Saturday, October 3, 2015

Stand Up: Daniel 3

As a believer in Jesus Christ, one will encounter situations in life where the values and principles of God's Word stand opposed to the values of the world system in which one lives, works, and experiences life. By nature this conflict must take place as the believer in Christ no longer conforms to the patterns of this world but is transformed by the renewing of his mind in, and through, Christ Jesus (Romans 12:1-2). Thus, the believer must come to a place of understanding where he/she is ever aware of the fact that, because of your acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, you do not belong to the present world. Your eternal citizenship is with God Almighty in heaven but your current physical state requires you to be alive in a world that is diametrically opposed to everything you represent through Jesus Christ. So naturally, the questions then become "How do I live in a world that represents everything opposed to my nature?" or "How do I continue to live in a world where God's standard says "no" but the standard of the world declares "yes," and vice-versa. As with any question of this magnitude, it is critical one approaches Scripture as the authority. In other words, what principles of Scripture shed light upon this topic? Regarding the topic of living in a culture opposed to the holiness of God, one should look no further than the book of Daniel.


In Daniel 3 we encounter the story of Nebuchadnezzar's Fiery Furnace. In order to understand fully this account of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego one must take into consideration the historical and cultural backgrounds that influence the story. To begin with, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were not natives of the kingdom of Babylon. Rather, from Daniel 1 we discover they were Israelites taken captive when Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, invaded and conquered the city of Jerusalem. During this conquest Nebuchadnezzar ordered that young men from the royal line and the noble class be gathered and trained to serve in the king's service. Among those collected by this edict were Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, but their names were changed to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, respectively. In an effort to remove any cartoonish ideas from our minds we must study this account as an actual historical event involving living human beings, physical locations, and authentic circumstances. Therefore, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were three men who were taken as captives from their home city of Jerusalem into the foreign land of Babylon—they were slaves. These young men were stripped of their families, their freedom, their country, their social standing, and even their names. Then these young men were thrust into a culture of paganism, immorality, and idolatry and required to study the customs, rituals, literature, and interworking core of this culture so that they could serve the king and his desires. These young men were surrounded by a culture that stood in direct opposition to God Almighty whom they served.


When one reads Daniel 3 the conflict between the standards of God and the whims of a pagan king is undeniable. King Nebuchadnezzar had an idol of gold measuring ninety feet high constructed so that at his command all people would bow down and worship the idol. And, to condense the story, the king gave the order for the music to play so they people might know that it was time to bow in worship and all the people fell down except for three young men. As the people throughout the plain of Dura were down in worship of the golden image, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah remained standing. Remember these young men were only captives of war, disposable slaves, and nameless servants in the eyes of pagan Babylon. Yet it was those of such low position in culture and society who made a choice to honor God Almighty and His standard of holiness above the statutes of a pagan king.

By definition, God's holiness demands that we honor Him above those items the culture of the world demands we accept. Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah made a bold declaration to honor God above the sin of their surrounding culture. This declaration, founded upon the holiness of God, was displayed with actions. Believers in Jesus Christ today can learn a deep spiritual truth from the actions of these young men in Daniel 3. The spiritual truth is this: we live in a culture that is corrupt and sinful, a culture that promotes a standard that is contrary to the holiness of God, but believers must possess boldness and act in accordance with God's standards even when the rest of society is bowing in worship to any given idol. Boldness founded upon God Almighty is how believers operate in pagan culture. The word "bold," as defined by Merriam-Webster can have several different meanings. One of these meanings is "not afraid of danger or difficult situations." If one's allegiance is to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, then there is no situation too difficult for God to handle. Thus, one's focus should be upon making a bold declaration for Jesus Christ in the midst of a society that is diametrically opposed to God and his holiness.    

James Christopher Powell has served as assistant minister in Northwest Florida for ten years. 
He studies at The Baptist College of Florida where he is working on a Master's degree in Christians Studies.
He married his wife Jennifer in March 2014.

Friday, October 2, 2015

WHAT IS GOING ON IN SYRIA? Has Russia Declared War on America?

