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From Election Forum.  The following below is a voter’s guide for Los Angeles County, the rest of the state can be accessed from their website.

Ratings:

Every candidate is considered after thorough research; we also have a questionnaire for candidates to complete.

  • thumb upthumb upthumb up : Strongest endorsement for values voters
  • thumb upthumb up : Above average
  • thumb up : Better than opponent, vote represents “lesser of two evils”
  • No Endorsement: We either oppose the candidates or have found no reason to support a candidate. If you don’t vote for a candidate or issue, all your other votes still count.

Note: Historically third party candidates and write—in candidates do not win statewide elections in California. Click here to see article on Voting Your Christian Values.

Statewide Offices, Governor, Senator, CA Supreme Court, etc.

President

President of the United States; Democractic Party

  • Barack Obama, Democratic

President of the United States; Republican Party Party

  • Charles Roemer, III, Republican
  • Ron Paul, Republican
  • Newt Gingrich, Republican
  • Rick Santorum, Republican
  • Mitt Romney, Republican
  • Fred Krager, Republican

President of the United States; American Independent Party

  • Edward Noonan, American Independent
  • Laurie Roth, American Independent
  • Mad Max Riekse, American Independent

President of the United States; Green Party

  • Jill Stein, Green
  • Kent Mesplay, Green
  • Roseanne Barr, Green

President of the United States; Libertarian Party

  • Gary Johnson, Libertarian
  • James Ogle, Libertarian
  • Bill Still, Libertarian
  • R. J. Harris, Libertarian
  • Roger Gray, Libertarian
  • Lee Wrights, Libertarian
  • Barbara Waymire, Libertarian
  • Scott Keller, Libertarian
  • Carl Person, Libertarian

President of the United States; Peace and Freedom Party

  • Ross Anderson, Peace and Freedom
  • Stephen Durham, Peace and Freedom
  • Stewart Alexander, Peace and Freedom

United States Senator

  • Kabiruddin, Ali, Peace and Freedom
  • Dianne Feinstein, Democratic
  • Elizabeth Emken, Republican thumbsup thumbsup
  • Oscar Braun, Republican
  • Colleen Fernald, Democratic
  • Daniel Hughes, Republican thumbsup thumbsup
  • Dirk Konopik, Republican thumbsup thumbsup
  • John Boruff, Republican
  • Robert Lauten, Republican
  • Al Ramirez, Republican thumbsup thumbsup
  • Michael Strimling, Democratic
  • Orly Taitz, Republican
  • Rick Williams, Republican
  • Phillip Conlon, Republican
  • Nachum Shifren, Republican thumbsup thumbsup
  • Rogelio Gloria, Republican
  • Marsha Feinland, Peace and Freedom
  • Nak Shah, Democratic
  • Don Krampe, Republican
  • Dennis Jackson, Republican
  • Don Grundmann, American Independent
  • Gail Lightfoot, Libertarian
  • David Levitt, Democratic
  • Diane Stewart, Democratic

US Congress by District

United States Representative; District 23

  • Terry Phillips
  • Eric Parker, Republican
  • Kevin McCarthy, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

United States Representative; District 25

  • Lee Rogers, Democratic
  • Howard McKeon, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup
  • Dante Acosta, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup
  • Catherine Wright, Republican

United States Representative; District 26

  • Linda Parks
  • Jess Herrera, Democratic
  • Albert Goldberg, Democratic
  • Julia Brownley, Democratic
  • David Thayne, Democratic
  • Tony Strickland, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

United States Representative; District 27

  • Robert Duran, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup
  • Judy Chu, Democratic
  • Jack Orswell, Republican

United States Representative; District 28

  • Jenny Worman, Republican
  • Massie Munroe, Democratic
  • Garen Mailyan, Republican
  • Sal Genovese, Democratic
  • Jonathan Kalbfeld, Democratic
  • Adam Schiff, Democratic
  • Phil Jennerjahn, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

United States Representative; District 29

  • David Hernandez thumbsup thumbsup
  • Tony Cardenas, Democratic
  • Richard Valdez, Democratic

United States Representative; District 30

  • Susan Shelley, Republican
  • Navraj Singh, Republican
  • Vince Gilmore, Democratic
  • Brad Sherman, Democratic
  • Howard Berman, Democratic
  • Mark Reed, Republican thumbsup thumbsup
  • Michael Powelson, Green

United States Representative; District 32

  • G. Gonzalez, Democratic
  • David Miller, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup
  • Grace Napolitano, Democratic

United States Representative; District 33

  • David Steinman, Green
  • William Bloomfield, Jr. thumbsup
  • Timothy Pape, Democratic
  • Christopher David, Republican thumbsup
  • Steve Collett, Libertarian thumbsup
  • Bruce Margolin, Democratic
  • Henry Waxman, Democratic
  • Zein Obagi, Democratic thumbsup

United States Representative; District 34

  • Stephen Smith, Republican thumbsup
  • Howard Johnson, Peace and Freedom
  • Xavier Becerra, Democratic

United States Representative; District 35

  • Gloria McLeod, Democratic
  • Joe Baca, Democratic
  • Anthony Vieyra, Green thumbsup

United States Representative; District 37

  • Karen Bass, Democratic

United States Representative; District 38

  • Benjamin Campos, Republican thumbsup
  • Jorge Robles, Republican thumbsup
  • Linda Sánchez, Democratic

United States Representative; District 39

  • Ed Royce, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup
  • Jay Chen, Democratic
  • D’Marie Mulattieri

United States Representative; District 40

  • David Sanchez, Democratic
  • Lucille Roybal-Allard, Democratic

United States Representative; District 42

  • Ken S. Calvert, Republican thumbsupthumbsup
  • Eva S. Johnson, Republican thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Clayton Thibodeau, Republican thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup

United States Representative; District 43

  • Maxine Waters, Democratic
  • Bob Flores, Democratic thumbsup

United States Representative; District 44

  • Janice Hahn, Democratic
  • Laura Richardson, Democratic

Unites States Representative; District 45

  • John Webb, Republicanthumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • John Campbell, Republican
  • Sukhee Kang, Democrat

United States Representative; District 47

  • Steve Foley, Republican
  • Alan Lowenthal, Democratic
  • Jay Shah, Democratic
  • Gary DeLong, Republican thumbsup thumbsup
  • Sanford Kahn, Republican
  • Steven Kuykendall, Republican
  • Peter Mathews, Democratic
  • Usha Shah, Democratic

State Assembly

Assembly; District 35

  • Gerald “Gerry” Manata, Democrat
  • K.H. “Katcho” Achadjian, Republican thumbsupthumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 36

  • Thomas Lackey, Republican thumbsup thumbsup
  • Steve Fox, Democratic
  • Ron Smith, Republican thumbsup thumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 38

  • Edward Headington, Democratic
  • Patricia McKeon, Republican
  • Paul Strickland, Republican
  • Scott Wilk, Republican thumbsup thumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 39

  • Omar Cuevas, Republican thumbsup
  • Raul Bocanegra, Democratic
  • John Paul Lindblad, Green
  • Richard Alarcon, Democratic
  • Ricardo Benitez, Republican thumbsup
  • Margie Carranza, Republican

Member of the State Assembly; District 41

  • Ed Colton, Republican
  • Michael Cacciotti, Democratic
  • Donna Lowe, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup
  • Victoria Rusnak, Democratic
  • Chris Holden, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 43

  • Mike Gatto, Democratic
  • Greg Krikorian, Republican thumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 44

  • Eileen MacEnery, Democratic
  • Jeffrey Gorell, Republican thumbsup
  • Thomas Mullens, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 45

  • Bob Blumenfield, Democratic
  • Chris Kolski, Republican thumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 46

  • Jay Stern, Republican thumbsup thumbsup
  • Adrin Nazarian, Democratic
  • Andrew Lachman, Democratic
  • Adriano Lecaros, Democratic
  • Laurette Healey, Democratic
  • Brian Johnson, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 48

  • Michael Meza
  • Roger Hernandez, Democratic
  • Joe Gardner, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 49

  • Matthew Lin, Republican thumbsup
  • Edwin Chau, Democratic
  • Mitchell Ing, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 50

  • Richard Bloom, Democratic
  • Torie Osborn, Democratic
  • Betsy Butler, Democratic
  • Bradly Torgan, Republican

Member of the State Assembly; District 51

  • Oscar Gutierrez, Democratic
  • Arturo Chavez, Democratic
  • Luis Lopez, Democratic
  • Jimmy Gomez, Democratic
  • Richard Friedberg, Democraticthumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 52

  • Norma Torres, Democratic
  • Ray Moors, Democratic
  • Paul Avila, Democratic
  • Kenny Coble, Republican thumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 53

  • Michael Aldapa, Democratic
  • John Pérez, Democratic
  • Roger Young, Democratic
  • Jose Aguilar, Republican thumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 54

  • Keith McCowen, Republican thumbsup
  • Holly Mitchell, Democratic
  • Ed Nicoletti, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 55

  • Gregg Fritchle, Democratic
  • Curt Hagman, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 56

  • Corky Reynaga-Emett, Republican thumbsupthumbsup
  • V. Manuel Perez, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 57

  • Rudy Bermudez, Democratic
  • Ian Calderon, Democratic
  • Noel Jaimes, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 58

  • Sultan Ahmad, Democratic
  • Cristina Garcia, Democratic
  • Daniel Crespo, Democratic
  • Patricia Kotze-Ramos, Republican thumbsup
  • Luis Marquez, Democratic
  • Tom Calderon, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 59

  • Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Democratic
  • Greg Akili, Democratic
  • Rodney Robinson, Democratic
  • Armenak Nouridjanian, Democratic
  • Gertrude Holmes-Magee, Democratic thumbsup

Member of the State Assembly; District 60

  • Jeff Miller, Republican (Incumbent) thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Stan Skipworth, Republican thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • JosÉ Luis Pérez, Democratic
  • Eric Linder, Republican
  • Greg Kraft, Republican

Member of the State Assembly; District 61

  • Joe Ludwig, Republican
  • Fredy R. De Leon
  • Bill Batey, Republican
  • Jose Medina, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 62

  • Steven Bradford, Democratic
  • Mervin Evans, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 63

  • Jack Guerrero, Republicanthumbsup
  • Diane Martinez, Democratic
  • Cathrin Sargent, Democratic
  • Anthony Rendon, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 64

  • Isadore Hall, III, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 66

Since I am a candidate in this particular race, Election Forum will abstain from posting ratings or recommendations.—Craig Huey

  • Craig Huey, Republican
  • Nathan Mintz, Republican
  • Al Muratsuchi, Democratic

Member of the State Assembly; District 70

  • Bonnie Lowenthal, Democratic
  • Martha Flores Gibson, Republican thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup

State Senate

State Senator; District 21

  • Star Moffatt, Democratic
  • Steve Knight, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

State Senator; District 23

  • Melissa O’Donnell, Democratic
  • Bill Emmerson, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

State Senator; District 25

  • Ameenah Fuller, Democratic
  • Gilbert Gonzales, Republican thumbsup
  • Carol Liu, Democratic

State Senator; District 27

  • Fran Pavley, Democratic
  • Todd Zink, Republican thumbsup thumbsup

State Senator; District 29

  • Greg Diamond, Democratic
  • Robert Huff, Republican thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup

State Senator; District 33

  • Ricardo Lara, Democratic

State Senator; District 35

  • Charlotte Svolos, Republican thumbsup
  • Paul Butterfield, Democratic
  • Roderick Wright, Democratic

Judicial

Electionforum.org ranks every aspect of a judicial candidate’s record on a scale of 1 (most activist) to 10 (most constructionist).

Nothing is overlooked, from a judge’s rulings to on-the-record statements to American Bar Association ratings. We also look at their stated positions and contributions as well as who’s endorsing them.

