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Early Headline: “Trump/Pence Win!”

November 6, 2016

As some of my early blogs on this election would testify, I was not enthusiastic about Donald Trump as the GOP presidential nominee. However, about two months ago I realized that this election is far more about the future of the nation; the administrative cabinets, department and agency heads, the Departments of Justice, Defense and Homeland Security in particular, that matter more than the presidential candidate.

That being said, while Trump has his baggage (as virtually all candidates do), one thing he has demonstrated far more than Clinton and that is his extreme patriotism and desire to right the wrongs in America.

So, here’s my prediction, and I will go way out on a limb. Trump will win.  Not only win, but win by a wide margin, perhaps 10 percent or more.  Here’s why:

  • A large number of moderate democrats who are sick of the Hillary (and Bill) scandals, habitual lying and self-enrichment, will either stay home or vote for Trump/Pence.
  • A growing number of Black and Hispanic voters are finally seeing the light and realizing that Hillary represents more of the same lies and disaster for minority populations.
  • Trump support is on a strong upswing right before the election, while Clinton’s is on the downswing.
  • While Trump has been focusing mostly on policy of late, the best Clinton can do is keep bringing up the old dead issue of Trump’s immoral pronouncements about women twenty years ago.
  • The FBI announcement about re-opening their Clinton investigation has shattered any support Clinton might have garnered from the undecideds. The majority will vote for Trump.
  • Trump supporters are not fair-weather supporters. They will vote no matter what the weather or obstacles.
  • More and more Americans are waking up to the depth of Clinton’s corruption.
  • The majority of Americans are sick of all the ineffectiveness and corruption in Washington.
  • Hillary Clinton represents more of the same Washington corruption; Trump represents a fresh face with new hope.
  • Patriotic Americans will vote against anyone who does not uphold the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms.  Clinton is clearly against that provision of the Constitution.
  • The majority of Christian voters understand that Clinton is anti-Christian and anti-Israel.
  • People are realizing the real danger of the Clinton immigration and open borders policy.
  • American patriots have not forgotten about Benghazi and Clinton’s “what difference does it make” statement.
  • More Americans understand the disastrous foreign policies of Obama/Clinton that has resulted in the explosion of Islamic terrorism in the Middle East, Europe and the U.S.
  • The Obamacare debacle will hurt Clinton who is in favor of socialized medical care.
  • Traditionally democratic states are trending in favor of Trump or are “toss-ups” right before the election.
  • For the past few weeks Trump has been acting more presidential, while Clinton has been acting more unhinged.

So, here’s my bold prediction (not seen anywhere else): Trump/Pence will command 55% or more of the popular vote and at least 300 electoral votes (270 needed to win).

Now, that will prevent Hillary from pardoning herself. If we can be patient and wait until Trump takes office and select a new attorney general, then Obama will not be able to pardon her either should she be indicted.  That would be ideal.

 

The 2016 Presidential Election (Kathleen’s Insight)

October 16, 2016

There is one candidate who is for the things below and one who is opposed.

  • One is pro-Israel, the other is not.
  • One is for freedom of speech, the other wants to control speech.
  • One wants lawful immigration, the other wants open borders.
  • One wants justice in our court system, the other wants activist judges that create law, rather than interpret the law.
  • One wants free enterprise, the other wants increased government regulation.
  • One wants the U.S. Constitution to be the law of the land, the other favors the U.N. Constitution.
  • The one is pro-life, the other wants to support increased abortion, including partial-birth abortion.
  • The one supports freedom of religion, the other seeks to suppress Christianity in America.
  • One has never been investigated for criminal activity, while the other is under constant investigation for such activity at the highest levels.
  • One understands economics and the advantages of capitalism and job creation, the other favors socialism, government control and has never created a job in the free market.
  • The one profits from Wall Street through wise investment, the other profits from Wall Street by giving worthless speeches.
  • One stands firm against corruption in government, the other has been a part of that corruption for decades.
  • One seeks advice from Christian leaders, the other relies on radical socialists.
  • The one wants to rebuild our decimated military, the other wants to continue its demise.
  • The one wants parental control of education, the other wants government control.
  • The one wants to protect America’s sovereignty, the other wants a One World globalist America.
  • One supports racial equality, the other foments racial divisiveness.
  • One respects and supports the sacrifice of America’s veterans, the other despises America’s military personnel.
  • One has demonstrated financial responsibility in matters of finance, the other had $6 billion of taxpayer monies disappear and unaccounted for during time in government office.
  • One believes in parents and families raising children, the other believes government should.
  • One is surrounding himself with patriotic leaders, the other with far left socialists.
  • One expresses the love of country and countrymen, the other speaks of despising fellow Americans.
  • One is for equal opportunity and the “American Dream”, the other for the re-distribution of wealth.
  • One opposes gay rights and gay marriage, the other believes they are constitutional guarantees like freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
  • One stands for law and order, the other for selective justice.

God did not choose to give us a Christian candidate. Perhaps that was the fault of the divided Christian community.  Instead, He gave us a person who is a “work in progress” like all of us.  One who believes in justice and who has strong convictions not unlike most Christians but expresses those convictions in ways that are often unacceptable to most of us.  However, they are sincerely held beliefs.  The other candidate provides evidence every day of being a pathological liar who has repeatedly deceived the American people.

A City on a Hill. If the Church and we as Christians are called to be “the salt of the earth” . . . “the light of the world” . . . and to be “A city set on a hill” that should not be hidden (Jesus in Matthew 5:13-14), why is it so hard for many Christians to believe that God planted His church and His people in America for the sake of the nation?

From the very founding of our country God has given His church (and His people) the responsibility for the spiritual well being of the nation. He gave America a constitution based on Judeo-Christian values—not Islamic, not Hindu, not atheistic or any other).  It has proved to be the best form of self-government the world has ever known.  Ironically, but by political design, our educational system now teaches the value of the U.N. constitution and globalism and Islamic thought.  These are two very different anti-freedom, anti-Christian and oppressive systems.  Partly as a result of these re-education systems (and to a lesser degree, biblical interpretations), many Christians believe that they should not be involved in politics or hold political office.  God foresaw this outcome of anti-God globalism with His revelation to the Apostle John on the Isle of Patmos nearly 2000 years ago.

As Christians living in America we are part of the most unique “experiment” in the history of the world—a self-governing people whose laws and way of life were founded on biblical principles. The Church was planted here in America for the sake of the country and the mandate of Christians to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ worldwide.

As citizens of God’s Kingdom on earth we have a responsibility to demonstrate God’s love and righteousness in our midst; to be accountable for our actions or lack thereof in standing up for righteousness and mercy. I believe this is America’s last call for redemption.  The advantage that Satan has is that the Church has always been divided by pettiness, pride, rivalry and biblical incidentals.  We have untold denominations and sects, each believing they have the “truth”.  Here is the “truth”—“a kingdom” (country) or “house divided cannot stand” (Matthew 12:25).  America is divided mainly because the Church is divided.

For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins  with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?  (1 Peter 4:17).

Founding Father, John Adams, in his Thoughts on Government (1776), wrote: Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it. It is the responsibility of the populace, the American people, including Christians, to hold their elected officials accountable for their actions and decisions and to make sure they are upholding the law of the land and not implementing their own for their own benefit or agenda. An election is the one best opportunity, bar a revolution, to bring about a change of government when one is needed.

John Adams, in a speech before the Militia of Massachusetts declared, Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other (October 11, 1798). Perhaps that is America’s biggest problem, we have fallen away from God and as a whole are no longer a people of faith.  We have allowed our Constitution to be trashed by globalists and irreligious elitists with self-serving interests and not that of the people.  God will hold Christians accountable for the outcome of America’s unique world contribution to self-government.

 

Has America’s Coffin Been Nailed Shut?

