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2 SWORD OF THE LORD November 19 , 2021
Majority Says Country on the Wrong Course
In an October NBC poll 71 percent of Americans surveyed said the country is headed wrong . It is not often ( almost never ) that I turn to NBC for anything , but their latest poll was something I could not skip over . Here is a summary of the details .
Seventy-one percent of Amer icans — and even half of Democrats — say the country is headed in the wrong direction .
A large majority of Repub licans ( 93 percent ) and independents ( 70 percent ) say the country is headed in the wrong direction ,… but most alarming is that number is close to half of Democrats ( 48 percent ) now too .
“ When you see a wrong track of 71 percent , it is a flashing red light ,” NBC ’ s Republican pollster Bill McInturff said . “ These folks are telling us that this is not going well .” ( newsmax . com on gopusa . com ).
As I look at the findings of that survey done by the liberal NBC Network , I have drawn a few conclusions .
First , the poll is both good news and bad news . It is bad news that the country is in such a mess , but it is good news that a huge majority of people see it and recognize it .
Even though it is good news that a lot of people are finally waking up , it is bad news that so many of them are seemingly clueless about what it takes to fix the problem .
For some insight , let ’ s turn to Ephesians , chapter 5 .
“ Let no man deceive you with vain words : for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience .
“ But not ye therefore partakers with them .
“ For ye were sometimes darkness , but now are ye light in the Lord : walk as children of light .”
“ And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness , but rather reprove them .”
“ Wherefore he saith , Awake thou that sleepest , and arise from the dead , and Christ shall give thee light .”— Vss . 6 – 8 , 11 , 14 .
When a people , anybody anywhere , turn their backs on God , the darkness of evil will gather quickly and overwhelm them . Inevitably they will fumble around in the darkness trying to find their way . They may wish for light and they may look for light ; but so many , even among this 71 percent , are looking in the wrong places .
Verse 14 tells us that “ Christ shall give thee light .” We need that light , His light , “ the light of the world ” ( John 8:12 ), in government , in politics , in education , at the networks , in entertainment , in business as well as in our families and our churches .
Without the light the Lord provides , nothing works right . You cannot have honest govern ment . You cannot maintain freedom . You cannot have clean politics . You cannot have quality education . You can ’ t keep the economy on track . You can ’ t have decent entertain - ment . None of the above . It is impossible when the Lord is pushed aside .
Without the light Christ gives , the darkness of evil will proliferate and prevail .
So , let ’ s do a reality check . I ’ m very glad that the American people are getting the picture . It is true that our country is on a collision course with catastrophe . That is more than obvious these days .
Now is the time for the people of God to stand up and speak up . We must sound the alarm loudly and clearly .
Let ’ s make sure the whole world knows :
“ Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD ; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheri - tance .”— Ps . 33:12 .
“ I tell you , Nay : but , except ye repent , ye shall all likewise perish .”— Luke 13:3 .
“ For God so loved the world , that he gave his only begotten Son , that whosoever believeth in him should
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not perish , but have everlasting life .”— John 3:16 .
“ Neither is there salvation in any other : for there is none other name under heaven given among men , whereby we must be saved .”— Acts 4:12 .
“ Then spake Jesus again unto them , saying , I am the light of the world : he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness , but shall have the light of life .”— John 8:12 .
The one sure remedy in dealing with the darkness of this world is to let the light of Christ shine brightly . From the heights of every mountaintop and deep in every valley , the light needs to shine boldly and clearly ; it needs to be forever burning brightly .
Thank you , dear friends , for standing with us , supporting us and sustaining us as we give voice to the truth of God . On the pages of this paper , on our daily radio ministry and in pulpits all across the land , we are upfront , forthright and sounding the trumpet without fear or favor . Let ’ s keep it happen - ing . Amen !
Liberty Baptist Church , Bowling Green , Kentucky
Pastor Jared Young came to Bowling Green , Kentucky in 2020 and started a new independent Baptist church , the Liberty Baptist Church . While meeting in a store - front , they learned that the Glyn Lily Baptist Church was about to close . As they discussed the matter , the Glyn Lily Baptist Church folks voted to give the property to Liberty Baptist . Several of the Glyn Lily church family stayed and are an active part of the new church .
This Sunday in October was the first anniversary since the “ merger .” In just twelve months many people have trusted Christ and 50 have been baptized . The people are excited , thrilled and rejoicing in the work the Lord is using them to put together .
I preached in the morning service , after which there was a tremendous potluck lunch and fellowship . I preached again at the 6:00 p . m . service . We saw two people saved and several visitors were in attendance .
