Christians Take A Stand Against Homosexual Marriage

March 21st, 2015 lindarae No comments

The clash of two cultures in the U.S., Christian verses secular, is building towards an explosive confrontation. The confrontation is between the Rights given by God for of freedom of religion and speech against the right given by government for homosexual marriage. Once the government passes laws to affirm and enforce homosexual marriage, Christians involved in the institution of marriage will be liable for punishment by the state. Pastors, churches and many business will be denied their right of freedom of religion and other God-ordained rights because our local, state and federal governments will consider resistance to homosexual marriage a hate crime.

The government will claim that homosexuals have a civil right to marry under the “due process” clause of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, therefore trying to make it a Right endowed by God. However, that clause applies to minorities that are minorities as a result of birth or an unchangeable disability. That is why many African Americans have resented the claims of homosexuals that the same civil rights apply to both. Homosexuals do not have scientific proof that they are a legal minority, which makes their life style a choice and not an irreversible condition.

The only thing that will stop this ongoing battle over gay marriage will be if the majority of Christians in our nation take a stand and say, “Enough!” We have the numbers and the rights; now we need to exercise our rights. We should bombard the President, Congress, state and local officials with demands for your right of freedom of religion. Vote out those politicians who support gay marriage. March and demonstrate if necessary. Resist the media by refusing to watch or listen to those who promote gay marriage. We must have the courage to stand against the labels, attacks and lies that will be heaved upon us by gay groups and the liberal media. We can win this battle if we will bear the shame of the cross to salvage our nation from an arrogant, selfish, and power hungry minority.

Jesus did not turn the other cheek when He chased the moneychangers out of the temple. This is not the time to be meek but to be strong and courageous. It is time for Christians to step up and use our power and authority to reclaim the principles on which our nation was founded. God wants us to salvage traditional marriage and His inspired Declaration of Independence and Constitution. When God created our nation to be “A city upon a hill,” He expected us to sacrifice our lives if necessary to keep His light shining for the world to see and to follow.

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Love Is

February 17th, 2015 lindarae No comments

Love is a mystery that often lacks feelings until it is threatened to be extinguished. Then it surfaces with a ferocity and anxiety ready to grab and hold it, surprised by its power and boldness when you thought it was dead. Somehow long love burrows down past consciousness into heart memories that are permanently sustained unless the beloved evaporates love with constant, repetitive evil. Then the love only remains in the outer shell but has lost all substance.

Love is God in us since God is Love. The best love is God. Human love has value, but it lacks longevity and selfless sacrifice without God. With God, it glues together two or more in an embrace of faithful commitment into eternal life.

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Power of Prayer

February 17th, 2015 lindarae No comments

Many times Our prayers of faith have greater power than our spoken words. Often when we are struggling because of the problems being faced by someone we love or our nation or our church, we can think we must say or do something that will solve the problem. If what we say or do is led by the Spirit, our words and actions will be helpful and life changing. However, many times our fear and need to control drive us to say and do things that God may use and anoint, but it is not always His first choice. Many times He would prefer that we enter into Spirit-directed and inspired prayers.

When the Holy Spirit guides us to pray with faith informed by God’s will, that kind of prayer can make greater changes than our words and actions. When we place the object of our prayers-a person, situation, church, nation-into God’s care with trust in His love and power, He can actively speak into the hearts, minds and thoughts of those that are caught up in a personal or larger struggle.

When we give up our efforts, when those efforts arise from fear and control, God can do more by us trusting in His goodness and love than we can by trying to do or say something. He can place wisdom and healing into a person’s heart and soul and give wisdom and knowledge to leaders. We know evil spirits regularly speak into our minds or move our hearts and emotions, so how much more powerfully and effectively is God able to speak into the minds, hearts, and emotions of those for whom we are praying.

Our Father asks us to trust Him and His loving and good nature to ask how He wants us to pray before we jump into action. Sometimes prayer is sufficient.

