Islam: What The Clerics Say (Part 1)

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Islam: What The Clerics Say (Part 1)

Dr. Pierre Coovert

For the next few weeks we are going to be looking at what the Muslim clerics and universities say is the true nature of Islam. This is based on my book “Islam: What The Clerics Say.” It is my hope that this information will help you understand the problems we face on this subject. I want us all to become part of the solution instead of the problem. I want to influence our political leaders to do what is right to protect our freedoms and our lives.

Political Naiveté

In this article, and those following, I want to discuss what the Islamic clerics and teachers say is the true Islam. Before I do, it is necessary that I first deal with the attitudes of our leaders and the press toward the nature of Islam. Until I do, you will not be able to grasp the real importance of the issues involved. First we need to know why we have the problems we are facing. We need to know where we went wrong.

We need to know a little of Islam’s history so we can see that its violent nature is not a new thing; it has been there from the very beginning. Islam has always been propagated by deceit and the sword, at least after its first 12 years or so in Mecca. Without the sword, Islam would not exist today.
I also want us to know what those who went before us knew and thought about Islam. When we know this, we will ask what happened, and how did we forget all of this.

Bear with me for the first couple of articles, then we will start looking at what the clerics say about Islam. We will learn that the peaceful Muslims are only peaceful because they have turned their backs on true Islam. They need to know that when the true believers come to power, they will be the first to die if they don’t return to the true teachings of the Qur’an and of Muhammad.

Political Correctness

Political correctness is defined as conforming to a particular socio-political ideology or point of view, especially to a liberal point of view concerned with promoting tolerance and avoiding offense in matters of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation. Its whole purpose is to intimidate those who oppose the liberal agenda.

Other Names

I believe there are better names for this foolish way of thinking. Here are some other names I would use, and why I would use them:

Political Naiveté – This is the term I would use for those who have not thought the issues through. This mostly consists of those who are not in positions where they have to worry about the consequences of their thoughts and actions. Naiveté means the quality or state of being naive; natural or artless simplicity. Naive means having or showing a lack of experience, judgment, or information; being credulous. This naiveté comes from not knowing enough about the subject to render proper judgment. In the case at hand, it means listening to the proponents of Islam and to those who don’t want the truth to be known, then drawing conclusions as to how to deal with the terrorists based with this lack of understanding of the true nature of Islam.

Political Recklessness – Recklessness is being utterly unconcerned about the consequences of some action; without caution; careless. Political Recklessness endangers the citizens of the land. An example of political recklessness is the efforts to bring refugees in to America from countries that are rife with Islamic terrorists, and which cannot give us the necessary information to ensure that they are not coming here to do us harm. The consequences of doing this will be the death of innocent people. Too many of our political leaders, especially on the left, are willing to risk the lives of Americans because of their political recklessness (political correctness). All they are concerned with is another vote in the ballot box for their liberal causes.

Political Irresponsibility – This term would fit those who are responsible for the safety of our citizens, yet are more concerned with their personal political gain than they are in fulfilling their responsibilities as leaders. It may be because they are naive, or because they are more concerned with not offending a possible voter, but they are totally irresponsible. They swore an oath to defend our Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. In spite of this, they let their desire to have another voter, or their fear of being called bigoted, keep them from doing what is right. This attitude puts the lives of Americans at risk.

The Results Of This Attitude

America was founded upon Biblical precepts. This does not mean that all of our founding fathers were true Christians, but it does mean that they held to the precepts of the Bible and believed that they were necessary for us to have a free nation.

In a future article I will be looking at what our founders and others knew and thought about Islam when this nation was founded. This knowledge was preserved until sometime around the middle of the twentieth century. For now, I would like to talk about the responsibility of leaders to know and communicate the truth to citizens.

I don’t know how many times I have heard someone on the news say that government’s primary responsibility is the safety of the citizens. I believe this is a true statement, but the whole idea of political correctness flies in its face. Rather than offend an illegal alien or a Muslim, most politicians would rather be politically correct, even if it means our citizens will suffer or die.

Let me give you an example of political naiveté. After a recent terrorist attack on London Bridge, the British Prime Minister, Teresa May, said concerning defeating Islamic terrorism:

It will only be defeated when we turn people’s minds away from the violence, and make them understand that our values, British values, are superior to anything offered by the preachers and supporters of hate.

It is naive to think that you can show Muslims that the British values are superior to what Islam offers when you see the acceptance of all kinds of debauchery. Muslims believe that women are to be pure until they marry and then are to be faithful to their husbands. Most in the West, including Britain, believe that sex outside marriage and divorce for the least reason are perfectly proper.

Muslims believe that women should not dress in a way that causes men to lust after them. Western values say that women can uncover as much of themselves as they desire, and that there will not be, nor should there be, any consequences for doing so.

Western values accept rebellion against God as a normal way of life. Muslims insist upon faithfulness to their god, Allah.

I know that the Muslim view of these things is quite distorted from what it should be, but how does a culture that has no moral anchor convince one that does, even if it is a distorted morality, that it is superior? It cannot be done.

Political Correctness and Freedom

Political correctness will destroy freedom. It removes all virtue because it teaches that we cannot say one way is better than another. We cannot say that heterosexuality is better than homosexuality. We cannot say that Christianity is better than Islam. I could go on, but you get the point.
Here are what our founding fathers said about the idea of freedom and virtue:

Benjamin Franklin, April 17, 1787

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.

Franklin is telling us that there must be some standard of virtue or there must be masters to control the people’s passions. We would not need laws against murder and rape if the people were all virtuous.

Samuel Adams, February12, 1779

While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.

If we would enjoy this gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people.

If we want to enjoy the freedoms God has given us in this country, we must be a virtuous people. Something must control our passions so we don’t walk on others.

Noah Webster, 1843

The virtue which is necessary to preserve a just administration and render a government stable, is Christian virtue, which consists in the uniform practice of moral and religious duties, in conformity with the laws both of God and men.

There is only one kind of virtue that can control the passions of men, and this is the virtue based upon the precepts found in the Bible. Islam teaches that it is right to kill dissenters, to lie to unbelievers for the advancement of Islam, to enslave others, etc. This is not virtue, and cannot secure freedom.

There can be no freedom when political correctness reigns. Political correctness is political naiveté, recklessness, and irresponsibility. If our freedoms are going to continue, and if those we have lost are going to be restored, we are going to have to get rid of political correctness.

Islam’s Murderous History

When we talk about the greatest killers in the world, we think of men like Hitler, Tojo, Stalin, or Mao. The truth is, Islam has killed more than any of these, probably more than all of them together, and they did it with more cruelty.

This so called “religion of peace” is the greatest killing machine in the history of the world, bar none. The absolute cruelty toward those who don’t believe as they do is difficult to comprehend.

One of the bloodiest conquests in history is the Islamic conquest of India. Conservative estimates state that more than 80 million Indians were killed in this war. It is no wonder Hitler admired Islam as a fighting religion. Here is what he said about Islam:

You see, it’s been our misfortune to have the wrong religion. Why didn’t we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good? The Mohammedan religion [Islam] too would have been more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness?
Source: Inside the Third Reich: Memoirs

It is believed that a minimum of 28 Million Africans were enslaved in the Muslim Middle East. We know that about 80% of those captured by Muslim slave traders died on the way to the slave market. This means that over the 1400 years of Muslim slave trade, the death toll could have been as high as 112 million. If we consider everything the Muslims did to Africans, there were probably more than 140 million victims of Islamic brutality.

If you take those killed in India and Africa alone, it comes to more than all of the despots of the twentieth century. If we add those who were killed in the conquest of the Middle East and Europe, the number probably exceeds 250 million. Don’t you like this kind of peaceful religion?
To add to the brutality of Islam, many of those taken as slaves were sexual slaves. The children who were born of these sex-slaves were mixed race and were often killed. The men who were captured were often castrated.

In the seventh century North Africa was almost totally Christian. A hundred years after the conquest of Jerusalem by the Muslims, about 750 AD, about fifty percent of the world’s Christians found themselves under Muslim control. Today there is almost no Christian influence in Northwest Africa. There are no Christian communities who can trace their history back to the seventh century. The Christians of this region were either forcibly converted to Islam or killed.

America’s first war on foreign soil was against the Barbary Pirates. From the middle of the sixteenth century until the beginning of the nineteenth century there were as many as 1,250,000 Europeans and Americans taken captive and enslaved by these Muslim pirates. A very large portion of the treasury of the United states was being paid to these pirates as ransom for American citizens. It was bankrupting our nation. President Thomas Jefferson formed the Marine Corps to fight these pirates. We defeated them and put an end to their attacking our ships.

We can’t forget the 1.5 million Armenian Christians killed by the Turks during WWI. Large numbers of Christian boys were kidnapped to become Islamic Janissary mercenaries for the Turks. These boys were forced to convert to Islam. This elite corps was famous for its internal cohesion which was due to strict discipline and order. There were definite benefits for those in this group of mercenaries. They were paid regular salaries, unlike ordinary slaves, but they were forbidden to marry or engage in trade. Their complete loyalty to the Sultan was expected.

We have been taught that the Dark Ages were caused by the Goths. They were not. They eventually assimilated and became Christians, at least in name. It was the Muslims who destroyed classical civilization. They turned the Mediterranean into a battle ground and closed the trade routes that were so necessary to the survival of the cities of the West. Just look at what ISIS is doing today when they capture a city. They destroy libraries and historical artifacts with real abandon. Don’t think this is something new. Look at the Muslim culture in predominantly Muslim countries and you will see that their people live in poverty and ignorance.

We see the same horrors in the conquest of the Buddhists of Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The only thing that kept the Philippines from becoming completely Muslim was the arrival of the Spanish. The Muslims were only successful in taking the southern tip.

