Senator Bernie Sanders Disparages Christianity And Christian Beliefs, Suggesting A Christian Should Not Hold Public Office

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Response To Bernie Sanders Belief That Christians Should Not Hold Public Office
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By Michael Brown/Ask Dr Brown June 15, 2017
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Dear Senator Sanders,

I write this letter to you with respect and concern. Respect because of your years of service to our country and your terrific campaign last year. Concern because of your grilling of Russell Vought, President Trump’s nominee for Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, earlier this week.

Frankly, sir, I found your exchange with Mr. Vought to be quite alarming, not to mention downright un-American.

May I have your ear for a moment, Mr. Senator?

Although I am registered as an Independent rather than a Republican, I am strongly conservative, an so, in fundamental disagreement with much of your ideology. Yet when you rose to such national prominence last year, I found much to like about you.

You were unafraid to put your beliefs on the table. You were plainspoken rather than rhetorical. You had a great following among the younger generation. You had no history of ugly scandals in your past. And you had great passion and vision, in particular for a man in his 70’s.

All this was impressive to me, and, in candor, I felt that the election was stacked against you and in favor of Mrs. Clinton.

So, I bear no ill will towards you and I believe that you want what is best for America, as do I.

 

What concerns me is that you voted against Mr. Vought because of his mainstream, historic, Christian beliefs. You even stated that someone who holds to these values “is really not someone who this country is supposed to be about.”

With all respect, Mr. Senator, are you aware that Mr. Vought’s beliefs are far closer to those of many of our Founding Fathers than yours would be? And didn’t our Founders put in our Constitution that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

Yet you applied a religious test to Mr. Vought. On what basis?

Are you aware, sir, that his beliefs mirror those of some of our past presidents and Supreme Court justices, along with the beliefs of some of your esteemed colleagues in Congress? Most importantly, are you aware that Mr. Vought’s beliefs are taken straight from the New Testament?

You took exception to his quite orthodox statement that, “Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ, His Son, and they stand condemned.”

Is it possible you misunderstood the meaning of these words? Could it be that you took them to mean something that Mr. Vought never intended?

After asking him if he felt he was statement was “Islamophobic,” which, of course, he did not, you asked him, “Do you believe people in the Muslim religion stand condemned?” This was followed by, “What about Jews? Do they stand condemned too? . . . do you think that people who are not Christians are going to be condemned?”

The answer for any Bible-believing Christian is simple. Yes, every human being stands condemned before God and in need of a Savior. That’s why God sent Jesus to die for our sins, and that’s why we send missionaries around the world to declare this message of salvation. May I give you the biblical context for this belief?

I imagine that, somewhere in your lifetime, you’ve heard the most famous verse in the New Testament: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Does that sound familiar? These are the verses that comes next: “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:17-19, my emphasis).

Did you note those words, Mr. Senator? The New Testament is stating clearly that all human beings stand condemned in God’s sight because we have chosen our ways rather than His. For that reason, He sent Jesus into the world, not to condemn us but to save us.

That means that you, too, stand condemned before God, no matter how much good you have done. But you are not alone. Billions of others find themselves in the same predicament. The good news is that the same solution applies to all: trusting the Savior to forgive our sins and change our hearts.

Are you saying, then, that anyone who subscribes to these historic Christian beliefs is not fit to serve our country, even as Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget? Does that not strike you as standing in fundamental violation of the very principles on which our nations was founded? Isn’t this a classic example of advocating for freedom from religion rather than freedom of religion?

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By your logic, not only would Mr. Vought (and as mentioned, quite a few of your colleagues) not be fit to serve, but a devout Muslim could not serve either, since Muslims believe that Jews, Christians, Hindus, and others must become Muslims to be saved. And what about an Orthodox Jew who believes that you, a non-observant Jew, are guilty of violating Torah and thereby sinning against God? Should that Orthodox Jew not be allowed to serve?

What if Mr. Vought had answered your questions by quoting the words of Jesus? What if he said, “Sir, I believe in Jesus Christ, who said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'” (John 14:6) Would you have replied, “Well, if you believe what Jesus said, you can’t serve our country.” Really?

As a Christian, Mr. Vought would be duty bound to treat everyone with kindness, respect, and fairness, regardless of their religious beliefs. And as someone who loves God, he would have expected to love his neighbor as himself. This too is part of his faith.

Yet you voted against him solely based on his standard, orthodox beliefs in the exclusivity of salvation through Jesus, stating, to repeat, he “is really not someone who this country is supposed to be about.”

To the contrary, sir, he is what this country has been about since the days of our first settlers. And it is people like him – people of robust faith who genuinely care about others – who this country needs today.

Perhaps, by now, one of your staff members has suggested to you that you misunderstood Mr. Vought’s statement and that, perhaps, you treated him unfairly.

If not, I do hope you will take to heart what I’ve written here, humble yourself and apologize, and then evaluate this candidate based on his overall qualifications.

If, however, you fully understood what Mr. Vought believed and for that very reason found him unfit to serve, then my concern is greatly intensified. You would then be advocating for an American that would become tyrannical and oppressive. And you would be declaring war on some of our most precious and fundamental freedoms.

Is that really the America that you want, Mr. Senator?

Originally published at AskDrBrown.org – reposted with permission.

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2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 49

Donald Perkins    ~    Interview/Hagmann & Hagmann

Evangelist Donald Perkins has been speaking on prophecy for thirty four years.  He is the founder of According Two Prophecy.org.  Donald Perkins has a new DVD “Rejoicing Through The Book Of Revelation.”  The end of Revelation is eternal bliss for the redeemed.  The believer is promised a blessing for reading, hearing and studying the book.  Revelation is a book of blessing.  We are in the end times.  Jesus gave us indicators that would mark His return.  Wars, rumors of wars, famines, pestilence, earthquakes, fearful signs from the heavens.  As we near the end times, the world will look bleak, it will look worse, BUT the only answer for the world is Jesus Christ.  Israel is the time piece in God’s prophetic time clock.  Jesus:  “When these things begin to take place then look up because your redemption is drawing nigh.”  Christians should see the negative news in a positive light.  It is a motivator to reach a dying world.  The American church has lost its influence in our culture.  The church is too comfortable.  Africa is much more hungry for the Gospel.

Donald Perkins believes the rapture is at hand, and the next prophetic event to happen.  Heaven will have no sickness, sorrow or death.  We need to pray for peace in Jerusalem.  The only way for that to be answered is for Christ to come back.  America has turned its back on God, even though we were founded on Godly principles.  Our relationship with Israel is awful.  This should concern all Christians.  If we do not treat Israel right, we will be judged.  (Genesis 12:3).  We have killed 55 million babies and we have redefined marriage.  Now we have poor leaders without common sense who cannot make the right decisions.  Donald Perkins believes that America is under judgment.  Pastors need to expound on Bible prophecy.  It creates a hunger in the church for people to go out and evangelize.  It makes you a soul winner and helps the church to grow.  Jesus is the only way to salvation.  John 14:6.  Acts 4:12.  Buddha is not the way.  Mohammed is not the way.

Donald Perkins is working on a new book- “Prophecy and God’s Order Of Events.”  It is a simple overview for the common man to understand.

Born Again 1

Have you ever wondered what the phrase “born again” means?  The Bible records that Jesus used the phrase in a conversation with a man named Nicodemus.  Nicodemus approached Jesus at night.  He was curious about Jesus and the kingdom of God.

Jesus told him: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).  Nicodemus responded, “How can a man be born when he is old?” (John 3:4).

Nicodemus was a highly moral man who obeyed God’s law.  He was a respected leader of the Jewish community.  No doubt he was a fine man.  Yet something was lacking.  Like Nicodemus, many people today confuse religion with new birth in Christ.  Phrases like “I pray regularly” or  “I believe there is a God” often are confused with a real new-birth experience.

New birth begins with the Holy Spirit convicting a person that a person is a sinner.  Because of sin, we are spiritually dead.  For this reason, spiritual birth, as Jesus described it, is necessary.  God loves us and gives us spiritual birth when we ask Him for it.

The Bible says all persons are sinners (see Romans 3:23).  Jesus died on a cross and was raised from the dead to save sinners.  To be born again means that a person admits to God that he or she is a sinner, repents of sin, believes in or trusts Christ, and confesses faith in Christ as Savior and Lord.  Jesus told Nicodemus that everyone who believes in (places faith in) Christ would not perish (see John 3:16).  Jesus is the only One who can save us (see John 14:6).

To believe in Jesus is to be born again.  Confess your sins and ask Jesus right now to save you.  “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved”  (Acts 2:21).  After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, share your decision with another person, and following Christ’s example, ask for baptism by immersion in your local church as a public expression of your faith  (see Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:6).

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Jesus

Jesus Christ was with God the Father before the world was created.  He became human and lived among humanity as Jesus of Nazareth.  He came to show us what God the Father is like.  He lived a sinless life, showing us how to live; and he died upon a cross to pay for our sins.  God raised Him from the dead.

Jesus is the source of eternal life.  Jesus wants to be the doorway to new life for you.  In the Bible He was called the “Lamb of God” (John 1:29).  In the Old Testament, sacrifices were made for the sins of the people.  Jesus became the sacrificial lamb offered for your sin.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”  (John 14:6).  He is waiting for you now.

  • Admit to God that you are a sinner.  Repent, turning away from your sin.

  • By faith receive Jesus Christ as God’s Son and accept Jesus’ gift of forgiveness from sin.  He took the penalty for your sin by dying on the cross.

  • Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

    You may pray a prayer similar to this as you call on God to save you:  “Dear God, I know that You love me.  I confess my sin and need of salvation.  I turn away from my sin and place my faith in Jesus as my Savior and Lord.  In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.”

    After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, tell a pastor or another Christian about your decision.  Show others your faith in Christ by asking for baptism by immersion in your local church as a public expression of your faith.

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Pray For Revival In America!

The Pastor’s Conference And Southern Baptist Convention ~ June 12-15, 2016 ~ Part 1

I will start out with the last part of this conference/convention, since it turned out to be the most important, and I received a great blessing from it.  God works in strange ways, and as we walk with the Holy Spirit, we learn that we must sometimes strike when the iron is hot.  I was spiritually uplifted and filled on my way home, and ready for opportunities for soul winning…

Our eldest daughter Jill gave me a couple of early Father’s Day gifts prior to my departure on June 17th.  One of them was a T – Shirt that shared the Christian Gospel on it.  It said:  “America Strong,” and had the scripture on it:  Philippians 4:13:  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  I wore this shirt as a public witness on my two flights home that night.   I entered my second and final Delta flight, and was seated next to a young Marine named Gary.  Gary noticed “America Strong,” and complimented me about the shirt.  Gary had great integrity, and I could tell “God and Country” were priorities to him, and he would give his life for his nation.  Gary was going to visit his grandfather, who was terminally ill with kidney failure.  God set the stage for Gary to receive spiritual truth.  I used the opportunity to explain the scripture on the shirt, and this led to my sharing the plan of salvation with this Marine.  He listened carefully.  I told him that the Lord placed me next to him, and that in the Hebrew language, there is no word for coincidence.  It was indeed a Divine appointment.  As we departed from our flight, a lady two rows in front of us asked if I was the preacher on our flight.  I said yes I was, and she was elated about the sharing of the plan of salvation.  (Since she was seated two rows ahead of us, this means that at least eight to ten people heard the Gospel).  Her encouragement, which I have rarely experienced during such ventures, was for Gary’s benefit, in order to affirm my (His) words.

This was a time of joy, but be prepared for Satan’s counter punch whenever you share Christ.  I got back to my wife’s new car in the airport parking lot and the battery was dead at 3 AM!  New cars do not ordinarily have dead batteries.  I later arrived home and had to cut our grass quickly, since I would be busy in church all day Sunday.  I prepared our lawn tractor and had it all set to mow our long grass (I was gone for ten days) before we left for the conference/convention.  While gone, a rat nested on the crank shaft and chewed on the wires connected to the battery.  The mower still does not start to this day.  I had a small push mower that I used, and it naturally took much longer.  Satan does not like it when we share our faith.  [These things I mentioned are only minor inconveniences in the scope of eternity.  I share them so people can become aware of the spiritual battle going on].  Satan will do everything he can to keep us from sharing the ONLY way of salvation.  John 14:6, Acts 4:12

Incredibly, I have found that the largest opposition to soul winning has come from WITHIN the body of Christ!  That is, from professing Christians who do not share their faith.  Lost souls and pagans are usually intrigued by the Gospel, and I have had great conversations with them during my thirty six years of soul winning.  It is the Christians who place a lampshade over their faith that criticize the public sharing of the Gospel.  Unfortunately, this accounts for a great many believers, since it is a well known fact that a great majority of Christians have never won a soul to Christ, and have never shared the plan of salvation with anyone.  Strange but true.  I know from experience.  You think about that.

Blessings, Pastor Steve       <><

Prince

When celebrities pass on, big headlines are the outcome.  When war veterans waste away because our government fails to provide them medical care, no one knows.  I am glad that the Lord’s justice will not sleep forever.  As a baby boomer, I can relate to 1960’s and 1970’s heavy metal music.  I remember Jimi Hendrix, and I interpreted Prince as a more refined version of Hendrix.  Since 1980, I have no desire to listen to that kind of music because of my salvation and God giving me a new heart.  (II Corinthians 5:17)  I read a couple things about Prince since his death that shocked my socks off.  Prince was seen as a bigoted homophobe by the liberal entertainment industry.  He went so far (read article below) as to suggest the Lord destroyed the entire world by the flood of Noah because of fallen man’s wickedness and sin!  My, even many professing Christians do not believe the story of the flood in Genesis 6-8.    I know Christians who have not nor will not warn their friends or family about God’s wrath and judgment of sin.  The sin of sodomy is what the Lord calls an abomination (Leviticus 18:22, KJV).  This sin received special treatment in ancient times, as fire and brimstone devoured and destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.  Please, please, please do not tell me that you love your gay friends when you fail to warn them of God’s judgment.  Fellow believers often become angry at me because of what I teach, preach and write.  That is fine.  I do not want to be silent when the Lord tells me to warn the ungodly about His wrath to come.  Prince may have struggled with this issue himself, but I respect him for his honesty and his trust in the Word of God.

What truly saddens me about Prince was not his worldly lifestyle, nor his abusive use of pain killers that may have led to his death.  What hurts is that he was a Jehovah’s Witness for about the last fifteen years of his life unto the day he died.  That cult does not believe in Christ’s deity and His equality with the Father.  They deny the Trinity, the reality of hell, and they are false prophets, having failed to predict Armageddon on more than one occasion.  Their ideas and bizarre beliefs are based on the teachings of Charles Taze Russell and Judge Rutherford.  They use to be called the Russellites.  They rewrote the Bible into what they call the New World Translation (NWT), carefully stripping out every mention and reference to Christ’s godhead.  They would deny a loved one a blood transfusion and let them die.  If Prince was convicted of sin, maybe the reality of how God gave His life for him would have been readily received.  It saddens me greatly that he belonged to the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

John 14:6 King James Version (KJV)

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Pastor Steve

 

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 THE STAR TREATMENT

LOOK WHO’S TURNING ON PRINCE’S LEGACY

Reaction erupts over stunning social views expressed in 2008 interview

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Prince, the rock icon whose sudden death at age 57 last week left the music industry reeling, followed his own drumbeat in his lyrics, music and lifestyle.

He also, apparently, took a narrow path in the entertainment industry on the issue of homosexuality.

Because while Bruce Springsteen and others have decided to deprive North Carolina fans of concerts because of the state’s law protecting women and girls from men in public restrooms, Prince insisted the Bible condemned homosexual behavior, and he concurred.

Music News, Paul Resnikoff concluded Prince “was a gay-bashing homophobe.”

“Prince was a fearless innovator, and known for challenging societal boundaries and gender definitions,” Resnikoff wrote. “But maybe he wasn’t so comfortable with his sexuality, after all.”

Look at the truth of the homosexual issue, in “Outlasting the Gay Revolution” or “A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been,” both at the WND Superstore.

He cited a 2008 interview by Claire Hoffman in the New Yorker that reported Prince’s social views.

“When asked about his perspective on social issues – gay marriage, abortion – Prince tapped his Bible and said, ‘God came to earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out. He was, like, ‘Enough,’” the reporter quoted him saying.

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Spiritual Insight Received After Going To My Doctor

Like many of you, I am a Baby Boomer and a South Floridian.  There was no such thing as sun screen when we were children or young adults.  I received way too much sun when I was in my late teens through my early twenties.  Now I pay for that overabundance of sunshine and am reminded of it every time I visit my dermatologist.  I have had minor operations, skin grafts and the most common remedy is the freezing technique.  These are a few of the many solutions for skin cancer.  I praise the Lord for them.  Think about the alternative!  Then I realized…  My problem as a young man was that I worshipped the wrong sun!  We were even called sun worshippers in those days.  There are scores of ancient cultures who likewise worshipped the sun.  The Sumerians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Mayans, Incas and Aztecs to name a few.  They too, worshipped the wrong sun.  We need to worship the Creator rather than the creation.  (Romans 1:25)  I was gloriously saved at the ripe old age of twenty seven, and the Lord has drastically modified my worship habits from that time in my life.  Now I worship the Son rather than the sun and it makes a world of difference.  Of course after salvation we soon realize that the Son actually made the sun and everything else in the universe.  Thank you Jesus for all that You are:  Creator, Wonderful, Counselor, Prince Of Peace, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, The Sun Of Righteousness, The Truth, The Life, The Way, Our Advocate, Great High Priest, The Branch, Shiloh, The Door, The Light Of The World, The Alpha And The Omega, The First And The Last, The Good Shepherd (Psalm 22), The Great Shepherd (Psalm 23), The Chief Shepherd (Psalm 24), The Bread Of Life, The Messiah, The Resurrection, Captain Of Our Salvation, Mediator, Deliverer, Savior, Redeemer, Our Intercessor, Blood Atonement, Our Mercy Seat, Propitiation Of Our Sins, Covering, The Scapegoat, Seed Of A Woman, Son Of God, Son Of Man, King Of Kings, Lord Of Lords, The Lily Of The Valley, The Bright And Morning Star, The Rose Of Sharon, The Christ, Yeshua, Joshua, Jehovah, Immanuel, Star Of Jacob, Lamb Of God, Lion From The Tribe Of Judah, Son Of David, The Prophet, I AM, Our Lawyer, Our Defense Attorney, Anointed One, Angel Of The Lord, The Potentate, Lord And God and the list goes on and on…  Do you know Him?  Peter says in Acts 4:12 that “There is no other name written in heaven whereby we can be saved.”  Jesus Himself said (John 14:6) that “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father except by Me.”  He is also the Author of salvation, and if you know Jesus then you also know the Father.  Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe, sin had left a crimson stain and He washed it white as snow.”  My  mother gave me a card when I left home in 1977 for a job in Washington, D.C.  I was twenty three years old.  The card said:  “If you meet me and forget me, you have lost nothing.  But if you meet Jesus Christ and forget Him, you have lost everything.”  That card is worn out and one can barely read it.  But guess what?  It is still in my wallet.  The Lord used that card and many other things to lead me to Him.  Thank you Jesus.  Because Of Him And Only Because Of Him,  Pastor Steve

Killing Jesus ~ Part 3

The Crucifixion

As mentioned, the raising of Lazarus was glossed over in the film, and this is the act that gave more people a desire to crucify Jesus Christ than any other event.  One week before Christ’s death, the Lord asked His disciples to retrieve a donkey.  You Bible scholars already know that He fulfilled Zechariah 9:9 by riding the donkey into Jerusalem.  The disciples who retrieved the donkey, suggested that He manipulated the event in order to appear that He was fulfilling prophecy.  Yes, a skeptical theme is evident throughout this movie.  Fast forwarding ahead to Jesus and the disciples in the garden of Gethsemane: when the officials came to arrest Him, as you may recall, zealous Peter cut off the ear of a soldier.  The Bible says that Jesus healed the ear.  Again, in consistent fashion, the movie omitted this miracle, one of His last performed on earth.  Prior to His crucifixion in the movie, one uttered that “He walked on water and fed the multitudes.”  In the background one could be heard asking:  “Did you see it happen?”  Again implying a lie was being told.

The following episode is classic of so called “Hollywood” poetic license.  We know how Judas Iscariot was given thirty pieces of silver for turning Jesus over to the authorities.  The Bible tells us that he brought it back to the priests and religious elders in the temple because he betrayed innocent blood.  Since it was “blood money,” the priests decided it could not be used for temple service, and reserved it for the Potter’s Field, which was a parcel of land used to bury strangers.  It became known as the field of blood.  The movie has Judas giving a boy thirty pieces of silver, to purchase a rope that the lad had around his goat!  This is the rope Judas hung himself with.  Furthermore, the movie has him hanging himself in a level area which could not have happened according to the scriptures.  One Gospel account says Judas hung himself.  Another says his bowels gushed out down a cliff.  Merging the true accounts together we find that Judas hung himself over a cliff, the rope/branch broke, and he fell down the cliff.

In the movie, the authorities gave Jesus a crimson colored robe for His mock trials, yet the Bible says it was purple.  The movie quoted it as purple even though it was not.  Have colors changed in the last two thousand years?  Inri was the only sign placed on the cross.  There were no miracles displayed at the cross.  The earth did not quake and the sky did not turn dark.  The veil in the temple between the holy place and the holy of holies was not shown to be split top to bottom.  Lepers were not cleansed, and people did not rise from the dead as the Bible tells us.  This could have been the crucifixion of Spartacus rather than Jesus.  The thief on the cross who became saved, was far from Christ and never heard from.  In the movie, Jesus was never heard saying:  “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  Bill O’Reilly claimed “that would never have been said.”  Then O’Reilly quipped  “No one being crucified would have made such a statement or have the strength to do so.”  O’Reilly’s audacity and foolish presumption is downright scary!  A very human Jesus was presented at the crucifixion.

Three days later, the movie displays an empty tomb, asserting no real evidence for the resurrection or suggestion of why His body was missing.  The women who came to the tomb, however, smiled as they noticed it was empty.  That was probably the largest inference to the resurrection in the entire movie.  No angels appeared, the ground did not quake, fearful Roman soldiers were not to be seen, and the resurrection of Jesus was glossed over.

Later, Peter is shown fishing once again, and he caught another huge, miraculous amount after he appeared to be in prayer.  The implication was that the Lord enabled the great catch, but Jesus is no where to be seen.  In fact, the movie shows no appearances of Jesus whatsoever after the crucifixion, nor is His ascension to heaven displayed either.

Here are a few mind boggling closing statements in the movie: 1)Peter took the “Christian tradition” to Rome, where he formalized the Mason Christian Church.”   [This is classic Catholicism.  There was no pope for three hundred years after Peter.  Christians do not call our faith “tradition,” we call it the Gospel.]  2)The movie claims once again that “according to tradition John was exiled to the island of Patmos.”  This is mentioned in the book of Revelation.  The authors again refuse to believe in the inspiration of the holy scriptures.  3) Furthermore, they said the Gospel account of John is open to debate in regards to its’ authenticity and authorship.  What more is there to say?

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Conclusion:  There are so many excellent Biblical movies on Jesus Christ that hold to the integrity of the scriptures.  For instance, watch the excellent sequel to “The Bible,” on Easter night- it is called “A.D., The Bible Continues…”  (9pm/8c, NBC).  There is also Jesus of Nazareth, King Of Kings, Ben Hur, The Passion Of The Christ and The Greatest Story Ever Told.   To me, watching the movie Killing Jesus was a consummate waste, except to expose it.  O’Reilly claims to believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ, but does he believe He is the only way?  (John 14:6)  Furthermore, what good is accomplished in this film?  Lost souls and inquirers to the faith will only become confused by watching it.  O’Reilly has a “buffet style” approach to the Bible, and believes in only part of the Bible and rejects the rest.  This is in direct conflict with the caption at the beginning of the movie that says it is based on the Bible.  O’Reilly arbitrarily decides what is to be taken literally, what is to be accepted as an allegory or hyperbole, and what is to be rejected.  He probably vacillates himself from day to day about what he accepts and rejects.  [I like Bill O’Reilly and a lot of what he does, such as standing up for the Christians’ right to celebrate Christmas.  As a reputable news anchor, he also helped secure the release of an American prisoner in Mexico, who was there on trumped up false charges.  Writing books on the King Of Kings however, is not his forte.  He needs to stick with writing about Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and George S. Patton].   Let me close with a simple question to you who know you are saved.  Would you write such a book, or direct this movie?  The scriptures are added to, taken away from, distorted, and tampered with.  It is indeed confusing, at least from my perspective.  The Gospel is 100% true and there are many movies on the life of Jesus Christ that better represent the true, infallible, inerrant, immutable Word of God.

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever.”   Isaiah 40:8  (NASB)

Have A Blessed Easter/Resurrection Day

Maranatha, Pastor Steve