Behind the Arab Revolutions

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Behind the Arab Revolutions

by Shaun Willcock

What is behind the Arab revolutions that have been occurring throughout the Middle East? If you haven’t done so already, we suggest you read our previous article on this topic: The Arab World Explodes (But It Has Nothing to Do with Democracy), available on our website.

These revolutions truly have NOTHING to do with “democracy”! “The concept of western-style democracy in the region is laughable, and has virtually no historical precedent, except in Israel. So, when the governments of the US, UK, and EU demand democracy in Egypt, it is the ultimate in hypocrisy and a gross ignorance of history…. Even a cursory review of Middle East history Ð for, say, the past 2000 years Ð will show that democracy is a concept that is completely foreign to the Middle East (because of the mindset of the people). It will not work and has never worked there Ð just as it has never worked in most of Africa.”1

Nor are these revolutions spontaneous! They have been deliberately, calculatingly planned, and their outworking is all according to a predetermined script. What forces, then, are at work behind the scenes, orchestrating and controlling these violent revolutions? The goons being used are for the most part radical Muslims of the Shi’ite sect, backed in particular from Shi’ite-ruled Iran. Iran wants to ignite a Shi’ite conflagration across the Arab world that will engulf all Arab governments which are allies of the hated West. But behind the scenes, unknown to most of the world let alone to the Arabs themselves, far more powerful forces are at work, and towards very specific objectives.

These sinister hidden forces we can term the internationalists, or the One-Worlders. There are various powerful organisations which form the intricate network of One-World internationalist organisations. To name just a few, the Council on Foreign Relations (Added by Cecil Ð Rick Warren is a member of this USA organisation. There’s an interesting article that should be read with biblical discernment and caution on http://arthurgraph.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/picture-apostasy-cfr-pastor-rick-warren-and-tony-blair-michele-obama/ ), the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderbergers. All of these, and many more, fall under what we could call the umbrella movement known as the Illuminati.

But at this point most writers and researchers on these subjects come to a halt. They think that with the Illuminati they have reached the pinnacle of secretive world power. In this they are very mistaken. As I show in my book, “Holy War” Against South Africa, behind all these forces Ð behind even the Illuminati itself Ð stands the Vatican, and in particular its Jesuit Order. As I wrote: “That there are powerful forces working for world domination Ð Communistic, Masonic, Islamic, etc. Ð many researchers have realised. And details about the plans of these conspirators have been published from time to time. All too often, however, researchers, having unearthed many solid facts about these institutions, religious systems, and ideologies, fail to take into account the biblical and historical reality that there is a religio-political system with its headquarters in Rome, far more powerful than all the others, and often pulling the strings behind the scenes in ways not even perceived.

Regrettably, a large number of professing Christians are either ignorant of, or deliberately ignore, this biblical and historical reality. When seeking to view world events from a sound biblical and historical perspective, believers must keep in mind that ‘all roads lead to Rome.’ In his prophetic Word, the Lord has clearly drawn the attention of his people to one institution: and that is the Roman Catholic institution…. Other religious and political systems, as well as various individuals, have had, and have now, plans for world domination; but the Lord has told us where the real heart of all conspiracy lies, and it is sinful to neglect the revelation of his Word. This is not to say that other systems are not a great threat to the Church of Christ: many of them are, and for this reason must be warned against.

But to understand the source, the real centre, of intrigue and conspiracy, we must look to Rome. The Holy Spirit has said, in effect Ð ‘There! Look to the city on seven hills (Rev. 17:9)! There is the great deceiver of the nations (Rev. 17:2)! There is the source of political and economic and (above all) religious woe (Rev. 18:3,4,5)!'”2

The Illuminati has been under the control of Rome’s Jesuit Order from a very early date.3 And its goal is world domination: through politics, economics, religion, etc. It uses many front organisations to achieve this long-range objective. The desire is for a united world, a united global economy and government. And so, as you read this article and learn something of the One-Worlders’ plans in the Middle East, keep in mind, always, that behind these organisations, even unknown to most of them, stands the Jesuit Order of Rome.

The first step towards achieving their goal of a single world government is the creation of regional governments across the world. And within each regional government, each country loses its national sovereignty. Much has already been achieved in fulfilment of their plans, which are centuries old. They have, for example, pretty much united Europe as one bloc Ð the European Union.

They are well on the way towards uniting the United States, Canada and Mexico as the North American Union. They are well on their way towards uniting the African countries, via the African Union. And the same is true of Asia, and of Australasia, and other parts of the world too.

But the Middle East! The Middle East presents them with a huge headache. The internationalists know that the Middle East needs a good kickstart to force its nations into the One World Order that they are creating.

Within this region, some Islamic strongmen have resisted the push for a regional government, and for integration into the World Order. And if, for whatever reasons of their own, they resist the internationalists’ plans, they are targeted for removal from power. And although a major objective of the internationalists is to divide the world up into a handful of regional governments, leading to a fully-fledged world government, it is not only for power that they are doing this, but for money. Ah, truly the Bible says, “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Tim. 6:10). For this reason, if you want to know why something is happening in the world, “follow the money” is always sound advice.

The world banking system is almost completely in the hands of a few elite One-Worlders operating in the shadowy world behind the scenes, members of the Illuminati. At the very pinnacle of this complex world banking system is the House of Rothschild. They and their associates own most of the shares in the world’s central banks Ð and most of these central banks which pretend to be government banks are in fact privately-owned.

The economies of such Middle Eastern countries as Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, and Algeria (note: most of these have been at the centre of the recent revolutions) have in fact been controlled by the Rothschild’s central banks, and their International Monetary Fund.

But in recent years, Islamic banks in these countries have been eroding much of the profits of the Illuminati banking establishments. Reason: Islamic banks are forbidden by Islamic law from charging interest. Worldwide, these banks have been growing in popularity among Muslim populations. They’re even being increasingly used by non-Muslims. “African countries such as Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Sudan are keen on future sukuk exercises [issuing Islamic bonds]”, said the International Finance Review.

“Gambia debuted with a US $166m sukuk deal, privately sold in the US in 2006.”4 “Rising oil wealth is lifting Islamic banking Ð which adheres to the laws of the Koran and its prohibition against charging interest Ð into the financial mainstream,” wrote the New York Times on November 22, 2007. “In addition to Islamic loans, there are Islamic bonds, Islamic credit cards… Loans and bonds that conform to the Koran are already available in the United States…. ‘This is an industry on its way from a niche industry to becoming a truly global industry,’ said Khawaja Mohammad Salman Younis, the managing director for operations in Malaysia for Kuwait Finance House, the world’s second-largest Islamic bank. ‘In the next three to five years you’ll see Islamic banks coming out in Australia, China, Japan and other parts of the world.’…. And while the biggest Islamic banks are in the wealthy Gulf states, the most attractive potential markets are in Turkey and North Africa and among European Muslims.”5

“As big Western financial institutions have teetered one after the other in the crisis of recent weeks,” wrote the Washington Post on October 31, 2008, “another financial sector is gaining new confidence: Islamic banking. Proponents of the ancient practice… have been promoting Islamic finance as a cure for the global financial meltdown.”6 In 2008, the French finance minister announced France’s intention of making Paris “the capital of Islamic finance”, and said that a number of Islamic banks would open Paris branches the following year. And in Switzerland, where a number of Islamic banks were opened, the managing director of Swiss asset management firm Encore Management characterised the banks’ opening as “the race to control the rich prize: which today is worth hundreds of billions, but in the future will be trillions of dollars of Islamic wealth.”7

In the light of facts like these, it is no wonder that the powerful Illuminati banking establishment would desire the collapse of these Islamic banks in countries such as Tunisia and Egypt. And so, with vast money at their disposal, the Illuminati bankers could bankroll the Middle East Arab revolutions from behind the scenes, with the cannon fodder in the front lines being none the wiser. Doubtless it would be their plan to install puppet regimes in these Arabic states, subservient to the Illuminati.

The Rothschilds’ International Crisis Group may be co-ordinating these Arab revolutions behind the scenes Ð and Mohamed El Baradei, touted as a possible leader for Egypt in the wake of Mubarak’s fall, just happens to be a trustee of the International Crisis Group! Dr D.K. Bolton wrote in Foreign Policy Journal, January 19, 2011: “NED [National Endowment for Democracy] and [billionaire George] Soros work in tandem, targeting the same regimes and using the same methods…. At least ten of the twenty-two directors of NED are also members of the plutocratic think tank, the Council on Foreign Relations”. The Council on Foreign Relations, often referred to as “America’s secret government”, is the American equivalent of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in Britain; and both organisations are branches within the umbrella Illuminati system.

Also, revolutionaries from Otpor in Serbia said that publications and training which they received from the US-based Albert Einstein Institution staff were instrumental in forming their strategies some years ago in the Serbian revolution. The Albert Einstein Institution is funded by the Soros Foundation Ð and a number of protest organisers on the streets of Egypt during the recent Egyptian uprising were wearing Otpor T-shirts! These T-shirts were given out by Otpor at training sessions.8

Another significant detail, from the Freedom House website: Freedom House, which is funded by George Soros and the Middle Eastern Partnership Initiative (MEPI), ran a programme back in 2007-8 which supported young activists working for political change in the Middle East and North Africa. They met at the time with then U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, and in 2009 with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in Washington, D.C., as well as with U.S. government officials, members of the U.S. Congress, and think tanks. And then (surprise, surprise!) they returned to Egypt and received grants to implement initiatives such as “advocating for political reform through Facebook and SMS messaging”!

Everyone knows what a huge part such social networking activities played in the Middle East revolutions in Egypt and elsewhere in recent months! In fact, Facebook and Twitter were the primary means of organising the Egyptian revolution. As still further evidence, also from the Freedom House website: “From February 27 to March 13 [2010], Freedom House hosted 11 bloggers from the Middle East and North Africa for a two-week Advanced New Media Study Tour in Washington, D.C.”

