Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Living For Jesus

Here is a Blueprint for Christian Living

 “Look and Live”

  1. Look to the Lord for your purpose in life, Micah 6:8, “He hath shown you O man what is good and what the Lord requires of you, but to do justly, love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
  2. Look to the Lord for your wisdom, Proverbs 3:4-5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
  3. Look to the Lord for your salvation, Isaiah 45:22, “Look to Me and be and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God and there is none other.”
  4. Look to Christ for a righteousness greater than your own. Mathew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”
  5. Look to Christ to give you an abundant life, John 10:10, “I have come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.”
  6. Live for the glory of God. I Cor. 10:31, “Whether therefore ye eat or drink or whatever ye do, do all for the glory of God.”
  7. Live in the spirit of praise, I Thess. 5:18, “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
  8. Live on the Word of God, Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds form the mouth of God.
  9. Live with your eyes on the judgment seat of Christ, II Cor. 5:10, “For we must all appear before the Judgment seat of Christ to receive the things done in the body whether good or bad." 
  10. Live before God with a broken and repentant heart. Psalm 51;17, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart-These, O God, You will not despise.”

Thursday, November 16, 2017

This is a very informative video from Prager University with Dinesh D'Souza on evaluating differnet cultrues. 

What makes the culture of America unique is that it was built on the principles and the foundation of a Christian worldview.  Here are the following building blocks of a Christian worldview:

The list that follows are the main presuppositions that make up a Christian worldview:

1. There is a God, Isaiah 43:10,11; 44:6,8; 45:5. 
2. This God is a Trinity, Gen. 1:26; Zech.
12:10; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 1:1. 
        3. God has revealed Himself in three ways: In creation, which is general revelation,in the Bible, which is special revelation, and in Jesus Christ His Son, Rom. 1:18-20' I Cor. 15:3.
4. God is the creator of the universe and all that is in it with order
and design -- the universe is not an accident, Gen. 1;
Isaiah 44:24; 45:18; Jer. 27:5; Neh. 9:6. 
5. God created all of life with a design and a
purpose -- life did not evolve, Gen. 1:11,12,21,24,25; 1 Cor. 15:38,39. 
6. The unseen supernatural world is just as real as the physical world, Eph. 6:12; Job 1:6; Mark 5:2; Matt. 12:22 
7. God made man in His own image, Gen. 1:26-27; 2:7; 1 Cor. 11:7. 
8. Man possesses dignity due to being made in God's image Job 31:15; Ps. 22:10; 139:13; Hosea 12:3; Luke 1:41-44. 
9. The first humans were Adam and Eve, and lived in the Garden of Eden, Gen. 2;    Rom. 5:14; 1 Cor. 15:22,45; 1 Tim. 2:13. 
     10. Adam and Eve were the first family (male and female) homosexuality 
        therefore, is unnatural Gen. 1:28; 2:21-25. 
    11. Man is morally accountable to God Ex. 15:26; 1 Kings 11:38; Rom.
      2:16; Ps. 50:6; 82:8; James 1:21. 
    12. God gave Man dominion of the earth, Gen. 1:28; Titus 1:7 
   13. Man is to subdue the world in a manner consistent with biblical
     revelation Gen. 1-2; 2 Tim. 3:16-17. 
   14.Sin entered the world through the sin and fall of Adam and Eve, Gen.
      3:1-6; Rom. 5:12-14 
   15. All people have sinned in Adam and are therefore in need of
      salvation Rom. 3:23. 
   16. Jesus is the only way to escape the judgment of God Acts. 4:12; 
      John 14:6. 
   17. The civil government is ordained by God and is God's provision for
       order and safety in society Rom. 13:1-7; John 19:11. 
   18. Christians are obligated to follow the laws of the land except where 
      they contradict the Bible Acts 5:29; 4:19. 
   19. Christians are commanded to preach the gospel to all the people in

        the World Matt. 28:18-19; Ps. 22:17. 

If we lose these foundatinal principles we will lose what has made this nation and its culture so special in the modern world. A Christian culture can only be maintained by the preaching of the gosple of Jesus Christ.

May the Lord enable us at Berean to continue to proclaim the unsearchable riches of that great gospel!!!

Friday, October 27, 2017

The National Anthem Controversy With The NFL

I had a wonderful time watching my son graduate from Airborne School at Fort Benining, Ga. We met many wonderful soldiers and officers who are serving their country and making amazing sacrifices so all of us can live in relative peace in a violent world. We met many African-American officers and soldiers who are serving their country and who love the flag and the great nation that it represents. What an amazing bond these white and black soldiers share together down here. I could not help but compare the dedication of these men and women to those NFL and other professional athletes who refuse to honor the flag of our country. I have been thinking about this for some time but feel compelled now to state my feelings.

The article below I wrote with much prayer and meditation. I trust it points us all to the correct solution to the problems that we are currently facing in our country.

