Category: The Church

Separate mass gatherings led by Franklin Graham, Jonathan Cahn converge

National Mall the site this Saturday of ‘Prayer March’ and ‘solemn assembly’

By Art Moore
Published September 23, 2020 at 7:

Two separate mass gatherings calling for prayer for the nation will take place Saturday on the National Mall in Washington.

The “Washington Prayer March 2020,” will be led by evangelist Franklin Graham, and “The Return — National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance,” by Jonathan Cahn, the Messianic rabbi known for his New York Times bestsellers, including “The Harbinger.”

Graham and Cahn both say God led them separately to call for the mass assemblies, CBN News reported.

“God is converging everything. That’s how important this day is,” Cahn told CBN.

“The Return” will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time between the Washington Monument and the Capitol building. At noon Eastern, the prayer march will begin at the Lincoln Memorial, stopping for focused prayer at sites on the National Mall.

In addition, as WND reported, Focus on the Family is holding a virtual pro-life event called “See Life 2020” at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday night that can be viewed here.

In an interview last week with WND, Cahn pointed to another crucial time in America, during the Civil War, when Abraham Lincoln declared a solemn assembly “and it changed the course of history.”

“We are at a more dangerous point than ever. We have an election that can change the course of the nation at such a time when so many signs are pointing to danger of judgment,” he told WND.

“I believe that if we do not rise to this now, here, embodied by the return, we may pass the point of no return. That’s why I’m calling on any believer who has any kind of burden for America to join, whether they come to Washington or wherever they are.

“But we need to do this as never before.”

In a promotion for the march, Graham said the country “is in trouble” and the “only hope for America is God.”

“We’re coming to pray. And I’m just asking people to join me,” he said.

“Let’s fill this city with people who are willing to pray for this country, to pray for the president, to pray for all of our leaders, Democrat and Republican.”

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Franklin Graham warns socialist left will ‘close the Church down’: ‘The storm is coming’

By Ryan Foley, Contributor FOLLOW| Monday, August 31, 2020

Prominent evangelical leader Franklin Graham says that the Democratic Party is “opposed to faith” and warns that the left will “close the Church down in many places” should the United States fall into the embrace of socialism. 

Graham, the president of Samaritan’s Purse and the son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, sat down with CBN News correspondent David Brody last Friday to discuss the Democratic and Republican conventions that took place over the past two weeks.

He also discussed his upcoming Washington Prayer March that will take place at the end of September in Washington, D.C.

“The Democrats, if anything, they are opposed to faith,” Graham asserted after being asked to compare and contrast the major parties’ positions on faith. 

“The Democrats have taken God pretty much … out of government,” he added, later stating that the changes that “the left want to make and take us into socialism is going to affect the Church.”

“The government will … begin to tell the Church how [it] can be the Church and they’ll close the Church down in many places,” Graham warned. “We see right now because of COVID, the government trying to tell the Church that they can not meet and the Constitution gives us that freedom to do that. But because of COVID, they said we can’t meet.” 

The 68-year-old praised President Donald Trump as being someone who “wants to see more of God here in Washington.” 

The outspoken evangelist assured that there are millions of Democrats who are “wonderful people” and stated that his father was a lifelong Democrat who “never switched parties.” 

He argued that his dad “saw the party that he grew up in changing and moving to the left.” 

“That’s what it’s done,” Graham contended. “The Democratic Party today is a party of the left. It’s a socialist party, they want socialism for this country.”

Considering that some believe Trump was anointed to the presidency by God, Graham was asked what it would mean if the Democrats win on Nov. 3. 

“I think God brought him here for this season — for these for years,” Graham explained. “I am just asking that God would spare this country, for another four years, to give us a little bit more time to do the work before the storm hits. I believe the storm is coming.” 

“You are going to see Christians attacked, you are going to see churches close and you are going to see a real hatred expressed toward people of faith. That is coming,” Graham continued. “Jesus told us. He said, ‘You will be hated by all people because of me.’ And if we are going to stand for the name of Christ, the world will hate us.” 

Graham had previously spoken about the “absence of God” at the Democratic National Convention in a Facebook post. 

Shortly after Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., as his running mate, Graham called the “the most pro-abortion presidential ticket in the history of our nation” a source of “great concern to all Christians.”

This is not the first time that Graham has issued dire warnings about socialism taking hold in the U.S. 

Earlier this year, Graham took to Twitter to warn about “all-out socialism” taking hold in the U.S. if Americans did not vote for leaders who “love this country, defend the Constitution, & support law & order” in the upcoming election.

Graham told to Brody that “the only hope for this country is God.”

“Donald Trump can’t turn it around,” Graham stressed. “Biden isn’t going to turn it around. Only God can do this … and we need God’s help.”

Graham’s daughter, Cissie Graham Lynch, made similar warnings during a speech at the Republican National Convention last week, asserting that the Democratic Party has “no room for people of faith.” 

