‘Climate change’ unimportant to most & 49% attribute weather to end times

rainbowThe Public Religion Research Institute has released a survey about people’s take on the rise in natural disasters. So-called ‘climate change’ (which, of course, was renamed from ‘global warming’ to brainwash more people) is not something that’s really on most Americans’ minds. As a matter of fact, only 5% think the topic is important. Most of us are much more concerned about the number of jobs (22%), the growing wealth gap (18%), health care (17%), the federal deficit (13%), immigration (10%), and the cost of education (9%).

In 2011, 44% thought crazy weather patterns were attributable to biblical end times predictions. In 2014, that number has risen to 49%, although the majority (62%) think it’s all about ‘climate change.’

Despite this lack of interest in the subject, which is based on the worship of Earth (Gaiaism), many in power don’t care and are licking their chops over the prospect of forcing this agenda/religion on everyone. While God may occasionally allow satanic forces control over the weather as he did in the book of Job, ultimately “the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet,” (Nahum 1:3) even when man invents weather-manipulation systems like HAARP. No matter what weather patterns produce, we Christians have a relationship with the God who controls it and its effects and he has given us reassurances about what he does with it. Knowing that he has the weather patterns and our lives in his hand should prompt us to be thankful enough where ‘climate change’, or whatever they choose to call it, should be very low on our list of concerns.

Source: Mark Andrews, Are Biblical ‘End Times’ Ushering in Rise of Natural Disasters?, CharismaNews.com, 11/25/2014.

addressing the false claim that Christians are obsessed with controlling sex

An anonymous person calling themselves “American Project” recently stated that Christians tend to “bring up some type of sex-related fear, and get all preachy about gay sex and teen sex and controlling women’s bodies, since it is all about the sex and controlling sex and who has it and when and how their precious taxes must not pay for anything sexual, as if they are the only ones paying taxes.” The underlying issue with them seems to be that they hate it when Christians preach against their sexual sins, making them feel guilty about it when they wish to have unfettered access to it for themselves and for society as a whole.

romantic coupleTrue Christianity, according to the Bible, is concerned about the harm any sex outside of marriage tends to bring to a society which ultimately degrades the moral qualities of a society. Here are some examples of what I mean from the Bible and what goes on in the world in our times.

Non-marital sex dishonors the human body. In Romans 1:24 we find these words, “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves.” People who participate in non-marital (non-husband/wife) sex tend to see themselves and others as just play things whose purpose is to use and be used as objects for cheap, uncommitted pleasure. Essentially, they make themselves whores, cheapening themselves and the sex act instead of treasuring themselves as sacred. They have surrendered to vile affections (Romans 1:26) which can lead to more vile affections.

Dishonoring one’s own body leads to dishonoring other things. The first step toward acceptance of homosexuality, bestiality, prostitution, pedophilia and other sexual sins is always the false idea that heterosexual sex outside of marriage is okay because it feels good. A person who would dishonor their own body is more prone to dishonor anything that God would deem good, whether it’s God’s church, lawful authorities, children, unborn babies, other people in general, or animals. Those who sow vile affections reap the “recompence [reward] of their error which was meet [suitable, deserving],” Romans 1:27. This is why we see the rate of STDs, including drug resistant ones, growing out of control among young people and homosexuals.

This is how Sodom declined and why it was destroyed as stated in Ezekiel 16:49-50, “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.” They dishonored food, time, and the less fortunate as they committed sexual abominations. Paul sums it up well, “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure [sacred]; but even their mind and conscience is defiled,” Titus 1:15. This is why people such as “American Project” above feel the way they do.

When honorable things are dishonored, the weakest in society tend to suffer the most. We are now witnessing how this is playing out in both the abortion and porn industries. Children are being trafficked for sex like never before and/or are the victims of sexual assaults at the hands of adults. Grown men who get underage girls pregnant are finding an ally in Planned Parenthood who has been covering for pedophiles when they take the girls in for abortions. The porn industry influences men to rape helpless women, kidnap them, and traffic them with Planned Parenthood on standby in case the women they traffic get pregnant. Furthermore, when women dishonor their unborn and kill them, it substantially ups their likelihood of getting breast cancer.

The reality is that we Christians aren’t obsessed with controlling sex as much as we are concerned for the well-being of those around us, the well-being of the family unit, and the well-being of the societies we live in, out of the love we have for everyone involved. We know the proper view of sex will strengthen all those things while the improper view of sex destroys them.

Harry A. Gaylord

Meditating on God’s forgiveness

forgiveness by Navy Blue Stripes on FlickrGod’s forgiveness is a powerful thing and there are a lot of misconceptions about it. There are sinners who believe asking for his forgiveness is completely unnecessary because God just automatically forgives our wrongs no matter what. Then there are people who think God can’t possibly forgive them unless they do enough good works to outweigh all the evil that they’ve done. Still others believe God will forgive them even if they ask forgiveness when they aren’t really sorry about their wrongdoing and have every purposeful intent on going right back to their sin.

Then, of course, there are individuals who deceive themselves into thinking it’s completely absurd to look to God for forgiveness since they deny sin’s existence in their lives. But without a proper understanding of the need for forgiveness and how it really works, we can knowingly or unknowingly be burdened by our misconceptions. It’s not really complicated. We humans make it complicated because we love to add our own understanding and philosophy in the mix.

Quite simply, all it takes for God’s forgiveness is to ask for it from a sincere heart that sees the need for God’s cleansing through God’s power in the person of Jesus Christ. Once that happens, there’s no need to wallow in the guilt of past sins or be tied down to the coulda, shoulda, woulda situations we tend to beat ourselves up over. If you sincerely and humbly ask for forgiveness, acknowledge your past mistakes and keep moving forward in the Lord accepting the fact he has forgiven you with a clean slate. Even if you have to face the consequences of your past, God will be there to help you deal with them in a way that will not only bless you, but others around you.

Old Testament prophets who trusted in a forthcoming Messiah knew this to be true as evidenced by the following scriptures:

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. Psalm 103

34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31 (quoted by Paul in Hebrews 8:11-12)

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 6, 7

Even if we messed up a second ago or an hour ago, this can apply to us right now. We can accept God’s forgiveness as the reason to forgive ourselves to move forward in carrying out his business since there’s a whole lot that still needs to be done.

Harry A. Gaylord

The fix’s end or the fix is in? Crony bankers get fined for manipulations

burning money with cigarFor the past few years, the bad behavior of big crony bankers has been brought to light because of the huge recession which exposed how they manipulate the markets. Many of us have wondered why so many individuals in the big banks have gotten away without being prosecuted. The lack of prosecutions seems to have emboldened them to try other unethical and illegal stunts, the latest one being the manipulation of foreign currencies.

HSBC Holdings Plc, Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc , JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc, UBS AG and Bank of America Corp. have been fined a measly $4.3 billion for standing by while their traders (traitors) may have bilked hundreds of billions from customers by artificially inflating foreign currency prices. They did it by going online into chatrooms to share insider info on which customer was buying what foreign currency so they could raise the currency price at specific times to charge the customer more and split the profits amongst themselves.

Banks have instituted changes to crack down on these crimes by firing traders, moving to automated trading systems, and in some cases restricting chatroom use. However, some agencies in the U.S. and Europe are still supposedly looking into bringing criminal charges against the involved parties at some point in the future, but I’m not holding my breath on that coming to fruition in a substantial way.

Of course, there’s nothing new under the sun, as Ecclesiastes says. Market manipulations date back to ancient times and were one reason why God ousted the Canaanites from their land (Leviticus 19:35-36, 20:23), why he outlawed usury for Israel (Leviticus 25:35-37) and why he eventually punished Israel with exile (Amos 8:4-7). The Lord also highlights in Revelation 6 under the third seal with the black horse and its rider holding balances, that there will be some market price manipulations going on during the tribulation.

Cronyism in the big banks proves just how correct the Lord Jesus was when he said,

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6

In Western economies, those thieves can come with a clean-cut appearance in suits and ties. This latest incident, as well as the recent hackings of big banks, has given me serious pause on how I currently do my banking. Will these penalties be the fix’s end or are they just a taste that the fix is in for the long haul in big banks? More importantly, am I really following what Jesus commanded when it comes to my treasures?

Source: UPDATE 6-Regulators fine global banks $4.3 bln in currency investigation, Reuters.com, Thursday, November 13, 2014.

Obama calls on China to be the partner they expect for New World Order

Several news commentators over the weekend made comments to the effect that since President Obama is now a lame duck, he is now focused on shoring up his foreign policy legacy, especially since his domestic policies haven’t gone as well as he hoped. But as the news media tends to do, they have whitewashed the issue.

APEC_LogoPresident Obama’s focus is not only his foreign policy legacy, it’s also doing whatever he has to do to push the global governance agenda ahead as his puppet masters have ordered him to do. Attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum (which the globalists hope will be one of 10 regional governments to bring one world leader to power in the future), Obama expressed his concerns that China was not being the team player the New World Order wishes them to be.

In his remarks, the President noted, “Our message is that we want to see China successful. But, as they grow, we want them to be a partner in underwriting the international order, not undermining it.” He then went on to say at a business leaders meeting, “We look to China to create a more level playing field on which foreign companies are treated fairly, so that they can compete fairly with Chinese companies. …We look to China to become an innovative economy that values the protection of intellectual property rights, and rejects cyber theft of trade secrets for commercial gain.”

Globalists are hoping China will meet these goals to strengthen their Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, which they are putting together behind closed doors with the President and several legislators in America as well as with leaders in Asia. The ultimate goal of the TPP with APEC’s help will be to siphon off and redistribute more of the wealth of America’s middle class.

It’s interesting to note what seems to be missing from the remarks at this forum thus far. No mention of China’s glaring human rights violations such as its destruction of church buildings, trumped up charges against Christians, or barbaric one child policy. Also no mention of how the U.S. plans to stop being an economic slave with its debts to the Communist nation. Without getting those things resolved, the so-called “playing field” will never be level. When a nation disregards human rights, as history tells us atheistic regimes have been known to do, then there will be no respect for intellectual property, or fair treatment of non-Chinese companies, or respect for cyber boundaries.

Bible prophecy tells us the “kings of the east” will play a prominent role during the great tribulation (Revelation 16:12), which no doubt includes China and other members of APEC. They will gather with the Antichrist to war against Israel as Christ, his angels, and his saints return for the Millenial kingdom. This forum is just a baby step toward that end, even though many people involved in these meetings would swear up and down how unreliable the Bible is as their actions move toward fulfilling what the Bible predicts.

Source: Matt Spetalnick, Michael Martina, Obama urges China to be partner in ensuring world order, NewsDaily.com, November 10, 2014.

Harry A. Gaylord

Embracing the indoctrination of children

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

These days, it’s rather popular in some circles for certain parents to boast about how they avoid indoctrinating their children in order to let them make up their own minds about religion and/or philosophy. As a matter of fact, some parents are rather belligerent in their opinion that it’s just plain wrong to indoctrinate children at all.adult holding baby hands

‘THE MAJORITY of children born into the world tend to inherit the beliefs of their parents, and that to me is one of the most regrettable facts of them all. Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you. The Bible may be an arresting and poetic work of fiction, but it is not the sort of book you should give your children to form their morals,’ says one commenter at a website recently.

So is there a right way versus a wrong way to approach indoctrination? I believe we must first consider what indoctrination actually is. According to the dictionary, to indoctrinate means “1. to instruct in a doctrine, principle, ideology, etc., especially to imbue with a specific partisan or biased belief or point of view. 2. to teach or inculcate. 3. to imbue with learning.” It becomes obvious by these definitions that there really is no way NOT to indoctrinate children. The idea that one should not indoctrinate children is a self-defeating idea since that belief is itself an indoctrination. So every parent is knowingly or unknowingly indoctrinating their children. Every adult that comes into contact with a child has the potential of indoctrinating that child. This is why many parents are choosy about who their kids hang out with, as well they should.

‘All humans are born Atheists. No baby arrives with specific beliefs, or religious knowledge there is no modesty, or shame, no prejudices. These beliefs and knowledge must be taught and presented to a suggestible mind, one that does not yet have the ability to think on it’s own, no alternative views, and nothing to compare anything too… aka; indoctrination “Get em while there young”,,, force feed them,, makes for good, obeying and fearful adults…’ according to another commenter on a website.

While this commenter is obviously slamming one type of indoctrination with falsehoods (no one is really born atheist since there’s no such thing as an atheist and every human has inherent knowledge of God’s existence although they may not know him personally), he/she is promoting their own set of indoctrination and prejudices, hoping children will have enough of a suggestible mind to buy into their beliefs. So this statement is blatantly hypocritical.

These two commenters’ statements are taken straight out of Hitler’s playbook. He hated the idea that parents indoctrinated their children, preferring them to be indoctrinated by his government to match his warped way of thinking (William Shirer, Rise and Fall of the Third Reich New York: Simon and Schuster, 1960), 249.). Just as his atheist/socialist indoctrination led to the destruction of Germany, those who hold to his philosophy are contributing to the downward spiral in today’s society. As I mentioned in another post, the facts show that America’s educational system has become worse for kids since 1965, the decade that saw evolution take over as the prevailing scientific teaching and the expulsion of adult-led prayers and Bible teaching from public schools by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Anti-Christians have made it clear they want to indoctrinate children who come from Christian homes, which leads to destructive outcomes (think Columbine). That’s why God has commanded Christian parents to be active, not passive, when it comes to what kids are taught because his concern is for their salvation reflected by positive control of their lives while anti-Christians just want negative control to exalt their selfish, humanistic ends. Godly indoctrination in no way means a child won’t make up their own minds. Salvation requires a person to decide for themselves. God wants us to give them enough information so they will have opportunities to make right decisions.

Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 1 Timothy 3:12

Why did God allow Satan to target Job?

“Your God is so cruel. He doesn’t even like the people who worship him like Job. The Bible says Job was an upright man, but God let Satan put him through hell and then at the end of it all, he didn’t even let the guy know why.”

tragedy maskSo say the skeptics. And to add to what the skeptics claim, many Christians teach that God never let Job know why all the bad stuff happened to him. But is that really true?

After all that Job suffered, he and his friends (who were “miserable comforters”) find out in the end why he had to go through the loss of children, loss of possessions, and the loss of good health. But as readers who now see Job from the historical viewpoint, we can see God hinted at why from the very beginning of Job’s story, then expounds on the details at the end of the book. As the cliche goes, hindsight is always 20/20 (if one is wise enough to learn from history).

God allowed Satan to attack Job because:

1. He knew Job’s heart. If God declared Job “a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil,” God, by his omniscience, knew this would ultimately be true of Job no matter what the circumstances, even if the man had some weak moments along the way.

2. He knew Satan always loses when he opposes God.

3. God already had the details worked out for Job’s benefit ahead of time. That’s why he only allowed Satan to go so far.

4. Job’s good relationship with God still had room for deeper revelation. Job’s words were full of godly wisdom. Yet his questioning God (which God allowed, then confronted) showed that he had assumed he had God all figured out when he didn’t. So God had to educate him on a few things by giving Job a glimpse of the Lord’s vast knowledge and understanding of the universe and how he kept tabs on the minutest details in nature.

5. Job needed more humility so God could grant him greater blessings. It is up to the Lord to determine if the path to greater blessings for us will be difficult or easy depending on what changes he sees that we need to make. Job in ch. 42 had to come to the admission that he had made some assumptions about God as if he really understood everything there was to know. He humbly admitted that he really didn’t understand or know all the wonderful things God was capable of. After God confronted him, he declared “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.” He experienced and understood God on a deeper, more intimate level in their relationship that opened up his eyes like never before.

6. It gave God the opportunity to reveal what Job’s friends were really like so Job could help them. God commended Job’s humility and repentance as an example to his three friends and confronted them about how wrong their advice was. He ordered them to repent with sacrifices and to get Job to intercede for them so God wouldn’t punish them for their deceptive doctrines. As soon as Job prayed for them, God showered down all new blessings for Job to the point where he had a double portion of what he previously had and was blessed with new children. He also had a powerful testimony to share with his family in the end.

God’s detractors may ask, “What about Job’s problems?”, but we can respond “What about Job’s blessings in his happy ending?”

Harry A. Gaylord