According to atheist Dawkins, birth of Down Syndrome babies is immoral

Atheist Richard Dawkins endorses the eugenics of murdering the unborn if they are found to have Down Syndrome, according to tweets he posted this week, and criticized the nation of Ireland for being an advanced society that clings to its pro-life stance.

Dawkins said that if a mother should find out the unborn baby has Down Syndrome, “Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.” When he was questioned about his denial that a human fetus is human, his response was ‘Learn to think in non-essentialist ways. The question is not “is it ‘human’?” but “can it SUFFER?” …Suffering should be avoided. Cause no suffering. Reduce suffering wherever you can.’

When he received a torrent of feedback in opposition to his tweets, his two responses were, “In point of fact, a majority of Down Syndrome fetuses in Europe and USA are aborted. What I recommended is not outlandish but the norm,” and then, “Apparently I’m a horrid monster for recommending WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS to the great majority of Down Syndrome fetuses. They are aborted,” as if it’s okay just because it’s accepted practice in some circles. But his views are in line with the globalists. As a matter of fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if Dawkins was one of those atheists who is really a Satanist behind closed doors.

It’s scientific fact that the unborn are just as human as those who are born, but Dawkins is proof that science is unimportant to his kind in spite of the fact they argue they are all about science. All that matters to his kind is their self-centered lack of morals and prideful hubris in their attempts to worship themselves as gods.

Sold out or sellouts?: why I sometimes question Christian music

Let me say first in this post that I think Christian music is fantastic compared to secular music and that I enjoy a broad spectrum of Christian music. I think overall it’s more inspirational than the secular. However, I’ve learned I can’t always depend on Christian artists for doctrine or philosophy of life because when compared to what God’s word says, their lyrics many times fall short. I suspect they may not know better or that it’s sometimes because they, like Lady Gaga, “live for the applause, applause, applause” and are pressured by record executives to compromise for the sake of inflating the stats (record sales, concert tickets, etc.).

singing into microphoneThis has been a trying year for Christian music–not only because sales have gone down, but mainly because artists who portrayed themselves as being sold out to Christ and who sold a lot of music have made big headlines as being sellouts to the world system. Vicky Beeching and Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying are just two of the most recent sellouts who come to mind. I admit that I sometimes have to even turn off some Christian music I hear when the lyrics don’t seem to match up with scripture. It may also be a matter of my personal preferences in some cases.

 

 

One song that slightly irks me is Jason Gray’s “More Like Falling In Love.” Here’s a sample of the lyrics:

(Verse 1)
Give me rules, I will break them
Show me lines, I will cross them

I need more than a truth to believe
I need a truth that lives, moves and breathes

To sweep me off my feet, it’s gotta be

(Chorus)
More like falling in love, Than something to believe in
More like losing my heart, Than giving my allegiance

Caught up, called out, Come take a look at me now
It’s like I’m falling, oh, It’s like I’m falling in love

(Bridge)
Love, love, love, Deeper and deeper,
it was love that made me a believer

In more than a name, A faith, a creed
Falling in love with Jesus brought the change in me

Some of it does have an element of truth, but the chorus is what rubs me wrong. It seems to me that falling in love, believing in the Lord, losing your heart, and giving your allegiance are all inseparable, simultaneous things that occur when you find the Lord. Yet the song separates them. Or maybe I’m too critical.

Another song I have objections to is Family Force 5’s “Let It Be Love.” A sample of lyrics follows:

 

 

(Verse 1)
I’ve never seen a soul set free
Through an argument
I’ve never seen a hurt get healed
In a protest
But I’ve seen sinners turned to saints
Because of grace
It’s love, love that lights the way
Love that lights the way

(Chorus)
Let it be a heart wide open
Bigger than the words we’ve spoken
Let it be a heart for the broken
If we’re gonna light, light
Light the way
Let it be love, let it be love, yeah
Nothin’ but love, nothin’ but love, yeah
Let it be love, let it be love, yeah
It’s love that lights the way

(Verse 2)
It’s not about the stand we take
But the grace we give
It’s not about the name we make
But the life we live
Heard about a King who sat down
Took my place
True love gave His life away
It’s love that lights the way

Regarding verse 1, there are quite a few young ladies who either worked in abortion clinics or were on their way to have an abortion who ended up getting saved when they encountered someone outside of the clinic who graciously and lovingly protested the clinic. Abby Johnson is a perfect example. There may be times where you have to make an argument to highlight weaknesses in the stance of those who oppose the gospel. Love doesn’t mean you never protest or never make an argument. Would a Christian arrested for their faith be expected NOT to make one in court?

