Wow – only two more days til we take off, to bring God’s Word to hungry believers in Kenya. Please pray for our mission, and safe return.
Posted by Godefroi on April 28, 2010
Wow – only two more days til we take off, to bring God’s Word to hungry believers in Kenya. Please pray for our mission, and safe return.
Posted by Godefroi on July 22, 2009
This is a short excerpt from David Barton’s little book America: To Pray or Not To Pray (pp 15-19 in the version I had). Emphases are mine.
…eight of the nine Justices on the 1962-63 Supreme Court [that is, the Warren Court that Teh One said didn't go far enough - GdB] had been appointed to the Court following an extended history of political rather than judicial experience. Chief Justice Earl Warren had been the Governor of California for ten years prior to his appointment; Justice Hugo Black had been a U. S. Senator for ten years; Justice Felix Frankfurter had been an assistant to the Secretary of Labor and a founding member of the ACLU; Justice Arthur Goldberg had been the Secretary of Labor; Justice William Douglas was chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission prior to his appointment. All of the Justices except one had similar political backgrounds. Justice Potter Stewart, a federal judge for four years prior to his appointment, was the only member of the Court with extended federal Constitutional experience prior to his appointment. Interestingly, he was also the only Justice who objected to the removal of prayer and Bible reading. … June 25, 1962, in Engel v. Vitale, the Supreme Court [Warren court] forbade the inclusion of religious activities in major activities of daily student life by striking down school prayer and Bible reading. Never before in the history of our nation had any branch of our government taken such a stand.
Eight out of the nine “justices” on the Warren Court were UNQUALIFIED for the job. They were not Constitutional scholars – not even JUDGES – but rather politicians.
Today’s courts frequently state that they are compelled by previous decisions to rule in a certain manner, the so-called “Wall of Separation” doctrine being one of them. Interestingly,
…in Engel v. Vitale, only last year, these principles [the separation of prayer from the classroom] were so universally recognized that the Court, without citation of single case … reaffirmed them. (School Dist. of Abington Township v. Schempp; 374 U.S. 203, 220-221, 1963)
Did you catch that? The Engel case which banned school prayer did not cite even ONE precedent to back up the ruling. Stare decisis has become a handy excuse to keep Constitutionally-questionable policies and practices in place.
Let me suggest to any visitors here to read Mr. Barton’s book cited above, or even better one called “Original Intent”. You will see that the reason the Warren court did not cite any precedents is that the precedents were all against them.
Just something to think about.
Posted by Godefroi on November 14, 2008
Around the world, Christians are being increasingly targeted, and even persecuted, for their religious beliefs. Now, one of the largest organizations in the United Nations is pushing to make a bad situation even worse by promoting anti-Christian bigotry wrapped in the guise of a U.N. resolution called “Combating Defamation of Religions.” We must put an immediate end to this most recent, dangerous attack on faith that attempts to criminalize Christianity. Please read the form below carefully and declare your membership with the ACLJ by adding your name to our PETITION OPPOSING THE ORGANIZATION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE.
Posted by Godefroi on June 15, 2008
I found this at Town Hall, and had to share.
1. Get men who dig being rowdy back in the pulpit.
2. Could we have some sound doctrine, por favor?
3. Preach scary sermons (at least every fourth one).
4. Get rid of 99.9% of “Christian” TV.
5. Quit trying to be relevant and instead become prophetic contrarians, I’m talking contra mundus, mama!
6. Put a 10-year moratorium on “God wants you rich” sermons (yeah, that’s what we need to hear nowadays, you morons, more sermons about money, money, money!).
7. Embrace apologetics and shun shallow faith.
8. Evangelize like it’s 1999.
9. Push lazy Christians to get a life or join a Satanic Church.
10. Demand that if a Christian gets involved in the arts that their “craft” must scream excellence and not excrement.
Posted by Godefroi on April 2, 2008
From Mission Network News:
Muslim leaders are using media and informants and putting pressure on authorities to help restrict Christian evangelism.
At least six churches have been forced to close when asked to provide their license and authorization, even though none is required at this point.
Government informants have attended church services and later reported in detail, putting pressure on Christians.
Informants used film of a pastor and his colleague singing alongside children in his church to confirm their accusations that he was evangelizing the students in the school where he worked. The men eventually lost their jobs at the school, and the church was closed.
There are several others standing trial. One group of three Christians is accused of insulting Islam and evangelizing Muslims. They face prison time and fines.
Posted by Godefroi on January 14, 2008
An interesting look at Barack Hussein Obama’s church of record at Pajamas Media.
For over 20 years, Sen, Obama has been a faithful member of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ. The other day, I paid a visit to Trinity’s website. There I read that the vision statement of the TUCC is based upon something called the systematized liberation theology that began in 1969 with the publication of Dr. James Cone’s book, “Black Power and Black Theology.” Dr. Cone believes that black Christians should not follow the “White Church,” as it had failed to support them in their struggle for equal rights in America. I suspect that most white Christians would disagree.
Trinity United boasts that it is a congregation “Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian.” What’s more, “it is a congregation with a non-negotiable commitment to Africa. We are an African people, and remain true to our native land, the mother continent, the cradle of civilization.”
Its pastor, Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., has referred to “white arrogance” and “the United States of Whiter America.” To my ears, that sounds unashamedly black, but I’m not so sure about the unapologetically Christian.
Furthermore, Rev. Wright’s church publishes a magazine, The Trumpet. Not too surprisingly, all things considered, the recipient of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Trumpeter Award for Social Justice was none other than Louis Farrakhan, the fellow who plays the race card even better than he plays his violin.
I have no idea how a member of a black church that apparently feels it owes greater allegiance to Africa than to America and that pays homage to a bigot like Farrakhan, has the gall to present himself as the one candidate who can bring us all together.
Neither do I.
Posted by Godefroi on January 10, 2008
Updating this story, the Catholic News Agency reports:
.- Continuing a trend of attacks on Christian buildings, two car bombs exploded outside churches on Wednesday in the northern Iraq city of Kirkuk.The attacks, which took place within two minutes of each other, damaged buildings, cars and surrounding houses but caused no injuries, Agence France Presse reports.
Similar attacks on churches have also taken place recently. On Sunday a car bomb attack on a monastery in the northern Iraq city of Mosul wounded four people, while six other attacks on Christian buildings also took place elsewhere in Mosul and Baghdad.
Meanwhile, in what can only be described as the height of denial (or, actually, it’s probably an appeasement gesture):
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The spiritual leader of Iraq’s Catholics said on Tuesday that a recent wave of bomb attacks on churches in Baghdad and Mosul was aimed at showing Iraq was not at peace rather than singling out Christians for persecution.
“This act was not specifically against Christians. The aim was to convince the world that so far there is no peace and security in Iraq,” said Emmanuel III Delly, the Chaldean patriarch of Baghdad, adding that he forgave the perpetrators.
So it’s Christian buildings that are being attacked, but it’s not aggression against Christians? Right. That’s why the Christian population in Iraq is only 50% of what it was a few years ago, and there are mounting fears of “religious cleansing” among the REST of the remaining Christians in Iraq.
Posted by Godefroi on December 14, 2007
I don’t agree with EVERYTHING this gentleman has to say, but on the subject of the insidious pervasiveness of anti-Jew bias in too much of the organized Church he’s spot-on.
Do read the whole thing…he has much, much more to peruse and ponder at his site.
How is it that Christians in many denominations are OK with an anti-Jewish animus being expressed by their own churches?
Churches … have access to mainstream United States society. (The National Council of Churches, for example, often claims that it ‘represents’ fifty million Christians.) It is true that the public political statements of many churches are devoutly ignored, but they are capable of a slow, consistent, unceasing campaign that eventually filters into the common dialogue and poisons the well for any meaningful conversation or change. These create curricula for their members, presenting information from a trusted source, transforming attitudes. These indulge in publicity stunts, disgraceful worship services (that are more about political theater than anything whatsoever to do with God), and highly visible actions that gradually legitimate their peculiar agendas. Over time, when they have repeated the same statements often enough, these acquire the status of fact – no matter how incorrect or even offensive they might be, and no matter how they were originally perceived.
…The unfortunate fact is that in many cases church organizations do not confine themselves to those activist endeavors that are morally good, or even morally neutral. It is true that these organizations often do participate in what can be rightly termed good, what is probably well-intentioned, and what is potentially helpful; but so far, they have not confined themselves to those things. Instead they have supplemented the positive with the morally problematic anti-Israel / anti-Zionist approach, and with the utterly reprehensible anti-Jewish approach. The corpus of public statements, actions, and information disseminated by these church organizations is far too large to treat systematically here, but for representative instances of this activism please see “Example One: Email List Endorsed by a Mainline Denomination”, “Example Two: Study Guide”, “Example Three: Sabeel Event”. For more detailed (but far from exhaustive) examples from one denomination, see “With an Everlasting Hatred: The Case of Israel and Corruption in the PC(USA)”.
Supporting the Destruction of the Current State of Israel. …. That activist church groups support this assertion, but support the destruction of no other state in existence evidences an extraordinary anti-Israel animus.
…So far, there has been a conspicuous silence among (most of) the members of many Christian denominations. Some continue to vocally attempt to defend the indefensible. Large majorities simply continue to attend worship services, participate in their communities, observe the holidays, financially and morally provide uncritical support to factions that misuse their religion as a weapon to advance alien agendas; all the while, what can only be described as a gross evil grows up among them. This curious silence in the face of the most rank anti-Jewish statements and actions is odious across the board, but it is particularly striking as a moral failure among Christians. I say this not because that specific moral failure is unusual in history – in fact, over the last two millennia church organizations have often (though not always) led the way in terms anti-Jewish hatred. What makes it striking is the fact that it violates everything Christianity claims to be about. To the partisans: please take care how you conduct yourselves because there is a very great danger here. If the anti-Israel bias and anti-Jewish statements and actions are unintentional, move to correct them. To the unaligned members: if the leading partisan factions of various denominations insist on maintaining this, so far unrelenting, campaign of anti-Israel bias, anti-Jewish provocation, and the provision of false information others, please do not become complicit in this evil: privately correct this if possible, or publicly oppose your own leaders if you must. Christians cannot evade responsibility just because we are not in positions of power in so-called Christian organizations. When we attend, fund, affiliate with, support in any way organizations that engage in loathsome behaviors, we become guilty. Instances of official anti-Jewish animus have happened many times in the Church; and many times the members have participated or at best remained silent. It is still early in US churches – this direction can still be stopped – before it achieves the horrendous results it has so often done in the past. But if we do not stand up this now – if we do not reject the message sent from leading factions in many “Christian” denominations while it is still a minority opinion and has not yet fully developed – we will forfeit (once again) any claim to decency, morality, or Christian witness. It seems to me the time to ask: how will the future view our actions now? Will this become yet another chapter in Church history where the gulf fixed between Christian theory and Christian practice is insurmountable? Will this become yet another thing for which future Christians will have to apologize or try to make excuses? The old line that the actions of church organizations and the inactions of majorities of Christians don’t really reflect true Christianity is growing very thin. So far the silence speaks volumes.
Posted by Godefroi on October 17, 2007
The 44th Annual Convocation of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) meeting at Chicago over the Labor Day weekend, honored me [Shanta Premawardhana, Associate General Secretary for Interfaith Relations, National Council of Churches USA] with the Interfaith Unity Award at the Interfaith Unity reception on Sunday, September 2. As she presented the award, Dr. Ingrid Mattson, president of ISNA [that's the Islamic Society of North America, for the uninitiated] spoke of NCC’s commitment to stand in partnership and solidarity with the Muslim community through some of the most difficult times of discrimination and prejudice they’ve faced, particularly since 9/11.
I wonder if that same Muslim community will “stand in partnership and solidarity” with the Christian churches that are suffering REAL persecution in the Islamic world?
The citation on the glass plaque reads:
“Islamic Society of North America presents Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana, a fellow activist for peace, justice and reconciliation, a “Christian believer” as described in Qur’an (3:113) in recognition of his tireless contribution to advancing inter-religious dialogue and partnership, with our prayers for a continued demonstration of energy, understanding and commitment.”
Here’s Qur’an 3:113: They are not all alike. Of the People of the Scripture [Jews and Christians] there is a staunch community who recite the revelations of Allah in the night season, falling prostrate (before Him). The revelations of Allah – ayati Allahi – is literally the Qur’an. So, in the interest of making the American Muslim community feel good about the Christian Church, the intrepid Reverend Premawardhana has accepted an award that says that he recites the Qur’an. The Christian is reciting the words of the “god” who explicitly denies what is ultimately the only non-negotiable for Christians, the death and resurrection of Jesus.
He says in his acceptance speech:
Indeed there is much that Christians and Muslims don’t know about each other. Fact is, we have a great deal more in common in our religious traditions than our differences. No, we don’t need to hide our differences. They are real and we must honestly deal with them. But we have more in common.
Looking closely at the traditions of Islam, that is the Sunnah, there is VERY LITTLE in common with the traditions of Christianity as found in the early church. One commonality in the millenia of history is the violence perpetrated in the name of each calling, the difference being that Christ promoted peace while Muhammad promoted warfare.
When I greet you as sisters and brothers of faith, I must tell you, there are some Christians who object. How can I speak of non-Christians as sisters and brothers, they ask. For one very simple reason, I say. Jesus called them sisters and brothers. Its in the book!
See, Jesus was out teaching and preaching, forgiving and healing, restoring people to God and to relationships with each other. His mother and brothers got so worried about him that they came looking for him. Some of his people came to Jesus and said, Rabbi (he was a rabbi, you know!) your mother and brothers are looking for you. And Jesus said something very incredulous. Pointing the people around him, he said, “Here are my mother and brothers. Whoever does the will of God is my brother, sister and mother.” [Jesus was referring to those who were following HIM!]
Whoever does the will of God? My reading of the Bible makes it clear that the will of God that he is talking about is the restoring of creation into right relationship. This what the early Jewish tradition established as the Jubilee, which Jesus said he came to proclaim. Everywhere you look in the Bible, its talking about restoring relationships: of human beings with God, human beings with each other and human beings with the world. You in this room, whatever your religious tradition, are working very hard to restore these relationships. You are doing the will of God. You are the ones upholding faith and serving humanity. You are my sisters and brothers.
Those who promote fear mongering ideologies that strengthen divisions in human relationships, I am convinced, are not doing the will of God. [Apparently Jesus, then, was not doing the will of God, since he knew his message would cause division, and said so specifically] Some of them bear the name Christian. But I must tell you, I have a hard time even thinking them as sisters and brothers. But you, who are Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and others who work so hard to create and restore human relationships, are doing the will of God. You are my sisters and brothers.
Interesting. MY Bible says that God’s will is that we follow Jesus and receive eternal life. It says that Jesus is the restoration of relationship between Creator and created. It says that Jesus is THE way, truth, and life, and that no one gets to the Father except through the Son. While we are all brethren in the plight of humanity, we are not Brothers and Sisters (as in children of God) with those who reject Jesus.
While it is laudable that the NCC is pursuing peace with Islam, et al, it is at the same time disheartening that it is apparently doing so at the expense of the offense of the Gospel.