oh, love of God

 

CHRISTIAN HYMN – ‘The Love of God’

Fredrick M. Lehman _1917

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin

 

Refrain:

Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!

How measureless and strong!

It shall forevermore endure—

The saints’ and angels’ song.

When years of time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song. [Refrain]

 

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.
[Refrain]


Above is one of my favorite Christian hymns, ‘The Love of God’ written by Fredrik M. Lehman. Some years after Lehman wrote the hymn, he told a story of how he had found the third stanza of the hymn “penciled on the wall of a patient’s room in an insane asylum after he had been carried to his grave.” Lehman added, “We picked up a scrap of paper and, seated upon an empty lemon box, pushed against the wall with a stub pencil, added the (first) two stanzas and chorus of the song.” [1]

We are not told who the patient was or where he found the words. There are a couple of possibilities and quite the contrast.


The Quran

The Quran contains two verses strikingly similar to the 3rd stanza in Lehman’s hymn:

“Were the sea ink for the words of my Lord, the sea would surely fail before the words of my Lord fail.” (Sura 18, verse 109)
And
“Were the trees that are in the earth pens, were the sea ink with seven more seas to swell its tide, the words of God would not be spent.” (Sura 31, verse 27).

Muslims believe that the Quran was verbally revealed by God to Muhammad through the angel Gabriel (Jibril), gradually over a period of approximately 23 years, beginning on 22 December 609 CE when Muhammad was 40, and concluding in 632 CE, the year of his death. [2]


The Akdamut

There is another spiritual literary work that uses this similar wording.

The Akdamut is a Jewish writing that was written by Rabbi Meir ben Isaac Nehorai (c.1030-1096). The Akdamut (entire poem is 90 versus) was read on Shavuot as a celebrations of God’s gift of the Torah to the Jewish people. When the Torah was read publicly, the words were translated into Aramaic so the worshipers could better understand what had been read. Again, we are not sure if Rabbi Meir received the words from an earlier source.

For Shavuot-

Before reading the ten divine commands, O let me speak in awe two words, or three, Of the One who wrought the world and sustained it since time’s beginning.

At God’s command is infinite power, which words cannot define. Were all the skies parchment, and all the reeds pens, and all the oceans ink, and all who dwell on earth scribes, God’s grandeur could not be told.

Sovereign over the heavens above, God reigns supreme on earth below. God launched creation unaided and contains it in the bound of His law.

Without weariness, God created, only by divine will, uttered in a gentle sound. God wrought His works in six days, then established His glorious sovereignty over the life of the universe.

Myriads of angelic host serve God, Divine messengers that propel life’s destiny. They arise each morning to their calling.

The adoption of the Akdamut into the regular liturgy took some time; it is not mentioned as part of the Shavuos liturgy until the first decade of the 15th century and the earliest prayer book to contain it was published in 1557[3]


So the question is left unanswered… the origin of the 3rd stanza?

Now if one comes from the other, the origination would have to be the Quran, as it was written almost 400 years before Rabbi Mier was born. But this can be nothing more than speculation or coincidence at best.

Others might argue that the words scrawled on the wall of the insane asylum have no association with the Akdamut or the Quran, only an uncanny similarity.

One thing that cannot be argued, is the greatness of God’s love for humanity.

Consider such a love… “for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”, the Creator, taking on flesh and blood so that He could die for His creation.  “He who knew no sin becoming sin that His creation might have His righteousness.” Oh, love of God!

I’ll bet, if it were left to you or I to write God’s love song, we would not have written in the same manner as He did. “For greater love hath no man than this, that he would lay down his life for a friend”.

My prayer for the reader is that you will find the peace of Yeshua , which can only be found in the love of God… “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved!”

brother malachi 

[1] http://www.hymnary.org/text/the_love_of_god_is_greater_far

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quran

[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akdamut

how much is that doggy in the window?

Ran across this article on the web. It pretty much speaks to the spiritual corruption that has permeated the church in America. May God have mercy on America!


Begging for a blessing

Published 5:25pm Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Some of Atmore’s finest furry friends received a special spiritual blessing for the year Thursday evening, at Trinity Episcopal Church’s annual “Blessing of the Animals” ceremony.

The ceremony is held every year near the Oct. 4 feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, who is considered the patron saint of animals.
The Rev. Mark W. McDonald was the celebrant for the ceremony, and read a Scripture passage from the Book of Genesis, when God created man and the animals.

