Church Shootings – What’s Going On?

March 11, 2009

By Bodie Hodge, AiG–U.S.

There Is a Problem

When a man walks into a church and guns down the pastor, perhaps the question we should ask isn’t “Why did this happen?” but “Should we really be surprised?” In a society where people live by their own whims and ignore God’s rules (even those in the church), such as not to murder, we continue to reap the bitter fruit of such a philosophy.

Judges 17:6
In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.Church Shooting

Christ is King and sits above any authority on earth (of course, some reject this, but Christ still reigns—whether they want to admit it or not.) The King says not to murder. But people are taught that they are their own authority. Hence, the King’s rules are often neglected as people raise their own beliefs to be greater than God.

Violence Increasing

If people set their own rules—and many in today’s humanistic culture have been taught to do this from an early age—then be prepared. School shootings, church shootings, and other acts of violence, sadly, will increase. For a listing of some of school shootings in the U.S. please visit this off-site website, Keys to Safer Schools This website used to keep a map of the U.S. school shootings, but it was forced to stop updating it in 2006 because there were so many. The site claims, “We are unable to keep up with a graphic view of school violence.”

columbineMany of you may recall the shooting in Columbine and other high schools, but even universities have suffered such tragedy, such as Northern Illinois University on February 14, 2008, and Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007.

Now even churches are becoming targets of violence. In late 2007, a shooter, who had a Christian background, went into a mission and a church and became a murderer. And when someone claims to be a Christian, but defies God’s Word and murders, then they have raised their own beliefs above God’s Word, showing humanistic influence.

But shootings are not limited to the U.S. Perhaps the most famous international school shooting was a student in Finland who, due to evolutionary beliefs, decided to put “natural selection and survival of the fittest back on tracks!”

Why?

On Sunday March 8, 2009, violence erupted in Marysville, Illinois, in a Baptist church. A shooter opened fire on pastor Fred Winters, who was standing in the pulpit. Our hearts and prayers go out to the pastor’s family and others in the church, specifically those who were injured trying to subdue the shooter.1

When such tragedies strike, people often want to assign blame. Sometimes there are other pertinent factors, but ultimately the root cause is sin. We are in a sin-cursed world because our ancestor, Adam, sinned against God. Because Adam sinned, we all have sinned and continually choose to sin.

We were all in Adam when he sinned, just as Levi (Abraham’s great-grandson) was in Abraham when he tithed to Melchizedek (Hebrews 7:9–10). But we can’t simply blame Adam for all the problems because we sin too. It may seem like a difficult situation with no escape, but through repentance and faith in Christ, one can be saved. But being saved does not mean that there will be no hardships as long as we remain in a sin-cursed world; however, the sting of death, which is the ultimate punishment for sin, will be thwarted (1 Corinthians 15:51–58).bible

What Can Be Done?

In today’s society, Christians are letting the philosophy of “people setting their own rules” go too far. It is time for Christians to challenge humanistic ideas on all fronts to “cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5) The humanistic philosophy that has taken over society, particularly in the past 50 years, is bearing ugly fruit. If this fruit continues to grow unabated, it will bring our society crashing down around us.

The first way to counter this is to begin with ourselves—then our families, then our churches, and then our culture. We need to have answers about why the Bible is true, why it is the authority, and about the God to whom we are accountable.

Invitation

Fred Winters, the pastor who was shot, is now with the Lord: he died a martyr’s death like most of Jesus’s disciples. Like Jesus’s disciples, Pastor Winters devoted his life to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. For those who may be reading this and are unsure of their salvation, we invite you to consider the claims of Christ and the good news that we have in Christ Jesus our Lord. For more, please see:

And I would encourage you to find a local church and speak to the pastor concerning salvation. For a good biblical overview, I suggest reading Genesis 1–11, the Gospel of John, the book of Romans, and then Revelation 21–22. This will give you a good overview.

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I found this to be an excellent aritlce found on the Answers In Genesis Website.  Thanks to Ken Ham for his Creation Ministry, and to Bodie Hodge for this Article.  Please visit their website at http://www.answersingenesis.org

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The Biggest Crisis in America

March 10, 2009

There is an economic crisis in America, but it is not our biggest crisis.