The NFL Protest

The protest by the NFL players to kneel during the national anthem is really a protest built around the Black Lives Matter Movement. This movement is based on a number of presuppositions held by many blacks today that puts them on opposite side of the rest of the population in the country. It is this widespread distrust of the American government, the police departments, the white population, so-called institutional racism, and our country’s past that fuels this protest. For many people to sing the national anthem and to honor our nations founding fathers when some of them were slave holders is very troubling. I can understand that. But it must not be forgotten that many of the great heroes of history, and particularly of our American history, were flawed men. Are we all not flawed men? We are all born in sin. There is not a holy or righteous man among us apart from the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ and only after we have been born again and enabled by the Holy Spirit to keep God’s laws do we even start to have a personal righteousness. We must not forget that in spite of their many flaws, men such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and even Francis Scott Key did some very note worthy things. These men made great sacrifices, and they helped give us the greatest democratic republic in the world. When we sing the national anthem, when we celebrate the 4th of July, when we honor  the flag, we are not saying we are a perfect nation. We are not claiming that our founding fathers were perfect men. We are just giving honor to whom honor is due. We are giving thanks for the many personal sacrifices that these men made that helped to create the greatest nation on earth. In spite of our flaws and the flaws of our ancestors, where else in the world could these NFL athletes enjoy such a country with such freedoms and blessings? There are many nations around the world, that to show the kind of disrespect and contempt for the government that these athletes are doing would land them in jail or  something much worse. 

If we can only remember those individuals who agree 100% with our point of view, if we can only celebrate perfect men whose opinions agree with our own, then nearly every statue must come down. Nearly every hero in history will need to be replaced by those that meet  the new standard set up by the politically correct police who have decided what is good or what is bad. And every generation coming behind them will do the same thing as statues, heroes, and men that are honored are replaced by those that the current generation approves of.

There can be no denying that most white and black Americans see things radically differently from one another. This divide of thought and opinion grows wider by the day. If this is to end without violence, then there must be a coming together on the basis of biblical law and justice. Not until all people in this country are treated fairly, biblically, and with true justice as those who were created in the image of God and therefore worthy of respect, Christian kindness, and love, will we hope to see these massive issues that divide us solved. The Bible alone has the answers through the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have spent my life preaching the gospel to both black and white Americans. I have spent my life loving my black neighbors and friends. I deplore all ungodliness. I resist all forms of bigotry and true racism. But I see this racial divide growing day by day. 

So let’s all be honest. The controversy with the professional players in the NFL has little to do with free speech. This is a major clash of worldviews. No one denies that all Americans have the right to freely speak their mind on any issue they choose. All Americans have that right. All—except those whose opinions differ with those whose Politically Correct views are offended by people who see things differently from them. These protesters show disrespect to the symbol of our freedom and our nation. They do it on television in front of millions to see. The public that attends a game or tunes in on TV has no opportunity at that moment to voice either their approval or disapproval. The protesters are not concerned about free speech. They are shoving their contempt down your throat. By kneeling  during the national anthem they are saying to all America that they think we (this) is a racist nation. They are shoving their political views in our face. They are telling all of us that they view our history with disgust. They have a totally different view of reality of the majority of Americans. These protesters believe that institutional racism is holding their communities back. These athletes believe that they are victims of a racist society.  They cannot see the progress the country has made through the years. They cannot even appreciate that they are millionaires in a nation that is the freest on earth. These protesters have the blessing of the media, the institutions of higher education, the entertainment industry, and the entire Democratic party to cheer them on. 

Does racism exist in this country? Yes, it does, because men are sinners. Racism, contrary to the opinions of many black leaders, is a two way street. All men of all colors have racist tendencies. All men need Christ. All men need the gospel. We have made great progress in this country, but this will never be a perfect country because men will never be perfect. Do these athletes see anything worth celebrating? Can they say anything good about this land? We as Americans should be working together to build a better country, not working against each other by tearing each other down.

These athletes are celebrated as heroes, as courageous champions of civil rights, and the van guard of an enlightened people who are resisting centuries of oppression from racists bigots. Even our president is now being called  “White Supremacist.” These athletes think every police officer is plotting to kill them and every conservative is a racist. 

If anyone else should try to exercise their right to free speech, to even question issues such as climate warming, reverse discrimination, race baiting, socialism, political correctness, multiculturalism, immigration from Islamic countries, or the need to stand and show respect to the American flag and national anthem, they are shouted down on our college campuses. They will be refused permits to speak at many other campuses. They will be called racists, white supremacists, bigots, and a number of other degrading names. The media does not come to their defense. The main stream news agencies even heaps further insults upon them. For those whose freedom of speech contradicts the thought police, who have decided what is acceptable to believe, they are excoriated without mercy. These athletes and others who hold these presuppositions feel that they alone have the truth. They believe that their views are centrist, normal, and morally right. Their opinion alone is what matters. And anyone who differs with them are the extremists.

This protest has very little to do with free speech. It has everything to do with a group of people whose presuppositions, worldview, and opinions about this country are as far removed from reality as could be. Just try to engage in a serious and respectful conversation with any one who holds these views and you will see how quickly disgust, anger, and the feelings of contempt come to the surface. These people have deep seated suspicions of our country, the police, the political process, and of most white Americans. They hold these suspicions in spite of the progress we have made, in spite of the billions we have poured into their communities, in spite of the amazing opportunities that they have as rich, affluent athletes, and in spite of the fact that the greatest danger to their communities does not come from the police but from people in their own community.

These protesters have no sense of true patriotism. They have little love for this country. They have little respect for the police. They have no appreciation for the American flag or for those who have served and died for their freedoms. When we do see them wearing t-shirts with their heroes on them, they are often communists and revolutionaries. Do these protesters ever voice concerns about the Black Panthers, the racist rhetoric coming out of the Black Muslims who call all white people devils? Do they  reject the revolutionary beliefs of men like Jeremiah Wright? These protesters do not see people as made in God’s image. They do not see people as colorless but only see in black and white. So poisoned is their heart that race is the driving force in their lives. They see everything through that prism. The hatred is so great that no amount of progress could ever be enough. Not the fact that for the past fifty years nearly every mayor of every major city is black. Not the fact that we elected our first black president. Not the fact that more money has been poured into the communities and services to promote affirmative action than ever before. The rhetoric coming out of these communities is crying for revenge and reparations. For many it seems that nothing short of a complete revolution would ever satisfy these critics.

What these protesters do have is an ingrained sense of victimhood. They see themselves as oppressed, persecuted, discriminated against, and disenfranchised. Reason with them? It’s impossible. These professional athletes, wealthy, successful, celebrities, heroes to the youth of our country, living the good life, enjoying benefits that billions of people in the world would die for—don’t have a clue. And God help anyone who dares to question them.

Our only hope is that the preachers of the gospel both black and white get back to declaring the Word of God as the anecdote to the racial divide that is tearing this country apart. Apart from that, I don’t see a lot to be optimistic about. 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Wonderful Time In Africa

A Precious Brother in Christ

It was a very enjoyable time in Zambia, Africa with Ronald Kalifungwa. The Lord is truly blessing these men and their churches with a moving of God's Spirit. The singing was amazing and the fellowship was sweet in Christ. Ronald and Conrad have planted 45 churches and they are spreading the doctrines of Grace and Reformed theology all over the continent for the glory of God. I came home from ministering there very refreshed and challenged. May the Lord of the harvest send forth His servants to labor for Him in these days of spreading confusion and doctrinal declension.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

All Things Work Together For Good--Romans 8:28

Seven Ways That Demonstrate How God Brings Good Out Of All Our Sufferings

1. God will use these “things” to get our attention.All things work together for good…” The “All things” in Romans 8:28 refer to the trials, sufferings and tragedies that often hit us in our lives and surprise us when we least expect it.

a. Let me explain, all of us occasionally pass through times of spiritual dryness and aridity of soul where we see our love for Christ cooled. We may become spiritually tired and exhausted and the word of God seems to lose its effect on our lives.

b. What shall we do at times like this? Superficial and shallow people simply inject another program into the church or create another busy activity that exhausts people who are already worn out and spiritually fatigued.

c. God’s method is to get our attention through these “things” that Paul is mentioning. A true child of God knows when God is calling for his attention. These “things” bring us back to our senses, and help us to refocus and cause us to listen to the voice of God once more. David said in Psalms 119:67, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word.” David was drifting spiritually but then some affliction hit him and it brought him to his senses and he returned to the Lord.

2. God will use these “things” to develop patience, godly character in our lives, and to mold us into the image of His Son Jesus Christ. James tells us in James 1:2-3, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”

3. God will use these “things” to teach us how to pray, to trust, to walk with Him more faithfully. Dr. David Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said, “Christian people are generally at their best when in the furnace of affliction.”

4. God may use these “things” to teach us humility. Struggling, suffering people are not usually over confident and arrogant. They aren’t proud and self-sufficient thinking they can live without God or without His word and Spirit working in their lives. Humility dwells with those who are suffering and sorrowing.

5. God will use these “things” to make us more tender, sympathetic, and understanding of the hurts, bruises, and needs of others. “Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (II Corinthians 1:4). When we suffer we are able, from our own experiences, to comfort others. When we have gone through the fire we know how to help those who are passing through the flames of trial and tribulation.

6. God will use these “things” to teach us deeper lessons about His own person. We learn about His,

a. Forgiveness
b. Faithfulness (He doesn’t forsake us)
c. Omnipotence (as He keeps his promise)
d. Omnipresence (as He draws near to comfort)
e. Tenderness
f. Patience (bearing long with us in our failures)
g. Provision, etc.

7. God uses these “things” to prepare us for Heaven.
a. So often we are earth bound, we do not have that joyful anticipation of the coming glory.
b. But pain, suffering, sorrow and tragedy, etc. will develop a godly longing to be with Christ.
c. Perhaps your heartaches are preparing you to look up for your redemption is drawing nigh.

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Gathering Storm
(America’s Great Culture War)
Pastor Robert L. Dickie

Psalm 11:3, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

The United States has had a wonderful history of great leaders.  This year (2008) as we are going through the process of choosing candidates to be nominated for our next presidential election, there are reasons for all true Americans to be concerned.  We are involved in a great culture war.  Perhaps, never again will this country know such men as Washington, Adams, Lee or Lincoln.  The culture that produced these great American heroes is passing away.  The new world emerging is a world filled with victims: those who believe in entitlements and the masses of little minds that are easily intoxicated with shallow thoughts and selfish gains.  Great leaders of character, integrity, and the ability to think deeply are being replaced by pundits, pop-stars, and Pinocchios.  All liars!  Leaders making promises that cannot be kept. They are lying most of all to themselves.  Men blinded by their own ambitions and delusions.  We have one last chance to fight this battle.  This culture war is for all the marbles. The fight is being waged in the Valley of Decision.  What will be decided is whether or not truth and righteousness will prevail, or whether we will slip into a new Dark Age.  The United States is rapidly being transformed into a third-world country.  We are becoming a banana republic.  Our greatness is vanishing, and our future is dying.  We should all be concerned.

Do you doubt this?  Dr. Peter Kreeft a professor at Boston College has written extensively on Christian Apologetics.  Referring to the culture war we are facing Dr. Kreeft said, “If you can't see that our entire civilization is in crisis, then you are a wounded victim of the war. We are now engaged in the most serious war that the world has ever known… If you don't know that our entire civilization is in crisis, I hope you had a nice vacation on the moon… Many minds do seem moonstruck, however, blissfully unaware of the crisis—especially the "intellectuals," who are supposed to be the most on top of current events.”  Another writer, Scott Bidstrup, made these telling comments on the gathering storm that threatens our culture: “Even a casual observer of the American culture cannot help but be impressed by the increasing degree of polarization not only of American politics, but of cultural values and even lifestyles and attitudes. There seems to be an endless array of conflict - not just minor differences of opinion, but major conflict - even resulting in violence and murder. The results seem to be applauded or abhorred - depending on whose side you are on. The outcome of this conflict could not be more important - it is nothing less than the survival of Western Civilization. This is because the roots of this conflict run far deeper than most people realize, and its consequences far more serious.” Actor Charlton Heston gave a speech in which he described the current culture war that is tearing America apart.  Heston wrote:Dedicating the memorial at Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln said of America, 'We are now engaged in a great Civil War, testing whether this nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.' Those words are true again. I believe that we are again engaged in a great civil war, a cultural war that's about to hijack your birthright to think and say what resides in your heart.”

The fact that we are in a culture war in America and that there is an attempt to secularize the west is evident everywhere.  Ravi Zacharias, understood this when he wrote these poignant words:

We are living in a time when sensitivities are at the surface, often vented in cutting words.  Philosophically, you can practice anything (in the Western World), so long as you do not claim that it is a ‘better’ way.  Religiously, you can hold to anything, so long as you do not bring Jesus Christ into it.  If a spiritual idea is eastern, it is granted critical immunity; if western, it is thoroughly criticized…All religions, plainly and simply, cannot be true…It does no good to put a halo on the notion of tolerance as if everything could be equally true.”  Jesus Among Other Gods, p.4 Many intellectuals understand that it is open season on the Christian faith and those who believe in moral absolutes.  It should not be missed that if the Christian faith is destroyed, if it is made irrelevant, or if it is shoved to the back seat of influence so to speak, the change to our culture will be profound beyond our imaginations.

Speaking of the collapse of western culture, G. K. Chesterton, an astute observer of humanity said, “We have become a culture with our feet firmly planted in midair.”

James Davison Hunter said the culture war is, “The struggle to define America.”

What are the signs and the evidence that we are in a major culture war?  Let me suggest a few things that should shock us all.  

  • We are a culture of death.  Abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, and assisted suicide are no longer thoughts dwelling on the lunatic fringe but are accepted and proudly held by most pseudo-intellectuals and the unthinking masses of the popular culture.
  • We are drifting into a post-modern worldview that denies the reality of absolute truth.
  • We are being attacked and overwhelmed by radical single issue groups who have united under one banner to end everything this nation was built upon.  Groups such as radical feminists, black extremists, animal rights groups, radical environmentalists, activist homosexual groups, multiculturalists, People for the American Way, Planned Parenthood, and the American Civil Liberties Union, to name just a few.
  • We have become paralyzed by the philosophy of political correctness that enables our enemies free reign to attack our institutions and denigrate our religious values.  
  • We have unwittingly become enamored with the spirit of pluralism that tolerates all world religions but has become intensely hostile to the Christian faith which is the worldview of the vast majority of Americans. 
  • Moral relativism, which holds that competing claims to right and wrong cannot be judged objectively, is making America a godless culture in which to raise a family.
  • We have lost the cultural foundation of the Protestant Work Ethic, an ethic based on capitalism, free enterprise, and old-fashioned hard work.
  • We are becoming a nation of victims and beggars as we feel entitled to the good life without having to work, struggle, or produce results that give us the right to a good life.
  • We are loosing our ability to think and reason for ourselves.  We have become a people who are molded and shaped by the pop-culture and the MTV generation.  Madonna, Barbara Streisand, Jane Fonda, Oprah Winfrey, Ed Asner, and Scarlet Johansen are hardly intellectuals—and yet, their influence politically and morally is greater than any religious and political leader in our country today.
  • We are intoxicated with the dream of “Social Justice” which is merely code for socialism, redistribution of wealth, and the taxation of the rich.
  • We are abusing the doctrine of separation of church and state to make our nation a secular state where the Christian faith is removed from the public square.

To fight this culture war, there are three things that are necessary.  According to Dr. Peter Kreeft they are: “To win any war, the three most necessary things to know are (1) that you are at war, (2) who your enemy is, and (3) what weapons or strategies can defeat him.”  Most Americans are clueless about these three things.

