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Father God, thank you for the love of the truth you have given me. Please bless me with the wisdom, knowledge and discernment needed to always present the truth in an attitude of grace and love. Use this blog and Northwoods Ministries for your glory. Help us all to read and to study Your Word without preconceived notions, but rather, let scripture interpret scripture in the presence of the Holy Spirit. All praise to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
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Monday, January 30, 2012
A funny thing happened on the way to the primaries; a man who once held the second most powerful position in the land and was forced to resign from it, is, if the people of South Carolina have their way, going to be rewarded by being given the most powerful job in the world; he was voted to be the Republican candidate for the next President of the United States. He couldn’t do the job of Speaker of the House, so let’s make him President. It’s the Peter Principal on crack.
If that doesn’t have you scratching your head, try this: Newt, who accepted millions of dollars from Fanny Mae for ‘nothing’, who is known to have committed chronic adultery over two marriages, was selected in the most evangelical Christian state in America. What? What’s more, they voted for Callista, his third wife and former mistress for many years while he was married to his second wife, to be the potential first lady.
That tells us more about post-modern, western Christians than it does about Newt Gingrich. What would the founding fathers of the republic think? Did they not lay out principals for keeping the republic strong and free? They did! And some of those principals are:
Principle 2 - A free people cannot survive under a republican constitution unless they remain virtuous and morally strong.
In other words, a morally bankrupt society cannot survive as a republic. Does that scare the daylights out of you? It should! We’ve seen that morality has given way to unbridled greed in the marketplace and unbridled ambition in our politicians over the past several years. How’s that working for us?
Principle 3 - The most promising method of securing a virtuous people is to elect virtuous leaders.
It’s strange that a country so fixated on freedom is so willing to risk it all by putting two people with known moral issues in the most powerful office in the world. What will that say to our children? Certainly, there can be nothing wrong with cheating on your wife or sleeping with someone else’s spouse if Newt and Callista can do it and still get elected to the Whitehouse.
Evangelical Christians are supposed to be family oriented, protective of the nuclear family; indeed, Newt is campaigning on family values – go figure. Meanwhile, they would seem to be fine with marital infidelity having no serious consequence. They want to replace a virtuous, family man with a man who claims to be a Christian, but has been a chronic adulterer, and they want to do it for the sake of family values? And they think this is God’s will? They think this will bring God’s blessing back on the good ol’ USA. Surely this will lead to society hemorrhaging virtue and becoming even more morally bankrupt. Indeed, perhaps this primary is an indication that it already is.
Numerous polls from numerous pollsters reveal that 89% of Americans, who say they are ‘born-again’, are statistically indistinguishable from the rest of society on a moral basis. 89% have just as high a rate of adultery, abuse, racism, divorce, pornography use, etc., etc., as the rest of the country. Didn’t God call us to come out of that muck and be separate? Is there no ‘fear’ of God in America? Oh yes, our seminaries changed that to ‘reverence’; terrifying fear has no place in our feel-good, romantic, post-modern aberration of Christianity. But it is still in the Bible for anyone who cares to look.
Principle 4 - Without religion the government of a free people cannot be maintained.
This kind of contradicts the ‘separation of church and state’ theory. By saying that the ‘government cannot be maintained without religion’ the fathers suggest that religion must be an integral part of the government, that is, the people who make up the government. But that would mean true religion, not the hypocritical nonsense of politicians trying to get elected. They will say whatever the herds want to hear to get elected. Their real attitude toward God must be determined by their lives. Are they virtuous, or even close? No-one is perfect; people make mistakes, make bad decisions and often regret them, learn from them and grow in character. Others, those who are hypocritical, continue in their mistakes and repeat them without any fear of God or man.
We Christians have been listening to too much hatred from the greatly over-heated right-wing media commentators. Too many talk show hosts are there just to make money, to sell you a product. They are verbal prostitutes. They claim to be Christian but what comes out of their mouths is hatred, pride, and evil. There is nothing of Christ in them. The Bible tells us to dwell on things that are lovely, not things that are putrid. I am convinced that much of the vicious rhetoric in the media today is racism disguised a political comment. Christians listen to this crap because they talk Christian values, and some may indeed be good Christian people, but in among them are those who sow only hatred because they can't stand the fact that a black man is the President of the United States. Turn them off until they can learn to talk with respect and dignity about the President, until they learn to speak the truth, and until they develop humility and a real fear of God - for our God is a consuming fire.
People realize that you cannot be a bastion of freedom and yet legislate morality. Outlawing gay marriage and abortion has not happened under several Christian Presidents, and, if it did it will not make America a moral country again. We’ve gone too far down that road. We should be witnessing to Americans not trying to legislate morality; but we’ve completely destroyed our witness to those in need of Christ. We’ve alienated those to whom we are called to witness, to glorify God. How do we glorify God? By revealing His character through our own character. I have a hard time seeing the character of Jesus Christ in most prominent Christians in this country, indeed, most non-Christians see only hatred, greed, intolerance, egotism, and anger.
God forgive me, but I am getting more and more embarrassed at being a Christian in this country; for while the leaders of the Evangelical church endorsed Rick Santorum, if Newt wins the nomination, they will vote for him. In South Carolina they already voted for him who appears the least moral because he seems to have a better chance than the more moral candidates to replace the moral family man in the Whitehouse. Should Newt win the nomination many Christians will vote for him and they’ll do it in the Name of God to save America. If that’s what it takes to save America, I think it’s already too late.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Click! Another minute goes by in the countdown to the Russian/Islamic war against Israel. But this is a big minute. It was revealed today on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-16470100 that Iran has begun enriching uranium to 20%. While not weapons-grade, 20% is a big step in that direction and is considered a major provocation by the UN.
James Reynolds BBC Iran correspondent reported: “It has been built underground and it is heavily fortified. In particular, Iran appears to want to guard against potential air strikes. Military experts suggest that the facility may be able to survive attack from all but the most powerful bombs.” If it’s for peaceful purposes why the great expense of building it under a mountain and the excessive military protection?
The problem here is that if Israeli’s Mossad cannot find a way to destroy the facility from within, Israel may have to blow it to hell with ‘the most powerful bombs’. Being very near the Muslim ‘holy city’ of Qom, this could result in provoking all Islam to rise against Israel.
Will Israel wait until they start producing weapons-grade plutonium? It may depend on how good their intelligence is. They may be able to hold out until sanctions cause the Iranian people to turn on their fanatic Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and his equally fanatical President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iranians are technologically savvy and the Arab Spring could blossom very quickly there.
Friday, January 6, 2012
The Ottoman Empire came to an abrupt end during WW1, when they chose to align themselves with the losing side. The allies occupied the Empire until 1922 When Mustafa Kemal Pasha (later called Attaturk – Father of Turks) led an uprising and chased them all out of what is now modern day Turkey. He then set about building a one-party democracy that was thoroughly secular.
Ever since then, the military has stepped in whenever the country was poorly run or in danger of Islamic takeover, as in 1971. Four military coups occurred between 1960 and 1997. Along the way, they abandoned the one-party system and became a real democracy.
The majority of Turks are Islamic by faith but largely secular in public. Headscarves are banned in universities and an attempt to end that law in 2007 nearly toppled the government. Even so, Turkey’s human rights violations have been the main obstacle to it joining the European Union. They might consider that a blessing right now.
So what is happening in Turkey now? They have a devout Muslim as Prime Minister, elected to a second term with a large majority. However, over the past few years, a plot, whether real or imaginary, has been uncovered implicating top military officials in planning to overthrow the elected government again.
The evidence is sketchy at best, and may simply involve some thinking out loud by some people in the military. Nevertheless, hundreds of former and active military officials, prominent academics, journalists and lawyers have been detained. Many are still awaiting trial and some have not even been charged. Included is the recently retired General in charge of all the Turkish Armed Forces.
Is the conspiracy real or imagined? Or, was it possibly contrived by the government in order to place leaders at the top of the military who are more faithful to the vision of Islam than to a secular state? They still have to replace a number of Supreme Court judges with like-minded Muslims which could happen so quietly as to not be noticed. If it does happen or is happening, there will be little stopping Turkey from becoming a total Islamic republic.
Turkey has, under the current Prime Minister, started out with excellent relations with Israel, however those relations have dramatically cooled since the Israeli commando raid on the Mavi Marmara in May 2010, when it tried to breach the Israeli blockade of Gaza. Eight Turkish nationals were killed as well as an American of Turkish descent.
Whether intentional or not, Turkey is preparing itself to be involved in the Russian/Islamic invasion of Israel prophesied in Ezekiel 37 and 38.
Facts: Turkey may be the cradle of civilization as the Biblical Garden of Eden may well have been in or partly in that country.
In WW2, Turkey wisely stayed neutral until February 1945 when it chose the winning side.