VOL. CXIX – Issue IV October/December 2019
Another Victory for a Church under Christ!
By Attorney Jerald Finney
An Evangelical Immigrant Baptist church comes to America for religious freedom and is surprised to encounter tyranny, but with help from God and the Biblical Law Center, they have prevailed. This is the case of Evangelical Baptist Church in Edina, Minnesota.
Any church who remains under Christ alone has already been victorious in the eyes of Lord, no matter what any earthly power does to it. We praise the Lord for eternal spiritual victory! We also praise the Lord for victory for an eternal church under Christ in this temporal battleground.
Praise the Lord for such a victory for the Lord’s churches (as opposed to churches which combine with to the state and federal government through incorporation (sole and aggregate), unincorporated association status, Internal Revenue Code § 501(c)(3) or § 508 status, legal status by holding bank accounts or insurance in the name of the church, running incorporated and/or 501(c)(3) or 508 ministries, etc.) in Minnesota!
The local property tax board denied the property tax exemption on the property owned by the Lord Jesus Christ and held in trust by the Pastor/Trustee who had a fiduciary duty to manage the Trust Estate which included the meetinghouse and the land it was on for the benefit of the Lord Jesus Christ, the true owner of the property. Other property in the Trust Estate includes a bank account, liability insurance, and personal property.
The victory was won after the Trustee of the Trust established by the church filed a petition in Minnesota District Court after the local property tax board in Minnesota denied the property tax exemption on the property. The local board took the position that the church had to “establish” to qualify for the property tax exemption. A church becomes established when it, for example, is granted corporate and/or 501(c)(3) status after application to the state government (incorporation) and/or the federal government ((501(c)(3) status). No church in America is required by man’s law to establish. The state and federal governments invite churches to seek and obtain such status and churches eagerly, against New Testament principle, accept the invitation.[i]
In America, property tax boards in many states have granted property tax exemption on property held in trust for the Lord and used exclusively for church purposes. Sometimes the local tax board balks but relents after reasoning with them. In Indiana, a state which has an agency hearing process (followed by appeal to court if necessary), numerous such properties have been almost routinely been granted the exemption. However, a Trustee in Indiana successfully contested a denial of the property tax exemption through the agency process. See [ii] for a link the complete story in that case.
In Minnesota, there is no agency hearing when a local property tax board denies the exemption. The contest has to be filed in district court which then transfers the case to tax court. Before filing a petition in district court, the Trustee in Minnesota, with Jerald Finney’s[iii] help, talked with the county attorney and provided memorandums explaining why the exemption should be honored. The county attorney and assessor maintained their position that the church had to establish under Minnesota non-profit corporation law and also obtain 501(c)(3) status.
After the case was finally called by the court, motions were filed, and a hearing was held the case was settled in favor of the tax exemption for the Lord’s property. The tax exemption was granted!
The Pastor/Trustee and all the members of the church are to be applauded. They took the position that they were going to continue as church under Christ and Him alone no matter the outcome of the case.
This article is also published at: The Trumpet Newspaper, October – December 2019.
Note. For a link to the written argument filed in court, without identifiers, see [iv] below.
Note. Property tax exemption on property used exclusively by churches is honored by all 50 states. Unlike 501(c)(3) or 508 federal tax exemption, the property tax exemption comes with no strings attached and is to be given all such properties. The property tax exemption actually strengthens the First Amendment religious freedom unlike 501(c)(3) or 508 federal tax exemption which destroy such freedom. The legal Response filed in Minnesota Court explains more about this. See [iv] below.
Note. By establishing the trust relationship, the church—like many churches that the Churches Under Christ and the Biblical Law Center ministries have helped with the matter of church organization under Christ and Christ alone since the 1980’s—continued under the authority of Christ and Christ alone. In other words, the church remained a spiritual entity under Him and not an earthly organization under the state and/or the federal government.
[i] What is an established church?; Who Is the head of an incorporated church?; Separation of Church and State: God’s Churches: Spiritual or Legal Entities? Does God Care if our Church is Incorporated?; The church incorporation-501(c)(3) control scheme; Federal government control of churches through 501(c)(3) tax exemption; Short Answers to Some Important Questions.
[iii] Finney Moved to Minnesota in March 2016. After completing a grueling reciprocity process, he was licensed to practice law in Minnesota in February, 2017. However, when the Lord called him to move back to Texas in May, 2019 the Minnesota Tax Court had not gotten to the case. The MTC has around 6,000 new property tax cases on its docket each year. Trustee filed the petition in 2016, but the Court did not call the case until after Finney moved back to Texas. At that point, Finney worked with and advised a Minnesota law firm who took over the case. He also drafted the substance of the written motion for the plaintiff/trustee which was used by the firm.
(We rejoice with this dear pastor and his congregation in Minnesota who remained faithful to Christ in spite of this persecution from their local state officials.
This is the method developed by Att. Al Cunningham, who established the Biblical Law Center in 1984 after learning the truth about the trap of church incorporation and the 501 (c ) (3) tax-exempt scheme when he came to stand with Pastor Sileven Ramsey and the Faith Baptist Church in Louisville, NE in 1982.
After Bro. Cunningham’s untimely death, it was my privilege of being the National Director of the BLC until Bro. Finney accepted this great responsibility.
We thank God for the great job he is doing and highly suggest that churches contact him to ensnare themselves from this wicked, unscriptural, state/church entrapment.
Bro. Finney will speak at 2:00 pm at the National UBF Meeting on Oct. 15 at the Fairland Baptist Temple at Fairland, IN. To see the Petitioner’s response and other links go to: http://jeraldfinney.com/
One of the Last Great Signs Before Jesus Comes Again
There are many signs that point to the coming of Christ and the end of the age, such as the reestablishing of Israel as a Nation and the mid-east conflict, the industrial revolution, the rise of false christs and false prophets, the move toward a one-world religious system which will culminate in the worship of the Beast (Anti-Christ), and the rapid movement toward a one world government under that same Beast. Then there is the universal economic system that will require everyone on earth to receive a mark in the right hand or forehead as recorded in Revelation 13:16-18, which would have been impossible without the advent of the computer and the worldwide numbering system that is nearly in place now. Besides these, there are many others that we could mention, but I believe that one of the greatest of the last great signs is one that has been overlooked, but is clearly revealed for all to heed almost at the end of the Bible.
One of the last signs
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
OUR BLESSED LORD JESUS CHRIST HAS SPOKEN
HE WHO HATH AN EAR TO HEAR LET HIM HEAR
BLESSED IS HE THAT WATCHETH, AND KEEPETH HIS GARMENTS, LEST HE WALK NAKED, AND THEY SEE HIS SHAME.
One of the last great signs before the Lord Jesus Christ comes again will be world wide nakedness. The whole world will take off their clothes and walk around naked. This is the first time we have seen this phenomenon in the history of the world. 6,000 years of human history went by, and women and men dressed basically the same. In medieval times, one had to go to the theater to see a woman’s legs. Now with TV, movies, magazines, the internet, etc., nakedness is commonplace everywhere. I recently asked a youth pastor’s wife what their greatest problem was, and she said keeping the girls inside their shirts. It used to be when we were kids that we had to look at National Geographic; now we just go to Wal-Mart to see the same thing. God says when the whole world takes their clothes off, church, keep yours on. Don’t spiritualize this verse, interpret it literally. Read it literally in the context. Read it exactly as the Holy Spirit reveals it.
Let’s look at some other scriptures in light of this truth. The Lord Jesus said concerning Sardis, Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. [Rev. 3:4] However notice the problem that the end time church at Laodicea has. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy NAKEDNESS do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Emphasis mine)
Since the garden of Eden man’s problem has been pride and rebellion, and nakedness has always been man’s greatest outward demonstration of that rebellion. It was the first evidence that Adam and Eve had sinned. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; [Genesis 3:7]
One thing is clear – Man loves the flesh but God hates it. You will note the necessity of the New Birth. Jesus said, That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit . Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. [John 3:6,7] Paul, the apostle said, “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.” It is not hard to prove that the flesh is nothing but flesh. Certainly, it is no more and no less than flesh. All flesh is corruptible. According to Webster “corruption” means spoiled, contaminated, rotten, morally unsound or debased, perverted, evil and depraved. That’s not a very pretty picture, is it? My friend, you can do anything to the flesh and it’s still flesh. You can wash it, paint it, perfume it, doctor it, clothe it, exercise it, educate it, but it is still flesh.
Listen to what God thinks of the flesh: All flesh is corrupt. [Gen. 6:12] All flesh shall perish together. [Job 34:15] There is no soundness in the flesh. [Ps. 38:1] The flesh faileth. [Ps. 73:26] The flesh is weak. [Matt. 26:41] The flesh profiteth nothing. [John 6:63] In the flesh dwelleth no good thing. [Rom. 7:18] To be fleshly minded is death. [Rom. 8:6] They that are in the flesh cannot please God. [Rom. 8:8] If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die. [Rom. 8:13] The flesh lusteh. [Ga. 5:17] The flesh reapeth corruption. [Ga 6:8] W are not to put confidence in the flesh. [ Phil.3:3]
Noah’s son Ham looked on his father’s nakedness when he was sleeping and brought a curse upon an entire nation of people [Gen. 9:22, 25]. In the Old Testament, the Priests were to set the example in the area of modesty. [Ex 28:42] And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; [Ex 28:42] Moses gave strict instructions under the law in the matter of looking on the nakedness of relatives [Lev. Chap. 18]. There is a Christian culture determined by the scriptures that has influenced not only Western civilization, but the entire world.
When the Lord Jesus came into the coasts of Gadara, he encountered a man who had an “unclean spirit.” This man had no respect for himself or others. But when Jesus saved him, there were three specific things mentioned. He was sitting (he had respect God), he was clothed (he had respect for himself), and he was in his right mind (he had respect for others). He could be reasoned with. Before his encounter with Jesus, the scriptures said that, “No man could tame him.”
When you see people going around half naked, it is obvious they have an unclean spirit or spirits. They have given themselves over to these devilss of wickedness. Satan has taken them captive at his will [2Tim. 2:26]. When you see young girls and women wearing immodest clothing, bearing their midriffs, showing their bosoms, and every thing else they can show, remember what Paul said about silly women. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,[2 Tim.3:6].
Abiding with Jesus is a cure for the sin of nakedness. It cured Peter. He was out fishing with a group of men when Jesus showed up, he was naked, and when he realized that it was the Lord, he wrapped a coat around himself and jumped in the sea [John 21:7].
