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Racism… or more broadly, Separatism!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Racism… or more broadly, Separatism!

Racism, what is it? Bottom line, preferring one race over another.

Separatism, what is it? Preferring one group over another. This includes racism.

At the heart it is preferring one person or group over others.

This in itself is not wrong. Yet it is used to separate the world along racial lines: black, white, yellow. Separatism also includes divisions based on: gender, religion, sexual orientation, economic class, political affiliations, philosophies and the list can go on to what kind of toothpaste you use. Alright, that does seem to be stretching the point yet it exists somewhere. The largest groups are: race, religion and politics. It is more powerful when two or three of these combine.

I believe that the Bible is the word of God. It includes our early history. That history reveals that mankind didn’t want to separate at all. They wanted to be one people. They wanted to build. They wanted to reach for the stars. They wanted to become… gods, masters of their own fate and captains of their own souls. Sound familiar? Invictus by William Earnest Henley. Sounds wonderful right? Yet this is not what God wanted. He came down to the earth and created different languages and speech. The different groups could no longer understand each other, they separated and left to populate the planet as God wanted.

It was not the natural state of man to separate. They wanted to be one. Yet to accomplish God’s plan and purpose they needed to spread abroad. And it happened. We know as bible believers that “ The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” That is the natural state of man. It is the result of the fall. Because of this man took what God had done and began to create barriers. Understand, there is nothing wrong with separation. It is what we do with it that counts. Everyone is free to do what they will, but we know that everyone will have to give an account of what the individual has done when that person appears before God.

How did it begin? Perhaps after coming out of the garden, Adam and Eve had children. Were males and females held in different regard? How about religion, perhaps the different sacrifices by Cain and Able? Did the occurrence at Babel start divisions based on race, religious thought, slave and free, etc. The darkness of man’s heart really knows no bounds. Just look to the ovens at Auschwitz, Hitler’s final solution, or Communism’s own death camps.

What am I trying to say? Separatism, including racism, is in itself not evil. But what man does with and within those separations can be evil. In fact, it is the natural inclination of man’s heart to treat others who are different than themselves with different degrees of actions. It can go as far as the cruelest bond’s of slavery (including male and female sex slaves) to crucifixions on a cross to starvation of a race of people.

All of these things are still being done somewhere in this intolerant world. And it is in the heart of every living man and woman on the planet. Oh, but we are enlightened people. We are one. We tolerate everyone and everything, except those who are intolerant in our own opinion. I have heard it said that blacks are not racists. Yet they have racism in their own hearts. They can’t help themselves. If we could all recognize this fact, then we can begin to stop ourselves from acting out in negative ways. All of us must do this. In good times this can be easily done. In hard times it is easier said than done. With the help of God’s Spirit we can become a more spiritual man than a carnal man. At times it may seem to disappear altogether. Yet don’t be fooled. As long as you have flesh and bone the seed is there only waiting to spring to life. Understand that and you can begin to make a real difference in your life and in the lives of others. Keep yourself smug and secure within your own self-justified group and the evil we hate will spring up and trap us, over and over again.

In my mind I try to resist the flesh, while in my spirit I know…

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

9-11 for 2014

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Will we even recognize a 9-11 attack for 2014?

This is the day that Al-Qaida celebrates the taking down of the twin towers in New York, NY. It is the day they choose to remind everyone that they are a force to be reckoned with. There have been attacks on almost every 9-11 since then… or perhaps there were attacks every year but the media and politicos downplayed the event.

Why would they downplay the event? Because it is not politically expedient to show how ineffective their fight against terrorism truly is. Case in point… Libya 2012.

President Obama informs the nations of the world that Osama Bin-Laden has been killed. Not only him but the entire Al-Qaida structure has been weakened to the point of second rate threat. Then on 9-11 of 2012, the great anniversary of the US tragedy, an Al-Qaida affiliate in Libya launches a late night attack that went into the wee hours of the morning of the twelfth. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others were killed. Many more wounded. Who did the state department blame? Regular Muslims protesting a movie spoof on the life of Mohammed. They kept up that lie until it fell apart because of political pressure after a few days.

During this whole episode, which continues to this day, with hearings and testimony a-plenty being given, I have never seen anything on the news that said this was a planned 9-11 attack. There have been a few mentions over time. The blog-o-sphere has plenty to say. Yet most still bury their collective head in the sand and refuse to name the true culprit. Hadith style Islam… not the one of the Qu-ran, but the tribal teachings attached to the prophet’s words… the sayings.

If a person wants to follow the teachings of the prophet as found in the Qu-ran… then I will fight for their right to fight their own personal/spiritual Jihad. When it crosses over to the establishing of an Islamic Caliphate State (based on the Hadith) by imposing its will against all others… that is the struggle I will stand against and name a heresy.

Through the actions of ISIS or ISIL, to borrow a biblical phrase, the name of the prophet “is blasphemed among the gentiles.” Yet this struggle belongs more in the hands of other Muslims. They need to stand up against those who would pervert the words of the prophet found in the Qu-ran. If they don’t stand up and make a clear distinction between them and ISIS and their like… they will be tarred with the same brush that is used on ISIS and they will suffer not only at the hands of the “unbelievers” and “the people of the book” but will suffer at the hands of their very own people. Muslims, please unit and save the dignity of the prophet and his words found in the Qu-ran from the abusers out for political Jihad in the world.

As a Christian I would rather have you believe in Jesus the Son of God. But that is your choice and I will defend your right to choose who you will follow. And I hope that you would defend my right to choose as well.

God bless the peacemakers.

Volcano in Borneo?

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

So a new island comes up near Japan thanks to an underwater volcanic eruption. There has also been some activity in Indonesia. Last night I was lying in bed and I set my mind to straying for knowledge, the type that comes from God’s Holy Spirit. I got a sense of impending cataclysm and a low resolution picture (they are always low resolution) of a massive eruption to take place on the island of Borneo, an island of Indonesia. So I prayed that it would not happen. If it did happen there wouldn’t be a great loss of life. I have no idea if a cataclysm will take place. I just know that I needed to pray. If nothing happens either my prayer had effect or my thoughts on my pillow were the result of something I ate before bed. Either way, not to pray would be foolish.

Why pay any attention to it at all? I remember the last time I had a picture of a great disaster. An undersea earthquake off of Malaysia/Indonesia. A tidal wave that swamped the Indian Ocean. I did not pray because I thought it was a bit too foolish to do so. Less than a week later there was an earthquake and a tidal wave did kill a hundred thousand around the Indian Ocean coastline.

These pictures are rare. Most times I never know if anything happens at all. Most times I don’t pray. Yet once in awhile the picture unfolds just as I have seen it. So I pray and hope that nothing happens.

I pray Lord Father that there will be no incident and that no one is hurt. In Jesus’ holy name. Do I get an amen out there?

Peace In Our Time? Again?

Sunday, November 10th, 2013


Peace in our time? Again? Is this what Kerry is trying to accomplish in the middle east? An Interim deal? A toothless wonder? I remember seeing the clip of Chamberlain arriving back in London just before the second world war broke out. Then too a peace agreement was signed. We know that Hitler had no intention of living up to the agreement not to seek war.

Does Rouhani really want peace? Absolutely not! He wants the sanctions lifted so that they can trade with the world and get the goods his people need. An infusion of cash would do nicely. It has taken years for the UN to get enough sanctions on Iran to finally make the leadership uncomfortable. Why the sanctions? The Iranians are trying to build a nuclear weapon. They want to use it against Israel… the West… the Sunni…

Do we let up on the sanctions for an empty promise on a piece of paper? Unless there are boots on the ground and they have the teeth to start dismantling the Iranians centrifuges no peace will be had. They were led by a madman and now a smiling fox. Yet the spirit behind Hitler is alive and well and standing firmly at Rouhani’s shoulder.

It is not enough to negotiate a deal. To obtain a promise. To hope. It is not enough to trust. As Reagan said, “Trust and Verify” the dismantling of their nuclear war program. Until then keep your powder dry and the sanctions in place.

Silence Continues… or not!

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

How often will I visit this site and leave without leaving new input. Not that I haven’t had things to say. Many times I wanted to write about the events that are facing us. It just doesn’t seem right to begin anew with something so negative… even though it is a negative world we happen to be living in at the time.

Muslim extremists burning churches harkens back to the days in Hitler’s Germany when Krystal night opened the doors of hatred in men’s hearts to destroy the synagogues, businesses, homes and bodies of Jewish believers. Now this hatred is being aimed a Christians in Egypt. One night and a hundred churches are torched to the ground. Many businesses and cars were destroyed and people beaten with impunity. Nuns were corralled like cattle. Nazis and the Muslim Brotherhood (emphasis on hood) were and are being motivated by the same spirit of rebellion called the devil and Satan. There were Germans who were shocked by the violence and were too scared to resist this evil. There are Muslims who are also shocked by the violence and are too scared to resist their evil. What we have learned is that those who are too scared to fight evil in the beginning will suffer even greater when the power, held by evil men, becomes absolute. Germany and its population were decimated by internal policies and external wars. Egypt is in the midst of this beginning of woes. Only the brave, kind hearted people of Egypt, can avert the looming disaster by standing up to this evil.

The Bible – Miniseries on the History Channel

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

This series is to be a five part ten hour long account of the bible. Anyone who has read the bible will know that time compression of the stories is going to be a must. It should be equally quite understood that vast portions of the bible will be passed over. I have no problem with this happening. If it were to instill some of the viewers to pick up the bible and learn more then a good service will be accomplished by the producers. However, if what is being portrayed on the small screen is inaccurate, then a great disservice to the public and to God’s word will have taken place.

Afer having watched two parts of this miniseries, covering Genesis through to 1st Kings, I have come to the conclusion that it is a disservice and kills the blessing. Why? Because of the inaccuracies in their story telling. Perhaps downright lies? Will the rest of the series be more of the same? Will the life and character of Jesus, when they get to it, be another crucifixion of the truth?