“They will force the choice between being obedient to God or to Caesar,” she warned. “The radical left’s God is government power.”

Graham’s niece, Jerushah Duford, an evangelical author, speaker and member of the NeverTrump Republican group Lincoln Project, accused evangelicals who support Trump of “failing the Gospel” in a USA Today op-ed last week. 

“I have spent my entire life in the hurch, with every big decision guided by my faith. But now, I feel homeless. Like so many others, I feel disoriented as I watch the church I have always served turn their eyes away from everything it teaches,” Duford wrote. “I hear from Christian women on a daily basis who all describe the same thing: a tug at their spirit.”

“I feel it every time our president talks about government housing having no place in America’s suburbs,” she added. “Jesus said repeatedly to defend the poor and show kindness and compassion to those in need. Our president continues to perpetuate an us-versus-them narrative, yet almost all of our church leaders say nothing.”

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Turkey’s Erdogan orders historic church be turned into mosque for Muslim prayers

By Anugrah Kumar, Christian Post Contributor 

| Sunday, August 23, 2020

About a month after converting Istanbul’s landmark Hagia Sophia into a Muslim house of prayer, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has now ordered another ancient Orthodox church to be turned into a mosque.

Erdogan, who is seeking to gain support among his conservative base amid economic and political uncertainty, has officially ordered that Istanbul’s medieval Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora — also known as the Kariye Museum — be handed over to Turkey’s religious authority for its conversion into a Muslim house of prayer, The Associated Press reported.

Originally built in the early 4th century by Constantine the Great, the Holy Saviour church was converted into the Kariye Mosque about 50 years after the 1453 conquest of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks. In 1945, the building was designated a museum by the Turkish government. The museum was opened for public display in 1958 after American art historians helped restore the original church’s mosaics.

The foreign ministry of Greece, where millions of Orthodox Christians live, condemned Erdogan’s decision for “once again brutally insulting the character” of another U.N. world heritage site.

“This is a provocation against all believers,” the Greek ministry said in a statement. “We urge Turkey to return to the 21st century, and the mutual respect, dialogue and understanding between civilizations.”

Turkey’s Opposition HDP party lawmaker Garo Paylan called the move “a shame for our country.”

“One of the symbols of our country’s deep, multicultural identity and multi-religious history has been sacrificed,” he tweeted, according to France 24.

Before opening the structure for Muslim prayers, the church’s walls will be covered up or plastered over to hide the  Christian art. And that would be “destruction,” Ottoman Empire historian Zeynep Turkyilmaz told the AFP. “It is impossible to hide the frescoes and mosaics because they decorate the entire building,” he said.

Last month, Erdogan declared the Hagia Sophia site a mosque open to Muslim worship. “Turkish people have no less right to Hagia Sophia than those who built it first 1,500 years ago,” Erdogan said in a televised speech at the time.

Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, built in A.D. 537 as a Greek Orthodox church, was the seat of Eastern Christianity for 900 years before the city was seized in the 15th century by Sultan Mehmed II, the Conqueror, who converted it into an Ottoman mosque. In 1934, modern Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, banned worship in Hagia Sophia and designated it as a museum.

“We are disappointed by the decision by the Government of Turkey to change the status of the Hagia Sophia,” State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a statement at the time, according to Reuters. “We understand the Turkish Government remains committed to maintaining access to the Hagia Sophia for all visitors, and look forward to hearing its plans for continued stewardship of the Hagia Sophia to ensure it remains accessible without impediment for all.”

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman James Risch, R-Idaho, and ranking member Bob Menendez, D-N.J., called the move a “deep affront to Christians around the world who look to Hagia Sophia as a shining light and deeply revered holy site.”

“We strongly denounce President Erdogan’s decision to convert Hagia Sophia from a museum into a mosque,” they said in a joint statement at the time. “At points in its history, Hagia Sophia served as a place of worship for Muslims and Christians, and for decades has been an extraordinary and welcoming center to people of all faiths.”

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Christians must defy Caesar’s attempt to control the church

Exclusive: Scott Lively urges pastors to assert their authority ‘as agents of the Lord of Hosts’

By Scott Lively
Published August 10, 2020 at 7:24pm

Government attempts to regulate church attendance and worship practices violate not only the law of our land, the U.S. Constitution, they violate the law above the law, and because of that every Christian pastor should individually be in open defiance of restrictive “mandates” and collectively in active civil rebellion against the state and local governments issuing them. The daily news should be dominated not by violent BLM/Antifa rioting over phony “systemic racism” narratives, but by images of bold but non-violent men of God standing resolutely against tyranny – speaking forth the truth of the Gospel even if hauled off to jail – while their congregations gather in mass protests outside the city halls and state houses singing the great old hymns about the “Mighty Fortress of our God” and “Christian Soldiers Marching As to War.” No secular power could withstand Christendom united in this way!