Finally, each judge’s career is considered from a bird’s-eye view. Experience. Integrity. Commitment to community. We even personally talk to the candidates.

Ratings:

Judicial Index Average

Judicial Index Average
Judicial Activist Strict Constructionist
  • Positions
  • Contributions
  • Rulings
  • Statements

Qualifications

Qualifications
Unqualified Very Qualified
  • Experience
  • Reputation
  • Integrity
  • American Bar
    Association
    ratings

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 3

  • Craig Gold – 4
  • Laurence N. Kaldor – 4
  • Sean D. Coen – 5
  • Joe Escalante – 4

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 10

  • Kim Smith – 6
  • Sanjay T. Kumar – 7

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 38

  • Lynn Diane Olson – 3
  • Douglas W. Weitzman – 4

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 65

  • Matt Schonbrun – 4
  • Shannon Knight – 5
  • Andrea C. Thompson – 8

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 78

  • Kenneth R. Hughey – 9
  • James D. Otto – 5

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 114

  • Eric Harmon – 5
  • Berj Parseghian – 7
  • Ben M. Brees – 1

County

District Attorney; County of Los Angeles

  • John L. Breault, III
  • Jackie Lacey
  • Alan Jackson thumbsup thumbsup
  • Danette E. Meyers
  • Carmen Trutanich
  • Bobby Grace

Supervisor; County of Los Angeles; Supervisorial District 2

  • Mark Ridley-Thomas

Supervisor; County of Los Angeles; Supervisorial District 5

  • Michael D. Antonovich thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup
  • M. A. C. “Maestro” Enriquez-Marquez
  • Raj Pal Kahlon

Special District

Member, Board of Directors; Central Basin Municipal Water District; Division 1

  • Ed Vasquez
  • James B. Roybal
  • Yvette Lizette Silva thumbsup

Member, Board of Directors; Central Basin Municipal Water District; Division 4

  • Rudy C. Montalvo
  • Leticia Vasquez

Member, Board of Directors; Central Basin Municipal Water District; Division 5

  • Tony Mendoza
  • Jay W. Gray
  • Phillip D. Hawkins

Party Committee—most districts not researched

Member, Republican Party County Central Committee; County of Los Angeles; Assembly District 43 (7 Elected)

  • Judith Durning
  • Ryan Ford
  • Lenore Solis
  • Mary “Mell” Flynn
  • Mark Vafiades
  • Dale Samson
  • Chance Glasco
  • Nicholas Paul Renzi
  • Victor Phillip Alkana
  • D. “Doffie” Lewis
  • Linda P. Sheffield
  • William E. Saracino thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Ben Jones
  • Elliott Graham

Member, Republican Party County Central Committee; County of Los Angeles; Assembly District 48 (7 Elected)

  • Robert B. Ewing
  • David Miller
  • Starret J. Meyer
  • Marlene F. Osborn
  • Judy Marie Nelson
  • Valerie R. Evans
  • Peggy A. Mew
  • Sheena Lynn Ewing
  • Kathy Howard
  • Jorge Huaman
  • Kevin Stapleton
  • Mike Spence thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup

Member, Republican Party County Central Committee; County of Los Angeles; Assembly District 58 (7 Elected)

  • Grace Hu thumbsupthumbsup
  • Allen G. Wood thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Haridas Terhanian
  • Jo Marie Johnson
  • Sergio Estevez
  • Dan N. Cristea
  • Paul Kim
  • Rick Royse
  • Matt S. Kauble

Member, Republican Party County Central Committee; County of Los Angeles; Assembly District 62 (7 Elected)

  • Marco Antonio “Tony” Leal
  • Julius D. Wilson thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Carl Frederick Davis, Jr. thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Douglas G. Ehlers
  • Maureen Johnson thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Dale A. Wallace
  • Jennifer Tyler
  • David J. Picard
  • Mary Miller
  • Carol L. Cole
  • Gabriel Dibble

Member, Republican Party County Central Committee; County of Los Angeles; Assembly District 66 (7 Elected)

  • David Frederick Hadley thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Bryan Wayne Matthews
  • Patricia O. Lagrelius
  • Kenneth Martin Adler
  • William L. Schmidt thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Kenneth A. Hartley
  • Paul A. Contreras
  • Steve Redlich thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Kim Mac Mullan
  • Ketnapa Siri
  • John H. Nunn
  • Paul M. Nowatka
  • Larry E. Jones
  • Laine Truelove McNally
  • John J. Parsons
  • G. Rick Marshall thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Kyle D. Ebersole

Member, Republican Party County Central Committee; County of Los Angeles; Assembly District 70 (7 Elected)

  • Lydia Gutierrez thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Nancy Jean Sciortino
  • Davina M. Keiser
  • Dave Najar
  • Charles R. Eldred, Jr. thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Mark A. Voelker
  • John Fer thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup
  • Tina M. Thompson

Local Measures

City of Compton

NO Measure B City Council District Formation — City of Compton (Charter Amendment – Majority Approval Required)

County of Los Angeles

NO Measure H L.A. County Hotel Occupancy Tax Continuation Measure — County of Los Angeles (Ordinance – Majority Approval Required)

City of Los Angeles

NO Measure L L.A. County Landfill Tax Continuation Measure — City of Los Angeles (Ordinance – Majority Approval Required)

City of Pasadena

YES Measure A Formation of Geographic Sub-Districts Within Pasadena Unified School District — City of Pasadena (Charter Amendment – Majority Approval Required)

NO Measure CK School Improvement Funding — Sulphur Springs Union Elementary School District (School Bonds – 55% Approval Required)

NO Measure CO School Improvement Funding — Charter Oak Unified School District (School Bonds – 55% Approval Required)

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I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this biography, though the author insists throughout the work that this is really not a biography of Spurgeon per se, and was written to fill in the gaps that is often left out concerning the real Spurgeon that is contrary to the popularized image of Spurgeon according to the perception of mainstream Evangelical  and some biographies out there.  In commenting about the deficiency of some of the biographies about Spurgeon, this work notes how some of the popular biographers have not grasp or understood the significance of the theology that have driven Spurgeon.  Spurgeon in his life was a man of God that was not only a gospel preacher to the masses but also a man of God who would take a stand for the truth of God’s Word.  Throughout his lifetime, the “forgotten” Spurgeon was involved with three major controversies which the book discusses about, concerning baptismal regeneration, hyper-calvinism and the Down Grade Controversy.  A fascinating fact that I was not aware of before reading this book was the author’s observation that in the baptismal regeneration debate, Spurgeon did not expected much support from certain religious quarters which ironically did affirm and supported Spurgeon’s concern, while in the Down Grade Controversy Spurgeon expected support from certain quarters (Evangelicals) that in the end not only materialized but turned out to be against him.  Even his own brother who was a minister disagreed with him and readers might be shocked to learn of this contrary to the image of Spurgeon as always being popular.  It is the down grade controversy which most people remember of the three, but knowing what the others were about also allow readers to better situate Spurgeon in his context, and perhaps a more balance understanding of Spurgeon when it comes to controversy.  Perhaps the part of the book that I found most fascinating what the closing chapter that talked about the fate of Spurgeon’s church after his death.  It was a painful thing to hear of how those who took up the ministry after him including his son, moved away from the theology that Spurgeon has embraced.  It is probably the most sobering part of the book for me, as I think back to campus ministries that I have been involved with in the past that has been so strong biblically and numerically only to have it handed off to others that eventually would not agree with your distinctives or emphasizes (and even hostile against it, or disregard what precious truths that has motivated the first “generation”!).  It was saddening to read this last portion of the book.  I cannot help but to think of the historical lesson here as it relates to our day and age.  This is the second work that I read by Iain Murray, the first being his most recent work on John MacArthur.  I think Murray is a great biographer, and I can’t help but to think about Grace Community Church after John MacArthur, or any other famous pastor for that matter (John Piper, C.J. Mahaney, etc).  The ending of the book allow me to have some soul searching of whether or not as a young pastor, my goal should be to become a famous great preacher.  It made me think about how some people follow preachers just for the sake of the man’s fame rather than really seeing the man’s theology coming from the Scripture itself.  The real tests at times, seems to come about after a man’s death and his ministry/church carries on without him; where will the direction go?  Will the saints still be faithful to what is biblical?  Who will take over and will they be able to fill the mighty shoes left behind, while being faithful to the Word of God and have the ability to lead the body?  It makes me think much about the issue of a Christianity that is driven more by personality and charisma though those that lead are orthodox; as in the case of the Hebrews escaping Egypt in the Exodus, people have an uncanny way of making their own idols even in the midst of God’s great works.

