Newslinks – 09/19/09

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Thousands march in D.C. to protest Obama spending
Tens of thousands of protesters fed up with government spending marched to the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, showing their disdain for the president’s health care plan with slogans such as “Obamacare makes me sick” and “I’m not your ATM.”

Michigan man arrested in pro-life murder
All week “the sign guy” had stood outside the local public high school, protesting abortion.

HR 3200 provides taxpayer-funded abortions
The healthcare reform bill puts taxpayers in the position of paying for abortions.

Christian attorneys defend First Amendment at schools
Alliance Defense Fund is expanding its program to declare college and university campuses free-speech zones.

Feature: Happy Grandparents Day!
Grandboomers get another chance at real peace and love. Continue Reading Newslinks – 09/19/09…

Newslinks 07/12/09

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 FCC Commissioner Circulates Internal Document on ‘The State of Media Journalism’
(CNSNews.com) – FCC Commissioner Michael Copps has circulated an internal report examining the state of media journalism in America and discussing options for addressing issues such as the rise of media conglomerates and the prevalence of opinion journalism. The report can be used as the basis for instituting new rules governing broadcasting ownership, licensing and content.

Biden Says National Health Care Plan is on Track to Pass Congress by End of August
White House (CNSNews.com) – Even while some Democratic senators reportedly are getting cold feet, Vice President Joe Biden affirmed that a health care overhaul is “on track” for passage by the end of next month. “Folks, reform is coming,” Biden said at the White House on Wednesday, flanked by hospital industry officials, who agreed to $155 billion in savings over 10 years.

Congressmen Who Vote for Government-Run Health Care Agency Should Be Its First Customers, Legislation Says (CNSNews.com) – Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) introduced a bill Monday that encourages members of Congress who vote for a government-run health insurance agency to forego their own comprehensive health insurance plans and enroll in the same “public option” they would have others embrace. Continue Reading Newslinks 07/12/09…

The voice of change? (long)

January 26, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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I realize that there won’t be many who read this and there probably won’t be many who agree either, but this is something that I feel I need to write. Our nation is fawning over its new president, but it seems that there are few people who are listening to what he actually says. Below is a transcript of the inaugural speech given by Barack Obama as well as my response.

 

My fellow citizens:

 

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

 

I wonder if president Obama really understands sacrifice? Does he understand our nation’s history (not the revised version) and the trials they went through to forge this nation? Does he really understand humility? This is the same man who wrote a “private” letter to his daughters that was somehow printed in national newspapers. He thanks the former president that he spent the last two years attacking and that he will again attack in this very speech. What is that all about? Is no one paying attention to the man and not just his words?

 

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

 

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

 

Obama talks about peace, prosperity, and storms. I wonder if he really understands. He talks about the skill and vision of those in “high office”, but when I look around, I see the skill, vision, and morality of the “high office” dwindling at an alarming rate. It is being replaced with shallow people in vacuous positions speaking empty words. I wonder if Obama was trying to subtly refer to himself and those he’s chosen to lead our nation. He claims that “We the People” have been “faithful to the ideals of our forbears”, but the majority of “the People” don’t have any inkling of what our forbears stood for. They don’t know the history of our nation, but have instead mired themselves up to their eyeballs in the revised fairy tale that has very little relation to reality. He says that we’ve remained true to our documents. Coming from someone who is supposed to be versed in Constitutional law, it seems that our new President hasn’t read the documents he’s talking about. Our founding fathers laid out a foundation based on God and morality. They set up the government of this country to be “by the People”. All our president has to do is look at what is going on in our nation (and be honest about the very things that he himself promotes and supports) to see that we’ve fallen away from both our nation’s documents and it’s scriptural foundation. Our judicial branch no longer upholds the law it creates it. The “People” have very little to say in the way our nation is run. President Obama needs to be a little more honest and a little less naïve (or deceitful)…

 

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

 

It would take a complete hermit or idiot to fail to see that we’re in a crisis. The problem is that while we’re in a crisis, no one seems to want to admit or express the reason we’re where we are. We are in the situation we’re in because of the sins of both nation as a whole, and the individual people in it. We are here because we’ve removed morality (Christian morality) from just about every aspect of America. We don’t teach our kids morality in schools, so they fornicate and have babies. Because we don’t teach them how precious life is, they can go down the street and kill the baby inside them. We give them ready-made excuses like they’re not ready or it would be burden to the child. If we really wanted to allow abortions, then why not be truthful about it? Allow the child to be born, clean it up, dress it in it’s first clothes, and then send the mom and/or dad into the room with a knife and tell them not to come out until they’ve aborted their baby. It’s really no different than what’s happening now, but at least this way the mom’s would be a little more honest… We neglect to teach our kids ethics or morality at home. Like the government, our response has become “throw money at it”. So we’ve created a generation of disrespectful, detached kids who are happier and feel more loved with their friends than with their families. We’ve created generations of “fathers” who can impregnate any number of women but have absolutely no idea of the responsibility they have to the lives they’ve helped bring about. We continue to promote “alternative lifestyles” like they are equal to what God has ordained. We have been everything BUT true to what our forbears believed! And we’re too prideful and self-righteous to admit it…

 

Our nation is at war because of what it once was, not because of what it is now. Those who hate us do so because of the Christian morals we used to have. We have fought the war against the “network of hatred” on foreign shores because we had experienced people leading us that knew that it is better to fight the war over there than it is to allow it to come over here. We no longer have that experience. Instead, we have a man who seems sympathetic to our enemies and is more than willing to sit down with them to talk. Our economy is badly weakened by greed – period. Obama seems to want to point the finger at the corporations (while still throwing them money) but I wonder if he includes the government in the “some” whose greed has caused us to be where we are. We wouldn’t need bailouts and stimulus packages if the government actually cared about, represented, and worked for the people who put them into office. Instead, they waste America’s money on ludicrous pork barrel agendas, rarely accomplish anything productive, and still manage to vote themselves a yearly raise in spite of the current economic problems. It is not our collective failure to make hard choices that has gotten us here. It is our failure to make right choices and respect God and His Word and live by it that has gotten us here. The choices really aren’t that hard, but to make them would have to mean choosing to sacrifice our greed and selfishness to see our country return to God. We shouldn’t be trying to prepare our nation for a “new age”. We should be repenting and return to doing what God says we should have been doing all along…

 

Many have lost homes, but it is their own fault. Many of the people who bought homes only to lose them knew they couldn’t afford them in the first place and so did the government. But, in our desire for everyone to live the “American dream”, the government completely botched the entire system and is now paying for it. Jobs have been lost because companies can’t afford the overhead to run their own businesses here anymore. The unions charge an outrageous amount. Businesses can find cheaper work overseas. It’s no one’s fault but our own… Healthcare is costly, but to be honest, I think that it is not the priority that people are making it. Our schools have failed since we’ve removed the Bible and morality from them. We no longer teach kids for them to succeed, we teach them so that our schools can get money. They are being taught by teachers who lack morality like they do. A growing number of teachers can’t pass their own subjects! The way we use energy is another red herring that we are spending too much time and money focusing on. I would love to see biofuels and “green energy”, but without morality in our country, it’s not really going to matter…

 

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land – a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

 

I disagree with the president that the “sapping of confidence” is less measurable. It is evident that many wonder about America’s decline, but what should we expect? They lack confidence in our nation because its leaders have consistently shown in recent years that they’re untrustworthy. Worse than that, the “leaders” of our nation have removed the only true hope that America has. They’ve helped mock the One who could heal our nation and they’ve taught generations to do the same. Why should Americans trust the empty words and promises of those who say they have their best interests at heart and then act in ways that show the opposite. The next generation is almost forced to “lower its sights” because our nation has trusted in a new “god”, money, and it’s prophet man. Without something greater than what our “leaders” currently offer us, we can do nothing but decline…

 

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America – they will be met.

 

Duh. The challenges have always been real, but the plans offered to deal with them are fanciful and without any backbone or understanding. The challenges have also always been serious, at least to those truly concerned about our nation. To the rest, they’ve been nuisances, or hazy events on the edges of vision, or political “causes” used to increase one’s status or reputation. America’s problems have never been easily met. President Obama says they’ll be met and that’s what bothers me. They will be met by greedy, inexperienced, shallow men and women who hate God and His Son. They will be met with the best man has to offer and those efforts will ultimately fail. In the meantime, “the People” will be told how wonderfully things are going and, sadly, many will believe it.

 

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

 

President Obama has said that he was elected because America has “chosen hope over fear”, but what hope does he offer? Unless he’s the Messiah (like some profess him to be) his talk of hope is just another example of emotionally charged drivel. If the “hope” that Barack Obama offers is not that of repentance to God and salvation through Jesus Christ so that God will heal our land; then the President doesn’t know the meaning of hope. If we are “unified” for any purpose that is not solely focused on Christ, if we are not focused on our entire nation repenting in sackcloth and ashes, then we will not be unified. The conflict and discord our country faces have come from the fact that everyone is doing what is right is his or her own eyes. We have all gone our own way and, unfortunately, we’re just doing what comes natural to sinners. The president seems to imply that he can somehow erase the conflict and discord. I doubt it…

 

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

 

Who is proclaiming and end to petty grievances and false promises? The government? All of America? Forgive me for sounding skeptical Mr. President, but we’ve heard all this before from people that are much more qualified than you. Which “petty grievances, false promises, worn-out dogmas, and recriminations” are we ending? Could you be more specific? Are you including the newly made ones in this statement? It seems to me that our new president has his focus misplaced. It’s not about what’s strangling our politics. It’s about the sin that has strangled “the People”. Until this is changed, it doesn’t matter what kind of politics we have (like socialism) because it won’t fix the problem…

 

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

 

Up to this point, I’ve rolled my eyes a lot, but this angers me. I wonder if the president knows where his little snippet of scripture from. Ironically, it comes from 1 Corinthians 13. This is the “love” chapter. But, the love that Paul talks about is not the eros (physical) love. It’s not the “fuzzy feelings” love. It is the self-sacrificing, responsible love called agape. This love is more concerned about others than self. Obama calls us a young nation who needs to put away childish things. This sounds awfully funny coming from a man who is playing president and trying to talk tough and compare himself to Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Martin Luther King Jr. because he has no identity of his own. If Obama says we should put away childish things, then he should lead by example. He should stop acting like he knows what he’s doing. He should stop trying to sound intelligent and just admit that he’s in “above his pay grade”. He says that it’s time to reaffirm our enduring spirit. What enduring spirit? While I believe that there are those who have an enduring spirit, I believe many of them are the same people who saw the world wars… In our current time, if we aren’t instantly satisfied in our endeavors, we give up. How is this enduring?

 

He then says that we should choose our better history. How? You can’t choose history because it’s in the past. Unless of course he’s talking about the rewritten history of our nation and which is the best version. He then invokes God again, showing his misunderstanding. He says that all are equal, free, and deserve a “chance to pursue their full measure of happiness”. I disagree with this Mr. President. I agree, in one respect, that all are equal. We are all sinners who deserve to be sent to hell. But, we’re not all equal in the sense that those who have repented of their sins and put their faith in Christ will not go to hell. Second, we are not all free. Not one of us is free. The Bible calls us slaves and we serve one of two masters. We either serve sin or we serve God. Sadly, our nation continues to choose sin over God and I believe that the people that are coming to power in our country are part of His judgment and will encourage the nation’s sin even more. Finally, while I think that we have the opportunity to pursue happiness, that opportunity only extends as far as it doesn’t conflict with God’s law. If that pursuit of happiness includes something that God defines as sin or an abomination, then we have no “right” to pursue it although we have the ability to.

 

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted – for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things – some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

 

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

 

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

 

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

 

While I love my country, I’m honest enough to say that the greatness of our nation is not what it used to be. We can reaffirm it all we want, but that doesn’t make it true. Our nation was great because the men and women who lead our country were God-fearing and truly understood that God is the reason our nation was even in existence. Greatness is not a given but it is not earned either. God gives it. It is God who raises up kings and brings them low (Daniel 2:21), and He will NOT raise up a nation that so openly rebels against Him.

 

The president says that our “journey” has never been one of short cuts. I disagree. Maybe it wasn’t that way years ago, but today that’s all it’s about. In today’s American society, it’s all about getting everything we can as fast we can. It’s about finding the quickest way to fame, fortune, and your name in lights. I could use the president and his political career as an example of this. He says that our journey has not been the path for the faint-hearted who seek leisure, riches, and fame. Has the president been in hiding? I am truly amazed that he said this while a growing number of corporations are going under because their CEOs and other management have gotten a lion’s share of wealth on the backs of others. And, what’s worse is the government is bailing them out! The government is giving the CEOs more money to put in their pockets without any kind of accountability (which is something that will supposedly change…). Who is the president trying to fool?

 

He says that it is the doers, risk-takers, and makers that have carried us “up the long rugged path to prosperity and freedom”. Is the president that blind or is he just naïve? America as we know it today is neither prosperous nor free. Yes, there are people making money, but our nation has a debt that is trillions of dollars! It is close to the point where there is no way we will ever be able to pay it off! And yet, we seem to have billions of dollars for bailouts, etc. that will supposedly help us. Isn’t the mishandling and poor decision making concerning money one of the things that got us where we are to begin with? How is that going to help us? That’s the definition of insanity! America is no longer free either. The freedoms we once held dear are slowly fading away. They are being replaced by whatever the current government thinks will get them re-elected. Our American rights are no longer inalienable… To say that the people who came here to live did so for us is a farce and misrepresentation of the people. The people that founded our nation did so as a haven for Christians. They didn’t toil for us, they toiled because it was necessary. They understood Scripture, which says if you don’t work you don’t eat. Most today wouldn’t survive if that were implemented here. They were willing to accept the work and the toil because they could openly worship the Lord in a country that didn’t tell them how they could do it.

 

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

 

The men and women who built this nation saw America the way they did because they loved her. They struggled and sacrificed to make this nation what it was because they loved God. Today, those words mean nothing to most Americans. Many wouldn’t know struggle or sacrifice if they saw it. America was greater than individuals because those individuals held to Christian morals and knew that without God they would have nothing. No other religion could have done it. The people of our nation had a “better life” because they gave that life to the Lord in service, trust, and obedience.

 

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions – that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

 

Again, I have to disagree. We don’t continue the “journey” of our founders/builders. Honestly, I don’t even think we’re on the same page. Our nation is neither the most prosperous nor the most powerful. We have strong armies, sure, but armies alone don’t make a nation powerful. Our nation is filled with uneducated, immoral, unmotivated people in all levels of leadership. To say that our workers are no less productive is to ignore both the growing unemployment rate and the number of people who refuse to work. Our minds may be just as inventive, but they will not stay that way. We have multitudes of kids graduating high school who can’t even read the diploma they’ve been handed. There are clever people and inventors in America, but they aren’t enough. Our goods and services are mostly handled by the foreign countries we’ve outsourced the work to. Our companies are going out of business, people are losing their jobs and that diminishes capacity. Our president’s solution for the nation is to “remake” America. I don’t think that we need to remake America. We need to REPENT America! We don’t need to remake anything. What we need to do is return to the foundation our country was built on. All the emotional pep talk won’t fix the problem our country faces…

 

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act – not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

 

There is always work to be done! The state of the economy and other “issues” are just symptoms of a deeper problem. Without fixing the deeper problem, the symptoms will go away for a while, but they’ll be back. Obama wants to lay a new foundation. I believe that our nation needs to restore the foundation it already has. All the talk in the world about roads, grids, technology, and health care makes for a good speech but that’s all. Obama says that we’re going to do all these things, but how? Where will we get the money? And, how will doing any of these things fix America’s real problem – sin? I also can’t help but wonder what the president thinks that science’s “rightful place” is? Basically what he seems to be saying here is that we’ll be able to snap our fingers and science and technology will somehow save us. It’s done so well so far. It’s done some great things for us like medicine but it’s also done some really ridiculous things. It’s got full-grown men spending all their time listening into space for signs of life. It’s got millions of people believing a fairy tale that we somehow came from nothing billions of years ago when there is no proof of it. I hear what the president is saying and I can’t help but shake my head. All he needs is a couple of dragons and a princess in distress and he’ll have the makings of a great story. Unfortunately, no matter how many times he says it can/will happen, that doesn’t make it so, especially if God has decided something different…

 

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions – who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

 

I don’t just question the scale of ambitions I question the ambitions themselves. It seems that the president has forgotten what our country has already done. He seems to only know history as it’s been revised or made up. Our country doesn’t need imagination (wouldn’t that be a “childish thing” that we’re supposed to give up?). What our country needs is for its people, all of them, to take responsibility for it’s sin. We need our nation to own up to the fact that man’s ways don’t work, and realize that the only thing that can save us is God. The thing is, our “system” doesn’t need “big plans”. It only needs one plan.

 

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them – that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account – to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day – because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

 

What cynics is he talking about? If he’s talking about those who are cynical of him and his ideas, I have to ask him what he expects? I’m very cynical of him and his proposals because I don’t think that there is an ounce of truth to them. I see what he’s said and see it’s empty. It’s not about stale political arguments. The ground has not “shifted” beneath anyone. The problems we face today are the same problems we’ve always faced. What’s “shifted” is how we’ve dealt with them. Before, men and women used common sense to make decisions based on the Biblical principles our nation was built on. They took responsibility for their actions and made amends for their mistakes. Today, that doesn’t happen. There is no shame. No matter what is done, no one is ashamed. People buy houses they can’t afford, blame others for their mistakes, and kill their unborn children. The president says that it’s not about whether government is “too big or too small”, but I disagree. If the government is too big, then it’s no longer “by the People”, which would mean that we’re not staying “true to our founding documents”. What the president seems to gloss over is the fact that government isn’t working. It’s not providing jobs, it’s allowing companies to go elsewhere. The wages of many are below average because of the government. The government has tried and failed numerous times to “fix” things or “bail out” companies and it’s not worked. It’s manipulated situations (like real estate) and caused many of the crises we now face. But, like I’ve said already, even if the government could create “millions of jobs” at “decent wages”, or affordable health care, or “dignified retirement” (what exactly does that mean?), it’s not going to fix America.

 

The president continues to push programs, but they won’t work. They haven’t yet. He then says that those of “us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account”. Does this include the government? Will we finally get to see the government held accountable? He says that they will be held accountable to spend wisely. Really? Accountable to whom? Is this the end of pork barrel spending? Is it the end of automatic raises for members of congress? Does the government even know what it means to spend wisely? While this may sound good to some, it seems to me that, like a number of other things the president has said, he’s blowing smoke. He says they’re going to “reform bad habits” too. I think he’s lying. Look at his plans. He’s going to bail out companies who’ve shown they cannot handle money. Does that sound like a good habit? Does it sound like spending wisely? I don’t think so. Without a Biblical understanding, the country’s money problems will continue to grow. But they will pale in comparison to the other problems that we’ll face if we continue to rebel against God. If the president wants to reform things, then he’ll need to put prayer, the Bible, and the Ten Commandments back into prominence. It will take a few generations of school kids to start showing, but it will work. The president also talks about “doing business in the light of day” and transparency. Does that mean that his life and the lives of those in Congress will be an open book? Does it mean that there will be no more secret meetings to try and pass legislation under the public’s radar? Obama wants to restore trust between the People and their government but it doesn’t make a difference what he says. Our nation is comprised of 85% Christians (I personally don’t think it’s that high) and yet the president is taking actions that go directly against what the majority of the nation professes to believe. How exactly does that earn our trust?

 

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control – and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart – not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

 

Again, we see that America’s “god” is money. The news has been dominated by the economy. I’m not sure I understand why the president is speaking about the market. Have a large number of people been arguing about it? How does the market “expand freedom”? I can’t help but wonder whose watchful eye the president is talking about? His? The person he put in charge (who had difficulties handling his own money)? Mr. Obama clearly doesn’t understand prosperity. The only way a nation can truly prosper is if it fears, reveres, and “favors” God. Scripture is filled with evidence of this. When Israel obeyed God, they prospered (just like He promised!). They were a righteous nation and God blessed them. When they disobeyed God, they suffered in many ways. You can see the same thing in America’s history. Our country was founded in 1776. For 187 years, our nation feared and revered God. The men and women who lead the nation obeyed Him and ordered their lives after His Word. God was first. He was obeyed and our nation was protected and prosperous. In 1963, God, prayer, the Bible, and the Ten Commandments were removed from our schools and many public places. In 36 years, our nation has fallen horribly from where it used to be. We lift up homosexuality as at least equal, if not better than, heterosexuality even though it’s an abomination to God and a sin. We promote the murder of unborn children by their moms as an issue of choice and rights, even though the rights of the child are completely ignored. We pay billions of dollars to produce and watch movies that are full of immorality, blasphemy, and rebellion against God. We continue to flounder and fall behind. The success of our economy has depended solely on our obedience to God, but that shouldn’t be our focus. Our focus should be on the fact that we’ve rebelled against God and that should grieve us. Unless we repent and return to God, we will continue to fall. The surest route to “our common good” is found in Scripture. Any other route is a detour and a lie.

 

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

 

I wonder who said that we have to choose between safety and ideals? In all honesty, our safety will be determined by our ideals. Our founding fathers were faced with perils we can’t imagine (yet), but there are two major differences between them and us. First, the majority of the problems they faced were due to a government that had too much hand in their personal lives. The problems they faced were not of their own making. Today, our problems are totally our own making. Second, the founding fathers trusted in God. They believed in Him and obeyed Him. They understood sacrifice because they understood the cross. They actually knew what agape meant. They “drafted a charter” to assure the rule of God’s law and the rights of man (even the unborn ones). Only the blood of those who understood what they did and believed the same way has expanded this charter. I disagree that the ideals the founding fathers still light the world. To be honest, I believe that they are dimming even in this nation. The ideals that the founding fathers held to were Christian ones. The majority of the world hates God and those who truly follow Him (although they seem to like the squishy compromisers). Even in America, where 85% are supposedly Christian, those ideals are hard to recognize in the “believers”. To make a blanket statement about peace and dignity seems a little proud and presumptuous (at least he’s consistent). America is not, and shouldn’t be, the friend of all those who seek peace for a very good reason. All who seek peace do not do so the same way. Muslims seek peace through the submission of all to the will of Allah. Are we ok with that? I fear that the majority might be, as long as it’s not Christianity… Others seek peace through the death of Christians. Are we friends to them? I wonder how many would still profess Christ if it came down to their lives? Also, the idea that we “are ready to lead once more” is ridiculous. Our nation can’t even handle the majority of the issues in our own borders, how can we lead other nations, especially when many of those nations already have a low view of America?

 

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

 

The president talks about how others faced down communism while he tries to bring it into our borders! The things that our nations “faced down” were done because of the enduring convictions based on Christianity. Our “power” is nothing. It is more of a hindrance than a benefit. I say this because we look to our power as a nation as some sort of indication of how great we are. It supposedly represents how “great” we are. We have ignored the fact that it is God and He alone that gives us strength and protects us. Our power alone is worth nothing. It is God’s power that protects us. And if we continue to rebel against God, that power that once protected us will be brought to bear against us. Our power doesn’t grow because of anything that we do. God grows our power as we continue to humble ourselves before Him and to order our lives and our nation according to His Word. Also, our security comes from God. Our justness of cause is relative unless it’s based on Scripture. If it’s not, then justice will change depending on the whim of those in charge. For instance, it will soon be ok to kill your child because it’s an inconvenience, unless of course it’s already born (well, unless it’s just partially born). It will soon be ok to live a homosexual lifestyle. Many would see this as justice. It’s not, but that’s how many will see this.

 

I wonder what kind of force the president is talking about? And what example? The example of rebellion against God? How forceful can our example be when it diametrically opposes the will of God? I find it ironic that the president talks about humility here but has built his campaign on how he is the agent of change and will bring about the change that America needs. Is that humility? Is walking in humility telling someone that disagrees with you that you won and that will “trump him or her any day”? And who will restrain the president? “the People”? Will they be given the opportunity?

 

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort – even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

 

All you have to do is look at our recent history to see that we’ve failed to keep the legacy of those who have come before. We have not been guided by the principles of our forefathers because we’ve ignored them! He talks about greater cooperation and understanding between nations, but many of these nations want to see America destroyed. He talks about old friends and former foes, but what indication do we have that this will be the case? Many of our “old friends” have abandoned us in Iraq and many of our “former foes” still don’t hold us in high regard. Again, the president talks about the nuclear threat and global warming (which is still unproven and unlikely). But he has nothing to show that he’s able to handle these conflicts.

