Kim Davis caves to pressure

It appears Kim Davis has caved. Though she says she will not issue the marriage licenses to gay couples, she is allowing her deputy clerks to do so.

Now, if I am a boss and one of my employee’s disobeys my expressed wishes and orders, he or she is either immediately fired after an appropriate warning, or my word as a boss is a joke, meaning my orders were never taken seriously nor meant to be taken seriously in the first place, or else I am a spineless boss and should resign my position.

If she is truly the “boss” of these deputies, she has the authority to order them not to issue the licenses. By this clearly transparent compromise, Davis has bowed to this federal judge and chosen to obey Ceasar rather than God.

The headline of this article is inaccurate: “Kim Davis stands ground…” She has not stood her ground but has capitulated. Surrendered. Given up. Waved the white flag of defeat.

This is sad and Davis has ceased to resist, in my opinion, to the unlawful order of this judge. Once again, the faith of American believers, when put to the test, utltimately fails. As I have always said, Christianity in this country is a joke.

But let us be charitable to Mrs. Davis and place the best possible construction on her motives.  Let’s say she didn’t cave at all, but is being “innocent as dove but wise as a serpent.”  The article I linked above states that this “compromise” is a “work-around.”  In other words, this is a strategy recommended by her team of lawyers so she can obey the “letter of the law” of the judge’s order but not “the spirit.”

But this so-called “work-around” is an utter failure.  It is your typical “lawyer” tactic that blurs the lines of the law and compromises truth.  Kim Davis had an opportunity unlike any other person in recent memory to make a stand for righteousness…and she threw it away.

There are few opportunities given to men and women in the world to become true heroes; Davis had such an opportunity.  She had the overwhelmingly support of Christians across the United States.  It was truly a divine opportunity that few ever have the privilege of being given.

And she wasted it.  Threw it all away by listening to her attorneys, masters at compromise.  Such a tragedy.

 

Silence can be deafening

I don’t want to stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ
without ever having made a stand for the unborn.
I stand without excuse because
I know what abortion is all about;
this knowledge makes me responsible
for doing something about it.

The German people are often criticized
for failing to speak out against the horrors of the Holocaust.
For some of them,
the murders and tortures occurred
almost in their back yards,
but they remained silent and
turned deaf ears to the agonized cries of the Jews.

Those Germans had a good excuse for their silence:
Hitler would have murdered and tortured many,
sending them and their families into the gas chambers:
Nazi Germany did not have our First Amendment
and Hitler was a sadistic dictator.

But I know what goes on within the walls
of “clinics” like Planned Parenthood.
I see the graphic evidence of the bloody
violence done to the unborn through countless
videos posted on websites and Youtube.
I know baby organs are sold like auto parts.

I live in a country where I have
freedom of speech and can protest this
most horrific of all human rights violations
without fear of arrest.
If I say nothing, do nothing,
those Germans who did speak out against the
Holocaust at the risk of their lives and that of their
loved ones will stand in judgment against me.

They might say, “We risked everything to speak out
against the horrors of of the Holocaust.
Many of us paid the ultimate price for
our shaking boldness and trembling courage.
But you risked almost nothing for speaking out against
the gruesome crimes of abortion
and chose to say nothing.
Shame on you and your cowardly silence.”

I want to enter eternity knowing I
at least made a stand for those who could
not stand for themselves
and spoke out for those little ones
who did not have a voice of their own.

New York City’s Mayor is a Fool

New York City Mayor De Blasio is a fool.  There is no other term that adequately describes his actions and speech in the following video:

Why this man is the mayor of the the largest and most influential city in the United States is one of those profound and unexplainable mysteries in life.

He compares Islam to Christianity and Judaism and Islam’s “obvious connection” to them (beginning at 1:45).  De Blasio could not be more wrong:  there is substantially nothing remotely “connected” between Islam, Christianity and Judaism:  the basic tenets and beliefs of Christianity and Judaism are polar opposites to Islam.

And in fact, the God of Christianity and Judaism is not the same god of Islam; the two could not be more opposite.

De Blasio lists as his reason for including these two Muslim holidays into the curriculum as a “matter of fairness” (1:23).  This appeal to “fairness” and wanting to be “tolerant” of all other belief systems is the epitomie of political correctness and is one of the main reasons why the United States is churning out lunatics like De Blasio who are intent on dismantling the very fabric of this once great nation.