There are some things that the believer in Christ is supposed to hate and one of those is the garment that is even spotted by the flesh. And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh [Jude 1:23]. Read this carefully, “spotted by the flesh”, you can see the flesh when you look at the garments they are wearing. You will notice that this admonition is given in this text dealing with soul winning. In other words, our sanctification is involved in evangelism. How can we expect God to use a dirty vessel? When we go out to represent Christ in this matter of soul winning, he expects us to dress right, which means that the men are not to have coffee stains on their shirt, and the women are not to have flesh spots or stains on their dresses or blouses. In other words, you shouldn’t see the flesh when you look at their clothes. The problem today is, it isn’t just spots but big blotches that you see, and its not just Wal-Mart but Sadie close your eyes, it’s now seen down at the Church House.
The Scriptures emphatically teach that Christian believers obtain eternal salvation at the time of their born again experience, however, christians, pastors, and today’s churches have fallen prey to and been saturated with the same fleshly corrupting shameful influence of allowing nakedness to mar their testimony before the lost and dying world which we are to attempting to win to Christ. There is little difference between those who call themselves Christians, and the naked worldling of the day. Do we really expect Jesus to return at any moment? “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.” [I John 2:28].
Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. [Re 3:4,5]
Folks, I’ve got good news for you. If you’ve got some of those garments spotted by the flesh, I know where there’s a Red Cross Cleaners that you can take them to, and I’ll guarantee you that if you’ll throw those garments in that washing machine, there is a big old agitator in there in the shape of a cross made of wood that’s got the best cleanser on it called the blood of the lamb. Just throw those old garments in there that’s all spotted by the flesh and see if they won’t come out all clean and white like fine linen. All who go to that cleaners will one day be called to join that great multitude to sit down with the Bridegroom at the Marriage of the Lamb.
And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. [Rev. 19:6-9]
Whiter than Snow
(Traditional Christian Hymn-James Nicholson)
Based on King David’s prayer of repentance at Psalm 51:7 – Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole,
I want thee forever to live in my soul;
Break down every Idol, cast out every foe,
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
Whiter than snow,
Yes, whiter than snow,
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
Lord Jesus, look down from Thy throne in the skies,
And help me to make a complete sacrifice;
I give up myself, and whatever I know,
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
Lord Jesus, for this I most humbly entreat,
I wait, blessed Lord, at Thy crucified feet;
By faith, for my cleansing, I see Thy blood flow,
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
Lord Jesus, Thou seest I patiently wait,
Come now, and within me a new heart create;
To those who have sought Thee, Thou never sadist “No,”
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
Whiter than snow,
Yes, whiter than snow,
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
1Jo 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Pope urges world leaders to sign ‘Global Pact’ for ‘new humanism’
The pope is beginning to quote Hillary Clinton regarding his agendas, and has taken a hard turn to the secular, mentioning God just once in a new educational plan.
The Daily Wire reports on a plan in which the pope is inviting representatives of multiple religions, international groups and others to sign a “Global Pact of Education.”
He wants to “Hand on to younger generations a united and fraternal common home.”
There, he quotes Clinton in saying “It takes a village” to raise children.
The Vatican said just days ago the pope confirmed, in a video message, “A global educational pact is needed to educate us in universal solidarity and a new humanism.”
Lifesite News reported, “Vatican-backed website launched to promote the pact added: ‘Educating young people in fraternity, in learning to overcome divisions and conflicts, promote hospitality, justice and peace: Pope Francis has invited everyone who cares about the education of the young generation to sign a Global Pact, to create a global change of mentality through education.'”
The announcement mentioned “one throw-away reference to the Lord,” the report said.
He said the world’s inhabitants have to be proactive in education goals.
Without regard to the status quo.
“This will result in men and women who are open, responsible, prepared to listen, dialogue and reflect with others, and capable of weaving relationships with families, between generations, and with civil society, and thus to create a new humanism,” he said.
Lifesite noted some of the concerns with the announcement: “At a time when the right to homeschool and the right to a free choice of school are threatened, and when countries throughout the world level taxes to provide public schooling to which no Catholic parents could safely send their child, Pope Francis omitted any reference to the prerogatives of parents as the primary educators of their children.”
He invited everyone “to work for this alliance and to be committed, individually and within our communities, to nurturing the dream of a humanism rooted in solidarity and responsive both to humanity’s aspirations and to God’s plan.”
He assigned the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education to run forward with the plan. That church division is charged with overseeing “216 thousand Catholic schools, attended by over 60 million pupils and 1,750 Catholic universities, with over 11 million students.”
Plans are for a convention of sorts to happen May 24, 2020.
He said an alliance is required “between the earth’s inhabitants and our ‘common home,’ which we are bound to care for and respect. An alliance that generates peace, justice and hospitality among all peoples of the human family, as well as dialogue between religions.”
He said, just weeks ago, that perhaps the world needs to change a lot.
“In the current situation of globalization not only of the economy but also of technological and cultural exchanges, the nation-state is no longer able to procure the common good of its population alone,” he told the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences in May. “While, according to the principle of subsidiarity, individual nations must be given the power to operate as far as they can, on the other hand, groups of neighboring nations — as is already the case — can strengthen their cooperation by attributing the exercise of certain functions and services to intergovernmental institutions that manage their common interests.”
