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Todd Starnes, writing for www.foxnews.com/opinion, says that a newspaper in Knoxville, TN did not publish an advertisement that contained the word “Christianity” because it was offensive. It is not clear why it was considered offensive nor was it explained clearly to the Cedar Springs Christian Store owner who wanted to run the ad or the reading public.

When it was revealed that this had taken place, people were up-in-arms about the slight that Christianity received. But why should this surprise us?  Jesus very clearly said in the gospel of John 15:18, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before it hated you.” He told us well ahead of time that the world would hate His followers.

But why do they hate us? The answer can be found by simply turning to the Bible. In John 7:7 Jesus said, “The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify about it that its works are evil.” If we are His followers, we will be looked at as He was viewed by the world.

As we do the research about this troubling topic, we must read the immediate context of what Jesus is referring to in John 15:18-25. This also clears up what Jesus said in John 7:7. “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.  Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.  If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.  But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know Him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.  Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’”

Much could be written on this passage but what should stand out for Christians is that you will be looked down upon and hated because of Who you believe in. The Perfect Man came into the world and the imperfect world hated Him. A further conclusion is that those who follow Him will also be hated.

If you have followed the news, you will see that there are many Christians being displaced and killed simply because of their faith. In this part of the world it seems they are looked down upon or hated because of perceived “intolerance.” We are seen as bigoted and hateful instead of loving and accepting.

Jesus also said in the passage that they hated Him without a cause; there was no reason they should hate Him. Only truth was spoken by Jesus, but the truth hurts and that is why they hated Him.

In the John 7:7 verse Jesus points out the sin in the world and in mankind. People don’t like to have their sins pointed out and Jesus was crucified for speaking the truth.  John 15 points out that if they hated Jesus, it means that His Father is hated by the world too.

Jesus had a lot to say about how His followers were going to be received by a sinful world. It should be no surprise then that Christians take the brunt of the hatred of the world and are marginalized in our society. Then again, we are not being pursued and persecuted unto death because of our belief in Jesus. Many Christians throughout the world are being much more severely tested than we here in the United States.

We must do the research of the Scriptures to see what it says about Christians being persecuted and why they were persecuted. And we must research the Scriptures to see how we are to live and speak into the world in which our gracious Father has placed us.

If we do the research, our point of view and how we approach every situation will change. We must, as followers of Jesus, as Christians, take on the character of our Savior in all spheres of life. Yes, we must talk about sin and that it is against God, but do it with the attitude that Jesus had.

He came to this world out of love to reconcile mankind with His Father. And He did it at the cost of His own blood and body so that mankind might know that the Creator loves them and desires a deep, abiding relationship.

Everyone has sinned and fallen short of God’s glorious ideal. Yet, He did not and does not allow us to wallow in our sin but rather has supplied a remedy for the disease of sin. That remedy is belief in Jesus Christ for eternal salvation and a relationship with the Creator of the universe.

Research the Bible and see what God reveals to you. If you do not know Jesus as your Savior, you will struggle mightily with understanding the greatest Book of all time.  Come to Him humbly and receive Him as your Savior and then ask Him to teach you about Himself through His perfect word.

Why Speaking the Truth About Islamic Terror Matters

Mateen was following Sharia directives, yet the left won’t acknowledge it

Why Speaking the Truth About Islamic Terror Matters

The Orlando shooter, we have learned, beat and abused his wife. President Obama tells us these are the acts of a mentally disturbed man and we must ramp up gun control to keep it from happening again. The reality, however, is that the shooter’s actions proved him to be a devout Muslim who abided by the teaching from the Quran on how one should discipline a disobedient wife.

The rest of the country, and especially Christians, are the true enemy, in the view of the left — and the downtrodden must stick together through thick and thin.

The political left is once again manufacturing a false narrative to keep the public in the dark about Islamic terror. The latest example comes from the tragedy in Orlando and CNN news anchor Don Lemon. Lemon, as an openly gay member of the press corps, is in a position of power to lead the narrative about what happened at Pulse, when 49 members of the LGBT community were summarily executed by an adherent to Islam,

Hours after the shootings, Lemon said, “The shooter in Orlando is clearly someone who has distorted Islam.” … Read more on FaithZette

Conventional Wisdom

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The conventional wisdom regarding interfaith relations holds that the only meaningful obstacle between a world of wanton violence and one of peaceful understanding is a means of communication.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Communication eases conflict only when the parties involved believe peace to be a worthy goal.  When one or more parties in conflict seek only supremacy over the others, then communication ceases to be a path to peace, and instead becomes a tool of espionage and subversion.

This is where Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims find ourselves today; in an alien landscape where brutality long thought to have been banished to history thrives in heart, mind and deed across the globe.

It is not “Islamophobic” to point out that much of the world’s tragedy stems from the efforts of the adherents of Islam to place the rest of creation under their heel.  It is at once delusional and dangerous to segregate this fact from any honest appraisal of the threats to freedom we face.

Of course, fair minded peace-loving people everywhere desperately want to believe that deep-down, we all share a common respect for the innate value of human life irrespective of religious doctrine, and when pressed, will ultimately choose the path that leads to the firm ground of mutual respect and acceptance.

When dealing with Islam, this laudable sentiment becomes our Achilles heel.

In Islam, no behavior is beyond the pale of conduct if it serves the establishment of Allah’s kingdom on earth.  Lying, violence, theft and rape are all acceptable in service to furthering Islam.  It is difficult enough to discern truth from obfuscation in the ordinary course of life, but when the truth is being hidden with a religious zeal – indeed as an obligation of faith – it becomes nearly impossible without employing extraordinary means that under other circumstances would be considered as an unwarranted invasion of privacy.

It is this crucible of our own making, this principled bulwark of respect for religious freedom that now so smoothly exploited by those who seek to establish Islam above all other religions and governments.

Subversion, sabotage, infiltration and propaganda all travel on the magic carpet of “tolerance,” bypassing the usual security checkpoints on an oft-abused First Amendment passport.  Soon to follow will be violence in all its forms.

We know this.  We’ve seen precisely the same scenario unfolding in real-time throughout Europe.  This method, known as “civilizational jihad,” isn’t a myth, or a misunderstanding of demographic trends; it is a structure for overwhelming the West using immigration, high birth rates and demands for cultural and political concessions based on “tolerance.”

The recent push to resettle disturbingly high numbers of refugees from the Syrian theater of war is of tremendous concern, not merely because they are Muslim, but because they are Muslims from a region that holds the ideology of Islamic supremacy to be a religious duty.

These refugees have no frame of reference for our society and culture, and we have no reliable means of screening them.  These ingredients, leavened by the yeast of civilizational jihad, will bake a bitter bread indeed.

I recently gave an interview to a local television station regarding a story about a local Methodist Church offering to take a Syrian refugee family under its wing for resettlement.

The essential argument is quite simple – absent a reliable means of vetting these refugees (a means that does not currently exist according to the Director of the FBI, James Comey, in Congressional testimony) it is reckless in the extreme to import refugees from the Syrian war to our land of freedom of movement and “soft targets” for terrorism.

The interview is included below.  Please talk to your Church leaders and encourage them to support helping the true refugees in safe zones in their home nations, or nearby.  The lure of federal resettlement dollars is great, but perhaps the threat of a wholesale departure of parishioners will be sufficient to convince them to forego participation until our national and local security can be better assured through a functioning and reliable screening process.


Reflexive compulsion among Americans

Eventually, you have to clean under the furniture as well…

The aftermath of the murders in Charleston South Carolina last week has revealed a dangerously reflexive compulsion among America society – one that seeks to remedy real problems with symbolic solutions.

Not unlike the slovenly bachelor who, rather than clean up a spill on the carpet, simply moves a piece of furniture over it, many Americans are scrambling for some way to rearrange the national furniture to cover the mess made by decades of a parenting flaw we used to call “permissiveness.”

The “permissive” parent came into their own in the early 1970’s, seeking to understand their child rather than to guide them.  A premium was placed on kids finding their own way through difficult moral and ethical dilemmas rather than feeling the strong hand of a parent (who presumably had already mastered these essential social skills) keeping them on the straight and narrow path to successful adulthood.

“Do your own thing,” became more than a t-shirt slogan; it became a club used by a chaotic minority to batter century-old societal norms until they retreated, bloodied and broken, into the mists of irrelevance.

The rules lost meaning as parents increasingly abandoned hard-won societal wisdom in favor of the latest educational fad, or psychiatric-based child rearing method.  An industry of charlatans – whose only bona fides were a pathological need to discredit anything that came before the date of their own birth – was born, spawning a decadal hegemony over our educational, psychiatric and penal systems.

Simply put, every idea was equally valid, as long as said idea was sufficiently counter-cultural.

Now, out of this self-wrought maelstrom, comes a fourth generation of children raised with minimal attachment to indelible truths.  Unmoored from the concept of an extant morality, these rudderless youths drift through a roiling sea aboard a raft made from the plasticized detritus of a society where even the unborn are disposable.

It is just such a mind, pickled in the bitter spices of relativism that sees the horrific murder of 9 innocent people, and immediately searches for the objectionable flag that surely inspired it.  You see, to them, the carpet isn’t dirty… unless you move the couch.

