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Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron… 1 Timothy 4:1-3

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Bill was raised in a good Christian family. He attended a Sunday-keeping church as a child and was baptized around the age of 11. “I was pretty serious about my faith until age 15,” he recalls. “Then I just wanted to hang around my friends at church.

As Bill drifted away from church, his parents drew closer to their church. By age 16 he had completely lost interest in church and told his father he was never going again. He was severely punished but stood his ground. “I stayed away from church for more than 40 years,” he explains. “I call it my 40 years in the wilderness.”

Right after his high school graduation, at age 17, Bill joined the Navy. “I smoked, drank, and soon discovered women,” he admits, “and I ‘catted’ around with the worst of them.” His apostasy continued, causing an ever widening rift between himself and God. He started experimenting with marijuana, cocaine, speed, and just about anything else that was passed around at parties.

In his twenties, Bill came to the conclusion that he was an agnostic. “I refused to call myself an atheist,” he shares. He decided he wouldn’t live by guilt. “I believed in evolution and read up on eastern religions. I was convinced there was no such thing as good and evil.” He believed that the “charitable acts” done by people were motivated by self-interest and the enjoyment of positive feelings that came with doing deeds of kindness.

“I had never heard of an intelligent argument against evolution.”

Then came 9-11. The acts of terrorism convinced Bill there had to be a devil directing these events. He still resisted the idea of a God, but finally had to admit that if there was a devil there had to be a God. But he kept the idea in the back of his mind.

In May 2007, Bill’s father died after a two-year illness. It hit him like a ton of bricks. “I loved and respected my father even though we had a falling out over church many years before,” he shares. The stress of this loss was too much. He felt like life had no purpose. He had a good job as a database administrator but thought, “One hundred years from now all of this won’t matter.” So he gave his two-week notice and quit his work.

During this time Bill’s wife started attending a Sabbath-keeping church. She convinced her husband to attend church one time. Bill admits, “The whole time I was in church I thought it was a bunch of fantasy and hogwash.” His wife knew he believed in evolution, so she found a little booklet in the church literature rack on creation and evolution. She begged Bill to read it. He promised he would.

One day, soon afterwards, Bill was battling discouragement and picked up the booklet his wife gave to him and began to read. “I was intrigued,” he recalls. “I had never heard of an intelligent argument against evolution. I was always told that you just had to have faith. But I just couldn’t take a leap of faith that completely defied logic.” He kept reading. Then he noticed a web address on the back: www.amazingfacts.org. Bill decided to check it out.

Soon he was working through the Amazing Facts Bible Study Guides. “I was fascinated, but cautious,” he remembers. He called his mom to ask if she had an extra Bible she could send him. “My wife was a Sabbath-keeper and my mom a Sunday-keeper,” he explains. “I wanted to compare Bibles to see if there were any differences.”

When he listened to online sermons, Pastor Doug would invite people to turn to certain pages in their Bibles. Bill checked his mom’s Bible and was amazed to discover they were exactly the same page numbers as Pastor Doug’s. Bill later attended a prophecy seminar at a Sabbath-keeping church and again compared the Bible he was given with his mother’s Bible. “Once more, the page numbers were the same,” he recalls. Bill sensed God speaking to his heart.

A real turning point came to Bill when he heard Pastor Batchelor preach about hell. “It was the most eye opening lesson I ever heard,” he shares. “I never could understand a God who would punish someone eternally for a short lifetime of sin.”

                Bill completed the Amazing Facts Bible Study Guides and was eventually baptized into a Sabbath-keeping church in Arizona where he now serves as a deacon. “I’ve never been happier in all my life,” he shares. From an unhappy agnostic to an enthusiastic believer, God miraculously led Bill from fantasy and hogwash into the truth.

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Published on Jul 26, 2018

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Before you read this article this is not about the attack on Obama administration. I believe the previous presidents in years past have also lied to the American people too. What I’m showing is a Biblical point in preparing the way for the nation to deceive the world into joining the coalition to worship the beast and his image and how the “corruption that prevails, it is beyond the power of the human pen to describe. Every day brings fresh revelations of political strife, bribery, and fraud.” Whether it be democrats or Republicans.

“A retired Navy officer and military analyst says former President Barack Obama violated the trust of the American people, according to a newly revealed report related to the Iran nuclear deal.

“An investigation by Senate Republicans has revealed that officials in the Obama administration – despite repeatedly telling Congress and the public it had no plans to do so – secretly sought to give Iran access, albeit briefly, to the U.S. financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal.

“The report by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations reveals that in February 2016, the Obama administration approached two U.S. banks asking them to allow Iran to exchange $5.7 billion it held in an Omani bank into U.S. dollars. The effort was unsuccessful because American banks declined to participate, citing the reputational risk of doing business with or for Iran.

