When “Christians” lie for the sake of money

I remember when the book, “The boy who came back from Heaven” came out.  Since I never believe books or speakers whose authors purports to have gone to heaven or hell, I pay scant attention to them.

It came as no surprise, then, when this article came out saying that the book was a hoax.  Even less surprising was this comment from the article:

“You’re right, this whole story is fabricated,” Johnson recalled Beth Malarkey telling him. “[But] because the book was a bestseller, no one in the evangelical publishing industry wanted to kill it.”

This article raises disturbing issues within the “Christian” community, and in particular, the Christian book publishing industry that would choose to publish such an obvious fabrication in the first place.

I’m not a book publisher, but if I was, and someone came to me with a pitch for a book that revolved around someone who allegedly died and subsequently went to heaven or hell and then “came back” to tell about it, I wouldn’t give it a moments serious thought before declining the offer.

That is, of course, if I didn’t love money.

But the love of money appears to be a prime motivation for Christian booksellers in deciding whether or not to put out the trash that often riddles the Christian best-seller lists, like the boy who came back from heaven.

We Americans wonder why our once great nation is dissolving right before our eyes.  Here, in my opinion, is the reason:

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp stand  and it gives light to all who are in the house.…”   Jesus, Matthew 5:13-15

Christians are the salt and light of the world.  During the days when the Lord was walking upon the Earth, there were no refrigerators or ice available to preserve food.  Salt was used as a preservative to delay spoiling.

Christians in any society can, and should, act as a preserving agent on their respective cultures.  We should influence those around us to godliness, righteousness and moral living, mainly by the manner in which we live our lives.

But when Christians are no more moral than our non-Christian neighbors, our “salt” becomes useless, even worse than useless.  Our hypocrisy can actually embolden others to commit further acts of unrighteousness as they act out in anger and spite for our unfaithfulness and hypocrisy.

So Christians find themselves at this juncture in American society.  Steeped in our hypocrisy, our voice is irrelevant, even mocked, in contemporary culture.  As this so-called “Christian publisher” has aptly demonstrated by printing this stupid book in the first place, money takes precedence over morality.

If it sells, print it, no matter how immoral the decision in deciding to print a book that obviously could not be true.  Make your millions, then when the book is found to be a fraud as everybody knew it was in the first place, remove it from the bookshelves, offer an apology, and laugh all the way to the bank.

And we wonder why America is hellbent on destruction.

Holocaust deniers and the power of lies

Unbelievably, there are people who deny the Holocaust happened.

Some Holocaust deniers, while admitting that Nazi atrocities were committed against Jews, deny that over six million were murdered or that the gas chambers existed.  Holocaust denying comes in many different flavors and forms.

Recently, I engaged in a heated written dialogue with a holocaust denier by the name of Adam Johnson.  I stumbled upon his rants because he spewed his vile anti-Semitism in the comment section of one of Dennis Prager’s Youtube video’s ironically tilted “Do not bear false witness.”

Johnson’s post, along with the over 44 replies, is featured first in the comments.  For those of you with time to kill, reading the entire thread will be an eye-opening education.

The Bible is not silent on the topic of lying and bearing false witness; both are crimes that are detested in the sight of God.  For starters, the ninth of the ten commandments, “You shall not bear false witness,” is the crowning prohibition most people quote when the topic of lying comes up.

But this commandment is certainly not the only place in the Bible where God’s displeasure and even hatred for lying is found.  Perhaps the second most quoted verse comes from Revelation 21:8:

“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

I am a firm believer that the First Amendment has been grossly distorted in America and our founding fathers never intended or anticipated the overly broad application it has been given.  For most Americans, the First Amendment means they can say or write about anything they want.

Now, this is true, to a point, but this does not mean that I can, as a prank, yell “Fire!” in a packed indoor movie theatre when the lights are off.  As well, libel and slander are prosecutable crimes, further showing we cannot say or write anything that pops into our heads our flows out of our pens.

I am a strong advocate for limits on so-called “free speech,” and believe that lying speech, such as Holocaust denying, should be illegal and punished in the same way libel and slander is.

Lies are serious business, capable of incalculable and irrevocable damage to the reputations of the victims of the falsehoods.  When lies are uttered on a national scale by a country’s leaders against a specific member of the community, like Hitler did with the Jews, genocide often and does follow.

This is one reason why the Bible prohibits lying.

“I hate and abhor lying…”  Psalm 119:163 (KJV)

“There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue…” Proverbs 6:16-17

Liars will not be part of God’s Kingdom.  Be exceedingly careful if you have a lying tongue.

 

“Gay” marriage legality is inevitable

The Supreme Court will now decide whether or not “gay” marriage will become the law of the land in all the fifty states.  And of course, in a divided ruling of probably 6-3, the black robed tyrants will force the perverse will and morality of less than 2% of the American population down the throats of the other 98%.

