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So imagine my surprise, when both my pastors (local and online), preached this week on Spiritual warfare, I think God is laying this on out hearts and wants us to join the battle through prayer.  Great update from JD this week, on what we are seeing and what we need to turn out attention to.

Some notes and highlights:

8 min mark – Attack on teaching whole counsel of the word of God.  Bible Prophecy, teaching too much, stop teaching Ezekiel 38 (heaven forbid!!)

17 min mark – Mocking of the coming (2 Peter 3:3-10)

20 min mark – Clean of all blood on my hands (Acts 20:26-28) Because he preached the Word.

21 min mark – Not put up with sound doctrine (2 Timothy 3:16-4:5) – “Preach the Word”

26 min mark – Be a Faithful Watchman

27 min mark – Israel’s top govt official encouraging all Jews to read through the entire bible.

29 min mark – Joel Rosenberg – Why pastors are not teaching Bible Prophecy?

  1. Lack in belief in the power of God’s Word
  2. Lack of training in Bible Prophecy
  3. Fear of being lumped in with prophecy nuts
  4. Because lack of understanding of the times we live in (2 Peter 3)

Mathew 24 – 2 servant example – when master delayed His return.

38 min mark – Prophecies that are already underway or near fulfillment

Isaiah 17 – about to be fulfilled

Isaiah 19 – is being fulfilled right now

Ezekiel 38-39 – about to be fulfilled

Rapture could happen any hour, when you see these things begin to come to pass, look up, your redemption draws neigh.

Great, string of topics and very relevant today…

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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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.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

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The boldness in these last days is simple stunning to watch.  Christ told us it was coming, he told us what to expect, but I must say that seeing it unfold like this over these last few years has simply been stunning to watch.

Equally stunning is the fact that so many of the people we come in contact with each day are completely oblivious to what is going on around them.  There really will be a lot of people caught off guard when events force themselves upon them.

There is something seriously wrong with the catholic church doctrine.  They seem to be to much of this world, hording their treasures up here on earth, praying to Mary instead of Jesus, the Son of God.  Having to confess through a priest instead of directly to God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  Keeping Jesus on the cross, the crucifix.  Having Mary crying, not rejoicing that “He has Risen!”  He overcame death!  It no longer has a hold on us, we are free.  Jesus is not still on the cross, He is seated at the right hand of God, and He is coming back very soon for His bride.

I have many Catholic friends, and I pray to God every day and night that they have a personal relationship with Jesus, that they have accepted His free gift of salvation through belief in the Son of God, Jesus Christ.  That is the “works” required for salvation, nothing more, so that none can boast.

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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The Shocking Message Pope Francis Preached At New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral

| September 25, 2015 | at nowtheendbegins.com

The Pope, the self-proclaimed “vicar of Christ”, preaching a message of the FAILURE OF JESUS on the cross.

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV)

Like many people, I missed the message that the Pope preached at St. Patrick’s Cathedral because it was not streamed live as far as I was aware. And honestly, I was much more interested from a prophecy perspective in what he was going to say to Washington and the United Nations. So I did not bother to take a peek and see what he preached at St. Patrick’s. When I did, I about fell off my chair.

First of all, Pope Francis gave a shout-out to his “Muslim brothers and sisters” when he said this – “I would like to express two sentiments for my Muslim brothers and sisters: Firstly, my greetings as they celebrate the feast of sacrifice.” In case he doesn’t know, Islam clearly teaches that their god, Allah, has no son. None at all. So for a Christian to be a spiritual brother or sister with a Muslim is impossible. The Qu’ran boldly declares that Allah has no son:

It is not [befitting] for Allah to take a son; exalted is He! When He decrees an affair, He only says to it, “Be,” and it is.”  Surah 19:35,36

Pope Francis has been wooing the Muslims into the Vatican tent for sometime now. In November of 2014, he prayed inside a Mosque in Istanbul, in December of 2014 Pope Francis defended Islam as a “religion of peace”, and just a few weeks ago issued the order for all Catholics in Europe to take in Muslim migrants to live with them in their homes.

