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Obedience to God

Promoting Obedience to God and the Preeminence of Jesus Christ as Revealed in the Holy Bible

Refuting the atheistic, agnostic, materialistic, and humanistic cultures.

Introduction

Jesus never said it would be easy. In fact, He said it would be difficult. In John 15:20, Jesus says, “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” Furthermore, 2nd Timothy 3:12-13 says, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” Doesn’t this last verse ring true, considering the present state of the world? Matters have gotten worse, and Christians are persecuted more than ever before for proclaiming the Good News and upholding God’s law. We truly live in a world of darkness, where enemies conspire against us for following God. Jesus knew this would happen, as he said, “They hated me without reason” (John 15:25).

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The Christian’s Response to Cultural Decay: Part 1

Ed Vitaglianoafa Executive Vice-President
American Family Association

(Listen to AFR radio on 88.1 FM out of Richmond, and 91.3 Culpeppoer and online from anywhere HERE, and apps for iPhone and Android)

Sometimes it seems as if America has become like Judah during the time of Isaiah, when nothing in that culture was sound or healthy:

Where will you be stricken again, as you continue in your rebellion? The whole head is sick and the whole heart is faint. From the sole of the foot even to the head there is nothing sound in it, only bruises, welts and raw wounds, not pressed out or bandaged, nor softened with oil (Isaiah 1:5-6).

Alex McFarland, author, apologetics expert, and co-host of Exploring the Word, heard weekdays on AFR, has identified the three greatest challenges facing the church, and all three are veritable giants.

They are:

  1. militant secularism,
  2. intolerant homosexuality, and
  3. radical Islam.

Especially in the case of the first two in the U.S., these giants seem everywhere ascendant.

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Out of the Las Vegas Tragedy Comes More Hope

Dan Wolf

My heart goes out to those at the recent Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting. My prayers are with you, your families, the first responders, and medical personnel who assisted those who were wounded. It was truly a calamity, but as we’ll see in a bit there were also some very hopeful moments in the midst of the tragedy.

The Reality

It is unfortunate that not even a single day passed before some attempted to inject politics into the shooting. There were of course calls for more gun controls, including the bump fire stocks used by the murderer. Outlawing these devices will likely do little harm, it will only take such devices out of the hands of law abiding citizens who are unlikely to use them in the first place. However, outlawing these devices will also likely do little good. Criminals and others intent on doing evil are most likely to use such devices, and they don’t care about the law. Make the devices illegal and those intent on doing evil will buy them illegally or find a way to make them. That is the reality we face.

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The World's Rejection Of Christians

Bill Muehlenberg | BARBWIRE

One of the clearest teachings found in the New Testament is this: if you throw your lot in with Jesus Christ, commit to being his follower, and decide to proclaim him wherever you go, you will be hated on. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about this one – the disciple of Christ will be rejected by the world.

You cannot read the gospel accounts, the book of Acts, the epistles, or Revelation without repeatedly noting how often Christ-followers are persecuted, attacked, abused and hated – all because of their association with Christ. And of course 2000 years of church history also demonstrates this conclusively.

But none of this should be surprising. As Jesus said, the servant is not above his master. So what the world did to Jesus is exactly what the world will do to Christians. And guess what? The world hated Jesus. The world rejected Jesus. The world crucified Jesus.

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Living in a Land of Lies: How Progressivism Impacts Society

Collectivism and Progressive Counterparts

 by Dan Wolf

This article examines our governance, specifically its guiding principles. This article is not party specific. It doesn’t matter whether you have a ‘D’, ‘I’, or ‘R’ after your name. One’s ideology and derived principles are what matter, and today’s ideological buzz word is ‘progressive.’ People holding progressive ideas exist in both major parties, and are outlined below. Later, we’ll review portions of the 2016 Democratic Party Platform for its underlying principles, not picking on that particular party—but today’s Democratic party is largely controlled by communists and socialists. Their platform provides all the evidence needed to see where they actually stand, regardless of what they say.

Collective Principles

You see, with progressive ideology the truth is relative. The ends are all that matter, and are to be achieved at any and all cost. Equality is also subjective. All are not equal, but rather some are more equal than others. Elitism is the norm, and this elitism undermines morality as man turns toward himself. He becomes arrogant in his thoughts, values, and actions. Man turns from his purpose of self-sacrifice to self-interest. He corrupts himself. This is evident by progressivism’s fruit, which include the division, envy, and hate we see all too much today.

