VIDEO On Oaths and God

By Dr. Jerry Newcombe – May 19, 2019

The attempt to remake our country into a secular wasteland continues unabated.

Even the U.S. House of Representatives has begun leaving God out when swearing in witnesses.

For example, a video of such an omission is beginning to make the rounds.

Graham Ledger, the host of “The Daily Ledger” on One America News Network, showed the video of this purposeful omission of God at a swearing in; and he commented, Democrats Delete God:

 

“So God is gone now. Poof. No more God in the people’s House. This is not about a religious test. This is about the founding of this republic. We are a country built on a core belief in God and Judeo-Christian values. Thus, the Declaration of Independence is now under de facto assault by this crew. One nation under God, divisible by one political party that seeks to attack liberty and justice for all.”

In the video, we see Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen from Tennessee, who is the chairman of this particular committee, swearing in guests. Cohen is perhaps best remembered as the congressman eating KFC on the Congressional floor in a publicity stunt recently.

Cohen asks some witnesses about to testify:

“Do you swear or affirm under penalty of perjury that the testimony you’re about to give is true and correct, to the best of your knowledge, information, and belief?”

Congressman Michael Johnson (R, LA) politely interrupts with a “parliamentary inquiry.” He states:

“I think we left out the phrase ‘so help me, God.’”

Cohen replies directly to Johnson, “We did.” Johnson asked if the witnesses could swear in again, but this time with the traditional phrase, “So help me God,” added. Chairman Cohen shakes his head and says, “No.” And he adds, “If they want to do it…but some of them don’t want to do it.”

Johnson states:

“Well, it goes back to our founding history. It’s been part of our tradition for more than two centuries, and I don’t know that we should abandon it now.”

Cohen looks at Johnson, and his face seems to communicate:

“What planet is this guy from?”

Johnson adds:

“Could I ask the witnesses if they would choose to use the phrase?”

Then Congressman Jerome Nadler (D-NY), shuts this discussion down, saying:

“We do not have religious tests for office or for anything else, and we should let it go at that.”

I once interviewed Michael Johnson for Christian television. As an attorney, he specialized in religious liberty. He told me:

“Can the government acknowledge the role of God in human affairs? Now we know that the founders have always done that since the beginning—the founding of the nation.”

So the answer is yes.

Johnson also added:

“Americans intuitively have an appreciation for absolute truth and justice.  We were programmed that way by our Creator, and that’s what the founders acknowledged from the very beginning….The enemies of the faith would have us remove all vestiges of Christianity, all vestiges of the God of the Bible from the public square; and that’s not what the Constitution says, and that’s not what we’re required to do.”

Another Republican Congressperson weighs in on this issue. Liz Cheney from Wyoming says:

“It is incredible, but not surprising, that the Democrats would try to remove God from committee proceedings in one of their first acts in the majority….They really have become the party of Karl Marx.”

When my brother-in-law saw this clip, he responded:

“If you think about it, our rights are inalienable because they are endowed by our Creator. If we no longer believe in a Creator, how soon will our rights no longer be inalienable?”

Exactly. That is what at stake in this debate on a seemingly arcane subject.

The founders followed the classic tradition of swearing in on the Holy Bible and in the name of God. Why are oaths taken that way? Because they recognized that we are accountable to God who sees all and who will one day judge us all.

I remember in seminary, one of my professors said:

“It’s not what we (professors) expect that matters. It’s what we inspect.”

Inspection means accountability. It means we have to do the assignments, which they will then inspect.

In his Farewell Address, George Washington said:

“Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice?”

Take God out of oaths, and they have no real meaning.

Thomas Jefferson asked:

“Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?”

Acknowledgment of God is another victim, it would seem, of today’s culture war. And with Him goes any assurance that the witness is telling the truth.

Swearing in without reference to God at a House Subcommittee (February 28, 2019)

 

Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries. He has written/co-written 31 books, e.g., The Unstoppable Jesus Christ, American Amnesia: Is American Paying the Price for Forgetting God?, What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (w/ D. James Kennedy) & the bestseller, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (w/ Peter Lillback)   djkm.org  @newcombejerry      www.jerrynewcombe.com

 

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What Happens When We Don’t See God Do What We Hope

April 9, 2019 by Dylan

 

I believe that it is the power of God’s Love which truly transforms and changes our world to be more like His Kingdom. As John 3:16 says, it was “For God so loved the world the He sent His Son…” and Jesus, His Son, is the Light that our world – and each one of us – needs. It is from the place of God’s Love that we have salvation, healing and true flourishing of life through Jesus.

My hope is to carry His Love to all His creation. Sometimes in ministering to others, we might try to seek to see a certain result that we want to see. We might want to see someone healed or someone have a radical encounter with Holy Spirit. But a question I’ve been thinking about lately is what happens when we don’t see something outwardly powerful occur? What happens when someone doesn’t get healed? What happens if someone doesn’t choose to give their life to Jesus right in the moment we might wish they would?

For some, even asking such questions might be viewed as not having enough faith, because our belief and expectation is always that God’s will is to heal and save, which certainly is true. Yet I propose that it is in those times when we don’t see what we believe and hope will happen, that we are actually invited into the gift of increased faith. Do we still believe that God is Good? Do we still believe that God is Love? Are we still showing others God’s Love and how much they are valued by not only God, but by ourselves?

People are not objects of ministry, to be viewed as something to save or something to heal. Others, like ourselves, all need to feel known, cared about and loved. No matter what happens, we can always experience for ourselves, and show God’s Love to all people.

 

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VIDEO One Man Against a City, Astounding Conversion

May 15, 2019 by John MacArthur

In 1 Samuel 16:7, the Lord revealed the futility of human appraisal when compared to His divine insight. He exhorted His prophet Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

By God’s grace, He has granted His people a similar spiritual insight. While we cannot see into the hearts of men, we are able to look at the world through the lens of God’s Word, seeing past mere externals to the spiritual realities disguised beneath. Through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, we don’t need to be enticed by glitz, glamour, and outward appearance—we can see through those feeble façades. The apostle Paul’s time in Athens is a good example of how believers should not be swayed by those things the world finds important or impressive.

Paul (formerly Saul) was brought up under the strictest Pharisaical discipline. “A Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated under Gamaliel, strictly according to the law of our fathers, being zealous for God” (Acts 22:3); “circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee . . . as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless” (Philippians 3:5–6). He was also a Roman citizen, with knowledge of military and political matters. Tarsus, where Paul grew up and was trained, was very cosmopolitan, so Paul’s rich education equipped and acclimated him for almost any culture in the Roman Empire. Even Athens, for several centuries the very heart of the intellectual and art world, was no exception. Paul was thoroughly familiar with Greek culture, manners, religion, art, and philosophy. He was a scholar, well-read and well-traveled. By God’s design Paul’s entire life had equipped him for situations like the one he encountered on Mars’ Hill (cf. Acts 17:16–34).

In the fourth and fifth centuries B.C. Athens was considered by many the greatest city in the world. Some aspects of Athenian culture have never been equaled. Athens reached the pinnacle in art, literature, architecture, and philosophy. Never in history has any one city achieved the height of glory in those fields that was seen in Athens during the golden age of the Greek Empire. Athens was in the province of Achaia, where Corinth, not far away, was the capital city. But Athens was still the center of the cultural and intellectual world, just as Rome was the political center. Athens was sometimes referred to as the university of the world—all the great minds of the world congregated there.

Athens also offered a home to the pantheon of gods in Greek mythology. Every civic building in Athens was a shrine to a god. The place where public records were kept, for example, was dedicated to the Mother of the Gods. The centerpiece of the city council building was an idol of Apollo. A popular saying was, “It is easier to find a god in Athens than a man.” The city was pagan to the core; although they had gods for everything, they did not know the one true God.

It is interesting to note how Athens affected Paul. You might think that with his cultural and educational background, Paul would have been fascinated to see Athens. The city was filled with magnificent temples, glorious artwork, majestic buildings, engaging orators, ingenious philosophers, and spectacular sights to interest a scholar like Paul. And in Paul’s day the marble and gold still glittered.

