Is Persecution Coming to America?

This is a sermon that was preached before the SCOTUS decision to approve gay marriage in all 50 states.

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I know there are some cringe-worthy moments in this video for those of us with discernment but I’m posting this video for its overall message to those who call themselves Christians and Americans.

When a False Teacher Calls America Israel

– A Review of The Mystery of the Shemitah by Jonathon Cahn

by Bob DeWaay

When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind, he fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God. But the Lord’s portion is his people, Jacob his allotted heritage. (Deuteronomy 32:8-9 ESV)

Jonathan Cahn, a popular Christian author, claims that his books reveal mysteries and predict the future. He thus portrays himself as like the Biblical prophets, including the claim of having new revelations. The main point of his book is that America is a second Israel and that she is being judged according to the seven-year Sabbath law called “shemitah” that was given to ancient Israel. This judgment manifests itself in seven-year cycles of stock market collapses or other cataclysmic events. The next one is due the fall of 2015, according to Cahn. I will show that these claims are false and that Cahn is not a true prophet of God.

Prophets Reveal Mysteries

The apostle Paul claims that he was chosen by God to reveal mysteries as were the other apostles. The gospel itself was the mystery of which he spoke. We see this in Ephesians 3:

that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, (Ephesians 3:3-6)

A mystery is something that would not be known had God not chosen to reveal it through His appointed spokespersons. These are Moses and the prophets in the Old Testament, and Christ and His appointed apostles and prophets in the New Testament. The writings of the Biblical prophets in Scripture are inerrant and infallible. In the Scriptures we have revealed all the mysteries that will be known until Christ returns.

However, Jonathan Cahn, who is not one of the Biblical prophets, claims to reveal mysteries: “The Harbringer and The Mystery of the Shemitah are not only revealing mysteries but also the sounding of the alarms.”1 Cahn’s claim to be a revealer of mysteries is strong and severely problematic: “Much that will be revealed in this book has never before been revealed in written form” (Cahn: 2). This is a rather bold claim that echoes the apostle Paul’s cited above. He claims to have special revelation like the biblical authors. The problem is that Cahn did not see the resurrected Christ and was not appointed by Him like Paul and the other apostles. Cahn has no standing as an apostle or prophet and his writings are not binding as Scripture is.

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For All Of The Fathers Who Are Real Dads

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Undercover Autistic: Disclosing Autism in the Workplace

Sherry:

The challenges and fears of a functional autistic person (thanks for sharing your story!) :

Originally posted on The Third Glance:

Autistic – the word that I first heard applied to me my freshman year of college – it was weighted full of disdain, and I feared it. I feared it, knowing but little of the disorder I’d never really encountered, but had heard some very awful things about.

Autistic – the word that I learned more and more about, as I devoured everything I could read on the subject, which was just so utterly fascinating to me.

Autistic – the word that I learned explained the why of how I interacted with the world. The word that explained nearly everything that made me different from the people I was surrounded by.

Autistic – the word that gave me freedom from my fear and belief that I was just a completely broken person who would never succeed.

Autistic – the word that gave me power over myself and my environment.

Autistic…

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The Divine Cause of Liberty

Originally posted on He Hath Said:

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”- 2 Corinthians 3:17

Liberty is the heirloom of all the sons and daughters of Adam. But where do you find liberty unaccompanied by religion? True it is that all men have a right to liberty, but it is equally true that you do not meet it in any country save where you find the Spirit of the Lord. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” Thank God, this is a free country. ..This land is the home of liberty. But why is it so? I take it, it is not so much because of our institutions as because the Spirit of the Lord is here -the spirit of true and hearty religion… This Bible is the Magna Charta of old Britain. its truths, its doctrines have snapped our fetters, and they never can be riveted on again…

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Muslims have massacred over 590 million non-Muslims since 622AD

Originally posted on The Muslim Issue:

Islam: The Religion of Genocide

Perspective:Think the Spanish inquisition was bad?

  • More people are killed by Islamists each year than in all 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition* combined.
    The Spanish inquisition (Tribunal del Santo Oficio de la Inquisición) from 1478 to 1834 was established due to muslim invasions. It was the war and battle to try and end Islamic infiltration, Arab fascism and conquest. It’s quite interesting how similar to muslims their methodology was. Was it habit by long association under muslim rule or a strategy?

    Note: The Spanish Inquisition was an answer to the multi-religious nature of Spanish society following the reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula from the Muslim Moors.

    After invading in 711, large areas of the Iberian Peninsula were ruled by Muslims until 1250, when they were restricted to Granada, which fell in 1492. However, the Reconquista did not result in the total expulsion…

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How Old? Part Two

Sherry:

FTA: “Another factor that moved me to the creationist side was the underhanded, often totally unethical techniques that evolutionists typically used to suppress dissonant ideas, primarily creationism. Rarely did they carefully and objectively examine the facts, but usually focused on suppression of creationists, denial of their degrees, denial of their tenure, ad hominem attacks, and in general, irrational attacks on their person. In short, their response in general was totally unscientific and one that reeks of intolerance, even hatred”

If a scientist/OEE (old earth evolutionist) has to resort to lying, deceiving and personal attacks against YEC believers then it cannot stand on its own merits as truth. Truth is still truth whether you want to believe it or not. And truth needs no one to defend it for it to remain the truth. In fact, truth needs no one to believe it for it to remain the truth. Lies, on the other hand, must have its believers to remain in existance.

Originally posted on holdingforthhisword:

This is what a commentator had to say about belief in Young Earth Creationism:

My choice of words is exact since both atheism and YEC are beliefs that reject science and reason.

That is because there is so much evidence and just down right, rock solid proof that the universe is billions of years old and that God exists.

Also, from the very first words of Genesis, the nature of God and man is reason and the nature of the universe is such that it can be known through reason.

YEC cripples the Christian doctrine of faith because it rejects the very reason that grounds faith to reality.

The person who declared these words claims to follow Christ, which I don’t intend to dispute.  What I do intend to dispute is his assumption that faith in a young earth overthrows reason.  First and foremost his assertion is deficient since what…

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The Hound of Heaven – A Modern Adaptation

The transcendent excellency of divine wisdom

Originally posted on Proverbial Wisdom:

(James Smith, “Food for Hungry Souls”)

“For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold.
Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left.
She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying.
Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly!”
Proverbs 3:14-18

Men desire health–but bodily health is only for a time.
Divine wisdom gives perpetual health, both of body and soul.

Men desire wealth–but riches are not forever.
Divine wisdom gives unsearchable riches–enduring riches!

Men desire life–but human life is brief.
Divine wisdom gives everlasting life, and life in perfection and interminable blessedness.

Men desire honor–but earthly honor is fading.
Divine wisdom confers the…

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In America Today

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A Racist Feminist-Margaret Sanger

Sherry:

A good read: Christianity Today runs article praising eugenicist Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger: ignores history

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/christianity-today-reconsiders-margaret-sanger-by-ignoring-history#

Originally posted on quotes and notes and opinions:

What Sanger’s liberal admirers are eager to downplay is that she was a thoroughgoing racist who subscribed completely to the views of E. A. Ross and other “raceologists.” Indeed, she made many of them seem tame…

…A member of the Women’s Committee of the New York Socialist Party, she participated in all the usual protests and demonstrations. In 1912 she started writing what amounted to a sex-advice column for the New York Call, dubbed “What Every Girl Should Know.” The overriding theme of her columns was the importance of contraception.

