Posts tagged ‘america’

February 4, 2014

George Washington and the Fig

I was reading about the Fig and the Fig tree and the Fig leafs and the important association thereof in Biblical history & American History. After the research, what I found was really cool. This is an excerpt from George Washington and his letter to the Hebrew people in a Synagogue in Rhode Island in 1790:

In 1790, the synagogue’s warden, Moses Seixas, wrote to George Washington, expressing his support for Washington’s administration and good wishes for him. Washington sent a letter in response, which read in part:
…the Government of the United States…gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance…May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid. May the father of all mercies scatter light and not darkness in our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in his own due time and way everlastingly happy.”
—Letter of George Washington to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island

The term “under his own vine and fig tree” refer to peace and prosperity.

The biblical quote “each man under his own vine and fig tree” (1 Kings 4:25) has been used to denote peace and prosperity. It was commonly quoted to refer to the life that would be led by settlers in the American West.

Also important was the equality of all Americans, regardless of their faith, to which Washington was poignant.

April 22, 2009

more insight into tolerance…

We are in a battle for what is right and what is not in America.  Currently, what is right, is what ‘feels good’ and not what is moral.  What is right is ‘to each his own’ and not ‘the 10 commandements’.  Where do we go from here?

Is bestiality something in the near future where we say as Americans, that’s OK, because hey, to each his own?

Is incest something that is OK, because hey, it feels ‘right’?

I’m onto something…that is, we must have a limit to excess!  What is right to a narcissist is not to what is right to a conservative and vice versa.  Where do we find a common ground?  Where is it that we say enough is enough?

The Bible gives us a clear and healthy guide to living.  The reason people don’t like or believe or follow the Bible, I’m convinced, is that it DOESN’T FIT THEIR LIFESTYLE AND THUS people choose to turn a blind eye to it or say, I don’t believe in it because I don’t like the truth that is told in it.  It doesn’t conform to their personal way of thinking.

Scripture tell us to no longer be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  That is reading scripture and KNOWING and BELIEVING what it says.  If  you don’t know, how can you know?  Knowledge is power and scripture tells us that my people die for a lack of knowledge and zealousness without knowledge is bad.

Is Tolerance a Virtue? is the topic of this link and I implore you to read it.  It’s a short read that gives some insight into our current state of America and where we could be headed.  Let’s be diligent to know and not just think we know or believe something that anyone just said.  Having knowledge from what your parents or grandparents said to you growing up isn’t good enough anymore!  Knowledge is power and the more you know, the better off you will be.  Read your Bible today and study it. 

“Those who stand for nothing may fall for anything.”  Alexander Hamilton

“”He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters”  – Jesus (Luke 11:23)

February 5, 2009

powerful and a must share!

The Party’s Over.
No, Really.

 

Surveys have been completed and the facts assembled. The picture that has emerged should cause each of us with any love for Jesus, to stop and take notice. Even if our once raging fire for the Lord is now only a warm ember lying hidden among the cold stones of American culture, it is not too late to turn around what surely will be a disaster, not only for us, but for our children and grandchildren.

Christians have greatly lost their influence in America. Here are the facts…

70% of Americans are now developing their own religious beliefs, instead of accepting what is taught to them by a church. The number is 82% for those under the age of 25. Whereas in the past, one would accept the beliefs of the church he or she attendedToday, they are just as likely to believe a combination of Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam as well as secularism.

IT’S ALL ABOUT ME

Today’s version of Christianity no longer challenges the supremacy of the individual. It allows  
“Self” to be King. Instead of the Biblical view of self-denial in order to serve the Lord and others,  
it is about what I want and can get, and how can I be happy?

As a result, Americans are picking and choosing what they deem to be helpful, and are discarding the rest of the teachings in the Bible.

MY BIBLE???

People are spending less time reading the Bible. Christian’s beliefs are now more often based  
on conversations with others, self-reflection, and experiences, than Bible teaching. Today, feelings and emotions play a significant role in the development of people’s faith views – in many cases, much more than listening to preaching and Bible study.

WHAT’S THE ANSWER?

To untangle a problem, it’s helpful to understand how the mess was created. It seems that as America left its Christian principles to pursue a lifestyle of unbridled sensuality, that much of the Church left its Biblical foundation and followed. Finding itself in the middle of the madness, it is has tried to continue to be relevant from its position on “the sand”.
(Matthew 7:26) That is foolishness at best.

