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thanksgiving-image“[It is] announced in Holy Scripture and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord… It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people.” Abraham Lincoln

It was President Abraham Lincoln who signed an act in 1863 passed by Congress for Thanksgiving Day to be recognized on the last Thursday of November. We’ve come so far and yet there is so much we continue to take for granted.

Battling the elements and the challenges of living in a new land, the Pilgrims made many more graves than huts, and yet these brave pioneers thanked Almighty God by setting aside a day of Thanksgiving! This is the American spirit; the same spirit that led brave men and women to leave England in pursuit of a land where they could worship the Lord Jesus Christ without restriction.

It is in this spirit of faith that the first Governor of Plymouth Plantation, William Bradford wrote:

“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.”

The Bible teaches us to give thanks in every circumstance and when times are tough, we know the testing of our faith produces endurance. Most of us can’t fathom what the early pioneers had to go through to gain the independence we take for granted today. Thanksgiving was originally a celebration of the harvest among the British colonists who came to America.

Then on January 1, 1795, President George Washington signed a “National Thanksgiving Proclamation,” stating:

“Our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, to acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God, and implore Him to continue and confirm the blessings we experienced.”

Sixty years later, in addition to the desire to see all Americans acknowledge God and give thanks, Abraham Lincoln also recognized what he believed was God’s hand of judgment on America “for our national perverseness and disobedience.” People were falling away from God, the Civil War was taking American lives and dividing the people, and Lincoln declared the first national day of fasting and repentance. In the April, 1863 proclamation, he stated:

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and pros­perity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. …We have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeem­ing and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”

Great men seek the help of a much greater God in times of need. I wonder what Lincoln would say today.

In 2016, Americans seem angrier and less loving, more demanding and less patient, more entitled and less willing to work, more greedy and less grateful, more selfish and less Christian.

But God never changes and He is not surprised that we’ve fallen away from Him by choosing culture over Christ, and the creature over the Creator (Romans 1:25). We love this life a bit too much and have conformed to the world instead of being changed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). We have become so busy, distracted, and stressed about things having little lasting value that we have lost our eternal perspective.

What’s the best way to regain a healthy perspective, a calm sense of hope, and a fresh thought process? Get in God’s Word.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:5-7

We have steadily abandoned the morals and principles that once made us great. Those who oppose God have assaulted the American family, threatened religious freedom, attacked Christians, rewritten our history, and have eroded the foundations of our liberty. Because of our own silence and apathy combined with these anti-Christian agendas, we are reaping the consequences as a church and nation.

What’s it going to take for America to be humbled and repent? Christians must be brought to our knees.

How do we cultivate hearts of gratitude toward God and understand how good He has been to us? Remember the Gospel. In His goodness, He sent His only Son, Jesus, to sacrifice Himself so that whoever believes Him and receives this precious gift can be forgiven of their sins. These sins once separated us from a holy, loving God, but now we’ve been brought near to Him by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13)!

We have so much to be thankful for in America. Look around the world and it won’t take long to recognize despite our flaws and apathy, we do live in an exceptional country thanks to the faith of our founders and their vision for this nation.

America has done more for the world’s stability and for people in need than any nation on earth. Overall, we are a generous, compassionate people. Through the years, American churches and charities have provided practical help to countless souls world-wide and in our short history, the gospel of Jesus Christ has reached millions. The spiritual needs of humanity is far greater than any other.

So, knowing he has you and I here for His purposes at this very time in history, let’s remember the God we have taken for granted.

Thanksgiving isn’t a time to be busy and overly distracted with planning, eating, shopping, or feeling obligated; it’s a time to lift our hands in humility to the One who holds our every breath and heartbeat. God is faithful and He promises to provide all our needs (Phil. 4:13).

It is also a time to analyze and evaluate our priorities and get right with God if we have personally strayed from Him. It is a time to encourage others to cry out to the Lord for mercy and to save America from self-destruction.

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Let’s get back to the basics of faith, family, and freedom; back to loving King [Jesus] and Country. Ours is a beautiful land and we have much to be thankful for including those who have sacrificed for the freedoms we now enjoy.

“O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife. Who more than self their country loved and mercy more than life! America! America! God shed his grace on Thee …”

May His amazing grace lead us to repentance. If Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, then our perspective can be one of gratitude no matter what is happening around us. Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever; …But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Psalm 106:1, 1 Cor. 15:57

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trump-with-reporters-wndAmericans are fed up and tired of being insulted by condescending elites on the Left. It is no surprise trust in the mainstream media is at all-time lows with less than 30 percent of people buying what reporters are selling as “news.”

We’re on to them; the numbers do not lie, and the recent presidential election results should reinforce how the liberal media’s (indirect campaign) bias against Donald Trump and support for Hillary Clinton backfired.

A new Media Research Center (MRC) poll shows a high number of voters rejected Democratic media bias and that by a 3-to-1 margin, the public saw media bias favoring Clinton.

Here are a few of the findings:

  •   7 in 10 (69%) voters do not believe the news media are honest and truthful.
  •   8 in 10 (78%) of voters believe the news coverage of the presidential campaign was biased, with nearly a 3-to-1 majority believing the media were for Clinton (59%) vs. for Trump (21%).
  •   Even 1/3 (32%) of Clinton voters believe the media were “pro-Clinton.”

Media Research Center (MRC)’s Brent Bozell said:

In 30 years, I’ve never seen anything like this. The media are in full panic mode because the American people rejected their leftist agenda — and them… There is an institutional bias at major media networks that must be repaired and I am highly skeptical that news executives are interested or capable of undertaking this responsibility.

When major news outlets appear to be admitting the obvious, you know it has to be bad! This from the failing New York Times:

After such an erratic and unpredictable election, there are inevitable questions about Donald Trump’s sheer unconventionality and did that lead us and other news outlets to underestimate his support among American voters?

Just days after the election, Joe Concha at The Hill reviewed the NYT’s website to see if there was any evidence that they learned a lesson and wrote:

“… When it’s impossible to find one headline out of 19 on the [New York Times‘] homepage that can be deemed positive [about Trump], that shows without ambiguity the Times has no plans to be remotely balanced any time soon.”

We shouldn’t expect the media to get back to the basics and do what America’s founders created it to do because the general public knows it is too far gone at this point. They have given in to ideology over truth. Most of us already know the answers to the following questions, but they still must be asked:

Do the elite media monitor the power of the United States government regardless of whether there is a Republican or Democrat in the White House?

Do they report on subjects such as abortion, sanctuary cities, same-sex marriage, Muslim immigration, the national debt, Planned Parenthood funding, or welfare with no bias?

When it comes to corruption and investigations, do they treat conservatives differently than they do liberals?

Do you think some in the major media simply omit stories if the facts don’t support their narrative?

And finally, how do the media handle political campaigns and elections? Reporting hasn’t been the same since media liberals ganged up with Hollywood and the Left to obliterate Sarah Palin and exalt Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign.

FLASHBACK: Eight years ago, I wrote extensively on the presidential campaign cycle and tried raising more awareness so people would do their own research in the future and see the glaring hypocrisy and double-standards of the Left:

People tend to believe half-truths or lies, if they are repeated often enough. What happened in 2008 should be taught in journalism classes and should go down as the final nail in the coffin of media objectiv­ity. The character assassination, personal attacks, and brutal political assault on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin should never have been allowed to happen. I’ve never seen so much hatred toward one person trumpeted by the media.

It should be something fair-minded Ameri­cans won’t soon forget.

Here’s some quick history we have forgotten -Post-election polls from 2008:

  •  Rasmussen: By 10-to-1 Margin, Public Says Reporters ‘Tried to Hurt Palin’
  •  By Nearly 8-to-1, Voters Say Journalists Wanted Obama to Win
  •  By 5-to-1 Public Thinks Most Journalists Tried to Elect Obama

As if we needed more evidence, journalists overwhelmingly donate money to Democrats over Republicans and in terms of dollars given, it was a 15-to1 ratio. What about employees of big media companies?  Their campaign donation ratio is 100-to-1 favoring Democrats. Surprised?

As Christians and true conservatives, though we know the Bible is the ultimate truth, we should be no less concerned about truth in our country, culture, and media. Sadly, the media doesn’t even try hiding their bias anymore. The fact that the Christian worldview is not popular in today’s society shouldn’t be surprising to us, but we are American citizens and we deserve to know the facts and the truth about government and issues that affect us.

In order to determine if there’s much hope for a turnaround, let’s first look at a few basic Principles of Journalism:

  1. Journalism’s first obligation is to tell the truth
  2. Its first loyalty is to citizens
  3. Its essence is a discipline of verification
  4. Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover
  5. It must serve as an independent monitor of power

Richard Sambrook, a Journalism Professor at Cardiff University wrote about this and analyzed why the media got the election so wrong:

The lure of celebrity status has taken too many journalists into the arms of those they should be challenging. True independence – political, corporate, cultural – is rare and hard to achieve. It is to be prized for that reason.

Big media is now part of the political/celebrity bubble and tends to forget that journalism as originally defined is meant to be an “outsider” activity. As Shambrook put it – “outside the halls of power, but not outside the communities it serves.”

Another glaring issue is the fact many sycophants in major news organizations hang out with those they should be holding accountable. We’ve seen this occur in the cozy relationship elite liberal reporters have enjoyed with the Obama administration.

Then there’s the issue of tense corporate competition which often leads media to rush to be the first to break a story rather than getting all the facts right.

The current unbalanced news environment has caused a massive increase of activity on social media in part because people tend to trust friends and family over today’s clearly biased media.

One of the glaring double standards was exposed by TMZ which reported that sources say many NBC executives have open disdain for Trump.

The network planned to roll out the [Trump sex comments] tape 48 hours before the debate with Hillary Clinton so the outrage would dominate the news cycle. NBC’s “sex talk tape” generated nearly two hours of news coverage about Trump.

(In contrast, the MRC reported the fact that when Paula Jones held a press conference about Bill Clinton sexually harassing her, that he dropped his pants in front of her and told her to ____ – ___, the liberal media gave the story exactly 16 seconds.)

After the media’s burying reports on Benghazi, classified emails, and Clinton Foundation scandals, the media tried keeping a lid on the Wikileaks revelations but it may have been too much. Plus, many people still don’t know that DNC Chairman and CNN contributor Donna Brazile gave presidential debate questions to the Clinton campaign. Also, according to MRC’s The Watchdog:

New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich allowed Clinton Communications Director Jen Palmieri to pick and choose which quotes she would like him to use in a July article, and which to bury. Palmieri emailed Leibovich, “Let me know if that is not clear. Working from an iPhone on the plane so am not able to access the transcript to cut and paste.”

A senior Clinton campaign official editing NYT  “news” stories about the campaign?

Wow.

The insurmountable problems with this level of bias however, go even beyond basic elitism and disdain for those who hold opposing views. They stem from an intolerant, anti-Christian worldview cultivated through years of godless indoctrination in an education system and culture that has become hostile toward conservatives and people of faith.

The solution is a spiritual one because the underlying problem affecting us all is sin. The heart of man is prideful, selfish, and wicked and only God can change hearts and worldviews. Jesus is the Truth, and truth is definitely needed in our nation more than ever.

Romans 6:23 states:

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The mainstream media’s agenda was again exposed, and so was the media’s disconnect from the American public. As a result, more and more of us who are “connected” on social media are choosing to research and get most of our news elsewhere.

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*Photo credits: the New York Observer and WND News

 

god-sovereign-trump-election

I believe it’s safe to say God intervened in this presidential election. How else can you explain what happened? We cannot however, claim to understand what God has in mind.

The bitter, divisive election is over and the American media put up a good fight over the last several months. In fact, 91 percent of the media coverage on Donald Trump was negative. Fortunately, the people decided the outcome and chose not to believe the liberal media which intentionally gave the impression Trump was down for the count and Clinton would coast through election night to her acceptance speech while the crowds cheered.

Not exactly how it played out. It would seem insane to nominate two of the worst potential candidates with the highest negatives in election history to run for president, but we did just that!

The 2016 election cycle was bizarre, historic, and often hard to watch, but Washington outsider, Donald Trump was chosen by the American people to be the 45th president of the United States.

That number 45 is interesting. According to Bible prophecy in Isaiah 45, God anointed and raised up a pagan king, Cyrus, to stand for Israel and work on behalf of His people. I am not necessarily saying Trump is a modern day Cyrus, but God will use whomever He will to accomplish His purposes.

In the book of Daniel, the Scripture reads:

“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; He removes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals hidden things…” Daniel 2:20-22

If we really do believe God and know He is sovereign over all events and circumstances, we should ask for wisdom for the days ahead. And please don’t relax and think the work is done and we’ll be fine for four years. My main concern after this election is that Christians and conservatives will get comfortable or complacent.

The truth is God has given us a bit more time to repent, revive, and return to being about the Lord’s business.

Even though the election is over, there are many uncertainties still ahead for America, the Christian church, and our freedoms. We know however, that we can trust a known and faithful God with an unknown future.

We also know enemies of God will not relent on their evil agendas and true Christians must not rest. The Left has made tremendous progress in the last eight years under the leadership of President Obama, and much damage has been done to the character, moral fiber, and foundation of America.

The nation has been fundamentally transformed into a nation tolerant of sin and accepting of radical changes including the advancement of the LGBT agenda, the weakening of the American family, economy, and military.

The Obama administration has not been a strong supporter of Israel and even tried impacting their election last year. The media there did not give Netanyahu a chance to win reelection and had him down six points in the polls, but we all know how that turned out. Scripture teaches that God will either bless or judge nations for their treatment of His people.

The concerns Mr. Trump and his administration will be facing are daunting and numerous:

The national debt which Obama has more than doubled since taking office, the threat of ISIS and Islamic terrorism, the lack of respect world leaders now have for America including Russia and China, and the awful Iran nuclear deal practically insuring an attack on Israel.

A record number of Americans are on welfare and an unprecedented 94 million are not even in the workforce. The current president has done his best to divide the country along racial, religious, and political lines, healthcare costs have skyrocketed, and religious freedoms have been under attack as never before.

God will either have mercy on us by delaying His judgment or He will allow us to continue following the path of the lukewarm Laodicean Church of Revelation 3. For now, let’s not take for granted the short time and freedom we have in Christ and country. This is not a reprieve we’ve been given by this election; we need to wake up and speak up, taking a stand for godliness and righteousness.

Though we can’t be certain if God has been working in Donald Trump’s heart, we do know Vice President Elect, Mike Pence is a godly man. There are pastors and other people of faith in his circle of influence so we’ll see what happens. Let’s pray and expect the best.

Will Trump make good on his promises? Will the Republican majority do what the people elected them to do? No one knows for sure.

But no matter what happened on election night or no matter what will happen in the weeks and months ahead, we know God either causes or allows leaders to be put in place.

At the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Benjamin Franklin wrote to George Washington:

I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that “except the Lord build they labor in vain that build it…”

Donald Trump had to plenty to overcome such as his own flaws and habits, years of baggage, strong, viable candidates such as Carson, Cruz, Rubio, Walker, Paul, Bush, Fiorina, Santorum, and others. He bested the Clinton machine and a complicit media that campaigned against him, George Soros’ money, manufactured protests, and skewed polls, the “Never Trump” camp, as well as biased and dishonest debate moderators. The odds seemed insurmountable.

It had to be God.

Elections however, do not change our calling and purpose in Christ. So, since these are the last days, it’s up to us to have a renewed sense of urgency and watch, work, hope and pray as never before.

church-uneditedThe results are in – and they are not encouraging.

Many American citizens claim to love God and believe we live in a Christian nation, but most of us would admit our actions don’t always match our words, and our culture generally reflects darkness rather than the light of Christ. People have more than one Bible in their comfortable homes, but prefer not to study God’s Word because it would interfere with how they want to live.

Many profess to be saved and yet, these same folks often say there are many ways to Heaven, the meaning of sin has changed, or Jesus is not God.

Tragically, even today’s church appears confused about exactly what the Bible teaches. But Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever, and God is not the author of confusion.

A recent survey suggests Americans generally love and respect the Bible, so this should lead us to ask a few obvious questions:

  1. Why don’t more of us follow its morality and teachings?
  2. Why isn’t there more godly influence in our society?

Just look at these seven key areas of culture: government, arts & entertainment, education, media, business, religion, and the family. The Left has worked nonstop to change America in part by removing its Christian underpinnings and infiltrating these seven areas.

It’s true we love our mottos such as, “In God We Trust;” we just don’t want to trust Him with our money. We also love to defend our public monuments, but we’d rather not obey all the Commandments.

We like the idea of being religious and appearing righteous without having to fully live out the requirements in the Bible. After all, holiness and sanctification are hard work! When convenient, we’d rather do good deeds that help us feel better about ourselves.

Are we, Christians in the church, really that different from Americans who think they are good people, but trample the sacrifice of Jesus and God’s amazing grace by using it as a license to sin?

This brings us to the findings by Lifeway Research in a recent survey of Americans on “The State of Theology.”

Here’s one sad reality: only about half of professing evangelical Christians think abortion and sex outside of traditional marriage is a sin. You may need to read that sentence again.

In his Breakpoint commentary on the subject, Eric Metaxas summed it up this way:

Sixty-one percent correctly say Jesus is both human and divine, but half think that He’s also “the first and greatest being created by God,” rather than existing eternally, as Scripture and the ancient creeds of the faith teach.

More bizarre contradictions emerged: Over sixty percent of Americans say that God, Who cannot err, is the Author of the Bible. Yet fewer than half are willing to affirm that the Bible God wrote is “one hundred percent accurate in all it teaches.” Two-thirds admit everyone sins, yet also insist that most people are good by nature! Perhaps most oddly, half of Americans believe that only those who accept Jesus will be saved, yet sixty percent also say everyone will eventually make it to Heaven.

The opinions about the Bible can be confusing, and truly, that is what Christianity has become to a watching world. Let it be known however, that even though some of these ideas describe a version of American “Christianity” or what I call “the cult of liberalism,” but they do not line up with biblical Christianity.

It’s imperative Bible-believing Christians evangelize as many as possible within our churches because the numbers of the unchurched are growing rapidly. Those who oppose the God of the Bible and are often hostile toward Christianity are ‘evangelizing’ our culture as well as our churches. Which side is making more converts?

Despite the fact that the vast majority of Americans self-identify as Christian, only 3 percent, “have surrendered control of their life to God, submitted to His will for their life, and devoted themselves to loving and serving God and other people.” It is a consequence of failing to keep first things first.

Three percent. Don’t get me wrong, many professing believers have good intentions and do good works in their communities, but what they often lack is Holy Spirit power. They are simply trying to do God’s work with man’s efforts.

Informed Christians will not be surprised by surveys and polls, but being disappointed in the direction of the church is understandable. Returning to our first love, Jesus, must be a priority, and repentance leading to possible revival would be a great start.

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bathroom-stall2Several alarming news items prove yet again that Christians waited too long to speak up and influence culture with biblical truth because the restraining dam can no longer hold the raging waters of immorality.

It was just announced by the Defense Department our tax dollars will now contribute to military member’s cosmetic surgeries also known as physical mutilation which some consider “gender reassignment surgery.” Interesting use of the word, “reassignment,” no? This regardless of the fact a person’s sex cannot be changed. (For those keeping score, this is confirmed by science, biology, and the Bible)

The Pentagon also announced it would cover the ‘sex change’ operation of Army private Bradley Manning, who since 2013 has gone by the name Chelsea. Manning is currently serving a 35-year sentence in Leavenworth. He had been permitted to receive hormone treatments last February, but had not been cleared for surgery until September 13.

Sadly, it appears that medical professionals who hold a biblical view on human sexuality will be required (forced) to violate their consciences and do what these and others demand.

Keeping up with the times, the Oxford English Dictionary recently added some new words and meanings this week and, believe it or not, “gender fluid” is one of them. The very idea promotes fantasy, a lie, fiction, and confusion. Apparently, “gender-fluid” is defined as relating to a person having or expressing a fluid or unfixed gender identity.

