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#399815 Austwitz And History

Posted by AlanTaiwan on Today, 07:41 PM

"The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun." Ecclesiastes 1:9

 

Politiicans, worldly people, businessmen, religious leaders, fleshly saints, etc... have always re-written history to favor their side, beliefs, or political agendas.

 

We need to always remember that God inspired, and preserved, the Bible. By the way, the Authorized Vesion, KJV 1611, is the PRESERVED word of God.

 

God never promised to preserve correct  history. At the Judgment Seat God will bring out all of the religious lies and historical lies of men throughout the ages and deal with the liars at that time; not before.  




#399536 World Economic Forum In Davos, Switzerland Turns To Mindfulness Meditation

Posted by John81 on 23 January 2015 - 06:31 PM

This same group discussed and made pious sounding statements regarding global warming even after they flew there in 1,700 private jets. No doubt their "carbon footprint" in flying around in so many jets somehow doesn't impact global warming like folks who have to drive back and forth to work to make a living.

 

At the same meeting, a multi-billionaire announced that people should learn to live within their means. Easy for him to say when he lives in mansions, has his own private jet and yacht, with billions in bank accounts.




#399530 Woman Sets Baby On Fire On Nj Highway

Posted by HappyChristian on 23 January 2015 - 04:49 PM

I do realize we are talking humans, not animals. But the fact remains that many humans act like animals because they believe they ARE animals. 

 

Nowhere in that passage did God indicate that a woman forgets because someone (the devil in this case) causes it.  Human sin nature is just as vile and wicked as it can be when it is not controlled by Christ.  All too often we cast blame on the devil and his minions when the problem is the sin of the individual. Flip Wilson popularized the "the devil made me do it" saying years ago.  Yep, sometimes he does. But quite often it's not him, it's - as the Bible puts it - our flesh.

 

I'm not saying she wasn't demon-possessed - no one actually knows. I'm just saying that things like this CAN be done without being possessed.




#399472 Way Of Life - Angry Birds - The Real Issue

Posted by Ukulelemike on 22 January 2015 - 05:29 PM

Perhaps he has, but has done so privately, I don't know.

 

What he is talking about, however, is a real issue. Here's an example from my own receny life:

 

A couple weeks ago, I chose, perhaps foolishly, to show the movie, "God is Real." I watched it beforehand, so I knew the problems in it, but I believed the core issue: the willingness to stand up for the Lord despite the potential consequences, as well as the importance to know WHAT you believe and WHY you believe it, were important enough to warrant it.

 

Afterwards, as discussed the merits of the issues, and then I spent some taim talking about the problems I had, (CCM being prevalent, worldly, carnal Christians shown as the norm-one scene with one of the Duck Dynasty guys and his wife-the man with unbiblical long hair, and the wife dressed extremely immodestly), one believer going to the store to shop for wine to serve at her unsaved boyfriend's cocktail party, the scruffy pastor of the huge, unnamed non-denomination church, the gospel without mention of sin or repentance, and, again, the ever-present Newsboys CCM group who somehow, in some form or another, makes it into almost every scene, be it in a tshirt, poster, or the final 10 minute concert.)

 

So I wanted to make clear that these issues proved some problems because it shows what really tends to be the most carnal, worldly version of Christianity, the one least likely to give the gospel or speak out about Christ, as being both the norm in Christianity, and really then, the best.

 

So, as I spoke about this, on of the men in the church began to berate me for being unloving toward the lost. Now, this guy really likes to make his point and will talk over everyone until his point is made. Finally, I had to get behind the pulpit, which I had not been, and raised my voice to pator level, and began to explain the truth to him, that we wer not dealing with the lost, to whom we owe nothig but the gospel in love, but with believers, who should know better-who spout songs about holiness while living anything but holy lives in speech and deed. I went on for about ten minutes trying to explain this, but the basic point was, because I spoke about the error I witnessed, according to the Bible, all he could see was hatred, and somehow, that toward the lost, who were never a part of the conversation. I told him it was my responsibility as pastor, to warn the church about error when I see it, to keep them safe from it, and that if I didn't do it, I should not be their pastor.

Anyways I think I got through to him, but this is so typical: when one calls out error, even in love, one is always accused of hating the other person, hence the Angry Birds-whose sole goal is to destroy the walls of the other.

I see it too often, in my ministry, in Clouds, in others, that to point out error, biblically, is to be hateful. And it just aint so.




#399453 random fact game

Posted by Ukulelemike on 22 January 2015 - 12:35 PM

The Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy, a socialist 'Christian' minister, and originally, the salute to the flag was the so-called Bellamy salute, though most know it better as the Nazi salute, right hand raised to just above the shoulder, hand outstretched, palm down.  It was changed during WW2, for obvious reasons. The pledge was designed to place the state at the center of one's heat and mind above all else-a very socialist ideal, to say the least. The words "Under God' were not introduced until 1954, trying to make it less obvious as a socialist pledge, but also saying that God approved.




