“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.

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.

 

Donald J. Trump’s Latest Tweet @realDonaldTrump:

 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

 

He Is Risen / Holy Week / Day 8: Surprised!

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He Is Risen | Day 8: Surprised!
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Day 8
Surprised!
By: David McCasland

Today’s Reading: Luke 24:13–35
Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.
LUKE 24:31
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610), an Italian artist, was known for his fiery temperament and unconventional technique. He used ordinary working people as models for his saints and was able to make viewers of his paintings feel they were a part of the scene. The Supper at Emmaus shows an innkeeper standing while Jesus and two of His followers are seated at a table when they recognize Him as the risen Lord (Luke 24:31). One disciple is pushing himself to a standing position while the other’s arms are outstretched and his hands open in astonishment.

Luke, who records these events in his gospel, tells us that the two men immediately returned to Jerusalem where they found the eleven disciples and others assembled together and saying, “ ‘The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.’ Then [they] told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread” (vv. 33–35).

Oswald Chambers said, “Jesus rarely comes where we expect Him; He appears where we least expect Him, and always in the most illogical connections. The only way a worker can keep true to God is by being ready for the Lord’s surprise visits.”

Whatever road we are on today, may we be ready for Jesus to make Himself known to us in new and surprising ways.
To find the Lord Jesus Christ we must be willing to seek Him.

Sword Of The Lord ~ December 1, 2017 ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor

Amen Corner

When you hear this silly talk that the Bible “contains” the Word of God and is not the Word of God, you hear fool’s talk.  I don’t care if he is a doctor of divinity or a president of a university covered with medals from universities of Europe and the United States; it is fool’s talk.  There can be no inspiration of the Book without the inspiration of the words of the Book.  -B.H. Carroll

The man who succeeds does more than is necessary – and keeps on doing it.  -Curtis Hutson

Someone has said, “If you must drown, don’t drown in a mud puddle!”  If you must fail, go down in a big cause.  There are men who ought to be battling lions who spend their days swatting mosquitoes.  -Vance Havner

Beware!  Stay close to Jesus because some seed sown back yonder you will reap in the time of the greatest temptation.  -John R. Rice

Let any man turn to God in earnest, let him begin to exercise himself unto godliness, let him seek to develop his powers of spiritual receptivity by trust and obedience and humility, and the results will exceed anything he may have hoped in his leaner and weaker days.  -A.W. Tozer

One of the ancient fathers had, before his conversion, lived in an ill-advised relationship with a woman.  Sometime after, she accosted him as usual.  Knowing how likely he was to fall into sin, he ran away with all his might; and she ran after him, crying, “Wherefore runnest thou away?  It is I.”

He answered, “I run away because I am not I.  I am a new man.”  -Charles H. Spurgeon

In relation to other books the Bible occupies a peculiar and unique position.  It is independent of all others.  It imitates no other book; it copies none; it hardly alludes to any other, whether in praise or blame.  John never speaks of Plato, nor Paul of Demosthenes, nor Jesus of any writer save Moses and the prophets.  There is a certain grand unconsciousness about it, as in the Himalayan Hills, which cast the same look of still sovereignty over an India unpeopled after the deluge as over an India, the hive of sweltering nations.  -George Gilfillan    ***   This is a profound quotation and observation.  Pastor Steve   ***

The will of God – nothing more, nothing less.  -G. Campbell Morgan  (motto in his study)

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

The best prayers have often more groans than words.  -John Bunyan

No man can follow Christ and go astray.  -William H.P. Faunce