Archive for January, 2012

Psalm 139:13-18 13 For you created my inmost being;
   you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
   your works are wonderful,
   I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
   when I was made in the secret place,
   when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
   all the days ordained for me were written in your book
   before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
   How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
   they would outnumber the grains of sand—
   when I awake, I am still with you.

As I have said before, I believe abortion to be outright murder; even to the equivalent of genocideSo hallelujah to anti-abortion campaigns during the Super Bowl (is spelling the words “Super Bowl” some sort of infringement on someone’s right to get rich?).  Why?  Because we can be bombarded with campaign smear-ads, commercials advertising for Budweiser, Miller, and God knows what else.  Why not speak the truth about abortion?

I came by this piece of information the other day at work and a little story follows with it.  My co-worker found the article on CNN (where else), and the following is verbatim (or at least close enough).

“Oh, you know that abortion ad I was telling you was going to air during the Super Bowl?” she says.

“Yeah,” I said.

“It’s and anti-abortion ad,” she responds.  And at this point, she goes on a tangent as to how despicable something such as an anti-abortion ad running on Super Bowl night is.

“Good,” I say.  “I’m glad it will be.”  A debate ensues and you can just about guess that she is “pro-choice”.  Which “pro-choice” really is an asinine position label, don’t you think?  I’m pro-choice!  I choose to have sex, so, I choose to raise the child and take responsibility for my actions.

At this point, she turns to look at me.  “Seven-year-olds will be watching the game,” she says.  And this is where her argument gets really inane.

“Yeah?”

“So how do you explain an anti-abortion ad to a seven-year-old?”

“I don’t know.  How do you explain commercials advertising alcoholic beverages, of which consumed in excess, leave the consumer inebriated?”  At this, she shut’s up.

The left’s argument for abortion is baseless.  When a society puts selfish behavior before the preservation of life, our morals really have hit the gutter.  Is it any wonder why the Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians to “run from sexual sin”?  Because innocent babies are conceived to parents who never wanted them in the first place.

No, Mr. President, abortion is not that difficult of a “moral issue”.  It all comes down to someone’s willingness to accept responsibility for their actions!

So let me get this straight: President Obama doesn’t want to put the government in a place where it can “tell a woman what to do with her body”, but it can put a mandate on healthcare?! 

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Awhile back, a friend had asked why I put Revelation 18 on her Facebook page in response to an open question she posted in reference to President Obama.  The following is my response in its entirety.

 If I remember correctly, you asked openly if President Obama missed the National Day of Prayer, and to that, someone commented that the President said that “America (I’m paraphrasing) is no longer just a Christian nation, but a Hindu, a Bud…dist, and Muslim nation.” In short, while America cannot officially claim Christianity as it’s religion – to do so would be in violation of the First Amendment – the United States has been prodominantly a Christian nation for a very long time.

 
When our parents were children, and even our age, God was seen as infallible and His Word as the Truth. Fast forward to today and God is veiwed as not-so-infallible and His Truth not-so-true. By doing this, the enemy has been able to weaken the christians in this country and make them complacent. God was very stern when he told the Israelites “if you obey my laws, your enemies will come at you in one direction and flee in seven. If you don’t obey my laws your enemies will come at you in seven and leave in one.”

America’s problem does not lie with the politicians, although, that is a conundrum. Trust in a politician and you will be surely dissapointed. Our problem rests with our morals. For as Revelation 18 says “her sins are piled up to heaven.”

Now to answer your question. Revelation is considered the bloodiest, most violent, most horrific book in the Bible. Even the most skilled of Bible scholars cannot decipher it’s cryptic messages entirely. In Revelation 18, Babylon is seen as an “evil spirit” residing in a nation or nation’s. “She has become a dwelling for demons, every unclean bird, every detestable animal, and a haunt for every impure spirit.”

What nation does this sound like to you?

Thanks to the sexual revolution of the 1960’s, America is filled with homosexuality, drug and alchohol use, wide spread divorce, and as Carmen put it, “pornography that floods our streets like open sores.”

