Archive for May, 2012


Faith Mormons, Catholics, Baptists & Jews Come Together to Plot Defense Plan for ‘Religious Liberty’

Mormons, Catholics, Baptists & Jews Discuss Religious Liberty in D.C.

Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention (AP)

Conservative faith leaders of all stripes gathered on Thursday in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future of religious freedom in America. This event is the latest in a series of developments that were sparked by the Obama administration’s controversial contraceptive mandate. What started as a Catholic protest against the regulatory structure has expanded to include people of all faiths.

(Related: University of Notre Dame Sues Obama Admin Over Contraceptive Mandate)

Little did the federal government suspect that its new regulations forcing religious groups to provide birth control free of charge would create such a wide-ranging firestorm among divergent faith communities. Religion News Service has more information about the collaborative effort that is underway:

Like-minded religionists of several denominations — including Southern Baptist leader Richard Land and Baltimore Archbishop William Lori — gathered in Washington Thursday (May 24) to organize a response to what they see as the sorry state of religious freedom in America today.

“We must all be willing to stand up and tell the government ‘no,’” said Land, who heads the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. “Secularists don’t like people of faith because the ultimate authority for us is not the state. The ultimate authority is God.”

Sponsored by the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s American Religious Freedom Program, the daylong summit attracted conservative Catholics, Baptists, Orthodox Jews, Orthodox Christians, Mormons and others, almost all of whom painted a dismal picture of religious freedom.

 

Mormons, Catholics, Baptists & Jews Discuss Religious Liberty in D.C.

While there were some stark calls, like Land’s, for religious freedom protections, the 350-person group also called for civility in addressing liberty-related issues. The contraceptive mandate was the main topic on the agenda, but the faithful delved into other subjects that they fear could come under attack. These issues include the freedom for believers to abstain from workplace activities that contradict their views and for religious groups to continue to have the freedom to hire people they so choose.

Earlier this year, the Obama administration lost a Supreme Court battle surrounding religious employment issues. While the federal government sought to challenge the long-held ministerial exemption, the Supreme Court, for the first time, recognized its existence and constitutionality.

Considering these developments, there’s no telling how faith communities will react throughout the 2012 campaign. While conservative churches may move against Obama, at least on policy (tax law forbids churches to advocate for or against candidates), more liberal faith supporters may rally around him. Either way, it seems the contraceptive mandate has rallied people of diverse faith views to at least come to the table and chat.

“our own land is to become a battlefield on which is to be carried on the struggle for religious liberty to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience. {3SM 387.2}

By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near.  {5T 451.1}

Rev 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. Get ready saints as Satan increases his plans increase your relationship Christ God bless.

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The USA in Bible Prophecy.

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Can it really be true? America in Bible prophecy – absolutely! When you think about it, it makes sense that the most powerful and influential nation on earth will play a vital role in the final stunning events of the world’s closing history. But even more surprises await you as the Bible reveals how the leading nation of the world came to exist and why! Please read Revelation 13:11-18 before beg…

Can Marriage Be Gay?

Posted: May 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

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U.S. President Barack Obama recently announced his support for same sex marriage (May 9, 2012). He is the first sitting U.S. president to do so, and it has heated up the debate making it, in the eyes of many, a historic shift in American attitudes. Though voters in 31 states have rejected gay marriage, polls indicate that more people are becoming more open to civil unions and same-sex marriages. It is becoming a rallying point for elections this fall. Six states have made same-sex marriage legal (including the District of Columbia). Four have ballot measures dealing with the issue (Maine, Minnesota, Maryland, and Washington). But for the Christian, the question about gay marriage is not just political—it is moral.

Cathy Lynn Grossman wrote recently in USA Today,

“The presidential election will tell whether Americans view support for gay marriage as a political sin, but the vote is in on whether it is theologically sinful—and it’s a close call. A survey released today by LifeWay Research, a Nashville-based Christian research group, finds 44% say yes, 43 % say no and 13% are unsure. The survey of 2,144 U.S. adults was conducted before President Obama evolved to support marriage equality and his GOP rival Mitt Romney revved up attention to his current view that marriage is only for one man and one woman.

“It found that, born-again, evangelical or fundamentalist Christians were the most negative: 82% call homosexual behavior sinful, 14% don’t. Of course, sin means ‘different things to different people,’ said Scott McConnell, director of LifeWay Research. A 2011 Gallup survey used different terminology but found similar results — 56% called homosexual behavior ‘morally acceptable’ while 44% did not.” [1]

The Bible speaks about marriage in very clear terms. God established marriage in Eden (Genesis 2:24). Jesus affirmed marriage as a lifelong union between a man and a woman (Matthew 19:5). The Lord created marriage as a covenant-based union of two genders. That connection is physical, emotional, and spiritual and spoken of as “one flesh” (Mark 10:8). Homosexuality in any form reveals a brokenness of God’s ideal plan; it is a result of sin in our world (Romans 1:26, 27). Sexual immorality is condemned by God and a sign of Christ’s soon return (2 Timothy 3:1-4; Matthew 24:37-39).

No matter what a person’s sexual orientation, we are all children of God. Singling out and persecuting certain groups should never be condoned. However, the Bible condemns a homosexual lifestyle and marriage as an institution between two people of the same gender. The Bible’s teaching is not a “close call” but a clear one. God’s plan for marriage at creation is anchored in our beginnings.

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Rome Continues Collecting Conservative Anglicans · May 21, 2012

June 15, 2012 will mark the launch of the third ordinate for Anglican churches seeking union with Rome. The ordinariate provides a Catholic diocese in Australia just for Anglican churches or groups of churches to join the Catholic Church while keeping many of their Anglican traditions and married priests.

The ordinariates are a new type of canonical structure authorized by Pope Benedict XVI in his apostolic constitution “Anglicanorum Coetibus” in 2009. Two other ordinariates have been established in the United Kingdom (January 2011) and the United States (January 2012).

“I am confident that those former Anglicans who have made a journey in faith that has led them to the Catholic Church will find a ready welcome,” Archbishop David Hart, of Melbourne said.

The Anglican Church has been gradually drawn closer to Rome since the time of John Henry Newman, when he and other colleagues undermined Anglican theology. But the Anglican Church has also become very liberal causing wholesale splits when it began ordaining female priests, bishops and later openly gay and lesbian bishops.

Benedict surprised Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams when he released “Anglicanorum Coetibus” without first notifying Williams.

The ordinariates provide a brilliant strategy for disenchanted, conservative Anglican communions (churches, groups of churches, and individuals) to join the Catholic Church. Rome is cherry-picking the conservatives from the Anglican Church by accommodating them and making it easy for them to retain their Anglican heritage and traditions.

“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Revelation 13:8

Australian Ordinariate to Be Established June 15


Victoria Addicted to Gambling? · May 14, 2012 

By Dave Sydnor

Electronic gambling machines with names like “slot machines” or “fruit machines” are wildly popular in Australia, where they are known as “Pokies.” In Victoria alone an estimated 30,000 such machines are said to have cost gamblers 2.6 billion dollars in losses in 2010-2011. Total losses for the last ten years are calculated at 25 billion dollars.

Described as “high intensity” gambling devices, Pokies combine fast-paced action with enhanced audio-visual effects capable of producing an excitement level for many that rivals, drugs, alcohol, or even sex. An added danger is their ability to produce serious losses very quickly, as much as several dollars every few seconds. Worst of all, studies have been cited to indicate that such machines can move a potential addict from recreational to compulsive gambling faster than poker, craps, horseracing, or any other form of gambling. Such characteristics have gained Pokies a reputation as the “crack-cocaine” of the gambling industry.

Victoria’s Productivity Commission has estimated that about 40 percent of losses come from “problem gamblers.” Losses reaching as high as 11.87 million dollars a day, present a dilemma for Victoria’s government officials. The need for some type of reform conflicts with state tax revenues, totaling 1 billion dollars so far for 2011-2012. States themselves are addicted to gambling, on the winning end.

This gambling dilemma is not unique to Australia. A reform advocate in the UK remarked that a new gaming machine tax capable of raising 50 million pounds a year “proves that the government is addicted to problem gamblers’ losses.” A solution under consideration by Victoria is the use of fingerprinting technology to limit the spending of problem gamblers. Opponents argue that it is “player tracking” and a government “intrusion into private lives.”

As destructive as it is to so many human lives, an increase in gambling alone might seem a weaker sign of the times. But combined with increasing and more powerful natural disasters, severe economic stress, the growth of government authoritarianism and control, etc., many people are overwhelmed with a continual crisis environment and want the escape that gambling provides. The surge of gambling fever reveals an underlying intensity that adds its voice, warning of the nearness of Jesus’ return.

“The cities of today are fast becoming like Sodom and Gomorrah. Holidays are numerous; the whirl of excitement and pleasure attracts thousands from the sober duties of life. The exciting sports—theatergoing, horse racing, gambling, liquor drinking and reveling—stimulate every passion to activity.” Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 9, page 89

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In God we Trust?  

