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THE POINT OF NO RETURN

07/29/2014
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The Point of No Return

 

Author: Don McGee
Source: RaptureReady.com

 

In light of recent events centered in Washington a number of people are predicting a coming change in the way this country will be governed, and it is quite clear that the reason for their fearful expectation has to do with what they call their “growing loss of liberty.” It might come as a surprise to some readers, but these people are not all Christians and Bible prophecy teachers.

Many could not quote John 3:16-17 or name even four of the apostles if their lives depended upon it. They see themselves as regular people and their voices can be heard at morning coffee klatches all over this country. They sense that some event is near and their conviction is that it is ominous.

For students of prophecy the whole thing is very transparent which is the reason we don’t marvel at what is happening, nor do we shake in fear. God has given us His broad blueprint for human history, and we simply carry out our responsibilities as it all unfolds. It is important for our readers to be aware of what is happening and where things are going, so we have reprinted Chapter 8 of our book, Return to Shinar in order to address some aspects of this growing concern about what will bring this country to the point of no return. That chapter titled, “The Break Over.”

There comes a particular point in a country’s process of morphing from a land of liberty and self-destiny to a land of limitation and state subjugation where things go from changing to changed. Much like the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back, something happens that is the defining point in the transition. Until that point, it is all about a steady process, then suddenly something pushes the nation past the point of equilibrium. Much like a balancing scale where one side suddenly becomes heavier than the other, the weight of the process shifts, or breaks over, creating a new and unrecognizable nation.

A similar process happened in the early history of the American constitutional republic. The Declaration of Independence was the break-over point for the colonies that had long been in disagreement with England. The war had been going on for more than a year when the document was signed. The war was the result of the British parliament’s imposition of totalitarian measures upon the colonies.

The day the Declaration of Independence was signed was the day the colonies reached the point from which there was no return. This was especially so for the fifty-six signers, for from that day on, they were officially designated as traitors to King George III; as such, they were subject to be hunted down and hanged by his army.

On a single day, a process stopped and a result came into being. The American people do not have a special day to celebrate the process, but July 4 is set aside to celebrate the break-over point when the complexion of the colonies changed forever.

This is what is presently happening not only to the United States, but to the entire world. The process itself is ongoing, but there is an approaching point where the goal of change will be reached. It will happen suddenly. Americans will awaken one morning to a new government that has no concern for individual liberty. Many in the world are already there, and those who are not will be there soon.

Where America and the world are on the road to oneness is difficult to pinpoint. But, it is not difficult at all to see that we are indeed on that road and that the defining moment is no longer in the distant future. It is near. When it does happen, the huge sign that will be flashing at the border will read: “Welcome to Shinar-one people, one world, one purpose.”

It’s easy to see how Satan might have thought the twentieth century was that time. The events of the two world wars and the Holocaust might have seemed to him that the world was being set up to be his. Of course, it did not happen. It did not happen because God wasn’t ready; that is, in that context, the “fullness of time” had not arrived. Still, it was a dress rehearsal for what is coming-maybe a rough and disjointed one, but a dress rehearsal all the same.

Interestingly, Satan wasn’t the only one who might have thought that the critical time had been reached. From the late 1800s and Theodore Herzl’s publishing of The Jewish State to 1941 when Adolf Hitler was at his zenith, it was easy for those very few believers in Bible prophecy to think it was all shaping up. This idea took a quantum leap in 1948, when Israel was reestablished as a nation in her own God-given land.

But, none of those events, the Wannsee Conference in 1942, the reestablishment of Israel in 1948, etc., carried the world to the critical point of irreversible change. Though those events were important in themselves, especially the fact that the Jews were back in their land as a nation, the table hadn’t been fully set. There were other things God was going to allow, things that couldn’t have been imagined in those days.

The Nazi era of the twentieth century provides one of the best examples of a process of political change that is followed suddenly by a critical moment when a way of life is revolutionized literally overnight. A careful look at Germany from 1933 to 1945 will show that the process that produced Nazism is very much alive today. There came a crucial instant in Germany, an overnight event that changed everything for everybody, and Christians would do well to spend some time carefully comparing those days with what is happening today.

 

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If a student of Bible prophecy would take advantage of some of the better volumes written on Nazism-there are many-along with the equally numerous factual documentaries produced on the subject, the template would easily be recognized today. The reason that era of human history didn’t become the one that returned humanity to Shinar wasn’t that it was ineffective.

What was done in the run-up to World War II and the means of tracking and controlling people in Nazi Europe was very effective. The reason was that the timing wasn’t right. Satan might have indeed thought his time had come in those days, but God knew it had not. Satan is an evil being with phenomenal power, but he is not omniscient.

Modern political events along with amazing technological advances are taking that pattern and refitting it for today, and Revelation 13 gives us a good idea of just how successful it will be post-rapture.

Consider some things from the Nazi era and see how they might apply to the near future regarding global events.

Every reader will know that Adolf Hitler was the architect of the Third Reich. The German people of those days considered him to be an infallible gift from providence. He was a veteran of World War I who became terribly embittered by Germany’s loss. He was convinced that Germany’s defeat was the result of betrayal and was infuriated by the impossible reparations the Treaty of Versailles imposed upon his fatherland.

After the war, Hitler got a civil service job. In this job, he was sent to infiltrate the anti-government political reactionary groups in Munich and report on their activities. Ironically, though, he found himself strongly agreeing with their message. By this fluke of history, he soon became their leader, and while he was in that position, he discovered he had a gift of amazing oratorical skills.

Hitler’s style of speaking set him apart from all others. On one occasion in which he spoke to a packed house, he employed some unique mannerisms.

He began by making the crowd wait an hour for him to appear. After walking to the stage with his eyes straight ahead and taking his place behind the lectern, he again waited silently for one full minute before saying a word. He gazed at the crowd, taking measurement of their mood. His words came slowly at first, with a voice that was calm and subdued. As he spoke, his words grew in emphasis as his volume increased. By the end, the crowd was ecstatic, with most on their feet applauding wildly.

Hitler bared his soul before his people, giving no excuse for what he said and offering no apology to anyone for his belief system. Many in his audiences seemed mesmerized by his words and demeanor, and it might be that his unashamed political and emotional nakedness contributed to the people’s unequivocal belief in his plan for Germany’s resurgence. They had found their champion.