#399424 Former President Jimmy Carter Blames Israel (“Palestinian Problem”) For Recen...

Posted by John81 on 21 January 2015 - 09:11 PM

John,

You make a lot of statements about what America does, has done, or hasn't done: I don't have the time to verify all of them. But I know a little of what the Word of God says and I also know that, according to statistics, there are more Jews living in the US than anywhere else on earth; even Israel. They have been allowed to live here, largely unmolested, and to prosper greatly. That should say something about how SOME of us treat the Jews. I can't speak for everyone, but as for myself and most of the Christians I rub shoulders with, we believe in that mindset.

Last year it was reported that for the first time since it's inception more Jews reside in Israel than anywhere, including America. That's seen as a good thing by Israel as well as by those Christians who believe the Jews will virtually all be in Israel near the end.

 

On a side note, even before the latest Muslim terror strikes in France, a large percentage of Jews in France have moved to Israel and the exodus continues.

 

Like most nations, the treatment of Jews has been a roller coaster even here, and in such a large nation there have been areas of acceptance and bad treatment at the same time. Ironically, Grant didn't like Jews and wrote considering this matter, even putting forth orders against Jews near his army, while the Jews in the South at that time were well integrated and accepted, even in the government.

 

In previous postings I've posted citations and/or links to what I've mentioned above regarding America's history with Israel. America was among the first to acknowledge Israel as a new nation but then joined with England and other nations in declaring an arms embargo so arms couldn't be sold to Israel. Oddly enough, if it were not for the assistance of the Soviet Union, Eastern Bloc nations and then socialist France, it's likely Israel would not have survived their birth as the well armed Arab nations sought to end them.

 

Nevertheless, the Soviets (and their Eastern Bloc allies) eventually dropped Israel in favor of making strategic alliances with some Arab nations. At that point America forged an alliance with Israel which has been in place ever since. It's been a mixed deal for Israel. Even Reagan punished Israel for bombing Iraq's nuclear plant by denying them weapons shipments and instead selling fighter planes to the Arabs.

 

Israel has benefited from the alliance with America that even though there are a lot of messes to deal with because of it, Israel is at a point economically, industrially, agriculturally, technologically and militarily that she can stand on her own if some American president decides to end the alliance.

 

Myself, I've been pro-Israel since before I was saved. Even before I was saved I was upset by the hamstringing of Israel by American presidents who demanded prior notice, prior approval and a heavy hand regarding decisions made involving Israel's involvement with her Arab neighbors and the Pals among them.




#399431 Famine Coming Soon

Posted by John81 on 22 January 2015 - 07:56 AM

John and all,

 

Some scientist believe we are entering a very, very, cold change in climate. John Casey wrote a book called "Cold Sun" which explains why they believe it. If you go on you tube you can hear him explain what is coming. The Russian scientists are predicting a new Little Ice Age. That explains why they want the Crimean warm water port. A change in the sun's energy out put effects the earth by cooling climate and more and harder earthquakes accompanied by more volcanoes. John Casey believes we face large crop losses over the next thirty years. We are seeing large dips in the jet stream and dry areas already.

 

Since what they are predicting will cause all the things Jesus said would come as the day of the Lord approaches, it is worth checking out.

While Scripture is true, the theories of scientists often are not.

 

When I was a child the scientists were predicting a coming ice age. The school textbooks were filled with warnings of the coming ice age and what that would mean. Then virtually overnight they went from telling us an ice age was coming to declaring the horrible threat of global warming! That new theory of doom prevailed for many years until, like the previous coming ice sheets theory, it was so obvious there was nothing to worry about they had to come up with something new. Now they warn about "climate change", which any type of weather can conveniently fit into that category, and declare this climate change is because of man.

 

Basically, for the past decade global temperatures have remained steady. The president just declared global temperatures rose in 2014 but his comment was based upon some data which says the temperature was some tenths of a degree warmer. Not only did he fail to cite the exceedingly tiny possible "warming" but he failed to point out that this tiny difference falls well within the margin of error and is therefore totally meaningless.

 

Most scientists, like the rest of the population, are lost sinners and being such they are less than truthful, subject to greed, enjoy fame and recognition, etc. In order to get hefty grants to fund their research and pet projects it's a common practice for many scientists to promote any theory that happens to be PC at the time in order to gain grants from the government and universities.

 

While there are some who claim the sun is going to grow colder, there are others claiming the sun is going to grow hotter. Some still hold to the global warming aspect of "climate change" while some others are saying the climate change will bring about a new ice age. Also of note is how they no longer predict a very slow coming ice age as they once did, but now warn of an almost instant ice age along the lines of the Dennis Quaid movie, "Day After Tomorrow".

