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Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unright-eousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.  2 Cor. 6:14-18

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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  John 8:32 

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me . . .  Hosea 4:6

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.  2 Tim. 4:3-4

And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
2 Thess. 2:8-12 (NKJV; emphasis added)

ALERT

The contemporary body of corporate Seventh-day Adventists and many, many Independent Ministries are sleepwalking far behind the march of prophetic events.  It is high time to wake up and WATCH!

"The hour has come, the hour is striking and striking at you, the hour and the end!"  Eze. 7:6 (Moffatt)

The words of Jesus Christ Himself about His Second Coming - Matt. 24:

21For then shall be great tribulation , such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. [Cf. Dan. 11:45-12:1] 23Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.  [Cf. Isa.  25Behold, I have told you before. 26Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. [Wrote John the Revelator - Rev. 1:7, "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him" and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. (Cf. Rev. 19)]  . . .30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.  (Emphasis added.)

Of the great antichrist God has revealed through His prophet Isaiah:

12How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. (Cf. Isa. 2:1-6, 19-21; bold and italic emphasis added)

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Is the General Conference Involved in Ecumenism?

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(Cf. HARLOTRY ACKNOWLEDGED - CHURCH MEMBERS FOLLOW BLINDLY;

The Goals of the Faith and Order Commission – Seventh-day Adventist Involvement;

THE CALL OF THE POPE & WHO RESPONDED)

An urgent message to Seventh-day Adventists as the prophetic time clock winds down:

Text of Sermon, Sabbath, August 12, 1989

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The insight of A. T. Jones that needs to be kept in mind as Roman Catholic legislation proliferates throughout America - "The papacy is very impatient of any restraining bonds"  more . . .

Ellen G. White: "When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the state to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result." (GC 445.1)

"When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with Spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and Republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan, and that the end is near." (5T 451.)

Spirit of Prophecy Policy on Family Planning  (For full context cf. Adventists and Birth Control; Adventists and Birth Control (Concluded)

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Certain of the popular positions mentioned approvingly in some hyperlinked reports, essays, and blogs on this web page will of necessity cause reactions of strong disagreement, or at the very least discomfort, on the part of many readers. Regrettably, these positions cannot be separated from the core issues in the reports which prove the fulfillment of major end-times prophecies, and may of themselves be fulfillment of the prophecy of the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3:1-5

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NEW►  A major sign of the rapidly approaching end of this rebellious world is the deep and enthusiastic involvement of Pope Francis in the Charismatic Renewal movement. The spirits of devils (Rev. 16:13-14, 16) are the unifying and driving force of this movement:-

From [D] @gmail.com:

Is Pope Francis a Charismatic? Yes, But In the Fullest Sense of the Word "On Pentecost Sunday of this past year he spoke to a massive crowd in St Peters square. It included the leaders and representatives of what are now collectively referred to as the ecclesial movements. Pope Francis sees all of these movements as a resource for the Church in her work. That includes what is called the New Evangelization within the Church- as well as her work in the world in what I believe is clearly emerging as a new missionary age of Christianity.

He sees all of these ecclesial movements as assisting the Christian faithful to experience an encounter with the Risen Jesus Christ and open their lives to the work of the Holy Spirit. He wants to direct ALL the movements to serve the one mission of the one Church."

Pope Francis & the Charismatic Renewal: Q&A with Patti Gallagher Mansfield "You’ve been involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal since it began in 1967. How has the movement changed or evolved in these five decades?

The Charismatic Renewal is not a movement like other movements in that it has no human founder. In the beginning years, the movement spread like wildfire. It now numbers an estimated 120 million Catholics in 235 countries around the world. In the United States, attendance at Charismatic Renewal events has declined over the years, but in other countries numbers are high and the movement is flourishing. In Brazil, a country I have visited more than 20 times for missions and conferences, there are 2 million Catholic charismatics.

One of the biggest changes since the early days is that the Charismatic Renewal is no longer regarded as something strange or alien, but rather seen as an accepted ecclesial movement serving the church and her mission. It is, in fact, the largest ecclesial movement.

Since becoming pope, Francis has reached out to Catholic charismatics and to Protestant evangelicals. Why are these gestures significant?

Pope Francis is the first pope who has had first-hand experience with the Charismatic Renewal. His predecessors were open and supportive to the movement, but Pope Francis was actively involved with Catholic charismatics in Argentina by celebrating Mass for them and serving as the representative of the bishops of his country to the movement. He admits that his first impressions were not very positive; he thought they were like a “Samba school.” But he changed his mind and stated, “I think that this movement does much good for the church overall.” He has also encouraged the Charismatic Renewal to give the witness of spiritual ecumenism with other Christians."

Note the year 1967 and its significance. (Cf. Jesus' Own Prophecy)

NEW►  Antonin Scalia is not shy about making declarations that are quite at odds with the US Constitution which he is empowered to interpret as a Supreme Court Justice. To be sure, there are differences between him and the other right-wing Republican appointed Roman Catholic Justices; but it is certain that on the question of the constitutional legitimacy of favoring religion in the public sphere they are unanimous; and unitedly set on utterly demolishing the wall of separation between Church and State:-

From [D] @gmail.com:

Antonin Scalia Says Constitution Permits Court To 'Favor Religion Over Non-Religion':

Defending his strict adherence to the plain text of the Constitution, Scalia knocked secular qualms over the role of religion in the public sphere as “utterly absurd,” arguing that the Constitution is only obligated to protect freedom of religion -- not freedom from it.

I think the main fight is to dissuade Americans from what the secularists are trying to persuade them to be true: that the separation of church and state means that the government cannot favor religion over non-religion,” the Reagan-appointed jurist told the crowd of about 400 people.

We do Him [God] honor in our pledge of allegiance, in all our public ceremonies,” the conservative Catholic justice continued. “There’s nothing wrong with that. It is in the best of American traditions, and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. I think we have to fight that tendency of the secularists to impose it on all of us through the Constitution.”

Earlier this year, Scalia joined the Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Town of Greece v. Galloway, which held that the New York town could continue opening legislative sessions with sectarian prayers.

Scalia has since used the case to press for the approval of public prayers in schools, legislatures and courtrooms.

Note the emphasized passages:

". . . the Constitution is only obligated to protect freedom of religion -- not freedom from it." - With Roman Catholic activists, the only freedom of religion entitled to protection is that of the Church of Rome, and the phrase "not freedom from it" is stark and pregnant with meaning.

“I think the main fight is to dissuade Americans from what the secularists are trying to persuade them to be true: that the separation of church and state means that the government cannot favor religion over non-religion, . . .”

The Roman Catholic hierarchy is utterly opposed to the secular state, which is the only one which recognizes the freedom of the individual to choose any religion or none at all. "Dissuading Americans" is really no longer a fight. The Church of Rome has done an effective job of propagandizing the American people.

“We do Him [God] honor in our pledge of allegiance, in all our public ceremonies, . . .” In 1954 the phrase "under God" was added to the pledge of allegiance, previously a secular statement, as the result of a campaign by the Roman Catholic activist organization, the Knights of Columbus:

The U.S. Pledge of Allegiance-

Between 1924 and 1954, the Pledge of Allegiance was worded:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

In 1954, during the McCarthy era and communism scare, Congress passed a bill, which was signed into law, to add the words "under God." The current Pledge reads:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands; one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

One Nation Under God-

The purpose of the program is to keep the phrase one nation “Under God” in the public eye, as well as in the Pledge of Allegiance. In 1951, a movement to add "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance was organized. As you probably know, this movement was begun by a resolution adopted by the Knights of Columbus' national Board of Directors in April, at the height of the Korean War. The resolution called on all Knights to add the words "under God" to the Pledge, which is recited at the opening of Council and Assembly meetings. The Hearst newspaper corporation joined us in 1952, campaigning for the resolution in its papers nationwide. In 1953, Federal legislators were lobbied by leaders from the Knights of Columbus. A bill to add "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance was introduced, in the House by Representative Louis Rabaut (a Democrat), and in the Senate by Senator Homer Ferguson (a Republican). On June 14, 1954, the words "under God" were inserted into the Pledge. The legislation was signed into law and supported by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. President Eisenhower says: "In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war."

Cf. Pope Francis heaps praise upon the Knights of Columbus . . .

More on Scalia, the Knights of Columbus, and freedom of and from religion:

Newdow Seeks Scalia Recusal-

"Newdow filed a brief, "Suggestion for Recusal of Justice Scalia," on Sept. 5, pointing out that Scalia gave a speech in January alluding to the Ninth Circuit decision as a prime example of how courts are misinterpreting the Constitution. At a Knights of Columbus rally in Fredericksburg, Va., the Catholic justice said framers didn't intend to "exclude God from the public forums and from political life."

Newdow's brief noted the "firestorm of controversy" erupting when the opinion was issued.

"The associated passions--though understandable--are the very reason we have an Establishment Clause, and, perhaps in this arena more than any other, it is essential that the judiciary present a neutral front." The brief argues that statements and activities by Scalia call his impartiality into question. . .

In other developments, the U.S. House, by a 307-119 margin, passed an amendment in July by Rep. John Hostettler, R-IN, prohibiting enforcement of the Ninth Circuit pledge decision.