When we add up the numbers there have been more than 250,000,000 killed by Muslims in their 1,400-year history. It is obvious that Islam is the greatest murder machine in history bar none. Possibly one-third to one-half or more of all those killed by war or slavery in history can be traced to Islam. It has not slowed down in our day.

Killing is not the only atrocity of Islam. There are over 125 million women today who have been genitally mutilated for Islamic honor’s sake. The apologists try to tell us this practice is not Islamic, but it is almost totally confined to Islamic areas. It is far more tied to religion than many Western academics and activists are willing to admit. Female Genital Mutilation is common wherever Islam is found.

A major difference between the 20th-century totalitarians who killed thousands and even millions, and the Islamic killing machine is this: Islam is not based upon one man destroying his enemies. It is built into the religion. It does not die with its founder; rather, it has endured essentially unchanged for some 1,400 years. Islam has killed and tortured far more than any other religion or secular system. The polygamy of Islam, and their obsession with sexual activity, has caused Islam to grow by procreation.

Islam is like a cancer. When it first plants itself somewhere, it seems totally inoffensive. It started in Mecca as just another of the already 360 religions of the city. When it tried to become the dominant religion, it was forced to leave the city. It moved to Medina and started as a peaceful religion, but when Muhammad was not accepted as a prophet by the Jewish tribes, he turned to the sword.

The terrorism we see today is nothing but a smoke screen. It is to misdirect our attention from what is really going on. Muslims are moving into Western countries and refusing to assimilate into their cultures. When they grow to a point of being politically viable they start demanding concessions. It starts with little things like having special meals for Muslim children in our schools. Then they want special prayer rooms, which would never be allowed for Christians. It grows from there until they get Sharia Law Courts, like what has happened in Great Britain. It will not stop until they take over the country and make Islam the only acceptable religion in the land.

Let me conclude this section by saying that all the killings I have mentioned do not count the killing between Muslims of different sects. Thousands of Muslims have been killed in Algeria because they were not fundamental enough. It does not include the hundreds of thousands that have been killed in the name of Islam since the start of our so-called “war on terror.”

Islam is truly the greatest killing machine of all history. The only way to stop it is to destroy any faith in the Islamic scriptures and in the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad. We must show that this religion is based on demonic revelations given to a wicked narcissist who was bent on building an empire, not a religion. The purpose of the religion was only to control the people and get them to do what he wanted done. We must show that Muhammad and his “revelations” and actions taught his followers to do exactly what groups like ISIS are doing today.

Next week we will look at quotes from the past. We will see that Islam was fully understood by political leaders and historians until sometime in the middle of the twentieth century.

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Is America Too Big To Fail?

Is America Too Big To Fail?

Tom Wallace

Some think that America is too big to fail. It is something like what the builders of the Titanic said when it sailed on its maiden voyage. They said, “God Himself could not sink this ship.” Well, all it took was one iceberg to sink her, and I believe God is much bigger than an iceberg. Just as the pride of the builders of the Titanic led them to believe they were more powerful than God, those who think America cannot fail have let their pride fool them into thinking they are smarter and more powerful than the Creator of the universe.

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18)

Although some try to force some scriptures into meaning America, there is really no mention of a nation like America in the prophecies concerning the last days. How could there be a nation that stands strong for freedom if an evil dictator is going to take over the world?

Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. (1 Corinthians 10:6-12)

In this passage we have a list of things that we, as Christians, are not to do. God destroyed 23,000 people for committing this kind of sin. The teachings things found in the Old Testament were written to be ensamples for us. You will notice that they are written as an admonition for those of us who will be living in the last days.

The theme of this whole message is found in the last sentence of this passage: “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” This statement follows a description of what happens to those who think they can live a wicked, sinful lifestyle and get away with it. They think that God will just wink at their sin and not punish them for it. After all, isn’t God a God of love?

Our text tells us that when people rebel against the precepts of God, when they live wicked lifestyles, there will be consequences. God’s judgment will come just as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow morning.

Have you ever said or thought; “Well, God hasn’t hit me yet with a lightning bolt.” It must be OK that I continue on with this activity because God has not shot me down…yet. Don’t take God’s patience and longsuffering as His permission to continue in your sin.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (Galatians 6:7)

In 2008 our economy was in trouble. I came off the mission field in that same year. Remember, banks were out of money. We had spent more money than we had to spend. Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke defined the term in 2008: “A too-big-to-fail.” He said that there were some institutions that were too big to let them fail. Our auto industry was in trouble, our insurance industry was in trouble, and as I have already said, our banking industry was in trouble. A bail-out was suggested by the government. This shows the intelligence of bureaucracies. We were in trouble for overspending, and their solution was more spending.

The Feds bailed out major corporations:

  • AIG (American Intl Group)

 

N.Y.

  • General Motors

 

Mich.

  • Bank of America

 

N.C.

  • Citigroup

 

N.Y.



All of this happened because we thought they were too big to fail. The result of their failure would be disastrous. The economy would fail, jobs would be lost, and so on.

The question I have for today is, Is America too big to fail? Is it possible that we could fail? We think, in theory, I suppose it is possible for America to fail, but we live like it could not. Have you ever thought about what would happen if America did fail?

I want to tell you, America is not too big to fail!

We live like, because we are America, we can live any way we want, and God would have to bless us even though He is not happy with us. Why? Because we are America.

Most of my growing up was as an American outside of America. I see America more like foreigners see her. Let me share with you how they see us. They think we are the most arrogant people on the face of the earth. The truth is, we give them reason to think that way about us.

I want you to know that I am proud of our country. It is not my goal to bash America. As Americans, we need to see some things we have never thought of. Let me give you an example of how we show our pride and arrogance in ways we don’t even realize.

Are you a baseball fan? The biggest event in baseball is the World Series, is it not? Let me ask you, who plays in the WORLD Series? What do you think you communicate to the world when only American teams play in this series, and we call it the WORLD Series? You are telling the rest of the world that you think America is the world. I have actually seen Americans overseas act like they thought the people of the country where they were should be thankful that they got to touch an American.

Growing up in England, I had an English accent. A mate (friend) of mine and I were in an elevator in London with some other Brits, and some Yanks got on. They were talking like Americans do, and when they got off the Brits said things like, stupid Yanks. We talk like we are the masters of the world.

Do we have much to be thankful for? Are we not a blessed nation? We certainly are. Not only that, but the world is blessed by us. It was our fight for freedom here and abroad that brought freedom to much of the world. No nation gives to help those in need in other countries like America does when disaster strikes. However, don’t think we can do whatever we want and get away with it. God will bring judgment if we continue to sin against Him. We sing God Bless America, when we should be singing God Have Mercy on America.

Past Empires

Great empires have come and gone. Our existence as a great nation could slip away like the Babylonian Kingdom, like the Greek Empire, and like great Rome.

Colonel Laurence Wilkerson, the former Chief of Staff for Colin Powell, gave a speech entitled “America is exhibiting all of the signs of a failing empire.” He listed some of the signs we are exhibiting.

  • Destroying upward mobility

  • Staggering Debt

  • Debasing our currency

  • Military overspending

  • Runaway corruption

  • Apathy and greed

I think the last one is the most important.

Great Britain

I spent 29 years of my life in Great Britain and I am very familiar with its history. At the turn of the 20th century it had reached its pinnacle of greatness. We were coming to the end of the Victorian Period. Great Britain controlled a great part of the world at that time. The saying was, the sun never sets on the British Empire. The industrial revolution began in Britain. The empire’s wealth and influence were great throughout the world.

Great Britain was very proud, and I think some of our arrogance as Americans comes to us from our mother land. They reached a point where they thought they could do whatever they wanted and God would still bless them.

Great Britain is no longer great. We saw the beginning of the fall at the end of the Victorian Period. They were proud of the things they had accomplished. They launched what they thought was the greatest vessel to ever sail the seas. The Titanic sailed for its first and last time on April 14, 1912. One of its employees said, “Not even God himself can sink this vessel.” It was designed to be unsinkable. I would like to have seen the face of God when that was said.

There have been many times in history where Mankind has thought it was as great, or greater than God. Remember, the god of this world is Satan, and he thought he could be like the most high God. Lost sinners have Satan as their father, and they follow his example. Each time man thinks he is greater than God, God has humbled him.

In 1918 some interesting things happened. This was the end of WWI, the League of Nations was formed, and the British were given a mandate and control of all the Middle East in 1920. They were given the mandate to draw up maps, divide up the land, and set up governments in this region of the world. I think they had good intentions and started out well. When they drew up their maps, they created a land called Palestine. No such land had ever existed before this time. The name is used in the Bible twice, but it refers to the Philistines. It was not talking about the area we call Palestine today. They started calling those Arabs who lived in Israel Palestinians.

When they drew up their maps they gave 95% of the land to the Arabs, and 5% of the land to Israel for a future state. At first the Arabs said, who are these Palestinians, we don’t know who they are. They finally came around to using the name when they found that it was politically useful to do so in their fight to destroy Israel.

The Arabs were upset because any land was going to be given to Israel. As a result, Britain did not stand with God, and gave Arabs 80% of the 5%. This small percentage is the little land we know as Israel today.

After WWII, the Jews started fleeing the lands where they were persecuted and trying to go to Israel. The British set up flotillas to stop them from going to the land that had been given to them. One of the ships trying to get the Jews to their homeland was the SS Exodus. The British sent the ship to France, and France would not let them disembark. They sent them to the same detention camps they had been freed from in Germany. There were more than 40,000 Jews who died during this time because of the actions of the British.

Here is what happened to the British Empire when they disobeyed God. In 1912, the Irish started battling for their freedom. In 1919 there were uprisings in India. In 1922 they lost control of Egypt. In 1926 Britain was forced to sign the Balfour Declaration where they lost control of Australia, Canada, Newfoundland, New Zealand, and South Africa. In WWII, England was almost invaded and occupied by Nazi Germany. After WWII, Britain was bankrupt, and guess who bankrolled them. It was America. In 1947 Britain lost full control of India. In 1951 they lost control of Libya. In 1956 they lost control of the Suez Canal and Sudan.

When Britain disobeyed God, she lost all her greatness. In a last attempt to recover some of her greatness Britain has pulled out of the European Union. She had lost control of her sovereignty and her borders. She has been overrun by Muslims. It all may be too little too late.

The point I want to make is, there are consequences when we disobey God. America has become a sinful wicked nation, have we not? There are many sins we could look and, but for time’s sake I will limit myself.

Look at the killing of the unborn. Since 1973 and the passing of Roe V Wade, we have killed 60.3 million unborn babies, mostly because they were simply an inconvenience to the mother. This is equal to wiping out the entire population of 23 of our states. That is a lot of children being killed.

While we are killing our unborn and having fewer children, guess what Muslims are doing? They are multiplying by having large families.

Sow Unrighteousness – Reap Unrighteousness!

Let me draw your attention to the following verse:

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (Galatians 6:7)

In America we are experiencing the results of what we have sown over the last half century. We have sown unrighteousness, and we are reaping unrighteousness. As long as we continue sowing it, it is what we will continue to reap.

I have good news for you, and it is found in the following verse:

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. (Psalms 34:18)

I have painted a gloomy picture, but there is hope. Our problem is our pride and arrogance. What is our solution? We need to humble ourselves before a holy God.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

If we want to see our nation turned around, we, as Christians, must humble ourselves before God, confess and turn from our national and personal sin. How can we expect our nation to get right with God when we are not right with God?

I am calling on America to confess our guilt before a holy, righteous God. Before we can pray for our country, we must first pray for our own need, and repent of our personal sin.

God will not be mocked; we will reap what we sow. If we want our nation blessed again, we must start sowing righteousness today. It takes time for that which is sown to produce fruit. The sooner we start, the sooner we will see results.

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God Is Not A Benevolent Candy Man

God Is Not A Benevolent Candy Man

Tom Wallace

Preaching Only God’s Love Makes Him A Benevolent Candy Man

Today there is a tendency to only preach positive messages and fill them with the love of God. It is true that the love of God is a biblical principle.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

There are many other passages that teach God’s love. The love of God is seen throughout the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. The sad thing is, there are many preachers who will preach nothing but the love of God. There is a lot more to the Bible than God’s love. The Bible says God is love twice, and they are both in the same chapter. It speaks of the “love of God” 13 times. It says God is holy more than 95 times. I have not counted how many times the Bible speaks of God’s righteousness, justice, and wrath, but I can assure you that it is more than it speaks of His love. If God puts the emphasis on His holiness, righteousness, and justice, don’t you think we should do the same?

There is little preaching in our churches on the judgment of God today. If you read your Bible you will see that the judgment of God is spoken of more than the love of God. God or Lord and judgment are found in the same verse at least 237 times. Preachers fear that if we preach the judgment of God we will drive people away. The truth is, if we don’t tell people they will face God’s judgment one day we are doing them a great disservice. How else will they understand the danger they are in?

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (Hebrews 9:27)

In our modern society, love only does that which is pleasant to its object. If we love someone, it is thought, we will never do anything that is unpleasant to them. This is why preaching only the love of God presents God as some kind of a benevolent cosmic candy man. It implies that we can do whatever we want because God loves us and will forgive us.

Our Christian colleges are teaching our young preachers that we are not to be offensive in our preaching. It is true, we should not preach to be deliberately offensive, but we must understand that if we preach the truth, it will offend those who are in error. Those who don’t want to be told what is right or wrong will be offended by preaching that God’s way is always the right way. Passages like the following offend sinners:

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)

Professors in our Bible colleges are teaching things like “do you want to work hard, or do you want to work smart?” No one says sign me up for the hard road, I don’t want any shortcuts. Impressionable young preacher boys want to work smart so they listen to what they are taught. People like Rick Warren, Bill Hybles, and so on, are lifted up as those who have found the secret to success in the ministry.

I know good preachers, who in their personal lives would never compromise the principles of God, yet apologize every time they think something might be offensive to some of their listeners. When the precepts of the Scriptures offend the listeners, let them offend. It is only when they offend that they will achieve their purpose.

Young preachers are being taught that we must take the offense out of the Gospel. The truth is, preaching of the Gospel is the preaching of offense.

As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. (Romans 9:33)

You can’t preach the Gospel without offending sinners because the cornerstone of the Gospel is Jesus Christ and He is a rock of offense.

Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. (1 Peter 2:7-8)

Jesus is precious to those who are saved, but to those who are disobedient He is a stumblingstone. Look at the attitudes of many in our nation today and you will see that they only like a Jesus who will not condemn their sin. They like to hear that He is love because the modern idea of love teaches we can do what we want and there will be no consequences.

This next passage gives us a look at true love.

Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. (Hebrews 12:4-8)

God corrects those He loves by chastening and scourging them. These are strong words. Chastise means “to correct by punishing, to punish, to inflict pain by stripes, or in other manner, for the purpose of punishing an offender and recalling him to his duty.” (Websters 1828 Dictionary). Scourge means “To whip severely; to lash” (Websters 1828 Dictionary). Those who are not corrected of God are not His children.

Let me remind you what the Bible says about the fear of the Lord. The Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7). It is also the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10 and Psalm 111:10). The fear of the Lord will cause those who have it to seek to know God. It will cause them to use what they know correctly (wisdom) to please Him and avoid punishment.

We are being taught that if we can sell Jesus like soap we will build big churches. Let that sink in a little. The truth is, the crowds will come when you make Jesus fun and present a gospel of success. If you do this, you will have “Christians” who will only follow the Lord when it is fun to do so. When the persecution comes, and it will come, they will fall by the wayside.

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (2 Timothy 3:12)

Those who use fear and judgment in evangelism are ostracized by the majority of so-called “Christians” today. They try to tell us that using fear in evangelism doesn’t work. They say it will only work as long as the fear lasts. A godly fear of God will last because it views God as He really is, a God of holiness, righteousness, and judgment.

I must tell you that I got saved because I was afraid I was going to go to Hell for my sins. Fear evangelism worked for me. When someone showed me from the Bible that I was a wretched sinner and I deserved Hell, I was glad to hear the message of Jesus and the cross. I was glad to hear how He took my penalty and the judgment I deserved on the cross so I wouldn’t have to. It was fear evangelism that got me saved, and I dare say that if you are truly saved, you got saved because of your fear of going to Hell.

What is the alternative to fear evangelism? If you don’t use fear, what are you going to give people? Fun evangelism? I can assure you that fun evangelism will only last as long as the fun lasts.

You won’t see many billboards saying repent, judgment is coming. They don’t say that you are wretched and will perish. Listen to what the psalmist said:

God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. (Psalms 7:11-12)

Don’t you think that loving someone includes warning him of the danger he faces? Is it love to keep God’s judgment and wrath from those who are in danger of perishing?

Most billboards say “God is love” or “Jesus loves you.” Keeping the message positive creates confusion. The lost man who sees these messages knows that he is in wretched sin, and his conscience bears witness to him, yet he can justify himself because God loves him.

People don’t understand they must humble themselves before God, confess their sinful condition, and repent before God can save them. His holiness demands His judgment.

The message today is, don’t be negative, don’t be divisive, don’t ruffle people’s feathers, preach love, preach joy, preach peace, preach the path to happiness and success, and you will build a big church. Just look at the kind of churches this kind of preaching is building.

It has reached a point where if you do preach the life changing message of judgment and the fear of God you are considered unchristian. You will be called a hate monger and a fear monger.

The love of God is seen in the fact that He sent His only begotten Son to die a horrible death and pay our sin debt so we could be forgiven and redeemed back to God. The love of God is that He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. The message of the love of God tells us that we must change, we can’t continue as we are. The gate that leads to life is a narrow gate. You can’t come through it with your baggage of sin and self-righteousness. You must humble yourself and turn to God (repent) for mercy.

The love of God corrects His children when they error.

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. (Hebrews 12:6)

God disciplines those he loves just like a good earthy father does his children. Unrighteousness is harmful, and God spanks His children so they will live healthy, righteous lives. When a child reaches for a sharp knife a good parent will smack the back of his hand and say don’t touch that, it is dangerous.

Love sometimes has restrictions. When a teenager wants to come in any time of night, and to live however he wants, a loving parent will discipline and correct him. He does this so the teenager does not ruin his life and throw it away.

A prophet shows his love by speaking the hard things. It won’t make him popular, but he does it out of love. The reason I say the hard things is because I love America and I don’t want to see it destroyed. I love mankind and I don’t want to see anyone go to Hell so I speak the hard things and warn them of judgment.

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. (Galatians 6:1)

We need to speak up when we see someone in error. This is something a spiritual person does.

John the Baptist preached repentance. In Matthew 11 Jesus asked:

And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. (Matthew 11:7-10)

John was not blown about with every wind of Doctrine. He did not wear soft clothing. He was a prophet and spoke the hard things to prepare the way for Christ.

God has said that the wicked will surly die, and if we don’t give them warning and tell them to turn from their wickedness, God says their blood will be required at our hands. I fear God too much too make that mistake.

When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. (Ezekiel 33:8-9)

When we teach and preach only the love of God, when we preach only a positive message, we are teaching that God is some kind of a heavenly candy man who would not exercise judgment on anyone because He is a God of love. The Bible says that God will not clear those who are guilty.

Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. (Exodus 34:7)

The penalty for sin must be paid. It was paid on the cross by the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, but it only becomes effective to those who come to God with a repentant heart, seeking His mercy.