Let me share some evidence of this decline and descent into lunacy.  At President Bush's annual Ramadan dinner at the White House, (did you know the President has an annual Ramadan dinner?), he announced for the first time in our nation's history, we have added a Koran to the White House Library.  This is not a move in a positive direction!  Robert H. Bork made these insightful comments on the demise of American culture:   “But the manifestations of American cultural decline are even more widespread, ranging across virtually the entire society, from the violent underclass of the inner cities to our cultural and political elites, from rap music to literary studies, from pornography to law, from journalism to scholarship, from union halls to universities. Wherever one looks, the traditional virtues of this culture are being lost, its vices multiplied, its values degraded-in short, the culture itself is unraveling.” Bork continues and lists some of the telltale signs of the decaying of our culture, “coerced equality: quotas, affirmative action, income redistribution through progressive taxation for some, entitlement programs for others, and the tyranny of political correctness spreading through universities, primary and secondary schools, government, and even the private sector… Vulgarity and obscenity are, of course, rife in popular culture. Rock is followed by rap; television situation comedies and magazine advertising increasingly rely on explicit sex; such cultural icons as Roseanne Barr and Michael Jackson can be seen on family-oriented television clutching their crotches. The prospect is for more and worse. Companies are now doing billions of dollars' worth of business in pornographic videos, and volume is increasing rapidly. They are acquiring inventories of the videos for cable television; and a nationwide chain of pornographic video and retail stores is in the works. One pay-per-view network operator says, "This thing is a freight train.

The liberal media, political thinkers, and post-modern philosophers increasingly use the rhetoric of “We have rights!” to cram their secular, humanistic and anti-Christian bias down our throats.  Their mantra is “People have a right to view pornography, and if you don’t like it, don’t buy it.”  This thinking eliminates the possibility of restraints in a culture and enables the moral fabric of a society to rot at its very core.  And the idea, “if it offends you, don’t buy it” is also deceiving.  Because whether we buy these moral degrading items or not we will be affected and influenced by those who do.  As  movie critic Michael Medved put it, "To say that if you don't like the popular culture then turn it off, is like saying, if you don't like the smog, stop breathing.”  When we tell people that if they do not like something to stop buying it, stop listening to it, or stop watching it, is really a surrender to the cultural slide and is an admission that we can do nothing to prevent the degenerating sickness in our society.

Ann Coulter, syndicated columnist and author, commented on the hypocrisy of the Supreme Court’s decision to forbid the public display of the Ten Commandments.  She understood that the argument of the Supreme Court was based on the premise of the separation of church and state (an often misunderstood and misapplied concept).  The court argued that it is not the right of the government to support religious values in the public square.  But Coulter was quick to point out the many examples of the government promoting secular humanism, which is a religion, and other moral and religious ideas in the public square.  Here is what Ann Coulter said:

To put the Supreme Court's recent ban on the Ten Commandments display in perspective, here is a small sampling of other speech that has been funded in whole or in part by taxpayers
  • Graphic videos demonstrating how to put a condom on and pep talks by "Planned Parenthood educators." – sex education classes at public schools across the nation 
  • "If there was a better, more effective, or in fact any other way of visiting some penalty befitting their participation upon the little Eichmanns inhabiting the sterile sanctuary of the twin towers (than the attack of 9-11), I'd really be interested in hearing about it." – Ward Churchill, professor, University of Colorado 
  • We need "a million more Mogadishus" (referring to the slaughter of 18 American soldiers during a peacekeeping mission in Somalia in 1993). – Nicholas De Genova, assistant professor, Columbia University 
  • "The entire federal government – the Congress, the executive, the courts – is united behind a right-wing agenda for which George W. Bush believes he now has a mandate. That agenda includes the power of the state to force pregnant women to surrender control over their own lives ... If you like the Supreme Court that put George W. Bush in the White House, you will swoon over what's coming. And if you like God in government, get ready for the Rapture ..." – Bill Moyers' commentary on PBS' "Now" 
  • Close-up photos of women's vaginas plastered all over a portrait of the Virgin Mary (which the New York Times will still not mention when it describes the "art"). – Brooklyn Museum of Art 
  • A photo of a woman breastfeeding an infant, titled "Jesus Sucks." – NEA-funded performance 
  • A photo of a newborn infant with its mouth open titled to suggest the infant was available for oral sex. – NEA-funded performance 
  • "F--- a Fetus" poster showing an unborn baby with the caption: "For all you folks who consider a fetus more valuable than a woman, have a fetus cook for you, have a fetus affair, go to a fetus' house to ease your sexual frustration." – NEA-funded performance 
  • Performance of giant bloody tampons, satanic bunnies, three-foot feces and vibrators. – NEA-funded performance 
  • A novel depicting the sexual molestation of a group of 10 children in a pedophile's garage, including acts of bestiality, with the children commenting on how much they enjoyed the pedophilia. – NEA-funded publisher 
  • Christ on a cross submerged in a jar of urine. – NEA-funded exhibit 
  • A female performer inserting a speculum into her vagina and inviting audience members on stage to view her cervix with a flashlight. – NEA-funded performance 
  • A performance of large, sexually explicit props covered with Bibles performing a wide variety of sex acts and concluding with a mass Bible-burning. – NEA-funded performance (canceled by the venue in response to citizen protests) 
  • A show titled "DEGENERATE WITH A CAPITAL D" featuring a display of the remains of the artist's own aborted baby. – NEA-funded exhibit 
  • A play titled "Sincerity Forever," depicting Christ using obscenities and endorsing any and all types of sexual activities as consistent with biblical teaching. – NEA-funded exhibit 
  • Essay describing then-New York Cardinal John O'Connor as a "fat cannibal from that house of walking swastikas up on Fifth Avenue." Also photographs of men performing oral sex, anal sex, oral-anal sex and masturbation. – NEA-funded exhibit 
This is the America we live in! A country founded on a compact with God, forged from the idea that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights is now a country where taxpayers can be forced to subsidize "artistic" exhibits of aborted fetuses. But don't start thinking about putting up a Ten Commandments display in a court room. That's offensive!” 
A recent prayer in the Kansas State Senate revealed the shifting culture of postmodern America.  “When minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:  "Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and call it Pluralism. 
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. 
We have killed our unborn and called it choice. 
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it
building Self-esteem. 
We have abused power and called it politics. 
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and 
called it freedom of expression. 
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers
and called it enlightenment. 
Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us
from every sin and set us free.”

