A Watershed Moment For America

A Watershed Moment For America

As I alluded to in my social media feed on Friday, the outrageous verdict in the killing of Kate Steinle in San Francisco, has rocked America from sea to shining sea.  When I read the news late Thursday evening, that Jose Garcia Zarate was found not even guilty of manslaughter, it rocked me to my very core, as it did many people.  In the wake of this travesty of justice, and that is exactly what it is, we need to understand that we have arrived at a watershed moment in American society.

Pivotal Moment

Why is this moment so pivotal you may ask?  First, Zarate was a 5-time offender of our immigration laws, and 5 times he was deported.  On the sixth time that he illegally entered the United States, he was caught by the San Francisco authorities, who US Immigration ordered the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department to hold Zarate for deportation.  Due to San Francisco having a law that prohibits cooperation with U.S. Immigration authorities, they let him go.  What resulted was him getting his hands on a weapon that fired, and killed Kate Steinle.  This all took place near the Embarcadero, a popular local and tourist area that many people visit each day.

 

The very fact that the City of San Francisco would have the audacity to pass such a ridiculous law to begin with is utterly ridiculous.  We have a Supremacy Clause in the Constitution, and it applies to every city, town, and cattle-trail in the USA.  It certainly does not exempt any government authority from being under that authority, and that applies to San Francisco.  However, this city, and many others like it, have been allowed to pass such ordinances with impunity, with zero response from the federal government.

 

This law led directly to the death of Kate Steinle, and there is no way that anyone could credibly say otherwise.  Had Zarate been detained, as ordered and as required by federal law, Ms. Steinle would be alive today, because Zarate would be behind bars awaiting deportation.  Instead, because of a stupid law, that I believe to be 100% illegal in the first place, that woman is now dead.  What is very troubling is, why this law was allowed to stand in the first place, and why has not our federal government done something about it?

Politics As Usual

The simple fact is, it all comes down to politics trumping the rule of law.  You see, Kate Steinle’s case is not the only miscarriage of justice.  In the last 3-5 years, we have seen politicians with clear-cut evidence of violating federal laws, not have so much as an indictment against them levied.  Some could run for President of the United States, such as the case with Hillary Clinton and her illegal home email server.  We even had the FBI Director James Comey testify before Congress, that had it been anyone else in a similar situation, they would likely face prosecution.  But that didn’t happen with Mrs. Clinton did it?  Political power played every bit into her lack of prosecution, and in the case of Ms. Steinle, politics played a major role in her killer being exonerated.  The whole reason why such a law exists in the City of San Francisco, is that the city is run by left-winged ideologues, that believe in open borders.  To be even more clear, they do not believe, nor recognize, our federal immigration laws, because they believe everyone deserves to be here.  If you do not believe like them, you are a racist.

 

So, with a precedent of one set of laws applying to certain classes of people, in hindsight, the Steinle verdict should not surprise us.  Of course, it is still no less upsetting, but what else should we expect of those we elect to govern over us?  Who are these people that we elect to positions of power?  Why does it seem more and more each day that justice is not just miscarried, but thrown out altogether?

The Answer

The answer is simple, but many will reject it outright.  Our American society is in this situation, because we have turned our backs on G-d and our L-rd Yeshua.  We are a nation that knows G-d and His Commandments, but we have turned our backs on Him.  The Bible illustrates that when a nation does this, complete and utter chaos sets in and destroys that society.

Matthew 24:12 “And the love of many will grow cold, due to increased distance from Torah.”

The “Torah” is the law of G-d on how our spiritual and civil lives are to be conducted.  Yeshua said Himself, “If you love me, you will keep My Commandments.”  G-d handed down His Word so that society would have justice, and justice is based solely upon His Word.

 

Cities like San Francisco are like a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah.  Those two ancient cities were wicked cities, completely devoid of any obedience to the law.  We have cities that celebrate the gay lifestyle, even to the point of indoctrinating children that are Pre-K into accepting their immorality.  Arrogant government leaders from local, state, and federal levels feel that they are above the law, and can do whatever they want.  Across America, we have leaders that are in positions of power, because the electorate failed to seek G-d’s face on who they should vote for, because their own spiritual lives are a wreck.  We are reaping what we have sowed.

Full Circle

This brings us back to Kate Steinle, and the travesty that occurred on Thursday in court.  What message is that city and state sending?  That message is, “You can break our federal laws, and we won’t report you.  If you commit a crime, even murder, there will be no consequences.”  I read some remarks from a talk-show host today who said, “The state of California is sending the message that it is an unsafe state.”  I firmly agree with this assessment, but it’s not limited to California, or the City of San Francisco.  This is spreading across the nation like cancer, and it needs to be dug out.

 

The only way to root out the corruption, the lawlessness, and the utter lack of caring that is going on in our society is nothing short of a revival in America.  This nation needs to collectively get on its knees and pray first for forgiveness of its sin of abandonment of G-d, and for opening the door for all these horrible atrocities to take place in our nation.  We need to seek Yeshua (Jesus) and ask Him to restore a right spirit in every man, woman, and child in this land.

“Create in me a clean heart O G-d, and renew a right spirit in me.”  Psalm 51:10

Only by doing this, can we even begin to hope that miscarriages of justice, like what happened with the trial of Jose Zarate, become a thing of the past, never to happen again.  When we get on our knees and pray hard for true change in our lives, and seek his righteousness, only then will we be able to, with G-d’s help, to ensure that godly men and women will be placed in governmental offices and govern justly.

This is a watershed moment for sure in America.  Will we be a nation that returns to G-d and His justice, or, will our nation continue down the path of complete and utter annihilation?  The clock is ticking.

Shalom

 

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Hillsong New York Is Not A Christian Church

Hillsong New York Is Not A Christian Church

If you watched the daytime TV show “The View”, you may have seen a special guest that appeared on their show recently.  Carl Lentz was a guest on the show, and was asked a wide range of questions.  It did not take long for those questions to get down to the point on issues on homosexuality and abortion.  This show has an all-female host lineup, many of which are liberal in their political and moral train of thought.

She Said/He Said

“Pastor” Carl was asked his view on abortion, and this was his response.

“So, it’s not a sin in your church to have an abortion?” pro-abortion host Joy Behar asked.

Lentz responded: “That’s the kind of conversation we would have finding out your story, where you’re from, what you believe. … I mean, God’s the judge. People have to live to their own convictions. That’s such a broad question, to me, I’m going higher. I want to sit with somebody and say, ‘What do you believe?’”

“So it’s not an open and shut case to you?” Behar asked.

“Some people would say it is,” Lentz responded. “To me, I’m trying to teach people who Jesus is first, and find out their story. Before I start picking and choosing what I think is sin in your life, I’d like to know your name.”

 

At another point, co-host Sara Haines asked where Lentz stands on issues like abortion and homosexuality.

“Hillsong is seen as this hip, progressive church that’s drawn huge millennial crowds, but it’s still evangelical,” Haines said. “So, where do you stand on social issues that young people are particularly passionate about, like gay marriage [and] abortion? Like, how do you address those types of things?”

“Hillsong is seen as this hip, progressive church that’s drawn huge millennial crowds, but it’s still evangelical,” Haines said. “So, where do you stand on social issues that young people are particularly passionate about, like gay marriage [and] abortion? Like, how do you address those types of things?”

Lentz replied: “I think our job is still to help people—not necessarily change how they think—but try to point them to what God has said, what we believe the Bible [has] to say. We believe that God is good, that God loves everybody, that Jesus was here to set people free, and that’s still the good news of the gospel.”

 

The Agony Of Defeat

You may need to read this a few times over and let it sink in.  This was not some popstar sharing their so-called “faith” in G-d, although, Carl Lentz tries his best to appear to be one, wearing trendy, popstar type outfits and hanging out with celebrities.  This was the pastor of one of the biggest mega-churches in the country, and in New York City, being asked questions that any true believer of the gospel would be able to give definitive answers.  Yet, his responses were not just non-committed rebuttals, but frankly, they were a load of platitudes designed to tickle the ears of a broad spectrum of people.

 

“Pastor” Lentz had an amazing opportunity to share the truth of the Word of G-d, in front of millions of viewers, who likely would never step foot into any church, much less the one he pastors.  They are people that would not tune into any sort of Christian programming, and certainly not Hillsong New York’s streaming of their church services.  This was a secular TV show, viewed by many unchurched and likely, backslidden people, and it was a pivotal moment to share unashamedly what the gospel says on these subjects.

 

And Carl Lentz failed.

 

The Truth

The Bible states that, “You shall not murder.”  For any believer in Christ that is reading this, who attends a church that says the Old Testament is no longer valid anymore, I have news for you.  It is 100% valid and still in effect.  This is one of the 10 Commandments, handed down to Moshe (Moses) himself to the children of Israel, as part of a larger guide of right living.  That right living is of course having a relationship with G-d.  Killing a baby in the womb is murder, because it is 100% premeditated, and that fits the very definition of murder, because it deprives someone of the life that G-d gave them.

 

The next point Lentz failed to make a definitive statement on was homosexuality.  The Bible says,

“You are not to go to bed with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination.” Leviticus 18:22. 

For those of you hyper-grace church goers out there who still believe that only the New Testament matters, try reading,

“Don’t you know that unrighteous people will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t delude yourselves — people who engage in sex before marriage, who worship idols, who engage in sex after marriage with someone other than their spouse, who engage in active or passive homosexuality, 10 who steal, who are greedy, who get drunk, who assail people with contemptuous language, who rob — none of them will share in the Kingdom of God.”  1 Corinthians 6: 9-10

 

Compromise At Every Turn

There are of course many other verses in the Bible that address these topics.  I expect that man who has attended seminary would know about these things.  Yet, when the moment of truth came, Carl Lentz chose not to take a stand for the gospel.  This is not the first time that he, or his ministry have done things that are directly contradictory to the Bible and it’s teachings.  Here are some other examples.

