Welcome to the May 2010 Blog. Be informed, be energized, be motivated…but most of all be real.
Quotes that make you say “Ouch!”
“Life’s tough, pilgrim, and it’s even tougher if you’re stupid.” – John Wayne
“Looking back is almost always tantamount to going back.” – Jerry Jones
…a formula for understanding the female gender. Looks foolproof.
What’s feeding the divorce tsunami?
Selfishness plays a huge role in virtually all marital difficulties. Young people marry in hopes of being made happy by their spouse. Our culture has embraced the “lookout for Mr. Number One” syndrome. Who has a mindset of making others happy? Few, I’m afraid. No one finds love or happiness while looking for them. We only discover them when we love and are making others happy. Me, mine, and I are most people’s favorite words. Selfishness manifests itself in many ways, and is often overlooked when searching for causality of difficulties. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3,4).
Listening to the wrong voices is another major source of trouble leading to divorce. Young people are introduced to the idea of short and trial marriages by Hollywood celebrities. They are bombarded by scenes of immorality and disgusting behavior through the media—magazines, TV, and the Internet. They have largely come to view marriage as a possible financial advantage, or to legitimize a baby, or to temporarily accommodate relatives, or some other selfish convenience. Too many Christian youth are reading novels that disparage the concept of devoted spouses. Multitudes are putting their every thought and action on Facebook or Twitter; therefore, many are adopting the conclusion that “everyone else is doing it, why not me?” This is another reason Christians should avoid having TV in their homes. It is wise to keep the magazines and books that glorify immorality and divorce out of the reach of children and youth as much as possible. Monitoring/limiting computer usage, especially the social networking sites, is a must. The more our young people are plugged into the ways of the world, the more apt they are to mimic them and feel justified in doing so. “For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil” (Romans 16:19).
Without a doubt, the unequal yoke plays a significant role in broken marriages. When young people marry outside the church (someone who is not born again according to Acts 2:38), it is almost a given that there will be grave difficulties, backslidings, and increased chances of divorce. Where the parties have widely diverse cultural, racial or religious backgrounds, the likelihood of divorce increases. When there is an “unshared vision” about life, varying worldviews and cultural experiences, divorce possibilities heighten. As religious leaders, we must constantly use the Word to point our youth in the right direction when they are making life-changing decisions, and apply sincere and sound correction when they take the wrong path. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (II Timothy 3:16).
Typical comment about the 2010 Apostolic Ministerial Conference
“This conference has ministered to my wife and me like no other. Thank you for all your effort and sacrifice in making this happen. The ministry was so deep that it will have a lasting effect on us. The fellowship and friendship is priceless. God bless you! Our prayers are with you!” – Missionary in attendance
Yet again, the Word trumps the professors
“The word of the Lord is right…” (Psalm 33:4).
“And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem” (I Kings 2:11). “Hogwash,” say the doubters. “There is no physical evidence that there was a king of Israel named David. That is just another biblical myth,” the unbelievers have claimed for generations. Lo, the archaeologists uncover an ancient stone in the rubble of Tel Dan in northern Israel with the words, “the House of David,” inscribed upon it. It is the first non-biblical text that mentions this phrase and this name by name. The black basalt stone dates to at least the ninth century B.C. and may be seen in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
In II Kings 12:1-6 and 11-17, the Bible describes how King Jehoash, who reigned circa 839-799 B.C., instructed the priests to “take holy money…to buy quarry stones and timber and copper and labor to carry out the duty with faith.” Recently, the press and media have been discussing an inscribed tablet that was discovered in the summer of 2000 at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. The find was made by Islamic Trust renovators of the El-Aqsa mosque which occupies part of the Haram el Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) site. Carbon-14 dating by Israel’s Geological Institute, under Shimon Ilani, has authenticated the inscription as being around 2,800 years old. The Institute’s director, Amos Bean, reported that they had discovered flecks of gold burnt into the stone, indicating that it was probably in the Temple when the building was destroyed by invading Babylonians in about 586 B.C. The Arkosic Dead Sea sandstone tablet measures 31 x 24 x 7 cms, and carries 15 lines of text written in ancient Hebrew with elements of Aramaic and old Phoenician. It describes repairs to Solomon’s Temple as ordered by King Jehoash of Judah in the 9th century B.C.
