“The end is not yet…”

Holy-Bible-graphic-660x350-1412314947In Matthew 24, Jesus explained that those living in the last days, before He returns for His true and devoted disciples, would witness repeated religious deception, social and political upheavals and natural calamities. “But,” He said, “the end is not yet.” These concerning circumstances would regularly re-cycle, with increased intensity and frequency. Finally, near the end, believers would experience increased religious bigotry, persecution and even martyrdom, causing “the love of many [to] grow cold”(24:12).

The Pew Research Center recently reported some disturbing statistics on the changing religious landscape in America. Among its findings:

  • The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing.
  • These changes are taking place across the religious landscape, affecting every region of the country, as well as many demographic groups.
  • The drop in Christian affiliation is occurring among Americans of all ages, but it is particularly pronounced among young adults, 18-35.

One commentator, Charley Mefferd, has noted that “these statistics underscore what Judge Robert Bork noted 20 years ago in his landmark book, Slouching Towards Gomorrah: that the foundations of American culture are crumbling and our nation is on a downward moral slide.” Now, two decades later, Medford relates that the breakdown of the nuclear family, the push for so-called “homosexual marriage” and a deeper slide into paganism show that America’s “slouching” has become more of a “sprint.”

Needless to say, new generations of Americans desperately need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ! Pastor Tim Clark, who serves as the senior pastor of The Church on the Way (Van Nuys), shared a very significant sermon recently (United Across Generations, May 17, 2015), which I urge you to watch on the church’s website—www.tcotw.org. It gives a profound perspective to the challenges of our day and the changes we need to be willing to make, if we are to be effective extenders of the Kingdom of God, even to  “…generations yet unborn” (Psalm 78:5-7).

Let’s mutually work to evangelize the lost, by every means and medium possible, while it is day, “for the night is coming, when no one can work” (John 9:4).

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Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Babies

baby-in-a-wombRecently the House finally passed H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act!

Polls show that 70% of the country supports stopping the barbaric practice of late-term abortion! Americans want to stop the shedding of innocent blood and the intense pain babies feel from abortion after the five-month mark.

In fact, only seven countries in the whole world allow abortions after five months. They include the brutal dictatorships of North Korea and China, where late-term babies are literally torn apart, when they can feel it!

Rep. Trent Franks(R-AZ) has explained: “protecting little unborn pain-capable babies is not a Republican issue — and it’s not a Democratic issue. It’s a test of our basic humanity and who we are as a human family. It is time that the members of the United States Congress to open our hearts and our souls and remember that protecting those who cannot protect themselves is why we are all here! That’s why we’re here!”

Please contact your Senators and urge them to end the torture of little babies being dismembered, while feeling excruciating pain!

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Discrimination in the name of non-discrimination!

sweet-cakes-samaritans-purseOur world is facing some of the most difficult cultural challenges we have known in our lifetimes. Pressures and persecutions take on many forms, from mere harassment to mortal hostilities.

  • The state of Oregon has aggressively pursued Aaron and Melissa Klein, because they had graciously declined to prepare a “wedding” cake for a same-sex couple. Today, they have had to close their small business and the father has taken a job as a garbage collector, due to the harassment of homosexual advocates and the state for equal rights discrimination. They were found guilty and are now ordered to pay $135,000!
  • The state of Washington threatened to wipe out the business and seize the home and personal assets of 70-year-old florist, Barronelle Stutzman, because she, also, politely declined to participate in a same-sex “wedding.” She was found guilty of consumer protection laws, fined and charged court costs.

Now, GoFundMe ®, the charitable crowd-funding site, has reacted uncharitably and abruptly shut down an account, which was set up by friends to help pay the unrealistic fines. The company has now revised its “terms and conditions” to include a ban on campaigns in defense of “claims of discriminatory acts.”  Some see this as discrimination in the name of “non-discrimination.”

 

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ISIS is Islamic to its core!

IslamicTerrorThe Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (known as ISIS) sees the world through the lens of a particular religion, which has advanced through violence, since its inception. Its followers live to perpetuate the example, teachings and violent practices of their founder, Mohammed.

ISIS’s Islamic worldview includes a coercive, violent persecution and mass murdering of “infidels.” Islamists demand those they violently conquer to either: (1) recant their religious beliefs and convert to Islam and the demands of Sharia law, (2) submit, as humiliated, second-class citizens (dhimmis) and perpetually pay heavy fines/taxes, or (3) prepare for you and your family to die!

While not all Muslims are violent terrorists, all violent terrorists we see today are Muslims. We must not blur the reality of their violent, bloody legacy of the sword.

Yes, Mr. President, ISIS is fundamentally Islamic—to its core.

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Religious Liberty at Risk

a-pair-of-wedding-rings-sit-on-an-open-bible-dataOn April 28, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for and against redefining marriage in America. Marriage between a man and a woman has existed since the beginning of human history. It is the cornerstone of our ordered society. Before federal judges began to overturn marriage laws, voters in 30 states had preserved natural marriage in their Constitutions.

Now the High Court is poised to decide for us all whether the emotional and sexual desires of adults should trump the needs and rights of children to receive the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual benefits from being raised by both a father and mother. This time-honored institution is in serious trouble. The consequences this decision could have on our religious freedom, the freedom to believe and live according to those beliefs, are staggering. Should the Court redefine marriage, our religious liberty — the foundation for all of our freedoms — is at risk.

The Family Research Council is asking churches across America to hold a special “Stand for Marriage Sunday” on April 26, just two days preceding the oral arguments before the Supreme Court. All believers should pray for the Supreme Court and the attorneys presenting the arguments, that truth would prevail and that natural marriage would be honored by the arguments and by the decision of the justices.

Please see this short video which explains the importance of this decision and the impact it will have on everyday Americans who seek to live out their faith. Forward it to your church leaders and ask them to host Stand for Marriage Sunday: Religious Freedom at Risk.​

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Restoring Religious Rights

Bill of Rights with hands tearingThe very first of our Constitution’s Bill of Rights guarantees religious freedoms. Yet, in recent years, states have had to reaffirm those rights with various “Religious Freedom Restoration Acts” (RFRA), seeking to protect religious liberties, often in the face of discriminatory demands of homosexual and same-sex marriage advocates.

Since homosexual practices are choices, not guaranteed by the Constitution, they cannot be pursued as a “civil right.” Instead, same-sex marriages are demanded by some as an “equal rights” concession.

Most Americans have no hate or ill will towards homosexuals and, with traditional American tolerance, would be happy to “live and let live.” But, many (if not most) advocates for those lifestyles want to rewrite laws, challenge traditions and limit the religious liberties of others.

Let us pray for a society that extends religious liberties to its people, but also holds true to anti-discrimination ideals for all Americans.

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Be Zealous for Good Works

good-worksFor nearly 40 years, Congress has acknowledged the right of taxpayers to not have to sacrifice their consciences and pay for abortions, except if a pregnancy arises from incest or rape. This boilerplate stipulation, known as the Hyde Amendment, after Rep. Henry Hyde of Illinois, has been a rider on related spending appropriations for which federal funds are available under Medicaid, since 1976.

Yet the minority party has now brought the legislative process in the Senate to a halt, over a previously considered bi-partisan bill, S. 178, to limit human sex trafficking. They claim shock and surprise that this spending measure included the historic Hyde language ban on taxpayer-funded abortions. Senator Cornyn (R-Texas) says “the abortion lobby has been working very hard to derail this legislation” and the minority party wants to “re-litigate the Hyde Amendment.”

Contact your senators and ask them to pass this vital bill to limit human sex traffic and support the Hyde amendment rider in S.178.

Here is a Biblical basis for your stance on public policy and moral issues…

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

Titus 2:11-14 NKJV

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