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Democratics Want to Keep God from Your Children - By Joseph Chambers - https://www.raptureready.com/2018/10/30/democratics-wants-keep-god-children-joseph-chambers/
Psalm 14:2-4 "The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord."
The fight over the Supreme Court is a fight to keep God out of public schools. It was these liberals that decreed years ago that God had to be removed from public education. How stupid can you get? Children educated to believe we came from monkeys will give us what we presently have. The Creator created us to be answerable to Him. He is God, sovereign and lofty. He inhabits eternity (Isaiah 57:15).
Liberal educators have turned this present generation into radicals who have no awareness of a sovereign God. I have written this article in my effort to call us back to God. It is the only hope for a sensible return to a civilized world.
The "New Age Elite," who are preparing for the forthcoming "New World Order," are busy changing America's schools and maybe your child's life. There are several key targets of these "change agents" (their own wording), and public education is a top priority. The environmental, religious, and media organizations are also special targets for their influences. They are changing America at a breathtaking pace. Here are two examples of the work of these "change agents."
A book entitled "Becoming A Master Student" gave the following advice:
"'You create it all' means just what it says. Nothing in the world exists at all except as you create it in your head. You create everything. You are 100% responsible for your job. You create all the lectures you attend, you create your textbooks, and you create your instructors, classrooms, and classmates. You create the campus and the town that it is in. You create your relatives and you create your grades. Your creations don't stop there. All those things that you are absolutely certain you do not control - the weather, wars, world hunger, the planets - you create those, too."
The late Beverly Galyean developed three federally funded educational programs for the Los Angeles Public Schools using meditation and guided imagery. She gives the following description of her beliefs and philosophy:
"Once we begin to see that we are all God, that we have the attributes of God, then I think the whole purpose of human life is to re-own the God-likeness within us: the perfect love, the perfect wisdom, the perfect understanding, the perfect intelligence; and when we do that, we create back to that old, the essential oneness which is consciousness."
Thousands of public school administrators, teachers, and counselors, plus many in religious schools have become "change agents" for the New World Order. They are violating the rights of millions of students and parents in this nation. Many good, honest teachers and counselors have been brainwashed without knowing it and are busy doing the enemy's work. Unless there is a revolution of wise parental involvement, the end results of the present educational reform will be worse than the last.
Supreme Court Decreed Our Schools Godless In 1962
In 1962, the Supreme Court of this nation decreed that our public schools must operate as Godless institutions. Prayer in any Judeo-Christian design was declared unlawful. This was a sudden change from the strong Christian emphasis of the past.
American history is interwoven with the faith of the Holy Bible. Gary DeMar, in his book "God And Government" noted the following facts:
"In 1892 the United States Supreme Court made an exhaustive study of the supposed connection between Christianity and the government of the United States. After reviewing hundreds of volumes of historical documents, the Court asserted, 'These references...add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a religious people...a Christian nation.' Likewise, in 1931, Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland reviewed the 1892 decision in reference to another case and reiterated that 'Americans are a Christian people.' And in 1952, Justice William O. Douglas affirmed that 'we are a religious people and our institutions presuppose a Supreme Being.'"
George Washington, our first president, warned America of what Godlessness in the public arena would do. These words were part of his farewell address as he concluded eight years in the White House:
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports... And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion... reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."
The decision to remove prayer actually began on June 25, 1962. In a Supreme Court decision, Eagel v. Vitale, they overturned the ruling of all lower courts and appeals courts and effectively outlawed a simple prayer in a public school. This nation immediately started down the road of swift decay.
Let's look at a few statistics of what immediately happened. In 1962, the SAT total scores of American students stood at an average of 980 points. By 1980, that average had fallen to 890. This decline averaged approximately 5 percentage points each year for 18 years. It had been basically stable for the previous 10 years before 1962 and improved slightly after 1980.
Morality took a nosedive. Aged 15 female students had a 4.6 percentage rate of premarital sexual activity in 1962. In 20 years, there was a 200 percent increase; and since 1982, it has multiplied far beyond those figures. Older females experienced an even greater decline of morals. The following statistics are for ages 16 through 18 in the same timeframe: Age 16: 7.1% to 23.1%. Age 17: 13.2% to 34.8%. Age 18: 22.6% to 54.0%.
Birth rates for unwed mothers soared, abortions escalated, sexually transmitted diseases for children and teenagers exploded, and suicide rates went out the ceiling. In 1962, there were approximately 350 cases of gonorrhea in teenagers per 100,000 total teen population. By 1985, these cases had increased to 1,175 per 100,000. The rate of gonorrhea in children (age 10-14) increased over 200% in that same time frame.
The liberal American educators and judges should be hauled into court for what they have done to the children of this nation. They are nothing less than criminals who have cost our nation billions in lost revenues and taxes for these failed programs. They have cost American parents billions in subsidizing the broken lives of their children, not counting the damage to these young people themselves. How can an honest parent, educator, or religious leader not be furious?
Proverbs 4:1-3 "Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother."