But even that’s not all: in 2010, George Soros’ Open Society Institute (OSI) funded a grant which was described this way on the Open Society Institute’s website: “Ethiopia and Egypt have been the current focus of the research programme: the OSI funding will allow the project to be expanded to include: Uganda, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Eritrea and Rwanda… it is hoped that it will contribute to the understanding of the new media in Africa and its links to democratization.” What’s more, the National Endowment for Democracy gave various grants in 2010 to the training of youth activists in Tunisia and Egypt.

It is very clear, then, that the Middle East revolutions were not spontaneous at all, but were well planned, and well financed, by internationalists in the West for their own sinister objectives. In the shadowy world of international intrigue, seemingly disparate strands often tie together at the top, unseen by the world at large. So there are the twin objectives of power and money driving the internationalists to stir up the revolutions in the Middle East. They always go hand in hand. They want a world government, and they want to control the world’s finance.

And behind even the Illuminati internationalists stands the Vatican! For the Jesuit Order was deeply involved in the establishment of the Illuminati, and has had its secretive fingers in it ever since, pulling the strings. And all to what purpose? The extension of Vatican power across the globe. The Roman Catholic institution, after all, is “Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the earth” (Rev. 17:5), and all roads lead to Rome, even when we are unable to discern them all.

And now we arrive at the Obama Administration, which is using the U.S. military to play the part of the world’s bully boy on behalf of the internationalists, driving the Arab states in the direction desired by the One-Worlders. “In other words, behind the fall of pro-west Arab governments is alleged democracy protests, led by college aged kids, just like most progressive protests in the US and Europe. Behind those protesters in the Middle East stands an Islamic terror organization ready to seize political power… and behind those terror organizations, we find the individuals named above [the Clintons, Obama, Ayers, Dohrn, Piven, Brzezinski, Soros and Co., etc.], all of whom were behind the election of Barack Hussein Obama in the United States.

International Marxists behind the Obama Administration are also behind the Middle East meltdown.”9 The internationalist conspirators behind the scenes need the muscle of the United States to achieve their goals. This is why American soldiers have been dying in various parts of the world, fighting for causes which have nothing to do with American security but everything to do with America being the bully boy carrying out the internationalists’ plans. Either Americansupported uprisings bring down the country’s leader, or American troops go in and do the job militarily (using some excuse or other), and essentially, once the leader has been removed, America takes “strategic possession” of the country.

Pro-Western Arab governments are being rejected by the United States as it gives its support to anti-Western, radical Islamist madmen bent on destroying not only the pro-Western Arab states, but the West itself! Does it sound crazy? It sure does…but it’s true all the same. What we are seeing in the Middle East today is like an action replay of 1979, when the United States turned against its ally, the Shah of Iran, and a revolution in the streets swept the radical Ayatollah Khomeini to power. The liberal western media at the time spoke of “democracy” coming to Iran. It was all a farce, a lie, and Iran still suffers under that brutal regime to this day.

When the Shah was forced from power by the U.S. government and fled into exile, he wrote his autobiography, The Shah’s Story. In it, he showed how he had been betrayed by the U.S., and how the U.S. had helped to install the radical fanatic, Ayatollah Khomeini, in power.

At the very same time, in Nicaragua, the U.S. cut off its support to the government of President Somoza, who was engaged in fighting the Sandinista Communist revolutionaries, and he was forced to resign. The Sandinistas came to power.10 And at the very same time, the U.S. (along with the UK) was deeply involved in forcing the government of Ian Smith in Rhodesia out of power, and installing the government of Marxist maniac, Robert Mugabe, in 1980 Ð again, all in the name of “democracy”, of course.11 And thirty-one years later Mugabe the dictator holds on to power in Zimbabwe, the name of once-great Rhodesia, a country he has ruined completely. And in the years leading up to 1994, the U.S. and UK governments again did precisely the same thing to South Africa, pressurising the South African government to capitulate to radical Marxist revolutionaries who were swept to power (again, in the name of “democracy”) in 1994,12 have been in power ever since, and are reducing this once-mighty country to yet another failed African basket-case.

This is the track record of the United States in particular, and other liberal western governments in general, around the world, since the end of the Second World War; for leftist internationalists have controlled U.S. foreign policy since then. And yet once again, the world has fallen for the same old lies: that what is happening in the Middle East right now is a “democratic uprising”. It is merely the latest in a long line of western-sponsored revolutions, and it will culminate in precisely the same terrible results in the end.

Do you see the pattern that has emerged over these decades? It’s virtually the same each time: 1) There is a so-called “popular uprising”, supported by the Communists or Islamists. 2) The world media spreads propaganda condemning the targeted ruler as a tyrant, despot, etc. (in the Middle East, this is often true, but in Rhodesia and SA it was not). 3) The U.S. State Department, the CIA, and their allies in the UK and elsewhere work behind the scenes to bring down the government. 4) The ruler is forced out of power (by the U.S. and others) and the “democratic forces” (Communist or Islamic) sweep to power.

We are now witnessing the very same programme being followed in the present Middle East revolutions! They have not deviated from the script, for it has worked so well in the past. We witnessed, firstly, the so-called “popular uprising”; then, we saw the world media telling the world that it was a “democratic” protest against dictatorial rulers; next, evidence started emerging (and more will follow eventually) of U.S. government activity behind the scenes to bring down these governments. It has already emerged that the U.S. government had been working behind the scenes for three years with the revolutionary forces in Egypt to overthrow Mubarak Ð even while he was being publicly supported by the U.S.!13 Lastly, we saw rulers being forced from power, with their resignations being demanded by the U.S. and other countries.

This has again been shown in Libya, just as it was in Egypt: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explicitly stated that the goal of the air strikes against Libyan forces is to oust Gaddafi. She listed the goals as, “Number one: stop the violence, and number two:… the decision by Colonel Gaddafi to leave.”14 His “decision”? What nonsense! The U.S. aims to oust him from power by force. “There are precious few identifiable bases for American involvement in the Libyan civil war. Muammar Gaddafi is a brutal, repressive dictator, but how does his mistreatment of Libyans affect the vital interests of the United States, Americans’ lives, liberty, and property?

The Obama Administration has offered no such basis for intervention. He [Obama] is not acting to defend Americans’ interests, he is acting to assert America’s role as a global policeman and make himself the world’s officer in charge. He has assumed the extra-constitutional role of Guardian of the Libyan people. That role is not contemplated by the American constitution. It befits not a President of the United States but an Emperor…. Rather than make his case for war to Congress [which according to the U.S. constitution is given the exclusive power to declare war], President Obama made it to the United Nations [and the UN passed a resolution permitting him to do so]…. [He] viewed the assent of the United Nations, and not of the Congress of the United States, as both necessary and sufficient for the Chief Executive to go to war.

That sets a dangerous precedent… It presumes the authority of the U.N. Security Council is superior to that of the Congress of the United States in matters of war.”15

Incredible as it may seem to those who still naively think America is a land of freedom and a champion of conservatism, anti-Communism and anti-radicalism, it is actually supporting (by its actions in the Middle East) the radical Islamic elements Ð including al-Qaeda! Ð bent on taking over one Arab country after another! Incredible, yes…but true. Even Arab leaders have pointed this out.

After U.S. air strikes started against Gaddafi’s forces, a top official in the Palestinian Authority said it is widely understood in the Arab world that the military strikes against Gaddafi will aid the Libyan rebels, whose leadership is largely comprised of radical Islamist groups seeking power in that country. A member of the now-deposed government of Egyptian President Mubarak asked: “Doesn’t the Obama Administration understand Gaddafi is the one Arab leader who is fighting back against the Islamist revolt threatening his regime?”16 Oh, the Obama Administration knows it very well! Ð which is why it wants Gaddafi out.

The terrorist organisation of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, is backing the Libyan rebels. The Arab world knows it, and the Obama Administration knows it Ð but hushes it up. The Libyan rebel leader, Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, admitted that his fighters have links to al-Qaeda.17 An al- Qaeda leader of Libyan origin, Abu Yahya al-Libi, released a statement supporting the Libyan revolution, and Yusuf Qaradawi, a leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, issued a fatwa authorising Gaddafi’s military entourage to assassinate him. Gaddafi even asked President Obama in a letter: “If you had found them [al-Qaeda] taking over American cities by the force of arms, tell me what you would do?”18 It’s an excellent question, and whatever one may think of Gaddafi personally (and there is no doubt he is a tyrant and dictator), as the leader of Libya he has every right, nay every duty, to defend his country.

The very worst thing anyone can do is trust the liberal media. Nothing is as it seems…or as it is reported. We simply have to read between the lines when reading the daily papers or listening to the daily news. Do not be deceived! Always follow the money. And always remember: all roads lead to Rome. And to all true Christians: pray for your brethren in the Middle East. They are living through a most terrible time, in a part of the world where terrible times far outnumber the quiet times. Living for Christ in the Middle East is extremely difficult. Let us stand with them in prayer. For the Lord is sovereign over the puny affairs of man, and He is working out His purposes through all these things.

May 2011

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ENDNOTES:

1. The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, March 2011. Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

2. “Holy War” Against South Africa, by Shaun Willcock, pgs.72-3. First Century Ltd., Huddersfield, UK, 2003.

3. “Holy War” Against South Africa, pgs.73-5.

4. International Finance Review (Reuters), 2008. As reported in Rothschilds Stage Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt to Kill Islamic Banks in Emerging North African Markets, February 9, 2011. Puppetworld Post, www.puppet99.com

5. New York Times, November 22, 2007, article: “Islamic Banking Rises on Oil Wealth, Drawing Non- Muslims.” As reported in Rothschilds Stage Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt to Kill Islamic Banks in Emerging North African Markets.

6. Washington Post, October 31, 2008, article: “Islamic Banking: Steady in Shaky Times.” As reported in Rothschilds Stage Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt to Kill Islamic Banks in Emerging North African Markets.

