Reflections on a Planned Parenthood Protest

August 22, 2015

Reflections on a Planned Parenthood Protest

This morning I was one of several thousand people who gathered in St. Paul, Minnesota, to say to Planned Parenthood that killing children is not an acceptable response to crisis pregnancies. And to say to our government that killing children should not be funded by tax dollars. Among other things.

Here are seven short reflections on the morning.

Christian and Ecumenical

The gathering this morning was explicitly Christian. The name of Jesus and his Lordship were on the lips of the leaders. We sang praises to God and to the Victor, Jesus Christ. This is a beautiful thing — that the public stand for justice for the weakest in our society would be carried by the followers of Christ. We have a great salvation, and that this would be one of the fruits is wonderful.

It is no secret that the Roman Catholic Church has been the religious backbone of the pro-life movement for forty years. I thank God for this persevering clarity on the reality and dignity of unborn human life. I am not a Roman Catholic, but happily stood with them in this common cause of justice for the unborn. When the time comes, we will have our knock-down, drag-out arguments over the sacrificial Mass, baptismal regeneration, and the precious doctrine of justification by faith alone. But each thing in its own season. This morning the issue was this: God is weaving human life in the womb in his image; don’t kill what he is creating.

My sense is that the Catholics were outnumbered this morning. But maybe they will let us have that little tribute since we are playing catch-up.

Relatively Sober

I have been to dozens of public, outdoor, pro-life demonstrations over the years. I often feel emotionally out of sync with the cheerleading atmosphere that regularly happens. Resisting murder and a rah-rah spirit don’t go together in my heart. But I have learned to be careful in my judgments. People are wired so differently. Hey-hey-ho-ho chanting might not signify for others the superficiality it does for me.

But I was pleased that this morning’s demonstration in St. Paul was more sober than usual. There was ample cheering. But compared to some I have been at, there seemed to me to be a greater gravity than usual. I am deeply thankful for this. My own sense is that hyped-up rallies accomplish little and don’t last. Serious, earnest, passionate gatherings that deliver a thunderclap of “No!” might.

Freedom on Public Property

“America! America! God shed his grace on thee . . .” I felt a wave of patriotism go over me this morning as I saw policemen helping us gather thousands of people on a cordoned-off public street. Amazing. Think of it. The police closed a street so we could gather to freely tell the governor of this state to stop obstructing justice. Is that not astonishing? We take such liberties for granted. But around the world this is rare. It is precious. I thank God for it. And I love the land that makes room for that kind of freedom.

Legislators and Pro-Life Leaders

The demonstration this morning was well-planned and ended on time. Brian Gibson — bless his heart — has done this before! He’s the leader of Pro-Life Action Ministries, and was leading the troops back when he and I were being arrested together in the late eighties.

About a dozen state legislators greeted us and expressed their hopes to defund Planned Parenthood, so that our tax dollars are not supporting the killing of unborn human beings. After the legislators, there were about half a dozen leaders of different pro-life organizations who exposed the deep darkness of this industry. Perhaps the most riveting speaker was the representative of Silent No More, as she told the story of her own abortion and its devastating aftermath — and healing through the mercies of God.

I come away with the renewed impression that the protection of unborn life is a cause that will not let go of this nation, and that now, more than ever, leaders are rising across the age-range in such a way that it may be the time for some remarkable changes.

Counter-Slogans

There was no significant counter-demonstration at the St. Paul event. There were a handful of quietly held pink signs reading, “Don’t take away our care.” The answer to that sign is: We want to take away your killing, not your care.

I saw a few harsher encounters in Louisville. One slogan shouted was: “Pro-life is a lie. You don’t care if women die.” One of the problems with that slogan is this: Today there are about 2,500 Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC) in the United States, compared to 1,800 abortion clinics. About three-fourths of those CPCs serve under the banners of Care Net and Heartbeat International. They are explicitly Christian. Most of the others are as well.

The mission of these clinics is to help women who are pregnant in difficult circumstances. To say that these 2,500 centers have risen up because pro-life people don’t care if women die is grasping desperately at words that have no meaning. The aim is life — for the women, for the children, for the fathers, both now and in the years to come.

Planned Parenthood Responds

Planned Parenthood posted their response to the demonstration online. It included these words:

The more we learn about this, the clearer it is that it’s part of a much bigger pattern of harassment by extremists whose real goal is to ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood. The people behind this attack will stop at nothing in their quest — including breaking the law themselves and willfully misrepresenting the facts to the public. The protesters here today are simply an extension of that effort.

No. There were just too many strollers and baby-packs for me to think that group was made up of “extremists” ready to break the law. But yes, the goal is to eliminate child-killing and defund Planned Parenthood.

First Timers

We were asked to raise our hands if this was the first ever pro-life demonstration we had attended. The number was huge. So these are not just the old die-hards. This is a new wave.

May the Lord Jesus breathe on this wave with broken-hearted gospel boldness, and make it an unstoppable tidal wave of truth and righteousness and hope.


Listen to John Piper’s five-minute prayer at the protest. Also read his recent articlePlanned Parenthood: Invitation, Explanation, Indignation.


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Thinking About the Unthinkable: An Israel-Iran Nuclear War

Jerry Lingle:

Mr. President, Israel is our only friend in the INSANITY called the middle-east.

Originally posted on :

Thinking About the Unthinkable: An Israel-Iran Nuclear War, Amerian Thinker, John Bosma, August 23, 2015

(We live in “interesting times.” — DM)

The signing of a Munich-class agreement with Iran that hands it more than it ever hoped to pull off represents a shocking, craven American capitulation to an apocalyptic crazy state: a North Korea with oil. Nothing in Western history remotely approaches it, not even Neville Chamberlain’s storied appeasement of another antisemitic negotiating partner.

But it also augurs the possibility of a nuclear war coming far sooner than one could have imagined under conventional wisdom worst-case scenarios. Following the US’s betrayal of Israel and its de facto detente with Iran, we cannot expect Israel to copy longstanding US doctrines of no-first-nuclear-use and preferences for conventional-weapons-only war plans. After all, both were premised (especially after the USSR’s 1991 collapse) on decades of US nuclear and conventional supremacy. If there…

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Life is Short: DON’T Have An Affair: Praying through Proverbs 7:18-26

Heavenward by Scotty Smith

“Come, let’s drink our fill of love until morning. Let’s enjoy each other’s caresses, for my husband is not home. He’s away on a long trip. He has taken a wallet full of money with him and won’t return until later this month.”

     Dear Lord Jesus, this story text is so appropriate for a day in which one night stands and sexual “hook ups” are as daily as pick up lines in front of an elementary school. How did adultery become so harmlessly renamed “an affair” or “a fling”?

Jesus, as I meditate on and pray my way through this Scripture, I’m not sitting up on my critical hobby horse, looking down at anyone; but rather, I’m sitting down and looking up at you, owning my own vulnerability and heeding your warning. Grant me and my praying community fresh grace to take these things to heart.

So she seduced him with her pretty speech and enticed him with her flattery. He followed her at once, like an ox going to the slaughter. He was like a stag caught in a trap, awaiting the arrow that would pierce its heart. He was like a bird flying into a snare, little knowing it would cost him his life.

     Jesus, whether it’s a she or he doing the seducing, the story is predictable and the end is lamentable. Who of us doesn’t love to be noticed and wanted, desired and delighted in? Even spouses completely happy and thoroughly fulfilled in the best of marriages aren’t beyond acting out foolishly and destructively—whether in a season of lonely longings, a moment of unguarded naiveté, or the posture and get-even-anger or I’ll-hurt-you-retaliation.

But though emotional affairs and sexual liaisons offer a season of pleasure, it’s never a long season, and it always follows a familiar path: an ox to the slaughter, a stag with an arrow in its heart, a bird’s flight cut short by a trap—many lives end up paying the deadly price of our temporary insanity.

So listen to me, my sons, and pay attention to my words. Don’t let your hearts stray away toward her. Don’t wander down her wayward path. For she has been the ruin of many; many men have been her victims.

Jesus, the truth is, life is too short to have an affair—emotional, physical, or both. The truth is, you are the Spouse we always wanted. Only in union and vital communion with you will we find what we’ve been looking for and longing for—the intimacy and joy, for which we have been created and redeemed. We believe; help our unbelief, Jesus. So very Amen we pray, in your loving and heart-pursuing name.

Your presence on Saturday morning would mean at least this: “Killing unborn human beings is not an acceptable answer to crisis pregnancies. There are better ways to care for mom and child and dad.”

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Planned Parenthood: Invitation, Explanation, Indignation
August 21, 2015 by John Piper Topic: Abortion
Planned Parenthood: Invitation, Explanation, Indignation
I am writing with an urgent invitation, a personal explanation, and renewed indignation.

First, the invitation. I invite you to join us this Saturday morning, August 22, at one of the three hundred protest gatherings at Planned Parenthood sites across the nation. Find the one nearest you. It will be 9:00–11:00 AM local time.

(I will join others as part of the prayer leadership at the Twin Cities event at 671 Vandalia Street in St. Paul. Parking is sparse. Park far. Walk much. Small sacrifice.)

Your presence on Saturday morning would mean at least this: “Killing unborn human beings is not an acceptable answer to crisis pregnancies. There are better ways to care for mom and child and dad.”

If you have watched the investigative videos from The Center for Medical Progress about Planned Parenthood, I suspect you would want your presence to mean much more.

A Personal Explanation

I remember sitting in Pizza Hut with my wife in 1989, watching a newscast from Atlanta with the first glimmers of what became the Rescue Movement of peaceful protests in response to abortion. I was deeply moved, and said, to her, “That is right.” I was part of that movement in the Twin Cities for about three years. Then it faded away. I have no regrets about participating. I think it was right, and did good.

My explanation for participating in Saturday’s protest goes like this.

1. They are killing human beings in there. They cut them in pieces — usually. Sometimes, as the most recent video shows, they manage to get an “intact fetal cadaver.” That is risky, since there is a law against killing a baby outside the womb. You have to kill it first, then take it out. The moral insanity of that position is worthy of a resounding corporate “No!”

2. For three years, I lived fifteen miles from the Dachau Concentration Camp just outside Munich, Germany. I visited multiple times. They were killing human beings there too. Did the neighbors know? How quick we are to fault them! But we do know. We know beyond the shadow of a doubt. Yes, it is the same. Yes, it is the same. I don’t want to be complicit in the slaughter.

This passage of Scripture is as real and valid today as it was in the late eighties:

Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work? (Proverbs 24:11–12)
3. We have no moral leadership in the White House on this supremely important issue facing — staring down — our nation. President Obama refused even to support the protection of children who are four-fifths out of the womb in the process of birth (partial-birth abortion). He supports the right of doctors to pull a baby out, all but the head, and then suck the brains out, and deliver the child dead, so it can be called an abortion, and not infanticide. When a nation has no moral voice at the highest levels of governance, special means of expression may be called for.

4. There are seasons of life. Seasons of personal life, family life, and cultural life. Or call them moments. Cultural moments. Flash points. In these seasons, you do what you may not have done in other seasons. We don’t protest every day of every year.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: . . . a time to break down, and a time to build up . . . time to keep silence, and a time to speak. (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 3, 7)
It seems to me that we are in an unusual moment in our nation. For me, it is time to gather.

Renewed Indignation

Indignation is cheap. Anyone can get bent out of shape. There is no great moral capital in human anger. It comes easy. But the absence of anger (and sorrow) in some cases is a sign of a disordered heart.

When an evil is as massive as the killing of human beings is in our nation, large and hard words lose their force over time. What is needed is real stories, real experience, real glimpses — not just of the babies, but the hearts of those who kill them. We are getting those, in this peculiar cultural moment.

In the most recent investigative video about Planned Parenthood, that went online this week, we have the confession of a former employee. This is what broke her will to stay. A coworker called to her, “Hey, Holly, come over here. I want you to see something kinda cool.” So Holly (speaking on the video) goes over and sees a fully intact, manifestly human, baby, delivered by abortion. And the technician says to Holly, “Okay, I want to show you something.” So she taps the heart with one of her instruments, and the heart starts beating.

“Kinda cool.”

What are we to make of Donald Trump? By Tom Ascol

Like most even mildly alert observers of American politics I have been intrigued by the Donald Trump phenomenon. In some sense it is like a car accident—you just can’t look away no matter how hard you try. Pundits from the right and left have excoriated him with such apocalyptic language that their warnings have guaranteed the elevation of his profile among a politically jaded public.

But there is more to my intrigue than that. As I watch Trump rise in the polls and see the deeply emotional responses of his supporters I am becoming convinced that something far more significant than a carnival show is at play. We may be watching the converging of elements that could well result in a Donald Trump presidency. 

I first had this sense while watching his July 11, 2015 speech in Arizona. For over an hour he held an overflow, energetic crowd spellbound. I expected to be entertained but was surprised to find myself appreciating much of what he said. His candor is refreshing. His independence is attractive. His positive “can-do” attitude is contagious. His determination to turn setbacks into stepping stones is inspirational. Granted, his brashness can be off-putting (and at times outright offensive and disgusting) but I believe many people are willing to overlook that because of his track record  of getting things done in the business world and his willingness to address important issues in plain language—something that most politicians, both left and right, hesitate to do. 

In fact, it is fascinating to me to see the unified pillorying of Trump from leaders and pundits who otherwise are political adversaries. The fact that he has captured the imagination of a growing number of voters is distressing to the establishment leaders of both parties and, I think, may demonstrate how out of touch those self-designated experts are with a large segment of the American populace. Trump doesn’t play by the supposed rules of political decorum. The lobbyists and kingmakers evidently have nothing that he values so he is not intimidated by their threats or allured by their enticements. 

My guess is that Trump has tapped into the deep frustration that has long lingered in the hearts and minds of voters who span the right- and left-center of the political spectrum. These are people who are tired of the same promises offered in each campaign followed by the same followup excuses between campaigns. They may not understand the intricacies of our monetary system but the burden of future-crushing national debt ($20 trillion and growing at a rate of $45.38 per second) looms large to them. Some remember living through the Cold War and the prospect of a nuclear holocaust seems closer today than at any time in the last 30 years. Others are sickened by the continued aborting of 1 million babies per year regardless of who our presidents and congressional leaders are. They may not know how a broken immigration system should be fixed but they are concerned about our porous borders and unwillingness of elected officials to protect them or enforce the laws when they are violated. 

These are voters who, I sense, are jaded and disgusted with politics as usual. And if there is one thing Trump is not, it is usual. Though this class of Republican candidates strikes me as stronger across the board than at any time in recent history, the fact is that only 3 of them can lay claim to not being politicians  (Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson are the other two). Interestingly, each of those three is polling surprisingly well with Trump leading the way. If Washington DC is broken then looking for leadership to someone who wasn’t a part of doing the damage makes perfect sense. 

wrecking-ball-rightIf fifty years worth of filth and rubbish have been piled on your house at the rate of hundreds of tons per day, someone who offers indelicate proposals to address the problem is attractive. Nuance and sophistication have their place, but for demolition work a wrecking ball is preferred. I think Donald Trump resonates with many voters as the kind of wrecking ball that is needed to start clearing out Washington DC. 

To change the analogy a bit, he is a grenade thrower who isn’t very discriminating which way he launches his bombs. But, metaphorically speaking, if someone were to go stand in the middle of our bloated, broken federal government and indiscriminately start throwing grenades, tremendous good would be accomplished. Yes, there would be some collateral damage, but in comparison to the destruction of corrupt structures, policies and institutions the resultant benefits would far outweigh any negative consequences. 

That is what I think is going on with Donald Trump and the current political climate. His presence in the presidential race has already disrupted many of the political protocols that politicians—at least conservative politicians—are expected to follow. And he has done so to the consternation of the political establishment and the delight of a sizable number of average American voters. Further, he seems to be paving the way for his fellow candidates to speak more plainly with appropriate moral outrage about many of the devastating, systemic failures of our current federal government.

I don’t know if a President Trump would be good for the country. But candidate Trump is already providing some benefit to the political process. 

Note: This should be not be construed as an endorsement of Donald Trump. If you read it that way then please read it again. If it still strikes you that way then accept my apologies for failing to communicate my meaning to you.

UK is lost: Muhammad is top boy’s name; 1 in 2 young people identify as not 100% heterosexual; regular church attendance down to 6%

Jerry Lingle:

One word– REVIVAL
–The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
PROVERBS 1:7

Originally posted on Fellowship of the Minds:

The UK Express reports, Aug. 18, 2015, that data released by the Office of National Statistics show that while Amelia and Oliver were the favorite names nationally, Muhammad topped boys’ names in London.

But when spelling alternatives including Mohammed, Muhamad and Muhammet were combined, the traditionally Muslim name overtook Oliver as the United Kingdom’s favorite boys’ name.

In 2014, 6,649 boys born were called Oliver, 5,800 were named Jack, but a total of 7,240 baby boys were named variations of the name of the Islamic “prophet” — 3,588 Muhammads, 2,536 Mohammeds and 1,116 Mohammads.

UK sexual orientation survey

Meanwhile, UK’s youth are awash in gender and sexual ambiguity.

Helena Horton reports for the London Telegraph, Aug. 17, 2015, that 1 in 2 young people in the UK define themselves as not 100% heterosexual.

A new YouGov survey asked 1,632 British adults to rank themselves on the Kinsey sexual orientation scale, on a…

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America needs a Josiah. (Why an ancient Jewish king provides a powerful model for the next American President.)

Jerry Lingle:

International nuclear inspectors will only be permitted into the country after offering proofs of suspicious activity at the sites to be inspected, Iran’s Defense Minister Brig. Gen Hossein Dehqan said Tuesday. DEBKAfile: This condition is not contained either in the nuclear deal Iran signed with the six world powers last month or in its contract with the IAEA. How will the international watchdog obtain proofs if it is denied visits for inspections? Monday, a senior Iranian official said that such visits were subject to prior approval from the Iranian Intelligence

Originally posted on Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog:

Josiah(Washington, D.C.) — As the presidential campaign season heats up, Americans are trying to get to know the many candidates in both parties and determine who would be best to lead America in 2017 and beyond. Who has the right character, vision, and detailed, substantive, serious plans for reform? Who has the wisdom, experience and sound judgment? Who is ready for the enormous and complicated challenges facing this great country?

Choosing the right leader is not an easy process, but it is vitally important. After all, America is on the wrong track. We are going in the wrong direction. We are in deep trouble as a nation, heading steadily — perhaps rapidly — towards implosion. We’ve murdered 57 million babies. Five Justices on the Supreme Court have decided that the Bible is wrong and they know better what marriage should be. We’re taken on $18 trillion in debt with no end in sight. We are surrendering to Iran and ISIS. Our…

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Rev. Benny -isn’t it time to STOP accumulating more wealth & put that $42 million back into helping others-which is the reason people gave it to you

Benny Hinn-net worth ($42 Million)

Benny-HinnBenny Hinn is famous for his faith healing practices shown all around the world through his T.V. program “This Is Your Day.” Hinn’s programs are among the most watched religious programs in the world, and span over several successful networks. Hinn travels the world on “Miracle Crusades” where millions pack into crowded football stadiums for the chance to witness his miraculous faith healings. Benny claims his efforts and crusades feed over 100,000 children each year and support 45,000 children daily.

Benny’s miraculous abilities have apparently cured deafness, blindness, cancer, damaged limbs, and AIDs, on numerous occasions; even with his apparent blessings it didn’t stop him from being admitted to a California hospital for shortness of breath after finishing a mission to Brazil. Despite his setbacks, Benny claims to have helped over a billion people in his travels, and he sure has the cash to show for it.

On Further Review– Why Gay Marriage Can’t Be Christian Marriage

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Now that we’ve had a couple of months to reflect on the Supreme Court’s decision about gay marriage, perhaps it would be possible to have a reasonable discussion as to why, whatever the government may say about civil relationships and what should and shouldn’t be legal, nevertheless from a Christian point of view, gay marriage is an oxymoron– a contradiction in terms. Here are seven possible talking points:

SEVEN REASONS WHY GAY MARRIAGE ISN’T MARRIAGE ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE AND CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE THEOLOGY

1) Jesus was perfectly clear— marriage is when God brings a man and a woman together who are capable of sharing a one flesh union with the possibility of fulfilling the creation order mandate— be fruitful and multiply (see Mk. 10/ Mt. 19).

2) Jesus was equally clear in Mt. 19 that the alternative for his disciples was celibacy in singleness, which is what ‘being a eunuch for the kingdom’ refers to.

3) In order to meet the requirements for being a husband according to the household codes in Col. 3.-4 and Ephes. 5-6 one must: 1) be a male, and 2) have a partner who is a member of the opposite sex. Men cannot be wives, however much they may try and play such a role, nor can women be husbands, and a relationship that involves either two men or two women produces exactly NO husbands or wives.

4) The only couple capable of being a father and a mother of their own biological children is a man and a woman. Adoption only makes a person a surrogate father or mother at best. And if one person is the biological parent of the child, whereas his or her partner is not, then in fact one has deprived the child of either their birth mother or their birth father. They have come to have a child ‘out of wedlock’, if one counts either gay or lesbian relationships as marriage.

5) A child deserves to have both a mother and a father, and more particularly their own biological parents if humanly possible. Any relationship which involves two mothers (one of whom is not the real mother) or two fathers (one of whom is not the biological father) does not provide the modeling of what a husband and wife/mother and father relationship should look like under any sort of normal circumstances.

6) Same sex sexual activity, whether between consenting adults or through some other sort of relationship, is clearly defined as a sin in both the OT and the NT, indeed a serious sin. If this is correct, then gay marriage is a non-starter.

7) There is an irreducible biological or gender component to being a man or a woman. One does not get to choose one’s biology, one’s XY chromosomes. The creation story in Gen. 1-2 makes perfectly clear that the only ‘suitable companion’ for the man was a woman, and this is because God created us male and female in his image. Only so could we perpetuate the human race. Only so could we be mini-creators of more human beings, so mirroring one aspect of God the Creator.

At the end of the day either we realize that gender matters, and gender difference is essential to a real Christian marriage, or we totally change the definition of what counts as marriage, what counts as husband and wife, what counts as mother and father Biblically speaking. It is in no way surprising that in the most individualistic and narcissistic culture on the planet, that Americans would like to be able to even choose their gender, their own biology. But in fact you can’t do that, and since gender matters Biblically speaking when it comes to Christian marriage, you also do not have Biblical permission to redefine marriage, husband, wife, mother or father.

The list of Communist goals for America was read into the U.S. Congressional Record on January 10, 1963, by Democrat Congressman from Florida, Albert S. Herlong, Jr. (Vol 109, 88th Congress, 1st Session, Appendix, pp. A34-A35).

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“You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept Communism outright, but we’ll keep feeding you small doses…” Khrushschev, 1959

The list of Communist goals for America was read into the U.S. Congressional Record on January 10, 1963, by Democrat Congressman from Florida, Albert S. Herlong, Jr. (Vol 109, 88th Congress, 1st Session, Appendix, pp. A34-A35).

Communist goals included:

“Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of ‘separation of church and state’…

Discredit American culture…”

Democrat Rep. Herlong continued the list of Communist goals:

“Discredit the family as an institution…

Encourage promiscuity and divorce…

Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as ‘normal, natural, healthy’…”

In 1950, members of the Communist Party USA formed the Mattachine Society, the nation’s first homosexual rights organizations. which lobbied to repeal sodomy laws.

Communist goals included:

“Infiltrate churches and replace revealed religion with ‘social’ religion…

Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a ‘religious crutch’…”

The Communist list added:

“Control schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda.

Soften curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put party line in textbooks… Control student newspapers…”


Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushschev told Ezra Taft Benson, Eisenhower’s Secretary of Agriculture in 1959:

” Your children’s children will live under communism. You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept Communism outright, but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of Socialism until you will finally wake up and find that you already have Communism.

We won’t have to fight you; We’ll so weaken your economy, until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands.”

Get the book Endangered Speeches-How the ACLU, IRS & LBJ Threaten Extinction of Free Speech

AUGUST 11, 1984, by an 88-11 Senate vote and a 337-77 House vote, Congress passed the Equal Access Act, stating:

“It shall be unlawful for any public secondary school which receives Federal financial assistance and which has a limited open forum,

to deny equal access or a fair opportunity to, or discriminate against, any students who wish to conduct a meeting within that limited open forum on the basis of the religious, political, philosophical, or other content of the speech at such meeting.”

Regarding this, President Reagan commented August 23, 1984 at Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas:

“We even had to pass a special law in the Congress just a few weeks ago to allow student prayer groups the same access to school rooms after classes that a Young Marxist Society…would already enjoy.”

The Supreme Court upheld the Equal Access Act by a vote of 8-1 in Westside Community Schools v. Mergens, June 4, 1990:

“If a State refused to let religious groups use facilities open to others, then it would demonstrate not neutrality but hostility toward religion.

The Establishment Clause does not license government to treat religion and those who teach or practice it…as subversive of American ideals.”

Ronald Reagan stated in a radio address, February 25, 1984:

“Former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart noted if religious exercises are held to be impermissible activity in schools, religion is placed at an artificial and state-created disadvantage.

Permission for such exercises for those who want them is necessary if the schools are truly to be neutral in the matter of religion.

And a refusal to permit them is seen not as the realization of state neutrality, but rather as the establishment of a religion of secularism.”

U.S. District Court, Crockett v. Sorenson, W.D. Va,. 1983:

“The First Amendment was never intended to insulate our public institutions from any mention of God, the Bible or religion.

When such insulation occurs, another religion, such as secular humanism, is effectively established.”

This reaffirmed what George Washington wrote to the United Baptist Churches of Virginia, May 10, 1789:

“If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the Constitution framed by the Convention, where I had the honor to preside, might possibly endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical Society, certainly I would never have placed my signature to it.”

Ronald Reagan, on the National Day of Prayer, May 6, 1982, commented:

“Well-meaning Americans in the name of freedom have taken freedom away. For the sake of religious tolerance, they’ve forbidden religious practice.”

Ronald Reagan told the Annual Convention of the National Religious Broadcasters, January 30, 1884:

“I was pleased last year to proclaim 1983 the Year of the Bible.

But, you know, a group called the ACLU severely criticized me for doing that. Well, I wear their indictment like a badge of honor.”

Endangered Speeches – How the ACLU, IRS & LBJ Threaten Extinction of Free Speech

In the Supreme Court case of Town of Greece, NY, v. Galloway et al, Justice Kennedy wrote in the decision, May 5, 2014:

“Respondents maintain that prayer must be nonsectarian…and they fault the town for permitting guest chaplains to deliver prayers that ‘use overtly Christian terms’ or ‘invoke specifics of Christian theology’…

An insistence on nonsectarian or ecumenical prayer as a single, fixed standard is not consistent with the tradition of legislative prayer…

…The Congress that drafted the First Amendment would have been accustomed to invocations containing explicitly religious themes of the sort respondents find objectionable.

One of the Senate’s first chaplains, the Rev. William White, gave prayers in a series that included the Lord’s Prayer, the Collect for Ash Wednesday, prayers for peace and grace, a general thanksgiving, St. Chrysostom’s Prayer, and a prayer seeking ‘the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, &c’…”

Justice Kennedy continued inGreece v. Galloway, May 5, 2014:

“The decidedly Christian nature of these prayers must not be dismissed as the relic of a time when our Nation was less pluralistic than it is today.

Congress continues to permit its appointed and visiting chaplains to express themselves in a religious idiom…

To hold that invocations must be nonsectarian would force the legislatures…and the courts…to act as…censors of religious speech…

Government may not mandate a civic religion that stifles any but the most generic reference to the sacred any more than it may prescribe a religious orthodoxy…”

Justice Kennedy added inGreece v. Galloway:

“Respondents argue, in effect, that legislative prayer may be addressed only to a generic God.

The law and the Court could not draw this line for each specific prayer or seek to require ministers to set aside their nuanced and deeply personal beliefs for vague and artificial ones.

There is doubt, in any event, that consensus might be reached as to what qualifies as generic or nonsectarian…”

Justice Kennedy continued:

“While these prayers vary in their degree of religiosity, they often seek peace for the Nation, wisdom for its lawmakers, and justice for its people, values that count as universal and that are embodied not only in religious traditions, but in our founding documents and laws.

The first prayer delivered to the Continental Congress by the Rev. Jacob Duché on Sept. 7, 1774, provides an example:

‘Be Thou present O God of Wisdom and direct the counsel of this Honorable Assembly; enable them to settle all things on the best and surest foundations; that the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that Order, Harmony, and Peace be effectually restored, and the Truth and Justice, Religion and Piety, prevail and flourish among the people.

Preserve the health of their bodies, and the vigor of their minds, shower down on them, and the millions they here represent, such temporal Blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world, and crown them with everlasting Glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Saviour, Amen…'”

Supreme Court Justice Kennedy concluded his Greece v. Galloway decision, May 5, 2014::

“From the earliest days of the Nation, these invocations have been addressed to assemblies comprising many different creeds…

Our tradition assumes that adult citizens, firm in their own beliefs, can tolerate and perhaps appreciate a ceremonial prayer delivered by a person of a different faith.”

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Why Gay Marriage Proponents Can’t Appeal to the Abolitionist Movement

I remember listening to Tony Campolo speak in chapel when I was a student at Wheaton College. His passion inspired me. His compassion for the downtrodden motivated me. I revered him as a biblical and prophetic voice.

So when I saw earlier this summer he had endorsed gay marriage, I was saddened. The statement on his website is eye-opening and concerning. He concludes:

Obviously, people of good will can and do read the Scriptures very differently when it comes to controversial issues, and I am painfully aware that there are ways I could be wrong about this one. However, I am old enough to remember when we in the church made strong biblical cases for keeping women out of teaching roles in the church, and when divorced and remarried people often were excluded from fellowship altogether on the basis of Scripture. Not long before that, some Christians even made biblical cases supporting slavery. Many of those people were sincere believers, but most of us now agree that they were wrong. I am afraid we are making the same kind of mistake again, which is why I am speaking out. (emphasis added)

Matthew Vines, another proponent of gay marriage and author of God and the Gay Christian, writes, “In the 19th century, experience played a key role in compelling Christians to rethink another traditional—and supposedly biblical—belief. This time, the issue was slavery” (15). Vines claims that Christians have made pivotal decisions based on the principle of good fruit and bad fruit. For example, the early church decided to include Gentiles. Likewise, 19th-century Christian abolitionists “appealed to conscience based on the destructive consequences of slavery. A bad tree produces bad fruit” (15).

So, for Vines, the church was basically supportive of slavery throughout history until the 19th century, when “experience” brought about a reinterpretation of Scripture. But is this a fair historical account? Most importantly, does it do justice to the authority of Scripture?

Slavery’s Complex History

First, we must acknowledge that the story of slavery throughout the ages is complicated. Specifically, we must recognize key differences between slavery in New Testament times and slavery in America and elsewhere in more recent history. In his book Slave of Christ: A New Testament Metaphor for Total Devotion to Christ (IVP Academic, 2001), Murray Harris summarizes several key differences between Greco-Roman slavery and New World slavery:

In the first century, slaves were not distinguishable from free persons by race, by speech, or by clothing; they were sometimes more highly educated than their owners and held responsible professional positions; some persons sold themselves into slavery for economic or social advantage; they could reasonably hope to be emancipated after 10 or 20 years of service or by their 30s at the latest; they were not denied the right of public assembly and were not socially segregated (at least in the cities); they could accumulate savings to buy their freedom; their natural inferiority was not assumed. (44)

It’s imperative that we understand these differences as we assess how the church through the ages has interacted with slavery. This is not to imply that slavery in the first century was a pleasant thing. But the race-based, chattel slavery practiced in the United States is in a different category. There is no way to defend such an abomination from Scripture, and those who sought to do so revealed their deep-seated racism.

While the Bible lacks a crystal-clear text condeming the institution of slavery, it does not commend slavery either. The features of slavery in the first century (for example, not race-based, the regularity with which slaves earned their freedom, and so on)—and also the critical role this particular form of slavery played in the economy—help us to understand why abolition was not on the apostles’ front burner.

Key Differences

The abolitionist position rightly sees in Scripture indicators pointing toward freedom. We can cite passages that seriously undermine the institution of slavery (for example, Exod. 21:161 Cor. 7:211 Tim. 1:10; Philemon). Even the passages some used to defend slavery were revolutionary in their original context, for they put master and slave on the same footing (for example, Eph. 6:9; Col. 4:1; 1 Tim. 6:1).

Additionally, while slaves were instructed to obey their masters, the institution of slavery was never rooted in creation. It was understood to be a reality of contemporary life, not a creation ordinance from God. In contrast, one-man/one-woman marriage, gender roles, and the prohibition of homosexual acts are consistently rooted in creation (Rom. 1:24–27, where there are distinct echoes of the creation account; 1 Cor. 11:8–9; Eph. 5:31; 1 Tim. 2:13–14).

Scripture doesn’t speak out explicitly against each and every sinful practice going on in the world. Some practices such as slavery are tolerated within the biblical narrative even while they far short of the God’s ideal. We could put polygamy in this category, too. That we come across many examples of polygamy in the Bible, even among individuals praiseworthy in other respects, does not endorse the practice. Similarly, the biblical passages addressing slavery shouldn’t be read as condoning slavery as an institution. In fact, as we observed, the instructions regarding slavery bring radical transformation to the master-slave relationship.

We may recognize one more key difference between the abolitionist arguments and the pro-gay marriage arguments. The abolitionists were going against the tide of culture, whereas gay-marriage proponents are jumping on board a cultural movement that is picking up speed by the minute. As Tim Keller observes:

During the Civil War, British Presbyterian biblical scholars told their southern American colleagues who supported slavery that they were reading the scriptural texts through cultural blinders. They wanted to find evidence for their views in the Bible and voila—they found it. If no Christian reading the Bible—across diverse cultures and times—ever previously discovered support for same-sex relationships in the Bible until today, it’s hard not to wonder if many now have new cultural spectacles on, having a strong predisposition to find in these texts evidence for the views they already hold.

Experience Is Not Ultimate

We shouldn’t be surprised when Scripture challenges cultural trends, even when it challenges our strongly felt experiences. At these moments we must determine which authority holds final sway in our lives. Every generation of believers will face new challenges to biblical authority and new temptations to compromise the truth and manipulate God’s Word to condone sinful practices. Today that temptation is great, as it is proclaimed to us by respected professing evangelicals.

But experience is not the final arbiter of truth. Scripture is. In these times of cultural upheaval, we must allow Scripture to interpret our experiences—not vice versa.

A Prayer for the Prodigals in Our Live

By  Heavenward by Scotty Smith

Posted: 09 Aug 2015 02:55 AM PDT

     So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. Luke 15:20 (NIV)

     The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.’” Luke 15:28; 31 (NIV)

     Dear heavenly Father, we praise, bless, and adore you for being the running and pursuing, welcoming and redeeming God that you are. Your mercies are new every morning; your grace is sufficient for every story; your love is powerful beyond our reckoning.

     Just as you have all kinds of prodigals in your family, so do we; and we appeal to you on their behalf today. For those in a “far away country” of pleasure seeking, responsibility evading, pain medicating madness—do what you must to bring them to their senses. If severe mercy is the only thing that will bring them to saving grace, then Father, be as severe as the wonders of your love necessitate.  If things have to get much worse in their lives, then give us the patience, trust, and assurance that you are at work. And should we be tempted to rescue them before your work is done, grant us grace and power to resist doing so.

     And Father, for our prodigals who haven’t gone anywhere but into the blindness of their self-righteousness, the smugness of their self-assurance, and the cocaine of their success and “intactness”, run to them, plead with them, and show them how much they need the grace of the gospel. Prodigals on an island of self-sufficiency are often harder to reach than prodigals on a hedonistic holiday.

     Father, lest we stay too mentally and emotionally preoccupied with our prodigal friends and family members, renew ourexperience of your compassion, embrace and “kisses” for us in the gospel. Our primary calling isn’t to fix anybody in life, but to know you, glorify you, and enjoy you forever. So may it be. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ wonderful and merciful name. 

Mr. President, Iran is the enemy, not Israel

Jerry Lingle:

the Obama legacy to wreck havoc on America / fundamentally change

Originally posted on :

Israel Hayom | Mr. President, Iran is the enemy, not Israel.

For U.S. President Barack Obama, the nuclear deal with Iran has become a personal issue, and that’s a shame • What can he say now that his fellow Democrats are opposing the deal, are they also like the “hard-liners” in Iran?

Boaz Bismuth

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Don’t just be anti-abortion. Pro-life means pro-foster care. Pro-adoption. Pro-hospice care. Pro-Pregnancy Center. Pro-Single Mom Ministry. Pro-job training. Pro-Special Needs Ministry.

This is Why I Am Pro-Life, Not Just Anti-Abortion

Start with the Right Argument

Guess what?  This generation, everybody knows that a fetus is a human life.  Pro-Lifers need to stop thinking it’s a convincing argument against abortion.

Pro-choice advocates no longer try to convince people that a fetus is just a blob of tissue.  3-D ultrasounds fixed that notion long ago.  Maybe there’s some uneducated 15-year-old girl out there who still thinks that, but not the abortion advocates.

Science has proven that life begins at conception.  It’s not contested anymore.

The real question at stake today is whether the unborn child is a person.  This is where the real debate begins.  

“‘The question is not really about life in any biological sense,’ intones Yale professor Paul Bloom….’It is instead asking about the magical moment at which a cluster of cells becomes more than a mere physical thing.'” (***see below for source of this and all further quotations)

“Princeton ethicist Peter Singer acknowledges that ‘the life of a human begins at conception.’  But ‘the life of a person–a being with some level of self-awareness–does not begin so early.'”

If our universe has materialistic origins, then the human body is nothing more than a disposable, yet complex machine, and our personhood is a mysterious entity that is separate from the body.  This split worldview began in the Enlightenment and has been subconsciously absorbed by most westerners.  Our biological body can be manipulated like any other machine to match up with our unseen person.  Just because a human is alive doesn’t mean he’s a person.  Thus, the pregnant woman, an established person, should not have to sacrifice her well-being for the sake of a non-person, the fetus.

Ask the Right Question

Pro-Lifers….you’ve got to stop using the argument, “It’s life, so therefore it’s murder.”  It’s falling on deaf ears!  The real question is, “What makes a person?”

And that question, right there, is the best one to ask in an abortion discussion.  Because guess what?  No one really knows the answer.  And that’s dangerous.  “Once personhood is separated from biology, no one can agree how to define it.”  It won’t just stop at unborn children.

“James Watson, co-discoverer of the DNA double helix, recommended waiting until after birth [to call a baby a person] and giving a newborn baby three days of genetic testing before deciding whether it should be allowed to live.  For Singer, personhood remains a ‘gray’ area even at three years of age.”