Rather than view sin as an affront to God, the people of the world see it simply as living in a free and open society. Revelation 18 says that the “merchants of the world will mourn over her because no one buys her cargoes”. “In one hour your doom has come” (v.10)

Consider for a moment that Revelation 18 also says that “she will be thrown down, never to be found again” (vs. 21-24). To help further your understanding – if you haven’t done it yet – I strongly urge you to read Revelation 18 in it’s entirety. However, there is no reason to fear, Jesus Christ is our Savior, and He will always be with us.

 
At this juncture in the post, I would be remiss not to point out the Seven Letters to the Seven Churches in Revelation 1-3 (just for clarification, it is Revelation, not “Revelations”) are seven actual churches.  Also, they represent seven church ages (in the Bible the number seven means “fulfillment”).  And, we today, live in the Seventh Church Age; whereas Jesus Christ said in Revelation 3:14-18, “These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.”
 
The very real fact that Jesus Christ our Lord knows these inequities and feels this way should shake every christian to their core in reverent fear of God.
 
The American Dream
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Is Christianity in decline in America?  When you examine the cold, hard numbers it is simply not possible to come to any other conclusion.  Over the past few decades, the percentage of Christians in America has been steadily declining.  This has especially been true among young people.  As you will see later in this article, there has been a mass exodus of teens and young adults out of U.S. churches.  In addition, what “Christianity” means to American Christians today is often far different from what “Christianity” meant to their parents and their grandparents.  Millions upon millions of Christians in the United States simply do not believe many of the fundamental principles of the Christian faith any longer.  Without a doubt, America is becoming a less “Christian” nation.  This has staggering implications for the future of this country.  The United States was founded primarily by Christians that were seeking to escape religious persecution.  For those early settlers, the Christian faith was the very center of their lives, and it deeply affected the laws that they made and the governmental structures that they established.  So what is the future of America going to look like if we totally reject the principles that this nation was founded on?

Overall, Christianity is still the largest religion in the world by far.  According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, there are currently 2.2 billionChristians in the world.  So Christianity is not in danger of disappearing any time soon.  In fact, in some areas of the globe it is experiencing absolutely explosive growth.

But in the United States, things are different.  Churches are shrinking, skepticism is growing and apathy about spiritual matters seems to be at an all-time high.

Before we examine the data, let me disclose that I am a Christian.  I am not bashing Christians or the Christian faith at all in this article.  In fact, I consider the decline of Christianity in America to be a very bad thing.  Not everyone is going to agree with me on that, but hopefully this article will help spark a debate on the role of religion in America that everyone can learn something from.

Unfortunately, the reality is that most Americans spend very little time thinking about religion or spiritual matters these days.

Just consider the following quote from a recent USA Today article….

“The real dirty little secret of religiosity in America is that there are so many people for whom spiritual interest, thinking about ultimate questions, is minimal,” says Mark Silk, professor of religion and public life at Trinity College”

This is backed up by the numbers.  For example, a survey taken last year by LifeWay Research found that 46 percent of all Americans never think about whether they will go to heaven or not.

To most Americans, faith is simply not a big deal.  This is particularly true of our young people.  Those under the age of 30 are leaving U.S. churches in droves.  The following comes from a recent CNN article….

David Kinnaman, the 38-year-old president of the Barna Group, an evangelical research firm, is the latest to sound the alarm. In his new book, “You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church and Rethinking Faith,” he says that 18- to 29-year-olds have fallen down a “black hole” of church attendance. There is a 43% drop in Christian church attendance between the teen and early adult years, he says.

But it isn’t just young people that are leaving American churches.  The proportion of Americans that consider themselves to be Christians has been steadily declining for many years.  Back in 1990, 86 percent of all Americans considered themselves to be Christian.  By 2008, that number had dropped to 76 percent.

Meanwhile, the number of Americans that reject religion entirely has absolutely soared.  According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans with “no religion” more than doubled between 1990 and 2008.

So what is going to happen if these trends continue?

Dave Olson, the director of church planting for the Evangelical Covenant Church, has made some really interesting projections regarding what is going to happen to church attendance in America if current trends continue.

According to Olson, only 18.7 percent of all Americans regularly attend church right now.  If this number continues to decline at the current pace, Olson says that the percentage of Americans attending church in 2050 will be about half of what it is today.

Other research has produced similar results.

According to a study done by LifeWay Research, membership in Southern Baptist churches will fall nearly 50 percent by the year 2050 if current trends persist.

If you are a Christian, you should be quite alarmed by these numbers.

But what is happening to the faith of our young people should be even more alarming for Christians.

The American Religious Identification Survey by the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society & Culture at Trinity College is one of the most comprehensive studies on religion in America that has ever been done.

According to that study, 15 percent of all Americans say that they have “no religion”.

That is up from 8 percent in 1990.

That is quite a change.

But the move away from religion is particularly pronounced among our young people.

One recent survey found that 25 percent of all Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 say that they have no religion.

Obviously the Christian faith is not winning the battle for the hearts and the minds of our young people.  The cold, hard truth is that in America today, the younger you are, the less likely you are to consider yourself to be a Christian.

Large numbers of young Americans that went to church while they were growing up are now leaving U.S. churches entirely.  A recent study by the Barna Group discovered that nearly 60 percent of all Christians between the ages of 15 and 29 are no long actively involved in any church.

But not only have they left the church, our young people have also abandoned just about all forms of Christian spirituality.

Just check out the results of one survey of young adults that was conductedby LifeWay Christian Resources….

•65% rarely or never pray with others, and 38% almost never pray by themselves either.

•65% rarely or never attend worship services of any kind.

•67% don’t read the Bible or any other religious texts on a regular basis.

If this does not get turned around, churches all over America will be closing their doors.  When the survey above first came out, the president of LifeWay Christian Resources stated that “the Millennial generation will see churches closing as quickly as GM dealerships.”

But it is not just church that our young people are rejecting.

The reality is that they are also rejecting the fundamental principles of the Christian faith.

One survey conducted by the Barna Group found that less than 1 percent of all Americans between the ages of 18 and 23 hold a Biblical worldview.

The Barna Group asked participants in the survey if they agreed with the following six statements….

1) Believing that absolute moral truth exists.
2) Believing that the Bible is completely accurate in all of the principles it teaches.
3) Believing that Satan is considered to be a real being or force, not merely symbolic.
4) Believing that a person cannot earn their way into Heaven by trying to be good or by doing good works.
5) Believing that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth.
6) Believing that God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe today.

Less than 1 percent of the participants agreed with all of those statements.

That is staggering.

But it is not just young adults that are rejecting the fundamentals of the Christian faith.

Even large numbers of “evangelical Christians” are rejecting the fundamental principles of the Christian faith.

For example, one survey found that 52 percent of all Americans Christians believe that “at least some non-Christian faiths can lead to eternal life”.

Another survey found that 29 percent of all American Christians claim to have been in contact with the dead, 23 percent believe in astrology and 22 percent believe in reincarnation.

Without a doubt, the religious landscape of America is changing.

Over the past several decades, church attendance has been steadily declining, the percentage of Americans that consider themselves to be Christians has been going down, and the number of people that hold traditional Christian beliefs has been dropping like a rock.

So what does all of this mean for the future of America?

Last night a guy at work and I were having a conversation on the assassination of JFK.  And his response, like all the other inane responses I’ve heard was, “Well, if someone wanted us to know something, they would’ve told us.” 

“Corruption keeps to itself!” I replied.  Meaning, if someone is doing something corrupt, they’re not going to run down the street, waving a “red flag” for all the world to see.  They will keep it secret.  Just like the following.

Richardsilverstein.com
Wednseday, January18, 2012

Last October, Reuters published news about a secret U.S. government panel which “nominated” militants for murder or capture, including U.S. citizens like Anwar al-Awlaki.  The story peered into the opaque process by which a government bureaucracy decides to take a human life.  And it was disturbing:

…Targeting recommendations are drawn up by a committee of mid-level National Security Council and agency officials. Their recommendations are then sent to the panel of NSC “principals,” meaning Cabinet secretaries and intelligence unit chiefs, for approval. The panel of principals could have different memberships when considering different operational issues, they said.

The names suggested are then brought before the president, who may veto them.

What’s astonishing about all this is that the names of those on the panel are unknown, how they decide someone should die is unknown, and what evidence is used to determine on a death sentence is unknown.  Everything about this process is deliberately opaque.  And there is no written record of the panel’s deliberations in order to further insulate participants, especially the president himself.  This fact alone reminds me of some of the more nefarious plots in recent history including Pol Pot’s genocide, Hitler’s Final Solution and Ben Gurion’s plans for the Nakba.  All wisely left little or no written evidence of their plans that could be used later by authorities or history to judge them.  Not that targeted killings rise to the level of genocide in terms of crimes against humanity, but they are grievious breaches of international law nonetheless.

The hypocrisy of Hillary Clinton swearing on a stack of Bibles that the U.S. had nothing to do with the last Iranian scientist assassination is laughable considering that our own behavior isn’t that dissimilar.  In a conversation with a journalist a few days ago who’d had discussions with CIA officers who justified the U.S. killing of al-Awlaki, the agent asked the reporter whether it would be justified to kill someone during World War II who fought right at Hitler’s side.

He was attempting to liken the Yemeni-American cleric to such a figure, when the evidence offered so far doesn’t justify it.  Is the CIA saying that Osama bin Laden was Hitler and al-Awlaki was his commander-in-chief?  Since when, on both counts?  I have no doubt that both were enemies of the U.S. who deserved to be tried and punished for their crimes.  But as Mehdi Hassan argues so persuasively in this commentary on the subject, “targeted killing is just the death penalty without due process.”

Barack Obama doesn’t get to be judge, jury and executioner under the U.S. Constitution.  In fact, he’s violating the Fifth Amendment, which prohibits taking a citizen’s life without due process.  A secret National Council panel is NOT due process.  It’s just death by bureaucratic fiat.  It is no different from Israel’s targeted assassinations of Palestinian militants and Iranian scientists.

 

Nearly everyday your mind will be subjected to prescription drugs “that are supposed to help you”.  But more and more I of the flabbergasted of drugs that warn of “blood clotting”, “possible strokes”, “paralysis”, or even “death”.  However, by far, my favorite is “suicidal thoughts and actions may occur.”

With side-effects and potential reprisals such as these, can anyone honestly believe that “all vaccines” are safe for our children?  Soon my son will be subjected to a rigorous battery of tests for autism, and I only thought it necessary to post this blog in their honor.

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Monday, October 5, 2009

Cases of autism amongst children have doubled since 2003 according to a government survey out today, highlighting once again the direct link between vaccines containing mercury and the brain disorder, as millions more parents give the green light for their kids to be injected with the thimerosal-containing H1N1 shot over the coming weeks.

“While research has suggested that the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in American children was about 1 of every 150 children, a new government study estimates that the prevalence is more likely about 1 in every 91 children,” reports U.S. News & World Report.

“The study, which is published in the October issue of Pediatrics, estimated that 110 of every 10,000 U.S. youngsters will be diagnosed at some point in their lives with an autism spectrum disorder. That currently translates to about 673,000 American children with some form of autism, according to the study.”

Claims by the CDC and the Institute of Medicine, following a whitewash study that ignored previously verified evidence, that thimerosal, a mercury based preservative, has no causal relationship to skyrocketing cases of autism have been soundly rejected by top doctors and scientists ever since.

Epidemiologist Tom Verstraeten and Dr. Richard Johnston, an immunologist and pediatrician from the University of Colorado, both concluded that thimerosal was responsible for the dramatic rise in cases of autism but their findings were dismissed by the CDC.

