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By Heather Clark
Christian News Network
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court issued its monumental ruling on same-sex “marriage” on Friday, declaring that all 50 states must and are “required ” to legalize “gay marriage” under the U.S. Constitution.
“The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the 5-4 decision, with the majority being the liberal justices on the bench: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Justice Elena Kagan, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Steven Breyer and the aforementioned Justice Kennedy.
While the court recognized the longstanding definition of marriage as being “a union between two persons of the opposite sex,” the five justices opined that “the history of marriage is one of both continuity and change.”
“That institution—even as confined to opposite-sex relations—has evolved over time,” Kennedy said. Click here to continue reading.
By Heather Clark
Christian News Network
LANSING, Mich. — After the governor of Michigan signed a bill into law this week allowing private adoption agencies to decline certain adoptions on religious grounds, the ACLU has vowed to file suit to force agencies to place children with homosexuals.
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed HB 4188, HB 4189, and HB 4190 on Thursday, bills that reportedly codify existing state law allowing private adoption agencies with state contracts to decline certain prospects due to their sincerely-held religious beliefs. However, those that decline must provide referrals to other agencies that may provide assistance.
The bills had passed both the House and Senate on Wednesday, and moved to Snyder’s desk for signing.
In addition to protecting the consciences of faith-based adoption agencies, the bills prohibit the government from punishing or taking any “adverse action” against the agencies for acting in accordance with their convictions. The legislation does not mention homosexuals nor any specific class, people group, or other parameter. Click here to continue reading.
LTRP Note: In connection with the article above, we are re-posting the following related article from 2013 as a warning of the danger our children are in:
“A Special Commentary: Recent Events Show America’s Children in Grave Increased Danger of Sexual Abuse”
By LT editor Deborah Dombrowski
As I read the headlines on the computer screen from an article a Lighthouse Trails reader had sent me the morning of July 6th, I remembered another headline I had seen just the day before. One was about a child pornography sex ring, and the other was about Obama. Putting those two stories together with this year’s earlier events of the Boy Scouts of America lifting the ban on openly homosexual scouts, I knew I would be writing an article myself, one that would be considered most un-politically correct by today’s standards. But that didn’t matter – it was the children I was concerned about.
Just by the headlines, I knew before even reading the story, it was going to be bad: “Model gay adoptive ‘fathers’ sexually abused 6-year-old for years: offered him to pedophile ring.” A homosexual “couple” who lived in Australia (one of the men is American) adopted a baby boy from a Russian woman to whom they had paid $8,000 to be a surrogate mother. One news story wrote, “Adam was handed over to [Mark] Newton and [Peter] Truong a mere five days after his birth in 2005.” The story of the adoption was actually highly publicized to show how a homosexual couple was no different than any other loving adoptive couple. But as this and other news stories have broken over this case, this was no loving couple. On the contrary, according to news sources, Newton and Truong are members of an international syndicate called Boy Lovers Network. One of the U.S. investigator’s on the case said it was “one of the worst [pedophile] rings” he had ever heard of.1 And he used the word “depraved” in describing what happened to the little boy. The men began sexually abusing the boy at 22 months old (some reports say even earlier than that). In the course of four years, the boy was molested by several other men, and the abuse was often turned into child pornography (a very “lucrative” industry). Newton, the American pedophile “father,” was sentenced to 40 years in prison on June 28th in a U.S. District court because of his role in the abuse.2 According to prosecutors, Truong has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.
After reading this tragic story, I recalled the headlines of another story I had read the day before, “Obama Uses African Trip as Platform to Urge Nations to Decriminalize Homosexual Behavior.” The president of the United States was calling for countries around the world to legalize homosexuality. How ironic was this! The article, written by Christian News Network, stated:
“During his visit to Senegal, a largely Muslim country, Obama praised the United States Supreme Court for its decision to strike down key parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, stating that it was a “victory for American democracy and a proud day for equal rights.” He called upon African governments to likewise work to make homosexuals equal under the law, comparing the “controversial” issue in Africa to the American civil rights battle of the 1960s.”3
Earlier this year, as many know, the Boy Scouts of America, under pressure by homosexual activists and the U.S. media, caved in and removed a long-standing ban on openly practicing homosexual scouts.4 GLAAD and other homosexual activists immediately began their next campaign – for the Boy Scouts to allow openly practicing homosexual leaders into the scouts. We have no doubt now that this will happen – it’s just a matter of time.5
And then just last week, to make matters worse, Alan Chambers, the founder and director of the Christian organization Exodus International (a ministry to help homosexuals come out of that lifestyle) shut down the organization and made a public “apology” to the homosexual community for what he had done to them all these years.6 It was a devastating blow and betrayal to those Christians who have sincerely and lovingly worked to help homosexuals. And as we stated in an article, it was more “fruit” of the emerging church.
As Lighthouse Trails has been testifying to for many years, where there is homosexuality, there will be often be pedophilia. Are we saying that every homosexual will molest children? No. But when lust is let loose with no constraints (which is the category that homosexuality falls under), the “flesh” (i.e., the sin nature – which the Bible says is wicked and perverse) can never be satisfied. Carnality has an appetite that only grows the more you feed it. And like drug addiction, sex addiction when allowed to run freely must have “harder drugs” (in this case sex) to be satisfied. So, the practicing homosexual, just like the practicing pornography addict, is at greater risk of turning to molesting children than the person who does not give in to his lusts and sexual appetites.
As we have watched in horror the fall of the United States by its huge pornography (including child pornography) industry and now the embracing of the homosexual lifestyle and the destruction of the family (the God-given core of civilization) through the same-sex marriage laws, we have no doubt that child molestation in this country is going to escalate greatly. But what we predict will happen, as has already happened in other places (such as Amsterdam) and other time periods, child molestation will no longer be a crime. Impossible!, you say. Not at all. In 1973, the American Psychological Association (APA) changed the category of homosexuality from abnormal to normal. Then, in 1998, the APA released a “research” report in their publication, Psychological Bulletin, which stated that sexual relations with children is not necessarily harmful to them.7 And here we have an activist for homosexuality in the White House, voted in twice by the American people – and the damage has only just begun.
In 2006, when it came out that mega-pastor Ted Haggard was caught having a two-year homosexual relationship with a prostitute, I wrote an article titled, “Ted Haggard Story Will Raise Serious Questions For All.” It was in that article I told our readers that I was the Catherine Brown of Laughter Calls Me (a very personal account of how my children were the victims of a child pornography sex ring many years ago). And what I find troubling is that many of today’s American adults are ignorant of reality when it comes to the magnitude of children who are being abused in this country. I remember after our Haggard article came out, a reporter called me in my Lighthouse Trails office and said she did not believe child pornography was a big problem or a multi-million dollar industry as we have often stated. I told her to call the Los Angeles Police Department’s child exploitation division and ask them to show her the 15+ foot wall of gym lockers that were stuffed with confiscated evidence of child pornography. I know it’s there – I have stood in front of that wall of filth and gazed in shock upon some of its contents. And that was just one city of hundreds throughout this country with similar caches.
In my Ted Haggard article, I stated:
What does homosexuality and pornography do to families? Add to that the victimization of children, which is often the case, and you have the ingredients to destroy a society. Throw in drugs and New Age mysticism . . . and you have little to hold on to.
Anyone who does not realize what is happening to children needs to have his head examined. And anyone who does not see the connection between pornography – homosexuality – and child molestation is not putting two and two together.
A different, but related, tragedy we are watching unfold is the fast-changing views of the evangelical and Protestant church regarding homosexuality. We have written about this many times, and Roger Oakland wrote about it in his book Faith Undone calling it the “new” sexuality. We’re not going to repeat ourselves in this article, but you can read one recent article where we documented this change: “We Said it Would Happen, and It Has – CNN: ‘At evangelical colleges, a shifting attitude toward gay students.’”
