Sunday’s Newslinks – 01/31/10

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Brown victory prompts political tremors in California
California Republicans have joined other party faithful across the country in celebrating the Scott Brown win in Massachusetts and believe it will be the political stimulus the GOP needs heading into this Fall’s election.

Study: Sexting a growing and dangerous problem
Pew Research Center has released results of a survey on “sexting,” the practice mostly among youth of transmitting nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves via cell phone.

Airline clerk appeals UK rulings banning crucifix
A Christian woman is asking London’s High Court to force British Airways to admit it was wrong in demanding she stop wearing a crucifix at work.

Ten Commandments monument in place at Okla. bank
A Ten Commandments monument that supporters want to put on the lawn of an Oklahoma county courthouse has been installed outside a bank for the time being.
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Newslinks 03/28/08

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Threatened Oklahoma Politician Refuses to Apologize for Saying Homosexuality is Dangerous and Sinful

 An Oklahoma House Representative has received over 30,000 emails (some including hate speech and death threats) and was protested recently by 300 homosexual rights activists for comments she made during a speech on homosexual activism to a Republican club. Sally Kern said that she sees “no reason to apologize for what God says, that homosexuality is a sin”.  Kern said that her comments were made out of concern for those in a “dangerous lifestyle”. During the speech, she predicted the protest and actions that eventually took place but stood on her belief that “God’s Word says that it’s not the right kind of lifestyle”. She also said the First Amendment protects her right to voice her concerns as well as allowing those who disagree to protest her. She said that she has nothing against apologizing for wrongdoing, but refused to apologize for speaking the truth. First, let me just say, “Thank You!” to Sally Kern. Finally there is someone in government that doesn’t hem and haw about issues. I am proud of Miss Kern for standing on the truth of the Word even though she knew that she would face criticism and protest. The fact that she stated what the Word says about homosexuality out of concern for those involved in that lifestyle says a lot about where her heart is. Those who disagree with her have the right to do so, even to the point of sending hate mail and death threats. From what I see, this was handled very well by Miss Kern. She didn’t judge anyone from her own authority, but instead just reiterated what God has already said. If you take that with the fact that she even supported the rights of homosexuals to protest her, I think that she has made an example of how Christians should react to such things. We are not to compromise the Word for any reason. Kudos to Miss Kern!


Jesus Doesn’t Look Like Jesus Anymore, Says Scholar

 Ben Witherington, author of “What have they done to Jesus?”, believes that the Jesus that is offered in many places today is not the same Jesus that the Bible talks about. He says the identity of Jesus has drifted from the historical, biblical account of who He is to a more acceptable and less confrontational  “buddy”. He used to be known as Messiah, Son of God, Redeemer and Christ. Now, he’s spiritual guru, philosopher, political pundit, hippie, and rock star. “When your culture is biblically illiterate, anything can pass for Jesus,” Witherington states. The New Testament professor at Asbury Theological Seminary believes that the true portrait of Jesus can only be found in the New Testament of the Bible. I have to agree with Mr. Witherington.  Our culture is quickly growing less and less Christian and, unfortunately, it’s creeping into the church. I would have to say that I believe the number one reason this is so, like Witherington says, is because those who profess to know Jesus are biblically illiterate. We have generations of people that don’t know what God’s Word says except through what the sermon notes from last Sunday. We don’t know how to study the Bible, how to understand what we study, or how to apply what it says. This is obvious in the numerous “feel good” gospels that are being preached in churches all over the nation. Jesus has become a fix-all for all the “bad stuff” in our lives. He no longer is the holy, righteous, just Lamb of God who died for our sins (many people don’t even know what sin is…). He is no longer the coming Lion of Judah who will judge the world in righteousness and destroy the enemies of God. He’s become the “big brother” of all of those who can say the name Jesus. He’s the blesser and the empowerer but He’s not the Savior and Lord. If our nation is ever going to turn around, Christians need to start getting their understanding of who God is and what He’s like from the scriptures and not from Oprah… 


Easter Messages Touch on Pressing World Concerns

 Messages given for Easter hit on a lot of current problems in the world. President Bush spoke of the “gift that took away death’s sting” while asking for Americans to pray for our soldiers. Pope Benedict talked about religious freedom throughout the world being a concern. In Israel, church leaders spoke of a desire to see those in their country “demonstrate faith in more positive terms”. The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church spoke on how we can serve God and others by caring for the environment. I find it somewhat odd that while those who spoke on the problems of the world talked about the problems we face, no one seem to touch on the answer. President Bush talked about the removal of death’s sting and the laying down of life. Pope Benedict talked about religious freedom and “living martyrs”. Israel talked about “positive faith” while others talked about “caring for creation”. The fact remains, that all of these things are a result of sin! It is sin that brought in death. Those of you against the war in Iraq, it’s not President Bush’s fault. It’s the fault of sin! Religious freedom for Christians isn’t seen in countries around the world because of sin! What is going on in Israel right now is because of sin! The groaning of the whole of creation is because of sin (Romans 8:22)! While Christians need to have hope for the future, they need to keep that hope in Jesus. Jesus is the “Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29). Unless sin is dealt with, all of the rest of this will remain. I lament over the fact that so many people don’t know the simple truth of the gospel. Repent of your sins (turn away from the things that you know are wrong) and trust in Jesus. I lament even more for the numerous times that pastors, priests, teachers, and every Christian have the opportunity to share this truth with others and instead focus on something more palatable to the listeners…


Muslim’s Cross-Less Jesus Film Draws Mixed Reactions


An Iranian director recently released a film depicting the Muslim view of Jesus in hopes that it would “show both Muslims and Christians their common and different beliefs in Jesus and to generate conversation between the two groups who in recent years have been pitted against each other”.  The movie is based on both the teachings of the Quran and the Gospel of Barnabas, a book not in the Christian Bible, in which Mohammed appears. In the movie, both the Muslim and Christian view of the cross are shown. The popular Muslim view (although only one of many) of the crucifixion is that Jesus is not crucified but instead replaced by Judas Iscariot. Many have brought up the questions that this raises like:


When was Jesus replaced?

Why did the disciples not recognize that the man they were following was replaced before the cross?

Why did the mother of Christ not recognize that her son was not present on the Cross?

What was the alleged purpose of Allah in deceiving the crowd, including the disciples and Mary, into thinking Christ was being crucified?

 The director of the movie says that his film is a response to the 2004 movie “The Passion of the Christ”, which, while he praised, he says is “wrong”. While all of the questions that are brought up are valid questions and should be addressed, there is one major question that needs to be asked. If the Muslim belief that Jesus did not die on the cross is true, then how is man reconciled to God? What do you do with sin? If Jesus is just a prophet and not the Savior of the world, then every single human being, from the beginning until now, is going to find themselves judged by the Law of Moses. If this is true, then the only way that mankind can be forgiven of sin is by keeping the law perfectly, and that is not possible. Therefore, there is no hope for mankind. Man has nothing to hope in because no one is righteous or seeks after God. No one can keep the law without fail from the time they are born until the time they die! Every one of us has lied; many have stolen, looked with lust (which is the same as adultery in God’s eyes), blasphemed, hated (which the Bible says is murder), and dishonored their parents. We would all find ourselves tormented in hell for eternity if Muslim beliefs are true about Jesus. Fortunately, they are not. The Bible gives the only truthful account of the life of Jesus on the earth. In this account, we see the Son of God come down to reconcile God to man by living a perfect life and then sacrificing that life and shedding His blood to pay the debt of sin that we owe…