 

  • Hillsong Church sponsored a women’s conference, and as part of the festivities, had a male come out on the stage dressed like the “Naked Cowboy” of New York. That is to say, he came on stage wearing nothing but a cowboy hat, and dressed in his underwear.  I fail to see how this promotes spiritual purity for women, or anyone for that matter.
  • Carl Lentz was seen just three months ago in a bar, and photographs were taken of him taking shots with Justin Beiber. I have heard of bar outreach ministries, but this is ridiculous!
  • Lentz, like other prosperity and hyper-grace teachers rely on motivational sermons that have very little, if any, points on the gospel of living a life of holiness. Instead, you can live the life of a believer, and still keep one foot in the world.  Or on the case of “Pastor” Lentz, one foot still in the bar.

Now one might say that during the moment, being in front of that many viewers, that he might have become nervous.  That would be true for most people, but not for Lentz.  This man is the face of Hillsong NYC, and he is constantly in the public view on TV, radio, and the internet.  Even on social media tonight, writers like Matt Walsh have repeatedly asked him to give a definitive answer to the topics of homosexuality and abortion.  What is his response?  His responses are cleverly worded deflections to try and paint the person asking the hard questions as a “mean ole bully”.  I must agree with one commenter, in that, Carl Lentz took a coward’s way out on “The View.”

 

The Evidence Is Here

The point in all of this, is the following.  We are truly living in the last days, and one of the signs of the second coming of Christ would be the arrival of “teachers” teaching people what they want to hear.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

For the time is coming when people will not have patience for sound teaching, but will cater to their passions and gather around themselves teachers who say whatever their ears itch to hear.  Yes, they will stop listening to the truth, but will turn aside to follow myths.

This describes not just Carl Lentz, and Hillsong NYC, but it describes the very age in which we live in.  Many believers out there think that they can look, do, and say the same things that the unchurched and the rebellious do, because at the end of the day, they have “grace” that covers their sins.  However, when a pastor, or a congregant continues in what they know to be sin, or when confronted with the truth of the Word, and then dismiss it, relying upon religious, man-made dogma, or the inspiring words of their charismatic preacher, then they are choosing to willfully live a sinful life.

It does not matter if you are reading this now, and are at church every time the doors are open.  It does not matter how much you jump around and how loud you sing in the worship service.  If you are living a sinful life, with no desire or conviction to change, the Bible says you are, “deceiving yourselves.”  Carl Lentz and Hillsong NYC are in no way a Christian church, and they are certainly not Bible believing as evidenced by their own actions.  God’s Word says, “You will know them by their fruits.”  On “The View”, we saw what that fruit was.  It was the fruit of being pleasing to man, instead of pleasing to G-d.

 

Shalom

Note:  To view the interview yourself, please click on the following video.

Carl Lentz on “The View”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reformation Day – Why Believers Should Not Be Celebrating Martin Luther

Reformation Day – Why Believers Should Not Be Celebrating Martin Luther

Today was Reformation Day, which commemorates Martin Luther’s act of writing his 95 theses and nailing them to the door of the church in Wittenburg, Germany.  There were many things that Martin Luther took issue with the Roman Catholic Church, and it was this single moment in history that is celebrated as the start of the Reformation of the Christian Church.  Martin Luther is celebrated in virtually all mainline Protestant faiths throughout the globe, because among other things, he made the point that it was faith, and not just works, that get a person to heaven.

However, many people do not know the darker side of Martin Luther.  Specifically, Martin Luther found the Jews extremely abhorrent.  Before I go on, I will enumerate in his own words what he thought should be done with the Jews.

“First, to set fire to their synagogues or schools … This is to be done in honor of our Lord and of Christendom, so that God might see that we are Christians …”
“Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed.”
“Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blasphemy are taught, be taken from them.”
“Fourth, I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach henceforth on pain of loss of life and limb …”
“Fifth, I advise that safe-conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews. For they have no business in the countryside …”
“Sixth, I advise that usury be prohibited to them, and that all cash and treasure of silver and gold be taken from them …”
“Seventh, I recommend putting a flail, an ax, a hoe, a spade, a distaff, or a spindle into the hands of young, strong Jews and Jewesses and letting them earn their bread in the sweat of their brow … But if we are afraid that they might harm us or our wives, children, servants, cattle, etc., … then let us emulate the common sense of other nations such as France, Spain, Bohemia, etc., … then eject them forever from the country …”

In reading the many articles, Tweets, and other things on the internet on this subject, very few, if any, made even a passing reference to this well documented history of Luther’s hatred for the Jews.  Instead, I saw stories and posts lifting up the name of Martin Luther, and how great of a man of G-d he was.  However, when you read his own words, how can any believer expect to be taken seriously, given his antisemitic history?  Luther may have believed in G-d, and been a student of the Bible, but clearly from his own hate speech, did not take what he studied to heart.

