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The police have a baffling case on their hands. A 19 year-old, clean cut, athletic and studious Florida State sophomore had to be subdued by a canine and several police as he was trying to eat the face of a man he had stabbed to death. The man’s wife was also a victim. A neighbor survived the incident with stab wounds and was able to summon the police. Here’s a link to the story:

The mystery to the officers involved here is twofold:  what was the motive for this young man, who had so much to live for, to enter the garage of a pair of strangers and perform such grizzly acts.  They don’t get it. The second mystery is how strong the young man was in shrugging off their stun gun and requiring multiple officers to subdue him.  (Police report says that Harrouff was “abnormally strong,” incoherent and making “animal-like noises.”). They had his body checked for drugs, hoping that some type of substance high would give them insight into this crazy crime scene. There was no trace in his body. And the culprit (can’t really call him a suspect since he was caught in the act) actually told the police that at the site as if he was mocking their efforts.

This was not an underprivileged kid who had undergone a traumatic life. His father is a respected dentist. Their relationship seems to have been a good one. Why in the world would a decent kid be making headlines like these? Perhaps the details of this one are more gruesome, but there have been other killings by people who don’t fit the stereotype of an assassin.  Many people mention when asked why they did committed a heinous and senseless crime, “a voice told me to.” Hmmm.  Where could such voices come from? I have a suggestion in this situation.

For those beleaguered and baffled police detectives, perhaps they might look in the Bible at Mark chapter five for a possible explanation of Harrouff’s behavior.  “And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.”

I’m not a psychic, but I’ll make a prediction here. We will be seeing more and more bizarre crimes that make no sense and that will challenge the writers of Abnormal Psychology textbooks. The devil has operated by stealth through the years, cloaking his presence from the general populace. My opinion is that as we approach the end of times, Satan will openly compete for the hearts of mankind. Will defense attorneys soon be using the Flip Wilson (the devil made him do it) defense?   I don’t think so, since they still have the old reliable “insanity plea” as a get out of jail card. However I’m convinced with the continued usage of pharmakeia (drugs), dabbling in the occult, and apparently soon to burst on the scene, after school satanic clubs, the young people of our world will be opening themselves to the demonic realm. Society will suffer as a result, perhaps even to the point where those seeking answers will consider the possibility that there really is a devil, and he is trying to ruin the lives of every human on earth.

Want some more dependable witness than my opinion?  You should.  How about this three part series on the topic?

And the drug connection:

Fallout from Star Wars

I don’t often go to the movie theater any more unless a Christian film is playing on the big screen. I made an exception this weekend by donning 3-D glasses for the first time in my life and watching Star Wars The Force Awakens. In many ways it seemed like I was watching the original (minus the effect of feeling fighter jets flying through my stomach. 3D was a neat adventure but I won’t need to do it again). The new movie featured pretty much the same action routines and some plot similarities of the 1977 classic.  By the way, this editorial is not a review of Star Wars per se.  The main reason for me spending my time to pen this is the phenomena of the movie itself and Christian’s attraction to this kind of film. It grossed $120 million on Friday the 17th, the first film to bring in over a hundred million in one day. This brings to mind the word “mania” and makes this observation I’m making of some relevance.
As a maker of low budget, indie Christian films, I would be totally stoked with a film that brought in $50,000. That would probably be close to the same ratio of cost to revenue for Star Wars. I have to admit it pains me to see people flock to the theaters to see “cotton candy” movies while movies of substance and fiber and eternal consequences never make it to the theaters and the DVD collect dust in a warehouse.

Did I just refer to Star Wars as cotton candy? Yes, I did. Why? I enjoyed the movie as I was sitting in the theater, but upon exiting I immediately began to ponder how there was almost nothing to chew on mentally, spiritually, or emotionally. There was mostly a lot of mindless shooting going on, giving one the impression of watching a kid play a video game. The motivation for the incessant violence is not portrayed- which is maybe not a bad thing. The overriding theme is good vs evil. Perhaps evil is best portrayed as mindless attempts to destroy that which is good. One can’t help but notice the allegorical nature of the theme as the two sides of the force correspond nicely to the spiritual realm, which is divided between light and darkness. One can’t really derive their theology from this movie, but a watcher can’t help but ponder the existence and source of evil upon this planet. That’s a good start to finding God, but only one step on a long journey in discovering that evil and good are not forces like gravity but actually originate with real beings – God and Satan.
To those who worship the medium of film and television, I’d suggest you take a serious look at your lifestyle. We may not build altars in the hills and worship at them, but our modern culture has found a multitude of idols to take the place of the pagan practices.  If you’re more excited about the release of Star Wars than you are to share the gospel with someone who has a one way ticket to hell, I’d say you’re in danger of being lukewarm. Nobody would ever want to consider that those who consider themselves a Christian could miss the glory train to Heaven, but Jesus said that if you’re lukewarm, he’ll spew you out of his mouth. I know that contradicts the modern evangelist who says you can purchase your irrevocable fare to eternal bliss by simply reciting a prayer. You won’t find that formula in the Bible. In reality, a born again Christian becomes a passenger on the glory train the minute he or she truly turns his/her life over to Christ. If you think you can hang around the world and catch the last train out of town, I think you’re sadly deluded.
In this current world we have a major chasm between Christian groups who believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are still in operation today and those who are convinced those gifts ceased with the death of the apostles. My gut reaction in watching Star Wars is that those who think the Bible is all they need and that God neither speaks to us today nor works miracles among us correspond to the resistance fighters who just rely on their weapons and their own intelligence. And those who receive spiritual power through the Holy Spirit are the Jedi knights of the real world.  The only dialogue in the whole movie that stirred my soul came at the end. Hans Solo was questioned about the authenticity of the Jedis and he responded.  “It’s all true.”  I say the same thing to those who reject God’s involvement in our lives today. “It’s all true, but if you want to try to defeat the devil and win lost souls to the Kingdom on your own power, be my guest. I just pray that you’ll quit labeling as false prophets and teachers those who have found a better way of living and fighting  I’d hate you to be compelled to explain to God why you stood against those He called and gifted. Be a resistance fighter against the devil, but do it as a Jedi, with the force of the Holy Spirit giving you the power to overcome.

Saber rattling is coming out of Iran again. They are promising to exterminate the Zionists and free the Palestinians. If these threats were not so serious, I would find this a brilliant stand up comedy routine. Why would I find the concept of threatened genocide hilarious? First of all, let’s revisit that platitude, “He who does not know history is condemned to repeat it.”

Let’s look at some history you might not be familiar with – especially if you’re a young person. I’m sure things like this are not taught in schools anywhere – except probably in Israel. In 1948 the British vacated the historic land that had been deeded by God to the Hebrew slaves as they exited Egypt, wandered in the desert for 40 years trying to figure out if God was bigger than the giants who inhabited the Promised Land, and then finally, under new management as Joshua took the reins from Moses, crossed over the Jordan River to their new home in Canaan. The Jews supernaturally had been given back control of the land they had been driven from two millennium previously – just as it had been foretold in the Bible. The world should have been astounded. And the Arab world should have been a bit leery as several countries massed troops and armaments along the border awaiting the pullout of the British. Ironically not only did the British not lift a finger to protect the fledgling nation, they actually imposed an arms import embargo which kept the Jews from preparing for the onslaught of several trained armies. In the world of sports comparisons – this matchup would have been the Bad News Bears vs the New York Yankees – and the Yankees were allowed to put their entire roster on the field at the same time. Are you getting the point that the odds against the Jews were insurmountable? Virtually impossible, to the point of being in the ballpark of the odds of life springing up spontaneously from chemical soup.   Then a repeat with the odds not quite as stacked in the Arabs’ favor in 1967. Same results. And again in 1973. Forty-two years have passed since that last real war. In that time frame, Israel has developed some revolutionary and bleeding edge technology, including in the area of warfare. They no longer are defenseless.

Can we use the “M” word here? Miracle. The only explanation for the advent of life is God. The only explanation for the victory of a bunch of rag tag freedom fighters against trained armies with exponentially superior weaponry. God is standing on His promises. And His prophets have foretold the attack upon Israel by Persia (Iran) and other countries in the end of days. Are the Iranians incapable of understanding history and of reading prophecy? Or are they pushed forward in their path toward destruction of their own country by demonic forces which override common sense?

We Americans who love Israel are upset because our seemingly also demonically influenced president and congress, have all but emailed Iran the blue prints for nuclear weapons in addition to adding to our unpayable national debt to bankroll the purchase of the raw materials Iran needs to complete their goal. All in God’s plan too? We need to remember: The American government is not Israel’s protector. God is. Let’s sit back and watch and pray as the greatest story ever told ever written unfolds its conclusion.

Here’s a link to a story about the threats:

Getting discouraged because you aren’t getting the results you expect to from serving God? Join the crowd. Been there – done that – and keep doing it. I’m trying to stop.

Yesterday I heard a great true story on Joni’s Table Talk on Daystar with Terry Law of What an inspiring story.  Check him out at

My friend Emmanuel Olaleye shared this story with me. Probably not true but a great example of how God might work.

GOD KNOWS BEST One day a local evangelist bragged during a crusade that his God was more able than all the other gods in the town and the powers of the universe that the villagers worshiped put together. Just then, rainstorm sounds started sounding overhead, threatening the progress of the crusade. The evangelist lifted up his voice and declared with confidence that if the rains fell, then he wasn’t a man of God; he would stop preaching! Before he could finish his bluff, the rains began to hit the crusade grounds so vehemently, apparently in disregard to his declarations. The whole town left the crusade grounds to their houses, shaking their heads in disappointment and dismay. The evangelist, so distraught and angry, packed his belongings and left the town the next day. On his way through the next town, he checked into a local drinking spot and drank himself to stupor. As he laid on the ground cursing God, an old seedy looking man tapped him gently on the shoulder. “Man of God”, the old man began. But the evangelist quickly cut in, “don’t mention the name of God to me. He is fake. He is unreliable. I am no longer a believer in this God. A God who chooses to disgrace his servants. Leave me alone!” But the old man would not let him be. He continued,”I am the fetish priest in the village you just preached at. During your one week stay in that village, you destroyed all the charms i had made on the people for 45 years. Your prayers and your words always came with some fearful fire and power. I tried so many times to eliminate you but i couldn’t. My last chance came yesterday. I had loaded my gun with gun powder lying wait on the mountaintop where i had a very clear view of you. My plan was to shoot you from a distance since i couldn’t get close enough to you due to the fire around you. But just when i lifted the gun, the rains came from nowhere, wetting my gunpowder and covering you in a cloud so that i couldn’t even see you. All i saw was a bright man holding a sword in front of you. I was so terrified. I concluded that your God was indeed all powerful and Almighty. That is why i’ve been looking for you since then. I want to follow this your God!” The ex-evangelist bowed his head in shame! Dear friends, sometimes, it is just wise for us to believe that our Father knows the way He is taking us. We should just trust His leading. Let our boast be in the Lord, not in ourselves. If we decree a thing and it doesn’t happen, let us not see it as disappointment or dishonor from the Father. Let us just believe that the Father wants his perfect will to be done in all things.

Across the Great Christian Divide

Last Sunday I was one of those “first time visitors” in a church in a nearby community.  The sermon delivered by one of the associate pastors there did not really provide new information to me, but it was replete (that means full – just serving up a little vocabulary lesson with my spiritual message) with confirmations for my own views of the world and what is happening at such a dizzying pace. His theme centered around the parable of the ten virgins (which ironically I had just read the day before). The pastor pointed out forcefully that this parable deals with believers not unbelievers. Five of them (or fifty percent) were denied entry to the wedding feast because they had no oil in their lamps.

Here is that passage:  Matthew 25:10-12  10And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

Does it perhaps concern you that you might be one of the foolish virgins who failed to fill her lamp?  I think we must examine this situation and ask how one fills their lamp with oil. I’d very much like to attend that wedding ceremony. You can live your life the way you want to, but I’m here to warn you that you might want to do a bit of self examination (it is prescribed in the Bible).  Your eternal future is at stake. I’d suggest preparing for forever warrants a bit of your time and energy.

Clearly we have five women here who anticipated being involved in the wedding feast. They had maintained their virginity, thus punching their ticket. Right? Wrong! They needed to do more. They needed to get oil and pour it into their lamps. The directions on how to perform this are conspicuous by their absence in the context stated. That opens up a can of worms as everyone tries to fill in the gap. I’m going to give you my take on this.

Matthew 7:21-23 uses similar verbiage. ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’  OK. Here appears to be a clue. Practicing lawlessness appears to be a route to disqualification.  Also it says in verse 21 that those who do the will of the Father are the ones who will enter Heaven, aka the wedding feast in the virgin parable.

We live in a world where moral relativism thrives. Clarion calls to encourage humans to channel their efforts into pleasing God rather than pleasing themselves are not considered politically correct. You might take exception to what I’m saying here. That is your right. You also have the right to drop an anvil on your foot. Be assured, I will not suffer the pain directly of your idiocy if you attempt that. I do suffer from the pain of rejection when people lash back at me because I speak something that I believe is beneficial to them in the long run.  And I will suffer a bit from the pain of knowing you went to hell because you scoffed at my words and paid them no heed and they turned out to be guiding lights.

What I see in the current world is a division, a chasm that seems to grow wider every day. On one side of the chasm we have the world and its systems. On the other side are those who are embracing God and his word.  Notice I didn’t say Jesus. There are people who don’t embrace Jesus who are rejecting the world. Hopefully it’s just a matter of time before they do. On the other hand we have those who profess Jesus who are siding with the world. And they are trying to make it look like they are actually the true followers of Christ and that everyone else should follow their example.

Not everything that glitters is gold. Not everyone who says “I’m a Christian” really is.  Contrary to popular protestant doctrine, you don’t get to claim membership in the Jesus Club because you said a little prayer once upon a time.  Jesus said you will know disciples by their fruit and by their love for one another.  That opens up a new can of worms. I’m talking about the word “love.” How do we define true love? Find out in my next article, but until then, let me leave you with this thought:  “Be wary; false love will lead many to damnation.”

Yesterday I was in a funk and felt like punching something. I’m not a man of violence so I certainly was not looking for an actual human punching bag. However, as a blogger, a certain amount of punching is possible. I was tempted to write a blog about Donald Trump and to defend Megyn Kelly. Normally, apolitical is the best term to describe me. The thing that appalled me the most was Trump’s threat to run as an independent if he doesn’t win the nomination. That would be disastrous because it would hand the election to the democratic candidate. Barring a third party run, the only way the democrats can hold the White House in 2016 is through corruption. And they just might do that. The GOP’s choice might be totally irrelevant because they’re playing against a stacked deck. As a Bible believer, that makes total sense in the light of prophecy concerning the great tribulation. But what if America’s future is not locked in and God is not through blessing us yet?

What a difference a day makes! I’m out of my funk, but here I am writing a blog post about Donald Trump – but nothing like I had envisioned. First of all, I won’t be defending Megyn. She’s a big girl and can take care of herself. I will start with a statement that leans toward the negative side. Donald Trump is not the kind of man I look up to. I like my heroes noble and humble and courageous. Trump may qualify for one or two there, but certainly is not scoring in the humility column. As far as courage: it has been said that fools rush in where angels fear to tread, so his outspokenness doesn’t necessarily qualify as evidence of courage either. As for the nobility factor, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, but his remarks about Megyn’s because he didn’t like her debate moderating cast dispersions on his nobility. Suffice it to say that he is not the man I’d personally like to see winning the GOP convention. However: I received a reason to pause and ponder when I found this story

Is it possible that God would use a man such as Trump? I’m not putting God into a box. This certainly introduces a new plot twist. I’m really curious to see how the story ends.