A disciple of the anarchist Emma Goldman — another eugenicist — Sanger became the nation’s first “birth control martyr” when she was arrested for handing out condoms in 1917. In order to escape a subsequent arrest for violating obscenity laws, she went to England, where she fell under the thrall of Havelock Ellis, a sex theorist and ardent advocate…

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Who’s Behind Israeli Apartheid Week?

Though They Claim to Support Israel, Netanyahu Speech Leaves Dems Angry

Originally posted on Study - Grow - Know:

What a joke. Congress, the federal government, the White House, all of it a joke. I’m obviously not talking about those particular individuals who stayed, stood, and saluted (through applause) PM Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, in which he warned of Iran’s nuclear intentions. I’m referring to those crybabies who stormed out, turned their back, and generally acted like petulant children in response, not only to Netanyahu’s presence before America’s Congress, but to his speech as well.

technocraybookNancy Pelosi had the gall to say how offended she was that Netanyahu could insult the American people as he did. In reality, the only people he offended are those who hate Jews and/or Israel. In his book “Technocracy Rising,” by Patrick M. Wood, he noted that we learn the truth about politicians when we see what they do in spite of what they actually say (my paraphrase). In this case, we have people…

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Perhaps…Who Can Tell?

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Sure Resource of this Nation

by John Newton, February 28, 1794,
the day appointed for the national fast

(admin note: This sermon was preached to the nation and individuals of England but the United States of America and its citizens, as well as other nations and their citizens, who have put God aside in their national and individual affairs could learn from it and heed its wise godly counsel)

“Come, let us return to the Lord! He has torn us in pieces; now He will heal us. He has injured us; now He will bandage our wounds!” Hosea 6:1

“Who can tell? God may turn and relent; He may turn from His burning anger so that we will not perish!”  Jonah 3:9

How great is the power of God over the hearts of men! Nineveh was the capital of a powerful empire. The inhabitants were Heathen. The many prophets who, during a long series of years, had spoken in the name of the Lord to his professed people of Judah and Israel, had spoken almost in vain. The messengers were often mocked, and their message despised. The inhabitants of Nineveh, it is probable, had never seen a true prophet until Jonah was sent to them. If they had reasoned on his prediction, they might have thought it very improbable, that a great city, the head of a great kingdom, and in a time of peace, could be in danger of an overthrow within forty days. But it is said, “they believed God.” (Jonah 3:5) The awful denunciation made a general, a universal impression. The king arose from his throne, laid aside his robes, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. A sudden cessation of business and of pleasure took place; he proclaimed a strict fast, the rigor of which was extended even to the cattle. His subjects readily complied, and unanimously concurred in crying for mercy: though they had no encouragement but a ‘perhaps’, “Who can tell? God may turn and relent; He may turn from His burning anger so that we will not perish!”

It appears from this, and other passages of Scripture, that the most express declarations of God’s displeasure against sinners, still afford ground and room for repentance. Thus, in the prophecy of Ezekiel, “So when I tell the wicked person: You will surely die, but he repents of his sin and does what is just and right—he will certainly live; he will not die.” (Ezekiel 33:14-15) and again, in the prophecy of Jeremiah, “At one moment I might announce concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will uproot, tear down, and destroy it. However, if that nation I have made an announcement about, turns from its evil, I will not bring the disaster on it I had planned.” (Jer. 18:7-8)

The Lord God speaks to us by His Word, in plain and popular language. He condescends to our feeble apprehensions. God cannot repent, He is of one mind who can turn Him? (Num. 23:19, Job 23:13) Yet, when afflictive providences lead men to a sense of their sins, to an acknowledgment of their demerits, and excite a spirit of humiliation, repentance, and prayer—He often mercifully changes His dispensations, and averts from them the impending evil. Such was the effect of Jonah’s message to the Ninevites. The people humbled themselves, and repented of their wickedness; and God suspended the execution of the sentence which He had pronounced against them.

My brethren, may we not fear, that the men of Nineveh will rise up in judgment against us, and condemn us, (Mat. 12:41) if we do not imitate their example, and humble ourselves before God? They repented at the preaching of Jonah, and immediately, on their first hearing him; and they sought for mercy upon a perhaps, when they could say no more, than, Who can tell, whether there may be the least room to hope for it, after what the prophet has so solemnly declared?

God does not speak to us by the audible voice of an inspired prophet; nor is it necessary. We know, or may know, from His written Word, that it shall be well with the righteous, and ill with the wicked (Isaiah 3:10-11) The appearance of an angel from heaven could add nothing to the certainty of the declarations He has already put into our hands. He has likewise raised up, and perpetuated a succession of His ministers, to enforce the warnings He has given us in the Scripture; to remind us of our sins, and the sure and dreadful consequences, if we persist in them. Nor are we left at an uncertainty as to the outcome, if we humbly confess them, and implore forgiveness, in the way which He has prescribed. The Gospel, the glorious Gospel of the blessed God, is preached unto us. Jesus Christ, as crucified, is set forth among us. (Galatians 3:1, 1 Jo. 1:7, Romans 8:1, Acts 13:39) His blood cleanses from all sin; and those who believe in Him are freed from condemnation, and completely justified. They have also free access to a throne of grace, and, like Israel, they have power, by prayer, to prevail with God and with man. (Genesis 32:28) And shall it be said of any of us, that the Lord gave us space to repent, and invited us to repentance, and we repented not? (Revelation 2:21) May His mercy forbid it!

He now speaks to us by His providence. His judgments are abroad in the earth; and it behooves us to learn righteousness. (Isaiah 25:9-11) His hand is lifted up, and if any are so careless, or obstinate, that they will not see, yet, sooner or later, they must, they shall see. The great God has a controversy with the potsherds of the earth. The point to be decided between Him and many abroad, and, I fear, too many at home, is, whether He is the Governor of the earth or not? His own people, to whom His name and glory are dear, will hold all inferior concernment in subordination to this. If there is no other alternative, misery and havoc must spread, men must perish by millions, yes, the frame of nature must be dissolved, rather than God be dishonored and defied with impunity. But He will surely plead and gain His own cause, and, either in a way of judgment or of mercy, all men shall know that He is the Lord. I believe there is no expression in the Old Testament so frequently repeated as this, “You,” or they, “shall know that I am the Lord! Has He said it, and shall He not make it good?”