God is not some benevolent candy man who will not judge! He is a righteous, just, and holy God who must judge! We must preach the whole counsel of God, including the hard parts. There is no other way to bring people to Christ where they will receive life-changing salvation.

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Gog, Magog, And The End-Time Coalition Of Nations

Gog, Magog, And The End-Time Coalition Of Nations

Tom Wallace

Since this article has to do with prophecy, those who read it must understand that prophecies in the Bible are often written in a way which makes them very foggy when looking forward, but very clear when looking back on the events after they happen. The differences of opinion on issues concerning who are the nations in the last day battles, especially when talking about Gog and Magog, is not something new. In 1706 Matthew Henry acknowledge the difference of opinion between scholars and believers as to the location of God and Magog:

“Some think they find them [Gog and Magog] afar off, in Scythia, Tartary, and Russia. Others think they find them nearer the land of Israel, in Syria, and Asia the Less [Turkey].”

I would suppose that if this was true in 1706, it didn’t just pop up in that year, but that the differences had been there for some time.

My point is, if you don’t agree with what is in this article, don’t get angry and turn us off. I realize that the idea that Magog is Russia is a well established belief in present day prophecy circles. The purpose of this article is to challenge those who read it to study and see if there could be another scenario that fits just as well, or even better, with what we find in the Scriptures on this subject.

Ezekiel Chapters 38 and 39 reveal what is often referred to as the battle of Gog and Magog. It is one of the most well known of the end time battles. Many Bible Prophecy teachers say that it refers to a Russian-led invasion of Israel. The common teaching is that Gog is the leader of the land of Magog, and this land is in Russia.

M ost Bible atlases place Magog in what is now Turkey. The map on this page is just one example of this. I could give others showing roughly the same locations for these places. As you can see, they don’t place Magog in Russia, the place it in modern day Turkey.

Where does the idea that Magog is in Russia come from? It comes from the idea that Magog and Scythians are the same people, and the Scythians lived in Russia. The assumption is that this must mean that Russia will invade Israel in this battle.

Ezekiel is talking about Magog at the time of the writing of this prophecy. The Scythians were a nomadic, migratory people, and at that time Magog was a land in modern day Turkey as shown in the map above. In later days the Scythians lived in the regions north of the Black Sea, primarily in the area that is now Ukraine. To properly understand the prophecy, we must recognize the nomadic characteristic of the Scythians, and where they were in the days of Ezekiel.

The reason the Hebrew word “rosh” is thought to be Russia comes from a dispute of the translation of the Hebrew word “rosh” in Ezekiel 38:2.

Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, (Ezekiel 38:2)

The phrase “the chief prince” is where we find the dispute. Some Hebrew scholars say it should be translated prince of Rosh. The Hebrew word “rosh” is found 598 times in Scripture. The King James Bible translates it in this passage as the chief prince of Meshech. Other translations translate it as the Prince of Rosh.

Of the 598 times rosh is found in the Scriptures it is translated company or companies 12 times, and in every other case it is translated to mean something similar to chief or head. The reason I mentioned companies is, these are the only places where the translation of this word refers to a group of people. I must point out the these companies are not nations, they are divisions in armies, just like today.

Not only that, but nowhere in Scripture to we find a nation called Rosh. In light of these to facts it is reasonable to believe that the translators of the King James Bible got it right when they translated it as chief prince.

Magog, Meshech, and Tubal are people groups. They are related to one another as brothers and cousins. They were the first families to move out and resettle the world after the flood. They all settled together in today’s Turkey. These people groups, at the time of Ezekiel’s prophecy were still located in Turkey

TURKISH LEADERS CALLS FOR ISLAMIC NATIONS TO UNITE AGAINST ISRAEL

The leader of Turkey today is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. He became Prime Minister of Turkey in 2003. He is a devout Muslim and is moving Turkey toward becoming and Islamic state. He has strong animosity toward Israel. He is also a man with a violent temper. He has been outspoken in his public discourse about his hatred toward Israel.

Today, Turkey’s leaders are urging all Islamic nations to unite against Israel over the killing of more than 60 violent Palestinian protesters in Gaza. Turkey’s President, Erdogan, called for a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to discuss the matter. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, “The Islamic world should move as one, with one voice, against this massacre” (“Turkish PM Calls,” National Review, May 16, 2018). Yildirim also said that the United States is “a party to this crime against humanity.” In a speech broadcast on Turkish state television, Erdogan irrationally called Israel’s self-defensive action “genocide.”

If it weren’t for God’s protecting hand, Israel would long ago have been wiped from the face of the earth, but Israel is God’s nation and He has chastened her for 2,000 years in His sovereign will and will yet convert her as He has so solemnly promised.

Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever (Jeremiah 31:35-36).

This is a little off subject, but you will notice that it is considered a crime against humanity when someone defends themselves against Islam, but it is not a crime for Islam to try and eradicate a whole people group, the Jews. It is beyond me now so many people can’t see that Israel is just defending itself from the attacks of Islam.

The End-time Coalition of Nations

The Bible is clear that there will be an end-time coalition of nations against Israel. The goal of this coalition will be to wipe Israel and the Jewish people off the face of the earth. They will almost succeed, but at the last minute God will intervene and Israel will be saved. I believe the Bible teaches that this physical salvation will result in Israel’s spiritual salvation. They will turn to Jesus Christ, who gave them the victory over their physical enemies, and receive Him as their spiritual Saviour.

For the last seventy years, Islam has been stirred to violence because of the creation of Israel as a nation. The restoration of Israel in the last days is clearly described in Scripture. (See also Deuteronomy 30:1-3, Isaiah 14;1-2, 49:22-24, 56:8, Jeremiah 12:15, 16:14-15, 23:3-4,7-8, 30:1-3,11,18, 31:8-10, Ezekiel 20:34-40, 28:24-27, Ezekiel 36:10-12,24,33-36, 37:12-14,21-22, 38:8, 39:23-29, Hosea 1:10-11, 11:9-10, Amos 9:9, Micah 5:3-4)

The Old Testament was completed about 1000 years before the birth of Mohammad. In spite of this, the role Islam plays in Israel’s future is unmistakable. The nations which were the enemies of Israel in the Old Testament, have reemerged from history, and are again Israel’s enemies. These nations nations are all Islamic nations today.

Let’s take a look at those nations:

Lebanon Then: The name comes from the snow caped mountain range to the north of Israel. Lebanon means whiteness in Hebrew. Lebanon was the northern border of Israel. Hiram, the King of Tyre in 2 Samuel 5:11, was from this land. He supplied the wood for Solomon’s temple. Jezebel, the daughter of the King and priest of Sidon (I Kings 16:31), caused Ahab, King of Israel, to corrupt Israel. Tyre and Sidon were known as trading merchants and for their pride. The King of Tyre is a type of Satan’s pride and glory in Ezekiel 28:12-17.

Lebanon today, In 1943, France granted Lebanon its independence. Today Lebanon is about 60% Muslim and 40% Christian. Iran and Syria, sworn enemies of Israel, along with Hezbollah, have control over much of the country. Hezbollah is armed and funded by Iran and Syria and sworn to the destruction of Israel.

Syria Then: Israel and Syria were at war with each other many times in the past (I Kings 11:25). They are a Semitic people, from the same stock as Israel. Jacob is called a Syrian (Deuteronomy 26:5), who went down into Egypt. The gods and goddess of Syria were a constant threat to the nation (Judges 10:6).

Syria Today: Syria became a nation in 1946, after France granted the country independence. The country is 74% Muslim 16% Christian. The population is 90% Arab, numbering about 18.8 million. Syria and Iran have both signed a mutual defense pact, if either nation is attacked by Israel, they will consider it as an attack on the other. Israel occupies the Golan Heights and the Shaba farms, which Syria lost to Israel during the 1967 war with Israel.

Egypt Then: Egypt is an ancient nation, traced back to the son of Ham, Mizraim (Gen. 10:6). It is in Egypt that Israel became a nation when it was brought out under Moses following 400-years of captivity. Egypt tried to destroy Israel, after the population became too large, first by killing every male child (Exodus 1).

Then when the nation was delivered, Egypt pursued Israel into the Red Sea where its army was destroyed (Exodus 14:23). In the wilderness, Israel often wanted to turn back into Egypt, rejecting God’s leadership under Moses (Exodus 14:11-12). Israel constantly looked to Egypt, rather than to the Lord for help with their conflicts with Babylon and Assyria.

Egypt Today: Egypt was under British control until 1922. After WWII, it became a sovereign nation again. The population is 78.8 million and 90% Sunni Muslim. It signed a piece agreement with Israel, which caused Egypt to be rejected by many of the Arab nations. Egypt is the second largest recipient of American’s foreign aid, which is a bribe to keep them at peace with Israel.

Jordan Then: In the Bible this area was known as Ammon, Moab, and Edom. All three nations have a common ancestor with Israel. Ammon (Gen. 19:38) and Moab (Gen. 19:37) are the descendants of Lot, through his daughters, and Edom is from Esau (Gen. 25:30, 36:1), Jacob’s brother. All three nations were adversaries with Israel (I Samuel 14:47). The capital of Jordan is Amman, after the nation of Ammon.

Jordan Today: Jordan became a nation in 1946 and adopted the name of Jordan in 1950. They were one of the nations to attack Israel on the first day they became a nation in May 1948. The population numbers about 5.9 million, with 92% being Muslim, and 98% Arab. They, along with Egypt, signed a peace agreement with Israel.

Palestine then: There was no place called Palestine in Bible times. The word is used one time in the Bible, and it actually means Philistine. The Philistines were the ancient enemies of Israel known as the “Sea peoples.” They came from Crete to populate the coastal area of what is now called Palestine. (Genesis 10:14, Jeremiah 47;4). They were a constant threat and enemy to Israel. They occupied the area known as Gaza (Judges 16:21), including the cities of Ashdod and Asheklon. After Alexander the Great’s conquest, they were no longer a threat to Israel. Hadrian, Emperor of Rome from 117 to 138, tried to revive the name in his attempt to eliminate Israel from being a nation again.

Palestine Today: The Arab populations of the land of Israel declare their name to be Palestinians today. They refused to be called Palestinians until they saw it was to their political benefit. Two factions are fighting for control of the people, Fatah a secular Palestinian group and Hamas a militant Muslim group, allied with Syria and Iran. Both groups have a history of wanting to destroy the nation of Israel.

Iran Then: Until 1935 Iran was known as Persia. Persia, under Cyrus the Great, (Isaiah 44:2, 45:1) defeated Babylon, and created an Empire, which encompassed all of Israel and the Middle East. Cyrus allowed the Jews to return and rebuild the Temple (Ezra 1:1-8). During the reign of Xerxes (486-465 B.C.), Haman the prime minister of the of Persia attempted to eliminate the Jews (Esther 3:8). They were saved when Esther, a Jew became queen of Persia and intervened.

Iran Now: Today Iran is leading the charge against Israel, threatening to wipe her off the map. Currently Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons, along with other sophisticated weapons, for the purpose of waging war against Israel. Iran is allied with Russia, who is helping them with nuclear technology. Syria and Iran are both avowed enemies of Israel. The population of Iran 68.6 million, 51% Persian, 89% are of the Shia sect of Islam. The current leader sees himself as one to usher in the end of the age, with the coming of the Shia “Messiah”, the Mahdi. They believe Mahdi along with Jesus will vanquish the enemies of Islam, including the West and the Jews.

Assyria and Babylon Then: Babylon and Assyria were two ancient rivals who battled each other for control of the Middle East. Jonah the prophet went to the Capital of Assyria, Nineveh to proclaim its downfall, the city repented (Jonah 1:2, 4:11). The nation of Babylon defeated Assyria, under the leadership of Nebuchadnezzar, at the battle of Carchemesh (605 B.C.). Daniel was taken captive to Babylon, that same year. Ezekiel was taken captive to Babylon in 597 B.C., and in 586 B.C., Babylon destroyed Solomon’s Temple and the city of Jerusalem. Daniel became prime minister in the land of Babylon during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel was in Babylon when it fell to Persia in 539 B.C. (Daniel 5)

Assyria and Babylon now: Both Assyria and Babylon are in the nation of Iraq, which became a nation after the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1932. The population is 97% Muslim, and 75% Arabic, 15-20% Kurdish. The majority are from the Shi’a (60%-65%) sect. The rest are of the Sunni sect (32%-37%). Most Jews fled Iraq following the rise in anti-Jewish feelings in the 1940’s. The lands of Babylon and Assyria are currently going through a transition. So the final outcome is not sure. In the book of Revelation chapters 17 and 18, Babylon is shown to be a player in the end-times, in both in a religious and geographic sense. Southern Iraq is Shiite, allied to Iran, while the North is Kurdish, descendants of the Medes. If the U.S. was not in Iraq the south would be absorbed by Iran.

Who Are Gog and Magog?

As I said at the beginning, prophecy is not always clear looking forward, but is always clear looking back after it is fulfilled. It is unwise to be too dogmatic about those parts of prophecy that are subject to various understandings.

When we consider that the nations which align themselves against Israel in end-time prophecy are Muslim nations today, and when we see the attitude of the leaders in Turkey, it is not unreasonable to think that this land will also be aligned against Israel at that time.

At the time of Ezekiel’s prophecy, Gog and Magog were in what is today the land of Turkey. Russia is not a Muslim nation and, therefore, would be out of place among the end time alignment of nations against Israel. This is not to say that Russia will not be on the side of these nations, but the way things are lining up today, it seems that the leader of the coalition would more likely be Turkey (Gog, Magog, Gomer, Togarmah, Tubal, and Meshech) as shown on the map at the beginning of this article.

The truth on this matter will be seen as we approach the actual end time battles. For now, the idea that Gog and Magog are not Russia, but Turkey is surely worth considering.

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Morality In The School Shooting Debate

Morality In The School Shooting Debate

Tom Wallace

Why is Morality not Discussed in the Debate of School Shootings?

America is fiercely divided in the debate concerning the problem of School Shootings. This division is along political lines. It seems that each side is more interested in using the killing of our children to reach their political goals than in truly protecting our children. The solution will not be found in taking away our freedoms through gun control or through locking down access to our schools. Until it is understood that the real problem is not something external, but is a lack of moral standards in the hearts and consciences of our youth, no real and lasting solution will be found.

THE BLAME GAME!!!

Each side of the political spectrum is blaming the other for the present situation. The Left is blaming the NRA lobby and 2nd Amendment Gun Lovers for these crimes. The Right is blaming the Left for making schools a Gun Free Zones, making our children vulnerable, and not having the proper protection in our schools.

THE POLITICAL BLAME GAME

The Left seizes these tragic events as fodder to fuel the fire of their arguments and to sway the hearts of those who are hurting toward Gun Control. They will not miss an opportunity to demand more gun control or to berate the Right as heartless and uncaring.

The victims are lost in the arguments. The deaths of our children become leverage to the Left to take away the rights of the people to protect themselves.

Our children are being indoctrinated by the government in our public schools, the liberal media, and our colleges. They are being taught that government knows best. The individual needs to surrender to the all wise, all knowing, government which seems to be under the illusion that it is god.

  • The government wants the citizens to be weak and dependent on it to meet all their needs

  • Retirement – Citizens can’t save for retirement, so government will take their money and do it for them

  • Health care – Citizens cannot make their own health care decisions, so the government will make them

  • Self-Protection – Citizens can’t protect themselves, so government will take away their power and right to do so, and will protect them

The Right still holds to the traditional values and principles of law. It believes that citizens are to be Independent and responsible for their own well being and success. It understands there are some things citizens cannot provide for themselves like national defense and infrastructure, but it believes in limited government and equal Justice under the law.

Many opine their beliefs on the talk shows and news media about the senseless school shootings. Questions are being asked, but few answers are being offered.

  • Why are our children killing children?

  • How did a nation get to this point?

Rarely does a pundit wade into these debates with discussion on the morality of our nation. When they do, a look of horror falls upon the room as if they had tried to open the forbidden Pandora’s box.

Discussion of morality has become taboo, forbidden. As long as morality is a forbidden subject in the discussion, we will not find a real solution to the shootings in our schools.

Why does the Left run from the morality issue like the plague? It is because it will place blame in the conscience of man, and it demands only one conclusion, we have abandoned God’s law and God’s righteous precepts. If we are going to see an end to these disastrous problems, we must turn back to the Bible and the law of Almighty God.

LET’S ARGUE THE CASE IN THE COURT OF COMMON SENSE

My case is simple; My opening Statement would go something like this:

Our Nation has sunk to the level where our kids are killing kids on a regular basis. It is a result of our abandonment of God and his righteous moral standards. We teach our children that they descended from animals, and we are appalled when they act like animals. By this I mean, animals take the life of others without any signs of remorse and conscience pain. Kids are killing kids without signs of remorse and show no signs of a conscience.

We have taught them that God is a myth and have kicked Him out of schools by banning public prayers. We removed the Bible from our campuses and banned God’s Ten Commandments. We have removed the standard of right and wrong and the law that says thou shalt not kill. Is it really a surprise that our schools have become killing grounds?

We teach our children that there are no absolutes, so there is nothing that is absolutely right or wrong. We teach them that truth is a relative concept. Truth is what you want to make it to be. A boy can be a girl and a girl can be a boy. You cannot fail so we will give you all a trophy to make you think you are a winner even when you don’t win.

These illusions are folly, and the kids know it! Yet we keep selling the folly because the alternative is to accept that there is a higher moral code that was written in our hearts. To accept this higher moral code means the liberals and the left were wrong, and that would be impossible for them to admit.

Let me lay out some evidence that kids killing kids are a result of God being kicked out of our schools.

First School shooting on record in America was in Greencastle, PA – July 26, 1764. Four Lenape Indians killed schoolmaster Enoch Brown and 9 students. Two others were shot but survived.

Statistics

From 1764 – 1962 = 198 years

  • 122 Shooting incidents

  • 104 Deaths / 67 shot but survived.

  • Ratio Every 2 years = 1 dead

After 1962 = 56 Years

  • 376 School Shooting Incidents

  • 500 Deaths / 860 shot but survived.

  • Ratio of 9 Killed every Year.