Cases of autism in the U.S. have now increased by over 2700 per cent since 1991, which is when vaccines for children doubled, and the number of immunizations is only increasing. Just one in 2,500 children were diagnosed with autism before 1991, whereas one in 91 children now have the disease, up from one in 150 just six years ago.

A peer reviewed study by Dr. Mark Geier which appeared in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons showed that the IOM research was flawed because it was largely based on a Danish study by Anders Peter Hviid, which did not account for the fact that American children have a much higher mercury burden than children in Denmark.

“At the high levels (of thimerosal exposure), it is undeniable there is a causal relationship, and we have gone to high levels. Their studies, therefore are not relevant, I am not saying they are wrong, although there are many criticisms of it. It is just not relative to the US situation,” said Geier.

Geier’s study concludes that there is an increase of neurodevelopment disorders following the use of thimerosal containing vaccines.

Dr. Rashid Buttar, who has pioneered a new treatment for autistic children that removes mercury from their bodies, said the Institute of Medicine’s conclusion that mercury does not cause autism demonstrates the “complete absence of any desire to discover scientific truth at the supposed highest levels of medical academia.”

“When 31 children recover from a devastating disease by a simple transdermal treatment that detoxifies metals, then common sense dictates that perhaps metals are involved,” states Dr. Bob Nash the chairman of the American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology (ABCMT) in regard to Dr. Buttar’s treatment.

“In 1977, a Russian study found that adults exposed to ethylmercury, the form of mercury in thimerosal, suffered brain damage years later. Studies on thimerosal poisoning also describe tubular necrosis and nervous system injury, including obtundation, coma and death. As a result of these findings, Russia banned thimerosal from children’s vaccines in 1980. Denmark, Austria, Japan, Great Britain and all the Scandinavian countries have also banned the preservative,” writes Dawn Prate.

Mercury is classified by The Department of Defense as a hazardous material that could cause death if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin, and the EPA is now limiting mercury emissions from factories because the toxin “can damage the brain and nervous system and is especially dangerous to fetuses and small children,” but according to the CDC it’s perfectly safe to inject into your child’s bloodstream.

Despite concerns about thimerosal and mercury, thimerosal is an ingredient of the swine flu vaccine which is currently being rolled out for children all over the country.

“Some of the vaccine will be stored in multi-dose vials containing thimerosal, an antibacterial additive that contains mercury,” reported the Washington Post in an article about which groups will receive the swine flu vaccine first.

Indeed, the swine flu vaccine contains no less than 25,000 per cent the amount of mercury considered safe.

Around 12,000 U.S. children were used as guinea pigs for the experimental swine flu vaccine also known to contain the dangerous ingredient squalene, which has been directly linked with cases of Gulf War Syndrome and a host of other debilitating diseases.

Squalene “contributed to the cascade of reactions called “Gulf War syndrome. (GIs developed) arthritis, fibromyalgia, lymphadenopathy, rashes, photosensitive rashes, malar rashes, chronic fatigue, chronic headaches, abnormal body hair loss, non-healing skin lesions, aphthous ulcers, dizziness, weakness, memory loss, seizures, mood changes, neuropsychiatric problems, anti-thyroid effects, anaemia, elevated ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Raynaud’s phenomenon, Sjorgren’s syndrome, chronic diarrhea, night sweats and low-grade fever,” according to Micropaleontologist Dr. Viera Scheibner.

Pharmaceutical companies can be assured that they won’t face reprisals for the many thousands of injuries and deaths that will inevitably occur as a result of exposing millions to mercury and squalene during a mass vaccination program, because the government has already acted to provide them with blanket immunity from lawsuits.

“Vaccine makers and federal officials will be immune from lawsuits that result from any new swine flu vaccine, under a document signed by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius,” reported the Associated Press in July.

Watch a CBS News report on the new autism survey below.