7. Rothschilds Stage Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt to Kill Islamic Banks in Emerging North African Markets, February 9, 2011. Puppetworld Post, www.puppet99.com

8. Rothschilds Stage Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt to Kill Islamic Banks in Emerging North African Markets, February 9, 2011. Puppetworld Post, www.puppet99.com

9. Obama, Clinton, Piven, Ayers, Dohrn and Soros Behind Middle East Meltdown, by J.B. Williams, February 7, 2011. NewsWithViews.com

10. Nicaragua Betrayed, by former President Anastasio Somoza. Western Islands Publishers, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 1980.

11. The Great Betrayal, by former Prime Minister Ian Smith. Blake Publishing Ltd., London, 1997.

12. “Holy War” Against South Africa.

13. Daily Telegraph (London), January 31, 2011.

14. The Witness, March 21, 2011.

15. Emperor Obama, by Attorney Jonathan Emord, March 21, 2011. NewsWithViews.com.

16. U.S.-Led Airstrikes to Help Al-Qaeda? by Aaron Klein, March 20, 2011. WorldNetDaily.

www.wnd.com

17. The Telegraph (London), 25 March 2011.

18. The Witness, March 21, 2011.

Planned Rioting???

I received the below by email, not sure how accurate it is but if true, man oh man, what a load of crappola is coming our way. :dizzy:

OBAMA OFFICIALS PART OF SEDITION AND

NATIONWIDE RIOTS ON U.S. CONSTITUTION DAY

This September 17th Socialist Disruptions Are Being Plotted for

Wall Street and In All Fifty States

STOP THE RADICALS Ð BLAST FAXES AND WAKE UP CONGRESS Ð

NOW!

VIOLENT UNREST IS ROCKING THE FREE WORLD, as the United States and the global economy suffer unprecedented financial declines. Rioting in England, “protest” marches and unrest from Spain on the march all the way to Brussels? Accidental? Or orchestrated, manipulated, exacerbated by those who would destroy liberty and decimate America’s preeminence as a bulwark of freedom in the world?

Make no mistake, the United States faces implacable enemies, and although internationally linked, our enemies are not all foreign, they are not all abroad, and they certainly are not only the radical Islamic terrorists openly sworn to annihilate us, like al-Qaida, Hezbollah and Hamas.

America must also WAKE UP and confront the radical leftist, Marxist and anarchist, anti-capitalist terrorists who are deeply entrenched not just in our own country, but in the Washington DC and New York financial district corridors of power and authority!

DEMAND CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS TO STOP

THE DISMANTLING OF AMERICA Ð SELECT HERE

The radicals are actively recruiting. Their Day of Rage website (www.dayofrage.org) lauds the violence and rioting in Europe, “[Here is how you can help] …provide aid by spreading awareness of the “European Revolution.” We proudly support them as our partner and we all need all the help we can get; together, we can make the world a better place. Show them your support.”

And despite claims of planning “peaceful” protests, all their recruitment screams, “Strike Like an Egyptian” and “We need to find Medics!”

With sporadic outbreaks still ongoing of British and Continental “austerity” and “entitlement” rioting, American extremists are collaborating abroad, being promoted and funded by the same communist sources (keep reading) and plotting similar violent uprisings to disrupt and even overturn our institutions of ordered liberty, and our economic system of capitalism.

Their plan is to broadcast all over the Internet and to advocate open revolt in the financial districts of every capital city in all 50 states Ð with Wall Street as the premium target! Yet another “Progressive Rage” recruitment site cross-linked for whipping up September 17th riots is “Occupy Wall Street”!

Constitution Day, September 17th, they will “demonstrate” their hatred and contempt for all that we hold dear; all that Patriots for generations have fought and died to defend and protect Ð the Constitution of United States, and the unalienable liberties it secures from the grasp of tyranny and totalitarianism!

“Activists are advertising on social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter for a ‘Day of Rage’ on Sept. 17 to begin with the ‘occupation’ of Wall Street and continue with protests across the nation,” reports World Net Daily online.

Those funding and facilitating these protests are the same international players we have been warning you about for many months, most notoriously George Soros. Their facilitators occupy high positions in the Obama White House (please keep reading)! The thugs at ACORN (Association of Community Organizations For Reform Now) and the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) provide the organizational muscle. As we are slowly learning through Freedom of Information access to White House visitor logs and other sources, both groups and all the Obama faction remain closely linked with Barack Obama personally and Obama’s re-election apparatus.

STOP THE RADICALS Ð BLAST FAXES AND WAKE UP CONGRESS Ð

NOW!

Despite disinformation that has been circulated widely by the mainstream media and the Washington establishment, ACORN has NOT been defanged, dissolved or defunded. It has reorganized so as to hide its operations, and now functions under many smaller state chapter “rebrandings” aka aliases. IT IS STILL BEING FUNDED BY TAXPAYER GRANTS, IN VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW! Just a few of the dozens of active ACORN chapters presently concealed under new aliases are:

• California: Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)

• Missouri: Missourians Organizing for Reform Empowerment (MORE)

• New York: New York Communities for Change (NYCC)

• Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Communities Organizing for Change (PCOC)

• Texas: Texas Organizing Project (TOP)

Also illegal under federal law, and just deeply, creepily totalitarian in principle, is the incestuous relationship between the illicit ACORN, the SEIU and the Obama political apparatus. ACORN literally runs some of the dominant SEIU political operations. ACORN is thoroughly documented as already having received OVER $5.5 MILLION dollars from the SEIU. ACORN has organized political rallies, events, and shared union dues with the Teamster powerhouse Ð and the SEIU continues as Obama’s union purple-shirt shock troops Ð just as it has ever since his emergence from “community organizing” them to occupying the White House!

DEMAND CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS TO STOP

THE DISMANTLING OF AMERICA Ð SELECT HERE

The sabotage and destruction being planned for this coming Constitution Day has been in the “Progressive” works for months. Events surrounding the capture and death of Osama bin Laden conspired to dominate the media last May Day, the first big target date, and although the demonstrations by these avowed radical Marxists did take place throughout the U.S. they received little coverage. Now they are plotting to launch new attacks on SEPTEMBER 17th Ð U.S CONSTITUTION DAY!

And the plot deepens. Just days after Marxist Free Market Saboteur Steve Lerner’s plans for mass May Day national economic disruptions became known via secretly caught exposure of a taped meeting with other extremists, new evidence implicated the Obama White House in sedition. Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein; his wife Samantha Power, Senior Director of the National Security Council; and Department of Justice Attorney General Eric Holder were revealed as key players in a related plot to dismantle and destroy America’s Constitutional republic.

In April 2005, Sunstein opened a conference at Yale Law School sponsored by George Soros’ Open Society Institute entitled, “The Constitution in 2020.” The event was designed as a forum to craft the agenda and assign the tasks for changing the nature and interpretation of the Constitution into a fully “progressive” Marxist Manifesto by the year 2020. Sunstein was a natural fit for the conference, as his 2004 book, “The Second Bill of Rights: FDR’S Unfinished Revolution and Why We Need It More than Ever” proposed a radical new document to replace America’s traditional Bill of Rights.

The conference was co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society, another hard Left Marxist organization which seeks to rewrite the Constitution. Attorney General Eric Holder not only previously served on the ACS Board of Directors, but is keynote speaker for their 2011 Convention.

The Obama faction onslaught against America is coming from all sides. A union thug with White House connections plots to crash the American economy while high ranking Obama officials seek to subvert the Constitution and Bill of Rights. We MUST compel Congress to open investigations and HALT the Obama wrecking crew that is daily dismantling America!

The captured audio has been released which outlines a very real plan to collapse the American economy Ð including to crash the stock market and “bring down the banks” Ð in an effort to finally and irrevocably bring about the fundamental change, radical change, Obama promised. The sinister plan was set to take place the first week of May… and evidence suggests the plan may go all the way to the White House.

DEMAND CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS TO STOP

THE DISMANTLING OF AMERICA Ð SELECT HERE

Steve Lerner is well known in union thug circles as the guy who uses intimidation to ensure success. March 19, 2011 Steve Lerner met with Abby Scher of Brooklyn College CUNY, Gerardo Dominguez of the Mexican Americans Workers Association, John Atols of ACORN and a number of other openly Marxist activists. Surrounded by fellow radicals , Mr. Lerner, unaware he was being recorded, felt comfortable enough to lay out his step by step plan to “put a boot in the wheel” of the American economy Ð crashing the stock market and orchestrating a complete banking collapse Ð in an effort to force Marxism upon the masses. Full audio with transcripts of Lerner’s plot can be found on You Tube, at The Blaze website where this story broke, and all over the Internet.

Lerner identifies this as a union-driven plan, presumably crafted by his cronies at the SEIU, and he calls for the aid of community organizers. But evidence suggests Lerner may already have the assistance of the Community Organizer in Chief Ð Barack Hussein Obama.

White House visitor logs show that Stephen Lerner has visited the White House repeatedly over the last two years. At least one of these visits was arranged by the office of then White House Political Director Patrick Gaspard Ð one of Lerner’s previous SEIU colleagues and former leader of one of the most notoriously militant SEUI chapters. Gaspard, not coincidentally, is a close Obama advisor who is now the Executive Director of the Democratic National Party and a key player on Obama’s 2012 election team.

Obama made clear in a now infamous 2008 campaign rally that SEIU’s agenda is his agenda. Obama led a SEIU member chant after recalling how he started his early “organizing career” with SEIU troops on the ground, and went on to declare, “Just imagine what we can do together. Just imagine a President whose life’s work is your (SEIU’s) work”! It seems we no longer need to imagine. The present occupant of the Oval Office has brought sedition to the presidency – the highest office in the land. Barack Obama’s own front group “Organizing for America” helped stage the recent Wisconsin “Days of Rage” protests that were notable for union-led violence, death threats and radical acts of intimidation, and now it appears he and his administration may be connected to a far-left coalition actively plotting to collapse the American economy.

STOP THE RADICALS Ð BLAST FAXES AND WAKE UP CONGRESS Ð

NOW!

My friends, Stephen Lerner’s closed-attendance discussion at The Left Forum was not some simple academic and theoretical discussion of what revolutionary resistance might look like. It was a high-level presentation of a very real, well thought out plan that is underway for economic terrorism, and a recruitment call to leftwing radical leaders of other organizations to join in it. Stephen Lerner’s terrorist plans, and actions of incitement and enlistment are outright sedition, all potentially prosecutable offenses.

