Archive for May 25th, 2010

“That’s Offensive” by Ron Graham

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

“Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.” 1 Peter 2:7-8.

“You can’t draw that, that’s offensive”. These were the words that a thirteen year old student in California heard a few days ago from her teacher. The student had drawn a picture of the American flag with the words “God bless America ” inscribed on the flag. For this she was singled out and told her project was offensive. Then the teacher went on to praise another student who had drawn a picture of Obama. This is just a very small sampling of what’s happening across this nation.

Socialism is now the new flavor in America . We now see public school teachers promoting and indoctrinating our children into this new socialistic, godless, false utopian society, and our government leaders are consumed with promoting the same failed concept. It’s now an offense to be patriotic in America. And what’s much worse is that it is now considered almost criminal to publicly demonstrate a love for God.

“Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God ,” 1 Corinthians 10:32. Those of us who follow Jesus Christ and promote His Gospel have no desire to offend anyone. The Gospel of Christ is a take it or leave it reality. Most believers who are actually witnessing to others prepare themselves for the rejection of the Gospel. We can tell someone about Jesus and, if during the conversation they make it plain they are not interested or they seem to be getting agitated, we can excuse ourselves and move on. We don’t brow beat people into submission or attack them because they aren’t inclined to partake of the truth. We simply change the subject or stop talking altogether.

It’s true that lost people have no problem with being offensive around Christians or even singling out Christians for abuse. We are ridiculed and even condemned by those who hate God. Even ending a conversation with “God bless you” is an offense to those who are perishing. The young girl mentioned above was simply expressing her patriotism and love for God which is a Constitutionally protected right. It seems America’s founding fathers were offensive by placing such high esteem on what they believed to be God-given rights. At least that teacher thought so. Oh yea, and for those who think the separation of Church and state has anything to do with the U.S. Constitution it doesn’t. There’s no such thing as “the separation of Church and state” written into the founding fathers documents as they established this country as a sovereign, godly nation. But there is something called the Bill of Rights which says Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…, and so on. “The free exercise thereof” is the same as saying if you are in a classroom in America and you wish to exercise your Constitutional right to express your love for God and country you may do so unimpeded.

So what’s changed in the Constitution to allow a teacher to prohibit students “the free exercise thereof”? The Constitution of the United States of America has not changed, but we the people have placed ungodly leaders in control of our government and as such we are reaping what we have sown. God has been replaced with the religion of humanism. And this unholy saga continues as these misguided souls attempt to rid this nation of all vestiges of that old antiquated belief which emphatically maintains there is a God.

First, they change our laws. How can they get away with that, you might ask? Through evil deceptions they get themselves elected to the highest office in the land, the Presidency of the United States of America , then they proceed to fill all the cabinet posts associated with that office with Marxists and Communists. They infiltrate Congress through similar deceptions until they dominate that once revered and stately body. Then they place into the highest courts of the land those individuals who have no use for God. This will, in turn, give rise to new and devilishly thought-out rulings that will far and above favor humanism, socialism, and ultimately communism over anything that might be based on faith in the one true God of the Bible. After a few years of these socialistic, humanistic, Marxist leaders lording over the masses, most of America will become painfully aware that their “inalienable rights” have dried up and blown away.

Socialism is alive and thriving in America my friends and we now sit on the very precipice of evil completely consuming our national government and taking over our beloved country. We aren’t just slightly moving in that direction, the guy that occupies the Oval Office has placed America on the fast track to becoming a dictatorial and completely socialistic entity.

Recently it’s been revealed that any mention of God by students will be harshly dealt with. Wearing the American flag on your person is also becoming a crime in the godless halls of academia. But there’s a time coming, and is almost here, when one certain word will get you thrown into jail quicker than oil leaking out of a pipe in the Gulf. That word is “Jesus”, the name above all names. Unless of course you use the Lord’s name as a swear word then of course you’ll be excused.

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“Greece, Thailand, America, and the Rapture” by Terry James

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Greece and Thailand face mobs of addicted citizenries that have been put on rations. Having for years been the wards of government-engendered employment and socialistic largess, the people of those nations are enraged by the realities of painful withdrawal.

Greece has been required by the European Union to put into effect severe austerity measures in order to qualify for a massive bailout. Without the almost trillion-dollar infusion, Greece would become insolvent, a thing the EU and Western democracies cannot allow to happen.