 

So, scientists are hardly unified upon their views and the theories they support tend to shift with the shifting of funding.

 

Russia has controlled the warm water port in Crimea since the time of Catherine the Great. Russia has always needed warm water ports. During the American "civil war" Russia and the USA cozied up in the face of possible war with England. This enabled Russia to keep her fleet at sea, using American ports, during the winter months.

 

If you research what Russia has been doing you will find they are of the belief temperatures will warm somewhat, not get colder. This is why they have been so busy exploring and staking claims in the northern regions.

 

Besides all these things, we know from Scripture the world will continue as in the days of Noah with things going on as normal. There is no direct warning of His impending return. Scripture says if we are about the Father's business when He returns we will be doing well.

 

Much better to simply go by what Scripture actually says rather than try to predict the future which Scripture says we can't do.




#399445 Evolution Belief Can Lead To Murder

Posted by Ukulelemike on 22 January 2015 - 11:09 AM

And of course, when the Columbine killers were caught, one was wearing a t-shirt that said "Natural Selection", so they were making a statement.

 

Dr Dino, whatever you think about him, has one of his seminar DVD's called The Dangers of Evolution" where he goes into many of these things. Even if you disagree with his view on Behemoth and Leviathan, you'll be shocked at what he talks about on this one.  I recommend it to anyone serious on the evolution vs Creation argument.

 

Edited to add: All of them can be found on You Tube, and there are some sites where you can download them for free, legally, since he didn't copyright his work. I have them all on my laptop, and in fact, tonight I am going to be beginning to show the series on Evening services.

 

Another good tape he did is called "100 Reasons Why Evolution is Stupid", and it is a lot of his info from his seminar in a more condensed form. He goes pretty quick, but its a good introduction. Again, find onlie for free, or on youtube.

 

**Edited again to add:  The fact that the animal kingdom in general does not kill for sport or out of selfish reasons, but for food or territory, in general, removes the idea that something like what this teen did, killing someone just because she was an annoyance to him, tells me evolution is wrong. If you annoy an animal, ie, get in its face, pull its ears, etc, it will attack. BUt if you go away, it doesn't come after you, looking for you, to kill you. This is a distictly human activity. Animals don't seek revenge, only humans. It is a product of sin, not 'nature', not evolution.




#399397 Obama Calls Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ A ‘Story Of Freedom’ In State Of Union Address

Posted by heartstrings on 21 January 2015 - 03:23 PM

What he doesn't know is that his "freedom" is bondage....... to sin




#399385 Famine Coming Soon

Posted by HappyChristian on 21 January 2015 - 10:54 AM

We've been down to next to nothing with groceries more than once. And God always provided. Interestingly enough, He didn't send ravens (although He most certainly could do that). Nor did He rain manna from Heaven (although He could do that as well). No. He used PEOPLE. People who had enough money or enough groceries in their cupboard. He placed a burden on their hearts to help - not even knowing that we needed it.  

 

All of the verses about God's provisions are absolute truth.  But He uses people most of the time.  For all any of you know, He may be laying on the hearts of some people to stock up so that you and your family will be provided for in the case of a national disaster or emergency.  No, the Bible doesn't necessarily say that will happen, but anyone who can't see something is coming has their head in the ground.

 

Be prayed up, for certain sure. And know that, when you are without, God's provision will come. Via human hands most of the time. When that happens, you'll be thankful for those who've stocked up.  :biggrin:




#399330 Former President Jimmy Carter Blames Israel (“Palestinian Problem”) For Recen...

Posted by John81 on 20 January 2015 - 07:44 AM

Peaceful Muslims living near us are not the ones deciding how the matters between Israel and the so-called Palestinians will be dealt with. Notice how the Pals elected terrorists intent upon radical Islam as their leaders. There is no right dealing with these.

 

On a personal level, I deal with all people on an individual basis. I don't see an Irishman and judge him one thing, a Muslim another, a black man a certain way, a Russian... As Scripture says, as much as I can on my part, I live at peace with all.

 

That's for individuals and isn't a matter of international politics which is typically lead on all sides by the godless lost souls serving the interests of the devil.




#399268 Former President Jimmy Carter Blames Israel (“Palestinian Problem”) For Recen...

Posted by Covenanter on 19 January 2015 - 09:58 AM

You are not addressing the one and only point I made. That is for the Muslim absolutely everything revolves around, is entwined with, dictated and determined by, their religion. They take their religion very seriously, unlike most Christians, and every aspect of their lives, family, education, worldview, politics, all things are about and for Islam.

 

It doesn't matter what mindset one goes into a room full of Muslim leaders with, the Muslims are consumed with their religion and that will dictate every aspect of negotiations and their determined outcome.