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The Blessed Hope or the Blasted Hope? The Attack on Bible Prophecy

Blessed HopeJan Markell | Olive Tree Ministries

 Even folks who generally don't notice our times are paying attention right now. The birth pangs are intensifying with tragic consequences and loss of life. The earth is reeling. 

A parade of potentates has addressed the United Nations this week trying to manage earth's problems. The head of the European Union wants to have a single E.U. leader so that body can "make the world great again."

Russia is on the move. North Korea is making astounding threats. Iran's intentions are a menace to the entire globe. Israel is striking in Syria. 

The area around Yellowstone is rumbling. Days of Noah behavior is stunning with the aberrant actions being celebrated. There is a seduction in the storm resulting in end-time deception running amok and false teachings and teachers being glorified. Sound doctrine is scarce.

Life as we know it has changed. We are not in Kansas anymore. All of this, and more to come, was predicted for a last generation.

Anyone who follows this ministry -- its radio program, website, conference activity, and more -- knows that I have a specific burden. Churches have dropped the greatest news there is today -- the King is coming. And there is a crown for all of those who long for His appearing (II Timothy 4:8). 

This past summer I put all of these thoughts into a new DVD: "How the Blessed Hope Became the Blasted Hope: The Attack on Bible Prophecy."  It grieves me that the topic is marginalized and mocked but even that fulfills Scripture (II Peter 3:3).

Who is responsible for this? Consider these issues which represent just a portion of the one-hour presentation:

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Americans Need to Heed the Following

Greene Hollowell 2012 150A

Greene Hollowell

  1. Jesus is the only way to God. It is a life and death matter for eternity. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me”. This means the people that do not recognize Jesus and have salvation through Him are lost- Jews, atheists, foreign religions and Mormons. Catholics need to know –it is not by works of righteousness, but only by the grace of God. “Salvation is not a reward for the good we have done, so none of us can take any credit for it. Then what can we boast about doing to earn our salvation? Nothing at all. Why? Because our acquittal is not based on our good deeds: it is based on what Christ has done and our faith in Him”.
  2. Abortion is the murder of a human being. It is Americas’ Holocaust. The blood of millions of babies must be calling out to God. The sad fact is the majority of our citizens support this killing and it has weakened our opposition for euthanasia, suicide and yes, infanticide. Mothers deciding to kill their own baby before birth---unbelievable!  
  3. God owns our bodies and is involved in our lives. The BIBLE tells us “Your own body does not belong to you. For God has brought you with a great price. So use every part of your body to give glory back to God, because He owns it”. This means we need to avoid sexual promiscuity and perversions. We cannot abuse our bodies with drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and our minds with obscenities and vulgarities. Scripture says “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs,…..Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or course joking, which is out of place….”.
  4. Belief in the authority and accuracy of the HOLY BIBLE is at an all time low. Many doubt the Creation account, the six 24 hour days and the early creation (6,000 years ago), believing in the evolutionary billions of year’s time frame and doubting the long years of early man’s life span and the universal Flood. Evolution is the atheistic attempt of man to avoid and reject God and His account of Creation. The evolutionist has concocted an unbelievable account of our origins. With no satisfactory explanation of any beginning nor how the life of an animal evolved into a human with a soul, the theory remains laughable. However we shouldn’t laugh too loud because most scientist and PhD’s believe this science fiction is really a law, like the law of gravity. “Yes, they know there is a God, but they wouldn’t worship Him as God or even give Him thanks.” Christians can’t choose what part of the Bible to believe or not believe. And why should they accept an unbelievable idea developed by atheists concerning our origins? We Christians need to head the scripture- “Don’t let anyone lead you astray with empty philosophy and high sounding nonsense that comes from human thinking…”Greene Hollowell 

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Love God With All Your Heart: The Greatest Commandment

Dave Daubenmire | Barbwire

 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Jesus Christ as quoted in Matthew 22:36

The purpose of this commentary is not to anger you, although I am sure some of you will get angry. I have contended for quite some time that one of the greatest dangers of Christianity comes not from what the Bible teaches, but rather from what we believe and the Bible doesn’t actually teach.

So many Christians simply talk in platitudes…repeating a meaningless statement that they heard their pastor, or some other well meaning friend repeat to them. You know how they go…Christians shouldn’t judge…we are all God’s children…God helps those who help themselves…love the sinner and hate the sin…those non-Biblical statements that makes us feel so loving and caring to repeat.

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Videogame Company Tries to Block Concerns about Pornographic, Sexually Coercive Games

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE)

Steam, a popular videogame distribution platform that could be likened to the ‘Walmart of online videogame distribution,’ is selling games that normalize and promote sexual coercion and exploitation. These games, House Party and Porno Studio Tycoon, are easily available to an estimated 35 million children who buy videogames off of Steam.

Background Information About Steam:

Steam, a popular videogame distribution platform that could be likened to the ‘Walmart of online videogame distribution,’ is selling games that normalize and promote sexual coercion and exploitation. These games, House Party and Porno Studio Tycoon, are easily available to an estimated 35 million children who buy videogames off of Steam.

The House Party ‘hook up’ game is literally training its users in predatory tactics for sexual assault, and even sex trafficking, which plague real, living people offline in high schools, universities, military bases, and more. The sexual encounters are blatant animated pornography, featuring genitalia, ejaculation, and more.

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BREAKING: Popular Videogame Distributor Advertises “Porno Studio” Game to Millions of Children

Stop Porn Themed Video Games 580

From the National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Videogame Company Comes Under Fire for Promoting

Sexual Coercion and Exploitation

A mainstream online videogame store, with an estimated 35 million users under the age of 18, is facilitating gamified sexual coercion and animated pornography featuring genitalia, ejaculation, to users of all ages. This is occurring through the Steam® video game distribution platform, which was developed by the Valve Corporation.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is calling on the videogame distributor to remove these games and is asking the public to email executives about their concerns.

“Sexual exploitation is not a game,” said Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. “Steam, a popular videogame distribution platform that could be likened to the ‘Walmart of online videogame distribution,’ is selling games that normalize and promote sexual coercion and exploitation. These games, House Party and Porno Studio Tycoon, are easily available to an estimated 35 million children who buy videogames off of Steam.”

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Noah Movie HD Official Full Version

In the time of Noah, people were going about their daily lives, not mindful of the impending destruction. Like them, are we ignoring warnings of God's coming judgment? The Bible gives us clear signs of the last days. Did you know the Scriptures say we will see:

• Flippant use of God's name
• Money-hungry preachers and rampant hypocrisy in the church
• Wars and rumors of wars
• Denial of a global flood

But surely no educated person could believe that Noah and his ark ever really existed. Wouldn't it be impossible to fit millions of species of animals into one boat? And what evidence is there (if any) for a worldwide catastrophic flood? However...what if it did all happen exactly as the Bible says? What would that mean? Who was Noah, and why is the amazing account of his life so relevant to you in the 21st century? Don't be caught unaware. Time may be very short. Will you be ready?

A movie by Ray Comfort. This is not the Russell Crowe film.

Ray Comfort | Living Waters

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Christian Conservatives Name The Most Effective Cultural Change Organizations

Non Profits

The American Culture & Faith Institute (ACFI)

If you want to make a difference in American culture, you are most likely to do it in conjunction with a non-profit organization. That’s one of the striking conclusions from a national survey among Christian conservatives conducted by the American Culture & Faith Institute (ACFI). The survey asked people to identify the organizations, of any type, that they believe made the most positive impact on American society during 2016.

Christian Non-Profits Got It Done

The survey respondents overwhelmingly identified non-profit organizations as the entities making the greatest positive difference in American society last year. Of the five dozen organizations specified by survey respondents, only one of them – Fox News – was a for-profit organization.

The survey among SAGE Cons – an acronym for Spiritually Active, Governance Engaged Conservatives – also found that eight out of every ten of the culture-influencing organizations were Christian non-profits.

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The Family Bible Revolution : Reaching the World for Jesus

Pastor Jim LangloisPastor Jim Langlois

Who is the world's greatest evangelist? How did they reach so many people for Christ? How can we effectively continue to evangelize this ever changing world? Would a flash flood of the Word be as effective as an underground watering system at the roots? Who would be the first we should target?

Is there a way to have such a thing as systemic sustainable evangelism? If so, how could we accomplish it and how much money and resources would we need to bring it to pass? How much technology will we need? Should we be concerned with both salvation and discipleship? Is it possible to accomplish both at the same time? How many systems, buildings, transportation, and personnel will we need bring it to pass? Can it be done through a volunteer system or will we need to hire staff?

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