A Job for Europe’s Youth

A Job for Europe’s Youth

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From the March 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

Unemployment is sky-high among young people. The pope sees this as an opportunity. 

The most significant event threatening social cohesion in Europe today is unemployment—in particular, youth unemployment.

The most significant growth in the Roman Catholic religion—already apparent in this, the pope’s crusading “Year of Faith”—is the return of youth to Rome’s religion.

These two phenomena are powerfully connected.

High jobless rates among Europe’s youth are creating real problems. “[A]s Europe’s safety nets strain under the weight of austerity measures, more social and political unrest could arise,” Stratfor reported January 11. “Dramatically higher unemployment has been one of the main social consequences of the European crisis  … . The crisis has had an even greater impact in the eurozone [compared to the EU as a whole], where unemployment reached a record 11.8 percent of the labor force in November 2012, up from 7.6 percent in the third quarter of 2007. All told, more than 26 million people are out of work in the European Union.”

This situation tears at the stability and order in European society.

Enter the Catholic Church.

The Yearnings of Youth

It is not unusual for people to turn to religion as a panacea for ills in times of trouble. Such is the case in Europe today. Amid the ongoing European crisis, the Vatican has seized the initiative to mount its “Year of Faith” crusade—taking advantage of the euro crisis to rebuild its number of adherents.

As is to be expected, since the social crisis centers on the youth demographic, it’s European youth who are responding in droves to the pope’s appeals. This is preparing Europe for the fulfillment of certain Bible prophecies for our time.

The traditional religion of Rome held sway in Europe for nearly two millennia. In the 20th century, liberal-socialist academics and the intelligentsia became the prime teachers of youth. However, the failure of communism left a gaping hole in their arguments. Since the late 20th century, up-and-coming youth have increasingly wandered as a largely soulless generation without a moral anchor. Add the current economic crisis to the mix, and the inevitable result is a yearning for something to give life meaning.

This vacuum has particular resonance in Europe. “These high unemployment rates jeopardize Europe’s stability,” Stratfor rightly observed. “At the national level, persistent unemployment is threatening the survival of the traditional political elites. The pervasiveness of high unemployment provides fertile ground for ideas and parties on both the right and the left that reject the establishment.”

Throughout his many writings, homilies and general appeals both to the faithful and to lapsed Catholics, Pope Benedict xvi is threading a message against the traditional establishment of the West—in particular the Anglo-Saxon model. He has called for a new world order—an order based on the Catholic Church’s own social chapter.

In his encyclical “Caritas in Veritate,” Benedict put forward Rome’s social chapter as the solution to global crisis. Many—especially European imperialist elites—are read this as the only way out of the globe’s endemic crises.

Such a vision has revolutionary appeal to a youth wandering in the darkness of a moral and social vacuum, seeking to embrace a reason for living. Hence the charge of the youth into mother Rome’s arms—only a few months into this Year of Faith.

Benedict’s Experience

Like his predecessor, John Paul ii, Pope Benedict particularly appeals to the youth of today. But there is a difference between the two—a profound difference.

Benedict has experienced the religious fervor, the strong social forces that can be released in youth when their young conscience is bestirred by a revolutionary vision put forward by a charismatic personality with a view of imposing a revolutionary new world order on the globe as a former member of the Hitler Youth.

He has experienced the unity of comradeship that is the natural outgrowth of a movement designed to meet the aspirations of young people yearning to make a difference in society—to establish a thousand-year rule of a new world order, a Holy Reich!

Benedict knows from experience that it’s a short walk from stirring a religious fervor in youth to launching a crusading spirit of military proportions. After all, as one of Hitler’s uniformed youth, he himself manned an anti-aircraft station, designed to shoot down Anglo-Saxon and Allied pilots during World War ii.

Later, he aided and abetted the escape of Nazi henchmen from Germany as part of the infamous Vatican ratlines movement.

Filling Germany’s Need

Germany suffers from a unique problem that is increasingly impacting its social makeup: Its population is declining.

