Friday, January 14, 2011

Christianity Under Attack Bible Conference

Dr. David R. ReaganPDFBy Dr. David R. Reagan

Why is Lamb & Lion Ministry's June 2011 Bible conference about Christianity being under attack?

The reason is simple and very disturbing. America is fast becoming a post-Christian nation, and as a result, Christianity is coming under increasing attack.

The Secularists and Humanists who are fighting to gain control of our nation hate everything that Christianity stands for — particularly such things as morality, individual liberty, and free enterprise. They are determined to erase all vestiges of Christianity from our social consciousness. Christmas and Easter have been replaced with "Winter Holiday" and "Spring Holiday." The Ten Commandments have been declared unconstitutional. Prayer and Bible reading have been banned from our public schools. Personal expressions of the Christian faith, like wearing a cross on a necklace or a lapel, have come under attack.

President Obama has started censoring the Declaration of Independence when he quotes it. Instead of quoting in its original form, he deletes any reference to our Creator. Thus, his revised version reads as follows, with the bracketed words deleted: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed [by their Creator] with certain unalienable rights..." This is an outrage. Our natural rights come from God, not government.

The President has also started referring to our "freedom of worship" instead of our "freedom of religion." This is a deliberate change of words that carries great implications. Freedom of worship means nothing more than the freedom to worship God in the privacy of your home or church. Freedom of religion means the right to exercise your religion publicly.

And then there is the effort on the part of the Secularists and Humanists to limit our freedom of religious expression through the enactment of hate crime laws. The idea is to use these laws to stop Christians from speaking out on moral issues like homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

Christian access to the airwaves is in jeopardy as attempts are made to submit all broadcasting to review by local community boards to assure "balanced expression of opinions." Censorship masquerades under the "fairness doctrine" which would require equal time for all viewpoints. Thus, if a Christian broadcaster were to speak out against abortion, he would have to supply free time on his program, at his expense, for a pro-abortion person to express his views.

Christians are being targeted for harassment. A photographer is sued for discrimination because he refuses to accept a job photographing a same-sex marriage. A woman has legal charges brought against her because she posts a notice on her church's bulletin board announcing she has a room for rent and is looking for a Christian room mate. Again, she is charged with "discrimination." University professors are routinely denied tenure because they are Christians.

Meanwhile Hollywood continues to spew forth its venom in the form of movies and television programs that openly mock the Bible, Jesus, and Christians.

Nor should we overlook what is perhaps the most serious challenge of all — the attack from within Christianity by apostate teachers.

Our 2011 Bible Conference will take an in-depth look at some of these attacks and present suggestions for countering them.

For further details and to register, please visit the Conference page. I'm looking forward to seeing you there!


Expected Imminently said...

Dr Reagan said…particularly such things as morality, individual liberty, and free enterprise. They are determined to erase all vestiges of Christianity from OUR social consciousness”.

Cross out the word ‘OUR’ for ‘their’; and Bob's yer Uncle!

Their wish will be granted, along with all other nations - eternally. :(

Nathan Jones said...

Great point, E.I.! Mankind can pretend God's not there by ignoring Him, but that can't and won't make Him go away. As Romans 14:11 declares, "'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.'"

For those who live pretending there is no God, why not make your acquaintances now with God and accept Him on His terms (Jn. 3:16), rather than inevitably showing up before him on your own terms (Jn. 3:36).

Alas, E.I., I have no Uncle Bob. ;)

Expected Imminently said...

Hello Nathan

It makes me think! Atheists are such sad souls! I genuinely feel so sorry for them, considering how much fervent energy and earnest faith they put into their religion of ‘No God’.

Or perhaps it’s a case of the ‘Ostrich Syndrome’.
Convincing themselves that if they cannot see God (or His creation) then ‘No God’ cannot see them either? What incredible faith it takes to be so sure they are right with no evidence to back it up!

In comparison, just think how a Christian’s Faith requires the repeated encouragement of reading God’s Word, viewing His Creation and the persistent leading of The Holy Spirit.

We have admitted and know full well we need to be saved and liberated.

We have recognised and agreed that Jesus, the man from Nazareth is our Saviour. The God-man, who paid the price to set us free from the slave market of sin with His own Blood.

A life for a Life; and imputed righteousness. Declared Not Guilty! Freely given Eternal Life; instead of eternal death.

Yes please?

“BELIEVE on The Lord Jesus Christ and you SHALL be saved”.