Consider the fact that Luther is pretty much responsible for kindling the fires of antisemitism in Europe that would carry on from the early 1500s, all the way up to the start of WW2.  This time period, of course, was a horrible period of persecution of the Jews at the hands of the Nazi’s.  Take note of some of the things he states should be done to the Jews, and then look what the Nazi’s did to them.  Looks like the instruction book was written for them about 400 plus years ahead of time.

Notice that “common sense” to Luther was to take the lead of Spain and kick the Jews out altogether.  Let us remember, that just a few short years before, in 1492, the Edict of Expulsion was decreed in Spain that not only kicked the Jews out of a land that they had lived in for hundreds of years, but took all their wealth and lands as well.  My favorite quote of Luther’s is, “First, to set fire to their synagogues or schools … This is to be done in honor of our Lord and of Christendom, so that God might see that we are Christians …”  Yes, nothing shows the love of Yeshua (Jesus) than burning down a synagogue or a Yeshiva.  I will not get into the fact that persecution, which is cursing, G-d’s people, the descendants of Avraham, is expressly forbidden in the book of Genesis Chapter 12.

Martin Luther was a man railing against what he perceived was an unholy agenda being carried out by the Catholic Church.  He felt the Word of G-d was being perverted by bishops and the Pope, and thus something had to be done about it.  However, while he may have made some very sound theological points, they were not his original thoughts.  He simply quoted what had already been stated in G-d’s Word, His Torah.  What is a shame is that his antisemitic rhetoric overshadows much of the good that he may have helped to promote.

What I find most troubling, is that the Christian press today did not mention any of the above things that I have outlined in this article about Martin Luther.  Instead, I read such headlines as “America Needs It’s Own Martin Luther”, or, “Why Donald Trump Is A Lot Like Martin Luther”, oddly enough written by a Jew, but makes only a very high altitude reference about hate speech towards Jews.  Dr. Richard Land stated in an article today, over at the Christian Post, “On a more personal note, let us all express admiration and gratitude to that incomparable Christian, Martin Luther.”   There is/was nothing Christian at all about advocating the persecution of Jews, anymore than there is persecution of Muslims today by some believers, simply because they are Muslims.

I will not venerate a man who, not based on speculation, but on his own written words, advocated the genocide of G-d’s people in direct contradiction to the very Word of G-d he claimed to follow.  All believers in Yeshua are Jews according to the Apostle Paul in Romans Chapter 2 which reads:

Romans 2:29 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

29 On the contrary, the real Jew is one inwardly; and true circumcision is of the heart, spiritual not literal; so that his praise comes not from other people but from God.

The fact that the Christian press did not make mention of Martin Luther’s antisemitic past, is simply due to the fact that there has been, and continues to thrive, an undercurrent of antisemitism in the church.  There is this replacement theology that is taught from pulpits that somehow, the Jews abdicated being G-d’s chosen people, and that believers now are the new Israel.  Nothing could be further from the truth, and such a replacement theology directly contradicts scripture on this very subject.

Romans 11:18 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

18 then don’t boast as if you were better than the branches! However, if you do boast, remember that you are not supporting the root, the root is supporting you.

To be completely blunt, it is high time that Christians stop being willfully ignorant of the history of antisemitism in the church, and that it continues today by marginalizing anything to do with the Jews or our Hebraic roots of our faith.  Martin Luther is celebrated loudly as starting the reformation, but people are completely silent that his antisemitic attitude helped to fuel a 400 year run-up to the most atrocious event in the course of human history, that being the Holocaust.  In short, believers need to take note that while they are celebrating “Reformation Day”, that to Jews everywhere they are lauding an antisemite of the first order.

 

 

RIP – Boy Scouts of America

We have all read the news that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) made the decision to allow girls to serve in the ranks of the Boy Scouts, up to and including, earning the coveted rank of Eagle Scout.  I have been reading news articles, and social media outrage regarding this story, and it is very troublesome to say the least.  However, at the end of the day, none of this should really surprise any of us.

Consider the fact that 17 years ago, the BSA was so adamant to maintain their core values of not allowing homosexuals into their ranks, they went all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States to defend it.  They won that case and it was a resounding victory for all those who were in the Boy Scouts both past and present, to see a fine institution preserved.  Again, this was less than 20 years ago that this case was decided.

Fast-forward to January 2014, and the BSA made the shocking announcement that membership in the BSA would no longer be denied to those who were avowed homosexuals.  In January of 2017, the BSA took another sip of the gender bending Kool-Aid, and made the policy that transgendered boys, that is to say, biological girls who think they are boys, may join the BSA.  So today we hear the announcement that girls can have full membership in the Boy Scouts, and all this really has become is the manifestation of the inevitable.

