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Why LEGAL Immigration Is Bankrupting America

This is the demonstration that Roy Beck uses to show the population consequences of current U.S. immigration policies. This video has already been viewed by over 6 million people online.

Immigration by the Numbers

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Have You Raised Up A “God” Of Your Own?

Many people in our time scorn Christianity as narrow-minded, harsh, and bigoted. They deny any accountability to the Creator of the universe. In His place they raise up a god who worships his creation. Charles Spurgeon, the great British preacher of the 19th century, responded to this problem in his own day:

“This generation has made a god of its own. The effeminate deity of the modern school is no more the true God than Dagon or Baal. I know him not, neither do I reverence him. But Jehovah is the true God: he is the God of love, but he is also robed in justice; he is the God of forgiveness, but he is also the God of atonement; he is the God of heaven, but he is also the God who sends the wicked down to hell.

“We, of course, are thought to be harsh, and narrow-minded, and bigoted: nevertheless, this God is our God for ever and ever. There has been no change in Jehovah. He has revealed himself more clearly in Christ Jesus; but he is the same God as in the Old Testament, and as such we worship him.”

Archbishop Says Some Democrats Don’t Know Christianity

Archbishop Charles Chaput

Archbishop Charles Chaput

According to Denver Archbishop Chaput, “The future of a community, a people, a church and a nation depends on the children who will inherit it.  If we prevent our children from being born, we remove ourselves from the future. It’s really that simple. No children, no future.”

WorldNetDaily reports that the Archbishop denounced the “spin” among politicians seeking to justify abortion and appease militant pro-abortion interests, including the billion-dollar tax-supported Planned Parenthood.

“Catholic public leaders inconvenienced by the abortion debate tend to take a hard line in talking about the ‘separation of church and state.’ But their idea of separation often seems to work one way. In fact, some officials also seem comfortable in the role of theologian. And that warrants some interest, not as a ‘political’ issue, but as a matter of accuracy and justice.”

Quoting “Abortion: The Development of the Roman Catholic Perspective,” Archbishop Chaput said:

“The Christian tradition from the earliest days reveals a firm antiabortion attitude … The condemnation of abortion did not depend on and was not limited in any way by theories regarding the time of fetal animation. Even during the many centuries when church penal and penitential practice was based on the theory of delayed animation, the condemnation of abortion was never affected by it. Whatever one would want to hold about the time of animation, or when the fetus became a human being in the strict sense of the term, abortion from the time of conception was considered wrong, and the time of animation was never looked on as a moral dividing line between permissible and impermissible abortion.

“Or to put it in the blunter words of the great Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer: ‘Destruction of the embryo in the mother’s womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed on this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder.'”

Archbishop Chaput said the church’s early fathers held abortion was homicide; “others that it was tantamount to homicide.  None diminished the unique evil of abortion as an attack on life itself, and the early church closely associated abortion with infanticide.”

“From the beginning, the believing Christian community held that abortion was always, gravely wrong.  Of course, we now know with biological certainly exactly when human life begins. Thus, today’s religious alibis for abortion and a so-called ‘right to chose’ are nothing more than that – alibis that break radically with historic Christian and Catholic belief.”

“Abortion kills an unborn, developing human life. It is always gravely evil, and so are the evasions employed to justify it.  The duty of the church and other religious communities is moral witness. The duty of the state and its officials is to serve the common good, which is always rooted in moral truth. A proper understanding of the ‘separation of church and state’ does not imply a separation of faith from political life. But of course, it’s always important to know what our faith actually teaches.”

The Archbishop was joined at a vigil outside of a Planned Parenthood business in Denver by Dr. Alveda King, niece to the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Dr. King has written that “continued tax dollars to Planned Parenthood, and support of gay marriage, are diametrically opposed to everything African Americans truly believe and an anathema to the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”  She goes on to write, “I urge you, don’t put your race before your principles, before the truth, before your family, and before your own country.

Governor Sarah Palin: The McCain Choice For Vice-President

John McCain, once again, proved to be a “maverick” today by unexpectedly nominating Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice-President on the Republican ticket.  Governor Palin is known as a pro-life, gun rights, low taxes, and aggressive political ethics reformer.

Sarah Palin was born on February 11th, 1964 in Sandpoint, Idaho.  She arrived with her family in Alaska in 1964, where her parents moved to teach school. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications-Journalism from the University of Idaho in 1987.  She is married to Todd Palin, a lifelong Alaskan and production operator on the North Slope.  He is also known as the four-time champion of the world’s longest snowmachine race which is called the “Iron Dog.”  The Palins have five children: Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper and Trig. Track enlisted in the U.S. Army on Sept. 11, 2007.  Trig was born with Downs Syndrome.

The Vice-Presidential nominee worked as a sports reporter for two Anchorage television stations.  Prior to becoming Governor, she served on numerous boards and commissions throughout the state. She was very active as a sports team mom and school volunteer. She also runs marathons and is a lifetime member of the NRA who enjoys hunting and fishing.

Before her election as governor, Palin served two terms on the Wasilla City Council and two terms as the mayor/manager of Wasilla.  She reduced property tax levels while increasing services.  She has also served as chair of the Alaska Conservation Commission which regulates oil and gas.

Sarah Palin is the first woman Governor of Alaska and the first woman nominated by the Republican Party for Vice-President.  After becoming Governor, Palin’s administration aggressively worked for and passed two major pieces of legislation; an overhaul of the state’s ethics laws and a competitive process to construct a gas pipeline.

As Governor, Palin led Alaska to invest $5 billion in state savings, restructured education funding, and developed the Senior Benefits Program that provides support for low-income senior Alaskans. She also created Alaskas Petroleum Systems Integrity Office to provide oversight and maintenance of oil and gas equipment, facilities and infrastructure.

Governor Palin is chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.  This is a multi-state government agency that promotes the conservation and efficient recovery of domestic oil and natural gas resources. She was recently named chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) Natural Resources Committee.

The McCain Campaign expects Americans to support the McCain-Palin candidacy based on their records of promoting government reform.  If elected, Governor Palin will be the first woman to hold the office of Vice-President of the United States.

The Democrats And Their Funny Southern Moments

AWR Hawkins is a Ph.D. candidate at Texas Tech University. His doctoral studies are focused on the U.S. Military and his dissertation on the Civil War era. He has been published on topics including the U.S. Navy, Civil War battles, Vietnam War ideology, the Reagan Presidency, and the Rebirth of Conservatism, 1968-1988. More of his articles can be found at www.awrhawkins.com.

In his very humorous article, “Time to Shoot His Goose?” – Hawkins writes about the extremes that Democrats sometimes go to in order to win southern voters.  He writes:

Democrats regard southerners as hayseed, gun-toting, backwater hicks who are especially embarrassing when screaming for their favorite NASCAR driver or pledging allegiance to “one nation under God.” Let’s face it, southerners are simply not genteel or refined enough for NARAL, Democrat-sponsored D.C. cocktail parties, or the European Union. Nor are we accustomed to surrendering on the battlefield as quickly and as frequently as the French-loving Democrats.

If you really think about it, the gap separating Democrats, who claim to represent “the people,” and southerners, who constitute a large enough segment of “the people” to make or break a politician’s electoral hopes, is so wide you can barely see across it. And that’s why Democrat Presidential and Senatorial candidates take the N.O.W. and “I break for tofu” bumper stickers off their cars for a just a couple of days once every four or six years, and have their pictures taken in a hunting vest or a pickup truck (but never in front of a Confederate flag) in order to persuade at least one southern state to support them. . . .

Continue reading “Time to Shoot His Goose?”

Why Is A Holy Life Necessary? By J. C. Ryle

John Charles Ryle

John Charles Ryle

John Charles Ryle (1816 – 1900) was the first Anglican bishop of Liverpool. He was born at Macclesfield, and was educated at Eton and at Christ Church, Oxford, where he was Craven Scholar in 1836. Ryle was a strong supporter of the evangelical school and a critic of Ritualism. He was thoroughly evangelical in his doctrine and uncompromising in his principles. J.C. Ryle was a prolific writer, vigorous preacher, and faithful pastor. Below is an excerpt from his great works:

I have had a deep conviction for many years that practical holiness and entire self-consecration to God are not sufficiently attended to by modern Christians in this country. Politics, or controversy, or party-spirit, or worldliness, have eaten out the heart of lively piety in too many of us. The subject of personal godliness has fallen sadly into the background. The standard of living has become painfully low in many quarters. The immense importance of ‘adorning the doctrine of God our Savior’ (Titus 2:10), and making it lovely and beautiful by our daily habits and tempers, has been far too much overlooked. Worldly people sometimes complain with reason that ‘religious’ persons, so-called, are not so amiable and unselfish and good-natured as others who make no profession of religion. Yet sanctification, in its place and proportion, is quite as important as justification. Sound Protestant and Evangelical doctrine is useless if it is not accompanied by a holy life. It is worse then useless; it does positive harm. It is despised by keen-sighted and shrewd men of the world, as an unreal and hollow thing, and brings religion into contempt. It is my firm impression that we want a thorough revival about Scriptural holiness. And I am deeply thankful that attention is being directed to the point. . . .

Satan knows well the power of true holiness, and the immense injury which increased attention to it will do to his kingdom. It is his interest, therefore, to promote strife and controversy about this part of God’s truth. Just as in time past he has succeeded in mystifying and confusing men’s minds about justification, so he is laboring in the present day to make men ‘darken counsel by words without knowledge’ about sanctification. May the Lord rebuke him! I can not however give up the hope that good will be brought out of evil, that discussion will elicit truth, and that variety of opinion will lead us all to search the Scriptures more, to pray more, and to become more diligent in trying to find out what is ‘the mind of the Spirit.’

Honoring God By Honoring Your Pastor

Pastors are servants who have been called by God to shepherd His flock. It is not an easy job to undertake. Pastors need encouragement and support from their church members.

One of the most important things you can do for your pastor is to pray for him. The pastor, his family, the elders and deacons are often targeted by satanic schemes and strife. The devil’s objective is to strike the pastor (shepherd) and scatter the flock. This is often accomplished through members of the pastor’s own church. It is, therefore, important that the church leadership and members of the congregation stand in the gap with consistent prayers for the pastor’s protection.

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

Speak words of encouragement to and about your pastor. Talk well of him. Embrace his ministry to you as a gift from God. Do not allow your words to reveal an immature relationship with Christ in your life. Do not allow your tongue to speak evil when the Word of God is preached to you.

“So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.” (James 3:5-10)

God honors his shepherds and commands us to do the same. “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.” (1 Timothy 5:17) It is worth noting that the Bible mentions other groups to honor but only one group worthy of double honor. You may not agree with every opinion your pastor holds or like every sermon he preaches, but you must take into account the spiritual importance of his work in your life. Maybe you have unrealistic expectations for him to be something other than human. Remember, his position is worthy of “double honor.” It must be esteemed because to do so is to honor God.

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