Josephus the Jewish historian wrote about the warning signs that were on the barrier that separated the court of the Gentiles from the other courts in the Temple. Orthodox Jews were serious about this line of demarcation. There was no proof of this barrier until recent times when archaeologists discovered one. Its seven-line inscription read as follows:
A number of biblical texts mention the sacrificing of turtle doves (Leviticus 1:14; 5:7; 14:22). This was even done at the consecration of Jesus (Luke 2:22-24). But is there actual proof that this was practiced? At right is a stone that was found in excavations of Jerusalem, dating to the Herodian period. Clearly seen are two dead doves accompanied by the Hebrew word “korban” (sacrifice). The stone is now in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
The ostracon (inscribed piece of pottery) at left is from Arad, and dates to the early 6th century B.C. Written on the piece of clay is a letter addressed to Eliashib and mentions “the House of God” in Jerusalem. This is reportedly the earliest known reference to the original Temple outside of the Bible.
Earth to the liberal professors: “Give it up!” When the Bible says something happened, it happened. When it names someone, they were real, living individuals. When it says, there’s a hell and unbelievers are going there, you’d better believe it.
Abraham told Pharaoh that Sarah was his sister (Genesis 12:10-20) and Isaac made a similar claim about Rebekah (Genesis 26:7). Did they lie? Abraham insisted to Abimelech that Sarah was his half-sister (Genesis 20:2-12). Therefore, some hold that he merely told a half-truth. Others, like Samuel Greengus, feel that Sarah and Rebekah were possibly adopted as sisters. Laws from that period have surfaced, i.e. at Nuzi, that suggest that the practice of adopting sisters was common in that time and area.
Nuzi was a provincial agricultural town in the small Hurrian kingdom of Arrapha, whose capital is today buried under the Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The Hurrians are equivalent to the Horites in the Old Testament, also called Hivites and Jebusites. Excavations were carried out at Nuzi by American teams from 1925 to 1933. The major find was more than 5,000 family and administrative archives spanning six generations, ca. 1450-1350 BC. They deal with the social, economic, religious and legal institutions of the Hurrians.
The tablets tell of practices similar to those in Genesis such as adoption for childless couples (Genesis 15:2 children by proxy (Genesis 16; 21:1, inheritance rights (Genesis 25:29, marriage arrangements (Genesis 28) and levirate marriage (Genesis 38; Deuteronomy 25:5). They also demonstrate the significance of the deathbed blessing (Genesis 27; 48 and household gods (Genesis 31:14 30. Some Nuzi tablets, called “tablets of sistership,” agreements in which a man adopted a woman as a sister. In the society of the Hurrians, a wife enjoyed both greater protection and a superior position when she also had the legal status of a sister. In such a case, two separate documents were drawn up, one for marriage and the other for sistership. Some feel this may explain why both Abraham (Genesis 12:10 20:1 and Isaac (Genesis 26:7) said their wives were their sisters. It is possible that they had previously adopted them to give them higher status, in accordance with the custom of the day.
Family records were highly valued at Nuzi, being passed down from father to son for as many as six generations. Nowhere else in the ancient Near East is this kind of reverence for family documents illustrated, except in the Old Testament. Indirectly, the practice at Nuzi supports the position that Genesis and the other books of history in the Old Testament are grounded in actual family, clan and tribal records carefully passed from generation to generation.
As with Mari, the Nuzi records demonstrate that the cultural practices recorded in the book of Genesis are authentic. The accounts are not fictional stories written at a much later time, as some critics claim, since the customs were unknown in later periods.
Check out Samuel Greengus’ “Sisterhood Adoption at Nuzi and the ‘Wife-Sister’ in Genesis,” which appeared in the Hebrew Union College Annual 46 (1975) 5-31. Greengus teaches at Hebrew Union College.
The work in Ethiopia is alive and well
The “heavenly flesh” doctrine did not decimate God’s work in Ethiopia. While the largest body of those who were called “Apostolics” pulled away and went into doctrinal heresy, Brother Solomon Lodamo leads the United Pentecostal Church of Ethiopia (UPCE) very well and it is growing and prospering under his leadership. He has been able to pull the Apostolic movement in that country back from the brink of apostasy.
That has not been accomplished without a heavy price, however. Ministers of the UPCE have been physically attacked and their properties taken away. Some have been offered considerable sums of money or goods if they reject their stand and go with the heretical group that forsook fellowship with the UPCI. Yet they have stood firm. I have personally spoken with ministers who were beaten and threatened with death because they remained true to the Apostolic faith. I have seen their scars.
Above is a picture of Brother Solomon (they use first names almost exclusively in Ethiopia) and his wife, Mezenework, with their three sons and three daughters. They are very deserving of our prayers and financial support. The work is going well but there are tremendous needs for metal sheeting for church roofs and other supplies and equipment. If you would like to help support the Apostolic message in Ethiopia, you can contribute to The Ethiopian Endeavor, P. O. Box 98, Brewer, ME 04412.
Some decry the fact that many ministers and church leaders are speaking out about the current political situation in America. They have bought the line that those associated with religious movements are not permitted to address the issues concerning the state, as though that would be unconstitutional. That untruth is put forth to discourage ministers and religious leaders from informing their constituents of the dangers of a repressive, socialistic regime.
God deals with us as individuals regarding salvation, but throughout the Scriptures He is shown as interacting with entire nations, including heathen countries. Someday He will sit on a throne and judge entire nations collectively (Matthew 25:31,32). Part of the criteria will be how they treated “His brethren,” the Jews.
If repressive times are ahead for the American church, and difficult circumstances will produce pure faith and perhaps a revival, then so be it. But history reveals that was not always the case. Under other regimes, believers were murdered, their families separated, torture and death became common, churches were burned or closed. The voice of the church was stilled.
“That could not happen here,” some say. Oh? Are Americans exempt from the awful scenes that Christians in China have endured? Or those in S.E. Asia? Or Russia? Are we so special that nothing negative could ever be perpetrated against our families and our children? How naïve.
In fourteen months we have gone from a free enterprise, capitalistic society to one that is slipping daily into socialism. Our president and his minions are clearly preparing our nation to accede to Muslim demands. Ronald Reagan warned America in the 1950s that health care would be means to shoehorn us into socialism. Was he a political prophet or what?
Do as you feel, but it is my opinion that we not only have the right but the obligation to speak out against the ignoring of our constitution and the expansion of foreign influence in our government. We are citizens. It is our right, and should be exercised as long as Christian principles are not violated.
If you see any bill under consideration by the U.S. Senate that sounds like any of the titles below, urge your congressman to oppose it. It will probably require that you retrofit your home to satisfy the EPA’s “green rules” before you are granted a permission to sell it. Like other bills the current administration has proposed and passed, it is not about saving money or even saving the planet. They only use those lines to make their program more palatable to uninformed, gullible voters. It is about government control! Even if they say they will give you a tax rebate to pay for the costs, it is only to get you to accept their ever-shortening leash. Here are some possible titles for the bill being considered.