“Be praised for giving us the animals, birds and fish which fill your world,” McDonald prayed. “May we think of you and thank you when we play with and care for our pets. We ask you, Lord, that we may be good to our pets always, so that they may be happy also.”

At the conclusion of the ceremony, McDonald gently petted each animal and blessed them for good health in the coming year. Each dog also received a treat. [1]


We are living in a day when a religious spirit (demonic) is running rampant across our society. The thought that we have some in the church that would entertain “blessing the animals”, it is only fitting.

May God have mercy on America, more importantly the church in America… don’t look for Him to cast us a treat! For judgment must begin at the house of God.

brother malachi

 

[1] http://www.atmoreadvance.com/2014/10/21/begging-for-a-blessing/

‘a common word’….. Chrislam

What is Chrislam?

Chrislam is a religious movement that had its origin in Nigeria. Its agenda is a global attempt to commingle  the teachings and practices of Christianity and Islam under one large religious umbrella.

There are two different religious movements of Chrislam in Nigeria, one called Ifeoluwa and founded by Tela Tella in the 1980s and another called Oke-Tude founded by Samson Saka in 1999. Tela Tella claims that an angel of God came to him and told him that he gave him the mission and the name “Ifeoluwa: The Will of God Mission”. [1]

It recognizes both the Bible and Qur’an as holy books and reads from both sources during its gatherings. Likewise, both Christian and Muslim holidays are celebrated as equal. God and Allah are considered the same god and the Chrislamic people believe that Muhammad, Moses and Jesus were all great prophets and we need to love them all. [1]

Spiritual sirens should be sounding at this point of the read. Muhammad and Moses were but mere man, but the Christian Faith teaches that Jesus was Yeshua ha Mashiach… God in the flesh! Islam and Judaism DO NOT believe the same..

In an attempt to bring about Chrislam’s unification, the Coexist Foundation has filled the role that  Satan is using to drive this spiritual awaking globally.

To learn more about the Coexist Foundation click on the Coexist Foundation link in the paragraph below, but BEWARE! clicking on the link  haphazardly could be dangerous to your spiritual health, even though  you attend church with some regularity. For one to entertain  thoughts of error, without having a sound teaching in God’s word, can leave one in a very  vulnerable condition and found wanting.

WARNING

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity (singleness) that is in Christ.”

The   Coexist Foundation  is a charitable organization based in Washington, DC and London, England, which aims to advance social cohesion through education and innovation. en.wikipedia.org

So  with  education as a  focus,  the  Coexist   Foundation  has merged  with the   Yale Center of Faith & Culture to take the spiritual error to the collegiate level of the American society. This modus operandi has proven to be a very productive avenue for dispensing both error and moral decay to our society for decades, so no reason to change the tactic at this stage of the game.

It is pretty apparent that Yale University is nothing less than the mouth piece for the Coexist Foundation.

 

The goal of the Reconciliation Program is to promote reconciliation between Muslims and Christians, and between Muslim-majority nations and the West, drawing on the resources of the Abrahamic faiths and the teachings and person of Jesus.”

The curriculum is the same, down to the very use of the scriptures from the Qur’an, the Holy Bible and the Torah to propagate their deception…

Bring about reconciliation between your brothers, and fear God, that you may receive mercy. —  Qur’an, Surat al-Hujurat (49):10

In Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
—  New Testament, 2 Corinthians 5:19

You shall not take vengeance nor bear any grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. —  Torah, Leviticus 19:18

Needless to say, the non-profit organization is financially sound and their agenda well established …

“they hope that their research and resulting publications may provide a fresh approach and new foundations to help Muslims, Christians and Jews understand one another more sympathetically.”

I find it somewhat perplexing that the COEXIST bumper-stickers are becoming more prevalent among the protestant churches all across America. Just reinforces the fact that there is a spiritual ignorance of the same.

The organization’s to attempt to repair the divides caused by prejudice, hate and violence, by creating opportunity for people to work and learn together, in order to help build relationships, knowledge and common purpose to advance coexistence, is an admirable goal, but when the cause begins to dabble in the spiritual realm, it can only be likened to the mixing of oil and water. The two are diametrically opposed and not compatible at all. Even if you shake the two vigorously, it seems that the two substrates are comingled, but when the container is left stagnate, the blending will only return to its separated state. For it is impossible for “the two to become one”!