A Priest in the Home said...

The conference rationale doesn't stress enough the most dangerous group that poses the greatest challenge to our Christian principles to date, apostate "Christians." Dr. Reagan says, "Christianity is coming under increasing attack" from the Secularists and Humanists who are fighting to gain control of our nation.

Unfortunately, "we have met the enemy and he is us." I do note that one of the speakers, Mr. James Walker will be speaking on "The Challenge of Apostacy" and I'm glad to see it. Satan has placed his agents of deception right in the pews next to us and the pulpits in front of us, and many unsuspecting Christians are being converted to be "twice the sons of hell" that they are.

We need prophets in the order of Isaiah and Elijah and Paul to trumpet the call back to holiness. Paul warned Timothy about this. "But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them." ( 2Ti 3:1-5)

I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but the apostacy in the church is reaching epidemic proportions, spurred on by apathy and sloth. Who would ever have thought the list of end times activities above would be so evident in the churches as much as outside the church. But they are right before our eyes daily.

Perhaps an entire conference on that, with solutions for those who try to maintain their zeal for the Lord would help. Much of such a conference would need to focus on the motives, methods and motivations of prayer. For God will heal our land (and our churches) if we humble ourselves and pray and turn from our wicked ways.

Please join me in that prayer today. And, thank you for the conference Christianity Under Attack.

Rodney said...

I second that motion, a Conference on the growing departure from the faith. Such a conference would need to address the history of when it progressed to this magnitude. The "Preacher for Hire" platform was the foundation of this cancer now spreading within many Churches. The biblical term for this is a hireling.

I have joined with the Apostle Paul in recognizing those that accept payment to preach what was freely given to all men are in bondage to those paying their salary. With the increase in paid preaching came the various doctrines and sermons that catered to the fleshly lusts of their congregations. These are peddlers of the Gospel for monetary gain, this I view as shameful. The Apostle Paul also addressed these of his day, stating that they refused to work a regular job to care for their families, this the Apostle condemned.

Man always has a way of finding justification for their own lusts, so regardless of what our example was, they will refuse to follow it.

Anonymous said...

I am a little surprised the conference is in the Marriot a known Mormon hotel chain.

Anonymous said...

Mainstream Christian activists, pressure groups, and voters are having a negative impact on the lives of all us non-Christians whether we acknowledge their presence and power or not. They've managed to derail promising stem-cell research which might have led to cures for many diseases. They've managed to demonize and restrict the availability of abortion, sterilization, contraceptives, and sex education. They've undermined and slashed funding to U.N. programs designed to reduce world overpopulation. They've waged war on homosexuals and homosexual rights. They've stigmatized AIDS victims and impeded programs and practices which have slowed the epidemic where they've been instituted. They've made it harder for people with painful, terminal illnesses to end their lives in comfort and dignity. They've worked to restrict what we can see and read in our communities and on the Internet. They've worked to limit what we can drink and when. They've sought to maintain bans on interracial dating and marriage. They've repeatedly told women in ways big and small that they're not as good as men and that they ought to shut-up, get married, submit to their husbands, and have babies for the glory of God.

At the same time Christians have been working overtime to restrict the rights of others, they've been working to obtain special rights for themselves. Churches and church-groups are now exempt from many of the zoning laws and other rules and regulations the rest of us must obey. Christians want public school students to begin the day with prayers and pledges to their God - and they want their unscientific Creationism to be given special treatment in those students's science classrooms. They also want their Ten Commandments to be accorded a special place in schools, courthouses, and other public places paid for and used by everyone. Some proclaim a God-given right to beat their kids, deny them medical care, own as many guns as they want, and take as many wives as will have them. Supernatural faith-based religions create undue fears and worries in the minds of children and adults about things that don't exist. It is nothing more than the most horrific form of child abuse and emotional abuse to us all. It redirects time, money, resources and people wanting to do good into useless endeavors. It promotes magical and superstitious thinking. It gives respect and credence to religious leaders and religious ideas for no good reason other than blind faith – and often with terrible results.

Nathan Jones said...

Wow, Anonymous, do you have Christians wrong! Sure, we are here to stem the tide of evil, which is much of what is on your list. But then, you attribute evil to us by lumping us into the cults who degrade women, minorities and marriage. You're not very informed then on who Christians are and what we stand for. Good thing you're reading this blog then for you'll be able to get those answers.