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Valedictorian that shared Jesus, denied diploma

From the society of the stumbling block, comes this great piece of news:  a 2006 Colorado high school valedictorian who mentioned Jesus in her graduation speech and shared her faith to the audience inviting them to learn more about Him, was subsequently denied graduation and her diploma.  Upon completing her speech, Erica Corder was escorted to the Assistant Principal’s office and told that she would not receive her diploma until she issued a public apology.  She did, but was still not allowed to graduate until she included “I realize that, had I asked ahead of time, I would not have been allowed to say what I did.”

A court case was filed on her behalf in 2007 and was later dismissed in July of 2008.  Wednesday (March 11, 2009), an attorney of Liberty Counsel, presented arguments on Corder’s behalf before the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Read the full story here

Just a quick question or two:  This is still the United States right?  One nation, Under God, Indivisible?  The U.S. Constitution still guarantees our free speech, right?  Does our currency still state “In God We Trust”?  This is exactly why I quote I Corinthians 1:23 and will continue to do so, “but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,”

I wonder if I were to climb the highest mountain, yell the name of Jesus, and declare His Sovereignty, would I be forced to issue an apology for offending nature.  I’m just sayin’……..and by the way, you’ll never hear that apology.

Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

Wide is the gate

Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

Those are words of Truth.  But how often do we think about that?  Can we really comprehend what that means?  Look at the many different paths that are opening up virtually over night; destructive doctrines, apostasy inside and outside the Church, international persecution of Christians, the list is ever-growing.  Consider the following excerpt from John Wesley:

Just as the gate of sin is very wide, so the way of wickedness is very broad.  It is not something which the imagination might paint, but that which may be a matter of daily melancholy experience.  Nor do you need to go around the earth to find them.

Survey any kingdom, any single country, city, or town.  How plenteous is the harvest of wickedness.  And it need not be a place that is still overspread with pagan darkness.  Look at this one, a country that professes to see the light of the glorious gospel.  This has been called a Christian land.  But alas! Who will carry the reformation of opinions into our hearts and lives?  How innumerable are our sins!  Do not the grossest abominations of every kind abound among us from day to day?  Do not sins of every sort cover the land as the waters cover the sea?  Who can count them?  Rather go and count the drops of rain or the sands on the seashore.  So wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction!  And so many who enter through it!

And how well are we warned to avoid these.  For we may otherwise be swept along by the force of so numerous examples conspiring with our own hearts to carry us away.  But by the grace of God, we accomplish the difficult and move against the press to enter the narrow way.

How easy it is to follow the crowd along the broad road.  The road signs all point to destruction, but we keep going past the exit ramps.  Thinking we can go on a little longer before we leave the road.  But what we never think about is what happens if we wreck while traveling on that road.  What happens if there are no more exit ramps?  Now is the time, today is the day, exit the road to destruction and set your path firmly on the narrow road that leads to life.

If you’re ready to take that path, click on the Knowing the Truth page at the top, or click here.

John 14:6  “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”

Survey shows a Falling Away

Results of the new American Religious Identification Survey were released yesterday and picked up by most major news sources.  Story titles ranging from “America is Becoming Less Christian, Less Religious” to “Non-Religious Americans on the Rise in Every State” littered media outlets nationwide.  I read most of these stories and they all focused merely on the data with very little analysis.  Everyone said the same thing non-religious on the rise, denominations falling off.  If you read Denominational Dangers that I posted last week, you would have already known this isn’t a big surprise.  Here’s a recap of some of the statistical highlights from the 54,000 interviews conducted:

Percentage of people who claim no religion has nearly doubled since 1990, jumping from 8.2% to 15%  

Meanwhile percentage of Christians is on the decline. 86.2% to 76% since the 1990s

Over the past seven years the number of outright atheists has nearly doubled from 900,000 to 1.6 million

Almost all religious denominations have lost ground.

Non-denomination Christians, including Evangelical/Born Again are on the rise from 200,000 in 1990 to over 8 million.

So what’s going on here?  Well we know that the varying denominations within the Christian church are failing to hold on to Biblical truth, as I discussed last week link.  As a result, through the promotion of the homosexual agenda and embrace of liberal theology, mainline Christians are pursuing more Biblical avenues.  One such avenue has resulted in the growth of mega-churches and the increase in Evangelicalism.  But here is where I would like to insert a word of caution.  As I’ve addressed before, I am NOT a proponent of all of the “-isms” and “-ist” movements.  I think they are divisive.  None of these movements are found in the Bible, in fact, sectarianism is expressly prohibited.  I Corinthians 1:10, I Corinthians 3:3-4  These names are created by man and thrown about by the media as all encompassing and I have yet to see one singular definition of Evangelicalism.  To me, this means the process of witnessing and sharing the “good news” of Gospel to the unsaved.  Instead it’s become a diverse and ambiguous term that no one can seem to define.   I’m not going to condemn the Evangelical/mega-church movement, but please do research and ensure they’re following Sound Doctrine.   

The results of the data as a whole really aren’t that surprising.  Hollywood glamorizes Wiccan and pagan beliefs in syndicated shows such as Medium, The Ghost Whisperer, and Charmed.  While they continue to produce unpopular and troubling films such as Religulous, Rock Me (I won’t even finish the name) and a film soon to be released by Sasha Baren Cohen mocking Jesus.  The Bible tells us, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Galatians 6:7 Is it any wonder we are experiencing such a falling away? II Thessalonians 2:3

The fact of the matter is we are crossing over the threshold of the Final Apostasy.  Soon we’ll see the denominational wall fall completely as these churches begin to combine through their own false interpretations of the Bible.  I believe we’ll begin to see the atheist/agnostic movement pick up speed as they continue their assault on Christianity and the Word of God.  Look at what’s already going on in Great Britain.  We’ll continue to embrace other world religions as the world seeks an Ecumenical balance.  False movements and leaders will seemingly pop-up over night, much like the Emerging Church movement with people preaching with the Bible in one hand, but not speaking the Truth.  II Thessalonians 2:11-12 “For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” 

If the Body of Christ is to survive all of these paradigm shifts, we must unite with one voice with the Bible as our foundation.  We must preach “Christ crucified” and rebuke those who deem it “offensive”.  II Timothy 4:2, I Corinthians 9:18 As the Apostle Paul says, “…We preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.” I Corinthians 1:23 Our message of Salvation must be clear: repentance of sins, belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus, and faithful acceptance of Him as Savior.  We cannot sugar coat the alternative, “The wages of sin is death” but through our repentance, belief, and acceptance, “The gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 If we as a “church” can do this and I believe we can, we’ll have one final great revival. Onward Christian solider!