May 7, 2016

Our civil rulers will remember, that as piety and virtue support the honour and happiness of every community, they are peculiarly requisite in a free government.  Virtue is the spirit of a republic; for where all power is derived from the people, all depends on their good disposition.  If they are impious, factious and selfish; if they are abandoned to idleness, dissipation, luxury, and extravagance; if they are lost to the fear of God, and the love of their country, all is lost.

Rev. Samuel Cooper Sermon, October 25, 1780

The preceding excerpt is from Rev. Cooper’s sermon on the day that the U.S. Constitution was officially executed.  Has America now reached the point of Rev. Cooper’s grave concern?  Have we become a nation of factions; a me-first society; devoid  of true virtue, piety and a God-fearing morality?  Are we now content to be serfs of politicians that dole out the goodies to meet our needs as only they see fit, rather than serving those who elected them?

America has clearly lost its moral and political compass.  Of the 17 candidates to enter the Republican presidential race, only one was clearly a non-Republican; only one was clearly a non-God fearing person; only one was clearly not a fiscal or political conservative; only one clearly showed signs of being morally bankrupt; only one clearly stood with Planned Parenthood and its murderous and barbaric practices; only one showed no constraints when it came to belittling, defaming or using derogatory language to put down another; only one who demonstrated the traits of a tyrant; only one had no clear plan to deal with any of America’s issues; only one demonstrated narcissistic tendencies and complete lack of humility; only one admitted to not needing to ask for forgiveness or repent for anything; only one has a complete lack of biblical knowledge and understanding;  only one has a history of corrupt business dealings; only one is being investigated for criminal activity; only one who demonstrated racist tendencies; only one who exploits women for financial gain; and the list could go on.

So, who do “wise” Americans elect to be their standard bearer before the world?  The “only one” who fits the preceding categories and who is the least qualified; least moral; least knowledgeable in political and foreign affairs; “The Donald”, Mr. Trump.  Just like in 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, Americans have once again been mesmerized and bamboozled by a political charlatan; a fraud; a deceiver and consummate liar.  There are clearly no real choices in this upcoming election.  Both leading candidates for the Democratic and Republican parties are despicable people of little or no moral character who are under criminal investigation.  Both are bombastic blowhards who will say and do anything to get a vote.  And they are presidential material?  Has America and its electoral base sunk this low?  Apparently so.

Apparently, the overwhelming majority of Americans (when you consider both Democratic and Republican electorates) have decided that being a God-fearing, moral person is no longer a criteria for the most powerful leadership position in the world.  What is so disheartening is that millions of so-called “evangelical” Christians have fallen lock-step like lemmings behind such candidates.  When such Christian leaders as Jerry Falwell, Jr., Pat Robertson, Dr. Ben Carson and a host of others fall all over themselves to endorse Trump, one has to wonder who they are looking to for America’s salvation.  As I have said many times, America’s downward spiral will continue unabated if the Church and America do not repent and return to Almighty God.  Absent a revelation miracle, it looks like most Americans are content in remaining on that slippery slope of debauchery.  With the casket nailed shut, will the funeral be far behind?

 

 

 

Obama “White”

December 17, 2015

I just don’t get it.  What is all the brouhaha over Donald Trump? So he says some things that are politically incorrect and plays to the fears and worries of certain Americans.  If one takes a brief moment to look beneath his Big Braggadocios Bombastic Blowhard Buffoonish statements you will quickly discover that he is nothing more than the “white” version of the current president.  Have we not learned anything from the two-time election of America’s worst president?  Do we not already have too much adverse experience with a character of this type in the Whitehouse?

Trump is narcissistic, exaggerates his own accomplishments, oversells his ability; makes outlandish promises; demeans everyone (and I mean everyone); proposes ridiculous solutions that cannot be backed up with real facts and real solutions; believes he is above the law; has no qualms about declaring bankruptcy 4 times and sticking his creditors (i.e. the American taxpayer) and investors with the bill and losses; a big spender who thinks money can solve everything; claims to be a Christian but can’t quote one scripture or talk about his salvation in Christ.  So, what’s the difference between him and Obama?

God cannot and will not use an arrogant and prideful man.

Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18).

Can you imagine Trump being a unifier when his life’s philosophy has always been: “like it or lump it”; “my way or the highway.”  Can you image him having a cabinet of advisors when the first one to disagree with him, his immediate response would be, “you’re fired” or “shut up stupid.”  How can a man who is so outrageously offensive and smug be seriously considered for the highest office in the land?  As America’s leader he would be a loose and dangerous cannon on foreign affairs and as commander-in-chief.  We have already seen what an egotistical loose cannon in the Whitehouse can do to America’s foreign policy and national security.  God forbid that America should loose another such self-aggrandizing individual upon the world.

All the workers of iniquity boast in themselves (Proverbs 94:4b).

No, sorry, Trump is not the answer to America’s predicament.  He will not provide real solutions; but only compound current problems and challenges and mushroom the national debt with his free-wheeling style of throwing money at everything.  He will not reduce the size of America’s behemoth government or really make America one jot or tittle safer . . . or greater.

And just like Obama, what do we really know about Trump?  It wasn’t long ago that he was a staunch Democrat and fawned over the Clintons.  It wasn’t long ago that he was pro choice, but now proclaims to be pro life (with conditions).  He knows literally nothing about foreign policy or foreign affairs, other than regurgitating news headlines.  He every Republican debate he has provided no substantive answers to America’s pressing problems; making only grandiose statements of absurdity.

May the Lord cut off all flattering lips; and the tongue that speaks proud things.  Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; our lips are our own; who is lord over us?”  (Psalm 12:3-4)

No, Trump is far from the one.  In fact, as I have said before, America is so far down the slippery slope, that no man or woman will save her.  Only the miraculous intervention of God Himself.  And He will not intervene unless the Church in America fully repents and returns to Him.

Related:

https://ampatriot.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/apostasy-in-the-american-church-part-1-of-2/

https://ampatriot.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/apostasy-in-the-american-church-part-2-of-2/

https://ampatriot.wordpress.com/2015/05/20/the-fundamental-changing-of-america/

https://ampatriot.wordpress.com/2015/04/16/americas-only-hope/

 

 

Apostasy in the American Church, Part 2 of 2

July 20, 2015

And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?          

2 Corinthians 6:15

Do Judeo-Christian Faiths Have Any Common Ground With Islam? There is not, nor can there ever be any “common ground” between Islam and the Judeo-Christian faiths.

NOTE: For Christian leaders and Christians to accept common ground or a common word with Muslims,

  • they must accept that Muhammad was a prophet of God Almighty;
  • that Jesus was not part of God’s plan for mankind;
  • that there is no salvation through Jesus Christ;
  • that Allah is just another name for the One and Only True God of the Bible;
  • that God, through Muhammad reversed His plan of Salvation through Jesus Christ;
  • that Jesus is not Lord and Savior or the Son of God (surah 3:64);
  • that God’s love is conditional (because Allah’s love is);
  • believe the lie that Muslims are commanded to “love their neighbors” (it does not exist in the Qur’an or teachings of Muhammad);
  • that Jesus was not crucified or raised from the dead in the resurrection.

Jesus said that in the End Times “. . . false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24). The Apostle Paul, in his second letter to the church of the Thessalonians, wrote, “and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12). Many leaders in the Christian church as well as in Christian colleges, universities and seminaries are being deceived by the evil one. In their desire to see harmony between Christians, Jews and Muslims, they are casting aside foundational principles and teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Although Jesus called His followers to love all people, He did not call them to cast aside wisdom, understanding and discernment of the devil’s tactics, nor to make an alliance with evil.

Paul also wrote to his protégé, Timothy, warning him about deceiving spirits in the End Times. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:1-2). Unfortunately, too many Christian leaders, in an effort to be more in line with the world and to be politically correct, are abandoning the teachings and doctrines of the Christian faith and are succumbing to deceiving spirits and the doctrines of demons.

In an attempt to bring peace between Muslims and the Judeo-Christian world, there is a desperate move to acquiesce to the satanic faith of Islam. This will not bear forth good fruit, but only more deception and weakening of the Christian faith.

“Do not be deceived,” the Apostle Paul wrote, “God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

The Apostasy of the Roman Catholic Church. In my book on the Roman Catholic Church, I wrote the following discourse on the RCC’s position on Islam.

On November 29, 2014, in a gesture of what the Vatican described as “interreligious dialogue”, Pope Francis entered the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (known as the “Blue Mosque”) in Istanbul, Turkey and solemnly bowed his head in silent prayer with Ankara’s Grand Mufti (Muslim expert of Islamic law), Mehmet Görmez, and two imams (Muslim religious leaders). In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI visited the same mosque and offered a similar prayer. While the Vatican and the Holy Sees (popes) may have seen these ventures into the Blue Mosque as an innocuous interfaith gesture, it was and is viewed differently by the Muslim community and Jehovah God of the Christians and Jews. Among Muslims, especially Islamic leadership, this was seen as a great victory and legitimizing of their cause, which is world domination by Islam.

After the Pope’s silent prayer it was reported that the Grand Mufti read verses from the Qur’an that touted Allah as being a god of love and peace. However, nothing could be further from the truth (read Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast). The Pope remarked that God must be adored as well as worshipped. On that, the Grand Mufti and the Pope agreed, which would imply that both the Pope and Mufti believe they worship the same god. The Vatican described it as a “beautiful moment of dialogue”.

The Roman Catholic Church has a distorted and non-biblical understanding of Islam as disclosed by this proclamation: But the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place amongst these there are the Muslims, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us adore the one and merciful God, who on the last day will judge mankind (from the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, Solemnly Promulgated by His Holiness, Pope Paul VI, on November 21, 1964).

Muslims do not and cannot trace their faith to Abraham, but Arabs rightfully do through their ancestry from Ishmael according to the Bible. In the Bible (Genesis 16 & 17), Abraham’s son, Ishmael, born of the slave girl, Hagar, was banned from the Promised Land and had no inheritance with Abraham. In fact, God never acknowledged Ishmael as Abraham’s son, but only Isaac.

Muslims do not worship the God of Jews and Christians (again, read Islam & Christianity). Their god, Allah, is a false, pagan god of antiquity who is the antithesis of Jehovah God of the Jews and Christians. It is interesting that in the preceding declaration the Vatican and the Pope believe that the plan of salvation includes among the first, the Muslims and not the Jews, to whom Jesus was the promised Messiah. Muslims are not taught, nor do they believe that they worship a “merciful” god, but to them (and as written in the Qur’an), their god, Allah, is a god of vengeance, not mercy. Muslims worship a creator, not The Creator, God Almighty.

From Vatican II’s “Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, Nostra Aetate, #3”, the Roman Catholic Church clearly states: The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all-powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even His inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God. Though they do not acknowledge Jesus as God, they revere Him as a prophet. They also honor Mary, His virgin Mother; at times they even call on her with devotion. In addition, they await the day of judgment when God will render their deserts to all those who have been raised up from the dead. Finally, they value the moral life and worship God especially through prayer, almsgiving and fasting.

“If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods,” Jehovah God warned the Israelites, “then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good” (Joshua 24:20; NKJV). To acknowledge the god of Islam as the One and Only true God that the Jews and Christians worship is an apostasy—a falling away from God—of the highest order.

Jesus said, “But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:33; NKJV). By aligning themselves with the pagan faith of Islam and acknowledging that their god, Allah, is the same as God Almighty, the Roman Catholic Church is denying Jesus Christ, who made it clear that “No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

Christianity and Christians can have no bond with Islam or its god. Their god and the teachings of Mohammad deny and reverse all that Jesus stood for and taught. Once again, the Apostle Paul warned the followers of Jesus Christ:

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?  And what accord has Christ with Belial [Satan]? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?  And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:14-18; NKJV).

[From, “Why I Left the Catholic Church”, pp. 55-59.]

Blasphemimg the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come” (Matthew 12:31-32).

The Apostle Mark recorded Jesus’ words more succinctly. “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation” (Mark 3:28-29).

Why is blaspheming the Holy Spirit more important than speaking against Jesus Christ? Because Jesus said that the role of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life is to teach you all things, to bring to your remembrance all things that Jesus taught (John 14:26) and that “when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you” (John 16:13-14). Jesus made it clear that the Holy Spirit has the authority from God the Father to be the author of all truth and that truth is spoken by the Holy Spirit direct from God Almighty. To reject or ignore that truth is blasphemy and the unforgiveable sin that Jesus spoke of. For Christians and Christian leaders to state or imply that Allah is God or that Christian, Jews and Muslims worship the same god is to blaspheme the Holy Spirit of God.

The Apostle John wrote, “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him” (1 John 2:27).

The author of the letter to the Hebrews warned: “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame” (Hebrews 6:4-6); “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26).

Be sure to read Apostasy in the American Church, Part 1 here.

For more information and insight, read Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast by this author.

Apostasy in the American Church, Part 1 of 2

July 20, 2015

And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?

2 Corinthians 6:15

Prominent leaders in America, from President Obama, to former President George W. Bush to the late Pope John Paul II and the current Pope Francis, as well as numerous well-known Christian leaders in America and around the world, all profess that Christians, Jews and Muslims worship and pray to the same god.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Is Abraham the Father of Islam?  Islam is not an Abrahamic faith.  Despite the numerous proclamations by Muslim scholars and imams and even those in academia, including professors of Christian colleges, universities and seminaries, Abraham is not the “father of Islam”, nor can Islam rightly lay a claim to such.  First, let us look at the biblical and historical facts.  Most sources estimate that Abraham (nee Abram) was born around 2166 B.C.  Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, was born around 570 or 571 A.D. or about 2,700 years after Abraham.

Although the Arabic nations of the Middle East can rightfully claim Abraham as their ancestral father, Muslims cannot.  According to the Bible and other historical records, Ishmael, the illegitimate son of Abram and the pagan slave woman, Hagar, was driven by Abram into the wilderness.  Ishmael became the father of twelve Arabian princes (nations) whom God said that He would “multiply … exceedingly” (Genesis 17:20). Ishmael and Hagar were driven into the Wilderness of Paran to dwell (Genesis 21:20-21). This wilderness covers the eastern Sinai and the southern and southeastern borders of present-day Israel.

Ishmael’s sons initially inhabited an area from Egypt and the Sinai Desert, the Arabian peninsula to Assyria (which includes present-day Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, and the lesser Arab kingdoms).  So, the Arabian kingdoms were established about 2,700 years before Muhammad, the purveyor of Islam was even born.  Therefore, despite their incessant claims to legitimize their faith, Muslims have no ancestral claim to Abraham as do the Jews and Christians through the Hebrew Messiah, Jesus Christ.

In addition, in another fallacious attempt to validate their religion, Muslims claim that Islam is the “original” religion of everyone in the Bible, from Adam to Moses to Jesus Christ and the Apostles—all were really Muslims.  This claim persists, despite the fact that, Islam was not “birthed” until almost 600 years after Christ’s death and resurrection.

Is Allah, the God of Jews & Christians?  The demonic anti-Christ, anti-Jew god of Islam is not the same as the God of the Jews and Christians.  For a Christian or Jew to profess otherwise is an apostasy and abomination to the One and Only True God of the universe.  Allah, as portrayed by Muhammad and in the Qur’an is a demonic revelation from the pits of hell.  Even Muhammad first believed that his “revelations” were from demons.

For anyone who is a student of the Bible, and especially those that have a “personal” relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (and therefore an intimate relationship with God the Father), it is abundantly clear that the God of the Bible is not the god portrayed in the Qur’an or by his prophet, Muhammad.  The God of the Bible has humanity-favoring characteristics that Allah does not.  The God of the Bible has a loving, merciful plan of redemption for all mankind.  The god of the Qur’an does not.  Every characteristic of Allah in the Qur’an and that espoused by Muhammad is the converse of God Almighty of the Bible.  The Qur’an and Muhammad repeatedly portray Allah as a vengeful, unloving, unmerciful god who has no plan to redeem mankind from its sins.

While the God of the Bible does punish the Jews for their rebellion against Him; their unfaithfulness and turning to pagan gods, He is always ready to forgive and receive them back once they repent and return to Him.  By contrast, Allah is unforgiving and only wants to destroy all those that refuse to acknowledge him—especially the Jews and the Christians.

For the persistent reader and student of the Bible, it is clear that Jehovah God had a covenant plan of redemption and salvation for His people, the Jews, and for all those who chose Him through the redemptive work on the cross by His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.  Allah reverses all that, claiming that no such covenant or plan of redemption existed and that Jesus Christ was nothing more than a man who by Qur’anic implication was of lesser importance than Muhammad, the vendor of evil and mayhem.

Both the biblical and historical records define the ministry of Jesus as one of compassion, love and peaceful redemption.  Jesus never led any rebellions; never conducted any raids upon the people; never assaulted or killed anyone; never robbed anyone or took their possessions; never advocated revenge upon His enemies or those who disagreed with Him or refused to follow Him.  Muhammad, on the other hand, was the dead opposite of Jesus.  Muhammad was violent, oppressive; a murderer and rapist; a man of hate and vengeance. Everything that Muhammad was or represented, Jesus was not.

Now, if Allah is the same god as the God of the Jews and Christians (the God of the Bible), why would he send Muhammad and a message that completely reversed everything He stood for in thousands of years of biblical and historical truth?  The answer is simple: Jehovah God, the One and Only True God, would not and did not.  The Bible says that the true God cannot lie and cannot go back on His word, but fulfills what He promises (Number 23:19) and His promise throughout the Bible was the coming of the redemptive love of His Son, Jesus Christ.  There are over 300 prophecies in the Old Testament about the coming of Jesus Christ.  There are no prophecies about the coming of Muhammad, the false prophet.

Is Islam a Religion of Peace?  Islam’s teachings and 14 centuries of practice are the antithesis of peace and peacemakers.  In spite of the incessant proclamations by Muslims and Muslim leaders and ignorant Christians and media talking heads, Islam is not and never has been a religion that fomented or propagated the concept or reality of peace.  Unlike Christians, Muslims have never had a “prophet of peace” or a leader for peace.

In the Gospel of John, Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).  By stark contrast, Muhammad reportedly said: “I have been sent with the sword between my hands to ensure that no one but Allah is worshipped.”  This is quoted by virtually every Muslim jihadist in their justification for their murderous purges against the “infidels” of the world.

[From Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast] . . . Twenty centuries of secular and religious history attest to Jesus Christ as the “Prince of Peace.” No other deity or human being has or can claim that title. Around 740 B.C., the Old Testament prophet Isaiah heralded the coming of the Jewish Messiah with this revelation from God:

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6, NKJV).

“Surely,” the prophet Isaiah testified, “he [the promised Messiah] took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5). Certainly, this type of sacrifice for others is not something that Muhammad could lay claim to as Allah’s last and most important prophet. Muhammad never took upon himself anyone’s sicknesses or sins. He never suffered torture or extreme punishment and pain for the sake of his follower’s inner peace and spiritual freedom.

. . . Not only is the Judeo-Christian God known as the God of Peace, but He sent His Son to be the example of His peace on earth. Christ established a new covenant built upon the old promises of God, restoring God’s peace to mankind through His shed blood on the cross. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church at Ephesus, put it this way:

For he himself is our peace, who was made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out

of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility (Ephesians 2:14-16).

It was Almighty God’s intention from the beginning to bring His Son into the world to abolish the old covenant that brought enmity between God and His creation. Through Jesus’ sacrifice and shedding of blood on the cross, God installed a new covenant of reconciliation and peace. Allah, on the other hand, according to his revelations to Muhammad, used Muhammad to bring about discord and blood shed—not the sacrificial blood of Muhammad, his chosen prophet—but the shed blood of all those deemed to be the enemies of Allah.

. . . According to the Qur’an, adherents to Islam are to fight against all who stand in the way of the spread of Islam and to fight against anyone who refused to enter into the Islamic faith.

And fight with them [the unbelievers] until there is no more persecution and religion should be only for Allah; but if they desist, then surely Allah sees what they do (surah 8:39).  Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast, pp. 93-95.

A Common Word Response.  On October 13, 2007, an initial group of 138 Muslim scholars, Muslim religious leaders and Muslim organization leaders from around the world penned an open letter (A Common Word between Us and You) to leaders of Christianity worldwide.  It was a veiled attempt to establish that there is common ground among Muslims, Christians and Jews, including the worship of the one and same god.  The fact that some of the signatories represented known U.S.-based terror sponsoring groups is not comforting.

The gist and appeal of the lengthy letter is that we all (Muslims, Christians and Jews) have the same heritage, worship the same god and desire peace in the world.  “The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians”, the Muslim letter begins.  “The basis for this peace and understanding already exists,” it continues. “It is part of the very foundational principles of both faiths: love of the One God, and love of the neighbour. These principles are found over and over again in the sacred texts of Islam and Christianity. The Unity of God, the necessity of love for Him, and the necessity of love of the neighbour is thus the common ground between Islam and Christianity.”

The letter proffers that Allah is a god of love and that he wants nothing more than justice and freedom of religion for all.  But then the authors offer up this conundrum: “The central creed of Islam consists of the two testimonies of faith or Shahadahs [Muslim prayer of faith], which state that: There is no god but God, Muhammad is the messenger of God. These Two Testimonies are the sine qua non [indispensible condition] of Islam. He or she who testifies to them is a Muslim; he or she who denies them is not a Muslim.”  That is the bottom line that supersedes all the Muslim rhetoric:  If you are not a Muslim, you are an infidel that is worthy of persecution and death.  Forget all the proclamations that Islam offers freedom of religion or that it is a religion of peace.  Those and many more claims are the deceptive lies of Satan.

You can read more of A Common Word between Us and You here.

The “Christian” Response.  On November 18, 2007, a full page ad was published in the New York Times, with the heading: Loving God and Neighbor Together: A Christian Response to A Common Word Between Us and You.  It was authored by scholars at the Yale (University) Center for Faith & Culture and was initially signed by 300 Christian leaders from around the world.  The letter agreed with the Muslim letter premise of having a common goal with Muslims of loving God and loving one’s neighbor and implied that Muslims and Christians worship the same God.  Many well-known Christian leaders (pastors, priests, Christian college, university and seminary leaders and heads of Christian organizations and denominations signed on to the letter, thus agreeing with its content.

The letter started out by affirming Islam as an Abrahamic faith and then stated, “we ask forgiveness of the All-Merciful One [Allah] and of the Muslim community around the world” for the Christian crusades against the Muslims. The crusades were the response of from Pope Urban II and the kings of Europe to recover southern Europe from decades of insurgency by murderous Muslims from Africa and the Middle East and recover the Holy Land from Islamic domination.  That the signatories would plead for Allah’s forgiveness is a travesty of the Christian faith.

Throughout the letter it is stressed or implied that God and Allah are one and the same.  The signatories accept the Muslim premise and lie that Muslims are commanded to love their neighbor just like Christians.  However, there is no such command in Islam.  While Muslims are called to love each other (but fail to do so), there is no such requirement in the Qur’an to love non-Muslims.

You can read the entire letter of Christian response here , as well as see the initial 300 signatories.

Continued: Be sure to read Apostasy in the American Church, Part 2 here.

For a more complete study on Islam, read Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast.

America’s Descent into Chaos and Depravity, Part 4 (final)

July 13, 2015

Excerpted from Chapter 5 of Revelation 18 and the fate of America.]

. . . and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!”

Revelation 18:2b

Abortion―Child Sacrifice. The human race, regrettably, has had a long history (since Cain killed his brother Abel) of having, at times, a strong disregard for human life—especially for those judged to be less valuable or less than human.  When the first colonists arrived in the “New World” that was to be dubbed “America” they had a vision for a new life of peace and freedom.  However, it did not take long for some among them, including clergy, to ascertain that the resident peoples were unlike them and therefore “savages” and proclaimed them to be somehow less than human and therefore worthy of the superior invaders wrath and adverse sentence, including murder.

Right behind the oppression of the Native American came that of those of dark skin color, the Africans who were imported against their will and also treated like savages and sub-humans, even by members of the Christian church.  Many were tortured or murdered for no other reason than they were the wrong skin color and considered to be less than human.

Fast forward to the second half of the 20th century in America and another large group of human beings were adjudged to be non-human just because, although they were fully alive, they were still in their mother’s womb and therefore determined to not be an independent human being.  The prejudice against them had nothing to do with skin color, race, ethnicity, heritage, economic status or any other human factor other than that they were determined to be unwanted; an inconvenience; a mistake.  The innocent blood of these victims was shed simply because they were conceived by one or more uncaring, unloving people who considered the miracle within the womb as just a lump of tissue.

U.S. Abortion Statistics:

  • Since 1973 an estimated 56+ million babies have succumbed to the horrors of abortion.
  • About 1.2 million abortions are performed annually.
  • Approximately 3,300 abortions are performed daily in the U.S.

Source: http://www.numberofabortions.com

Abortion is a form of child sacrifice, and as such, is detestable to the Living God.  Child sacrifice is a type of witchcraft and idol worship which God cannot and will not tolerate.  America started the worldwide acceptance of abortion with the acceptance of the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973 that legalized abortion.  America is the world leader in this heinous crime against life and since 1973 an estimated 56-plus million American babies have prematurely lost their lives (as of this writing).  Worldwide, thanks to this initiative introduced by the United States, over 1.3 billion babies throughout the world have been aborted since 1980 and over 26 million in the first eight months of 2013.

The Word of God clearly states that “children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.  Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate” (Psalm 127:3-5; author’s emphasis).

Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice?  And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. 

George Washington, Farewell Address, September 17, 1796

King David, in Psalm 139 acknowledged to God that “You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.  My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.  And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them” (Psalm 139:13-16; author’s emphasis).  According to the biblical incite of David, God considers His creation within the mother’s womb to be fully human from the moment of conception.  A baby in the womb is no less human than anyone walking around outside the womb.  In fact, in Jeremiah 1:5, God tells Jeremiah that “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you . . .” God also spoke similar words to the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 49:1, 5).

The Founding Fathers of the United States of America in the Declaration of Independence wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life . . .”  Note that the Declaration uses certain undeniably clear words: self-evident; created; endowed; unalienableSelf-evident means that what was to follow was so obvious that anyone with any intelligence could understand it.  When the Founders declared that all men are created equal they understood that this equality started at creation in the womb, not after birth.  Otherwise they would have said that all men were born equal.  And, they understood that it was God, not man; not government that endowed mankind with certain unalienable (non-transferrable; not to be terminated or sold) rights; among the first of those was life.

. . . the moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis for all our civil constitutions and laws. . . All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and ware, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.

Noah Webster, 1843, A Collection of Papers on Political, Literary, and Moral Subjects

In the Old Testament God forbid the Israelites to sacrifice their children to Molech (or Moloch), the god of the neighboring Ammonites.  The Ammonites routinely sacrificed their children to Molech in an attempt to ward off evil.  However, God condemned the practice and told the Israelites that “. . . you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord” (Leviticus 18:21).   But Israel rejected God’s warning.  King Solomon, despite the faithfulness of his father David, worshipped the gods of the heathens around him and even built a temple on the Mount of Olives for Molech and the god of the Moabites, Chemosh (1 Kings 11:5-8).  Almost 250 years after the end of Solomon’s reign, Manasseh became king of Judah after his righteous father, Hezekiah, had eliminated pagan worship and child sacrifice.  Manasseh turned his back on God and again led the Jews into child sacrifice, even offering up his own son to the pagan god (2 Kings 21:6).  Thus, the descent of the Jews continued as they did what was an abomination in the eyes of their God and their end was assured.  God promised when He laid down His law, that those who sacrificed their children to alien gods would be cut off from Him.  Not only those who practiced such a heinous act, but also those who accepted it (Leviticus 20:1-5).

In an attempt to stem the flow of U.S. taxpayer monies to fund abortions outside the United States, Republican President Ronald Reagan announced in August, 1984 that any foreign NGOs (Non-government Organizations) that received funding through USAID (United States Agency for International Development) must not use non-USAID funds to perform or promote abortions as a method of family planning.  This policy stayed in effect until two days after Democratic President William Clinton took office on January 20, 1993.  One of Clinton’s first objectives was to rescind the policy, thus once again opening the door to U.S. taxpayer funded abortions abroad.  As soon as Republican President George W. Bush took office in January, 2001, he re-instated the policy.

Mexico City Policy

                In August, 1984 Republican President Ronald Reagan directed that USAID (United States Agency for International Development) withhold U.S. taxpayer funds to NGOs (Non-government Organizations) that use non-USAID funds for the practice of abortion and other related activities.  Since the policy was announced at the United Nations International Conference on Population in Mexico City, it became known as the “Mexico City Policy”.

In restoring the policy, President Bush stated, “It is my conviction that taxpayer funds should not be used to pay for abortions or advocate or actively promote abortion, either here or abroad.”

Then, just like the wicked Manasseh that took Judah down the path to destruction, the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama, only three days after his first term inauguration on January 20, 2009, rescinded the Mexico City Policy.  In a White House Memorandum of January 23, 2009, President Obama instructed that the three previous Memorandums by President Bush be revoked and parroting the words that President Clinton spoke on January 22, 1993, said that, “These excessively broad conditions on grants and assistance awards are unwarranted.  Moreover, they have undermined efforts to promote safe and effective voluntary family planning programs in foreign nations.”

On August 13, 2013 the total number of abortions in the United States since Roe vs. Wade were estimated to be 56,514,430.  Since 1980, over 1.3 billion abortions have occurred worldwide.

Source: U.S. Abortion Clock.org, http://www.numberofabortions.com

Obama not only supports the evils of abortion, but he supports the barbaric practice of killing of those who are already born but unwanted, otherwise known as “partial-birth” abortion, the gruesome act of partially delivering a near or full term baby and then killing it.  Obama has been an outspoken advocate of this murderous procedure since going on record in support of it in 2003.  So in favor of abortion at any stage of infant development that he hired the most radical abortion supporter he could find as Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, former Kansas governor.  Together they turned around and actively supported Planned Parenthood, making sure it was funded with hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money—$542 million in 2011 alone.  Thus, once again America was led down the slippery slope of ignoring God’s directive as well as the intent of the Founders of this once great nation.

The loss of innocent life at the hands of another is always tragic, but with abortion there is also collateral impact of immeasurable magnitude.  There is the great emotional trauma—realized or not—for the one having the abortion.  There is also an ancillary impact on those associated with the one having the abortion; and the untold impact on the soul of America—psychologically, morally, economically, and most importantly, spiritually.

Who knows what the impact is to America in the loss of 56-plus million future contributors to American society as inventors, entrepreneurs, educators, doctors, taxpayers, etc. has had on the American psyche and development.

If the mother of an unborn child can freely chose to terminate the life of a human being, why would anyone expect that surviving children would themselves have any respect for human life or grow up to be adults who do?

More U.S. Abortion Facts (2009):

  • In 2009, 85% of abortions were performed on unmarried women.
  • Only 1% of women having an abortion were rape survivors.
  • New York City has the highest abortion incidence: 713/1,000 live births.
  • 75% of women having an abortion said that having a baby would interfere with their lifestyle.   Source: http://www.abort73.com

The moral conscience and compass of American society and all future generations has been permanently seared with the blood of the innocents.  Once again man has set himself up as a god as he ignores the dictates of the One and only true God.  Man is no longer accountable to moral absolutes or the precepts of the Bible.  He is now God and only he has the wisdom of the ages and knows what is best for him and society.

