Duggar Father-In-Law Exposes Huge Part Of Josh Duggar Situation The Media Forgets

In a lengthy online post, Michael Seewald, father-in-law to Jessa Duggar, stated his reasons why he is “rooting” for and standing by Josh and the Duggar family. He also reminded readers of some very important people who have been lost in the media melee.

Jessa, 22, married Seewald’s son, Ben, 20, last November.

Seewald wrote in his post entitled Grace Greater Than Our Sin: “There is blood in the water and the sharks are in a feeding frenzy. Finally, the Duggar family’s opponents have found what they have been eagerly waiting for: shocking revelations of scandal by Jim Bob and Michelle’s firstborn son, Josh.”

Seewald said he felt compelled to weigh in and offer perspective on what has been widely reported about Josh’s behavior 12 years ago, when he admitted to molesting five underage girls when he was a 14 year old.

As to the charge that the Duggars should have made Josh’s actions public years ago, Seewald writes that the Josh’s parents, Jim Bob and Michelle, “are to be praised for not hiding this from the appropriate parties and eventually the police, but they owed it to no one else to publicize the sins of a minor child and the court agrees with that assessment, the judge now ordering that the police report be destroyed. But the cat is already out of the bag. How many of you would broadcast the sins of your children to the whole world? Would you be willing to publicize your own darkest moments?”

For those who expressed shock this sort of behavior could happen in a Christian family, Seewald points out that the Bible recognizes we are all born into sin and must ultimately come to terms with that and enter into a relationship with our Creator individually. Josh ultimately made that step into God’s kingdom and took responsibility for his sinful actions.

“So, what is the ultimate answer?” Seewald writes. “The answer is what Josh found and millions like him. He found forgiveness and cleansing from Jesus Christ. There are many of you that are reading these words right now having had thoughts and deeds no better than what Josh had and did. You are a sinner.”

As Seewald drew his essay to a close, he offered support and hope for the victims of abuse, the group that has been forgotten by the media. “Finally, a word to the millions of muted victims of sexual abuse all over the world. It is not your fault. No matter what the abuser may have said, you are not the one to blame. Do not keep silent if you are being abused, tell someone you trust, a parent, a teacher, a friend, anyone is better than silence.”

He wrote that Jesus is the ultimate “healer” of the human soul.

h/t: People

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Watch: Medical Emergency Unfolds During Graduation; Teen Steps Up To Podium And Does Something Amazing

Christian Crawford, a graduating senior from Clay-Chalkville High School outside of Birmingham, had already prayed the invocation at the beginning of the ceremony last Thursday when he was asked to return to the podium to pray again near the end, as someone began to experience a medical emergency.

The call had gone out a few moments before–“Medic, medic, medic”–after a woman collapsed in the crowd in what was determined to be a seizure.

Christian says he was reluctant at first when the school librarian asked him to pray because he had no idea what he was going to say. He uttered a short, silent prayer, just before he stepped to the microphone: “Lord, let your will be done.”

Christian asked for the attention of the 300 students in attendance on the field as well as their friends and families in the audience of 1000 in the football stadium stands.

He recalled: “At that moment, I opened my mouth, and God began to speak.”

We pray that whatever is going on right now, that you would fix it. We pray that you would heal it, God. We pray that you would redeem it, God. We pray that you would deliver it, God. Because we know that you are a God who knows how to make a way. We declare and decree in the name of Jesus that whatever is going on, shall be fixed, because you are a God who is a fixer. You are a God who is a healer, Jehovah-Jireh [the Lord our provider], Jehovah-Nissi [the Lord our banner], Jehovah Shiloh [the Lord, the place of peace]. Fix it Jesus. In Jesus name, Amen.

The crowd responded with applause and a resounding “Amen!”

Christian’s father, Terrance, said in an interview afterwards: “I was in awe. At that moment, when you pray and God takes over, you’re not aware of what you’re doing. He’s using you as that vessel. If you can affect lives or anything of that nature through God’s grace, then it shows.”

Many people came up to the young man after the event, telling him his prayer was powerful and that their faith was restored by it.

Christian credits his family, especially his grandparents, for bringing him up in the faith. The video of the prayer has gone viral.

“People tell me all the time, ‘Oh, you’re famous now. You’re famous now.’ and I’m like, ‘No, I’m not famous. God is famous,’” Christian said. “If God’s famous, being exalted because of what I prayed about, then that means I’m doing what I was supposed to do.

“Everything I do is to God be the glory. If God is not getting the glory out of this, then all of this is in vain, and I don’t want it to be in vain.”

Crawford has been asked to offer the opening prayer at the Alabama Legislature next Wednesday by state representative Danny Garrett (R).

h/t: The Blaze

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Sadie Robertson Just Made A Speech, Then 925 People Stepped Forward To Do Something Awesome

Sadie Robertson, of Duck Dynasty and Dancing with the Stars fame, participated in a youth outreach event earlier this month with Grammy award-winning Christian rapper Lecrae, which resulted in hundreds of unchurched teenagers giving their hearts to Jesus Christ.

The event was sponsored by Rush Ministries and took place in Meansville, Georgia, about an hour south of Atlanta. The annual event drew between 6500-7000 people, and 925 responded to the call to give their lives to Christ after hearing the 17 year-old Robertson speak and Lecrea perform.

Image Credit: Facebook/Rush Ministries

Image Credit: Facebook/Rush Ministries

Marc Pritchett, a co-founder of the outreach, told the Christian Post: “The nature of [the] event, whether it be concerts, celebrities, games, or other things that we do, are all aimed at getting those kids in the community, or in the world if you will, not in the church necessarily, but to get the church friends to bring the students that may never walk into a church.”

Pritchett added that since the event’s inception 11 years ago, 10,000 people have made decisions for Christ.

Robertson posted a 7-minute video on YouTube earlier this spring, which went viral, talking about the importance of her faith and sharing some insecurities about her appearance, etc. and her struggle with jealousy that many young (and old alike) can probably relate to.

She said: “If you’re seeking human approval, you’re never gonna reach your goal. You can only reach it by God. You can only be the best you, you can be. I can promise you this, there is always going to be someone out there who is prettier, thinner, taller, tanner, shorter, blonder, whatever…there is always going to be someone that has what you don’t have.” For her, the only answer is to rest in the person God made you to be.

Comparing yourself to others only leads to either judging them or putting yourself down, she observed. Robertson instead encouraged viewers to look to Jesus, quoting the Apostle Paul, who wrote: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and with thanksgiving present your requests to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” She added: “I’m not saying that is what you have to believe. I saying that is the best option I ever found.”

“You are never going to be content with yourselves unless you allow God to come in,” Robertson said. She also quoted a passage from the Bible regarding God’s choice of David to be king over Israel. “Do not look on his appearance or on his height of his stature, for I have rejected him. The Lord sees not as man sees, man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Sadie told AL.com: “Faith is everything. Everybody talks about how you need faith to go through hard times, but I couldn’t go through these crazy and good times without God. That’s where my confidence comes from. That’s where my peace comes from.”

The former Dancing with the Stars participant announced on her Facebook page that she will be performing on the season finale of the program on Tuesday, dancing with Alfonso.

Image Credit: Facebook/Sadie Robertson

Image Credit: Facebook/Sadie Robertson

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Is The Vatican At The Precipice With Its Support For A Palestinian State?

The Roman Catholic Church chose the eve of Israel’s Independence Day to announce her recognition of Palestine as an independent nation. Rome is not the first church body to issue recognition to a purported nation that lives on stolen land and – despite poverty that crushes her people – lives on lust to kill body and spirit.  But when Rome does this, it introduces a new dimension of evil.

The Vatican is headquarters to the largest portion of the Body of Christ; it is at the same time a sovereign nation. That makes it unique in Christendom. Theoretically, it can undertake any policy that pleases its leader. I say “theoretically” because – unlike other sovereign nations – the Vatican’s identity lives outside itself. That Identity expresses Himself through the Bible; it lays out parameters that make or break the legitimacy of communities – and nations – that swear to live by it. When the Vatican announces its recognition of Palestine as a sovereign state, it cancels its legitimacy by spitting in the eye of its founding documents.

I do not like calling out Pope Francis. There is much that is both good and Godly in this leader of 1.2 billion faithful who carries his own luggage and so physically reaches out to the poor and disenfranchised – not as constituencies but as individual persons. He reaches out to gays – who live in defiance of Church doctrine – not to compromise doctrine but to love as Jesus loves. He would do well to love the Palestinians as Jesus does without compromising the doctrine and overwhelming witness of the sacred Scriptures he swore to breathe when he was baptized, confirmed, and ordained.

A Palestinian state does not meet internationally accepted criteria for nationhood. These are well known: recognized borders; permanent residents; independence; an organized transportation, economic, and educational system; and international recognition. The so-called state of Palestine falls woefully short. Its residents are citizens of Jordan, Syria, and Egypt, not the mythical Palestine. Its economy is non-existent but for the subsidies paid by sympathetic nations, including Israel. They have neither shared history nor institutions. They are so non-independent they would have neither water nor electricity if the Israelis stopped supplying them. This is an independent nation?

The so-called Palestinian state is nothing but a staging area for terrorism that shields its fighters with its children. This was thoroughly exposed during the battles with Israel last summer – in the tactics used and the terror tunnels opened – tunnels stocked with hand-cuffs and tranquilizers for the kidnapping, torture, and murder of Israeli children and civilians. Any nation recognizing this outfit as legitimate has caved in to terrorism; an avowedly Christian Body should know better and expect more courage of itself – at the very least.

But the primary issue remains primary. The Roman Church and pope are sworn to conform their belief and behavior to the tenets of the Bible. Nobody forces them; it is their chosen foundation.  The Bible is shot through and through with God’s permanent plan for the Jews and the Jewish homeland. Every Old Testament prophet affirms the dimensions laid in the first books as timeless; the New Testament (Romans 9-11) makes clear we Gentiles depend on the Jews to guarantee our existence, not the reverse.  For pre-believers, there is no obligation in Scripture. But for leaders sworn to uphold these truths, such a gross deviation as this recognition of a non-Jewish state occupying Jewish land and dedicated to Jewish destruction is nothing less than apostacy. Gross apostacy.

Break scripture and earn the title ‘apostate’ – as do the Episcopal Church and other progressive denominations – it is that simple. The good news is it is not too late for the Catholic Pope or for any of these other denominations and their leaders off wandering in the weeds. All they have to do – and this goes for the British, the French, and the other United Nations types who have thrown their lots after a terrorist organization as well – is get a clue and pull an about-face to embrace the reality that the only nation consistently practicing decency in the region is Israel–and the only nations practicing intermittent sanity are those joining her in opposition to Iran. So-called Palestine is not one of these. And the about-face of which I speak is the essence of what we call repentance.

For these nations, it remains a question of good albeit essential policy, this repentance of which I speak. Their lives depend on backing the right horse in the nuclearized Middle East. But for Pope Francis and those he leads, it is a question of identity. At stake for them is their eternal 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.

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