Archive for October 20th, 2006

Stay True to God’s Word

Friday, October 20th, 2006

1 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

2 Timothy 4:1-4 (New International Version)

There are many examples of people perverting the Word of God, the Bible. In our society of easily offended people, pastors and Bible teachers go to great lengths to avoid passages that will make people uncomfortable. In some extreme cases, they may even change or delete passages from the Bible to make it more palatable to the world view.
In 2 Timothy, Paul warns us this is going to happen. With increasing frequency as we approach Jesus’ return, many “will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”
The best way to not fall into this trap is to know what is in the Bible.
The Bible is prefect and true as written. It came directly from the direct inspiration of God. It does not need additions or subtractions.
Spend time in God’s Word. It will bless your life tremendously.

New Bible publication literally cuts out unused parts

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Bible believing Christians aren’t going to believe this one. The Western Bible Foundation has published a version of the Bible that has the “verses about justice for the poor, responsibility for the rich to address their neighbors’ needs, and all that talk about money,” removed.
They go on to say “Jesus was very inspiring for our inner health, but we don’t need to take his naïve remarks about money seriously. He didn’t study economics, obviously”, and the Bible was published to meet the “growing wish of many churches to be market-oriented and more attractive.”
They have got to kidding!! No, they are not.

A new publication of the Bible by a Dutch organization could take a lot of the stress out of reading the Holy Book’s instructions for contemporary Christians, according to its publisher.

That’s because those troublesome verses about justice for the poor, responsibility for the rich to address their neighbors’ needs, and all that talk about money, are gone. Not just edited out, cut out.

A report from Assist News Service said the Western Bible Foundation published the book to meet the “growing wish of many churches to be market-oriented and more attractive.”

“Jesus was very inspiring for our inner health, but we don’t need to take his naïve remarks about money seriously. He didn’t study economics, obviously,” said a Mr. De Rijke, the chairman of the foundation, in a news release obtained by ANS.

After all, no serious Christian takes such texts literally, he said.

“What if all Christians stopped being anxious, for example, and started expecting everything from God? Or gave their possessions to the poor, for that matter. Our economy would be lost,” he said.

“The truth is quite the contrary: a strong economy and a healthy work ethic is a gift from God,” he said.

The foundation’s announcement said that it wanted to “boldly go where no one else has gone before” by eliminating those texts.

“We don’t use them anyway! There’s no single Christian selling his possessions and giving them to the poor,” De Rijke added.

The publication, so far, is available only in Dutch, from the well-known Christian publisher Buijten & Schipperheijn. It has discarded passages of the Ten Commandments, sections of Isaiah, the Proverbs, and the Sermon on the Mount. It contains just holes where the original texts urged “radical” actions around money, justice or affluence.

The publisher has reported that it has sold hundreds in just the first few weeks of availability.

However, the names listed for the officials of the foundation, “De Rijke” and “Fortuijn” give away the joke, which sometimes has produced more anger than humor among Christians.

“De Rijke” means “rich,” and “Fortuijn” means “fortune,” and the Bible actually is published by Time to Turn, a network of Dutch Christian students “who want to choose a sustainable and just way of life, based on their faith in Jesus Christ.”

“They do not believe in a new legalism, or in a utopian state, but in a God who is willing to deliver the world from materialism and injustice. Time to Turn is linked to the international student movement Speak,” the announcement said.

There was some surprise at the reaction. Frank Mulder, chairman of Time to Turn, said, “Many Christians accept the Western lifestyle, including the degradation of creation and the injustice of our trade, and they only take the easy parts of the gospel. But it isn’t until we publish this gospel with holes, that they get confused!”

Assist News is a part of the Gospel for Asia ministry.

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My article “Falling Away” of the Church.

Bauer: No Way Around It — A Vote Endorses a Party’s Values

Friday, October 20th, 2006

This is so true. Many of you have picked up on my perplexity of how a Christian can also be a Democrat. How does someone who follows what the Bible says, also support a political party who’s main tenets are killing unborn children, promoting destruction of the family and moral relativism and duplicity on almost every issue? I do not understand.

(AgapePress) – Pro-family activist and former presidential candidate Gary Bauer contends voters can’t separate a candidate from his or her chosen party’s values.

Many voters insist they cast ballots for the candidate, and not for the party with which the candidate is affiliated. But Bauer, chairman of the Campaign for Working Families, disagrees. “Whoever is elected comes here to Washington, and the first work they have is to organize Congress,” he says.

What that means, explains Bauer, is that Democrats will be putting Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and like-minded liberal in charge of the party’s agenda. And the first vote any elected candidate will cast, he says, is for the party’s organization.

“You could elect a good Democrat in your state and that good Democrat is going to come here and make Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton and all those left wingers the leaders of their party,” he states.

The staunch family advocate says he does not think, for example, that even a pro-life Democrat could be very effective in such a situation because “they will not be able to do pro-life things when they come here to Washington, DC.”

Bauer feels that just as a vote for any Republican is a vote for that party’s goals and values, a vote for any Democrat is a vote for that party’s agenda. While Bauer and other pro-family leaders are concerned about many aspects of the Democratic agenda, perhaps foremost is that party’s stated opposition to state constitutional amendments defending traditional marriage. Twenty states have passed such initiatives since 1998 — 11 of those just two years ago — and eight more are considering similar proposals on November 7.

Democrats’ Plan for Defeating Amendments
In response to the success of those state ballot measures, the Democratic National Committee announced this summer it had adopted a five-point plan for fighting measures defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Parts of that plan include labeling those ballot issues as “divisive” ploys by the Republicans and others to deflect voter attention from other important issues, and working with the National Stonewall Democrats — a pro-homosexual element within the party — to develop “strategy and talking points” to combat the proposed amendments.

On Election Day 2006, voters in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin will consider constitutional amendments declaring marriage to be only the union of one man and one woman. The president of the group Americans for Truth believes the amendments should pass with little difficulty in five of those eight states.

“Arizona and Wisconsin are more of a battleground,” Peter LaBarbera asserts, “and then there’s a special situation in Colorado where there’s a pro-domestic partner initiative that was very smartly, by the way, put up by homosexual activists. So those are the three states to watch. I think the rest of the states will pass handily.”

That has been the case in all of the 20 states where a marriage amendment has been adopted by voters. The average approval rating has been 68 percent (see chart). But LaBarbera warns that if the so-called “civil union” amendment passes in Colorado, voters can expect homosexual activists to employ the same strategy in the future when other states are considering constitutional amendments defending traditional marriage.

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What Really Happened to Dinosaurs

Friday, October 20th, 2006

What Really Happened to Dinosaurs

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“The Delusions of 2006: Appeasement and Denial” from Olive Tree Ministries

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Rodney King said a decade ago, “Can’t we all just get along?” People of no faith or little faith go along with that line of thinking. In other words, if we are nice to our enemies, they will like us. If we appease the enemy, they will be won over. We can get the most bitter enemy to cooperate if we say and do the things that make them happy and thus live in denial and the appeasement mode.
The Bible warns a lot about deception and delusion in the last days. Jesus warned of it on the Mt. of Olives in an end-time discourse so all of this is to be expected.

We have raging delusions going on today, and for that matter, also in the 20th century. A vast majority of politicians and statesmen believe that “negotiations” and “sanctions” against evil regimes will get them to cooperate. Most notably today that would include Iran and North Korea. Thus the U.N. and other agencies debate and pass worthless resolutions because they won’t come to terms with the blatant fact that some nations and leaders are so evil they are laughing at the West for our naivete.

Here are just a few examples of denial, delusion, and appeasement in recent weeks and years:

* We looked the other way when terrorists struck our interests in the 1990’s because we didn’t want to risk upsetting the economy or face reality. We were in an appeasement mode most of the 1990s.

* Yaser Arafat, now in his eternal home which isn’t what he expected, received the Nobel peace prize. As with the Oslo Accords, this was throwing pearls before swine with the appeasement/denial sentiment believing the tiger could change his stripes even though the Palestinian charter stated then and now that Israel must be wiped off the map.

*This past summer a dozen Muslim students came to America to attend a college in Montana. Few made it and the school had the courage to call the FBI because most of the students never made it to the Montana state line. They spread out all over the country. The issue was dismissed due to appeasement and denial.

* Also last summer young Muslim males were found with hundreds of cell phones–a terrorist’s delight. They also had a picture of a prominent bridge in Michigan. Nonetheless, they were released as harmless young men due to appeasement and denial.

* America appeased Hamas and let them run in Palestinian elections last year. They won and now Israel, who went along with this, is deeply embroiled in more conflict than ever thanks in part to American pressure to allow Hamas to be appeased.

* In August Mike Wallace of “60 Minutes” interview Mahmoud Achmad”genocide” (Achmadinejad) and gave a glowing report about the dictator and psychotic with “messianic visions.” This may have been the ultimate in appeasement and denial and likely seduced a lot of Westerners that Achmadinejad could be negotiated with and reasoned with; in other words, appeased.

* Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005 and Lebanon in 2000, in part to appease and because they are in delusion that giving up land will actually bring about peace. It doesn’t work when the enemy really wants you dead and is laughing at your appeasement.

* Terror cells abound in America and are waiting for a phone call. Truth-tellers such as Steve Emerson and others are treated poorly and have their work censored so we can appease and live in denial.

* Saudi Arabia is called our “good ally.” Yet they stack every American mosque with Wahabbi literature. Worse yet, they refuse to allow us to place a church on their soil. Believers meet in secret.

* The White House and State Department say that the PA leader, Mahmoud Abbas, is a “moderate.” They say he is committed to peace and a “two state solution.” They don’t monitor his words to the Arab world, just the Western world. And we have short memories. He financed the 1972 slaughter of Israeli athletes in Munich. Nonetheless, he’s the missing peace partner we’ve been waiting for in search of a solution to the Palestinian issue.

You get the picture. Don’t despair as these things are predicted and are coming to pass as the writers of the Bible foretold. Get Luke 21:28 embedded in your mind: “When you see these things begin to happen, look up and know your Redeemer draws nigh.”

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North Korean Leader Regrets Test

Friday, October 20th, 2006

It appears that China spanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Il pretty good on this one. Maybe it will bring him back in line for awhile.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Il expressed regret about his country’s nuclear test to a Chinese delegation and said Pyongyang would return to international nuclear talks if Washington backs off a campaign to financially isolate the country, a South Korean newspaper reported Friday.

“If the U.S. makes a concession to some degree, we will also make a concession to some degree, whether it be bilateral talks or six-party talks,” Kim was quoted as telling a Chinese envoy, the mass-circulation Chosun Ilbo reported, citing a diplomatic source in China.

Kim told the Chinese delegation that “he is sorry about the nuclear test,” the newspaper reported.

The delegation led by State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan met Kim on Thursday and returned to Beijing later that day – ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s arrival in the Chinese capital Friday. China is viewed as a key nation in efforts to persuade the North to disarm, as it is the isolated communist nation’s main trading partner.

North Korea has long insisted that the U.S. desist from a campaign to sever its ties to the international financial system. Washington accuses Pyongyang of complicity in counterfeiting and money laundering to sell weapons of mass destruction.

The North has refused since last November to return to the nuclear talks, which also include China, Japan, Russia and South Korea. Pyongyang has sought bolster its negotiating position by a series of provocative actions, test-firing a barrage of missiles in July and performing its first-ever nuclear test Oct. 9.

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Ahmadinejad: God told me we would win

Friday, October 20th, 2006

The nutcase from Iran has been channeling his demon again and says that “God told me we would win”.
Does anyone really doubt this man’s intentions?

While the West is preparing to impose sanctions on Iran, due to the country’s failure to suspend its nuclear activities, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is still optimistic. “We shall win,” he was quoted in the Iranian media as saying Monday, and added: “One day I will be asked whether I have been in touch with someone who told me we would win, and I will respond: ‘Yes, I have been in touch with God’.”

“We must not be afraid of them,” he stated, hinting to the western countries. Ahmadinejad also noted that although he was at times mocked for his preoccupation with spiritual matters and his use of “divine” words,” he was nevertheless certain that Iran would prevail, after having secured the support of international public opinion for its cause.

Meanwhile, Iranian news agencies reported Monday that Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi addressed the possibility of an attack on Iran and said, “If Americans and Zionists want to try their luck in Iran, they will experience a larger defeat than in Iraq.”

Safavi added during a memorial service held at his headquarters: “We are obligated to our fallen to maintain the readiness and deal a powerful blow on the enemies in case of an attack.

“The Basij (branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) and the Revolutionary Guards are so strong they will not allow the enemy to even think of launching an operation against Iran,” he said.

“The blood of our shahids will bring about not only the liberation of Jerusalem and Karbala (Iraq) but the liberation of all mankind from the evil powers of the world; the blood of our shahids boiled the blood of Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon, and they will overcome the evil Americans and Israel.”

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“Christian Conservatives Should Feast, Not Fast, On Politics” by David Limbaugh

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Democrats, with the unsolicited aid of some Republicans, have put on a full court press for “values voters” in their bid to regain control of Congress.

Through various tactics, like tarring the entire GOP with the Foley scandal, and capitalizing on defections by some Christians from the GOP, they hope to suppress the Christian conservative voter turnout. At the same time, they are courting the votes of those they can’t discourage enough to stay home.

Democrats have been agonizing since Election Day 2004 over how to repackage their message to deceive values voters into believing they truly represent their interests. Never mind their promotion of same-sex marriage, abortion on demand and partial birth abortion. Never mind their ridiculing of Christian conservatives, their comparisons of Christian “fundamentalists” to Islamic fundamentalists or their institutional sneering at Boy Scouts.

Then, serendipitously, as if by divine intervention, Foley fell into their laps. Next, with the pre-election timing that conspiracy theorists couldn’t possibly countenance as coincidence, a number of Republican “insiders” released books recommending a downscaling of influence by Christian conservatives on the Republican Party.

Former Sen. John Danforth’s book laments the Christian right’s apparent hold on the GOP. Former White House Faith-Based Initiative Deputy Director David Kuo charges that while President Bush is sincere about his faith, “he is a politician and is ultimately no different from any other politician, content to use religion for electoral gain more than for good works.”

With friends like these on the right, it’s no wonder Democrats are feeling so cocky about their November election prospects. While I believe Danforth is a good and honorable man, I couldn’t disagree with him more — assuming I understand his position correctly — about the involvement of Christian conservatives in politics and, in particular, the Republican Party. They have as much right — indeed an obligation — to influence policy consistent with their worldview as any other group. If not Christian conservatives, who will stand up for the unborn? Who will stand up for traditional marriage? Who will better stand up for originalist judges and religious liberty?

Conservative Christians, I might add, didn’t start this fight. They didn’t issue the unconstitutional federal judicial edict severely restricting state regulation of abortions. They didn’t try to change the thousands-year-old institution of traditional marriage. They aren’t leading the assault on religious freedoms.

Secular forces are not planning on withdrawing from politics. They don’t believe in leaving their worldview out of their policy advocacy, their governance or their law making. How can responsible Christians even consider unilateral surrender? And why are they always asked to make the false choice between their politics and their evangelism? They can and should do both, with vigor.

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