Russia is cracking down on religious freedom

The Russian court has banned the “Jehovah’s Witnesses” and ordered the organization to handover its property to the government. Not good!

I don’t have sympathy with the “Kingdom Hall’s” doctrine, but I do worry about this move by the Russian government because this move is being made under the guise of the Jehovah’s Witnesses being an “extremist” organization. According to the linked-story:

“Russian authorities have put several of the group’s publications on a list of banned extremist literature and prosecutors have long cast it as an organization that destroys families, fosters hatred and threatens lives.”

I can honestly say several things about the way I feel when it comes to the people who do a lot of door-knocking, but one thing I can’t say when it comes to Jehovah Witnesses’ (unless Russian Jehovah Witnesses’ are extremely different from their American counter-parts) is that they make me think of “extremism” in relation to national security. I believe their position on certain things such as blood-fusions are unwise, but to describe them as a group who threatens lives because of such a position is as unwise as the original point-of-view. And those pamphlets don’t self-destruct when you remove them from your door!

If the Jehovah’s Witnesses can be “outlawed” in any sense of the word then I am afraid such a mentality could easily be targeted at anyone who teaches differently from the Eastern Orthodox Church or the current nationalistic mindset … including individuals who seek to be viewed only as a Christian and member of the church which predates the Eastern Orthodoxy.

#jehovahs-witnesses, #religion-and-politics, #religious-persecution

What kind of legacy?


Some use the word as if it’s always positive. Legacies can be remembered for good, but then legacies can be remembered in infamy. What we do in comparison to the unchangeable standards of right and wrong will decide which one it will be:

  • on day one of receiving great power, an executive order is issued to begin using federal funds to support abortion
  • an executive order is used to provide governmental health-care to the “partners” of homosexual federal employees
  • an executive order was issued to do away with the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” rule
  • an executive mind was changed and “evolved” on the point of view as to whether or not homosexuals should be able to get “married”
  • an executive decision was made to prevent the USJD (United States Justice Department) from defending the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) before the US Supreme Court
  • an executive decision was made to place a spotlight mentality of high place idolatry and immorality on the white house by having “rainbow colored lights” light up its face
  • an executive choice was made to ignore states that are defying federal law by “legalizing” marijuana.

There will be a lot of other things that I will remember from the last 8 years of executive leadership. There is no wool over my eyes. And the wise won’t forget what happened when it is compared to the standard by which all nations have been judged and will be judged. I’d say we better start “clinging” to our Bible a little tighter and say a prayer for the president on his way out, and for the one on his way in.

A legacy has been left alright. Some legacy!

By righteousness a nation is lifted up, but sin is a cause of shame to the peoples.” (Proverbs 14:34 – BBE)

#immorality, #legacy, #religion-and-politics

The intolerable tolerance movement

A Seventh-Day-Adventist preacher has been hired and then fired from his job with the Georgia Department of Health because of what he believes and preaches when it comes to social moral issues such as homosexuality and evolution.

You see, his “mindset” toward such issues is intolerable – so says the tolerance movement! This is undoubtedly clear to at least one staffer who penned a memo saying,

If we do not hire this applicant on the basis of the evidence of job performance and disqualify him on the basis of discrimination by those who seek to advance their own agenda and do him harm, I believe we are no better than they are,”

For the last decade, the wolves-in-sheep’s-clothing “tolerance” movement has pulled the wool over the eyes of a willingly blinded American culture by making a plea for “freedoms” based on the idea of “tolerance” when all the while the movement has actually desired a forced-acceptance of morally unacceptable behavior when it comes to the undeniable tenets of main-stream living-stream Christianity and healthy cultures as a whole.

The rainbow-banner isn’t a symbol of peace – it’s a battle-flag that will wage war on anyone who doesn’t agree with their agenda.