This departure from mankind’s most foundational of truths is blatant moral relativism and sexual confusion being promoted by the Left and backed by the media, government, much of Hollywood, as well as the music industry and professional sports leagues.

On the national collegiate level, seven high-profile sports championships have been yanked from North Carolina because of its law protecting women and children in public restrooms and locker rooms.

…I was talking with my pastor last night about how these things are happening so quickly and it seems many are being deceived into political correctness which is dangerous for children and society as a whole. All this apart from any semblance of common sense, logic, and reason – let alone moral absolutes.

He rightfully stated this is all about the adults and what they want. Yes, it may harm children; diseases may spread, molestation and pregnancies may increase, but the selfish pursuits and godlessness of man trump the protection of the most vulnerable.

Just yesterday a concerned mother shared a disturbing experience regarding her six year-old daughter and gender confusion promoted in public school. Tragically, this is becoming all too common in public schools across the country:

I’ve been struggling; after the very first day of school, my daughter comes home from her first grade class and says, “There is this girl in my class who is going to be a boy! She is going to take medicine and have a penis put on!” The kids are forced to call the girl by her “boy” name and she uses the teacher’s bathroom. My daughter is so confused by it.

Shocked, I needed to take a breath and told her no matter how much medicine that little girl takes, or if she has surgery, she will still be a girl. God does not make mistakes and we are exactly who we are supposed to be. I’m upset that my child has to be subjected to this. We are moving both our girls to private school next year, and it’s going to be worth every red penny! What 6 year old wants to be the opposite sex?

She’s right. Some parents and teachers, having no fixed, moral underpinnings, will go along with what many of us would consider cultural insanity and absurdity. They will encourage their children to be “fluid” and decide what gender they want to “identify with” or worse, force them to change to something the parents prefer. In other words, adult preferences prevail over truth and reality.

…Finally, a new federal survey released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on teenager’s sexual habits once again confirms the daily activities and high-risk behaviors of teens who claim to be gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Including data from 25 states, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey is the most comprehensive yet to examine the actual behaviors of 9th to 12th graders who consider themselves homosexual or bisexual, compared to students who identify as heterosexual. Here are some of the results:

Self-labeled homosexual and bisexual teens were twice as likely as heterosexual teens to have been victims of sexual or physical dating violence, to be regular cigarette smokers, to have tried marijuana before age 13, to ever have used cocaine, hallucinogenic drugs, ecstasy, taken prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription, or to have felt sad or hopeless.

…They were more likely to be current marijuana users than heterosexual students, more likely to drink alcohol, and over four times as likely to have used methamphetamines or heroin. They were four times as likely to actually attempt suicide.

I agree with Mission America’s Linda Harvey that perhaps students who are calling themselves “bisexual” at this tender age are active experimenters who would not be doing so except for incessant pro-homosexual propaganda in the schools and media. But sadly, as often happens with kids today, they are victims of the trash culture and even surveyed about it, yet no one comes to their rescue.

These harmful behaviors and lifestyles are directly opposed to the teachings of Scripture and a predictable consequence of violating one’s natural design. Moreover, whatever happened to teaching abstinence, purity, self-respect, and self-restraint? I think we know the answer. It is not part of the Left’s agenda.

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false-teachers“Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.” Jude 1:3-4

It has crept and slithered through America infecting countless victims. Its goals are compromise, ambiguity, tolerance, globalism, mysticism, and in some cases, universalism. Its path is destruction and its foundation is sinking sand.

The ‘Emergent Church’ is a movement of the late 20th and early 21st century that crosses a number of theological boundaries. Followers, participants, and those who identify can be described as evangelical, post-evangelical, liberal or post-liberal, reformed, neo-charismatic, and post-charismatic. It is part of the Cult of Liberalism.

They seek to live their faith in what they believe to be a “Postmodern” society. It is an untraditional network of individual believers and churches that prefer to be understood as a “conversation” or a friendship rather than an organization. What those involved mostly agree on is their disdain for fundamental Christianity and disillusionment with the organized, traditional, and institutional church.

The emergent, or emegring church favors the use of simple story and narrative in preaching style. Adherents often place a high value on good works or social activism. The hallmark of the emergent church is the liberal, new age aspect including the practice of contemplative monastic meditation and prayers. While some do emphasize eternal salvation, many in the emerging church emphasize the here and now (taking care of the earth, etc.) and reject the inerrancy of Scripture.

Regarding doctrine, these folks generally reject systematic Christian theology, the integrity of Scripture, and gospel exclusivity. They don’t believe Christianity is the one true religion and many associated with the emergent church promote homosexuality. Some deny the deity of Jesus Christ; they call for diversity, “unity,” and camaraderie among all religions, and they modify and expand their teachings. It is quite clearly and simply a war against the Truth.

At an emergent church workshop in San Diego about ten years ago, former national coordinator of the Emergent Village, Tony Jones stated:

“This is about our belief that theology changes. The message of the gospel changes. It’s not just the method that changes.”