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Do you trust God… really? The truth is, a lot of people might say yes, but they don’t act like it. And worse, because they don’t trust Him, they might actually steal from Him! “Come on!” you say, “No one would steal or embezzle money from God.” But God’s shocking message to His people is, “Ye have robbed me” (Malachi 3:8). Real records prove that billions of people steal from God, and as ama…

A Love That Transforms  

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Being in love changes everything. For instance, a young lady was reading a large book for her university’s English literature course. She found the whole thing very boring and could barely stay focused when reading it. But then she met a striking young professor on campus, and they quickly fell in love. Soon after, she realized her beloved was the author of the book she had struggled with. T…

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Internet Piracy an Excuse to Increase Regulation of the Internet · May 11, 2012

By Dave Sydnor

On January 19, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice shut down the “cyberlocker” website Megaupload.com for violation of piracy and copyright laws. The indictment alleged that Megaupload was a “mega conspiracy” and a global criminal organization “whose members engaged in criminal copyright infringement and money laundering on a massive scale.” Four key employees were arrested in New Zealand. Twenty search warrants were executed in the U.S. and eight other countries. Eighteen domain names were confiscated along with some $50 million in assets, including several hundred servers located in Virginia and Washington, D.C. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has called it one of the “largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States.”

In the global war of bits and bytes, score one for the good guys. Or are they the bad guys? It’s not always clear. What one person calls cyber-crime, another calls cultural freedom or freedom of speech. Not surprisingly, much of it revolves around money. NATO believes cybercrime siphons as much as one trillion dollars per year from the legitimate world economy.

One of the major battlegrounds involves the entertainment industry and the pirating of copyrighted materials, primarily movies and music. One estimate suggests that piracy now results in total lost output among all U.S. industries of 20.5 billion dollars annually for motion pictures and 12.5 billion for music. In July of 2001 the music download website Napster was shut down after another legal battle. Napster was soon followed by other websites, many of whom were also forced to shut down or change their format for similar copyright violations.

It may be good news to the entertainment industry who has long sought legislation to facilitate prosecution of piracy websites operating overseas by the U.S. courts. However, proposed bills in the U.S. Congress such as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) have met considerable opposition from U.S. critics concerned about draconian laws that go way beyond addressing piracy and do not protect basic civil liberties such as freedom of speech. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an online freedom advocacy group, said in a statement that the Megaupload indictments set “a terrifying precedent.” “If the United States can seize a Dutch citizen in New Zealand over a copyright claim, what is next?” the group asked. On January 18, 2012 some 10,000 websites protested by blacking out for 24 hours in opposition to the bills.

Governments often use legitimate legal challenges as an excuse to expand power in ways that are not legitimate and which impinge on personal liberties and rights. Inevitably this greatly expands the definition of criminal behavior. We live in a time when governments are increasing legislation at an alarming pace that tightens control over their population. Restricting free expression of those who support unpopular religious beliefs on the Internet is a very real possibility eventually.

“We have no time to lose. The end is near… Everything will be placed to obstruct the way of the Lord’s messengers, so that they will not be able to do that which it is possible for them to do now.” Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 6, page 22

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Albania Wonders After… · May 10, 2012

“Benedict XVI and the president of Albania discussed Saturday the nation’s path to full integration in the European Union, as Bamir Topi visited the Pontiff at the Vatican.”

By discussing this issue with the pope, the Albanian president tacitly acknowledges that the pope has authority in terms of Europe’s future. Europe is in the process of resurrecting the Holy Roman Empire, in which the Catholic Church will pay a key role. The two men also discussed the economic crisis.

As is usual for state visits with the pope the Albanian leader also met with the papal secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.

A Vatican communiqué said that “good relations that exist between the Holy See and the Republic of Albania.” The men discussed “questions of mutual interest regarding relations between the ecclesial and civil communities, including interreligious dialogue and the Church’s contribution in the fields of education and social care.”  “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.”  Revelation 18:3

Who is the Antichrist?  

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Who, or what, is the Antichrist? Evil alliance, or sinister individual? Some say his appearance is still in the future. Others say he appeared long ago in the days of ancient Rome. But the Bible indicates that he is alive today! The Bible prophecies teach this antichrist power will play a crucial role in the final events of earth’s history. Do you know who he is? Are you sure? You need to be,…

The Other Woman  

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Every marriage must rely on trust – and likewise in our union with Christ, we must remain faithful to Him and His Word. Revelation speaks about the true bride of Christ, but there is another woman who is trying to seduce believers away from God’s Word. Revelation contains a shocking message about Babylon, the other woman. Babylon is fallen, and Christ’s people must escape her charms or perish! Th…

Albanian President Visits Pontiff

 


Lifestyle factors you can easily change account for more than 90 percent of heart attack risk, a landmark study of about 30,000 people in 52 countries suggests. And making small, positive changes in your everyday habits can have a surprisingly big impact on your heart health—or even save your life.

Here’s a look at six of the worst habits for your heart, and how to turn them around.

Being Glued to the Tube

Spending too much time parked in front of the TV can actually be fatal, according to a 2011 study published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The researchers found that people who devoted four or more hours a day to screen-based entertainment—mainly watching the tube–had double the risk of a major cardiac event resulting in hospitalization, death or both, compared to those who spent less than two hours daily on these activities.

Another compelling reason to limit TV time: Those who spent the most time on leisure-time screen-based entertainment had a 48 percent higher risk of dying prematurely, even if they also exercised. Recent research also shows that too much sitting can be just as bad for your heart as smoking.

The Warning Signs of Heart Attack

Having a Negative Attitude

While stress and depression have long been linked to higher heart disease risk, a new Harvard review of more than 200 earlier studies, published this month in Psychological Bulletin, highlights the benefits of turning that frown upside-down: An optimistic outlook may cut heart disease and stroke danger by 50 percent.

And while you may think that happy people are just healthier, the researchers found that the association between an upbeat attitude and reduced cardiovascular risk held true even when they took the person’s age, weight, smoking status, and other risk factors into account.

Researchalso shows that laughter literally does the heart good, by expanding the linings of blood vessels and boosting blood flow. A fun way to add more joy to your life—and defuse stress–is laughter yoga, an exercise program that combines self-triggered mirth with deep yogic breathing to  draw oxygen deeper into the body.

Top 10 Simple Ways to Leave Stress Behind

Ignoring Snoring

Frequent loud snoring can trumpet obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a dangerous disorder that magnifies heart attack and stroke risk, if untreated. OSA (bouts of interrupted breathing during sleep) frequently goes undiagnosed because people don’t recognize the symptoms, which include waking at night for no apparent reason and unexplained daytime drowsiness.

If you fit this profile, ask your doctor to order a sleep study. Because OSA, which affects 18 million Americans, is most common in people who are heavy, treatment typically involves weight loss and in some cases, continuously positive airway pressure (CPAP), a device that blows moist, heated air in your nose and mouth as you sleep.

Can an Oral Device Treat Sleep Apnea?

Forgoing Fiber

Not only does a high-fiber diet boost your heart health, but it could add years to your life, according to a recent study of nearly 400,000 people, conducted by the National Institutes of Health and American Association of Retired People.

The researchers found that men ages 50 and older who ate the most fiber were up to 56 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases and respiratory ailments, compare to those who ate the least. For women ages 50 and up, a high-fiber diet lowered risk of death from these causes by nearly 60 percent.

Another study involving more than 300,000 men and women found that eating eight servings of fruits and vegetables a day trims the risk of a fatal heart attack by 22 percent, compared to eating less than three. Researchers from the World Cancer Research Fund also report that if we ate more fiber, and less red meat, more than 64,000 cancer deaths would be prevented annually.

Failing to Floss

People with periodontal (gum) disease are nearly twice as likely to have heart disease as those with healthy gums. While the reasons for the link aren’t yet clear, one theory is that the same bacteria that trigger gum disease may also spark inflammation inside the body, damaging arteries. Gum disease affects nearly 50 percent of Americans, many of whom don’t know they have it, because in the early stages, it’s painless.

A new study published in Journal of Aging Research adds to mounting evidence that one of the simplest—and cheapest—secrets of long life is taking care of your teeth, with daily brushing and flossing. Conversely, neglecting your chompers—and skipping dental visits—can be lethal, the researchers report. During the 17-year study, those who never flossed were 30 percent more likely to die than were those who flossed daily.

Smoking Even a Little

Smoking even one cigarette a day increases the threat of heart attack by 63 percent and smoking 20 or more cigarettes a day more than quadruples it.

Need more motivation to quit? Tobacco use also boosts risk for diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and many types of cancer. A 2010 study reports that using a nicotine patch for six months makes it easier for smokers to kick the habit. Munching on low-calorie foods, such as carrot or celery sticks, or chewing sugarless gum, can also help curb nicotine cravings.  http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/worst-habits-your-heart

What solemn reminder is given to those who ignore God’s rules? “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7.

 The answer is too plain to miss. Those who break God’s rules regarding the care of the body machine will reap broken bodies and burned-out lives, just as one who abuses his automobile will have serious car trouble. And those who continue to break God’s laws of health will ultimately be destroyed by the Lord (1 Corinthians 3:16, 17). God’s health laws are not arbitrary. They are natural, established laws of the universe, like the law of gravity. Ignoring these laws always brings certain disastrous results. The Bible says, “The curse causeless shall not come.” Proverbs 26:2. Trouble comes when we ignore the laws of health. God, in mercy, tells us what these laws are so we may avoid the tragedies that result from breaking them.

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God’s Free Health Plan

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Great medical care is priceless – but wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t need doctors anymore? Did you know there is a proven way to put a lot of doctors out of work? Take care of your body! Scientists have sounded the ominus warnings about cholesterol, tobacco, stress, obesity, and alcohol, so why press your luck? Hospitals and psychiatric institutions are packed with people who have ignored the…

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