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-Russian Orthodox Church Fully Supports Putin’s ‘Holy War’ in Syria

by Dr. D ~ November 27th, 2015


(Russian Orthodox Cross)

While churches in the West usually oppose any kind of war, leaders in the Russian Orthodox Church not only support Putin’s intervention in Syria but look upon it as a ‘Holy War’ to save the Middle Eastern Christians which make up 10% of the population in Syria.  Here’s the story from the Christian Science Monitor:

For many in the West, the idea that a church would take an overtly hawkish stance in the conflict in Syria is an utterly foreign concept.

But then, the Russian Orthodox Church is not of the West, says Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the church’s most recognizable spokesperson, in his spartan downtown Moscow office.

"The idea that church and state should be alienated from each other is not a characteristic of Orthodox civilization," insists the wispy-bearded senior cleric, whose eyes almost seem to burn. "It’s a characteristic of the West."  …

The Orthodox Church, which has deep historical connections with the dwindling Christian communities of the Middle East, was deeply alarmed by mass flight of Iraq’s Christians following the US invasion of that country. When the conflict in Syria began almost five years ago, the church began lobbying the Kremlin to take a strong stand in defense of Syrian Christians, who are about 10 percent of the population. Experts say the church’s insistence certainly played a role in President Vladimir Putin’s decision to intervene directly in the conflict.

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Response: I was not surprised when I read this article since I have been following Russian Orthodox Church websites for several years now. Most Christians in the West and particularly in America have very little understanding of how much the Russian Orthodox Church leaders actually support Russian President Vladimir Putin and visa versa.

Under Putin the church has regained most of the buildings and properties that were taken away under the Communist regime. Also under President Putin the influence of church on state laws and moral/cultural issues has increased exponentially. The church is squarely behind  Russia’s continued support for traditional marriage in opposition to same-sex marriage and the regularization of rights for homosexuals. Putin is often seen in the company of church leaders when he comes out in support of moral issues and laws for the Russian people.

In the case of the military, Putin has increased the number of chaplains and the access of the Russian Church to the armed forces.  He also supported the creation of hundreds of portable worship centers that are able to follow the troops into action.

When is comes to Syria, one of the stated reasons for Russia getting involved is to not only war against ‘terrorism’ but to save and help the Middle Eastern Christians that have suffered greatly under the onslaught of ISIS. At least the Russian Church is trying to give support the persecuted Christians.

Meanwhile, Western churches have done very little to help Christians in the Middle east including Syria and Iraq. Then there is the Obama administration which seems to be more concerned with helping Muslim refugees. In fact nearly all of the refugees coming into our country are Muslims while the persecuted thousands of Middle Eastern Christians continue to be ignored or worse. In the case of 27 Iraqi Chaldean Christians who did make it illegally into the country, the administration is trying to get them deported even though they have a large support base in San Diego area.

I really doubt that Putin is a good ‘Christian’ even though he is presented as such in Russian Church websites and has actually helped the church. Nevertheless, the way the Western media characterizes him may also be somewhat distorted. However, some of Putin’s actions in his support of Iran and Syria has me concerned and actually watching for possible indications of an Ezekiel 38-39 scenario against Israel. One wonders what position the Russian Orthodox Church would take in the midst of that kind of war?               *Top

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-Happy Thanksgiving 2015

by Dr. D ~ November 26th, 2015


("The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth": Wikipedia)

Happy Thanksgiving 2015 to you and yours. Our traditional Thanksgiving message follows:

Thanksgiving is an uniquely American celebration that began nearly four centuries ago with a deeply religious people, the Pilgrims, giving thanks to God for preserving them though a very hard year and bringing them their first bountiful harvest which they gratefully shared with their indigenous neighbors.

It was our first President George Washington who proclaimed that our first official national day of public thanksgiving should be dedicated by observing and:

“…by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God.

In recent years the ‘politically correct’/secular crowd has rewritten the history of the first Thanksgiving placing an emphasis upon the hand that the indigenous American Indians played in helping the original Pilgrim community to survive. In the process they have redirected the emphasis on thanks towards neighbors and friends and away from the providence of Almighty God.

While it is always good to be thankful for others who have enriched our own lives and certainly that has a good part to play in the celebration. Nevertheless the major emphasis of Thanksgiving should always be upon God as it was on that very first occasion.

For my family and I, we will be praising and thanking the Lord God Almighty for the bounties and the providence that he has bestowed upon us this year in the name of his Son Jesus Christ. May Our Heavenly Father bless your family today and continue to bless all of us and this nation during this holiday season and in the year to come.           *Top

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-What Are Evangelicals Anyway?

by Dr. D ~ November 25th, 2015

NAELifeway Research

The mainstream media refers to Evangelicals like they are some kind of conservative political entity. The American media has it all wrong. The proof that the media consistently gets it all wrong is found in the fact that most of the African American denominations and churches in America are actually evangelical even though their members consistently support the liberal side of the political spectrum.

So if it isn’t conservative politics that evangelicals have in common than what is it? In reality it is all about theology and a key number of  shared beliefs grounded in the Bible.  The results of a two-year collaborative study by the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and LifeWay Research was recently released. The purpose of the research was to more clearly define what evangelicals are really all about. From Christianity Today:

The new report identifies four key statements that define evangelical beliefs, creating what may be the first research-driven creed.

Those statements are:

  • The Bible is the highest authority for what I believe.
  • It is very important for me personally to encourage non-Christians to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior.
  • Jesus Christ’s death on the cross is the only sacrifice that could remove the penalty of my sin.
  • Only those who trust in Jesus Christ alone as their Savior receive God’s free gift of eternal salvation.

Only those who strongly agree with each of those statements should be considered “evangelical by belief,” according to the NAE.

“We’re not saying these are the only evangelicals, but we are saying this will define someone as having evangelical belief,” said Scott McConnell, vice president of LifeWay Research.

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Response: There are three observations about evangelicals that I would make looking at this research:

One: It crosses the Pentecostal/ Charismatic and non-Charismatic line with churches on both sides of the Spiritual gifts issue.

Two: It also crosses the racial divide since most Black and Latino protestant churches fall into the evangelical camp when it comes to beliefs.

Three: All of the evangelicals have one more thing in common, they are all praying for revival.

Conclusion: Forget about the politics which divides us. It is time for us all to get together and set aside our differences and unify around the Biblical principles we all agree upon. Our nation needs revival.

Our neighborhoods and cities are divided along racial and economic lines. It is time for the American evangelical pastors and churches to rise up together and minister across all of these divides and demonstrate love that can only come through the Gospel and the Holy Spirit.

It is time for all of the evangelical pastors and leaders to get together at least weekly in all of our towns and cities to pray for revival and a new awakening for our nation and people.  It is imperative and I believe that the Spirit is leading us and preparing us to gather together now while there is yet day.              *Top

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-Turkish Fans Boo Moment of Silence For Paris Then Chant: "Allahu Akbar"

by Dr. D ~ November 18th, 2015

Nov. 17, 2015 – During a soccer game between Turkey and Greece, Turkish fans boo during a moment of silence for the Paris attacks, then break out into this chant: "Allahu akbar."

Response: This event demonstrates how far Turkey has moved toward radical Islam. A few short years ago it was seeking to become part of the European Union. But lately their leaders have been talking about re-establishing the old Ottoman Caliphate.

Now in this video a large number of Turkish citizens are obviously showing their support for the Muslim terrorists instead of the Parisian victims. This reminds me of  the celebrations that went on in many Muslim dominated countries following 9/11/01.                *Top

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-Why Does the Obama Administration Seem to Favor Muslim Refugees Over Christian?

by Dr. D ~ November 18th, 2015


The acceptance of Syrian refugees into this country has become a major issue following the terrorist attacks on Paris where at lease 2 refugees were apparently involved. Some are asking why nearly all of the Syrian refugees that the Obama administration is bringing into the country are Muslim when there are hundreds of thousands of Christian refugees from Syria and Iraq that also need our help.

Some are asking why we don’t can’t accept more Syrian Christian refugees. So far among the Syrian brought to America recently 2,098 are Muslim and only 53 are Christian. One of the reasons for that disparity is the fact that Christians avoid the UN refugee camps because of persecution so do not get processed by UN officials. Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department continues to ignore the pleas for help and visas for Syrian and Iraqi Christian refugees being provided for by Christian relief organizations favoring only the UN camps.

Some are even calling for only Christian refugees to be placed in the U.S. in order to eliminate the possibility of bringing potential terrorists into the country. Hillary Clinton has come out against any sort of ‘religious test’ for refugees and President Obama has called that approach “shameful.” Nevertheless, the end result of the current process by this administration seems to be discriminatory against Christians.

The fact is, that since 9/11/11 over 1.6 million immigrants from Muslim dominated countries have been accepted into the U.S. Also the acceptance of Muslim immigrants into the country has tripled during the current administration. Some claim that this is happening because President Obama favors Islam and is some kind of closet Muslim. I don’t’ believe that this is the case at all but having been raised as a Muslim as a child he is predisposed to look more favorably upon Islam than any previous president.

I think that President Obama’s policies and that of his administration reflect his ideological views which value multiculturalism and his historical anti-colonial bias which blames the Christian West for the subjection of third world nations and rise of poverty which he believes to be the seed bed of radical Islam and terrorism. From an article by Ben Shapiro of Breitbart News

Why do leftists treat Christianity and Islam differently, if both are merely chimerical responses to the vicissitudes of life? Because leftists see Christianity as the creator of Islam’s rise, and Christians as the victimizers of Muslims.   …

…Obama believes that Western civilization has exploited the rest of the world, and that it therefore bears culpability for the poverty that gave rise to the Islamic wave. Muslims are benighted victims of poverty; Christianity made them victims of poverty in the first place. Christianity thus bears blood guilt for the sins of Islam, but Islam bears none of its own. …

How else to explain the left’s romance with Islam and simultaneous dismissal of Christianity? How else to explain the left’s preoccupation with allowing Muslim refugees into the Christianity-founded West while demanding nothing of Islamic countries which are murdering Christians en masse?

