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Globalist billionaire Soros wants churches to back New World Order

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For years now, evangelicals such as Brannon Howse have been warning that churches and prominent “Christian” leaders would try to steer Christians toward backing the New World Order in all of its various religious, socioeconomic, and governmental forms. The latest efforts that have come to light in that regard are the actions of billionaire Hungarian George Soros. Soros has been open about the fact he’s a socialist liberal atheist. Nevertheless, he’s shelling out millions to get pastors around the world to promote the New World Order.

George Soros grabbing for the globeThe billionaire has been backing many social justice movements, from environmental extremism to Black Lives Matter to open border/illegal immigration. Those movements are now seeping into Christendom under the guise that Jesus was a refugee for social justice. So now we see evangelicals promoting the green movement, backing efforts to embrace illegal immigration via amnesty (they want their churches and coffers to grow at any…

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Once Saved Always Saved – Yes or No?

I have been studying the topic of Eternal Security, or Once Saved Always Saved, for the past few months. It has been brought to my attention many times this year, so I wanted to study this topic more deeply. I have always believed in Conditional Security, but I opened my mind to the possibility that I may have been wrong in my belief, and studied the doctrine with fresh eyes. Truthfully, I set out to believe Eternal Security, and find out where I went wrong in my past studies.

I know there is a widespread and distinct division of Believers on both sides of this issue, even within my own congregation; although the supporters of this doctrine worldwide are in the minority. Mostly, supporters of this doctrine have their roots in Calvinist teaching.

The doctrine of Eternal Security began in the 1530’s with the teachings of John Calvin during the Reformist Movement. Before then it was most widely accepted that God requires certain conditions to grant us salvation. Conditional Security is still by far the most accepted interpretation of Scripture among the thousands of Christian denominations today.

II Timothy 2:12 – If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us

Probably the most quoted Scripture on both sides of this doctrine is Hebrews 6:4-6…

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come to fall away and to lose that heavenly gift that is everlasting life.

Wow! Pretty straightforward, huh? No doubt about what that passage is saying! Too bad for Eternal Security believers that this is NOT what Scripture says! The actual Scripture from the New King James (NKJV) Bible is as follows…

Hebrews 6: 4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

I have also heard verse 6 quoted as, “if they could fall away…” Adding that one word “could” totally changes the intent of the verse. But the word “could” is not there.

In a sermon about the Root and the branches, I heard that when we are born again we are grafted into the Root, and cannot be ungrafted. We are forever heirs of God’s Kingdom. The wild olive represents Gentiles; the cultivated olive tree represents Jews.

Romans 11:17 …and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree…

This really made me stop and think! The impossibility of being ungrafted made so much sense… until I took up my Bible and read the entire passage myself. One only has to keep reading to get the context of verse 17, again from the NKJV, Romans Chapter 11…

17 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, 18 do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.
19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” 20 Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. 22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. 23 And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

Read carefully the Scriptures above which I have underlined for you. This is the kind of straightforward, unambiguous, not-open-to-interpretation Scripture that I was looking for to prove Eternal Security. But the only unambiguous Scriptures I found in my search for truth were ones that support Conditional Security. Note the underlined portion of verse 22 above: the words IF and OTHERWISE are definitely conditions for God’s goodness toward us!

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

If our salvation is irrevocable, why does Apostle Paul make such a plea for us Believers to hold firm in our profession of faith, and assemble together with other Believers, to exhort (comfort, build up, strengthen in faith) one another. If our salvation were secure, why would we need to hold fast to it?

John 10:27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.

In the Greek, the verbs hear and follow are in present tense, things that are actively happening now or continually. Those who are actively/continually hearing and following Jesus are His sheep, and His sheep cannot be plucked from His hand. The definition of plucked is “taken by force.” No one can steal us (sheep) while we are actively following Jesus. By continuing in faith, we are His. No outside force can take us away. This is our true Biblical security. Salvation by Grace through faith, a continuing attitude of faith. An apostate chooses to remove himself from God’s promise of security by discontinuing his attitude of faith. It’s all about perseverance.

Here Jesus tells the Apostles about the end of days…

Matthew 24: 9″Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

Note verses 12 and 13 — “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end will be saved.” Jesus himself tells us to be saved we must persevere to the end! Abide in His love. A continual attitude of faith.

