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The Termites in Western Civilization

In Abortion, Abstinence, Cohabitation, Marriage, Values on May 31, 2013 at 12:32 pm

TermitesMaddie Gillel

It would probably be a good exercise for our minds to re-visit what, when, how, and why western civilization is in such a state of dis-repair and near death.  Nothing will be new to us in this exercise, but we should be stunned to see the progress of the different ‘termites’ in the process. I have taken most of the following from Peter Jones SPIRIT WARS.

The Sixties’ rejection of authority, rejection of biblical sexual morals, and the search for a new spirituality are not artifacts of a failed revolution.  They are the tools in the destruction of Western Civilization. The New Age has not gone mainstream; rather, mainstream is going New Age.

1-   Rejection of Authority; Western Civilization Has Got To Go

This is the point at which ‘deconstructionist’ ideas were born.  This movement is marked by revising history, besmirching the founding fathers, and rejection of God and his Word.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission wants to eliminate all religion from the workplace so that no one may be “harassed” by religious ideas at work (and never mind the effect on Judeo-Christians and what they want).

The time is coming and now is when the playing of “Silent Night’ in shopping malls at the Christmas season will be illegal – like the word “Christmas” itself, even Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas”!  In his children’s story, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis created a frozen world under the power of the white witch.  One of her curses doomed Narnia to everlasting winter with no Christmas.  Little did he realize how prophetic his words would be.  A world without Christmas merely proclaims the end of Western civilization as we have known it and the beginning of the silent night of the human soul.

2-   Rejection of Biblical Sexual Norms and Morals: “Smash Monogamy”

Jerry Rubin said in the Sixties, as a bare-chested revolutionary: “We’ve combined youth, music, sex, drugs, and rebellion with treason – that’s a hard combination to beat”!  Rubin has lost his youth, his revolutionary zeal, several marriages, and his life (in a car accident). The manifesto succeeded not only for Lerner (?!?!) but  all over America.  Divorce rates are among the highest in the world, and co-habitation is at an all-time high.  Today’s sexual revolution goes beyond extra-marital, pre-marital, and multiple-partner heterosexual activity.  “Anything goes” has become the mass-media promotion not only of boundless immoral heterosexuality, but also of sado-masochism, bi-sexuality, homosexuality and pornography.  According to the logic of the system, pedophilia and bestiality cannot be far behind.

A biblical text thousands of years old, captures the Sixties’ sliding morality.  Leviticus 23 lists prohibitions in the following order: adultery, the sacrificial killing of children, homosexuality and bestiality.  Such abominations were the root cause of the destruction of the ancient pagan nations.  Can this nation avoid a similar fate?

Gary Bauer, reacting to the government policy for the promotion of condoms in pornographic television ads, said: For the first time in our nation’s history, a generation of young Americans is being told by government leaders that, if they will just use condoms, promiscuity is perfectly safe and, in fact, no big deal.”  The Sixties’ revolutionaries, who now head many government agencies, have made free love into official government policy.

3-    Search for a New Spirituality; Magical Mystery Tour

The “Old” spirituality must not be exotic enough for the New Agers; they must now reach out to the occult, magic, extraterrestrial life, Hindu India, Buddhist Japan, multidaemoned China, sorcery, multiple family life, communes,  ‘new religions’, and many other alternative life-styles and meaning systems which have been hitherto foreign.  (Could it be that the ‘old spirituality’ doesn’t allow at all for their decadent behavior, so it’s rejected?)

The ”destructive  generation” has done its work.  It has torn down Western Christian civilization, especially the family.  Social indicators prove that our consciousness has changed.  Victims of the radical social experimentation of the Sixties fill self-help groups.  Having promised freedom, peace and love, the revolution delivered only the freedom of a de-railed train and the peace of a beached fish.

Scott Peck a Sixties psychologist, was amused to find that when he asked a five-hundred member audience how many had been or were currently in therapy, “practically everyone in the auditorium raised their hands.”  The therapeutic age spares no expense or counsel to achieve personal emotional comfort. Yet devotees of the “destructive generation” have gone through one, two, even three divorces in the search for personal freedom.  Their children, lacking strong family structures, have rejected what discipline the parents tried to mete out and turned to peers and drugs for solace.

And the termites continue their relentless march.

 

What’s up with Religion

In Religion, Research on December 15, 2010 at 3:02 pm

The religious environment is changing is the conclusion of the Barna Group Research as they announce their “Six Megathemes Emerging in 2010.”  An analysis of 5,000 interviews conducted over the last year showed some trends that reflect some concerns regarding the status and strength of religion—particular for those who claim the title of Christian.