Top Rabbi in Israel: We Must Build the Third Temple
Read more at https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=3371#RyJHRIhjW34q6h60.99
(There is no way that the Anti-Christ can offer the “Abomination of Desolation” as predicted by the Lord Jesus at Mt 24:15. Paul also mentions the Temple at 2 Th 2:4 surely our Lord’s coming draws night.) By David Sidman Prophecy News Watch July 31, 2019
ADVANCE had its first business leaders reception. 32 attended and $10,310.00 was raised for church planting in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Also, a commitment was made to purchase motorcycles for church planters in Liberia. Thanks to longtime friend Mark Bowell for hosting and to each person who gave and committed. God bless you all.
THE NATIONAL SUICIDE of The XHOSA
America is a great, grand, and glorious nation, not perfect by any calculation, but the most fair, generous, and freedom-loving nation in the world. Recently, we have heard many from left field and right field talk about our founding fathers (and mothers) and our founding documents; however, it seems much is being overlooked. Consequently, I wish to reveal the truth, causing some heartburn.
It must be remembered that I want to explain origins, not our present day. I will get to modern day America but we must look at our beginning. The farther one peers into the past will help him perceive and provide for the future.
The USA was founded by white (gasp), Christian (gasp, gasp), gun toting, homeschooling Englishmen who, after much patient frustration, fought their own ancestors to gain independence and legally became the “People of the United States.” The newly created “People of the United States” formed a nation for “Ourselves and Our Posterity” according to the first paragraph in our Constitution.
Our founders were not interested in people in other parts of the world. They were not interested in proving to the world how broadminded they were. They were not concerned for people of other regions, religions, or races, but were concerned for “ourselves and our posterity.” That meant and still does, “ourselves and people like us.”
That meant “American first!” And that was true until recent years when it seems to be selfish and vile to practice that wholesome maxim.
Were our founding fathers unloving, unkind, un-American (!) or only unthoughtful? Should they have organized a special action of Congress to seek with missionary zeal, the “tired…poor… huddled masses yearning to breathe free”? Should this struggling nation have allocated funds to bring people unlike them to the new nation to add to the diversity?
We are told that our strength is in our diversity but the fact is our strength is in our unity. It is noteworthy that African nations, China, and the Muslim nations never speak of diversity. Wonder why?
Early Americans had similar beliefs about free enterprise, similar (but not the same) beliefs about religion, the same language, and the same general culture. While having similar backgrounds was helpful in producing mutual support, sympathy, and success, it did not mean we disliked others. It only meant that whatever decisions we made, whether economic, religious, political, domestic, or foreign, the first thought was to put America first. Only a fool says otherwise.
President Donald Trump made it clear to the world during his Inauguration speech that once again the U.S. would make decisions based on the principle of putting America first. The media mavens got their knickers in a very uncomfortable knot because of that new operating principle. How dare Trump suggest such an un-American concept! To the media, the very thought is not only annoying, audacious, and aggressive, but also abrasive!
The radical leftists believe that the U.S. should put every other nation first when making decisions that affect the U.S. Of course, they don’t expect other nations to have such a stupid policy but America must never again follow policies, practices, and programs that always put America first!
American people should help other nations in times of disaster as we have always done, but U.S. political decisions should be made asking, “Will this strengthen or weaken our nation?” Then do what is best for the U.S.
It is insane to make decisions that are not beneficial to America. Would any of these non-thinkers suggest that a family should not make decisions based on what is best for them? One media darling suggested that it was racist to put America first. But then, everything seems to be racist at this time.
The Los Angeles Times pontificated, “And what would it mean if all countries are left free to pursue their narrow self interest?” Of course, all nations should be free to pursue their own interest! Have these people lost their minds or are they so saturated with leftist ideology that this is their normal reaction to reality? A responsible public official will consider all the ramifications of a matter and then do what is best for America. It is incredible that this is even debatable.
America–first, last, and always! Liberals scream “bigotry”; but most sane, sensitive, and sincere Americans believe that we don’t have to apologize for putting our national interests first and wanting to keep America, America! It does not mean that we are by nature superior to everyone else (although we probably are), nor does it mean that we wish anyone else ill. It simply means that we like what we have here, although we would like to remove the crime, hatred, perversion, abortion, etc.; but it would be abnormal if we did not want America to continue to be America. We even like to share it with others, but we won’t have it to share if we don’t maintain it!
The signers of the U.S. Constitution were white and most were Protestant. Most of the signers were “American-born and of Anglo-Saxon origin. The eight foreign-born… were all natives of the British Isles. Except for Charles Carroll, a Roman Catholic, and a few Deists, every one subscribed to Protestantism.”
There were only about 2,000 Jews in America in 1776 and in Charleston, SC, “almost every adult Jewish male fought on the side of freedom.” Moreover, a wealthy Jew Haym Salomon lent our fledging government $200,000 and was never repaid—and died bankrupt.
With the Fourteenth Amendment, people who were not like “ourselves and our posterity” became citizens; and along with our generous admission of many others, it produced discussion, debate, division, and disruption.
One of my readers suggests a striking analogy likening the U.S. to the Ship of State “owned and operated by the Posterity of the founding generation [that] has been authorized by the 14th Amendment to pick up ‘hitchhikers’ as an act of hospitality.” Over the years, many hitchhikers have come on board and many shipwrecked have been rescued and they have been received and have often made an impressive contribution to America.
