Just So You’ll Know–I’m not only picking on the Southern Baptists!

by Al Benson Jr.

My last couple articles have dealt with problems in the Southern Baptist Convention, specifically with their Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and its position as a non-governmental entity in the United Nations, which position means that it has to agree with the objectives of the United Nations as expressed in the UN Charter. Suffice it to say that such objectives are at war with the Christian faith.

However, in all honesty, there are other churches that have similar problems. Lest anyone think I enjoy picking on the Southern Baptists ( I don’t) I will note an article recently read that deals with the Presbyterians (of which I am one, but not, thank Heaven, in the denomination noted here).

In an article on http://www.layman.org the headline for June 22nd read “Prayers to Allah offered at PCUSA’s General Assembly plenary session”  The article started out with “Allah bless us and bless our families and bless our Lord. Lead us on the straight path–the path of all the prophets: Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.”

There was more but that’s enough for you to get the idea. The prayer was offered by a Wajidi Said from the Portland Muslim Community, as part of the “first order of business” during the opening plenary session of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The article noted that: “At the conclusion of the afternoon plenary session on Wednesday, June 22, the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, Rev. Gradye Parsons, offered an apology. He said that he had become aware that some had found the prayer of Saturday offensive. Parsons said that sometimes mistakes can be made in ecumenical relationships and stated it was not intentional.” I’m glad someone was offended! My question is–Why do you have a Muslim even praying at the beginning of a Presbyterian General Assembly to begin with??? Whose brainchild was that? Did someone sit up all night thinking that one up so the local Muslims wouldn’t be “offended” that a Presbyterian meeting was being conducted in their area?

Does it even begin to occur to anyone that when you entertain people of different religions as part of your program you are surrendering a little bit of your Christian truth so they can give you a little bit of their pagan error? Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t try to reach people of other religious persuasions with the Gospel. You should. But inviting them to come in as unbelievers and pray in your official meetings shouldn’t be one of the ways you do it. That just doesn’t cut the mustard!

More and more in our day we seem to be seeing a brand of evangelicalism that has a soft underbelly that is open to all manner of compromise with anyone and because we seem to have gotten to the point where we don’t stand for much of anything anymore, the world runs over us and we let them. I’m sorry, but this is not Christian love. It is abject surrender and we should not be doing it.

I wonder of the PCUSA ever took any position on taking down Confederate flags? If they did, I almost shudder to think what it was.

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Are Some Churches Literally Going To Hell?

by Al Benson Jr.

A good subtitle for this article might be Who Really Runs the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention? 

Earlier this week someone sent me an article from http://faithandheritage.com written by someone named Adi on June 20th. I don’t know who Adi is, but he dealt with some things that need to be dealt with. The headline for his article was Russell Moore Endorses Idolatry. Some may recall, from a previous article, that Russell Moore is presently the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Adi writes of him that: “Moore reached a new low this week, however, besides ousting the Confederate Battle Flag from a historically Southern denomination, in defending his active support for the increased institutionalization of idolatry in the United States, when he was asked about his commission’s support for the erection of an Islamic mosque in Bernards Township in New Jersey.”

The planning board of this township, back in December of 2015 “voted down an application from the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge to build a 4,252 square feet mosque on Church Street.” Naturally the Islamic Society filed a lawsuit that accused the planning board of violating their religious liberties.  Adi tells us that “An amicus brief was filed on behalf of the Islamic Society, fighting for the establishment of the mosque on the basis of religious liberty. In addition to Moore’s ERLC, the brief was also signed by the International Society of Krishna Consciousness, the National Association of Evangelicals, and the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey.” What a woeful mix of supposed Christian orthodoxy and outright false religion! You have to wonder why some church groups are making common cause with the Krishnas and the Unitarian Universalists? Isn’t there a verse somewhere in the Scriptures about Christians not being yoked together with unbelievers? Last time I checked it was still there.

The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC, currently chaired by Mr. Moore is an “interesting” group, which I am sure many Southern Baptists probably don’t know a lot about.

