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Alexander: If hypocrisy was a virtue…

Democrat Protagonists Are Masters of Hypocrisy

If hypocrisy was a virtue, Democrats would be the most virtuous among us.

Mark Alexander

“Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks — no form of government can render us secure.” —James Madison (1778)

Group generalizations are rarely accurate, but in the case of Democrat protagonists, hypocrisy is a virtually unanimous trait.

This past week provided several notable examples of how leftist hypocrites have taken their trade to new lows, as if such duplicity were virtuous.

Last weekend, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was dining with family and friends at Red Hen, a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Lexington, Virginia. After she was recognized by one of the Hen’s gender dysphoric employees, he frantically phoned the restaurant owner to respond to this crisis.

When owner Stephanie Wilkinson arrived, by her account she asked her employees, “Tell me what you want me to do. I can ask her to leave. They said ‘yes.'” According to Wilkerson, a leftist sympathizer, Sanders works for an “inhumane and unethical” administration, whose “cruelest policies could not stand.”

She asked Sanders to step outside and told her to leave. She went back to the table to gather her belongings, and not wanting to create a disturbance for the rest of the customers, she and her friends walked out. According to Wilkinson, “They offered to pay. I said, ‘No. It’s on the house.'” (Isn’t that special!)

Wilkinson added, “This feels like the moment in our democracy when people have to make uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their morals.” She then followed Sanders and her party across the street to another restaurant where she heckled her from the sidewalk.

Such brave and bold bigotry!

Sanders confirmed: “I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS, and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.”

The Red Hen is a case study of hypocrisy for two reasons.

First, Wilkinson displays a quote from Martin Luther King in her front window: “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

So her idea of “love” is to throw people out on the street because they don’t comport with her political views?

Were he alive today, I suspect Dr. King would be deeply discouraged by the intolerance of the Left and saddened by its cynical use of his image and words. And I’m certain that he’d deplore this discrimination by mere association — which is precisely the sort of thing he spent his life peacefully protesting against.

Second, after the Supreme Court recently affirmed the right of a small business owner to refuse to use his artistic talents toward a message that was at odds with his deeply held First Amendment religious beliefs, Democrats howled about the injustice.

“Bake us a cake or else!” they screeched.

But as Ben Shapiro notes, “The [Red Hen and Masterpiece Cakeshop] cases are easily distinguishable in that the restaurant serves the same menu to people of all political persuasions generally, and the baker was being asked to provide a special, tailored service to a special event.”

In the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, the owner had always served all people, regardless of their affiliations. In the Red Hen case, Sarah Sanders was denied service altogether precisely because of her affiliations.

For his part, Donald Trump chastised Wilkerson: “The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!”

Even Barack Obama’s chief strategist David Axelrod said he was “amazed and appalled by the number of folks on the left who applauded the expulsion of [Sanders] and her family from a restaurant.”

Given the avalanche of negative press her actions created for the small, historic town of Lexington, Wilkinson was asked to resign her post as executive director of Main Street Lexington, a group tasked with promoting Lexington’s economy.

My recommendation would be that grassroots conservatives wearing Trump shirts and MAGA hats flood the Red Hen and ask to use the bathrooms!

So what inspired this absurd confrontation?

Ironically, the Red Hen incident is the result of Democrat leaders scrambling to derail support for Trump’s Make America Great Again agenda ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. I note “ironic” because the Red Hen is undoubtedly riding the wave of economic confidence and growth that Trump administration policies have generated.

Adding to his economic policy success this week, CNBC’s All-America Economic Survey reports that Trump’s economic approval rating has surged six points to 51%, and overall 54% of Americans say the economy is good or excellent — the highest recorded by CNBC since the survey began 10 years ago.

I outlined the Demos’ derailment efforts last week in “Demo Party Leaders Don’t Care About Immigrant Children,” an assessment of their viral diversionary immigration charade thrust upon the nation’s conscience.

They and their Leftmedia machine unleashed a massive social media campaign of lies and deceptions to create a firestorm, using viral images of children in cages, claiming they were “ripped from the arms of their parents by Donald Trump” and comparing Trump to Hitler. (The photos were taken in 2014 when Obama was setting immigration policy.)

Demos then followed up with loads of other spurious viral images of crying children (one of them featured on a Time magazine cover), and even a fake Facebook fundraiser.

They calculated that the emotional impact of these photos would overrule any concern for authenticity, banking on the fact that many of their constituents are emotionally incontinent dupes and are unable to exercise discretion regarding this immigration Demo-goguery.

It appears that the Demos have found the hatefest that will elevate the immigration issue before the midterm elections and undermine Republican efforts to pass any meaningful immigration reform legislation.

But their immigration farce is also an abject example of hypocrisy (which I explain at the end of this column).

Seizing the “babies ripped from mothers’ arms by Trump” momentum, race-bait agitator Maxine Waters (D-CA) called for mob attacks on Trump administration officials who dare show their faces in public.

According to Waters, “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. If you see anybody from that [administration] 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! Tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere! … Already you have [Trump people] that are being booed out of restaurants. We have protesters taking up at their house. … God is on our side!”

That was a reference to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen being harassed out of a restaurant by socialists who spotted her there — before Sanders was jack-booted from the Red Hen. Members of the #Resistance then showed up at Nielsen’s home to harass her and her family.

Trump responded to Waters: “The face of the Democrats is now Maxine Waters who, together with Nancy Pelosi, have established a fine leadership team. The Left is trying to bully and buy their way back into power. Not on my watch. I will always stand up for you. … Waters has just called for harm to supporters… Be careful what you wish for Max!”

Rarely a voice of reason, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) knew exactly where Trump was going with his “be careful Max” warning and that Waters’s incitement was going to lead to violence. Schumer issued this rebuke: “I strongly disagree with those who advocate harassing folks if they don’t agree with you. … No one should call for the harassment of political opponents. That’s not right. That’s not American.”

But Waters’s hateful rhetoric is already drawing out the unhinged fringe.

As I note in this column, Democrats have unleashed a massive campaign of lies and deceptions in order to ensure victory in the upcoming midterm elections — especially to ensure that Donald Trump will have no more opportunity to nominate conservative jurists for the Supreme Court after the next Congress is seated.

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Yesterday, a Democrat activist was arrested for threatening to kill the children of Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL). And the frequency of death threats against Republican members of Congress is growing.

This is the same hate-mongering that resulted in the armed assault on Republicans last year, when a Bernie Sanders supporter shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others.

Responding to the growing chorus of hate rhetoric on the Left, Scalise said, We have a responsibility to make sure that, as we’re discussing our disagreements, we’re not trying to incite others to violence. … Nobody should be inciting harassment or violence of any sort just because we disagree with each other on issues. We’ve got a great battlefield of ideas where we can actually discuss our disagreements publicly, but we’ve got to do it in a civil way where we respect the differences of opinion.

But Democratic Black Caucus chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) doubled down by defending Waters, declaring, She encouraged Americans to exercise their constitutional rights to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly. He added, Where is the national conversation on civility in these moments?

Good question.

Adolescent protesters (of all ages) are now taking up residence outside key administration officials’ homes, threatening the children of DHS employees, leaving burned and beheaded animal carcasses on their doorsteps, and exposing the names and addresses of immigration agents so they can be targeted.

These agitators are the effluent of last year’s antifa movement of self-proclaimed anti-fascists who are in fact an extreme manifestation of fascism.

Of course, leftist cultural icons are also churning the hate against anyone who would dare not support open borders.

This is pure and simple racism — that’s all this is, declared Hollywood gatekeeper Rob Reiner this week. [Trump is] hoping that the people who support him will be ginned up and running to the polls to make sure that brown people don’t come into America. … It’s a fascist playbook. … Those people who are supporting what he’s doing [on the border] are racists, period. (His wife compared Trump to Hitler.)

What’s gotten very little attention amid all the immigration Demo-drama and their support of open borders is the fact that Mexico, now one of the most violent nations in the world, is about to be under a communist president, who is backed by the drug cartels.

On Sunday, Mexico will elect its next president, most likely Andrés Manuel López Obrador (nicknamed AMLO), who’s a follower of Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega and Hugo Chávez. I encourage you to read more about AMLO’s socialist vision and then consider that he’s calling for mass infiltration across our southern border as an assault on the U.S. economy.

According to Dick Morris, former political adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton: AMLO is as radical as they come. He is a true Fidelista or, in more modern vernacular, a Chavista (after Hugo Chávez of Venezuela) or a Sandinista (after Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua). National Review called AMLO a ‘Chávez wannabe.’ He described Fidel Castro as ‘a giant,’ who ‘knew how to steer his people and achieve authentic, true independence.’ He is a dedicated socialist who we can count on being inveterately hostile to the United States in general and Donald Trump in particular. We have never faced so clear a danger on our border as we will after July 1. It is entirely too late to avoid it. AMLO is certain to win. And, then, la deluge!

Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said this week, We stop 10 terrorists every day from getting into this country. Given the volume of illegal immigrants who are not apprehended, how many are getting into the country every day?

This is precisely why President Trump has signaled his intent to shut down the pipeline of illegal immigrants in order to avoid the flood.

We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country, declared Trump last weekend. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order. … Hiring many thousands of judges, and going through a long and complicated legal process, is not the way to go — will always be dysfunctional. People must simply be stopped at the Border and told they cannot come into the U.S. illegally. If this is done, illegal immigration will be stopped in it’s tracks — and at very little, by comparison, cost. This is the only real answer — and we must continue to BUILD THE WALL!

Of course, leftists who constantly trample Rule of Law in favor of their own rule were outraged by Trump’s proposal, even claiming that he was circumventing due process of law.

Actually, no.

Trump has the full legal authority to turn immigrants back under 8 U.S.C. §1182. And after Sunday’s elections in Mexico, exercising that authority will be imperative. The latest Supreme Court decision in favor of Trump’s travel ban cited the authority of 8 U.S.C. §1182, which affirms:

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.

Finally, as I promised above, allow me to point out the ultimate Democrat hypocrisy regarding immigration.

The immigrants flooding across our southern border, risking their lives and those of their children to get here, are fleeing statist regimes in their Central American countries, along with the corruption and poverty generated by such regimes.

The tragic hypocritical irony is that Socialist Democrat Party protagonists, who are riding a tidal wave of support created by their latest immigration charade, are relentlessly promoting the same statist policies that those immigrants are trying to escape.

If hypocrisy was a virtue, Democrats would be the most virtuous among us.

At the dawn of our republic, James Madison wrote, Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. To that end, the Democrats have made great strides in recent years undermining the foundation of our Republic.

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Evangelicalism and the Sickness of Western Culture Part 1 — Where Healing Begins

Contemporary Western culture is critically ill.

This is the frequent lament of many evangelical Christians—including myself.

But it’s time to face a hard fact: What’s wrong with American (and Western) culture results from what’s wrong with many churches and Christian movements within it.

The focus here is on evangelicalism for three reasons: we are often the most outspoken regarding the ills of culture; we seek to base our worldview on the Bible, and have passion for the application of biblical values in society; we have enough influence remaining to have tilted the voting balance in a presidential election.

But what if we are actually contributing to the problem?

Christopher Dawson wrote that Christianity is the soul of Western civilization. In a human, the “soul” is the psuche, or “psyche,” according to the Greek New Testament. It is the organ of self-awareness and identity, thought, emotion, and volition.

In a living person, if the mind gets confused, emotional instability takes over, and erratic, destructive choices become the pattern. Such symptoms suggest the individual is having a nervous breakdown, or going insane.

Western culture is having a breakdown because the Western “soul” is losing its equilibrium. Consider just three symptoms of many currently evident among churches, Christian organizations and movements in one big chunk of the West, the United States:

  • Schizophrenia—A strange coalition ranging from dispensational Southern Baptists to health-wealth Pentecostals and Charismatics gathers periodically in the Oval Office—viewed by some as almost a civil “holy of holies”—while another group of evangelicals assembles at one of the monumental institutions of evangelicalism—Wheaton—to discuss their distress about “evangelicals in the age of Trump.” When a president becomes the point of definition for what a true evangelical—or any biblical Christian—is or is not, the diagnosis is grim indeed.
  • Paranoia—Some liberal churches seem to view Donald Trump as the “Beast” of Revelation. Meanwhile, some conservative Christians appear to equate Hillary Clinton with Revelation’s “Scarlet Woman.” Many Christians walk in constant dread when God has called us to be givers of light and hope midst the gloom.
  • Irrationality—Even the Catholics are showing signs of soul-sickness with the scandal of clergy sexual abuse, and now the emergent pope leading the Catholic Church into postmodern theological ambiguity. Irish voters celebrate their new-found right to deprive their unborn children of their right-to-life in a country once called “staunchly Catholic.”

But before we evangelical Christians judge the culture and other parts of the Body of Christ, we must first assess ourselves. The Bible we take as our infallible authority is in-our-face blunt: “it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God.” (1 Peter 4:17)

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Jarrett and Obama are Behind Spygate — American Thinker

If Obama ran every decision past Jarrett, the decision to plant spies in the Trump campaign certainly was among the most important.

Unless we assume the FBI went completely rogue, it is inconceivable that the deployments of personnel to spy on the Trump campaign and make provocative contact with its lesser members could have occurred without the full knowledge and control of the occupants of the Oval Office.

Obama may claim a scandal-free administration, but after Fast and Furious, the targeting of the Tea Party by the IRS, the Benghazi cover-up, Hillary’s emails, to name a few, Spygate is just the latest.  I use the plural “occupants” because while Barack Hussein Obama many have been nominally the president of the United States, at the heart of very one of these scandals and virtually every administration move was Valerie Jarrett, who arguably could be considered our first female president.

Jarrett, born in Iran to American parents, has been with the Obamas since her days as deputy chief of staff in the office of Chicago mayor Richard Daley, the elder.  She hired Michelle Obama, then Michelle Robinson, to fill an opening in the mayor’s office.  As WikiLeaks describes the beginning of a long relationship (citations omitted):

In 1991, as deputy chief of staff to Mayor Richard Daley, Jarrett interviewed Michelle Robinson for an opening in the mayor’s office, after which she immediately offered Robinson the job.  Michelle Robinson asked for time to think and also asked Jarrett to meet Robinson’s fiancé, Barack Obama.  The three ended up meeting for dinner.  After the dinner, Michelle took the job with the mayor’s office, and Valerie Jarrett reportedly took the couple under her wing and “introduced them to a wealthier and better-connected Chicago than their own.”  Jarrett later took Michelle with her when Jarrett left the mayor’s office to head Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development.

The rest, as they say, is history.  Not only did Valerie Jarrett  become a mentor to the young Barack Obama, but she soon became what some have called Obama’s Rasputin, someone who had more security than our personnel did in Benghazi.

She receives more protection than our Libyan ambassador, calls the president by his first name, dines and vacations with the First Family and had the power to call off three strikes against Osama bin Laden.

Ambassador Chris Stevens did not have a Marine detail in Benghazi, Libya.  But White House senior adviser and Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett reportedly had a full Secret Service detail on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.

“Jarrett seems to have a 24-hour, around-the-clock detail, with five or six agents full time,” Democratic pollster Pat Caddell said in an interview recently with Breitbart news.  If Stevens had a similar escort, he’d probably be alive today.  Such protection isn’t usually available to senior advisers, but Jarrett is no ordinary adviser[.]

Indeed, she is not. She arguably has had more influence over Obama than anyone with the possible exception of Michelle Obama herself:

Her influence is shown by an account in Richard Miniter’s book “Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him.”

It relates that at the urging of Jarrett, Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden on three occasions before finally approving the May 2, 2011, Navy SEAL mission.  Seems she was concerned about the possible political harm to Obama if the mission failed[.] …

Edward Klein, author of the best-selling book about Obama, “The Amateur,” once asked Obama if he ran every decision by Jarrett, and the president responded, “Absolutely.”  A former foreign editor of Newsweek and editor of the New York Times Magazine, Klein describes Jarrett as “ground zero in the Obama operation, the first couple’s friend and consigliere.”

If Obama ran every decision past Jarrett, the decision to plant spies in the Trump campaign certainly was among the most important.  Obama’s legacy was important to Jarrett, perhaps even more important than to Obama himself.  She had to preserve it and ensure that the fundamental transformation of America continued.  If Hillary could not win, Trump must be destroyed.

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich also finds it inconceivable that the spying operation was launched without Jarrett signing off on it:

In a Tuesday appearance on Fox News, Newt Gingrich said that he believed former President Barack Obama and some of his top officials – including Valerie Jarrett – were involved in spying on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign[.] …

“Presently, someone will figure out to ask what did Valerie Jarrett know and when did she know it?” Gingrich said.  “What did Barack Obama know and when did he know it?  Because what you’re seeing happen is, on every single level – and this is what happens with really big scandals – they keep on folding and they keep on folding and they keep on folding.”

Former press secretary Ari Fleischer agrees that such an operation could have been authorized only with the full knowledge of Jarrett and Obama:

Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said Thursday he believes it’s highly unlikely that President Obama did not know an FBI informant was in the Trump campaign.

“We need to know why did it begin, who authorized it and what role did Barack Obama have.  Did he know the FBI had informants there?  I’ll guarantee you the answer is yes.  No FBI would put informants in another presidential campaign without permission from the White House, including the president,” he said on “Outnumbered.”

Can it be believed that, as key players in the Obama administration like Strzok and Page, as well as FBI director James Comey, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, number four at Justice Bruce Ohr, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and many others were linked in a vast criminal conspiracy to keep Hillary Clinton out of prison and Donald Trump out of the White House, Barack Obama was blissfully unaware of all this?  Rather, it can be plausibly argued that he was orchestrating it – perhaps not directly or by explicit orders, but rather by discussing the threat to his legacy Trump represented with his progressive minions and then simply saying, as crime bosses throughout history have done, “You know what needs to be done.  Do it.”

This scandal did not occur in a vacuum any more than did the weaponizing of the IRS to target the Tea Party and other conservative groups before Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign occurred in a vacuum.  The agencies under Obama’s control have been politicized before and used to intimidate and destroy his political opponents

This fish is also rotting from the head.  Back in April 2016, President Obama gave an interview in which he seemed to have foreknowledge that Hillary Clinton would be exonerated for her “carelessness” and did not “intentionally” mishandle classified emails, words that Comey would use just a few months later:

President Obama said Sunday that Hillary Clinton showed “carelessness” by using a private email server, but he also strongly defended his former secretary of state, saying she did not endanger national security, while also vowing that an ongoing FBI investigation into the matter will not be tainted by politics.

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Mr. Obama seemed to prejudge the outcome of the ongoing inquiry into Mrs. Clinton’s email scandal, and he disputed the notion that any of the emails contained classified information of true importance.

“She would never intentionally put America in any kind of jeopardy,” he said.  “What I also know is that there’s classified and then there’s classified.  There’s stuff that is really top secret top secret, and then there’s stuff that is being presented to the president, the secretary of state, you may not want going out over the wire.”

National Review contributing editor Andrew McCarthy has long argued that Obama was the ringleader in obstructing justice in the Hillary email investigation:

From the first, these columns have argued that the whitewash of the Hillary Clinton-emails caper was President Barack Obama’s call – not the FBI’s, and not the Justice Department’s[.] … The decision was inevitable.  Obama, using a pseudonymous email account, had repeatedly communicated with Secretary Clinton over her private, non-secure email account.

Why would Obama use a fake email account to communicate with Hillary Clinton?  Granted, classified communications between a president and a secretary of state are normal, but not via a fake email account.  Were they discussing the fix that was in during her email investigation?  McCarthy suggests just such a reason:

If Clinton had been charged, Obama’s culpable involvement would have been patent.  In any prosecution of Clinton, the Clinton-Obama emails would have been in the spotlight.  For the prosecution, they would be more proof of willful (or, if you prefer, grossly negligent) mishandling of intelligence.  More significantly, for Clinton’s defense, they would show that Obama was complicit in Clinton’s conduct yet faced no criminal charges.

After Trump’s victory, Jarrett moved in with Obama and Michelle in their new Washington-area home with the express purpose of organizing the “resistance.”  Obama’s D.C. home was to serve as the nerve center to the resistance to the presidency of Donald Trump.  As the Daily Mail reported:

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This ‘n’ That for 05/25/2018

  • So, this has happened. The Washington Post has a report on the same. Seems to me like that’s a pretty cushy package considering the circumstances.
  • In light of the above, let’s remember how to approach scandal in the church biblically.
  • I shared this sermon on the believer’s assurance of salvation with a follower this week, and thought I’d post it as encouragement for others as well.
  • Did you join in on the Royal Wedding buzz last weekend? It was a beautiful sight! And in case you were wondering, here’s the reason for that empty seat next to Prince William.
  • This was a good article critiquing the sermon that was delivered at the wedding.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Glad to hear this movie has been pulled from theaters.
  • The glory of God in Isaiah.
  • Yep, this is what happens when you unhitch the Old Testament from the rest of the Bible.
  • Oh, brother. I guess Driscoll still has clout. How utterly unsurprising.
We must run with patience, or we shall never obtain. There may be many things we cannot understand, much that the flesh could perhaps wish otherwise, but let us endure unto the end, and all shall be made clear, and God’s arrangements shall be proved best. Think not to have your reward on earth, do not draw back because your good things are all yet to come. 
—J.C. Ryle

Weekly Watchman for 05/25/2018

Listener Comments and Questions – TGIF!

The Bible is clear: God created man in His own image, but as absolute truth and morality continue to be attacked, we see this truth being denied as more and more professing Christians see God as they would like to see Him. We should rather surrender to Him and acknowledge His eternal nature and character. This is one of the subjects a listener sent in which we will address today. Other topics people want to touch on include:

What does Calvinism teach regarding salvation and evangelism?
The ongoing controversy and potential schism within the Southern Baptist Convention.
Why is it so hard to focus and why is prayer so difficult at times?
Jehovah’s Witnesses concept of the 144,000 “chosen ones” – the only ones who will be saved?
How pastors and teachers can reach both the unsaved and teach holiness to dedicated disciples in the same message.
Why don’t pastors and youth group leaders discuss the lies young believers are facing today about creation, sexuality and gender confusion.
Anti-Christian Senator Cory Booker and the Willow Creek Leadership Summit.
Several comments on an article about this generation “building their own god.”

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Taking Church Security Seriously

The first century church faced the constant persecution and even death if they were caught gathering to worship Jesus Christ.  Every time they got together they were risking their lives.  In countries like North Korea, Iran and China, that threat is still real as every year, thousands of our Christian brothers and sisters are beaten, imprisoned, tortured and some killed for the sake of the gospel.

Here in America we take our historic religious freedom for granted, but there has been a clear increase in violence against churches in our nation and some are warning this is just the beginning.  Safety concerns within Christian Churches have become an important issue and today, Tim Miller of Lionheart International Services Group joins us for a discussion on how churches of every size can protect their families worshiping together.

In our final segment, we talk about spreading the gospel in the poorest of nations as we are joined by Micah McElveen, founder of VAPOR Ministries.  Meeting the poverty needs of the poor is a great way to share the gospel and make disciples of Jesus Christ. Micah tells us how VAPOR is doing that, and about an event in Green Bay June 16 where we can get involved in spreading the gospel in Haiti.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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When Church Loses its Biblical Focus

It is interesting and often sad to compare what many of our modern churches look like to the gathering of the saints in the Book of Acts.  The early church had commitment, focus, passion and a deep desire to learn the Apostles’ teachings. They were thankful for every blessing and even trials and challenges God allowed in their lives.  They pursued holiness in a world where their very lives were in danger for following Jesus Christ.  Today in America, the pursuit seems to be geared toward self, comfort, and convenience where we try to fit God into our schedules and our worship. We have divided hearts that want the blessings of salvation but not the responsibilities of holy living.

Pastor Mike Abendroth joins us this morning to look at what lessons and principles we can glean from the book of Acts and the early church. We also touch on Britain’s “royal wedding” last week and discuss marriage, idolatry, secular humanism, multiculturalism.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Christianity Expelled, Islam Explored in Schools

I am not suggesting the Christian faith should be the only one allowed in public schools – although that is what took place for over a hundred years in America when our country was very different morally and spiritually. I am asking for fairness and justice.

If schools discuss one religion, then others should be allowed as well. But the left won’t go for that because they believe in the total separation of Christianity and state. Keep Jesus out, and anything else goes.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Demanding Justice From An Unjust World

God is eternally and flawlessly just. Human beings are not. But something in every man wants to make sure we are treated justly and to see justice, particularly as Christians. Is it illogical to expect a fallen world to treat us justly? Does the Bible teach us to demand justice or accept that one day God’s justice will prevail? A combination perhaps? How do we react when we are treated unjustly by others? By the world?

Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch joins us to discuss justice and our role in God’s plan. We also look at how young people are forming their own version of God based on their individual beliefs and moral code. It’s called creating a god in their own image.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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Do You Understand How To Use Your Most Powerful Weapon In The Christian Arsenal?

In our final segment this morning, we look at the Trump Administration’s efforts within the Department of Education to reverse some of the horrible damage done by President Obama’s radical pro-LGBTQ and anti-Christian mandates.

But first we look at the most powerful weapon in the Christian arsenal: prayer. An all-powerful, just and righteous God actually invites us to come to Him with our hopes, concerns, requests, and fears.  But do we fully understand the power of prayer and even how to pray?  Do we sometimes pray as a last resort when our human efforts have been exhausted and proven ineffective?  Are there restrictions or obligations God puts on our prayers?  And how do we respond when God does not answer our prayers exactly as we think they should be answered?

Elijah Abraham of Living Oasis Ministries joins us to take a biblical look at the power and privilege of prayer in our lives as born-again believers in Jesus Christ. This includes three major categories of prayer.

Daily podcast, relevant articles on issues pertaining to Christians and more can be found on Stand Up For The Truth.

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