But it didn’t stop there, not by a long shot. Pope Francis declared the work of Jesus on the cross to be a failure

Perhaps the most shocking, the most stunning words to ever come out of the Pope’s mouth had to do with him talking about the “failure of the Cross”. What?? It is because of Jesus on the cross, that we have salvation. It is because of the cross that we now have access to the Father and a FULL pardon for our sins. It is because of the cross that Heaven, and not Hell, is our destination. This is what he said:

“The cross shows us a different way of measuring success. Ours is to plant the seeds. God sees to the fruits of our labors. And if at times our efforts and works seem to fail and not produce fruit, we need to remember that we are followers of Jesus Christ and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross.”

That was it, not another word. You would expect him to say something like “while it appeared to be a failure to His disciples, the cross was actually a victory…” or some such thing. I have heard that preached many times before in church. But the thing is, he didn’t say that. He just simply stated that the life of Jesus on the cross “ended in failure”, which is a complete and total lie. How he could just leave it there, in defeat, to declare the cross a FAILURE and not expound one, tiny bit more is beyond imagination. The Pope, the self-proclaimed “vicar of Christ”, preaching a message of the FAILURE OF JESUS on the cross. Honestly, words fail me at this moment. Truly.

What better way could Pope Francis end a “sermon” whose opening remarks call Christ-rejecting, Hell-bound Muslims our “brothers and sisters”, and whose main point is the “failure of Jesus on the cross”, than by praying to Mary and asking for her blessing:

“Dear brothers and sisters, in a few moments, we will sing the Magnificat. Let us commend to our lady the work we have been entrusted to do. Let us join her in thanking god for the great things he has done…”

You can click here to read the full transcript of this sermon from the pit of Hell, but honestly, why would you want to?

Pope Francis, as far I am concerned, still retains his title of The False Prophet…and then some.

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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.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

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So often what we receive is a thin layer of Christian doctrine, history, and overall understanding of God’s word, but there is so much more.  As you dive into God’s word, it comes alive and I am constantly amazed at the depths of the wisdom and the foreshadowing that is on every page of the Bible when we take the time to explore it.

It really is true, “seek and ye shall find”.

Jack Kelly does a great job unpacking the Olivet Discourse as you may not have heard it before.

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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The Olivet Discourse…Luke’s Version

By Jack Kelley

Students of prophecy often pay more attention to Matthew’s version of the Olivet Discourse because of its greater length and detail. But when we bypass Luke’s account, we miss one third of the Lord’s message. That’s because the disciples asked the Lord three questions and in Matthew 24 He only answered the last two. Also, it’s Luke’s answer to their first question that confirms the whole message as it relates to the end times.

Here’s why: When a prophet revealed events that would take place beyond the lifetimes of the people he was speaking to, the Lord often provided a short term partial fulfillment to validate the distant prophecy. This is because He had told the people that if what a prophet said didn’t come true, then the people were not to fear him, for he hadn’t spoken for the Lord (Deut 18:21-22).

There are numerous partial fulfillments in Scripture that would serve as good examples of this, but perhaps the clearest one comes from John 5:43. Speaking to Israel, Jesus said, “I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.” He was referring to the Antichrist, who many in Israel will believe to be the Messiah when he comes on the scene at the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week.

But just before Jesus was handed over to be executed, Pilate offered to free Him as a sign of Roman mercy, traditionally expressed on Passover. He gave the people a choice, the innocent Jesus who came in His Father’s name or a convicted killer named, Barabbas, who came in his own name. The people chose Barabbas. It was the partial fulfillment that validated the Lord’s prophecy of Israel and the Antichrist in the 70th Week.

And as we’ll see, the destruction of Jerusalem in 69AD was the partial fulfillment that validated the Lord’s prophecy of the End Times. Let’s take a look.

Luke 21:5-36

“Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God.  But Jesus said, ‘As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.’ ‘Teacher,’ they asked, ‘When will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?’” (Luke 21:5-7).

According to Mark 13:3, it was Peter, James, John and Andrew who asked. And in Matt. 24:3 we can read their complete question. “When will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

This is our first hint that things will be different in Luke’s account. He only has the disciples asking the first question, the one about their immediate future.

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Very good commentary on satanic roots that are growing throughout the world and another warning that we need to wake folks up to assure they have the chance to accept God’s free gift of Salvation for those who believe and commit their lives to Him.

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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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.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

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Amazing collection of thoughts and reflection on God’s word to us during these last days…

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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God’s Final Message Applied to Today’s Churches

By Joe Southerland

In Revelation chapter fourteen while in the midst of Daniel’s Seventieth Week (the seven-year long Tribulation period), God sends forth an angel to deliver his final message to rebellious, god-denying Man, just prior to unleashing His final seven judgments.

God’s final message cuts to the point and blows through all the superfluous drivel most lost souls are enduring in today’s dying pulpits. We would do well to take heed and make God’s last message the central theme being preached in our churches today.

“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Rev.14:6-7).

God will use an angel to supernaturally complete the church’s Great Commission, to preach His Good News to the ends of the earth (Matthew 24:13-14).   The angel’s good news that Man’s salvation is solely accomplished through faith in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8, John 14:6), is prefaced by God’s final message to mankind which focuses on three critical points concerning God’s relation to Man.

 

 

First, people must fear and glorify God. In our fallen world (and most modern churches), people have lost their fear of the Lord. There was a time in society when being called a God-fearer was a prized complement to strive for; now it is an archaic and often pejorative term.

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I saw the exchange below while reading some articles and it really struck me as the classic gospel debate that we see playing out in the church these days.  Shannon and Gino are spot on with their argument that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was for all past, present, and future sin’s and sinners.  It takes nothing else that belief and acceptance of Christ’s free gift.  Otherwise, Jesus’s words to the second thief on the cross with him would have been a lie.  He didn’t tell him that he could be with Him in paradise if he found someway to get down off the cross and get baptized, or pay back all those that he had wronged.  No, He said, through his faith and belief in Jesus as the Son of God he would be saved and with Him in paradise.  See he accepted the free gift of salvation by making Jesus his Lord and Savior.

Romans is chalked full of this comparison of Grace/Faith verse Works…

Romans 3:20  because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.

Romans 3:27  Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith.

Romans 3:28  For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.

Romans 4:2  For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.

Romans 9:32  Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone,

Romans 11:6   But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.

The trouble with Brenda and Jordan’s arguments below is that they add something to the work Jesus did for us on the Cross.  They have some works that we need to do to “earn” or “keep” our salvation.  That is where they venture off the narrow path.  The Narrow path is belief/faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  Heaven help us if we have to do anything to keep our salvation, or worst yet earn it.  What pride, what arrogance do we as men have.  We in our fallen/sin laden form have no hope.  But we as Christians have hope in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, through Him all things are possible.  His works are our gain.  All the work is done on God’s side, we just graciously have to accept.

In context, the infamous, James 2:14-26, scripture actually back up Paul in Romans.  (Gods word never contradicts Itself.)

James 2:14-26New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Faith and Works

14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.

18 But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” 19 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. 20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? 22 You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. 24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

James is simply stating that as we become believers and our faith grows in Christ after the acceptance of His free gift, we will begin to live life differently.  The old self is put off as Paul would often say.  These are the actions.  James is simply questioning people’s “declared” faith, by what he sees them doing happily, without regret.  Does the doing, “earn” the salvation, or is the doing a sign of gratitude for the free gift of salvation?  I believe the latter is clear from scripture.

Paul Washer does a great summary of the Gospel here in two videos: https://myblessedhope.com/the-gospel/

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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  • As a follower of Christ ; tattoos are something I have always struggled with.
    In my former life I was a tattoo artist and I always used my art to bring attention to myself. …Look at me everybody look what I can do…
    But as a follower of Christ I gave it up because I was doing it for all the wrong reasons.
    Its been 20yrs now and the more I learn about Gods grace the more I am able to appreciate the art and love the people. For some its all about the attention it brings to them but for some it really is an expression of who they are and the memories and experiences they want to share with the world…Only God knows their hearts and why they do what they do , its not my job to judge (Thank you Jesus) but to love them right where they are. Jesus didn’t wait for me to get cleaned up before he accepted me or I would still be dead in my sin. “The Father showed His great love for us in that while we yet sinners, Christ died for us….

    • Revelations 19:16 reads – on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

      Maybe Jesus has a tattoo too …. I don’t believe it matters. I mean unless you have some kind of satanic symbols, or words.

      If inking your skin can undo him dying on the cross for you, then he is not worthy of worship. He is, because it is Finished.

      • Amen to that Gino! God doesn’t see our flesh he sees our born again spirits. And you are so right. We can never out sin or out ink our bodies enuf to undo God’s grace!!

        • Your statement doesnt seem to line up with Gods word concerning Judgement day at all. Have you read the bible?? We do receive grace..from those things we have turned from and asked forgiveness for…but we can not continue to do the things God is against and expect His grace to cover willful sin.

        • So you have never willfully sinned? Yes you have.If you say no then you are lieing. Actually all sin is willfully done whether you want to admit it or not. Jesus said that if you even think about sinning you have committed it. AND there is NO tier of bad to worse sins with God. If you broke one Law you’ve broken them all. THAT is why God sent us Jesus to be our “SAVIOR” cuz NO ONE can ever do good enuf or be good enuf to save ourslelves. ONLY JESUS could do that. and when he did it was MORE than enuf to cover past, present and future sins. And thank God it covers future sins. DO NOT say his Grace doesn’t cover future sins cuz ALL our sins were future when Jesus died on the cross.
           
           
        • Am I saying to go sin on purpose with the attitude that I can cuz I’m saved? NO! Of course not. Sin has consequences. It hurts ourselves and others. THAT is the reason God doesn’t want us to sin.
          But once you are Born Again God sees you IN Jesus Righteousness NOT in your sinful flesh. He said “your sins I will remember no more” That’s ALL sin, not just the ones you committed Before you were saved.

          You were a sinner and God saved you, when you were bad. And now that you’ve accepted Christ you think you have to try and be good enuf?!!! NO! JESUS and what he did on the cross; HIS sacrifice makes you good enuf.

          It is our spirits that will stand in judgment NOT our flesh. IF your spirit is re-born in Christ you have ALREADY been judged RIGHTEOUS IN JESUS!

          The ONLY sin anyone will be judged for at the time of their death or when Jesus returns is the Rejection of Christ. NO other sin sends you to hell, but NOT accepting Jesus as your Lord and SAVIOR. Once you accept that GIFT of salvation, you are saved no matter what! UNLESS you decide you do not really believe in Jesus.

          God’s GRACE is MORE than enuf!!!

           

          “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” 2 Corinthians 5:10  God forgives you for everything you do, but to his own judgement, truly, but in order for God to recieve you… “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” John 14:6 and Jesus means so much more than just an atonement, in order for us to get to heaven there is also a price, following Jesus’s every command, doing as he would and striving to be the best person we can be. NEVER in the bible does he say that a man may go to heaven if he JUST believes, actually he says that “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead” James 2:14-26 Meaning that faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. The Bible offers the world so much truth, but to be selective about the bible, that allows for it to be manipulated for the convenience of man, BY NO MEANS was the bible created for the convenience of man, but for the salvation of man through his efforts, through his convictions, his love, and his intentions, God’s love and Grace is eternal and embodies the entire universe, but his Grace is earned. Please, by saying all this I only wish for you to see the bible for all it has to offer, to allow any misinterpretation would be a sin, if any part of you believes me, or what I said, read the bible for yourself, thoroughly, take however long you need, see what everything could mean, don’t take my word for it, by no means, I only hope to convey the lessons that have so much improved my life unto you. My church is so loving and willing to help, if you’re in a search of any kind of answer(s), my church would be ever willing to answer them.

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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.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

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This is a pretty stark contrast drawn below.

I am always amazed at how people still see him as a Christian.  None of his actions or words would say he is.

Christ told us in Matthew, multiple times, that we should judge a person by their “fruit”, what they produce, do, say, and support.

Maybe it is because so many of “us” Christians are “of this world” more than “chosen out of this world” so we don’t want to condemn his beliefs and actions because it will point to our own actions as well.  But you can’t even go that far for our commander-in-chief because he is down right hostile toward Christians, true Christians that follow God’s word and believe in the whole Bible as inerrant.  Can you name one thing he has ever done to help God’s church?  I can’t.

I was at a Prophecy conference last weekend and one of the speakers stated something that really struck me, but seems so obvious now.

He asked the question, “Are you getting tired of saying to yourself, why don’t these people see what is happening?  Their actions or responses do not make any sense”  And he was right, we are all tired of saying it.  He went on to say, it is the strong delusion that God promised he would give non-believers over to in the last days, just like the days of Noah and Lot. We are watching it unfold.  Nothing makes sense anymore, our society and culture calls evil, good and good, evil.

So next time you ask yourself. “They can’t be that blind or stupid?” when something you think is common sense does not strike them as so.  Remember the times.  It is time that we all straighten up, and boldly proclaim God’s word, the Gospel, as He is our only hope, and the only hope for those that are lost.

