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Is There Corn and Wine in your Zoin?
Written by Ed Decker
Thursday, 20 November 2014 19:51
To drink or not to drink. That is the curious question. What does the Bible say about this?
I was a Mormon for almost 20 years, forbidden to drink wine, coffee, tea or anything else I had enjoyed as a heathen Episcopalian
I became a born again Christian in a Church that taught wine drinking …and beer and other alcoholic beverages were sin. I want to talk about that one mentioned so often in scripture.
Not much of a problem since I had been abstaining for 20 years already.
One day, some years back, I was having a meal with a leader in another mainline church, when the server asked us if we would like a nice wine to go with the meal and he launched into a “That is such a sin!” tirade that I almost got up and left the restaurant.
When I suggested that Jesus drank wine, He claimed quite avidly that the beverage Jesus and the Disciples drank was an unfermented wine. In other words, grape juice.
Recently, the subject came up again and I did some Bible reading
Wine is mentioned 233 times in the Bible. At no time is wine called a sine any more than money is called sin.
The 233 references deal with the use of it or the abstinence from it for certain men and certain times.
197 Old Testament
36 in New Testament
To believe or declare that Jesus’ first miracle was to convert water to grape juice is to defy the Word of God, and deal with the word fully out of context, that means being a false teacher.
Read the following scriptures and substitute grape juice or unfermented wine?? Silly, isn’t it. What sense would there being serving the good grape juice at a wedding and then bringing out the cheap juice after the guests have had enough good grape juice to not notice the w switch later one. And then the reverse when Jesus filled the jars with the very best grape juice??
I know the scripture about being a stumbling block to others. I have lived with that principle throughout my church leadership and pastoral life.
However, to refrain from drinking a glass of wine at dinner because it is sin does not line up with God’s Word.
The scripture clearly explains that moderation is the key to the use of wine. Yet almost every church makes it part of the sin life from which we must repent and flee.
So, who is right and why?
What is your pastoral stance on this and your justification for it?
And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. John 4:46
It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. Ephesians 5:18
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;1 Timothy 3:3
Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
1 Timothy 3:8
Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;1 Timothy 5:23
Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.
For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
All scripture from King James Version (KJV)
Where Have All the Bibles Gone?
Written by Ed Decker
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 22:58
Where is Your Bible?
Bibles are forbidden in schools, all government facilities, military bases and academies; forbidden in some of the countries we defend with the lives of our soldiers. Most court rooms keep a copy for ‘swearing in” people to testify they will tell the truth, while all now let the witness affirm they will tell the truth, without swearing on this unpopular book.
Most churches put the scripture references on big screens and few people tote their bibles there any more. Employees have been told to remove it from their work places and kids have been sent home for reading it at school during free choice reading times.
Are we losing the Bible to Political correctness? Or are we going to stand firm on its use and power? Where is your bible?
We are subject to a government doing everything in its power to remove the Holy Bible from public life and use. Yet, this act flies in the face of historical evidence of its importance to American life and liberty.
Did You Know That:
Congress formed the American Bible Society. Immediately after creating the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress voted to purchase and import 20,000 copies of scripture for the people of this nation.
Patrick Henry, who is called the firebrand of the American Revolution, is still remembered for his words,
“Give me liberty or give me death.” But in current textbooks the context of these words is deleted. Here is what he actually said: “An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle sir, is not to the strong alone. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death."
These sentences have been erased from our textbooks. Was Patrick Henry a Christian? You be the judge. The following year, 1776, he wrote this:
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great Nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here."
Consider these words that Thomas Jefferson wrote on the front of his well-worn Bible:
"I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our Creator. "
He was also the chairman of the American Bible Society, which he considered his highest and most important role.
On July 4, 1821, President Adams said,
“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."
There is more. In 1782, the United States Congress voted this resolution:
"The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools."