A few years ago, one of the Lighthouse Trails readers, whom we had come to know personally, told us that weeks after their 18-year-old son graduated from the Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa High School, he announced to them that he was “gay.” Today, at twenty-something, their son has gone fully into the homosexual lifestyle, recently announcing to them he was moving across the country with his new- found boyfriend. Are we saying that it is Calvary Chapel’s fault that this boy became homosexual? No, not directly or entirely anyway. But as we wrote about in 2009, the Calvary Chapel High School was introducing their students to contemplative authors, and we have time and again shown the connection between contemplative – emerging – and a growing laxed view on homosexuality. They have always gone hand in hand, and they will continue to do so. Why? Because the premise behind each is the antithesis of sinful man needing a Savior, but rather it is man can be his own God. Each is earthly, sensual, and devilish (James 3:15) and only feeds the lusts and carnality of men and women.
While we probably are not going to be able to stop the freight train of destruction that America’s politicians, Supreme Court justices, activists, and lobbyists have the country on, as Christian believers, we must continue our efforts to call out to Christian leaders to stop going down the path they are on, repent (turn around), and get going in the right direction. Christian leaders, you are calling for some kind of national repentance and turn around, but you yourselves are embracing the very spirituality that is causing much of America’s ruin. Can not just one major Christian leader come forth, humble himself, and admit that the contemplative/emerging mystical paradigm shift is wrong and dangerous? You may not think that has anything to do with children being molested, but remember, there is only one root of evil – that enemy of God – the Devil and his forces – and he is the father of all sin. Whether it’s practicing contemplative prayer, practicing homosexuality, or molesting children – it’s all coming from the same source. Yes, that is an indicting statement.
We are exhorted in the Bible to run to the light – that Light who is Jesus Christ. We are to resist evil and cling to that which is good. There are only two choices – toward the Light or toward the darkness!
If the Christian leaders and pastors in North America would truly repent, many would follow, and there could be genuine pure revival. It won’t be a politically correct revival, keep in mind, and won’t win over the masses (like a coming false revival will do). But it will return many to their first love and will save many out of the fire of destruction. What’s more, one fruit of such a true revival would mean fewer kids being sexually abused. That’s one thing you can be sure of. As I stated in my 2006 Haggard article, “Christian leaders, as a whole, have been walking in deception and sin for some time, and they have bankrupted the Christian church at the price of truth, and souls have been lost because of it.”
As I sit here writing this article, another headline has come across my desk this morning,” ‘The Boxtrolls’ Trailer, New Animated Film By Laika, Features Gay Parents.” The article states:
Laika, the same company that brought us “Coraline” and last year’s Oscar-nominated “Paranorman,” returns with the trailer for their next feature, “The Boxtrolls.” Anyone who saw “Paranorman” (co-directed by out director Chris Butler) knows the film’s punchline when cheerleader Courtney (voiced by Anna Kendrick) asks meathead jock, Mitch (voiced by Casey Affleck), to a romantic movie, only to find out he’s gay with a boyfriend.
Having an out gay person as a lead character was a first for a mainstream animated film, and the film not only received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature, but also a GLAAD Media Award Nomination as well.
The culture we live in, dear Christian, has dramatically changed. The Bible says these last days will be like that. What is good is being called evil, and what is evil is being called good. But if the church loses its love for the truth, how can we share the truth of the Gospel with the unsaved if we no longer have it ourselves. Remember the warnings Jesus gave in Revelation to the churches. May we heed those warnings while there is still time to do it:
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (Revelation 2:4-5)
I want to end with a note of exhortation to Christian believers who are remaining faithful to the truth and the Gospel and who understand the times in which we live. In my 2006 article, I stated:
As leaders like Rick Warren have contacted us at Lighthouse Trails, and as I have seen first hand their efforts to defend themselves and cover up the truth, I have wondered why they should still be called the leaders of the church. And then I realized, the true body of Christ is not made up of leaders that compromise, deceive, and preach false doctrines that the Bible warns about.