According to an article on http://www.thewatchmanwakes.com  the ERLC is classified as a NGO (non-governmental organization) of the United Nations and it has a “special consultative status.” This article noted a Dr. Albert Mohler and says of him that “Dr. Mohler is a Founding Fellow of the Research Institute (think tank) of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). The ERLC is the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention…Why is this information noteworthy? Because the ERLC is a non-governmental organization..of the UN…What does it mean that the ERLC partners with the UN as an NGO? What are the criteria for NGO’s to be granted this status? The following are just a few…The NGO must support the principles of the Charter of the UN…The NGO must have a clear mission statement that is consistent with those principles…the NGO must promote knowledge of the principles and activities  of the UN.” Now stop and think about these for a minute. What this means is that your organization, as an NGO must be one that will support the principles of the United Nations.

Should any church organization of any denomination, be that closely involved with the United Nations that it has to have a mission statement that is consistent  with the principles of the United Nations?  Does anyone out there especially in churches, have the remotest concept of what the United Nations stands for? You should, especially if you are a Christian, because if you are, then the United Nations stands against everything you stand for as a believer in Jesus Christ as Lord.

There are a couple books out there that you might still be able to come up with on this subject.  One is called The Fearful Master and is a masterful study of the United Nations written by G. Edward Griffin several years ago now. You might be able to find it on Amazon and if you can and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, get it. The other one is Freedom at the Altar–The UN’s Crusade Against God & Family by William Norman Grigg. Check Amazon for that one too. It was first printed in March, 1995 by the John Birch Society. Both of these books will give you an understanding of the United Nations and its real goals and aims that every Christian should have.  And you will then have to ask yourself–why is any organization that is part of my church involved with anything the United Nations does? More Southern Baptists, and others too, need to start asking that question and demanding answers from their leadership. Oh, I realize that in the SBC each church is independent, but, folks, as long as your denomination is represented  by the ERLC you have a major problem and you need to start to deal with it.

The Southern Baptists Have Had Problems For Awhile

by Al Benson Jr.

Let me start off by saying that I have several friends who are Southern Baptists and I know some Southern Baptist preachers who are good, patriotic pastors for their congregations. My comments here are not directed at them or their congregations. I realize they see some of the same problems I am addressing here as much as I do.

Last week and earlier this week (this was originally written on Sat. June 18th) I did two articles on my other blog spot http://thecopperhead.blogspot.com  about the Southern Baptist resolution to disavow and remove all Confederate battle flags. The Southern Baptists have  been holding their yearly meeting this past week and the anti-Confederate flag resolution was of many that passed by a healthy margin so I am told. The people in the Southern Baptist Convention that pushed this resolution feel that all Christians should show “solidarity” (a good Marxist term) by removing any Confederate flags they have up anywhere. I hope they don’t hold their breath! This resolution denies the legitimacy of the Cause that all Confederate soldiers fought for (which was not “racism” or slavery) and it verbally slaps in the face today anyone who has a Confederate ancestor that resisted Yankee/Marxist aggression, and that includes me. Whatever Confederate flags  I have out  (and I vary them) are going to stay out and I seriously question the “concern” of those Southern Baptists that tell me I am “racist” for keeping them out. Oh, I don’t doubt the politically correct do have a concern–but for what and who? A lot of us here in the South are really getting fed up with the “perpetually offended” who expect us to totally dismantle our Christian culture and heritage just because they claim it bothers them. If I got to the point where I started listing things in their cultures  that bother me we could really have a donnybrook.

Unfortunately, the situation with the Confederate flag seems to be a symptom of where the Southern Baptists are headed in the main. I just read an article on http://www.wnd.com  the headline for which was: Pastor to Southern Baptist Convention: Stop push for Muslim refugees.  The article stated: “The Southern Baptist Convention threw down a gauntlet at the feet of Republican nominee Donald Trump and many conservatives, adopting a resolution encouraging churches and families to welcome and adopt refugees into their churches and homes…The resolution did not specifically refer to Islam or Muslims. However, Russell Moore, the head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Commission has been a prominent critic of Donald Trump and his proposed immigration policies…The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention is also supporting the building of a mosque in Bernard, New Jersey.” Needless to say, some of the local residents in that area are not overly enthused about the mosque and their concern about Shariah law in their area is a legitimate one. So why is the Southern Baptist Convention even doing this? I could see some of the culturally Marxist churches such as those in the National Council of Churches supporting this because they have been making common cause with the enemies of Christ for decades now, so it would come as no surprise to see them involved. But the Southern Baptist Convention is supposed to be a “conservative” group. Or has the definition of conservatism been changed?

One Southern Baptist pastor, Carl Gallups noted: “What should the Southern Baptist Convention have done about the mosque in New Jersey? They should have stayed out of the situation altogether!  They should have left the matter up to the voice of the local people and their elected and appointed officials…” Gallups made an accurate observation when he said: “…the ERLC would be hard pressed to find anywhere in the scriptures, or elsewhere, where the early church was aligning itself with government entities and ‘interfaith coalitions’ to assist in the constructing of more pagan temples, shrines and altars to Emperor worship in the Roman Empire–in the name of ‘religious liberty’.”

Gallups also noted that this was not the first attempt by the SBC committee at supporting the building of mosques.  The WorldNewsDaily article also observed that: “Gallups also pointed to the history of the ERLC in supporting mosque construction, notably the support of the Executive Director Richard Land for building the ‘Ground Zero mosque’ in 2010.” Gallups said: “I find it very suspicious that the ERLC, just a few years ago, under Richard Land attempted the same ‘mosque building agenda’…Now, only five years later, Dr. Russell  Moore does the very same thing.” Whether he realizes it or not, Pastor Gallups is observing cultural Marxism at work and in living color. The cultural Marxists, whether in churches or out (and there are a number of them within churches) do not deviate from their agenda and their agenda is ultimately anti-Christian, so they will work to get the church, in our apostate day, to support the cutting of its own spiritual throat–all in the name of “love” naturally.

Pastor Gallups mentioned Richard Land a couple times in his comments. So who is Richard Land? Richard Land, who used to hold high positions in the Southern Baptist Convention, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, at least they have him listed as a member as of June 18th of this year.  So why does a leading Southern Baptist belong to the CFR? There would seem to be a contradiction or at least a major conflict of interest here. A prominent Southern Baptist as a member of the premier One World Government organization in this country, a member of the leading organization that promotes One World secular government! Something smells here and it ain’t in Denmark.

Now I’ve had a few folks over the years my Dad included, who told me I had a suspicious mind, but when you start to see things like this, how can you not have a suspicious mind unless you’ve quit thinking altogether?

I also ran across another interesting article on http://www.texemarrs.com that was published back in 2007 that dealt with the Council on Foreign Relations and Christian pastors that seem to be part of that group. The article dealt with “global spirituality.” It stated, in part, “To achieve this, the Illuminti’s premier political and economic organ, the socialistic, pro-Zionist Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), has elevated to membership two key operatives, two men who are at the helm of America’s most influential Christian evangelical groups. I refer to Pastor Rick Warren, Saddleback Community Church in California, and Dr. Richard Land, reigning religious potantate and poobah  of the massive Southern Baptist Convention. For the first time in the almost 100-year history of the CFR, evangelical leaders have been elevated to elite status as members of the exclusive globalist secret society.” I have often wondered about these evangelicals that end up with hundreds of churches following their agenda, whatever it happens to be at the time, and when I found out that Rick Warren was a big supporter of Obama in his first term, I knew I had been right to be suspicious. In regard to Dr. Richard Land, it turns out that he was (is) a big promoter of environmentalism.  It has been said that “Land essentially believes that Jesus died on the cross to save Mother Earth and to save human souls. Land says that the Great Commission includes the preaching of environmentalism just as much as it does the traditional John 3:16 message.”

So, has the CFR suddenly become interested in the Gospel message–or is it more interested in finding usable Christian pastors to push its “gospel” message onto unsuspecting Christian believers? It might be worthwhile and good for Southern Batist believers to start doing a little homework on Dr. Land and this One World Government organization he is part of.  If you want to read about the Council on Foreign Relaltions check out Gary Allen’s book None Dare Call It Conspiracy. It was published way back in 1976 but it is still relevant today. I understand that it is now out on the Internet and so you can check it out there for nothing, and you DO need to check it out.

Is Orlando Yet Another False Flag?(Well there is a slight possibility)

by Al Benson Jr.

Whether its the theater in Aurora, Colorado or the public school in Connecticut or the church shooting in Charleston, most of these events seem to take on a similar hue and this latest one in Orlando seems to fit right in with the rest in the main.

The major difference here is that you’ve got a Muslim extremist, born in New York, who is a registered Democrat and he’s out there gunning down sodomites, who are among the Democrats’ best friends and supporters. But then, there are stories out there about him being a sodomite himself and being a regular at sodomite bars. There was an article about that on http://www.dailymail.co.uk  for June 14th.

There was yet another article from Activist Post  by Brandon Turbeville which appeared on http://www.lewrockwell.com  also for June  14th which gave some credence to the false flag theory. Mr. Turbeville noted: “The FBI knew about the shooter and investigated him prior to the attack. The shooter had a connection to a known ISIS recruiter. The shooter’s father was a former ‘Afghan presidential candidate’ who supported the Taliban. The FBI’s history in creating terrorism.” Mr. Turbeville seems to feel that often our own government agencies have a hand in creating terrorism. Would that really surprise anyone? Whatever happens with this you have to know that there has to be some damage control exercised.

This guy, Mateen, got all his guns legally. He jumped through all the legal hoops he had to in order to get them. He passed all the background checks, the whole nine yards, and none of that picked up any problems. So what does that tell you?  All these background checks don’t really work, anymore than the supposed “vetting” of all these immigrants, illegal and otherwise swarming into the country in droves works. It’s all a useless trail of federal paper that leads straight to the federal commode.

However it does give our beloved ruler another opportunity to push his gun control/confiscation agenda–and unless more shooting incidents can be “spontaneously introduced” in the next few months he won’t have many chances left.

He got up there to comment on this and looked like he was giving the retarded fourth grade class one of his most outstanding lectures. He talked about how this country, not Islamic terrorism, is to blame for it all. Of course most of us realize by now that, in his eyes, white America is to blame for all the ills of the entire world, and if you haven’t heard him say that in so many words then you haven’t really been paying attention because he’s been saying it in his “around the barn” method for almost eight years now. This is the man who cannot even bring himself to utter the words “Islamic terrorist” and so he flat out refuses to do it. Has anyone ever stopped to think that just possibly, in his convoluted thinking, there is no such thing as an Islamic terrorist–there are only white, Christian, American terrorists–and they are terrorists because they refuse to play his game of blaming America for all the ills of the world?

And he closed out his comments by saying that Americans need to be more tolerant  of sexual behavior that is condemned by Scripture. Well, he didn’t say it quite that way, but that’s what he meant. But the Islamic extremism that killed those sodomites was Muslin prejudice, at least the prejudice of one Muslim, and not the prejudice of the average American, who our ruler blames for everything from Malaria to the blind staggers! This blame game, after all, is only to be played on Christian Americans and not Muslim extremists, who, in our ruler’s eyes are all exempt from everything except Sharia law.

Again, we have the case of another dead shooter. Seems that most of these shooters in these sticky situations end up dead. As has been before stated “dead men tell no tales.” Maybe if this club hadn’t been a gun-free zone a few less lives might have been lost.

One of the very few shooters that hasn’t been killed in recent years is this “useful idiot” kid in Charleston, South Carolina last year who shot those black folks in their church. They got him alive. Ever since then I have wondered what amazing statements he will make if they ever put him on a witness stand. If he was going to be of no future use to the cultural Marxists both in government and out he’d be dead by now. So as sure as the turning of the earth they are going to use him for something, and I am afraid it’s going to be the coup de grace that they feel will kill  Southern and Confederate heritage for good. Stay tuned–and keep your Confederate flags up!

In an article on http://www.wnd.com  comments by Alex Jones of InfoWars.com  were noted in a brief  video Mr. Jones did. The article noted: “Alex Jones, the founder of InfoWars.com cut a quick YouTube video in the wake of the Orlando LGBT nightclub shootings that left 50 dead and 53 injured, suggesting that the root of the massacre went much deeper than radical Islamism–that the government was using radical Islamists to achieve a larger goal of control and power.  He said, in the brief video: ‘The attacks on Orlando were a false flag terror attack’.” In other words, this is the same old “pressure from above and pressure from below” tactic the Communists have used for decades.

Now I don’t always agree with everything Alex Jones says (neither do I totally disagree with him) but in this instance, I think he might be on to something. This one fits the classic pattern of so many false flag attacks we have seen in recent years, and the cultural Marxists in government, from the White House on down, always use these events to further  their political agenda, which is less liberty for us and more power for them.

As a man once said, “Think about it.”

Welcome To Cultural Genocide–Round Two!

by Al Benson Jr.

Last June after that “useful idiot” in Charleston shot those black folks in their church the country erupted in a “spontaneous” attack on all things Southern and Confederate. It was like a gigantic psy-ops campaign nationwide and I’m sorry, but spontaneous it wasn’t. It was only spontaneous if you believed the “news” (what a laugh) media.

At any rate, Southern folks resisted, fought back, and there was a whole batch of Confederate flag rallies around the South and flag caravans on some major highways, like I-20 right here in Louisiana and others. Confederate flags went up all over the place, in places you’d never seen one before, and the backs of pickup trucks carried them and it was great to see them all because they represented resistance to the cultural Marxist agenda.

But then things quieted down, the cultural Marxists backed off a little as the summer wore on and by the time autumn was upon us most of the Confederate flags had come back down and the pickup trucks didn’t sport them anymore. Things went back to normal, whatever that is anymore, and people went back to political slumber. What most people don’t realize is that this is a classic Marxist tactic–attack until you meet significant resistance and at that point back down because you’ve gone as far as you can, so back off and throw your adversaries off guard. And it usually works. It worked last year. It works because once people get stirred up about something and resist it you can throw them off guard by just quitting for awhile and letting them quit and take a breather. You know you will be back and they don’t. Once they go back to sleep you slap them in the face with round two and it’s that much harder for them to get remobilized and back to resistance and so you make hay while they are picking themselves off the couch. I noted last year that this is what would happen and it did. The cultural Marxists have come out of their corner fighting and our side is just now beginning to wake up and realize that this isn’t over. Eternal vigilance is something we are not conditioned to practice anymore.

Just this week our side has gotten slammed with something almost every day and from what I can see, we’ve barely started to respond yet.

I read an article on http://www.wdrb.com  about a petition being circulated to remove a statue of Jefferson Davis from the Capitol Rotunda in Kentucky and replacing him with a monument or statue of Muhammad Ali. Former State Treasurer Jonathan Miller is pushing this agenda and he wants Davis gone and Ali in. So he wants to replace a statue of a practicing Christian with a monument to a Muslim. Whether you realize it or not, this changes the history your kids get to view. One less statue of a Christian Southerner and one more monument to a Muslim. Washington, D.C. has to love it!

On the heels of this there was another article about the National Cathedral in Washington preparing to remove part of some of their stained glass windows because they have Confederate flags on them and they feel they can no longer have windows that portray “racist” symbols. The Confederate flags will be replaced with plain glass. I’m a little surprised they don’t want a Hammer & Sickle up there. The National Cathedral is run by the Episcopal Church. Now I grew up in the Episcopal Church and my wife and I attended it until 1971 when they started giving money to the Black Panthers and we decided we could no longer put money in the collection plate on Sunday that financed what we were opposed to the other six days of the week. We felt, at that point, that the Church had been taken over by liberals. Little did we realize at the time that it was really cultural Marxism and that it had been going on for decades. That knowledge came later. And, as we are talking about “racist” symbols, what about all those slave ships from New England that flew “Old Glory” when they went to Africa to buy slaves off black African chieftains? What about the Episcopalians in New England that made big bucks off the slave trade? Were they “racist?”

Then someone sent me a photo on Face Book this week of a man on a motorcycle in a parade in Saratoga Springs, New York on Memorial Day. The man had a big Confederate flag on the back of his motorcycle. I don’t know how he got into the parade, but from some of the comments in the article with the photo I almost got the impression that the folks that saw it were scared stiff at seeing a Confederate flag. You could almost, from their comments, see them running for home so they could lock themselves in and that nasty old flag couldn’t get in and  scare them. I mean, my heavens, folks, it’s a flag. It will not do you bodily harm. It must take massive doses of propaganda to make people afraid of a piece of cloth! This is almost the Twilight Zone anymore.

There was another article about the cultural Marxists trying to get a Confederate monument somewhere in Maryland taken down. They tried last year and the town council voted against it and so they were back this year again and again the town council voted to leave the monument alone. You can bet the cultural Marxists will be back next year and they may even try running someone for the town council that will vote their way, because they don’t quit. We do. They don’t.

Those that wish to keep at least some of their history and culture have got to start learning to fight back and to keep on fighting back. I know I’ve said this all before but it’s no less true now than it was last year. Had we managed to keep up our resistance last year we may well have blunted some of their efforts this year because when they came out for round two we would already have been there, ready for them instead of asleep. We have to learn how they think and we have to learn how to resist them on a continual basis. Until we do that they will keep on winning and we will continue to fight a rear-guard action that eventually loses us our history, faith, culture and heritage. So wake up, get your Confederate flags back up and learn to resist because, as I’ve said before, the history and heritage you save may be your grandchildren’s.

Not Much Freedom of Speech Here Folks

by Al Benson Jr.

It seems that the article I posted yesterday as a warning to the Church was politically incorrect enough to tick someone off. Actually I thought it was rather mild compared to all that I could have said, but it was too much for someone.

When I went to get into my blog spot this morning I got a message that said “A script might be busy” and it went on from there, but the result was that I could not click into my blog to check my statistics for yesterday no matter what I did. I checked my debugging thing which was like reading Greek to me, but at the bottom of the Greek was a message that said “This site has been black boxed” and it went on to say that trying to click into the site on the regular icons was useless. It was indeed. I tried for several minutes with a bit of mild frustration and got nowhere.

I finally did find a way in or I wouldn’t be typing this out but it sure isn’t everything I could have hoped for and I am wondering how many of you all will get this. This isn’t the first time my blog has been “paid attention” to in one manner or another but this is a new wrinkle. I guess someone figured if the other methods they employed didn’t work they’d give this one a shot.

I find it interesting that those who howl the loudest about “free speech” are the ones that want to shut it down for everyone else but those on the left. Their version of “free speech” is much like the Communists’ version of “peace”–absence of resistance to everything they say and do. I don’t know if this latest “problem” is something like that or not but let’s just say it wouldn’t surprise me.

Is There A Warning For The Church Here?

by Al Benson Jr.

The realization that lots of folks will not be overly thrilled with what I say here has not escaped me, but I feel it needs to be said anyway.

In looking at the history of Israel in the Old Covenant we can see many problems that most people today would rather not address and some even want to sweep under the rug. There are various reasons for that, one of which is that a true rendering of Israel’s real history just might affect the sales of “End Times” prophecy books because many would now start to begin to realize that there is really no crying need for such material.

A good friend of mine who is a pastor recently preached a sermon, the title of which was, Israel’s Only Hope.  And Israel’s only hope isn’t the “rapture” or the rebuilding of the Temple or the reinstitution of the Old Covenant sacrifices or any of the stuff most of us were taught as kids or young Christians. We have to learn to put this stuff aside. My friend aptly noted that Israel’s only hope before 70 AD was the acceptance of Jesus the Christ as their Messiah–something Israel’s religious leaders steadfastly refused to do for the most part. He observed that, by the time of Jesus’ virgin birth, Israel had a long history of unbelief, hardheartedness, and outright rebellion (which has carried over into the present age). Now, with Jesus’ appearing, Israel was being given one last chance to repent, turn around, and do what God had beforehand ordained for them to do–be a light to the world, to be faithful servants of God, and most of all, to accept Jesus for who He was and is. Israel’s response, through her religious leaders, was to plot His death. In reply to Pilate’s attempt to turn Him loose the Jews cried “Crucify him, His blood be on us, and on our children.”(Matthew 27:25).  I doubt that most of them knew what they we’re asking for.

As recorded in Luke 4, Jesus in Capernaum was confronted by a demonic in the synagogue. We’ve all probably read this story over the years and never thought to question why was this man in the synagogue to begin with? Demon-possessed people were not supposed to be in the synagogue to begin with and yet they were. What does that say for the spiritual condition of the synagogue? And, though Jesus healed many people there, it is interesting to note that only the demon acknowledged who He really was (Luke 4:41).

The sermon referenced here noted: “In chapter 5 Jesus heals a leper–demonstrating not only His power but His willingness to restore those who have become unclean and cut off from God’s presence. Then He heals a paralytic–which shows not only His power to heal and to cleanse but also His authority to forgive sins. Jesus is the fulfillment of all that the Temple signified.” Therefore, in Christ, there is no more need for the Temple–and many in our day need to let this sink in.

The sermon concludes with this thought: “Israel’s unbelief has brought sickness and uncleanness. The only hope for Israel is Jesus who is both willing and able to cleanse and heal and restore them. If they reject Him they will perish.” And that holds as true today as it did before His crucifixion and resurrection. But mostly Israel ain’t having any of that and their spirit of rebellion exists today as it did then. How many radical, leftist groups in our day are peopled with those that have embraced the religion of Judaism, whether they can even trace their ancestors back to Abraham or not! In fact, since His death and resurrection their spirit of rebellion has intensified. Having rejected their Messiah it seems they have no place else to go to but radical revolution and this has become the god for many–a god that will ultimately fail.

Just this past weekend I read an article on http://www.israelnationalnews.com by a David Rosenberg, the title of which was American Jews strongest backers of gay marriage, abortion.  The article stated: “Jews are the most libertine religious group in America according to a new Gallup poll, and are more likely even than people with no religion to find same-sex relations and abortion to be morally acceptable…According to the survey,  American Jews were more likely than any other religious group–including those with no religion–to find abortion and gay relations morally acceptable. With few exceptions, Jews reflected strongly libertine views that deviated from those of Catholics, Protestants, and Mormons. A whopping 76% of American Jews said they felt abortion was ‘morally acceptable,’ compared to just 38% of Catholics, 33% of Protestants, and 18% of Mormons.” Again, with sodomite and lesbian relations, 85% of Jews had no problems,  and that even beat those who claimed no religious affiliations of any kind. They registered 83%. There was more to the survey but I can’t cover it all here. Anyway, you get the idea.

So I have to ask–is there a lesson here for the Church also? All that has been recorded in the Scriptures pertaining to Israel’s  unbelief has been written so we could learn from it and not repeat the same grievous errors that Israel committed. So how is the Church doing today with some of this? When it comes to sodomy, lesbianism, and abortion in our day the Church seems to be sending out a mixed message. Some get it right and others are way off in Left field, and then there are those in the broad middle that don’t seem to want to “offend” anyone and so they seem to take no position, not realizing that in so doing they are silently siding with the perverts and abortionists.

The warnings to Israel in Jesus’ day are something the Church needs to be aware of in our day, lest in trying to be even more merciful than God, we bring judgment upon ourselves.