Some very good reading
Originally posted on Tyler Saldaña:
We don’t always realize it when we hurt people, do we?
Sometimes, I’ll say a one-liner to my wife with no intention of hurting her. But somehow, it happens. If communicated during the wrong time, in the wrong manner, or with the wrong tone, it’s understandable that she can easily receive my words as death threats instead of love.
And you know what’s the worst part about these moments? Typically, when she expresses to me that I’ve hurt her, I strap on my armor and prepare for The War of the Saldaña’s Living Room (or cab of our ’92 Toyota pickup). Rather than being quick to listen and slow to speak, get angry and self-defensive as James encourages us to do (1:19), I draw my sword and raise my shield.
That is why I fear unveiling these thoughts and feelings with you. I don’t want Christians to immediately grab their sword and shield in defense of the…
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(A powerful statement. — DM)
I refuse to be a victim. I refuse to be a mendicant. I refuse to allow myself to be slaughtered to assuage your hatred and bigotry. I refuse to return to a condition that makes it easier for my enemies to kill me. I refuse to bow down to your false idols. I refuse to be dead to make you feel justified in your malice towards my people for surviving in a world that, in many places, whose soil is choked with the blood of my slaughtered people.
But mostly, I refuse to live by your rules and I refuse to die by them either. I refuse to die.
I am not sorry for defending myself from crazed terrorists whose own charter declares their intention to murder me…
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Posted: 25 Jul 2014 10:03 AM PDT
by Moore to the point
Christians around the world are changing their social media avatars to the arabic letter “n.” In so doing, these Christians are reminding others around them to pray, and to stand in solidarity with believers in Iraq who are being driven from their homes, and from their country, by Islamic militants. The Arabic letter comes from the mark the ISIS militants are placing on the homes of known Christians. “N” is for “Nazarene,” those who follow Jesus of Nazareth. Perhaps it’s a good time to reflect on why Nazareth matters, to all of us. The truth that our Lord is a Nazarene is a sign to us of both the rooted locality and the global solidarity of the church.
Jesus is from somewhere. Yes, the eternal Son of God transcends time and space. He was with the Father and the Spirit in love and glory “before the world was” (Jn. 17:5). But in his Incarnation, Jesus identified with a tribe, with a genealogy, with a hometown.
He “went and lived in a city called Nazareth, that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled: ‘He shall be called a Nazarene” (Matt. 2:23). Some of Jesus’ contemporaries rejected him because of where he was from. Nathaniel infamously asked Philip, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” (Jn. 1:46). His question is entirely sensible. Nazareth was a powerless backwater, not the sort of urban, elite center that we are told drives cultural change. Philip’s response wasn’t an argument about Nazareth; it was simply to say, “Come and see.”
For some, the issue wasn’t just Nazareth particularly but rootedness itself. “But we know where this man comes from, and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from” (Jn. 7:27). They were quite mistaken. It is “the Beast” who is from nowhere, “rising out of the sea” (Rev. 13:1), representing humanity in its origins-denying self-exaltation (Rev. 13:18). Our Lord Jesus, on the other hand, is from “the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations” (Isa. 9:1). We know where this man is from.
Nazareth, though, reminds us that God’s purposes are global, transcending our tribal and national categories. When Jesus preached in his hometown synagogue in Nazareth, he was received with joy and awe, until he told his fellow villagers that they really didn’t understand what he was saying. Jesus demonstrated that God’s purposes had always gone “outside the camp.” He showed how God had raised a Gentile woman’s son, and healed a Syrian leper. (Lk. 4:24-27). In Nazareth, Jesus was setting the stage for the Great Commission, as the Spirit drove the church to all of the nations (Acts 1).
God embedded us with a need to love home. When that’s absent what fills its place is pride and ingratitude, as though we came from no one and we are dependent upon no one. When a hurricane warning is issued for south Florida, I pay attention. But when one is issued for the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, my hometown, I’m riveted. That’s the way it’s supposed to be.
In Christ, we have been brought into the life of Jesus. We are hidden with him, joined to him as a body to a head (Col. 3: Eph. 5). This means that, in a very real sense, Nazareth is our hometown. We belong to Jesus, and Jesus belongs to Nazareth. We are connected then to everyone who is also in Christ, not simply because we believe the same things but because we belong to the same Body.
We are “one new man,” and “fellow citizens with the saints, and members of the household of God” (Eph. 2:15, 19). That’s why Christians in America and Australia and Nigeria ought to care, and to pray fervently, for persecuted Christians in Iraq, in Sudan, and everywhere else in the world where they are endangered.
The Islamic militants mean it for evil when they mark homes with “N” for “Nazarene.” They assume it’s an insult, an emblem of shame. Others once thought that of the cross. But in that intended slight, we are reminded of who we are, and why we belong to one another, across the barriers of space and time and language and nationality. We are Christians. We are citizens of the New Jerusalem. We are Nazarenes all.
The church may be hounded and jailed and even crucified. But the church can never be beheaded. The Head of the Church is alive, and engaged, and on his way back. In the meantime, there will always be those who will ask, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Our answer, from now until the Eastern skies explode should be simple: “Come and see.”
The lying rag called Salon continues it’s lying stupidity, that only liberals would believe.
Originally posted on A Moral Outrage:
Via Salon today comes one of the most truly bizarre pieces of revisionist history I have ever seen, even within the context of articles appearing at Salon. The basic outline of the piece is as follows:
- Dallas in 1963 was full of crazy right-wingers;
- These people had guns;
- John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas in 1963;
- Barack Obama likewise has many right-wingers who oppose him; therefore
- It’s only a matter of time before one of them shoots him.
The baseless appeal to sensationalism and emotionalism is the primary (and usually only) tool in the gun control advocate’s toolbox. To that end, I have to admit that this is well played on Salon’s part; every reasonable person of all political stripes in America is legitimately terrified at the prospect of President Joe Biden. The problem (as always, when…
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A house divided against itself will surely fall. America is more divided today than it has been in decades, and the deep divisions that are tearing us apart continue to get even worse. In fact, a newly released Rasmussen Reports national survey discovered that 67 percent of voters believe that America is even more divided now than it was four years ago. We are angry, we are frustrated and we love to fight with one another, but none of this strife and discord is getting us anywhere. What most Americans can agree on is that we are facing tremendous problems as a nation. One average of recent polls found that only 26 percent of Americans believe that this country is heading in the right direction and 63.8 percent of Americans believe that this country is heading in the wrong direction. Unfortunately, there is very little agreement on what the solutions…
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This is about an arrogant insistence that the entire nation conform to the sexual choices of two percent of the people.
Originally posted on WisdomForLife:
Once again there is no public safe zone for disagreeing with the gay lifestyle. If you doubt it, just ask the Benham brothers or Miami Dolphins safety, Don Jones.
It’s pure craziness that a citizen of America cannot publicly state his belief that marriage is meant for male and female without risking accusations of hate and bigotry? Citizens are only safe to publicly endorse gay lifestyles and homosexuals can publicly say whatever they want about their private sexual preferences.
It’s even more crazy to think that all of this is being promoted based on the false premise that being gay is equal with one’s race. Are sexual preferences and acts really unalterable? Are we unable to ask people to restrain sexual desires and acts? We certainly can’t ask people of race to stop being the race they were born with.
Let’s be honest about the manipulative agenda behind this false…
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And that’s about it.
Dungy was eviscerated shortly after his statement by a columnist named Dan Wetzel on YahooSports.com. I hadn’t previously heard of Dan Wetzel and, between us, he and I have won zero Super Bowls and have zero years of NFL playing or coaching experience. The subtext in that last sentence, in case you missed it, is that Dungy is qualified to speak to NFL-related issues in a way that we are not, given that he has played in the league and won multiple Super Bowl rings.
Wetzel accused Dungy of cowardice, for being on the wrong side of history. He predictably compared Sam to Jackie Robinson and compared Dungy’s couple of sentences to all the people who never wanted to integrate schools or integrate baseball or give women the right to vote. He ended the article by saying, “The good news . . . is that Tony Dungy doesn’t draft or coach players anymore.”
It was all very Huffington Post except that it was published on Yahoo Sports. And Wetzel isn’t really even the issue, as you can count on a similar article being written be many other columnists over the next 24 hours.
I had an opportunity to interview Dungy a few years ago and found him to be humble, gracious, and soft-spoken—exactly the kind of coach I would want my kid playing for. He’s not perfect—just a sinner like you and me and Dan Wetzel and Michael Sam. But Dungy is the kind of coach I would want to play for in that he seemed to treat every human in his orbit with a lot of respect and grace. I don’t have to tell you how rare this is in football. Dignity can sometimes be in short supply. That’s why I’m defending him (in a small way), but in a larger way defending his right to have an opinion.
Here are several of my own opinions.
Jackie Robinson was a singular talent who gave his team an undeniable competitive advantage. Lest we semi-saint Branch Rickey, there was a good dose of rational self-interest in his compulsion to sign Jackie Robinson in spite of the upheaval he knew it would create. By contrast, Sam is a seventh-round draft choice who may or may not make it. If Sam is Lawrence Taylor, then this is a different discussion.
To me, Sam presents a similar situation. It’s a question of “Do I want to draft or sign a marginal prospect who comes with a lot of media-related baggage? Is he worth it?” The answer, with Tebow, was “No, he isn’t.” To suggest that teams or coaches are somehow morally obligated to give opportunities to certain players is a slippery slope. Must every backfield contain a Christian, a Muslim, and an atheist in order to be morally acceptable? If Tebow were Dan Marino, his discussion would have also been different.
