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IN TIMES LIKE THESE

“The understanding that the Holy Spirit gives us through God’s written word guards us against error in more than just doctrinal matters. People who know and understand Scripture, particularly its message regarding the end times, are less susceptible to the deception of the media or the lies they read or hear on social media.”

from Jonathon Brentner:

When the disciples asked Jesus about the signs of the end of the age, Jesus began His answer with these words, “See that no one leads you astray” (Matt. 24:4). Jesus’ first warning about the last days concerned those who would seek to deceive His followers and lead them away from the truth.

We cannot trust the vast majority of news sources in America, not at all. They purposely deceive people in order to promote their socialist agenda. We live in an age where deception is king and sadly some of those who deceive us also lead churches.

In Colossians 2:4, Paul cautioned the new believers in Colossae about those who would lead them into error, “I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.” Paul, fully aware of the devil’s tactics (2 Cor. 2:10-11), warned his readers that false teachers would come along with persuasive but erroneous reasoning in order to deceive them. Does this not depict the day in which we live?

In 2 Timothy 4:2-4, apostle Paul also wrote about the departure from truth during the last days. In verse 4, he warned that many would “turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” or false narratives that would appear valid, but contradict Scripture.

How do we deal with the myriad of opinions and doctrines that daily confront us in today’s world?

WE NEED THE BIBLE

During the past week, I have often had the song In Times Like These in my head. Ruth Caye Jones, a mother of five, wrote the words and music for it during World War II. The second stanza begins with these words, “In times like these you need the Bible.” Because of the rampant deception and misinformation of our day, we need Scripture just as much now, if not more than in 1944 when Jones penned these words.

In Proverbs 2:6 we read, “For the LORD gives wisdom; / from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” It was the phrase “from his mouth” that catches my attention every time I read this verse. 2 Timothy 3:16 similarly begins with these words, “All Scripture is breathed out by God. . . .” Scripture is our ultimate source of “knowledge and understanding” because its words come directly from God’s mouth to us (see also 2 Peter 1:21).

I believe we can trace much of the widespread apostasy we see in today’s church to either a rejection of the words of Scripture or a lack of knowledge of what it says.

The understanding that the Holy Spirit gives us through God’s written word guards us against error in more than just doctrinal matters. People who know and understand Scripture, particularly its message regarding the end times, are less susceptible to the deception of the media or the lies they read or hear on social media.

There are many exceptions to this, of course. However, from what I have observed, those who know Scripture, understand the Gospel message, and believe what the Bible says about the end times are less likely to fall for the lies and deception so rampant in the news and on social media.

WE NEED A SAVIOR

I have never in my life been more disappointed with human leadership than I have been in the past two years. Even pastors I once looked up to for guidance have let me down in various ways. Politicians that I once regarded as trustworthy and in one case godly have sorely betrayed any confidence I ever had in them.

The words of Psalm 118:8-9 have never been truer for me than they are in this present day, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. / It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.”

This again brings me back to the song In Times Like These, which begins with these words, “In times like these you need a Savior. In times like these you need an anchor; be very sure, be very sure your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.” That Rock, of course is Jesus.

As we face perilous times in the remaining time before the rapture, we need our Savior as never before. We need the anchor of our soul firmly secured in our Rock.

I believe the year ahead for us will be more turbulent than 2020, especially for Bible-believing followers of Jesus. We will see increased opposition and persecution here in America, which will grow steadily worse and likely turn violent if Jesus does not come first to take us to our home in heaven.

WE NEED OUR ANCHOR SECURED IN THE ROCK

If you have never put your faith in Jesus alone for the salvation of your soul, now is the time to do so. Just hours before His death on the cross in our place, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Jesus is the only way of salvation; He is the only path the leads to eternal life rather than the seven-year tribulation and eternal death in hell. The familiar verse, John 3:16, contains this same message, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

I love the simplicity of the Apostle John’s words in 1 John 5:11-12: “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” Knowing Jesus as your Savior equals eternal life. Please do not delay; call upon Him now before it is too late to avoid experiencing the Lord’s wrath upon the Christ-rejecting world.

This is why I say now is the time to put your faith in Jesus.

