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The Elect

I was thinking about just how many of those that profess faith in Christ are truly saved. I see so many cultural Christians and false converts it sort of depresses me. I recall Scripture indicating that narrow is the way to salvation and few who take it. And even Jonathan Edwards believed that only about 5% of his congregation were truly saved, and that was during a time of the Great Awakening and when people were much more churched than they are now. Is it possible that 95% of those who profess faith in Christ are actually lost and will be the ones who the Lord says "Depart from me." What do you think?

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! We are celebrating Christ Immanuel, the Word who became Flesh for our sakes. The incarnation is such an awesome event. God humbled Himself and came to earth as the God-Man to pay the price for our sins so that we could be redeemed. Such amazing love! Please enjoy this performance of Bach's Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium), BWV 248. Nikolaus Harnoncourt is conducting. Performers include Concentus Musicus Wien and soloists of the outstanding T√∂lzer Knabenchor. Soloists Peter Schreier (tenor) and Robert Holl (bass) really stand out. This performance is from 1982. You can purchase it here .   The Mystical Nativity (1501) by Sandro Botticelli Cantatas No. 1 - 3 Cantatas No. 4 - 6

Nelson Mandela is dead

Mandela was a lifelong Communist. Mandela is being fawned over in the liberal mainstream media as a great hero. The reality is far darker. Mandela is a terrorist and a murderer. Mandela was on the US terrorist watch list until 2008. He was head of the military wing of the ANC and carried out numerous bombings and executions of whites and blacks in South Africa. Women and children were among the victims. Mandela was convicted in court of 156 counts of terrorism and violence. And he had a fair trial. Amnesty International refused to take on his case because they felt the trial was proper. It is also no secret, though he tried to suppress it for years, that Mandela was a diehard communist and had close ties to the Soviet Union and Cuba. He wrote, in his own handwriting, a 56 page book on how to be a good communist. I'm sick of seeing the media whitewash history and portray a murdering thug as some sort of beloved freedom fighter. During the 1960s and 1970s several Africa countri

Help the Philippines

Recently the Philippines endured a severe typhoon Haiyan which caused widespread destruction and killed thousands of people. Haiyan was possibly the strongest storm to ever make landfall. Survivors need food, water, medical supplies and shelter. But most of all they need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This blog post highlights some ways you can help. You can also donate to the Red Cross for general aid.

Televangelist Robert Tilton

This is a 4 part series exposing televangelist Robert Tilton, done by Door Magazine and the Trinity Foundation. There were many televangelists, but I think none were as slick or as outright greedy as Tilton! This series is well worth watching. Now Tilton tries to con people out of their money online ! At the peak of his popularity, around 1990, Tilton's ministry was making $1 million each week! Robert Tilton's 'Gospel of Greed' part #1 of 4 Robert Tilton's 'Gospel of Greed' part #2 of 4 Robert Tilton's 'Gospel of Greed' part #3 of 4 Robert Tilton's 'Gospel of Greed' part #4 of 4

Congressional gridlock

In a recent NBC/Wall St Journal poll , 60% of Americans want to replace every single member of Congress including their own representative. That is the highest ever figure received in that poll. And according to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll the approval rating for Congress is at an all time low of just 5% with 83% disapproving of the job they are doing. The federal government is currently shutdown, Congress was unable to pass a federal budget, the debt limit is once again looming and things look very bleak. The American people are disgusted with Congress, all of the partisanship and endless bickering with nothing ever getting accomplished! No wonder Congressional approval rating is at its lowest point ever! This government shutdown makes the US look bad and could possibly affect our credit rating. No one wants to compromise, no one wants to work together; Congress only cares about giving out sound bites and appearing on cable TV news program scoring political poi

Divorce and the Church

Why is there so much divorce in the Church? Divorce is so prevalent among Christians it has reached an epidemic level. Scripture is clear that one may divorce for only two possible cases: infidelity (adultery) and in the case where a believer is married to a non-believer and the non-believer wants a divorce. That is it! It doesn't say you can divorce if you think your husband doesn't fulfill your emotional needs, it doesn't say you can divorce if you argue too much, it doesn't say you can divorce if you no longer love each other, etc.. Scripture is very clear on this matter, yet divorce is RAMPANT in the Church. How can this be? “Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery” (Matthew 19:9; see also Matthew 5:31, 32). Yet even in that case it is better (assuming the transgressor is repentant) if the marriage can be saved: “Whosoever put

More depressing news on how the Church views mental illness

According to this article, more than 50% of Americans believe prayer and Bible study alone can cure mental illness! This is really worse than I thought things were. Feeling very depressed after reading this article! It's shocking, but at the same time understandable. So few Christians are raised in a way that educates them about mental illness. So few pastors are teaching on mental illness, nor do they provide any resources for those in their churches suffering with mental illness. Couple these factors with the explosive popularity of Charismatic/Pentecostal churches where every disease is believed to be caused by a Satanic attack, and where they believe the cure for every disease is prayer and Bible study! Ugh. This is really appalling.

Mental Illness - mind or body problem?

Here is a professor at a local seminary who is director of their biblical counseling institute. He questions the commonly held view of mental illness as an organic disease and views it as a spiritual matter. His view is that the mind is not part of the body. He says,"Can someone get mentally ill? No. He can be spiritually sinful, physically sick, but the mind cannot get sick and therefore we don't need to cure minds." It's a shame such views are being taught at seminary! No wonder so many pastors and Christians view mental illness as merely a manifestation of sin. This serves to stigmatize those suffering from mental illness and puts all of the blame on the one suffering which only makes them feel worse! Ugh this gets me angry! I think very few mental illnesses are caused by sin. Maybe some mild ones, but people suffering with schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, those are physical organic diseases and have NOTHING to do with sin! An

new poem

"One Winter's Evening" Footsteps crunch In new fallen snow Frozen architecture Left behind Cold air Stings my lungs Feeling alive I exhale frosty vapors Evening comes Streetlights aglow Casting shadows Of yellow and gray Silence comes Time seems to slow I admire Snowflakes hung in space Wondrous design Speaks to a Creator Hills covered In blankets of snow Pure white Reminds me of grace Mind wanders Bach's Art of the Fugue Happiness comes With the shimmering snow Music dances Across the sky Sacred geometry Revealed in crystalline forms Feeling warmth I listen And realize Everything will be ok    -- Zachary Uram (c) 2013

Islam and Reformation

Islam needs a great reformation. It must categorically reject violence, hatred, racism, sexism, intolerance and bigotry. When someone claiming to be a Muslim commits an atrocity such as an act of terrorism they need to face widespread condemnation from the global Islamic community. Prominent Muslims, such as heads of state, members of the government, members of royal families, celebrities, teachers and professors, and imams, sheiks and other religious leaders must seek a moderate form of Islam which rejects these barbaric values. In other words Islam must be brought fully out of the 7th century and into the 21st century! This reformation should include: rejection of dhimmitude, which is treating non-Muslims as second class citizens full respect for women and their equal status both under the law and in society a popular culture which rejects the death culture so prominent in Jihadist propaganda zero tolerance for acts of terrorism greater ecumenical and inter-faith outreach