 

What really amazes me is what the president said next. He talks about how we won’t apologize for the way we live (even though it is a stench in God’s nostrils) nor waver in it’s defense. But how will we defend ourselves against God? What will we do when He has finally had enough? Where will the president and the government be when this happens? What kind of measures with they take against the God of the universe? Then, the president has the unmitigated gall to say that those who advance their aims by the slaughtering of innocents will be defeated. I think that the president is right, but I don’t think that he realizes that he’s talking about America… He says that our spirit is stronger, but is it really? We can’t even fight an ongoing war without a majority of people whining about it. We don’t have the spirit, the stomach, or the guts to follow through with what needs to be done and other countries know this. How we will defeat those who are doing the same thing we’re doing (on a lesser scale than we are) is beyond me. Many talk about our war losses. We’ve lost about 4,000 people in 5+ years in Iraq. We kill that many babies in a single day in America. If we’re talking about “innocents”, there can be no one more innocent…

 

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

 

We may have a “patchwork heritage” but until recently, we’ve not had a patchwork foundation. We were once built solely on Christian principles. Now, we’re trying to “remake” our foundation to include conflicting ideas. While we may be a nation of numerous religious and ethnic heritages, we are (by the founders view) a Christian nation. If we change this, then we are doomed. We may see things (inventions, etc.) from people of other religions, but we have been shaped by Christ and Christian doctrine. It is because we were founded on Christianity that other religions have been able to practice their belief system (or lack thereof) freely. No other belief allows this. During the civil war we were led by a president who fully stood firmly on Christian principles. We were still a country that feared God. We are that no longer. During the times of segregation, we still had leaders that feared God and followed Him. We have that no longer. What the president fails to understand is that “old hatreds” have never ceased and, according to Scripture, they won’t. He doesn’t seem to understand that the Bible has already dissolved the “lines of tribe” (although I’m not quite sure I understand the point that he’s trying to make with this statement) by claiming that we are “one blood” (Acts 17:26). And, if the president were to actually pay attention to himself and others on the planet, he would see that our “common humanity” has also been revealed. Scripture says that there is none that is good and that we are all sinners. This is our common humanity and the result of that “common humanity” is death and hell. America can only play a role in a “new era” of peace if it follows the Prince of Peace. This new era of peace will never be global and will not be easy. It will only be permanent when Christ returns to judge the world in righteousness and destroy the enemies of God. To think that we can somehow bring peace without God is a delusion of the highest order and one that the new president prides himself on. I wonder what role the president thinks that America should play to “usher in a new era of peace”?

 

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.

 

I am not surprised at this statement at all. I would suspect that even though the president is trying to be all things to all people, he knows that this is a lie. There is nothing common between Islam and Christianity (although this may not be a problem with the America of today). Christians and Muslims don’t have mutual interest or respect for each other and Christian nations should hold the same view for Muslim ones. This will grate on the nerves of many people, but it’s the truth. I’ve already written about why Christianity and Islam are incompatible, but suffice it to say that there is no common ground between people who believe that Jesus is the Son of God and those who deny Him.

 

To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

 

What does he mean when he says that the people will judge their leaders on “what you can build not what you destroy”? Those who sow conflict will not care how their people judge them. To point a finger at those who “cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent” when the leaders of this nation do the very same is hypocrisy. To say that they are on the wrong side of history doesn’t make any sense. Is there a side of history? Which side of history is the right one? The one that agrees with you? How does the president determine this? How is he sure that America isn’t on the “wrong side of history”? History is not the determining factor of wrong and right. History is (supposed to be) just a record of what man has already done. The determining factor of right and wrong is God’s truth. If you do not comply with God’s truth, then you are wrong. If you do, you are right. It’s that simple. Also, where is the line drawn that will decide when we “extend a hand” to those who cling to power? What will it take for us to reach out to them? How are we to recognize when they’ve unclenched their fists and who will decide what will be done with the relinquished power? Not only that, but how much silencing of dissention will be done in respect to our new president? How many will be viewed as racist for disagreeing with him?

 

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

 

Again, I can’t help but wonder why the people of “poor nations” would believe our offers of help when we can’t even help ourselves? Will we teach them to throw money at their problems even when they don’t have it? It’s great that we want to help those who some would consider poor, but unless we do it with the right attitude (the Christian one), it means nothing. What will we be feeding the hungry minds? Will it be the same poor material that our children are taught in public schools? Will we try to remove the scriptural foundation that other “poor” countries may have due to the work of Christian missionaries? I wonder whom the president is talking to when he talks about “indifference to suffering”? Unless I’m mistaken, Christians are still the ones who are doing the most to take care of those who are suffering inside and outside our borders. I adamantly disagree with the idea that we need to change with the world. We need to change when and how God tells us to. The world is not going to change that way. The world is not going to change according to God’s will and if we decide to change “with the world” instead of according to the will of God, we will suffer with the world. We need to stand for absolute truth and that’s something that the world will never accept.

 

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages.

 

The majority of those who lie in Arlington feared God and I believe that the majority of those who protect our nation today also fear God. They tell us that the only real sacrifice was seen on the cross, and those who have given their lives as sacrifices for our nation are just a reflection of that which was shown on the cross.

 

We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment – a moment that will define a generation – it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

 

Jesus gave us the example of service when the Son of God knelt down before the sinful men He would eventually die for and washed their feet. This is service. When the One who had all authority disregarded His position and gave Himself for those who hated Him, it wasn’t about finding meaning in “something greater” because there was nothing greater. It was about self-sacrifice. It was about selflessness. Those who founded the nation didn’t have the “spirit of service” they had the Spirit of God. This is the Spirit that must inhabit us if we are to be anything other than more of the world.

 

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job, which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

 

But whose faith are we talking about? The faith of the Jews? The faith of the Muslims? The “faith” of the atheists? Or is it the faith of the Biblical Christians? We cannot put our faith in the government. We must put our faith in the God of the Bible and in Him alone. It doesn’t matter how determined we are, if we are against God, we are wrong. The kindness that “takes in a stranger when the levees break” (?) and the selflessness that the president is talking about only come from a Christian worldview. Without the Christian worldview, you won’t have these things. Looking at our nation today, these things are fading and it’s because those who hate God are eroding the foundation that our nation was built on. Without restoring that foundation, we won’t have kindness, selflessness or anything else that we take for granted. It is not courage or willingness to nurture that decide our fate. What decides our fate is whether or not we will choose to fear, respect, and obey God. If we will choose to fear, respect, and obey God then He will keep His promise to protect and help us. He will deliver us from the trials and tribulations that we now face. If we choose not to fear, respect, and obey God then He will keep His promise to bring plagues, disease, and judgment to our nation. THAT is what decides our fate.

 

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends – hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism – these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility – a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

 

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

 

Our challenges are far from new. The “instruments” that we meet them with shouldn’t be either. If we truly want to overcome these challenges, then we will return to Scripture for our answers. I just realized that the president has only talked about meeting the challenges. Anyone can meet the challenges, but so what? The president says that the values of hard work, honesty, courage, fair play (who determines what is fair play?), tolerance (according to whose definition?), curiosity (?), loyalty (to whom?), and patriotism are old. This is somewhat confusing. What he is saying is that he wants a new America based on old Christian values. How exactly does this work? He says they are the truth. But, according to whom? How does he define tolerance? He says that our success depends on these values, but why doesn’t our success depend on the source of those values? He says that we must return to these truths, but how can we without returning to the source of these truths? The president says that a new era of responsibility is required of us. What does that mean? If he’s calling us to take responsibility for our actions then I agree. But how does he define the duties of each American? Where does he draw the line between the person and the government? He says that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit as giving our all to a difficult task. Is that so? Has the president never shared the gospel with someone? Has he never preached the truth of the gospel to someone else? I say that there is nothing so satisfying as preaching the truth and witnessing to someone who is lost. Again, I have to say, it doesn’t matter how much we “give our all” to a task. If the work that we give our all to is work that goes against God, then we may be satisfied in our sorry human emotion and think that it defines our character (which it does, but not how we think), but we deceive ourselves into thinking that we are what we are not. We delude ourselves into thinking that we are somehow accomplishing the things that are most uplifting and righteous because they feel good, when they are most reprehensible to the Lord that sees it all.

 

This is the source of our confidence – the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

 

THIS is the source of our confidence? The source of whose confidence? It isn’t the source of my confidence. He says that the source of his confidence is that God has called him to shape an uncertain destiny. If he were a Biblical Christian, then the source of his confidence would be different. The source of confidence for a Christian is the fact that even though they are a filthy sinner they have been saved by a wonderful God who has every right to send them straight to hell but instead showed mercy to them and died for their sins. God doesn’t “call us to shape an uncertain destiny”. He calls us to repent of our sins before Him humbly. He commands us to tell others the same. God is the only one that shapes “destiny” and for Him it is not uncertain. The source of our confidence could also be the fact that while things are falling down around us (due to our rebellion against God) God is still willing to heal our land and restore us if we are willing to repent of our sins.

 

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed – why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

 

It was only a matter of time before the president played the race card. It’s great that men and women and children of every race and faith can join together in celebration, but it’s not the answer. It’s great that Barack Obama can take a “most sacred oath” when his father might not have been served at a local restaurant. But, what does this have to do with whether or not he will be able to lead the nation? What does this have to do with whether or not God will once again look on this nation with something other than anger and judgment? What does a number of different people that believe a number of different things coming together in celebration have to do with whether or not this nation will repent and turn back to God? Nothing.

 

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

 

“Let it be told to the future world…that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].”

 

If we’re going to remember who we are and how far we’ve traveled, then how about we remember it the way it actually happened? He compares himself to George Washington leading the nation back from the brink of destruction. George Washington was a great Christian man who took the Scripture seriously and ordered his life according to it. Washington’s hope was in Jesus Christ. That is why hope could survive. They came forth to meet the danger of the nation under the hand of God. They knew that they would win if God allowed it. The reason they were united is because they believed in the same God and had the same moral values. They held God in high esteem (like they should have) and they desired to “forge” a nation that was solely dependent on Him. I can’t help but ask why the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration should be marked as a day of remembrance? What makes his inauguration a special day of remembrance? I may be a little jaded but it sounds like the new president is saying that he is the standard bearer for leading us back to a new era… The problem is the new president is not a Christian and doesn’t hold to the same values as the founding fathers did. He doesn’t hold God in high esteem. He doesn’t fear God or obey Him. Why does he think that he will somehow change America for the best? Why does he think that God will use him to restore America when his life and values oppose Him? Unless the president repents and leads this nation to a place of repentance, he will be another in a long line of men who have tried to lead this nation under their own strength. He will be a carbon copy of the Bill Clintons and Jimmy Carters. He will be another man who will do nothing of any significance and America will have wasted another four years putting its hope in man instead of in God.

 

 

America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

 

We have “common dangers” because we are a nation. We have a “winter of hardship” because we are sinful and rebellious toward God. The “timeless words” that we are urged to remember are those spoken by a God fearing man who knew that it was only on his knees in prayer that he could stand and lead our nation. It is an attitude long missing from our leadership and our nation at large. We are a nation of complacent sheep who love to be entertained. We have people who play sports, race cars, or pretend to be something other than what they are in movies that make millions of dollars while our nation’s economy continues to fail. We dole out unheard of amounts of money for “childish things” while the things that our country needs continue to go by the way side. We continue to shake our fist at God because He’s not blessing us, instead of weeping because He’s judging us. We look to weak-willed men who have little backbone and no faith to lead our nation back to where it once was when they don’t even know the way. Our country is filled with “Christians” and non-Christians who walk the broad path to destruction and ignore the few voices who still preach the truth. They block out the echoes of sins past by singing their “worship” and following their unimportant and sorry causes. They save animals while they kill their children. They support abominable lifestyles and can’t figure out why their sins are killing them. Our leaders are not leading. They are selfish, self-centered men and women who couldn’t make change for a dollar much less make change for a nation. They hide behind their sturdy oak doors so that the people they are supposed to care about can’t see their latest greed driven debacle. All the while they forget that their sins are laid out before the eyes of the just Judge.

 

There is very little that our nation has to be proud of anymore. We are rewriting our history to erase God at the whim of a few dysfunctional, attention-seeking atheists who have nothing better to do than ridicule and attack those they see as unreasonable and unintelligent. Our country is filled with “churches” that preach lies and deceit to their growing congregations. They entertain their attendees and feed them line after line of doctrines of demons to keep them coming back and giving money. They despise the gospel, mock the death of the One they call Lord, and ignore the warning that God has given them. They teach that all roads lead to heaven, even though the Bible says otherwise. We have little to be proud of, but we have a lot to be ashamed of.

 

It might seem that I don’t like America very much because of the things that I’ve said. On the contrary, it’s because I love my country that I’ve said the things that I have. Unless we start talking honestly, we will never begin to move in the right direction. I’m not proud of where my nation is today. This becomes even more profound when I look at where are nation started from. I still believe that we can see our nation change through repentance, but Barack Obama is not the one to do it. The only One that can help our nation now is God.  The president tells us to keep our eyes “fixed on the horizon”. The Bible says that we should keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). The president tells us that God’s grace is on us, but the Bible says that God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).

 

I will pray for the president. I will do it not because I like him, or because I agree with anything he says, but because God tells me to. I pray that our nation would stop its decent into sin and darkness. I pray that we would start to offer ourselves as living sacrifices to God and lift up the chains of our bondage to the Lord that He might, in His great and gracious mercy break those chains. I would rather have our children say that this generation was the one that turned fully and whole-heartedly back to the Lord. It is not about us and until America realizes that and understands that it only through God and Him alone that we will ever see our country truly change, we are only fooling ourselves. Jesus is our only hope…

Just Stop!

December 29, 2008 at 5:12 pm | Posted in Christianity | 5 Comments
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As 2009 begins, I wanted to write a plea to Christians, to other faiths, to Americans, and to the world. My plea is this:

 

Just Stop!

 

To Americans: STOP blaming everything but our sins for the problems that we are now facing! Do you realize that God promised all the problems that we have at this moment to the nation who turns its back on Him? From diseases, to plagues, to enemy attacks, to financial instability, these things are because of our sins. It doesn’t matter who we put into office or what kind of legislation or efforts we make, unless our nation turns back to God, things will only get worse. Not only that, but why not take the time to learn some of our nation’s 200 year history? So many people talk about how having Christianity in the political process, the government, and in schools is unconstitutional because of the “separation of church and state”. Do you realize how ludicrous you look when doing this because you don’t know your own country’s history? The phrase “separation of church and state” is not in the Constitution. It comes from a letter by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists. But the idea of “separation of church and state” is not in there either. The founding fathers of this nation feared God and depended on Him to guide their nation. The only thing found in the constitution is the idea that the nation cannot declare a state religion. The U.S. has never declared a state religion although, until recently, it has been recognized by most as a Christian nation. How much has to happen to us before we cast aside our pride and admit that IT IS OUR FAULT?!?!

 

Also, to those who lead our nation, what are you thinking? STOP thinking only of yourselves and nothing of the nation or the future. You don’t seem to care what happens as long as you get yours. You are supposed to be serving the people and yet you’ve done nothing to help our nation get back on track. You vote yourselves a raise every year, even though you don’t do your job, no matter what the economy is like. In the meantime, thousands of people are being laid off and put in positions where they can’t even afford to feed their families, while you make six figure salaries. Why? STOP relying on everything but God and leading our nation away from the One who can actually save us. You rub shoulders with those who pay you the most money while ignoring the people you’re supposed to be representing. You seem to have forgotten the history of our nation and the giants whose shoulders you’re standing on. Just STOP! STOP blasting America and her leaders while you sleep with the enemy and cater to them and their desires (thank you Mr. Carter…). And, all of this is going on while our soldiers are fighting these people overseas! STOP allowing the leaders of foreign countries to speak at American universities like dignitaries when they’ve made it clear that they hate America. Just in case there are a few in Congress who actually strive to do what God desires, then I encourage you to be bolder in your faith. Either you are being overshadowed by the wickedness and deception of the majority or you’re not speaking loud enough to be heard.

 

To those who preach tolerance: First, learn the definition of the word. It is not being accepting of everything and everyone by compromising your faith. Being tolerant is putting up with something even though you disagree with it. STOP saying that you are tolerant and open to all beliefs when you rail against Christianity and those who follow Christ. That doesn’t seem very tolerant (by either definition), if you ask me. You whine and complain saying Christians are intolerant, but you practice the very same thing in regard to Christians. If you really want to be tolerant, then treat Christians and Christianity like you treat everyone else. If you don’t want to do that, then treat everyone else just like you treat Christians. The truth is Christianity, while exclusive, is the most tolerant belief system there is! If you look around the world, you don’t see much about Muslims being killed (unless it’s by other Muslims), but you hear about the Christians in Iraq who are living naked in the woods because the Muslims there have threatened their lives. You don’t hear much about Hindus being killed, but you hear about the Christians in Orissa being killed by Hindu radicals for the death of a high-level Hindu cleric, even though it’s been proven that the Christians had nothing to do with it! How many atheists are being persecuted and killed for their lack of faith? If you’re going to preach tolerance, then live it out as well. Otherwise, STOP!

 

To Muslims:  STOP trying to compare your beliefs to Christianity. They aren’t even close. Allah is not the same as the God of the Bible. Islam is not the religion of peace that many Muslims try to convince Westerners it is (read Surahs 9:29, 5:33). We don’t worship the same God. We differ on the fact that Jesus is God. In Islam, you have to work for your salvation. You must do a list of things to be saved. Even then, you’re not guaranteed that you’ll be saved when judgment comes. In Christianity, you can do nothing to help with your salvation. It is by grace that we are saved and nothing else (Ephesians 2:8-9). In Islam, an “angel” (Gabriel) came and gave the “revelation” of Islam to Muhammed. Oddly enough, much of the “revelation” is based on 2nd century Jewish fables and self-serving “decrees” given to Muhammed by “Allah”. In Christianity, God Himself spoke to prophets and patriarchs in the Old Testament, and through His Son in the New Testament (Hebrews 1:2). To those in the U.S. who call themselves Muslims: read the Quran and the Hadith. If you’re not following this, then can you really be called a Muslim? You claim that the Bible is corrupted and untrustworthy even though the Quran has a myriad of problems and contradictions that you seem to ignore and that cannot be reconciled. You don’t have anything in common with Christianity except where the Quran has correctly lifted verses from scripture…

 

To atheists/evolutionists: Whether or not you believe that God exists is your choice, but at least be intellectually honest about what you believe. STOP saying your belief is based on “cold, hard facts”. Your belief that God does not exist is a metaphysical one. Many of you have been trying to deny, rewrite, or erase the history of our country that shows that those who founded our nation were men and women who not only believed God, they feared Him and it’s apparent in their writings and quotes. Also, STOP trying lump the God of the Bible together with false gods like Allah, Buddha, Wotam, Odin, Zeus, and the “flying spaghetti monster”. I also have to wonder if you really believe what you say. According to what you believe, God doesn’t exist. If that’s true, then there is no basis for morality. I may be missing something, but if that’s true, shouldn’t there be a lot more bloodshed and anarchy? If you really believe in “survival of the fittest” and “man makes the rules”, then why don’t we see more atheists and evolutionists attacking others or using violence to get what they want? Isn’t that how nature works according to what you believe? Not only that, but why do leading atheists (including Richard Dawkins) admit that the atheistic/evolutionary worldview is savage and try to promote a Christian morality without Christ? If you don’t believe that God exists, why does He bother you so much? Why not just be honest and say that you don’t believe He exists because you don’t like the moral laws that come with His existence? Why not just be honest and say that you hate Him and be done with it?

 

To homosexuals: STOP hiding behind excuses. You claim that you are victims because you can’t have the same rights as heterosexual people. In actuality, you do have the same rights as heterosexuals. You just choose not to take part in some of them because they contradict the lifestyle that you choose to live in. Also, STOP trying to compare homosexuality to skin color. The color of someone’s skin is not a choice they make. They are born with it. To compare the “trouble” that homosexuals are going through to the race issues of the 60’s is ridiculous and an insult to those who suffered through those times and even lost their lives in the troubles. Homosexuality is not genetic. The Bible says that when God created man, He made a man and woman. He then instituted marriage between the two in Genesis 2. That’s what marriage is. That is the definition of marriage and to be married, you need to ascribe to it as God created it. If you choose not to, then you are not married. STOP pretending to be Christians when you are living a sinful lifestyle. The Bible clearly says that homosexuality is an abomination to God. This is not just an Old Testament idea (Leviticus 18:22). Paul spends a lot of time in the New Testament saying the same thing (1 Cor. 6:9, Gal. 5:16-19, Rom. 1). If you choose to reject what the scripture says and go ahead to live a sinful lifestyle, then you cannot be a Christian. You are choosing to rebel against God and His Word even though many of you have been told very clearly what the Bible says. That is not the lifestyle of a Christian and it will prevent you from being saved. To those who support “homosexual Christians”, STOP! You are doing nothing but perpetuating a false view of what scripture says and deceiving others into believing they are saved when they aren’t! If you’re going to attack Christians (like that weak Prop 8 musical) at least get some idea of what Biblical Christians really believe (see the next section).

 

To those who hate Christ/Christianity: If you are going to attack Christianity/Christ, please STOP using the same weak arguments. Please STOP setting up straw men that are easily knocked down and ridiculed. I know that it makes you look good and that it helps to persuade people to agree with you, but it is poor form. Not only that but if you’re going to argue, please STOP with the potty mouth. It doesn’t do anything to further your argument and makes you look like a juvenile delinquent (no offense to juvenile delinquents intended…).  If you’re going to attack Christianity, at least make an argument based on Biblical Christianity. Take the time to do some research on what scripture actually says. Do the work to understand what true Christians actually believe and what the Bible really says and then make your argument. If your not willing to do that (whether it’s because you’re too lazy, you think that Christians are beneath you and not worth the time, etc…), then STOP whining and arguing! Many of the arguments used nowadays are the same regurgitated arguments that have been refuted for years (some for centuries). Also, please understand that many (if not the majority) of the “pastors” and “evangelists” that you see on television do not represent Biblical Christianity.

 

To those religions who claim to have ties to Christianity: God the Father is eternal. He is not a man who has been elevated to “god” status, nor does He have any wives. Jesus is eternal as well. He is not a “spirit child” of the “Father” and one of “His” wives. Jesus is God and not just a man or prophet. He is NOT the spirit brother of Lucifer. You cannot do anything to help yourself to enter heaven. STOP trying to force people to believe unnecessary things (dogmas, etc…) as part of their salvation. STOP adding to or taking away from Biblical Christianity to suit yourself. STOP redefining what Christianity is instead of seeing it the way God defines it. STOP trying to read modern ideas and thoughts into the scriptures. Instead, read the Bible the way that it was meant to be read. STOP trying to weave Eastern mysticism (yoga, “centering” prayer, etc…) into the gospel (Rob Bell, Brian McClaren, Doug Pagitt)! STOP claiming that everyone will be saved (universalism), even if they don’t know Jesus. This is a horrible heresy that has no grounds in scripture. You are propagating a false doctrine that will lead numerous people to hell. STOP! If you are not going to follow Biblical Christianity, then please STOP calling yourself a Christian.

 

To pastors: STOP preaching a false gospel and making false converts. You are supposed to be teaching, protecting, and leading people to Christ. If you’re not preaching the truth of scripture, then STOP calling yourself a pastor, STOP calling what you speak a sermon, and STOP calling your group of people a church. If you’re going to spend your time tickling ears and entertaining people instead of warning people about hell and motivating those who believe to go out with you to preach the gospel, then you’re not a pastor, you’re a motivational speaker or a cheap entertainer. STOP preaching prosperity as the reason Christ came and telling others they should be “blessed” and if they’re not, they are missing out (Kenneth Copeland, Jesse Duplantis, Jerry Savelle, Bill Winston, Creflo Dollar). STOP talking about the blessing of Abraham as dealing with material things and actually read the whole text of Galatians 3 in context. STOP saying that we should be “blessed” so that we can turn around and bless others. I can go out and preach the gospel and not have to spend anything, and I will, if it I really want to bless people. STOP encouraging the greed of others to seek material “blessings”. STOP teaching others that they can somehow create the things that they want by “speaking in faith”. STOP telling people that they shouldn’t be sick or they might not be saved. STOP telling people that they should be speaking to the weather, or their circumstances, or any number of other things like they have control. STOP blurring the line between God and man. You bring God down to the level of man and raise man up to the level of God. STOP replacing the true gospel with one that focuses on social ills (Rick Warren). STOP trying to tell believers (or those who call themselves believers) that they need to be spending their time and money helping fight poverty, illiteracy, and hunger. While these are things that we do need to help fight, they are not as important as the eternal destiny of the souls of humanity. STOP saying that the focus of Christianity is “joy, peace, love, and hope”. IT’S NOT! The focus of Christianity is the glory of God through the salvation of man by God’s grace brought about through the death of Christ and His resurrection. The Bible gives no guarantee that the Christian life will be sunshine and roses. As a matter of fact, Jesus gives the promise of persecution to His followers a number of times. STOP teaching people they should feel good about themselves (Joel Osteen, Robert Schuller) when the Bible says that they are wretched sinners. STOP telling people that they just need to “be positive” and “think good thoughts”. STOP trying to be relevant and mimic the world. If you are riding motorcycles on the stage or using secular songs as the basis for your “sermons” STOP! You are not only making a fool of yourself, you are giving haters of Christ an easy time mocking the Lord. STOP courting sinners and tickling their ears with what they want to hear instead of preaching the truth. STOP talking to the unsaved to determine how you’re going to run your church (Bill Hybels). STOP trying to make programs to bring people in the church in the hopes that they might get saved by osmosis while listening to one of your weak, unscriptural messages. STOP shrinking back from speaking Biblical truth because it might offend someone or cause the numbers in the church to go down. STOP compromising the gospel.

