VIDEO The War on Religion, War Against Christianity

Richard Land  Nov 07, 2019

The War on Religion

There is a coordinated and powerful assault on religion in America from modern secularists and progressives driven by the complete moral relativism that defines their worldviews. This sustained assault was recently described eloquently by Attorney General William Barr in a wonderful speech delivered at the Notre Dame Law School: “Secularists, and their allies among the ‘progressives,’ have marshaled all the force of mass communications, popular culture, the entertainment industry and academia, in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values. These instruments are used not only to affirmatively promote secular orthodoxy, but also drown out and silence opposing voices and to attack viciously and hold up to ridicule any dissenters.”

One of the most destructive and comprehensive results of this massive assault on religion in America is that according to an August Wall Street Journal poll, only 30% of 18- to 30-year-old Americans listed religion or belief in God as very important, compared with 50% of Americans overall and two-thirds of those 55 and older. In other words, today’s generation of young people is the least religious generation that America has ever seen.

Ideas have consequences; bad ideas have bad consequences. The secularist attack on religion has hollowed out the faith of our nation, especially among the young. We must respond with a clarion defense of the Gospel of life in Jesus Christ.

The attorney general helped in this effort by starting his address to Notre Dame students by enunciating an eloquent defense of religious liberty—what my Baptist forefathers called “soul freedom.” He pointed out quite correctly that our founding fathers believed emphatically in religious freedom for many reasons, perhaps chiefly because they believed religion was indispensable in sustaining a new and unique free system of government articulated in the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution. Our founding fathers called our Constitution “the great experiment.” Placing their trust in the American peoples’ self-restraint, doing the right thing because a higher power expected them to do so.

As Barr pointed out in his speech, “This is really what was meant by ‘self-government.’ It did not mean primarily the mechanics by which we select a representative legislative body. It referred to the capacity of each individual to restrain and govern themselves.” As John Adams, our second president and a chief architect of the Constitution put it, “We have no government armed with the power which is 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 for the government of any other.”

Without a religious people voluntarily obeying the law, our freedoms will wither into license and lawlessness and die and will in all probability be replaced by a far more restrictive and oppressive government presence in order to restore “order” over chaos.

As the British philosopher G. K. Chesterton observed in “What I Saw in America:”

“America is the only nation in the world that is founded on a creed. That creed is set forth with dogmatic and even theological lucidity in the Declaration of Independence; perhaps the only piece of practical politics that is also theoretical politics and also great literature. It enunciates that all men are equal in their claim to justice, that governments exist to give them that justice, and that their authority is for that reason just. It certainly does condemn anarchism, and it does also by inference condemn atheism, since it clearly names the Creator as the ultimate authority from whom these equal rights are derived.”

Back to Barr’s speech—the attorney general went on to say that “one of the ironies, as some have observed, is that the secular project has itself become a religion pursued with religious fervor. It is taking on all the trappings of a religion, including inquisitions and excommunications. Those who defy the creed risk a figurative burning at the stake, social, educational and professional ostracism, and exclusion waged through lawsuits and savage social media campaigns.”

In other words, the new irreligion is terribly intolerant. The attorney general points out as well that as the social consequences of this moral relativism pile up, today “instead of addressing the underlying causes, we have made the State in the role of Alleviator of Bad Consequences,” calling “on the State to mitigate the social costs of personal misconduct and irresponsibility. … The reaction to drug addiction is safe injection site. The solution to the breakdown of the family is for the State to set itself up as an ersatz husband for single mothers and an ersatz father to their children.”

Barr goes on to explain that Judeo Christian moral standards “are like God’s instruction manual for the best running of man and human society.” As religion has come under unprecedented assault from secularists and progressives in America over the past half century, the results have been catastrophic. As Barr concluded, “The campaign to destroy the traditional moral order has brought with it immense suffering, wreckage and misery.” He then asked the progressives rhetorically, “Where’s the progress?”

The attorney general then pointed out that secular religion is very intolerant of any dissent and is weaponizing law and government to coerce people of traditional faith to violate their deeply held beliefs and consciences. He also points out that irreligion and secularists are forcing their values and their beliefs on people of traditional faith, seeking to coerce them under penalty of law. Mr. Barr then pledges to defend freedom of conscience as long as he is the attorney general of the United States.

Barr identifies and unmasks the unprecedented secularist onslaught against traditional religion in America and the dire consequences it has brought upon our society. The attorney general points out that as Christians, we need to promote renewal by making sure we are putting our spiritual beliefs into practice in our own lives and the lives of our families. “We understand that only by transforming ourselves can we transform the world beyond ourselves.” He closed by promising that as long as he was attorney general, the Department of Justice would vigorously defend religious freedom.

I, for one, am very grateful to God that he has raised up Attorney General Barr to defend freedom of conscience and religious liberty in time of great peril.

Predictably, the reaction to Bill Barr’s speech was swift, apoplectic and shrill. As my East Texas grandmother used to often say, “You throw a rock into a pack of dogs. It’s the one that yelps that got hit.” Well, the yelping was loud, frantic and immediate. A few examples: The infamously wrong Paul Krugman accused Bill Barr of “religious bigotry.” Richard Painter tweeted that Bill Barr sounded like Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister. Meanwhile, retired Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, once chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, told MSNBC’s Joy Reid that Barr is “Torquemada in a business suit,” a reference to the Spanish Inquisition’s infamous grand inquisitor.

It sounded an awful lot like yelping to me. Thank God for Bill Barr.

(Dr. Richard Land is president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and serves on President Donald Trump’s faith advisory board.)

War Against Christianity

Yeast Yeast Yeast!

AUGUST 16, 2020 ~ HANNAH

For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast. On the first day remove the yeast from your houses, for whoever eats anything with yeast in it from the first day through the seventh must be cut off from Israel. (Exodus 12:15)

Yesterday I went to Wingstop to get some chicken wings, and my husband pointed out a picture on a wall of these yummy looking yeast rolls. “We must get this!” We ordered 2 of them, but for some reason the word “yeast” reminded me of unleavened bread in the bible. And today when I was reading through Exodus, I kept on seeing “yeast” EVERYWHERE! I was really surprised at how many times it was repeated in the scripture.