The Associated Press today released some numbers from americanreligionsurvey-aris.org

a national survey on religion in America.

Here are some of the numbers.

  • 15% of the respondents said they have no religion. An increase from 14.2% in 2001, and 8.2% in 1990.
  • Northern New England Surpassed the Pacific Northwest as the least religious Region.
  • 34% of Vermont reported that they have no religion
  • The numbers of Americans with no religion rose in every state
  • Mainline Protestants dropped from just over 17% to 12.9% of the population
  • 30% of married couples did not have a religious wedding ceremony
  • 27% said they did not want a religious funeral
  • 12% of Americans believe in a higher power but not the personal God at the core of monotheistic faiths.
  • 1.2% said they were part of new religious movements, including Scientology, Wicca, and Santeria
  • Evangelical or born-again Americans make up 34% of all American adults and 45% of all Christians and Catholics.
  • Muslim Americans grew to 0.6%

Our biggest crisis in America today is a spiritual crisis. Christians have no where to look but into the mirror when looking at these statistics. If we were at lest discipling our own children these numbers would be increasing for Christ.

Until we take seriously the commandments of God, the economic crisis doesn’t really matter.


Sinking Sand

March 9, 2009

As the Financial Tsunami makes landfall it is destroying everything within its path.  It is taking homes, mortgage companies, banks, investment companies, automobile manufactures, small businesses, large businesses, jobs, and anything or anyone else that has built their future on the sinking sands of debt.

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“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:  And the rains descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not:  for it was founded upon a rock.  And every one that heareth these saying of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:  And the rains descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: And great was the fall of it.” Mathew 7:24-27

In the area in which I live a large home builder just went out of business.  They cited the current economic environment was too tough for them to survive.  It’s true, the present economic environment is very difficult for home builders or anyone else involved with real estate to survive.  However, just a few short years ago they were making money hand over fist.  Their sales were booming and people were building a lot of homes.  What happened to all of the money that they earned when times were good?

I’ll tell you where it went.  It went to banks in interest payments.

This builder, like many other large builders, operated from a “stay in debt business model”.  It was working from the “microwave worldview” that it must be the biggest builder in the nation, right now!

They used debt to acquire land to be developed into building lots.  They used debt, in the form of a business credit line, to ‘ready’ the land for homes to be built.  They used debt to build spec. homes to be sold.

This type of operation is understandable (although risky) for a new start up business with a limited amount of cash.  However, for many builders and businesses there is no plan to get out of debt, and to operate the business debt free.  When profits are earned they are spent on bonuses, and dividend payments.  Interest paid to the bank is simply another category on the expense side of the ledger.  Sinking Sand.

The travesty of the whole thing is that’s what is taught in most business colleges today.  The students are not taught the pit falls of debt.  Debt is taught as a cost to do business.

It is more then just bad news for this builder and its employees.  There are many people who will suffer the consequences of the builder’s debt.  The towns in which land was acquired is now in questions.  Will this land sit empty with no use for several years?  What about the customers that were in the midst of building a new home; will their home be completed?  What about other companies (landscape companies, roofing companies, etc…) that became yoked with this builder; will they have to go out of business too?

I am not trying to pick on this one company, but I am using them as my example of how most businesses, large and small operate.

Debt kills, it destroys, and it enslaves.

With this in mind, think about these statistics.

  • About 43% of American families spend more than they earn each year.
  • Average households carry some $8,000 in credit card debt.
  • Personal bankruptcies have doubled in the past decade.
  • Consumers owe nearly $2 trillion. (not including mortgage debt)  That’s $18,654 per household

The current national debt is $10,964,973,383,260, and growing.  (Just in case you need to know that’s nearly $11 Trillion!)  It continues to grow at an average pace of $3.71 Billion per day.


At every level of our society (Government, Businesses, Households) debt continues to grow.  It there any wonder why

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Thailand Tsunami Destruction

we are facing judgment?  We ignore the warning from God about debt and then we pray for blessings.

