Howie: ‘Put God back in politics’- Is it such a good idea?

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Hiya friends,

 

Do you remember my article from last week on the Hobby lobby protest? Well, if not, you can check it out here.

 

In the article I did my best to express my concerns about the state meddling in religious affairs and visa versa. 

 

We’re seeing more and more that politicians- Christian Politicians- better put, are pushing more and more to break down the wall of separation between the church and state. 

 

On the surface this seems like a great idea for us to have God accepted in the Government and returning back to the foundation on which this great nation was established on.

 

However underneath the lamblike disguise this will be the perfect time for our prosperous nation to begin to speak as a dragon (Revelation 13:11).

 

U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Howie released a one-minute advertisement focused on a religious message yesterday.

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Gordon says and I quote “ Here’s the truth: the United States isn’t going to solve its problems in a country empty of faith. And it sure won’t solve them with a government that’s hostile to faith,” “A great America needs God.”

 

Amen Mr. Howie! I totally agree, but where I respectfully have to draw the line at is, I don’t believe that the government should be the ones to enforce faith on the members thereof or to the inhabitants of our dear nation or of any nation might I add.

 

Remember we are to take Jesus’ approach to live. He was our example.

 

I said that to say this, when the government begins to make laws on worship or the church begins to pass laws for the nation then we have worship contrary to one’s conscience or else.

 

Now when Jesus was with us in the flesh did He ever tell anyone, “follow Me…. or I’m going to get the government on you and you’re going to be in big trouble.”

 

No he didn’t, the people that encountered and followed Jesus, made a morally free choice to serve Him and love Him or not to.

 

The same option must be available for christians today. Don’t get me wrong I believe strongly in outreach and evangelism so that this nation can get to a state of moral prosperity that is to be marveled at, but it has to start with a choice not a mandate.

 

“Politicians need to put God back in politics, and pastors need to start talking politics and endorsing candidates from the pulpit.” says Howie.

 

In my humble opinion friends absolutely, positively not. For the same reasons above. Now we do have voices as christian and we can move together to have laws passed to promote morality or to enhance freedoms but in no way from the pulpits do we endorse politicians. 

 

That’s done on Caesar’s time not God’s.

 

Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God‘s. 

Mark 12:17 kjv

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This principle we in our day are firmly to maintain. The banner of truth and religious liberty held aloft by the founders of the gospel church and by God’s witnesses during the centuries that have passed since then, has, in this last conflict, been committed to our hands. The responsibility for this great gift rests with those whom God has blessed with a knowledge of His word. We are to receive this word as supreme authority. We are to recognize human government as an ordinance of divine appointment, and teach obedience to it as a sacred duty, within its legitimate sphere. But when its claims conflict with the claims of God, we must obey God rather than men. God’s word must be recognized as above all human legislation. A “Thus saith the Lord” is not to be set aside for a “Thus saith the church” or a “Thus saith the state.” The crown of Christ is to be lifted above the diadems of earthly potentates.

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Redesigning The Bible With Readability In Mind or Deception?

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Thy word is true from the beginning: And every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
Psalm 119:160 kjv

Adam Lewis Greene, a Santa Cruz typographer, has set out with the goal in mind to make the bible more readable to today’s ever-developing society.

Greene claims that the layout of the old and new testaments of the bible discourages readers from reading the book from front to back.

He later adds “ No wonder that while 73% of Americans say they are Christian, only 1 in 5 Americans will cop to actually reading the Bible on a regular basis.

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It’s name will be the Bibliotheca, and the idea is to print the bible as just another long book; four attractive hardcover volumes, 2 for the old testament and 2 for the New.

Greene, also goes on to state that the verse and chapter numbers used as reference points are actually new; finding their origin in the Medieval times.

Finally he states, and when I say he I mean Adam Lewis Greene, and not Jehovah, that the bible was meant to be experienced not as a spiritual encyclopedia, but literature.

Now here is my take and personal opinion on the new project the Bibliotheca. While good intension and sincerity may have been at the center of reasoning behind this project, there have been many people throughout the history of mankind that have been sincerely mistaking.

The lack of interest in reading of the bible consistently among the American christians has nothing to do with the lack of readability of the old and new testaments, but more so a lack of understanding and a desire not to be convicted of sins that they hold dear.

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How does the bible tell us that we are to understand it?

Answer: Isaiah 28:10 kjv – For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

The bible tells us we must compare scripture with scripture to understand it and we will only find God when we search for Him diligently with all our hearts(Jer 29:13). So simplifying or modifying the bible will not bring the reader any closer to the Lord. The reader needs to come to God with an open heart and learn at the feet of Jesus.

