• Oct5

    The latest revelations in regard to the actions of Planed Parenthood in the selling of baby body parts are grievous to anyone with a normal conscience. These actions are appalling at a minimum and bluntly perverse! The irony of this is that the people bragging about such behavior appear to be sophisticated, intelligent, and articulate people. It’s rather disconcerting that they seem so normal yet condone such barbaric practices, don’t you think?

    We can be manipulated into thinking that because they are so-called, “sensible people,” they must not be so perverse. Remember, however, that Satan himself does not appear evil but disguises himself as an angel of light. This reveals how an individual – and eventually a culture – can move into depravity rather quickly. For a government to allow and condone such practices is evil. There is no other word.  The Apostle Paul, in talking about the “last times,” said that people would actually devote themselves to deceitful spirits. Right before our eyes, with an air of arrogance and ignorance, these “intelligent” people are living out this deception. These behaviors, as Timothy says, come straight from demonic spirits:

    “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,” – 1 Timothy 4:1-2 ESV 

    This is shocking. What do we do about this? Here is my answer:

    Every church in America (at least your church) that names the name of Jesus Christ ought to teach about the depravity of such behavior and attempt to change the laws to protect the life of the unborn and vote to defund Planned Parenthood.

    The Apostle Paul went on to instruct Timothy as a young pastor in what he ought to do:

    “If you explain these things to the brothers and sisters, Timothy, you will be a worthy servant of Christ Jesus, one who is nourished by the message of faith and the good teaching you have followed. … 11 Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them.” – 1 Timothy 4:6, 11 NLT  

    Just think…

    What would happen if Christians, equipped with the knowledge of the when life begins, (Psalm 139:13-16) and the depravity of such evil behaviors (1 Timothy 4:1,2,6,11) would make a stand?

    Just think…

    What would happen if Christ followers put on their Facebooks, websites, and emails a written statement about their opposition to such behavior and their hearty support for the life of the unborn?

    Just think…

    What would happen if every church spent money to place billboards all over the city making a poignant statement about the practices of Planned Parenthood?

    Just think…

    What would happen if every member of your church would call their government representative and ask them to defund Planned Parenthood?

    Just think…

    What would happen if  the biblical truth concerning conception was taught to our children and high school kids? Armed with actual knowledge,  just think if they communicated these truths in their classrooms and with their friends.

    Friends, this might not be the total solution but just think how far ahead we would be in influencing our culture if we did some of these things?

    I would suggest that you do some of the above suggestions. Ask your Pastor to take a stand and declare God’s concern for the unborn and the shamefulness of the practices of Planned Parenthood.


    “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” – James 1:22 NIV

    In Christ,



  • Sep23

    “And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” – Mark 1:22 NKJV

    Jesus’ authoritative teaching, as the spoken Word of God, was in sharp contrast to that of the scribes (experts in the Old Testament Scriptures), who based their authority largely on that of other rabbis. Jesus’ direct, personal, and forceful teaching was so foreign to their experience that those who heard Him were “astonished.”

    “desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.” – 1 Timothy 1:7 ESV

    The false teachers wanted the kind of prestige enjoyed by Jewish Rabbis; but they were not concerned at all about going back to the original source – the very Word and Law of God and then teaching the truth of Scripture as it was clearly written.

    “for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” – Matthew 7:29 NKJV

    The scribes quoted others to establish the authority of their teachings; Jesus was His own authority because He came from the Father. He understood the law and it’s instructions and taught them accurately. In addition to this, Jesus not only spoke with authority He then acted upon the law and did what it commanded demonstrating His authority was from the Father.

    The matter of authority was a major issue between Jesus and the Jews, who felt their authority challenged.

    Just as in the days of Christ, the issue of authority is of utmost importance today. As much as possible we must go back to the original source whether we’re talking about America, our founders, or the Word of God.

    Now, I am not at all equating the original documents of the Founding Fathers to be on par with the Bible and it’s original sources. However, the fifth device so obviously seeking to tear down America and Christianity is called, Academic Collectivism.

    Academic Collectivism is when writers and scholars quote each other, and those from their tribe, rather than consulting original sources. This destructive and harmful tendency now dominates the modern academic world with heavy reliance on peer review as the almost exclusive standard for historical truth.

    Once again I reference “The Jefferson Lies” by David Barton. Here is an excerpt from his thoughts on Academic Collectivism.

    “An excellent, if chilling example of this historical malpractice is evident in a book called The Godless Constitution. In that work, Cornell professors Isaac Kramnick and Laurence Moore assert that the Founding Fathers were a group of atheists, agnostics and deists who deliberately set out to create a secular government. (The Godless Constitution, page 12,22,& 27). This text has become a staple in many universities across the country; law reviews, courts, and other professors now cite this work as an authoritative source to prove the Founding Father’s lack of religious belief. (Barton Footnotes his source on this #48 page xxii. Strikingly, however, at the end of the book where footnotes customarily appear, the professors candidly acknowledge that “we have dispensed with the usual scholarly apparatus of footnotes. Page 179 “The Godless Consititution.””  Page xxii from the Jefferson Lies.)

