Understanding Our Times: Guest Host Michael Carl

This week’s guest host is Rev. Michael Carl. Brother Carl is the pastor of the Greenwood Union Church and is also the editor of the National Free Press. In this special hour-long program, Rev. Carl will share with us his thoughts on Revival.

Broadcast – Understanding Our Times

Website – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/understandingourtimes

Time – Saturday, August 30, at 4:00 pm EST/3:00pm CST

Length – 30 Minutes   

Call-In Phone Line – (347) 945-7171

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“Understanding Our Times” is an interactive, live Internet talk-radio show that focuses on current events from a distinctly Biblical worldview. Host Kevin Thompson offers listeners timely discussion of meaningful issues with a variety of different guests each week. Callers are encouraged to call (347) 945-7171 to listen or ask questions. The stream and archives are available at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/understandingourtimes. The show is live every Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. Eastern/ 1 p.m. PT. The show is hosted on BlogTalkRadio.


Richard Viguerie – She’s perfect

With VP pick, McCain “unites the GOP, gives conservatives a stake in the election, and puts a real reformer on the ticket”
(Minneapolis, MN) The selection of Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain’s vice presidential running mate unites the Republican Party and energizes its conservative base, Richard A. Viguerie said.
“McCain has chosen to balance his ticket with a principled conservative. Governor Palin’s life story is one of sticking to principle. She is living proof that a person can take on the corrupt political establishment – including corrupt leaders in her own party – and achieve great things,” he said.
Viguerie, the Chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, added: “There’s an old expression in politics: Go along to get along. Not this time. The selection of Sarah Palin is one big kick-in-the-pants to the corrupt establishment in both parties.
“Congratulations to John McCain for hearing and responding to conservatives. Conservatives, the base of the party, have been listless. But, now, nearly all will work enthusiastically for the McCain-Palin ticket. In fact, this is the most enthusiastic conservatives have been since the era for Ronald Reagan.”
He concluded: “This is a grand-slam home run. Conservatives’ feet haven’t touched the ground since this announcement.”

Dark Days

R.C. Sproul, Jr.
The Highlands Study Center

There are storm clouds looming in the west. The cards of our economy are beginning to crumble. We are entering into general election season wherein candidates for both major parties are to the left of the candidates from their respective parties last time around. California has come perilously close to making homeschooling practically illegal, and may yet go that way. In the meantime, the California courts in turn are fast bringing us square circles, that is, homosexual marriages. In Canada things are much worse, with both pastors and publishers under government threat for expressing biblical convictions, the pastor for affirming that sodomy is sin, the publisher for affirming that Islam is hooey.

Conservative Christians, not surprisingly, are doing what we always do, wringing our hands, and working for more of the same. We are encouraging one another to panic, while doing our best to look decent and respectable to the rest of the world. Now I am profoundly committed to the biblical notion of living, as much as is possible, in peace and quietness with all men. The rub comes when we ask what is possible.
Consider, for instance, Canada and its hate speech law. I’m willing to concede, for the sake of the argument that “Sodomy is a gross perversion and a stench in the nostrils of God” is both true and not the absolute center of the gospel message. As such, I’m even willing to suggest that it is not the duty of every evangelical pastor in Canada to unite together to declare a “We’re preaching this and you’ll have to throw us all in jail” day. It’s an idea worth considering, but I can see an argument against it. We ought not, for instance, allow foolish political notions to set the agenda of the church. On the other hand, I’m honestly baffled by how few pastors have here run afoul of the law.
At Saint Peter Church we preach exegetically, which means, among other things, that we preach through books of the Bible, in order. Right now both parishes are going through the book of James. If, however, we were going through Romans, you can bet that the perversion of sodomy would be covered. Were we preaching through Genesis it would come up more than once. Were we preaching through Leviticus it would be mentioned as well. Surely we can agree that the pastor in this context has a duty to preach the whole counsel of God, even in the face of such laws. In like manner, “as much as is possible” does not allow us to set aside the clear and plain teaching of the Word of God.
We’re not respectable people. We don’t pick fights with our neighbors, but we do believe that children are a blessing. We don’t poke our friends in the eye, but we do believe husbands are called to lead their families. We don’t carry protest signs, but we are not carried away with their various forms of entertainment. And they will take offense. We are a weird bunch, or as the Bible describes us, a peculiar people. If we would be light in these days of darkness, we need to let that light shine. We need to finally understand that this mantle of respectability is actually a bushel we’re under. We need, in short, to be willing to be hated by the world, and that which is of the world in the church, for the sake of the world, those whom we are called to love. God will never honor our strategies. Indeed those dark clouds were formed out of our foolish notion that we need to become more like the world. What He will honor is courage and fidelity. What He will honor is broken and contrite spirits.

Great News from Massachusetts

It is now official, unless something really nutty happens, Chuck baldwin and Darrell Castle have made ballot access here in Massachusetts. At approximately 11:20am I was given the news at the Sec. of the Commonwealths office. 15267 certified signatures were counted. What a relief and a sense of joy ran all through me. A number of people have made this happen and I do want to say thankyou to all that put in a good effort to help us succeed. Now the real work must begin. We need to get his name known and that wont be easy without some help and input from those that would like to see this get a jump start.
The state of Massachusetts will have another choice besides the lesser of two evils. Chuck Baldwin and Darrell Castle are strong Constitutionalist, Strong on a National Defense, 100% Pro-Life, unlike the other combo parties, Pro America, truly Pro Family, against illegal immigration, the other 2 combo parties sure aint.
Are you sick of the 2 party system that in reality is nothing more than 2 wings of the same bird of prey, then checkout the Baldwin castle team at Baldwin2008.com.
Hope to see you at that polls
Rich Selfridge

Freedom is Golden

Congressman Ron Paul

As the Olympics wind down, I am amazed at how things change every four years.  Many Americans were glued to their televisions to watch the excitement from Beijing, and also heard announcers wax nostalgic with memories of times when the Soviet Union was the USA’s biggest competitor for Olympic gold.  There was a time when it was unthinkable that a government as powerful as that of the Soviet Union’s could possibly crumble, yet crumble it did.  The irony is that the strength of the Soviet government was also its weakness, as no country, no economic system can remain strong under the crushing burden that is central planning.

Central Planning is sold to a hopeful people as a way to solve societal problems, to right wrongs, and bring about perfect justice and equality.  Central Planning promises you everything you are entitled to.  As a bonus, goods and services produced by others are added to the list of commodities that everyone has a “right” to.  Suddenly everyone is entitled to healthcare, housing, education, food, et cetera.  It might sound nice that the state will magically provide all these wonderful things, but these rosy promises mask a dehumanizing, ugly reality.  The other side of these entitlements is that now the doctor, the builder, the teacher, the farmer are slaves to the all-powerful state.  No longer do they serve patients, students, or customers.  They work in complete obedience to the state, their only customer.

Central planning will tell you that you are entitled to many things.  Liberty tells you that you are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; to whatever you earn, and nothing that you don’t.  While it may seem harsh to some, we must look to basic economic truths and to history to see which model is cruel and which model is kind.

The truth is that central planning cannot provide for economic success like freedom can.  Central planning makes promises it cannot possibly keep.  We live in a world of unlimited wants and limited resources.  If you put a massive and powerful government in charge of distributing those resources, it is not a surprise that government and those in bed with government are first in line for those resources.  The poor and the middle class – the most hopeful and trusting – are hurt the most, as the state always underestimates their needs and overestimates their ability to pay taxes and absorb inflation.

The Soviet Union’s collapse is a dramatic example of the failure of central planning. Americans celebrated this collapse, not only because it meant less competition for Olympic gold, but it provided hope that with the end of the Cold War, our policy makers could drastically reduce overseas commitments and out of control military budgets.  Most especially, we celebrated because with the collapse of Soviet communism it was apparent that liberty, not central planning, is stronger.   Freedom empowers the individual.  Central planning dehumanizes the masses.  There may always be a struggle for power and government, but for this reason, freedom will always win out in the end.  And as we celebrate the accomplishments of our individual athletes in Beijing this year, we must continue to go for the gold here at home, and keep the flames of liberty burning bright.

John McCain Pro Life? What A Joke!

Chuck Baldwin
August 22, 2008

Once again, “pro-life” Christians are doing back flips to try and justify their compromise of the life issue by trying to convince everyone (including themselves) that John McCain is truly pro-life. However, these same people know in their hearts that John McCain shares no fidelity to the life issue in any significant or meaningful way. Like many in the Republican Party, McCain’s commitment to life is about as deep as a mud puddle.

Dare I remind everyone that the “pro-life” GOP controlled the entire federal government from 2000 to 2006 and nothing was done to overturn Roe v. Wade or end legal abortion-on-demand? When George W. Bush took the oath of office in January of 2001, over one million innocent unborn babies were being murdered in the wombs of their mothers every year via legal abortions in this country. And when George W. Bush leaves office in January of 2009, over one million innocent unborn babies would still be murdered in the wombs of their mothers every year via legal abortions in this country. Eight years of a “pro-life” President and six years of the “pro-life” GOP in charge of the entire federal government and not one unborn baby’s life has been saved. Roe v. Wade is still the law of the land, and abortion-on-demand is still legal in America.

Had John McCain and his fellow Republicans truly wanted to end legal abortion, they could have passed Congressman Ron Paul’s Sanctity of Life Act. Year after year, Dr. Paul introduced this bill, and year after year, it sat and collected dust in the document room on Capitol Hill.

What would Congressman Paul’s bill do? It would do two things: 1) It would define life as beginning at conception and, thus, declare the personhood of every pre-born child. 2) Under Article. III. Section. 2. of the U.S. Constitution, it would remove abortion from the jurisdiction of the Court. In practical terms, Dr. Paul’s bill would overturn Roe v. Wade and end legal abortion-on-demand. So, where was John McCain? Why did he not support Ron Paul’s bill and introduce a companion bill in the U.S. Senate?

How can John McCain, and his fellow Republicans in Washington, D.C., look pro-life Christians and conservatives in the eye in 2008 and expect that we take them seriously when they say that they are “pro-life”? If the GOP had truly wanted to overturn Roe v. Wade and end legal abortion-on-demand, they could have already done it. They controlled the White House, the U.S. Senate, and the House of Representatives for six long years, for goodness sake. The reason they did not do it is because they did not want to do it. They merely want to use “pro-life” rhetoric as a campaign tool to dupe gullible Christian voters every election year. And the disgusting thing about it is–it works.

The vast majority of notable “pro-life” leaders in the country are now trumpeting the candidacy of John McCain. And the best challenge they can come up with is “McCain better not pick a ‘pro-choice’ Vice President.” Oh, shut up (to quote Jay Leno)!

John McCain openly embraces embryonic stem cell research. In 2000, he boldly said he did not favor the overturn of Roe v. Wade. John McCain was a member of the infamous “Gang of 14” senators from both parties whose purpose was to oppose pro-life, strict constructionist judges.

Speaking of judges, John McCain voted for the pro-abortion justice, Stephen Breyer, and the radical, pro-abortion, ACLU attorney, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. So much for the argument that we need John McCain for the sake of appointing conservative justices to the Supreme Court. For that matter, Republican appointments dominated the Court that gave us Roe v. Wade and the one that later gave us Doe v. Bolton. Proving, once again, that the Republican Party, as a whole, has no real commitment to the life issue.

John McCain also gave us McCain-Feingold. This is the law that keeps pro-life or pro-Second Amendment organizations from broadcasting ads that mention a candidate by name 30 days before a primary election or 60 days before a general election. This proves that John McCain believes neither in the right to life nor the right to keep and bear arms. (This is one reason why the Gun Owners of America gives McCain a grade of F.)

In a debate with George W. Bush in May of 2000, John McCain attacked Bush’s support for the pro-life plank in the Republican Party. Still today, John McCain believes that babies who are conceived via rape or incest should be murdered. I remind readers, however, that there are no “exceptions” in the womb, only babies.

If all of the above is not enough, as a senator, John McCain has repeatedly voted to fund pro-abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood with federal tax dollars. In fact, McCain has voted to use federal tax dollars to support abortion providers at home and overseas. Yes, this “pro-life” senator (along with “pro-life” President, George W. Bush) has significantly increased federal spending for abortion providers to levels eclipsing even the appropriations authorized by President Bill Clinton and his fellow Democrats.

John McCain also supports the United Nations, which not only works to strip the United States of its independence and sovereignty, and banish our right to keep and bear arms, but is also the most radical, pro-abortion organization in the entire world. More babies have been aborted around the world under the auspices of the U.N. than any other single entity.

Tell me again, Mr. Christian Leader, how “pro-life” John McCain is. What a joke!

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Understanding Our Times: Pastor Tony Romo

Today’s Guest Host is Pastor Tony Romo – the pastor of the South Pointe Baptist Church in Pelzer, South Carolina, operates the The Patriot Pulpiteer website and is also active in the Constitution Party.

Broadcast – Understanding Our Times

Website – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/understandingourtimes

Time – Saturday, August 23, at 4:00 pm EST/3:00pm CST

Length – 30 Minutes   

Call-In Phone Line – (347) 945-7171

You can join us live Saturday afternoon at 4:00 pm EST, or download the broadcast in mp3 format at a time more convenient for you.

“Understanding Our Times” is an interactive, live Internet talk-radio show that focuses on current events from a distinctly Biblical worldview. Host Kevin Thompson offers listeners timely discussion of meaningful issues with a variety of different guests each week. Callers are encouraged to call (347) 945-7171 to listen or ask questions. The stream and archives are available at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/understandingourtimes. The show is live every Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. Eastern/ 3:00pm/ 1 p.m. PT. The show is hosted on BlogTalkRadio.