“…Now we are beginning to see that [Barack Obama], in fact, certainly manipulated the grounds for truth on what was going to be included in the Iran nuclear deal,” says CMDR Kirk Lippold (USN-Ret.), who commanded the USS Cole when it was attacked by terrorists in 2000.

“On one hand, [the Obama administration] are offering access to the U.S. financial system and giving them a free look at what could be possible as an incentive for doing the nuclear agreement,” Lippold continues. “But he’s telling Congress, on the other hand, that we’re not going to do that because he knew it would be so politically unpalatable that they would not allow it to happen.”

Lippold argues that “you cannot negotiate in good faith when you are not being truthful to the American people through their representatives in Congress.”

The Associated Press reports that while issuing a ‘license’ for access to the U.S. banking system wasn’t illegal, it went ‘above and beyond’ what the Obama administration was required to do under the terms of the nuclear agreement.

“Subcommittee chairman Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) put it this way: ‘The Obama administration misled the American people and Congress because they were desperate to get a deal with Iran.’

The Obama administration is not the only American government that has lied to the American people. Each successive generation of leaders adopts measures to deceive. This prepares the way for the nation to deceive the world into joining the coalition to worship the beast and his image. See Revelation 13:14, 15.

“We are living in the midst of an ‘epidemic of crime,’ at which thoughtful, God-fearing men everywhere stand aghast. The corruption that prevails, it is beyond the power of the human pen to describe. Every day brings fresh revelations of political strife, bribery, and fraud.” The Ministry of Healing, page 142.

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After the SCOTUS decision on Phillips, could the state of Colorado or any other state force a Christian to act against his faith?

According to Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the answer would be yes — so long as the Colorado state officials forcing the Christian to act were enforcing a “generally applicable law” and took a “neutral” approach to the person’s religion.

“In Masterpiece, the question was whether Colorado could force a Christian baker to make a customized wedding cake for a same-sex wedding. The baker said this violated both his First Amendment rights to the free exercise of religion and freedom of speech. Kennedy’s majority opinion did not offer a conclusion on the baker’s free speech claim. But it did make clear that the court believes a state can force a Christian to act against his faith.

“‘The reason and the motive for the baker’s refusal were based on his sincere religious beliefs and convictions,’ Kennedy concedes. But then Kennedy says, ‘The court’s precedents make clear that the baker, in his capacity as the owner of a business serving the public, might have his right to the free exercise of religion limited by generally applicable laws.’

“The reason the court reversed Colorado’s action in this specific case was because the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had not been neutral in its treatment of religions and had showed ‘hostility’ toward the baker’s Christian faith.

“Specifically, the commission had allowed three other bakers to refuse to make cakes that would have featured religious arguments against same-sex marriage, and some of the commissioners had publicly made disparaging remarks about the Christian baker’s religious convictions when they held hearings on his refusal to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. Rather than enforcing the law in a neutral way, they had demonstrated bias against a particular religious view.

“‘Still, the delicate question of when the free exercise of (the baker’s) religion must yield to an otherwise valid exercise of state power needed to be determined in an adjudication in which religious hostility on the part of the state itself would not be a factor in the balance the state sought to reach,’ wrote Kennedy. ‘When the Colorado Civil Rights Commission considered this case, it did not do so with the religious neutrality that the Constitution requires.’

“The court let stand the Colorado law that makes it unlawful to deny someone ‘services’ not only because of their ‘sexual orientation’ but also because of their ‘creed’ — and the possibility this law can be enforced in a way that compels someone to act against their faith.”

So, can a Christian still conduct his business according to his religious convictions? Or can a state force him/her to act against his faith. “Under the standing Supreme Court precedent, it could so long as the law was applied to everyone with what Kennedy calls ‘the neutrality that the Free Exercise Clause requires.’

“We still have a court that believes that under the right circumstances, when done in the correct manner, the government can require Christians to act against their faith.”

This is not what the founders intended. Nor is it clear religious freedom. It is technically tolerance, not freedom. In other words, you can practice your faith so long as the state says so, and if done “correctly,” without open bias the state can force a Christian to violate his conscience.

Justice Kennedy, a Roman Catholic, carefully framed the opinion according to his own point of view. It is patently obvious that he does not believe that the individual has the priority in matters of conscience as the founders of the U.S. Constitution did.

“Protestants will throw their whole influence and strength on the side of the papacy. By a national act enforcing the false sabbath they will give life and vigor to the corrupt faith of Rome, reviving her tyranny and oppression of conscience.” Maranatha, 179 (1893), Last Day Events, page 128.


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