Will God smile over a vampire story? I suppose it is possible – if the vampire is rescued from his bloodthirsty ways. Or at least the vampire is the villain. If you bring any other combination into play here, I think you’re playing with fire. Stop to think about it for minute. What does drinking blood represent??  If I have to tell you the answer to this question – then you’re not really a Christian. Do the research on people who have actually drunk human blood. Any glorification of people involved in this practice will be an abomination to God.
Perhaps Christians should tap into the market for books that glorify witches. That’s a lucrative market. People are obsessed with the occult. What is up with that? Perhaps Christian writers can focus on writing on the Supernatural – but from God’s perspective. There are people all over the world being delivered from demons, set free from addictions, and healed from illness and injuries. Where are the novels about that?  The Apostle Paul said “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
I have a feeling that vampires, and werewolves, and witches, oh my, are not included in Paul’s list. The concept that the market place should determine is absolutely ludicrous. Is that not a form of man passing judgment on God instead of the other way around?
On an important topic such as this one, I don’t spin off a few hundred words of opinion. This topic was worthy of a novel. I just finished it yesterday. It is called Against the Twilight. You will be able to download the eBook for free in a couple of weeks. In it I will weave my opinion mixed with scripture,drama, humor, and love. I pray that no reader will ever look at vampires in the same light (or should I say twilight) again.

American Injustice – Amishgate

I remember it vividly. I was stationed in the Los Angeles area as a missionary. A woman that I visited, tearfully told the story of her son being shot to death right on their front porch. This was the closest to crime I had ever been, especially a murder. The thing that disturbed me the most and scared her to death, was that the killer only got about eight years and that time was nearing its completion. She was afraid he would come back and get vengeance for her testifying against him. This was my first introduction to a judicial system outside of the textbooks and history books.

We often find criminals who have a rap sheet longer than their shorts getting off scott free or with minimum sentencing for crimes involving physical assault. Our prisons are teeming with convicts, and many that should occupy a cell, walk. But it seems that room can always be found for those people who cling to old fashioned notions of a Creator God who sent His Son to earth to die and to teach people to live. The latest example of that involves the Amish. Seems like they had a little disagreement in their ranks about cutting of hair and beards, and some people took it upon themselves to play the role of barber. For such heinous attacks, sixteen people are in jail or headed there. One sentence was fifteen years!!  Some women got seven years. And to add to the misery, they are not all being incarcerated in Ohio where they were arrested. Apparently Ohio outsourced some of the prisoners to distant states where relatives will never be able to visit. I’d like to issue a challenge to my Christian brothers who live near those prisons: Take the place of those family members who will not be able to lend support to their loved ones behind bars.

Read one article here:

Our judicial system is so out of whack it scares me. The first thing that should be implemented is a penalty for ludicrous lawsuits. Anyone pressing suit against someone else for vendetta reasons should be liable to pay all lawyer fees and court fees involved. The judges still have to be prudent about not letting these frivolous suits succeed. When I read about the woman who sued an RV company because they didn’t specify in their user manual that if the driver set the cruise control on and went back to get a cup of coffee in the back, the vehicle would not steer itself. She was awarded an exorbitant amount of money. I think some judges need to be on the other side of the bench. The mark of an advanced civilization lies in the wisdom of those who wear the black robes. From all the signs, our civilization is in free fall decay. The opportunities for the rich and powerful to prey upon the poor and the weak are becoming more numerous each day as a result of misguided jurisprudence.

I originally wrote this in 2009. Dusted it off for those who missed it then – which was probably the whole with the exception of six people. Even though the two key witnesses in this article are both deceased, the article is just as relevant today as then.

I just listened to the rendition of the song God Gave Rock and Roll to You by KISS. Ironic that they sang about God since the letters KISS supposedly represent Knights in Service to Satan. The term god is very generic. To a Satan worshiper, Satan is god. It is better we use the name Yahweh or Elohim or something. Anyway – that’s a discussion for another day. This is about music.