Here is a partial list of the school shootings since 1962:

YEAR

PLACE

KILLED

INJURED

SCHOOL/SHOOTER

1996

Austin, Texas

17

31

University of Texas – 25-year-old Charles Whitman

1968

Orangeburg, South Carolina

2

27

South Carolina State University – Police said they believed they were under attack by small weapons fire

1974

Olean, New York

3

11

During a two-and-a-half-hour siege, 18-year-old Anthony Barbaro

1975

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

1

1

Grant High School – James Briggs

1976

Fullerton, California

7

2

California State University – 37-year-old Edward Charles Allawa

1979

San Diego, California

2

9

Cleveland Elementary School – 16-year-old Brenda Spencer

1984

Los Angeles, California

2

12

49th Street Elementary School – Tyrone Mitchell

1985

Detroit, Michigan

0

6

Murray-Wright High School – a youth opened fire with a shotgun

1988

Greenwood, South Carolina

2

9

Oakland Elementary School – 19-year-old James William Wilson

1989

Stockton, California

6

32

Stockton schoolyard – 24-year-old Patrick Edward Purdy

1991

Iowa City, Iowa

6

1

University of Iowa – 28-year-old Gang Lu

1992

Olivehurst, California

4

10

Lindhurst High School – 20-year-old Eric Houston

1992

Detroit, Michigan

0

11

11 students were hit by gunfire during a four-hour period in three separate school incidents

1997

Pearl, Mississippi

3

7

Pearl High School – 16-year-old Luke Woodham

1998

Craighead County, Arkansas

5

10

Westside Middle School – 13-year-old Mitchell Johnson and 11-year-old Andrew Golden

1998

Springfield, Oregon

4

23

Thurston High School – 15-year-old Kip Kinkel

1999

Littleton, Colorado

15

21

Columbine High School – 18-year-old Eric Harris

1999Califor

Fort Gibson, Oklahoma

0

6

His middle school opened, 13-year-old Seth Trickey

2001

Santee, California

2

13

Santana High School – 15-year-old Charles Andrew Williams

2001

El Cajon, California

0

5

Granite Hills High School – 18-year-old Jason Hoffman

2005

Red Lake, Minnesota

10

7

Red Lake – 16-year-old Jeffrey Weise

2006

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

0

5

Five Duquesne basketball players were shot during an act of random violence on campus

2007

Blacksburg, Virginia

33

23

Virginia Tech – 23-year-old Seung-Hui Cho

2008

DeKalb, Illinois

6

21

Northern Illinois University – 27-year-old Steven Kazmierczak

2012

Chardon, Ohio

3

3

Chardon High School – 17-year-old Thomas “T. J.” Lane

2012

Oakland, California

7

3

Oikos University – 43-year-old One L. Goh

2012

Newtown, Connecticut

28

2

Sandy Hook Elementary School – 20-year-old Adam Lanza

2013

Santa Monica, California

6

4

Santa Monica – 23-year-old John Zawahri

2014

Marysville, Washington

5

1

Marysville Pilchuck High School – 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg

2015

Roseburg, Oregon

10

9

Umpqua Community College – 26-year-old Christopher Harper-Mercer

2017

Rancho Tehama Reserve, California

6

18

Rancho Tehama Reserve – 43 year-old Kevin Neal

2018

Marshall County, Kentucky

2

18

Marshall County High School – A 15-year-old male student

2018

Parkland, Florida

17

14

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School – 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz

2018

Santa Fe, Texas

10

13

Santa Fe High School

QUOTES FROM THE FOUNDERS

Our founding fathers knew that no law could control the passions of men’s hearts. They understood the meaning of Jeremiah 17:9 and Galatians 3:21.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9)

Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. (Galatians 3:21)

Something greater than the law must control the passions of men. That something is biblical morality. Nothing else will do!

John Adams said

There is no government in the world able to make a person to do what is right or able to control those who do not wish to be controlled. We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

Thomas Jefferson said

the precepts of philosophy laid hold of action only (but Jesus) pushed his scrutinies into the heart of man, erected his tribunal in the region of his thoughts, and he purified the waters at the fountainhead.

Washington said

Let it simply be asked, Where is the security for life, for reputation and for property, if the sense of religious obligation desert?

THE CONCLUSION OF THE WHOLE MATTER

The problem of school shootings, and the other societal problems in our country, can only be solved if we understand the underlying source. It is our departure from the founding principles of this nation. Those fundamental principles were the principles of biblical morality.

It would be easy of only the Left was trying to rewrite history to say that America was not built on Christian principles, but this is not so. The majority of the Right, although not as blatantly, has also bought into this lie.

Our founders were right about our constitution. It is totally inadequate for governing a people who do not hold to biblical morality. Until we return to the Scriptures, there is no hope for America.

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Dump The Two State Solution

Dump The Two State Solution

Tom Wallace

If you keep trying to achieve the same mission for 82 years and keep coming up with failed results, maybe it’s time to try something else.

The International community has been offering the same solution to secure peace in the Middle East, more specifically, to get the Arabs and Muslims to live peaceably with the Jews and it hasn’t worked. The solution has always been The Two State Solution.

The Five Arab Rejections

The Peel Commission in London determined that the reason why there are constant uprisings in the Middle East is that both the Jews and the Arabs want to govern the same piece of Land. They concluded that the solution is to divide up the land and create two States.

ONE – In 1936 the British offered 80% of the Land to the Arabs and 20% to the Jews. The Jews voted to accept the offer. But the Arabs rejected it. This was the first of Five refusals by the Arabs to become a State.

TWO – The next time was a decade later, the United Nations studied the problem and they proposed a two state solution and to give a majority portion to the Arabs. The Jews voted again to accept the offer but the Arabs rejected this offer by launching an all out war on Nov 29, 1947. The Jews succeeded in holding control of, not only all the areas that was allocated to them by the UN, but also gained some Arab territory in the war.

THREE – The Third offer came from Israel themselves in 1967. After the surprise attack from their Arab neighbors, in what we call the six day war, Israel came out on top and gained control of the West Bank and Gaza. Israel offered these lands back to the Arabs if the Palestinians would create their own state and live in peace with Israel. The Arab league meet in Sudan to consider the offer and the replied with their third rejection. They delivered the famous three No’s: a. No Peace with Israel, b. No recognition of Israel, c. No Negotiation with Israel.

FOUR – In 2000, the Americans tried to bring peace by offering again a Two State Solution. Israeli Prime Minister Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat met at Camp David with Bill Clinton. The Arabs would have all of Gaza, 94% of the West Bank, and East Jerusalem for their capital. They negotiated for 2 weeks and the Arabs left saying NO! This was followed by Arab uprisings which resulted in the death of over 1,000 Israelis by suicide bombings. This was the rejection of their fourth offer.

FIVE – The fifth offer came again from Israel by Prime Minister Olmert in 2008. This time they offered the Arabs more land holdings but Mahmoud Abbas rejected the offer.

Each time Palestinians are offered their own State, they reject it and reply with vicious violence.

My suggestion…..STOP OFFERING A TWO STATE SOLUTION!!!

The Palestinians are not interested in governing their own lands. All they want to do is to be thorn in the flesh to the Israelis. Playing the victim has been successful. They get millions of dollars in aid and live off the backs of the Christian Westerners who keep sending in foreign aid. The UN has created a special refugee agency for only ONE group – Palestinians. It is a bottomless money hole and it is a system that keeps Palestinians, forever, a Victim group.

The UNRWA United Nations Relief and Works Agency

UNRWA services 5.2 Million Palestinian refugees. This refugee agency only serves Palestinians. 2.2 Million live in Jordan with 1.6 Million are now Jordanian citizens. Descendants are counted and enrolled as refugees and they are servicing now the 4th generation. The UNRWA has resettle zero refugees, unlike the UNHCR ( United Nations High Council on Refugees) which services ALL the other refugees of the world. They service 65.6 Million refugees. No descendants are enrolled or treated as refugees by the UNHCR. Once a refugee becomes a citizen, they are no longer a refugee. The UNRWA has 1 staff per 186 refugees. The UNHCR has 1 staff per 5,982. After 70 years it is time for the crisis of the Palestinian refugees to end. The problem is with the Arabs and the UN creating a endless game of Palestinians as victims.

It is an illusion that peace will be achieved if the Palestinians become a State. We need to stop chasing the illusion.

Palestinian Myth

Besides, the whole notion of Palestine is a Myth in the first place.

Palestine was the brain child of the British born to create the Illusion that the Arabs have a historic claim to be in the Promise Land.

Everyone knows that some 3,000 years ago King David was king of Israel in Jerusalem.

The term Palestine is found in Joel 3:4, the Hebrew is Peleseth and is often translated Philistia, meaning the Philistines. The five cities of the Philistines were South along the southern coast: Ashkelon, Gaza, Ashdod, Gath and Ekron. All are located in what we would call the Gaza Strip today. The Biblical Philistines were not descendants of Ishmael and therefore are not Arabs. The British hope you never think through the term Palestinian and who it really relates to, the Philistines.

Roman Emperor Hadrian, in about 125 AD, is recorded as naming the region Palestine but the effort was short lived. It was common for conquering nations to integrate and mix people from other conquered nations to cut conquered people from their roots. The practice is called miscegenation. This Roman history was the inspiration for the British to create the illusion that the Arabs there had an indigenous claim to the land too.

Zionism

In the late 1800s, Jews started to return to the Holy Land because of persecution in Eastern Europe and Russia. They were looking for a place of refuge. What better place than their ancient homeland in the Middle East? This movement was called Zionism. The Arabs from neighboring countries, Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia, began to notice the return of the Jews to the region and they countered this by mass migration of Arabs into Palestine. In 1882, there were less than a quarter million Arabs in the area, by 1948, it had grown to nearly one and a half million. This is a six fold increase in a period of 66 years. I wonder if the three sixes means anything.

Historically Palestine has never been a nation. It was invented by the League of Nations and the British government to give the Arabs some claim to the land. You may be surprised to learn that the most famous Palestinian, Yasser Arafat, was not even born in Palestine, he was born in Egypt.

The whole idea of a Two State Solution to the problems in the Middle East has utterly failed. The only solution that will be accepted by the Arabs is the total destruction of Israel. The destruction of Israel is enshrined in the governing documents of many Muslim nations and organizations.

It has been said many times, if Israel would lay down its arms and stop fighting, Israel would cease to exist. If the Arabs (Palestinians) would lay down their arms and stop fighting, there would be peace in the Middle East. Only the blind cannot see the truth of this.

There is an saying that goes like this; “The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing, and to expect different results.” This is exactly what the international community has been doing in the Middle East for 82 years. It is time to try something different!

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ISIS Jihadi Attack Foiled in Plano Texas by FBI

Tom Wallace

 A story you did not hear in the news last week no doubt.