We are at war!  The culture is disintegrating before our eyes.  If we lose this war, our children and our children’s children will live in a country that is a far cry from the place where we grew up and lived.  

What can we do about this?

1.  Read these books:
  1. How Should We Then Live, Francis Schaeffer
  2. How Now Should We Live, Charles Colson
  3. The New Tolerance, Josh McDowell
  4. Truth Under Fire, John Whitehead
  5. Persecution, David Limbaugh
  6. Foundations of God’s City, James Montgomery Boice
  7. The Vanishing Conscience, John MacArthur
  8. The Name, Franklin Graham
  9. Closing of the American Mind, Allan Bloom
  10. Slouching Towards Gomorrah,  Robert H. Bork
2.  Get involved in the media war.  Encourage others to read, study, and think about the 
     culture war and the dire consequences if we lose it.

3. Turn off the TV and turn your family on to  reading and thinking.

4. Pray for your leaders, for your country, for a revival and reformation in our country, once

5. Elect people to office who share the moral values and teachings of the Judeo-Christian 

6. Encourage your church and pastor to take a stand on the moral issues that are rotting our culture.

7. Build a strong family based on the principles and teaching of the Word of God.  The Bible and prayer
    are our greatest weapons in this culture war!

8.  Train your children to think.  Help them to evaluate all competing worldviews.  

 I remind each of you of these famous words, “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

Friday, June 23, 2017

Review of Reza Aslan’s testimony, 
“Why I Am A Muslim.”

Reza Aslan wrote a book entitled, “Zealot” in which he attacks the historic Christian faith. Among his many slanders and attacks on Jesus Christ are the following points:

He claims Jesus was not born in Bethlehem, was executed as a common criminal, and was more of a rabble-rouser than a man of peace. Jesus, according to Aslan, was more like a revolutionary of the type of Che Guevara rather than the Prince of Peace. When Jesus drove the money changers out of the temple that was “A blatantly criminal act.” Thus he lays sins and crimes on the Savior. His analysis of Jesus was that He was a dangerous seditionist that Rome had no choice but to execute for His stirring up rebellion against the republic. Jesus was not a miracle worker but one of many traveling magicians duping the public. Finally, Jesus was not a humble Son of God but a proud trouble maker who stirred up the masses to riot against Rome. 

How many of the main evangelical preachers of our day can you list that wrote or preached publicly about this book that attacks our Lord?

This Iranian born Muslim living in the United States enjoys the freedom of speech in his new country. He can do here what no American can do there (in Iran). He, like many other Muslims, is taking advantage of our liberties and laws to undermine our liberty and laws. Reza Aslan is just one of thousands of Muslim voices that are seeking to destroy the Christian faith. The Apostles in the New Testament called upon all believers to defend the faith that was once delivered to the saints. Sadly, too many believers have been silenced by the pressure put on them by society that calls those who speak the truth about this false religion bigots and racists. The silence of so many millions of Christians in the face of these current religious wars is the shame and disgrace of our generation. Isaac Watts said it better than I can say it:

Am I a soldier of the Cross
A follower of the Lamb,
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His name?

Must I be carried to the skies 
On flowery beds of ease,
While others faught to win the prize
And sailed through bloody seas?

Are there no foes for me to face,
Must I not stem the flood,
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To lead us on to God?

Sure I must fight if I would reign
increase my courage Lord,
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.

I am deeply offended by the teaching of every corrupt philosophy, false gospel, and man made cult. I have spent my life defending “The Old Rugged Cross” and the Savior who shed His precious blood there. This is not a time for the Lord’s people to sit back in silence when there are unbiblical and heretical religions attacking our faith, mocking our Lord, and seeking to undermine everything our forefathers labored to achieve.

If the following American preachers were alive today do we even have to guess if they would be silent in the defense of the Christian faith.   These men, Cotton Mather, Jonathan Edwards, Lyman Beecher, Charles Hodge, D.L. Moody, Bob Jones Sr. J. Gresham Machen, B.B. Warfield, James Henley Thornwell, B.H. Caroll, John A. Broadus, H.A. Ironside, John Murray,  Cornelius Van Tyl, Francis Schaeffer, James Montgomery Boice, D. James Kennedy, Rousas John Rushdooney, W.A. Criswell, M.R. Dehaan, to just name a few of the great preachers and defenders of the faith, would not be on the sidelines during this crucial time in our history. We are failing to follow in their footsteps and proving ourselves unloyal and derelict in our duty to defend and to proclaim our Lord’s gospel.

I want to review the following article by Reza Aslan. That this man is having so much influence on American culture, thought, faith, and life is an indication of how far we have fallen as a nation. 

Reza Aslan: Why I am a Muslim

Updated 10:46 AM ET, Wed April 19, 2017

Reza Aslan is the author of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" and the host of CNN's original series "Believer With Reza Aslan." The views expressed are his own.
(CNN), As a writer and scholar of religions, I am often asked how, knowing all that I know about the religions of the world, I can still call myself a believer, let alone a Muslim.

It's a reasonable question. Considering the role that religion so often plays in fueling conflicts abroad and inspiring bigotry at home, it is not always so easy to defend the value of religion in society. And, in a world in which reason and religion seem to be moving further apart, it is certainly understandable why so many people view religious faith as the hallmark of an irrational mind.

Of course, as someone who has spent the better part of the last two decades studying the world's religions -- and having recently crisscrossed the globe for my new spiritual adventure series "Believer," where I immerse myself in religious traditions both familiar and downright bizarre -- I know better than to take the truth claims of any religion (including my own) too seriously.

But I also know this: Religion and faith are not the same thing.

'A signpost to God’

Faith is mysterious and ineffable. It is an emotional, not necessarily a rational, experience.

Religion is a fairly recent human invention. But faith, as I have elsewhere argued, is embedded in our very evolution as human beings.

And yet, in the end, faith is nothing more or less than a choice. You either believe there is something beyond the physical world (as I do), or you don't. You either believe you are more than the sum of your material parts (as I do), or you don't. You either believe in the existence of a soul (as I do), or you don’t.

No one can prove or disprove these things, not any more than anyone can prove or disprove love or fear or any other human emotion.

Religion, on the other hand, is the language we use to express faith. It is a language made up of symbols and metaphors that allows people to express to each other (and to themselves) what is, almost by definition, inexpressible.

After all, if there is a God, then that God is utterly beyond human comprehension. How would one talk about -- or even think about -- something so completely foreign? We would need some kind of language to help us make sense of it, a set of symbols and metaphors we can all agree upon to help us define what is fundamentally indefinable.

That's where religion comes in. Beyond the doctrines and dogma, the do's and the don't's, religion is simply a framework for thinking about the existential questions we all struggle with as human beings.

It is, as the Sufi mystics say, a "signpost to God."Can you have faith without religion? Of course! But as the Buddha said, if you want to strike water, you don't dig six 1-foot wells; you dig one 6-foot well. In other words, if you want to have a deep and meaningful faith experience, it helps -- though it is by no means necessary -- to have a language with which to do so. So then, pick a well. Different words, same thing

My well is Islam, and in particular, the Sufi tradition. Let me be clear, I am Muslim not because I think Islam is "truer" than other religions (it isn't), but because Islam provides me with the "language" I feel most comfortable with in expressing my faith. It provides me with certain symbols and metaphors for thinking about God that I find useful in making sense of the universe and my place in it.
So... what do you believe?

But I know, just as the Buddha did, that while my personal well may be different and unique, the water I draw from it is the same water drawn from everyone else's wells. Indeed, having drunk from many wells in my spiritual journey, I consider it my mission in life to inform the world that, no matter the well, the water tastes just as sweet. Consider the following parable by the great Sufi master Jalal ad-Din Rumi, which I recount in my book, "No god but God”:

A Persian, a Turk, an Arab and a Greek are traveling to a distant land when they begin arguing over how to spend the single coin they share in common. The Persian wants to spend the coin on angur; the Turk, on uzum; the Arab, on inab; and the Greek, on stafil.

A linguist passing by overhears the argument. "Give the coin to me," he says. Taking the coin, the linguist goes to a nearby shop and buys the travelers four small bunches of grapes.

"This is my angur!" cries the Persian.
"But this is what I call uzum," replies the Turk.
"You have brought me my inab," the Arab says.
"No! This in my language is stafil," says the Greek.

The travelers suddenly realize that they were all asking for the same thing, but in different languages. My goal -- as a scholar, as a person of faith, and now as the host of "Believer" -- is to be the linguist, to demonstrate that, while we may speak in different religions, we are, more often than not, often expressing the same faith.

And that, regardless of whether you, too, are a believer or not, is a lesson worth learning.

A Pastor’s Response To Reza Aslan’s 
Testimony As To Why He 
Is A Muslim

This is the man who said of president Trump that he was “a piece of sh___t.” What kind of moral example and and ethical picture does this man display to others? His religion evidently allows for profanity, bigotry, and arrogance.

He calls himself a scholar of religions. And yet he says he does not take the truth claims of any religion too seriously, even his own. He writes, 

“I know better than to take the truth claims of any religion (including my own) too seriously.”

What good is a person’s religion if you cannot trust it’s truth claims? This is the major problem with all the various religions in the world. They all claim to be true but they all differ so widely on many crucial points. The real issue of studying religion is to recognize that they cannot all be true. Where does the truth lie? Are all religions false or is there one among them that stands out from the rest that can verify its truth claims? If Reza Aslan cannot even trust his own religion how can we trust him on any thing he might say about the rest of the religions of the world?

Reza goes on to say, “Faith is mysterious and ineffable. It is an emotional, not necessarily a rational, experience.” This shows his utter lack of knowledge of the Christian faith that calls on men to make a rational evaluation of the evidence of the resurrection of Christ and calls on all men to repent of their sin and trust in His gospel. The Christian message calls for a rational faith that is based on historical truths that can be verified by historical and biblical evidence.

The article continues with more contradictory nonsense that both Christians and Muslims reject. He writes,

“Religion is a fairly recent human invention. But faith, as I have elsewhere argued, is embedded in our very evolution as human beings.”

Neither Muslims nor Christians believe in evolution and neither would agree that religion is the invention of man. Key to both Islam and Christianity is the claim that the one true God revealed Himself to man. Thus both Christians and Muslims believe that their religion was a revelation from the God of Creation. What kind of Muslim is Reza Aslan? The Quran and the Bible both reject by default the unproven theory of Evolution. 

Speaking of eternity beyond this life, of the human soul, and speaking of the value of man’s existence Reza claims,

No one can prove or disprove these things, not any more than anyone can prove or disprove love or fear or any other human emotion.”

Evidently Reza holds to his religion on the basis of blind faith. The Christian faith never argues for men to accept it on the basis of blind faith. The Christian faith is demonstrated by historical facts and by many evidences found in the Christian Scriptures themselves, which include the miracles of Jesus, His resurrection, the conversion of the Apostle Paul, the unique character of the New Testament and the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. The great doctrines of the Christian faith rest on mountains of God-given evidence both by special and general revelation.  Evidently Reza Aslan chooses to believe in Islam based on blind faith while holding to doctrinal views such as evolution and the invention of religion by man which contradict the very Scriptures he claims to revere. 

Aslan sees religion as merely a collection of symbols and metaphors to reveal the nature of God to us. After expressing this thought about religion he comes to the real reason he is a Muslim. He states:

“Let me be clear, I am Muslim not because I think Islam is "truer" than other religions (it isn't), but because Islam provides me with the "language" I feel most comfortable with in expressing my faith. It provides me with certain symbols and metaphors for thinking about God that I find useful in making sense of the universe and my place in it.”

His reason for believing in Islam is not because he thinks it is true. Can you imagine such a view? He claims it is not true than any other religion. So why would he hold to Islam if it is not truer than the other religions in the world? In shocking candor he says because, “Islam provides me with the language I feel most comfortable with…” This is an astonishing claim. He continues and says that Islam provides him with symbols that he finds useful in making sense of the universe. In essence what Reza Aslan is saying is that he is not a Muslim because of the conviction of truth, or because there is a moral authority within that religion, or because the Quran provides irrevocable absolutes that command his allegiance. No, he is a Muslim because Islam makes him feel comfortable and seems useful to him.  This is hardly the reason for anyone to commit to a faith, and especially a faith like Islam that is so filled with problematic doctrine and has such a terrible record throughout history for violence and bloodshed. And yet this man calls himself an authority on religion and has written a book “Zealot” filled with blasphemies against the historic Christian faith and slanders the Lord Jesus Christ.

Reza Aslan continues and makes another surprising admission. He tells us that all religions are basically the same. This is completely in contradiction with the dogmas of Islam. Aslan uses the analogy of drawing water from a well to describe ones’ faith. It does not matter what well (religion) you draw your water from it is all the same and is still sweet to the soul. He says:

the water I draw from it is the same water drawn from everyone else's wells. Indeed, having drunk from many wells in my spiritual journey, I consider it my mission in life to inform the world that, no matter the well, the water tastes just as sweet.” 

If this man is an expert on world religions, as he claims, he must know that the nonsense he is writing is in conflict with the teachings of his own faith? He has made massive attacks against the Christian faith. Yet he has found a home on national American TV spouting his anti-Christian bigotry and defending Islam at every opportunity that presents itself. The popularity of Reza Aslan is found in the fact that he has tapped into the anti-Christian nerve of secular, atheistic American and Western society. By doing this he can continue his anti-Christian rant and wrap himself up in the respectability of godless American culture while giving credence and support to Islam at every opportunity. This is a clever man. CNN has been duped by his pious platitudes when he claims that all religions are equal and the same. How nicely this fits in with the anti-Christian spirit of our Western world. Reza Aslan is too smart to not know what the Quran stands for. But by his clever embracing of Western sentiments about the equal value of all religions he can continue to mock the Christian faith, criticize any American leader who may be alert to the dangers of Islam, and remain an apologist for his own Muslim faith.

To summarize this testimony briefly it needs to be said that Reza Aslan is proclaiming a false message that contains not even one tiny nugget of spiritual value. He does not give us any surprising insights into the Quran and the Islamic faith that would lead us to want to embrace it. He preaches the age old lie that all religions are equally valid and all lead to the same place. While he plays up to his duped American audience he winks over to the side at his Muslim friends. He knows that they know he is only fooling the uninformed and gullible American public. For Muslims, he serves as a useful tool to advance the Islamic faith, to Americans, he mocks their historic Christian faith and slanders the Lord Jesus Christ. In the words of the Apostle Paul, this man “is an enemy to the cross of Christ.” It is tragic that the American people, once steeped in the historic Christian worldview, cannot recognize this.