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KardashiansWe love our entertainment in America and it’s so easy to waste a lot of time. But perhaps more important is a fact most people do not seem to realize: how we spend our time affects both soul and spirit, either drawing us closer to God or further away.

It’s the ‘hours of influence’ principle which in early computer days was known as “garbage in, garbage out.” It’s easier to reprogram a computer than it is our minds, which the Bible says we are to renew (Rom. 12:2).

Christians are to be set apart, striving for holiness instead of happiness and godliness instead of ungodly pursuits. We should stand out from the world and shine light in the darkness, not participate in its deeds (Eph. 5:11).

Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus:

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5:15-17)

With so much of today’s entertainment falling under the category of soul pollution – much of it promoting what the Bible considers to be sin – it’s no surprise American culture has gone into the gutter.

But this is where people such as Kim Kardashian and other so-called reality TV stars are taking us. This stuff wouldn’t be on television if people didn’t watch it and if advertisers didn’t make a profit.

(Lest you think I’m picking on a few people, there’s just not enough time to write extensively about the entertainment industry, the music and gaming industry, media, corporations, pro sports, and the evils involved.)

Even beyond the stunning popularity of shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, think of their negative influence on young people today: offensive language, style of (and lack of) dress, disrespect for authority, promotion of promiscuity, selfishness, and extremely liberal attitudes about sex and morality.

Not only is immorality celebrated, the message is this: bad behavior gets rewarded.

We have succumbed to the values of Hollywood and the meaninglessness of today’s entertainment, and one day each of us will be held accountable for what we did with the talents God gave us.

To end the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon stated:

The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil. (Eccl. 12:13-14)

What matters from a biblical perspective is not necessarily the massive cultural shift in opinions about truth and morality, but the fact these views are more common among professing Christians and religious Americans. I am only surprised at the speed by which these attitudes have infested the Church.

Just fifty-four percent of evangelicals now believe it’s wrong to identify as a different gender; 35 percent of Muslims and only 26 percent of Catholics agree. Religious folks are either not reading, not understanding, or not obeying the teachings in their holy books.

A new national survey was done by LifeWay Research indicating a changing worldview that is becoming more and more secular. The poll reveals an increasing percentage of Americans no longer believe in right and wrong, and don’t think there’s absolute truth.

Sixty percent believe that it is not morally wrong for individuals to self-identify with a gender that is different than their natural biological sex. From this we can conclude a majority of Americans now reject the fact that a Creator (God) gave them a specific gender that cannot be changed…

 

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judge not signThe phrase ‘Judge ye not’ is perhaps one of the most misunderstood and misapplied biblical concepts.

Rarely does anyone want to confront sin, and rarely does a sinner want to be confronted. This presents a problem.

As the avalanche of immorality in America continues consuming many professing Christians, the idea of judging has become even more unpopular. You and I have choices to make regarding how to deal with the issue of sin in our culture and sadly, there are believers who think we should never mention the behavior of others.

In that case, how are we supposed to share the gospel of Christ, repentance from sin, and the need for forgiveness from God and eternal salvation?

Rather than address sin invading the church, we open the door to even more compromise by accommodating immoral behavior because we don’t want to offend anyone. But is this what Jesus taught?

“Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13:4-5

Jesus used every opportunity – including death – to warn others. I strongly suggest we not exercise our right to be silent.

How can we turn a sinner back to God if we don’t make a judgment and say anything about sinful behavior? James wrote:

My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins. James 5:19-20

The apostle Paul told the church at Corinth not to associate with people who claimed to be Christians, but were living sinful lives (1 Corinthians 5:9). He urged the committed believers to judge those within the church and let God judge those who are outside (1 Corinthians 5:12-13).

So let’s be very clear on this: We are not to judge unbelievers; we are to share the gospel with them, because without Christ and the Bible they have no moral compass. We are instructed to judge fellow believers as long as we do it with a spirit of humility and love, not hypocritically.

There are two types of judgment in the Bible: krino judgment is to “try, convict and punish”; anakrino is to “scrutinize, investigate and determine”.

“If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.”  John 12:47-48

The word Jesus uses here for judge is krino: “to try, convict and punish”.

“But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.1 Corinthians 4:3-4

The word for judge in this verse is anakrino: “to scrutinize, investigate and determine”Anakrino is used 14 times in the New Testament in these ways: examine, question, discern, judge, account.

Nine times out of ten, people use the words, ‘Judge ye not’ completely out of context. Even those with limited knowledge of the Bible and Christianity have either heard or have used these words themselves. This has become laughable in a culture today that promotes the idea of tolerance, but is quite intolerant when it comes to biblical Christianity, morality, and absolute truth.

Moral relativism seems to be the new law of the land.  Everyone determines their own morality, and when man decides what is right or wrong, it becomes easier to defend the indefensible. After all, if the Bible does not apply to every person, well – then anything goes!

The people of Israel knew all about this and the result is always lawlessness.

In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25

In the Old Testament, the God of creation often judged the people of Israel, and either blessed or punished nations depending on their obedience or rebellion. After Jesus Christ conquered the last enemy, death, by His resurrection, God the Father transferred all power and authority to His Son (Matthew 28:18). The deity and authority of Jesus are non-negotiable facts in the true Christian faith, and the Bible teaches Jesus will one day judge all humanity.

As believers, we have the Holy Spirit to help us discern good and evil, and the love of God should move us to compassion; to share the love and grace of Jesus Christ and to encourage and warn fellow believers entangled in sin.

This may seem obvious and elementary to some, but in today’s culture of hyper-tolerance it must be repeated: it is necessary to make moral judgments.

First, no one is without sin, and if someone says they do not sin, they are simply fooling themselves (1 John 1:8). Assuming you and I have confessed our sins and have received God’s forgiveness, we know how awful it feels to commit a sin and be distant from God, so we should help others be reconciled to Him.

Let’s be clear on another point: only God knows what’s in a person’s heart. All we can do is judge behavior according to the teachings of Scripture.

The concept taught in Matthew 7 is to judge yourself or examine yourself first, and then you will see clearly to address someone else’s sin. Some folks seem to think Jesus said never attempt to take the speck out of your brother’s eye (mention their sin).

In his commentary on this important teaching, Pastor Joe Schimmel of Good Fight Ministries wrote:

To grasp the true context, let’s take a closer look at Matthew 7:1-5:

Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

If you have never read past verse 1, then perhaps you are seeing the true meaning of this verse for the first time. Notice that Jesus did NOT ever say, don’t judge – period. He exhorts us to judge with righteous judgment in John 7:24 and here in Matthew 7:1-5. He says first be sure you’re right with God before pointing out someone else’s sin, thus granting the right to judge. The correct understanding of Matthew 7:1 is that simple! Verse 5 clarifies and exposes the skeptic’s erroneous understanding of “Do not judge”, by giving the green light, if you will, to judge… so as long as it is not done in a hypocritical manner.

God hates sin, and He calls you and me to shine our light and expose the darkness of sin. Naturally then, as we continue to witness unrestrained immorality in our culture, it should grieve our hearts and make us angry. That anger, however, should be directed toward the enemy and the evil of sin, not toward those who are entangled in its web. They need our prayers.

The dilemma remains: How do we bring someone back who has wandered from the truth? Some Christians actually think that instead of pointing out a person’s sin we should let our actions speak. Okay, roll the dice and let me know how that works out.

It is true sanctification – becoming more like Jesus Christ and less like the world – is a lifelong process. That being said, mature Christians should be held to a stricter standard than new believers. If we are not ‘walking the talk,’ we have no business telling someone else to repent of their sin.

In a perfect church in a perfect world, the person you approach concerning their sin would respond “Oh, wow, you’re right and I appreciate you telling me. I sure can’t argue with what the Bible teaches. I’m going to take it to God right now and ask His forgiveness, thanks so much for caring.” (OK, stop chuckling to yourself.) There must have been someone through the centuries of Christendom who responded with an open heart like this, no?

Pride is an ugly thing and we all deal with it at times.

Though most Christians may have good intentions, some choose to justify depravity by arguing against judging rather than promote biblical Christianity – and it is mind boggling.

Others are in the “hey, we just need to pray for them” camp. Okay, let’s pray for them. Then what? Too many people think that commenting on someone’s sin is never acceptable.

This accommodation of sin and refusal to judge and preach repentance – the main message of Jesus and John the Baptist – is a result of our silence and has led to our present culture of compromise. The sad thing is many Christians have been duped into believing that being silent is more loving, when, in fact, the exact opposite is true!

Our concern should be to encourage others in the faith knowing we are all sinners ‘working out our salvation. Galatians 6:1 states:

Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.

Restoration is a good thing! But how can we restore a sinner if we cannot even address the sin? It is foolishness; it’s worldliness to think this way.

Believers are obligated to live by the light of God’s Word. The apostles refer to their former condition (before Christ) as darkness, because those living in sin cannot see where they are going. In the Zondervan Matthew Henry Commentary, Ephesians 5:11 (exposing darkness) is explained:

We must have no fellowship (association, communion, participation) with sin or sinners. Sinful works are works of darkness. These works of darkness are fruitless deeds; there is nothing gained by them in the long run, whatever profit is pretended by sin, it will by no means balance the loss. We must therefore have nothing to do with these fruitless deeds. If we share with others in their sin, we must expect to share with them in their plagues. Rather than being partners with them, we must expose them. We must witness against the sins of others, and endeavor to convince them of their sinfulness in our words; but especially by the holiness of our lives. Reprove their sins by abounding in the contrary duties.

Making judgments in a biblical manner doesn’t need to be confusing if we understand God’s word. But we are in a time in America when the church is afraid to offer a moral judgment on anything. One thing is certain; we had better examine ourselves first and make sure we are true to the faith and Word of Jesus Christ!

For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 1 Peter 4:17

Thanks to the Holy Spirit, Christians have spiritual discernment nonbelievers do not have access to, particularly related to biblical truth. In 1 Corinthians 2:15, the apostle Paul says those who are spiritual should judge all things. One of the many promises from God is that the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth. God gives us a greater capacity for applying His wisdom and discernment to everyday life.

Christians are instructed to examine everything carefully and cling to the good (1 Thessalonians 5:21). We do this by holding all things up to Scripture, the ultimate standard and truth detector.

The Word of God encourages Christians to remain in Him in order to produce good fruit in our lives. But how do you determine the good fruit from bad fruit? The Apostle Paul lists the fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

Fruit is that which comes from our actions and words, hopefully pointing others to Christ and influencing our culture for godliness. Similar to Matthew 7, the gospel of Luke includes the same lessons from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in which he warns believers about false prophets and teachings, as well as about judging wrongly. Luke 6:43-44 states:

No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit.

You and I will be judged by what our lives produce, whether good or bad. This judgment will include not only what we did and said, but also what we approved of and did not say. Each of us will be held accountable for our actions, words, and lack thereof on judgment day.