– Global Change Research and Data Management Act of 2009
– Green Act of 2009
– Green Resources for Energy Efficient Neighborhoods Act of 2009
– National Climate Service Act of 2009
– Cap and Trade
“[Very] soon, every American will be required to register their biological property in a National system designed to keep track of the people and that will operate under the ancient system of pledging. By such methodology, we can compel people to submit to our agenda, which will affect our security as a chargeback for our fiat paper currency. Every American will be forced to register or suffer not being able to work and earn a living. They will be our chattel, and we will hold the security interest over them forever, by operation of the law merchant under the scheme of secured transactions. Americans, by unknowingly or unwittingly delivering the bills of lading to us will be rendered bankrupt and insolvent, forever to remain economic slaves through taxation, secured by their pledges. They will be stripped of their rights and given a commercial value designed to make us a profit and they will be non the wiser, for not one man in a million could ever figure our plans and, if by accident one or two would figure it out, we have in our arsenal plausible deniability. After all, this is the only logical way to fund government, by floating liens and debt to the registrants in the form of benefits and privileges. This will inevitably reap to us huge profits beyond our wildest expectations and leave every American a contributor to this fraud which we will call “Social Insurance.” Without realizing it, every American will insure us for any loss we may incur and in this manner; every American will unknowingly be our servant, however begrudgingly. The people will become helpless and without any hope for their redemption and, we will employ the high office of the President of our dummy corporation to foment this plot against America.”
The Council on Foreign Relations was founded in 1921 by Edward Mandell House (pictured on Time magazine above), who had been the chief advisor of President Woodrow Wilson. Actually, he was more than just a prominent aide of the President; he dominated the President. He was referred to as Wilson’s “alter ego” (other self), and was credited for being the most powerful individual in the United States during the Wilson Administration from 1913 until 1921. House was a Marxist whose goal was to socialize the United States. In 1912, House wrote the book “Philip Dru: Administrator” in which he stated that he was working for “Socialism as dreamed of by Karl Marx.” In this book, House laid out a plan for the conquest of America, telling how both the Democratic and Republican Parties would be controlled, and be used as instruments in the creation of a socialistic government. And he asked for the establishment of a state-controlled central bank, which were both proposed in “The Communist Manifesto.” And it was in 1913, during the very first year of the House-dominated Wilson Administration, that both of these proposals became law. The Federal Reserve Act was passed, which brought into power a private central bank to create the money of the United States, taking this power away from the United States Congress. And the Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, the graduated income tax as proposed by Karl Marx, was also ratified.
The late Carroll Quigley (Bill Clinton’s mentor), Professor of History at Georgetown University, member of the CFR, stated in his book, Tragedy & Hope:
“The CFR is the American Branch of a society which originated in England, and which believes that national boundaries should be obliterated, and a one-world rule established.”
Take down the flag?
Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the United States rushed in to help with money, medicine, and manpower. To date, we’ve already given over $179 million in humanitarian aid…but Barack Obama has just ordered all U.S. installations to take down their American flags, lest we be seen as an “occupying army” rather than “international partners.”
It is patently appalling that a president of the United States would consider our flag to be a symbol of militaristic takeovers and colonialism, especially when serving (to a greater degree than any other nation on Earth) a humanitarian purpose.
Additionally, who would think we’d want to occupy Haiti?!
My friends, “hope and change” is more about change than hope.
No other country giving aid in Haiti has lowered its flag. But then again, perhaps no other country has a leader who is offended by his own flag.
If I could introduce a bill into the U.S. Congress, it might look something like this:
1. Term Limits: 12 years only—one six-year Senate term and three two-year House terms.
2. No seniority. Leadership positions are voted on by the entire House or Senate.
3. No pension: A congressman collects a salary while in office but receives no pay when they are out of office. All members of Congress (past, present & future) participate in Social Security. All monies in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system. Congress participates with the American people. They can purchase their own retirement plan just as all Americans.
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise or fall with the cost of living index.
5. Congress voids its current health care policies and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
6. Congress must equally abide in all laws they impose on the American people.
7. All contracts with past and present congressmen are void effective 1/1/11, when we effectively “start over.” The American people did not make these contracts with congressmen—congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.
Someone else inspired these thoughts based on the premise that serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators. So, serve your term(s), then go home and go back to work. [Am I holding my breath about this possibility?]
Islam and America
Barack Hussein Obama, during his Cairo speech, said: “I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America’s story.” What had he been smoking? Where did he get his info?
Dear Mr. Obama:
Were those Muslims that were in America when the Pilgrims first landed? Funny, I thought they were Native American Indians.
Were those Muslims that celebrated the first Thanksgiving day? Sorry again, those were Pilgrims and Native American Indians.
Was there one Muslim signature on the United States Constitution? On the Declaration of Independence? The Bill of Rights?
Didn’t think so.
Did Muslims fight for this country’s freedom from England? No.
Did Muslims fight during the Civil War to free the slaves in America? No, they did not. In fact, Muslims have long been involved in the slave trade. To this day are still the largest traffickers in human slavery.
Where were Muslims during this country’s women’s suffrage era? Again, not present. In fact, devout Muslims demand that women are subservient to men in the Islamic culture. So much so, that often they are beaten for not wearing the “hajib” or for talking to a man who is not a direct family member or their husband. Yep, the Muslims are all for women’s rights, aren’t they?
Where were Muslims during World War II? They were aligned with Adolf Hitler. The Muslim grand mufti himself met with Adolf Hitler, reviewed the troops and accepted support from the Nazis in killing Jews.
Finally, Mr. Obama, where were Muslims on Sept. 11th, 2001? If they weren’t flying planes into the World Trade Center , the Pentagon or a field in Pennsylvania killing nearly 3,000 people on our own soil, they were rejoicing in the Middle East. No one can dispute the pictures shown from all parts of the Muslim world celebrating on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other cable news networks that day. Strangely, the very “moderate” Muslims who stood before you in Cairo, Egypt on June 4, when you made the above statement, were stone cold silent post 9-11. To many Americans, their silence meant approval for the acts of that day.
And who is killing our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan? And trying to blow up our airplanes with underwear bombs? Old Methodist grannies? Catholic nuns? Nope. Muslims.
And now we can add November 5, 2009, the date of the slaughter of American soldiers at Fort Hood by a Muslim major—a doctor and a psychiatrist who was supposed to be counseling soldiers returning from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan.
That, Mr. Obama, is the real “Muslims in America” story. Get it straight.
Paying for Muslim culture
Dhimmitude (look up this word) is the Muslim system of controlling non-Muslim populations conquered through jihad. Specifically, it is the TAXING of non-Muslims in exchange for tolerating their presence, and as a coercive means of converting conquered remnants to Islam.
The ObamaCare bill is the establishment of Dhimmitude and Sharia Muslim diktat in the United States. Muslims are specifically exempted from the government mandate to purchase insurance, and also from the penalty tax for being uninsured. Islam considers insurance to be “gambling,” “risk-taking” and “usury,” and thus Muslims are specifically granted exemption based on this. How convenient. So I, Ann Barnhardt, a Christian, will have crippling IRS liens placed against all of my assets, including real estate, cattle, and even accounts receivables, and will face hard prison time because I refuse to buy insurance or pay the penalty tax. Meanwhile, Louis Farrakhan will have no such penalty and will have 100% of his health needs paid for by the de facto government insurance. Non-Muslims will be paying a tax to subsidize Muslims. Period. This is Dhimmitude.
Dhimmitude serves two purposes: it enriches the Muslim masters, and serves to drive conversions to Islam. In this case, the incentive to convert to Islam will be taken up by those in the inner-cities as well as the godless Generation X, Y and Z types who have no moral anchor. If you don’t believe in Christ to begin with, it is no problem whatsoever to sell Him for 30 pieces of silver. “Sure, I’ll be a Muslim if it means free health insurance and no taxes. Where do I sign, bro?”