 

To those who support unbiblical ideas: STOP calling abortion the removal of “blobs of tissue” when it’s murder and an abomination to God. STOP saying that abortion is about a woman’s choice, when it is about whether you are going to follow God or man. STOP saying that everyone will be saved. I know I said this above, but it bears repeating. Not all religions lead to heaven and God. Only one does. Jesus said that He is “the way, the truth, and the life” and “that no man comes to the Father but through Him” (John 14:6). This means that if you haven’t repented of your sins and put your trust in Christ, then you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. STOP telling people that hell is not a real place or avoiding the topic at all. Jesus makes it clear that hell is real and that those who are found with their sins unpaid for on the Day of Judgment will be sent there.

 

To Christians in general: If you’re one of the dying breed that obey Biblical Christianity and what the Bible says, keep fighting. Don’t compromise the truth in the name of “love” or “tolerance”. Don’t grow weary because you think that you are the only one who is trying to follow Biblical Christianity the way that Jesus laid it down in the gospels. Remember that if you are truly following the scriptures and doing what God has called all Christians to do, people will hate you. When you speak the truth of the Bible and tell wretched sinners that they will go to hell because they are in rebellion against God, they will not like you. Unfortunately, in America, you will be in the minority. There will be numerous legions of “believers” who will tell you that you need to focus on the love of God. They will shake their head as you preach the truth because they don’t understand it. You will find yourself in hardship and may find yourself alone at times. Nonetheless, it is a worthy thing that you do regardless of whether or not the majority of “believers” agree with you. I encourage you to look for those of like mind and heart. Find those who are more concerned about the truth being preached and the lost hearing how they can be soundly saved. Be bold in the preaching of the truth. Stand in the open square and shout to be heard. Don’t let emotion keep you from telling others the reality of hell and the future of those who die in their sins. Make sure that your motive is the same as Christ’s. Grieve over those who walk away from you at the end of the message without repenting, but trust that God is well able to move on their hearts and confirm the seed of truth that you preached.

 

If you’re one of the many people who claim to be Christian but you do not follow the Biblical view of what a Christian is/should be, then I would have to wonder. If you hold to a worldview that doesn’t agree with what scripture says, then I would have to wonder. If you openly live your life in opposition to what the Bible says, then I don’t have to wonder, you’re not a Christian. It’s really that simple. If Christianity is just a way for you to be “blessed”, or a way for you to feel good about yourself, or a way for you to live the life you want to live; then I don’t just wonder; I’m concerned for you. Christianity is about the sinfulness of man. It’s about how man is a wretch and is unable to save himself. It is about how he rebels against God on a daily (if not minute by minute) basis and is at enmity with Him. It is about how man deserves hell because of the sins he’s committed against a holy and just God. And, it’s about the fact that despite how decrepit and wicked man is, God came to earth and died for us. It’s about how God paid the fine that we couldn’t pay so that He could dismiss the legal case against us. Because of God’s Law, we are all guilty. The punishment for the crime against a perfect, eternal God is eternal damnation in hell. Because God paid our fine, if we are willing to do things on His terms, we can have our case dismissed and be free to go. For this to happen, we don’t “ask Jesus into our heart”. We must repent (turn form our sins) and put our trust in Jesus (like we would trust a parachute). If we will do this, then God will forgive our sins and grant us eternal life. If that’s not your version of Christianity, then I would urge you to examine your motives, your understanding, and your heart. Please make sure of your salvation and know that your eternity and the eternity of those around you may be at stake!

Newslinks 08/30/08

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Saddleback presidential forum: How did they respond?

 

Rick Warren held a presidential forum recently where he interviewed the candidates on different topics important to the American people. He interviewed Barack Obama for the first hour of the forum and John McCain the second hour.

 

Obama said that he feels that America’s greatest moral failure is “not abiding by the command of Jesus to care for ‘the least of these’”. Obama said that this applies to many things like poverty, racism, sexism, and that we should “provide ladders of opportunity for people to move up to the middle class”. When asked about the abortion issue, Obama said that he’s not sure when an unborn baby becomes a human life worth protecting and couldn’t provide an instance of when he’s voted to limit abortions. When asked when a baby should receive human rights, Obama said that he didn’t know for certain and the answer was “above his pay grade”. He said that he wasn’t for Roe v. Wade because he was pro-abortion, but because “women don’t make decisions about abortion casually”. When asked about marriage, Obama said that he believes that marriage is a sacred union between a man and a woman, but that he wouldn’t support an amendment with that sort of language. He said that we have never defined marriage historically in the Constitution. When Obama “broke it down”, he said that marriage has always been a tradition of state law and that most people believe that there should be an amendment because of same-sex marriage. Obama said that while he doesn’t support same-sex marriage, he does support homosexual civil unions.

 

When John McCain was questioned, it started with a question about energy. He said that he believes that the US should drill offshore for oil so that we can become independent of foreign oil, a position that he didn’t hold 10 years ago. When asked about abortion, McCain said that he believes that life begins at conception. He reminded those present of his 25-year record of pro-life voting and committed his presidency to the pro-life stance. He also said that while he supports embryonic stem cell research, he is “wildly optimistic” that skin cell research will make the debate “an academic one”. When asked about marriage, McCain reiterated that he believed that California was wrong for legalizing same-sex marriage. He believes that marriage is between a man and a woman. He also said that he believed that the states should make the decision. He also said that it doesn’t mean that people can’t enter into legal agreements or have the rights of all citizens. When asked about religious persecution, McCain said that he would use his position as president to call on countries like China to stop their persecution of Christians.

 

While I don’t agree with Rick Warren and think that he is preaching another “gospel”, I hope that this forum helps people realize just how different the candidates are. I heard some of the audio clips from the forum and the difference is amazing. The answers that Barack Obama gave were a lot of double speak and didn’t really answer anything. He refused to give a definite answer as to when an unborn baby is a human being. He said that he believes that there is a “moral and ethical aspect to this issue” but wouldn’t state what that aspect is. He has, however, stood up for and promoted abortion for a number of years, so I think that we can readily see what his morals are. He said that he couldn’t answer when life began because it was “above his pay grade”. If that’s the case, and you’re the “thoughtful, caring, bastion of hope” that you promote yourself to be, why support abortion at all? If you have the morals that you claim you do, and you don’t know when life begins, why would you aggressively promote something like abortion? If you’re not sure, then it’s very possible that you’re killing babies right? Granted, the issue is a lot clearer than that. He said that he believes that there is common ground that our goal should be to reduce the number of abortions. Um…forgive me if I’m stating the obvious, if we get rid of legal abortions, wouldn’t that reduce them? If we stop/shut down Planned Parenthoods and abortions clinics and prosecute them as the murderers they are, and if we make abortion illegal, that should reduce them right? If we couple this with promoting abstinence and actually teach our kids moral absolutes, we’ll see abortions go down! If he can’t clearly answer a question like this, is he really cut out to be president? Obama was also asked if evil exists and how we should handle it (ignore it, negotiate with it, contain it, or defeat it). He said that evil does exist and then started naming all the places we see evil and that it should be “confronted squarely” and that while it’s God’s task to remove evil but that we can be “soldiers in that task”.

 

On the other hand, John McCain gave clear and definite answers. When asked about what we should do with evil, his response was “defeat it”. Period. There was no doubt where he stood. While I don’t agree with everything that John McCain has said, given the choice before me, I will not vote for Barack Obama. John McCain may not be perfect, but he is clear on where he stands and is consistent. Obama is not. He has been trying to court “evangelicals” for the past few months and this was just another opportunity to do so. I hope that Christians will see that Barack Obama has waffled on what he believes and where he stands on issues (except abortion and homosexual rights). I don’t understand how someone can support unbiblical practices that scripture calls sin and still call himself a Christian. Because of that I can’t vote for him. I pray that our nation will realize that our hope isn’t in a president (whether it’s John McCain or Barack Obama). The hope of our nation is in God and God alone. It is up to Christians to choose leaders that will obey the scriptures the way that God meant them and nothing else.

 

 

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http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080817/church-hosted-forum-reveals-hearts-minds-of-white-house-hopefuls.htm

Church-Hosted Forum Reveals Hearts, Minds of White House Hopefuls

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http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080815/georgia-s-church-aided-refugees-ask-where-was-god.htm

Georgia’s Church-Aided Refugees Ask ‘Where Was God?’

 

Christian organizations and local churches are helping the hundreds of thousands of refugees that are fleeing the Georgian conflict. Those helping say that many of the people that come to them for help are there only with the clothes on their backs. The convents and churches of the area are taking in the refugees to give them shelter. One of the convent directors, known as Mother Nonna, said that she’s never seen so many kids with fear in their eyes. She said that the most difficult question to answer was “Where was God?” The fighting in Georgia started when the province of South Ossetia chose to secede from Georgia and unite with North Ossetia.

 

The question is one that all of us have asked in times of trouble. The answer is always the same. God is right where He’s always been. He is on His throne in heaven and is still sovereign. He is not surprised by the events in Georgia; or Darfur, or India for that matter. He not only knows they are happening He allows them. There is nothing that happens that He doesn’t know about. This is not the same as Him being the cause of those things though! Man has been given the free will to choose. The choice he has made has put him in the position he’s in. This isn’t just for things like war; it’s for money problems, marital problems, and so on. If you’re struggling with something, God knows! There are many things that make it seem like God isn’t with us though. The main one is the fact that the church has done a horrible job of rightly dividing and teaching the truth. If they did, there would be many more who know that God is there and would understand their times of trouble. Another reason that this is so hard for us (even Christians) is the fact that man likes to be in control. I do and so do you. We like to know exactly how things will be; we like to have complete control over the tiniest details. Unfortunately, we don’t have that control. Ever. We may think that we do, but how many times have we been in a situation where we thought something was going to be a certain way and then something happened that just completely destroyed all of our best laid plans? We don’t have control over anything, but as Christians we know who does. It’s God. We know that He loves His children, even when we go through trials. We may not understand why we’re going through our trials, but if we understand what the scripture says about God, we have to know that He will do what’s right. God is holy, just, and righteous. Everything that He does is right, whether we agree with it or understand it or we don’t. To those in Georgia, God is there. He sees your struggles, He knows what you’re going through, and He will do what is right.

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http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080818/thousands-fast-cry-mercy-for-america.htm

Thousands Fast, Cry Mercy for America

 

Founder Lou Engle says that the cry for change in America is louder than the cry for mercy. Engle said this during the 12-hour TheCallDC event that was held last weekend at the National Mall in Washington, DC. Mike Huckabee, one-time presidential candidate, joined Engle on the stage to cry out for mercy for the millions of babies that have been murdered through abortion. Huckabee said that while it’s easy to point fingers, the blame squarely falls on those who “claim we know the Lord but have not lived it and not been faithful”. While the event happened just months before the election, the founder said that it’s not about the election but about a “spiritual awakening”. He said that many people, including Christian leaders, aren’t putting their faith “in politics or anywhere else”. Because of this, Engle said that the time was right for corporate fasting and prayer. Engle said that he was “moved” to see so many young people. He also said that the main issue for young evangelicals is abortion, even though studies have shown that that’s not necessarily the case.