This is a dangerous position for Europe’s most economically powerful nation. No nation, even with Germany’s power and influence, can hold that power without a population and military force of sufficient size and technological prowess to protect its status.

Germany has countered the shortfall in its workforce by importing foreign labor in recent decades. But, as the Romans found out, a nation can ill afford to rely on hiring foreigners into its military force to secure its own national wealth. A nation’s military force must share the patriotism, the religious zeal—and in Germany’s case, the traditional imperialist vision—of its elites. In the European Union sense, any EU combined military force must share the same mindset—the mindset of its leading power, Germany.

What the pope’s Year of Faith is steadily delivering is a unified mindset—in particular within European youth—that will lead to an outcome that is prophesied in your Bible: “For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind …” (Revelation 17:17; New King James Version).

With Germany increasingly committing to overseas military missions, with its huge wealth being increasingly looked upon with jealous eyes by many, and with the United States withdrawing from the role of global policeman, the Fatherland cannot escape the reality that it shortly must boost its military strength.

This it will do not only by increasing the extent of its own military forces, but also by adding to it the combined power of a limited number of European states whose leaders will possess the same Roman Catholic, Teutonic, crusading imperial mindset. Your Bible prophesies that this will comprise 10 national blocs all yielding up their power to Rome/Berlin: “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast” (verses 12-13; nkjv).

Crucial to any nation’s military force is that part of the population that is between the ages of 18 and 25 years. Most “grunts” fall into this age group. It is generally the fittest and most physically able group in any nation’s population.

This is precisely the age group most affected by today’s unemployment in Europe—and also the most susceptible to be influenced by religious ideology.

Roman Catholic EU elites know that it is a short haul from ideological commitment to taking action to fill the goals of that ideology. That is what underpinned the Crusades of old. It is what will provide the platform for one more final crusade by the Vatican and German elites—a “holy” Roman imperial crusade destined once more to head for Jerusalem!

What to Expect

The year 2013 is an important one in the effort of EU elites to further their imperial goals. Two crucial elections will see a confirmation of imperialist leadership in Europe’s two leading nations—Italy in February and Germany in September.

Add to that the impact of the pope’s crusading Year of Faith, and what will be a record-breaking rallying of Catholic youth on World Youth Day in Rio in July, and these will be looked back on as catalysts that propelled EU imperialist elites forward to their ultimate goal: the seventh resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire, with the prophesied havoc that this continually resurrecting old empire will once again wreak on an unsuspecting world.

Barely a century ago, a pathological megalomaniac sent German youth to the war front with the motto “God with us” stamped on their belt buckles. Just 25 years after that debacle, a demoniacal leader of great charisma sent the cream of German youth to death motivated by a religious fervor to conquer the world.

Are our memories so short?

Why do we remain so blind in the circumstances arising in Mitteleuropa so similar to the ones that ignited both those wars?

At heart, this is a spiritual phenomenon. What is undetected by commentators is the fact that it all being engineered by a higher source than man! Yet its reality, now so close to being consummated, was prophesied three millennia ago in your Bible in the book of Daniel. Its vision was added to in greater and more precise detail through the visions of the Apostle John 2,000 years ago in the book of Revelation.

The great hope that drives the Trumpet to continue to warn the world of this impending cataclysm in all that is playing out in Europe today is what lies beyond it. It is the fulfillment of a vision so breathtaking it requires the power of God’s own mind, His Spirit, to comprehend it.

Put yourself to the test. Request our free booklet Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast? and see if God will open your mind to understand these great prophecies and to use that understanding to prepare you for a part in their fulfillment.

Righteousness In, Righteousness Out

Righteousness In, Righteousness Out

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As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
From the March 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

In the early days of computer programming, there was a popular phrase, “Garbage in, garbage out”—meaning, if the programming was lousy, the computer’s output would be useless.

The human mind is a million times more sophisticated and powerful than a computer, but the same principle applies: The quality of our mental output depends on what we put into our minds! If we fill our minds with garbage, then that’s what we will return.

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). That’s one of the most profound proverbs in the Bible. As we think in our hearts, so are we!

Jesus expounded on this truth in Matthew 15:17-19: “Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (New King James Version). We can’t fill our minds with sin and then turn around and act righteously—even though we think we can. Filling our minds with garbage hurts our character—our mannerisms, our personalities, the ways we react and behave.

Jesus also said that every tree is known by the fruit it produces. “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things” (Matthew 12:34-35). What the mouth speaks comes straight from the heart. Evil words and actions spring from an evil heart.

But Jesus also said good things will come from our mouths if we take charge of our lives and control what goes in! Righteousness in, righteousness out, you might say.

Paul taught this in Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brethren, 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.”

People sometimes wonder why they can’t get rid of sinful thoughts. It’s generally because they aren’t diligently working to replace those thoughts with God’s thoughts—whatsoever is true, honest, just, pure and lovely! The mind, like nature, abhors a vacuum. We have to fill our minds with what Paul wrote about in Philippians 4. Then there won’t be room for wrong thoughts.

In 2 Peter 3:1, Peter admonished God’s people to “stir up” their pure minds by studying his epistle. Actively filling our minds with purity and holiness squeezes out impurity, wickedness and vanity.

Peter continued, “That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour” (verse 2). To meditate on God and His ways, we must regularly feed on, or study, His inspired Word (see also John 6). Unless we are filling our minds with God’s Word every day, we can’t possibly be “mindful of the words” that the prophets, the apostles and Jesus Christ wrote!

David meditated on God’s Word “day and night” (Psalm 1:2). He didn’t confine his meditation to a simple 20-minute block of contemplative silence or a weekly stroll through the park. For David, meditating on God’s law was a constant process of setting his mind on the things of God. (Note the words “seek” and “set” in Colossians 3:1-2.)

David obeyed God’s instruction in Joshua 1:8: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night.” As Psalm 119:97 proclaims, “O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day.”

In the Bible, meditate means to think about—to consider. Whatever fills our minds is the subject of our meditation.

David meditated on God’s law. This didn’t come naturally for King David. He had to work at it. In fact, because it’s so easy to think about the wrong things, David asked God for strength and discipline to fill his mind with the right things. “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer,” he prayed (Psalm 19:14).

“Search me, O God,” he asked, “and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).

In the spiritual war we wage against Satan and his demon army, the front line of our battlefield is in the mind. This is where we engage in a life-and-death struggle to resist the devil’s powerful broadcast, the spirit of disobedience (Ephesians 2:1-2).

2 Corinthians 10:5 adds, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” Are we obedient to God in “all things” (2 Corinthians 2:9)—even in our thoughts? Or are we often taken captive by our own wicked, perverse reasoning?

A true Christian’s struggle against sin starts in the mind (James 1:14-15). We have to constantly guard against carnal reasoning and lustful impulses, not allowing those invading thoughts and temptations to gain a foothold in the mind.

Attack those negative thoughts with the corresponding right thoughts, immediately and forcefully! Overcome the evil by replacing it with the good (Romans 12:21). Put righteousness in. Then what comes out will be productive and useful!

What a Real Man Looks Like

What a Real Man Looks Like

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More than ever, our sons need a masculine example to look to. Here is the best.
From the March 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

Two hundred years ago, the father’s role was clearly defined. He was at the center of family life. He was the head, the primary caregiver, breadwinner, protector, moral educator and law-enforcer.

Today, assuming the father is even present, you would be hard-pressed to find one who fulfills even two of those responsibilities. The modern father has relinquished his duties and abdicated his God-given role as the loving head of his home. Today, boys grow up not knowing what role to fulfill, if any. Our boys are in trouble!

The only solution is to get back to the wisdom of the Bible.

An excellent definition of godly masculinity is summed up in the way Carl Sandburg described Abraham Lincoln—as a man of steel and velvet. The 16th president was a powerful and persuasive speaker, a man of valor and strength. He was a mighty man of war who faced down forces of evil and preserved the union of the American nation.

And yet, Lincoln was a man of peace. He was merciful, kind, gentle, thoughtful, friendly, patient and humble. He was neither feminine nor domineering. He was a real man—a man of steel and velvet.

The Perfect Example

One man fulfilled that description far better: Jesus Christ. Artists have portrayed Christ as a skinny, soft-spoken, long-haired, effeminate wimp who died of a broken heart. How deceived this world is!

The Bible says that it is shameful for a man to have long hair and that effeminate men won’t even be in God’s Kingdom (1 Corinthians 11:14; 6:9).

Jesus was not what you might think. He was a real man. Physically, He was a man of impressive strength and endurance. Before His ministry began at age 30, He worked hard as a carpenter (Mark 6:3) and observed all the physical laws of good health (Hebrews 4:15). During His ministry, He walked from city to city through mountainous terrain—sometimes traveling many miles in one day. Prior to being tempted of the devil, Jesus went without food and water for 40 days—something no frail weakling could ever endure. Before His crucifixion, Jesus was brutally beaten (John 19:1) and then nailed to a stake with iron spikes. Yet, having led such a robust and healthy lifestyle, He lived through what would have easily killed the average man. He survived until a Roman soldier finally thrust a spear into His side.

Artists who paint portraits of Jesus must not have read John 2, where Jesus confronted moneychangers in the temple. When He saw shady transactions going on inside God’s house, Jesus took a handful of ropes and whipped the livestock right out. He kicked over tables and chairs and threw money all over the floor. His deep voice bellowed through the halls: “Get out of God’s house, and take all of your belongings!” This was at the very beginning of His ministry, when few even knew who this man was (read verse 18)—yet these Jews were too fearful to challenge this strapping and righteously indignant young man.

Imagine that same scene with the melancholy, wimpy Jesus from the pictures and movies. Hard to do, isn’t it? The real Jesus was nothing like what most people imagine!

No one knows just what Jesus looked like, but reading the Bible shows that He was a muscular man of perfect health and enduring strength.

Physical fitness is only a fraction of what godly masculinity is all about, though. Jesus was a learned man who took His education seriously as a youngster. When He was a boy, He walked into the temple at Jerusalem and discussed the truth of God with the most educated theologians. Luke 2:47 says that all who heard Him were “astonished at his understanding and answers.” They were amazed by how much this 12-year-old understood! As Jesus grew up, He increased in wisdom and stature (verse 52). His education never ended.

By the time His ministry began, Jesus had developed into perhaps the finest and most persuasive speaker in mankind’s history. Those who heard Him were astounded, and those who hadn’t heard Him traveled a long way so they could. People who knew Him as a child couldn’t believe how eloquently this Jewish carpenter could speak. When He finished speaking, He often tried to withdraw for a quiet moment, yet throngs of people would sometimes track Him down (Luke 4:42).

Jesus also had a commanding presence. His doctrine astonished the masses, because He “taught them as one having authority” (Matthew 7:29). Jewish authorities coveted his popularity. Pilate, who oversaw Christ’s execution, even acknowledged that Jesus was a just man who spoke the truth (Matthew 27:24).

The Other Side of Manliness

Together with steel-like traits of vibrant health, intelligence, decisive leadership, righteous indignation and powerful persuasiveness, Jesus also exhibited many velvet qualities. Above all, He was humble. Publicans and Pharisees criticized Him for spending time with sinners, but He knew that the sick are the ones who need the physician (Luke 5:31-32). The Lord and Master of the disciples instituted an ordinance of humility at His final Passover and washed their feet (John 13:13). He was their Lord and Master, to be sure—but that just meant He was to serve those under Him all the more. He taught that those who serve the most will receive the highest positions in God’s Kingdom. We can see then why Jesus, the most humble servant who ever walked this Earth, qualified to be King in God’s Kingdom.

Jesus was also a compassionate man. No matter how busy He was or how crowded the scene, Christ always seemed to make time for the disadvantaged. Christ once left Jericho with a great multitude, and two blind men cried out for Him to have mercy on them. The multitude ridiculed them, but Jesus stopped to help them. “So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him” (Matthew 20:34).

This genuine compassion for others even caused Christ to weep on occasion. In the case of Lazarus, Jesus cried because of the people’s lack of faith (John 11:32-43).

The gentleness of Jesus is reflected in how He treated children. In Mark 10, after some adults pressed to have Jesus lay hands on their little ones, His own disciples rebuked the parents. But He rebuked the disciples, saying that we must all become as little children to enter God’s Kingdom; then He took these children up in His arms and blessed them.

This same kindness is what drew so many women toward Christ—some even wept at His feet. At Jacob’s well, Jesus asked a Samaritan for water. She was taken aback, since other Jews wouldn’t even speak to Samaritans. Christ discerned that this woman was involved in an adulterous relationship; the way He dealt with her evidently prompted her to repent of that wickedness and to support Christ’s work (John 4:28-30).

This is how quickly Jesus forgave people who showed fruits of repentance. Another time, scribes and Pharisees were about to stone a woman caught in the act of adultery. But Jesus intervened to prick everyone’s conscience: “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” (John 8:7). After everyone left, He told the woman to go and sin no more.

Jesus Christ was the epitome of true masculinity. He wasn’t all steel—lording His authority over people. Neither was He all velvet—weak and effeminate, standing for nothing. He was both steel and velvet: strong, bold, courageous, gentle, patient and meek. This godly form of masculinity drew many men, women and children to Him.

Boys to Men

The Bible tells us much about what kind of man Jesus was—the kind of man all men should become. Little is recorded about His younger years. Yet there is enough for us to know that, as a boy, Jesus obeyed His parents, Joseph and Mary, and developed an intimate relationship with His spiritual Father in heaven (Luke 2:51-52). The mere fact that Christ began His ministry at the relatively young age of 30 reveals what kind of character He had as a boy, a teenager and a young adult.

Jesus Christ’s spiritual Father and His physical parents taught Him how to be a man.

That might sound hopelessly ideal. But we must understand that it is the only real solution to what is happening to our society. This is what is missing from today’s debates over how boys ought to be reared.

Many commentators have their so-called solutions. Some want to soften boys even further and would never tolerate them leading their wives and children as the head of the home. Some think boys ought to be macho, looking down on women, and won’t stand for boys being compassionate, merciful, unselfish and kind. What confusion.

The problems with our boys will never improve until we put God back at the center of family life!

Read Deuteronomy 6 and see how serious God is about parents teaching little boys how to be masculine men—and girls, for that matter, how to be feminine women. God says we ought to diligently teach our children all His ways, when we talk with them, sit with them, walk with them, when we wake up in the morning and when we go to bed at night (verse 7). What an effect it would have on our children, even now in this sinful generation, if parents would accept full responsibility for their children’s upbringing and raise them the way God says to!

European Union—a Superpower?

European Union—a Superpower?

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The EU is filling the superpower gap in the wake of U.S. decline.

It sounds trite to say “We told you so,” but it’s the plain truth.

For over 70 years—57 of those under Herbert Armstrong, and for the last 23 years under Gerald Flurry, we have been absolutely consistent in declaring the Bible prophecies that clearly show a northern power—which we identified decades ago as the European Union under the leadership of Germany and Rome—arriving suddenly on the scene as a global superpower.

Now it’s the stuff of headlines, and still so few really “get it”!

The National Post carried an article a few days ago headlined “Europe: The world’s new superpower.”

Written by Anne Applebaum, who features regularly as a Washington Post columnist, very often on European affairs, the article observes: “‘A decade of war is now ending,’ U.S. President Barack Obama declared Monday. Maybe that’s true in America, but it isn’t true anywhere else. Extremists are still plotting acts of terror. Authoritarian and autocratic regimes are still using violence to preserve their power. The United States can step back from international conflicts, but that won’t make them disappear.”

And, as they say, there’s the rub.

Since the implosion of the ussr 23 years ago, the United States has been generally cast in the role of global policeman. Past administrations generally having made a thorough hash of that golden opportunity, the current U.S. administration has read the public mood and is bringing its troops home from the world’s hot spots and signaling entry into a new grand isolationism.

The moment could hardly be worse.

This world is caught up in a general global disorder of huge proportions. Wherever one looks—be it international relations, economics, finance, social dislocation, morality—the globe teeters on a precipice, overlooking a giant collapse of its systems of government and general social order into absolute chaos, under a constant threat of terrorism.

But wait.

Anne Applebaum has struck on a solution to all this that is entirely consistent with what we have preached and published for the past seven decades: “[T]here is another power that shares America’s economic and political values, that possesses sophisticated military technology and is also very interested in stopping the progress of fanatical movements, especially in North Africa and the Middle East. That power is Europe” (ibid).

Pointing to the current difference between today’s European attitude and that being reflected in Washington, Applebaum continues: “[T]he French are in Mali fighting an international terrorist organization with the potential to inflict damage across North Africa and perhaps beyond. Not long ago, this sort of international terrorist organization used to inspire emergency planning sessions at the Pentagon. Now the French have had trouble getting Washington to pay attention. Some U.S. transport planes recently helped ferry French soldiers to the region but, according to the French newspaper Le Figaro, the Americans at first asked the French to pay for the service—‘a demand without precedent’—before agreeing to help.”

Applebaum has produced an intuitive piece of journalism, showing a firmer grasp on geopolitical realities than most of the mainstream press. Her view is not a fashionable one with her journalistic colleagues, save a few strident voices in the British press. But it is a realist’s view.

Dare we repeat, nature abhors a vacuum, nowhere more so than in the arena of international relations.

The increasing isolationism of America is disturbing the whole global balance of power. Who will reestablish equilibrium in global affairs?

As Applebaum observes: “But what’s the alternative? If America is to enjoy ‘peace in our time’—an expression now deployed by both Barack Obama and Neville Chamberlain—while the rest of the world remains at war, then someone else will fill the vacuum. A glance at the other candidates—China, Russia, perhaps Qatar or another Gulf nation—ought to make us all stop giggling about cheese-eating surrender monkeys and start offering logistical and moral support. Europe may not be the best superpower. But it’s the only one we’ve got.”

It was the combined leadership of President Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul that worked to break the back of Soviet communism and open the way for a new world order, a unipolar order with the U.S. on top.

That era is now dying a painful death, and there’s a dearth of such leaders available to deal with the globe’s present multitudinous problems.

The global power that grew in the wake of the ussr’s collapse—the European Union—is about to show its teeth in the face of spreading Islamist extremist terror, and a dislocated global order. But it needs leadership.

Waiting in the wings for his moment is a leader with the charisma, the power of imperialist conviction, and a spiritual allegiance to Rome, who will soon appear to lead a reorganized European Union to take its place filling the gap of global policeman relinquished by America.

The signs are that European politics are preparing the way for the sudden rise of that leader.

As we have said, watch for the outcome of the elections in Italy in February and in Germany in September for an indication as to the future direction of European politics.

One thing is for sure. The way is already prepared for this leader to take on leadership of the world’s new superpower—the European Union!

Watch the upcoming Key of David television program for further insight into this phenomenon.

How to Prevent Another Sandy Hook Massacre

How to Prevent Another Sandy Hook Massacre

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Gun control is a false dilemma, but there is a real solution.
From the March 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

The unimaginable scene screams for answers: twenty children and six adults lying murdered in an elementary school.

The National Rifle Association demands one solution: Place an armed guard at every American school. Cost: $6.7 billion.

A strong liberal movement demands another solution: Outlaw assault weapons. Cost: A dramatic expansion in government power.

We’ve seen it all too often: A massacre takes place; politicians project indignation; they enact new laws—and little really changes. Last year 32,000 Americans died in front of the barrel of a gun. A little more than half were suicides. Tens of thousands more were shot, but lived.

Many Americans shout for more guns. Many Americans shout for fewer. And a lot of us are looking at this and realizing that the problem is so, so much deeper.

There is a real, practical solution to gun violence—to all violence—but we continue to ignore it while we bicker over this weapons-ban debate.

If America really wants to keep our children—all of them—safe from harm, we need a totally different debate. If we are honest with ourselves, we should realize that the cause of violence goes far deeper than whether people should be able to own guns, or what types of guns those should be.

The real debate shouldn’t be how many bullets we put into a clip—but what we put into our minds. Has anybody noticed our violent entertainment culture? How is there even a market for horror movies? Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3d debuted at number one at the box office in January! It displaced Django Unchained and The Hobbit—two other incredibly violent movies. Why do millions of us want to experience the horror of a person being savaged by a chainsaw in 3d Technicolor and thx sound? Can we have that conversation? Can we talk about the popularity of blood-and-gore-filled video games that millions of children and teenagers play? A youth, or an adult, cannot immerse his mind in this nightmarish filth without being affected. Where is the public outcry and political rage over our violent entertainment industry? Where is that debate?

And why are we ignoring the mental health/psychosis drug debate? So many killers are on prescription drugs. Sandy Hook butcher Adam Lanza was receiving treatment and taking medication for mental health problems. The Aurora, Colorado, killer was seeing a psychiatrist and took Vicodin before he went on his killing spree. Columbine mass-murderer Eric Harris was taking anti-depressant Luvox. The Virginia Tech murderer’s personal possessions included prescription medication for the treatment of psychological problems.

More than one in 10 Americans take anti-depressants. Almost 4 percent of adolescents take these medications. Abilify and Seroquel, two powerful antipsychotics, are the fifth and sixth best-selling prescription drugs in the United States. These are horribly high and condemning numbers. Numerous mental health experts believe that mood-altering drugs are likely a significant factor in school shootings and other gun violence, yet America’s leaders hardly raise an outcry. Why aren’t we discussing whether this drug-injection style of treatment is a failed system? Why aren’t we asking why so many people need mental treatment in the first place?

The biggest scandal of all this, though, is America’s culture of broken families. According to a 1991 study, more than seven in ten prisoners come from broken families. Many others grew up in dysfunctional homes. Today, 40 percent of all American infants are born to single parents. America’s violent cities contain far higher single parenthood rates. In Detroit, 70 percent of all births are to single parents. More Americans were killed in Detroit last year than in Afghanistan.

Do we truly want to do everything we can to give all children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose? Then instead of putting an armed guard in every school, let’s work toward ensuring there’s a strong father in every home. Instead of accepting occasional massacres as the price we pay for the luxury of easy divorces and other “freedoms,” let’s demand selfless fathers and mothers as the price for lasting families and safe schools. Instead of focusing on the aftermaths, let’s confront the causes.

The real issue we need to address isn’t gun control, it is character control. The truth is that we need to fix our depraved culture—and there is only one way to do that. America needs to turn to God in deep repentance, and that repentance requiresactual change!

But don’t expect any politician to tell you that. Instead, America will keep doing what it is doing, and keep getting what it is getting: more political task forces on gun violence, another political gunfight, and sadly, more school shootings.

If we really want to keep our children safe from harm, America needs to take a long look in the mirror. It needs to end its collective fetish of constantly making new laws and regulations, and instead actually start keeping the higher laws that mankind was given from the beginning. If we are really honest with ourselves, if we really care about stopping the next Sandy Hook, we have to admit that this is the only way guaranteed to prevent more school shootings. And it is the only way to bring real, lasting, hope-filled change to America.

A Bigger Pastime Than Sports

A Bigger Pastime Than Sports

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It’s a booming business, and it is bringing our nation down—one click at a time.
From the March 2013 Trumpet Print Edition

Did you know that 12 to 15 percent of all websites are pornographic? Every second, over 28,000 Internet users are looking at pornography. It is becoming so prevalent you almost can’t avoid it.

Thirty years ago, the porn industry in the United States brought in $75 million in revenue. That in itself is shameful. But it has since grown 17,000 percent! Today, it brings in $13.3 billion! $13.3 BILLION! As much as we love our sports, we don’t love them as much as we love pornography! Major League Baseball only makes $7 billion, a little more than half of that. The National Football League generates $9 billion in income. The National Basketball Association generates $5 billion. Pornography is almost triple the nba, and without any of the prime-time advertising, big-time merchandising or the massive arenas.

1 Corinthians 6:18 says we are to flee fornication. But we do just the opposite! This is the most massive sin you can imagine if you understand the Bible.

This isn’t just affecting adults. It is savaging our young people. The average age that children first see porn is 11. Seventy to 80 percent of 15-to-17-year-olds accidently see porn on the Internet. One survey I read about recently said over half of young people deceive their parents about pornography. They are able to get it so easily. Then it preys on their curiosity and pulls them in to a terrible quagmire.

Sex addiction is a lot like heroin addiction. I recently spoke to a minister who was counseling a drug and sex addict. This man was able to kick his addiction to seven drugs—but he couldn’t kick the sex addiction!

That is how addictive this is to adults—just imagine what it is doing to teenagers and to children!

This sin is destroying families, which are the backbone of every nation. We sin against our children and against our people by allowing it to happen.

What is this doing to our nation? It is not difficult to see. Pornography destroys families, which are the strength of any nation, and so it destroys nations.

America spews this filth out into the world. The United States is part of the descendants of Israel. Who are some of the other descendants? Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Jewish nation—all leaders in sins like pornography! Our nations are the only ones that have a history with God. They are supposed to set an example of God’s way of life. Instead, they’re doing the opposite.

Nobody eclipses the U.S. in producing pornography. God says in one prophecy that we are even worse than the nations around us.

Those who want to stop this from going on are helpless. What can they do? They’re not going to solve it by doing nothing, nor are they going to solve it without God empowering them.

Our people, who say they are Christian, hardly even talk about pornography anymore because they lost that war years ago, and they know it. It has taken over! It’s in our entertainment—even our mainstream television, movies, music videos, magazines and just about everything else.

And we let it go on—we must have “freedom of speech.” What an appalling deceit that is! It has nothing to do with freedom! It’s all about slavery! Sex addiction is slavery! You can see in the worst cases what it’s doing to us! Yet we still refuse to obey God.

This is a gigantic sin we are committing, yet we have the gall to say we’re a Christian nation, and to talk about how religious and good we are.

God calls America a “hypocritical nation” (Isaiah 10:6). He is full of wrath because of it.

There is a spiritual dimension to this situation. God is going to punish us for our sins. We have rejected His way of love and obedience to His law, the way of honor and morality and chastity and obedience. As a result, He is allowing a spirit of evil to grow in power and influence in our world.

Read my article on page 26 of this magazine. It explains this invisible evil force at work in our world today. This evil spirit is very active, and he is glutting us with these horrible influences, entrapping us in sins that wreck our families and fill them with hatred and lies and cheating—the opposite of the character of God.

Do you realize what is really inspiring all this family-destroying smut? The Bible tells us: It is Satan the devil. We have turned to the devil’s way, and we are about to see where that leads us. The Bible prophesies that Satan’s violent anger will culminate in the horrific Great Tribulation.

Do you look at this issue the way God does? He wants to free this world from its enslavement to such depravity. He wants to freeyou! When you see the suffering caused by breaking His law, like the suffering caused by pornography, it helps you to realize what a blessing His law is, which teaches us to stay away from that kind of lust (Matthew 5:27-28). If you want more instruction about that, request a free copy of our reprint article “Porn Free.”

Soon Jesus Christ will return in power and put a stop to these sins forever. He will rule, and He will show us how to have the happiness and joy we should be enjoying today—by keeping His law of love. You can do that individually today, if you are willing.