Confronting Evil

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Islamic Terrorism hit hard over the weekend in a Kenyan Mall and a Pakistani Church, and, after well over a thousand years, the reality of Muslim jihad has displayed no signs of waning. Islam was started as a terrorist religion by Muhammad himself, so we should not be surprised when these events occur. Christianity, on the other hand, is rooted in grace. The former rules by intimidation and deceit and the latter by love and truth.

Long before Islam, the early Church faced the same kind of evil, yet it thrived, though not necessarily by the means it anticipated. The case of Stephen in is an excellent example. He stood up to his adversaries and boldly proclaimed the truth of God’s Word. We cannot and must not refrain from confronting evil and calling out sin.

51 “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. 52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, 53 you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.”

ESV Acts 7:51-53

Speaking the truth cost him his earthly life, but he was welcomed into eternity with great glory. What did he see before his departure?

54 Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. 55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

ESV Acts 7:54-56

Wow! Christ is often described as seated at the right hand of the Father on High, yet, here He is standing. Christ does not take the death of His saints lightly, and He is not a mere bystander. He has brought such things to pass for His glory, and Stephen beheld that glory in a splendor that we eagerly anticipate.

Shortly thereafter the Church was dispersed because of a great persecution (Acts 8).  These were tough times, but God was in complete control of the situation, for, in this, the gospel exploded to the four winds. Let us pray that God will use these events to reach those who at present hate him the most.

Foundation Upon Sand: Egyptian Government Doomed From Start

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To create a society that enjoys the most freedom while maintaining the best order is not easy. Cultures have attempted this throughout human history, but they fail … unless they are built and are maintained upon the Bible. The more such governments are based on the Bible and then consistently apply the Bible, the better and more stable those societies remain. For this reason, any attempt to build a free society in Egypt today is futile.

Egypt is once again in turmoil. Fox News reports, “Thousands are protesting in Egypt after both the Muslim Brotherhood and their opponents called for new mass rallies Sunday, renewing fears of another round of street violence after the country’s military removed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi from office.” Apparently, many of those who ousted the former leader did not want to exchange one dictator for another, but they certainly will. It may not be another member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but any society not built upon Scripture is doomed to collapse into chaos, which then paves the way for a tyrant.

A look in the past illustrates this. In his ten-part “How Should We Then Live” series episode 5 “The Revolutionary Age”, Francis Schaeffer explains why unBiblical governments that attempt to build a free society  always fail. The American Revolution and the French Revolution occur within the same era, but they turned out much differently. America revolutionaries was immersed in Biblical thought, but the French leaders were steeped in secular pagan thinking. The revolution here presupposed key principles about the nature of man that came out of the Bible, and our forefathers also implemented many Biblical principles and laws into the various levels and branches of government. The French, on the other hand, destroyed Churches and led the people into deep idolatry, with ‘Reason’ being the chief idol.

What was the result?

The United States became prosperous and free while maintaining order at the same time. In contrast, France turned into a blood bath because it did not have a Biblical basis for government. Her false assumption about man as being born without Original Sin was devastating because sinful man seeks power and seeks to use that to his own advantage. He must be checked. Moreover, if the conscience of man is not restrained by his reverence to God in Christ, then he will do as he pleases, and anarchy will erupt. Corruption skyrockets, and the strong dominate the weak. Riots fill the streets and violence quickly erupts as different factions strive for power. The people then cry out for order and peace, even it means giving up all the liberties that they were originally willing to die for. They follow the strongest leader, and propel him to power to bring some sanity into society. In the case of France, Napoleon did exactly that.

Such will be the case with Egypt. Morsi has not been strong enough to maintain power it seems, though I wouldn’t write off the Muslim Brotherhood quite yet. Even so, Egypt will eventually be given to a strong leader at some point that will rule with an iron fist and any hopes of liberty for the average man will be lost. For this reason, as Christians, our prayer must for the repentance of a people. It is only if they submit to Christ that they will have the opportunity for lasting freedom. Otherwise, such attempts at liberty are only vanity and striving after the wind.

10The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
he frustrates the plans of the peoples.

11The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
the plans of his heart to all generations.

12Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

Psalm 33:10-12

Islam & Pedophilia: How Worldview Affects Law

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In the Muslim world, it can be extremely difficult for a woman to prove rape under Sharia Law. As Islam spreads across the world, this heinous crime will become more justified. Not only is rape hard to prove this system, but sex with preteens is also common and justified. Such thinking is on our doorstep. Though Sharia is not the Law in the United States yet, appeals to Muslim philosophy are already encroaching.

In Seattle, a 22 year old Muslim college student and volunteer for CAIR, justified intercourse with a twelve year old girl because of how she was dressed. “There are many, many cases all the time of sexual predators taking advantage of underage girls,” wrote Geller. “This one, however, has two elements that show traces of the effects that Islamic supremacism can have on a human mind. Abdelbadie claims that this 12-year-old girl ‘seduced’ him – an idea that might occur easily to someone who, following Muhammad’s example, sees girls as young as nine as sex objects. Also, he claims she was dressed ‘provocatively.’”
Read more here.

The greatest takeaway from this example is that worldview not only affects how we think and act as individuals, but it also impacts Law. As a people or a ruling elite begin to think a certain way, the implementation of laws reflecting those values is sure to follow. Sharia Law is no exception.

As Islam begins to dominate certain cities in America, a greater cry for Sharia will only increase. For this reason, simply attacking the cases that come up will not resolve the problem. We must confront the false worldview of Islam and expose its worldview claims for what they are: baseless and Satanic.

The gospel is the only long-term solution in warring against Islam and all of the baggage that comes with it. When we cow-tow to Islam or any other ungodly system, we not only weaken our own legal system, but we also embolden a structure of beliefs that justifies abuse of women and enslaves its followers.

Take heed ye nations of the earth.

Pslam 2 (ESV)

“Why do the nations rage

and the peoples plot in vain?

2 The kings of the earth set themselves,

and the rulers take counsel together,

against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,

3 “Let us burst their bonds apart

and cast away their cords from us.”

4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;

the Lord holds them in derision.

5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath,

and terrify them in his fury, saying,

6 “As for me, I have set my King

on Zion, my holy hill.”

7 I will tell of the decree:

The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;

today I have begotten you.

8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,

and the ends of the earth your possession.

9 You shall break them with a rod of iron

and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;

be warned, O rulers of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear,

and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son,

lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,

for his wrath is quickly kindled.

Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”

Homeschool, Immigration, and State Religion

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Immigration has been a hot button issue for many years, yet it has taken an unusual twist in the realm of Homeschooling. The popular case about a German family that left their homeland so that they could homeschool in America continues to make news.

The Romeike family is desperately trying to stay in America, lest they face intense persecution and be ordered to send their children back to the pagan temples in Germany. WND reports “HSLDA said the Romeikes, who fled from Germany to the United States to legally homeschool, are hopeful that a rehearing might result in a better outcome for their family.”

The great hypocrisy in this case is that millions of illegals are on the verge of amnesty in the United States, yet this wholesome family came here for asylum but are likely to get deported. Why? One word: votes.

The Democrat Party is on the cusp of solidifying a huge voting block for many years to come, something it did during the Civil Rights era with the Black population-of which most of the opposition came from Democrats ironically. They don’t want families like the Romeikes who are sure to vote Conservative, so sending a sharp message of condescension to them not only wards off others from doing the same, but it also helps demonize and marginalize the entire Homeschool movement altogether. In contrast, if the Democrates are able to grant amnesty to those who are more likely to vote for socialistic policies, then they are reinforcing their leftist political agenda.

As Christians, we need to be ever watchful of what is occurring here because the direction of the country is about to be clearly defined one way or the other. We will either have the opportunity to restore conservatism, or we will plunge into a deep communist abyss that will be virtually impossible to come out of. The fight then is not simply over one family; rather, it is a battle for the heart of a nation. This war of worldviews is escalating, and it takes center stage in government classrooms everyday. What are these worldviews, and why are they in such opposition to one another?

The two worldviews that clash the most in American education are Secular Humanism, which is represented in extremely expensive government temples called public schools, and Christianity, which is exemplified in a majority of frugal Homeschool settings. Understanding these spiritual underpinnings is the key to exposing centralized government education on the hand and strategically advocating decentralized Christian home education on the other.

They conflict so violently because at the center of secular humanism is the glorification man, while the glory of God is at the center of Christianity. To his shame, sinful man would rather destroy himself in this false religious system than submit to a Holy God that commands his obedience. This is the religious system that tens of millions of children are immersed into everyday in government schools, a reality that every Christian parent who sends their child to these indoctrination temples needs to be aware of. This is a minefield for your children, so think twice before you send them back this Fall because the soul of your child is at stake, something far more important than anything you could ever possess in the passing life at the expense of your child’s eternal destiny.

For more insights into secular humanism and its devastating consequences upon America education, check out Take ‘Em Out And Stay Out: The Foundation and Finances of Homeschool.

Lesbian Kiss In Government Schools?

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Just when you think it can’t get any more bizarre, something else comes along and takes the cake. Recently, students in a government school were required to give a lesbian kiss. This should not surprise us because it is just one more step in normalizing Sodom and Gomorrah. The worst part is that people still send their children to public schools hoping it really isn’t that bad or that things will somehow miraculously get better. They won’t.

Painting of Sodom and Gomorrah

Compulsory 20th century public education has ratcheted up its attack against Christianity with this latest event. It’s amazing how much effort is made towards a secular humanist indoctrination yet very little towards academic integrity, instruction, and accountability. This just shows how biased government education really is. The truth is that it has always been this way; it’s just more acute and in your face today.

For years, the focus was on marginalizing the family, exalting feminism, encouraging government dependency, etc., but now it is an all out assault on anything that even hints at the Bible.  Sodomy is clearly condemned as an abomination in the Bible, so normalizing it is one of the best ways to caricature Christian influence as fringe and intolerant.  Ironically, they are the most intolerant because they seek our absolute silence, yet God is not mocked, and His Church marches on.

