Be Very Alert! No 228

Be Very Alert!- By Val Hollard (NZ)

On Watch at the Door                                                   No 228, October 11, 2016

IS OBAMA’S FINAL LEGACY YET TO COME?

White House correspondent Bill Koenig has a new book out, Revealed – Obama’s Legacy. Life in America will never be the same. Once you have lost the turf, it is very hard to win it back. If Hillary Clinton is elected in as the next President she may well bring worse things on America. On the back cover of the book is a list of things Obama has done to destroy America: Ran roughshod over the US Constitution; Undermined America’s Judicial System; World’s number one promoter of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT); Directed a destructive transformation of the US military; Lectured God-fearing Christians on how to behave; A Muslim apologist and defender of Islam in America; Passionate about Middle East refugees coming to America; Expressed no emotion over Christians being persecuted for their faith; Endangered Israel and US Middle East allies by destabilizing the region; US Federal Debt will almost double to $20 trillion; Federal Reserve debt increased over $4 trillion; personal debt at record levels; And much more….

Missing from this list is the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran. In Robert Spencer’s latest book, The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran, Iran is described as America’s most dangerous enemy and it is also the most dangerous nation on earth. The Iranian “nuclear deal” allows Iran to inspect its own facilities and pursue nuclear weapons. It will be extremely difficult to reintroduce sanctions if Iran is found to be continuing on its plans to produce nuclear weapons and this could not be done straight away. In the meantime, Iran is receiving huge amounts of money now those sanctions have been lifted, which will inevitably be used to arm its proxies throughout the world such as Hezbollah and proxy militias in the Gaza Strip, the big threats to Israel from the north and west. Iran even funds non-Shia Muslim terrorists if they are doing things that Iran wants achieved, such as destroying the Great Satan (US) and the Little Satan (Israel).

For all the destruction Obama has done, he has not yet achieved the “prize” he so much desires. From the beginning of his presidency he has wanted to divide up Israel but only through negotiations with Israel and the Palestinians.

Now, Obama is totally fed up with Netanyahu’s “stubbornness.” Netanyahu insists that Jerusalem remain the undivided capital of Israel, and he does he want any two-state decision without Palestinian recognition of Israel’s right to exist. Whenever dividing up Israel without negotiations has been raised at the UN Security Council, the US has vetoed it. It is feared that Obama may not make use of the US right to veto should this come up again while he is still president. If this should become Obama’s final legacy, God have mercy on America!

CHRISTIANS ACCUSED OF “OVERCOMMITMENT TO SCRIPTURE”

Andy Stanley is a mega-church pastor and son of Charles Stanley. Jim Fletcher describes him as one-third of the Evangelical Trifecta: Rick Warren, Bill Hybels and Stanley. Stanley was invited to speak at the recent Southern Baptist Convention’s “Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission” meeting. He said, “I would ask preachers and pastors and student pastors in their communications to get the spotlight off the Bible and back on the resurrection.”

Stanley is far from the first person to say that Christians are too committed to the Bible. For example, Biola University professor J.P. Moreland said, “In the actual practices of the Evangelical community in North America, there is an over-commitment to Scripture in a way that is false, irrational, and harmful to the cause of Christ. And it has produced a mean-spiritedness among the over-committed that is a grotesque and often ignorant distortion of discipleship unto the Lord Jesus.” The problem, he said, is “the idea that the Bible is the sole source of knowledge of God, morality, and a host of related important items. Accordingly, the Bible is taken to be the sole authority for faith and practice.”

These people have thrown out 2 Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Lighthouse Trails editors point out that all the men who condemn the Bible too strongly have something in common. If they ignore the Bible they seek to become closer to Jesus using unbiblical prayer practices and get involved in the mystical.

Hence it was disconcerting to hear from a friend that her Baptist Church is heading down the same direction. In a Sunday bulletin the pastor says that we have managed to convince ourselves that getting to know God equals studying the Bible, and that Jesus said My house will be a house of prayer, not My house will be a house of Bible study. The Message paraphrase was also quoted.

In these last hours of the Church Age, we should be putting our heads into the Bible more and more and praying for greater understanding of it. The Bible is God’s guide for us and He puts His Word above His name. (Ps 138:2)

At the time of Jesus’ first coming, the Jews had the Old Testament which if they had studied they would have recognised Jesus as their Messiah. On the road to Emmaus Jesus told the two men how foolish they were because they did not believe all that the prophets had spoken. (Luke 24) We have even more light available to us with the Holy Spirit and both Old and New Testaments.

Satan the deceiver wants you to be kept in the dark about what is to come so he can lead people astray. He doesn’t want you to receive the blessings one can get from reading the book of Revelation. Jesus warns 4 times in Matthew 24 not to be deceived. Now, more than ever, we need to be in the Word seeking to understand all that is about to take place and being prepared for all that is coming.

SATAN IS MAKING AN ALL-OUT ATTACK ON SCHOOL CHILDREN

Having already got things like evolution, the climate change agenda and the LGBT movement (lesbians, gays, etc) into many schools, Satan now seems to be waging an all-out attack to get the last vestiges of Christianity out.

According to Christian Concern, humanists in Scotland have launched guides promoting avoidance of religious education and giving advice on how to complain about religious observance. The guides were released as part of the Humanist Society of Scotland’s Enlighten Up initiative, which is campaigning for the removal of unelected religious representative on local authority education committees.

Not unexpectedly, the UN argues that the human rights of children are undermined if they are required to attend assemblies with collective acts of worship. The UN holds that such activities, which are usually of a Christian nature, hinder a child’s “freedom of thought, conscience and religion.” However, there are no plans to change the law in Scotland, which requires schools to hold six religious observation sessions per year.

In 2015, the Humanist Society of Scotland secured a ban on a Scripture Union guide to moving to secondary school as it could “cause distress” for some children. In an act of “sheer hypocrisy,” it emerged a few months later that they would be distributing books promoting atheism to every secondary school in Scotland.

In Alberta, Canada, several Christian schools are under pressure to have gay clubs. Non-compliance could see schools lose their charter as well as millions of dollars in revenue. Canadian Pastor Brian Coldwell has flatly refused to go along with the request for school boards throughout the province to submit policies as to how they would accommodate homosexual and transgender students. Coldwell was ordered specifically to allow gays freedom to form homosexual clubs in his Christian schools. He says that students are free to choose other schools if they don’t align with the Christian faith and its teachings on sexuality. Coldwell has also made it clear that neither will “polygender” washrooms see the light of day at his group’s two schools.

However, not all faith-based schools have resisted the onslaught pandering to the gay minorities in schools. Several Catholic boards, such as Edmonton’s and Calgary’s, have permitted diversity clubs.

The Satanic Temple political activist organisation uses satanic imagery to promote egalitarianism, social justice and the separation of church and state. They reject all forms of supernaturalism and believe that scientific rationality provides the best measure of reality. The Satanic Temple has been applying to schools to allow them to hold after-school programs in elementary schools. They are targeting schools which have a Good News Bible Club. A lawyer hired by one district said that if the district were to deny the application, they would face costly litigation which would not end in their favour.

IN BRIEF

  • Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his government incite their citizens to hate Israelis and give them incentives to murder civilians using a “pay-to-slay” lethal form of welfare that makes killing and maiming far more profitable than working at a regular job. The Palestinian government has a “martyr fund.”
  • The Obama administration stripped Jerusalem from being located in Israel in its official communication of the president’s remarks in the ancient city at a memorial service for recently deceased former Israeli president Shimon Peres.
  • Ties between Russia and the US have reached a new low. The Obama administration has proclaimed that the bilateral peace talks over Syria are dead and Moscow has suspended a 16-year-old treaty meant to reduce the risk of nuclear proliferation.
  • Leaked FBI data reveal that there were 7,700 terrorist encounters in the US in one year. Jihad attacks are coming with increasing frequency. Meanwhile the EU has ordered the British press not to reveal when terrorists are Muslims.
  • Planned Parenthood in the US has determined that we have global warming due to too many people on earth. Their solution obviously is to kill babies. But now liberal elites have begun to discuss the carbon tax in terms of a carbon tax on human beings themselves.
  • Pope Francis and Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, have publicly pledged to press on towards the full reunification of the Catholic and Anglican churches though they still have differences on female clergy and sexuality.
  • Now for some good news! Millions of Muslims around the world are now converting to Christianity. A major survey says that there are over 350 million people who live their outward lives as Muslims, on the surface, but have secretly embraced Christianity. Thousands of underground churches are being opened in the Muslim world and people are receiving baptism.

All is not well in Aotearoa!

Apparently our Parliament passed a motion expressing support for the Women’s Peace Boat to Gaza which attempted to breach a LEGAL blockade. Even Turkey recognizes Israel’s right to prevent boats from sailing directly to Gaza because of the likelihood of arms being smuggled in which the Palestinians would use against Israel. Turkey now sends aid through Israel. An Israeli naval ship manned by women intercepted the boat and escorted the boat to the port of Ashdod in Israel without incident. Our government must be out of its mind to support something that is illegal! To NZs disgrace, Green MP Marama Davidson was on board.

Lead news in the NZ Herald internet edition: “All Black Aaron Smith toilet encounter – witness tells all.” And more lead news on Smith the following day too!

EXTRA ITEMS:

Obama’s hostile eulogy – Caroline Glick
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/COLUMN-ONE-Obamas-hostile-eulogy-469611

New York Times to Obama: Hit Israel hard
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/218745

Who is Antonio Guterres? Meet the UN’s next secretary general
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37565570

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