That amendment was actually opposed by the Justice Department, which said such legislation could complicate the appeal.

A second amendment, adopted by a 260-161 vote, prohibited use of federal money to enforce the 11th Circuit's ruling against Judge Roy Moore. The intent was to bar the U.S. Marshals Service from enforcing either decision.

"These amendments are essentially meaningless. But these votes do show a shocking contempt by a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives--not just for the constitutional principle of separation of church and state, but for a free and independent judiciary," said Anne Gaylor, president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

NEW►  SHADES OF BUSH V. GORE! In that 2001 case, a partisan right-wing majority on the Supreme Court intervened to halt a recount of ballots in Florida, thus handing an election victory to Republican George W. Bush. It was blatantly not based on legal authority, to the extent that the majority stipulated that the reasoning for the decision was not to be cited as a precedent in future cases. This time a similar right-wing Republican ROMAN CATHOLIC majority has moved to restrict voting rights in Ohio, which is probably a prediction of similar decisions to come for other States:

An Ominous Supreme Court Decision "Anyone who cares about the right to vote should be very concerned by yesterday’s 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Husted v. NAACP . The one-paragraph stay order effectively stops same day registration in Ohio, which was to start today, and reduces the early voting period. The evidence showed that these voting opportunities were heavily used by African American and poor voters, who will be disproportionately burdened by the cuts. Even more disconcerting, however, are the implications of yesterday’s decision for the future of the right to vote.

In layman’s terms, here’s what happened: Ohio got caught with its hand in the cookie jar, and the Supreme Court let them eat the cookies. The state’s Republican legislature eliminated voting opportunities used mostly by Democratic-leaning voters, offering flimsy justifications for the changes. Conscientiously applying existing precedent, the lower courts blocked these voting restrictions, but the five most conservative justices on the Supreme Court allowed them to take effect, without explanation.

The Supreme Court’s action is unprecedented. I can’t think of any other case in which the Court has put the brakes on voting the day before it was to begin. The order is disruptive, changing the rules around which voters, candidates, parties, and election officials have budgeted and planned for weeks. The order is also unnecessary. Contrary to the state’s claim, there was no “emergency” from following the voting rules which had been in place for multiple election cycles."

Law Professor Calls Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Restrictions ‘Purely Partisan’ "The order staying the voting restrictions came the day after the justices met for their first formal conference for the new term and just one day before polling stations were set to open in Ohio to allow voters to cast ballots in November’s general election.

“This is a case that is just partisan all the way down,” Eric Segall, a Georgia State University law professor, said in an interview with RH Reality Check.

Segall is the author of Supreme Myths: Why the Supreme Court and Its Justices are Not Judges, and co-author of Supreme Secrecy, to be published next year by Stanford University Press."

Although the foundations for the destruction of democracy in America by the institution of Roman Catholic ideological supremacy were laid during the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, the 2000 election marked the introduction of a presidency openly dedicated to Roman Catholic principles of government. The forming of the Image to the Beast was clearly visible.

Just one week ago, in the entry below on religion in politics, the following quotation of Lord Acton was stated, “The one prevailing evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections” (emphasis added.) This aphorism is now seen in action, markedly beginning in the year 2000:

Yes, Bush v. Gore Did Steal the Election "The general topic of wildly partisan Supreme Court rulings is on everybody’s mind right now for some reason. The Washington Examiner’s Tim Carney wants everybody to know that the Supreme Court really, truly did not hand the presidential election to George W. Bush. 'You can disagree with the ruling in Bush v. Gore,' writes Carney, 'but you can’t honestly argue that it decided the election.'

Well, yes, you can. In fact we know nearly for certain that the recount stopped by the Supreme Court would have given Gore the lead. (Of course, it’s entirely possible that the Republican-controlled Florida legislature would have simply overridden the results of the count and handed the state to Bush, as it threatened to do.) But Carney is repeating a common misconception."

Lawyers Protest U.S. Supreme Court "As George W. Bush and his backers descend on Washington for days of celebration and years of governing, other Americans insist on reminding the world of the unprecedented use of political and judicial power that got Bush here.

On Saturday, 554 law professors from 120 law schools signed a full-page New York Times ad protesting the Dec. 9 halting of a Florida recount that had threatened to reverse Bush's tiny lead.

'By stopping the vote count in Florida, the U.S. Supreme Court used its power to act as political partisans, not judges of a court of law,' read the ad.

In an interview, one of the law professors deplored the fact that one of his primary teachings to his students over a 40-year career in constitutional law -- that the U.S. Supreme Court acts as a nonpartisan institution despite differing judicial philosophies -- had been rendered null and void by the actions of the five justices who stopped the count."