For those of us securely in the arms of the Savior, now is the time to recognize we may soon be with Jesus in paradise via the rapture. Now is the time to hold our future dreams and earthly aspirations loosely in our hands.

I am not saying it’s wrong to plan or look to the future, but we must do so with hearts and minds open to Bible prophecy and our eyes aware of the growing storms clouds in our world that grow darker and more ominous each and every week.

I do not know the timing of the rapture or the start of the seven-year tribulation, but I recognize the multitude of signs throughout the world pointing to the soon arrival of the seven-year tribulation and thus to the rapture that happens before its start.

For example, the statements I hear coming from members of the incoming Biden administration tell me that his presidency will hasten the arrival of The Great Reset in America, which will in turn accelerate the arrival of the antichrist on the world scene.

Biden’s own words foreshadow a time of forceful opposition toward those of us who hold to a biblical worldview and accept all of Scripture as the Word of God. Biden once said that that Christians who oppose the LBGTQ agenda are the “dregs of society.” He still holds firmly to this opinion.

If one anchors his or her life to anything else but Jesus in times like these or in those that lie on the horizon for us, that anchor will not hold. Jesus alone is our secure Rock.

Hebrews 6:18-19 says this about our need for such an anchor, “So that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain” (Heb. 6:18-19). Jesus alone is Our Refuge, our rock, and the Anchor of our soul for times like these and those that lie ahead for us.

I encourage you to listen to the hymn, In Times Like These, and reread hopeful and encouraging passages such as 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 Corinthians 15:51-57, and Revelation 20-22. These texts unveil the many promises regarding our future that the Lord has placed there for our comfort and encouragement.

I have also found it helpful to read through the book of Proverbs each month but reading once chapter a day that corresponds to the day of the month. The “wisdom” of the book points us to Jesus.

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SPEAK NOW

from Herescope:

Part 1 of a series: “For we cannot but SPEAK” 

“And many of the brethren in the Lord,
waxing confident by my bonds,
are much more BOLD
to SPEAK the WORD
without fear.”

(Philippians 1:14) 

The “dark winter” that has been predicted is not just political speech. It is also a spiritual indication of the rampant moral depravity both within and without the church. Never was there such a time as this when people desperately need to hear us SPEAK the TRUTH that Jesus died for their sins, so that they can confess and repent, and experience the cleansing joy of His shed blood on the cross for their sins, bringing them to His salvation and the LIGHT of a new life. 

“But if we walk in the LIGHT,
as He is in the LIGHT,
we have fellowship one with another,
and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin.”

(1 John 1:7) 

This post begins a new series for the new year to encourage, edify and admonish believers that NOW – during a crackdown and suppression of free speech, and concurrent increase in hate speech – is the time for US to SPEAK the TRUTH in LOVE of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But the devil is devious and he will work to oppose and corrupt this message. Our series will also examine his methods and warn of his tactics. 

Marching Orders for the Endtime Battle 

In 1969 Corrie ten Boom wrote a book Marching Orders for the Endtime Battle in which she sought to prepare the last days church for the coming of the Lord. In her chapter titled “Signs of the Times” she asserts that 

The end-time has started already…. I believe everything that is written in the Bible about the coming again of Jesus. Everything that was written about the first coming of Jesus happened exactly as foretold, so that which is written about His coming again will happen likewise. 

From Corrie’s unique perspective, having miraculously survived the Holocaust during the Third Reich, she rejoiced to see the rise of the nation Israel. Like many who follow biblical prophecy, she believed that in 1967 there was a pivotal victory in that land. But this was also a sign of the endtimes. Immediately after America’s “summer of love” in 1967 there was a year filled with riots and hate in 1968. This is eerily similar to what we’ve just experienced in 2020 – reminiscent of labor pains that come back harder the closer it is to the end (1 Thess. 5:3). Corrie reminded her readers what this signified: 

We do not know the day, neither the hour, in which Jesus will come again. But neither do we know a day nor an hour in which He could not come. The whole world lives now in this expectation; something must happen by which the great problems will be solved. When we look at world history in the light of the Bible, we can find many clear signs: “Men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world” Luke 21:26 (RSV)…. There will be earthquakesepidemics and famines“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Matt. 24:12). 