Why so many times? And why such significance?

Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. (Exodus 12:17)

God called this the Festival of Unleavened bread. I bet the main thing they ate was Lamb that was slaughtered, but why was the bread emphasized more? The fact that the bread was Unleavened seemed like the most important thing, but I couldn’t tell exactly why. As I kept meditating on the verse, something interesting hit me.

On the first day remove the yeast from your houses

It was not just about avoid eating the yeast, but also removing yeast from your house altogether! It almost sounded like ridding ourselves completely and cleansing ourselves from sin. Do not even let the trace of sin be found anywhere. Also eating the leavened bread resulted in being cut off from God, just like sin causes the separation between us and God.

or whoever eats anything with yeast in it from the first day through the seventh must be cut off from Israel.

That’s a serious consequences for just eating some sort of bread, isn’t it? This all represents and symbolizes something more significant.

“A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” (Galatians 5:9)

It is quite true that even a slight trace of unrepentant sin can affect the whole body. It quickly spreads to the whole batch before you know it. I got curious about yeast, and started to research a bit more into it. Scientifically speaking how does yeast affect the dough and what’s the optimal state for it to work and make the whole dough rise?

That’s when I found something even MORE interesting.

The optimum temperature range for yeast fermentation is between 90˚F-95˚F (32˚C-35˚C). Every degree above this range depresses fermentation. While elevated temperature is problematic in all phases of ethanol production, it is specifically hazardous during the later stages of fermentation.

Basically yeast thrives and grow the fastest (just like how sin spreads fast) at a certain temperature. That’s between 90 and 95˚F, and you know what that is?

That’s a lukewarm temperature.

So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth. (Revelation 3:16)

Sin thrives in lukewarmness. Lord, I repent for all the times I was lukewarm and complacent. I want to do a thorough search within myself to find if there is even a small trace of sin hidden, and get rid of it. With a pure and clean heart, I want to run after you with passion, Amen.

Yeast Yeast Yeast!

The School Of Mercy

When it comes to learning Christlikeness, the lessons are inexhaustible—and the teacher will never give up on us


The office I worked in had an employee manual as thick as a phone book. During my first week on the job, I read the whole thing—attendance policies, dress codes, work-station guidelines—and like all the other employees, I signed the first page, attesting to the fact that I had understood the rules.

“Maybe you could just give the guy a break.”

Imagine my surprise, then, when I saw coworkers eating entire meals at their desk, wearing jeans on days other than Fridays, and chitchatting in the copy room when there were strict policies against these behaviors. Another teammate arrived a few minutes late almost daily, and I wondered why she hadn’t been written up, in accordance with the attendance policy. And when I heard the man in the cubicle next to mine making and receiving personal calls throughout the day, I was incensed. Why can’t they just follow the rules?

One day I was complaining to friends about work, feeling outraged over the latest policy violations.

“Basically, this one guy just stands around talking all the time and never actually gets any work done,” I said.

“Could you talk to his supervisor?” Kelly suggested.

“I guess,” I said, nodding slowly. “I could probably talk to my supervisor, even.”

I turned to Erik to see what advice he might have, but he simply said: “Do you know you have a high justice quotient?”

I stared at him blankly.

Most of the times that the word mercy is used in Scripture, it refers to God extending a hand to those in need. But God also desires mercy from us.

“You seem to take it personally when people don’t obey the rules,” he explained. “Maybe you could just give the guy a break. What if he had to arrange child care?”

When Jesus delivered His famous Sermon on the Mount, He told the crowds that the merciful are blessed because they’ll receive mercy. I imagine at least some in the audience wondered, as I do, how regular people like us could extend mercy in a meaningful way to others. We have such little power over other people. Few of us are owed serious debts. And certainly none of us have the power to exonerate criminals or excuse offenders. God is the merciful one. He alone ultimately holds the power of pardon and forgiveness.

To be sure, most of the times that the word mercy is used in Scripture, it refers to God extending a hand to those in need. But God also desires mercy from us. When Jesus told His disciples and the Pharisees to “go and learn what this means” (Matt. 9:13), surely He was making a way for us to learn mercy as well—including the lesson that mercy prioritizes compassion over strict adherence to rules.


I don’t ever want to hear that you’re short-staffed,” I snapped at the nurse and case manager of my mom’s nursing home not long ago, “because that’s not my problem.”

“We understand,” one of them replied softly. Tension hung thick in the room.

“I don’t actually care whether you are short-staffed or not,” I said, repeating myself, “because Mom still needs to be cared for.” I felt my throat catch but was determined not to cry. That was last summer’s approach to helping mom navigate the new world of assisted living and skilled nursing. This was the year of strong and firm. Confident.

“You’re absolutely right. Staffing is not your problem,” the case manager said. “But when someone calls in sick at the last minute, the staff just can’t get everything done. They have to decide what’s most important at the time.”

I felt myself softening.

In a place where compassion should be everyone’s first order of business, occasionally needs get overlooked and tasks go undone. No one likes it—the nurses and aides least of all. And often it seems easier for me to get mad and lash out than to work toward a solution. But when the work of compassionate care falls short, shouldn’t I set things aright with more mercy and not less?

We see Jesus address this issue more than once with the Pharisees when they find Him breaking the Sabbath (Matt. 12). According to The IVP New Testament Commentary Series, the conflict over what it means to rest from work illustrates Jesus’ model for interpreting the law, which differed from the Pharisees’. Whereas they built “an ever tighter fence around the strictest interpretation of the law to keep from breaking it,” Jesus “instead pursued the point of biblical texts in the situation in which they were written.” And when it came to human need versus adherence to rules, He said over and over, quoting the prophet Hosea: “I desire mercy, not sacrifice” (Hos. 6:6 NIV). Or, as the IVP Commentary suggests, “Human need in general takes precedence over regulations.”

