Obama Helps Clarify What Christianity Is And Is Not

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One of my friends in Scotland commented that Christianity in America is a mile wide and an inch deep. After returning to America from living overseas twice as an adult, I would say this is a fair assessment.

The majority of Americans identify as Christians; however, their response to Gallup and Barna polls reveals there’s a disconnect, and even a contradiction, between what self-ascribing Christians actually believe and claim. Sadly, poll results indicate that most self-ascribing American Christians, while they state they would like to read the Bible more, are unfamiliar with fundamental Biblical facts; they misunderstand or have no knowledge about what Jesus says about himself, salvation, heaven, hell, or death.

Some self-ascribing Christians claim that “born-again Christians are disturbing.” (Such a claim either represents ignorance or the rejection of Jesus Christ’s teachings recorded in the four gospels as true. Clearly explained in John 3:1-21 and elsewhere, Jesus himself declared that salvation from sin/separation from God requires that one “must be born again.”)

Some self-ascribing Christians either support abortion now, or had the opportunity to prevent it or did nothing after the Supreme Court’s final ruling in 1973. Some self-ascribing Christians have expressed “horror” over abortion practices (like Gosnell’s) but voted for and continue to justify their support of leaders who advocate for infanticide and sex-selective abortions.

Still, others support same-sex marriage as a civil rights issue, unable to understand its spiritual and biblical origin, while also whining about religious rights issues. Such claims–that completely ignore, reject, and/or misinterpret Biblical truth clearly articulated by the God they claim to worship–obviously mislead and confuse non-Christians.

To be sure, many Christians make mistakes, misunderstand, and/or disagree about scriptural interpretation. Christians aren’t saints. Some have committed crimes.

But straightforward falsehood guised as Christianity is dangerous. If one does not know what is true, it will be exceedingly difficult to identify what is false.

This is falsehood: a person who claims to be a Christian–yet, both in word and deed:

  • Claims: “I will stand with Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
  • Claims: “The future does not belong to those who slander Islam.”
  • Claims: “America is no longer a Christian nation.”

This is truth: a genuine, born-again, Bible-believing-and-following Christian is first known by their confession, witness, and testimony that Jesus Christ is Lord, that He is the only son of God, and that He and the Father are one. Jesus claimed that only through Him can anyone know God, and that through Him alone can one have eternal life. Either Jesus is who he says he is, or he isn’t.

True Christian belief is evidenced in the out-workings of one’s faith: repentance, obedience, sacrifice, service, and evangelism (highlighted in Acts 2; 1 Cor. 15; 2 Cor. 5; Gal. 5; Hebrews 11; James 2; 1 John 1:3; Luke 10, 15; Matt. 28, and Romans).

Those who claim to be a Christian, but persecute Christians and shield persecutors from justice, are what Jesus’ disciple Peter describes as:

“springs without water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved. For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved” (2 Pet. 2:12-19).

Timothy also clarifies: “If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain” (1 Tim. 6:3-5).

Easter is not only the most important date of the year for Christians— but it presents the opportunity for everyone to understand the consequence of rejecting Jesus Christ as Lord: death (Romans 6:23).

As is the consequence for those who make false claims. Jesus said of them, “I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” (Matt. 7:21-23). He also warned, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

This column was originally published by The Washington Times.

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Mark Steyn Destroys Obama For ‘Dishonoring’ Dead Christians, ‘Black Lives Matter When They’re Christian Too!’

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Western Journalism recently reported that President Obama lashed out at Christians during the annual Easter prayer breakfast on Tuesday.

“On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love,” Obama said. “And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned.”

His comments came just days after ISIS brutally killed 147 Christian students in Kenya. ISIS terrorists questioned each student and proceeded to release those who admitted to following Islam.

While the media remained silent after the president’s comments, one man stood out to condemn his Easter speech: writer Mark Steyn. He joined Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Hannity and unloaded on Obama.

“This is a guy who’s happy to draw general lessons when a black youth gets killed in Ferguson, Missouri. That apparently has wide application for black people all over America,” Steyn said. “But 148 black corpses has no general application!”

“Well Mr. President, #blacklivesmatter when they’re Christian too!” he exclaimed. “You dishonor those Kenyan students in death by not identifying them as Christians, as you dishonored the Egyptians only a couple of weeks earlier.”

The Egyptians Mark Steyn referred to were the 21 Coptic Christians that were beheaded by ISIS simply for being Christian.

h/t: Newsbusters

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Morality According To The 3 Percent Resembles Communism, ISIS

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The hullabaloo over false information being propagated about Indiana’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA) reveals a much more serious underlying problem in America.

Morality according to the 3 Percent (the gay community in America), is defined by imposing conformity, control, coercion, and oppression over those who disagree with their definition of equality, fairness, tolerance, or even love.

The 3 Percent’s “outrage” cannot be about equal rights, as same-sex couples already benefit from civil unions, domestic partnerships, marriage, adoption, and fostering children, in addition to receiving health benefits and other legal rights.

Nor can it be about fairness. I recently learned that Barronelle Stuzman, the former owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, had befriended and served for nine years the same homosexual couple that put her out of business. Not once in the nine years that she knew them had she ever refused to sell them flowers. It was only until they asked her to violate her biblical beliefs that they vigilantly went to great lengths to destroy her livelihood—unless she converted to their belief system.

This convert-or-die scenario isn’t fair or legal, but it’s happening throughout the country—and the world—in different extremes.