There are now many recent hitchhikers on board who have forgotten their history and consequently their humility and gratitude for what America is. They have become so loud and powerful that they have lost any early vestige of appreciation. They seem to think they were “ourselves and our posterity” when they came on board much later. Some of them, members of Congress, even want to not only take over the Ship of State but also want to change its registration, the ship’s log, destination, etc. A case can be made that it amounts to a mutiny and we are sailing in a different direction toward a hostile and foreign port.
The U.S. has opened its heart and doors to permit many others who were not like “ourselves and our posterity” to be accepted among us. This has added much to our nation but not without danger. And those who have been invited on board might smile and kindly say, “Thanks.” And the mutineers? Well, they can go back to their ancestral home on the next ship.
It is treason not to put America first.
SBC President Proves Denomination Has Fully Embraced Secular Ideology
In June, the Southern Baptist Convention officially adopted Critical Race Theory — an anti-Biblical worldview that treats every circumstance in society through the lens of racism — as a “useful tool” for analyzing racism in our churches and society. Though many conservatives tried to speak out against it, Resolution 9 was overwhelmingly supported by the messengers present at the convention.
Critical Race Theory (CRT) emerged as an offshoot of Critical Theory, a neo-Marxist philosophy that has its roots in the Frankfurt School and its methods are drawn from Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud. CRT teaches that institutional racism exists within every structure of society and that these structures are intrinsically designed in such a manner as to protect and preserve “white supremacy” in our culture. Further, CRT does not rely on factual statistics or objective evidence to support the theory, rather it relies on anecdotal evidence and personal experience.
JD Greear is the current president of the Southern Baptist Convention — and no former president has pushed the denomination toward the full embrace of progressive secularism as has Greear. Greear has long been a proponent of “white privilege” theology, basically a fork of classic black liberation theology taught by James Cone. Further, Greear has embraced intersectionality — a method of victimology that combines “oppressed” groups of people for the purpose of standing against the “oppressor” — and has called on Christians to stand up for LGBTQ rights while insisting that sodomy is morally equivalent to other sins such as boasting or greed. While boasting the Southern Baptist church plants are becoming “less white,” Greear says it’s okay to vote for pro-abortion Democrats.
In a recent article published on his website titled Three Ways to Lay Down Your Privilege, Greear pleads with Christians to “lay down their privilege” for the minority.
Everyone who possesses power, in this world or God’s kingdom, possesses privilege. Those in the world use their privilege for their own benefit. Those of us in God’s family, however, have the privilege of laying down our power for the benefit of others.
Basically, Greear implies that the “straight, white, male” Church is wallowing in its bondage of protecting their own power. “My prayer for the church is that we would rejoice in the privilege of laying down power rather than wallowing in the bondage of protecting it.” Of course, there is literally nobody doing this. There is not a single person who is outspoken against the social justice infiltration in the Church who is “wallowing in bondage” to protect their own racially supreme power. It’s an asinine statement. The entire article is ludicrous and simply affirms how far left the denomination has gone.
https://reformationcharlotte.org/2019/08 /05/sbc-president-proves-denomination- has-fully-embraced-secular-ideology/
(Publisher’s comment: One of our problems is, we have not seen the subject of “race” in a doctrinal context and have ignored it as pastors and theologians for fear of being tagged as racist.
The word race, racist or racism is not found in the KJV Bible. And yet nothing worse can be said about a person today than to call them a “racist.”
It is really an assault on the word of God, who according to the Apostle Paul has declared that God has divided the people of the world into Nations. In his sermon at Mars Hill in Athens he said, And (God hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
But the world despises that message. Just as at the Tower of Babel they want all the world to be on “nation (race). So, they have made up a sin, a crime, called racism and have called it a “hate crime.”
Worse even than any other including murder. It is also an attempt to brand the Jew as evil for trying to keep their nation pure and separate, therefore they are branded as, “racist”.
But as happens so many times they have played on the ignorance of people because there is nothing wrong with the dictionary meaning of the word race.
Webster’s on line dictionary gives the following definition: “The lineage of a family, or continued series of descendants from a parent who is called the stock. A race is the series of descendants indefinitely.
Thus all mankind are called the race of Adam; the Israelites are of the race of Abraham and Jacob…”
We say we are KJV only but are ashamed to use KJV only words. We substitute “people groups” for the word “nation”, and “harlot” for “whore”, and “donkey” for “ass”.
But we aren’t embarrassed to wear all kinds of undress see all clothing even to church, and watch all kinds of movies and TV, even in our own living rooms, with far worse language than this.
Maybe we should reexamine what the Lord Jesus said when He warned at Mt 24:50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, Mt 24:51
And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. I’ve been preaching for over seventy years and when I think of how soon I will be meeting my Lord, I shudder at the meaning of that word “hypocrite.” I trust that you do too.) Prophecy News Watch Aug. 06, 2019
The Push to Kill Cash – Australia’s Proposed Ban Shows It’s Not Conspiracy Theory
The supposed coordination of governments and tech companies to create a one-world, cashless society is often viewed as little more than fodder for silly Youtube conspiracy videos. After all, cash is still king in daily life, even in extremely high-tech, innovative societies like Japan. Upon closer examination, though, current realities like Australia’s proposed cash transaction ban for 2020, the continuing removal of higher denomination bills from several world economies, and the creation of centralized, state cryptocurrencies by governments worldwide cannot be ignored. These trends signal a global push to kill paper money in the name of safety, security, and financial inclusion.