But instead of Lions of Faith, we see Cowering Sheep “having a form of Godliness [by their words] but [by their actions] denying its power.” That’s from 2 Timothy 3, which describes the “perilous times” of the last days, when the society is overrun with the wicked. The wicked run wild because the righteous are ashamed to assert their authority as agents of the Lord of Hosts.

Why would any observer of today’s church believe its God has any power to protect and keep His followers even through the valley of the shadow of death when its leaders show by example that He’s not even worth the risk of incurring the disfavor of petty government bureaucrats? Jeremiah rebuked the wimps of his day by asking, “If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out, Then how can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace, How will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?” The same principle is stated in the Gospel of Luke: “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.”

No, an order to obey man instead of God on “social distancing” is not the Mark of the Beast. But it’s a rehearsal for it. It is conditioning the sheep to follow a false shepherd into a cattle chute.

My First Century Bible Church is small and widely dispersed. The COVID-19 plandemic hit just as I was ready to launch a local congregation-building campaign here on the outskirts of Memphis, Tennessee, on the border of Mississippi, so growth has been difficult. My prior congregation was an inner-city mission church in Springfield, Massachusetts, also small. So my right to speak on these matters is not by virtue of leading a mega-church, but only the right common to all men of the clergy to assert God’s truth as I understand it, in submission to the unction of the Holy Spirit and in conformity to His Word.

I do not recognize the authority of secular government to dictate any aspect of doctrine or practice of my congregation. As a Christian attorney and pastor, I know and follow the law above the law and claim the right of church sovereignty implicit in the original meaning of the separation of church and state, which is by no means a one-way street controlled by the state.

To clarify the point, consider why the government does not tax churches. It’s not from a sense of benevolent indulgence but because it has NO POWER to tax a separate and equal sovereign. This is an ancient and inviolable precept of civilization, as deeply rooted as the autonomy of the Levite clergy’s “cities of refuge,” relative to the “state” power of the 12 Hebrew tribes, from the first days of the Israelite republic.

Indeed, the church has greater autonomy relative to the federal and state governments than the state governments have relative to the federal government. The “supremacy clause” of Article VI of the U.S. Constitution subjects the states to federal law where the two conflict on a matter within federal jurisdiction.

In contrast, the First Amendment defines church sovereignty thus: “Congress [the only legitimate legislative body] shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” That is an absolute prohibition on government interference with the church which pre-dates the Marbury v. Madison power grab of the Supreme Court, under which subsequent judicial activism purported to regulate the church.

While other churches and congregations might have acquiesced to the court’s illegitimate authority, I am not bound by their decisions, having newly established my own church totally independent of them. I have not registered First Century Bible Church with the government and have no intention to do so.

As an ambassador of the Church of Jesus Christ I do not recognize the authority of the Supreme Court – an arm of the state – to legislate from the bench on church/state matters. It retains authority to regulate the state in church/state matters, but not the church.

Clearly, the church has a biblical duty to cooperate in church/state matters, and even more, to actively steward the secular society! But not as an inferior entity to the state. In the “coadjuvancy” of church and state envisioned by the founders (meaning the cooperation of separate sovereigns), the legal relationship of the two is the jurisprudential equivalent to an international treaty. More specifically, since it involves close interaction within the same geographic territory, the relationship is akin to that which exists between Native American tribes and the federal government, but the rights of the church are stronger than those of Indian tribes, because they come from God, not merely from established human customs about territorial possessions.

I have founded First Century Bible Church upon this premise, invoking the theological authority established by the Apostle Paul in his epistles and earthly ministry, and the political/legal authority recognized (not granted) by the First Amendment, which pre-existed the American colonies, as admitted by the Declaration of Independence.

I will not defy Caesar on matters within his jurisdiction, but I do stand in open defiance in matters of church doctrine and practice as defined by the Holy Bible. Equally importantly, I do not grant Caesar the power to determine for me what the parameters of God’s jurisdiction are. I challenge every pastor in America to take this stand with me – no matter the cost. (Kudos to Pastor John MacArthur and Liberty Counsel).

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Todd White publicly repents for not preaching ‘the whole Gospel’

Nate Flannagan  29 July 2020 | 10:34 PM

Todd White has publicly repented for his failure to preach the whole Gospel, and called on the American Church not to avoid the issues of sin and repentance.

The Lifestyle Christianity leader delivered a heartfelt message at the weekend, explaining that he felt God revealed to him the importance of preaching on sin, and man’s need for a saviour.

White, a former drug addict who has turned his life around to become a passionate evangelist, has said: “If people don’t know they’re sinners, they won’t see their need for a Savior. This is hard for people. This is hard for me, because I feel like I haven’t preached the whole Gospel. And I repent. I repent. You have no idea. I will not be responsible. I believe that when I preach that the blood of people is on my hands.”

The Watauga, Texas-based pastor continued: “I’m convicted. I am not perfect but I am strongly convicted. I feel like I just met Jesus again.

“There’s just this rekindled thing inside of me. This has been the hardest season of my life. I’m like, ‘Lord, what are you doing?’ He said ‘I’m pruning every branch that you have.’ I’m like, ‘It’s not OK. It hurts.’ And He said, ‘If you were dead, it wouldn’t hurt. There are parts of you that need to die, so I’m going to kill them.'” 

White in the past has been criticised in some quarters for preaching a prosperity gospel. However, he appeared to say in his Sunday message that he believes God is “correcting” him for his failure to preach the whole Gospel.

He said that the works of famous theologians and preachers Charles Spurgeon and Ray Comfort have been “rocking” him. He said, “When you come into the Gospel because you come in for a better life, you’ve come in for the wrong Gospel.”When you come to Jesus because He’s going to give you this and give you this, you really didn’t surrender.”

He added, “We have to somehow get to people and not just promise them a better flight. Am I the only one that’s convicted to the core? This isn’t legalism, it’s the truth. There is a day of wrath coming. It’s no joke.

“We have to know that we’ve sinned against God. I saw this when I got saved. And for some reason, it’s taken me 16 years to explain it. And I feel like I’ve just seen something completely brand new. What I won’t ever do is take the miraculous out of the Gospel. It’s a miracle that I can come to Jesus through all my junk and all my sin and Him say, ‘Not guilty.’ That’s a miracle.”

White went on to speak about the Church in America, saying that it had largely “overlooked” the reality of sin, and mankind’s need for a saviour.

He said, “The Gospel brings conviction. Righteousness is the answer. I want to be convicted of sin, leave my sin, leave that, and enter into being convicted of righteousness. That’s the goal of the Gospel.

“What is the sign of repentance? That you hate sin. Your goal as a Christian is to be conformed into His image, is to be transformed into His image, into His likeness, and to actually walk like Christ walked.

“Jesus didn’t despise sinners, but He hated sin and He addressed it all the time. He said words like ‘sinners’ to people that were in sin. Yet He loved them and everybody followed Him. What has flip-flopped in the Church today?”

The preacher reminded listeners that one day, everyone will “face the Lord”.

He said, “I’ve been going through it, buddy. I’ve been in a new place to bring the reality of the law into a witness, to show a person their need for grace

“How can you want to be found if you don’t know you’re lost? How can you want to see if you don’t know you’re blind? How can you want to live if you don’t know that you’re dead?”

Highlighting that the free will given to us by God should not be abused, he said: “We do not have a license to live however we want. That’s not true. That’s not the Gospel. We live like Christ, we be imitators of God.

“If we don’t see that we sinned against a holy God, there really can’t be repentance, and that’s it. Totally different. Who is this Todd guy? This Todd guy got hammered by the Lord. He’s still doing. It’s a hammering and pruning and it’s a good thing. He loves me. We’re about to step into something beautiful and wonderful.

“We have to get it right, our foundation has to be completely solid, and there can’t be any holes. This is the Gospel.”

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Erdogan’s Islamism tightens at the expense of Christianity

Exclusive: Hanne Nabintu Herland explains implications of turning historic church into a mosque

By Hanne Nabintu Herland
Published July 29, 2020 at 7:23pm

The iconic, historic monument Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, now has been turned into a mosque, reflecting the Islamist intolerance for religious plurality in the Middle East.

Hagia Sophia was a centerpiece of Orthodox Christianity, which dominated the Middle East before the Islamic Conquest from the A.D. 600s. In 1453, Mehmed II conquered Constantinople, marking the end of the Christian East Roman Byzantine Empire. Hagia Sophia was turned into a mosque.

After the Islamic conquest, the Ottomans built the four minarets we see as part of the Hagia Sophia complex today.

They also covered the church’s Christian icons and gold mosaics, partly by installing massive Islamic calligraphy panels over them.

Hagia Sophia has been seen as a symbol of the secular nature of modern Turkey. With the dramatic change in the status of the complex, many view it as the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood succeeding in radicalize Turkey along Islamist lines.

The change in status effectively stops Christians, tourists and others from freely entering the premises during opening hours. Anyone who travels widely in the Middle East knows that Christian churches are open to everyone, but mosques are very often open to Muslims only.

Only particular mosques, often buildings of historic significance, allow people of other faiths or tourists to enter for short periods of time. Once prayer starts, Christians and others are told to leave, often in a very harsh manner.

The Muslim conquest of the Christian Middle East implied that tens of thousands of churches in the region instantly were reshaped as mosques. This explains the close resemblance of historic Orthodox churches and mosques, as many of these buildings were churches before the Muslims took over and erected minarets.

Islamist radicalism is a growing problem in the world, partly due to its remarkable intolerance against any belief or view that does not display total submission to its own values and ideas.

The Islamist, Wahhabi-inspired system characterized the terror group ISIS as well as rebel U.S.-supported groups in the region that often work as mercenaries on behalf of foreign powers. Turkey’s role in the Syria war spills into this.

It remains to be seen whether the joint U.S.-Saudi effort under Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman succeeds in moderating the literature and Quran versions, in order to de-radicalize Islam’s Wahhabi segments.

Local protests have been made in Turkey against the changing status of Hagia Sophia: “An organization supporting the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has asked President Trump to intervene in a case where Turkey might turn a historic Istanbul church building into a mosque,” writes Aleteia.org.

The letter to Trump warned that the plan to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque directly challenges religious freedom.

“It is part of ongoing efforts to delegitimize the remaining Christian population of Turkey, further eroding their religious freedom, and to obliterate a significant element of the Christian heritage of Turkey and the surrounding region, as well as of the entire world,” read the letter, written by Anthony J. Limberakis, M.D.:

“Converting Hagia Sophia Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to a mosque would render it the patrimony of one nation, an unjust and provocative act as this historic site truly belongs to the world.”

The Christian persecution in Turkey has been notorious the past years; as few as 2,000 Orthodox believed to remain faithful in Istanbul, according to sources on the ground.

President Erdoğan’s ambitions to expand Turkish dominion in the region and into Europe challenges the already frail stability. The EU pays Turkey billions of euros that may be viewed as “protection money” or “tax” to Turkey. In return Turkey is to control and prevent the flow of illegal immigrants into Europe.

There is no need to remind anyone of the fact that whoever you pay tax to is the leader in the group. Strongman Erdoğan has reason to be content with the current European weakness.

In addition, the recent Turkish offense in Libya demonstrates how Europe uses NATO member Turkey to push their own agenda, as Italy and other central European nations are dependent on access to Libyan gas.

Erdoğan also steadily pushes the boundaries in the field of oil and gas explorations, in conflict with both Cyprus and now Greek interests.

Egypt and its allies’ reaction and support of the Khalifa Haftar forces in Libya reflects the growing worry about Turkey’s growing expansion. The changing status of Hagia Sophia may be viewed as yet another sign of the growing power of Turkey. Zero respect for religious plurality is the message.

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We Are In The Process Of Completely Losing America

July 28, 2020 by Michael Snyder

When I was growing up, I was taught to love America.  My father was in the U.S. Navy, our family spent six years overseas as he served at a military base in a foreign land, and every day I would say the Pledge of Allegiance at the local school for military children that I attended.  It was during this period of time that Ronald Reagan was first elected president of the United States, and the things that he said about the greatness of America’s values really inspired me.  Of course no nation has ever been perfect, but at one time the United States was united by a common set of values that we were constantly striving to live up to.  And one of the reasons why I am often so hard on America in my articles is because I want us to rediscover those values and start trying to live up to them once again.

Unfortunately, the truth is that all of the things that once made America so great are slipping away from us a little bit more with each passing day.

For example, just look at how much freedom of speech is being eroded.  Once upon a time, people would gather in homes or marketplaces to exchange ideas, but now we gather on giant social media platforms to share ideas with one another.

And during the early days of social media, speech was left relatively uncensored and it allowed interesting ideas to spread rapidly.  Sadly, things are completely different now, and the level of censorship that we are witnessing is really scary.

There is a certain video that contains footage of prominent doctors talking about potential treatments for COVID-19 that has created quite a stir.  I am sure that most of you know the video that I am talking about, because it started to spread rapidly on Tuesday.  But then Facebook banned it, Twitter banned it, YouTube banned it and other social media platforms banned it as well.  My wife tried to put up a copy of the video herself, and it was taken down immediately.

And when Donald Trump Jr. tried to share the video on Twitter, his entire account got partially suspended.

At this point, freedom of speech is essentially dead on our major social media platforms, and because they have such a dominant position in our marketplace of ideas, that means that freedom of speech has been severely crippled in our society as a whole.

Freedom of religion is being greatly eroded as well.  States such as California continue to ban large church gatherings in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but meanwhile they don’t have any problem with the large groups of protesters that are gathering night after night in our major cities to riot and commit acts of violence.

If conditions are good enough for thousands upon thousands of rioters to get together and cause chaos, and if conditions are good enough for thousands upon thousands of people to go shopping at Wal-Mart, then conditions are certainly good enough for Christians to go to church.

It looks like this pandemic could be with us throughout 2021 and beyond.  Would some of these blue states really try to keep churches closed for that long?

And there is also a tremendous amount of concern that many of these blue states will require people to take a COVID-19 vaccine once it is available.  President Trump is trying to push vaccine development along as rapidly as possible, because he thinks that if he can announce something before November that it will help him win the election.

But rushing a potentially dangerous vaccine through development and forcibly injecting it into the arms of millions of Americans is not only incredibly foolish, it is also deeply un-American.

And the way that Republicans and Democrats in Congress are responding to this crisis is also deeply un-American.

We are supposed to have a free market capitalist system, and when I was growing up the socialists were always regarded as enemies of our Republic.

But now there are very few politicians in Washington that are not socialists.

This week we were informed that another “stimulus bill” is on the way.  This one is going to involve more direct socialist payments to the American people, but at this point hardly anyone is even bothering to point out that this is pure socialism.

Never before in American history have we done such a thing.  We have been through the Civil War, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II and a whole host of other difficult times, and yet we have never passed out “free money” to everyone in the country before.

And of course we can’t afford any of this extra spending that Congress is doing.  This new stimulus bill is “only” going to cost about a trillion dollars, but that is another trillion dollars that we will have to steal from future generations of Americans.

At this moment we are more than 26 trillion dollars in debt, and soon it will be 27 trillion dollars.  We are systematically destroying America’s future, and our founders would be absolutely horrified at what we are doing if they could see us today.

Of course we abandoned most of the values that they held dear long ago.  What was “right” in their day is now “wrong”, and what was “wrong” in their day has now become “right”.

In essence, we are literally turning into the exact opposite of what they originally intended for America to be.

If we stay on the path that we are currently on, there isn’t going to be an America.

And it deeply grieves me to say that, because I was taught to greatly love this country from a very early age.

For years, I have been trying to get people to wake up.

For years, I have been battling the insidious forces that are eating away at the foundations that this nation was built upon.

And I will continue to battle, but the hour is getting very late, and America is slipping away a little bit more with each day that passes.

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JOE BIDEN IN VIRTUAL CAMPAIGN SPEECH TO MILLION MUSLIM VOTES SUMMIT SAYS ‘I WISH WE TAUGHT MORE IN OUR SCHOOLS ABOUT THE ISLAMIC FAITH’

I try not to include politics here but t his is wrong…

Joe Biden lamented the lack of Islamic education in American school curricula at a Muslim voter outreach forum. “I wish we taught more in our schools about the Islamic faith. I wish we talked about all the great confessional faiths. It’s one of the great confessional faiths,” Biden said Monday. Joe Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee and two-term vice president, told Emgage Action’s Million Muslim Votes Summit that he would end President Trump’s “vile” travel ban targeting Muslim nations on the first day of his administration should he win the White House in 100 days on Nov. 3.

by Geoffrey Grider July 20, 2020

 “I wish we taught more in our schools about the Islamic faith. I wish we talked about all the great confessional faiths. It’s one of the great confessional faiths,” Biden said Monday.

Democratic candidate for president of the United States Joe Biden has a message for America, he wants you to know that he regrets that Islam is not taught about more in our government-funded public school system. That’s one heck of a campaign speech, and I think we should absolutely take him at his word.

“And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” Genesis 16:11,12 (KJB)

It’s so funny to hear Liberals rant and rave about keeping Christian prayer and the bible out of our public schools because of the ‘separation of church and state’, but the demonic religion of the pedophile Mohammed? Absolutely welcome, come on in! Joe Biden, in the following video, lets you know that he is an ‘expert in theology’, and he will be more than happy to promote the ‘religion of peace’ in our public schools.

If after watching this video, if you still find yourself ‘on the fence’ about who to vote for, maybe you’re the one with ‘cognitive decline’. Think about it.

Joe Biden speaks to Million Muslim Votes Summit: “I wish we taught more in our schools about the Islamic faith.”

“I wish we taught more in our schools about the Islamic faith. I wish we talked about all the great confessional faiths. It’s one of the great confessional faiths,” Biden said Monday.

Joe Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee and two-term vice president, told Emgage Action’s Million Muslim Votes Summit that he would end President Trump’s “vile” travel ban targeting Muslim nations on the first day of his administration should he win the White House in 100 days on Nov. 3.

The 36-year Delaware senator added that he would work with Congress to pass anti-hate-crime legislation and reiterated his support of a two-state solution in the Middle East.

“I’ll continue to champion the rights of Palestinians and Israelis to have a state of their own — as I have for decades. Each of them, a state of their own,” he said.

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An Anti-Christ Country? China’s Brutal Persecution Of Christians Has Taken A Really Bizarre Turn

July 19, 2020 by Michael Snyder

What would you do if government authorities stormed into your home, ripped down all crosses and other symbols of the Christian faith, and replaced them with pictures of prominent politicians?  As strange as that may sound, this is something that is actually happening all over China right now.  The communist government has declared war on the Christian faith and is trying to eradicate it from their society.  Pastors are being dragged off to prison, churches are being demolished, and there is even an official effort to “rewrite the Bible” in order to make it compatible with Chinese communist ideals.  The persecution of Christians inside China has grown to really frightening levels, and it seems to have greatly accelerated during the first half of 2020.

Over the past several years, I had read numerous reports about Chinese officials raiding churches, but now they are actually raiding individual homes

Religious liberty magazine Bitter Winter reports that in April, officials with China’s Communist Party visited believers’ homes in Linfen, a prefecture-level city in the northern province of Shanxi. While there, they ordered residents who receive social welfare payments from the government to replace crosses, religious symbols, and images in their homes with portraits of China’s communist leaders.

If Christians resisted the order, officials annulled their subsidies.

“All impoverished households in the town were told to display Mao Zedong images,” a local pastor told Bitter Winter. “The government is trying to eliminate our belief and wants to become God instead of Jesus.”

In other words, the communist Chinese government intends to replace Jesus in the hearts of the people.

For a moment, try to imagine what these impoverished households in China are going through.  How would you feel if elderly Americans were having their Social Security payments cut off for worshipping Christ?  Without those payments, a lot of elderly Americans wouldn’t be able to buy food or heat their homes, and this is the situation that many in China are now facing.

For example, one elderly Chinese Christian woman is now facing a future in which she won’t be able to afford her diabetes injections

Another elderly Christian woman from Henan’s Shangqiu city had her minimum living allowance canceled after government officials found a cross image posted on the door of her home.

“They tore it down immediately,” she said. “Afterward, both my minimum living allowance and poverty alleviation subsidy were canceled. I am being driven to a dead end. I have diabetes and need injections regularly.”

Without those injections, she could very easily end up dead.

In other instances, Chinese officials are raiding private residences that are hosting church services, and some of the confrontations are quite dramatic.  Here is just one example

In a video taken at the scene, officers and attendees of Xingguang Church shout as they engage in a physical altercation. As they block the entrance, officials drag a Christian to the door, with other congregants fighting along with him.

The Christian men guarding the door were beaten and pinned down. Officers confiscated phones and used brutal force against some Christian women as well.

Xingguang Church’s meeting place is located in a private residence, and neighbors of the location where the service was being held filmed the encounter. Police broke down barriers and dragged brought three people out.

During the proceedings, the officers did not show any warrants. The church was later banned.

Would you still go to church if you knew that authorities may come bursting in at any moment and drag you to prison?

This has become a weekly reality for Christians all over China.

And sometimes when authorities raid a church they literally demolish the entire structure that day.  In fact, this is precisely what happened to one prominent church in China’s Henan province on June 12th

Authorities demolished a church in China’s Henan province on June 12.

In the morning, around 200 officials from various government departments arrived at the Sunzhuang Church with cranes and heavy-duty machinery. Personnel from the Zhengzhou High-Tech District Ethnic and Religious Affairs Bureau forced their way into the church and took control of the Christians gathered there. They did not show any legal documents.

Some of the church’s property, including chairs, were tossed outside. At least one Christian woman resisted, and she lost consciousness and had to be taken to the hospital after being pushed to the ground. Another Christian was hospitalized after officials beat her. One male church attendee was taken into custody.

The church was then demolished.

In other instances when churches have been raided, Bibles and other symbols of the Christian faith have been gathered into giant piles and burned publicly.  Of course most Americans have never heard about any of this, because most mainstream news networks in the United States do not consider the persecution of Christians to be “newsworthy”.

During past waves of persecution, officials always left the government-approved Three Self churches alone, but now they are even being persecuted

“We have to do whatever the government tells us to,” said the director of a Three Self church in Jiangxi province, according to watchdog site Bitter Winter. “We’ve proven our patriotism, donated money to help curb coronavirus in Wuhan, as they had required. Still, the government says that our church grew too rapidly, and they fear that having many believers is unfavorable to them.”

The church is located in Jiangjia village in Yangbu town. On April 21, authorities removed the church’s cross, and three days later, they closed the church after removing chairs and religious symbols from the building. The church’s director said, “We don’t know what to do now.”

When the communist government in China decides to do something, they can be brutally efficient.

No stone is being left unturned, and no aspect of the Christian faith is being left out.  In fact, as I mentioned above, the communist government even wants to rewrite the Bible in order to make it compatible with “core socialist values”…

The centerpiece of this campaign is a major new undertaking to rewrite holy scripture. China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency said late last year that Politburo Standing Committee member Wang Yang had presided over a meeting of so-called scholars and “religious people from the grassroots level” to discuss “making accurate and authoritative interpretations of classical doctrines to keep pace with the times.”

It would take years to create official state translations of the Bible, Quran and other religious texts. Purging passages deemed incompatible with “core socialist values” while retaining a measure of the original poetry—this would require literary achievement and deep religious knowledge, both of which are lacking in the party’s handpicked experts. Even entertaining such an idea reveals Beijing’s staggering “arrogance of power,” Mr. Lian says, noting that Chinese emperors never attempted such a feat.

Please pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in China, because they desperately need it.

Of course they are not alone.  Persecution is rising all over the globe, and I fully expect it to continue to intensify as time rolls along.

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“Something Big Is Coming”: Pastor Dana Coverstone Just Had Another Prophetic Dream About The Month Of September

July 15, 2020 by Michael Snyder

Christians all over America are talking about Pastor Dana Coverstone, and he just had another prophetic dream about the month of September that everyone should hear.  He is warning that “something big is coming”, and he is calling Christians all over the country to pray for our nation from the beginning of the month of September to the end.  Hopefully many will heed this call, because we are definitely at a major turning point in our history.  I have been hearing from so many readers lately that feel such an urgency about the second half of this year and beyond, and I think that is a big reason why Pastor Coverstone’s original video resonated so strongly with so many people.  What he shared in that video exactly matches what countless believers have been feeling, and it also perfectly lines up with experiences that other prophetic voices have been having.

Pastor Coverstone’s original video on YouTube has now been viewed over 1.5 million times.  In that video he shared a dream that he had in December 2019 in which the Lord showed him that a great pandemic and tremendous civil unrest would erupt in America during the first half of this year, and events have played out in real life just as he saw in that dream.

Subsequently, Pastor Coverstone had another dream in late June in which the month of September was specifically singled out as having special significance

Here’s what I saw.

I saw a calendar. Start with the calendar. As I was having this, the calendar was up, a white figure appeared.  To me, it was a representing God the Holy Spirit, something pure, something righteous, something true, something Holy because there was nothing sinister about it.  Nothing evil, but I heard the voice say, “part two, part two”.

I saw June, go, I saw July. I saw August, and then I saw September, and I saw the finger underneath the word September and I like like emphasizing it and tap the three times.

We don’t know exactly what will happen in September, but from the remainder of that dream it certainly sounds like great chaos is coming in November and in the months beyond.

Other prophetic voices have been warned about the second half of this year as well.  Dr. Maurice Sklar was specifically shown that September is a key month, and John Fenn was specifically shown the same thing. So we have multiple witnesses that are all confirming the same thing, and that should definitely get our attention.

It should be noted that John Fenn was told that the events that he was shown are conditional.  In other words, they may or may not happen based on how America responds over the coming months.

And that actually fits very well with the new prophetic dream that Pastor Dana Coverstone just had on July 10th, because that dream appears to be a national call to prayer.

Pastor Coverstone revealed this new dream during a worship service at his church, and you can watch his entire sermon right here.  In the dream, Pastor Coverstone saw a hand remove the month of September from the calendar, and the page fell and came to rest at his feet.  He was instructed to stand on the page and to intercede for the nation.  After praying for a few minutes, he was instructed to call others to pray with him, and ultimately he saw large numbers of people praying.  All throughout the month of September, he saw believers united in prayer, and then he saw something else that was very unusual.

He saw a hand come down and write the words “a solemn” in front of the word “September”, and then the hand wrote the word “assembly” after the word “September”.

And so when the hand was done writing, the phrase “a solemn September assembly” was written across the top of the calendar.

That immediately got my attention, because we actually find the phrase “a solemn assembly” in the Bible.  In Leviticus 23:36, the festival of Yom Kippur is described as “a solemn assembly” in the King James Version…

36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.

And guess what?

This year, the festival of Yom Kippur just happens to be during the month of September.

Do you think that is just a coincidence?

Pastor Coverstone did not make this connection in his sermon, and I don’t even know if he is aware of it, and I think that makes all of this even more remarkable.

Once again, God is going to great lengths to point out the importance of the appointed times that He established in the Scriptures, and hopefully we are willing to pay attention.

Another thing that I find very interesting is that “a solemn assembly” has already been planned for Washington D.C. on Saturday, September 25th.  It is being called “The Return”, and it is being organized by Jonathan Cahn.  It is going to feature some of the biggest Christian names in America, and you can view a promotional video for this event right here.

The period of time from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur is known as “the Days of Awe”, and the central day of this event was purposely placed on the weekend that falls between those two very important festivals.

The goal of this gathering is to get people to repent and pray for the nation, and that sounds exactly like what Pastor Coverstone saw in his dream.

Isn’t it amazing how all of this fits together?

We truly serve an amazing God.

But just because God is calling people to pray in September, that does not mean that it will happen automatically.

We have a choice to respond to the call or not, and even if you cannot physically make it to Washington D.C. in September I would encourage you to seek God with all of your heart at that time.

If we miss this opportunity, we may not get another one.  Jonathan Cahn is warning that America “may pass the point of no return” if repentance and revival do not happen now, and I agree with his assessment.

Time is running out, and America stands on the precipice of judgment.  The only hope for the United States is a return to the one true God who created all things, and the fate of our nation hangs in the balance.

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