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Posted 5/21/13 at 8:21 AM | Michael Bresciani
Certain questions among believers have been with us since the Lord’s departure and his promise to return. Some of the questions are why denominations and sects have arisen, but when they are not questions having to do with salvation through Christ’s finished work we must approach with caution.
The Rapture Controversy – Are We Asking the Wrong Question?
All three views of the rapture come with their own Biblical proof texts and separate arguments. When all the input is taken in to account one thing emerges beyond doubt; most Christians believe in a pre-tribulation rapture.
Those who think we will not be taken up by the Lord until halfway through the last seven year dispensation of the antichrist make up roughly a quarter of all believers. About three quarters are pre-tribulationists and a very small number are post trib. There is no scientific poll from which to be sure of these estimates, but few would argue against them.
While a post-trib seems unlikely, those who hold to this view have perhaps the strongest proof text of all, to wit: FULL POST
Posted 5/17/13 at 4:21 PM | Michael Bresciani
Chechen terrorists, the Tsarnaev brothers could have been deported the moment it was known that they returned to the country they sought asylum from or when Tamerlan was arrested and convicted for domestic violence in 2009. Neither brother was given the boot.
Fast forward to May 14, 2013 where the Romeike family of German home schoolers are denied asylum by Barack Obama and his twiddling twin Eric Holder, then the Sixth District Court of Appeals upholds the Obama Administrations decision.
Injustice, absurdity, incongruity and perversity are just a few of the words that can be used to describe the nonsense of the aforementioned. Bombers are in, but good parents who are raising kids with world-class intelligence that soars above anything coming out of public schools, are given the boot back to Germany.
The arguments that rage between liberals and conservatives were at one time only slight political disturbances that could be hashed out between men and women that loved America, and would, after some debate, buckle down and do what was right for the country, in the spirit of bi-partisanship? That day is all but gone. FULL POST
Posted 5/14/13 at 7:38 AM | Michael Bresciani
As a young man one of my first pastors advised me to “preach the gospel as a dying man to dying men.” I have ever done that and I have since been approached very closely by death on a few occasions. My age alone urges me to take his admonition more seriously today than any other time in my entire life.
I have learned to rely completely on God’s word (the Bible) as my source and although I have had plenty of what may be called extra biblical revelation none has ever conflicted with his revealed word. It would have been rejected out of hand if it had.
In a recent Facebook comment someone asked me if I really believed I could speak for God, to which I replied with a simple – yes. I added that anyone who simply represents the gospel to others has the “spirit of prophecy,” (Rev 19: 10) although being called to the office of a prophet (1Co 12: 28) is of a much higher nature, essentially both derive from the same source. FULL POST
Posted 5/3/13 at 11:52 AM | Michael Bresciani
Only days after Barack Obama coined the phrase ‘self-radicalized’ along comes anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation with a bone jarring proposition to make criminals and worse out of any military servicemen who share their faith in Christ with others in their ranks.
Adding a new category to the ever burgeoning list of PC generated phobias, now we may add the term, ‘fundamentalist-phobia’ to help America become a nation of properly parsing phenoms who fantasize that America is under attack by mere words and phrases.
With Korea threatening to nuke us, Iran threatening to nuke everyone, and anti-American sentiment on the rise everywhere else, it seems good to know we have finally identified the real enemy – the fundamentalist Christians who share their faith. If we hurry to criminalize, prosecute and put them all in jail the nation has a fighting chance. No, I am not trying to get a job as a staff writer for Mad Magazine and no humor is intended here. This is America today! FULL POST
Posted 5/3/13 at 11:37 AM | Michael Bresciani
Over 80K showed up for Denver 4–20 to celebrate the new freedom to smoke marijuana in Colorado. Tens of thousands of young liberal thinkers show at gay pride rallies and parades around the nation and some bring their youngest children with them.
Although college tuition has climbed to the skies in many schools, Barack Obama has made it easier to get aid than ever before. What he has yet to do is provide an economic stability for the future of the nation to insure that those now borrowing can repay their loans, much worse is the shrinking job markets. By 2020, if the nation can last that long, people with graduate degrees will be standing in unemployment and welfare lines or simply standing on the corner – jobless.
Not to worry. Jimmy Fallon will soon be number one on the tube and grass is available by the ton. There are no major wars going on, sex is open and free and the government will step in if anything goes wrong to pay for your abortion if needed. FULL POST
Posted 4/26/13 at 5:23 PM | Michael Bresciani
It is said that one out of every three Americans are Christian. These statistics may mean less than at any other time in our history. Recently one source reported that in fact it may be only 15 percent of Americans are actually professing and practicing Christians. We can hope this is not an accurate statistic, but with so many believers going rogue, liberal and licentious, perhaps, sadly - it is!
The 2012 elections reflected the apostasy of both Catholic and Protestant believers. Whether it is the Bible or the current position of the Catholic Popes, abortion and same sex marriage are forbidden and in direct opposition to the word and will of God. So how did President Obama, a man who supports abortion and same sex marriages, sail unscathed into a second term?
The Catholics alone could have blocked Mr. Obama’s re-election bid with over 60 million Catholic voters, but they chose to go with the popular consensus rather than their own under-shepherd. What went wrong can be described in a single word – apostasy. The ‘falling away’ of the church is both prophesied and clearly defined, (2 Th 2: 3) but the product of the apostasy is so much more than a mere definition. FULL POST
Posted 4/21/13 at 10:19 AM | Michael Bresciani
In an episode of the Dick Van Dyke Show, which ran from 1961 to 1966, Rob Petrie (Van Dyke) heard his pre-adolescent son using an unacceptable word in his vocabulary. It upset his parents who labored to find the best way to tell their son not to use the word.
At work, Petrie typed the word on his office typewriter and it was found by a producer for the show Mel Cooley, (Richard Deacon.) He grimaced as he discovered the word on Rob’s typewriter, which was never actually spoken or revealed throughout the entire episode.
His reply fit the show to a tee, but it also reminds us of how far we have come with our belief that progressivism and liberalism is what we need.
Cooley said, “Isn’t that taking progressive education a little too far.”
Cooley died in 1984, but can only imagine what he might say today as progressivism drags the world down to the social dregs all at the same time it touts the philosophy that it is in fact, society rising to a new high level of freedom and expression? FULL POST
Posted 4/16/13 at 12:42 PM | Michael Bresciani
April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, the Boston Marathon, one of the only six world marathon majors and the oldest marathon in the world was interrupted by terrorist bombs exploding at the finish line.
Three people are reported dead and between130 and 144 people have been hurt maimed or seriously injured. Some spectators have lost limbs and early reports said two brothers both have lost their legs.
After promising that the full resources of the government would be brought to bear on the bombings, including the FBI and Homeland Security, Mr. Obama called the terrorist act – a tragedy.
Obama said, “Boston police, firefighters, and first responders as well as the National Guard responded heroically, and continue to do so as we speak. It’s a reminder that so many Americans serve and sacrifice on our behalf every single day, without regard to their own safety, in dangerous and difficult circumstances. And we salute all those who assisted in responding so quickly and professionally to this tragedy.” FULL POST
Posted 4/12/13 at 7:35 PM | Michael Bresciani
The primary thrust of political correctness is the elimination of offensive or contrary speech that may offend, or point out particular behaviors, casting them in an unfavorable light. It is like the old communistic effort of the KGB to silence all speech against the state, but in today’s PC it is a voluntary program that you are not forced to obey – but woe to you if you don’t!
It is the acceptable form of collective dishonesty that seems to protect everyone, while it suggests that doing, seeing or promoting sin or bad behavior is not wrong - only talking about it is wrong.
Political correctness is a societal perversion parading as an effort toward civility and world peace. In fact it is a bulldozer sent to level all resistance by labeling free speech and honesty as evil. It is one of the greatest evils of our time masquerading as a knight in shining armour.
PC is the little white fences and chutes that the sheep travel through, deliberately driven in fear by the calls and pokes of the herders who are leading them directly to the place of slaughter. FULL POST
Posted 4/3/13 at 11:36 AM | Michael Bresciani |
On Tuesday evening April 2, 2013 Laura Ingraham is seen slouching back in her chair in an exhausted pose in response to Bill O’Reilly’s defense of the term ‘bible thumper.’ Ingraham, a regular substitute host anchor for O’Reilly couldn’t get a word in edgewise and when she did it was only to state once again that the term may have offended or berated people who trust the bible.
Mr. O’Reilly is not helping the ratings and he is not the first to knock some of the audiences off the grid. A recent announcement by Fox’s president Roger Ailes to move Fox away from the right and back to center was the first hit to the ratings and some sources have noted a 22 percent decline in audiences.
The second dark cloud forming in the wings is the Tea Party’s call to boycott Fox, because they refuse to discuss serious matters like, the Benghazi scandal and the findings of Sheriff Arpaio’s cold case posse on the fraudulent documents of President Obama. Lots of evidence and questions have been raised by the Sheriff, but not a peep has been heard by Fox and friends. FULL POST