Be Very Alert!- By Val Hollard (NZ)
On Watch at the Door. No 217, May 10, 2016
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO OBJECTIVE TRUTH AND ABSOLUTES?
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.” (Isa 5:20-21)
Absolute truth seems to be a thing of the past for many people. There are countless ways in which we are seeing this. It is hard to know where to begin.
President Obama has the strange idea that we live in a peaceful era. He says, “We are fortunate to be living in the most peaceful, most prosperous, most progressive era in human history.” This is at a time when more Christians than ever are being persecuted, refugees are at record numbers, and Islam is doing its utmost to bring the whole world under its control. The Middle East is in turmoil and there is violence and bloodshed everywhere. “When people are saying, “Peace and Safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly.” (1 Thess 4:2)
Christians are being called dangerous extremists when it was Christians who brought peace and prosperity to the world.
History is being changed. People are denying the Holocaust and Israel’s whole history and rights to the land God has given them. That the Temple Mount has anything to do with the Jews is being denied.
Islam is being called a religion of peace when it has never been peaceful in its whole history except for a very short time before Muhammed decided the only way to achieve his goals was with the sword. Claims are made that ISIS is not Islam.
In the face of undeniable evidence, Creation is challenged and somehow amazingly complex living beings came from pond scum over billions of years.
In the face of more undeniable evidence, any variations in the climate are not from human activities apart from Man’s sin.
People are no longer accepting what they are and basing their decisions on what they feel and not on reality. Biological men decide they are women and biological women decide they are men. It’s all about how you feel and personal choice.
Now we have many more who feel they are non-humans trapped in a human body. There is a woman in Norway who believes she is a cat. She crawls on all fours and meows and purrs. A student in Georgia identifies as a penguin. Another man called “Boomer” wears a total dog costume and says he can get friends that way as people interact with him as if he was a dog. Someone else fitted himself out as well as he could to look like an Alpine goat and joined a herd. For myself, I am content to wait for the day when I will soar on wings like eagles (Isa 40:31) and have feet like the feet of a deer and can walk on the heights (Hab 3:19).
I’d been writing this when an article appeared citing Joseph Backholm of the Family Policy Institute on the gender identity debate. He is a 5 foot 9, white Caucasian male. He went to the University of Washington campus recently to see if students would affirm or reject his newly chosen identity of a 6 foot 5 Chinese woman. Everyone is supportive of allowing transgender people into the restroom of their chosen identity. He then asked them what they would think if he told them he was a woman. The students aren’t too concerned about this, one saying, “I’d say good for you. Yeah.” There was a similar response when he asked them what they would say if he told them he was Chinese.
To the 6 foot 5 question, one replied, “If you truly believe you’re 6 feet 5, I don’t think it’s harmful. I think it’s fine if you believe that. It doesn’t matter to me if you think you’re taller than you are…I wouldn’t tell you you’re wrong.” And another said, “I feel like that’s not my place as another human to say someone is wrong or to draw lines or boundaries.”
As you can see, many people today claim that nothing is objectively true. This is post-modernism. You’ve got your truth, I’ve got mine! Telling the truth has flown out the door. None of the students interviewed actually believed that Backholm was Chinese or 6 foot 5. The writer of the Prophecy News Watch article says, “Society has bought into the notion that leaving people alone with their beliefs is the loving choice, as long as they don’t harm others with those beliefs.”
The church is also being caught up in these lies. The Bible says, “Let us reason.” Many in the church now say, “Empty your mind out, use breath prayers or say a mantra and you’ll draw closer to God. It is all about feeling and experiences.”
The whole of God’s order is being turned upside down as the devil winds up his favourite line from back in the Garden of Eden. “Did God really say that?” (Gen 3)
This has significant implications for sharing the Gospel. If you want to share the Gospel you have to believe that the Bible is true, that Jesus really existed and died for our sins, and that there is a heaven and hell, and a devil. There are eternal consequences based on absolutes. Christians are called to speak out about things which they believe to be objectively true for all people even if it offends people.
Children especially need a deep conviction of the truth and the courage to share it in this increasingly post-modern world where absolutes are disappearing.
THE RISE OF ISLAM
There was a time when people knew Islam was a threat to society. Even popes sent armies to keep Islam back. The first Crusade was ordered by Pope Urban II who made an influential speech in 1095 which called Christians in Europe to war against Muslims to reclaim the Holy Land. The final impact of the crusades was significant. The Mediterranean was eventually reopened to commerce and travel and enabled Genoa and Venice to flourish.
Now Rome no longer sees Islam as a threat. Before he became pope, Benedict XVI amended the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC Para 841) so now Rome claims that Muslims worship the same god and are going to heaven along with Christians, even though they do not accept that Jesus died for them, and even claim that god has no son. Pope Francis has reaffirmed that Muslims worship the same god. Muslims are now being welcomed with open arms by Rome. Islam has not changed and the past has been forgotten.
The United States has a similar memory block. Recently I was forwarded a copy of David Hocking’s informative article A different kind of President then… Over 200 years ago, the US under Thomas Jefferson declared war on Islam. Islam was not seen as a religion of peace then. Muslim pirates attacked every ship in sight and demanded exorbitant ransoms for crews who were being treated barbarically to be released. So Jefferson formed what are now the Marines and they were attached to US merchant vessels. When these merchant ships were attacked, the Marines repulsed the Muslims and followed them back to their villages and killed every man, woman and child in the village.
These Muslims were from the North African nations of Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco and Algiers, collectively known as the Barbary Coast. The Marine Hymn contains the line, “To the Shores of Tripoli.”
Now the White House is in cahoots with Islam and welcoming Muslims indiscriminately to the shores of the US. Obama has said America will never be at war with Islam. Jefferson’s greatest fear was that someday this brand of Islam would return and pose an even greater threat to the United States.
Hocking writes: “This should concern every American. That Muslims have brought about women-only classes and swimming times at taxpayer-funded universities and public pools; that Christians, Jews, and Hindus have been banned from serving on juries where Muslim defendants are being judged; Piggy banks and Porky Pig tissue dispensers have been banned from workplaces because they offend Islamist sensibilities; ice cream has been discontinued at certain Burger King locations because the picture on the wrapper looks similar to the Arabic script for Allah; public schools are pulling pork from their menus; on and on and on and on…”
In Europe, Sharia-compliant fashion has gone mainstream as fashion companies seek to profit from the rising demand for Islamic clothing. For one, Marks and Spencer is selling burkinis (combination of burka and bikini), said to protect the modesty of Muslim women. They cover the whole body except for the face, hands and feet. This movement encourages the public expression of Islam and promotes separateness rather than integration. Muslim women are now appearing in Western ad campaigns wearing Muslim attire. Non-Muslim women are being encouraged to wear burkinis too. Where will it end? It will only end with the return of the Messiah, and it will get much worse before then.
London now has a Muslim mayor, the first capital in Europe to elect one. He is Sadiq Khan of the Labour Party and has been described by Conservatives as “dangerous.” As a Muslim he will know only too well that it is the aim of Islam to gain world domination by any means possible – deceit, high birth rates, the sword, etc. His election says much about the sorry state of Christianity in London. Islam is indeed a judgment on Western nations which turn away from God’s laws.
As the selection of party nominees for the next US President drags on, Christians have come out with some crazy ideas. Ted Cruz’s father said that Ted had been “Called and Anointed” by God to be the next President. He will have to rethink that one now that Ted has withdrawn from the race. Others, presumably Dominionists who believe that Christians are to take over the world, believe that God has finished judging America and has chosen Donald Trump to be the deliverer of America much as the judges such as Samson delivered Israel in the Book of Judges.
At Bill Hybel’s Willow Creek there is an experiment called The Practice. It is the brainchild of Bill Hybel’s son-in-law Aaron Niequist who is the Worship Pastor at Willow Creek. He calls a Jesuit priest his spiritual director. Attendees will learn about “unforced rhythms of grace,” in which they will learn to align their rhythm with God’s rhythm, practice contemplative prayer methods like Lectio Divina, and learn from a Catholic priest. The Idea of “unforced rhythms of grace” comes from the New Age inspired paraphrase The Message (Matt 11:28-30) from which Niequist quotes extensively. You should recognise this as the dangerous non-biblical practice of Spiritual Formation.
New York’s iconic Stonewall Inn, where the modern gay rights movement took root, will become the first national monument honouring the history of gays and lesbians in the U.S. if Obama’s plan goes ahead.
Churches in Belgium, the capital of the EU, are now in grave danger as the numbers of the faithful decline. The Church of St Catherine, built in 1874, dominates the historic centre of Brussels. The city of Brussels wants to convert it into a fruit and vegetable market. There are 90 churches in imminent danger in the country. One chapel has already been transformed into a brewery, another church into a clothing store, and one into apartments.
North Korea now has two satellites orbiting over the US capable of performing a surprise electromagnetic pulse attack which could knock out the unprotected US national grid system and all life-sustaining critical infrastructures that depend on it.
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