You Can Pay, But It Better Be Our Way
Australia’s “Black Economy Taskforce” wants to put people accepting over 10,000 AUD (~$6,750) in cash in the slammer for up to two years, or fine them up to 25,000 (~$16,890), in an ostensible bid to fight black market economies. The Currency (Restrictions on the Use of Cash) Bill 2019 states:
Transactions equal to, or in excess of this amount would need to be made using the electronic payment system or by cheque. The Black Economy Taskforce recommended this action to tackle tax evasion and other criminal activities.
Note the similarity here with talking points of other governments. India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, when announcing the devastating surprise removal of 86% of the country’s circulating paper cash in 2016, proclaimed:
Black money and corruption are the biggest obstacles in eradicating poverty.
Not surprisingly, Modi’s shock move put the dominantly cash-based society in a panic, forcing people to take their now worthless 1,000 and 500 rupee notes to banks within 50 days of the announcement, to exchange them for smaller denominations. Now The Royal Bank of India is moving to ban all cryptocurrencies but one, the state-approved, digital rupee.
The removal of large cash bills is a worldwide, ongoing reality, with the European Central Bank (ECB) stopping production of the 500 euro note earlier this year. The note, dubbed by the media as “the Bin Laden,” was said to be used disproportionately in financing terrorism. The U.S. used to have banknotes worth $500 and higher as well, some which were known as gold certificates, entitling the bearer to physical gold upon redemption. As fractional reserve banking took over, however, and national debt increased, these systems were progressively abandoned. The trend continues today in the form of Negative Interest Rate Policy (NIRP), and the resultant push for digitization of money.
Stop Holding Cash and Take Our Debt
“If everyone is holding cash, negative interest rates become useless.” These are the words of former People’s Bank of China (PBOC) governor Zhou Xiaochuan after the Chinese government had just completed a trial run of their new national cryptocurrency back in 2017. Now the country’s sovereign digital currency is “almost ready.” Zhou has also officially stated:
At the current stage, the central bank’s major goal of issuing digital currency is to replace the physical cash.
Earlier in the same interview, he maintained that “The cost for cash transaction will gradually increase in the later stage. For instance, banks do not charge any fee for counting a large amount of coins now, but in the future they may charge their clients for such services.” Zhou’s remarks about negative interest rates are arguably the biggest giveaway as to what is going on here. If people are holding cash outside of banks, reckless, Keynesian NIRP policies won’t have the desired effect of coercing spending in the populace.
New Zealand Reserve Bank governor Adrian Orr agrees with Zhou:
Let’s tax cash holdings, simple as that: we’re back to monetary policy as usual; people are disincentivised to be holding large lumps of physical cash; they are having to think harder about putting money to work.
Big Tech: We’ll Create the Digital Money, Thank You
While draconian government monetary policy is alarming, the lack of support for actual financial sovereignty in the crypto and tech space is indicative of another problem. Government’s designs on eliminating paper money and fighting permissionless, decentralized crypto exchange — both moves to control money supply and populations of individuals — are obvious, and to be expected. But even big tech companies and exchanges like Facebook and Binance are jumping on the propaganda bandwagon, dragging many well-meaning enthusiasts into the fight against financial freedom (even if unintentionally) right along with them.
“We believe that we all have a responsibility to help advance financial inclusion, support ethical actors, and continuously uphold the integrity of the ecosystem.” – Libra whitepaper
“This is why we believe in and are committed to a collaborative process with regulators, central banks, and lawmakers…” – Facebook’s David Marcus
“Binance is looking to create new alliances and partnerships with governments, corporations, technology companies, and other cryptocurrency companies and projects involved in the larger blockchain ecosystem, to empower developed and developing countries to spur new currencies.” – Binance’s ‘Venus’ announcement
The common theme here is eager compliance with Keynesian value destroyers. And these examples are illustrative of the true financial epidemic.
Digital currencies really are extremely convenient. Everybody in the world really should have a chance at financial inclusion. Holding wads of paper cash and coins really can be a bother, as well as a safety hazard, where crime is concerned. In Finland, passengers on state railways won’t be able to purchase tickets with cash for long-distance trips, starting in September. Much easier than messing with the paper stuff. ATMs are becoming less common worldwide, even in countries like China, the U.S., and cash-obsessed Japan. Settlements and payments can be made effortlessly, though, with just a quick scan or entering a PIN, so it’s no big deal.
But this is not a perfect world. Governments are corrupt. Artificial monopolies and seas of red tape exist, keeping the life-threateningly impoverished and entrepreneurial from accessing crypto and banking services via strict KYC and AML policy, and by mandating, like Modi in India, that their hard-earned and hard-saved money is worthless. People already have the opportunity for extreme financial inclusion. A $40 smartphone and an internet connection enables anyone, anywhere in the world, to make or receive money with Bitcoin. In the name of regulation, safety, and financial inclusion, however, the state makes the situation more chaotic, less safe, and extremely exclusive where real human need is concerned.
Some of us crazy people still like paper cash, and prefer to pay that way. Some annoying, behind-the-times luddites still put money in their mattresses, where global financial policy turns more and more toward negative rates, continued inflation, and devaluation of money sitting in banks. Some entrepreneurs and tech-savvy fans of crypto simply think it’s nobody else’s damn business, preferring paper wallets, coin shuffling, and VPNs, in a world where everyone but those in power are presumed guilty until proven innocent. Some of us “conspiracy nuts” just like crypto for crypto, and paper cash is still closer to that clean and private model than any slimy, centralized digital state currency could ever hope to be.