Example: Recently the Lord showed me how to pray for the radical Islamist problems in our world. He had me pray what I wrote in the last article, about depending on moderate Muslims to increase their participation to defeat ISIS and Al-Qaida. I believe He will define that strategy more clearly to our leaders and prayer warriors as time passes, and moderate Muslims will play some part in the world’s overall strategy against radical Islamists because He wants to move Muslims into an even more moderate religious position in the modern world.

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HOW TO DEFEAT RADICAL ISLAM

February 17th, 2015 lindarae No comments

Many conservative and Christian leaders are trying to explain how the Qur’an supports the extreme Jihad of ISIS. They point to the teachings of Islam as the source of the radical Islamists. However, making that distinction will not lead to a solution. The only way we will see Al-Qaida and Isis defeated is to pressure moderate Muslims to become more moderate and to dominate Islam. They have to totally reject the extremists’ interpretation of the Qur’an and Hadith.
For centuries most Muslims have followed a moderate version of Mohammed’s teachings; ones that developed after Islam became the main religion of the Middle East. The present Muslim Extremists are reaching back to earlier more violent practices. Since Islam is accepted as a legitimate religion worldwide, there is no reason for the present violent, fanatical Jihad.

Moderate Muslims need to lead Islam into the modern world to adapt its teachings and practices to the realities of centuries of political and social changes. This moderate strain will need to broaden and add further practices of moderation. Egypt, Jordan and some other Muslim leaders and nations have recently taken military steps in that direction. Just as Christianity yielded to a broader acceptance of freedom, so now Islam needs to make that transition. They can find support for these changes in their holy books and previous historical practices.

They need not accept all modern, secular practices but look to the adjustments made by Christians who disagree with much of modern culture but have learned to live in it while not being of it. Christians work within the system to influence and morally improve it; a large majority of the time they influence their nations without violence. Christians learned through the American practices and Constitution how to preserve freedom of religion by keeping government secular and separate but still influenced by Judea-Christian principles. They learned to focus on their spiritual mission and not let politics corrupt that primary goal.

There is no utopia on this earth, secular or religious. We must always live in a tension between these two in order to prevent one group from becoming tyrannical, and, at the same time learn to benefit from some of the contributions of each.

In giving the above strategy does not exclude what will become necessary: military action against radical Islamists. Any military action should include military forces from moderate Islamic states, although the US will most likely have to organize and provide some support for military action.

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American Christian Dilemma

December 6th, 2014 lindarae No comments

How is the body of Christ doing in America? Are believers impacting and influencing the culture by their contributions in education, the news and entertainment institutions, labor unions, politics, and the arts? Do the majority of born again Christians vote for candidates who represent Christian principles? Do the majority of Christians vote? The answer to these questions is, “No.”

In America, believers have a responsibility to guide society with Judeo Christian principles. The Puritans entered into a covenant with God that specified certain requirements in order for God to bless it rather than have it fall under judgment. Puritan prophets gave directions, just as happened in the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament. Through Puritan prophets, God directed the Puritans to establish colonies in New England to fulfill His purpose. His purpose was to establish a new society built on His principles to be an example to the world of what a just society looked like.

Once in New England, the Puritans faced the same dilemma American Christians face today, whether to separate from the world or participate in it and guide it. The Pilgrims arrived with the goal to separate from the world in order to create the perfect society, but the Puritans understood that they could not make a perfect society; they had to find a way to influence society with Christian values in a firm but sensible and flexible manner. What they created in Massachusetts was balanced for the times and can be used as a model with modern adjustments. What is important for Christians in our times is the choice to participate, not separate from American culture and society.

The body of Christ, believers and churches, have the responsibility to preach the gospel, to help the poor, support racial equality, promote obedience, and protect the unborn and traditional marriagea. They have the responsibility to be salt and light by promoting and establishing Christian principles as the guiding social values without expecting everyone to follow them. However, those goals can only be accomplished by churches and believers committing to enter institutions-careers-in which they will experience persecution. A person graduating from a Christian college or university will not be hired as a journalist for the New York Times or most newspapers in the nation. They will not be hired by the major networks. Christians have to attend secular universities of high standing to be respected and hired by the institutions mentioned above.