If an unborn baby is not a person, then what about anyone who is a burden on society?  What about children born with disabilities?  What about terminally ill people?  What about mentally ill people?  What about the poor?  What about the elderly?  Who gets to decide who is a person with a right to life?

Why I Really Must Stick My Nose Into Other People’s Business

A political candidate’s view on abortion is, unequivocally, the most important issue for me in any election.  Not because it’s the only important issue in our society, but because it’s the most vital indication of worldview.  How does the candidate define a person?  If he won’t defend the most vulnerable members of our society as having the right to life, then how can I be sure he will defend anyone else’s rights?

“Liberals sometimes say, ‘If you’re against abortion, don’t have one.  But don’t impose your views on others.’ At first, that might sound fair.  But what liberals fail to understand is that every social practice rests on certain assumptions of what the world is like–on a worldview.  When a society accepts the practice, it absorbs the worldview that justifies it.  That’s why abortion is not merely a matter of private individuals making private choices.  It is about deciding which worldview will shape our communal life together.”

What Does the Pro-Life Position Have to Offer?

The pro-life position is by far the most humanizing worldview out there.  A human is a person and a person is a human.  There is no dichotomy.   If I become disabled, I will still be a person.  If I am in a coma, I will still be a person.  If I become elderly and frail with drool coming out of my mouth, I will still be a person.  If I become pregnant, a new person forms inside of me with an equal value of personhood.  Whether or not I choose to raise that person, he or she has a right to life.

“The pro-choice position is exclusive.  It says that some people don’t measure up, don’t make the cut.  They don’t qualify for the rights of personhood.  By contrast, the pro-life position is inclusive.  If you are a member of the human race, you’re ‘in.’  You have the dignity and status of a full member of the moral community.”

Are You Pro-Life or Just Anti-Abortion?

Listen, Pro-Lifers.  This is where our passionate arguments often fall flat.  It’s got to be more than a political position.  It’s got to be a lifestyle.  Don’t just be anti-abortion.  Pro-life means pro-foster care.  Pro-adoption.  Pro-hospice care.  Pro-Pregnancy Center.  Pro-Single Mom Ministry.  Pro-job training.  Pro-Special Needs Ministry.

Picketing only does so much.  Voting on election day only does so much.  Are we just anti-abortion?  Or actually Pro-Life?  Are we willing to carry these “burdens to society?”  We are asking women with unplanned pregnancies to make a huge sacrifice.  Are we willing to walk alongside and sacrifice with them?

http://gilandamy.blogspot.com/2015/08/this-is-why-i-am-pro-life-not-just-anti.html?spref=tw

More bad news for Obama from Iran about the secret deals

Originally posted on danmillerinpanama:

An Iranian official recently stated that no International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) personnel will be permitted to enter military or missile sites. Another stated that “no country is permitted to know the details of future inspections conducted by the IAEA.” Their statements are probably consistent. There may well be other secret deals we don’t know about and perhaps never will. Meanwhile, Iran is preparing to test long range ballistic missiles “to prove that the missile ban was invalid.”

It's not MY fault. It’s not MY fault.

I. No IAEA inspections of the sites that matter most

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In an interview on Al Jazeera TV last week Ali Akbar Velayati, Security Adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader, stated that

United Nations nuclear inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency would not be given access to Tehran’s sensitive military nuclear sites.

. . . .

“First, allow me to emphasize that the issue of the missiles and of Iran’s defensive capabilities were not…

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The simple Law of the Harvest – as ye sow, so shall ye reap – is sometimes applied as, “The harder you work, the more you get.”

Democrat Party = Destruction of America
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Lou Holtz Nails It !!

The Democrats are right, there are two Americas. The America that works and the America that doesn’t. The America that contributes and the America that doesn’t. It’s not the haves and the have nots, it’s the dos and the don’ts. Some people do their duty as Americans, obey the law, support themselves, contribute to society and others don’t. That’s the divide in America .

It’s not about income inequality, it’s about civic irresponsibility. It’s about a political party that preaches hatred, greed and victimization in order to win elective office. It’s about a political party that loves power more than it loves its country.

That’s not invective, that’s truth, and it’s about time someone said it.

The politics of envy was on proud display a couple weeks ago when President Obama pledged the rest of his term to fighting “income inequality.” He noted that some people make more than other people, that some people have higher incomes than others, and he says that’s not just. That is the rationale of thievery.

The other guy has it, you want it, Obama will take it for you. Vote Democrat. That is the philosophy that produced Detroit.

It is the electoral philosophy that is destroying America. It conceals a fundamental deviation from American values and common sense because it ends up not benefiting the people who support it, but a betrayal.

The Democrats have not empowered their followers, they have enslaved them in a culture of dependence and entitlement, of victim-hood and anger instead of ability and hope. The president’s premise – that you reduce income inequality by debasing the successful–seeks to deny the successful the consequences of their choices and spare the unsuccessful the consequences of their choices. Because, by and large, income variations in society are a result of different choices leading to different consequences.

Those who choose wisely and responsibly have a far greater likelihood of success, while those who choose foolishly and irresponsibly have a far greater likelihood of failure.

Success and failure usually manifest themselves in personal and family income. You choose to drop out of high school or to skip college – and you are apt to have a different outcome than someone who gets a diploma and pushes on with purposeful education.

You have your children out of wedlock and life is apt to take one course; you have them within a marriage and life is apt to take another course. Most often in life our destination is determined by the course we take.

My doctor, for example, makes far more than I do. There is significant income inequality between us. Our lives have had an inequality of outcome, but, our lives also have had an in equality of effort. While my doctor went to college and then devoted his young adulthood to medical school and residency, I got a job in a restaurant. He made a choice, I made a choice, and our choices led us to different outcomes. His outcome pays a lot better than mine. Does that mean he cheated and Barack Obama needs to take away his wealth? No, it means we are both free men in a free society where free choices lead to different outcomes.

It is not inequality Barack Obama intends to take away, it is freedom. The freedom to succeed, and the freedom to fail. There is no true option for success if there is no true option for failure. The pursuit of happiness means a whole lot less when you face the punitive hand of government if your pursuit brings you more happiness than the other guy. Even if the other guy sat on his arse and did nothing. Even if the other guy made a lifetime’s worth of asinine and short sighted decisions.

Barack Obama and the Democrats preach equality of outcome as a right, while completely ignoring inequality of effort.

The simple Law of the Harvest – as ye sow, so shall ye reap – is sometimes applied as, “The harder you work, the more you get.”

Obama would turn that upside down. Those who achieve are to be punished as enemies of society and those who fail are to be rewarded as wards of society. Entitlement will replace effort as the key to upward mobility in American society if Barack Obama gets his way. He seeks a lowest common denominator society in which the government besieges the successful and productive to foster equality through mediocrity. He and his party speak of two Americas, and their grip on power is based on using the votes of one to sap the productivity of the other. America is not divided by the differences in our outcomes, it is divided by the differences in our efforts.

It is a false philosophy to say one man’s success comes about unavoidably as the result of another man’s victimization.

What Obama offered was not a solution, but a separatism. He fomented division and strife, pitted one set of Americans against another for his own political benefit. That’s what socialists offer. Marxist class warfare wrapped up with a bow. Two Americas, coming closer each day to proving the truth to Lincoln’s maxim that a house divided against itself cannot stand.

“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”

Lou Holtz

Leo “Lou” Holtz (born January 6, 1937) is a retired American football coach, and active sportscaster, author, and motivational speaker.

Planned Parenthood’s Clergy Advisory Board says the abortion mill “is doing God’s work”

Jerry Lingle:

Hell is too good for these so-called clergy–SHAMEFUL

Originally posted on Fellowship of the Minds:

Did you know that Planned Parenthood (PP) — where abortion accounts for 94% of its business — has a Clergy Advisory Board (CAB)?

PP describes the board as  a “network of clergy members from a variety of denominations throughout the religious community”.

On the heels of the pro-life Center for Medical Progress’ (CMP) release of a series undercover videos showing PP officials cheerfully chatting and haggling about the harvesting and sale of aborted baby body parts, its Clergy Advisory Boardreleased a statement yesterday condemning CMP, the maker of the videos.

Insisting that Planned Parenthood is simply “doing God’s work,”the board called the videos — not PP’s dismemberment and sale of aborted babies — “theologically and morally reprehensible.” The clergy advisors accuse CMP of conducting a “smear campaign” and using “fraudulent and extreme tactics to spread false allegations about Planned Parenthood’s role in tissue donation.”

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Senate Progressives Block GOP Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood

Jerry Lingle:

Hillary has said she supports the killing of the unborn and selling of their body parts. Hillary is pure EVIL /lust for power is her downfall

Originally posted on PUMABydesign001's Blog:

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Efforts to defund Planned Parenthood failed this afternoon in the U. S. Senate with a vote of 53 to 46.

Here’s how it went down:

Republicans failed to get the 60 votes needed to move legislation to defund PP forward and while two Progressives, i.e., Senators Joe Donnelly (Ind.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.) voted for the legislation, two Republicans, i.e., the usual suspects – Sen. Mark Kirk (Ill.) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voted against it and presidential hopeful, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was MIA.

McConnell allegedly voted against the legislation “to preserve the option of bringing up the bill” at a later date.

The Hill

McConnell and other supporters of the bill said it would protect women’s access to medical services because the roughly $500 million in federal funding would be redistributed to other organizations, such as community health centers.

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Rant | Obama continues to fix the Creator’s worst mistakes

Jerry Lingle:

Obama is “our” Imam in Chief

Originally posted on danmillerinpanama:

This is a partially updated version of Fixing the Creator’s worst mistakes, published on December 29, 2012. It deals mainly with Islam, Iran, the nuke “deal,” illegal immigration and Obama’s usurpation of power. 

Islam and other religions

Obama is “our” Imam in Chief and in that capacity continues to preach that Islam is the religion of peace; there is neither Islamic violence nor any Islamic desire for it. Since the Islamic State is violent it is not Islamic.

Coptic Christians beheaded Coptic Christians beheaded. So what? They weren’t other Muslims.

Christians and Jews? Islamists are intent upon removing what they consider the curses of Christianity and Judaism. Pope Francis appears to be far more concerned about Climate Change; so does Obama.

In Obama’s apparent view, Palestinians want the true peace of Islam. They abhor violence and want nothing more than to live in peace and harmony in Israel with their Jewish friends and neighbors. Their only obstacles are those senselessly thrown in their…

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Today’s culture is obsessed with sex more than ever. It wasn’t long ago that the sexualizing of society manifested itself largely through imagery and innuendo. But today you’d be hard pressed to find an aspect of public life that isn’t overrun by sexual talk and topics

by John MacArthur

Today’s culture is obsessed with sex more than ever. It wasn’t long ago that the sexualizing of society manifested itself largely through imagery and innuendo. But today you’d be hard pressed to find an aspect of public life that isn’t overrun by sexual talk and topics. There’s no discretion any more when it comes to sex—every new perversion and deviance has to be publicly celebrated, promoted, and explored.

Consequence of Sexual Perversion

The obvious, disheartening results of that trend are alarming rates of illegitimate pregnancies and births (and as a result the steady reliance on abortion to eliminate these “problems”), rapes and child molestation, and pervasive sexually transmitted diseases.

I believe God’s judgment is already on our society because of such wicked attitudes and practices. Consider the number of divorces, cases of domestic violence, dysfunctional families, and murders and other violent crimes when sensual urges go uncontrolled. People cannot continue to violate God’s standards of morality and integrity without eventually suffering terrible consequences.

When believers—or even professing believers—are immoral, the immediate consequences are especially bad because of the reproach it brings on Christ, His gospel, and His people. It is impossible for anyone to remain oblivious to the relentless media exposure of evangelical scandals and Roman Catholic pedophiles.

Condemnation of Sexual Perversion

Men and women engage in all sorts of illicit sex and perverse behavior before an affirming world. But the standard of God’s Word is clear: Sexual impurity is always a sin and will always be judged. The apostle Paul warned the Ephesian Christians:

Do not let immorality or any impurity or greed even be named among you, as is proper among saints. . . . For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. (Ephesians 5:3, 5–6)

In 1 Corinthians 6:18 Paul tells all believers to “flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body.”

The same basic Greek term is used for “immorality” in both of those passages. The writer of Hebrews uses the same root word (pornos, from which we get the word pornography) for “fornicators” as he admonishes, “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4). The same sexual sin is condemned (implicitly or explicitly) in all three passages.

Consecration of Sexual Purity

God has provided the means for us to avoid such sexual sin through the institution of marriage. Paul says, “Because of immoralities, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband” (1 Corinthians 7:2).