It was a weekend rich in symbolism. Sunday, May 9, was Europe Day, the 60th anniversary of the moment when France, Germany and the other war-shattered European states declared they would pool their resources in a supranational community. The message—from crisis comes opportunity—was not lost on today’s generation of European leaders. With Greece seemingly on the brink of insolvency and markets pounding other vulnerable euro members like Portugal and Spain, the continued viability of the single currency—the European Union’s most emblematic project—is under threat. So in the early hours of Monday morning, after weeks of indecision, Europe’s leaders met the challenge by setting up a colossal €750 billion ($950 billion) crisis fund. (Leo Cendrowicz, “The E.U.’s $950 Billion Rescue: Just the Beginning,” Time, 5/10/10, http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1988216,00.html?xid=rss-topstories. –My thanks to Dana Neel.)

The International Monetary Fund/eurozone bailout stipulated that the Greek government drastically cut its huge deficit of 13.6 percent of the nation’s GDP. Jay Bryson, global economist at Wells Fargo Securities said that Europe’s monetary crisis won’t ease “until money starts to flow” to Greece from the EU/IMF. He said the crisis will probably linger for a time even with such measures.

The Greek national government has had to do away with a large number of jobs that were linked directly to public services and bureaucratic positions. Ever-increasing government controls destroyed incentives for creating private sector employment. Demands by Greek citizenry (mostly government employees’ unions) that they could retire with full benefits as early as age 45 in some cases, age 53 on average, and massive expenditures on public social services drove deficit spending to calamitous levels.

Austerity implementation and its effects on Greek society have been profound. Rioting in the streets has brought things to the crisis level, and has drawn a harsh response from police and the military. The EU/IMF infusion of a trillion dollars is only a stop-gap effort to try to prevent total implosion of Greek society, thus, possibly, the EU itself. When the people have been given their fix to assuage the pain of their weaning off the government spigot–what then?

Thailand is perhaps even more bloody than Greece in the government-vs.-the unions clashes. Thailand’s workers have become accustomed to a bureaucratic handout system/society.

Thailand’s fledgling democracy is now all but dead; bloodied and battered on the streets of Bangkok. How did this happen?

The above question, posed by ABC News, frames the situation precisely. America’s heretofore relatively stable ally in Southeast Asia is in the process of meltdown because of economic crisis. The government is in disarray due to conflict primarily brought on by handing out more money to the populace than can be sustained, for purposes of gaining political advantage.

Riots fill the streets of Bangkok. A continuing battle rages between the government forces of a brutal, unresponsive government that seems for the moment to be winning the day over the “red shirts”–organized workers against what they perceive as government discontinuing the policies of universal health care, infrastructure investment, local economic stimulus, and agricultural debt relief which they had come to expect as guaranteed rights.

The fact is, Thailand is mischaracterized in ABC’s calling it a “fledgling democracy. Like Greece, the masses are addicted to getting socialistic largess for their votes. The government, used to being in favor because of, in effect, buying votes with a Thai version of pork-barrel spending, is reacting as many socialistic governments react when opposed. Many believe Greece and Thailand are well down the road of the same path America is taking.

Jesus foretold as recorded in Luke 17: 26-29 that it would be like it was in the days of Noah and in the days of Lot at the time God’s judgment and wrath begins to fall. One of the characteristics that the apostle Paul gave in his “perilous times” prophecies as recorded in 2 Timothy chapter 3 is that people will be “incontinent.” This means they will lack self-control. A further meaning is that they will be incorrigibly addictive–susceptible to violently craving fixes for their addictions.

A major addiction I perceive as becoming pandemic at this late hour of human history is the craving for pay without work by growing numbers of people in America and within the western economies. Socialism might be considered the virus that infects the masses who demand that the few pay for the many to enjoy the comforts of life.

Noah’s time saw the mocking and the threats by the listless, vile masses toward Noah as he prepared the ark while preaching the message that they should repent. Lot, in Sodom, endured the vexation caused by the incontinent (sex-addicted) people who made demands that they be served night and day. Jesus said it will be like that at the time He will catastrophically intervene into the affairs of mankind at the end of the age. People will be addictive without control–“incontinent,” as the KJV has it.

That “perilous times” characteristic of end-times man seems to be infecting this generation in many areas, and especially in matters of economy. The distress it is causing the nations, who are in perplexity as to what to do to fix the problems involved, will one day cause a tyrant of unprecedented power and authority to call for a one-world monetary system. I’m more and more convinced that it will be a system of Special Drawing Rights (SDR)–Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)–that will be the computer solution he will concoct.

Monetary chaos is building across the world. I believe it will take a crisis of major proportion to get peoples around the globe to agree to give up their nationalistic, autonomous allegiances, in the desperate hope that their comforts might be secured/ preserved/ restored.

With the signals of the end of the age in every direction the student of Bible prophecy looks–including the addictive characteristic of humanity we’ve just examined–there seems good reason to wonder: Might the Rapture be about to serve as the instrument the Lord uses to bring about the crisis that will give Antichrist the excuse to produce his system of control foretold in Revelation 13:16-18?

–Terry

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Assad: Peace for Golan Heights

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Koran 47:36 says “Therefore do not falter or sue for peace when you have gained the upper hand.”

Any peace treaty between an Arab nation and Israel is a farce, designed solely to put the Muslims in a better position to assail Israel. Assad may want to watch out though…

An oracle concerning Damascus: “See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins.”
Isaiah 17:1 (New International Version)

The Syrians are playing with fire…

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday that he is willing to sign a peace agreement with Israel in exchange for the Golan Heights.

In an interview with the Italian daily newspaper La Republica, Assad added that he did not think it necessary to break Syria’s strong ties with Iran in order to make peace with Israel.

The Syrian president maintained in the interview that the US has lost its influence in the Middle East and should not be depended on to bring peace to the region.

Assad differentiated between US President Barack Obama, who he said brought hope to the Middle East, and the US itself. He claimed that Obama has good intentions, but is powerless to affect real change in the region because of the Congress and lobbies involved in decision making.

Assad denied Israeli claims that Syria supplied Hizbullah with Scud missiles. He maintains that these allegations are an Israeli diversion meant to avoid a peace settlement.

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“Will the European Union Survive?” by Todd Strandberg

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

There has been a flurry of negative news about the health of the European Union. It seems like everything that could possibly go wrong has done so. The outlook is so bad, some economists are talking about the eventual demise of the European Union.

Angela Merkel, German chancellor, told Parliament in Berlin that the Eurozone crisis was the greatest test for the European Union since its creation. “It is a question of survival,” she said. “The euro is in danger. If the euro fails, then Europe fails. If we succeed, Europe will be stronger,” said Merkel.

Mario Draghi, the head of the Bank of Italy who chairs the Financial Stability Board coordinating international regulatory reform, appealed for countries not to abandon a joint approach. “At this critical moment it is vital that we continue to work together on reforming the international financial system and maintain our faith in international cooperation,” he told the Financial Times (http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ebe05a22-6322-11df-99a5-00144feab49a.html).

The greatest problem facing the EU is one of trust in how the sixteen members of the common currency accumulate sovereign debt. Since there is no control mechanism for what each member spends to fund its government, the organization is based on an honor system–which has been a disaster.

EU members are required to keep their budget deficits to around 3 percent. Greece has a deficit of 13 percent of GDP, and there is no indication that it will ever be able to manage its budget. Greece has a proven track record of defaulting on its foreign debt obligations.

Greece is a welfare state with some of the most outrageous benefits. A Greek firefighter can retire at the ripe old age of 45. While people riot in other parts of the world for political freedom, the Greeks picket and strike over the right to receive government handouts. Germans, with a proven record of a strong work ethic, are grinding their teeth over having to help subsidize their southern neighbor.

Global markets have nosedived over fears that the European debt crisis could lead to a replay of the freezing-up of financial markets we witnessed in 2008. Banks in Europe are afraid to lend money to each other because they don’t know what would happen to each other if Greece is forced to default.

Europe’s banks are probably in far worse shape than American banks before the housing bubble burst. Over here, when someone defaulted on a mortgage, at the least the bank could reclaim a house. German banks, with loans to other nations, have nothing to foreclose on.

In March, I said, “The most likely outcome of the Greece debt crisis will be a Band-aid in the form of some kind of loan guarantee from an outside financial organization.” This scenario has happened. The EU and the International Monetary Fund joined together to create a trillion-dollar slush fund for Greece and other nations. I also said it won’t be enough, and “another crisis is certain to quickly follow.” We might get a respite of a few months by kicking the can down the street, but you can’t fix the debt problem by giving nations like Greece more credit.

