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America faces bloodbath?
The September 11 terrorist attacks were a walk in the park compared to what's coming.
America faces a bloodbath, according to an article attributed to an al-Qaida spokesman who claims such a slaughter is justified by Islamic teaching.
In the article which appeared on the website of the Center for Islamic Research and Studies, Abu Gheith writes,
"Muslims have the right to kill four million Americans—including two million children.
"We have not reached parity with them. The US has killed millions of Muslims around the world in places such as Iraq, the Palestine territories, Sudan, the Philippines, and Afghanistan.
"Furthermore, it is our right to fight them with chemical and biological weapons, so to afflict them with the fatal maladies that have afflicted the Muslims because of the (Americans') chemical and biological weapons."
Abu, you're scarey. Abu, you're whacko!
Mohammed was a "demon-possessed pedophile."
A former top-gun with the Southern Baptist Convention offered this gutsy—and accurate—assessment of the Islamic religion in June, 2002.
Said Rev. Jerry Vines,
"Islam was founded by Mohammed, a demon-possessed pedophile who had 12 wives—and his last one was a nine-year old girl.
"And I will tell you Allah is not Jehovah either. Jehovah's not going to turn you into a terrorist that'll try to bomb people and take the lives of thousands and thousands of people."
The statement prompted a ridiculous response from left-wing nut, Ingrid Mattson, a professor at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, who reflected,
"It makes me wonder what's the hateful religion right now that we should be worried about."
What?!? WHAT?!? Has this dullard lost her marbles?!?
Despite 9/11, Islam grows in U.S.
One must conclude that Satan is the power source behind the Muslim religion. And he's rockin' down the house!
Doesn't it seem logical that the Islamic religion would take a hit in the number of devotees after the September 11, 2001, bloodbath when Muslim pilots ran highjacked planes into major US buildings, killing 2,800?
All 19 terrorists aboard the four aircraft were devout Muslims acting "in the name of Allah."
Writes noted Bible lecturer and author Dave Hunt,
"Logically, I thought the attack would expose Islam's violent nature.
"Instead, Muslim leaders have become popular speakers in high demand, and Islam is being hailed as a religion of peace and tolerance.
"More than 30,000 Americans have converted to Islam in the eight months since September 11."
Well, Satan, enjoy your ever-shortening life as the strangely-popular Prince of Darkness and your massive influence over many deceived people.
Unfortunately, the Muslims are just one of many deceived cults and religious groups raising Hell in these last days.
Mohammed is dead, Christ is alive!
A Mohammedan in India once said to an American missionary,
"You will have to admit that we Mohammedans have one thing that you Christians don't have.
"When we go to Mecca we at least find a coffin.
"When you Christians go to Jerusalem, which is your Mecca, you only find an empty tomb."
The missionary paused then quietly responded,
"Therein, lies the major difference.
"Mohammed is dead, his body lying in a coffin.
"We worship Christ who arose from the dead and is alive for evermore.
"Produce the body of Jesus and you destroy Christianity!"
What's that Biblical promise?
"Because I live, you believers shall also live."
To bee or not to bee!
It's hard not to mock the idea of evolution as a solid science when one considers even the simple things of nature.
Consider the ho-hum, work-a-day world of the common honeybee.
Bees build a complicated nest city with 10,000 cells for honey and 12,000 cells for larvae.
One special holy-of-holy cell is home to the large queen bee.
One tiny bee is in charge of air conditioning.
If the temperature gets to the point where the wax may melt and the honey lost, the alarm will be sounded and swarms of bees will be organized inside the hive.
With feet "glued" down, a squadron posted at the entrance will fan in cooler outside air by wing power.
The result is a ventilation system that makes the electric fan seem simplistic.
To gather the ingredients which will eventually become honey, the not-so-simple bee will drone as far as 20 miles from its hive.
If one happens upon a rich section of flowers, it somehow directs other worker bees to the site.
There is no God involved here? Yeah, right!
What's in a name?
Interesting observation here.
One can be a Confucianist without knowing Confucius.
One can be a Mohammedan without knowing Mohammed.
One can be a Buddhist without knowing Buddha.
But, one cannot be a Christian without knowing Christ.
Go to God's Simple Plan of Salvation on this site to learn how to "know" Christ.
Majority today reject Bible as being true!
Acclaimed Christian author Charles Colson suggests in his book, The Body, that we evangelicals may want to rethink how we spread the message of salvation through Christ.
"Expressions Christians have used for decades, like "God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life," no longer necessarily connect," writes Colson.
"Christians understand them, but few others can relate.
"For example, proclaiming that 'The Bible says...' commanded respect in the 1930s, 1940s, and even into the 1960s—when 65 percent of all Americans believed the Bible to be literally true.
"Today, only 32 percent believe the Bible is true.
Citing data from the PRRC Emerging Trends (January, 1992), Colson reported,
"The majority find it an interesting collection of ancient legends and stories, but they don't believe it.
"So," says Colson, "if you say 'the Bible says,' only one of three Americans is even ready to listen."
The same is true of England, where belief in a personal God has declined to 31 percent.
Concludes Colson, "We must examine and perhaps drastically overhaul our tracts and techniques to engage the modern mind."
Our priorities are nuts.
Let's re-evaluate, says author Ray Comfort.
"The sin of the church isn't that it's rich, but that it hasn't the compassion to throw even a few evangelical crumbs to starving Lazarus at the gate.
"We have built for ourselves big, beautiful buildings where cozy Christians sit on padded pews, living in luxury, while sinners sink into Hell!"
Well stated!
Yes, Christ's way or the highway!
Is Christianity such a narrow-minded proposition that its truth is the only truth?
The answer is a resounding, YES!
One must believe in God and the way of the Bible to enter into Heaven.
The "Way" of the Bible is Jesus Christ. He is the one and only bridge for mankind to reach Heaven.
Jesus Christ, who died and rose for us, proclaims in John 14:6,
"I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh to the Father but by me."
Peter states the same in Acts 4:12,
"Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved."
No fair, some will say. What of the "heathen?" How do they hear about Christ?
Romans 1:20 and Psalms 19 point out that all men have the light of creation.
Anyone genuinely seeking to know the Creator will find the truth through missionaries, etc.
The truth is that few seek the truth, even in "Christian" North America.
Many will listen if you talk to them about church activities, but so few want to know about the Savior who died for them and loves them.
Some of our laws are insane!
Are some of our laws absolutely nuts, or what?
A pregnant women in Florida may choose to have an abortionist terminate a life inside her any time of day.
Let a pregnant woman get nabbed using crack cocaine while pregnant and she can be charged with "child abuse."
There's more!
A school nurse in the same state cannot dispense an aspirin to a child without written permission from the parents.
But, a pregnant girl at the same school can get an abortion without notifying her parents.
Ever feel like tossing your hands in the air?
Absolute truth fading fast.
What was considered absolute truth is taking a kick in the teeth by non-biblical relativism, which allows for the ridiculous notion that truth can shift.
What was considered non-negotiable truth yesterday is open for change today.
Non-negotiable truth? No such thing anymore!
In 1991 the Barna Research Group reported that 67 percent of all adults said that there is no such thing as absolute truth.
In 1994, the figure climbed to 72 per cent.
In the same year, 62 per cent of those who called themselves born-again Christians said they doubted the existence of absolute truth.
Many religious leaders counted themselves among those who deny absolute truth.
In many denominations it is common to hear spiritual leaders speak of their own faith as tradition rather than belief. Pastors can be as open-minded as the rest of the culture.
Even though bearing the symbols of Christian ordination, many are more committed to the doctrines of relativism than to the doctrines of biblical faith.
This has led to the diabolical teaching that one religion is as good as the next, prompting many to lose their fear of God and discount the biblical truth that salvation is solely through Christ.
Being happy in pain.
A cynic asked an elderly believer who had endured great physical pain for 20 years,
"What do you think of your God now?"
The godly sufferer replied, "I think of Him more than ever."
Sorrow can be the means of bringing us heart-to-heart with God.
When repeated strokes of adversity have robbed us of health, friends, money, and favorable circumstances, God then becomes the only thing in life for us.
We come to love Him for who He is and not merely for what He has to give.
In those times we cry out with the Psalmist, "Whom do have I in Heaven but You! And there is none upon the earth that I desire besides You." (Psalm 73:25)
The path of sorrow leads us to the place where we can say, "My flesh and my heart fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." (Psalm 73:26).
Then, too, we must remember, on ahead lies Heaven, where "God will wipe away ever tear from our eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain." (Revelation 21:4)
Witnessing tip.
Witnessing to many of the unsaved can be draining.
Ever shared your faith with a suited Mormon, tangled with a wandering Watchtower worker, or exchanged thoughts with a dug-in Satanist? It can be tough, although it doesn't have to be.
The key is to avoid the controversial issues which inevitably deteriorate into arguments, and to direct the cultist to focus on his relationship with Jesus Christ.
Respond to the statement that there is no Hell by asking the person if he/she knows for sure that their sins are all forgiven.
Some have come to our door denying there is a Hell. I often ask them if they know for sure that their sins are all forgiven and that they are right with God that very moment, never mentioning Hell.
Few door-knockers have that assurance which can be known through the Christ of the Bible.
How easy then to share one's testimony and the gospel.
Remember Christ loves those who are lost in error. Be gracious.
Good people make it to Heaven, right?
Question: If I live a good, clean, respectable life will I not surely be saved?
Answer: This is the common belief of humanity, but it is wrong.
"There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof is the way of death." (Proverbs 14:12)
To the natural mind this seems right, but it is not. There are two major problems with this thinking.
First, it makes salvation something we merit or earn. It obligates God. He then owes it to us. Salvation on the other hand is by grace, or unmerited favor (Ephesians 2: 8,9).
Second, when God looks at that kind of person He sees their past sins. "God requireth that which is past" (Ecclesiastes 3:15). God does not look at you, as you presently are, but He sees your life from the cradle to the grave.
We are without strength to save ourselves (Romans 5:6). It could not be by works; if so, then man could boast. "Not by works lest any man should boast."(Ephesians 2:9)
Quitting all your sins is very good, and it will make you a better person in society, but it will not take away one past sin you have committed.
These sins must be taken away before you can be saved. Only the blood of Christ can cleanse you from sin—1 John 1:7.
People who live good lives, depending on that to save them, will never make it; but their judgment in eternity and the penalty will be less. "Every man shall be judged according to their works." (Revelation 20:11)
Are you depending on yourself or Christ for salvation? He alone can save. This is why He is called "Savior"—Luke 2:11.
How to deal with Bible "discrepancies."
The following seems to be be a handy—and solid—rule of thumb.
In interpreting Scriptures we must follow a strict rule that no part contradicts any other. We must seek to harmonize apparent discrepancies.
A wise rule to follow is to make the obscure fit into the plain, or take the few and fit them into the many.
The reverse of this has produced divisions and many cults.
Here is an example: 1 Corinthians 15:29 speaks of "baptism for the dead." It is used by others to baptize a living person on behalf of the dead.
This is interpreting it at face value and ignoring the many verses that teaches only living believers should be baptized.
Beware of what Man says!
Colossians 2:8-10 states,
"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power."