The rivers of human blood, and all the calamities and horrors which overspread a great part of the Continent, the distant report of which is sufficient to make our ears tingle, are all to be ascribed to this cause. God is not acknowledged; yes, in some places, He has been formally disowned and renounced. Therefore, God sometimes leaves men left to themselves–their furious passions are unchained, and they are given up, without restraint, to the lusts of their own evil hearts! A more dreadful judgment than this, cannot be inflicted on this side of hell. “Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone!” Hosea 4:17 (admin note: see also Romans 1:18-27)

And, though we are still favored with peace at home, the dreadful storm is at no great distance; it seems to be moving our way, and we have reason to fear that it may burst upon us. But I would be thankful for the appointment of this day; for I should think the prospect dark indeed, if I did not rely on the Lord’s gracious attention to the united prayers of those who fear and trust Him, and who know it is equally easy to Him either to save or to destroy, by many or by few. (1 Samuel 14:6) Our fleets and armies may be well appointed and well commanded; but, without His blessing upon our councils and enterprises, they will be unable to defend us. He can take (away the) wisdom from the wise, and courage from the bold, in the moment when they are most needful. He can disable our forces by sickness or dissension; and, by His mighty wind, he can dash our ships to pieces against the rocks, against each other, or sink them like lead in the mighty waters! “Who is there who speaks and it happens—unless the Lord has ordained it?” Lamentations 3:37

Our Lord and Savior, when speaking of the eighteen upon whom the tower of Siloam fell and slew them, said to the Jews, “Those 18 that the tower in Siloam fell on and killed—do you think they were more sinful than all the people who live in Jerusalem? No, I tell you! But unless you repent, you will all perish as well!” Luke 13:4-5. May the application of these words sink deeply into our hearts! It will not befit us to say, either to God or man, that ‘we have indeed sinned—but there are greater sinners than ourselves.’ It is true, the French Convention, and many others who are infatuated by the same spirit, have exceeded the ordinary standard of human impiety and cruelty. But I hope there are multitudes in that nation, who, though they are overawed by their oppressors, and dare not speak their sentiments, yet are mourning in secrecy and silence, for the abominations which they cannot prevent. But the French have not sinned against such advantages as we possess. They were long the slaves of despotic power, and the dupes of superstition; and of late they have been the dupes of fools, assuming the name of philosophers.

We, on the contrary, were born and educated in a land distinguished from all the nations of the earth, by the eminent degree in which we enjoy civil and religious liberty, and the light of gospel truth. These privileges exceedingly aggravate our sins; and no just comparison, in this respect, can be formed between us and other nations, until we can find a people who have been equally favored, for an equal length of time, by the providence of God—and have likewise equaled us in disobedience and ingratitude!

The most dreadful enormities committed in France, are no more than specimens of what human depravity is capable of—when circumstances admit of its full exertion, and when the usual boundaries and restrictions necessary to the peace and welfare of civil society, are judicially removed. The influence of daring infidelity and profligate example, aided by the peculiar state of their public affairs, have broken, in many instances, the strongest ties of social and relative life, and extinguished the common feelings of humanity!

Yet the unhappy French, though our inveterate enemies, are not the proper objects of our hatred or our scorn—but rather of our pity. They know not what they do! Let us pray for them. Who can tell but God, to whom all things are possible, and whose mercies are higher than the heavens, may grant also them repentance! And let us pray for ourselves, that we may be instructed and warned by their history—for, by nature, we are no better than they!

But it is time to attend more immediately to our own concerns. The professed purpose of our meeting today, is to humble ourselves before Almighty God, and to send up our prayers and supplications to the Divine Majesty, for obtaining pardon of our sins, and for averting those heavy judgments which our manifold sins have most justly deserved; and imploring His blessing and assistance on our military, and for restoring and perpetuating peace, safety, and prosperity to Himself and to His kingdoms. I hope these expressions accord with the language and desire of our hearts.

Oh! for a glance of what Isaiah saw, and has described! “In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord! He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of His robe filled the Temple. Hovering around Him were mighty seraphim, each with six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with the remaining two they flew. In a great chorus they sang, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty! The whole earth is filled with His glory!’ The glorious singing shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire sanctuary was filled with smoke! Then I said, ‘Woe is me, for I am ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips and live among a people of unclean lips, because my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty!'” Isaiah 6:1-5

Oh! that we, by the power of that faith, could behold the glory of the Lord filling this house; that we could realize the presence and the attitude of His attendant angels! They cover their faces and their feet with their wings, as overpowered by the beams of His majesty; and conscious, if not of defilement like us, yet of unavoidable inability as creatures, to render Him the whole of that praise and homage which are justly due to Him!

Oh! that, by faith, we could enter into the spirit of their ascription–‘Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord Almighty, the whole earth is filled with His glory!’ If we were all thus affected, as the prophet was, surely each one for himself would adopt the prophet’s language. Or, if a comfortable hope in the Gospel prevented us from crying out, “Woe is me, for I am ruined!” we should, at least, say, (the Hebrew word might be so rendered,) “I am silenced, I am struck dumb! I am overwhelmed with confusion and shame; for I am a man of unclean lips myself, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips, for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty!”

If we have a degree of this impression, we shall not perplex ourselves concerning the second causes, or immediate instruments of our calamities. The evil of sin, contrasted with the holiness and glory of God, will engross our thoughts! And we shall ascribe all the troubles we either feel or fear–to our own sins, and the sins of those among whom we dwell.

 Let us first look to OURSELVES.

I am a man of unclean lips! I am a sinner!” This confession suits us all, and is readily made by all who know themselves. A person approaching London from the neighboring hills, usually sees it obscured by a cloud of smoke. This cloud of smoke is the aggregate of the smoke, to which every house furnishes its respective quota. This cloud of smoke is a fit emblem of the sin and the misery which abound in this great metropolis! The Lord said of the Amorites, at a certain period, “Their iniquity is not yet full.” (Genesis 15:16) I hope the measure of our iniquity is not yet full; but it is filling more every day, and we are all daily contributing to fill it.

True believers, though, by grace, delivered from the reigning power of sin, are still sinners. (Romans 6:14) In many things, we all sin in thought, word, and deed. We are now called upon to humble ourselves before God, for the sins of our ignorance, and for the more aggravated sins we have committed against light and experience; for those personal sins, the record of which is known only to God and our consciences; for the defects and defilements of our best services; for our great and manifold failures in the discharge of our relative duties, as parents, children, husbands, wives, masters, or servants, and as members of the community. Our dullness in the ways of God, our alertness in the pursuit of our own will and way; our indifference to what concerns His glory, as compared with the quickness of our concerns, when our own temporal interests are affected, are so many proofs of our ingratitude and depravity! The sins of the Lord’s own people are so many, and so heightened by the consideration of His known goodness, that, if He was to enter into judgment with them alone, they could offer no other plea than that which He has mercifully provided for them, “If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared!” (Psalm 130:3-4)

It is easy to declaim against the wickedness of the times. But only they who are duly affected with the multitude and magnitude of their own sins can be competent judges of what the prophet meant or felt, when he said, “I live among a people of unclean lips.” We ought to be no less concerned (though in a different manner) for the sins of those among whom we dwell, than for our own. We shall be so, if, with the eyes of our mind—we behold the King, the Lord Almighty; because His glory, which should be the dearest object to our hearts, is dishonored by them.

I think this nation (England) might be considered as the Israel of the New Testament, both with respect of his goodness to us, and our perverse returns to Him. He has been pleased to select us, as a special people, and to show among us such instances of His protection, His favor, His grace, and His patience—as cannot be paralleled in the annals of any other nation!

We have no certain account when the name of Jesus the Savior was first known in England; it was, probably, at an early period of the Christian era. But we do know, that after the long dark night of superstition and ignorance which covered Christendom for many ages—the dawn of returning gospel light was first seen among us! From the time of Wickliffe, the morning-star of the Reformation, the true Gospel has been known, preached, received, and perpetuated to this day. There have been times when those who loved this Gospel have suffered for it. They were preserved faithful, in defiance of stripes, fines, imprisonment, and death itself! But those times are past. We enjoy not only light—but liberty, and the rights of conscience and private judgment, in a degree until of late unknown!

