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Making Mockery of Christianity

Posted by thelamp on April 20, 2007

They called it a “drill,” but police in Burlington, N. J., accomplished little more than inciting fear and divisiveness recently when they portrayed “Christian terrorists” during a school-safety exercise. The activity purportedly was designed to prepare students, faculty and administrators for reacting to emergency situations on school property.

So, here’s the scenario they concocted: two angry Christians storm a school and gun down several students. The reason for their rage? The gunmen came to get justice because one of their daughters had been expelled for praying before class. Yeah, right. Can anyone even imagine the fallout if the police had pretended to be gays angry about being denied the privilege of going to the homecoming dance?

Everyone knows that practice makes perfect, which is why emergency exercises should be based on realistic situations. The purpose is to allow those in authority to evaluate plans and procedures. Does anyone believe this is a realistic scenario? Burlington residents should be quivering in their boots right about now, if there is a plan or procedure for taking out Christians in public school hallways.

The characterization of Christians as gun-toting extremists is particularly disturbing. Yes, evangelical students have sought the right to pray, distribute faith-based literature and even sing a song of praise on school campuses. There is no record, however, of Christians taking a public school under seige as a means of securing their constitutional rights.

Youth raised on a steady diet of popular culture instead of the Bible can’t make such a claim. Think back to 1999, when the worst school massacre in U.S. history left 15 dead and 23 wounded at Columbine High School. The first to lose her life was a young lady who proclaimed her faith in God. This is reality.

Those who talk of tolerance are quick to create programs that make homosexuals comfortable and welcome in America’s public classrooms. Apparently, the secular world believes Christians don’t warrant the same compassion or courtesy.


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A Joyful Noise Unto the Lord

Posted by thelamp on March 17, 2007

What’s the difference between a baseball game and BattleCry, a passionate worship service for teens? Baseball fans attending a game in San Francisco can make as much noise as they want from the opening pitch to the last out of the game. When it comes to the joyful noise of teens worshiping, however, city officials prefer the sound of silence.

In anticipation of 22,000 teens gathering March 10 to reject pop culture and proclaim Christ as the leading influence in their lives, San Francisco authorities imposed a special noise restriction banning the use of sound systems before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m. Although the event was scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., the attempt to stifle boisterous voices of youth praising God failed to discourage participants or derail the rally.

This was the second year Christian youths converged on San Francisco, but the city didn’t exactly roll out the red carpet. There was no official greeting from the mayor, who had been invited to welcome the youth to the city.

Thanks to management at a local radio station, KFAX 1100, a special morning worship service was broadcast from the BattleCry stage. This allowed participants and others to worship together despite the restriction on using the sound system at the stadium. Ron Luce, founder of TeenMania, which sponsored the massive two-day worship service, was justified in criticizing the last-minute ordinance. City officials, on the other hand, offered a lame defense of the restriction by pointing to complaints about early morning noise following the 2006 youth gathering. Christian residents of the city should be embarrassed about the less-than-hospitable reception for adolescent believers.

It’s hard enough to stand against peer pressure. Teens should not also have to endure disparate treatment from adults in positions of authority. The city’s mayor, Gavin Newsom, could have taken more leadership in making Christian visitors to his city feel welcome. Newsom is known for taking a stance. After all, he is the mayor who defied the state constitution in order to authorize same-sex marriages in San Francisco.

Of course, “faux” marriage is more popular politically than appeasing Christians. Keep in mind that last year the teens were treated so poorly in San Francisco that Newsom was prompted to issue a formal apology. The apology, though, didn’t exactly neutralize the resolution issued by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors condemning the youth rally for attempting to “negatively influence the politics of America’s most tolerant and progressive city.” It seems the folks in San Francisco are willing to tolerate everything, except Christianity.

The powers that be in San Francisco are probably hoping that Luce and his followers will be too discouraged to come back. Retreat would be the easy way out. The Center for Moral Clarity encourages youth affiliated with BattleCry to endure the hindrances and continue fighting for the soul of the next generation. Christianity’s war against the secular influences that are polluting American culture will only be won by standing strong in the daily battles to embrace God.


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The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand…

Posted by thelamp on March 13, 2007

2000 years ago, a voice crying in the wilderness, said aloud that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.  John the Baptist claimed no divinity in himself.  He said that One–Jesus Christ of Nazareth–will come who’s sandle strap he is not worthy to loose.  Jesus Christ came–his first coming–and brought us the Truth (John 14:6).  He also warned that others will come after Him claiming they are the Christ.  Fast forward to present day…and although several others who claimed they are the Christ must now give way to a false Christ.  He is not the AntiChrist…although the AntiChrist spirit is evident today…but this man claims he is God.  He is not.  He is another false prophet who twists scripture just like Satan.  He doesn’t know anything from the Bible.  This is the liar 

I, though, pray that JOSE LUIS DE JESUS MIRANDA learns the truth before he dies and stands before God (Heberws 9:27).   What’s sad is that this guy knows he’s a fraud and uses the media to give him more attention than he truly deserves.  But just like it said in the book of Acts, if what he says is true (which it’s not), then it’ll last…but if it is fake (which it is) then it won’t.

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Grandma Shouldn’t Go to Prison for Witnessing

Posted by thelamp on February 16, 2007

The arrests of two septuagenarian grandmothers in Pennsylvania for spreading the Gospel illustrate the flaw and danger in “hate crimes laws.” Their witnessing was considered illegal under a state statute, which advances a growing movement toward criminalizing the expression of a person’s thoughts.

Isn’t this the reason America’s Founding Fathers added the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution?

Click here to send an e-mail to Congress, asking your representatives and senators not to pass H.R. 254, the “hate crimes” bill.

Lynda Beckman, a 70-year-old grandmother of 10, and Arlene Elshinnawy, a 75-year-old grandmother of three, were among 11 people arrested for sharing their faith on a Philadelphia sidewalk. There is something fundamentally wrong with a criminal justice system that would send these women to prison for 47 years for sharing Christ’s message of love and salvation.

“There are valid reasons to oppose the concept of ‘hate crimes.’ By definition, the prosecution of a case with a hate-crime specification is an attempt to punish people for their thoughts,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, president and founder of the Center for Moral Clarity. “How, exactly, do prosecutors know what is in a perpetrator’s mind? By their actions. I’d argue that the government should stick to punishing behavior, rather than attempting to discern the thoughts of its citizens.”

The most ominous part of the proposed federal hate crimes law is a provision that would establish a protected class of victims for people who engage in homosexual behavior or their political agenda. Christians today should be wary of liberal activists’ attempts to expand the federal definition of “hate crimes” in this fashion. It’s a particularly dangerous and offensive proposal that threatens the religious liberties of every man and woman of faith in this nation.

The spirit of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires state governments to provide “the equal protection of the laws” to all citizens. Yet, hate-crime legislation contradicts this purpose by effectively giving some victims – including homosexuals – special treatment.

Keep in mind that prisons across the nation are overflowing. Society surely won’t be any safer if evangelists are locked away in the cells that should be reserved for murders and other violent offenders.

It’s scary to think that Pennsylvania’s prescribed punishment for witnessing in public could become status quo across America. This will be the result if Congress were to pass H.R. 254 – the “hate crimes” bill, which is said to be on the “fast track” in the House Judiciary Committee. During the 109th Congress, only the determination of leaders loyal to values voters prevented the bill from becoming federal law.

The threat posed to Christians by this legislation is not exaggerated. Consider what’s happening in California. In 2004, Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a similar bill. Under this new law, individuals can claim that someone expressing his or her deeply held beliefs – whether political or religious – presents an “intimidating” threat that is punishable. Penalties for violating the California law include criminal prosecution and fines up to $25,000, and get this: the fines are awarded to those bringing the accusation. This law is nothing less and nothing other than a form of legalized extortion!

Clearly, the intended result is to silence Christians. The gauntlet has been thrown before values voters once again. Once more Christians must rise to the challenge and defend their constitutional right to religious expression.

Click here to send an e-mail to Congress, asking your representatives and senators not to pass H.R. 254, the “hate crimes” bill.


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Pastors Key to Church Evangelism

Posted by thelamp on February 11, 2007

A new study by LifeWay Research, a research arm of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), found that churches excelling in evangelism have pastors who emphasize winning souls. Researchers interviewed staff from several SBC churches and determined that the senior pastor’s involvement was the most important determiner of a church’s success at evangelistic outreach.

Click here to download and listen to the report.

In the study, LifeWay Research focused on churches that had baptized at least 26 people each year for 10 consecutive years; had overall worship attendance growth during the same 10 years; and had a membership to baptism ratio of no more than 20-to-1.

In interviews conducted with staff members from those churches, LifeWay’s researchers found the involvement of a senior pastor to be the most critical factor when it came to winning souls.

According to the study’s findings, in every case senior pastors set the tone for the whole church, leading not only in terms of preaching and encouraging people but also by example. This underscores the importance of God calling out leaders who set the pace.

LifeWay Research’s findings indicated that many churches simply are not intentional when it comes to evangelism. However, among those congregations that lead the denomination in evangelism and baptism, senior pastors were shown again and again to be the most outstanding feature.


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