What was Paul’s response to Athens? “His spirit was being provoked within him as he was beholding the city full of idols” (Acts 17:16). Instead of being awed by all the marvelous sights, Paul saw foremost a city full of idols, and it grieved him greatly.

A nineteenth-century Bible dictionary says,

Paul had at his feet the Theseion [a spectacular marble temple near the marketplace], and on his right hand the Akropolis, with its splendid temples intact. Such surroundings would fill with enthusiasm every cultured Christian of to-day. Wherever St. Paul turned, his glance must have fallen on the severe and lovely works of art which still adorned the decadent city. Thus a table was spread before him of which nineteenth century humanists are laboriously but thankfully gathering up the scattered crumbs. To St. Paul’s Semitic imagination nothing of all this appealed. It was to him just gold or silver or stone, graven by art and man’s device, the work of a period of ignorance at which God had mercifully winked. [1]

One writer who lived in Paul’s time visited Athens and wrote six volumes describing the glories of the city. If Paul had been writing a travelogue, he would have said simply, “It’s full of idols.” Period. Obviously Paul was not obtuse or insensible. It wasn’t that he lacked the knowledge to appreciate Athenian culture; on the contrary, here was a man who was ideally suited for such a city. But he had a higher calling and more serious business than tourism, or curiosity, or even academic research. He saw deeper than the city’s glittering façade or the well-dressed, well-bred Athenian intellectuals. And what he saw were people on the precipice of hell.

Athens stirred Paul’s emotions. The phrase “his spirit was being provoked within him” employs a Greek word, paroxunō (“provoked”), which speaks of intense agitation. Our word paroxysm comes from this root. Paul was saddened, grieved, indignant, and outraged at the widespread idolatry he saw. He knew these people were giving stone idols glory, which rightfully belongs to God alone.

Paul could not maintain his silence in the face of such an affront to the one true God. Provoked to his godly core, he was about to unleash an amazing evangelistic sermon to his unbelieving audience.

(Adapted from Ashamed of the Gospel)

 

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A Second Opinion

May 17, 2019 by Discerning Dad

 

Mark 2:17– Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Several years ago I went in to see the doctor. I had received a diagnosis that was troubling, but I wanted a second opinion. I pursued various tests and doctors to confirm what was previously said and also in hope that the first doctor was wrong, everything turned out to be ok but caused me to think. I find it interesting that when I go see the doctor for physicals or other reasons, if the doctor says that everything is ok, I’m thinking “awesome, see you next time!” Why don’t I get a second opinion when I receive good news? It’s probably because I might be afraid the second doctor would find something that was missed so it’s just best to stay away.

The correlation can be made with the church today. People love to hear a “good diagnosis.” People don’t feel the need to seek out someone else when preachers tell us things like: “we are awesome” “God loves us no matter what we do” “The sin called out in Bible doesn’t apply to today” “God wants you to be prosperous and wealthy!” We walk away feeling good about ourselves from these types of messages as a type of “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mentality. There’s nothing wrong with feeling positive, but the problem arises when the tables turn and we start to hear messages about sin or something that is trying to motivate us to change a behavior. What is our response to that?

Many times with a tough message from either a preacher or the Bible directly, we get what I call dissociative listening. We “hear” but we do not apply the truth to ourselves or we think of who ELSE it might apply to. We might nudge our spouse or think of a friend who gossiped about us and wish they were there to hear it.

Jesus said in Mark 2:17 that He has not come to call the righteous but sinners. I almost feel like Jesus is referring to the righteous here as “righteous” with finger quotes. The Pharisees at the time could not understand why Jesus was with the tax collectors and other sinners. These “sinners” were actually willing to listen to Jesus. The Pharisees were too busy in their self-righteousness to realize that they needed a Savior too! Jesus did not come to call the righteous, because NO ONE is righteous without Jesus. .. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

How do we respond when we are faced with a truth about ourselves or our sin? A part of having discernment is being able to see if the message aligns with the Bible and how it applies to our life. If a message being preached or advice a friend has for us, does in fact align with the Bible, we have an obligation to take it to heart and ACT upon it.

The problem with getting a “second opinion” when it comes to God, is there will ALWAYS be someone else out there that will tell you what you want to hear. There will be a friend that doesn’t want conflict and tells you that your sin is “ok” or “everyone does it.” There will be a pastor somewhere that will tell you that repentance isn’t necessary and that God wants you to be happy. If you seek truth you will find it. Unfortunately if you seek what your ears want to hear, you will find it as well.

The Bible warns of this in 2 Timothy 4:2-3: “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage- with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”

I would encourage you that the next time you hear a word or read a Bible verse that “stings” a little… or a lot… don’t ignore it. If you need to change something, change it. If you need to repent about something, repent. Don’t seek out a second opinion to tell you what you want to hear. Seek out God for yourself and find out and make your prayer the prayer of David in Psalm 139:24, “Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” God is our ultimate source of everything; He will lovingly call out sin in our life in order for us to grow in Him. He wants to cut out the sin from our flesh so we can be holy before Him. Jesus will see us through this process; after all He is the GREAT PHYSICIAN!

Also if you know of a friend, teacher, or Pastor that is preaching or living out the whole word of God without compromise make sure you thank them, listen to them, and pray for them!

Discerning Reflection- How can I do a better job of applying what I hear to my life? Am I currently listening to sound doctrine and have I sought out the Bible for myself to verify?

Prayer- Lord, thank you for your desire to help me grow in my walk with you. Help me be aware of my sin and how I can best change. Help me not be defensive as I pray for those that are preaching your Word, that you would encourage and sustain them so they can continue to do your work.

Tim Ferrara
Discerning Dad http://www.discerning-dad.com

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LGBT Ignores, Denies and Attacks Biblical Truth While Claiming They are Being Assaulted

By Michael Bresciani – May 19, 2019

The idea that women are free to abort the unborn while the LGBT are allowed to pervert those that make it to birth is heralded as our brand new world. If anyone takes a Biblical stand against all of this, they’re labeled as haters and accused of attacking women and assaulting the LGBT.

One example comes to us from recent events that took place on the campus of Trinity University where the supposedly Christian students voted to remove Chick-fil-A from campus. They were denied their request by the school.

In an article titled “Christian University Responds To Students Who Voted To Ban Chick-fil-A. They Aren’t Going To Like It.” author Michael Cantrell writes;

“The school’s student government previously voted unanimously to remove the restaurant from school property because students felt that the restaurant’s traditional Christian values was a “drastic assault on [LGBTQ] students.”

“Drastic Assault on LGBTQ students”

What?

We should not be surprised that the defense of something so perverted must rely upon a philosophical argument that is itself – totally perverted

The idea that long standing acceptance of God given immutable truths can and should be changed for nascent, trendy or pop-culture standards of behavior is certainly an assault, but it is the truth that is under assault not the LGBTQ.

The gay crowd simply turns the argument over on its head and marches blithely forward with their rainbow flag and their company of well indoctrinated sycophants – none which happen to notice their obviously twisted and perverted argument.

The fact that Christ clearly stated that it was God’s intention for marriage to be a relationship between one man and one woman, there are a plethora of biblical passages that span the message of the bible brought forth over a period of over 4,000 years that all condemn the practice of homosexual perversions. What is under attack is the truth – not the LGBTQ.

Standing on bible truths may make the person resisting the overtures of the LGBTQ philosophy, but it is the stand that gives them a lion’s share of courage and boldness. That can be mis-construed as an attack, but it is not.

“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1

What always follows the accusation that they are being assaulted is the labeling of those who are standing their ground as “homophobes” – although it is a term that long ago ran out of gas.

The only thing biblically based believers fear is that our nation may be entering its last days and that the rise in homosexuality, transgenderism and wholesale perversions is a signal of our imminent fall into perdition.

Grounded believers understand that many of the bible’s admonitions cover both the individual and collective groups up to and including entire nations. When we see warnings like the following we know it covers us altogether.

“And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”(Mt 7: 26-27)

The old time pastors and teachers were used to saying this:

“You can’t break the Word of God – you can only break yourself against it.”

Any way you take it, the truth is that there is no fear involved here; it is the immovable law of reciprocation at work. We as a nation, or as an individual, will most assuredly reap what we sow.

 

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Mom Obeyed God

By Linda Wall – May 12, 2019

Hardly a day goes by that I am not reminded of my Mom in some way. So often lately, I have had the opportunity to share about her with people I meet in my day to day journey. She wasn’t perfect but she taught me so many “golden nuggets” for life that I use constantly.

Just a few days ago I found myself sharing the ‘Golden Rule’ with the cashier at the Dollar Tree store:

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” 

I told her Mom was always reciting it. She listened attentively and as I walked away, I hoped I had dropped one of my Mom’s “nuggets” into her life.

It wasn’t always love and sweetness between Mom and me. I attended college out of town so I could get away from her ‘old fashioned’ rules and having to attend church meetings. I wanted to go and do “my own thing”.

That rebellious attitude of mine eventually led me down a path of drugs, homosexuality and away from my Christian upbringing. For almost ten years I was so lost and on my way to hell. I even contemplated taking my life…but, I had a praying Mom!

In time, the Lord answered her prayers and healed her aching heart. He called me unto Himself. I surrendered, confessed my sins, asked for forgiveness, and turned from my wicked ways to begin following Him.

Many thanks to my Mom, for obeying God’s instruction:

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6 KJV)

She did train me according to the Bible and I knew it was the Lord I needed when I reached the end of my rope. Instead of suicide, I chose Jesus Christ and life eternal because Mom obeyed God.

 

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Why I Always Pray at the End of the Day

We didn’t accomplish everything we should have. God reminds us we didn’t need to.

JUSTIN WHITMEL EARLEY| APRIL 22, 2019

Why I Always Pray at the End of the Day

One of my pastor friends told me he gets genuinely sad every evening because there’s always so much more he wants to do with the day. I suspect we’re all something like this. The evening brings me face to face with the reality of my limited life. There’s so much we wanted to do or at least that we felt we should do.

We’re frustrated because we had no time for free time. Or we’re embarrassed because we squandered it all on free time.

The evening, then, can be a time of severe self-judgment. I often find myself lying in bed and facing the reality that I spent the whole day trying to justify my existence on earth. The scary reality hangs from the ceiling like a bulb that won’t turn off. Does any of it matter?

That’s a worrisome thought, and because of it, I want to tune everything out. And many of us do. A drink sounds nice; two sound better. Sex sounds good; porn is easier. A conversation would help, but binging on TV will let me tune out. Catching up on reading would be restful; Twitter has some notifications that are probably more urgent. Lauren and I should spend some time talking; talking is hard, and there’s a podcast of a sermon that everyone said we should listen to.

The exhaustion of the day places us into a twilight where it isn’t easy to make the right decisions. Because our bodies and our minds and our souls are all bound up together, we have trouble making choices. The business world calls it “decision fatigue.” The evening is a time of vulnerability. We haven’t spent the day so much as the day has spent us. When our exhaustion gives way to our addictions, we’re exposed for who we really are.

This is where an evening prayer can make one last and important turn in the day. Perhaps it’s once the work is done, the dishes are clean, or the kids are asleep that we pause to pray, to purposefully frame the evening in rest instead of letting it slip into something else. Shall we lie awake in bed, letting all the replay tapes run? Shall we browse our phones for some recent celebrity scandal to bounce meaninglessly around our brain? Or shall we walk intentionally toward the rest we know we need?

No one can sleep while believing she needs to keep the world spinning. But real rest comes when we thank God that we don’t need to, because he does. Thus we kneel by the bed and place the period of God’s mercy and care for us at the end of the day. It doesn’t matter whether you feel spiritual or not. It doesn’t matter whether you know what to say or not. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve said the same thing every night for a month. It’s just habit. You say your prayers until your prayers say you. That’s the goal.

 

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