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Courtesy of Mr. Meekins post at  One Nation Rising

Don’t Hide Behind Piety During Totalitarianism’s Rise

On Issues Etc, the topic was addressed if the Christian must defend the Charlie Hebdo cartoons construed as blasphemous.

From the clip highlighted as the sound bite of the week, one gets the impression that articulating a defense of the gunned down editorial office’s freedom of expression isn’t really all that much of a priority.

After all, the ultimate concern of the church is not so much with things such as innate or constitutional liberties but rather with the proclamation of the Gospel message.

That might be true in regards to those called to the ministry in the strictest sense of that narrow vocation.

However, not everyone within the church is required to emphasize the exact same aspect of the comprehensive Christian worldview.

Given that this program is Lutheran, one would think they might be quicker to remember the wisdom of Martin Niemoller who reflected how, because he remained silent as the acolytes of totalitarianism hauled off a variety of dissidents, that there was no one left to protect him when the Fascist hordes came to take him away.

Christians don’t have to applaud religiously offensive artwork.

However, when bloodthirsty savages begin murdering those that they disagree with, the believer needs to realize that it won’t be long until these demoniacs gun down worshipers for little more than singing doctrinally distinctive hymns or reciting the classic creeds.

By Frederick Meekins

 Frederick Meekins is an independent theologian and social critic.

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Danger:  Christians in the Military June 04, 2013

You’re dangerous.  You’ve been designated as such.  I don’t mean you’re on some secret al-Qaeda list.  I’m not talking about your name on a Taliban manifesto.

I’m talking about our own federal government. The Obama administration. The United States Armed Forces.

A recent U.S. Army Reserve unit briefing included examples of religious extremism, and the government included-guess who:
Al-Qaeda, yes. The Hamas terrorists, yes. But also: Catholics … and Evangelical Christians.

Faith in Christ can now be considered “radical” by our federal government.
In yet another example of discrimination against Christians, an email from U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jack Rich to his subordinates stated: “Some of the groups out there do not share our Army Values.” The email went on to list groups that most Americans would agree do not share any of our values. Groups like neo-Nazis, racist skinheads, white nationalists, the Ku Klux Klan and others. But the list of groups didn’t stop there.
Lt. Col. Rich went on to list the American Family Association–and Family Research Council.

This kind of outrageous distortion is one more sign–one more alarming proof–that President Barack Obama is leading literally the most extreme anti-religious freedom administration in our nation’s history.
Need more proof?
We recently learned that the Obama Department of Defense is meeting with and heeding the advice of Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Why? He demanded that the military develop new policies on religious tolerance, including a policy for court-martialing

military chaplains who share the Gospel during spiritual counseling of our troops.What did Weinstein call conservative Christians in a recent article? “Human monsters” and “evil, fundamentalist Christian creatures.” What did he say motivates us? “Horrific hatred and blinding bigotry.”

The fact that military leaders even meet with him should concern every American.There is no question: These are dangerous times for those who believe our nation’s Founders got it right … for those who agree with Jefferson and Madison, who led the charge for religious liberty … to position it as paramount–the very first amendment in the Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution.

The Obama administration is engaged in a systematic effort to undermine religious liberty, and they are attacking most aggressively where they have the greatest advantage: in the nationally symbolic and massive military establishment under the control of the President as Commander in Chief.

Yes, I’ve heard the Army’s “apology” for including Catholics and Evangelicals in the list of extremists. (“We consider the matter closed,” said Army spokesman George Wright.)

But the trainer in question was resourced by none other than the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)–the very organization that labeled FRC a “hate group,” and so inflamed Floyd Lee Corkins that he came to our headquarters with a gun–and the intention to commit mass murder.So it is evident that the Obama administration has strong allies in this conflict.

Bottom line: The Obama administration’s attacks on religious freedom no longer know any boundaries.

Which is why I come to you today with an urgent request for financial support. FRC Action is the organization confronting the administration over these outrages. We are working with leaders in both parties who love and cherish religious freedom. We are working to expose, stop, and reverse this ongoing, systematic attack on religious liberty … the one freedom from which all our other freedoms flow: freedom of religion.

I boldly urge you to give because we need $150,000 immediately in order to meet each and every attack on our First Amendment right which is Freedom OF Religion not freedom FROM

religion.Over the next 90 days we are ramping up pressure on congressional leaders to publicly state their full support for religious liberty in America, as our nation’s Founders intended.

That is why I am now asking you to sign this petition to your representative in the House and both of your senators. **

This is a respectful but strongly-worded petition asking your elected members of Congress to move beyond lip service and take a bold stand on this issue.

**  I didn’t see a petition; only a donation form. Here are action alerts/petitions you can respond to without donations, unless you are financially able  “X”:

http://www.frcaction.org/alertsBiblical values do not endanger the Republic. They will preserve our nation, because they are the values upon which our nation was founded.

Freedom of Religion is America’s hope and why our nation is so exceptional. And without religious freedom, there can be no political freedom. Please give generously today.

Sincerely, Tony Perkins President

P.S. Please forward this email to at least one friend.

FRC Action is a tax-exempt corporation under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. Financial contributions to FRC Action are not tax-deductible.

Empowering Islamic extremists to achieve questionable short-term goals does not serve America’s long-term security or interests.
Nor does it serve the interests of nearly 2 million Christians in Syria who fear they could suffer the same fate as Iraqi Christians who were abused and expelled from that country as radical Islamic forces gained influence and power.
History’s primary lesson is that we must learn from the past.
Although there are some well-intentioned reasons for wanting to intervene in Syria, there are far more well-documented reasons not to.
Please read my op-ed published this week at CNN below.
In Liberty, Senator Rand Paul

 


Helping Syrian rebels a dangerous risk
By Rand Paul, Special to CNN

(CNN) — The United States has a history of often picking sides in Middle East conflicts to its own detriment.
In the 1980s, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld met with Saddam Hussein to establish a relationship that helped the dictator gain access to American arms during Iraq’s war with Iran.  In the 1990s, the U.S. would drive former ally Hussein from Kuwait and impose a decade of sanctions that were devastating for Iraqis, but had little effect on the dictator.  In 2003, we went to Iraq, overthrew Hussein, and became part of nation-building effort from which we only recently saw most of our soldiers return home.

Arguably one of the greatest beneficiaries of the Iraq war was Iran, which now enjoys more power and influence with the elimination of its historic enemy.  President George H.W. Bush did not pursue Hussein directly during Operation Desert Storm precisely because he feared the destabilizing effects it might have on the region, or as his Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney explained in 1994, “Once you got to Iraq and took it over, took down Saddam Hussein’s government, then what are you going to put in its place?”  Today, Iraq is unstable and its future uncertain.

Moammar Gadhafi eventually accepted responsibility in the 1988 bombing of an airplane over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed hundreds of people, including American schoolchildren.

President Reagan called Gadhafi the “mad dog of the Middle East.”

Fast forward to 2008, when Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice traveled to Libya to meet with Gadhafi to offer American support.

In 2009, members of the U.S. Senate — Republicans Lindsey Graham and John McCain and an independent, Joe Lieberman — would travel to Libya to meet with Gadhafi to offer further aid.  Sen. McCain said: “We discussed the possibility of moving ahead with the provision of nonlethal defense equipment to the government of Libya.”  President Obama would eventually meet with Gadhafi to reconfirm the same relationship established during the Bush administration.

By 2011, President Obama was arming Libyan rebels and ordering airstrikes to overthrow Gadhafi.  Some of the president’s most vocal supporters were the same Republicans who traveled to Libya two years before to help Libya’s strongman acquire military equipment.  Sen. McCain said of the Libyan rebels: “I have met with these brave fighters, and they are not al Qaeda. … To the contrary: They are Libyan patriots who want to liberate their nation. We should help them do it.”

We did help them, something I opposed on the Senate floor as an unconstitutional overreach by the executive branch.  We now have reason to believe that the Libyan rebels did contain elements of al Qaeda and other Islamic extremists.

Now we see the same enthusiasm for another U.S. intervention, this time in Syria.  The Syria Transition Support Act approved last week by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, of which I am a member, has the potential to create more problems for the United States than it would solve.  It is unclear what national security interests we have in the civil war in Syria.  It is very clear that any attempt to aid the Syrian rebels would be complicated and dangerous, precisely because we don’t know who these people are.

The situation in Syria is certainly dire.  At least 70,000 people have died, and al Qaeda is making confirmed inroads into the country.  No one wants to see Syria become a bastion of extremism.  But like other American interventions in the past, U.S. involvement could actually help the extremists.

There is also the quandary of nearly 2 million Christians who are uncertain of what to do.  The Christian community in Syria has traditionally sided with, and been protected by, Bashar al-Assad’s regime.  It is troubling to think that American arms may be given to Islamic fighters who may in turn be firing them at Christians.

This month, it was reported that the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in Syria executed 11 men who were part of al-Assad’s forces.  Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad is no friend to the U.S. — but neither is al Qaeda.  To aid members of al Qaeda in any way, directly or indirectly, is an insult to our brave men and women who’ve been fighting these terrorists since 9/11.

Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of this “transition support act” is that it would commit the United States to a leadership position in the restoration of Syria, and is very vague about what that looks like.
The language of “capacity building” contained in this act is an open-ended term that if logically followed, could eventually mean U.S. troops on the ground in Syria.

We “capacity built” in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  Those who insist this language could never mean U.S. boots on the ground in Syria belong to the same Washington clique eager to support Hussein, Ghadafi and later, the Libyan rebels.  Washington is not exempt from the law of unintended consequences.

Empowering Islamic extremists to achieve questionable short-term goals does not serve America’s long-term security or interests.  Nor does it serve the interests of nearly 2 million Christians in Syria who fear they could suffer the same fate as Iraqi Christians who were abused and expelled from that country as radical Islamic forces gained influence and power.

These Christians are natural allies of the United States, and if we’re going to seriously discuss any American interests in Syria, the welfare of these Christians is more important than arming Islamic extremists.

History’s primary lesson is that we must learn from the past. Although there are some well-intentioned reasons for wanting to intervene in Syria, there are far more well-documented reasons not to.
Click here to view the article at CNN.

 

Courtesy of Samiam60

Just say NO to Abortion

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Con te partirò    (literally meaning “With you I will leave”)   LYRICS IN ENGLISH:

When I’m alone I dream on the horizon and words fail; yes, I know there is no light in a room where the sun is absent, if you are not with me.

At the windows show  everyone my heart which you set alight; enclose within  me the light you encountered on the street.

I’ll  go with you, to countries I  never saw and shared with  you now, yes, I shall experience them.

I’ll go with you on ships across seas which, I know no, no, exist no longer; with you I shall  experience them.

When you are far away I dream on the horizon and words fail, and, yes, I know that you are with me; you, my moon, are here with me, my sun, you are here with me.

I’ll  go with you to countries I  never saw and shared with  you, now, yes, I shall experience  them.

I’ll go with you on ships across seas which, I know, no, no, exist no longer; with you I shall  experience them again. I’ll go with  you on ships across the  seas which, I know, no, no, exist no longer; with you I shall experience them again.  I’ll go with you, I with you.

[  From:  http://www.metrolyrics.com/con-te-partiro-english-version-lyrics-andrea-bocelli.html  ]

ANDREA BOCELLI – CON TE PARTIRO (ENGLISH VERSION) LYRICS

ANY QUESTIONS?

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This received in an e-mail from a most valued Veteran:

As his statement shows, it is not good to be apart from the body; the jobs I’ve had unfortunately have kept me from being part of the gathering of believers. I have many regrets having read this. “X”

Faith in Jesus Christ brings into a believer’s life the unsearchable richness that Christ gives us.  He is our Master and King and Christians want to become perfect as our Savior even though it is an impossible task as long as we remain in this sinful body.  Throughout the Bible God has taught His people the importance of worshiping and gathering together as a body – “And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our meetings, as some habitually do…“ (Hebrews 10:24-25).  The primary reason a Christian should join a church is because they have accepted Christ as their Savior and want to be identified with him.  He died for the church and wants us to live for it.

 

Exactly what is a church?  It was established by God – Deuteronomy 4:5-14; 26:18; Acts 7:35, 38.  The word church is derived probably from the Greek “kuriakon” (I.e., “the Lord’s house”) which was used by ancient authors for the place of worship.  It is translated “assembly” in the ordinary classical sense (Acts 19:32, 39, 41).  It denotes the whole body of the redeemed, all those whom the Father has given to Christ (Ephesians 5:23, 25, 27, 29; Hebrews 12:23).  All the disciples in Antioch, forming several congregations, were one church (Acts 13:1); we also read of the “church of God at Corinth” (1 Corinthians 1:2), “the church at Jerusalem” (Acts 8:1), “the church of Ephesus” (Revelation 2:1), etc.  The whole body of professing Christians throughout the world (1 Corinthians 15:9; Galatians 1:13; Matthew 16:18) are the church of Christ.  The day of Pentecost is the birthday of the Christian church.  Before they had been individual followers of Jesus; now they became his mystical body, animated by his spirit.  On the evening of the day of Pentecost, the 3,140 members of which the Church consisted were — (1) Apostles; (2) previous Disciples; (3) Converts.

 

People often think church as merely the building in which people meet to worship or study.  However, the church is not a building, but the people who make up its membership.  The real Church consists of all who belong to the Lord Jesus Christ as his disciples, and are one in love, in character, in hope, in Christ as the head of all though as the body of Christ it consists of many parts.  Even when they are scattered throughout the community or the world, they are still the church.  In the New Testament the church is defined as a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel.  The New Testament speaks also of the church as the body of Christ – And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” (Colossians 1:18); “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” (1 Corinthians 12:27), and “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle (the tent of Jehovah or sanctuary) of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” (Rev 21:3)

 

God has commanded his people to organize themselves into distinct visible communities, with constitutions, laws, and officers, ordinances, and discipline, for the great purpose of giving visibility to his kingdom, of making known the gospel of that kingdom, and of gathering in all its elect subjects.  Each one of these distinct organized communities which is faithful to the great King is an integral part of the church.  Peter, on the day of Pentecost, at the beginning of the New Testament dispensation, announces the same great principle.  “The promise [just as to Abraham and his seed the promises were made] is unto you, and to your children” (Acts 2:38, 39).  The entirety of the Bible is a primer on how to organize religion, to worship God.  He began by teaching us the ritual of sacrifice and gathering in His Synagogues (literally “an assembly“).  God established in Deuteronomy 4:5-14 that we should obey all commandments.  Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you a holy day, a Sabbath [Sabbath meaning “to rest from labor,” the day of rest] of rest to the LORD…’ (Exodus 25:2).  It is first mentioned as having been instituted in Paradise, when man was in innocence (Genesis 2:2) “The Sabbath was made for man,” as a day of rest and refreshment for the body and of blessing to the soul.

 

In the New Testament the word translated “church” is used 115 times. Some feel the church has very little meaning for their lives. Still others see the church as conflicting with the way they want to live – the church is not to be despised, 1 Corinthians 11:22. Every Christian should feel as Paul did while in chains in a Roman prison, “I thank God upon every remembrance of you.” (Philippians 1:3). Every Christian should feel that way about church and should have a feeling of joy about joining a church. Local church members join together because of their common belief and mission. Sadly, at one of the most critical junctions of life, the transition into adulthood, people are separating faith and church. One of the most staggering findings is how unimportant the church has become with the younger generation. Membership in a church matters; faith is not disconnected from the church. Faith does not have a do-it-yourself option. People do not make solid spiritual journeys apart from a local body of believers. We do not mosey in a spiritual forest alone. “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood” (Acts 20:28).

The church and Christ are eternally tied. The two cannot be separated. The two are married to each other. Christ is the groom. The church is His bride. Trying to be a Christian without a connection to the local church is like trying to have a marriage without interacting and communi­cating with your spouse. The church is a critical piece of a relationship with God. In fact, a relationship with God is seriously compromised apart from the local church. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This mystery is profound, but I am talking about Christ and the church. (Eph. 5:31–32)

 

 

Why organized religion?  It is necessary to fulfill God’s word.  In a nutshell the following verses tells us the importance of it:  Eph. 2:19, “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints (Christians), and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”

 

God warns us of trying to defeat his words He has given us in the Bible and expects us to fulfill his will not ours.  Some may be looking on organized religion as some do because of the actions of a few fools that mock God.  God is not a respecter of persons and those fools are not a representa­tion of true religion.  Satan delights in using such people to turn others against God’s desire for worship.  One day God will call each of us home to Heaven.  What will people say to Jesus Christ as they look into His eyes and He asks why they did not obey His Father’s Word?

What really died at Auschwitz? Here’s an interesting viewpoint. The following is a copy of an article written by Spanish writer Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez and published in a Spanish newspaper on Jan. 15, 2011.    
It doesn’t take much imagination to extrapolate the message to the rest of Europe – and possibly to the rest of the world.

“I walked down the street in Barcelona and suddenly discovered a terrible truth – Europe died in Auschwitz… We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.

The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned.

And under the pretence of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime. Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts.

And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition. We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe.

 

A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves. Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it ‘offends’ the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving in to it.

It is now more than sixty years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, twenty million Russians, ten million Christians, and nineteen-hundred Catholic priests who were ‘murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated.’ Now, more than ever, with Iran , among others, claiming the Holocaust to be ‘a myth,’ it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.

This e-mail is intended to reach 400 million people. Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world.

How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center ‘NEVER HAPPENED’ because it offends some Muslim in the United States? If our Judeo-Christian heritage is offensive to Muslims, they should pack up and move to Iran, Iraq or some other Muslim country.

Note: this header is a live link to their home pg. X.

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Answering Grandma Mildred

Posted on November 2, 2012

 


How do you answer a family member who challenges your faith? Here we present our responses to a skeptical grandmother’s national radio broadcast.
by David Catchpoole
A blogger on the Atheist Foundation of Australia website1 has drawn attention to a recent radio program on Australia’s national broadcaster, the ABC:
Re: Media Watch-various relevant articles in the media

This is cool. And she is in Brisbane. A radio national program. Listen or transcript, it’s all good. And disturbing.

A GRANDMOTHER CONFRONTS CREATIONIST BELIEFS IN HER FAMILY

Quote:

Mildred Studders, a grandmother from Brisbane, hoping to encourage her grandchildren to think for themselves, posed several questions to them by email. The replies she got were extremely surprising and worrying.

Clicking on the “grandmother confronts creationist beliefs” link reveals it was the Ockham’s Razor broadcast which went to air on the morning of 22 July 2012,2 a Sunday, when the vast majority of Christians in Australia would have been attending church.
This Radio National program is hosted by long-time atheopathic anti-creationist Robyn Williams, who has on several occasions used the weekly 15-minute timeslot as an opportunity to give taxpayer-funded airtime to people with an anti-creationist axe to grind.
He introduces the grandmother’s monologue with the question “What do you do when someone persistently gets the science wrong, not by mistake, but through wilful self-deception?” and concludes his intro with: “Should we worry about our credulous neighbours, or family? Well, Mildred Studders does. When I asked her how she should be described, she said simply ‘as a grandmother who lives in Brisbane’.”
We reproduce below the Mildred Studders transcript, in its entirety, in red font, with our own responses interspersed.
Go to :   http://creation.com/answering-grandma-mildred                                                                            

An extensive article, a “must read”  X.

Read more: http://creationrevolution.com/2012/11/answering-grandma-mildred/#ixzz2BAy4NErl

Christians won’t compromise God’s word. Tares and Apostacy are becoming more widespread.  “X”

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Why do Christians Want to Defend Evolution?
Posted on October 27, 2012
In today’s feedback, to a theistic evolutionist who thinks that we don’t believe Christians can be evolutionists. DrDon Batten responds, pointing out that we have consistently said that evolutionists can be Christians because Christian belief is not defined by a denial of evolution (cf.Romans 10:9–10; 1 Corinthians 15:3–4 ), but they are nonetheless being logically inconsistent in believing in both. Rather, it continues to surprise us that Christians would want to defend evolution.
Andrew W., from Australia, writes:

In fact, I would say that not only does evolution not make sense of the evidence, it has been a decided hindrance to scientific progress

Hi there
Now, I know that you don’t exactly play nice with people like me (theistic evolutionists, or ‘evil-utionists’ as I am so colourfully labeled by creationists, including those in my family), but I was curious as to if we could sit down and have a little chat anyway. Now, I’m only nineteen years old, and I surely haven’t seen everything that this world has to offer, but I happen to have a keen interest in genetics and biology, which led to my understanding of evolution and the logic behind it. I prefer “understanding” to “belief”, as the latter implies a belief structure, whereas my acceptance of evolution was based on logic.
Anyway, that was just for contextual information. So, my question is: why am I not accepted by you as a Christian? I believe in Jesus, in a heaven and a hell and that God created the world-the only difference is that I believe we got here differently to you. Most, if not all Christian denominations have accepted evolution and taken it in stride, but creationists seem unable to accept the concept, but (from your Q&A section anyway) seems like you admit most of the basic concepts that build up to the topic of “evolution”, but you just have an aversion to that particular word. I mean, it’s not in the bible, so it’s against your belief, but motor cars, telephones or gravity weren’t mentioned either (to my knowledge)
So, why the hatred? As the great Charlie Chaplin said: “In the seventeenth chapter of saint Luke is it written: “The kingdom of God within Man. Not one man or a group of men, but in ALL men.”

CMI’s Dr Don Batten responds:
Dear Andrew,
Thanks for making contact and asking.
Firstly, I don’t know a speaker with CMI-Australia who calls evolutionists “evil-utionists” (although I have heard someone not connected with CMI say it this way). We normally say the ‘e’ as in “egg”. Most Americans also say it with the short ‘e’. However, speakers of British English normally say “evil-utionist” including evolutionists such as Richard Dawkins.

Secondly, I too have a keen interest in genetics and biology, which lead to my understanding of evolution and the lack of logic behind it. I have a PhD in plant biology and worked in full-time research for over 20 years (work I really enjoyed). You can read my biography on creation.com if you are interested. We have many PhD biologists either working for CMI or who support what we do. In fact, I would say that not only does evolution not make sense of the evidence, it has been a decided hindrance to scientific progress (I am preparing to write an article “How evolution harms science”. You can see a few things here, but there is much more to be told). Evolution is only really logical for someone who has decided that supernatural creation is ruled out, because then it is the only game in town and ‘has to be’….

Continue Reading on creation.com
Read more: http://creationrevolution.com/2012/10/why-do-christians-want-to-defend-evolution/#ixzz2AmZUr7kN

Godfather Politics

posted on October 27, 2012 by Gary DeMar

The Christian Post site is publishing articles by Christians who are making a case for Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

I can’t understand how a Christian can vote for someone who supports abortion on demand and homosexual marriage. “President Obama said Thursday [October 25,] that he is formally endorsing same-sex marriage in the states of Washington, Maine and Maryland, joining Minnesota, where he has already lent his support to the issue earlier this year.” There is no way a Christian can support President Obama, especially if the Bible is the standard.

Even so, there are some Christians who will vote for Obama. Here’s the rationale from Rod Snyder from Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia. He serves as president of the Young Democrats of America.

“For some people it might seem counterintuitive that I would end up as president of a progressive political organization like the Young Democrats of America. But the truth is that I support President Obama and Democratic policies because of my faith, not in spite of it.

“Scripture teaches us that, ‘Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’ (Matthew 25:40). When viewed through the lens of Christ’s own words, the contrast between the two candidates for president this year could not be clearer.”

Mitt Romney created more jobs through the private sector at no cost to you and me than Barack Obama did. President Obama took money from some Americans and gave to other Americans. Mr. Snyder, please find me a verse in the Bible that supports that.

The Bible has a great deal to say about helping the poor (as it does about abortion and homosexuality), but I can’t find a single verse where it empowers the State to tax the prosperous so it can be redistributed to the less fortunate. Mr. Snyder’s use of Matthew 25:40 is not a call for the State to develop a welfare system.

Tony Campolo, an advocate for the worldview adopted by Mr. Synder, declares “that there are more than 2,000 verses of Scripture that call us to express love and justice for those who are poor and oppressed.”[1] What Campolo needs to find in these 2,000 verses is one verse that gives authority to civil government to redistribute wealth. Campolo takes verses that are directed at individuals and turns them on their head by giving them a political twist. Here’s a representative example:

Most important, when we reflect on all Jesus had to say about caring for the poor and oppressed, committing ourselves to His red-letter message just might drive us to see what we can do politically to help those he called, “the least of these” (see Matt. 25:31–46).[2]

On the day of judgment . . . [God] will ask whether or not we fed the hungry, clothed the naked, received and cared for aliens, and brought deliverance to captive peoples (see Matt. 25:31–46).[3]

Campolo sees a political solution in these verses when Jesus is addressing what individuals have or have not done. By politically, Campolo means government intervention and wealth redistribution.

To base government programs like welfare, food stamps, and social security on Matthew 25:31–46 is without foundation. The division in Matthew 25 is between sheep and goats, that is, individuals in nations. Nations don’t visit people in prison; private citizens do. Governments put people in prison; private citizens do not.

Civil governments are the biggest hindrance in helping the poor, and it’s not because they don’t tax enough and redistribute wealth efficiently. High taxes and control of the money supply (inflation/deflation) enable civil governments to control people and their property.

Wealth redistribution policies, with all their good intentions, have the effect of hurting the poor and making them dependent on civil government — forever. Mr. Snyder is advocating what Jesus condemns the Pharisees for in Mark 7:1–13, nullifying the Word of God for the sake of a political tradition that is neither biblical nor effective.

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