Thursday, August 8, 2013
Don't forget to pray for Brett Coronado and Mark Mackey as they face the potential for jail time in California.
See: Christian Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for PreachingPreachers Cannot Preach to Captive Audience
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
In California, as in many other places, people go to the DMV as early as possible to apply for or renew their driver’s license. Recognizing this as a great opportunity to share their faith, the preachers showed up and started reading from the Bible.
A California patrol officer by the name of Darrin Meyer grabbed one of the preacher’s Bible and placed the preacher in handcuffs. The officer said that they could not “preach to a captive audience.” I could never imagine that in the United States the government could arrest preachers for preaching. Then again, I did have my suspicions. Obviously, they can in California.
The preachers were arrested for impeding an open business. By the way, at the time of the arrest, the DMV was closed. The law that is being applied to the preachers states: “Any person who intentionally interferes with any lawful business carried on by the employees of a public agency open to the public, by obstructing or intimidating those attempting to carry on business, or those persons there to transact business with the public agency . . . is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for up to 90 days, or by a fine of up to four hundred dollars ($400), or by both that imprisonment and fine.”
An attorney for the State of California claims that reading the Bible and preaching creates “an intimidating situation for people who simply want to get their driver’s licenses renewed… He does not have the right to intimidate others and force them to listen, and impede their ability to do normal daily business activities, such as go to the DMV.”
Nice job California. I thought we would have to wait 10-15 years before this kind of persecution would occur in the United States. Make no mistake about it. Persecution is here. Prayers for Brett Coronado and Mark Mackey as they face the potential for jail time in California.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I enjoy science fiction. I am a big fan of Star Trek and Doctor Who, as well as many others. Many Star Trek fans are familiar with the Enterprise traveling to strange new worlds and that Gene Roddenberry created a future in which humans on earth eliminated war, money etc.
In Thy Kingdom Fall, Austin Dragon presents us with a different future for the end of the 21st Century. Although the Americans in this future enjoy the comforts of many technological advances - smart cars, smart houses, smart cities - this future is far from perfect. Certainly, this was not the vision of Madison and Jefferson. While crime has been significantly reduced, Americans have grown used to surveillance drones hovering over their cities.
Dragon masterfully looks at recent history and current trends to create this futuristic setting. Thus, America in the late 21st Century is completely secular, with the population proudly referring to themselves as "Pagans." In the future, the people of faith are the minority with the Pagans derisively referring to them as "Jew-Christians".
The book combines a murder mystery with political intrigue. A major conflict in the book focuses on the tension between the people of faith and the government. This tension presents challenging questions. How should a Christian respond when the government outlaws your Bibles? Should Christians live in separate communities or enclaves when the government is hostile toward you because of your faith? Should Christians launch surveillance and snatch missions that would make Mossad envious?
Austin Dragon has written an excellent book in Thy Kingdom Fall and I look forward to the release of the second book in the series as America moves closer to World War Three.
More Here: COULD A CHRISTIAN BAKER WHO REFUSED TO MAKE WEDDING CAKE FOR A GAY COUPLE REALLY GO TO JAIL?
Friday, July 5, 2013
I see nothing good coming from this program. A pastor living with his "baby mama." Am I the only one seeing something wrong with this picture. Preacher comparing himself to P Diddy and Jay Z. We are not expecting perfection, but these "ministers" have to walk to a higher standard. More later.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
For the story see: Valedictorian Rips Up Approved Speech on Stage, Recites Lord's Prayer
See video here: Valedictorian Speech/Prayer
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
So, the military is not persecuting Baptists. Now it is my understanding that Southern Baptists are among other things are known for being serious about the Great Commission. See Matthew 28:18-19 and Mark 16:15-18. Yet, two stories concerning the Pentagon appear to be hostile towards Christians who embrace the Great Commission.
“King Darius, live forever! All the commissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the high officials and the governors have consulted together that the king should establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall be cast into the lions’ den. Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document so that it may not be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked.” Therefore King Darius signed the document, that is, the injunction.
The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: "Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense. ... Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis."
