ISIS surrounds 18,000 Shi’ite Muslims in Iraqi town of Amerli

Originally posted on The Muslim Issue:

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‘They’re fighting off death': Fears of another Mount Sinjar grow after ISIS surrounds 18,000 Shi’ite Muslims in Iraqi town of Amerli

  • Senior Iraqi cleric expresses grave concern for Shi’ite Turkmen community
  • Town faces starvation after food, water and medical supplies are cut off
  • Doctor: ‘It’s a disaster. Children are eating only once every three days’
  • Victims plead for West to intervene like it did to save Yazidis on Mt Sinjar
  • One said: ‘How much suffering must we see? We have been forgotten’
  • ISIS suicide bomber kills 46 at mosque 75 miles northeast of Baghdad
  • Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says ‘UK may send support to besieged town’ but added we ‘do not need Assad’s permission for intervention’

By Simon Tomlinson for MailOnline and David Williams for The Daily Mail

Fears are growing for thousands of Muslim Iraqis who have been surrounded by Islamic State militants…

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BETH MOORE HERESY TEAMS UP WITH JOYCE MEYER HERESY

source:  http://www.donotbesurprised.com/2014/08/beth-moore-talks-unity-with-word-faith.html?m=1

Beth Moore Talks ‘Unity’ with Word Faith Teacher Joyce Meyer

It was only a matter of time:

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Is this what Beth Moore meant when she claimed to have received personal, direct revelation from God to “stop sowing over and over again in the same field“? Is this the unity of which Moore spoke at James Robison’s Awaken Conference? It certainly seems that way:

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Unity with Word Faith heretics, of which Joyce Meyer is the foremost among females? Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry (CARM) offers a summary of some of Joyce Meyer’s false teachings along with a helpful refutation of each. (Disclaimer: I cannot agree with some of the praises that CARM’s article affords to Meyer, but its highlights of Meyer’s false teachings are accurate.) These dangerous teachings include in part:

  • Jesus stopped being the Son of God;
  • Jesus was born again;
  • Jesus paid for our sins and was tormented in hell;
  • Men are little gods; and
  • Joyce Meyer is not a sinner.

Beth Moore may be talking about unity, but it is a worldly form of unity. It is unity at the expense of truth, and it is unity at the expense of the gospel.

Yet, this new alliance does not surprise at all. Aligning with false teachers is to be expected by those who deny the sufficiency of Scripture. With her claims of extra biblical revelation, Moore does exactly that. If the Bible were enough for her, she would not need dreams and nudges and divine playdates.

But without those things, Moore would have to turn to the written, revealed Word of God to validate her ministry decisions, and that would be a difficult task considering such warnings as this:

Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds. (2 John 9–11)

Says Dr. John MacArthur of these verses,

False teachers are not content to remain within the confines of Scripture, but invariably add erroneous interpretations, revelations, visions, words as if from the Lord, or esoteric distortions of the biblical text, while claiming to have advanced knowledge, new truth, or hidden wisdom available only to them and their followers.

But such claims are specious. John plainly states that anyone who alters, adds to, denies, or misrepresents what the Bible says about Jesus Christ does not have God (cf. Matt 11:27; John 5:23; 15:23; 1 John 2:23; Rev 22:18–19). Conversely, the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. This is salvation language; having God and Christ must mean their indwelling presence.

. . . ‘Chairein’ (greeting) means ‘rejoice’. It was a common Christian greeting, conveying the joy believers had in one another’s presence. But it is an affirmation of solidarity that is totally inappropriate for false teachers, who have no part in the truth or genuine Christian fellowship. Such emissaries of Satan must be exposed and shunned, not affirmed and welcomed.

False teachers like to decry such treatment as harsh, intolerant, and unloving. But love forbids allowing dangerous spiritual deception to find a foothold among Christians. . . . The church cannot aid or abet with impunity such spiritual outlaws by doing anything that would acknowledge them as Christians. The one who does so—even by doing something as seemingly innocuous as greeting them—participates in their evil deeds by helping them further their deception.

John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary:1–3 John, (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2007), 235–237.

Beth Moore would do well to heed MacArthur’s words and warning.

Yet, if a person claims “God told me,” how can anyone argue with such behavior? And so, Moore, with her personal revelations from “God,” can essentially do as she pleases—even walk alongside Joyce Meyer in her ministry of deception. After all, “God” did tell Beth to start sowing in a different proverbial field.

What, then, does this reveal? Even though Moore’s personal guidance from “God” did not include specific instruction to appear on Meyer’s television program, this recent interaction still may serve as evidence that the “God” that has allegedly been speaking to Beth Moore is not the God of the Bible.

Christian, beware. And—dare I say it?—flee from Beth Moore, her teaching, and her influence.

Further Reading
Beth Moore Prophesies a Coming ‘Outpouring’, Warns of ‘Scoffers’
Beth Moore’s Twelfth Month Redemption
Beth Moore and Joyce Meyer: Bad Company (The End Time blog)

HT: No Compromise Radio

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Jericho Road Fundamentalist Church — by Gary W

Originally posted on A Cry For Justice:

~~~Trigger Warning~~~

A student of theology, desiring to justify himself, said to his professor, a wise and Godly man in his 90’s, “And who is my neighbor?” The professor replied:

“At a time when nobody else appeared to be present, a young woman was walking through a remote corner of Jericho Avenue Park with her husband, a publicly charming predatory narcissist who had neither empathy nor conscience, but who was a prominent, highly respected, tithing church member. When the young woman meekly expressed an opinion that differed from her husband’s, he flew into a towering rage, verbally berating her, physically pummeling her, stripping her naked, forcing himself on her, and taking her phone, driver’s license, credit cards, check book, and cash. He then walked nonchalantly away, leaving her half dead.

“Now by chance a deacon had been observing this incident from behind a hedge. As a pretext for gazing on…

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Why Presbyterian Elites Turned Left (By David Paulin)

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/07/why_presbyterian_elites_turned_left.html

 

Leaders of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have joined ranks with the radical left in recent years. They vilify Israel, apologize for Islamic terrorists, and cheer on the Palestinian cause.

Now, these leftist elites are savoring an important victory, having pushed through a resolution to divest from U.S. companies operating in Israel: Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, and Hewlett Packard. The contentious vote in the church’s general assembly passed by a narrow 310-to-303, and was a long-time goal of leftist Presbyterians, who since 2006 had submitted four divestiture resolutions that failed to muster sufficient votes.

Divestiture is largely symbolic: The companies in the portfolio of America’s largest Presbyterian denomination represented a pittance of its investments, about $21 million. But leftist Presbyterians saw divestiture as a way to shame the companies and ostracize Israel over what they believe is its humiliation of Palestinian Arabs and illegal occupation of their lands – a situation they claim begets terrorism. They conveniently forget that Israel has been ready to trade land for peace since its birth in 1948. As for the companies they vilify: Caterpillar’s bulldozers are used in anti-terror operations; and Motorola Solutions and Hewlett Packard provide electronic security systems.

More than a few rank-and-file Presbyterians were outraged over the June 20th divestiture vote; tens of thousands have left the church in recent years as it drifted left. “We stand in full support of Israel’s right to protect its citizens and of all American companies to engage in honest free enterprise,” said Rev. Paul deJong, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers, the oldest Presbyterian church in Lee County, Florida.

“The church has been infected,” a Presbyterian seminary student in Texas once told me, a women in her 30s who became a minister. She was referring to a pro-Palestinian conference hosted several years ago by Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, an affiliate of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). At the time, leftist Presbyterians were calling for a divestiture resolution.

Israel is not perfect, of course; no country is. But the venom of Israel-bashing Presbyterians has been troubling because of how it negates anything positive about the Middle East’s only democracy. Israel is singled out as a rights abuser.

What accounts for this moral confusion?

Israel-bashing didn’t used to be fashionable, including among Presbyterians. Indeed, Israel was widely admired in the years after its birth and miraculous growth. Upbeat news articles spoke of those “plucky Jews.” But no more. Now Israeli Jews are denied credit for their nation’s economic and democratic miracle, growing out of a region that American writer Mark Twain – passing through as a travel writer in 1867 – had described as an unpopulated and “desolate country.”

Now, Israel’s story has a new twist, one put forth by left-leaning Presbyterians and fellow-travelers in other Christian denominations. Jews achieved what they did because they exploited somebody else: Palestinian Arabs. In this view Palestinian Arabs, not Jews, are now the chosen people.

This Israel-bashing narrative also bristles with anti-Americanism, and over the years it has become popular in America’s universities. That’s an old story. But what’s less well known is that this same narrative has gained currency at many Christian seminaries. Many seminary professors have adopted a world view similar to the post-modern left; what for them is a strange hybrid of Christianity, Marxism, and Edward Said. (Said, of course, was the high-profile Columbia University professor who popularized the idea of Palestinian victim hood within an anti-Western context.) At some Presbyterian seminaries, students in their early 20s –  future ministers and church leaders – have been indoctrinated for years with the ideological poison of the post-modern left, albeit within a Christian context.

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

One Presbyterian seminary that I’m familiar with is in Texas: a 112-year-old institution whose idyllic grounds are near the University of Texas campus in Austin, the state capital. I’m not a Presbyterian, incidentally. I’m not even a regular church-goer, although I regularly attended a mainline Protestant church as a youngster. Eight years ago, however, I took a greater than usual interest in religion, after noticing  Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary was hosting a thought-provoking conference: “American Churches and the Palestinians.” The theme of the two-day event was inspired by a line from Isaiah 58:6: “To Loose the Chains of Injustice…”

I briefly visited the conference, and that passage’s subordination to a political view quickly became clear: Israeli Jews were colonial oppressors; and Palestinian Arabs were their victims. The event’s main sponsors were hardly friendly toward Israel: The Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights; Friends of Sabeel-North America; and Pax Christi USA. Hundreds of religious leaders from around the country, representing various denominations, attended along with seminary faculty.

Consider three high-profile guest speakers:

Robert Jensen, a radical left-wing University of Texas journalism professor, discussed what he claimed was biased media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – biased, that is, against Palestinian Arabs. Jensen was hardly unbiased himself, however. Days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, he gained national notoriety for his inflammatory Op-Ed in the Houston Chronicle, “U.S. Just as Guilty of Committing Own Violent Acts.” The attacks, Jensen argued, were “no more despicable than the massive acts of terrorism…that the U.S. government has committed during my lifetime.”

Two years earlier, Jensen published an Op-Ed in the Houston Chronicle and Palestine Chronicle. Its title and first sentence were the same: “I Helped Kill a Palestinian Today.”

“If you pay taxes to the U.S. government, so did you,” Jensen explained. He went onto to say that “the current Israeli attack on West Bank towns is not a war on terrorism, but part of a long and brutal war against the Palestinian people for land and resources.” He said nothing about billions of U.S. dollars of international aid flowing over the years into the Palestinian territories – only to be squandered, pocketed by corrupt officials, or used to fund terrorism.

At the conference’s dinner, the main speakers were Cindy and Craig Corrie, parents of Rachel Corrie. At age 23, Rachel Corrie died when she stood in front of an Israeli Defense Forces bulldozer conducting anti-terror operations – clearing tunnels utilized by Palestinian terrorists. The driver failed to see her, and she was run over. Corrie is now a martyr to her supporters – their very own Joan of Arc. But the more accurate description of her would be “terror advocate.” A memorable photo shows her clad in Muslim garb – her face contorted with rage as she holds a burning American flag drawn on a piece of paper.

Corrie’s parents head the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, a non-profit “that conducts and supports programs that foster connections between people, that build understanding, respect, and appreciation for differences, and that promote cooperation within and between local and global communities.”

The conference’s star speaker was the Rev. Naim Ateek, a Palestinian Episcopal priest who founded and directs the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem. He has questioned Israel’s right to exist, and like his Presbyterian counterparts apologizes for Islamic terrorists. He distributed a thought-provoking scholarly paper he’d written: “What is theologically and morally wrong with suicide bombings? A Palestinian Christian Perspective.” The subject was timely. Suicide bombings were more common at the time: Israel’s “separation barrier” – which has saved lives by thwarting suicide bombers, but that leftist Presbyterians widely criticized – was not finished at the time.

Ateek’s paper navigated a thicket of theological issues, but its conclusion was fairly simple: Suicide bombers do indeed violate Christian doctrine – but the desperation fueling their misguided actions is understandable: It’s Israel’s fault. Neither Ateek nor his Presbyterian supporters, incidentally, have ever given credence to three other “root causes” of Palestinian Arab terrorism: Islamist ideology; the culture of hate permeating Palestinian culture; or an “honor-shame” mentality that undermines efforts for peace which the overwhelmingly majority of Israelis desire.

Visiting the conference, I walked down hallways lined with exhibits outside classrooms where “workshops” were held. The exhibits bristled with pro-Palestinian political literature and books. One focused on Palestinian culture, displaying clothing and other items. (Not included were suicide vests or a replica of the Sbarro pizzeria suicide bombing; such an exhibit was displayed by clever Hamas student activists at al-Najah University in Nablus).

Rev. Ateek, of Sabeel, must have felt right at home. He was clearly a favorite speaker — a veritable celebrity. Conference-goers eagerly repeated his stories of alleged Israeli terrorism against Palestinians, including when, he says, his family was forcibly removed by Israeli troops on May 12, 1948. This, of course, was days before Arab armies tried to wipe Israel off the map. Perhaps Ateek’s personal stories are true; perhaps not. However, what’s clearly false about these stories, revolving around Israel’s creation, is that Ateek presents them as normal and everyday occurrences, the result of Israel’s aggression; the defining narrative of what Israel was and became.

The conference was a sold-out event; and no doubt it and similar events in recent years have persuaded increasing numbers of Presbyterians to support divestiture. The conference’s main organizer, Whitney S. Bodman, must have been pleased. A high-profile professor at Austin Seminary, he is an expert on Islam. He’s an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and holds a doctorate in comparative religion from Harvard University. His research interests, he says, includes “Christian theology in an Islamic context.” Politically active, Bodman has praised terror group Hezbollah as a nation-building organization that fends off Israel’s aggression. He has worked closely with the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the problematic Muslim group. Above all, he has been a prominent figure on the “inter-faith dialogue” circuit that attempts to bridge differences with Muslims. That effort kicked into high gear after the 9/11 attacks.

Speaking at a “religious diversity” symposium not long after Europe’s infamous “cartoon riots,” Bodman belittled the idea that Muslims alone were responsible for Islamic-inspired terrorism and mayhem, and endeavored to smooth over the hurt feelings of Muslims. He explained: “First,remember that no incident happens in a vacuum and the violence and hatred exploding throughout the world today is not really about one event or something as seemingly trivial as a cartoon. It is an accumulation of hurt over months and years. It is Iraq and Palestine, suicide bombings and Abu Ghraib and Gitmo and 9/11 and this whole sense that there really is a clash of civilizations, an insidious danger to our way of life.”

What must the learned professor have thought about an Islamic terror plot in Canada that made headlines around this time – one involving 17 young Muslim men and youths? Their roots were not in the Middle East but Canada – home to anti-Americanism, multiculturalism, and unlimited tolerance. Yet they wanted to blow up Canada’s landmarks and behead the prime minister.

In their eagerness to appease Muslims, some Presbyterians have put themselves in even more compromising positions. In October, 2004, Ronald Stone, a retired professor of Christian and social ethics at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (affiliated with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), met in southern Lebanon with Hezbollah commander Sheikh Nabil Kaouk, while on an official “fact-finding mission” to the Middle East.

Stone caused a furor when he told an Arab television channel that “relations and conversations with Islamic leaders are a lot easier than dealings and dialogue with Jewish leaders.”

“We treasure the precious words of Hezbollah and your expression of goodwill towards the American people,” he added. It was an odd way to describe Hezbollah, which Washington has designated a terror group for killing hundreds of Israeli and Americans. This included 200 U.S. Marines in the 1983 suicide bombing of their Beirut barracks and deadly attacks on the Israeli Embassy in Argentina in 1992 and Israeli cultural center in Buenos Aires in 1994.

Stone was part of the lead group of the church’s Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy. The church repudiated his remarks. But the controversy didn’t stop the head of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the Chicago area, Rev. Robert Reynolds, from meeting nearly one year later with a Hezbollah commander, much to the outrage of Chicago-area Jewish leaders.

Subtle Indoctrination

It’s hardly coincidental that these Presbyterian leaders and activist echo the political and theological line that’s promoted at more than a few Presbyterian seminaries. Sometimes, the political indoctrination of young seminary students can be insidious.

A few weeks before its pro-Palestinian conference, Austin Seminary hosted a photography exhibition related to the conference’s theme: Palestinians as victims; Jews as their exploiters. Dozens of heart-rending photos adorned hallway walls outside classrooms. For future ministers and religious leaders, the photos were there to see, ponder, and absorb. The exhibit was from left-leaning documentary photographer Alan Pogue, a Vietnam War-veteran specializing in political and social issues from a “social justice” angle.

The exhibition’s theme was unmistakable: European Jews displaced by World War 2 had created Israel – and ejected Palestinians from their ancestral homes. In fact, this was the caption of one photo. There were no positive photos of Israel or Israeli-Jews.

Two photos arranged side by side impressed me for the subtle anti-Americanism and moral equivalence suggested by their juxtaposition. One was a photo from New York City after the September 11 attacks – a poignant scene of a make-shift sidewalk memorial. It was a still life of sorts: flowers, photos, and mementos left by friends and family members.

Beside it was a strikingly similar photo – one of a Baghdad sidewalk memorial. It remembered the approximately 300 mostly women and children killed by a U.S. precision-guided bomb during the U.S.-led liberation of Iraq. They died in an underground shelter that U.S. military planners presumed was one of Saddam Hussein’s command-and-control centers. Just before the war, however, it was converted into an air-raid shelter – one Saddam’s military men avoided. This of course is a common tactic among Middle Eastern terrorists and “insurgents” – putting civilians in harms way, and then when they are killed blaming and shaming the enemy.

Pogue saw things differently. His caption referred to the photos “similarities.” The subtle impression was that Americans now knew the same horrors their government had visited upon foreign lands.

Curiously, the photo exhibit was removed the day before a rare event at the seminary: a colloquium of Presbyterian ministers and rabbis held two weeks after the pro-Palestinian conference. The event’s title: “A Difficult Friendship: Divestment, Dialogue, and Hope.”

It was a revealing title. Seminary professors have gone out of their way in recent years to bridge “differences” with Palestinian Arabs and Muslims – even to the extent of excusing Islamic terrorism or apologizing for Judeo-Christian culture and history. Yet their “difficult relationship” is with Jews – not Muslims.

No wonder that a generation of seminary students has been infected with the poison of the postmodern left: a poison that vilifies Israel, America, and even the West. In casual conversations I had with young and idealistic seminary students, I noticed a common thread: They couldn’t bring themselves to condemn other cultures — especially those they considered underdogs. You’ve heard of self-hating Jews. They were self-hating Christians.

One Austin Seminary student in her early 20s, an honor student, told me about participating in an “interfaith” function with Muslim men at Austin Seminary; and after the Muslims broke their fast she offered to shake hands with one man in a flowing robe. Yet he only reluctantly grasped her hand, she recalled.

She wasn’t shocked or put off.

She made excuses for him, explaining it was important to “understand” his culture. Yet this was in a Christian seminary — and a Muslim holy day was being celebrated there.

In explaining Arab rage against the West, this same student mentioned the “crusades” – no matter that quite a few Jews had their heads lopped off by crusaders; or that the crusades were a delayed response to Muslim aggression. Now, Islamic aggression is on the march again – and some of its religious underpinnings are making inroads into the Christian faith, judging by what’s being taught at more than a few Christian seminaries.

 

One seminary student even spoke of terror master Yasar Arafat as a freedom fighter. “You know, he won a Nobel Peace Prize,” he reminded me.

Recently, Austin Seminary got a new dean, a long-time theology professor at the seminary named David H. Jensen. One of his more interesting scholarly articles pondered the cultural imperialism fostered by America’s most famous hamburger: the Big Mac. In “The Big Mac and the Lord’s Prayer,” Jensen argued that McDonald’s and its all-American mean were emblematic of the dark underbelly of globalization — and even at odds with Christian values. “The McMeal is…a parody of the Eucharist, extending an invitation to all, but embodying only one culture,” he wrote. Interestingly, McDonald’s strongest sales at the time were in none other than anti-American France and former Cold War enemies China and Russia. All of which underscores the perception gap that exists between leftist elites and ordinary people – a gap now reflected in the battle between rank-and-file Presbyterians and leftist elites in Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Years ago, the Presbyterian church was part of the venerable WASP establishment. It had produced many presidents over the years. Its parishioners were well-heeled, well-educated, and very successful. They believed in America. Those days are gone.

Now that divestiture is finally a reality, the soul of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) may have been lost forever to the left. Decent Presbyterians, like those at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers, will face an uphill battle to reclaim it.

The left is in charge, for now.

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Is Obama Trying To Get Us Killed?

By Stella Paul
http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/06/is_obama_trying_to_get_us_killed.html

As thousands of disease-riddled criminals storm across our borders, is it really time to mince words? President Obama appears to have an Agenda for America that stinks worse than a Border Patrol bus depot crammed with urine-drenched illegals. Is the man trying to protect and defend us, or does he want us to kick the bucket, run down the curtain, and join the choir invisible?
On January 29, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security advertised for a vendor to escort 65,000 “unaccompanied alien children,” indicating that they not only knew the alien invasion was coming, they planned it.

Now the feds are spreading these disease vectors from sea to shining sea, stuffed full of HIV, scabies, TB, swine flu, MRSA staph infections, syphilis, and other communicable infestations. “One person can infect a thousand people, and then that thousand can infect thousands more. There is an exponential increase,” warns public health expert Dr. Elizabeth Van Vliet.

Already, Border Patrol agents are getting sick from these contacts; soon these kids will start showing up in your public school. If you found it annoying when little Jake caught that cold that was going around, wait till he comes home with swine flu.

Mixed among the multitudes are notorious gang members, drug dealers, sex criminals, and terrorists. The gangs will massacre us in our cities, the drug dealers will rape our children’s minds, and the terrorists will disassemble our loved ones’ body parts. As for those poor pathetic youngsters brought here by human smugglers, they eventually will get the jobs that Americans won’t do – working as sex slaves.

Meanwhile, last week, Obama quietly finished eliminating multi-warheads on all ground-based nuclear missiles. It was no big thing, you understand. One day, he looked up from his golf game, saw the world was serenely at peace, and decided to junk our missile defense. As his 2010 Nuclear Posture Review helpfully explained, scrapping our warheads will “enhance the stability of the nuclear balance by reducing the incentives for either side to strike first.”

I’m sure you’ll be thrilled to know that the recent unpleasantness in Ukraine did not stop the Russians’ access to our nuclear bases. In an article titled, “Russia Checks U.S. Nuclear Missile Silos Amid Tensions,” Global Security Newswire reports:

Russian experts visited Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana on April 9 to ensure that each intercontinental ballistic missile firing site had been loaded with soil and crushed rock, and that their entryways could no longer seal shut. Their trip was one of eight annual checks Moscow can conduct at U.S. installations under the New START arms control treaty.

“Overall, we felt the process went smoothly,” said Col. Marne Deranger, vice commander of Malmstrom’s 341st Missile Wing.

How marvelous that things went smoothly! I’m so glad the Russians were pleased.

The same week that Obama finished dismantling our multi-warheads, we learned that the Pentagon is preparing to actively recruit transsexuals. We may no longer have an adequate missile defense, but don’t worry: the trannies will defend us with their purses.

And let’s hope those trannies can really swing it, because Obama’s Middle East ministrations are birthing an Al Qaeda caliphate, engorged on oil and tons of our leftover weapons. 9/11 was brought to you by 19 hijackers, armed only with knives and box-cutters. I’m not sure I want to be around when ISIS comes calling through our open borders, or on an airplane they can now board, since a federal judgeruled that no-fly-lists are unconstitutional.

When terror inflames our streets, we hope our veterans will race to protect us. But how many veterans will be left, once the Veterans Administration gets through with them? Obama’s minions awarded bonuses to 65 percent of VA senior executives last year for hastening the demise of over 1,000 veterans. Obama knew for years about the secret wait lists, which the VA hid by covering up patients who died, still yearning for that never-to-be-gotten medical appointment.

And then, alas, there is the man’s signature “achievement”: ObamaCare. A studiously incurious media has failed to inform us, but already Americans are dying from its tender mercies, including Doug Graham’s little sister Julie and Stephen Blackwood’s cancer-riddled mother.

It’s difficult to keep count, but Obama’s various maneuvers seem to heighten the probability that we’ll be shot, stabbed, run over, bombed, gassed, overdosed, beheaded, starved, strangled, sickened, and generally hounded to death.

Of course, Obama may not want all Americans shuffling off this mortal coil. He may need some starving wretches still around to hector about our global warming sins, while Michelle lectures us on the proper way to eat worms.

I sure hope our friends and neighbors enjoyed voting for this history-making president. There may not be too much enjoyment left.

Stella Paul’s ebook, What I Miss About America: Reflections from the Golden Age of Hope and Change, is available at Amazon for just $1.99. Write Stella at Stellapundit@aol.com

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Cowardly Christian Entertainers (by Marsha West)

Marsha West

June 16, 2014

 

During an interview with The Independent last year, country western star Carrie Underwood, a professing Christian, got the media’s full attention when she decided to come out in support of gay “marriage.” “As a married person myself,” she chirped, “I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry. I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.” Underwood also noted that she attends a gay-friendly church.

Four years ago another popular “Christian” singer, Jennifer Knapp, came out as a lesbian. In an interview Knapp stated that she wasn’t interested in becoming another spokesperson for the gay agenda because she wasn’t equipped for that. “I’m in no way capable of leading a charge for some kind of activist movement,” she bluntly told “Christianity Today” in 2010, adding, “I’m not capable of getting into the theological argument as to whether or not we should or shouldn’t allow homosexuals within our church.” (Source) Four years later we learn that Jennifer has boned up on theology 101 and now feels she’s capable of arguing her view on what the Bible teaches on homosexuality. Purchase her soon to be released book where she tells the story of her troubled life and you’ll discover Jennifer’s liberal theology. And, not surprisingly, on her book publisher’s website we learn that she has become an “advocate for LGBT issues in the church.”

The gay agenda has weaseled its way into all aspects of society, including religious institutions, corporations, politics, the media, education, the arts, the entertainment industry and so on. As a result, there’s a great divide in this country. Even though the Bible clearly opposes homosexuality, a growing number of professing Christians have no problem with it. Far be it from a Christian to hurt someone’s feelings or to be thought of as – gasp – homophobic. Anyone who dares oppose sodomy is said to be intolerant, even bigoted. Well, the fact of the matter is that society has been indoctrinated to believe that homosexuality is normal and natural despite the fact that the scriptures teach just the opposite. Not only is sodomy deemed unnatural, the Apostle Paul uses the term unseemly:

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Rom 1:26-27)

With all the health risks involved in homosexual behavior why are Christians expected to be tolerant instead of outraged?

The vast majority of highly respected, published, biblical scholars agree that Scripture clearly teaches that homosexuality is sin. Therefore practicing same-sex sex is unacceptable to God…to Jesus…to the Holy Spirit…in other words, to the holy Trinity.

Pastor Larry Tomczak said of so-called Christian entertainers who seem more concerned about their careers than with what the Bible teaches, “To say we genuinely care about our fellow man, yet not “speak the truth in love” is cowardice.”

Amy Grant and Dan Hassletine are the most recent Christian entertainers to take a stance on gay “marriage.” They’re for it. Thus, Amy and Dan are cowards.

Amy Grant is a singer-songwriter, musician, author and actor. This accomplished woman also has dozens of Dove awards, six Grammys and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Dan is the lead singer of popular Christian singing group Jars of Clay and “tweeter” extraordinaire.

Recently Grant agreed to do an interview with the gay press. According to Chris Azzopardi:

During her first gay press interview, and for an entire hour, the Grammy winner reflected – with her usual sincerity and thoughtfulness – on her loyal gay fan base, how she reconciles Christianity and homosexuality, her “compassion” for gay marriage…

Azzopardi was curious to know if she was invited to perform at the wedding of one of her gay fans and couldn’t do it because of a conflict in her schedule. She replied:

I was invited. I was honored to be invited. (Source)

Honored? Why would Amy, who proclaims her love for Jesus, feel that it’s an honor to be invited to sing Christian music at a gay “marriage” ceremony?

The answer is obvious. She has rejected Sola Scriptura in favor of following her feelings. As I already pointed out, homosexuality is diametrically opposed to Scripture.

Equally concerning is Grant’s 2010 interview with the world’s largest Catholic network, Catholic Online. Has she not heard of the Protestant Reformation? By doing the interview she as much as endorsed a religious system that has led billions of people down a path that ends at the Gates of Hell.

Reformer Martin Luther made it clear what Protestants must believe about the Roman Catholic Church:

What kind of a church is the pope’s church?” asked Martin Luther. “It is an uncertain, vacillating and tottering church. Indeed, it is a deceitful, lying church, doubting and unbelieving, without God’s Word. For the pope with his wrong keys teaches his church to doubt and to be uncertain.

If it is a vacillating church, then it is not the church of faith, for the latter is founded upon a rock, and the gates of hell cannot prevail against it (Matthew.16:18). If it is not the church of faith, then it is not the Christian church, but it must be an unchristian, anti-Christian, and faithless church which destroys and ruins the real, holy, Christian church.3 (H/T Ken Silva)

It doesn’t require a degree in theology to know that the RCC has for centuries been spreading a false gospel, a gospel that does not save and intends to keep men blinded from the truth. (2 Corinthians 4:4). That Ms Grant – or any other professing Christian – would agree to sit down with a representative of a false religious system shows how little discernment she has. Sadly, it appears that she is not concerned that her fans understand authentic Christian doctrine that will help them mature and grow in their faith. Amy must know that,

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.(Proverbs 16:25)

Likewise:

Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” (John 14:21)

Dan Haseltine is not a household name. But many believers are familiar with the popular Christian band Jars of Clay. In April Dan tweeted his support for gay “marriage” and claimed that Scripture has nothing to say on morality. When Christians objected to his unbiblical stance, he tweeted this stunning rebuke:

I don’t particularly care about Scriptures stance on what is “wrong” I care more about how it says we should treat people.

On biblical morality he tweeted:

Because most people read and interpret scripture wrong. I don’t think scripture “clearly” states much about morality.

The following day Metro Weekly reported Haseltine’s response to the uproar:

“Not meaning to stir things up BUT… is there a non-speculative or non ‘slippery slope’ reason why gays shouldn’t marry? I don’t hear one.” He went on to write “I’m trying to make sense of the conservative argument. But it doesn’t hold up to basic scrutiny. Feels akin to women’s suffrage. I just don’t see a negative effect to allowing gay marriage. No societal breakdown, no war on traditional marriage. ?? Anyone?” (Source)

By not taking a strong stance against gay “marriage” Amy and Dan have surrendered to three enemies: the world, the flesh and the devil. And let’s be clear. From their “progressive” vantage point, their brothers and sisters in Christ who oppose same-sex “marriage” (for biblical reasons) are homophobes, hate mongers and bigots.

But this is not only about Christian entertainers that have gone the way of progressive Christianity. It is equally about the so-called Bible believing Christian who has chosen to ignore what God’s Word says on homosexuality; the one who puts his tail between his legs and cowers rather than to stand up for the Truth. God’s people are commanded to “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 1:3) And by the way, the discerning Christian knows perfectly well that same-sex sex is prohibited in Scripture. Moreover, a spiritual person (1 Cor. 2:15) will understand that every sin is ultimately a sin against God. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

I’ll end this with a lengthy quote from Walter Martin, apologist and founder of the Christian Research Institute. Over two decades ago Dr. Martin gave us fair warning:

I don’t think it needs blackboard diagram; or any amount of sophisticated logical presentation a fortiori. I think you can be a fifth-grader and understand that if God says “cursed” is something He takes an extremely dim view of it. I think that’s a rational approach. So the homosexual theologians who are attempting today to defend homosexuality on the basis of Biblical theology are in the same position as the Sadducees, to whom Jesus addressed this remark: “You do err. Not knowing the Scriptures or the power of God.”

That’s exactly where they are. They are trying to put Christianity and homosexuality in the same bed; and you’re not gonna do it because Jesus Christ very forcibly condemned it. And you say, “Where in the New Testament did Jesus ever mention homosexuality?” Open your Bibles and find out; because contrary to what the gay church says, He not only spoke against it – He went out of His way to make it very clear [so] nobody’d misunderstand Him.