Chaplains Salute Fallen Soldiers as U.S. Toll Passes Milestone

 As Easter approached, so did something that brought a vivid reminder of the truth of life here on earth. It was on Easter night of this year that a total of 4,000 men and women in the US Armed Forces died in the war in Iraq. The tragedy is most well known by those who serve as chaplains in the Armed Forces. Some of those who died were only 18, others were over 45, and nearly 100 were women. It is truly a sad day for those who lost loved ones in this war. I would like to take an opportunity to express my most heartfelt gratitude and thanks to those who are over in Iraq (and other areas) serving their country and giving their lives so that I can sit here and write this. I truly appreciate the sacrifice that all of those who have served our great country have given. With this milestone coming on Easter, it is a reminder of the sacrifice that Christ gave for all of us. The Bible says that He was tempted in all ways like we are and did not sin. He fought the battle against evil and won. He laid down His life for those who would accept Him as Lord and Savior and those who have denied Him. I also cannot help but think of the number 4,000. In the five years that we have been in Iraq, we have lost the precious lives of 4,000 men and women. There are people who constantly protest the war because they think that it is inhuman and that we should not be over there. They have a right to protest the war. They have a right to dislike the fact that our soldiers are over there fighting for our lives and our freedom and keeping us safe. I wonder, though, how many people realize that, in the same 5 years that we have been fighting in Iraq and losing soldiers, we have allowed 7.3 million unborn children to die in our own country…While I am not trying to belittle the deaths of those who have given their lives, I can’t help but wonder why the same people that protest against the war in Iraq aren’t out on the front lines protesting abortion? We lose the same number of lives in one day here in America as we have in five years of war in Iraq. Shouldn’t that tell us something is wrong? Should that point to the atrocities of abortion?


Texas jury rejects insanity plea in baby-microwave case

 A 20 year old man claimed that he was having a “psychotic episode” when he put his 2 month-old daughter in a hotel microwave for 10-20 seconds. Joshua Mauldin said that he was mentally unstable when he committed the act, which resulted in second and third degree burns on the baby’s left ear, cheek, hand, and shoulder. The baby has had to undergo skin grafts, but at a year old seems to be doing well. Before putting the girl in the microwave, Mauldin had punched her and put her in the hotel safe and refrigerator. All of the events occurred in a hotel in Galveston. Mauldin’s attorney said that he was a loving father who tried to run out into traffic to kill himself when he realized what he had done. The prosecutors said that Mauldin was mad because he was in a loveless marriage. The 20-year-old and his wife had recently moved to Galveston so that Mauldin could become a preacher. This is both sad and sick, but it is a result of where the modern gospel has brought us. This young man was in Galveston to become a preacher. Did he have any inkling of what the Bible says about marriage or children? I couldn’t imagine harming my child at 9 years old much less at 2 months old! It is a tragedy both for the man, his wife, the baby, and the church. I hope that this brings healing to all involved…


Israel Recognizes Two Fathers in Landmark Homosexual Adoption Case

 The family court of Tel-Aviv recently allowed two homosexual men to be declared the legal father of their adopted son. Those supporting the decision said that this is a step in the right direction and will allow homosexuals the right to raise children. Those opposed to the decision say that it is not right because it robs the child of one parent when children need both a father and a mother. Israel also recognizes “same sex marriages” from other countries even though they do not allow the rites to be performed within their borders. As if Israel needed more trouble…This will not bode well for Israel or other countries who have consistently defended the traditional definition of marriage. The Bible clearly states that homosexuality is a sin and an abomination in the eyes of God, both in the Old Testament (Torah) and the New Testament. I cannot help but fear that Israel is allowing themselves to be pushed out of where they should be by pagan countries who don’t like them or support them anyway. By accepting homosexuality as ok, Israel has put itself at odds with the Torah and with God Himself. I can’t see anything good coming from this…


Benham: Conservatism ‘backs up’ when truly tested

 Flip Benham recently said that he is surprised by the lack of criticism that Barack Obama’s pastor Jeremiah Wright received from high-profile conservative leaders. He said that he expected them to be more active in exposing the false gospel that the pastor preaches. Benham says that conservatism is “pretend salt” and that while conservatives seem to stand on issues and say  “this is wrong and that is wrong” they are always backing up while they do it. He believes that this is the reason that Christians are always having to prod and poke their “conservative” government leaders to “vote for the positions where God would have them stand”.  I have to say that I agree with Mr. Benham. We are called to be separate and holy. We are supposed to be set apart from the world. We are supposed to expose the darkness instead of taking part in it, and yet, that is exactly what’s happening in churches across America. People talk about their belief in Christ but live their lives in direct opposition to the Word of God. They do what they want, support things that are scripturally aberrant and then profess the name of Jesus. It is a false Christianity that is lulling our nation to sleep by making us feel good instead of making us change…


