VIDEO Very Uncivil War Between Republicans and Democrats – A Prayer For Our Nation

By Craig Shirley | July 2, 2020

 

In the last 160 years, the very name and description of the war between the North and the South from 1861 to 1865, has itself often been a bone of contention.

Many said it was a “civil war;” southerners used to call it “The War of Northern Aggression,” or the “The Late War of Northern Aggression.” Others employed a more neutral descriptor, “The War Between the States.” Years ago, some southerners used to politely refer to the war as “The Recent Unpleasantness.”

The belief was that this was a more appropriate identifier.

In fact, the most historically accurate description might be “The War Between the Republicans and the Democrats.”

As most know, the Republican Party was born out of the growing opposition — especially in the North — to slavery. In fact, it was the election of the Republican Abraham Lincoln leading heavily Democratic South Carolina to seize as its justification for secession from the Union.

Pseudo-intellectuals and revisionist historians will now say that the party realignment in the 1970s drove all the racists out of the Democratic Party, like St. Patrick drove the metaphorical snakes out of Ireland. However, this isn’t the real picture; it’s wishful thinking to make modern Democrats feel better about themselves.

The South went the way of the Democratic Party, from Reconstruction right up to the election of Jimmy Carter in 1976, and even Bill Clinton, who in 1992 made an issue out of attacking rap music and executing a black man on Martin Luther King’s birthday.

With few exceptions, the Democrats could count on a “solid South,” due to their “southern strategy” of looking the other way as Dixiecrats systemically kept African Americans under the brutal heel of Jim Crow laws. Why else would the Democrats reject anti-lynching planks in their party platform for years, right up to and through the Franklin Roosevelt years?

The facts are that the South was still loyally Democratic through much of the 1970s and even into the 1990s. In fact, it was the Democratic nominee, Jimmy Carter, who overwhelmingly won the South, carrying almost every single state except Virginia in the former confederacy. Clinton, in the elections of 1992 and 1996, got a healthy share of the Dixie vote taking the racial hotbeds of, for example, Georgia and Louisiana, among others in 1992, and Florida, Louisiana, and Missouri, among others, in 1996.

Michael Dukakis, the Democratic nominee in 1988, spoke at the notorious Neshoba County Fair in Mississippi, just down the road from where civil rights workers were murdered.

At the time, some believed Dukakis was making an appeal to racist voters.

Far more importantly, however, parties may have shifted, but the tactics of the Democrats never have changed.

A cursory study of the history of the Democratic Party shows that it always has been the party of group warfare; blacks against whites, rich against poor, men against women, pro-communist against anti-communist, civilization against Antifa.

Their entire sophistry is one of unifying one group of people to revolt against another.

Democrats are thus the party of zero-sums.

For one group to have more, the other must have less. They have always initiated war against one group or another. They worship identity politics, and want to replace America’s Judeo-Christian Enlightenment tradition with a cult that vilifies whomever they deem “the other.”

Every policy action is centered on redistributions, reparations, and reallocations.

Their focus is never on the proliferation of freedom, opportunity, or access.

Instead, they maintain the only pathway to achieve true justice is to seize absolute control of these levers. Once they have absolute power, they will then assign opportunity and access to those whom a “committee” deems worthy.

They pick winners and losers rather than let the marketplace decide.

Hard work and effort means little to them, especially if it’s undertaken by someone from the other side. This is where the darkest sins lie. While one can point to the atrocities that have occurred as a result of this orthodoxy behind the Iron Curtain and in the heart of communist China, there is another overlooked example that’s far closer to home.

To stoke fear against the abolition of slavery, it was the Southern Democrat who would say a freed slave will take from the white man. In plain English, if the God-given freedoms of the enslaved were recognized, they would take power and control from the plantation-owning Democrats.

It was this fear allowing them to collectivize in opposition to the Union, and fire on Fort Sumter.

No matter how much they claim they have shifted, these are still the tactics of the Democrats. Demonize and collectivize. Tear down and destroy all that stands in opposition.

For as long as these Jacobins are indulged, they will push further and further until they are at our very doors.

Disagree? Just ask that couple in St. Louis who found the slovenly, filthy mob at their door and had to use firearms to defend their home and personhood. Good for them. We need more individuals of courage. A quote by Malcolm X summed up the difference between the two parties: “If someone puts their hands on you, make sure they never put their hands on anybody else again.”

Past is prologue. What goes around goes around again. The Republican Party is the movement of ideas, of, as Ronald Reagan once said, “maximum freedom consistent with law and order.” The Democrats’ party of control and terror in 1861 is once again the party of control and terror.

The destruction of confederate statues has already metastasized into a group at the University of Wisconsin calling for the removal of a statue of Abraham Lincoln for not being sufficiently “pro-black.”

For all this destruction, their justification and promise is one and the same.

For their new world to exist, the old one must be destroyed.

All innocent businesses, livelihoods, and individuals locked in the crossfire are necessary casualties. As the exuberantly polysyllabic Bill Buckley once said, “If only the left hated crime as much as they hate hate.”

For all people to have more freedom, some must have less.

And never forget, it was a Democrat, a racist, and a Southern sympathizer, John Wilkes Booth, who shot the Republican President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

Never forget that Lincoln freed African Americans and Democrats killed him for it.

Craig Shirley is the author of four bestselling books Ronald Reagan’s campaigns, including “Reagan Rising: The Decisive Years, 1976-1980,” out March 21, 2017. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, “December 1941,” and is the president of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs.

Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared on Newsmax.

https://cnsnews.com/commentary/craig-shirley/very-uncivil-war-between-republicans-and-democrats


JULY 4TH (INDEPENDENCE DAY) | A Prayer For Our Nation

Independence Day is the perfect time to lift our nation in prayer. 2 Chronicles 7:14 commands God’s people to humble themselves, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from their sin. God’s promise, when these things happen, is that He will heal our land. Healing, unity, hope, and revival can only come to America through His power! This 4th of July, let us declare our dependence on God and thank Him for giving us this great nation. It all comes from His mighty hand. Let us pray for America!


The Most Important Instrument on Sunday Morning

Article by Bob Kauflin
Pastor, Louisville, Kentucky

The ending of the Psalter explodes with instrumental praise. Lutes, harps, tambourines, strings, and pipes are all called into service of God’s glory. In our day, it’s pianos, electric and acoustic guitars, brass, strings, wind instruments, synths, organs, and multiple kinds of percussion. All can be employed in responding to God’s word, worthiness, and works.

One might almost think that means the more instruments, the better the worship — but that can’t be true. Not every church has the people or resources to utilize multiple instruments. Some make do with a single piano or guitar. Some don’t even have that.

But one instrument is common to every church, big or small. And happily, it’s the instrument God is most concerned about on Sunday mornings: the voice of the congregation.

That reality doesn’t negate the valuable contribution other instruments can make to our singing. But we’re to see them as useful, not crucial. They’re meant to complement and support our voices, not replace them.

We Lift Our Voices

Psalm 150 notwithstanding, Scriptures that reference using voices to praise God far outweigh those that reference using instruments — about 7 to 1. That’s not conclusive, but it certainly points us in a direction.

As to the Psalms, it’s worth noting God didn’t give us a backing instrumental track to accompany them. He only provided lyrics. Of course, many Psalms contain musical annotations, as well as commands to play instruments. But God is evidently more concerned about the words we use to praise him than the music we set them to.

While the New Testament references flutes, trumpets, and harps (Matthew 11:171 Corinthians 14:7–81 Thessalonians 4:16Revelation 5:814:215:2), the unquestionable emphasis when we gather as God’s people is on singing (Matthew 26:30Mark 14:26Acts 16:251 Corinthians 14:1526Ephesians 5:19Colossians 3:16James 5:13). It’s hard to “teach and admonish one another” with instruments alone.

Everyone in the church — pastors, leaders, tech teams, and of course, those who sing — can contribute to prioritizing the congregation’s voice. Here are some ideas on how we can work together towards that end, first for church members.

For Church Members

You may not be involved in the formal music ministry of your church, but you still play a vital role, in at least four ways.

Prepare. Good instrumentalists plan, practice, and rehearse for Sunday mornings. As a member of the congregation, you may not do vocal warm-ups on the way to church, but you can prepare your heart.

Rather than waiting for the music on Sunday to move you to worship, spend time Saturday night or before the meeting reflecting on the lavish mercy God has shown us in Christ. In the midst of our rebellion, God graciously sent his Son to receive the punishment we deserved, so that we could be forgiven, justified, and adopted into God’s family. Every promise of God is assured for us in Jesus Christ. How can we not want to sing?

Participate. It may be obvious, but the congregation will be heard more clearly if everyone sings. It would be odd if the members of a band held their instruments and never played a note. In a similar way, it makes no sense when we stand silently in the midst of a singing congregation.

I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord. (Psalm 40:9)

Look around. Engage with others by occasionally making eye contact as you sing. Acknowledge that you’re doing this together and you’re glad about it!

Receive. Often on a Sunday, I’ll stop singing for a moment and let the sound of others proclaiming God’s truth wash over my soul. When God instructs us about music in the church, we’re told to “address one another” and to “teach and admonish one another” (Ephesians 5:19Colossians 3:16). That’s right in line with what Paul writes in 1 Corinthians about doing everything to build up those around us (1 Corinthians 12:714:51226). Listening to others sing around me is a powerful means of grace and edification.

It’s not uncommon to think of “getting lost” in the sound of synth pads and ambient guitar patches during a service. But that’s foreign to the New Testament. We’re called to let the word of Christ dwell in us richly, not musical experiences.

Encourage. Take time to commend your music leaders and musicians. Thank them for a particular song they chose. Tell them how God has used the songs they lead to help you think more clearly about God and strengthen your faith. Express your appreciation for those around you who sing loudly, boldly, joyfully, and faithfully. Especially encourage those who display God’s grace by singing songs of faith, trust, and joy in the midst of sorrows and trials.

For Church Leaders

If you’re responsible for planning or leading the songs in your church, there are a number of ways you can hinder or help your people’s singing.

Teach on the value of the congregation’s voice. Whether it’s through regular comments on Sunday, or a full sermon, the church needs to understand what musical sound is most important to God. Help them see that hearty singing is necessary for edification to take place. Consider starting with a “call to worship” to root their singing in God’s revelation and commands.

Monitor the volume of the musicians. Sometimes, a band is so loud that people have a hard time hearing the person next to them, much less the sound of the congregation. In other situations, the band and leader are so soft that people with shaky, awkward, not-so-in-tune voices fear singing out. Adjust the loudness of the instruments to be soft enough for the congregation to hear itself, but loud enough to give confidence and direction.

Choose keys and ranges to serve the congregation. When leaders choose a key for a song because they “sound better in that key,” they’re serving themselves, not their congregation. Church members don’t attend the service to listen to a soloist. At least they shouldn’t. But they’ll tend to become spectators if they have to strain every time they sing.

Simplify your arrangements. When the sound from the instruments is constant and dense, it can leave congregations feeling like they have nothing to offer. Similarly, a band that sounds professional and polished can tempt people over time to be more in awe of external trappings than eternal truth. Try using fewer instruments. Vary what and when they play. And if you use in-ear monitors, make sure you can still hear the congregation.

Turn the lights up. Though some people feel more “comfortable” and less distracted with the lights down low, a dark room unquestionably leads to thinking the most important things are happening on the platform. It also makes it more comfortable to check out.

Be intentional about singing a cappella. Many congregations don’t know they’re the primary instrument on Sundays because they never have an opportunity to hear themselves alone. If your church sings less confidently when the instruments drop out, it’s a sign they think the band is more important than they are. Try including two or three moments of a cappella singing every Sunday. That regular practice reminds the church we’re there to support them, not the other way around.

Limit instrumental sections. When people constantly have to stop singing as the musicians play, it can be hard to stay connected to the truths they’re singing. Better options include starting a song with a brief intro, cutting instrumental sections short, or ending songs on the last note the congregation sings rather than playing the obligatory instrumental ending.

For Everyone’s Good

Making the congregation’s voice the main instrument in our gatherings benefits us in at least five ways.

First, it enables us to flesh out the commands of Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16. We understand better that we are not only singing to God, but to each other. We become more aware that we’re being counseled by those around us.

Second, appreciating the value of the congregation’s voice makes our meetings less about performance and more about participation. Less about being impressed and more about being involved. It helps us see that musicians are one part of the body, not separate from it. We are all being led by our great high priest, Jesus, who perfects all our offerings of praise to the Father (1 Peter 2:5).

Third, highlighting the role of the congregation increases our awareness of what each of us brings to build up the church. Typically, when someone asks, “How was worship?” they’re referring to what the musicians did. Ignoring for a moment that “worship” means much more than singing on Sundays, congregational worship is primarily about what the congregation does, not the musical leaders. So the quality of “worship” is determined by the enthusiasm, participation, engagement, and expression of the people.

Fourth, prioritizing the congregation’s sound makes our songs less dependent on fantastic musicians and more dependent on faith-filled hearts. We can be grateful for churches that have amazing instrumentalists that serve their churches with excellence every week. But let’s be honest. The vast majority of churches have average musicians. Hopefully getting better all the time, but still not professionals. But that doesn’t have to affect the sound of individuals whose eyes and hearts have been opened to the glories of the Savior.

Finally, seeing the congregation as the main instrument on Sundays expresses our unity more clearly. There is no dividing line between the musicians and the people, or the pastors and people. We are the body of Christ, made one through his blood, joined together in the Spirit, called to “live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together [we] may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:5–6).

May it be increasingly so in our churches, for the glory of the Lamb whose song we’ll be singing through endless ages.

Why live one day at a time?

June 18, 2020 Nehemiah Zion

There are many logical and natural reasons why we need to live one day at a time in this world. What does it really mean for a believer during this wilderness journey of life?

I want to share three reasons why we must live one day at a time.

To Overcome Anxiety

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Matthew 6:34)

We will always have something or the other in this world to trouble us. Jesus is calling us to rest in Him. When we learn of Jesus, we will find rest for our souls (Matthew 11:29). The restlessness or unrest in our minds and hearts will be cast out when we are filled in His Spirit. In verse 33, Jesus says to seek His kingdom. What is His kingdom? In Romans 14:17, we read the kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. When we give room for the anointing in our lives, He will fill us with His Peace or Comfort.

God desires we live each day in His love and obedience. Rather than waste today thinking of what may or may not happen tomorrow. When we have today in control, He will continue to strengthen and provide for us each day, like He did in the wilderness journey of the Israelites – there was never a dearth of food, clothing or shelter.

To Live Happily

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalms 118:24)

Each and every day is a gift to us. Another day to live for Christ. Another day to reach out to the lost – in our families, neighbourhood, and the world around us. It is a day of rejoicing because we are gifted this day to love others and spread the good news one more time.

It is a joy for believers to meditate on His Word day and night (Psalms 1:2).

It is a joy to be in fellowship and hear testimonies of faith (Psalms 133:1).

Most of all, believers are God’s delight (Psalms 16:3/ Zephaniah 3:17).

To Be Ready For Jesus

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:52)

Some believe in the rapture, some don’t. Let God lead you. What’s necessary for those who believe in the rapture is that they find themselves labouring for the kingdom of God. Be given to reading, exhortation, and doctrine. Live the overcoming life which keeps us away from evil spirits like anxiety, loneliness, depression and sinful natures. We are at war now against wicked spiritual forces and the need to stay focused on the Word of God daily is much more evident today than ever before. We need to redeem the time (Ephesians 5:16).

New technologies are drawing children and youth away from the presence of God, keeping their minds and hearts engaged and bound in the things of the world. Now is the time to cry for the children as Jesus said in Luke 23:28.

Genesis to Revelation is filled with reasons why we need to live every waking moment in Jesus. To a believer, to live is Christ, daily.

Why live one day at a time?

Hearing God Speak, Part 1

May 7, 2020 by Kerry Shook

“Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go,’ whether to the right or to the left.” Isaiah 30:21 (NLT)

Nothing is more reassuring to a child than the voice of their mother or father. It’s amazing to watch how they respond to a comforting word spoken softly yet with confident assurance and love. It’s true in our relationship with God as well. As His children, we long to hear His voice. I love the way The Message puts Proverbs 3:5-6. It says, “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the One who will keep you on track.”

This promise tells me that for the times I’m prone to complain that God is not speaking, the problem may be more likely that I am not listening. Do you listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go? It’s easy for men especially to compartmentalize ourselves, zooming in on whatever is at hand. We tend to separate our spiritual lives from our everyday routines. If that’s the case for you as well, I want to challenge you to make an intentional effort to listen for God’s voice in everything you do, not just in the big decisions, not just on Sunday when you go to church or when you read your bible or pray. Practice listening for God’s voice in everything.

The Bible says that faith comes by hearing the word of God. What is He saying to you? God speaks through His Spirit, the Bible, circumstances and others in ways consistent with His revealed Word that He may reveal Himself, His nature and His ways to us. The Bible is filled with examples of how He spoke in times past. One of my favorites is found in 1 Kings 19 when He spoke to a discouraged prophet named Elijah. Even prophets get depressed. Elijah had isolated himself in a cave that only reinforced his feelings of loneliness. Maybe that’s how you have felt sheltering at home these past eight or nine weeks. But God wasn’t through with His servant. Notice how God spoke to him in verses 11-12, “The LORD said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.’ Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”

To hear a whisper, you have to be quiet. You have to really listen for it. You have to expect it. It wasn’t in the powerful wind, the earthquake, or the fire that God spoke. Those no doubt got his attention. It was with a gentle whisper. Listen for that whisper in your life in everything you do. Make prayer a dialogue, not just a monologue of your voice. Pause and be still. Wait for Him to speak. Sometimes it’s a simple prompting in your heart or idea. It could be a feeling of holy discontent or a direct answer from reading the Bible. As you practice the art of listening for the whisper of God, the Bible says, “Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go. …” How awesome would that be?

 

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AUDIO Random thoughts while not out ‘protesting’ – Stop The Insanity

July 2, 2020 | Larry Elder

At a time in America when one’s race has never been less important, the left has taught an entire generation of the most privileged Americans ever to view the world through race-tinted glasses.

There were 13 Baltimore high schools where, in 2017, 0% of students could do math at grade level, and another half-dozen high schools where only 1% were math proficient. Do you really think these students even know enough about Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson to be mad at him?

During the Chicago Father’s Day weekend, when 14 people were shot and killed and over 100 were wounded, how many Confederate generals were spotted leaving the scenes of the crime? Just curious.

Shouldn’t monuments and schools dedicated to Barack Obama come down? After all, Obama’s ancestors on his white mother’s side were slave owners.

In 2017, more than 60,000 cops were assaulted. In recent years, about 50 cops have been shot and killed annually in the line of duty. More cops are killed by suspects in the line of duty each year than unarmed Blacks are killed by cops.

Whoever called compound interest “the most powerful force in the universe” never encountered “white guilt.”

Next up on the “cancel culture” docket are movies whose names might be offensive under the new woke standard: “Blackboard Jungle,” fictional characters Boston Blackie and Sam Spade, and all Shirley Temple/Bill Robinson dance scenes.

Can we skip to the part where the “protesters” who burned and looted stores denounce business owners as racist for refusing to rebuild?

House Democrats voted to make D.C. the 51st state. If this new state would likely produce two Republican senators, we wouldn’t be having this conversation — just as our borders would be tighter than a clam’s behind if illegal-aliens-turned-citizens were expected to vote Republican.

“But if we are honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that what too many fathers also are is missing — missing from too many lives and too many homes. They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men.” — Then-Sen. Barack Obama, Father’s Day, June 15, 2008.

San Bernardino County, California, has declared “racism” a “public health crisis.” A 2013 Rasmussen poll asked Blacks, Hispanics and whites whether “most” people, in each of these three groups, are racist. Whites and Blacks ranked Blacks as the group with the most racists. Blacks, according to surveys commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League, are more than twice as likely as white gentiles to be anti-Semitic. Now what?

If the USA is “institutionally racist,” why stop at defunding the police? Why not defund public school education? Or public transportation? Or the military? Or the Federal Reserve System? Or government-funded PBS and NPR? Or government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Or the federally owned Tennessee Valley Authority and the federally and state-subsidized Amtrak? Or government agencies like the Social Security Administration; the Internal Revenue Service; the Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Education, Labor, etc.?

There are far more bad public school teachers than there are bad cops. And it practically takes an act of Congress to get a bad public school teacher fired. So, when and where can we expect the #DefundPublicEducation rallies?

Hyperleft “activist” Shaun King wants the statues of “white European” Jesus Christ to come down because “they are a form of white supremacy.” There is no shortage of candidates, but is there a bigger idiot in America?

Social justice warriors promise not to rest until there is a complete and total elimination of racism. Really? Elimination? In a country where, 25 years after his death, 8% believed “there is a chance” that Elvis is still alive? Good luck.

Winning an argument is far less important than winning someone over to a new, clearer way of thinking.

“But the truth is, and people are starting to realize this — racism as a system is often more dangerous and destructive. You know, preventing Black people from getting loans, stopping Black kids from getting an equal education, racial disparities in medical treatment. You know, racism is like the corn syrup of society. It’s in everything. So, right now, thanks to this movement, the movement in the streets, we are being forced to look at all of the ways we might be further perpetuating negative ideas that enforce racism in the world.” — Trevor Noah, June 10, 2020.

So says Noah, the immigrant from post-apartheid South Africa, the product of a then-illegal relationship with a white man and raised by his single Black mom. Noah comes to the United States, gets rich and famous in the intensely competitive field of comedy, lives in a Bel Air mansion, which he reportedly bought for $20.5 million — and whines about racism in America!

Because I don’t think of myself as a victim, I’ve been asked, “How many times have you been called a ‘n-word’?” Rarely am I asked, “How many times have you been called an ‘Uncle Tom’/’coon’/’sellout’?” — even though I’ve long since lost count.

Larry Elder is a bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio talk show host. His latest book, “The New Trump Standard,” is available in paperback from Amazon.com and for Nook, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay. To find out more about Larry Elder, or become an “Elderado,” visit www.LarryElder.com. Follow Larry on Twitter @LarryElder.

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VIDEO The Gospels Affirm the Dominion Mandate for Research

Jeffrey P. Tomkins, Ph.D., and James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D.

At the end of His creation work, God gave humans a directive that’s sometimes referred to as the dominion mandate: “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:28).

It’s noteworthy that this was God’s first commandment to the man and woman He’d just made. They were to exercise dominion over the newly created Earth in a responsible stewardship. This would necessarily involve scientific study. If they were to subdue the earth as good stewards, they must first understand its properties and processes.

But as the Bible tells us, the creation soon became cursed because of Adam and Eve’s sin. The resulting wicked earthly population, after about 1,700 years of mayhem, was destroyed by God in a global flood. Only Noah and his family were saved, along with representative land animal pairs. After the Flood, God reaffirmed the dominion mandate to Noah, with modifications to accommodate the curse that had entered the world since the first time He issued it (Genesis 9:1-10). As history continued, God gave more detailed moral and civil mandates that were made necessary because of the presence of sin.

While these truths are rooted in the Old Testament Scriptures and have been elaborated on by creationists elsewhere,1 the Lord Jesus Christ also made reference to the need for us to undertake a detailed study of His creation. In Luke 12:27-28 and Matthew 6:28-30, He used the example of lilies to illustrate the providential care of God for His children and how we should trust in Him for our needs.

Although this is the central truth of these statements, a closer look at the Greek text gives us unique insight into our dominion mandate role as creation scientists. In Luke 12:27, Jesus said to “consider the lilies, how they grow.” While there are a variety of Greek words that could have been used to describe beholding something, this particular verb form is much more intensive. It literally means to “observe fully,” an active process of analyzing and discovery. Interestingly, in Matthew 6:28, the Lord Jesus made the analogy again, saying, “Consider the lilies of the field.” In this passage, a different Greek word is used with the meaning “to learn thoroughly.”

We essentially have two accounts of this teaching recorded with two different forms of Greek verbs emphasizing the idea of intensively studying and considering the handiwork of the Creator. Because both verb forms are in the second person plural, they are directed to all of us—and particularly to those who acknowledge the wisdom of their Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately, most systems and vocations in our present world, including the sciences, deny the Creator and His moral guidance. Most research is done for self-serving and man-centered reasons. It’s important to understand that God’s dominion mandate, given both before and after the fall, has never been rescinded and was authenticated and reaffirmed in the teachings of the Lord Jesus.

Thus, Bible-based scientific research is a worthy pursuit for engaging the dominion mandate. It enables us to be better stewards, deepens our knowledge of the world around us, and provides new opportunities to praise God for His “fearfully and wonderfully made” creation (Psalm 139:14).

Reference

  1. Morris, H. M. 1984. The Biblical Basis for Modern Science. Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 32-33.

* Dr. Tomkins is Director of Life Sciences at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his Ph.D. in genetics from Clemson University. Dr. Johnson is Associate Professor of Apologetics and Chief Academic Officer at the Institute for Creation Research.

Cite this article: Various Authors. 2020. The Gospels Affirm the Dominion Mandate for ResearchActs & Facts. 49 (2).

https://www.icr.org/article/the-gospels-affirm-dominion-mandate-for-research

VIDEO Celebrate Freedom

 

LIBERTY

The opposite of servitude or bondage, hence, applicable to captives or slaves set free from oppression (thus deror, Leviticus 25:10Isaiah 61:1, etc.). Morally, the power which enslaves is sin (John 8:34), and liberty consists, not simply in external freedom, or in possession of the formal power of choice, but in deliverance from the darkening of the mind, the tyranny of sinful lusts and the enthrallment of the will, induced by a morally corrupt state. In a positive respect, it consists in the possession of holiness, with the will and ability to do what is right and good. Such liberty is possible only in a renewed condition of soul, and cannot exist apart from godliness. Even under the Old Testament godly men could boast of a measure of such liberty (Psalms 119:45, rachabh, “room,” “breadth”), but it is the gospel of Christ which bestows it in its fullness, in giving a full and clear knowledge of God, discovering the way of forgiveness, supplying the highest motives to holiness and giving the Holy Spirit to destroy the power of sin and to quicken to righteousness. In implanting a new life in the soul, the gospel lifts the believer out of the sphere of external law, and gives him a sense of freedom in his new filial relation to God. Hence, the New Testament expressions about “the glorious liberty” of God’s children (Romans 8:21 the King James Version; compare Galatians 2:45:13, etc.), about liberty as resulting from the possession of the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17), about “the perfect law of liberty” (James 1:25). The instrument through which this liberty is imparted is “the truth” (John 8:32). Christians are earnestly warned not to presume upon, or abuse their liberty in Christ (Galatians 5:131 Peter 2:16).

James Orr

Celebrate Freedom Sunday

 


Women Deserve Justice and Safety, Not Mob Tyranny

By Penny Nance | July 1, 2020

 

The month of June marks the 24th anniversary of an event that changed my life forever.  That morning, early in my pregnancy with my first child, I was violently attacked on a running path in Virginia by a complete stranger, a sexual predator who later was sentenced to 18 years for my assault along with that of two other women.

It was the most terrifying and traumatizing moment of my entire life. I have never spoken of the race of my assailant, nor will I now. It is irrelevant to my life.

However, the racially-charged unrest on our streets have made me reflect on the fact that the woman who saved me from being raped was black. She was a single mom with her son in the car, late for an appointment, but who saw another woman, not a white woman, but another woman in distress, and she stopped her car to save me.

She courageously stopped, and she honked, and she yelled and made an evil man run away.  She also called the police, who came as fast as they could.  The police didn’t ask about the race of the victim, and she didn’t mention it. We were both relieved when they came and were grateful when their detective work found the man whom I identified, but sadly not before there was another victim.

I remember crying and her hugging me as I bled on her beautiful white dress. She was an angel. Her name is Mary. We were two women united. Our bond was beyond race.

My question is:  Why are these “woke” mobs today trying to destroy what bonds us as human beings? The vast majority of Americans of every race are all in strong agreement that George Floyd’s murder was a travesty. Those who committed the crime must pay the price of their actions to the fullest extent of the law. No one in authority should be allowed to abuse others. Compassionate American women agree on this point, but something insidious has taken root.

Unfortunately, we are allowing an incident that unifies us so strongly to be used to divide our country. Peaceful protests by sincere citizens have now been largely hijacked and have disintegrated into an anarchist movement that may be setting civil rights progress back decades.

The lawless mobs tearing down statues dedicated to abolitionists expose the truth.  They purport to fight racism, but one look at the victims of their rage reveals the lie. Many are in fact hurting the very people for whom they pretend to fight. It isn’t about race anymore. It’s now about a “woke” left using others for their own selfish purposes.

Their cries to “defund the police” are a sick joke. To paraphrase James Madison, if men were angels, we wouldn’t need government. A vacuum will be filled. As I experienced, men are not angels, and the need for law enforcement is essential or else vigilante justice will ascend.

Where were the left’s politicians this week when South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott offered a bill that would actually change current law enforcement practices? No, they aren’t serious.

This has consequences.  Many women originally sympathetic are now no longer buying their message. Women want safety. We want our homes, families, and businesses protected. We must unite against a hijacked movement that threatens all of that.  Women seek to live in peace and unity. Why do so few of our leaders understand that?

Concerned Women for America members call on our nation’s leaders to rise up to the challenges this moment demands or resign. We are tired of standing by while our cities are burned, our heritage is erased, and our churches are desecrated.

Truth is the basis of all unity. Without it, there can be no union.

Some are trying to fight. President Donald Trump just issued an executive order to restore law and order.

Meanwhile, other leaders express support for the lawlessness while cowering in fear, hoping the mob does not come after them. Most appalling, even our spiritual leaders, many pastors, join the mob, ignoring their godless call for the destruction of the God-designed “nuclear family structure,” among many other anti-Christian teachings.

Just last week, one of the most prominent voices in the Black Lives Matter movement called for tearing down statues of Jesus. This is the mob many of our spiritual leaders have joined, taking a knee, in some cases literally, to what is tantamount to a new religion.

Our children’s future is threatened by the perversion of justice and the resulting shattering of hope.

We deserve leaders who will stand up to proclaim Truth, aside from popularity. We deserve leaders who dare stand up to the mob and recognize that the Church is essential. We deserve leaders for such a time as this. We deserve leaders with the courage of Mary.

Penny Nance is the CEO of Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest conservative women’s organization.

https://cnsnews.com/commentary/penny-nance/women-deserve-justice-and-safety-not-mob-tyranny

California Gov. Newsom Bans Singing In Churches

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Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued new coronavirus orders Wednesday that ban singing in churches or other places of worship.

The state’s Department of Public Health did not return the state to a complete religious lockdown but ordered those of all faiths to “discontinue singing and chanting activities,” the Sacramento Bee reported.

When California allowed places of worship to reopen at 25% capacity after loosening restrictions on the coronavirus lockdown in late May, the state suggested participants refrain from “singing and chanting activities” but did not insist they do so. (RELATED: California Church Asks Supreme Court To Block Newsom’s Coronavirus Restrictions)

It’s now saying “Activities such as singing and chanting negate the risk reduction achieved through six feet of physical distancing,” according to the Bee. Religious sites also have to have face masks available for those who don’t bring one to the service.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has said that singing and shouting are no different than coughing or sneezing in promoting the spread of the COVID-19 virus in confined spaces.

Newsom has slowed the state’s reopening after a rebound in the coronavirus and recently halted a plan to allow indoor dining in restaurants. He ordered all citizens to wear face masks in public places in June. (RELATED: Illegal Aliens In California Can Now Begin Applying For Coronavirus Assistance)

Newsom issued a stay-at-home order in March while asking the federal government for almost $1 billion to build more hospitals and clinics. He faced some opposition when one county reopened its economy in defiance of the governors edict.

California has the dubious distinction of having the first coronavirus case in the United States: an infected person was discovered in the state’s Santa Clara County in late January.

https://dailycaller.com/2020/07/03/california-gov-gavin-newsom-singing-churches-coronavirus-covid-19-lockdown/

VIDEO Real Story of Black Lives Matter, Marxist, Anti-Family Radicals Takeover Of America

By L. Brent Bozell III | July 1, 2020

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JUNE 14: A protester holds a sign during a march in support of Black Lives Matter and Black Trans Lives in Boystown on June 14, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Protests erupted across the nation after George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25th. (Photo by Natasha Moustache/Getty Images)

Black Lives Matter.

That rallying cry is now endorsed by millions of people, not just in the United States, but around the world. “By a 28-point margin, Civiqs finds that a majority of American voters support the movement,” according to The New York Times.

My guess is that 99 percent of those supporting this group have no idea what it stands for. All you shopkeepers putting signs in your stores, you schoolteachers programming your students to lock arms, you men and women of the cloth preaching about morality, you civic leaders urging community action and political leaders demanding legislative remedies — you give ignorant pawns a bad rap.

Black Lives Matter was founded by radical extremists who are perfectly pleased with the rioting, looting, vandalism and violence that have plagued our cities for the past several weeks.

It’s what violent revolutionaries do. Do I exaggerate?

Two of the three founders are self-described “trained Marxists.” Co-founder Patrisse Cullors told Cosmo that Assata Shakur is one of the leaders who inspired her. Shakur’s real name is Joanne Chesimard and she is wanted by the FBI as a “domestic terrorist” for murdering a police officer, escaping prison and hiding out in Cuba for decades.

One of the board of directors for the leftist group Thousand Currents, which handles donations to Black Lives Matter, is a convicted terrorist. She was pardoned by President Bill Clinton.

They live their beliefs.

Sorry, you spoiled, white-privileged, nameless, faceless, cowardly fools. BLM supports the destruction of America, and you’ve endorsed it, and they’re laughing at you. Greater New York Black Lives Matter president Hawk Newsome warned that “if this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it.” He claimed it “a matter of interpretation” whether he was speaking “figuratively” or “literally.”

It’s a blatant threat. No one at BLM denounced him.

Black Lives Matter rioters have attacked statues and attempted to destroy monuments across America that project racism. But they’re also attacking those who fought against slavery. The mob is attempting to damage the iconic Lincoln Memorial. It wants a statue honoring Ulysses S. Grant removed. There’s more. They’re out to destroy the monument to the 54th Massachusetts regiment, the African American unit portrayed in the movie “Glory.” Their latest target is the Emancipation Memorial, a D.C. statue depicting a freed slave in front of President Abraham Lincoln. The statue was unveiled in 1876 to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation and was funded by actual freed slaves.

Those black lives don’t matter to Black Lives Matter.

They’re also trying to destroy a World War II memorial. Somehow our nation’s victorious struggle to defeat Nazism is an exercise in racism.

Listen up, all you Christian leaders kneeling in prayer. While you’re sermonizing about the need to show support for their movement, BLM leaders are sermonizing about destroying yours. BLM activist Shaun King wants symbols of your religion eradicated. “Yes I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down,” he tweeted. “They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been.”

BLM hasn’t denounced him. And you’re enabling him.

Amazon, Netflix, GoFundMe, Chick-fil-A — all you corporations sending millions and tripping over yourselves to be one with the crowd — do any of you know how to read? You should be held legally accountable for their destruction given it’s made possible by the money you’ve provided.

Black Lives Matter doesn’t hide its radical positions. They are listed right on its website. Who they are and what they believe — it’s right there, in the open. Are their beliefs yours too?

Since you’re endorsing BLM, I dare you to urge your shareholders and customers to read what’s on that website.

“Two of three Black Lives Matter founders identify as queer,” according to ABC News. The BLM positions reflect that, claiming to “foster a queer‐affirming network” and opposing “the tight grip of heteronormative thinking.” The organization vows to “do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege.” That’s all leftist code for an anti-family agenda.

But the organization gets more specific: “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement.” They want “extended families and ‘villages,’” to raise your children. It takes a village, not parents.

The group’s website proudly proclaims, “This is the revolution.” And that’s precisely what this is — a cultural revolution. These are Marxists following the Maoist playbook in China during the late ’60s and early ’70s. The Maoist revolutionaries vandalized temples, tore down statues and destroyed artifacts. The opposition was marched to re-education camps.

The Tibet Journal detailed the account of one lama who saw Marxism up close. The account described how Chinese Marxists “put themselves into a position of monopolizing truth and how it is sought.”

That is terrifyingly similar to what we are experiencing now.

It is not the alleged symbols of racism that Black Lives Matter wants destroyed. It is America.

L. Brent Bozell is the founder and president of the Media Research Center.

https://dailycaller.com/2020/07/01/bozell-the-real-story-of-black-lives-matter-marxist-anti-family-radicals/


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