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Wisconsin Planned Parenthood Caught Covering up Statutory Rape

In Family, Political Issues on February 28, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Biblical Principles

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: Deuteronomy 30:19

In what is becoming an embarrassing trend at this point, yet another Planned Parenthood facility has been exposed by the student-run group LiveAction for failing to report statutory rape among its teenage clients. It’s bad enough that this organization that has a history steeped in racism and genocide, is killing babies but now it turns out is also covering up instances where teen girls report having relations with men who over majority age, thus making it statutory rape.

The Wisconsin facility then made things even worse for themselves by false claiming that the undercover operative never gave her name. Footage released shows that she did indeed provide her name.

LiveAction is a group formed by UCLA student Lila Rose, which uses media to educate students and adults alike on the abortion industry and advocate for the rights of unborn children. They frequently send in “actors” to go into Planned Parenthood facilities posing as 13- year olds who claim they had relations with men much older and time after time, Planned Parenthood fails to report this to the authorities as they are required to by law. Additionally, Planned Parenthood also routinely fails to notify the parents of these children.

As President Obama prepares to provide millions and millions in taxpayer dollars to this organization, hopefully, more features like this will at least give him pause as they are tolerating criminal activity. But whether he changes his stance or not, we know that we need to trust in God and seek Him to bring the real change to America. And that’s the change in our hearts. Maybe then, more people in the world will start realizing that a baby is a life and a person. Created in God’s image and uniquely valuable. Even if it’s in the womb.

Here is the video of LiveAction exposing the Wisconsin facility:

And here is the video showing that the denial by the facility’s director was false:

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Bible Verse of The Day — Study Your Bible!

In Bible Study, Inspirational on February 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm


2 Timothy 2:15 – Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

What an important command for the Christian believer. As Paul was giving Timothy instructions on how to pastor brothers and sisters in the faith we see that we are to “study” to show that we are truly following God. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary (whose definition were based on Holy Scripture) defines “study” as to “endeavor diligently” or “set one’s mind” to something. To live a life in accordance with the Scriptures requires work. It requires dedication, humility, patience and submission to the Will of Our God. If we are going to preach the Gospel and promote Christianity, our lives have to reflect it. That way when we share the Gospel with our friends and loved ones we carry authenticity. Even if they knew us as a time when we were deep in sinful rebellion, all the better! Our changed lives provide even more evidence of how great and powerful our God is to change us so. The second part of Paul’s admonition is to rightly divide the word of truth. We are to be straight and plain when sharing the Gospel. Jesus did not hesitate to mention “weeping and gnashing of teeth” when telling people to believe in Him and neither should we. God’s love is just as important to teach as God’s justice. Sinners who die without Christ will be punished. There’s no shame in sharing that. Shame only comes when we give an incomplete portion of the Gospel or distort it to tickle the ears of our audience. Our lives are our testimony. Live the Christian life and proclaim the name of Jesus accurately and passionately, and you can rest on the Biblical assurance that your Father in Heaven approves.

Killed for Christ – The Second War in Iraq

In End-Times/Eschatology, Persecuted Church on February 19, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Biblical Principles

Matthew 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

Matthew 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

News of the fourth murder of a Christian in Iraq this week has still not garnered barely any mainstream media attention. Whether one supported the war in Iraq or not, our troops are there and deserve our support and prayers. But we must not also forget the rampant Christian persecution that has been taking place since the war started. In Iraq and many other countries around the world, there is an open war against Christians. This is spiritual at its core. The forces of darkness don’t want the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to spread across this world. Whether it’s church bombings, denial of basic rights, being jailed, beaten or killed, the persecution against the followers of Jesus Christ is growing to an all-time high. For men like Basil Mati Koriya Kaktoma, life as a follower of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ became a nightmare. As he stated: “What I saw was so horrible that I can’t even look at a map of my own country.” 1

Kaktoma, a retired oil company employee, was abducted by Muslim gunmen in May 2006. During the eight days of his captivity, he was physically abused, including the breaking of his right leg which has become permanently discolored. He was released because relatives in the United States and Canada paid the ransom. And all of this was just for being a Christian. Christians, who make up just 3% of the Iraqi population, have comprised 50% of the refugees leaving the country. An estimated 250,000 – 500,000 Christians have fled the country since the war commenced.

The end-time persecution of our brothers and sisters in the faith was prophesied by Jesus. Living in America. The 5th Seal of Revelation Chapter 6 shows us the souls of martyrs who “were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:” (Revelation 6:10). When they cry out for vengeance to God, He assures that they should wait “until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled” (Revelation 6:11). Persecution was not only prophesied, it’s going to be the final straw that brings God into action to judge those who have persecuted His saints.

Living in the United States it’s difficult to perceive at times how widespread the brutal attacks, harassment and killing of Christians is worldwide. We have no one trying to stop us from worshiping and many still have a hard time getting up on Sunday to do what others are being killed for. Stay on top of these issues. There are some great websites like persecution.com which provide updates and prayer requests for persecuted saints who are overseas. Learn their stories. Share their testimonies and support ministries that seek to spread the Gospel to the nations. We must continue to pray for Christians overseas who live in countries that permit persecution. In all of this sad news, the church is still growing exponentially! Nations like China are seeing tens of thousands of new Christians each month. Underground churches are spreading throughout the Middle East and Asia. Christ is indeed building His church!

Pray for these nations. Pray for the leaders of these nations to provide equal protection under the law for Christians. Pray for the people who are doing these attacks, that they can find Jesus and be forgiven for their sins. And pray for the faith of the Christians who are being victimized. That they can stand strong in the face of persecution. Pray that they respond in a Christ-like manner, blessing those who cruse them and praying for those who persecute them. And pray that they always remember Christ’s promise to all believers:

In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

1. http://www.christianpost.com/article/20081201/iraqi-refugee-i-d-rather-go-to-hell-than-go-back/index.html

Avatar – Ushering in the New Age

In End -Time Deception, Entertainment on February 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Hollywood's Messiah

Hollywood’s Messiah?

James Cameron’s “Avatar” is set to shatter every box office record and is one of the biggest PR pieces for Earth Worship to come in some time. Fight The Good Fight Ministries (one of my personal favorites) has an excellent, excellent article on Avatar and the Coming One World religion. I highly recommend reading it. It is time for Christians to take a serious look at this movie which has become a global phenomenon and is a serious spiritual danger.

In the movie, the Na’Vi (very lean, blue-skinned giants who almost bring Genesis 6 to mind), who live on the planet Pandora, and worship in a fully pantheistic religion. They believe their god is in every living creature on the planet in addition to being in the planet itself and that all beings share this divine connection. This is precisely what much of the New Age and pantheism teaches today. Rather than God being the All-Powerful Creator of the universe who above all of His creation, he is more of a “force” (yes, like Star Wars) that inhabits all things and can be tapped into when needed. Because naturally, if god is everything, then everything (including you and I)  is potentially god. This is the original lie of Satan in the Garden of Eden – the promise of godhood.

And that is just where Avatar leads its viewers, but before we can get to that, we must define some terms.

Pandora
– In Greek mythology, Pandora was “the first woman.” She was created as a punishment after Prometheus (who is often linked with Satan) stole fire and gave it to mortals. Many have heard of the term Pandora’s Box, which is a reference to the mythical box that Pandora opened which released all of the misery, ills and evils into the mortal world. So we can see as Cameron has made his movie’s Pandora planet an equivalent of the “Mother Earth”/earth goddess, the possible meanings behind the name choice become apparent.

Avatar — The term avatar itself has its roots in Hinduism and means the incarnation of a deity and is literally translated as “cross over.” The Theosophical Dictionary defines avatar as: one who has a combination of three elements in his being: an inspiring divinity; a highly evolved intermediate nature or soul, which is loaned to him and is the channel of that inspiring divinity; and a pure, clean, physical body. Basically the gods coming down to the level and form of mortal beings.

And there can be no mistaking that in the movie Jake Sully, the marine who becomes the main Avatar leader, is a messianic figure. He is a divinely appointed Savior who the Na’Vi actually proclaim to be the reincarnated form of a Na’Vi warrior of time’s past. When his love interest intially spots Sully and wants to shoot him with an arrow, mystical butterfly-like creatures hover around Jake Sully, indicating that he has been chosen by the god/planet for a special purpose. He then goes on his quest to save the Na’Vi from the evil, greedy Americans and liberate the planet. And in his last great act, Jake’s dead human body is taken to the main spiritual tree of the Na’Vi where he is resurrected inside of his Avatar body for good. The movie is basically screaming for Jake Sully to be seen as a godlike messianic figure. The last shot of the movie is the resurrected Jake Scully opening his eyes in his new permanent Na’Vi body. He has fully crossed over in a manner that seems straight out of the book of Genesis. As alluded to earlier, when Satan deceived Eve into eating from the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil, one of the things he promised would happen if she just ate would be “then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods” (Genesis 3:5).

What is not as well known about the term avatar is that it’s also used in the New Age for the coming “World Teacher” or Messianic figure who they are expecting.  Benjamin Creme of Share International, has long promoted this coming world teacher who will be the expected messiah of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and every other major religion rolled into one. He will of course promote a New World Religion that seeks to show the commonality among all current religions, thus allowing them to blend into one (just as the book of Revelation predicts one religion for the world at the end time).

This “Ascended Master”, called Maitreya, is in Creme’s words, an avatar, who has existed throughout time in different people. Whether it was Buddha, Confucius or even Jesus (according to Creme) the avatar basically is a body that receives the “Christ Consciousness.” Just as Jake Sully was able to put his spirit into the synthetic, lab-made Na’Vi body, so does the Christ Consciousness inhabit great spiritual leaders throughout history. And of course, New Age leaders and Theosophists say their Messiah, the Maitreya will save the world from war, poverty and all our problems. This is where the deception comes to fruition. Not to say that Maitreya (if he ever appears) is the antichrist, but he certainly is an example of how people can be deceived into following him.

If this seems out there, just know that Share International’s website is sponsored by the United Nations. So they are not a fringe organization with no recognition. They even ran a commercial on CNN which you can view below:

So what sayeth the Scriptures on these issues? We get a very clear answer:

Romans1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

We are not to worship God’s creation. We are to worship God! But Satan has repeatedly provided a system in the world to lure people into worsiping the sun, moon, water, trees, animals and everything but God. We should not abuse the Earth, but the Earth is not God. Or a goddess. We are to seek a relationship with God The Creator through his Son Jesus Christ, not with the Earth. But look at what people in the Avatar Forums are saying. Here is one fan’s comment on the feeling after seeing the film:

“So I watched Avatar and really can’t bring myself to watch it again. In fact talking about it has become a bit painful as well. I’ve never really reacted to a movie this way and really didn’t expect to react at all. I didn’t even want to see Avatar at first because I thought it would be more pretty Hollywood drivel. To be honest the parts of the movie, like story line and such weren’t spectacular in and of themselves but have some how become more than the sum of their parts. I felt so unsettled afterwards, I couldn’t speak. I came home and just cried, and I didn’t even know what was wrong. I don’t get emotional much, so this was very strange for me. After some introspection I realized I am mourning the fact that there is no connection existant in this world as strong as the one experienced by the Na’vi. There is no close bond of experience for us and the closest we ever came to really experiencing the natural world has already gone the way of the Dodo, before I was even born. It’s not as if I have a chance to live that way even if I wanted to. You always give up something for every gain, for our creature comforts we lose the dependance on our “tribe” and the necessity to make a place for ourselves. Now, so many just wander through life, lost and apathetic because we have no reason to be more than that. It makes my heart ache, but it is somewhat comforting to know I’m not just insane and there are other people that had a similar reaction.”

What a sad commentary. I feel for this person. They are truly hurting. And there are many, many Avatar fans expressing the same grief. Thinking that a character in a movie has more purpose in life than you do. So much of what is there reminds me of King Solomon in Ecclesiastes:
1:1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. 3What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? 4One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. 5The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.

Solomon’s point was that life, absent God, is utterly pointless. The Avatar fan who wrote that heartfelt plea wants to feel a deep spiritual connection to something. That person is searching for a personal God, but looking to James Cameron’s movie instead of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus said “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Jesus wants us to have a fulfilling life and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Romans 8: 9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness… 13For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

What greater connection can we have to God than to be His children and receive His Holy Spirit! This is what salvation brings. Once we stop living for our sinful flesh and follow our reborn Spirit, we can have a real connection with God. A God who wants to know all our thoughts, hopes, pains and heartaches. A God who wants us to lean on Him for every issue. A God who is our Father and will guide us and refine us in righteousness.

For all of the harmony of the Na’Vi there was very little moral accountability. Jake Sully was immediately discriminated against and hated by many because he was an outsider. The Na’Vi also have certain animals and creatures they’re willing to kill without any mention of the moral wrong of that. Jake Sully has no regrets about turning his back on the company who hired him and blasting his fellow humans with an assault rifle at point blank range. Why did he not try to negotiate with the humans? Why didn’t he ever show any remorse for anything? Because the false religion of Avatar does not address the sinful heart. Jesus Christ does. There is a deeper existence. There is spiritual connection. There is real meaning to life. But until we become aware of our sin problem and know that we cannot fix outside of salvation in Jesus Christ, we walk in darkness and can fall prey to even the allure of a Hollywood movie’s fabricated religion.

The Pink Ouija Board – The Occult for Kids

In End -Time Deception, Family, occult on February 10, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Witchcraft now comes in pink.

    BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES

Deuteronomy 18:9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

Recently there have been news stories regarding the new Pink Ouija board (and fortunately there is already a boycott taking place as well). As the Bible instructs, we are not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). Thanks to the likes of “children’s entertainment” like Harry Potter, World of Warcraft, TV shows like Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Charmed and of course, music stars, the occult has become fashionable, cool and “in” for kids and teenagers alike. While this may seem like harmless entertainment, they are embedded with real satanic themes and witchcraft. All of this is designed to make what God has called an abomination much more enticing. Kids are being raised to believe they can get what they want through occult powers and to look to other sources for spiritual fulfillment rather than Jesus Christ. For those who have any doubt about the popularity of witchcraft and wicca (which was invented by Satanist and Aleister Crowley-devotee, Richard Gardner), I strongly suggest you check out the excerpts from the book “Generation Hex”, which chronicled the widespread explosion of the occult amount America’s youth.

And now we have the old Ouija board getting a 2010 upgrade for little girls, by making a pink version that can glow in the dark. Ouija is a tool that people think can contact the dead, but is actually a device to contact demonic forces and evil spirits. All the while providing “answers” to whatever pressing questions the users may have. It provides a way for people to put their spiritual trust and desire in “the world of the dead.”

Since the Garden of Eden, that has been Satan’s mission: to distract our attention, focus and worship from the God of the Bible. Distraction is all that’s necessary to keep an unsaved person in the dark. Many satanists like Marilyn Manson will say that they don’t worship the devil. Well in many instances, this is true. Much of satanism is focused on the self. It instructs the reader to get what they want out of life, do whatever they feel and have no conscience about it. In doing this, they must disregard the Bible and God’s plan for humanity. And ultimately it is turning America and the rest of the world into an occult society, perfectly prepped for the Great Tribulation. The book of Daniel tells us the antichrist will understand “dark sentences” and that “craft will prosper in his hand” (Daniel 8:23-25). Could all of this occult emphasis in the media and pop culture be getting people ready for that kind of leader?

If you are a Christian, the above passage from Deuteronomy is clear. Any dabbling in the occult is an abomination to The Lord. Behind all of these different occult practices are demonic forces who are feeding people what they want to hear. Contacting the dead, or necromancy, is forbidden in the Bible.

By parents bringing these “toys” into their homes, they are giving license to the demonic and evil spirits that come with them. If the Gospels are clear about anything regarding demons, it’s that demons ultimately want to possess and take over their victims completely. The most popular example would probably be the demons who called themselves “Legion” to Jesus because there were so many inside of them inside the body of one man. That is their mission.
Jesus explains this on several occasions. In Luke 11 we read:

24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. 25And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. 26Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.

Unclean spirits think of people as their homes! This is coming straight from Jesus Christ. But notice that when the home is “swept and garnished” the demon cannot get back on its own. He must go and get more. So you have to make sure as a Christian that you are as far removed from the occult as possible. Keep your hearts and mind clear of these demonic influences. And certainly those of your children.

Do you believe Jesus Christ who warns us to avoid these things? Or do you put your trust in marketing executives who call of this harmless fun while making millions off the sale of their merchandise? It may seem difficult to make a break from such popular activities but that is why the Bible calls on us to be a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2). We must give up those things in our love for Jesus. So to parents, use good discernment and protect your home. And to young people, do not be deceived!

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour

Tim and Pam Tebow – A Family Worth Celebrating

In Family, Love, Political Issues on February 6, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Biblical Princples

Jeremiah 1:4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

The news of Tim Tebow’s ad during Super Bowl Sunday has become a national debate. Tebow has been one of the most outspoken Christian athletes of this past generation. He has repeatedly honored God and Jesus Christ our Savior in the midst of all his accomplishments on the football field. And now in a commercial set to air this weekend, he is taking a stand for the lives of unborn babies.

As many know by now, Tim’s Mother, Pam, when pregnant with Tim, developed a life-threatening infection while working as a missionary to the Philippines. Although her doctor advised her to have an abortion, she decided to have her baby and the rest is history. And now the commercial, which will tell this story in 30 seconds, is causing many pro-choice and “pro-women” groups downright furious. CBS has been receive a barrage of protests and petitions against it.

There are so many sad aspects to this drama. For one, Tim lived out this situation personally. So many news outlets are acting as if he just decided to take on the abortion issue and got a commercial. He and his mother know this from a personal standpoint. Secondly this is still America. Last time we checked freedom of speech still exists. Why shouldn’t he or anyone else be able to get commercial time if he or the company making the commercial has the money to pay for those super-expensive timeslots (and CBS being a private company has the right to air whatever commercials they choose by the way)? We have soldiers dying and risking their lives to protect these rights. It’s not the time throw them away.

Finally, it’s great that someone is standing up for life who’s in the public eye. And not just because they are “conservative” but because they are Christian. Tebow has stated that he wants to use his sports career to serve as a witness and testimony to the Gospel of Christ. I applaud him for that. And this is not a Carrie Prejean who was a virtual unknown until the Miss America pageant) situation. Tebow has been one of the most famous football players at one of the biggest sports schools in America. He has the intense glare of the media on him for the past three years and has not wilted.

When one takes such a strong stand for Jesus, please believe that. And what is behind that? A strong Christian upbringing. The Tebow family have been dedicated to Christ and urge you to see the fruits of the parents work. On his father’s website, you’ll see the entire family history and what they’re doing now. The Lord commands parents to “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). And the Tebows have certainly done that. And looking at Tim his fruits are showing that he’s willing to endure criticism and professional backlash for his stand. And I applaud him for that. The theme of the commercial “Celebrate Life, Celebrate Family.” And in this day and age, those are two celebrations that are sorely needed.

Bible Verse of The Day – Let Your Faith Shine

In Bible Study, Inspirational on February 6, 2010 at 12:47 am

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

At Pentecost Peter preached The Word boldly and passionately. his faith had been renewed as the Holy Spirit indwelled in him. And the remarkable thing is that the people who were listening were not just amazed, they knew that he and John had been with Jesus.

This can be a lesson for our own lives. With the amount of people we speak to or encounter in any given week, how many leave saying, “wow, he/she is really into Jesus and their faith!” How many marvel at our passion for The Word? If someone was to ask 10 people who know you “what is the most important thing [insert your name]’s life?” would that friend say that the answer is your salvation in Christ?

As born again believers, our Savior and Coming King Jesus Christ literally sends the Holy Spirit to indwell in us to testify of Him (John 15:26). We need to spend our time approaching the Throne of The Lord (in prayer) showing that we are studying His Word, seeking and serving Him daily. We are now ambassadors of Christ and should preach his Word just as boldly as the Apostles. So much so that when people speak to us, they know that we have indeed been with The Lord, and are living our lives as living sacrifices to him to glorify His Name. And the people, if and when they see that devotion, love and faith, will definitely marvel at it.