This is inevitable, because the BSA decided to throw away a century of tradition, and all for what?  So that they could claim to be in line with “social norms”, or affiliate themselves with “social justice”, whatever that means?  The entire purpose that Lord Baden Powell, the Scouts “Chief of All Scouts” desired was to make young boys into men.  How are the Boy Scouts going to be able to achieve that goal, when they now have girls that are joining their ranks?  Are the girls now going to be shaped into being men going forward?  The only thing that this latest policy accomplishes is causing more confusion.

This really is the heart of it all:  Confusion.  What does the Bible have to say about confusion?

1 Corinthians 14:33 New King James Version (NKJV)

33 For G-d is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

If G-d is not the author of confusion, then who is?  It can only be the devil.  Think about this, Randall Stephenson, who is the BSA’s National President, is also the President and CEO of AT&T.  Under his leadership, AT&T has championed gay rights and LGBT initiatives.  They have proudly displayed the AT&T logo in the rainbow colors for several years now in their print advertisements, social media, and TV.  It is no secret that when the national board of BSA in 2012 reaffirmed their commitment to not allow homosexuals to serve, Stephenson did not hide the fact that he disagreed with that, and then systematically worked to overturn sticking to what is moral and just.(Please note:  I am not calling Randal Stephenson the devil.)

The real agenda here is that the devil wants to continue to destroy the G-d created order of the universe.  One of many ways is to attempt to emasculate G-d’s creation, that being His creation of man.  There is a concerted effort to feminize boys and men across this nation, so that they will grow up in a world where “acting like a boy”, is not only frowned upon, but that such a male who does so, becomes an object of scorn.  What better way to do that, than to take an organization like the Boy Scouts, and confuse it with girls who think they are boys, girls who know they are girls, but want to act like one of the boys, and then boys who are supposed to grow up in all of this and not come out totally confused as to what it means to be a man?

This is 100% a recipe for disaster, that likely we will not see the effects until a decade or so from now.  By the way, this is not limited to just the Boy Scouts.  Be it sports, other traditional boys only clubs, and the like, all of them are being forced by militant activists, who are demanding that G-d fearing young boys and men conform to their twisted sense of what is considered “normal”.  All of it, to be perfectly clear, is nothing more than a diabolical plan of the enemy to destroy young men before they have a chance to get off the ground in life.

So what are we as men of G-d to do about this?

  1. Sever all ties with the Boy Scouts of America – The Boys Scouts are not going to make a change until you hit them where it hurts, and that is membership numbers and collected dues. If enough scout troops start to disappear from the national map, you are going to see a scrambling of the National HQ to try and figure out why that is happening.  Aside from this, the Bible makes it clear that we as men of G-d are to, “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22-24 King James Version (KJV)

 

  1. Look for a Christian alternative boys program – There are many Christ-centered adventure programs out there for boys and their fathers to get involved in. Royal Rangers, Trail Life, and the like are fine organizations that have the Boy Scouts type of environment.  To be clear, one that is centered upon the teachings of the Bible about morality, following G-d’s commandments, and living a holy and pure life.  This is how we teach our boys to become men, by filling their minds and their spirit with the Word of G-d.

 

  1. For my fellow Eagle Scouts, you owe the BSA of today nothing – Yes, if you had not figured it out by now, I am an Eagle Scout, Class of 1988. I have always been very proud of that achievement in my life, as it involved a lot of labor of love, some learned life skills, and appreciation for the outdoors, and I got to understand what it takes to be a man.  However, that was under a Boy Scouts of America that backed up the Scout Oath to be “morally straight.”

 

As of today, the current BSA no longer upholds the Scout Oath as it was explained to me and my fellow Scouts.  When I received my Eagle Scout Award, I was charged with the following, “To promise to give back to Scouting more than it has given me.”  Because the BSA chooses to blatantly go against the Scout Oath, and has embraced a culture of evil, as the Bible defines it, by allowing homosexuals to serve in its ranks, and to feminize the BSA by allowing girls to serve in what is supposed to be an all-boys organization, I cannot fulfill that oath I took, because the Boy Scouts that I knew no longer exists.  Therefore, if you are a believer and an Eagle Scout like me, you owe the current BSA absolutely nothing.  They have abandoned us, and all our past Eagle brotherhood.

What I predict will happen, is that a lot of people, some of them Christians, and well-meaning people at that, will continue to affiliate with the Boy Scouts and not take a moral, a biblical stand.  Maybe they will say, “Well, our church supports them, and because it’s in the church, they will not make us take in homosexuals, transgenders, or girls wanting to join Scouts.”  Those people are going to be sorely mistaken, when those people show up, they turn them away, and they return with lawyers and the press.  The time to take a stand is now, not later.