Corrie’s admonition to the last days church was written to those of us who remain alive now, who still stand on God’s Word, and cherish Jesus in our hearts as our first love (Rev. 2:4): 

The only thing we have to do is what the Holy Scriptures teach us. 

• We need to raise our voices like the voice of a trumpet so that as many people as possible will awake—first of all those who belong to the Church of Christ. 

• We have to proclaim loudly that the end is near, so that people will be startled out of their everyday rest and security by this godly message, as through the roaring of the lion (Amos 3:8); that they will fear and get ready to meet their God. 

• We urgently need such a “blowing of the trumpet,” since the day of the Lord draws near, as the prophet Joel says: “Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly (Joel 2:15). 

• For we need to prepare ourselves for all that will soon come to pass. 

After encouraging believers to gird up with the armor of God for the spiritual battle, and reminding us of 2 Kings 6:16 that “They that be with us are more than they that be with them,” she then recounts her own testimony: 

In the concentration camp, where I was so often confronted with death, the Lord often gave me grace to see the whole situation more or less in the light of eternity, and then everything was so simple, so uncomplicated. It was as if I saw myself: I stood there, and there stood the devil. The devil was much, much stronger than I, but Jesus stood at my side, and He is far stronger than the devil. And because I stood at Jesus’ side, I was more than conqueror. That is reality. 

It is essential that we realize in these days that Jesus is Conqueror! To stand at His side, to follow Him, to be hidden with Him in God; that is the safe position for every soldier of Jesus in this time and in the coming final battle. 

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Luke 18:8: “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

The events over the last two months have been historic in this country (The U.S.) culminating in the “storming of the U.S. Capital building on January 6th, which I believe will go down in the history books (if it is allowed to be written and if anyone in the future has the clarity and honesty to write it) as the visible turning point in this country away from what it was founded to be into something entirely different that many of us have dreaded!

And throughout the last two months there has been a sort of “panic” grow to a fever pitch among conservatives and conservative Christians as they see the political power of traditional conservatism fade away, almost wholesale. Now it is believed that the radicalized Democrat party will have no restraints to their very disturbing political agenda. A whole host of rights that we have now will most likely slowly fade away. And we have already witnessed many of our rights preempted by the COVID debacle, which add’s to people’s sense of panic.

But here is what I want people to remember: we have been trending in this direction for quite a while, not just in the political and ideological sense, but also in the technological foundations that support our society. The internet and the convergence of the exchange of virtually all information in not only our society but the world has been one of the primary drivers of globalism, and Globalist Socialism. Global access to the internet has driven the fundamental idea that everyone around the world are “one people”

I do not believe in “conspiracy theories” that may sound odd, with all that I post, I post what I do as “Sign Posts” for people to read and understand were we are headed as a society and a world! And that direction is irreversible! Does that mean I believe it is right and I will fully go along with it? No but I watch the “sign posts” just as you do as it informs me of what I should be doing and how I should be living.

Now for my Christian friends who understand and believe in Biblical prophecy, what we are seeing happening was already foretold in ages past. Many Christians hold onto the idea that Biblical Prophecy will come about via small powerful groups who know that they are subverting the people and carrying out conspiracies, and the signs will be very obvious! I hate to disappoint you, but that is not how it happens.

For all intents and purposes the people who are globalists for the most part believe they are doing what is “needful” or “good” they honestly believe this because this is the ideology that they have been brought up and educated in. This ideology is as normal to them as our faith is to us! And THEIR ideology has been infiltrating our lives for decades, without many of us even realizing it.

The 20th Century Theologian Francis Schaeffer said the following:

“Wherever you look today, the new concept holds the field. The consensus about us is almost monolithic, whether you review the arts, literature or simply read the newspapers and magazines such as Time, Life, Newsweek, The Listener or The Observer. On every side you can feel the stranglehold of this new methodology-and by “methodology” we mean the way we approach truth and knowing. It is like suffocating in a particularly bad London fog. And just as fog cannot be kept out by walls or doors, so this consensus comes in around us, until the room we live in is no longer unpolluted, and yet we hardly realize what has happened. . . .

”The tragedy of our situation today is that men and women are being fundamentally affected by the new way of looking at truth, and yet they have never even analyzed the drift which has taken place. Young people from Christian homes are brought up in the old framework of truth. Then they are subjected to the modern framework. In time they become confused because they do not understand the alternatives with which they are being presented.