    I looked the book up on the internet and discovered that the authors did not use one original source but rather, quoted others from their own academic field. The earliest documents for their sources were only two from 1955 (of 27 total sources throughout the text).

    This type of peer review is incestuous, with one scholar quoting another, each recalculating the others reviews, but with none of them consulting sources or ideas outside of his or her own academic gene pool.

    Some things never change! Jesus was dealing with a group of Jewish religious heretics that desired power and control over the Truth!

    Here is an application for you and I: When someone spouts off about some aspect of Christianity or our country, ask a simple question—what is your source? More specifically ask, “Where is that in the Bible?” “What original document supports your premise for what the Founders believed?”

    Listen, we might not know the answer but it will motivate you and I to dig into the Scriptures or to look for documentation from the original documents of America’s history (depending on what we are seeking to understand).

    On Mission with You,



  • Sep15

    The fourth device used today is Minimalism, which is an unreasonable insistence on oversimplification—on reducing everything to monolithic (large) causes and linear (involving one dimension only) effects.

    “Remember this, and show yourselves men; Recall to mind, O you transgressors. 9 Remember the former things of old, For I [am] God, and [there is] no other; [I am] God, and [there is] none like Me,” – Isaiah 46:8, 9 NKJV

    The phrase “recall to mind” is an emphasis on the call to keep a mental focus on who God is and how our cognitive concentration must be renewed, because the idolatrous culture of the world continually erodes clarity. So many times God does not speak in broad generalities and oversimplification, but rather, He is very specific about what happened in Israel’s history and how His people were responsible for their specific actions (Jude 11).

    In Jude 11 the Holy Spirit is very specific about the sins of Cain, Balaam’s error in rushing for profit, and Korah’s rebellion. God is not a modernist in regard to history ☺!

    In a world of change, each generation thinks itself superior, forgetting the lessons and the facts of past history. The fact is that, although technology may change, God does not change and neither does human nature. We can never understand the present or the future without first believing and understanding God’s record of creation and world history.

    The readers of Isaiah’s words are to recall, with accuracy and historical context, the past history of God’s fulfilled prophecies, miraculous deliverances, and providential blessings. All of these were ample evidence that He alone was God.

    During the last week of High School, our oldest grandson (a senior at West Linn High School) came home and said, “Papa, my English teacher boldly bad-mouthed our founders… especially Thomas Jefferson. He said, “America is bad because our founders were not what we think they were.

    He went on to say with broad generalizations: “America does not do anything right in the world and as a result we are hated by the world!” The teacher especially ridiculed Thomas Jefferson,  (without any original documentation to verify his accusations) about a variety of subjects such as his ownership of slaves, the assumption that he fathered a slave girl (Sally Hemings’ child) and that he was a racist.

    One of the great challenges we as Christ followers have is taking the time to live out the biblical exhortation: “study to show ourselves approved to God, a workman that needs not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.”  2 Timothy 2:15 KJV

    I realize that we are all so busy and that is one reason why pastors and teachers are paid full-time to help in the effort to know the Word of God. However, we all must be self-learners and dig into the Scriptures and learn how to think after the Holy Spirit’s thoughts and then integrate God’s truth into the fabric of our conversations, and thus make an impact on our culture.

    “But the spiritual man tries all things [he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things], yet is himself to be put on trial and judged by no one.” -  1 Corinthians 2:15 (AMPC) 

    Here is where we need information to confront, combat, and address the historical devices that wish to destroy America and Christianity.

    This is what our kids are being fed and, for the most part, most Christian parents are oblivious to what is being taught!

    When I spoke with our grandson about his English teacher, I first shared about the definition of Minimalism and what it meant. Without hesitation he understood what his English teacher was teaching. He experienced it first hand! I then shared a possible way he could go about addressing his teacher in the future. Perhaps saying things like this:

    * From what I am hearing from you, you are a reconstructionalist. Is that correct?

    * Will you entertain a couple questions I have for you? Name the 2 worst things about America. Name the 2 best things that America has done for the world.

    * Have you checked and referenced original sources in regard to your statements about our Founders?


    * If so would you share those with us? Would you put them into writing so that we can check out your sources for ourselves?

    A little intentionality with the next generation can go a LONG way!

    On Mission With You,



  • Sep2

    “6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. ‘Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.'” – Hosea 4:6 NIV

    The third common historical device that tears down is Modernism, which examines historical events and persons as if they occurred and lived today, rather than in the past. It severs history from its context and setting; misrepresenting historical beliefs and events.

    Modernists would look at what American Methodists believe today, for example,  recognizing that they are among the most socially liberal of the Christian mainline denominations, and then declare that John and Charles Wesley, as well as George Whitefield, were also socially liberal as they were the ones who founded Methodism. In actuality, however, these men held numerous beliefs and practices which would be considered anathema to most Methodist congregations today. This includes the overtly evangelical nature of the denomination at its founding, its outdoor camp meetings and revivals, and its tendency for demonstrative behavior that observers in that day described as emotionalism and fanaticism—behavior that would make many Methodists today extremely uncomfortable. In fact, it is highly unlikely that the Wesleys or Whitfield would ever be invited into the pulpits of the modern Methodist churches! Modernists assume that everything is static; that as it is today so it was then, but to accurately portray history each group or individual must be measured not by today’s modes of thinking, customs, and usage but rather, by the context of their own times.

    One of our grandsons’ teachers at Rosemont Ridge Middle School in West Linn taught The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and commented about the word “orgy” used in the book. Without knowing or giving the correct meaning of the word as used in Tom Sawyer’s day, he completely misrepresented the meaning of the word, instead giving the perverse modern understanding of, “orgy.” He explained the gross details to these young impressionable minds. Our grandson was sickened when he heard such a vivid explanation of something so terrible. Our son-in-law did an excellent job in responding to the teacher, clarifying the true meaning and then asking him to refrain from inappropriate information to such a young audience.The word “orgy” in the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, meant to celebrate with party, drinking and gambling with not even a hint of sexual perversion. Modernism is alive and well even in our grade schools.

    You and I must speak up or nothing will change! If you are not finding out what your children are being taught, how else will the system change? Remember, YOU are the paying customer. Use your right before the State takes it away.

    In Christ,



  • Aug26

    The Result of Deconstructionism and Poststructuralism is

    “The LORD has declared today that you are his people, his own special treasure, just as he promised, and that you must obey all his commands. 19 And if you do, he will set you high above all the other nations he has made. Then you will receive praise, honor, and renown. You will be a nation that is holy to the LORD your God, just as he promised.” – Deuteronomy 26:18-19 NLT

    From the verse above we can observe Yahweh’s intentions for the nation of Israel. He was saying that when a people follow His laws and commands collectively, that they would rise above all other nations. Rather profound, don’t you think?

    Regrettably, the greatest casualty of the joint influence of Deconstructionism and Poststructuralist is American Exceptionalism—the belief that America is blessed and enjoys unprecedented stability, prosperity, and liberty as a result of the institutions and policies produced by unique ideas such as God-given inalienable rights, self-government, individualism, limited government, full Republicanism, and an educated and virtuous citizenry. I believe that God has blessed America. America is an exceptional nation. This exceptionalism encompasses her great diversity of race, ethnicity, and religion, and it has benefited every American. But now, following several decades of Deconstruction and Poststructural indoctrination in education and politics, American Exceptionalism is no longer recognized, understood, or venerated. To the contrary, many American political officials now feel compelled to apologize to the world for America; they are conscious of our flaws but seem ignorantly oblivious to our matchless benefits and opportunities.

    As a college student at OSU majoring in history, my professors were down right anti-America. I still remember one history professor who was so hostile to America that he told us to pick up arms and overthrow the government with force. By the way his last name was Adolf.☺ He was a publically paid professor with my parents paying him with their tax dollars to indoctrinate us.

    The Pilgrims vision for an exceptional nation was grounded in the knowledge that God’s principles, when applied collectively, would prosper a nation and allow that nation to be a light to other nations.

    In 1620, when the Mayflower anchored off the coast of Cape Cod, William Brewster led the first Pilgrims in Psalm 100 as a prayer of thanksgiving. After 2,750 miles traveling at an average speed of just under two miles per hour for sixty-six storm-tossed days, they reached the new world. Before they went on shore, however, they knew that they must develop a working charter of how to govern themselves. They penned the Mayflower Compact believing that God’s plan was to form a Christian self-government that would be the foundation for a future nation that would be for the Glory of God.

    Thus, they started the Compact with these words, “In the name of God Amen.”…“Having undertaken, for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith and Honor of our King, and Country,…”

    What is so intriguing to me is that the Pilgrims who originally called themselves “Saints” believed the message of Christianity to be holistic and the principles would be effective and applicable for a free and accountable society. These biblical principles would not only benefit Christians but non-Christians as well.

    They learned these biblical principles about self-government from Reverend John Robinson while the pilgrims met as an underground Church in Holland. This faithful man of God inspired his fellow congregants to touch the heart of God, trained them to think the thoughts of God, and helped them practice the government of God in their homes, churches, and civil compacts.
    America Exceptionalism has been the result of the Judeo Christian ethic meshed into our national documents. What God expected from the nation of Israel reveals to me that any nation that practices God’s commandments, statutes, and precepts can flourish above any nation.

    In 1 Peter 2:9 God calls us a “holy nation.” This title is referring to Israel for this was God’s plan for them. This will be fulfilled in the millennium.

    “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” – 1 Peter 2:9 ESV

    However, at this time it seems that we can apply this to the workings of the church in the sense that we can influence a society as salt and light (Matthew 5:13, 14). Everywhere that God’s people are present and they attempt to obey God’s commandments and laws, there is a positive impact on that society in every discipline of that culture.

    In Christ,