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Obedience to God

Promoting Obedience to God and the Preeminence of Jesus Christ as Revealed in the Holy Bible

Refuting the atheistic, agnostic, materialistic, and humanistic cultures.

Introduction

Jesus never said it would be easy. In fact, He said it would be difficult. In John 15:20, Jesus says, “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” Furthermore, 2nd Timothy 3:12-13 says, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” Doesn’t this last verse ring true, considering the present state of the world? Matters have gotten worse, and Christians are persecuted more than ever before for proclaiming the Good News and upholding God’s law. We truly live in a world of darkness, where enemies conspire against us for following God. Jesus knew this would happen, as he said, “They hated me without reason” (John 15:25).

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Saul Alinsky Would Be Proud, and So Would Satan, Part II

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 Dan Wolf |  VCA Advisory Boad
Living Rightly

This article continues the discussion started in Part I, using the areas of education, poverty, and healthcare as examples. More detail on the first two topics can be found in Collectivism and Charity: The Great Deception.

Platform Principles

Responding to all the items within the Democratic platform would create a very long article. Fortunately that’s not needed. Just a few principles underlie their plan and include;

  • More spending fixes the problem
  • Creating laws and regulations to ‘level the playing field’
  • Government management increases efficiency
  • Providing ‘free’ resources is necessary and responsible governance

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The Christian's Response to Cultural Decay: Part 2

 Ed Vitaglianoafa Executive Vice-President

American Family Association

(Listen to AFR radio on 88.1 FM out of Richmond, and 91.3 Culpeppoer and online from anywhere HERE, and apps for iPhone and Android)

With a nation in near moral collapse and a church that is struggling to be salt and light, what should Bible-believing Christians do? How should they respond? Here are some helpful glimpses from Scripture. (Part one can be found here.)  

Remember that anger does not cure the disease. 

Of course, many Christians are paying attention to what is happening in America. During this period in our nation’s history when wickedness seems triumphant on every side, many in the church are taking it to heart. 

In times like these, it isn’t easy to keep our grief from turning into anger. After all, the Psalmist says, “Burning indignation has seized me because of the wicked, who forsake Your law” (Psalm 119:53).  

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Saul Alinsky Would Be Proud, and So Would Satan, Part I

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Dan Wolf |  VCA Advisory Boad
Living Rightly

Living in the Land of Lies discussed some progressive principles, how they impact society and differ from our founding ideas. Progressive ideas are not limited to any particular political party. This article draws from the 2016 Democratic Party Platform, a platform steeped in progressive ideas representing man’s enlightenment of himself. Man turned toward man, or man and man alone.

At its heart, the Democratic platform presents government solutions to all our current problems. Actions requiring government expenditures and intervention. The words invest, investing, and investment occur over 60 times in just 50 pages. Some of their stated ends I agree with, but it’s not just the ends alone that matter. The means used to achieve them are at least as important—and overlooked.

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Bible Belief Is Not Bigotry

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League of North Carolina, Inc.

Dizzy Gillespie, the great jazz trumpeter, is remembered not only for his stupendous talent but also for the way his cheeks would puff out when he blew his horn.

Writer Jim Doherty says that on one occasion Gillespie was talking with Chicago Symphony trumpeter Adolph (Bud) Herseth. Herseth, a white man, is known for turning bright red whenever he would play. Gillespie, who was Black, kidded with Herseth, “Bud,” how come your cheeks don’t puff out when you play?”

Herseth replied, “Diz, how come your face doesn’t get red when you play?”

Two great trumpeters with different styles. God has made us all unique, and the creation shows that God enjoys its diversity.

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The Greatest Man of the Second Millennium

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Bryan Fischer

Martin Luther was the greatest man of the second millennium.

Many great and influential men moved about the world stage between 1000 AD and 2000 AD - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon, Abraham Lincoln, Bismarck, and Winston Churchill to name just a few - but Luther towers above them all.

As a lowly monk, he stood alone against the mightiest political power of the day, the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, and against the mightiest religious power of the day, the pope of the Roman Catholic Church. This wasn’t David against Goliath, this was David against an army of Goliaths. Luther took them on, and he won.

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2 States Ravaged by Opioids Show Difference Faith Makes

A large and growing body of evidence shows that not only can religion help prevent people from using illicit drugs, but it also plays a strong role in effective treatment programs. …

Fred Lucas | The Daily Signal

HANOVER, N.H.—There is a strong correlation between lack of religious attendance and illicit drug use, research shows in contrasting two states hit hard by the opioid crisis.

The parallels are demonstrated by two comparative studies of New Hampshire and West Virginia.

West Virginia suffers from an ailing economy, while New Hampshire has a strong economy, noted J. Scott Moody, CEO of the Granite Institute, a conservative think tank. The institute takes its name from the fact that New Hampshire is known as the Granite State.

“It’s not just economics causing the overdose problems. There are other factors,” Moody told The Daily Signal.

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The Christian’s Response to Cultural Decay: Part 1

Ed Vitaglianoafa Executive Vice-President
American Family Association

(Listen to AFR radio on 88.1 FM out of Richmond, and 91.3 Culpeppoer and online from anywhere HERE, and apps for iPhone and Android)

Sometimes it seems as if America has become like Judah during the time of Isaiah, when nothing in that culture was sound or healthy:

Where will you be stricken again, as you continue in your rebellion? The whole head is sick and the whole heart is faint. From the sole of the foot even to the head there is nothing sound in it, only bruises, welts and raw wounds, not pressed out or bandaged, nor softened with oil (Isaiah 1:5-6).

Alex McFarland, author, apologetics expert, and co-host of Exploring the Word, heard weekdays on AFR, has identified the three greatest challenges facing the church, and all three are veritable giants.

They are:

  1. militant secularism,
  2. intolerant homosexuality, and
  3. radical Islam.

Especially in the case of the first two in the U.S., these giants seem everywhere ascendant.

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Out of the Las Vegas Tragedy Comes More Hope

Dan Wolf

My heart goes out to those at the recent Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting. My prayers are with you, your families, the first responders, and medical personnel who assisted those who were wounded. It was truly a calamity, but as we’ll see in a bit there were also some very hopeful moments in the midst of the tragedy.

The Reality

It is unfortunate that not even a single day passed before some attempted to inject politics into the shooting. There were of course calls for more gun controls, including the bump fire stocks used by the murderer. Outlawing these devices will likely do little harm, it will only take such devices out of the hands of law abiding citizens who are unlikely to use them in the first place. However, outlawing these devices will also likely do little good. Criminals and others intent on doing evil are most likely to use such devices, and they don’t care about the law. Make the devices illegal and those intent on doing evil will buy them illegally or find a way to make them. That is the reality we face.

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The World's Rejection Of Christians

Bill Muehlenberg | BARBWIRE

One of the clearest teachings found in the New Testament is this: if you throw your lot in with Jesus Christ, commit to being his follower, and decide to proclaim him wherever you go, you will be hated on. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about this one – the disciple of Christ will be rejected by the world.

You cannot read the gospel accounts, the book of Acts, the epistles, or Revelation without repeatedly noting how often Christ-followers are persecuted, attacked, abused and hated – all because of their association with Christ. And of course 2000 years of church history also demonstrates this conclusively.

But none of this should be surprising. As Jesus said, the servant is not above his master. So what the world did to Jesus is exactly what the world will do to Christians. And guess what? The world hated Jesus. The world rejected Jesus. The world crucified Jesus.

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Living in a Land of Lies: How Progressivism Impacts Society

Collectivism and Progressive Counterparts

 by Dan Wolf

This article examines our governance, specifically its guiding principles. This article is not party specific. It doesn’t matter whether you have a ‘D’, ‘I’, or ‘R’ after your name. One’s ideology and derived principles are what matter, and today’s ideological buzz word is ‘progressive.’ People holding progressive ideas exist in both major parties, and are outlined below. Later, we’ll review portions of the 2016 Democratic Party Platform for its underlying principles, not picking on that particular party—but today’s Democratic party is largely controlled by communists and socialists. Their platform provides all the evidence needed to see where they actually stand, regardless of what they say.

