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Happy Independence Day to Israel from a Reformed Baptist

Posted on April 29, 2009. Filed under: News of the Day |

Today is  the day that Israel celebrates their National Independence as back in 1948 they signed their Declaration of Independence led by David Ben Gurion. Congratulations to Israel, may you always be courageous, strong and free. May those who seek to oppress you and destroy you be resisted and shamefully fail. May the USA always be your closest friend and partner. May the God of the Bible watch over you and bring about a revival so that you would come to your Messiah, Jesus Christ.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yom_Ha’atzmaut

One of my early childhood memories is of the Six Day War in 1967. Later, as an adult I read about the war and as a military officer, deeply appreciated the skill and valor with which it was conducted.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six-Day_War

Then there was the 1972 Munich Olympics attack on the Israeli athletes and the following 1973 Yom Kippur War. President Nixon’s finest hour was in giving the Israelis much deserved help, and even though they had been surprised, they turned the tables on the Egyptians and Syrians and won that war. I was in Jr High School when that happened and formed the opinion then that Jews make excellent soldiers and Arabs…not so much. That opinion has not changed in the ensuing 36 years and who knows how many wars.

Growing up Baptist and being a Bible believing Christian (the two are not synonymous) I have always believed the Bible stories about the ancient Jews and Israel and just naturally had a love for Israel and Jews. The whole antisemitism thing eludes me, it makes no sense. The Jews have been a very peace loving, productive and educated people since…forever. As a child I read a lot of WW2 history and saw pictures of the concentration camps. My father was a Soldier in the American Army in Germany in the War and saw with his own eyes a death camp. It was wise of General Eisenhower to order as many Americans as possible to view the camps to understand what we were fighting for.

In these perilous days, the West must wake up and realize that Islam is spreading aggressively and brings only oppression and poverty, spiritual enslavement and evil. Israel is surrounded by those who hate her for no reason. It is our joy and duty to stand with her.

None of this means that I support the Jewish religion. While I can deeply respect the Jewish faith (as opposed to Islam which i hold in utter contempt) and consider the Jews my spiritual cousins and forefathers, I do believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah and is the Son of God. I believe that salvation can only come through God’s grace through faith in Jesus, the crucified, resurrected Lord of lords and King of kings. Therefore, all who do not repent of sin and trust in Christ die and go to hell. I know that offends a lot of people, but hey, you better worry about offending a holy God. And besides, God’s offer of salvation is to all men everywhere and he commands all to repent and believe. I still respect the Jewish religion. How is that possible?

The American system is built upon the Judeo-Christian world view. We Christians need to understand that our New Testament Faith is strongly rooted in what we call the Old Testament, otherwise known as the Jewish Bible, the Torah, the Law and the Writings, the Scriptures. Guess what? The Old Testament is the Word of God and has not changed. Like the Jews I love the Law and Moses, King David, Father Abraham, Isaiah and the other prophets. Jesus was Jewish. All the apostles were Jews. I look forward to a day of revival when the Lord gives an abundance of his sovereign grace to Jews and many millions come to Christ. Until then, I still consider them my cousins and friends. I will stand with them against the forces of darkness.

Name the two most hated countries in the world? America and Israel. We must stand together.

In my Sunday School class last Sunday (we are going through Genesis verse by verse for the last two years and are just now in ch.12) we saw Gen. 12:1-3

12:1 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Notice verse 3 “I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” This blessing by God upon Abram was certainly fulfilled in Abram’s life with the many blessings he experienced. Yet some of it was not experienced by Abram. He remained a sojourner and the only land he owned was the cave he bought as a grave. Eventually his descendants received the land, lost the land, received it back, lost it again, and then, in 1948 received it back again. That is no accident of history. God did that. And clearly the blessing to all families of the earth is fulfilled only in Jesus Christ.

But that part about God’s blessing those who bless Abram and cursing those who curse him…I think that is still in effect today. Germany tried to exterminate the Jews and God used the US of A to rain down death and destruction upon them. They have fought outnumbered in many wars and have won all of them. This verse, Gen.12:1-3, is one major reason I think America ought to always support Israel.

And Obamasky is changing that. POTUS is bowing to Arab muslim kings, making nice with all the muslims everywhere and will likely try to sell out Israel. America beware.

Now, a word to those who might think my comments about Islam or muslims is across the line. I do not care one bit about a person’s race or skin color. Culture, religion, thoughts and heart motives I do care about. People will try to say all religions are the same, just different roads up the same mountain. That is non-thinking condescending garbage. Religious ideas have consequences in behavior and culture and eternal destiny. There is nothing good when I look at Islam and muslim culture. If an Arab, Iranian, Indonesian repents of islam and becomes a Christian, great! I want that. I do not care if he is Arab or whatever or if he is white, black, olive or brown.

I do not see much good in American secular atheists either, for that matter. Especially if they are demoncrats and libtards. Ideas have consequences and I have about as much use for a white American socialist as I do for a muslim islamofascist from Yemen. Nor am I real tolerant for white, redneck, racist bubbas who hate fellow Americans because they are black. Racist bubbas like that need to repent and follow Jesus.

Now, all that being said, as long as the muslims in America and the libtard socialists are reasonably peaceful and law abiding I can cooperate and respect them as individuals and even like them. I have had muslim friends and libtard friends, gay friends and atheist friends. Friendship, respect and cooperation are called for. But don’t ask me to agree with or respect their wrongheaded ideas and religions.

The bottom line for me is that everyone should get respect, and be treated decently, and loved in the Christian sense. But when it comes to ideas- warfare baby! I will try to convert you by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. And if you are Catholic I will try to convert you to being a Baptist.

Oh, and I expect the same from you. If you are muslim, Catholic, Buddhist or atheist, I will listen to you respectfully as you try to convert me. But give me my turn. We can argue back and forth in a civil manner.

Back to Israel (boy was that a rant). Happy Independence Day. Keep your powder dry and your head held high. Your race has been a blessing to the whole world and this is one gentile who loves you and wishes you the very best!

And blessings upon your new PM Benjamin Netanyahu!

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Freedom of Speech: TEXT OF GEERT WILDERS SPEECH

Posted on April 27, 2009. Filed under: Islam, Political Issues |

Rarely do I ever lift something in its entirety from another website; I almost always just give the link and maybe a brief summary. But today I am going to print something from Pamela Geller’s site, AtlasShrugs, but you should really go to her site to read it there:

atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/04/freedom-of-speech-text-of-geert-wilders-speech.html

And here are her pics from the conference and the videos of the speeches:

atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/04/free-speech-summit-wilders-.html

This is a transcript from a speech the Dutch politician Geert Wilders gave in Florida recently. This needs to be required reading for every American. I have been following Wilders’ career for a couple of years now and it is fascinating. He is so HATED by the establishment in Europe that he has actually been banned from several countries. Why? He speaks the truth about Islam. Here is the speech:

GEERT WILDERS FREEDOM OF SPEECH SUMMIT

I wish I had come to a place they call they call   sunshine state with better news but it would be very unwise to deny that the situation indeed is very gloomy, and it might take a while for you to understand the situation that we are in now. Maybe you as Americans still think that Europe is a place with a great culture and a profound way of looking at things. Maybe you see immigration as something that is inherently good for our country as it contributed so much for the United States, and I understand that. But Ladies and Gentleman the Europe as you know it from visiting Europe or from stories from your parents or friends or whoever, is on the verge of collapsing.

We are now witnessing profound changes that will forever alter Europe’s destiny and might send the Continent in what Ronald Reagan once called: “A thousand years of darknes

And the takeover of Europe, that is currently taking place, is part of a global fight, a global fight of Islam for World domination.

Let me tell you first, that Islam is not a religion. Islam is a totalitarian political ideology. Islam hearts lies at the Koran and the Koran is a book that calls for hatred, that calls for violence, for murder, for terrorism, for war and submission.

The Koran calls upon Muslims to kill Kuffars, non-Muslims. The Koran describes Jews as monkeys and pigs, and Churchill, and I agree with him, Churchill compared the Koran, the book in the 50’s, to Adolf Hitlers book Mein Kampf.

Ladies and Gentleman the core of the problem with Islam is twofold, First, the commands of the Koran are not limited by place or time, they apply for all time, to all Muslims of the World.

Second, the Koran is Allah’s personal words that leaves no room for interpretation, therefore, there is not such a thing as a moderate Islam. Of course, there are many moderate Muslims, but a moderate Islam does not exist.