God detests the spilling of innocent blood, especially that of children. He severely chastised the Jews for succumbing to the evil practice of sacrificing the lives of their children. “They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons,” the Psalmist wrote in reflecting on Israel’s past, “and shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with blood. Thus they were defiled by their own works, and played the harlot by their own deeds” (Psalm 106:37-39).

To preserve the government we must also preserve morals.  Morality rest on religion; if you destroy the foundation, the superstructure must fall.  When the public mind becomes vitiated and corrupt, laws are a nullity and constitutions are waste paper. 

Daniel Webster’ Oration delivered at Fryeburg, Maine, July 4, 1802

Those who have abortions, and especially those that call themselves Christian, seem to forget that the life within them first belongs to God.  He created it; He ordained it.  No human has the right to take that life away.  God told the Jews through the prophet Ezekiel that the very children that they were sacrificing were first born to Him and that they were slaying His children (Ezekiel 16:20-21).  Because of this shedding of innocent blood God promised the Jews that, “I will bring blood upon you in fury and jealousy” (Ezekiel 16:36-38).

NOTE:  For more on America’s moral decay, including Evolution, the Great Deception, Sexual Perversion, The Complicity of the Voter & Church and more, read Revelation 18 and the fate of America.

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America’s Descent into Chaos and Depravity, Part 3

America’s Descent into Chaos and Depravity, Part 2

America’s Descent into Chaos and Depravity, Part 1

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The Fundamental Changing of America

America’s Descent into Chaos and Depravity, Part 3

July 7, 2015
Revelation 18 and the fate of America

Revelation 18 and the fate of America

Excerpted from Chapter 5 of Revelation 18 and the fate of America.]

. . . and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!”

Revelation 18:2b

Prayer Out of the Schools.  The United States Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Earl Warren issued three crushing decisions on prayer in public schools.  The first was in 1962 (Engel v. Vitale) and two in 1963 (Murray v. Curlett and Abington Township School District v. Schempp). The decision to ban prayer and Bible reading from public schools was made as a result of the Supreme Court’s interpretations of the First Amendment and the “wall of separation between church and state” dogma.

In the 1962 Engel v. Vitale case the issue centered on a prayer drafted by the New York State Board of Regents.  It simply read: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country.”  Although it was not a biblical prayer or denominational prayer, the parents of ten students took offense and sued the Hyde Park, New York school district claiming the prayer violated the U.S. Constitution.

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.  In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.  The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them.

George Washington, Farewell Address, September 17, 1796

The Board of Regents believed that such a non-descript, non-denominational prayer would get the students off to a good daily start and encourage good moral character, promote spiritual guidance and help overcome juvenile delinquency.  Since students were not required to participate and participation in the prayer was completely optional, the educators felt they were on solid constitutional ground.

The case was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on April 3, 1962.  Nearly three months later the Court rendered a majority 6-1 decision on June 25.  Associate Justice Hugo Black rendered the opinion for the Court.

In part, Justice Black wrote for the majority: “This daily procedure was adopted on the recommendation of the State Board of Regents . . . they recommended and published as a part of their ‘Statement on Moral and Spiritual Training in the Schools,’ saying: ‘We believe that this Statement will be subscribed to by all men and women of good will, and we call upon all of them to aid in giving life to our program.’

“. . . We think that by using its public school system to encourage recitation of the Regents’ prayer, the State of New York has adopted a practice wholly inconsistent with the Establishment Clause. . . .”

Without citing any references, Justice Black then went on to enlist Thomas Jefferson to support his contention and conclusions about the “religious nature of prayer”.

Hear my prayer, O God; Give ear to the words of my mouth.

Psalm 54:2

In the paragraph containing the Court’s decision, Black wrote: “The petitioners contend among other things that the state laws requiring or permitting use of the Regents’ prayer must be struck down as a violation of the Establishment Clause because that prayer was composed by governmental officials as a part of a governmental program to further religious beliefs. For this reason, petitioners argue, the State’s use of the Regents’ prayer in its public school system breaches the constitutional wall of separation between Church and State. We agree with that contention since we think that the constitutional prohibition against laws respecting an establishment of religion

must at least mean that in this country it is no part of the business of government to compose official prayers for any group of the American people to recite as a part of a religious program carried on by government.”

Associate Justice Potter Stewart was the lone dissenting vote.  Justices Felix Frankfurter and Byron White took no part in the decision.

In part, Justice Stewart summarized the case as he saw it.  “A local school board in New York has provided that those pupils who wish to do so may join in a brief prayer at the beginning of each school day, acknowledging their dependence upon God and asking His blessing upon them and upon their parents, their teachers, and their country. The Court today decides that in permitting this brief nondenominational prayer the school board has violated the Constitution of the United States.  I think this decision is wrong.”

Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart (1915-1985)

Justice Stewart was appointed to the Court on October 14, 1958 by President Dwight Eisenhower and confirmed by the U.S. Senate the following May in a 70-17 vote.  All dissenters were Democrats.  Stewart was a centrist Republican who believed that the Warren Court misinterpreted the First Amendment “Establishment Clause” and exceeded the intentions of the Framers of the Constitution.

“The Court does not hold, nor could it,” Stewart wrote, “that New York has interfered with the free exercise of anybody’s religion. For the state courts have made clear that those who object to reciting the prayer must be entirely free of any compulsion to do so, including any ‘embarrassments and pressures.’. . .  the Court says that in permitting school children to say this simple prayer, the New York authorities have established ‘an official religion.’

“With all respect,” he continued, “I think the Court has misapplied a great constitutional principle. I cannot see how an ‘official religion’ is established by letting those who want to say a prayer say it. On the contrary, I think that to deny the wish of these school children to join in reciting this prayer is to deny them the opportunity of sharing in the spiritual heritage of our Nation. . . .”

Religion is necessary to correct the effects of learning.  Without religion I believe learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind . . .

Dr. Benjamin Rush, Letter to John Armstrong on March 19, 1783

Justice Stewart went on to point out the inconsistencies of the nation’s religious observances.  “At the opening of each day’s Session of this Court we stand, while one of our officials invokes the protection of God.  Since the days of John Marshall our Crier has said, ‘God save the United States and this Honorable Court.’  Both the Senate and the House of Representatives open their daily Sessions with prayer.  Each of our Presidents, from George Washington to John F. Kennedy [then in office], has upon assuming his Office asked the protection and help of God. . . .

“In 1954 Congress added a phrase to the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag so that it now contains the words ‘one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.’  In 1952 Congress enacted legislation calling upon the President each year to proclaim a National Day of Prayer.  Since 1865 the words ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’ have been impressed on our coins.”

Stewart wrote that he could list countless other examples but that his position could be summed by the fact that, “It was . . . this Court just ten years ago in a single sentence: ‘We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being’” [see Zorach v. Clauson].

“I do not believe that this Court,” Stewart concluded, “or the Congress, or the President has by the actions and practices I have mentioned established an ‘official religion’ in violation of the Constitution. And I do not believe the State of New York has done so in this case.”

Chief Justice Earl Warren (1891-1974)

Warren was appointed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1953 by President Dwight Eisenhower. Warren, although a Republican, was philosophically a centrist to liberal in his judicial renderings.  He served on the Court until 1969.

A year later, on the same day, the same Court (with Arthur J. Goldberg, a Democrat replacing Frankfurter) decided two other contentious cases that were argued before the Court at the same time concerning school prayer— Murray v. Curlett and Abington Township School District v. Schempp.

In the Murray v. Curlett case, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, a radical militant atheist, who was despised and hated by many Christians and fellow atheists, brought suit against the Baltimore, Maryland school board.  Like the previous complaint in New York, O’Hair sued because she claimed that her son William’s school violated the First Amendment by having students recite the “Lord’s Prayer” (Matthew 6:9-13).  She also came against the school board’s approval of the daily reading from the Bible.