However, the Lord did not establish marriage as a mere preventative against immorality. He views marriage as honorable (Hebrews 13:4) and a glorious symbol of Christ’s love for His church (Ephesians 5:22–33). And He desires that we would esteem it just as highly. We can do that in several ways. First, we honor marriage when the husband fulfills his duties as the head: “Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman” (1 Corinthians 11:3). Second, we honor marriage when wives submit to their husbands, as Sarah did to Abraham (1 Peter 3:1, 6). Third, we honor marriage when we make sure it is regulated by mutual love and respect, as the apostle Peter instructs us:

You husbands likewise, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with a weaker vessel, since she is a woman; and grant her honor as a fellow-heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered (1 Peter 3:7).

With the utmost sense of graciousness, love, and integrity, both husband and wife should have a selfless concern for the welfare of the other. Both should be focusing on what they can give rather than on what they can obtain.

God is serious about sexual purity. Sex is wonderful and fulfilling within marriage, but harmful and destructive outside of those confines:

For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor (1 Thessalonians 4:3–4).

Sexual purity is an essential part of our personal integrity. And as we will see next time, that integrity hinges on our ability to live our lives with godly contentment.

(Adapted from The Power of Integrity.)

“Be wise and strong and free from the slavery of culture-conformity.

I am writing for the liberation of teenagers. I write to challenge teenagers to “live as people who are free” (1 Peter 2:16). Be wise and strong and free from the slavery of culture-conformity. To put it another way, I am calling teenagers to a radical, wartime lifestyle.

The Creation of “Teenagers”

As teenagers, you should know that the idea of “teenagers” was created only seventy years ago. The word “teenager” did not exist before World War II. Between children and adults, there was no such category of human being. You were a child. Then you were a young adult.

Just a hundred years ago, you would bear crucial responsibility at age thirteen on the farm or in dad’s business — or mom’s kitchen and weaving room. You would be trained for gainful employment, or domestic enterprise, by age seventeen, and would marry before you were twenty, and be a responsible husband and father — or wife and mother — by your early twenties.

This scenario is perhaps hard for you to imagine. And I am not saying we can go back to that era, or should want to. My aim is that you be liberated by the truth. The truth will set you free. The truth that you do not have to fit into the contemporary lockstep expectations put on you by your culture or your peers.

Very few teenagers have an awareness of history. That ignorance leads to a kind of slavery. Most teenagers are slaves of the expectations of their peers and of the big industries that market their fashion and music and technology and entertainment.

This slavery is so pleasant — and so consistently rewarded — that the possibility of being free from conformity to teen-culture rarely enters your mind. Being aware from history that other possibilities exist can set you free for radical “wartime living” in the name of Jesus.

What “Teenager” Meant Seventy Years Ago

In 1944, when “teen-age” was still hyphenated, Life magazine covered the new teen phenomenon. The article said,

There is a time in the life of every American girl when the most important thing in the world is to be one of a crowd of other girls and to act and speak and dress exactly as they do. This is the teen age.

This was not a very enviable beginning for the meaning of “teenager.” Things have not changed much in sixty years. A teenager wrote to my hometown newspaper:

Most of my friends often are not comfortable with what is popular, but we wear it anyway. Standing out is just not always worth the struggle. Society tells us to be different, yet mainstream.

How do you dress to please yourself, your parents, and your peers? You can’t. Teens end up compromising their values to fit in. If we intend to make it through high school, or even junior high, without being tormented, then we must dress to please our peers.

We are the up-and-coming leaders of this nation, and we must see what we have become and change. (Minneapolis StarTribune, November 16, 2002: A23).

It is not easy to be a Christian teenager. You desperately want to be liked. To be rejected by friends can feel devastating. But just like this young woman, you know deep down that living to be liked is slavery. And if you belong to Jesus, that slavery may be a torment worse than rejection.

What Does It Mean to Be Cool?

For many, being cool is everything. But what is cool? Is it really which phone you have? Or what movies you’ve seen? Or how strong or fast or handsome you are? Or the way your hair falls and your figure is shaped? You are not stupid. You know that living for such things is superficial and meaningless.

What is cool for a fourteen-year-old young man? I think what follows is a hundred times more cool than phones and clothes and movies and games. The year is 1945. World War II was still raging. Thousands of teenagers wanted to fight. The Battle of Iwo Jima was one of the deadliest — 6,800 American soldiers are buried on that tiny island, many of them teenagers.

Jack Lucas had fast-talked his way into the Marines at fourteen [in 1942], fooling the recruits with his muscled physique. . . . He stowed away on a transport out of Honolulu, surviving on food passed along to him by sympathetic leathernecks on board.

[At 17] he landed on D-Day [at Iwo Jima] without a rifle. He grabbed one lying on the beach and fought his way inland. Now, on D+1, Jack and three comrades were crawling through a trench when eight Japanese sprang in front of them. Jack shot one of them through the head.

Then his rifle jammed. As he struggled with it, a grenade landed at his feet. He yelled a warning to the others and rammed the grenade into the soft ash. Immediately, another rolled in. Jack Lucas, seventeen, fell on both grenades. “Luke, you’re gonna die,” he remembered thinking. . . .

Aboard the hospital ship Samaritan, the doctors could scarcely believe it. “Maybe he was too damned young and too damned tough to die,” one said. He endured twenty-one reconstructive operations and became the nation’s youngest Medal of Honor winner — and the only high school freshman to receive it. (James Bradley, Flags of Our Fathers, 174–175)

You Are Teenage Soldiers in a War

Knowing you are in a war changes what is cool. If your family is under attack, fretting about your clothes and your hair stops. There are more important things at stake. And we are at war. The enemy is stronger than the Axis of Germany, Japan, and Italy. Indeed, stronger than all human powers put together. The battle is daily. It is fought in every locality. And its victories and defeats lead to heaven or to hell.

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11)

Fight the good fight of the faith. (1 Timothy 6:12)

Wage the good warfare. (1 Timothy 1:18)

The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh. (2 Corinthians 10:4)

Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 2:3)

Abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage waragainst your soul. (1 Peter 2:11)

What Is Really Going On?

Don’t be part of the blind, teenage masses who do not know what is going on. They think that to know the latest movie or iPhone app or hit song is to know what is going on. Those things are like cut flowers. Bright today, tossed out tomorrow. They are utterly insignificant compared to events that are shaping the course of eternity.

What is really going on is that people and nations are being enslaved by Satan or liberated by Christ. And Christ fights his liberating warfare through Christians, including teenage Christians.

But not through teenagers who are amusing themselves to death. The average teenager is so wrapped up in himself, and how he looks, and whether anyone likes him, that he makes a poor soldier. One of the great marks of the soldier in wartime is that personal comforts give way to the strategic mission. Soldiers may play cards the night before the battle, but when the trumpet sounds they lay down their lives.

The Battlefield of Money

Take the battlefield of money, for example. The trumpet has sounded. You are the soldier. The battle has begun. You may not feel rich, but you have lots of stuff. Your stuff threatens to strangle your soul by lying to you about how important and how satisfying it is (Mark 4:19). And the money you don’t have threatens to pierce you by creating a passion to be rich.

The Great General has sent you a personal message on the battlefield. It reads,

Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. (1 Timothy 6:9–10)

Does this call wake you up? Does it make you vigilant like a soldier on alert?

Then, along with the alert, he sends a great promise that he will not leave you stranded and alone in this battle:

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5–6)

You are set free from fear and greed by this confidence: The Commander-in-Chief will not abandon me to perish on the field of battle. So look your enemies in the eye. Stare down covetousness and craving, and slay them with the Sword of the Spirit and with the superior pleasures of Christ: “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8).

The Battlefield of Comfort

Or take the battlefield of comfort and ease. Almost all the forces in your life put you under pressure to maximize your comfort with the ease and softness of our age. But the Great General has sent you a message, as the enemy surrounds you. Remember the great warrior Moses! Fight like he did!

By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. (Hebrews 11:24–26)

O, there is reward for victories in this warfare! Yes, there is — beyond imagination! But the enemy wants you to think all the rewards are in this life. He has dropped propaganda leaflets behind the lines that read, “Heaven is a fairy tale. You are a fool to live for the reward of heaven and not the reward of comfort and ease in this life!”

But the Commander-in-Chief counters his propaganda at every turn with spectacular promises. No matter how hard the fighting is — no matter even if you die in his service — he will raise you up and give you the best pleasures forever.

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.” (Matthew 5:11–12)

This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. (2 Corinthians 4:17)

In fact, the Great General has sent us word on the battlefield that he will not just reward us, but he will be our reward. “In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).

With this sword in our hand, we drive back the lying hordes of safety and ease and comfort and offer ourselves for Christ’s service in the most risky assignments.

The Battlefield of Ego

Or take the battlefield of ego and peer-approval. O, how powerful this enemy is! He has swallowed up more teenagers perhaps than any other adversary, even lust. He comes with horrible stories of how painful your shame will be if you do not conform to this world. He will lie to you, and say that the only alternative to the mood and fashion and music and movies and sexual pleasures of this world is utter humiliation and embarrassment.

The Great General sees it all. His walkie-talkie lights up with messages for his embattled teens. Do not be deceived. They say you will experience shame. No. No. It is they who play the futile game of trying to turn their shame into their glory. But you see reality for what it is. They do not. They “walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things” (Philippians 3:18–19).

They think all the fun lies with them. It is a fool’s fun — like a roller coaster that, at the most breathtaking moment, flies off the rails.

With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. (1 Peter 4:4–5)

You are the ones who know reality. You know what lasts — what really satisfies. For them, all is grass and the flower of grass.

“All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” (1 Peter 1:24–25)

Let the messages of the Commander sink in. Your identity is deeper and stronger and more durable and more glorious than any plastic veneer that your peers try to pressure you into. “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19–20). You are a treasured possession (1 Peter 2:9). You are a son or daughter of the Creator of the universe (Romans 8:16).

With these truth-daggers in your hand, slay the ghoulish lies of peer pressure that try to deceive you into thinking conformity is freedom.

Let None Despise Your Teenage Youth

We could go on with all the different kinds of battlefields you must fight on. But you get the idea. The enemy lies, and the Commander-in-Chief counters with truth. And the truth sets you free (John 8:32).

When the Great General says, “Let no one despise you for your youth” (1 Timothy 4:12), he means: Don’t fit into the stereotype of the aimless, careless, superficial youth. Break the mold. You belong to Christ. Show the world that there is another kind of teenager on the earth.

This teenager is not a leaf blown along with the wind of cultural trends. He is not a jellyfish floating with the current of the times. He is a tree that stands firm in the strongest storms. He is a dolphin who slices the waves against the tide. He is going somewhere.

Dream of being a kind of teenager that the world cannot explain. Maybe someday, if there are enough of you, they will invent a new name. And “teenager” will be a footnote in the history books.


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Of course, I have no right to complain. The blood is on my hands. For a decade, I lived as a lesbian who advanced the cause of gay rights. The world we see today is the one I helped create.

SCOTUS: Too Much and Too Little

ARTICLE BY   JULY 2015
On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court issued the majority opinion in Obergefell et. al. v. Hodges, which consolidated four cases addressing the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage. Led by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the majority found state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Piggybacking off of the 14th amendment, the Supreme Court made sexual orientation a protected category, analogous to race, using cosmological language about the greater good that comes to all when homosexual sexual relationships are allowed to flourish under the invention of a new kind of marriage. Gay marriage is now the law of the land. This public policy change to the definition of marriage commands a redefinition of personhood.
Arguments by analogy always lose something in translation, as apples and bicycles don’t have nearly as much in common as their proponents think. And ever since the SCOTUS decision,  all ontological hell seems to have broken loose. Many celebrity Christians have laid down their cards: they reject biblical inerrancy (and really always have) and embrace gay-affirming theology, keeping in step with seeker-friendly visions. A video featuring a medical director of Planned Parenthood trafficking fetus body parts over arugula salad and salmon has gone viral. Christian business owners face gag orders for living vocationally for the glory of God. It seems now that there are two kinds of “Christians”: the revisionists who sport a “high regard” for scripture with a correspondingly dreadfully low literacy of it, standing proudly with their rainbow flags on the right side of history, and the rest of us bigots on the other.  We seem to have entered some Orwellian nightmare, where the wages of sin is no longer death, but a false and misleading travesty of grace. This might even make one long for the good old days when worldview conflicts involved atheists.
Of course, I have no right to complain.
The blood is on my hands.
For a decade, I lived as a lesbian who advanced the cause of gay rights.
The world we see today is the one I helped create.
In 1996, when DOMA was first passed, I grieved with my people. And today, after the Supreme Court has made gay marriage the law of the land, I grieve with my people.
I am also a scholar of the 19th century, a whole-book-history-of-ideas former professor of English  (who now only professes from the homeschool table). And like others of my ilk, I know that sexual orientation is an invented category of personhood. Indeed, even from the old feminist perspective that I sported back in the day, I knew that sexual orientation as an identity was a category mistake.
The concept of sexual orientation was first used by Sigmund Freud, and its effect, if not intent, was to radically re-situate sexuality from its creational (biblical) context to something completely new:  the foundational drive that determines and defines human identity.  Nothing short of personhood was at stake.  By defining humanity according to sexual desires and segregating it according to its gendered object, Freud was–intentionally or not–suppressing the biblical category of being made in God’s image male and female, and replacing it with an invented category, that of sexual identity.  In both intent and language use, Freud took aim at the Bible’s authority to diagnose gender and sexuality dysfunctions and prescribe solutions for them. This was no innocent move. Throughout his career, Freud maintained the belief that the God of the Bible was a “universal obsessional neurosis.”
Freud himself was a product of German romanticism, a movement typified by an uncontested embrace of personal experience, not merely as self-expression or self-representation, but also as epistemology and personal identity (that is, who I am ontologically). Romanticism claimed that you know truth through the lens of your personal experience, and that no overriding or objective opposition can challenge the primal wisdom of someone’s subjective frame of intelligibility. In Romanticism, this knowing and being known is identity-rooted and identity-expressive. Romanticism went beyond a solipsistic me-centered understanding of selfhood. Romanticism went a step further to declare personal feelings and experiences as epistemological gold, the most reliable measure and means of discerning truth.
Both theological and philosophical issues are at stake here. The theological issue is the development of a category of personhood that rejects the idea that original sin distorts us, actual sin distracts us, and indwelling sin manipulates us. Especially in rejecting original sin, the Romantics staked out their claim in the belief of the inherent goodness and divinity of humanity. The philosophical issue is epistemology and the role of personal experience, elevating personal experience to a high form of knowledge, and rejecting the need to critique it from the outside.
The nineteenth century category of sexual orientation reflects Romanticism’s claim on epistemology, redefining men and women from people who are made in God’s image with souls that will last forever to people whose sexual drives and gender identifications define them and liberate them (supposedly) and set them apart as an “improved”  model of personhood. Indeed, while the Christian maintains that image-bearing is what distinguishes humans from animals, the nineteenth century ushered in a new measure of man, one for whom the gendered object of sexual desire became the defining marker. Thus, sexual orientation is a neologism, and it creates fictional identities that rob people of their true one:  male and female image bearers.
Sexual orientation is a word that extends the definition of sexuality beyond logical confines. Biblically speaking, sexuality is teleological. But the category of sexual orientation moved sexuality from verb (practice) to noun (person) and with this grammatical move, a new concept of personhood  was born–the idea that we are oriented or framed by our sexual desires; that our different sexual desires and different objects of desire made up separate species of people that self-representation and identity rooted now in sexual orientation, and not in the purposes of God for his image bearers. In the words of Michel Foucault, the famous French historian of ideas who died of AIDS in 1980, for the first time in the history of ideas, in the 19th century, “homosexuality appeared as one of the forms of sexuality….when it was transposed from the practice of sodomy into a kind of interior androgyny, a hermaphrodism of the soul.  The sodomite had been a temporary aberration; the homosexual was a new species” (History of Sexuality, Vol. 1, introduction (p.42). Prior to the nineteenth century category mistake of the sexual orientation, no one’s sexual practice or sexual desire prescribed personhood.
Sexual orientation went from a categorical invention to heralded immortal truth in one hundred years, taking away the concept of our being created in God’s image and bearing an eternal soul in its wake. It is now a term embraced uncritically by believers and unbelievers alike.  This category mistake is so “real” in the minds of the five Supreme Court justices that it warranted changing the constitution to make room for its progeny.  As believers, we must be clear:  personal identity based on sexual orientation defines self-hood as the sum total of our fallen human desires. Through it, we get no glimpse of how the covenant of grace defends our real identity in Christ, or why, say, biblical marriage is a God-designed creation ordinance and a living reflection of Christ and the Church, not merely a man-made convenience for pair-bonding or affection.
The root tragedy of the recent SCOTUS decision is not merely bad public policy.
The root tragedy of the recent SCOTUS decision is not the dire religious liberty persecutions Christians endure now and will continue to shoulder.
The root tragedy of SCOTUS is not even found in the gross display of error and arrogance in the Supreme Court of the United States of America changing the definition of personhood by fiat based on a 19th century category mistake.
No.
The root of the tragedy of the SCOTUS decision is that sexual orientation as a category of personhood is both too much and too little all at once, too weighty for the soul to bear and not capacious enough to portray God’s power to redeem, transform, lay down his life, and live again in and through His people. We are a Galatians 2:20 people, having been crucified with Christ so that we no longer live, but Christ alone lives in us. We died. We stand only in the risen Christ. This is as true and universal for those among us who struggle with same sex desire as it is for those who struggle with other sinful distortions of the fall, other indwelling sin patterns.
In 1999, it was hard to leave my girlfriend and the lesbian community we helped make.
Rejecting a lover you can touch and see for a God you cannot is an arduous heavy cross, only possible with the faith that God alone gives to His people.
Jesus tells us: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls, for My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11: 28-30). These are sweet words, words of balm to the soul, words that protect and dignify the image bearer of God. Words that render sinners and outcasts daughters and sons of the living God. Words that reveal that the threshold to God is repentance.
But identity cannot be in sexual orientation (the religion of the day) and the triune God at the same time.
You just can’t bypass repentance to get God’s grace, in spite of what the Supreme Court has decided.
Rosaria Butterfield, former tenured professor of English and Women’s Studies at Syracuse University and author of The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert (Crown and Covenant, 2012) and Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ (Crown and Covenant, 2015), is married to Kent Butterfield, pastor of the First Reformed Presbyterian Church of Durham (NC)

– See more at: http://www.reformation21.org/articles/rosaria-butterfieldref21-blog-on-june.php#sthash.MghM4XwE.dpuf

10 Numbers You Should Know About Planned Parenthood

BY Joe Carter

3% – Planned Parenthood (hereafter PP) often claims that that abortions account for only 3 percent of the services they provide. While this may be technically true, it is a highly misleading statistic. PP considers an “activity” any separate action, exam, or test they do for a patient. If patient comes in for an abortion they may also give her an HIV test, a STI test, a pap test, medication to prevent a urinary tract infection, and some oral contraceptives. PP counts each as an “activity.” Even if a pregnant woman came to a PP clinic specifically for an abortion, the actual abortion would only count, in this example, as 16 percent (1 of 6) of the “activities” for that particular woman.

77 — That’s the number of years that Planned Parenthood Federation of America, commonly shortened to Planned Parenthood, has been in existence. The precursor of the organization, the American Birth Control League, was started in 1921. That group became PP in 1942.

$470 — The median charge for a surgical abortion at 10 weeks’ gestation (2009 figures).

700 — The approximate number of “health centers” PP connected to PP in America. PP works on franchise model, so each of the centers is part of a network of 66 independently incorporated affiliates.

$60,319 — The average amount American taxpayers (at the local, state, and federal level) give PP every hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

327,653 — The number of abortion PP performed in 2013.

$523,616 — The compensation PP’s CEO Cecile Richards earned for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2013.

$3,123,963 — The total domestic gross of Obvious Child, an “abortion comedy” that was released in 2014. PP brags that the organization, “worked for years with the film’s writer, director, and producers to shape the story, helped them film it in a Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic health center, and oversaw its release to widespread critical and commercial success.”

$528,400,000 — Amount of revenue PP received from government health services, grants, and reimbursements in 2014.

$1,303,400,000 — Total revenue PP earned in 2014.

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all figures come from Planned Parenthood’s 2013-2014 Annual Report.

FURTHER LEARNING

Kerry doesn’t know how to “interpret” Iran’s vow to fund terrorists

Jerry Lingle:

Can America survive Obama and the Democrats?

Originally posted on :

Kerry doesn’t know how to “interpret” Iran’s vow to fund terrorists, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Greenfield, July 21, 2015

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John is going to have to go courting another terror state. North Korea has preemptively turned him down, but maybe Kerry can windsurf his way into North Korea and promise lots and lots of money if its dictator will pose for some photos in Vienna with America’s dumbest traitor.

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Only liberals seem to need an interpretation of “Death to America”. John Kerry meanwhile wanders around the Middle East trying to interpret what Iran means when it vows to fund terrorists and fight America.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has acknowledged that Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s continued vows to defy the US are “very disturbing.”

“I don’t know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that that’s his…

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Obama and the Democrat party = the END of FREEDOM–STOP voting for these people!

To Hell With Congress… I’m Taking My Iran Raw-Deal To The America-Haters Of The United Nations!

Those weren’t Barack Obama’s exact words but, in a nutshell, those are his sentiments. He’s taken his Iran Raw-Deal – a deal that puts the world’s foremost sponsor of global terrorism on an Obama-approved path to obtain nuclear weapons – to the America-haters at the United Nations.

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Obama has once again decided to attempt to bypass Congress, as if the Constitution gave the U.N. the power to ratify treaties entered into by the United States. What will the cool, calm and deliberative men of the Republican leadership do—–

A nation that will allow this, will allow anything

“A Lot of People Want Intact Hearts These Days” — Planned Parenthood, Abortion, and the Conscience of a Nation

WEDNESDAY • July 15, 2015

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Yesterday’s release of a video showing the senior medical director of Planned Parenthood casually discussing the sale of organs from aborted babies is a moral challenge thrown right in the face of all Americans.

The video reveals Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood, discussing the intentional harvesting of organs and other tissues from babies aborted in Planned Parenthood clinics. While reaching with her fork for salad, Dr. Nucatola openly tells a group she believes to be medical researchers that there is a great demand for fetal livers, but “a lot of people want intact hearts these days.”

Dr. Nucatola went on to explain in chilling detail that abortionists often plan in advance how to harvest desired organs, even telling the group that a “huddle” is sometimes held with clinic staff early in the day, so that targeted organs can be harvested from unborn babies.

Her language is beyond chilling as she described how abortions are conducted specifically to harvest intact organs: “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part. I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.” She also described using an abortion technique that appears to be partial-birth abortion.

The undercover video was released by the Center for Medical Progress, a group with ties to previous efforts to expose Planned Parenthood and the reality of its murderous work. As expected, Planned Parenthood struck back, claiming that the video misrepresented Dr. Nucatola, Planned Parenthood, and the procurement of fetal organs.

In the video, Dr. Nucatola suggests that a cost of $30 to $100 would be a likely range of charges for organs and tissues harvested from aborted babies. She also tells the group that Planned Parenthood does not want to be seen as profiting from the sale of such organs, but she makes clear that this concern is not hampering the harvesting and transfer of the organs.

The sale of human tissues is illegal in the United States, as is the timing or arranging of an abortion if the cause of the abortion is the procurement of organs or tissue. Within hours of the release of the video, Republican presidential candidates and at least two governors were calling for investigations into the involvement of Planned Parenthood in the business of selling fetal organs.

Likewise, the defenders of Planned Parenthood attacked the video and the organization behind it. But Planned Parenthood is clearly concerned about the effect of the video, and it should be. The sight of the senior medical director of Planned Parenthood reaching for salad as she explicitly discusses tearing apart babies in the womb is impossible to reduce to words.

Planned Parenthood called the video “heavily edited, secretly recorded,” and said that it “portrays Planned Parenthood’s participation in tissue donation programs that support lifesaving scientific research.”

The Center for Medical Progress also released over two hours of what it said was unedited video of the conversation. As in the case of previous revelations of wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood, the group goes after the accuser more than the accusations.

But Planned Parenthood is having a hard time keeping its story straight. Eric Ferrero, vice president of communications for the national organization, acknowledged the transfer of fetal organs and tissues, but said that it was all legal and insisted that “there is no financial benefit for tissue donation for either the patient or for Planned Parenthood.” And yet, a public relations firm supporting Planned Parenthood, also put out a release stating that “the transcript indicates that Deborah Nucatola was speculating on the range of reimbursement that patients can receive after stating that they wish to donate any tissues after a procedure.” Well, which is it?

Planned Parenthood stands at the epicenter of the Culture of Death and receives almost half a billion dollars a year in government support. They are not going to be able to explain this video away.

I have no reason to believe that the video is anything less than totally credible. But, even if Planned Parenthood somehow finds a way to evade justice in terms of criminal activity, the part of the video that Planned Parenthood does not –and cannot — deny reveals their senior medical director enjoying a conversation over a meal in which she describes tearing apart the bodies of unborn human beings in order to get the desired organ: “I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”

When the Allied forces liberated the concentration camps of the Nazi regime, General Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the ordinary German citizens of nearby towns and villages to walk through the camps and to see what they had allowed and facilitated. Eisenhower’s point was all too clear — you allowed this to happen, and you share the guilt.

So it is with all Americans. Planned Parenthood and the abortion industrial complex are funded with our tax dollars. Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, was a racist openly committed to eugenics. Millions of unborn babies have died in its facilities. The group thrives because Americans allow it to thrive.

When this video went viral yesterday, I waited to see how the mainstream media and abortion supporters would respond. That response has, for the most part, been exactly what I expected — defend Planned Parenthood at any cost.

But the video is out there, and it will stay out there. There is no way to un-see it once it is seen.

Writing at Cosmopolitan magazine, abortion supporter Robin Marty said that she had seen the video. Then she said, “Now, frankly, I’m just going to yawn.”

Maybe she will, but if so that will require a massive act of denial. Later in her own essay she stated: “I shuddered when listening to the discussion of how the fetus can be removed, and the idea of a ‘menu’ of fetal tissue and organs that could be procured depending on the gestational age of the pregnancies being terminated and the number of patients who consent to donating is one I hope I never have to encounter again.”

