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Obama Defends Taxpayer Funding Of Abortion At Planned Barrenhood Gala, Tells Them ‘God Bless You’

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How did we get to the point where we not only murder innocent children, but use tax dollars to pay the hit men?

Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

Dave Boyer reports at The Washington Times:

President Obama offered a defiant defense of government funding for Planned Parenthood Friday and urged the group’s members to help his administration sign up more women for benefits under his besieged health-care law.

The first sitting president to address Planned Parenthood, Mr. Obama accused conservative politicians of trying to “roll back the clock” on abortion rights and health-care services for women.

“They’ve been involved in an orchestrated and historic effort to roll back basic rights when it comes to women’s health,” Mr. Obama told the group’s annual convention in Washington. “When politicians try to turn Planned Parenthood into a punching bag, they’re not just talking about you, they’re talking about the millions of women who you serve. And when they talk about cutting off your funding, let’s be clear, they’re talking about telling many of those women, ‘You’re own your own.’

That is a bold-faced lie.  Pro-life groups do more to support and provide services for women in crisis pregnancies than anyone else.   And those services don’t involve murdering a child and scarring a woman for life!

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said Mr. Obama should have reproached Planned Parenthood officials for not doing more to stop the alleged violations at the clinic of Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Planned Parenthood officials in Philadelphia said they encouraged patients who complained to them about the clinic to report it to state authorities.

“President Obama blatantly ignored this inconvenient truth about the abortion industry’s horrific lack of oversight, and disparaged the pro-life advocates who wake up each morning with the goal of saving the lives of unborn children and women from the pain of abortion,” Ms. Dannenfelser said in a statement.

Instead, the president decried efforts across the country to limit women’s access to abortion services.

Read more at The Washington Times

As he ended his speech, Obama blasphemously called on God to “bless” the largest child murder organization in the country.

“As long as we’ve got to fight to make sure women have access to quality, affordable health care, and as long as we’ve got to fight to protect a woman’s right to make her own choices about her own health, I want you to know that you’ve also got a president who’s going to be right there with you, fighting every step of the way,” said Obama. “Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you.”

Murdering children is NOT health care, and the choice to kill a child is NOT a choice about one’s one health, but to end the life of another human being.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” ~ Isaiah 5:20

Steve Deace observed:

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, referred to blacks as “human weeds” and “reckless breeders.” Ironic the first black president is the first president to speak to a child killing organization founded by a racist who targeted blacks. KKK should be applauding Obama’s speech today, for they had the same goals as Sanger.

Ironic, indeed.

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Republican Senator Comes Out In Favor Of Gay Marriage After Learning Son Is Gay

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I don’t take my position on any issue lightly.   Especially for one who regularly expresses opinions on political and moral issues, I believe it behooves us to seriously research and consider all the facts and cornerstone moral principles before taking a position on an issue.   I expect as much from those who seek to serve in public office.   Sadly, it appears many politicians consider principles to be disposable things that can be discarded as soon as they are deemed inconvenient.

Reuters reports:

Senator Rob Portman became the most prominent Republican lawmaker to back gay rights when he reversed his opposition to same-sex marriage on Friday, two years after his son told him he was gay.

In a newspaper opinion piece on Friday, shortly before the Supreme Court is to hear arguments in two key cases on the issue, the Ohio senator said he now supports gay marriage.

“I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn’t deny them the opportunity to get married,” Portman wrote in an op-ed piece in Ohio’s Columbus Dispatch.

“That isn’t how I’ve always felt. As a Congressman, and more recently as a Senator, I opposed marriage for same-sex couples. Then, something happened that led me to think through my position in a much deeper way.”

Portman’s 21-year-old son, Will, told the senator and his wife in February 2011 that he was gay and had been “since he could remember.”

Read more at Reuters

As a parent, I understand how love for one’s children can sometimes tempt us to blind ourselves to truths we’d rather not face.  But it’s a temptation we must not yield to.   Truth, right and wrong are not dependent on our feelings or circumstances.

Does that mean Portman should stop loving his son?  Absolutely not!   He should love Him unconditionally, no matter what mistakes he makes or what he’s struggling with.   But loving a child doesn’t mean redefining an entire bedrock societal institution for their sake.  It means embracing them  for who they are, responding in grace to what they do, and remembering that all of us are sinners in need of a savior, whether gay or straight.

Mollie Hemingway poses the question at Ricochet:

Leaving apart the question of whether marriage law should be changed, this strikes me as a problematic approach. I mean, marriage law should be changed or it shouldn’t be changed — but it shouldn’t hinge on the sexual attractions of one senator’s son, should it?

What if a conservative senator said, “I’m reversing my views on whether abortion should be legal because my daughter got pregnant and wished she weren’t.”

One of the fascinating things about society today is that personal experience trumps everything else in argumentation. Very few people seem to care about fundamental truths and principles while everyone seems to care about personal experience and emotion. It’s the Oprahfication of political philosophy.

Should a conservative determine good policy this way?

Read more at Ricochet

Contributor “Kipling” challenges Portman’s faulty logic at Red State:

To state it bluntly, Senator Portman, Christianity, the Word of God, and the proper view of homosexuality has nothing to do with you or your changing perspective.  It has everything to do with the unchanging Word of God.  Your attempt to cloak your opinion by distorting the Word of God is not only offensive but blasphemous.  I encourage you to open your Bible and read what it says about false teachers and those who add to or take away from the Word of God.

I understand that your son is a homosexual.  As a Christian you are called to love him but you cannot condone his sin and encourage others to do the same.  Principles are higher than our individual circumstances.  Principles do not change because the circumstances  in our lives change.

He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me.  And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.  And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.  He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.  (Matthew 10:37-39)

Condoning the sin of homosexuality will not help your son to lead a “happy, meaningful” life.  He cannot lead such a life in direct opposition to the Word of the Lord.  You have taken the easy path and it will only lead to sin and death, error, and worse.

My prayers are with you and your family but Christians must not let your attempt to pervert the Word of God to fit your own personal life go unchallenged.

Read more at Red State

Do you know what you believe, and why?   Have you actually thought through your position on certain issues, taking into consideration all the facts and core values before taking a position?

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Is Pope Francis a Socialist?

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The last pope, Benedict XVIblamed capitalism for poverty and was a staunch advocate for socialized medicine.  Apparently he didn’t see the connection between that and violations of religious liberty such as the HHS mandate.

I hope that the new pope, Francis, is more like John Paul II, who understood and fought against the evils of Communism and Socialism.

Argentina, like most of Latin America, is a hotbed of Marxist “Liberation Theology” (Obama is an adherent of the racist version, Black Liberation Theology).  But does Francis I subscribe to it?  Unfortunately, the reports are contradictory and somewhat cryptic.