On the other hand, mercy doesn’t eliminate the need for justice. In fact, Jesus said we need to learn the difference between mercy and sacrifice, not mercy and justice. God’s kingdom operates on the principles of making things right. If that didn’t matter to God, He wouldn’t have sent His only Son to mend what had been broken by sin. But the rule-keeping of justice is different than the rule-keeping of sacrifice, or ritual. In the former, we uphold a standard of fairness for both ourselves and our communities. In the latter, we cross t’s and dot i’s in trying to please God yet fail to realize what He really wants is for us to love Him and each other.

When it came to human need versus adherence to rules, He said over and over, quoting the prophet Hosea: “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.”

It’s the principle Micah explains to Judah, a nation who kept God’s rituals but lacked both compassion and principle.

“Does the Lord take delight in thousands of rams, in ten thousand rivers of oil?” Micah asks. And in the next breath, he answers: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Mic. 6:7-8).

Jesus says the same thing to the Pharisees in Matthew 23:23You’re great at the easy parts of the law, like tithing, but when it comes to the weightier matters, like justice and mercy and faithfulness, not so much. “These are the things you should have done without neglecting the others,” He says. In essence, Jesus actually does want our sacrifices, but He just doesn’t want us to prioritize them above what really matters.


In Matthew 9:10-13, we find the Lord reclining at the table with “tax collectors and sinners”—possibly friends of Matthew, the tax collector whom He had just invited to be a disciple. When the Pharisees saw Jesus with unsavory people, they asked His disciples why a so-called teacher would associate Himself with such a crowd? I’ve often wondered what the disciples would have said if Jesus hadn’t stepped in and answered the question Himself. Did they understand, as He had told them, that it’s the unhealthy who need a doctor, and not the well? And perhaps more importantly, did they realize that disciple, Pharisee, and tax collector alike were equally sick?

In other words, to receive mercy, people need to realize they’re sinners, but they also need to see their own sinfulness in order to extend mercy. It’s like a doctor who suddenly practices medicine more compassionately after he finds himself on the other side of the scalpel. Over the years, I’ve read dozens of these stories, like the one about Kamal Malaker, a clinical oncologist in Antigua, who suddenly needed heart bypass surgery. After decades of treating others, Malaker said finding himself in the vulnerable position of patient gave him more empathy and helped him “exchange shoes with [his] patient[s].”

“I now spend a lot more time … when they come asking for help,” he said. “Whatever they want to talk to me about, I listen.”


What’s more, in the school of mercy, facing our own sin teaches not only humility and empathy; it’s also a beginning-level course in the arithmetic of spiritual debt.

In Matthew 18, Jesus tells the story of the unforgiving servant, who, after being forgiven a large debt, refuses to extend even a little mercy to a fellow servant owing him much less. When the master finds out, he chastises the wicked servant: “I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?” (Matt. 18:32-33 NIV).

Of course, the master doesn’t mention the size of either debt, but the amounts owed don’t really matter—at any level, forgiveness comes at a cost. Mercy also can never be paid back; it doesn’t create a new layer of debt when we give it away. Instead, it’s like an investment: With each act of forgiveness, we give and receive the mercy we need in order to pardon the next debt that’s owed.

But like the unforgiving servant, I sometimes feel as if I’ve come to the end of my capacity to forgive or am facing a debt too large to pardon. In fact, it seems Peter was getting close to that point himself when he asked Jesus how many times he should forgive a brother who sins against him—the very question that prompted Jesus to tell the parable in the first place.

By the end of the story, though, Jesus’ point is clear: Others’ debts don’t determine how much compassion we should show them. God’s lovingkindness does. And perhaps the greatest lesson we can learn in Jesus’ school of mercy is simply this: Though we can never “out mercy” God, He invites us to keep trying, as often as it takes—seventy times seven, and beyond.


Illustrations by Ilya Milstein

24 Famous Ravi Zacharias Quotes

By Jesse T. Jackson -May 19, 2020

Ravi Zacharias quotes

Ravi Zacharias was an well-known American apologist who touched many lives reflecting the love and truth of Jesus Christ. If you have watched any of his videos, read any of books, listened to his radio shows, were able to attend any of his countless lectures or debates that defended the faith of His Savior and King, then you were blessed by a man of God that desired to give all that he had to lead others to Jesus and encourage others in the faith.

RZIM’s Twitter account posted “This morning, our beloved founder and apologist @RaviZacharias went home to be with Jesus.”

Over the years there are many important quotes and jewels of eternal wisdom which Ravi gave us through the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Here are just some of those quotes.

Ravi Zacharias Quotes

“Jesus didn’t come to make bad people good, He came to make dead people alive.”

“God often reinforces our faith after we trust Him, not before.”

“Without God, you take man to be God, your body to be a soul, and time to be eternity.”

“We are commanded by God to love our fellow human being no matter how much we disagree with them.”

“An argument may remove doubt, but only the Holy Spirit can convict of truth.”

“We all want Canaan without going through the wilderness.”

“Television has been the single greatest shaper of emptiness.”

“Justice is the handmaiden of truth, and when truth dies, justice is buried with it.”

“I am totally convinced the Christian faith is the most coherent worldview around.”

“Success is more difficult to handle than failure.”

“The purpose of prayer and of God’s call in your life isn’t to make you number one in the world’s eyes but to make Him number one in your life.”

“Evil is a violation of purpose, the purpose of your creator and mine.”

“Jesus said, ‘Greater things of these you shall do…’ Become a peace builder, a bridge builder, not a destroyer, and the way you do that is through friendships and relationships, and through authentic character.”

“Beginning well is a momentary thing; finishing well is a lifelong thing.”

“In churches, we live with the danger of one-way verbal traffic.”

“It was not the volume of sin that sent Christ to the cross; it was the fact of sin.”

“There is no greater discovery than seeing God as the author of your destiny.”

“Many Christians have so busied themselves with programs and activities that they no longer know how to be silent and meditate on God’s word or recognize the mysteries that are in the Person of Christ.”

“A man rejects God neither because of intellectual demands nor because of the scarcity of evidence. A man rejects God because of a moral resistance that refuses to admit his need for God.”

“My goal is to satisfy the hunger and longing for those who are seeking the truth.”

“We have a right to believe whatever we want, but not everything we believe is right.”

“Love is hard work. It is the hardest work I know of, work from which you are never entitled to take a vacation.”

“If you believe in subjective morality, why do you lock your doors at night?”

“Redemption is prior to righteousness. You cannot be righteous until you are first redeemed.”


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VIDEO John MacArthur Lists the Requirements They Were Given to Keep Meeting as a Church

Sept 16, 2020

On Thursday, September 10, 2020, a preliminary injunction (which can be read here) was issued against John MacArthur and Grace Community Church by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge. The order prohibits Grace Community Church from “conducting, participating in, or attending any indoor worship service.” The order, according to the Thomas More Society, also “bans outdoor worship unless onerous restrictions are followed.”

That didn’t stop John MacArthur or the congregants at Grace Community Church from worshiping indoors this past Sunday. As Pastor MacArthur took the pulpit for announcements, he was greeted with a thunderous round of applause. He followed by saying “Are you happy to be at church?”

Pastor MacArthur told his congregation that he “thought it might be helpful to give you the list of things that are required of us as a church so that you understand how utterly impossible that would be.”

The List of Restrictions That Must Be Met

  • No indoor meetings at all
  • Pre-registration of every person who comes on the church property
  • People only allowed on church property for scheduled events
  • Every person who comes on the church property is to be screened and have their temperature taken at the entry.
  • We all must maintain 6 feet of social distance at all times everywhere, including the parking lot and restrooms
  • Every other parking space must be left vacant.
  • Marked pathways to maintain social distance, keeping people apart monitored by staff monitors
  • Everyone wears a mask.
  • Restroom monitors to control 6 feet social distancing; tape on the ground marking distance
  • Signs indicating these mandates and also full exposure on social media
  • Restrooms are to be used during the service to minimize the rush.
  • No hymn books
  • No communion
  • No offering containers
  • No pew Bibles
  • No singing
  • No hugging
  • No shaking hands
  • Disposable seat covers changed between services
  • Services have to be shortened.
  • Based upon the separation, we could only meet in a tent with a maximum of 350 to 400 people.

After hearing some of the mandated requirements, the crowd followed with laughter but none louder than after the requirement of John MacArthur’s sermons being cut down because of services needing to be shortened. MacArthur humorously responded, “That’s not a problem to me, right?”

“You can see that these are the requirements that would completely shut the church down,” he said and then expressed by hyperbole a requirement that is not fact: “Anyone that comes in contact with someone outside their family for more than 15 minutes must self-quarantine for two weeks. Obviously this is not constitutional, but more importantly it goes against the will of the Lord of the church who calls us to gather.” After which the crowd again showed their approval of his statement with a round of loud applause.

Watch the entire sermon below

John MacArthur Sees Himself as the Appointed Champion of the CHURCH

Later that night at their Sunday night service, John MacArthur did a Q&A and expressed, “I feel like it took me to get to 80 years before maybe the most critical moment in my life has taken place. I think it is because there are more people listening to the Word of God at this particular time from this pulpit than ever in the history of our church in a regular way, Sunday after Sunday.” MacArthur said this is due to the multiple ‘dire conditions’ in our world and a greater interest in hearing the Word of God.

MacArthur believes that he is delivering truth in a way that other church leaders are not delivering. MacArthur made the comment, “I’ve been ‘kind of a joke,’ for the last 15 to 20 years to the pragmatists, to the church growth, church strategy people.” He said that he “has been like a dinosaur to those type of strategists [because he doesn’t adapt to culture to grow the church], but when the nation starts to burn and people are wanting real answers; they’re not gonna go to a show. They’re not gonna go to a superficial ‘Ted Talk’. When they want the truth, when they desperately need the truth, they’re going to find the truth as God directs them. So this is a time for the truth, and it’s an amazing thing to see this all happening.”

“Superficial preaching is becoming obsolete,” the pastor said. “The people who thought that they were at the top of food chain in terms of ministry and effectiveness in the church are now void. They’re nullified.” MacArthur didn’t mince his words as he said, “This is way too desperate for some superficial approach. You got to tell people more than ‘God wants them to be happy.’ “

As a pastor who is generations removed from the average audience, why is MacArthur getting so much media attention? MacArthur touts his superiority as a Bible preacher for being asked to write and appear in blogs, news articles, talk shows, and podcasts. He says people are saying “give us more, give us more, give us more,” citing because there is a “hunger” for biblical truth. And it seems that MacArthur believes he is the “one” who is called to deliver that truth–apart from other church leaders.

The Lord is the head of the church and that’s why we’re here, regardless of what a judge says,” MacArthur said as he elaborated on their stance ‘Christ, not Caesar, is the head of the church‘. “[The government is] not the head of the church and that is where the church has taken its stand through its entire history…when [the government] steps in and tells the church whether it can meet or not, they have over-stepped their bounds because Christ said my kingdom is not of this world.” The pastor likened himself to the apostles’ example of “we’ll obey God rather than men, and we’ll take the consequences; whatever they are.” MacArthur mentioned that those consequences may begin this week but said “I’m not sure.”

Ever critical of other church practices, MacArthur did not pull any punches when he was asked about his role during this pandemic. The moderator asked pastor MacArthur if he felt like what he is demonstrating [by defying the government] is preparing future generations of pastors to make a similar stand [as Grace Community Church is]. MacArthur answered without hesitation, “I think we have had enough of the pragmatic stuff. I think the church has been sold out to pragmatism…weak-willed, unbiblical preachers that are just personalities…narcissistic self-focused personalities, brokering their charisma, their skills, and their communication ability to build what they call a church, when it isn’t a church at all. Life is far too serious for those…what they are telling people is shy of what people want to hear. It’s time again for the Word of God. Life is far more serious, at least from my perspective, more than it’s ever been.” He then summed up his answer by saying, “The attention of the world is on us and I think we are beginning to see other pastors be strengthened.”

Watch the entire Q&A session here.

MacArthur Says He Has the Backing of President Trump

John MacArthur appeared on The Ingraham Angle Tuesday night to answer host Laura Ingraham’s question of why it’s so important to stand up against the state’s ‘onerous edicts’. MacArthur said, “We believe the governor, the county, the city, and the health department are going against the constitution.” He expressed his thankfulness that “President Trump has told me personally that he supports the church as essential and the churches need to stay open. So with the constitution on our side and the President’s backing, we’re open.”

Pastor MacArthur said that the “church doesn’t exist to make sure it navigates around politicians’ whims. The church exists in the world to preach the saving gospel of Christ.” He shared that the more dire situations around the world become, the more “critical” and the more “essential” the church becomes and the more the world needs to hear the gospel.

Ingraham asked the pastor if Governor Gavin Newsom threatened to do anything to [MacArthur] personally for defying his order. He responded, “No, not personally, but we received a letter with the threat that we could be fined or I could go to jail for a maximum of six months.” MacArthur stated that he didn’t mind ‘being a little apostolic’ referring to one of his biblical heroes, the Apostle Paul. MacArthur joked, “When [Paul] went into a town, he didn’t ask what the hotel was like. He asked what the jail was like cause he knew that’s where he was going to spend his time…If they want to tuck me in a jail, I’m open to a jail ministry. I’ve done a lot of other ministries, I haven’t had the opportunity to do that one…so bring it on!”

John MacArthur Lists the Requirements They Were Given to Keep Meeting as a Church

AUDIO… And All Because

By Rev Bill Woods

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NKJV)
16  Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,
18  while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

William Soutar was one of the great Scottish poets of the 1900’s.                            – His life was a tragic one. — He died in 1943 only at 45.

For 25 years he suffered a debilitating illness — the last 10 years of his life he was completely helpless.

He had a great gift of writing and in spite of his own tragedy he possessed wit and was a noted storyteller.

One of his stories told the importance and effect of little things.

A logger’s wife forgot to put salt in her husband’s morning porridge.                 – When he angrily complained, she told him he was a fool to make such a fuss   about such a small matter.

This infuriated the logger, and arriving at work in the forest he lashed out at a tree with such force and venom that the axe head flew off.

It injured his employer’s favorite horse that was being led to the blacksmith’s shop.

That was the horse his employer, a nobleman and an important man in the    District, was going to ride to a meeting of Lords to discuss their differences   with the King.

Because of his anger and foul mood over having to find another horse, he successfully argued for an uprising against the King.

In the rebellion that followed many were killed, and there followed a period of poverty, famine and unrest.

This rebellion, loss of life and suffering happened because a wood cutter’s wife forgot to salt her husband’s porridge.

The point of this story is to show how little things can have a widespread effect like throwing a rock into a pond and watching the ripples spread out until they reach the shore.

If we’re young, middle aged or even retired we may feel there’s little we can do, or even want to do, that’ll greatly affect others.

This isn’t true. Every action, every good deed, every performed service, every outreach, has an effect on someone, somewhere — Pay It Forward..

We’re God’s hands and feet – have you used yours today?

A mother got so busy that one evening she forgot to clean the shoes and prepare the clothes for her 3 young children to get ready for school the next day.

The day started badly and very rushed.

The children went to school in tears. Mother and father were fighting and went to work in an ugly mood.

It was a bad day for the whole family and probably for those working alongside the parents.

And all because……

“Faith sometimes begins by stuffing your ears with cotton.”

When Jesus said, “Just believe…” He was saying, “Don’t limit your possibilities to just what you can see.                                                                                                                                                     .   – Don’t listen only for what you can hear.                                                                                    – Don’t be controlled by only what seems logical.

Believing there is more to life than meets the eye!” “Trust Me,” Jesus was pleading. “Don’t be afraid; just trust.”

A father in the Bahamas yelled the same thing to his young son trapped in a burning house.  – The two-story home was engulfed in flames, and the family – father, mother,   and several children- was on its way out when the smallest boy became terrified and ran back upstairs.

His father, outside, shouted to him: “Jump, son, jump! I’ll catch you.” The boy cried: “But Daddy, I can’t see you.” “I know,” his father called, “but I can see you.”

A similar example of faith was found on the wall of a concentration camp.        – A prisoner had carved, “I believe in the sun, even though it doesn’t shine, I       believe in love, even when it isn’t shown, I believe in God, even when He           doesn’t speak.”

Try to imagine the person who etched those words with his skeletal hand gripping the broken glass or stone that cut into the wall.                                          – Imagine his eyes squinting through the darkness as he carved each letter.

What hand could’ve cut such a conviction? What eyes could’ve seen good in such horror?

There’s only one answer: Eyes that chose to see the unseen.

Paul wrote — 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NKJV)
16  Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,
18  while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Either to live by the facts or to see by faith. When tragedy strikes we’re left to choose what we see.

I don’t mean to buy into the Christian Science Doctrine thinking life is just an illusion, but I do mean to adopt Romans 8:28, and not let everything swamp our boat.

Romans 8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Remember, this life is short compared to eternity and eternity is where we’ll find our answers as to “why” and also complete satisfaction for what we go through here.

We can see either the hurt or the Healer.   The choice is ours.


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How Important is Fellowship?

May 22, 2020 hephzibahgarden

I have a question for you …. 🤔

— Is it possible to let a baby grow on its own, without a parent or even a guardian?
— Is it possible for a fresher to start a new job on his own without being led by a manager?

Here’s the answer – Ofcourse Not. It’s not possible.

Why is guidance then required for a baby or a fresher or anybody starting out new? Because that’s how God created us all.


We are called to be a family; just like God separated a people for Himself. Definitely not the brightest, nor the best. However, let’s not become like Israel whose state became miserable even after God gave them everything. On reading the following verse we can understand how they had become:

“But Jeshurun (Israel) became fat and kicked [at God]. You became fat, thick, sleek, and obstinate! Then he abandoned God who had made him, And scorned the Rock of his salvation. (Deuteronomy 32:15)

You and me are the new, freshly baked, thinner, lighter, faster, better, chosen Israel 😊 Here’s our bio:

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. 1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:27-29‬

The moment we think we are better we start to fumble, jumble and tumble. Why? We end up giving much importance to what we’ve gained in the World rather than the Word. We doubt God and become worldly rather than full of His Word. When life unrolls we are caught up in a storm of worries and grief, fear and confusion.

Reminder: All along God is with us. We’ve been newly created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24). Is our gratefulness being expressed by reflecting those very natures we are born again in?
The Holy Spirit guides us. Are you listening?
This is our time, and we need to make the most of all God desires of us.

Gear up, get your armour on! Jesus is coming soon.


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Are You Willing To Be Hated For Preaching The Gospel?

Tailoring your message to fit the audience is good planning. Changing the content of the gospel is something else entirely.

When Gianna Jessen (an abortion survivor) spoke at our church recently, she said many memorable things. The one I’ve been thinking about most is to be a follower of Christ you need to be willing to be hated.

I agree.

Of course, this does NOT mean being hateful. Nor does it mean seeking to be hated. Or having a persecution complex, so you think people don’t like you because you’re following Christ, when they actually don’t like you because of how you’re acting.

I am all for graciousness, kindness, and servant-hearted love as we speak the truth. I seek to practice this with the nonchristians I’m around. But at some point the greatest kindness we can offer them, coming out of a life of humility and faithfulness to Christ, is the good news about Jesus. That good news actually involves some very bad news about human sinfulness, which is what makes the cross an offense, meaning that it ticks people off.

The danger comes when we live in such fear of being mislabeled that we don’t step forward as unapologetic and unashamed all-out followers of Jesus. They can call us Jesus freaks or ignorant or uncool or intolerant or anything they want, that’s fine. We should do what we believe pleases our Lord, regardless of how it pans out in opinion polls. That includes loving others and giving radically and ministering to the down and out and addressing addictions and saying we think it’s wrong to kill children of all ages and helping people find alternatives. We do such things not seeking the approval of our culture, but of our King.

If we seek our culture’s approval, we’ll either never get it or get it only at the expense of failing to represent Christ. We are promised that if we “live godly lives in Christ Jesus” we “will suffer persecution.” If we’re not suffering persecution, at some level, then what does that suggest?

We should certainly be nice, and it’s sad when Christians aren’t. But it’s also sad when we imagine “niceness” has greater impact than it really does. Niceness is not the gospel. Some modern concepts of evangelism are little more than being nice to your neighbor and loaning him your hedge clipper and hoping that somehow he will come to Christ without your actually having to say the WORDS of the gospel that would run the risk of him thinking you’re weird. Our good example is important, but it’s not sufficient. There are actual truths that must be grappled with in surrendering to Jesus (1 Cor. 15:1-6). And these truths are expressed in words.

I’m all for audience analysis and understanding the perceptions of this generation and speaking in a way they can understand. But instead of letting the world set our agenda and the ground rules of what we can and can’t say, let’s ask the Lord how best to take the timeless message of the gospel to these people.

But—and I say this coming out of some of the conversations I’ve had with cool Christians—the answer is not altering the contents of the gospel to make it something everyone can easily agree with. If the gospel becomes nothing more than the reflection of a worldview they already have, it has nothing to offer them. It’s God’s gospel. Given the price He paid on the cross to offer it, He has the right to say difficult things such as Jesus is the only way to the Father and we are hell-bound without Him. That message is not popular and never will be. Our job isn’t to edit the message, but to deliver it.

Among some believers the new definition of a good Christian is holding your beliefs privately, not challenging those who publicly share beliefs that dishonor Christ, and avoiding controversy at all costs lest we be perceived as “those kind of Christians” who hate gays, oppose abortion, favor inquisitions, and love to burn witches. We so much want the world to like us that we end up distancing ourselves from the historic Christian faith, from biblical doctrine (including hell), and from churches (because they’re all hypocrites except us). We end up making ourselves indistinguishable from the world, and therefore have nothing to offer the world.

Sometimes we assume the moral high ground by rolling our eyes at those street preachers, congratulating ourselves that we aren’t like that. Street preaching’s not my thing, but I can give you names of people who have come to Christ through street preaching. It’s more of a stretch to name those who’ve come to Christ through Christians who think it’s not cool to tell people the biblical truth that they need to repent of their sins (a synonym for evils; basically a big insult) and turn to Christ to be saved from hell.

It’s not our job to be popular. We are not contestants on American Idol. And we are not Christ’s speech writers or PR team, airbrushing Jesus so He has greater appeal to people who don’t want to hear what He said about sin and hell. He’s the King, He calls the shots; we’re just His ambassadors. So let’s represent the real Jesus, the whole Jesus, not just the culturally acceptable one.

There is nothing new or postmodern about the gospel turning some people off. That’s always been true, just as it’s always been true that some people are longing to hear it and will deeply appreciate the fact that you had enough courage to tell them about Jesus.

As D. L. Moody said when someone criticized his approach to evangelism, “I like the way I do it better than the way you don’t do it.”

It is not gracious and kind to withhold the gospel from those who, according to Jesus, are going to hell without Him. Sometimes what we imagine to be our graciousness and kindness is actually indifference or cowardice.

“All men will hate you because of me.” Mark 13:13

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” John 15:18

This article appeared in the Spring 2009 Eternal Perspectives and originally appeared on Randy Alcorn’s personal blog, January 28, 2009. Visit the blog at to read Randy’s latest thoughts on the Christian life, discipleship, books, family, and more.


VIDEO Freedoms Are Not Taken Away by Communists, but Given Away by Our Surrender



The loss of freedom requires its surrender from an acquiescent citizenry, warned actor Jim Caviezel, best known for portraying Jesus in The Passion of the Christ and who plays the lead role in the forthcoming film Infidel, offering his remarks on Thursday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.

“It’s not going to be some communist or Nazi that takes away your freedoms. It’s going to be you giving them away,” said Jim Caviezel.

Caviezel addressed the growth of left-wing political censorship and intimidation. He said combating “cancel culture” is one of the reasons he starred in Infidel.

Infidel‘s website describes the movie as “a contemporary Middle East thriller starring Jim Caviezel as an American kidnapped while attending a conference in Cairo, who ends up in prison in Iran on spying charges. His wife goes to Iran, determined to get him out.”

“That’s why I wanted to do this movie: because this character is not that guy [who surrenders],” Caviezel said. “One of the interesting things about this script is that he stands up for what he believes in, and that is something lacking today in terms of cancel culture.”


Caviezel described diminished human connectivity in Hollywood driven by cultural, political, and technological shifts over the past decades. He identified social media as a contributing factor to the increasing atomization of people.

“When I first came into this industry, you would see people sitting together, reading books, and saying, ‘Oh, what book are you reading?’ getting each others’ addresses, talking, [and] communicating,” recalled Caviezel. “It’s not that way anymore. Their heads are in their phones. Their heads are, ‘How many people are following me?’ And I would say a lot of that has to do with wanting to be liked very badly, but they’re so misinformed.”

Caviezel continued, “When you look at what Jesus spoke about — what love really is — yes, you can be loved by the world, but do you want to be liked by many or loved by one?”


Marlow asked, “You’re a man of obviously outspoken faith. How has that affected your career, particularly [after] The Passion of the Christ?”

Caviezel described a de facto blacklisting he was subjected to within Hollywood after the success of The Passion of the Christ. He replied, “I had no choice. I had to defend it. I had to fight to survive. The film exploded. It was off the charts. You’d think, ‘Oh, you’re going to work a lot.’ No, I didn’t. I was no longer on the studio list. That was gone.”

Caviezel continued, “Because of what I do as an actor — that’s my skill — it was given to me from God. I didn’t give it to myself, but it’s something in which I have a great range. … I really felt that faith was much bigger than the industry and Hollywood and bigger than the Republican or Democratic Party or any of that.”

Political corruption has entered American churches, lamented Caviezel.

“[Many] politicians are so corrupt, and I see it in the church,” remarked Caviezel. “Oh my God, everywhere: Bishops — I’m a Roman Catholic — bishops, they have done nothing, pastors, priests, but there are a few phenomenal ones. … but you don’t hear about them in the media. You hear about the corrupt ones. There is a lot of evil going on in the world, but there are a few of us doing the right thing.”

Continual appeasement of expanding left-wing demands will destroy Christian life in America, determined Caviezel. He addressed the inclination to avoid discussion of politics and religion as “appeasement” of “secular extremists.”

Caviezel stated, “A lot of people sit there and say, ‘I don’t want to talk about religion or politics.’ Well, I say, ‘If we don’t discuss it at some point, we’re going go from bad to worse.’ At some point, the bombs were falling on Germany. They were hitting in Hamburg, and I’m sure they didn’t want to discuss it.”

Caviezel cautioned against “appeasement that we as Christians [extend to] secular extremists.” He added, “That’s a war — if you want to get into one — that’s a war we should get in and must be won. We need to win that because this way of life that we have as Christians … in the United States [will end].”

Caviezel concluded, “The way of life we’re living right now is not going to be a Christian way of life if we don’t stand up and start fighting back.”

Infidel debuts in theaters on September 18.

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VIDEO The Mystery of Godliness




And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory. (1 Timothy 3:16)

One of the main goals of ICR’s mission is to convey the basic and foundational truth that our God, Redeemer, and King is also the Creator of the universe. Every Christian has the obligation to be a witness for the “glorious gospel” (1 Timothy 1:11), and we ordinarily do so through the focus of the substitutionary sacrifice of our Lord Jesus at Calvary and His resurrection.

But there is a greater mystery to this gospel that is often shrouded in the naturalistic matrix that pervades our educational and media systems. ICR is challenged to peel back the veil of naturalism and reveal the majesty of the Creator, whose Word is affirmed by the evidence of empirical science.

Without Controversy

The opening of Paul’s bold statement in 1 Timothy 3:16 uses the unique Greek term homologoumenos, a strong compound passive participle essentially meaning “all speaking the same thing.” Basically, while the “mystery” is definitely “great,” the proof for who Jesus is and His incarnation for the purpose of salvation is widely attested. It is that evidence that ICR is most concerned with in our mission to “speak the same thing” with clarity.

Mysteries of the Kingdom

While subtle evidences of the “godliness” are manifest throughout the ministry of the Lord Jesus, many of them would be seen most clearly by those already called into the Kingdom. Matthew 13 lists several evidences of the work of God on Earth. The parable of the sower and the reception of the gospel are easy to see if one even partially observes how the world reacts to Christianity. The fact that God knew this and openly exposed these things in His teaching should be an evidence of His omniscience.

Likewise the parables of the tares, the mustard seed, the leaven, and the treasures all forecast the nature of the centuries of gospel growth and ultimate harvest of God’s people at the end of the age. None of this would have been possible without the sovereign knowledge of the Creator who “works all things according to the counsel of His will” (Ephesians 1:11).

Magnificent Prophecies

Tomes have been written in attempts to refute the detailed Old Testament prophecies of the coming Messiah. All have fallen woefully short of their goals, merely demonstrating the impossibility of human foresight and the necessity of divine foreknowledge made available to human agents. The identification of the tribe of Judah and the family of David in the city of Bethlehem—both in widely separated passages—attests to God’s sovereign plan. Daniel’s detailed outline of the “70 weeks” still baffles those who would attempt to naturalize those words.

The odds of such prophetic events being fulfilled in one event are not merely additive but multiplied with each successive announcement. For instance, the identification of the tribe of Judah may have a predictive qualifier of 1 in 12 (the number of tribes), but multiplied by the identification of Bethlehem (of the some 500 or so towns in Israel at that time) it becomes not merely 1 in 512 but 12 times 500—or 1 in 6,000. There are about 300 prophecies fulfilled by the life of Jesus during His time on Earth. The odds of those all coming true in one person are beyond counting!

