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This world is one big game of "Go"-- Black against White, Light against Darkness --and we all have a choice to make: Do we war FOR the Light?

...or against it?




Devil or Saint?




          Ted Haggard



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Questions to Consider

Jesus said:

Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart."

Matthew 5:28


John, empowered by the Holy Spirit wrote:

Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him."

I John 3:15



Questions to Consider:

If you can commit adultery without ever touching her, be a murderer without even killing him, how much more a murderer if you don't even hold the scalpel... but merely give money for the funding of abortion?

Is a man a murderer if he pays another man to push his wife into the path of an oncoming bus? Is the man, therefore, who gives money to the abortionist guilty of killing the unborn?

Does abortion kill children? In almost every case. Is killing children wrong? Is it murder? What if the unborn is late term and viable OUTSIDE the womb? Is it murder then?



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A Dangerous Man For Dangerous Times

Ms Green posted the following at her place. She is less indulgent of comments, so here's an opportunity to foam at the mouth...

What do I think about her post?

I think she's right.



Obama : "Give him a Chance!"

"Give him a chance"
"Wish him well"
"Hope he succeeds"



I’ve heard the above phrases a lot since the inauguration.

The problem is that as a Christian, I can do none of these things. In fact, I’m commanded not to do these things.

Scripture is clear that we are not to condone or encourage evil or evildoers.

Scripture is my guide. Not political correctness.

If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: II John 1:10

For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. II John 1:11

He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD. Proverbs 17:15

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20

They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them. Proverbs 28:4

Obama’s plan to increase the number of babies slaughtered, along with his plans to further legitimize homosexuality as a normal and acceptable lifestyle, and his promotion of socialism are not things on which I can wish him well nor hope that he succeeds.

He puts terrorists' “rights” above the safety of the citizens of this country.
He puts convenience for women above the sanctity of the lives of the unborn.
He puts the demands of the immoral above the beliefs of the majority.


I pray he fails.
I pray he is unsuccessful.
I pray his agenda is stopped.

Having said all that, I also pray for his safety, as well as for the safety of his family, and I pray that God will change his heart and save his soul.



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And he's off to a rousing start. Rescinding the Mexico City Policy, in effect, allowing monies to be given for family planning abroad. Not content to kill children in the United States, Obama now wishes to kill children around the world.

Off to a rousing start indeed! Just kill 'em all, and let God sort 'em out.



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A Fist Full of Opinions

Well, three at least.

One.

Distracting and Destroying the Middle Class
by Brannon Howse..

Now hold on to your hat. [Rep. Charles] Rangel said when the "middle class" hears about their plan; the middle class will do nothing. Rangel said:

One thing that you can depend on, you don't have to be worried about what the middle class is going to do. Things are so bad, they have to put food on their tables, get clothes for their kids, get them in school."


The more I read, hear, and research, the more I am willing to believe this financial crisis, that was birthed in the Clinton Administration, was possibly orchestrated in order to destroy the middle class and implement radical, extreme socialism.

[...]

The social engineers know that if the middle class is consumed with food, shelter, clothing and employment; most will not even notice what is happening in the area of public policy. Those that do see what is happening will not be able to do anything about it because as Rangel said, they are overwhelmed with the basics of life.

Barack Obama's White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel told business leaders in a November 2008 meeting that the financial crisis was "an opportunity to do things you could not do before."


Two.

The Obama presidency: Here comes socialism
by Dick Morris

Obama’s record will be similar, although less wise and more destructive. He will begin by passing every program for which liberals have lusted for decades, from alternative-energy sources to school renovations, infrastructure repairs and technology enhancements. These are all good programs, but they normally would be stretched out for years. But freed of any constraint on the deficit — indeed, empowered by a mandate to raise it as high as possible — Obama will do them all rather quickly.

But it is not his spending that will transform our political system, it is his tax and welfare policies. In the name of short-term stimulus, he will give every American family (who makes less than $200,000) a welfare check of $1,000 euphemistically called a refundable tax credit. And he will so sharply cut taxes on the middle class and the poor that the number of Americans who pay no federal income tax will rise from the current one-third of all households to more than half. In the process, he will create a permanent electoral majority that does not pay taxes, but counts on ever-expanding welfare checks from the government. The dependency on the dole, formerly limited in pre-Clinton days to 14 million women and children on Aid to Families with Dependent Children, will now grow to a clear majority of the American population.

