Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
THE FIRST THANKSGIVING OBSERVANCE - October 14, 1789
"This historic proclamation was issued by George Washington during his first year as President. It sets aside Thursday, November 26 as “A Day of Publick Thanksgiving and Prayer.”
While there were Thanksgiving observances in America both before and after Washington’s proclamation, this represents the first to be so designated by the new national government. Signed by Washington on October 3, 1789 and entitled “General Thanksgiving,” the decree appointed the day “to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God.”
After their first harvest, the colonists of the Plymouth Plantation held a celebration of food and feasting in the fall of 1621. Indian chiefs, Massassoit, Squanto and Samoset joined in the celebration with ninety of their men in the three-day event.
The first recorded Thanksgiving observance was held on June 29, 1671 at Charlestown, Massachusetts by proclamation of the town’s governing council.
During the 1700s, it was common practice for individual colonies to observe days of thanksgiving throughout each year. A Thanksgiving Day two hundred years ago was a day set aside for prayer and fasting, not a day marked by plentiful food and drink as is today’s custom. Later in the 18th century each of the states periodically would designate a day of thanksgiving in honor of a military victory, an adoption of a state constitution or an exceptionally bountiful crop.
Such a Thanksgiving Day celebration celebration was held in December of 1777 by the colonies nationwide, commemorating the surrender of British General Burgoyne at Saratoga.
Later, on October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for the observance of the fourth Tuesday of November as a national holiday.
In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday to the third Thursday of November (to extend the Christmas shopping season and boost the economy). After a storm of protest, Roosevelt changed the holiday again in 1941 to the fourth Thursday in November, where it stands today.
The Source of Evil In Our World and [His] Fate
Throughout my 44 year ministry as both a pastor and teacher/writer, I seldom preached topical messages rather taught book studies or a series of contextual messages related to a topic as I believe the saints learn the Word of God better that way. A pastor's chief responsibility after making sure that Jesus is the Lord of his life, is to teach the saints committed to his care the Word of God. I tried my best to do that in the Churches I had the privilege of pastoring.
However, I am going to deviate from that somewhat and try as time permits to address certain topics that you may find beneficial to your spiritual understanding and growth. We never get too old to learn. I am 72 years of age and still learning. When we think we have arrived and know it all, then we prove we know nothing!
We are beginning to see in our world how evil EVIL can be particularly with the ISIS barbarians. However, there is a principal source for all evil and have you noticed evil does not occur from or with abstract things. There is nothing evil in the material world although the earth is presently under a curse because of the original SIN of our parents - Adam and Eve. When Satan sinned in the beginning by trying to be equal with God, there was no curse pronounced on planet earth. The curse came after Adam and Eve sinned by obeying the serpent (symbol of Satan) instead of God who created them and placed them in the Garden of Eden:
Genesis 3:14-19 NASB
14 The Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life;
15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”
16 To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet your desire will be for your husband, And he will rule over you.” 17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’;
Cursed is the ground because of you;
In toil you will eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field;
19 By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.”
Notice how very precise and just our God is in this passage. First, he judges the source of the sin - Satan. Second, He judges Eve for she is the one who partook of the forbidden fruit and then gave to Adam. There is a lot of theology here which I could discuss concerning spiritual authority and the chain of command, but won't go into that at this time. Last, He judges Adam who was the federal head of the human race and was not deceived for he knew Eve had disobeyed God yet he joined in the sin with her. The curse upon the earth was passed through Adam not Eve, but the source was Satan. In fact, the seed of Satanic sin was passed to the human race via Adam:
Romans 5:12 NASB
12 Therefore, just as through one man [Adam] sin entered into the world and death though sin, and so death spread to all men, because all have sinned--
Now, let's look at Ezekiel 28:11-19 at the origin, fall and fate of Satan, the devil and serpent of old and the source of all evil:
11 Again the word of the Lord came to me saying, 12 “Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God,
“You had the seal of perfection,
Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 “You were in Eden, the garden of God;
Every precious stone was your covering:
The ruby, the topaz and the diamond;
The beryl, the onyx and the jasper;
The lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald;
And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets,
Was in you.
On the day that you were created
They were prepared.
14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers,
And I placed you there.
You were on the holy mountain of God;
You walked in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 “You were blameless in your ways
From the day you were created
Until unrighteousness was found in you.
16 “By the abundance of your trade [craft - emphasis mine]
You were internally filled with violence,
And you sinned;
Therefore I have cast you as profane
From the mountain of God.
And I have destroyed you, O covering cherub,
From the midst of the stones of fire.
17 “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty;
You corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor.
I cast you to the ground;
I put you before kings,
That they may see you.
18 “By the multitude of your iniquities,
In the unrighteousness of your trade
You profaned your sanctuaries.
Therefore I have brought fire from the midst of you;
It has consumed you,
And I have turned you to ashes on the earth
In the eyes of all who see you.
19 “All who know you among the peoples
Are appalled at you;
You have become terrified
And you will cease to be forever.”’”
Even though this passage is a lamentation (an expression of deep sorrow and agony of spirit) about the King of Tyre, we know immediately from the context the Holy Spirit is giving Ezekiel a deeper understanding of the King of Tyre - that it is beyond an earthly being and delves into the angelic realm. How do know that? The King of Tyre was not created with the seal of perfection, that is without sin and iniquity. Second he was not placed in the Garden of Eden - only two human beings were placed there - Adam and Eve. Third from Verse 13 we know that this creature was very beautiful. Fourth, from the same verse, we know he was not a god or God with un-created eternal life, but was a created being - Verse 14 tells us he was created not only as a Cherub, but as an anointed one or archangel (There are two divisions of angels - Cherubs and Seraphims; Cherubs appear to guard the presence of God - not that God needs protecting, but no one or nothing unrighteous or evil can approach the presence of God without being utterly consumed).
Notice in Verse 14 God says he placed this anointed Cherub first on the holy mountain of God and he walked in the midst of the stones of fire. Obviously the viewpoint of this passage is in the third heaven where the throne of God is. The holy mountain of God on earth during O.T times was Mount Moriah were the temple stood and where the Lord Jesus was crucified (also the place where Abraham was to offer Isaac as a sacrifice to God, which of course he didn't as God intervened and provided a ram for a sacrifice). The Bible is clear in both testaments there is a heavenly temple that the earthly one was patterned after.
What is the meaning of "he walked in the midst of the stones of fire?" The interpretations of this phrase are plethora. In Deuteronomy 5 and 9 when God was giving Moses the 10 Commandments written on stone, it says He spoke to Moses out of the midst of fire. Fire represents the holiness of God, which has two aspects - it purifies or destroys. The Law of God does the same thing. Thus the clear meaning to me of this phrase is that this anointed Cherub who later became Satan, was placed by God around His throne in the very midst of the holiest of holies, meaning the presence or Almighty holy God. Verse 15 says Satan was blameless in his ways the day he was created, that is, he was without sin or he was sinless.
Then in Verses 15b - 19 we have the sad account of the fall of this beautiful anointed Cherub [archangel] whom God created to be close to Him. Now keep in mind when I use the term God, it is used in the Hebrew as it relates to the original creation in the plural sense - more than one:
Genesis 1:26 NASB
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Obviously in this verse we see the Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is my opinion that Satan grew jealous of the Son of God (Jesus) because of his [Satan's] created beauty and began to think he should be in the place of Jesus as the second of the Godhead. Did you catch that - the term Antichrist as used in the New Testament means in place of! Satan will try to use the Antichrist on earth in the last days IN PLACE OF CHRIST.
Verse 15 tells us of Satan's fall into SIN - he was blameless until the day unrighteousness was found in him, which was evidenced in that Satan was filled internally with violence and he sinned. Notice also it says he had an abundance of trade - the Old KJV used the word "craft" meaning deception, sorcery, and witchcraft. Again, notice the Bible says Satan was filled internally with violence meaning SIN came from his innermost being (sin is always an inside job - it begins in our spirit and mind then moves outward). Satan was deceived by his thinking or intellect in that he wrongly coveted a position that was meant for the angelic realm - not part of the Godhead). The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are un-created beings - they have always existed (don't ask me to explain that as I have no intelligent answer).
He was filled with violence meaning that he tried to usurp the throne of God by violent means (we don't know exactly what that was except that sometime in the midst of the tribulation Satan and his fallen angels - those that sinned with him in his rebellion, will war with Michael the archangel and the good angels and will be cast out of heaven down to the earth where he shall remain until he is cast into the bottomless pit and the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:10).
In Satan's original rebellion, he is cast from the stones of fire - meaning from the presence of holy God in the third heaven to the second heaven (outer space). Satan no longer can approach God in the third heaven because he is an unrighteous creature. He can only communicate with God from a distance - the second heaven.
Verses 17 and 18 reveal that Satan today works through earthly kings and a multitude of iniquities - [I put you before kings] whom the Bible refers to as beasts kingdoms in Daniel 2, 7 and Revelation 13. Iniquity is a word used in the Bible to refer to a self-willed determination to sin with full knowledge of the inherent evil. In Palms 51 King David said he was born in iniquity and in sin his mother conceived him. That also looks backward to his ancestors as being born in sin and committing many iniquities. THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO NOT A ONE FOR ALL HAVE SINNED AND COME SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD! (Rom. 3:10, 23).
Now notice something interesting in Verse 18 - God says he brought fire from the midst of Satan, which has consumed him and turned him to ashes on the earth. What does that mean? I believe this is looking forward to the future when Satan shall be cast into the Lake of Fire where the beast and false prophet have preceded him by 1000 years. There he shall be tormented night and day forever and forever (Rev. 20:10). Note: Some see this verse as teaching the Lake of Fire is where all lost souls go and shall be burned up and turned to ashes thus becoming a non-entity even as though they were never born or existed. Their torment ends in the Lake of Fire. Is that what Jesus taught?
Revelation 20:11-15 NASB
11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
In Verse 10 Jesus said (He is the author of Revelation) the Lake of Fire is forever and forever nothing about turning to ashes and becoming a nothing.
The phrase turn to ashes on the earth can be a Hebrew expression meaning to be brought down from high pride or to be greatly humbled. The fact it says he shall be turned to ashes on the earth and not in the future Lake of Fire (We don't learn about the Lake of Fire until the Book of Revelation) speaks more of being humbled than the eternal abode that waits him. In Verse 18 of Ezekiel 28 we see two meanings - Satan's humbled on earth and future casting into the Lake of fire. Is there any Scripture that supports Satan's humbling on the earth? Absolutely!
Revelation 12:7-10, 12-13 NASB
7 And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, 8 and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole a]">[a]world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying,
“Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.
12 For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who a]">[a]dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.”
13 And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child.
Notice how many times the phrase was thrown down is used to speak of Satan. This created angelic being from the day he was created has had the ability to exist in the heavens - first the third heaven around the throne of God, then the second heaven, but there is coming day when he will be cast DOWN to earth to remain here until he is imprisoned in the bottomless pit waiting for the time when he will be thrown into the Lake of fire. So we see that God has a process of greatly humbling this angelic being - his original sin being PRIDE. This is what I believe the term turning him to ashes upon the earth means.
Now, I gave a lot of Scripture about the origin and source of evil in our world, which is contrary to what unbelievers think about a literal devil being the source of evil in mocking such doctrine as fantasy (I actually have had men mock and laugh at me at the concept of a devil and the evil he promotes), the Bible is the only book that gives insight into the SOURCE OF EVIL in our world, that being the created angelic being - the anointed Cherub that later became Satan.
He is the source of all the barbaric acts of ISIS and all like them who commit heinous crimes against humanity defying all logic, reasoning and moral decency. Mankind is born in sin and iniquity - actually have the Satanic nature with the ability to commit sins beyond human imagination:
Jeremiah 17:9 NASB
The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?
During the tribulation, horrible unimaginative sins are going to be committed, even worse than what ISIS has done so far. How do I know that?
Revelation 9:21 NASB
and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.
Revelation 16:9, 11 NASB
9 Men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory.
and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds.
These passages in Revelation immediately above prove Jeremiah 17:9 to be true. When Satan comes down to earth having great wrath and his fallen demon angels inhabit the souls of men, unprecedented and unparalleled wickedness shall prevail upon the earth. This is why Jesus said the great tribulation when Satan has been confined to the earth will be like no other period in all of human history nor shall be afterward.
When you see all these horrific crimes ISIS is committing against mankind, remember the source is their father the devil who has come to steal, kill and destroy - John 10:10.
One last observation; did you notice in Revelation 12:13 that Satan's explusion from heaven is so quick he doesn't even realize it until later after he is already on the earth. Jesus predicted this in Luke 10:18:
He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven". NIV
Note: Jesus was not predicting something that happened in time past or it would not be predictive. He was telling us what he saw beforehand for God knows the end from the beginning. (Isaiah 46:10).
This proves that Satan's present power is allowed by God until his appointed time comes to an end.
I am an avid reader and always have been going back to my childhood days (8 years old). I read three books at one time which drives my wife crazy. The reason I say this is that I read of lot of online so-called biblical articles as well as receive many articles from quasi-prophetic ministries wanting me to endorse or agree to their books/articles.
For example, I just finished reading an online book about evidence for the Papacy as the Beast (Antichrist) of Revelation 13. I read the first 21 chapters and was impressed with the author's handling of the Scriptures until I got to Chapter 22 in which he identified as a Seventh-Day Adventist (The same religion as Dr. Ben Carson). He clearly said there is no eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire for unbelievers as well as soul-sleep (when believers die their soul sleeps until the resurrection). Paul said to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. The body may decay, but the soul/spirit lives on with the Lord. The Lord Jesus is clear there is a place called hell in which the unrighteous dead go at their death. John the writer of the Gospel of John and the Revelation, makes it clear the unrighteous dead shall spent eternity in the Lake of Fire. Do not be deceived by these extra-biblical websites. You must know the Word of God by daily reading studying Sola Scriptura. If you do not know the Word of God you will be easily deceived by all the end-time deception. Do not rely upon what others have said or written about the Word of God. YOU MUST KNOW THE HOLY SCRIPTURES! I recommend you study the Word of God every day or at least read it every day for it is the Word of Life and if you know it you will not be deceived. God bless you all. Brother Allen
"Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them" - President Franklin Roosevelt
"It takes a day-to-day commitment of our lives to Jesus allowing Him to work in us to be prepared for His coming!" - Sundaylaw.net
Dr. Jeffress, Pastor FBC Dallas, Makes Bold Statement About Attack On France
This is the primary reason the Lord led us to join FBC Dallas because the man in the pulpit is bold as a lion when it comes to the truth of the Word of God. He does not compromise or water down the Word of God to appease the politically correct crowd secular or religious. There is a revival going on at FBC Dallas and large numbers of people are being saved every Sunday from all ethnic groups. The music program is also awesome.
The Rebellion In Missouri And Donald Trump
The University of Missouri Student Protest
The Barber pole symbol I use when I am on my "soap box" in addressing certain issues in our nation. First, let's discuss what is happening at the University of Missouri. It began with one Black person going on a hunger strike protesting racial discrimination - that the "N" word was being used against Black students as well as other insults. That fueled the emotions of other Blacks and some Whites including a White woman professor to stage as Sheriff Clark said last night on Shawn Hannity's program, an insurrection and rebellion, not a legitimate protest.
The White-led administration quickly wimped out with both president and chancellor resigning. Now the Black-led student revolt is demanding free tuition and a minimum of 10% of the faculty must be Black. Keep in mind that the University of Missouri is 78% White and a few Asians and other races. The MU campus police put out a directive to the student body to report anyone making "hurtful" remarks, not racial or discriminatory but "hurtful". The While woman professor also tried to prohibit a student journalist photographer from being on school property, that is, restrict his First Amendment rights. She attempted some kind of resignation and offered her apology to the student journalist, but is still on the faculty.
Sheriff Clark is absolutely correct, this is not a peaceful purposeful protest, but insurrection and rebellion and is beginning to sweep across the nation at other colleges including Yale University.
Neal Cavoto of Fox Business News asked one of the White female protesters how the school would be funded if all the donors departed. Her answer was pathetic after she stumbled all over her tongue in trying to come up with an intelligent response. She proposed that the top 1% wealthiest people pay not only for MU's operating expenses including tuition, but for all college tuition. The little immature brat apparently does not realize that tax payers pay for a large portion of college expenses. In addition, if they do not want to go into debt for student loans at the private colleges, then attend a State college or university like I did. Even though I attended college on a full four-year football scholarship, it did not pay for spending money, medical insurance and lodging and meals during the summer months. I had to get a job and save my money for the coming semester. In addition, I worked in the Physical Education building during the fall and spring semesters washing and drying dirty clothes and get this - for $12.00 dollars a month for that is all I was allowed to make being on a scholarship. No one could survive on $12.00 month not even in the 1960's when I attended college. During the summer, I worked for construction crews doing back-breaking work.
These soft belly-aching students at MU think the world owes them a living and a hand-out. The Obama administration has promoted this attitude particularly among the Blacks. They think he is their sugar daddy and that the government should take care of them from the cradle to the grave. Much of this Anti-American politically correct welfare state nonsense is coming from the liberal professors who are brain-washing the students in Marxist - Socialist - Communist ideology. What the administration should have done is told the campus police to quell the up-rising and make them go back to their dormitories or wherever they came from and address their complaints up the chain of command where the Student Council could have a meeting with the President or his staff to work out their grievances. If they refused to do that and continued to disrupt the ability of the school to function, then the President should have asked the Governor to send in the National Guard. The students should not be allowed to control the administration and faculty and keep the other majority of students from attending classes and going about their business. Again, what these loud-mouthed students are doing is by definition an insurrection and rebellion. If this kind of protest is allowed to persist and spreads across the nation, then we will be approaching anarchy. If I were a betting man, I would wager old George Soros is putting his money behind the protesters just as he did at Ferguson, Missouri. Seems he likes stirring up trouble among Blacks in Missouri. Soros also funds Move-on.org and the Open Society Foundations.
Every time there has been a Black-White confrontation, Obama and his former AG, Eric Holder, quickly intervened, not so involving Black-on-White crime. This has precipitated an attitude of government "protectionism" for all Black matters regardless if Blacks are in the wrong as was the case in Ferguson, Missouri. Obama and Holder did not allow the judicial process to work, but quickly passed judgment on the White cop and the local Ferguson police department. The same thing happened in Baltimore. This rush to judgment by Obama and Holder has set an unfortunate precedent among young Blacks that Whitey is the source of all their problems and that they can do most anything without impunity. The other problem is the authorities should not be giving in to the demands of the Black students (I realize some White students are involved, but the unrest is being led by Blacks).
Let's just take the demands of the Black students at MU - that the faculty should be 10% Black, which means the college must fire present staff and hire some 400 Black professors and administration, a step farther. The current U.S. population is 321,000,000 with Whites making-up 78% of the total population or about 245,000,000. While the majority of high school and colleges students are White (there are exceptions depending on the demographics and curriculum focus), the majority of high school and college athletes are Black. The professional ranks are almost 95% Black athletes. Any any given Friday night when most high school football teams play their games and on Saturdays when the college teams play and on Sunday's when the pro's play their games, the 11 players on the field are predominantly Black, very few Whites. In many situations there are 11 Blacks on the field. College basketball is also dominated by Blacks. Does this mean there are not any talented White athletes? No, but the Blacks are being given preference in all levels of athletic competition so White athletes are not trying to compete anymore.
Recently, I put our tread mill on Craig's list and three young White boys (high school age) wanted to buy it. They were all muscular and in tip-top shape. I asked if they were football players and they looked at each other and kind of grinned. One of them said they used to play football, but quit because the Blacks were being preferred over them. Now these guys were weight lifters with muscles coming out their ears - one of them told me he bench pressed over 400 pounds. That is a lot of weight even for college and pro athletes. I asked them what they did since they were not playing sports. They related how they started a car repair business, primarily antique cars. My point is that if you take the demands of the Black students at MU across a level playing field, high school, college and pro sports - football and basketball should be at least 50% White since Blacks make up only 10% of the U.S. population. What if tomorrow a discrimination lawsuit was filed against the high schools, colleges and pro teams for discrimination against White athletes? How do you think that would play out? There would be a back-lash among Blacks heard around the world. They would claim athletic superiority for the reason there are so few White athletes. Well, what if Whites claimed academic superiority at colleges and universities and the White administration claimed they were placed in their position for being the most qualified? The Obama administration, the NAACP and AG Lynch would be all over that like flies on fly paper protecting the Black majorities in sports and the Black minorities in the academic environment. Double standard you say - absolutely!
listening to some media outlets and Christian leaders, you would think Donald Trump was "anointed" by God to receive the mantle as the 45th President of the United States. Does he have some good ideas about how to lead the nation? Yes he does, but so far he has lacked any real detailed substance on how he is going to implement his plans and work with Congress.
May I say to my Christian friends not to fooled by the Donald who brings a copy of the Bible to a press conference and says that it is the greatest of all books, which it is, but when asked about his personal faith, he says he is a religious person, even a Presbyterian. So what, that doesn't mean he is a Christian. As far as I am concerned, he sealed it for me when he demeaned Dr. Ben Carson for saying the Lord Jesus changed his heart from pathological anger. Trump compared Dr. Carson's youthful pre-salvation experience to a child molester that can never be changed. Christians know that is far from the truth. The grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus can change the darkest of hearts through application of His shed blood on the cross and the putting away of our sins as though we never sinned - mystery of all mysteries yet true.
What I hear coming out of his mouth like a broken record is that he is very wealthy and successful and hires tens of thousands of people including Hispanics - those wonderful incredible lovely people and they love him. He [alone] is going to make America great again and we are going to be proud of our country again. He is going to stop China, Japan, Mexico and Brazil for cheating on trade and taking advantage of us and he is going to make Mexico pay for the beautiful fence he is going to build on our border. In addition, he is going to deport 500,000 illegals each year back to their home countries and then allow some of them to come back legally. Furthermore, he is going to befriend and get along with Putin. The main problem as he sees things is the United States and the Western nations are just stupid - the leaders have no intelligence and poor negotiating skills. He is the world's best negotiator and he will renegotiate the deal with Iran. Many other things like these he has uttered almost non-stop.
No doubt, Mr. Trump likes to bloviate and he has a gift for gab like someone else already in the White House. He reminds me of a man who goes into a private room by himself with a large mirror in front of him and sits there gazing at the mirror taking it all in - that there is no one like him in all the world. Pretty soon his mind is filled with imaginations of many things that he is sure he can do, so he comes out of the room and goes forth speaking about what he saw in the mirror about himself. Some would call that an egomaniac or a hyper-narcissist; both apply.
Personally, I do not think Mr. Trump will enjoy all the mundane things a president of the United States has to do - all the things behind the scenes no one sees. I think he would get bored in a hurry. He likes to be in the lime-light handling the big things. Perhaps he would delegate all the mundane things to his VP for the VP is nothing more than a window dressing position.
It was embarrassingly obvious in the last debate he had no clue that China is not part of the TPP - Rand Paul had to remind the moderators of that situation. Trump no doubt is a gifted person with the ability to make money and build empires. However, he doesn't know or understand that is a gift from God not of his own birthright.
Proverbs 10:22 NASB
It is the blessing of the Lord that makes one rich. And He adds no sorrow to it
Will Trump be the GOP nominee and can he beat Hillary Clinton? If the GOP establishment has anything to do with it, he will not be the nominee. They have hung their star on Marco Rubio. While Trump has some debating skills, Hillary is a tough debater and particularly when she debates men. The only reason Obama won the DNC nomination over Hillary in 2008 is the country wanted change and saw an opportunity to elect the first Black person to the White House. He did not beat her in the debates.
Like I said, Trump has some good ideas, but think about why he may be running for president. He has achieved great things and has a lot of power for money is power. The presidency is the highest office in the land and carries great weight in world affairs. Maybe he is attracted to the Oval Office for the power he sees that goes with it. After all he has seen Obama go around Congress with many executive orders. Maybe Donald is attracted to that EO power. Don't know this to be true, just an opinion. He may be truly concerned about our country and believes he can turn it around. However, his turn-a-round has nothing to do with the spiritual problem confronting us. If he had said, we need to get back to our spiritual roots by reaffirming our allegiance to the God of the Bible and turning from our sins and I think I am the man to lead us to do that, he would have gotten by attention. Unfortunately his solutions to our nation's problems are all secular.
Transgenderism And Political Correctness!
I have not written much on this subject not because I don't have an opinion, but just focused on other things.
How do we come to grips on this subject that is both disturbing and upsetting to all commonsense people not just Christians? First, even though a Bruce Jenner may try to change his physiological composition, he will forever remain a heterosexual male for that is the way God programmed him.
Now we see attacks upon girls locker rooms and restroom facilities. Several high school districts and colleges have ruled that transgender people may shower and use the girls locker rooms no matter the young girls feel very uncomfortable with this setup. Image you have a daughter and she is required to share a shower and locker room space with a guy who thinks he is a female yet he has a penis anatomy. How would that make you feel? I know what I would do - remove my daughter from that public school system and find a place in either a Christian school or a public school that is not intimidated by the secular agenda.
Thinking back to when I was in high school (1959-1962) this would have been unheard of and considered the height of immorality yet in 2015 it is considered tolerate and sophisticated by the progressive democratic left. The truth is it is immoral, degraded, and shameful! It is not intellectual nor progressive! It is backward and wicked!
May I just ask one common sense question? What would propel a man to go through the complex surgery required to change a heterosexual male into a woman (the surgery does not change the man into a woman for his body DNA still projects him as a man - this is according to medical science)? There is only one answer - demonic deception!
I Timothy 4:1-3 NKJV
1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
Who is speaking here? The Holy Spirit! What does he say? He clearly says some are going to depart or leave the faith (they were once in it) and give heed (listen to and obey) to the teachings of demons that speak lies in hypocrisy. The conscience seared as with a hot iron means their conscience is no longer able to know right from wrong. The conscience is one of the facilities of the spirit of man (not the Holy Spirit).
This is what is happening to modern secular man and woman! They do not know the Holy Word of God and are therefore influenced by secularism! I cannot stress enough the importance of knowing the Bible in these last days. If you are not serious about the Word of God then you should be!
Barack Hussein Obama is guilty of promoting deviant sexual behavior which the nation has accepted and used to replace commonsense heterosexual behavior! He will one day answer to God for his turning a nation away from the true and living God to a false religion and immoral decadence!