In America, The Perverted Is The New Normal

Illinois lawmakers advance bill requiring schools to teach LGBT history

Illinois lawmakers advance bill requiring schools to teach LGBT history

Illinois state senators have advanced a bill that would require public schools to teach a unit on important LGBT individuals and history.
The Education committee endorsed the measure on Tuesday by an 8-2 vote, The Associated Press reported.
If the measure is enacted, Illinois would become the second state to require an inclusive LGBT curriculum.

Last year, California became the first state to use LGBT-inclusive history textbooks.

“People need to see their history to understand that they are a part of our society,” Illinois state Sen. Heather Steans (D) said after sponsoring the bill.
The proposal would mandate that elementary and high schools teach a unit studying “the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State.”
School boards would be allowed to determine how much instructional time is spent on the subject.
It would highlight the work of prominent figures who were LGBT, according to the AP report.
“People learn about Jane Addams, [the recognized founder of the social work profession in the United States], for example, but don’t know she’s a lesbian,” said Brian Johnson, CEO of the LGBT organization Equality Illinois. “We don’t think there is true justice for the LGBT community unless we can learn about our history.”
The bill is not too different from current laws that require students learn about other groups such as African-Americans, Hispanics and Asian-Americans.
Conservative groups have pushed back against the measure, calling for schools to add dissenting voices of people who oppose “the homosexual movement.”
“The left’s motive is what it always is: it is to normalize homosexuality,” said Laurie Higgins with the Illinois Family Institute, a Christian organization.
Johnson argued the legislation is meant to counteract the negativity LGBT students already face.
“We think all students are better off when we teach them the full breadth of history,” he said. “It makes them more likely to understand that a diverse cast has contributed to our society.”

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I hope folks realize that the above paragraph equates the rights and equality of various racial and ethnic groups, to the acceptance of sexually perverted life styles!  This is totally convoluted logic!  Once this nation has left her Judeo Christian base, there is absolutely no end to the debauchery and abominations that are already here and on the horizon.  Home schooling and private Christian Schooling are no longer options!  I would rather live on a diet of beans and rice than subject our God given children and grandchildren to this abomination of a secular curriculum!  Blessings, Pastor Steve  <><

Pray For Revival In This Sin Sick Nation!  Jesus Christ Is Our Only Hope…

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Rick Warren Addresses Jesus Christ As Isa: NOT the Son Of God, But A Muslim Prophet

Pastor Rick Warren’s Prayer at Barack Obama’s first inauguration

The down sized generic Jesus promoted by Rick Warren, is meant to please everyone.  Since we had a two term Muslim president, Warren thought it was chic to share the Islamic view of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – Isa, a mere prophet.  (Listen to him pray to the Muslim false prophet at 4:01-4:02 of this video).  I need to know nothing more about Rick Warren.  Jesus asked the apostles:  “Who do you say that I am?  Peter spoke for the group and responded:  “Though art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”  Matthew 16:13,16.  Following is an appropriate quotation for Rick Warren and this occasion:

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”  -Author Unknown

God Will Not Allow You To Be Tempted Beyond What You Can Bear

Tuesday,
June 14, 2016

Our Daily Bread

God of the Ordinary

Read: Genesis 12:1–4; 17:1–2

He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Hearing testimonies about how God did something spectacular in someone else’s life can challenge us. While we may rejoice to hear about answers to prayer, we may also wonder why God hasn’t done anything amazing for us lately.

It’s easy to think that if God showed up in astonishing ways for us like He did for Abraham, then we would be more inspired to be faithful servants of God. But then we remember that God showed up for Abraham every 12 to 14 years, and most of Abraham’s journey was rather ordinary (see Gen. 12:1–4; 15:1–6; 16:16–17:12).

God’s work is usually done behind the scenes in the ordinary things of life. As 1 Corinthians 10 says, “He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out.” Every day God is busy shielding us from devastating onslaughts of Satan that would otherwise leave us helplessly defeated. And when temptation hits, He is making exit ramps for us so we can escape.

When we put our head on the pillow at night, we should pause to thank God for the amazing things He has done for us that day in the midst of our ordinary lives. So, instead of longing for Him to do something spectacular for you, thank Him! He already has. Joe Stowell

Lord, help me to be constantly aware that Your power and presence are with me even in the ordinary times in my life. Thank You for Your amazing work on my behalf that I know nothing about.

God is always in control behind the scenes, even on “ordinary” days.

 

Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ January 12, 2018

Amen Corner

Any religion that cannot work miracles in my heart and give me what the world cannot give, I do not want.  -John R. Rice

Without the Word of God, we are open prey to the Devil and to the enemy; but with the Word of God, we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.  -Harold Sightler

The men who succeed best in public life are those who take the risk of standing by their convictions.  -James Garfield

Some Christians would make good martyrs; they are so dry they would burn well.  -Charles Spurgeon

In the light of Christ’s inflexible, infallible, impartial standards that we are to judge a tree by its fruits; in the light of the undeniable, irrefutable and inevitable fruits of liquor drinking – by the sip, by the drink, by the glass, by the bottle, by the gallon, by the case, or by the barrel – it is a sin.  -Sam Morris

An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last.  -Winston Churchill

The burden borne by mankind is  heavy and a crushing thing.  The word Jesus used (Matthew 11:28) means “a load carried or toil borne to the point of exhaustion.”  Rest is simply release from that burden.  It is not something we do; it is what comes to us when we cease to do.  -A.W. Tozer

One cannot always be a hero, but one can always be a man.  -Goethe

Come!  See a book that told me all that ever I did!  Is not this the Book of God?  -Thomas Halyburton

One serious malady of the church is infantile paralysis – too many babes who never grow.  -Vance Havner

Worry affects circulation, the heart, the glands, and the whole nervous system.  I have never known a man who died from overwork, but many who died from doubt.  -Charles Mayo from the Mayo Clinic

The burden of proof should not be on the back of the accused but on the back of the accuser.  Until a man is proven guilty, he should be assumed innocent.  -Curtis Hutson

Prayer is the stop that keeps you going.

 

Europe’s Civilizational Exhaustion

We are witnessing the extinction of a culture in Western Europe.  The glue of Christianity has ceased to exist in Western Europe, and now that Europe has turned secular, the skid is greased for the advance of Islam.  Islam cannot enter a Christian nation, but only a vacuum, which is exactly what is found in Europe.  What the extremely uninformed and naïve Europeans do not realize, however, is that once Islam gets a firm foothold on the continent, then, like the fifty seven (57) Islamic states, Islam alone will become the state religion of European nations.  Just like the seven (7) churches in Asia Minor, mentioned in Revelation 2-3, Europe likewise is leaving their Christian base for the religion of Islam and mandatory Sharia Law!         Even So, Come Lord Jesus,  Pastor Steve  <><

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Europe’s Civilizational Exhaustion

By Giulio Meotti/Gatestone Institute April 12, 2018
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In a prophetic conference held in Vienna on May 7, 1935, the philosopher Edmund Husserl said, “The greatest danger to Europe is tiredness”. Eighty years later, the same fatigue and passivity still dominate Western European societies.

It is the sort of exhaustion that we see in Europeans’ falling birth rates, the mushrooming public debt, chaos in the streets, and Europe’s refusal to invest resources in its security and military might.

Last month, in a Paris suburb, the Basilica of Saint Denis, where France’s Christian kings are buried, was occupied by 80 migrants and pro-illegal-immigration activists. The police had to intervene to free the site.

Stephen Bullivant, a professor of theology and the sociology of religion at St Mary’s University in London, recently published a report, “Europe’s Young Adults and Religion”:

“Christianity as a default, as a norm, is gone, and probably gone for good – or at least for the next 100 years,” Bullivant said.

According to Bullivant, many young Europeans “will have been baptised and then never darken the door of a church again. Cultural religious identities just aren’t being passed on from parents to children. It just washes straight off them… “And we know the Muslim birthrate is higher than the general population, and they have much higher [religious] retention rates.”

Richard Dawkins, an atheist and the author of The God Delusion, responded to the study’s release by tweeting to his millions of Twitter followers:

Before we rejoice at the death throes of the relatively benign Christian religion, let’s not forget Hilaire Belloc’s menacing rhyme:
“Always keep a-hold of nurse
For fear of finding something worse.”

Dawkins is apparently concerned that that after the demise of Christianity in Europe, there will not be an atheistic utopia, but a rising Islam.

That is the major point of what Philippe Bénéton in his book The Moral Disorder of the West (“Le dérèglement moral de l’Occident”): Islam is filling the cultural vacuum of a society with no children and which believes — wrongly — it has no enemies.

According to Radio Sweden, fewer newborns in that country are being baptized due to the demographic shift. By 2050, almost one in three people in Sweden will be Muslim, according to a recent Pew report

The European mainstream mindset now seems to believe that “evil” comes only from our own sins: racism, sexism, elitism, xenophobia, homophobia, the guilt of the heterosexual white Western male –and never from non-European cultures.

So Europe now postulates an infinite idealization of the “other”, above all the migrant. The heritage and legacy of Western civilization gets sectioned off piece by piece so that nothing remains; our values are mocked and our survival instinct is inhibited. It is a process of decomposition that Europe’s political authorities seem to have decided to mediate, as if it were inevitable.

In German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s major speech in the Bundestag after the unprecedentedly long and difficult process of forming a new government, she struck a conciliatory tone on immigration while offering an inclusive message on Islam. “With 4.5 million Muslims living with us, their religion, Islam, has also become a part of Germany”, she said.

The most powerful politician in Europe capitulated: she evidently forgot (again) the difference between the civil rights of individuals, which Muslim citizens enjoy in Germany, and the sources of a national identity, on which Europe is based: humanistic, Judeo-Christian values.

This realization may why a week earlier the new German Interior minister, Horst Seehofer, said that “Germany has been shaped by Christianity” and not by Islam.

Europe’s tiredness can also be seen in a generational conflict embodied in the alarming rise of public debt. In Italy, the political establishment was recently shaken up by the election of two major populist parties. It is a country with a public debt of 40,000 euros per capita, and a tax burden equal to 43.3% of GDP.

The average age of the population is the third oldest in the world, together with one of the lowest birthrates on the planet, one of the lowest retirement ages in Europe and the highest social security spending-to-GDP ratio in the Western world. It is also a country where pensions account for one-third of all public spending and where the percentage of pensioners in proportion to workers will rise from 37% today to 65% in 2040 (from three workers who support one pensioner to three workers who support two pensioners).

An Islamist challenge to this tired and decaying society could be a decisive one. Only Europe’s Christian population is barren and aging. The Muslim population is fertile and young. “In most European countries–including England, Germany, Italy and Russia, Christian deaths outnumbered Christian births from 2010 to 2015,” writes the Wall Street Journal.

Terrorist attacks will continue in Europe. Recently, in Trèbes, southern France, a jihadist took hostages in a supermarket and claimed allegiance to ISIS. It seems that Europe’s societies consider themselves so strong and their ability to absorb mass immigration so extensive, that nothing will prevent them from believing they can assimilate and manage terrorist acts as they have automobile fatalities or natural disasters.

A tiredness also seems to be why these countries do not take meaningful measures to defeat jihadism, such as closing Salafist mosques or expelling radical imams.

Muslim extremists understand this advantage: so long as they avoid another enormous massacre like 9/11, they will be able to continue murdering people and undermining the West without awakening it from its inertia.

The most likely scenario is that everything will continue: the internal fracture of Europe, two parallel societies and the debasement of Western culture. Piece by piece, European society seems to be coming irreparably apart.

Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=2165#QQtuWQ0i14GOCb9e.99

 

Pray For Revival In America!

 

 

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 Trump On Syria: Missiles Will Be Coming

The liberal press has been lambasting Donald Trump since his inaugural, accusing him of being close friends with Vladimir Putin and Russia.  My, oh my, if that is the case, he has a very strange way of showing it:

April 11, 2018 –

“Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria.  Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!”  You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills people and enjoys it!”

…former President Barack Obama drew a thin red line in Syria.  Nothing more than empty rhetoric.  Current President Donald Trump takes action when needed.