Street Preacher acquitted of ‘Hate Speech’ Gospel Crime
“A Christian street preacher named Oluwole Ilesanmi has just been awarded £2,500 (about $3,100) by Scotland Yard for his wrongful arrest in the UK in February when he was falsely accused of ‘Islamophobia,’ reports CBN News..
London’s metropolitan police removed the preacher from his location and transported him over five miles away in order to stop him from preaching the gospel.
The viral video of the incident showed police yanking a Bible from Ilesanmi’s hand, while he was pleading “don’t take my Bible away. All I wanted was for them to understand the Word of God.”…
Olu was preaching outside Southgate Underground Station in North London when he was approached by police and arrested for “breaching the peace.”…
After Olu’s arrest, Christian Concern launched a petition urging the British government to do more to protect the rights of street preachers. The petition has received over 38,000 signatures from those showing their support.
Founder and Chief Executive of Christian Concern, Andrea Williams, hoped that the petition would help “protect the freedom of street preachers” by ensuring that police officers only use their powers of arrest when this is absolutely necessary.
“Street preaching in the UK has a long, storied history. Open air preaching is the only way to guarantee that all the public is given the opportunity to respond to the love of Jesus Christ,” Williams said.
A metropolitan police spokesman said: “The Met respects and upholds the rights of all individuals to practise freedom of speech, and this includes street preachers of all religions and backgrounds. However, if the language someone uses is perceived as being a potential hate crime, it is only right that we investigate. In this case, it was deemed appropriate to remove the man from the area,” according to Dailymail.com…
“I believe God loves everyone, including Muslims, but I have the right to say that I don’t agree with Islam – we are living in a Christian country, after all,” Ilesanmi said in a Tweet.
[Dr. Chaps’ comment: Thank God, even in UK they realize Islam cannot ban Free Speech as a ‘hate crime’ without infringing upon others’ right to disagree. The gospel will prevail, but we need more court victories globally, to keep preaching legal.]
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Looking at the Top of the Puzzle Box
Everyone recognizes that world conditions are disintegrating at an unprecedented rate, but many don’t see these conditions as signs of the end-times. And I understand why. For the most part people don’t have a blueprint or a clear picture of what the world will look like. The thousands of prophecies are scattered all over Scripture so it is difficult to piece it all together and get a clear picture unless you take the necessary time to study them. That is the purpose of this post. Think of this post as the box top of a 1000 piece puzzle. Without the box top, the puzzle pieces seem completely random and disconnected. But with the box top we have a clear picture of what we are supposed to be piecing together.
I could easily get caught in the weeds because prophecy related details are developing at an unprecedented rate, but I want to keep this post as simple as I can. With that in mind, I’ve tried to share the most compelling broad strokes of last days Bible prophecy as I paint this picture. So, here is a description of the prophetic last days box top. The context or specific time frame mentioned for these prophecies all relate to the end of the age.
Also, keep in mind that the youngest prophecies cited below are just under 2000 years ago, and the oldest are approximately 2600 years old. I cited at least one Scripture reference for each point, but I could have cited several for each. In other words, these are primarily well-founded prophecies—not obscure details. For example, every one of the prophets except Jonah prophesied that Israel would become a nation again after being scattered all over the earth, but I only use a few verses to make that point below.
Note: Originally I had planned to include recent secular news headline links related to each category, but instead I have included 4 key links at the end of the article that already capture this much better than I would and they update their sites regularly. Be sure to check out their links at the end of this post.
In any case, here is my attempt at demonstrating the box top picture:
END TIME PROPHECIES ABOUT: ISRAEL
Jerusalem and it’s temple will be destroyed and the Temple Mount laid bare (Matthew 24:1-2). Fulfilled.
The Jewish people will be scattered all over the world for a long period of time and will face hardships and persecution everywhere they go (Deuteronomy 4:27, 28:64; Ezekiel 36:24). Fulfilled.
While they are away from their homeland it will lie desolate—a *wasteland, but once they are back it will spring to life (Ezekiel 36:34-35). Fulfilled.
Note: Rainfall has increased 450% since the return (and Israel now exports clean water). Israel is now the breadbasket of the Middle East and exports fruit and vegetables to Europe. Also, see picture comparisons of Israel from 100 years ago or read Mark Twain’s account of traveling through the land when it was a wasteland.
It would also be controlled by Gentile nations during Israel’s dispersion (Luke 21:24). Fulfilled.
After a long time their nation Israel will be reborn as a unified nation (Ezekiel 37:15-22), it would be called Israel, and would be born in a single day (Isaiah 66:8) at a time when they have lost all hope (Ezekiel 37:11-12). Fulfilled.
The ancient Hebrew language would be revived again (Zephaniah 3:9, Jeremiah 31:23). Fulfilled.
Note: The ancient Hebrew language was dead (having mixed with Russian and Greek) but beginning in 1881 Eliezer Ben-Yehuda began the revival of the ancient form of Biblical Hebrew. It is now the official language of Israel.
A remnant will accept Jesus as their Messiah, but most from the nation will be blind (Romans 11:25) to the fact that their Messiah already came (before the destruction of the temple as predicted in Daniel chapter 9). Fulfilled.