The true body of Christ has one leader, and He is a powerful – yet loving, a righteous – yet compassionate God. And He is the only way of salvation – there is absolutely no other way. As opposed to the religions of the world, with Christ we cannot earn salvation; He gives it freely. While we are all sinners and equally need forgiveness from him, and while we do sin and need to go to Him in humility and confession, we cannot abide in sin if He lives in us. And He will live in the repentant soul who humbles himself and asks Jesus Christ to be Lord of his life.()
We can count on Him and on His Word. May those who are remaining faithful stand, by His grace, until He returns.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Ephesians 6:13)
Sex Before Eight – Or it’s Too Late by WorldNetDaily
U.N. legalizes child porn, prostitution by Dr. Judith Reisman
Our Resources to Protect Children:
See video below, a preview of The Kinsey Syndrome, exposing the works of Alfred Kinsey and his role in North American’s sex education in public schools.
COLLEGE ALERT: Letters to Lighthouse Trails Prove Prairie Bible Institute (Alberta) Has Gone Emergent
It is with deep concern that the following information is being presented to warn believers who are looking for a good Christian college to attend or in which to send their children.
Several years ago (2007), Lighthouse Trails posted an article about Prairie Bible Institute in Alberta, Canada that started out like this:
Prairie Bible Institute, a renown Bible college in Alberta, Canada, is showing strong signs that it is going in a contemplative direction. A concerned parent contacted Lighthouse Trails and told us about a Servant (the college magazine ministry) article that quoted New Age/goddess worshipper Sue Monk Kidd. Unfortunately, this is not the only indication that the college may be succumbing to contemplative spirituality.
Our article also stated:
[T]he college seems to be caught up in the wave of mystical spirituality that is sweeping through the evangelical church. For instance, on the Prairie Bible Institute website, Professor Ritchie White lists a collection of writers of whom he says “have shaped both my mind and my heart in significant ways.” Three of those are Henri Nouwen, Eugene Peterson, and Annie Dillard, all of whom have contemplative orientations. Prairie music instructor Vernon Charter uses a textbook by the late emerging church leader, Robert Webber (see Faith Undone). Charter’s list of Supplementary Books includes emergent leader Dan Kimball (The Emerging Church) and other books by Webber.
In addition to White’s book lists, Prairie Christian Academy (a ministry of PBI) teacher and former PBI instructor Dr. Steven Ibbotson teaches on the spiritual disciplines and includes the discipline of “Silence and Solitude.”
Then in 2010, Lighthouse Trails received a letter from a reader explaining that the school was looking for a new president, and word was that this was going to help PBI get back on the right path. That letter stated:
I was wondering if you had ever been told about the alumni from Prairie Bible College who have converted to the Eastern Orthodox Church? One young woman, whose father is on senior staff at Prairie, converted to the Orthodox Church after being convinced by another recent convert. Also, another was a prominent student there (a Residence Assitant and on the Student Council leadership) also dabbles in Anglo-Catholicism and contemplative forms of prayer. These things were encouraged, apparently, by various professors and in most of their course books. This school is a hot bed for fostering seeds of Ancient Christian Mysticism, but is trying to make itself come across as being more conservative theologically with the recent resignation of President Dr. Jon Olhauser. I read your piece on Prairie already, but so much has developed since then, it would be good to research and publish again–something is really happening there and should be looked in to.
The new president turned out to be Mark Maxwell, grandson to the founder of the school. L.E. Maxwell. In a statement, soon after his appointment, Maxwell stated:
This is not about me. It’s about honouring the great tradition of a school that has for 88 years brought God’s Word to life around the world. At this point we need to focus time, attention, and resources on revitalizing our campus and rebuilding our Bible College program. We want to fill our dorms and classrooms by offering programs that will challenge and provide a foundation for life-long learning. Our constituency and churches can be a real help to us in communicating our renewed emphasis on Bible training. (source)
After Maxwell’s appointment to president of PBI, readers wrote to us and said let’s wait and see now if this new president can turn things around. So we waited. Five years to be exact. Then in February of 2015, Lighthouse Trails received the following letter:
Was looking for something else when I came across this. Haven’t checked what you have lately about Prairies Bible Institute but here is a bit of info to back up what you say, if you haven’t seen it already. They have been into emergent church for quite some time.Thanks for your continued diligence. E K. [The following sent to us by E.K. is a book review written by PBI’s Kelly Steffen (PBI Director of Student Development) in 2014. The book reviewed is by major contemplative figure Peter Scazzero:
“Recently one of my students came into my office with a gift. He said, ‘I have something for you that I think you will enjoy.’ The gift was a small devotional reading called, Daily Office: Remembering God’s Presence Throughout the Day by Peter Scazzero, published by Willow. This book was timely as it is something that I have been trying to incorporate into my daily life. Scazzero’s introduction begins with these words, ‘Most Christians today are struggling- especially when it comes to spending quiet time with God. You may be one of them. I thought… wow, he’s right, I do struggle and I am one of them. I better check what this devotional is all about.
“The word ‘Office,’ Scazzero suggests comes from ‘opus’ or work in Latin. He further articulates that ‘for the early church, the Daily Office was always the “work of God.” Each Office in the book has these elements: Silence, Stillness and Centering, Scripture, Devotional Reading, Question to Consider and Prayer. The Offices can be used in a group setting as well. The big idea says the author, is to create a rhythm of being with God.’
Well it has been a couple of weeks in the Daily Office. I have engaged in the Daily Office personally, with another student and unpacked a reading for my Impact Huddle- a regular meeting with my small group leaders. I have had a good time in the practice and presence of the Daily Office.
This book has rekindled rich times of Silence and Stillness, Scripture, Devotional Reading and Prayer. There have been times, mind you, that Scripture has sufficed on its own without the additional devotional tagged on the back. The big idea of rhythm is really the key. I heard today on the radio that latest research says, it takes twenty one days to form a habit. If your habit is not having a devotional life, may I suggest that the Daily Office may be a remedy that you want to check out.”
For an influential faculty member of Prairie Bible Institute to write such a review shows clearly that the school has delved into contemplative spirituality. To back up that statement, PBI also has a Spiritual Formation program. And the 2014 and 2015 textbook lists include books by Brian McLaren, Tim Keller, Richard Foster, John Stackhouse, N.T. Wright, Scot McKnight, Gary Thomas (Sacred Pathways where Thomas instructs readers to repeat a word for 20 minutes), Mark Yaconelli, and Buddhist sympathizer, Catholic convert Peter Kreeft. There are also textbooks in the list that include social justice/new missiology themes throughout. Basically, PBI’s textbook lists are a who’s who of emergent/contemplative/new spirituality authors.
This week, to top this whole picture off, we received the following letter, giving a perfect example of the “fruit” of contemplative spirituality—interspirituality:
Dear Lighthouse Trails:
It has come to my attention that Prairie Bible Institute at Three Hills, Alberta, Canada has recently held an event inviting a Roman Catholic bishop to speak to faculty and students.
My husband and I were present when President Mark Maxwell publicly confessed to the school drifting away from its foundational biblical roots and and prayed a prayer of repentance, stating it would return to a greater emphasis on God’s Word. We were hopeful, and yet skeptical at the same time. It appears that the compromise is continuing as the involve themselves in the ecumenical movement.
Below is the link, with the details copied from their website.
Keep up the good work! Blessings in Christ,
From PBI’s website:
Hear the Cry of the Poor: Catholic and Evangelical Dimensions of a Gospel Response
Consider Lectures exist to inspire dialogue on a variety of topics and are open to our student body, our staff and faculty, and anyone else who would like to be inspired and challenged in their thinking. This spring, Prairie is pleased to host Bishop Henry as he shares insights on how Catholics and Evangelicals can find common ground in hearing and presenting a Gospel response to the needs of the poor.
Pope Francis recently called Catholics to participate in ecumenical initiatives with Evangelicals. While this is a new development, Bishop Henry’s visit comes as part of his ongoing commitment to developing constructive ecumenical relations with evangelicals. This can be seen in his ongoing relationship with the Calgary Evangelical Ministerial Association, his participation in the 2014 conference ‘Catholics and Evangelicals in God’s mission together’ hosted by Ambrose University College, and his continued work in promoting shared biblical values on key moral issues at the forefront of Canadian civic life.
The Most Reverend Fred Henry has been Bishop for the RC Diocese of Calgary since 1998. Prior to that he has held the position of Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ontario and served as fourth Bishop of Thunder Bay from 1995 to 1998. In addition to his responsibilities in the Diocese of Calgary, Bishop Henry is a member of a number of commissions of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops related to education, healthcare and medical ethics.
LT CONCLUSION: For those parents and grandparents looking for a Christian college to send their young people to, Prairie Bible Institute is NOT a good choice. While the pickings are getting slimmer all the time with regard to Christian colleges, there are still schools out there that are not introducing their students to the likes of Brian McLaren, N.T. Wright, Peter Kreeft, Gary Thomas, Pete Scazzero etc. and which are not joining up with the Catholic Church to “present the Gospel to a dying world.” How can evangelicals and Catholics do that when the Catholic “Gospel” is not the Gospel according to the Word of God (see Ironside on What is the Gospel?). Prairie Bible Institute has done a great disservice to the body of Christ and has put young students in terrible harm’s way. PBI leadership needs to seriously re-evaluate the biblical foundation of their school. Interspirituality is not biblical.
By Heather Clark
Christian News Network
NAIROBI, Kenya – Over 140 Kenyan students were shot dead today as an Islamic terror group carried out a bloody attack aimed at Christians at a university in Nairobi.
“We sorted people out and released the Muslims,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, the spokesman for the group Al-Shabaab, which took responsibility for the armed assault, announced. “There are many dead bodies of Christians inside the building. We are also holding many Christians alive.”
The incident occurred at Garissa University in the early morning hours on Thursday, where four masked gunman threw explosives at the main gate outside of the property, and then entered the building and began gunning students down. Reports state that shouts of “Allahu Akbar,” or “Allah is the greatest,” were heard as the attack was underway. Click here to continue reading.
From an Investigative Sergeant—Helping Sexually Abused Children: A Calling, A Ministry, and a Mission
By Patrick Crough
(Investigative Police Sergeant of crimes against children and author of Seducers Among Our Children)
Jesus wept. (John 11:35)
I can’t help but think that Jesus weeps for those little ones who fall into the hands of child predators. I also believe Jesus weeps over the despair and hopelessness we experience as communities because of the crimes committed against our children. We know from the Bible that God hates the sin of adultery because it destroys families and communities (Malachi 2:14-16, 1 Corinthians 12:26). If this is true, can you imagine how much more God hates sexual abuse, considering the destruction it causes in the life of a child? As parents, as communities, and as churches, we must do everything we possibly can to fight this evil and eradicate it.
In December 2005, United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales addressed 1500 local, state, and federal law enforcement officials at a conference in Washington D.C., stating that crimes against children were second only to terrorism on his agency’s agenda. While I would not argue with this prioritization, it seems to me that Satan desires us to stay preoccupied with our borders and threats from outside while he continues to quietly devour our children and destroy us as a nation from within. Through our own sexual deviate behavior and liberalism, Satan has been able to deploy the Internet to increase child abuse and exploitation to a pandemic level. Child predators are one of the most important components of his sinister scheme against fallen man. If we seriously reduce, or even eradicate, that component, we significantly hinder the forces of evil. Granted, the Bible teaches us that evil will not be eliminated from the world until Jesus’ return. However, until that happens we must continue to be proactive with this effort on behalf of our children.
If there is any chance of eradicating the epidemic of child molestation, we will need to fight this battle on the spiritual front as well as the physical front. Christian parents should pray for their children daily. Churches and Bible-study groups should pray for each child they are connected to. Because the Bible tells us that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities (Ephesians 6:12), the spiritual aspect of this battle is more important than any other aspect. Jesus taught us to seek the kingdom of God first (Matthew 6:33). If we seek Him first, then we have His blessing and His power to do all things that He ordains for us to do. The Bible teaches that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (2 Corinthians 10:3, 4). As believers, we have a weapon that is more powerful than any earthly program alone. It would be foolish not to use it against an evil that is clearly spiritual in nature.
Please take note that this request for prayer does not come from a pastor, minister, church elder, deacon, or Bible teacher, but a cynical and calloused police detective who has made a living operating in the destructive wake of the Evil One and his minions. While humanists will tell us that good exists in every person, I have learned otherwise throughout my law enforcement career: I have learned that every person has the potential to do an enormous amount of evil. Consider these verses:
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it. (Jeremiah 17:9)
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.(Mark 7: 20-23)
While prayer is the best action any person can take against the crime of child sexual abuse, God has equipped and called some of us into the battle that exists in the physical realm. We in the church body need to recognize the issues of child sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect as a mission field that needs tending. Sexual abuse is a topic that most churches choose not to openly speak of or concern themselves with. It is the elephant in the room that no one wants to openly acknowledge and then address. Pastors, ministers, and other members within a church need to work together and appoint some leadership to minister to those families who are victimized by this crime. I understand that not every clergy member will be able to stomach this issue, just as all law enforcement officers cannot, but it is important for the clergy to appoint those who possess the spiritual fortitude to minister to those who fall victim.
Additionally, members of the clergy should recognize a profession dedicated to battling this evil as a worthwhile calling for the young adults in their flock to consider. God has blessed certain individuals with specific gifts that would make them very effective in dealing with one of the most difficult issues facing mankind. They should encourage those who appear to have these gifts to consider careers in law enforcement, social work, child protective work, counseling, forensic interviewing of reported child victims, forensic evidence investigation, and medical positions related to identifying and treating the injuries of abused children. All of these professions need competent, godly, and motivated people who are dedicated to seeking the truth in all reported cases of child abuse. This kind of work is not for the faint-hearted, nor is it for those who become overly emotional when discussing the topic of child sexual abuse. One must be passionate about this work without being overcome and hindered by such passion. I cannot think of a better group of people to recruit from than those in the Body of Christ. Attempting to enter this overwhelming battle without the rock-solid spiritual foundation of Jesus Christ would be similar to the young shepherd and future king, David, attempting to fight the giant warrior Goliath with the useless armor of King Saul, the defunct King of Israel.
I was raised as a Catholic and attended an all-boys Catholic high school. In spite of my moral religious upbringing, I lived outside of God’s will and was always in search of the true meaning of life. Even though I wasn’t walking with the Lord at that time, He still blessed me with a wonderful family and a successful career. He used me to expose many horrific crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice, in spite of my own wicked and selfish heart. It was my own exhaustive search for an answer to why people do such horrible things to each other that led me to read the Bible and begin to learn the answer to this haunting question. Under the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit, I gained both wisdom and comfort surrounding this difficult issue, which I once considered virtually unattainable.
Eventually I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ, realizing I am saved only by His grace and not by my own works, efforts, or any man-made religion. I now attend a church that teaches directly from the Bible and relies on God’s Holy Spirit to teach us His Word.
I consider myself a member of the modern-day Roman guard (so to speak), working for a 21st century Rome and enforcing its laws. But since I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart and asked Him to forgive me of my sins, I am now a converted soldier who openly works for God, according to His will. After I started walking with the Lord approximately twelve years ago, I immediately thought He would desire me to retire from my police job and begin a new life of service, away from the filth of society and the ranks of the Roman guard, where sin and temptation run rampant. But every time I started preparing myself to make the separation, something would tug on my heart to not follow through with it.
Finally, I came to the realization that I had to surrender the issue to the Lord to decide and stop telling myself what I thought He wanted me to do. This was not easy for a person such as me, but by His grace, I was able to let go of it. The Lord eventually spoke to my heart after I prayed and waited on Him for several weeks and just focused on Him rather than on my future. I felt the Lord tell me in His quiet voice that He had blessed me with the gifts that made me successful in my profession, even before I was walking with Him. So why would He want me to quit the job He had appointed me to do now that I had accepted Him into my heart and daily life? In essence, I believed God was telling me to continue working in the same capacity, but to do it under His influence and direction, and watch how much more He would bless my efforts. Without any reservation, I can honestly say that God blessed me beyond belief since I accepted and embraced Him in my life and performed my job for the sole purpose of glorifying Him. I felt so privileged those many years I worked as an investigative police officer.
