Monday, April 30, 2012

The Matrix is Real: Part I

How does one go about trying to explain the fantastic?  How do you tell others that much of their basic understanding of their country and the world around them is based on lies?  How do you explain that the movie, The Matrix, really wasn’t that far off the mark with regard to our world system? 

I am a very practical woman.  I was never interested in fairy tales as a child and I was adamant that stories of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy were not taught to my son.  I wanted him to grow up always knowing Mom and Dad would never lie to him about anything.  He’s been taught that the only source of truth on this earth is the Word of God because, Mom and Dad might be mistaken occasionally but the Bible is always correct.

I’ve also never given much credence to conspiracy theories about the American government being out to get John Q. Public.  I’ve always trusted our leaders and consider it a privilege to live in the strongest, richest, most wonderful country in the history of mankind.  I tear up seeing the American flag on the 4th of July and I’m button-busting proud of our military men and women. This country is precious to me and I would die to defend the ideals our Founding Fathers designed her to emulate.

I’m sure you’re scratching your head, wondering what I’m babbling about.  I just don’t know where to start trying to relay this information.  First, let me make this abundantly clear. Everything I am going to share is documented fact that can be researched on the web and in libraries.  It is historical record from the past that stretches into the future before us. And it will chill you to the bone. Like the character Neo in the movie, we all need to wake up and see the reality of the situation we’re in and exactly who is pulling the strings.

As you know, I am a long time, Bible believing Christian.  I am convinced that the rapture of the church is very, very near and that is the whole reason I write—to warn those of you who don’t know Christ that the world as we know it is about to change in ways that will freak you out and you do NOT want to be here to experience it.  I won’t be!

The Matrix is Real:  Part I explains the origin of the Globalist elite and covers history going back to the 1700’s.  It’s extremely important you understand how these people and ideals came to be and how they acquired their mind-blowing power over the governments of today. You will undoubtedly recognize many of the names involved.  Keep in mind ALL of this is verifiable. 

You’ve heard the term ‘New World Order’ bandied about more and more in the past few years but very few people in America know what it is and what it means.  For centuries, there has been a slow, insidious movement among the world’s elite to shape the societies, religions and governments of the world into one central government and one religion.

No, it’s not a fairy tale.  It has been in the works for hundreds of years and is about to come to fruition.  It also fits hand in glove with what the Bible tells us about the anti-christ and false prophet’s rule over this planet.  It will involve every man, woman and child left here after the Christians are snatched to safety by Christ.  It is the perfect description of the Tribulation.

You may have heard the term, “Illuminati” before, referring to some mythical organization somewhere that does something, but no one really knows what or if it even exists.  Well it does exist and it has everything to do with what is soon to be unleashed on this earth.  The Illuminati were originally a sect of Germans in the 15th century who practiced the occult and claimed to have the ‘light’ that Lucifer retained after he became satan.

In 1743, a goldsmith named Amshcel Moses Bauer opened a coin shop in Frankfurt, Germany.  Above his door he hung a red shield which depicted a Roman eagle on it.  The German word for ‘red shield’ is Rothschild. He had a son, Meyer Amschel Bauer who turned out to be very bright and eager to learn, so his father taught him everything he could about the money lending business and the basics of finance.

After Bauer, Sr. died, Meyer went to work in Hannover as a clerk in a bank owned by the Oppenheimers.  His intellect caused him to advance quickly and he was awarded a junior partnership.  His success eventually allowed him to return to Frankfurt and he purchased the shop his father had established.  That red shield still hung over the door and he decided to change his name to Rothschild (red shield) and that is how the House of Rothschild came into being.

As a result of his experience with the Oppenheimers, he learned that loaning money to governments and kings was much more profitable than loaning to the common man because the loans were much bigger and secured by the nation’s taxes.  He went on to have five sons who were all trained in the ways of finance and banking and were subsequently sent to the capitals of Europe to open branch offices of the family bank.

One son Nathan, who was especially talented, went to London and firmly established relations between the House of Rothschild and the Bank of England.  The Rothschilds eventually bought out or drove out of business most of the banking competition in Europe.  They ended up becoming court agents for the Royal families of Europe and their fortune continued to grow.

Meyer realized that in order to gain more influence and control over the finances of the various European monarchs, he would have to greatly diminish the influence of the church over the Royals which would necessitate its destruction. To do this, he sought help from a Catholic priest, Adam Weishaupt who eventually assembled a secret satanic order.

Weishaupt was born a Jew in Bavaria and was educated by Jesuits who converted him to Catholicism.  Although he became a priest, he ended up becoming an atheist and an ardent student of French philosopher, Voltaire.  Voltaire was an atheist revolutionary who wrote the following to King Frederick, II.  “Lastly, when the whole body of the Church should be sufficiently weakened and infidelity strong enough, the final blow is to be dealt by the sword of open, relentless persecution.  A reign of terror is to be spread over the whole earth, and….continue while any Christian should be found obstinate enough to adhere to Christianity.”

As a result of Voltaire’s writings, Weishaupt began to conceive of ideas concerning the destruction of the Church.  He met with Meyer Rothschild in 1775, left the priesthood and, at Rothschild’s request, began to organize the Illuminati, whose 1st chapter was started in his home in Ingolstadt.

Members of the Illuminati believe they possess the “Light of Lucifer” and because of this, they are the only members of the human race who are truly enlightened and capable of governing.  Weishaupt and his followers, including Rothschilds, denounced God and considered themselves the world’s intellectual elite and only they had the mental capacity, knowledge, insight and understanding necessary to govern the world and bring peace.  They all worship Lucifer and their purpose and goal was and still is the establishment of a “Novus Ordo Seclorum” or New World Order or One World Government.

As time went on, the House of Rothschild spread its sinister influence into the newly formed United States of America’s banking system. Benjamin Franklin understood the dangers of a privately owned Central Bank controlling the issue of the nation’s currency and resisted the idea until his death.

However, Alexander Hamilton pushed through legislation that established the First Bank of the United States, which was chartered by the Bank of England.  Nathan Rothschild invested heavily in the new bank and set about to control all financial activities between banks in America.

The U.S. Constitution put control of the nation’s currency into the hands of Congress, which was designed to keep it out of the hands of the banking industry. This thwarted Rothschild’s plans and over the next twenty years, the bankers and Illuminati agents wrecked havoc with the economy by creating cycles of inflation and tight money. 

At first the economy would boom, jobs were plentiful and people borrowed money to buy homes and farms.  Then the bankers would raise interest rates which caused a depression, high unemployment and homes were repossessed by the banks for a fraction of their true value.  This is the modus operandi of the Illuminati and it would recur time and time again, and is still going on today.  Does this sound familiar?

The House of Rothschild, with the help of the Illuminati, has continued to gain power and financial influence all over the world.  American and British intelligence have documented evidence that they have financed both sides of every war since the American Revolution. They own railroads, coal mines and iron works, and held the first loan on the Suez Canal.  

They have financed the plunder of African countries.  Their power and reach is difficult to fully calculate because the group is so clandestine and thrives on the cooperation of various nations, Kings and Presidents.  Most people don’t believe the Illuminati even exist.

By the end of the 19th century, the House of Rothschild had controlling financial influence in the U.S., England, France, Germany, Austria and Italy. Only Russia was unconquered, but not for long.  A cartel, made up of the Carnegies, Morgans, Rockefellers and Chases covertly financed the Bolshevik Revolution and the murder of the Russian royal family.

This allowed for the purchase of oil fields and refineries in Russia by the Standard Oil Company and the sale of oil to Europe.  The mastermind of the Bolshevik Revolution, Jacob Schiff, of the Kuhn Loeb Bank, backed by Rothschild, campaigned for a central bank in the U.S. They assisted Rothschild to manipulate and manufacture the financial panic of 1907, which was the basis for the Federal Reserve Act, the brainchild of Baron Alfred Rothschild of London.

The Federal Reserve Act of 1913 decimated the Constitution and consolidated financial power of the international financiers in the United States. Pierre Jay, who was initiated into the Illuminati’s  “Order of the Skull and Bones” became the first Chairman of the New York Federal Reserve Bank.  A dozen members of the Federal Reserve are linked to the same ‘order.’

And so it continues even today. The English Royal Family, Prime Minister and Parliament are all fronts for the real power of this privately-owned corporation of the Illuminati. The heads of today’s huge corporations in banking, the largest Wall Street investment firms, the automakers who needed taxpayer bailouts—all are owned and controlled by the Illuminati. 

The satanic tendrils of the House of Rothschild and its attack dog, the Illuminati, extend deep into every government on earth, including America.  Various Presidents and even current members of Congress are members of the Illuminati, whose overarching goal goes back to that New World Order. 

I wish I could say all of this isn’t true.  I don’t want to have to wake up to face the fact of there being an organized group whose power, wealth and arrogance know no bounds and who  answer to no one. They are a shadow government that controls elected officials and the decisions they make affect our lives in major ways.

Everything from the state of the economy to the price of gas and food down to the decision to go to war and against who is manipulated by them.  This is the Matrix in which we live.  You must wake up to reality and prepare for what is soon to come. They are almost ready to overtly take control of this world.

I’ll explain the ramifications of the Globalists (Illuminati) plans for the world and how they have been able to manipulate entire populations to bend to their desires.  Do NOT miss The Matrix is Real: Part II.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Freedom From...

Oh little town of Woonsocket, a fool within thee, la, la….Oh, excuse me. I was just singing a little ditty about Woonsocket, Rhode Island, a pretty little New England town with a population of 43,877. What about it, you ask?  Well, we know for sure there is at least one bona fide fool living amongst the good folks of the town. How do I know this? Because the Bible says in Psalm 14:1, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”

You see, “a concerned Woonsocket citizen” went to the trouble of contacting the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison, Wisconsin, to complain that a cross, erected in 1921 to honor fallen soldiers, stands on the lawn of the Woonsocket Fire Department, Station 2.   This extra special citizen is also upset that the Fire Department’s website features a picture of an angel and a prayer that ‘makes reference to a monotheistic god.’

Oh the HORROR!  The poor little pookey must get nightmares just thinking about it!  How unspeakably cruel and selfish for the Fire Department to display such a blatant religious symbol when there is a chance someone could be ‘offended’ by seeing it.  Even though its been there 91 years…  Quietly minding its own business, honoring some of the town’s dead soldiers…  Yep, just standing there on the lawn, not hurting a soul.

Woonsocket must make this person positively break out in hives!  There are numerous churches in town: 11 Catholic, 3 Baptist, Apolostolic-Pentecostal, Assembly of God, Church of Christ, Eastern Orthodox, Episcopal, Jewish synagogue, Lutheran, Ukrainian Catholic, United Methodist and Universalist. It’s a wonder this extra special ‘concerned citizen’ is able to function and live a normal life with all that religion being shoved down his/her throat!  Well, it’s simply outrageous!

Rebecca Markert, staff attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, (608) 256.8900, wrote to Woonsocket’s Mayor, Leo Fontaine demanding the cross be removed as well as the prayer and angel on the fire station’s website.  She listed numerous rulings from past lawsuits over the Constitutional principal of separation of church and state.

Ms. Markert stated that displaying the cross, “violates the First Amendment; including an overtly religious message in a City controlled website constitutes a blatant endorsement of religion thus alienating those Woonsocket residents who are nonreligious.”   Zzzzz. Yeah, we’ve heard it before.  I find it interesting that the nonreligious people in town have never had a problem with the cross before.

Perhaps I should start a Freedom From Atheists Foundation.  Or how about a Freedom From People Who Stick Their Noses Into Everybody’s Business Foundation. I bet that would really take off!

The First Amendment,…..hmmm.  What does that say again?  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” 

Whoops, what was that one part?  ‘Or prohibiting the free exercise thereof?’  It’s a cross people.  It’s been there 91 years.  The city doesn’t hold church services around it.  There are no baptisms being performed by the firefighters, squirting townsfolk with holy hydrant water. There aren’t even any Sunday picnics being held at its base!  It’s. Just. There.   

Then out of the blue, some busybody city resident alerts the atheist attack dogs that they’re offended by the monument, and suddenly the entire town of 43,877 people are expected to capitulate to this person’s extra special sensitivities.

 This individual is too much of a coward to identify themselves so the townsfolk know who they’re dealing with. They probably sit in their little house, peer out the front window, nosily watching their neighbors for some reason to spread gossip and start trouble.

Here’s a suggestion sir/madam…get a job!  Go do some good in this world. Volunteer your time at the local library or food pantry. Offer to sweep someone’s driveway. Plant a garden. Climb out of your self-absorbed little existence, get a life and leave what has never been a problem alone! 

The Mayor, Leo Fontaine and Fire Chief Gary Latille  have decided the cross and website image and message are going to stay right where they are for now unless this extra special person decides to mount a legal battle.  They might want to think twice about fighting, though.

Mr. Fontaine said his office has received hundreds of emails and phone calls from all over the country in support of the monument, and several law firms have offered to defend against any potential lawsuits.

Tell you what, Mr/Ms. Extra Special person.  Instead of the entire town of Woonsocket moving out of your way to accommodate your obnoxious, unwanted demands, why don’t YOU move?  How about Russia or Europe?  I understand the spiritual climate in those places is ice cold, so you’d fit right in!  Otherwise, find something worthwhile to do other than trying to make a big deal out of a non-issue.

Dear Atheists:  I will not be reading your vitriolic emails concerning my opinion expressed in this article, so don’t bother wasting your time.  If you’d like to retort, write your own article.

Manly Men

Islam.  Isn’t it interesting what collective, visceral image pops up in most people’s mind when the name of that demonically inspired, pseudo religion is mentioned?  It seems to instantly conjure up visions of men, usually in their early twenties, unwashed, bearded, waving automatic rifles in the air with filthy hands, jumping around in huge groups, chanting ‘death’ to this or that.  That’s the mental picture most people see when the word ‘Islam’ is mentioned, and with very good reason.  Muslims as a whole have earned it.

Just about the only thing that has changed in that scene since the 7th century are the weapons. Most of the men use guns now, but many still cling to their swords and knives.  I suppose it would be difficult to slit the throat of a camel or goat or human being with a rifle, so perhaps that’s the reason those implements are still used. I’m just guessing since I’ve never slit the throat of anything, nor has the thought to do so ever crossed my mind.

I recently wrote an article named, Coming to a Town Near You, detailing the annual Shi’ite ceremony honoring their ancestor, Husayn’s, so-called martyrdom.  The males celebrate this by cutting their scalps to produce large amounts of blood which dramatically flows down their faces and clothes.  This is to signify their identification with the pain their ancestor suffered when he got his butt kicked by the Sunni caliphate, Yazid back before anyone really cares.

My point is that Islam seems to get really rough during their ‘celebrations!’  For instance, we’ve all heard, more than we ever wanted, about their month long observance of Ramadan.  They fast during the day from breakfast to sunset to express Islam’s basic community values of empathy for the poor, charity, worship and patience.  Values. (*snort*) sorry…

Apparently, they feel that fasting helps teach Muslims to stay away from worldly desires, to focus entirely on their god and to thank him for his blessings. This time of fasting lasts 30 days and they are allowed to eat a lavish meal in the evenings before the fast starts again the next morning.

I remember reading a news story a year or two ago about a 13 year old boy in Saudi Arabia, who got hungry during Ramadan and sneaked some food in the middle of the day. Oh yeah, they make the children fast too. Naturally.  Anyway, this boy was caught and lashed TO DEATH for his crime.  What a god they serve!  Like I said, it seems they get really violent during their celebrations!

At the end of Ramadan, there is a holiday called, Eid ul-Fitr, which marks the conclusion of the month long fasting.  It was instituted by Mohammad when he fled from Mecca to Medina to save his skin from the other Arabs who were fed up with his obnoxious self.

When he arrived, the people already had a two day festival in place and were having a great time.  Being the narcissistic charmer he was, he announced to the town that, “The almighty has fixed two days of festivities instead of these for you which are better than these.” As far as I can tell, no one had asked his opinion, but I digress. So from then on, the celebrations were tied to Islam.

The Eid ul-Fitr celebration is a very big deal.  Schools and government offices are usually closed, gifts are exchanged and huge communal feasts are held. Muslims are encouraged to forgive and forget any differences or animosities with their neighbors or family that may have accrued during the previous year.  Money is given to the poor.  Blah, blah, blah.

One question though. What does Eid ul-Fitr have to do with gang rape? 

According to two Muslim men in London this week, Islamic men are allowed by their culture, to rape non-Muslims, especially during the Eid celebrations. Now ain’t that a convenient excuse?

Shamrez Rashid, 20, and Amar Hussain, 22, were sentenced, along with three other men, to a total of 38 years in prison for the kidnapping and gang rape 2 young girls as a part of their Eid celebrations.  The victims, just 15 and 16 years old, were lured by these two marvelous examples of all that is Islam, to a hostel far from their home and repeatedly raped by all 5 men over a period of 36 hours.

The defendants laughed and smirked as Judge Melbourne Inman stated that the girls, “Were still children, still living with their families.  In a civilized society, such people should be helped. You abused them.”  Sorry Your Honor but you just wasted your breath. There is nothing civilized about these people.

Rashid stated, “It was Eid.  We treated them as our guests; OK, they gave us sex but we were buying them food and drink. They could have anything they wanted.  They enjoyed it.” (A typical statement from a raping, sociopathic hunk of dog squeeze!)

Hussain added that the girls were just “slags,” British slang for whores and sluts. He obviously can’t get a date on his own either!

The victims were eventually able to run from the hostel and call authorities. They said the men told them they were a part of a gang called, B9 Crew and threatened if the girls reported them, they would go to their homes, point a gun at their mother’s faces and break their jaws.

Ah, the peaceful religion of Islam. 

What manly men serve this false god!  Men who treat women like animals.  Men who are so pathetic they must rape because no woman in her right mind would voluntarily have them. Men who kill and torture and pillage and steal and lie to serve a nonexistent god.  Men who laugh and mock the pain and humiliation of their victims.  Animals don’t even act like this!

Yep, the more I hear about this loathsome bunch of savages, the greater my desire to have a front row balcony seat in heaven to watch the holocaust of judgment that is soon coming for them.  We’ll see just how manly they are then…

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Repent! The End Is Near!

Sometimes I feel like that dirty, unkempt, questionably psychotic man on the street corner, holding the cardboard sign that says, “REPENT!  The End Is Near!!”  You know the type of person; the one you always have to stop beside as you wait on the next green light.  The one whose feverish eyes you don’t want to meet. 
And then there is the other guy, the one who always used to sit behind 1st base at televised major league baseball games, holding a large sign that said simply, “John 3:16.”  Remember him?  Although I noticed him dozens of times over the years, I couldn’t tell you what the dude looks like. That’s because what he was doing was not about him. He wasn’t sticking his neck out, looking like a nut-case for his own sake.  He was serving his Lord, just like the grizzled man on the corner was trying to do.
I can absolutely identify with both of those guys, whoever they might have been. They didn’t care what people thought about them.  They showed love for their neighbor by being willing to look like a fool so they could proclaim the message God had laid on their heart; that God loved the world SO much that He willingly gave up His own son to die in our place so we wouldn’t have to spend eternity in hell, enduring the punishment we deserve.
 The raggedy curbside man obviously had a burning need to warn the lost around him that they needed to repent of their sins before God’s wrath descended on mankind, as the Bible says it will.  People kept driving by, day after day. And they kept watching the ball games, snickering at the doofus in the stands with the stupid sign. 
There are lots of ways to spread the good news of the Gospel.  We can preach, teach, care for children in the nursery or serve in Christian community centers.  We can share what God has done for us at work or at school, knowingly taking the chance of being expelled or fired.  We can write books or start a blog or write articles we hope might pique someone’s interest long enough for them to want to know more about Christ.  We can simply intercede in prayer for the lost, which is a powerful ministry indeed.
The point is, when the Lord is truly number one in your life; when there are honestly no other Gods before Him in your heart, you cannot help but want to proclaim from the rooftops what you know to be true.  It’s very much the same compulsion you feel when you want to announce to everyone you’ve fallen in love with ‘the one!’  This is it!  I finally found my soul mate!
And, brother, you want everybody else in the whole world to feel the way you do!  It’s not bragging; not at all.  You feel enormous pity for those around you who are racing through their busy lives, day in and day out, without the anchor or real hope you have.
I see strangers wandering around the aisles of the grocery store, yapping incessantly on their cell phones and mindlessly tossing stuff in their carts.  I see them sitting in Starbucks, staring at the screen of their laptops as if the secrets of life are held within. They stand on the subdivision curb, waiting for the school bus, gossiping and planning their next tennis match.  And my heart breaks.
 So many are lost and on their way to hell. They are wrapped up in their self-absorbed, overscheduled lives and have no clue of the terror headed to this earth.  If I went up to them and announced, ‘Repent! The end is near!’ or ‘John 3:16,’ they would look at me with wide eyes of disdain or fear my mental state.
It’s very frustrating trying to convey to readers the enormous danger they face in these last days and the horror that is soon to come.  I can’t even explain to my own satisfaction how screwed up this world has become; black is white, up is down. Even the historic beacons of normalcy and morality, the church and Christians, have morphed into something unrecognizable! So many are now mired in the pig pen of post modernism and emerging New Age lies.
How can I convince unbelievers that the ONLY source of truth they can trust in a world that is spinning out of control, is the Word of God? How is the boring old Bible supposed to compete with Oprah and Rick Warren??  It’s not ‘up to date’ and cool.  It was ‘written by man.’    (*So lame!*)
Many readers mistakenly think I’m judging them when in reality, I’m trying like mad to send them a strong warning that they are already condemned by Jesus Christ, the only one qualified to judge. They have no concept of what Holiness is.  They have bought into the lie that ‘God is love and would never send anyone to hell.’  That one makes me want to scream!
Well, they’re partially correct on that point; God IS love and doesn’t send anyone to hell.  In fact, He’s gone to the ends of the universe and paid the ultimate price so they don’t HAVE to go to hell!  They must understand that by not accepting Christ they will, by default, end up in the eternal torment designed for satan and the fallen angels.  Their own choice or lack of choice will be responsible for sending them there.
Then there’s the whole issue of time.  Unbelievers gleefully dance on the precipice of eternity every day, not realizing how the political and economic landscape is gelling into that socialistic lie of a New World Order.  The United States as we have always known it, is gasping its last breaths of freedom, never to be the same again.  Our lives are about to change and not for the better!
Having read about Biblical prophecy regarding the last days for many years, I can see the puzzle pieces falling into place a little more every single day.  It shouldn’t be much longer before a catastrophic event occurs that will rock this world and change international relations forever. I won’t even pretend to know when the doo-doo will hit the fan, but every person on this earth seems to have a nagging sense that something is about to happen. They are right.
*Sigh* I’m sure my fellow Christians will agree that it gets darn exhausting to constantly proclaim the in-your-face, politically incorrect truth.  To swim upstream against the current of popular opinion and the increasing hatred of all things Christian.  We keep working because we care and grieve for the lost and what they are facing. 
The only thing that keeps me going is the knowledge I am obeying my Master.  I rest in the fact that HE is quite capable of taking my marginal writing skills and questionable grammar and blessing and multiplying their effects for His use and glory. He has to because, quite frankly, I’m not that great a writer!
Oh yeah, I can certainly identify with the ‘John 3:16’ guy and the bum on the corner with the scary sign.  I know the things I write can sound crazy and mean and insulting. But, if it gets your attention and causes you to begin to question your relationship, or lack of relationship with God, then I’ve done my job. If I can strongly point out and warn against the false teachings of the emergent church and its preachers, then maybe at least one person will see them for the wolves they are.
Speaking the unvarnished truth has never been the popular thing to do but then again, I’m not out to be elected prom queen.  Which, at my age, is a moot point anyway!

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Coming Soon to a Town Near You!

 Today one of my very kind readers forwarded a video clip that was shot in Vienna, Austria on May 23, 2010.  It may very well be one of the most disturbing, mind blowing videos I have ever seen.  It is all over the web and can be easily found by Googling “Annual Muslim ceremony in Vienna.”

 It took me considerable effort to discover the official history of this…this, uh…the most unspeakably savage display of barbaric stupidity I’ve ever witnessed. To understand this ceremony, we much first know what it’s all about.  I’ll try to make this as brief and understandable as I can.
When Muhammad (no peace be upon him) died, he had not yet designated a successor but had provided for the office of a caliph to serve as Allah’s representative on earth.  This office of caliphate was meant to seal Muhammad’s (no peace be upon him) legacy and to regulate politics on the basis of ‘Allah’s revealed will.’ (*Puke*) This position exactly mirrors the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, which explains a lot.  Anything he declared to be true was not questioned but immediately obeyed.  

The first four caliphs were Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali.  Mr. Abu Bakr was the father of Muhammad’s (no peace be upon him) youngest wife, Aisha. You remember her; the little girl he married when she was six but gallantly waited until she was nine before he forced himself on her.  Anyway, Abu Bakr’s tenure was chaotic because he was responsible for combining religious and secular rule.  Unfortunately for him, there were no clear guidelines how to accomplish this.  I don’t know how he died, nor do I care.

Caliphate #2 was Umar, who began to raid the surrounding countries and gained a lot of territory including Persia, a culturally mature society.  Apparently he had a flair for organization and leadership and eventually amassed a huge army which swarmed like locusts across the land, raping and pillaging at will and under his rule, Islam spread quite far geographically, sort of like a pandemic.  A slave from Iraq murdered him. Tragic.

Caliphate #3 was Uthman.  He continued to expand and consolidate Umar’s victories but he ran into opposition by fellow Muslims because he was Muhammad’s (no peace be upon him) son-in-law, thus garnering accusations of nepotism. The fact that he was the first convert of high social and economic status went against him as well.  Apparently, he was a snob. He was killed by rebels and his death marked the first ‘trial’ or rebellion against divine law among the Muslims.

Caliphate #4 was Ali, Muhammad’s (no peace be upon him) cousin/son-in-law. He moved his capital to Damascus but could never quite establish proper authority due to being accused of instigating Uthman’s death.  Two Muslim leaders rebelled against Ali which led to the “Battle of the Camels” resulting in the deaths of 10,000 Muslims.  Ali was victorious but he soon faced another rival, Mu’awiya, the power hungry governor of Syria, who also blamed him for Uthman’s assassination. 

Hang in there, I promise I’m almost done!

Ali’s oldest son, and Muhammad’s (no peace be upon him) grandson, Hasan, was seen by many as the rightful heir to the caliphate instead of Ali.  Mu’awiya opposed Ali’s rule and began to prepare for war.  Though it meant losing the ‘throne’, as it were, Hasan ended chickening out and went home.

Mu’awiya became caliphate but when he died, Hasan’s younger brother, Husayn, refused to recognize Mu’awiya’s son, Yazid, as successor to his father and began to gather rebels against him.  (Got that?!)  He began to establish a political group based on ‘true Islam’, as opposed to what he felt was the corrupt rule of Yazid.

Yazid went to war with Husayn and easily defeated him in the battle of Kerbela.  Husayn and his family were killed and his head was sent back to Yazid in Damascus. THIS is how the Sunni and Shi’ite split in Islam came about.  The Shi’ites still regard Ali and his sons to be the only legitimate heirs to the caliphate and they hold a ceremony once a year to commemorate Husayn’s death.

NOW the history lesson is over. Go on and stretch your legs for a minute or two and I’ll get back to the appalling video that was sent to me.  You back?  Ready?  OK.

The participants of the ceremony to honor Husayn’s “martyrdom” are supposed to experience pain and suffering as a way to identify with the massacre of their ancestor.  How is this accomplished?  They gather in the ever familiar mob of unwashed bodies, dance around, chant like heathens, and then they proceed to cut the tops of their scalps with knives until a stream of blood flows down their faces and begins to soak their clothes.  Good times.

No, I am not kidding. That is what the video showed. And this happened in 2010 in EUROPE!  Not some sandpit in the Middle East.  Europe. Vienna, the home of Mozart and Strauss.  A place of beauty and intellect and culture, centuries old, now infested with Muslims.

To make this spectacle irreconcilably appalling, they….wait-for-it….also cut the scalps of very, very young children so they bleed as profusely as the adults!  This video showed a mother holding her child who was approximately 18 months old as he was thrashing in her arms, screaming with blood dripping off his sweet face.  She looked annoyed. Not horrified. Not angry. Not frightened.  Just annoyed that her baby boy was screaming in fear and pain.  Because they cut his little head.  Excuse me.  I need to go kick something!

This scene reminded me of the stories in the Bible of when the Canaanites and, eventually Israel, sacrificed their newborn babies by placing them in the red hot metal arms of the god, Moloch and then danced and chanted while they listened to that precious child scream in agony.  

Likewise, Islam’s entire history is bathed in blood and violence and pain.  They have to force people to convert to this preposterous religion because there is nothing about their god that would cause anyone in their right mind worship him by free choice.  The entire premise of Islam was born in hell and it’s still directed by that realm to this day!   

The video went on to show their tiresome, bloody, singing, chanting, circle dance as they waved their knives around like trophies of manhood. Did I mention they cut their own babies?  They are quite simply, satanically controlled.  They worship a false god and follow a religion concocted by an illiterate fool who was a gold digging mama’s boy, murderer, thief, pedophile rapist, liar and all around jerk.

They base their entire lives and political system on the rantings of a man who literally thought he was possessed by demons. Guess what Muhammad (NO peace be upon you for all of eternity), you were right!  You were possessed by demons.

These are the people who are slowly but surely infiltrating America and breeding like rats so they can establish legitimate residency. These are the savages who have already pretty much overrun Dearborn, Michigan and several other US cities. 

They have the gall to come into OUR country, demanding religious freedom, acceptance, and sharia law.  They have all but taken over Europe and they’ve set their sights on America.  These are the ones who are commanded in their ‘un-holy book’ to conquer the world for Islam.  Oh yeah. I forgot. In case you didn’t know, THEY CUT THEIR OWN BABIES!

I would have some hope these primitive beasts would never be able to actually conquer America if it were not for one thing.  Barack. Hussein. Obama.  The Muslim loving President some of you elected to ruin, oops, run this country. In his narcissistic book, The Audacity of Hope, he says, and I quote: “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”  Swell.

Hey, Barry- the winds have already ‘shifted’. They’re blowing that bogus Islamic ‘religion of peace’ filth our way and it stinks to high heaven! Thanks a pant-load for putting your country first.  You are a disgrace to America and the entire human race!

They're At It Again!

Oh boy, that special interest group representing an extremely small minority of Americans but who, (I swear!) have the biggest mouths, are at it again, forcing their unwanted, obnoxious agenda on a perfectly upright, innocent small business owner in Lexington, Kentucky. 

Oh you haven’t heard about this yet?  Well you just sit back and prepare to be outraged!

The Gay and Lesbian Services Organization of Lexington were organizing their fifth annual “Lexington Pride Festival” and sought bids from several T-shirt companies to produce apparel for the event, being held in June.  The lowest bid was from a popular Lexington company Hands On Originals.  The T-shirts were to have a stylish ‘5’ along with “Lexington Pride Festival” printed on the front, with the event’s sponsors on the back.

When Hands On Originals owner, Blaine Adamson realized the festival was to glorify homosexuals, he politely informed the group that he was declining the order because, “We’re a Christian organization.”  Mr. Adamson then went out of his way to find another company to produce their insipid T-shirts at the same price!  He had absolutely NO obligation to do so.

And what did our sensitive little tiara twirlers do?  They predictably filed a complaint with the city’s Human Rights Commission. Typical.  Here’s a fly-on-the-wall guess of what the whining sounded like:  ‘Well!  Since they aren’t going to capitulate (i.e. bend over) to our demands we’re going to sashay off and start disparaging this small business owner. We should even encourage some of their long time customers to boycott them too!’  *Whaaah, sniff-sniff*

If you take a look at Hands On Originals’ website, the first thing you see is an open declaration that the company is owned by Christians and conducts their business by those principals.  As you scroll down to the bottom, you will see under the header ‘Policies’ their ‘Terms and Conditions.’

Allow me to tell you, dear reader, what is CLEARLY spelled out there. 

Please read the following terms and conditions of use carefully before using this website. All users of this site agree that access to and use of this site is subject to the following terms and conditions and other applicable law.  If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, please do not use this site. 

Right to Refusal:  Hands On Originals both employs and conducts business with people of all genders, races, religions, sexual preferences, and national origins.  However, due to the promotional nature of our products, it is the prerogative of Hands On Originals to refuse an order that would endorse positions that conflict with the convictions of the ownership.

GOT IT?  Could that possibly BE any clearer? 

Aaron Baker, president of GLSO’s board of directors stated, “Hands On Originals does a lot of business in this town, and people should be aware of the situation so they can make an informed decision about whether or not they want to buy from them.” 

He opined that the decision to decline the bid “came as a shock because many of us are Christians too, and what’s that have to do with anything?”  Would you REALLY like to know, Mr. Baker?  Let’s all get our Bibles, (the Word of God) and look up a verse or two about this situation, shall we?  Are you really sure you want to open this can of worms, Mr. Baker??  Okey-dokey.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived (to be led away into error and sin): neither fornicators, not idolaters (worshipping something other than God), not adulterers, not effeminate (homosexuals), nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such WERE some of you…”    The word ‘were’ means ‘used to be’ notstill doing what I dang well please and claim I’m a Christian anyway.’

2 Timothy 3: 1-5 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers (prone to slander), incontinent (without self control), fierce (savage), despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded (puffed up with pride), lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness (reverence/respect for God), but denying (rejecting) the power(moral power and excellence of soul) thereof: from such turn away.”

Sorry Mr. Baker, but it’s abundantly clear in scripture that you cannot be a practicing homosexual and claim to belong to Jesus Christ too.  Complete oxymoron there. It sure sounds politically correct and pretty, but it is a lie.  “Be not deceived.”

This is not a discussion on homosexuality. This is a condemnation of you people popping your g-strings because you were told, “no.”  Mr. Adamson went out of his way to obtain what you wanted at the same price, but was that good enough?  NOOoooooo!  You reward his unmerited kindness and professionalism with slanders, slurs and attempts to ruin his livelihood because you were told, “no.”  What a bunch of big babies you are!  Grow up!

You want to be treated like everyone else?  Then act like everyone else!  Be civil.  Show the same tolerance for other’s opinions that you throw temper tantrums to get.  You should be ashamed of yourselves, you hypocrites!  You owe Mr. Adamson a HUGE apology and a public retraction of the malicious statements that’s causing his business to unjustly suffer. 


Readers:  I will immediately delete any negative emails telling me I’m homophobic, judgmental, un-Christian, mean or anything else you’d like to call me.  I also will not in any way shape or form debate the cause or morality (or lack thereof) of being gay.  I’ve covered this subject ad nausea with readers; my opinion reflects what the Bible says and is not subject to change.  If that does not suit you, don’t read my stuff.  Thank you.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ready or Not!

Here it comes. As the march towards the utopian lie of a ‘New World Order’ continues its inevitable encroachment on society, the demise of cash and coins is coming, and very soon. Once all cash transactions are eliminated and all banking, buying and selling is conducted digitally, the segue into a one world society and government will be seamless. If you think about it, America has almost accomplished this transition.

Only 7% of all transactions in the U.S. involve cash and these are usually for small purchases, such as coffee, or paying for a burger in the drive-thru. Medium to large transactions are overwhelmingly paid for with credit or debit cards. We don’t even think twice about whipping out that plastic card, swiping it in the little machine and entering our secret pin number. We’ve been doing it for years. Behavioral conditioning at its finest.

Many world governments, with the usual cooperation of the media, are working to create a kind of cultural stigma against using cash because they cannot track paper trails and monitor transactions to collect possible taxes. Before long, the authorities will automatically assume you are involved in some type of criminal behavior, resulting in seemingly endless intrusions into your private life to recover just a percentage of the money they confiscate.

In fact, even today if you are carrying $10K or more in cash, you had better declare it to U.S. Customs and the TSA and have the proper papers filled out or they can seize the money under suspicion of the cash being used for terrorist or drug related activities. If you make a transaction for $10K or over, you must also fill out an IRS 8300 form to keep them off your back.

Just recently, Stacy Knutson, a struggling waitress and mother of five in Minnesota, received a $12K tip from a stranger which was a desperately needed answer to prayer. She wasn’t sure if she should keep it and not knowing what to do, she notified the town’s Moorhead Police, who quickly seized the money and told her she could have it after 60 days if no one claimed it. When sixty days turned into ninety, the police changed their story and told her the money had an odor of marijuana on it and was then considered part of a drug investigation. Yeaaah.

Instead of accepting the $1000 finder’s fee from the police, she sued to recover the money and I am pleased to report she won her suit. There’s still a tiny bit of justice left on this miserable earth! But her ordeal is a perfect example of how precarious it has become to carry or possess large amounts of cash.

Producing cash and coins is expensive; money is heavy, clumsy to handle, not to mention filthy to touch. It’s inconvenient to inspect, move, store and guard and is always subject to counterfeiting. Governments and large banks are eager to eliminate it because they make billions in fees from debit cards and interest on credit cards. They don’t profit when cash is used. Bummer.

To coerce the general population into going cashless, most governments are setting ceilings on the amount of cash transactions that are legal and will slowly lower them over time until they are eliminated altogether.

According to the World Economic Forum, Sweden is the world’s leader in this trend with only 3% cash usage. In most if its cities, buses don’t even accept cash; tickets are prepaid or purchased with a cell phone text. Some of the nation’s banks have stopped handing out cash at all. Curt Persson, Chairman of Sweden’s National Pensioner’s Organization said, “There are towns where it isn’t at all possible anymore to enter a bank and use cash.”

Even ‘houses of worship’ in Sweden are encouraging parishioners into going cashless by installing card readers that allow members to tithe digitally. Their new motto is ‘Praise the Lord and pass the plastic!’

As with all things, giving up cash and relying on plastic has its downside. Personal and business computers can be hacked; credit and debit cards are easily stolen as well as the increasing problem of identity theft. So, what to do? They don’t want cash. Cards are not safe. Gee, what could possibly be next? I bet the Bible has an answer.

Revelation 13: 11-12 “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. (16-17) “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

You guessed it…biometrics. Biometric identity systems are currently being developed and streamlined to combat crime in the financial world to come. A recent IBM press release stated, “You will no longer need to create, track or remember multiple passwords for various log-ins. Imagine you will be able to walk up to an ATM machine to securely withdraw money by simply speaking your name or looking into a tiny sensor that can recognize the unique patterns in the retina of your eye. Or by doing the same, you can check your account balance on your mobile phone or tablet.

Each person has a unique biological identity and behind all that is data. Biometric data—facial definitions, retina scans and voice files will be composited through software to build your DNA unique online password. (Sounds peachy.)

Referred to as multi-factor biometrics, smarter systems will be able to use this information in real-time to make sure whenever someone is attempting to access your information, it matches your unique biometric profile and the attempt is authorized.”

What happens to those of you who refuse to have your monetary and personal physical information violated in this manner? You will be locked out of the entire financial system. No groceries. No doctors. No medicine. No fuel. No housing. No clothing. No job. Nothing. Nada. Zero.

There are methods already in use in America today that implant Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips into pets, employee badges, school uniforms and even the upper arms of Alzheimer’s patients. This allows authorities to monitor and recover lost pets, make sure students and employees show up for school and work, and track dementia patients who wander away from home or a professional care facility.

Currently, these implantable chips are approximately the size of a grain of rice. The thought of having something implanted in your body is highly objectionable to millions of people, so companies are working to make being marked a bit more palatable to the general population.

One company called Somark has developed RFID ink that can be directly applied to the skin of animals or humans, like a tattoo. Micro-needles apply the chipless ink in about 10 seconds and this mark can be read by an RFID reader from up to four feet away.

Some people are actually excited about these new methods of storing financial and medical records. One columnist named Don Tennant wrote an article entitled, Chip Me Please!, in which he gushed about his enthusiasm for this technology, whether implant or tattoo by saying, “All I can say is I’d be the first person in line for an implant.” Yeah, great idea Don! Knock yourself out.

You know, to the average person around the world, this technology will end up making perfect sense. It will streamline endless layers of bureaucracy and will be a much more secure way to store personal information. It would cut down on time at banks, supermarkets, coffee shops, etc…and, in the event of some accident, would instantly give doctors your medical history and allergies in one swipe.

No more carrying around smelly, dirty cash or fumbling for change. No more account hacking. No more plastic cards or identities being stolen. It ‘s an idea which will end up being easily sold to the masses, especially when they are threatened with the inability to get a job to provide the basics of food, shelter, clothing and medical care for their families if they refuse to cooperate. What’s not to love?

This is coming faster than you can imagine. What will you do? Would you agree to be marked if your government or employer required it? Would you be willing to be jailed or worse for refusing? This is no joke or fairy tale folks.

After the nut-case, bigoted, homophobic, intolerant, ignorant, Bible thumpers are raptured, which should be very soon, you will without any doubt face this decision. If you resist out of stubbornness, you will most likely cave in when you realize how hopeless your position is. But, here’s the rub. Take that mark and you are effectively giving Almighty God the finger and throwing away your last chance to escape an eternity in hell. Really. The proverbial selling of your soul to the devil.

If you wake up to the truth of God’s word, accept Christ and refuse to give your allegiance to the coming anti-christ world leader, you will most certainly be hunted down and executed, probably in ways that would make Nero proud. Some choice, huh?

Of course, you still have time to escape all that is surely coming. You still have the option to repent of your sins and accept the merciful pardon Jesus Christ died to provide for you, free of charge. You can still be among those of us who will be spared the wrath of God this world so richly deserves. But you’d dang well better hurry! Your window of opportunity is closing.

Or, you can go on living your life on your own terms and take your chances. BUT, like Clint Eastwood asked in Dirty Harry, “You’ve got to ask yourself one question. Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya?”

Friday, April 6, 2012

Would the Real Pontius Pilate Please Stand Up?

Why did Pontius Pilate seemingly lose his nerve when confronted with Jesus of Nazareth?

The four Gospels have treated the memory of Pontius Pilate rather kindly. It portrays him as a weak minded, timid leader afraid of making decisions, especially in the case of Jesus of Nazareth. However, non-Christian historians from his era paint a much different picture of this enigmatic man.

The Jewish historian Josephus suggests that Pilate was probably an Italian born Roman citizen and most likely held certain military posts before the Roman Emperor Tiberius appointed him prefect or governor in 26 A.D. The areas he ruled included Judea, Samaria and the area south as far as the Dead Sea to Gaza.

His duties were primarily military in terms of preventing any uprising by citizens attempting to throw off Roman rule. He was responsible for collecting imperial taxes and had judicial authority. He also had absolute power over the non-Roman citizens of his province. Most other civil administration matters were in the hands of the local ethnic governments.

At that time, in the district of Judea and Jerusalem, the Jewish Sanhedrin and its president, the High Priest, Caiaphas, made most of the decisions regarding the locals. Another historian, Philo, reports the rule of Pilate consisted of extreme harshness, pride, violence, greed, continual executions without trials and unbearable cruelty. In other words, he was a typical Roman ruler.

Even so, Pilate wisely formed a coalition with the local religious leaders which proved an effective strategy for establishing control. Mutual interests of wealth, power and status held this alliance together. Several incidents are recorded of Pilate’s actions that infuriated the Jewish population. These included his hanging banners bearing the likeness of the emperor and placing shields inscribed with the emperor’s name near the Temple, which was viewed as idolatry by the people.

He also used money from the Jewish temple to fund the construction of an aqueduct which created much hostility. Therefore, the alliance with the temple leaders was very instrumental in keeping order. Considering his usual cruel modus operandi in dealing with his subjects, it seems odd indeed that he would seemingly lose his nerve when confronted with the Jewish leaders and their prisoner, Jesus.

Pilate was in Jerusalem staying in Herod’s palace because it was time for the most important Jewish holiday of the year, Passover. If unrest or some kind of insurrection against Roman rule would occur, it would happen during this celebration and he wanted to make sure everything stayed under control. His presence was a not-so-subtle warning to the people that they were expected to behave.

The Gospels tell us that Christ was seized in Gethsemane and taken to the home of Annas, the father-in-law of the high priest, Caiaphas. He was then sent, bound to Caiaphas where he was questioned in a kangaroo court type fashion by the chief priests and the scribes, as well as the high priest himself. Finally, at daybreak, he was taken to Pilate’s headquarters.

I’ve often wondered if Pilate was angry at having to go outside at such an early hour to resolve whatever complaint these Jews had because he didn’t seem to want to deal with them. His first attempt to pass the buck was when he asked what the accusation against Jesus was. The leaders told him if He wasn’t doing something they considered wrong, they wouldn’t have brought Him to be tried. Pilate impatiently retorted, “Take Him yourselves and judge Him by your own law.” (John 18:31 ESV)

The Jews made it clear they wanted Him crucified and they needed Pilate to issue the sentence, as it wasn’t lawful for them to put anyone to death without approval from Roman authorities. Pilate took Jesus into his quarters and began to question him. When the chief priests and elders made their accusations, Jesus stayed totally silent and did not try to defend himself. Matthew 27:13-14 (ESV) says, “Then Pilate said to Him, ‘Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?’ But He gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.”

It was obvious to Pilate that Jesus was no rebel and was not guilty of the trumped up charges. He realized Jesus’ accusers had delivered Him up out of envy. From then on, Pilate tried to free Him. First, he told the chief priests and elders he found no fault in Him.

Since Jesus was from Galilee, he sent Him to Herod to be questioned since Galilee was in his district. This is the second time Pilate tried to pass Jesus off to someone else to judge. This behavior was entirely out of character for this ruler.

Herod was excited to meet Jesus, as he had heard many things about Him and was hoping He would perform some miracle for his amusement. However, Jesus stood silent and refused to answer any of Herod’s questions, even as the priests and elders, again, stood around vehemently accusing Him. After mocking Jesus and dressing Him in a purple robe, Herod sent Him back to Pilate.

Once again, Pilate called His accusers together and told them that neither he nor Herod could find any fault worthy of death. He offered to “punish” or have Jesus scourged, thinking this punishment would be severe enough to satisfy His accusers. They refused his offer and kept calling for His crucifixion. Then Pilate offered to either release a notorious rebel Barabbas or Jesus, as was custom at Passover. He was astonished they chose Barabbas and continued to call for the death of Christ.

Pilate then had Jesus scourged. Afterwards, he presented Him to the crowd and they again demanded his death. Pilate, once again, defended Him saying he found absolutely no reason to put Him to death. According to John 19:7 (ESV), the Jews yelled, “We have a law, and according that that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.” This made Pilate very fearful, for the Romans were notorious for having literally dozens of gods. For all Pilate knew, Jesus was one of them.

He brought Christ back inside and asked Him where He was from. Jesus did not answer. Pilate was becoming more desperate and said to Him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have the authority to crucify you?” (John 19:10 ESV) Jesus, after being nearly beaten to death and most likely in the beginning stages of hypovolemic shock from severe blood loss, looked at Pilate and calmly answered, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore, he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.” (John 19:11 ESV)

Now, that’s not something Pilate was accustomed to hearing from a prisoner! This powerful governor with the reputation of being cruel and violent, uncharacteristically squirmed between knowing he would be condemning an innocent man and facing an ever more excitable and riotous crowd who could, at any moment spiral out of control. He could not afford for this to happen.

About this time, as Pilate was seated on the Bema, a seat of judgment on the Gabbatha, a mosaic pavement in front of the palace, he received an urgent message from his wife, Claudia Procula. Matthew 27:19(ESV) says she warned, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of Him today in a dream.” The pressure mounted.

After one last attempt to reason with the crowd, the Jews told him that if he released Jesus, he was not Caesar’s friend. This was a veiled threat from the Jewish leaders. In other words, if Pilate did not acquiesce to their demand, they might charge him with treason against Rome. By this time, Pilate had had enough.

He called for a bowl of water and symbolically washed his hands before the crowd, announcing that he was innocent of Jesus’ blood. He then turned Christ over to the soldiers to be crucified. As a last act of defiance and control, Pilate had an inscription attached to the cross, printed in Aramaic, Latin and Greek which stated, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” The chief priests, rather emboldened by their new found but temporary power, instructed Pilate to change the wording. Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.” (John 19:22 ESV)

So who was this man, this normally ruthless, brutal, cold-blooded governor of Judea? When confronted with Jesus, what happened to his customarily unyielding, heavy-handed methods of dealing with accused criminals? Was it the early hour that softened his stance? Was it the unexpected warning from his wife not to deal with, “this righteous man”? Or was it something else? Did he somehow subconsciously recognize the Deity of Christ?

I have to wonder which man was the “real” Pilate and if his life was forever changed by his encounter with the Son of God.

Happy Easter, everyone!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Arm Chair Christians

Webster’s Dictionary defines weakness as- 1: lacking strength, feeble 2: not able to sustain or resist much weight, pressure, or strain 3: deficient in vigor of mind or character.   Quite frankly, I would say this word, weak(ness),  is an accurate description of the church today.  Weak.  Wimpy.  Impotent.

Edmund Burke was an English statesman in the House of Commons in Great Britain in the 1700’s.  He was an ardent supporter of the American Revolution and famously observed that, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”   OK kids, can you say “Laodicea?”

Jesus gave this church His strongest rebuke in Revelations 3:15-17 “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.”

So what does the Laodicean church and the premise that evil will triumph if good people sit by and do nothing, have in common?  They fit hand in glove, if you ask me.  The moral atmosphere of America grows darker and more sinister every day.  You can almost reach out and physically touch the evil swirling in the air.

Of course, there are still Christians out there trying to make a positive difference in whatever way they can.  Some quietly share Christ while ministering in the community.  Some serve faithfully in their church week after week, year in and year out with little recognition for their efforts.  There are missionaries preaching in other countries, sometimes risking their freedom or even their lives to share the Gospel in the darkest corners of the earth.  These kinds of ministries share Agape love to help attract the lost to Christ.

And some of us are called to speak out against the flagrant influx of evil and ungodliness of our day.  Some speak in gentle, persuasive voices and some have a burning in their bones to stand up and strongly condemn sin and urge repentance before we are snatched off this earth.  I am not ashamed in the least to count myself a part of the latter group!

Jesus rebuked the Laodicean church for being self absorbed and sitting back, enjoying the blessings God had given them, to the point of blind arrogance.  They were too busy to do good works for the kingdom, and Jesus found them so disgusting he said he would spit them out of His mouth.  If you think about it, something has to be pretty foul and distasteful to make us spit it out.

When good people are so consumed with daily living that they basically ignore what is going on around them, evil grows like a cancer and eventually triumphs.  Evil, sin and sinful people must be opposed, especially in this day when they are so pushy and obnoxious.  Yet, most of the time, Christians sit idly by and are spectators of the work their brothers and sisters are doing. 

They won’t lift a finger, yet if some instance of goodness wins they are right there rejoicing, even though they did nothing to contribute to that victory.  Most of the time, however, they are busy sanctimoniously attacking the worker bees of the kingdom for doing what they are commanded by God to do.  Too many in the church fail to speak out against evil men and refute the erroneous teaching of the plethora of cults spreading across our nation.  Most are too dang lazy to even hold God’s servants up in prayer! 

Many in the church have the idea that good is simply the absence of doing evil.  Not so according to the Bible!  1Peter 3:11 states “Let him eschew evil, and do good.”   James 4:17 says, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”   OUCH!  That’s gotta sting for some of you!

We aren’t simply to avoid the sin around us but actively oppose it.  Christians are to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but reprove them.”  Ephesians 5:11.  Those who sit on their ample merits on those cushioned pews every Sunday should remember that by their very silence on moral issues, God considers them complicit in committing them. 

There is no gray area here.  Never has been, but especially in these last days!  You cannot remain silent and please the Father.  Those who are not actively and vigorously fighting sinfulness are literally assisting evil to grow stronger, become more accepted and commonplace in society.  Gee, that’s SO judgmental of me!  Well, Jesus warned in Matthew 12:30, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” 

 Are you beginning to get the picture?  You will have to stand before your Savior and, like the parable teaches, explain why you buried your talent instead of at least insuring it made a little interest while it was in your possession.  Jesus called such people “wicked and slothful servants.”  Matthew 25:26.  How humiliating will it be when your fellow Christians witness that scene in heaven with you as the star of the show?

Those claiming to be Christians as well as unbelievers who insist they are ‘good people’ seem to outnumber the evil doers among us yet, only rarely do these bastions of moral excellence put their money where their mouths are.  They are seldom courageous enough to risk their egotistical self-esteem to stand up and almost literally fight for what they know to be right. 

I do not consider myself to be some self-appointed prophet of judgment.  I am a black hearted sinner saved and made righteous only by the grace, mercy and blood of Christ.  But I have been called to unabashedly speak against the evil in our society and those who arrogantly practice it.  I am to even warn those leaders in the church who teach heresies and false doctrines that lead their congregations away from salvation by grace alone. 

Because America is so brainwashed with political correctness, the use of sarcasm and exaggeration stands out and can admittedly be offensive.  This is the style of writing I use for that very reason.  I consider the moral decline of our government, churches and culture in general to be a caricature of post modernism, and it simply makes itself an easy target.  I call ‘em like I see ‘em. 

I speak the truth, straight from the Word of God and frankly, the truth can be very offensive to those living their lives on the foundation of secular, worldly, unbiblical lies and propaganda.  I use sarcasm as a tool to highlight the shocking absurdities of political correctness and the staggering damage it has wreaked on this country.  I want to draw attention to the heinous abuse of the pulpit by today’s celebrity pastors and the nonsensical heresies they vomit on their followers.

Do I know everything?  Nope.  But if I cannot support my criticism with scripture I keep my mouth shut.  There are many readers, Christian and non Christians, who write to bitterly complain and chide me for the things I say and the way I express myself and they are welcome to their opinions.  However, what I say and the manner in which I write will most likely not change, so all I can recommend is they don’t read my articles.

There are many of us in the trenches every day, doing our best to serve our Savior and warn the lost that time is very short and they must repent and accept the pardon Jesus died to provide to them.  There is a time for gentle persuasion and there is a time for blunt confrontation and Christ modeled both approaches when dealing with people.

 If for whatever reason you are unable to join us in this last day effort to reach the lost and dying, then we would at least appreciate your prayers of support instead of your attacks of spiritual cannibalism.

In other words, lead, follow or get out of the way.  We have work to do and we answer only to Almighty God.