 


So how should the church in America respond to such deception? We would do well to consider how Zerrubbabel, Jeshua and the rest of the chief of the father’s of Israel handled a similar situation, when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin made an offer to help rebuild the temple after the captivity.

In the book of Ezra, we find the account of Israel, post Babylonian captivity. Zerrubbabel took 49,897 of the congregation and returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple.

As the reconstruction was under way, we are told the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto the Lord God of Israel. Then they came to Zerrubbabel and to the chief of the fathers and said unto them, “Let us build with you, for we seek your God as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of Esar-had-don king of Assur.” Ezra 4:1-2

Zerrubbabel and Jeshua and  the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them “Ye have nothing to do with us to build an house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto the Lord God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us”. Ezra 4:3-4

The adversaries of Judah and Benjamin, feigned them selves as seekers of the same God as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but Zerrubbabel and Jeshua had no part of their deception. We would do well to learn from the same.. After all, oil and water do not mix very well, at least for any extended period of time.

 

Gird  up the loins of your minds lest you find yourself wallowing in this pool of deception.

brother malachi

 

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrislam

drinking from His cup

The Last Supper – Philippe de Champaign c.1652

 

”Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”


μάρτυς
martus
mar’-toos
Of uncertain affinity; a witness (literally [judicially] or figuratively [generally]); by analogy a “martyr”: – martyr, record, witness.

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance and Greek Dictionary


Hebrews 2:14-16

14.  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15.  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16.  For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.

In this portion of the Holy Scripture, the writer to the Hebrews is telling his readers why it was imperative hat God became a man. If the Creator was to dye for the creation,  He must Himself, take on flesh and blood, in order to redeem those condemned under the penalty of sin. Believest thou this?

The devil’s power is in the realm of sin and the sting of sin is death, but for the believer in Christ, neither hath any power. So for those, who all their lifetime were afraid to die, no longer in bondage to that fear.

Fear is the emotion that is synonymous with terror. It is quite the norm to fear someone or something that is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. But in the case of the believer, there resides a Spirit, and that Spirit is greater than one’s fear.

We see evidence of this Spirit in the first century (AD33) witness of Stephen. The account of this testimony can be found in the book of the Acts of the apostles, 6:8-7:60. Stephen was arrested for being a follower of Jesus Christ and doing great wonders and miracles among the people. In his only defense, he gave credence to the fact that Jesus of Nazarath was Yeshua ha Mashiach.

When the religious folk heard such a testimony, they were cut to the heart and they gnashed on him with their teeth in anger. But Stephen, being full of the Holy Ghost (the Spirit that conquers the fear) did not see the dire straits of his circumstance, but looked steadfastly toward heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing on the right hand of God.

The word of God tells us that Stephen was cast out of the city where he was stoned calling upon God and saying “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit”.

This same Spirit was alive and well in the believer’s in the 16th century as well…

 

Thomas Hawkes (Hauker)

Thomas Hawkes came from a respectable family in England. Serving as a page at the court of King Edward VI, he was known as a handsome young man with gentle manners. When he became of age, he entered the service of the lord of Oxford, where he remained for some time, being liked by all the household.

When King Edward died, religion changed, and protestants began to be in danger. Rather than change his faith, he left his position with the lord of Oxford and went back to his own home. Having married while in Oxford, a son was born to him not long after he returned home.

He did not want the child baptized by a Catholic priest and so he put off the baptism for three weeks. His enemies on hearing this, had him brought before the magistrate charged with being unsound in religion. After a hearing he was sent to London and tried before the bishop of London who after being unable to get Hawkes to recant his faith, placed him as a prisoner in the Gate-house of Westminster.

During Hawkes imprisonment, various plans were tried to make him recant – but all proved useless. Thomas’s constant answer to all who spoke to him on the subject was “I am no changeling.” When responding to the Bishop of London who urged him to give up his faith, he said: “No my lord, that I will not, for if I had a hundred bodies I would suffer them all to be torn in pieces rather than I will abjure and recant.”

Unable to get him to recant, they passed the awful sentence of death upon him. To this he firmly replied, that he would rather suffer death than renounce his faith in the gospel.

While in prison waiting till he be taken to the stake, Hawkes was allowed to see his friends. Several of them asked him if it would be possible for him to give them some token to show that a man could suffer the fire without despairing. Hawkes promised, “by the help of God, to show them that the most terrible torments could be endured in the glorious cause of Christ and his gospel, the comforts of which were able to lift the believing soul above all the injuries men could inflict.”

It was agreed between them that if the pains of burning were bearable, the martyr should lift up his hands toward heaven before he died as a signal to his friends.

On April 10, 1555, Thomas was led to the place of execution, where he mildly and patiently prepared himself for the fire, being fastened to the stake with a strong chain about his middle. He addressed the multitude of onlookers, including his accusers, pointing out the sin and dreadful consequences of shedding innocent blood.

After Hawkes had made a prayer, pouring out his soul unto God, the flames were kindled around him, and soon blazed with such fierceness that his speech could not be heart by the flame’s intensity. As the fire burned a long time, his skin was drawn together, and his fingers were consumed, and having not moved, the people thought him dead. Suddenly and contrary to all expectation, Thomas, mindful of the promise he had made to his friends, raised his hands still burning with flames high above his head, and, as if in an ecstasy of joy, clapped them together three times.

A great shout followed this wonderful circumstance, and then this blessed martyr of Christ, sinking down into the fire, gave up his spirit.

The story above, was a compilation from several online sources and the book Jesus Freak –  VOM (Voice Of The Martyrs)Jesus Freak –  VOM (Voice Of The Martyrs

World Christian Trends AD30-AD2200; interpreting the annual Christian mega census, is a report that was compiled by David B. Barrett and Todd M. Johnson in 2001. The report estimated that some 69,420,000 Christians have been martyred between AD33 and AD2000. [1]

While we can’t guarantee the exact number, as there is a lot of muddy water in the statistics, the same is true in cataloguing the murder of the unborn in America since 1973. But we can rest assured of this one fact, Christ knows exactly each and every one that has falling to such horror and they will most assuredly be met with just recompense on that day.

We are living in a day in which we see an vehement unleashing of the anti-Christ spirit. It is pouring its vengeance out against anything associated with YAWEH, whether it be Israel or the Christian faith. This violent spirit is gaining preeminence throughout the world, while all along the church in America is lying in the midst of it’s slumbering-religious spirit. I am afraid that by the time the church in America realizes that the opposition is at its very door step, it will be too late to make preparation to stand.

He that hath ears to hear, let him hear what the spirit saith!

brother malachi

[1] Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
World Christian trends, AD 30-AD 2200 : interpreting the annual Christian megacensus / David B. Barrett, Todd M. Johnson ; associate editors, Christopher Guidry, Peter Crossing. p. cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0-87808-608-0 (alk. paper)
1. Church history. 2. Christian sects. 3. Ecclesiastical geography. 4. Christianity—Statistics.
I. Barrett, David B. II. Johnson, Todd M. III. Guidry, Christopher. IV. Crossing, Peter.

something that is etched in stone can not be redefined

 

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redefine [ˌriːdɪˈfaɪn] verb (tr)

to define (something) again or differently

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

 

Have you ever heard the idiom ‘etched in stone” or ‘cast in stone’?

The meaning of the idiom speaks to something that is definite and fixed.  Both expressions allude to the work in sculpture, with the first, from the early 1500s, using the verb cast in the sense of pouring and hardening some material into a final form, and the second cutting or corroding a permanent design. Hence something that is ‘etched in stone’ is permanent and cannot be changed.

 

In this ever changing day we are living in, it seems NOTHING is ‘etched in stone’. The morals of a society that have endured for nearly 237 years is no longer profitable. As this same morally eroding society seeks to satisfy the lust of the flesh, the dictates of one’s mind is subject to the same whimsical spirit.

I have listed some evidence of this spirit.

 

Article posted, Wed- 22 Aug.2012 on the Christian Institute ‘Boris Johnson backs redefining marriage’.

 

The article states the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has recorded a video for a homosexual marriage campaign group saying he supports a redefinition of the institution.

In previous years Boris Johnson has warned of potential negative impacts of same-sex marriage and criticized the promotion of homosexuality in schools.

In 2001, Mr. Johnson wrote that “if gay marriage was OK – and I was uncertain on the issue – then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men, or indeed three men and a dog”.[1]


Some years back Mayor Johnson had some pretty strong convictions about what constituted marriage as well as the negative impacts of homosexuality upon a society, but has since recanted his stand, and now endorses the idea that marriage needs to be “redefined”.

The second article was posted on The Prison Planet entitled ‘Canadian Medical Association Redefines Human Life’ The Canadian Medical Association, the largest association of doctors in Canada, has redefined human life. On August 15, as reported by LifeNews, delegates to the CMA’s general council voted to pass “a resolution supporting the current wording of the Criminal Code which states that a child ‘becomes a human being within the meaning of this Act when it has completely proceeded, in a living state, from the body of its mother.’ ” The CMA resolution is intended to support the nation’s criminal code, which defines an infant as a human being only after the infant is born.

Canadian Physicians for Life decried the action, calling it shameful and unethical. Dr. Will Johnston, president of that organization, said that “every Canadian doctor knows that the unborn child is a live human being…. CMA delegates worry about children not exercising enough or not wearing bicycle helmets, while over one hundred thousand children go missing from our playgrounds every year because they were killed by abortion.” [2]


If God has possessed our reins and covered us in our mother’s womb and set us apart for His own purpose, it must be the inhabitant of the womb IS a human being.

It never ceases to amaze me how ignorant an educated society can be!

The next is an email from the Christian Anti Defamation Commission I received on March 21, 2013. It seems the ‘delusional spirit is alive and well in the States. The article is testimony of a prominent conservative Republican leader and controversial pastor who have both come out in support of homosexual marriage. Both men used the teachings of Christ as a reason to affirm these “marriages.”

Senator Rob Portman from Ohio released a statement announcing his changed view on homosexual “marriage” after learning that his son was living a homosexual lifestyle. In it, he claims the shift was in part because of his faith and what he reads in the Bible.

"I wrestled with how to reconcile my Christian faith with my desire for [my son] to have the same opportunities to pursue happiness and fulfillment as his brother and sister," he continued. "Ultimately, it came down to the Bible’s overarching themes of love and compassion and my belief that we are all children of God …We conservatives believe in personal liberty and minimal government interference in people’s lives. We also consider the family unit to be the fundamental building block of society. We should encourage people to make long-term commitments to each other and build families, so as to foster strong, stable communities and promote personal responsibility."

 

In another announcement, Pastor Rob Bell, founder and former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church located in Grandville, Michigan, stated that he supports homosexual marriage. “I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it’s a man and woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man.” [3]


In a March 2013 Christian Post interview with Rob Bell, the former mega church pastor said at Vanderbilt University that he doesn’t believe God is some far away notion that people in the real world need to always be reaching out to, but that the whole world is filled with God’s presence.

"God is with us. God is for us. God is ahead of us," the author said.

During his speech, Bell shared of AA meetings he attended as a young pastor that greatly affected him.

"While he is not an alcoholic, he said that in those meetings he was able to stop pretending that he had life figured out. Instead he could simply accept that God cared for him with all his flaws,". [4]

Read more at http://global.christianpost.com/news/rob-bell-talking-about-god-can-get-ugly-91969/#1fh4coeCoM8fvX85.99


The third principle of the Alcoholic Anonymous 12-Step program is that one (the alcoholic) must step out in faith. It is only a matter of being willing to believe. Through the process of the 12 steps, AA states that belief turns into faith. We carry this faith into the rest of the steps by being willing to believe. We must begin to have faith it will work.

So what does AA say the alcoholic must believe in? The alcoholic must make a decision to turn his/her will and lives over to the care of God as they understand Him.

This is a very dangerous principle. God is not a lump of clay that an individual can flop on a potters wheel and fashion Him into whatever we want Him to be. A thought process whereby we can make God whatever our mind desires to conjure up, no matter what good we think may come from it, is not the work of the Spirit of Truth.

Consider the events following God’s deliverance of the nation Israel from Egypt. Moses was on Mount Horeb for 40 days receiving the words of God. The people had become discouraged and requested that Aaron would make them a god, which would go before them. Exodus 32

Aaron took of their golden earrings and melted them down and fashioned a molten calf of gold, to which they bowed down and worshipped and said “these be thy gods, O Israel which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt”. One’s mind does not make God what we want Him to be, He is what He is and He is the same yesterday, today and forever, and cannot change.

While Bell was speaking at the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco about his new book ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About God’, he made this comment…

“I would say that the powerful, revolutionary thing about Jesus’ message is that he says, ‘What do you do with the people that aren’t like you? What do you do with the other? What do you do with the person that’s hardest to love?’” he replied. “That’s the measure of a good religion, is you can love the people who are just like you; that’s kind of easy. So what Jesus does is takes the question and talks about fruit. He’s interested in what you actually produce. And that’s a different discussion. How do we love the people in the world that are least like us?”

 

[1] http://www.christian.org.uk/news/boris-johnson-backs-redefining-marriage/

[2] http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/canadian-medical-association-babies-not-human-till-after-birth

[3] http://defendchristians.org/commentary/the-times-they-are-a-changin/

[4] http://global.christianpost.com/news/rob-bell-talking-about-god-can-get-ugly-91969/#1fh4coeCoM8fvX85.99

‘no God….. no heaven’

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Pope Francis assures atheists: You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven

Repost from The Independent.co.uk  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pope-francis-assures-atheists-you-dont-have-to-believe-in-god-to-go-to-heaven-8810062.html

In comments likely to enhance his progressive reputation, Pope Francis has written a long, open letter to the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, stating that non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences.

Responding to a list of questions published in the paper by Mr Scalfari, who is not a Roman Catholic, Francis wrote: “You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don’t believe and who don’t seek the faith. I start by saying – and this is the fundamental thing – that God’s mercy has no limits if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart. The issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience.

“Sin, even for those who have no faith, exists when people disobey their conscience.”

Robert Mickens, the Vatican correspondent for the Catholic journal The Tablet, said the pontiff’s comments were further evidence of his attempts to shake off the Catholic Church’s fusty image, reinforced by his extremely conservative predecessor Benedict XVI. “Francis is a still a conservative,” said Mr Mickens. “But what this is all about is him seeking to have a more meaningful dialogue with the world.”

In a welcoming response to the letter, Mr Scalfari said the Pope’s comments were “further evidence of his ability and desire to overcome barriers in dialogue with all”.

In July, Francis signalled a more progressive attitude on sexuality, asking: “If someone is gay and is looking for the Lord, who am I to judge him?”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pope-francis-assures-atheists-you-dont-have-to-believe-in-god-to-go-to-heaven-8810062.html


Could we liken this nonsense to the following spiritual rhetoric…

You can be a faithful participant in good standing with the Catholic Church without believing in the Pope?


Jhn 12:42

Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:

Jhn 12:43

For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Jhn 12:44

Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.

Jhn 12:45

And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.

Jhn 12:46

I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

Jhn 12:47

And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

Jhn 12:48

He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Scripture – blue letter bible.org

 

A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. So it is senseless to pay tuition to educate a fool who has no heart for wisdom.

The fool hath said in his heart there is NO God

brother malachi

40-years of murder Roe v. Wade

Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:4-5

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On January 22, 1973 the Supreme Court’s voted 7-2 in the case of Row v. Wade that established a nationwide right to abortion (government condoned murder of innocence). Forty years  of murder and some 55 million abortions later, while America is awaiting the full impact of God’s judgment….


COURT RULES UNBORN IS ‘CHILD’

Judges ‘affirmed the value of all life, including those most vulnerable of all’Published: 01/11/2013 at 5:46 PM

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A ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court has concluded that a reference in state law that prevents exposing children to dangerous chemicals also protects an unborn child.

While the decision itself is unrelated to abortion, in a court where at least one justice has advocated overturning Roe v. Wade the decision today in Ankrom v. State undoubtedly will be referenced again.

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The case upheld the convictions of two women, Hope Ankrom of Coffee County and Amanda Kimbrough of Colbert County, who were prosecuted for using drugs during their pregnancies.

The state law originally was intended to prevent parents from operating meth labs around children, or allowing children to be in meth labs, and does not mention the unborn.

But the decision said “The plain meaning of the word ‘child’ in the chemical endangerment statute includes unborn children.”

Mathew Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, a pro-life law firm that filed an amicus brief in the case, said, “In personal injury, criminal, and wills and estate law, the trend has been to recognize the unborn child as a human with legal protections, not merely a ‘potential’ human being.

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s abortion cases are an aberration to law and stand on an island by themselves, and that island will one day disappear,” he said.

After all, it was the original Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion throughout the United States that noted should the personhood of the unborn be established, abortion advocacy would disintegrate, since the unborn then would be qualified for all the protections offered by the U.S. Constitution.

Liberty Counsel said its brief “provided the Alabama Supreme Court with a thorough historical review of legal protection for unborn children, dating from ancient Greece to the present day.”

The group said, “Common law in England and the United States, with support from the medical and legal professions, recognized that ‘[life] is the immediate gift of God, a right inherent in every individual; and it begins in contemplation of law as soon as an infant is able to stir in the mother’s womb.’ This understanding remained the prevailing view in the United States through the middle of the 20th century, when a societal shift prompted a ‘liberalization’ of criminal laws, including restrictions against abortion, culminating in the abortion cases, Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, (1973) and Doe v. Bolton, 410 U.S. 179 (1973), in which the Supreme Court held that unborn children are not ‘persons’ protected by the right to life set forth in the Constitution.”

In a report on WTVY in Alabama, state Attorney General Luther Strange praised the resolution.

“The court has ratified our argument that the public policy of our state is to protect life, both born and unborn,” he said. “It is a tremendous victory that the Alabama Supreme Court has affirmed the value of all life, including those of unborn children whose lives are among the most vulnerable of all.”

According to records, Ankrom and her newborn son both tested positive for cocaine when the child was born in 2000. She was on probation for a year. Kimbrough’s son was born in 2008 and died 19 minutes later. His cause of death was “acute methamphetamine intoxication” and she was sentenced to 10 years.

Previously, the same court suggested that states simply “reject” the concept of pre-viability abortion-at-will that comes from Roe v. Wade until the U.S. Supreme Court overrules the precedent.

In a powerful statement that appears to affirm the concept of the “personhood” movement, through which pro-life advocates seek to have states recognize the unborn as “persons,” a concurrence in a case result from Justice Tom Parker said, “Since Roe was decided in 1973, advances in medical and scientific technology have greatly expanded our knowledge of prenatal life.

“The development of ultrasound technology has enhanced medical and public understanding, allowing us to watch the growth and development of the unborn child in a way previous generations could never have imagined,” he wrote.

“Similarly, advances in genetics and related fields make clear that a new and unique human being is formed at the moment of conception, when two cells, incapable of independent life, merge to form a single, individual human entity.”

He continued, “Of course, that new life is not yet mature – growth and development are necessary before that life can survive independently – but it is nonetheless human life. And here has been a broad legal consensus in America, even before Roe, that the life of a human being begins at conception.”

His concurrence continued, “An unborn child is a unique and individual human being from conception, and, therefore, he or she is entitled to the full protection of law at every stage of development.

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“Roe’s viability rule was based on inaccurate history and was mostly unsupported by legal precedent. Medical advances since Roe have conclusively demonstrated that an unborn child is a unique human being at every stage of development. And together, Alabama’s homicide statute, the decisions of this court, and the statutes and judicial decisions from other states make abundantly clear that the law is no longer, in Justice Blackmun’s words, ‘reluctant … to accord legal rights to the unborn..’

“For these reasons, Roe’s viability rule is neither controlling nor persuasive here and should be rejected by other states until the day it is overruled by the United States Supreme Court,” he said.

It came in addition to a unanimous majority opinion, which Parker also wrote, that said a woman, Amy Hamilton, was entitled to pursue a claim over wrongful death of her unborn child.

Parker explained he wrote the special concurrence to the unanimous ruling because the Roe decision doesn’t apply in such cases.

“Because Roe is not controlling authority beyond abortion law, and because its viability standard is not persuasive, I conclude that, at least with regard to the law for wrongful death, Roe’s viability standard should be universally abandoned.”

The “personhood” campaign that has been developing around the nation calls for states to adopt constitutional amendments describing the unborn from the moment of conception as “persons.”

Also of note is the fact that Judge Roy Moore last November was elected to the position of chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and soon will be sworn in to those responsibilities.

He told WND that he will be responsible for acknowledging that God is the sources of human rights.

“I get criticized for my professions that God is the basis of all rights or liberties,” he told WND, “and yet, the rule of law, being the Constitution, and its companion, the Declaration of Independence, organize the laws of our country on [the premise that] our rights come from God.”

Government’s job, he said, is to secure and protect those rights.

Further, the full Constitution needs to play an active role today, he said.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/court-rules-unborn-is-child/#9WtMczLUwyLvfFSF.99


Alabama has the proper biblical perspective. I would to God, America had more statesmen like Attorney General Luther Strange, Judge Roy Moore and Justice Tom Parker.

The word of God teaches [Romans 13] that government (authority) is established BY GOD to punish evil and protect good. When government becomes the instrument of evil against good instead of good against evil, bitter for sweet, and darkness for light, there is but one fate…. His judgment!

“Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils, and shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.” Psalm 106:37-38

Pray for God’s mercy on America, for the shedding of innocent blood.

brother malachi

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