Posts Tagged ‘Israel’

Many of us began preparing for Christmas and the five ‘F’s a month ago: festivities, family, food, fellowship, and fun. It’s easy to forget one of the most important aspects of the season: forgiveness – and renewed hope. Christmas is the celebration of an actual historical event that forever changed the world, as the God who never changes carried out His plan to change the hearts of mankind.

No matter who you are, no matter what you’ve done or what kind of past you’ve had, there’s always hope – if you open up your heart and receive the greatest gift of all. As the song says:

Joy to the world, the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing…

Through the centuries before Christ, the prophets predicted the promised Messiah would come – and from where He would come. Micah 5:2 states:

But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.”

According to God’s preordained plan, when the perfect religious, cultural, and political conditions were in place, Jesus Christ left the Father’s presence and entered this world to become one of us. Isaiah 7:14 states:

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel,”

Three of the most astounding words in history are, “God with us.”

Most people don’t have a problem with a baby in a manger, but the same baby we sing about during Christmas grew up and preached repentance to all people only to be killed by hypocritical religious leaders.

An infant in a feeding trough isn’t too confrontational or threatening. But Jesus declared that He is the Truth and the only way to God the Father (John 14:6). This claim is something to seriously consider. Why? Because evidence backed by archaeology, eye-witnesses, and history suggests it’s true.

So what is the meaning of Christmas? At the perfect time, Jesus was born for the purpose of dying for our sins. He lived a sinless life and sacrificed Himself so that we might believe in Him and live eternally. This really is good news! The gospel is the greatest gift God has given the church – because the message about Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the greatest treasure God has given the world…

Read the full post by David Fiorazo

*Originally published by Freedom Project Media

You can’t get much more radical or anti-Christian and yes, she actually said that. Palestinian-American activist and controversial co-chair of the national Women’s March protest against President Donald Trump, Linda Sarsour recently suggested people stop humanizing the Jews. She made the remarks at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention in Houston while speaking on Islamophobia and other political issues.

I’m not sure what’s more concerning, the fact she made these hateful, anti-Semitic remarks or that the media and most Americans don’t think it matters.

If you’re a Christian, conservative, Independent or Republican, consider this a wake-up call to reevaluate your support for the politics and worldview of radicals like Linda Sarsour. Democrats should be renouncing her but sadly, their silence should be taken as their approval. Sarsour has aligned herself with people such as Louis Farrakhan and the far Left so you may want to rethink your loyalty.

According to reports, Linda Sarsour refused to allow women who oppose abortion and same-sex marriage to take part in the Women’s March in Washington D.C. earlier this year, and Sarsour has argued that there was no room in the feminist movement for supporters of Israel. She has also been an outspoken advocate in the Black Lives Matter movement, and promotes numerous anti-Israel policies.

It is deeply alarming the media practically whitewashes her background and political activism. I understand because some are on her side.

Linda Sarsour was arrested last week for disrupting Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing. So it’s not at all surprising Sarsour was endorsed by new Democrat Party hero, Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who also calls Israel the occupiers of Palestine.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted:

Our future is a shared responsibility. This woman putting it all on the line for healthcare, women & LGBT+ rights is @lsarsour. The far right constantly maligns her w/ false attacks + threats of violence. Yet here she is, as always, fighting for everything our flag represents.

Now hold on a minute! So the American Flag represents socialism, abortion, taxpayer-funded transgender surgeries, Gay Pride parades, silencing Christians, social justice, advancing Islam in America, and dehumanizing the Jews? Let me check our Founding documents and get back to you.

You might have some credibility if you argue America is no longer a Christian nation in practice, but any sincere citizen who is of average intelligence or education would agree that the United States was established upon the freedoms, morality, and principles found within the Judeo-Christian worldview.

And as for Israel, the Lord God promised to make Israel into a great, influential nation whether we like it or not. The Bible is pretty clear: God said:

And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
(Genesis 12:3)

Genesis 12:7 states,

The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord who had appeared to him.

And in Genesis 17, verse 7:

I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. 8 I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”

There are other Scriptures detailing the boundary lines. To this day, the dispute with God’s chosen people is not only over the land, but Muslim nations think Israel does not have a right to exist.

The Jewish Torah promises the children of Israel a modest and reasonable allotment of land. This portion of land is, get this, about 1/19th the size of California and yet, Israel is currently surrounded by 22 hostile Arab nations 640 times the size of Israel, and 60 times her population!

Isn’t it unreasonable to believe the media and people like Linda Sarsour who claim Israel is responsible for all the problems in the Middle East? Since 1948, the Jews have sought peaceful coexistence with neighboring countries – dictatorships dedicated to its destruction.

But sure enough, when Israel is often attacked, the media reports on when they retaliate, practically omitting or ignoring the barrage of rockets coming across the border. Just ask the IDF (Israel Defense Force).

Throughout the centuries, nations have raged and have come against this nation the size of New Jersey, but understand that God promised to bless those who bless Israel. And He will eventually judge and destroy nations that come against Israel.

So when people in America such as Sarsour and Ocasio-Cortez encourage Muslim Americans and others to dehumanize the Jews, it should send a chill down our collective spines.

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National Prayer Breakfast 2015, usnews.com photo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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