Governor Cuomo announced an executive order that endangers our children and is, in fact, illegal.
I’ve spent most of my adult life fighting to restore standards of biblical morality to our culture, echoing the sentiments of Black activist, Frederick Douglas who, speaking of biblical values said,
“I feel it my duty to do all in my power to infuse this idea into the public mind, that it may speedily be recognized and practiced upon by our people.”
It’s amazing how this summer has seen so many attacks on the Church, upon decency and upon civilization itself. Birth pangs are increasing at a rate unimaginable to generations before. Who would have thought that in America in 2015 Christians would be thrown in jail for their faith? Who would have thought that we would have handed over the holy institution of marriage to sexually immoral Sodomites? Who would have thought that chaplains in the military would be forbidden to use the name of Jesus? Who would have thought that law abiding business men and women would be compelled by force of law to endorse and participate in the celebration of homosexuality? Who would have thought that our children would be indoctrinated in government schools to reject the authority, the morality and the religion of their parents? Who would have thought that America, the world’s last best hope, would stand by and do nothing while millions of Christians and helpless people in the Middle East and Asia are raped, tortured and literally, wiped off the face of the earth? Who would have thought that we would help the enemies of Israel to get the weapons they need to carry out their pledge to annihilate the Jewish state?
Unbelievable as it may sound, this is the state of our union as we come to summer’s end. And some have the audacity to call it “progress.”
Well, my friend, if you know me you know that I’m not a “gloom-and-doom” preacher. I read the back of the Book and I know that we win! My concern is that we don’t lose a single soul, if it’s at all within our ability to rescue others with the Good News of Jesus Christ. As much as there is adversity, there is also opportunity for God to reveal His glory. Every adversity has within it the seed of a greater good as the glory of God is revealed in the midst of our trials. Remember, even this was promised by Christ when he said, “in this world you will have tribulation, but fear not for I have overcome the world,” (John 16:33).
The challenge to us is stated in Psalm 11:3, “When the foundations are destroyed what will the righteous do?” The Church—the real Church—must rise up out of our complacency to be a witness for Christ wherever we are, whatever we’re doing. There should be no place in American life where the Lordship of Christ isn’t evident. There is no separation of church and state, no separation of God and life. The earth is the Lord’s and everyone in it, and everything in it, (Psalm 24). Jesus is Lord of all, from the Church house to the White House. We must start living the life we preach. When we feel timid or unable we must “Appeal to Heaven.” That is in fact, the message I bring to the Church this year. Without knowledge the people perish (Hosea 4:6). We must bring them the knowledge of how in times past we have appealed to Heaven, and heaven came through. God has preserved this nation in response to the prayers of the saints. If we don’t rise up this time, our children will curse us for giving them over to bondage. God forbid!
The summer ends with Good News: “Greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4) It’s time to be bold and courageous. We must seek the Lord, reach the lost and impact our culture. We must have revival, beginning in the hearts of each one of us, then letting it flow into the hearts and lives of those around us. We must be effective witnesses. We must have God! The great end time revival is coming. Let it come Lord Jesus. Let it come now!
The T.V. pundits are falling over each other talking about why Vester Lee Flanagan II would murder two young news reporters while on air doing a live interview. Agenda-driven politicians are using the tragedy to advance their agendas claiming the criminal is the gun. In the murderer’s manifesto Flanagan blames the Charleston shooter Dylann Roof for causing him to go over the edge. Claims of bullying and discrimination were found to be baseless, but even if they were valid they would not explain a desire to murder. So what is the answer explaining the violence perpetrated by such men as Flanagan, Roof and so many others? There is no mystery.
“ For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” – Mark 7:21
So, whether one likes to hear it or not, the natural state of man is the origin of all these evil acts. This is in fact, normal for the unregenerate heart. Just study world history, or for that matter look at the headlines from around the world today. What do you see? The natural state of man that is “naturally” evil.
However, to the extent that the presence of God is in evidence, we see the good in humanity. Just pick up a world map and trace the travels of Christianity and you will follow the history of western civilization, peace and progress. Wherever the Gospel has not penetrated a culture there you will still see violence, theft, sexual immorality, murder and every kind of evil. And so, as it is with nations and cultures, so it is with individuals. You will either have, as someone once put it, a “great big God, and a little bitty devil, or you will have a great big devil and a little bitty God.” The two will not occupy the same space, and the space will never be void.
For this reason our founders held that a requirement to hold public office was a belief in God, the Holy Scriptures and in the system of eternal rewards and punishment. They understood that the natural state of man was evil, and only the public acknowledgment of God and subservience to His will, as much as one can understand it, could help us establish a more prosperous and peaceful society. Until the Day of the Lord there will be evil in the world, but whether we see more of it, or less of it will depend on whether or not we publicly acknowledge and promote Biblical values, the greatest among these is love. Yes, the choice is ours moving forward–Great big God and little bitty devil, or great big devil and little bitty God. Which shall it be?
It was interesting to see a recent poll that showed Americans viewed Donald Trump as one of the least qualified to be president, but yet they chose him above the others by a wide margin. What’s that all about? It’s about the Trump appeal. The appeal that is drawing the favor of so many Americans is summed up in three words: power, courage and independence.
Donald Trump has demonstrated that he has the power to make things happen. It’s not just talk. His resume is seen in the skyscrapers he owns, and in the fortune he has amassed. This sends the message that, unlike other candidates who may talk a good talk but not be able to perform, If this guy says he’ll do it, he just might actually do it.
The second factor in the Trump appeal is courage. He has the courage to say what is on his mind without fear of what others may think. He has the courage to risk his fortune on an unsure bet for the presidency of the United States. He demonstrates the courage to fight for what is right, as he sees the right.
And lastly is his sense of independence. He has stated that he is beholden to none. He will have no debts to repay and no one will buy influence. He will be free to do what is right for America without regard or influence from special interests.
It’s been said that people buy for three reasons: They have confidence in the salesman; the salesman has confidence in his product, and they can afford to buy.
In this case it’s obvious the salesman has confidence in his product–his own ability. The public has confidence in the salesman because of his past performance. Only time will tell if they will ultimately buy.
Dear Mr. Banuchi:
Thank you for writing to express your opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. After deep study, careful thought and considerable soul-searching, I decided to oppose the agreement.
I examined this deal in three parts: nuclear restrictions on Iran in the first ten years, nuclear restrictions on Iran after ten years, and non-nuclear components and consequences of a deal. In each case I have asked: are we better off with the agreement or without it?
The proponents’ overall standard is not whether the agreement is ideal, but whether having this deal is better than not having this deal. When it comes to the nuclear aspects of the agreement within ten years, we might be slightly better off with a deal. However, when it comes to the nuclear aspects after ten years and the non-nuclear aspects, I believe we would be better off with no deal.
Ultimately, I feel that that Iranian leaders will not moderate and their unstated but very real goal is to get relief from the onerous sanctions, while still retaining their nuclear ambitions and their ability to increase belligerent activities in the Middle East.
I greatly appreciate your concern on this matter and thank you for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to contact me again if I can be of further assistance on this, or any other matter.
Charles E. Schumer
So call Senator Gillibrand’s office at 202-224-4451 and tell her to join Schumer and reject this agreement.