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A Battle For The Soul Of America

NOVEMBER 2008
by Caryl Matrisciana
 
No matter what political leaning you ascribe to I pray your eyes remain open to the rampant spiritual deception that prevails particularly during this coming election.

My hopes remain that in these perilous times predicted by Jesus (Matt 24) we as Christians STAND for what Jesus stands for. I pray that Scriptural Truth motivates us all to cry against those who do not stand up for God’s Ways.

God’s Heart is dedicated towards the sanctity of life He created: not only for the unborn in the womb but also for babies born and left abandoned to die (supported by the pro-abortion agenda). He supports care towards widows and orphans (but not in the Socialism and Wellfarism being forwarded by humanists). He supports protection for those without a voice (persecuted Christians worldwide) and all those abused, impoverished and more, and why? Because each person is hand-made by Him, in His image with eternal life, and breathed into by His Holy Spirit to hunger after His Holy Truth. 

Those of us who have been Born-Again and revitalized to a resurrected life by the Spirit, understand the Bible within its context and must support its Truth as defined by God. Sadly, a huge percentage who call themselves Christians do not uphold God’s Righteousness or support His foundation upon which much of American was formed. ( What’s a Christian to do? by Jane Chastain)
 
Alexis de Tocqueville (French Historian: mid 1800’s) said, "Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame 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."

The goodness of America has been based on God design for life: His plan for marriage, (He performed the first wedding between a man and a woman in the Garden of Eden), His foundation of family, His decree for eternal salvation and His true liberty found in Jesus Christ’s blood on the Cross shed for the repentant sinner. I pray God’s consciousness rules in our spirits as Americans make decisions for America to remain GREAT!

First US President George Washington, often referred to as the Father of this nation said, “It is impossible to properly govern without God and the Bible”. The men or women who run for political office, if done so as they wear the Christian cloak, must be truthful to Judeo-Christianity’s God Who they claim to represent. If that is the case they must truthfully forward His heart proclaimed through His Word made flesh in the coming of His Son Jesus Christ, Who was filled with Truth and Grace (John 1:14)

 
TRUTH for the Scripture-based Christian is NARROW and can’t allow for post-modern relativism or the subjectivity of The Emerging Church. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.(John 14:6) and warned we must “STRIVE to enter through the narrow gate” Who is only Himself. Apparently false “workers of iniquity” will attempt to deceitfully duplicate His presence and teachings and appear to be His representatives through a delusion, but Jesus says He will not “know” them. (Luke 13: 24 – 27).

Obama claims to be a Christian but distances himself from the teaching of Jesus. Dr.Gary Cass, pastor and missionary reminds us that in his interview with the Chicago Sun-Times Obama said, “I'm rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.”

Clearly, Obama’s thoughts on “many paths” opposes Jesus’ stand on One Way to eternal life with His Father. Yes, there are indeed many paths to a same place which will sadly not be where Jesus is, Who warns, “Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.” And watch out, says Jesus, for the “false prophets” who come in “sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves…” (Matt. 7).

Dr Cass continues, “Once he decided to run for president, Obama and his surrogates started attacking anyone who questioned his Christianity..... To the question, “What do you believe?” Obama answered:  “I am a Christian.  So, I have a deep faith. So I draw from the Christian faith.”  Then he qualifies that statement by saying, “On the other hand, I was born in Hawaii where obviously there are a lot of Eastern influences. I lived in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, between the ages of six and 10. My father was from Kenya, and although he was probably most accurately labeled an agnostic, his father was Muslim. And I'd say, probably, intellectually I've drawn as much from Judaism as any other faith.”

“Without answering the question about his mother, the senatorial candidate replied that his Kansas grandmother was Methodist and his grandfather was Baptist. “This was at a time when I think the Methodists felt slightly superior to the Baptists,” he (Obama) expanded. “And by the time I was born, they were, I think, my grandparents had joined a Universalist church…. Dr. Cass counters….Universalists aren’t Christians .”   

Obama’s confusion with Christianity is understandable because it is based on “the traditions of men” albeit it a merger of historical Protestantism, and not squarely reliant on God’s commandments. Jesus said of this, 'This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'  "For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men.” (Mark 7:6-8).

Jesus marked His teaching as a fulfillment of the Old Testament and a new beginning for His Church: “The law and the prophets were until John (the Baptist). Since that time the kingdom of God (Jesus) has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it. (Luke 16:16-17).

John’s Gospel says, “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17). Paul distinguished his Jewish “traditions of my fathers” as being different to “the gospel” which he says is “not something that man made up….nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ." (Gal 1:11-15).

In my newly released book “Out of India” you’ll read that much like Obama I too grew up in the midst of many religions and people groups. I was born in India where spiritual diversity reigned midst many religions and cultures and existed amongst differing Christian denominations. In an attempt to be tolerant to all so called "truth" as equal to "truth", my plumb line to measure accurately got sabotaged. By my early twenties upon returning to the West, I embraced the alternative culture of political and religious fusion, which later got labelled as The New Age. Still understanding myself to be a Christian, I absorbed a variety of philosophical teachings and commended myself to be a "new thinking person of change" set apart from "traditional, narrow-minded bigotry".

One day, after wondering through years of addiction, depression, confusion and abusive behaviour, yet living a "happy" and "contented" so I thought life, a Bible-believing Christian came to me with “the gospel of Christ". I experienced it to be "the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith".

Like Paul, I confess I am not ashamed to proclaim “this gospel, this Spirit and this Jesus” (2 Cor.11: 3-5) as the ONLY Truth and pray that this election many Christians in America will be courageous enough  to STAND for what JESUS stands for.
 


ADDITIONAL VIEWING:

Obama favors partial-birth abortion and has sternly said he will not back down on the issue! 
-Obama’s statements on Abortion-

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Cuba once embraced a leader who promised CHANGE. Yet their new Socialist Order did not make the country a better place....
-The Testimony of an escapee from Socialist Cuba-

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An astonishing compilation (1hr) from news clips and various TV programs showing Obama’s supporters in Muslim countries (off Arab TV), Obama’s relatives and Kenya background, his political aspirations for a “Civilian National Security Force”, his association with terrorists, Marxists and far left radicals. Hitler’s world view, charisma, youth and much more about Obama's view on Jesus, the Bible, sin and Christianity

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