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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.

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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?

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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!

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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?

Learn more and get involved! Please go to: DavidFiorazo.com

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National Prayer Breakfast 2015, usnews.com photo

What does he really believe and why is it important? The Bible is not ambiguous, but hearing President Obama talk about religion sure can be confusing. Without knowing much about him, too many American citizens – including people of faith – voted for a man that has become the most divisive and anti-Christian president in our history. They failed to get informed and took him at his word.

He professes to be a Christian and yet he doesn’t believe Jesus is God; he is uncertain about Heaven and Hell, takes Scripture out of context, criticizes Israel, evangelicals and conservatives; and says he draws equally from many faiths. He has also shown disrespect for the Founding Fathers while publicly supporting or defending Muslim nations.

In Cairo in 2009, the President said “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.” In his Ramadan message, we forget he also stated,

I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear… Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism – it is an important part of promoting peace; America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”

It happened again at the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast, not an appropriate venue to lie about Christianity in order to minimize the brutality of an ideology that has declared war on Christians, Jews, and the United States.

It happened in what was founded a Christian nation where about 75 percent of the population professes some form of Christianity; a country in which one hundred percent of our constitutional history is rooted in the Judeo-Christian ethic.

Regarding Islam, President Obama basically said, ‘Judge ye not’ as he pointed to “terrible deeds committed in the name of Christ,” such as the Crusades and more recently, slavery. What he conveniently omits is the fact that those who have done evil in Jesus’ name were not following His teachings at all! Moreover, Christians are the ones who obliterated slavery and Jim Crow; and what about modern slavery largely perpetrated by Muslims?

Author, radio host, and history professor, Peter Heck stated:

“To compare the actions of the Crusaders that he’s referencing 1,000 years ago, to the actions of ISIS militants that put people in cages and burn them alive, is so offensive to an intellect that is even remotely aware of what the Crusades are that it defies description. I cannot express to you how ignorant of a comment that is.

This is what has happened, by the way, in our universities. Taken over by leftist intellectuals, hippies now run our universities. They fabricate these lies and they repeat them so often, so frequently that they believe them themselves and certainly those who they train believe them. Barack Obama, being the product of this kind of an education – if you want to call it that – is merely regurgitating what he’s done learned.”

The Crusades erupted in defense of radical Islamists invading Europe, a continent dominated by the Christian faith at the time, from Northern Africa. Crusades were a military response to Muslim aggression and were intended to take back lands Muslims had seized and to free Christians from Muslim oppression.

Just five years after the death of Muhammad, his followers captured Jerusalem and by 732 A.D. they went into Spain. Their aggression continued for hundreds of years until finally, resistance rose up via the Crusades which began in 1095. Defenders of the president conveniently ignore true history.

Before he was elected president, Barack Obama was interviewed about his religious beliefs and said he wanted his government to operate for all faiths, including atheists and agnostics; quite a departure from our founders. He also said “sin” means being out of alignment with his personal values, and Jesus was just a historical figure. We now know much more about him by his actions and policies.

At the National Prayer Breakfast, the president also claimed “No god condones terror,” but what about Allah? Millions of terrorists are obeying the teachings of the Qur’an and the example of Muhammad, a merciless warrior bent on conquest. Jihad is a sacred duty carried out against unbelievers (in Allah), particularly against the West where Christianity has been dominant for centuries. For the president not to acknowledge the worldview of those who have openly declared to be our enemies is bewildering.

Jesus came to give His life for the sins of mankind and taught peace, forgiveness, and to love our enemies. Muhammad said ‘kill them’ and did just that by killing many innocent people. Shouldn’t we conclude Islam is not being “hijacked;” it is being obeyed? Sura 5:33 lays out how to punish those who resist Allah and Muhammad: exile from the land, “the cutting of hands and feet from opposite sides,” execution or crucifixion.

Debunking the president’s embarrassing remarks, in his article “Obama Hijacks Christianity to Defend Islam,” author and apologist, Frank Turek, wrote:

The Qur’an commands Muslims to “strike the heads” off the infidels (Sura 8:12); to “strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah” (Sura 8:60); and to “slay the idolaters wherever you find them” and to “prepare them for every ambush” (Sura 9:5).

Sura 9:29 tells Muslims to “Fight those who do not believe in Allah… until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.” (After all, the word “Islam” means “submission.” If you don’t submit and become a Muslim, you will die or pay a tax.) The next verse says, “May Allah destroy [the Christians and the Jews].”

It should not surprise us many Americans are unaware of actual world history and the teachings of the major religions. It is disappointing however, the views of the president and others go virtually unchallenged by most fact checkers, the liberal media, and uninformed citizens. This is a problem. Obama’s comments reflect his worldview which supports his administration’s lack of action when it comes to national defense, and lack of wisdom regarding foreign policy.