Ohio Abortion Clinics Required to Provide Ultrasounds, Alternatives

 A new Ohio law now makes it mandatory that abortion clinics offer clients ultrasounds as well as let them know about the alternatives to abortion. According to a study done by A Women’s Concern (a pregnancy counseling group), less than a fourth of the women who received an ultrasound of their baby went through with an abortion. Passing this law makes Ohio the thirteenth state to require abortion practitioners to show clients an ultrasound before the procedure. All I can say is I’m glad to see that my former home state has a governor who stands for the unborn and has made strides to protect them. I hope that this is just the beginning and that it helps to change the face of our nation for the better!


Obama contends belief in Jesus Christ not necessary for salvation

 Barack Obama recently said that it is entirely possible for a Jew or a Muslim to be in heaven if they live morally upright lives. While he said that he believes that Christ died for his sins, he believes that Jews and Muslims are just as much children of God. He also said that while his mother didn’t share his faith, she was a kind and generous person so he is “sure that she’s in heaven”. I cannot say that I’m all that surprised by this revelation. It should be obvious already to many that Barack Obama is not a true Christian. He consistently and aggressively promotes agendas that are directly opposed to the bible. This is not the type of change that comes about when you receive salvation. This is the very type of gospel that is leading so many away from the truth. When you start saying that Jesus isn’t the only way, then you’re opening the door to pretty much anything. People can do whatever they want and call it their “way” to heaven. Not only that, but you’re calling Jesus a liar! Jesus said in John 14:6 that He is the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one comes to the Father but by Him. Without Jesus’ sacrifice, man is left in his sin and on his way to hell…I wonder what all the “evangelicals” and “conservatives” who said they are going to vote for him will choose to do now…

Oprah labeled ‘false prophet’ and ‘conduit … to Hell’

 A Christian author that was saved out of the new age movement is trying to let others know that Oprah Winfrey is leading them with a false gospel to a false Jesus. Warren Smith says that Oprah may have started as a Baptist, but her support of New Age beliefs is teaching others how to compromise the truth of the bible with false beliefs. Winfrey has been broadcasting Marianne Williamson’s “A Course in Miracles” since the beginning of the year on her XM radio station. The programs have titles like ‘God is in everything I see’, ‘The salvation of the world depends on me’, ‘My self is the ruler of the universe’, and ‘My sinless-ness protects me from all harm’. All of the lessons go directly against the truth found in the Bible. Smith says that this is creating a new worldview where everyone sees themselves as “god”. Once again, I can’t say that I’m surprised. People look at Oprah Winfrey and see that she spends a lot of money doing good things, so she must be a spiritual person. She claims to be a Baptist, but her support and push to reconcile New Age beliefs with scripture puts her in the non-Christian category to be sure. Jesus didn’t compromise the Word in the face of Roman pagan beliefs and we shouldn’t either. Sadly, there are thousands of women who watch Oprah religiously and are being opened to deceptive false doctrines. The only way to combat these  things is to expose them for the lies they are and replace them with the truth found in scripture.


World’s largest abortion provider losing ground in court

 On April 7-8, Planned Parenthood of Kansas City Mid-Missouri(PPKM) will be in court to answer the first of a number of charges including lying, falsifying medical records, committing illegal late-term abortions, and even misreporting diagnoses to the state. PPKM along with the other PP facilities are at least partially federally funded. I look forward to hearing the news that PP has been stopped for good. They are the largest purveyor of abortions in the world and have been responsible for the murder of millions of innocent children. I hope and pray that this ends and I’m grateful for all of those who have been fighting the battle in prayer and words since abortion was legalized in 1973.

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