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As we shared earlier, this year’s recommended Christmas Christian Book List on Christian Worldview and Apologetics Discipleship also includes a book on Biblical evangelism by Ray Comfort.  Be sure to check out other books we suggested.  Below is my review of “God Has A Wonderful Plan for Your Life: The Myth of the Modern Message”

They say one should not judge a book by it’s cover–but with this book by Ray Comfort, the cover speaks volume, illustrating while the irony and tension of the unbiblical nature of the contemporary Evangelical evangelism method of saying “God has a wonderful plan for your life” with the picture of the stoning of the first Christian martyr Stephen. The contrast of Biblical teaching of evangelism and the modern “God has a wonderful plan for your life” message couldn’t be ever capture more beatifully in picture–and pictures are worth a thousand words. Contrary to what many Christians might say today when they evangelize, the Bible does not promise a wonderful plan for the non-believer’s life…as the nonbeliever would understand or plan it. Against this “genie in the bottle” gospel, Ray Comfort brings out the teaching concerning the use of the law in sharing the gospel. Comfort’s work communicates this “Way of the Master” well: He is to the point, clear, sprinkle with use of Scripture and use many illustrations to explain what he means. The current evangelical landscape is so filled with bad popular approach to evangelism that I know many are hostile hearing about the use of the law in evangelism. I am always amazed at how winsome Ray Comfort is in articulating the biblical method of evangelism despite many who are upset with this method. Many of the content will be familiar in this book for those who are familiar with Ray Comfort’s other work or videos. What I like was the appendix–which addresses those in Campus Crusade who recognize that this “God has a wonderful plan for your life” line is one popularized by Campus Crusade. Comfort makes the good case with documentation from CCC’s founder Bill Bright, that towards the end of his life, Dr. Bright would be in agreement with the use of the law in evangelism and the need to do so. Very valuable appendix.

 

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In 1983, there was published a four views book on wealth and poverty concerning a Christian view of economics, which has among the contributor Gary North.

It was unfortunate that it never got republished, but it is now online for free in PDF by clicking HERE.

Election season will soon be upon us, it would be great to consider what is a Biblical view of Economics.

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Interesting stuff.

For all those that did not think there are Muslims out there that want to subjugate the West under Islamic Sharia Law…

A debate.

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This is an article by Ray Comfort that I found here

It’s so good, I thought I might as well reprint the whole thing below

Saint Francis . . . A Sissy?
- By Ray Comfort

One hundred and fifty thousand children had been on the brink of starving to death, but thanks to the kind gift of a very generous billionaire, every child now had enough food to keep him alive. That gift had arrived in the form of one big check. The horror was now over. It was finished. It was just a matter of distributing the food using the few relief workers we had. Without them to get the food to the children, there would have been many more deaths.

Some days later, a frantic worker burst into the camp and cried, “Some of the relief workers have stopped distributing food. Masses of children are dying!

Why would the workers stop when there was plenty of food? It didn’t make sense. The distraught man said, “It’s because one of them held up a sign that said, ‘Feed the starving children. Where necessary, use food.’ That has caused some of the workers to simply befriend the starving children without giving them food. It’s insane!”

The first time I ever heard of Saint Francis of Assisi was back in 1965. It was during the surf movie “The Endless Summer.” Four surfers who were chasing the sun discovered the perfect wave, at a place in South Africa called “Cape Saint Francis.” The sight of the perfect wave excited me beyond words.