All of the signs are that the prophetic time clock is winding down, especially since 1980, when one generation's time to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ began, according to Jesus' own prophecy. Should we not heed the call of the prophet Amos to "prepare to meet thy God, O Israel." (Amos 4:12.)

NEW►  Pope Francis claims that the Eucharist can transform the world. His claim is not confined to Roman Catholics:-

From [D]@gmail.com:

Pope reflects on the Eucharist and hope "The Eucharist is a source of hope for the world’s transformation, Pope Francis told members of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses in a September 27 audience."

The Eucharist is a blasphemous rite that symbolically crucifies Jesus Christ every time that the Mass is performed! Rome plays fast and loose with the name, the priesthood, and the majesty of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the blasphemy is approaching a crescendo!:

THE NEW PRIESTHOOD AND THE NEW SANCTUARY "But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God. (Hebrews 10:12 KJV)

Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way which he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. (Hebrews 10:19-22 RSV)" (Emphasis added)


 

"We have the prophetic word confirmed . . ." [From 2 Peter 1:19 NKJV,] by the unfolding of religio-political events. The prophecy predicted that a democratic America would become a Theocracy by the vote of its people *. This process is already far advanced in the forming of an Image to the Beast, and it is not by a majority of the people. George Washington said, “It is one of the evils of democratical governments, that the people, not always seeing and frequently misled, must often feel before they can act, (emphasis added.)” The tragedy is that by the time that the the blind and the gullible feel, it is too late to act:-

From [D]@gmail.com:

Increasing Number of Americans Want Religion in Politics, Pew Poll Finds "The number of people who say churches and other houses of worship should express their views on social and political issues is up six percentage points since the 2010 midterm elections, from 43 percent to 49 percent. Similarly, those who think there has been 'too little' expression of faith from political leaders is up from 37 percent to 41 percent. . .

The study reveals a greater gap between religiously affiliated people and the growing number of people who are not affiliated with any religion, a group sometimes referred to as the 'nones.' Those who identify with a religion have become more supportive of churches and other religious houses who speak out about political issues and political leaders talking more often about religion while the 'nones' frequently oppose religion in politics.

The study also indicates that people who think religion has a positive impact on society are also more likely to want more religion in politics. Moreover, the desire to see religion in public life is greater among Republicans and those who lean toward the GOP than it is among Democrats."

No comfort can be taken from the fact that it is still a minority who in effect are expressing support for Theocracy. Lord Acton said, “The one prevailing evil of democracy is *the tyranny of the majority, or rather that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections” (emphasis added.) How prescient of what has been happening in America since the 1970s, and is now the menacing element in electoral politics.

Emerging from the Constitutional Convention in the summer of 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked by a woman what form the new government would take. Franklin answered “A republic, if you can keep it.” (A Republic, If You Can Keep It.) Today, the distinction between a Republic and a Democracy has become blurred into oblivion. This is due in major part to the "dumbing down" of the American body politic from a knowledge of papal history and an awareness of its ever present menace, through a deliberate process of indoctrination by the Roman Catholic hierarchy. (Making America Catholic.) Christian Edwardson has pointed out that although the Image to the Beast is formed by Protestants, it is really the Roman Catholic Church that is working its will. His book Facts of Faith was first published in 1943, which is a measure of how far conversion of the American Republic into a Theocracy has advanced by the year 2014.

* Elder Wm. H. Grotheer was clearly correct in his exegetical conclusion that "earth" in Rev. 13:11-12, 14, applies to the same geographical area.

The False Prophet has formed the Image to the Beast, and is now causing it to begin to speak in dictatorial terms, in many ways little noticed as well as in major laws proposed and being passed. One little-noticed law: an airman who does not believe in the existence of God is required to acknowledge Him in order to re-enlist in the USAF:-

Group: Airman denied reenlistment for refusing to say 'so help me God'

US Air Force to Atheist: Say ‘God’ in oath or don’t re-enlist

Almighty God forces the will of no human being, ("The government . . .") and has certainly not given the State authority to do so, rather the contrary, and the United States of America has guaranteed freedom of conscience by its own Constitution:

The Law of Religious Freedom ". . . The Religion Clauses of the First Amendment guarantee religious liberty, or freedom of conscience, for all Americans — people of all faiths and none."

The first amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Religious aspects

It is settled constitutional law "that affirmations are equivalent to oaths, and that what may be said with a “So help me God” may be said without:

Should atheists who refuse to say ‘so help me God’ be excluded from the Air Force?