I wrote the BSA a couple of years ago, when they decided to include homosexuals, and voiced some of these similar concerns.  Do you think I ever got a response?  The answer of course is no, and thus, this proves another point.  Not only do they not care about their current membership, they do not care about past Eagle Scouts, who likely are going to be those that would be the ones to become Scoutmasters, and the future of the organization.  However, one thing is clear, and this was stated by writer Matt Walsh early last week when the news story broke, “The Boy Scouts Are Dead.

Shalom

 

Editor’s Note:  I debated for days, about whether I should make this blog post or not.  My reason for my delay is this.  Currently it has become more than evident, that people who express their point of view, and then such a point of view does not line up with liberal, secular ideology, usually face the consequences.  Some of those consequences are, loss of employment, reputations tarnished, and overall making a person’s life miserable.  If you are not sure this is happening, take a moment to Google the key words, “Christian Baker”, “Christian Florist”, and stand by to be educated and shocked.

The fact of the matter is, speaking the truth, while not always popular, is ALWAYS the right thing to do.  That truth, which is the Word of G-d, is not something to be ashamed about, and certainly not to be fearful about.  Yeshua tells us that in the last days there will come persecutions, because of our belief in Him.  (Matthew Chapter 24).  If my speaking the Word of G-d in this article, or any future articles, brings upon myself any sort of backlash, then so be it.  That is simply something that my Savior Yeshua has already told me is going to happen.  However, what we as believers cannot do is be silent any longer.  We’ve been silent for too long, and our society is crumbling.

9/11 – We Remember, But Is That It?

9/11 – We Remember, But Is That It?

I remember very clearly the morning of September 11, 2001.  Fresh off the previous day from getting engaged, I was riding on cloud nine looking forward to our nuptials later on the following year.  As I was getting ready for morning classes at the University of Texas, Arlington, my television was warming up, while I was having a bagel with jelly for breakfast.

It was then that the first image I saw was what would be the second plane to hit the second World Trade Center tower.  I sat in utter shock at what I saw, and I knew that we were under attack.  The rest of that day was surreal, not seeing any commercial aircraft in the air, many people stayed off the roads, and as I made my way into work later that afternoon to downtown Dallas, it literally looked like a ghost town, as many businesses had sent employees home for security sake.  The immense loss of life that happened on that day was, and will forever be, shocking, sad, and will live in the hearts and minds of all Americans, and people around the world.

On The Brink Of Revival

In the days and weeks after the attacks, people flocked to churches looking for answers.  People were looking for some comfort that the cable news channels, our politicians, and yes, even our family and friends could not provide.  On the surface, it looked like people were coming back in droves to the L-rd.  That the death of so many people got America’s attention, and that a revival of epic proportions was in the works.

And then, nothing of the sort happened.

In just a few weeks after the attacks, those who had flocked to churches looking to G-d for answers, went right back to their lives, and to “business as usual.”  This is because many of the messages that were being preached then, are the same messages that pastors are preaching now.  That is, America is a fallen nation.  It is a rebellious nation, and America needs to repent of her sins.

Rebellion Brings Judgement

The apparently was too much for people to handle, because they could not understand why G-d would allow such a thing to happen.  The very idea that someone could suggest that 9/11 happened due to our sinful ways, was just too cruel, too ugly to bear, and that G-d could not have done such a thing.  Had they actually read the Bible, they would have found out rather quickly that yes, G-d would allow such a calamity to happen, and it would not have been the first time.

In the book of Jeremiah, the prophet is told to prophesy to the kings of Judah and Israel, that destruction was coming, and it was coming for one main reason.

Jeremiah 21:  8 “And here is what you are to tell this people: ‘Adonai says: “Look! I am presenting you with the way of life and the way of death. 9 Anyone who stays in this city will die by sword, famine and plague. But he who leaves and surrenders to the Kasdim besieging you will stay alive; his own life will be his only ‘spoils of war.’ 10 For I have determined absolutely that this city will have evil, not good,” says Adonai. “It is going to be handed over to the king of Bavel, and he will burn it to the ground.”’

There are more examples of G-d bringing about judgement, such as the Great Flood that occurred during the time  of Noach. (Noah)

Genesis 6:  5 Adonai saw that the people on earth were very wicked, that all the imaginings of their hearts were always of evil only. 6 Adonai regretted that he had made humankind on the earth; it grieved his heart. 7 Adonai said, “I will wipe out humankind, whom I have created, from the whole earth; and not only human beings, but animals, creeping things and birds in the air; for I regret that I ever made them.” 8 But Noach found grace in the sight of Adonai.

The common thread here is, G-d did not bring destruction onto a people or nation just for the sake of doing it.  In all cases, destruction came because the people rebelled against Him.  How did they rebel against Him?  By worshiping other gods, by engaging in wild living, such as drunkenness, promiscuity, and homosexuality.  Essentially, it came when society had entered into a decadent time period, where love of self and everything else, trumped loving G-d.

Where Is America Now?

