Wednesday, September 26, 2007

This just in ...

Seems General Petraeus is not the only target of ... not even the first:


Cooking the Books for the Continental Congress
General Washington is a military man at war with the facts. He is propagating the need for an outrageous—and unnecessary—war with the mother country. He continues to make greedy pleas for “supplying his troops” at Valley Forge, only to lead them on pointless expeditions in the name of “freedom for our new nation.” All of this, in the face of overwhelming expert testimony from London that this poorly-planned war can never be won. And most important, he is irresponsibly ignoring the pleas of his fellow citizen colonists, to bring the troops back home to their families where they belong.

General Washington, in carrying out the failed policies of the Continental Congress, will go down in history as General Washed-Up.

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40 Days of WHAT?

This latest from the Barak Obama camp, according to CNN:

"Barack Obama's presidential campaign is hoping to increase the candidate's profile among African-American voters in South Carolina by launching a grassroots effort called '40 Days of Faith and Family.'

"The effort, which began on Saturday, will organize Bible study programs and gospel concerts across the state over the next month in order to engage voters and boost Obama's name identification among Palmetto State voters who may be more familiar with the Democratic frontrunner, Sen. Hillary Clinton ...

"According to a release from the campaign, '40 Days of Faith and Family' is 'an opportunity for people of faith to come together, across racial and denominational lines, to talk about how they live their faith outside the four walls of the church, what they want to see from their presidential candidates and how Obama’s faith informs how he thinks about the issues of our time.'

"...Though Obama and Clinton are in a dead heat among African-Americans, Clinton still leads Obama by a wide margin in most statewide polls."

My response: Somebody please get me an air sickness bag. Please tell me there are no Bible-believing Christians stupid enough to fall for this cynical grasp for votes. Still, it's pretty creative to be able to rip off Rick Warren's 40 Days of Purpose campaign so smoothly.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


I’m not one to go around judging other people’s ministries, believe me I don’t. And I am not sure this will ever wind up on this blog (as it is being tapped out in Word). But I couldn’t help but notice an article in a local Christian newspaper by a writer identifying himself as an apostle.

If you can’t make any sense of the following paragraph, don’t worry—there doesn’t appear to be any sense involved:

In his article regarding two recent divorces of mega-ministry leaders, the apostle/writer “showed” how the deaths of Ruth Bell Graham and Tammy Faye Messner were separated by multiples of 12 days (12 being the Bible number of government)—and further, the recent mega-ministry divorces, and the death of D. James Kennedy, occurred in multiples of 2 and 5 (2 for division, 5 for grace). And the central event that linked these number “signs”? The bridge collapse in Minneapolis. Uh, yeah, sure.

Please excuse me if the preceding statement sounded more like something you would read in Chuck Shepherd’s “News of the Weird.” I’m not sure how these number games are supposed to appeal to the hearts of the unsaved or encourage the faith of believers. It strikes me more as something along the lines of those “prophecies” that came out after 9-11 (“Nostradamus predicted the fall of the Twin Towers…the Koran said the eagle will cleanse the lands of Allah”…blah blah blah, with no such “prophecies” being recorded anywhere). I’m glad the apostle addressed the low standards to which we now hold such mega-ministry leaders (and to be honest, I had never heard of either couple). But can we skip the goofy (and spiritually suspect) numerology in the process?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

9-11 "Conspiracy"

Six years later, many of us may still harbor some disbelief that the 9-11 terrorist attacks actually happened. For some, it’s a TOTAL case of denial. Several days ago, I was at a retail store when I spotted a couple with black shirts, with faces that looked oddly haunted and hunted. Their shirts probably had a lot to do with that: they proclaimed that 9-11 was an “inside job,” and gave the web address to a site that treats the whole event as a grand conspiracy theory. So the Twin Towers weren’t brought down by demonic suicide jihadists; no, they were demolished from the inside (I guess the Pentagon, part of the big “conspiracy,” no doubt, did their own dirty work; plus United Flight 93 was probably shot down, right? For what reason, the conspiracy buffs won’t tell us).

As someone who a long time ago used to buy into, at least in part, “the same ten people control history, they own all the money” theory, I’ve grown pretty tired of it all. Let me make it clear right now from the start: no, I DON’T believe in these conspiracy theories. FDR didn’t let the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. President John F. Kennedy wasn’t murdered by government conspirators trying to keep us in Vietnam, but by a lone nut, who was a trained Marine quite capable of carrying out the assassination.

Is there a coming Antichrist? Yes, the Bible, I believe makes that clear. And it’s likely some technological and global trends could well help facilitate his global rule. But in all this conspiracy talk, we forget about the one who truly is in charge of the planet—GOD! Daniel 2:21 proclaims that it is GOD who sets up kings and brings them down! GOD is in control of history—and no Illuminati or Trilateral Commission or whatever is going to change that!

I’m not talking about having a “run for the hills” mentality—we need to be active in our society, to be Jesus’ light and salt to this society, and that includes in the area of politics. Why am I so down on “conspiracy theories”? For one, as I just pointed out, they ignore the God of the universe who is truly in charge. So let’s say some Illuminati is trying to rule the earth. Do you think they are somehow escaping the notice of the God who knows the hearts and minds of every human on this planet? As a side note, I’ve written quite a bit about the threat of America being Islamified (which is well documented through a slew of media reports and studies I have cited). But the way to counter this threat is first through prayer, then in active witness to those around us, and especially to Muslims in this country (and through supporting missionaries around the world reaching them). It is also done by holding our elected officials to account—to stop giving Islam favored status (in the Victoria State in Australia, it is now a “hate crime” to criticize Islam; a Christian who was tried for this “crime” was not even allowed to read passages form the Koran to show Islam’s true nature!).

It must be remembered that when the murderous French Revolution threatened to wash ashore in England, it was John Wesley’s peaceful public witness (by passing out tracts he wrote about how honoring the government was a biblical command) that stopped it.

Two other points about conspiracists: They tend to be ruled by fear. The fear and paranoia in the eyes of the couple I saw the other day was the same I saw in a student I met when I was a Chi Alpha minister about 10 years ago, who was consumed by the “fact” that the Catholic Church was allegedly infiltrating Protestant churches to eventually rule the world. I still remember the secretive tones in which he spoke (I guess he concluded I was a stooge for the Vatican, since he never came back to visit). I wish I could go back to that encounter, and tell him one thing (well, two things: if the Catholic Church is so great at infiltrating and controlling our country, please explain all those millions of dollars they’re handing out in settlements for sexual abuse of children by some miscreant priests): If THAT’S your idea of following Jesus—looking under every rock for “Jesuit agents” or taking orders from Jack Chick, living in a constant state of fear for the rest of your life (please see 2 Timothy 1:6-7 and 1 John 4:18)—you can KEEP IT! Jesus came so that we would have life, and have it more abundantly (John 10:10b)! A fear-filled life ruled by conspiracy theories just doesn’t fit that bill!

Finally, those caught up in conspiracies can never face truth. They look away from the clear fact about how 9-11 happened, the cameras trained on the towers, the innumerable eyewitness accounts, the human suffering—it’s all seen through their warped “conspiracy” lens as being an “inside job” by some international cabal as part of a bid for world conquest and enslavement. Look at about 15 years ago, after all those JFK conspiracy books had been published for forever. One book, Case Closed by Gerald Posner, proved scientifically that Kennedy WAS murdered by Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone. The conspiracy lie has so permeated our society, that Posner’s book was met with a blistering response (that did not succeed in dispelling the book’s truth).

You’ll have to excuse my venting on all this. I still remember that morning on Sept. 11, frantically trying to call my sister who worked across the street from the World Trade Center towers (praise God she was safe, having left the Deutch Bank building after the first plane struck). I still remember driving home from work that day, looking at all the familiar sites where I lived and worked in Venice, FL, knowing that the world would never be the same again. I still remember the national mood, the patriotism mixed with the mourning on that day. Maybe those idiotic t-shirts set me off; still, you have to feel sorry for such people who would want to live in such fear and delusion.

On this day, we need to remember in prayer those lost in the terrorist murder attacks, and their families and loved ones they left behind; we need to pray for justice, that the Satan-inspired al Qaeda and its chief thug Osama bin Laden, weakened but not eliminated, would be totally brought down; we need to pray as we face the threat of radical Islam (which would wipe out our Christian heritage in America, as it is already doing in Europe); and, in all this, pray Daniel’s prayer from Daniel 2:20-22: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.”

Thursday, September 6, 2007


Once in a while in reading the scriptures, you run into a saying that can really leave you scratching your head. For years, one of those for me was Jesus’ call to discipleship in Luke 9:60, after a would-be disciple asks permission “to go and bury my father” (v. 59). Jesus replies, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.” Did Jesus get up on the wrong side of the bed that day? Maybe he was super-harsh in order to make a point.

Actually, when the man told Jesus he wanted to first bury his father, it’s not likely his father was dead or even sick. In other words, the man was telling Jesus it would be best for him to follow our Lord EVENTUALLY, after his father EVENTUALLY died. William Barclay, in commenting on this verse, recalled how a Middle Eastern student was offered a scholarship to a college; he replied he would attend the school after his father was buried—and his father was a healthy (and very much alive) 40-year-old. So this is not an uncommon way to speak in that culture.

The man Jesus called to follow Him wanted to wait until circumstances were “favorable” before responding to Jesus’ call. Jesus replied that His call requires an IMMEDIATE obedient response, trusting in the Lord of all circumstances. It’s a scary prospect that, as I heard a pastor once say, we can never regain through sacrifice what we lose through disobedience.

“It's too late to be stopped at the crossroads
Each life here each a possible way
But wait—and they all will be lost roads
Each path's growing shorter the longer I stay
I was dead with deciding, afraid to choose
I was mourning the loss of the choices I'd lose
But there's no choice at all if I don't make my move
And trust that the timing is right…”
from Hold It Up to the Light by Smalltown Poets