In normal circumstances, we could count on the Department of Justice to investigate and uphold the rule of law. But alas, as we have seen with Eric Holder’s refusal to prosecute colleagues, supporters and friends of Obama, including the election fraud and racist thuggery at the hands of the New Black Panthers, the once venerable DOJ is a rogue agency in a rogue administration, and can no longer be trusted to do its duty. Why have not the murky, possibly orchestrated causes behind the terrible economic crisis of the 2008 national fiscal collapse been investigated and disclosed to the nation? No, we must instead call upon this 112th Congress, and demand an immediate investigation of Stephen Lerner, and all of those who participated in his conspiratorial call to anarchy, sedition and economic terrorism on March 19. That investigation must include disclosure of all the participants and plotters lurking behind the scenes who are actively working to disrupt and destroy America Ð even if that road leads us directly to the White House.

DEMAND CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS TO STOP

THE DISMANTLING OF AMERICA Ð SELECT HERE

This is no longer a matter of speculation. The Marxist plan to smash our commercial republic is alive and active within the corridors of power in America as never before. The plan to launch their last assault on these United States was scheduled for, of course, May Day Ð May 1, 2011 Ð and has been sounded to their foot soldiers as a very real and potentially calamitous call to harm our nation. While the capture and death of Osama bin Laden took center stage for the media on May 1 and the “big” May Day the radicals envisioned was swamped by American patriotism, demonstrations by these avowed radical Marxists did take place throughout the U.S. You can be assured they are now making plans to re-launch their assault on a much more precarious American economy, on SEPTEMBER 17th Ð U.S CONSTITUTION DAY!

We were warned when Obama first appeared on the national scene that he was at the least an academic Marxist surrounded by radicals, and a menace to the security, sovereignty and prosperity of the nation. Now there is evidence in abundance to confirm that judgment. We MUST force Congress to act NOW Ð before the evil forces that mean to destroy America are able to keep implementing their plans. The very survival of our country is at stake if we do not take seriously the threat within. We implore you, fax Congress TODAY.

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The menace of chrislam

The following is posted over at Take Heed:

http://www.takeheed.net/Take_Heed_2011/Current_Concerns/March_2011/The_menace_of_Chrislam.htm

“Take Heed” Ministries

Cecil Andrews, 29 Edengrove Park, Ballynahinch, BT24 8AZ, Northern Ireland

Telephone/Fax 028 9756 5511. E-MAIL – [email]takeheed@aol.com[/email]

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The menace of ‘CHRISLAM’.

Any notion that God’s people are at liberty to seek to fuse together genuine worship of Him with any form of pagan worship is utterly rejected and prohibited by God in His Word. As Joshua was nearing the end of his life he addressed the people of Israel and their elders and said to them “Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right or to the left. That ye come not among these nations that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them. But cleave unto the Lord your God, as ye have done unto this day” [Joshua 23:7-8]… “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity… And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve… If ye forsake the Lord and serve strange gods then he will turn and do you hurt… Now therefore put away said he the strange gods which are among you and incline your heart unto the Lord God of Israel” [Joshua 24: 1-23].

We read similar prohibitions in the book of Isaiah “I am the Lord; that is my name and my glory will I not give to another” [Isaiah 42:8]… “I am the Lord and there is none else, there is no God beside me… there is no God else beside me, a just God and a Saviour, there is none beside me. Look unto me and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God and there is none else” [Isaiah 45: 1, 21-22].

The Lord Himself stated plainly that true worship of His Father must line up with what God, by His Spirit, has revealed in His inspired Word. To the Samaritan woman at the well the Lord said “But the hour cometh, and now is, when true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” [John 4:23-24].

In Revelation we read of how John, overawed by what he had heard and seen, inadvertently slipped into offering worship that was neither ‘in spirit nor in truth’ and he was immediately rebuked “And I, John, saw these things and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not; for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren, the prophets, and of them who keep the words of this book. Worship God” [Revelation 22:8-9].

Despite these clear guidelines about how God’s people are to behave when seeking to worship God, there has emerged in recent months a new and dangerous movement that is either oblivious to or else in open rebellion to what God has said about worship of Himself.

I simply want to direct attention to several articles that will provide helpful information on this new and diabolical trend. The first is found on http://thelastcrusade.org/2010/11/04/chrislam-spreads-throughout-america/ and the opening lines read ‘This weekend, the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston along with Christian communities in Atlanta, Seattle, and Detroit will initiate a series of sermons that have been designed to produce an ecumenical reconciliation between Christianity and Islam. In addition to the sermons, the Sunday school lessons will center on the inspired teachings of the Prophet Mohammad. Qurans will be placed in the pews next to the Bibles’.

The next article is located on http://bigpeace.com/dladams/2011/02/08/chrislam-core-values-without-a-core/ An astute comment that appears in this article reads ‘However, the “peace” between Islam and Christians that is understood by Muslims is not the same as that understood by Christians. There is likely no sign on the door of these “Chrislam” churches that says, “Surrender hope and your Christianity all ye who enter.”

Finally there is a short article on http://www.onenewsnow.com/Church/Default.aspx?id=1286950 part of which reads ‘Alan Wisdom, director of the Presbyterian Action committee and vice president for research and programs at The Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD), contends that Islam should never be viewed as an equal to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Moreover, Qurans should never be placed next to God’s Holy Word’.

Whilst most of this current promotion of ‘Chrislam’ appears to be taking place in America we can rest assured that it will in due course make its way to this part of the world and to other regions also. The words of the Lord in Matthew 24:25 seem appropriate by way of closure to this article “Behold, I have told you before”.

Cecil Andrews Ð ‘Take Heed’ Ministries Ð 28th February 2011

Since posting this article on ‘Chrislam’ – I have been informed that the apparent church notice board for Beulah Cumberland Presbyterian Church that appears in the first article link mentioned was in fact a hoax ‘mock-up’. However the text of the article itself is unaffected by this and in fact that ‘mock-up’ church notice board might be a harbinger of things to come as ‘Chrislam’ expands.

Yours in Christ

Cecil Andrews

‘Take Heed’ Ministries

www.takeheed.net

APPENDIX Ð 27TH JUNE 2011

In the little footnote to my earlier article I made reference to ‘things to come as ‘Chrislam’ expands’. Well, 4 months ‘down the line’ it is clear that the concept of ‘Chrislam’ is expanding as the following items that I received in recent days clearly show Ð

The Wake-Up Herald

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. Romans 13:11-14

Churches to Embrace ‘Chrislam’ on June 26, 2011

By Robert McCurry

Chrislam: An attempt to syncretize Christianity with Islam. While it began in Nigeria in the 1980s, Chrislamic ideas have spread throughout much of the world. The essential concept of Chrislam is that Christianity and Islam are compatible, that one can be a Christian and a Muslim at the same time. Chrislam is not an actual religion of its own, but rather is a blurring of the differences and distinctions between Christianity and Islam.

Discerning Christians knew this day was going to come, when the liberal “love gospel” preachers who, desiring to fill their seats and bank accounts, would find a way to merge apostate ‘Christianity’ with Satan’s religion of Islam. That day is here.

In July of 2008, a conference was held at Yale University to “promote understanding and peace between Christianity and Islam.” The gathering [was] a direct response to a letter signed by 138 Muslim leaders in October 2007 that called for peace between Muslims and Christians for the sake of world peace. The letter, entitled “A Common Word Between Us and You,” urged followers of the two faiths to find “common ground” in the love of God and engage in more sincere discussions on peace rather than simply just “polite ecumenical dialogue” between certain religious leaders.

This document says that Muslims and Christians worship the same God and claims that “the future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians.” The statement says, “… we must engage in interfaith dialogue as those who seek each other’s good, for the one God unceasingly seeks our good.”

“If we can achieve religious peace between these two religious communities, peace in the world will clearly be easier to attain,” they wrote. They called for interfaith dialogue to build relations that will “reshape” the two communities to “genuinely reflect our common love for God and for one another.” And they asked the Muslim leaders to forgive Christians for their sins Ð including the Crusades and “the excesses of the war on terrorism.”

Among more than 300 theologians, ministry leaders and prominent pastors signing the response letter were Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, Bill Hybels, pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, Robert Schullar, pastor of Crystal Cathedral, theologian John Stott, Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners and Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals.

Quote of the Day: “Before we “shake your hand” in responding to your letter, we ask forgiveness of the All-Merciful One and of the Muslim community around the world.” Ð Rick Warren in a speech to Muslims.

On July 4, 2010, Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Community Church in California, addressed the convention of nearly 8,000 Muslims at the Islamic Society of North America. Warren stated that Muslims and Christians must work together to combat stereotypes, promote peace and freedom, and solve global problems.

Warren called on Muslims and Christians to form an interfaith coalition to combat prejudice and stereotypes.

“Tolerance is not enough,” Warren said. “People don’t want to be tolerated, they want to be respected, they want to be listened to. They want to be valued.” Armed with four ideas for action, Warren called on Muslims and Christians to work together to create respect, restore civility to civilization, promote peace and tackle major world problems. “I am not interested in interfaith dialogue, I am interested in interfaith projects,” Warren said.

“Talk is cheap … but love is something we do together,” he added. “As the two largest faiths on this planet – more than 1 billion Muslims and 2 billion Christians [Cecil Ð note that Warren is obviously including Roman Catholics and the various shades of Orthodox in his calculations for the number of Christians in the world] – as Muslims and Christians, we must believe in this. As more than half the world, we must do something to model what it is to live in peace, to live in harmony.”

Christians and Moslems Ð faith mates, soul mates and now work mates! Chrislam!

The Chrislam movement has gained impetus by statements from President George W. Bush that Christians, Jews, and Muslims all worship the same God and by Rick Warren’s reference to Isa (the Muslim name for Jesus) in his prayer at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Churches to Embrace Chrislam on June 26, 2011

Chrislam has grown dramatically and now has infected many hundreds of churches and denominations all across America. A group called Faith Shared is now spearheading the move to merge Christianity with Islam. The following is taken from their web site:

“Faith Shared asks houses of worship across the country to organize events involving clergy reading from each other’s sacred texts on April 26, 2011. An example would be a Christian Minister, Jewish Rabbi and Muslim Imam participating in a worship service or other events of Christian churches. Suggested readings will be provided from the Torah, the Gospels, and the Qur’an, but communities are encouraged to choose readings that will resonate with their congregations. Involvement of members from the Muslim community is key. We will also provide suggestions on how to incorporate this program into your regular worship services. And we will assist local congregations in their media and communications efforts.

While there is a strong preference for all of the events to happen on the same day, a number of congregations held interfaith services in January and February giving us wonderful examples of how communities can come together in support and fellowship. We will be posting photos, sample programs and audio files from theses services. Faith Shared will collect images and videos from these events to use in our efforts to spread this message of respect and understanding from America.”

Congregations in several metropolitan areas – Houston, Atlanta, Seattle, and Detroit – preached sermons and held Sunday school lessons recently on the founder of Islam, Mohammad, whom Muslims consider a prophet.

Qurans were also placed in the pews next to Bibles. Proponents of the Chrislam movement claim that Christians cannot love their neighbours without having a relationship and fellowship with them. But God’s Word says otherwise.

“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3).

“Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,

but rather reprove them” (Eph 5:11).

Wake-up, Pastors! Wake-up, Christians!

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Subject:

CARM Interfaith Alliance Quran in Pulpit

Date:

26/06/2011 07:50:17 GMT Daylight Time

From:

[email]carmstuff@yahoo.com[/email]

I apologize for the very short notice, but I just found out about it this morning. On Sunday, June 26th, the Interfaith Alliance group is promoting a “Faith Shared” event where the Quran (and other non biblical texts) will be read in Christian Churches. This is what their site says:

“Interfaith Alliance and Human Rights First offer the Faith Shared event as a way to engage faith leaders on the national and community levels in interfaith events intended to highlight respect among people of different faiths. Through photos, video clips and print coverage distributed around the world, we are looking to display visual images that reflect the mutual respect that is shared by so many Muslims, Christians, Jews and other Americans, standing together as a strong counterpoint to the negative images that have dominated the domestic and international news…Faith Shared asks houses of worship across the country to organize events involving clergy reading from each other’s sacred texts. An example would be a Christian Minister, Jewish Rabbi and Muslim Imam participating in a worship service or other event.” (http://www.faithshared.org/index.html)

If you are concerned about this and want to pass out a tract at a participating church in your area (if there are any) then go to http://www.faithshared.org/index.html and look at the scrolling box on the right. If there is a church near you and if you want to pass out the tract I’ve written for this event, then download it at htt://storage.carm.org/FaithAlliance.doc. It is free to print up (double sided) and distribute.

Again, I apologize for the short notice and I realize that many of you won’t get this email until it is too late. But, I’m giving it a try anyway.

I’ll be out in front of a local church here in Boise tomorrow morning handing out the tract.

God bless

Matt Slick

Shane Clairborne making his rounds….

The following is posted over at Take Heed Ministries by Cecil Andrews

www.takeheed.net

Article ===>>>> http://www.takeheed.net/Take_Heed_2011/Current_Concerns/August_2011/Shane_Claiborne.htm

“Take Heed” Ministries

Cecil Andrews, 29 Edengrove Park, Ballynahinch, BT24 8AZ, Northern Ireland

Telephone/Fax 028 9756 5511. E-MAIL – [email]takeheed@aol.com[/email]

WEBSITE – http://www.takeheed.net

SHANE CLAIBORNE

A large advert appeared in the Belfast Telegraph of Saturday 13th August 2011 for meetings scheduled to take place the following weekend, 19th-21st August. The headline speaker was listed as Shane Claiborne and I recognised that name from my previous research into what was called ‘The Emerging Church’.

In the light of the short time between now and the upcoming meetings I’m posting this brief article to expose some of the problems associated with ‘the ministry’ of Shane Claiborne.

Cecil Andrews – ‘Take Heed Ministries Ð 14th August 2011

Excerpts from article by Ken Silva of ‘Appraising Ministries’

http://apprising.org/2010/02/21/mysticisms-gospel-of-goodness-and-shane-claiborne/

“A few years ago, Shane interviewed Tony Campolo for an article in Cross Currents Magazine. We think it’s still relevant.”… The following section below comes from the interview mentioned…

SC: Both Muslims and Christians are very evangelical in the sense of desiring others to come to faith in their God. When we talk about inter-religious cooperation, does that mean that we need to stop trying to convert each other?

TC: We don’t have to give up trying to convert each other. What we have to do is show respect to one another. And to speak to each other with a sense that even if people don’t convert, they are God’s people, God loves them, and we do not make the judgment of who is going to heaven and who is going to hell.

I think that what we all have to do is leave judgment up to God. The Muslim community is very evangelistic, however what Muslims will not do is condemn Jews and Christians to Hell if in fact they do not accept Islam.

SC: That seems like a healthy distinction-between converting and condemning. One of the barriers seems to be the assumption that we have the truth and folks who experience things differently will all go to Hell. How do we unashamedly maintain a healthy desire for others to experience the love of God as we have experienced it without condemning others who experience God differently… (Online source, bold mine)

Resisting the urge here to wrestle with the serpent I’ll just say that, as far as it concerns Islam and hell, Campolo is quite mistaken so I simply refer you to the Quran itself:

And, by thy Lord, verily We shall assemble them and the devils, then We shall bring them, crouching, around hell. Then We shall pluck out from every sect whichever of them was most stubborn in rebellion to the Beneficent. And surely We are Best Aware of those most worthy to be burned therein. (Surah 19:68-70, emphasis mine)

Of course what Campolo and his disciple Claiborne are talking about is not the genuine Gospel of Jesus Christ; but it is a primary online source giving you a glimpse at the gospel of goodness that these men personally believe. And this false teaching is completely consistent with the universalism one sees as they study mysticism as I have for years now. However, even if Campolo did happen to be correct when he dreams “even if people don’t convert, they are God’s people,” then this question comes emerging: Then why should they ever need to convert in the first place?…

conversion has now been redefined to mean joining them in their social gospel of goodness, which they usually express something along the lines of living the way of God in Jesus and being co-creators with Him in order to make God’s dreams for the world come to pass. But it’s well past time now to finally awaken from your slumber and realize that if this reimagined Emergence Christianity, where all of mankind is already the family of God, is true then there really is no Gospel left to preach.

And so I wonder; just who might have come up with that little idea?

Excerpts from article entitled

God’s Dream = PEACE

A Global Kingdom Dream

Located on

http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/08/discernment/8-5-dream-peace.htm

“God’s Dream” seems to have become the new mantra for peace. It is bandied about by leaders who have very similar agendas, both within and without the church. Below is a summary of the results of our search. This represents only a small summary of the overall picture. We must hasten to point out that we did not simply pick and choose evidence to back up this premise. Rather, it is very obvious that “God’s Dream” does have a meaning, and this meaning is universally shared by those who bandy the term about, and the meaning is almost always connected to the idea of restoring paradise type conditions, or building the kingdom of God on Earth, by man’s efforts for the purpose of creating peace on Earth…

Shane Claiborne

Shane Claiborne is an Emergent leader who actually worked with one of the “God’s Dream” icons,

Mother Teresa in India.

He launched The Simple Way Community in Philadelphia and is “a prominent activist for nonviolence and the redistribution of resources to the poor.” He has also endorsed a number of Emergent books, often referring to “God’s Dream” in the context.

· The prophets point us to what is ahead – the fulfillment of God’s dream for creation. And they invite us not simply to wait but to begin enacting that dream now.[15]

· A dynamic and hope-filled book to provoke the ecclesial imagination. May it help us grow closer to God’s dream for the church. [16]

· I don’t agree with Doug on everything… and that’s part of the fun. We need to learn to disagree well, and laugh and spar together as we run after God’s dream.[17]

· People respond well to stories, and I think people, and especially younger generations are aware that the world we’ve been handed is fragile and are already asking, that is God’s dream for the world and is it different from what we see? Extreme poverty and conflict are hard to deny.[18]

[15.] Quoted at http://www.rmcumc.org/CHI/DistrictSites/MetroDistrict/MetroDistrictNewsUpdate062708.pdf

[16.] Book endorsement for Signs of Emergence by Kester Brewin.

[17.] Book endorsement for A Christianity Worth Believing by Doug Pagitt.

[18.] “Interview with Shane Claiborne,” by Sara Barton, 
May – June, 2007. See also these links: Here, Here, and Here.

Final quote from Ken Silva’s article referenced earlier

Emerging Church spokesman Dan Kimball has revealed to us that Emergent Wolves Enter Your Sheep Pens Through Youth Groups. The truth is that the time has arrived when we must reject these Emergent dreamers and their quasi-Christian universalism with its warped and toxic neo-liberal repainted social gospel ala Walter Rauschenbusch. And when all said and done, in the end, Claiborne is really just a Rob Bell with dreadlocks.

THE FORGOTTEN "THREE-LETTER WORD"

THE FORGOTTEN “THREE-LETTER WORD”

Thoughts upon sin that I read this morning from Thomas Watson in his book titled: “A Body of Divinity”

What is sin?

1) Sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4)

What is the nature of sin?

1) It is a defiling thing

2) It grieves the Spirit of God

3) Sin is an act of rebellion against God

4) Sin is an act of falsehood and unkindness

5) Sin is a disease

6) Sin is an irrational thing

7) Sin is a painful thing

8 ) Sin is the only thing God has an antipathy (hatred) against

Writing later in this section upon the evil of sin Watson says, “The evil of sin is not so much seen in that one thousand are ****ed for it, as that Christ died for it.”

God hates sin. Christ was slaughtered upon a tree and absorbed the full wrath of God to pay sins penalty.

The Spirit of God is grieved over sin. How is it that confessors of Christianity can trivialize sin?