Killing Christians’ businesses, ability to earn a living, and freedom to worship and love is no different than communist oppression that dictates: conform, change, move, convert to a particular belief system, or be punished.

Christians value life—and human choice—because they understand that God created both. They seek to protect God-given rights and value a person’s purpose, meaning, and worth–and the societal order God created to encourage human flourishing.

No rational person, even a child, could agree with the 3 Percent’s moral claim that “I can do whatever I want, but you can’t.” If that reasoning is followed to its logical conclusion, then there could be no objection to those who choose to murder, cheat on, steal from, or have sex with any person or animal they so choose. If a person can love and/or marry whomever they want, then Mormons should legally be allowed to love and marry multiple wives–as should Muslims, including legally marrying children. In fact, according to this reasoning, it should be legal for anyone to love and marry a goat, pig, or cow.

What is best for society, as anthropological and social science research has shown, and children continue to publicly state, is what Christians advocate: children need both a mother and a father. What is best for children, for future generations, is what is best for society.

Gay-rights activists are advocating that bullying a friend, neighbor, or particular religious group is permissible, and even legal, when that person disagrees with them. Is this a lesson children should be taught? That rights and tolerance are only valid if someone conforms to the 3 Percent’s definition of morality?

And by the way, why are gay-rights activists not demanding that Muslim businesses and mosques close? Do they not know that the Qur’an instructs them to be killed? Where are the gay-rights activists demanding that Muslims cannot practice their religious beliefs, which include killing gays?

Gay-rights activists argue they are being discriminated against because of whom they love. No Christian is telling them they can’t love. What Christians advocate is that God’s love is always in our best interest, especially when it corrects, guides, and instructs.

Christian love affirms a gay person’s right to life—because Christians know life is God-given. Love requires speaking truth according to God’s Word. No society has ever lasted, let alone flourished, due to non-procreating same-sex couples. In fact, the opposite has occurred in societies, as is historically evidenced and most recently visible throughout Europe.

Barronelle Stuzman didn’t behead her gay customers. She loved them and loved God, but also would not violate her religious beliefs even if that meant losing her livelihood.

The question for the gay community is: “If it’s discriminatory to not love whoever you choose, then why are you objecting to Christians loving Jesus– or actually prohibiting them from doing so?”

Easter reminds Christians of this convert-or-die mentality.

Jesus was killed by Roman soldiers—the government—because of what He claimed about himself. Every apostle was killed, except for John, because they preached salvation alone through Jesus Christ, crucified and risen from the dead. In the name of Roman law, near-genocidal destruction of Christians occurred for three centuries. Genocide continues today throughout the Levant, as does Jew-hatred in America and Europe because of this very “convert or die” mentality.

If silencing those who oppose the gay agenda is the standard in America for freedom, liberty, and law, the question for the gay community is: how is this approach different from First Century Rome, communism, or ISIS?

“Conversion or death” presents itself in many forms. In this case, it’s the 3 Percent dictating to the rest of society: “convert to our version of morality—or be silenced, punished, or forfeit your livelihood.”

This column was originally published by The Washington Times.

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Bees Disrupt Obama’s Photo-Op While He Reads To Children At White House


President Obama, during Monday’s White House Easter Egg Roll, was reading Where the Wild Things Are when bees began pestering the children gathered around him.

“It’s okay, guys,” Obama said as the children started to scream out of fear of being stung. “Bees are good, they won’t land on you. They won’t sting you.”

Attempting to regain the kids’ attention, Obama raised his voice and tried to embolden the kids.

“Hold on! Hold on!” Obama shouted between his chuckles. “You’re not supposed to be scared of bees when you’re a wild thing.”

h/t: WND

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Obama’s Revealing Easter Breakfast Remarks…

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Another day, another prayer breakfast, another dumbass moment for our president. In case you missed it, we have a history of covering Obama’s prayer breakfast blunders here. This is just another in a long line of screw-ups.

A few things here. Most notably, Obama decided to take a subtle jab at Christians.

On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that, as a Christian, I am supposed to love. And I have to say that sometimes, when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned. But that’s a topic for another day.

Listen, far be it from me to defend all Christians from imperfections. That’s the whole reason for Christ in the first place. What’s important is the context here. President Obama felt the need to state this… at a prayer breakfast. On Easter.

This is an example of compulsive anti-Christian behavior. One has to ask themselves, if he feels the need to condemn Christians within this context, how do you think he speaks of them behind closed doors? When there are none around? Perhaps when he’s surrounded by world-leaders who would like nothing more than to see us exterminated? Do you think he’ll all of a sudden decide to grow a pair and stand arm-in arm with his Christian brethren? Or maybe, just maybe, his true colors really get to shine. Another comment of note, that no one else is talking about:

Where there are differences, we find strength in our common humanity, knowing that we are all children of God.

I guess this doesn’t include the children that President Obama voted be tossed in a linen closet, left to suffocate to death after botched abortions. They’re just children of… maternal “choice,” I suppose?

Let me summarize this: This president not only goes against Christian principles on a regular basis with his policy, not only is the only man in the history of our country to support infanticide to the level that he has, not only has turned his back on Christians’ greatest ally in Israel, not only has buddied up with and bowed to leaders of rabidly anti-Christian nations… but President Obama even felt compelled to take a jab at Christians, at a prayer breakfast, on Easter.

He exhibits compulsive anti-Christian behavior. Someone get him a shrink.

Published courtesy of LouderWithCrowder.com  

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