If you are a Christian and you acquiesce to this, you will be bending your knee to Islam and denying Christ. How many of the early Christians went to horrific deaths rather than offer a mere pinch of incense to a statue of Caesar? Every single one of us has a BIG decision to make right now, in this moment. The choice is to either offer a pinch of incense to Islam and Marxism, or take up our cross and follow Christ. I’ve made my decision. I choose Christ. I choose the Cross.
Makes one want to join The Pushbackers, huh?
We may justifiably criticize the Muslim religion for birthing and giving voice to religious extremism, even terrorism, but they do not have a corner on weird theories and practices. Christianity has its share of nutcases and extremists.
If one listens to the radio, reads virtually any genre of magazines, and observes the religious scene with any degree of discernment, he will notice that Christianity has an abundance of weirdness. It is this—more than Bible doctrines and practices, or evangelistic methodology—that turns a great many unbelievers off.
For example, the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, KS pickets funerals of servicemen killed in action. The carry signs that say, “God hates soldier boys…Pray for more dead soldiers…God hates fags…God hates America.” They get by because of “freedom of speech.” The abuse of that freedom will be the cause of its eventual loss.
Then we have the current sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic priesthood. Numbers of bishops, cardinals, and even the pope himself, have covered up years of abuse of young boys by priests. When caught or exposed, they were simply transferred to other parishes, usually where the practice continued. That is besides all the other weird, extra-biblical practices embraced by the RC church.
Now we have the neo-Evangelicals (Emergents and others) denying the authority of Scripture, pushing social and environmental issues as though they were part of the gospel itself, and promoting a new spirituality that flows out of ancient practices of Catholic hermits.
Beyond that, we still have hundreds of sects and cults that continue to deceive thousands, some of which conduct “worship” and ceremonies that stagger the imagination.
Oh, that strange doctrines and weird practices were relegated to other movements! But, alas, the Apostolic movement has had its share of problems. Forgetting the infamous “latter rain” of the 1940s and 1950s, we have seen the rise of the heavenly flesh doctrine, preterism, postmodernism, the prosperity message, and Dominion/Kingdom Now heresies take some of our dear friends off the deep end. Now we have what some are calling the “magic hair” theory coming among us. Others are announcing that they have received special revelations of certain doctrines and practices that no previous Apostolic minister has been privy to.
Why must we appeal to sensationalism to attract people? Those who come in through deceptive practices usually hang around so long as deceptive practices are routine. When the shine on the new doctrine wears off, which it inevitably will, they will be gone. In this endtime we need a steadfast faith in the inerrant Word of God, a confidence in the original gospel, and a discernment that will pinpoint deceptive doctrines and practices that only feed the carnal mind.
If someone gets a “revelation” of a new doctrine or discipline that has never been known before, it should be presented to the brethren to whom he is accountable—be it a board of elders, committee, directors, advisory group, or whatever—for approval before announcing or preaching it. If he has no such accountability, he should not be given a pulpit. We have had our fill of that which is not based in Scripture and affirmed by experienced men of God.
“Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus” (II Timothy 1:13).
A sincere plea
You may not realize it, but psychiatrists suffer from a common disorder that they have failed to include in the new DSM-V. It is called “Overdiagnosis Disorder.” If you will take the time to read a brief article by Daniel James Devine that appeared in the April 10, 2010 edition of World magazine, you will do yourself and your constituents a favor.
Here is the article: http://www.worldmag.com/articles/16573
Pastors, pllllleeeeeeaaaaaaaassssssseeeeeeee inform your people of the dangers of visiting a psychiatrist. Most, virtually all, will return with a prescription for mind-altering drugs and an attitude that, as a mere pastor, you know nothing about how to minister to them about their real problems.
And remember that the media is finally picking up on the truth that ADHD, bi-polar disorder, and even diabetes diagnoses are waaaayyyy overdone. Have you taken the time to wonder why?
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Laugh a little before you go
“You know, brothers, that our visit with you was not a failure. We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition. For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else.”