Christians cannot hide from persecution and still impact our culture for God’s glory. Hiding from influencing the culture for fear of persecution and rejection violates our national covenant. God’s founding of our nation to be a city on a hill was an intervention in history to carry forward His plan for the nations. The covenant continues to this day and beyond because God’s callings are irrevocable. Therefore, it is incumbent on believers and churches in our nation to follow the example of the Puritans to guide the nation with godly principles while accepting the fact that society will never be perfect. We have to step up our participation and influence by sacrificing our comfort for a higher calling to fulfill God’s plan for our nation as the time of the end draws near.

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Ferguson Tragedy

December 1st, 2014 lindarae No comments

The death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri is tragic. It is sad to see the life taken of any young person, especially if the police officer, Darren Wilson, could have found another way to protect himself. This tragic event has been used to focus on the relationship between police and people of color, especially African Americans, in the U.S. I understand the need for dialogue and change, but I question whether this is the best example of police brutality on which to focus on police practices in minority communities. A more provable case against the police and a more compliant black youth would gain more support from the majority in the nation.

The majority of Americans want justice for all races, or they would not have elected President Obama. However, the majority are able to size up the character of most people who become the focus in national crime stories. Michael Brown, because of his actions on video from the convenience store, gives the impression of being arrogant and lawless. If Officer Wilson shot Brown out of racial prejudice, Brown’s attitude muddies the water for making the case against Wilson. I’m certain there are many other examples of police brutality from racial prejudice than this one that would win over the support of more Americans.

On the other hand, maybe this is tragic killing can lead to the majority coming to conclusions that will improve relationships between the police and minorities. The military reaction of the Ferguson police in the beginning and the lack of minority police recruits reveals weaknesses in the department and probably in police departments throughout the country. Also, the media’s coverage of this tragedy has revealed that many policemen assigned to minority and poor communities become hardened by the repetitive killings and challenges by gang members in those communities. It is understandable that they can become hardened, but unacceptable. Training must be initiated to counter that tendency.

Besides the responsibility of the police, the poor, minority communities also bear some responsibility. Michael Brown’s arrogance and lawlessness is not an anomaly in minority youth. Many societal circumstances and human nature tendencies lead to this chip on the shoulder attitudes for poor, minority youth. Weak family structures, poverty, drugs, anti-education attitudes, and victim beliefs encourage irreverent and violent behavior. It is not only necessary for the police to do some soul searching but also the minority communities. Perceptions are not always reality. You can perceive you are trapped in poverty and injustice when there are ways out that many minority individuals have taken, our President being one of them. It requires a change of perception, which means a search for truth, and the courage to face up to personal faults and not only look at the faults of others.

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What Is Christs’s Life?

September 2nd, 2014 lindarae No comments

What is the life of Christ that we live once we are crucified with Christ at spiritual rebirth? It is multifaceted. We have access to all of the qualities of the fruit of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5-22). We have access to Jesus’ knowledge of and trust in His Father. Every day while on this earth, Jesus awoke each morning with the Father on His mind, and He followed whatever the Father directed Him for the day. He trusted His Father in every situation, no matter how dangerous. He knew that whatever His Father ordained to happen that day was right and good, no matter how it appeared. He trusted people would be healed and delivered when He prayed because the Spirit showed Him His Father’s will in each situation. Jesus thanked His Father in the good and bad times. His life in us gives us access to these same qualities.

The life we receive from Jesus is also obedient: “though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him . . . .” (Hebrews 5:9-9). We have the power in us to desire and be obedient. Once we choose to be obedient, the Holy Spirit provides the grace or life of Christ to obey. All of the positive character qualities described in the Bible are available to us through Christ’s life. We can truly be Christians or little Christ’s.

