HGTV Stars Reveal Why Being Christians Led To Losing Their Show

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Twin brothers David and Jason Benham revealed what happened when HGTV executives decided to pull their show due to their Christian beliefs. They are pro-life and pro-traditional marriage; and when their network discovered their views, they cancelled their show called Flip It Forward.

“We knew right from the onset that when we accepted Christ into our heart, our dad always raised us – that you’re going to experience persecution,” the Benhams said.

This is not the only act of anti-Christian persecution occurring in America; with the dramatic push for political correctness and the call for “equal rights.”

Another example is a couple in Oregon that is facing fines after being found guilty of discrimination for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.

Jesus, in the Sermon of the Mount, addressed this issue:

Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. – Matthew 5:11-12

h/t: CNS News

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Free Kent Hovind–What Happened To Him WILL Happen To You

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I have to be honest with you. I think about it often. Not a night goes by when I do not think about it as I craw into my warm bed beside my sweet wife of 35 years.

“Will this be the night that the black limos pull in my driveway? Is this the night that the SWAT Team goons bust down my door and haul me off to the slammer?”

I am being dead serious. I really do think about it every night because that is what they did to Dr. Kent Hovind.

Here is a fair assessment of his story.

Permit me to say right up front that I have no intention of committing suicide. I am madly in love with my wife, enjoy the time I spend with family and friends, and look forward to watching my grandchildren grow up around my feet.

To the best of my ability, I obey the laws of the nation, no matter how tyrannical I believe some of them to be, while I do my best to speak the Truth in such a way as my Savior would be honored by my life.

But my outspoken style rubs many the wrong way, especially those who hold positions in the Government. Every time I type a word on my keyboard, I wonder just who is going to be offended by what I say and across whose desk will my commentary be passed.

George Washington said, “Government is not reason, nor eloquence. It is force. And like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearsome master.” The IRS has ruined Dr. Kent Hovind’s life.

It is a sad time in America when we are in fear of our government. You need look no further than what Lois Lerner did with the hammer of the IRS.  We are all just one audit away from destruction.

Does anyone really understand the tax code?  Do you ever think twice when filing your tax returns as to whether or not your deductions and write-offs are in full compliance with the IRS code? How do you defend yourself from such a maize of tax law and an army of government bureaucrats?

When government reaches the point where they profit off of lawbreaking, we have reached a dangerous place. Government should be about seeking “justice,” not enforcing laws.  Today, lawbreaking is big business for the government.

Once the government finds out that they can increase their largess by “fining” citizens for code violations, we can only expect more code violations to be levied.

Prison is a place for violent, hardened criminals. It is not a place for people who simply violate codes, statutes, and ordinances. Sentencing to prison a nonviolent individual simply for breaking a “law” is inhuman. It is, in fact, a life sentence in that it destroys the perpetrator, the family, and the financial future of the family. The punishment does not fit the crime. Restitution…paying back the victim plus damages…is the solution spelled out in the Bible.

Kent Hovind is a perfect example of the tyranny of the legal system. Known lovingly as Dr. Dino because of his affinity for dinosaurs, he is one of the nation’s foremost apologists for Creation Science. The internet is full of free videos of him presenting seminars where he destroys the phony science of evolution. Just do an internet search of his name.

But this week, Dr. Dino has just completed his 99th month in Federal Prison for what the government claims was a violation of the IRS tax code. Until the Feds burst into his house in the middle of the night back in 2004, Dr. Dino traveled the country defending Biblical Creation.

Along the way, he began to warn churches of going into partnership with the government in the form of 501(c)(3) corporations.  He claimed that the church needed no such partnership because the church was already “immune” from taxation. The church, he claimed, needed no such approval from the government–and that by doing so, churches were making themselves subject to the laws, codes, and statutes of the government. They labeled him a “tax protestor.”

In many ways, Kent Hovind is a political prisoner. It was what you would expect in a communist country like South Korea.

While in jail, Dr. Hovind has led thousands to saving faith in Jesus Christ. He conducts 4 Bible studies a day for the inmates. He has written 37 books. He has been married for  40 years. He has grandchildren that he has never held.

Meanwhile, Al Sharpton is invited to the White House and hosts his own television show on MSNBC–while owing over $4.5 million in taxes.  Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner got off Scot-free by blaming Turbo Tax.

I could go on, but it will just make your head spin. Read up on the case HERE and HERE. Now, they want to banish Dr. Hovind to a deserted island for the rest of his life for “bank fraud” from jail. That is a locomotive coming down the railroad.  You can hear his defense in this fascinating 6 minute interview from jail:

Here is why the government is so effective at what they do. They arrest a guy like Dr Hovind and immediately label him a lawbreaker, tax-cheat, tax-protestor, and anti-government conspiracy theorist. They throw mud against the wall until something sticks, thereby scaring any Christian group or organization who might be willing to come to his aid. His legal bills mount. His ability to earn a living has been destroyed, and his effective defense of the Gospel is relegated to inside the prison walls.

I think of Dr. Hovind when I craw in bed at night. He has been away from his family for nearly 9 years. Many in the government hope he rots in jail. His sentencing judge said Kent’s activities were “worse than rape.” How do you fight city hall? How do you afford the lawyers to vindicate yourself? How do you fight against a biased judge and prosecutor?

What will I do when they come for me? What will you do when they come for you? The average tax-sentence in America is 14 months. Kent has done 99 months, and they want more of his hide. If we remain silent now, in less than a month, Dr. Hovind will be sentenced to life in  jail.

This is a fast-moving story, and it is starting to get traction in the media. The powers-that-be are trying to block the story from mainstream media. Here is a good short video that explains how you can help:

Don’t think it can’t happen to you? Speaking the Truth is dangerous business. Government is a fearsome master. FREE KENT HOVIND!!

Watch just 2 minutes of this video:

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Watch How Obama Just Compared Christianity With Islam…At National Prayer Breakfast

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For weeks now, many in the media and across America have been asking the question as to why President Obama won’t declare that radical Islam is the enemy that our country and much of the rest of the civilized world are fighting.

What the president just said to people gathered for the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington may provide at least a partial answer to those wondering about Obama’s persistent reluctance to identify the threat of radical Islam around the globe.

CNS News provides the quotation from President Obama’s speech that may well cause some to ponder and others to protest:

“And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”

The president attempted to draw parallels between those “terrible deeds in the name of Christ” and the atrocities of those claiming to be devout Muslims.

“So it’s not unique to one group or one religion. There is a tendency in us — a sinful tendency — that can pervert and distort our faith.”

By clicking on the video above, you can watch President Obama’s relevant remarks to the National Prayer Breakfast — remarks sure to generate renewed controversy about Obama’s willingness to identify and go after radical Islamists such as those who burned alive the Jordanian pilot.

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Rick Perry’s Gift To Texas’ Governor-Elect…A Bible Verse?

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For this week’s commentary, I just want to say that I love Jesus Christ! He is not only the greatest Teacher to ever live, but also the best political leader.

His statutes and judgments were always perfect! People, not himself, were always the top of His priority. He knew when to give harsh critique of the self righteous, and when to give necessary justice in times of political hypocrisy.  He acknowledged the need and legitimacy of the state when He taught “Render under Caesar that which is Caesar’s.”  Then He limited that political power by saying “Render unto God, that which is God’s!”  He distinguished the two powers, placing the emphasis on God’s authority.

This January, part of that biblical, civil government authority was passed from one governor to another in the state of Texas.

Outgoing Texas Gov. Rick Perry, while keeping in tradition of the state of Texas, handed over a very coveted copy of the Bible to Governor-elect Greg Abbott. As has been tradition in Texas, Perry underlined a scripture inside of the book for the incoming governor to meditate on.

First of all, I want to compliment the tradition of the state of Texas–and secondly, compliment the verse that Governor Rick Perry chose to pass along.  I am so grateful for the former governor’s decision to keep this tradition alive.  I believe it is traditions like this that cause these United States to remain a Republic, where authority is derived from our Creator and that all law is subject to the laws He has given us in Nature and the Bible.

The purpose of government in the U.S. is clearly stated in the Declaration of Independence: “…that to secure these (God-given) rights…  governments are instituted among men.”

Don’t you wish every governor in this Union would subscribe to the American View of Government: “there is a Creator God; our God-given rights come from Him; and the purpose – the only purpose – of government is to protect our God-given rights”?

This American View can very easily be extracted from Governor Perry’s admonishing Scripture…

“But Jesus called them unto Him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20: 25-28)

 

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Another Veteran Victimized By The VA

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The trauma experienced by so many veterans at the Veterans Administration becomes at once more poignant and more outrageous when it blindsides someone you know. Raphael fought in Afghanistan and was twice injured. He made me promise to disguise his identity before giving permission to tell his story; his benefits could be eliminated by a vengeful bureaucrat. He knows others who complained and paid.

Raphael’s story contains classified information. Among other things, he needs psychotherapy for his PTSD – post traumatic stress disorder. Each time he requests therapy, he is assigned a doctor who is not cleared to hear classified material. The VA explains that it cannot afford enough docs with the requisite clearance to hear his story; if he talks to someone without clearance, he risks life in prison.

Raphael is 90% medically retired from the Service because of the injuries he sustained. He worries that he is losing whatever muscle tone he still has; but if he works out – and is caught by VA authorities – he can lose all medical and financial benefits. It is okay for him to be employed – as long as he does not work out or do anything else to put himself into physical condition for work and play. His VA doc prescribes weekly chiropractic care because of the injuries to his back. VA policy is one trip to the chiropractor every three months. It is called Catch 22.

He lives about two hours from the nearest VA clinic; yet he can only get his medication at such a facility. That means by the time he drives two hours, waits in line for two hours – picking up meds is not considered urgent – and drives home another two hours, his day – whether working or off – is shot. And sometimes, the ordered meds have not yet arrived; and he must return another day. This is the price he pays for risking his life for his country on a foreign battlefield. His country talks of honoring his sacrifice; plenty of Americans want to shake his hand and thank him for his service. But this is the reality with which he and hundreds of thousands of vets live every day.

Promises were made when the scandal broke months ago; vets would be given vouchers for care VA clinics could not provide. Despite launching of the “new” VA on Veterans’ Day, not one vet has received a card. Nothing in the re-organization mentions changing the policies that penalize Raphael.

I could blame the Administration. There is no question things have gotten worse on Obama’s watch; his disdain for the military of which he is commander in chief is legendary. But this dysfunction for which Raphael and his brothers and sisters pay every day goes back a long way. I know a clinic director who was hounded from his job during the Bush Administration in retaliation for his constant complaints to higher ups in Washington. And the nature of his belly aching? He wanted adequate medical supplies – in stock – to serve those who depended on him and on his staff, and a mobile clinic for vets living in the rural areas of his region. George Bush loved the members of our armed forces, and they loved him. But he did not love them enough to crack down on the incompetent and the bean counters – and not enough to carry the horrific truth to the American public.

It is not too late. What if we demanded of leaders a workable plan to overhaul the VA – beginning with the termination of every employee who has been part of the problem from the top down? What if we demanded that plan include sufficient funding to pay the debt we owe our vets – from all wars? What if we said “Nuts!” to promises made by the leaders who break promises already made to vets? And what if we voted only for leaders who are honest enough to admit there is not enough money for all things (and that the illegals who want drivers’ licenses and a college degree can go to the back of the line)? What if we hound those we place in office until they deliver – even if they did not promise? The vets were here first, and they deserve whatever they need.

Jesus said there are none more blessed than those who lay down their lives for their friends. He refers literally to those who die in sacrifice; but every vet has sacrificed health and wealth, and many have damaged hearts and minds. Americans have an opportunity to right a great injustice and bless as Jesus blesses. Let’s stand tall and do it now.

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