THE FATHER OF LIES; THE AUTHOR OF CONFUSION AND THE ACCUSER OF THE BRETHREN BOTH DAY AND NIGHT!
Who are we speaking of? None other than the Enemy of our Souls – SATAN.
” Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1) KJV
From the very beginning, Satan has spoken his deceptive ‘whispers’ into the ears of God’s people. And he certainly does’t need new tricks because the old ones work just fine.
IN THE WILDERNESS FROM LUKE 4
The arrogant enemy of God and of our souls even tried his twisting of Scripture with our Lord Jesus who IS God in the flesh. Jesus shut the evil one down with PURE Scripture. You see, Satan takes a little bit of truth and then twists it for his own purposes:
After the Holy Spirit led Jesus out into the wilderness, the devil tempted our Lord with his own version of Scripture:
“And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread” (Luke 4:3) KJV
“And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God” (Luke 4:4) KJV
“And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine” (Luke 4:6-7) KJV
“And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Luke 4:8) KJV
” And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:
“For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:
“And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone” (Luke 4: 9-11) KJV
“And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God” (Genesis 4:12) KJV
SATAN’S OWN VERSION OF CHRISTIANITY
In these last days, the devil in his craftiness has created his own version of Christianity.
I can almost hear him:
” God is LOVE, so don’t believe those ‘pretend’ Christians who say that homosexuality is evil. God WANTS the practicing homosexual to be part of His church! Just look at the Sermon on the Mount. Doesn’t that convince you? A loving God would NEVER reject the lifestyle of ANYONE! Come as you are. Do not be ashamed of the life you are living. Jesus accepts you just as you are.
Do NOT believe the fake Christians who are no better than the Pharisees!” <hissssssssssssss>
And many believe the devil – every word he speaks, they take as truth.
‘For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
The Social Justice False gospel
One of the leading voices of this movement, Rachel Held Evans, suddenly passed away at the age of 37 recently. I wrote a piece on this:
I also wrote an article on this false gospel which has millions of followers:
WHERE IS THIS ALL LEADING?
Discerning Christians will understand what the evil one has done. He has made a version of Christianity which is false. Not only that, but he has the world believing that the Social Justice Gospel is the TRUE Word of God. And the world is pointing their collective finger at US and here is what they are saying:
“The true Christians do not judge and they have compassion on the gay community. The true Christians will have gay couples serve in their churches. The true Christians are the hope of this world!”
“The “fake” Christians are HATERS! They judge others’ lifestyles and never think for themselves. They find verses in their “Bibles” with which they attempt to condemn the gay lifestyle. They do NOT represent Jesus Christ!”
Brethren, can you see and understand what is happening here? Satan’s fingerprints are all over this “Social Justice false gospel” and the world is thrilled with all of this.
The Persecution is Coming
So, now we are the ones who “HATE” and I believe that in the future we will be incarcerated in an attempt to be re-educated.
GOOD IS EVIL AND EVIL GOOD!
Pete Buttigieg’s Very Public Faith Is Challenging Assumptions
His tone separates him from many evangelical leaders—but in one crucial way, he might be replicating a mistake of the religious right.
The mayor of a medium-size midwestern city, Rhodes Scholar, and war veteran who is liturgically conservative and cites Saint Augustine as one of his religious influences is running for president. He’s also a Democrat. He is criticizing the current president, a Republican, for his infidelity and lack of family values. And he’s gay.
Sometimes politics unfolds differently than you might expect.
What makes Pete Buttigieg an intriguing figure isn’t his political experience, which is minimal (he became mayor of South Bend, Indiana, in 2012, at age 29); or his political philosophy, with which I disagree. (He’s a progressive, while I’m a conservative who is a critic of Donald Trump and of progressivism.) It’s that Buttigieg speaks openly and easily about his Christian faith in a party that is becoming more and more secular and religiously unaffiliated, and he does so in a manner that stands in marked contrast with the evangelical leaders who support Donald Trump.
Buttigieg is challenging the assumptions of a lot of people.
Start with those in the Democratic Party. Buttigieg, an Episcopalian who studied under Sacvan Bercovitch, the renowned scholar of Puritan America, is willing to speak about God before nonreligious audiences in a way that is natural. I don’t sense that his faith is being used cynically or inauthentically; it preceded his career in politics.
“I think it’s unfortunate [the Democratic Party] has lost touch with a religious tradition that I think can help explain and relate our values,” Buttigieg told The Washington Post. “At least in my interpretation, it helps to root [in religion] a lot of what it is we do believe in, when it comes to protecting the sick and the stranger and the poor, as well as skepticism of the wealthy and the powerful and the established.”
To be sure, the reason Buttigieg is the hottest person in Democratic politics these days is because he’s viewed as reliably progressive. Most of the Democrats who are drawn to him are embracing him not because of his faith but because of his liberalism. They’re willing to indulge the former so long as it advances the latter. For many Democrats, faith is an instrumentality. Still, Buttigieg’s rise and reasonable tone should help make some members of the Democratic Party less hostile to Christianity, which as a Christian I take to be a good thing.
The challenge Buttigieg poses to many leaders of the Trump-supporting evangelical world isn’t simply in the realm of public policy; it is in his tone, his countenance, and the way he carries himself.
Buttigieg does not radiate pent-up grievances, cultural resentments, and bitterness. He’s a person of equanimity, a calming voice in a rancorous political culture. That doesn’t mean he’s right on the stands he’s taking, of course, and those things matter. (More about that later.) But I would say that the splenetic, fear-based approach of many evangelical leaders has created an opening for Buttigieg, who is their temperamental antithesis.