The homosexual juggernaut that has been sweeping across the fruited plain (no pun intended) for the last ten years is unstoppable; it will continue to pulverize everything decent, moral, holy and Christian in its perverse path of redefining the very essence and fabric of what America once stood tall and mighty for.

Here is a typical—and wholly self-centered, false and incorrect—viewpoint from one of the LGBTQ lawyers litigating this case, taken from the article previously cited:

“We are excited obviously for our clients and for the many thousands of couples like them in Michigan, but we are also excited for the entire nation,” added Dana Nessel, a lawyer for the Michigan plaintiffs.

Excited for the entire nation?  Do you mean, Ms. Nessel, that you, in the perverse little world of LGBTQ where you live, that you believe that this shameful ruling will be greeted with excitement and joy for the vast majority of Americans that despise what your immoral agenda will soon accomplish, the redefinition of marriage and family,  resulting in the further dismantling and ultimate disintegration of our society?

Again, this ruling in favor of unnatural and wholly perverse gay marriage is set in stone.  Read the gushing praise from Eric Holder for this travesty of justice soon to become a reality:

“It is time for our nation to take another critical step forward to ensure the fundamental equality of all Americans – no matter who they are, where they come from, or whom they love,” Holder said.

Far from being a “critical step forward,” this shameful ruling will only result in America’s grave being dug that much deeper.  It will seal America’s doom and there will  be absolutely nothing we can do as a nation to bring us back from this free fall into destruction.

When I speak with college students, I am always amazed whenever we seriously discuss this issue.  Gay marriage?  Two men or two women getting married?  This is like seriously discussing the reality of finding a living and functioning society on Mars, or that George Bush and the CIA were the ones actually responsible for 9/11.  Some topics are simply too nonsensical to give serious credence.

But such is the times we live in, and when the Supreme Court gives it’s expected decision in early summer, I will try not to say, “I told you so.”

I am not Charlie

Though I find it abhorrent that the staff of the Charlie Hebdo magazine were ruthlessly murdered by fanatical Muslims, I can’t hold up a pen with the masses and announce, “I am Charlie.”

While many will disagree with me, I feel there are limits and boundaries that we should not cross in our speech, video making, and writing.  Expression of any kind must be balanced, with the understanding that what and how we express ourselves can have profound impact on others.

I am no fan of Islam but this does not mean that I will go out of my way to offend Muslim sensibilities in my desire to expose the problems of this religion.  Drawing satirical cartoon figures of a naked Muhammad to make my point would be unthinkable, and not only because I would be in fear that I would wake up with my head next to my torso.

No, I feel it is wrong to offend in this way and not “loving your neighbor as yourself.”  Muslims, like Christians, Jews and every other faith member, have strong and passionate beliefs.  Whether or not we agree with everything a member of another faith believes, to mock, ridicule and demean the faith of another is not an effective bridge builder.

Charlie Hebdo is a fireman that seeks to put out fires with gasoline, a peculiarly unwise methodology of fire suppression.   Their over the top “free speech” and complete disregard for the feelings and passions of all religious people make them a target of the kind of people that went on that deplorable rampage.

And they don’t seem to learn; now, they plan to print 3 million copies of their magazine when their normal print run is 60,000, showing a cartoon of a crying Muhammad, further inflaming the sentiments of Muslims worldwide.

This is foolishness.  Twelve members of their magazine have already been murdered, yet they double down and print more of the same offensive material that resulted in the untimely deaths of their fellow journalists.  Where is the wisdom in this?  It’s craziness and sheer folly, more gasoline poured onto an already raging bonfire.

Freedom comes with responsibility.  One of the glaring weaknesses of a society that enshrines “freedom of speech” is that some throw commonsense out the door and believe that saying or writing anything about anybody is permissible, no matter how offensive.

But in our daily interactions with people, we intuitively know that this does not work.  For example, if two people are in an argument and one person calls the other person’s mother or daughter a slut that sleeps with every man in town, what will be the expected reaction?  That’s right…a trip to the hospital or the morgue.

The cartoonists and writers of Charlie Hebdo need to step back and grow up, before there are no more hands to hold the pens that draw their cartoons.

How do you spell hypocrisy? “LGBTQ”

Please remember one important fact:  those who shout the loudest for “tolerance,” “diversity” and “acceptance” are the very ones who deny it to others.  And few groups in America are more hypocritical in their actions than the LGBTQ community.

For just one small sample of the gay communities blatant double standards, look no further than the story of Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, fired from his position because of his Christian faith and viewpoints toward homosexuality.

I grow weary of hearing about homosexuality, gay rights, gay marriage, transgenderism, ad nauseam.  With all the press coverage this tiny minority of people get, you would think they would occupy more of the population of the United States than the less than 2% they actually do.

But what is more irritating than anything else is their hypocrisy:  they demand everybody tolerate their perverse lifestyle but utterly refuse to tolerate any one that does not agree with them.  For all of their bluster over those whom they deem as “haters,” they are the greatest haters of them all.

Allow me to quote from the article above, from the mayor who fired Chief Cochran:

“I profoundly disagree with and am deeply disturbed by the sentiments expressed in the paperback regarding the LGBT community,” the mayor wrote. “I will not tolerate discrimination of any kind within my administration.”

Did you catch that?  Do you see the dripping hypocrisy of these statements?

Let’s break it down:

“I profoundly disagree with…”  Profoundly disagree, mayor?  But I thought you were all about tolerance and inclusion, right?  When you say that you “profoundly disagree with” someone, are you not doing the exact opposite of what you profess?

“…and am deeply disturbed by the sentiments expressed in the paperback regarding the LGBT community…”  “Deeply disturbed by the sentiments expressed…” mayor?  Again, if you are all about “tolerance” and “acceptance” of others, how can you say what you just said with a straight face?  It is fairly obvious to me, mayor, that “tolerance” is a one way street with you…your way or the highway,   which is not very tolerant at all.

What the mayor is actually saying is this:  “I have a certain standard of what I believe ‘tolerance’ should be, and it applies predominantly to members of the LGBTQ community and their sexual proclivities.  And if you don’t agree with me, then you are a hater, a bigot and a homophobe.  Case closed.  No discussion allowed.”

And this hypocrisy, of course, is not limited to the mayor, but includes members of the LGBTQ community as well.  Alex Wan is an openly gay council member, and when he was informed of the Chief’s viewpoint on homosexuality and that he was fired, released the following statement supporting the termination and said it “sends a strong message to employees about how much we value diversity and how we adhere to a non-discriminatory environment.”

Well, like the mayor, Mr. Wan values only certain kinds of diversity, and if you happen to not agree with his very narrow definition of what qualifies as diversity (i.e., sexual perversion in all forms), then he will certainly be open to discriminating against you by being fired.

Again, the double standard is shocking, and it seems most of the world is blindly following the mayor and Mr. Wan, unable to see just how hypocritical the entire situation actually is.

 

 

Transgender folly causes another suicide

The recent death of an Ohio teen has brought the debate over whether or not transgenderism is real back into the spotlight.  

This case is tragic, regardless of whether one believes or disbelieves in the current pop myth of “transgendered people.”

Let’s start off by defining “transgender”: “… of, relating to, or being a person (as a transsexual or transvestite) who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that differs from the one which corresponds to the person’s sex at birth.”

In my world, individuals who seriously identify themselves as “transgendered” are mentally ill.  One writer, Gina Miller, perfectly sums up my beliefs in this article.

I refuse to call this male teenager who committed suicide by his “transgendered” name of “Leelah.”  He was born a male, his parents named him Joshua, and nothing he believed to the contrary will alter this fact:  he remains a male and I will call him by his male name and refer to him as such.

America long ago dropped down the proverbial rabbit hole of Alice in Wonderland lore.  So many in this once great and moral nation now believe and embrace astoundingly stupid and inane beliefs…like someone born one sex can magically wake up one day and decide they are actually the other.  If you google “Joshua Alcorn,” you will see many writers who are comfortably opining these ridiculous beliefs from the rank smelling bottom of this particular putrid rabbit hole.

Those who pander to the delusions of those unfortunates like Joshua help nobody; and certainly Joshua’s mental illness did not receive the needed attention from those who chose to indulge him in his fantasy that he could actually believe he was a female born in a male’s body.

One of the facts that most Americans refuse to admit is how weird and strange people are who identify themselves as homosexuals, transgendered, transsexuals, ad nauseam, the whole perverse alphabet soup of the “LGBTQ” label that seems to add another letter to its ever increasing train every year.

When I write “weird” and “strange,” that is precisely what I mean:  these unfortunates are people that, when they walk down the street or engage you in conversation, you know you are dealing with someone who is off, abnormal, different and unusual in an unhealthy way.

But today, to suggest such a thing is considered politically incorrect, insensitive, hateful and homophobic.  The preferred route is that we treat these bizarre individuals as special and precious because of their aberrations and vice.  Truly, we have dropped down a dark and insane hole.

It is astounding what people will believe once they reject that God exists.  Belief in God and the Scriptures is an anchor to sound thinking, but once we jettison this belief system, we expose ourselves to thoughts that, in many cases, are dangerously delusional and unhealthy…like Joshua did when he began wearing women’s clothes and putting on their makeup.

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The twisted psychological platform that the LGBTQ rests upon is the real reason for the suicide of Joshua and not because of the tired reasoning that states his death came about because of societies rejection of his perverse lifestyle choices, and until we deal with this, many more deaths like his will be reported in the world news outlets.