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New Age gurus

Oprah Winfrey has become more influential than most of America’s pastors and religious leaders. Too many people today follow pop-culture icons and celebrities and even many Christians end up believing their teachings. Oprah has launched book sales and resuscitated careers for many authors and spiritual gurus while giving proponents of higher spirituality a platform, particularly those who promote a New Age philosophy.

In one interview on her network, OWN, she asked Deepak Chopra and other leading spiritual thinkers about God; remember, she promotes these folks and their teachings as truth. It went like this:

Oprah: What is your definition of God?

Deepak Chopra: God is the evolutionary impulse of the universe…

Debbie Ford: A spiritual energy. It has no denomination, it has no judgment…

Wayne Dyer: God is the highest place within each and every one of us. It’s our divine self.

Gary Zukav: I don’t have a definition of God, because I’ve never really understood that word…

Marianne Williamson: An all-encompassing love that is the source of all, the reality of all, and the being through which I am.

Eckhart Tolle: God is beyond all the forms of life, but also indwells every form of life as their essence. God is both beyond and within.

Remember this: Satan disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:13-15), and in these last days, false prophets and teachers will deceive many professing Christians. Jesus warned true believers many times to be watchful and to “be not deceived.”

Jesus clearly stated, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through me (John 14:6).” He is the Alpha and the Omega, was with God in the beginning, and became flesh (Rev. 22:13, John 1:1-2). Moreover, Jesus created all things and sustains all things (Colossians 1:15-17).

Oprah has made many confusing claims in the past including:

I am a Christian who believes that there are certainly many more paths to God other than Christianity. I’m a free-thinking Christian who believes in my way, but I don’t believe it’s the only way.

(The following is an excerpt from my first book, Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America, from the chapter, “Emerging Into Confusion.”)

In his book, For Many Shall Come in My Name, Ray Yungen describes the term “New Age” as based on astrology. Some believe there are cosmic cycles in which the Earth passes through a time period when it falls “under the influence of a certain sign of the zodiac.” This is a belief system stating that everything exists and revolves around energy containing tiny particles: atoms, molecules, protons, etc.

All is energy. That energy, they believe, is God, and therefore, all is God. They believe that since we are all part of this ‘God-energy’, then we,too, are God. God is not seen as a Being that dwells in heaven, but as the universe itself.

Many New Age proponents strive for a “Christ consciousness” or a “higher consciousness” in an effort to become more aware of these spiritual realms; the most direct way to achieve this is through meditation, “a primary source of spiritual direction of the New Age person.”

There are great resources available on the occult practices and history. It is so important to immerse ourselves into the Word of God and study to show ourselves approved by Him. We must be discerning about things such as: contemplative prayer, “centering prayer” and mantras, the law of attraction, witchcraft and Harry Potter, the Kabbala, spiritual formation, Labyrinth walking, and Wicca.

Teachings promoted by well-known celebrities (or best-selling authors) are dangerous because people tend to believe and follow those they idolize.

How can there be only one way to heaven or to God? – Oprah Winfrey

You may have heard about A Course in Miracles, written by well-known New Age representative Helen Schucman, who claims the book came directly from her inner voice. In the course, the listener is taught there is no sin, they are told not to make the “mistake” of “clinging to the old rugged cross,” and that the name of “Jesus Christ as such is but a symbol.”

Oprah has done many good things to help people, but does that mean we should trust her theology and religious beliefs? I’m not judging her heart because we are all wicked without the atonement of Jesus Christ. [Some] Christian pastors have warned about the teachings promoted by Oprah. A Course in Miracles teaches that God is in everyone and everything and that “the oneness of the Creator and the creation is your wholeness, your sanity, and your limitless power.” Wow.

Maybe you’re an Oprah fan and have always defended her, or maybe you had no idea what she believes. In an interview with Oprah, New Age author and mystic Eckhart Tolle criticized Christianity and also took live calls from viewers. Tolle stated:

The moment you say ‘only me belief’ or ‘our belief’ is true, and you deny other people’s beliefs, then you’ve adopted an ideology… and then religion becomes a closed door.

Oprah told the caller to simply realize Christianity is but one of many ways to achieve the higher consciousness, and the belief that one must follow a set of doctrines is a consequence of “ego consciousness.” [Always the opportunist, she should talk about ego?]

She holds that while Christianity is a valid way to achieve high states of spirituality, it must not be considered a unique way, or a “correct way.” Oprah believes God is all love, and she does not subscribe to the teaching that He is also a holy, jealous, just, and vengeful God. She told her audience:

The new spirituality is that you are your own best authority as you work to know and love yourself, you discover how to live a more spiritual life.

Sadly, millions of spiritual seekers have been led astray; and due to Oprah’s popularity, people have opened themselves up to all kinds of practices, religions, and teachings contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ and biblical Christianity.

We need to pray for her and for those who may blindly hang on her every word, or the words of any secular celebrity.  Oprah is not the enemy – she is deceived – but she obviously believes she has the answers regarding God, spirituality, and eternity. People need to be warned; countless unsuspecting souls following her and those like her are being led away from the One true God and down a path of destruction… (end of excerpt)

Why is this important? A majority of young people today identify as being spiritual, not religious, and they trust their celebrity role models, even when it comes to bad theology. Some have already fallen for New Age teachings and tragically, many within our church denominations have been influenced by New Age authors and gurus. Sure, Oprah has done some good things with her massive wealth, but countless unsuspecting souls following her and those like her are being led away from the One true God down a path of destruction. Do we care enough to warn them?

More on the New Age or “new spirituality” movement:

Deceived by Higher, “Christ Consciousness,” & the New Age

The New Age Paganism: Infecting the Church like Cancer by Bob DeWaay

Many Shall Come In My Name – author and former New Ager, Warren Smith on Understanding the Times
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The Daniel Plan and a Heaping Cup of New Age

Oprah’s at it again, declaring she’s a Christian

Video: Audience interaction on her show and Oprah denying Jesus Christ and the Bible on live TV

Kim Davis and media

Some say Kim Davis should have resigned rather than go to jail; others say she should have obeyed the laws of the land and issued marriage licenses to whoever wanted them. Some ask why she is the only government employee refusing to go along with the Supreme Court’s ruling while others insist she must obey the authorities even though it would go against her faith.

There are so many angles and subplots to this multi-faceted issue; some we hear over and over while others do not get much air time. One thing is certain: America has changed and we have taken our freedoms for granted for way too long.

If you haven’t heard, Kim Davis, a county clerk from Kentucky was released September 8 after having been sent to jail for six days because she refused to issue marriage licenses to homosexuals citing religious objections and matters of conscience. Davis stated:

To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience.

One point of interest is the fact Davis, a relatively new Christian, was elected to her position as Rowan County Clerk and was sworn in before the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex “marriage,” and also at a time when 75% of Kentucky citizens supported natural marriage between one man and one woman.

Yes, the opinion of five liberal Justices disregarded and ignored the will of over 51 million Americans in over 30 states who had taken the time to vote in their state elections to protect God-ordained marriage. However, the law of the land has now changed dramatically.

Though our Founding Fathers set up a system in which all three government branches were accountable to the people, the nation they envisioned and established is past history. Early American patriots who died fighting for freedom would be astonished today that the citizens the Constitution was written to protect have done little to speak up in protest of the corruption, growth, and immorality of our government.

Kim Davis has been personally attacked and insulted by some on the Left and in the media including liberal talk shows such as The View. She has been labeled a hypocrite because of her four past marriages, but her divorces actually took place prior to Davis becoming a Christian four years ago.

You and I can now expect opposition, discrimination, and perhaps persecution should any of us take a stand for Jesus Christ and God’s Word.

It is imperative we acknowledge first this battle is not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12). This is part of a massive spiritual war. This is also not a battle over marriage alone; it is about defending the advancement of an evil, anti-Christian agenda whose proponents are systematically working to remove any remaining moral anchors in American society. marriage_license

Then there is the issue of the Constitution and those sworn to uphold it. Why have several elites including President Obama, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, and Lois Lerner (to name only a few) avoided scrutiny and accountability when it comes to obeying federal laws?

What about the sanctuary cities in the country? Elected state leaders such as the Mayor of San Francisco, openly refuse to enforce federal laws on immigration and few other than Bill O’Reilly, Mark Levin, and Ted Cruz point out the lawlessness. Or what about the seven attorneys general including those in Oregon, California, Illinois, and Nevada who refused to obey their own state gay-marriage bans earlier this year?

No media. No backlash. No jail. Double standard? No kidding.

Thomas Jefferson and many others warned against tyranny in America if a decision is rendered that is not born out of the will of the people through the political process and their elected representatives. To naively say something is the law of the land because the Court decided, is to surrender to judicial tyranny. What if a court ruled it is illegal for blacks to marry Hispanics?

But here’s another question: why haven’t there been millions more like Kim Davis speaking up across the country? When asked by activists, “under whose authority” was she withholding marriage licenses, she said “Under God’s authority.” Being unsure of her theology or her Apostolic church’s apparent denial of the trinity, I am not endorsing her church or her doctrinal beliefs.

Moreover, I am not putting this woman on a pedestal or mentioning her in the same sentence as Martin Luther King as a few folks have done. She is not a hero. A patriot, perhaps, but most importantly, Davis is a Christian who had the courage to speak up; forgiven of her sins just as any of us who have accepted the grace of God through faith in Jesus.

We can and should look to her example as one who chose Christ over culture, knowing elites in America no longer tolerate those who strive to live our faith in public. Davis stated:

Following the death of my godly mother-in-law over four years ago, I went to church to fulfill her dying wish,” Davis said. “There I heard a message of grace and forgiveness and surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. I am not perfect. No one is. But I am forgiven and I love my Lord and must be obedient to Him and to the Word of God.

Some may argue Scripture teaches submission to all governing authorities “established by God” (Romans 13:1) because the Apostle Paul wrote about God and human government in a society; but we also must look to the example the Disciples set for us who, after being threatened, boldly proclaimed, “We must obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29).” Who’s right?

Caesar Nero, a horrible dictator, was in charge of Rome at the time Paul wrote:

Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing (Rom. 13:5-6).

Though he admitted having a hard time with some of these verses, author and Pastor Skip Heitzig added:

Now, is there ever a time to violate a government’s rule? Yes—whenever a government commands us to do what God forbids, or forbids us to do what God commands. We ultimately obey a higher law, and that is God’s law. But even so, we as Christians have a responsibility—and here’s the hardest part of the message—to respect, submit to, and pray for human government and authority. We are to be, out of all people, model citizens.

So let this be another warning to the 244 million (according to Gallup) Americans – a majority – who believe the Bible is God’s Word. Looking deeper into this Gallup poll however, only 28% of us believe the Bible is literally God’s Word and is completely true.

One takeaway from the Kim Davis saga should be a wake-up call to all “practicing” people of faith: an American citizen was imprisoned because she was exercising her Christian faith and freedom of conscience. She was sent to jail! Until the past decade, our nation has always protected religious freedom for Christians and non-Christians alike.

When our founders wrote the First Amendment to the Constitution, one of the drafts included an emphasis on preventing government from respecting or establishing one denomination over another. This fact reveals they presupposed the people and nation to be Christian; not atheist, Buddhist, Humanist, Muslim, or any other religion. Today however, we live with the watered-down interpretation of America’s founding documents  inclusive of any and all religious beliefs or practices, even non-religions.

Concluding with key questions to true Christians:

• Who are we trying to please, God or man?
• Do we believe the whole Bible and take Jesus Christ at His word?
• Are we prepared to live in these last days and share the gospel knowing expressions of our faith in public will be increasingly threatened?
• Are we willing to sacrifice comfort, reputation, and security in this world for our King as well as for eternal rewards?

Let’s not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21). Because of past decades in which a majority of Christians have been silent, we’re now seeing obvious consequences including persecution by the same folks who claim they simply want to coexist with us. Regardless, our mission to be witnesses for Jesus Christ has not changed.

We’ve arrived at an historic moment in this nation’s history many of us knew was coming, but hesitated to admit. Be reminded the victory is ours in Christ and our labor in the Lord is never in vain (1 Cor. 15:57-58). Live well and love, always keeping an eternal perspective because as important as this journey is, the final destination is what truly matters.

Check out my new book at Aneko Press: The Cost of Our Silence

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When a society turns its back on their Creator or forgets Him; when they choose to live for themselves and for worthless idols, and when they no longer see a need for biblical morality, destruction is an obvious result. If you profess to be a Christian and claim to support life, your actions should match your words. Have you spoken up?
Every year, over 1.2 million abortions take place in the United States.

A sixth video exposing Planned Parenthood has just been released. The video shows how the abortion business sells body parts of aborted babies without patient consent.

The fact Planned Parenthood has been caught literally red handed shouldn’t surprise us. Abortion has been the law of the land for decades – and now some folks are upset baby body parts are being harvested and sold? If you’re suddenly disgusted by this, where have you been for the last several decades?

Why no outcry over the ongoing elimination of millions of these lives? Why no revolt over the confiscation of our tax dollars to fund what most of us consider unbiblical if not pure evil? Ray Comfort recently said:

When Hitler killed Jews, he got their possessions, their paintings, their houses, their cars, their bank accounts, the gold out of their teeth and the hair from their head. Killing Jews wasn’t just about Darwin’s “survival of the fittest.” It was about making money to finance his cause.

Why has it taken conservative investigative journalists to go undercover and present audio and video proof of how low America continues to stoop? Regardless of the fact the pro-abortion media refuses to report the whole truth, we already knew what abortion mills were doing. Sadly, many of us chose to look the other way as we contribute to the slaughter by electing men who do not fear God.

God’s Word and His law trumps man’s word and man’s law – every time, in every possible situation. Scripture holds abortion to be sin and in America, it used to be illegal. But how did we “progress” from Roe vs Wade to convicted murderer, Kermit Gosnell, to Planned Parenthood destroying fetuses and selling baby parts? Margaret Sanger would be proud.

It took less than fifty years.

In a chapter in my book, The Cost of Our Silence, I discuss the fascinating case transcript for Roe vs Wade and some of the arguments presented. The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) represented plaintiff, Jane Roe (Norma McCorvey), to secure the legal right to kill babies throughout the USA – abortion on demand. They pushed her to get a signature on the affidavit, and since she was struggling with alcohol, drugs, and depression at the time, she was exactly what the ACLU wanted.

A confused, vulnerable, pregnant woman in dire circumstances was exploited in order to sell the option for women to be allowed to “choose” to kill their babies rather than give birth if they thought their circumstances were not optimal.

The lesser-known story is Norma gave her life to the Lord in 1995 and admitted she was used and “persuaded by feminist attorneys to lie; to say I was raped and needed an abortion. It was all a lie.” Her book, Won by Love, as well as pro-life efforts have made a difference in recent years as more truth has been exposed.

Remember, powers reserved for states are not to be infringed upon by the federal government. The Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

Just four states had legalized abortion in 1973, while forty-six states restricted abortion, but the Supreme Court decided to enforce an unwanted law on the entire country. The ruling continues to eliminate precious lives as it divides American families, the church, and political parties today.

Though sexual promiscuity, feminism, and abortions were increasing prior to the landmark case, it truly was a catalyst of epic proportions. Sarah Weddington represented Norma McCorvey and Robert Flowers represented Henry Wade and the State of Texas. In her opening statement, Weddington suggested a baby was a burden:

A pregnancy to a woman is perhaps one of the most determinative aspects of her life. It disrupts her body. It disrupts her education. It disrupts her employment. And it often disrupts her entire family life.

Calling the precious gift of human life a disruption reminds me of the warped worldview of President Obama. He stated if one of his daughters got pregnant, “I don’t want them punished with a baby.” He has also gone on record to say, “God bless Planned Parenthood.”

Today, doctors give babies in the womb pain medication during surgical procedures. Why? They feel pain, period. Keep in mind back in 1973 they did not have ultrasound, sonograms, and other technology. Regardless, person-hood of the fetus has been clearly established.

Citing the transcript of Roe vs Wade, Sarah Weddington also stated:

In this case, it has never been established that the fetus is a person, or that it’s entitled to the Fourteenth Amendment rights, or the protection of the Constitution.

As the case was being argued, Supreme Court Justice Stewart stated:

Well, if – if it were established that an unborn fetus is a person, with the protection of the Fourteenth Amendment, you would have almost an impossible case here, would you not?

Weddington admitted, “I would have a very difficult case.”

So much has changed since 1973 including medical advances and technology, but the Supreme Court’s decision remains untouched. Abortion is a selfish, violent way to destroy an unwanted life.

Planned Parenthood should be outlawed, not just defunded. Americans continue tolerating this barbaric practice, and yet, the problem goes beyond big abortion business.

We must get back to the biblical values of modesty, purity, and respect among adults and children alike. We must  also promote abstinence education to counteract our sexually charged culture. By our silence, we have allowed sexual exploration and experimentation to be encouraged while condoms are handed out at public schools. We also must encourage self-restraint instead of perversion and promiscuity.

Finally, will we care for “the least of these” and open our hearts again to value all human life? Please help raise awareness by sharing the truth! Every single life matters – from the womb to the tomb. It’s not a catchy slogan, it’s God’s Word on each precious life created in His image.

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The selling of aborted baby body parts has been going on for years, but has only recently been exposed. If this is not evidence enough our consciences have been seared, I’m not sure what else it will take to wake people up. There is a cost to our silence, and we are seeing manifestations of virtually unchecked evil throughout our culture.

Are we in denial? Are we too busy to do anything, too distracted to notice, or too complacent to care about the avalanche of immorality permeating our nation? Perhaps some of us – thinking we cannot do anything about it – simply choose to look the other way.

A second shocking video has just been released showing a top Planned Parenthood official discussing and arranging the sale of body parts of aborted babies. The first video shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describing how Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted unborn children and admitting she uses partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts.

Abortion is not about women’s health; it is about a selfish, warped worldview that exalts man above God. We must de-fund this evil as we work to raise awareness about the truth and anguish of abortion. So far, two videos have now emerged proving Planned Parenthood endorses this practice.

In the latest video, Mary Gatter, a senior official within Planned Parenthood and President of the Medical Directors’ Council, discusses the pricing of aborted baby body parts.

The question must be asked: if Planned Parenthood and most pro-abortion Democrats insist that a fetus is just “tissue” or “a clump of cells” inside a potential mother’s womb during pregnancy, why are they selling a baby’s heart, liver, or lungs? We should be sickened, but certainly not surprised by this agenda that justifies the murder of the unborn under the guise of “choice.”

Describing how they crush an unborn baby’s skull in order to keep valuable organs intact, Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical research, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, was shown in the first video also discussing the sale of fetal body parts as she ate lunch and sipped her wine. She estimated the fees to be from $30 to $100 for providing aborted parts to medical researchers.

David Daleiden from the Center for Medical Progress is part of a nearly 3-year-long investigative journalism study, “Human Capital,” and accused Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles of criminal behavior, saying the organization “has been involved in selling the body parts of the babies that they abort for decades … they sell the body parts and they make money off of doing so.”

Though most in the liberal media have kept this story under wraps as much as possible, a response to the heavy criticism came from Cecil Richards, Planned Parenthood CEO. It is interesting she apologized for the tone of Deborah Nuctola, not for her words or for selling aborted baby body parts.

Sadly, Planned Parenthood is also lying to women by altering their abortion procedures in order to get baby parts that can be sold for profit. This is a serious legal and ethical breech, but since the left controls the media, will Planned Parenthood be held accountable?

According to their own report, out of total Planned Parenthood services for pregnant women, abortion makes up over 94%. It has also been exposed that Planned Parenthood has abortion quotas, and they give out 1.5 million emergency contraception kits (known to cause abortion if fertilization has already occurred) every year. About 46% of all funding (a half billion dollars!) received by Planned Parenthood comes from generous taxpayers. Get more facts here:

Abby Johnson wrote an open letter to Dr. Nucatola. Johnson has some special insight, having run a Planned Parenthood clinic. “I used to be just like you,” she wrote. “My former clinic used to harvest fetal body parts … all of the blood, body parts, and extra tissue would be collected into a glass jar.” Johnson added this: “After a grueling abortion day, we would all go out for margaritas and talk about harvesting fetal parts as if we were talking about harvesting a field of corn.”

Buried in history is the fact Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger’s agenda was to eliminate minorities, the “unfit” and to “produce a race of thoroughbreds.”

Finally, Planned Parenthood may be a so-called “nonprofit” organization, but they are certainly not “non-partisan” as they rally millions to vote for pro-abortion candidates. In fact, they spent over $15 million on the 2012 election including $8 million in ads attacking Mitt Romney.

Who will speak up? Federal law requires that no alteration in the timing or method of abortion be done for the purposes of fetal tissue collection (42 U.S.C. 289g-1). Though a majority of citizens oppose Planned Parenthood which should affect how people vote, I am not holding my breath.

But if God’s people do not act, then who will? Christians have allowed the moral anchors of America to be moved. As salt and light in society, we must “push back the forces of evil and use the political tools at our disposal to advance and defend God’s justice and righteousness in public policy and law.” We dropped the ball, America, and we are now living with the consequences of our past silence. Where we go from here is up to us.

As for the controversial organization, “Preventing Parenthood” seems a more appropriate name.

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How should Christians respond? For those who believe the Bible is God’s Word, what should we do when laws are passed or upheld that go against our faith and conscience? Pray.

Not surprisingly, the Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry in all 50 states, a historic decision striking down gay marriage bans and defying nature, reason, and the Constitution.

First, the Obamacare ruling.

With the Supreme Court issuing its second major decision upholding abortion funding in Obamacare, we have the choice to speak up or do nothing. Their decision in King v. Burwell rules that millions of Americans can receive taxpayer subsidies allowing them to purchase health care plans under the [Un]Affordable Care Act. Inconvenient pregnancy? No problem. American citizens will pay for your abortion.

Next up, no government declaration can change what God previously established.

It doesn’t matter that the majority of people oppose Obamacare and homosexual behavior. We are way beyond the point in America where government power trumps the will of the people. Moreover, it was wrong of Supreme Court justices Ginsburg and Kagan not to recuse themselves from this case seeing they gladly participated in same sex “marriage” ceremonies in the past.

Regardless, five progressive Supreme Court justices have now redefined marriage – the only definition known throughout history – completely ignoring 51 million American voters who have cast ballots in favor of biblical, natural marriage in state constitutional amendments.

In an 1820 letter to militia officer William Jarvis, Thomas Jefferson wrote,

You seem … to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy … Their power is the more dangerous as they are in office for life and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control.

Jefferson was one of several who warned that the courts could gain power little by little, advancing like a thief “until all shall be usurped from the states.” We truly do not give America’s Framers and Founders enough credit for their wisdom and foresight.

More than 30 states have voted to ban same-sex marriage in recent years, but homosexual activists have won numerous court battles recently, including today’s daunting decision.

When something good, moral, and biblical is eliminated or removed; something bad, immoral, and unbiblical often replaces it.

Francis Schaeffer said:

We as Bible-believing evangelical Christians are locked in a battle. This is not a friendly gentleman’s discussion. It is a life and death conflict between the spiritual hosts of wickedness and those who claim the name of Christ.

Opposition is guaranteed. Most of us understand that living our faith in public will attract resistance, ridicule, and even hatred. If we remember our struggle is not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12), we will not take it personally when people come against us.

Religious leaders in America should now be bracing for a cultural and legal assault on churches, ministries, and religious schools. Non-profits holding to Christian values must prepare as well.

Our founders realized if sinful men violated their God-given parameters as well as constitutional limits of their office, government could become abusive. Since they established a system in which all three government branches were accountable to the people, they would be astonished today that the citizens the Constitution was written to protect have done little to resist the corruption, growth, and immorality of the United States government.

We are continuing to witness the consequences of Christians taking the path of least resistance (reminds me of the 1960s all over again). The world often interprets our silence as approval so we need to speak up about all sin and the need for repentance, and live the truth regarding marriage. We also must pray for a country that has turned its back on Almighty God, and for a lukewarm church in desperate need of revival.

Christ is our anchor and God never changes, however the stakes have been raised and the faith of true Christians will be tested. God is watching, and He knows those who are His.

For the Lord is our judge, The Lord is our lawgiver, The Lord is our king; He will save us. Isaiah 33:22

Further reading:
Marriage: Ordained by God, Redefined by the SCOTUS

The Johnson Amendment and the Agenda to Silence Christians

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We did not get here overnight. Attacks on religious freedoms and on the speech of Christians in America did not just appear in the last several years. The attempted muzzling of Christian churches and religious groups has gradually increased since a pivotal law was passed by a shrewd politician to intimidate people of faith. The repercussions have been devastating.

The 1954 Johnson Amendment passed by Congress stated that non-profits (read: Christian churches and organizations) could not speak in favor of any political candidate. Was this even constitutional?

This key but forgotten event paved the way for the increased squelching of free speech and because of the confusion and misinformation about the law, many religious leaders have been unnecessarily self-censoring for decades.

The following is an excerpt from the chapter, “The Separation of Christianity and State” in the book, The Cost of Our Silence:

“Texas Democrat, Lyndon B. Johnson, was a powerful politician running for reelection as Senator, but two anti-communist, tax-exempt groups were opposing him and passing out literature during the campaigns. He contacted the IRS and found the group’s activity was legal, so he sought other options to fight them.

Johnson shrewdly appeared on the Senate floor on July 2, 1954, and offered his amendment to a pending, massive, tax code overhaul bill. The bill was supposed to modernize the tax code. Records indicate an absence of committee hearings on the amendment. No legislative analysis took place to examine the effect the bill and the amendment would have, particularly on churches and religious organizations. The amendment was simply created to protect Johnson.

The Johnson Amendment was passed by Congress as an amendment to section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code… stating entities that are exempt from federal income tax cannot “Participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of – or in opposition to – any candidate for public office.”

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The Left uses this to bully Christian pastors and groups with threats of losing their nonprofit status should they dare talk about the Bible as it relates to cultural, political, fiscal, and social issues, which all fall under the category of moral issues.

Erik Stanley, author and Senior Legal Counsel of the Alliance Defense Fund, explained the Johnson Amendment was a bill that got inserted into the tax code through back-room deals made by a powerful Senator seeking reelection at any cost. As a result of the bill, freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion have been trampled. Stanley stated:

We have grown up with a generation of churchgoers that believe it is illegal for their pastor to address candidates and elections in light of Scripture or church doctrine when there is no valid justification for believing that.

Johnson knew how to use the political process to silence his enemies. The new amendment not only protected him from the conservative nonprofit groups opposing him, but many pastors stopped speaking about any issue from the pulpit that might be deemed political either out of ignorance of the new law or out of fear. By this self-censoring, the church has chosen to ignore open immorality in culture and in government while at the same time neglecting to call attention to those political leaders who do strive to live according to Christian morals and values.

One might conclude Lyndon B. Johnson not only silenced America’s churches, his legislation has turned many of them into agents of the state. What about labor unions, liberal churches, and leftist organizations? Why have many of them apparently been allowed to not only endorse and support political candidates, but openly fund their campaigns? This is the hypocrisy of selective law enforcement by the (in)Justice Department and the IRS, a partisan government agency recently exposed in the targeting of conservative groups…

Have we also hesitated to address the severe persecution of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world due to radical Islam? I have to believe we all care about Christian suffering and the fact millions have lost their lives because of their faith in Jesus Christ. What I also want to believe is that religious leaders in America are not afraid to talk about why this is happening.

In an article for American Thinker, Bill Warner wrote about persecution in Islamic nations “caused by Muslim jihadists who are following the Islamic doctrine of jihad against the Christian as found in the Koran, Sira, and Hadith.” Warner points to pastors and church leaders who have become comfortable operating their churches more like 501(c)(3) institutions that have meetings on Sunday. They have a corporate mentality which he believes is one of the reasons for the denial of Christian suffering.

If you are willing to see the doctrinal roots of the ongoing murder of Christians by Muslims, then you might have to speak about it from the pulpit, and that could be seen as political speech. In spite of the fact that there has never been a 501(c)(3) revoked because of political speech by a minister, the imagined loss silences ministers. Hmmm… if a minister is worried about the IRS revoking his 501(c)(3), then whom is the minster serving? Caesar or Christ?

Are these harsh words any less true of at least a small number of religious leaders in America? If your pastor resembles more of a business person or CEO than a military leader preparing his troops for battle, it may be time to approach him in love and encourage him to address persecution, sin, the culture war, and politics from time to time.

Because many misunderstand why politics were supposedly forbidden in church, some Christians have mistakenly assumed that the process of voting and electing America’s leaders is either unbiblical or unimportant. Only about 25 percent of Christians vote in elections today. Some pastors do talk about their own obligation to impact society by equipping the saints, and do address the controversial issues of today. We need to pray for and rally around Christian leaders such as these.

Though the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment will continue to be wrongly applied to cases involving religion, we can help by raising awareness. We can also elect representatives who revere the Bible they place their hand on when taking their oath of office. Enemies of Christianity and of America have become emboldened, and people of faith need to be reminded we are provided the freedom of religion and its expression under the Constitution.

Our ultimate allegiance and responsibility however, is to the Word of God.

The truth is churches have a tremendous amount of freedom. From the pulpit, actual limitations include: Pastors cannot openly endorse a particular candidate, tell people whom to vote for, or contribute church money to a campaign. A pastor is absolutely free to do so as an individual outside the church. Pastors, churches, and nonprofits can lawfully speak in detail about all biblical issues. They may also quote any Scripture in the Bible, discuss unethical abortion funding and the protection of marriage, and distribute voter guides and information as well as register folks to vote. Churches can invite politicians to come in and speak to their congregations as long as they extend an invitation to both parties.

I do understand the concern some pastors have about mixing religion and government, but we cannot divorce our faith from our politics. If we do, we’d have to leave Jesus at home or outside when we enter the voting booth if that were even possible. Politics affect many areas of our lives, and the Bible has answers and instructions for every single one. Christians must have a voice when it comes to who is elected, what policies get promoted, and which laws get passed.

Someone’s legislation and worldview will surely be enacted and enforced in America – so will it be those who oppose Christianity or those who support it?

Are we willing to remind and inform this generation about who we are and what America once was? Are we willing to speak the truth about Christ and culture no matter how unpopular we may become? The nation has not yet declined to a point of total ungodliness and destruction, and our government needs our prayers and our participation to generate a revival. Concerned Christians must unite again. Every believer should see the need to speak up with a sense of urgency whether you are a parent, a pastor, or a person in the public square.

The Reverend Don Wildmon, founder of the American Family Association, has been instrumental in fighting for the family and Christian values in our country. He wrote the following over ten years ago:

Today, 4,000 innocent precious lives of unborn babies were snuffed out . . . And 300,000 pulpits are silent . . . The networks make a mockery of Christians, the Christian faith and Christian values with nearly every show they air. Greed, materialism, violence, sexual immorality are standard fare. Program after program, movie after movie contains anti-Christian episodes and plots. News articles condescendingly refer to the “fundamentalists, right-wing Christians.” Those who speak out for the sacredness of life are branded as extremists. And 300,000 pulpits are silent.

Teenage suicide is the highest it has ever been . . . Christian morality cannot be taught in schools, but atheistic immorality can . . . And 300,000 pulpits are silent. Rape has increased 700 percent in the last fifty years, and that takes into consideration the population growth . . . And 300,000 pulpits are silent.

Rock music fills the airwaves and our children’s minds with music which legitimizes rape, murder, forced sex, sadomasochism, adultery, satanic worship, etc. And 300,000 pulpits are silent. A majority of states now have lotteries [gambling has been legalized, no longer a crime]. And 300,000 pulpits are silent.

Perhaps your pastor or church leader has in fact been speaking out on these and many other problems in our society. Thank him and encourage him! You are blessed to have him and the church in America needs more like him. Our hope is for Christian leaders to do what Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Confessing Church in Germany chose to do; put the Word of God above all things. We must not have any gods besides the one true God. Real faith cannot be silenced by government orders.

If we do nothing and the majority remains silent, the secular progressives win. Then, with God removed from all aspects of American society, they will be the ones to rule, deciding what is right and wrong, true and false, moral and immoral.

As the great Reverend Charles Finney once said,

“God will bless or curse America depending on the course Christians take in politics; they must vote for honest men and take consistent ground.”

We have been losing ground because Christians have not first been firmly established in their faith, and second; we have not been openly preaching and living the Word of God without compromise. I admit my past failures in this area and have confessed them to the Lord; how about you?

The most important thing is not winning battles for culture or country, but winning eternal battles for the kingdom of God. To win the souls of men, the whole truth of the whole gospel must be proclaimed. True Christianity cannot be confined behind the walls of any church…

(The Cost of Our Silence, book excerpt, chapter 5, “Separation of Christianity and State”)

Miley Cyrus May Not Care, But We Should

Posted: May 19, 2015 by David Fiorazo in David's Blog

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She’s losing it, but who will tell her the truth? Miley Cyrus is cussing, partying, and twerking in dangerous territory; openly rebelling in the face of the God she once claimed to believe in. Tragically, she may be taking millions of young kids with her. I just saw a concert video clip of her that is too offensive to describe.