Confusion becomes bewilderment, and before long they are overwhelmed. This is unhappily true not only of young people, but of many pastors, Christian educators, evangelists and missionaries as well. “

And Francis Schaeffer said this before the internet was even conceived!

And C.S. Lewis describes liberal thinking very clearly:

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”― C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology (Making of Modern Theology)

C.S. Lewis can say this because he knew Biblical Prophecy!

Because it says the following: John 16:2: “They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God.”

Does this mean their ideology is not wrong or worse yet not evil? No it does not. It just points out how the change in someones thinking can be so subtle that it can escape notice until it is almost too late by even the best of us!

So what point am I trying to get across with all of the above?

What I am saying is we are all living in a timeline and process that was already known to happen, even in ages past!

So what that means for Christians is we should not be in panic mode! As Christians in the U.S. we have grown to EXPECT that we would not face any kind of personal persecution for our beliefs. But if we know God’s word, we know that persecution was to always be expected, and far beyond what any of us have experienced so far.

And for all Christians now, it is a decision point, will I hold onto my beliefs and live according to how it informs me to live or will I run in panic away from that now because of the fear of REAL persecution!

As I said this time was already spoken of in God’s Word. and God’s word calls times like these: “The Winnowing” or a time that trims down the number of those who are really Christians from those who are not! And the ones who are not, WILL criticize you, insult you, and try to get you to either relent, or take the side of a group who wants to violently confront what is happening!

It is not a time for panic, it is a time for FAITH! So will YOU say in these times, no matter what comes:

Joshua 24:15: “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

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Not to suggest that the vaccine is the “mark of the beast” However people are being conditioned and prepped for it. Many people think that when it comes time for the “mark of the beast” that it will be very obvious and that you will be able to make plans to avoid it! It will not be that way, it will seem normal to the vast majority of humanity, and the masses will consider you “unhinged” for not wanting to get it! Think about that!

Revelation 13:16-17:”And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

from cnbc:

Millions of Americans are still hoping for a second round of stimulus checks to help them cope with the financial fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the U.S. government is preparing to distribute vaccinations to the American public in order to put an end to the public health crisis.

Now, one proposal aims to help both efforts by giving people $1,500 stimulus checks in exchange for getting immunized.

The idea comes from entrepreneur John Delaney, a former Democratic congressman for Maryland who also ran for president in 2020.

“The faster we get 75 percent of this country vaccinated, the faster we end Covid and the sooner everything returns to normal,” Delaney said in an interview with CNBC.com.

Admittedly, the plan could face some hurdles.

Congress has worked for months to come to an agreement on the next coronavirus stimulus package. Republicans and Democrats are still at odds, even as 12 million people could lose unemployment benefits in a few weeks if nothing is done. More stimulus checks, once an area of bipartisan agreement, now seem to be off the table.

At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control met this week to decide who should be first in line to get vaccinated. Once the vaccines are approved, they will roll out to Americans free of charge. But some individuals may be afraid to take the newly developed treatments. One Gallup poll found that 58% of Americans said they would get a Covid-19 vaccine.

Public polling has found that whether or not to take the vaccine has become a political issue, which is discouraging, Delaney said.

“We have to create, in my judgment, an incentive for people to really accelerate their thinking about taking the vaccine,” Delaney said.

To be sure, those who are not comfortable receiving the vaccine would not be forced to do so.

“If you’re still afraid of the vaccine and don’t want to take it, that’s your right,” Delaney said. “You won’t participate in this program.

“But guess what?” he added. “You’re going to benefit anyhow, because we’ll get the country to herd immunity faster, which benefits you. So I think everyone wins.”

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A timely article especially with what is going on with the Presidential elections.

from Anton Bosch:

but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,” (1Corinthians 1:23).

Paul is emphatic that the church only has one message – the cross. Not wisdom, not miracles, not Israel, not even the church, but the cross and the cross alone. Everything flows from, and must be subject to, the message of the cross. “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2).

His definition of the Gospel is centered, not on man, but on the cross: “…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). The centrality of the cross is confirmed in Hebrews (Hebrews 10:11-12), Peter (1Peter 2:243:18), and John (1John 2:2). It is central to the revelation of who Christ is: “…To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,” (Revelation 1:5).

The cross was the whole purpose of Jesus’ coming as a man. Everything He did and taught led to, and was focused on, and flowed from, the cross. At every major intersection of His earthly ministry He spoke of the cross. Hebrews in speaking of His sacrifice quotes Psalm 40: “…a body You have prepared for Me… Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come– In the volume of the book it is written of Me– To do Your will, O God.” (Hebrews 10:5-7).

Without the cross we have no redemption, no church and no hope. At the same time the cross is a stumbling block to the Jew and an offense to the Greek and it is this aspect of the message that makes the gospel unattractive and even repulsive to most people. For this reason, from the beginning, men have tried to remove the offense of the cross by minimizing its importance, moving it to the background and trying to dress it up so the ugliness and shame of that tree may be made more attractive. For example the Galatian heretics tried to dress the cross in Judaism in an attempt to remove its offense (Galatians 5:11). Paul refers to this as another gospel (Galatians 1:7) and pronounces them accursed (v8).

Let me be clear, there is only one thing that can save and that is the naked cross, unadorned and unaltered. Any attempt to modify the cross and its message by adding to it or subtracting from it, or changing it, is heresy and is to be accursed (anathema). Not only does a gentrified cross not save, but it condemns those who create it and who follow it. It is the cross in all its cruelty, shame and gore, unadorned, but naked for the lost soul to see the cost of redemption, that alone can save. A gold or silver cross is an abomination and an idol. There is no beauty in the gory altar of the Tabernacle, but it was the only cure for sin. It could not be bejeweled, screened off or moved to a less prominent place. In coming to God, the first thing to confront the sinner was the horror of the price for his sin. He could not by-pass it and he could not replace the blood of the lamb with some beautiful fruit or flowers. (I encourage you to revisit the classic sermon “The Naked Splendor of the Cross” available here: https://youtu.be/igAHGfQJlts).

I suspect that thus far the majority of American (and other) Evangelicals will agree. But here’s the problem: Over time, American Evangelicalism has merged the cross with patriotism and draped the American flag over the cross so that the two things have become indistinguishable. A quick search of the internet will produce dozens of websites that sell the symbol of the cross and the flag. The graphic is not the real problem, but the reality it represents is. The naked cross just does not attract enough people and there is a desperate attempt to expunge the simplicity and shame of the naked cross and to replace it with something far more attractive. These charlatans have found the answer in American patriotism. Thus the cross is hidden behind Old Glory and thousands, from Charismatic extremists to Calvinist traditionalists have united around a common cause – the star spangled cross.

They preach about American greatness, sing the profane patriotic songs in their congregations (that glorify fratricide and the kingdoms of the world), rely on the Constitution rather than the Scriptures and pray to a god of their own design. Anathema! Anathema! This is another gospel, it cannot save and it condemns those who preach it and those who worship at its red white and blue altar to eternal damnation. Yet, thousands are flocking to these churches, not to fall broken at the foot of the Cross but to revel in the Constitution and defend its amendments.

I have absolutely no doubt that had Jesus lived today, he would drive the money changers (yes, at the end of the day, it is all about money), with their flags, Constitution and golden calf president from His house. But it is too late for that. They have already banished Him and His cruel cross from their presence (Revelation 2:20) and He stands outside the “church” calling to the few “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.” (Revelation 18:4).

Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.”(Hebrews 4:7). Jesus is coming soon and he is preparing his bride. Are you going to make America great again or are you going to prepare your heart and life for His soon return?

In case I have not been clear. Fanatical patriotism (no matter which nation) is worshiping the world and the things of the world. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24).

Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD! “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:14-15)

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This post may seem like it has nothing to do with Christianity, however it highlights what is going on in our society and eventually how what is going on in regards to liberal censorship WILL extend into Christianity, and what will be acceptable and not acceptable to say and write in regards to what God’s word says.

Currently what was created as a Democratic Republic by the founders of the United States is being subverted by powerful liberal interests who want to rewrite history, and direct what people think and say. And Christians need to be aware and prepared for what is coming!

from: Lawrence Person’s BattleSwarm Blog

Tolerant Liberals Ban To Kill A Mockingbird

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
— George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four

The ideology that never tires of proclaiming its tolerance and how it rejects racism just banned two of the greatest anti-racist novels of 19th and 20th Century because the new religion of anti-racism demands they do so.

During a virtual meeting on Sept. 9, middle and high school English teachers in the Burbank Unified School District received a bit of surprising news: Until further notice, they would not be allowed to teach some of the books on their curriculum.

Five novels had been challenged in Burbank: Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men,” Theodore Taylor’s “The Cay” and Mildred D. Taylor’s Newbery Medal-winning young-adult classic “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.”

The challenges came from four parents (three of them Black) for alleged potential harm to the public-school district’s roughly 400 Black students [2.6% of the total enrollment]. All but “Huckleberry Finn” have been required reading in the BUSD….

And at its root, it stems from a painful personal story. Destiny Helligar, now 15 and in high school, recently told her mom about an incident that took place when she was a student at David Starr Jordan Middle School. According to Destiny’s mother, Carmenita Helligar, a white student approached Destiny in math class using a racial taunt including the N-word, which he’d learned from reading “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.”

Another time, a different boy went up to Destiny and other students and said: “My family used to own your family and now I want a dollar from each of you for the week.” When the principal was notified, the boy’s excuse was that he had read it in class—also in “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.” …

[T]he parents’ objections are not merely over language. They also worry about the way these books portray Black history and the lessons they might impart to modern readers.

“The Cay” and “Huckleberry Finn” feature white children learning from the suffering and wisdom of older Black men. “To Kill a Mockingbird” famously stars Atticus Finch, a white lawyer who defends a Black man accused of raping a white woman. Its white-savior story line reads much differently nearly 60 years after its publication.

“Reads differently” is the new codeword for “offends the sensibilities of the victimhood identity politics left.” To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are two of the greatest antiracist novels in American literature, but that’s not enough for The Wokecult of Antiracism. And the excuse that somebody, somewhere might get their precious feelings hurt is a blank check excuse to ban anything, anywhere, at any time.

Back during the Kavanaugh hearings, many joked that Atticus Finch would be considered the villain of the novel today, because he disbelieved the story of a woman who claimed she had been raped. Little did we know that the left would start banning the novel for even stupider reasons.

If they can ban To Kill A Mockingbird for being racist, they can ban anything for being anything, because words have lost all descriptive power except for what serves the will of the Party at any given moment…

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from Got Questions:

The Bible is very clear as to what our purpose in life should be. Men in both the Old and New Testaments sought for and discovered life’s purpose. Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, discovered the futility of life when it is lived only for this world. He gives these concluding remarks in the book of Ecclesiastes: “Here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). Solomon says that life is all about honoring God with our thoughts and lives and thus keeping His commandments, for one day we will stand before Him in judgment. Part of our purpose in life is to fear God and obey Him.

Another part of our purpose is to see life on this earth in perspective. Unlike those whose focus is on this life, King David looked for His satisfaction in the time to come. He said, “And I—in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness” (Psalm 17:15). To David, full satisfaction would come on the day when he awoke (in the next life) both beholding God’s face (fellowship with Him) and being like Him (1 John 3:2).

In Psalm 73, Asaph talks about how he was tempted to envy the wicked who seemed to have no cares and built their fortunes upon the backs of those they took advantage of, but then he considered their ultimate end. In contrast to what they sought after, he states in verse 25 what mattered to him: “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you” (verse 25). To Asaph, a relationship with God mattered above all else in life. Without that relationship, life has no real purpose.

The apostle Paul talked about all he had achieved religiously before being confronted by the risen Christ, and he concluded that all of it was like a pile of manure compared to the excellence of knowing Christ Jesus. In Philippians 3:9-10, Paul says that he wants nothing more than to know Christ and “be found in Him,” to have His righteousness and to live by faith in Him, even if it meant suffering and dying. Paul’s purpose was knowing Christ, having a righteousness obtained through faith in Him, and living in fellowship with Him, even when that brought on suffering (2 Timothy 3:12). Ultimately, he looked for the time when he would be a part of the “resurrection from the dead.”

Our purpose in life, as God originally created man, is 1) glorify God and enjoy fellowship with Him, 2) have good relationships with others, 3) work, and 4) have dominion over the earth. But with man’s fall into sin, fellowship with God is broken, relationships with others are strained, work seems to always be frustrating, and man struggles to maintain any semblance of dominion over nature. Only by restoring fellowship with God, through faith in Jesus Christ, can purpose in life be rediscovered.

The purpose of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. We glorify God by fearing and obeying Him, keeping our eyes on our future home in heaven, and knowing Him intimately. We enjoy God by following His purpose for our lives, which enables us to experience true and lasting joy—the abundant life that He desires for us.

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from The Los Angeles Times:

A Northern California pastor has parted ways with his church following outrage over a sign outside the parish that read, “Bruce Jenner is still a man, homosexuality is still a sin.”

The sign, shared on the pastor’s Facebook page, sparked protests and national news coverage. Justin Hoke announced his departure on the Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church Facebook page on Saturday evening.

“I was informed that essentially all but one couple in membership would leave the church if I continued as pastor of TBPC,” Hoke said in his post. Another church elder agreed to assume pastoral responsibilities, according to Hoke, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The church has been under fire since the sign went up less than two weeks ago, targeting transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner. Hoke first announced that the message was going up outside the church through a Facebook post.

“The response we’re receiving from this sign proves that it was posted way too late,” Hoke commented under a photo he shared of the sign. “If a conservative mountain farming community is no longer a safe place to call sin, sin. Then is anywhere in this country still safe for real Christians?”

The church is located in Siskiyou County, near the Oregon border.

Someone vandalized the sign earlier this week, breaking the Plexiglas and stealing some of the letters. It went back up the following day with essentially the same message.

The sign prompted a few people to organize the Shastina Love Rally “to show our love and support for the LBGTQ community; not only to our community, but worldwide.” The first rally took place Jan. 6, and the second one is planned for Sunday.

Amelia Mallory, a resident of Lake Shastina and organizer of the rally, said the sign was shocking. When the organizers reached out to the pastor about taking down the sign, “He seemed really not open to the idea,” she said.

“Even acknowledging that we live in a more rural, and generally a more conservative area — the fact that somebody thought that that would be accepted by our community was definitely surprising,” Mallory said.

The rally organizers applauded the congregation for being “willing to stand on their convictions,” but also expressed concern for Hoke and his family.

On the church’s Facebook post announcing the pastor’s departure, Mallory offered to help take down the sign.

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from MSN:

This holiday season, the Illinois State Capitol is celebrating both Santa and Satan.

A statue designed and funded by the Satanic Temple of Chicago is on display in the statehouse in Springfield along with a Christmas tree, nativity scene, and a menorah.

The resin sculpture, which the Satanic Temple has dubbed a “Snaketivity,” depicts a hand holding an apple, with a snake wrapped around it.

The figure rests on a base that reads “Knowledge is the greatest gift.”

When Chicago’s Satanic Temple announced the design on Instagram last month, the group said they were “bringing a message to the Illinois state capital that religious freedom means freedom of representation for ALL religions… not just the ones that don’t offend Christians.”

The group launched a GoFundMe page with the goal of raising $1,500 to cover construction, transportation and installation costs.

“Please consider what you may do to help us bring Satan to Springfield!,” the page read. The group raised $1,700.

The Satanic Temple has chapters all over the country. According to their website, the goal of the group is to “encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will.”

The statue will remain in the capitol until Dec. 29. Illinois residents have mixed feelings about its presence, according to NBC affiliate WMBF.

“I suppose it is their free speech rights to do that, so I can’t deny that. But do I agree with it? Absolutely not,” said Garret Moffett. “I can’t disagree with the statement in itself but when it’s coming from a satanic or a cult group, my response would be that everything about Satan is a lie.”

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from pjmedia:

Late last month, Ramin Parsa, a Christian pastor who fled Iran as a religious refugee, was arrested for privately sharing his faith testimony in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. He fled persecution in Iran and Turkey, only to find persecution in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

“I came to the U.S. as a political and religious — as a Christian — refugee. They oppressed me for my faith in Iran. I was stabbed in Iran,” Parsa told PJ Media in an interview on Tuesday. Then last week, he was arrested for a private conversation about his faith, handcuffed to a metal chair for four hours without water, and later charged with trespassing.

