U.S. Joins Alliance of Civilizations

 

“The Alliance of Civilizations is a special project of the UN Secretary-General which seeks to counter the cultural and religious forces which can lead to extremism and polarization in society, and works to actively engage governments in support of civil society projects that help bring communities together. The Alliance has already developed a number of partnerships with US-based organizations, and the entry of the US government into the Alliance is expected to lead to greater participation by US-based academic and research institutions, NGOs, businesses, religious and media groups.”

News article: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1005/S00300.htm

Here is a quote from the website for the upcoming AoC forum in Rio:

“The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations seeks to address widening rifts between communities and societies by reaffirming a paradigm of mutual respect among peoples of different cultural and religious backgrounds and by helping to mobilize concerted action towards this end.”

Here is a pdf of the High Level Group Report. Pages 47-48 contain some goals.

Here’s the government announcement: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/05/141812.htm

Please check out Paul Latour’s analysis and commentary in the comments section.

A Favorite Fishing Hole: County Fair

I was sitting down to rest at the county fair, watching thousands upon thousands of people from all over the world walk past me. I wanted to talk to them all. I wished I knew how to speak their languages. Behind each person’s beautiful eyes, lies an eternal soul with a destiny. What is this feeling? It is painful. It hurts. It is hard to describe. I prayed for His redeeming mercy. I prayed for those He would add to His Kingdom, and asked the Lord for opportunity to be a carrier of the Good News to His lost sheep.

First I went to visit my Senegalese friend who mans the “One Love-Bob Marley-Drugs as religion” booth. He immediately remembered our conversation from last year and brought up the things we spoke of. He introduced me to his friend, also from Senegal, then he asked me to tell them something important. I told him there is only one God, the God of Israel, the God of the Bible, the Lord Jesus Christ; the only One who can forgive sins. We talked about this for a while, until customers arrived. I gave him a Gospel website link. Maybe I’ll see him again next year.

At the “Legion of Mary” table, I talked to a young Catholic woman who tried very hard to convince me of the importance of “Roman Church tradition and Papal infallibility”; that Mary is the mediator between us and Jesus, and hears and answers our prayers. Mary was being exalted (as a “goddess”) at this table. I started with Jesus’ story of the rich man and Lazarus and then spoke Truth from Hebrews regarding Jesus being the only mediator (and Savior) between God and men. Then I shared my testimony of how after being told to work for my salvation by being a good Catholic, Jesus revealed Himself to me that salvation is through Jesus alone, by faith alone. I said I was telling her these things because I care about her and I could see she was becoming affected by what she was hearing. She said she would read the Bible for herself.

“I believe in Jesus, but I don’t know who he is. Who is he?” ~Joel

A man was standing there wearing a t-shirt that said, “My peace is growing”. He was also wearing a huge cross necklace. So I walked up to him and asked him what his peace was. He said, “I believe in Jesus but I don’t know who He is.” I told him I knew Who He is. He asked me to tell him! So I got to share the entire Gospel, starting with God’s attributes, and man’s sin, and judgment. Then I told him Who Jesus is, and what He did for us, that we might be forgiven by faith in Him. This man, named Joel, stood still soberly listening to every word about the One who came to bring peace between sinful men and the Holy God.

Sitting on a park bench I began a conversation with a man in Spanish. After sharing the Gospel with him for a while, I found out he is a J.W. He tried laying on the J.W. doctrine, but God helped me remember how to tell him that Jesus is God, (John1:1) as well as what He did, in Spanish.

A large group of teen boys were standing around, asking passersby a question. I went up to them and asked them what they were doing. They were seeing if anyone leaving had a carnival wristband they would be willing to give away to them. I hardly ever do “MDBs”, but I pulled out my two Obama millions from my bag and gave them to the boys. I can’t believe how excited they were. They kept asking me if they were real money! After asking them the “million dollar question”, one boy, Erik, answered, “I hope I go to heaven”. Of course, his hopes were based on his perceived goodness and the fact that he “does religion” according to tradition. This opened up the blessed opportunity to speak with this group of boys while they heard of the Attributes of God, the Truth of sin and judgment and the Hope of reconciliation through faith in Jesus Christ. Most of the boys took off but Erik remained with me- he wanted to hear more about forgiveness through the person and work of the Holy, Righteous, Merciful Lord Jesus.

U.S. Dept. of Peace

The campaign is on to establish a cabinet level U.S. Department of Peace. Introduced to congress by Dennis Kucinich, a U.S. Department of Peace (H.R. 808) would be dedicated to studying conditions that would promote domestic and international peace, as well as develop policies that would establish resolutions to national and international conflicts. This department would establish policy to create a “culture of peace”.

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The bill calls for “peace training and education” at all levels of society, the creation of the office of Secretary of Peace, the establishment of a U.S. Peace Academy, the institution of Peace Day and the establishment of policy for the prevention of conflict. The goal would be to prevent violence and conflict in all forms. Those who support this legislation state that violence occurs in forms other than physical; therefore this department would establish policy (“solutions”) that would prevent “verbal and emotional violence “ as well.

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God’s Word tells us that the reason for conflict, violence and evil in the world is sin and rebellion against God. We know that the only solution is the Prince of Peace, God’s Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. The real peace issue is whether a person has the forgiveness of sins (justification) that Christ provides to those who trust in Him. Real peace is the peace that is established between guilty sinners and a holy God, through the mediation and intercession of Jesus Christ, by the covenant in His blood, through faith.

What does a U.S. Department of Peace mean for us? If you read the bill, you will notice that the language suggests the probability of establishing laws or policies that would make the teaching, preaching and telling of the Gospel, illegal (thus “preventing religious conflict”). The Gospel brings peace for those who believe, and conflict for those who reject it. For those who are promoting the one world religion, the goal is to silence the message that Jesus promised would cause conflict (Matt.10:34), all for the goal of “world peace” and global spiritual unity.

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We know what our response to such legislation must be. By God’s grace, and by His Spirit, we must obey God rather than men and continue to be witnesses of the Gospel with boldness, humility, and compassion for the lost, declaring Peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Rom.5:1

Why Watch?

It was a wonder to watch this morning, as three world leaders addressed the large gathering of international dignitaries at Annapolis. They spoke the words that the Lord told us we would hear: “Peace and security!” Now, we have heard this before, but this phrase is being repeated with increasing frequency. Not just one person, but many are now saying this. They were also tossing around words like, ‘Jerusalem’. I say this soberly: it was a thrill to watch, because this was watching God’s Word come true.

I’ve heard Christians say that we are not supposed to watch, and that God does not want us to pay attention to these things happening in the world. I have heard them say God just wants us to live our lives.

Why watch? He told us things would happen. As we watch and see these things happen, we give glory, praise and worship to God who fulfills His Word exactly as He said He would. This also adds additional testimony to our witness as we point to prophecy that God is fulfilling, or has fulfilled. This gives glory to God.

Why watch? He told us things would happen that signify His return. These are signs of the times. We watch and see these things happening, and are comforted as we remember His promise to us that He will come again for us. This gives us encouragement.

Why watch? Ultimately, we watch because He repeatedly told us to. It is not only ‘ok’ for us to watch, but we are instructed to do so. Watch therefore..Matt.24:42. As we work at the tasks He has given us to do, and wait for Him, we also watch in wonder as scripture is fulfilled before our eyes. He told us to watch. This is a command He has given to us.

Therefore let us not sleep as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 1Thes.5:6.