Rather than be an enabler or a “yes man,” will someone speak up and warn her before it’s too late? Miley may not care and those closest to her may not care, but I hope they don’t end up regretting it one day. All you and I can do is pray for her from a distance that she will turn to Jesus Christ.

Some may claim I am judging her because I “don’t know what’s in her heart.” Sorry, that’s a cop-out. Whether she believes it or not, she will be held accountable when she stands before God. So will we. The Bible teaches that her path will only lead to destruction.

In the meantime, this should be another caution for us to guard against soul pollution in our own homes and warn today’s young, impressionable children who idolize celebrities like Cyrus. Peer pressure often overrides faith and common sense. Christian parents, your kids can still end up following the crowd, not wanting to appear ‘uncool’ to their friends. Many of us have been there. One concerned Mom said,

“Dear daughter, I am going to fight or die trying to keep you from becoming like the Miley Cyruses of the world. You can thank me later.”

I wasn’t surprised by her transformation over the years. Fame often does that. Without Christ and biblical morality, there is only one direction we can go. It seems she cannot cuss enough, be too bizarre on stage, and she cannot show too much skin. Apparently, her music leaves much to be desired so perhaps she feels the need to overcompensate.

It’s like she is aiming to be the next Madonna or Lady Gaga by going overboard with satanic, sexual or sadistic antics and song lyrics in the hopes of topping other pop-shock queens. There are some who are concerned Cyrus is in danger of becoming the next Hollywood train wreck. A few years ago, I wrote about the direction she has proudly and defiantly chosen:

Though she seems lost, no one is impossible for God to reach… We shouldn’t expect secular celebrities to live according to God’s Word…She and countless others need the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. No one is without hope, but the Bible warns us the Lord’s return is close. It’s time to wake up and speak up because “now salvation is nearer to us than when we first believed (Romans 13:11).”

Her foundation was obviously not built on Jesus Christ and the Bible. It’s sad; and deep down, I wonder what her parents think. So yes Christian friend, we should pray for her and all lost sheep to come back to the Good Shepherd. If Cyrus does somehow open her heart to the living God, imagine how powerful and influential her witness could be.

Father in Heaven, help us to be compassionate and caring enough to reach out to the lost and speak the truth in love. Give us the strength to be bold, but not judgmental because we were all sinners saved by Your grace. Please intervene in the lives of Miley Cyrus and all those who once may have known You. Bring them back, remind them of your enduring love, and change their hearts like you changed ours. When we address these issues in our culture, please give us a proper balance of disgust with the sin and love for the one caught in its web. Use us to draw others to You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Miley Cyrus transformation


Who will ultimately decide the policy debate over marriage? On Tuesday, April 28, the nine justices on the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments regarding the definition of marriage. The consolidated cases will be coming from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals (MI, OH, KY, TN). We can and should pray, but we must realize the battle will not end with marriage regardless of what the Court decides. The full agenda is to uproot America’s moral anchors.

Will this pivotal decision be the Roe v Wade of marriage? Similar to that tragic turning point in our nation back in 1973, many of us believe redefining marriage for the entire country is way outside the authority of government. It will only lead to a chaotic, genderless institution where anything goes including polygamy, pedophilia, cohabitation, open marriages, and other societal dangers.

The burden should be on those suing to overturn lawful marriage policy that has existed throughout the history of the United States. Can they successfully prove male-female marriage laws are unconstitutional? The truth remains unchanged; marriage will always be a God-ordained, monogamous relationship between one man and one woman. It precedes kings, judges, and civil government.

American citizens have voted in favor of protecting natural marriage in a majority of states, but in 26 of those, federal judges have overruled the people. This is not only unbiblical, it is against the Constitution and a far cry from our founders intentions that power rests with the people.

This very recent debate over marriage is essentially an argument between men over politics; but for those of us who are Bible-believing Christians, the matter was settled thousands of years ago. Confirming God’s design for marriage in the book of Genesis, Jesus Christ stated:

“Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6)

But our society is no longer going God’s way. There are even so-called churches and religious leaders that have endorsed homosexuality and same-sex unions. When some who profess Christianity accommodate sinful behaviors and lifestyles, it merely muddies up the truth and leads to further cultural confusion.

We sometimes forget the authority of God’s Word that never changes, and the fact marriage is sacred and foundational for healthy families and societies. It also goes without saying marriage based on natural law is necessary for procreation.

The Left has used lies and massive deception to call evil good and good, evil (Isaiah 5:20). They have succeeded in convincing many who are uninformed to drift from belief in our founding principles and history. The goal is not only to redefine marriage, but to reform America into a godless, secular, pagan culture with no moral accountability.

Due to increasing sin and growing acceptance of homosexuality, they insist marriage should be whatever man decides it to be. However, many anthropologists and historians maintain that the alleged “innate” sexual orientation of homosexuality didn’t exist until about 150 years ago when it became a product of Western society. Before that time, homosexuality was known as something one could do, not something one could be.

Even though there is evidence of same-sex behavior and relationships throughout history including pre-modern times, individuals or groups identifying as gay cannot be found in any society prior to the 19th century. Though the marriage debate is well known, the facts and truth are not. Those who demand cultural or political change based on a modern social construct just don’t know much about history.

Increased sexual activity, especially homosexuality, seems to flourish in nations that have experienced an increase in materialism and standard of living without any comparable increase in moral convictions or spirituality. In America, identifying sexual orientation and preference seems logical to some because we live within the system a conforming culture created.

Let’s flip the discussion for a moment. Why do you suppose there are no classifications of “heterosexuals” in the Bible or in past societies? Historians believe there was no heterosexual orientation simply because it was not necessary! Natural law along with reason and common sense provide enough evidence to support marriage between a man and a woman.

The question is not necessarily whether or not the Supreme Court will overturn the biblical and historical definition of marriage. The question is how will committed Christians respond if the Court does redefine marriage? Will we continue in our silent compliance or will this be the wake-up call the church in America needs?


Most of us can see the writing on the wall: our nation will either return to God and He will heal our land, or we will do nothing and remain on the present path to destruction. It depends on the course individual Christians choose and sadly, too many profess to believe, but fail to live according to the Bible. Only the Lord knows if they were truly saved in the first place.

I have never seen so much moral and spiritual confusion even among Christians. If we are not established in the Word of God and a preserving influence on culture, how can we expect it to improve? Proverbs 14:34 states,

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”

Many of America’s founders promoted or supported the idea that our nation will only advance, be blessed, and prosper if we the people continue in the things of God and if we actively and intentionally influence every aspect of society – including politics – for Christ.

This country began with sure footing on the eternal Rock of Jesus Christ and His teachings, but the question is raised in Scripture,

“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Psalm 11:3

As some chip away at America’s foundation, are we forgetting the God who once made us an exceptional nation?

Al Whittinghill of Ambassadors for Christ, International, pointed out that twenty-one of the last great empires on earth all showed the same common signs of decline just before they dissolved and disappeared from world history.

The Social Symptoms: 1. An increase in lawlessness and promotion of the wrong people. 2. A loss of economic discipline and self-restraint; greed. 3) Rising government taxes and regulations, and a growing bureaucracy. 4. A decline in the relevance and quality of education.

The Cultural Symptoms: 1. An increase in materialism and selfish luxury. 2. The weakening of the foundational principles that built the nation and made it great. 3. Policies based on feelings and not moral discipline. 4. A loss of respect for established authority.

The Spiritual Symptoms: 1. A rise in immorality and perversion. 2. The lure of alien gods and the exaltation of man. 3. A decline in the value placed on human life as evidenced by abortion, brutality, loss of natural affection, and lack of care for the elderly.

The de-valuing of life is just one heartbreaking symptom. Research reveals that twenty percent of women who have had an abortion, a staggering 200,000 a year, identify as Christian. Sadly, though they are hurting, most of them will never reveal their secret pain.

Sins often beget other sins. Adultery, coveting, promiscuity, and pornography can all lead to pregnancy which too often results in abortion. In our culture of death, over 57 million lives have been eliminated since 1973. We are out-sinning nations long gone.

America has been corrupted and compromised by minions within the usual suspects: Government, the media, Hollywood, the education system, and practically anything with “Federal” in its name. Moreover, the minions: anarchists, atheists, communists, progressives, and socialists, are not even trying to hide their agenda any longer.

Enemies within have been grinding America down, and we have allowed deadly symptoms including moral decay to metastasize. How many more warnings do we need before we drop to our knees, turn from our wicked ways, and live as if the Bible were true? Will it take a major terror attack, an economic collapse, or perhaps government tyranny? Let’s not give up hope or merely pray from a distance.

With backs up against the wall, more citizens seem to be returning to God, fighting for truth and freedom, and working to raise awareness. The gospel must be preached. You and I are here for this time in history and in order to be on the winning side, God’s, we need to fully commit to and engage in the battle for righteousness because the clock is ticking.

David Fiorazo’s new book, The Cost of Our Silence, is available from Aneko Press!


What are the consequences when Christians back out of culture and take the path of least resistance? Many of us do not recognize America as the shining city on a hill we once were, but what can we do about it now?

As the church goes – so goes America. One reason we are seeing an increase of godlessness in our society today is because many of us have become too busy or comfortable, forgetting God’s purpose for our lives. As a result, we are having less influence on morality.

Revelation 3:2 says,

It’s time to wake up and strengthen what remains and is about to die…”

It is true God is doing some great things in lots of churches, but America is suffering the effects of decades of sin and Christian apathy. In addition, our religious freedoms are being threatened more every day. Are we failing to learn from history?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said,

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless…”

But too often we find ourselves backing down from the slightest opposition and ducking the issue of sin. Rather than accommodating sin in culture, we should be confronting and exposing it (Ephesians 5:11). What are we so afraid of?

Even when Peter and the Apostles were ordered not to speak in the name of Jesus, they refused and said:

We must obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:29)

And in Galatians 1:10, Paul said,

If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

The early church understood this important truth: silence never saved anyone.

If we really love others, wouldn’t we tell them the truth that sin separates us from God? Sure it’s unpopular. Why do you think Christians who do preach the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ alone are often called hateful, intolerant, or judgmental?

This is exactly the environment our silent indifference has helped create, but there’s more to it than that. What happened to the salt and light? We also need to live what we claim to believe because when Christians blend in with the world, it weakens our witness and our credibility.

Rather than retreat and hide the influence of Jesus, we need to know the word of God and then stand up for what is right! 1 Peter 3:15 says we always need to be ready to defend the gospel and give an answer to others for the hope we have. Are we ready to have these debates about God, the Bible, truth, sin, eternity, and who Jesus is?

Look around. People are seeking answers and it is up to you and me to lovingly direct them to the only God who can save their lives! Some will refuse to believe no matter what, but as culture becomes more dark and people more hopeless, others will be open to hearing the truth.

If most Christians remain silent, fewer people will be saved, society will continue to collapse, and history will show that we were part of the problem. It is indisputable: there is a cost to our silence.

God is still working in a remnant of truth defenders and proclaimers. However, it is also obvious Christianity is not having the impact He desires and our founders intended. The question is – what are we doing about it?

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