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WHO CAN EVER FORGET THE IMAGES OF SEPTEMBER 11th, 2001 (911)?
AIRLINERS CRASHING INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER…the shock,
disbelief, overwhelming GRIEF…
How was it possible that a couple of dozen terrorists armed only with pocket knives and box cutters could topple the financial centers of the world and cripple American transportation, communication and business in a matter of hours? This is the greatest terrorist attack in world history.
How should Christians respond to this crisis? Why did God allow this to happen?
"The deliberate and deadly attacks were more than acts of terror. They were acts of WAR! The American people need to know that we’re facing a different enemy than we have ever faced."
- President George W. Bush
"It’s going to be a long-term conflict… it’s a war against civilization."Colon Powell Sec. of State
We will never forget seeing on TV the hijacked airliners fly directly into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and watching the two huge 110 story buildings melt down to ground level in seconds! Eyewitnesses reported seeing people jump from windows of the tower – including a man and a woman who held hands as they lunged to their deaths.
Normally 50,000 people work in the twin towers, but many were not in their offices at the time and many others escaped. Thousands of people died in the attack. Thousands of body parts have been collected to identify the victims. Thousands more were cremated in the extreme heat which exceeded 2,000 degrees and melted the steel beams like wax.
The explosion was caused by 300 tons of jet fuel rather than by a nuclear device, but a far worse catastrophe may soon threaten entire cities and may even hold entire states hostage. The world is on the verge of an abyss that most political leaders have not begun to fathom.
Instability and fear is causing investors to worry about the future of the nation, the stock market and the American economy. Monday September 17 the DOW responded with the largest point drop ever in one day. Destroyed in the World Trade Center was an estimated 30,000 financial securities trading posts, costing $52,000 each. The damage will result in the biggest ever losses for insurers, an estimated $20 billion to $30 billion.
Who did this and why? President Bush said all indications point to a wealthy Saudi named Osama bin Laden who lives in Afghanistan since he was kicked out of Saudi Arabia for smuggling weapons.
Bin Laden inherited $300 million and has enjoyed a life of wealth and privilege. So what motivated him to do such a terrible thing to America? He declared war against the USA because we supposedly violated holy ground by just having our troops in Saudi Arabia, even though we were invited by King Fahd for the protection of Saudi Arabia during the Desert Storm War.
Now it’s suspected that bin Laden and others attempted to profit by selling certain insurance stocks in foreign stock markets because they insured the World Trade Center. Can you imagine making money from the carnage they were about to unleash? The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked… Jer 17:9
Gary Bauer wrote:
America is a target because we are the protector of western civilization and the Judeo-Christian tradition. You are hated because we have sent missionaries to every corner of the globe to bring the Good News. That is a threat to every despot and every pagan faith. If America were to disappear there would be unleashed a barbarism impossible to conceive. We remain the last best hope of man of earth.(Campaign for Working Families Sept 18, 2001)
Pat Robertson asked Jerry Falwell on the 700 Club, "How should Christians respond to this crisis?" Jerry Falwell said,
What we saw on Tuesday is minuscule, if in fact, God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve. I really believe that the pagans and the abortionists, and the gays, lesbians, feminists, ACLU, PAW… all of them who have tried to secularize America - I point the finger in their face and say, ‘You helped this happen!’
The secular commentators and editorials blasted Falwell saying such language is repugnant! This is no time to spew out such hatred! One pastor has said Falwell was wrong in blaming abortion and homosexuality. He said, "That has nothing to do with it. God wants to bless us."
Ken Connor, President of Family Research Council said we shouldn’t blame fellow Americans because we may become an obstacle to them coming to the faith. But what kind of faith are we bringing them to if it’s lost its salt? This comfortable, casual, lukewarm Christianity is one reason Christians are not making a difference. The problem isn’t just the abortionists and homosexuals but the "mushy" Christians who run in full retreat from the evil in society, then criticize those who take a stand against the evils of our time.
What kind of gospel are pastors preaching today if it doesn't impact the culture? Martin Luther, the founder of Protestantism said this truly great quote:
Church is not church, Christianity is not Christianity until it impacts the culture. It is cowardice to claim that you're preaching the gospel if the gospel you're preaching isn't impacting the culture in which it is placed. Anything less is simply religiosity.
What if Jerry Falwell is right? What if God is lifting His Hand of protection from this country?
One of our Founding Fathers, George Mason, said prophetically during the 1787 Constitution Convention,
As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, so they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities.
Lincoln believed that national calamities were punishments for national sins. He believed that the Civil War was punishment for our slavery, and would continue until, as he said,
… until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, ‘the judgements of the Lord are true and righteous all together.’
Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865, just 45 days before his assassination.
Many God-fearing Americans recognized The Civil War to be God's judgment upon the nation. Pastors and other leaders appealed to Congress to recognize the need not only for prayer, but also for prayer mixed with REPENTANCE as the only hope to mitigate much-deserved judgment.
The Declaration of War America Needs is REPENTANCE!
Americans today are praying but are they praying prayers of repentance? There must be a repentance of our rejecting God’s laws, our shedding of innocent blood by abortion, immorality, homosexuality and our tolerance of evil and teaching our children to sin.
Certainly the Bible teaches that nations are blessed or cursed because of their obedience to Him. Although this passage was written to ancient Israel the principle applies to any nation:
"If you fully obey the Lord, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations…If you do not the Lord will bring a nation against you from far away, from the ends of the earth…"Deu 28.
GOD WILL NOT BE MOCKED! America’s God has become science and technology. We have become a proud people who have refused to acknowledge our dependence on God. Many Americans speak of America's "might," "power," "greatness," without even a mention of God. The answer is not in indulging ourselves in patriotism, but in sincere HUMILITY & REPENTANCE before God!
Lincoln had the right perspective when he said,
We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven… But we have forgotten God…we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving GRACE, too PROUD to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended POWER, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.Lincoln’s 1863 Proclamation for National Day of Fasting, Humiliation & Prayer
This nation needs to realize our safety is not from our technology, it’s from God. Our protection is not from the Pentagon, they couldn’t even protect their own building from Arab hijackers who crashed into it. We spend billions on defense and don’t even recognize our true defense has been the unseen Hand of God Almighty.
How long will it take this nation to realize that "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people; a nation is only blessed when their God is the Lord?"
In times of calamity people are looking for answers to questions, like where people go after they die? Is the Bible inspired by God? How is Christianity different from other religions? Vanguard University professor Ralph Muncaster once an atheist but now a Christian and author of How To Talk to Skeptics in Your Life, gives logical reasons for trusting the Bible. Please ask for Answers for Skeptics program #709
If we don't have a Christian nation, the only option is a pagan nation. Look at the countries that prospered. They are the Christian nations. Look at the nations filled with oppression of women, poverty and disease. They are the pagan nations. The ACLU and National Organization of Women can't figure out it was Christianity that gave them the ability to speak out. Let them go to Afghanistan, Iraq or Iran and see real oppression. Our goal must be to have a Christian nation.
Learn about our Christian Heritage for the sake of our liberty and prosperity. Surveys show students know little about American history and virtually nothing of the Christian faith of our Founders. One of the most important duties a parent has is to give their children a Godly Christian education.
Historian and author, Vaughn Shatzer, describes how foundational Christianity was to the Founders in Law - Blackstone’s Commentaries used Scripture as the basis for our laws, and education -New England Primers and Webster’s 1828 Dictionary were based on Scripture.
Listen to our program, Our Godly Heritage#707
French Historian and Statesman Alexis de Toqueville came to America and searched for the key to this country's greatness. He wrote,
Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.
AMERICAN IS UNDER GOD’S JUDGMENT BECAUSE AMERICA HAS FORGOTTEN GOD!
What is God's response to a nation that does not listen to Him? "But if any nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroy it, declares the Lord."Jer 12:17
If this wake up is not enough – what’s next? I tremble to think. But think of it from God’s perspective. We are a nation going to hell. How merciful would it be if God did not warn us? There are millions of apathetic Americans going to an eternal hell.
THE WICKED SHALL BE TURNED INTO HELL AND ALL THE NATIONS THAT FORGET GOD.
Just the sins of abortion and homosexuality are more than enough for God to destroy this country. Sodom and Gomorrah and Noah’s flood are examples of all that is necessary to completely destroy not just a city or two but the whole population of earth, except for Noah and his daughters.
God’s patience with this country is truly supernatural. Think of this – this country still allows partial birth abortion - killing of partially born children. We have a Christian President, and Republicans control Congress, yet still this gruesome practice is legal. Clinton overturned a decade of the achievements of the pro-life community on his FIRST DAY in office. Still no signs of any gains with this "conservative" government.
In Genesis 54:10 God said to Cain, "What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground." This nation drips with the blood of innocents. For many Americans this is simply a woman’s choice. No! It’s the life of a live baby! If we allow the killing of innocents to continue, God may allow that for us.
Before the 1962 Supreme Court Decision outlawing prayer at school there were 30 million American school children praying to God every day. Now there are 40 million unborn whose blood cries out for justice.
This is a death sentence for this nation if we don’t repent. Yet, for the most part, the Church remains silent on abortion and refuses to inform the congregation of pro-life candidates.
And homosexuality…California is mandating all public schools teach "an appreciation for homosexuality." But there’s no mention of Christianity. And schools are funding homosexual clubs and field trips to homosexual community centers. Meanwhile some school districts ban all clubs just to keep the Christian clubs off campus. For more information ask for program #670 Heterophobia.
The destruction we saw on September 11th was only a love tap compared with what awaits this country if we don’t repent. On God's clock, time is running out for America. The blood of more than 40 million INNOCENT unborn children cries out in a deafening chorus against us.
Knowing the pride Americans have it terrifies me to think how much more God will have to put us through to bring us to our knees in repentance. As bad as this has been it’s not enough.
The question is not will our nation be saved, but will it be worth saving – if we don’t repent.
Bill Bright wrote in The Coming Revival:
America has become one of the most sinful nations in the world. We have done more to destroy the morality of other countries than any other nation in history. We have become the single greatest market for illegal drugs, we lead the world in exporting pornography in magazine and films. WE are leading a campaign to increase abortion in 3rd world nations.
America is rolling in luxuries but revolting in morals, and rotting in sin!
President Bush said we are at war. For Christians the war began a long time ago. We are in a spiritual war (Eph 6:12) and too many of our people have been taken captive by the enemy. Too many American Christians have a heart for Christ but minds filled with humanism. Because most Christians were educated in the humanistic, public schools.
To our shame Christians sit through movies that routinely blaspheme the name of God. Christians have lost a sense of anger when God is blasphemed.
This nation needs the fear of God more than anything else. We need a HOLY REVERENCE for God. The fear of the Lord is more than just the beginning of wisdom, it is to hate EVIL! We’ve all heard that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Pr 9:10) But after this incredibly evil act we need to learn that the fear of the Lord is to HATE evil. (Pr 8:13)
I, even I, am He who comforts you and gives you all this joy. So what right have you to fear mere mortal men, who wither like the grass and disappear? And yet you have no fear of God, your Maker –you have forgotten ME, the ONE who spread the stars through the skies and made the earth. Will you be in constant dread of men? I am the Lord your God, the Lord of Hosts, who dried a path for you right through the sea, between the roaring waves. I planted the stars in place and molded all the earth. Isa 51:12 TLB
The terrorists who destroyed the World Trade Center believed so strongly in their misguided cause they gave up their lives. But Christians are called to believe so strongly in our cause that we would give up our lives. What would you give up your life for? Is there anything that would cause you to sacrifice your life? Would you die for Jesus?
Jesus died for you.
Jesus said, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it."Lk 9:23
Is it now illegal just to say the name of Jesus at a high school graduation? Valedictorian, Jennifer Swadell, wept for our society because we no longer allow even the mention of the name of the One she credits for her success – Jesus Christ.
Former principal and now Pres. of CEE, Dr Bob Simonds, reveals the strategy that so called "Christian principals" use to silence Christian speech at school. Our freedoms are a gracious gift from God but they’re being taken by intolerant men.Please ask for program School Censors Speech #698.
The woman who got prayer out of schools was Madalyn Murray O’Hare. Her son Bill writes, "The expenses involved in removing prayer from U.S. public schools cost less than $20,000." Bill Murray also noted that no Christian organization filed a brief opposing the prayer ban.
So when people ask where was God when this tragedy was happening? The answer is, He doesn’t come in when He’s KICKED OUT! In May of 1995, US District Judge Sam Kent of Texas ruled that any student mentioning the name of Jesus in a graduation prayer would be sentenced to a 6 month jail term. The judge then said, "Anyone who violates this order, no kidding, is going to wish that he or she had died as a child when this Court gets through with them." Wow!
In 1962 the Supreme Court acted on behalf of all Americans when they banned prayer from schools. Think about it from God’s perspective. This nation was in effect saying to God Almighty we, as a country, don't want you in our public schools or public life. More than ‘just prayer’ was removed. All mention of God, the Bible or the Biblical world-view was removed as a viable point of view. And such an important battle saw no opposition from the Christians.
The Supreme Court decisions were in direct violation of God's word. Bill Bright wrote in Kingdom’s at War, "What happened after the Supreme Court decisions might well be interpreted as modern day "plagues" sent by God to punish our nation.
Other "plagues": the decline of American education, the drug culture swept in millions of young people, race riots broke out in many cities, crime rates escalated, Watergate eroded trust in governmental leadership, suicide became a leading cause of death among young people.
We are still suffering from the damage done in the 60’s.A "non-judgmental" attitude has phased out right from wrong in society. Clinical psychologist, professor and textbook editor, Dr William Coulson, a colleague of Abe Maslow and Carl Rogers, tells how his experiment in bringing psychology into the classroom ruined a whole school system and changed the role of the teacher to facilitator and replaced absolute values with relative values in schools. Psychology in the Schools #708
Today we ae raising a generation of drug addicts. Ritalin use has become Ritalin abuse! There are 5-7 million healthy students being treated for a mental disease (ADD & ADHD) not heard of a few decades ago.
We have prepared a special cassette tape with Dr Fred Baughman and Dr Breeding on side A and Dr Robert Simonds, President of CEE, on side B.
Dr Fred Baughman, who’s been a private practicing neurologist for 35 years - and is considered a legal expert in his testimony before Congress, legislatures and courts, says ADD/ADHD is a fabrication by the psychiatrists. Dr Jon Breeding, says, "Students must think it strange when programs like DARE tell them to just say no to drugs, then at lunch they line up for their Ritalin." Please ask for Side A The Dangers of Ritalin #693/ side B Ritalin Abuse #702
We have insulted God by looking at His creation and teaching, in all our schools, that it came about just by chance. If books and works of art require a designer, how much more do living things? If someone walked into the biology department with the idea that a tiny ameba could become a man in a few minutes, he’d be laughed at. But put in the magic words, "billions of years," and a fairy tale becomes science.
Get the programThe Myth of Darwinism #706, with James Perloff, author of Tornado in a Junkyard, and listen to the testimonies of those who were converted to humanism through evolution.
Public schools are forcing students to learn a theory that’s not based on facts but FRAUDS!
The cure is found in the Bible in 2nd Chronicles 7:14:
"If my people who are called by my name (Christians) will humble themselves (so God doesn’t have to) and pray and seek my face turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin and will heal their land." THAT’S IT!
If we want God to turn this country around there are four things that we Christians need to do. Will you do them? First, become a Christian. Then humble yourself. Get rid of the pride of self-sufficiency. Admit a need for God in your life. Then truly SEEK God’s face, study scripture and be in constant prayer. THEN turn from your wicked ways - - including apathy, and ignorance. Become part of the solution – an active Christian who is salt in your community.
Surely our "wicked ways" includes the apathy Christians have shown in not even bothering to vote. Eighty percent of Americans claim to be Christians, yet look at how little difference they make in this nation.
Repentance is the theme of the whole Bible. In the New Testament the first words spoken by John the Baptist were "REPENT!" Jesus preached "Repent or perish!" Repent means to turn around and go the other way. REPENT from living a double life, one on Sunday, the other during the week.
Freddy Hayler , a fabulous, operatic, tenor asked the Lord to give him some worship music similar to what’s in heaven right now. He felt inspired and wrote a new worship CD Song of Angels, which is truly anointed. Freddy and Anne Hayler are homeschoolers who speak about the necessity of the Church repenting and returning to God. A Life of Worship #704
Just as storms cause eagles to fly higher, so difficulties in life can cause us to develop character and perseverance. Just as eagles symbolize strength, independence and courage, so Christians who excel, rise above the level of mediocrity. Mary Whelchel is the author of Soaring on High – Spiritual Insights From The Life of An Eagle. Soaring Like An Eagle #705
REMEMBER "GOD IS LOVE."I John 4:8 "God’s kindness leads YOU to repentance." Ro 2:4
REMEMBER God can use this tragedy for GOOD: "In all things God works for the good to those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."Ro 8:28
God tells us to live with faith in His power and ability not by the things that are seen. God paid an infinite price so you could spend forever with Him in HIS paradise. "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son so that whoever believes in Jesus will not perish but have everlasting life."
Fix your eyes on the eternal, not the temporal. As scripture says, "No eye has seen, no ear heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit."
God gives us just a glimpse of his incredible creativity in the variety of things He's made on earth and His infinite energy and endless power in the scope of the universe. Isn’t HE awesome?
God Bless you,
Bob & Geri Boyd
Hosts of Issues in Education
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