What are the effects of sin?

1) It degrades us of our honor

2) It disquiets the peace of the soul

3) It produces all temporal evil

4) If it is not repented of it will bring a final ****ation

5) It destroys marriages

6) It destroys families

7) It destroys friends

8 ) It is the very thing that identifies people so closely to the devil

I pray that this day you will consider the evilness of sin and its effects upon our lives and bask in the awesome beauty of the cross of Christ and that you will focus this day upon giving Him glory for the great thing He has done.

J. Randall Easter, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Briar, Azle, TX.

II Timothy 2:19

“He who sells cheapest shall have most customers; the devil knows that it is a cheap and easy doctrine which pleases the flesh, and he doubts not but he shall have customers enough.” (Thomas Watson)

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Mass brawl at theme park after Muslim women are banned from going on

Mass brawl at theme park after Muslim women are banned from going on rides unless they remove their head scarves

*15 people arrested at New York’s Rye Playland

*Two parks rangers hospitalised after violence

*Muslim visitors say police treated them ‘like animals’

Last updated at 6:46 PM on 31st August 2011

A theme park was forced to shut its gates to visitors when a mass brawl broke out after Muslim women were banned from rides unless they removed their headscarves.

Two park rangers were injured and 15 people, including three women, were arrested in the scuffle at Rye Playland in New York yesterday. They have since been charged with disorderly conduct and assault.

Muslim visitors involved in the fight accused police of brutality and claimed they were treated ‘like animals’. One said: ‘It’s clear, this all happened because we’re Muslim.’

‘[The guards] were beating down the girls, then they started beating down the guys as they came to their aid,’ Lola Ali, 16, of Queens, told the Journal News.

The incident started at around 2pm when the theme park was crowded with around 6,000 visitors. Roughly 3,000 were in a Muslim tour group celebrating a holiday at the end of Ramadan.

Trouble reportedly flared when women wearing Muslim hijab scarves tried to get on rides banning any head coverings.

The women were refused entry and offered refunds – but then male and female visitors started to argue among themselves, Westchester County officials said.

That apparently led to park guards stepping in, sparking the huge brawl. The park entrance was closed for two hours as the fighting escalated.

Ola Salem, 17, of Brooklyn, New York, was wearing a headscarf and said she was denied entry onto a ride with her eight-year-old sister.

‘They said no because my of my “headgear”,’ she told the New York Times. ‘I said: “It’s not my headgear, it’s my religion”.’

Dena Meawad, 18, told the New York Daily News her friend Entisai Ali, was pushed to the ground and arrested when she began arguing with cops over the head scarf policy.

Her cousin, Kareem Meawad, 17, went to try to protect the woman and was beaten by cops and also arrested, she added.

Her brother, Issam Meawad, 20, was pushed to the ground and taken into custody when he tried to help his cousin, she told the New York Daily News.

‘She just wanted to get on a ride. That was it,’ Dena Meawad said of the initial confrontation. ‘It’s clear, this all happened because we’re Muslim.’

Ayman Alrabah, 24, of Brooklyn said her husband, brother and father were all tackled by cops and put into handcuffs when they tried to intervene.

She told the New York Daily News she was unaware of the head-scarf rule until after she and her sister tried to get on the park’s Dragon Coasters.

‘We requested a refund and all of a sudden an argument became a riot,’ Alrabah said. ‘Cops came. They were hitting my brother, my dad. My husband was on the floor and they were handcuffing him.’….http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2032031/Ramadan-brawl-Rye-Playland-theme-park-Muslim-women-banned-rides.html?printingPage=true

Austria pulls out of 'anti-Israel' Durban III conference

Austria pulls out of ‘anti-Israel’ Durban III conference

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT

08/31/2011 17:13

Berlin – A spokesman for Austria’s Foreign Ministry told the Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that the central European country will walk away from the so-called Durban III anti-racism conference, which is slated to take place on September 22, in New York City.

Austrian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Schallenberg told the Post that “we have no intention of participating in Durban III in September.” Austria has now joined the anti-Durban group of countries, including Italy, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Australia, the United States, Canada, and Israel.

Schallenberg said that Austria has” doubts about the content and direction of the conference” and that is the reason for Austria’s decision to skip the event…..http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=236174

Gaddafi son Saif al-Islam vows continued resistance

Gaddafi son Saif al-Islam vows continued resistance

By REUTERS

08/31/2011 23:06

CAIRO – Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, promised on Wednesday continued resistance to Libyan forces which ousted his father from Tripoli, and urged Libyans to wage a war of attrition against the National Transitional Council and its NATO backers.

In a statement broadcast on the Syrian-owned al-Rai satellite TV channel, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi said he was speaking from a suburb of the Libyan capital and vowed to “liberate the Green Square” in Tripoli from the NTC forces.

“We assure people we are here, ready and in good shape. Resistance is continuing and victory is near,” he said, adding that 20,000 armed youths were ready for the NTC forces surrounding his father’s hometown of Sirte…..http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=236226

Iran reportedly preparing for post-Assad Syria

Iran reportedly preparing for post-Assad Syria

By OREN KESSLER

08/31/2011 21:12

French paper says Tehran sent delegates to meet Syrian opposition to gauge their views on Islamic Republic.

Iran is reportedly weighing its options in Syria should the beleaguered government of President Bashar Assad succumb to a nationwide popular insurgency now approaching its sixth month.

The French newspaper Le Figaro reported this week that representatives of the Islamic Republic recently met with Syrian opposition figures in a European capital. The Iranians were reportedly trying to assess whether opposition figures are amenable to the current government staying in power should it institute long-demanded reforms, or whether Assad’s ouster would be the only acceptable outcome…..http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=236203

The Beginning and the Ending Should the Bible be spiritualized?

The Beginning and the Ending

Should the Bible be spiritualized?

by Dr. David R. Reagan

This article is one I have been ruminating about for some time. It was about three years ago when the Lord laid the title on my heart. I began praying about it and searching the Scriptures and turning it over and over in my mind.

Finally, the message began to burn in my heart for a release, and so I decided to pull it together for presentation at our annual Bible conference.

I consider it to be a personal testimony about my faith. As such, you may not agree with what I have to say, but I hope you will respect it, even as I respect those fellow believers who would disagree with me.

Introduction

Let’s get started by taking a look at the words that begin and end the Bible.

The Bible begins with these words: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

The Bible ends with these words: “He [Jesus] who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).

The Bible begins with a revelation. The Bible ends with a promise.

Do you believe these words? Do you really believe them without reservation?

If you do, then you are an exception to the norm, for the fact of the matter is that the vast majority of professing Christians – both Catholic and Protestant, including even Evangelicals – do not accept the plain sense meaning of these verses.

The reason is that the beginning and ending of the Bible are the two most abused areas of God’s Word. That’s because they have been spiritualized into meaninglessness.

The Abuse of Spiritualization

For those of you who may not be familiar with the term, spiritualization, let me explain that it means to argue that the plain sense meaning of Scripture is not its true meaning.

Let me give you a classic example of spiritualization taken from the writings of a theologian by the name of Loraine Boettner. It has to do with his interpretation of Zechariah 14:1-9.

That passage says that in the end times Jerusalem will be surrounded by enemy forces and will be ready to fall to them when the Lord will suddenly return to the Mount of Olives. When His feet touch the Mount, it will split down the middle. The Lord will then speak a supernatural word that will instantly destroy all the enemy forces. And on that day, the Lord will become King over all the earth.

In his commentary on this passage, Boettner completely spiritualized it.1

He argued that the Mount of Olives stands for the human heart. The enemy forces symbolize the evil in this world that surrounds and attacks the heart. The Lord’s return represents what happens when a person accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Thus, when Jesus comes into a person’s heart, their heart (the Mount of Olives) splits in contrition, and all the evil influences in the person’s life are defeated, and Jesus becomes king of that person’s heart.

That’s what I call an exercise in imagination!

Personal Experience

I personally know a lot about spiritualization because I grew up in a church that specialized in this perversion of Scripture. Let me give you an example, and once again, it relates to Zechariah 14, verses 1-9.

I discovered that passage when I was 12 years old, and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read it, because all the preachers I had ever heard had been hard core Amillennialists – people who do not believe that Jesus will ever return to this earth to reign for a thousand years. Over and over I had heard these preachers proclaim, “There is not one verse in the Bible that even implies that Jesus will ever put His feet on this earth again.”

Well, here was a passage that did more than imply. It said point blank that the Messiah will return to the Mount of Olives and that when His feet touch ground, the mountain will split in half!

So, in fear and trembling, I went to my pastor, showed him the passage, and asked what it meant. He studied it a long time, and then he stuck his finger in my face and said, “Son, I don’t know what this passage means, but I will guarantee you one thing, it doesn’t mean what it says.”

Why People Spiritualize

People love to spiritualize the Scriptures because when they do so, they can make the Bible say whatever they please, and in the process they get to play God.

Most professing Christians today are members of churches whose leaders use spiritualization to play fast and loose with the beginning and ending of the Bible. The preaching and teaching they hear is based upon spiritualization, and it converts the opening chapters of the Bible into a mythical story, and the ending of the Bible into mythical promises.

The Beginning

Regarding the origins of our planet and life, the Bible plainly reveals that both were created by God in six days about 6,000 years ago.

Christendom seemed to have no problem with this revelation until the 19th Century. Scientists before that time – even the man acknowledged to be the greatest scientist in history, Sir Isaac Newton – believed the biblical story and affirmed it in their writings.

The Attack of Science

But in the 19th Century, scientists began to challenge the biblical story, reaching its culmination with Darwin’s Theory of Evolution which was proposed in 1859 in his book, On the Origin of Species.2

As the 20th Century began, the Bible was on the defensive, and the battle came to a climax with the Scopes Trial in 1925 when William Jennings Bryan tried to defend the biblical view while Clarence Darrow mocked and scoffed.3

The Christian Response

In response to the relentless attacks of scientists, Christian theologians scrambled to try to make the biblical story line up with the claim of the scientists that the universe was billions of years old and that all life had evolved haphazardly from a single source.

This was accomplished primarily in one of two ways, or a combination of both.

First, was the Day-Age Theory that converted each day of the Genesis creation week into a million or more years.

The second was the Gap Theory. According to this idea, there is a gap of millions or billions of years between the first two verses of Genesis.

There are different versions of the Gap Theory, but all versions postulate that God’s original creation was most likely corrupted by the rebellion and fall of Satan. Then millions or billions of years later, God decided to bring order out of the chaos by re-creating the earth and its heavens.

Some who subscribe to the Gap Theory believe that the re-creation process took only 6 literal days. But most would contend that each of the days were actually millions of years.

They thus combine the Gap Theory with the Day-Age Theory and end up with a creation process that took place over a time span of billions of years.

The Situation Today

Today, the Gap Theory, or some version of it, is held by most Christians – even Evangelicals. Many believe that God intervened at some point and created Man.

But many, if not most believe in Theistic Evolution. In other words, they believe God created all life, but that it emerged over a long period of time through a process of guided evolution.

When challenged to simply believe the creation story in the Bible, they often respond with scoffing.

Personal Experiences

I experienced this early in the history of this ministry when I was speaking to the combined adult Sunday School classes of a church in Oklahoma. I just happened to mention in passing that we should accept the Genesis story of creation to mean what it says – namely, that God created the universe and life supernaturally in six literal days some 6,000 years ago. That off-the-hand remark prompted an explosion! A man jumped to his feet and started yelling. “I can’t believe that you believe such nonsense,” he shouted. He then added, “It’s ignorant people like you who make Christians look like fools!” At that point, he stomped out of the room.

Here’s another example of what I’m talking about. In 2009 we aired a series of television programs with Dr. Jobe Martin who has a great ministry that focuses on the Creation-Evolution conflict.4 In one of those programs, he told why he believes the Genesis story of creation means exactly what it says.

In response, I received a letter from a Christian who watched the program via satellite in Latvia, one of the former Russian Baltic Republics. He wrote:

Is the cause of Christ really advanced by having on your show a wild-eyed fanatic who cannot comprehend the concept of proof? Possibly we are not talking about the same Creator? My Lord can not lie, thus, He cannot create an old-looking earth to deceive the modern man… Satan’s best troops in the battle to stymie Christianity are the Young Earth advocates. There are hundreds of reasons that speak of earth’s age, but the wellmeaning fools refuse to learn some science before they argue against it… Dear sir, preach what you will but not in the name of Christianity. Do not make my Lord a deceiver and Christians an uneducated lot.

And lest you think these are isolated examples, let me point out that a group of Evangelicals have formed an organization called BioLogos whose purpose is to convince Christians that “the process of evolution is a tenable biblical position, and… is the best Christian apologetic to defend Genesis 1-3 against its critics.”5

This group has actually taken the position that if Christians do not accept the theory of evolution, the Church will soon die off, because it will be rejected as “an insignificant cult.”6

The relevance of this issue was demonstrated recently on the cover of Christianity Today magazine, published in June 2011.7

This is a magazine founded in 1956 by Billy Graham to espouse and defend biblical truths. But in recent years, it has become increasingly liberal, while still claiming to be Evangelical.

The magazine’s cover featured a drawing of Adam as a Neanderthal looking person, and the lead article presented him as being most likely a mythical person. The article is also a shameless apologetic for Theistic Evolution.

Key Questions

Let’s consider for a moment some of the key questions that are always posed by those who scoff at the Genesis account of creation:

1) How do you account for the apparent age of the earth?

2) How do you explain the fossil records?

3) How do you explain the fact that light from distant stars is reaching us – light that would have taken millions of years to arrive?

4) How do you explain the complexity of life without millions of years for it to develop?

On and on the questions go.

From a secular viewpoint, the questions appear to present an invincible argument against the biblical story. But from a faith viewpoint, they do not present insurmountable problems.

A Fundamental Principle

That’s because all of these questions can be answered by one simple observation: Special creation always carries with it the impression of age.

Thus, if I were to create a full grown tree instantly and then reveal it to you, you would argue that it was at least 10 to 15 years old. Or, if I were to create a full grown man instantly and then introduce him to you and ask you to guess his age, you would probably say he was at least 18 years old.

In both cases, there would be an appearance of age, but it would be an illusion.

A Second Consideration

Another factor to consider is that the earth looks old because it is in bondage to decay.

The original earth was perfect, and the Bible indicates that it was encased in a thick vapor canopy and that there was lush vegetation throughout the earth (Genesis 1:6-8, 20).

But that earth was spoiled by the sin of Man. When Adam and Eve rebelled, God responded by putting a curse on the earth, and all of creation was put in bondage to decay. (If you don’t believe it, just go look in a mirror!)

That second earth was then further changed radically by the Noahic Flood that suddenly created great mountains and chasms. Consider the Grand Canyon, for example. It appears to have developed as the result of millions of years of erosion. But we know from the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980 that such canyons can be created literally overnight.8 They do not require great eons of time.

A Basic Issue

The lack of a need for time brings us back to a basic issue. The Bible teaches that God is omnipotent (Matthew 19:26). He could therefore have created the whole universe in the twinkling of an eye. He did not need time.

He chose instead to create the universe and all life in 6 days because the Bible says He wanted to give us a model for life – namely, 6 days of labor followed by one day of rest.

Answering the Skeptics

Let’s return now to the questions posed by the skeptics:

1) How do you account for the apparent age of the earth?

Answer: The apparent age is just that: it is apparent and not real. The original earth looked old when it was created, and that appearance of age has been accelerated by the curse of God which put the whole universe in bondage to decay.

Nor is it dishonest of God to create an earth that looks old. Again, the appearance of age is a corollary of special creation. Furthermore, God has clearly told us how He created in His Word. How can He be accused of deception when He has told us how He did it?

2) How do you explain the fossil record?

Answer: The fossil record is not a record of age. Rather, it is the record of an event – the Noahic Flood.

3) How do you explain the light of the distant stars reaching the earth?

Answer: God created the light already reaching the earth. Therefore, what we observe today through a telescope is what has been happening to those stars since 6,000 years ago when they were created.

4) How do you explain the complexity of life without millions of years for it to develop?

Answer: God doesn’t need time for special creation. Thus, when Jesus converted water into wine at the marriage feast in Cana, He did so instantly, proving He was the God of time (John 2:1-11). With God, there is no need for time.

Improper “Solutions”

To try to solve the contradiction between scientific theory and the biblical story by using the Gap Theory or the Day-Age Theory or both is an admission that God needs time.

One problem with the Gap Theory is that it appears to contradict Scripture. Consider this verse from Isaiah 45:18 –

“For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it a waste place, but formed it to be inhabited), I am the Lord and there is none else.”

God did not create the earth and then allow it to become a “waste place” for billions of years before restoring it to His original intention – as a home for Mankind.

Another problem with both the Gap Theory and the Day-Age Theory is that they contradict the teaching of the Bible that death did not exist until the sin of Adam and Eve. That’s because both theories propose that life evolved slowly over a long period of time, and there was constant life and death long before Mankind, resulting in the survival of the fittest. That assumption of life and death before Man is directly contrary to Scripture.

Evolution

The whole theory of Evolution is the greatest fairy tale ever concocted by the depraved mind of Man.

The complexity of both the universe and life attests to intelligent design and the necessity of a Creator. To deny this is equivalent to standing in front of Mount Rushmore and saying, “Wow! Isn’t it amazing what can be accomplished accidentally by erosion?”

A scientist would write off such a person as insane. Yet, that same scientist will then turn around and argue that both the universe and life evolved accidentally. It is no wonder that Ray Comfort wrote a book entitled, You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, But You Can’t Make Him Think.9

Take, for example, the theory that the creation of the universe began billions of years ago with a Big Bang. This theory is based on supposed evidence that the universe is expanding.

But the Bible has an explanation for this. Eleven times we are told in the Scriptures that God “stretched out the heavens” from the point of creation. Here is one example taken from Isaiah 42:5 –

“Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it…” (ESV)

If the universe truly is expanding, then it is most likely left over momentum from God’s stretching of the heavens.

The whole idea of the universe originating from a “big bang” explosion is preposterous. Let me ask you a simple question: How many explosions have you ever witnessed or have heard of that produced order instead of chaos?

And how many explosions have ever occurred from nothing? In that regard, I love a poster I discovered recently that pokes fun at the Big Bang Theory. It says, “In the beginning there was nothing – which exploded.”

The whole idea of the universe and life originating from an explosion is as absurd as thinking – as some Evolutionists have postulated – that if you would only give 10,000 monkeys enough time, they would eventually produce the entire works of Shakespeare by randomly tapping the keys on typewriters!

Just a Theory

And concerning the Theory of Evolution, it is just that – a theory. The scientific method requires observation. No scientists were present to observe the creation of the universe or life. The only one who was present has revealed to us in His Word how it happened.

The reality is that the advocates of the Theory of Evolution have been running for cover ever since the discovery of DNA and its incredible complexity. Thus, Richard Dawkins, one of the world’s leading evolutionists, recently said that his current best guess is that life on earth either came here floating on crystals in space, or else it was planted here by aliens.10

The bottom line is that these so-called scientists are unwilling to admit the existence of a Creator God because then they would be responsible to someone.

The Bible sums it up best. In the Old Testament it says, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God'” (Psalm 14:1). In the New Testament it says: “Even though they [speaking of ungodly people] knew God, they did not honor Him as God… but they became futile in their speculations… Professing to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:21-22).

The Days of Genesis 1

Let’s return to the biblical text. We are told in Genesis 1 that God created the universe and life in six days and then rested on the seventh. How do we know they were six twenty-four hour days? The answer is simple. We know the text is speaking of 24 hour days, because it says so! Each day is described literally as an “evening and a morning.”

The fact that the Genesis account is speaking of 24 hour days is affirmed in Exodus 20:8-11 –

8) Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy.

9) Six days shall you labor and do all your work,

10) But the seventh day is a Sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work.

11) For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day…

6,000 Years of History

And how do we know all this happened only about 6,000 years ago? Because the biblical genealogies going back to Adam and Eve cover a time span of only 6,000 years from today’s time.

And Jesus Himself said in Mark 10:6 that the beginning of creation dates from Adam and Eve: “…from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female.”

In this regard, I think it is interesting to note that the Bible is the only written account of human civilization that provides historical information before the flood of Noah that took place some 4,300 years ago. All other records of human history, such as the Chinese and Egyptian, date back only to the time of the flood.

Carbon Dating

But what about carbon dating? Hasn’t it revealed human skeletons much older than 6,000 years, as well as animals like dinosaurs that are even millions of years old?

The problem with carbon dating is that it is based on evolutionary assumptions – the primary one being the principle of uniformitarianism, which is the scientific theory that life on earth has been uniform ever since the beginning and therefore the carbon content in the atmosphere has always been the same.

Even those who put their faith in carbon dating will admit that if there ever was a world-wide flood, then all carbon-dating is inaccurate. But they deny the occurrence of any such worldwide catastrophe, even though there is overwhelming evidence of it throughout the earth and there are references to it in the folk lore of all ancient civilizations.

Science Book

Some skeptics respond at this point by saying, “The Bible is not a science book, so we cannot take seriously what it says about scientific matters.”

It is true that the Bible is not a science book, but it is also true that when the Bible speaks about scientific matters, it speaks with authority and truth. In fact, it would be impossible for the Bible to contradict true science because God is the author of both.

Below are listed some examples of scientific truth that can be found in the Bible, and these examples are only a few of those that could be cited. All these scientific principles were expressed in the Bible long before they were “discovered” by scientists.

The earth is a sphere suspended in space (Isaiah 40:22 and Job 26:7)

Atmospheric circulation (Eccl. 1:6)

Ocean currents (Psalm 8:8)

The hydraulic cycle (Isaiah 55:10)

Life is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11)

The First Law of Thermodynamics (2 Peter 3:7, 13) – this is the law of the conservation of mass and energy that was not discovered until 1850.

The Second Law of Thermodynamics (Romans 8:21) – all of creation is in bondage to decay. (Also discovered in 1850.)

Basic laws of hygiene (Leviticus 11-15)

Regarding the final point above, the basic laws of hygiene outlined by Moses in the book of Leviticus were far superior to anything practiced in ancient times, whether in Egypt or anywhere else.

During the period of the Great Plague in Europe in the 14th Century, the Jews were often blamed for it because their infection rate was far less than the general public. But their seeming immunity was due to the practice of the Mosaic laws of hygiene. (Keep in mind that this was a time in history when people took baths only once a year – and then, only if they really needed one!)

To further illustrate how far ahead of science the hygienic laws of the Bible were, consider the incredible story of Ignaz Semmelweis.11 He was an Hungarian doctor who was practicing medicine in Vienna in 1847 when he noticed the high rate of infection and death in the obstetrics ward. He observed that the doctors were performing ******l exams after having done autopsies. Assuming they were transferring something from the dead bodies, he suggested they start washing their hands after completing the autopsies. This resulted in a dramatic improvement, but the idea was still rejected by the medical community as nonsense. He died before the germ theory of disease was developed in the 1860’s by Louis Pasteur and Joseph Lister.12

So What?

Some of you may be thinking at this point, “So what? What difference does it make how the Genesis record of Creation is interpreted?”

Let me assure you that it makes a lot of difference.

For one thing, the integrity of the Bible as the Word of God is at stake. For example, if we cannot believe what the Bible says about the Creation, then how can we believe what it says about the Resurrection? Or what it says about the return of Jesus?

And that brings me to the ending of the Bible.

The Ending

Like the Beginning, the Ending of God’s Word has been spiritualized into meaning anything except what it says.

The viewpoint of End Times that prevails in the Church today – both Catholic and Protestant – is Amillennialism, the belief that there will never be a millennial reign of Jesus on this earth.

This view is based on a spiritualization of Scripture.

The Biblical View

The Bible says point blank Jesus will return to this earth to reign for a thousand years (Revelation 20:4). It further states that Satan will be bound during that time (Revelation 20:1-3), and that the earth will be flooded with peace, righteousness and justice as the waters cover the seas (Isaiah 9:6-7 & Isaiah 11:9).

The Bible also teaches that at the end of that reign, this earth will be consumed with fire and out of that fiery inferno will come a new earth that will serve as the eternal home of the Redeemed (2 Peter 3:12-13 and Revelation 21:1). It also teaches that God will come down to earth and that the Redeemed will live in glorified bodies in His presence forever (Revelation 21:2-4).

The Amillennial View

The Amillennial viewpoint spiritualizes all of this.

It argues that the Millennium began at the Cross with the binding of Satan and that the Millennium continues to this day with Jesus reigning from Heaven through His Church. In other words, the Church Age is the Millennium. There is no Rapture in this viewpoint, nor is there any Great Tribulation.

Most Amillennialists would further argue that when Jesus returns, He will simply appear and then take all believers, both living and dead, back to Heaven with Him to live eternally in an ethereal spirit world.

The problems with this view are overwhelming.

1) If we are in the Millennium now, why isn’t the world flooded with peace, righteousness and justice?

2) If Jesus is reigning now, why is He doing such a poor job? After all, every nation in the world is in rebellion against Him. And if He is reigning now as King of kings, then why does the Bible portray Him instead as our High Priest before God’s throne? (Hebrews 3:1 and Hebrews 4:14-16).

The Bible says Jesus came the first time as our Savior. He currently serves as our High Priest. He will return as our King of kings.

3) If Satan is bound now, then why does evil abound in the world, and why do Scriptures written long after the Cross portray him as continuing to be the ruler of this world?

Furthermore, the Bible says Satan is going to be bound in a special way during the Millennium. He will be restrained so that he can no longer deceive the nations of the world. Yet, everywhere we look today, we see nations deceived.

4) What would God have to do to convince us that Jesus is returning to reign for a thousand years?

Repeatedly throughout the Old Testament we are told that the Messiah will reign over all the world from Mount Zion in Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:1-4; Isaiah 9:6-7; Daniel 7:13-14, 18, 27; and Micah 4:1-7). And in chapter 20 of the book of Revelation we are told six times that His reign will last 1,000 years.

5) Finally, how do you explain eternity in an ethereal world as a spirit being when the Bible says we will live forever in glorified bodies on a new earth? (Revelation 21:1-7).

Interpretation

It all comes down to a matter of interpretation.

As with the interpretation of the beginning of the Bible, the interpretation of the ending depends upon whether you are going to accept the plain sense meaning of the text or whether you are going to insist on spiritualizing the text to mean what you want it to mean.

I believe the fundamental rule for the interpretation of all the Bible, from beginning to end should be what I call the Golden Rule of Interpretation:

If the plain sense makes sense, don’t look for any other sense, lest you end up with nonsense.

Furthermore, when it comes to the interpretation of prophecy, there is a fundamental fact that must be kept in mind – namely, all First Coming prophecies were literally fulfilled in their plain sense meaning. Why, then, would the Second Coming prophecies be any different?

Conclusion

The bottom line is that we need to stop playing games with God’s Word. We need to accept it for what it says – and stop trying to make excuses for it.

Hundreds of times, in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, the claim is made that the writers of the Bible are speaking the Word of God (1 Samuel 9:27 and Hebrews 4:12).

If so, then what they wrote must be without error, for God cannot lie, nor can He make mistakes.

I therefore challenge you to accept the Bible for what it claims to be – the Word of God – and I challenge you to believe it for what it says.

And I want to conclude by emphasizing that my challenge to you to accept the Bible for what it claims to be, and to believe it for what it says, is a challenge that comes directly from Jesus Christ Himself. Here is what He is recorded as saying in John 5:46-47:

“…if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”

Moses was the one who wrote the book of Genesis. We need to believe what he wrote.

Your Christian faith will have full meaning only when you believe that the universe and the life it contains was supernaturally created by God for a purpose.

And you will never experience the fullness of Christian hope until you start believing the promises of God’s Prophetic Word.

The Beginning and the Ending –

May God forgive us for ignoring them.

May God forgive us for abusing them.

May God forgive us for playing games with them.

May we commit ourselves to their revival in the teaching and preaching programs of our churches.

God was there at the beginning. He will be there at the end. He holds the whole universe in His hands. Let us find peace in the knowledge that He is sovereign.

“My message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.”

(The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:4-5)

Notes

1) Loraine Boettner, The Millennium (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing Co., 1957).

2) Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species (London: John Murray Publisher, 1859).

3) Dr. David Menton, “The Scopes ‘Monkey Trial’ – 80 Years Later,” www.answersingenesis.org/docs2005/0711scopes.asp. It should be noted that Bryan did not believe in a young earth. He took the Day-Age position, arguing that each day of creation represented millions of years.

4) Jobe Martin’s outstanding book about his conversion from Evolution to Creationism is titled, The Evolution of a Creationist. It can be obtained from Lamb & Lion Ministries for $15 plus the cost of shipping. To order, call 972-736-3567.

5) The BioLogos Forum, About The BioLogos Foundation, http://biologos.org/about.

6) Lawrence Ford, “Confronting Evolutionary Ideas,” www.icr.org/article/confronting-evolutionary-ideas, 2011.

7) Richard N. Ostling, “The Search for the Historical Adam,” www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/june/historicaladam.html, June 3, 2011.

8) Dr. Steven A. Austin, “Mt. St. Helens and Catastrophism,” www.icr.org/article/mt-st-helens-catastrophism, 1986.

9) Ray Comfort, You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, But You Can’t Make Him Think (Washington, D.C.: WND Books, 2009).

10) William Hooper, “Richard Dawkins on Intelligent Alien Design,” www.theoligarch.com/richard-dawkins-aliens.htm, May 2008, updated January 2011.

11) Wikipedia, “Ignaz Semmelweis,” [ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignaz_Semmelweis[/ame].

12) Wikipedia, “Germ theory of disease,” [ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germ_theory_of_disease[/ame].

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