Israel’s new abortion policy disappoints its supporters by Chad Groening

The head of a Messianic Jewish ministry doesn’t think Christians who support the state of Israel should stop doing so just because the Israeli government pays for abortions.

The Israeli government announced this week that beginning this year it will pay for all approved abortions for women between the ages of 20 and 33, thanks to a recommendation accepted by its health ministry (related article). The government is expected to shell out $4.6 million to cover elective abortions for approximately 6,300 women.

Jan Markell, founder and director of Minnesota-based Olive Tree Ministries, says Israel’s pro-abortion policy doesn’t change what the Bible says about God’s chosen people and their covenant land.

“While I’m acknowledging this is extremely disappointing, am I going to withdraw my support from God’s covenant land? No, because scripture is clear throughout the Bible that Christians really are called to stand with God’s people,” she says.

“While this is disappointing, this does not negate any kind of support for Israel on my part or anybody else who is pro-Israel.”

Markell isn’t alone in her disappointment among Israel supporters. Congressman Trent Franks (R-Arizona) told BuzzFeed that it “breaks my heart that a country that I love as much as I do would take such a position.” Franks, one of the most outspoken pro-life politicians in Congress, chairs the Israel Allies Caucus in the U.S. House.

The Family Research Council has also weighed in, calling it “an egregious offense against the sanctity of life” for any country to provide abortions free-of-charge. FRC assists in arranging trips to Israel for conservative members of Congress.

Markell says it is unfortunate that a people who suffered from the Holocaust would subsidize the slaughter of innocent babies today. “They’re quickly forgetting the Holocaust; it’s becoming ancient history,” she laments. “But I think that if any nation should be aware of the slaughter of the innocent, it should be Israel.”

The ministry leader says until Jesus returns to rule and reign in Jerusalem, today’s politicians in the Holy City are going to continue to make bad decisions like all humans do.

– See more at: http://www.onenewsnow.com/pro-life/2014/01/10/israels-new-abortion-policy-disappoints-its-supporters#.UtEvUvRDuFs

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Idol to Satan highlights importance of ‘religion’ in 1st Amendment by Bryan Fischer – Guest Columnist

This day was inevitable. The judicially activist mangling of the First Amendment has finally and inexorably brought its chickens home to roost.

The Satanic Temple is demanding that Oklahoma erect an idol of Satan right next to a brand new Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state capitol. The sculpture will be 7 feet tall and will represent the demon god Baphomet, who is in the form of a “bearded, goat-headed, winged hominid with horns.”

Satan will be seated on a throne, and have a lap on which children may sit “for inspiration and contemplation.”

The Satanists’ argument is quite simple: the First Amendment guarantees the “free exercise” of “religion” to everybody, and thus the Constitution prohibits discrimination of any kind against the Prince of Darkness.

This means a discussion of the meaning of the word religion in the First Amendment is unavoidable.

Now if by religion the Founders meant “any system of belief in a supernatural power,” it’s hard to see how the satanists can be denied.

But if by religion the Founders, as historian Joseph Story has written, meant “Christianity” and its various denominations, then the answer to this problem is quite simple.

Story was the longest serving associate justice in Supreme Court history, and was appointed to the bench by James Madison, the father of the Constitution. In his monumental history of the Constitution, Story said quite plainly that Christianity was the only topic the Founders were dealing with in crafting the First Amendment. It’s not that they were prohibiting other forms of religious expression, it’s that they weren’t dealing with them at all.

“The real object of the First Amendment,” wrote Story, “was not to countenance, much less to advance Mohammedanism or Judaism, or infidelity [i.e., atheism], by prostrating Christianity, but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects,” by prohibiting Congress from picking one Christian denomination and making it the official church of the United States.

So according to this eminent historian, the First Amendment neither protects nor prohibits alternative religions to Christianity; it is simply does not deal with them at all.

Well, if the First Amendment is silent on the subject of all the other belief systems in the world, who does have the legal authority to weigh in on such matters? According to the Founders and the Constitution they bequeathed to us, that responsibility rested with the states.

As Jefferson wrote, “Certainly no power to prescribe any religious exercise, or to assume authority in religious discipline, has been delegated to the general government. IT MUST THEN REST WITH THE STATES…” (Emphasis mine)

Story confirms Jefferson: “Thus, the whole power over the subject of religion is left exclusively to the state governments, to be acted upon according to their own sense of justice, and the state constitutions.”

The Founders could not have been clearer. The very first word of the First Amendment is Congress. Congress is the only entity that is restrained by the First Amendment. States are free, under the Constitution as given, to regulate religious expression as they see fit. What states do with regard to religious expression is literally to be none of the central government’s business, whether it’s Congress or the judiciary.

In other words, if we operated under the Constitution as given to us by the Founders and not the unrecognizable one shredded by recklessly innovative jurists, who magically invented “the incorporation doctrine” out of the ether, the solution would be quite simple: Oklahoma can do anything it wants. If Oklahoma doesn’t want an idol to Satan on its capitol grounds, it doesn’t have to have one.