 

I went to TheCall that was held in July of last year. At the time, I thought it was a wonderful thing and that having all of those people together praying together, I was sure that something was going to change in this nation, and in my own life. A little over a year later, things have changed, but never like I they thought they would. I look at what goes on at TheCall now and shake my head. They promote some great things, but I wonder what they really expect. In the year since the last Call, what’s changed? Will this get some people’s attention? Of course. Whenever you get thousands of people it is going to draw some attention. But what is the Call really doing? The motive of the Call is a “spiritual awakening”, but is that what our country needs? They talk about fasting and prayer, but what about repentance, righteousness, and holiness? Is twelve hours of not taking in anything than water and juice going to change our nation? Is 50,000 people gathering at the National Mall going to change the hearts of the entire nation? Even if it gets the attention of the people of America, does that justify it? There is a lot of money going into these, and I wonder if it couldn’t be spent better. Instead of gathering together the thousands of dollars needed to put on the Call wouldn’t it be better spent teaching and preaching the gospel? If I remember correctly, I never heard the gospel being preached. They say it’s not about fame, but why the gathering at all? Why the TV cameras? It would have been less expensive to send out an email and get everyone to fast for 40 days up to the day and then pray and fast all day, wouldn’t it? Our nation doesn’t need a “spiritual awakening” and it doesn’t need a “Call”. What it needs is a group of people who call themselves Christians and actually live it out. It needs a church that stands on the authority of the Bible instead of helping the enemies of God destroy it. It needs the gospel of Christ going out to the entire nation. If this happens, then our nation will see change…

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http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080819/evangelist-to-u-s-christians-don-t-snipe-muslims-with-bible-verses.htm

Evangelist to U.S. Christians: Don’t ‘Snipe’ Muslims with Bible Verses

 

Dr. John Azumah recently spent time telling Christians gathered at the Inside-Out conference in Long Beach, California. He is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church in Ghana and spoke to those gathered about not “sniping” Muslims with Bible verses. He said that Muslims are not just “nameless, faceless creatures”. He said that many Christians don’t know Muslims and that they are “strangers to us”. Azumah said that Christians should be salt and light and not “flashlights or fires”. He said that many Christians are like flashlights, shining in people’s eyes and causing them to turn away from the truth. He said that we should “engage them and show them that you love them” before you show them verses. He said that Christians should be lanterns because lanterns shine their light in non-imposing ways. He said that we should be like Barnabas and use our testimony to help people see Jesus like the woman at the well did. He said that Samaritans were to Jews as Muslims are to Christians. He said that Christians should wait on the Lord and wait for the Holy Spirit to come to you.

 

With all do respect, this is ridiculous. It seems that Mr. Azumah doesn’t understand Christians or Muslims. It also seems that he doesn’t understand some of what scripture says about the life of a Christian. The Bible says that we will be hated because of the message we carry with us. It says that the world will not like us because we follow Christ. This doesn’t mean that we can do what ever we want and aggravate people. But it doesn’t mean that we should water down the message or “wait” for the “perfect chance” to share the “gospel”. This makes no sense. If we understand scripture, we know that none of us are promised tomorrow and this means that it is up to us to get people the gospel as soon as possible! As far as Muslims are concerned, if they truly follow what their version of “scripture” says, they hate Christians and Jews. The idea that Christians hate Muslims like the Jews hated the Samaritans is not even close. It’s a generalization that he’s using to try and make his point. If Christians really hated Muslims like he says they do, why are so many spending their lives (many giving those lives) to reach them with the truth? To say that we are “sniping” Muslims by not spending weeks, months, and years getting to know them and instead giving them the truth of the scriptures is a gross misunderstanding of evangelism. It is not necessary to get to know people for weeks or months before we present the gospel to them. I can get to know someone in three minutes and then present the gospel to him or her and I’ve done it. The Muslims that I’ve spoken to this way have not reacted any differently than the non-Muslims have. The bottom line is that Muslims are just like anyone else who hasn’t received Christ for their salvation. They need to hear the truth of the Word of God because THAT is the power of God to salvation. It isn’t “getting to know them” or trying to be their friend first. I’m not saying that Christians shouldn’t be friends with Muslims or that we shouldn’t “get to know” them. What I’m saying is that it’s not necessary to get to know them in order to tell them the truth…

 

Newslinks 06/13/08

June 20, 2008 at 10:02 am | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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I apologize for these being late, but here they are. This week’s newslinks will probably be late as well due to the fact that I have company all weekend.

 

 

 

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Israelis Not Taking Obama’s Jerusalem Gesture Seriously

 

While presidential candidate Barack Obama spoke strongly about Jerusalem and Israel during a recent trip, many Israelis were not fooled. Obama’s remarks came during an annual meeting of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington. Much of his speech was expected and received applause, but when he talked about the city of Jerusalem it raised eyebrows. “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided,” Obama said. Less than a day after the speech, Obama received a lot of criticism from Arabs for his remarks about Jerusalem. Spokespeople for Obama responded to the criticism by saying that Obama had only meant that some part of Jerusalem will remain — and should be recognized internationally — as Israel’s capital, and that wherever the lines of control fall, the city must never again be divided by barbed wire. Obama expounded on this by saying that the future status of Jerusalem is an issue for the Israelis and Palestinian Arabs to decide between themselves. One of the critics of the speech said, “What Obama did, on the face of it, is not such a big deal. After all, presidents have repeatedly promised to move the [US embassy to Jerusalem] and don’t do it. His attitude is to throw the pro-Israel community some bones with almost visible contempt, as if these people are so stupid they will swallow anything and ignore everything.” Polls show that most Israelis are wary of Obama due to his Muslim heritage on his father’s side and his ties to radical Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Obama’s choice of political advisers known for their harsh criticism of Israel also has done little to endear him to Israelis.

 

Like the Israelis, I can’t say that I’m surprised. It seems that to be a politician, you have to be able to tell people what they want to hear with a lot of “compassion” and not mean it at all. I have to agree with Barry Rubin. It seems that politicians think that people take everything they say at face value and don’t recognize the truth. The sad part of all of this is that there are a large number of people who hear things like this and truly believe it. The only reason that I can give for that is because they want to believe it. The idea that Christians would actually vote for someone like Barack Obama amazes me. I will give Obama credit for the fact that he’s been pretty open about much of what he stands for. He doesn’t seem to understand what Christianity really is and with his stance on things like abortion and homosexuality, he doesn’t hold closely to what God says in scripture. As far as Israel goes, I believe that the US should be helping them to keep the land that God has given them instead of trying to give it to people who have no claim on it. It’s not going to happen with flowery words. It’s going to happen when countries like the US truly begin to support Israel.

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http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080606/32721.htm

Muslim Scholars Back Call for Interfaith Dialogue

 

A meeting of Muslim scholars in Saudi Arabia concluded with the call for dialogue between Muslims and others who ascribe to monotheistic faiths. A spokesperson for the meeting said that this interfaith dialogue was necessary to give the world a “correct view” of the Islamic faith and to reach out to other sects of Islam. They also called for “solving the problems and disagreements that might take place among Muslims and other (non-Muslims) … and to achieve an understanding among civilizations and human cultures”. Ironically, religious practice is so restricted in Saudi Arabia that even certain Muslim sects, such as Sufis and Shiites, face discrimination, while conversion by a Muslim to another religion is punishable by death.

 

I’ve already touched on this in another post on this blog, but it bears repeating. First, Islam alone is responsible for the image that it presents to others. The truth is, many people really have the “correct picture” of Islam. They understand that it is a ruthless religion that promotes the killing of those who disagree with its tenets. I’m not saying that all Muslims hold to this, but the religion itself does. Muslims in Middle Eastern countries who convert to another religion are seen as traitors and are summarily killed. Women in Muslim countries are not seen as much more than objects. To imply that there is a different picture of Islam that’s all roses and goodness is a smokescreen. The scriptures and Hadith that Islam is based on say something different than the image that proponents of the religion want it to be.

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http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080609/32745.htm

Episcopal Gay Bishop, Partner Joined in Civil Union

 

Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson was joined in a civil union recently to his partner of 20 years. The ceremony took place 5 years to the day from the time that he was made a Bishop of the Episcopal Church. The two men decided to have the ceremony before the bishop goes to the Lambeth Conference. The Conference only happens once every ten years and, while Robinson will be there, he will not be able to take part in the conference.

 

I hope that the Episcopal Church repents sometime soon. The idea that some “Christians” think that homosexuality is acceptable to God is completely against what God Himself has revealed in scripture. If it were a gray area like the homosexual supporters try to make it, it would be different. The truth is, it’s not a gray area. It’s a black and white issue. God sees homosexuality as a sin. He says that those who practice this lifestyle will not enter the kingdom of heaven. He calls it an abomination. How much clearer does God need to make it?

 

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Homosexual bishop participates in civil union ceremony

 

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Culture/Default.aspx?id=133534

Church’s acceptance of homosexuality

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Unborn Baby Undergoes Successful Surgery at 22 Weeks Gestation

 

At 22 weeks gestation, Leah Bowlen was diagnosed with a rare disease known as Amniotic Band Syndrome (ABS). Amniotic bands had wrapped around Leah’s legs and were restricting the blood flow. Her parents decided that they would risk in-utero surgery rather than amputation or death. The surgery to remove the bands was successful, even though Leah’s right foot was looking bad. When Leah was born at 30 weeks gestation, she was healthy. The doctors were able to reconstruct Leah’s foot and she is healthy and doing well. One of the most notable things about the story is that the media outlets that have broadcast the story have recognized Leah as an “unborn child” instead of a fetus. Most legal abortions are allowed until 24 weeks.

 

This is an awesome story and something that should help people realize that the unborn have rights and deserve protection. I hope that Leah and her parents have many years of joy.

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http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/jun/08061010.html

Obama’s Abortion Bombshell: Unrestricted Abortion Over Wishes of Individual States a Priority for Presidency

 

Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink has recently reminded Americans that Barack Obama has co-sponsored a bill that would completely remove every single state law regulating or limiting abortion. The Freedom of Choice Act (FoCA) says that a woman has the “right to choose to bear a child, to terminate the child before fetal viability, or to terminate a child after fetal viability to protect the life or health of the woman”. In July of last year, Obama made many remarks supporting abortion during a Q-and-A session. The act would also cause medical institutions that refuse to perform abortions to lose any legal protections. Obama also said,“we” are “tired of arguing about the same ole stuff” and that “the days of culture wars are growing dark”. Critics say that Obama is so intent on forcing his agenda that he fails to address the concerns that are posed by abortion.

 

 

The fact that people can still support abortion when evidence grows that it not only kills the baby, but it also has many detrimental physical and mental effects for the mother of the baby. There are a number of other ways that “unwanted” children could be handled. The number one way is adoption. There are a number of married couples that desire to have children and can’t. There is absolutely no reason for the senseless murder of children. If you don’t want to get pregnant, then don’t fornicate! If people would actually listen to the things that God says, we wouldn’t have half the problems that we would.

 

For a transcript of Obama’s speech:

http://lauraetch.googlepages.com/barackobamabeforeplannedparenthoodaction

 

 

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Obama Supports Freedom of Choice Act

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9-Month Pregnant Women Slain – Murder of Unborn Child Will Go Unpunished

 

Amanda Power was days away from delivering her third child when she was brutally murdered, dismembered, and left in the woods near her apartment. Four children found her six months later. The man who killed her, Warren White her boyfriend and father of the child, is awaiting trial for second-degree murder and performing an indignity to a dead body. He will not be held accountable for the death of his unborn child. Canadian law has nothing in place to protect the death of an unborn child when the mother is attacked or killed. The Canadian legislature is currently considering a bill that would protect the lives of unborn children. If the bill passes, White would be facing a life sentence for the murder of his child. Amanda Power had two other children who are staying with her father.

 

This is outrageous. The fact that a man would be able to kill his 9-month-pregnant girlfriend and his unborn child and not be held accountable for both deaths is yet another marker to show how far humanity has fallen. I pray that this bill passes and that White faces trial for both murders.

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http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/jun/08061104.html

Judge Finds Sufficient Evidence To Send Illegal California Abortionists To Trial

 

Judge Samuel Mayerson has declared that there is sufficient evidence to put Bertha Burgarin and her sister Raquel on trial for practicing medicine without a license. Bertha owned eleven renowned abortion clinics in California that were run with abortionist Nicholas Braemer. Braemer, along with abortionists Mohamed Dia, Phillip Rand, and Laurence Reich, who is a convicted sexual predator, each lost their medical licenses. Six of Burgarin’s clinics have been closed and the other five are now owned by abortionist Nolan Jones.

 

This is a great thing to hear! I hope that it helps other states to begin to prosecute those who perform abortions and kill unborn children. It’s way past time that our country started defending the rights of the unborn.

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http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewNation.asp?Page=/Nation/archive/200806/NAT20080612b.html

Foreign Terrorists Have Constitutional Rights

 

According to the US Supreme Court, foreign terrorists have a right under the US Constitution to protest their being held at Guantanamo Bay. Those who disagree with the decision say that this will severely hurt American soldiers at war with terrorists.

 

Ok. My first question is why are we allowing foreign terrorists to have US Constitutional rights? If that’s true, then does that mean that everyone all over the world has the same rights as those who live in, give to, and die for America? This is ridiculous. Why on earth should a foreign terrorist, someone who actively seeks the destruction of our nation, have the same rights as someone who lives here and defends the nation? Does this mean that we can stop worrying about immigrants? If foreign terrorists have Constitutional rights, how long before those who sneak into the country illegally are given rights? Our court needs to rethink the decision they’ve made and how ignorant it is…

Newslinks 05/30/08

May 30, 2008 at 6:41 pm | Posted in Newslinks | 1 Comment
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Habitat for Humanity, a Christian non-profit organization, has agreed to a plan that would

help Planned Parenthood open an abortion clinic in Sarasota, Florida. The plan was drawn up by PP due to Sarasota zoning regulations. The regulations state that PP cannot build their clinic with the presence of a multi-family liner building. To circumvent this, PP has enlisted Habitat for Humanity. PP has agreed to sell land to Habitat for $10 so that it can fulfill the regulation requirements. Jim Sedlak, vice-president of the American Life League, said,” Habitat for Humanity, which claims to be a Christian ministry, says that this was only a real estate transaction. However, Planned Parenthood could not open its abortion facility without Habitat’s help.” Habitat’s website says that they are committed to provide “every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent, affordable place to live in dignity and safety”. Sedlak said that he didn’t see how helping a company that “kills babies, promotes pornography, and covers up for rapists gives a family dignity or safety”.

Sadly, I think that Habitat has made both their beliefs and their intentions known to those who are paying attention. To them, this was just a real estate transaction with another company. Obviously, Habitat’s claims about dignity and family safety aren’t something they really believe, they are just something that sounds good and helps bring in money. If Habitat truly believed in their stated “convictions” they wouldn’t partner with PP for any reason, including real estate. If they were truly a Christian organization, they wouldn’t align themselves with an organization that is clearly against God. If they were a Christian organization, their Christian convictions would come first and they would trust God to provide them with real estate.

 

 

Habitat for Humanity of Sarasota, Florida can be reached at 941-365-0700 and tsouza@sarasotahabitat.com.

Habitat for Humanity International’s complaint line is 1-800-461-9330.

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Christian Ministry Criticized for Planned Parenthood Partnership

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Preaching ‘Sound Doctrine’ in an Age that Avoids It

Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill church in Seattle, says that there is very little teaching of sound doctrine in today’s churches. “The rule is, if you have a big church you’re supposed to not talk about certain things that are controversial [or] divisive,” said Driscoll. Driscoll says that many “big” churches avoid preaching the crucifixion of Jesus because it’s “divine child abuse” or because “God is love and people won’t see the love of God at the cross”. He says that many pastors spend their time preaching on ‘seven steps to this’ or ‘four steps to that’ and at the end of the day they’re not learning about who Jesus is and what He’s done.

While I’m still not sure how much I agree with Mr. Driscoll, I agree with him on this. A large percentage of pastors in America spend their time preaching topical sermons to their congregations. Most of these are on things like God’s love, how God wants you to be blessed and prosperous, how to live victoriously, or how to improve your relationships. While these things are touched on in the Bible, they aren’t the main focus. The main focus of all of scripture is Jesus. Jesus agreed to die for the sins of man before the world was ever created. The focus of the Bible is the sinfulness of man and how God made a way for us to be forgiven of our sin and reconciled to God. Preaching has changed so much over the last 100-150 years. Back in the time of men like Spurgeon and Wesley, the preaching was expository. They would go verse by verse through a passage of scripture and explain what it meant, how it related to Christ and His sacrifice, and what the congregation needed to do to apply it to their lives. That doesn’t happen now. Today’s preaching seems to be entirely focused on making the congregants feel good where they are and tell them that they can come to Christ how they want when they’re ready. This is a tragedy of the highest order. There are thousands of people daily who are dying and going to hell. If you’re a pastor, it’s your obligation to make sure that all of the people you come into contact with are ready to meet God, knowing that they will enter heaven by showing them that they’re sinners in need of a Savior. I don’t care how popular you are or how well you can present something, if you’re not doing that, then you aren’t a pastor and you are working with the devil to lead people away from Christ.

 

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http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=/Culture/archive/200805/CUL20080523a.html

Israel, Jewish Groups Condemn Burning of New Testaments

A group of Jewish seminary students burned hundreds of New Testaments in the town of Or Yehuda in Israel at the request of the deputy mayor. The mayor first said that this was a “purging of evil” but later apologized and said that he never meant for the books to be burned. Messianic Jews distributed the books to Jews recently arriving from Ethiopia. Messianic Jews are a small group of Jews that believe that Jesus is the Messiah. There have been a number of recent incidents that took place in Israel involving Messianic Jews. Israel’s religious leaders called for a boycott of an International Bible Quiz when they found out that one of the contestants was a Messianic Jew. Another, more serious, incident involved a bomb disguised as a holiday gift package. The bomb was opened by the teenage son of a prominent Messianic Jewish pastor in Israel. No one has been charged with the attack and the court is not releasing details at this time. Many of the leaders in Israel condemn the book burning as a “despicable act” including Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, reminding the Jewish people that it wasn’t all that long ago that a number of Torahs and Talmuds were burned.

I applaud those Jewish authorities that have spoken out over this. I understand the pride that the Jewish people have, but I pray that it doesn’t blind them to the truth. I know that the Jews that hold to traditional beliefs would see Messianic Jews as “traitors”, but I don’t believe that this is the way to handle things. There should be no problem between Christians and Jews having dialogue about the differences between our beliefs. Compared to all other religious belief systems, Christianity and Judaism are the closest. While there are some who see the Christian church as a replacement for Israel, most Christians understand the scriptures and see that that isn’t the case. They have supported Israel and continue to support Israel in a time when the country needs it the most. I hope that ties between Christians and Jews will continue to grow and deepen. __________________________________________________________

http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=/Culture/archive/200805/CUL20080529a.html

Obama Praised Wright, Criticized Traditional Black Churches on Homosexuality

In an interview in April, Barack Obama stated that he believes that homophobic messages are coming from “black” churches because “most African-American churches are still fairly traditional in their interpretations of Scripture”. He also voiced support for his former pastor and spiritual guide Jeremiah Wright saying, “He is on the right side of the homosexual debate”. The interview was conducted by The Advocate, a homosexual publication. Obama said that while he didn’t think that it was any worse than in “white” communities, the “black” communities were more churched and pastors were the most prominent figures in those communities. He believes that because of this and the fact that they hold to traditional views of scripture, the “homophobic” attitudes get magnified. Obama said that even though his former pastor brought much controversy, he’s still “very good on gay and lesbian issues”. Black leaders and clergy said that Obama’s remarks contradict the fundamentals of the Christian faith. Reverend Ken Hutchison of Antioch Church in Redmond Washington says the new definition of homophobic is “anyone that see homosexuality as a sin”. He goes on to say, “This leaves two choices to African-American pastors. They can either be Scriptural and demand righteousness from their flock, or they can drop Scripture and righteousness and support homosexuality”. Bishop Coucil Nedd says that Wright’s thinking on homosexuality isn’t completely wrong. The Bishop says, “homosexuality is a sin just like murder, fornication, or gluttony; one is no worse than the other”. He also added that God is the final judge of people and how they live their lives.

First, can we drop the “white” and “black” monikers for churches? Yes, I know many of them have different worship styles. I also know that there are churches that have majorities of one or the other, but does it really matter? If I go to a “black” church, does that somehow change the type of Christian I am? We need to stop attaching “race” to our beliefs and start being Christians. Second, when Obama says a church holds to the traditional view of scripture, he makes it sound like that’s a bad thing. I don’t think that it is. I think that the plain reading of scripture is the only way to read it. If it’s written as history, read it that way. If it’s written as poetry, read it that way. If it says that something is wrong, then something is wrong. For Barack Obama to say that Jeremiah Wright is “on the right side of the homosexual debate” begs the question. Which is the right side? Who determines this? Is it the right side because it happens to agree with Obama’s preconceived ideas? What about the fact that those ideas go directly against scripture? If that’s still the “right” side, then doesn’t that mean that God is a liar? I have to agree with pastor Hutchison. Those who view homosexuality as a sin are the only people considered “homophobic”. The fact that we hold to the truth of the scripture in light of our ever-changing society makes us “traditional” and “homophobic”? I thought it made us sound and solid. I also think that pastor Hutchison made a good point. This debate isn’t just about a group of people wanting to live their sinful lifestyle the way they want, it’s about righteousness. The scriptures call anyone who follows Christ to be righteous. This means that we do the right thing, not in our eyes, but in God’s eyes. It means that we believe God and are obedient to Him. While I agree with Bishop Nedd that homosexuality is a sin and is no better or worse than murder, it is still a sin. What should we do next, condone murder? Oh wait; we already do that through abortion… Bishop Nedd is right, God is the ultimate judge of all of us, and there are some things that He’s already made a judgment on. One of those things is homosexuality. He said it’s an abomination (Lev. 18:22). What more do we need?

 

 

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http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/may/08052311.html

Quest to Have Chimps Declared Persons Rejected by Austrian Supreme Court

Austrian animal rights activists have taken their case to the European High Court. For a little over a year, the activists have been trying to get Matthew Hiasl Pan the rights that humans have. But “Matthew” is a chimpanzee. The chimp is part of an animal sanctuary in Vienna, which may go bankrupt. To protect the chimp, the activists are trying to get him the right to a guardian. To do this, the chimp would have to be given human rights. The lower court ruled that the chimp was neither mentally impaired or in any danger, the criteria for appointing a guardian. The activists appealed to the High Court in France, which agreed to a preliminary hearing on whether or not chimpanzees should be afforded human rights. Paula Stibbe, a British schoolteacher, said that she wasn’t trying to get the chimp declared a human, just a person. She said that “Matthew” would have relatives to take care of him if he were in Africa. She would like to be appointed the chimp’s guardian, because she’s the person “closest to him”. If this legal action succeeds, it could provide rights, protections, and medical, social and health benefits to animals.

Is this really an issue? This isn’t some sort of extremely late April Fool’s joke is it? Are there people who are honestly trying to get a chimpanzee human rights? This is evolutionary thinking at it’s best. If we’re all just evolved monkeys, then shouldn’t they have rights too? I can’t help but ask a couple questions. How far down the “evolutionary tree” should we go? Should starfish get rights too or does it stop with bipedal creatures? If so, doesn’t that discriminate against horses? This is ludicrous. There are a number of humans in the world who don’t have the rights that these activists are trying to get for the monkey. Shouldn’t that raise an alarm? I can’t help but laugh at the statement made by Miss Stebbe, a schoolteacher. She said that she’s the closest to the chimp. Ok. This statement could be taken a few different ways. One, she’s the closest geographically. This obviously isn’t the case because she’s in Britain and he’s in Vienna. Two, she’s the closest to him emotionally. I don’t see how this could be for the same reasons as above. Three, she’s the closest to him evolutionally. This would seem like a serious put down for Miss Stebbe, but if it’s true, we may have just found a missing link. Honestly, I hate the idea that the animal sanctuary may be going under, but trying to get a chimp endowed with human rights is the biggest waste of time that I’ve ever heard of! This is going to the European High Court, and if that wasn’t bad enough, they’ve actually agreed to hear the case! Don’t they have more important issues across all of Europe? There are a number of people who have exotic animals as pets. Why don’t they just let Miss Stebbe buy the chimp as a pet and let it end there? I am ashamed that people are actually trying to take this issue as far as it has gone…

 

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http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/may/08052305.html

South Carolina Principal Resigns Due to High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance Club

Eddie Walker, the principal of Irmo High School in Columbia, SC, has decided to resign after the next school year. The principal’s reason for resigning is the school’s decision to allow a Gay/Straight Alliance Club (GSAC) to form. GSACs make every effort to portray homosexuality in a healthy, moral, and positive light. In a letter to district officials, Walker wrote, “Allowing the formation of this club on our campus conflicts with my professional beliefs and religious convictions”. He also said that allowing the club to form would conflict with the school’s abstinence education program. Walker said that the school has no other clubs that are based on sexual orientation, preference or activity and that allowing this club to exist would imply that “students joining the club have chosen to or would choose to engage in sexual activity with members of the same sex, opposite sexes, or both sexes”. Brent Childers, executive director of the pro-homosexual group Faith in America, said, “We truly believe it is unfortunate that this principal cannot see the immense harm that is caused when a social climate of rejection, condemnation and violence is justified with misguided religious belief”. Another group, South Caorlina Equality has called for Walker’s immediate termination saying that if a gay student were harmed, the school could be responsible because they created a “hostile environment”. They also said that every day that Mr. Walker is principal at this school “students will continue to live in fear for their safety”. In his letter, Walker discouraged verbal or physical abuse to members of the club. Walker said that he holds no malice toward anyone, knowing that if the district had not allowed the club, it would have faced legal action from “gay-rights” groups and, according to current legal precedents, would have likely lost. Walker agreed to remain principle for the 2008-9 school year because he felt that not doing so would have been a breach of trust with the district, students, and faculty. Walker’s letter has prompted school officials to look at how they relate to extra-curricular clubs and activities.

Read the full resignation letter:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,357208,00.html

This is sad to me, but I continue to notice that anytime a “gay rights” group feels like they are losing ground, they threaten legal action. Look at the Elaine Hugenin brouhaha. She owns her own photography business and decided not to take a job as the photographer of a homosexual “ceremony”. Because of this, she’s been sued. The principal stated his knowledge that if the district hadn’t allowed the club, it would have faced legal action. Why is this? Is it because that is the only way that homosexuals can make their lifestyle “right”? They claim that their actions are “natural” and “healthy” and “moral”, but are they really? According to scripture they’re not. I’ve not seen anyone right handling scripture show that God is ok with homosexuality. Sure, there are plenty of pro-homosexual “Christians” who twist scripture to make it support their view. Pro-homosexual groups compare their “plight” to that of the African-Americans in the days of slavery and segregation. I’m not “black” but if I were, that would seriously offend me. The truth is, our schools and our country in general need more people like Mr. Walker. We need good, solid, Christian men and women that understand what the Bible says and are willing to live by it even in the face of losing their job or worse. Sadly, I believe the number of people that fit this description is a lot lower than what statistics may say…

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http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080526/32530.htm

Church of England Advised Against Withholding Christ from MuslimsPaul Eddy has made a statement that has angered senior church leaders, as well as some Muslims. Eddy, who is studying to be a priest in the Church of England, said that the Anglican Church “must make it clear that it believes in what the Bible says about Jesus being the only way to salvation”. The Anglican Church remains divided on whether or not to proclaim Jesus as the only way to salvation. Eddy not only believes this to be true, but says that the Church of England needs to make this clear. He says that the Muslims that he’s talked to express the desire for Christians to “stop watering down they’re faith”. He said, “until we start really saying what we believe in our faith, there will be no respect” and that “Muslims expect us to believe that Jesus is the only way to be saved”. Eddy says that the church has “lost it’s nerve” in an effort to be inclusive and not offend anyone.

Kudos to Paul Eddy for standing up and being true to the gospel instead of the “Church”. I think that it’s a sad indication of where Christianity has fallen when people of other faiths are more concrete on Christianity than those who call themselves followers of Christ. How ashamed should we be when Muslims, who don’t believe that Jesus is the Son of God, are telling us to not water down our faith!!! I can’t understand how the Anglican Church has such a hard time making the decision to say that Jesus is the only way to salvation!?!? Jesus Himself said the very same thing! In John 14:6, Jesus says,

“I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man comes to the Father but by Me”. No man comes to the Father unless they come through Jesus. That’s not very inclusive is it? Unfortunately, in an effort to fill our churches and compete for numbers and “get souls saved” (actually only decisions with no real foundation 98% of the time), we’ve completely ignored one of the things that make Christianity what it is. There are a few things that separate Christianity from EVERY OTHER RELIGION in the world. One is the fact that no other religion shows God coming in flesh to take the place of a wicked and sinful creation. Second, is the fact that Christianity is the only belief system that provides the complete and total forgiveness of sin, including a cleansed conscience (Heb. 9). No other religion offers that, not even Judaism. Third is the fact that Christianity is exclusive. It’s not “exclusive” that many Christians make it to be either. Christianity isn’t a “club”, where if you say you’re a Christian, spew out some little “sinner’s prayer”, and then join a church you’re in. That’s not Christianity. Christianity is exclusive in the idea that it is the only way to God. Yes, I know. There are other religions that say that they are the only way, but that’s not the same. Those other religions say that it’s possible to get to heaven by “good works”. They say that it’s possible to earn your way to heaven. Not Christianity. Jesus said that He was the only way. You can’t earn your way to heaven, you can wish your way to heaven, and you can’t buy your way to heaven. If you don’t repent of your sins and put your trust in Jesus, you won’t be in heaven. Period. While I disagree with Muslims on many points, I will agree with them on this one. Christians need to stop pandering to the world and watering down the sacrifice of Christ. We need to shout God’s truth from the rooftops and make every effort to tell others the truth of the gospel. Come on people… 

 

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http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/may/08052607.html

South African Teachers Union: “We Won’t Give Condoms to Kids”The teachers union in South Africa has made it very clear that they won’t be coerced into distributing condoms to their school age children. The spokesman for the union said that condom distribution is the work of social services and other organizations. He said that the union would focus on teaching abstinence in their curriculum. The country has been swamped with condoms from the UN AIDS program. South Africa has much support in their position. Martin Ssempa, a Ugandan AIDS activist, said, “UNAIDS has no success story. You cannot look at a country that has taken the advice of UNAIDS and see a decrease in AIDS”. Recently published reports also support this, showing that an increase in condom distribution directly coincided with the increase of AIDS in the population. Uganda, another country ravaged by AIDS, has had much success in their fight against the disease, seeing a decrease in AIDS as high as 18%. This comes, not from condoms, but from abstinence programs.

In a time when public schools in America are being pressured to promote homosexuality as “healthy” and “moral”, I can’t help but wonder where the next generations will be if we allow that. AIDS is still a problem in this nation too and the only way to combat it effectively is to promote abstinence. To do that seems like a pipe dream because abstinence is often tied to religion in many peoples’ minds. Many organizations have promoted condom use as a form of protection but to no avail. If our country, and other nations, want to see a change for the best then they need Christian values. Not the values of many of the fornicating, adulterous, sexually immoral people posing as Christians but values taken directly from the Christian scriptures.

 

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http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/may/08052608.html

California Mayor “Outraged” at Proposal to Exempt Civil Servants from Gay Marriage for Conscience Reasons

San Francisco mayor Gain Newsom is “shocked and outraged” by the idea that county clerks may have the ability to refuse to perform “gay marriages” based on conscience. He believes that “This is a civil marriage that civil servants have a responsibility to provide, for civil servants on religious grounds to start passing judgments, they, I think, are breaking the core tenet of what civil service is all about” and that clerks who refuse to provide the “marriages” should lose their jobs immediately. “If you don’t want to provide a marriage certificate and you’ve got a job that does that, then you should think twice about why you got the job in the first place and maybe you should get a new job,” he added. Newsom seems to conveniently forget that that he violated California law by declaring that clerks could perform “marriages” for homosexual couples. The California Supreme Court ruling allowing homosexual couples to get “married” goes into effect June 16th.

This is a perfect picture of the homosexual agenda at work. If even one thing goes against them they are “outraged” and “shocked”. Newsom’s claim that all civil service clerks should be forced to perform the “marriages” is grossly unfair. First, if there is even one clerk that will perform the “marriages”, there should be no complaint. The option is available and there is no reason to make it mandatory that all the clerks give the licenses. Second, they are civil service clerks. They serve all of the populace of San Francisco, and are part of that populace. Because of that, they should have the right to refuse. If the entire population of San Francisco was homosexual, then it might be different. Seeing as it’s not, to make all the clerks serve just a part of the populace is ridiculous. I hope to see this overturned before June 16th, but I don’t know if the US Supreme Court will step in or not.

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http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/may/08052610.html

 Deaths Exceed Births in Increasing Number of Major US CitiesIn his blog last Friday, Albert Mohler discussed the alarming statistics coming out about cities across the country. Many more cities are seeing a death rate that is exceeding the rate of births. Pittsburgh is used as an example. In the 1990’s, Pittsburgh saw 11,500 more births than deaths. In this decade, the city has already seen 25,000 more deaths and there are still two and a half years left before the decade ends. Mr. Mohler says that immigrants coming into the country are sustaining the base replacement rate. In many Pittsburgh hospitals, the obstetrics areas are being converted to acute care wards. This is coupled with a severe drop in public school enrollment (70,000 to 30,000 in the last two decades). “The collapse of birthrates is a sign of huge social and moral transformations. Schools are called into question, but so are churches and other institutions,” stated Mohler. “Pittsburgh is becoming a parable of population loss for the rest of the nation. Will anyone take notice?”

As soon as I saw the headline I couldn’t help but think of the millions of children that have died from abortion. I wonder where the population of Pittsburgh and other cities would be if we weren’t killing off so many unborn children. I also can’t help but wonder where the church has been in all of this? What exactly are we doing if we’re not fulfilling our role as the moral standard? We are to be giving the answers to problems like this. We are to be showing people alternatives to killing children. Sadly, to many “Christians”, the environment seems to be more important than the unborn. If the rates continue for the rest of the decade, Pittsburgh will have lost a full third of its population in ten years! This is still another example of the tragedy that is becoming the United States of America. We are no longer the nation that stands for freedom and unity. We are no longer the nation that stands for the rights of others. We are the floundering, filthy, sin-filled nation of greed, lust, and self. We are the bloated, gluttonous, prideful nation that is too busy with trivial things to see the danger that we’re in. I pray that our nation will open its eyes or I fear that we will end up like so many nations before us who have turned away from God…

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http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080522/32486.htm

 Are Small Groups Enough for Disciple-Making?At a conference for church leaders in the Purpose Driven Network, pastors agreed that some form of small groups should be used to deepen discipleship but they were varied on the structure of those groups. Steve Stroop, one of the speakers at the conference, said that he believes that the family is the main small group of the church and feared that many of his congregants were “outsourcing” the discipling of their children to Sunday school teachers. Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill church, said that his church uses a digital network to help people keep in touch, offer prayers and prayer requests, and have small groups. Daniel S. Kim said that he believes that there needs to be a distinction between small groups for fellowship and those for discipleship. To Kim, discipling is a “totally different type of small group”. The members of his church have small group fellowships, but they are also expected to go through discipleship training for a year and a half. This starts with Bible study one-on-one or one-one-two, continues with church pastors guiding groups of twelve through an 8 month session, and ends with Kim himself teaching the groups and 8 month course on leadership. Those who pass the leadership course are then able to go on and lead their own groups.

 

 

Whenever I hear “small groups” now I cringe. I truly think that the idea of biblical discipleship is fading away. “Small group” discipling seems to be more about getting and keeping people in the church than it has anything to do with actually making disciples out of people. In many instances, there also seems to be some level of control often labeled “accountability” that comes with this form of “discipling”. I have been in the thick of some of this and really do see it accomplishing anything other than trivial Christianity. If we look at scripture, we can find out how people become disciples. Two instances come readily to mind as a matter of fact. One is the Great Commission. This is where Jesus tells His disciples to

“go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). It is often seen only in the light of evangelism. All we think about is the “going” part. But that wasn’t all Jesus told them. He also told them what to do when they went. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” As disciple-makers, we’re supposed to be teaching new Christians all that Jesus commanded us. In many instances of “small groups” that’s not happening. Most of the time, we’re focusing on a type of “social gospel” or talking about prosperity and battle and living victoriously. There isn’t much (if anything) about what Jesus commanded. There’s very little (again if any) true study of God’s Word. If there is “Bible study” it’s often colored by the agenda of the people who made the curriculum and/or the people leading the group. This is not the same in my eyes. While there are some parts of the Bible that do take time to study (sometimes years) and are difficult to interpret, there is plenty in the Bible that God has made very clear. We shouldn’t have any problem helping other study without some kind of program in place. The second scripture that comes to mind about discipleship is John 8:31b-32. In these verses, Jesus says,

“If you continue in My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free”. Here in this tiny passage, Jesus tells us how to be disciples. We are to continue in His Word. That is what makes us His disciples. It’s not completing some kind of program that makes us disciples. To complete a program contradicts the sentiments of the word continue

 

in the passage. We are to constantly be in His Word; reading what it says, understanding it the way He meant it, and applying it to our lives to see God change us. I fear that the focus on discipleship, while well meaning, is misplaced and unnecessary given the scriptures above. I honestly think that if the church spent more time preaching the truth and living it out in front of each other and in front of non-Christians, there would be no need for discipleship classes and programs. It would be automatic.

 

 

 

 

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A common word? (extremely long)

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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

A Common Word between Us and You(Summary and Abridgement)

Muslims and Christians together make up well over half of the world’s population. Without peace and justice between these two religious communities, there can be no meaningful peace in the world. The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians. 

But is this peace the Islamic ideal of peace or the Christian one? They are two different ideals, and to see that all one has to do is look at the way Islamic countries and scriptures promote peace as opposed to Christian countries.

 The basis for this peace and understanding already exists. It is part of the very foundational principles of both faiths: love of the One God, and love of the neighbor.  

I ask the same question of the Muslims that was asked of Jesus by the scribe in Luke 10: Who is my neighbor? According to the response Jesus gave, my neighbor is everyone. But according to the Islamic scriptures, that’s not the case, as we will see below… Continue Reading A common word? (extremely long)…


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