This subtle below the radar war on Christianity and freedom to express our Christian views is in some ways so much more dangerous and evil then the blatant and shocking images we see of our brothers and sisters in Christ being persecuted and killed across the middle east. It is more evil because it lets so many of us continue to sleep and remain ignorant, willfully or un-willfully, which is a death sentence in and of itself for some, for as the hour grows late, chances to receive Christ are measured as well for the non-believers. The faith and belief is so strong in our foreign brothers and sisters in Christ. And yet we are allowed to slumber, drunk on what this world has to offer, transfixed on the trivial when there is work to be done for Christ. I too struggle with this and fight my battles daily to take up my cross for Christ, being unashamed of the Gospel. We need to wake up. Christ warned us of the hazards of the night watchman falling asleep while on watch or getting distracted with the things of this world.
Ask yourself this simple question that I ask myself each day: Are you of this world, or just passing through this world? Said another way: Are we assimilated to this world or are we just occupying until his imminent return?
Some days I like my answer to that question, some days I do not. But keep up the fight brothers and sisters, and help wake up those around us.
I so deeply appreciate brother Todd Starnes for doing his part to keep us aware and alert.
Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!
Maranatha, Lord come quickly!
By Todd Starnes
Published December 06, 2016
Donald Trump may be the next president of the United States but the war on religious liberty rages on.
The other day I received word that Connecticut’s openly gay comptroller is targeting American Family Association, one of the nation’s most prominent and respected Christian ministries.
If Comptroller Kevin Lembo has his way, AFA could be kicked out of the Connecticut State Employees’ Campaign for Charitable Giving (CSEC) — even though they are qualified as a charity under the rules.Lembo sent AFA a letter accusing them possibly being in “violation of the regulations governing the Connecticut State Employee Campaign for Charitable Giving that broadly prohibit discrimination.”
He specifically mentioned AFA’s petition to boycott Target over its transgender bathroom policies, and ministry statements regarding traditional marriage.
“These actions and statements are extremely troubling to me — not only as an openly gay father and spouse — but as administrator of CSEC,” he wrote. “The AFA’s statements and mission not only appear to discriminate against the LGBTQ communities, as well as Muslims who choose to serve and protect our country by enlisting in the military, but it remains unclear what actual charitable services the AFA provides that qualifies it to participate in the CSEC. I am, therefore, initiating an investigation to determine whether AFA is in compliance with the requirements of the CSEC. (Click here to read the comptroller’s full letter.)
If Lembo follows through on his threats, it would mean state employees would not be able to contribute to AFA through the program, AFA president Tim Wildmon says.
“This is a state government official coming directly after your AFA, and the letter is nothing more than an attack on AFA for standing strong for biblical principles,” Wildmon said. “Moreover, it is an unconstitutional attack on the First Amendment rights of all religious organizations. The government is not allowed to dictate to religious charities what they can believe in order to participate in the public square.”
AFA general counsel Abraham Hamilton III, minced no words in his interpretation of the state comptroller’s investigation.
“What’s being foisted upon the American Family Association is the latest iteration of ‘If you don’t adhere to the nouveaux orthodoxy of the day – which is the sexual deviancy agenda – then you must be castigated and expelled from public life,‘” he tells OneNewsNow.
First Liberty Institute attorney Hiram Sasser accused Lembo of abusing the power of his office.
“It is surprising that a government would still be so bold as to engage in clearly unconstitutional religious viewpoint discrimination,” Sasser told me. “He is abusing his office by inappropriately using it to advance his own personal agenda and it is really disturbing.”
And to be perfectly blunt, these types of attacks by far-left bureaucrats are why Donald Trump won the presidency.
“This issue … really brings into focus why a lot of people supported Donald Trump as opposed to Hillary Clinton,” Hamilton told OneNewsNow. ”People feared the federal government – more specifically the IRS or the Department of Justice – being used as means of cultural and societal intimidation.”
Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. His latest book is “God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values.” Follow Todd on Twitter @ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook.
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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile. He writes:
“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5
What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law. But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9
Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved. It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.