Recently my wife and I prayed with a woman during a prayer occasion, following a Sunday service at our church. She was distraught about an evil presence she felt, which frightened her often. We discovered that her husband is a devout Muslim and she had ventured to some kind of spiritist and encountered what she described as a “jinn.”
I recognized this term as describing, in Islamic teachings, spiritual beings, which we would understand as demons. An individual jinn is called a jinni (genie). This woman wanted us to pray for her to be set free from this evil presence, which frightened her.
I knew that “The House of Islam” denies the basic beliefs we hold about our Savior. This false religion (1 John 4:1-4; see also John 3:35-36) denies that:
- Jesus is the divine Son of God. Rather their holy book, the Koran, teaches Jesus (Isa) is to be respected (not worshipped) only as a miracle working prophet to the Jews and messenger of Allah.
- Jesus died on the cross outside Jerusalem and was buried in a tomb for three days. Rather, they are taught that Jesus’ disciple Judas died on the cross in place of Jesus.
- Jesus was resurrected from the dead by the power of God and lives forever in Heaven at God’s right hand, where he intercedes for us to the Father. Rather, the Koran claims that Jesus prophesied the coming of Mohammad, as the last and greatest prophet. Many Muslims believe Jesus is in heaven now and will be sent to earth again by Allah at The Last Hour to wage jihad on behalf of Islam, at the end of the world.
Human Life is Sacred
In light of the Liberal’s unholy fascination with infanticide and the current, radical pro-abortion stance (right up to the moment of actual birth) of the Democratic National Convention and its nominee for President of the United States of America, it is important to review assumptions and alternatives to abortion.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards recently told an audience, yet again, that she and women around the country were “so sick of men telling us what to do with our bodies.” Abortion activists argue for absolute individual autonomy. No one has a right to tell her what to do with her own body, or what or who is growing inside it.
This tyranny of the individual callously ignores even the basic assumptions for human rights:
- If it is growing inside the womb, it is alive.
- If it is alive, it must be a human life.
- If it is a human life, it is precious, valuable and worthy of protection, like you and I are!
It is doubtful even the current Democrats in Congress will follow all of the liberal planks put down in their Party’s Platform, at their latest convention in Philadelphia. Some of the more “splintered” planks illustrate how radical the current Democrat Party leaders are, and what they hope to eventually accomplish in Congress and see sustained with a liberal majority in the Supreme Court.
Among the more controversial issues in their platform is the call for the full, taxpayer funding of abortion. The Democrat Party Platform this year says: “We will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including repealing the Hyde Amendment.”
This amendment is named for Republican Representative Henry Hyde, from the Land of Lincoln (Illinois), and is regularly added to spending bills by bi-partisan pro-life congressmen/women to prohibit the use of federal funds for abortion (except in cases of the mother’s life or rape or incest). It was first passed by Congress in 1976 and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1977. It recognized that while the Supreme Court had made it legal, abortion is a personal choice and we should not force all American taxpayers to pay for what many believe to be an immoral act.
Make America Great:
Jesus said to “Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” We must learn to be involved in the world, but not be a part of it.
Political conventions are overwhelming us this month. The Republicans gathered in Cleveland last week and the Democrats are meeting in Philadelphia next week. As I watched periodic segments last week, three words came to mind: consciences, convictions, and consequences.
- Consciences are our moral guidance systems. They are our personally developed ethics, which inform, guide, or condemn our own actions.
- Convictions are deeply-held, personal beliefs, with pre-determined decisions. If X, Y, or Z happen we will do A, B or C.
- Consequences are the relational or circumstantial results of our actions and decisions. We must learn to accept and be accountable for these consequences.
U.S. Representative John Fleming (R-LA) has acted to help defend religious freedom in American, by introducing the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (H.R. 4828) into Congress, to provide a way for victims to receive justice through the court system. This First Amendment issue is scheduled for a committee hearing on Tuesday, July 12th and needs co-sponsors to move it forward to the House Floor for voting.
This Conscience Protection Act (CPA) is needed because the Obama Administration’s Health and Human Services Department (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has refused to enforce federal law intended to protect the rights of conscience for people of faith. Under current law, there is no provision of recourse for those who have had their rights violated and are being forced to act against their conscience.
Many Christian Millennials tend to have an entitlement mentality, which sometimes extends even to their giving to God. Unfortunately, instead of thriving financially they settle for surviving—some by living in their “parent’s basement.”
Rather than rock their boat with biblical reality or “micro-aggressions,” many churches give them “safe space” and modify biblical terminology or even theology to hide the truth that God’s scriptural prosperity plan includes tithing. Instead, they come up with “millennial-speak” like: “sharing our resources with one another” and point only to the early church’s collections for poorer (and often persecuted) saints.
Of course, focused offerings and disbursements by New Testament believers are biblical expressions of generosity and faith. God always rewards unselfish, generous giving (Luke 6:38). But, even generous offerings are not substitutes for worshipping God with our tithes.
The biblical book of Proverbs says God hates six things, then adds a seventh and says he despises or loathes them all. Read about “God’s Hate Speech” here and then let’s review several examples from recent news accounts from the lives of a corrupt congressman, a former U.S. president, and his wife—who wants to be president.
First, the corrupt congressman: U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah (D-PA) resigned from Congress last month, following conviction on more than two dozen counts of racketeering, bribery, and fraud, after a month-long trial in federal court. The 59-year-old congressman, who represented parts of Philadelphia since 1995, was found guilty of orchestrating these criminal acts to enrich himself and preserve his political career. His “wicked schemes” ruined his personal integrity.