As the Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Erdoğan once rightfully said, he said: “There is no moderate Islam, Islam is Islam”

Apart from the Koran, the life of the Prophet Mohammed is very important for you to understand, in order to understand this terrible ideology. Mohammed plays the crucial part in this Islamic totalitarian ideology. Mohammed in fact is the role model for all Muslims in the World but, who was Mohammed? Mohammed, in fact was a paedophile, was a conqueror, was a Warlord and in establishing Islam he preached violence and the slaughter of non-Muslims.

He took part in 78 battles and slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayzah and Mohammed once said and I quote: “I have been ordered by Allah to fight against people until they testify that there is no God but Allah and that Mohammed is his messenger”

And, indeed, Mohammed’s behaviour inspired Iran’s former leader the Ayatollah Khomeini to say and I quote: “The purest joy in Islam is to kill and be killed for Allah”

And Mohammed’s behaviour and the Koran inspired Jihadists all over the World to slaughter innocent people like they did in Washington, in New York, in Madrid, in London and in Mumbai.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Islam has always intended to conquer Europe and it has done so for centuries.

The Christian city of Constantinople fell in the 15 century and now in the 21st century. Islam is trying again, but this time, not with Armies, but through the application of AlHaya the Islamic doctrine of migration. As expounded so masterfully by my good friend Sam Solomon in his (book ?????) The doctrine that is based on the example of Mohammed who himself migrated from Mecca to Medina.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi said and he unfortunately is correct, and I quote: “We have 50 million Muslims in Europe and there are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe, without swords, without guns, without conquest. The 50 million Muslims of Europe will turn Europe into a muslim contininent within a few decades” Ladies and Gentlemen, unfortunately Gaddafi is right.

The AlHaya doctrine is and has been very successful in Europe for the first time in World history there are dozens of millions of Muslims living far outside the dark area of Islam, the Islamic World, and that poses enormous problems to the West.

Ladies and Gentlemen AlHaya may be the end of the western civilisation as we know it, for Islam is not coming to our societies to integrate or to assimilate but wants to dominate, and wants to submit us all, and the most dramatic situation is the one in Europe today.

My country is in the process of becoming Hollandistan as Europe is becoming in the process of becoming Eurabia. Only 12% of the German Muslims see themselves more German than Muslims, and churches throughout Europe are emptying out whereas Mosques are shooting up like mushrooms. Many evil phenomena such as Burqas, honour killings, female genitalia mutilations are becoming more and more prevalent.. Sharia testaments, Sharia mortgages, Sharia schools, Sharia banks, Sharia courts and even sharia Barbie dolls – Europe has them all today.

And I have not even mentioned the fact that for instance 70% of all crimes in the European city like Copenhagen are committed by Muslims. Indeed, we let in the Trojan Horse and the free World is now facing a Stealh Jihad, the Islamic attempt to introduce Sharia Law, bit by bit (or hit by hit?).

Allow me to give you a few examples also of the Islamisation here in the United States:-
Muslim taxi drivers in Minneapolis have refused over 5,000 passengers because they were carrying alcohol. Muslim students are demanding separate campus housing. Muslim women are demanding separate hours and gyms, and swimming pools. Schools are already banning Halloween and Christmas celebrations. Indeed, schools are taking pork off their cafeteria menus to avoid Muslim students.

Ladies and Gentlemen, be aware that this is only the beginning. If things continue like this, you will have the same problems that we are facing in Europe today. And if we do not stop the process of Islamization, I am sure we will lose everything, we will lose our identity, we will lose our culture, we will lose our Democratic Constitutions, we will lose our freedom, we will lose our Civilization.

In Europe we are already losing the fight for freedom of speech. We are losing the fight to criticize Islam and I think that criticizing religions and ideologies, always, always ought to be possible in a free World. Human rights exists for the protection of individuals, not religions and certainly not ideologies. so I propose that all the hate speech laws in Europe are to be repealed.

Europe ought to defend the freedom of speech.

In fact Europe should adopt a US model like the First Amendment. The difference between United States and Europe and the area of free speech is for instance shown by the example of my short film Fitna.

A few months ago, I was invited to show Fitna in the Senate, in your democratic Senate, by Senator Jon Kyl and in contrast to that the screening of my film Fitna was banned twice in the terrible European Parliament, and let us see to which the Freedom of Speech is exercized not only in Washington DC but also in Brussels and Strasbourg, and that is why we do need a European First Amendment.

Ladies and Gentlemen, there is one country in our Western Civilization that has been forced to fight the forces of Jihad for its values since the very day of its existence: Isral the Canary in the Coal Mine. Let me say a few words about that wonderful country.

I had the privilege myself to live in Israel for a few years and since then I have visited that country many many times.. Why? Because I love it, I do love Israel.

However, in Europe, being Pro-American, being Pro-Israel makes you an endangered species. Israel is a Beacon of Light in an area, the Middle East, that is pitch black everywhere else.

Israel is a Western Democracy, whilst Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and all the other countries in the region are medieval dictatorships. And the so -called Middle East conflict, as you all know it, is not about land at all. It’s a conflict about, once again, about ideologies. It’s a conflict and a battle between Islam and Freedom. It’s not about some land in Gaza or Judea or Samaria, it’s about Jihad.

To Islam the whole of Israel is occupied terroritory. They see Tel Aviv and Haifa as settlements as well, and I am very much in favour of a two state settlement solution but then the two state solution from Winston Churchill in 1921, when Palestine was partitioned into a Jewish and an Arab part, Arab Palestine, Ladies and Gentlemen, is now called Jordan and I think that Jordan is the Palestinian State.

Islam forces Israel to fight. Israel is not just fighting for itself, Israel is fighting for all of us, for the entire West, just like those brave American soldiers who landed in Sicily in 1943 and stormed the Normandy beaches in 1944.

Young Israeli men today, young Israeli Women today, are fighting for our freedom, are fighting for our civilization, and like Bosnia, like Kosovo, like Nigeria, like Sudan, like the Caucasus, like Kashmir, like Southern Thailand, like Western China and the South of the Phillipines, Israel is situated exactly on the dividing line between da Islam(sp?), the Islamic World and da al(?) the non-Islamic World. It is no coincidence that it is precisely this dividing line, where blood is flowing and war is raging in many many areas.

And, we have to get rid of that politically correct fallacy that it is all about separate conflicts, it’s not. Let us please allow ourselves at least to see the big picture, which is, that all those conflicts, have to do with Jihad, Jihad in the spirit of Mohammed. Ladies and Gentlemen, Europe ought to fully back Israel to the hilt and (???help) us fight against those that threaten it, whether it’s Hezbollah, whether it’s Hamas, or Nuclear Iran. Also, because of it’s history, Europe has certainly the moral duty and obligation to prevent at all cost, another Holocaust against the Jewish people.

Ladies and Gentlemen, still Islam is not our No. 1 problem, our No. 1 problem is called ‘Cultural Relativism’, the Elites that rule our countries have converted us to this sick philosophy a long time ago. Government leaders, Judges, even Churches, Trade Unions, Universitities, the Media, all of them are blinded by political correctness and have chosen the side of Islam. They feel sorry for Muslims and pity them. ‘Cultural Relativism’ is weakening the West day by day. As a result of this ‘Cultural Relativism’ a little bit of the Free West dies everyday. Many Politicians, seem to believe, unfortunately, that their job is not to defend democracy but to help to make the transition to Sharia as smooth as possible.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am often asked whether I have any answers to all the problems that I mention or what those answers might be. Well, let me tell you, I certainly have a lot of answers. Here are a few things that I believe we should do in the West, to stop the Islamization.

First, I have already said it, we have to stop the idea of ‘Cultural Relativism’. Get rid of the misconception that all cultures are equal. They are not. Our culture based on Christianity, on Judeaism and Humanism is far better than the Islamic culture. So we should stop it.

We should also stop pretending that Islam is a religion, sure, it has religious symbols, but it’s not a religion. It is a totaltarian ideology and the right to religious freedom should not apply to Islam.

We should stop the mass immigration from Muslim countries. We have to stop it, today. No more immigrants from Muslim countries. We have to stop the AlHaya (sp??).

We have to encourage the voluntary repatriation. We have to expel criminals. We have to expel criminals with dual nationality even if we have to de-naturalize them and send them back to their homelands. I think we need a European First Amendment to strengthen our freedom of speech.