Considering the sinful nature of mankind, I believe Eternal Security, for many, is a license to sin. The idea that one can recite a “Sinners’ Prayer,” then get dunked in some water, then go right back to their usual way of life, believing that they are saved once and for all is like a get-out-jail-free-card. I have personally heard people say, “I was saved years ago. All my sins past present and future were forgiven that day, so I don’t have to worry if I’m living right or not.” The doctrine of Eternal Security makes them feel safe. They see no need to walk in faith, to strive for sinless perfection, to pray without ceasing, to ask forgiveness each day. Why would they? They believe they are sealed in salvation because they made a profession of faith at some point in time in the past. One could also make the argument that there are proponents of Conditional Security who follow God’s commands simply out of a fear of going to hell, which is also wrong.

So, the result of my study of Eternal Security: I believe it is a false doctrine.

  • Is everyone who believes it headed for hell? I doubt it.
  • Is it a dangerous doctrine that gives people a false sense of security? I believe so.
  • Are there churches today that are teaching people that they can take twenty minutes out of their lives to recite The Sinners’ Prayer, get Baptized, and have their salvation guaranteed and sealed forever, no matter how much they sin in the future? Absolutely.
  • Do I believe these are the apostate churches spoken of in Scripture? Perhaps.

No matter what denomination or doctrines you follow, this should be the motivation for all Christians in their daily lives:

Obey Jesus because you love Him and want to please Him. This is the only way to the saving Grace of God, through faith in Jesus Christ.

John 14: 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.”

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Answer to the question: ‘War on Christians’

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A Matter of Taste

School started here August 13, so I’m a little behind on the Daily Posts.

The Daily Post prompt for August 13:

“When was the last time a movie, a book, or a television show left you cold despite all your friends (and/or all the critics) raving about it? What was it that made you go against the critical consensus?”

This happens to me quite often. I don’t follow the herd on much of anything, at least not for following’s sake.  I got up and left about halfway through the Lego Movie.  I hate the Big Brother tv show.  I think Picasso needed glasses, or a shrink.

What made me go against the critical consensus?  I like what I like.  I don’t care what others say about it. I think for myself, and have my own opinions. I don’t rely on what other people think.  I do my own research.

Do you think I might have trust issues?

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Secret Admirer

Today’s Daily Post  prompt is

“You return home to discover a huge flower bouquet waiting for you, no card attached.  Who is it from — and why did they send it to you?”

Well, it had better be from my husband!  Then again, my husband probably wouldn’t send me flowers. Not because he doesn’t want to; but because he knows how I feel about cut flowers.

I think cutting flowers for our enjoyment is a misuse of God’s Creation. I prefer to enjoy flowers in their natural habitat.

My husband might send me a potted plant, or flower seeds, or bulbs.

So, the huge cut flower bouquet must be from someone who doesn’t know me very well, and is trying to impress me, and doing a poor job of it.

But it’s the thought that counts. Right?

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Daily Post Prompt: Unlikely Pairing

Today’s WordPress Daily Post prompt asks, “Bacon and chocolate, caramel and cheddar… Is there an unorthodox food pairing you really enjoy? Share with us the weirdest combo you’re willing to admit that you like — and how you discovered it.”

The prompt did its job.  It got me to thinking. WordPress contributors are worldwide; and food tastes are as varied as the people and cultures they originate in–  balut (live duck embryo boiled in the shell) in Philippines; giant grub worms in Australia; fried scorpions in China.  There is a lot of so-called weird food in the world!  Whenever you hear the word “delicacy” you can bet it’s going to be a “weird” food, such as the ones I named above.

Here in Kentucky, we eat things that others would find strange:  squirrel, deer, possum, groundhog, chitterlings (aka “chittlin’s”), pig knuckles, pork brains, fried “baloney”, cheese grits, poke salad, wilted lettuce, etc. Now I don’t eat all these things, just some, but I know people who do. Did you find any of these foods weird?  I’ll bet you did.

Today’s prompt took the weird food debate one step further. It asks about food combinations: foods that are strange because of their pairings, such as the candy bar I saw the other day– dark chocolate with red chiles. I think that is strange!