Toward the end of the church age (and particularly in the beginning of the tribulation period) a remnant of Jewish people would realize Jesus was indeed their Messiah (Revelation 7 and 14), and at the end of the tribulation period “all Israel will be saved (Romans 11:26; Zechariah 12:10)” Partially Fulfilled/Stage Being Set/Primarily Future Prophecy During the Tribulation Period
(Note: for more info visit Chosen People Ministries and Behold Israel)
Soon after the nation’s rebirth Israel would face hostility from all around, being greatly out numbered and attacked from all sides by Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon, but will miraculously survive as overwhelming victors (Psalm 83). Fulfilled.
(Note: Israel’s War of Independence and/or the Six-Day War of 1967.)
They will regain their capital city of Jerusalem and develop a very strong military (Zechariah 12:1-6). Fulfilled.
(Note: This was a result of the Six-Day War of 1967.)
In the latter days toward the very end of the era, they will quickly become very wealthy—so wealthy that several large powerful nations will want what she has (Ezekiel 38:10-12). Happening Now.
(Note: Just within the last 5 years Israel has suddenly discovered some of the largest gas and oil fields in the Middle East—and has an agreement with Cyprus, Greece, and Italy to build the world’s largest and deepest underwater pipeline from Israel to Europe. All of this at a time when oil and gas are dwindling in the Middle East, and when Russia’s main export is oil to Europe. Israel is also a prolific and innovative tech hub. 300+ global technology companies operate in the small country.)
Curiously, this war will not involve Israel’s previous border enemies, but will involve an outer ring of nations (Ezekiel 38:1-5). Happening Now
(Note: For the first time since her rebirth, Israel currently has various treaties and agreements with all of her border countries and the gulf states—against the threat of Iran.)
Russia will be the main leader and protector of Iran and Turkey (Ezekiel 38:7) and together these three nations will lead an alliance of countries including Sudan and Libya that will come against Israel from the north in Syria. Stage is set.
The timing of this attack may be triggered by a preemptive strike on Damascus by Israel or one of her allies (Isaiah 17:1, 14). Stage is set.
(Note: Israel has already bombed several Iranian weapons installations near Damascus airport and north of the city.)
Additionally, there will be a great increase in worldwide antisemitism and anti-Israel positions and actions (Zechariah 12:1-9). Happening Now.
(Note: This is happening globally right now—even in Europe and America. Even secular media is noticing.
In fact the only nations that will protest the attack on Israel are Saudi Arabia, England, and areas that came out of England such as America (Ezekiel 38:13). Stage is set.
(Note: for the first time ever Israel and former enemy Saudi Arabia are working together.)
The nations of the world will be obsessed with the tiny nation of Israel—wanting to move her borders and condemn her at every turn (Zechariah 12:3). Fulfilled and continuing. Stage is set.
(Note: Israel—smaller than New Jersey—has more UN resolutions against it than any other country in the world.)
After Israel’s rebirth, there will also be an increasing desire, preparation and push toward the building of a third temple and the reinstitution of temple sacrifices (Daniel 9:27). Fulfilled/Happening Now.
(Note: Just the past year, this has taken giant leaps forward. Everything is ready to go if Orthodox Jews are given permission to build a third temple.)
There will be some sort of a broad peace agreement between Israel and many other nations (Daniel 9: 27). Stage Set/Possibly Happening Now (with Trump’s Mideast Peace Deal).
This agreement will be already on the table—so to speak—when a seemingly peaceful end-time figure will add to, or somehow strengthen it, and push it over the finish line. Stage is being set for this future event.
With this single feat, Scripture tells us he will peg himself as the evil end-time ruler known to most as the Antichrist. The rapture of the church will happen prior to this final signing and strengthening of the peace agreement (2 Thessalonians 2:3)—and likely during its development when the world seems to be repeating the phrase “peace and safety (1 Thessalonians 5:3).” Stage is being set for these future events.
END TIME PROPHECIES ABOUT: BIRTH PAINS
There will be smaller wars throughout church history (Matthew 24:6), but eventually world war will breakout followed by great famine and disease (Matthew 24:7). Fulfilled and Continuing as “Birth Pains.”
This will mark the beginning of the end characterized by labor-pain-like conditions that will increase (Matthew 24:8). Fulfilled/Happening Now.
Around the same time, Israel and many other nations will form and grow (Matthew 24:32; Luke 21:29). Fulfilled (Israel Founded 1948, UN Founded 1945 Then Grew).
After Israel’s birth, earthquakes, natural disasters, tsunamis, wild climate extremes, and perplexing conflicts with no solution will increase in frequency, scale, and intensity (Matthew 24:7-8, Luke 21:25). Fulfilled/Happening Now.
END TIME PROPHECIES ABOUT: CULTURE
Culture will grow noticeably course, unloving, lawless, immoral, and insane (2 Timothy 3:1-5). Fulfilled/Happening Now.
There will be a noticeable rise in cults and the occult (1 Timothy 4:1, Matthew 24:5). Fulfilled/Happening Now.
In the last days people will make fun of the belief in Christ’s return, the belief in creation, and the belief in the flood of Noah’s day, even though there is tangible evidence for all three (2 Peter 3:3-13). Fulfilled/Happening Now.
Sexual norms will be out the window and the world will become increasingly confused about morality and God’s design for sex and gender (Romans 1:18-32). Fulfilled/Happening Now.
Much of the church will lose its effectiveness, water down its message (2 Timothy 4:3-4, Revelation 3:14-18), and still a great number will fall away (2 Thessalonians 2:3). Fulfilled/Happening Now.
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