I think we have to have a contract, in any Western Country, a contract, a binding contract signed by everybody there, of Assimiluation. We need a Pledge of Allegiance in all Western countries for people to adhere to our values as well.

We have to stop the building of new Mosques. We have to close the Mosques where incitement of violence is taking place.

We have to close down Islamic schools, for they are fascist institutions, where young people are brought up with an ideology of violence. And, last but not least, we have to get rid of the weak leaders that we have.

We have the privilege, until today, to live in a democracy, and let us use that privilege in order to exchange our own values.

We need indeed, in our Western World today, we need more leaders, we need more Churchill’s and we need less Chamberlain’s. We need strong leaders like we have here today, like Alan West and Adam Hasner, we need strong men like that.

Ladies and Gentlemen, in short, we have to go on the offensive, my message of this evening is that we have to go on the offensive. We have to start fighting back, there is no alternative other than fighting back. We must no longer allow ourselves to remain seated in our armchairs and get trampled over. If they bombard us with Sharia Law as they do, then we shall bombard them back with our Human Rights and our Freedom of Speech. if they bombard us with all their court cases we will bombard them back with all our court cases, against them. We have to fight back and show them indeed millions, millions of people…..

(GEERT WILDERS III)

I assure you that I will continue my struggle for Freedom, and indeed a struggle it is.

After Fitna had been screened for the first time last year, there were threats. Don’t ever dare to criticize Islam publicly, you will get threats of Economical Boycotts, your flag, like the dutch flag will be burnt all over the World You will be prosecuted, like I am to be prosecuted in my own home country, and also in France and Jordan, I face prosecution.

I have been barred from entering the United Kingdom, Lord Malcolm Pearson just spoke about it, but also barred from going to Indonesia.

The most radical Imam in the Netherlands is threatening to sue me and demanding a compensation, and a Parliamentary Bill, even today in the Netherlands in my own country, is currently being drafted with the aim ofprotecting Islam from criticism, and on top of all this, because of my view of Islam anybody else who dares to stand up and criticize islam, Al Qaeda is there determined to kill me, and others who speak out against Islam.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I told you I was going to be blunt, I was going to be tough, but there is no alternative for this. In spite all this bad news, fortunately there is also some good news I can share with you and there is no doubt in my mind that at the end of the day, even though it is five minutes to twelve, Freedom will prevail. There are already some hopeful signs.

For instance, last week, in my own Parliament in the Dutch Parliament, they accepted a motion, a resolution, proposed by my own Party, seeking to block any dialogue between Government Officials and Hamas. And, according to the most recent opinion polls, already for months now, if elections were to be held in the Netherlands today, my own Party, the Freedom Party, will be the largest Party in the Netherlands. So you might be looking at the next Prime Minister of the Netherlands. So, I ask you, if it can be done in the Netherlands, why not throughout the whole Western World.

If the Netherlands were the first country to end up the Multi-Culturarist Swamp why can’t it be the first Country to find a way out. Why are there not other countries where people stand up and win the elections and make some changes.

Finally, Ladies and Gentlemen, of course, we in Europe, we in the Netherlands, I myself, have not forgotten to whom we owe our Liberties. Our Liberties were bitterly fought for by American Soldiers. American soldiers fought, bled, and died for the European freedom. American soldiers did not die for an Islamized Europe, they died for a free Europe. We owe, we owe something to those brave men, those brave American men, their legacy can not be squandered and cannot be given away. The third President and his spiritual father of this great Nation, once said and I quote: “The price of Freedom is eternal vigilance” as so often Thomas Jefferson was right.

Our freedom must be safeguarded, and it is, we, ourselves, as we are sitting here, that must do so, that must act. A period of inattention of dropping our guard, for even a short while, might cost us our freedom, just like that. It has happened before in history, please let us not allow it to happen again.

Everything we stand for has to be defended, everything we are, everything we have, with all our might, our identity, our culture, our democracy, our freedom and our civilization is at stake.

We owe it, Ladies and Gentlemen, to our children..

So Ladies and Gentlemen, I leave you with the expression of our determination. We will never give up, we will never give in, we will never never, ever, surrender. Thank You.

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I am calling for a limitation on the “Free exercise” clause of the first amendment. We cannot allow into our country a religion that is this insidious and evil that calls for the total domination of the world by the sword. I am not the intolerant one, Islam is. We should ban Islam until they allow a Baptist Church to freely operate and win converts in Mecca and every muslim/arab city. I will gladly compete in the freemarketplace of ideas with Islam, but it must be a level playing field. We restore full first amendment rights to all muslims here when their homelands grant us first amendment rights there. I do not hate muslims, they just need to repent and believe in Jesus like any of the rest of us sinners.

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Genesis 12:1 “The LORD Said, ‘Go!'”

Posted on April 26, 2009. Filed under: Genesis: Answers to Life's Crucial Questions |

Redeemer Church Sunday School

Genesis Class

Genesis 12:1 “The LORD Said ‘Go’”

Sunday, April 26, 2009

 

Read Genesis 12:1-9

Introduction: We have taken a couple of weeks off from our study in Genesis so this morning I want to not just pick back up where we left off, but look more deeply at the overall structure of the story of Abraham and then we shall look at 12:1-9 paying special attention to verse 1.

 

I want to thank our classmate, Ed Enochs, for teaching last week. That was a very inspirational and motivating class and it was pertinent to our study because Genesis is absolutely one of the books of the Bible that our lost world is attacking with great vigor. We are called upon to make an apology for our faith, that is, to give a reasoned, biblical explanation for our belief in Jesus as the crucified, resurrected Lord. And we don’t just stay on defense, we present the gospel.

 

I have two goals for our class today. First, I want us to have a deeper understanding of how Moses put this story of Abraham together and how it relates to the whole book and even points forward to some other things Moses wrote. I believe that if we dig deeper and see more of the structure Moses included that it makes the text come alive and excites our faith. Secondly, as we look at 12:1 I want us to understand what God was calling Abram to do and then apply it to our lives as we seek to follow Jesus.

 

I.                   Literary Analysis/Context of the Story of Abraham, Gen. 11:27-25:11

A.     The Bigger Picture

1.      This is the 6th toledoth in Genesis and is therefore the central story of the book, having five toledoths before and five after. This is the beginning of the second main section of the book and introduces us to the patriarchs. The story of the descendants of Terah, mainly Abraham, occupies 11:27-25:11. We have already looked at Abraham as a central figure in the OT, over 90 references to him in the NT and he is an important figure in three of the world’s religions.

2.      With the call of Abraham God is beginning the story of Israel from which nation the Messiah will come. The story so far goes like this: God creates the world 1:1-2:3 the prologue of the story; 2:4-4:26 the first toledoth tells of man’s creation, Paradise, sin and Paradise Lost, the spread of sin, the beginning of the godly line of hope and promise in Seth. 5:1 starts the second toledoth and shows the fruit of sin “and he died”. 6:9 begins the story of Noah and the Flood with the third toledoth and we see the wrath of God against sin, yet also the hope for salvation as he gives grace to one man and one family. There is a sort of second creation with Noah and the animals coming off the Ark. The fourth toledoth begins in 10:1 and the various nations develop from the descendants of Noah which culminates in the Tower of Babel story and the dispersal of the nations. With the fifth toledoth in 11:10 we get the line of Shem that narrows things down to Terah and the beginning of the sixth toledoth in 11:27. From the blessing upon Man that God gave in 1:28 to the blessing upon Abraham in 12:2 through whom would come a blessing to all the families of the earth in 12:3 the story moves from forward to fulfill the will of God.

3.      In this story of Abraham we find that his journey of faith begins with a promise from God to bless him and all the families of the earth through him in 12:1-3. In 15 we see that God makes an unchangeable covenant with Abraham where blood sacrifices are involved and his descendants shall be as the stars at night. In 17 the covenant is deepened, Abram is changed into Abraham and Sarai into Sarah. The covenant is sealed with circumcision and is passed on to Abraham’s descendants from generation to generation. Finally, after Abraham’s grand act of faith and obedience in ch.22 God deepens the covenant even more by swearing by himself that Abraham’s descendants will be as numerous as the sand of the seashore or the stars at night and that in Abraham’s offspring, singular, Christ, will all the nations of the earth be blessed.

4.      Abraham is the quintessential hero of faith in the Old Testament. In Heb. 11, the faith hall of fame, each hero gets about 1 verse, Moses gets 6 and Abraham 12. Bruce Waltke, Genesis: a Commentary, by Zondervan: Grand Rapids, 2001, p.194, writes, “Abraham’s story begins with God’s call to venture from the ‘city of man’ and family security to find the city of God. It is a call that every saint hears and that guides God’s people on their pilgrimage to the celestial city.”

 

B.     The Structure and Plot of the Abraham Story

1.      A brief outline of the Abraham narrative would begin with the superscription in 11:27a “Now these are the generations of Terah.” The Introduction follows in 11:27b-32 where the key tension of the whole story is introduced, “Now Sarai was barren”. The main body is 12:1-22:19 but is divided into two sections, 12:1-15 which pertains to the promise of land, and then 16-22 which focuses on the promise of descendants. The Abraham narrative then ends (22:20-25:11) where the story of Isaac will begin.

2.      The main idea is that Abraham’s faith must struggle through leaving his home and family, having a childless wife, the onset of age, famine, hostile people, pagan kings taking his wife, disharmony in the home, an ungrateful nephew, a war, watching the judgment of God, God demanding the sacrifice of the miracle child of promise, and, let’s not forget, Abraham’s own sins which are recorded. In the end, he obeys out of faith. The great doctrine of justification by faith is presented in 15:6. This may be our key verse for this part of Genesis!

3.      The ‘bookends’ of the Abraham narrative are 12:1-3, which show Abram called to leave his home and family, all that is familiar, and go to a land that will be shown to him, someplace he has never been, leave his past, and then in ch.22 he is called to abandon his future by sacrificing his son, Isaac. In both parts of the story, he faces an unknown with great faith in God. In both stories he is called to give up what is dear to him and trust God to provide.

4.      Abraham’s story points us to Christ. God promises a son to Abraham through whom all nations on earth will be blessed. God promised to give his Son through whom people of all nations will come to salvation. Both Isaac and Jesus have miracle births. Just as Abraham offers Isaac as a sacrifice, so God the Father offers his Son as a sacrifice, Isaac as a type and Jesus literally. The sign of the covenant between God and Abraham is circumcision while the sign of our covenant with Christ is baptism.

 

II.                God’s Call 12:1-9

A.     Literary Analysis- Discover what the text says

1.      This passage is part of the larger unit 12:1-15:20 dealing with the Land of Promise. In this text God calls Abram to leave on land or realm and go to another, one that He will show him. When Abram arrives in the land his first act is to set up an altar at Shechem. When he moves on to the hill country between Bethel and Ai, he builds another altar to the LORD, thus claiming the land for God.

2.      This text has 3 parts. (1) God’s call, (2) Abram’s obedience shown in his journey from Haran to the Land, and (3) his travels throughout the land, north to south, and his worship as he travels.

3.      Key words: bless/blessing. Occurs 5 times in vss.1-3 and hearkens back to the previous 5 uses of the word in chapters 1-11. See vss. 1:22,28; 2:3; 5:2; 9:1. The use of bless and curse together in vs.3 also points forward to Deut.28. This sets us up with an overwhelming theme of blessing. God wants to bless us with salvation! Land and see/show/appeared are also key words.

4.      The use of the number 7. Remember how many times we have discussed how Moses uses the number 7 or its multiples in Genesis? Here it is again. There are 7 elements in this blessing of Abram in vss. 2-3. (1) I will make you into a great nation; (2) I will bless you; (3) I will make your name great; (4) you will be a blessing; (5) I will bless those who bless you; (6) whoever dishonors you I will curse; (7) all families on earth will be blessed.

 

B.     Exposition/Theological Analysis- Discover what the text means

1.      Now the LORD said- (Gen. 1:3 “And God said…”) by the same word, “said”, God created the world and he called Abram. God is here and he is not silent. God spoke to the prophets of old, he spoke through his Son, he spoke through the apostles of Jesus, and he speaks to us now through his written Word.

2.      to Abram- God’s call was particular and personal. There were likely a few other godly men around, Melchizedek in Salem, and Job could have been alive at this time. But God sovereignly chose to call Abram for his own purposes and glory.

3.      go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house- God’s call to Abram involved a leaving first of all. The call seems to have come while he was in Ur which is indicated by the use of the past perfect in “The LORD said (had said)”. We just do not know the rest of the story about why Terah led the whole family and why Abram did not leave on his own. The word for “go” or “leave” is a strong word implying that you are to determine to dissociate from your family. Quote Calvin pp.341-2, 344. http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/ipb-e/epl-01/cvgn1-18.txt

 

 

    "Now the Lord had said unto Abram." That an absurd division of these
chapters may not trouble the readers, let them connect this sentence with
the last two verses of the previous chapter. Moses had before said, that
Terah and Abram had departed from their country to dwell in the land of
Canaan. He now explains that they had not been impelled by levity as rash
and fickle men are wont to be; nor had been drawn to other regions by
disgust with their own country, as morose persons frequently are; nor
were fugitives on account of crime; nor were led away by any foolish
hope, or by any allurements, as many are hurried hither and thither by
their own desires; but that Abram had been divinely commanded to go forth
and had not moved a foot but as he was guided by the word of God. They
who explain the passage to mean, that God spoke to Abram after the death
of his father, are easily refuted by the very words of Moses: for if
Abram was already without a country, and was sojourning as a stranger
elsewhere, the command of God would have been superfluous, 'Depart from
thy land, from thy country, and from thy father's house.' The authority
of Stephen is also added, who certainly deserves to be accounted a
suitable interpreter of this passage: now he plainly testifies, that God
appeared to Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in
Charran; he then recites this oracle which we are now explaining; and at
length concludes, that, for this reason, Abraham migrated from Chaldea.
Nor is that to be overlooked which God afterwards repeats, (15: 7,) 'I am
the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees;' for we thence
infer, that the Divine Hand was not for the first time stretched out to
him after he had dwelt in Charran, but while he yet remained at home in
Chaldea. Truly this command of Gods respecting which doubts are foolishly
entertained, ought to be deemed by us sufficient to disprove the contrary
error. For God could not have spoken thus, except to a man who had been,
up to that time, settled in his nest, having his affairs underanged, and
living quietly and tranquilly among his relatives, without any change in
his mode of life; otherwise, the answer would have been readily given 'I
have left my country, I am far removed from my kindred.' In short, Moses
records this oracle, in order that we may know that this long journey was

undertaken by Abram, and his father Terah, at the command of God.

 

'I command thee to go forth with closed eyes, and forbid thee
to inquire whither I am about to lead thee, until, having renounced thy
country, thou shalt have given thyself wholly to me.' And this is the
true proof of our obedience, when we are not wise in our own eyes, but
commit ourselves entirely unto the Lord. Whensoever, therefore, he
requires anything of us, we must not be so solicitous about success, as
to allow fear and anxiety to retard our course. For it is better, with
closed eyes, to follow God as our guide, than, by relying on our own
prudence, to wander through those circuitous paths which it devises for

us.

4.      to the land – land is a key word in this part of Genesis, through ch. 15. This goes back to chapters 1-2 and the creation of the land, the preparation of the land for the man God was going to create. The man was tasked with caring for the Garden, the land.

5.      I will show you- the word “see” is another key word in this part of Genesis and “show” is a form of the same word.  God is a God who shows himself, who reveals himself and reveals his will for us. By faith we can “see” the land to which he has called us.    

                           

 

C.     Application

1.      There are many today who claim that God continues to give revelation through other means than the Word, but I am leery of all those. God is not silent! Hear the Word preached and taught. Read the Word. Study the Word. Memorize the Word, Meditate in the Word.

2.      God still calls individuals today. Just as Jesus called his disciples one by one, he calls people to repentance and faith today.

3.      The first part of the Gospel is Repent- if we are going to follow Christ we must first lay aside our fishing nets, leave or tax collector booth and repent of sin. In our day many people want to add Jesus to their lives, not many want to give up their lives to follow Him wherever he leads. To follow Jesus will always be costly, even though his grace is free. We do not earn salvation by leaving, we leave because he has called us. Repentance is a fruit of being born again and is a grace gift that is the twin of faith, belief. God calls us, the Holy Spirit gives us a new heart, and then he graces us with the gifts of repentance and faith. We leave and then we cleave; we lay aside our sin and we take up the cross.

4.      The land is still important today. I do not believe in a separate way of salvation for the Jews, they must repent and believe in Jesus. But the Jews are in a unique way, God’s chosen people, and he is not done with the Jews nor the land. I am convinced that those who bless and defend the Jews will also be blessed. Here is where politics touches on theology. I think it would be disastrous for America to abandon Israel in favor of the children of Ishmael. And it seems that is exactly what this current President is determined to do. God has a purpose for that land from Creation til the coming of the Lord and we should defend Israel’s right to that land. But for the last 30 years or so, we have tried to defend and help various muslim peoples and Arab lands and it has only brought us problems.

5.      If we are spiritually blind we cannot see the work of God. In Matt.13:10-17

 

10 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11 And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:

“‘You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.
15 For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.’

16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17 For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

 

 

 

 

6.      Pray that our eyes would be open so that we might read and understand the Word and see what the Lord is leading us to leave behind and where he is leading us to go.

 

#285 in the Baptist Hymnal, “Wherever He Leads I’ll Go”

“Take up thy cross and follow me” I heard my Master say;

“I gave my life to ransom thee, surrender your all today”.

 

Wherever He leads I’ll go, Wherever he leads I’ll go.

I’ll follow my Christ who loves me so, wherever he leads I’ll go.

 

He drew me closer to his side, I sought his will to know,

And in that will I now abide, Wherever he leads I’ll go.

 

It may be through shadows dim, or o’er the stormy sea,

I take my cross and follow him, Wherever he leadeth me.

 

My heart, my life, my all I bring to Christ who loves me so.

He is my Master, Lord, and King, Wherever he leads I’ll go.

 

Wherever He leads I’ll go, Wherever he leads I’ll go.

I’ll follow my Christ who loves me so, wherever he leads I’ll go.

 

Conclusion: God’s call upon our lives is always a call to leave behind that which is sinful and useless, though we may be clinging to it with false affection and hope. God always calls us to leave and to go to a better place. This world is not our home, and, as our world seems to be crumbling around us, let us all the more fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. Let us have the faith of old Abram!

 

Sources: Waltke, Bruce. Genesis: a commentary. Zondervan: Grand Rapids, 2001.

Calvin, John. Genesis. Banner of Truth Trust: Edinborgh, 1975 (original 1554 Geneva).

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Corporal Brad A. Davis, 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Killed in Action, Baghdad

Posted on April 24, 2009. Filed under: Fallen Heroes, Walker Military Adventures |

Cpl. Brad A. Davis, 82nd Spt BN, 3rd BDE, 82nd ABN (2/505th PIR) 04-22-09 Baghdad, Iraq

Cpl. Brad A. Davis, 82nd Spt BN, 3rd BDE, 82nd ABN (2/505th PIR) 04-22-09 Baghdad, Iraq

Cpl. Brad A. Davis, 21, of Garfield Heights, Ohio, died April 22 near Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds sustained   in an IED explosion. Cpl. Davis was a member of the 82nd Brigade Support Battalion assigned to the Third Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division. This is the third Paratrooper of Third Brigade to die in action since they deployed to Iraq in December of 2008.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_j2kuJcffw

Cpl. Davis was on his second deployment to Iraq and served as a senior truck driver, working with the 2/505th Parachute Infantry Battalion.

The Fayetteville Observer quotes LTC Zeisman, CO of the 2/505th:

“Cpl. Davis was an exceptional junior leader who had the experience and knowledge gained from two combat deployments with the battalion over the last two years…” “He was the model paratrooper every commander strived to have in his unit,” Zeisman said. “Physically fit, mentally tough, and well disciplined. This heartfelt loss will be felt by the entire Task Force ‘2 Panther’ family, both near and far, but his legacy will remain, measured by the high caliber of soldiers he fought beside on a daily basis.”

Cpl. Davis has served in the Army since August, 2006 and was with the 2/505th in Iraq in the 2007 deployment.

He is survived by his father Robert Davis of Strongsville, Ohio and his mother, Theresa K. Davis of Garfield Heights, Ohio and siblings Jennifer, Robert and Becky.

Pray for the family during this difficult time, and pray for LTC Zeismann and the troopers of the 2/505th and the 82nd Support BN and Third BDE.

www.fayobserver.com/article?id=324639

www.defenselink.mil/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=12631

www.mnf-iraq.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=26343&Itemid=128

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The SBC: A Denomination in Decline

Posted on April 24, 2009. Filed under: Contemporary Religion, Theological Issues |

Back in the 1970’s many in the Southern Baptist Convention had grown very concerned about the drift towards liberalism within our Seminaries, Colleges, Pulpits, Agencies and Churches. Many professors and pastors seemed to have given up on the idea of the Bible being the inspired, authoritative, inerrant, infallible Book of books, the Word of God. By the mid 1970’s you could study the demographics and membership of the mainline protestant churches and see the fruit of their theological drift towards the left since the early part of the century and realize their declining attendance was directly related to their liberalism. To the conservatives in the SBC, the writing was on the wall, return to our theological roots or face rapid decline like the other denominations.

Thus was born the conservative resurgence and step by step the conservative faction took back the denomination hierachy and from there, the seminaries, and from there the pulpits and churches. Division happened, various state conventions split, a new, more liberal kind of Baptist denomiation was born. But the SBC grew more healthy, it seemed.

But today, 30+ years later, we get the word that the SBC is in fact declining. Some would say the conservative resurgence has failed. Perhaps some of the liberals are saying, “We told you so!” Here is the story about our decline, by Ed Stetzer:

blogs.lifeway.com/blog/edstetzer/2009/04/a-denomination-in-decline.html

For decades we have faced a declining rate of growth, and worse, our percentage of membership compared with the population as a whole has been in decline for decades. Our membership plateaued by 2000 and now is in real decline. For many decades our Membership vs. Active Members has been heavily skewed. When I arrived as pastor at my little church in 1992 in Fort Worth we were averaging 70 on Sunday morning yet posted a membership of over 600. In the 15 years I served as pastor I  did   3 x as many funerals as weddings, baby dedications and baptisms combined (1992-2007).

Stetzer writes:

“we need to face some facts: we face a culture turning its back toward us, a declining and aging membership, and young leaders who are choosing other partnerships.”

“But on a denominational level, I believe we need to heed the words sounding from numerous places in the convention for a Great Commission Resurgence. Our situation would be much worse if we did not have the Conservative Resurgence, but a Conservative Resurgence without a Great Commission Resurgence is an exercise in belief without action.”

Stetzer does not really blame anyone or one thing, but his choice for the cure is a renewed emphasis on the Great Commission. While this is a good thing, I think he is missing something here. Granted his column was brief and he did not want to get into pointing out where the blame lies nor did he want to go too deep in theology/philosophy/history though he does say the “culture is turning its back on us”.

I want to give my theory on our decline.  Our denomination was dominated by the Particular Baptist strain (Calvinistic) in our earliest days until the theology of EY Mullins got us drifting towards a man centered theology by the early 20th century. America was still largely a “Christian” nation until the 1960’s. The 1950’s were a post WW2 era of anti-communism, pro-family, pro-business, Leave It To Beaver mentality. The SBC grew rapidly in that era of “normalcy” and planted thousands of churches and sent thousands of missionaries. Billy Graham, a Southern Baptist, was America’s pastor.

But then the 1960’s hit. In researching the church I pastored I found that their membership and attendance peaked in 1968 and then began a steady decline, with a few years showing a growth spurt (while I was there we grew in 1997/98, then declined again due to a serious sin outbreak and some natural cycles, then grew again 2004/5 only to decline again). Worse, I realized soon after I started pastoring that none of the older members’ children would attend the church, even though they still lived in the area and attended other churches.

When I asked the older members about this disturbing trend, I got fairly evasive, vague answers. When I asked the children I got an earful about the bad leadership, bossiness and hypocrisy of their parents. They didn’t want to worship where their parents worshiped because they disagreed too much.

The broad sweeping cultural shift that happened in the 1960’s-70’s caused a huge generational divide within SBC churches. Specifically in the areas of music and clothing there were differences. I cannot begin to describe the church fights we endured over what people wear to church and what kind of music we use in worship. Those two issues were the flashpoints that allowed the younger generation to drop out of church or change churches.

But don’t be mistaken, those were only the surface issues.

