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The Warning Bell of Judgement

June 1, 2009

My fellow Christians, the warning bell sounded long ago and either we did not heed it or we were powerless to stop the wave of moral decay that has finally flooded the United States. It no longer matters if it happened because we were complacent or just overrun. The fact is that the iniquities are almost ripe and when sin is brought to full fruition God will judge it.

Our founders understood this very well. Far from being the deists that modern historians try to portray them as, our early leaders knew well that God is personally involved with the world and blesses or judges according to his Word. Thomas Jefferson feared God’s wrath upon the US because of slavery.

“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever: that considering numbers, nature and natural means only, a revolution of the wheel of fortune, an exchange of situation, is among possible events: that it may become probable by supernatural interference!”

We paid a heavy price for slavery and to some extent we are still paying for it in the form of racial strife. The sins of today are great as well.

Abortion has become a sacrament of liberal philosophy and is exercised under the guise of freedom of choice when it is actually a sacrifice to the god of convenience in an effort to find absolution for ill advised activities. We have a President who as a state senator endorsed infanticide by voting for a law to mandate that when a woman chooses abortion the child must die even when the baby lives through the initial horror.

Sexaul promiscuity has infiltrated every facet of American life through increasing amounts of soft and hardcore pornography shown on TV and the internet. We’ve given sex education and passed out condoms until our children have been blinded to the responsibilities and dangers of sexual activity, thinking that their knowledge and a pill/patch or latex will make the experience free of consequences. Homosexuality is being pushed as mainstream normal.

Sloth has permeated our culture and fostered jealousy of those who work and produce the most. Those who refuse to work have ceded their liberties to the state, which is all too eager to take control, and made it their god. We who were charged with caring for our fellow man have either through apathy or forced removal not taken care of the poor as we should have. and our light that should shine brightly before men has been dimmed. The culture is losing its savor from a lack of salt.

Hatred for Christianity is on the rise. Increasingly, religious values are scorned and purged from society. Christianity has been labelled foolish and out of date. Bible studies are shut down using the arm of government even though it is a clear violation of 1st amendment rights such as the case from San Diego just last week where a Pastor and his wife hold a Bible study in their home, but were told to cease unless a permit was obtained. Let me say that we do not need to a permit to worship. Government is limited and does not have the right to deny free assembly or free religious exercise.

Our country has plunged headlong into a morally decadent culture of death, deviancy and once again slavery under the burden of a massive state that seeks to control every aspect of our lives which is equally as repugnant because it strips the human spirit of its power to enjoy the God given liberties under which our nation was founded.

So what are we to do? The future looks bleak and we seem powerless to influence the culture any further. I submit to you that we must persevere. The mistakes of the past cannot be undone, but we must humble ourselves before God Almighty and pray for strength in the coming days. Through prayer and bible study we must strengthen ourselves to engage the culture with the truth of the gospel. Whether judgement comes to the US or mercy abounds, we must persevere. Whether our liberties are stricken or a revitalization of the Judeo/Christian ethic bursts forth, we must persevere by holding fast to the promises of God through his Son Jesus Christ.

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What’s the difference between a ghost hunter and a spirtual medium?

May 22, 2009

The answer is that there is no difference at all in terms of the main goal, talking to ghosts. One uses a crystal ball and the other uses modern technology, but the outcome is the same. Admittedly this is an over simplification. Spiritualists channel specific spirits for their paying customer and ghost hunters get paid to record and talk to ghosts for publicity.

In all seriousness, though, there is a reason that messing around with the paranormal is forbidden by God (insert reference) and just an all around bad idea. First of all, ghosts and spirits are not what most people think they are. Ghosts are not the souls of departed humans. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:8 that “to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord”. At death our soul is instantly transported to the presence of God. I have heard the argument that maybe some souls have unfinished business or just aren’t ready to “go into the light”, but this goes against scripture. Likewise, those who die without a relationship with Jesus Christ, open up there eyes in hell just as Jesus says in Luke 16. Now whether  believe that the saved and lost are instantly ushered into final glory/judgement or held in Abraham’s bosoom/hades, the fact remains that the soul does not have the choice to hang around and haunt the living.

Ruling out departed human souls leaves only so many options for the paranormal activity we perceive. They are either unintended effects from taking a picture, spooky sounds created by natural phenomona like a creaky door opened by wind or in the imagination of those who want to separate you from your money with a promise speaking to a dead loved one. There is one more possible cause, demons.

We know that there is an unseen world inhabited by spiritual beings, angels and demons. As the bible says, angels are the messengers of God and are sometimes sent to protect us even though we aren’t aware. Demons, however, are the fallen angels who followed Satan in his rebellion against God. Satan roams the earth as a roaring lion seeking who he may devour and often appears as an angel of light to deceive us. This type of haunting, caused by demons, is real and presents a spiritual threat to those that seek it out. Demons are liars and will twist you around until you don’t know which way is up. They can impersonate anyone they wish and their goal is to keep you from God.

The more you hunt the paranormal the more you ensare yourself in things you cannot possibly understand. What do you hope to learn from ghosts? Do you want proof of an afterlife? Do you want to find answers to spiritual questions? Or are you merely curious? All of these paths lead to spiritual danger as you travel further down an occultist’s path and away from the Holy Spirit of God.

If you are a saved individual under the blood of Christ, ask yourself if your time is better spent talking to demons whose only goal in the short time they have is to deceive you or in prayerful reading of God’s word that keeps you in His will.

This warning against ghost hunting also applies to astrology and horoscopes, tarot cards, ouija boards. None of these things have power in and of themselves, but they are an open invitation to Satan to deceive you and a breaking of the first commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”. Only God is qualified to guide your future. “There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the ends thereof are destruction”.  Do not let yourself be deceived.

The Secret to a Happier Life is…

January 28, 2009

Our surroundings can have a profound effect on our lives and the world is insanely difficult at times. If you watch any news at all the weight of that alone is enough to depress even the most optimistic of us. Even political ditto heads like myself have to turn it off every so often to gain some perspective and get away from all the negativity. Unfortunately, we do have to be in the world even if we aren’t of it and so we must engage the culture and try to shake off the bad news to work for a better future. However, even though we can’t control world events from our small circle of influence, we can at least do something to improve our interaction with each other.

Sometimes we find ourselves in a position where we are bullied or mistreated by those around us. I have been in more than a few of those situations. Whether at school or work, the people we come in contact with can be cruel. This makes it easy to become depressed and disillusioned. Why does God let these things happen to us?

Life is hard and Jesus promised to always be with us, but never that this life would be easy. We all know this, but it doesn’t take the sting away and theologians have written countless words to explain why bad things happen to good people, so I won’t tackle that issue here. Instead of asking why bad things happen, maybe we should focus on what our response should be.

The the next time somebody hurts you remember that the Bible says to:

  • Forgive – Colossians 3:13 “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Notice this is not an option, but a commandment.
  • Pray for them – Luke 6:28 “Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who insult you.”

This is not easy and it’s a case where I wrote it down to solidify it in my own mind. By forgiving we are obedient to God and our perspective changes from being persecuted to taking joy in doing his work.

A pastor once told me that “Nothing of eternal significance happens apart from prayer”. If your situation is such that you have enemies encompassed about, forgiveness with prayer is the proper response.