Thursday, December 19, 2013

Scary End Times?

Tom's Journal.

Duck Dynasty Prediction

Denny BurkBy Denny Burk

I predicted privately some months ago that it would only be a matter of time before the media sniffed out the views of the Duck Dynasty guys about sexuality. I also predicted that when they did, their reception in the popular culture would turn on a dime. Well, here we are. In a wide-ranging interview with GQ, the "Duck Commander" Phil Robertson spoke candidly about his views. In particular, he identified homosexual behavior as sinful. In response, the A&E network has suspended Robertson from the television series indefinitely with this explanation:
We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.
Yes, you read that right. Some "personal beliefs" are allowed at A&E, and some are not. If you happen to express a view on homosexuality in keeping with the entire 2,000-year consensus of the Christian church, A&E says that you are not allowed on their network.
Phil Robertson

The Inevitable Endgame

So here's my second prediction. This won't end with Phil Robertson's suspension. His remarks will end Duck Dynasty. The other guys on the program will be dogged in every interview from here on out until they give their opinions as well. And as soon as they do, the entire cast will be branded heretical by the sexual revolutionaries that dominate popular culture. When that happens, that will be the end.
To be sure, Robertson's manner of expression was unhelpfully crude and explicit. But that's not why gay rights activists will be on the warpath. They will be on the warpath because—on the substance—he seems to be affirming what Christians have always believed about sexual morality—chastity outside of marriage and fidelity within marriage. The Bible teaches that any transgression of those two norms is sin. And that view is now considered heretical by the spirit of the age—tantamount to bigotry and hate speech.
What happens now? There will be a virulent outcry from the left (facilitated by the media) until Duck Dynasty disappears from television. There will be a firestorm of controversy, but the demise of the Duck Dynasty program is the inevitable endgame. I hope I'm wrong.
What does this mean? It means that A&E is yet another sector of popular culture in which Christian views about sexual norms are not allowed. The cultural space for our views is shrinking rapidly, and there are people who won't stop shrinking the space until there's no space left at all.

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Ladies and Gentlemen,  Friends,
I know that this really sounds too simplistic and short,  but that's pretty much the jest of it.   God actually hides things from the super educated, too proud and arrogant people, who think that they know everything ---except the Bible.  The thing is that God sees into your heart and can tell if you have a "heart condition" that is sincere, humble and submissive, and His angels separate the sheep from the goats.  
    I was too 'full of myself' when I was young,  and the Catholic church didn't help me much...  sorry,  I am not looking to bash anyone today... just stating the pure facts.   And then the Jehovah's Witnesses certainly didn't help me at all, except to pollute my mind with all manner of lies too, for 22 years of pure waste !!  Here is just a small piece of how they operate:  The "Governing Body" in NY all of a sudden, gets a "New Understanding" of the Bible, and moves to make a new ruling [law], and if anyone crosses the line, they are DISFELLOWSHIPED [shunned] so that no one may even talk to them, lest THEY be shunned too!  And I have a few prime examples to lay on the table, if you like.   But then, a few years latter, they find out that they were 'somehow in error' -- and reverse their old ruling.  But all those who were disfellowshiped are still out in the cold, so that even their family members are not to pray with them, eat with them, nor associate with them !!!  Hello!   If you want real examples, just ask.  Grounds for disfellowshiping are: fornication, adultery, doing drugs for recreation,  lying, theft, smoking, getting drunk,  celebrating Christmas, joining the Military, some choices of employment,  joining the Boy Scouts,  any kind of Patriotic stuff,  accepting a blood transfusion,  and going against anything written by the WatchTower Society,  etc. etc.,  just for a few examples.   The JW's have a super high rate of suicide, especially around Christmas time, and their shunning can cause some horrible emotional distress and separation.  The bible they use is a perversion, especially the NT [New Testament].  They think that Jesus IS the  arch angel Michael !!  

Now,  I ask you, after all this life long indoctrination of false religion, it is many times a tough sell -- to make things all so simplified, like in the article below.  Yet, the TRUTH OF THE BIBLE is simple !!   But it's a 'stumbling block' for those who are so proud and haughty-- with all their past 'higher learning'....  false learning by false religion !   And the book of Deuteronomy has harsh words for a "False Prophet" -- which is exactly what the JW leadership are.  Yes, many are sincere, clean, nice, respectful, etc.,  but they are still misled and stuck in a false cult...  just like quick sand.   I pity them and hope that they can find a way OUT !
     Perhaps God thought that He might "use" me with all my back ground, even in false religion for so long, to point the way out of such madness and falsehoods, and teachings !   Now,  everything just falls into place, is explainable, understandable, and clear as a bell.  PTL.   And, at least I was able to draw and lead my 3 kids out of that nasty cult.  I just feel sorry for the younger, blinded JW's who still don't know the truth, who are headed for the highway to hell....   but maybe, if you could send them MY way, I might be able to reason with them.   At least I can try.

"Hell and destruction are never full;  so the eyes of man are never satisfied."  ---Proverbs 27: 20.  

Warm Regards,
Tom Schuckman

Help! End Times Prophecy Scares Me

Q. I will admit I haven’t read the entire Bible and do not go to church, but I have a strong faith in the Lord and his wonderful work. I was directed to your site by a friend, and am a little worried about everything related to “the end times”. I read your book, “7 Things You Have To Know To Understand End Times Prophecy” and I am pretty terrified now. I am hoping someone can give me some peace of mind and maybe tell me I read something wrong. I am afraid of the terrible things that will happen with the weather, disease, starvation, etc. It sounds like things are going to get so incredibly terrible in this world and we may suffer great death and endure torture before the Lord will come. Is this true? Can you tell me something to educate me further? Thank you for your help!

A. No sane person, upon learning of the severity of the End Times judgments, would feel any differently than you do. Jesus said that time will be more terrifying than any thing that’s ever happened on Earth (Matt. 24:21). But in the book there’s a section entitled “The Purpose of the Rapture.” It’s #4 of the Seven Things You Have To Know and begins on page 31. If you read it again you’ll see that the Church will be hidden safely out of harm’s way during all these judgments.
Whether you go to church or not doesn’t matter, nor does how much of the Bible you’ve read. What matters is that you’ve asked for and received the pardon for your sins that the Lord purchased for you with His life. You do this by admitting that you’re a sinner, believing He died for your sins and rose again, and asking Him to be your Savior.
If you truly believe these things in your heart, then you’re already a member of His Church and will be whisked off with the rest of us to safety before the End Times judgments begin. If you haven’t done that, then find a Bible believing Church in your area and tell the Pastor you want to be saved. He’ll know what to do.

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