Is Barak Obama A Real Christian Or Just A Christian To Get Elected?

Here’s what Barak has said.

“Jesus is a historical figure for me, and He’s also a bridge between God and man … and He’s also a wonderful teacher.” Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man.
“I believe there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power.” There is salvation in no one else except through Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son.
“I’m a big believer in tolerance. I’m a progressive Christian.” While we should respect everyone’s beliefs, we can’t respect everyone’s conduct.
“I find it hard to believe that my God would consign four-fifths of the world to hell.” The path to salvation is open to all, but it is narrow, excluding all who reject God’s free gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ.
“Parts of the Bible may be modified to accommodate modern life.” Extreme caution is needed here, as we have a mandate to “rightly divide the Word of truth.”
“What I believe in is that if I live my life as well as I can, I will be rewarded. I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die.” Salvation comes as a result not of good deeds we do but totally as a gift of God received by faith and with a certainty of heaven upon one’s death.
“Those opposed to abortion cannot simply invoke God’s will—they have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths.” At conception, a separate human being is created in God’s image and deserves full protection and care until the child is born.
Regarding homosexuality and gay marriage, “I am not willing to accept a reading of the Bible that consists of an obscure line from Romans to be more defining of Christianity than the Sermon on the Mount.” Throughout the entire Bible, the practice of homosexuality is declared as sinful and contradicting of God’s design for human relationships, marriage and family.

Most breast cancer patients who get preventive double mastectomy don’t need it

Angelina Jolie(BrightCitizen.com)  CBSnews recently reported on breast cancer.  In their article opening they say,

Most breast cancer patients who opt for prophylactic mastectomy — surgery to remove their healthy breast as a precaution — are actually at very low risk for breast cancer recurrence. A new study, published today in JAMA Surgery, found that as many as 70 percent of women who opt for contralateral prophylactic mastectomy — removing both the cancerous and normal breast — don’t actually need it because their chance for developing the disease again is quite low.  More here.

When one known actress Angelina Jolie announced a double mastectomy, we thought it a bit fearful move.  This news seems to confirms that initial conclusion.

Amazon, The Near Monopoly And Backstreet Bully

Jeff Bezos(BrightCitizen.com)  Amazon, the retail window for nearly 1/3 of America’s book selling is bullying.  What is happening?  Amazon is  discouraging customers from buying books by Malcolm Gladwell, Stephen Colbert, J. D. Salinge, and many others.  Why?  

These books are under the large publisher Hachette.  Hachette publishes under various brands, but Amazon is trying to force them to bow to their sales power and demands.  So how do they do it?  When you search for the Stephen Colbert book on Amazon.com, they have raised the price by $2-5 dollars more than Barnes & Noble.  However, if you really want to buy it, the king of 2-day shipping says you will need to wait several weeks to receive your product.

This raises concerns among publishers as well as their customers.  Amazon is just becoming a bit too powerful.  Even ultra-left New York Times is writing about it here.  Others are saying it’s time for the  US government antitrust auditors to visit the Seattle-based Amazon.  However there could be fear of Amazon and the Jeff Bezos empire.  After all, he now owns WaPo (the Washington Post) in Washington DC and may pressure them much like William Randolph Hearst flexed his media muscles in years past.

Will The True False Teacher, Please Stand Up? Insights On Hank Hanegraaff And Michael Houdmann

religious-bigotry(BrightCitizen.com) For years, American’s have put up with a lot of negativity and personal attacks on politicians by other politicians.  This is something that is common here in America as well as abroad.  Unfortunately, politics are a way of life anywhere that there are a large number of people.  Another problem is that personal attacks have not been limited to politics.

America is known as originally being established by Christians fleeing the tyranny of the United Kingdom.  Therefore, a huge part of the success of America is it’s freedom of religion.  America has grown due to the freedom for American’s to pick a church to attend that suits them, or not to attend church at all.  The majority of American’s go to church every Sunday but that number is changing.

Despite that freedom, there are religious witch-hunters in America trying to impose their views of God on others who unfortunately bring politics into the Christian realm.  There are those who preclude that they have all the answers and their interpretations on the Bible is God’s truth.  Unfortunately, this has brought much anger and resentment in the body of Christ.

Two such examples are Dutch immigrant Hank Hanegraaff and Colorado-based Michael Houdmann.  Both men, seem to have self-endowed authority to interpret the Bible as they see fit and impose their views on Christians.  Hank is known for his influence in the US through his Christian Research Institute (CRI) and American Bible Answer Man talk show.  Michael imposes his views through his GotQuestions.org and family of other related websites he runs.  Both men solicit funds through their websites, while critiquing others who do the same.

Instead of fostering unity among the various groups of believers, both men are busy deciding who is a cult and what group is not a cult.  What is God, and what is not God.  Combined the two men make very divisive and questionable statements such as

The list of debatable topics goes on and on and frustration has hit the wall.  Have the religious crucifiers reappeared?  Those such as the Pharisees who studied the law so much but didn’t recognize Jesus when He came?  Christians have become frustrated with this misinformation and are beginning to see people who criticize Bible-based Christians as being false as a source to be re-evaluated.  The tables have turned and the self proclaimed Bible experts are no longer the ones labeling people false teachers.  Both Hanegraaf and Houdman have been labeled false teachers themselves.  Pastors, teachers and other church leaders have risen up and started calling them out on their divergent and divisive Bible teachings of those who are in ministry and serving.

Rather than fingerpointing and name-calling, it is a good idea for the group to evaluate themselves before calling someone else false or of the devil.  America needs that freedom to worship again and people need to recognize just because someone’s beliefs vary from yours, that doesn’t make them false.  Especially, when they have Biblical precedent to stand on and your judgment is based on your interpretation.  Besides isn’t it the Christians who are supposed to love each other?  Well then, one might ask, “Who are the true Christians?”

Michael Houdmann
http://www.thepathoftruth.com/falseteachers/s.michael-houdmann.htm
http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/got-questions.htm
http://www.alankurschner.com/2013/05/22/got-questions-a-quick-reply-to-s-michael-houdmann-on-his-slipshod-misrepresentation-of-the-prewrath-position/

Hank Hanegraaff
http://thewartburgwatch.com/2010/03/03/hank-hanegraaff-and-my-confusion/
https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/379-hank-hanegraaff-and-the-christian-research-institute
http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/hank-hanegraaff.htm