Hillary Clinton says it’s hateful for Western countries to discriminate in choosing refugees based on religious philosophy. It’s far more hateful to suggest that Christianity must bow and scrape before Islam, particularly when Islamic terrorists target non-Muslims the world over.

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I agree with Shapiro that the current policy which seems to favor Muslim refugees is largely due to progressive ideology. I also disagree somewhat with Hillary and President Obama. I would not eliminate Muslim refugees completely, but the admittance of more Christian refugees would not be shameful nor discriminatory but common sense. At the very least the Syrian Muslims being placed in the USA should be properly vetted. That also would be common sense in light of the recent events in Paris.               *Top

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-Houston’s LGBT ‘Bathroom Ordinance’ Defeated

by Dr. D ~ November 4th, 2015


The citizens of Houston, Texas were finally allowed to vote on the transgender ‘bathroom ordinance’ which had been forced upon the city by the mayor and the city counsel. The referendum, which the mayor originally tried to stop, was not even close with controversial ordinance going down in complete defeat. Here’s the story from Breitbart News:

A coalition that represents hundreds of pastors who opposed Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s pro-LGBT ordinance, are calling the resounding defeat of the Houston bathroom ordinance, a “national victory” and the local defeat of a national Leftist LGBT agenda.

Voters in Houston came out in massive numbers and soundly rejected Mayor Parker’s ordinance proposal that would have allowed men to enter women’s bathrooms, showers and changing areas based on gender identification. The HERO (Houston Equal Rights Ordinance) proposition was rejected by a vote of 61 to 39 percent.

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Response: It is great that the citizens were finally able to have their voice heard on this law. Religious liberty was the real issue at stake in this vote. Last year Mayor Parker issued subpoenas to a number of pastors who opposed the ordinance ordering them to turn over all notes or recordings of any sermons or teachings against homosexuality and the bill. When religious pastors and leaders led a successful petition campaign to order a recall vote on the bill, the Mayor refused to recognize the recall and put it up for a vote until it was forced by the state Supreme Court. 

The left characterized the ordinance as an LGBT ‘equal rights’ issue but in reality the ordinance was a dangerous law that would have compromised religious freedom by forcing churches and religious institutions to provide for transgender bathroom use and possible compliance to hiring provisions. Also, it would have forced Christian businesses to participate in same-sex ceremonies regardless of religious convictions.               *Top

The following are our past articles on this issue:

-Texas Supreme Court: Houston Must Put Controversial ‘Transgender Bathroom’ Bill Up for Vote

-Houston: Mayor Withdraw Subpoenas on Pastors

-Response to Houston’s Demand of Pastor’s Sermon’s from ‘Bonhoeffer’ Author

-Houston Backs Down On Subpoenas for Pastors’ Sermons? Sort of But Not Quite

-City of Houston Subpoenas Pastor’s Sermons on Homosexuality

-Houston: Activists Publish Names On Petition Against Transgender Bathroom Ordinance

-UPDATE: Judge Puts Houston Transgender Bathroom Ordinance On Hold

-UPDATE: Houston Mayor Disregards Call for Referendum on Transgender Bathroom Ordinance

-Houston: A Referendum Against the Transgender/Anti-Religious Freedom Ordinance

-UPDATE: Houston Passes Transgender ‘Special Rights’ Ordinance

-Transgender Restroom Choice the Next Big ‘Rights’ Issue?

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-Brazil: 3 Way Civil Union

by Dr. D ~ October 31st, 2015

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And so it begins. Three women in Brazil held a 3 way civil union ceremony in preparation for having a legal family together. Here’s the report from Yahoo.com:

While these are the first women to enter a three-way civil union, a similar ceremony was held in 2012 for a man and two women in Sao Paulo state.

Both arrangements are based on a Supreme Court ruling (Brazil) that in 2011 authorized notary publics to hold civil union ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples.

According to Leitao, "all the principles and fundamentals" of that ruling "can also be applied to polyamorous relationships."

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Response: And so the slippery slope begins. We have said all along that once same-sex marriage was accepted in Western countries that support for polygamy and polyamory and other types of relationships would naturally follow since the same arguments and rational for homosexual marriage could easily apply to other relationships.

In fact, two years ago a federal judge declared the Laws in Utah criminalizing polygamy were unconstitutional. Already there was a recent attempt by a man and two woman to obtain marriage licenses in Montana. Now this legal civil union in Brazil. Also it is a fact that there are already a considerable number of immigrant Muslims in America living in polygamous marriages that were legal in the countries they came out of.

Also I have recently read several articles questioning whether incest laws and laws preventing same-sex siblings or close cousins should apply to same-sex marriage since no children will be coming out of those unions. Worse yet, New York Magazine in an article in January seemed to be even supportive of an incestual relationship between a father and daughter.

We now live in a brave new world where anything goes and anything that the Creator might have said in the past is ignored or considered to be bigoted and discriminatory.               *Top

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