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-Media vs. Trump: Did The President Really Call Immigrants ‘Animals’? No!

by Dr. D ~ May 18th, 2018

AP,  CNN,  NY Times vs. Trump and Truth

The AP, CNN, and the New York Times among many other main stream media giants recently reported that President Trump called illegal immigrants: ‘animals.’ The truth is that the President was actually referring to MS-13 gang members and not immigrants in general. Nevertheless, the media slanted what Trump had to say to make it appear that the president was calling all undocumented immigrants ‘animals.’ From Townhall:

CNN and the Associated Press were both forced to clarify or delete tweets and stories Thursday that portrayed President Trump’s remarks during a meeting Wednesday as referring to illegal immigrants generally rather than violent MS-13 gang

President Trump said “these aren’t people, these are animals, and we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before,” Wednesday in response to remarks about MS-13.

The New York Times has yet to issue any sort of correction or clarification…

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Response: The damage has been done since most will never see the ‘clarifications.’ It is all over the social media and TV newscasters have already made their quips over the president’s name calling of immigrants. And what is with ‘the newspaper of record’- The NY Times? I guess when it comes to this president the truth no longer matters?

This just demonstrates how much of our news is now fabricated and so slanted and biased that Americans really are justified in their distrust of the major media. Their choice of what they present and what they decide to not give us is another issue. I have had to turn to foreign news sites for stories about how Christians are being persecuted around the world.

The point is, the MSM presents itself as unbiased suppliers and arbiters of the news. That may have been true in some ideal past but obviously it is no longer the case. This recent situation demonstrates how much the American media has become part of the story and not just the reporters thereof. 

The major media has been critical of the purveyors of so-called ‘fake news.’ Meanwhile as in this case, some of their own have been guilty of blurring the lines and crossing over into the very territory they supposedly oppose. It is my  guess that some of the media folks are so obsessed with opposing this president that all bets are off and the truth no longer matters.                *Top

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-Mormons End Partnership With Boy Scouts

by Dr. D ~ May 9th, 2018

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Last week the Boy Scouts organization announced that they were changing their name to Scouts BSA and would now include girls in their ranks. That seemed to be the last straw for the Mormons. This week the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) officially ending their 105 year partnership with the Boy Scouts and said that they would form their own rival scouting group. From Christianity Today:

     ‘The Church has increasingly felt the need to create and implement a uniform youth leadership and development program that serves its members globally. In so doing, it will be necessary for the Church to discontinue its role as a chartered partner with BSA,’

a joint statement said on Tuesday.

     ‘We have jointly determined that, effective on December 31, 2019, the Church will conclude its relationship as a chartered organisation with all Scouting programmes around the world. Until that date, to allow for an orderly transition, the intention of the Church is to remain a fully engaged partner in Scouting for boys and young men ages 8­–13 and encourages all youth, families, and leaders to continue their active participation and financial support.’

It also comes after a number of rows between the Boy Scouts and different church groups over decisions last year to admit gay leaders and also to allow transgender boys into the ranks.

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Response: This is quite a blow to the Scouts BSA organization. The LDS currently sponsors groups in their churches that account for over 280,000 members. Last year the number of members in the Boy Scouts declined by nearly 500,000 members and now this.

The exodus will undoubtedly continue as evangelical Christians and conservative churches also leave the organization and join rival groups like Trail Life USA which more closely represent Biblical standards of behavior and morality.

It will be interesting to see if any other denominations officially respond to the changes that the Boy Scouts are going through.               *Top

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-Trump Signs An Executive Order Promoting Religious Liberty

by Dr. D ~ May 5th, 2018

On the National Day of Prayer, President Trump signed an executive order protecting religious liberty in America. From Townhall:

President Trump announced the signing of a new faith based executive order that will allow religious organizations to obtain resources from federal government programs.

     "The faith initiative will help design new policies that recognize the vital role of faith in our families, our communities, and our great country.  This office will also help ensure that faith-based organizations have equal access to government funding and the equal right to exercise their deeply held beliefs,"

President Trump said.

     "We take this step because we know that, in solving the many, many problems and our great challenges, faith is more powerful than government, and nothing is more powerful than God." 

