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”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

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

Terrorism Normalized

Terrorism Normalized

In just the last 10 days, the United Kingdom has come under attack twice by ISIS.  First there was the suicide bombing of the Ariana Grande concert, and then this past weekend at London Bridge, terrorists drove a van into a crowd of people and killed 7 people and injuring dozens.  Just three months ago in Westminster, a terrorist mowed pedestrians down with a vehicle, which then ended with him stabbing his victims.  That is a total of 3 attacks inside of a quarter of a year, and all claimed by ISIS.

The writing on the wall is pretty clear.  Terrorism is now normalized in the UK.

How did Britain get to this point?  It’s really quite simple.  It’s called political correctness.  Britain, like other countries in Europe, have the misconception that you can coexist with extremists, and if you talk to them long enough about individual liberty and try to espouse tolerance, then they will come around and stop wanting to blow you and your kids up.  This of course is complete nonsense, and shows a complete lack of understanding of just who exactly they are dealing with.

The members of ISIS have just one thing in mind.  They want to establish a caliphate, and indeed, in many areas of Syria, they already have.  However, they want this caliphate to be worldwide, and if you do not agree with their plans of grandeur, then they will just kill you because you are in the way.  Let me repeat that, ISIS are nothing more than cold blooded killers.  Convert to Islam or die is their motto, and it’s how they live and die.  This is the nature of the enemy of not just the people of Great Britain, but the entire peace loving world.

Yet, in the hours after the attack, American media, British media, and other news sources were very skeptical to call this what it is.  It’s Islamic Terrorism plain and simple.  No, they did not want to offend their muslim viewers, or possibly incite more attacks like these they thought.  However, the eye-witness accounts of hearing and seeing one of the terrorists shout, “This is for Allah!” removed all reasonable doubt.  After this, we saw the hashtags, “United with the UK” banners, and memes popping up all over social media, and of course people expressing their “outrage”.

However, none of that is going to matter, unless something is done about it.  Terrorists are not scared by people being in “solidarity” when there is no action to go along with said togetherness.  Britain, is dealing with an enemy that is several thousand years old, and it is one that the country of Israel is very familiar with.  The attack tactics against those on London Bridge, and the other incidents are exactly the same as the stabbing and car ramming attacks that happen against Jews at the hands of the Arabs.  The only difference is, Israel is very careful of who they allow to live in their country, and yes, they profile which I know sends liberals reading this into shock.

But this is also a spiritual warfare.  The Bible says very clearly:

Ephesians 6:12 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

12 For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.

These men and women who live a life of terrorism, they are agents of the enemy.  That is to say, the devil himself.  Therefore, when we see acts of terror against people, be they English, Jewish, American, or whomever, the real operator behind the scenes is Satan.  He is the author of confusion, the father of lies, and he had deceived these people into believing that they will be rewarded in heaven for killing people in the name of Allah.  However, the Bible is also clear on where terrorists(murderers) will wind up.

Revelation 21:8 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

But as for the cowardly, the untrustworthy, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those involved with the occult and with drugs, idol-worshippers, and all liars — their destiny is the lake burning with fire and sulfur, the second death.”

The people also who are being lied to are those that try to coexist with people bent on killing them.  Instead of seeking G-d for an answer as to what to do, they turn to analysts, so-called “Middle East Experts”, and the like seeking a secular way of how to deal with terrorism.  It is interesting to note that prior to the D-Day Invasion of Normandy in WW2, allied troops all over the impending invasion force implored G-d to be with them, to give them victory over a murderous regime which were the Nazis.  They were not just victorious, but overwhelmingly so.  Germany is not a threat to any country anymore.

They achieved total victory, but only because G-d was behind it all.  Our G-d is one of justice, and ultimately, these terrorists who are dead now, are facing the judgement of our L-rd Yeshua.  However, just as we have seen many times in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament, very often G-d would be with the Israelites who prayed for victory against their enemies, and they would win.  However, this was only when Israel was serving the one true G-d, and not corrupting themselves by worshiping other things, like money, other religions, and the like.

So for Britain, and indeed, the rest of the world, there needs to be a return to G-d first.  Seeking His face and repenting of our sins the way that David did when he said, “Create in me a new heart O G-d.  And renew a right spirit in me.”  Once our spirit has been renewed through the power of the Holy Spirit of Yeshua, then and only then can we hope to defeat Islamic terrorism.  It is time for the world to go back to church, seek G-d, repent of our sins, and then humbly ask Him to help us stop this madness that we are witnessing.

Shalom

Will Trump Move Embassy to Jerusalem?

Will Trump Move Embassy to Jerusalem?

In the 2016 Presidential race, Donald Trump made a promise to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  For many who voted for him, this was one of several reasons why Americans cast their vote for him.  It certainly was among evangelicals who believe that Jerusalem is the eternal capitol of Israel.

Next week, President Trump will visit Israel for an official state visit.  However, reports started to surface a week ago that the USA may not move it’s embassy after-all.  There are also reports from the Trump Administration that some are stating that the Western Wall is not even in Israel, but Palestine.  This is an obvious dismissal of the fact that Israel has been in control of Jerusalem, to include the Western Wall, since 1967 during the Six Day War.

So the question is, will Trump direct the Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, to give up their lease in Tel Aviv and move to Jerusalem?  Only time will tell on this question, but one thing is clear.  There is already a congressional act, that was passed more than two decades ago, that authorized such a move.  Please see “The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995” for more information.  Suffice to say, every President since Clinton has rejected to follow this law, and it would seem that President Trump is starting to lean that way.

Why is it so important that the USA recognize Jerusalem as the eternal, undivided capitol of Israel?  For one, it’s simply a historical fact.  Not only does the Bible confirm that Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel, but many other history books acknowledge this fact, such as the works of Josephus, the famed Jewish historian for the Roman Empire.  While Jerusalem, and the entire nation of Israel for that matter, has been invaded and conquered several times over, the fact remains that Jerusalem always has, and always will be the capitol of Israel.

Second, the entire land of Israel was promised to Avraham and his descendants by G-d Himself.  Genesis 12, among many chapters in the Torah, make it clear what Israel’s boundaries are.  To that end, Jerusalem is within those boundaries, and as such, the city itself is 100% G-d given and wholly belongs to the Jews.  While other people, like Arabs, live in the city, it is not theirs and never has been by any legal means.  In fact the book of Zecheriah says the following:

Zechariah 8:3 ESV 

Thus says the Lord: I have returned to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts, the holy mountain.

Now I do not know about you, but when G-d Himself is calls Jerusalem the “faithful city”, and “Mountain of the L-rd of Hosts”, I think you can take it to the bank that Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel.

Finally, the USA, and for that matter the rest of the world, would do well to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel simply because they will be blessed by G-d Himself!  Genesis 12 again tells us that:

Genesis 12:3 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

3 I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

Who does not want to be blessed by G-d?  Well, if we are to look at world governments, to include the United States, it seems some do not.  Do not get me wrong, America has been richly blessed, and for many decades, we have supported Israel.  We were the first country to recognize in 1948 that she is a sovereign state.  However, we are still holding back on this one area, which is to recognize Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel.  What better way to do that than to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem?  By making such a move, not only does that solidify America as a global leader, but most importantly, we will be blessed!

Let us pray that President Trump keeps his promise to move our embassy to Yerushalayim.  Pray that G-d speaks to his heart and gives him the courage to do what is right.

Shalom

 

History Will Show Barack Obama Sides With Evil Everytime

History Will Show Barack Obama Sides With Evil Everytime

Barack Obama has taken his fair share of parting shots at America, at decency, and sided with what is wrong as opposed to what is right.  After spitting in the eye of every Jew on the planet for the last 30 plus days, Obama has now commuted the sentences of nearly 1400 criminals.

