Archive for June, 2016

chipped flag on brick wallMore sobering polls have emerged recently further proving America’s downward spiral. Our decline has been so gradual many of us did not notice – or did not want to notice – how the lines of acceptable behavior have shifted and the standards of morality have plummeted – even among professing Christians.

A friend of mine who works on several farms came over recently to help me get a nice garden started. He emphasized the importance of tilling the ground, fertilizing and possibly erecting a small fence to protect the garden. But even before starting the work, he evaluated the land in order to find the best location and soil.

Not only have we failed to protect our spiritual and national heritage, but due to a generally lukewarm church, America has been easy, fertile ground for enemies of God to cultivate, plant and water seeds of immorality. They have taken root and produced an abundance of what the Bible considers sin.

Barna’s new research shows 41% of “practicing Christians” think cohabitation is a good idea, and 48% live with or have previously lived with their boyfriend/girlfriend. Let that sink in a moment.

According to Gallup’s recent poll on what is morally acceptable to Americans, cohabitation is up to 65% approval. Next, divorce is at 72%, and birth control is up to 89%. If we think like liberals, that abortion is another form of birth control, this latter number is not at all surprising. As Matt Walsh stated after the Supreme Court ruled against Texas abortion restrictions, “if leftists believe abortion mills are medical clinics, why don’t they want them to be treated that way?”

Jesus stated in Luke 18:20:

You know the commandments, ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’

Sadly, truth and moral absolutes are now based on feelings, opinion, and what’s popular in culture rather than a fixed moral and ethical standard.

Those who think sex between an unmarried man and woman (fornication) is acceptable is now at 67%, and not surprisingly, homosexual sex is up to 60%.

In addition, the number of Americans who think it’s fine to have a baby out of wedlock has risen, from 45% in 2001 to 62% today. To me, this is a double-edged sword because sexual promiscuity is rampant, but at least more women seem willing to choose life over abortion. It has been proven that as truth and medical facts about abortion are promoted, many more lives are saved!

Though there has been a radical LGBT agenda since at least the 1970s, Christians have helped pave the way by minimizing God’s covenant of marriage between one man and one woman through no-fault divorce, adultery, pornography, and fornication. God abhors all sexual sin.

How can Christians preach the gospel and shine in darkness when we have had so much sin in our own camp?

No wonder homosexuality is now accepted by a majority of citizens (up 20 points since 2001) and by some in the church. The problem is we have gone from loving our neighbor (which is biblical) to accepting their lifestyle (which is unbiblical) to flat out celebrating sin (sinning with them). What major city or state does not have a gay pride parade or similar event?

The LGBT hijacked rainbow is everywhere; but the current estimate of LGBT adults is around 3.9% pf the U.S. population and less than 0.4% are married to a same-sex spouse. This proves the left is definitely winning the war of words, gaining ground and swaying popular opinion.

One year after the SCOTUS decided to rebel against and redefine God-ordained natural marriage, less than ten percent (123,000 couples) have married a same-sex spouse. The way the media portrayed their plight you’d think the majority of LGBT people would have flocked to the courthouses and wedding chapels in America.

Apparently, marriage wasn’t the end goal after all; and the Left’s appetite for evil cannot be satisfied.

Truth be told, we all need our sins forgiven and I hope you’ve trusted Jesus Christ for salvation. He is Lord and the Bible is true whether we believe or not!

Reflecting on the anniversary of last year’s SCOTUS decision, apologist, Alex McFarland stated:

God has the ultimate veto power. As an evangelist, I don’t want any of those 123,000 couples to be surprised by this fact. All same-sex couples should realize that what they’ve entered into will never be recognized by God. As an evangelist, I want to tell every person that they should turn to God now and be saved.

I believe God is also calling a lukewarm church to turn back to Him and repent. Jesus is standing at the door!

Is our faith strong enough to survive the massive tides of moral relativism, humanism, and secularism? It is vital we wake as many soldiers of Christ as we can before time runs out. In order for us to be more influential in our culture, let’s get back to the basics of speaking God’s eternal truth and of course, living it ourselves.

 

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William Wilberforce once said, “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” Please don’t look away.

A life is eliminated every 26 seconds and since 1973, Americans have – by our silence – given the abortion industry our stamp of approval along with our tax dollars. The result is over 1.2 million abortions in the United States every year.

Americans have become so busy, comfortable, self-focused, and desensitized that human life has been devalued right under our collective noses.

…a new, deceptively marketed (as the ultimate chick-flick) Hollywood film, Me Before You, aspires to be sweetly romantic, but (movie spoiler alert!) ends up being a vulgar, maddening, frustrating movie that endorses euthanasia. Strong advocate for life, quadriplegic Joni Erickson Tada stated:

“This whole push to legalize assisted suicide across the United States is actually a push to radicalize individual rights and… take the moral component out of rights… People who are weak and infirm have never fared well in societies that have lost their moral center… Because we live in such an entitlement society, we already see no virtue in suffering.”