We have likewise been long favored with national peace, though often other nations in wars have suffered great calamities. Our internal broils at different times have contributed to form and establish our present happy constitution. We breathe the air of civil liberty. Our insulated geographical situation, and naval force, by the blessing of God, have preserved us from foreign invasions; and, when such have been attempted, the winds and seas have often fought our battles! Our wide spreading and flourishing commerce, has raised us to a pitch of opulence which excites the admiration and envy of other nations. Great Britain appears as but a small spot upon a globe or map; but our interests and influence extend, in every direction, to the uttermost parts of the earth!

Will not the Lord’s words to Israel apply with equal propriety to us? “What more could I have done for My vineyard than I did? Why, when I expected a yield of good grapes—did it yield only worthless grapes?” (Isaiah 5:4)

How is the blessed Gospel improved among us? This would be a heavy day to me, if I did not believe and know, that there are some among our various denominations, who prize and adorn the Gospel. If these could be all assembled in one place, I hope they would be found to be a very considerable number; and, for their sakes, and, in answer to their prayers, I humbly trust that God’s mercy will still be afforded to us. But, compared with the multitudes who reject, despise, or dishonor the Gospel—I fear they are very few! Too many hate it with a bitter hatred, and exert all their influence to oppose and suppress it. The great doctrines of the Reformation are treated with contempt; and both those who preach, and those who espouse them, are considered as wild enthusiasts or hypocrites, knaves or fools. The Gospel of God is shunned as a pestilence, or complained of as a burden, almost wherever it is known!

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16) The Gospel—recalls them from error, from wickedness, and from misery; guides their feet into the ways of peace, and teaches them to live soberly, righteously, and godly in the world. (Titus 2:12) But in the number of those who profess to receive it, there are too many who confirm and increase the prejudices of those who speak against what they know not. Alas! what extravagant opinions, what fierce dissensions, what loose conversation, what open offences, may be found among many who would be thought professors of that Gospel which only breathes the spirit of holiness, love, and peace!

What, then, must be the state of those who avowedly live without God in the world? I need not enlarge upon this painful subject, which forces itself upon the mind, if we only walk the streets, or look into the newspapers. It is not necessary to inform my hearers, that infidelity, licentiousness, perjury, profaneness, the neglect and contempt of God’s worship, abound. The laws of God, and the laws of the land, so far as their object is to enforce the observance of His commands, are openly and customarily violated in every rank of life. In a day when the Lord Almighty calls to weeping and mourning— thoughtless security, dissipation, and open sin, are the characteristics of our national spirit. (Isaiah 22:12-13) The loss of public spirit, and that impatience of subordination so generally observable, so widely diffused, which are the consequences of our sins against God, are, in themselves, moral causes sufficient to ruin the nation, unless His mercy interposes in our behalf!

It would be inexcusable, considering the share I have formerly had in that unholy business, if, upon this occasion, I should omit to mention the African slave-trade. I do not rank this among our national sins, because I hope, and believe, a very great majority of the nation earnestly long for its suppression. But, hitherto, petty and selfish interests prevail against the voice of justice, humanity, and truth. This enormity, however, is not sufficiently laid to heart. If you are justly shocked by what you hear of the cruelties practiced in France—you would, perhaps, be shocked much more, if you could fully conceive of the evils and miseries inseparable from this slave traffic, which I know, not from hearsay—but from my own experience and observation, are equal in atrocity, and, perhaps, superior in number, in the course of a single year, to any, or all the worst actions which have been known in France since the commencement of their revolution. There is a cry of blood against us; a cry accumulated by the addition of fresh victims, of thousands, of scores of thousands, I had almost said of hundreds of thousands, from year to year!

It is but a brief and faint outline I have attempted to give of the present state of this nation in the sight of Almighty God, and of the sins for which we are this day assembled to humble ourselves before him!

Have we not, therefore, cause to say, with the Ninevites, “Who can tell?” Is there not at least, ‘a perhaps?’ Is there at least a possibility—that we may yet obtain mercy?

If our sins are no less numerous, no less of a scarlet dye, than those of other nations; and exceedingly aggravated beyond theirs, by being committed against clearer light, and the distinguished advantages we have long enjoyed; if we have not only transgressed the laws of God in common with others—but daringly trampled upon the gracious offers of His forgiveness, which He has long continued to propose to us, with a frequency and energy almost peculiar to ourselves; if “All day long I have spread out My hands to a disobedient and defiant people,” (Romans 10:21) and, hitherto, almost in vain; if neither the tokens of His displeasure, nor the declarations of His love, have made a suitable impression upon our minds—who can tell if He will yet be entreated? May we not fear, lest He should say, “My Spirit shall strive with them no more!” “They are joined to their idols—let them alone!” “When you lift up your hands in prayer—I will refuse to look. Even though you offer countless prayers—I will not listen!” (Hos. 4:17, Isaiah 1:15)

Where are now the mighty empires, which were once thought as rooted and established as the everlasting mountains? They have disappeared like the mists upon the mountain tops. Nothing of them remains but their names. They perished, and their memorials have almost perished with them. (Psalm 9:6) The patience of God bore with them for a time—until the purposes for which He raised them up were answered. But, when the measure of their iniquity was full—they passed away, and were dispersed, like foam upon the waters! What security have we—against such a catastrophe? Or, what could we answer, if God should put that question to us, “Should I not punish them for this?” asks the Lord. “Should I not avenge Myself against a nation such as this?” (Jeremiah 5:9)

Where now are the churches which once flourished in Greece and in Asia? When the apostle Paul wrote to the Gentile churches, and when our Lord wrote His epistles to the seven churches in Asia (Revelation 1-3) most of them were in a prosperous state. If there ever was a time when the commendations given to them were applicable to professors of the Gospel in our land, I fear we can hardly claim them at present. Can it be justly said of us, that our faith and love are everywhere spoken of, and that we are examples to all who believe? That our works and service, and faith and patience, are known, and the last works, to be more than the first? (Romans 1:8, 1 Th. 1:7, Revelation 2:1, 18, 19)

Or rather, may it not be truly said of too many, that while they profess to believe in God—that in works they deny Him? that they are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold? that they have a name to live, and are dead? that they have forgotten their first love? (Titus 1:16, Revelation 3:1-15, 2:4) When these defects and declensions began to prevail in the first churches, the Lord admonished and warned them; but, instead of watching and repenting, they gradually became more remiss! At length their glory departed, and their candlesticks were removed out of their places. Many regions, which once rejoiced in the light of the Gospel, have been long overspread with Mohammedan darkness, and the inhabitants are wretched, ignorant, slaves!

Let us not trust in outward privileges, nor rest in a form of godliness destitute of the power. It will be in vain to say, “The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are we!” (Jer. 7:4) if the Lord of the temple should depart from us! When the Israelites were afraid of the Philistines, they carried the ark of the Lord with them to battle. But God disappointed their vain confidence. He delivered the ark of His glory into the hands of their enemies, (1 Samuel 4:5-11) to teach them, and to teach us, that formal hypocritical worshipers have no good ground to hope for His protection.