The real problem however isn’t that “the Church” did anything. The Church consists only of individuals. Remember how you were asked as a child, “If everybody else jumps off the roof, are you going to do it too?” (Well, you should have. Not jumped, but been told.) This is an issue we must answer for individually. If the Church is no longer relevant and influential in the world,  
it’s because I’m not relevant. And if that’s the case, it’s because I’m not letting Jesus influence me like I once did.

I am not going to be an influence to anyone for Christ Jesus while a part of the world’s party.  
If I call myself a Christian, but am acting like five different versions of reality, why should I expect the world to believe God is anything different? I must leave the compromise in a spirit of love and humility, and get back up on the Rock of the solid foundation of the Word of God. It is only from there that I will have any voice of substance.

Turn out the lights. We’ve had plenty of time to party.

“Come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. “And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you. And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.” (II Cor 6:17,18)

1 “Christianity Is No Longer Americans’ Default Faith” The Barna Group January 12, 2009

 BY:  Life Church


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Houston, Texas, 77043

 

September 11, 2008

9/11 aka Patriot’s Day

I wanted to say a big “Thank You” to all our troops at home and abroad that are fighting for our freedoms that we truly enjoy here in the Great USA!

My wife and I went to NYC in December of 2005.  We got to see ground zero.  It was a big hole the size of at least a city block, in the middle of huge buildings all around.  It seemed like a very sad place.  It was eerily quiet around there.  There were pictures of people, places and things to come posted on the fence that closed off the entire site.  Just very sad.

I pray that nothing like that ever happens again on our soil here in the US.  I love my country and what it has done for me.  It is sad to know that people are brain-washed to thinking that we want anything more than to help others around the world be better countries. 

God Bless America, the land of the free and the home of the brave!

August 13, 2008

West Coast Christian

I grew up in a Muslim culture with my dad and his side of the family in Southern California.  My parents were divorced when I was about 3 or 4.  I had chosen to live with my dad and did so for most of my adolescent years.  I had accepted or at least tried the Muslim faith for a short period of time when I was about 14 or so.  I did realize quickly that it wasn’t for me though.  However, there was still the Arabic influence in my life that I loved: the food, my family, speaking Arabic, etc.

This story about a young man growing up Muslim in the West Bank(Israel/Palestine) and now seeking asylum in Southern California(United States) and attending a Christian Church and forsaking the religion he was brought up with reminds me of my past history and growing up in a similar fashion. 

This has conjured up many thoughts, feelings, memories and emotions.  I’m very proud of this young man for doing what he has done.  The fact is, when you do what he has done, your family forever forsakes you as well.  It’s the culture that dictates this.  Although, his mother might still want to love on him, I’m sure, the fact is, he has left everything he knows to accept, embrace and share his faith in Jesus Christ.  Praise God!!

This brings me to another point.  That is how blessed and privileged we are to live in the United States of America and enjoy the freedoms that were bought by blood by our forefathers to give us the life we have today.  This young man received it and relishes in the beauty of Freedom!  Long Live Freedom!! 

We as Americans, should be more thankful and grateful that we have the rights we do have to practice whatever religion you want in our God Blessed Country, the great USA!  We all have this right, and I know that I’m grateful for it.

I am honored and wowed by this story and hope you read it all, because it is very enlightening and inspiring.  It just hit me so hard and not growing up in “The Church”, but accepting Christ when I was in my early 20’s, Jesus is someone whom I will never forsake or take for granted, especially seeing many sides of life, and other faiths and realizing that He is the only way and truth and life. 

I’m proud to say I’m Christian, from the mountain tops!

June 26, 2008

have we shamed the face of Jesus?

12/6/01  Have we shamed the face of Jesus?

Muslims in our Pulpits

 

 

It was called the “Congress of the Cults.”  Over 4,000 priests, pastors, and ministers from all denominations were assembled.  They had elected Joseph Stalin as their honorary president.  One after another went to the podium proclaiming that Christianity and communism were fundamentally the same.  They could co-exist.  They could “all get along.” 

A young Christian woman could bear it no longer.  She looked at her husband, a Lutheran pastor, and said, “They are spitting on the face of Jesus.  Go wash the shame off His face.”  Her husband warned her, “If I speak against the communists, you will no longer have a husband.”  The pastor’s wife, Sabina Wurmbrand, simply replied, ” I don not wish to have a coward for a husband.”

          So Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, a lone voice among the 4,000, went to the microphone.  He was well known in Romania, and everyone believed he would go along with the assembly for the sake of “peace.”  He didn’t.  He spoke only of loyalty to Jesus Christ.  He could not “co-exist” with any entity that opposed the Great Commission principle.

          For his simple protest, Richard paid dearly–as did countless Christians who refused to “bow down” to the ways of communism.

          Today we face the same scenario.  Jesus is being spit upon in American churches.  Christians are selling their soul for a “peaceful co-existence” found in deceit.  But who will come forward and wipe away the shame?

          I cannot take it any longer.  How many of our brothers and sisters must be beaten, tortured, burned or decapitated, before we realize that Christians and Muslims DO NOT serve the same God?

We love the Muslims.  Many of our co-workers put aside their own safety to reach them for Christ.  We print special literature in their languages; we produce and broadcast special programs into the Middle East.  We are willing to give our own lives to win the soul of a single Muslim.  But we will never, never align ourselves with Islam and its militant teachings.  To do so would destroy the very witness many of our brothers and sisters are dying for.

Across America pastors and Christian leaders are allowing representatives of the Islamic faith to freely speak in their pulpits.  This happened at Willow Creek Community Church, the largest church in America, where a Muslim man named Faisal Hammouda was allowed to share the pulpit.  During the interview with Pastor Bill Hybels, Hammouda claimed:  “As a matter of fact, we, all of us…believe in Jesus. I believe in Jesus.  I believe in Mohammed and all the prophets.  So our mission here is to introduce people to God.”  He also stated, “We believe in Jesus more than you do, in fact.”

But the Koran says, “O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allah aught but the truth.  The Messiah ‘Iesa(Jesus), son of Maryam(Mary), was no more than a Messenger of Allah and His Word…” The Koran also claims that Jesus was never crucified.  Muslims do not recognize the sovereignty of Jesus Christ of His sacrifice.  They do not accept the way of the cross.  So how could this be the same God? (Read 1John 2:22-23)

Faisal went on to say, “Jihad means striving to improve oneself, striving to change conditions to better conditions, striving against evil.”  Even the Chicago Tribune noted that laughter could be heard “rolling” throughout the audience as Hammouda discussed the “true” definition of a “jihad” saying, “It even could refer to a personal holy war to overcome, say, a desire to eat more candy.”

How foolish have we allowed ourselves to become?  Three Sundays after Faisal Hammouda gave his “enlightening” presentation, 16 of your brothers and sisters were gunned down in a church in Pakistan.  You may blame this on the war against terrorism, but you would be mistaken.  If it was against America, why did the gunmen target their countrymen?  If Faisal is right and Islam is “peace-loving,” why are our brothers and sisters in ALL Islamic-controlled countries facing severe persecution?  Unfortunately, in his interview, Pastor Hybels left that question out.  This may sound harsh; it isn’t.  The treatment that the Body of Christ is facing in Islamic countries is harsh.  WE feel truly sorry for Willow Creek.  In an effort to “love,” they left out the truth.

There is no love in deceit.  We are in danger of loving the Muslims to hell.  What will they say before Christ?  Will they say, “But we all served the same God.  We even spoke in Your churches.  When did we persecute You?”  God forbid we trade salvation for “safety.”  Could Christ have peaceful co-existed with the religious rulers of His time?  Could the apostle Paul have “just gotten along” with the religious and political powers of his time and avoided martyrdom?

Jesus said that if they hated Him, they would hate us.  Nevertheless, we are called to be a witness.  WE are not called to figure out a way to get people to accept us.

If you love the Muslims, tell them about the Jesus they so fervently persecute.  If you love the Muslims, support those who are willing to lay down their life to be a witness among them (John 15:13).  If you want to reach your congregation and help “bridge the gap,” invite Christians who have converted from Islam to speak to your congregation.

The simple fact is: Muslims do not “peacefully co-exist” with Christians.  Faisal Hammouda did not speak for Islam.  If he thought he did, he was deceived.  Islamic teachings offer no tolerance for those who reject Mohammed for Christ.  Read the Koran for yourself.  Study Islamic history.  Learn the truth about what is happening right now in Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Yemen, Iran, Nigeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Tajikistan and other countries where Islam has a foothold.  Remember, less than one percent of the Muslim population in the world lives in America.

If you study Islamic history, you will learn that Mohammed traveled to Mecca and offered a peaceful doctrine.  But is was not accepted.  In fact, he was even persecuted.  So he later traveled to Medina where his teachings took on a more hard-line militant form.  Once he gained a following, he ruled by force.  Now his teachings dominate in many nations.  Islam struggles, fights, and even kills for its faith.  Once it gains power, its real face is revealed.  “Accept Allah and his prophet Mohammed, or die.”  This is happening right now in Indonesia, where the largest population of Muslims exists.

We challenge Pastor Hybels and other American pastors who believe Islam and Christianity can peacefully co-exist to visit the Maluku islands of Indonesia or the capital of Islam, Saudi Arabia, where no church is allowed.  We ask you to speak with your brothers and sisters who secretly worship there.  (We have.)  WE invite you to learn the truth, then decide if you will join with them in winning Muslims for Christ, or sell your soul for a shroud of peace.

The main issue at stake is the deity of Christ, not mutual understanding, dialog of feeling good about each other.  Any question-and-answer session or dialog where Christ is not clearly presented as the only way (John 14:6) and as the complete Godhead in the flesh (Colossians 1:15-20 and 2:8-10, 1 John 2:22-23) is blasphemy and a shameful attack on the cross.  Christ described His was as narrow, not an “all faiths club.”

The issue is about access and power, not about negotiating away our Christianity. In Matthew 25:31-32, Jesus proclaimed this path and power as solely His.  As a result, in Matthew 26:3-4, the chief priests and scribes consulted that they might kill Him.

Muslims wish to neutralize Jesus for the same reasons the chief priests and scribes did.  Some Christian leaders may try to squirm out of this conflict to maintain a politically correct, man-pleasing church.  Choose this day whom you will serve.  If we begin to present a fuzzy God (such as, we all worship the same God), we are opening the doors of hell to our people, not the door of heaven.

We may be able to peacefully dialog with a Muslim man in America or in another Western culture.  But this is a distorted reality.  It is a partial truth at best.  And when we present Islam as another truth, we spit on the face of Christ and those who serve His kingdom in Islamic countries.

We do not hate the Muslims.  We hate deception.  We do not advocate violence.  We advocate love and truth.  We desire peace, but will not trade it for compromise.  We will reach out to Muslims but will not deny the sovereignty of Christ and the cross as the only way to salvation.  And we will not turn our back on our family members who are suffering and being killed under Islam for their faith and witness in Jesus Christ.  Islam is the dominant force trying to eradicate Jesus Christ in their nations and neutralize Him worldwide as another “prophet.”  We will not prostitute the gospel for a politically correct peace.  Should any of us do otherwise?

If you find any news articles or sermons endorsing all faiths “serving the same God” in your community, please send this material to us as we take a stand together for Christ.  This will help us as we try togging a better understanding of the American church and how it is addressing Islam.  If you or your pastor needs more information about Islam, please call our office.  Thank you for standing with our persecuted family this Christmas season.

 

In Christ and for the martyr’s,

 

 

Dr. Tom White

P.O.Box 443 Bartlesville, OK  74005

(918) 337-8015

www.persecution.com

thevoice@vom-usa.org

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June 24, 2008

it’s the economy stupid!

This is a great article written prior to the 2004 Presidential Election.  The highlighted points I would make is more on the morality of the article.  Enjoy!

(AgapePress) – Most everyone remembers the phrase made famous by James Carville: “It’s the economy, stupid.” In order to keep everyone “on message,” Carville, a brilliant political strategist, hung it on a sign in Bill Clinton’s Little Rock campaign headquarters. Despite President Bush’s high approval ratings in the polls after a war with Iraq, the mantra resonated with the nation and Bush lost to Clinton in 1992 because most people were concerned with their pocketbooks.

No one can rightly deny the importance of economic matters to the country. However, when a culture measures and considers everything in terms of dollars and cents, it’s subject to lose its soul.

Bill Clinton is a case in point. No president ever did more to assault American ideals. His administration was rift with scandals, habitual lying and abuse of power. He defiled the presidency. Yet given the opportunity, the American people would likely re-elect him today because of his record on the economy.