I care about who Johnny Manziel sleeps with about as much as a care about who Michael Sam sleeps with, which is to say not at all. A lot of teams ostensibly passed on Manziel because of his partying “lifestyle,” which is Manziel’s choice and may or may not affect his employment. As of now, there are zero HuffPo-type articles talking about what a “courageous young man” Manziel is for flying to Vegas on the weekend to be photographed with a bevy of young party girls.
I remember a time, not too terribly long ago, when Dungy was on the other side of a similar discussion. Citing the dearth of African American coaches in the league, commentators allowed only one culturally acceptable stance on whether or not teams should hire him. Now, a few years later, Dungy has proven himself in the marketplace. He became the first African American head coach to win a Super Bowl, and he won an audience for his bestselling books. The NFL (in my opinion) is better for his success. The same thing may or may not happen as naturally for Sam. My point is that Sam doesn’t need (and probably doesn’t want) the media telling the culture what to think about his sexuality.
Is Rams head coach Jeff Fisher suddenly the bad guy if he decides to cut Sam? Or is he still the good guy who decided to draft him in the first place? This might be the no-win situation that Dungy would have wanted to avoid. But what Sam has, starting now, is a training camp invite and an opportunity to prove himself in the marketplace, which is, ostensibly, a very American thing to have.
So is an opinion.
Undermining America’s allies and empowering America’s enemies: the Obama legacy.
The worst thing that could happen right now is a ceasefire that enables Hamas to regroup before Israel has destroyed what we now know is its prodigious terrorist arsenal and infrastructure.
Important columns by former attorney general Michael Mukasey and Caroline Glick make the point that in Israel’s defensive war against Hamas, the main thing to focus on is not the missiles; it’s the tunnels. Perhaps more significantly, they demonstrate that the Obama administration, in its mulish appeasement of the Muslim Brotherhood-Sunni supremacist axis that even Islamic governments (indeed, even the Saudis) are shunning, is subverting a golden opportunity to achieve decisive victory over Hamas – the necessary precondition if there is ever to be a stable Israeli-Palestinian…
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Evil does not begin to describe HAmas Demons from Hell!
Originally posted on MidnightWatcher's Blogspot:
Qur’an Sura 9:5, “… fight and slay the Pagans [non-Muslims] wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war) …”
And according to Islamic terrorists, “every stratagem of war” includes putting innocent men, women and children in harm’s way. If the Old Testament words of Jeremiah and David rang true against the rebelliousness of an unfaithful Israel, how much more will the Lord surely punish the wickedness of “Allah’s harlot”? …
Jeremiah 5:29, “‘Should I not punish them for this?’ declares the LORD. ‘Should I not avenge myself on such a nation as this?’”
Psalms 94:3, 21, 23, “How long, LORD, will the wicked, how long will the wicked be jubilant? … The wicked band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death… He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness…
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The danger to America is not Barack Hussein Obama, or Sen. Harry Reid, but a citizenry capable of entrusting man like them with the Presidency and the Senate. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of a Obama Presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgement to a depraved electorate willing to have such man for their President and Senate Leader. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Obama & Reid, who are mere symptoms of what ails America. Blaming the prince of fools should NOT blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. America can survive Barack Obama and Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats, and I might add the so-called mainstream media, who are, after all, ‘merely FOOLS’. It is less likely to survive a multitude of FOOLS, such as those who made them there Leaders! Wake -Up America!!!
Judge Not is the only part of the Bible these folks know. Hell has anger like the LGBT folks!-Thank you Tony Dungy a great role model -jlingle
Originally posted on A Moral Outrage:
If you need an example of this dynamic, just take a look at what’s happening to former NFL head coach Tony Dungy. In a recent interview, he was asked about Michael Sam, the first ‘openly gay’ player drafted into the NFL. Dungy had this to say: “I wouldn’t have [drafted] him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.”
An exceedingly reasonable opinion, and one shared by most NFL officials, which is why Sam wasn’t taken until the 7th round. Notice, Dungy never said that he hates Sam because of his sexuality, nor did he say that Sam shouldn’t be in the NFL. In fact, he said the opposite. Dungy’s position is very clear. Sam is a mediocre talent and…
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Praying for Israel’s leaders to have wisdom and know when to strike Iran’s nuclear program and destroy it. =—Jlingle, American Infidel
(A not yet viral rumor that President Obama intends to dispatch a brigade of his most persuasive unicorns to Gaza to discuss civilian casualties with Hamas, et al, has not yet been confirmed. However, his unicorn offensive may follow collapse of the cease fire negotiations Secretary Kerry hopes to
play with advance. — DM)
Secy of State John Kerry is on his way to the region to begin efforts to force another ‘cease fire’ down Israel’s throat before the threat from Hamas is ended.US President Barack Obama speaking on phone aboard Air Force One, July 17, 2014. Photo Credit: White House.gov
Israel’s ‘strongest supporter’ is already wavering. Doubts about the wisdom of continuing Operation Protective Edge are being expressed from the White House as soon as the IDF struck a decisive blow in…
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Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
Originally posted on Kingsjester's Blog:
“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, withoutknowing how it happened.”- Norman Mattoon Thomas (1884-1968) six-time U.S. Presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America
Yesterday, in Austin , Texas, the Lone Star State’s Capital and “Mecca” of Liberalism, President Barack Hussein Obama, in front of a hand-picked admiring throng, did what he does best: had a petulant hissy fit, due to “everybody picking on him”. By “everybody”, I mean “those mean old Republicans”, of course.
Yahoo News reports that
“You hear some of ‘em, ‘sue him, impeach him,'” Obama said, then added a sarcastic, “Really?”
“For what? You’re going to sue me for doing my job? OK. I mean, think about that, you’re going to use taxpayer money to sue me for doing…
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I am a wicked infidel for blaming Hamas & the Palestinians all this time. That mean Israel, is just a bully, trying to defend themselves after we try to KILL THEM OVER & OVER again. –Praying for Israel!-J.Lingle
Originally posted on danmillerinpanama:
President Obama demands that Israel stop using WMDs and other disproportionate means to oppress the peace-loving Palestinians.
Not yet recovered from His exhausting fund-raising trip to Texas, President Obama summoned barely enough energy this morning to direct The Really Honorable I.M. Totus to prepare an address for Him. He insisted that it complain bitterly but even-evenhandedly about Israel’s disproportionate and hence genocidal responses to missiles for peace and unification fired by Hamas and friends.
President Obama has long been well aware of Israel’s problems and has often supported her by offering guidance on the best ways to reject violence and to work instead for peace and tranquility. Here, for example, is one of His earlier efforts.
Israel’s obstinate refusal to accept His wise counsel and her indiscriminate persecution of Palestinians have led to all of the current Middle East unrest including, obviously, Israel’s current efforts to demolish Gaza.
President Obama’s Texas trip and resulting exhaustion have prevented Him from delivering His remarks personally. However, an Obama look-alike…
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The ERLC National Conference will address “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage” to equip Christians to apply the gospel on these issues with convictional kindness in their communities, their families, and their churches. This event will be held at the iconic Opryland Hotel on October 27-29, 2014.
Are you and your church prepared for the moral revolution surrounding homosexuality and same-sex marriage happening across America? While human sexuality and social institutions are being redefined before our very eyes, the Bible presents marriage as an unchanging picture of the gospel through the union of one man and one woman. The gospel announces that the story of Jesus is greater than the sum total of our sexual desires.
We’ll equip you to defend marriage in the culture and strengthen marriage in the church by preparing you to address issues like:
· How do we effectively minister to those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender?
· How has the divorce culture impacted marriage in our communities and our churches?
· What does sexual faithfulness look like for a same-sex attracted Christian?
· Why did God create marriage and why did he design it for the common good?
· How should a pastor counsel a same-sex couple that wants to join his church?
· How can churches minister to those who are single, dating, divorced, or celibate?
· How can Christians show the love of Christ to gay family members or neighbors?
Join us at the ERLC as we seek to explore what the gospel means for the future of marriage and sexual identity. Listen to great speakers, ask pressing questions at panel discussions, get practical equipping on these issues, and discover how your church can be a beacon of hope, clarity, and restoration. Space is limited for this conference, so make plans to join us at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville October 27-29, 2014.
Daniel L. Akin is President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Criswell College in 1980, he went on to earn an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1983 and a Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1989. He has authored numerous articles and several books. He is married to Charlotte and has four sons.
Sam Allberry is associate pastor of St Mary’s Maidenhead, in Berkshire, UK since 2008. Prior to that he worked as the pastor for students at St Ebbe’s Church, Oxford, UK. His passion is helping people understand the significance and wonder of biblical truth. He is the author of Is God Anti-Gay?
Jason K. Allen serves as the fifth president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. Elected as president in 2012, Dr. Allen became the youngest seminary president in the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the youngest presidents in higher education in America. Prior to Midwestern, Dr. Allen was the VP of Institutional Advancement at Southern Seminary. He holds a bachelors degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama as well as an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southern Seminary. Dr. Allen is married to Karen and they have five children.
Ryan T. Anderson researches and writes about marriage and religious liberty as the William E. Simon Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. He is the editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, N.J., and co-author with Princeton’s Robert P. George and Sherif Girgis of the acclaimed book What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense. Anderson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and is a doctoral candidate in political philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where he received his Master’s degree.