The latest, Bradley Manning, the Army Specialist that divulged classified information to Wikileaks, and thus put people’s lives at risk, had his sentence commuted by none other than Barack Obama himself.  This is a man (Manning), who is mentally ill and was able to get us, the American taxpayers, to pay for his hormone therapy to turn himself into a woman.  Of course, he never can be one because you cannot alter DNA, but that is for another discussion (or maybe not because frankly, it’s a gross thing to think about).

What we witnessed today in commuting the sentence of a man who compromised US Intelligence, is just further proof of a pattern with this outgoing President. Barack Obama, since day one in office, has stood on the side of immorality.  He sides with terrorists by releasing them from prison only to see them return to the battlefield and hurt innocent people.  Obama pushed forward the homosexual agenda, by misusing his position of power to promote gay marriage.

This lame duck President decided to negotiate a nuclear agreement with Iran, and kept Israel in the dark for years while the negotiating went on behind their backs.  Again, a country who swore to “wipe Israel off the map” he decided to negotiate with!  Of course the pinnacle of his antisemitism was the snub in the UN last month.  This President for his entire two terms in office has thrown law enforcement under the bus, by meddling in local law enforcement’s work at protecting the public, by painting them as blood thirsty, racist animals.

Of course, we cannot forget that this President demonstrated zero leadership in the wake of the intelligence debacle that was Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.  Her level of violation of our national security laws was literally unprecedented in terms of her complete and utter stupidity in handling classified information.  Yet, not one time did this President use his office to bring down the full force of the law against her.  You would think that given her being a former rival, he could cut ties, but I guess the bond of Democrats supersedes all areas of decency and morality.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Bradley Manning is going to get out of jail in just a little over 3 months from now, after divulging 270,000 classified and unclassified documents to Wikileaks.  Take a look at the following quote from a news article regarding this travesty of justice.

In a statement posted on the White House’s website, the Administration states that “we must remember that clemency is an extraordinary remedy, granted only after the President has concluded that a particular individual has demonstrated a readiness to make use of his or her second chance.”

Let me get this straight.  So the President thinks that someone who put on our nation’s uniform, swore an oath to defend her, even unto the death, and then summarily turned his back on everything he promised, divulged our nation’s secrets, and most likely put other servicemen and servicewomen, along with various other intelligence assets around the world in mortal danger, should get a second chance?  Funny, because usually a traitor, which Manning absolutely is, does not get a second chance.  How he’s alive today is another testament that we as a nation have lost our backbone when it comes to dishing out punishment for violating the nation’s trust.

However, that is what this President does.  He is without honor.  He is without decency.  He is the most un-American President in US History, and no I’m not harking back to the birther argument by saying that.  Instead of standing up for the rule of law, instead of standing up for what is the natural and moral order of things in a civil society, instead of standing up and should to shoulder with our ally Israel, instead of backing our nation’s military by properly and rightfully letting traitors rot in prison for their full term, he chooses to side with the opposite.  In the simplest of explanations, he sides with evil, and bear in mind, America elected him twice.  What does that say about our nation?

In three days time, Barack Obama will vacate the White House, and a new President will take his place. From this blogger’s point of view, he cannot leave soon enough.  Every moment that he continues to stay in that honorable house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, he soils the sanctity of the Office of President of the United States of America. Unfortunately, he has chosen to take up residence in Washington DC after he leaves office, so that he can continue his legacy of interference and general being a pain in the neck.  My greatest hope is that America will ignore this man once he is out of office, and focus on trying to piece back together this great nation.  I hope that this is a shared hope by all my fellow Americans.

Donald Trump is not a saint, and I resent members of the evangelical community that try to paint him as such.  However, I believe that Donald Trump loves America.  I believe that he respects the Oval Office, and I believe him when he says that this country is an absolute disaster.  I am hopeful that he will respect the rule of law, and work to make this country great again for all Americans.  Let’s pray for our incoming President-elect that he will listen to the voice of G-d and do what He wills.  That he will choose to side with what is right.