William Holmes McGuffey was the author of the McGuffey Reader, which was used for over 100 years in our public schools with over 125 million copies sold until it was stopped in 1963. President Lincoln called him the "Schoolmaster of the Nation." Listen to these words of Mr. McGuffey:
"The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our notions on the character of God, on the great moral Governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions. From no source has the author drawn more conspicuously than from the sacred Scriptures. For all these extracts from the Bible I make no apology."
Of the first 108 universities founded in America, 106 were distinctly Christian, including the first, Harvard University, chartered in 1636. In the original Harvard Student Handbook, rule number 1 was that students seeking entrance must know Latin and Greek so that they could study the scriptures:
"Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life, John 17:3; and therefore to lay Jesus Christ as the only foundation for our children to follow the moral principles of the Ten Commandments."
Yale historian Harry S. Stout's wrote an article in Christian History magazine titled, “Christianity and the American Revolution”. Here is what he said about America at the time of the Revolution.
“Over the span of the colonial era, American ministers delivered approximately 8 million sermons, each lasting one to one-and-a-half hours. The average 70-year-old colonial churchgoer would have listened to some 7,000 sermons in his or her lifetime, totaling nearly 10,000 hours of concentrated listening. This is the number of classroom hours it would take to receive ten separate undergraduate degrees in a modern university, without ever repeating the same course!
Events were perceived not from the mundane, human vantage point but from God's. The vast majority of colonists were Reformed or Calvinist, to whom things were not as they might appear at ground level: all events, no matter how mundane or seemingly random, were parts of a larger pattern of meaning, part of God's providential design.
The outlines of this pattern were contained in Scripture and interpreted by discerning pastors. - [Today] taxation and representation are political and constitutional issues, having nothing to do with religion. But to eighteenth-century ears, attuned to lifetimes of preaching, the issues were inevitably religious as well."
Times have changed, the world is different from those days, yet we all have the same hopes and desires, the love of God, family and the freedoms that such a spiritually based birth gave us here in America.
Yes, we are a great nation, but it was earned by the sweat and toil and prayers of men and women like these. Let’s not forget this!
Has America forgotten What War is?
Written by Administrator
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 20:59
I am confused. Is America standing with Israel or the Terrorists trying to destroy it?
Hamas has been doing its level best to drop rockets into Israeli neighborhoods and kill as many civilians as they can. They openly confirm that this is their main goal as a people of the Quran.
Thousands of these missiles have been launched into Israel and the apathetic American public and its leadership doesn’t seem to care.
In fact, our administration has even funded the terrorist Hamas, calling the millions sent in as humanitarian aid, and unless they are brain dead or terrorists within our ranks, know full well that the millions will be put to use in their war machine.
The sad truth is that the majority of Gaza humanitarian aid comes in by the semi-trailer load from Israel.
Our president has chastised Israel for its ‘attacks ‘ against civilians and gives lip service to what was once the American partnership with Israel.
Our secretary of State has openly condemned Israel’s bombing of UN facilities that stored missiles that were fired from the UN property, as well as schools and homes where children were being used as human shields. The death of civilians seems to be the most horrible thing I leaders can imagine.
I went back to an old report that puts our administration’s actions and comments in perspective. Our President made it clear to us when he wrote: “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” – Barack Hussein Obama, The Audacity Of Hope, page 261. And he is doing just that today.
But let me go back to our national weeping over the death of civilians.
Old people, women and children are usually put at the top of the list.
Have we all forgotten the First and Second World Wars? I clearly remember WWII and the images of giant US bombers dropping massive loads of bombs over German cities is still clear in my memory.
American forces blanketed enemy cities with bombs, all but wiping out entire cities without hesitation, knowing that civilians were dying with every bomber rumbling across the skies. We vaporized so many thousands of Japanese citizens with the Atomic bomb. Who could ever forget the picture of the little naked Vietnamese girl running and screaming from the napalm attack in which her body was scorched.
Americans look back at those horrible actions and perhaps can rightfully say, “ We were at war and we had to do this to stop a terrible enemy.”
Friends, Israel is at war. Their enemy is not across some ocean. It is within walking distance and it has determined to kill every Jew in Israel.
Except, this enemy is hideous beyond belief because it uses its own people, especially the old, infirmed and very young as ammunition.
Someone sent me an email this morning that said, “Hamas are not animals! Name one animal that hides behind their babies to protect themselves.”
We seem to have another truce today. About the fifth one in this series. Israel steps back again in hopes of peace. Hamas grins and rolls out the missiles, getting ready for another attempt at annihilating the Jews forever.
Islam Declares Death All Jews
Written by Ed Decker
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 20:34
Death to All Jews
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20
I have been watching the Gaza Israel conflict with great interest. I guess I should not be surprised that the world at large has rallied against Israel. It has been foretold that this day would come. I just didn’t expect it to come to America quite this soon.
We have a President who celebrated the end of Ramadan in July, 2014, at a dinner at the white house. He issued a statement thanking Muslim Americans for their many “achievements and contributions, praising them for helping in building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.”
At an earlier date, he told the UN that “The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam.”
This is the same American president who told the nation that: “Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation”
So it is not surprising that we see that same slant in most of the news reports we read or watch. I was watching Brian Williams on NBC news a few nights ago as he reported on the Gaza. He showed bombed out buildings in Gaza and people crying and weeping. One Muslim lady cried, “All we want to do is live in peace. Why won’t they leave us alone?”
Williams nodded thoughtfully and said something along the lines of this. “Let’s hope that Israel can be brought to the peace table soon.” I almost choked on my tongue as I yelled at the TV. “Are you brain dead, Brian? “
Israel had already agreed to four cease-fire peace proposals, all of them rejected by Hamas while they continued to rain down missiles on Israel.
Our USA, Muslim leaning White House and State Department were so concerned they gave Hamas almost $50,000,000 in what they called humanitarian aid with NO restrictions. Guess who can now buy a bunch more missiles.
They forgot to notice that even in this confrontation, Israel was already shipping on semi-truck loads of food and medicines until Hamas blew up the crossing so no more could enter.
Meanwhile our own elected officials are chewing on providing Israel essentials for the Iron Dome project, a system that has stopped over 90% of the Hamas death darts. Some of them say to do so, would give Israel an “Advantage.”
The UN has again pumped out more Resolutions against Israel’s inhuman treatment of Hamas, without a single one mentioning the thousands of Missiles fired randomly into Israeli general populations. The UN has condemned Israel with more such resolutions that it has all the rest of the world combined.
Ok. Let me get to the core of this article. Hams is a terrorist organization that openly and proudly declares as its main goal, the destruction of Israel and the death of all Jews.
It openly stores and fires its missiles from populated areas, schools, mosques, hospitals and even UN compounds. It coerces and forces its citizens to stand in front of the guns.
One leader shouted out to the people that they are called by Allah to bare their chests to the enemy, to be martyrs for the cause.. and like all obedient Muslims, they do so.
As these men purposely bring death to their own families, their own children, they do it for this higher goal of killing Jews and the whole of the world seem to buy into their horrible lies.
Every news report I see on the main TV channels shows people marching for peace in nations throughout the World, including the USA. What they fail to report is the violence that often travels with this crowd, nor do they mention that these crowds are made up of Muslims, the same Muslims that live outside the Middle East. The same ones we are told are peaceful Muslims, part of peaceful Islam.
And the world’s presses roll out diatribes against Israel who seeks peace over war but has finally had enough of the hundreds of missiles flying out of a once fruitful land they gave in order to have peace.
I visited the Gaza strip while it was still under Israel’s control. I remember the fields filled with crops, fat orchards, clean streets, shops, and thriving market places.
I saw it again few years after the Hamas folks took over. Filthy streets, weed filled fields, barren orchards. Billions of dollars of aid from all over the world came in to give these people a place of peace and prosperity. All it did was build a violent war society where death is often preferable to life.
Let me explain why we see such violence across the globe today from Islam. Why we read more and more stories like the one about Muslim man in Port Bolivar, Texas, who in 3/6/2014 shoots his lesbian daughter and her lover to death and leaves a copy of the Quran open to a page condemning homosexuality.
Muslims are on a worldwide crusade to covert or kill, not just Jews, but Christians who are being eliminated openly throughout Islamic nations. No one is safe from this holy onslaught. It is the core of the Muslim faith and every professing Muslim, good, bad or peace loving, is bound by it. Do NOT be fooled by the fable that most Muslims are a peace loving people. By the tenets of their faith, most stand by and quietly watch such slaughter as we see filling the Muslim world. That is the measure of their peace.
Let me explain. It is Islamic ideology that the world is divided into two: The Islamic “Dar e-Salaam” or House of Islam or House of Peace. [Peace loving]
Opposing this “Dar e-Salaam” is the “Dar e-Harb” or House of War into which all infidels fall.
There can be no peace for Islam until the entire “Dar e-Harb” falls to the “Dar e-Salaam”. So this is a very real fight to the finish. Islam must be victorious or be vanquished. Israel understands this. They live with it every day.
There can be no effective defense against Islam or any effective Christian outreach to its people until we understand this volatile religious challenger of our faith and our way of life.
We must understand that many of the majority of Muslims living in the United Sates has come here to live lives of peace and prosperity. But they stand firm on this bedrock doctrine.
Many have said that life here is wonderful, marvelous. They contribute much to our society. Many fathers and husbands are able to release their daughters and wives to live life freely, openly, without degradation or sexual mutilation in the name of Allah. They can go to school, be educated, have careers, drive cars, go to the movies and marry whom they love. Many have Americanized their faith, but they do so without compromising their beliefs.
Were it not so, we would see a million American Muslims, led by their holy men, stand up against the insanity of the Hamas destruction of human life to attain victory over the “Dar e-Harb” world. That’s us…
This is not just happening in the Gaza. Just this week, our President authorized the lifting of over $ 2,000,000,000 in sanctions against Iran [they are the missile suppliers of Hamas]. Hamas responded by announcing they will now annihilate Israel. Great Satan is sure to be on their to-do list.
Folks, we must hope and pray that Israel does what it must do to shut down Hamas and, if needed, take back Gaza.
Last Updated on Friday, 08 August 2014 17:40
Facts on the Hamas War in Gaza
Written by Administrator
Saturday, 26 July 2014 17:28
From an email from a friend ministering in Israel" copy the URL from each reference and paste to see the article/video.
On 12 June 2014, the day Hamas terrorists abducted and murdered three Israeli teens in the West Bank; Hamas resumed launching rockets from Gaza on Israeli cities. For three weeks Israel showed great restraint and repeatedly indicated its desire to avoid further escalation, but Hamas' incessant missile attacks on Israeli communities continued, culminating in a barrage of 70 missiles fired on July 7th alone. Israel was left with no choice but to respond militarily to defend its civilian population.
In recent years, Hamas, designated as a terrorist organization around the world, including by the US, the EU and Canada, has invested heavily in a formidable terrorist infrastructure, including some 12,000 missiles capable of hitting most of Israel's territory. It has also built dozens of attack tunnels to infiltrate Israel for the purpose of killing and kidnapping Israeli civilians.
The main objective of Operation Protective Edge is to restore quiet to Israel's citizens. Israel's right to defend itself has been widely recognized by the international community, including most recently by EU foreign ministers on July 22nd. Israel's actions are intended solely to curtail Hamas' terrorist capabilities in Gaza and do not target the people of Gaza in any way.
Israel's Efforts to Protect Civilians
In this context, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has been doing its utmost to minimize harm to non-combatant civilians. The IDF strictly abides by the principles of international law, including the law of armed conflict, which calls inter alia to distinguish at all times between civilians and military forces, to take precautions to minimize civilian casualties, and to carefully consider the expected military gain of any action, weighed against potential collateral damage (the principle of proportionality).
Among the measures taken by the IDF to minimize the risk to Palestinian civilians are announcements about impending attacks in the form of phone calls, pamphlets and warning shots. In many cases missions have been aborted because civilians were identified dangerously close to the targets.
Moreover, Israel’s commitment to international law is guaranteed by its strong democratic institutions, including an active and responsive legislature, efficient law enforcement mechanisms and an independent judiciary.
Hamas' Efforts to Harm and Endanger Civilians
Whereas Israel is conducting itself carefully so as not to harm civilians, Hamas acts in deliberate and flagrant violation of international law and with utter disregard for human life, whether Israeli or Palestinian. It has systematically been committing a double war crime, by deliberately targeting Israeli civilians while using the Palestinian civilian population for cover.
Indeed, Hamas appears to have perfected the "human shield" tactic, hiding weapons and terrorists in hospitals, schools, mosques and residential buildings. In at least two instances the United Nations Relief and Works Agency found missiles hidden in its schools. Journalists have reported witnessing Hamas leaders hiding in Shifa Hospital. In addition, Hamas has urged and even forced civilians to ignore repeated warnings by the IDF to evacuate areas where fighting is taking place and to remain in those locations.
Fire and Cease-fire
Israel agreed to the Egyptian cease-fire proposal of July 15th; Hamas rejected it. Israel approved and honored two humanitarian breaks in the hostilities to ease the burden on the civilian population in Gaza and to allow the evacuation of injured civilians from combat areas;, Hamas rejected and violated these arrangements on both occasions.
For initiating and prolonging the hostilities, for its intentional and indiscriminate targeting of Israeli civilians and for deliberately putting Palestinian civilians in harm's way, Hamas is solely responsible for civilian casualties on both sides of the Israel-Gaza fence.
Materials regarding IDF's efforts to avoid harming civilians
IDF call to warn the population prior to attacking in the Gaza Strip
Warning Flyer distributed by the IDF to warn the civilian population of Shuja'iya before an operation
Israeli Air Force cancels a planned strike due to civilians being in the area
Hamas gathers civilians on a rooftop, to serve as human shields, causing the IDF to avoid an attack
IDF transfers humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip
Video showing the warning given to "Wafa" hospital prior to attack, and the large secondary explosions indicating that the place served as a hiding place for weapons
Materials indicating Hamas use of civilians as human shields and other violations by Hamas of International Law
IDF video explaining the issue of human shields in Gaza, and placing civilians within the line of fire
Hamas Spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri admits: The human shields policy is effective
Hamas Spokesman, Mushir El-Masri, calls civilian population not to leave their homes
Spokesman of the Hamas Military Section, Abu Ubeida admits to using youth as warriors: We manufactured a quarter of a million hand grenades and our boys will throw them instead of throwing rocks
Flyer by the Palestinian Ministry of the Interior calling civilians not to comply with IDF evacuation warnings
Gaza citizens admit that Hamas forbids them from leaving their homes (3:15 mins) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMUdU3AqlyQ&feature=youtu.be
Violations of International Law by Hamas
Hamas uses an ambulance to help militants escape a battle area
Stockpile of ready-to-fire rockets hidden by Hamas next to a school in Gaza
Hamas militants shoot from residential homes
Video proving that Hamas uses explosive tunnels
Aerial photo of shooting next to a hospital and a mosque
Infographic: Terror tunnels in Shuja'iya
IDF infographic of an aerial photo about Shuja'iya
Journalist in Gaza tweets: Hamas militant in Shuja'iya fighting wearing women's clothing
Washington Post report: Hamas militants placing rockets in a mosque in the north of the Gaza Strip
UNRWA admits: Hamas hid rockets in one of our schools in Gazahttp://www.unrwa.org/newsroom/press-releases/unrwa-strongly-condemns-placement-rockets-school
A second case in which UNRWA admits to finding a stockpile of rockets hidden in one of their schools
Collection of photos of tunnels dug by Hamas in the Gaza Striphttps://www.flickr.com/search/?w=45644610%40N03&q=tunnel
Article on Hamas use of civilians as human shields
Article on Hamas use of mosques for military purposes
Article on Hamas use of schools for military purposes
Article on use of the home of a Hamas terrorist for storing weapons
Article on use of medical facilities and ambulances for military-terrorist purposes
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