Is America in the same situation?  I believe that the answer to that question is a resounding “YES”.  I believe this is why 9/11 happened, in that, G-d was trying to get our attention, to let this nation that He established and blessed with enormous prosperity know that we had substituted money and acquiring wealth as our gods, instead of the L-rd Yeshua.  Think about it.  Our nation’s financial center was damaged and it took years to recover.  Yet, America completely ignored her need to repent of her sins, and turn back to Yeshua to be restored.  Instead, we remained defiant in the face of judgement, and figured we could go it alone.

When I think about the events of this day, I think now, some 16 years later, we have moved further and further away from G-d as a nation, and yet people still expect G-d to bless them.  G-d cannot, and will not, reward sin and an unrepentant heart.  Make no mistake that the people who attacked us on 9/11 were clearly full of the devil.  However, so was the king of Babylon when he attacked Israel.  We just read scripture where G-d expressly states that those who choose rebellion, choose death.  G-d brought a nation that was full of the devil to chastise and correct the nation of Israel, and clearly, G-d allowed the deranged mentality that is Islam, to come to America and attack our financial markets.  It was an effort once again of G-d trying to get our collective attention.

Time To Repent

So now today, and probably the rest of the week we will hear and read, “Never Forget” and, “We Remember”.  However, is that all America is capable of doing?  Not only should we remember, but we need to recall clearly where our nation was at that time, and more importantly where we are this time.  Our nation has just experienced two deadly hurricanes within weeks of each other, with the most recent one, Irma, being the strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic.  Why is that?

Maybe it’s because society thinks it’s OK for boys to think they are girls, and dress up like such?  That it is perfectly acceptable for two men, or two women, to marry each other and think that is a blessed union?  All of which are completely forbidden according to the Word of G-d.  What is worse, is the number of churches that are literally abandoning thousands of years of biblical teaching in order to stay “relevant” to modern society.  All of that of course is simply a cop out to keep the church doors open, and the money rolling in with offerings, because they know that taking such a strong stand would sent their congregations running for the exit doors of the sanctuary.  Simply put, America is coming under judgement because she has completely abandoned truth, that is the truth that comes only from Yeshua, and exchanged it for a lie.

The Last Great Hope

There is only one hope right now for America, and to prevent another 9/11 from happening.  That is America needs to realize she is deeply in sin, and that everyone from the President on down needs to repent of their sins, and turn their hearts over completely to Yeshua.  Only the salvation that comes from repentance and turning away from sin, will save our nation.  If such a change is not made, the Bible makes it clear that particular society will crumble.

So on this day, while we are not forgetting those who died on that day, let us also not forget what got us to that point.  Afterwards, lets come together as a nation and cast our sins upon Yeshua, and become overcomers!

Shalom

 

Out Of The Abundance Of The Heart

Out Of The Abundance Of The Heart

This past week, the Protestant world was rocked when “The Message Bible” author, Eugene Peterson, revealed in an interview with Religion News Service, his support for same-sex marriage, and stated that he does not see it as a “good or bad thing.”  What ensued naturally were many leaders in the evangelical community point out that Peterson’s views were anti-biblical, and that The Message Bible consistently leaves out or changes words on homosexuality, so as to not directly address the topic the way the original scriptures address the sin of homosexuality.

Then just a day or so later, he recanted everything he said, and stated that he supports only marriage between one man and one woman, and that he would not officiate a same-sex marriage ceremony.  Of course, this all took place after LifeWay Christian Stores, made numerous inquiries, most that went unanswered for more than a day according to them, to see if this was indeed his feeling, and if so, they would pull every single thing of his that was for sale out of their stores.  As of this article, based on Eugene Peterson’s recanting, they are continuing to stock items of his that he has authored.

Now, before we get too far along, we need to understand that the Religion News Service, is not a conservative Christian news outlet.  They have a clear agenda, from everything to helping to squash creationism that the Bible teaches, all the way up to affirming homosexual members in congregations.  Having said that, in the wake of the backtracking by Peterson, they do make a good case that Peterson’s view on homosexuals, and it not being a sin, go back several years.  They posted video evidence of the fact, of him speaking at a conference, where he expounded on how he counseled people in his own church to accept gay family members, and that it is a good thing.

So what does this all mean?  We need to go back to the scriptures to really gain an understanding of what is going on.

Luke 6:45 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

45 The good person produces good things from the store of good in his heart, while the evil person produces evil things from the store of evil in his heart. For his mouth speaks what overflows from his heart.

Peterson claims in his recanting that he was, “put on the spot”, and that is why his answers came out the way they did.  I am sorry, but that argument does not hold water, when you look at what he said through scripture as the focal lens of discernment.  I am a believer in Yeshua, and I believe everything the Bible says, to include that it repeatedly states that homosexuality is a sin that will, like any other sin, send a person to hell.  If someone came up to me suddenly and asked if I thought that homosexuals were going to hell, I would not hesitate to state that yes, according to scripture, which I believe, they will go to hell if they die in their sin.

Peterson was not suddenly approached, nor put on the spot.  This was a thirty minute long interview with a religious news outlet.  What came out of his mouth is what was in his heart.  Now there will be those reading this saying, “What about the Bible saying ‘judge not lest you be judged?'”  Simply put, that scripture addresses the practice of judging on what we think is right and wrong, versus using scripture to judge what is right and wrong.  Clearly the scriptures state the following:

2 Timothy 3:16 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting faults and training in right living;

There are many Christians over the years that have read the Message Bible, because it was billed as being written in contemporary language, that is easier to study.  However, this particular version of the Bible has many areas where the so called “easier translation” does in fact, change the entire meaning of the scriptural passages.  There are many areas where this occurs, and for sure when the subject of homosexuality comes up in the Bible, words are changed in the Message Bible.  When G-d’s own words are changed to the point of taking away the original meaning, that means it is at odds with G-d.

The spirit behind the Message Bible is rebellion.  All of this controversy that came up in the wake of this interview, and then the retraction, was to cause strife.  That is what the devil does, which is to stir up strife.  G-d and Yeshua do not cause strife.  It is man that chooses to not follow G-d’s Word, the rebellion, that causes strife, fighting, and what have you.  I personally do not for one minute believe that Eugene Peterson’s retraction was sincere, and I base that on the Word of G-d alone, because “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”  If he truly subscribed to the biblical view on homosexuality and marriage, there is no way that the words of agreement with gay marriage and homosexuality would have ever left his lips.

What we as believers need to be aware of is that, not everything that is branded as “Jesus” or “Christian” is in fact holy and right.  Only through exhaustive study of the Word, prayer, and supplication are we able to rightly discern what we hear, read, and hear others say.  Simply put, if it does not line up with the Word of G-d, then it is rebellion against G-d.  That is a black and white statement to make in a world that loves to promote “gray areas”.  However, Yeshua did not compromise when He died for our sins, and thus, we are not to compromise the gospel in any way, shape. or form.

Shalom

 

Want To Work In Government? Religious Tests Are Here.

Want To Work In Government?  Religious Tests Are Here.

In America, our Constitution is the law of the land.  It is the overarching document of laws that transcend all 50 states, that provides all Americans with the freedom and certain “unalienable rights”.  However on Capitol Hill this week, Americans were treated to a sitting US Senator testing the waters of a religious test to hold a government office.

If you want to read about the while account, there is a good article at the following link.

Russell Vought was forced to endure what many are considering a religious litmus test, to hold public office appointed by the President.  Former Presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, pressed Mr. Vought about an article he wrote regarding whether Muslims and Christians worship the same god.  Keep in mind, Mr. Vought is being nominated to head up the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Senator Sanders even went so far to bring up the topic, “What about Jews?” in terms of going to hell for those that do not believe that Yeshua is the Son of G-d and the only way to salvation.  This was nothing more than the enemy, Satan, using someone to spread lies and discontent, in an effort to discredit Yeshua and His followers.  It was a classic scenario of trying to make it look like Christians were against Jews, which is to try and promote a narrative of antisemitism.  This in the wake of the last 50 plus years, where divides between Christians and Jews have been removed, and reconciliation has, and is taking place.

The bottom line is, the Bible is clear about who G-d is.  His Word clearly states the following,

Acts 10:  34 Then Kefa (Peter) addressed them: “I now understand that God does not play favorites, 35 but that whoever fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him, no matter what people he belongs to.

Did you see that?  Whether you are American, British, Libyan, Black, White, Asian, whether you are Jewish, or whether you are not,  it does not matter.  Salvation is not dependent upon nationality or ethnicity, but on whether or not people fear the L-rd and follow His commandments.

What should give all believers in Yeshua pause to notice, is that, for the first time that I can recall in my life, a sitting US Senator in front of the entire nation, said that he will not vote for someone to take office because of their faith in Yeshua.  Thus, Senator Sanders, who campaigned for President under the banner of “tolerance”, clearly has shown that if you are a believer, you need not apply.

What is incredible is that the chair of that committee should have realized that those very questions violate the Constitution, and should have called Senator Sanders out of order.  However, blatant violations of the law seem to be the new norm for our nation’s leaders.  All of this was prophesied in the Bible when those who, “call good evil, and evil good”, would face severe woes.

Senator Bernie Sanders clearly displayed his contempt for the Bible, for believers in Yeshua, and for the rule of law.  In the last days, the Bible says that, “lawlessness will aboud..” and thus we must be vigilant about events like these.  Does that mean we rollover and just take it?  Of course not.  We respectfully, but clearly point out such acts of bigotry against G-d’s people and let others know that this is unacceptable.  As for Senator Sanders, he should step down from office after such a gross violation of the Constitution.  Of course he will not do so, because that is how far gone people like him are.

Shalom