Archive | November, 2017

Gender Neutrality & End-Times Prophecy

24 Nov

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As part of the worldwide move towards gender neutrality, the Church of Sweden recently decided that its clergy should no longer call God “Lord” as this word, according to them, implies God is a male. Instead, they should simply refer to Him as “God” since, again according to them, this term is more inclusive and less offensive since many people believe in “God”.

There are hundreds of prophecies in the Bible, more than half of which have already come true, including over 100 prophecies about Jesus’ first arrival on earth, 2,000 years ago. The only prophecies that have not yet come true are those related to the final years of Earth, specifically the final 7 years before Jesus comes back.

One of these “end-times” prophecies states that during these seven years, the world will be unified under a single ruler who the Bible calls the “Anti-Christ”. The man will convince the world that he has the solution for peace and he will be given control to govern the world as he sees fit.

One of the Anti-Christ’s “solutions” will be to unify the world under a single religion. He’ll have a side-kick, called “The False Prophet” in the Bible, who will promote this religion.

Essentially what we’ll have is two men, one a political leader the other a religious leader, who will universally appeal to all people on either of two bases: politics or spirituality. There will essentially be no dissent with regard to these men’s capabilities to lead.

Appealing to all people spiritually would be quite a feat, considering the vast number of opinions people all over the world have about God. Despite what many people think, all religions do not worship the same god. The differences between the gods of the various world religions are quite contradictory, proving these gods cannot be the same.

The success of the False Prophet in getting all people to agree to this one-world religion will come from promoting God as a vague being. Rather than insisting on specifics that divide people, the False Prophet will simply appeal to the lowest common denominator – those things that all people who believe in God can agree on.

A move to unite world religions using this strategy has actually been underway on this planet for years. It can be seen everywhere from “Coexist” bumper stickers to the Vatican. Pope Francis has been an active leader in the ecumenical movement to unite all people spiritually by appealing to those characteristics of God we all agree on while silencing those we don’t.

As we can now see, the gender neutrality movement, which the world – including churches – is rapidly embracing, will apparently help bring about the end-times prophecies God has told us about in the Bible.

Of course, like all ideas that come from the human mind, this one is born out of our own hubris and is, therefore, filled with problems.

Creating a version of God that appeals to the masses obscures the true God. Therefore, it prevents people from knowing how to get to heaven when they die and leads them straight to hell.

The pride of the human race seduces us into thinking we can be in control. But for us to be in control we have to usurp authority from God. Hence, we continually redefine Him to suit our ever-changing values.

We can water down God all we want. We can ignore those aspects of Him that we don’t like. But that doesn’t change Him. It doesn’t change anything.

We did not invent God. He created us. We do not get to define Him. He defines us.

God is the Lord over all of us whether we recognize that or not.

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“When Will This End?”

6 Nov

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There was no shortage of comments from politicians after yesterday’s mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas which left over 25 people dead. These comments, on TV news programs and social media, offered prayers and condolences for the injured as well as our nation – pretty typical stuff that we’ve, sadly, become all to accustom to reading every few weeks in our country.

There were also comments like the one Senator Dianne Feinstein made in her official statement on the incident. The Democratic Senator from California asked, “When will this end?

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The obvious political answer is when our leaders, including Ms. Feinstein who has served in Congress for 40 years, finally take action to reduce the availability of guns in this country instead of just talking about doing so.

While curtailing the accessibility of guns in this country through government legislation will reduce the number of incidents similar to what happened Sutherland Springs, Las Vegas, Columbine among too many other places, it will not eliminate it. Human beings cannot solve this problem.

The only answer to eliminating violence of any kind on our planet is for human beings to be filled with God’s Holy Spirit. Human beings are evil. Our propensity is to hurt other human beings. No one can look at the history of the human race and plausibly deny this. Moreover, God tells us this in the Bible.

Unfortunately, very few people even read a Bible anymore and even fewer believe what it says. Over the past several decades we’ve removed the Bible from our lives both physically and intellectually. We’ve decided that we – human beings – can fix our problems and make the world a better place without having to answer to a higher authority.

We could not be more wrong.

Over the past eighty years in the United States alone we’ve made it illegal to teach the Bible in school, made it illegal to pray in schools, we’ve rejected many of the instructions God has given us in the Bible by accepting, celebrating, and legalizing pornography, abortion, homosexuality, same-sex marriage and gender fluidity.

During that same time period, we’ve undeniably seen our country’s morality, finances, security, civility, and healthiness (both physical and mental) decline. – a decline that has become more precipitous in more recent years. It will only gain traction if we don’t address the true underlying issue – we not capable of dealing with our troubles.

Human beings are not capable of fixing the problems we cause. Any “solution” that we come up with to fix a problem only creates more problems. This is because our so-called solutions don’t factor in the reason for all the evil that occurs on this planet – the human heart is wicked.

Again, God makes this clear in the Bible. Human beings, in and of their own efforts, do not have the capacity to bring about anything good. We can only make things worse, even when we intentionally try to make them better.

Despite the preponderance of evidence proving this, we stubbornly and arrogantly continue to insist to ourselves that we have the power to improve our welfare. In defiance of God, we continue to see ourselves as authoritative and capable of deciding what is best.

Human beings have usurped God’s right to decide what is right or wrong or to decide what is necessary or unnecessary, thinking we can do at least a good of a job as He can or even better. The truth is are ill-equipped to make important decisions.

Our desire to rely on ourselves instead of God is not based on any empirical evidence that we can actually do so. It is based on nothing but self-adoration. We think so highly of ourselves that we are blind to the reality of our own limitations and weaknesses.

The only way that trouble, including mass shootings, in our nation can be abated or even ended is for the residents of this country – each and every one – to humble himself or herself before God and seek His mercy. We must repent of our arrogance and our sin and cede control of our lives back to the God who created us and loves us and who wants the best for us.

Unlike other human beings, He is not only willing, but also able, to provide it.

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Digital Communciation Is Controllable Communication

5 Nov

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A few days ago, President Trump’s Twitter account was unavailable for 11 minutes. It turns out that one of Twitter’s employees, who apparently is not a Trump fan, deactivated the President’s account at the end of what was planned to be his last day with the company.

Regardless of what one thinks of Donald Trump, this event should cause everyone concern.

When computers began to become mainstream several decades ago, it was quickly realized that storing information “online” was much more convenient than storing it on paper. Online data storage provides the capacity for data sharing and allows for data to be easily backed up restored in the event of a data loss, among other benefits.

More recently, the invention and rapid acceptance of social media has created a world of digital communication. No longer do we write letters to each other or have phone calls. Instead, we communicate through texts and online postings.

At this point, our communication channels and data storage are almost entirely digital. Someday they will be 100% so. This is certainly very convenient. But it is also scary because a digital world is a controllable world.

Digitally storing and transmitting data creates the opportunity for it to be centrally regulated. It is possible, as was the case with this Twitter employee, for someone who has access to a communication channel to dictate who can use that channel and what information can pass through that channel.

Corporations do this all the time. When employees at most, if not all, major companies access the Internet they do not access it directly. They go through what is called a proxy server. This server, which is administered by an employee or small group of employees, is configured to prevent and allow only certain types of information to be sent out of and retrieved into the company’s internal network (the “Intranet”).

This is done to protect the company. Filters on the proxy server can prevent things like computer viruses from being installed on their computers. Most companies also use the filters to prevent employees from accessing certain websites including porn sites. They can even prevent certain types of email attachments from being sent outside of the company’s network to safeguard trade secrets and proprietary data.

In these cases, managing the digital communication channel is a good thing – doing so protects the company. But these filters can just as easily be used nefariously.

Many countries, primarily Muslim countries and China, similarly prevent their citizens from accessing certain websites, namely those related to the Bible or Christianity as well as social media sites where their citizens could learn about these things.

In doing so, these countries control what information their citizens have access to and thereby control their beliefs.

And while the countries that do this are not exactly known for freedom, it is not too far-fetched to imagine countries whose citizens are currently free to do the same thing someday.

We cannot deny that there is an ever-widening chasm in the United States between people on various fronts including race, religion, and political party. Socialism is rapidly gaining acceptance in our country, especially among young people who unquestionably have more arrogance and intolerance than previous generations. This is a deadly combination.

The belief that the general population should be ruled by an (allegedly) elite few as Socialism espouses, is the perfect breeding ground for information control. When people are so arrogant to think others should believe like they do and at the same time believe in centralized power, they will be intolerant towards information that does not align with their opinions.

As the spread of relativism and atheism spread around the globe, it is certainly foreseeable that countries all over the world someday prevent access to information about God and the Bible.

Those in power want stability so they can stay in power. As such they will always side with the majority. If the majority believe that a minority group – such as Christians – are a problem, those in power will restrict information to prevent the increase in membership of that minority group.

While such a tactic may have been next to impossible just a couple of decades ago, digital communications make it more than possible now. In fact, within the next couple of decades it is very likely.

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Human Leadership Is Smoke & Mirrors

1 Nov

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the spire atop One World Trade Center to be lit red, white, and blue tonight “in honor of freedom and democracy” after the terrorist attack in Lower Manhattan by an Islamic supporter of ISIS.

This useless act of symbolism accomplishes nothing. All it does is dupe those too ignorant enough to believe it does.

This is just another action by a politician to increase their own current popularity and secure a future legacy by doing something does not solve anything but gives the illusion that it will.

Only God can solve our problems. Until and unless we as a nation seek and obey God’s counsel, we’ll have more and more terrorist attacks in this country, not to mention more problems in general.

This includes electing leaders who stop using smoke and mirrors, admit to themselves they don’t have the capacity to address the ever-increasing issues our country deals with, and lead according to God’s commands.

Mr. Cuomo is not this kind of person. As an ardent supporter of murdering unborn children, the NY governor isn’t shy about thinking he knows better than God.

Such ignorance and arrogance is what leads to the kind of ideas that “address” problems by demanding lights atop a building be a certain color.

Human leaders can accomplish nothing. All they can do – and will do – is make things worse because their leadership is based on selfishness.

God is the only one who can truly lead us. In Him only must we put our trust.

“Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings who cannot save” – Psalm 146:3

“It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in man.” – 118:8

 

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