In Utah, high school students are being taught that aborting preborn children with Down Syndrome is the only option and the right thing to do. What did the ACLU and Planned Parenthood say about this? “You can’t discriminate against a fetus.”

The word “fetus” actually derives from a Latin word meaning “offspring,” or “little one” in the sense of being “newly delivered.”

So, what then if the “fetus” is black?

Contrary to the socialist, leftist-funded Black Lives Matter movement, the ironic and sobering truth is black lives don’t really matter, nor do white or Asian or Hispanic lives – unless they are adult liberal elites. More black babies are aborted than born in New York City, and 82% of all abortions are on black or Hispanic (minority) babies.

Was it a coincidence the very first “birth control” clinic Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger opened was in Harlem, NY? Other states such as Mississippi have bought the lie, and about 72% of black babies are aborted there.

Laws exist protecting many species of wild animals – including turtle eggs, but what does it tell you when people get more upset about endangering or killing an animal (a gorilla perhaps) than a life God created in a Mother’s womb?

Few remember the media boycott of the biggest and most callous serial killer in U.S. history, Kermit Gosnell. The murder trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell cemented forever the fact the pro-choice media has chosen ideology and politics over truth and journalism. Here are a few facts about the Gosnell clinic to refresh your memory:

    • The remains of 45 babies were found by authorities at the Philly clinic.
    • Gosnell preyed mostly on poor and minority women.
    • Flea-ridden cats defecated freely, including in procedure rooms.
    • One 41 year-old victim of a botched abortion, Karnamaya Mongar died because the clinic was so crammed with junk, it took paramedics 20 minutes just to find their way out.
    • Gosnell collected baby feet in jars.

To you and me this is horrific. To Gosnell and abortion defenders, he was just doing his job, ‘helping’ women, even underage girls, dispose of the developing life within them at any stage of development.

It is interesting doctors now give babies in the womb pain medication during surgical procedures due to medical research proving babies feel pain in the womb. Moreover, if a person kills a pregnant woman they will be convicted of double homicide.

Gosnell and Planned Parenthood simply follow the agenda set by staunch feminist, Margaret Sanger…

She “is in large part responsible for the deaths of millions of unborn babies, the normalization of premarital sex, the creation of generations of unwed moms who spend much of their lives on welfare, and the rampant spread of venereal diseases.”

Most everyone would consider Adolf Hitler pure evil, and yet few people know he was encouraged by the eugenics movement in America in the 1920’s thanks to Margaret Sanger. The following is from a chapter in my book, Blotting Out God in America:

“Eugenics is the study of or belief in the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a population, especially by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits (negative eugenics) OR, encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits (positive eugenics). Hold on to your coffee while we connect some dots.

In her 1922 book The Pivot of Civilization, Margaret Sanger wrote:

“Constructive Eugenics aims to arouse the enthusiasm or the interest of the people in the welfare of the world fifteen or twenty generations in the future. On its negative side it shows us that we are paying for and even submitting to the dictates of an ever increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all…”

Sanger’s publication, The Birth Control Review, was founded in 1917 and through the years, she often published articles from eugenicists such as Ernst Rudin.

“Ernst Rudin (1874-1952) was a psychiatrist who worked as Adolf Hitler’s director of genetic sterilization and founded the Nazi Society for Racial Hygiene, which was Germany’s racial purity program.

But what most people fail to realize is it was the United States that led the forced sterilization movement which began on the mentally ill and on prisoners. Between 1907 and 1939, more than 30,000 people in twenty-nine states were sterilized, many of them unknowingly or against their will, while they were incarcerated in American prisons or mental institutions. Nearly half the operations were carried out in California…

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spiritual warfareHe said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. Matthew 16:15-18
 
Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. 2 Timothy 2:3-4

Why does it seem Christians are almost always on the defensive rather than preaching the gospel, influencing culture, and standing up for Christ and His truth? Jesus Christ enlisted us in active service, and we are to make it our goal to obey and please Him (2 Corinthians 5:9). As soldiers of an eternal army, we cannot afford to be indifferent or ignorant about the intensifying battle all around us. When we are silent and fail to engage in warfare, we become ineffective for God’s kingdom including the important work of making disciples.

Here’s an excerpt from The Cost of Our Silence (chapter 14).

This epic battle between the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of darkness is real whether you believe the Bible or not. Jesus came to earth to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8), and when He returned to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to help us fight (John 14:12).

The leaders of the armies are Jesus Christ whom God has exalted forever far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come (Ephesians 1:21); and Satan, the temporary ruler of this world (John 12:31) whose time is short (Revelation 12:12).

God allows us to choose what part we will play in advancing His kingdom. We can choose to do nothing or we can respond to His call and fight the good fight of faith (2 Tim. 4:7). Yes, it is risky, certainly unpopular, and potentially dangerous, but without risk, we experience little reward and we often suffer repercussions for not taking action.

Lord of the Rings’ fans will remember the scene in The Two Towers in which the massive, evil army of Mordor was on the move toward Gondor in their quest to wipe mankind off the face of the earth. After being warned about the enemy advancing, Aragorn encouraged the king to ride out and face the enemy. Théoden, King of Rohan, declared, “I will not risk open war.”

Aragorn replied with truth,

“Open war is upon you whether you would risk it or not.”

Instead, the king ordered the city to evacuate and retreat to Helm’s Deep, a fortress that had kept them safe in the past… As a result of not staying to fight, many more lives were lost.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:10-12).

Do we avoid conflict and run away when life gets difficult or when we are faced with opposition?
For some, their security is money; for others, that security comes from family, a job, a relationship, the Internet, or even church activity. Some escape to entertainment; others to whatever provides immediate gratification. Our culture will only get worse if we continue to seek comfort, worldly things, or our own happiness while avoiding the battle for souls and ignoring our mission in Christ.

…And what if people in our own church say the Bible is not inerrant, there are no moral absolutes, and we are taking our faith too seriously? Press on!

We’re not to be overcome by evil; we are supposed to overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21). Today’s remnant of committed believers must not follow the pattern of the [lukewarm] church in the last hundred years.

I agree with Charles Spurgeon and others who believe we are foolish to expect to serve God without opposition. In fact, Spurgeon stated, “the more zealous we are, the more sure are we to be assailed …” But he always kept the victory in sight:

Glory be to God, we know the end of the war. The great dragon shall be cast out and forever destroyed, while Jesus and they who are with him shall receive the crown. Let us sharpen our swords tonight, and pray the Holy Spirit to nerve our arms for the conflict. Never battle so important, never crown so glorious. Every man to his post, ye warriors of the cross, and may the Lord tread Satan under your feet shortly!

…Jesus said the gates of hell would not prevail against the church (Matthew 16:18). Think about what gates are used for. Christians will overpower the enemy’s gates in the end. Did you get that? Though Satan constantly attacks believers, the Bible never refers to the enemy storming the gates of heaven!

One of the keys to our success in spiritual warfare is this pearl of truth: Gates are defensive!

All hell should be on guard, and a strong, armor-wearing, battle-tested church should be on offense, attacking the enemy with God’s Word. Preaching the gospel is one way to stay on offense and help rescue people from the camp of the enemy.

Ephesians 6:17 tells us that the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. Too many of us leave our swords at home on a dusty shelf. We forget Satan is a defeated foe…

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bathroom confusionWe are in the midst of open rebellion against God and the rejection of His created, divine order including the most basic truths in Scripture.

Many think Bruce Jenner was the one who catapulted moral relativism into the spotlight; it was actually Oprah Winfrey. In 2008, she promoted “the first pregnant man,” but she was actually a woman named Tracey who had a double mastectomy and doses of hormones for facial hair. She did not have genital reconstruction surgery at that time and has had three children.

June is LGBT Pride Month and naturally, the President proudly announced his annual proclamation celebrating sin while suggesting bible-believing Christians are backwards in their thinking. He claims it is a fight for “dignity and equality, justice” to “forge a more inclusive society.”

He’s definitely representing the minority. Research proves most American citizens are more concerned about religious freedoms and increasing immorality. The problem is we are uncertain about truth and morality itself!

As confusion and ambiguity are promoted above clarity and truth, the tendency is to toss out biology, science, facts, history, and of course, the Bible.

God’s Word provides instruction on how mankind should live and is extremely clear about our origins, the deity of Christ, truth, morality, salvation, and sin; but by observing our culture one might conclude professing Christians are as lost as those outside the Church.

Our biblical illiteracy has been exposed because our foundations were not built on the Rock. As a result, not only is the church in desperate need of repair, but the nation is being destroyed on our watch because we’ve lost our influence.

The left however, has not lost theirs. One of its goals is to blur the lines of right and wrong via the agenda to eradicate Christianity because to them, man is god. How do we respond to this worldview?

If there’s no truth and if there are no fixed, objective, universal moral standards for all people at all times; then God, life, marriage, family, sex, justice, and gender can mean whatever culture or individuals decide.

According to new Barna research on absolutes,

Christian morality is being ushered out of American social structures and off the cultural main stage, leaving a vacuum in its place—and the broader culture is attempting to fill the void.

Most Christians say they are concerned about immorality in America, but the church has not been equipped to deal with the onslaught of evil and we have been influenced by the growing tide of secularism and religious skepticism.

A few key findings include:

  • Only about one-third of Americans believe moral truth is absolute while 59% of practicing Christians do.
  • Ninety-one percent (76% of Christians) agree the best way to “find yourself” is by looking within yourself.
  • Sixty-nine percent of people (40% practicing Christians) agree that “any kind of sexual expression between two consenting adults is acceptable.”
  • Eighty four percent of Americans agree the “highest goal of life is to enjoy it as much as possible” along with 67% of Christians.

What does this indicate about our society and the church? It reveals the degree to which Americans pledge allegiance to the “morality of self-fulfillment,” a new moral code that has all but replaced Christianity as the culture’s moral norm. The greatest good is ‘finding yourself’ and living life in pursuit of pleasure.

Since many Christians are on a happiness quest instead of a quest for truth, why should the world be any different? No wonder people are confused about the very nature and origins of humanity.

On our daily radio program, Stand Up for the Truth, I’ve said several times I don’t want to talk about issues such as bathroom laws or gender identity, but I believe it’s necessary to do so.

For years the transgender movement advanced under the radar of same sex marriage battles, for which the path was paved by no-fault divorce. So today, like frogs in a slowly-boiling kettle, we are being set up for genderless marriage in a godless society.

It’s not about “love” (what do they mean by love?) or “equal rights,” but power and control.

Wanting to live and let live, some will argue, ‘why can’t we just take care of ourselves and our families? Why should we care about the push to redefine terms and erase gender distinctions by law and through public opinion?’

Writing for the Federalist exactly two years ago, Stella Morabito cautioned:

[I]t would serve to legally un-define what it means to be human. A new legal definition of human—as neither male nor female—would apply to you whether you like it or not. Already, there is social pressure for everyone to comply with the gender theory notion that biological facts are mere “social constructs.”

…While Americans have been distracted by same-sex “marriage,” transgender activists have been quietly changing laws all across the nation to redefine humanity on their terms. In fact, the enactment of gender identity laws has in many cases outpaced same-sex marriage legislation.

Many states have already passed laws prohibiting “discrimination” based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Morabito describes how the left can “take an implausible idea and make it seem plausible” by marketing and raising its availability in public discourse. They’re masters at shaping public opinion through the usual channels—Hollywood, public schools and academia, the liberal media, social media, and so on—which paves the road to public policy.

It’s part of the agenda.

Consider these selected events:

2008: Oprah Winfrey promoted “the first pregnant man,” but it was actually a woman named Tracey who had a double mastectomy and doses of hormones for facial hair. She did not have genital reconstruction surgery at that time and has had three children.

2009: Chaz Bono announced her “transition” to the public.

2010: President Obama boasted the first presidential transgender appointee.

2012: Jennifer Braly, an Arkansas transgender student fought and won the right to use the ladies’ washroom saying the state recognizes him as a woman since he legally changed his name [and gender]. Even though he did not have surgery to complete the “transition,” Braly said, “I feel like I should be treated equally as a woman because that’s what I’m transitioning into.”

2014: The Department of Education announced a radical reinterpretation of the term “sex” in Title IX to include “gender identity.” It then began enforcing its plan to require school districts across the nation to allow students to use the private facilities of students of the opposite sex. (A biological male can enter and use the girls’ locker rooms, restrooms, and showers.) Districts resisting this agenda could have federal funding revoked.

Time Magazine ‘s cover story of transgender, Laverne Cox, announced the U.S. is at the “tipping point” of the mainstreaming of transgenderism.

The first openly transgender priest (Episcopal) preached a sermon at Washington National Cathedral.

2015: Bruce Jenner became the most famous face of the transgender movement as he changed his name to “Caitlyn.” Glamor Magazine named him Woman of the Year, and ESPN awarded him for his courage.

2016: Transgender athletes will now take part in the Olympics. Female-to-male athletes can compete ‘without restriction’, while male-to-female athletes must undergo hormone therapy according to new IOC guidelines.

States are debating the Fed over bathroom bills, religious freedom protections, gender identity, and even the First Amendment.

People have been duped into thinking the purpose of the LGBT movement is to grant equality to a minority demographic. But it’s really about changing the language which leads to changes in our thoughts and behaviors, which leads to a transformed culture and country.

Pray, persevere, and don’t lose heart. Our true citizenship is in Heaven. Bible-believing Christians should not be deceived by this moral relativistic corruption and evil being called good. Though it be uncomfortable or unpopular, let’s stand on the truth of Scripture because people need to be saved – starting in the church.