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Christian High School Student Suspended for Sharing Faith

In Family, Political Issues on April 2, 2011 at 4:32 pm

The No. 1 selling book of all time -- not welcome at Gateway High

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. — 2 Timothy 3:12

The persecution of Christians in America continues to swell. But now some are challenging it. Kenneth Dominguez a 16 year old High School student at Gateway East High School in El Cajon, California was suspended in January 2010 for sharing the Gospel with his friends in school and defying an order from a school administrator to not bring his Bible onto school grounds. As the Christian Post reports, Dominguez is now suing the school for its punishment.

At the time of the suspension, Dominguez was a newly saved believer, who was excited about his faith and wanted to share it with his friends at school. Upon his return from Christmas break, he did just that. But soon he was reprimanded by a school official and told not to discuss the Gospel because of “separation of church and state.”

According to the attorney from the Pacific Justice Institute, which is representing Dominguez in this case, the young Christian man was not disrupting any school procedures. He did not preach during class or shout out to anyone. He limited his witnessing of the Gospel to his lunch time as he sat with his friends. There were also no complaints from any other students or staff about Dominguez.

After the warning, Dominguez continued to share the Gospel and bring his Bible to school. He was then informed by the administrator that he was not allowed to bring his Bible onto school grounds. When he continued to bring it, he was issued a two-day suspension.
As the article stated:

Defending the student, attorney Michael J. Peffer, who heads PJI’s Southern California office, contended, “No student should be forced to leave his faith and Bible at the gate when he enters school grounds. We are looking forward to this opportunity to vindicate Mr. Dominguez and protect students throughout California.”

It seems ludicrous that a school would prevent students from bringing books they like to read onto school grounds. In addition to this being a clear violation of this young man’s free speech based on the facts presented, it presents a greater spiritual issue. Many public schools all over the United States are seeking to silence the voice of Christian students as they attempt to erase any reference to the God of the Bible or Jesus Christ completely. Even though at the same time, public schools are catering to Muslim students by providing foot baths and prayer rooms for them to use during the school day, Christians are not even permitted to speak about their faith. How do prayer rooms for the Muslim faith not be an issue of “separation of church and state”?

Such hypocrisy is just the result of a spirit that is growing in this age. And that spirit wants the church silenced and the Word of God removed from American society — which of course will allow sin to flourish. We do not have to “fight” the system, God fights for us. But we do have to preach the Word as we are commanded by Jesus Christ our Lord. And Christians need to stand on their faith be ready at any moment to boldly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray for this young man to keep his faith through this time and for the success of his lawsuit. And also pray to God for your own faith to keep sharing His message of love and eternal life in an age where the stakes for even speaking about it are getting much higher.

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
— 2 Timothy 4:3

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Miley Cyrus’ Dad: “My family is under attack by Satan. I’m ‘scared for’ daughter Miley”

In Entertainment, Family on February 20, 2011 at 9:01 am

Billy Ray Cyrus knows who is really out to destroy his family

Biblical Principles

Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. .

Many people have followed the recent descent of Disney Child Star Miley Cyrus into raunchy, rebellious behavior, which most recently included photos of her taking the drug salvia, an herb that has hallucinogenic effects on its users (and is legal in California). The one time squeaky clean, “Christian” TV star and singer has millions of adoring child fans of her “Hannah Montana” tv show, movies and music, making her wealthy many times over. And now 18, she has, like many Disney stars before her, taken a plunge into becoming a sexed up, rebellious young adult who seems to be publicly promoting her new, “wild-child” image in various outrageous performances, leaked photos and videos on the internet.

Rather than delving into the various “scandals” of Miley Cyrus over the past 2 years, I want to focus on her parents, since she, like all children are a product of the discipline, instruction and care, or lack thereof, of her parents or guardians (please note, that this does not excuse Miley Cyrus’ behavior), What makes her story interesting though is that this is the first time where a parent has spoken out about this issue in spiritual terms. Music Star, Billy Ray Cyrus, the father of Miley Cyrus, in a leaked interview with GQ, first reported by the Daily News, expressed total regret regarding the immense fame and commercial success of his daughter and the damage it wreaked on his family:

Among the most startling revelations is an admission that “Hannah Montana” “destroyed” his family and his fear that 18-year-old Miley could possibly end up meeting the same tragic fate that befell controversial stars that came before her – namely, Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain and Anna Nicole Smith.

“Every time something happened in Miley’s career, every time the train went off the track, if you will – Vanity Fair, pole-dancing, whatever scandal it was – her people, or as they say in today’s news, her handlers, every time they’d put me … ‘Somebody’s shooting at Miley! Put the old man up there!’” Billy Ray told the magazine about why he used to have such a strong public presence in his daughter’s life.

In addition to being manipulated by who he called Miley’s “handlers” to be a defensive Dad every time his daughter ended up in an embarrassing scandal, Mr. Cyrus also stated that the devil was behind the current crisis his family is facing:
Billy Ray didn’t place all the blame on those currently in Miley’s life. There are also evil forces at work, he claimed.

“Somewhere along this journey, both mine and Miley’s faith has been shaken,” he said. “That saddens me the most.”
His family, Billy Ray argued, is now being ruined by Satan.
“No doubt,” he insisted. “There’s no doubt about it.”

This is the true enemy of not just the Cyrus family, but all families: the Devil. God’s order was for a man to leave his parents, join a woman in permanent marriage and raise children in a monogamous relationship centered on His Word and righteousness. Satan, in his efforts to to undo and reverse God’s order, has been attacking the family unit since the first family of humanity. Not only did Satan seduce Eve into doubting God’s Word and thus eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 3), the sin continued with their children as Cain, the first son of Adam and Eve, slew his brother Abel in a fit of jealousy (Genesis 4). Jesus had his own statement on the matter as well in the book of John:

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

In drawing this contrast, Jesus Christ pointed out the agenda of our spiritual enemy: Satan and his army of fallen angelic beings – to take as much from humanity and lead us into damnation.

Occult Influence

A Black Swan or a Fallen Angel?

Like many of the big music stars of today, Miley Cyrus’ videos have taken a turn towards the occult. Occult imagery is now becoming pervasive in music videos of young pop stars (a long overdue blog on this issue is coming soon). In here 2010 video, the aptly titled “Can’t Be Tamed”, a scantily-clad Cyrus is said to be making a statement about becoming a woman and “breaking out of her innocent, squeaky clean image. In her own words: “It’s the first step of growing up.”

An opening scenes shows visitors in a museum being led by a curator to see “..the rarest creature on Earth, known as Avis Cyrus.” The group is then led to a cage, where Miley Cyrus is in costume, dressed in a small black outfit and sporting enormous black wings. While the immediate reference that comes to mind can be a dark angel or fallen angel, the name choice of Avis also holds significance:

The Roman satirist Juvenal wrote in 82 AD of rara avis in terris nigroque simillima cygno (‘a rare bird in the lands, and very like a black swan’).[6] He meant something whose rarity would compare with that of a black swan, or in other words, as a black swan did not exist, neither did the supposed characteristics of the ‘rare bird’ with which it was being compared. The phrase passed into several European languages as a popular proverb, including English, in which the first four words (a rare bird in the land) are often used ironically. For some 1500 years the black swan existed in the European imagination as a metaphor for that which could not exist.

Interestingly enough there is a movie currently out called “Black Swan” the deals with a woman dealing with multiple personality disorders and mind control, who is encouraged and pressured by her handlers to “break free” of her shell. This is of course achieved through fornication and sexual exploration. (A very good detailing of the occult significance of that movie can be found here).