 

It's not a matter of whether a Jew is religious or secular, or if an American president is religious or secular, or whether a Western leader leans Left or Right, because the Muslim leaders are firmly planted upon Islam and determined they must win all things for their god.

 

For the Muslims, religion is the key factor.

 

You're missing my point - Muslims are deceived people - most of whom want to live in peace. I do not feel in the least threatened by the large numbers of Muslims where I live. Courteous & friendly, shop assistants, parents, children, passers-by .... Sinners for whom Christ died. Of course there are evil leaders - I've read a lot on this forum about Obama & his predecessors, & locally about Cameron & Blair (commonly referred to as B-liar.) Netanyahu (Satanyahu) gets his share of hatred. 

 

If NATO/US bombs a TV station, is that less terrorism than if a Muslim gang slaughters French cartoonists? If 3 Israeli teenagers are kidnapped & murdered, is that a greater crime than destroying Gaza & its infrastructure & killing 500 children & 200 adults in reprisal? And calling it "self-defence?" Or killing 34 US seamen on USS Liberty in 1967?

 

Is the American worldview any less concerned with world domination than Islam's or the Papacy's ? Somehow we managed to recover from the mass bombing of Germany & Britain (the nearest bomb to me was about 50 ft away) & establish a semblance of European unity. Somehow the US has established accord with Communist China to the extent that the West is totally dependent on China for goods & services - to the cost of ordinary people whose jobs are done by the exploited workers overseas. Health & Safety at work is too expensive for our multinational corporations.

 

Focusing on supposed enemies (as defined by our governments & various lobbies) with military intervention is no way forward. We have a Gospel, but are prejudicing that Gospel of the Prince of peace by hatred of sinners rather than love. And generating such hatred in response that local Christians suffer reprisals because of the actions of supposed Christian nations.  

 

Yes, Muslim youngsters are taught the questions to heckle Christians with, but are we prepared with the answers? 1 Peter 3:15-16 And are we ready with counter questions that challenge their beliefs? 




#399221 Famine Coming Soon

Posted by John81 on 18 January 2015 - 09:12 PM

1 Timothy 5:8

But if any provide not for his own,and specially for those of his own house,he hath denied the faith,and is worse than an infidel.

Notice the context of this, and related verses as well. Notice we are called to provide for what today we would call our extended family as well. While I know of Christians in some other lands which do this, there are exceedingly few Christians in America willing to take care of their needy aunts (for instance).

 

Notice also we are nowhere told to stockpile for our families. What we are instructed is not to waste our substance upon ourselves only; we are not to lay up any treasures upon earth but rather we are to freely give out of whatever abundance the Lord provides.

 

Whether today or during a time of famine, if someone needs help we are told in Scripture to help them.

 

In time of crisis are you willing to share your stockpile with your entire extended family if they need food? Are you willing to share your stockpile with your entire church family if they need food? Are you willing to give to any who ask your help?

 

Scripture does not say we will be facing starvation before Christ returns.

 

Actually, with so many needy Christians (as well as billions more needy non-Christians) we have to ask ourselves if stockpiling months or years of food is the right course of action when so many need that food today. Are we the one the Lord wants to use to provide a persons daily bread today? If so, will we follow the Lord's instruction to help all we can or will we refuse and the Lord have to raise up another for such a time as this?




#399198 Pilgrims & Baptists: The Little Known Connection

Posted by John81 on 17 January 2015 - 08:59 PM

John's title was "the baptist" and in no way equates to him being the first Baptist.

 

We are told in Scripture a few names those saved were known by and none of them were Baptist.

 

Trying to declare the original Christians were Baptists is playing the same game Catholics play (and a few others).

 

Scripture makes it clear our defining point is not the name we are known by but by our lives being transformed. We are to grow in Christlikeness. We are to let our light shine before men. The world is to know we are His by our love for one another.

 

If we are born again in Christ and follow His commands as revealed in Scripture we will stand out as a follower of Christ.




#399105 This World Is Not My Home.....

Posted by AlanTaiwan on 15 January 2015 - 09:57 PM

To these politicians every issue to them is to glorify themselves. They do not care for the needs of the people, they only care for their political party and their own personal agenda. Like Obama, and I must include the Pope and other like minded Pharisees who are political in nature, most politicians use the media and the sufferings of mankind for their own good. Politicians are media driven and don't care a whit about righteousness.

 

And, thank the Lord Jesus, they are only temproary rulers. One day, soon I hope, the Lord Jesus will come back, take us home, and return as the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS! At that time, and only at that time, we will have a perfect and just King that reigns by righteousness and according to the perfect Law of God.

 

Hallelujah! Come Lord Jesus!

 

AlanTaiwan






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