice" what we call the Charismatic understanding of "speaking in tongues". I have written much on the topic. A very abbreviated answer can be found here:

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A longer answer can be found here:

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III We can considered Reformed in our theology, though we really reject that terminology. We believe in the Doctrines of Grace, Predestination and Election as preached by the early Church and by the Reformers and Puritans, although we are more Anabaptistic in our practice. As far as a nickname goes, we are Calvinistic, though in our ecclesiology we are closer to the Amish or Mennonites.

Please feel free to ask any questions about anything you like. Everything we do and believe is out in the open and is very public.

Your servant in Christ Jesus,

Michael Bunker

Bill Peck said...

Michael, reading your messages, thoughts and predictions regarding Catholicism/Bush 7-8 years ago was a very big part of what kept me hanging around MichaelBunker.com and then Lazunbound. I was hungrily eating that good spiritual nourishment that was putting flesh on the bones of my long distrust of Romanism.

That's an amazing article there in the Wash Post, but it's title is abit deceiving...Catholic TORNADO would be a truer description.

Bill