Could the Doctrine of the Trinity Be Wrong?

THE TRINITARIAN DOCTRINE WAS GIVEN THE IMPRIMATUR OF THE POST-APOSTOLIC CHURCH AT THE FIRST COUNCIL OF NICAEA.

THE TRINITARIAN  DOCTRINE WAS GIVEN THE IMPRIMATUR OF THE POST-APOSTOLIC CHURCH AT THE FIRST COUNCIL OF NICAEA.

“Who do men say I am?” Jesus posed the question to his disciples as they went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi. John the Baptist, Elijah or other of the prophets, they answered.

“But who do you say that I am?” Jesus asked them. And while 11 of the 12 disciples were uncertain, Peter responded, “You are the Christ.”

This account, taken from the Gospel According to Mark, appears in slightly different form in Matthew and Luke, the other two synoptic gospels. What is noteworthy is that in none of the accounts does Jesus say He is other than the Son of God.

He does not say He is, at once, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

It is because of that ambiguity that in 325 AD the Roman emperor Constantine the Great – who reputedly converted to Christianity 13 years earlier – summoned some 300 bishops of the post-Apostolic church – including Philocalus of Caesarea Philippi  – to the lakeside city of Nicaea to decide who the church believed Jesus to be.

And 1,690 years ago this past week, the so-called First Council of Nicaea concluded two months of ecumenical debate with the decision that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one and the same.

That bestowed the church’s official imprimatur upon the disputed doctrine of trinitarianism, leaving a mark on Christendom that endures to this very day.

Indeed, those who refused to accept the conclusions at Nicaea were condemned as heretics – like Arius, the Alexandrian presbyter who accepted the divinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but who challenged the idea of a triune “godhead” made up of three coequal, coeternal supreme beings.

Arius believed God the Alpha and the Omega; the beginning and the ending; the One Who was, Who is, and is to come; the Almighty.

He believed Jesus to be, “the first born of all creation,” the “only begotten Son of God.” He held that Jesus and God were of like essence, but not the same essence. He also taught that Jesus was perfect and unchanging; that He was in all things subject and obedient to the Father; that He was sent to earth to take away the sin of the world.

As to the Holy Spirit, Arius did not think it an actual being, but the illuminating and sanctifying power of God, which was indeed divine, but unequal to either the Father or the Son.

In today’s Christian church, be it Roman Catholic or Protestant, those who bend towards the Arian view, who question the “mystery” of the Trinity – that “the Lord is one,” yet  He manifests Himself as three distinct beings – are perceived as having theological views that border on the blasphemous.

But the Trinitarian doctrine is extremely problematic. It requires those who read the Word of God to convince themselves that it doesn’t really mean what it plainly says with respect to the relationship between God and the Son of God.

Indeed, if Jesus is God, and God Jesus, as most Christian churches espouse today, why did Jesus say, in the Gospel According to John, “I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.”?

Why did Jesus advise his disciples, in the Gospel According to Mark, all would one day see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory, but that of that day and hour no one knows, “not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the father.”

Then there’s the passion of Christ, from the Garden of Gethsemane to the cross at Golgotha.

As the Lord prayed in the garden, He cried out, according to Mark’s gospel, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”

Then on the cross, the Gospel of Matthew tells us that, about the ninth hour Jesus cried out, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

If Jesus and God were one and the same being, then the Lord need not have asked the Father to spare Him the ordeal that awaited. He could have decided so Himself. And he needn’t have asked God why He had forsaken Him. Because He would have been asking Himself why He had forsaken Himself.

Because the Trinitarian doctrine has been accepted wisdom in Christendom since the First Council of Nicaea nearly 1,700 years ago, we accept it today as gospel truth. But it is abundantly clear, not from church traditions, but from the words of Christ Himself, that the doctrine is wrong.

Who Says There is No Proof of Life After Death?

TNT'S  DRAMATIC SERIES, 'PROOF,' PONDERS WHETHER THERE IS LIFE BEYOND THE GRAVE.

TNT’S DRAMATIC SERIES, ‘PROOF,’ PONDERS WHETHER THERE IS LIFE BEYOND THE GRAVE.

Ivan Turing is a tech billionaire. Dr. Carolyn Tyler is a cardiothoracic surgeon. Their divine appointment informs the plot of “Proof,” a dramatic series with decidedly religious overtones, which airs on TNT.

Turing, played by the actor Matthew Modine, is terminally ill. He wants to know whether there is life after death. So he recruits Tyler, played by the actress Jennifer Beals, to investigate.

The surgeon reluctantly agrees. But only after the billionaire (who bears a striking similarity to the late Steve Jobs) makes her an offer she can’t refuse – leaving his vast fortune after he dies to the hospital where she practices.

Turing chooses Tyler because he secretly knows the surgeon’s back story. She is one year removed from the accidental death of her teen-aged son. And she herself had a near-death experience (NDE) when traveling abroad on an ocean liner that capsized during a tsunami.

During her NDE, Tyler saw her deceased son reaching out his hand to her, welcoming her to the afterlife. But later she attributed what she experienced to hallucination.

That’s how those without a faith life, those skeptical of life after death, explain away evidence of the hereafter. But those of us who are Christ followers know better. For the Scripture tells us that God “has put eternity in (our) hearts.”

And as to skeptics who insist there is absolutely no scientific evidence of life after death, they are dead wrong.

Indeed, scientists at the University of Southampton spent four years examining more than 2,000 patients who suffered cardiac arrests in 15 hospitals in Great Britain, the United States and Austria. It was largest ever medical study of near-death and out of body experiences.

In findings published last year in the journal Resuscitation, the scientists reported that nearly 40 percent of those who survived described some kind of “awareness” during the time they were clinically dead, before doctors restarted their hearts.

One particular patient, a 57-year-old man, recalled leaving his body entirely and watching his resuscitation from the corner of the operating room. Despite being “dead” for three minutes, he recounted the actions of the nursing staff in detail and described the sound of machines in the OR.

That cannot be attributed to anything other than life after death, suggested Dr. Sam Parnia, who led the study. “We know,” he said, “the brain can’t function when the heart stops beating,” as it did in the cases of those who suffered cardiac arrest, who lived to attest to their near-death experiences.

The Southampton study corroborates the testimony of Dr. Eben Alexander, the Harvard-trained brain neurosurgeon who authored the 2012 book, “Proof of Heaven,” which topped the New York Times bestsellers list.

Like the fictional Dr. Tyler, the real-life Dr. Alexander was skeptical of near-death and out-of-body experiences, dismissing them as figments of the imagination of medicated patients.

Then, Dr. Alexander contracted a severe case of bacterial meningitis, which put him in a coma for seven days, during which, he said, he experienced the afterlife. Like the “man in Christ,” according to the Apostle Paul, who either “in the body” or “out of the body,” he didn’t exactly know which, was “caught up to the third heaven.”

The third heaven, to which Paul referred on second reference as “Paradise,” sounds very much like the heavenly realm Dr. Alexander visited during his coma. In that realm, wrote the neurosurgeon, “Love is, without a doubt, the basis of everything.”

Indeed, Dr. Alexander continued, “This is the reality of realities, the incomprehensibly glorious truth of truths that lives and breathes at the core of everything that exists or will ever exist, and no remotely accurate understanding of who and what we are can be achieved by anyone who does not know it, and embody it in all of their actions.”

That is what awaits the Christ follower on the other side of the grave. And to one who has faith, no further explanation is necessary. And to one without faith, no plausible explanation is possible.

The Supreme Court Shakes Its Fist at God

HOMOSEXUALS DON'T 'DISRESPECT THE IDEA OF MARRIAGE,' WROTE JUSTICE KENNEDY. THEY  ‘RESPECT IT SO DEEPLY THAT THEY SEEK TO FIND ITS FULFILLMENT FOR THEMSELVES.’

HOMOSEXUALS DON’T ‘DISRESPECT THE IDEA OF MARRIAGE,’ WROTE JUSTICE KENNEDY.
THEY ‘RESPECT IT SO DEEPLY THAT THEY SEEK TO FIND ITS FULFILLMENT FOR THEMSELVES.’

The U.S. Supreme Court must think God asleep. In its most odious decision since Roe v. Wade, which over the past four decades has resulted in the slaughter of more than 57 million unborn children, the High Court on Friday declared homosexual marriage a Constitutional right.

In a majority opinion at odds with his putative Catholic faith, Justice Anthony Kennedy suggests that those who oppose “marriage equality” just don’t get where lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders are coming from.

“It would misunderstand these men and women,” wrote Kennedy, “to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law.”

Well, there’s a reason lesbians, gays and others who lie with strange flesh have been excluded from marriage – civilization’s oldest institution. It’s because they are an abomination in the eyes of God – if not Justice Kennedy, and fellow Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

And much as the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade condemned more than 57 million unborn babies to death – a staggering number considering that  the U.S. has suffered fewer than 1.4 million military deaths in all its wars combined – the court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges will yield unintended consequences that this nation will come to rue.

Indeed, if there is now a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage, it is not hard to imagine that every conceivable perversion of marriage eventually will be countenanced under the law.

Consider, for instance, David Epstein, who in 2010 was a 46-year-old Columbia University political science professor, who sought fulfillment for himself and a 24-year-old woman with whom he enjoyed a consensual sexual relationship.

The problem for Epstein was that the young woman was his daughter, which got him arrested on charges of incest. The professor’s attorney argued, “It’s okay for homosexuals to do whatever they want in their own home. How is this so different?”

Kody Brown similarly invokes same-sex marriage in defense of his lifestyle. The star of the TLC reality show “Sister Wives” former Utah resident has found fulfillment through his polygamous relationship with his four brides and their 17 children.

Attorney Jonathan Turley represented Brown and his so-called “plural family” in a 2013 case in which a federal court struck down the Beehive State’s ban on polygamy. On Friday he said the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges “resonates with our arguments.”

Then there’s the nightmare experience of Naila Amin, a 15-year-old Pakistani-American who grew up in Queens, New York. Following a Pakistani custom, the girl’s parents married her off to a 28-year old cousin back in their native country. Over young Naila’s protests, they put her on a plane and off she went.

Forced marriages of under-age girls are prevalent in certain immigrant communities the United States, though they currently are outside of the law.

But in the brave new world of laissez-faire marriage the High Court has given us, immigrant parents will need not send their under-age daughters to Pakistan, India, Somalia and other such backward countries to be wed against their will.

Child brides will be given in marriage right here in the United States and it will be perfectly legal.

The five justices whose redefinition of marriage upended more than 200 years of American law, and repudiated more than 6000 years of God’s law, think they have done this nation a supreme service.

But what they really have done is bring us closer to the day when the outcry against this fallen nation is so great, and its sins so very grave, that the Almighty will punish its peoples as He punished Sodom and Gomorrah.

Could ‘Strange Sound From the Sky’ Signal End of Days?

‘AND HE SHALL SEND HIS ANGELS WITH A GREAT SOUND OF A TRUMPET, AND THEY SHALL GATHER TOGETHER HIS ELECT FROM THE FOUR WINDS, FROM ONE END OF HEAVEN TO THE OTHER.’

‘AND HE SHALL SEND HIS ANGELS WITH A GREAT SOUND OF A TRUMPET, AND THEY SHALL GATHER TOGETHER HIS ELECT FROM THE FOUR WINDS, FROM ONE END OF HEAVEN TO THE OTHER.’

The UK’s Daily Mail published a news story last weekend speculating on the source of a “strange sound from the sky” that has been heard across the globe for nearly a decade.

Witnesses told the Mail that what they heard sounded very much like the blast of a trumpet. And that it was so loud it shook the ground beneath them.

In a sidebar, the Mail listed seven possible theories, from the unremarkable to the fantastical, that could account for the strange sound from the sky.

The first six included (in order) tectonic plates grinding, atmospheric pressure, trains shunting, construction work, aliens, a HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) weapon and aliens.

But the theory that caught this Christ follower’s attention was seventh on the list – the seven trumpets of heaven ushering in the Apocalypse, as foreseen by John of Patmos, author of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

To non-believers, that might be a laughable proposition. But not to Christians.

Indeed, on the cusp of the new millennium, Newsweek published a cover story – “Prophecy: What the Bible Says About the End of the World” – that included a poll in which 71 percent of Evangelical Protestants (as well as 28 percent of non-Evangelical Protestants and 18 percent of Catholics) said they believed the world will end, as written in Revelation, in a battle at Armageddon between Christ and the Antichrist.

Well, this Christ follower counts himself among the 71 percent of evangelicals who believes the end-times prophecy of John of Patmos. But unlike many today who believe the end of days is imminent, I am unconvinced.

Because Christ, Himself, declared that “of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”

Yet, that has not deterred false prophecies of the end of days.

That includes the so-called “Great Disappointment,” which occurred in 1844 when Christ did not return to Earth as predicted by the Baptist pastor William Miller, who had urged his followers to give away all their worldly possessions.

There was also Charles Taze Russell, founder of the Zion’s Watch Tower Tract Society (the sect known today as Jehovah’s Witnesses), who published a text in 1877 in which he predicted the rapture of the saints in 1878 and the second coming of the Lord.

Edgar Whisenant, an end-times zealot, authored the book “88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988,” and somehow managed to persuade Trinity Broadcasting Network to air special programming leading up to the rapture.

Then there was Harold Camping, the Christian radio show host, who predicted in 2009 that the rapture would take place May 21, 2011, and who lamented that he was “flabbergasted” that it didn’t happen.

Because there have been over the past two millennia so many who have been misled by end times predictions that have proven false, most Christ followers today think there next to zero chance that the rapture, the Apocalypse, the return of Christ will happen in their lifetimes.

And they almost certainly are right.

Yet, there remains that next to zero chance that ours is the generation that shall see the sign of the Lord’s coming, and of the end of the world.

And when that great and terrible day comes, when all the tribes of the earth mourn, when they see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory, he will send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet.

A trumpet that might very well sound like that strange sound from the sky that has been heard around the globe.

Bruce Jenner Thinks Christ Accepts His Sex Change

BRUCE JENNER THINKS THAT HE  CAN UNDERGO A SEX CHANGE AND STILL INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

BRUCE JENNER THINKS THAT HE CAN UNDERGO A SEX CHANGE AND STILL INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

“I’m a woman.” So said Bruce Jenner, during his coming out appearance this past Friday on a special two-hour edition of the ABC News program “20/20.”

And that’s not the only shocking revelation Jenner confided to interviewer Diane Sawyer. “She” also claimed to be a Republican, a conservative and a Christian.

Well, it’s conceivable that Jenner is a Republican. After all, there’s a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) group that calls itself the Log Cabin Republicans.

It’s also possible that Jenner is a “conservative.” Indeed, there have been any number of conservative lawmakers – including former Idaho Senator Larry Craig and former Florida congressman Mark Foley – who were outed as homosexuals.

But there’s no way that Jenner, who is “transitioning” from male to female, is a true Christ follower.

Indeed, in his letter to the Church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul advised: “Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Does that mean any and every one of us who has committed any of those aforementioned sins is unsaved; that we have condemned ourselves to “the second death,” as John of Patmos put it, when we appear before the judgment seat of Christ?

No.

Because, the Scripture assures us: “If we confess our sins, He is just and faithful to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness.”

Conversely, “If we say that we have no sin,” as Jenner, the transgender in the making maintains, “we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

So it matters not if Jenner attends church every Sunday; if he tithes what earns for his upcoming reality show; if he reads his Bible every day; if he prays first thing each morning, and last thing every night.

If he unrepentantly undergoes a sex change, if he refuses to acknowledge that doing so is an abomination in the eyes of God, he will be in open rebellion against his Creator.

That’s why Christ warned us, everyone: “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.”

What that says is that we are not to surrender ourselves to sin; to deceive ourselves that God will forgive us for our unconfessed, unrepented adultery or financial wrongdoing or substance abuse or acts of violence or twisted sexual orientation.

If Jenner truly was a Christian, he would not blithely embrace transgenderism. No, he would fall on his knees and ask the Lord to free him from Satan’s grip. For greater is He who is in Bruce Jenner – who is in all of us struggling with sin – than he who is in the world.

 

Is Libertarianism Compatible With Christianity?

MANY LIBERTARIANS PROFESS THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS, BUT THEIR VIEWS ON SUCH MORAL ISSUES AS HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE, ABORTION, EUTHANASIA AND PROSTITUTION DO NOT COMPORT WITH THE WORD OF GOD.

MANY LIBERTARIANS PROFESS THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS, BUT THEIR VIEWS ON SUCH MORAL ISSUES AS HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE, ABORTION, EUTHANASIA AND PROSTITUTION DO NOT COMPORT WITH THE WORD OF GOD.

A friend sent me a link to a newspaper column celebrating the supposed ascendance of libertarianism among the hoi polloi.

“It is clear,” the author wrote, “that there are certain areas where an increasing portion of Americans are adapting more libertarian views and simply want the government to leave them alone and allow them to freely live their lives.”

He cited as examples same-sex marriage and drug legalization.

“People have generally come to the conclusion,” he asserted, “that they don’t really care to whom one is attracted or what consenting adults do behind closed doors.”

He also predicted that “the next libertarian wave to wash across the national consciousness will be drug legalization.”

Where “the prohibitionist” errs, he asserted, is in “the failure to recognize that since one owns the right to his own life, his body is as much his property, if not more so, than the clothes he wears or the change in his pocket, and he is free to utilize it as he sees fit.”

Well, I do no dispute that support has increased in recent years for both homosexual marriage and decriminalization of drug use. The polls suggests as much.

But that doesn’t make it right.

For the Word of God declares: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness.”

Indeed, there is a libertarian argument to be made for seemingly every evil under the sun.

Take pedophilia: The North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) group thinks there nothing wrong with a grown man being sexual attracted to a pre-pubescent boy.

In fact, the main goal of the pedophile rights group, which was headed for years by libertarian Joe Powers, is to “repeal age of consent laws that make it a crime for adults to have sex with minors.”

We see a similar move to “normalize” polygamy; to confer upon such multi-spouse unions the same right to marry as homosexual couples. The movement was given a huge boost last year by a federal district court judge in Utah who ruled that the state’s law banning polygamous households violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

The legal challenge was brought by the polygamous “family” featured on the TLC reality show “Sister Wives.” Parents magazine, which should not be mistaken as pro-family, finds the show “very redeeming.” Perhaps the best part of the show, according to Parents, is “its subtle Libertarian message.”

Not even incest is out of bounds for libertarians. Just last year, in fact, the German Ethics Council, a government body, recommended that the country’s laws banning incest between adult brothers and sisters should be abolished.

“The fundamental right of adult siblings to sexual self-determination,” trumps “the abstract idea of protection of the family,” the council declared. That line of reasoning expressed “a libertarian ideal of sexual autonomy,” noted The Week magazine.

The same kind of unGodly reasoning informs prevailing libertarian views on such issues as abortion, euthanasia, drugs and prostitution – that our bodies are our property and we can do with them what we will.

Indeed, Murray Rothbard, who according to the Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought played a leading intellectual role in the development of modern libertarianism, said that if a mother-to-be decides she doesn’t want the human life growing in her womb, “then the fetus becomes a parasitic ‘invader’ of her person, and the mother has the perfect right to expel this invader from her domain.”

Jack Kevorkian, the proponent of physician-assisted suicide who sent more than 100 souls to an early grave, never pronounced himself a “libertarian,” but he certainly was embraced by the libertarian community.

That included Mary J. Ruwart, a leading candidate for the 2008 Libertarian Party presidential nomination, who actually contacted Kevorkian in 1993 to assist her sister Martie to take her life. “Martie was a person for whom Dr. Kevorkian really was the only option,” said sister Mary.

The libertarian Cato Institute is one of the foremost advocates of drug legalization, not just for marijuana, but any every and every drug.

Indeed, in 1999 testimony to Congress, Cato’s David Boaz argued that “(t)he long federal experiment in prohibition of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other drugs has given us unprecedented crime and corruption combined with a manifest failure to stop the use of drugs or reduce their availability to crime.”

But libertarian Boaz and other drug-legalization advocates don’t get it. “Drugs like marijuana and cocaine are not dangerous because they are illegal,” as Joe Califano, the one time chairman of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, explained. “They are illegal because they are dangerous.”

That is borne out by data from the Centers for Disease Control, which indicates that deaths from drug overdoses have risen steadily over the past two decades. Among people 25 to 64 years old, drug overdoses actually cause more deaths than motor vehicle crashes.

The libertarian case for legal prostitution also is morally bankrupt. It is based on the notion that sex for money is a “victimless crime;” that a woman should be free to sell her body without government meddling.

Never mind a study from the Netherlands, where prostitution is legal, which reported that 60 percent of women in legal prostitution had been physically assaulted and 40 percent had been coerced into legal prostitution.

Kill our unborn babies. Take our own lives. Enslave ourselves to drugs. Sell and buy sex. All that is okay under tenets of libertarianism.

But the Word of God says different.

“Do you not know,” the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christian faithful in Corinth, “that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”

Indeed, we were all, everyone, bought at a price. And, therefore, we are to glorify God in body and spirit.

Is Professed Christian Obama a Believer or a Deceiver?

STEVE KORNACKI (L) WITH GUESTS LAWRENCE O'DONNELL AND OBAMA APOLOGIST JOSHUA DUBOIS.

STEVE KORNACKI (L) WITH GUESTS LAWRENCE O’DONNELL AND OBAMA APOLOGIST JOSHUA DUBOIS.

Joshua DuBois, former head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, appeared yesterday on MSNBC’s “UP with Steve Kornacki,” during which he defended President Obama’s profoundly insulting anti-Christian remarks at last Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast in the Nation’s Capital.

The president admonished Christians not to think their faith somehow different than the faith that has produced ISIL (and al Qaeda and Boko Haram and Abu Sayyaf and Hamas and Hezbollah and all too many other Islamic terrorist groups).

“Remember,” spake Obama, “during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”

And lest the more than three-quarters of us in this country who count ourselves Christ followers “get on our high horse,” as Obama put it, he reminded us that “slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

DuBois, whom Time Magazine in 2009 anointed Obama’s “pastor-in-chief,” maintained during his MSNBC appearance that the president spoke the gospel truth. That earned him a stinging rebuke from, of all talking heads, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, who was guesting on Kornacki’s show alongside DuBois.

O’Donnell told Obama’s spiritual adviser that it was absurd to suggest some sort of parallel between the Crusades – the last of which was all the way back in the 15th century – and the unholy war waged today by ISIL. He also told DuBois it was ridiculous to blame Christianity for racial bigotry.

DuBois, raised in the African Methodist Episcopal church, has on a previous occasion vouched for Obama’s Christian faith. “I happen to know the president personally,” he said, “and know his heart and know he’s a believer.”

Well, if Obama is a true Christ follower, he certainly doesn’t show it. Indeed, the president “rarely goes to church and has spent just one Christmas morning of his presidency in the pews,” as reported by Politico this past December.

But it is by his fruits – his unGodly policies – that we know this president.

Indeed, Obama has given his presidential blessing to gay marriage, dismissing the warning of the Apostle Paul that neither “homosexuals, nor sodomites…will inherit the kingdom of God.”

The president also has cast his lot with the nation’s abortionists, who have slaughtered more than five million unborn children since Obama has been in the White House. The Prophet Amos declared that the Lord’s punishment awaits those that have “ripped open the woman with child.”

What particularly galls about Obama is that he represents himself as a man of faith because he selectively quotes Scripture and invokes the name of the Lord.

Well, as the Bard wrote in the “Merchant of Venice,” “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.” And as Christ Himself advised, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father.”

Indeed, that Obama shows up each year for the National Prayer Breakfast doesn’t prove him a “believer.” No, it exposes the professed Christian as a deceiver.

Secularists Are Trying to Take Christ Out of Christmas

CHRISTMAS IS BEING HIJACKED BY THOSE WHO WOULD GIVE EQUAL BILLING TO SUCH DUBIOUS HOLIDAYS AS KWANZAA, HANUKKAH AND RAMADAN.

CHRISTMAS IS BEING HIJACKED BY THOSE WHO WOULD GIVE EQUAL BILLING TO SUCH DUBIOUS HOLIDAYS AS KWANZAA, HANUKKAH AND RAMADAN.

“Joyous Kwanzaa.” “Happy Hanukkah.” “Merry Christmas.” “Happy Ramadan.”

So proclaims the secularist “holiday” poster that greets visitors to the office building where I labor.

The building owner obviously thought the poster noncontroversial. But this Christ follower found it offensive.

Because the upcoming holiday is not about Kwanza, the seven-day afrocentric celebration created in 1965, nor Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival hardly celebrated until the 1970s, and certainly not Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting that actually takes place in June.

No, Jesus is the reason for the season.

It is the annual acknowledgement of the fulfillment two mellennia ago of the Messianic pronouncements of the prophet Isaiah seven centuries earlier:

“Unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

It is a celebration of the miraculous birth of the one whom John the Baptizer declared “The Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world.”

It is a season of thanks-giving to God for His mercy, for His grace; Who “so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

That’s what Christmas has been about since the holy-day was first celebrated in the fourth century. And since the commemoration of the birth of Christ was declared a national holiday here in the United States in 1870.

Of course, there are forces of darkness in this world that hate Christmas; that want to disassociate the holiday from Jesus Christ.

That includes American Atheists, which describes itself as “the premier organization fighting for the civil liberties of atheists and the total, absolute separation of government and religion.”

The homepage on AA’s website declares “War on Christmas.”  It depicts a little girl – actually rather demonic-looking – sitting down writing a letter in which she tells Santa Claus: “All I want for Christmas is to skip church!”

More passively hostile to Christmas are retailers that have replaced “Merry Christmas” in their advertisements with the insidious “Happy Holidays.”

That includes Barnes & Noble, Footlocker, Gap Stores (parent company of the Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy), Limited Brands (parent company of the Limited, Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret), L.L. Bean and Radio Shack.

Then there are the religiously correct workplaces that no longer allow Christmas to have a holiday to itself; that have given such dubious holidays as Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Ramadan equal billing with Christmas.

But there is a reason Christmas remains the world’s biggest religious holiday.

It is not because of all the secularist trappings of Christmas – the office parties, the shopping, the ritualistic gift-giving, the ornament-laden trees, the ostentatious lighting displays, the orgiastic meals.

No, it is because of Jesus.

It is because the Holy Spirit moves in a powerful way during the Christmas season. It is because many are convicted during their once a year visit to church.

And it is because there will be “more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents” this upcoming Christmas Day “than over ninety-nine just persons” sitting in the pews “who need no repentance.”

Will God Forgive Brittany Maynard If She Kills Herself?

TERMINALLY-ILL BRITTANY MAYNARD HAS BECOME THE FACE OF THE EUTHANASIA MOVEMENT.

TERMINALLY-ILL BRITTANY MAYNARD HAS BECOME THE FACE OF THE EUTHANASIA MOVEMENT.

It’s November 1, the day Brittany Maynard vowed to kill herself. The 29-year-old California woman says she no longer finds life worth living after being diagnosed this past spring with stage 4 glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor.

Brittany has become the poster girl for “Compassion & Choices, ”  a so-called “end-of-life choice” advocacy organization that is fighting to increase the number of stateS with so-called “Death With Dignity” laws on the books.

The model is Oregon, the state to which Brittany relocated this past summer because her home state of California doesn’t allow physician-assisted suicide (at least for now).

Oregon is one of five states – along with Montana, Washington, New Mexico and Vermont – that allow doctors to prescribe lethal doses of medication to patients like Brittany, diagnosed with terminal illnesses, longing for a premature death.

And Compassion & Choices has campaigns underway underway in four other states to legalize euthanasia – Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts and, of course, California (so terminally ill residents like Brittany don’t have to go all the way to Oregon to kill themselves).

If the pro-euthanasia movement succeeds in nearly doubling the number of states with “Death With Dignity” laws,  it will only be a matter of time before physician-assisted suicide is routine throughout the county – like physician-assisted abortion.

Indeed, just as Planned Parenthood soft-pedals abortion as “reproductive health care,” Compassion & Choices portrays euthanasia as end-of-life “comfort and control.”

And they are shamelessly exploiting terminally ill Brittany, casting her as the face of the euthanasia movement and even setting up The Brittany Maynard Fund not to benefit her family – she and her recently-wed husband are childless – but to raise money to further Compassion & Choices’ political advocacy.

Well, as a Christ follower who this very year was a pallbearer at his 83-year-old father-in-law’s funeral, who had no moral qualms with the family’s decision not to resuscitate him when he drew his last breath, I have nothing but empathy for those who find themselves in similar situations.

But it’s one thing to allow a natural death, and quite another to actively terminate life, as in the case of euthanasia.

Indeed, God’s precious gift of life is cheapened when we send off the terminally ill, like Brittany, to a hasty death. If we accept euthanasia today for those diagnosed with six months to live, do we accept it tomorrow for anyone with a terminal illness – cancer, Alzheimer’s, whatever – no matter how far they may be from death’s door?

Is it hard to imagine Compassion & Choices one day begging the question why the “comfort and choice” of euthanasia should be limited strictly to those with terminal illnesses?

What about those of weakened mind or sinew who feel that their quality of life has so deteriorated that death would be welcome?

And why should euthanasia be restricted to adults only? What about the infant suffering from a fatal illness? Why not put the child out of his or her misery?

Because life is sacred, as the Scripture reminds.

“Do you not know,” the Apostle Paul wrote, “that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit? You are not our own. You were bought with a price.”

A Suggested Halloween Date Night for Christian Couples

MICHAEL FRANZESE HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED FROM A 'MADE MAN' IN A CRIME FAMILY TO A REMADE MAN IN CHRIST'S FAMILY

MICHAEL FRANZESE HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED FROM A ‘MADE MAN’ IN A CRIME FAMILY TO A REMADE MAN IN CHRIST’S FAMILY

Michael Franzese has a powerful testimony to share. It’s about his journey on the road to perdition; during which he was transformed from a made man in the Colombo crime family to a remade man in the family of Christ.

The true-to-life tale of the Lord’s saving grace is recounted in the new documentary film, “God the Father.” It opens in theaters Halloween night.

Franzese is the son of the one-time underboss of New York’s Colombo mob. So it was not terribly surprising that Michael chose to follow in his father’s unholy footsteps.

He remembers vividly his induction into La Cosa Notra, which means “This Thing of Ours,” he explained, during an appearance this past summer at Pastor Greg Laurie’s annual Harvest Crusade.

Franzese was escorted into a room dimly lit by candles. A knife was used to cut his finger, symbolizing the blood oath he was to make. A card depicting a Catholic saint was set afire, a warning to the newest member of the Colombo mob that if he ever betrayed the family, he would burn in hell.

With that, the officiant at the satanic-like ceremony pronounced: “Michael Franzese, you are born again into La Cosa Notra.”

Franzese rose quickly within the Colombo family hierarchy, owing to his exceptional prowess as an “earner,” bringing ill-gotten lucre into the family. At peak, he recalled, he was making $8 million to $10 million a week, much of it from a “gas scam” he orchestrated that bilked the government out of excise taxes.

The Colombo family boasted “maybe 115 made guys,” said Franzese. About 100 of those made it by committing a murder. The other 15, including Franzese, made it by being top earners.

Indeed, so prodigious was Franzese that he became a “capo,” mob-speak for captain. That meant he was part of the crime family’s inner circle.

But as the word of God cautions, those that sow the wind, shall reap the whirlwind. And so it was with Franzese.

His mob family turned on him, thinking he was skimming the take from the gas scam. His very own mobster father put out a contract on his life. And federal prosecutors, including U.S Attorney Rudy Giuliani were determined to send him to prison for racketeering.

Franzese eventually was convicted and found himself confined to a 6 by 8 prison cell. And that’s where he was convicted by the Holy Spirit.

A prison guard gave him a Bible. And after initially throwing it against his cell wall, he opened it up and started reading the Word of God, the Book of Proverbs in particular.

“I came to a verse and it just knocked me out,” Franzese remembers. Proverbs 16:7. “When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

“I realized,” said Franzese, it was “the first time God spoke to my heart. I really needed to hear that. It really encouraged me. It put me on the pathway to Jesus, who is my hero and my idol in life.”

Michael’s tale of redemption brings to mind the New Testament account of the miraculous transformation of Saul of Tarsus that began on the road of Damascus.

Saul, a persecutor of Christians, became the servant of Christ we know as the Apostle of Paul.

Michael Franzese, the one time mobster, became an evangelist for Christ after completing his prison sentence.

He is living proof of God’s promise to the truly repentant: “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.”

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