Present Education Reform
The present education reform is worse than the previous. Now they are purposely using destruction to help them accomplish their desired results. Listen to these words from an article in "Outcomes," the official publication of "Outcome-Based Education." This is part of a letter that was sent to Dr. William G. Spady [known as the father of Outcome-Based Education (OBE)] by a friend and comrade in this effort to promote Outcome-Based Education. Dr. Spady first describes the letter:
"The letter does not clarify a vision of what the paradigm may embody but it does clarify the excitement, confusion, ambiguity, fun, and hope that the paradigm generates."
Note that he admitted the "confusion" and "ambiguity" this reform generated. Now, let's read the entire letter that Dr. Spady printed in his article. Remember, friends, this is official garbage from their own hands:
"When I heard you (John Hillary) speak two years ago in Des Moines to the Iowa Success Network, your emphasis was on how to construct the product. Last week you talked more about how the curriculum might impact changes in student/teacher behavior. Both times you seemed to be struggling with the difficulty of embracing change, pushing against what is and what might be, sympathetic to why these changes are so difficult to make. I seem to hear you saying two things that I agree with: OBE will never work if it invades the culture of the school, and it will never work if it does not!
I guess our job as a 'change agent' is to survive within the 'confusion we keep promoting' because it might be the most appropriate atmosphere for building consensus. I used to think that changing attitudes would change practices, but I'm convinced that changing practices gets things done. That's the mix that I think is so critical; embracing contraries without feeling that either must be compromised at the expense of the other; knowing when to push, when to pull, and when to let go; understanding why things don't get done; and setting the stage for others to do the things they believe are important.
And all the while, it may seem that others are moving at glacier speed while we are holding on for dear life riding this tiger (OBE). I often wonder if others see a different scenario: we are in charge of some carnival ride that they're forced to take while we sit on the sidelines and turn up the speed of the ride. Funny how different these images are. Others may have a good argument if our only explanation is 'we're making things better by making them worse.' Sometimes I have my doubts. Understanding other perspectives is probably the key to continuing the discussion (and surviving the process!).
A quick fix the OBE paradigm doth not generate!" - excerpt from a letter to Dr. William G. Spady regarding his "Outcome-Based Education" (Special quotations, underlining, and emphasis added.)
New Word In Education: "Paradigm"
No word being used by educators is more revealing than the word "paradigm." It is a prime New Age word and has been used by the "all is god" crowd for years. They have talked endlessly of a paradigm shift in preparation for the "New World Order" or "Crystal Kingdom" as Jose' Argulles would call it. They purposely promote this idea as a mental shift from western to eastern thought or the change from traditional Christianity to eastern mysticism. This idea describes the essence of the New Age Religion.
The National Association of Partners In Education (NAPE) published an article in their newsletter entitled "A Call For A Paradigm Shift." They clearly described what they mean by this word. Read carefully:
"'Paradigm' is a word that has been given a lot of space in the media lately. The distinction that the word 'paradigm' refers to has been, for the most part, misunderstood. It has been described as everything from the current 'buzzword' to, more generously, 'a filter through which to look at reality.' Unfortunately, those descriptions and definitions are superficial and inaccurate, concealing power inherent in paradigms. A paradigm is not a 'filter,' but is the fundamental structure of knowing from which reality is constituted. When there is a paradigm shift, the way the world (and ourselves) occurs is altered.
When the present paradigm has been fulfilled and used up all the actions to find new, better or different solutions do not make any difference." - (NAPE, APRIL 1991).
Please note the primary definition of "paradigm" as they described it, "the fundamental structure of knowing from which reality is constituted." That's the most honest definition I have read of this word. We are talking about a totally new mindset or mental concept of the realities of life. No longer are we to think of the fixed truths and values at the very heart of western civilization, but we are to move to a new evolution of created realities.
In our American past, inventions and new vistas were discovered and formed out of existing truths and by scientific facts of discovery. Everything had a firm foundation. Now our New Age Educators want to move us into a fantasy world we create with our minds. It's all an illusion of eastern mysticism that will lead those in its web to the bondage of spiritism. It is clear and simple "occultic stupidity." Let's prove this with some of their New Age programs.
Pumsy, The Dragon
The promoters of this curriculum boast that it is now in 40% of our elementary schools. It is labeled as a self-esteem program, but clearly promotes a paradigm shift in children's thinking. A teacher in Fort Mill, SC, told a student who protested, "I don't need Pumsy, I've got Jesus," that, "Jesus and God can't be with you all the time, so you need to call on Pumsy, who will never leave you." This teacher was an open believer in Pumsy and even taught the children to use crystals and other New Age practices.
Most teachers and counselors who promote Pumsy are subtler, and because of their subtlety, are even more dangerous. This program is New Age to the core. Here is a letter sent home to the parents by two of the teachers in Fort Mill: (Please remember that most schools do not inform the parents in this open fashion.)
This letter is to update you what we are doing in the Pumsy Program.
Unit 1 is called 'Pumsy Decides.' In this unit, we are introduced to Pumsy the dragon and her friend whose name is Friend. We become acquainted with different parts of Pumsy's personality. She has a wonderful 'Sparkler Mind' that is like sparklers on the 4th of July. It is bright and quick, and it runs and plays. This is where all her wonderful, bright ideas come from. When Pumsy is in her Sparkler Mind, she feels good about herself.
Pumsy also has her 'Clear Mind.' It is like a pond - still, quiet, clear, and safe. This is where her peacefulness comes from. When Pumsy is in her Clear Mind, she feels good about herself. There is another part of Pumsy's mind. She calls it her 'Mud Mind.' When she is in her Mud Mind, her mind is like a puddle of mud. She can't think clearly. She feels confused. She doesn't feel safe. She doesn't feel good about herself, or good about others or good about anything.
When Pumsy is in her Mud Mind, she waits and waits. She waits for something good to happen to her so her Mud Mind will go away. She doesn't know yet that she doesn't have to wait.
Friend (an unseen character in the program) knows about Mud Minds. What he knows about Mud Minds is how to make them go away. He knows how to do it all by himself. Pumsy says to Friend, 'Will this bad feeling ever go away? Will I ever feel good again? I am so tired of waiting and waiting for something to happen to make me feel better.'
Friend says to Pumsy, 'Pumsy, you don't have to wait for something to happen before you can feel better about yourself. You can make it happen!'
The decision Pumsy makes is to learn how to get out of her Mud Mind all by herself.
With the help of Friend, Pumsy begins to learn how to use her Clear Mind and her Sparkler Mind to get herself out of her Mud Mind. She acquires some basic skills that will help her to feel better about herself, better about others, and better about things in general.
The positive theme for this unit is 'I CAN CHOOSE HOW I FEEL.'
Another letter will come home at the beginning of the next unit.
(Signed by the teachers.)"
Please research this whole idea of affective education that is clearly presented in this letter. This idea originated with Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow, two psychologists who have now been thoroughly discredited by some of their own peers. This is called self-actualization and was never to be used with children according to Maslow himself. William Carlson was a right hand to Carl Rogers and helped promote this faulty idea. He now heads an organization called "Ethno psychology," and is dedicated to ending this entire approach to education.
Matthew 2:18 "In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not."
Mark 9:36-37 "And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me."
This is the "grand" idea that is now full steam across America. It sounds extremely innocent. We all want "outcome" or well-educated graduating seniors. It is promoted with millions of dollars from the top industries in our nation. To criticize this idea is like stepping on a train track in front of a locomotive going 100 mph.
The educator I mentioned earlier, Dr. William G. Spady, is a prime mover. In a lengthy article published in "OUTCOMES," Spring 1992, he described this educational approach. Here is a statement he makes at the beginning: (Please remember what educators are saying when they use the word paradigm.)
"Third, our educational system needs a new theoretical and operating paradigm, and a growing consensus of prominent opinion leaders, business executives, and educators in supporting the notion. They see that a new restructured paradigm of education must be implemented if either the nation or public education is to survive the already evident flood of internal and external economic, social, and political problems making daily headlines."
In this article he discusses three stages of reaching the desired goal. He spoke of Traditional Outcome-Based Education, Transitional Outcome-Based Education, and Transformational Outcome-Based Education. The goal is always the last of the three. The first steps are methods to reach the ultimate. In fact he says,
"The irony about Traditional OBE is this: It characterizes almost all of the OBE implementation currently underway in local districts in the U.S. and Canada, and it is highly effective in improving student achievement in school. Yet it is NOT, strictly speaking, OUTCOME-BASED." - Ibid, p. 15.
He calls this the starting point. Why do they choose to introduce this idea in stages? One reason - It would start a revolution to do it otherwise. We must be brainwashed to the idea slowly; and as we lose our will to resist, then the ultimate can fill our tax-supported schools.
Read to these words read on National Radio by Marlin Maddoux:
"I want to read something to you, and it comes out of a magazine called The Quarterly Journal of the Network for Outcome-Based Schools. It's called Outcomes, Vol 9, No IV, Winter 1990-91. Now, to me, what it's talking about is going into the school district and convincing all of these people to change their ways and start doing it the new way. It seems that their mission is to transform society; first they've got to transform the public school systems across America. And, of course, the problem is people who continue to hold the western views in values. And so, as I read this, you'll find that they've got to be converted to some kind of eastern mystical thought.
And this is Outcomes-Based Education! Remember, if you are a school board member, teacher, whatever, and they come in after you to get this into your schools; they send in some pretty high-powered people who know what they are doing. This is an article called, 'Paradigm Change, More Magic Than Logic.' John Hillary writes it. And he says,
'Many observers argue that we are in the middle of a revolutionary change in the patterns and processes of human endeavor.'
Then he starts talking about a shift in the way we think about our culture, our core processes, our worldview, and so on. Then he says,
'First Order Change. You may have never heard of this, but First Order Change (Traditional OBE) does not challenge your contradictive established context of organization. Now, that can be a company, it can be anything, but this is education.'
So, he's talking about the local school, the board, and the national system, all of us out here. So he says,
'People are not usually threatened, either personally or collectively by this type of change.' He says, 'The deeper changes that frustrate leaders and threaten followers are planned Second Order Changes (Transitional OBE). These changes intentionally challenge widely shared assumptions, disintegrate the context of organization and, in general, reframe the social system. This, in turn, generates widespread ambiguity, discontinuity, anxiety, frustration, confusion, paranoia, cynicism, and anger, as well as temporary dysfunction.'
Now, this is what they want to do to your school system and to the parents. This is the same thing that the cults use in converting people to their religion. Let me go on [with John Hillary's remarks]:
'The mission purpose of the organization includes the underlying blueprint encoded in the heads and hearts of members that rationalizes both the culture and core processes.'
In other words, what we are dealing with here, this man is saying, is long-held beliefs, worldviews and all of this. So, we've got to go against that. I'm skipping through this. I'm gonna come back on a later program and read more, but just a few more. He says,
'Least disruptive changes in core processes that do not call into question the existing culture or organizational paradigms, these are first order changes. The most disruptive changes, second order on the other hand, call into question the entire context of organization. Paradigm change is therefore not only traumatic in and of itself, but also challenges other attributes and disintegrates the relationship among all domains. The eventual outcome of such change is transformed or renewed organization.'
Now, this is what they are trying to do. Let me go on just a little more. It says,
'During second order change, the organization must face and hopefully pass through a period of widespread psychological ambiguity, social disconnectiveness, and general confusion.'
Now, is that the Rev. Moon? No! It's a guy pushing Outcome-Based Education in your public school. He goes on to say,
'The requisite disintegration of the existing culture and paradigm disrupts the organization's frame of reference. During this time there is little or no clear and consistent context to guide the thinking and behavior of members. In social systems, this condition produces dysfunction, anxiety, frustration, equilibrium and systematic chaos. Thumbs & Nelson defines such organizations as have devolved to a reactive state.'
Now, this is the state, according to this man, that Nancy Stable (a guest on Marlin's radio program who is leading opposition) is in. Reactive against it. And he is saying to the people that are doing this,
'Don't worry about it. This is all going to take place.'
I could read - I just don't have time - but Planned Second Order Change, he talks about that, but here is a little more:
'Many restructuring efforts have failed and the organizations have gone back to the future when unable to endure the psychological consequences of Second Order Change. It's therefore imperative that leaders of Planned Second Order Change support people as they individually and collectively let go of the way it has always been and open themselves up to the chaos that must precede a return to new stability.'
Now, folks all you gotta do is add to that a few chains and some bamboo stuff under the fingers and few beatings and so on and basically you've got the same kind of thing that changes the mind of a prisoner. But then, the underlying eastern mystical thought comes out. Listen to what the man says. Here it is:
'Western man tends to be captivated by scientific rationality. We have learned to operate as if there is order to everything. It is only recently that we've begun to acknowledge a better balance between the sensible and the supersensible.'
One more paragraph:
'And so to the degree that a vision of schooling calls into question the paradigm, the purpose and the culture of the organization; Second Order Change becomes the agenda in order to enable the transformation of our schools, boards of education, superintendents, principals, department chairs and teachers must individually and collectively master the context within which they work and face challenges that require more leadership than management, more magic than logic (Transformational OBE).'
That's frightening! That's frightening!"
Colossians 3:20-21 "Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged."
Many Other Educational Programs of New Age Deception
These two ideas and the data to show their plans give you some understanding of what these educators (???) have in mind for our nation. I said to our former Charlotte/Mecklenburg Superintendent, Dr. John Murphy, "Why don't you just go back to traditional cognitive education?" I shared with him how our Christian schools have proven that we turn out well-educated students with high marks of academic success. He didn't answer because there is no answer. They cannot accomplish their goals unless they presume what Dr. Spady quotes from his friend: "We are making things better by making them worse."
The New World Order
Children and young people are being prepared to accept with open arms a New Order of mankind. This, I believe, is to be the kingdom of the Antichrist ruled by Satan himself. When the author of a book, entitled Hidden Dangers Of The Rainbow, first began to speak, it was a small crowd who wanted to hear. One by one others have awakened, and now there is a small-sized army of concerned people. The whole idea is out of the closet, and the New Agers are determined to defeat the Bible-believers and introduce the "Age of Aquarius" to America and the World.
The New Jihad: More Threatening Than Ever - by Guy Millière - https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/13206/jihad-threat
When the Barcelona terror attack took place August 17, 2017, as horrible as it was (13 deaths, 130 injured), the jihadists did not consider it a success. They had a more lethal project. They wanted to drive vans packed with explosives into the of the Sagrada Familia basilica and two other tourist areas of the city. That, however, was the last major jihadist attack in a Western country. The Manchester attack had taken place two month earlier, on May 22, 2017; the attack in Nice, France, had taken place on July 14, 2016; and the in Orlando attack, in Florida, on June 12, 2016.
The destruction of the Islamic State under President Donald J. Trump has not only deprived jihadists of what had become a rear base and training camp; it also deprived them of the idea that they could quickly defeat the West.
Soon, awareness of the danger embodied by radical Islam faded in the United States and was largely erased in Europe. Knife attacks and the slaughter of passers-by in France or Britain were not treated by the mainstream media as more important than road accidents. Jihadist murderers were usually immediately defined by the authorities as mentally disturbed. In Europe, the names of the murderers were often hidden to avoid possibly firing up anti-Muslim "prejudices".
What happens in other parts of the world rarely makes headlines and is usually treated as a local problem of no global importance. Stabbing Israelis and launching rockets and incendiary kites and balloons from Gaza into Israel are looked on as strictly part of "the Middle East conflict." Attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt are defined as an Egyptian problem. More than 1,800 Christians massacred in Nigeria are barely mentioned in the news. The death sentence for blasphemy in countries such as Pakistan are not mentioned at all.
Radical Islam may be on the defensive, but its offensive has not stopped. The main Islamist organizations appear to be waiting for the moment to strike again. Al Qaeda was recently described in a January 2018 UN report as "strong," "influential," and "resilient." Islamic State may have lost territories it once ruled in Syria and Iraq, but, according to the UN report, "The group continues to transform into a terror organization with a flat hierarchy, with cells and affiliates increasingly acting autonomously."
Groups of Islamist jihadis are still active in Libya, where they control people-smuggling activities and infiltrate their operatives among the migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. The police keep seizing components used to make explosive devices and have foiled attempted attacks on European soil, but instructional videos still circulate.
What is important to emphasize is that radical Islamists use means other than terrorism to gain ground. The Muslim Brotherhood, the main Sunni Islamist organization, has never rejected violence, but says it prefers da'wa (proselytizing, infiltration and influence) to attain power in the Muslim world and beyond. Sayyid Qutb, its leader in the 1950's, said that the aim of the Muslim Brotherhood was to "establish Islamic rule" wherever it was possible, by "any means available". Its members may have thought they were achieving their objective during the uprising journalists called the "Arab spring." Unfortunately for them, former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's attempt to make Egypt an Islamic totalitarian state, and the economic collapse that resulted, led to a takeover of the government by Egypt's current president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and to a crackdown that eradicated the organization there. The Muslim Brotherhood, however, has not vanished. It still has the support of Turkey and Qatar, and Hamas was founded as the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Reports show that members of the Muslim Brotherhood can rely on a network of affiliates in over 70 countries. They keep up their hope of winning throughout the Muslim world, but their main target seems to be to transform the West.
Leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood appear to think that if the West falls, the rest of the world will fall thereafter. In the US, the Muslim Brotherhood has unofficial branches that try to hide what they actually are, but that are extremely active: these include the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
The Muslim Brotherhood is deeply implanted in Western Europe, where it controls many organizations and charities that also do their best to hide what they are. These include the "The Islamic Community of Germany," the Muslim Association of Britain, and "The Muslims of France." The Muslim Brotherhood has, in addition, created vast networks of mosques and schools that recruit, indoctrinate and claim that the future of Western Europe will belong to Islam and that Europeans will continue to submit.
This week, the unelected judges of the European Court of Human Rights submitted to the demands of Sharia blasphemy laws and decided not to allow criticism of Muhammad, lest Muslim feelings be hurt. The court actually chose hurt feelings over freedom of expression and truth as a defense. It is probably time to unelect these unelected judges.
Islamist organizations are present and growing. Often, they join forces to advance intimidation campaigns that push governments, the mainstream media and universities to ban all criticism of Islam and to enforce a growing Islamization of everyday life. Examples include efforts to change academic programs to present Muslim civilization in a more attractive light; efforts to have hospitals accept that Muslim women may be examined only by female doctors, and that social service agencies must respect polygamy. Many organizations rely for support on "fellow travelers" -- mainly Westerners who hate Western civilization and may see the rise of Islam as a means of destabilizing it. They want, and get, results.
Western European politicians, left and right, increasingly rely on the Muslim vote to get elected: they see that the birthrates (now well below replacement levels) and migratory flows create a population change; they calculate that being too hostile to Islam could lead to their political defeat.
Although the Swiss Islamist author Tariq Ramadan remains jailed in France over rape accusations, his books are still move up bestseller lists. Islamic bookstores are becoming more and more numerous. They sell anti-Semitic and anti-Western books that incite violence. No-go zones continue to proliferate in France, Britain and now in Germany. In his book No Go Zones, Raheem Kassam shows that female genital mutilation, sexual assault, and sometimes honor killings take place in these areas.
A few politicians -- Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Italy's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini, and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz -- are trying to defend European civilization. They are dragged in the mud by Merkel, May, Macron and other Western European leaders. The chance of Orbán, Kurz and Salvini to win the fight in the short term is limited by the rapid aging of their country's populations.
Authors criticizing Islam are still allowed to write in Western Europe, but, with some exceptions, such as Éric Zemmour in France or Thilo Sarrazin in Germany, they are now almost totally ignored by the mainstream media. All of them are harassed by Islamists and sometimes by prosecutions. Anyone who has left Islam risks being killed. Some have chosen to escape to a safer part of the world. Ayaan Hirsi Ali left the Netherlands in 2006 and is now an American citizen. Others, who stayed in Western Europe, have to live under police protection. Hamed Abdel-Samad, a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood who now lives in Germany, is the author of Islamic Fascism. Abdel-Samad says what Western European leaders refuse to see: "Islam is a religion of war". In a recent interview, he added that when a non-Muslim country is strong, "Islam can end up agreeing to coexist", but when a non-Muslim country is passive, "war comes back" on the horizon. This war, he added, "can be violent. It can be non violent". Western European countries show all the signs of being passive.
The United States is stronger. Will it remain a safe haven for ex-Muslims and freedom of speech? The Islamists are at work. Some in mosques incite violence. They find support. They intimidate institutions. In April 2018, M. Zuhdi Jasser, a practicing physician and founder and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, which advocates the separation of religion and state, was invited to speak at Duke University. Under pressure from Islamist students, the invitation was cancelled; it was then reinstated.
In 2014, when Brandeis University wanted to honor Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an author who abandoned Islam, Islamic organizations and "progressives" demanded that Brandeis to revoke the invitation. She was "disinvited" and the invitation not extended again. Hirsi Ali said:
"As someone who has known what it is to live without freedom, I watch in amazement as those who call themselves liberal and progressive - people who claim to believe so fervently in individual liberty and minority rights - make common cause with the forces in the world that manifestly pose the greatest threats to that very freedom and those very minorities... We need to say to Muslims living in the West: if you want to live in our societies, to share in their material benefits, then you need to accept that our freedoms are not optional".
Watch! Snake in the Temple - By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz - https://www.breakingisraelnews.com
Let them lick dust like snakes, Like crawling things on the ground! Let them come trembling out of their strongholds To Hashem our God; Let them fear and dread You! Micah 7:17 (The Israel Bible™)
A snake wriggling out from between the stones of the Western Wall in search of a meal brought with it a message straight from Jewish mystical teachings; connecting the archetypal enemy of man with the High Priest in the Temple, and also, perhaps, serving as a harbinger of the Messiah.
Women who went to the Kotel (Western Wall) on Wednesday were shocked to see a snake crawling out from between the ancient stones. The Coin Snake, common to the region, is not venomous but it is similar in appearance to the deadly viper also found in Israel. The snake was probably seeking a meal of pigeons or eggs but it brought with it a powerful message.
A Hebrew language blogger quoted by Ynet News noted the serpent made its Jerusalem appearance during a hotly contested mayoral election, connecting it to the destruction of the Second Temple.
"The snake appeared during this time of dispute and divisiveness at the site of the Temple which was destroyed because of widespread hatred and divisiveness."
Another commentator saw a connection between the reptilian appearance and current events, referring to a recent head-on automobile accident near the Dead Sea that killed a family of eight and the horrific murder of 11 Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue.
"How symbolic that this snake should appear at the place that is the heart of the Jewish people, where so many Jews were killed, at a time when Jews are still being killed. We have received a symbolic warning from these holy stones."
Pointing to the pigeon that fled the snake in the video, Sod1820, a Hebrew language kabbalah site, cited Midrash (homiletic teachings), Israel is compared to a pigeon or dove, noted for the faithfulness in having a single partner in its lifetime. Such is Israel, faithful to Hashem (God, literally, 'the name) even in times of danger.
"We are truly in the dangerous times that directly precede Mashiach (Messiah)," the article in Sod 1820 read. "Just as the pigeon is safe so long as it seeks shelter among the stones of the Temple Mount, the Jews are protected by the Torah commandments. When the pigeon comes out from the stones or the the Jews move away from the Torah, they are in danger."
The site also claimed the appearance of a snake coming out of the stones of the Temple Mount could be seen as an auspicious sign. In gematria (Hebrew numerology) nachash (snake) נחש equals 358, the same as Moshiach (Messiah) משיח. The Zohar (the basis of Jewish mysticism) explained that the evil inclination, personified by the snake in Eden, will make a resurgence in the days before Messiah, tempted to come and drink sustenance from the enormous levels of holiness that will appear in the world in the end-of-days.
It was noted in Sod1820 that the snake appeared in the women's prayer section, emphasizing its relevance to women. In Genesis, it is described how Eve was tempted into sin by the snake.
Now the serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild beasts that Hashem had made. He said to the woman, "Did Hashem really say: You shall not eat of any tree of the garden?" Genesis 3:1
According to Jewish tradition, the curse of Eve, represented by menstrual blood and labor pains, will be canceled out in the Messianic era. Before the Messiah, God will kill the archetypal snake, removing the curse of Eve.
Another connection between the lowly snake and holiness is implicit in the Hebrew words. The letters of the word nachash can be rearranged to spell choshen (breastplate), worn by the Kohen Gadol (high priest) in the Temple. The Zohar states that the tikkun (fixing) of the snake would be accomplished in the Third Temple by way of the breastplate. Embedded in the breastplate were 12 precious stones, each representing a tribe of Israel. When faced with a difficult situation, the kings of Israel could inquire and the stones of the breastplate would shine in sequence, providing them with a divine response to their question. This was a Tikkun for the snake which gave a deceitful response to Eve.
It does indeed seem like the Temple Mount is trying to speak to the Jewish people. About four months ago, a large piece of one of the stones weighing several hundred pounds suddenly fell, barely missing one of the women who came to pray at dawn. Another sign appeared on Hoshana Rabba, the last day of Sukkot, when a large cloud of mist began billowing up from the ground inside the Temple Mount Compound, surrounding the Dome of the rock for several minutes.
Rich Men and Camels - Nathele Graham - firstname.lastname@example.org
"And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these." Mark 12:29-31.
Jesus chose twelve men to be His disciples, but there were many people who followed Him. As Jesus traveled through the land He healed the sick, cast out demons, and forgave sin. People knew about Jesus and liked what they saw. One day as Jesus was surrounded by children a young man saw Him and felt the pure love that flowed from Him. This man wanted to receive what Jesus had and ran after Him. "And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" Matthew 19:16. The young man was Jewish and there were many works required by the Law. These works, such as sacrificing animals, ceremonial washings, certain dietary restrictions, circumcision, etc. were done religiously, but none of these works brought eternal life. The Law defined sin and taught obedience, but it has always been faith that brings eternal life. This rich young man was looking for something more he could do to earn his way to heaven, but he needed to see the difference between treasure on earth and treasure in Heaven. He needed to choose which he valued more.
Jesus knew this young man's heart. Like so many of us he wanted eternal life, but he wanted it on his own terms. The young man wasn't a wicked person and just wanted an easy way to live eternally. Jesus gave him a simple answer and told him to keep the commandments. The man wanted details. There were hundreds of written and oral laws and he wanted to know which commandments were vital for eternal life. "He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love they neighbour as thyself." Matthew19:18-19. On the surface these are fairly easy to keep. Remember that at another time Jesus said that looking lustfully at a woman is the same as adultery, and anger is the same as murder. The young man was a decent sort and was as good as most of us. I can honestly say that I'm guilty of breaking the commandments, and so are you. "The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?" Matthew 19:20. He tried to do right, but there was something missing in this man's life. He had religion but he didn't have faith.
The commandments which Jesus named were ones that had to do with the relationship between one person and another. Like all of us the man probably lost his temper on occasion and may even had talked back to his parents once in a while, but on the whole tried to be a nice guy. Was he good enough to get to Heaven? Nobody can be good enough. The commandments that Jesus didn't ask him about were the ones concerning his relationships with God. Did he make graven images or take the name of the Lord in vain? Probably the most incriminating one that Jesus didn't mention was "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." Exodus 20:3. Jesus knew this man's heart, just like he knows your heart and mine. The thing that stopped this man from walking with Jesus and gaining eternal life was his love of the things of this word. The man was rich and he loved it. He could buy friends and all the worldly things he desired. His treasure was on earth. "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Luke 12:34. Jesus listed the commandments that He knew were easy for this man to keep, but his relationship with God was another matter entirely.
Now it was time for Jesus to get to the heart of this man's trouble. What god did this man serve? "Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that you hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me." Matthew 19:21. That's hard for any of us to think about. I have things that mean a lot to me and I wouldn't like to sell them. My things have no great monetary value, but they do have a place in my heart. In light of this account of the rich young man I have to ask myself, do my "things" have more value to me than God? You might ask yourself that same question. Earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes can take away our treasures on earth and we see that happen quite often. Homes, cars, art collections, and such are temporary treasures on earth, but our eternal treasure is in Heaven. That treasure is eternal life only found through faith in Jesus Christ. Sadly, the young man was disappointed in the answer Jesus gave him. "But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions." Matthew 19:22. The problem wasn't that this man was rich. The problem was that his wealth was his god.
Scripture tells us of many rich men who didn't allow the treasures of this life to come between them and God. Genesis 13:2 says that Abraham was rich, but we also know that he had left his home in order to follow God. His obedience allowed him to become the father of the Jewish nation and to be given the land which will always belong to Israel, no matter how people try to divide it. King David was wealthy but we have many Psalms he wrote that are evidence of his love for the Lord even in times of great challenge and when he seemingly had lost everything. Sadly the young man that Jesus spoke to treasured his wealth more than eternal life. "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." Matthew 19:23-24. Many commentators say that Jesus was referring to a small passage in Jerusalem. The treasures would have to be unloaded from the camel who then crawled through. Difficult indeed, but not impossible. The treasures would be repacked on the camel and off he went. The problem with this is that Jesus equated a rich man entering the kingdom of God as an impossibility....you can't unload your riches at the edge of heaven, wiggle through, then pick up your earthly treasure on the other side. If riches are your god it's impossible to enter the kingdom of God. Jesus wasn't talking about going through a difficult gate, but the impossible task of a literal camel going through a literal eye of a needle. If the riches of this world are more important than service to God then you have the wrong treasure.
At another time Jesus had a confrontation with the Pharisees. The subject of the conversation was riches and the Pharisees misuse of them. "And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." Luke16:15. What we treasure is evident in our actions. If God is our treasure it will show in our way of life. In this same conversation Jesus told of a rich man who had everything in life that a man could want. He had treasures in this world, but his heart was far from God. There was also a beggar named Lazarus whose poverty was great. Lazarus could see the wealth of the rich man, but he didn't covet the wealth; he just desired crumbs. "And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores." Luke 16:21. Not surprisingly, the beggar died. So did the rich man. Their eternal destinations were very different. The beggar was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom, which was a place of comfort while the soul awaited the Messiah. On the other hand the rich man was buried and his eternal destiny was not in Abraham's bosom, but in torments where he still awaits the final judgment before being cast into the lake of fire. Make no mistake, whether you're rich or poor the choice you make today of accepting Christ for salvation or rejecting Him is an eternal choice on your part.
The rich man chose wrong during his lifetime and when he died he knew it was too late for him. The suffering he felt was multiplied by the fact that he knew he had family still living who could make a better choice than he had. The man wanted Abraham to send Lazarus to his family. "For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment." Luke 16:28. He didn't beg Abraham to get him out of Hell; he knew he had made wrong choices in life. He did desire that his brothers didn't make the same mistake of rejecting God. It's nice to know that the ones we love who have died still think of us. We also have to realize that they cannot contact us. If your Uncle Charlie comes to you from beyond the grave, don't believe it's him. Satan will try anything and everything to draw you away from God. The rich man believed that if someone from the dead went and warned his family they would change their ways.
Today we have the entire Bible to warn us, but at the time of this conversation they only had the Old Testament. That should have been enough to bring them to faith. "And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." Luke 16:30-31. If people love this world and the treasures found here they'll find it as impossible to enter Heaven as a camel going through the eye of a needle. It can't be done.
Jesus Christ rose from the dead. "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." Acts 16:31. There's no other way. What is it that stops you from accepting His sacrifice for your salvation? Is there a sin that you treasure more than eternal life? It could be that you, like the rich young man, want to keep some of the commandments but put other gods ahead of God Almighty. You want salvation on your own terms. If so then you'll end up like the rich man in torments and find out too late that you should have made a better choice while living on this side of the grave. "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." Romans 12:1. Conform your life to God and don't try to make God conform to you.
Camels cannot go through the eye of a needle, but that's easier than a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. What's your treasure? The wealth of this world or eternal life? Only faith in Jesus Christ will bring the lasting riches of eternal life.
God bless you all,
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Daily Jot: The right and wrong of it - Bill Wilson -
With all the visceral and the hate stirring the crucible of what has become of America's melting pot, people seem to forget there is a right and a wrong to all this. John Wayne, delivered an iconic line in the 1960 movie, The Alamo: "There's right and there's wrong. You gotta do one or the other." How true. Many excuse the hate mongering by saying "well, both sides do it." Perhaps to an extent. There is no moral equivalence, however, if one side does it 620 times and the other side only half a dozen, mostly in defense from the other. We have to realize that there is a rebellion going on, a coup attempt at the highest level. Suspend your disbelief. It is happening. Right and wrong are coming into focus. Where do you stand?
It is not right for elected officials to say things like, "if they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun," or "You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic-you name it," or calling conservatives, ""virulent people, some of them the dregs of society," or "if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere." These statements by the immediate past "president," Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Maxine Waters are all very aggressive, depict hate for those who disagree with them, and have stirred unlawful and violent acts.
These kinds of comments have a far different tone than: "The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People," or "Democrats are the problem. They don't care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13," or of Islamic terrorists, "We don't want them here. We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas. We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country, and love deeply our people." Each of these statements by President Trump have caused hour upon hour of so-called "news commentary" from liberals concluding that Trump and conservatives are racists, bigots, Nazis, and worse. There is no moral equivalency in comparing the statements from the two sides.
These are the statements of just a handful of elected officials. There are countless more by actors, mainstream media reporters and commentators creating an atmosphere of mistrust and contempt. A statement about policy is twisted to mean something it didn't intend while statements accusing people of being a bigot or urging people to confrontation are heralded as what is right. They publicly tried and convicted a man of sexual offenses, while withholding information that proved his innocence in an admitted attempt to destroy his reputation-all because they believed they were morally right to prevent him from being on the Supreme Court. Isaiah 5:20 says, "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness." Yes, there's right and there's wrong. You gotta do one or the other. Are you voting?
Daily Devotion: Love Is Kind - By Greg Laurie - www.harevst.org
Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? -Romans 2:4
Just as patience will take anything from others, kindness will give anything to others. God, of course, is our supreme model in this. Romans 2:4 says, "Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?" (Romans 2:4 NKJV).
You're a Christian because God's love won you over. The goodness of God brought you to repentance. In the same way, if a husband loves his wife as Christ loved the church, then she will respond. Just as the church responds to Jesus, a wife will respond to the loving initiative of her husband.
We're to show kindness to one another in practical things. For example, when you first started going out with the person who became your wife, you wanted to impress her. You dressed nicely and cleaned up your car. You picked her up at her house and opened the door for her. You told her she was beautiful and brought her little gifts.
Then you got married and well, things changed a bit. You still bring her gifts: "Honey, here's my dirty laundry. Can you get it washed soon?" You still open the door for her, but you close it before she's all the way through. You're taking her for granted.
The Bible says of the virtuous woman that "her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her" (Proverbs 31:28 NLT). Guys, when is the last time you praised your wife? When is the last time you complimented her?
I don't know why, but it's generally the nature of men to suppress emotions and to suppress affection. So we have to make a conscious effort to go against the grain of what comes naturally. We have to make a conscious effort to show kindness.
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