We live in evil times, but the Lord continues to bless His Church, and one of the biggest ways we have seen this is through the growth of large families. He has not only opened the womb of His people, but He has also kept their children healthy. Let us be thankful for this great blessing. Not only are children a great blessing, but having them is an assault on the Sodomite worldview because they are biologically incapable of procreating except through surrogates, complicated medical procedures, or blasphemous sodomite adoptions. The fact that they have to engage in such practices magnifies the depravity and eventual self-destruction of their religious system.

Therefore, continue to live a faithful life and spread His Word at every opportunity as we seek to be used by Him to open blind eyes and deaf ears, for we too were once blind and deaf. May He convict the world of sin and bring men to repentance, and may we glorify Him when just one lost soul comes to know Him. May those who perpetrate such evil in public schools be brought to their knees, and may we be humbled by His power in doing so.

For the full article on the Lesbian Kiss, click here.

Greece in America: The Distraction of Entertainment and Rise of the Powerful Few

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America is obsessed with entertainment and especially sports. At the same time, her citizens care little about what really matters. Is this something new in our age?

No. There is nothing new under the sun.

A look at ancient Greco-Roman history can shed some light on this. One of the great political philosophies espoused in ancient Greece was a system that advocated a society ruled by what were called philosopher kings. They were considered to be the most qualified because of their supposed wisdom. They would rule society as an elite class and use entertainment, especially athletics, to give the masses something to expend their energy and adoration into. In this way, the mob is pacified. At the same time, the people are wards of the state to be used at the discretion of the philosopher kings and advancement of their agenda. In a nutshell then, there are the philosopher kings, athletes, and the common man who did the will of the state. This was elaborated upon at length by Doug Phillips in his lecture on Jerusalem and Athens in the 10 part History of The World DVD set, which I highly recommend.

This system did not play out exactly as conceived, but Greece was very much like that at one time, and similar systems have arisen over the millenia. The terms have changed, but the concepts and positions have remained the same. If this sounds strangely familiar, then don’t be surprised because history is repeating itself in America today. We left the Lord and gave control of society to a small elite to rule over us so that we could indulge in entertainment and sport.  What is worse is that we gave our children over as wards of the state also.  But what about those who didn’t buy into such vanities then and haven’t now? These are the troublemakers.

If you abstain from non-stop entertainment and believe that you and your children are not expendable assets of the state, then you are ostracized and even demonized as extreme and irrational. The great irony is that those who give themselves over as slaves to the state do so at their own peril. They are given enough bread for their labor to be of use to the state and just enough is left over to soothe their frustrations in the arena. Why then is the state so restrictive?

The state does not want people to break free of state run labor (whether large private companies or government agencies), especially the youth.  Otherwise, citizens will quickly realize that they don’t need the state, and the philosopher kings will not be able to capitalize on their life long labor. The elite allow for a basic retirement of sorts in old age as a bit of incentive to keep working while submitting under a glass ceiling of potential, but that is limited to the bare necessities and some spare change to watch tv until you breath your last. After all, we don’t need any funny business late in life when some have realized that they’ve been had. Just push Grandad in front of the tv and tell him he’s entitled to this, and he’ll quietly go away. And when he is too old to be of use, we will give him a few meds to ease his passing and then move on to the next generation.

All of that sounds rather depressing, so how should we then live?

We have a better hope. That Hope is a Living Hope, and to Him we give our allegiance. He is our Prophet, Priest, and King. We nor our children are wards of the state; rather, we belong to the Giver of Eternal Life. In Him we are satisfied and filled with peace, joy, and love.

Therefore, let us not be distracted by the trifles of this life and lose our focus on the Great Commission and the advocacy of Biblical principles in society. We may live under temporal tyranny in any given era, but He is Sovereign, and we must remind ourselves that we enjoy an eternal liberty that comes from Christ no matter our circumstances. In Him, we are able to withstand the evils of this world and continue to expand the Kingdom of God that grows with every passing generation. Ultimately, Christ will return and end all temporal tyranny. At that point, our faithful lives will be vindicated as we bask in the glory of Christ and enjoy the treasures that we have been storing up in Heaven with Him and the rest of the saints of God.

Lord come quickly! Amen!

What is a Worldview?

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Defining Worldview

Worldview has been defined in numerous ways, yet it usually encapsulates both thought (known or unknown) and action. It can be simply defined as that body of beliefs (known or unknown) that one treasures and applies to life. I use the term treasure because where your treasure is, there your heart lies. I say known or unknown because there some things that we acknowledge as part of our belief system and other things that are there but that we may suppress or be ignorant of. Furthermore, what your heart treasures will be expressed in thought, deed, and word. This is to imply that whatever a man treasures as his system of belief will then be intrepreted and applied to all of life according to these respective principles which he then proclaims and lives out.

No one is without a worldview, which means that no one is unbiased. Bias is not always negative, but it is there. For example, a judge that treasures life will not be very lenient on a convicted murderer. Likewise, a NAZI will see no problem murdering Jews because his worldview rejoices in it. Bias is important to point out because many people believe that they are or can be unbiased. However, this is an impossible position because everyone sees the world through some type of lens. This affects everything from how one understands knowledge to why one justifies behavior, and it is magnified in education, religion, and politics.