“The name of Christians being extinguished”

American Renewal Project <info@usarenewalproject.com> Apr‎ ‎24 at ‎3‎:‎15‎ ‎AM  

Nothing could be further from the truth than what comes across as a contest between Democrats and Republicans. In reality, two distinct and immutable religions – Christianity and Secularism – are vying for ideological supremacy in the public square. A better labeling would read: America is smack-dab in the middle of a ‘cultural civil war’. Eventually, one worldview will triumph over the other.
This is by no means a new historical phenomenon, as Spurgeon informs us:
“A medal was struck by Diocletian, which still remains, bearing the inscription, ‘The name of Christians being extinguished’. And in Spain, [a] monumental pillar [was] raised, on which [was] written: ‘Diocletian Jovian Maximian Herculeus Caesares Augusti, for having adopted Galerius in the east, for having everywhere abolished the superstition of Christ, for having extended the worship of the gods.’ As a modern writer has elegantly observed: ‘We have here a monument raised by Paganism, over the grave of its vanquished foe. But in this ‘the people imagined a vain thing’; so far from being deceased, Christianity was on the eve of its final and permanent triumph, and the stone guarded a sepulcher empty as the urn that Electra washed with her tears. Neither in Spain, nor elsewhere, can be pointed out the burial place of Christianity; it is not, for the living have no tomb.’” [1]  
Modern Christendom is inclined to blame “humanists, pagans and Muslims, Marxists or other groups for the state of our culture and its idolatrous turn, but God calls His people to first take a long hard look at themselves in accounting for the decline of our social order.” [2]
America’s founders understood the basic fact that virtue and liberty are inseparably linked, and that freedom “cannot long be preserved in the absence of virtue among the people and their representatives.” [3]

Liberty depends upon virtue, and virtue depends upon Christianity.
These truths have now been stripped from government-controlled education. Christians have surrendered the ministry of civil government to secularists, who are in rebellion against God. Secularism has brought to bear its own religious, ethical, and political doctrines in America.[4]
Under the influence of pietism the scope of spiritual engagement in America has been reduced to “his or her personal life, family life, and the affairs of the church as an ecclesiastical organization.” [5] No wonder that Secularism managed to hijack the founders’ master plan.
Americans want God’s help, but not His holiness. The nation reckons that it is useful to have God on its side. To honor God, to all appearances, we attend church on Christmas and Easter, say a prayer for the right parking spot, or ask the pastor to bless a marriage or a new home. But what we really want is a God who will help us to get our own way. We call for a God to help us getting things done, as long as we can keep our own views and live our own lives. [6]
As a result, America has reached a tipping point as God is beginning to assign His time-tested veterans to the front ranks. This battle for the Soul of America will unfold over the next thirty years, and God’s plans are not transparent.
A.W. Pink describes the spirit and training of those whom God is moving to the frontlines. [7]
“It is this very loneliness of the saint that serves to make manifest the genuineness of his faith. There is nothing remarkable in one believing what all his associates believe, but to have faith when surrounded by skeptics, is something noteworthy. To stand alone, to be the solitary champion of a righteous cause when all others are federated unto evil, is a rare sight. Yet such was Rahab. There were none in Jericho with whom she could have fellowship, none there to encourage her heart and strengthen her hands by their godly counsel and example: all the more opportunity for her to prove the sufficiency of Divine grace! Scan slowly the list presented in Hebrews 11, and then recall the recorded circumstances of each. With whom did Abel, Enoch, Noah have spiritual communion? From what brethren did Joseph, Moses, Gideon receive any help along the way? Who were the ones who encouraged and emboldened Elijah, Daniel, Nehemiah? Then think it not strange that you are called to walk almost if not entirely alone, that you meet with scarcely any like-minded or any who are capable of giving you a lift along the road.”

Secularism’s destruction of America’s once biblically-based culture can be counteracted by:
• Reestablishing prayer in America’s churches, led by the senior pastor.
• Men and Women of Issachar running for local office: city councils, school boards, parks and recreation, etc.
[Please note that filing deadlines in many parts of the country take place in June. Pastors who don’t feel called to run are requested to recruit a member of their congregation.]   
Gideons and Rahabs are now moving toward the civil government frontline. “It will require courage, fortitude and unwavering biblical faithfulness to rouse the church again to her mission in a generation that has lost its way in idolatry, and where a many prophet and priest have said ‘peace peace, when there is no peace’ (Jeremiah 6:14).” [8]
David Lane
American Renewal Project
[1] The Treasury of David, Charles H. Spurgeon
[2-3] Joseph Boot, The Mission of God, A Manifesto Of Hope For Society
[4] Archie P. Jones, Forward to The Christian Life and Character Of The Civil Institutions Of The United States, Benjamin F. Morris, 1864
[5] Boot, The Mission of God
[6] Keith Krell, 1 Samuel
[7] A.W. Pink, Gleanings From Joshua
[8] Boot, The Mission of God

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Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ January 26, 2018

Judges 7:20 King James Version (KJV)
20 And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.

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Amen Corner

The vision must be followed by the venture.  It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs.  -Vance Havner

If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and counsel, there is no telling how great a catastrophe shall come upon us and bury our glory in profound obscurity.  -Daniel Webster

Somebody is in Hell now perhaps who would have been saved had you lived so your prayers could have been answered, had you lived so that God could have sent a revival, had you lived so the Spirit of God could have come in power.  Souls go to Hell because we are not right in our lives.  -John R. Rice

No man who knows the depths of his own weakness would dare to appear before the ineffable Presence with nothing to recommend him but his own character; nor would any Christian, wise after the discipline of failures and imperfections, want his acceptance with God to depend upon any degree of holiness to which he might have attained through the operation of inward grace.  -A.W. Tozer

The art of saying appropriate words in a kindly way is one that never goes out of fashion, never ceases to please, and is within the reach of the humblest.  F.W. Faber

For weak, poor, helpless, unworthy though we be in ourselves, in Him, our Lord, our Redeemer, we are complete in the fullest, broadest and most varied sense of that mighty word.  -Charles Spurgeon

This book is the minister’s “brief”; and he must not travel out of the record, because it alone contains the sum and substance of all he has to say.  -Dean Close

Some vices are hoary with age, but they show no signs of decrepitude; in fact, they seem to enjoy perpetual youth.  -F.J. Mallett

Whatever place allotted to us by Almighty God, that for us is the post of duty and honor.  God estimates us not by the position we are in, but by the way in which we fill it.  -T. Edwards

It’s more important to know where you’re going than to see how fast you can get there.

Remembering Barbara Bush…

Sorry folks, I do not have the warm fuzzies when I ponder upon the Bush family, legacy and Christian faith.  The only words I heard about Barbara Bush in the spiritual realm were that “she had a strong belief in the afterlife.”  I have never heard anyone in the extended Bush household refer to THE Author of salvation, Jesus Christ.  Read James 2:19 New King James Version (NKJV):
“You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!”

The eulogy for this First Lady was dotted with words like iconic, public servant, matriarch and patriotic.  Conspicuously absent was any reference to a Christian woman.  In my opinion, the highest praise that can be lauded on any woman is the following:  Proverbs 31:30 English Standard Version (ESV)
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

Barbara Bush was given the familiar accolades that we have grown accustomed to, after her passing, but the fact of the matter is that “good people never go to heaven.”  Why is this?  Because we are all sinners:  Romans 3:23 King James Version (KJV)
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…”  Romans 3:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
“As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one…”

Here is the key to salvation:  Hebrews 9:22 King James Version (KJV)
“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission (of sins).”

Prescott Bush, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush, are all globalists who seek the New World Order (NWO), and the so called Two State Solution, whereas Israel would forfeit the little land she has.  Christians would never do such a thing because we believe Genesis 12:3-

Genesis 12:3 New King James Version (NKJV)

“I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Amazingly, the crude and sometimes bombastic Donald Trump seems to understand the need to support Israel better than the “refined” Bush family.  Trump’s support of Israel may prolong the longevity of the United States of America!  This gives real meaning to the old adage:  “We will be surprised by who we do see in heaven and by who we do not see in heaven.”  Amen and amen.

If you do some research, you will find that Prescott Bush supported the Nazi Party in Germany, prior to the United States entering World War II, and George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush were members of the Skull and Bones Society at Yale University.  George H.W. Bush’s nickname was “Magog.”  Enough said…

We Christians should never judge another, as far as where one spends eternity.  But given the lack of evidence of understanding that salvation is “by grace through faith,” and the lack of even the mere mention of the name of Jesus Christ, does not give us a good feeling about where one will spend eternity.  Patriotism and love of country will not enable one to go to heaven.  One must be born from above and place their faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

Acts 4:12 King James Version (KJV)
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Salvation Comes Solely through the blood of Christ, Do Not Leave Earth Without It!

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Pray For Revival In America!

 

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

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.

 

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

 

Few American Churchgoers Familiar With ‘Great Commission’

 

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Few American Churchgoers Familiar With ‘Great Commission’
By PNW Staff April 05, 2018
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A new study conducted by Barna, in conjunction with Seed Company, on various aspects related to the spread of the Gospel is raising alarm bells.

The new report titled Translating the Great Commission makes the case that many Christians have forgotten one of the great exhortations of Jesus when He commanded all Christians to “go and make disciples of all nations”.

Every religion has a unique character whether it be for domination of the earthly realm, preservation of a nation or salvation of souls, and Christianity is distinctly the latter with Matthew 28:18-20 representing the clearest example of what is commonly referred to as the Great Commission.

Barna surveyed 1,004 church-going Christians from across the nation to arrive at their conclusions about the state of Gospel preaching, and while what they found leaves some room for interpretation, it also gives one pause to stop and consider the state of Christianity in America.

They found that 51% of respondents had never heard the term “the Great Commission” while another 25% claimed to have heard it but did not know its meaning. Another 6% of Christians thought they knew what it meant, but were not sure.

Only 17% of church-going Christians said that they both recognized and understood the concept of the Great Commission.

When framed as a matching exercise in which survey takers were asked to connect the term with corresponding Bible passages, 94% of the 17% of Christians who recognized the term were able to match it with the correct Biblical passage (Matthew 28:18-20), which leaves roughly 160 Christians out of every 1,000 who understand one of the central tenants of faith: to spread the Gospel to all nations.

The survey found that older church-goers were more likely to respond positively to questions regarding knowledge of the Great Commission (29% elders, 26% baby boomers, 17% generation X, and 10% millennials) but the Barna study authors were also forced to conclude that the use of the term itself could have been a key factor.

The authors speculate that some of the younger Christians may very well know that Jesus commanded all Christians to make disciples of all nations, baptize them and teach them to obey the commandments of the Lord, even though they might not use the term Great Commission.

The element of linguistic doubt across generations is the one major caveat of the study but, even correcting for that, there are significant percentages of Christians in every generation that neither recognize the term nor can match it to its Biblical passage—numbers that leave us to ponder the consequences for Christianity.

So, what can be done?

First, the term itself has become perhaps misunderstood due to linguistic drift. We seldom use the term “commission” today outside the military and I would venture to guess that a majority of young adults would struggle precisely to define the term by itself, even outside a Biblical context.

Many people need to be re-educated with what this term actually means to see this great mission as the cause of all Christian good in the world. Christians aren’t made for simply sitting in Church pews, they are made for creating disciples and bringing the kingdom of God to Earth. Care about social justice? Worried about racism, mass incarceration or a drug crisis? Want to help desperate immigrants or the destitute living on the streets?

The answer is the Great Commission. Just as the tax collector Zacchaeus in the Book of Luke who gave up half his wealth, when the Word is truly received transformative change is possible. Imagine how entire systems of injustice would fall away if we truly made new disciples who obeyed God’s Word to the letter? God’s Word is the most powerful tool for social justice and societal change the world has ever known, and this change of perspective is key.

Finally, we need to take the cause to heart. Yes, our personal relationship with the Lord is a fundamental aspect of faith. Yes, the Church is a central component of our lives. But at the forefront of it all should be the Great Commission to build the Kingdom of God one life at a time, creating thousands of new disciples everyday who can themselves keep the commandments and spread the love of Jesus further.

But this requires real action. It requires donating our resources, sacrificing our time and living bold lives of true Christian conviction in which we evangelize in both word and deed.

Matthew 28 is no vision of a lonely monastery. This active, outward-looking faith is truly the great mission of Christians here on Earth.

Read more at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=2140#UWXkSt5yU07m4Zid.99

 

He Is Risen!

HE IS RISEN

 He is Risen!
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He Is Risen Indeed.

 

He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.
Matthew 28:6 NLT
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Despised For All Of This ~ Holy Week ~ Resurrection Day

Despised for All of This
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Despised for All of This
April 1, 2018
Read: Isaiah 53:3–12
Bible in a Year: Judges 13–15; Luke 6:27–49

He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.—Isaiah 53:12
Susannah Cibber gained fame in the eighteenth century for her talent as a singer. However, she was equally well known for her scandalous marital problems. That’s why when Handel’s Messiah was first performed in Dublin in April 1742, many in the audience did not approve of her role as a featured soloist.
During that inaugural performance, Cibber sang of the Messiah: “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3 kjv). Those words so moved Rev. Patrick Delany that he jumped to his feet and said, “Woman, for this be all thy sins forgiven thee!”
The connection between Susannah Cibber and the theme of Handel’s Messiah is evident. The “man of sorrows”—Jesus the Messiah—was “despised and rejected” because of sin. The prophet Isaiah said, “My righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities” (v. 11).
The connection between Messiah and us is no less apparent. Whether we stand with the judgmental audience members, with Susannah Cibber, or somewhere in between, we all need to repent and receive God’s forgiveness. Jesus, by His life, death, and resurrection, restored our relationship with God our Father.
For this—for all Jesus did—be all our sins forgiven. —Tim Gustafson
Father in heaven, we all stand in need of Your forgiveness. We stand too in awe of Your Son Jesus, who was despised and rejected for our sins. Thank You for coming to us in Jesus 2,000 years ago so that we might know You now.
Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Revelation 19:6 kjv

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HAPPEASTER!