The End of the 1st Amendment

At least the portion applied to freedom of religion.

A Minnesota Town Wants Religious War Memorials, So Satanists Offer One With a “Baphometic Bowl of Wisdom”

The City of Belle Plaine has received pressure from atheists and Satanists to remove a war memorial that

belleplainemonumenttstfeatured a cross. After their efforts failed, the Satanic Temple proposed their own monument, called the “Baphometic Bowl of Wisdom.”

It is a black, steel cube. Inverted pentagrams (a universal Satanic symbol) are etched into the sides of the monument. A pitch black, overturned soldier’s helmet is planted on the top.

It is named after Baphomet, an androgynous half-goat, half-man demon.

Satanists are claiming that this monument respects veterans. And the city of Belle Plaine has accepted it.

I wonder how many years out America is from restricting or amending the 1st Amendment to the Constitution. Or more likely, no legal change will be made, but rather the spirit of freedom and tolerance for other beliefs, which is quickly eroding, will simply disappear.

This is the catch-22 of American freedom that allows the existence of beliefs and behaviors that undermine the core values it rests on.

For example, Libertarianism is completely untenable; as follows. Libertarianism > freedom of commerce, association, and travel > libertarian values allow no restrictions on who can move into the community or what values they should hold > new arrivals much prefer authoritarian policies > poof! Your free society is gone. Libertarian values restrict the group’s ability to maintain its libertarian community. Sown into core of the system is its own self-defeating value.

Same is true for Christian communities (or those who wished for one). When your societal ideal rests on freedom of religion, tolerance, acceptance, and not the Gospel of Jesus Christ, you’ll soon find you have no ability to influence your culture or community. Your own values require you to support the rights and access and influence of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and even Satanic worship.

Well, that certainly is diverse.

 

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Build Yourself Up… to help & save others

I was reminded of a scripture today that I used very often in the past for debates on gifts of the Holy Spirit and in speaking in tongues:

…But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, … Jude 20

I argued, “You see, praying in the Holy Spirit is praying in tongues, and that’s how you can build your faith”, never taking in the full context of the verse.  The fuller context is like this:

These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.  These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.  But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire,…  
Jude 16-23

God reminded me today why we must build ourselves up; to keep

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“but others save with fear, pulling them from the fire..”

ourselves in His love, despite a world around us that is going to sh*t.  And to actively look to have compassion on others so we might save them from their impending destruction.

Christian Militias Take Arms to ISIS

From Walid Shoebat:

Iraq’s first Christian-only brigade of regular forces graduated Thursday to help retake the community’s towns and villages from the Islamic State group while they put the mark of God — the Holy Cross — on their foreheads, before marching to battle against ISIS. Christians are reviving a biblical custom from Ezekiel’s time in which God demanded to mark the foreheads of the followers of the true God….  Most of Iraq’s Christians lived in the Nineveh plain, an area between the main IS hub of Mosul and the Kurdish capital of Arbil, before IS fighters swept in seven months ago….“Around 600 peshmerga from our Christian brothers in the Nineveh

Bret, center right with beanie and sunglasses, and Tim, to his left

plain joined this course, which focused on physical training, military lectures and shooting exercises,” said Abu Bakr Ismail, the commander of the training academy.“All the participants are volunteers… and want to liberate their land from IS and then protect it,” the Kurdish special forces major general said… Several other Christian groups have formed in recent months in northern Iraq. They do not fall under the peshmerga’s command but are hosted and supported by Kurdistan.There are also Americans joining the Christian militia, two of whom are Tim Locks and Bret, two courageous men Shoebat.com has written on before.

Please comment below:

  • What do you think of the concept of a Christian militia? One that is not bound by allegiance to any state or nation, but rather to the church?
  • Do you think the church should be actively supporting such groups and activities, with finances, weapons, ammunition, food & supplies, prayer, etc?
  • Do you think that such a militia will one day be needed to defend the church/Christians in the West, especially the US?
… that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding ~ Colossians 1:9

An Uncertain Sound

For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle? – 1 Corinthians 14:8

With the arrest of three men in New York, allegedly on their way to hijack a plane in Turkey to divert it to the ISIS hotbed in Syria, we have yet another instance of the “war on terror” coming ever closer to home and on US soil.  The men have also been accused of plotting to kill police, FBI agents, US soldiers, and even President Obama.

Again, most people can see the hand writing on the wall and are beginning think critically about how they will respond when a more concerted attack takes place here in the US homeland. Others, of course, have their heads firmly planted in the sand (or sometimes, a certain body orifice) and are waiting ever-so blithely for a very stern and rude awakening.  It’s hard to blame them when a lot of the media discussion is around whether the President and his cabinet are using the correct nomenclature or what strategies can be used to defeat ISIS and their ilk “over there.”

Since there is no clarity of message in our national media space, and not much of a message coming from American spiritual leaders, the sound being heard today is uncertain.  Without a clear and certain “sound” how can one prepare himself for battle?

Sounding the Trumpet

Please prepare your mind and spirit for the struggle of our generation.  Seek God’s will in your life and ask him what He would have you do during the coming storm.  Prepare for both a spiritual battle, and quite possibly, a physical one.

A Storm is Coming

As ISIS beheads 21 Egyptian, Coptic Christians in Lybia and shoots up a free speech forum, and kills two, in Copenhagen, Denmark just this week (not to mention the other recent events in Europe and elsewhere), we can see two common elements in the targets of Islamic jihad: open Christians & seculars that dare criticize Islam or its followers.  As such, it’s amazing that even though such elements are in ready abundance here in the US, most people do not imagine that such attacks can, or will, take place on American soil.  As Franklin Graham, head of Samaritan’s Purse and son of evangelist Billy Graham, has said, “The storm is coming.” It is certainly time that most Americans wake up to this fact.

So ask yourself: How are you preparing your family and your soul for this seemingly inevitable event? Continue reading