Millions are a captive audience on Easter. Will the preachers say what they need to say? Experts say no. They claim the euphoria of having a crowd will dull the edge of truth. They claim that someone who has been a motivational speaker all year won’t suddenly become a spiritual reformer.
If they’re right, Easter will be the greatest missed opportunity of the church year. What needs to be said? I will brave an answer, not out of arrogance, but out of a broken heart. I would shed the typical formality and begin this way:
This morning I need to explain how our nation flipped so suddenly, and began calling evil good, and good evil. This also happened on the day Jesus died. Pilate was doing everything he could to free Jesus…when things took a dark turn.
Pilate told the crowd he would give them a choice to release a prisoner. He was certain they would free Jesus.
Many in that crowd heard Jesus teach and their souls were lifted to heaven. Some gained freedom from their dark past. Some in that mob had been healed or their children were healed.
Nevertheless, a demon-driven change came over the people to get Jesus on the cross. Those who cried “hosanna he that comes in the name of the Lord.” Now scream, “crucify him, crucify him!”
But it is not enough for them to condemn the innocent; they must also release the criminal. Having called good evil, they must not call evil good. Who was their choice? In Matthew 27:16 Barabbas is called a “notorious prisoner.” In Mark 15:7, echoed in Luke 23:19, he was “in prison with the rebels who had committed murder.
Those same evil spirits have fueled the change that has come over our nation. Many of our citizens have now gone against all of their former values.
It was not God’s will for the disciples to defeat the mob and save Jesus from the cross. However, now that He won, we have the right and responsibility to do it.
So, I ask you why then—why are we letting them destroy everything that made us great? Why do we passively sit back and watch a movement—that claims to be working for justice—create even more injustice?
They make railing accusations: “you are a woman without a mind—you are man without a soul—you don’t deserve to live because of who you voted for. Even though you are law abiding, we will take what you have because someone else abused what you have. My need for self-expression outweighs your right to be a child.”
When they tell us they want to silence the church—when they tell us their opinion is the only one allowed—when disagreeing will cost you your rights, your job, and even your life—when they burn buildings, protect killers, and convict innocent people—the church should have no response? Do we sit back and just lose our freedom of religion and speech?
How can we remain silent about the great evil in our nation, on the very day we celebrate Christ’s victory over evil? He did not just win, He devastated demonic power.
I am not talking about politics…I am talking about evil. I am talking about evil your children will live under. I am talking about evil that will make it impossible to preach the Gospel in our nation. We should ignore this?
Jesus did not just die for our sins—He died to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8 says, “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
I will go so far as to say that victory over evil is the central theme of the Easter story. The resurrection of Jesus was an attack that disarmed Satan. Colossians 2; 15 “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”
It is the calling of the church to enforce the power of the Cross, and the Resurrection, on the works of Satan. This is what it’s all about. Today—above all days—we must realize it!
God is looking for people who will rise up, based on the authority won on Easter, and declare to the powers and principalities in heavenly places, “you must take your filthy hands off of our nation!”
I would tell the relatives and guests that becoming a Christian means forsaking all to follow Christ…and by doing so, they would receive power—power unlike anything they had ever experienced before.
Since Easter was an explosion—celebrating it should also be an explosion! If only we would repent. Then we could truly celebrate. If only the people of God would surrender on Easter. The power of the resurrection would overtake us. Great shouts of Hosanna, tears of joy would overwhelm us. And an inward fire to rise up to change our nation. Hallelujah!
Let today be the day the song is not just words: “There is power in the Name of Jesus, to break every chain. There’s an army rising up to break every chain.”
The Shocking Reason millions of born again Christians will still vote for Hillary
By Mario Murillo
She is a smooth criminal. She is the consort of a sexual addict. She is chugging the longest train of scandal and lawlessness in history toward the White House. Box cars overflow with federal crimes, defilement, unexplained deaths, pathological lies, and an insatiable lust for power. She wants the savagery of late term abortion. She believes marriage is between a man and anything.
However, the greatest horror resides in the caboose: She will feed and expand the cancer of Obama’s policies. Thus, she will turn up the blood-letting of government spending and doom our children. Our foreign policy will be one big blazing Benghazi. Our Supreme Court will become a left-wing meat grinder. Obamacare is dead; no mind, she will manage the morgue so the corpse putrefies our health care system indefinitely.
Say you wanted to craft the quintessential anti-Christian candidate. Monger a politician that is the most anti-Bible, anti-church, anti-Israel, anti-God human being on the planet: thy name is Hillary Clinton.
Yet, with all of this, millions of born again, holiness, tongue-talking, Bible-thumping Christians are dutifully and catatonically pulling the lever for her. She has also said that religious beliefs need to be changed. Think of that…she would change Christian beliefs and millions of Christians will help her do it.
Maybe you’ll do it because you are more feminist, union, or minority than you are Christian.
The article in Dallas Morning News reads: “I am a pro-life Christian woman voting for Hillary.” The author Shannon Dingle says, “So buckle up, y’all. We’re in for a ride.” Sadly, I took the ride and it was even murkier by the end than it was at the beginning.
The polls say 80% percent of all African Americans will vote for Hillary. Thirty-eight million of them live in the U.S. Do you think for a moment, 80% of the black Christians you know are anti-Bible?
We also know that many Christian white women are for Hillary. Women who listen to Joyce Meyers, women who attend prophetic conferences, women who pray in tongues…yet, still, they will vote Clinton.
One of the biggest reasons for this breathtaking contradiction will shock you: IT IS MODERN PREACHING. Have you even wondered why your pastor is not warning you that we are about to lose our nation forever? Have you not noticed the blinding contradiction when your pastor says he believes in the Word of God and then tells you to vote for Hillary?
The preaching that allows believers to act in opposition to their faith comes in many packages. But they all carry these traits.
- It teaches there is a higher standard than the Bible. This comes at you in all kinds of ways. There is the preaching that omits scripture. There is the preaching that magically mixes opposing ideas so they fit together in blissful repose, i.e. Chrislam. You don’t even notice the teaching is not anchored to the Bible.
The Bible may be diminished by a pastor. They say things like: “I still revere scripture but the modern mind finds it objectionable so we must downplay it.”
Then there are Spirit-filled teachers who imply—or outright say—that personal prophetic words or supernatural encounters trump the Bible.
Is there any wonder millions of Christians sitting under such verbiage lack the moral clarity to do the right thing in this election?
2. It desperately wants cultural acceptance. So much of the confusing waffling you hear from celebrity pastors is not a conviction; it is a need for acceptance from the culture. When virtually every news outlet, Hollywood, pop stars and secular universities are in lockstep with Hillary, the pressure to conform is overwhelming.
A pastor tosses his Bible values and suddenly becomes a darling to millions who declare that pastor open-minded, inclusive and tolerant.
Regardless of how glaring the evil, this preaching refuses to offend. Joel Osteen said to Larry King, “I know Homosexuality is a sin but I am not going to preach it.”
Here is preaching that calculates truth with a wet finger raised to cultural breezes instead of a heart that discerns the wind of the Holy Spirit.
Moral clarity is almost nonexistent. If it is gone from the sermon, small wonder it is gone from the voting booth.
3. It teaches elitism that exempts Christians from consequences. This pernicious teaching places the Christian above Scripture, above consequence and even above God.
It begins with true statements about the authority of the believer or the wonders of the love and grace of God. The teacher, seeing the delight he awakens in his audience, increases the dosage beyond Bible limits.
Soon you are hearing that you never have to repent of sin. You hear of astounding dominion you have over all of the earth. You are fed a constant diet of how God is so, so into you.
You are too valuable to suffer (like other Christians around the world). No matter how bad it looks, you do not have to worry or take action because God will simply take care of it all.
Revival becomes “if God wants it” and not “if my people.”
Will Christians be judged by God for voting for Hillary? Eric Metaxas not only thinks so…he makes a compelling appeal for voting for Donald Trump:
“How do I squirm out of this horrific conundrum? It’s unavoidable: We who can vote must answer to God for these people, whom He loves. We are indeed our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.
We would be responsible for passively electing someone who champions the abomination of partial-birth abortion, someone who is celebrated by an organization that sells baby parts. We already live in a country where judges force bakers, florists and photographers to violate their consciences and faith—and Mrs. Clinton has zealously ratified this. If we believe this ends with bakers and photographers, we are horribly mistaken. No matter your faith or lack of faith, this statist view of America will dramatically affect you and your children.
For many of us, this is very painful, pulling the lever for someone many think odious. But please consider this: A vote for Donald Trump is not necessarily a vote for Donald Trump himself. It is a vote for those who will be affected by the results of this election. Not to vote is to vote. God will not hold us guiltless.”
Hillary just said this about the new FBI investigation of her: “People Have Already “Factored” In Emails in How They Think about Me.” She also believes this is true of millions of born Christians. have factored what she is but they will vote for her anyway.
I wrote about Max and Beth to defend Christian Trump supporters
By Mario Murillo
As I write you, 50,000 people have read the blog that mentioned Max Lucado and Beth Moore. Today I want to clear the air about why that happened.
For me to mention the name of a fellow minister is like getting a root canal. I only do it when all other remedies have been exhausted. We are family. We are all on the same team. Christian unity is a witness to a dying world.
So then why did I put out the blog? I did it to defend Christians who are going to vote for Trump.
Whether Max and Beth intended it or not, their remarks had the effect—I am being delicate and kind here—of questioning Christians who support Trump.
Max openly wondered how any Evangelical could follow Donald.
Beth did the same to Christian men who support Trump. She can’t support Trump because he “objectifies women” and she believes he assaulted women. She can’t see how any Christian man who would support Trump.
But they are both doing something else that really hurts Christians who support Trump: They are being silent about Hillary Clinton. They have said nothing against her. More on this later.
Other celebrity Christian leaders are doing much worse. They have thrown millions of sincere Jesus followers into Hillary’s basket of deplorables.
So let’s talk about Christian Trump supporters.
1. Many of them are positive thinkers and entrepreneurs. They resonate with Trump’s winners approach to life. These are the church members most likely to give big to a vision or help pay off the building. They are not the critics and legalistic people that hinder you pastor.
2. Most Christian Trump supporters are patriotic. They love America. They believe that we live in the greatest country on earth. They are angry our laws are being disregarded by secular progressives. They are angry with pro athletes who disgrace our flag and national anthem. They stand with cops, the military and first responders.
3. The majority of Christian Trump supporters are all about common sense. They believe:
-Our trade deals with other nations make no sense.
-Political correctness is a silly idea that has morphed into a tedious tyranny.
-It makes no sense to judge Trump’s past bankruptcies while ignoring someone who will carry on Obama’s disastrous spending.
-It makes no sense to leave our borders unsecured and allow an influx of criminals. They have committed of millions of crimes and have killed our children.
-It makes no sense to oppress the church with regulations that force Christians, Churches, and Christian employers to pay for contraceptives and abortions.
-It makes no sense to support a woman who will turn Christian witnessing into a hate crime.
-It makes no sense to reject Trump for statements he made 11 years ago when you have no proof he is not a changed man. Bill Clinton is not a changed man. We know from a recent statement by General Colin Powell that Bill Clinton is still committing adultery and Hillary still covers it up.
-It makes no sense to compare Donald’s tax forms to 33,000 emails that Clinton criminally erased—emails that pose a national security threat.
-It makes no sense to deny you are helping Hillary if you don’t vote—or if you vote for a third candidate. It’s a two-person race. Trump is the underdog. He needs every vote he can get, and every vote he does not get, helps her. You can numb your conscience all you want but facts are facts…if you don’t vote for him, you are helping Hillary.
– It makes no sense to talk about Trump but never talk about Clinton.
I respect both of these Christian leaders and I refuse to engage in a war of words. Nevertheless, they need to know—innocently or deliberately—millions of sheep feel wounded and betrayed. As I said before, what hurts them the most it is this: You speak against Trump but remain totally silent about Hillary Clinton.
-You say Trump is rude? How rude is it to ignore repeated cries for help and send four Americans to their death in Benghazi? How rude is it to lie—to the parents and family of the slain at their funeral—by blaming their death on a video.
-You reject Trump because you support women? Hillary has never denied laughing at a 12-year-old girl who was raped. She has never denied trying to bury the women her husband raped. She has enriched her foundation with millions from nations that kill women and enslave them. Hillary Clinton believes it is okay to kill a baby even after nine months of pregnancy. Abortion is murder but what does killing your baby even if its head is crowning out of the womb do to that child let alone the mother?
WHY, WHY, WHY AREN’T YOU TALKING ABOUT HER? The believer who supports Trump is horrified by your silence. They see you tweeting and pontificating about Trump but you offer no answer for the undoing of the Constitution—the trashing of the Supreme Court—the threat to America that Obama and Hillary’s foreign policy has created.They want to know if celebrity Christians live in a bubble. They wonder, “what is your solution to the national disaster?” Are you that out of touch with reality?
4. Christian Trump supporters believe voting for him is a moral thing to do:
Laura Ingraham says her support of Trump is an extension of her faith:
“The truth is that those of us who support Trump understand all too well the reality of the choice that faces us, and are doing the best we can to save this country.
On the other hand, not voting for Trump — and hoping that he loses — also represents a moral choice:
It means aligning yourself, at least temporarily, with left-wing nightmares Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and all the other radicals who want Trump to lose.
It means turning a deaf ear to your fellow Americans who can’t take four more years of decline, and who are desperate for new leadership.
It means allowing another four or eight years of flat-lining wages and growth, and high taxes on American businesses.
It means hardening your heart against people those who have spent 40 years trying to stop abortion.
It means doing nothing when The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and every other left-wing outlet mocks and ridicules the Trump supporters as racists and bigots.
It means cheering (silently or not) along with every smear and every snide comment that Hollywood and the media can use to attack Trump’s voters.
That’s the choice the NeverTrumpers have made — a decision to do nothing, to wash their hands of the election, of the Republican Party, of the country itself.
That may represent some people’s version of morality. But it’s not mine.”
5. Christian Trump supporters believe it is all about the Supreme Court: Columnist Thomas Sowell hit the nail on the head when he said, “The issue is judges that stick to the law versus judges who ignore the law. That is a huge distinction. It is the difference between living in a self-governing democracy and living under tyrants on the bench.”
Through his or her appointments, the next president will determine whether the federal judiciary respects its proper, limited role in our self-governing democracy, or whether we continue to slide ever further toward judicial tyranny. There is no more important issue in this election. We already know the kind of judges she will nominate.
Franklin Graham summed it all up: “A lot of people are slamming evangelicals for supposedly giving Donald J. Trump a pass. That’s simply not true. No one is giving him a pass. I’m certainly not, and I’ve not met an evangelical yet who condones his language or inexcusable behavior from over a decade ago. However, he has apologized to his wife, his family, and to the American people for this. He has taken full responsibility. This election isn’t about Donald Trump’s behavior from 11 years ago or Hillary Clinton’s recent missing emails, lies, and false statements. This election is about the Supreme Court and the justices that the next president will nominate. Evangelicals are going to have to decide which candidate they trust to nominate men and women to the court who will defend the constitution and support religious freedoms. My prayer is that Christians will not be deceived by the liberal media about what is at stake for future generations.”
Hollywood conservative and staunch Donald Trump supporter Jon Voight released a video “Plea to Save America” on Thursday, urging Americans to vote for the Republican candidate in next month’s election, which the actor called the “most important in American history.”
The actor, who recently sparred with Democratic contributor and Hillary Clinton supporter Robert De Niro over the latter’s disdain for Trump, appealed to Americans to vote for the only candidate who can “save our America.”
The full transcript of Voight’s remarks are below:
My dear fellow Americans.
We are all feeling tremendous anxiety with only a few weeks left to the election. This will be the most important election in American history.
We were once a country of freedom, and now we’re becoming a country of tyranny.
We are witness to our own people burning down and looting our cities. Ferguson, Missouri, Milwaukee, Orlando, Florida, Baltimore. We are all witness to our own people killing our policemen. Islamic terrorists have killed thousands of people all over our country, and Hillary and Obama want to be politically correct and pretend all the killings are not happening.
How many Americans are aware of George Soros? An evil man, who turned hundreds of Jewish people over the Nazis to be exterminated during World War II. He was interviewed on 60 Minutes, and was asked does he feel guilty for what he has done. And arrogantly, he said ‘Absolutely not. If I didn’t do it, someone else would have.’
Soros is a billionaire, who made most of his money manipulating currencies and almost bankrupting many countries. He supports hate groups, who are responsible for taking down our cities. And he is a close friend of Hillary Clinton, and a major supporter of her campaign.
Robert De Niro is a millionaire, as are so many of our Hollywood stars who are voting for Hillary, and who have absolutely no tolerance for anyone with a different opinion, forgetting that that is what our country is founded on: freedom of choice. But they will not be affected by Hillary’s open borders. Only our poor and middle class will suffer.
Thousands of refugees will flood our nation, and no one will know the good guys from the bad guys. It will kill our economy, which is at an all-time low now under the years of Obama’s presidency. And Hillary boasts of how proud she will be to continue Obama’s legacy.
No one can afford health insurance now. Prices for healthcare have gone through the roof thanks to Obamacare. Our once reasonable healthcare is gone.
With Hillary as President, we will lose our Second Amendment right to bear arms. Freedom of religion will be attacked, and Hillary will try to stop all conservative voices on TV and radio. Our highest court will become Socialist, and she will restrict what America was founded on, our freedom to become a small business owner and pursue our own personal dreams.
She has blood on her hands from the Benghazi terrorist raid. Four of our American patriots died, and when the parents stood over their loved ones’ coffins, she lied to them about the cause of their sons’ deaths.
The pendulum of freedom is not balanced. Hillary and her followers are on a crude campaign to stop and degrade all of Trump’s followers. Her words were echoed loud and clear for all Americans to hear. Hillary said Trump’s followers are a basket of deplorables. They are un-redeemable.
May God protect the real truth, and may Donald Trump win this presidency. He will save our America, and he will certainly make it great again.
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Abortion clinics across the United States are closing at the quickest rate since 1973. Is this the result of tougher regulations or a shifting industry dynamic?
Since 2011, 162 abortion clinics nationwide have closed or have ceased terminating pregnancies, according to a Bloomberg analysis. Roughly one-third of these clinics were operated by Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, which performed more than 300,000 abortions last year.
Bloomberg attributes this trend to tougher state regulations on abortion. As highlighted in the report, more abortion clinics have closed in Texas than in any other state, due largely to newly enacted laws.
Bloomberg reports that at least 30 have closed since the state enactedregulations requiring abortion clinics to adhere to the same health and safety standards as a hospital. Texas also requires abortionists to have hospital admitting privileges to a nearby emergency room, which means that if something goes wrong, they can get their patient to an ER quickly.
Pro-abortionists are quick to decry these regulations as an organized attempt to limit a woman’s desire for an abortion, claiming that these requirements burden women. However, several women have died or nearly died from botched abortions in clinics that didn’t have competent clinicians, adequate facilities, or sanitary conditions. If these clinics closed because of these regulations, that would mean they had previously been cutting women open without adhering to the same sanitary standards and building codes as a hospital.
However, new regulations aren’t the only reason abortion clinics are closing their doors. As Bloomberg pointed out, about a dozen abortion clinics have closed in California, which is known to be a very liberal state and more abortion friendly than most. In fact, the Golden State has no major types of abortion restrictions, according to the Guttmacher Institute. This means, unlike in many other states, there are no waiting periods, no ER admitting requirements, and no mandated parental involvement for minors seeking abortions.
So why are abortion clinics shutting down in a blue, coastal state like California?
It seems like the business model of the abortion industry is changing. Many of the clinics that have closed in the past five years no longer make enough money to cover expenses. In fact, almost 40 of the clinics that have closed since 2011 cited business or financial reasons for closing. Decreased demand is part of the reason why. Between 2010 to 2014, the abortion rate has dropped by 12 percent.
A closer look at the numbers Bloomberg provided appear to show that abortion clinics are consolidating. About 19 percent of the clinics that closed were located in areas with fewer than 100,000 people. Looking at Bloomberg’s map, it appears that all of the 21 clinics that have opened in recent years are located in urban areas. Planned Parenthood owns three-fourths of these. In short, abortion clinics are moving out of the country and into the city, and most of these are operated by Planned Parenthood.