Alas! then, who can tell? Appearances are very dark at present. Besides what we may expect or fear from the rage and madness of our foreign enemies, we have much to be apprehensive of at home! A spirit of discord has gone forth. “Israel grew fat—and rebelled; the people grew heavy, plump, and stuffed! Then they abandoned the God who had made them; they made light of the Rock of their salvation!” (Deut. 32:15) Many Britons seem weary of liberty, peace, and order. Our happy constitution, our mild government, our many privileges, admired by other nations—are despised and depreciated among ourselves; and that not only by the thoughtless and licentious, by those who, having little to lose, may promise themselves a possibility of gain in a time of national disturbance and confusion; but they are abetted and instigated by people of sense, character, and even of religion! I would be quite at a loss to account for this, if I did not consider it as a token of the Lord’s displeasure. When He withdraws His blessing, no unity or peace can long exist.

“Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and a cheerful heart, even though you had an abundance of everything, you will serve your enemies the Lord will send against you, in famine, thirst, nakedness, and a lack of everything. He will place an iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you!” Deuteronomy 28:47-48. These words of Moses to rebellious Israel emphatically describe the former and the present state of many of the French nation, who have been plundered, and were glad if only they could escape (great numbers could not so escape) with the loss of their all, and at the peril of their lives, to a more peaceful shore. May their sufferings remind us of our deserts! Who can tell if the Lord may yet be merciful unto us, and exempt us from similar calamities!

But though we have much cause to mourn for our sins, and humbly to confess our deserved judgments, let us not despond. The Lord our God is a merciful God. “Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will have pity on us and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us!”

If the fast of this day is not confined to one day—but if, by His blessing, it may produce sincere repentance—then I am warranted to tell you, from his Word, that there is yet hope! You who tremble for God’s ark, for the cause of God, whose eyes affect your hearts, who grieve for sin, and for the miseries which sin has multiplied upon the earth—take courage! Let the hearts of the wicked shake, like the leaves of the trees when agitated by a storm; (Isaiah 7:2) but you have no cause to tremble like them. The Lord God is your refuge and strength, your resting place, and your hiding place! Under the shadow of His wings—you shall be safe! (Psalm 46:1, Psalm 90:1, Psalm 119:114)

He who loved you and died for your sins—is the Lord of glory!

All power in heaven and in earth is committed unto Him. The Lord reigns—though the earth be ever so agitated. All creatures are instruments of His will. The wrath of man, so far as it is permitted to act, shall praise Him; and shall be made subservient to the accomplishment of His great designs! And the remainder of that wrath, of all their projected violence, which does not coincide with His wise and comprehensive plan, He will restrain! (Mat. 28:18, Psalm 99:1, Psalm 76:10) In vain they rage, and fret, and threaten! They act under a secret commission, and can do no more than He permits them! If they attempt it—He has His hook and a bridle in their mouths! When the enemies would come in like a flood—He can lift up a standard against them. As He has set bounds and bars to the tempestuous sea, beyond which it cannot pass, saying, “This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt!” So, with equal ease, He can “still the tumults of the nations!” (2 Kings 19:28, Isaiah 59:19, Job 38:10-11, Psalm 65:7)

You do well to mourn for the sins and miseries—of those who know Him not. But if you make the Almighty God your fear and your dread—He will be a sanctuary to you, and keep your hearts in peace! “Therefore we will not be afraid, though the earth trembles and the mountains topple into the depths of the seas!” (Isaiah 8:13-14, Psalm 46:2)

Your part and mine is to WATCH and PRAY.

Let us pray for ourselves, that we may be found waiting, with our loins girded up, and our lamps burning, that we may be prepared to meet His will in every event. (Mark 13:35, Mark 14:38) Let us pray for the peace of Jerusalem, for God’s church, which is dear to Him, as the pupil of His eye, for the spread of His Gospel, and the extension of His kingdom—until His great name is known and adored from the rising to the setting of the sun, (Mal. 1:11) and the whole earth shall be filled with His glory!

Many splendid prophecies are yet unfulfilled; and He is now bringing forward their accomplishment. Light will undoubtedly arise out of this darkness. Let us earnestly pray for a blessing from on high, upon our counsels of government and parliament, and upon all subordinate authorities in church and state—that we may lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and honesty, that true religion and good order may be established, and iniquity be put to shame and silence! Thus we may hope to be secured by the sure, though secret, mark of divine protection. The Lord will be our shield—though many should suffer or fall around us. The very hairs of our heads are numbered. Or if, for the manifestation of our faith, and the power of his grace—He should permit us to share in common calamities, we may rely upon Him to afford us strength according to our day. He is always near to His people, a very present help in the time of trouble; and He can make the season of their greatest tribulations, to be the season of their sweetest consolations! (Ezekiel. 9:4, Mat. 9:30, Deu. 33:25, 2 Corinthians 1:5)

And let us pray in FAITH.

Let us remember what great things the Lord has done in answer to prayer. When sin had given Sennacherib rapid success in his invasion of Judah, he did not know that he was no more than ‘God’s axe’, or a ‘saw in the hand of God’. He ascribed his victories to his own prowess, and thought himself equally sure of capturing Jerusalem. But Hezekiah defeated him—upon his knees. He spread Sennacherib’s blasphemous letter before the Lord in the temple and prayed—and the Assyrian army melted away like snow. (Isaiah 10:15, 37:14-36) When Peter was locked up and chained in prison—the chains fell from his hands, the locks and bolts gave way, and the iron gate opened—while the church was united in earnest prayer for his deliverance! (Acts 12:5-13)

And as we have heard—so have we seen. God has signally answered the prayers of His people, in our own time. Much prayer, both public and private, was offered for our beloved King during his late illness; and how wonderful, how sudden, how seasonable, was his recovery! Surely this was the finger of God! When God thus removed our fears, “we were like men who dreamed!” (Psalm 126:1)

I believe prayer was no less efficacious, towards the end of the year 1792. I know many people treated the idea of danger at that time as false, because the Lord was pleased to avert it. But I hope we have not quite forgotten the language we heard, and the people we daily met with in the street, the many daring conspiracies which were held in this city, and the threatenings which were written in large characters, upon the walls of our houses, at almost every corner. But the hearts of men were turned like the tide, in a critical moment. Then I think the interposition of the Lord was evident. We have had repeated proofs that God hears and answers prayer.

The present likewise is a very important crisis. All that is dear to us, as men, as Britons, as Christians, is threatened. Our enemies are inveterate and enraged! Our sins testify against us. But if we humble ourselves before God, forsake our sins, and unite in supplications for His mercy—who can tell, but that He may be entreated to give us that help which it would be in vain to expect from man? Yes, we have encouragement to hope, that if God will be for us—then none can prevail against us. (Romans 8:11) But without His blessing, our most powerful efforts, and best concerted undertakings, cannot succeed for a moment!

You who have access to the throne of grace, whose hearts are concerned for the glory of God, and who lament not only the temporal calamities attendant upon war—but the many thousands of souls who are yearly plunged by war into an eternal, unchangeable state–you, I trust, will show yourselves true friends to your country, by bearing your testimony, and exerting your influence against SIN—the procuring cause of all our sorrows; and by standing in the breach, and pleading with God for mercy, in behalf of yourselves, and of the nation. If ten people, thus disposed, had been found even in Sodom—it would have escaped destruction! (Genesis 18:32)

There may be some people in this assembly, who are little concerned for their own sins, and are, of course, incapable of taking a proper part in the service of this day. Yet I am glad that you are here; I pity you, I warn you. If you should live to see a time of public distress—what will you do? To whom will you look, or where will you flee for help? All that is dear to you may be torn from you, or you from it!

Or if it pleases God to prolong our tranquility, you are liable to many heavy calamities in private life. And if you should be exempted from these, death is inevitable, and may be near! My heart wishes you the possession of those principles which would support you in all the changes of life, and make your dying pillow comfortable. Are you unwilling to be happy? Or can you be happy too soon? Many Christian people are now looking upon you—who once were as lost as you are now. And I doubt not—that they are praying that you may be as they now are. Try to pray for yourself! Our God is assuredly in the midst of us. His gracious ear is attentive to every supplicant. Seek Him while He is to be found. Jesus died for sinners, and He has said, “those who come to me—I will never cast out.” (John 6:37) He is likewise the author of that faith, by which alone you can come rightly to Him. If you ask Him for saving faith—He will give it to you; if you seek it, in the means of His appointment, you shall assuredly find it. (Mat. 7:7)

If you refuse this, there remains no other sacrifice for your sin. (Hebrews 10:26-27) If you are not saved by faith in His blood—you are lost forever! “Oh! Pay homage to the Son, or He will be angry, and you will perish in your rebellion; for His anger may ignite at any moment! Blessed are all who take refuge in Him!” Psalm 2:12

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CJS Viewpoint-President Obama’s Cheap Talk on Religious Liberty

By Erica Wanis

Much ado has been made over President Obama’s remarks at the recent National Prayer Breakfast, namely his comparison between the Christian Crusades and the racism of the Jim Crow South and the heinous tactics of ISIS. Christians are outraged, as are most conservatives. Even MSNBC‘s Andrea Mitchell found the President’s condescending (and, it turns out, inaccurate) history lesson in poor taste, coming as it did mere days after a Jordanian pilot was burned alive at the hands of Muslim extremists.Needless to say, enough ink and airtime and bandwidth have been expended excoriating the President on this point. So much so that a second and perhaps more fundamentally problematic issue with his speech has gone unaddressed. A good deal of the President’s talk revolved around the sacred importance of religious liberty. He praised it as a bastion of democratic society and a cornerstone of America’s constitutional order. He lauded the good work done by those who dedicate their lives to caring for “the least of these.” He had a great deal to say about the value of humility, the importance of heeding God’s commandments, and the responsibility to speak out against agents of hate, oppression, and religious perversion. From the speech:“And, first, we should start with some basic humility. I believe that the starting point of faith is some doubt – not being so full of yourself and so confident that you are right and that God speaks only to us, and doesn’t speak to others, that God only cares about us and doesn’t care about others, that somehow we alone are in possession of the truth.

Our job is not to ask that God respond to our notion of truth – our job is to be true to Him, His word, and His commandments. And we should assume humbly that we’re confused and don’t always know what we’re doing and we’re staggering and stumbling towards Him, and have some humility in that process. And that means we have to speak up against those who would misuse His name to justify oppression, or violence, or hatred with that fierce certainty. No God condones terror. No grievance justifies the taking of innocent lives, or the oppression of those who are weaker or fewer in number.

And so, as people of faith, we are summoned to push back against those who try to distort our religion – any religion – for their own nihilistic ends. And here at home and around the world, we will constantly reaffirm that fundamental freedom – freedom of religion – the right to practice our faith how we choose, to change our faith if we choose, to practice no faith at all if we choose, and to do so free of persecution and fear and discrimination.”

To read the above words, you’d think that the President is a man who in his own life and in his own administration accords great respect and deference to religious faith and those who embrace it. You’d think he is a man conscious of his own limitations, humble in the face of what he doesn’t clearly understand and hesitant to use his bully pulpit to impose his own religious beliefs upon others. As with so much of what our President says, however, his actions belie his words. In the same way that his promise of “if you like your health care, you can keep it” was a semantic manipulation that only a lawyer could muster, his proclamations of respect for religious liberty are dubious at best.

The President talks a good game, but when you examine his actions with regard to religious liberty, it’s quickly apparent that his talk is cheap. Unless you subscribe to his particular brand of “faith,” don’t expect this President to lift a pen or a phone in defense of your religious liberty. What you can expect is a man determined to eradicate every last vestige of orthodox religious influence from the public square.

In his book, The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis describes the watered-down understanding of the Christian God that prevails in contemporary secular society:

“By the goodness of God we mean nowadays almost exclusively His lovingness; and in this we may be right. And by Love, in this context, most of us mean kindness – the desire to see others than the self happy; not happy in this way or in that, but just happy. What would really satisfy us would be a God who said of anything we happened to like doing, ‘What does it matter so long as they are contented?’ We want, in fact, not so much a Father in Heaven as a grandfather in heaven – a senile benevolence who, as they say, liked to see young people enjoying themselves’, and whose plan for the universe was simply that it might be truly said at the end of each day, ‘a good time was had by all'”

So much of what our President and his ideological ilk mean when they refer to religious faith is contained in the sentiment above. For them, the only kind of acceptable faith and the only kind of acceptable God are those that offer uncritical affirmation. This brand of faith posits only one commandment: If it feels good and can be made to sound “nice,” do it. Any conception of God that includes uncomfortable moral prescriptions is not merely rejected, but targeted for eradication through litigation and cultural warfare. The President invokes a spirit of religious humility when in reality he could hardly be less tolerant. He is an influential agent of what Mary Eberstadt of the Ethics and Public Policy Center calls “the new intolerance.”

President Obama speaks of humility; he pays lip service to compassion and understanding while practicing an insidious form of civil persecution and oppression of those who dare to put their faith into practice. As Eberstadt writes:

“For there is no mercy for putting butchers and bakers and candlestick makers in the legal dock for refusing to renounce their religious beliefs – but that’s what the new intolerance does. There is no mercy in stalking and threatening Christian pastors for being Christian pastors, or in casting out social scientists who turn up unwanted facts, or in telling a flight attendant she can’t wear a crucifix, or in persecuting organizations that do charitable work – but the new intolerance does these things, too. . . . Above all, there is no mercy in slandering people by saying that religious believers “hate” certain people when in fact they do not; or that they are “phobes” of one stripe or another when in fact they are not. This, too, happens all over public space these days, with practically no pushback from anyone. This, too, is the new intolerance at work.”

I am reminded of President Obama’s infamous remark about bitter Midwesterners clinging to guns and religion. Despite later attempts to clarify his meaning (as usual, everyone misunderstood him and needed re-educating), he made the comments while speaking to a group of progressive liberal supporters in San Francisco, and his meaning was crystal clear: Religion – at least the kind of religion that still embraces ideas of moral absolutes, human sin, immutable truths and the like – is a crutch for the ignorant and disenfranchised, a crutch that needs to be replaced by an ever-evolving social consensus that defines what is politically correct, supported by the benevolent arms of Uncle Sam.. President Obama doesn’t identify with the faith of people like that; he sees them as lost sheep that need to be herded back into the Big Government fold, re-educated to believe that Christ came into the world and died on a cross so that everyone could be free to follow their bliss wherever it may lead.

The contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act is a reflection of this idea. The President and his ideological cohorts view free contraception as a fundamental, inalienable right; call it a penumbra or emanation of the Declaration’s “pursuit of happiness.” Anyone who disagrees with this notion or takes issue with the morality of preventing conception or terminating the life of an unborn child is an enemy of liberty that must be thwarted.

By now we’re all familiar with the cases. In response to the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act, certain entities petitioned the Obama Administration for a religious exemption. Hobby Lobby wanted an exemption from four of 20 varieties of contraception. Conestoga Wood Specialties and the Little Sisters of the Poor wanted nothing to do with offering contraceptives and abortifacients to their employees due to strong religious objections to such technology. They didn’t want to pay for it and they didn’t want the government paying for it for them. And they didn’t want extra time, as New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan famously said, to figure out how to violate their consciences.

President Obama refused to accept this. His religious humility wasn’t adequate to imagine that some people believe that God designed sex for the purpose of procreation and that preventing the creation of life, or worse, terminating a newly conceived life, is a grave sin. He was unable to imagine that an employer who holds these beliefs would be troubled by financing the commission of such sins by others. He couldn’t understand why Catholic nuns might have a problem with the morning-after pill, or any pill at all that prevents conception from occurring or terminates it after the fact. (Perhaps this shouldn’t be surprising considering that Mr. Obama twice voted against “born alive” legislation while serving in the Illinois senate).

In light of this inability to identify with those whose religious faith leads them to different conclusions than his own, the President branded these petitioners as foot soldiers in the Progressive-manufactured “war on women” and took them to court. So much for humility. Thankfully, the twelve justices that sit on the highest judicial bench in the land have a bit more appreciation for religious liberty than the current Commander in Chief, and the case for religious exemption to the contraception mandate was vindicated.

How any person of integrity could execute the above actions and then stand before an audience of religious leaders and claim spiritual solidarity with them is beyond comprehension, but that’s exactly what President Obama did. It’s what he does all the time, as consistency, transparency, and honesty don’t seem to rank high on his list of political priorities.

Ultimately, the Prayer Breakfast speech was vintage Obama: A hefty dose of professorial lecturing about the sins of the majority (re. Western, white, Christian) as a means of downplaying the barbarous acts of a perceived minority (remember, to Progressives criticism of Islam is tantamount to racism). Offensive? Absolutely. Insensitive, given the atrocities being committed by ISIS on a daily basis? Yes. Surprising? Unfortunately no.

If Obama had spoken honestly, he would have talked more about his admiration for the separation between Church and State (at least as he understands it to be). He would have told the audience that he thinks religion is swell, so long as any and all vestiges of faithful conviction are checked at the front door. He would have explained that his understanding of God’s love requires an uncritical embrace of the social and political agendas of LGBTQs and feminists at the expense of historically venerated, traditional conceptions about marriage and family.

This is what he should have said because this is how he really feels, at least so far as his actions indicate. In his eyes, the faithful remnant in today’s secular progressive America only clings to guns and religion because government has let them down. The sooner Big Brother can realize its dream of cultivating a nation of Julia‘s, the sooner the need for old time religion and all its pesky notions about God and morality and man’s ultimate purpose will be relegated to the ash bin of history.

Erica Wanis is a consultant for the John Jay Institute’s Center for a Just Society. She resides in Burke, VA, with her husband and two children.

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Obama Gets It Wrong for Islam’s Sake

From ACT for America:

Blaming the Victims:
Disinformation on the Crusades from President Obama

At ACT for America it is no secret that we have not been in agreement with President Obama’s national security policies, but have always been respectful of the office which he holds.

Unfortunately, President Obama has not always been respectful of others and perhaps the worst example of disrespect came on Thursday at, of all events, the National Prayer Breakfast.

It was in that setting that President Obama delivered remarks comparing the actions of the Islamic State to things done “in the name of Jesus Christ.” Among those things according to President Obama: slavery.

He then cited the Crusades.

Not only were his remarks inappropriate for the occasion and insulting to peace loving Christians everywhere, they were historically inaccurate.

In terms of slavery, while it is true that Christians owned slaves, slavery is not an integral part of Christian doctrine. Jesus did not own slaves. The same cannot be said of Islam. Mohammed owned many slaves and even shared concubines with his warriors. There are today forty different words in Arabic to describe slaves; that’s how prominent slavery has been in the Islamic world. The slave trade in Africa was largely run by Muslims. And when Western nations finally abolished the evil practice of slavery, that slave trade in Africa persisted without them. Remember, Saudi Arabia, the site of Islam’s holiest sites, did not outlaw slavery until the 1960s. Moreover, slavery is still practiced today in parts of Islamic Africa, notably Sudan.

But Obama’s biggest dose of disinformation came in the form of his remarks on the Crusades.

There is a myth that the Crusades were nothing but an aggressive series of wars in which Christendom attacked the Muslim world and committed atrocities.

The reality is somewhat different.

The Crusades actually began after centuries of Islamic jihad invading, pillaging and conquering Christian lands in present-day North Africa and parts of Europe.

After 400 years of systematic genocide of Christians at the hands of Islamic jihadists, Pope Urban II, acting on a plea from the Byzantine emperor whose people had been attacked by Muslim hoards, finally called on “Christ’s heralds” to sound the call for help for the Christians in the east and free the Holy Land.

So, the first Crusade was a defensive action in response to Islamic jihad.

This is an historical fact that our president unfortunately left out of his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast.

Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Speech

Understanding the Critical Race Theory

Sherry:

…and the Theory of Exploitivity…see the update at the bottom of the post

Originally posted on quotes and notes and opinions:

 Critical Race Theory Explained

Last week, Breitbart.com released video demonstrating Barack Obama’s close relationship with Derrick Bell, the father of Critical Race Theory (CRT). And we’ve seen Soledad O’Brien try to twist the definition of critical race theory in order to protect Obama by grabbing a quick definition from Wikipedia. But just what is CRT? Why is it so dangerous? And what role does it play in President Obama’s thinking?

UPDATE: There is an excellent article to read so I am putting the link here in the post instead of the in the comment line. There are some good links in the comment line but this article I do not want to be lost among those others.

Exposing the Race Grievance Industry’s Theory of Exploitivity: Black Victim + White Culprit = Racism

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50 Rhetorical Questions for the Sane American to Ponder

Here are 50 rhetorical questions for the sane people remaining in America to consider. After reading them, you also might be convinced that many Americans have been given over to a reprobate mind.

  1. Why did Americans elect and reelect a Godless administration that is leading it to its destruction?
  2. Why do Americans have an unconstitutional tyrannical government in power and why are Americans allowing it?
  3. Why do Americans allow a government that pushes evil on our society and obstructs good?
  4. Why does America get themselves into one war after another?
  5. Why is Marijuana the largest cash crop in this nation?
  6. Why can’t our political leaders recognized the real enemies of our nation? (no mirror?)
  7. Why do Americans allow their government to continually spend much more than it has?
  8. Why have Americans allowed a private bank to destroy the dollar?
  9. Why does one private bank have almost total control over the U.S. economic system?
  10. Why do the people of our nation elect and reelect reprobates to office?
  11. Why do Americans allow their government to spy on everything that they do?
  12. Why do Americans allow government to understate inflation to rob them and overstate employment to deceive them?
  13. Why does the American government prejudicially and selectively choose to enforce or not enforce laws?
  14. Why does the American government pretend that Islam is not a world threat?
  15. Why does the American government allow Iran and N. Korea to develop nuclear weapons that are being devolved to destroy America?
  16. Why has our government not protected us from the threat of an EMP attack?
  17. Why will our government not enforce our borders?
  18. Why do we live in a surveillance state if Islam is not our enemy and the war against terrorism has been won?
  19. Why do most Americans believe that homosexuality is a normal lifestyle when it is obviously abnormal and proves to be deadly?
  20. Why do half the marriages in America end in divorce?
  21. Why do most people shack up when they should be getting married?
  22. Why do woman in America choose to abort their babies?
  23. Why would blacks with sound minds allow themselves to be manipulated by black racists?
  24. Why do blacks overwhelmingly vote for the political party that enslaved them and that still enslaves them to the masters of the government plantation?
  25. Why do most black men abandon their children?
  26. Why is most everything on TV about sex, violence and the abnormal?
  27. Why is porn half the Internet traffic that is not SPAM?
  28. Why do most preachers in America not preach the gospel, and why do most Christians go to these churches?
  29. Why do Christian leaders teach works and humanism when the Bible teaches faith in Jesus Christ?
  30. Why do Christian leaders teach mysticism when the founders of the faith taught biblical doctrine?
  31. Why will most preachers in America not preach about the second coming of Jesus?
  32. Why do Christian leaders in America claim that unregenerate man is basically good when God says that none are good?
  33. Why do American Christians make their pastor an idol? Why do Christians support TBN?
  34. Why does Joel Osteen have the biggest church in the country?
  35. Why are Christian book stores full of heretical books?
  36. Why is the heretical “Jesus Calling” Part onePart two one of the top books in Christianity and why is the SBC sweetheart Beth Moore promoting this new age mystical clap trap?
  37. Why are Christian men allowing woman to feminize their churches?
  38. Why is Wal-Mart the largest employer in the country? Why is Kelly Temporary Services the second largest?
  39. Why are politicians still pretending that global warming is the big threat to the earth when the earth has not warmed in almost two decades?
  40. Why do Americans allow DUI check points that consistently arrest or ticket 95 percent of the citizens for something other than DUI?
  41. Why are the local police militarized? Why are there 50,000 swat raids in America annually?
  42. Why does America have the highest incarceration rate in the world?
  43. Why are inner cities in America controlled by gangs?
  44. Why do Americans allow their schools to indoctrinate their children in Humanism and Marxism?
  45. Why is sex being pushed in our grade schools and morning after pills being made available to children at drugstores without parents even knowing?
  46. Why do parents not protect their children from the most destructive influences in our society?
  47. Why are Americans obsessed with sports, especially on Sunday?
  48. Why is America the second fattest people in the world (Mexico is number one)?
  49. Why do Americans use more illegal drugs than any nation on earth?
  50. Why do Americans use legal mind alternating drugs more than any other nation on earth?

The list showing that America is becoming a nation of reprobate minds can be almost as endless as our news headlines. If you agree, don’t worry so much about some specific judgment coming upon America, although they may come. Those with reprobate minds bring continual judgment on America through their own insane destructive choices. How do you turn a nation around when the reprobate minds say that they do not care about God –  just give us more bread and circuses? No nation can survive when the majority have been given over to a reprobate mind. ~ Don Koenig, from his article, Many exhibit insanity because God gave them over to a reprobate mind

 

 

 

Sword and Famine and Wild Beasts and Plague!

“For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: How much worse will it be when I send against Jerusalem My four dreadful judgments: sword and famine and wild beasts and plague–to kill its men and their animals!” Ezekiel 14:21

(Edward Payson)
National judgments are always the consequence of national sins. It is indispensably necessary to the perfection of God’s moral government, that it should extend to nations and communities, as well as to individuals. This, I conceive, is too evident to require proof; for how could God be considered as the moral Governor of the world–if nations and communities were exempt from His government?

(Matthew Henry)
God has a variety of sore judgments with which to punish sinful nations–and He has them all at His command and inflicts which nations He pleases. God often chastises sinful nations by bringing the sword of war upon them–and He gives it its commission and orders what execution it shall do.

(John Calvin)
War is one of God’s judgments.

(William Greenhill)
It is God who calls out the sword, and causes it to come: “When I bring the sword upon a land!” Ezekiel 33:2. He is the Lord of hosts, and commissions armies to make invasions where He please. Eminent wickedness brings eminent judgments. Wars do not come upon any nation by accident–but by the righteous providence of God.

(Martyn Lloyd-Jones)
I regard the two World Wars which we have experienced in the 20th century, as God’s punishment of the apostasy of the last century. I see no other adequate explanation.

(Augustine)
Nothing happens, unless the Omnipotent wills it to happen.

(Thomas Watson)
Sinners may oppose God’s ways–but not His wrath.

(James Durham)
Let us stay our faith here–that our Lord is still working in all these confusions. And when matters are turned upside down as to human appearance–our blessed Lord knows well what He is doing, and will make all things most certainly, infallibly, and unalterably to work for His own glory, and for the good of His people.

hattip: Grace Gems

“The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven” Recants Story, Rebukes Christian Retailers

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Lifeway has been selling The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven for many years now. It is part of the trifecta of books on “heavenly tourism” that Lifeway has sold and has promoted, along with 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven is for Real. The co-author of The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven – the boy himself – has written an open letter to Lifeway and admonished them for not holding to the sufficiency of Scripture, and has recanted his tale. For those who may not be familiar with of The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, the publisher’s description is as follows:

“In 2004, Kevin Malarkey and his six-year-old son, Alex, suffered an horrific car accident. The impact from the crash paralyzed Alex–and medically speaking, it was unlikely that he could survive. ‘I think Alex has gone to be with Jesus,’ a friend told the stricken dad. But…

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Daily Society Worsens Yet God is in Control

Sherry:

We all need to step back from our focus on our certain issues with society and look at the bigger, truer picture of the evil we see…

Originally posted on Study - Grow - Know:

isaiah-14Whether or not we believe the fact that God is in control – and I do understand just how difficult it is for us at times to fully believe that He is in control – the truth of the matter is that things appear to be going along according to God’s plan. If that does not place Him firmly in control, nothing does.

When I say things appear to be going according to God’s plan, I’m talking about the direction society is moving, not necessarily each and every act of violence, rebellion, or suppression of truth. God’s hand in all these things is overwhelmingly real. He is active, not passive. He controls the direction in which all of society is moving.

People do not seem to realize that what is happening in the world goes all the way back to Genesis 3, the events which immediately followed the fall of…

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Classic Movie: The Ten Commandments-Sephora Compares Biblical/Secular Values for Moses

Originally posted on Dr. Lloyd Stebbins:

After being banned from Egypt, Moses barely survives a devastating trek across the desert wilderness. He is rescued by a group of shepherd girls, daughters of Jethro, a Midianite priest. Just before their marriage, one of the girls, Sephora [Yvonne De Carlo] profoundly compares traditional and secular values for Moses [Charlton Heston]. Moses has just described an Egyptian woman looking “as beautiful as a jewel.”

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Sephora: “A jewel has brilliance, but gives no warmth.

  • Our hands are not so soft but they can serve.
  • Our bodies are not so white, but they are strong.
  • Our lips are not perfumed, but they speak the truth.
  • Loveis not an art to us; it is life to us.
  • We are not dressed in gold and fine linen; strength and honor are our clothing.
  • Our tents are not the columned halls of Egypt, but our children play happily

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