Chuck Colson wrote a column about the use of music in the church and the worship wars taking place. Chuck is much more eloquent than I on the subject, however, eloquence can’t be equated with truth. You can read his words at

In searching for the Colson article I ran across this one also by Colson dealing with music.

and one from Get Religion

David Wilkerson recently preached that music is taking over the church. His concern is that we are focusing on the music and not the creator. This is a form of worshiping creation instead of the creator, something done by pagans. That is cause for concern.

I know that some people choose their churches based on the music that is used in the services. Some churches offer multiple services, one with traditional music and one with contemporary music, so they can make both crowds happy. My church had a Saturday night service which featured loud and cool music. Does God care which songs we use to worship Him? Are hymns more pleasing to the Father than a chorus?

Do some risk the practice of the Pharisees who resisted any change in tradition if we choose to hang on to the hymns? There is a danger of that. Are drums and guitars evil whereas a piano is holy? I don’t think so. You can choose to disagree, but that doesn’t mean you are right. In the end, as with all such questions, what really matters is what God thinks and not what you and I think.

Perhaps we are entering a phase of the universe in which the final battle cry is about to be sounded. Is it possible that the focus is on battle music to help the army of God to gather together and brace itself for the fight ahead?  Drums have always been used in battle.Food for thought.

If the lyrics of the song promote worship of God and love of our fellow man, can they be wrong? The title of my piece concerns rock and roll. This is an area of more concern to me. I see Christian rock and alternative forms of music taking center stage – not much in church but outside of it. The topic of the evil of rock music has been debated since the Beatles. I grew up along with rock music, but I always found there was a darker side to the world of rock that repulsed me. You might say I liked the soft rock, which perhaps wasn’t even considered rock by the bad boys. They used the term bubble gum music.

I think that the world has much to learn about the impact of music on the human soul and spirit. Scientists have discovered that DNA is actually arranged in an order which would play classical music if the notes were produced audibly. The heavenly bodies have been discovered to all give off their own unique song.  Some music has been shown to impact plants and even non living things. Music is an integral part of God’s creation.

Experiments with plants have shown that hard rock music with emphasis on loudness, bass and strident sounds, and a lack of harmony and eloquence has a negative impact on growth and health. Rock music seems to lead to a frenzy of emotions and perverse behavior. So why did Christian musicians venture into this area? I actually like a group called Petra which have produced some very rocky tunes, but also have put out some beautiful songs. The rock songs are appropriate for battle but not for seeking that small still voice of the Lord. God said “be still and know that I am God.” That is not possible when your soul is agitated by sounds that make the listener hyper.

Now how do we determine if Amazing Grace or Shout to the Lord is healthier for our spirit? Perhaps it depends on the role that you play in the body of Christ. Not all body parts need and use the same thing. It might be possible that Hillsong is exactly what part of the body needs and the old hymns are exactly what another part of the body requires.

In the song God Gave Rock and Roll to You, one of the lyrics is that you have to have faith in a loud guitar.  Rest assured that there is no holiness in volume, and God is not into cool. No doubt he hates that word with a passion. I embrace the theory that each believer needs to examine himself to determine if anything is taking him closer or further away from God. It’s not about feeling good and being entertained. The purpose of the music is to put you in contact harmoniously with your heavenly Father.

I have discovered that when I listen to music, one or more of the songs stay with me for several hours or even into the next day. I might wake up with a song in my head. The tune and the message keeps playing over and over in my consciousness and unconsciousness. If the message of that song is good, I should reap the benefits of its influence. If the message is one of worldliness or even of evil, then the influence of those elements may impact my behavior and attitude negatively. I have arrived at the conclusion that music is like food. We can choose healthy food, junk food, or toxic food. Junk food is better for us than toxic, but God wants us to choose the best for our lives. You are what you eat, what you read, what you watch (movies, TV), and what you listen to. Make wise choices in each area if you want to be close to God.


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