Conclusion

I applaud Mr. Cyrus for recognizing the true cause of the problems in all of us: sin, which was initiated in this world by Satan’s temptation. But the question remains, does he recognize the solution is salvation in Jesus Christ? Like many superstars before her, Miley Cyrus has fallen for the best Satan has to offer : money, power and fame. The cost though was any type of respectable image she had as a child role model, her own family and possibly her soul. Is Miley Cyrus saved? Of course it is possible, but from her own statements about her faith in the past, it is not clear. She stated in 2007 that she wanted to be a “light and testimony” for god but there were no public statements regarding her salvation that I could locate. Either way, her father’s pain and frustration should be a cautionary tale to parents yet again to raise their children to love and fear The Lord and to control what their kids are watching and listening to. Many of the pop stars of today, even the kiddie ones, are operating as tools of the world, promoting sinful rebellion every chance they get. Parents have an obligation to protect their home from these influences and pray for God’s guidance so they do not have the same regrets Mr. Cyrus is now experiencing.

Internet Safety 101 — Protecting Kids From Porn

In Family on March 8, 2010 at 7:14 am



Biblical Principles

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Mark 9:42 And whoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

There is a new website devoted to providing a package of resources for parents to protect their children from all of the sin and filth on the web called Internet Safety 101. The package helps parents on using technology to block sites on computers, monitor internet use and speak to their children about the rampant porn and violence on the internet. Parents really need to get on the ball on this issue. The internet is an unprecedented portal into the sinful world. Having a computer with web access in the bedroom of a child is like leaving them alone in their room with stacks of X-rated magazines and movies every night. Not to mention that through social networking and dating sites, the ability for adults to contact children for intimate conversation or actual dating has become incredibly easy. Meanwhile the parents are none the wiser as some articles and surveys show.
To give a bit of an example, let’s look at some quick facts:

Of students aged 13 and 14 from schools across Alberta, Canada, 90 percent of males and 70 percent of females reported accessing sexually explicit media content at least once.1

The study revealed that boys do the majority of deliberate viewing, and a significant minority now plans social time around viewing porn with male friends. 2

Porn has become a major presence in the lives of youth, and while a majority of teens surveys said their parents expressed concern about sexual content, that concern has not led to discussion or supervision, and few parents are using available technology to block sexual content.3

In the survey, most kids who reported unwanted exposure were aged 13 to 17. Still, sizable numbers of 10- and 11-year-olds also had unwanted exposure — 17 percent of boys and 16 percent of girls that age. 4

A new survey from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that 4% of cell-owning teens ages 12-17 say they have sent sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images or videos of themselves to someone else via text messaging, a practice also known as “sexting”; 15% say they have received such images of someone they know via text message.

There are many studies which show the damaging effects of pornography and we are living in a generation of unprecedented exposure among children thanks to the internet. And certainly from a spiritual standpoint it’s bringing sexual lust and fornication into their minds and hearts. We have a duty to protect children from this and keep them close to God. Step 1 – don’t let a child have a computer with internet access in their bedroom. And if you must find great blocking and monitoring software. Internet Safety 101 can help with all of this. Look at what your kids are up to and where they are going on the web. Get involved in their lives on the net. And keep them in prayer and in a good church so God can teach and convict them with His Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul, when writing to his disciple Timothy, stated: “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” (2 Timothy 1:5). Timothy, one of the earliest third-generation Christians in the Bible, was strong in his faith because he had a family that raised him to be. So much so that a young age, he was prepared to go to churches on Paul’s behalf and train their congregations in The Word. All because of a godly upbringing. As parents and leaders in our homes, we should be no different.

1 Thompson, Sonya. “Study Shows 1 in 3 Boys Heavy Porn Users”. University of Alberta Study, 5 March 2007, http://www.healthnews-stat/com…0&keys=porn-rural-teens.
2. ibid
3. ibid
4. Wolak, Janis, et al. “Unwanted and Wanted Exposure to Online Pornography in a National Sample of Youth Internet Users.” Pediatrics 119 (2007); 247-257.

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:

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.