We are at a very interesting point in history. The Bible said there would be a reformation of the Roman Empire, and that it would lead to the advent of the Antichrist. It doesn’t seem possible for the EU to collapse into ashes. No matter how bad it gets, the union is going to survive.

The Bible tells us there will be a final world power that will have an extremely weak power base. In the vision given to Nebuchadnezzar and interpreted by Daniel, it is described as iron mixed with clay–meaning this government will have a connection to the Roman Empire, and it will be highly flawed. Out of this mess will come the most cunning and ruthless dictator the world has ever seen.

A partial breakup of the EU might actually benefit the progression of Bible prophecy. Scripture tells us that there will be ten kings who will give their power to the Antichrist. We currently have twenty-seven members of the EU, so something needs to happen to draw the number of leaders down to the magic number. The crisis we see now could be what triggers the final realignment.

“And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast” (Rev: 17:10).

“For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled” (Rev 17:17).

— Todd

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Obama to Snatch Up to 75% of Your Income

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Unless the U.S. wishes to end up like Europe, Obama is going to have to figure out a way to finance his socialization of America.
According this article, he could implement plans that could take up to 75% of our income in various taxes.
So while you watch your hard earned tax dollars disappear, you my rest assured that you are subsidizing someone who is not working. You break your back, so to speak, working hard, while they stay at home in the arm chair watching TV. Hooray for Obama socialism…NOT!!

If President Obama repeals the Bush tax cuts and imposes a 20 percent value added tax, or VAT, on the U.S., Americans may be facing tax rates where more than half of everything earned is confiscated by the federal government in the form of income taxes, Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert reports.

Add Social Security taxes and the tax burden quickly advances to more than 60 percent.

“Adding state property and income taxes to the burden, the amount government confiscates could be in the 75 percent range before Americans have a chance to vote Obama out of office in 2012,” Corsi wrote. “Are Americans willing to be taxed 75 percent of every dollar earned?”

“In a five-day work week, will Americans be willing to work four days for the government?” Corsi asked.

He said as Obama moves the U.S. in the direction of becoming a European-style social welfare state, it is important to consider taxation levels typical in Europe.

Corsi noted that even high levels of taxation are not sufficient in Europe to prevent debt levels from rising to crisis proportions, as has been seen in Greece and is looming on the horizon in Portugal, Spain and Italy.

“These are the real costs of income redistribution, as taxpayers are made to bear the taxation costs of generous pension plans for government employees at all levels of government – federal, state and local – as well as funding Social Security, paying for Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare and funding welfare, including educating the children of illegal immigrants in Spanish in public schools,” he wrote. “There is no limit to generosity when it comes to socialist states providing social welfare benefits to increasingly government dependent populations.”

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Rifqa Bary, Christian Convert from Islam, Faces Cancer Treatment

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Satan has renewed his attack on Rifqa Bary, the teen who ran away from home, in fear of her life, after she converted from Islam to Christianity, this time with a very aggressive form of uterine cancer.

Fathima Bary

A former Muslim who was pastor of a church in Columbus, Ohio, says 17-year-old Christian convert Rifqa Bary has told him she has a very aggressive form of uterine cancer.

Jamal Jivanjee is currently the director of Florida-based ministry illuminate. But while pastoring in Ohio, he was contacted by Rifqa Bary, whom he later met at a coffee shop. Since that time he has become a major confidant of the teenager, who remains in foster care in Ohio while her well-publicized custody dispute with her parents continues.

Bary fled from her parents’ home last summer in fear that her father would harm or even kill her for converting to Christianity.

Jivanjee says now the young girl has told him the very disturbing news that she has been diagnosed with uterine cancer.

“They’ve already told her that it’s a pretty aggressive form of uterine cancer, but they’ll know more after Thursday,” the pastor shares. “I think its going to be exploratory surgery there. Then…they expect, as soon as she is able, [that she will] undergo some aggressive chemotherapy as well.”

According to Jivanjee, Bary’s estranged Muslim parents were allowed to come into her hospital room.

“I don’t know if it was her attorney, her case worker, [but] somebody made the decision to bring her parents into the room to see her without her permission,” he says. “And that caused her a lot of emotional turmoil and stress, and she objected to that and they had to get them out of there.”

Jivanjee says with Bary’s immigration status still up in the air, and the prospect of extensive medical treatment, she is obviously scared right now.

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Fox News Coverage.