Title 1 U.S.C. § 1 indeed provides, “‘oath’ includes affirmation, and ‘sworn’ includes affirmed.” And what is an affirmation? United States v. Bueno-Vargas (9th Cir. 2004) tells us (emphasis added),

An “‘”Oath or affirmation” is a formal assertion of, or attestation to, the truth of what has been, or is to be, said.’” United States v. Brooks, 285 F.3d 1102, 1105 (8th Cir.2002) (quoting United States v. Turner, 558 F.2d 46, 50 (2d Cir.1977)). Black’s Law Dictionary 1099 (7th ed.1999), defines an oath as a “solemn declaration, accompanied by a swearing to God or a revered person or thing, that one’s statement is true.” Black’s defines an affirmation as a “pledge equivalent to an oath but without reference to a supreme being or to ‘swearing.’” Id. at 50; see also Brooks, 285 F.3d at 1105 (reciting these definitions).

So 10 U.S.C. § 502 expressly says that each person may swear or affirm. Likewise, 1 U.S.C. § 1 expressly says that an oath includes an affirmation. And an affirmation means precisely a pledge without reference to a supreme being. Given this context, it seems to me quite clear that “So help me God” in the statute should be read as an optional component, to be used for the great bulk of people who swear, but should be omitted for those who exercise their expressly statutorily provided option to affirm — because that’s what affirming means (omitting reference to a supreme being).

Even looking at the statute standing alone, then, the Air Force thus has no business denying people the ability to affirm, which is to say to omit “so help me God.” . . .

It is not surprising that it is the Air Force which seeks to rigidly enforce the change in 10 USC 502. Paragraph 5.6, made in October, 2013:-

Religious intolerance at Air Force Academy:

Mikey Weinstein, a graduate of of the Academy who has two sons there said: "The Air Force's official policy remains that the Air Force reserves the right to evangelize anyone in the Air Force that it determines to be unchurched."During an an interview with the Los Angeles Times, he said:

"It's a declaration of war, as far as I'm concerned, on the Constitution. I hope everybody comprehensively and joyously celebrates whatever religion that they want ? or no religion ? but they cannot engage the machinery of the state."

During an interview with the Colorado Springs Gazette, he said:

"These guidelines do nothing more than contribute to what appears to be an imperious, fascistic contagion that is sweeping throughout this country through evangelical Christians trying to infuse their religious thought into the machinery of the state."

Weinstein later organized the Military Religious Freedom Foundation to combat religious oppression in the military. . .

Captain Melinda Morton, a Lutheran, is the second most senior chaplain at the school. She told the task force that she was fired because she had spoken up about religious intolerance among cadets and staff -- including allegations that Evangelical Christians there wield too much influence. When she was asked why she thought the problem was concentrated at the Air Force Academy and not at the other academies, she pointed to nearby Colorado Springs, CO, the home of many influential conservative Christian organizations.

Tom Minnery, spokesperson for Focus on the Family, arguably the most influential Evangelical Christian para-church organization in the U.S., disagreed that Evangelical Christians are the problem. He claims that "anti-Christian bigotry" was infecting the academy. He said that Americans United is on a "witch hunt here. They will not rest until religion is eradicated from that campus."

According to National Public Radio, Colorado Springs, "...for the past decade has been recognized as a center for evangelical Christian organizations." Over 100 groups are located there, of which Focus on the Family is the largest. Others include the New Life Church, the Navigators, Mission of Mercy, Global Action, and the International Bible Society."

(N.B. The use of articles from the "Religious Tolerance" website does not imply approval of an "all religions" or "no religion" philosophy. The Christian Bible is our rule of faith and practice.)

Cf. Air Force Academy: Proselytizing And Religious Freedom Debate On School Campus.

The descriptive language of Mikey Weinstein quoted above, "an imperious, fascistic contagion that is sweeping throughout this country through evangelical Christians trying to infuse their religious thought into the machinery of the state," is not an exaggeration. It perfectly matches what is happening, and the prophecy of Rev. 13:11-17. They speak "as a dragon."

For earlier entries go to:

FINAL WORLD EVENTS IN PROPHECY FORESHADOWED 2014

 
Announcement:

Elder Wm. H. Grotheer died on Sabbath, Saturday May 2, 2009.

He has left a rich legacy of theological writings and sermons which will be a blessing to many until the end of time.

Follow the adjacent link to a moving tribute written by a former student of Elder Grotheer who has been a friend of the Grotheer family for nearly fifty years.

In memory of
William Henry Grotheer October 10, 1923
to May 2, 2009

 

"The hour has come, the hour is striking and striking at you, the hour and the end!"  Eze. 7:6 (Moffatt)