Politics and Religion… Oh, Canada!

October 23rd, 2010

There is an interesting lesson for us from our seeming over-achiever of tolerance, neighbor to the north. It is not what you think it may be, but nevertheless interesting.

The words “separation of church and state” are venerated by those in the United States of the progressive bend. Their compatriots outside the U.S. also hold these words in high esteem. These words contain one of the most sacred doctrines of the political left. While they are not found in any governing document of the U.S., they are held by some to be the law of the land.

The hoped-for political effect of these words is to protect the populace from any who would who adhere to a absolute standard of morality. One that transcends from a holy God to us. This is as a result of Who He is and the fact that we, bearing His image, intuitively know that certain things are wrong. But there is a problem, it effects every single one of us.

The Politics and Religion

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Scott Robb

In Edmonton, Canada, there is a local race for city council. In that race, one candidate stands out, only for his “non-conventional religious belief system.” His name is Scott Robb, his picture is at the right. He is a self-professed Satanist! No, not the kind of Satanist that worships the devil, silly!

His religion is called “Darkside Collective.” From the website much information can be gleaned. In essence Satan represents the forces of nature. It is the religion everyone would be if there was no religion (Not my words… And I know, the argument is circular.)

The website further asserts, atheists are either those who do not see a point in believing in a deity and are therefore hypocrites. Or are truly Satanists who fear the name, and thus are just cowards.

I sit and shake my head… Oh, I almost forgot, the lesson!

The Lesson

Satan has many names, they describe who he is. He is the father of lies. Yeah, there are some who worship him directly, and then there are others who are deluded into a dangerous game.

You see, the essence of what the Darkside Collective believes is that the self is the highest embodiment of human life. They even say it this way:

The simple answer that you would likely get from most Satanists is “Of course not, we are the highest power and there can be nothing higher!”

Wow, that really is a powerful statement! It leaves no room for God, does it?

I think that the things written on this website are true, this version of Satanism truly is the default religion. It is the religion of a deluded self and darkness that is spoke of in Romans 3:10-12.  This is the one we are all born with, the delusion that we are the adequate in ourselves! While not really believing they worship any being called Satan, they really are.

Let us consider what God has to say In Ezekiel 28:1-2.

The word of the Lord came to me: (2) “Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, Thus says the Lord God: “Because your heart is proud, and you have said, ‘I am a god, I sit in the seat of the gods, in the heart of the seas,’ yet you are but a man, and no god, though you make your heart like the heart of a god—

This is written to the king of Tyre… who is, by example or type, Satan. This is the SAME desire and the SAME sin of Satan, to be like the Most High, as is written in Isaiah 14:13-14.

You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; (14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’

As humans, we have also inherited this inclination. It is called pride, it is putting self before others, and God. Really making us god of our own lives. It is exactly what Adam chose in Genesis 3. Consider the craftiness of Satan as he proclaimed in Genesis 3:4-5.

But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. (5) For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

That is the deception we all fall under, that we can be like God. We all serve self, we practice that religion of the Darkside Collective, that self is the highest form of human life. But is that truly the highest form of humanity?

I say, emphatically… NO!

The Hope

You see, God knowing our predilection for sin, provided a way out of this bondage to self, and ultimately destruction. Jesus said in John 15:12-13:

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. (13) Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

This, in my opinion is one of the higher forms of humanity… altruism and selflessness. We know this intuitively! We give medals to those who exhibit such behavior. We call them heroes, and we honor them.

As for that highest embodiment of human life… it is none other than Jesus. He came to Earth as a baby (Luke 1:26-33,) and lived as a man. He was not just any man, but the God man (John 1:1-13.) As a man, he could sin, just as you, in fact… he was even tempted to sin Matthew 4:1-11,)  But as God did not, proclaiming “You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.”


He was betrayed (Mark 14:43-45,) tried and found innocent (Luke 23:3,)  and sent to the cross so a murderer (Luke 23:18-19) could be freed!

He took that punishment willingly (Philippians 2:8,) becoming sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21,) and taking our punishment upon himself (Isaiah 53:3-5.) He gave up His Spirit (Matthew 27:50)willingly after crying “Tetelestai!” That is Greek for “It is finished!” It is what was put on a contract of an indentured servant when his debt was fulfilled, in other words, “paid in full!”

That means that the debt we owed to God for our lives of sin, was satisfied, completely!

That is not all, after three days He rose again, (1 Corinthians 15:3-8) the first fruits of resurrection. He was the embodiment of the hope we all have, a new body fit for eternity!

This is the hope of the Christian and the true invitation from God. Love mercy, act justly and walk humbly before Him (Micah 6:8.) How do we do that?

“Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent” – (John 6:29)

It is a simple thing to understand…

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (18) Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” – John 3:17-18

There are only two options…

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. – John 3:36

Remember that murderer, Barabbas who was set free? He is you! And my hope is for you to know God, and believe in Jesus, that He died and rose again for you. You see, our just reward for offending an eternal being by how we choose to live for self is eternity in hell. But by the grace of God, He has provided a payment, an eternal being taking the punishment for our transgressions.

Therefore making a way for us to go to heaven!

The Power of a Portrait

October 17th, 2010

I was looking over the Stand to Reason Blog, in particular, an article called Mass of Tissue.

That simple curiosity led to some photos that are spectacular, yet sad. Even though taken as a result of a sad set of circumstances, these two pictures speak volumes. Me being a man, I cannot fathom what it must feel like to be pregnant. But being a human, I understand things that are common to humanity. Things like life, liberty and dignity, these come to us as a part of being human.

One of the most human things, is that we are all unique persons. Even identical twins, who share DNA, are different, unique persons! We are made of something other than material… since DNA does not only uniquely identify a person.

What strikes me about these photos, is the completeness of the person, and the tininess. This person is only ten weeks past conception and fits inside the palm of an adult’s hand! We are truly unique, and plainly human at that size. Thank God that He knows every single one of us, even in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13.)

Sadly because of a cancer of the womb, the mother thought best to “terminate” the pregnancy. Her entire uterus was removed with the pre-born baby intact.

The photos speak for themselves…

10 week gestation a

10 week gestation b

Humanity does not begin at birth. We are conceived as unique humans with the right to life and liberty. And the right to live that life in dignity.

Here’s why unborn human beings are as valuable as adult human beings.

You may read the article here: The Power of a Portrait | Live Action Blog – Human Rights, Abortion, and Life

Potential Church

October 10th, 2010

Something really interesting happened on 10/10/10 at 10:00 PM. Flamingo Road Church changed its name to Potential Church.

I have a few questions…

Are you not really a church, but want to be one soon?

Are you a really powerful church ready to explode?

I mean really… what is it with church names these days?

Why do churches rely on growth by programs and education of one pastor? Is it not good enough to not let man DO and solely rely upon God add to His church such as should be saved, a la Acts 2:41?

Why do churches and pastors have to PROMOTE the name of the pastor, and use them as website URLs to unify a church? Does the pastor have a brand? Are you serving your own ego?

Is there a board of elders that oversee here, like a proper New Testament church, or is it just the pastor and what he wants?

The last question I have, after having searched this website high and low tonight…

WHERE IS JESUS?

Is Potential Church so ashamed of the name of Jesus that it is nowhere to be found on the website at its inauguration?

These are questions every Christian MUST ask of their church!

Oval Office Extreme Makeover? – Political Punch

August 30th, 2010

There are reports that the Oval Office had an extreme make-over this past weekend. I marvel at the timing, well… no I don’t!

But, if I were the betting type, I would wager the primary color used is red, or possibly green. But since I am not, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is was this really necessary?

Was the expenditure from the public treasury justifiable in our precarious economic times?

Or are those of the political elite that far disconnected from the average Joe?

We shall see, soon!

Read more at Political Punch: Oval Office Extreme Makeover?

White House says Obama is Christian, prays daily

August 20th, 2010

I have to offer the one question that is just begging to be asked.

Why does any president of the United States have the need to issue an official press release declaring his faith?

It is plainly evident… Would it not be obvious?

James 2:18 says “But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”

But the more discerning words come from Jesus Himself in Matthew 7:15-20 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.”

 Lets check out some of that very low-hanging fruit:

Do I need to mention names like Jeremiah Wright or Michael Pfleger?

Here is one that may be obscure, Jim Wallis… the president’s top spiritual advisor. He is one of the progressive, evangelical left, better known as thinly-veiled communism, which is not supported biblically. Who is Jim Wallis and Sojourners, really?

Hey, you decide… if he really is a Christian. I know I am told not to believe what they say, but to examine the fruit. Furthermore please keep in mind what Luke 9:26 says “For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”

Perhaps that is why they needed to make a press release. God is omniscient, and I am sure He doesn’t need to read press releases.

Read the article here at the Las Vegas Sun

The Inerrancy of Scripture

August 17th, 2010

Albert Mohler sums writes on his now 60 year stance on the inerrancy of scripture. He says…

“[W]hen you encounter a present-day view of Holy Scripture, you encounter more than a view of Scripture. What you meet is a total view of God and the world, that is, a total theology, which is both an ontology, declaring what there is, and an epistemology, stating how we know what there is. This is necessarily so, for a theology is a seamless robe, a circle within which everything links up with everything else through its common grounding in God.”

You see, it is this “grounding” in God that sticks everything. If your morality is not grounded, it becomes subject to relativity. God is unchangeable. He is the uncaused. He is eternal, holy, good, just and righteous… just to start.

The bible, to me is an amazing document. It has withstood almost 2,000 years of naysayers… yet eventually, disproves them all.

So, when you compare yourself to the standard declared in just the ten commandments, how do you stack up?

I know I don’t! BUT… I thank God for a Savior Who could AND DID, thereby covering me and anyone else who places their faith in that fact!

Check out what Albert Mohler has to say about the inerrancy of scripture.

School Group Told Not To Pray On U. S. Supreme Court Steps

August 13th, 2010

Another story that shows the mettle of our Next Greatest Generation.

This reprehensible act occurred earlier this year in May. A small school group bowed their heads to say a prayer on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. They were approached by a police officer and told…

“Ma’am, I’m not going to tell you that you can’t pray, but you can’t do it here,” he said, according to Mrs. Rigo. “Please go somewhere else.”

Is this not chilling?

The First Amendment is almost completely done in. Once the newspapers are bailed out, where will you get your news?

Read the article here… School Group Told Not To Pray On U.S. Supreme Court Steps – The Philadelphia Bulletin Archives

2 Months After Students Silenced, Crack NBC Washington Bureau Breaks the Story

August 12th, 2010

2 months after some of our Next Greatest Generation were caught in an act of alleged “civil disobedience,” NBC got the scoop!

Sadly, why is singing the U.S. National Anthem a demonstration? Furthermore, why are there “completely content neutral” areas in any U.S. National Park? And then that begs a really OBVIOUS question… isn’t that oxymoronic?

But then the journalist, probably a college graduate, is most likely a moral relativist, and may not understand the issues involved.

Sigh! There is no such thing as a free press in corporate-controlled newsrooms. Truth is what the state says is true, when it says it is true.

Students Silenced for Singing Anthem at Lincoln Memorial | NBC Washington

Clinton texts a $10 donation to Pakistan flood relief

August 6th, 2010

Wow! A whole $10!

All this week we have been saturated with the approaching “royal” wedding. After all the Clintons are busy planning to spend up to $5,000,000 for Chelsea’s wedding. Yet, Hillary Clinton has the time, and extra cash to “set an example” for the rest of us. by texting $10 for some truly in need.

The example brings to mind words like stingy, cheap and miserly… however these do not even begin to describe the discrepancy! That is just .0002% of the projected spending on 1 PERSON! There may be an estimated 12 million who will need aid in and around Swat Valley Pakistan due to the floods.

Those who work hard to bring home an average salary will probably never come close to earning $5,000,000. Yet these same people will gladly send $10 to help another. That $10 costing them personally almost an hour of labor. This would be a great sacrifice to a majority of generous and self-less Americans.

While those in Pakistan will have trouble finding just clean water to drink, the political elite (read left) will be wining and dining on all the best that there is!

These are the same people who tell us they are the champions of the poor. I think they are nothing more than modern day slave traders who steal from hard working Americans.

Do we need any other example of the hypocrisy of the democrats?

Regardless of your political leanings, if you would like to help those in need and live in the U.S., please text the word SWAT to the number 50555. Please bear in mind that the donation goes to a United Nations relief agency UNHCR.

Clinton texts a $10 donation to Pakistan flood relief

And for those so inclined, please pray.

Scientist Craig Venter creates life for first time in laboratory sparking debate about ‘playing god’

May 20th, 2010

 

For some reason, this reminds me of a joke… the punchline was something like “Oh yeah! Make your own dirt!”

Seriously, this is described as creating new life?

Is the empty cell created by the scientist?

Is the DNA language created by the scientist?

Is the machinery for replicating the DNA created by the scientist?

It seems to me, that in man’s arrogance, he does not acknowledge the gifts God has endowed to him, like creativity. And he then uses the gift of God’s creativity, borrows some of His dust, changes a few things around, and then he has the audacity to call it creation!

Scientist Craig Venter creates life for first time in laboratory sparking debate about ‘playing god’ – Telegraph