Silence never saved anybody.

Do you really believe in your heart that Christians should have no input in matters of moral importance in our culture?

A religion professor at Charleston Southern University, Peter Beck stated:

I am greatly grieved by those who call themselves “Christians” yet constantly cover for the very wickedness and sin that they are supposed to shun and flee from. They embrace the very sinful people who have clearly transgressed God’s commandments, laws, precepts, directives, and requirements …You must understand, my friends that while you are so concerned with … creating an environment of love and peace, [lasting] peace is neither possible nor probable without the end coming first. Jesus Christ is the only One who can and will bring us eventual peace … when God sends Him back to earth as the King of Kings to reign forever and ever!

If we love those who are in bondage to any sin, we will tell them about the forgiveness of Jesus Christ and encourage them to repent. A Spirit-filled Christian with the proper love and motives will seek God’s approval, not the world’s approval.

In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Paul writes: All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable … for correction … Wait, “correction”? How can we as Christians correct anyone if we are not supposed to make a judgment on right or wrong? This misguided argument can make a person’s head spin – and we’ve all heard it. God’s correction is good and sometimes He uses other people in the church to get through to us.

The church is in some ways a hospital for those who know they are sick.

Pastor John MacArthur said:

A church that does not discipline a sinning member is like a person who has good reason to believe he has cancer but who refuses to go to a doctor – because he either does not want to face the problem or does not want to face the treatment. If he waits too long his whole body will be permeated with the disease and it will be too late for treatment to do any good. No church is healthy enough to resist contamination from persistent sin in its midst.

We also need to be wise and discerning about church leaders and teachers. Your pastor or ministry leaders are human, and they are just as susceptible to sin and temptation as you and I.

Throughout the Bible are warnings about those who purposely stretch or twist the gospel, apparently to deceive and lead others astray. Matthew 7:15-16 states:

Beware the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly they are ravenous wolves, you will know them by their fruits.

John writes to Christians in 1 John 4:1 saying:

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

The better we know the Word of God, the more we will be able to discern what is ungodly. If we know the truth, then we will be able to expose a counterfeit.

Another response you may have heard when reacting to a Christian’s judgment might be, “He who is without sin cast the first stone.” Implying that Jesus taught us not to judge is ludicrous. This verse is also misused and often taken out of context.

The passage in John 8:3-7 is about a couple caught in the act of adultery. It is interesting to me the Pharisees brought only the woman to Jesus. If she was “caught in the act,” then the man must also have been caught. Where was the man? The Law of Moses required both the man and the woman to be stoned to death, but the religious leaders didn’t care about technicalities. They had a different agenda: It was a set-up to test the Lord Jesus.

Notice Jesus didn’t tell them not to judge; He knew the wicked hearts of the Pharisees as they confronted Him with accusations. Jesus responded with, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her (vs 7).” Since they all had sinned, each of them dropped their rocks and walked away one by one (John 8:9). The Lord then acknowledged her sin, forgave her, and warned her to go and sin no more.

Andrew Murray said:

“To convince the world of the truth of Christianity, it must first be convinced of sin. It is only sin that renders Christ intelligible.

What a good juxtaposition. The very truth about sin can be what leads to understanding the solution God provided through the Savior. Apart from explaining sin’s consequences, the crucifixion makes no sense.

Francis Schaeffer believed Christians in general are avoiding the cultural battle and allowing its downward slide. In his book, The Great Evangelical Disaster, Schaeffer wrote:

It is my firm belief that when we stand before Jesus Christ, we will find that it has been the weakness and accommodation of the evangelical group on the issues of the day that has been largely responsible for the loss of the Christian ethos which has taken place in the area of culture in our country over the last forty to sixty years.

Full obedience to the Word of Christ obligates us to speak. We are to be on the lookout as watchmen on the wall because if God judged Israel for not repenting, how do you suppose He will deal with America?

Culture reflects the strength or weakness of the church which reflects the strength or weakness of individual Christians. In Ezekiel’s case, there was a specific message the Lord instructed him to preach and yet, the principle applies to believers today:

At the end of seven days the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me. When I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet if you have warned the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered yourself.

Again, when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I place an obstacle before him, he will die; since you have not warned him, he shall die in his sin, and his righteous deeds which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. However, if you have warned the righteous man that the righteous should not sin and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; and you have delivered yourself. Ezekiel 3:16-21

How many more warnings do we need in order to repent and/or get others to turn back to Jesus as well? Sometimes we need stern warnings and other times we need to be the ones speaking up to warn others. God works through us to reach people, and those whom He finds faithful will receive their reward.

You never know, one day someone may thank you for caring enough to tell them the truth.

God will make the final judgments on all creation. We are His messengers, and our goal is to point people to Jesus Christ – and in many cases, back to Christ!

For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself; and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. John 5:26-27

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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.

 

free speech censoredPresident George Washington once said, “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” Was this an exaggeration or are religious freedoms, particularly those protected under the First Amendment, that important?

Like many modern day corporations, especially those whose owners are under 35, Facebook has a liberal worldview. So it was not surprising when several former Facebook employees recently admitted its news curators routinely suppressed conservative news on the social media giant’s trending module.

Instead of allowing content many of us want to see, Facebook manipulated its news section to reflect the biases of its young workers, many of whom are hostile toward the Christian worldview. They blatantly abused their authority and power of influence to create or hijack a trending news topic to serve their liberal bias.

Commenting on the Facebook news, Kevin D. Williamson writes:

Where the Left has power, it will use that power to try to crush dissent, debate, and criticism. And it tries to smother conservative discussions entirely. As the Facebook insider tells Nunez, the curators deep-sixed discussions about Rand Paul, CPAC, and Scott Walker. Entertainingly, Facebook attempted to suppress discussion of Lois Lerner, the IRS executive who abused her powers to try to suppress conservative groups in the run-up to the 2012 elections. That’s a nice tag-team: The Obama administration tries to silence conservatives, and Facebook tries to silence conservatives’ complaints about being silenced.

This is not just about social media or even the blatantly biased “mainstream media” and cable news outlets. It is about the Left’s agenda to change culture and reshape morality.

The labels for the Left have become somewhat interchangeable. Why? Liberals, progressives, democratic socialists, and secular liberals all have a few things in common: their worldview is based on atheism, humanism, moral relativism, environmental extremism, and/or government-supported social justice. Truth is whatever they decide it to be and they continually redefine terms and make up new rules of engagement.

In an article, Absolutely No Absolutes in the New America, Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association stated:

These people, led politically by President Barack Obama and his administration, are basically at war with 1) traditional Americans, 2) the Judeo-Christian value system, 3) common sense, and 4) millennia of history.

Most of us know the recent gender and bathroom debate seemingly came out of nowhere and now more people are confused about sex, the basics of biology and science, history, and of course, truth.

But chaos, confusion, and moral relativism only propel godlessness further down the road of destruction. Am I being dramatic?

Canada’s Liberal Party, headed up by new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, just introduced a brand new bill that would punish anyone who disagrees with gender identity or expression, classifying dissent as “hate speech.” This could land a practicing Christian in jail for two years.

At least we know exactly where he stands.

You may have also heard about New York Times writer, Nicholas Kristof, who recently admitted liberal intolerance is rampant, saying they practically demand people think like them. So much for diversity of thought. He said gatekeepers in academia and the media typically look down on those with different views. According to Kristof:

“We progressives believe in diversity, and we want women, blacks, Latinos, gays and Muslims at the table, so long as they aren’t conservatives.”

The majority of elite media, for example, are liberal with less than 7 percent admitting they are conservative. They have voted for or contributed to Democrat candidates in practically every single election. Kristof cites studies in his article showing an average of 8.5% of humanities professors and less than one in ten social-studies professors are conservative while about 20% identify as Marxists.

Though he believes evangelical Christians and conservatives deserve a fair shake, he is more concerned about the lack of quality in education today.

Add to this the propaganda permeating public schools today, it is easy to understand how Christian morality is squelched while anti-Christian views are promoted throughout society. So, speak up about the new transgender debate and you may be called “transphobic.”

During a time when young children and confused youth are questioning what they hear in culture or see via Hollywood, the truth is being censored. Why? Because the Left doesn’t want to acknowledge there is a God who created them and loves them, but will also judge them one day for their rebellious lives unless they repent of their sins and turn to Him by faith.

Founder of Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham recently stated:

Without the foundation of the absolute authority of God’s Word, America is adrift in a sea of moral relativism where man makes the rules and determines ‘truth.’ What people need is not accommodation of a sinful lifestyle. They need the gospel of Jesus Christ. They need to become a new creation.

The greater issue goes beyond common sense, free speech, and battles over bathrooms and the public square; it involves questions about human life, the existence of God, and eternity as well as the value and purpose of every life.

Most of us are encountering brand new discussions related to sex and gender. Are we ready to have these important conversations, and prepared to respond with biblical, compassionate answers to those who are truly searching? As important as it is to stand up for truth and religious freedom; as important as it is  to ensure the safety of all women and young children regarding public restrooms and locker rooms, we must first seek to meet their more pressing spiritual need.

And while we look for opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and confront sin, we can expect increasing attempts to keep us quiet – or at least keep us behind church walls.

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. Benjamin Franklin

geneva bible“Being thus arrived in a good harbor and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of heaven, who had brought them over the vast and furious ocean, and delivered them from all the perils and miseries thereof, againe to set their feete on the firme and stable earth … Having undertaken, for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith and Honor of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the First Colony.” —William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation

In the earliest days in this land, when Christians experienced hard times, their desperation caused them to rely on God. Conversely, when things are going well, we often choose to rely on ourselves. Throughout history, the Lord often allowed persecution in order to turn people back to Him. Men came to these shores hoping to establish a God-fearing settlement that would flourish on faith and freedom.

Devout Christian, Mayflower Pilgrim, and Plymouth Colony Governor of thirty-one years, William Bradford died in 1656. Near the end of his life, an entry in Bradford’s chronicle of the colony reveals evidence of how difficult it can be to avoid subtle moral erosion in a society. He saw similarities in the material success achieved at the Plymouth Plantation and the wealth enjoyed by England, both of which came at the price of spiritual decline.

Historians disagree about the reasons for Bradford’s disdain over prosperity and sin, but here is one of the final entries in his journal lamenting the dispersal of the original church community:

O sacred bond, whilst inviolably preserved! How sweet and precious were the fruits that flowed from the same! But when this fidelity decayed, then their ruin approached. O that these ancient members had not died or been dissipated (if it had been the will of God) or else that this holy care and constant faithfulness had still lived, and remained with those that survived … But (alas) that subtle serpent hath slyly wound himself under fair pretenses of necessity and the like, to untwist these sacred bonds and ties . . . I have been happy, in my first times, to see, and with much comfort to enjoy, the blessed fruits of this sweet communion, but it is now a part of my misery in old age, to find and feel the decay and want thereof (in a great measure) and with grief and sorrow of heart to lament and bewail the same. And for others’ warning and admonition, and my own humiliation, do I here note the same.

Bradford was grieved about their apparent failure to meet or live by the high biblical standards expected of them because in the early days, Christians took their faith seriously and were committed in their pursuit of holiness as individuals and as a community. Do we experience that kind of grief, sorrow, and heartache over our own sins and the spiritual condition of our culture?

On April 8, 1630, nearly ten years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, a fleet of eleven ships left England from the Isle of Wight. Carrying more than 700 Puritans, plus livestock and provisions, they hoped to begin a new colony in Massachusetts Bay, free from religious persecution by the Church of England. Understanding the dangers of such a journey and aware that half of the Pilgrims who settled in Plymouth had died, many Puritan leaders were so concerned England was declining spiritually they believed the chance for religious freedom in the New World outweighed potential hardships, including death!

Sailing west on the ship Arbella, an English Puritan lawyer by the name of John Winthrop was part of the first large wave of immigrants and a leading founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the first major settlement in New England. Winthrop would serve as governor for the first twelve years, settling in the Shawmut Peninsula and founding what is now Boston. An estimated 200 people died from disease and a variety of other causes in the first several months, including Winthrop’s son Henry. Encouraging other colonists to trust in God and work hard, Winthrop is said to have joined workers and servants in manual labor to set an example so that “there was not an idle person to be found in the whole plantation.”

It’s interesting to note years earlier in England, Winthrop was first tutored at home and was regularly exposed to religious discussions between his father and clergymen, resulting in his knowledge of spiritual things at a very young age. This led to his admission to Trinity College when he was just fifteen years old. His strong religious upbringing and education would help set the tone for America for many generations.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house (Matthew 5:14-15).

During the journey to America, Winthrop wrote and delivered a lay sermon to the people based on the above Scriptures. Entitled “A Model of Christian Charity,” he envisioned a unified new colony ordained to build “a City upon a Hill” dedicated to God. This famous work originally inspired the idea of American exceptionalism. With an emphasis on individual responsibility, integrity, and group discipline, his writing described how to keep the colony strong in faith and committed to God in the endeavor of creating a holy community…

Though Winthrop’s godly influence can be seen in the first couple hundred years in America, we now know it is much easier to slide down to the world’s ways than to stay close to God and pursue holiness.

Millions of religious people today have not had in-depth teachings on the Bible and spiritual things. How many can name all Ten Commandments or perhaps books and authors of the Bible? How many can share the whole gospel including the need for redemption through the blood of Christ? What we have is increasing ignorance of the Word of God and American history, as well as a disinterest in Christianity and spiritual things.

For many decades, the truth about our Christian heritage has been downplayed or worse, forgotten. Moreover, how can we avoid repeating the most disappointing parts of our history if cautions from our founders and warnings from Christian leaders are no longer taught and remembered?

Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.  Jonathan Edwards

One of America’s greatest theologians was Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), a Congregational preacher and missionary in New England and grandfather of Aaron Burr, the third Vice President of the United States. Edwards was a man of hard preaching with a heart for God’s glory above all things, which is what drove him. This led him to compose a set of resolutions to guide his conduct in all areas, from his battle against sin to the use of his time.

Edward’s famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” is credited for starting the First Great Awakening in America. He wrote about the previous decade, saying it represented a far more “degenerate time” than ever before. Preaching in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Enfield, Connecticut, in 1741, Edwards delivered strong words to the Puritans at that time by saying:

Yea, God is a great deal more angry with great numbers that are now on earth: yea, doubtless, with many that are now in this congregation, who it may be are at ease, than he is with many of those who are now in the flames of hell … The wrath of God burns against them, their damnation does not slumber; the pit is prepared, the fire is made ready, the furnace is now hot, ready to receive them; the flames do now rage and glow … and the pit hath opened its mouth under them.

…It is indisputable men of God established this nation on biblical truth as they pursued freedom from religious persecution and “the advancement of the Christian Faith,” as William Bradford stated. But since our foundations are eroding, perhaps persecution is exactly what needs to happen in order to shake us up and bring us back to God.

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(This is a portion of chapter 1 from the book, The Cost of Our Silence.)

rainbow WHFrom a rainbow-colored White House to corporations proudly promoting political correctness, it is difficult to deny the spiritual and moral decline in our country. Knowing these events do not happen by chance, what are the causes of cultural decomposition and what can be done to save this nation?

Start by saving the people from eternal destruction. To do this, truth must be told. It is nearly impossible to correct America’s direction and slow the decline if enough people are not convinced that we are way off course to begin with or if we are unwilling to learn from history.

Those who understand we are in the last days know there are two major causes to the negative effects we are seeing in America today: the success of secular agendas to blot out God and eradicate Christian morality, and the complacency of we the people.

There have always been enemies of Jesus Christ in every society working to kill, steal, and destroy lives and nations; we can deny this fact or face it. We are in a war, and the most concerning thing to me is apathy among the people of God.

How many Christians do you think really want to stand and fight, in part by openly living their biblical values knowing we have all but surrendered the public square? Now that Christians are blatantly and purposefully criticized, mocked, and ridiculed, why should we resist the onslaught of evil?

Many believers would much rather live comfortably and avoid the earthly hassles knowing we’re living in the end times and when Christ returns, we’re out of here. But is this what we’re living for – to have smooth, stress-free, comfortable lives or should we be about the Lord’s business of saving souls and fighting the good fight of faith?

While more of us remain on the sidelines, “good” is not winning and the culture is rapidly caving in to liberals and the LGBT agenda. Author Peter Heck stated:

They know the success of their cause depends upon the total abolishing of the Judeo-Christian ethic and the Moral Authority it teaches. That is why any belief that the homosexual lobby is merely a passive group of individuals wanting to peacefully coexist with others who have different beliefs and values is naively absurd.

Perhaps you need to rethink that “coexist” bumper sticker on your car.

(…continued)

A pivotal difference between Christians and the opposition is those on the Left understand one major key many of us have lost sight of long ago: influence is everything.

In case you missed this last week, House Minority Leader and proud liberal Democrat, Nancy Pelosi came right out and admitted what many of us already knew: they had an agenda to transform America for godlessness. In a press conference, she suggested that same-sex marriage isn’t nearly as popular as people insist it is. Huh?!

Pelosi admitted that when Barack Obama became president and the Democrats came into the majority, their goal was to make homosexual marriage the law of the land. With thirty states having protections on God-ordained, natural marriage through the votes of millions of people per state, the Democrats could not accomplish this goal “legislatively” so they worked to achieve it through “the courts.”

Referring to the Supreme Court decision last June that said state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, Pelosi boasted:

“We had four points – it was a four-legged stool of what we wanted to accomplish – to pass a fully inclusive hate crimes legislation… Another piece of our agenda was to promote marriage equality in our country. Legislatively, we couldn’t really succeed, but from the courts and the rest, and public opinion, of course, in the actual court and in the court of public opinion, that victory has been won.”

(continued…) I am not a conspiracy theorist, but what if this LGBT movement is part of a much larger agenda?

Back in 1963, the United States House of Representatives went on record and listed 45 Communist Goals that were being enacted across America. I first heard of these in a book, The Naked Communist, by Cleon Skousen. To some, this is old news but others may find some of these Communist goals extremely interesting:

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

Read the entire post at DavidFiorazo.com:

left turn onlySome call it hypocrisy, others call it a double standard. I call it a sad sign of the times when those in society claiming to be tolerant fail to exercise the very tolerance they espouse.

Calling all truth defenders and proclaimers: report for active duty!

People generally do not hear both sides of religious and social issues reported by the liberal media. As a result, many are confused and uninformed about the most pressing, controversial issues being discussed today. What used to be known as common sense and reason are now buried under the lies of moral relativism.

Enter the “bathroom bill” aka HB2, the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act.

March 31 was the “International Transgender Day of Visibility,” and DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz made a statement about fighting “the discriminatory laws” of Republicans when our nation has worked so hard to “distance ourselves from the ugliest chapters in our history” regarding discrimination. Did she make a civil rights comparison with the plight of a transgender person not having a bathroom to call their own?

Actor James Woods was one voice of reason putting this in perspective when he tweeted:

The world is fighting Islamic terrorism, starvation, and disease, but Democrats are fighting for men to pee in the ladies’ room. #Insanity.

The Obama administration definitely took the lead by working to advance the LGBT cause and raise more awareness of the transgender issue by adding a “gender-neutral” restroom to the Eisenhower Building of the White House.

The president also had the audacity to salute the struggles of gay and lesbian Americans during his speech in Selma, Alabama, marking the 50th anniversary of an important civil rights march. LGBT issues are all about advancing behaviors that violate the morals and religious beliefs of many Americans, but is race a behavior?

Regarding North Carolina: there are over 21,000 convicted sex-offenders in the state; is it bigotry and discriminatory to protect women and children from them?

In an excellent article by Dr, Frank Turek, “Six Reasons North Carolina Got it Right,” he states:

Good laws treat all people equally, but not all of their behaviors equally. In fact, the very reason laws exist at all is because all behaviors are not equal and must be treated differently for the benefit of individuals and society… Are we to risk the safety of millions of women and children in public restrooms because an extremely small number of people are experiencing a mismatch between their psychology and their biology?

Who needs the truth when you make so much “progress” by ignoring the truth and engaging in the very bigotry and name-calling you claim to oppose?”

Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams cancelled their concert performances in the state, and even Ringo Starr said he won’t perform in North Carolina now, but he had no problems touring “anti-gay” Russia in 1998. I don’t have a problem with them refusing to perform based on their personal beliefs; I do have a problem with them saying a baker, florist, pastor, photographer, etc. cannot also deny service due to their personal beliefs!

Please tell me you see the double standard here. It is irresponsible, misdirected moral outrage.

The CEO of PayPal said they would no longer expand in North Carolina, but they won’t explain why their international headquarters is in Singapore, a country where homosexual behavior can lead to two years in jail.

What about corporations such as Apple, IBM, and Starbucks joining dozens of companies in warning North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory to repeal the bathroom safety bill? Why aren’t they also threatening to pull their business from Iran and Saudi Arabia where homosexuals are being murdered?

Starbucks actually caved to religious extremists in Saudi Arabia (where adulterers are beheaded and gays are imprisoned) to the point of changing its corporate logo so as not to offend Muslims with the image of the Mermaid. The same company CEO said Christians believing in God-ordained marriage can get their coffee elsewhere, and introduced “Holiday” cups last year in place of Christmas cups.

The hypocrisy is blinding – just not to the entertainment industry and those on the Left controlling the media.

These businesses and corporations are free to do what they want – and we as consumers are also free to spend our money elsewhere.

Target was the first proud retailer to announce transgender employees and customers can now use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity, you know; however a person feels on a particular day. Almost immediately, the backlash began and in a matter of days, nearly 200,000 customers have signed a petition opposing Target’s move.

Bathroom practices being debated have been established throughout history as common sense, proper, moral, and practical. Suddenly however, we’re in a public uproar because a fraction of a fraction (0.3%) of the population decides to identify themselves different from how God created them, use a bathroom that does not align with their biological gender, and demand our compliance.

Rush Limbaugh rightfully stated this whole culture war is about obliterating morality. This battle has good people scratching their heads because they don’t know how to defend their position without getting shouted down.

Limbaugh said liberalism is determined to wipe out the concept of morality, believing that no one has the right to define it:

Nobody can write laws that are based on morality and have them apply to everybody, because your morality may differ from mine, and there isn’t any universal morality; there isn’t any universal right and wrong…

So something as simple as morality and right and wrong has now become politicized, and therefore illegitimate, ’cause you don’t have the right to tell somebody what’s right and wrong… “The only way they can win this war is by obliterating the concepts of right versus wrong, ’cause they are wrong, and they know it…

I wrote about this five years ago in Eradicate: Blotting Out God in America.

Less than a year after the judicial tyranny carried out by the U.S. Supreme Court in passing the landmark ruling that legalized same sex “marriage,” at least thirty-four states are now considering new religious freedom bills that would protect Christians and others from lawsuits and other threats.

Is it intolerant to pass legislation to protect American citizens who have rights under the Constitution?

Christian business owners, Dick and Betty Odgaard don’t think so. After a two-year court battle in which a gay couple sued them for discrimination, the Odgaard’s paid the fine and were forced to stop hosting weddings. After months of negative publicity, hate mail, death threats and loss of income, the Gortz Haus Gallery went out of business last year.

What do you call this if not intolerance, fascism, or liberal hypocrisy? Make no mistake; it won’t stop here unless people rise up in bold, loving, respectful protest.

How on earth did we arrive at this point in American history in which ambiguity trumps truth, sexual confusion is promoted, and God’s moral Law is no longer relevant?

First, though we have consciences, we must be reminded the heart of mankind is bent toward evil and desperately sick. We are without cure, sinful from birth and having no hope apart from faith in Jesus Christ for salvation.

Second, anti-Christian agendas have been implemented for many decades during which religious folks were comfortable and silent, failing to preach the gospel of repentance and speak the truth in love. Therefore, we’ve reached a tipping point in which political correctness refuses to coexist with religious freedom. Christians who do speak up and defend God’s Word are now called hateful, intolerant, or judgmental.

But what are we living for and who are we trying to please, God or man?

Today, we’re living with the consequences of Christians taking the path of least resistance. We cannot reverse the cultural decay, but we are here for this time in history to be the salt and light Jesus called us to be. He is the way and the truth, and the path is narrow. We must choose to pray for revival and stand up for righteousness and truth – even when taking a stand is unpopular.

 

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“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.”  —Thomas Jefferson, 1820 letter to William Jarvis

(This is a book excerpt from The Cost of Our Silence.)

Since our founders established a system in which all three government branches were accountable to the people, they would most likely be astonished today that the people for which the Constitution was written have done little about the massive growth, recklessness, and unchecked power of the United States government.

The three branches of government are no longer equal and tragically, a handful of justices now dictate public policy, overpowering the citizens they were appointed to serve. Though our founders realized man craves power and they had the insight to place checks and balances on government, they might not recognize the country today.

Not only have men taken authority not granted them by the Constitution, judicial tyranny has reached new levels in America and the abuse of power by judges seems almost commonplace. There have been many cases in recent history that should have raised concerns, but let’s touch on a few of them.

The first few years in the 1960s would prove both pivotal and detrimental to the church, culture, and family values in American society. Christians had already been dealt a blow in the previous decade as the Johnson Amendment affected churches and nonprofits, but Christianity would now be targeted in the public school system.

In the 1962 landmark ruling, the Supreme Court again misused the Constitution and without citing a single precedent, banned voluntary prayer from public schools. In Engel v. Vitale, the Court claimed that a simple nondenominational prayer in New York schools established “an official state religion.”

Justice Potter Stewart, a voice of common sense and reason, was one who disagreed with the decision, saying:

With all respect, I think the court has misapplied a great constitutional principle. I cannot see how an “official religion” is established by letting those who want to say a prayer say it. On the contrary, I think that to deny the wish of these school children to join in reciting this prayer is to deny them the opportunity of sharing in the spiritual heritage of our Nation.”

Our founders were rightly concerned the federal judiciary might seize powers from the states. Thomas Jefferson was one of several who warned 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 these men enough credit for their wisdom and foresight.

The Engel ruling would be the basis for many future decisions involving the blotting out of God and the Bible, banning the Ten Commandments, prayer, and the quoting of Scripture in public schools. Remember, when something good, moral, and biblical is eliminated or removed, something bad, immoral, and unbiblical will replace it.

One year later, Pennsylvania took the next hit in the 1963 case Abington School District v. Schempp in which voluntary Bible reading and prayer at the beginning of each school day was abolished…

The Bible is the chief moral cause of all that is good and the best corrector of all that is evil in human society; the best book for regulating the temporal [secular] concerns of men. Noah Webster (1758 – 1843)

The path the Supreme Court sent this nation down has been disastrous for the family and future of America. This Court has ruled a life is not life, marriage is not marriage, and family is not family.

When our government ignores American citizens and refuses to allow the people to decide by voting on state issues, we end up with laws having consequences that extend far beyond the case for which the ruling was handed down.

Case in point? In 1973 one of the most horrific rulings was decided when abortion was legalized and made the law of the land in the case of Roe v. Wade. God’s Word and His law trumps man’s word and man’s law – every time, in every possible situation. Having acknowledged this, looking at the issue from a constitutional perspective, we must set aside moral arguments for a moment because that case should have been a matter of state’s rights. Murder is against God’s law; abortion is man’s law. Scripture holds abortion to be sin and in America, it used to be illegal.

…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 divide American families and political parties today.

Using the court’s reasoning, since prostitution is legal in Las Vegas and illegal in every other state, should the Court legalize prostitution in all fifty states based on one case?

Activists and radicals have achieved preferred rulings by feeding their cases to power-hungry courts; a runaway judicial branch has set the stage for an executive branch dictatorship in a country where this was never supposed to be possible. Some conservatives have tried fighting the corruption, but since many of their voices are not loud enough and the media typically opposes their cause, they receive little attention.

Here are a few case examples many of us have long forgotten:

  • 1980 – The Supreme Court ruled that posting the Ten Commandments in public schools was unconstitutional in the case Stone v. Graham.
  • 1984/85 – The Court ruled Alabama schools could no longer allow teachers to hold a voluntary minute of silence at the start of each school day.
  • 1992 – The Supreme Court prohibited clergy-led prayer at graduation ceremonies. In Lee v. Weisman, Daniel Weisman sued a middle school in Providence, Rhode Island.
  • 2000 – The Court banned a policy allowing student-initiated, student-led prayer at high school football games.
  • 2002 – Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, concerned the moral foundation of our laws in America were being eroded, placed a Ten Commandments monument in the Alabama judicial building.

Let’s look more closely at this 2002 case. Justice Moore was brought before a federal court because he believed state officials have the right to acknowledge Almighty God. In Glassroth v. Moore, the trial opened with words acknowledging the God whose laws were in question: “God save the United States and this Honorable Court.”

Attorney for Justice Roy Moore, Herb Titus, declared in his opening statement the case was about religious freedom as well as censorship:

The public acknowledgement of God as the source of our liberties is essential if we are to preserve those liberties. As the Declaration of Independence attests, if the source of individual rights is not God, then our rights are not inalienable, and if you take God out of the equation, then the all-powerful state is unchecked by any higher law.

Polls from CNN, USA Today, and Gallup showed 77% of Americans were against the federal court order to remove the Ten Commandments monument.

What happened to the voice and power of the people? In every one of these past major cases affecting millions of Americans, none were decided by a majority vote or the people’s will; they were decided by a small group of unelected justices. Contrary to the beliefs of Obama-appointee, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, judges and courts do not make laws.

Marriage laws were struck down nation-wide despite the fact majorities from states across the country went to the polls over the years and voted their deeply held beliefs in favor of defining marriage between one man and one woman.

Moreover, at least thirty-one states had passed bans on partial birth abortion but were suspended by federal judges. …At the national level, after years of incremental efforts on a bill to ban partial birth abortion, it was finally passed by both houses of Congress and signed by President George W. Bush on November 5, 2003. Federal Judge Richard Kopf suspended the law one hour later.

In the wake of the Alabama Supreme Court decision to remove the Ten Commandments, Ambassador Alan Keyes passionately explained:

Generations have acknowledged Scripture as a foundation to our lives and freedoms. Our founders believed people in their individual states have the right to live according to their faith, under institutions they put in place to govern themselves. If the people believe the Constitution was violated by a judge, they do not have to sit back and take it. The Declaration of Independence also supports the idea that “when there is a long train of abuses that are destroying our rights, the founders said that it is not only our right, it is our duty to oppose them.”

The Ten Commandments must not simply be a symbol of morality; they must be revered again in our hearts. When the Word of God is written on our hearts, morality in our communities will be affected the way our founders envisioned. A friend once said that we love our monuments – we just don’t like to obey the commandments.

So we have plenty to deal with including judges imposing their will on the people as we had in last year’s ruling legalizing same-sex “marriage.”

Jim Campbell of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) declared:

Americans in the marketplace should not be subject to predatory legal attacks simply for abiding by their beliefs. This kind of bullying may be practiced in a dictatorship, but violations of conscience have no place in the United States.

Activists are taking full advantage of the court’s rulings because the Left does have an agenda. In a statement that would make Hitler proud, Raymond Sexton of the Human Rights Commission said it’s time for Christians in the marketplace to “leave their religion at home.”

Enemies of the Lord Jesus Christ have been gaining ground, and more citizens are being forced to choose God or government.

Has the conflict for the soul of America reached a turning point? Souls, truth, godliness, and righteousness are on the line, and our children are watching. Our freedoms will not last if the majority of Christians remain casual observers and spectators. Let’s encourage each other in Christ to be active, effective citizens and servants of our God and King because regardless of what elites think, all authority and power comes from Him.

For the Lord is our judge, The Lord is our lawgiver, The Lord is our king; He will save us— (Isaiah 33:22) To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare with Him? He it is who reduces rulers to nothing, Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless (Isaiah 40:18, 23).

 

*This is an excerpt from the chapter, “Judicial Tyranny” in the 2015 book, The Cost of Our Silence from Aneko Press.