The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Recently, we have been seeing troubling news from the military. For instance, last week I posted about the Lieutenant Colonel labeling certain Christian ministries as hate groups. See: Army LTC E-Mail. The week before that, a briefing slide for Army reservists included evangelicals and Catholics on a list of extremists, right next to Al Qaeda and the Klan. I would hope these are isolated incidents. Unfortunately, we received more negative news concerning the military and Christianity. Today, I just read a report in which a military officer was prevented from viewing the Southern Baptist Convention's website because it allegedly contained "hostile content." See: US Army Labels Southern Baptist Convention 'Hostile.' The Southern Baptists are known for having a very high view of scripture. In most towns, you couldn't throw a rock in a parking lot without hitting a Baptist. The Southern Baptist Convention remains the largest protestant denomination in the U.S. I truly do not believe that this is the official position of the military. Indeed, I thought the Baptists had another 3-5 years before they would receive the "hostile" label. Not sure which way things are going. To my Christian brothers and sisters, all is not lost. The Army still has good men in leadership who have a respect for and live by Christian values, e.g., the next Superintendent of West Point, LTG Robert Caslen. Along with LTG Caslen, you cannot overlook General Vincent Brooks, who was a prominent spokesperson for the military during the early stages of the Iraq War.
Edit: I certainly am not an alarmist. Nor do I believe the Army is anti-Christian. I do believe, however, that a time is approaching where Bible believing Christians will be marginalized, if not persecuted. This recent report indicates that time is coming sooner than anticipated.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Quick edit: The termination decision followed an incident in which Walter Tutka quoted the Bible saying, "So the last will be first, and the first will be last" to a student who was last in line to leave the classroom. The student reportedly inquired about the origin of the statement numerous times before Tutka produced his personal copy of the New Testament to show the student.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
A U.S. Army officer sent an email to dozens of subordinates listing the American Family Association and Family Research Council as "domestic hate groups" because they oppose homosexuality -- and warned officers to monitor soldiers who might be supporters of the groups.
“Just want to ensure everyone is somewhat educated on some of the groups out there that do not share our Army Values,” read an email from LTC Jack Rich to three dozen subordinates at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. “When we see behaviors that are inconsistent with Army Values, don’t just walk by – do the right thing and address the concern before it becomes a problem.”
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told Fox News he was disturbed by the contents of the email.
The 14-page email documented groups the military considers to be anti-gay, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim. Among the other groups mentioned are Neo-Nazis, Racist Skinheads, White Nationalists and the Ku Klux Klan.
“The religious right in America has employed a variety of strategies in its efforts to beat back the increasingly confident gay rights movement,” the officer wrote. “One of those has been defamation.”
The officer accused the “Christian Right” of “engaging in the crudest type of name-calling, describing LGBT people as ‘perverts” with ‘filthy habits’ who seek to snatch the children of straight parents and ‘convert’ them to gay sex,” he wrote.
See: Army Officer's Email Labels Christian Ministries as Domestic Hate Groups
See related: DOD Briefing Classifies Catholics and Evangelical Protestants as "Extremist Groups"
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Two days after nuclear talks with world leaders yielded little progress, Iran announced it has opened a new uranium-processing site to mark "National Nuclear Day."
The country opened a uranium-processing facility as well as a uranium mine in the central province of Yazd, state-run TV reported Tuesday.
Iran's enrichment of uranium has been one of the most contentious issues in nuclear talks between Iran and the so-called P5+1 countries -- the United States, France, Britain, China, Russia and Germany.
A powerful earthquake struck close to Iran's only nuclear power station on Tuesday, killing 37 people and injuring 850 as it destroyed homes and devastated two small villages, Iranian media reported.
The 6.3 magnitude quake totally destroyed one village, a Red Crescent official told the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA), but the nearby Bushehr nuclear plant was undamaged, according to Iranian officials and the Russian company that built it.
Defense Department classifies Catholics and Evangelical Protestants as “extremist groups”
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
For the record, I am in no way endorsing what the suggestions of these scholars. In other words, I am happy with the current Bible and have no desire to join these men in adding more books.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Locusts have swarmed Egypt, leaving devastation across the country. According to reports, some 30 million individual locusts have invaded the area and taken over the country's farms, causing increased fears of starvation and economic destruction.
Against our predictions, a swarm of locusts has reached the region south of Cairo and is causing great damage to agriculture in the Giza area. Egyptian armed forces and; the border guards are attempting to fight the swarm with the means at their disposal
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matt. 14:31
We are like Peter because we gave great potential to display very little faith.
Still, by walking on water Peter did what few of us will ever accomplish.
Although we struggle and at times will doubt, the Lord is there. Do you feel like your sinking? Are you over your head? He will reach ou and catch you.
He promises to be with us even if we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Indeed, he promises to be with us until the end of this age.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Fear is a spirit; therefore, you must speak to it. God is love and He is spirit. Love is stronger than fear. Perfect love casts out fear. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)If you are afraid of someone, ask G-d to give you His love for them. You can bind fear in the name of Yeshua, and cast it away from you.To read the post in its entirety, go here: Healing From Fear and Shame.
Friday, January 4, 2013
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self‑seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8Love never fails.