Fighting Fascism with Fascism?

So the word ‘antifa’ apparently is what we are calling the people who have committed themselves to going IMG_0921around the country and physically resisting all fascist activists and their activities. Now, the definition of fascism (from the Oxford English Dictionary) is the following:

“Any form of behaviour perceived as autocratic, intolerant, or oppressive; esp. the advocacy of a particular viewpoint or practice in a manner that seeks to enforce conformity.”

So, this group, not being able to tolerate intolerance, is going around and stopping all of the words, actions, etc. of those that it deems fascist, which is, to this group, simply intolerable.

Bottom line: You can’t fight fascism with fascism. You fight it by defending free speech. Not free violence, not free rioting, but free speech. The same machine you use to censor a group with the wrong ideas is the same machine that will be used to censor the group that should be heard. Free speech guarantees that the American public gets to hear all sides and therefore the opportunity to decide for itself what it believes. The problem is that some have decided that people are not capable of doing that so they are deciding for them. Now that’s fasicsm.

 

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Imaginations and Thoughts

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Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:5, KJV)

IMAGINATIONS. High things capable of exalting themselves against the knowledge of God. The authority to cast down thoughts produced in the mind (human or otherwise) that concoct a view of reality in which God is not the God.

THOUGHTS. So rapidly produced, one following the other in lightning procession, so able to slip past our notice; able to carry seeds of rebellion against Christ. So subtle. Thoughts?vehicles that carry; servants that serve. The authority to capture them and force them to carry and serve only that which aligns with the truth of God?s Divine Self-Revelation.

IMAGINATIONS?thoughts carrying seeds of rebellion that got lose and germinated producing a stronghold.

Cast down every imagine or high thing that exalts itself against the…

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When Cat Woman Comes to Church


I want to address something I usually won’t talk a lot about . . .

Recently, as I was leaving church I saw a young lady, and although I didn’t see her face and do not know who she was, she could have been Cat Woman. She was wearing some kind of curve-fitting spandex super hero suit that left absolutely nothing to the imagination. [NOTE: I have since been told that this is called a Catsuit. I could add a picture to this post of what the a Catsuit looks like but they are not decent enough to post.]

Now, I’m 55 years old, I’m strong in the Lord, and so I learned a long time ago how to avoid and evade things that could cause me to have trouble when Cat Woman shows up. But I guarantee, she gave some men fits that Sunday! What struck me was why? Why would any woman show up to church (or if she is a Christian show up anywhere) looking like this? (That day I also ran into another example of a woman who I know is sincerely trying to be a godly woman but gave no thought to the signals she was sending to men by the way she was dressed.)

Now let’s get a few things straight here: I am not expecting ungodly, non-Christian women to do any better than what I have described above. They should! But why would they if they have no godly standard they care about? But many Christian women are guilty of dressing in a way that makes life difficult for the men around them.

Now, the two most common arguments against what I am saying are:

1) Women should be free to dress any way they want to and

2) Christian men should get their minds out of the gutter

No. Neither women nor men should be able to dress however they want to with no regard for others. That is an American value, not a Christian one. In Romans 14:13-15:3, Paul makes it clear that our personal freedoms do not trump the needs of our weaker brothers and sisters.

13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way. 14 As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. 15 If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died. 16 Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. 19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall. 22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin. 15We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2 Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3 For even Christ did not please himself…

 

Yes. Christian men should strive to be pure and feed on what is godly and pure, and to walk in the Spirit. And yes, if a man is not walking in the Spirit he can be tempted easily without even seeing a woman! BUT if a woman wears “gutter clothes” a good man can be lured back to the gutter. To not understand this is to misunderstand the fundamental nature of the flesh and our battle against it! And not just our battle but the other person’s battle. That’s why Paul says “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.” (Rom. 15:1)

So yes! Men ought to be pure! But there is no excuse for a godly woman to dress in a way that will cause men to look at her or to cause godly men to have to avoid her.

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Post-Truth America

As a pastor, I agree with my friend Mark Conley who wrote,

“Rewriting scripture is done at great peril. Unfortunately much of this is being done under the guise of pastoral leadership. He weeps!”

Many pastors, leaders, authors, scholars find a way to twist Scripture and lead their followers astray. The flip-side of this is that many Christians in post-truth America, don’t submit to good leadership but rather forge a trail that seems right to them.

We are living in a time when the diseased seeds of subjective enlightenment philosophy have flowered and are being harvested. The result? A nation of people who are honing the skill of writing their own Bibles, their own Constitutions, their own moralities, their own sexualities, their own genders. Pastors have failed to keep this disease out of the Church and many parishioners have failed to follow those who have tried to.

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Read the New Issachar Book by Barbara Stephan! – Issachar Imprints

Issachar Imprints is proud to announce the release of its newest title, Return to First Love, written by Barbara Stephan! Her book was born out of a renewed intimate love relationship with Jesus! A…

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My Two Most Popular Posts

When my son graduated from High School, I wrote him a letter, sharing my heart. When my daughter graduated, I did the same thing. Both letters were posted on this blog. Since 2012, those two posts have received 13,152 views. Every May, people from all over the world find these two letters! I’ve had a lot of fun watching that, and of course, I am proud of my son and my daughter. I am also proud of my ten year old but, thankfully, it’s not time for him to graduate yet.

Why do people find these letters? I think parents look for a way to put into words how they feel about their children. I have had people tell me that my two letters have done that for them.

So, got a graduation coming up? Here are the links to my two attempts at sharing my heart for my two graduates.