At the core of my particular church’s problems was a fondness for tradition and relationships over a love for the Word of God. Though these people were very moral and upright, and quite faithful to the Church, they preferred to not confront sin with truth. There was a strong Arminian flavor that, many times, went across the line into a salvation by works. This I absolutely also linked with the heavy influence of the Masonic Lodge in my particular church. About 75 % of my church was directly involved with, or  indirectly influenced by, the Masonic Lodge which preaches another gospel.

My church was dominated by the GI generation, fully 2/3 of the church was in that age group; my parents age. Their view of what church is and should be was a view of the 1950’s. The Baby Boom generation was mostly absent except for me and my wife and 1-2 others. There were a few younger families and youth occasionally.

What happened in my church was that in the 1960’s-70’s, despite having a large youth group and lots of mission trips, choir trips, retreats,camps and pizza parties, the youth of my age were not discipled, were sucked in by the world, and turned off by our parents who would not change how church was conducted. My generation walked away. Some went to other Baptist churches that did change, some went with the charismatics, but most just quietly quit believing. How this affects the decline of the SBC today is that the GI generation is dying off in huge numbers. Whole churches are literally dying. With that older generation passing we will see a huge decline in attendance, giving and missions. The “Me first” generation and its children will not be as faithful in any category.

In looking at the sermons in the churches of my youth, and in listening to the complaints of the older members of my church about my preaching it seems to me that one reason for the decline is the lack of expository, doctrinal sermons. The congregation told me they wanted to hear less scripture and more stories and jokes. You heard me right. They really said that. Repeatedly. That was what they were used to and I came in and started preaching expository sermons through books of the Bible and sermons with strong doctrinal content. I’m surprised I lasted for 15 years.

The level of doctrinal understanding amongst the older generation I pastored was minimal. They knew Bible stories and the basics of the gospel. But not much meat. Meanwhile, the world around them changed, the matrix had shifted, and left them behind. Very subtly their worldview had also shifted in many ways. Their faith was very works based, very experiential and emotional, traditional, and not able to relate to the world at all.

Why did the children of this Greatest Generation drift away? Raised on simplistic, revivalistic, feel good sermons and moralistic Sunday School lessons, raised attending the godless public schools, raised in the 20th century entertainment culture that is hedonistic and existentialist, the kids, my generation, didn’t stand a chance.

And then those of my generation who did stay in church or come back, have now raised our kids and even fewer of them are staying in the church.

Yes, the conservative resurgence was a blessing for the SBC, the Battle for the Bible was fought and won. But while that battle was being fought, most of us trusted our kids to youth programs that were based on sand and schools that were anti-Christ.

What is to be done? The SBC MUST TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK AT STARTING A MISSIONS PROGRAM FOR OUR CHILDREN, i.e., BEGINNING A HUGE EFFORT TO GET OUR KIDS OUT OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND INTO CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS OR HOMESCHOOLING. THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE KILLING THE SOULS OF OUR KIDS. GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS ARE THE ENEMY.

For decades we emphasized missions overseas. We lost the battle for our own children. The culture won. Shame on us.

What is to be done? OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL LITERATURE IS PATHETIC, WEAK, AND IS CONTRIBUTING TO OUR DECLINE. WE SHOULD IMMEDIATELY MOVE TOWARD A CATECHISM AND DISCIPLESHIP BASED CURRICULUM THAT IS ROOTED IN THE REFORMED THEOLOGY THAT NURTURED THE SBC IN ITS FOUNDING. I HAVEN’T USED SBC SUNDAY SCHOO LITERATURE SINCE ABOUT 1994. MY CURRENT CHURCH  DOES NOT USE SBC LITERATURE.

What is to be done? We must gear up as a denomination for a long fighting withdrawal into a guerrilla insurgency. We have lost the culture war, we are surrounded and outnumbered. I am not saying surrender, I personally will fight to the death. But we need to fight smarter. We need to prepare Today for the coming wave of lawsuits over our refusal to hire or marry homosexuals. We need to prepare today for hate speech legislation that will take away our right to freely proclaim all of God’s Word. We need to prepare today for what to do when America recognizes sharia law for muslims in our own borders. We need to prepare today for the coming persecutions of Bible believing Christians and the Jews. In a pagan Amerika, we will both be persecuted. We need to prepare today for the inevitable taxes on our church and denominational properties.

What is to be done? We need a moral and theological reformation. The church too much resembles the world because we are no longer God centered in our theology. The brightest spot I see in the SBC right now is what I see in our church in Fort Worth, Redeemer Church. God centered worship, expository gospel preaching (Pastor Tim has preached through Ephesians, Ecclesiastes, and is currently going through Matthew), doctrinal teaching in our Sunday Schools, and a large number of homeschooling families. This church is very much about the Great Commission directly involved in missions in East Asia, Africa, India, Mexico, the Middle East and Utah. This church is very much about theological education with a handful of professors from SWBTS as members and dozens of students as members. And yes, we are Reformed in our theology.

In conclusion, I do not view our decline as necessarily a bad thing. It is a pruning and we needed to be pruned. We are in a similar situation to Gideon at the water. We are being tested and the weak will be sent to the house, the strong into the battle. I realize that the normal “reset button” for the SBC is the Great Commission, and I do not intend to say that needs to change. I will say that if we lose our children, if we lose a  third or fourth generation in a row, of what use will our foreign missions efforts be then? Without cutting back on foreign missions at all, we must also fight the battle at home. This is not a two front war, we are surrounded. It is time to fix bayonets and sound the bugle. The enemy is through the wire.


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HR 1913, The Bill That Will Bring Persecution To The American Church

Posted on April 23, 2009. Filed under: News of the Day, Political Issues |

UPDATE: MONDAY, MAY 4, 2009– As expected the US House of Representatives passed HR 1913 on Friday, May 1, with a 249-175 vote. This is a hugely important vote that can bring the WRATH Of GOD upon this country for it legitimates the homosexual and transgendered lifestyles by granting them special legal protection as a group.See the story below from Baptist Press:

www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=30410

The US Senate will now take up the bill, and the Senate passed a similar bill in 2007 so there is no hope of stopping it now. May God have mercy on the homosexual offenders, on the US Congress and the United States of America for we are indeed repugnant in God’s eyes for approving this abomination.

ALL THAT BEING SAID, ANY MORON LOW LIFE WHO BEATS UP OR KILLS A HOMOSEXUAL, ETC. JUST BECAUSE THEY DON’T LIKE THEM OUGHT TO GO TO JAIL. WE ARE CALLED OF GOD TO LOVE SINNERS EVEN AS WE CONFRONT THEM WITH GOD’S LAW AND GOSPEL AND MINISTER TO THEM. BUT THIS LAW IS BAD LAW AS IT LEGITIMIZES THEIR SINFUL BEHAVIOR AND SEEKS TO LEGISLATE THE HUMAN HEART MOTIVES INSTEAD OF ACTIONS.

UPDATE: THURSDAY-April 30–I called and e-mailed my Congresswoman, Kay Granger, at the Facebook suggestion of Havilah    from our   Care Group at Church, and told the congressional staffer that I was against the HR 1913 and would appreciate it if Congresswoman Granger would vote against it. The staffer told me that she could not tell me how Kay Granger would vote, but did say that she voted against in in 2007 when it last came up. Kay Granger has been an outstanding member of the House of Representatives and I believe we can count on her to vote NO again. Have you called your congressman?

Here is another link to another story on this outrageous bill,  this time from Baptist Press, which story makes some of the same conclusions I do in my column below:

www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=30388

UPDATE: TUESDAY, APRIL 28–The bill is out of committee and will likely be voted on in the next couple of days. Check out the WorldNetDaily article below:

www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=96331

The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, H.R.1913, by Rep. John Conyers, Dem. MI-14, and co-sponsored by over 40 others, will help fund local law enforcement prosecution of hate crimes. The language in the bill includes “sexual orientation” and “religion” as being some of the reasons people commit hate crimes. While the bill does not prohibit “hate speech” with the courts being what they are, it is very likely, indeed it is probable, that eventually speaking one’s mere opinion that goes counter to the PC opinions of the day will  lead to prosecution. Picture Miss California being hauled out of the Miss USA pageant in cuffs and Perez Hilton being on the bench as Judge of the case.

This legislation sailed through the house and senate last time it was introduced back in 2007, but President Bush exercised a very rare veto (he also opposed hate crime’s legislation back when he was governor of Texas). Now, the Demoncrats hold all the cards. THIS BILL WILL PASS!
Even though Section 10 of this Bill reads:

  • SEC. 10. RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.