Make no mistake about it, the Financial Tsunami has made landfall, and only God knows how far it will go.  When it finally does recede we will then begin to see the destruction that it has brought forth upon our land and upon the world.  What an opportunity for the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


The Global Financial Summit

November 15, 2008

This is a Ron Paul video on the G20 Summit that is presently taking place.  He does an excellent job of articulating the direction that our country is likely to go.


The Family is Important

November 14, 2008

According to the Bible everyone has a role. Men are to provide for their families and to be the heads of their households. Women are to be the keepers at home so that the word of God is not blasphemed. Children are to be obedient so that they may live long upon the earth. The older men and women are to teach the younger men and women. Everyone has a job, and when it is done correctly not only is their harmony within the family but there is also economic prosperity.

The family is important, but the post-modern society has redefined what the family is and what it looks like. It has redefined the rolls of the family members. It has taken what is beautiful and right and turned it completely upside down. Sadly, the word dysfunctional almost naturally goes in front of most families these days.tidal-wave-2.jpg

This destruction of the Biblical family may be the greatest reason for the Financial Tsunami that is coming. I am working on a series of messages that will outline the roles that we are all suppose to be fulfilling, the benefit of doing things God’s way, and the consequences for ignoring the Bible and doing things our own way.

Please check back as I will post these messages soon.


Federal Reserve Refuses to Identify Recipient(s) of $2 Tillion

November 11, 2008

Very Interesting Article from Bloomberg.

Fed Defies Transparency Aim in Refusal to Disclose (Update2)

By Mark Pittman, Bob Ivry and Alison Fitzgerald

Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) — The Federal Reserve is refusing to identify the recipients of almost $2 trillion of emergency loans from American taxpayers or the troubled assets the central bank is accepting as collateral.

Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said in September they would comply with congressional demands for transparency in a $700 billion bailout of the banking system. Two months later, as the Fed lends far more than that in separate rescue programs that didn’t require approval by Congress, Americans have no idea where their money is going or what securities the banks are pledging in return.

“The collateral is not being adequately disclosed, and that’s a big problem,” said Dan Fuss, vice chairman of Boston- based Loomis Sayles & Co., where he co-manages $17 billion in bonds. “In a liquid market, this wouldn’t matter, but we’re not. The market is very nervous and very thin.”

Click the link below to read the entire article.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aOngFPgq7r3M&refer=home


U.S. Looses $35-70 Trillion in GDP Since 1973

November 8, 2008

What is the socioeconomic impact of 50.5 million abortions we have had in the United States since 1973?   It is estimated that abortions have cost the United States of American $35 to $70 Trillion in lost in lost GDP (Gross Domestic Product), and that is a conservative approach to the numbers.

Let me say that again, abortions are costing our economy $35 Trillion dollars conservatively. The number could actually be closer to $300 Trillion!

That’s lost businesses, lost customers, lost tax payers, lost producers, fewer people contributing to social security, and less people to share health care costs. These lost businesses could provide for millions of jobs. The lost customers could be buying cars from GM, Chrysler, or Ford right now. These lost tax dollars could go to pay for more teachers, and local government projects. These lost producers could be providing Wal-Mart with goods, instead of them coming from China. Social security could be healthy, and health insurance rates could be lower.

I won’t go into the probability that of these 50.5 millions murdered people the likelihood that they would be inventors, or leaders, or neighbors that we could learn from. What would an extra 50.5 million citizens do for our country from a military stand point? The realm of possibilities is endless for even one life, let alone 50.5 million.

We are now beginning to feel the effects of the loss of Trillions of dollars in lost GDP. The amazing thing is that while we are in the middle of this economic crisis, we have elected a president that supports abortion at any time during the pregnancy. He even voted for infanticide.Depression Bread Line

“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127 3-5

Sin never goes unpunished. We have been killing the innocent as a nation since 1973, and God has been longsuffering. I believe that one of the greatest reasons that we are on the cusp of an economic disaster is because of the sin of abortion.