The Guardian calls hima champion of liberation theology.”

Catholic Online saysBergoglio is an accomplished theologian who distanced himself from liberation theology early in his career.”

The International Business Times reports:

According to John L. Allen Jr. of National Catholic Reporters, the Jesuit Bergoglio has long spoken out on behalf of the world’s poor and criticized free-market economic policies.

“We live in the most unequal part of the world, which has grown the most yet reduced misery the least,” Bergoglio told an assembly of Latin American bishops in 2007.

“The unjust distribution of goods persists, creating a situation of social sin that cries out to heaven and limits the possibilities of a fuller life for so many of our brothers.”

Read more at IBT

Robert Wenzel observes at the Economic Policy Journal:

Here’s Lynch quoting from that 2011 speech delivered by, now, Pope Francis I:

Said Cardinal Bergoglio in said speech that “The economic and social crisis and the consequent increase in poverty has its causes in ways policies inspiredneoliberalism considering profits and market laws as parameters, to the detriment of the dignity of individuals and peoples. In this context, we reiterate the conviction that the loss of the sense of justice and lack of respect for others have worsened and led us to a situation of inequity. ” Later stressed the importance of “ social justice “, the” equal opportunity “damage” transfers of capital abroad, “which should be required” distribution of wealth “, said the damage of economic inequalities and the need to “prevent the use of financial resources is shaped by speculation,” especially in the context of the “social debt”-which in his opinion is of eminently “moral” – is to reform “economic structures” in expressed the sense before.

Again, I may have lost something in the translation, but it appears the new Pope fails to understand markets and holds the concepts of social justice, equal opportunity and distribution of wealth, as important. Concepts which, of course, generally lead to advocacy of much government intervention and much central planning. It as though the new Pope has somehow given up on the good in people, and perhaps even in God, and has decided to replace both with a central role for the coercive state.

Read more at the Economic Policy Journal

The Investors Business Daily editorial board, however, contends that Francis I is no friend to Big Government:

The change that swept Eastern Europe in the 1980s and fueled the collapse of the Soviet Union may find itself repeated by a new pope with similar disdain for the authoritarian governments of his region.

When Cardinal Karol Wojtyla stepped out on the balcony of St. Peter’s in 1978 as Pope John Paul II, Soviet communism still stood astride Eastern Europe and his native Poland.

He would be the moral force helping to lead half a continent out of the human bondage of totalitarianism.

Argentina’s 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis I, is no stranger to — or compromiser with — the oppression of authoritarian government.

During his tenure as Archbishop of Buenos Aires and head of Argentina’s Conference of Bishops, the new pope had a strained relationship with the governments of President Cristina Kirchner and her late husband, former President Nestor Kirchner, who once called Bergoglio “a real spokesman for the opposition.”

The cardinal who eschewed limousines to ride his bicycle or take the bus, is known as a man of the poor and of the people.

He gained admiration for living in a modest apartment instead of the palace in Buenos Aires that was adjacent to the Casa Rosada where the president resides (and where Juan and Evita Peron often harangued the Argentine people).

The new pope has fought a long battle in Argentina against leftist government, Peronist anticlericalism, the spread of evangelical Protestantism and the secular temptations of modern society.

Like Pope John Paul II, he is likely to resist calls to “modernize” the church, to make it more “popular” and “appealing.”

Like Pope John Paul II, Pope Francis is a strong opponent of what is called “liberation theology,” a bizarre mix of Marxism and Catholicism often embraced by left-leaning politicians and clerics in Argentina and elsewhere in the hemisphere.

Rosendo Fraga, a well-known Argentine political analyst, told the Miami Herald’s Andres Oppenheimer that Pope Francis “is definitely bad news for the Argentine government. His homilies, as recently as two weeks ago, were very critical of economic and social conditions, and of corruption in Argentina.”

“Francis may become a critic of governments such as those in Venezuela, Ecuador or Bolivia, in the same way that John Paul II became a critic of communism in Eastern Europe,” says Daniel Alvarez, a professor of religious studies at Florida International University.

[T]o be sure, South American governments are, with certain exceptions, nothing like the monolithic, totalitarian USSR.

Moreover, Pope Francis I is not as young as Pope John Paul II. Nor does he have a Ronald Reagan and a Margaret Thatcher to work with.

Even so, he does provide a rallying point for a region beset by authoritarianism that badly needs one.

Read more at IBD

Who knows whether this pope will stand up against the unscriptural tenets of Socialism?  I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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Understanding Biblical Economics is Key to Real Reformation


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Jay Richards warns at Townhall:

Every year, the federal government spends well over a trillion dollars more than it takes in. As a result, it has racked up seventeen trillion dollars in debt, most of it in the last decade. In seven years at current rates, the U.S. will need almost a fifth of the GDP from the rest of the world just to finance our national debt.

Just two of our federal entitlements, Medicare and Social Security, have “unfunded future liabilities” of $46.2 trillion. Total liabilities are $86.8 trillion or more. Entitlements and other mandatory spending will burden more and more of the federal budget in the coming years. At today’s burn rate, before long no realistic amount of tax revenue will be able to service the debt and fund the government’s basic functions.

We need not worry about the federal government defaulting, since, unlike U.S. states or private citizens, it can print the money it needs to pay the bills. It can and will do so if we don’t make a course correction fast. Massive monetary expansion will ultimately devalue every dollar in circulation and trigger the sort of hyperinflation that flattens entire societies in short order. That’s bad enough, but when government borrows and spends for our supposed benefit, somebody else will have to foot some or all of the bill. If our faith applies to every aspect of life, then it must have something to say about this moral outrage.

[...]  In the twentieth century, more than a hundred million people were murdered by their own governments. And that was just in communist countries. History and scripture agree: because of sin, governments with too much power become propagators of evil and destruction.

This speaks directly to government debt, since deficit spending is a symptom of government doing more than it can or should. The federal government now borrows and spends with such reckless abandon that it is careening toward a global economic catastrophe. If Christians can’t muster the courage to speak out against what Rep. Paul Ryan has called “the most predictable debt crisis in history,” we won’t deserve to be taken seriously after the collapse.

Read more at Townhall

Sadly, many Christians don’t know how to disciple our nation to turn the tide because they’ve never studied God’s design for economics or the Biblical role of government.    They can’t teach what they don’t know.   The  key to real reformation, says R.C. Sproul, Jr., is for Christians to understand and work to implement Biblical economic principles:

Christian author and teacher R.C. Sproul, Jr. told CBN News Anchor Lee Webb that he believes it’s time to return to the basics when it comes to economics.

