It is one thing to bring fair criticisms against Israel. It is another thing to single out Israel for unrelenting, biased, and unfair criticism. And when an individual or organization continually treats Israel unfairly and brings false accusations against the nation, that individual or organization has gone beyond anti-Zionism.
I was attacked for rebuking a radical-right pastor who rejoices when gays are killed. You would think, then, that our tolerant LGBT friends would appreciate my approach. Not a chance! To them, I'm a homophobe of the worst kind.
We've been saying for years that there will be a pushback against LGBTQ extremism. And it's not because people are uncaring. Or intolerant. Or bigoted. Or unfair. Instead, the pushback comes as a rational reaction to the rising tide of transanity.
Today, there's a new type of conservative. Today we have conservatives who are atheists. And we have transgender conservatives. And gay conservatives. Some of them are even "married" to their same-sex partners. What are we to make of these new conservatives?
As followers of Jesus, how should we react to the news that Jesse Duplantis claims that God told him to buy a $54 million jet for his ministry?
What of the fact that Kim has been a murderous dictator? What of the fact that N. Korea has consistently been ranked the worst persecutor of Christians in the world? All that, to our knowledge, is undeniably true and utterly inexcusable. Could it be though, that Kim is a victim of his own propaganda as much as anyone?
I don't want to sound critical, and I'm not bitter or angry. But I am grieved. And burdened. The relative silence of our pulpits has helped plunged us into our current moral morass.
It starts with one outraged person. Then, the outrage gets reported. Next, it becomes a story. Then it becomes a cause. It's happening today, right in front of our eyes.
Was the ruling really that significant? Since it was so narrow in scope, should Christian conservatives really rejoice? Did the justices merely kick the can down the road?
The Supreme Court pushed back against the rising tide of anti-religious sentiments in America, ruling in favor of Colorado baker Jack Phillips. The court confirmed what I have said for years, namely, that LGBT activism is the principle threat to freedoms of religion, speech, and conscience in America.
I never thought I'd see the day when YouTube and Google were accused of homophobia, but that day has come. And somehow, I'm right in the thick of it. YouTube and Google are getting slammed for advertising one of my videos.
My time at the Christ at the Checkpoint (CATC) conference in Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, was both wonderful and terrible, powerful and painful. As I said to the leaders face to face, the people were even warmer than I expected; their positions even worse than I expected.
But what else is new? Bigotry against the left is indefensible. "You're fired!" Bigotry against the right is justifiable. "You're hired!" One is condemned. The other is commended.
I knew that President Trump was popular in Israel. I just didn't know how popular. Talk about enthusiastic support!
As we tried to leave quietly, one agitator started following me and yelling "Missionary!" in the crowded market place. He was then joined by other ultra-Orthodox Jews who started to surround me and challenge me. At that point, I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to share my faith boldly and clearly. I told them that, yes, of course, I believe in Yeshua (Jesus), and yes, I'm still a Jew.
"Forget about trying to get prayer back in schools. We need to start praying in our schools." I want to encourage committed Christian young people on our campuses throughout America to join together for a few minutes each day for prayer.
Maybe it's a matter of timing. Maybe I'm not giving this a fair shake. But whenever I happen to tune in to CNN, there's a panel of talking heads discussing President Trump and the porn star. Or President Trump and the Mueller investigation. Or President Trump and whether he'll be impeached.
The Yanny vs. Laurel debate has taken the internet by storm. The offshoot of all this is simple (and scary): Two sincere people can hear (or see) two different things at one and the same time, even though they're hearing (or seeing) the very same thing. But that does mean that all truth is up for grabs?
Things are falling into place just as scripted by Hamas. The terrorist organization recruits and sends its young men on suicide missions. Israel responds with the expected force. The media reports the events along anti-Israel lines. Then the nations of the world rise up to condemn evil Israel.
I hate the fact that so many Palestinian protestors have been killed or wounded in recent weeks. And I'm not saying that Israel has done everything right in the conflict. But for Hamas, this is the only way to defeat Israel. The strategy is as cynical as it is simple. Hamas cannot possibly defeat Israel militarily. Hamas can only win the propaganda war, the war of public opinion.
Is God finished with Israel? Is He done with the Jewish people as a people? Heaven forbid. All of Scripture and history shouts a loud "No" to this question.
I am absolutely thrilled that we have moved our embassy to Jerusalem. As I previously expressed, it is both the right and righteous thing to do, and President Trump deserves massive appreciation for his courageous act.
In a response to my recent article "Dispelling the Myths About NAR (the New Apostolic Reformation)," Holly Pivec states that they, like me "want to see 'constructive, fruitful interaction'" concerning NAR. She expresses concern that I have grouped them together with the hyper-critics (my term, not hers), and she believes my article was careless and inaccurate. Some of her concerns were flawed.
As followers of Jesus, should we "unhitch" ourselves from the Old Testament, as Pastor Andy Stanley recently claimed? God forbid. To do so is to make a grave mistake. It would be like "unhitching" our torsos from our legs.
To all the Never Trumpers and Trump-haters, it's time to give the man his due. Not only did he do the right thing in backing out of our deal with Iran but he stood in full presidential stature in denouncing this terrorist-funding regime and sending a message of hope and liberation to the people of Iran.