As a temple of the Holy Spirit, I came to view my job as a ministry. I know that God placed me in that role for a reason, so I looked to Him daily for guidance and strength. Despite the heart-wrenching challenges, God allowed me plenty of rest, always restoring me to face the next wave of evil and its destructive wake. Having investigated many horrible crimes over the years, I can say that nothing is more emotionally challenging than investigating a reported crime against a young child. However, I never felt a better sense of purpose than when working on behalf of a reported child victim. They are the helpless ones. I have always felt close to God when working one of these cases, even when I anguished over my inability to bring the perpetrator to justice. God has always provided me with an inner peace beyond my understanding that enabled me to be patient and have confidence in Him to unfold the truth in His own time.
Like the young King David, there comes a time when we must act on our faith in Christ and have the courage to step out in front of the rest of God’s army and take on the enemy that no one else desires to. I challenge all church leaders to answer the call in both the spiritual and physical realms. If anyone in Christian leadership desires to explore this challenge, please contact me—www.protectingthechildren.com—and I will be happy to pray and brainstorm with you for direction in how you and your fellowship can enter this very important battle and mission field.
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Police-State America Strikes Homeschool Families Again: 7 Children Taken from Parents During Search for “Miracle” Treatment Chemical
LTRP Note: A Lighthouse Trails reader from Arkansas called today and told us of this story that happened in the same state. She said she believes this is a family who loves the Lord and whose parents are loving parents to their seven children. This is one of many stories over the past seven years where heavy-handed, gestapo-like children’s services in the United States have taken children out of their homes for extended periods of time. You may visit the Stanley family’s Facebook page here.
By Josh Berry
HOT SPRINGS, AR – A “miracle” mineral treatment alleged to be a remedy for cancer and aids is at the center of an law enforcement search warrant. The investigation ended in the removal of seven children from their home in Garland County.
The family has cried foul, saying only the father has taken it and it’s mostly used for purifying water for their garden.
The substance in question is referred to as “MMS” or Miracle Mineral Solution. The FDA has weighed in on the substance citing serious health concerns reporting that it can turn into a potent bleach and cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if taken.
The Stanley family however say it wasn’t grounds for the way they were treated during a search Monday (1/12) night that ended with their seven children taken away.
“Policemen here, policemen here,” Hal Stanley pointed, standing on his front porch. “Over here, on the side roads full of policemen.”
Stanley opened his door Monday afternoon to find a warrant waiting for him and his home surrounded by State and Garland County agents.
“It said we’re here to search your house,” Stanley explained.
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Letter to the Editor: Warning to Parents—Cartoon Network, Lego Movies etc. Introduce Children to the Occult
To Lighthouse Trails:
I would like to thank you for the books you have released that have assisted me in learning about the New Age and other groups that have been influencing many churches and seminaries. I have purchased hard copies and kindle additions alike. One of the things I have noticed is the rise in eastern mysticism in children’s programming. Legend of Korra, Lego themed shows Chima and Ninjago are a few to mention.
It hits particularly home for me as my children were introduced through the Cartoon Network at their grandparents home. I have researched further and found a book called LEGO Studies: Examining the Building Blocks of a Transmedial Phenomenon. In the book, it speaks about the use of the elements in Ninjago (Earth, Fire, Water, Lightning) and the pagan concepts that run throughout it. Interestingly enough, in the endnote section at the end of the book, there is a book called The Nature of Shamanism: Substance and function of a religious metaphor. I looked it up on Amazon, and the contents basically link a lot of the things I have been reading about it in the books by Ray Yungen in terms of interspirituality. They are using these things and obviously with the way boys play (Parallel play), you can see how these products have taken off.
In the future, would you please include these items, as they are continuing to produce more and more of these types of shows and toys.
Thanks for what you do, and may the Lord continue to bless the work of your hands .
Grace & Peace,
Jason (a West Coast Pastor)
P.S. Here is a another Cartoon Network character Raven from Teen Titans Go, introducing Children to Meditation. I will include wiki link, quite a bit more detail, very detailed occultism and eastern mysticism being introduced to very young ones. http://teentitans.wikia.com/wiki/Raven
Thank you for caring, for the next generation as we strive to present them before the Lord.