Collective Principles

You see, with progressive ideology the truth is relative. The ends are all that matter, and are to be achieved at any and all cost. Equality is also subjective. All are not equal, but rather some are more equal than others. Elitism is the norm, and this elitism undermines morality as man turns toward himself. He becomes arrogant in his thoughts, values, and actions. Man turns from his purpose of self-sacrifice to self-interest. He corrupts himself. This is evident by progressivism’s fruit, which include the division, envy, and hate we see all too much today.

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The Blessed Hope or the Blasted Hope? The Attack on Bible Prophecy

Blessed HopeJan Markell | Olive Tree Ministries

 Even folks who generally don't notice our times are paying attention right now. The birth pangs are intensifying with tragic consequences and loss of life. The earth is reeling. 

A parade of potentates has addressed the United Nations this week trying to manage earth's problems. The head of the European Union wants to have a single E.U. leader so that body can "make the world great again."

Russia is on the move. North Korea is making astounding threats. Iran's intentions are a menace to the entire globe. Israel is striking in Syria. 

The area around Yellowstone is rumbling. Days of Noah behavior is stunning with the aberrant actions being celebrated. There is a seduction in the storm resulting in end-time deception running amok and false teachings and teachers being glorified. Sound doctrine is scarce.

Life as we know it has changed. We are not in Kansas anymore. All of this, and more to come, was predicted for a last generation.

Anyone who follows this ministry -- its radio program, website, conference activity, and more -- knows that I have a specific burden. Churches have dropped the greatest news there is today -- the King is coming. And there is a crown for all of those who long for His appearing (II Timothy 4:8). 

This past summer I put all of these thoughts into a new DVD: "How the Blessed Hope Became the Blasted Hope: The Attack on Bible Prophecy."  It grieves me that the topic is marginalized and mocked but even that fulfills Scripture (II Peter 3:3).

Who is responsible for this? Consider these issues which represent just a portion of the one-hour presentation:

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Americans Need to Heed the Following

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Greene Hollowell

  1. Jesus is the only way to God. It is a life and death matter for eternity. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me”. This means the people that do not recognize Jesus and have salvation through Him are lost- Jews, atheists, foreign religions and Mormons. Catholics need to know –it is not by works of righteousness, but only by the grace of God. “Salvation is not a reward for the good we have done, so none of us can take any credit for it. Then what can we boast about doing to earn our salvation? Nothing at all. Why? Because our acquittal is not based on our good deeds: it is based on what Christ has done and our faith in Him”.
  2. Abortion is the murder of a human being. It is Americas’ Holocaust. The blood of millions of babies must be calling out to God. The sad fact is the majority of our citizens support this killing and it has weakened our opposition for euthanasia, suicide and yes, infanticide. Mothers deciding to kill their own baby before birth---unbelievable!  
  3. God owns our bodies and is involved in our lives. The BIBLE tells us “Your own body does not belong to you. For God has brought you with a great price. So use every part of your body to give glory back to God, because He owns it”. This means we need to avoid sexual promiscuity and perversions. We cannot abuse our bodies with drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and our minds with obscenities and vulgarities. Scripture says “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs,…..Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or course joking, which is out of place….”.
  4. Belief in the authority and accuracy of the HOLY BIBLE is at an all time low. Many doubt the Creation account, the six 24 hour days and the early creation (6,000 years ago), believing in the evolutionary billions of year’s time frame and doubting the long years of early man’s life span and the universal Flood. Evolution is the atheistic attempt of man to avoid and reject God and His account of Creation. The evolutionist has concocted an unbelievable account of our origins. With no satisfactory explanation of any beginning nor how the life of an animal evolved into a human with a soul, the theory remains laughable. However we shouldn’t laugh too loud because most scientist and PhD’s believe this science fiction is really a law, like the law of gravity. “Yes, they know there is a God, but they wouldn’t worship Him as God or even give Him thanks.” Christians can’t choose what part of the Bible to believe or not believe. And why should they accept an unbelievable idea developed by atheists concerning our origins? We Christians need to head the scripture- “Don’t let anyone lead you astray with empty philosophy and high sounding nonsense that comes from human thinking…”Greene Hollowell 

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