What? I submit to you that Jesus never changed his message to fit the times! Sadly, too many believers are uninterested, uninformed, or just plain apathetic about the Bible and understanding the times we live in where relevance is emphasized more than repentance.

In a revealing comment about why Jones departed from the traditional Bible church, he described his younger days in a Protestant church like this:

“I’d say there was one word that summed up my religious life: obligation.”

Rather than seek Christ’s kingdom first and dig into Scripture, Jones decided to travel the world and see how other religions and worshippers found peace through prayer and meditation and he adopted other forms of spirituality in his pursuit of religion.

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” 1 Timothy 4:1

Jones is not alone. These influential men are best-selling authors in Christian stores, speakers at entertaining music festivals, popular on the political Christian Left, and well-known leaders in religious circles. They and their dangerous doctrines have invaded the true body of Christ. The goal in this expose is to provide a basic understanding as well as direct quotes from those who have done great damage to the Church, not to explain or refute each one in detail.

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Spurgeon once said, “Discernment is not a matter of knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is the difference between right and almost right.”

How did we get to the point where many of these liberal, emergent ideas and teachings have blended in with truth and sound doctrine? How have they slithered their way into modern Christianity? The answer goes back to the book of Genesis and the original sin of Adam and Eve. Remember how the serpent deceived Eve by questioning God? (“Did God really say…”) He then encouraged them to disobey God as he declared, “You will not surely die…” (Genesis 3:1-4)

All it takes is a seed of doubt and invitation to sin. Many progressive leaders and deceivers question absolute truth and promote ambiguity and confusion. No wonder these men are so popular – they’re going with the flow of pop culture. Paul warned about conforming to this world (Romans 12:2).

False teachers have been around since the early church days. The major issue with the emergent church is that they reject the authority of Scripture. These teachings were not accepted by evangelical Christians overnight. We can trace the rapid advancement of the emergent church to the late 80’s and 90’s, when people began talking about how to modernize and re-create church to be more attractive to the unchurched.

…Many churches in America now have beautiful buildings, sports facilities, coffee shops, bookstores, great music and sound systems, state of the art lighting, and good drama or video presentations, but how much of their service time is spent preaching the solid truth of Scripture? Many seem to put more of an emphasis on programs keeping people within their own walls or on entertaining the flock rather than feeding them God’s Word. Well, at least the youth are kept happy and occupied.

Young people like to take action for a cause, and many works-based efforts call for organizing, social or environmental action and partnership with government agencies and other religions/leaders. This is a clever way to lure those who are not as mature in the faith.

Another controversial message being promoted is that of social justice, which in its modern use is apostasy. Apostasy means a departure from the faith or one who denies the fundamental doctrines concerning the person and work of Jesus Christ. (Wallis’ Sojourners mag for example, puts more emphasis on the environment, immigration, “income inequality,” and poverty than on the Gospel, salvation, repentance, and sin.) The Bible does not teach that the church must work with government or world leaders to implement man’s solutions to our deepest needs and problems. We can no longer deny the fact that humanism, liberalism and secular-progressive influence is alive and well -not only in government, education, media, corporations, and the entertainment industry – but in the Church…

Since not enough Christians know the dangers and the extent of the emergent church movement and their radical teachings, we need to promote awareness starting with what is true. We need to dig deeper in to the Word of God than ever before and know it so well that if we hear a counterfeit message, we’ll recognize it immediately! We need to talk to our pastors and Christian friends. Liberalism, humanism, and secularism are growing cancers in both church and culture so let’s not ignore the causes.

Let’s get out of our comfort zones and take a stand for Christ. The spiritual battle rages all around us and the enemy is on our doorstep. Satan has been at work at a church near you spreading his deceptions. The good news is that we are on to his schemes. Mature believers know that the emergent church teachings are contrary to the gospel of Christ.

Read the full, comprehensive expose on the emergent church here including direct quotes and many resource links:

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Courtesy of the Christian Post

Rather than change its controversial transgender bathroom policy, Target Corporation is now planning to spend $20 million to add private single-stall bathrooms at all of its stores. The report directly cited a dramatic drop in shopper traffic, company stock, and loss of revenue partly due to the retailer’s “transgender-friendly” policy.

I shook my head while watching the Olympics last night as an announcer on NBC pointed out the man (transgender) posing as a woman (South Africa’s Caster Semenya) easily won the race advancing to the 800 m final, and stated:

It’s really a confusing issue, even scientists have not come to a consensus on it.”

Just because corporations, Hollywood, government, and the media are pushing this politically-correct immorality on America – now in the form of transgender propaganda – it doesn’t mean we have to accept it into our homes and churches. But too many people; parents, pastors, and politicians have already waved the white flag.

Tired of the cultural battles, public pressure, and the narcissism we have embraced as a society, it’s easier to look the other way than to confront others with the truth. Many people who once claimed this was all about “equality” and “love” are now admitting that they bought the lie. Do you think the left will back off its agenda of conquest and submission?

In addition to the silence from most Christians on these issues, we have not successfully defined the terms. In the most intense public debates and battles over words and meanings, what I’ve realized is we often use the same terminology, but have vastly different dictionaries!

After all, the Supreme Court basically decided marriage is whatever one wants it to be – as long as it is not limited to one man and one woman as God naturally ordained it from the beginning.

We are learning the hard way. No longer tolerated are moral beliefs and ideas that go against the pursuit of sexual satisfaction at any cost.

Another problem in our society is there is often one critical, glaring omission from the debate over sex, gender, birth, and biology: truth!

Theologian, Francis Scheaeffer, once said,

“Truth always carries with it confrontation. Truth demands confrontation; loving confrontation nevertheless. If our reflex action is always accommodation regardless of the centrality of the truth involved, there is something wrong.”

Are there any fixed historical absolutes we can refer to in this battle for the heart and soul of our nation? If not, anything goes, right? Many have accommodated this new religion of sex while at the same time, failing to stand up for truth, decency, and biblical morality.

For example, are you okay with the fact your children will now be learning there is nothing permanent, definite, or unchangeable about them and that every aspect of their identity is subjective? In a way, this is encouraging kids to be their own gods.

New transgender-affirming policies are about to be implemented in public schools as kids prepare to go back to school in a few weeks. As Todd Starnes reports:

…boys who identify as girls would be permitted to participate on overnight all-girl field trips. That’s a rule sure to be a hit among the 13-year-olds. Another guideline indicates parents could be left out of their child’s gender decision-making.

Soon, your kindergartner will learn he or she can choose their own gender and corresponding bathroom based on how they feel and what they’ve been told. Soon, more boys will be girls will be boys, if that even makes sense.

If you don’t believe me, there is a radical leftist group working with the public schools and ready to unleash unprecedented sexual confusion on young people. Trans Student Education Resources (TSER) has created a gender unicorn cartoon character for kids to learn about gender identity and expression in the classroom.  They describe themselves as “an organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment.”

The make-believe character was also used to explain terms like questioning, queer, cis gender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming. I wish I were making this up. These extremists even believe the terms “biological sex” are offensive and “harmful” to transgender people. Why? Could it be because the truth points back to science, the laws of nature and nature’s God?

Christian parents, be honest about this. Can you expect your children to withstand thousands of hours of liberal, LGBT indoctrination, along with the peer pressure to conform to culture and away from anything having to do with Christ? Can you expect your kids to be strong enough to resist the ridicule, attacks, and secularism in their school?

…And it’s not just the kids.

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free speech pulpit and micBoth sides are firing shots across the bow of their opponents in a revived First Amendment battle thanks to Donald Trump and a bizarre election cycle. This debate is absolutely necessary, but not for the reasons you might think.

Too many people have no idea what the Johnson Amendment is and why it is so important, but at least a few more are paying attention since Trump brought it up.

First, some background: Lyndon Johnson, a progressive, racist, and perhaps the second most liberal president in U.S. history was running for reelection as a Senator in Texas and he found a way to silence his enemies – Christians, conservatives, and Republicans. He slipped an amendment to limit the speech of nonprofit groups into a massive tax code overhaul bill and the rest is history. Conservative groups were campaigning against Johnson in 1954 and interestingly, they had concerns about communism at the time as well as Johnson’s big government ideology.

The freedom of religious expression was also restricted by Johnson’s shrewd, calculated move and many religious leaders were silenced – not necessarily because of the amendment, but due to their fear or ignorance of the law.

So a few weeks back, Trump rallied the base by claiming he will repeal the Johnson Amendment if elected president. Who knows if Trump would actually make good on his promise or if he will be able to get Congress to back it.

What are his motives? Did an evangelical Christian advisor convince him to talk about it in the hopes more conservative ears would perk up? Is his goal to create Christian Church super PACs?  Does he want to “politicize the pulpit” as some liberals claim?

Dusting off this debate has encouraged some on the right and infuriated some on the left, and there are many angles to discuss.

…I am not suggesting pastors and religious leaders must endorse candidates. They wouldn’t have to if they had already been preaching the whole counsel of God and speaking about sin, morality, the controversial issues of the day, and teaching on what the Bible says about each one. Moreover, informed citizens should already know where political candidates stand on issues of importance!

Sadly, we may now have one of the most distracted, disinterested, divided, and uninformed electorates in U.S. history.

…part of the new Republican Party platform states:

“Republicans believe the federal government, specifically the IRS, is constitutionally prohibited from policing or censoring speech based on religious convictions or beliefs, and therefore we urge the repeal of the Johnson Amendment.”

Trump said the Johnson Amendment has had a chilling effect on the nation. Agreed, and most secular progressives, Democrats, and atheists love it because godlessness has increased and Christian influence has decreased. He also declared,

“Christianity is under siege. Every year it gets weaker and weaker and weaker…

Trump is correct, but it is because Christians and conservatives concerned about biblical morality have practically surrendered the public square by our silence and inactivity as well as our tendency to duck the issues of sin, repentance, and God’s judgment.

It is true the amendment has been used by the IRS and even by the Christian Left to intimidate and silence the voices of untold numbers of Americans. Isn’t this considered bullying?

Under the Obama administration, the IRS has aggressively and wrongly targeted and fined conservative non-profits including many Tea Party groups while the media collectively looked the other way. Enforcement of the law has been a one-sided effort.

We do know the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights begins, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” People often forget or ignore that second part! This was meant to protect people of faith and their deeply held biblical convictions – and that includes when they’re outside the walls of their church!

Our Founders believed the church had a right and responsibility to influence society for good and never imagined government would be empowered to censor Christians and restrict their religious expression.

Religious leaders not only have a constitutional right to address the moral issues of the day, many believe they have a responsibility to do so.  And, pastors should have the ability to speak out from the pulpit and support or oppose a political candidate based on where the candidate stands on the issues.

History now includes the last 62 years, which, of course, tell a very different story. Hands off, big government! The state should allow the church to speak freely and let the free market of ideas decide who wins…

We know in today’s culture, political correctness trumps truth. Christians have a moral obligation to defend the truth no matter the circumstances. Regardless of what happens, let’s hope the gospel will prevail over silent compliance or compromise.

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Open pages of bible isolated on white backgroundNow after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”  Mark 1:14-15

Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

In 1965 the epic religious movie The Greatest Story Ever Told was released, retelling the story of Jesus Christ from His humble birth and His teachings through the crucifixion and resurrection. The media and critics at the time gave it excellent reviews and some even raved about the brilliant and inspiring, Bible-based production. Times have changed; but the gospel has not.

The gospel, aka the “good news,” is the greatest gift God has given the church, because its message is about Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the greatest treasure God has given the world. Like the apostle Paul, we are to deliver to others what we also received, because people’s salvation depends on it. No one would keep the best news in the universe to themselves – would they?

As committed Christians, our priority in this life must be to consistently believe, live, and deliver to others the message about Jesus Christ and the truth about His life, teachings, death, resurrection, and ascension. For those who have believed and have confessed Jesus as Lord, our ticket is punched and our place in God’s presence is reserved for eternity! Our faith is in Him and our hope is in heaven.

Every person alive today and who has ever lived will stand on one side of eternity or the other. The universe revolves around the most pivotal event in the history of the world: The resurrection of Jesus Christ; the eternal Son, one with the Father and the Spirit, and the exact representation of God’s nature.

… The gospel is not some formula or a simple “sinner’s prayer.” It encompasses the entire Bible as its framework with plenty of background setting the stage. Its truth can transform our lives and its power can save the worst of sinners.

With the increasing attacks on free speech and religious expression in America today, do you see how important it is for us to be able to preach the gospel? This basic freedom is affected by politics, laws, and government. Enemies of Christianity will not relent in their agenda to squelch the mention of sins they endorse, but when push comes to shove, we must obey God rather than man. Speak the truth and leave the results to Him.

Since we have received and accepted the gospel, we must reject the world because the two are in opposition to each other. This can present a problem for many of us. If we love Jesus, we will obey Him (John 14:15), but if we love the world, we will end up following anything else except Him. Because this temporary earth is passing away and we are faced with an eternity that will not wait, the choice should be clear…

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20).

Where does Jesus get such authority? It bears repeating Jesus Christ overcame death and the grave and is seated at the right hand of the Father. His tomb is famous for what it does not contain. Even the Jewish leaders who opposed Jesus acknowledged His tomb was empty when they made up lies to try and conceal the resurrection.

Isn’t it interesting in their attempted cover-up, the religious leaders testified to the empty tomb? The story gets even more bizarre, because their lie included instructing the soldiers to say they were asleep instead of guarding the tomb of Jesus. This was not some small conspiracy, because in those days a Roman soldier caught sleeping on duty would have been executed.

Moreover, all other gods or religious leaders who have lived on the earth have burial sites or memorials where their bones remain. We can easily understand how some of their followers hate Jesus, because He is the only true, living God; other gods people worship are false, dead gods.

… The disciples did not have all the resources and technology we have today, and yet the early church grew in numbers day by day even in the midst of threats and persecution.

But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:19-20

Please understand regardless of whether or not you have placed your trust in Jesus and bowed before Him acknowledging His majesty, a day is coming in which every human being will bow down before Him and confess this truth – Jesus is Lord.

… Charles H. Spurgeon once stated:

My hope is not because I am not a sinner, but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died. My trust is not that I am holy, but that, being unholy, Christ died for me. My rest is, here, not in what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ is and must be, – in what Christ did, and is still doing as He stands before yonder throne of glory.

Are we willing to preach this gospel in an increasingly rebellious culture and risk being called intolerant, narrow-minded, or worse? Are we willing to be criticized and misunderstood for delivering the truth Jesus commanded us to speak? Do we love others enough to live what we believe, expose the darkness of sin, and when necessary, confront wayward Christians?

… God’s foreordained solution (Acts 2:23) was to send His only Son, Jesus, to give His life as a ransom for us. By believing, confessing Jesus is Lord, and repenting of our sins, we are saved and have everlasting life with God. May we not muddy up the message that we are saved by grace through faith in Him (Ephesians 2:8).

If the Bible is true, then this is why you and I live: To make sure the greatest story ever is told!

 

*This a book excerpt from The Cost of Our Silence. To read the entire chapter, click here:

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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