The FBI arrested 17 year old Matin Aziz for plotting to enter a Mall North of Dallas during Ramadan to kill the Kufar (Infidels). The story has only been reported on local news affiliates but has garnered no national attention.

Why? – Is this kind of story all too common? Or have we become apathetic?

His story reminds of Justin Sullivan, a 19 year old in Morganton NC who also was arrested by the FBI on similar charges for his plot to shoot 100 people on July 4th back in 2015.

I have talked with parents of Sullivan briefly. I suspect Matin, like Justin, is like many foolish young people of the West who are being sucked into Islam. The youth are loaners and hurting. They hate their life and hate everyone else and have hearts full of rebellion. To appear tough or show how rebellious they are, they join Islam. “Don’t mess with me, I will cut off your head” is the message they are sending. The tough guy – gang mentality. It is not the religion that draws them in, it is the hate. ISIS is seen as a badge of rebellion, the toughest of the toughest.

O how are World needs Christ. The youth of our world are angry, and the world has no lasting solutions for them. We need more straight shooting from the pulpit. Parents need to stop being absentee parents and get more involved in their children’s lives. Standards and discipline need to be instilled. Train up a child of Proverbs does not mean just send them to school and hope for the best. Training involves constant supervision, testing, guidance, explanations and one on one work. Tell kids they descended from animals and they will act like one. Tell them they are wonderfully created by a just and righteous God, and they will fear him.

We reap what we sow. We leave kids to feed their minds on filth from the TV and Music and Video Games. They act on what they learn. Watching a TV show of another person shooting or stabbing another human being has effects on their mind. But put them into a video game where they act out in the first person a shooting, a stabbing or driving over someone to kill them is infinitely worse than just watching it on TV. The Virtual Reality computer games are so life like. It puts the gamer into a first person position, the hands they see on the gun, are like their hands. Life is made cheap the appetite for the thrill and adventure is placed into the taking another’s life. The Devil is out to destroy man as we are created in God’s image.

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Jehovah Has Smiled Upon Israel

Tom Wallace

Jehovah has Smiled upon Israel

Today, May 14, 2018, Israel celebrates their 70th year as a modern nation. I say Modern Nation as Israel is much, much older than 70 years. Israel can trace their national origins to the Holy Land back some 3,000 years to the throne of King David in Jerusalem. That is 10 times longer than us in the United States.

Today, on the dawn of their 70th year, the United States is opening our US Embassy in Jerusalem, making an International statement that the United States of America recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Many US presidents have talked about moving the capital to Jerusalem, but President Donald Trump has shown not only leadership but courage to do the right thing in spite of all the nay sayers that it cannot be done or should not be done.

With opposition from our European allies, who also oppose America pulling out of the Iranian Nuclear contract has taken a position of Appeasement toward the Muslim Bullies of the Middle East. I want to remind our European allies and Canada that Appeasement got you all into World War II with a stronger Nazi Germany and if you had listened to the warnings and leadership of Winston Churchill earlier, the body count of World War II would have been much lower in number or perhaps the war may have never taken place if the Bully was promptly dealt with.

I am not hear to promote Donald Trump, but I believe he sees the problems as did Winston Churchill and has positioned America in a potion to confront the bullies of the Middle East, not appease them.

Amidst all the turmoil of the Middle East, Israel, the only democratic republic in the Middle East, the youngest of their Muslim neighbors, in spite of their poor, humble beginnings and hostile neighbors, this little country has risen to great significance in just 70 short years.

It is evident that Jehovah God has smiled upon Israel, the nation he called the apple of his eye.

Bumpy Beginnings

Since Rome burned and abolished the State of Israel in 70AD, the Jews have been without a State home for 1,878 years. Yet, as prophesied in the Holy Scriptures, the throne of David will be re-established and the Jews would return to their ancestral home.

They began to return to the promise land in the late 1800’s due to the persecution of from Russia and Europe, Jews began to find their way back to the promise land. Poor and without a home or a country, they had a heritage and a hope to settle in the Biblical land of their ancestors.

It is helpful to understand the developments of 1920-1948 in the Middle East. The Arabs and the Muslim caliphate out of Turkey fought and lost with Germany against the Allies in World War I. The League of Nations was formed and they gave the British power over the Middle East divide up the land. The British drew up a map was in 1920 giving 95% of the land to Arabs and 5% to the future state of Israel. The Arabs in the region were to be called Palestinians and the plan to launch a “Two State Solution” was hatched.

The Arab’s rioted in rejection of the plan to give Jews a home and initially rejected the Palestinian idea. Britain drew up a second map in 1922, giving 80% of 5% to the Arabs instead to appease them. Meanwhile, the Arabs were rushing to fill the Biblical promise land with Arabs and eventually the Arabs began to adopt the British plan to form themselves as Palestinians.

With the rise of Hitler’s Holocaust and World War II in the 1940’s, surviving Jewish refugees fled to the promise land, only to be met by the British blockade who arrested them and stuck them into camps in Cyprus. Over 40,000 Jews died as a result of the British blockades. Yet those who survived the death camps and broke through the British lines would be rewarded with a new nation in 1948 when the British Mandate closed causing the British to leave the region.

At the stroke of Mid-night on May 14, 1948, the British Mandate ceased and the last of the British steamed out of Haifa. David Ben-Gurion of the Jewish People’s Council, made a declaration of Independence. Within hours of the declaration, US President Harry Truman gave America’s acknowledgment of Israel as a State, as did Stalin in Russia.

Before the ink had dried, the Arab nations attacked Israel, a young embryonic nation who did not have much of an army or weapons to fight for their independence. The odds of Israel surviving an all out attack from every side by battle hardened armies would be like a boy taking a slingshot to fight a fully armed warrior.

Israel was certainly outnumbered and out-gunned, but they were not outmatched. Israel was fighting with Jehovah as their God and protector. The Arabs were fight with Allah is their god and the outcome of Israels fight for Independence was like reading the Old Testament where God brought his chosen people victory against all the odds. A total of three times, the Arabs have tried to destroy Israel only to not only loose each war but loose their territory too.

Like the valiant men who fought with Gideon and the builders of the wall with Nehemiah, the Jews have had to be ever vigilant of attacks from their enemies. Since 2001, over 25,000 missile, rockets, motors and projectiles have hit Israel from her Muslim neighbours. Between 1948 and 2017, over 3,100 Isralies have died due Muslim terrorist attacks. The Jerusalem Post reports that more rockets were fired into Israel in 2017 than the previous two years. Saying that, I have never felt in danger in Israel and I often wonder alone in the Arab sector in Jerusalem when I am in Israel.

Inspite of all the disadvantages and constant demonetization from the international community in UN, Israel has achieved Amazing accomplishments which goes to prove that Jehovah God is smiling on Israel.

Amazing Accomplishments

The Old Testament described the promise Land as a land that flows with Milk and Honey. Milk means cows in green pastures. Honey comes from bees which means flowers and vegetation. Today, Israel truly flows with milk and honey but that is only a recent development.

In the late 1800’s, Mark Twain visited the Middle East. He wrote of his journeys in the promise land and he described it as a wilderness. Treeless and shadeless and lack of vegetation. He said, “If this is the promise land, I hope it is not promised to me!”

(The region became a wilderness due to the conquering Muslims who placed a tax the trees, forcing the occupants to cut down their trees, thus killing the economy and the Eco-system.)

Today, great portions of the country are lush with green fields and orchards of fruit and olives. They have huge desalination plants which takes enables them to water their fields with water from the Mediterranean, an endless supply. Their fruit exports use to lead their economy. Although they still produce much of the fruit in the region, Israel’s leader in their economic exports has turned to science and technology.

Ynet News reports there are 105,000 Jewish Millionaires and 18 Billionaires. According to US News, Israel’s economy is ranked 30th with a GDP of 319 Billion dollars. Yet in technology, they are ranked 20th. For education, 23rd and ranked 8th in the World as being the most influential. When I last visited Israel, I learned that they have a surplus of over 100 Billion dollars, unlike America who runs a deficit of 21 Trillion dollars,

According to global fire power, Israel is given a ranking of 16th in the World for their fire power. A nameless source in the Pentagon tells me that Israel’s tanks are superior to our own in the US and none can rival Israel’s skill for security. Israel conscripts their youth at the age of 18 to train and serve as soldiers in the IDF, Israels Defense Force. Of the 15 million Jews in the world, there are less than 7 Million living in Israel. Every Jew is trained, with the exception of the Orthodox religious Jews but that might be changing in the near future. This means that most of Israel is trained to fight and they all are ready to defend their nation, their very existence requires it.

Israel is a world leader in science and technology. The Bloomberg Global Innovation Index ranked Israel as number 10 in the world. As of 2017, 892 Nobel prizes have been awarded; 23% have been awarded to Jews. Almost one fourth of the prizes award to a nation of people who make up only .2% of the World Population. Compare that to Muslims, who make up 23% of the world population who have been only awarded seven. Let that sink in. Muslims make up about one quarter of the World population and have only seven Muslims have contributed something to the global community that we could applaud. Yet Israel, only 15 Million (.2%) of the people on this ball have given mankind almost one quarter of all the Noble awards. God has truly blessed the Jews with wisdom, courage, tenacity and skill.

Genesis 12:3 – And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. This verse has great significance, it has guided the US foreign policy and we too have been blessed for blessing Israel. God bless Israel on this, their 70th Anniversary!

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The Gun Debate Treating the Symptoms and not the Sin

The Gun Debate Treating the Symptoms and not the Sin

Tom Wallace

Mass Shooting in Florida — 17 Killed HS in Parkland

There has been a lot of discussion over the shooting in Parkland Florida. Sadly 17 were killed. This is another scourge on the American culture. We have a plague of children killing children in our schools.

As usual, the Gun-Control Debate wages again. Emotions are high and when we are hurting we naturally want to see a stop to this. When we are emotionally charged, we have knee-jurk reactions and those who should know better are ready to make concessions on the Second Amendment.

A lot of opinions are being expressed. I think we are missing the real issue. Personal responsibility for actions seems to be totally ignored. Most of the things being discussed treat the symptom and not the disease. This means they are trying to stop the hurt without treating what is causing the pain.

Many are blaming guns, but blaming guns is like blaming forks for people being overweight. Blaming the tool is foolish, we have to blame the one who is using the tool.

Mental Illness Angle

People are saying that we need to have laws that prevent those who are mentally ill from having guns. The argument may have some validity, but we need to remember that when we make laws concerning things that are intangible, like mental illness, you will open the door to many problems. Mental illness is not something that is easy to put your finger on.

There are some things that are pathological, and not psychological. Pathological means that there is something that is not mental, but it is affecting your mental abilities, making you depressed and giving you temporary imbalance. Sometimes there is a need for medical treatment because there is a pathological cause that manifests itself through mental illness.

On the other hand, a lot of things that happen in the metal arena are suppositions. Let me give you an example of what I am talking about. On February 13, 2018. View star, Joy Behar accused the Vice President Mike Pence’s hearing Jesus is a ‘mental illness and because of his Christian beliefs. She is an entertainer, and has no background in mental illness, but there are already signs of Christianity being viewed as mental illness by some. It is considered a mental crutch for weak people.

If they can classify Christianity as a mental illness, laws that prevent those with mental illness from having guns will allow them to take guns away from all Christians. Can you see where this is going?

The Second Amendment gives the right to keep and bear arms to every law abiding citizen. If they pass a law that keeps those considered to have a mental illness from owning guns, the right can be taken away from anyone who some government official deems to be mentally ill because he disagrees with their world view.

Here is another example. Jimmy Kimmel, a professional psychiatrist and entertainer has diagnosed anyone who questions gun-control with mental illness. This is the left judging the right as having a mental illness simply because they disagree on the issue of gun control.

In an article by Bradford Richardson in The Washington Times – Wednesday, December 6, 2017 we find that MSMBC host, Chris Matthews said evangelical Christians in the South are crazy because they have “mythical beliefs” about the ancient city. (Reference to Trump’s plan to move embassy to Jerusalem). Again, according to Matthews, Christians are mentally ill because they believe Jerusalem belongs to Israel.

The idea that Christianity is an enemy of the state is growing on the left. They think that our ideas of righteousness are unreasonable and dangerous.

Here is an example of what the left thinks is reasonable. Recently the courts removed a child from her home because the parents refuse to support her delusion that she is a boy. They said it was because of their Christian religious fanaticism.

Trans gender ideology causing child abuse

On July 27, 2017 – Dr. Michelle Cretella, President of the American College of Pediatricians, is concerned trans-gender ideology has infiltrated her field and is producing large-scale child abuse.

The website Snopes is trying to say that this true, but here is the truth:

Interview with Tucker

Click here to see the proof

What sounds Mentally Ill —- Crazy — Lost touch with reality????

Does the following really sound true?

  • Nothing exploded and formed spheres with a soup of gases, liquids and something crawled out of it and all life came from it.

  • We descended from Monkeys (or some other animal)

  • That’s not a baby in there…… it just tissue.

  • He is not a boy, he is really a girl.

  • Islam is really a religion of peace.

Forget what you learned in school, do these things really make sense? Who has really lost touch with reality? Who is mentally ill? I just wonder.

Back to Gun Debate —–

We are treating the symptoms not the disease. The problem is, man is naturally sinful.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9)

We have got to get back to treating the sinfulness of man. Until we do, wickedness will only continue to advance.

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5)

We must recognize that we are not just evolved animals, we are special creations of God. As long as we keep teaching our children they are just animals, we can expect them to act like animals.

Although we are fallen creatures, God has given us His Word, the Bible, to guide us. The farther we depart from its teachings, the more evil we see in this world. Without this constraint, man is left to himself, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Open your eyes and you will see this truth all around you. Our children, and adults also, are unruly because we have stopped disciplining our youth.

Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. (Proverbs 22:15)

Since we have taken God and discipline out of our schools, it has only gotten worse. What else should we expect?

Our founding fathers knew that no law could be passed that would force a person to to what is right. There had to be something more.

John Adams said….

There is no government in the world able to make a person to do what is right or able to control those who do not wish to be controlled…..”

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.”

We must have religious standards to control the passions of men. When Adams said this, religion meant Christian because everything else was called paganism, atheism, or Muhammadanism.

Laws can punish wrong doing, but only some inside force can control the passions of men.

The only solution to the problem is a return to God’s precepts, the precepts upon America was founded, and the precepts that made her great.

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Why The Golden Age of Islam Ended

Why The Golden Age of Islam Ended

Tom Wallace

We have been looking at the Golden Age of Islam for the last couple of days. It lasted for 70 to 75 years. The Reason it ended was the trial of the Caliph, Al Ma’mum. I guess the best way to describe Al Ma’mum is call him a revolutionary. He was an anomaly in the Islamic world. He championed critical thinking and cultivated intellectual and scientific developments. He started what was called the House of Wisdom in Baghdad after they moved the seat of government from Syria to Persia. Let me repeat what Al Ma’mum said about the Persians:

The Persians ruled for a thousand years and did not need us Arabs even for a day. We have been ruling them for one or two centuries and cannot do without them for an hour.”

The Persian society had embraced Hellenistic ideas with its logic and Greek philosophy. This brought about a new era for the Islamic world. The Arabs were bankrupt of this kind of thinking. Many of them could not read or write, which is still true to this day. Intellectual and critical thinking are still not encouraged in the Islamic world because if it was, Islam would be shown for the fraud that it is.

During this short period of time many scholars from around the world were brought in, translations of works in other languages were made, and science was encouraged. One of the few advances in knowledge we can give the Arabs credit for is Algebra. Another was the improvement of the equipment used in distillation, which allowed them to distill kerosene more efficiently. In the art world we can credit them with calligraphy, which is a beautiful form of writing. There is only one great piece of literature that has come out of the Islamic world, “The Book of One Thousand and One Nights.” It is translated into English as “The Arabian Nights.” Their only contribution to medicine is the discovery of the difference between the small pox virus and the measles virus.

This Golden Age came to a crashing end because of the trial of the Caliph, Al Ma’mum. Since he embraced critical and intellectual thinking, challenging and questioning things, Muslims started challenging and questioning the religion of Islam. Muslims are commanded to accept the theology and law of Islam without questioning any part of it.

At that time the traditionalists were known as the Ash’arites. The reformers were known as the Mu’tazilites. The chart below shows the difference between the two philosophies:

Ash’arites

(Traditionalist)

Mu’tazilites

(Reformers)

Founded by al-Ashʿari

Founded by Wasil Ibn ‘Ata

On Freewill

Man has Fate/Compulsion (___Qadar_____)

God is the source of ALL things. (even sin)

On Freewill

Man has Power to Act Freely (___Jabr____)

God is not the source of Evil, man is

On Knowledge

____Naql______ = Blind Faith

Logos – Truth is revealed to obey, not to question.

On Knowledge

______Aql________ = Reason

Logos – to understand truth to relate to the creator

On Tahwid….

Because God is Omnipotent, nothing

can bind him.

He Transcends ALL boundaries.

God has absolute Freedom & Power.

God’s Attributes were distinct (separate) from God’s essence.

God cannot be compared to anything.

(Wala tashhih).

On Tahwid….

God cannot do anything unreasonable, therefore God can be held accountable to his moral attributes. Certain things are incumbent upon Him.

“He who affirms qualities beside God, affirms two Gods.”

Man is made in God’s image.

On the Qu’ran

____Uncreated________, Pre-existed, eternal with God.

Al-Ash’ari said, “The Qur’an is on the heavenly tablet…the uncreated, divine word.….Not in the sense that all these are copies….of the heavenly original. No! all these are identical with the heavenly original.”

On the Qu’ran

_____Created______ at the moment of its revelation.

If the Qur’an was uncreated then it must be another God, and therefore the unity of God would be violated.”

Al Ma’mun required all Muslims in the courts to affirm the Qur’an was created and held the belief of Jabr on the pain of death.

The traditional view is still held by the majority of Muslims today. Because of the differences between the two theologies, Al Ma’mum was put on trial for his blasphemy and heresies. He was found guilty.

The Islamic world had a short period in which critical thinking was accepted. From the time of Al Ma’mum’s conviction, any intellectual advance was ended within Islam. It closed the Muslim mind to scientific thought. Critical thinking was considered a violation of the law of Allah, and all intellectual advance was ended.

This is why, as I said yesterday, the country of Spain will translate more books in one year than the Islamic world has translated in the last 1,000 years. They do not subscribe to scholarship. They do not embrace enlightenment. The do not embrace critical thinking. ISIS has shown Islam’s disdain for knowledge by their destruction of libraries as they conquered various towns in advancing their caliphate.

In the Islamic world, you are subject to Allah, you obey and do not question. You accept what Allah says and does by blind faith. Allah has given his word so you can obey it without question. Allah transcends his creation. He cannot be compared to anything, nor can he be understood.

The squelching of reason and critical thinking is why Islam has produced so little of value. One quarter of our world is Muslim, yet they have only won 12 Nobel prizes, six of them allegedly for peace, and one of them was given to Yassar Arafat, who stirred up all kinds of conflict between the Palestinians and Israel.

On the other hand, the Jews, who are from the same region, have received 22% of all the Nobel prizes. I wonder why a people that only numbers a few million received such a large percentage of the Nobel prizes, and a people that numbers 1.7 billion has received so few. Do you suppose it could be the fact that Muslims are not encouraged to reason and ask questions?

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