14th Amendment

Section 1 [of 5]. . . . No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Passed by Congress on June 13, 1866

Before reaching the Supreme Court, a local Maryland judge, J. Gilbert Pendergast, dismissed O’Hair’s petition, saying, “It is abundantly clear that petitioners’ real objective is to drive every concept of religion out of the public school system.”  The Maryland Court of Appeals had a similar viewpoint and concluded that, “Neither the First nor the Fourteenth Amendment was intended to stifle all rapport between religion and government.”

In the Abington Township School District [of Pennsylvania] v. Schempp the complaint was similar—that the voluntary student participation in morning prayer and listening to a teacher recitation of ten verses of the Bible was unconstitutional.

In its majority 8-1 decision in both cases, with Justice Stewart once again being the lone dissenter, the Court once again cited its position as in Engel v. Vitale but with many more pages of nebulous Founder legal positions and case law.  The bottom line was that, again Thomas Jefferson’s non-binding, non-Constitutional statement on the “wall of separation between church and state” was held up as the justification for their affirmative decision for the plaintiffs.  When attorney for the petitioners, Leonard Kerpelman, used Jefferson’s statement in his presentation and implied it was in the Constitution, Justice Stewart quickly interrupted and asked him where it occurred.  A silence fell over the Court as Kerpelman was stumped for an answer.

In writing his dissent, Justice Stewart stated, in part:

I think the records in the two cases before us are so fundamentally deficient as to make impossible an informed or responsible determination of the constitutional issues presented. Specifically, I cannot agree that on these records we can say that the Establishment Clause has necessarily been violated. But I think there exist serious questions under both that provision and the Free Exercise Clause – insofar as each is imbedded in the Fourteenth Amendment – which require the remand of these cases for the taking of additional evidence.

The First Amendment declares that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . .” It is, I think, a fallacious oversimplification to regard these two provisions as establishing a single constitutional standard of “separation of church and state,” which can be mechanically applied in every case to delineate the required boundaries between government and religion. We err in the first place if we do not recognize, as a matter of history and as a matter of the imperatives of our free society, that religion and government must necessarily interact in countless ways. Secondly, the fact is that while in many contexts the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause fully complement each other, there are areas in which a doctrinaire reading of the Establishment Clause leads to irreconcilable conflict with the Free Exercise Clause.

Religion is the only solid basis of good morals: therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man towards God.

Gouverneur Morris, Signer, U.S. Constitution

Interestingly and sadly, not one Christian group, church or organization chose to file a brief in either case on behalf of prayer or Bible reading in the public schools.  However, it is important to note that these joint decisions by the Supreme Court, DID NOT, as widely believed, remove prayer or Bible reading from the public schools.  The Court only concluded that “government-sponsored” prayer and Bible reading were a violation of the “Establishment Clause” of the First Amendment.  Students in public schools are still free to pray or read the Bible on their own or to conduct or participate in prayer or Bible study groups.

In essence, what the Warren Supreme Court decided to do was to deliberately misinterpret and re-write the First Amendment.  They changed the intent of the “Establishment Clause” of the Founders and replaced it with at statement out-of-context made by Jefferson in a letter.  North Carolina’s senator at the time, Sam Ervin (1896-1985), quipped, “I should like to ask whether we would be far wrong in saying that in this decision the Supreme Court has held that God is unconstitutional and for that reason the public school must be segregated against Him?”

Perhaps ironically, O’Hair’s son, William J. Murray, became a Christian and a Baptist minister and is chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition and author of My Life Without God.

America’s Descent into Chaos and Depravity, Part 2

July 3, 2015
Revelation 18 and the fate of America

Revelation 18 and the fate of America

Excerpted from Chapter 5 of Revelation 18 and the fate of America.]

. . . and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!”

Revelation 18:2b

Separation of Church and State.  After the dual victories against the Nazis of Germany in Europe and in the Pacific against the Imperialist Japanese, the people of America were euphoric.  Despite tremendous losses of life and great national hardship, Americans believed that nothing was beyond them; that there was great redemption ahead.  Wartime industry re-tooled for domestic production and a house building boom ensued as returning soldiers sought to return to civilian life.

America was definitely on the upswing—emotionally, economically and spiritually.  Then the big lie was foisted on the citizenry of the United States that destroyed the Judeo-Christian foundation of the country. Prior to the big lie America had frequently had challenges to its Constitution, its interpretation and espoused way of life for the citizens of America.  But nothing destroyed the biblical foundation and fabric of faith more than the big lie of the “Wall of Separation of Church and State.”

. . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

George Washington, Farewell Address, September 17, 1796

Although there had been previous attempts to weaken the role of the Christian church in the lives of Americans, the door was opened wide to usher in a full assault on February 10, 1947 (less than two years after the end of WWII).    On that date the U.S. Supreme Court, in a narrow 5-4 decision in the case of Everson v. Board of Education of the Township of Ewing (New Jersey) made what would become a “landmark” decision relative to the issue of the “Separation of Church and State”.  The case originated when a New Jersey taxpayer, Arch Everson, sued the Board of Education of Ewing Township because he claimed that their reimbursement of the costs of bus transportation to parents of students going to religious schools was a violation of the “Establishment” clause of the First Amendment.

Amendment I.  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,

or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .

U.S. Constitution

Representing the majority decision, Justice Black reviewed the essence of the case.  “A New Jersey statute authorizes its local school districts to make rules and contracts for the transportation of children to and from schools. . . . this statute, authorized reimbursement to parents of money expended by them for the bus transportation of their children on regular busses operated by the public transportation system. Part of this money was for the payment of transportation of some children in the community to Catholic parochial schools.”

Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black (1886-1971)

Justice Black was a lawyer and a Democratic U.S. Senator from Alabama who was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1937.

“The appellant,” Black continued, “in his capacity as a district taxpayer, filed suit in a state court challenging the right of the Board to reimburse parents of parochial school students. He contended that the statute and the resolution passed pursuant to it violated both the State and the Federal Constitutions. . . .”

Justice Black pointed out that “The New Jersey statute is challenged as a ‘law respecting an establishment of religion.’

The First Amendment, as made applicable to the states by the Fourteenth, commands that a state “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . Whether this New Jersey law is one respecting an ‘establishment of religion’ requires an understanding of the meaning of that language, particularly with respect to the imposition of taxes.”

In an effort to explain the majority decision Justice Black wrote several paragraphs that reviewed the religious history of the early settlers and his understanding of the intent of the Founders in authoring the First Amendment.

The “establishment of religion” clause of the First Amendment means at least this: Neither a state nor the Federal Government can set up a church. Neither can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another. Neither can force nor influence a person to go to or to remain away from church against his will or force him to profess a belief or disbelief in any religion. No person can be punished for entertaining or professing religious beliefs or disbeliefs, for church attendance or non-attendance. No tax in any amount, large or small, can be levied to support any religious activities or institutions, whatever they may be called, or whatever form they may adopt to teach or practice religion. Neither a state nor the Federal Government can, openly or secretly, participate in the affairs of any religious organizations or groups and vice versa. In the words of Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect “a wall of separation between church and State.”

Justice Hugo Black, February 10, 1947, Everson v. Board of Education of the Township of Ewing

“A large proportion of the early settlers of this country came here from Europe to escape the bondage of laws which compelled them to support and attend government-favored churches,” Black wrote.

“. . . The imposition of taxes”, Justice Black penned, “to pay ministers’ salaries and to build and maintain churches and church property aroused their indignation. It was these feelings which found expression in the First Amendment.”  In the same paragraph Black referred to the colonists of Virginia and their role in understanding the importance of religious freedom.  Presumably referring to The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom authored by Thomas Jefferson and adopted by the Virginia General Assembly on January 16, 1786, Black wrote that “The people there, as elsewhere, reached the conviction that individual religious liberty could be achieved best under a government which was stripped of all power to tax, to support, or otherwise to assist any or all religions, or to interfere with the beliefs of any religious individual or group.”

Referring to earlier Supreme Court history in relation to the First Amendment, Justice Black continued.  “This Court has previously recognized that the provisions of the First Amendment, in the drafting and adoption of which Madison and Jefferson played such leading roles, had the same objective and were intended to provide the same protection against governmental intrusion on religious liberty as the Virginia statute.”

Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist (1924-2005)

Justice Rehnquist was a conservative Republican attorney who was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Richard Nixon in January, 1972.  In 1986, President Ronald Reagan nominated him to become Chief Justice.

Although Justice Black and the justices that joined in the majority decision got it right by deciding that neither Ewing Township nor the State of New Jersey violated the Establishment clause of the First Amendment, Justice Black

concluded the decision with this sentence: “The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable.”  The five justices determined that the laws of New Jersey had not breached this “wall” between church and state.  However, by referring to Jefferson’s statement on the “wall of separation between church and state” in his letter to the Danbury (Connecticut) Baptist Association, the justices forever opened a Pandora ’s Box for judicial misinterpretation and misapplication of Jefferson’s intention.

Thirty-eight years later in another landmark case before the Supreme Court, Wallace v. Jafree, 1985, the Court, using the same “wall of separation” reasoning, in a 6-3 majority decision struck down the Alabama public school’s minute of silence for personal meditation or prayer.  Dissenting Associate Justice, William Rehnquist, wrote for the minority opinion, “It is impossible to build sound constitutional doctrine on a mistaken understanding of Constitutional history. . . . The establishment clause has been expressly freighted with Jefferson’s misleading metaphor for nearly forty years. . . . There is simply no historical foundation for the proposition that the Framers [of the Constitution] intended to build a wall of separation. . . . The recent court decisions are in no way based on either the language or the intent of the Framers.”

If the Founding Fathers meant to insert a separation of church and state clause in the Constitution, why did they not?  To the contrary, in the midst of debating the ideals of the Constitution, they passed the Northwest Ordinance on July 13, 1787 that included this maxim: “Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”

Wall of Separation: Jefferson’s Intention or Judicial Fabrication, p. 53

(For a more complete review and understanding of the issue of the “wall of separation between church and state” read We the People: Birth of a Nation by this author.)

America’s Descent into Chaos and Depravity, Part 1

July 1, 2015
Revelation 18 and the fate of America

Revelation 18 and the fate of America

Excerpted from Chapter 5 of Revelation 18 and the fate of America.]

. . . and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!”

Revelation 18:2b

As America’s wealth and power grew, so did its worldwide influence.  However, what it gained in influence it relinquished to pride, moral collapse and perversion.  The once great nation that was founded on Christ-centered ideals and life style slipped ever so slowly at first (like the proverbial frog in a slowly heated pot), then swiftly into hedonism and godlessness.

Not long after the end of World War II church attendance peaked at around 60-62 percent and hovered around there until the end of the 20th century.  From there those that attended church regularly plummeted to low estimates in 2004 of under 20 percent.   While Gallup and other pollsters claim that about 40 percent of Americans attend church, other researchers say that if you look at the attendance of the same people, perhaps less than 18 percent attend church regularly.  A poll listed by NationMaster.com (date unknown) lists 44 percent of Americans claim to attend church weekly.

“All nations would say, ‘Why has the Lord done so to this land? What does the heat of this great anger mean?’”

Deuteronomy 29:24

The prophet Jeremiah, before the collapse and captivity of Judah, continued to speak God’s words of warning and Judah’s pending judgment.  “‘Run up and down every street in Jerusalem,’ says the Lord.  ‘Look high and low; search throughout the city!  If you can find even one just and honest person, I will not destroy the city.  But even when they are under oath, saying, As surely as the Lord lives, they are still telling lies!’” (Jeremiah 2:1-2, NLT).  There was a time, how long ago is debatable, when to serve one’s country in Washington was a great honor and required a person of great integrity and honesty.  Today, such a servant-leader is hard to find much less recognize.  Lying under oath, even at the highest positions of leadership, are no longer given a second thought.  For decades, the American people have been widely deceived and lied to on everything from the country’s military involvement abroad, the economy and national debt, government clandestine activities at home and overseas and a host of other potentially devastating issues.

Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals.

Samuel Adams (1722–1803), Father of the American Revolution

God spoke through Jeremiah and told the people of Israel and Judah that their leaders “have dealt very treacherously with Me” (Jeremiah 5:11).  The Jewish leaders were repeatedly deceiving the people about God and His role in their lives.  “They have lied about the Lord, and said, ‘It is not He.  Neither will evil come upon us, nor shall we see sword or famine.  And the prophets become wind, for the word is not in them.  Thus shall it be done to them’” (Jeremiah 5:12-13).

For decades, America’s leaders, including some in the church, have lied about the importance of God in the affairs and lives of Americans.  Rather than teach, guide and be an example of God’s grace and righteousness among us, they led the citizenry down an errant path away from God, deceiving them with words of comfort and false expectations; repeating not only the sinful behavior of the past but capitalizing on it and enhancing it.  Furthermore, they told the public not to listen to the “naysayers”, those who spoke God’s words of truth and tried to guide the people back onto the right path.

Because of the Jews refusal to listen to His prophets, God told them that . . . “I will bring a nation against you from afar, O house of Israel . . . It is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language you do not know, nor can you understand what they say” (Jeremiah 5:15).  What America’s fate will be, only God knows for sure.  However, for those who

are paying attention to world affairs, one cannot deny that there are at least two powerful forces or nations lining up to overtake America: China and the “nation” of Islam (see Islam & Christianity: A Revealing Contrast by the author).

“’Nevertheless in those days,’ says the Lord, ‘I will not make a complete end of you.  And it will be when you say, ‘Why does the Lord our God do all these things to us?’ then you shall answer them, ‘Just as you have forsaken Me and served foreign gods in your land, so you shall serve aliens in a land that is not yours’” (Jeremiah 5:18-19; author’s emphasis).  The words of God through Jeremiah, of course, came true for the Jews of Judah, as they were overrun and taken captive by the Babylonians.  As America’s debt and indebtedness to others (including its enemies) mushrooms and its economy and military are decimated, will it fall victim to those who desire its demise?

Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness.

Samuel Adams

Letter to John Trumbull, Letter of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789, Volume 11, October 1778.

One of the biggest problems for the Jews of Jeremiah’s time and during the age of the prophets was that they turned a deaf ear to God and what He was telling them through His prophets.  “To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear?  Indeed their ear is uncircumcised [not purified], and they cannot give heed.  Behold, the word of the Lord is a reproach to them; they have no delight in it” (Jeremiah 6:10; author’s emphasis).  While there are still millions of God-fearing people in America, the majority of Americans and their leaders have turned from God and what He expects of them.  Not only have they turned their backs on Him but they disdain and reject everything about Him and His commandments. “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?” God asked rhetorically of the Jews.  “No! They were not at all ashamed; nor did they know how to blush” (Jeremiah 6:15a).  Like the Jews, the majority of Americans no longer blush at sin.  Man is no longer sinful; he is just seeking self-fulfillment and pleasure on all levels.

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the new Christians in Rome, told them God is against all sinfulness and that mankind has no excuse for not knowing God because the truth of His existence was all around them in His creation.  “They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them [or, “God is known to them instinctively”].  For ever since the world was created,” Paul declared, “people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God” (Romans 1:19-20, NLT).

If people cannot believe in God when His majesty is on display all around them every day, then Paul stated that their hearts were darkened (Romans 1:21) and that, “Professing to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:22; author’s emphasis).

Perhaps the biggest reason for America’s downfall is that its leaders became prideful and arrogant, believing themselves to be wise, but were in reality nothing but fools who did not consult God on anything.  The words spoken by the prophet Jeremiah to the Jews long ago bear much truth for the leaders, past and present of the United States today.

Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward. . . . Yet they did not obey Me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck. They did worse than their fathers. . . . “So you shall say to them, ‘This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the Lord their God nor receive correction. Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth. (Jeremiah 7:24, 26, 28; author’s emphasis).