“These things might happen in other countries, oppressive dictatorships, but not in America,” the pastor said.

Parsa, a pastor at Redemptive Love Ministries International in Los Angeles, Calif., traveled to Minnesota for two days to visit two different churches. He went to the Mall of America (MOA) on Saturday, August 25, with an elder from one of the churches, and with the elder’s 14-year-old son. Shortly after entering the mall, he struck up a conversation with two Somali-American women.

“Our conversation was casual. At first, we were not talking about the gospel,” Parsa recalled. “They asked me, ‘Are you a Muslim?’ I said, ‘No, I used to be a Muslim and I’m a Christian now.’ I was telling them the story of how I converted.”

A passerby could not stand the discussion, however. “Another lady told the guard, ‘This guy is harassing us!'” MOA security came and told Parsa to stop soliciting. “I said, ‘We’re not soliciting.’ But we just left,” the pastor explained.

The pastor and his friends went into a coffee shop, bought a latte, and came out. Parsa told PJ Media he thought that would be the end of it. He was sorely mistaken.

“When we came out of the coffee shop, three guards were waiting for us, and they arrested me right there,” the pastor recalled. “They came after me and arrested me, and said, ‘You cannot talk religion here.'”

Parsa told security he was a pastor. “They told me, ‘We arrested pastors before,'” he recalled, still shocked by the answer. “It was something normal for them, they were used to it.”

Meanwhile, the two Somali-American women who wanted to hear the pastor’s story argued with the woman who reported him to security. They defended Parsa. Onlookers asked why the man was being arrested. “They said, ‘Because he’s a Christian,'” Parsa told PJ Media.

All this was bad enough, but the guards proceeded to abuse the pastor once he was in custody.

“They handcuffed both my hands to a metal chair that was bolted to the ground in a basement,” Parsa said. He said it reminded him of the KGB, the notorious secret police in the Soviet Union.

“They began to file a report and they wanted to take my picture. I said, ‘You cannot take my picture — you arrested me wrongfully,'” the pastor recalled. “They said, ‘Then you’re going to stay here longer.'”

Later, Parsa asked for a glass of water. They refused, unless he would allow them to take his picture. He asked to go to the bathroom. Again, they refused. Shortly before the police came, his captors relented.

“He gave me half of a really small cup of water,” the pastor said. “He was trying to buy me out with that water.”

After nearly four hours, the police arrived.

“The police came to open my handcuffs, and the handcuffs were very tight. It was hurting my hands,” Parsa recalled. “The guard said, ‘I don’t think it hurts that much.'”

He suggested that the security guards treated him with special malice because he is a pastor. “I believe they treated me worse,” he insisted.

The Mall of America did not respond to PJ Media’s request for comment.

After the police took the pastor’s mugshot and fingerprints, they charged him with criminal trespassing. He paid $78 to bail himself out, and his friends picked him up at 2 a.m. While that bail amount may seem low, the pastor insisted, “Every cent is too much for something I haven’t done.”

“I’ve gone through this before — in Muslim countries I was arrested for passing out bibles,” Parsa said. “I didn’t expect that would happen in America. As a citizen in America, I have rights. They denied my basic rights.”

The pastor compared the mistreatment he suffered in Minnesota to the persecution he faced in Iran and Turkey.

“When I became a Christian, I was stabbed, I ran away from Iran. I went to Turkey for two years as a refugee. We had a church and we were passing out Bibles. I was arrested,” Parsa recounted. He mentioned Pastor Andrew Brunson, an American pastor imprisoned in Turkey and charged with terrorism. “They thought the American government was paying us to pass out bibles. I said I wish they would,” he remarked, wryly.

When at last he came to America, he was relieved. “With tears in my eyes, I was so thankful to be in America, where I can express myself, nobody can stop me or oppress me for my faith… and then this happened to me,” Parsa said.

When his family heard the news, they thought it couldn’t possibly have happened in America. “When they realized it happened here, they were really shocked,” the pastor remarked.

Parsa posted about the ordeal on Facebook, and shortly thereafter, the government of Iran arrested his cousin for handing out bibles. “We are praying that my cousin will make it out. My nephew is in hiding,” he said.

read the full article here.

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