Another point to ponder that I gleaned from the conference: If 100% of the prophecies to date have come true and have been fulfilled literally, what makes us think that the ones yet to come will not be fulfilled in the exact same manner, 100% and literally.

As Peter said, God gave us the more sure word of prophecy.  It’s study strengths our faith.

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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In his own words: Barack Obama on Islam and Christianity

from the therightscoop.com

An interesting batch of quotes put together and sourced by Now the End Begins that create a very distinct picture of our president that will likely surprise only a few of you, if that many. (h/t: The American Thinker)

OBAMA ON ISLAM:

1. “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”

2. “The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer”

3. “We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world — including in my own country.”

4. “As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam.”

5. “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.”

6. “Islam has always been part of America”

7. “we will encourage more Americans to study in Muslim communities”

8. “These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings.”

9. “America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”

10. “I made it clear that America is not – and will never be – at war with Islam.”

11. “Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism – it is an important part of promoting peace.”

12. “So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed”

13. “In ancient times and in our times, Muslim communities have been at the forefront of innovation and education.”

14. “Throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.”

15. “Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality”

16. “The Holy Koran tells us, ‘O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another.’”

17. “I look forward to hosting an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan here at the White House later this week, and wish you a blessed month.”

18. “We’ve seen those results in generations of Muslim immigrants – farmers and factory workers, helping to lay the railroads and build our cities, the Muslim innovators who helped build some of our highest skyscrapers and who helped unlock the secrets of our universe.”

19. “That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t. And I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”

20. “I also know that Islam has always been a part of America’s story.”

 

OBAMA ON CHRISTIANITY:

1. “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation”

2. “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.”

3. “Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy?  Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination?  Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith?”

4. “Even those who claim the Bible’s inerrancy make distinctions between Scriptural edicts, sensing that some passages – the Ten Commandments, say, or a belief in Christ’s divinity – are central to Christian faith, while others are more culturally specific and may be modified to accommodate modern life.”

5. “The American people intuitively understand this, which is why the majority of Catholics practice birth control and some of those opposed to gay marriage nevertheless are opposed to a Constitutional amendment to ban it. Religious leadership need not accept such wisdom in counseling their flocks, but they should recognize this wisdom in their politics.”

6. From Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope: “I am not willing to have the state deny American citizens a civil union that confers equivalent rights on such basic matters as hospital visitation or health insurance coverage simply because the people they love are of the same sex—nor am I willing to accept a reading of the Bible that considers an obscure line in Romans to be more defining of Christianity than the Sermon on the Mount.”

7. Obama’s response when asked what his definition of sin is: “Being out of alignment with my values.”

8. “If all it took was someone proclaiming I believe Jesus Christ and that he died for my sins, and that was all there was to it, people wouldn’t have to keep coming to church, would they.”

9. “This is something that I’m sure I’d have serious debates with my fellow Christians about. I think that the difficult thing about any religion, including Christianity, is that at some level there is a call to evangelize and prostelytize. There’s the belief, certainly in some quarters, that people haven’t embraced Jesus Christ as their personal savior that they’re going to hell.”

10. “I find it hard to believe that my God would consign four-fifths of the world to hell.  I can’t imagine that my God would allow some little Hindu kid in India who never interacts with the Christian faith to somehow burn for all eternity.  That’s just not part of my religious makeup.”

11. “I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die. But I feel very strongly that whether the reward is in the here and now or in the hereafter, the aligning myself to my faith and my values is a good thing.”

12. “I’ve said this before, and I know this raises questions in the minds of some evangelicals. I do not believe that my mother, who never formally embraced Christianity as far as I know … I do not believe she went to hell.”

13. “Those opposed to abortion cannot simply invoke God’s will–they have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths.”

14. On his support for civil unions for gay couples: “If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount.”

15. “You got into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

16. “In our household, the Bible, the Koran and the Bhagavad Gita sat on the shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology”

17. “On Easter or Christmas Day, my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the Chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites.”

18. “We have Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, and their own path to grace is one that we have to revere and respect as much as our own”

19. “All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear; when the Holy Land of the three great faiths is the place of peace that God intended it to be; when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra— (applause) — as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed, peace be upon them, joined in prayer.  (Applause.)”

20. “I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.”

 

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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.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

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