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Monthly Archives: February 2015

  • Kenji Goto—and the Martyrs’ Glory

    by Larry Spargimino

    Kenji Goto Kenji Goto

    Most of the world has been both shocked and outraged by the murderous rampages of ISIS. Clearly motivated by murderous spirits, no plea for mercy or common sense of decency will make any difference in their resolve to produce mayhem and death. The good news, however, is that after death some of their victims escape to a better place.

    Kenji Goto, the Japanese hostage beheaded by ISIS in December of 2014, accepted Christ in 1997, according to a report from Assist News Service.

    In a tweet sent by Goto four years ago we read: “Closing my eyes and holding still. It’s the end if I get mad or scream. It’s close to a prayer. Hate is not for humans. Judgment lies with God. That’s what I learned from my Arabic brothers and sisters.” It’s now been re-tweeted 22,000 times in a tribute to the slain journalist.

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  • Europe's Descent Into Madness

    by Carol Rushton

    After three men firebombed a German synagogue, a judge let them off with just arson charges because they intended to ‘bring attention to the Gaza conflict.’ After three men firebombed a German synagogue, a judge let them off with just arson charges because they intended to ‘bring attention to the Gaza conflict.’

    Much has been written about the recent murder of Jews in France in a kosher deli and the murders of French journalists who published cartoons of Mohammed by Muslims. The following news story shows that little is being done to stop the stampede of European countries accepting and excusing Islamic terrorism.

    The Daily Beast, a liberal website, reported on Europe’s latest insanity in a February 9, 2015 article, “German Court Rules Synagogue Firebombing an ‘Act of Protest.’” A judge in Wuppertal, Germany, “convicted two German-Palestinian men of attempted serious arson against a synagogue in the city, along with a juvenile accomplice. But in his ruling, the wise man of the law declared that the crime was motivated not by anti-Semitism, but instead by a desire to ‘bring attention to the Gaza conflict.’ The torching occurred on July 29, in the midst of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, a 50-day armed conflict waged in response to Hamas rocket attacks. A few days before the firebombing, ‘Free Palestine’ had been scrawled on the synagogue walls.”

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  • Vaccines: A Political Issue or Just Good Medicine?

    by Larry Spargimino

    Dr. Ben Carson Dr. Ben Carson

    A measles outbreak traced to Disneyland in California has resulted in at least 150 cases of measles and sparked a wildfire of contention around the question: Should parents be forced to vaccinate their children? A consistent, population-wide vaccination program is necessary, according to many, to cut short future outbreaks of even larger scale. If there are even a few who are not vaccinated, the outbreak could still be very serious.

    Dr. Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon and presidential hopeful, has sought to cool off the debate that has gripped the political scene.

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  • Man of Sin Revealed?

    by David Schnittger

    Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece

    We read in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, in reference to the Tribulation: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” Paul is saying that, after the falling away, after the Rapture, the Antichrist is going to be revealed to the world. If the Rapture is soon to happen, wouldn’t we expect that the Antichrist is already alive and making his ascent to world power?

    This speculation is strengthened by the following February 11, 2015, article by Geri Ungeren regarding the newly inaugurated Prime Minister of Greece. The article is entitled, “A Charismatic New World Leader Appears From Nowhere and Takes Control of Greece.”

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  • Muhammad, Jesus and President Obama

    by Larry Spargimino

    obama-prayer-breakfastPresident Obama kindled a raging fire when he gave a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast and linked Christians to violence. According to a report in WorldNetDaily the president said: “Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. And in our home country, slavery, and Jim Crow, all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

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  • God Gave Them Up

    by David Schnittger

    Bruce-Jenner-Before-After“God gave them up” is one of the most sobering phrases in all of Scripture! This phrase is repeated, with minor variation, three times in the first chapter of Romans. Note the sad sequence of events: (1) because of their deliberate repudiation of God, God “gave them up to uncleanness” (1:24); (2) because they worshiped and served the creation more than the Creator, God “gave them up unto vile affections” (1:26); (3) because they did not want even to know anything about God, God “gave them over to a reprobate mind” (1:28). We see this happening throughout American culture, as God is giving people over to “…a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient” (Rom. 1:28).

    An example of this is seen in this February 4, 2015, article by Jacob Bernstein entitled, “The Bruce Jenner Story Goes From Gossip to News” (The New York Times).

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  • The Best of Men Are But Men At Best

    by Larry Spargimino

    nuns of sant_ambrogioDown through the ages of history, people have put their trust in men—and sometimes in women. But the best of men are but men at best. The same thing is true for the ladies.

    Time magazine (1/26/15) has a report on Hubert Wolf’s book The Nuns Of Sant’Ambrogio. It relates a story that began in 1859 when a German princess fled the convent of Sant’Ambrogio in a panic, claiming that she was being poisoned.

    The German princess made a string of accusations against the convent’s beautiful 27-year-old mistress, Maria Luisa, who had been blessed—supposedly—with ecstatic visions of glory and was known for her miraculous healing powers. However, the German princess told some shockingly torrid stories about Maria Luisa which seemed pure fantasy. There was one thing, however, that gave these stories a bit of credibility: Maria Luisa was ravishingly beautiful, had an irresistible charm, and hardly fit the role of a virgin dedicated wholly to God. In his research Hubert Wolf found that Maria Luisa was having an affair with a Jesuit priest.

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  • Women's Rights Under Islam: There Are No Rights!

    by Carol Rushton

    woman-in-burqa-with-black-eyeWith all the attacks on the so-called “male chauvinism” of Christianity and Judaism by feminists, combined with their silence on how women are treated in Islam, I thought this account in Numbers was very interesting.

    The Jews had almost finished their 40 years of wandering in the desert and were about to enter the Promised Land. God had told Moses how he wanted the land divided between the twelve tribes.

    Zelophehad had five daughters but no sons. In that day, women had very few if any rights accorded to them under the pagan empires ruling the world. Zelophehad’s daughters came to Moses, the high priest, and the elders and said, “Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the company of them that gathered themselves together against the Lord in the company of Korah; but died in his own sin, and had no sons. Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he hath no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father” (Numbers 27:3-4).

    Moses had no answer for them so he went to the Lord. Numbers 27:7 records God’s answer. “The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father’s brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them.” The Lord went on to say that this should be the practice for any Jewish family in the future when a father died having only daughters and no son. No male chauvinism there.

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  • Untethered

    by Larry Spargimino

    sad girlIf we are morally untethered by Scripture we will float away like candy wrappers in the strong wind of moral relativism. Or, as put by Matt Barber in his blog titled “Incest: The Next Frontier in ‘Reproductive Freedom’":

    "If you artificially remove one requirement for marriage—in this case, the binary male-female prerequisite—then there is no justification, logically or legally, for not removing all requirements. If we yank one foundational brick from the marriage wall, then, as in the days of Jericho, the whole danged thing comes a-tumblin.’ That is to say, in the wake of America’s burgeoning 'gay marriage' tsunami, we can soon expect to dog-paddle the ensuing sewage of legalized polygamy, incestuous marriage and heaven-knows-what else."

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  • The Strangest Phenomenon: Christian Women Marrying Muslim Men

    by Larry Spargimino

    muslimwoman-purpleMarriage practices and choice of a spouse is the topic of many a book, but strangest of all is the growing practice of Christian women choosing to marry Muslim men. In a recent issue of Charismanews.com, freelance reporter Elizabeth Farrell writes:

    "Stories of love and romance sometimes turn into nightmarish tales of brutality done in the name of Allah. You’ve seen her—the veiled, dark-robed woman in the checkout line at Wal-Mart or Target. She’s a Muslim, you think to yourself, probably from the Middle East or Asia. But on closer inspection, you discover that she has blue eyes. A few strands of sandy blond hair peek out from her head veil. Or perhaps she’s black and speaks with a distinctly American accent. She’s not from the Middle East, you realize, but from your own backyard! In fact, she could be someone you went to high school with."

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