Are we selling out? I think this is exactly the case. In fact, I will go so far as to suggest that God was rebuking our covetous ways, when on 9/11 — the World Trade Center, America’s great monument to materialism — was the object of a terrorist attack. In chapter 5 of his epistle, the apostle James solemnly warns the nation that makes money its God: “Come now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days” (Ja. 5:1-3). Wealth can so easily eat away like a malignancy, and make us lose our sense of priorities.

Never before has America’s temptation to supplant core values with a trust in money been more glaringly obvious than in the 2004 presidential election. And never before has our nation’s future been more at risk.

Presidential candidate John Kerry supports abortion rights. He opposed a partial-birth abortion ban as undermining a woman’s so-called right to choose. President George W. Bush signed a partial-birth abortion ban into law. Concerning abortion in general, Kerry says: “We Democrats want to protect the constitutional right of privacy and make clear that at the center of this struggle is our commitment to have a Supreme Court that will protect … the right to choose in this nation.” Since being elected president, Bush has vigorously sought to keep his campaign promise “that every child, born and unborn, ought to be protected in law and welcomed into life.”

According to WorldNetDaily, John Kerry has “declared opposition to same-sex marriage, but two years ago he signed a letter issued by homosexual Rep. Barney Frank urging Massachusetts state lawmakers to drop an amendment limiting nuptials to a man and a woman.” In 1996, Kerry opposed similar legislation saying it was akin to efforts of the 1960s to prohibit interracial marriages. He was one of only 14 Senators to vote against the Defense of Marriage Act. President Bush, however, has boldly come out against gay marriage in support of a Constitutional amendment clarifying the sacred institution as being between one man and one woman.

Kerry also boasts of being strong on national security by pointing to his support for $200 billion in intelligence funding in the last seven years. But just two years after the first attack on the World Trade Center, Kerry proposed cuts in intelligence spending. He has also voted against weapons programs such as the B-1 and B-2 bombers, F-15 Eagle and Tomcat fighters, Apache helicopter, and the Patriot and Trident missiles. Plus, he sought to cut funding for programs including the M-1 Abrams tank, Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Tomahawk Cruise Missile, and the F-16 Falcon fighter jet. Two decades ago, Kerry called for an end to President Reagan’s military buildup that was responsible for winning the Cold War. A few years later, he opposed the first Gulf War. These are not the actions of a leader genuinely committed to a strong national defense.

No doubt this is why North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong Il, recently called a press conference announcing his preference for Kerry over President Bush. According to an excellent editorial by The Times News (Burlington, NC), the North Korean “media relentlessly excoriates Bush, it plays up polls showing Kerry could defeat the president, spotlights Kerry’s claims that Bush deceived the world on Iraqi weapons programs, broadcasts Kerry speeches and replays the Senator’s pledge to adopt a ‘sincere attitude’ toward North Korea if elected — all music to the ears of a regime that has an estimated 150,000 Koreans in forced labor camps created to punish alleged political dissidents and their family members, as well as North Koreans who fled to China but were forced back by the Chinese government. The Timesspeculates this is because the North Koreans believe a President Kerry — an avowed internationalist not known as a hard-liner on national security — would be easier to deal with on nuclear proliferation and other issues than the more hawkish Bush Administration.” Indeed, and what does this tell us about the way the rest of the “world’s tyrants, aggressors and nuclear proliferators are sizing up the two candidates”?

Except for the State’s right to acknowledge God, nothing is more fundamental to our nation’s character than its commitment to protect the most innocent and helpless among us (unborn babies), the sanctity of marriage and the homeland. Nevertheless, Kerry’s campaign insists most Americans are concerned about jobs and the economy, not values-based issues. That may certainly be true, if a recent CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll is correct that says voters would likely choose Kerry over Bush by a 53 to 46 percent margin.

I’m not one for insulting people’s intelligence, but this overemphasis on economics makes me want to shout from the rooftops: “It’s not the economy, stupid!!!” Instead, it’s our nation’s soul that’s at stake. What shall it profit if everyone has a job and the economy is booming, yet we forfeit our future in the aborted masses, lose marriage and the family through redefinition, and our freedoms are taken by despots unrelentingly plotting our demise. Though the economy is currently improving with every passing day — it shouldn’t matter even if it wasn’t — when it’s a choice between economics and principles essential to the nation’s survival, values are what matter most!!!