It is one thing for Trump’s Christian supporters to argue that his policy agenda made him preferable to Hillary Clinton. But it is an entirely different matter to never hold Trump accountable. None of Trump’s high-profile evangelical supporters speak out against his cruelty and dehumanizing style, his pathological lying and bullying manner, or his Nietzschean ethic—and in some instances they celebrate it.
Robert Jeffress, the pastor of an influential Southern Baptist mega-church in Dallas, proudly declared that he supports Trump because he wants “the meanest, toughest SOB I can find to protect this nation.” Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of one of the largest Christian universities in the world, defendsTrump on the grounds that he is “authentic, successful & down to earth.” According to Tony Perkins, the ardent Trump supporter who is president of the Family Research Council, evangelical Christians “were tired of being kicked around by Barack Obama and his leftists. And I think they are finally glad that there’s somebody on the playground that is willing to punch the bully.” (Perkins added that conservative Christians who are Trump supporters are willing to give the president a “mulligan” on his atrocious personal behavior because he’s on their side politically.)
The mayor of South Bend, on the other hand, speaks about the need for healing, about beckoning people and trying to understand the position of those with whom he disagrees. He acknowledges how disorienting the change in sexual ethics has been, particularly for the older generation, and he says he understands why people believe that the Christian faith leads them to oppose same-sex marriage, even as he hopes they encounter scripture interpreted a different way. (The best articulation of a traditional Christian view on homosexuality I am aware of is found in Richard Hays’s The Moral Vision of the New Testament. Christians who agree with Buttigieg on gay marriage need to wrestle in good faith with the case presented by Hays, just as those who disagree with Buttigieg on gay marriage need to wrestle in good faith with the case laid out by Matthew Vines in God and the Gay Christian.)
When asked by USA Today’s Kirsten Powers what advice he has for those struggling to be graceful toward those with whom we disagree, Buttigieg answered this way:
Well, I think it starts with a certain amount of humility and recognizing that how you voted doesn’t make you a good person or a bad person, and we shouldn’t think of ourselves as better human beings because of how we voted.
This is a welcome sentiment from a political leader when our politics is becoming more and more venomous, when people prefer to shout at each other rather than to reason together.
And yet, precisely on the question of religion as an instrumental good, there is real cause for concern about Mayor Pete. His insistence that “Christian faith is going to point you in a progressive direction” is a bright-red flag, and ought to worry Christians regardless of their politics.
To say that Christianity points you in a progressive direction is in effect to say that Christianity and progressivism are synonymous. They aren’t. Neither are Christianity and conservatism. Christianity stands apart from and in judgment of all political ideologies; it doesn’t lend itself to being put in neat and tidy political categories. That doesn’t mean that at any particular moment in time a Christian ethic won’t lead people of faith to more closely align with one political and philosophical movement over another. But the temptation, always, is to politicize faith in ways that ultimately are discrediting.
What Buttigieg would undoubtedly argue is that progressivism is the political ideology that does the most to care for the poor, the vulnerable, the dispossessed, and the weak. But that depends on the issue, doesn’t it?
I agree with him when it comes to not separating migrant children from their parents and welcoming refugee families from around the world. On the other hand, Buttigieg would allow for late-term abortions, which many (including myself) would argue pose a lethal threat to the weakest members of the human community .source
Lady Gaga to Mike Pence: ‘You Are the Worst Representation of What It Means to Be a Christian’
Lady Gaga is not afraid to speak her mind when it comes to politics. The singer interrupted her ongoing Las Vegas residency set on Saturday to bash Vice President and his wife Karen.
“To Mike Pence, who thinks it’s acceptable that his wife works at a school that bans LGBTQ, you’re wrong. You say we should not discriminate against Christianity? You’re the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian,” Gaga, 32, told the crowd at MGM’s Park Theater.
Gaga made her comments in reference to reports that Karen is to resume teaching at a Christian school that openly discriminates against LGBTQ students.
Under a parent agreement posted on the school’s website, Immanuel can refuse admission to students who participate in, support or condone “sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bisexual activity.” The school also can refuse admission based on similar “activities of a parent or guardian” or “within a particular home.”
Pence backed his wife’s decision on the Catholic news network EWTN Thursday, saying it’s “deeply offensive to us” to “see major news organizations attacking Christian education.”
“Mrs. Pence has returned to the school where she previously taught for 12 years,” her spokeswoman, Kara Brooks said in a statement. “It’s absurd that her decision to teach art to children at a Christian school, and the school’s religious beliefs, are under attack.”
Lady Gaga identifies as a Christian, which may surprise some of her fans.
“I am a Christian woman, and what I do know about Christianity is that we bear no prejudice and everybody is welcome. So you can take all that disgrace, Mr. Pence, and can look yourself in the mirror and you’ll find it right there,” Gaga told the audience.
Gaga didn’t stop there. She also took on President Trump.
“If the (expletive) president of the United States could please put our government back,” Gaga stated. “There are people who live paycheck to paycheck and need their money.” source
In the midst of all of this insanity and evil, the only thing which keeps me sane is Jesus Christ and His Word:
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3: 1-5) KJV
We know that we are rapidly approaching the end. We know that our Lord Jesus never leaves us nor forsakes us.
We know that we will spend eternity in His presence.
We know Who WINS this war in the heavenlies!