A Father’s Letter to His Graduating Son

A Father’s Letter to His Daughter Upon Her Graduation

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I am certainly no historian, but I do pay attention to the current events that I consider to be impactful. With that said, I offer this concerning the current political divide in America.

Bush/Gore

In my estimation, the great divide we our witnessing today began to manifest itself in the 2000 Bush/Gore election. The Democrats were so angered over the loss of that election that, by my observation, they were scarcely ever able to get on board with Bush. Sure, 911 brought some working together, but legitimacy was never extended to Bush. Then, came Obama. Never have we seen a President so bent on undoing America, nor one who was so successful at it. The right was unable to accept him. Then, as far as the pendulum had swung to the left, it swung to the right with Donald Trump. Unless you are in a coma, you can see just how shamefully the left is rejecting him. It all started in earnest with the Gore loss.

Three Parties

The wrestling together and haggling that we see happening in the Republican Party right now is what we used to see happening between Democrats and Republicans. So, in effect, we have a three party system: the far left, and two wings of conservatives.

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Legitimacy

The following is an excerpt from Scott Fowler, Contending for the Habit of Daily Prayer. New York: Issachar Imprints. 2016.

There are two things we need to be comfortable with if we are to successfully cultivate a meaningful, dynamic prayer life. The first is ourselves—being comfortable in “our own skin” as they say. It may not make sense to everyone, but we have to allow ourselves legitimacy in prayer. True, we are imperfect and can point out all the ways in which we are inadequate and disqualified for prayer. But we have not been invited into the Secret Place because of our adequacy or qualifications! On the contrary, it is through the blood of Jesus and His utter qualification that we are allowed—No, invited! No, compelled to enter into the Most Holy Place!0578178761-smaller

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water (Hebrews 10:19-22, NIV).

This means for us that, when we cry out to God we mustn’t shrink from the sound of our own voice because we are aware of our unworthiness, but instead allow ourselves to begin to say about ourselves what God says about us: that we are considered righteous through faith:

However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness (Romans 4:5, NIV).

Second, it may be difficult for some to cultivate a meaningful, dynamic prayer life because their families are not prepared to lend them legitimacy in prayer. Our families have witnessed our shortcomings and failures and may take the lower road of judging us for what they have seen in us rather than for what God and His Word says is possible in us. For this reason, we should never present ourselves as being superior because we are pursuing prayer, but rather we should humbly acknowledge our inadequacies and hide completely behind God’s mercy and love. In the end, we must pursue God in the Secret Place regardless of others’ opinion of us!

Dr. Scott Fowler is the Pastor of Assimilation and Discipleship at Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle on Long Island.
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Hmmm . . . what should the Electoral College do tomorrow?

Well, after doing my own reading of the pertinent points of the Constitution and Chapter 1 of Title 3, United States Code (62 Stat. 672, as amended), and reviewing this video again, I have come to the conclusion that it is a prime example of breathtaking arrogance, condescension, and pandering.
First of all, the original states and the Founding Fathers didn’t choose to ratify the words of the Federalist Papers into the Constitution (the source of the authoritative quote at the front of the video).
Second, how arrogant that these Hollywood elites feel qualified to tell us that Mr. Trump lacks the “stability” to be President. You know who gets to decide that? The American public. (By the way, how fortunate we are that these fine actors were willing to condescend to the depths of the Republican Electors long enough to make a video just for them so that they might consider voting their consciences. Thank you famous actors!)
Third, Mr. Sheen, the “dangerous demagogue” in this story is not Mr. Trump but a dangerous liberal party that feels entitled to retain power. The Constitution does not ask the electors to protect anyone from a dangerous demagogue, but rather to vote for someone qualified. They are not empowered to declare someone disqualified based on the opinions of the “fake news” media, or the First Lady (whose pride arose and has again now vanished in hopelessness), anarchist university professors, or even broken-hearted “snow flakes” who weep over Hillary but don’t know who won the Civil War or when America declared its independence.
Fourth, yes, Mike Farrell, the Constitution does seem to allow for Electors to vote for any qualified candidate, but 29 states hold their Electors legally bound to vote for the popular vote winner in their states. Sorry, but Michigan, Wisconsin, are all on that list. I wonder how the Democrats would respond to a movement by Republicans to get the Electors in states who voted for Hillary to switch so that the record would show her to be incompetent? Surely liberals would understand.
Fifth, when Richard Schiff pleads for the “brave Republican Electors” to vote their consciences I am struck by the irony of people so vociferously liberal trying to convincingly speak kindly to Republican Electors. If the Republican Electors follow their consciences they at least have to consider that the people of their respective states are expecting to be represented. Votes that go against this are considered “faithless.”
But hold on! They stand with the Republican Electors! In other words, “Republican Electors, please just give the House of Representatives the option to vote for someone other than Trump!” But wait, what if the Republican Electors feel it best to vote for Trump? (Where did everybody go?)
One fellow says, “the American people trust that your voice speaks for all of us all.” Well, they shouldn’t, and they don’t. The Electors from Texas or Iowa or Michigan have not been elected to speak for all of America. They have been invited to speak for the people in their states!
And I am sorry, I did not know that Alexander Hamilton HIMSELF granted these Electors the constitutional responsibility they are being asked to execute! Imagine that! Alexander Hamiliton! All by himself!! Are we supposed to be moved by this?
But stop the presses! If the Electors will just do what the famous actors want them to do, the actors will give them their respect. Who doesn’t want a famous person to respect them?
Here’s what all Electors should do tomorrow:

The Electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate; — The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted; — The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice-President shall act as President, as in case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President. — The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.

And where bound by their state’s laws they should vote based on the popular vote in the states.

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