TED CRUZ ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY THREATS

Cruz “is probably the one most people trust to do what he says he would do,” Vander Plaats said.

Before Cruz addressed the Values Voter audience, he attended a press conference organized by the Liberty Institute, a legal group that has defended Christians involved in legal disputes. The group’s leader, Texas attorney Kelly Shackelford, praised Cruz for being involved in religious liberty cases long before his political career.

“Before Sen. Cruz was ever thinking bout running for office … he was one of the best appellate attorneys in the country, and he was donating his time — literally hundreds of thousands of dollars of time — for religious freedom cases,” Shackelford said, noting their work together on legal proceedings around the case of the Mojave Memorial Cross.

Cruz stood with Navy chaplain Wes Modder, who was recently cleared by Navy Personnel Command in a case where he was accused of misconduct for counseling Marines against premarital sex and homosexuality, and with Liz Loverde, a New Jersey college student who said in 2014 that her high school forbade her to create a Christian club.

“These are real people,” Cruz said at the press conference. He spoke of a recent gathering in Iowa that he attended where a crowd of 2,500 heard from nine other individuals in religious liberty disputes. Cruz said the evidence is clear that Christians are being told they cannot exercise their faith.

“For every sneering media reporter who claims there are no threats, look in the eyes of these heroes, one after another after another, who simply stood for their faith and lost their jobs and faced persecution and faced death threats,” Cruz said.

“These threats are real. They’re growing. And yet we will stand and fight to defend our liberty. And I’ll tell you, the worse it gets the more of an awakening you’ll see,” he said.

MARTYRS IN THE YEAR 2015

“ON JUNE 30 EACH YEAR, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome, sometimes call the ‘protomartyrs.’ These are the men and women who were martyred under the Emperor Nero after the great fire in Rome in July of the year 63AD. The Roman historian Tacitus describes what happened.  A great multitude of Christians were arrested and then executed. ‘Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired.’

Horrible as that must have been, the number of martyrs in first century Rome pale in comparison to the number of martyrs in first century Rome pale in comparison to the number that have attained, and continue to attain, martyrdom in our own time.  We only have to look back over the last several months for descriptions of martyrdoms as shocking as those described by the Roman historian.  Allow me just a few examples.

In February of this year, 21 Coptic Christians were brutally executed in Libya.  In March, suicide bombers attacked two Christian churches in eastern Pakistan killing 15 worshippers.  In April, some 30 Ethiopian Christians were murdered.  Also in April, 148 young students were killed in Kenya.  The Open Doors charity recorded 1,062 churches being attacked in 12 months.  This same organization can confirm that 4,344 people were executed for their Christian faith in 2014, more than double the number for 2013.  They report that the numbers are likely much higher, but they only use figures that can be verified.  The Holy Father made repeated reference to these atrocities during Holy Week this year and called for a response.  But what is the Christian response in the face of persecution?

The altogether human, common sense response is to hope for an opportunity for revenge, even if it is often called ‘justice’. But Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi, Kenya, offered an additional suggestion during his visit to Garissa University College, where the 148 students had been martyred.  After praying with families at the morgue, the cardinal said in an interview with The Associated Press that parents of the dead were going through a very trying time and that what the attackers did was horrible, but he held out hope that the militants would repent.  ‘Let us pray for your enemies, so that they can change.  As Christians, we are told to forgive those who sin against us.’  I wonder how many people would have proposed prayer for the killers as a response to this atrocity.

It is a radical response and certainly not ‘common’ sense.  But God’s ways are not our ways, and God’s thoughts are not our thoughts.  Could it be true that only love will change the hearts of enemies as, indeed, Jesus said?”  by Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Henchal. Harvest Magazine -July/August 2015

QUESTION:  DO YOU THINK IT CAN HAPPEN IN THIS COUNTRY?  Where are we in the U.S. in the 5 steps to Persecution?  When military pastors are being reprimanded and kicked out of the service for preaching the word of God to our military men and women, along with forced removal of crosses, etc.  What next, who will be the first priest or minister to be jailed? Check this out:    http://wdtprs.com/blog/2015/06/5-steps-of-persecution/ just copy and paste.

MEDITATION OF THE DAY-WHY THOSE WHO DO THE FATHER’S WILL…

WHY THOSE WHO DO THE FATHER’S WILL ARE JESUS’ MOTHER AND BROTHERS

The first lesson us by Paul is that we are called to the grace of baptism not because of the merits of our good works but solely because of the goodness of God, NOT BECAUSE OF ANY RIGHTEOUS DEEDS WE HAD DONE BUT BECAUSE OF HIS MERCY…Peter and Andrew are called, not from the Temple where they were praying or sacrificing or engaging in works of piety and mercy and love, but called from the sea where they were rowing and diligently plying their trade of catching fish. Fishing requires no special kind of lowliness and virtue.

Moreover, Paul tells us that in baptism a regeneration and renovation takes place through THE BATH OF REBIRTH AND RENEWAL BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, which makes us very like to Christ in our life, our conduct, and our works, because it was to this that we have been predestined.  Consequently, he writes to the Galatians: ALL OF YOU WHO ARE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST HAVE CLOTHED YOURSELVES WITH CHRIST. To clothe oneself with Christ, however, means to reflect Christ and make him visible in our life and conduct…

If the virtue and righteousness and holiness of the Apostles and all the saints is merely imaginary, does that mean that Christ is, therefore, merely an imaginary Redeemer and Savior?  That Adam and Satan had much more power to destroy than Christ and God have to save?  If the power of the Holy Spirit in the Apostles was only imaginary, how were they able to perform real works of virtue? Can an imaginary or a painted tree bear real fruits?… These are fruits that were truly present in the Apostles… The Apostles and countless martyrs have already laid down their lives for Christ and suffered cruel torments for the sake of righteousness with great patience and strength of soul and constancy and, even more, with love and a spirit of joy…and with a great desire to suffer even much more.

Saint Lawrence of Brindisi.(1697) was minister general of the Capuchins.(Magnificat)

O GOD, OUR HEALER AND OUR GOOD

I WILL HEAL THEIR FEFECTION, I WILL LOVE THEM FREELY (Hos. 14:5)

I SAW my people’s ways, but I will heal them and lead them: I will give full comfort to them and to those who mourn for them. I, the Creator, who gave them life.  Peace, peace to the far and the near, says the Lord; and I will heal them. (Isaiah 57:18-19)

O GOD our Healer and our Good, you sent your Son to cure the world’s sickness by taking upon himself the burden of its guilt. Heal the diseased vision that causes us to mistake evil for good; heal the sickened mind that causes us to mistake selfishness for love; head the unhealthy habits that we have made our own, so that we may stand before you, whole in body; soul, and spirit, to sing your praise for ever with all the saints, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

GAY MARRIAGE-MORE PROBLEMS TO COME

THIS FROM THE AVE MARIA RADIO SITE: https://avemariaradio.net/for-next-step-towards-equality-democrats-want-to-eliminate-these-two-words-from-federal-law/

As we pointed out yesterday in one of our featured articles yesterday (http://ow.ly/3y1zkF) the floodgates have opened on the many many ways that homosexuals and their allies seek to push their agenda far beyond “marriage.” Yesterday we pointed out that we now have to be worried about insurance coverage for Churches. Now two more stories today: 1) Democrats have proposed a new bill to strike the words “husband” and “wife” from all federal laws and 2) A homosexual man has filed a $70 million lawsuit against Bible publishers Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, alleging that their version of the Bible that refers to homosexuality as a sin violates his constitutional rights and has caused him emotional distress. Anyone who believed that the gay agenda was satisfied by the Obergfell decision was sadly mistaken.

GO TO THE AVEMARIARADIO.NET SITE TO READ MORE

SAME-SEX WEDDINGS AND HOW IT EFFECTS ALL CHRISTIANS

HERE IS THE BEGINNING:     https://avemariaradio.net/for-churches-that-wont-perform-same-sex-weddings-insurance-begins-to-look-iffy/

AND AGAIN:https://avemariaradio.net/against-a-growing-intolerance-christians-must-witness-christ-for-the-world/

Check these sites out.

Now, for any Christian that reads a Bible. Wonder where it talks about the sin of Gay Marriage. Of Course, it would never call it that, but look up Sodomy and Sodomites to understand this Bible verse:  Corinthians 6:9

“Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor sodomites nor thieves not the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God. That is what some of you used to be; but now you have had yourselves washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”    Paul’s words folks, no mine.

We need to keep in mind that God will forgive all of our sins if we but say we are sorry and ask for forgiveness and change the way we act.  No one is perfect, everyone has free will and Jesus came on earth to teach forgiveness.  But we cannot sugar coat what is right and wrong to make someone feel good.  It is our job as Christians to tell the truth.  It is the Church’s job to help people get to heaven.  The Church must instruct and tell the truth.  We are doing a disservice to let a homosexual couple think that such activities as copulation with members of the same sex is acceptable to God.  He loves them and will forgive them when they change their actions, but we do no one any favors by saying that marriage of homosexuals is acceptable, regardless of what the Court may rule.  As I said: “The Supreme Court is Ruling Against God,”

God bless you all.

SUPREME COURT NOT SUPREME BEING

The Supreme Court is not the Supreme Being. It can no more repeal the laws of nature, and nature’s God on marriage, than it can the law of gravity.

Under our Constitution, the court cannot write a law, even though some cowardly politicians will wave the white flag and accept it without realizing that they are failing their sworn duty to reject abuses from the court.

If accepted by Congress and this President, this decision will be a serious blow to religious liberty, which is the heart of the First Amendment. We must fight back.

My Plan to Fight an Out-of-Control Supreme Court

1) Executive Orders to Protect Religious Liberty

2) Promote & Support Legislation Protecting Religious Liberty

3) Impose Term Limits for Judges

4) Nominate Commonsense Constitutional Judges & Justices

5) End Judicial Tyranny & Restore the balance of power between the 3 branches of government

6) Pass a Constitutional Amendment Defining Marriage As Between One Man & One Woman

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