Will he raise taxes? Why should he? With a congressional mandate to run the deficit up as high as need be, there is no reason to raise taxes now and risk aggravating the depression. Instead, Obama will follow the opposite of the Reagan strategy. Reagan cut taxes and increased the deficit so that liberals could not increase spending. Obama will raise spending and increase the deficit so that conservatives cannot cut taxes. And, when the economy is restored, he will raise taxes with impunity, since the only people who will have to pay them would be rich Republicans.



Three.

Obama’s Victory
--Editorial, The London Daily Mail

Victory for a man who is no friend of freedom. He and his people have already stated that media has to be controlled so as to be balanced, without realizing the extraordinary irony within that statement. Like most liberal zealots, the Obama worshippers constantly speak of Fox and Limbaugh, when the vast bulk of television stations and newspapers are drastically liberal and anti-conservative. Senior Democrat Chuck Schumer said that just as pornography should be censored, so should talk radio. In other words, one of the few free and open means of popular expression may well be cornered and beaten by bullies who even in triumph cannot tolerate any criticism and opposition.

A victory for those who believe the state is better qualified to raise children than the family, for those who prefer teachers’ unions to teaching and for those who are naively convinced that if the West is sufficiently weak towards its enemies, war and terror will dissolve as quickly as the tears on the face of a leftist celebrity.

A victory for social democracy even after most of Europe has come to the painful conclusion that social democracy leads to mediocrity, failure, unemployment, inflation, higher taxes and economic stagnation. A victory for intrusive lawyers, banal sentimentalists, social extremists and urban snobs.


If there's anyone out there who hasn't read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, too late. No, you can still read it, but it's too late to let that lesson sink in and give you some sort of rationalization for standing up and fighting what is now upon us. The time to fight was BEFORE Obama's win in November.


From Atlas Shrugged,

Ladies and gentlemen:

Mr. Thompson will not speak to you tonight. His time is up. I have taken it over. You were to hear a report on the world crisis. That is what you are going to hear.

For twelve years, you have been asking: Who is John Galt? This is John Galt speaking. I am the man who loves his life. I am the man who does not sacrifice his love or his values. I am the man who has deprived you of victims and thus has destroyed your world, and if you wish to know why you are perishing -- you who dread knowledge -- I am the man who will now tell you.

You have heard it said that this is an age of moral crisis. You have said it yourself, half in fear, half in hope that the words had no meaning. You have cried that man's sins are destroying the world and you have cursed human nature for its unwillingness to practice the virtues you demanded. Since virtue, to you, consists of sacrifice, you have demanded more sacrifices at every successive disaster.

In the name of a return to morality, you have sacrificed all those evils, which you held as the cause of your plight. You have sacrificed justice to mercy. You have sacrificed independence to unity. You have sacrificed reason to faith. You have sacrificed wealth to need. You have sacrificed self-esteem to self-denial. You have sacrificed happiness to duty.

You have destroyed all that which you held to be evil and achieved all that which you held to be good. Why, then, do you shrink in horror from the sight of the world around you? That world is not the product of your sins; it is the product and the image of your virtues. It is your moral ideal brought into reality in its full and final perfection.

You have fought for it, you have dreamed of it, and you have wished it, and I-I am the man who has granted you your wish.

Your ideal had an implacable enemy, which your code of morality was designed to destroy. I have withdrawn that enemy. I have taken it out of your way and out of your reach. I have removed the source of all those evils you were sacrificing one by one. I have ended your battle. I have stopped your motor. I have deprived your world of man's mind.

Men do not live by the mind, you say? I have withdrawn those who do. The mind is impotent, you say? I have withdrawn those whose mind isn't. There are values higher than the mind, you say? I have withdrawn those for whom there aren't.

While you were dragging to your sacrificial altars the men of justice, of independence, of reason, of wealth, of self-esteem -- I beat you to it, I reached them first. I told them the nature of the game you were playing and the nature of that moral code of yours, which they had been too innocently generous to grasp. I showed them the way to live by another morality-mine. It is mine that they chose to follow.

All the men who have vanished, the men you hated, yet dreaded to lose, it is I who have taken them away from you. Do not attempt to find us. We do not choose to be found. Do not cry that it is our duty to serve you. We do not recognize such duty. Do not cry that you need us. We do not consider need a claim. Do not cry that you own us. You don't. Do not beg us to return. We are on strike, we, the men of the mind.

We are on strike against self-immolation. We are on strike against the creed of unearned rewards and unrewarded duties. We are on strike against the dogma that the pursuit of one's happiness is evil. We are on strike against the doctrine that life is guilt.

There is a difference between our strike and all those you've practiced for centuries: our strike consists, not of making demands, but of granting them. We are evil, according to your morality. We have chosen not to harm you any longer. We are useless, according to your economics. We have chosen not to exploit you any longer. We are dangerous and to be shackled, according to your politics. We have chosen not to endanger you, nor to wear the shackles any longer. We are only an illusion, according to your philosophy. We have chosen not to blind you any longer and have left you free to face reality -- the reality you wanted, the world as you see it now, a world without mind.

We have granted you everything you demanded of us, we who had always been the givers, but have only now understood it. We have no demands to present to you, no terms of bargain about, no compromise to reach. You have nothing to offer us. We do not need you.

Are you now crying: No, this was not what you wanted? A mindless world of ruins was not your goal? You did not want us to leave you? You moral cannibals, I know that you've always known what it was that you wanted. But your game is up, because now we know it, too.

Through centuries of scourges and disasters, brought about by your code of morality, you have cried that your code had been broken, that the scourges were punishment for breaking it, that men were too weak and too selfish to spill all the blood it required. You damned man, you damned existence, you damned this earth, but never dared to question your code.

Your victims took the blame and struggled on, with your curses as reward for their martyrdom-while you went on crying that your code was noble, but human nature was not good enough to practice it. And no one rose to ask the question: Good? -by what standard?

You wanted to know John Galt's identity. I am the man who has asked that question.

Yes, this is an age of moral crisis. Yes, you are bearing punishment for your evil. But it is not man who is now on trial and it is not human nature that will take the blame. It is your moral code that's through, this time. Your moral code has reached its climax, the blind alley at the end of its course. And if you wish to go on living, what you now need is not to return to morality -- you who have never known any -- but to discover it.

You have heard no concepts of morality but the mystical or the social. You have been taught that morality is a code of behavior imposed on you by whim, the whim of a supernatural power or the whim of society, to serve God's purpose or your neighbor's welfare, to please an authority beyond the grave or else next door -- but not to serve your life or pleasure.

Your pleasure, you have been taught, is to be found in immorality, your interests would best be served by evil, and any moral code must be designed not for you, but against you, not to further your life, but to drain it.

For centuries, the battle of morality was fought between those who claimed that your life belongs to God and those who claimed that it belongs to your neighbors -- between those who preached that the good is self-sacrifice for the sake of ghosts in heaven and those who preached that the good is self-sacrifice for the sake of incompetents on earth. And no one came to say that your life belongs to you and that the good is to live it.

Both sides agreed that morality demands the surrender of your self-interest and of your mind, that the moral and the practical are opposites, that morality is not the province of reason, but the province of faith and force. Both sides agreed that no rational morality is possible, that there is no right or wrong in reason -- that in reason there's no reason to be moral.

Whatever else they fought about, it was against man's mind that all your moralists have stood united. It was man's mind that all their schemes and systems were intended to despoil and destroy. Now choose to perish or to learn that the anti-mind is the anti-life.

Man's mind is his basic tool of survival. Life is given to him, survival is not. His body is given to him, its sustenance is not. His mind is given to him, its content is not. To remain alive, he must act, and before he can act he must know the nature and purpose of his action. He cannot obtain his food without a knowledge of food and of the way to obtain it. He cannot dig a ditch -- or build a cyclotron -- without a knowledge of his aim and of the means to achieve it. To remain alive, he must think.

But to think is an act of choice. The key to what you so recklessly call "human nature", the open secret you live with, yet dread to name, is the fact that man is a being of volitional consciousness. Reason does not work automatically; thinking is not a mechanical process; the connections of logic are not made by instinct. The function of your stomach, lungs or heart is automatic; the function of your mind is not. In any hour and issue of your life, you are free to think or to evade that effort. But you are not free to escape from your nature, from the fact that reason is your means of survival-so that for you, who are a human being, the question "to be or not to be" is the question "to think or not to think."

[...]

In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title.

Do not lose your knowledge that man's proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all.

Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it's yours.