In the beginning, in the early days of Hitler’s campaigning as the National Socialist German Workers’ Party leader, the people weren’t so impressed by his anti-Semitic view of the Jews or by his demand for Czechoslovakia to hand over the Sudetenland to the German people. What captured their attention and galvanized their support was the hope he offered them for national revival.

He promised the masses a resurgent Germany with a powerful military, and that the glorious fatherland would adhere to no reparation demands. The people loved him and his words. Essentially, he offered them hope-pure, nationalistic hope. And, it worked! The process of changing Germany had begun.

Finally, in 1933, the Nazi party took control in Germany, with Hitler becoming chancellor. That year marked the end of Germany as the people knew it.

How did this happen and how long did it take? It happened with an event that can be called the break-over point, and the result was that a new way of life was born in the German state in less than twenty-four hours.

The critical day came on February 27, 1933, just four weeks after Hitler became chancellor. At 10:15 that night, the Berlin fire department received a call that the German Reichstag (the German parliament) was burning. To this day, the details of the fire are unknown. It is quite probable that the Nazi party orchestrated the fire in order to create a “national emergency.”

Available “evidence” indicated that the Communists were to blame. Immediately, the people were bombarded with propaganda insinuating that the Communists were in a revolt and Germany had to “do something.” Hitler immediately claimed the fire was the intended signal for the beginning of the revolt, and that instant, strong measures had to be taken to protect the country.

On the next day, Hitler intimidated the aged President Paul von Hindenburg into issuing a type of executive order labeled the “Reichstag Fire Decree,” which suspended civil liberties in Germany. The “national emergency” required the “temporary” suspension of civil liberties for all German citizens, and that happened immediately.

It also required the setting up of the very first concentration camp at Dachau, the establishment of laws prohibiting Jews from working in the government and schools, the banning of trade unions, and the banning of all books deemed dangerous to the Nazi belief system.

It took Hitler just four weeks to bring Germany to the point of permanent change, and in less than twenty-four hours after that point had been reached, Germany became a totalitarian state. On the night of February 27, 1933, the people went to sleep as free citizens. On the morning of February 28, 1933, they woke up as enslaved subjects.

 

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Americans, at least the older ones among us, cannot fathom this. We have experienced liberty and can recognize tyranny at extreme distances. The young among us, however, were born into an ongoing, semi state of emergency. They cannot recognize tyranny because they have never lived as adults with freedom from an intrusive government.

They’ve been indoctrinated into thinking government intrusion into their lives is normal. They can’t understand that the United States government, under the guise of a semi “national emergency,” has already suspended the Fourth Amendment in many public areas, is working toward the suspension of the Second Amendment in private areas, and is hell-bent upon suspending the First Amendment in any area.

An intrusive government never, ever reinstates liberties that have been suspended, and members of the younger generation cannot see this truth it as it unfolds before their eyes. They don’t realize that they, their families, their businesses, and everything else are being herded down a narrowing path whose end is at the border of Shinar.

The Islamic attacks of 9/11 and the subsequent attempts to kill Americans in the name of Allah constitute the cannon fodder for the globalists. They have been emboldened in their goal of redefining the U.S. Constitution and bringing the United States in line with a system more conducive to affecting globalism. This has been abetted by pointing the population to a tool of the enemy instead of to the enemy itself. Like rifles and grenades in a battle, so, too, is terror merely a weapon and not the real enemy.

What is the break-over point for America? What event is looming in her near future that could usher in a dramatic and irreversible change? No one really knows exactly what it might be, but many students of Bible prophecy believe it could come from several directions. Consider just five events that could do it:
1. A devastating natural disaster
2. Another horrific Islamic attack on a river-control structure, power grid, or metropolitan center
3. An uncontrollable contagion
4. Total financial collapse. Each could happen with astounding speed, and each could be responded to with a crippling government response at equally astounding speed.

The fifth possibility? The rapture – that is, when Jesus returns to take His church [Ekklesia] from this world. That event will impact the entire world, but countries like America that still have a sizeable Christian population will feel the brunt more than nations whose populations are secular or pagan in their religious beliefs.

The rapture of the church is likewise the culmination of a process, one akin to Satan’s plan to reorganize the nations of the world into a one-world system. The rapture will bring world events to the “fullness of time,” the moment when this planet and its rebellious people become ripe for God’s judgment.

Further, the removal of the church will not need hours to happen; it will happen in a space of time so small it cannot be divided. The personal and local impact will be felt immediately and in many ways. This is the most critical of all possible eventualities, and the fact is, it is imminent.

The specific event that will usher in the change is not important to Satan. What is important is that America-and the world, for that matter-must be convinced that whatever restrictive laws are implemented are for the “security” of the people. That builds a strong foundation for what is to come in the form of the Antichrist.

By looking at the European model of political thinking it appears clear that the trend toward globalism is rooted and nourished in Europe. What makes this important is that even a casual glance at various developments during the last several decades shows that the dance between America and Europe has often been led by Europe whether the issue is politics, economics, religion, morality, etc.

The inclination seems to be: as Europe is, so shall America soon be. But, this is not an anomaly in the minds of most prophecy students because they believe scripture indicates the Antichrist will come from the European political theater. They also believe that when he arrives America will be waiting to climb aboard his bandwagon, probably driven to that point by a number of factors including political/economic conditions along with a godless social and moral mindset common in most who are left behind post-rapture.

It appears very clear that we are in the dark shadow of impending and dramatic change. Any number of events could provide the spark, but the taking out of the church most definitely will make it happen. And that is the clarion declaration of CSM, that the return of Jesus for His church is imminent, though most can’t see it. “You can read the appearance of the sky, but you can’t understand the signs of the times” (Jesus to His listeners in Matthew 16:3).

Mainstream Media Supports Terrorism in Gaza

07/27/2014

Those TV cameras responsible for civilian deaths in Gaza

Author: Simcha Jacobovici
Source: TimesOfIsrael.com – 07.23.2014

I write this as a member of the press. I’m proud to be a journalist and a documentary filmmaker. I’m a member of the Foreign Press Association in Israel, and the co-recipient of this year’s Edward R. Murrow Award from the American Overseas Press Club. I say this off the top because I’m not an outsider pointing my finger at the media. Every year, journalists sacrifice their lives in war zones so as to keep us informed and protect freedom of the press, a cornerstone of democracy.

But the fact is that when it comes to Israel, the media has acted irresponsibly. Good journalism has been replaced by politically correct misreporting, and one of the net results is that Palestinian civilians, including children, are paying with their lives. How so?

 

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There is no group that can be more evil, in the narrowest sense of the word, than the rulers of the Gaza strip, Hamas. They are openly anti-democratic, anti-Jewish, anti-Christian, anti-gay, anti-women, anti-Israel, anti-American and anti-Western. The list continues. These are the people who distributed candies, danced in the street and openly celebrated after 9/11.

I simply don’t know what else they could do to make Westerners dislike them. For good measure, they are anti-Palestinian nationalism. They don’t believe in a Palestinian state. They believe that “statehood” is a Western invention. They also believe in the destruction of the Jewish state as a step toward an international Islamic Republic. And yet, despite all of this, they are portrayed as freedom fighters by much of the international media.

The Western press has taught them that if they turn their children into props, they will win the propaganda war against Israel. In today’s media war, you need a good prop. Israeli Cabinet minister Naftali Bennett understood this when he faced CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. When she repeatedly used the term “occupied territories” to refer to parts of the ancient land of Israel, Bennett was ready. He pulled out a 2000-year-old coin that says “Zion” on it. He held it to the camera and asked something like, “I’m a Jew. How can I be ‘occupying’ Zion? How can I occupy my own land?” His point was “I’m not an occupier, I’m indigenous”, and he used an ancient coin as a prop for an audience with a limited attention span. It worked.

Turkish prime-minister Erdogan also understands that in today’s media war you need props. In 2010, the boat called the “Mavi Marmara” was just such a prop. From a PR point of view, it was a relatively cheap trick. You get a boat, you fill it with what Lenin called “useful idiots”, i.e. well-meaning politically-correct members of the bourgeoisie, espousing half-baked ideas. Then into the mix you insert a dozen jihadists ready to kill and be killed – and you’ve got yourself a media circus of incredible proportions. The Mavi Marmara incident involved a “ship of fools” which tried to run Israel’s sea blockade around Gaza. Ostensibly they were bringing humanitarian aid, but humanitarian aid can be delivered without any problems. It’s missiles that are a problem. So when Israeli commandos armed with paintball guns so as not to hurt anyone boarded the ship, they were attacked by jihadists wielding axes and knives. The commandos called for help. The jihadists were killed. But they had won the prop war. My fellow journalists portrayed the jihadists as victims and the Israelis as oppressors. The anti-Israel forces got billions of dollars worth of free publicity, and Turkish-Israeli relations were damaged almost beyond repair. None of this would’ve happened if there hadn’t been a prop that the cameramen could point their cameras at. The boat was the prop. Now it’s the children.

Hamas has understood what the ideology of terror has clearly espoused for over a hundred years. When attacking a democracy, the terrorist has to put it in a quandary. The way to do that is to force the democracy to kill civilians. So if you set up your terror-base under a school or a hospital, you’ve got it made in the shade. You launch missiles, for example, against Israel. Now the Israelis have a choice. Either they don’t respond, in which case the terror mounts in the face of ongoing impotence, or they do respond, in which case you’re going to have civilian deaths and dramatic pictures for the West’s nightly news.

Basically, the Western media has taught Hamas that it doesn’t matter how downright evil you are. It doesn’t matter if you launch two thousand missiles at civilian targets, including the airport. It doesn’t matter if you use your own children as human shields. You’ll get the coverage you want if CNN, BBC et al. have props to point their cameras at. Our form of news-gathering has taught Hamas to turn their children into those props, and to sacrifice them on the altar of Jihad. By misreporting, our media has encouraged the bad guys to kill their own children, and has dragged Israel into a war it did not want.

Nissim Sean Carmeli was a 21 year old soldier in Golani, Israel’s marines. He emigrated here from Texas. Until a few years ago, he went to the high school around the corner from my house. He had plans to go to university, meet a girl, start a family. When a few weeks ago Hamas started raining hundreds of rockets down on Israeli civilians, nobody wanted to send Sean and his friends into Gaza. As in Afghanistan, that would involve house to house fighting with a ruthless enemy who knows the terrain and has booby trapped every passage. It would have been very easy for the Israeli Air Force to simply level entire blocks of Hamas dominated neighborhoods. Americans have done this with impunity in Iraq and Afghanistan. But since Hamas plants its terror network beneath schools, hospitals and mosques, such a bombing mission would have involved high Palestinian casualties. So Israel decided not to level Gaza and send Sean in. He died so as to minimize Palestinian losses. I just came back from where his family is sitting Shiva, the Jewish custom of mourning. There were no anti-Arab speeches, no signs of militarism, just the tremendous grief of parents burying a child. As a journalist, I sat there and hung my head in shame, overwhelmed by the simple truth that while journalists feign concern for Palestinian kids, they are actually creating the environment for their deaths. In the meantime, Israelis like Sean are paying with their lives to avoid the very deaths they are being blamed for.

Public Socialist Is A Private Capitlaist!

07/27/2014


Capitalist-hater Michael Moore owns 9 properties
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Author: Allen West
Source: AllenBWest.com – 07.24.2014

 

If there is one thing I despise most about liberal progressive socialists, it’s their hypocrisy. It is their sense of duplicitous elitism that points fingers at, “you rich white Republicans” but never answers for all the affluent liberals who are busy writing out checks to the Fundraiser-in-Chief.

The height of hypocrisy emanates from the Party of the political, entertainment, and media politburo whose members believe they know what is best for all us “little people” — yet they are constantly able to perpetuate the incessant lie of caring — and achieve economic enslavement.

 

moore-300x180And here is the latest Exhibit A, filmmaker Michael Moore, who apparently never met a plate of chow he didn’t like. Apparently Moore is in the midst of divorce, the details of which he’d like to keep secret because attacking capitalism has apparently made him ridiculously wealthy.


According to divorce records obtained by The Detroit News and reported by United Liberty, The filmmaker, 60, who split his time between a home here and one in New York, is leaving his wife of 22 years, Kathy Glynn. […] By reaching a settlement, Moore avoids a trial that could have aired dirty laundry common in high-proile breakups and impugned his long-hewn image as a common man by disclosing details of his comfortable life. His hit movies and best-selling books have begat a lifestyle far from most ballcap-wearing, duck-waddling denizens of Flint. Moore and Glynn own nine properties in Michigan and New York, including a Manhattan condo that once was three apartments. CelebrityNetWorth.com pegs their wealth at $50 million. In legal pleadings, Moore blames his wife for the expansion of the 10,000-square-foot home on Torch Lake, which has a value of $2 million.”

So let me just repeat that: the fat fella who hates capitalism owns nine properties including a Manhattan condo, a 10,000 square foot home on a lake valued at $2 million, and has a net worth upwards of $50 million. So I guess making (lousy) film and having people pay to view these films is ok as long as it benefits him personally?

I suppose that aspect of personal free market capitalism is acceptable, because he has the noble goal of bashing that personal free market capitalism. However, economic policies that enable someone to invest, or find a capital equity investor, to enable them to advance an idea, innovate, use their American ingenuity resulting in their building a successful and profitable business that hires other Americans — and potentially leads to offshoot businesses — that is BAD!

It’s this selective policy agenda that makes these socialists so despicable.

I find it laughable that these folks call themselves “liberals.” They have nothing at all in common with the father of liberalism, John Locke. As in all things progressive socialist, they redefine the lexicon and take claim to titles that do not reflect who they truly are.

Today’s conservatives are the true “classical liberals” who believe in Locke’s trifecta of personal rights life, liberty, and property. It was Thomas Jefferson who refined the unalienable rights from the Creator of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (property). I find it amazing that this pursuit of happiness is not acceptable for these post-modern liberals — progressive socialists –unless it meets their approval.

When Michael Moore and his ilk are attacking rich people they’re attacking those who worked hard and earned their keep but don’t maintain a like-minded political philosophy. That sentiment was reflected in Barack Hussein Obama’s “you didn’t build that.” It’s a belief that everything emanates from the government, so if it weren’t for government, you wouldn’t have an existence. But the fault of that logic is that it is the earnings of the individual that enable government to exist and build roads. These people simply don’t understand the premise of the social contract.

Moore and his like-minded progressive socialist elites become the adjudicators of what is acceptable wealth. They in truth believe themselves to be the grantors and takers of individual rights — as the rules for them are different.

Michael Moore is disgusting — physically, morally, and ethically. Yet in an America where the liberal media and the useful idiots elevate such a creative dunce, he becomes a wealthy — and in turn attacks the very system which enables him to garner wealth.

That is America and its free market economic system. Lucky for you Mr. Moore, there’s a sucker born every minute who will buy your foolishness. But be careful about biting the hand that feeds you — and based upon your girth, has fed you well.

Jihadi Rhetoric: Tiresome but Deadly

07/27/2014

Jihadi Rhetoric: Tiresome but Deadly

 

Author: Raymond Ibrahim
Source: RaymondIbrahim.com – 07.08.2014

 

I just spent the better part of the day reading and listening to sermons by the leaders and jihadis of the new “caliphate” in Mesopotamia, the Islamic State (formerly “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria”).

I did so in the vain hopes of learning something “new.”

But it was absolute déjà vu—taking me back to a decade ago, when I was reading and translating the Arabic writings and speeches of al-Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman Zawahiri, as collated in The Al Qaeda Reader.

Now as then, it’s the same Koran verses; the same hadiths of Islamic prophet Muhammad waging and praising jihad; the same threats of hellfire for the munafiqun (hypocrites or lukewarm Muslims); the same carnal rewards in the now or hereafter for those who join the “caravan” of jihad.

 

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Consider for instance the following opening words of a recently released short video from the Islamic State titled, “There is No Life Without Jihad”:

If you wish to know the way to glory and power, to goodness, security and joy, you must learn that there are no rights without jihad, no justice without jihad, no dignity without jihad, no security without jihad, no future without jihad, no life without jihad, no life without jihad.

After this rather hackneyed opening, one Abu Muthana, a jihadi from Britain, appears quoting some more of the usual Koran verses, hadiths, and ulema, in this case, Imam Qurtubi, who wrote that “jihad gives life.” Finally he summarizes the goal of the jihad—in case anyone is still not sure—namely, to fight until “the law [Sharia] of Allah is implemented and the caliphate restored.”

To reiterate, there is little new or original in the videos and communiques from the Islamic State. Just static Islamism.

If one turns to the speeches of other Islamic and jihadi groups around the world—from the African groups such as Boko Haram (Nigeria) and al-Shabaab (Somalia), to Asian groups such as Abu Sayyaf (Philippines) and the Islamic Movement (Uzbekistan)—it’s the same thing, same themes, same scriptures, same quotations, same exhortations, same condemnations. Only their temporal circumstances and vicissitudes of victory or defeat differ.

While the Western mentality, so used to seeing and hearing about the “latest” or “newest” fad, may deem the Islamist approach as static or insipid, it is, quite the contrary, immensely effective for its purposes, and thus dangerous.

Consider: It’s the same exact message—of racial supremacism, hate, and violence, capped off with divine sanctioning—repeated over and over again, from a myriad of sources and organizations, all of which claim authority.

One can think of few better ways to brainwash and indoctrinate young and impressionable minds—to the point that they eagerly embrace death, including through suicide (AKA “martyrdom operations”).

Nor is this message of jihad, conquest, and death-to-the-infidel, limited to the verbiage that transpires among terrorist organizations; instead, this sort of rhetoric has spread far and wide, thanks to modern technology—including the Internet and social media—and the rich Gulf States, chief among them Saudi Arabia, which have seen to it that the jihadi books and passages being quoted are available to all and sundry.

Indeed, and has been demonstrated repeatedly, such jihadi rhetoric is regularly used in mosques all throughout Europe and America—explaining why an inordinate amount of jihadis in Syria and Iraq, such as Abu Muthana, the aforementioned “Brit,” are in fact from the West.

If the West, in the name of “religious freedom,” is still too fretful to monitor and ban such sermons, in Egypt—a Muslim nation in the heart of the Islamic world—the post Muslim Brotherhood government has come to understand the necessity of outlawing “certain” kinds of rhetoric from the mosques, specifically, those about jihad against infidels and apostates.

Of course, such a move sounds extremely “anti-freedom” to the liberal mentality; the New York Times bemoaned it, without considering that such a clampdown on sermon topics actually combats terrorism and saves human lives. For example, the overwhelming majority of attacks on Egypt’s Christian Copts occur on Friday—the one day of the week Muslims congregate in mosques to hear sermons.

Ultimately, however, such a move from Egypt—an Islamic nation—is an indicator of just how problematic unregulated (i.e., jihadi) sermons can be: if “moderate” Muslims are fearful from the repercussions of “radicalized” sermons, shouldn’t we “infidels” be even more wary of them?

In the end, there’s good news and bad news in all this: the good news is that one need not be familiar with the constant communiques, videos, and messages emanating from this or that jihadi group—for they are all recycled, all the same. To hear one, is to hear them all.

The bad news is that, due to the severe lack of common sense and censorship in the form of political correctness that plagues the West, the rhetoric of jihad and its unvarying message of hate remains wholly unintelligible.

If the jihadis, like parrots, are forever repeating each other—and luring other parrots to join them—Western leaders and politicians, like ostriches, are forever sticking their heads in the sand, lest they acknowledge the cacophony of hate surrounding them, and us.

The Check Is Due (Are you ready to pay up?)

07/24/2014
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Judgment, not Warning

 

Author: Ron Graham
Source: RaptureReady.com

“Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.” Proverbs 28:5

As we move ever closer to a world of totalitarianism we will be confronted with some realities that will boggle the mind – some of which will destroy many souls. Such realities will include the denial of basic rights. Freedoms we’ve enjoyed in America for a couple of hundred years are disappearing, most of them during the last four. As an American you may still have the perception of freedom, but that perception is diminishing while despotism becomes increasingly more palpable. God’s judgment is intensifying here on American soil. Yet, most Christians in America are blind to the truth of what is transpiring, and they are not ready for what’s coming.
- Persevere!

 

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Apparently expressing our views in a public setting is already a crime in this country. A Christian man who had complained about Obama on his blog and on a radio show received a visit from the authorities who came to his home at night and took him away to a mental hospital for observation. Although they released him after a team of doctors examined him, he was forced to hand over his firearms. There are numerous stories such as this appearing on a continuing bases through various news sites on the web. What America is turning into is obvious. What was that old adage that rang so true during the 40’s and 50’s? “I’d rather be dead then red”. Something evil this way comes.

“And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.”Malachi 3:5

Immorality and paganism in America are rampant today. God has declared His righteous judgment on America. The land of the free and the home of the brave is now the land of the greedy and the home of the apathetic.

The current outlook for America is not a good one. One hundred million people who could be in the workforce are not. Over half of the population in America is on some kind of government assistance. The ones paying the bills are also fit to be tied. There’s a feeling of foreboding permeating this land. Currently we are watching as the bottom falls out of this once great economy. All Americans are systematically being thrust underneath an ever increasing mountain of debt which has been imposed upon us by our greedy and immoral government leadership. With the ever escalating popularity of government handouts, more and more Americans will be inclined to go along with the status quo rather than to make tough decisions to avoid further loss. We’ve all grown used to the many amenities our culture offers, and many Americans have no idea how to live without them.
Question: Will Americans, when their inalienable rights are on the line, still opt for government handouts in lieu of freedom? The world economy is on the ropes and America is teetering on a precipice. Soon all will come crashing down and the ensuing civil unrest will be devastating – the power brokers behind our government leadership already know this and they are currently preparing for worst case scenarios. The implementation of martial law may well be one such scenario. Certainly there will be new unconstitutional laws forced upon all American’s.
- Making God’s People Trust A Lie

 

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Many Christians see the gloom on the horizon but believe that the Rapture of the Ekklesia will occur before any serious consequences ensue. This is flawed thinking at best. The word of God tells us that the saints will be removed prior to the wrath of God to come, but we are never told that we won’t go through trials and tribulations prior to the Rapture. On the contrary, we are told by our Lord Himself that we will face much persecution, hatred, and menacing times.

“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you…” John 15:18-20

 

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How can American Christians look at their brethren who are suffering horribly in other countries and then say America is different? I’ve actually read that some believe the reason America is immune is because we have more Christians. What? Does God love His Children in Somalia, China, Korea, Russia, Libya, Syria, Iran, et al, less than those who live in the US? My advice for all the born again “in Christ” believers in America is to strengthen yourselves through the word of God for what’s coming. America is not immune to persecution – we are on a precipice and there is nowhere to run.

“I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:” Proverbs 8:20

People, what is happening in America today is not a symptom of the times or even a “warning” of coming judgment. Judgment is here, America, and it’s not going to get easier to contend with. It’s growing exponentially worse every day. It may seem like I’m harping on this issue but as a watchman I have a responsibility to my brethren – and to my God. All God’s watchmen have been entrusted with godly discernment. So we step out into the front lines, place our focus on the coming storms, and then ride back to town and lay out a scenario of what we see coming – to all who will listen.

Reading news headlines from many sources, some obscure sources, is time consuming but enlightening. Studying scriptures to place our current societal events in perspective with prophecy can be daunting, but it needs to be done – daily. What can be easily seen by your watchmen today is a systematic burgeoning attempt to placate the masses with unfunded thus unsustainable liabilities in order to hasten the collapse of the economy of the US. The impending destruction of America is necessary to bring about the agenda of the evil one. America must diminish (be taken out of the way) so that Israel can be attacked without there being anyone standing up for God’s chosen people – save God alone.

Many in America’s government leadership are currently doing everything possible to take our military and our economy out of the arena of worldwide dominance. There are other nations that see this occurring and they in turn are focused on expanding their worldwide influence and supremacy, ready to jump in and take our place – minus the support for Israel of course. The completion of this scenario is not far off. Moving our military into the realm of fully accepting the homosexual agenda was a planned maneuver by the principalities and powers – the prince of the air. Turning our homeland security into jack boot thugs reminiscent of Hitler’s day was also a planned tactical maneuver. The HLS now has a massive and fully stocked arsenal of weaponry and militaristic leadership – certainly not a sign of benevolence toward Americans.

 

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Keep watching for the sovereignty of the US to be handed over to the UN. This will end horribly for all those who plan on taking a stand against such corruption. I can’t be more urgent regarding the coming storm. We are heading into a dark and horrible time and the only way to be prepared is to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

“If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.” Malachi 2:2

For many years now America has been constant in sending a message to God – stay away, we don’t want you here. Now that we have a sitting president that through his own deceived mindset has proclaimed the U.S. a homosexual nation there should be no shock at what our future holds. God will not be mocked. Our blessings as a nation have turned to curses. Why? We keep the glory that belongs to the Lord for ourselves. Our hearts are unmoved toward our God. In short my friends, America deserve what’s coming.
- Praying for Richmond and the Greater Richmond Area

Soon it will be forbidden by the law of the land to try and help someone out of the aberrant lifestyle of homosexuality. To tell a homosexual that their lifestyle is a choice not a DNA trait will include severe punishment for those individuals. When the laws of the land include punishment for anyone who speaks against homosexuality, the Christian culture in America will decline as many will be so intimidated that they will no longer wish to be a part of the club. Yes, much of Christianity has turned into the “club” atmosphere in this country.
- The Bible and Homosexuality

The same will be found for those who oppose abortion. Those who are against abortion will be removed from society. Those who are against the moral decline of this nation will also be removed – eliminated. Most Christians will not stand against the natural flow of progress no matter how deranged that progress becomes. Placing oneself in harm’s way is not a pleasurable thought. But that is exactly where all those who stand for God’s truth will find themselves in the not so distant future.
- War On Christianity

 

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The obvious fact is this; the children of the One true God, the God of the Holy Bible, are under siege. The attacks on our Christian values and heritage come from every direction. The nation that once enjoyed God given blessings of prosperity and health is now a nation of very unhealthy people, and prosperity has fallen off the cliff. People are heading into poverty at breakneck speeds. Why is that? When the majority of the populous of any nation says there is no God or that God is irrelevant to their existence, then what they can expect is a natural progression into moral and physical decay – judgment. The Democratic National Convention, a representative body of Americans, booed, hissed, and jeered as one of the speakers tried to put God back on their national platform after they had decided to remove Him from their convention, proving beyond the shadow of doubt that many Americans want nothing whatsoever to do with their Creator.

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  2 Timothy 1:7

God empowers us and loves us and has bestowed upon us a sound mind so that we can continue without fear while surrounded by a society of perverted and degenerate lost people. How many times in our Bibles does Jesus tell us to fear not? Therefore, since the Creator of the universe admonishes us to fear not – fear not my brethren. Our Savior is nigh at the door.

God bless you all,
Ron Graham

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Are You Corroding or Eroding?

07/23/2014
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CORROSIVE CHRISTIANITY

 

Author: Coach Dave Daubenmire / NewsWithViews.com
Source: InPlainSite.com

 

 

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Reaching forward with my hand to change the channel, an unusually sweet Christian man’s voice enticed me to draw my finger back from the scan button, as the host said “you’re on the air, Chris”.

“I am concerned about the hate I hear from my fellow Christians today”, this soft spoken man said. “It seems so much of what I hear on the radio today is so corrosive. Shouldn’t we be trying to love people into the Kingdom? It is a lot easier to draw flies with honey.”

Flies with honey”, I thought as I hit the country music station button, where they actually sing about sin, not wanting to hear the host’s sugary response.

As I sat at the traffic light, trying not to scream, I glanced at the old 1988 Honda sitting in the lane beside me. Consumed by rust, it was a miracle that the old tan buggy still was able to wiggle down the road. “Wow”, I thought out loud. “The salt sure has corroded that car.”

Salt. Corrosion. Christian radio.

According to Webster, corrosive means to wear away gradually by chemical reaction.

In Matthew 5:13, Jesus told us You are the salt of the earth”.

Ever wonder why He chose salt?

Why didn’t He say:

You are the pepper of the world”.

Or “You are the Tabasco-sauce of the world

Better yet, for today’s rapidly becoming good-for-nothing-Christians, “You are the sugar of the world.”

No, Jesus chose salt. Try as I might, I can’t think of a single situation where salt tastes sweet.

[Related Article: Feeding Sheep or Amusing Goats?]

A quick internet study on the properties of salt will show that it is, by its very nature, corrosive. Salt, an acid, is a combination of sodium and chloride, either element taken alone is toxic to the human body.

What was Jesus thinking? Why didn’t he tell us to be the “honey’ of the earth. Was He confused?

If Jesus told us that we were salt wouldn’t it be a good idea to study the function of the thing he told us to be? Wouldn’t it be a good idea to figure out what salt does?

· Salt is a preservative… keeps things from rotting. Know anything rotting in the world?

· Salt heals… your grandma every tell you to gargle salt water? Lot’s of hurting folks out there.

· Salt gives flavor… ever hear someone comment on how potatoey their French fries taste? No, the correct response is “Boy, those French fries taste salty.” Salt changes the taste of everything.

· Salt causes thirst… makes one want to drink… know anyone thirsty for Truth?

· Salt melts ice… only the Gospel can melt a cold, stony heart.

· Salt purifies… alkali, a form of salt, is the leading ingredient in soap. Couldn’t our culture use a good cleaning?

· Salt kills slugs… at least that is what a young boy told me when I spoke at a school assembly.

[Related Article: The Sedgefield Community]

Christians are supposed to be salt.

Sugar may make us feel good when we spread it around, but all sugar does is make something easier to swallow, if you know what I mean..

Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down,” Mary Poppins sang.

The American culture is sick and decaying and we want to spread sugar.

[Related Article: Salt and Light]

 

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I saw Joel Osteen on Larry King last week, promoting his book You’re Best Life Now. Having spent weeks atop the New York Times best sellers list, he, along with Rick Warren, is the face of modern evangelical Christianity. Osteen is pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, a congregation of 30,000, the fastest growing church in America and has a world-wide television ministry. Smiling, sweet, every hair in place, Pastor Joel and Mr. King engaged in the following dialogue.

KING: So then a Jew is not going to heaven?

OSTEEN: No. Here’s my thing, Larry, is I can’t judge somebody’s heart. You know? Only god can look at somebody’s heart, and so — I don’t know. To me, it’s not my business to say, you know, this one is or this one isn’t. I just say, here’s what the bible teaches and I’m going to put my faith in Christ. And I just I think it’s wrong when you go around saying, you’re saying you’re not going, you’re not going, you’re not going, because it’s not exactly my way. I’m just…

KING: Because we’ve had ministers on who said, your record don’t count. You either believe in Christ or you don’t. If you believe in Christ, you are, you are going to heaven. And if you don’t no matter what you’ve done in your life, you ain’t.

OSTEEN: Yeah, I don’t know. There’s probably a balance between. I believe you have to know Christ. But I think that if you know Christ, if you’re a believer in God, you’re going to have some good works. I think it’s a cop-out to say I’m a Christian but I don’t ever do anything …

KING: What if you’re Jewish or Muslim, you don’t accept Christ at all?

OSTEEN: You know, I’m very careful about saying who would and wouldn’t go to heaven. I don’t know …

KING: If you believe you have to believe in Christ? They’re wrong, aren’t they?

OSTEEN: Well, I don’t know if I believe they’re wrong. I believe here’s what the Bible teaches and from the Christian faith this is what I believe. But I just think that only God will judge a person’s heart. I spent a lot of time in India with my father. I don’t know all about their religion. But I know they love God. And I don’t know. I’ve seen their sincerity. So I don’t know. I know for me, and what the Bible teaches, I want to have a relationship with Jesus.

And a later give and take.

KING: Do you ever involve politics in the sermons?

OSTEEN: Never do. My father never …

KING: Never mention President Bush?

OSTEEN: Well, only to pray. Only to pray. We prayed for President Bush, Clinton, all of them. But I’ve never been political. My father hasn’t. I just, I have no …

KING: How about issues that the church has feelings about? Abortion? Same-sex marriages?

OSTEEN: Yeah. You know what, Larry? I don’t go there. I just …

KING: You have thoughts, though.

OSTEEN: I have thoughts. I just, you know, I don’t think that a same-sex marriage is the way God intended it to be. I don’t think abortion is the best. I think there are other, you know, a better way to live your life. But I’m not going to condemn those people. I tell them all the time our church is open for everybody.

KING: You don’t call them sinners?

OSTEEN: I don’t.

[Related Article: Is Homosexuality A Sin?]

That’s cotton candy folks, that ain’t salt. No wonder his church is overflowing, he’s preaching the gospel according to Rodney King, “Can’t we all just get along?”

[See More of Joel Osteen’s Theology HERE]
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America is in trouble, because most churches are serving syrup. The largest church in America takes no position on the great moral issues of the day. Men marry men, 10 commandments ripped off of buildings, evolution trumps creation, abortion is a choice. That’s okay, come to our church, who are we to judge?

It takes courage to confront sin, to be the corrosive eating away at the framework of the world. Sad to say, but the world has become the salt of the church. Want proof? Doesn’t the average teenager in your church dress like Britney Spears?
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Just before Jesus told us we were salt, he warned us of the consequences of becoming the corrosive. (Matthew 5:11-12)

For the time is come that Judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?(1 Peter 4:17)

I learned from a white-water rafting trip that once you allow the water into the raft, you spend the rest of the time bailing.

It’s time to bail.

It is time for some Truth, for a return to a salt-laced, corrosive, slug-killing Gospel.

Now is the time to pass the salt!

2005 Dave Daubenmire – All Rights Reserved

 

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Are You Salty and Illuminated?

07/22/2014
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Preacher: JB Hall / Sermon presented at First Baptist Church – West Liberty, KY
Source: RaptureReady.com

 

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Introduction: You and I live in extraordinary times in our nation’s history. These are not ordinary times. We are witnessing, right before our very eyes, the destruction of American culture, and the rise of a tyrannical Social state.

This is not just random, modern day cultural rot we are witnessing. This has been an ill-contrived, highly organized, masterfully executed plan that has been an ongoing project for many years. In much the same way termites eat away at the foundation of your home, and their work does not become visible until your home is in danger of total collapse; American culture has been under attack from hidden enemies with secretive agendas for decades, eating away at the foundations of our nation.

You and I live in the age of deception. Great deceptions by powerful people in high places are being perpetrated upon the citizens of America.

Let me read a few excerpts from a WND article titled:

“JOHN DEWEY’S DUNCES”

Exclusive: Ellis Washington exposes ‘Marxist propaganda factories called public schools’

Conservative intellectual Dr. Thomas Sowell, in a recent column, “Teaching Americans to hate their country”, made the historical observation about how 100 years ago progressives like John Dewey of Columbia University changed the American education paradigm whereby teachers were no longer considered “the transmitter of society’s culture” (as they have been for roughly the past 6,000 years) but activist “agents of [progressive, socialist] change,” as evidenced by the way most Americans have been happily educated inside its Marxist propaganda factories called “public schools.”


Who was John Dewey?

John Dewey (1859-1952) was the father of the modern American public school system, a leading progressive who promoted the philosophy of pragmatism and an activist for secular humanism in American society. Dewey was also an original signatory of the Humanist Manifesto and ridiculed moral absolutes and traditional religion, especially Christianity in favor of an evolution/atheist worldview.

So, America’s public education system became the factory for laying the foundation that would be the future Marxist, Socialist state these early Communists envisioned.

Fast forward to 1958; a man named Cleon Skousen published a book entitled The Naked Communist in which he listed 45 Current Communist Goals. These were goals that would accomplish the dissolution of the Constitutional Republic, which is the foundation of the United States of America. In 1963, at the request of Mrs. Patricia Nordman from De Land, FL, who had been the publisher of the De Land Courier; the HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR., (D) OF FLORIDA read before the US House of Representatives and entered into the congressional record, these 45 Current Communist Goals listed in Mr. Skousen’s book.

I won’t quote all of them, but I would like to read some of them:

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.
3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.
4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.
6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.
11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces.
15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
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. Put the party line in textbooks.
20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing policy-making positions.
21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.”
23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”
24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
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, and healthy.”
27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch.”
28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.
38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].
40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.
[Related Article: A Tribute to Communism]

How successful would you say they have been at accomplishing these goals in just 55 short years?

Fast forward to: May 2, 1996, and I quote excerpts from another WND article entitled:

“DOES OBAMA PLAN TO BANKRUPT AMERICA?”
The President is applying radical 1960s theory

On May 2, 1966, two Columbia University sociologists, Professor of Social Work Richard A. Cloward and his then-research associate Frances Fox Piven, wrote a pivotal article in The Nation, articulating “a strategy to end poverty.”

“…the two Columbia University-based sociologists concluded that a progressive strategy of voting ever-expanding social welfare programs could push the capitalist system to the breaking point.”