Who’s job is it to convict us of sin?

Answer: John 16:8 kjv- And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

The answer is the Holy spirit convicts us of sin (see also John 16:13) if we deny the rebuke we feel when we read the more difficult scripture of the bible we deny the Holy spirit working in our lives. Which if is done too consistently is the only sin God cannot forgive ( MT 12:31)

According to the top bible scholars of the world- if honestly admitted- after the king james version of the bible were completed there was no further need for any other translation of the bible.

It’s the closest and most accurate resource we have to the original text. Also in many of the latter forms of the bible it’s been found that some versions actually contain verses that gear different meaning than that of the hebrew & greek translations intended and even gave way to some missing versions and I’m willing to bet my lucky stars friends, that this new project, the bibliotheca, won’t be the exception.

Remember God’s solemn warning concerning His holy word

 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
Proverbs 30:5-6 kjv

 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Revelation 22:18-19 kjv

Taking away or adding to for a more readable content does make us liable to God for profaning that which is Holy and making no distinction between what’s Holy and what’s profane.

I dare say, that we should stay far away from these “simplified bibles” and cling to the truth of God friends. I will leave you with these scriptures.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 kjv

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What the bible really say about the rapture

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What does the bible really say about the rapture? HBO has a new hit series. Maybe you’ve heard about it. It’s called “The Leftovers.” The show is focused on taking a look at what the end time will be like after the church is raptured up and the struggles those left behind face. The hit series is based on Tom Perrotta’s novel and is a concept accepted by many futurist today. However is this view completely in line with the biblical description of the second coming? Let’s find out.
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Is Jesus going to return for His church members that are already ready before the end of the world?  

Answer: John 6:40 kjv – and I will raise him up at the last day.” After Christ makes His claim as the ultimate supplier of eternal need and peace and joy He tells us that all who believe on HIm as saviour He will raise up from the grave on the last day not 7 years before the last day.

 

Will all the righteous of God be gathered at the same time on the last day? 

Answer: 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17 kjv- and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds,” The harvest is right for the picking, and the great Law-Giver will return for His precious elect and the dead in Christ will arise to meet their Lord in the air accompanied by the righteous living, what a glorious and triumphant day shall it be.

Will Jesus’ return be a secret? 

Answer: Revelation 6:16,17 kjv – the wicked shall say ” to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; 

This definitely doesn’t sound like a secret to me friends. At this time the saved dead in Christ will be given eternal life and new incorruptible bodies while the wicked living will seek to hide themselves from the brightness of the coming for the Lord just as Adam did after he sinned in the garden of eden.

Does the antichrist make his appearance after the church has been caught up?

Answer: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 kjv- Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, 

Paul makes it clear that the day of the Lord- the second advent- will not come until the man of sin or the antichrist is revealed.

When will the antichrist come? Could he be here now? 

Answer: 2 Thessalonians 2:7 kjv- For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: 

The bible tells us that even in the days of Paul the spirit of iniquity or the antichrist spirit was already working and has been in effect.

Will some of those raised from the dead at Christ’s coming be victims of the antichrist?

Answer: Rev 20:4 kjv- and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands;

Well it’s just plain difficult to add commentary to this verse. It’s pretty self-evident. This verse mentions a group of people that had resisted worship of the beast and receiving his mark, and as a result they were martyred for their faith in Jesus.

Is there a reference to 7 years of tribulation just before the end of the world in the bible?

Answer: No, there isn’t the slightest bit of biblical evidence to backup this claim. This belief evolved from a misunderstanding of Daniel chapter 9. Where dispensationalist take the last week of the 70 week prophesy and place it somewhere in the distant future. However this way of examining prophesy is completely contradictory to every other example in the bible of how prophesy works and in fact, doesn’t fit in with the prophesy at all.

 What was Dan 9:24-27 referring to if not the time of the antichrist and the last tribulation?

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Answer: Using the year for a day rule for prophesy (see Numbers 14:34) we understand that 70 weeks (Dan 9:24) which there is 30 days in a jewish month, equates to 490 prophetic days or 490 literal years.

Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: Daniel 9:25 kjv. This broken down in simpler terms says that of the 70 weeks in 69 of weeks the Messiah will be revealed.