      Nothing in this Act, or the amendments made by this Act, shall be construed to prohibit any expressive conduct protected from legal prohibition by, or any activities protected by the free speech or free exercise clauses of, the First Amendment to the Constitution.

  • I still think this will bring about the further demise of the 1st Amendment in three areas:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

1) The Free exercise of religion clause will be compromised. Conservative Bible believing Christian Pastors and laymen, whole churches, radio ministries will be sued and eventually prosecuted for speaking out about homosexual sin, for not marrying gays, and for proclaiming Christ as the ONLY way to salvation. Muslims will prosecute Christians but they will not be prosecuted for their anti-semitism because the new left is also anti-semitic.

2) The freedom of speech will be compromised. Efforts will be made to censor and prosecute radio talk show hosts for their “hateful opinion”. People are already being fired in the workplace for opposing homosexual rights. Now they will be prosecuted.

3) Freedom of the Press will be compromised. But only of the right leaning or religious press. The Leftard MSM will join with the government in this breaching of the 1st Amendment.

The Bill will pass easily, and the President America wanted will sign it.

atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/04/action-alert-hr-1913-hate-crimes-legislation-free-speech-censorship.html

www.aipnews.com/talk/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=3949&posts=7

www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h1913/text

Along with this is Al Mohler’s column on homosexuality as the crisis of our generation and how we are losing this battle.

www.albertmohler.com/blog.php

The liberal churches long ago compromised on the inspiration and authority of Scripture so they caved in to the homosexual demands first. But then much of evangelicalism grew soft on the Word as well, and in their earnest desire to be liked…they compromised with homosexuality. The Catholics are also split on the issue with so many liberal Catholics and homosexual priests that they are very compromised. The conservative evangelicals have done the heavy lifting on the issue, but have failed by and large to reach out in love to the homosexuals, according to Mohler.

He says we must speak the truth in love, quoting Paul. And this is true and we have, I HAVE, not always been good about that. But the other side to that story is that those to whom we speak have an obligation to dialog respectfully and that is no longer happening very often. When you speak the truth in love, and do reach out with ministry, and your hand is bitten, eventually you must shake the dust off your feet.

The divide in America is now very deep, deeper than at anytime since the Civil War. The left has raw hatred for the right and the right has little respect of the left. The worldviews are miles apart and there is no longer much common ground. Our visions for America, our understandings of America’s history, our view of natural law and Truth itself are so different and antithetical that the chances of a peaceful reconciliation are slim.

I see in the not too distant future, a pastor speaking biblical truth about marriage and human sexuality being charged with a hate crime. I seen brown shirted National Police entering a church to arrest the pastor only to be confronted with a congregation that will not yield. The fire hoses are turned on and the dogs are set loose. At the periphery is a homosexual mob, chanting, “Bring back the lions! Bring back the lions!” An entire congregation is arrested and hauled off to jail.

That is what hate crimes legislation will lead to.

We live in difficult times and we are losing. Marantha! Come Lord Jesus.

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PS Here is a good opinion piece by Cathy Young writing for RealClearPolitics that covers some of this issue:

www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/04/23/before_you_know_you_speech_could_be_offensive_96122.html

PPS I have written on this subject recently here:

mark12ministries.wordpress.com/2009/04/06/persecution-of-the-american-church-to-begin-over-homosexual-agenda-and-taxes

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Independance Day Tea Party in Fort Worth

Posted on April 22, 2009. Filed under: Political Issues |

It looks like the next TEA Party in Fort Worth will be in unison with hundreds of others across America on July 4, Saturday, 3-7pm at the Cowtown Bar & Grill located at the intersection of Camp Bowie and Alta Mere (Hwy 80 and Hwy 183).

www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=95657

This would make great sense, our nation’s birthday and considering the last Tea Party was on Tax day, April 15th.

There is apparently now a national website for the Tea Parties:

teapartyday.com/Organize.aspx

I will update as I get information.

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The Real Story of the Navy SEALs vs. Somali Pirates, Updated

Posted on April 20, 2009. Filed under: News of the Day |

UPDATE: I am no longer filing this under,”Is it true?” Bill O’Reilly had the FOX military analyst on the other night and confirmed a lot of this story. Now, Atlas Shrugs has a story based on a Free Republic story that confirms this and gives even more details. YOU HAVE GOT TO GO TO EITHER ATLAS SHRUGS OR FREE REPUBLIC AND READ THIS STORY. IT WILL MAKE YOU PROUD OF OUR NAVY AND REVEAL THE WEAKNESS OF PRESIDENT BO.

atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/04/behind-the-scenes-of-the-pirate-hostage-rescue-a-window-on-obama.html

freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2235156/posts

After I wrote my first article on the Somali pirates as making a mistake by capturing an American ship, after a few days of waiting for the President to take action, I wrote a second article basically indicating the President’s lack of decisiveness here was comparable to Jimmy Carter of the Iranian Embassy infamy. See that article here:

mark12ministries.wordpress.com/2009/04/10/will-somali-pirate-standoff-be-obamas-iranian-hostage-crisis-a-la-jimmy-carter/

I got a response to that piece by someone named Gentility who ridiculed me as having “got that one right” after the pirates were shot dead Easter Sunday. I had prepared a post that was going to give BHO an A- for the operation, even though I thought it just plain took too darn long, 4 pirates vs. US Navy and all. But I held off on publishing that post. Now I know why. It just nagged at me that we were negotiating with 4 pirates for almost 5 days.

Then I got the email that I published a couple of days ago, then I heard the O’Reilly show, and now this article in Atlas Shrugs and Free Republic. I am now rating Obama as a D+ on this hostage rescue. It appears that he sent the FBI in to do the job of the USNavy, he was indecisive, he negotiated with terrorists-pirates, and he wanted to let them all go home to Somalia free of charge. Yes we got Capt. Phillips back alive and the Navy looks great. But this President is going to get US into a lot of trouble very soon.

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I got this from someone I personally know, who works with a guy whose son is a SEAL. I have no exterior confirmation but this has the ring of truth. Nonetheless, file this under, “Is it true?”

Having spoken to some SEAL pals here in Virginia Beach yesterday and asking why this thing dragged out for 4 days, I got the following:

1.  BHO, AKA Barack Hussein Obama, wouldn’t authorize the DEVGRU/NSWC SEAL teams to the scene for 36 hours going against OSC (on scene commander) recommendation.


2.  Once they arrived, BHO imposed restrictions on their ROE (Rules of Engagement) that they couldn’t do anything
unless the hostage’s life was in “imminent” danger

3.  The first time the hostage jumped, the SEALS had the raggies all sighted in, but could not fire due to ROE restriction

4.  When the navy RIB came under fire as it approached with supplies, no fire was returned due to ROE restrictions.  As the raggies were shooting at the RIB, they were exposed and the SEALS had them all dialed in.

5.  BHO specifically denied two rescue plans developed by Bainbridge CPN and SEAL teams

6.  Bainbridge CPN and SEAL team CDR finally decide they have the OpArea and OSC authority to solely determine risk to hostage.  4 hours later, 3 dead raggies.


7.  BHO immediately claims credit for his “daring and decisive” behavior.  As usual with him, it’s BS.

So per our last email thread, I’m downgrading Oohbaby’s performance to D-.  Only reason it’s not an F is that the hostage survived.

Read the following accurate account.

Philips’ first leap into the warm, dark water of the Indian Ocean hadn’t worked out as well. With the
Bainbridge in range and a rescue by his country’s Navy possible, Philips threw himself off of his
lifeboat prison, enabling Navy shooters onboard the destroyer a clear shot at his captors — and none
was taken.

The guidance from National Command Authority — the president of the United States,
Barack Obama — had been clear: a peaceful solution was the only acceptable outcome to this standoff
unless the hostage’s life was in clear, extreme danger.

The next day, a small Navy boat approaching the floating raft was fired on by the Somali pirates — and
again no fire was returned and no pirates killed. This was again due to the cautious stance assumed by
Navy personnel thanks to the combination of a lack of clear guidance from Washington and a mandate
from the commander in chief’s staff not to act until Obama, a man with no background of dealing with
such issues and no track record of decisiveness, decided that any outcome other than a “peaceful
solution” would be acceptable.

After taking fire from the Somali kidnappers again Saturday night, the on scene commander decided
he’d had enough.