The Unspeakable Gift

The next time I heard of him was when I heard that he said “Preach the Gospel at all times. Where necessary, use words.” That statement upset me beyond words, because it was a philosophy that I knew sounded deeply spiritual . . . to those who were spiritually shallow. It made as much sense as “Feed starving children. Where necessary, use food.”

On 16 July 1228 Francis of Assisi was pronounced a saint by Pope Gregory IX. That’s a long time ago, so it’s a little late for questions, but if I could I would like to find out why anyone would say such a strange thing? Was it because he was fearful to use actual words to preach the truth of the Gospel? Or was it because he thought that people would see that he had good works and hear the message of salvation without a preacher, something contrary to Scripture’s “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14).

Whatever the case, 800 years since Francis we have many who profess faith in Jesus, and are no doubt using this popular philosophy to justify being speechless. To them salvation truly is an “unspeakable” gift.

Recently someone told me about a conference where 100,000 Christians gathered to worship God. When I asked if they were exhorted to go out and preach the Gospel to every creature, it was no surprise to me that they weren’t. Instead, they were exhorted to live a life of worship. Again, that sounds spiritual, but you can’t worship God without obedience to His Word, and His Word commands us to preach the Gospel to every creature.

I regularly meet those who think they can obey the Great Commission without using words. When they hear the Gospel preached that are usually offended and say things like, “I appreciate what you are saying, but I don’t like the way you are saying it.” With a little probing, they are the relationship folks, who think preaching the Gospel means building relationships with the lost, and never mentioning words like “sin,” “Hell,” and “Judgment Day.” They think that real love is to withhold the Bread of life from those that are starving to death. Remember that Jesus said, “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:38, italics added).

According to the dictionary, a “sissy” is “a timid or cowardly person.” From what I understand of Saint Francis, he was no sissy. He was a loving man who was not afraid to use words when he preached. He wasn’t frightened to preach repentance to a sinful world. However, there have been times when I could have been called that name. I have felt the grip of fear and have wanted to drop words such as sin, Hell, repentance and Judgment Day when I have preached to sinners. I don’t want to come across as being unloving or judgmental, but I fear God more than I fear man. So when God’s Word tells me to use words, I use words, despite the consequences.

Listen to the Apostle Paul’s sobering warning to his hearers: “Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God” (Acts 20: 26-27). Perhaps he spoke about being free from their blood because he was familiar with God Himself warning Ezekiel of his responsibility to warn his generation: “When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.” (Ezekiel 3:18, italics added).

When someone thinks that they can feed starving children and not use food, that’s their business. But when their philosophy spreads throughout the camp, it becomes an unspeakable tragedy. If we become passive about the Great Commission because we are more concerned about ourselves than the eternal well-being of others, we may be able to hide our motives from man, but not from God. He warns, “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, ‘Surely we did not know this,’ does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” (Proverbs 24:11-12).

There’s an interesting irony to this story. After a little research I came across a quote about the famous saying. It is from someone who had been a Franciscan monk for 28 years–and had earned an M.A. in Franciscan studies. He co ntacted some of the most eminent Franciscan scholars in the world to try and verify the saying. He said, “It is clearly not in any of Francis’ writings. After a couple weeks of searching, no scholar could find this quote in a story written within 200 years of Francis’ death.” (1.)

So if it wasn’t Saint Francis who said not to use words, who was it? Who is it that would like to see the truth of the Gospel hindered from being preached to every creature? That doesn’t need to be answered.

The time is short. The laborers are few. Please, cast off your fears and equip yourself to preach the Gospel with words. They are necessary.
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(1.) http://www.americancatholic.org/Messenger/Oct2001/Wiseman.asp

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Islam, Deception, Sharia and Intolerance….in the USA…

This is wrong.  From what I understand, the Christians who have been wronged by the guards are going to take it to court.

Let others know, share this video.

http://www.answeringmuslims.com/2009/07/special-report-sharia-comes-to-dearborn.html

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