11/21/18 09:11 AM Filed in: Christian Living
(The Christian Post) Dave Ramsey has urged pastors to refrain from preaching sermons about tithing "to broke people" — unless they first address debt and budgeting from the pulpit.
During a recent interview, the CEO of Ramsey Solutions and author of Financial Peace University, said that he regularly tells pastors to stop stressing the importance of tithing to congregants who aren't good stewards of their money.
"Unless," he clarified, "you've done two sermons on ... debt — one on getting out of debt and one on getting on a budget."
"That's the ratio for me instead of just tithe, tithe, tithe," he said. But when pastors fail to address debt and setting a budget, he said, the reaction to a sermon about tithing is often "yeah right, I've got a light bill. That's a great spiritual concept. Maybe someday I'll get around to that.'"
Getting out of debt leads to giving, the financial expert said, "Because if you're out of debt and on a budget and you love Jesus, I think tithing is a natural thing that occurs."
Still, Ramsey detailed his "incredible love of pastors," describing most of them as "underappreciated" and "underpaid," adding that pastors "could take that same skill set in the marketplace in most cases and make more money."
In an address delivered at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in June, Ramsey told pastors: "When you stand up in front of your congregation, you're looking at a large number of people who do not have the ability to handle their money."
"Quit preaching tithe lessons to broke people," he said. "Let's teach them how to get on a budget. ... The natural byproduct of a Jesus lover when they have money is giving."
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11/16/18 08:00 AM Filed in: Current Events / Prophecy
(WND) Two recent court cases remind us of the power of symbols, both inspirational and commercial. Take, for instance, the magnificent rainbow. Its celebration overtones convey simple joy, innocence and purity of heart.
But the sweet rainbow image has been violated, raped by the deluded and fraudulent, and it now serves too often as a garish signpost for slavery to grave homosexual sin. It’s clear God did not intend for the rainbow to represent rebellion, iniquity and division. So how did this precious symbol become the banner, with few objections, for human depravity, lust, defiance and heresy? Rainbow flags are flown in America from some government buildings, at some of our embassies, and these colors on several occasions even lit up our White House (under the former regime, thank God). From shameful pride parades to hats, T-shirts, wristbands and buttons sold at Target or Walmart, sexual deviance is being colorfully and arrogantly proclaimed from America’s rooftops.
We can all agree that some logos and trademarks carry enormous meaning. The mightiest logo of all time is the cross, where Christ shed His blood for the world’s sin and God transformed the tool of torturous execution – what Satan intended for destruction and permanent humiliation –into eternal hope for all who would believe in Jesus.
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11/13/18 09:20 AM Filed in: Christian Living
It’s that time of year again when the Flu Shot bullies are in full effect telling you that you MUST get vaccinated. They’ll surround you and say, “If you don’t allow us to put this into your body you could cause your neighbors, co-workers, family, and friends to get sick and die!” Wow. Talk about fear mongering. Do they even know what’s in these shots? Have they considered what God thinks about vaccinations? What does the Bible say about injecting unclean things into our bodies? Besides, if vaccinations were so reliable, then anyone who doesn’t want to get the flu and die can get their own vaccination shot. Right? Why force this upon healthy people who do not want it.
[Not only do Flu shots contain various questionable chemicals like Mercury & Formaldehyde, they use pork-based gelatin as a stabilizer. Pigs are unclean animals and unfit for consumption according to Leviticus 11:7]
The Left talks so much about a ‘woman’s right to choose’ but when it comes to vaccinations the Left doesn’t care about a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body. They say,“Just shut up and get the shot.”
A bit hypocritical and immoral isn’t it? You have the choice to murder an unborn child but you don't have the choice to get a 'flu shot'?
More than that. It’s kind of scary. If the government or an employer can force you to inject things into your body you don’t want, what else can they force you to do? Isn’t this why we have a Constitution and Bill of Rights limiting the powers of government and protecting individual freedom? Isn’t this why we fought against the Nazi’s in WWII?
When you do the research you’ll find out that most vaccines contain things considered by the Bible to be UNCLEAN. Many vaccines are made of or from fetuses or eggs of unclean creatures, from the blood of diseased animals, or from animals that have died by themselves (Deuteronomy 14:21). And some vaccines are even made of or from aborted babies! How can injecting materials made from the murder of innocent babies NOT be a spiritual violation of God’s Word? (Possibly bringing with it curses upon the body’s physical, mental, and spiritual health) Of course it is, but most don’t have any idea what they are putting into their bodies. They just take it because they are bullied into it. If they knew, then it would be the equivalent of saying you are a Christian but you believe in Child sacrifice for the benefit of society.
Even the AAPS - Association of American Physicians and Surgeons - says:
"Many hospitals are requiring physicians to take the annual flu vaccine. This is not because it helps patients, but because hospitals get a tiny increase in reimbursements if the entire staff is vaccinated. Lobbyists for Big Pharma probably put this reimbursement boost into law to sell more of their product. AAPS does not take a position on the annual flu vaccine, but we do take a position in favor of individual freedom to decline it. Fortunately, hospitals are supposed to recognize a religious exemption, and vaccines are not kosher under some interpretations of the Bible."
The AAPS even provides an "Exemption from Hospital Vaccine Mandate" template letter for doctors and medical personal whose conscience compels them to refuse vaccination because of Religious convictions. This is a great letter not only providing documentation summarizing the Biblical commands against putting unclean things into your body, but it also appears to be written in way that leverages the law in your favor. The US Constitution prohibits the government from forcing you to put things into your body without your consent. There is nothing in the Constitution that provides this kind of coercive government power.
In the letter the AAPS cites 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 & 6:19 as the main New Testament scriptural text against defiling the body with unclean substances:
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are...What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
And concludes their letter by saying:
"The mandated vaccine, with its numerous additives and its mechanism for altering my body, is the equivalent of a prohibited “unclean food” that causes harm to my conscience. Vaccines to me are analogous to what non-kosher food is to orthodox Jews, and no one requires anyone in the United States to consume a substance contrary to their faith. Medical experts may assert that non-kosher food and vaccines are completely healthy, but religious faith compels certain individuals to decline their consumption. I am one of those individuals."
“Thus my faith prohibits me from being vaccinated as proposed. State law and the U.S. Constitution recognize my right to object to consuming something – this vaccine – because it violates my faith. Therefore I respectfully assert my religious objection to this vaccination.”
My friends, the experts can come up with all of their hand picked studies saying that vaccines are harmless, but guess what, they didn’t create our bodies. God did. And He knows what’s good for them and what’s not. So I’ll trust Him rather than taking my chances with the so-called experts within the medical establishment and BIG PHARMA.
By Pastor Ben Heath
11/06/18 08:13 AM Filed in: Current Events / Prophecy
Most Pastors tip toe around saying this at voting time but they know it to be true, or at least they had better know it to be true or they have no business calling themselves a 'Pastor". THE DEMOCRAT PARTY IS THE PARTY OF EVIL. Every major policy they promote goes against God's moral laws and standards - Socialism, Sexual Perversion, Gender Confusion, High Taxation, Anti-Man, Murdering The Unborn, and on the list goes. There is no wiggle room, no question, no debate.
IF YOU VOTE DEMOCRAT you vote for candidates who are working against God and therefore you are against God.
If the Democrats lived during the days of King David they would be called the Philistines. That's because the Democrat Party policies are nothing more than the revival of demonic paganism. Pagans throughout history have been well known for their sexual perversions and child sacrifice just like the Democrats. The only difference is the Democrats call it LGBTQ friendly and a woman's right to choose. But they are still the same old lies coming from the same old pits of hell.
It's time the church stops being so wimpy and politically correct. Did King David tip toe around calling out Goliath for what he was? I don't think so. When all the rest of Israel were too afraid to confront him, David told it like it was when he said:
"Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God? (1 Samuel 17:26)
"And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field." (1 Samuel 17:44)
"Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the LORD deliver you into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee…" (1 Samuel 17:46)
Boy, don't you wish more Pastors talked like David? I do. At least we have a President who tells it like it is.
By Pastor Ben Heath
11/05/18 10:25 AM Filed in: Current Events / Prophecy
(WND) The Democrat Party is evil. They are worse today than ever before – worse than during slavery, Jim Crow, lynch mobs, or the heyday of the KKK.
Most people don’t realize we are in a spiritual battle of right versus wrong, good versus evil. There are people of all cultures, male and female, on the side of good. And there are men and women of all races, all cultures, on the side of evil…
The rise of a good man in President Trump has shaken Democrats’ hold on millions of blacks, Hispanics and young people. Because Donald Trump tells the truth with no fear – and does not back down – the people have an opportunity to see where he’s coming from and contrast it with the evil coming out of his opponents. For generations, blacks in their fallen state believed the lies of “racism” that liberals fed them. President Trump has helped many people see through the illusion of “racism” – they can see he’s a genuine leader with America’s best interests at heart.
As thousands of illegal aliens, who don’t have our values, continue their efforts to invade our country, President Trump stands as the sole voice for sanity. The liberal media endlessly campaign in favor of entitled foreigners while they demonize Americans who oppose the madness. Blacks and others have watched this in horror, and changed their mind about voting for Democrats. Blacks have been forced out of their communities by Hispanic immigrants and illegals, and Democrats have done nothing to help.
Trump called for an end to the unjust “birthright citizenship” policy, a perversion of the 14th Amendment and a scam on black descendants of American slaves. Democrats and RINO Republicans (including Paul Ryan) have allowed illegal aliens and greedy visitors to come here to drop their “anchor babies” in our country. In doing this, they create new Democratic or socialist voters out of selfish foreigners with no allegiance to America, morality or freedom.
Read entire article at WND News.