Posted by: warnick68 | May 20, 2009

God In America

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Since the 1980’s it has seemed to me that there has been an ever increasing hostility towards the God of the Bible and toward our blessed nation, The United States of America.

I first noticed these hostilities in individuals, for years now I’ve also noticed in our elected officials and government almost as a whole.

I note that I began noticing this in the 1980’s because I was 12 in 1980. Pre 1980’s things like this would have likely been off my radar as I was far more interested in spending my day’s fishing along the Sun River or Missouri River which ran through town, or causing trouble in the neighborhood.

If I make mention of my observations I rarely find agreement. Most often I am told that religion, most specifically that Christianity, was never a significant part of American life or government.

Via email, I was told the same thing today.

The claim can be made only out of ignorance or hatred. The claim has no actual factual standing.

America was not a theocracy, it however certainly was a nation of persons of faith with a government that held that faith to be of great importance to the future and the survival of America.

While the following quotes are not absolute proof of my claim as to what America was at the time of it’s founding, they do provide strong indication.

I understand fully that those who disagree with me can also provide quotations from our founders that seem to validate their claims, however they must take the majority of those quotes out of context and they must ignore the bulk of statement s made by the founding fathers who they quote.

One could very literally spend days typing out such quotations as follows.

I will spend, minutes.

I have lived, Sir, a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this Truth, that God governs in the Affairs of Men. And if a Sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?"

Benjamin Franklin-Motion for Prayers in the Constitutional Convention

Our country should be preserved from the dreadful evil of becoming enemies of the religion of the Gospel, which I have no doubt, but would be the introduction of the dissolution of government and the bounds of civil society.

Elias Bondinot

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour;

George Washington-Thanksgiving Proclamation

Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness.

Samuel Adams

Religion and virtue are are the only foundations, not only of Republicanism and of all free government, but of social felicity under all governments and in all combinations of human society.

John Adams

The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.

John Adams

Religion is the only solid base of morals and morals are the only possible support of free governments.

Gouverneur Morris

Equal pains have been taken to deprave the morals as to extinguish the religion of the country [France], if indeed morality in a community can be separated from religion. … The pious and moral weep over these scenes as a sepulchre destined to entomb all they revere and esteem. The politician who loves liberty, sees them with regret as a gulf that may swallow up the liberty to which he is devoted. He knows that morality overthrown (and morality must fall with religion), the terrors of despotism can alone curb the impetuous passions of man, and confine him within the bounds of social duty.

Alexander Hamilton

Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they, therefore, who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure…are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.

Charles Carroll

God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever. Commerce between master and slave is despotism. Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free. Establish a law for educating the common people. This it is the business of the state and on a general plan.

Thomas Jefferson

 

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I’m not about running through crowds of people and trying to indentify who is and who is not a Christian, who is and who is not going to hell. 

Knowing a mans heart is a hard thing. Knowing his fruits is easier I admit, but still caution is of course advised if one feels they’ve reason to attempt to identify another as not being Christian.

I believe there are cases where one can and one should stand and say, “that person is NOT a Christian”. In the case of false teachers/prophets for example.

As an example I offer Benny Hinn.

I, myself, have no issue with saying that he [Hinn] is not a Christian and that those of us who make a claim to Christianity and to the God of creation should not be listening to his teaching. (see Word of Faith Quotes)

This is a all a simple lead up to something I have found on the website for the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission (a group I had never heard of before). The something being a list of “Seven Reasons Barack Obama is not a Christian”.

The seven reasons are:

  1. Obama Believes There Are Many Paths to Heaven
  2. Obama Denies the Authority of the Bible
  3. Obama Supports Homosexuality
  4. Obama Supports Abortion
  5. Obama Affirms Muslim Prayer
  6. Obama is Associated with Black Liberation Theology
  7. Obama Has No Bona Fide Christian Testimony

If you go to the website they have further explanation as to specifics concerning their list of seven.

If true, several of these are disturbing.

If true, several of these would demonstrate that Barack Obama is not a Christian.

Example number 1 for instance.

I think the site makes a decent case.

I do not post about it to provide my own thoughts as to if Obama is or is not a Christian. I am posting only to provide it as a link of material for people to consider.

Again, calling into question, especially in a public way, a persons salvation is an area where one might want to tread lightly. But based upon what I knew previously concerning Obama and his claim of Christianity coupled with the claims of the linked to site, I do pray that some Christian he knows goes to him and challenges him.

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I’ve ignored this site in a big way because I’ve been posting so much on the political on my other blog. I will begin posting here again on a regular basis, it isn’t as though I’ve nothing to post about here. I’ve simply ignored the site because of what could rightly be called, political obsession.

I don’t apologize for the obsession but I do for the ignoring of the site and the ignoring of topics I care about that relate to this site.

Last stats I checked this site has about five persons who check in on a daily basis, where once there were 200+ daily. Not a big readership, but enough that I should not have ignored it.

I’ll hop back on it in the days to come.

Posted by: warnick68 | April 15, 2009

Notre Dame – Easter Week Homosexuality Events

Easter day was this past Sunday the remainder of the week many Protestants and Catholics will spend more than the ‘normal’ amount of time in their daily lives in prayerful meditation and consideration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

At the Catholic university of Notre Dame I’m sure many will be in prayerful meditation concerning the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, others will engage in homosexual activism with the blessing of the university.

 

The Cardinal Newman Society

Late in the afternoon on Holy Thursday, the University of Notre Dame announced a series of events during Easter Week to promote an “inclusive spirit” in support of homosexual students, including a film that blames a mother’s Christian faith for causing her gay son’s suicide.

 

Catholic Online

“Christianity is under attack from within our own Catholic universities,” said Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society. “The bad news continues, perhaps appropriately on the day when we recall Christ’s terrible agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.[…]

April 17 is the one-year anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s address to Catholic educators in Washington, D.C., during which he called Catholic colleges and universities to a stronger Catholic identity.
We observe today a timidity in the face of the category of the good and an aimless pursuit of novelty parading as the realization of freedom,” Pope Benedict said. He continued, “[P]articularly disturbing, is the reduction of the precious and delicate area of education in sexuality to management of ‘risk,’ bereft of any reference to the beauty of conjugal love.”

The week is billed as “StaND Against Hate Week” and is sponsored by Notre Dame’s “Core Council for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Questioning Students”.

Honestly? “Questioning”… surely they mean recruits for the promotion of the homosexual lifestyle as well as the homosexual religious and political agenda.

 

I cannot begin to count the amount of times I have been told that I, by believing homosexuality to be a sin, am attempting to shove my religion down the throats of homosexuals.

I notice that the queerly named (no pun-intended, rather sarcasm  is the intention) “Core Council for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Questioning Students” is in actuality attempting to shove their religious beliefs down the throats of all Catholics.

This is not the simple chanting of ‘we’re here, we’re queer, get use to it”, this is a demand (an admittedly tame demand compared to most homosexual rallies and protests) of the Catholic church to abandon church doctrine.

 

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Posted by: warnick68 | March 10, 2009

Gagging The Catholic Church

UPDATE: Proposed Connecticut Bill 1098 is dead for the remainder of this legislative session. My original posting concerning this is below the fold.

Courant.com

The Democratic co-chairs of the legislature’s judiciary committee, Rep. Michael P. Lawlor of East Haven and Sen. Andrew McDonald of Stamford, just released the following statement:

"For reasons that are unclear, Connecticut has had generations-old laws on the books singling out particular religions and treating them differently from other religions in our statutes.  That doesn’t seem right.  In fact, many of our existing corporate laws dealing with particular religious groups appear to us to be unconstitutional under the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. If that is correct, any changes to that law would likely also be unconstitutional.

"With that in mind, it would serve no useful purpose to have a conversation about changing the laws that govern existing Roman Catholic corporations until we know if any of these existing laws are constitutional.  At the request of the proponents who are advocating this legislation, we have decided to cancel the public hearing for tomorrow, table any further consideration of this bill for the duration of this session, and ask the Attorney General his opinion regarding the constitutionality of the existing law that sets different rules for five named separate religions.

"We think it would be more appropriate to invite representatives from all religious denominations around the state together with legal scholars on this topic to participate in a forum regarding the current law.  Such a conversation would be more appropriate to have when the legislature is not in session and other more important issues, such as the current fiscal crisis, are resolved.  We intend to do that once we
have the benefit of the Attorney General’s opinion.

"In the meantime, we think it would be most beneficial if the proponents who requested these changes and church officials meet together privately to see if they can come to a resolution on their own.  Open and honest communication between these two groups could only help.  For our part, we intend to reach out to representatives of the Catholic Conference and continue the discussion that began in 2008 on this issue.  We hope they will agree to meet with us."

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We’ve watched the Federal government become involved in businesses which accepted bailout money and suggesting that they [the government] can dictate salary.

Now in the state of Connecticut  we see the attempt by the State government to dictate how the Catholic church in Connecticut must be organized and effectively removing control of church finances from pastors and bishops.

The Proposed Bill 1098 can be viewed in PDF here.

A public hearing is to be held March 11th at 12:00 noon.

This is an obvious attempt to rescind from the Catholic church, their First Amendment rights.

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.

The Catholic church is being singled out in this bill as the bill mentions by name “The Roman Catholic Church”, no other religious organization is made mention of.

Seemingly from news reports I’ve read the two sponsors of this bill (who’s names appear no where on the bill itself) have a legislative history of attacking the Catholic church.

It would then seem this bill is personal for these two persons.

For those who live in the state of Connecticut, no matter if you are Catholic, Protestant, Muslim… it would be in your own best interest to contact these two men and express some righteous outrage.

For those of us who reside in other states, I suggest we also contact these two men.

Don’t think if this works in Connecticut that it won’t be attempted in other states and that other religious organizations beyond the catholic church won’t also be targeted.

Their contact information is:

Senator Andrew McDonald:
Capitol phone: 860-240-8600; Home phone: (203) 348-7439
E-mail:
McDonald@senatedems.ct.gov

Representative Michael Lawlor:
Capitol phone: 860-240-0001; Home phone: (203) 469-9725
E-mail:
Michael.Lawlor@cga.ct.gov

Judiciary Committee:
Capitol phone: 860-240-0530
Clerk E-mail:
Sarah.Kolb@cga.ct.gov

From The Catholic League

“Bishop Lori is correct to say that the bill ‘is a thinly-veiled attempt to silence the Catholic Church on the important issues of the day, such as same-sex marriage.’ Indeed, it is payback: this brutal act of revenge by Lawlor and McDonald, two champions of gay marriage, is designed to muzzle the voice of the Catholic Church.

“By singling out the Catholic Church—no other religion has been targeted—Lawlor and McDonald have demonstrated that they are ethically unfit to continue as lawmakers. They have evinced a bias so strong, and so malicious, that it compromises their ability to serve the public good. They should therefore be expelled by their colleagues. Reprimand and censure suggest that the offender can be rehabilitated. It is painfully obvious in this instance that neither lawmaker is prepared to accept such a sanction. Expulsion is the only rational response. We are contacting House leader Christopher Donovan and Senate leader Martin Looney to explore this action.”

From The Diocese of Bridgeport

The State has no right to interfere in the internal affairs and structure of the Catholic Church. This bill is directed only at the Catholic Church but could someday be forced on other denominations. The State has no business controlling religion.

The Pastors of our Diocese are doing an exemplary job of sound stewardship and financial accountability, in full cooperation with their parishioners.

For the State Legislature — which has not reversed a $1 billion deficit in this fiscal year — to try to manage the Catholic Church makes no sense. The Catholic Church not only lives within her means but stretches her resources to provide more social, charitable, and educational services than any other private institution in the State. This bill threatens those services at a time when the State is cutting services. The Catholic Church is needed now more than ever.

We reject this irrational, unlawful, and bigoted bill that jeopardizes the religious liberty of our Church.

 

Posted by: warnick68 | March 8, 2009

Everyone Against Abortion, Please Raise Your Hand!

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Posted by: warnick68 | March 8, 2009

Partial Obedience to God

Have you ever questioned your obedience, your faithfulness to God?

Or maybe you’re like I have been most of my Christian life, no need to question your obedience, your faithfulness; because you know you are not being as obedient, as faithful as you could be, as you should be.

My walk has always been a struggle.

Sometimes because of personal laziness, sometimes because it is hard to break old habits and easy to fall back into ones you thought previously broken, sometimes because of hard hearted resistance and sometimes sadly, because I just didn’t notice I was being disobedient.

I thought of this today as I completed a daily reading from 1st Samuel which then also led me to read from 1st Kings. 1st Samuel 15:1-35 & 1st Kings 11: 1-6 in specific.

I don’t know about you, but I often read scripture and see my life in a glaring light. Be it my present life, my past or a possible future I might be barreling towards.

I read these and saw bits and pieces of past, present, possible future.

So it is clear, I am not writing this particular post at the time of some impasse in my life, I’m simply writing about some of those things that struck me as I read.

I could easily turn this into a very long post, but that is not my goal and I haven’t the skill for the teaching of theology.

I simply wanted to highlight the danger in partial obedience to God, not forgetting or ignoring the difficulty, at least for myself, in full and constant obedience to God.

 

Posted by: warnick68 | February 16, 2009

How Religious Is Your State?

Found this at WND.

A recent poll of more than 350,000 Americans on the importance of religion revealed that the nation is separated into enclaves of widely divergent viewpoints on faith, with some states and regions clearly religious and others significantly secular.

Gallup conducted a telephone poll of 355,334 U.S. adults, asking the question, "Is religion an important part of your daily life?"

religionUSA

 

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Posted by: warnick68 | February 5, 2009

The 200th Birthday Celebration of Charles Darwin

February 12th marks the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, the man who first developed and promoted the philosophy that all species evolved over a span of time from common ancestors.

It is philosophy rather than ‘theory’ because theory demands some kind of observable evidence. It is philosophy because this process of natural selection is a belief system lacking the support of observable evidence.

The, Darwin Day Celebration will be marked throughout the world.

The celebration is less a celebration of Darwin than it is a celebration of persons who believe they have triumphed over God, believing natural selection proves God does not exist. Worse still, it is a celebration by a good number of persons who make claim to Christianity and seek to water down God and who God is by denying creation and embracing natural selection.

To date 11,818 clergy of Christian churches have signed The Clergy Letter.

This letter states in part,

Within the community of Christian believers there are areas of dispute and disagreement, including the proper way to interpret Holy Scripture. While virtually all Christians take the Bible seriously and hold it to be authoritative in matters of faith and practice, the overwhelming majority do not read the Bible literally, as they would a science textbook. Many of the beloved stories found in the Bible – the Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah and the ark – convey timeless truths about God, human beings, and the proper relationship between Creator and creation expressed in the only form capable of transmitting these truths from generation to generation. Religious truth is of a different order from scientific truth. Its purpose is not to convey scientific information but to transform hearts.

There is a second paragraph to this letter which you can read on the site linked to above.

A couple things stand out right away.

the beloved stories found in the Bible – the Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah and the ark – convey timeless truths about God, human beings, and the proper relationship between Creator and creation

Religious truth is of a different order from scientific truth

I can only assume that the signers of the petition, given that they signed on to such a foolish text, are more evolutionists than they are Christian. That if faced with a conflict between the Word of God and the word of Darwin, they would defer to Darwin.

After all, isn’t that what they have already done?

How much smarter than God are these clergy members anyway?

I do not know the hearts of these persons and I am surely not capable of securing their salvation or denying them salvation. But it is their salvation they might seriously want to take into consideration at the time they blow out the 200 candles of Mr. Darwin’s cake.

These are people of two faiths that cannot coexist one denies the other.

More importantly, as clergy, these are people who others are looking to for spiritual leadership. They are failing those people and risk leading them from the truth.

I accuse the signers of forfeiting biblical integrity and attempting to conceptualize Christianity for a more “modern” and “sophisticate” world.

Where as clergy members are to ‘”feed the flock” the signers are in fact the equivalent of the parent who gives their child Lucky Charms cereal for breakfast every morning.

Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind

1st Peter 5:2

It is my understanding that God is not pleased when we lead others astray.

Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

James 3:1

 

Posted by: warnick68 | January 19, 2009

The Tree Of Science?

I daily receive am email from The Institute for Creation Research (ICR) these emails are daily devotionals.

I found today’s email had an interesting twist to it and thought I’d share it here.

“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:17)

In this age of science, it is well to remember that the basic meaning of “science” (Latin, scientia) is “knowledge.” Thus, it is instructive to substitute “science” whenever the word “knowledge” is used in Scripture. For example: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of science” (Proverbs 1:7).

It is significant that the first mention of knowledge in the Bible is in connection with the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:9). God warned Adam not to partake of that which would become in him “the science of good and evil” (Genesis 2:17). Adam already was familiar with good science, because everything God had made was “very good” (Genesis 1:31). But Satan tempted Eve with the humanistic lie that “ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5), and ever since, “science” has been both good and evil. Real science, properly applied, is good and beneficial to mankind, but “science falsely so called” (1 Timothy 6:20)–that is, pseudo-sciences, such as evolution and the humanistic social sciences–is both useless and harmful.

There are many references to knowledge in the Bible, and it is good to remember that in Christ “are hid all the treasures of wisdom and science” (Colossians 2:3). And it is very significant that the last mention of knowledge, or science, in the Bible is in the last verse written by the apostle Peter before his martyrdom: “But grow in grace, and in the science of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).

One can be ever so learned in all the sciences and the various intellectual disciplines of mankind, but if he does not know the Lord Jesus Christ, he has failed in the one science that yields everlasting life. He has eaten of the tree of science but has ignored the tree of life.

HMM

Posted by: warnick68 | January 6, 2009

Pallywood

Pallywood, a term used to define the Palestinian manipulation of foreign media outlets in order to elicit sympathy for themselves and hatred towards Israel.

Admittedly, not all scenes we see from Gaza and the West Bank are staged and manipulated, but so many are that it becomes impossible for the world to know which images are real and which are not.

The following videos are lengthy but worth the time involved.
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