Once again, which is it?

We must pray that this video will mark an important turning point in our nation’s conscience. Images and words can become seared in our minds. The horrifying knowledge of harvested baby hearts must lead to our own broken hearts.

A nation that will allow this, will allow anything

Planned Parenthood and the Atrocity of Corpse-Selling–It is time for the reborn to stand up for the unborn.

I must admit I was speechless for close to an hour. I saw a video posted online, of an undercover operation in which Planned Parenthood’s top doctor is selling the body parts of aborted children. Having seen so many Internet hoaxes bandied about, I initially assumed this was one of them. After a few calls to respected figures in the pro-life community, though, who confirmed the accuracy of the video, I was speechless again.

The undercover video shows Deborah Nucatola, Senior Director of Medical Services for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, explaining how Planned Parenthood sells the parts of aborted unborn children. The video shows her describing how the heads of these babies come at the highest price.

If this does not shock the conscience, what will? It is not only that infants, in their mother’s wombs, are deprived of their lives, but also that their corpses are desecrated for profit. This is not only murderous; it is murderous in the most ghoulish way imaginable.

For years, many of us have called on government leaders to see to it that no taxpayer funds, of any kind, go to Planned Parenthood. Is it not clear that these are not health-care providers but pirates and grave-robbers of those who have no graves? The Department of Justice and the United States Congress should undertake a thorough investigation of this.

Is it any wonder that the abortion rights lobby held up congressional human trafficking legislation because it did not fund abortion? It turns out, abortion is itself a driver of human trafficking. Those who are deemed too “useless” to be considered persons are quite “useful” to be sold for parts. Those who are deemed “unwanted,” are quite “wanted” when their severed organs bring in money.

The church of Jesus Christ should recommit ourselves to speaking out for human dignity. What we see in this instance is what has always been true of Planned Parenthood: Mammon worship in collision with the image of God, and the image is sacrificed on the altar of profiteering. This does not go unnoticed to God. He has said, “Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression, to turn aside the needy from justice, and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their prey” (Isa. 10:1-2).

The children torn apart in abortion facilities have no names, but God knows their names. They have no resting places but Jesus grants them rest. If we are called into the kingdom of a just Messiah, one who welcomes children, we should stand up and speak up for the vulnerable ones He loves. These children may be just another line item in the abortion industry’s profit ledger, but they share the humanity of our Lord Jesus—and we must plead for justice for them.

It is time for the reborn to stand up for the unborn.

Are We Exiles?

Posted: 14 Jul 2015 05:40 AM PDT

The other day on social media a friend dismissed the “exile trope” in American Christianity, noting how tired he was of it. I responded that this was above my pay grade, linking to a screen shot of 1 Peter 2:11, “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.” He called my response “disingenuous.” I don’t think it is, but I do think he has a point, depending on what sort of “exile” one is talking about.

Some, in the contemporary context, are speaking of “exile” as though this is a result of a narrative of cultural decline about contemporary America. Just as the Israelites were displaced from their land, forced to live among the Babylonians, Christians are “exiles” in “post-Christian America.” If this is what one means by “exile,” then I dissent.

This sort of exile narrative puts the church’s home in the wrong place—in a “Christian America” or at least a “moral America” that used to exist somewhere back there, in the 1770s or the 1950s or the 1980s. This sort of exile identity just continues the triumphalist rhetoric of the last generation, about “reclaiming America for Christ,” but with the addition of a gloomy “Those Were the Days” nostalgia.

That’s not the sort of exile we’ve been called to be.

The Scriptures call on all Christians everywhere to be “strangers and exiles” in whatever culture we inhabit. This doesn’t mean a lack of engagement. Exile didn’t mean that for Old Testament Israel (see Joseph in Egypt or Daniel in Babylon, for parts of their sojourns there). And it certainly doesn’t mean that for the church. Right after speaking of the church as exiles, Peter instructs the church on how to act among the Gentiles, how to respond to human institutions, including political institutions (1 Pet. 2:12-17).

The kind of exiles we are to be is not a bitter, resentful people, harkening back to better days, when we had more power and influence. We are to be instead those who know that the culture around us, whatever culture that is, is temporary. We are to pattern our lives not after nostalgia for the past but hope for the future. This means a discontent. We pray for the kingdom to come (Matt. 6:10). We groan with the creation around us for the end of the wreckage of the curse (Rom. 8:23).

The political and cultural climate of America does not make us exiles. It can, however, remind us that we are exiles and strangers, just as our ancestors were. American Christians can wake up from the hypnosis of an illusory “Christian America,” and learn to seek first the kingdom of God. We can stop counting on the culture to do pre-evangelism and moral catechesis.

This doesn’t mean a retreat to the catacombs, and it doesn’t mean returning to monasteries, real or metaphorical. We are gospel people, mission people, which means we must remain engaged with the mission field around us. But we engage in a different way, an older way, as those with a word from the future, from the only culture where we really belong.

by Russell Moore

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For more on this, see my new book Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel

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Why dump
starbucks?

We are urging customers across the globe to ‘Dump Starbucks’ because it has taken a corporate-wide position that the definition of marriage between one man and one woman should be eliminated and that same-sex marriage should become equally ‘normal’. As such, Starbucks has deeply offended at least half its US customers, and the vast majority of its international customers.

On January 24th, 2012, Starbucks issued a memorandum declaring that same-sex marriage ‘is core to who we are and what we value as a company.

Starbucks also used its resources to participate in a legal case seeking to overturn a federal law declaring marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

In many areas of the world where Starbucks does business, the concept of ‘gay marriage’ is unheard of and deeply offensive to cultural, moral and religious values.

In taking these actions, Starbucks has declared a culture war on all people of faith (and millions of others) who believe that the institution of marriage as one man and one woman is worth preserving.

A portion of every cup of coffee purchased at a Starbucks anywhere in the world goes to fund this corporate assault on marriage.

We urge consumers across the globe to join the ‘Dump Starbucks’ campaign.

In addition to Starbucks coffee shops, the Starbucks Corporation also owns Seattle’s Best Coffee, Verismo single-serve coffee system, Evolution Fresh, Tazo Tea, Torrefazione Italia Coffee, and La Boulange.

Please sign the petition to register your protest.

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America is ruled by an unelected double government

Originally posted on Fellowship of the Minds:

The idea that the U.S. actually is ruled by a shadow unelected government is not new, but Tufts University political scientist Michael J. Glennon is the latest person to say so.

Glennon calls the shadow government a “double government.” By that, Glennon isn’t referring to a conspiracy or the Illuminati or The Powers That Be, but what others have called by a less-loaded term, “the administrative state” — the vast federal government bureaucracies staffed by unelected, faceless officials who, in “administering” the U.S., make countless policy decisions every day that affect every facet of our lives.

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Jordan Michael Smith, a liberal, writes for the Boston Globe, Oct. 18, 2014:

The voters who put Barack Obama in office expected some big changes. From the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping to Guantanamo Bay to the Patriot Act, candidate Obama was a defender of civil liberties and privacy, promising a dramatically different approach from his predecessor.

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6 Ways Jesus Fought Depression

       By John Piper

And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. (Matthew 26:37)

There were several tactics in Jesus’ strategic battle against despondency.

  1. He chose some close friends to be with him. “Taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee” (Matthew 26:37).
  2. He opened his soul to them. He said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death” (v. 38).
  3. He asked for their intercession and partnership in the battle. “Remain here, and watch with me” (v. 38).
  4. He poured out his heart to his Father in prayer. “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me” (v. 39).
  5. He rested his soul in the sovereign wisdom of God. “Nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (v. 39).
  6. He fixed his eye on the glorious future grace that awaited him on the other side of the cross. “For the joy that was set before him [he] endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

When something drops into your life that seems to threaten your future, remember this: The first shock waves of the bomb are not sin. The real danger is yielding to them. Giving in. Putting up no spiritual fight. And the root of that surrender is unbelief — a failure to fight for faith in future grace. A failure to cherish all that God promises to be for us in Jesus.

Jesus shows us another way. Not painless, and not passive. Follow him. Find your trusted spiritual friends. Open your soul to them. Ask them to watch with you and pray. Pour out your soul to the Father. Rest in the sovereign wisdom of God. And fix your eyes on the joy set before you in the precious and magnificent promises of God.

TIME FOR CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE, CHRISTIANS

“Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.”

– John 15:20

The push back has begun. Christian business owners, lawyers, parents, judges, county clerks, organizations, universities, hospitals, adoption agencies and other individuals and groups have been given an ultimatum by five unelected, unaccountable liberals in Washington, D.C.: “You must now obey us and disobey God. You must pretend, with us, that sin-based same-sex ‘marriage’ is an actual thing.”

To which we say, “Not on your life.”

“Or our own.”

Absolute truth is a stubborn thing. Attempts at marital alchemy notwithstanding, the highly contentious, wholly contemptible 5-4 “gay marriage” opinion (and that’s all it is, an opinion) released last week by five pagan extremists in black robes is altogether illegitimate and should be treated as such.

From a moral, biological and legal standpoint, the court’s majority opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges is a complete farce. It’s an absurd missive, a bohemian word salad that was roundly, and rightly, condemned by the court’s four dissenting justices. “The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie,” mocked Justice Scalia.

These “five lawyers,” as Chief Justice John Roberts called them, can no more suspend the laws of natural marriage, than can they suspend the laws of gravity. “[D]o not celebrate the Constitution,” wrote Roberts. “It had nothing to do with it.”

This opinion, which has been branded “the Dred Scott of marriage,” has not changed, one iota, the fixed and immovable reality that the institution of marriage, an institution as old as mankind itself, is, and shall forever remain, centrally defined by its binary male-female requirement.

Indeed, as the four dissenting justices noted, the majority failed, at every level, from a precedential, historical, moral and, perhaps most importantly, a constitutional standpoint, to make the case for redefining marriage – something no man can do.

So how should we Christians react to this haughtiness – to this rebellion against God?

God’s word tells us how to react: “But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than men.’” (Acts 5:29)

Many of us have long warned that this day would come, and it has arrived. In the Spirit of Daniel the prophet and MLK the reverend, we Christians must now engage, as relates our peaceful response to the imposition of counterfeit same-sex “marriage,” in widespread civil disobedience. It’s the right thing to do. In fact, it’s a sin if we don’t. “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” (James 4:17)

There are those who will prefer the path of least resistance and will cite, out of context, various Scriptures in order to avoid the possible persecution that may come as a result of obedience to God. For example: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1)

To be clear, under our constitutional republican form of government, “We the People” are “the governing authorities,” and our elected officials in Congress and the White House are the hired help. They are subject to us, and we are all subject to God, Who is the Final Authority.

These nine unelected, unaccountable justices on the U.S. Supreme Court are appointed and confirmed by the elected officials we hire to represent us. Five of the nine have now presumed to defy both the sovereign will of tens of millions of “We the People” who engaged the constitutional process and voted to defend the immutable definition of marriage, as well as, and more importantly, the sovereign will of God Almighty, the very Author of marriage itself.

Central to Christianity, and clearly delineated throughout both the Old and New Testaments, is the unambiguous and timeless proposition that any sexual practice outside the bonds of true man-woman marriage constitutes sexual immorality and results in separation from God. This, of course, includes sexual acting out between members of the same sex, whether or not such acting out is tied to the novel notion of so-called “same-sex marriage.”

So let’s see if we can make this abundantly clear. Christians, true Christians – regenerate, Bible-believing Christians who strive their level best to maintain fidelity to the word of God and honor His commands – will not, indeed cannot, participate in, approve of, facilitate or encourage certain behaviors deemed by the Holy Scriptures to be immoral or sinful. This is both our constitutionally affirmed human right and our Christian duty.

It is not so much that Christians wish, willy-nilly, to call homosexual behavior, polyamory, fornication, adultery, bestiality, incest or any other disordered sexual proclivity “sinful.” It is, rather, that we must. For the true Christian, God’s objective truths will always trump man’s subjective desires.

And so this opinion, let’s call it “Kennedy’s folly,” will result in, must necessarily result in, widespread civil disobedience – disobedience of the sort we haven’t seen since the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and ’60s.

For 2,000 years, whenever such conflicts have arisen, Christians have placed the laws of God above the laws of man.

What makes you think we’re about to change now?

As many in the early church refused to bow a knee to Caesar in worship, so, too, will many modern Christians refuse, under any circumstances, to obey any court opinion or man-made law that presumes to make sin obligatory.

If the ancient church, through the power of the Holy Spirit, was able to face the lions in hopeful anticipation of joining Jesus, then we, too, under the same Spirit, will face anything today’s pagan left can threaten.

In the ongoing culture war, it seems there are no rules of engagement. The secular left will accept nothing short of unconditional surrender. That is to say, the pagans demand that we Christians abandon the biblical worldview altogether, and adopt their own.

This will never happen.

In his “letter from the Birmingham jail,” Martin Luther King Jr. famously declared, “One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

“A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God,” he explained. “An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.”