– See more at: http://www.onenewsnow.com/perspectives/bryan-fischer/2014/01/08/idol-to-satan-highlights-importance-of-religion-in-1st-amendment#sthash.eTl9OtOn.dpuf

Here’s how North Koreans celebrate Christmas story

As Christmas Day nears, North Korean defectors who are Christians are reminding the world of the reason for the season.

The defectors risked their lives in order to leave North Korea, where practicing Christianity means prison and perhaps death.

Pastor Eric Foley of Seoul USA has talked with people able to escape to neighboring China during the Christmas season.

“They draw a contrast between the Christmas lights that they’re seeing in China and then they look back over their shoulders at North Korea and see utter blackness,” Foley observes to OneNewsNow.

Seoul USA operates an underground training school for North Korean Christian missionaries in South Korea, where participating students wanted to video their own presentation of the Nativity story.

 

 

“And remaining faithful to their text portrayed it in the same way that a North Korean drama would be done, and so as we saw that drama coming together, we knew it was something that we needed to put on video and share with the rest of the world…,” says Foley.

The organization is also responsible for flying Bibles and Christian literature and dropping it over populated areas in North Korea by balloon.

– See more at: http://www.onenewsnow.com/persecution/2013/12/24/heres-how-north-koreans-celebrate-christmas-story#.UsVfuvRDs8w

It’s not about the flowers anymore: Rose Parade becomes prop for propaganda – See more at: http://www.onenewsnow.com/culture/2013/12/31/its-not-about-the-flowers-anymore-rose-parade-becomes-prop-for-propaganda#.UsVetfRDs8w

A pro-family organization is calling for a boycott of the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day.

The California parade will feature – for the first time in the parade’s history – a homosexual “wedding” performed live. (See earlier story)

With millions watching, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation float will feature the union of two homosexual men. The float is a play on the theme of this year’s parade, which is “Dreams Come True.”

“This should be protested,” says Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com. “The Tournament should know that this should not be allowed in the future.”

The parade has standards and an approval process, while not allowing other objectionable entries.

“Well listen,” says Thomasson, “there are a lot of people who object to homosexual ‘marriages.'”

The float’s slogan, “Love is the Best Protection,” is designed to the float’s message which claims that same-sex “marriage” helps reduce HIV infections among homosexual men.

The gay couple won the chance to “marry at the event when they attended a same-sex wedding expo and applied for the opportunity.

“This is wrong and backwards for the Rose Parade Committee to allow,” argues Thomasson. “The Rose Parade was begun originally to celebrate God‘s creation of flowers, for families to come and see the beauty.”

The parade is a New Year’s Day tradition for millions and takes place every year in Pasadena, California.

– See more at: http://www.onenewsnow.com/culture/2013/12/31/its-not-about-the-flowers-anymore-rose-parade-becomes-prop-for-propaganda#.UsVetfRDs8w

Pro-family activist: Homosexuals hijacked Tournament of Roses Parade

The annual Tournament of Roses parade is changing, and with that change comes some advice: Don’t watch.

Two men are to be “married” on one of the floats in the January 1 parade, which is held annually in Pasadena, California.

Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality says it’s “despicable” to include a “so-called marriage” in a parade once considered wholesome.

“And the poor children can’t even go to a Rose Bowl Parade without being indoctrinated in sexual perversion,” he tells OneNowsNow.

Now it’s being celebrated in a similar fashion as homosexual pride parades in major cities around the country in June.

LaBarbera says the “marriage” is another attempt by homosexual activists to “legitimize” their sin, arguing that the homosexuals don’t care about corrupting children and teaching immoral lessons.

“It’s all about the gay activists,” says LaBarbera. “It’s, Me, me, me. I want everybody to celebrate my sexual sin so that I can rationalize it to myself. That’s what it comes down to.”

The “marriage” in the Rose Bowl Parade follows the “Kinky Boots” production, a homosexual Broadway play, that was included in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as reported by OneNewsNow.

People can take action by not attending the parade, by not watching television coverage, and by sending complaints to those responsible for the even

– See more at: http://www.onenewsnow.com/culture/2013/12/30/pro-family-activists-homosexuals-hijacked-tournament-of-roses-parade#.UsFVZfRDs8w

How To Honor Your Parents

My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And forsake not the teaching of your mother;
They shall be a crown of beauty for your head,
And a necklace about your neck.
Listen to your father who begat you,
And despise not your mother when she is old.
He who does what he is told is a wise son.
But he who makes friends of spendthrifts,
Brings disgrace on his father.

He who robs father or mother,
Saying, “There is no wrong in it,”
Is like him who is a destroyer.
He who curses his father or mother,
His lamp shall go out in the blackest of darkness.
A wise son makes a glad father,
But a foolish son despises his mother.
A foolish son is a grief to his father,
And brings bitterness to her who bore him.

Be wise, my son, and make glad my heart,
That I may answer the one who reproaches me.
Let your father be filled with joy,
And let her who bore you rejoice.

http://kids.ochristian.com/Childrens-Bible/How-To-Honor-Your-Parents.shtml