Brother Young is a solid funda - mentalist and a good soul winner . He is leading the church and the people are working together with him .
If you live in Bowling Green or nearby , you will find a warm wel - come and a lot to like about Liberty Baptist Church . I encourage you to go for a visit soon .
New Hope Baptist Church , Kendallville , Indiana
In the northeast corner of Indiana , the town of Kendallville is surrounded by more than a dozen small towns that are within a ten- to twenty-minute drive of the New Hope Baptist Church .
The church sits out from town in a rural area , but they are reaching out to all of the area . Pastor Robert Boston came in 2010 . With a vision of what could be done , he brought a solid fundamental com - mitment and a loving compassion for people . The people have re - sponded to his leadership and the church is thriving .
Dr . Hamblin and I have been coming for this conference since 2014 . He comes every year and I come every other year . Each year the conference is stronger and it is obvious the church has grown some more .
They just recently purchased a church facility in Auburn , Indiana ( fifteen miles away ) where Nick
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Lawyers in Court Challenging New California Law Criminalizing Free Speech
Life Legal attorneys appeared remotely in federal court in San Jose … to argue that a new California law severely restricting speech on public sidewalks is unconstitutional .
The law , SB 742 , prohibits , among other things , “ harassing ,” which is redefined as “ knowingly approaching , without consent , within 30 feet of another person or occupied vehicle for the purpose of passing a leaflet or handbill to , displaying a sign to , or engaging in oral protest , education or counseling with , that other person in a public way or on a sidewalk area .”…
The law is unprecedented in its breadth , criminalizing activities that are explicitly protected by the Constitution , such as handing out leaflets , carrying signs and providing education on public sidewalks .
The Supreme Court has struck down similar expansive restrictions on First Amendment speech , holding that “ Precision of regulation must be the touchstone in an area so closely touching our most precious freedoms ” ( NAACP v . Button , 1963 ). SB 742 is a blunt sledgehammer that crushes precious First Amendment rights for no good reason .
— christiannewswire . ccsend . com
Portland First to Offer Abortion Bereavement Leave for Employees
An amendment to Portland ’ s bereavement leave policy … has made it the first local government in the United States to give paid time off to public employees after an abortion . One pro-life group is calling it an unwitting acknowledgment of the loss of life .
The new policy allows public employees to take up to three days of bereavement leave for an abortion or a miscarriage , stillbirth or any other type of pregnancy loss , “ irrespective of whether deemed medically necessary ,” Oregon Public Broadcasting reported .
The city council approved the changes unanimously .
— Anugrah Kumar , christianpost . com
Delta Airlines CEO Takes Defiant Stand Against Vaccine Mandates
Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian took a stand against COVID-19 vaccine mandates … saying his decision not to impose a mandate on his employees is the reason most of Delta ’ s employees are vaccinated .
Speaking on Fox Business , Bastian said Delta has accomplished a vaccination rate of more than 90 percent without “ the divisiveness of a mandate .”…
“ We ’ re proving that you can work collaboratively with your people , trusting your people to make the right decisions , respecting their decisions and not forcing them over the loss of their jobs ,” he added .…
Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly condemned Biden ’ s vaccine mandate … saying he disagrees with such policies , but said he is enforcing one on Southwest employees only because of Biden ’ s mandate .
— Chris Enloe , theblaze . com
Seventeen Christian Missionaries Kidnapped by Armed Gang in Haiti
An armed gang in Haiti abducted 17 Christian missionaries and their family members , including children , as they were leaving an orphanage , according to … Christian Aid Ministries .…
The Christians were abducted [ October 16 ] from their vehicle as they were traveling to Titanyen after visiting an orphanage in the Croix des Bouquets area , said CNN .…
The Biden administration declined the request of Haiti ’ s Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph for troops , saying the U . S . would only send security officials to assess the situation , the Wall Street Journal reported at the time .…
Authorities in Haiti reported 1,380 killings in 2020 .…
At least 628 kidnappings have been reported in Haiti since January , of which 29 are foreigners , CNN said .…
An earthquake in August killed over 2,000 people in Haiti .
— Anugrah Kumar , christianpost . com
EDITOR ’ S COMMENTS : These thugs have demanded one million dollars ransom for each of the 17 missionaries .
Police Name Suspect in David Amess Murder as 25-Year-Old Man on Terror Watch List
Police have identified the suspect in the brutal murder of Conservative British MP Sir David Amess as a 25-year-old “ selfradicalized ” man , Ali Harbi Ali , the son of a former prime ministerial adviser in Somalia .
… The U . K . Times reported … that officers believe the suspect was a lone operative and known to counterterrorism police .
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