Creation Miracles

During His public ministry, Jesus demonstrated His authority and power with miracles that could only be done through the creation of new matter where none existed before. John’s gospel account is built around seven such demonstrations. Jesus once said to those observing these displays of His creation authority and power:

“If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” (John 10:37-38)

Two examples should suffice. When Jesus turned the water into wine at the marriage feast at Cana (John 2:1-10), He created complex fibers, sugars, acids, bases, and juices with merely the instant thought from His mind. This was enough to stun the governor of the feast (to say nothing of the servants who filled the six water pots with 150 gallons of water). One may reject the evidence, but the feat could be nothing less than the creation of new matter where none existed before.

Likewise, the feeding of the crowd of 5,000 on one occasion (Matthew 14:13-21) and the 4,000 on another occasion (Matthew 15:32-39) involved the instant creation of new bread and fish meat from a small meal that was multiplied into thousands of pounds of food for the huge crowds. The apostles were unable to understand what happened as they collected the baskets of leftovers after all had been fed. Someone may choose to reject the record, but if it actually happened, then it could only be done by the One who brought the universe into existence by His spoken word just four millennia before.

ICR’s Mission

The power of God’s Word is the source of His authority in time and on Earth. Through the Word of God, we are given insight to who the Creator is, the role He has had in history, and the mystery of His being “manifested in flesh.” Therein lies the core of ICR’s mission. We are charged with demonstrating the accuracy, historicity, and scientific validity of that record, providing evidence that may clear away doubt on the part of unbelievers and wavering Christians.

Scientific Research

ICR is committed to quality research in the sciences. Some of that work has made it to the public in the form of books, papers, and seminar lectures. But most of the long-term effort is behind the scenes and continues to build upon the work of previous scientists and scholars such as those involved in the Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth (RATE) project that culminated nearly 15 years ago. Dr. Vernon Cupps’ recent book Rethinking Radiometric Dating: Evidence for a Young Earth from a Nuclear Physicist expands on that work and provides a seminal review of the issues and demonstrates the error of the common “proof” of the deep time so integral to the false story of naturalistic evolution.

Dr. Jake Hebert’s popular booklet The Climate Change Conflict: Keeping Cool over Global Warming is built on his stellar analysis of the errors of the widely accepted Milankovitch theory that has undermined Ice Age studies as well as serious studies of climatology. Dr. Hebert’s research is vital in the demonstration of the bad science that emboldens atheistic thinking.

Dr. Jeffrey Tomkins’ work on the chimp and human genomes has uncovered the fallacy of their supposed genetic similarity and has been responsible for exposing the related errors conveyed in school textbooks. His work has been published in secular journals and continues to make positive inroads within the scientific community.

Evidence of the global Flood during the days of Noah has been a strong emphasis from the days of ICR founder Dr. Henry M. Morris, Dr. Steve Austin, Dr. John Baumgartner, and Dr. Andrew Snelling. Dr. Tim Clarey has added to their work using data from oil drilling cores from all over the world. Dr. Clarey has answered many puzzling questions and demonstrated the assurance that the planet was inundated with a continent-covering flood. His outstanding research (soon to be available in his new In-Depth Science book Carved in Stone) will be the source of much encouragement to Christian geologists and strong evidence of the accuracy of Scripture.

Dr. Brian Thomas is researching original biochemicals in supposedly ancient fossils. These short-lived tissues—many found in dinosaur fossils—contradict the notion that these fossils are millions of years old since such tissues can survive for only thousands of years before decaying. We published his Ph.D. dissertation on this important topic, titled Ancient Fossil Bone Collagen Remnants.

Research Associate and zoologist Frank Sherwin continues to offer his unique insights on God’s intricately designed creatures in his writings and talks in the ICR Discovery Center for Science & Earth History and outside venues, along with ICR’s other scientists.

Additional work is being done by Dr. Randy Guliuzza. His research on natural selection has eviscerated the bold claim that evolution is a fact. Dr. Guliuzza has developed a running commentary and volume of examples demonstrating the built-in DNA design that God placed into the “program” of every replicating organism that enables the organism to sense and adapt to the environmental changes around it.

As one would expect from an omnipotent and omniscient Creator, His living organisms would have the designed ability to live in the changing world—especially since His sovereign attributes can be “clearly seen” in every age and throughout all time (Romans 1:20) until He reduces the universe to a molten mass from which He will make a “new heavens and a new earth” (2 Peter 3:10-13).

National Communications

ICR has been a quiet voice for the evidence of biblical accuracy for nearly 50 years. The Acts & Facts publication has grown from a small newsletter to a major monthly magazine. It and the Days of Praise quarterly devotional have both been made available without charge to any and all who want them. Those publications are read by nearly 250,000 people, and many more read them through social media. ICR conducts seminars and church training sessions in hundreds of venues each year. Thousands of attendees receive valuable insights and some of the latest work that ICR is developing. These ministries continue unabated.

The ICR Discovery Center

Of course, the newest member of our family is the ICR Discovery Center for Science & Earth History, which opened in Dallas, Texas, in September 2019. After nearly five years of development with almost $35 million shared and given by the ICR family of supporters, the ICR Discovery Center stands to become a center of training and encouragement for thousands of guests, students, and school groups for years to come. If you have not yet made your plans to visit, please do so.

The Discovery Center is truly unique with its cutting-edge video displays, depth of information available through its many kiosks, and constant emphasis on the scientific evidence that demonstrates the accuracy and authority of the Bible’s message. Our conscious effort is to display the great “mystery of godliness” so that all who look will see the reality of the Creator being “manifest in the flesh” and leave with the certain knowledge that He is returning one day as the rightful King of the universe that He has created.

* Dr. Morris is Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Creation Research. He holds four earned degrees, including a D.Min. from Luther Rice Seminary and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Cite this article: Henry M. Morris III, D.Min. 2020. The Mystery of GodlinessActs & Facts. 49 (3).

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