Engaging Your World

Thursday, August 31, 2006

A QUESTION TO BE ANSWERED!

This week I heard the two Fox Network employees, one a reporter and one a cameraman, give their accounting of what it was like to be kidnapped and held hostage for thirteen days by Muslim extremists. In the course of the interview one of them gave an incredible account of at some point in this time period, being brought into a dark room and noticing a man sitting in the corner in the dark. In front of him was a large sword and behind him two automatic rifles. The man began to interrogate one of the captives and in the process asked a stunning and revealing question, "who do you believe Jesus was and who do you believe Mohammed was?" They never gave the answer in the interview as to what they answered to their captor but we can learn from this accounting.

First we are reminded that we live in a time of war unlike any other we have ever seen in this country. We are in a war with true ideologists who will stop at nothing less than our total destruction. They are driven by their misguided faith that they are to conquer and subdue the world in the name of Islam. They view death in this cause as an honor and something to be sought. If we do not understand this, particularly as we vote in both 2006 and 2008 we will be in circumstances that would have been unthinkable not long ago.

Second we are reminded that these have been the kind of questions that believers in Christ have historically given their lives for as they answered biblically. If the Word of God is true then there is no salvation outside of Christ and you cannot worship and love God apart from Christ. If we speak the truth of Gods Word it could cost us our freedom, or as it has for so many others, our lives. This has been the norm of the Church for the totality of its history, we in this country are just beginning to realize some of what that is like. So if you were in that dark room in the Middle East, and asked that same question by your captors, how would you have answered? Would it have been the answer to get you home to your family, or the answer that would get you home to your heavenly Father?

blog you later,
pastor tom
www.letsvote.org

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

BAD THEOLOGY=DEATH!

If ever there was an example of how bad theology affects someone's life, here it is. Pastor Franck Kabele, 35, told his congregation he was going to walk on water off the coast of West Africa in the same manner as Jesus did. From the wires;

"He told churchgoers he'd had a revelation that if he had enough faith, he could walk on water like Jesus," an eyewitness told the Glasgow Daily Record.

"He took his congregation to the beach saying he would walk across the Komo estuary, which takes 20 minutes by boat. He walked into the water, which soon passed over his head and he never came back."

This man died due to the wrong view of God, ie. bad theology. A striking example of the need to know the Word of God and not just take someone else's word for what the Word says! There are millions out there who are living their lives and making life changing and unfortunately for this man life ending decisions based on bad theology. As time goes by it seems there is more and more heretical teaching that is finding its way into the church. God is never going to give anyone a revelation that says they can walk on water, nor is He going to give anyone a revelation of any kind other than what is found in and founded upon the Word of God.

There has never been a greater time when people needed to be in good solid Bible preaching and teaching churches. You need to make sure that is where your family worships each Lords day. It does matter where you go to church and it does matter what you believe , and yes, doctrine is incredibly important. Right doctrine would have kept this man from ever attempting such an incredibly foolish and blasphemous action. If he understood that God is out for God he never would have believed that he had a revelation from God to do something that would have exalted himself. He could have had a revelation, but it was not from God!

blog you later,
pastor tom
www.letsvote.org

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

SB1441!

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed bill SB1441! Which probably means nothing to you until you understand what this means. According to the wires, "The governor yesterday signed a bill that would require all businesses and groups receiving state funding -- even if it's a state grant for a student -- to condone homosexuality, bisexuality and transsexuality. There is no exception for faith-based organizations or business owners with sincerely held religious convictions, critics note"

In other words there will be no state funding until or unless such behavior is condoned, and if your institution does not condone such behavior, then students will also not be able to get state funding to attend. This is a major development and a huge move towards the criminalizing of speaking of homosexuality and the rest as Gods Word would define them. It is adding to the list of protected classes sexual behavior, which is an absurd idea that is fast becoming a reality in our country. Soon we will be like Canada which has tribunals that deal with the crime of calling homosexuality a sin!

The days are fast approaching where real persecution will no longer be something we talk about as happening on the other side of the world. Rather it will be the reality of our lives. The question becomes will we be ready to stand for Gods Word when it happens to us?

blog you later,
pastor tom
www.letsvote.org

Monday, August 28, 2006

THE HERETICAL NETWORK!

The Trinity Broadcasting Network, TBN, this past year cancelled Hal Lindsey's program due to his on air comments about the violent nature of Islam and the Muslim faith. Now I am no fan of Hal Lindsey's teaching. I believe he is wrong about a lot concerning his end times views but I thought at the time it was incredible that TBN would do such a thing. Well they have on it again, this time to the "Zola Levitt Presents" program. Mr. Levitt died this past year but his shows were still being run, until TBN decided that he too was an offense to the Muslim audience they are hoping to gain. It is fascinating that a broadcasting company that presents itself to be a Christian network would have such problems with people teaching the truth about the Muslim teachings.

What we learn from this is that TBN is no different in their political correctness than any other institution of our day and age. We are also again reminded of the hypocrisy that is TBN. They are anything but a Christian network. From their heretical owners, Paul and Jan Crouch to the overwhelming majority of their programming, they are a blight on Christianity. What TBN should be concerned about is not what a few are teaching about the Muslim faith on their network, but what all the rest on their stations are preaching and teaching. TBN should be renamed THN, "The Heretical Network". With the catch phrase, "We specialize in Health and Wealth". And we know who ends up with the wealth don't we?

blog you later,
pastor tom
www.letsvote.org

Friday, August 25, 2006

THIS IS PLANNING?

In a predictable but sad move, the FDA has approved the day after abortion pill called Plan B for over the counter sale without a prescription. All that needs to be true is that a woman is 18 or over and she can go and buy the pill that will kill the baby that could be inside of her, and she will be able to go to most, if not all pharmacies to make the purchase. A sad comment on the culture of death we live in. The Plan B pill has more of a certain ingredient that is in the Pill that is taken by millions in order to prevent pregnancy, which brings up a fact that not many realize, which is that the Pill not only prevents pregnancy but it can also terminate pregnancy. I wonder how many have taken the Pill to keep from becoming pregnant but are unaware that one of the three ways that pill will work is to kill the fertilized egg, ie... human being!

Children today have become an option, a convenience or for many celebrities a right. How far from God we have strayed, or have we? We like to think that these are the worst times in these social areas, but we do not have to look very far in the Word of God to see children being sacrificed in fire to the god of Molech. We do not need to look very far into history to notice that in the Roman Empire people would put unwanted babies on the garbage heaps. The fact is that unregenerate man has always displayed depravity in the killing of children. The good news is that it has always been Gods people who have come to the rescue of those children. The revealing news is that President Bush shamefully supports this as shown in this question and answer from a press conference;

"Q Thank you very much. Mr. President, some pro-life groups are worried that your choice of FDA Commissioner will approve over the counter sales of Plan B, a pill that, they say, essentially can cause early-term abortions. Do you stand by this choice, and how do you feel about Plan B in general?

THE PRESIDENT: I believe that Plan B ought to be -- ought to require a prescription for minors, is what I believe. And I support Andy's decision."

He should be ashamed of himself and has displayed he is a fraud when it comes to the issue of life!


So the Plan B pill can now be bought over the counter. I wonder if anyone has considered Plan A, abstinence until marriage?

blog you later,
pastor tom
www.letsvote.org

Thursday, August 24, 2006

A JOB WELL DONE!

Here is the scenario, a Rhode Island State Trooper notices a van switches lanes without signaling, he pulls the van over and notices many people in the van. After asking for the drivers license and registration he also asks for identification from the rest of those in the van and only a few can show identification. He then asks them if they could prove their citizenship. When they cannot he calls officials with the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and fourteen people are found to be illegals and are now on their way to deportation. You would think that this act would be celebrated, but not in this country. What is now happening is that the ACLU is investigating and looking to bring this Troopers actions into question under the guise of the rights of the immigrants. Amazingly one of the ILLEGAL immigrants made this comment;

"We believe that our van was pulled over, at least in part, because of our ethnicity," their complaint says. "As passengers, we also object that we were required to provide identification and asked about our immigration status, even though we had done nothing wrong. We do not think the trooper had any right to force us to go to ICE headquarters. We believe we were treated unfairly."

Are you kidding? They claim they had done nothing wrong, when in fact by definition every moment of every day they were doing something wrong, being in this country illegally. Two things are demonstrated in this situation, the first is how blinded by ideology the ACLU truly is. Second, the amazing boldness with which the ILLEGAL immigrants operate in this country. They feel entitled to our country and its benefits without having to go through the proper steps as ALREADY laid out in the law. Sadly, the present administration has done nothing but foster that view in the illegal immigrant population.

I say to that State Trooper, job well done sir!

blog you later,
pastor tom
www.letsvote.org

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

YOUR TAX DOLLARS ON DISPLAY, PARADE STYLE!

It is good to be back from vacation, so lets get right to it. In San Diego there was a Gay Pride parade recently. Nothing new there, the usual things you see in such a parade, as reported from the wires; "a number of businesses promoting pornography and nearly nude men and women in graphic sexualized demonstrations, a
man who marched down the street giving out goodies while only wearing a g-string,a car filled with men that advertised for RentBoy, a male escort service." That gives you the idea of what was seen and who was involved in the event. But amazingly there was another group there with their own banner, The San Diego Co-operative Charter School! That is correct, and not only were their parents and teachers there marching in the parade, there were also elementary age school children.

The message is clear and the indoctrination continues. The homosexual movement has gotten to the point of having schools funded by public funds marching in their parades. A few things come to mind, first what would the possibility of a public school lending their banners and people to a Christian event? You know the answer as well as I do. But also this reminds us again of the culture war we are in, and it is up to the believers to be in this battle. For those of you in Massachusetts there is a battle for the ballot box, the ability to vote on a definition of marriage. If the vote goes as every other state that had had the oportunity to vote, there will as of 2008-2009 no longer be legalized gay marriage in this state. There are politicians who are working against your right to vote, as I have stated before, I have begun a Political Action Committee designed to take donations up to 500.00 that will be used to work to put some of those politicians out of office and make the statement that we expect the right to vote to be upheld. Well now is the time, you can now make donations online. We have about a two months to garner as much as possible to put to use. So if you want to engage in this cultural war one way is to go to www.letsvote.org and donate. I am convinced we must do all we can and along with prayer, there is the putting the feet to our prayers, and in this arena that means money. If we sit back and are idle, it will not be very long before your child's school will be marching with their banner in the local Gay Pride Parade, and who knows by then your child might want to be in the parade with the rest of his or her friends!

blog you later,
pastor tom
www.letsvote.org

YOUR TAX DOLLARS, MARCHING ON DISPLAY!

It is good to be back from vacation, so lets get right to it. In San Diego there was a Gay Pride parade recently. Nothing new there, the usual things you see in such a parade, as reported from the wires; "a number of businesses promoting pornography and nearly nude men and women in graphic sexualized demonstrations, a
man who marched down the street giving out goodies while only wearing a g-string,a car filled with men that advertised for RentBoy, a male escort service." That gives you the idea of what was seen and who was involved in the event. But amazingly there was another group there with their own banner, The San Diego Co-operative Charter School! That is correct, and not only were their parents and teachers there marching in the parade, there were also elementary age school children.

The message is clear and the indoctrination continues. The homosexual movement has gotten to the point of having schools funded by public funds marching in their parades. A few things come to mind, first what would the possibility of a public school lending their banners and people to a Christian event? You know the answer as well as I do. But also this reminds us again of the culture war we are in, and it is up to the believers to be in this battle. For those of you in Massachusetts there is a battle for the ballot box, the ability to vote on a definition of marriage. If the vote goes as every other state that had had the oportunity to vote, there will as of 2008-2009 no longer be legalized gay marriage in this state. There are politicians who are working against your right to vote, as I have stated before, I have begun a Political Action Committee designed to take donations up to 500.00 that will be used to work to put some of those politicians out of office and make the statement that we expect the right to vote to be upheld. Well now is the time, you can now make donations online. We have about a two months to garner as much as possible to put to use. So if you want to engage in this cultural war one way is to go to www.letsvote.org and donate. I am convinced we must do all we can and along with prayer, there is the putting the feet to our prayers, and in this arena that means money. If we sit back and are idle, it will not be very long before your child's school will be marching with their banner in the local Gay Pride Parade, and who knows by then your child might want to be in the parade with the rest of his or her friends!

blog you later,
pastor tom
www.letsvote.org

Friday, August 11, 2006

SEE THIS MOVIE!

It is rare when I will use this forum to recommend a movie, but today is one of those rare occasions. I had the opportunity last night to see the movie, "World Trade Center". It is a movie everyone should see for all the right reasons. It not only is a good reminder of what was perpetrated on our nation, but more importantly it reminds us of all the heroism performed by normal every day people. And while I do not want to reveal too much about the movie, there is a definite underlying theme of Christ throughout. So if you get the chance to see it, you will not be sorry, it truly is one of those movies that is worth the price of admission, and even the overpriced sodas and the required box of Milk Duds!

blog you later,
pastor tom

Thursday, August 10, 2006

THE WAR CONTINUES!

Today is another day I have the opportunity to blog from my Dick Cheney undisclosed vacation spot. Well we had the news today of another major terrorist attack foiled by Britain with help from Pakistan. Early reports say the terrorists were going to board planes with some type of liquid explosives in their carry on, one report said at the bottom of a soda bottle. At some point in the flight within minutes of one another several planes were scheduled to blow up over the Atlantic in what would have been even greater carnage than 911. What this reminds us is that we are in a war that is not going to end, because those we are at war with are fighting to overtake our country and our way of life. Do not be fooled, the Islamic religion is a religion of terror. Its teachers are proponents of doing whatever it takes in order to submit those who are not followers. This will not change apart from Jesus Christ invading the heart of all who follow the perverted distorted teachings of Mohammed.

We are also reminded that we need a Commander in Chief who gets it. We need someone who will stand up to the terrorists and fight this war. You cannot negotiate with terrorists. You cannot negotiate with people who will not stop until they have conquered you. They understand one thing, power. So it will be critical as we look to the the upcoming elections to think of this issue first, and have all others subordinate. So it was a good day for the good guys and a bad day for the terrorists, but do not be fooled or lulled to sleep believing that they are not at work even as you read this, trying to take over your way of life!

blog you later,
pastor tom

Monday, August 07, 2006

ITS THE LOVE OF MONEY!

Today I blog from a sunny undisclosed vacation spot. But on my mind is a less sunny situation and that is insurance fraud. A while ago my wife was rear ended on a stretch of road where the speed limit is at least 45. The other driver was clearly in the wrong, but low and behold he worked for a company that does business with the turnpike and thus knows all of the police. So that night the State policeman gave my wife a warning, knowing that there was no recourse for a warning. But the incredible and not surprising news is that now the other company is making a claim against our insurance company and we found out today that the other driver, who was fine, has not been to work since with "back problems". I bring this up as a highlight to the incredible problem of insurance fraud that is perpetrated every day by people like this. These are the people that cause us to have outrageous premiums.

It is the love of money that drives this corrupt system and you and I are the ones that pay for it, if we are even fortunate enough to be able to afford insurance. So we will see what the Lord does in this situation. As of now nothing adds up to our insurance company, which is an indication they too see the motive behind the claim. But let us not be too harsh on these perpetrators of the system, as without the Grace of God given us in Christ, we too would find ourselves attempting many of these same things. Maybe some reading this blog already have, and give God the glory that this is not you any longer!

blog you later,
pastor tom

Thursday, August 03, 2006

NICKEL AND DIMING US TO DEATH!

Summertime is a wonderful time for those who love the heat. A time of family, vacation and enjoying Gods creation. It is also a time when school children are given summer reading assignments to be completed by the start of the new school year. Tantasqua Regional High School has made the book "Nickel and Dime" a featured book of their summer reading program. Their goal was to have 13 to 17 year old children read this book. In the book you will find the f-bomb numerous times. You will find gratuitous sex called "beautiful" as well as people recreationally using drugs. None of those behaviors will be called to account or consequence in ways that would leave those reading the book believing rightly about such activity. I have no problem with the author of the book. She wrote a book for adults that ended up on the New York Times bestseller list. I certainly disagree with her socialist left leanings and would have no problem discussing my problems with her, but she did not write the book, as far as I know for school children.

The problem lies with the person or persons who decided that this was a book that should be read by high school children as a part of their summer reading program. You have to wonder how they could come to this conclusion given the content of the book. Fortunately there have been a few responsible parents who have gotten involved and brought into question not only the book, but the process of how these things are decided upon. Another great reminder of the need for people to be involved!

blog you later,
pastor tom

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

MIKE LOWELL AND FIDEL CASTRO

Every now and then you are reminded that things are not what they seem to be. Take Mike Lowell the third baseman of the Boston Red Sox for example. You would think that he has it made, a professional athlete with not a care in the world. In fact if he had any cares you would believe that he would have the money to deal with those quickly. That would be the worldly way of looking at a professional athlete like Mike Lowell, but lets consider the reality as given in these comments made by him about the possible death of Fidel Castro;

"My dad had to pack up his suitcase at 10 years old with his three brothers, who had nothing. And my mother was 11 years old and my grandfather, who had been a dentist for 15 or 20 years, had to go back to school to be (politically) re-educated, Lowell said.
My cousins were political prisoners. My father-in-law was a political prisoner for 15 years because, at 19, they asked him if he agreed with communism and he said, No, so they sentenced him to death. That's not the way to live. I know it's terrible to say, but I think of all of that and I hope he (Castro) passes away.
I don’t care if he dies, Lowell said. There are so many people who have died because of him and there's been so much wrongdoing and so many human rights violations that I hope he does die. That sounds bad, but it's the truth."

Here is a man who has been through the worst that life has to offer. Not what you would imagine watching him play baseball for the Boston Red Sox day in and day out. A great reminder to us that things are not what always how they appear, and suffering is no respector of persons. It is also a great reminder of how God in His sovereignty has placed us in a country where that type of treatment has been hard to imagine. Although it does seem we are on a slow course towards exactly the type of country that allows that type of treatment!

blog you later,
pastor tom

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

WWW.LET THE PEOPLE VOTE.ORG!

Well tomorrow is the day we begin the two day press conference tour. Tomorrow 9:00 am at the State House in Boston and then 11:00 am at City Hall in Worcester, and we wrap it up at 10:00 am at City Hall in Springfield. There already is media confirmed to be there, so I appreciate your prayers as we begin the process of trying to hold politicians accountable for their abuse of the voters of Massachusetts. If you are one of those who believes in the right to vote, go to the website www.letsvote.org and give to the cause. It is a way for us to make our voice known to those who believe we do not have a voice, or a right to have a voice!

It is interesting to read of Greg Boyd who lost roughly 1000 out of the 5000 people that went to his church, due to the fact that people believed he refused to be involved in the political process. That is always a tough call for any pastor, but in this case I believe Mr. Boyd is paying the price for his Open Theism, ie.. the belief that God does not know what is coming next. Regardless of the worldly reason given for people leaving, it seems to me that the Lord is moving people out of that church due to the heretical teaching that was coming from the pulpit. It does bring up the question of how involved should a pastor be in politics? For me it comes down to having to answer the question from my grandchildren of what did I do when these things were going on in this state, and ultimately having to give an account to the Lord for how I used the gifts He has given me. So off we go into the political wild blue yonder!!

blog you later,
pastor tom