Lizette Beard coordinates many research projects for LifeWay Research. She has earned a Bachelor’s in Religious Studies, a Master’s in Missiology, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in applied theology (North American Church Planting). She has also worked on missionary assignments in West Africa and Alaska, and is a contributing author to the book Paul’s Missionary Methods: In Hist Time and Ours.
Denny Burk is associate professor of biblical theology and ethics at Boyce College. He also serves as associate pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky. He completed a Ph.D. in New Testament at Southern Seminary. Burk is the author of What is the Meaning of Sex? He is married to Susan, and they have four children.
Rosaria Champagne Butterfield is a former tenured professor of English at Syracuse University. After her conversion to Christianity in 1999, she developed a ministry to college students. She has taught and ministered at Geneva College, is a full-time mother and pastor’s wife, and is author of Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert.
Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family and host of its National Radio Hall of Fame-honored daily broadcast, heard by more than 2.9 million listeners a week on more than 1,000 radio stations across the U.S. He is husband to Jean and father to Trent and Troy.
J.D. Greear is the lead pastor of The Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Greear completed his Ph.D. in Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Veronica live in Raleigh, N.C., and are raising four kids: Kharis, Alethia, Ryah and Adon. He is the author of Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary (2011) and Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved (2013).
Jackie Hill is known as a poet but she is simply a sinner saved by a gracious God. Growing up, Jackie was molested, bullied, and fatherless, which accompanied by an inherent separation from God, led her into a lifestyle of rebellion, homosexuality, drug use, and porn addiction. God spoke to her in 2008, revealing that her lifestyle would ultimately be the death of her if she chose not to walk away, but also, that her experience in that same lifestyle would bring hope and freedom to many others. At that moment, she made the decision, to turn from her sin and give her life completely to Jesus. Now after walking with the Lord for four years, God has allowed Jackie to witness to thousands of people, through the gift of poetry, about the grace and power of God.
Bob Lepine is Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer at FamilyLife, as well as the co-host of FamilyLife Today, a nationally syndicated radio program. He is a veteran of Christian radio as he received a degree in communications from the University of Tulsa and prior to joining FamilyLife in 1992, he hosted his own live radio talk show. He is the author of The Christian Husband: God’s Job Description for a Man’s Most Challenging Assignment (Regal, 2009). Bob and his wife, Mary Ann, live in Little Rock, Arkansas where he also serves as an elder and teaching pastor at Redeemer Community Church.
Jennifer Marshall is director of Domestic Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation and oversees research in areas that determine the character of our culture: education, marriage, family, religion and civil society. She is the author of Now and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the Twenty-First Century. Marshall holds a Master’s degree in statecraft and world politics from the Institute of World Politics and a Bachelor’s degree in French from Wheaton College, where she also earned teacher’s certification.
R. Albert Mohler Jr. serves as the ninth president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Mohler is a theologian and an ordained minister, having served as pastor and staff minister of several Southern Baptist churches. Dr. Mohler is a member of Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky. He is author of The Conviction to Lead, He is Not Silent, and Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timless Truth. He is married to Mary, and they have two children.
Russell D. Moore is President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. He received the M.Div. in biblical studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and the Ph.D. in systematic theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of five books, including Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ, Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches, and The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective. He and his wife Maria are the parents of five boys.
Trillia Newbell serves as the ERLC’s Consultant for Women’s Initiatives. She has a degree in political science from the University of Tennessee and is author of the forthcoming book, United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity. She is a contributor to the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Desiring God, and The Gospel Coalition. Trillia is married to Thern, and they have two children.
David Platt has been the pastor at the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., since 2006. He went to the University of Georgia, and then earned a M.Div, Th.M, and Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has previously served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics. He has authored several books, Radical, Radical Together and Follow Me. David and his wife, Heather, live in Birmingham with their four children.
Dennis Rainey Dennis Rainey is the President, CEO and co-founder of FamilyLife, a subsidiary of Campus Crusade for Christ. Under Dennis’ leadership FamilyLife has grown to become a vibrant ministry that offers families blueprints for living godly lives. He can be heard daily as co-host of the nationally syndicated radio program FamilyLife Today. Dennis earned a degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He also received an honorary doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Dennis has authored more than two dozen books including Moments Together for Couples: 365 Daily Devotions for Drawing Near to God & One Another (Regal, 2014), which he co-authored with his wife, Barbara. He has six children and numerous grandchildren.
Kelly Rosati is the vice president of Community Outreach at Focus on the Family where she serves and oversees the Adoption & Orphan Care Initiative and the Sanctity of Human Life department. Kelly also directs the Option Ultrasound Program, The Truth Project, and Focus’ Community Care efforts. She received her undergraduate education at Marquette University and graduated cum laude from the University of Nebraska School of Law. Above all her accomplishments, she and her husband have been married for 19 years and they have four children together. With her husband, Kelly co-authored the book Wait No More: One Family’s Amazing Adoption Journey (Focus on the Family, 2011).
Jimmy Scroggins is the senior pastor at First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Fla. He previously served as dean of Boyce College and as Teaching Pastor at Highview Baptist Church. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville University as well as an M.Div. and a Ph.D. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He is married to Kristin and they have eight children.
Greg Smalley serves as the vice president of Family Ministries at Focus on the Family. In this role, he develops and oversees initiatives that prepare individuals for marriage, strengthen and nurture existing marriages and help couples in marital crises. Dr. Smalley is a graduate of Denver Seminary with a degree in counseling and he also earned his doctorate from The Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. In 1992, Greg married his wife, Erin, and they have four children. He has authored and co-authored a number of books including Fight Your Way to a Better Marriage: How Healthy Conflict Can Take You to Deeper Intimacy (Howard, 2013).
Steven Smith serves as the Vice President for Student Services and Communications at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Smith also serves on Southwestern’s faculty as the James T. Draper, Jr. Chair of Pastoral Ministry. Smith earned his B.S. in communications from Liberty University, an M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in communications from Regent University. He is the author of Dying to Preach: Embracing the Cross in the Pulpit (Kregel, 2009). Dr. Smith is married to Ashley and they have three children.
Glenn Stanton is the director for Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family. He debates and lectures on the issues of gender, sexuality, marriage and parenting around the country. Stanton is the author of several books, including The Ring Makes All the Difference and Why Marriage Matters: Reasons to Believe in Marriage in Postmodern Society. Stanton and his wife have five children.
John Stonestreet is a Speaker and Fellow of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is the co-host with Eric Metaxas of BreakPoint, the Christian worldview radio program founded by the late Chuck Colson, and the voice of The Point, a daily national radio feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues. He also serves as a Senior Content Advisor for Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, Colorado. John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Illinois) and Bryan College (Tennessee), and is the co-author of Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview (Sheffield Press). He and his wife Sarah have three daughters and a dog, and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Eric Teetsel directs the Manhattan Declaration, a national movement of Christians for life, marriage, and religious freedom founded by Charles Colson. A prolific writer and speaker, Eric was recently featured in the New York Times and WORLD Magazine’s “Emerging Christian Voices” series. He blogs regularly at American Spectator and Patheos and has written for USA Today, Public Discourse, Relevant Magazine, and The City. Eric is married to Abby, and they attend Immanuel Bible Church.
Andrew Walker Andrew Walker is Director of Policy Studies at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Previously, he worked in the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University and earned an M.Div. from Southern Seminary. He is married to Christian, and they have one daughter.
Thomas White became the President of Cedarville University in 2013. He previously served as Vice President for Student Services and Communications at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Anderson University and Master of Divinity and Ph.D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. White co-authored Franchising McChurch: Feeding Our Obsession with Easy Christianity in 2009 and served as editor of First Freedom: The Baptist Perspective on Religious Liberty, Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches, and Upon This Rock. He is married to Joy and they have two children: Rachel and Samuel.
Christopher Yuan uses his own story of redemption, grace and transformation to minister to those working through issues of sexuality and to those living with HIV/AIDS. While attending dental school, Yuan began living promiscuously as a homosexual and experimenting with illicit drugs. Within a few years, he was expelled from dental school, imprisoned for drug dealing, and discovered that he was HIV positive. Christopher has co-authored with his mother their memoir, Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God, A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope. Christopher graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2005, Wheaton College Graduate School in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and received his doctorate of ministry in 2014 from Bethel Seminary.
You can’t buy the book at Costco because the CEO in charge of Costco pulled from the shelves. He is a big leftist who sees America the same way Barack Hussein Obama sees America. Go to SAM’S Clulb and buy it. –J.Lingle
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I went to see “America: Imagine the World Without it” by Dinesh D’Souza yesterday.
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June 27, 2014 By Owen Strachan
Many years ago, Chuck Colson was doing what he did constantly: visiting prisoners. Formerly incarcerated due to his connections to the Watergate scandal of the early 1970s, Colson became a Christian in 1975 and soon after found his life’s calling: ministering to prisoners.
In 1985, Colson visited a North Carolina prison. As noted, this was not unusual. What was unusual about Colson’s visit, however, was that a prison chaplain had asked Colson to visit a much-feared prisoner in isolation. This prisoner, a woman named Bessie Shipp, was not in isolation for attacking guards or smashing windows. She was enfeebled. But the prison staff was scared of her, as were most visitors. The reason was simple: Bessie had AIDS. In an era when rumors flew about catching the HIV virus from toilet seats and handshakes, Bessie was placed in a ward by herself. She was alone, frightened, and dying.
I am writing a book about Colson, and so I am accustomed to stories of his remarkable kindness and courage. No anecdote, however, trumps this one. As quoted by Jonathan Aitken in his illuminating biography of Colson, Colson initially felt “absolute terror” at the prospect of going into Bessie’s cell. But he could not hold back. He had seen images of Mother Theresa hugging AIDS patients earlier, and he resolved to do the same. He entered Bessie’s cell, embraced her, and talked with her about the forgiving grace of God. As Colson often did, he connected immediately and deeply with this woman with whom he had little in common. The world was afraid of her twice-over: she was a thief, and she was unclean. But the world’s fears and prejudices are no match for the gospel of Christ and the sinners claimed by it.
Later, Colson wrote a letter to the governor of North Carolina appealing for clemency. The pardon was granted and Bessie left the prison. She did not return to her life of drug-fueled crime. She preached the gospel and told of Colson’s compassionate action. She was on fire for Jesus.
But she was not long for the world. Soon after her release, she became critically ill. In the hospital, she told visitors she was fully at peace with her God. But she clung to one request: she wanted to be baptized. The logistics were nightmarish with her tubes and devices, but Baptists are not easily deterred from their baptizing ways. Bessie was baptized right beside her hospital bed. Though barely conscious, she was at peace. Hours after she passed through the waters of judgment, she slipped away from this world.
Among the countless gripping testimonies that trailed Colson’s ministry, this story grabbed me because it speaks more broadly to the relationship between the evangelical church and AIDS. There surely have been many missteps on the part of American evangelicals in their handling of the disease. But while the “Moral Majority” is often typecast today, leaders like Colson have shown the church and a watching world that one need not sever moral witness from sacrificial generosity. This was true on a much broader scale with PEPFAR (The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), the foreign policy ne plus ultra of George W. Bush’s presidency. Though imperfect, evangelicals like Bush and Colson have left a mark on the fight against AIDS, whether on a personal or governmental level.
Few of us can pull the levers like the U. S. President. One can hope, however, that the light will not die out. Evangelicals should continue to advocate and sacrificially work to eliminate AIDS. The task is large, even foreboding. But this has not stopped biblically-inspired people before. Christ promised us a kingdom that would suffer violence but never stop advancing (Matt. 11:12). So the story has gone. Telemachus ended the gladiatorial games. Wilberforce took on the slave trade, and vanquished it. Bonhoeffer, very nearly alone, dared to stand up to Hitler and his thousand-year Reich. King faced down tyrannical Jim Crow and sent him packing. This is a diverse group with diverse views, but these and countless other figures fired by the example of the ancient prophets have dared to stand up against evil and suffering and injustice.
Modern evangelicals who love the prophets of old and who savor a cruciform salvation have no other option but to act in this way. Fighting–and defeating!–AIDS is a monumental task. But our will should not waver on this count. With friends from all over the spectrum, we should keep our hand to the plow. We should pray and agitate and form policy and lobby people and take missions trips and–in sum–act in love to seek to end the suffering that AIDS causes.
As we do so, we should remember the example of Chuck Colson. In the story of his time with Bessie Shipp, we get a little picture of who Christ is, and who his people are to be. Like Christ, we can go into the places nobody dares to go and minister to the people everybody wants to forget. This is who we are, and this is what we are here for. By grace, we walk into prison cells. We minister to the dying and forgotten. Wherever we go, whether to Death Row or the corridors of power, we bring with us a message this world cannot conceive and a love this life cannot contain.
A truly remarkable man and the life he lived.–jlingle
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Louis Zamperini, an Olympic distance runner and World War II prisoner of war survivor whose story was detailed in the best-selling book “Unbroken,” died on Wednesday at the age of 97 following a battle with pneumonia, according to his family.
“After a 40-day long battle for his life, he peacefully passed away in the presence of his entire family, leaving behind a legacy that has touched so many lives. His indomitable courage and fighting spirit were never more apparent than in these last days,” family members said in a statement released by Universal Pictures.
Zamperini’s death came less than two months after he was named the grand marshal of the 126th Rose Parade, something he had called “an honor” at the time.
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Big victory for traditional Americans
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By Bill O’Reilly
Today the Supreme Court ruled five to four that the federal government cannot force small corporations to buy controversial birth control devices for their employees. The so-called Hobby Lobby case pitted liberal America against traditional religious America. The Obama administration wants all corporations to fund things like the morning after pill, which many religious Americans believe is an abortion-inducing medication. By the way the national media did not report that. They continue to say the Hobby Lobby case is about birth control per se, which it is absolutely not.
Anyway, the very disturbing part of the Supreme Court’s opinion is that the four liberal justices apparently believe that American taxpayers should fund abortions. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Sonya Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer voted to uphold the federal mandate. That’s hard to believe because religious freedom is a hallmark of the Constitution. If you sincerely believe that abortion is morally wrong you have a right to opt out. But these four justices would deny you that right — absolutely contradicting the Constitution. Again, that’s frightening.
The other matter decided today by the Supreme Court is that the government cannot force people to join unions — another amazing intrusion into personal freedom. Again it was 5-4. The liberal justices believing the feds should be able to force American workers into a union situation.
“Talking Points” is concerned that if one more liberal Supreme Court justice is appointed, one more, freedom in America will be compromised forever. You know what? Most Americans do not understand that at all.
On a practical basis, what are these four liberal judges thinking about? Do they not understand that the Obama administration has screwed up just about everything? Do they not understand that the federal government in Washington is not solving the nation’s problems? Yet, the four justices want to give the feds even more power. It’s unbelievable.
Tonight we’ll cover the continuing border chaos which the Obama administration did nothing about for five and a half years. We’ll also cover vicious terrorists in the Middle East declaring a new country, a terrorist country. And what is the President doing about that? Wages for working Americans continue to fall. The economy just lies there. And almost every single major problem in this country is getting worse. Yet, four members of the Supreme Court want to empower the government even further.
So, while traditional Americans have a reason to celebrate tonight because the majority of the Supremes did vote on the side of freedom, there is a cautionary wind blowing. Liberal America including President Obama want the federal government to control our lives. Every American should think about that.
That’s “The Memo.”
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(Virginia Beach, Virginia) — This morning I appeared on the Christian Broadcasting Network to discuss The Auschwitz Escape.
I shared the research I did for the book, and talked about the true stories that inspired the novel — specifically, the four heroes who actually did escape from the Nazi death camp 70 years ago this spring.
You can watch the full interview by clicking here.
During the interview, I also shared more of the results of the exclusive new polling we conducted through McLaughlin & Associates, a nationally-respected polling firm. We asked 1,000 likely U.S. voters the following question: “Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: ‘If the world does not take decisive action, and the Iranian regime is permitted to build nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them, the Iranian regime will one day attempt to annihilate the State of Israel and bring about a…
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In May 2013, the Washington Post reported that the IRS had illegally targeted conservative groups for additional reviews. Organizations with the words “tea party” or “patriot” were singled out for harassment, such as requiring them to provide a list of donors, details about their internet postings on social networking websites, and information about their family members.
When this was first reported by the media in May 2013, Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that had conducted these illegal activities, claimed that only low level employees had known about it, and that no high level IRS officials had known about it. However, soon afterward, NPR reported that an Inspector General report showed that Lerner had been lying, and that she herself had actually been aware of it since June 29, 2011. Even worse, during March and April of 2012, Lerner herself had actually written such letters to fifteen different conservative groups. One of these letters can be read here.
While testifying in May 2013, Lerner said, “I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations. And I have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee.” However, afterward, she invoked her fifth amendment right to remain silent. The Washington Post reported that there was disagreement as to whether or not Lerner’s statement constituted a waiving of her fifth amendment right to remain silent. Soon afterward, she was placed on paid administrative leave. At a later hearing in March 2014, Lerner again invoked her fifth amendment right to remain silent.
In September 2013, a House committee released several of Lerner’s emails, which showed that she had targeted tea party groups, and that she had asked that their applications be delayed. In one of the emails from 2011, she had written “Tea Party Matter very dangerous.”
In September 2013, after having been on paid leave for four months, Lerner had still not been fired by Obama.
In October 2013, it was reported that newly discovered emails proved that Lerner had violated federal law by giving the Federal Election Commission confidential tax information of several Tea party groups.
The Washington Post reported that IRS officials at the IRS headquarters in Washington D.C. had sent such letters to conservatives groups. Reuters reported that higher level IRS officials had taken part in discussions about it as early as August 2011. However, 21 months later, on May 10, 2013, the Washington Post reported that President Obama had not done anything to investigate or fire the IRS employees who had engaged in this illegal harassment. As of May 14, 2013, none of the IRS employees who engaged in any of this illegal behavior had been disciplined, despite the fact that higher level IRS officials had known about their illegal behavior at least since August 2011. Despite all of these media reports about the involvement of high level IRS officials, in February 2014, Obama said that these things had come from “a local office.”
On May 15, 2013, it was reported that Steven Miller, the acting IRS commissioner, had resigned. However, it was also reported that his assignment would have ended in early June anyway. He resigned – Obama did not fire him.
The IRS gave out confidential information about conservative groups. ProPublica wrote:
“The same IRS office that deliberately targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 election released nine pending confidential applications of conservative groups to ProPublica late last year.”