Technically, Russia has declared war on America by attacking our allied forces in Syria. See:  

Thankfully, Obama and the current Congress (as a whole) are either too stupid to know that, too cowardly to do anything about it other than talk or Congress is smart enough to do nothing about it because Congress knows they, doing Obama's dirty work, have armed America's enemies and Putin is killing our enemies.   What a mess Obama is making.  What a tragedy the Congress is letting him do it.  The whole scenario is insane.  This can only be demon directed.  Nothing else makes sense. 

The world news can leave one's head spinning for two reasons. First, it is surreal.  Obama, the Democrats in Congress along with a few Republicans and the voting Democrats in America are working hand-in-hand to destroy America. If you are not a Muslim, to try to destroy your own country is downright insane especially when your country is the greatest country on the face of the Earth.  Second, Obama is, obviously, pro-Muslim, therefore everything he does has to be filtered through the prism of Islam.  Those who do not understand Islam are easily confused by Obama's actions at home and abroad. 
To make sense of world events, the first thing one has to do is understand Muslim politics and religion (Islam) from the Muslim (Koran) point of view.

   1.  Islam is the only viable religion.
   2.  All who are not Islamic deserve punishment, torture and death.   
   3.  All Islamics are to be devoted to the world political conquest by Islam no matter how many generations it takes.
   4.  Lying to further Islam is a godly thing to do.
   5.  Any act that furthers Islam is a holy act.
Whenever Obama is involved, you can be sure those five realities are at play no matter what the subject or where the action is taking place.

On national (American) matters the best way to reach all of these goals is to foster the following:

   1. Socialism to replace Capitalism.
   2. The collapse of the dollar. (The destruction of the American financial system.)  
   3.  Import as many Muslims into America (and every non-Muslim country) as possible by every means possible and as fast as possible.
   4.  The removal of the Constitution.  (The destruction of the American political system.)
   5.  Defend Islam.
   6.  Do all things possible, legal or illegal, to ensure a Democrat President or a Republican President who can be controlled by the Democrat agenda.
   7.  Remove the God of the Bible from the social structure of the Country.

On the world scene there is only one goal and that is to get Muslims (Islamics) in control of all governments.  This goal is shared by Obama. 
What is  happening in Syria right now?

Obama has armed terrorists (with American tax-payer money) in an attempt to overthrow the current leader of Syria (Assad) and replace him with so-called "moderate" Muslims. However, Obama has convinced Congress that his (Obama's) goal is to overthrow ISIS. Not so.  Obama's goal is to pretend he is anti-ISIS, arm "moderate" Muslims (ISIS sympathizers but not ISIS members) and overthrow Assad with the moderate Muslims or ISIS; Obama does not care which group overthrows Assad as long as Muslims are in control of Syria.  If the moderates and ISIS wants to fight it out for control of Syria, Obama, while favoring ISIS would still be happy if the moderates were in control, because both ISIS and the moderates want America as a Muslim country.  ISIS is more cruel compared to the moderates.  That is what makes the moderates, moderate!  

Putin is positive towards Assad because there is oil in Syria that Russia wants. So, Putin is helping Assad kill the moderate-Muslims and ISIS.  

Obama is mad because Putin is attacking American-funded moderates.  If Putin wins, neither ISIS or the moderates will be in control of Syria and since Assad is not interested in destroying America and turning it into a Muslim country, Obama loses because America will not be attacked by Syria in a Muslim-based war or ongoing terror attacks. 

What is happening now in Syria is the ongoing results of Obama's effort to bring more of Islam to America and America, eventually, under Muslim dictatorship.  Actually, once Islam is understood and it is understood that Obama is pro-Muslim (pro-Islam) what is going on in America and around the world is relatively easy to comprehend. In order to make sense of the world, the first thing you have to understand is that Obama, the Democrats in Congress and many of the Republicans in Congress are anti-American.  They are downright evil creatures.  I know that is hard to believe.  Believe it.  Mix these evil beings with the evil of Islam and the world situation begins to make sense.  Without these two realities understood, nothing make sense.  What we are experiencing is a taste of Hell.  This is the Obama-change so many voted for and the kind of change Democrat votes will vote for in 2016.  Not too smart!

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Rev. Joda Collins
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Thursday, October 1, 2015

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