And in verse 2, how is it not about the stand we take? When we take a stand on an issue out of our love for God and for the sinners we try to reach, God can use it to save someone. In Ezekiel 22:30, God pleaded with Judah for someone to “stand in the gap” against sin because he didn’t want to destroy them. Ephesians 6 commands us to take a stand against all the wiles (cunning plots and actions) of the devil. God didn’t call us to be the sappy, wimpy, passive Christians this song seems to imply. Is it me or is the Christian music industry caving to some of the same failed ideas that the church is?

Facebook still manipulates what you see

Several months ago, Pew Research told us 30% of the U.S. logon to Facebook for their news and that 20% of them believe it’s a reliable source. That, of course, was a few months before the you-know-what hit the fan when FB was exposed for doing emotional experiments on its customers by manipulating the type of news and posts they would see to gauge their responses. Then they profusely apologized in the MSM for their mind-bending actions.

However, Tim Herrera, staffer at the Washington Post, did an experiment a few weeks after FB’s apology to see if any manipulation was still occurring and discovered it is. Here are some of his findings:

  • Although he took great pains to let FB know he was interested in posts about his hometown, Denver, Colorado, no stories about Denver came up in his News Feed.
  • He is into technology (it’s his job) and sports, but he got mainly feeds from feminist blogs while his favorite blog had nothing in his News Feed.
  • A bunch of posts about New York showed up for him, in spite of the fact he moved away from there over a year ago and exhibited no signs of interest in NY any more.
  • Overall, only 29% of his “Friends” and Page Like posts showed up in his News Feed.

Herrera discovered that what he was told by staff at FB didn’t pan out for what was actually happening when he interacted with the social media website. This left him wondering if it was just bad programming for their algorithm. That seems unlikely if they were able to make sure to send sad or negative news to some people while sending happy or positive posts to others in their earlier experiment. I’m of the opinion FB is still in the mind-bending business. “Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet” is a saying that holds true, and it seems we can substitute the term “Facebook” (and possibly other social media brands) in that well-known statement for the term “the Internet.” I wonder if the 30% in the Pew Research poll will be enlightened enough to change their news source.

In a related story, Facebook is now trying to determine a way to let their members know if a story is fiction (e.g. satire) or “for realsies.” Can that function be applied to rate how FB operates?

Harry A. Gaylord

 

Britain’s Education Secretary uses Islam as cover to bash Biblical creation

The following story is a demonstration of how people devoted to the New World Order tend to be hypocritical and will grasp at any excuse to bash Judeo Christian values. Here’s an excerpt from the report by Garrett Haley at the Christian News Network website:

Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary of Great Britain, delivered a statement to Parliament late last month, in which she condemned the spread of religious views within British schools. Citing a recently-released report, Morgan particularly emphasized the danger of radical Islamic beliefs infiltrating Britain’s classrooms.

Royal_Coat_of_Arms_of_the_United_Kingdom_(HM_Government).svg“There has been no evidence of direct radicalisation or violent extremism,” Morgan stated. “But there is a clear account in the report of people in positions of influence in these schools, with a restricted and narrow interpretation of their faith, who have not promoted fundamental British values and who have failed to challenge the extremist views of others.”

The report mentioned by Morgan also denounces the teaching of creation in public schools, suggesting that anti-evolution beliefs are comparable to radical Islam.

Ms. Morgan, instead of weighing scientific and historical evidence for the accuracy of the Biblical account of creation, has simply (like so many) made the false assumption that evolution is scientific fact instead of the scientific theory that it is. She has called for the firing of any teacher at any publicly funded nursery, primary, and secondary school if they teach creationism and for those schools to be cut off from government funds, as she equated creationism with radical Islam.

If Ms. Morgan and other British government officials knew anything about the Bible, they would know it is not even close to being in agreement with Islam or its Koran. They also must not be familiar with British history, since she demanded that all kids from toddlers up should be taught “fundamental British values in an age-appropriate way.” If they knew British history, they would know fundamental British values for centuries had their foundation in what the Bible taught, and some parts of British society still do.

However, this is all hypocritical nonsense from the British government since they allow sharia courts, which is one of the foundations of “radical” Islam. By condoning sharia courts, they all but encourage radicals to expand their influence of geopolitical power. Additionally, Britain became the first Western power in June to allow issuance of sharia-based bonds. It also allows sharia-based commercial real estate insurance and has plans to push out more sharia-based financial transactions such as student loans. All tools that terrorists use to finance their terrorism. As these Islamist  financial tools heat up in the UK, the government has cooled down (by half) its counter-terrorism funds. Then they wonder why they end up with young radicals patrolling neighborhoods to enforce sharia. They don’t realize that their move away from Christianity is what really contributes to the decay in their society.

All of these contradictory actions show that UK authorities and those pulling their puppet strings are in bed with certain Islamists. The NWO is counting on Islam to be a major player in their accomplishments toward global governance in these last days. Although they use the phrase “extremism” as a pretext to bash the Bible, they knowingly or unknowingly are fulfilling Bible prophecy–verifying how true the Bible is–which predicted that socialist-leaning world powers and Islamic nations will unite in the last days against Christians and against Israel (e.g. Ezekiel 38-39).

Harry A. Gaylord

The unconquerable, never-ending kingdom of God

Elijah was a powerful, wonder-working man of God, but like all of us he had his bad days. After an awesome victory of slaying the 450 prophets of Baal, he immediately got discouraged when Queen Jezebel got so furious with him for his victory that she put out a contract on his life. So Elijah thought it would be the perfect time to call it quits for his prophetic ministry and he went underground (1 Kings 19). Then God asked him, “What doest thou here, Elijah?” In other words, God was not accepting Elijah’s resignation. As long as he was living on earth, God had work for him to do.

Elijah tried to make excuses when he said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.” Elijah relied on his senses to give him FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real). He made unfounded assumptions to determine his actions and he got it wrong. The Lord then let him in on a secret–“I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him,” (1 Kings 19:18).

Afterwards, Elijah was immediately sent on three missions by the Lord, one of which was to choose Elisha as his prophetic protégé and successor. Elijah got some pep back in his step to fulfill even more for God’s glory.

mountain-climbingWe Christians today often face the odds against us like Elijah did and may even get discouraged enough to give up and burn out. Those are the times we must stop focusing on our senses and look to the Lord to share secrets with us to get back in the game. One thing we must realize is that God will always have a remnant even if they aren’t a vocal, eye-catching remnant because he has given us repeated assurances his kingdom on earth will never end no matter how many weapons Satan and his flunkies unleash. Take these following verses to heart:

And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Daniel 2:44

But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.  …

But the judgment [of Messiah] shall sit, and they shall take away his [Antichrist's] dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him [Messiah]. Daniel 7:18, 26-27 (notice it says the kingdom is “given” to the saints by God, not “taken” by the saints for God like the false doctrine of Dominion Theology teaches)

those things which cannot be shaken may remain [God's kingdom]. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: Hebrews 12:27-28

Saints of God, the Lord calls us to stay faithful to the ministry he assigns to us.

Distressed & perplexed? Shake off the end times blues

25 … and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. Luke 21

All the upheaval going on in the world and how people react makes it easy to do a “sign of the times” or “end times” post like this one. From disease epidemics to earthquakes to severe and extreme weather, many people on planet Earth are distressed and perplexed for the very reasons Jesus prophesied they would be in the Luke scripture above. And I’m not even including the “wars and rumors of wars” part of his prophecy.

Large earthquakes are increasing rapidly worldwide, Eastern Europe has been going through a period of heavy flooding, landslides and mudslides in parts of Asia resulting from flooding, ongoing wildfires sparked by lightning in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. made worse by droughts, and the list goes on and on. Bulgarians are blaming their flooding on the U.S.’s HAARP system while scientists think extreme weather upticks are due to global warming mixed with atmospheric waves. Nevertheless, they’re all perplexed and seem to be driven by a sense of hopelessness.praise_him_in_the_storm

The real truth is that these are just the “beginning of sorrows” Jesus spoke about. Earthquakes and storms are necessary for life to thrive and be preserved on Earth when they occur mildly, but when they occur with high intensity and frequency, it can most likely be attributed to human sin. And by sin, I don’t mean carbon emissions since climate change/global warming is just a fairy tale conjured up by the NWO. Until people realize the sinful causes (most of them won’t), the distress and perplexity will continue in their lives.

I find it interesting that as hatred for Jews and Christians has grown over the past several years, so has the intensity of natural disasters. Coincidence? I think not. But in the midst of all the predictions of troubles Jesus spoke of, he also gave the solution to the end times blues–drawing closer to him. Toward the end of Luke 21, he instructs us to guard our hearts from sin and the cares of this life as we put out spiritual BOLOs (Be On the Look Out) of what happens around us in the world while we intensify our prayer life. All of these things, of course, being done in faith and love of and toward the Lord “that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man,” (Luke 21:36).

Harry A. Gaylord

Constantine, the sabbath, and Sunday worship

Roman emperor Constantine the Great is the one many believe changed church worship from Saturday sabbath to Sunday with his 321 AD Edict of Milan. The biggest sticklers for this bit of history remembersabbathare usually Seventh Day Adventists who use it to claim they are the only ones who worship correctly by observing Saturday sabbath, since Constantine was a sun-worshiping pagan posing as a Christian and all other churches bow to Constantine’s pagan tradition with their Sunday worship.

I’ve never read the Edict of Milan, so I don’t know if Constantine made Sunday worship official or not. Here’s what I do know. God is the one who established sabbath as the seventh day of the week and has never changed that. What did change is that Christians eventually moved away from worshiping on the seventh day and neither the Lord nor his apostles had a problem with that according to the New Testament (NT). This change was made long before Constantine was even born and the NT bears witness to this.

Before I get to what the NT says, I would like to point out that early Christians from the 100s AD, like Justin Martyr and Ignatius of Antioch, stated that the first day of the week, Sunday, was the day believers gathered together to observe the Lord’s day–i.e. the day of the Lord Jesus’ resurrection (see Ignatius’ Letter to the Magnesians, ch. 9, and Justin Martyr’s First Apology ch. 67). Now, to the NT. Jesus prophesied in John 16:2 that his followers would eventually be kicked out of the synagogues, although he and his disciples customarily attended synagogue on the sabbath (Matthew 12:1-9; Luke 4:16).

This happened during the missionary journeys of Paul, who also regularly attended synagogue. Acts 19 is the very last time scripture mentions Paul entering a synagogue. It was at Ephesus. After he preached the gospel in their synagogue, Jewish opposition to the gospel became so intense that Paul “departed from them, and separated the disciples,” (Acts 19:9). In the next chapter, which was several months later, we find that “upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them” in Troas (Acts 20:7). So the tradition of believers meeting on Sunday, the first day of the week, had already begun.

Sunday worshipIn 1 Corinthians 16:2, Paul instructs the congregation to collect their offerings for the poor on the first day of the week, which implies that’s when they were all gathered together. The final reference to the “Lord’s day” is by John in Revelation. The Lord’s day is when Jesus gave him the Revelation (Rev. 1:10).

Taking into account what Paul witnessed in Acts, it’s no wonder he said to the Romans:

Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. Romans 14

Additionally, he told the Colossians:

14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. Colossians 2

Therefore, we can conclude God is only concerned about us setting aside time to worship him, not what day that time occurs on.

Harry A. Gaylord