Cloward and Piven, who later married, both taught sociology at the Columbia University School of Social Work when Obama was registered as an undergraduate student at Columbia.

“The Cloward-Piven theory predicts capitalism will collapse such that the USA can be reconstructed as a truly socialist state dedicated to the elimination of private property and the creation of ‘social justice’ achieved by redistributing income from the ‘haves’ to the ‘have-nots.’”

Do our elected officials not understand simple economics? Did they fail Economics 101? Certainly not! They fully understand economic principles. The problem is that many of those in charge of shaping US economic policy subscribe to Cloward-Piven/Marxist economic ideology rather than traditional American capitalism that has made this country the greatest economic powerhouse the world has known…providing the greatest opportunity of any country in history for the common man to rise above his apparent means to financial success.

Remember, all this began at least a century to a century and a half ago. Even our founding fathers disagreed over the power and role of the federal government. Thankfully, those who favored a limited role for the federal government won out and produced the Constitution, our founding document that became the model for true American governance.

Who then, is the grand architect of this all-encompassing, diabolical conspiracy with a narrative spanning generations, political parties, and iconic cultural institutions?

Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

People die, but Satan and his demonic forces live on. He and they clearly are the unseen powers of spiritual wickedness working in the high places of the institutions of power in our country; enlisting willing wicked individuals to perpetrate these great deceptions and keep the destructive plot moving forward across decades and generations.

Folks, troubling times appear to lay ahead for all Americans, and especially Christian Americans. We are right on the verge of experiencing genuine Christian persecution in America.
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Is there hope for America? Yes; but American culture, as well as individual Americans’ eternal fates, rests with the church.

Ephesians 5:11 says, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

The first part of this verse has to do with personal conduct; the second part of the verse has to do with public speech. We must not only refrain from wickedness ourselves; we must publicly renounce wicked works. We are commanded to call sin ‘sin’ publicly.
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Sadly, the church has devolved into not only a passive observer of sin; it is quickly becoming a supporter, and in many cases, proponent of those who practice and promote the very things it should be sounding the alarm against.
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In an article on the church becoming more and more anti-Israel titled “Calling All Pentecostals!” Jim Fletcher, a Southern Baptist, wrote,

“I would go so far as to suggest to you that in 10 years’ time, you will no longer recognize the Southern Baptist Convention. As it too strides toward liberal theology and a dance with ecumenism that would cause its founders to spin in their graves, the SBC will also fall in line with the new thinking on Israel, both theologically and geo-politically.”

What then, is our role in a culture where Biblical Christians are increasingly marginalized?

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I believe the answer is found in our Sermon Text today. We Christians are called to be salt and light to the evil world around us.

1. First, let’s talk about light. Light does two things:

A. It dissipates darkness.
B. It reveals reality.
C. We are not told to make our light shine, but to let or allow our light to shine. If we are saved, the Source of light, the Holy Spirit lives inside us.
D. Our job then is simply to not suppress His influence, simply to not hide Him.
E. Darkness will never quench light. Light will extinguish darkness 100% of the time.
F. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s minister of propaganda in Nazi Germany said,

“It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Did you get that, “…the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie…!” Do you realize we have the advantage!

G. Applying the light of God’s truth to any issue will extinguish the darkness of the web of deception woven to conceal the truth, allowing the truth to be revealed in crystal clarity.
Thus, the deception will be exposed for all to see just what it is – a deceptive lie designed for the downfall of those taken in by it.

2. Second, let’s talk about salt. Salt has two basic purposes:

A. It flavors. Flavoring has to do with making the environment or culture around us pleasant – an enjoyable experience. Have you ever tasted something that was unsalted…a cooked food perhaps? It is usually not very palatable…doesn’t taste very good, does it? Even when it is salted while being cooked, it still does not have enough flavor for some people, and they put more salt on their food after it is served. Even fruits like watermelon and cantaloupe taste better with salt on them to some people. So, salt adds flavor to an unpalatable dish. Another thing about salt is that it permeates the entire pot of food that is cooking. A small amount of salt will flavor the entire pot of food. You do not need a ratio of 1 to 1…salt to food…only a pinch of salt will flavor it all.

B. It preserves. Preserving has to do with preventing cultural rot…preserving our culture from the destructive forces that would destroy it.
Before refrigeration was available, people would often preserve meat for the family by rubbing salt into the side of beef (or whatever piece of meat they had), and hanging it in a storage building to cure. This would preserve the meat without refrigeration.
[Related Article: Corrosive Christianity]

3. In our text this morning, Jesus said, “Ye [we Christians] are the salt of the earth:” and “Ye [we Christians] are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:13-15)

The thing we have to understand about salt and light is that they only work when they are applied to the food or darkness they are intended to flavor, preserve, or illuminate. We then, as salt and light, are useless until and unless we are applied to the culture we bemoan. As the salt of the earth, and the light of the world, we Christians are to permeate all areas of our culture. We are not to restrict our Christian influence to the walls of our churches and our homes; but to speak, stand, and live out the principles of Scripture wherever we are stationed in our culture – our jobs, our schools, our communities, etc. Popular or not in the politically correct climate in which we live, this is what we are called to do. As the Lord instructed Paul in Acts 18:9 we must “…Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace.”
Like Ephesians 5:11 says, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
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In Conclusion: The first and most critical step in healing is always an accurate diagnosis; to prescribe the right treatment we must have the right diagnosis. This morning we have diagnosed the problem, and have prescribed the solution.

The centers of power of our nation – The government, the judiciary, the public education system, and the media – as well as the culture at large, are all being influenced, motivated, and directed clearly by the destructive designs of Satan and his demonic forces. Our cultural and political problem is in fact a spiritual problem.

Neither the culture nor our government wants to hear the truth, and will revolt at the sound of it. However, the only hope of recovery from the downward, death spiral our nation is experiencing rests with you and me, the church. We are God’s salt and light…the applicators of God’s truth.

Healing can only begin when you and I, our nation’s salt and light, the applicators of God’s truth, apply (speak, stand for, and live) the illuminating, preserving, truth of His word to the deceptions, issues, and practices that are threatening the very existence of American culture.

The question then is this: Are you willing to be the salt and light God has made you to be by speaking, standing for, and living the truth of His Word, regardless of consequences, in the place He has stationed you?

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