Notice in Daniel 9:25 it says from the going forward of the command to rebuild Jerusalem would be the beginning of the prophesy. The decree to rebuild Jerusalem from the Persian king Artaxerxes went out in B.C. 457 and Jesus was baptized and anointed with the Holy spirit in A.D. 27 which fits the prophesy of 69 prophetic weeks or 483 literal years perfectly. You do the math!

Now the complete prophesy was for 70 weeks so there is still 7 prophetic days remaining or 7 literal years. This is where the idea of the antichrist making a peace treaty with the world for 7 years originates, but is that biblical, to take a part of a prophesy that was meant to be all together and apply it somewhere down the stream of time?

Absolutely not friends, let’s see what the bible says will happen in this last week of the 70 weeks prophesy.  

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: Daniel 9:27 kjv
We have to use the context around if you do then you will see that without a doubt this verse is referring to Jesus. It goes on to say and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease. Jesus  was crucified in A.D. 31 and the veil in the temple ripped. Since Jesus atoning blood was sufficient for all of us there was no longer a need for sacrifices of animals.

Now you may say that still leaves 3 and a half years left in the week. I think this verse will clear up the answer to that question for you.

How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; Hebrews 2:3 kjv

The remainder of the week was finished by the disciples that heard the words of Jesus personally.

Although it is a very comforting thought that there is an additional chance available even after Jesus returns; friends, it’s simply not biblical. This is our second chance. Romans 6:23 tells us the wages of sin is death.  By our own works we were doomed to death, but by Jesus’s atoning sacrifice we are now able to pass into life. This is our second and last chance to come to Him. Be deceived not, Satan would love nothing more that to lower your guard and have you unprepared for the return of our blessed Messiah.

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Supreme Court rules ObamaCare provision can’t force some employers to cover contraception.

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Supreme Court has ruled that ObamaCare provisions can’t force some employers to cover contraception, that is a mandate for pregnancy prevention.
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This is a great day for religious liberty, right? We saw protestant and Catholic alike come together for the common cause of preventing mandatory abortion. Maybe we don’t differ so much after all.

Why are Christian against the Idea of Contraception Mandates?

While we don’t feel that the government should make laws that outlaw an individual’s right to abort a child; it is a direct violation of the seventh commandment that says

Thou shalt not kill

If this mandate would stand it would mean the violation of religious liberty in which this country was founded on, as well as a violation of conscience.

For a business owner that has religious convictions, a decree to swallow those convictions violates the company’s freedom to worship according to the dictates of one’s own conscience, but forces corporate worship void of love and personal decision.

Unspoken Opportunity in Contraception Ruling

These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. – Revelation 17:13

Catholics and protestants came together to push out the forced abortion act from the ObamaCare administration. On the surface this is a beautiful act of unity but the bible tells us that this is the beginning of something far more sinister.

“When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with Spiritualism (the charismatic movement?) … then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near” (Christian Service pp. 160, 161).

This marks the first time in history that Supreme court has recognized for-profit organizations religious rights under federal law or the constitution.

This also signifies of the greatest testimonies that christians of all denominations should lay aside their differences and just love each other and function as one body.

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“Today is a great day for religious liberty,” says , counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty which represented Hobby Lobby in her interview with Fox news.

I couldn’t agree more. It’s awesome to see christians unite and make a difference in our nation and in the world. After all the bible does tell us if possible live peaceably among all men.( Rom 12:18)

I wished I could say that it would always be as sweet as victory as we are witnessing now.

Prophesy shows the liberties that America has always has stood on and the morals this great nation was founded on will begin to erode and many christians will begin to back laws that limit the freedom of their brethren.

Unity can be a great thing but the bible commands us to form unity around sound doctrine.

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
– John 17:17

There is a quote I’d like to leave you with today from one of the most translated and astonishing authors in the last 200 years, Ellen White, in her classic book, Great Controversy.

ellen“Romanism is now regarded by Protestants with far greater favor than in former years. In those countries where Catholicism is not in the ascendancy, and the papists are taking a conciliatory course in order to gain influence, there is an increasing indifference concerning the doctrines that separate the reformed churches from the papal hierarchy; the opinion is gaining ground that, after all, we do not differ so widely upon vital points as has been supposed, and that a little concession on our part will bring us into a better understanding with Rome. The time was when Protestants placed a high value upon the liberty of conscience which had been so dearly purchased. They taught their children to abhor popery and held that to seek harmony with Rome would be disloyalty to God. But how widely different are the sentiments now expressed!” (p. 563).

Remember these words of Jesus: Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Revelation 3:11 kjv

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