“When we’re left arguing about whether or not we should have a marginal tax rate of 45 percent or 48 percent, and the conservative is stuck arguing for the 45 percent we’ve had an insufficient reformation in our thinking,” Sproul said.

Sproul believes that reformation will happen only when we return to scripture to see what God has to say about economics. That’s why he produced a video series called “Economics for Everybody.” It’s a compelling, even entertaining approach to a topic many find boring.

[...]   Sproul provides historical evidence that nations most influenced by biblical Christianity are nations that, by and large, have prospered. They are nations marked by decentralized governments and free markets.

But nations that reject God are marked by centralized power, tyranny, and no free markets. Unfortunately, he said he has observed some of those troubling trends in America now.

“The United States is not a free market. It’s an interventionist economy that’s been moving closer to socialism for over a century now,” he said. “I am not optimistic about our nation’s future economically.”

“We live in a country in which the state forbids me to hire a man unless I promise to pay him X number of dollars,” Sproul explained. “We now live in a country where I can’t hire 50 men unless I promise to buy them all health insurance, including access to abortion.”

“This is not economic liberty. This is not free markets,” he said. “We’re missing the fact that we’re the frog and the water is boiling.”

That’s why Sproul believes it’s not enough to think conservatively. We must think biblically and train our children biblically.

“It’s my conviction that education is always and everywhere religious,” he said.

“And it’s not a surprise that when 80 percent of evangelical parents have their children in the government’s schools that they’re going to embrace the religion of the government which is the worship of the state,” he said.

Sproul cautioned Christians to avoid despair. One way to do that is by returning to the beginning, to the Creation Mandate and begin to see that our work is part of worship.

Read more at CBN News

If you have never watched the “Economics For Everybody” series, I highly recommend it!   We cannot teach what we do not know!

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Activists Partner With ‘Faith Leaders’ To Launch Push For Legalizing Gay Marriage in Oregon

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“Faith leaders” promote gay marriage in Oregon

LGBT Weekly reports:

This afternoon, faith leaders and Oregon United for Marriage Chief Petitioner Jeana Frazzini turned in 2,000 sponsorship signatures on the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection Initiative—twice the number of signatures needed to move into the ballot title process.

“With Oregon’s help, we did it,” Frazzini said. “We held 17 events across the state, mobilized hundreds of volunteers, and doubled our goal of 1,000 sponsorship signatures to advance the measure that will make it legal for gay and lesbian couples to marry in Oregon.”

[...]  Over 70 clergy and faith leaders from numerous denominations signed the sponsorship petition, representing Protestant, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Lutheran-Catholic, Methodist, Jewish, Quaker, and Buddhist faith traditions.

Self-described “faith leaders” in Oregon recently published this “Faith Leader’s Declaration of Support of the Freedom to Marry.”  It declares, in part:

We are Oregon & Washington clergy and religious leaders of many faiths, traditions, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities. We represent religious institutions, organizations, and movements throughout our state.

We declare that our faith calls us to affirm civil marriage equality for loving same-sex couples. We come from different political parties and philosophies and now lift our voices in unity to speak a faithful word for freedom and equality.

Our religious traditions and scriptures teach us that wherever love is present, God is also present. One of God’s greatest gifts to us is our human capacity to love one another. The ability of two people to enter into relationships and form families of love and care is one expression of this gift. It is holy and good. We therefore affirm the right of loving same-gender couples to legally enter into such relationships on an equal basis with loving heterosexual couples.  [...]

“Wherever love is present, God is also present.”   Actually, they have that backwards.  Wherever GOD is present, true love is present, because God is love (1 John 4:8).

However, God’s definition of “love” is different than the many perversions of that word used by the world.  Our culture uses the word “love” to describe everything from our favorite things, to adulation of celebrities, to outright lust.  TRUE love is selfless and sacrificial.   It wants God’s highest and best for the other person, and that best never includes condoning destructive and immoral behavior.   True love encourages us to embrace God’s grace and forgiveness, not our sinful passions.

If they’re going to throw out God’s definition of love, and declare that sexual sins like homosexual relations constitutes “love,” why not adultery?  Why fornication, incest, pedophilia, and bestiality?   If “love is love,” and love is defined by sexual attraction, what’s the difference?

There is no scriptural justification for redefining love or marriage in this manner, which is why they don’t quote scripture…merely their empty, philosophical rationale.   Paul warns us against this in Colossians 2:8: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”

Sadly, these “liberal Christians” haven’t heeded the warning:

Over the past several decades, liberalism has primarily defined itself by what it is not. Its message is “We’re not like those stodgy old traditionalists-we’re hip and accepting” (as long as they’re not asked to accept unchanging morality or the truth of Scripture). Liberal Christianity rejects the core tenets of Christianity, including the belief that Jesus is God, that all of mankind is guilty of sin and condemned to hell, that God sacrificed His Son to bear the punishment for our sins, that Scripture is the absolute, unchanging, perfect Word of God, and that the only path to salvation is through believing in Christ’s sacrifice and accepting His gift of eternal life by grace through faith.

In place of these tenets, liberal Christianity embraces a series of denials: Christ is not divine, mankind is not inherently sinful, the Scriptures are not authoritative and unchanging, heaven and hell are not literal, morality and theology are not absolute, and social mores do not flow from Scripture, but are an ever-changing product of our evolutionary enlightenment.

All of these beliefs allow liberal Christians to be more “comfortable” in the culture around them. The common message of the liberal Christian is that “God is love” and we need to speak to the rest of culture in the language of loving acceptance. “Love” here is code for the conviction that there is no absolute moral standard which humankind has violated. Hence, to believe in justice, morality, sin, punishment or an unchanging God is to be “judgmental” and “unloving.”

[...]  Liberal Christianity undermines the Truth that has motivated so much good work. Liberal Christians reject the core tenets of historic Christianity. They have embraced the contemporary fancies of an ever-changing culture. They have nothing to live for, nothing to die for, and nothing to work for. For them, church is just another social club, devoid of power because it is not animated by transcendent truth and accountability for living in conformity with that truth. They have no authority for faith or action. They embrace a counterfeit Christianity, a pale image of the real thing, a hollow shell, a thin gruel that offers little sustenance for its followers or the culture at large.

Read more at the Christian Post

As religious leftists, most of the “clergy” behind the gay marriage agenda are socialists, and have therefore already rejected what the Bible teaches about envy, theft, private property, debt, inheritance, and other principles of Biblical economics.   Turning their back on God’s moral standard for sexuality and marriage is just the next step.  They have traded sound doctrine for that which tickles their itching ears (2 Timothy 4:3).

I’m currently reading Bonhoeffer, about the battle between the Nazi-controlled state church which called themselves “German Christians,” and the Confessing Church, which stood for Biblical truth and urged Christians in Germany to reject the poisonous lies of National Socialism.   Sadly, only 20% of religious leaders in Germany partnered with Bonhoeffer and the Confessing Church.  80% cooperated with Hitler, not realizing their mistake until it was far too late.

Millions of people were persecuted and killed because the German church went along with the prevailing lies of the surrounding culture instead of holding fast to the truth and being salt and light.   The willful ignorance, willful blindness, apathy and inaction of much of the body of Christ is largely responsible for one of the darkest chapters in human history.

Have we learned our lesson?  Sadly, it appears not.  Religious leaders across America and Europe are once again allowing themselves to be guided by the culture instead of the Word, seduced by warm-and-fuzzy sounding arguments and a fear of being labeled a “bigot” if they don’t comply.

They launched the initiative on Valentine’s Day, of course.

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It’s baffling to me how many clergy and religious leaders they have deceived into going along with this. They’re really going after the faith angle, twisting scripture and trotting out deceived people of faith to try and convince other believers to buy the lie.

It’s the CHURCH that needs to be turned back to its first love! How can we have walked away from such basic scriptural truth? Lord, bring your repentance and revival!

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Pope Bashes ‘Unregulated Capitalism’ In New Year’s Address

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It’s no wonder so many Catholics embrace Socialism, “Liberation Theology,” and the Occupy movement.    Pope Benedict XVI is a strong believer in socialized health care, as well.

I know there are a lot of Protestants who buy into these ideas as well, but we’re so dispersed that it’s easy to dismiss a Protestant like Jim Wallis who peddles this garbage. Where are the conservative Catholics supposed to go?

Reuters reports:

Earlier in his homily, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics decried “hotbeds of tension and conflict caused by growing instances of inequality between rich and poor“.

The idea that economic inequality is the root of most conflict is a Socialist idea, not a Biblical one.  The Bible makes it clear that man’s sinful nature is the source of mankind’s broken relationships and conflicts.

Also, the Pope appears to mistakenly assume that economic inequality is automatically a form of injustice which creates resentment, not recognizing that poor people are not made poorer by other people getting richer, because wealth is not a zero-sum game.  Any resentment over inequality is either based in envy, or anger over being cheated and exploited (in which case, it is the dishonest manner in which the wealth was gained, not the wealth disparity itself, which is the problem).

He also denounced “the prevalence of a selfish and individualistic mindset which also finds expression in an unregulated capitalism, various forms of terrorism and criminality”.

Read more at Reuters

Funny how Socialists believe that it is “selfish” for people to want to keep what they earn, but neglect to recognize selfishness in those who demand that money be taken from those who earned it and given to themselves (who didn’t earn it).   The Bible has a word for that, however: theft.

Also, Socialists denounce any rejection of collectivist control over goods and services as “individualist” and selfish, completely ignoring the fact that God Himself established private property rights when he gave the 10 commandments, including “Do not covet” and “Do not steal.”

Socialists also assume that pure Capitalism is an “unregulated,” winner-takes-all affair.  Nonsense!   True Capitalism requires law and order to make sure that all transactions are conducted honestly and voluntarily, without coercion or deceit.   Free enterprise is not anarchy.   Nor is it a form of “terrorism and criminality.”

Guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the Pope completely misses these points.   He’s a former Nazi youth, after all, and like most Germans has never fully rejected the Welfare State or many of the other Socialist underpinnings of the Nazi party.   Also, like most Christians across the theological spectrum, he has never studied Biblical Economics.

Sadly, millions will hear his ignorant statements and become even more firmly entrenched in the unscriptural idea that Socialism is Biblical and free enterprise is evil.

Even more sadly, millions of Catholics are fighting for religious liberty against the very kinds of oppressive Socialist governments the Pope is supporting with these statements.   At a time when he should be denouncing abuses of government power, he denounces the “individualism” of those fighting for their God-given rights of economic and religious liberty instead.

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Obama Uses Christmas Address To Tout His Accomplishments, Misquote Scripture

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Before leaving his 54 Christmas trees and giant gingerbread White House for a $4 million Hawaiian vacation at taxpayer expense, the President and  First Lady took it upon themselves to explain to us lowly serfs what the Christmas season is really about.

CNS News has the transcript.  Here are the key points:

THE FIRST LADY: That’s what makes this season so special – getting to spend time with the people we love most.

THE PRESIDENTAnd this year, that’s especially true for some of our military families.  You see, the war in Iraq is over.  The transition in Afghanistan is underway.  After a decade of war, our heroes are coming home.  And all across America, military families are reuniting.

Spike the football for withdrawing troops from an Islamist-run Iraq and preparing to hand Afghanistan back over to the Taliban?  Check!

Then they go on to thank military families for their sacrifice.

Our military families sacrifice so much on our behalf, and Barack and I believe that we should serve them as well as they serve this country.  That’s why Dr. Jill Biden and I started Joining Forces – an effort to rally all Americans to honor and support our veterans and military families.  Just go to joiningforces.gov to find out how you can show your gratitude for their service.

Forget all those private sector charities like the USO, Soldiers Angels and Move America Forward.  Government bureaucracies are ALWAYS the best solution for meeting every need!

For my family and millions of Americans, it’s a time to celebrate the birth of Christ. To reflect on His life and learn from His example.  Every year, we commit to love one another.  To give of ourselves.  To be our brother’s keeper.  To be our sister’s keeper.

“Brother’s keeper” is a favorite mantra of Obama’s, which he continually attributes to Jesus Christ.  Just one problem: JESUS NEVER SAID IT.

The original phrase from scripture is, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9)   It was a sarcastic response from the murderer Cain when God questioned him about his dead brother.   Essentially he was saying to God, “How would I know where my brother is?  I’m not his babysitter,”  when in fact he knew that he was guilty of his brother’s blood.   Liberation theology has twisted Cain’s guilty response into an endorsement of socialist policies such as redistribution.   Obama, as an adherent of Black Liberation Theology, has learned this misinterpretation so well that he continually quotes it as justification for his Marxist ideology, and now promotes it once again in his Christmas address as an idea he supposedly learned from Christ.

But those ideas are not just part of our faith.  They’re part of all faiths.  And they unite us as Americans.

ALL faiths promote your Marxist ideas, Obama?   That would certainly come as a shock to most of their adherents!   And this ideology certainly doesn’t UNITE Americans.  If anything, his Socialist “faith” has done more to divide Americans than at any other time since the Civil War.

THE FIRST LADY: In this country, we take care of each other.  And in this season of giving, it’s inspiring to see so many people all across America taking the time to help those most in need.

Yes, it is.  But the greatest successes in charity and disaster relief come from PRIVATE CHARITIES, which your husband is doing his best to undercut and destroy.

So until next year, lowly serfs, politically correct holiday greetings.

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Gay Activists Release ‘Queen James Bible’ With Scriptures Rewritten To Support Homosexuality

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LGBT activists have decided that God’s Word is “homophobic” (as if God is “afraid” of homosexuals), so they have taken it upon themselves to revise  the Holy Spirit’s “bigoted” scriptures in their new “gay friendly” Bible:

Calling it “fabulous,” a publisher has come out with a new translation of the Bible that “resolves any homophobic interpretations,” deeming it the “Queen James” version.

[...]  The “Queen James” Bible changes a total of eight verses in the King James Version that deal with homosexuality, which it says are used by “anti-LGBT religious activists” to condemn homosexuals.

“We edited the Bible to prevent homophobic interpretations,” the editors explain.

Read more at CNS News

That’s like editing a letter from a friend to change their statements into things they never said, but you desperately want to hear, and then trying to pass your edited version as “what he REALLY meant.”   Who do they think they’re kidding?

Unfortunately, probably a lot of people who don’t know any better:

On the genuinely positive side, it is good see a hunger for the Scriptures in the LGBT community, and the editors boast that the Queen James Bible (QJB) “is the perfect Bible for ceremony, study, sermon, gift-giving or simply to put on display in the home or church.”

On the totally negative side, to the extent professing LGBT Christians believe this translation to be accurate, they are deceiving themselves. And that would be tragic.

Take a moment and put yourself in the shoes of a Christian struggling with homosexuality. You want to follow Jesus and obey the Scriptures, but you find yourself attracted to the same sex, through no conscious choice of your own. You pray for God to change you and often cry yourself to sleep, only to wake up the next morning with the same unwanted attractions.

You wonder if God hates you and has singled you out for condemnation: God, why won’t you change me and make me normal?

You hit rock bottom and are considering suicide when someone tells you that your homosexuality is a gift, that God made you this way, and that preachers are misinterpreting the Bible when they say you can’t be a practicing homosexual and a Christian at the same time. Then they hand you your very own copy of the QJB, and voila, all those negative verses are gone.

Can you imagine how tempting it would be to embrace this new “revelation”?

So, Leviticus 18:22 doesn’t say, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination” (King James Version). It really says, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind in the temple of Molech: it is an abomination” (QJB; Molech was a pagan idol).

And Paul didn’t actually write that “men who practice homosexuality” will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9; ESV). What he really said was that neither “morally weak, nor promiscuous” people will inherit God’s kingdom (QJB).

The problem, of course, is that the original Hebrew of Leviticus and the original Greek of 1 Corinthians do not say what the QJB says. Not a chance.

The editors have simply changed the Bible to fit their sexuality, opening up a Pandora’s Box of potential mistranslation. It would be like changing “Thou shalt not commit adultery” into “Thou shalt not commit adultery unless you are deeply in love and willing to divorce your spouse to marry your adulterous partner.”

Read more at Charisma News

The reasoning behind their hatchet-job on the original text is pathetic: they believe that the Bible is full of contradictions and errors anyway, and the King who commissioned the first English translation was gay.  So I guess that means it’s OK to take ancient Hebrew and Greek texts and twist them to say something completely outside their original meaning:

The publishers explain that they called the revised version of the Bible the “Queen James” version because they believe that King James, who commissioned the Bible to be translated into English from its original Hebrew and Greek, was a bisexual.

“King James I’s many gay relationships were so well known that amongst some of his friends and court, he was known as ‘Queen James,’” the website for the publication claims. “It is in his great debt and honor that we name the Queen James Bible so.”

It states that it feels that God’s laws and the Bible itself are antiquated in a variety of ways, but that the publishers did not seek to change the text of other Scriptures of which it disagrees — only texts surrounding homosexuality.

“[T]he Bible is still filled with inequality and even contradiction that we have not addressed. No Bible is perfect, including this one,” the site continues. “We wanted to make a book filled with the word of God that nobody could use to incorrectly condemn God’s LGBT children, and we succeeded.”

Read more at Christian News

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.”  ~ 2 Timothy 4:3

And now, apparently, deliberately mistranslated translations.

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Why understanding Biblical Economics is more important than ever

Many Christians vote for politicians who support completely unbiblical economic policies because they have no idea what the Bible has to say about economics.   All they know about economics they learned in secular government schools and the talking points put forth by politicians and political activists.

The world is reeling from poverty, drowning in debt, and suffering from other hardships caused by bad economic policies.   God’s Word has the answers.  Christians are called to disciple the nations to obey everything Christ commanded, INCLUDING in the area of economics, but we can’t teach hurting nations what we haven’t bothered to learn for ourselves.

That is why R.C. Sproul Jr. put together the “Economics For Everybody” DVD series to educate Christians in the basics:

A week ago, a lot of Americans received a jolt. After the election dust settled, they realized a majority of voters don’t want to lessen the role of government in their lives. If anything, they want to see government expand.

It was (and continues to be) the talk of the airwaves and Internet. As one radio host put it, in light of the election results, what we need is significant economic education. He is right – we do.

It is a pretty grave problem. The truth is that a majority of Americans in both political parties are radically ignorant of basic economics. In numerous ways, most people in the United States have been committed to some form of economic suicide for generations. They just don’t realize the extent of it.

This is one of the main reasons we created Economics for Everybody. The long-term implications of government intervention in the economy are extremely dangerous to all of us, especially to our religious freedoms. More and more people have a sinking feeling about this. But unless they take time to learn the basics of economics, nothing will change.

What is really at stake here?

If a majority of Americans are committed to the expansion of the welfare state, it will lead to increasing poverty for all. A basic economic principle is that whatever you subsidize you get more of.

If a dad offers to give money to his kids to clean up their rooms, he’ll get cleaner rooms. In the same way, if a government offers money to its citizens when they are unemployed, it will get more unemployment. Strange as it may seem, statistics consistently bear this out. And since the government offers money for all sorts of things it shouldn’t be offering money for, it’s no wonder we are where we are. We discuss this at length in ‘Lesson 10 – The Corporate and Welfare States of America.’

Next, if a majority of Americans are committed to government intervention in business through regulation, it will lead to a shrinking business sector. The basic economic principle here is that governments are unable to make accurate economic calculations.

The whole idea behind a planned economy is that central planners know better than producers and consumers what’s good for the economy. But such an idea assumes that a few people not only can comprehend, but actually direct the unique and ever-changing choices of limitless producers and consumers better than they can themselves.

It would be like a few people telling everyone else what they should buy at a grocery store. It’s functionally impossible to know all the discrete needs and desires of that many people, so the only way to attempt it is through general rules that restrict and direct consumption for all. At a business level, such a regulatory approach always ends in more and more businesses not being able to operate profitably and shutting down, ultimately resulting in the slow strangulation of an economy. We explain exactly how it happens in ‘Lesson 8 – The Basics of Government Intervention.’

Finally, if a majority of Americans don’t understand the relationship between economic freedom and religious freedom, they will inevitably lose both. The economic principle is that we are caught in a cosmic battle that has many economic aspects: God wants us to build up a godly civilization with our resources while Satan wants to prevent us from doing so.

In an economy based on Christian principles, there is economic freedom for people to use their land, labor and capital as they see fit. It is a matter of individual stewardship based on God-given ability and property. But in an economy based on atheistic principles, the government is a tool of Satan to control the lives of individuals so that they cannot steward their resources and time for God’s Kingdom. Think of the many socialist and communist economies that persecuted tens of millions of Christians.

The fact that there is a spiritual battle going on that has economic dimensions is lost on most people. But it is the reality of this, as well as the fact of sin in the world, that is so important economically.  History reveals this to us over and over again. We explain it in greater detail in ‘Lessons 6 & 7 – A Tale of Two Theologies.’

There is, of course, even more to economics. We try to explore as many basic principles as necessary in the twelve-lesson series. Our belief is that if people go through the entire Economics for Everybody curriculum, they will be in a much better place to understand what happened last Tuesday on Election Day. They will also understand what needs to happen in the future.

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Obama Added To Jesus In Italian Nativity Scenes

Can I puke now?

Todd Starnes reports at Fox News:

The Baby Jesus will have a bit more company in the Nativity on Christmas Day — President Obama and the First Lady.

Figurine replicas of the president and first lady will appear in Italian nativity scenes alongside Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Reuters reported. Naples craftsmen are selling the figurines in advance of Christmas.

“The ones we are selling the most of are those of Barack Obama, America’s new president, along with his wife Michelle, craftsman Genny Di Virgilio told Reuters.

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New Obama Campaign Ad Claims His Policies Based On Faith, ‘Following God’s Command’

In a last ditch effort to try and court religious voters, the Obama campaign has released a new ad which claims that Obama’s policies are following God’s commands:


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So which religious leaders did Obama pick to interpret scripture on his behalf?  Let’s take a look.

Bishop Vashti McKenzie, according to Discover The Networks, is the first woman bishop of the liberal African Methodist Episcopal Church, which ordained the radical Marxist minister and Obama’s mentor, James Cone.  She is also “another proponent of black liberation theology, and another friend and defender of Jeremiah Wright.”

Professor Stephen Schneck is the National Co-Chair of Catholics for Obama, a group which defies church teachings by supporting pro-abortion Democrats and blames Republicans for increasing abortion by not supporting Socialist solutions to poverty.

J. R. Kerr is an evangelical pastor from Chicago and a proponent of the “Social Justice” movement.

Rabbi Samuel Gordon is co-founder of Rabbis For Obama, a group that boycotts and defames Israel while cozying up to Ahmadinejad.

And what do these Socialist, pro-abortion, anti-Israel spokespeople consider to be Obama’s “biblical values”?

Pastor Kerr touts Obama’s “basic core belief that when one part suffers, every part every part suffers…it’s a deeply religious belief.”   Yes, it is.  Problem is, instead of recognizing that the Bible’s command to care for the needy is directed to individuals, families and the body of Christ, Obama seeks to transfer these responsibilities to the control of the Almighty State.

Obama says in the ad that “I believe in country that rewards hard work and responsibility, a country where we look after one another, a country where I say I’m my brother’s keeper, I’m my sister’s keeper.”   Problem is, he doesn’t trust God and the free market to reward hard work and responsibility through voluntary exchanges and happy customers.

If Obama had ever studied the teachings of Jesus, he’d know that “being my brothers’ and sisters’ keeper” isn’t one of them.  Rather, that’s a distortion of Cain’s response to God when asked where his murdered brother was: “Am I my brother’s keeper?”  In other words, “How would I know where my brother is?  I’m not his babysitter!”   Liberation theology has twisted Cain’s guilty response into an endorsement of socialist policies such as redistribution.

Rabbi Gordon praises Obama’s government takeover of the healthcare industry, supporting Obama’s claim that “When I talk about making sure insurance companies aren’t discriminating against those who are already sick, I do so…because I believe in God’s command to love thy neighbor as thyself.”   Making sure that people with long-term illnesses and pre-existing conditions are able to receive health care is a lofty goal, but again, the problem is that he employs an unscriptural solution: nationalizing one’s own body.  Solutions that employ private charities and respect individual liberty are completely dismissed.

“Love thy neighbor as thyself” is another command that Obama and his friends are twisting to mean that government can forcibly confiscate your rightful property and use it to pay for someone else’s medical bills.  That’s not love – that’s THEFT.

Bishop McKenzie makes the claim that “When he stands in the gap for the auto industry to be sure there are jobs for people to have, that’s putting your faith in action, that’s putting feet to your faith.”   We already have a lawful system for that, called bankruptcy court.  Obama broke the law by bypassing the courts, forcing investors to take less than they had been promised by contract, and forcing hard-working American taxpayers to pour billions of dollars into the pockets of his union pals, who had helped to bankrupt the industry.  Much of that money came back to the President in the form of campaign contributions.   Giving special favors to campaign contributors and going around the law are NOT Biblical values.

Professor Schneck insists that “saving people’s jobs is a moral policy,” but he doesn’t understand how Biblical economics works.   Keeping a person at a job in an industry that is failing simply diverts that person’s labors away from another industry that may be better served by his talents.   We could get the government to still subside making horse-drawn carriages and 8-track machines that nobody wants to buy, but neither the workers nor the economy would be benefited by doing so.   It is not the government’s job to decide where to divert workers and resources.  The free market naturally directs workers and resources to the areas where they are in most demand, allowing less efficient or desirable industries to fade.  It is not for the State to play God in this area.

Schneck also says “The Bible tell us that to whom much is given, much is expected,” misquoting Luke 12:48 to support the Marxist theory of progressive taxation: that the more you make, the more you should pay.  Luke 12:48 refers to what GOD will require from us, not the government.   It is GOD who gives and takes away, not the state.  Obama is deliberately putting the state in the place of God by hijacking that verse.

In fact, the Bible admonishes us in Leviticus 19:15 to treat all people equal under the law, regardless of income: “Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.”   A tax policy that punishes people for their success and declares that the rich have less of a right to their earnings than the poor is a miscarriage of justice; a form of unequal treatment before the law in violation of scripture.  The example God left for us was one of a flat percentage rate of 10% from the poorest to the richest, and His ways are just.

American Christians have a very serious decision to make, and they have to make it based on solid Biblical principles.   We are obligated to support candidates who respect human life at all ages and stages, the Biblical definition of marriage, religious liberty, and Biblical economic principles and solutions to poverty – NOT Marxist ones.   We must be cautious to examine the claims and promises of politicians and their sycophants against the truth of scripture, and discern where those scriptures are being twisted to support an ungodly agenda.

Barack Obama is the most Biblically-hostile U. S. President in America’s history, and his long record proves it.

Find more info here on “Liberation Theology” and its offshoot, “Black Liberation Theology,” which was taught at Jeremiah Wright’s church where Obama attended for 20 years, and which these so-called “religious leaders” ascribe to.

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DNC Propaganda Portrays Obama As The Messiah

This is getting downright creepy!

Todd Starnes reports at Fox News:

Street vendors across downtown Charlotte are selling posters and artwork depicting President Obama as Jesus Christ and the Democratic National Convention is expected to feature a stained-glass window backdrop during their meeting.

One poster features an image of the president in prayer with the headline, “Prophecy Fulfilled.”

“Barak is of Hebrew origin and its meaning is ‘flash of lightning,” the poster notes, referencing a passage in in the Old Testament book of Judges.

Hussein, they allege, is a Biblical word meaning “good and handsome.”

“So you see, Barak was destined to be a good and handsome man that would rise like a flash of lightning to win victory in a battle against overwhelming odds,” the poster read.

The posters were being sold outside security zones at the Democratic National Convention. The posters are not sanctioned by the DNC.

An Obama calendar, obtained by Fox News, features two religious images of the Commander-in-Chief.

The month of August includes a photograph of Obama’s birth certificate with the words “Heaven sent.”

The president was born on Aug. 4th.

The entry also includes a photograph of Obama along with a passage of Scripture from the New Testament.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” the entry read — referencing John 3:16.

 

The month of November includes an image of individuals with their hands on Obama’s back — with the words “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”

Fox News also obtained a photograph of a DNC stage design. It resembled a giant stained glass window. It’s unclear what the imagery will be used for.

Read more at Fox News

And you thought the Obamessiah sand sculpture was bad!

God takes it very seriously when a man accepts worship and praise that belongs only to Him:

“On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. They shouted, ‘This is the voice of a god, not of a man.’ Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.” ~ Acts 12:21-23

THIS is the response of a Godly man:

“When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, ‘The gods have come down to us in human form!’ Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them.

But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: ‘Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them.’” ~ Acts 14:11-15

This is what happens in third-world banana republics and dictatorships. Anybody who studies history knows that this is an unhealthy and dangerous trend.  We don’t worship our leaders in this country.  We have no king but God.

Any leader who accepts this kind of worship and doesn’t denounce it is not only ungodly, but DANGEROUS.

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Democrats Remove All Mentions Of ‘God’ From Party Platform

Did they think nobody would notice?

The Democrat party is now officially the party of the Secular Humanists and Atheist Marxists.   Can’t very well acknowledge God when one’s goal is to put the idolatrous Messianic Welfare State in His place, taking the role of the ultimate moral authority, arbiter of right and wrong, and sole provider upon which all people depend.

Of course, this messianic state must have its messianic figure, and Obama is more than happy to accommodate.   He is mentioned in their platform 200 times – more than any other president in history. In 2008, it mentioned him only 8 times. The RNC platform mentions Romney only once.

Steven Ertelt reports at LifeNews:

Democrats have removed any mention of God from their party platform, dropping language from the 2008 version that at least had a passing reference to the Creator whom the founders of the nation explained grants the rights we enjoy.

Eagle-eyed reporter David Brody of CBN News discovered the omission.

“Guess what? God’s name has been removed from the Democratic National Committee platform,” he writes. “The Brody File has calls into DNC to explain why God’s name has been dropped from the platform. Some critics will suggest that when you have planks in your platform that support abortion rights and gay marriage then it’s no wonder that God’s name would be dropped as well.”

This is the paragraph that was in the 2008 platform:

“We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.”

Now the words “God-given” have been removed. The paragraph has been restructured to say this:

“We gather to reclaim the basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth – the simple principle that in America, hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded, and each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us.”

Thomas Peters of CatholicVote also noticed Brody’s report on the change and responded:

“Yet another step in the secularizing evolution of modern progressivism,” he said. “You can see the draft of the 2012 DNC platform here and, sure enough, there is no mention of “God” anywhere in it.

Read more at LifeNews

Amy Lutz observes at Hot Air:

When you remove God from his rightful place and reject the notion of God-given rights and blessings, a void is created. For progressives, government fits easily into that void. In the “absence” of God, government becomes god for progressives. Without a solid foundation on natural law and God-given rights, our foundation crumbles and is subject to the temporary passions of a few power-seeking politicians. If you exclude the concept of God-given rights, rights are seemingly “created” right and left by the all-powerful government. For example, now we are apparently “entitled” to universal healthcare and “reproductive rights.” Or so “private citizen” Sandra Fluke tells me. The government is not our salvation. Mitt Romney hit this nail on the head in his quick response to the DNC video. His statement? “We don’t belong to government. Government belongs to us.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Government was created to serve the people and protect our God-given rights. Should we forget this, we will be prey to a bloated bureaucracy whose massive arms are always grasping for more; more taxes, more regulation; less freedom. Government is NOT the only thing we all belong to. We share a common humanity and a common kinship as Americans. It is government that threatens to tear that apart. Politicians target citizens with political divisiveness and party politics. This election, we need to refocus and flip the political hierarchy upside down. We need to replace the cult-like government worship with an ideology that holds government accountable to the people. It’s not the other way around. Government is not god. Government is here to serve us. We must make ourselves subservient to God and ourfellow citizens, not big government.

Read more at Hot Air

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Coalition of African American Pastors Oppose Obama Over Gay ‘Marriage’


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Good for them for having the courage to judge Obama based on the content of his character rather than the color of his skin, and challenge him for aligning with the radical gay agenda!

Michael Gryboski reports at the Christian Post:

A black pastor who is part of a conservative group that announced the launching of a nationwide effort against President Barack Obama‘s support for same-sex marriage has stated that the issue is “only going to increase” in importance.

The Rev. William Owens, Jr., head of the “Mandate for Marriage” initiative and son of the Rev. William Owens, Sr., the founder and president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP), told The Christian Post about the growing importance of the issue at an event on Tuesday.

“It’s only going to increase because the very core of America is founded upon Judeo-Christian beliefs. That’s debatable to some people but you can’t do away with history,” said Owens, Jr.

“When you begin to take on those core values you begin to take on what’s the core for America. So when more and more begin to realize what is getting ready to happen, it’s going to have to become an issue if we want to save our country.”

Owens, Jr., made these remarks while part of a press conference held by CAAP at the National Press Club in D.C. The Rev. Owens, Sr., gave the opening remarks and answered questions from the audience.

“The time has come for a broad-based assault against the powers that be that want to change our culture to one of men marrying men and women marrying women,” said Owens, Sr.

Read more at the Christian Post

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National Evangelical Leadership Buys Into Leftist Arguments

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”  ~ Colossians 2:8

Christians need to be discipled to understand economics, government and politics – not just social issues – from a Biblical perspective.  Otherwise, they are easily seduced by deceptive agendas, as the leadership of the National Association of Evangelicals has been.

Jan Markell writes at WND News:

In 2006, evangelicals jumped on the global-warming bandwagon. TheEvangelical Climate Initiative was formed. Eighty-six evangelical Christian leaders decided to back a major initiative to fight global warming, saying, “Millions of people could die in this century because of climate change, most of them our poorest global neighbors.” Many in the evangelical community still see climate change as junk science and see it getting our eyes off of the prize; that is, sharing the gospel while there is still time.

In 2010 and 2011, immigration became the new evangelical cause. OK, what had I missed? How had this slipped in under the radar screen and become headline news to Bill Hybels, Richard Land, Mathew Staver, leaders at the National Association of Evangelicals and others? Wasn’t this owned by the religious left? Or maybe the right had just moved left. I was starting to connect the dots.

Then came the “Circle of Protection” in the spring and summer of 2011. This was a push from both evangelicals and leftists to see that Congress not cut the federal budget for the poor. The National Association of Evangelicals and religious left icon Jim Wallis yoked together, and suddenly the “What Would Jesus Cut?” effort appeared in headlines. Hundreds of outfits – mainly left-of-center – signed on.

But on Nov. 8 the stunner came along and has millions scratching our heads. This time the founders of the NAE back in 1942 just had to feel betrayed! The National Association of Evangelicals came out calling for nuclear disarmament. I can’t make stuff like this up! I wish it had happened on April 1 and it was a joke. Say it ain’t so! Their position statement falls just short of urging total nuclear disarmament while surmising that reliance on nukes might be idolatrous. Was this position acceptable to all of the 45,000 local churches that make up the NAE? Is this statement (and the other issues I’ve raised) representing them? None of these edicts represents me!

Here’s the answer to that question. Religious left watchdog Mark Tooley writes, “Although most of the NAE’s about 100 board members likely remain conservatives, few have openly dissented from the NAE’s recent stances on the environment, enhanced interrogation, immigration, budget policy, and nukes.” This isn’t your grandma’s evangelicalism. Change happened incrementally, but what I believed had left the building!

In October, NAE officials met with President Obama. They released a statement saying, “A growing body of Christian thought calls into question the acceptability of nuclear weapons as part of a just nation defense, given that the just war theory categorically admonished against indiscriminate violence and requires proportionality and limited collateral damage. Scripture shows that national military might too often takes the place of trust in God.” I am having trouble connecting the scriptural dots here.

NAE board member Joel Hunter stated, “We are looking to the Lord for security. Stockpiling weapons for our security may be a form of idolatry.” Other NAE spokesmen talked about loving our enemies. Are they delusional that Iran and North Korea want to love America?

We have a fallen world! A world without violence would be welcomed, but on this sin-stained planet, it won’t happen until much later. We have to address such issues realistically and not idealistically. The enemies of freedom are rogue regimes that won’t disarm just because America does.

Tooley, of the Institute for Religion and Democracy, writes, “Christians, including evangelicals, understanding humanity’s fallen nature, should shun utopian dreams and prudentially advocate policies that hopefully contain evil while knowing that no human actions can eliminate evil.”

Eric Barger of Take a Stand! Ministry says in conjunction with my report, “Methodists, Presbyterians, Anglican/Episcopalians, Lutherans, Disciples of Christ, and many other churches and groups had been the ‘evangelicals’ of their day 80-150 years ago, until liberals gained control. Gradually, Bible schools and seminaries filled with unscrupulous – and unsaved – individuals denigrated the Scriptures, mocked the supernatural, and attempted to instill doubt and not faith in all who dared enter their classrooms. The creeds, which the Apostles and countless believers throughout the church age had given their lives for, were unceremoniously ridiculed. As the Bible was denounced, denial became the norm and heresy replaced truth as liberalism appealed to the flesh and corrupted all who embraced it. Within a relatively short period of time ideals, science, and human reasoning systematically replaced the Bible and began to poison the minds of future ministers, teachers, and countless lay people. All of this took place but not without a formidable fight.”

Is anyone fighting today? All I see is capitulation.

Read more at WND News

This is no accident.   Leftism is the religious orthodoxy of the Messianic State, which seeks to take the place of God in people’s lives.  Leftists have strategically worked for decades to infiltrate, seduce and destroy competitive ideologies like Christianity, making churches impotent to resist their agenda.

Instead of exposing the threat and equipping believers to stand against it, many Protestant denominations and large swaths of the Catholic church have fallen prey to Marxist influence.   Even the pope himself supports the idea of “universal healthcare” via socialized medicine.

This is the natural result of churches complying with IRS intimidation and censoring themselves from discussing anything political in exchange for tax exemptions. After over 50 years of self-censorship, Christians are largely ignorant of the what Scripture has to say about the critical issues we face, or even if God has a say in politics at all!  Christians are called to be salt and light, NOT tax exempt!

Where is the discipleship and worldview training?  Why is the church silent on economics and government?   There is no excuse for believers to be so ignorant and naive on such issues, made easy pickings for the Enemy to seduce them with Marxist heresies.

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Keep Jesus out of your socialism

The apostasy of ‘social justice Christians’

The Ugly Side of “Social Justice” Theology

Evangelical Left Twists the Gospel in ‘Social Justice’ Fervor

Christians and the Democratic Party

IRS pulls wool over churches’ eyes

God our Provider vs. The State

Grieving Husband Laments Marxist Bishops Ceding Church’s Charitable Role In Health Care To Welfare State 

Christians: Political Involvement is Your Scriptural and Civic Duty

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