But to win it requires your total dedication and a total break with the world of your past, with the doctrine that man is a sacrificial animal who exists for the pleasure of others. Fight for the value of your person. Fight for the virtue of your pride. Fight for the essence of that which is man: for his sovereign rational mind. Fight with the radiant certainty and the absolute rectitude of knowing that yours is the Morality of Life and that yours is the battle for any achievement, any value, any grandeur, any goodness, any joy that has ever existed on this earth.

You will win when you are ready to pronounce the oath I have taken at the start of my battle -- and for those who wish to know the day of my return, I shall now repeat it to the hearing of the world:

"I swear -- by my life and my love of it -- that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."


Liberalism is a disease. A mental disorder. It seeks to make everyone equally banal, equally 'rich,' equally poor and destitute. Equally dependent. Equally adoring and sycophantic towards der Leader. There is little room for genuine and unfettered creativity-- genuine and unfettered expression --in Liberalism.

One day America will wake up. But by then it will be too late.

Much too late.



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Impressed, Uninspired and Insulted

Obama's speech was impressive. It was Inspiring. And it was also insulting. In that order.

The Poet [your host cringed and is still cringing] was a neophyte. That woman can't hold an unstruck match to Maya Angelou's candle. The poem was both uninspiring and unremarkable... literally. There is nothing positive I can say about it. I write tons of poetry and her... ! Well... I said "Nothing," and I mean it.

The prayer by Joseph Lowery,

When white embraces right..."

!?

Who said racial tension would be a thing of the past with a black man in the White House? I was and am truly and rightfully insulted by this mans "prayer"....

Obama was the highlight. They should have ended it there and gone straight to the National Anthem.



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Oh Wretched Man That I Am...

Are You Really a Christian?


Host Todd Friel at Wretched Radio, tells you how you can
know for certain. Half way down the page and on the right
is a little box that asks...












... "Are You Really a Christian?"

Go there and click to listen-- some thirty-nine minutes worth --and find
out for yourself.


Questions to Consider--

Did you know that there is no scriptural command to "ask Jesus come into your heart?" Can a person just decide to become a Christian? John 1:12-13 says...

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."


Paul Washer of the HeartCry Missionary Society has this to say...
"The greatest heresy in the American evangelical and protestant church is that if you pray and ask Jesus into your heart he will definitely come in..."




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It Should Come As No Suprise, But...

Obama's immaculate inauguration is going to cost $150 million, but there are no stories on how many starving people you could feed for that.... like there were for Bush.


That's the Obama butt-kissing media for you.


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Israel's Primacy in End-Time Prophecy

There is a general attitude toward Israel by a growing number of those who profess a relationship with Christ. An Attitude summarized by one Edward Fudge-- to single out just one example. An argument that the world is approaching the end-times prophesied by the bible because of Israel's rebirth in the land given them by God that is met with such dismissals as "conflating the modern nation-state of Israel, which may or may not persist, with the Jewish people." The idea being, just because Israel is in the land now does not mean that prophecy is being fulfilled. Israel could easily be ousted and a hundred years or so come back.

"Which may or may not persist..." This attitude is both foolish and wrong.

Says the Edward Fudge:

I do not believe that the modern political state of Israel has any special standing in God's eyes and I do not see it as the fulfillment of any particular biblical prophecy..."
For someone who is supposedly schooled in all things "Bible" Mr. Fudge either deliberately ignores what the Bible says about Israel, or he is genuinely ignorant. Neither of which speak well of Mr. Fudge.

The return of Israel to the land is, arguably, the central harbinger of Christ's return, but it by no means stands alone. There are at least ten things that have happened in our generation that has not happened in any other that point to the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

* The Rebirth of Israel --Matthew 24:32
* The Increase of Knowledge --Daniel 12:4
* The Birth of Nuclear Bombs --Ezekiel 14:12
* Russian Jews coming from the North Country --Jeremiah 3:27
* Jerusalem in the hand of the Jews --Zephaniah 3:16, Luke 21:24
* International Television --Revelation 11:9-10
* Deception by Secular Humanism & Cults --Matthew 24:4
* Famines, Earthquakes, Aids, etc. --Matthew 24:7
* Marriage and Materialism --Matthew 24:37-38


And this list is but a small cross section of the whole of prophecy.

Returning to the Rebirth of Israel, Edward Fudge chooses to view this 'birth' as illegitimate, as in, not birthed by God; not the incarnation foretold by Old Testament prophets.

I do not believe that the modern political state of Israel has any special standing in God's eyes and I do not see it as the fulfillment of any particular biblical prophecy -- concerning either the restoration of the people of Israel and Judah to their ancient homeland or concerning their "resurrection" by a supernatural spiritual enlightenment and conversion. The prophets foresaw a society in which every participant personally knows and obeys God."
It sounds as though Mr. Fudge does not believe the modern state of Israel to be the fulfillment of prophecy because it is a secular nation... in unbelief. Yet Ezekiel prophesied that Israel would be reborn in unbelief. Israel, according to scripture, will be converted in a single day... when the Lord returns and they look upon 'He whom they have pierced...' John19:37, Zechariah 12:10, Revelation 1:7

If the modern state of Israel is not the fulfillment of prophecy, one that surely points to immanent return of Jesus, then it would seem that a whole host of prophecies, also fulfilled, have been fulfilled in vain.

According to Jesus Christ, the rebirth of apostate, political Israel was the key sign that the return of Christ was near. The rebirth of Israel as a nation is the one sign that no previous generation has ever seen.

According to the prophets (plus two signs given by the Kabbalah--not at all authoritative on its own merit, but curious nonetheless)--

* Israel's foundation would be laid on the 24th Day of Chislev - Fulfilled on December 9, 1917
* Israel would begin a slow in-gathering and buy the land from the arabs - She have
* Israel would be reborn in apostasy, in unbelief, a political work - She was
* Israel would be reborn in 1948 (Kabbalah) - She was
* Israel would retake Jerusalem in 1967 (Kabbalah) She did
* Israel would have the National Symbol of the fig tree - She does
* Israel would return to her ancient language, Hebrew - She has
* Israel would return to her ancient money, the Shekel - She has
* Israel would become a world leader in fruit production - She has
* Israel's deserts would bloom as the rose - They have
* The rainfall would stop at Israel's borders - They have
* Israel would enlarge her boarders with every war - She has
* One Israeli solder would put 100 Arabs to flight - They have
* Jerusalem will be defended by aircraft - She has been
* High speed automobiles would crowd the streets of Jerusalem - They do
* Israel would have one of the finest fighting forces in the world - They do
* Israel would be the world's center of trouble - She is.
* Jerusalem would be the chief area of controversy in the world of nations - She is
* Any nation that attacked Israel would lose - They have
* The hand of God is over Israel to protect her until the end - It has been thus far
* Arab nations around her would declare a holy war - They have
* Israel would enter into a "covenant" with a terrorist - She did
* Israel will have a major enemy that lies to her north - Syria and Russia
* Russia and her Federation will prepare to make war while they speak peace - They are
* The Arab nations around Israel would align themselves with Russia - They have
* The Levitical Priesthood of Israel would be revived - It has been
* The Red Heifer would be found - It has been
* The Tabernacle of David will be found - Experts are close to it
* The Ark of the Covenant will be found - Experts claim Israel knows where the Ark is
* The "purple dye" for Priestly robes that is made from a special snail is being made once again. The snails, gone for centuries, has now returned
* Israel will fight five major wars on her land - One to go
* Israel will go up to the Temple Mount for Worship - It is part of the covenant being worked out right now, with the Vatican deeply involved
* Israel's next major war will be with Syria or a Syrian/Russian/Muslim coalition. She will emerge victorious, and establish full temple worship with sacrificial worship

What more do the likes of Edward Fudge need?

The hour is urgent, but the Church is not. We have become complacent, and too much emphasis is placed on self and a religion that is more for enjoyment than conviction of lifestyle.

To What are to look? The Blessed Appearance. Whose appearance? Our God and our savior Jesus Christ. People who care about their betrothed do not come to the altar bedraggled and laden with filth... they come to their betrothed clean and in their best attire. But the Church today does not.


In one regard Mr. Fudge is right on. Praying for the peace of Jerusalem should never be construed by believers or anyone else that we condone the actions of the Israeli government. We are called to be a blessing to the nation of Israel, not the Israeli government. And what better blessing is there than to be witnesses to them of their Messiah, our savior and God Jesus Christ. We must not support charities that seek to bar the message that Christ died for their sins. The Church is called to evangelize. This calling includes the evangelism of Israel.



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