A Warning To American Christians: You ‘Must Be Made’ To Obey

While actions speak louder than words, words often predict future actions. Secular progressives’ words and actions rarely align. This is because the pseudo-utopian, wholly dystopian perch from which they view the world is so detached from reality that, from a cultural and public policy standpoint, they must disguise their intended actions in flowery and euphemistic language, or face near universal rejection.

When they don’t like the terms, liberals redefine the terms to mean something they do not, never have, and never can mean. Consider, for instance, the once meaningful words “marriage” and “equality.”

Other “progressive” doublespeak includes words like “invest” (meaning socialist redistribution of wealth), “tolerance” (meaning embrace immorality or face total ruin), “diversity” (meaning Christians and conservatives need not apply), “hate” (meaning truth), or “The Affordable Care Act” (meaning unaffordable, unsustainable, and utterly inferior socialized medicine).

Even so, it’s during those rare moments of candor that our cultural Marxist friends’ rhetoric actually aligns with their intended actions. In other words, every so often, and usually by accident, they tell the truth.

Take this recent declaration by President Obama at Georgetown University. He was discussing his contempt for conservative new media in general and Fox News in particular:

“[W]e’re going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues,” he said.

How Kim Jong-un of him. In sum: Goal 1) Control thought by, Goal 2) Controlling the media.

This is an idea older than – and as well preserved as – Vladimir Lenin himself. How Dear Leader intends to reconcile his scheme to “change how the media reports on these issues” with the First Amendment’s Free Press Clause, namely, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom … of the press,” is abundantly clear.

He doesn’t.

Our emperor-in-chief will force-feed his once-free subjects yet another unconstitutional executive decree – a Net Neutrality sandwich with a side of Fairness Doctrine.

Or take would-be President Hillary Clinton’s comments last month on the “rite” of abortion vs. the right of religious freedom.

Reports LifeNews:

The comment has Hillary Clinton essentially saying that Christians must be forced to change their religious views to accommodate abortions.

“Far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth. All the laws we’ve passed don’t count for much if they’re not enforced,” Clinton said, using the euphemism for abortion.

“Rights have to exist in practice – not just on paper,” Clinton argued. “Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”

That’s a lot of “have tos.” See the pattern here? Whether it’s Obama saying government will “have to change how the media reports,” or Hillary saying “deep-seated religious beliefs have to be changed,” such despotic demands should spike the neck hair of every freedom-loving American.

And then there are those left-wing extremists whose designs on despotism require that Christians “must be made” to obey. Homosexual practitioner and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni is one such extremist. In his April 3 column titled, “Bigotry: The Bible and the Lessons of Indiana,” Bruni quotes homosexual militant Mitchell Gold, a prominent anti-Christian activist: “Gold told me that church leaders must be made ‘to take homosexuality off the sin list,’” he writes. “His commandment is worthy – and warranted,” he adds.

Of course, if homosexual behavior, something denounced as both “vile affections” and “an abomination” throughout both the Old and New Testaments, is no longer sexual sin, then there can be no sexual sin whatsoever. To coerce, through the power of the police state, faithful Christians to abandon the millennia-old biblical sexual ethic and embrace the sin of Sodom would likewise require that Christians sign-off on fornication, adultery, incest, and bestiality. Such is the unnatural nature of government-mandated moral relativism.

“But this isn’t free speech, it’s hate speech!” come the mournful cries of the ill-informed and the ill-prepared, desperately afraid to debate the issues on the merits. “Hate speech is excluded from protection,” opines CNN anchor Chris Cuomo in a recent tweet on the topic. “But there is no hate speech exception to the First Amendment,” replies UCLA law professor Eugene Volohk in a Washington Post op-ed. “Hateful ideas (whatever exactly that might mean) are just as protected under the First Amendment as other ideas.”

Of course this matters not to those to whom the First Amendment is meaningless.

Indeed, one man’s “hate speech” is another man’s truth; and as I’ve often said, truth is hate to those who hate truth.

And boy do they hate it.

And so they mean to muzzle it.

The time of which many of us have long warned is no longer on the horizon. The left’s full-on assault against freedom, most especially religious freedom, is at hand. Oddly, or maybe not so oddly, it’s at once the secular left and orthodox Muslims who lead the charge. These strange bedfellows share a common enemy. He is Truth in the person of Jesus Christ. In order to silence Him, they must silence His faithful followers.

Which brings us to this modern age of American lawlessness. We’re fast moving from a soft tyranny to hard tyranny, and “progressive” leaders like those mentioned above are, chillingly enough, emboldened to the degree that they will openly call for it.

Like our brothers and sisters around the world, American Christians must prepare for suffering.

But, like them, we mustn’t despair.

For there are different kinds of suffering.

Suffering through cancer, for instance, can, and often does, lead to death. Without Christ, who is mankind’s only hope, such suffering is hopeless indeed.

Yet when a young mother suffers through child birth, and while she may experience the same level of pain as the cancer sufferer, her crying out elicits an entirely different response–and her pain serves an entirely different purpose. While one type of suffering leads to death, the other leads to life. While one attends sorrow, the other attends joy.

Similarly, there is a kind of suffering, suffering in sin, which leads to spiritual death, and a kind suffering, suffering in grace, which leads to spiritual life. Anti-Christian persecution, be it efforts to force Christians into disobedience to God, attempts to silence them outright or, worse, the torture, enslavement, and even execution of Christ followers – now widespread in both Muslim and Marxist nations across the globe – signifies “the beginning of birth pains” (see Matthew 24:8).

And birth pains lead to new life.

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If Only Christians In America Today Would Sing Louder!

When the hypocrites and accomplices to Adolph Hitler (Matthew 7:21-23) would sing praises to Jesus in the protestant churches in Germany, they would sing louder to drown out the noise of the Jews, Gypsies, and dissidents who were crying out for help while they were being hauled off in cattle cars to concentration camps–or even worse, extermination camps (Psalm 78:9).

When church services were over, they would find their cars toppled with the ash of the bodies that were burned in the incinerators.

To further the atrocities of these traitors to Christ, they were the ones handing off their youth groups to do Hitler’s killing for them.

These professors loved Jesus so much that they simply disobeyed His commandments with every opportunity they had (1 John 2:4).

I am sure most of you have heard:

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

– Martin Niemöller

Martin Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for this quotation. I have heard this quote many times before, but it was just recently that I learned that the man who said it was a prominent protestant pastor during the time of Hitler and the Nazis. It was learning this fact that made all the difference in the world in understanding where this quote stemmed from.

This quotation stemmed from Niemöller’s lectures during the early postwar period. His point was that Germans and, in particular, the leaders of the Protestant churches had been complicit through their silence in the Nazi imprisonment, persecution, and murder of millions of people.

Martin Niemöller was one of the first Germans to talk publicly about the broader complicity in the Holocaust and guilt for what had happened to the Jews. In his book, published in English as “Of Guilt and Hope” in January of 1946, Niemöller wrote:

Thus, whenever I chance to meet a Jew known to me before, then, as a Christian, I cannot but tell him: ‘Dear Friend, I stand in front of you, but we cannot get together, for there is guilt between us. I have sinned and my people has sinned against thy people and against thyself.’

Although he did suffer, spending the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps, he still recognized his own guilt for not speaking out against tyranny.

In fact, we could rewrite Niemöller’s quote quite well for today’s church leaders. It would probably go something like this:

First they came for prayer in school, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a student. Nor did I ever look into the fact that the Supreme Court is not above the law (Article 3, Sections 1 of The United States Constitution (Ephesians 6:18)).

Then they came to murder the unborn in their mother’s womb, and I did not speak out— Because I was not an unborn child. After all, I was told that the Supreme Court could sanction the murder of the innocent in the womb by simply calling it a woman’s choice (Proverbs 6:17).

Then they came for the legalization of two men or two woman getting “married” to upend America’s sovereignty and I did not speak out (as if to say the Supreme court injustices have a God given right to redefine what God Himself designed)— because I did not want to be called a hater or a bigot (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, Romans 1:24)

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me, because I never spoke out for anyone else (let alone God) (Ezekiel 3).

It is disgraceful what we are not seeing from the pulpits in America today. Rather than seeing a thunderous barrage of righteous indignation against murder of the unborn, and zeal against tyranny, injustice, immorality, we are hearing virtually nothing from over 300,000 pulpits…silence (Zechariah 1:15).

“To sin by silence, when we should protest, makes cowards out of men.”

We hear Church leaders (1 Corinthians 12:28) say, “Well, I don’t speak out against anything political.” The murder of innocent children, political? Homosexual marriage, political? A corrupt, wicked, and lawless administration that means to destroy your country and religious freedom, political?

Here we see in Niemöller a man who could not change the destruction that took place in the lives of millions of people. Prevention would have been better than curing. He could not go back in time and right the wrongs, but America still can.

If not now, then when? If not you, then who?

Together, we can turn this destruction around; but if you choose to remain silent, don’t be surprised when they come for you and there is no one left to speak out. And at that point, you can rest assured that others may sing loud enough to drown out your cries.

Study The Past:

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Calling Evil Good And Good Evil: End Times Are Here!

2500 years ago, the prophet Isaiah issued this warning in the ancient scroll bearing his name in chapter 5, verse 20:

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

Ancient scriptures that talk about horrendous judgment against people and nations who don’t heed this warning and others like it are too numerous to list.

So let’s see just how close our modern culture is to completely thumbing its nose at our Creator and His warnings to us.

Modern culture portrays being a pure virgin woman as bad–but dressing and acting slutty is good.

Marriage solely between man and woman is now called bad–but homosexual/same-sex marriage is called good.

Killing animals is called evil–but murdering innocent, pre-born children in their mother’s wombs through abortion is called good.

Being too lazy to work is called good and is rewarded with welfare–but working hard enough to be rich is called bad, and bad, rich people must be taxed to give their money to people who don’t work. This is the opposite of scriptural teaching that if a man doesn’t work, he doesn’t eat.

And this is just scratching the surface. So with America embracing evil and shunning good, is it any wonder we have so many problems today? How could we have so quickly changed from a nation embracing morality to a country literally begging to be destroyed?

Isaiah’s warning bears repeating: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

If you want to see America reverse course and head toward moral sanity, please forward a link of this video to others. Thank you.

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Americans Support Ban On Late-Term Abortions By A Large Margin

As the House of Representatives prepares to vote on a ban on late-term abortions Wednesday, recent polling shows the American people support such a measure. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) would ban abortions after 20 weeks into the pregnancy.

A Marist poll conducted in January found that 84 percent of Americans want significant restrictions on abortion. This statistic included 7-in-10 who consider themselves “pro-choice.”

Image Credit: Marist Poll - Knights of Columbus

Image Credit: Marist Poll – Knights of Columbus

A Huffington Post poll taken in 2013 garnered similar results, finding that Americans oppose abortion after 20 weeks, 59 to 30 percent.

Additionally, the Marist poll found that Americans, by a margin of over 20 percent, consider abortion to be “morally wrong” (60 to 38 percent). Furthermore, nearly two-thirds of respondents believe the abortion rate is higher than it should be in the United States.

Image Credit: Marist Poll - Knights of Columbus

Image Credit: Marist Poll – Knights of Columbus

Despite their views about the morality of abortion, respondents to the poll were evenly divided between identifying themselves as “pro-life” (45 percent) or “pro-choice” (47 percent).

The poll also found that most Americans–84 percent–think laws “can exist which protect, both, the health and well-being of a woman and the rights of the unborn.”

The House originally planned to vote on the Pain-Capable Act in January to coincide with the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Instead, today’s vote will fall on the second anniversary of the conviction of the infamous Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell is the Philadelphia abortionist who was found guilty on multiple counts of murdering babies who had survived late-term abortions.

House leaders pulled the Pain-Capable Act in January when several members expressed concern that the legislation only permitted a rape exception to the ban on late-term abortions if the victim reported the rape to the police within 48 hours of its occurrence.

House Republican women, led by Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., stepped in to craft a compromise that takes into account the emotional toll rape has on women. The Pain-Capable Act now requires physicians to ensure women have access to counseling or medical care 48 hours prior to any decision to undergo an abortion.

“I would have voted for the bill with no exceptions. I’m a no-exceptions person. But there were legitimate concerns,” said Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., who is a registered nurse. With the changed provision, “We recognize that if a woman has a violent act such as rape, we need to be compassionate.”

h/t: LifeNews.com

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Alveda King Writes Letter Urging People To Protect The Unborn

In light of the upcoming House vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), tentatively scheduled for May 13, Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., wrote a piece encouraging readers to support the measure.

The vote was originally set for January 22 of this year, but a dispute over the language of the bill caused the vote to be postponed. The bill would protect babies 20 weeks of gestation or older from being aborted.

In the piece, King compared the anti-abortion movement to the abolition and Civil Rights movements of the past, reminding her readers that although abortion hasn’t ended as quickly as many Americans may have hoped, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”–and those who are pro-life must “unify and keep moving forward.”

While it may be discouraging to have fought long and hard and not see an end to abortion in sight, King harked back to the days when she was marching for equal rights to motivate her readers to work for and celebrate the small victories. Those involved in the Civil Rights movement, she said, “were not about to turn down any victory we could achieve just because it did not take us to the finish line all at once, right away.”

She encouraged her readers to continue working to save all babies, but also to work to save as many babies and mothers now as possible. “Every baby saved, every mother helped to choose life,” she said, “is a step in the right direction.”

King also admonished those in the pro-life movement to stop “blaming,” “infighting and friendly fire,” calling those “our deadliest threats.” Those who are pro-choice know unity is the key to victory, she said, encouraging her readers to embrace unity, love, and compassion, and to be persistent in the fight against abortion.

Abortion, she declared, “isn’t a civil right; life is.”

If you would like to join Alveda King in the fight against abortion, contact your representative and urge them to vote YES on H.R. 36.

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