Shalom

2016 Year In Review

2016 Year In Review

 

 

The date of this article is December 31, 2016, and once again, we are closing in on one year, and about to start another.  This past year has been, in my opinion, one of the most roller coaster years that I can ever remember.  To be perfectly honest, 2016 cannot end soon enough and for a myriad of reasons.

Of course, the biggest event of this past year was the Presidential Election.  Back in February when the Iowa Caucuses were underway, Donald Trump seemed like a long shot for the Presidency.  In fact, Ted Cruz won the Iowa Caucus and handily so.  However, from that moment on, the “Trump Train” was running at full speed and steamrolled all the way to securing the GOP nomination.  From that moment on, Trump would become the scorn of the Democrats, establishment Republicans, and even people like myself who thought that Trump was just not really the best choice.

The November elections came and went, and Trump by all accounts, won in a landslide in terms of electoral votes.  In just a little over two weeks from now, Donald Trump, a man that I grew up reading and watching in the news, and only knew as a flashy, rich businessman, is going to be President of the United States of America.  Although I did not vote for the man, looking back on the current administration’s year and their actions, I have nothing but sheer hope for 2017 in the changing of power in Washington D.C.

This past year was also one filled with profound violence, and especially towards our law enforcement officials.  Right here in the Lone Star State of Texas, it hit home especially hard when 5 police officers were gunned down during a protest in Dallas, TX.  I can still remember the profound sadness that gripped the entire nation to see such lack of regard for human life.  However, I remember the amazing response from this nation as we saw legions of police officers from all over the country attend the funerals of the fallen officers.

They came from large cities and they came from little towns where the police force may only consist of a few officers.  Nevertheless, they came to pay respects to a brother in arms, men they had never personally met, but knew them because they shared a common occupation, and the hazards that go with it.  I then watched as ordinary citizens put signs of support on their vehicles, businesses also put signs in front of their establishments showing their solidarity with police, and I read countless stories where police agencies had businesses and private citizens bringing to the station food just to say “thank you” and to let them know that “we got your back.”  In retrospect, it was one of the saddest, yet finest moments of 2016 in this writer’s opinion.

Being that this is a blog that focuses on end time events, we must give attention to the profound evil that swept across this land in terms of moral breakdown.  That breakdown that we all witnessed was the pressure from the homosexual community to accept those that identify as “transgendered.”  This movement, and that is really what it is, is predicated on the notion that an individual can simply one day wake up and declare that they are the opposite sex in the face of biological evidence to the contrary.  As part of that declaration, the gay community demands that everyone accept that decision up to and including allowing such individuals to use dressing rooms and bathrooms of the gender that they identify with at that particular moment.  We have seen that culminate in parents, if you can call them that, allowing children as young as 2 years old, telling them that they are the opposite sex, when in fact they are not, and they just simply allow the child to, “express themselves.”

A few decades ago, they would have been locked up for child abuse.

Finally, 2016 ended with the coup de gras, with President Obama’s hostile, and downright anti-Semitic policies towards Israel.  Specifically, an abstention vote in the UN regarding a resolution that would divorce the Jewish people from their ancestral homeland sent the message that this President, and his drones, absolutely and without a doubt, hate the Jews.  What is sad is that there are many in his administration that are Jewish themselves, but sadly, in name only.  Relations with Israel are now at an all time low, and that is sad considering that it was the USA that first recognized Israel as a viable state.

As stated earlier, 2017 will start with the changing power during the Presidential Inauguration in mid January.  Many people are placing their hopes and dreams on the shoulder of President-elect Trump and the GOP controlled Congress, and many of those are born again believers.  However, we as believers need to be cautious in 2017 and not place our faith in men.  As men and women of G-d we need to commit ourselves to deep and faithful study of the Word of G-d; studying to show ourselves approved unto Him.  Only through prayer, supplication, worship, fasting and bible study can we overcomes the struggles that lie ahead in the coming new year, as well as being prepared for the good times that will come our way.

My greatest hope and prayer for my readers this year is that you draw closer to Him, and seek His face in all things.  May Yeshua Hamashiach bless you and keep you throughout 2017.

 

Shalom