Four Ways To Share Your Faith

Knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.   Philippians 1:17

Paul uses four different words in Philippians to describe the communication of the gospel.  He says we are to “speak” (Gk. lalelo) the gospel in our everyday conversation (v. 14).  We are to “herald” (Gk. kerussa) the gospel as a public crier would in the open air (v. 15).  We are to “preach” (Gk. kataggello) the gospel through formal preaching (v. 16).  Finally we are to verbally defend (Gk. apologia) the gospel through the use of apologetics (v. 17).  Whatever circumstance we find ourselves in, let us not be ashamed of the gospel.  It alone can bring lasting change to a darkened mind.    -Sid Halsband

Lead me to some soul today, O teach me, Lord, just what to say; Melt my heart, and fill my life, give me one soul today.  -Will Houghton

Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ December 29, 2017

Amen Corner

Every sincere Christian should be governed by Bible principles, not personalities or preferences.  One’s loyalty should be to Christ and the Bible, not to individuals or institutions.  The question should not be, Who is taking this position?  The question should be, is this position scriptural?  -Curtis Hutson

An out-and-out Christian has a safeguard.  People may say, “John Rice is a fanatic;” but they will never say, “Come on, Dr. Rice, take a drink out of my bottle.”  -John R. Rice

I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.  -George Washington

The best way of eradicating error is to publish and practice truth.  -W. Arnot

Sin is a poisonous weed that throws the whole nature out of order.  The inner life disintegrates; the flesh lusts after forbidden pleasures; the moral judgment is distorted so that good appears evil and evil, good; time is chosen over eternity, earth over Heaven and death over life.  -A.W. Tozer

So many of us are not big enough to become little enough to be used of God.  -Vance Havner

Lord, save me from sins which call themselves little.  -Charles Spurgeon

It is a great deal easier to do that which God gives us to do, no matter how hard it is, than to face the responsibilities of not doing it.  -J.R. Miller

Self-denial is best for one’s self, for then we oblige God to take care of us.  -D.L. Moody

Even if marriages are made in Heaven, man has to be responsible for the maintenance.  -Kroehler News

There is one thing that mars all the pleasures of my life.  I am afraid the Bible is true.  If I could know for sure that death is an eternal sleep, I should be happy; my joy would be complete.  But here is the thorn that stings me; here is the sword that pierces my very soul – if the Bible is true, I am lost forever.  -Anonymous unbeliever

 

The Bible Reveals The Hydrologic Cycle Thousands Of Years In Advance Of Modern Science

The Bible and TRUE science have always been in total harmony.  Although the Bible is not solely a book on science per say, whenever scientific principles are brought up in the Bible, there is never a contradiction.  The only exception that I can think of, are the miracles that God has performed, whereas He breaks His own laws, such as Jesus walking on water, the parting of the Red Sea, the ax head floating, and a myriad of others.  Enjoy the following article which graphically describes the Biblical narrative of the earth’s hydrologic cycle, written thousands of years before scientists understood it.  In His Service, Pastor Steve  <><

 

DAYS OF PRAISE DAYS OF PRAISE
The Rivers and the Sea
BY HENRY M. MORRIS, PH.D. | MONDAY, APRIL 09, 2018

“All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.” (Ecclesiastes 1:7)

As the ancients observed the mighty Nile and Euphrates and other great rivers flowing into the ocean, they could not help but wonder why the sea level never rose. They knew that many of the waters in the rivers came from rainfall, especially during floods, but they had only quaint notions, at best, as to where the rains originated. Not until the days of modern science did men discover that rainfall actually comes from the oceans via evaporation and atmospheric transportation.

But the Bible writers somehow seemed to know about the true nature of the hydrologic cycle thousands of years in advance of modern science. The rivers come from the same place to which they return—that is, the sea.

But how do the waters of the sea ever rise into the sky? “He maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof: Which the clouds do drop and distill upon man abundantly” (Job 36:27-28). Water droplets are made very small by the process of evaporation so they can be carried aloft by the up-rushing air forces over warm waters; later they “distill upon man abundantly.”

There are other references in Scripture to different phases of this great hydrologic cycle, but one of the most significant is Isaiah 55:10-11: “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth. . . . So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please.” The waters return to the skies only after doing their good work on the lands. Just so, the life-giving Word of God returns to Him, not void, but full of the spiritual fruit for which He sent it. HMM

“Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus” – The Book And The Film

Students taking the current course at the SouthWest Florida Bible Institute: “NT701 Two Tremendous Archaeological Discoveries,” will find the book, “Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus,” invaluable.  The book goes into much greater depth than the film, and is a tremendous tool in Bible history, apologetics and archaeology.  In His Service, Pastor Steve  <><

The Book:

The Film: