Christian News Network reports on a recent Saturday Night Live skit that “portrays Jesus taking vengeance in a bloody rampage against His enemies.” The 2-minute sketch, which was meant to be a spoof of the Quentin Tarantino film, “Django Unchained,” has been rightly condemned as insulting and blasphemous.
CNN reports on a recent survey reveals that “more than a third of Americans see recent extreme weather as a sign that the world is in biblical ‘end times.’” The survey further revealed that 15% of those questioned believe the world will end in their lifetime in a manner similar to that predicted in the book of Revelation.
from article by Joel Rosenberg,
12/12/12 & the Mayans: Are these the End of Days? Could the Rapture happen this month?
Short version: the Earth is not literally coming to an end this month. The Bible does say the earth will be destroyed someday, and then He will create a new earth. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away,” wrote the Apostle John in a prophecy about the future found in Revelation 21:1. The Apostle Peter wrote, “[T]he heavens will pass aways with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.” (2 Peter 3:10). But four major prophetic events happen before the literal destruction and recreation of our planet: 1) the Rapture; 2) the Tribulation, a seven year period of God’s judgment; 3) the Second Coming of Christ; and 4) the “Millennial Kingdom,” a thousand year period in which Christ reigns over the entire earth. So at this point, we are at least 1,007 years away from the end of the earth.
(NPR) — The big demographic story out of the 2012 presidential election may have been President Obama’s domination of the Hispanic vote, and rightfully so.
But as we close the book on the election, it bears noting that another less obvious bloc of key swing state voters helped the president win a second term.
They’re the “nones” — that’s the Pew Research Center’s shorthand for the growing number of American voters who don’t have a specific religious affiliation. Some are agnostic, some atheist, but more than half define themselves as either “religious” or “spiritual but not religious,” Pew found in a recent survey.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2012/12/religiously-unaffiliated-got-obama-elected/#hDRbBwyC4QA1WCz9.99
from Joel Rosenberg’s blog….
On Thursday, 138 nations voted in the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) to declare a “State of Palestine” and recognize it as a “non-member observer state” within the international community. Forty-one nations abstained from voting. Only nine nations voted against the resolution: the U.S., Israel, Canada, the Czech Republic, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Panama.
* In his speech to the UNGA, Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (aka, Abu Mazen) said, ““We did not come here to delegitimize a state established years ago, and that is Israel. Rather we came to affirm the legitimacy of a state that must now achieve its independence, and that is Palestine.” However, he also praised the Palestinian terrorists who dided in the war against Israel last week in Gaza, calling them “beloved martyrs.”
* The Israeli Prime Minister’s spokesman responded: ”The world watched a defamatory and venomous speech that was full of mendacious propaganda against the IDF and the citizens of Israel. Someone who wants peace does not talk in such a manner.”
FOX News and Special Report Anchor Bret Baier offer this tremendous piece on the timeline of events revolving around the terrorist attack in Libya and the scandalous efforts of the Obama administration to cover it up as something other than an attack by al-Qaeda. The events continue to unfold and more can be added to the sequence of events.
By Erin Benzinger, Christian Research Network
Last week, two of America’s most well-known pastors sat down with the queen of television and one of the most influential propagators of New Age thought, Oprah Winfrey. Rick Warren and Joel Osteen each filmed separate episodes for upcoming episodes of Winfrey’s Lifeclass. In her latest article, Marsha West asks some crucial questions. She writes:
So, what is going on in the visible Church?
Glad you asked. In a word: syncretism. Syncretism occurs when elements of other religious beliefs are mashed into mainstream Protestant denominations.