An unjust law is, in point of fact, lawlessness.

One can imagine nothing more “out of harmony with the moral law,” than the twisted and oxymoronic notion of so-called “same-sex marriage.”

And so, Mr. Kennedy, our answer is no.

Come what may, we will not obey your unjust lawlessness.

Read more at http://barbwire.com/2015/07/05/time-for-civil-disobedience-christians/

For decades Mexico City has allowed organized crime to brutalize its own people and Americans, as well.

Does the truth hurt?

Or did Mr. Trump unfairly malign Mexico and millions of Mexican illegal aliens?

Talking Points will now answer those questions.

The primary mistake Donald Trump made in his campaign kickoff speech was speaking too generally about the border problem.

Most Mexicans who sneak into the USA or overstay their legal visitation status do so because they are economically deprived.  They are largely under-educated folks who are trying to feed their families.

Also, the vast majority of illegal aliens do not commit crimes while on American soil, apart from their immigration offense.

But there are big problems stemming from Mexican illegal immigration, and the statistics tell the story.

As we all know, Mexico is the major supplier of illegal drugs to the USA.  The drug cartels down there have corrupted the police and many politicians.

They are brutal thugs who commit mass murder, torture and generally shame their nation.

ISIS has nothing on these drug cartels; they are both savage enterprises.

The government of Mexico is not capable of defeating the drug lords and rejects direct American intervention.

U.S. drug agents are not allowed to carry firearms in Mexico, thereby putting themselves at great risk assisting Mexican authorities.

For decades Mexico City has allowed organized crime to brutalize its own people and Americans, as well.

Some of the drug organizations have branched out into people smuggling, charging money to get desperate migrants across the border.

In the process many, perhaps most, migrant women are sexually molested, and that was the rape situation Donald Trump mentioned.

But it’s not ordinary Mexicans doing the raping.  It’s the gangsters, and Trump should have made that clear.

The truth is there is little supervision on the Mexican side of the border.  Cities like Juarez and Nuevo Laredo are literally run by the drug cartels.

Border security in Mexico is non-existent and has been for decades.

That situation will not improve.

So Trump is correct in saying that only a massive wall will stop the chaos.  And even then, drugs and people will get through, although not to the extent they do now.

Washington knows all this but has turned away from securing the border ever since President Reagan promised to do so after he signed an immigration amnesty in 1986.

Mr. Reagan did not keep his promise, and every single president since has failed to secure the southern border.  Every one.

Now what about the immigrants themselves?

Fifty-nine percent of Mexican residents and illegal aliens have less than a high school education.

Only four percent have a college degree.

Sixty-eight percent are poor or near poor.

Fifty-seven percent receive means-tested welfare of some kind.

Fifty-six percent do not have health insurance.  Many of those will receive Obamacare subsidies.

So, Trump’s analysis is correct.  The majority of Mexicans coming to the USA are not achievers in the economic sense.

To be fair, that was the case with the Irish, Italian and European immigration waves of the past … hard-working people trying to improve themselves.

But here is the dangerous part.

According government statistics, 71% percent of non-American citizens in federal prisons are from Mexico.  Colombian nationals are second, just 4%.

Mexican criminals represent a whopping 16% of all convicts serving time in federal penitentiaries.

That is a huge burden on the American taxpayer, and a dangerous situation for ordinary Americans like 32-year-old Kate Steinle.

Last Wednesday Kate was walking with her father in San Francisco when she was shot dead on the street for absolutely no reason at all.

Police say 45-year-old Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal alien from Mexico, murdered Kate.

Apparently Sanchez has seven felony convictions and had been deported five times.

Yet he was still walking around the streets of San Francisco.

That’s because Mayor Ed Lee and the eleven members of the San Francisco City Supervisors refuse to cooperate with the federal government on criminal aliens.

The feds asked the city of San Francisco to keep Sanchez in custody; the city refused.  Ms. Steinle paid for that irresponsible and unconstitutional decision with her life.

San Francisco is a sanctuary city, and violent crimes committed by criminal aliens have happened before.

City authorities refuse to say how many because they know this is a huge scandal — a black mark on the history of San Francisco, the most tolerant of cities.

The family of Kate Steinle is asking for calm, not vengeance.

But Talking Points is not as charitable.

In 1996 President Bill Clinton signed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Responsibility Act, which stipulated that local and state authorities were to cooperate with the feds in apprehending illegal aliens, especially criminals.

In 2007 then Mayor Gavin Newsom issues an Executive Order stating that as a Sanctuary City, San Francisco would not cooperate with federal authorities on illegal immigration matters and would protect even criminal aliens.

The feds did nothing.

In 2010 the Obama administration openly said it would not punish cities that refuse to obey the 1996 law.

So here’s the deal.

The mayor and city supervisors of San Francisco are directly responsible for the death of Kate Steinle and the Obama administration is complicit.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch could order FBI agents to arrest Mayor Lee and the supervisors for violating federal law.  She is within her authority to do that.

I know that will never happen because racial politics drives the law these days, which is why Trump caught so much hell.

The Constitution demands that the federal government protect Americans from foreign intruders.

Obviously, that responsibility is not being met.  And if you point that out as Trump did, you are a racist, a piñata for the open-border crowd to bash.

The fact that a felon could be deported five times and still be walking around the USA should shame Congress.

Where is a law that says if you are deported one time and come back you serve five years in prison.  Where is that law?

Congress should pass it, and if President Obama doesn’t sign it, everything will then be on the table.

That legislation should be called the Kate Steinle law, much like Jessica’s Law.

So who will sponsor the new law?  Please let me know.  We are looking for some legislators of courage.  Are you out there?

Talking Points is disgusted with the cowardice of our elected officials, from the crazy left San Francisco people to the president to the Congress.

Most of them are rich folks who could not care less about the violence and chaos out of control criminal activity south of the border is creating here.

If Mexico does not crack down hard on border intrusions and drug trafficking, we should punish them economically.  Period.

This entire disaster has been going on for far too long.

The excuse that America is at fault because we use drugs and do not secure the border on our side is valid.

We are at fault.

But that does not excuse Mexico’s rampant corruption and abuse of its own people.

Drug and people smuggling injure millions and cost lives.  It’s the dirtiest of crimes.

Finally, the poor people sneaking in here to paint your house are not the problem.

The cowardly politicians who will not uphold the law and the Constitution of the United States are the problem.

That’s what Donald Trump should have said.

And that’s the memo  by Bill O’Reilly

THE TRUE STORY OF MARRIAGE
by GLENN T. STANTON
The highest court in our land decided—ultimately by the vote of one man, Justice Kennedy—that our great Constitution gives a man the right to marry another man and a woman, a woman. This was not about so-called “marriage equality,” but a dramatic marriage redefinition, changing this essential institution into a gender-less institution where husband and wife do not require one another, where children do not need their mother and father, and where there is nothing uniquely important about male or female for the family. They become merely preferential or sentimental.

For the Church, we must discern that this is a vicious attack by the evil one on God’s very image in the world: “Let us create man in our image, in our likeness…in the image of God He created him, male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:26-27)

It is an attack against what God tells us is the nature of His Son’s relationship with the Church, that of a husband and wife. God’s Word starts with a marriage in its first pages and ends with a very different kind of—a more glorious—marriage in the last pages. And right in the middle God has placed a beautiful book telling of the wonderful love between a husband and wife.

What the Court did on June 26 did not take God by surprise, even if it makes Him sad. It does not change any of the above beautiful truths of Christianity. But it does call each of us to know that we cannot allow the Court’s ruling to be the last word on what marriage is. The message of Christianity, the gospel itself actually, is a story of marriage. Wasn’t the cross a humbling of the Groom for His Bride, an invitation to each of us to attend the Great Wedding Feast of the Lamb as His beloved? He paid the Bride price and calls us to Himself to be His alone.

This moment in history asks whether we will continue to proclaim this amazing story, this great hope. Will we continue to demonstrate the importance of marriage as an essential social institution, one created by God? If we won’t, then who will? There is no one but us, whom God has put on the stage of human and church history at this moment in this nation.

Glenn T. Stanton is the Director of Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family and the author of Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor: Being Friends in Grace and Truth (Moody, 2014)

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Man with 7 felons and deported 5 times kills woman in San Francisco

Jerry Lingle:

let’s VOTE in 2016 to END this insanity the Democrat party has been cramming down our throats !

Originally posted on Fellowship of the Minds:

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SF Gate: The suspect arrested on suspicion of murder in the shooting death of Kate Steinle on San Francisco’s Pier 14 Wednesday had a rap sheet of seven felonies, was deported five times, and in March was released from San Francisco Jail despite immigration authorities asking that he be held, officials said Friday.

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, though, has said it will no longer comply with requested immigration holds in many cases, including those based solely on allegations a person is in the country illegally.

Illegal and perpetual criminal Sanchez Illegal and professional criminal Sanchez

On March 26, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers turned 45-year-old Francisco Sanchez over to San Francisco police on an outstanding drug warrant and requested that they be notified before his release, so federal officers could take him into custody.

Sheriff’s deputies, though, released Sanchez without notifying immigration authorities, and Sanchez…

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We Hold These Truths…

Jerry Lingle:

Christians let’s VOTE in 2016 to END this unGODly insanity the Democrat party has been cramming down our throats !

Originally posted on The Life Project:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

Today is the 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, and as John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail of this day, we still remember it all these years later with fireworks and celebrations. I don’t know of many Nations that were founded upon such a concept; the equality of all people, and if I may say so, we Americans can be justifiably proud of this. Of course the truth is that we haven’t always done the best job of living up to these principles, and we are still a work in progress and an experiment worth working on in the hope that one day our Union will be a…

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Independence from God Organized religion is under attack. By the courts, the media, Hollywood, and anti-religious zealots – four groups that are not mutually exclusive…

Independence from God

Organized religion is under attack. By the courts, the media, Hollywood, and anti-religious zealots – four groups that are not mutually exclusive…

Yes, the above headline is intentionally ambiguous. Does it declare that independence derives from God? Or is it advocating the removal of God from our lives?

There’s little doubt what Thomas Jefferson’s interpretation would be. 239 years ago he unveiled the powerful words that would reverberate around the world. Words about people having unalienable rights endowed by their Creator. Yes, independence is a gift given to us by the Deity!

Thank God, pardon the expression, there was no ACLU at the time and that the First Amendment was still a gleam in Madison’s eye. Otherwise, Jefferson, a government official, might have been sued for introducing religion into the public sphere.

Hyperbole? Of course, but consider what the Supreme Court ruled earlier this week. Not the United States Supreme Court, but the State Supreme Court in Oklahoma City, OK. The very state where, according to Rogers and Hammerstein, “the wind comes sweeping down the plain.”

What plainly came sweeping down from Oklahoma’s high court was a ruling that a monument engraved with the Ten Commandments must be removed from the state Capitol. We’re not talking about the Confederate flag here, but the Ten Commandments!

Which of the “Thou Shalts” is deemed so offensive that the monument must be banished?

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where you start determines where you end

Originally posted on Don't Stop Believing:

Last Friday the Supreme Court expanded marriage, at least for now, to any two consenting adults. As Justice Roberts noted in his dissent, the court offered no reason why gender doesn’t matter but the number does. If the court is consistent, it will legalize polygamy the next time a polygamist sues.

Much has already been written about the court’s decision, but I want to make one point that has been overlooked. The culture may have a crazy, unsustainable definition of marriage, but the culture itself isn’t crazy. Its new definition is entirely consistent with its first principles.

Compare Justice Kennedy’s conclusion on gay marriage with his earlier statement on human freedom. In 1992’s “Planned Parenthood vs. Casey,” which upheld the right to abortion, Kennedy famously wrote, “At the heart of liberty is theright to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the…

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Liberal Justices Ginsburg and Kagan each presided over a gay marriage. In Ginsburg’s case, four. Yet they did not recuse themselves when the issue came before the court.

The Supreme Court Rules
The court’s acceptance of Obamacare and gay marriage was predictable.  In fact our “Is It Legal?” team accurately foretold what would happen last week.

The Supreme Court is made up of nine individuals who see America in very different ways.  Some see a country that needs to be changed; others believe we are a settled nation where established law should be upheld.

Generally speaking we have an activist court, not judges who are able to put ideology aside.

Chief Justice John Roberts provides a vivid example.  He believes the Congress should make laws, not judges.  That was the intent of the Founders.

So Roberts jumped through legal hoops to justify Obamacare.

No matter the legal problems, Roberts ignored them, deferring to congressional approval of the affordable healthcare law.

To his credit, Roberts is consistent.  He voted against gay marriage because, again, he doesn’t want the court to make law, which the gay nuptial decision does.

Most of the other justices are consistent, as well.  They often decide cases through a prism of what they believe to be right for the country, not what our original system of checks and balances dictates.

Here’s how crazy the system has become.  Liberal Justices Ginsburg and Kagan each presided over a gay marriage.  In Ginsburg’s case, four.

Yet they did not recuse themselves when the issue came before the court.

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Sharing The Gospel of Christ

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