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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Is America A Christian Nation?

Jesus told Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God..." (John 3:3-7).



However, to be born in God's kingdom requires the recognition and acceptance that Jesus is the only way to God! Here is what Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6).

Let us be cognizant of this fact as we prayerfully contemplate the brutal and bloody consequences of religious intolerance in the form of ISIS, People are calling for Muslims to denounce these senseless killings and terrorism, but can they? Will they denounce their religion and the Koran that call for Muslims to kill the infidels? I don’t think so!

Some people are fearful that the same thing could happen in America as Liberals proudly supports plans to remove God from the public vocabulary, and demonstrates their disregard for the Constitution; in the process trashing our founding document by violating the First Amendment which opens the door for establishing Islam as the nation's religion.

This is precisely what the Constitution guards against: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Interestingly, according to the Washington Weekly News, the "Federal Attorney warns that Negative Posts Against Islam Could Get You Prosecution and Imprisonment." Meanwhile, the debate continues about whether America is or was a Christian nation, there are many who wish to remove whatever remains of Christian reference in our public sphere and whitewash this country with the teachings and practices of Islam and establish Sharia Law.

Those who oppose Christianity in America make quick reference to John Adams’ statement, "The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion." America may not be a Christian nation, but it was established on Christian teachings and principles, evidence of this can be seen all over America on public buildings and city squares. A monument at the Texas State Capitol depicting the Ten Commandments revered in Judaism and Christianity reminds us of our rich Christian heritage.

This country is blessed because of its Judeo-Christian belief and practices, a fact that cannot be disputed, because when this nation is at a crossroad, its people turn to the only source it knows that can bring healing and comfort, God almighty. At a recent Harvest Prophecy Conference: Lt. General William G. Boykin highlights some concerns about the direction that America is going.


Here's what is at stake, “Our Christian liberties.” Christianity teaches and practices Holiness, love, and religious tolerance (Heb. 12:14).

However, there're those who want to enslave us by bringing us into bondage. The Bible is God's message to the world. It is full of good news. God's Word, the Bible, tells how God loves you, and tells His wonderful plan for your life. From the Bible you can learn how to receive God's blessing in every area of life. Jesus said God's Word would make you free. “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32).

Men need the light of God’s word, “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God” (John 3:17-21 NKJV). Pray for America!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Expediency in Relation to God's Command

Paul addressing the topic of immorality states, “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body” (1Cor. 6:12-13).

Two important points are established out of these passages. First, something must be lawful in order for it to be expedient.  Sexual immorality cannot be expedient because it is not lawful to begin with (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).  Second, an expedient must also be beneficial, it must edify. If it causes offense (makes a person sin), it is sinful (1 Corinthians 10:31-32), repent therefore, and ask God for forgiveness.
http://www.slideshare.net/dvtpreacher/judges-17-no-leader-chaos-and-sin

On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide. Speaking at the White House later in the morning, President Obama said "Americans should be very proud," because small acts of courage "slowly made an entire country realize that love is love." (Courtesy of CNN Politics)

However, on July 9, 2015, the Daily Headlines reported that a homosexual man Bradley LaShawn Fowler, an ex-con turned author filed a $70 million lawsuit against Bible publishers Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, alleging that their version of the Bible that refers to homosexuality as a sin violates his constitutional rights and has caused him emotional distress.

Here are some comments on the website:

Betty Miller Albright of Works at Glass Cottage remarked, “And so it begins again... because I don't like something that is written in the Bible, that does not go along with my lifestyle I want to destroy it. Then money always comes into the picture. There will always be those out there who want to destroy what is truth. If someone does not like something, does not agree with it, well then it must be wrong! There is no end to the madness that is going on.”

Jeanette Graff reasoned, "I as a gay man I am appalled that this guy is such a complete jackass... I am not ashamed of myself for being a gay Christian. But I am ashamed of those that are trying to make themselves out to be persecuted for every little thing… Gays need to realize we aren't special for being gay. It’s just life, deal with it, move on and quit whining about every little problem that comes your way thinking it’s all because you’re gay.

Randy Bobandy unabashedly states, and I quote, “Christ never said anything about homosexuals...” That may be true, but what does God, His Father, has to say about it? The answer can be found in the following passages of scripture, Leviticus 18:22; 20:13a.

Tom Magoon from Washougal, Washington made this observation “If this man is offended by the Word of God, sounds like possibly he is under conviction of the Holy Spirit!”

West Lenny, is convinced that “What the ultimate liberal agenda is, of which Obama is a chief player, is of satan and it is to squelch the gospel of Jesus Christ and His word.”

George Pincince recognizes that the church is in a spiritual battle for truth, citing this scripture that states “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers… against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12.)

Finally, Clayton Jackson of Grand Canyon University summed it up nicely, by saying “Yes, we are all born sinners, but when we ask Jesus to come into our hearts and forgive us of our sins. We don't continue in those sins. He will help you be the new person that you were meant to be.

Believing that Jesus is the Son of God and that He loves you; He would have died for you if you were the only one on earth, and because Jesus loves family He wants you to be a part of his family.

Believing that He was born of a virgin and crucified on that cross for you and for me and that God the father raised Him back to life again; He's coming back again. If I'm wrong, I have nothing to lose but if you're wrong, you have everything to lose.

Why gamble with your life. Jesus is the way and the only way, but we all have a choice to make. What will yours be?"

References:
Authorized King James Version – Word Bible Publishers, Inc.
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