If you believe the Bible is true and say you are a Christian and yet still support the president, this may be a good time to examine your loyalty to the Democrat party and its policies. His idea of Christianity is based on Black Liberation Theology, Marxism, and collective salvation as well as a progressive political ideology. His comments at the National Prayer Breakfast again reveal where his allegiance lies – and it is not good for America.

* More on the differences between the teachings of Islam compared to Christianity here:

*More on the president’s background and history here:

Franklin Graham: President Obama’s Actions Speak Louder Than His Words

IRS tea party protest(photo: Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

“You are the Internal Revenue Service. You can reach into the lives of hard-working taxpayers and with a phone call, an e-mail or a letter you can turn their lives upside down. You ask taxpayers to hang onto seven years of their personal tax information in case they are ever audited, and you can’t keep six months’ worth of employee e-mails?” Paul Ryan

Media bias is one thing, but government bias toward individual American citizens is another; and in this case they go together. We’re in dangerous territory, not to mention it being a disservice to millions.

Everyone is affected by IRS tax codes and all working citizens – even liberals – are (supposedly) susceptible to potential scrutiny including a dreaded IRS audit. Some may be able to look past the truth relating to Benghazi, Fast and Furious, “green energy” scandals, government waste and fraud, ObamaCare, Common Core, the national debt, and a list of other subjects, but shouldn’t we care about what the IRS has done – and still may be doing to people just like you and me?

Similar to the press, the IRS is responsible for serving all people in the country, not just the ones they agree with politically, but where the media is concerned, too many have been on a hiatus of sorts since Barack Obama was elected in 2008. When Democrats are in charge in Washington, the media seem to relax and enjoy the run, but when Republicans run things, the media holds them accountable and their work ethic returns with greater intensity, endurance, and persistence leaving no stone unturned in their investigations and political reporting.

The Internal Revenue Service scandal actually began back in April 2010, but as evidence mounted and cover-ups were unable to be sustained any longer, the dam finally broke wide open by May 2013. As I reviewed details of the IRS investigation, I was reminded of the level of indisputable corruption within the Agency as well as the many lies told in an attempt to delay the truth from being revealed.

Sharyl Attkisson reported in September 2014 computer crashes caused the IRS to lose emails from five more employees who happen to be under investigation by Congress in the case involving the targeting of conservatives. At this time, more than twenty IRS employees have allegedly had their computers crash which caused the deletion or the loss of their emails as well as hard drives. Apparently, only conservatives and Republicans in government agencies are required by law to back-up their data on external hard drives.

A Senate subcommittee report confirmed the findings that “the IRS picked conservative groups out of normal processing, forced them to answer intrusive questions about their behavior and demeanor at meetings, and delayed their applications for multiple years.” The investigation uncovered no evidence liberal groups received the same inappropriate treatment conservative groups received. Two of the IRS agents involved worked in a Cincinnati office processing applications for tax-exempt status, and the most well-known computer crash victim is former IRS Exempt Organizations Division Director, Lois Lerner.

Under Lerner’s watch, from April 2010 to April 2012, the IRS placed holds on the processing of hundreds of applications for tax-exempt status from organizations known to be conservative. We now know some of the labels that were flagged by the IRS for special attention were those with “Tea Party,” “Patriots,” “Take Back the Country,” “We the People,” or “9/12” in their names. During those two years, the IRS only approved four applications from conservative groups while giving a green light to those whose names included “Liberal,” “Progress,” “Progressive,” or “Equality,” to name a few.

By intimidating conservative groups and limiting their ability to freely campaign and mobilize for a cause or candidate, the IRS indirectly affected the outcomes of elections across the United States. The impact of this illegal activity still has some residual effect on conservative organizations today. Many fair minded citizens believe IRS activity had an influence on the 2012 Presidential Election; we just don’t fully know to what degree.

In February of 2014, it was also learned of the already-existing nonprofits flagged for IRS Surveillance, 83% were conservative. The government monitored the group’s activities, their websites, and other publicly available information. Moreover, other sources reported even citizens donating to tea party-affiliated groups were audited ten times more than average Americans.

But one of the most glaring facts revealing Democrat-control and corruption is that of all the groups the IRS selected for audit, 100% of them were conservative.

On top of the proof the IRS used “inappropriate criteria” to review applications from tea party and other conservative groups, House Ways and Means Chairman, Dave Camp (R-MI) stated:

“We now know that the IRS targeted not only right-leaning applicants, but also right-leaning groups that were already operating as 501(c)(4)s.”

