Lesbian Episcopal Priest Named President of National Abortion Federation: ‘Abortion Providers Are Modern-Day Saints’

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I started writing a post about leadership and how God can help you lead but I had to put the brakes on that one when I saw and read the article linked below.

Unfortunately, this ties nicely into a series of posts I had done concerning the apostasy of the church. I think I was numbering them but I’m going to forgo that and just subtitle this one “The Apostasy of the Church – a continuing story.”

When I speak of the apostasy of the church, I am referring to the apostasy from within.

I’m sitting here right now and I can’t quite get my head around what is happening in our world. I am, however, reminded of what Paul wrote in Ephesians:

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age.” (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV)

There are so many things wrong with this that I can’t even begin to write them down. The first is that she is a lesbian.

Let me be clear that I do not condone her lifestyle choice. It’s clear in Leviticus 18:22 where God is stating that man will not lie with man as he does with woman. While not clearly stated here, we can make the assumption that He also meant that women should not lie with women. It is, however, clear in Romans 1:26:

For this cause, God gave them up unto vile affections; for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:…”

Now to address her stance on abortion. Where do I begin with this?

Here is a quote from Ragsdale taken from a Rewire article she co-wrote in 2008:

“Thirty years ago, abortion was seen as a positive advancement — medically, socially, and religiously. … From a religious perspective, abortion enabled women to be responsible stewards of their God-given gifts and talents — to make decisions about how to order their lives so that they could best use those gifts to serve God and the common good,” she co-wrote in an article published by Rewire in 2008.

“But now, after decades of badgering and finger-wagging from the purportedly morally superior Right, not only are individual women succumbing to obligatory guilt where once there was relief and gratitude, but even the pro-choice movement has jumped on the bandwagon,” Ragsdale said, opining that certain terminology is harmful to the cause as it “dispar[ages], rather than “rejoic[es] in, abortion.”

I find it impossible to rejoice in the death of an unborn child.

in the article, she also states that nowhere in the Bible does it say that the unborn are people. And yet, abortions can be performed in their trimester. If you look at the picture of the fetus during the their trimester, I would have to say that it looks very much like a person. Psalm 127:3 states this very clearly:

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”

It doesn’t get much clearer than that.

The bottom line is that we need to stand up for what is right. The church is not a building but the body of Christ. We are the church.

I will first say, upfront, that I won’t chastise anyone who is Lutheran or Catholic or Episcopalian but one thing we can do is to abandon these organized religions that teach apostasy and go back to having Bible study within our homes. Remember that when two or more are gathered in His name, He is there in the midst of them.

This post might agitate some but I think this something that needs to be brought out into the light. The comments section is open if you wish to discuss this further. 🙂

God Bless!

 

Source: Lesbian Episcopal Priest Named President of National Abortion Federation: ‘Abortion Providers Are Modern-Day Saints’

Halloween – Just Another Harmless Holiday?

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I’ve been out of the blogging loop for a bit.

I was recently promoted to a new position in my company and with that comes a lot of extra work and not a lot of time for anything else. I am trying to keep up with it. I might even write a blog about leadership and how God leads us through it but I go where the Spirit takes me (which is why I haven’t written a follow up to the Bilderberg blog I wrote a while back).

That being said, I thought I would stick with tradition and repost a blog I wrote a few years ago about Halloween.

Since I wrote this, things in this country (and, quite frankly, around the world) have changed dramatically. I believe evil is ever more pervasive. And celebrating Halloween could give Satan a bigger foothold in both our lives and the lives of those around us. Recall what Paul wrote in the book of Ephesians:

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this workd, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12 KJV).

Be mindful of this time of year and, as Christians, take a moment to really think about what this holiday is truly about and whether or not you should be celecbrating.

Okay, on to the blog…

October is here and in full swing. The air is beginning to get colder and crisper and the trees are beginning to display their fall foliage. In just about a week and a half it will be All Hallow’s Eve, otherwise known as Halloween.

It’s a time of year when kids go from door to door and collect candy from both neighbors and strangers; businesses will decorate for Halloween and some may even have a Halloween party for the children of the employees (mine is one of them). Some schools partake in the festivities by having the kids parade around the school grounds in their costume of choice.