These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.” (2 Peter 2:17-19)

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#homosexual-agenda, #intolerance, #moral-values, #religion-and-politics, #religious-persecution

Scripture, Thought and a Prayer on Political Haughtiness

Scripture: “Say to the king and to the queen mother, “Humble yourselves; sit down, for your rule shall collapse, the crown of your glory.”” (Jeremiah 13:18)

Thought: Politicians may enjoy playing games with political power, but many forget that their power is on loan (John 19:10-11). Those who lift themselves up through pride will fall, whether through internal political failure, external forces or mortality itself. From the book of Genesis right into the book of Revelation, the scriptures are replete with these examples that have been recorded not only for those who are reigned over but also for those who are reigning. The books of Judges, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Proverbs, Jeremiah and Daniel are so politically and governmental based that one must be blind with pride to not see it (I mean come one, there’s not hardly a book in the Bible that doesn’t say something to political leaders)…and when any politician becomes too blind see the handwriting on the wall, their crown of haughty glory will give way to a crown of lowly corrosion.

Prayer: Father, please be patient with our political leaders as you are with us. Help them to see your righteousness and to be willing to lead with the scepter of your son (Hebrews 1:8). Help us to set the proper example as your people as we lean upon your arm and trust in your providence. Strengthen those who stand for what’s right and help those who stand for the wrong to sit in humility before you so that political strife and haughtiness would give way to humility and rest.

#humility, #politics, #religion-and-politics, #scripture-thought-prayer

October 2014 Issue of Christian Worker

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • Still the Most Critical Problem (Bill Jackson)
  • Apollos (Sam Willcut)
  • Bless the Congregational Lectureships (Bill Jackson)
  • Religion and Politics (James Boyd)
  • Fighting, but Not Striving (Tom Moore)
  • Shall We Digress into Holy Rollerism? (Curtis Cates)
  • Self-Control (Jerry Moffitt)
  • Strong Churches (Neal Pollard)
  • Jesus Brings Hope Out of Tragedy (Charles Box)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

Copyright © 2014 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#apollos, #christian-fight, #christian-worker, #contemporary-worship, #elders, #hope, #jesus, #lectureships, #religion-and-politics, #self-control, #strong-churches, #tragedy

What happened to separation of “church” and “state” here?

You can’t mention Jesus’ name in a prayer during school and political events. No way, because there’s separation of church and state!

You can’t post the 10 Commandments on court-house grounds. No way, because there’s separation of church and state!

You can’t celebrate pagan holydays (a.k.a. holidays) in the White House and on Capitol Hill. No way, because there’s separation of church and state! … wait a minute, never mind.

I guess it depends on what “church” you’re talking about when it comes to the separation.

#church-and-state, #current-events, #religion-and-politics

“Follow the Leader”? [part 2]

We previously noticed that a nation’s leader greatly influences the behavior of that nation’s people; that a nation’s leader should not always be followed; and that, ultimately, all leadership is from God.  This week, let us continue this study by noticing 3 other points of interest in regard to national leadership.

God uses leaders.  God often used leaders of nations to accomplish His ultimate purpose.  Continue reading

#articles, #church-bulletin-articles, #leadership, #politics, #religion-and-politics

“Follow the Leader”?

Children sometimes like to play the game “follow the leader,” in which one person is the leader, and the others imitate that leader’s behavior, speech, etc.  Even as adults, we often use the phrase “follow the leader” to denote our emulation of some leader’s behavior, actions, and so on.  As our country prepares to elect its next leader, this topic of leadership is especially important to consider.  Let us notice a few points of interest in this regard. Continue reading

#articles, #church-bulletin-articles, #leadership, #politics, #religion-and-politics

That tea-party meet in middle Tenn.

A few weeks ago, TFR received a comment from a Mr. Rebel criticizing a church in middle Tennessee for hosting a tea-party event. I’d said I’d get back to comment on that, but in the press of other duties, let it slip.

I did check on the event. I know some people in the county, in other congregations, and nobody there had heard of the event. That raised a flag.

Then I noticed, from a web search, that the writer lived, as I recall, in Henderson, Tenn. His first name was Chester, which is the name of the county of which Henderson is the seat. Taking his first and last names, it looked from all accounts like a pseudonym, so I decided against pursuing his point.

To close the subject, I posted, today, on my personal website a statement by another Tenn., congregation about the work of the Lord, which expresses well my sentiments about the subject, and there I’ll be happy to leave it.

If I’m wrong about Mr. Rebel’s pseudonym, I’ll be happy to apologize. But he’s not bothered to write again, so we’ll let the subject sleep for now.

#religion-and-politics, #tea-party