September 18, 2015
According to Breitbart News, between 2001 and 2013, one and a half million people
from Muslim countries were admitted into the United States. About a quarter million
are added each year. In 2013 alone, two years after 9-11, 280,276 persons were admitted. These numbers comprise the population size of Des Moines Iowa, Lincoln Nebraska or Dayton Ohio. (The legal limit for total US immigration is 70,000.)
The Obama administration is now poised to bring in quarter million plus more than 10,000 additional Syrian refuges. The administration is being urged by congressional Democrats make that number 10 times larger.
The refugees are given free flights to the United States, placed as permanent residents within 30 – 90 days, given free medical care, welfare, employment counseling and
The influx presents an evangelistic opportunity for the Christian church. The link below
is a example of a former Koran teacher’s coming to Christ as the result of reading theKoran.
Please pray for the Syrian crisis and for an opportunity to present the Gospel to
the Muslim people already here and to those coming to America. Pray for their understanding of God’s truth.
God bless America.
New Mexico Watchman
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
When the Rainbow Flag Replaces the Cross:
The End of the American Church Following Supreme Court’s Same Sex Decision
July 15, 2015
The Supreme Court Decision
The Supreme Court’s decision to legalize homosexual “marriage” transfers moral and legal authority from one group, namely from the church – to the homosexual community.
The moral choices presented the church today are similar to those faced by the German protestant church in 1933 and 1934. The question then was: Should the church support the Aryan Paragraph and the Nazi Party? Should it remain silent? Or should it oppose its own government? (More on that below.)
By legalizing same-sex “marriage” nationwide, a new era of legitimacy is afforded deviance a legal status that subjugates those holding a Christian worldview. The suppression of the Christian church as the result of this cultural shift continues and can be expected to escalate. Dozens of examples of biblical worldview suppression currently exist in every aspect of our society today. (See “*Examples” below.)
The result is a “post natural marriage” America. Much as the Nazis enacting what was called the Aryan Paragraph in 1933, elevated the Aryan race, so todays court’s ruling elevated the homosexual community. The losers in Germany were the Jews, in America, the losers are Christians.
The Aryan Paragraph
With the Nazi Party’s rise to power in 1933 came their plan for the elimination of the Christian Church in Germany and its replacement it with Nazi ideology, propaganda and symbolism.
The Third Reich’s Reichstag Fire Decree was enacted shortly after their government takeover. The law contained the Aryan Paragraph, which disallowed Jews holding public office and allowed only “Aryans” in those positions. What followed were another 400 decrees and regulations that eventually lead to the “final solution” and the annihilation of the Europe’s Jewish population.
Church’s Response to the Nazi Regime
In 1943 the Protestant German Christian church faced critical choices. The options were:
1. Siding with the Nazi Party and with the subjugation of the Jews, 2. Remaining silent, or
3. Standing in opposition to the regime. The responses were as follows:
Of the 65 million Germans, 45 million considered themselves Protestant Christians.
Of those only 150,000 were willing to stand against the Nazi Regime and help the Jews.
Out of every 100 Christians in Germany in 1934, only 3 were willing to stand up and declare the Aryan Paragraph wrong.
A small group in opposition created the Confessing Church (based on Matthew 10:32) and the Barman Declaration of Faith. Protestant pastors in Germany in 1934 numbered 18,000.
Of those 3,000 stood with Hitler and the regime (16.6%).
Another 3,000 vehemently opposed the Nazi party and stood on Christian principles (16.6%). The majority of pastors, 12,000, were neutral and unwilling to take either position (66.6%).
The Church in America
Despite efforts to declare homosexuality anything other than a sin, a clear biblical analysis of the issue concludes that the practice of homosexuality is a sin. A Supreme Court decision does not change the fact that homosexuality is in opposition to God’s law.
The church in America today now faces worldview choices similar to those faced by the German church in 1933. Conservative governmental leaders have already abandon the issues declaring homosexual “marriage” to be “the law of the land” and assuming no further responsibility in addressing the issue.
As in German in 1933, the church today has the same three choices:
- To comply with non-biblical principles and essentially abandon the faith;
- Act as if nothing has changed and remain silent on the issue; or
- Maintain biblical principles and stand in opposition to the state.
To date the following major Protestant churches have gone against biblical principles and have endorses same-sex marriage: the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Church of Christ.
Christian Churches that maintain a biblical view on marriage are: the Roman Catholic Church, American Baptist Church, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Southern Baptist Convention and United Baptist Church.
What we can expect to follow
Marriage in the homosexual community is merely a starting point of the homosexual agenda.
To truly achieve the goals of the agenda, all opposition must be eliminated and indoctrination, especially of children, must occur.
Dominance of the media and censorship have already occurred. Only positive images and narratives of homosexuality are allowed. The following can be anticipated:
- Manipulation of language – discontinuance of the use of mother/father, husband/wife;
- Indoctrination of children (sexual deviance portrayed as normative and acceptable, especially in public schools though Common Core);
- A wider dissemination of homosexuality as normative in mainstream media (increased displays of homosexual behavior, talk shows, even more explicit dramas displaying homosexuals as only proper and accepted or as sympathetic victims);
- Further promotions as civic leaders (in Santa Fe, NM the mayor is homosexual, two of the city councilors are homosexual and a county commissioner is homosexual);
- Increasing news coverage of homosexual events such as Gay Pride parades, society page events etc.;
- Government endorsement of all things “gay”;
- Public displays of homosexual behavior
- Castigation of the church and biblical principles.
To maintain a biblical worldview in this climate will result, at a minimum, in an escalating ostracism.
Survival of the Church Today
The onslaught of homosexual “marriage” comes at a time when church attendance is diminishing, church influence is minimal and biblical principles have been compromised.
A few church leaders have begun the process of addressing the issues and some churches are taken a stand. The Presbyterian Church (USA) for example has developed an internal “Confessing Church Movement.” The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has issued “Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration of Marriage.” A broader campaign calling for civil disobedience of evangelicals and Catholics can be found at www.DefendMarriage.org.
But because of the enormous political and social pressure, many in the American churches will remain silent.
During the Nazi era, Detrick Bonhoeffer, a theologian, provided leadership to the Confessing Church. He was active as a double agent in the Nazi regime, developed an underground seminary, participated in attempts to assassinate Hitler and eventually paid with his life for his stance against the regime.
The need today is for such a church and for such men. The Bible believing Christian church will survive but at a cost. The Bible believing church must be willing to sacrifice and maintain its stance against an oppressive government. The “techniques” are very simply those that have sustained the church through the ages: love, prayer, steadfastness, agreement and God’s grace.
It is not surprising that many applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage. With overwhelming media inducements, hate speech laws etc., a small but dominant subgroup comprising 2% of the population has been given moral and legal authority over our society. The issue divides families, divides the church and divides the nation.
The issue now falls to the creation and the moral authority of a confessing church in America. The question facing the church today is what option will it take. Will we see the church acquiesce and will all sanctuaries be used for the performance of homosexual “marriages”? Or will the church oppose and display acts of civil disobedience. The stakes are very high.
May God bless America.
The New Mexico Watchman
Santa Fe, New Mexico
*Examples of Christian Repression
Obamacare requires religious organizations to provide abortifacients to employees despite moral objections. A Federal Court in Denver CO ruled against the Catholic non-profit Little Sister for the Poor.
Not providing services to homosexuals has resulted in fines: New Mexico photographer, Oregon and Colorado bakers.
Contributing to a pro-traditional marriage cause results in loss of employment: Mozilla Founder and CEO Brendan Eich, Police Chief Kelvin Cochran, Atlanta.
Not providing services to homosexuals results in the closing of social agencies; Catholic Charities adoption agency – Boston and San Francsico
Death threats result for opposing the homosexual political agenda; Senator Bill Sharer, New Mexico State Legislator.
Dismissal from the military for the Bible verse “No weapon formed against me shall prosper. (Isaiah 54:14).
Silencing of military chaplains and the disallowed sharing of the Christian faith.
Cancellation of TV show featuring Christian brothers Jason and David Benham by Home and Garden Television.
Homosexual Houston Mayor Annise Parker subpoenaed speeches, presentations and sermons of pastors who collected signatures opposing Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance she successfully passed.
California, New Jersey and Washington DC have made it illegal to counsel children on the issue of sexual orientation claiming it is not a freedom of speech issue even though speech is involved.
There are examples of traditional values surviving an onslaught of anti-Christian bias; the Supreme Court’s finding in favor of Hobby Lobby, the success of Phil Robertson remaining on Duck Dynasty and Chick-Fil-A’s president’s refusal to abandon of Christian principles and remaining in business.