1.       Biblical literacy is declining and accurate theological understanding is suffering as well.

2.      Christians are becoming more insular, associating primarily with members of their faith or congregation.   There is increasing reticence to have “faith-oriented” conversations with acquaintances.

3.      Priorities are geared away from spiritual concerns.  Spiritual beliefs and attitudes are becoming more superficial taking a backseat to day-to-day physical and temporal needs.

4.      Active community service is increasing, but it is based on perceptions of what is socially acceptable and inspired by contemporary “justice” themes.  The commitment to serve, however, is quite shallow and probably not sustainable.

5.       A new understanding of “tolerance” is overshadowing a correct understanding of gospel principles.  Christians are becoming “tolerant of a vast array of morally and spiritually dubious behaviors and philosophies,” all in the name of an incorrect understanding of what it means to be “non-judgmental.”

6.       Faults of the Christian church are focused on rather than Christianity’s contribution to life and society as a whole.  “The Christian Church is in desperate need of a more positive and accessible image,” state the report.

The report also offers suggestions and ways to move towards improvement of the problems identified.

This is an important work that has implications for all religions.  To read more on Barna’s Six Emerging Megathemes, go here.

 

Anger and Guilt at the Abortion Clinic

In Abortion, adoption, Free Speech on November 3, 2010 at 5:04 am

“Husband confronts abortion protesters outside clinic,” the headline reads.  I’ve seen it all over the blogosphere this week.  “He gives them a piece of his mind while he videotapes the whole thing,” continues the article lead in.   I watched the video with interest, cringing a little because I feared I’d see some overwrought pro-life individuals who were sincere, but maybe out of control or over-the-top in their passion to protect unborn children.

After watching the clip, I have concluded that the person who was out-of-control was not the pro-life protesters—but the husband.  The protesters appear genuinely shocked at the man’s outburst with one of the women even attempting to apologize.  One of the women is holding a picture of what appears to be Christ and the other a poster counting the number of babies saved (hardly “grisly abortion photos”).  The women are calm—certainly not “yelling” at those entering the clinic as the man accuses.

Perhaps we can excuse this man’s overwrought behavior because of his wife’s condition, but somehow he seems less than straightforward when the protester asks him why his wife is not in a hospital to have the child aborted if it is indeed a “medical necessity.”  Even so, this man and his wife’s medical situation with their unborn child represents a tiny, tiny percentage of the abortions that are performed.

The way this video has made the rounds on pro-abortion blogs and websites—this guy’s treated like a hero—shows how desperate pro-aborts are to make someone else the bad guy.   Two women standing on public property, “trying to make the unborn child not be invisible,” does not warrant the kind of outburst that the man directs at these ladies.  This is a classic example of those who support abortion being angered when they are confronted with the reality of what they are doing.

Well, that’s my opinion.  Watch it and tells us what you think.

Another City Joins the Anti-Religious Fervor

In Religious Freedom on March 17, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Just as Gilbert, Arizona draws near to a resolution on its anti-religious city code, similar tensions flare in Rancho Cucamonga, California (the second time this year).

On Tuesday, the city informed the Shiloh Tabernacle to either cease its household meetings entirely or acquire an expensive permit, which adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. A letter was sent to the homeowner, insisting that the regular Friday night meetings are not allowed because the group’s activities define it as a “church,” and hence is required to obtain the Conditional Use Permit for residential areas. Also, the city notified the group that no permit would be granted and that the meetings must cease by Good Friday on April 2nd.

The Pacific Justice Institute, a non-profit legal defense organization specializing in matters of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties, represents the homeowner and plans to file an appeal against the city.

Brad Dacus, President of the Pacific Justice Institute, said, “Imposing a Condition Use Permit requirement on a home Bible study is manifestly absurd and unjust. I don’t know of a single court in America that would approve their actions.”

The organization wants to give the city a chance to rescind its letter without litigation. Even so, the Pacific Justice Institute is fully prepared to take the case as far as is necessary to defend both the Bible study group and religious freedom.

City Attacks Religious Freedoms – Bans In-Home Church Meetings

In Uncategorized on March 17, 2010 at 8:41 am

Gilbert, Arizona, officials have shut down the private, in-home meetings of the Oasis of Truth Church. Pastor Joe Sutherland received a cease-and-desist letter with a 10-day warning to stop the meetings, even though no neighbors have complained. The congregation, which met in the pastor’s home, consisted of only seven adults and four children.

Town officials claimed the seven-member group violates the Land Development Code, defending traffic, parking, and building safety concerns, despite the group having adequate parking accommodations. Bible studies and potluck dinners are even banned according to the code’s vague language. Interestingly, massive house parties and child day cares, which routinely violate the Land Development Code, are allowed.

The Constitution gives all Americans both the freedom of religion and assembly. It seems as though both freedoms are being assaulted.

Gilbert Mayor John Lewis said members of the city’s Town Council have asked town officials to stop enforcing the ban until permanent changes can be made at a March 22 meeting — or possibly earlier.

The Gilbert town council will hold a meeting next week to consider the code. Vice Mayor Linda Abbott has already expressed her opposition; hopefully others will follow.

Defending Religious Freedom, the Two Main Battle Fronts

In Free Speech, Religious Freedom on February 11, 2010 at 10:48 am

Religious freedom is one of the most essential rights that a human being could be granted. It is the right to believe in what you choose to, to see the world the way you want to, without imposing it upon or harming those around you.

All across the world, freedom of religion is under assault. Whether it’s in the “enlightened” West or the “barbaric” East, no nation is being spared; they just face a different opponent.

“Equality” in the West

The UK is facing the vote on a bill that could force religious communities to hire openly homosexual people, no matter the beliefs of the church. The so-called “equality bill” is removing religious freedom in the name of ‘equality.’

In Canada, religious institutions are routinely being silenced.

Since the legalization of same-sex marriage, many religious institutions have been sent to court. Litigation often comes because they deny their services to homosexual people on religious grounds. No matter who wins in court, these non-profit, religious institutions are often left bankrupt—burdened by astronomical law fees.

If these organizations do lose the litigation, the law silences them, and precedence is set for future cases, slowly eliminating religious freedom.

Religious Oppression in the East

Religious oppression in the East is not so uncommon.

In a small village in Laos, 48 Christians have recently been forced out of their homes at gunpoint. With no tools and skimpy supplies they have been relegated to an open field nearby.

The day of the exile the Christians had guns put to their heads with the demand to deny their faith.

They didn’t.

But now they’re homeless and helpless.

This isn’t the first time the village officials have pressed the Christians to renounce their faith. Previously all 80 of the Christians in the village were locked in a school compound without food until they signed written agreements to deny their faith. 10 of the 17 families eventually agreed to sign the papers, after suffering from extreme fatigue and hunger. The other seven families settled on an open field nearby where they survived on whatever food they could find.

Other Christians in the village have been killed; others have had their most prized possessions and food taken away.

Stories like this are all too common in similar parts of the world.

Religious Freedom is Something Worth Fighting For

No matter where you live, religious freedom is being assaulted nearby. UFI understands the threats and is fighting to give everyone the chance to think and peacefully act according to the dictates of their own conscience. Whether it is internationally or locally, UFI is in the trenches.

This March, UFI will defend religious rights at the UN conference in New York. Please, help us fight this crucial battle.

FRC Releases Powerful Video – ’100 Days of Change for the Family’

In The Family on May 7, 2009 at 9:38 am

From LifeSiteNews.com: Washington D.C. – On April 29, the Family Research Council (FRC) released a powerful video report on the devastating first 100 Days of the Obama presidency. The report dramatically exposes the negative impact of the Obama Administration on life, marriage, the justice system and other family issues.

“This video provides indisputable evidence of the current Administration’s hostility to the values of faith and family,” said FRC President Tony Perkins. “This President and his advisors have a very purposeful agenda, one that is seeking to take our country in a radically different direction. Mr. Obama is personally winsome, but his agenda is destructive.”

The video reveals Obama’s 1. Change for the unborn, 2. Change in the stem cell debate, 3. Change in our justice system, 4. Change for marriage, 5. Change in government spending, 6. The planned radical reduction or elimination of charitable deductions and 7. Change in the economy.

The report uses the President’s own spoken words to emphasize how the change he is bringing about is radically different from what he has led the American people to believe he would do.

The video concludes with a repeated clip of Obama’s words, “Change has come to America”, which FRC says is a radical social agenda which preys on the most vulnerable members of our society.”

CRC Wants to Tell You How To Raise Your Children!

In UN on March 4, 2009 at 11:31 pm

ufilogoBeing a parent is one of the greatest joys we have in this world. Being able to guide, direct, encourage and support your child is what being a parent is all about. That could all come to an end for parents all over the world if the treaty named the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is ratified. Currently, only two countries have not ratified this treaty: the United States and Somalia. This treaty will substantially change the rights parents have to raise their children and will treat the government as an equal partner in the parenting process.

Today, as a parent, you can choose how to educate your child about your religion. You get to decide how to teach them about homosexuality, chastity, morality and abstinence. If you feel that your child needs discipline – you get to decide what that discipline will be and how it will be administered. These are the choices and responsibilities that come with being a parent.

However, the CRC treaty mandates that children will have the right to appeal any of these decisions made by their parents. Parents will not be given the right to teach their children about their religion or impart their moral standards and wisdom. Children can appeal any disciplinary actions that parents want to impose. Government would then decide whether that discipline was appropriate or not.

This should concern all parents! Senator Barbara Boxer, this past December, announced that the CRC would be ratified by the Senate within two years. President Obama announced that by ratifying this treaty we would once again “resume our global leadership in human rights”.

During the next two weeks while United Families International is attending the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations, we will be focused on fighting the language contained in this treaty. You can monitor our progress at the CSW blog by clicking here! While we will be focused on issues like abortion and homosexual rights, we will also be working to stop this treaty from being incorporated into the document which will be signed by countries around the world. We will be working to protect the rights of parents to determine how their children will be raised. If protecting your rights is important to you, please consider making a $20, $50 or even $100 donation today to help us continue to protect your family.

Beverly Rice, UFI President

The Best of CPAC 09

In The Family on February 28, 2009 at 11:05 pm

CPAC 2009 was a great experience.  At a time when the conservative movement was feeling “down and out,” the conference was the perfect remedy to unite and recharge the movement.  CPAC was the place of several speeches and meetings, some of the “MUST SEE” speeches include: Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Mike Huckabee.

These two weren’t bad either, check them out:

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Standing Up for Marriage in Maine

In Same-Sex Marriage on January 30, 2009 at 12:37 pm

ufilogoThe Following article was published in The Exception Magazine.

Recently, much of the gay marriage debate has been focused in California; however, in the past few weeks the debate has returned to its roots on the East Coast.  The group, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) has announced their plans to legalize same-sex marriage in the 6 New England area states.  GLAD told the Washington Times, “We can make New England a marriage-equality zone by strategically combining existing legal, electoral and on-the-ground know-how to fast-track marriage in every New England state.  By 2012, we not only can have marriage equality throughout New England, we can have a road map for the rest of the country.”  Two New England states, Massachusetts and Connecticut, already allow same-sex couples to enter into matrimony.  Through legislation proposed in the Maine State Legislature, GLAD has taken steps to add Maine to the list of states where Same-Sex Marriage is legal.

GLAD has met opposition on several fronts, including from many pro-family organizations.  The Alliance Defense Fund issued a statement responding to the proposed legislation, “Legislators in Maine have added to their agenda a bill that would redefine marriage as a union between two “people.”  The bill would do away with the state’s time-honored definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman and would recognize same-sex “marriages” from other states.  State legislators should never attempt to impose a system that knowingly deprives a child of a mom and a dad.  This Trojan-horse-of-a-bill deceptively states that pastors would not be forced to perform same-sex ‘marriages’ if it passes, yet this legislation will essentially wipe out every other religious freedom.”

One precedent that has been set in states where gay marriage is legal is that sexual freedom trumps religious freedom.  One illustration of this example took place in March of 2006 in Massachusetts.  Catholic Charities of Boston began in 1903 as an adoption agency primarily serving Catholic children left by parents who died or abandoned them.  For more than 100 years this respectful organization placed children in homes with goodly parents who would watch over and nurture them as they grew.  Catholic Charities was the most successful private adoption agency in the state, handling more adoptions than any other.  They were a beacon of hope to displaced children and groups of individuals who worked unselfishly for the advancement of the helpless. 

In 2006 Catholic Charities of Boston was forced to shut down their adoption department and get out of the business of finding homes for children.  This decision was made after the organization was given an ultimatum from the state government: Comply with state law and adopt to gay couples, or close your doors.  The Catholic church condemns homosexuality, it is a practice that is against church teachings, for this they morally could not place a child in to the home of a gay or lesbian couple.  The governor at the time, Mitt Romney, attempted to pass legislation that would have allowed religious organizations an exemption from the gay adopting law, but it was voted down by his state legislature. Thus, rather than defy their religious beliefs, Catholic Charities of Boston voluntarily stopped their adoptive services.

Beverly Rice, President of United Families International commented on the Gay Marriage bill in Maine by saying, “Many people do not realize the impact that the legalization of same-sex Marriage will have on their families and marriages.  Local churches will be restricted on what can be said over the pulpit, they will lose the right to decide who may be wed in their buildings, and religious organizations may be forced to shut down or compromise their beliefs.  It will effect what children are taught in public schools.  Parents will lose the right to decide what children learn about homosexuality and families.”

Traditional marriage must be protected because of the effect on education and the parent’s right to teach and rear children.  Several cases prove that once same-sex marriage is legalized, public schools must teach that it is just as acceptable as heterosexual marriage.  Public schools will, by law, be required to teach about gay marriage and parents will be required to stand by and watch as principles they disagree with are taught to their children.

The family is the fundamental unit of society; marriage is between a man and a woman.  These truths must be defended and preserved.  In the name of family, children, religious freedom, parental rights, and the future of our society stand up for marriage today!

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