It cannot be that we have raised successive generations of unprepared children.  It cannot be that we have tossed our offspring into a real world equipped with only the tools of fantasy; political correctness, hyper-sensitivity to any offense, and a firm belief that each of us are Gods unto ourselves with impenetrable self-esteem.

This is the sadness we see behind the eyes of the twenty and thirty-somethings when their insanely expensive college degrees prove to be as meaningless in real-world application as the counter-cultural curriculum behind them.

This is the sound we hear when the brittle shell that surrounds our little darlings finally cracks under the strain of a car breakdown, a missed bus or (God forbid!) an objective assessment of their marketable skills.

No… it is easier to blame flags and events now centuries old, than it is to face up to the reality that the norms we so blithely discarded decades ago were actually the very things that held this whole damn experiment together.

Dylan Roof is a harbinger.  People like him are more common than any of us want to believe, because we made them.  Not because of the prejudice of racism or the oppression of economic displacement or even the latest boogeyman of social evil, “white privilege.”

No, Dylan Roof is the product of a society who refuses to hold anyone accountable, for fear of being held accountable ourselves.

There is a nasty, disgusting something lying on the carpet underneath that couch.  Our counter-cultural elites spilled it; no one cleaned it up, and now it is spreading spores that infect us with a disease of unknowable strength.

Demanding the removal of the Confederate battle flag from public view will not stop the next Dylan Roof.  It will however distract us while the moonbats keep the couch in place, covering the spill, denying the truth.

But, the Pope is infallible…

isn’t he??

PopeIn today’s world, politics infects everything – commerce, education, entertainment, news coverage and sadly, even religion.  Both ends of the political spectrum have long sought to identify themselves with the imprimatur of religious authority, seeking validation for secular policies on religious grounds.

Each side has gone about this in different ways, with conservatives filling the pews and liberals filling the seminaries.  The result has been a steady diminution of membership among mainstream Christian denominations as the leadership of these churches veer left while their members remain fixed in the foundational beliefs of the denomination.

Perhaps nowhere is this phenomena more evident than in the Catholic Church, although Protestant denominations in recent years have certainly done their best to catch up in this race to perdition.

Marxism bears a stylistic resemblance to the collective love found in a Church body and millions have been seduced by the concepts of “social justice” and other similarly crafted Marxist initiatives.

It can be quite easy for the layperson, insufficiently grounded in sound doctrine, to see the surface similarities between the legitimate expressions of Christian doctrine found in “love thy neighbor” and the entirely illegitimate Marxist doctrine of “force everyone to love as we see fit.”

It is no gain to the soul to vote for politicians who pledge to take from others to give to the poor.  Christianity is not a wealth redistribution scheme to be handed to the government to implement; yet due to the steady leftward tilt of our Seminaries, this pernicious misunderstanding of Christ’s declaration has indeed found a home within our Churches, elbowing out the honest understanding of individual sacrifice for one’s fellow man.

Now, the cause celebre of our time, “climate change,” has found a willing partner in no one less than the Pope himself, who has accepted the demonstrably false premise of anthropological climate change as “gospel.”

To be clear, no one doubts that climate changes, indeed it would be a true catastrophe if it did not.  The question is one of cause.  To the sceptics, it is a part of a natural cycle that has been ongoing as long as there has been an earth.  To the climate change proponent, it is caused by the activities of man.  Sadly, Pope Francis has become enamored of the latter.

The Pope is issuing an  “Encyclical,” which is a fancy name for a letter to the Bishops of the Church, outlining his suggestions for how the Church should respond to the question of international climate policy.  This isn’t a binding document of theology, or an interpretation of Christian doctrine – it is merely a letter outlining the thoughts of the Pope on a given subject.

Contrary to the screeching of left-wing enviro-nazis (who under any other circumstances would mock the Pope or anyone who believes in the “bearded old man in the sky!) the Pope is not infallible.

In Catholic doctrine, the Pope is NOT considered to be infallible, except when speaking “ex cathedra” on matters of faith and morals.

This is not due to any particular ability endemic to Popes, but rather is a gift from God, who ensures that in these rare and specific instances, we can rely on Him speaking through the “Vicar of Christ.”

In other words, with the rare exceptions mentioned above, the Pope can be just as wrong-headed as any of us, because God doesn’t feel a particular compulsion to intervene in matters of left-wing hoaxery.  If we’re dumb enough to believe it, we are on our own.

As the debate about climate change rages, remember that the people who will be citing the Pope’s encyclical most loudly are for the most part the same people who advocate for abortion, same-sex marriage and a religious zeal for separating all references to God from public life.

I’m Catholic, and I’ll be just fine.