Keeping his authority to act in the case of a clear and present danger to the hostage’s
life and having heard nothing from Washington since yet another request to mount a rescue operation
had been denied the day before, the Navy officer — unnamed in all media reports to date — decided
the AK47 one captor had leveled at Philips’ back was a threat to the hostage’s life and ordered the
NSWC team to take their shots.

Three rounds downrange later, all three brigands became enemy KIA and Philips was safe.

There is upside, downside, and spin side to the series of events over the last week that culminated in
yesterday’s dramatic rescue of an American hostage.

Almost immediately following word of the rescue, the Obama administration and its supporters claimed
victory against pirates in the Indian Ocean and [1] declared that the dramatic end to the standoff put
paid to questions of the inexperienced president’s toughness and decisiveness.

Despite the Obama administration’s (and its sycophants’) attempt to spin yesterday’s success as a result
of bold, decisive leadership by the inexperienced president, the reality is nothing of the sort.
What should have been a standoff lasting only hours — as long as it took the USS Bainbridge and its
team of NSWC operators to steam to the location — became an embarrassing four day and counting
standoff between a ragtag handful of criminals with rifles and a U.S. Navy warship.

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Was the FBI Spying On the Fort Worth TEA Party on 4-15-09?

Posted on April 20, 2009. Filed under: News of the Day, Political Issues |

Was the FBI conducting a surveillance operation at the Fort Worth Tea Party on April 15th? According to the Northeast Intelligence Network and Douglas J. Hagmann, as reported by Pamela Geller at AtlasShruggs, they might have been.

Everyone saw the headlines last week about the Department of Homeland Security conducting an operation targeting right wing groups and veterans as threats to the homeland. Now a story is alleging  that the nationwide TEA Parties were being observed by the FBI. We know the facts are right on the Homeland Security story, and this story of the FBI sounds plausible given the other story and what some in the MSM and the demoncrat party are saying.

According to the story from the Northeast Intelligence Network, FBI agents were assigned to cover the major TEA Parties in all the states. Since Fort Worth was one of the top 5-6 TEA Parties in Texas, it is very possible the FBI was there.

What does this mean? The FBI has occasionally been used for political purposes by previous administrations, there is no reason to assume the Obama administration will be any different. I think we need to keep in mind however, that most of the FBI agents and employees are good American citizens, doing a bang up job protecting us and relentlessly pursuing the bad guys. I do not think this report gives anybody cause to castigate the FBI.

However, given the fact that the Department of Homeland Security has been observing right wing groups for some time, presumably also under the Bush administration, it is good to step back and think about what this means. 1) There may be a legitimate threat from right wing nut jobs. The last thing a Conservative resurgence needs is some idiot living in the mountains of Idaho or Arkansas, planning some stupid racist attack on the President or any other person of color, or of attacking some mosque or government facility like in the Oklahoma City bombing. Though the story broke, we still do not have all the facts and we should assume that there is some type of real threat out there. 2) We should also assume that our government is run by Left wing socialists who have a hatred for the Right and will use anything they can to damage us. Government is a necessary evil and they will violate your rights. Power corrupts.
What are we to do? We must conduct our TEA Parties with respect and integrity and purge any racists or other wackos from our midst. We must hold government and the press accountable. the Press and hollywood are grossly mischaracterizing the TEA Parties. And finally, we should smile- we might just be on candid camera!

atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/04/fbi-spied-on-tea-parties.html

homelandsecurityus.com/?p=2659

www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/14/federal-agency-warns-of-radicals-on-right/

www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.f518f4e6c90c93ccbc86decf6aca79d4.161&show_article=1

www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D97JMT5G2&show_article=1

www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D97JU0881&show_article=1

www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D97LIDIG0&show_article=1

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Animal Farm by George Orwell, a review and application of ch.2

Posted on April 19, 2009. Filed under: Book Reviews |

With the death of Old Major at the beginning of ch.2 we have the birth of Animalism as Napoleon, Snowball and Squealer, the three main pigs, begin teaching the other animals and putting together a plan in secret. Napoleon is aptly named for he eventually will gain all power and be more or less the dictator as was his namesake. Squealer is also appropriately named for he becomes the spokesman of the Revolution and as such is in charge of all propaganda. “He was a brilliant talker, and when he was arguing some difficult point he had a way of skipping side to side and whisking his tail which was somehow very persuasive.” (p.10). And isn’t this way of propagandists of all ages? They skip side to side, avoiding the cold hard facts, making truth relative and temporary. Style over substance is the way of the propagandist.

The delicate Mollie asks the stupidest questions as she is focused on maintaining her privileged position and benefits of ribbons and sugar. Snowball tells her there will be no more sugar and ribbons. Though he says it will be because they cannot produce sugar on the farm, they will eventually be able to trade for some and sugar is later used in a plot involving Mollie. The application is that Communism does not produce much in the way of consumer goods. When the state of California, in 2009, is seriously banning the sale of big screen TVs in order to save on energy during the Super Bowl, you see what the statists do best, limit freedom and choice. Statism, Stalinism is impoverishing.

Moses, the raven, representing religion in Stalinist Russia is considered to be a spy and tale-bearer, untrustworthy and never contributing any work. Yet, he too was considered to be a clever talker, offering up tales of Sugar Candy Mountain (heaven) where all animals go when they die. “The pigs had to argue very hard to persuade them that there was no such place.” (p.11). The war on religion is clear from the start as the statists, the Stalinists, want the State to be the worker’s paradise.

Mr. Jones, the Master as some of the animals were in the habit of calling him, and his men are portrayed in the most negative terms. Jones is a drunk and his men were idle and dishonest. That sums up what statists think about capitalists.

The Rebellion is carried out to the neglect of the animals Jones and his men had shown. It was a spontaneous outburst that was the result of cruel treatment by man. When Jones and his men flee, Mrs. Jones packs up and leaves too. Moses the Raven (religion) follows Mrs. Jones. So in the end Religion is shown to be no help for the oppressed poor. Religion follows the money, the evil, lazy Capitalists.

“In a very little while the animals had destroyed everything that reminded them of Mr. Jones.” Most revolutions go through this destructive phase of ridding the land of anything of the former regime. This is followed by a feast of celebration.

The animals take a tour through Jones’ house and agree that “no animal must ever live there.” (p.15). This will shortly be forgotten. When flush with victory over their oppressors Revolutionaries are quick to claim they will never be like those they threw out. The Republicans took over Congress in 1994 but by the 2006 elections were in disgrace as being corrupt and big spenders. The Demoncrats took the house and Senate and then in 2008 the Presidency. But in the confirmation process of the appointees of the Obama administration many nominees were found to be tax cheats and frauds. And the cycle continues.

To finalize their revolution the pigs come up with the 7 Commandments of Animalism:

1) Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy.

2) Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend.

3) No animal shall wear clothes.

4) No animal shall sleep in a bed.

5) No animal shall drink alcohol.

6) No animal shall kill any other animal.

7) All animals are equal.

Every one of these commandments will be altered and ignored by the end of the book as the Pigs gradually become dictators and become just like Man. The Stalinists, according to Orwell, cannot keep their own flawed rules and become every bit as oppressive as the Czars were before the Revolution. It is worth noting that President Obama’s appointed Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, who is also in charge of the IRS, had substantial, gross errors in his taxes over the previous few years that came to light in the confirmation hearings. He who could not, who did not keep the IRS rules is now in charge of the IRS. With the numerous examples of corporate CEOs who, even though their companies were bringing in record losses, still took huge bonuses, it is no wonder the statists are thriving. Even the union workers of the big 3 auto companies are guilty of plundering their own companies into bankruptcy.

God has given us the Ten Commandments and we have proven for millenia that we are incapable of keeping them. To fail to grasp that man is always a corrupt, power hungry sinner, and to fail to make your social-economic system account for that, is always fatal. Only a civilzation built upon the Christian faith and a strong sense of honor can hope to endure. Otherwise, all “commandments” will become very flexible and meaningless as man’s greed takes over.

The cows began to low loudly due to their full udders after the successful running off of all men in the Revolution. The pigs successfully milk the cows, but the milk disappears while the animals are working in the hay field. The milk’s absence was noticed, Orwell writes. The stupid masses of workers, the proletariat, are not all that stupid after all. Things are noticed, like the missing milk. Have the pigs kept the mik? Of course!

The cream of the society, even in a revolutionary society, will always keep the cream for itself. It is the nature of man, or in this case, pigs.

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