In April 2014, TownHall.com’s Katie Pavlich reported that Judicial Watch released documents showing IRS officials, including Lois Lerner, not just silencing conservatives, but also discussing the possibility of bringing criminal charges against tea party groups for engaging in “political activity.” In fact, the documents showed Lerner wanted to bring charges against someone and make an example out of them in order to intimidate or squelch all of the groups in the tea party movement.

According to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, Lerner had a database (1.1 million pages) of tax exempt organizations sent to the FBI just before the 2010 midterm elections. It should concern most Americans that Obama’s DOJ, the IRS, and the FBI were working together to advance a scheme to criminally prosecute conservative organizations!

Even in the face of these facts, Democrats insist it was just another phony scandal Republicans were trying to extend as the November 2014 Midterm elections drew closer. Former Attorney General Eric Holder has turned down numerous requests from congressional Republicans for a special prosecutor. One of the most detailed and extensive timelines revealing the order of events relating to the IRS targeting of conservative groups is on the website of Discover the Networks, a resource you will most likely want to bookmark and research. Check out this extensive timeline and make up your own mind.

Sadly, the IRS saga continues and conveniently for Democrats in power, the whole truth will never be fully known due to the successful cover-up by government as well as the media’s minimizing of the truth. In all honesty, what kind of outcome do you suppose we would have had in this scandal had there been a Republican president in the White House and the targeting was done to liberal groups? The media would have reported on the story quite differently.

CBS was a day late covering the Lerner missing emails development and rather than give air time to the fact the IRS lied about her hard drive crashing when it was actually just “scratched,” the story appeared only on the CBS News website. NBC was the least interested in keeping its viewers informed on the developments as they failed to mention the story for an entire month!

Geoffrey Dickens at Newsbusters reported that none of the networks mentioned the latest details in the IRS scandal and summed up the network negligence in one sentence:

“The saga of Lois Lerner’s missing emails took a bunch of twists and turns this past week, but you wouldn’t know that if you only got your news from the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks.”

The fact our First Amendment rights are being threatened should concern every one of us who cares about free speech and expression, whether that be religious or political. In the midst of all this, the IRS actually proposed new regulations at the end of 2013 that would prevent 501(c)(4) groups from engaging in political activity. It seems they were not affected by the investigation or perhaps they hadn’t heard about it.

What have we learned? The IRS has operated as one of President Obama’s most powerful weapons to divert, intimidate, and punish his opposition. This corrupt government agency is no longer just collecting taxes and keeping records of revenue, nor is the IRS “serving” all Americans the way we would like to think.

This is not just about politics, it is about the freedom to share our views including the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. The effort we make to speak the truth is a God-ordained endeavor. Striving for integrity and truth in media is important, and as Christians our ultimate aim must be living for and obeying God. How soon will it be before our government punishes us for our faith and forces us to choose? It’s here; believers are already being discriminated against and silenced so we better raise awareness while we can.

 

 

 

 

Cited above:

Sharyl Attkisson, Associated Press, “IRS Says it has Lost Emails from 5 More Employees, 9/5/2014

Robert Wilde/Breitbart “IRS Targets Tea Party and Conservative Non Profits for Audit,” 2/12/2014

Katie Pavlich, “Breaking: New Emails Show Lois Lerner was in Contact with DOJ About Prosecuting Tax Exempt Groups,” 4/16/2014

Discover The Networks, THE IRS SCANDAL: TIMELINE

Geoffrey Dickens, “Networks Refuse to Report Latest IRS Scandal Revelations,” 7/28/2014

Katy Perry at the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15

UPDATE: Did you watch the Super Bowl halftime show? Compared to past performances, it could have been much worse so kudos to Perry for showing some restraint. But the issue is not that she wasn’t as offensive or vulgar as others; the issue is we have become desensitized.

Knowing some of Katy Perry’s history and some of her song lyrics, when the NFL first announced she was to perform, I was concerned. After watching the halftime show however, she didn’t push the envelope of decency – at least visually – like some have done. I’m also glad most of the commercials aired during the game were quite family-friendly this year and had some positive themes. The problem is we often compare today’s entertainment with what Hollywood has done in the past rather than with biblical morality. Our standards have changed. What we accept as ‘normal’ entertainment today was considered immoral a hundred years ago – or even fifty.

Many have learned the hard way if we don’t teach our children to believe in and live for Jesus Christ, the world will definitely teach them not to.

A few weeks back, I suggested there was a possibility Perry’s performance could be tame compared to Beyonce’s 2013 satanic halftime sex show, but Perry did say she had a few tricks up her sleeve for February 1st. Over 114 million viewers watched this year’s Super Bowl. I credit Perry for keeping her clothes on, but let’s not forget some of the song lyrics millions of young girls and children listen to and sing along with.

Again, not every one of her songs is offensive, but at the Super Bowl, Perry sang songs such as “Teenage Dream” which included the lyrics:

“Let’s go all the way tonight/No regrets, just love, [I’ll] let you put your hands on me in my skin-tight jeans/Be your teenage dream tonight.”

Perry then got into rap mode with Missy Elliott singing, “Getcha freak on”featuring profane lyrics I will not mention here.

Also during the halftime medley, she sang part of her song promoting sexual experimentation and lesbianism, “I Kissed a Girl;”

“I kissed a girl and I liked it, the taste of her cherry ChapStick. I kissed a girl just to try it… I liked it.”

Like Miley Cyrus and a few others, Perry grew up in a Christian home, but now admits she has left the faith. No longer believing in Heaven or Hell, in an interview with ET about getting the 2015 Super Bowl gig, Perry stated,

“I think when the universe gives you these things, it’s just asking you if you’re ready for the next level. And I’m getting ready.”

This is a good reminder to pray for those who look to “the universe” or to other gods for answers. Having fallen for Humanism or New Age philosophies, many lack understanding of the living God of the Bible. In another interview where she joked about being celibate for a year, some wondered if she was serious. Her later response was, “I’d rather die” than not have sex for a year.

Parents, please remember this: whether a celebrity acknowledges it or not, they are role models for youth in our culture. Bad or good, millions of children will try to be just like them by mimicking their behavior and lifestyle.

Flashback to the 2014 Grammy Awards: It appeared to be a desperate attempt by Awards organizers to get ratings and make headlines, smack in the middle of prime time hours. Katy Perry’s Grammy performance of her song “Dark Horse” appeared to be a black magic witchcraft ritual. It began with a sinister voice: “She casts spells from crystal balls. Invoking spirits. She put me in a trance.” Perry then sang while four horned, demon-like figures appeared.

Wearing black witches clothing emblazoned with a glowing red Knights Templar cross on her chest, she emerged from the crystal ball while demons danced frantically around her. The Knights Templar were a medieval occult society some consider to be the originator of Freemasonry, the Bavarian Illuminati and the keepers of “sex-magick” secrets as practiced by Aleister Crowley’s O.T.O. (Ordo Templi Orientis)

Perry and fellow witches used their brooms to perform a pole dance of sorts. The act featured a beast with Moloch horns as well as dark-robed dancers. The song ended with a circle of fire around her, apparently symbolizing her being burned at the stake. E! Online even tweeted, “Um, did we just witness actual witchcraft during Katy Perry’s ‪#Grammys performance?” ‬‬‬‬

Similar to Lady Gaga, Perry’s music and videos are being used to seduce young fans – even young Christian girls. She seeks spirituality in the writings of people such as neo-gnostic medium, Echart Tolle, who channels demonic forces and teaches we can realize our own inner divinity through occult knowledge.

Perry once stated in an interview, “I sold my soul to the devil” after her original goal to make it in Christian music did not work out. Her first big hit was “I Kissed a Girl.” Though Perry’s father, an evangelical minister, loves his daughter, he has pleaded for people to pray for Katy. A few years back, Keith Hudson stated:

“I was at a concert of Katy’s where there were 20,000. I’m watching this generation, and they were going at it. It was almost like church… I stood there and wept and kept on weeping and weeping. They’re loving and worshiping the wrong thing.”

Katy Perry is not alone by any stretch. Though we don’t know how deeply she is invested into the occult, the music industry features many performers purposely engaging in Satanism and witchcraft. Some utilize demonic powers to ensnare their followers.

Whether we’re discussing entertainment or everyday life, we shouldn’t expect unbelievers to act like Christians nor should we judge them – they need salvation through Jesus. We can however, overcome our silence by warning, informing, and encouraging others to be more discerning and to avoid the garbage this world often produces and promotes.

There is hope for us all including Katy Perry, and we should pray for her, but too many families have conformed to the world and according to the Bible, friendship with the world is hostility toward God.

“Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (James 4:4)

Harmless entertainment? You make the call. A gaping chasm exists between being edified and slimed. We cannot protect our hearts and minds while filling them with trash. Some call it entertainment; I call it soul pollution, and there are much better things we can do with our time. Christian friends, if we don’t raise awareness and stand against immorality, who will?

 

katy perry with fireKaty-Perry-Dark-Horse-GrammysFor more on the subject of Soul Pollution…

Ducking the Issue of Sin: Phil Robertson, Duck Dynasty, A&E, and the LGBT movement

The Beginning of the End for Miley Cyrus? Don’t judge, pray! But warn others about how easy it is to self destruct…

Seeing Chicago on the Way to Heaven – Chicago, the band; fame, worldly success and why we must share the gospel

For more on the 2014 Grammy Awards from Good Fight Ministries: “Katy Perry, The Grammy’s, Gay Weddings and Witchcraft”