“In response to a request for the applications for 67 different nonprofits last November, the Cincinnati office of the IRS sent ProPublica applications or documentation for 31 groups. Nine of those applications had not yet been approved—meaning they were not supposed to be made public.”
“No unapproved applications from liberal groups were sent to ProPublica.”
President Obama either lied about when he first knew about this – or was too busy playing golf and attending fundraisers to read the memos that were sent to him. The Daily Caller wrote:
“White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a press conference Tuesday that the White House was notified about the IRS targeting tea party groups ‘several weeks ago.’ This comes a day after President Obama said he found out about it from news reports on Friday of last week.”
“During a press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday, President Obama was asked about the IRS scandal. He responded, ‘I first learned about it from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this. I think it was on Friday.’ “
“However, Carney said Tuesday that first a report had to be compiled by the IRS’s inspector general and then when it was completed, it was passed on to the administration.”
“‘A notification is appropriate and routine and that is what happened and that happened several weeks ago,’ Carney said.”
When Media Trackers, a conservative organization, applied to the IRS for non-profit status, after waiting 16 months, it got no response. But when it reapplied with a liberal sounding name, it got approval in just three weeks. Yahoo wrote:
“In May 2011, Drew Ryun, a conservative activist and former Republican National Committee staffer, began filling out the Internal Revenue Service application to achieve nonprofit status for a new conservative watchdog group.”
“When September 2012 arrived with still no word from the IRS, Ryun determined that Media Trackers would likely never obtain standalone nonprofit status, and he tried a new approach: He applied for permanent nonprofit status for a separate group called Greenhouse Solutions, a pre-existing organization that was reaching the end of its determination period.”
“The IRS approved Greenhouse Solutions’ request for permanent nonprofit status in three weeks.”
“The same Internal Revenue Service office that singled out Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny also challenged Israel-related organizations, at least one of which filed suit over the agency’s handling of its application for tax-exempt status.”
“The trouble for the Israel-focused groups seems to have had different origins than that experienced by conservative groups, but at times the effort seems to have been equally ham-handed.”
The IRS asked conservative groups what books they were reading.
Although the IRS went 18 months or longer without responding to conservative organizations’ applications, the IRS demanded that these same organizations answer the IRS’s intrusive questions within a few weeks.
After the Waco Tea Party sent an application to the IRS, the IRS waited 19 months to respond. In its response, the IRS asked for printouts of its web page and social networking sites, copies of all of its newsletters, bulletins and fliers, and copies of all stories written about it. The IRS also asked for transcripts of its radio interviews.
As one example of how the IRS treated conservative organizations differently from liberal ones, Politico reported:
“Chris Littleton, one of the co-founders of the Ohio Liberty Coalition, said the group got a grilling from the IRS when it submitted its application, in letters the group has posted on its website. The IRS also gave him so much grief when he tried to apply for tax-exempt status for another group, American Junto, that ‘we just gave up on it,’ he said.”
“But when he submitted an application for a third group — Ohioans for Health Care Freedom, now renamed Ohio Rising — ‘it went through just fine,’ Littleton said. ‘They never asked a single set of questions.’”
After the Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots sent in their application, it took two years for the IRS to respond. The IRS response included 35 questions. When the group’s cofounder called the IRS, the IRS agent claimed that he had their group’s file right in front of him. But when the group’s confounder asked the IRS agent a question, the IRS agent asked, “What’s your group’s name again?”
Tea Party groups who spoke with each other said they were all getting the same questions from the IRS.
The Washington Post reported that some IRS employees were “ignorant about tax laws, defiant of their supervisors, and blind to the appearance of impropriety.”
In 2012, the IRS leaked confidential information about Mitt Romney to the co-chairman of President Obama’s re-election committee.
For a 27 month period that began in February 2010, the IRS gave exactly zero approvals to Tea Party organizations that had sent in applications. During that same time period, numerous liberal organizations with names including words such as “progress” or “progressive” did get approval.
After True the Vote, a conservative organization which was founded by Catherine Engelbrecht, sent its application to the IRS, the IRS went three years without responding. During that three year period, Engelbrecht and her family’s small manufacturing business were audited by the IRS, and were investigated by OSHA, the ATF, and the FBI.
Democratic U.S. Senators pressured the IRS to target conservative groups. In May 2013, U.S. News & World Report wrote:
“Over the last three years, Democratic senators repeatedly and publicly pressured the IRS to engage in the very activities that they are only now condemning today. At the same time, Republicans repeatedly and publicly warned against this abuse of government power and pointed to a series of red flags that strongly suggested conservative political organizations were being targeted by the IRS. Those warnings were deliberately ignored by the Obama administration and Democratic leaders in Congress.”
“From Max Baucus to Chuck Schumer to Jeanne Shaheen, key Senate Democrats publicly pressured the IRS to target groups that held differing political views and who, in their view, had the temerity to engage in the political process. The IRS listened to them and acted.”
In order to get approval, the IRS required members of Coalition for Life of Iowa, a pro-life organization, to sign a promise to avoid protesting in front of Planned Parenthood.
The IRS asked Christian Voices for Life, a pro-life organization, questions about its prayer vigils.
According to the official White House visitor’s log, during Obama’s first four years as President, IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman made 157 visits to the White House. This is more visits to the White House – by a very large margin – than any other cabinet member during Obama’s first term. By comparison, during the four years that Mark Everson was IRS commissioner when Bush was president, Everson made only one visit to the White House.
Shulman donated $500 to the Democratic National Committee in October 2004.
During Congressional testimony that had taken place in March 2012, Shulman falsely said that the IRS had not targeted conservative groups.
Shulman’s wife, Susan L. Anderson, is the senior program advisor for Public Campaign, a liberal organization. The Dailer Caller wrote of this group:
Public Campaign receives “major funding” from the pro-Obamacare alliance Health Care for America NOW!, which is comprised of the labor unions AFL-CIO, AFSCME, SEIU, and the progressive activist organization Move On, among others.
Public Campaign also receives funding from the liberal Ford Foundation, the Common Cause Education Fund, and Barbra Streisand’s The Streisand Foundation, among other foundations and private donors.
Stephen Seok was one of the IRS agents who wrote threatening letters to conservative groups. After doing so, he was given a promotion.
In June 2013, it was reported that two IRS employees had violated government ethics rules at a 2010 conference when they received $1,100 in free food and other items. One of them was Fred Schindler, the director of implementation oversight at the IRS Affordable Care Act office. The other was Donald Toda, a California-based employee. Obama did not fire them. Instead, he gave both of them paid leave. By comparison, in 1981, President Reagan fired 11,359 air-traffic controllers who had been illegally striking.
In June 2013, it was reported that The National Organization for Marriage, a conservative organization, had forensic evidence which proved that its donors’ private information had been illegally leaked by the IRS. The IRS employees who illegally leaked this private information could get five years in prison. However, Obama refused to file any charges against these IRS criminals.
The IRS illegally leaked the private information of Christine O’Donnell the same day that she announced that she would run for U.S. Senate as a tea party candidate.
According to White House visitor logs, Obama met with Colleen Kelley, the president of the National Treasury Employees Union, on March 31, 2010. The very next day, IRS employees who belonged to that union union started to target tea party organizations.
In July 2013, it was reported that Obama had met with a key IRS official who was involved in the targeting just two days before the key official had told his colleagues how to target tea party groups. The Daily Caller reported:
The Obama appointee implicated in congressional testimony in the IRS targeting scandal met with President Obama in the White House two days before offering his colleagues a new set of advice on how to scrutinize tea party and conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
IRS chief counsel William Wilkins, who was named in House Oversight testimony by retiring IRS agent Carter Hull as one of his supervisors in the improper targeting of conservative groups, met with Obama in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on April 23, 2012. Wilkins’ boss, then-IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman, visited the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on April 24, 2012, according to White House visitor logs.
On April 25, 2012, Wilkins’ office sent the exempt organizations determinations unit “additional comments on the draft guidance” for approving or denying tea party tax-exempt applications, according to the IRS inspector general’s report.
Jon Stewart said of this:
“Well, congratulations, President Barack Obama. Conspiracy theorists who generally can survive in anaerobic environments have just had an algae bloom dropped on their f***ing heads, thus removing the last arrow in your pro-governance quiver: skepticism about your opponents.”
Michael Macleod-Ball, chief of staff at the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, said of this:
“Even the appearance of playing partisan politics with the tax code is about as constitutionally troubling as it gets. With the recent push to grant federal agencies broad new powers to mandate donor disclosure for advocacy groups on both the left and the right, there must be clear checks in place to prevent this from ever happening again.”
In January 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had chosen Barbara Kay Bosserman to head the investigation of the IRS’s targeting of tea party groups. Bosserman had donated more than $6,000 to Obama’s two presidential campaigns.
In January 2014, it was reported that since Sarah Palin had announced her candidacy for vice-President in 2008, the IRS had harassed her father six different times. Prior to that, the IRS had never contacted him during the 50 years that he had worked. The report did not specify how many of these six incidents happened under President Bush, or how many happened under President Obama.
In January 2014, it was reported that during the FBI’s so-called “investigation” of the IRS’s harassment of tea party groups, the FBI had not actually interviewed any tea party groups.
In January 2014, it was reported that the IRS had demanded that Friends of Abe (a conservative organization whose members work in the entertainment industry) give the IRS enhanced access to its security protected website (which included its secret membership list), even though such a demand was not standard IRS procedure. In addition, even though the organization had applied to the IRS for tax free status two years earlier, the IRS had still not made a decision regarding the application.
In February 2014, Obama said that there was “not even a smidgeon of corruption” in the IRS’s actions.
In February 2014, it was reported that during Obama’s presidency, 100% of the established 501(c)(4) groups that had been audited by the IRS were conservative.
In February 2014, when Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly asked Obama about the IRS harassment of tea party groups, Obama said “These kinds of things keep on surfacing, in part because you and your TV station will promote them.”
In May 2014, it was reported that tea party donors had been audited by the IRS at ten times the rate of the general population.
In June 2014, the IRS claimed that Lerner’s emails to outside agencies from January 2009 through April 2011 had been “lost” when her hard drive “crashed.” Also in June 2014, the IRS claimed to have “lost” the emails from six additional IRS employees who were relevant to this scandal when their hard drives “crashed.” One of these IRS employees was Nikole Flax, who had been chief of staff to former IRS commissioner Steven Miller. Flax had made 31 visits to the White House during the time that the IRS had been targeting tea party groups. However, a private company called Sonasoft had a contract with the IRS since 2005 to back up all of the IRS’s emails. The company keeps multiple and redundant backup copies of all the IRS’s emails. The company advertised itself by saying “If the IRS uses Sonasoft products to back up their servers why wouldn’t you choose them to protect your servers?” In addition, Norman Cillo, an Army veteran who had worked in intelligence, and who had also worked as a program manager at Microsoft, listed six reasons why the IRS’s claim about “losing” the emails must be false. Also, federal law requires the IRS to keep permanent, backup copies of all of its emails at an external location. And finally, the NSA has copies of all of the emails.
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Elections Matter: Obama Hasn’t Decimated Al Qaeda, He’s Decimated The U.S. Military and the VA, IRS, DOJ, Along with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, Democrats are on the verge of destroying our economy as well. Vote these Democrats out in Nov. 2014. -Jerry Lingle
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Posted on August 15, 2013. Updated on June 5, 2014.
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Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.
By Dick Cheney And Liz Cheney
Updated June 17, 2014 7:34 p.m. ET
As the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) threaten Baghdad, thousands of slaughtered Iraqis in their wake, it is worth recalling a few of President Obama’s past statements about ISIS and al Qaeda. “If a J.V. team puts on Lakers’ uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant” (January 2014). “[C]ore al Qaeda is on its heels, has been decimated” (August 2013). “So, let there be no doubt: The tide of war is receding” (September 2011).
Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many. Too many times to count, Mr. Obama has told us he is “ending” the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—as though wishing made it so. His rhetoric has now come crashing into reality. Watching the black-clad ISIS jihadists take territory once secured by American blood is final proof, if any were needed, that America’s enemies are not “decimated.” They are emboldened and on the march.
The fall of the Iraqi cities of Fallujah, Tikrit, Mosul and Tel Afar, and the establishment of terrorist safe havens across a large swath of the Arab world, present a strategic threat to the security of the United States. Mr. Obama’s actions—before and after ISIS’s recent advances in Iraq—have the effect of increasing that thre
An Iraqi soldier in Baghdad with volunteers to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, June 17. Reuters
On a trip to the Middle East this spring, we heard a constant refrain in capitals from the Persian Gulf to Israel, “Can you please explain what your president is doing?” “Why is he walking away?” “Why is he so blithely sacrificing the hard fought gains you secured in Iraq?” “Why is he abandoning your friends?” “Why is he doing deals with your enemies?”
In one Arab capital, a senior official pulled out a map of Syria and Iraq. Drawing an arc with his finger from Raqqa province in northern Syria to Anbar province in western Iraq, he said, “They will control this territory. Al Qaeda is building safe havens and training camps here. Don’t the Americans care?”
Our president doesn’t seem to. Iraq is at risk of falling to a radical Islamic terror group and Mr. Obama is talking climate change. Terrorists take control of more territory and resources than ever before in history, and he goes golfing. He seems blithely unaware, or indifferent to the fact, that a resurgent al Qaeda presents a clear and present danger to the United States of America.
Carnegie Mellon Director of the Center for International Relations and Politics Kiron Skinner on the consequences of President Obama’s decision to slow-walk military action against Iraq’s Islamic militants. Photo credit: Getty Images.
When Mr. Obama and his team came into office in 2009, al Qaeda in Iraq had been largely defeated, thanks primarily to the heroic efforts of U.S. armed forces during the surge. Mr. Obama had only to negotiate an agreement to leave behind some residual American forces, training and intelligence capabilities to help secure the peace. Instead, he abandoned Iraq and we are watching American defeat snatched from the jaws of victory.
The tragedy unfolding in Iraq today is only part of the story. Al Qaeda and its affiliates are resurgent across the globe. According to a recent Rand study, between 2010 and 2013, there was a 58% increase in the number of Salafi-jihadist terror groups around the world. During that same period, the number of terrorists doubled.
In the face of this threat, Mr. Obama is busy ushering America’s adversaries into positions of power in the Middle East. First it was the Russians in Syria. Now, in a move that defies credulity, he toys with the idea of ushering Iran into Iraq. Only a fool would believe American policy in Iraq should be ceded to Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terror.
This president is willfully blind to the impact of his policies. Despite the threat to America unfolding across the Middle East, aided by his abandonment of Iraq, he has announced he intends to follow the same policy in Afghanistan.
Despite clear evidence of the dire need for American leadership around the world, the desperation of our allies and the glee of our enemies, President Obama seems determined to leave office ensuring he has taken America down a notch. Indeed, the speed of the terrorists’ takeover of territory in Iraq has been matched only by the speed of American decline on his watch.
The president explained his view in his Sept. 23, 2009, speech before the United Nations General Assembly. “Any world order,” he said, “that elevates one nation above others cannot long survive.” Tragically, he is quickly proving the opposite—through one dangerous policy after another—that without American pre-eminence, there can be no world order.
It is time the president and his allies faced some hard truths: America remains at war, and withdrawing troops from the field of battle while our enemies stay in the fight does not “end” wars. Weakness and retreat are provocative. U.S. withdrawal from the world is disastrous and puts our own security at risk.
Al Qaeda and its affiliates are resurgent and they present a security threat not seen since the Cold War. Defeating them will require a strategy—not a fantasy. It will require sustained difficult military, intelligence and diplomatic efforts—not empty misleading rhetoric. It will require rebuilding America’s military capacity—reversing the Obama policies that have weakened our armed forces and reduced our ability to influence events around the world.
American freedom will not be secured by empty threats, meaningless red lines, leading from behind, appeasing our enemies, abandoning our allies, or apologizing for our great nation—all hallmarks to date of the Obama doctrine. Our security, and the security of our friends around the world, can only be guaranteed with a fundamental reversal of the policies of the past six years.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan said, “If history teaches anything, it teaches that simple-minded appeasement or wishful thinking about our adversaries is folly. It means the betrayal of our past, the squandering of our freedom.” President Obama is on track to securing his legacy as the man who betrayed our past and squandered our freedom.
Mr. Cheney was U.S. vice president from 2001-09. Ms. Cheney was the deputy assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs from 2002-04 and 2005-06.
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Scandal after Scandal…… What does a President Have to do to Get his butt Impeached?–J.Lingle
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Sowell: A Bitter After-tasteCreators Syndicate
^ | June 17, 2014 | Thomas SowellPosted on 6/16/2014, 11:28:29 AM by jazusamoThe news from Iraq that Islamic terrorists have now taken over cities that American troops liberated during the Iraq war must have left an especially bitter after-taste to Americans who lost a loved one who died taking one of those cities, or to a survivor who came back without an arm or leg, or with other traumas to body or mind.
Surely we need to learn something from a tragedy of this magnitude.Some say that we should never have gone into Iraq in the first place. Others say we should never have pulled our troops out when we did, leaving behind a weak and irresponsible government in charge.At a minimum, Iraq should put an end to the notion of “nation-building,” especially nation-building on the cheap, and to the…
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is not soft enough–think I will stick with Charmin!!!!!!
Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything Hardcover
Why are Americans being forced to consider homosexual acts as morally acceptable? Why has the US Supreme Court accepted the validity of same-sex “marriage”, which, until a decade ago, was unheard of in the history of Western or any other civilization? Where has the “gay rights” movement come from, and how has it so easily conquered America?
The answers are in the dynamics of the rationalization of sexual misbehavior. The power of rationalization the means by which one mentally transforms wrong into right drives the gay rights movement, gives it its revolutionary character, and makes its advocates indefatigable. The homosexual cause moved naturally from a plea for tolerance to cultural conquest because the security of its rationalization requires universal acceptance. In other words, we all must say that the bad is good.
At stake in the rationalization of homosexual behavior is the notion that human beings are ordered to a purpose that is given by their Nature. The understanding that things have an in-built purpose is being replaced by the idea that everything is subject to man’s will and power, which is considered to be without limits. This is what the debate over homosexuality is really about the Nature of reality itself.
The outcome of this dispute will have consequences that reach far beyond the issue at hand. Already America’s major institutions have been transformed its courts, its schools, its military, its civic institutions, and even its diplomacy. The further institutionalization of homosexuality will mean the triumph of force over reason, thus undermining the very foundations of the American Republic.
“Robert Reilly shows that to go with the flow of the homosexual movement is to go against nature, science, children, marriage, the family and the common good; in fact to go against common sense. This movement is now the leader of a long-term pack working to undermine society, a process designed to bring chaos (see Gramschi) and dictatorship before freedom is enjoyed again. The time and the means to oppose are both narrowing. If this book does not move you to action nothing will.”
– Patrick F. Fagan, PhD, Senior Fellow, Family Research Council
“Plato teaches that societies take on the features and tastes of the persons most prominent in them. Reilly shows how America’s ruling class is shaping our society according to its taste for homosexuality and its distaste for natural families. If you want to know the philosophical and legal background of the revolution that is being imposed upon America and its consequences read this book.”
– Angelo M. Codevilla , PhD Professor Emeritus, Boston University; Author, The Character of Nations
“This book is magnificent, a real achievement. For anyone interested in taking our country back from the sexual radicals, you must know how they did it, so rapidly, efficiently, even brutally. The gay rights movement slid through American institutions, both public and private, like a hot knife through butter. I suspect it has surprised even its proponents to see how fast we have capitulated. First philosophy fell, then psychology, the courts, education, the military and even the Boy Scouts followed. No one has told both the broad sweep and the specific details of this story better than Robert Reilly.”
– Austin Ruse President, Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute
“The mainstreaming of sodomistic practice is a sign that a culture has lost not only its faith but also its mind. Robert Reilly patiently and convincingly explains how that flight from reason occurred and what can be done about it.”
– Charles E. Rice, JD, JSD Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School
Will all real men please stand
Surviving Obama regime, Harry Reid and Pelosi will depend on the 55% of clueless people that voted for Obama and Democrats like
Harry Reid and Pelosi, Schumer, Franken, on and on WAKE-up and get a clue soon! –Jerry Lingle
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We can keep our insurance if we like it
We can keep our doctors if we like them
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Supporting the Muslim Brotherhood with arms and money
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Not securing our borders
Spying on Americans on American soil with drones
Picking winners and losers
IRS targeting conservatives
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Clapper lying to congress
Holder lying to congress
Failing to prosecute the New Black Panther
Reading our e-mail
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Surviving Obama regime, Harry Reid and Pelosi will depend on the 55% of clueless people that voted for Obama and Democrats like
Harry Reid and Pelosi, Schumer, Franken, on and on WAKE-up and get a clue soon! –Jerry Lingle
Obama has so many lies in his past and motives to keep hidden that it very well could be driving him to a high level of psychosis
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Is Obama Incompetent, on a Stealth Mission to Destroy the US… or Certifiably Insane?
Dr. Gina Loudon, a psychology expert and frequent guest commentator at Fox News thinks our President has gone off the deep end, sanity-wise. In an interview with Lou Dobbs about Obama’s release of the 5 Taliban she said this:
DOBBS: The President hasn’t mentioned a word about Sgt. Tahmooressi held in a Mexican prison. Your thoughts on the distinction here between the two, in at least Obama’s mind?
Dr. LOUDON: You know, I will say to you, Lou, I am very, very concerned about the mental stability of this President at this point. Some of his behavior seems irrational to me. It seems beyond that of just a typical narcissistic, arrogant, sort of, ‘I’m a leader of a big country and I feel tyrannical at the moment’ kind of attitude. It really seems to me like…
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What if Your Child is Gay?
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My denomination is dealing these days with a pastor in California who reversed his position on homosexuality. The pastor said that his shift coincided with his 15 year-old son’s announcement that he is gay. This is a situation every Christian should think through, now. As I’ve said before, at stake on the issue of a Christian sexual ethic is the gospel of Jesus Christ. But what if, sitting across from you, is your child or grandchild?
You will, without a doubt, have someone close to you in your family come out as gay or lesbian, if not already, then sometime in the future. How should a Christian parent or grandparent respond?
One of the reasons this is such a crushing experience for many is because they assume that their alternatives are affirmation or alienation. I either give up my relationship with my child or I give up the Bible. The gospel never suggests this set of alternatives, and in fact demonstrates just the opposite.
Every child, whether gay or straight, is oriented toward sin, and so are you. If your child or grandchild says he or she is gay, you shouldn’t act shocked, as though you are surprised your child might be tempted toward sin, or that you find your own sinful inclinations somehow less deserving of God’s judgment.
Your child’s point of temptation doesn’t mean that your entire relationship with him or her should be defined by that. We don’t affirm what the Bible says is wrong simply because someone we love is drawn toward it, whether that’s “straight” fornication or gay relationships. At the same time, that doesn’t mean your entire relationship is now to become a sparring match over Romans 1. Ironically, those who cut off all relationship with a gay child buy into the narrative of the Sexual Revolutionaries, that every aspect of one’s identity is defined by sexual orientation and activity. As a Christian, you believe this person is made in the image of God, and thus worthy of love, regardless of how far away from God, or from you.
First of all, consider what your child is telling you. He or she could be saying that this is an identity, from which they refuse to repent. That will require a different sort of response than if the child is saying, “This is how I feel, so what do I do?” This will change the way you respond, but what doesn’t change is your love and care for this child. Don’t panic and don’t reject them. Say explicitly that you love that child, no matter what, and mean it. Your relationship wasn’t formed by the child’s performance, and that won’t start now.
If your loved one is a Christian, spend time over the years discipling him or her about what following Christ looks like. Jesus isn’t shocked by his or her temptations, and will not leave him or her alone to fight them. The path toward chastity and fidelity to Christ is a difficult one, and your child or grandchild will need you and the church and the great cloud of witnesses to cheer him or her on, as they walk a path that can be lonely in a world that too often defines sex and sexuality as ultimate in life.
If your loved one isn’t a Christian, express your love, keep the relationship going, and be a gracious gospel witness. God never promises us that our children or grandchildren will all walk the way of Christ. Every wandering son or daughter needs to know that if the moment of crisis comes in his or her life, there’s a house waiting with a fatted-calf party ready to go, welcoming the wanderer home.
One of the reasons this is so hard for some parents and grandparents is because somehow we assume this issue to be merely a “culture war” issue, and not a gospel issue. As such, parents are often perplexed as to how to deal with this in their families because they think this is about them.
They wonder if others will judge them, as though they did something to “cause” this. That’s ridiculous, and it leads people ultimately either to reject biblical teaching to keep their kids or reject their kids (and their gospel witness to them) for the sake of appearing to keep the biblical teaching. At the root of all of that is pride, and I don’t mean that in the sense of “gay pride” but in the sense of carnal self-seeking. That’s a temptation for all parents, not just for those of gay children. We’re tempted to see our children as reflections of ourselves, and we’re tempted then to keep up our image.
Crucify that temptation. God calls us to holiness, and to encourage one another to holiness. The Bible is clear that this means fleeing from sexual immorality, and that includes same-sex sexual activity (1 Cor. 6). God also calls parents to love their children. Be clear about your convictions, and at the same time don’t exile your child from your life. If we sacrifice grace for truth or truth for grace, we’re sub-Christian.
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President Obama, We Still Want to Know if You Are Really a Christian
11:30AM EDT 5/27/2014 LARRY TOMCZAK
President Lincoln believed the Civil War was God’s judgment on the United States of America. In calling for a National Day of Prayer and Fasting in 1863, he said, “Nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and divine chastisements,” as he called Americans to turn back to God.
After the war ended, leaders inaugurated a Memorial Day event. The threefold purpose was to honor the deceased servicemen, reflect on their sacrifice and look forward to rebirth as a nation.
Abraham Lincoln expressed his genuine conversion after he himself pondered the carnage and realized the tremendous toll Americans experienced because of our nation’s sins.
On the observance of this Memorial Day, which we celebrated yesterday and which traditionally marks the start of our summer season, I’d like to humbly ask a question of our president as we see his woeful leadership contributing to this nation’s decline. May President Obama’s hero speak to him from the grave to repent and begin exercising the courageous Christian leadership America needs before it’s too late.
President Obama, on this Memorial Day 2014, you and your fellow Americans paused to reflect on those who paid the ultimate price for the USA. Would you allow me to share with you that I and scores of others have serious doubts about your conversion and the authenticity of your Christianity?
I say up front that while I’m in disagreement with many of your policies and beliefs, I do love you and pray for you every single day. I affirm your God-given leadership gifting and your exemplary role as a husband and a father to your two lovely daughters. Yet I must be honest with you: I’m not sure you’re really a Christian.
Will you allow me to present my reasons and, if you’re not, to challenge you to become a true disciple of Jesus Christ at a time when America desperately needs your moral leadership? After political leader William Wilberforce was genuinely converted, he became the leader in the abolition of the slave trade in England that reverberated later to America. He brought about a righteous transformation, but it was accomplished after a true born-again experience that catapulted him to victory because of the blessing of God on his life.
Mr. President, as multitudes observe you, you seem to be under a heavy burden and striving to make things happen through the power of your own will, through clever obfuscation and through manipulation of the masses. The promises you made to the American people regarding keeping our health plans, keeping our doctors, saving us money and insuring more than 30 million people with free medical care without adding “one dime to the federal deficit” appear to be lies and deception to informed and perceptive Americans. The same goes for your statements on Benghazi and the VA plus the IRS scandals.
You told us this would be the most transparent administration ever. Is it? You assured us you would restore civility to political discourse. You talked of economic growth and recovery and stimulus packages that have delivered a paltry return on all our tax money. Something is terribly wrong, and as president, you must be held accountable.
One senior commentator stated, “Obama has told more whoppers than Burger King has sold!” Maybe this produces a laugh, but the tragedy is watching your credibility disintegrate daily while watching you squirm uncomfortably behind your podium. The majority don’t see you as trustworthy anymore, and this is a terrible reflection on your so-called Christian testimony.
But then again, maybe the label has been applied prematurely and God is using these events to bring you providentially to a place of desperation. Could the God who created you and gifted you in such incredible ways be orchestrating things to bring you to a newfound relationship with Himself?
A changed life is at the core of a genuine conversion experience. This is what separates the authentic from the counterfeit when so many Americans—some polls say 80 percent—profess to be Christian, yet something seems terribly amiss as we survey our society today. And with all due respect, that’s where I and countless others find ourselves sincerely questioning your stated spiritual identity of “I’m a Christian.”
You say what scores of people mistakenly or ignorantly embrace: “I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people. We are all children of God.”
Being incorrect on this fundamental of the faith is but one of many areas that cause many to sincerely question your understanding of the true nature of Christianity as well as the legitimacy of your conversion. And if you hold that we all are God’s children, why won’t you defend the least of these and most vulnerable—the unborn? Your 100-percent NARAL pro-abortion rating, your endorsement of taxpayer dollars for Plan B contraception, your support of partial-birth abortion, your opposition to the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act and your speech to Planned Parenthood that ended with “God bless you!” leave us dumbfounded.
Lest you and others stiffen at this point and say, “Hold it! Religion is personal. That’s disrespectful. Doesn’t the Bible state, ‘Judge not’?” let’s be clear here on what Jesus actually said. He stated, “Judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24) while cautioning us to avoid anything hypocritical, mean-spirited or unredemptive.
When it comes to leaders, righteous judgment is not an elective but a directive so we’ll know their character and the values that shape their positions on critical issues affecting our lives. Also, we must examine their fruit (what they’re producing), which takes time, something I and millions have afforded you. To simply give you a pass here because of the historic nature of your election or because of your race is idolatry and must be categorically rejected once and for all. America is imploding rapidly, and we cannot afford to remain ignorant or complacent or to retreat at this watershed moment.
Jesus Christ stated, “Every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit” (Matt. 7:17). While I want to honor you in your position as our commander in chief, I respectfully submit that we are seeing lots of “bad fruit” coming from a tree most likely in need of real redemption. The Good News of the gospel begins with this recognition!
Here’s the Deal: Mr. President, examining your beliefs, policies, social leanings and character lead us to this reasonable conclusion. Much of them are inconsistent with living out the biblical worldview that is to characterize an authentic, obedient Christian. It also encourages other high-profile Catholic Christians like Kathleen Sebelius, Nancy Pelosi and Caroline Kennedy to continue in their wayward paths.
We all know you went to a Catholic school in a Muslim country. I, too, had 12 years of parochial school upbringing but wasn’t truly born again untill the age of 20.
Later, after an admitted lifestyle of drug usage and fornication (cohabitation), you straightened out somewhat in Chicago and joined Trinity United Church of Christ, pastored by Jeremiah Wright. You spent 20 years there but later disassociated yourself as public scrutiny of the reverend and his teachings became uncomfortable for you. As I proceed, know that I definitely cut you some slack here because this represents your formative years in the Christian faith. We know that the content of a church’s message determines the authenticity of its converts.
My question to you is this: Have you ever received correct instruction in the Christian faith?
It’s probably uncomfortable to hear this forthright and honest inquiry into your spiritual life, but we all need people in our lives who will tell us not what we want to hear but what we need to hear. You are surrounded by many who receive their direction from you and desire to please you (and keep their jobs!). Yet what is at stake is your eternal destiny.
Franklin Graham was asked not long ago about your faith. He’s an honest man who pulls no punches. “I don’t know if he’s a Christian,” he said.
On the other hand, your former religious adviser Joshua Dubois wrote a book, The President’s Devotional. He testified to your faith in glowing terms: “The president is a committed Christian. … He practices his faith, spending time in the Oval Office with pastors praying for him. … He went up the side of a mountain to visit Billy Graham. … He has a yearly prayer call with pastors on his birthday. … He really lives it out. … I’d rather have a leader who lives a sermon than preaches one!”
Mr. President, these are all commendable activities, but most of us know atheists, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and humanitarians who also are good husbands and fathers, who pray with others, who do good deeds and visit the sick. What really matters is this: Are they—and are you—born again?
Jesus told a learned, very religious man, “Unless one is born again, he cannot see [or enter] the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). How’s that for straight talk?
Charles Colson, White House special counsel and “hatchet man” for President Nixon, was radically transformed when he repented and yielded his life to Jesus Christ. He penned a bestseller entitled Born Again to share his journey. May I suggest it for your next reading?
Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (Matt. 7:21). The key here is not merely a declaration but a demonstration—obedience to God’s Son and His words as revealed in sacred Scripture.
Years ago, at Moody Church in your hometown of Chicago, a famous pastor spoke with an elderly man who confessed to the pastor his uncertainty about his conversion experience. He told the pastor how he longed for some definite witness that he could not mistake.
“Suppose,” said the pastor, “that you had a vision of an angel who told you your sins were forgiven and you were genuinely converted. Would that be enough to rest on?”
“Yes,” the man replied. “I think it would. An angel would be great!”
The pastor continued, “Suppose on your deathbed Satan came and said, ‘I was that angel, transformed to deceive you.’ What would you say then?”
The gentleman was speechless.
The pastor smiled and put his arm around the shoulder of the older gentleman and said the following: “God has given us something much more trustworthy and authoritative than the voice of an angel. Consider an angel supposedly launched the Mormon faith and Islam! God has given us His Son and His authoritative Word.”
That is enough to rest on—if we will humble ourselves and follow in obedience.
The 7 Biblical Marks of an Authentic Christian
Mr. President, the words of the Lord Jesus Christ are clear on what it really means to be His disciple, a Christian. There is scarcely any room for misunderstanding if we will accept what He says at face value. Here are the terms as communicated by the Savior Himself:
A supreme love for Jesus Christ (Luke 14:26)
A denial of self (Matt. 16:24)
A deliberate choosing of the cross (Matt. 16:24)
A life spent following Christ (Matt. 16:24)
A fervent love for all who belong to Christ (John 13:35)
And unswerving continuance in His Word (John 8:31)
A forsaking of all to follow Him (Luke 14:33)
I must alert you, as Jesus did those to whom He preached, that it is wise to first “count the cost.” There are many positions you hold that are totally incompatible with biblical teaching, no matter how many liberal Bible scholars have told you otherwise. These positions will have to change if you follow Jesus and obey His Word.
For instance, you’ve said:
“Jesus is a historical figure for me, and He’s also a bridge between God and man … and He’s also a wonderful teacher.” Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man.
“I believe there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power.” There is salvation in no one else except through Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son.
“I’m a big believer in tolerance. I’m a progressive Christian.” While we should respect everyone’s beliefs, we can’t respect everyone’s conduct.
“I find it hard to believe that my God would consign four-fifths of the world to hell.” The path to salvation is open to all, but it is narrow, excluding all who reject God’s free gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ.
“Parts of the Bible may be modified to accommodate modern life.” Extreme caution is needed here, as we have a mandate to “rightly divide the Word of truth.”
“What I believe in is that if I live my life as well as I can, I will be rewarded. I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die.” Salvation comes as a result not of good deeds we do but totally as a gift of God received by faith and with a certainty of heaven upon one’s death.
“Those opposed to abortion cannot simply invoke God’s will—they have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths.” At conception, a separate human being is created in God’s image and deserves full protection and care until the child is born.
Regarding homosexuality and gay marriage, “I am not willing to accept a reading of the Bible that consists of an obscure line from Romans to be more defining of Christianity than the Sermon on the Mount.” Throughout the entire Bible, the practice of homosexuality is declared as sinful and contradicting of God’s design for human relationships, marriage and family.
Thank you for listening, Mr. President! If what I have communicated resonates with you, I’d suggest you give a call to the Rev. Billy Graham, who in his twilight years continues to herald “There is hope for America!” Talk with him. Listen. Let him pray with you, as he has other presidents for decades. What a phenomenal gift it would be to this man who has spent his lifetime introducing people to an authentic relationship with God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.
Respectfully, I am
Larry Tomczak is a best-selling author and cultural commentator with over 40 years of trusted ministry experience. His passion is to bring perspective, analysis and insight from a biblical worldview. He loves people and loves awakening them to today’s cultural realities and the responses needed for the bride of Christ—His church—to become influential in all spheres of life once again.
Who’s on first—what a bungling bunch of incompetent. Democrats we have voted for! Surviving Obama
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Can the State Department under Obama and Kerry become any more corrupt, incompetent and embarrassing? This Islamist A-hole only advocated killing American troops. Hey, let’s give him a medal.
The State Department’s Counter Terrorism (CT) Bureau apologized on Tuesday for promoting a controversial Muslim scholar whose organization has reportedly backed Hamas and endorsed a fatwa authorizing the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.
The apology came on the heels of a Friday Washington Free Beacon report detailing the CT Bureau’s promotion of Sheik Abdallah Bin Bayyah, the vice president of a radical Muslim scholars group that was founded by a radical Muslim Brotherhood leader who has called “for the death of Jews and Americans.”
Bin Bayyah himself is one of several clerics who endorsed a 2004 fatwa, or religious order, endorsing the killing of U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq.
The CT Bureau apologized multiple times…
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