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Friend, are you unable to read the Bible, that is, make sense of it? Or do some parts make sense, but others, such as Leviticus or Revelation or Romans seem totally bewildering? Are you desiring to go deeper, or reach a higher ground, spiritually, but your difficulty in comprehending scripture is holding you back? It may well be you need to consider that the Bible is quintessentially Messianic--that is, it exists to tell you about the Messiah and Savior, and virtually everything in the Bible points to Him. Imagine a skyscraper without its structural steel beams--it would immediately collapse, right? It won't matter what the building looks like or how much money was spent on it or what its history is or who designed it or anything else that defines the building--it is going down! The same with the Bible and the Messianic theme that supports the whole edifice of the scriptures. The scriptures mean nothing, ultimately, aside from the Messianic theme--for the Bible is really about religion or Jewish history or various famous Hebrews and Jews or festivals and religious laws or the temple or the tabernacle--all that together can't hold the edifice of the Bible up or make it stand. The Bible is also like a lantern. Jesus the Messiah is the light in the lantern--and the lantern goes completely dead and dark without Jesus lighting it from within. And then there is the tree--try making a tree with just branches and deleting the trunk--all you will get is a pile of branches on the ground! With this understanding, you are on your way to unlocking the scriptures and opening the door to Yeshua--for the Bible is, at the living core, a living Person, Jesus (Yeshua), who delights in His Name, the Word (John 1:1: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
I am the Bible.
I am God's wonderful library.
I make known to all, Him who is Truth.
To the weary pilgrim, I am a good, strong staff.
To the one who sits in black gloom, [like the Dalit or Untouchable in India, or the drug or porn addict or the victim of abuse or neglect, or the tortured Christian in Laos or China or Burma or Nepal, or the Sudanese Christian slave abducted from Darfur, or the well-off American enslaved by materialism and self-indulgment and self-centeredness and ease] I am glorious light.
To those who stoop beneath many burdens, I am sweet rest.
To him who has lost his way, I am a safe guide.
To those who have been hurt by sin, I am healing balm.
To the discouraged, I whisper a glad message of hope.
To those who are distressed by the storms of life,
I am an anchor, sure and steadfast.
To those who suffer in lonely solitude,
I am as a cool, soft hand resting on a fevered brow.
Oh, child of man, to best defend me, JUST USE ME.
The Bible is God's road map as you travel through life.--from Faith Magazine, Author Unknown
1. The Ten Comandments Day Commission supporters have introduced Resolution HR 686 which will bring back the Ten Commandments into public schools and society at large, after being outlawed by the runaway, liberal Supreme Court in 1960s. It has taken over forty years to bring this resolution forward to Congress to pass (and pass, it will, if it will hearken to the will of the American People, which according to numerous polls and surveys is overwhelmingly in favor of the Ten Commandments).
2. Is the destroying tsunami-like tide of secular humanism turning back at last in this country? Usually loath to give the ax to legislation, President George Bush vetoed the Hate Crimes bill that was just passed by Congress. This infamous bill would have made it a crime to preach the Bible passages against homosexuality and also punish the pastors doing such with imprisonment except for the fortuitous presense of the Ten Commandments Commission and supporters.. This bill was Senator Ed Kennedy's smelly pet project, and it "went down in flames" like an orange grove smudgepot, thanks to the groundswell of opposition raised by the Ten Commandments Commission and Resolution (HR 686) supporters who were in Washington the day the Hate Crimes bill passed. They made it known so clearly, with over 300,000 signatures for the Ten Commandments Re-introduction Resolution, that the President promptly vetoed the the Hate Crimes bill! But it will smoulder away, not completely extinguished, as long as this or any bill to prevent re-introduction of this atrocity is not yet passed.
1. Christian Education
3. Holy Spirit
4. Biblical Science
5. Foundational Principles
6. Witnessing and Discipleship
7. Types of Christ (OT)
8. Bible Covenants/Israel/Bible Atlas
9. Christian Hope and Character
10. The Prophetic Calling
The only problem is--the enemy is not always clearly perceived, and sometimes the enemy is not perceived at all because he comes like a wolf in lamb's fleece! In confusing times like these--when we have two dire, very aggressive enemies of Christianity--secular humanism and Islam--arrayed and even in league together against us, we can look like intolerant, bigoted, backward people who are irrelevant and even retrogressive socially, without any redeeming value, or we can step out into the arena of public opinion with hostile crowds watching and eager to see us torn apart by wild beasts and take what comes to a steadfast, unwavering saint and witness of God and His truth. What is our choice going to be, fellow Christians?
We may find ourselves in the dilemma faced by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the early 1930s, just at the onset of the rise of Hitler to power. He had the choice set before him of going against the Church he served and opposing a seeming savior of Germany or opposing him as a false Christ and incurring all the wrath of state and the appearance of being a traitor to the Fatherland and most of the churches. We know his decision, and he died by being hung for it in a prison camp. His last words were that it was the end--yet for him it was the beginning. Being a Christian, one who truly followed Christ, took Bonhoeffer "outside the camp," and for that privilege he paid with his life. He counted the cost, but thought it well worth sacrificing his life, even though he had everything to live for, and had just become engaged to a lovely young woman.
We as conservatives, evangelicals, Bible-believers, traditionalists--both Christians and Jews, Protestants and Catholics, face a most bewildering political scene. How can we vote our consciences when the candidates are so mixed in with the world and its anti-Christian secular humanist values. I hear Christians call in to conservative Talk Radio shows and express this bewilderment. How about you? As yet no candidate that stands a chance to win has expressed clear views that I can willingly endorse--they are sending mixed messages, are they not? We may face some hard choices this coming '08 election, or stay away from the polls altogether, avoiding the whole issue. I am afraid this will happen: that Christians will not vote, since everything is such a muddle. It will be interesting to see what God does, as we call to him in prayer--for prayer is our only genuine option that promises to bring good.
It isn't a rosy future we face. We may not see good in the coming election results, as Hillary Clinton is almost guaranteed to win and become our next President. No matter that she has no real record and no real achievements, she has been picked, and she is the chief runner in the race because she expresses the secular humanist values that are championed by the most powerful voting blocs and monied special interest groups in this country. By all means vote for her, if what she stands for agrees with your conscience and Christian beliefs--but try to square her beliefs with the Bible's teachings--you might have trouble doing that! I note that many candidates presently feign faith in God, while previously they did not bother. But we know them by their records and what they have voted for in the past--and that defines them, not their statements about their "faith". We as Christians should not be misled by leaders who do not "walk the talk." Unfortunately, evangelical Christians can make major mistakes if we are not careful and exercise discernment. Evangelicals voted for Hitler--though Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a courageous leader of evangelicals in Germany, was not one! Evangelicals sat in churches, singing hymns, while cattle cars rattled by on train tracks, blending the sounds of the screams of Jews with their singing! May this not happen to us--either to sit in the pews as the people of God are transported to death camps or to be the people in the cattle cars being taken to our deaths!
Are we any smarter or better educated or more cultured than the Germans were? I doubt that very much. The Germans were a highly cultivated, scientifically advanced society in the 1930s--Germany being the homeland of Bach, Goethe, Kant, and Einstein. Since that highpoint, there have been significant declines ever since in Western Civilization that clearly show that the West, despite 21st century hitech, is not really going forward and is even retrogressing. How then can we escape what happened to a sophisticated Germany, once the fountainhead of the Reformation and a bubbling, creative center for science and technology and the arts, but which somehow took a wrong turn and became a secularized, war-mongering, racist, anti-Semite totalitarian state? In America Relativism is creating a dictatorship, evolution is creating a totalitarism, and socialism and secular humanism are creating an all pervasive, controlling Big Brother government. If that weren't enough to destroy us, Islam, following hard on the heels of these absolutisms, has an absolutist theocracy and sharia law-system it seeks to enforce upon the whole West once it is too weak to fight for its values. Is there any hope for the West and America?
Perhaps not. Yet for individuals, there is--given the examples in the Bible of people who stood against the tide of their day--and triumphed. Dr. Michael Youssef offers a weekly devotional called, "My Journal." In Week 5, he explains how Daniel the prophet escaped becoming pagan Babylonian in his thinking and lifestyle while being a captive in Babylon nearly all his life. Here is an excerpt that will explain how we can filter out what is not of God and escape the contamination of the evil, Satan-permeated society around us just as Daniel did:
"First, they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews,a nd I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me."
2. Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes, but by a man of understanding and knowledge right will be prolonged.
3. A poor man who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain which leaves no food.
4. Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but such as keep the law contend with them.
5. Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand all.
6. Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one perverse in his ways, though he be rich."
They will threaten him, if they have not already done so, with withdrawal of the church's tax exemption--that is the punitive means they have to ruin the church and its ministries. It usually cows a church into subservience and silence, but this Kansas pastor is not going to be cowed. Please pray for him, email support to him, and email your concern about this to your legislators. Why should being a pastor somehow cancel his First Amendment rights. A law says so? What is it. The First Amendment, the First Article of the Bill of Rights, supports Pastor Holick, not any such law or any such government that demands this pastor be muzzled and gagged regarding politics. If our Founding Fathers thought there was no conflict of interest by taking an active part in the War of Independence, then why should it be different now. Pastors ought to take an active role, politically. They did in the War of Independence and in the Consitutional conventions, and they ought to take an active role now--and it is just as needed today as it was then. Hoorah for Pastor Holick! We need to reaffirm our basic religious rights as Christians. Why should pastors be muzzled and gagged by laws that overturn the First Amendment and the First Article of the Bill of Rights. This Amendment and Article has been misused to apply to strip club dancers--but when pastors speak out politically, somehow our government sees that as a crime and moves to silence patriotic, god-fearing pastors like Pastor Holick while winking the eye at strippers. This is where we are, folks. Let us not get used to it! Let us rise up, and take back our country, while we still have a God who will listen to our pleas for help.
What kind of message is this sending to the youth?
Christ was very much committed to establishing His kingdom on this earth--and it is His Father's heavenly kingdom in origin, not earthly in any respect, except that it will soon be established completely on the earth. Look for it! It will come! The 1,000 Year, Millennial Reign of Christ will be the establishment of Christ's kingdom on earth and over the earth. Nothing can stop it! But each of us has a part to play in bringing it to pass--this privilege Jesus our Savior has given us his saints. Let us not bury this privilege and opportunity and responsibility like the foolish servant buried his master's talent in the ground. Christ will someday hold us responsible for what we did with this privilege to work for the establishment of his kingdom on earth. The foolish servant was cast out into darkness, but we can enter the glorious light of Christ's kingdom here on earth--it is our choice and opportunity.
We should be informed about this ever present threat and danger to our precious religious freedoms. "Censoring the Church and Silencing Christians" is a new DVD hosted by Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, who shows the shocking examples of arrests and censorship of Christians in countries such as Canada, Australia, and Sweden where hate crimes legislation has been passed, thanks to secular humanist governments. Dr. James Kennedy, Founder of Reclaiming America and senior pastor of the church of Coral Ridge in Florida, is featured on this DVD along with Ake Green, a Swedish pastor arrested for preaching against homosexuality. Other people featured are the Philadelphia 11, the people who were arrested and jailed under Pennyslyvania law for preaching against homosexuality at a gay pride event. This DVD can be ordered from the Family Research Council website, or from Dr. James Kennedy's Coral Ridge Ministry website.
Who wanted the area? It was in a barren state, uninhabitable for the most part. But Jews were there already, and more wanted to resettle there from Europe, and Baron Rothschild (A British Jew and head of a famous banking family based in London and Vienna) contributed funds to the legal Jewish immigrants and the local Arabs eagerly sold their barren, good-for-nothing fields and rundown farms and vineyards to the "crazy" Jews, who then turned them into productive enterprises with great sacrifice and hard work and Jewish smarts. The desert bloomed once again! Suddenly, the Arabs cried "foul" and wanted the land back, without paying for it! Now they seek to take it by force (with their own weapons, with terrorism, and by United Nations' and U.S. pressure on Israel to give up the land).
Once Israel looked like wretched Gaza looks even today, so here is visual proof that Judaism and the Israelis are vastly superior in how they managed the land and its resources. God blesses them! What you see on the Muslim Arab side of the border is generational sociopathy and depression and apathy, with no progress whatsoever in Gaza and the West Bank. This is the direct result of Islam, not the fault of the people themselves, who do not know any better and have been ruled over for many centuries by despots and tyrants, mostly from other Muslim Arab countries and empires. If Israel ruled this area again, it would bloom--the people would progress and thrive--but now, even on the dole by Western democracies to the tune of billions of dollars, it sinks lower and lower into terrorism and unproductivity. It is called "Hamastan," by Brigitte Gabriel, for it serves as the organizing and military operations base for launching terror strikes against Israel. If Gaza prevails, all Israel will be reduced to looking like Gaza looks. Is that what the world wants? Would the Arabs be better off? Is that what the United Nations and Europe want? Apparently! They so hate Israel for its success that they will do anything to support a Muslim dictatorship that oppresses the people of Gaza and the West Bank and uses them as cannon fodder for its terrorist machine. This is madness, and Christ will come, throw out the wicked rulers of Gaza and the West Bank for all time to come, and bring a golden age of happiness, peace, productivity, and true righteousness for both Arab and Jew. Islam will be overthrown, in other words, and the people of Gaza and the West Bank will be set free to worship Jesus the Son of God, not Allah and Mohammed who have done nothing but drag these people down since the 7th century.
Satanism is the fastest growing religion in America, according to Pastor John Hagee and other sources too. It has been declared illegal for a Christian Chaplain in the armed forces to name the Name of Jesus in prayers (but this has been rolled back in some instances from being enforced, I am informed by the Jay Sekelow of the ACLJ). Witchcraft is the biggest selling item in America and the world, if you know anything about Harry Potter books and the phenomenal sales (8 million books sold in one day). Is there any wonder that witchcraft has invaded the White House and all the corridors of power in Washington? How else can the incredible blunders of American statecraft be explained? Our Presidents and State Department created Communist China, Communist Viet Nam, Communist Laos, Islamofascist Iran--the blunders go on and on! Godly counsel is not known--it has vanished from Washington. Condoleeza Rice has referred more than once in official statements to Hamas as a "resistance movement." Really? An international terrorist organization headquartered in Gaza is a "resistance movement"? What planet does she live on? It can't be this one--it is some other world in a parallel universe made up by the State Department, which spins according to arcane metaphysical laws only the State Department can understand.
What you have is cunning political savvy mixed with witchcraft and individual and partisan opportunism--a boiling cauldron of evil in Washington, and horrible things will come from it as it is poured out into the national life and into the nations from Washington's seats of power. Are we not becoming a the Harlot of Babylon, with a cup full of abominable things we pour out upon the nations? "Darling," she croons, "drink this!" And the world will drink and become drunk and crazed and addicted. It is high time to quit ignoring the dark side of our nation, while exalting the good our Forefathers instituted--we are pouring out a river of tax-supported abortion, violent films, lewd entertainment and homosexuality, and new age religion, and secular humanism upon the whole world--are we not? We can't honestly blame Bosnia or the Fiji Islands for what we ourselves are doing--we are doing this! Yes, fellow Americans, we are doing it--we don't have to blame the Belgians or the Dutch or the Thais--we are the culprits!
May God deliver us, by sending a revival that will purge our Government and culture from witchcraft and its deadly influences! May the witches repent and be saved! May our leaders turn back to Godly counsel and the Bible. Wisdom is no more; knowledge is everywhere, but without wisdom knowledge is destructive. We are all stumbling toward destruction, with more knowledge than we know what to do with! It is time to turn to God, the only Source of wisdom and true knowledge and truth.
"EVOLUTION'S DENIAL OF BIBLE AUTHORITY TO SPEARHEAD THE SPIRIT OF ATHEISM IN THE SEVENTIES.
On June 17, 1963, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that it would be unconstitutional for any school to authorize Bible reading and recitation of the Lord's prayer. But nothing was said against the teaching of evolution in the schools, a teaching which implies the Genesis record of creation to be a myth, while claiming that man sprang gfrom the brute beast. This rank hoax, the religion of atheists and infidels is being taught in the schools. Many young people naturally come to the conclusion that if evolution is indeed true then the Genesis account is a fable. If Genesis is false, then the Bible is not an authority and cannot be depended upon as a true source of faith. Its call to sobriety and holy living therefore, becomes merely the tradition of men. Evolution denies that a reckoning will be coming or that mankind must stand before God some day in judgment and declares that the Bible's promise of an afterlife, of a heaven and a hell, is all fiction.
During the Seventies this insidious God-dishonoring theory is going to become almost universal in the schools. Already it is being taught in many religious institutions that once stood for the inspiration of the Scriptures. Even Full Gospel colleges in order to obtain state funds and accreditation must conform to certain educational requirements. The temptation to obtain these funds will be very strong. Parents who believe the Bible should find out if the Christian college to which they send their children uses these textbooks. Such teaching can rob their children's faith in God." (page 27)
One way that falsehood is made palatable is to add some "sugar" which will make it taste less poisonous and toxic than it really is. You have to sweeten the medicine to make it go down!--that was the advice of Julie Andrews in the hit musical and film, "Mary Poppins." Remember it? It is a timeless truism: Heresy would not gain any followers if it were not packaged ("sweetened") right. Falsehood must be dressed up, or its inner ugliness will turn people off immediately. There is hardly anyone today so winsome as this young man as he expounds another gospel than the one Jesus Christ, Paul and the other apostles, lived and preached. I have listened to him, amazed at how charmingly he can present his case for getting the best parking spot in the lot. He truly knows how to get "favor" from God. Only what God is Joel Osteen's. I would hope it is mine, but I have grave doubts about it. I think we should. Review the evidence: his own words in an interview by Larry King:
Since then, just a year or so ago, a United Methodist church in Washington State voted to disannul its own church charter so that a lesbian (practicing) minister could remain in active ministry in the church as a pastor! We all watched this in absolute horror and amazement on TV as it unfolded. This was top news at the time. Since then lesbians have been appointed to being hosts of special Methodist spiritual retreats, and when someone objected, she was called hateful and homophobic. This is the evidence--is it not?--of a super-church being developed that will be a part of the Babylonian church that Gordon Lindsay and John the Apostle prophesied would take dominion in the Latter Times (particularly after the Rapture). If there is such a strong evidence now of this super-church--what will it be like in a few years time? This is a clear call, for all those who uphold the truth of the Bible and righteousness and love Jesus Christ, to come out of such churches as this one lest they be contaminated and become servants of the coming Anti-Christ.
A second area where American business needs to take another direction is in the investment of pension funds. Americans need to disinvest in Belial's companies like Royal Dutch Shell Oil, which does business all over America and also in Iran. Our pension funds are being invested in Iran, and the money is being used for building the nuclear bomb that Iran's crazy, fanatical president has vowed to use against Israel the first chance he gets. He also threatens America with destruction. It is high time that we take him seriously, and though we cannot tell the U.S. military what to do, we can disinvest Iran's nuclear facilities. State after state is waking up, and stopping hundreds of millions of dollars from flowing to Iran. There are 19,000 other companies in which to invest our pension funds just as profitably, without endangering our national security and jeopardizing Israel's very existence. But is your state still sending its pension funds via some broker to a firm doing business in Iran? Contact your Congress representatives, by using the Guide that you can have sent to you. It is called: "Guide to Your Federal, State and Local Government, 2007-2008. Or write for it at: Congress of the United States, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. 20515. In it you will have all the names, telephone numbers, and government email addresses you need to contact your representatives on this and other issues. Do it today! Issues will not wait. Bills are being passed right at this moment that are probably not in your best interest. Strangely, I have tried numerous times to bring up the graphic of this booklet, but it refuses to come up--which says something maybe about government--it will never be there when you truly need it. It is the "arm of flesh" the Bible warns us about. The exact center of the Bible is the verse that says to put no confidence in men, and everything the Bible says pivots on that truth, that in God only should we put our trust.
"Thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate. It seems prayer still upsets some people. When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:
'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. we know your Word says, "Woe to those who call evil good," but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.
We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We habve coveted our neighbors possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornograpnhy and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, O God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent: to direct us to the center of Your will and openly ask these things in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen! "The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church [in Wichita, Kansas] where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa, and Korea. Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, "The Rest of the Story," and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called 'one nation under God.'"--Fran Stenberg, Executive Director, Union Gospel Mission, Sioux Falls, SD 57103.
There would be no English literature today worth mentioning unless Christians (yes, Christians!) started writing early on, as they did thousands of years ago, and also right at the beginning of British history. The greatest writers in English literature have been, by and large, Christians.
All jihadists (or terroristic Muslims) are dunces. They are fighting for a false god for things that will bring them nothing but death and damnation. CAIR, which is the Islamic front organization for putting a smiling face on terrorism in America, is promoted by so-called "moderates" who never speaks out against terrorist strikes, but is trying to convince Americans that Islam is a religion of peace"--oh yeah! How peaceful was Islamic reaction to the Danish cartoons published that featured Mohammed? Admittedly, they had every right to object and even demonstrate peacefully, but the violence that erupted and the killings--there is no justification whatsoever for such behavior and crimes. Muslims rioted around the world and killed many Christians--shooting down a wonderful, elderly nun who was caring for poor sick chidren over in East Africa. Well, CAIR is now sending out its brown shirts to intimidate American in their homes at night, while running spin campaigns publicizing that they are making friendly calls to gain more understanding from fellow Americans concerning Islam. Right! Read about this in Brigitte Gabriel's remarks about "Islamophobia" when you go to her website. Just type in her name into SEARCH or GOOGLE. She will instantly come up, as she is a primary authority on Islam in America.
By the way, of the hundred or so wars and conflicts going on at the moment (the last count I heard was about that many), what percentage is caused by "peaceful" Muslims, do you suppose? If you guess close to 100%, you couldn't be far off the mark--that is how violence-prone Islam really is (despite all its apologists claiming on the BBC that Islam is not violence-promoting). Just look at the articles and headlines for a week in the newspapers. You get the picture quickly. Islamicists do not like talking out their differences--guns, bombs, missiles, knives, riots, car burnings, torching of buildings and shops, rapings, beheadings, etc--these are the preferred methods of settling differences with people the Islamicists cannot tolerate in on the same planet.
3. Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly (widely popular Talk Radio show hosts, conservative and traditionalist, respectively). Michael Savage, who is Number 3 in popularity, has recently been bitterly attacked by leftist-run San Francisco (his native city which ought to be proud of him) and the illegal immigrant lobby that has no business operating in this country. This brave and truthful Talk Radio host who has day after day of broadcasts championed U.S. borders' integrity against the Whitehouse's plan to dissolve our borders and national sovereignty according to a globalist vision shared by the elites of this nation, has proven the above two to be dunces (not because of anything he said or did, but because of their indifference and letting him go it alone). Savage, along with Laura Ingraham who spoke for him in this case, is one of the few remaining, credible voices of conservatism. Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly, on the other hand, in choosing not to stand with Michael Savage, showed that they do not know that someday there will be a knock on their doors too [see Niemoller quote about the consequences of not standing for innocent people when they are being attacked and need support). This certainly is a lesson to us evangelicals, Christians, and traditionalists and Orthodox Jews (not to mentijon Mormons!). The fascisti of secular humanism and Islam will be coming to our doors soon, if Hillary Clinton, Edward Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Smith, Maria Cantwell, and Patty Murray and CAIR have their way--so let us stand when any of us are attacked by the secular humanists and their henchmen in their supporting brown shirted lobbies and activist groups! If we fail in this, we cannot complain when we are dragged out of our houses by Hate Crimes task forces (like the students of Mao's counter-revolutionaries during the purges of his bloody reign).
The excellent "Levitt Letter," the newsletter of the Zola Levitt Ministries, has a recent article in the May 2007 issue that every Christian in America should read, entitled, "How do Christians Live With Muslims?", authored by Frank Pastore, www.townhall.com. Another timely article, "Muslims Accept Israel's Messiah," is offered in the February 2007 issue of Levitt Letter, and it details the turning to Jesus by millions of Muslims, country by country. This is information you probably won't see anywhere else, and it will no doubt astound and encourage you. You can try the web address of Mr. Pastore. Otherwise, the excellent Levitt Letter magazine can be ordered or the article by Mr. Pastore can be accessed, perhaps, by going to the Zola Levitt website:
Please do your Bible scholarship a favor and give yourself this boost, which is a big one, by subscribing. I hope to order a whole series of these already printed magazines on all the major evangelists, which is over for less than $100 as long as the supply lasts.
DENOMINATIONALISM is, spiritually, not of God-- "They divide my garments"--Jesus the Messiah, speaking through the prophetic, Messianic scripture, Psalm 22:18. This speaks first of the Romans dividing Christ's garments, casting lots for them, beneath the Cross as Jesus died for their sins and the sins of the whole world. But we are dividing Christ's garments even today, are we not? We have denominationalism, which is the same thing as what the Roman soldiers did--they divided the things of Christ. Perhaps our sin is worse--dividing up clothes is not as bad as dividing up Christ's body, the Body of Christ which is the church. We need, at this late date, to cease from this sin of division and holding to exclusive enclaves within church boundaries. Rather, we need to come out from these self-imposed, manmade barriers and fellowship and share and build up the Body of Christ everywhere, regardless of the denomination. Jesus was not a denominationalist. He was not a divided Savior. Yet we have divided up Christ, this denomination taking one part and emphasizing it, and another denomination taking yet another part and emphasizing that. To the world's eye this is ridiculous and strange and they want nothing to do with such a divided church. When we forget all these man-made divisions and come together, truly in Spirit, as one Body, one Church, and one Communion, the world will take us seriously. Christ's prayer just before He was arrested and went to the Cross was that we all be one even as He and the Father are one. This prayer has not been fulfilled! Why? WE CHRISTIANS are holding up the fulfilment--that is why! If we want to see this prayer fulfilled, we must quit standing in the way and preventing its fulfilment and enter into the true church, which is not divided. There are no Presbyterians or Baptists or Lutherans or Assemby of Godders in heaven. There are only saved, redeemed children of God washed clean in the shed Blood of Jesus. The former affiliations will mean absolutely nothing in heaven! Nothing! Paul said that when he was a man he had put away childish things. Let us put away childish things--these man-made barriers and divisions that keep us apart--and enter into the unity of the Man, Jesus Christ. He is not divided, but we Christians are! We need to stop it being divided and aiding and abetting division in the Body of Christ. When you look out into your church at a service, do you see primarily one color? That should tell you something is wrong, very wrong. Christ is not divided--one foot yellow, one hand white, one arm brown, and so on. He is the color of God--which is to say, no color at all. We divided the Body of Christ by color, by having Korean churches, black churches, white churches, and so on. This must stop, unless there is absolutely no diversity of ethnicity in your area--a hard thing to believe in today's multicultural America. But we divide up on many other grounds--pet doctrines, church history, social status, education, money--all sorts of things. It is time to end the division of Christ's body.
Jesus Christ first, and all the rest will fall into line.
He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people.
"Gather My saints together to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice."