Archive for September 24th, 2008

‘See You at the Flag Pole’ Kicks Off Today

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Millions of students will gather at their schools all around the world today to participate in the annual See You at the Pole prayer rally. Students will lift up their country, communities, government, schools, and each other in prayer. Mat Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel and dean of Liberty University School of Law, says his organization will offer free legal advice to any students who are hindered by their school from participating in the event.

“Liberty Counsel will provide education and, if necessary, legal representation to make sure that literally millions of youth all over America and around the world will be able to gather at the annual ‘See You at the Pole’ event,” Staver explains. (Read “SYATP sports ‘Samuel’ theme this year”)

Liberty Counsel represented many similar cases last year. “The good news is everyone of those ‘See You at the Pole’ cases that we represented were resolved just simply by a letter, telephone call, or simple education,” he adds.

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Co-ed Dorms for Gender-Confused Males?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

[A] new [University of Pittsburg anti-discrimination policy that has been changed to include “gender identity”] means that a man who feels like he is a woman can be housed in the women’s dormitory and vice versa. And that involves “showering and using the restroom and the whole shebang,” explains Diane Gramley, president of American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA).

Gramley mentally puts herself in the position of being in a women’s dorm restroom, when a man walks in to use the facilities. “I think that she would be shocked and dismayed — and I would think she would also be concerned about her safety,” she contends.

The family advocate says it is conceivable that a man could convince university officials of his gender confusion and gain access to the women’s dorm to search for prey. Gramley also notes the university should be concerned about potential lawsuits from “concerned parents and students.”

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Quote of the Day

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

“The Liberal Left say, simplistically, that all cultures have equal value, and more “advanced” cultures (The West) should never stand in judgement of “inferior, lesser” cultures whose practices we find abhorrent. But the Liberal Left doesn’t stop there; they ascribe wished-for cultural traits onto these other cultures that simply do not exist. Muslims have no desire to live in a happy, multicultural stew. It is as repugnant to them as any other blasphemy. The Liberal Left imagine a paradise in these distant lands, see “those” cultures as victims of Anglo hegemony, desperately trying to preserve their own “rich” cultural heritage, which is being stolen or undermined by Uncle Sam. They ascribe nobility and virtue where it does not exist. It’s like they’ve been reading PC textbooks, but have only the most superficial knowledge, the sugarcoated version of things. Much of what they believe is categorically and demonstrably false. They need only live for a time in these distant lands– live as the people there do– to see the folly of their romantic imaginings & wishful projections.”
-Unknown Author.

“The Year Journalism Died”

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

I heard this on Sean Hannity yesterday and wanted to mention it.

Somewhat related to Catherine’s post: Last week at the Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., I heard Fox News commentator and radio host Sean Hannity say in his speech that 2008 is the “year journalism died.” He stated that the American media has lost its credibility and reputation for delivering objective and balanced news reports, particularly regarding the upcoming election. And he cited a Rasmussen report that says 69 percent of the public believe that media outlets are partisan and rig their reporting to help the candidate they want to win.

I am one of the 69 percent. (Many examples of media bias can be found at the Media Research Center website.) But I still believe in journalism and its important role, and Hannity’s charge that journalism is dead sounds a bit too hopeless for me. I’d rather change it to “the year objective journalism died” because the news industry is not dead, it just needs a wake-up call – a very loud wake-up call.

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Bill Introduced to Assure U.S. Won’t be Governed by Islam

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Congressman Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., introduced a bill to the House of Representatives that seeks to prevent Islam’s radical Shariah law from gaining a foothold in the U.S. legal system, as it has in other countries.

Tancredo introduced HR 6975, the Jihad Prevention Act, last week. If made into law, the bill would allow American authorities to prevent advocates of Shariah law from entering the country, revoke the visa of any foreigners that did champion Shariah law and revoke naturalization for citizens that seek to implement Shariah law in the U.S.

The radical form of Islam’s Shariah religious law includes several statutes often objectionable to Western minds, including stoning for adulterous women, amputation for thieves and the death sentence for converting from Islam.

“When you have an immigration policy that allows for the importation of millions of radical Muslims,” Tancredo said in a press release, “you are also importing their radical ideology – an ideology that is fundamentally hostile to the foundations of Western democracy – such as gender equality, pluralism and individual liberty.”

“The best way to safeguard America against the importation of the destructive effects of this poisonous ideology is to prevent its purveyors from coming here in the first place,” Tancredo said.

As WND reported earlier, large Muslim populations in Canada seeking to live out their faith have convinced the Canadian government to permit the enforcement of Shariah law.

The journal of the American Bar Association reported last week that Islamic court rulings are now enforceable in the United Kingdom as well.

Tancredo said he “moved quickly” to prevent similar legal entanglements in the U.S.

“We need to send a clear message that the only law we recognize here in America is the U.S. Constitution and the laws passed by our democratically elected representatives,” concluded Tancredo. “If you aren’t comfortable with that concept, you aren’t welcome in the United States.”

WND contacted the Council on American-Islamic Relations for comment on the bill, but received none.

HR 6975 has been referred to the House Committee on Judiciary for review.

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“Top 10 Reasons for Not Being a Christian” by Hal Lindsey of Hal Lindsey Oracle

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Over the course of my ministry, I’ve pretty much heard all the objections to Christianity the world has to offer. Here are what I would consider the “Top 10 Objections” to becoming a Christian.

  • 1. “Seeing is believing. I’ve never seen God, so how do I know He exists?”

    Nobody has ever seen the wind, but there is no doubt of its power. Nobody has seen history, but there is no doubt of its legacy. Nobody has seen a person’s mind, but that doesn’t make us mindless. TV and radio waves are invisible, but with the proper receiver, we can see their results.

    Having never seen God is not much of a reason for rejecting Him, if you get right down to it. Let’s see if we can do better.

  • 2. “I may have broken the Ten Commandments, but I do good things for people. If God is fair, the scales will balance.”

    One look at “Hollywood morality” should dispel this one. They commit adultery in their youth, and then become involved in giving to AIDS research, etc., as they grow older. In their minds, they think that they are balancing the scales. They have done bad, and now they are doing good.

    It doesn’t work that way, even before an imperfect judge in a secular courtroom – if the judge is honest. An effort to bribe the judge with good works is still a bribe.

    If you compare yourself with other human beings, you might be better than some, but worse than others.

    But God has to judge us on the basis of His righteous character, which we have violated. This is why He gave us the “Big Ten.” They show us how good we would have to be to earn God’s acceptance by our own good deeds. This is why God cannot judge on the “curve.” God says, “Whoever keeps the whole law, yet offends in one point is guilty of all of it.” (James 2:10)

    Since none of us could ever be good enough to measure up to His perfect character, God elected to come to Earth in the person of Jesus Christ and die in our place under His offended righteous character. In so doing, God purchased a pardon for every person. We only have to admit we have broken His laws, turn to God and accept His free pardon.

  • 3. “Christianity is oppressive to women.”

    This objection comes up in confusing the context of the Christian model for marriage. Ephesians 5:22 says, “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” But the skeptic’s objection collapses when the passage is taken in its full context.

    Ephesians 5:25 commands husbands, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave Himself for it.”

    It is hardly “oppression” to submit to someone who loves you with a sacrificial love. Instead, it is a textbook definition of love – a key ingredient to a successful marriage.

  • 4. “The Bible was written by men.”

    As an objection, this is by far the silliest. When you write a letter, are you writing it, or is the pen? As I type this column, am I writing it, or is my computer? Clearly, the pen, or the computer, is the instrument, not the writer. The same principle applies to the writers of Scripture. They were instruments, but God’s Spirit is the author.

    The Bible declares of itself that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God.” (2 Timothy 3:16) and the proof is in the pudding. The writers of Scripture ranged from shepherds to kings to fishermen, but the 66 books that make up the Bible read as a single, harmonious narrative emanating from a Single Author.

    God threw down the gauntlet concerning how to know whether His Word is true or not. God said to Moses, “You may say to yourselves, ‘How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?’ If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken.” (Deut. 18:21-22 NIV)

    Every prophecy made in the Bible about specific events, places and times have come true to the letter. Some are not yet fulfilled because it is not yet the time. But the record in history is 100 percent accuracy. This is why we have only the books in the Bible that have been authenticated by fulfilled prophecy. More than 300 prophecies were fulfilled in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah.

  • 5. “Churches are full of hypocrites.”

    The word “hypocrite” comes from the Greek word for “actor” or “pretender.” Hypocrisy is “the practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold.”

    The Body of Christ consists of true believers – “churches” are buildings where people congregate. Sitting in a church no more makes one a Christian than sitting in a garage makes one a car.

    Jesus will sort out the true believers from the pretenders in His time. The question is not what church you go to, but rather, whom do you trust for your salvation? A church? Or Jesus Christ?

  • 6. “Christians think they are better than non-Christians.”

    This is another objection borne out of ignorance of both the teaching of Scripture and the nature of salvation. Nowhere do the Scriptures say that a Christian is a better person than a non-Christian. A believer in Jesus is a forgiven sinner. The unbeliever is not forgiven. But a true Christian knows that he is forgiven by the unmerited grace of God.

    Peter betrayed Jesus by denying Him three times. Judas betrayed Him only once. But Peter is infinitely better off. Peter believed and was forgiven. Judas did not.

    Two murderers were crucified alongside Jesus. One repented and expressed his faith by saying, “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus immediately replied, “Truly I say to you, Today you will be with me in Paradise.”

    By way of analogy, consider two skydivers. One has a working parachute; the other does not. That doesn’t make the skydiver with a working parachute a better skydiver. But he is certainly wiser than the other guy.

  • 7. “There is too much suffering in the world for there to be a loving God.”

    The Bible tells us that God cursed the Earth because of Adam’s transgression. Weeds are a curse. So is disease. Sin and suffering cannot be separated. The Scriptures inform us that we live in a fallen creation. Those who understand the message of Holy Scripture eagerly await a new Heaven and a new Earth “wherein dwells righteousness.”

    In that coming Kingdom there will be no more pain, suffering, disease or death. If it didn’t exist here, then its abolition then would be meaningless. The sacrifice of Christ would be unnecessary.

    A loving God? John 15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

  • 8. “Christianity isn’t fair. What about all those people who have never heard the Gospel? Will they all go to Hell because they haven’t heard about Jesus Christ?”

    No one will be lost because he hasn’t heard of Jesus. God says, “The wrath of God is being revealed from Heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:18-20) He also promises, “You will seek Me and find me when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

    You see, God brings everyone to “God-consciousness” through the witness of creation. When a person anywhere, in any culture comes to God-consciousness – and then desires to know this God, He will move Heaven and Earth to get the true message to him. If he dies without hearing about Jesus Christ, it’s because he did not want to know the true God.

  • 9. I’ve tried to read the Bible. I can’t understand it.

    The Scriptures tells us that the “natural man” cannot understand the things of the Spirit of God. Most Americans would find it difficult to understand the Chinese language. However, a child who is born into a Chinese family can understand every word.

    Every person is born physically alive, but spiritually dead. God is a “Spirit” and we must have the same kind of life to perceive Him. This is why Jesus said to a very religious man, “Unless a man is born from above, he cannot perceive the things of God.”

    When even an uneducated person believes in Jesus and is born spiritually, he can immediately begin to understand the Bible.

  • 10. Christians are sinners, according to their own teaching. So what is the difference between a Christian who sins and a non-believer?

    This objection misses the point. A Christian receives a new nature and the Spirit of God comes to dwell in him it at the point of the “new spiritual birth.” He still has an old nature that wants to sin. When the Christian fails to say no to temptation and depend upon God’s Spirit, he sins.

    The difference, however, is that a Christian cannot be happy anymore living in sin. He becomes miserable and wants to return to fellowship with God. As soon as he confesses his sin to God, he is forgiven and brought back into fellowship. But though the Christian can get out of fellowship, he cannot lose his relationship with God. That has been secured forever by the death of Jesus Christ in his place. God will not disown a child that He purchased with His own blood.

  • The 10 reasons for not being a Christian, therefore, are really 10 reasons why, if you haven’t already, you should be on your knees – right now – receiving the gift of pardon that Jesus purchased by dying in your place.

    You won’t become perfect in this life, but you will have new desires and power that will make you progressively better. And at the end, you will go to be with God forever.

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