America’s Most Biblically-Hostile U. S. President
When one observes President Obama’s unwillingness to accommodate America’s four-century long religious conscience protection through his attempts to require Catholics to go against their own doctrines and beliefs, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Catholic. But that characterization would not be correct. Although he has recently singled out Catholics, he has equally targeted traditional Protestant beliefs over the past four years. So since he has attacked Catholics and Protestants, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Christian. But that, too, would be inaccurate. He has been equally disrespectful in his appalling treatment of religious Jews in general and Israel in particular. So perhaps the most accurate description of his antipathy toward Catholics, Protestants, religious Jews, and the Jewish nation would be to characterize him as anti-Biblical. And then when his hostility toward Biblical people of faith is contrasted with his preferential treatment of Muslims and Muslim nations, it further strengthens the accuracy of the anti-Biblical descriptor. In fact, there have been numerous clearly documented times when his pro-Islam positions have been the cause of his anti-Biblical actions.Listed below in chronological order are (1) numerous records of his attacks on Biblical persons or organizations; (2) examples of the hostility toward Biblical faith that have become evident in the past three years in the Obama-led military; (3) a listing of his open attacks on Biblical values; and finally (4) a listing of numerous incidents of his preferential deference for Islam’s activities and positions, including letting his Islamic advisors guide and influence his hostility toward people of Biblical faith.1. Acts of hostility toward people of Biblical faith:
2. Acts of hostility from the Obama-led military toward people of Biblical faith:
3. Acts of hostility toward Biblical values:
4. Acts of preferentialism for Islam:
Many of these actions are literally unprecedented – this is the first time they have happened in four centuries of American history. The hostility of President Obama toward Biblical faith and values is without equal from any previous American president.
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The William Branham Moment
By Mario Murillo
William Branham shocked the world by ripping the thin veil between science and the supernatural. His ministry did not just bless…in many instances, it terrified.
In Los Angeles, a man with cancer stood in the healing line for hours. While waiting, he witnessed every kind of healing imaginable. However, when it was his turn for prayer the evangelist refused. Indignant, the man demanded to know why. Branham said, “You don’t want me to tell you.” The man was now furious and refused to leave without an answer. “You are sleeping with your secretary,” said the evangelist. With that, the man dropped his head and rushed out of the meeting.
William Branham was an answer to desperate prayer and an act of love by God the Father. The Pentecostal movement was dying because of infighting and immorality.
Divine healing had fallen into disrepute. Meetings were often fraught with emotionalism. Charlatans whipped audiences into frenzies. Most healing testimonies were sketchy at best.
Things were also bad outside the church. America was in the grip of fear of nuclear war. Psychiatry was replacing faith. A whole generation was racing away from God. Preachers were at a loss about what to do about it.
Today, the Spirit-filled movement finds itself in the same predicament. Once again, we are mired by division and emotionalism. Only this time it is much, much worse…I’ll tell you more about that later.
1946: Enter William Branham. The atmosphere is low key. There is no attempt to manipulate the people. Branham tells the audience when the angel of the Lord is present—a statement that should sound preposterous, except that astounding things start happening.
Oral Roberts once told me, “There were no hard cases for Branham while he was enveloped by the anointing.” Growths vanished, lifeless limbs awakened, blind eyes opened.
American historian, David Edwin Harrell Jr. described Branham as:
An unlikely leader….his preaching was halting and simple beyond belief. But William Branham became a prophet to a generation. A small, meek, middle-aged man with piercing eyes, he held audiences spellbound with tales of constant communication with God and angels. Night after night, before thousands of awed believers he discerned the diseases of the sick and pronounced them healed.
Like few men have ever been endowed with the raw supernatural power of William Branham. There, for the entire world to see–for medical science to test, were signs and wonders that were incontrovertible.
Branham’s innocence and simplicity would have been his demise had it not been for Gordon Lindsay. Harrell said of Gordon Lindsay, “. . . more than any other man, [he] brought system and unity . . . contributing an orderly mind, keen business sense, boundless energy, badly needed literary skills and an ecumenical spirit.”
Together, Branham and Lindsay were used of God to birth an era. A young Oral Roberts went to Kansas City to hear Branham. The experience led him to resign his church in Enid, Oklahoma and obey God’s mandate to “take my healing power to your generation.”
In Portland, Oregon, T.L. Osborn sat transfixed by the word of the Lord from Branham. This simple sentence from the lips of Branham launched Osborn: “God the Father heals the sick to prove that He raised His Son Jesus from the dead.
Just being used by God to launch Roberts and Osborn made him a vessel that touched millions. But more than that…signs and wonders became a standard part of Spirit-filled soul-winning.
Now we have come to this terrible moment for the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement in America. Compromise has hit us from the most unlikely sources. A pandemic moral/political cowardice paralyzes our pulpits. The wholesale removal of freedom of speech and freedom of religion has met only token resistance from “Spirit-filled” pastors.
