Fighting Our Way Out Of The Darkness

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Your freedoms are under assault as Communists disguised as Democrats are leading the attack!

There are natural consequences that come when we personally abuse our Constitutional rights and freedoms – or at least this was so….. Here’s a few examples of how it often used to go:

* Free Speech – It’s a freedom that can swiftly turn on us if we abuse it by engaging in verbal abuses, slanders, and mockeries at the expense of our fellow man.

* Bear Arms – The majority of gun owners are highly responsible and seek only a means of personal protection, while many others, especially in the rural South and Midwest, are serious outdoorsmen who hunt for sport or meat. Regardless, it’s a right which, when we legitimately abuse it, can have serious consequences for the gun owner. The safety benefits (safe communities where the right to bear is prominently exercised) and historical significance (standing firm against political tyranny) far outweigh a few random abuses (as tragic as they may be).

* Free Press – A free people must rely on an impartial, nonpartisan watchdog and reporter of factual truth and breaking development. We depend on a free press to keep us citizens informed, prepared, and safe from the impending storms (figurative and literal). But once the press becomes controlled, its purpose and value is ultimately sacrificed for skewed propaganda. In our worst case scenario, the ‘press’ merely regurgitates political disinformation. When they do so, the talking heads not only render themselves unreliable, but culpable.

We understand that our behaviors have consequences. Former generations have fought for the freedom for it to be so. We don’t need anyone telling us how to think, how to live, how to worship, or how to spend….especially the government!

When we indulge in strong drink we reserve the right to become drunkards. When we lust for another we may commit adultery, and there will be consequences in some form or another. When we lie, cheat, and steal, in business and in life, we soil our reputation. When we deceive others for personal gain, we prove ourselves untrustworthy. Scoundrels are they who do inflict great harm upon their neighbor as a means to elevate their own personal status and social standing……But eventually we fall. Like Icarus, we eventually plummet forcefully and violently to a tragic end. The law of averages finally catches up to us. It’s the consequence of reckless behavior. Sooner or later our bad deeds will come and claims us.

Today’s Democrats are so drunk off their own Carnal-Kool-Aid, that they fail to fully understand how a manipulation of conscience and consequence has its own grave consequences (not only for us but for them!).

A select few have grown rich and powerful off of the citizens they serve and represent. One person’s tax dollar is another’s personal gain…with interest!

In addition, they have appointed themselves moral arbiter, liberty barterer, and fiscal withholder. They continue to eye up your income, and much that you possess, as they supplement (and eventually replace) it with skewed predictions, blind naturalism, and foolhardy scientism. They elevate nature (earth, sea, atmosphere) and sketchy preservation practices to instill further controls/priorities to align with a united, elite ruling class.

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The Gender Identity Crisis Of America

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All Rachel Pepe wanted was to be treated like one of the girls. There is one major problem, however. She’s a boy.

Gender identity and sexual preference is a huge issue in America today. If you’re like me, your natural reaction may be, “TMI!”

NJ Governor, Chris Christie, may have felt similarly when he swiftly shut down the whole notion of children working through their sexual identity issues with a licensed counselor, in August of last year. But when dress codes and gender specific restrooms become a matter of ambiguity, what’s a school administrator to do?

I regret the abuse and ridicule that too many of our youth must endure – whatever the reason. But I also believe we must not overreact or overcompensate in meeting the tender emotional needs of the conflicted child.

I do believe children should be supported and loved in expressing the inner conflict and emotional pain they may be experiencing on account of some deep-seeded gender conflict, real or perceived. A full-court gender-conversion press may do more harm than good. But everyone should have a safe place they can go where frustrations and distresses can be revealed without fear or shame.

We may not agree with the choices of our neighbor, but may we never willfully mistreat or cause emotional harm to another human being. On the other hand, nobody should exploit a distraught child for their own personal gain (or agenda).

I personally believe Jesus is bigger than any trumped-up sexuality fixation in our day.

Every single soul in society should be treated with a level of compassion and regard (nobody is disposable). No one deserves to be written off. We should conduct ourselves in such a way that we naturally produce a positive response from others (despite our differences).

But ultimately, we must instill in our children a strong sense of dignity and self-respect (and reflect those same qualities ourselves). We may not be perfect now, but with God on our side, we can know that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

May the desires of the soul be cultivated above and beyond that of the “psyche” and the “libido.”

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Here’s How The Power Of The Gospel Changed This Gang Banger’s Life For The Better…

How The Power Of The Gospel Changed A Gang Leader’s Life For The Better…

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.–Romans 1:16

The power of the gospel must never be overlooked. It lives in the hearts of men. It annihilates the evil nature and iniquitous disposition.

It resides in the heart and soul of Nicky Cruz.

Nicky Cruz was a young, cold, heartless, murdering, New York City gang leader when he was subdued by the only power outside the grave that could stop him…..

Enter David Wilkerson.

A zealous preacher, the fearless Wilkerson entered a war zone and did the unthinkable.

The whole account was documented by Wilkerson in his best selling book, The Cross and the Switchblade, a book that enthusiastically declares the power of the gospel and how miracles really do happen when it is boldly and faithfully applied.

Nicky Cruz is a living testimony of the power of the gospel to turn even the most hardened, vile sinner into a repentant, loving disciple of Jesus Christ.

Jesus wants to gather you up and transform you. You have not yet sinned it all away. He will not reject those who have had their conscience pricked and have awakened form their sinful slumber/wicked rebellion. Jesus is mighty and willing to save. Forsake all further transgressions and lay your burdens down. This is a message for the masses; you needn’t remain on the outside any longer.

The power of the gospel resides in the hearts of men, women, and children everywhere. The Gospel message continues to change hearts across the globe.

Open your heart and allow yourself to be forgiven and restored. The grace of God transcends all. Where would we be without this truth?

There are no sinners so great, even in our day, that they will not find healing and deliverance in the mercy of Christ.

Jesus loves you and has forgiven you….. You just may not know it yet…..

One thing is for certain: Jesus did not die on the cross for nothing. Drink from the cup of salvation. His living waters runneth over (John 4:14).

The most potent thing you can say to a rebel is “Jesus loves you!” Those 3 words can cut through the coldest of hearts. Extreme sinners need extreme mercy….. and Jesus is willing to pay your debt!

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America Must Repent To Return To Its Former Greatness

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“Herein lies a reason NOT to allow social/political issues to consume our time and thoughts. Sin is not debatable. The Gospel proclamation is our response to the forked tongue arguments of God haters. We know the constant information bombardment from Hollywood, news, and activists are full of half truths that use every angle to win their destructive cause and yet we continually not only listen but become distracted, double minded, and tossed back and forth by every wave of apathetic argument, story and accusation of the enemy. Once we start to ponder the lies we start to compromise. Our defense is the Gospel. We must meditate on the Word!” – friend & fellow Christian, Ken Klutts, TX.

Overall, there is a fine line that exists between empathy and apathy. I think Christians are in a tough spot in today’s world. I think we are often too quick to judge our brothers and sisters.

They may be perceived as too stern/judgmental, too sentimental (possibly embracing unrepentant sin in themselves and others), or too apathetic (of the needs and trends that abound in our day). God is merciful and mighty to save; he is holy and terrifying in condemnation; he is jealous and wants to be called upon and glorified boldly and shamelessly.

God knows what we need and, when our consciences are not stifled, so do we.

Consider this valuable piece of information sent to me from my good friend, Jim Burke, who resides in sunny Florida:

“A concise expression of Western natural law can be found in the Decretum, which was written about 1140 A.D. by Gratian of Bologna, and which was a cornerstone of the development of the legal system in Western Europe (and, therefore, in the Western Hemisphere) over the next millennium.

Gratian explained: ‘Natural law is common to all nations because it exists everywhere through natural instinct, not because of any enactment.’ Examples of natural law include ‘the union of men and women, the succession and rearing of children, . . . the identical liberty of all, . . . the return of a thing deposited or of money entrusted, and the repelling of violence by force. This, and anything similar, is never regarded as unjust but is held to be natural and equitable.’

Compare the universally held natural law that has held for five millennia with the radical changes of the last 15-20 years.”

Unfortunately, Christians, and religious conservatives in general, set up lots of rules for each other:

Don’t mix faith with government, politics, work, culture, society.

Don’t show emotion.

Don’t show too much tolerance.

Don’t show too much frustration.

Don’t show too much acceptance.

Don’t show too much scrutiny… and the list goes on!

But we must always start with ourselves, by exercising daily faith and repentance.

Are we truly coming from a place of godly humility and legitimate concern or are we overlooking the grace of God in an effort to toot our own horn? I must check myself daily (sometimes hourly).

Regardless, is there ever a place for hard truths and loving compassion? Is there more than one place to speak truth?

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Was Jesus Bigoted And Intolerant?

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May Jesus rightly be deemed intolerant of the original and actual sin and propensities of fallen mankind? Could it be said that he practiced a form of ‘spiritual conversion therapy’? Should he be considered one who attempted to force his own spiritual morality upon the people?

“Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

By today’s standards, Jesus would most probably be deemed an intolerant radical, irregardless of the mercy and kindness he bestowed upon the multitude. The PC police of our day would swiftly label Jesus a bigoted hate speaker for promoting himself as the only true source of redemption and for expounding on the consequence of sinful rebellion.

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

During his brief earthly ministry, Jesus acted with little regard for the religious establishment. Jesus was the truth incarnate and could never deny himself. There would be no appeasement.

“Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?”

Jesus is the source of all that is righteous and good. He is a complete and utter offense to the strong and the proud.

“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

His was a message that was totally unacceptable to the religious and political powers of His day. Even most of the common folk would come to reject this bold messenger, despite the amazing works and miracles He wrought upon the people.

“He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth”

It would be the same today. If Jesus walked among us, he would be completely rejected. Sin, in particular, has become a foreign concept deemed too offensive for public consideration in mainstream, secular society (and even many churches of today.)

“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

We could very well be headed toward a society where a young lady past puberty would be free to smoke pot and engage in prostitution as per secular and educational standards (despite any parental objections.) At what point does the so-called ‘forcing morality upon your neighbor’ argument run its course? Should our moral standard be fixed or perpetually progressing?

“Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.”

When we take a moment to consider those who were truly impacted by the man responsible for turning the cultural order and spiritual establishment upside down, it is clear that the proud and haughty were often passed by due to their own resistance.

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