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Monthly Archives: April 2015

  • The Deceptive Facade of Social Justice

    by Larry Spargimino

    DistortionHave you ever expressed your view that illegal immigration is a major problem in America and found that some of your Christian friends have reacted and said, “Jesus would not have deported illegal aliens. Why should we?”

    In her book Distortion: How the New Christian Left Is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging the Faith, author Chelsen Vicari recounts how “the new Christian Left” uses buzzwords and phrases such as “marginalized segment of the population,” “racial inequality,” “justice,” and “compassion” to confuse the church’s mission with unlimited big government that defines expanded regulatory and social welfare as “social justice.”

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  • Religious Liberty and the Price of Blasphemy in Pakistan

    by Larry Spargimino

     Calls for amendments to the contentious laws have been met with tough resistance and have regularly led to violence.
    Calls for amendments to the contentious laws have been met with tough resistance and have regularly led to violence.

    A recent commentary in Al Jazeera gives an in depth presentation of the blasphemy laws in Pakistan and their abuse. The commentary states: “Critics say the controversial [blasphemy] laws are ripe for misuse and abuse, with accusations often stemming from personal disputes.”

    Muhammad Ali Jinnah is known as the Father of Pakistan, Pakistan’s version of America’s George Washington. Ali Jinnah was a British-trained attorney who embraced the Muslim faith, but Ali Jinnah did not want an Islamic theocracy in Pakistan.

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  • Modifying the Religious Freedom Bill and Modifying Religious Freedom

    by Larry Spargimino

    Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas

    It is revealing to see how a little pressure can get people to change their minds on some key issues.

    As we begin this Bible in the News report, it is important that we keep 1 Corinthians 15:58 clearly in focus: “Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” This verse comes at the very end of a chapter that gives the most detailed presentation of the bodily resurrection of Christ in all Scripture, and of our resurrection in Him. The previous verse says: “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

    Because of resurrection truth, our work is not in vain.

    Arkansas Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson is now urging state lawmakers to change a controversial religious freedom bill sent to his desk the preceding day. There is criticism that the bill could allow businesses and others to discriminate based on sexual orientation.

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  • Religious Freedom Bill Called "Discriminatory"

    by Larry Spargimino

    Mike_Pence Governor Mike Pence of Indiana

    Governor Mike Pence of Indiana is under fire over the passage of a religious freedom law that critics say could allow businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation. The governor said he stands by the law and affirmed that there was never any intent to create a “license to discriminate.”

    As signed by Governor Pence, the measure prohibits state laws that “substantially burden” a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. Pence said this legislation is not about endorsing discrimination, but about protecting the public exercise of religious beliefs.

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  • Israel's Present Enemies and the Lateness of the Hour

    by Larry Spargimino

    IDF soldiers IDF soldiers

    You don’t have to be particularly perceptive to realize that the world has a perpetual hatred of Israel. According to a report in The Algemeiner, the United Nations Human Rights Council has issued more condemnations of Israel for alleged human rights violations than for any other nation.

    The Human Rights Council concluded its 28th session on Friday, March 27 by adopting four resolutions condemning Israel. The Jewish state was the only country, out of the 192 UN member states, to receive more than one resolution, including Syria, North Korea and Iran. Ninety percent of the member states were not even mentioned.

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  • The Culture of Death

    by Larry Spargimino

    PoisonIn very profound, but very simple words, God set forth the sanctity of human life: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. … So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Gen. 1:26–27).

    Recently, Franklin Graham, son of world renowned evangelical preacher Billy Graham, said that America is increasingly embracing “a culture of death” that echoes what has occurred in Europe.

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  • Hispanics Speak Out Against Illegal Immigration

    by Larry Spargimino

    Racial_profilingjpgA wise person is someone who avoids stereotyping in their thinking. Stereotyping occurs when we associate a person from one particular group with some of the evils committed by a few individuals within that group. It’s a stereotype to say that all Americans are white supremacists, or all African Americans support President Obama. It’s also a stereotype to say that Hispanics favor lax immigration laws.

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  • The Slippery Slope Is Slick

    by Larry Spargimino

    gay-marriageRecent developments in the redefinition of marriage are just the very tip of the moral iceberg. When we depart from the standards established by the Bible, standards that have been the backbone of civilization, then nothing more reliable than human will and whim starts calling the shots. Good becomes evil, and evil becomes good.

    For example, commentators believe that gay rights is setting the stage for pedophilia rights. Linda Harvey of Mission America said the push for equal rights for pedophiles will become more common as LGBT groups continue to assert themselves. “It’s all part of a plan to introduce sex to children at younger and younger ages to convince them that normal friendship is actually a sexual attraction.”

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  • The Hellish Reality of ISIS

    by Larry Spargimino

    ISIS-exposedErick Stakelbeck is an acclaimed investigative reporter on terrorism and national security issues. In his book ISIS Exposed he reports how ISIS-inspired terrorists have already attacked policemen in New York City and beheaded a grandmother in Oklahoma. He believes that the secrets to ISIS’s successes are “a lethal mixture of brutal violence, battlefield prowess, fanatical ideology, and social-media savvy.”

    One question demands to be answered, however: “How could they be so heartless and brutal?”

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  • Religion of Peace? An Insider's View

    by Larry Spargimino

    Seeking-Allah-Finding-JesusThe rhetoric is hot and heavy. Different opinions are bandied about. Is the religion of Islam peaceful, or is it not? Are the peaceful, hard-working Muslims the rule, or the exception to the rule? Convincing arguments have been forthcoming from all sides.

    Nabeel Quereshi, MD, has written a book titled Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity. The book is endorsed by notables such as Ravi Zacharias, Josh McDowell, and has a foreword by noted author Lee Strobel.

    Quereshi holds an MD degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School, an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, and an MA in religion from Duke University. Qureshi’s book tells a moving story of the struggle between Islam and Christianity—all in one man’s heart—and the peace and joy he found in Jesus Christ.

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