The White House Faith Based Opportunity Initiative will be led by someone inside the administration, who will report directly to President Trump on ways to better streamline programs beneficial to religious groups.

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Response: What ever you may think about Pres. Trump personally, he is serious about protecting religious liberty just like he said that he would in his campaign. In this case through executive order. This administration is far better than the last for conservative Christians and faith based organizations.

Is it just me or did the last president use EO’s to consistently take away religious freedom? At least it sure seemed that way particularly with the HHS ‘Abortifacient’ Mandate. Also, freedom of religion seemed to be constantly challenged in the military under the last administration.

Plus Christian non-profit faith based groups were under assault. Now this president is addressing that very issue and forming an office to actually help faith-based groups rather than put them out of business.                *Top

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-National Day of Prayer 2018

by Dr. D ~ May 3rd, 2018

Today is the National Day of Prayer. Every day is a good time to pray for our nation particularly today. Join thousands across America in prayer for our nation and people, Unity is the theme for this year. Something we really need right now. Here’s a link to the National Day of Prayer website.

2018 NATIONAL PRAYER FOR AMERICA:

Our Dear Heavenly Father, while we come to You in complete humility, we also come to You with boldness in the authoritative name of Your One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, who is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. In Jesus’ name, fill us now with Your Holy Spirit and lead us as we pray in Jesus’ name for America.

Oh God, we are burdened for our nation today. We turn from the sins that we have committed against your Word and your Name. We turn away from our contentious words and ways toward one another that has led us to division and polarization. We turn away from our disrespect and lack of dignity toward each other, and we turn away from our continual devaluation of all human life from the womb until death in this world. We also turn away from and refuse to participate in skepticism, criticism, and cynicism in our nation. We turn away from anything that divides us, and we run toward the gospel of Jesus Christ that is the only thing that has the power to unite us together.

Lord, in this critical hour in our nation, we pray for unity in America. Only You can bring unity, harmony, and oneness in America. As your Word calls us in Ephesians 4:3, “Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace”, we ask You to empower us to make every effort to live in unity, to call for unity, and to forward unity in America continually.

We pray for the churches in America to unify in Jesus Christ and to pray as one unified spiritual family for America. May Your Church pray for America passionately, perpetually, privately, and publicly.

We pray for God’s power to unify families, workplaces, communities, and cities in America. By Your Spirit, lead us to forgiveness, reconciliation, healing, and unity.

We pray for people of all ethnicities and races in America to come together as one, living in peace and unity together. Oh Lord, because each of us is created in Your image, please give us the courage to stand against all racial and ethnic division, denouncing it as evil and sinful, while simultaneously coming together in unity with all persons knowing this is God’s will for us.

We pray in unity for the security of our nation. We ask You to preserve the United States of America from the forces of evil that are threatening our lives and our future. God, please guard all persons in public and private settings from anyone or anything that desires to harm us or take our lives. Our future is in Your hands.

We agree clearly, unite visibly, and pray extraordinarily for the next Great Spiritual Awakening in America. Oh Lord, wake up Your church spiritually and convict Your people to agree clearly, unite visibly, and pray extraordinarily until the next Great Spiritual Awakening occurs in our generation.

Oh God, we stand together upon Your words in Psalm 133:1, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony.” Through Jesus’ name and by the Holy Spirit’s power, we pray for all Americans to unify and to live together in unity.

In the mighty and majestic name of Jesus Christ who is the Only Savior and the Only Hope in this world, we pray. Amen.

Dr. Ronnie Floyd

President, National Day of Prayer Task Force
Senior Pastor, Cross Church

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-California vs. The Bible?

by Dr. D ~ April 28th, 2018

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The title of this article may sound ridiculous but I believe that it is apropos. The California State Assembly recently passed a bill (AB 2943) that could result in the banning of Christian ministries, counseling, books, and conferences, which support Biblical teaching on sexuality. If the measure passes the California Senate, Gov. Brown has already indicated that he would sign it into law.  To say that the whole nation is watching how this plays out is an understatement.

Proponents claim that the law merely addresses sexual ‘reparative’ counseling. In that vein, some are calling it the "You Must Stay Gay Bill" since it would make it illegal for anyone to give or receive professional help for unwanted same-sex attractions or gender confusion.

But the measure goes way beyond just counseling and in its generalities could ban the sale of books and conferences supporting traditional Biblical teaching on homosexuality and sexuality in general. I have even seen some claims that the Bible itself could be banned by this proposal. It is highly unlikely that government officials would take it that far considering the outcry and how it would be an obvious violation the the Constitution. Nevertheless, the bill is general enough to cause all sorts of logical concerns about its possible effects on religious freedom.

If this bill becomes a law, could pastors continue to give counsel to folks based upon Biblical teaching without getting in trouble? Could a minister or priest suggest to a homosexual person that they might need to change their sexual lifestyle without violating this bill? Regardless, conservative Christian ministers will continue teaching, preaching, and counseling from the Bible no matter what. 

Some are saying that Christians are over-the-top and far too hysterical about the possible religious targets of this proposed law. Make no mistake about the intent of this bill, it is a direct attack upon Biblical teaching on sexuality and an attack on the first Amendment. Read the following comment by one of its proponents, Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi:

“The faith community, like anyone else, needs to evolve with the times. The science is clear. The claim that the First Amendment can be used as a defense for promoting fraudulent conduct is a fallacious argument.”

Get it? According to this view, the Christian community needs to ‘evolve’ with the times and reject any Biblical teaching which is contrary to the current cultural norms and trends. Not only that, the First Amendment also needs to be ignored when it comes to homosexuality and LGBT issues?

This bill would set a dangerous precedence that might be duplicated all around the country. Plus, it is so incredibly general that no one can really know the end results if it became a law. It is time for all California Christians to rise up and let your representatives know how you feel about this bill. For the rest of us around the country, it is time to pray.

 

Here are some good articles for additional information and reading on this controversial bill:

-“Book Ban? California Bill Would Target Christian Pastors, Bookstores” by Todd Starnes

-“Will California Go from Banning Religious Books to Burning Them?” by Michael Brown

–“STAND AND FIGHT FOR CALIFORNIA” by Mario Murillo

–“California’s Shocking ‘You Must Stay Gay’ Bill” by Michael Brown

 

Bill Text: –Assembly Bill No. 2943

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-Pres. Trump: Turkey Should Release Pastor Brunson

by Dr. D ~ April 19th, 2018

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Turkey is subjecting Christian pastor Andrew Brunson to a kangaroo court where the so-called witnesses, who claims that Brunson is a terrorist and spy, are kept secret with obscured voices. The case is now on hold until May 7 and Pastor Andrew has been thrown into one of Turkey’s worst and least safe prisons.  Meanwhile, the American government is trying to get him released. Here’s what President Trump has say about the pastor:

Pastor Andrew Brunson, a fine gentleman and Christian leader in the United States, is on trial and being persecuted in Turkey for no reason. They call him a Spy, but I am more a Spy than he is. Hopefully he will be allowed to come home to his beautiful family where he belongs!

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Here’s Kristina Arriaga, vice chairwoman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on this case:

…no evidence exists to support charges Brunson committed espionage against Turkey and aided terrorist groups.
"There were no charges filed against him except through secret testimony," Arriaga told CBN News.

"It is so incredibly unjust for this man – whose only crime is to believe in God and tell other people about it – that now he’s involved in a game of hostage diplomacy," she said. "Every American is at risk in Turkey."

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Response: Pastor Brunson is facing 35 years in horrible Turkish prisons. In reality it would be a death sentence. According to the Turkish government he was a member of an opposition Muslim group that is considered to be a ‘terrorist’ organization. It is rather ridiculous to think that an evangelical pastor would actually participate in a Muslim terrorist group.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames an American resident- Muslim cleric and college professor Fethullah Gulen for a coup in 2016. The US government refuses to extradite the professor without some kind of evidence. Most consider Pastor Brunson to be an ongoing political ‘hostage’ as part of an attempt by Turkey to force the United States to turn over Fethullah Gulen.               *Top

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