You may ask, “can it be that bad?” Yes, when you can’t tell the truth from the error. Understand this, most people have never read the bible through. I would even hazzard to guess that most Christians have never read the bible through. So when a pastor or a miniseries present a gospel, which is different then the bible narrative, a warped understanding of God’s word is instilled in the listener/viewer. Its history is maligned. Its pageantry demeaned. Its grandeur made small. This is what the series has done so far.

Why am I watching it? For one reason only, so that when someone talks or writes about it, I will be an informed person. Perhaps I will be able to convince them to check the bible. I know most will not. It is human nature. It would have been better to “leave the story on the cutting room floor” than to produce and show this miniseries. At least parts one and two. As for the rest… ?

Islam, Christianity, and what they are in the eyes of a convert

Monday, September 10th, 2012

I have just come from a page. The story is 54 minutes long so don’t start if you don’t have the time. It is about how someone raised Muslim, holding government posts and more, how he came to know Jesus. He compares Qur’an values with New Testament values. I did not find anything earth shaking or revelatory… then again I have read the Qur’an and read many reports over the decades. For some it may be an eye-opener. For most I hope that it will be a challenge to lift up Jesus Christ so He can draw people to Himself.

Iranian Muslim Leader found Lord Jesus Christ… Dr Daniel Shayesteh

I can only hope the link stays active as long as my blog does.

Our Cross and Saviour/Lord

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Recently I have been asked some questions:

What does it mean to carry our cross?
Are we really saved by faith or are we saved through our works?

We all have our own lusts and desires, our needs and wants. The question is, “Will you follow me?” Are we going to be self-centered or God-centered. Matthew says, “Seek ye the kingdom of God and these things will be added.” We seek God’s will first and God will take care of the needs we have. This is very simple and is a general principle. How do we walk it out? Be lead of the Holy Spirit. As a new Christian this can be difficult. First you learn how to crawl, then walk, then run. How do we get there? Like I wrote… first, read the new testament to get familiar with the story.

You had a second question concerning salvation versus works. It is like this. Jesus is Saviour and Lord. There is nothing you can do to earn salvation. It is the gift of God. It is given to those who believe the gospel. Those who believe in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. Yet… once you are saved and the kingdom (His Spirit) dwells in you, you have a responsibility to Jesus as your Lord. He wants you to change, to grow in grace and faith, to become mature, and to do the works he has set out for the church and the work you need to do for Jesus as a part of the church. John 15 shows that we are required to bear fruit. Whether that is simply to bring souls into the kingdom or having your heart changed as you walk out your faith… it is required. Not for salvation but for duty. If you did not want to serve then why do you want to be in His kingdom? This is a faith issue. It is part of the gospel.

The struggle between grace and works has been a part of the church for two thousand years. James said it right when he wrote “I will show you my faith by my works.” If God is truly within you, the works will follow. It is His nature that dwells within you to perform these works. These works however to not gain you salvation. Those who do not do the works that the Spirit is leading you to do is a sign that you are not believing the whole gospel. Don’t beat yourself up though if these works are not a part of your life… for now. Babies don’t work… they drink the milk (the Word of God). When they are a little more mature then some works will begin to occur. Just love Jesus, read his word… you will grow… and eventual start to work alongside of Him. His Spirit teaching you, guiding you.

Always Saved? One Sin and Lost? Huh?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

I recently received an email from someone saying that they didn’t understand one of my articles. It was titled: Once Saved Always Saved vs One Sin Lost Again

They wrote:
Hi not sure about by faith your saved or grace what are we talking about I don’t know much about bible

My answer:
Don’t know much about the bible? Even if you did it wouldn’t help much. If you thought you knew what the bible said you would already have a firm opinion on the subject. What I am trying to do is to point out to those with a fixed opinion that either position is too extreme. Those positions lead to dangerous waters that could drown the soul. If you don’t know much about the bible then this article is not necessarily for you. It is sufficient that you read the article. When it is appropriate for you to understand what I am warning about I trust that God’s Spirit will tell you what you need to know.

In your Christian journey there are many steps and things to learn at each one. It is important to know that either position as I described it, is wrong. Yet many feel that in their early steps it is profitable to hold to one of these positions until they mature in Christ. I can understand the need to hold to one or the other of these positions when a person comes to Jesus. At some point they will have to go beyond that stand to understand more fully what God is doing, and what He expects from us as individuals.

The best thing to do is to read the bible yourself and talk it over with God. Just talk to Him as you would a friend. At some point you will get an answer from Him, someway, somehow, that will be real to you. God bless you on your journey.

We have many teachers and some have had many pastors… but only the Spirit of God gives understanding. And of course… I am still learning.

2 Timothy 1

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Read what is below and
answer the question at the bottom.
Pray about it.
Then read it again.
Repeat as necessary.

Stir up the gift of God in you

For God has not given you the spirit of fear;
but of power, and love, and a sound mind.

partake of the afflictions of the gospel
according to the power of God

saved you
called you
a holy calling

not according to your (previous) works
but according to his own purpose and grace
before the world began

You are appointed to (?)