See our previous post about Rifqa Bary.
Runaway Christian Girl Not Required to Reunite With Muslim Parents.
Surgery for Rifqa Bary, Christian Convert from Islam, Reportedly to Take Place Today.
Parents of Rifqa Bary, Christian Convert from Islam, Refuse Proper Cancer Treatment for Daughter.
Rifqa Bary, Christian Convert from Islam, Faces Cancer Treatment.
Rifqa Fights to Stay in the U.S..
Rifqa’s Immigration Status Tenuous.
Pastor: Threats Against Rifqa Serious.
Muslim Parents of Teen Christian Convert Renege on Custody Agreement.
Runaway Christian Convert to Remain Free of Parents, Judge Rules.
Rifqa Bary Case Takes a Positive Turn.
Court Issues Reunification Plan in Rifqa Bary Case.
Rifqa Bary Returns to Columbus.
Hamas-Linked CAIR Supervised Police Interview of Rifqa Bary’s Parents on Abuse Allegations.
Florida Investigation Finds No Credible Threat to Teen Christian Convert.
Teen Christian Convert Who Fled Muslim Family Gets Online Threat.
Muslim Teen Who Converted to Christianity Says Family Threatened to Kill Her.
Updated: Judge Decides Fate of Honor Student, Cheerleader Who Fears “Honor Killing” After Converting to Christianity.
Parents of Muslim Teen Who Converted to Christianity Have Ties to Mosque of Alleged Terrorist.
Political Asylum Suggested for Rifqa Bary, Teen ‘Muslim to Christian’ Convert.
Teen ‘Muslim to Christian’ Convert Order Back to Ohio by Florida Judge.
Rifqa Investigation Ignored Facts About Islam.

In Remembrance of Sarah and Amina Said. Stop Muslim “Honor” KillingsIn Remembrance of Noor Faleh Almaleki. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings
In Remembrance of Sarah & Amina Said and Noor Faleh Almalek.
Don’t let this become a memorial to Rifqa Bary as well. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings Before They Happen!!

Obama Call for ‘International Order’ Raises Questions About U.S. Sovereignty

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Perhaps yet another end times event?

President Obama is facing criticism for his declaration over the weekend that he would seek a new “international order,” with some questioning how much U.S. sovereignty the administration is willing to cede in exchange for more global cooperation.

Obama, delivering the commencement speech Saturday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, said that “stronger international standards and institutions” and stronger alliances can “resolve” challenges ranging from terrorism to nuclear proliferation to climate change to economic decline.

“Our adversaries would like to see America sap its strength by overextending our power,” Obama said. “So we have to shape an international order that can meet the challenges of our generation.”

The president added that efforts by America’s armed forces need to be “complemented” with greater diplomatic engagement “from grand capitals to dangerous outposts,” more humanitarian assistance to needy nations, better communications among intelligence agencies, first responders to act after earthquakes, storms and disease and “law enforcement that can strengthen judicial systems abroad, and protect us at home.”

“America has not succeeded by stepping outside the currents of cooperation; we have succeeded by steering those currents in the direction of liberty and justice — so nations thrive by meeting their responsibilities, and face consequences when they don’t,” he told the graduating class at the military academy.

“This engagement is not an end in itself. The international order we seek is one that can resolve the challenges of our times — countering violent extremism and insurgency; stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and securing nuclear materials; combating a changing climate and sustaining global growth; helping countries feed themselves and care for their sick; preventing conflict and healing its wounds,” he said.

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Study the Constitution – What a Concept…

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
-First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America

Defenders of the new social studies standards just passed by the Texas State Board of Education say it will encourage students to go back to the Constitution and First Amendment to learn about religious freedom.

The new standards approved by the Board, which will be in place for the next ten years, include an amendment in the curriculum comparing and contrasting the phrase “separation of church and state” with the Founding Fathers’ intent to protect religious freedom. It would require in-depth study of founding documents. (See earlier article)

Democrats on the Board had lobbied to delay the final vote until after new members were seated in November, hoping to regain majority status on the Board and defeat implementation of the new standards. Friday’s vote was along party lines.

As to the Democrats’ criticism of the new standards, Jonathan Saenz, director of legislative affairs for Liberty Institute, remarks that “it takes a true liberal extremist to oppose students reading the Constitution.”

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Also see “What Does the U.S. Constitution Actually Say About Religion?”.