There are many stories that explain the origin of Halloween. Most of them seem to have a common theme among them.

Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celtic pagan tradition known as Samhain (pronounced ‘sow en’). This day is considered to be the highest holy day for pagans. For them, this is the day where the barrier separating the living from the dead is the thinnest and both the living and the dead can cross over into the other’s world. It’s thought that ghosts, goblins, witches, and demons of all kinds come out to play along with the spirits of the dearly departed.

Halloween Costumes

The origins of the Halloween costume are numerous and varied but I will narrow it down to the three most common ones I have found:

1) The costume was worn so that it would disguise the wearer from identification during their participation in the Samhain festival.

2) The costume was designed to attract the evil spirits to the wearer in an effort to commune with that spirit and have that spirit (or demon) become part of the wearer.

3) The costume would cause the wearer to take on the personality of the costume they are wearing.

The Jack O’ Lantern

There are a few different origin stories for the illuminated pumpkin but the one told by Irish folklorists is that of a man named Jack who tricked the devil into climbing a tree and picking an apple for him. While the devil was in the tree, Jack carved a cross into the trunk of the tree. Thee cross prevented the devil from coming down out of the tree. Jack made the devil swear that he would not try to steal Jack’s soul. The devil reluctantly made the promise.

When Jack died, he went to Heaven but God didn’t accept him because of the drunk and stingy lifestyle he led. The devil didn’t accept him either because of his promise to Jack. As Jack was leaving Hell, munching on a turnip, the devil threw a red hot coal at Jack. Jack caught it and put it inside the turnip as a way to light his way while he wandered the earth looking for a home. We now use the pumpkin as a substitute for the turnip as it’s a lot easier to carve.

Trick-Or-Treating

Today, kids can be seen roaming the streets going from door to door asking for candy. If no candy is provided, then they must perform a trick on the homeowner as a way of getting back at them for their confectionery oversight.

It is generally believed that this started as part of the Celtic tradition. Many believed that not all of the spirits roaming the earth were necessarily good ones. They left treats out to appease the evil ones from doing harm to them.

Halloween has changed from its original Celtic pagan roots into something more palatable, having gained some of these changes from Roman Catholic influences. Some churches have even gotten into this more modern approach to Halloween by having activities such as ‘Trunk-or-Treat.’

As a child, I used to dress up and go out and collect candy from all the neighbors. At that age and time, I didn’t know any better. Now that I’ve been saved and my eyes have been opened, I realize that we are participating in the celebration of the occult.

Each family needs to make their own choices and decide if they want to participate in this. For me, however, the Bible is pretty clear on this:

” There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations, the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.  ” Deuteronomy 18:10-12

To me, it’s pretty clear where God stands on this. My family has chosen not to participate in this tradition. As Christians, I think we should all strive to do the same.

Who do you say that He is? (Matthew 16:15)

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The road I travel to work brings me past a billboard that was covered with a message on it from one of the local churches. It was quite a simple message:

“Who do you say that I am?”

I see it every day but don’t give it a thought because I’m concentrating on the cars in front of me. More then likely, the other drivers are doing the same. But there are times when the traffic light is red and everyone is stopped. That gives people time to look around (if they aren’t looking at their phones) and, quite possibly, see this billboard.

“Who do you say that I am?”

At the time of His ministry, Jesus had many followers. The Bible focuses on the original twelve apostles. They knew Him as a teacher and prophet; they knew He was special in some way but couldn’t quite put their finger on it. Until Peter answered the question of all questions asked of him by Jesus:

Who do you say that I am?

Peter then answered Jesus: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16, KJV).

Peter’s realization was the seed that would grow into our Christian faith.

But are we telling others who He is? Are we spreading the Gospel to those who have not heard it? Are we winning souls to Christ?

I admit it can be a daunting task. I’ve struggled with it as well. I often wonder what I would do or say if God put me in a situation where I had the opportunity to spread the Gospel.

I think He gives us each our own gifts and ways of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe that my blog is one of those ways. Some may be able to speak with people when they witness. In either case, the Holy Spirit will be there to give us the words we need to spread the message.

When that time does come (and it certainly will), you have to be ready to tell that person (or persons) who He is.

If you’ve never received the gift of redemption through the shed blood of Jesus, I invite you to do so now. Repent of the sins you have committed and commit your life to Christ. Believe on Him and on His blood sacrifice and you shall be saved.

 

Our New House, Courtesy of God

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I was doing my daily Bible reading and Phillipians 4:19 was my verse of the day:

My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

After I read this, I thought about our recent move from Point Pleasant, NJ. to Toms River.

We moved to a smaller house since we’re now officially “empty nesters.”

We decided to sell our house back at the beginning of the year. It’s was a lot of house for two people and the property taxes in our area were getting to be ridiculous. I mean, $7800 a year ridiculous.

The entire time we were going through this process, we always kept God at the front of it all. We made sure to consult Him in every decision we made. We always knew that He would bring us to the place we needed to be. And He led us to the place we are in now.

Now, it’s not brand new. The house was build in 1997 and it has its share of issues such as some mold in the crawlspace and a few other things that can easily be fixed. Oh, and did I mention that the property taxes went down to $3100 a year? Yeah, a nice savings for sure.

Okay, confession time: it’s in an adult active community (hence the lower property taxes). Now before you start laughing and saying that we moved into a retirement villlage…well, we did.

The neighbors are great and the association fees are low. They take care of snow shoveling, trash collection, and lawn care. It’s not a bad deal for $30 a month.

But I’m not going to second guess where God brought us. We (meaning my wife) spent a lot of time going around with the real estate agent looking at different properties. We were first looking at the adult communities but then decided that we wanted a single home that wasn’t in an association. But all the areas we looked in weren’t the greatest when it came to crime and the appeal of the area.

We ended up going back to the adult community idea. And that’s when God led us to where we are now.

And we’re thankful for it. He has put us in a better place both physically and financially.

And if my wife reads this, I have to give her all the credit for getting us to where we are today. She spent so much time and energy looking for houses and then going to see them as well as doing all of the packing of the house (I was working during this entire time). She kept everything organized and made the process a lot easier.

The long and short of it is that God will always be with you when you need Him. And He will always take you to where He needs you to be.

God Bless!

God, Guns, and Man

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A lot has been said, from both sides, concerning the recent shootings at both the Gilroy Garlic Festival and Walmart.

I’ve listened to and read arguments from both sides. On the one hand, you have people who are blaming the guns instead of the shooters and they want everything from stricter gun laws to a total ban on all firearms. They believe that taking guns away will eliminate the mass shootings that have happened over the last few years.

It won’t.

Evil will do evil and will do it using whatever means they have at their disposal. Whether they use a gun, a knife, a bat, or a machete, they will find a way to cause harm if that is their intent. The Walmart shooter purchased his gun legally. There are any one of a number of illegal guns out there that can be purchased off the streets. They might try to take away our right to have legal guns but they will never get rid of the illegal gun problem.

Evil will still find a way to destroy everything that is good. Paul wrote in Ephesians that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the ruler of the darkness of this age, against spiritual host of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV)

During his Olivet Discourse, Jesus said that the ‘love of many will grow cold’ (Matthew 24:12 NKJV). This would be the result of the growing lawlessness seen around the world.

And boy are we seeing that right now coming from radical groups on both sides of the political aisle. We’re even seeing it from our politicians who are openly calling for their constituents to attack conservatives and those who support President Trump.

And what is the one thing missing from all of this?

God.

We’ve removed Him from our schools, from the public square, and, in some cases, even from church.

What’s good has now become evil and what is evil has now become good. It’s almost as if we’re starting to live in the Upside-Down World from ‘Stranger Things.’

We need to get God back into the classrooms, back into the public square, and back into our homes and churches. And the parents actually need to start parenting again instead of coddling their children and telling them that they’re all winners. Let’s start by introducing them to what life is really like; that there are going to be winners and losers and that sometimes you’re going to be one of the two in life.

Be friends with the kid that looks like he’s a loner. Let him or her know that they aren’t alone and that people do care.

And then let’s get the Word of God into their heads and get it to stick where it will make a difference.

Then, and only then, will we start to see a generation that knows the difference between right and wrong and a solid set of morals to carry with them througout their lives.

And maybe a few less mass shootings.

God Bless and thanks for reading!

Consuming Your Lusts (James 4:3)

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I opened up my YouVersion Bible app (something everyone should have on their smartphone or tablet) this morning and the verse of the day was from the Book of James, chapter 4 verse 3:

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” (James 4:3 KJV)

We live in a consumer-based society. And Satan controls all of it. In fact, he controls the world. We saw that in Matthew 4:8-9 when Jesus was fasting after his baptism:

Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou will fall down and worship me.”

Digital and print media advertise everything from soft drinks to cars, begging you to try their product, use their razors, or drive the newest model year of their cars. We’ve taken on a ‘keeping up with the Jones” mentality. If the neighbor has a new car, we want the same car or one that’s even better. If their patio furniture is newer and brighter than ours, we want to go out and get something even bigger and better than theirs.

Do we do the same thing when we pray?

Are we asking for big things rather than what we need?

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m sure there are a few of us who would like God to give us a big bag of money so that we could take care of every debt that we own everyone and then have some leftover for a nice vacation.

But is that what we truly need in our lives?

Prosperity preachers like to say that you need to ask God for big things like money and cars and houses, etc. And they are not humble in the least when they show everyone how many cars they have or how big their mansions are.

Now, before I go any further, I want to be clear that I’m not out to get these guy (although I do think some of them live a rather gaudy lifestyle); my main point is that God will give you exactly what you need and when you need it. He won’t give you too much or not enough of something; He’ll give you what you need, exactly how much you need of it, and when you need it.

If you ever wonder why your prayers aren’t being answered, maybe you’re asking for the wrong things. Always remember to thank God every day for what you have, even if you have nothing. There will be something better for you just around the corner.

God Bless!

Trusting in the Lord

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I happened to be going through one of the drawers in my office desk when I came across a credit card sized calendar from 2015 (can you tell I don’t go through it that much?)

On the card was the following version from Proverbs:

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5 KJV)

The flip side of the card has the following:

“The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” (Luke 18:27 KJV)

The reason I’m bringing this up is that we are going through a ‘life even.’ Nothing serious. We’re selling our house and moving to a smaller place. It’s just my wife and I so it makes a lot more sense for us. It’s one of those active adult community places.

Let me tell you something. It may seem corny to move into one of those places but my property taxes are going from &7400 a year down to $3100. That’s one big step in the right direction.

And how does all this tie into the verses I mentioned?

As Christians, my wife and I do our best to put our trust in the Lord. And we did it with this move.

We didn’t want to move but we knew that we would never pay off the house in our lifetime. So we gave the decision up to God. And He’s taken us through every step of the way. And for those little things where we didn’t consult Him, it didn’t work out the way we hoped.

When you put your trust in God and let Him guide you through any major decisions, you can be assured that it will work out the way He wants it to. Don’t lean on your own understanding and think that you can plan better than He can. Either way, you’ll end up exactly where He wants you to be.

Remember that through Him, everything is possible.

God Bless!

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Are You Inviting Demonic Spirits Into Your Home? — Charisma News – https://www.charismanews.com/marketplace/76588-are-you-inviting-demonic-spirits-into-your-home-2

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It wasn’t more than a few weeks ago that the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ was all the talk around the water cooler. Even local radio stations were discussing and summarizing each week’s episodes after they aired.

There were a number of people on my office discussing it as well. Naturally, I was asked if I had watched and I told them I didn’t because I felt I didn’t need to see what amounted to ‘soft porn.’

(If you’re new to ‘Game of Thrones’, there is a good amount of sex (including incest), violence, nudity, and some demons and demonic spell casting.)

It wasn’t until I read the article cited here that I made the connection between similar subject matter and demonic invitations.

By watching shows like this, are we inviting demonic spirits to enter into our lives and homes?

Please take a few minutes to read the article. Don’t get caught up in shows like this. It could lead to other things such as pornography or even adultery.

As I see more shows coming out that rely on nudity, violence, and sex, I’m reminded of Paul wrote about in chapter one of Romans. He details how the citizens of Rome (and, I’m sure, other cities) gave themselves over to a ‘reprobate mind’ and engaged in adultery, sodomy, and other forms of uncleanness.

Are these TV shows and literature sending us down that same path?

With the world trying to normalize things such as Gay Pride month, I think the answer to my last question is a huge yes.

via Are You Inviting Demonic Spirits Into Your Home? — Charisma News – https://www.charismanews.com/marketplace/76588-are-you-inviting-demonic-spirits-into-your-home-2

Bilderberg Meeting 2019

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This may seem like an odd topic to write about but I thought it worthy of coverage because these annual meetings have been shrouded in mystery and secrecy and I think we need to shed some light on them.

This year, the Bilderberg Group will be meeting from 30 May – 3 June in Montreux, Switzerland. Some of the topics at this year’s meeting include:

  1. A Stable Strategic Order
  2. What next for Europe?
  3. Climate Change and Sustainability
  4. China
  5. Russia
  6. The Future of Capitalism
  7. Brexit
  8. The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
  9. The Weaponization of Social Media
  10. The Importance of Space
  11. Cyber Threats

It’s a fairly long list of topics that will be discussed over the course of three days. But for this post, I will discuss the history of the Bilderberg Group. I will do a deeper dive into this elusive and private meeting in a future post.

The History of the Bilderberg Group

The Bilderberg Group was established in 1954 by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. The intent of the meetings was to foster a relationship between North America and Europe. Attendees include political leaders, experts in various fields such as finance, industry, etc. as well as the media. The meetings are held once a year and the location changes with each meeting. The meetings are conducted under the Chatham House Rule.

The rule was created in 1927 and is not specific to the Bilderberg Meetings. The rule states that anyone participating in the meeting can use any of the information given but they can’t reveal who provided the information nor can they reveal the identities of any of the attendees.

They are called the Bilderberg Group because the first meeting was held in the Hotel de Bilderberg in Oosterbeek, Netherlands.

The attendees can number anywhere from 120 to 150. The origins of the participants is varied but usually two thirds are from Europe and the other third are from North America; one third of the total come from politics and government while the remaining attendees are from other fields. There can also be some ‘surprise’ attendees who join for the day but the identity of these attendees is always kept secret.

These meetings have come under fire from the conspiracy theory community due to the secretive nature of the meetings and some of the special guest attendees as well as the topics discussed. Some feel that these meetings are leading to the imposition of a one world government controlled by the elite.

My next post on this topic will cover some of the people who have attended over the years as well as some of the topics they’ve discussed and the conspiracy theories surrounding those topics.

My Day at the Races!

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I know what some of you might be thinking when you read the title of this post..

“Did he go to the Kentucky Derby this year?”

“He must have attended a stock car race somewhere?”

“Did he finally enter the race for president?”

Nope, none of the above..

My day at the races was my drive into work.

Yep, you heard me right. My drive into work.

I live in the great (insert sarcasm here) Garden State of New Jersey. My typical drive is across the state on Route 195 and then south down Route 295 to my exit in Mount Laurel. The roads aren’t too crowded with cars but there are enough that things can sometimes get a bit dicey.

Especially when everyone else thinks it’s the last lap of the Daytona 500.

Every NASCAR races starts with 43 cars. They don’t always end up crossing the finish line but the ones who do are fighting for their place, trying to get one more spot ahead so that they can get a few more points than the guy who finishes behind him. During the race there can be some bumping and a lot of drafting.

Now, translate that image to my drive into (and home from) work.

I’m not a ‘fraidy cat when it comes to driving. I can keep up with the best of them. But when you’re round-trip drive is 126 miles a day, gas consumption is numero uno on your list of things to consider (along with not getting into an accident, I suppose).

Anyway, to make a long story short, my drive in is just like the last lap of Daytona…except that everyone else is racing and I’m the guy at the bottom of the track, with a blown tire, just trying to make it back to pit road in one piece.

Okay, that’s it for me in this installment. I thought I would break from my usual subject matter and post something a bit lighter. Don’t worry…I’ll be back to more serious topics next time.

God Bless!