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Below is a video by Jacob Prasch, who goes line-upon-line through the entire Chapter 3 of 2 Timothy which starts by reading:

 

1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. 

And ends with:

 14 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Jacob has much to say about the current state of the Church, if you are not familiar with this man, and I find his teachings not only enlightening but at times convicting … just what any true Believer needs and encourages, for growth in their life.

May you be blessed by this teaching, and go on to find many more of Jacob’s teachings to teach yourself from anything regarding the Book of Revelation and the Anti-Christ to any one of the Jewish Feasts, as well as teachings to lead you out of deceptive teachings found in the current Church.

And may you and I both, continue in the things found only in the Holy Scripture … even as 2 Timothy 3:14-17 says … which is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness. Amen.

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This morning while meditating on the things of the Lord, the thought came to me:

As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can workJohn 9:4

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I started thinking about the darkness that is coming.  Yes, there is great darkness right now with deceivers growing more bold and more numerous, and with sinners living their ungodly lifestyles in a more bold, blatant, and arrogant way than recently seen, but there is a greater darkness coming.  A darkness so thick and so wicked, that many will be silenced for fear of loosing their very lives.

9- “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10- At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11- and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12- Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold Matthew 24

What started my thought process was the commenter, named The Good Tale, on my last Post,  “Signs of The End of The Age: Are They Happening Even Quicker Now?”

The commenter holds to and teaches heresies while believing she is the woman who is spoken about in Revelation 12.  I skimmed through her Blog after her first comment, and saw that she tears apart the Holy Trinity along with proclaiming other heresies.  (For Scriptures showing that all 3 Persons of the Trinity are indeed unique, individual, yet equally God, see my Post HERE.)

Sure, the comment was simply more evidence that more and more false teachers/false teachings surround us … her timing could even be considered funny as it followed Onesimus’ comment about false teachers/teachings; funny if it didn’t mean she will experience eternal damnation …  but somehow this commenter was a last straw for me, lighting off the thought that truly the time is shorter today than even yesterday for Believers to be able to vocally … without fear of being put to death in any way … proclaim the Truth.  We can see that time is much shorter today than yesterday, as the Signs build up all around us!

My thoughts then rabbit-trailed off to a very dear friend who went off to Bible School in the late ’80s, only to be seduced by a homosexual there in the school, and so is now living in an open homosexual lifestyle.  I thought about how I have been witnessing to my friend, or rather, have not been strongly enough witnessing to my friend.  After all, my friend knew the Truth, and therefore knows the Truth, and so I’ve simply been trying to keep a friendship alive so that we can continue our small dialogues about the Lord and His righteous requirements.

But if I knew that later tonight a Law would be proclaimed that anyone who proclaimed the Name of Jesus as God and Savior and the Lord Who is to be obeyed, would be put to death, would I give one last strong witness to this friend?  Would I plead with tears in my eyes for my friend to repent and be saved from the Wrath of God that is soon to be unleashed upon the Earth, knowing that it could be the last time that I may have the opportunity to warn!? If I knew a Law was being passed tonight would I make one last phone call and boldly, with “no holds barred“, witness and proclaim ALL the Truth without holding back, in the hopes that my friend could be granted repentance?  And if I think my love is that great for this one particular friend that I would do such, then why-oh-why have I not been doing such already!?  Right now, while it is still “daylight” and there is every opportunity offered to me to speak boldly without fear of loosing my life!

I have been gullible and listened to preachers state that “friendship evangelism” is a worthy way to evangelize.  After all, if we speak too strongly to friends they won’t remain our friends any longer and then we won’t have the opportunity to continue to witness to them.   !!! Such must be a diabolical lie from the pit of Hell, I now say !!!  For which is better:  to hold the full Truth quietly within ourselves in the hopes of keeping a friendship alive with a Hell-bound sinner or to boldly remind them of all the Truth of God in the hopes that they will be saved sooner rather than later?

I am saddened that I have been suckered into this mind-set.  And I am sad that my flesh has won the battle so that I can sit too quietly before people I know, without trying to save them from the flames of Hell.

And so this Post is written mostly for myself, but also for anyone else who will read and think about these words, for I am convicted that I must start to unashamedly and fearlessly start to tell every single person I know that The End is closer today than yesterday.  And of course their end, as well as The End, is closer today, for which one of us knows exactly when we will die and stand before the Judgment Seat of God.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. – 2 Corinthians 5:10

The time is shorter today.  The End is closer today.  The night is coming when no man can work.  And today I need to boldly proclaim ALL of the Truth of the Lord … without “kindly” or “politely” holding any part back any longer.

Those who repent and make it to Eternity with God will thank me when we are all gathered together with Christ!

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Seems satan has no real new tricks.  Just a new generation of people who don’t know his old tricks.  That makes deception easy for him really, for he doesn’t have to come up with anything new over the ages.  Just wait for a new generation who don’t read the Bible or study Church History much.

And the satanic deception I am touching on today is the lie that “You won’t die”.

Look at the lie.  “YOU WILL NOT SURELY DIE” said satan to Eve, as he tempted her to eat of the fruit from the tree which God had told Adam not to eat from:

Genesis 2:15The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16And the LordGod commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

Satan, using God’s own words, told Eve:

Genesis 3:4You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.

You will not surely die“.  Satan used God’s own words and told Eve this was not how God meant it.

And here is the lie I have recently been hearing from a pulpit … more than once:

When you read in the New Testament that anyone living in sin, or giving in to their sinful desires,  ‘WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD’ it DOES NOT MEAN they won’t get into Heaven.  That is not what these passages are talking about at all.  It means you won’t inherit the blessings of the Kingdom of God while alive on Earth.  You see, you are saved by God’s Grace alone … by the blood of Jesus Christ only … and nothing you can do will ever remove you from God’s love or forgiveness or Heaven.  So these passages do not mean you will not get into Heaven.  You simply will not be walking in God’s health and abundance and provision and peace and joy while on Earth.  But you are still saved.

In other words:  YOU WILL NOT SURELY DIE and be separated from God.

Same lie.  Same satan.  Same old deception and twisting of God’s Words to mean the opposite of what God has said.

But am I correct?   Or is the preacher correct?   Let’s look at SCRIPTURE to see:

2 Corinthians 11 (NIV):

2I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. 3But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough. 5But I do not think I am in the least inferior to those “super-apostles.” 6I may not be a trained speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way.

In this Passage I see Paul preaching EXACTLY what I am stating:  That the Church is being deceived EXACTLY as Eve was deceived, with the same lie given to Eve, by satan through his workers who state, “You can live as you want.  Do what you want.  You don’t have to obey God’s laws.  There is freedom and no condemnation in Christ Jesus.  You will NOT die and go to hell when you live as you want, because once you are saved you are always saved.  It is a free gift of God and not by your works”.  But Paul was fighting this teaching in order to present a “PURE VIRGIN”, or a pure Church, to Christ, as other Scriptures show us:

Ephesians 5 (NIV):

3But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.a 6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7Therefore do not be partners with them.

Let us break this Ephesians Passage down:
There should not even be a HINT of sin amongst us.  Wow.  I don’t really need to go into details about this, as I am quite positive everyone can think of how many Christians look just like the world, divorce and remarry just like the world, go to the same comedy clubs and night clubs as the world, Christians go to movies just like the world, Christians tell the same jokes, and very sadly, it is reported that Christian men are just as addicted to porn as the world!

And Paul says WE CAN BE POSITIVELY SURE that such people, who live in such ways, have no inheritance … not ANY inheritance at all … in the Kingdom of God and Christ.

But does this mean such people simply will not be blessed with Kingdom blessings while on this Earth, but are still saved by the blood, with Heaven as their eternal home?  Well, Paul states, LET NO ONE DECEIVE YOU, for it is because of the sinful ways of mankind that the wrath of God is coming on the Earth.

It doesn’t say here that the Wrath of God is coming on the Earth because people have refused to believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.  It says the Wrath of God is coming because of sin.  So, maybe this is another doctrine taught in current Churches which is wrong too (see HERE for my recent thoughts on this matter).  

The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (1852), by British Artist John Martin (1789-1854)

Let NO ONE deceive you” … not the evangelist who has a huge following.  Not the Pastor who can preach up a storm.  Not the prophet who gets to see angels every day of his life and visit the third Heaven whenever he wishes.  Let NO ONE deceive you:  It is because of sin that God’s Wrath is coming upon the disobedient.  THEREFORE DO NOT BE PARTNERS WITH THEM.   In other words, don’t partner with them and find yourself under God’s Wrath yourself.  Really?  Does Scripture support this statement of mine?  Let’s look further.

Hebrews 10:26 (NIV):

If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left

Deliberately sinning, as I’ve tried to make clear in my other Posts, is the key word!   For those who are trying to overcome, and who will fight and struggle against sin in their lives, are showing they believe God at His Word and are fighting for righteousness and holiness in their lives.  They are trying to obey 2 Corinthians 7 which states:

2 Corinthians 7 (NIV):

1Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God

When we fight against sin … with prayer, with faith, with resistance, with fasting, with “just saying no” … we are perfecting holiness out of reverence and love for God.  We are showing Him that we believe Him at His Word and we are showing Him that we love and have reverence for Him AND His Word and His desires and His will for our lives.

And I pray that all of us, dear brothers and sisters, will continue in God’s strength and power and in His Word, filled with grace and faith and joy, in our fight to dominate sin in our lives.  We must not grow weary in our doing good, for in time we will reap a harvest IF we do not give up:

Galatians 6 (NIV):

7Do not be deceived: (there are those words again … DO NOT BE DECEIVED!) God  cannot  be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that naturea will reap destruction;  the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Destruction comes to the one who sows to the flesh, or who lives according to the desires of his flesh.  And destruction, in this very context, is contrasted with ETERNAL LIFE.   Therefore, destruction in this context CANNOT mean simply not inheriting blessings on Earth.

The Scriptures in this Post are clear:  Destruction (Galatians 6:9) and no sacrifice left for the one who deliberately continues in sin (Hebrews 10:26) belongs to the “Christian” who chooses to live in sin, with all that is left being the Wrath of God (Ephesians 5:6).  Please don’t be deceived by preachers.  Believe the Word of God only.

Hebrews 10 (NIV):

26If we deliberately  keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth,  no sacrifice for sins  is left, 27but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

Scripture seems to be clear … you make yourself an enemy of God if you will continue to LIVE in sin, even if you “prayed a prayer of salvation”!   Yes, scripture seems to be very clear … and Pastors are found to be teaching another Gospel when we compare their message to the Word of God.  The Church is being deceived by the same lie that satan gave Eve at the beginning in the Garden of Eden, “You will not surely die.

But God has stated the opposite.

Who’s side would you like to be found on when you stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ, people?

Does God Promise us BLESSINGS when we become Christians?  Yes, He does.  But how about starting with the first and greatest blessing of all:

Acts 3:26 (NIV)
When God raised up His servant (Jesus), He sent Him first to you
(Jews) to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways

Freedom FROM sin and wickedness … NOT Freedom TO sin and live wickedly … is the greatest and first blessing God is offering to all people everywhere.

Acts 3:19 (NIV):

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord


True blessing and refreshment from the Lord starts with turning FROM sin.  
Trust God today to cleanse you AND FREE you from the bondage and strongholds of sin in your life.   
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Do you know that it is OUR duty to protect our own selves from DECEPTION?

Mark 13 (NIV)

5Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you

Here Jesus is telling US to watch over OURSELVES!

And there are other Passages in the New Testament which state the same thing when they write, “DO NOT BE DECEIVED” or  “DO NOT LET ANYONE DECEIVE YOU”.

But how can we keep ourselves from deception?  Deception by its very definition is tricky.  Deception doesn’t appear loud and show itself as “wrong” or “contrary” to correct doctrine immediately, so how can we notice it or recognize it?

Answer:    
BY READING THE BIBLE DAILY!   
And by siding with the Bible … NO MATTER WHAT! 

It is getting harder and harder to find people who read the Bible these days, or who will believe the Bible in the context and meaning in which it is written, because people are becoming so bombarded and brainwashed by Pastors and Evangelists latest revelations and insights, and because people are allowing Pastors and Evangelists do their spiritual homework and studying for them.

Pastors speaking smooth and soothing words.  Evangelists with great revelations and DAILY encounters with God and His angels.   Men behind pulpits with large crowds of followers, who speak with such authority!   “Such teachers and preachers can’t all be wrong” I am told!!!!!!  And after all, they are all repeating the exact same thing!!!!   “God wants us blessed beyond measure.  No matter what we’ve done.  No matter how we live.  For it is by GRACE ALONE and none of our own works.”   Love, love, love.  Grace, grace, grace.

It is getting very lonely in the Camp of the Charismatics to be a Bible reader who sees a different gospel  preached in the Holy Scriptures.  It is getting very lonely, and uncomfortable, when such a thought is even hinted at by myself to my fellow pew sitters.  After all, I  “do not have a huge following” I’ve been told (truly, I’ve been told that).  And how can all these other preachers be so wrong, and just little ol’ me be right, I’ve been questioned?

Answer:  
I could be right  IF  I am quoting Scripture.  
And  IF  I am quoting Scripture IN CONTEXT.

I can’t get away from this topic … the topic of holiness, or right living before God, and I can’t get away from being overly concerned about correct doctrine and/or comparing current teachings with the Bible!

It has a burning grip in my heart.  It is a growing fire in my prayer time that I am not easily walking away from any longer.  My heart is becoming heavier with tears and heart-ache for my friends as I listen to them quote preachers and teachers and NEVER QUOTE THE WORD.  Or when they quote the Word, it is quoted as from the pulpit:  out of context and without the surrounding Scriptures which show the True meaning of the verse.

The only TRUE way we can protect ourselves from deception is by reading the Bible, daily.  And weighing EVERY SINGLE DOCTRINE taught today against the Word of God.  IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO AVOID DECEPTION.  

And if you love your soul enough … if you care enough where you will end up once your soul leaves your body for eternity … then YOU WILL read your Bible daily.

Don’t blindly believe what the Pastors and Teaches are teaching.  Check and weigh everything against the Word of God.

This will be the start of your walking in a way that pleases God, for it is He Himself Who stated He has:
Psalm 138:2 (ESV):

exalted above all things (His) name and (His) word.

Catch that?  His Word and His Name are exalted above ALL THINGS.  His Word is above all things.  And didn’t the WORD become flesh and live among man (John 1:14)?

God’s Word.  You will be doing yourself a favor when you learn God’s Word AND believe it the way it is written.  Even if it makes you the most unpopular person in your church.

May God give you the strength and courage to believe Him … AT HIS WORD.  Amen.

Ephesians 5 (NIV) regarding HOLINESS:

We shall ALL stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ
3But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.a 6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient7Therefore do not be partners with them.
Matthew 24:11 and 24,25 (NIV) shows it is YOUR responsibility to avoid deception, even if the teachers perform miracles:

many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.  … 
24For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miraclesto deceive even the elect—if that were possible. 25See, I have told you ahead of time.
Mark 13 (NIV) repeats the same warning as Matthew 24:

5Jesus said to them: Watch out that no one deceives you. … 
21At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christc!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 22For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect—if that were possible. 23So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.

Mark 13 shows it is Christ’s desire that we not be led astray, when He warns us to watch over ourselves and BE ON GUARD!  So don’t be so proud as to think YOU CAN’T be led astray!

Matthew 7 (NIV):

15Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’  (who practice lawlessness – NASB)

Holiness, my brothers and sisters, is truly New Testament teaching!

1 John 3 (NIV):

7Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.8He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 9No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him
repentance and contrition
before God


NOTE:
Living in sin and/or practicing sin and/or continuing in sin,  is DIFFERENT from being in an addiction or bondage or stronghold and DESIRING TO BE FREE!  If you are truly desirous of living a life that is pleasing in God’s sight and being free from sin, then get to fasting and prayer for yourself!  Believe you have POWER over the works of the devil and over sin and that God is stronger in you.  And stand in FAITH believing God’s power WILL free you as His Word states.  It is His desire to free you from sin.  Sometimes our flesh and lusts and desires just won’t lay down very easily, but if you are sincere and determined to get free, God will lead you into freedom.

PRAYER:
Father, help me walk in the freedom and holiness that You desire for me.  I believe You at Your Word which states that Jesus gave me authority over the power of the enemy and so right now I say, “devil you can’t have me any longer, in Jesus’ name.  I take authority over my flesh and over my thoughts.  I demand my thoughts and desires come in line with the Word of God right now”.  I give you my entire life God.  Even my secret life, which nobody else sees.  I cleanse my heart and my thoughts for Your Glory, even as Your Word tells me to do.  And I thank You for helping me walk pleasing to You, in Jesus’ name.  Amen.”

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A friend and I were having dinner the other day and persecuted Christians in China were mentioned.  He said he had heard that Christians were no longer being persecuted in China.  The below Article shows that indeed, Christians ARE still persecuted in China, with some being imprisoned and others beaten.

Please remember our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted because of the Name of Jesus and pray for them.

Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. – Hebrews 13:3, NIV

House church raided, believers detained


This unregistered church holds several mass baptisms each year.

 

More than 70 Christians were taken into custody when a house church, which had been meeting for more than two decades, was raided in western China. The church, located in the region of Xinjiang, was stormed by police on March 18. About a dozen policemen and Domestic Security Protection agents burst into Pastor He Enjun’s home, and authorities on the scene declared it was an “unapproved, illegal meeting” and ordered an immediate end to the meeting. Each Christian present was photographed by force and was taken for questioning. Some believers were not released for two days. Bibles, hymnals, notebooks, Christian education DVDs and other materials were confiscated without a receipt, even though a receipt is required by law. The pastor and his wife were later called back into the local police station for further questioning. They were threatened and ordered to stop hosting meetings in their home.

Please pray that the Lord will reward the faithfulness of these believers by using them to lead even more people to the King of Kings. Pray that these believers will echo Peter’s sentiment to obey God regardless of what man says (Acts 5:29). Pray that God will work powerfully in the hearts of the authorities in Xinjiang.

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After reading the below News Story, would you consider sending a donation to the Alliance Defense Fund?

I am in no way affiliated with  this group of Lawyers, but greatly appreciate their stand to protect Christian’s Rights and  Freedom of Speech.

 

 
Note: Facts in ADF news releases are verified prior to publication but may change over time. Members of the media are encouraged to contact ADF for the latest information on this matter.
ADF attorneys representing man reported to licensing board say complaint is attempt to shut down free speech, silence opposition
 
Friday, October 30, 2009, 3:22 PM (MST) |
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AUGUSTA, Maine — A high school counselor who supports marriage between one man and one woman has been reported to a Maine licensing board because of his views.  Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund represent Donald Mendell, the subject of a complaint filed with the Board of Social Worker Licensure by a co-worker because he expressed support for marriage and the “Vote Yes on One” campaign.

“No one should have their livelihood placed in jeopardy because they believe marriage is the union of a man and a woman,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Austin R. Nimocks.  “This threat to Don, his family, and his career makes clear that those in favor of redefining marriage also want to penalize and silence those who don’t agree with them.  So, the definition of marriage is not the only thing at issue here.  Free speech, freedom of conscience, and religious liberty are also in danger.”

The complaint attacking Mendell, a licensed counselor at Nokomis Regional High School, accuses him of violating the state’s code of ethics for social workers because of his expressed position on marriage.

The complaint cites his appearance in a “Vote Yes on One” television ad that encourages citizens to vote in favor of Ballot Question 1, which would allow Mainers to repeal a recent law that imposed a redefinition of marriage on the people.  The complaint fails to mention that the ad was created in response to a “Vote No on One” ad that featured a Nokomis teacher encouraging a “no” vote on Question 1 from a classroom at the high school itself.  The complaint is not critical of that ad or the teacher featured in it.

Mendell has 30 days from the date he received a copy of the complaint to respond to it.

ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith.  Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.

 

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Hate crimes law – ungodly, unconstitutional, unnecessary

Jim Brown – OneNewsNow – 10/29/2009

A Christian evangelist who was once arrested, jailed, and charged under Pennsylvania’s hate crimes law says the federal hate crimes bill signed into law by President Obama is one of the most dangerous laws in the history of the United States.

 

 

With the stroke of President Obama’s pen yesterday, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act became law. It creates additional penalties for violent crimes motivated by the victim’s “actual or perceived” gender, “gender identity,” sexual orientation, or disability.

Michael Marcavage, director of Philadelphia-based Repent America, was one of 11 Christians who were jailed and charged with a hate crime for carrying Bible verse banners and preaching at a 2004 homosexual pride event in Philadelphia. The charges were later dismissed — and in 2008, the state’s Supreme Court ruled the law had been passed illegally by the Pennsylvania legislature.

Michael MarcavageMarcavage says the new federal hate crimes law is yet another move by the federal government to “silence Christians.”

“What this bill does is [seek] to shut down those who dare to speak against the sin of homosexuality with the hope and freedom that is found in Jesus Christ,” says the Christian activist.

“Having been charged under a hate crime, I’m definitely moved with compassion on those who the government is trying to silence us from reaching out to,” he continues, “but we’re going to continue to do as we have been doing, and ministering to those trapped in the bondage of this lifestyle.”

Marcavage offers three reasons why he opposes the new law. He says it is ungodly because it “seeks to shut down the gospel of Jesus Christ”; unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection guarantee of the 14th Amendment; and also unnecessary because there are already laws on the books that punish violent crimes.

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