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February 26, 2006
Debauchery returns to New Orleans
It didn't take long for great perversion to return to New Orleans; Mardi Gras is back. The event, which attracts thousands of revelers to the city each year, is once again opening the door for the public celebration of sin with the encouragement of city officials.
This week, while New Orleans still lies in ruins from Hurricane Katrina, drunken men and women are taking to the streets in the city's French Quarter section to engage in all kinds of unspeakable behavior during the annual Mardi Gras celebration. You would think that after a massive hurricane, which literally destroyed the city, officials would pass on holding the celebration of sin this year. Think again.
This really shouldn't be a surprise considering the fact that only three weeks after Hurricane Katrina struck, strippers were up on tables dancing for "crowds of police, firefighters and military personnel" in the Bourbon Street club called "Deja Vu," Reuters reported.
The Associated Press confirmed through State Police Trooper Arrid Hansell that Mardi Gras is a time when "police tolerate flashing breasts, simulating sex acts, and generally lascivious behavior." In other words, police are welcoming revelers to expose their breasts, engage in simulated sex acts and other lascivious behavior, including public drunkenness, without fear of retribution or arrest.
Last year, after Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans days before a homosexual version of Mardi Gras called "Southern Decadence," I made some statements explaining God's patience and control. A few days ago, a woman by the name of Karen wrote to me in regards to these statements and about this year's Mardi Gras celebration. She wrote:
"I am a spirit-filled Christian from New Orleans. I have only been saved for 5 years now, but the impact Jesus has on my life is amazing!
I read your article concerning the indulgences of our 'Mardi Gras,' and would like to thank you for your honesty. As Pastor from Victory Fellowship says, 'We have to be delivered from Mardi Gras.'
I have children and want the best for them. New Orleans, under its current rebellious status, is not the place for children. I am ashamed that my city is celebrating Mardi Gras when we still have dead bodies in the rubble!
And yes, we all (the citizens of N.O.) had a part to play in this. I should have gone to the City Council like so many others. Instead, we did nothing. God forgive me for my actions.
Now, I look at scraps of the city that I called home.
It makes me cry when I hear... 'NOTHING WILL STOP MARDI GRAS - NOTHING.'
I KNOW that my city is in deep trouble if we do not change our ways. I had a horrible nightmare regarding my city a few weeks ago. I do not want to be here anymore, ever.
And yes, I will go out Mardi Gras day. I will go out and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to anyone that will hear.
God Bless you for being so candid. Pray for us.... we need it."
It is my hope that other Christians, like Karen, will rise up in New Orleans and raise a standard of righteousness before another storm makes Hurricane Katrina look like a morning shower.
The Mardi Gras celebration, with roots in Catholic ritual, comes to an end on "Fat Tuesday," which falls on February 28 this year, so that "repentance" for sins can be made the following day on "Ash Wednesday."
"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light." (Ephesians 5:11-13)
February 23, 2006
Marcavage to speak at 'War On Christians Conference'
On March 27, 2006, Repent America director Michael Marcavage will be a panel speaker at Vision America's "The War on Christians Conference" at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The two-day event will be held on March 27 and 28 and focus on Vision America's mission "to inform, encourage and mobilize pastors and their congregations to be proactive in restoring Judeo-Christian values to the moral and civic framework in their communities, states, and our nation."
Michael will be speaking on a panel called "Christian Persecution: Reports From The Frontlines" alongside three others, including Lt. Gordon James Klingenschmitt, an Episcopal priest and military chaplain who went on a hungar strike because he was prohibited from praying in Jesus' name while in uniform.
February 19, 2006
Lansdowne: No Place for Hate?
- An first-hand account of Lansdowne's recent "No Place for Hate" gathering by Arlene Elshinnawy -
On Friday, February 17, a pro-homosexual "No Place for Hate" event took place for several hours in the small town of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, located just outside the city of Philadelphia. The "No Place for Hate" program was created by the Anti-Defamation League with this particular event being sponsored by the Mayor and the Borough Council of Lansdowne "to promote respect for all members of the community, and to combat bigotry in all forms."
Since I arrived an hour early, I was able to observe the preparations that were being made. At that point, these consisted mostly of frenzied attempts by Lansdowne's Mayor, Jayne Young, to silence and keep Michael Marcavage, a Lansdowne resident, out of the picture. She called 911 to request that an officer be sent to the Twentieth Century Club, a public building where the event was being held. When the officers arrived, the discussion centered around shutting down the sound system Michael had set up outside, which was playing an audio version of the Bible. Although it could not be heard inside the building, the officer agreed to get him to turn it down. The police explained to the Mayor that she could not exclude people because the event was open to the public. Moreover, Michael was exercising his constitutionally protected right to preach the Gospel, so that couldn't be stopped either.
Because Michael courageously exposes the evil works of darkness, he is smeared as a hater and homophobe. Truth is hate to those who hate the truth. Implementing the homosexual agenda requires one to demonize, marginalize, and crush all opposition. The true Gospel must not be silenced!
Frustrated in her attempts to rid herself of Michael, Mayor Young finally loudly exclaimed, "I hate Michael Marcavage!" How telling and ironic her words were for they exposed her own hatred and hypocrisy in staging this event. Before leaving, I felt that I needed to confront her about her own attitude. She approached me when she saw I was leaving and because she knew I wanted to talk to her. I told her that "this was a 'No Place for Hate' event, but I heard you say 'I hate Michael Marcavage!'" She admitted that she had said it. I then explained that "if you wish to cleanse Landowne of hate, you'll have to start with your own heart. Michael does not hate anybody. If I don't agree with you that doesn't mean I hate you."
Perhaps Mayor Young believes she is doing what is good, but I pray that she will come to repentance and recognize her need for the Savior.
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked..." (Jeremiah 17:9)
February 15, 2006
NRL fighting against life-saving legislation
It is particularly disturbing that a national pro-life organization would be fighting against pro-life legislation, but that is exactly what National Right to Life (NRL) is doing. Although divided, the group has been at odds with legislation that would ban abortion.
Whether it be state law or the federal Right to Life Act, the NRL refuses to get behind good legislation that would work toward putting an end to the bloody holocaust in America.
Case in point: NRL's state chapter in Michigan is currently refusing to support the efforts of a pro-life referendum proposed by Michigan Citizens for Life, which if approved by voters, would provide Constitutional protection to unborn children "from the moment of conception." The approved proposal would amend the Michigan State Constitution, adding the following language:
"The right to due process, whereby no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, guaranteed in Article 1 Section 17, and the right to equal protection of the law, guaranteed in Article 1, Section 2, vest at conception. A 'person' for the purposes of the Constitution and laws of the State of Michigan, exists from the moment of conception."
In another example, NRL opposed a pro-life bill proposed in South Dakota in 2004 that would have banned virtually all abortions in the state. Sadly, the bill was defeated by a single vote in the state's Senate. On March 26, 2004, WorldNetDaily reported:
" The public-interest Thomas More Law Center accuses National Right to Life of 'complicity' with pro-abortion groups over demise of the bill, designed to become the most restrictive abortion law in 30 years and help overturn the landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision.
The Michigan-based law firm helped draft the bill, which would have banned virtually all abortions in that state and made abortion a felony punishable for up to 15 years. The bill passed the state House by an overwhelming majority, 54 to 14, before its narrow defeat in the Senate, 18-17.
In a news release, the More Center quoted a bewildered 25-year member of Right to Life and director of an abortion counseling service, Leslee Unruh.
'We were shocked, saddened and dismayed that National Right to Life lobbied against this bill,' she said. 'In effect, they aborted the right to life bill.'
Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the More Center concluded, 'One thing we know for sure, Planned Parenthood and NARAL could not be happier with National Right To Life.'"
This month, a bill similar to the proposed 2004 legislation in South Dakota was passed by South Dakota's House of Representatives, which is now headed to the state's Senate. Shamefully, the bill is receiving the same opposition by NRL as it did in 2004.
Additionally, NRL has refused to support and campagined against pro-life legislation in South Carolina, North Dakota, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and elsewhere, including the proposed federal Right to Life Act, which was once again introduced in 2005.
In a telephone call with a staff person in NRL's national office, I inquired about their position against such pro-life legislation and was told that combating abortion must be done gradually with the majority of the American people's approval. This approach is unbiblical and clearly against Constitutional protections. A government-sanctioned and funded holocaust is raging in America against children in the womb with over 4,000 being murdered daily at the hands of abortionists, National Right to Life's 100-year-plan to end it should not be the strategy.
I have yet to hear from NRL' national office or any of their state chapters concerning any bill that they have ever introduced or supported that recognizes and protects the humanity of all preborn children.
(in development) more to come...
February 07, 2006
Dr. Dobson changes mind, compromises standard
Focus on the Family's Dr. James Dobson, once known for his refusal to vote for any politican who supports abortion and for his strong opposition against any effort that would legitimize homosexuality, has changed his mind.
On numerous occasions in the past, Dobson made his voting practice clear, stating that he would "never cast a vote for any politican who supports abortion." However, in a disturbing letter from Focus on the Family's Ross Marshall to a concerned church elder, he declared that Dr. Dobson "rightly or wrongly" has chosen to "compromise his own standard" because "God has led him in this direction." Dobson is blaming the political system and citing the fear he experienced over a John Kerry presidency as an example for the "necessity" to now vote in this manner.
In relationship to Dr. Dobson's increasingly questionable position on homosexuality, the antiChristian Denver Post recently reported:
"We were pleasantly surprised last week when Focus on the Family expressed its support for state legislation that would provide expanded legal benefits for same-sex couples and other non-traditional households."
The paper was responding to Dr. Dobson's endorsement of Colorado SB 166, a bill sponsored by state Senator Shawn Mitchell (R) that would grant homosexuals many of the same legal rights currently reserved to married couples. These rights would include property-sharing, decision-making powers over funerals and organ donations and potentially health-care policy benefits. If adopted, the legislation could force employers to cover the costs of the sex partners of homosexual men in company health plans.
In a press release issued by Dr. Paul Cameron of the Colorado-based Family Research Institute, Cameron challenges Dobson's support of what he is calling a "marriage lite" bill for homosexuals. The release stated in part:
"When the Denver Post, one of the most anti-family, anti-traditional newspapers on the planet, says it is 'pleasantly surprised' by Dobson's support for 'expanded legal benefits for same-sex couples,' you know that a betrayal has occurred."
The Denver Post editorial further cited:
"The legislation itself is a direct challenge to a civil unions proposal by Rep. Tom Plant, D-Nederland, that will ask voters to grant same-sex partners a menu of rights now only extended to married couples, such as inheriting property, making medical decisions on behalf of a partner and child support arrangements.
Jim Pfaff, state policy analyst for Focus, said Mitchell's bill is a "common-sense alternative" to the domestic partnership legislation. 'A domestic partnership bill based on sexual orientation is giving extra benefits to a class that has a high standard of living at the expense of other adults who are at or near the poverty level, and we believe that's discriminatory,' he said."
Dr. Dobson is traveling down a dangerous road by disregarding Biblical teachings. He is now compromising truth for voting convenience and is affirming abominable behavior by supporting "alternative" ungodly legislation. The belief and assertion by Dr. Dobson that it is necessitous to support a lesser evil to avoid a greater one conflicts with the Scriptural instruction of not doing evil that good may come (Romans 3:8). Compromising truth in the hope of advancing is not a Biblical strategy for defeating the enemy; it only causes a greater setback in the spiritual battle. We must pray and call upon Focus on the Family to return to God's Word.
"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." (Revelation 3:15-16)
February 06, 2006
Pro-life message shut down at Super Bowl
Repent America (RA) joined Christians from across America for evangelism and to be a voice for the voiceless at this year's Super Bowl. However, Detroit police shut down the pro-life message by declaring that the "NFL owns the city today" as one of the reasons why expressive activity could not be conducted on public property.
During the course of events, police impounded two trucks with pictures showing the truth about abortion and arrested Dennis Green, director of Life & Liberty Ministries. The next day, "Super Bowl Sunday," police engaged in malicious and illegal behavior by threatening to arrest several Christians while they were witnessing at the entrance of the stadium if they did not leave in "60 seconds." RA director Michael Marcavage and the others complied.
RA will be challenging the illegal actions of the Detroit Police Department in federal court for their grievous violations of constitutionally protected rights, which in this case completely shut down the pro-life message.
February 01, 2006
Creation seminar coming to Dover Area High School
Repent America (RA) is bringing a creation seminar to Dover Area High School next month, featuring well-known creationist Dr. Kent Hovind.
Dr. Kent Hovind is considered one of the foremost authorities on science and the Bible. The former high school science teacher turned evangelist speaks over 700 times each year in public and private schools, universities, churches, camps, radio programs, as well as in many other settings. He has debated evolutionists at many colleges and universities across America and is dedicated to the proclamation of factual, scientific evidence supporting the Biblical record of creation and history of the world.
Hovind's fact-filled creation seminars are exciting and informative, causing even the most devout evolutionist to sit up and take notice. Christians will be encouraged in their faith, and non-believers will be seriously challenged to reconsider their beliefs.
The two-day seminar will be held in the auditorium of the Dover Area High School located at 46 W Canal Street, Dover, PA on Friday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m. and will run approximately 3.5 hours each day covering many topics.
The seminar is open to students, faculty, residents and other members of the public. Admission is FREE or a donation can be given at the entrance. Due to limited seating, early arrival is strongly encouraged.
Please check back here for further updates as the event approaches.
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