The Muslims, of course, are rejoicing in this decision, as seen and heard by their raucous cheers as he made his announcement. Afterwards, when they are away from the bright lights of the televison cameras, these same Muslims are no doubt marveling at how easily they are accomplishing their planned and careful takeover of the United States of America.

Should I remind my readers that this is the same city where Muslim terrorists brought down the Twin Towers?  Did De Blasio forget this horrific event so that he now is honoring them with not one, but two, school holidays?  The very same satanic religion that gave us the atrocities of 9/11 is the same one that De Blasio is now honoring…all in the name of fairness and equality.

You simply cannot make this stuff up.

Let’s now juxtapose the above video of De Blasio falling all over himself to appease the Muslims in New York City with this video showing Muslims calling for the destruction of America:

And the video above is simply one in perhaps hundreds—if not thousands—of similar videos that repeat the same message that Islam despises the West in general and America in particular.  For De Blasio or any other politician in America to appease these people and this fascist religion is to only hasten and insure our ultimate destruction by their hands.

The persecution of Christians begins

“For the first time in American history a woman has been imprisoned by the government for merely exercising her Christian faith. War has been declared on Christ and His followers.” Matt Barber

This is a sobering quote and the accompanying article is excellent. What we are witnessing today in America might be unprecedented in our history and does not bode well for our future—particularly our children’s.

We have arrived at a point where the once dominant belief system in thecountry—Christianity—is now being criminalized, mocked, ridiculed and litigated against. How could we have arrived at this point where a mere twenty years ago no one could have imagined?

Though I admire Matt Barber and believe his analysis of our culture is usually spot on, I disagree with his last statement:

“And [they] awakened a sleeping giant in the process.”

Being a realist, the “sleeping giant” which Matt speaks of—Christians—will certainly not permanently wake up. Sure, we are rattling our sabers now and getting some media attention and many, like myself, are posting articles on Facebook and going to social media to vent our disbelief and rage at this Christian sister being unlawfully imprisoned.

But we will fall back asleep as the furor dies down, launching back onto our comfortable sofas after we reach for another generous helping of “comfort food” from our overstuffed refrigerators. Our attention will be diverted by the next box office hit or sports event and we will shrug our shoulders and mutter, “Oh well. We just have to keep trusting the Lord…He’ll work it all out.” Then, we will post yet another picture of our cat or dog on Facebook and giggle and gush how precious it is and how much we love them.

Did the infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade wake up “the sleeping giant”? It certainly did not, and thought the faithful remnant has consistently fought this good fight, the overwhelming majority of pastors would rather preach a sermon on the necessity of the tithe than to speak up for those being slaughtered in the womb.

As I have written before, Christians need to start asking the tough question of “why” the Lord has allowed America to fall so far in such a short amount of time. And we need to be standing in front of a full-length mirror when we do so.

When faith costs something

Quote of the day:

“I don’t really want to, but I will comply with the law,” deputy clerk Melissa Thompson said in court Thursday, weeping while she stood before the packed courtroom. “I’m a preacher’s daughter and this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life.

“I don’t hate anybody,” she added. “None of us do.”

A typical response from your average Evangelical Christian in America. In other words, deputy clerk Melissa Thompson has no convictions to speak of. As long as her “faith” does not cost her anything, she is more than willing to identify as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. And if her convictions might possibly—Gads!—land her in the big house, well, that’s obviously not what she signed up for when she wrote her signature below the “sinner’s prayer” card at the “revival” where she got “saved.”

And here begins the shaking of the church. On the one hand, we have Kim Davis, a woman of faith and conviction whose beliefs have landed her in jail. On the other hand, we have cowardly, spineless, Melissa Thompson whose faith is only as strong as the paper it’s written on.

I wonder what kind of faith I have? What would I do if I worked in Kim Davis’ office? Would I join my boss in jail, or quickly sign the marriage licenses for the sodomites coming in for one?

Friends, what do you think you would do?

Here is well known portion of Scripture that gives us some needed guidance in helping us make our decison. Perhaps Melissa Thompson’s pastor father should have read this to her when she was growing up:

“And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.

Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment.

They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.” Hebrews 11:32-38

Defying the Supreme Court of the United States

Kim Davis, elected as Kentucky’s Rowan County’s county clerk, is defying the Supreme Court of the United States by refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

This is an unprecedented action by a government official, especially a county clerk in a small, rural municipality like Rowan County (population as of 2010: 23,333).  When virtually all other counties across the United States has bowed down to the fascist ruling of the Supreme Court in June of this year forcing sodomy based marriage on the majority of the nation who does not want it, Mrs. Davis stands alone.

No matter where you stand on the issue of gay marriage, her defiance, based on her deeply held religious convictions, is remarkable and deserves one’s respect.  This is simply not something that happens every day, and for an elected government official to stand firm against the supreme rule making body in the United States, her stance must certainly make the history books.

My admiration of this Christian woman is deep.  She is making a stand for righteousness even in the face of death threats.  While so many professing Christians have already thrown in the towel and raised the white flag of surrender, her civil disobediance is a shining example of faith in action.

Her uncompromising stand reminds me of James 2:18:

“But someone may well say, ‘You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.'” (NASB)

It is not easy standing against the tide of popular opinion, and it is certainly not easy to stand opposed to the media darlings of the liberal press, Hollywood, and the Federal Government:  the LGBTQ crowd and their supporters.

This is one reason I stand in admiration for Mrs. Davis, because I know how vicious, hateful, violent and intolerant this group of depraved individuals are; her life, and I believe the death threats against her are legitimate, is at risk from this group of hatemongers.

Look at the evident rage and hate that these two sodomites had for Davis as they demanded that she give them a marriage license (see the video attached to the article).  Where is their tolerance toward the beliefs of Ms. Davis?  After all, is not the oft repeated message of tolerance and acceptance toward the views and beliefs of gays and lesbians the cornerstone of their rationale to convince Americans they they should be accepted?  Why then should not these two men tolerate the views and beliefs of Ms. Davis?

And if getting married was indeed the goal of these two sodomites, why not drive thirty minutes to the next county and get their “marriage” license there?  If their “love” for one another is as strong as the love immortalized in poetry which promises to “climb the highest mountains” or “swim in the deepest oceans” for the benefit of the other, what’s the big deal to drive to the next county for the license?

Because their “love” is a sham and the goal of the LGBTQ crowd has never been about “love” or “marriage equality”  or “tolerance” but all about reshaping society to allow their perverse sexual proclivities to be accepted into a moral society.

Their goal is the destruction of the Judeo-Christian ethic that is the last remaining obstacle toward their complete domination over all that is moral and righteous in this increasingly perverse society.  Ultimately, they war against God and His holiness, laws, precepts and rules.  And Ms. Davis is a significant roadblock in the LGBTQ juggernaut that must be obliterated, for she represents everything that these people despise.

Please pray for Ms. Davis and ask the Lord for her protection.  This woman is a hero for standing strong against the onslaught of the wicked and she needs our support.

I would encourage all my readers to send Ms. Davis an email of encouragement at:

kimberlyb.davis@ky.gov

Or visit the Rowan County website for more information and Ms. Davis’ phone number.

 

 

 

Women in love with their dogs

I’m in the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport, coming back from one of America’s vain pursuits:  vacationing.  For some reason, I get a ravenous appetite whenever I travel by plane, even if it’s for a short amount of time.

Craving a Wendy’s hamburger, I order a 1/2 lb. cheeseburger combo.  (And by the way, eating greasy, unhealthy food is another vain American past time, but since this is the first time I’ve had a Wendy’s in probably a year or so, I give myself some slack.)  Just as I’m about to dive into this greasy delight, an overweight woman, who appears to be in her late twenties/early thirties, saunters up to the counter with an ugly Chihuhua in some type of carry-bag.

She kisses its ugly little snout as she waits to order.

To say I become a bit peeved at this would not be far from the truth, but I can’t allow this affront to my sensibilites to ruin my meal.  Instead, I ponder this modern day obsession women have with their dogs.

On the flight to Dallas, one of the American Airlines stewardesses, a semi-attractive blond in her late thirties/early forties, was taking a break in the tiny cubicle where stewardesses sit near the black of the aircraft; she was positioned right in front of me, facing my direction, at an easy viewing angle.

As she was playing with her smart phone (yet another vain pursuit of Americans, all three of which I confess I indulge in to my shame), she suddenly brightened, like she just saw a picture of her long lost lover.  She turns the phone to one of the other passengers that earlier she had engaged in conversation with, sitting a couple of rows ahead of me, and showed him what she was gushing over.

You guessed it:  a dog.  Then, flipping the phone back towards her heavily mascared face, she lifts the screen to her ruby-red lips and kisses it.

The thought suddenly struck me that I don’t often see women—ever, as a matter of fact—kiss their children in public or gush over their pictures in public places, or show their pictures with evident glee and happiness to those around them.

Isn’t this strange, perverse even?  What vile turn have we taken in America where women publically fall all over themselves with dogs,  but yet rarely, if ever, show the same public adoration and affection for their own children (if they even have any)?

Truthfully, I find it revolting and revealing; revolting that a woman, the one time tender and loving caregiver of a family’s most cherished possession, children, now pour that love onto an animal that licks its private parts, has fleas, sheds, urinates and defecates in public, and consumes its own vomit.  Revealing because it is yet another clear marker that portends the unraveling of the American culture.

Think with me for a moment and see if I speak the truth:  how many pictures do you see on Facebook or the media that portrays pets, and how many pictures do you see that portrays kids?  I say without hesitation that there is an avalanche of photos about pets and a mere trickle about children.

And how about articles on the internet news about pets as opposed to those on children?  We are drowning in articles about “rescue” pets, pets getting their nails done, prosthetic limbs, dog and cat food, pet healthcare, pet daycares, pet hotels, Leo the Lion, ad nauseum.  Now compare this with articles about children and tell me something is not profoundly wrong in this country.

Speaking about Leo the lion…interestingly, Leo’s demise came right on the heels of the Center for Medical Progress’ expose of the macbre organ harvesting of aborted babies.  And who garnered the lion’s share of the attention from the media?

Where was the outrage from women over babies organs being harvested in a manner that would have made the Nazi’s bursting with pride?  And we know that if it was revealed that the organs of pets (especially puppies) were being harvested for medical research, the White House would have been burned down with Obama, the Senate and the House joining in the torching.

Our eyes need to be opened to see what is happening all around us.  And friends, it does not portend well for our future.

When “Christian love” becomes a vice—part two

My last post discussed what I consider to be a “Christian vice”:  extending love, mercy and forgiveness to people who utterly and absolutely reject it.

I read another article that crystallizes this absurd—even dangerous—idea.  This article, penned by Allan Erickson, concerns the mass shooting of black Christians in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, 2015, by a young, white racist who mercilessly murdered these people in a bible study.

Erickson writes:

“The members of that church personified Christ. They called for calm, peace and prayer. They extended grace to the shooter’s family, and even spoke the words of forgiveness to him…”

I agree with the first portion of the above paragraph; to call for calm, peace and prayer in the midst  of such heinous carnage is exemplary, which is far better than calling for the looting and burning down of the town.  And calling for “extended grace to the shooter’s family” is a further act of graciousness.

But then Erickson begins to slip into the common heresy of modern day American Evangelicalism when he writes of the members of the church speaking words of forgiveness to the shooter:

“Family members of those killed went on camera, witnessing the love of Christ, mourning their loved ones, and extending grace and mercy and forgiveness, even when none was requested by the killer.” (Emphasis mine.)

Where in the Bible do we find the Lord Jesus “extending grace and mercy and forgiveness” to a murderer when it was never requested?  Can you find one single Scripture, in either the Old or New Testament?  Was not repentence first required—even demanded—from anyone who would receive the unfathomable riches of mercy, grace and forgiveness from the Lord?

It is nauseating, even revolting, the depths that American Christianity has sunk to.   We cheapen the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and count His precious blood as a cheap commodity when well meaning but wholly deluded Christians can offer it so willingly to a depraved murderer that wants absolutely nothing to do with it.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor during the reign of Hitler and who was a member of the failed plot which sought his assassination, wrote these famous lines:

“Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our Church. We are fighting today for costly grace. Cheap grace means grace sold on the market like cheapjacks’ wares. The sacraments, the forgiveness of sin, and the consolations of religion are thrown away at cut prices. Grace is represented as the Church’s inexhaustible treasury, from which she showers blessings with generous hands, without asking questions or fixing limits. Grace without price; grace without cost! The essence of grace, we suppose, is that the account has been paid in advance; and, because it has been paid, everything can be had for nothing….”

“Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.” (Bold mine.)

This “cheap grace” is nothing less than a heresy, a perversion, of authentic grace.  He contrasts “cheap grace” with “costly grace”:

“Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man’ will gladly go and self all that he has. It is the pearl of great price to buy which the merchant will sell all his goods. It is the kingly rule of Christ, for whose sake a man will pluck out the eye which causes him to stumble, it is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciple leaves his nets and follows him.

“Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: “ye were bought at a price,” and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.

“Costly grace is the sanctuary of God; it has to be protected from the world, and not thrown to the dogs. It is therefore the living word, the Word of God, which he speaks as it pleases him. Costly grace confronts us as a gracious call to follow Jesus. It comes as a word of forgiveness to the broken spirit and the contrite heart. Grace is costly because it compels a man to submit to the yoke of Christ and follow him; it is grace because Jesus says: “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Emphasis mine.)

Christians in America, if they preach anything, preach “cheap grace.”  This is manifestly exhibited in this article by Allan Erickson, no doubt a well-meaning individual but deluded by the innumerable adherents around him to the heretical doctrines of “cheap grace” that permeate our culture and which has caused our country to rot in immorality and wickedness.

Ultimately, the teaching of cheap grace is an attack against the holiness, sovereignty, and preciousness of the Gospel and the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We preach cheap grace to our doom as a nation.

When “Christian love” becomes a vice

“The American insantiy for Loving Everybody is ruining my good temper and delivering my stomach to enormous bouts with acidity.”

Taylor Caldwell, author

Imagine, for a moment, that you are a Jew living in Warsaw, Poland in 1939.  Suddenly, the Nazi invasion of your beloved homeland occurs at a lightning pace, and within two months your world is turned upside down.  Before WWII is over, you will have lost everything:  your city, your home, your business, and each member of your immediate and extended family.  You will have watched your family tortured, murdered and some of them marched into the gas chambers in Auschwitz.  

It will only be by God’s grace that you survived.  As a prisoner in Auschwitz, tortured and starved almost to the very point of death, you were within days of dying until the Red Army brought your deliverance in 1945.  You became a living skeleton and weighed 75 pounds, down from the 170 you were before the invasion six years prior.

Please be honest for a few seconds.  Would you love the Nazi’s?  Upon your liberation, would you have weakly shuffled up to the Nazi commandant of Auschwitz and whispered with all your strength, “I forgive you!  Jesus loves you and so do I!  God bless you, my friend…I will continue to pray for you that the Lord would bring you to Himself!”  And then, summing all of your available strength, would you have then reached up to him with your pencil-thin arms and given him a bear hug?

Probably not.  No, it might take you a lifetime and beyond to work through the hate, revenge, and all the other understandable emotions that accompany such a loss as you would have suffered.  Nobody would be angry with you for feeling the way you did…all, even those who were spared the brunt of the Nazi atrocities and lost no family members, would feel compassion and understanding for your unimaginable loss and suffering.

Why, then, are so many Christians falling all over themselves to love, embrace and accept members of the LGBT community, the very community that has just accomplished a cultural blitzkrieg over our nation on June 26, 2015?  These people are out to destroy Christians, Christianity, and our way of life, and they are bulldozing away everything we hold dear, all with the blessings and power of the Obama administration.  And all the while, Christians are stupidly telling them, “Jesus loves you and so do I!,” embracing them as they plunge sharpened daggers in our backs and the hearts of our family members.

For example, in this article, Christian author Michael Brown writes this:

http://barbwire.com/2015/07/06/0700-oregon-declares-war-on-the-christian-faith/

“I’m sure the Kleins would like nothing more than to forgive you to your face and give you a great big hug. Not only are Christians moral people, they are forgiving people.”  The Kleins, you will remember, are the Christian owners of “Sweet Cakes by Melissa” who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. 

Mr. Brown continues this distasteful “love fest” with the enemy in this article:

http://barbwire.com/2015/08/17/lets-pray-for-michael-sam/

Brown writes:

“Who knows what will happen if we pray that he will encounter the incredible love of God, that he will recognize his own sin and guilt (that’s the path for every one of us on the road to redemption), and that he will call out to the heavenly Father to have mercy on him. Who knows?”

Yes, in the grand scheme of redemption, the salvation of one such as that degenerate pervert Michael Sam would be wonderful.  It is theoretically correct that the most vile and wicked of individuals could be saved, and that the wonderful, transforming grace of the Lord Jesus is not limited.  But we Christians are missing something when we cheaply and so easily extend that grace to people like Michael Sam, as if the precious blood of the Lord Jesus and His death on the cross is a mere trinket that can be cheaply dangled in front of the noses of the most abominable sinners, who neither ask for or value it.

There is something distinctly distasteful with this feminine and over-emphasis on love and acceptance of people who desire only one thing:  to destroy us.  And, it is unbiblical and makes light of the legitimate sufferings and losses of others.  This “love gospel,” practiced by so many in America, is part of the false gospel known as “American Evangelicalism.”  

Brown presumptuously puts words, thoughts and feelings in the mouths of Christians like the Kliens who are at real risk of losing everything because of the militant actions of radical homosexuals and lesbians.  Maybe, Mr. Brown, Christian business owners who are being fined out of existence and are losing their livelihoods, unable to pay their mortgage and car payments, might not feel so forgiving and loving toward their enemies.  Should your words make them feel guilty?  Are they somehow less of a Christian for wanting justice done, to see these enemies of all things righteous and holy and decent punished for their actions?  What, Mr. Brown, do you think of these saints in the Book of Revelation who appeared to be a bit impatient with the Lord Jesus Christ for what they perceived was His slowness to bring them their justice over their enemies?

“They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”  Revelation 6:10

Of course, Christians who espouse this perverse form of love toward the ungodly have grown up in America where, for many of us, our closest interaction with tough living was agonizing over what flavor of ice cream we were going to have after dinner.  It is easy to spout meaningless platitudes towards others when persecution is measured by the degree of mean looks people give us when we hand them a gospel tract or invite them to church.

The truth is that this “love gospel” is part of the false gospel that has effectively brainwashed generations of Christians and caused most of us to be nothing more than neutered, chocolate soldiers in this battle for souls and against evil.  It certainly is not a part of New Testament Christianity.

For example, what do you think Jesus meant when He told the parable of the ten minas, found in Luke 19:11-27, and uttered this decidedly “unloving” statement?:

“But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’” (verse 27)

Part of the problem with American Evangelicalism is our cherry picking of particular Scriptures without giving due diligence to the others which speak on the same subject, often giving needed balance and clarity.  I confess I often cherry pick myself, to my shame.  We are all guilty of the same offense, and wise is the individal who recognizes their weakness in this area and strives for balance and a well rounded understanding of truth.

In the above mentioned passage of Scripture, Jesus clearly—at least in my mind—is giving us insight on how His Heavenly Father will treat His enemies…His Father’s enemies.  And nothing is found here that anywhere comes close to the perverse “love bombing” of our enemies as glorified by American Christians.

Yes, Jesus did teach that we should love and pray for our enemies; I understand and accept this as a marvelous display of genuine graciousness, mercy and forgiveness.  But we err if we fail to also consider the other myriad of verses that seem to teach the exact opposite, like this one just mentioned.

How to we reconcile such apparent contradictions?  This will have to wait for another post, but suffice to say, to not consider the other passages of Scripture that points to what seems to be the exact opposite of “love your enemies” is to plunge oneself into some dangerous, irrational and illogical belief systems.

Consider, for example, Revelation 2:1-7, commonly known as the “letter to the church at Ephesus.”  Without going into great detail, I will point out—cherry pick—two specific passages:  verse two and verse six:

“I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false…” (NASB)

“Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.” (NASB)

Notice in these verses the decidedly negative approach to the views of the enemies of the church at Ephesus that these believers held:  verse two reveals that the Ephesians could not “tolerate evil men.”  Not tolerate evil men?  But I thought American Evangelicilism was all about “tolerating evil men,” no?  Is is possible that Jesus had it all wrong here?

And it gets even worse, for verse six tells us that these Ephesian Christians actually hated the deeds of the Nicolaitans.  And lo and behold, even Jesus Himself hated these same deeds.  That’s a strong word, hate, isn’t it?  Such a word and emotion is hardly viewed today as a Christian virture, particularly among those members identifying themselves as modern day Evangelical Christians.

And when do we ever hear or read of such hate that Christians have for the deeds of the wicked?  Hardly ever or anywhere.  Certainly not from the average pulpit, nor in the typical Christian pop song.

And how intolerant those Ephesian Christians were!  And surprisingly, Jesus heartily commended them for their intolerance.  Obviously, Jesus would not be a popular speaker on any university or college campus today, especially those that receive federal funds.

America down the rabbit hole

For anyone still under the delusion that there is any hope for America, the continued unfolding of the freak show with Bruce Jenner should quench that fantasy.

By now, this infamous and grotesque Vanity Fair cover has been unfortunately seen by countless millions around the globe:

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Matt Barber, one of the few writers who has an uncanny ability to correctly view things in their proper perspectives, has written an excellent article on this sad and perverse story, appropriately title, “One screwed up Jenner-ation.”  It should be required reading in every public school system that teaches students about so-called “LGBTQ” rights and issues.

I tired years ago of talking heads or pundits that claimed—and still claim— that “America is at a tipping point” or “the only hope for America is a revival.”  Even well-meaning Christians, who should know better, should be able to correctly discern the signs of the times and understand that no such revival will happen to prevent the complete and utter destruction of this wicked nation.

The die has been cast and we will surely reap what we have sown.  We reached the proverbial “tipping point” decades ago and corporately decided that we were not interested in conducting the affairs of this nation on God’s standards and chose to run it on our own.  Bruce Jenner is simply the mathematical fruit of that fateful decision and we will only be subjected to more of the same perverse nightmares that the willing media is only too happy to report on.

The senses of any moral-minded man or woman is repulsed by this sickening photo spread of a demon-possessed and mentally insane individual who actually believes he is a woman trapped in a man’s body.  And that a major magazine would chose to print such filth is simply another sign of the ever deepening moral rot that this country is joyfully embracing and stewing in.

Though I almost whole heartedly agree with Matt Barber’s excellent article, there is one sentence I take issue with him on:

“Bruce Jenner is worthy of pity and prayer, not adulation.”

I agree with the last half of this sentence, that Jenner is not worthy of adulation, but it is the first half I stand opposed to, that he is “worthy of pity and prayer.”

The fact is that Jenner and all who are like him—individuals, corporations, businesses, non-profit organizations, etc.,—who go to the great lengths and expense that he has to parade his perversion in the public eye, are not worthy of pity and prayer, in much the same way that the Nazi propaganda machine that sought to brainwash the German people into accepting and defending National Socialism was not worthy of anyone’s pity or prayers.

Jenner and his allies are enemies of the moral minded people of America and they are intent on destroying the very fabric and root of this nation, to dismantle Christianity piece by piece and replace our Judea/Christian heritage  with a pagan and demonic worldview that will enslave all of us and strip us of our rights, freedoms and liberty.

We don’t pity these people.  We go to war against them, because if we don’t, and I fear we have already lost the war, they will destroy us, our children, and our future.  And when they conquer us, take my word they will neither pity nor pray for us but will laugh and spit in our faces for our stupidity and foolishness for allowing them to subjugate us without a fight.

Jesus said it best in Luke 17:1-2:

“He said to His disciples, “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come, but woe to him through whom they come! 2“It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble.…”

Do you believe that Jesus wanted us to have pity and pray for those who cause stumbling to His little ones?  Yes, I’m sure some of my readers will quote Matthew 5:43-44; I could not argue with you.  But I have learned something from making the Bible an object of life-long study and contemplation:  all of us cherry pick from this wonderful book and take from it what we want, finding in its magnificent pages justification for our own beliefs.

But I have learned we must “take the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27).  And part of doing this is take verses such as this one into consideration:

“But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence.”  Luke 19:27

(Please take note that I am not suggesting that we kill our enemies; I am simply including this verse to prove a point, not justify a violent course of action.)

Few Americans, very few, understand what is happening in this country.  Fewer still have grasped the significance of the times in which we live and the reality that this country will never turn back to our Christian roots.  On the contrary, the majority of people are walking around wearing blindfolds and rose-colored glasses, naively believing that we are going through some temporary speedbumps and will eventually return to morality and godliness.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.  Believing such has been one of the greatest impediments to embarking on a strategy for real change, and that small window of time that perhaps could have been used to steer America back on track has been long lost.

May the Lord have mercy on America.  We need it now and will soon need it even more.