Archive for August 13th, 2014




SLIMJIM and myself (EvangelZ) were talking about a post written by Joe Carter from TGC concerning this topic: FACTCHECKER: IS ISIS BEHEADING CHILDREN IN IRAQ? If you have read it, you probably have seen many comments from others. We read it and analyzed it ourselves. We would also like to hear what you have to say.  Please feel free to chime in friends.

As Christians we are all about truth. What you are saying about getting our facts right and being careful about websites that have inaccurate facts is true, Joe Carter.  We admire that motive because it is biblical.  However, one thing that is disappointing that I would like to accentuate for our readers is your criteria for evidence.  By defending your position concerning  a criteria that necessitates the need for journalists and Western news agencies to witness the systematic beheading of children in order for it to be factual is a bit of a stretch if not absurd. The criteria that you seem to propagate, I am afraid, is a western perspective that is concocted in your article.  Do the testimonies of those who are not part of major news outlets or Western news agencies, count?  I am just asking for the sake of clarity.  Have you given thought to the possibility that many journalists here would be afraid because they may lose their head if they were to report consistently the massacres such as the beheading of children in the red zone  (I think VICE has the most success in getting access without being killed)?  Moreover, it almost feels like wrestling a 500 pound Grizzly Bear in order to pressure some of these  major news outlets to post the graphic images of what is going on in Iraq and at Syria.  The world needs to see the Satanic and demonic activities done by this death cult towards Christians, while many in America seem to be more infatuated with the death of celebrities who make us laugh   Moreover, have others given the thought that many journalists in the Western news agencies have been wrong too and are not the cream of the crop when it comes to presenting  facts?  Do people understand that we must be discerning by taking into account all news outlets whether big or small and especially those who have boots in the hot zone?  In other words, let’s somewhat try to follow this motto: innocent until proven guilty.  Or in another way, give people, especially during this time, the benefit of the doubt instead of casting a cloud of doubt.   Non-professional journalistic testimonies and non-Western news agencies can hold water too. Perhaps there are many testimonies from non-professional journalists and non-Western news agencies that have witnessed atrocities in the past and in the present that were correct and are correct. Perhaps some of the readers here can assist me by doing some historical digging.

Given the fact that there is a killing spree, it does not appear to be wise nor judicious in my opinion to be nitpicking and by creating a milieu that will potentially cause the reader to cast doubt on whether Andrew White’s comments of whether the kid he baptized was cut in half by a sword or through other means.  Beloved, ISIS is cruel, brutal, and a sadistic Islamic terrorist and death cult organization that wants to take over the U.S. They will murder you, rape your women, hang your husbands in the public square and commit other malicious atrocities. If that time comes, may God provide us the grace to persevere so that the Gospel can be propagated boldy here and abroad.  ISIS/ISIL have posted up videos displaying their carnage in a myriad of forms, which I don’t think Joe would reject.   Go see it on YouTube. You don’t need a myriad of ivory tower news outlets to tell you.  I encourage many of you to view it for yourself  if you have the stomach for it. They are perhaps the new Nazis of this generation (probably worse than the Nazis when it comes to the public display of carnage) and will only get stronger overtime.  We must pray, trust in the Lord, and also take action by spreading a clear and a concrete awareness to the public so that a nation like us that have been blessed by God in many ways since our country’s beginnings can intervene in some measure to save these people.  As a result, view the carnage by ISIS/ISIL to amass evidence and facts; not for entertainment, but view them by unmasking evil and by helping spread the awareness of what is happening to our loved ones abroad.  However, I think the implications of this post by TGC may reverse and decrease that momentum of getting people off their ivory towers and couch.  On another note, I think we should lean more towards the testimony from these people such as Andrew White, Mark Arabo, and others who seem to have closer ties to the Christian genocide and the genocide of other minorities. Whether you trust their source or not, I don’t think we are in the business to be tampering with their integrity because we have no proof either that their testimonies are counterfactual.  So to be one sided in a post is to cast doubt upon the testimonies that will only prevent people from focusing on the bigger issue.  And the bigger issue is that many people are dying and need help ASAP!

This situation with the article from TGC would seem to parallel the scenario in which somebody wrote a letter to challenge  an editor of a small and diminutive news agency or other smaller news outlets near the area of the Holocaust, questioning whether there were gas chambers with shower heads that were used as instruments of death in the Auschwitz death camp.  It was true, but not according to many in the West during WWII and to the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/4510922.stm).  The Big Elephant in the room was that the Holocaust was taking place!  It seems somewhat trivial when we consider that the bigger picture of Christian speech during this disastrous condition ought to be balanced with wisdom, truth, and edification.  With the possibility of  a vast amount of people potentially to be exterminated at Sinjar Mountain, the post by TGC does not come across as being edifying to the Christians and the other minorities at Iraq.   As much as I admire your love for truth, Brother Joe, I don’t think that this article was balanced or nuanced.  It seemed to be overly critical and lacked the combination of wisdom, truth, and edification. I say this graciously.  We have nothing against you or TGC.   But I think TGC made an extensive mistake by presenting the post in the manner it transpired. Those who are less discerning readers than yourself after reading TGC’s post will probably channel their energy and effort in being more focused on the veracity of facts and nitpicking to the smallest degree (not that I am opposed to facts in any way as long as it is balanced, truthful, and edifying to the soul and building up the cause of Christ) rather than channeling their energy towards the poor souls that have their necks resting on the sharp edges of a blade.  Grace and peace.  I hope that TGC can write another post concerning this topic in a better manner and from a better angle.

Hebrews 11:32-12:3, “And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; 36 and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment.37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated 38 (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.  39 And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40 because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.

1Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (NASB).

Hebrews 13:3, “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.”

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Editor’s Note: I (“SlimJim”) am away in a family trip and this is a pre-scheduled post.  It is written by our guest Adam Kristofik who is a brother in Christ that regularly interact with us on our facebook page.  Today happens to be the day his wife is induced and giving birth so you might want to pray for his wife and their family.

discipline ahead

“Does God send trouble?” Surely, surely, He and He alone. To the sinner in punishment, to his children in chastisement.” – B.B. Warfield

Our first bundle of joy is expected to be arriving on this earth in about two weeks from the current time I am typing this. My wife and I are excited that we will be having a girl. Naturally, being a father of a girl, excitement for me is redefined as being extra cautious. I am enthusiastic about soon approaching the tragedies and triumphs of being a parent.

I pray that I will show my child the goodness of the Gospel as long as I am alive. My life example will not be her saving grace, but that only of Jesus Christ crucified. I am prepared to teach her all of the wonderful things throughout Scripture. With the understanding that I will not be the perfect parent, I hope to show her that our Father in Heaven is.

Speaking of the perfect parent, never in my wildest dreams would I think to send danger anywhere near my child. Sure, I might teach her lessons when she falls short. Although, deliberately placing my child into harm’s way seems terrible. What kind of parent would I be if I were to place spiritual, physical, and/or emotional roadblocks in my little girl’s path of life? Well, let us look at scripture.

We see in Hosea 9 that God placed many dangers in Israel’s way. The LORD dealt with Israel’s insubordinate nature harshly. In hindsight we see that God’s providential hand brought harm their way to punish their sin and renew the relationship that was shattered. God’s people are only ever put through the ringer with the goal to redirect them back to God.

True parental love is best displayed through gruesome chastisement. Being disciplined exposes your joy and exterminates your happiness. This process is painful but reaps great spiritual rewards. Hebrews 12 tells us this. God will put hardships in our life to prune us. Sanctification is an inwardly beautiful process that seems torturous to the carnal mind.

The veil of sin has still obscured our view with the false pretense of human innocence. We set our standards by others around us as opposed to the perfect standard set by Christ. Therefore, our sin does not look as heinous to God as it really is. We should stand firm against the temptation of the heresy of human righteousness.

May the Lord of Hosts continue to not spare His rod, as this is His people’s best assurance of an unfailing love. May we as His people seek the living Christ through the midst of the brutal discipline we will face. May the Lord purge our sin with His sanctified fire. This present pain pales in comparison to the glory that will be revealed.

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