Of course, you do have to study your Greek New Testament to come up with it. Most homosexual theologians, so-called, that I have talked to don’t even know the Greek alphabet, much less their Greek exegesis so they miss it completely – but it’s here in the passage and it should be looked at. Matthew, chapter 15, Christ is speaking, verse 19, “For out of the heart proceeds evil thoughts, murders,” notice the differentiation, “adulteries, fornications,” plural, “thefts, false witness, blasphemies.”

“These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.” “The word homosexual is not there; what are you arguing about?” I’m arguing about the use of the word porneus, which was found written over the wall, and the doorway, and the arches, in excavations [by] archaeologists of Roman brothels. And the word porneus did not mean “sex before marriage” alone.

It meant homosexuality, bestiality, and all forms of degraded sex. And it became well known to everybody in the culture, if any of them ever did their homework, that porneus referred to anything goes. Jesus well knew the Roman brothels. He well knew the culture of His time; and when He said adulteries and fornications – plural – He was making a direct reference to the practices of the Romans and the Greeks and the pagans of the time who prostituted themselves to all forms of evil.

He knew it; He condemned it. It’s not just the matter of the word, it’s a matter of the culture; and Jesus certainly understood the culture of His time – if He didn’t, nobody did. And therefore, when He used the word fornications, He obviously was making reference to all forms – all forms, inclusive forms – of that which was the deviation from the norm of Jewish law.

And the reason I can say that with such dogmatism is because He was a rabbi. And if a rabbi didn’t know Jewish law on the subject of homosexuality, nobody on earth knew it. … (Source)

Additional Resources

Homosexuality – On Solid Rock Resources

Answering the Gay Christian Position – Joe Dallas

The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics – By Robert Gagnon. Dr. Gagnon is Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. “Gagnon offers the most thorough analysis to date of the biblical texts relating to homosexuality.”

Marsha West is a religious/political writer and owner ofEmailBrigade.com. She is also the founder and editor of the Email Brigade News Report, a biweekly news resource for people of faith that is chock-full of critical news and information. Marsha is dedicated to restoring a more common sense approach to our nation’s governance by encouraging people to thoroughly understand the issues that impact American lives. Marsha’s articles have been published widely online and in print and appear regularly in the Christian Post blog section as well as News With Views, Renew America, Worldview Times, Big World Watch, Conservative Crusader, Veracity Voice, Web Commentary, and she is a correspondent for the Christian Research Network. Marsha is currently writing a fiction series for Christian children that will equip them to defend their faith and live for Christ. Visit Marsha’s website:http://emailbrigade.com

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Jesus Christ Did Not Believe In Tolerance And Peace, But The Punishment Of Evil Doers And Evil People

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by Ted on June 14, 2014
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By Theodore Shoebat

Jesus Christ did not believe in tolerance and peace, but the punishment of evil doers and evil people.
I never accepted the modern perception of Christianity, as a sort of peace loving religion. Christ Himself said:

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. –Matthew 10:34

Christ is “The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.” (Psalm 24:8)

The Divine Law strikes, and the heretics scatter, like wolves without a head. Now is the hour of darkness, now is the hour of the savages and their leader the wicked one, “given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them” (Revelation 13:7)

But with the hour of persecution, comes the time for the shepherds who, worshiping the Eternal Shepherd, strikes the lion and the bear to rescue one sheep, and then slays the mighty hunter who defies “the armies of the living God” (1 Samuel 17:26).

The Two Swords, the Spiritual and the Temporal, lie in the hands of the Church, and yet they remaine unused, rusted and ignored by indifferent hearts. These are the Swords of the Church Militant, who rises, confronts, and destroys the bastions of darkness that advance against the Kingdom of Heaven.

When the Holy Sepulchre and holy places of pilgrimage were tainted and desecrated by the Muslim heathen, tell me, did Christians stay still, and say amongst themselves, “We must accept that Christian lands are now belong under the law of Islam. We as Christians should condemn what they are doing, but we must not wish harm on anyone or be militant, because we are under the New Covenant, and Christ never declared war on anyone”?

Never.

They engrained into their hearts the words of our Lord when He declared, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Matthew 16:24) They placed the holy sign of the most glorious Cross onto their chests, took up swords shaped as crosses, for as Christ defeated the devil with the cross so does His warriors defeat the sons of Belial with the Cross, and shook the earth with the ascending and roaring cries of, “God wills it!”

They struck the heathen, restored the holy churches and the sacred sites on which God Himself touched with heavenly hands, and purged the lands of pagan taint.

And who are these people today, who say that such actions are “not Christ-like” but ravenous hirelings who wish to profit off the treasures of Heaven, while telling the sheep to endure the sharp fangs of lingering wolves?

These same hirelings repeat, like an injured crow, that we are no longer under the Law, that we are under a New Covenant and not the Covenant under Moses, and that therefore this means that no longer should the Church wield the sword against her enemies, that no longer should government enact laws to punish those who preach evil ideologies and doctrines, and those partake in homosexuality and other deviancies.

People who say such things are enemies of the Church, and are the reason as to why the sodomites are advancing themselves over civilization; why the Muslims have infiltrated the government, and why other false and destructive ideologies have succeeded in gaining the license to murder unborn infants. It is because of Christians who allow freedom of religion and idea, that these ideologies have had the suffrage to influence the government.

Yet to these same conniving deceivers, whose mouths never cease in gushing forth heretical bile, Christians are the only people who should not influence law. If a Christian suggests that the death penalty for homosexuality would be beneficial, and in accordance to God’s Law, he is mocked and berated, and told that he has no “love”; that everyone should have the “free will” to do what they please and “God will judge them in the end”; and that he has not the “peace” of Christ.

Such people hate the Divine Law, and only wish to use words such as “grace” and “New Covenant” so that society continues “in sin, that grace may abound” (Romans 6:1).

The entire trend of using the term “New Covenant” in order to halt any discussion on political laws against evil doers, has been being used to enable the servants of the devil, and is extremely inadequate to the nature of Scripture and is contrary to the Spirit of Christianity.

In the modern worldview, ideas and beliefs should never be punished, but only actions that physically hurt others. And some so called Christians will use the “New Covenant” argument to justify such an opinion.

Where in the entire New Testament does it say that government laws must no longer punish homosexuals and other evil doers, but can only punish murderers, rapists, and any other crime where someone is physically injured? No where. But this is the type of political worldview that they subscribe to.

The Old Testament says that rapists and murderers are to be put to death, should we then throw away these laws because we are no longer under the Old Covenant? Only a madman would say yes. But under the logic of such deceivers, rape and murder should be given license because we are under the “New Covenant.”

Since when are homosexuals exempt from the Divine Law? Modern Christians only want to accept the laws that prohibit murder, rape and theft, because it suites today’s moral worldview, and they reject the laws against homosexuality and evil doctrines, because it is too intolerant for their present minds.

One does not have to be under the Old Covenant in order to enact laws, through legislation, against homosexuals, abortion rights advocates, and other wicked people.

Nebuchadnezzar was not under the Old Covenant, and yet he established a law proscribing blasphemy against God:

Any people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way. (Daniel 3:29)

Nebuchadnezzar was not an Israelite, not under the Mosaic Law, and not under the nation of Israel. He was a Babylonian, and yet he made a law that punished blasphemy against God with the death penalty.
Artaxerxes was not under the Old Covenant, and yet he told the prophet Ezra,

And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon, whether it be unto death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment. (Ezra 7:26)

Artaxerxes was not an Israelite, he was not under the Mosaic law and nor was he under the nation of Israel, he was a Persian sovereign and yet he decreed that the Law of God must be followed.
Job was not a Hebrew, he was an Arab not under the Old Covenant, and yet he believed infidelity of government punishment:

If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour’s door;
Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.
For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges. (Job 31:9-11)

Job also believed that the crime of worshipping the sun and moon also merited punishment:

If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;
And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:
This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above. (Job 31:26-28)

Abraham was not under the Old Covenant, but under the Order of Melchizedek, and was very militant, executing a war on the conquering pagans who kidnapped Lot and all of Sodom, in order to liberate his nephew and his fellow man:

And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.

And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.

And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.” (Genesis 14:15-16)

Did Melchizedek, the high priest, condemn Abraham and say “We do not go against flesh and blood”? No. Instead he praised God for the victory:

Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. (Genesis 14:19-20)

Not only was Abraham under the Order of Melchizedek, but Christ is of this same Order as well, as we read in the Psalms:

Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. (Psalm 110:4)

Since Christ is of the Order of Melchizedek, the Church is of the same Order, and therefore Christians can launch and partake in Holy War.

St. Paul was under the New Covenant, and he firmly believed in the state slaying evildoers, saying:
“For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. (Romans 13:3-4)

St. Peter was under the New Covenant, and yet he did not say give freedom to homosexuals, but instead believe that rulers are sent by God “for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.” (1 Peter 2:14)

In the minds of St. Peter and St. Paul, evil definitely consisted of homosexuality, teaching ideologies for the killing of human life, and spreading false doctrine.

If America ever enacted laws punishing homosexuality, we would be completely in the right to do it. For the sword that shed the blood of an evildoer, is not of a murderous nature, but is of justice. St. Bernard, inspired by St. Paul’s words from Romans 13, praised the holy warriors of the Crusade when he wrote:

If he fights for a good cause, the outcome of the battle can never be evil… The knight of Christ, I say, may strike with confidence and succumb more confidently. When he strikes, he does service to Christ, and to himself when he succumbs. Nor does he bear the sword in vain. He is God’s minister in the punishment of evil doers and the praise of well doers. Surely, if he kills an evil doer, he is not a man-killer, but, if I may put it, an evil-doer. (St. Bernard, In Praise of A New Knighthood, chs. 1.2, 3.4, trans. M. Conrad Greenia, ellipses mine)

Tertullian distinguishes the just sword from the unjust sword,

As for the sword, which is drunk with the blood of the brigand’s victims, who would not banish it entirely from his house, much more from his bed-room, or from his pillow, from the presumption that he would be sure to dream of nothing but the apparitions of the souls which were pursuing and disquieting him for lying down with the blade which shed their own blood? …The sword also which has received honourable stains in war, and has been thus engaged in a better manslaughter, will secure its own praise by consecration.” (Tertullian, On the Resurrection of the Flesh, ch. xvi, ANF, vol. 3, ellipses mine)

The passage from Tertullian is more significant, because Tertullian lived before Constantine, and it is a common myth that before Constantine Christians were pacifist, and that it wasn’t until Constantine that Christians began to change their theology to fit for war. This passage proves that before Christians began conducting war, the theology of militancy and holy war was already being developed.

It is completely of the Spirit of Christianity to slay evil doers under the state, and it is completely of the Spirit of the Antichrist to believe in freedom for the wicked.

 

 

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