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Be firm, be bold, be strong be true ...
And dare to stand alone;
Strive, strive for the right, whate'er you do.
Tho' helper there be none,
Tho' helper there be none.
Stand for the right, and hold your ground,
Tho' proud lips coldly sneer;
A poisoned arrow cannot wound;
A conscience pure and clear,
A conscience pure and clear.
Christian boldness requires determined support of the TRUTH ...
It is cowardice to yield. We might fight manfully for the truth; so Christ did, so did the Apostles, so did early Christians. We must defend the truth everywhere, in all our interaction with those in error. There must be no yielding, no compromising, no disposition to lower down truth, to hide it's point, to make the sword of the Spirit powerless, no unwillingness to use it if called upon!
Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness ...
By: Raymond Ibrahim
While many have rightfully criticized U.S. President Obama’s recent assertion that the Islamic State “is not Islamic,” some of his other equally curious but more subtle comments pronounced in the same speech have been largely ignored.
Consider the president’s invocation of the “grievances” meme to explain the Islamic State’s success: “At this moment the greatest threats come from the Middle East and North Africa, where radical groups exploit grievances for their own gain. And one of those groups is ISIL—which calls itself the Islamic State.”
Obama’s logic, of course, is fortified by an entire apparatus of professional apologists who make the same claim. Thus Georgetown professor John Esposito—whose apologetics sometimes morph into boldfaced lies—also recently declared that “The “primary drivers [for the Islamic State’s violence] are to be found elsewhere,” that is, not in Islam but in a “long list of grievances.”
In other words and once again, it’s apparently somehow “our fault” that Islamic State Muslims are behaving savagely—crucifying, beheading, enslaving, and massacring people only on the basis that they are “infidels”: thus when IS herds and slaughters “infidel” men (citing the example of the prophet)—that’s because they’re angry at something America did; when IS captures “infidel” women and children, and sells them on the sex-slave market (citing Islamic teachings)—that’s because they’re angry at something America did; when IS bombs churches, breaks their crosses, and tells Christians to convert or die (citing Islamic scriptures)—that’s because they’re angry at something America did.
Although the “grievance” meme flies in the face of logic, it became especially popular after the 9/11 al-Qaeda strikes on America. The mainstream media, following the Islamist propaganda network Al Jazeera’s lead, uncritically picked up and disseminated Osama bin Laden’s videotapes to the West where he claimed that al-Qaeda’s terror campaign was motivated by grievances against the West—grievances that ranged from U.S. support for Israel to failure for the U.S. to sign the Kyoto Agreement concerning climate change.
Of course, that was all rubbish, and I have written more times than I care to remember about how in their internal Arabic-language communiques to fellow Muslims that never get translated to English, Osama, al-Qaeda, and virtually every Islamist organization make it a point to insist that jihad is an Islamic obligation that has nothing to do with grievances.
Consider Osama’s own words in an internal letter to fellow Saudis:
Our talks with the infidel West and our conflict with them ultimately revolve around one issue — one that demands our total support, with power and determination, with one voice — and it is: Does Islam, or does it not, force people by the power of the sword to submit to its authority corporeally if not spiritually?
Yes. There are only three choices in Islam:  either willing submission [conversion];  or payment of the jizya, through physical, though not spiritual, submission to the authority of Islam;  or the sword — for it is not right to let him [an infidel] live. The matter is summed up for every person alive: Either submit, or live under the suzerainty of Islam, or die. (The Al Qaeda Reader, p. 42)
Conversion, submission, or the sword is, of course, the mission of the Islamic State—not alleviating “grievances.” Yet it’s worse than that; for unlike al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, from day one of its existence, has made it very clear—in Osama’s words, “with power and determination, with one voice”—that its massacres, enslavements, crucifixions, and beheadings of “infidels” are all based on Islamic law or Sharia—not silly “grievances” against the West. Unlike al-Qaeda, the Islamic State is confident enough to avoid the grievances/taqiyya game and forthrightly asserts its hostility for humans based on their religious identity.
Yet by slipping the word “grievances” to explain the Islamic State’s Sharia-based savageries, Obama apparently hopes America has been thoroughly conditioned like Pavlov’s dog to automatically associate Islamic world violence with “grievances.”
What Obama fails to understand—or fails to mention—is that, yes, the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and countless angry Muslims around the world are indeed often prompted to acts of violence by “grievances.” But as fully explained here, these “grievances” are not predicated on any universal standards of equality or justice, only a supremacist worldview.
We should praise CNN for a recent bit of reporting that they did covering the intense and pervasive persecution faced by Christians in China. Recently, on Out Front with Erin Burnett the exposed the evil attacks on Christians – including violent beatings from Chinese police – carried out by the Chinese government.
“ISIS first made global headlines in part for its aggressive targeting of Christians in Iraq. But right now, at this moment, Iraq is not the only country where Christians are currently suffering persecution. Christians in China are facing the most brutal crackdown in decades from their own government.” Burnett then announced the harrowing video footage she’d soon show her viewers, “Tonight we have exclusive video out front that shows police beating church members…”
The truth is that Christians all over the world are facing deadly serious persecution – China and ISIS are just the tip of the iceberg.
Read more at http://lastresistance.com/7289/cnn-cover...
Lately the NFL is trying to tell Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings how to discipline his children, Well this what I think the Bible says about disciplining children...
The Bible provides two important principles for parents concerning the discipline of their children. First, parents are responsible for the discipline of their children. Second, Scripture offers some information regarding certain ways to discipline that can help.
The first area, parent responsibility for child discipline, is crucial. While teachers or other influencers can help in the discipline of children, the Bible is clear that child discipline is the parent's responsibility. Proverbs 19:18 teaches, "Discipline your son, for there is hope." In the New Testament, Ephesians 6:4 adds, "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." Discipline is how a parent helps teach a child right and wrong, preparing them for success in adult life.
Discipline is also a sign of love. Proverbs 13:24 states, "Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him." While many focus on the way discipline is given in this verse, the focus is on giving discipline. Though discipline is not enjoyable at the time for the parent or the child (Hebrews 12:11), it is an important part of helping nurture a child to know right from wrong (Revelation 3:19).
The result of appropriate disciplining is found in Proverbs 29:17: "Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart." A well-trained child who knows how to live a life of integrity brings joy to parents.
The result of appropriate discipline will be a child who later respects his or her parents. As Hebrews 12:9 shares, "Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?" Proverbs 12:1 adds, "Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid." Proverbs 13:1 shares, "A wise son hears his father's instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke."
Second, Scripture discusses ways to discipline a child. Proverbs 13:24 speaks of using a rod, an issue that has caused great concern to many people today. However, the principle has nothing to do with child abuse. Instead, the use of a stick that was used for spanking offered an immediately, clear form of punishment that helped children know right from wrong. If applied appropriately, this will not physically harm or "exasperate" children (Ephesians 6:4, NIV) but instead offer clear boundaries for child behavior.
That said, this does not mean a parent must spank a child or that other forms of punishment cannot also be used. Each family must determine the best way to discipline their own children in ways that show love and nurture the development of children toward appropriate behavior. Christian parents are called to be responsible for the discipline of their children and to use appropriate, caring methods to help children grow into young men and women of integrity.
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