Because we are drawn to the world and to worrying and doubting, it often takes us some time of prayer, Bible reading, friend’s prayers and fasting to move into Christ’s life and out of our fleshly life, but with persistence it will always be achieved. Never give up until you succeed. God may take you on a personal journey; however, every part of the journey is God ordained in order to provide you with success.

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ISIS Evil

August 21st, 2014 lindarae No comments

ISIS murdered James Foley to strike fear in the hearts of Americans. All I can say is that my reaction is not fear. Their barbaric act tells me that they have to be stopped by whatever it takes. They are evil and to ignore evil only means it will repeatedly strike without reason until its violence is stopped by greater violence. James Foley is only one of thousands that these thugs has violated and killed. Their methods reflect the evil that is in their hearts. Only evil people can decapitate another human being without their consciences condemning and changing them. They are psychopaths who need to be eliminated before they endanger all people and nations. There is no difference between them and the Nazis.

I do not speak out of a desire for revenge but a desire for justice. God is just and ISIS declares that it is a nation and caliphate. Therefore, it is an evil nation that is at war with God and the rest of mankind. We are now entering what has become a just war, and civilized nations cannot let innocent civilians be massacred and evil win.

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Perceptions in Ferguson , Missouri

August 20th, 2014 lindarae No comments

The situation in Ferguson, Missouri is tragic not only because of the death of a young man but also because of the division it is causing among blacks and whites. It is so sad to see that electing a black US president has not brought greater unity to our nation. The question is whether the racial tension is caused by realistic grievances or the failure of perception by African Americans of improved social justice and assimilation.

I wish more black leaders would encourage blacks to perceive the justice system on the whole is not prejudiced against them and that the free market will provide jobs for all of those who make an effort and prepare themselves to enter the market place. All of my children are biracial and have never found interferences to finding lucrative jobs. However, my husband and I raised them with the expectation that if they put forth the appropriate effort and sought adequate education, they could succeed. Two of them did not graduate from college but are very successful in IT.

I think a more applicable example is my son-in-law, who is black and was raised in South Central LA. He did not have a stable home life and his level of education is a high school graduate. However, as a teenager, his one main goal was to get out of South Central LA and take advantage of every opportunity to succeed. When he first moved into our home in Palo Alto, he was a security guard for Hewlett Packard. Today he works in IT at Hewlett Packard and is making a more than comfortable living. I think his success is the result of how he perceived the opportunities available to him. He did not think the color of his skin would deny him financial success in the American market place, and he was right.

I know it is not that simple for every African American in our nation. Life is complicated and life struggles affect different people in different ways. However, if perceptions changed to more realistically represent the potential for success of all American citizens, including all minorities, many more black citizens would find their way out of poverty.

If Michael Brown’s death was not justifiable homicide, justice will be accomplished for him. If he was at fault, then the officer should not be punished. No matter what the conclusion of the justice system in Ferguson, one thing will remain true, America provides opportunity for its citizens. Not that there is no prejudice, but in most cases, those obstacles can be overcome. If you perceive reality as it is and do not accept lies of opportunists, then all groups in our society can find justice, the majority of the time, in our courts and the marketplace. God is about standing up for and blessing those who remain humble and determined. I have known prejudice from both sides, and God has never failed me.

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Why Be Holy

August 18th, 2014 lindarae No comments

My goal in writing about holiness and spiritual maturity is motivated not only to help all Christians spiritually mature as an exercise to enhance their personal relationship with God but also to target the growth of maturity and holiness in American Christians in order for them to be able to restore the Judeo/Christian principles upon which our nation was founded. A person who is a born again Christian—a person who has committed his/her life to Christ and received Him as his/her Savior-is not able to impact and transform the American culture without growing in holiness and wholeness. Of course, I hope this guidance can also help all Christians to be holy wherever they may live because it pleases the Lord and their spiritual maturity will positively impact any society in which they live.

Peter states God’s expectation of all believers: “Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lust, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:13-16).

Holiness and wholeness go hand in hand. It is impossible to become holy without God working on both areas. His tool for transformation is grace. Grace is not only God’s free gift of the power for the initial born again experience it is also the free gift of power to carry out the sanctification process to complete the salvation process: as Paul exhorts the Philippians, “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” ( Phil. 2:12). Grace is the life of Christ in you that has taken residence in your spirit when you accept Him as your Savior. The Holy Spirit makes Christ’s life available to you every moment of every day once you are born again. The goal is to let your spirit filled with Christ’s life now assert guidance and control over your soul and body. That is the sanctification process.

Once the sin nature is dead, you partake of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). However, you can hold onto the old nature or old man rather than walk in your new man. In order to grow in holiness and impact our nation and all nations, as a member of the worldwide body of Christ, you must commit to the sanctification process with its cleansing, inner healing and deliverance activity. In Romans 1:4 -6, Paul describes our relationship to the Son since He is not only God but also from the “seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ.”

You can see how the Holy Spirit is identified with holiness and that God’s grace through Christ provides for our ability to be obedient and have faith to fulfill God’s calling in Him. It is through Christ and His life in us that we receive the eternal life that is active presently and continuously in our spirits, soul and body.

In the next section I will explain the basic process of being born again and the ongoing process of salvation or sanctification. I am basing my explanation upon theological principles that are not accepted by all denominations. I base this teaching on the belief that we are tripartite (three part) beings, spirit, soul and body. This teaching is biblically based as well as depending upon a type of the tabernacle that can be applied to our being or essence. I give a fuller explanation of the type of the tabernacle in Preparing for the Lord’s Return: A Handbook on Holiness and Wholeness, which can be found on http://www.winningtheculturewarthebook.com.

Humans consist of potentially three parts: a spirit, soul and body (2 Thessalonians 5:23). I say potentially because until you are born again, your spirit is dormant because of original sin. When Jesus said you must be born again in John 3:3, He was speaking about your spirit. When you repent and accept Jesus as your Savior, the Holy Spirit revives your spirit, its life is restored, and now the Holy Spirit lives within your spirit. He provides the grace or free gift of salvation along with the faith to enable you to be born again.

Once you are born again with your spirit now alive and animated with the Holy Spirit, your old nature, soul and body with a dormant spirit, is now dead according to Galatians 2:20 and now Christ lives in you. In other words your fallen nature-soul and body with a dormant spirit-is dead, and you live by Christ’s life and divine nature rather than your old, fallen life and nature (2 Peter 1:4). God not only sees you as righteous because of Christ’s sacrifice and shed blood but also because you are now a “new creation.”

However, although you are objectively justified through Christ’s death and resurrection and destined for heaven, your soul and body need to line up with your spirit and Christ’s life in your spirit. That is why you find that you continue to sin once born again. Your living spirit has to establish influence and control over your soul and body. Your soul and body do not immediately obey and conform to the new ruler, your living spirit and the Holy Spirit. That is why, as mentioned above, the Bible says you “work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” The salvation of justification is immediate in the sense that you are a “new creation” and your spirit is alive and the Holy Spirit is present guaranteeing you will go to heaven, but in the sense that salvation is conforming your soul and body to your renewed spirit, it is a process of sanctification, which you should seek out of a sense of gratitude and a desire to please and glorify the Lord through your transformation. However, remember that you cannot make yourself holy; it is the power of Christ’s in you that accomplishes the sanctification. As you choose to believe God’s promise to cleanse, heal your broken heart and deliver you and choose to be obedient; the Holy Spirit in your Spirit will work with you to accomplish sanctification.

This process of sanctification, being increasingly made holy, is God’s goal for all born again believers. However, I am adding to that goal another goal of American Christians to restore our nation to its founding principles. You cannot live in our culture and influence it without choosing to go on the sanctification journey. I give details on how the Holy Spirit accomplishes the holiness and wholeness in the handbook mentioned above. I hope you will be willing to make the journey of obedience and sanctification for the sake of God’s glory as well as offering yourself as a warrior in restoring our culture to its original covenant and principles. My book, Winning the Culture War, provides the inspiration and strategy on how you can help win the culture war.

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