Facebook Allows Deletion Of More Than 6 Million People!

September 22, 2009 at 2:41 pm (Christian news) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

The popular social network, Facebook, is now hosting Holocaust denial groups on its website. In May 2009 the website removed the explicit ban on content that is “harmful,” “defamatory,” “abusive,” “inflammatory,” “vulgar,” “obscene,” “fraudulent,” “invasive of privacy or publicity rights,” or “racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable.” The move has opened the door for creating groups which deny the Holocaust and foster hate and abuse at the expense of the truth. This change comes in spite of the fact that the company continues to bill itself as “a safe place on the Internet.”

But however offensive, inflammatory and untrue this denial of Jewish history is, the question at hand is this: Do our First Amendment rights apply to this type of hate speech?

Yes. They have to, or our speech isn’t really free.  The only exception is if that speech incites people to violence.

Of course if you are a Christian, you know the world loves to put limits on our speech. Anything to shut us up because as they like to point out, the First Amendment provides freedom from religion.

Except, of course, that the Constitution actually protects an individual’s right to freedom of religion; it does not provide freedom from religion. Likewise, it also provides freedom of speech, not freedom from speech as long as it doesn’t set off violence. As that great American icon Austin Powers said, “We have freedom and responsibility.  It’s a very groovy time!”

So, does Facebook have the right to allow groups to promote their hate speech and extremist agenda on their social networking site?  Of course they do, but with freedom comes responsibility.

They are free to allow hate speech if they choose.  But they must also be prepared to take responsibility if their site is used to plan or commit violence against any individual or people group.

After all, it’s a very groovy time!

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One Nation Under Allah

September 16, 2009 at 2:59 pm (Christian news) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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What would you do if you heard there were going to be 50,000 Muslims outside of the US Capitol?  Would you be afraid?  Would you avoid the area entirely?  Would you pray for the peace and security of our nation?  Would you expect another 9/11?

Well, you have 9 days to figure it out, because they are coming!

On Friday, September 25, 2009, 50,000 Muslims are expected to turn out at the US Capitol for the Jummah prayer, intending to bring Muslims together in Islamic unity.  “Our Time Has Come” exclaims their website!

But how?  How did their time come in our Christian nation?

Paul warned us about it in Romans 1: 24-25:

24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,

25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever!

America was founded by Christians on Judeo-Christian ethics and principles, although these have been cast aside over the last 50 years to make room for the sexual revolution and freedom to worship America’s newest god, ourselves.  God has been calling us to repentance for a long time, but our nation no longer acknowledges or even hears the voice of God.

However, the voice of the people is still heard by God.  It was heard when this country elected to its highest office a man who has no respect for the Judeo-Christian values that this country was founded on.  A man who may very well be a Muslim, and at the very least was brought up in an Islamic household with Islamic thoughts and ideas.

Here are some of the ways that our President led us to where we are today:

  • President Obama signed an executive order striking down the policy that kept recipients of our foreign aid from promoting abortion in the medical facilities we were supporting in their countries.
  • Democrats have repeatedly called for the repeal of DOMA, the Defense Of Marriage Act.
  • President Obama has repeatedly nominated pro-abortion and LGBT rights activists to key government positions.
  • President Obama has extended government employment benefits to same-sex partners of government employees.
  • President Obama issued a White House proclamation declaring June 2009 as LGBT Pride month.

These are just a few examples of the leadership and change that President Obama has brought to our country.  Change that includes blatantly denying our Christian heritage and stating that we are one of the largest Muslim nations in the world.  President Obama may be to blame, but only partly, since he was elected by a majority vote of the people of this free republic.

We, as Christians, have to accept our part of the blame for that.  We have not stood up for what we believe nor have we spent enough time, if any, in prayer for our nation and its leaders as we are instructed to do in the Bible.  We also have not turned out to perform our civic duty and vote against leadership that is in violation of the principles of the Bible.  By doing nothing, we have brought this upon ourselves and our children.

But still, it is not too late.  Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.”  We must turn to God and ask for forgiveness and healing for our country.  God is still on His throne and is still in control of this nation.  We tried to handle things on our own by pushing God out of America and in less than 50 years, we have gone to hell in a hand-basket.

For the sake of our children and our children’s children, we must pray for our nation and it’s leaders!  The True and Living God can turn the heart of even President Obama back towards the Christian heritage of these United States of America

The Muslims are praying to their god.

We should be praying to the Incarnate God, Jesus Christ, for He is powerful and mighty to save!  He can even save us from ourselves!

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Homosexuality Causes "Mental Anguish"

September 11, 2009 at 10:21 pm (Christian news) (, , , , , , )

Is anyone else surprised?  I can honestly say I’m not.

For those who missed the news this week, Bradley LaShawn Fowler of Canton, Michigan, a homosexual, is suing a Bible publisher for the mental anguish he has received over the last 20 years.  Fowler alleges that Biblical references to homosexuality as a sin made him an outcast from his family and contributed to physical discomfort and periods of “demoralization, chaos and bewilderment.”

Really?  Or could it be that the drug abuse, bad or forged checks, and manslaughter had something to do with it?  You can check out his criminal record here.

But maybe not.  His lawsuit claims that the difficulty in his life came when Tyndale Publishing made a change to its New Living Translation Holy Bible and the New Life Application Study Bible.

The change?  Using the term “homosexuals” in the New Testament passage of 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10 in place of:

  1. “nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind” from 1970
  2. “nor homosexuals, nor sodimites” from 1982
  3. “those who are male prostitutes, or men who have sexual relations with other men” from 2001
  4. “or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality” from BibleGateway today in 2009

Personally, I don’t see what the problem in this passage is.  It is clear, direct and to the point.  Those who practice homosexuality will not inherit the kingdom of heaven.  Period!

The book of Leviticus tells us that homosexuality is an abomination.  The books of Romans and 1 Corinthians tell us that God has not changed His mind and that practicing homosexuality is still a sin.

By the way, it is practicing homosexuality that makes one a homosexual.  A homosexual is not “born that way” and a homosexual does have a choice in how he or she lives their life.

We all have a choice between sin and righteousness.  We all make that choice hundreds of times each day.  Sin comes with a penalty and with consequences.  The penalty for sin is death, separation from God.  The consequences could be anything that happens as a result of our sinful behavior, including becoming an outcast from your family, physical discomfort, and even periods of “demoralization, chaos and bewilderment.”

But admitting your homosexual behavior is sin doesn’t get you $10 million dollars, so let’s just blame the publishing company instead.

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we need to stand up against the homosexual agenda that is threatening to destroy our country and our religious freedom.  We must not be pushed around by 3% of the population just because they get more media attention than Christians in this country.

And of course they get more media attention than we do.  They get to wear those brightly colored clothes with the feathers and the diamond tiaras and thats just better television, or so “they” tell us.

It is my sincere prayer that Fowler would turn from his sinful ways and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation, knowing that true regeneration leads to Godly repentance and sanctification, then to eternal life in heaven.  It is also my sincere prayer that Christians unite around the Bible and its truth.  It is not bigotry or hate to stand against homosexuality.  We do not hate the homosexual.  We do choose to live a life of faith that is made possible by the grace of God alone.

The grace of God is sufficient for the homosexual as well as for any other sinner, but God will not be mocked by having a sinner seek to accept the grace that saves while living a life of debauchery.  The grace of God that saved me can save the homosexual as well.  My sins are no better and no worse than anyone else’s.  They were all paid for by Jesus Christ on the cross.

That is the beauty of the Gospel!

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Homosexuality Causes “Mental Anguish”

September 11, 2009 at 10:21 pm (Christian news) (, , , , , , )

Is anyone else surprised?  I can honestly say I’m not.

For those who missed the news this week, Bradley LaShawn Fowler of Canton, Michigan, a homosexual, is suing a Bible publisher for the mental anguish he has received over the last 20 years.  Fowler alleges that Biblical references to homosexuality as a sin made him an outcast from his family and contributed to physical discomfort and periods of “demoralization, chaos and bewilderment.”

Really?  Or could it be that the drug abuse, bad or forged checks, and manslaughter had something to do with it?  You can check out his criminal record here.

But maybe not.  His lawsuit claims that the difficulty in his life came when Tyndale Publishing made a change to its New Living Translation Holy Bible and the New Life Application Study Bible.

The change?  Using the term “homosexuals” in the New Testament passage of 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10 in place of:

  1. “nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind” from 1970
  2. “nor homosexuals, nor sodimites” from 1982
  3. “those who are male prostitutes, or men who have sexual relations with other men” from 2001
  4. “or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality” from BibleGateway today in 2009

Personally, I don’t see what the problem in this passage is.  It is clear, direct and to the point.  Those who practice homosexuality will not inherit the kingdom of heaven.  Period!

The book of Leviticus tells us that homosexuality is an abomination.  The books of Romans and 1 Corinthians tell us that God has not changed His mind and that practicing homosexuality is still a sin.

By the way, it is practicing homosexuality that makes one a homosexual.  A homosexual is not “born that way” and a homosexual does have a choice in how he or she lives their life.

We all have a choice between sin and righteousness.  We all make that choice hundreds of times each day.  Sin comes with a penalty and with consequences.  The penalty for sin is death, separation from God.  The consequences could be anything that happens as a result of our sinful behavior, including becoming an outcast from your family, physical discomfort, and even periods of “demoralization, chaos and bewilderment.”

But admitting your homosexual behavior is sin doesn’t get you $10 million dollars, so let’s just blame the publishing company instead.

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we need to stand up against the homosexual agenda that is threatening to destroy our country and our religious freedom.  We must not be pushed around by 3% of the population just because they get more media attention than Christians in this country.

And of course they get more media attention than we do.  They get to wear those brightly colored clothes with the feathers and the diamond tiaras and thats just better television, or so “they” tell us.

It is my sincere prayer that Fowler would turn from his sinful ways and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation, knowing that true regeneration leads to Godly repentance and sanctification, then to eternal life in heaven.  It is also my sincere prayer that Christians unite around the Bible and its truth.  It is not bigotry or hate to stand against homosexuality.  We do not hate the homosexual.  We do choose to live a life of faith that is made possible by the grace of God alone.

The grace of God is sufficient for the homosexual as well as for any other sinner, but God will not be mocked by having a sinner seek to accept the grace that saves while living a life of debauchery.  The grace of God that saved me can save the homosexual as well.  My sins are no better and no worse than anyone else’s.  They were all paid for by Jesus Christ on the cross.

That is the beauty of the Gospel!

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The Final Word on "A Common Word"

September 9, 2009 at 8:27 pm (Christian news) (, , , , , )

There is a very dangerous convergence in our world today; one that seeks to destroy truth in the name of peace.  It is called “A Common Word Between Us And You” and its goal is to replace Biblical Christianity with Islamic thoughts and beliefs.  You can check it out on their website and read what they have to say for themselves.  It was written by Muslim religious leaders who claim to have come together to offer an olive branch to Christianity, seeking peace and justice between these two religious communities which make up over half of the world’s population.

But it’s really something else entirely.

Upon further reading, one thing became crystal clear.  It is not a joining together of two religions based upon what they have in common.  It is a direct attack upon the Person and Work of Jesus Christ who, according to “A Common Word,” is not God in the flesh, but simply another prophet.

But we must remember, these are Muslim leaders writing this… we cannot expect them to fully understand what Christians believe.  You would have to look to Christian religious leaders for that, and so I was very pleased to see that there was a Christian Response to A Common Word Between Us and You.

Unfortunately, then I read it.

Nowhere in this response was Jesus Christ referred to as God, which is one of the founding principles of Christianity.  In addition, God was referred to by several different Muslim names (All-Merciful One, Lord of the Worlds, the Infinitely Good and All Merciful) but not once by names any Christian would recognize (Jehovah, Immanuel, Jesus Christ, Adonai, Prince of Peace).  I found this to be deeply disturbing, since this response was written and endorsed by leaders in the Christian community.

The Bible tells us that in the last days, false teachers and false prophets will arise and lead many astray.  Well, it seems those days are here, and I am going to name names.

Shame on you, Rick Warren.  Shame on you, Bill Hybels.  And shame on the rest of you who wrote and endorsed this response.  You have all been led astray and you are leading others astray!  The Muslims do not desire to have peace with you; they want to convert you to Islam.  Or kill you.  Your choice.

How do I know that?  Well, what does their own Holy Scriptures tell them to do?  They command that they convert us or kill us!

But how should we respond to this obvious deception?  Should we hate them?  Should we attack them?  Should we seek to kill them?

No!  God forbid!  Instead, we will do what our Holy Scriptures, the Bible, tell us to do:

  • We will know them by seeking out the truth as it is written in the only true Scriptures, the Holy Bible.
  • We will fight them by fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ and making disciples of all nations, including their nation.
  • We will defeat them by holding firm and fast to our faith, even if it means that we lose our lives for the name and sake of Jesus Christ.

But more importantly,

  • We will love them as the Bible teaches by praying to Jesus Christ for them, that He would reveal Himself to them as the Eternal, Living God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the creator of heaven and earth, and all the host of them.  We will pray that their eyes are opened to the great love God has for them, in that God himself became flesh to pay for their sins through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This is the true meaning of the Biblical command to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

This is the true Christian response to “A Common Word.”

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The Final Word on “A Common Word”

September 9, 2009 at 8:27 pm (Christian news) (, , , , , )

There is a very dangerous convergence in our world today; one that seeks to destroy truth in the name of peace.  It is called “A Common Word Between Us And You” and its goal is to replace Biblical Christianity with Islamic thoughts and beliefs.  You can check it out on their website and read what they have to say for themselves.  It was written by Muslim religious leaders who claim to have come together to offer an olive branch to Christianity, seeking peace and justice between these two religious communities which make up over half of the world’s population.

But it’s really something else entirely.

Upon further reading, one thing became crystal clear.  It is not a joining together of two religions based upon what they have in common.  It is a direct attack upon the Person and Work of Jesus Christ who, according to “A Common Word,” is not God in the flesh, but simply another prophet.

But we must remember, these are Muslim leaders writing this… we cannot expect them to fully understand what Christians believe.  You would have to look to Christian religious leaders for that, and so I was very pleased to see that there was a Christian Response to A Common Word Between Us and You.

Unfortunately, then I read it.

Nowhere in this response was Jesus Christ referred to as God, which is one of the founding principles of Christianity.  In addition, God was referred to by several different Muslim names (All-Merciful One, Lord of the Worlds, the Infinitely Good and All Merciful) but not once by names any Christian would recognize (Jehovah, Immanuel, Jesus Christ, Adonai, Prince of Peace).  I found this to be deeply disturbing, since this response was written and endorsed by leaders in the Christian community.

The Bible tells us that in the last days, false teachers and false prophets will arise and lead many astray.  Well, it seems those days are here, and I am going to name names.

Shame on you, Rick Warren.  Shame on you, Bill Hybels.  And shame on the rest of you who wrote and endorsed this response.  You have all been led astray and you are leading others astray!  The Muslims do not desire to have peace with you; they want to convert you to Islam.  Or kill you.  Your choice.

How do I know that?  Well, what does their own Holy Scriptures tell them to do?  They command that they convert us or kill us!

But how should we respond to this obvious deception?  Should we hate them?  Should we attack them?  Should we seek to kill them?

No!  God forbid!  Instead, we will do what our Holy Scriptures, the Bible, tell us to do:

  • We will know them by seeking out the truth as it is written in the only true Scriptures, the Holy Bible.
  • We will fight them by fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ and making disciples of all nations, including their nation.
  • We will defeat them by holding firm and fast to our faith, even if it means that we lose our lives for the name and sake of Jesus Christ.

But more importantly,

  • We will love them as the Bible teaches by praying to Jesus Christ for them, that He would reveal Himself to them as the Eternal, Living God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the creator of heaven and earth, and all the host of them.  We will pray that their eyes are opened to the great love God has for them, in that God himself became flesh to pay for their sins through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This is the true meaning of the Biblical command to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

This is the true Christian response to “A Common Word.”

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Welcome to Bible News Today!

September 9, 2009 at 1:59 pm (Welcome) (, , , , , , , )

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Welcome to Bible News Today, a Christian news and worldview blog whose purpose is to present Jesus Christ to the world by bringing a Biblical perspective and worldview to news stories from around the world.  While we will bring you a wide variety of articles, they will all relate in some way to one of these three main categories:

  1. Christian news as it relates to your daily life in Jesus Christ.
  2. World news as it relates to Bible prophecy and its fulfillment.
  3. Church news as it relates to your personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

It is our prayer that through this blog, you will be prepared and strengthened for the days ahead.  We have been called by God to be His appointed “Watchmen on the Wall” for these difficult and uncertain times and we take that responsibility very seriously.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to write to us and we will respond to you as soon as we possibly can.

God bless you!

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