Today we have widespread reports of “revivals” that are hugely disappointing. In our heart of hearts we know they are total hype. Healings are claimed but not confirmed.
We have witnessed the rise of an entire “revival” industry that hawks imaginary authority. People are reveling in spiritual fantasy worlds, blending astral projection and UFOs with Christianity.
Travelling ministries today sell high-pitch ecstasies that promise towering results over the enemy, but deliver zero impact on the culture.
I have my suspicions. I wonder if the voices that scream revival the loudest are simply trying to drown out their own unbelief, or if the abuse of GRACE –that has pastors drinking hard liquor after church–is merely defeatism that says, “What’s the use in trying?”
The times are dark, so dark in fact, that they carry a strange hope. Maybe we are finally, finally willing to shed the stubborn sins that have imprisoned us in religious irrelevancy and deception.
Perhaps we are witnessing the creation of a positive vacuum in Pentecostals and in society. This is our best chance to save America. This vacuum is making Charismatic/Pentecostals replace things. These replacements are the key to power.
A real hunger for truth is replacing political correctness. Donald Trump is a symptom of widespread anger with political correctness. We are a fed up culture now. People agree with Trump about America and that is why all of the criticism the media is throwing at him does not stick.
Many believers are angry with politically correct preaching. The cry now is, “Quit feeding us junk food!” We want experience power, not a feel good message. Look around you… the hunger for truth is rising.
A true desperation is replacing our attitude of entitlement. Americans know that they are losing their future to our government. They no longer harbor the fantasy that tells us we’re going to pull out of this just because we are America.
Many Christians realize that they have never known true desperation until now. They don’t want church to make them feel good anymore, they want church to put them right and make them strong. They want something real so badly that they will take it straight—not sugar-coated or diluted.
A true spirit of prayer is replacing artificial prayer. Believers are waking up to the fact that they prayed wrong. They had agendas in prayer. Pastors prayed as if prayer was a booster rocket for their pet program. Prayer is returning to the raw, unconditional surrender that it was supposed to be all along.
The real message here is not the arrival of a man but of an era of explosive miracles. That is what I am sensing and expecting. What we have been waiting for will come in an unexpected package—Branham did!
Maybe we have finally reached total desperation. Maybe now we will trade the unreliable for the undeniable. Let it be, Oh, God.
If you are finally ready
By Mario Murillo
“I wish you would give us an answer for America.” I hear that a lot! Oh the answer is out there alright, but you have to be ready. Many believe that they are ready but they are not. The proof that most believers are not ready is the jaw-dropping non reaction to the legalization of gay marriage. This darkest day in American history– brought on by the most outrageous abuse of power ever by the Supreme Court—was met by tepid, scattered, and disjointed outrage.
To be ready means an unshakable passion for change. The sorcerer tried to buy from Peter the power to impart the Holy Spirit. Peter said, “You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God” – Acts 8:21. The daily behavior of millions of Christians and pastors prove they are not ready.
If you are playing games you are not ready. Seeker churches are playing a marketing game. They will never be a force for change in our culture; unless of course, someone invents a way to have moral awakening without repentance.
The hyper-emotional churches are not ready either. They are also playing games. Fire tunnels and prophetic conferences can easily degenerate a version of Dungeons and Dragons. Those who chase blessings and “words” are worse than unready, they are immobilized. They are play-acting at revival.
Do lost souls, national sin, and the loss of our constitution deeply matter to you? If they do not, God will not enroll you to save America. How could He? If you shy away from reality and say silly things like, “I don’t want to know what is going on, it is too depressing,” then you have no part in the solution.
Here are the people who are ready: Pastors who want to influence the culture more than they want a big church are ready. Pastors who are passionate for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and cannot live without winning the lost, are ready. Christians, who are clear that America will soon die without revival, are ready. What is the most urgent sign that you are ready? The answer is an unambiguous conviction to pursue revival even if no one else joins you. God is not waiting for the church. He will start without them. All He needs is one willing vessel. The one willing vessel will unlock awesome power by confessing, “I will do whatever it takes for however long it takes.” What makes this idea come alive is something called the Stockdale Paradox. Here is an excerpt from Good to Great written by Jim Collins: The name refers to Admiral Jim Stockdale, who was the highest ranking United States military officer in the “Hanoi Hilton” prisoner-of-war camp during the height of the Vietnam War. Tortured over 20 times during his eight-year imprisonment from 1965 to 1973,
Stockdale lived out the war without any prisoner’s rights, no set release date, and no certainty as to whether he would even survive to see his family again. “Here I am sitting in my warm and comfortable office, looking out over the beautiful Stanford campus on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. I’m getting depressed reading this, and I know the end of the story! I know that he gets out, reunites with his family, becomes a national hero, and gets to spend the later years of his life studying philosophy on this same beautiful campus.
If it feels depressing for me, how on earth did he deal with it when he was actually there and did not know the end of the story?” “I never lost faith in the end of the story,” he said, when I asked him. “I never doubted not only that I would get out, but also that I would prevail in the end and turn the experience into the defining event of my life, which, in retrospect, I would not trade.”
I didn’t say anything for many minutes, and we continued the slow walk toward the faculty club, Stockdale limping and arc-swinging his stiff leg that had never fully recovered from repeated torture. Finally, after about a hundred meters of silence, I asked, “Who didn’t make it out?” “Oh, that’s easy,” he said. “The optimists.” “The optimists? I don’t understand,” I said, now completely confused, given what he’d said a hundred meters earlier. “The optimists. Oh, they were the ones who said, ‘We’re going to be out by Christmas.’ And Christmas would come, and Christmas would go. Then they’d say, ‘We’re going to be out by Easter.’ And Easter would come, and Easter would go. And then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas again. And they died of a broken heart.”
Another long pause, and more walking. Then he turned to me and said, “This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.” Why is this Paradox so important to the American church right now? The answer is the last 7 years. These are years that shattered Pollyanna doctrines and fluff faith. We never dreamed it could get this bad this fast. Our version of optimists has left the church. They have fallen away because of persecution.
The remnant is ready for untold power if it heeds this lesson: Things are bad, really bad; deal with it. But never, ever lose faith in the arrival of revival. Embrace the facts no matter how brutal they seem and at the same time believe with all of your might that everything you are doing to see the power of God released on America will be rewarded. When you pray, God will hear. When you speak out people will listen. No matter how unpromising your action feels now, keep going because “there is no restraint with God to save by few or to save by many!” Hallelujah!
THE COMING PERSECUTION AND THE COMING POWER
By Mario Murillo
As I prayed, I experienced colliding emotions of dread and excitement. The Holy Spirit made it clear that persecution against Christians is going to spike in the United States in the next few months. He also made it clear that this would touch off a towering flow of miracles of healing.
I was led to a specific moment recorded in the Book of Acts: Acts 12:1-3, “Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. 2 Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also.”
That mood, the one that pleases people when Christians are harassed and blamed, is upon us. I am warning you that it will start within weeks, and the mindless ferocity of it will surprise you.
Satan wants America destroyed. It is the grand prize. With America gone, the devil can unleash worldwide devastation. But the global tyranny that he craves cannot happen until the American firewall is removed.
He also knows that he can only destroy America from within. Somehow, he must pit us against each other.
The only deterrent to civil war at this point is Christianity. Notice that I do not say the church, I say Christianity. The church is sidelined by equal parts division and denial. The Christianity that seeps out despite religion is the only thing protecting us.
The only reason there was no rioting, looting, or arson in Charleston was Christians. Individual believers, under the impulse of faith and forgiveness, won the day.
The devil’s weapon of choice is hate. He must foment hate. Today, that hate is coming from secular progressives who seek social justice. The things that were once loving, moral and trustworthy, including marriage, manhood, military service, freedom of speech, witnessing, the Bible and, yes, freedom itself, are now hateful.
Don’t let them fool you with the term “new normal.” Their new normal is nothing but the old abnormal.
Hitler fueled a frenzy of hatred by blaming anything and everything bad on the Jews. He created a new form of right and wrong that made it your duty to hate Jews.
Today, as it was in Nazi Germany, only one side of the story is allowed in the media. Only one narrative is legal. That narrative redefines every element of our daily lives. Even Tylenol has a commercial meant to brainwash you about gay marriage.
Why on earth would Tylenol feel the need to weigh in on gay marriage? The answer is chilling: it is economics. This is an early version of the mark of the beast. The beast will bankrupt any business that stands against gay marriage. You are not allowed an opinion on this or any other pet peeve of the social justice movement.
My great heartache is in the fact that God has lovingly been warning the American Church. He has repeatedly ordered the church to stand as one against immorality, but she has flatly refused. God reserves the right to allow persecution if it will wake up the church and spare the nation.
Look at these verses: Isaiah 8:5-8, “The Lord also spoke to me again, saying: 6 “Inasmuch as these people refused the waters of Shiloah that flow softly, and rejoice in Rezin and in Remaliah’s son; 7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord brings up over them the waters of the River, strong and mighty—The king of Assyria and all his glory; He will go up over all his channels and go over all his banks. 8 He will pass through Judah, He will overflow and pass over, He will reach up to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings will fill the breadth of Your land, O Immanuel.” Why would God side with Israel’s enemy? They had rejected the countless gentle tugs and warnings.
Is there any good news in this? There is much good news, but only for a certain group. A core of Christians who refuse to side with the compromised church, and who are seeking Jesus, will be protected and used mightily.
After this, Herod arrested Peter, but an angel appeared and brought him out. This miracle ignited the church. I am telling you what the Holy Spirit has told me. Every vessel that seeks God right now will receive greater power and greater miracles.
Call it legend, call me crazy, but I know that this wave of persecution is here. We can turn it all around. We can regain lost ground. Those who disobey God cannot escape this misery and those who obey God will not be denied special grace and increased supernatural power.
The Bruce Gender: How this wild acceptance of mentally ill behavior confirms Christianity.
By Mario Murillo
A well known blogger said, “The former top psychiatrist at John’s Hopkins, Dr. Chapman, penned a Wall Street journal article several months ago, making it clear that “transgenders” are mentally disordered. Boldly affirming the indisputable findings of every credible biologist who’s ever existed, Dr. Chapman reported that sex change is biologically impossible, and to tell a transgender he can be “reassigned” or “transitioned” from one gender to the other is to “promote and collaborate with mental illness.
As the doctor points out, “transgenders” have a suicide rate 20 times higher than the general population —after surgery.”
There is no version of Bruce becoming Katlin where he is either heroic or a role model. In the quiet recesses of your common sense, you know that. (I will use quotes from authors whom I will not name in order to protect them from the Nazism of the present media. (Pardon their unusually graphic nature.)
“On Friday night, a mentally ill cross-dresser named Bruce Jenner was interviewed for two hours during prime time about his plan to gruesomely mutilate his genitals in a macabre pseudo-medical ritual often erroneously described as a ‘sex change.’ He concluded that the next best course of action is to castrate himself and live the rest of his life pretending to be a girl. He’s already undergone extensive cosmetic surgery, including shaving down his trachea (which is a thing that doctors will actually do, apparently) in pursuit of some perverse, bastardized notion of synthetic femininity.”
And if we are going to celebrate this illness, why not celebrate Apotemnophilia? “Apotemnophilia is a fetish in which people wish to become an amputee. They find sexual satisfaction and ultimately, happiness, through the act of the removal of limbs or simulating the removal of limbs. There are websites, message boards and get-togethers devoted exclusively to the activity. As a general rule, society doesn’t consider this to be healthful. Some of us may accept it, ignore it and move on with our lives, but we don’t praise it or trot apotemnopheliacs out as heroes. And let’s be honest… most of us think it’s pretty d___ weird.”
“Now, change that limb to the male organ. If you don’t accept it, even worse, if you don’t praise it, you’re deemed hateful. The politically correct lobbyists of the day will take great care in avoiding the staggeringly high suicide rate of transgenders, they will ignore the medical reality that sex change operations and hormone replacement therapies come with a litany of very serious health problems, heck, they’ll ignore overall science.”
“Bruce Jenner is not a hero. A hero is someone who has done something brave or noble, who has sacrificed for others. Bruce Jenner has done none of these things. He is a man who has posed in women’s clothing on the cover of a magazine, garnering excessive media attention. What’s more he has waited to do so until the optimum moment when he was most sure to receive praise and acceptance. Heroes risk much and gain little. Bruce Jenner has risked little and gained much.”
The celebration of Bruce Jenner has nothing to do with reality, morality, courage, honesty or love. It is driven by a force that the Bible said would dominate mankind. Ignoring science, bending reality, calling all who disagree “hateful” is the spirit of this time. But it also confirms Christianity. With more vivid detail than any other book, the Bible said there would be days like these.
1. The Bible predicted that people would do harm to their own bodies based on fantasies. Jude 1: 8 “In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings.”
2. The Bible predicted that many who were Christian would lose their faith and join the charge of immorality and perversion. It would become nearly impossible to tell the natural from the unnatural and truth from falsehood.
“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:3-7
3. The Bible predicted that the love of money would become all consuming, leading to hatred of God, blind ambition and violence. “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” -2 Timothy 3:1-4
Bruce Jenner is doing this for money; the networks and magazines are celebrating him for money. As another author said, “It’s worth noting, too, that it doesn’t generally require ‘courage’ or ‘bravery’ or ‘strength’ to do something that is sure to result in television deals and roaring applause from a sea of adoring fans. Usually, courage is not defined as ‘the willingness to endure immense popularity, esteem, fame, and profit.’” All that Bruce Jenner is doing is what he has always done; he is keeping up with the Kardashians. We just never imagined how far someone would go for money, but the Bible did.
Not to mention the doctors who perform procedures that of those who want limbs removed. It is only about money? What of ESPN? Will they give Bruce/Kaitlin the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for courage or for ratings?
The Bible is issuing a solemn warning: “And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, ‘Be saved from this perverse generation.’” -Acts 2:40 Peter said that on the day of Pentecost and it is truer now than ever. Turning mutilation into a miracle is just the beginning of the dark days ahead for those who do not heed the warning.
You can still get out of all the addiction, perversion and the pain. The promise of a new, free life is greater than ever because the Bible says, “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” – Romans 5:20. That is my prayer for Bruce Jenner. As one author said, “He is not a hero and he is not a woman. He is what we all are: lost, sinful, and desperately in need of Jesus. I pray he finds Him.”
It came to a head when I met with the leader of a famous revival organization. I assumed that this would be the last place I would find compromise. To my horror and surprise he warned me that my comments about Obama were opposite their culture. In other words, I had to shut up about Obama or I couldn’t preach there anymore.
My response was immediate and direct. “What if this is the same cheap grace, false honor excuse that the pastors of Germany used to remain silent while Hitler expanded his power? What if God is ordering His vessels to rebuke Obama? Do you want to be one of those men of God with blood on his hands because you remained silent when you should have rebuked the tyranny?” He said he agreed with me but I never heard from him again.
Turn on Christian television and it won’t be long before you see a false prophet today. He will tell his victims that they are about to be blessed and favored. Then he will make an utterly meaningless, high probability prediction. It always sounds sickeningly similar. “The Lord has shown me that you are about to be wealthy beyond your dreams. You do not realize how much Daddy loves you and wants to bless you.”
Since the first misguided “Christian psychologist” discovered that Christians needed to feel valuable, we have been treated to an unending stream of toxic sludge that has left the army of God flabby, drowsy and AWOL during America’s greatest moral disaster.
At some churches, rolling on the floor, drooling while making animal noises is considered the “moving of the Spirit.” Then there is the other extreme: Pastors preach sermons that sound like a late night monologue, stringing together phrases straight out of fortune cookies, making sure that they end on time and leave the audience spiritually unscathed.
Both extremes carry the same lie: We have become too valuable for sacrifice. We are too blessed for the Cross. We are too entitled to join the rest of the Christian world in persecution and holiness.
God is sending the “Preachers of Los Angeles” and all the rest a solemn warning: START LIVING AND TELLING THE TRUTH OR THE ANOINTING AND BLESSING ON YOU WILL VANISH. . God is issuing a dire warning to the false prophets who infest the church: REPENT OR IT WILL COST YOU YOUR LIFE AND YOUR SOUL!
Barrack Obama has left us no choice. He never says anything good about Christians. He never says anything bad about Islam. He foments racial hatred, destroys marriage, and respect for the police (he has given more due process to the terrorists in Guantanamo than to our cops). He punishes Israel. He is working to wipe out the freedoms and hopes of the next generation.
He is a wounded animal bent on destroying everything we hold dear. If the ministers of God had obeyed the Holy Spirit they would have risen up in one voice of holy outrage and driven the king out of office.
Moses rebuked Pharaoh. Samuel rebuked King Saul. Nathan rebuked David. Daniel rebuked Nebuchadnezzar. John the Baptist rebuked King Herod. Stop it! Don’t use the title prophet unless you are willing to rebuke Obama and his abomination. Speak truth to power or you are nothing but a prophetic poser.
There are signs of hope. A very successful pastor prepared to do a series based on the Wizard of OZ at his mega church. He spent thousands on props. He wanted to dazzle his congregation. Then one night he woke up from a deep sleep and realized that God had left him. He felt utterly devoid of God’s presence and peace In his life. He despaired of life itself.
In his desperation he cried out to God. God was grieved by his entire ministry. He had ceased telling the truth. He repented to the bone. The congregation joined him in tearing down the props as if they were idols. “We were once a harmless congregation,” he said. “Now the Holy Spirit is moving in our meetings with great power. We are becoming a mighty army!”
What should be done, legally and socially, with photographers who don’t want to take part in a gay wedding, or churches that don’t want to consecrate a same-sex union? How should we all treat the old-fashioned view that marriage is between a man and a woman?
Many institutions, commentators and politicians already have their answer: Opposition to gay marriage deserves no more respect than racism. The government ought to force a photographer, a musician or a caterer to participate in a gay wedding, they argue, just as we forced racist diner owners to allow black customers to sit at their lunch counters.
But the premise here — that opposition to gay marriage is necessarily grounded in bigotry — is wrong.
But refusing to participate in a marriage ceremony is a different sort of thing. It’s not a statement about the people involved. It’s a decision about the ceremony itself — that one doesn’t want to endorse a definition of marriage that one doesn’t share.
And there are many valid reasons to believe in marriage as being between a man and a woman. There are many arguments to make here, but here’s one, from my own Catholic perspective:
There isn’t really a Catholic teaching on gay marriage — there is a rich Catholic teaching on marriage, which is a sacrament. Marriage is inextricably tied with sex and family formation. To deliberately separate these three things is a moral error, the Church teaches.
Sexual morality, as taught by traditional religions, isn’t terribly popular in the U.S. these days, but it’s a mistake to dismiss these views as archaic prescriptions followed blindly by the faithful. Such teachings are often far more complex than simple “shalls” and “shall nots” accepted as divine revelation.
Consider Aristotle’s view of virtue and happiness (eudaimonia, in Greek). Happiness — a deep, lasting happiness — is a life lived according to virtue, Aristotle writes. Morality can be seen as the roadmap to human happiness.
Over thousands of years, Christianity, building on the traditions of the Jews and ancient civilizations such as the Greeks, has tried to understand human nature ± — through experience, reason, and revelation. From that picture of the human soul, the Church has tried to craft a roadmap.
We need a roadmap because life is full of obstacles and pitfalls that we typically can’t see beforehand on our own, but which are well-known in prior human experience. Walking directly towards what we think we want can often be perilous to our happiness. Sacrifice, patience, and struggle are often required.
It’s not an old-fashioned or purely religious notion that sacrifice is necessary for happiness. Secular morality embraces that notion as well: You shouldn’t always eat whatever you want; you need to exercise; don’t get too drunk.
The road to happiness also involves giving up sex at times, even when following secular moral road maps. Perfectly irreligious, live-and-let-live moral systems often guard against (for example) prostitution, open marriages, sex in the early teen years, and extreme promiscuity. These activities may appeal to some people in the short run, but one need not believe any particular religion to understand how they can cause anguish and pain in the long run.
The roadmaps provided by conservative religious moral systems prescribe a narrower path and often call for more sacrifice. In many cases, for many people, the prescribed path is celibacy. If you want to be a Catholic priest, nun, or monk, you must also agree to a life of celibacy.
If you’re unmarried, most Christian teaching tells you to be celibate. Many men and women are unmarried, despite their best efforts, and asking them to forego sex is asking a lot. But the Church does so out of an understanding of human nature, and the true path to happiness.
Married Catholic couples are often called to abstain from sex if they want to space out the births of their children. And the limitations on divorce often mean a sexless life for married people whose marriages fell apart, or whose spouses suffered a debilitating injury, or were imprisoned.
Everyone is called to some level of sacrifice — some more, some less. Nobody says it’s fair. But it’s prudent, the Church teaches.
For people who are exclusively attracted to people of the same sex, the Catholic Church also prescribes celibacy.
I got this roadmap image from a conversation over coffee with Eve Tushnet, the author of Gay and Catholic. Her heartfelt book makes it clear that carrying the cross of gay celibacy is very different from, and often harder than, the chastity to which other Catholics are called. But she has concluded this is her cross, and her path.
These rules, again, aren’t terribly popular these days. I expect this column to persuade approximately zero people that they should give up premarital sex, birth control, or their same-sex relationship.
But however unappealing or unconvincing you find this approach to sexuality and marriage, how can you say this view is grounded in bigotry?
You don’t need to agree for an instant with Catholic, or Protestant, or Muslim, or Jewish teachings on sex, family, or marriage. But if you can grant that some of these teachings are grounded, not in animus, but in an understanding of love, then at least you can agree to this: We shouldn’t use the force of law to banish these views from our society.
Timothy P. Carney, The Washington Examiner’s senior political columnist, can be contacted email@example.com. His column appears Sunday and Wednesday on washingtonexaminer.com.
By Wayne Allyn Root
If you’re a conservative, Libertarian, limited government Constitutionalist or patriot, pray for Hillary. She’s our best hope for 2016. I love Hillary Clinton. I’m rooting for Hillary. She is a gift from heaven. I pray for her nomination every morning.
No, I’m not a fan of Hillary. No, I don’t support her policies. No, I don’t want her as president. But I sure want her as the Democratic nominee. She is “the gift that keeps on giving.” Hillary has so much baggage her campaign should be sponsored by Samsonite.
If the GOP has any hope of winning in 2016, Hillary has to be the nominee. Before I get to the scandals, let’s start with the obvious. Hillary is old news, over the hill, tired, worn out, spoiled milk. She is just going through the motions. She doesn’t even look or sound like she cares. Hillary herself can’t think of a single compelling reason for why she should be president. She’s just been waiting around a long time. And she’s a woman. That’s it. That’s her reason.
She’s so old and entitled that the guy who managed her campaign for U.S. Senate, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, refuses to endorse her for president. He basically just said what I said. She’s old news. She has no new ideas. She offers America nothing new. That’s one of her closest allies speaking.
Every candidate needs a brand. Hillary’s brand is “Entitlement. It’s my time. Oh, and I’m a female.” Pray this is the Democratic nominee.
If Hillary is the nominee, she can be destroyed and branded with so many scandals, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel. Destroy her with her own words, “What difference does it make?” Those were her words in front of a congressional committee about the Benghazi tragedy. Four heroes were murdered. She participated in a coverup and all she could think to say was, “What difference does it make?” Meaning, those young heroes are all dead, so who cares?
Her own TV ads in 2008 bragged about her decision-making abilities at 2 a.m. when the important call comes in. Well, we now know what she said when that call came in during the attack on Benghazi. She heard our heroes were about to be murdered and she said, “What difference does it make?” Then, she went back to sleep. Pray this is the Democratic nominee.
I suggest TV ad campaigns featuring the parents of those four men abandoned by Hillary and Barack Obama and left to die at the hands of a radical Muslim mob, who clearly were supplied with their weapons by … Hillary and Obama. Let’s ask the parents how they feel about Hillary. Pray this is the Democratic nominee.
Is she scared of her role in Benghazi? Well, she erased 32,000 emails. She should be called “Tricky Dicky Hillary.” She was a lawyer on the committee investigating Richard Nixon’s scandals. She knew all about the erased Nixon audiotapes. She learned well. That must be where she got the idea to delete 32,000 emails and wipe the server clean. Like Nixon, she decided what we the people needed to know. Then she pressed “delete.” Run those TV ads 24 hours a day. Pray this is the Democratic nominee.
What difference did she make as secretary of state? Name her accomplishments? The world is in flames, the Middle East melted down, ISIS was born, Iran laughed in our face while building a nuclear program — all under her leadership. The world is a far more dangerous place. What difference did she make? Pray this is the Democratic nominee.
“We were dead broke when we left the White House.” There’s another great line. Let’s play it 24 hours a day. Maybe that’s why the Clintons stole the china and furniture on the way out the door. Maybe that’s why $6 billion went missing at the State Department under her watch. When you’re broke, $6 billion can make a big difference. Pray this is the Democratic nominee.
Hillary says she is a “woman of the people.” She’s one of us. But she hasn’t driven a car since 1996. Pray this is the Democratic nominee.
Hillary is all about the middle class. She has decided to make the middle class the centerpiece of her campaign for president. But “Mrs. Middle Class” demands $300,000 for a one-hour speech and a Gulfstream private jet to take her there and back.
She also gets the presidential suite at a five-star hotel, or she won’t show up. No Marriotts, Hiltons or Holiday Inns for Hillary. Run those facts 24 hours a day. Let’s see how middle-class women respond to her list of demands. Pray this is the Democratic nominee.
Hillary is all about honesty and transparency. But it turns out she bought 2 million fake Facebook fans. I guess those are the things you have to do when you ask middle-class college kids paying obscene tuition to pay for your $300,000 speeches and private jets. It must be hard to find real fans! Pray this is the Democratic nominee.
But I saved the best for last: The Clinton Foundation. The Clintons have raised more than $2 billion dollars in donations from the wealthiest people, companies and foreign governments in the world. She’s not “conflicted.” Hillary is bought and paid for. If she wins the presidency, she should wear pantsuits custom designed with patches from corporate sponsors. You know, like NASCAR. She should have Penske and Valvoline patches on her pantsuits. The White House should say: “America’s House, Brought to you by the government of Saudi Arabia.”
Hillary says she fights for the rights of women. Yet she accepts hundreds of millions in donations from Muslim governments that stone women, make them hide behind veils, don’t allow them to drive without a man in the car, don’t allow them to be educated, and arrest and whip them (occasionally even execute them) for being the victims of rape. She could be the biggest hypocrite in the history of politics.
Here’s a great line for TV commercials: “When a Muslim country gives a $10 million check to The Clinton Foundation, then stones a woman, what does Hillary say? ‘Thank you!’” Pray this is the Democratic nominee.
She says she fights for the rights of gays. She tweeted her horror at the new Indiana law protecting religious freedom. But she gladly accepted multimillion-dollar checks from Muslim governments that stone gays and drop them off roofs of buildings. This is the biggest fraud and hypocrite in the history of world politics. Pray this is the Democratic nominee.
Remember Hillary’s TV commercial about that important phone call at 2 a.m.? We need to run TV ads 24 hours a day asking, “When that call comes in at 2 a.m. and it involves one of those countries that gave millions to the Clinton Foundation, do you trust Hillary Clinton to make the decision that is best for America, for your interests, for your children? Hillary Clinton: bought and paid for by foreign governments.” Pray this is the Democratic nominee.
And if you’re a Democrat, you’d better start praying that Hillary is destroyed before she wins the nomination — and early enough that there is time to find and vet a credible replacement. This woman is a ticking time bomb. It’s not a matter of if, but only a matter of when, she implodes or some scandal comes rushing to the surface to blow her campaign to tatters. Maybe it’ll be Benghazi. Or the 32,000 deleted emails. Or maybe it’s the Clinton Foundation. Or maybe it’s her chief of staff and constant woman at her side, Huma Abedin. That story smells worse than all the others.
But I know one thing: Hillary is the most flawed candidate in the history of politics. And I’m praying on bended knees that Hillary gets the nomination.
I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. See you next week. God bless America.
No one but God knew how many would show up. Many things had happened since I last preached in the San Francisco Area. For starters, we moved our ministry to Reno California. Because of that and the fact that we had placed our property for sale, people assumed we were no longer going to reach out to the Bay Area.
The truth is we never ever planned to stop reaching out here. We simply believed that we could not afford to own property in such an expensive area while attempting to build a world headquarters in Reno.
Then we got an offer on the building in Martinez. Now I was haunted by all of the memories of what God did in that building. I thought about what a strategic location for the Gospel it was. I wondered aloud in prayer “surely Lord you can provide for both locations!”
I did not realize that it was God who was provoking these thoughts in me. He confirmed my next move when He said “multiply, do not divide.” Not only were we to keep the property in Martinez, we were to revolutionize it into a media stage for the whole world by live streaming Living Proof.
We told our real estate agent not to sell. We began to take giant leaps of faith to make a fresh start in The San Francisco Area. Then we took the boldest step of all. I knew that we were not to do something basic with the stage, it had to be dramatic…it had to make a statement!
I met Richard Jones in Louisville Kentucky while doing an outreach at Evangel World Prayer Center with Pastor Bob Rodgers. Richard is a muralist and a pastor who has done work for Joyce Meyers and Perry Stone. Richard does both murals and set design. I talked to him about recreating the skyline of San Francisco on our stage and he got excited. He flew out and buried himself in the work completing it, astonishingly, in just 10 days!
How would the people react to our return? Whatever doubts I had were trampled under by the overflow crowd that filled the building within a few minutes. We looked for every last chair we could find! The people were excited. They were stunned by the new stage.
The worship team from Star of David Ministries ignited the people. My message talked about Good Friday and the miracle of Easter. I reminded them of the prophecy that God gave me of an outpouring in San Francisco that was confirmed by Bob Dylan.
Then came the time to relaunch and declare the vision of this house. I told them that every 90 days we would be back to conduct Living Proof Crusades on this stage and live stream them to the world.
This is when the healings broke out in the building. This was without a doubt the most forceful presence of healing power that we had ever seen in the ARC. After many were healed, I made the call for salvation. Several marched forward to be saved!
The surprises and blessings were not done yet. It was time for me to explain the most complex part of the vision. I stated clearly that we had to expand our relationship with the churches in order to see revival. I told them that we would call the pastors of the region together to win souls and heal the sick.
“However”, I said “the ARC should not be empty on Sunday Mornings.” We had to plant a church. My problem was to find a true spiritual son who truly cares for the people. Paul had this same crisis until God provided: “Philippians 2: 20 I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare.21 All the others care only for themselves and not for what matters to Jesus Christ. 22 But you know how Timothy has proved himself. Like a son with his father, he has served with me in preaching the Good News.”
I introduced Edgar and Janay Banks and the crowd roared their approval. I called elders and pastors to the front to pray, prophesy and ordain them into the ministry. I will never forget the power that fell as we ordained them.
What will happen now is multiplication. We will see our efforts in Reno, San Francisco and the rest of the nation accelerate until a holy fire engulfs our nation! Wow! All of this in just one night.
Millions have left the church. This is the reality that Christian leaders do not want to talk about. However, facts do not go away. The facts are these: an entire generation has virtually discarded the faith of their parents.
Not only this, but many who were on fire for God and even effective vessels have fallen and have abandoned their faith in Jesus. A famous Christian singer announces that he is now an atheist. Is that shocking? The real shock is that the church is not shocked because this kind of recanting of faith is now common.
Maybe you were wounded on the battlefield and did not get up again. The reasons are as varied as the people themselves are. It may have been an abusive church. It may have been an old habit that raged its way back in control. It may have been a divorce, a false teaching that weakened you, or the gravitational force of unbelief and skepticism of this age.
The most common cause is sudden tragedy. Something horrendous happened that ran off of your theological map. You felt that you had no choice but to abandon your faith. You may be angry with God. You are not alone. There are millions in this condition.
The Holy Spirit has burned a message into my soul that I cannot contain. I want this message to get into the hands of as many people as possible. I have never felt as great an urgency to open my heart to you. Millions have left the church.
Let me be frank, I believe that God is turning your heart back to Him. He is doing this on a massive scale.
He has done this before. Right before the fire fell on Mount Carmel, Elijah prayed these words, “Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again (1 Kings 18:37).”
He is doing this not just because He loves you but because He is trying to spare America: “and he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse (Malachi 4:6).”
You are most likely a casualty of the lukewarm American church. Widespread compromise left her unprotected. The active ingredient was left out of preaching; that ingredient is surrender. The power of God to stand against tragedy and evil never kicked in for this very reason.
The Holy Spirit is intensifying His voice to the fallen, the wounded and the forgotten. While His wooing is loving and hopeful, it does not mask the truth.
In America entire churches are backslidden! And it is not unprecedented. Look at these verses: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me (Revelations 3:15).”
Okay, you may have been caught in the cultural crossfire of the compromised church, the toxic church and even the false church, but why lose your soul to get back at false ministers and sick churches?
This is about you and Jesus. This is about a destiny that God still keeps for you. There is one thing that Satan does not want you to remember. It is the one thing that can break the chains of lies and heartbreak.
What Satan does not want you to think about is this: if you brush away the cobwebs of church politics, hypocrites, and unexpected tragedy you will admit that the best days of your life were when you walked with God in fervent commitment. Those were the days of peace and joy.
The best days were the days before anybody and anything came between you and Jesus. You prayed and sensed that no matter what everything would come out alright. Even your questions were harnessed by a total trust in the character of God!
You have never felt anything like His presence. Those were the best days. Those days can come again. Jesus is knocking and wants to have dinner with you alone. “I will sup with him” Jesus promised.
I will admit that I am speaking a divine desperation to come over you. I want you to break, I want you to yearn to come home to your best life, your only life. There is an army rising up, made of people that Satan thought he had but is about to lose on a grand scale. Welcome back to the war!