My husband likes to put ketchup on his scrambled eggs, which I think is strange and revolting.  I like salsa on my scrambled eggs, which my husband thinks is weird.

I had a childhood friend that liked to drink a mixture of milk and orange juice.  The juice instantly curdled the milk, and created a lumpy sour drink. Disgusting!

Another recipe from my childhood that my husband finds strange is my peanut butter, pickles, and mayo sandwich. I grew up eating this, so I don’t think it’s weird at all.

I think food and food combinations are simply a matter of cultural influence and personal taste. What’s weird to you is an old family recipe to me, and vice versa.

 

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Be of Good Courage

It’s easy to get discouraged and depressed in today’s world. We’re faced with strife and discord every day. On a simple trip to the store we’re confronted with rude angry people.

I was shopping at Aldi yesterday, standing at the produce, and one of the workers almost knocked me over as she hurried along. She never missed a step, never said ‘excuse me,’ or ‘sorry.’

I was driving out of the Wal-Mart parking lot and a man in a white pickup truck almost ran over me. He was busy talking on his phone. I don’t think he even saw me.

Everyone is so engulfed in their own lives that they have no thought of the person right next to them.

I find myself more and more despising my fellow-man. I find less redeeming qualities as time goes by.

A Scripture that helps me push back my ill feelings is —

Psalms 31:23-24 “Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints! For the Lord preserves the faithful, And fully repays the proud person. Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord.”  NKJV

This reminds me to love God, and not pay so much attention to ill-mannered people.

I hope it may help you too, as you read this.

Have a blessed day!

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Washington Times Poll: What Has Been the Biggest Debacle on Obama’s Watch?

On Thursday July 17, 2014, WashingtonTimes.com posted their Question of the Day: “What has been the biggest debacle on Obama’s watch?”

Our choices are Benghazi, Obamacare, VA problems, IRS targeting, and Border problems.

I found it difficult to pick just one among the given choices.  Each one of these topics has its own merits as the “worst,” with far-reaching effects. Dan From Squirrel Hill’s Blog lists over 700 examples of Obama’s “lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc.”  I’m sure a list such as this could be gathered on any President. They all lie, cheat, and push the envelope of the law. They all do favors for their friends.  The biggest complaint I have with Obama is that he seems to hate America and all it stands for.  He seems to hate Democracy, free markets, religious liberty, freedom of speech, states’ rights, etc.   He hates the legal and procedural limitations put on his position.  He seems to believe he may act like a dictator or monarch instead of an elected official.  And under Obama’s tenure, the radical Liberal minority seems to have a greater influence than the other 85% of the population.  The majority no longer rules.

I’ve created my version of the Washington Times poll below.  I added “other” so you can add something else that might concern you more.

 

 

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Psalms 118:24

This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

20APR2~2

 

Since I’m not expecting to win the lottery any time soon, (you gotta play to win) I’ve decided that I must find joy in what I have, here and now. Count my blessings, you know?

I have a good Christian husband, that doesn’t run around. He goes to work and comes home, and I don’t have to worry about where he is or who he’s with.  I have two good kids who’ve both accepted Jesus. They are smart, talented, and have plans for their futures. I also have good Christian family and friends.  I have good neighbors.  I have a comfortable home, albeit small and old but it has good bones. It’s dry and warm in winter, and cool in summer.

My post from yesterday got me to thinking about money, and what we could do when we don’t have enough. What sort of activities can we find that don’t cost much or anything?  Then I realized, how stupid of me, I live in Kentucky! I’ve got one of the most beautiful places on Earth just outside my door.

Sure if I lived in a big city I’d have museums, galleries, theaters, etc. to visit – all man-made things. But here in Kentucky we have the works of the greatest creative mind ever! God Himself!

There is natural beauty everywhere. Art. History. Mysteries. Ghosts and goblins.  We can go for a walk in the mountains, in the woods, go fishing in a lake or river, listen to a concert, or get away from it all.  You’re only concern is how to get there – car, 4×4, boat, RV, ATV, bicycle, or your own two feet.

And the people of Kentucky are the best!  I have to admit that the world has had its influence on the larger cities and towns.  But the small towns are still bastions of Christian fellowship.  You can go to any small town in the state and walk into the local gas station or grocery store and feel right at home. I feel blessed to live in a place like this, where I can go into a restaurant or store and hear Christian music playing over the sound system.  You may not be Christian, and may be offended by that, by it means the world to me.  I feel richly blessed to live in a place where you can walk down the street and still hear, “Have a blessed day,” “God bless you,” “I’ll pray for you,” or “See you in church.”  If your car breaks down in a small Kentucky town in the ‘middle of nowhere’ you’re likely to have to turn people away who are eager to help you.  I imagine there aren’t too many places like that in the world today.

I may not have a lot of money to spend on entertainment and activities, but thank God I live in a place that offers so much for po’ folks to do.

 

 

 

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Money Can’t Buy Happiness ???

We’ve all heard the idiom, “Money can’t buy happiness;” and it’s true that there are many very wealthy sad people. If one is inherently sad, money won’t change your attitude. There is a level of happiness that transcends money. But I also think that idiom is invoked by poor folks to keep the specter of hopelessness away, or by people of means who are just insensitive to the plight of the less fortunate.

Most everyone can find others who are worse off, if they look hard enough. And everyone can find things in their life to be happy and thankful for, if they look hard enough. However, to attribute all sadness, hopelessness, depression, and worry to an attitude problem is just wrong. Many people have good reasons for feeling sad and hopeless.

Don’t you think the unemployed person who is losing their home to foreclosure would be happier with more money?

What about parents who have to feed their children cheap processed foods rather than fresh organic produce and lean meats? Don’t you think they’d be happier with a little more money?

What about the child who has never had a birthday party because her parents can’t afford it? Do you think money would make her happier? And how do think her parents feel, knowing they can’t give their child a birthday cake or presents?

Look at photos on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, etc. How many sad faces do you see in those photos of Caribbean cruises, Hawaiian vacations, guided Alaskan hunting trips, fishing trips to the Great Lakes, new homes, new cars, new clothes?

I’m not promoting materialism. I do believe ‘stuff’ alone can’t make everyone happy, but it can certainly add a new dimension to our lives. It greases the gears.

Would I be happier if I had plenty of money to easily pay for things such as our electric bill, water bill, insurance bill, gas for our cars, medical bills, school clothes for our kids, healthy food for my family? Well, do I really need to answer that?

Every time I hear someone say, “Money can’t buy happiness,” I think, “Do you know what it’s like to not have the money to pay for basic things like electric, water, and groceries? Do you eat processed crap because fresh produce costs too much? Do you not take your children to the doctor when they get sick, because you don’t have the money to pay the doctor and put gas in your car to get there and back? Do you have to borrow money when your car breaks down and it’s $400 to get it fixed, and then wonder how you’re going to pay back that $400? Do you sit at home all summer, or do you go on vacation with your family? Do you wear old worn out clothes just so you can buy school clothes for your kids? Is it 85 degrees in your house because you can’t afford air conditioning? And do you sit wrapped in blankets in a cold house during the winter because you can’t afford to pay the electric bill?”

I really didn’t intend for this post to be political, but politics and the decisions our politicians make effect everything we do. In the USA today the people who are suffering most from inflation and taxation are the hard-working lower middle class. This is the ‘hidden poverty class’ in our country. People who qualify as ‘poverty-level’ get help from everywhere. Here in Kentucky an annual income of $50,000 will provide a family with their basic needs plus a little extra. In 2011, I would have said $40,000. So in a matter of three years families need an extra $10,000 per year to just maintain their standard of living. That extra $10k is going for more expensive food, fuel, electric, insurance… things we can’t do without.

I’m not a materialistic person. I don’t need or want to be rich. I just want to have enough to maintain what I’ve got.

Can money buy happiness? Sometimes. It certainly makes life easier. It brings opportunities. I’m angry that wealthy politicians in cushy jobs continue to take away the dreams that my family has worked so hard for.  I’m tired of Socialists trying to kill the American middle-class.  We need politicians who love the American dream, who strive for a free market economy, who want to see a strong independent middle-class, and who support our Constitution.

Whether you know it (or want to admit it) or not, we are in a war for our way of life. The time is closing in when we all will have to choose which side we want to stand with, there will be no neutral ground. If you think politics is distasteful and you want to just sit back and watch, then realize that in the fight for America — if you’re not for her, you’re against her.

 

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