The study is found here. (HT: Breitbart)
The political and cultural left interestingly do not care even one iota... nor does the MSM.
The study is found here. (HT: Breitbart)
The political and cultural left interestingly do not care even one iota... nor does the MSM.
The Burlington Revival is now concluded. Approximately 1,247 persons made professions of faith during its 12-week run in our neighboring city. Moreover, more than $300,000 was raised to enable the evangelist, C.T. Townsend, and his organization to purchase a tent that accommodates 5,000 people so that he can conduct similar revivals across the country. This was not merely a local event-- it was a launching pad.
Here are some thoughts shared with me regarding the revival by a friend, Thomas Seabolt II:
For some time now, Christians have been praying for a revival...
A revival that would sweep this nation and turn people to God; a revival that would awaken our great nation and turn it back into the nation we were taught about... the nation that we remember, and a nation that we would love to see restored for future generations.
Well, a revival came around, and now that tent has been packed away and is moving on to another location. With that thought in mind, how many Christians-- the same Christians who who have been praying for that very tent to come around-- how many missed it? How many missed it due to scheduling? How many missed it due to laziness? How many missed it due to an apathetic attitude? How many missed it because it was a "Baptist thing"?
I want to focus on the latter reason for Christians possibly missing it. It is no secret that Baptists are thought of as preaching a hell-fire-and-brimstone message. I really have no sorrow or pity for anyone who proclaims to believe the Bible is God's inerrant word that was left to us to establish an everlasting relationship with him, who is turned off by this message. Simply put, that is the overall message of scripture. There is only one way to God Almighty, and that is through the blood of the cross. Without that, people are destined for eternal damnation.
Of course, it is not a comfortable message, but it is the Truth! That, indeed, is what the all-encompassing message of the Bible, is. If that message turns you off, then I'd say you have a bone to pick with God. I will warn against that. Scripture tells us of a man that wrestled with God and had his hip bone affected, and subsequently walked away with a limp.
I am simply a sinner saved by grace. I am an ordinary man... a husband and father. I am not a Biblical scholar, but am merely one of the ordinary men that Christ has called to follow him, just like those that Jesus told to "drop your net and come follow me." By the world's standards, I'm an uneducated man. But being a student of God's Word is, indeed, higher education.
But now I must address some controversial thoughts. How many preachers or other clergy missed out on the Burlington Revival? How many had been praying for a revival for some time, and missed the one in their own backyard? How many of them missed it for the same reasons mentioned above? But let's add another reason. How many missed it because it because it wasn't "their church" putting on the revival? If you are clergy at a church... news flash... it's not yours, it's God's!
How many ministers missed it because they heard that a 34 year old was preaching the revival? How many said, "can't no 34 year old revive me?" Well then, I'd say you're right... but God's Word can, and that's exactly what that 34 year old was preaching-- God's Word. Nothing more and nothing less. Now, how many of your churches are in desperate need of revival? How many of your churches missed out because of some of the reasons mentioned above?
Let's add one more reason you possibly missed the revival. You missed it because the church sponsoring the revival was not of the same denomination as yours. God help us if our preachers can not join arms and link in unity, standing firmly on Gods Word.
These were just a few thoughts, from an ordinary man, on the coming and going of a revival that has been prayed for, that has come and gone from our area. Now it's time to pray that it was not the end, but only a beginning.
I am convinced today that for us to move forward, we must look back behind us. Look back at our history. Let's look back at moments in our history when some of the same issues we struggle with today have already been fought. For the sake of keeping the revival going in my heart, and out of curiosity, I looked up some of Billy Graham's old revival meeting videos. I was stunned to see that a video dating back to 1958 spoke directly to us now! Racial tensions were high as they are today. There was a man, a leader, who led a movement that so desperately needs leading today... a movement that was peaceful, led by the principles found in Gods Word. Don't believe me? Look at the commitment card that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his marchers sign before marching with him. From Billy Graham, to Dr. Martin Luther King, to C.T. Townsend, their message will lead you to the same place... the Cross:
Republicans in the state of North Carolina have a problem on their hands.
They face the daunting reality that nearly all of the important legislation they have passed over the last six years-- excluding tax cuts and budgets-- are being reversed by the federal courts. And based on the current trajectory, it appears that HB 2 will likely be overturned also.
Yes, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals is downright evil. Beside its obvious flouting of the law and the constitution, it is transparently motivated by demonic impulses. The Voter ID decision is only the most recent example. The depth of their partisan, outcome-oriented approach is so severe that these judges unapologetically libel those Republicans who passed the law. They claim, with no objective basis, that the effort was motivated by an intent to discriminate.
But liberal judicial activism is nothing new. It has been ongoing literally for decades; and the Republicans in Washington have utterly failed in their efforts to stop it. One has to question whether they have truly been motivated to do so. The federal judiciary is now effectively a national board of directors-- setting national policy on a wide range of questions, robbing the people of democracy and tossing aside the rightful jurisdiction of the states.
So North Carolina Republicans are facing an immense political roadblock whereby nearly all of their good work is being blocked by lefty lawyers and judges. They are probably unequal to this challenge.
But they have reached a fork in the road. What are they going to do about the situation?
Option number one is that they appeal, whereupon they face a 4-4 Supreme Court that likely will be utterly unreceptive. If Trump wins, the situation may improve... or maybe it won't.
Option number two is that they throw up their hands in a powerless fashion, and exclaim they can do nothing, because the federal judiciary writes the law of the land to which all of us Carolinian serfs are subject. That, after all, was the sum total of North Carolina Republicans' response when the Obergefell decision was delivered last year.
But there is a third option. It is to resist the overreach of the imperial federal judiciary, and to fight back.
Perhaps they can devise legislative end runs against what the judicial oligarchs are doing.
But there are a couple of better responses.
First, they ought to pass a resolution expressing extreme concern with the repeated actions of the 4th Circuit and the federal judiciary. They ought to state outright that North Carolina citizens are being deprived of their sovereignty; and are extremely uncomfortable with all the judiciary is forcing upon the state. Finally, they ought to state that many citizens are reaching the conclusion that the advantages of the state of North Carolina remaining part of the United States are now outweighed by the disadvantages. And that forces us to evaluate what other options may exist.
After all, Fortune Magazine recently reported that five states now have active movements in favor of secession-- Alaska, California, New Hampshire, Vermont and Texas. The country is now more divided perhaps than at any point since the Civil War. It is time for Republicans in North Carolina to represent to the national government that many state residents are also very uncomfortable with recent trends.
Second, they finally ought to employ the right of nullification, whereby the individual states nullify federal requirements imposed upon them that are obviously outside the text, structure, logic and history of the constitution.
It is about time they show some moxie and resist their federal masters, instead of merely hiring lawyers to file appeals that may go absolutely nowhere.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has made quite a splash in the state of North Carolina. He has presumed to tell us what our laws must be... or else.
We have seen much discussion regarding Mr. Silver's manipulations. But no one has yet addressed the elephant in the room.
Adam Silver is Jewish, and he apparently subscribes to the worldview of contemporary Judaism-- politically and culturally.
There are three dominant "movements" within contemporary Judaism-- Reform, Reconstructionist and "Conservative". Ben Shapiro, an orthodox Jew, has offered an explanation:
Most Jews aren’t Jewish in any real sense beyond ethnic identification. They have nothing to do with Torah, the five books of Moses. They have nothing to do with the ethical system posited by Biblical Judaism. They have nothing to do with the mitzvot, the commandments. They have nothing to do with Israel. Polling Jews on their politics is like polling anyone born Catholic on their politics: you’re going to skew far to the left by including lapsed Catholics. And most Jews are lapsed Jews, or never-knew-anything-in-the-first-place Jews.
The Torah is not a left-wing document. It opposes abortion and opposes same-sex marriage. It does not believe in a grand welfare system, but in private charity. It dictates belief that Israel was promised to the Jews, and that the Jews have a responsibility to live ethically according to a set of specific behavioral guidelines. Judaism is conservative, in the modern parlance. Those who pretend to back both Judaism and left-wing values are betraying Torah Judaism. Which is why while Jews vote three to one for Democrats, Orthodox Jews vote nearly two to one for Republicans.
Now, there are older Jews who vote leftist because they remember the bad old days of country club Republicans who rejected them from the golf course, and don’t realize that things have changed rather dramatically. There are older Jews who vote leftist because they remember the legacy of European Christianity that preyed on Jews for centuries, and don’t realize that American Christians are Jews’ best friends, not the American left that stands by President Obama.
But by and large, most Jews vote leftist because they are upper middle class agnostics with above-average levels of post-graduate education who believe that religion is a great ill, that Biblical morality is intolerant and vicious, and that Judaism itself is passé.
Many Jewish atheists feel comfortable within any of the three major non-Orthodox Jewish denominations (Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist). This presents less of a contradiction than might first seem apparent, given Judaism's emphasis on practice over belief, with even mainstream guides to Judaism suggesting that belief in God is not a necessary prerequisite to Jewish observance.
I have previously described at this blog the five critical elements of the worldview of contemporary Judaism: socialism, sexual liberationism, radical feminism, cultural relativism and secularism.
What compounds the problem? Those within the Jewish community possess wealth, power and influence far out of proportion to their share of the population. For instance, Jewish Supreme Court justices-- Ginsburg, Breyer and Kagan-- levied three of the five votes that forced same-sex marriage on the entire country. (Merrick Garland would be the fourth). The democratic socialists love to nominate Jewish judges, for obvious reasons.
And now, their worldview essentially robs orthodox Christians of their religious liberty. Many of those within contemporary Judaism have undergone a rapid change-- from being the oppressed to being the oppressors, in some cases within a matter of only a few generations.
Adam Silver himself cannot force the state of North Carolina to do anything differently. But there is a new threat looming.
His name is Josh Stein. He is the democratic socialist candidate for North Carolina Attorney General. In that capacity, he can do a huge amount of damage.
Mr. Stein proudly proclaims on his website that he is a member of Temple Beth Or. That is a "progressive" Reform Jewish congregation in Raleigh. And his politics are completely consistent with the worldview of contemporary Judaism.
If you want to understand Josh Stein... look at Adam Silver.
That is not something we should want for the state of North Carolina.
RedState is a conservative website that has been around a long time. It has had a fairly significant following. Historically, it was a staunchly conservative Republican site.
Over the last week, a couple of its writers have openly stated they are joining the Constitution Party, or exploring its possibilities; and they essentially urged readers to do likewise. I have found at least three articles of this type.
I know this is a sensitive topic. Some conservatives are staunch Republicans. They want to change the party from within. And some citizens feel the American Republic is so severely endangered that we must rally around Donald Trump to save it. That is all quite understandable.
The Republican presidential nominee this year is a mixture of good and bad, just like the vast majority of past Republican presidential nominees. Trump has some important stylistic differences with previous nominees. But let's be brutally honest. The Republicans have never, in our adult lifetime, had a president or presidential candidate who would even try to deliver consistently on matters related to constitutional conservatism and cultural conservatism.
In any event, Bob Bennett stated the following:
We seek to energize and grow a truly conservative party so that it may replace the GOP. The Constitution Party is our choice. It has been in existence for 24 years, but because of a unique set of circumstances, with millions of disaffected conservatives, it now has a chance to become a home for conservatives and conservative contributors.
I found online a nifty chart that documents the various presidential candidates and their policy positions. It is found below:
The result is consistent across multiple polls. But I don't recall seeing the MSM reporting this prominently. I wonder why. Maybe I am just missing the coverage.
Every American citizen and teen needs to see the "Clinton Cash" movie. It can now be viewed online.
When Bill and Hillary Clinton erupted on the national scene a quarter-century ago, it was abundantly clear they are a couple of sleazeballs. But this new documentary, which is extensively researched, raises concerns about the Clinton's to a whole new level.
Check it out here, and pass it around: