News Briefs From Planet Earth - September 2003

Russia To Invade Israel?

(AgapePress) A divinity professor has written a book that he says confirms what biblical scholars have contended for years: that Russia will play a prominent role in the invasion of Israel chronicled in the Old Testament Book of Ezekiel. Dr. Jon Ruthven of Regent University has documented his findings in the recently published book, The Prophecy That is Shaping History: New Research of Ezekiel's Vision of the End (Xulon Press, 2003). Ruthven says his research confirms the belief forwarded by many students of scripture for centuries. The professor adds that while it has been very difficult to pin down the exact geographical locations of "Gog and Magog," the old fundamentalist notions linking these ancient locales and names with modern-day Russia and the Ukraine may have solid historical grounding and support never before uncovered. Ruthven says "Gog and Magog" also refer to people who now inhabit these regions.

Editor's Note: Why would a nation like Russia or even China want to invade Israel? When Israel discovers the wealth and riches 'hidden in their sand' (oil) there will be great incentive for any country to invade.

China's Military Build-Up

(AgapePress) A former government intelligence agent says he doubts that Communist China would invest billions of dollars on offensive military weapons if they didn't intend to use them -- and he believes Taiwan will eventually be a target. A new Pentagon report reveals that China is steadily becoming a greater military threat to Taiwan. It states that the Beijing regime is spending far more than it has acknowledged to modernize its military. William Triplett is a former government operative who now writes for The American Spectator. He believes China is preparing for war against the island nation of Taiwan because, as he puts it, if one believes the old adage "follow the money," then "the money leads to war." And Triplett believes the United States can and will defend Taiwan, but only if George W. Bush is president. But he says if Hillary Clinton were president, the U.S. probably would not defend its Chinese ally. The Pentagon report also reveals that China is possibly aiming missiles at U.S. targets.

Former Homosexual Preaches Truth

(AgapePress) A former homosexual who now ministers to those wanting to escape that lifestyle has produced a new resource warning of the dangers of the homosexual subculture. Stephen Bennett says he was able to leave the homosexual lifestyle more than ten years ago through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Now his ministry has produced an audio tape called "The Medical Truths and Dangers About Homosexuality" -- which he says exposes many of the myths about the alternative lifestyle being promoted by a lot of the homosexual activists. The tape, he says, "holds nothing back in sharing the truth about homosexuality as being a dangerous, deadly, and destructive lifestyle." Bennett says much of the graphic information on the dangers of the homosexual lifestyle is being kept from the public due to political correctness.

Death Coming Early

(AgapePress) The average life expectancy of an American man is 76. The average smoker lives to be 66. Because of that ten-year difference, large amounts of money have been spent to get people to refrain from smoking. Lawmakers, the media, the entertainment industry, and even the tobacco industry itself have spent billions in the anti-smoking campaign. But the same motivation does not hold true for homosexuality. Bob Knight of the Culture and Family Institute wonders about the apparent paradox -- that homosexuality is taught as "normal and okay" and that those engaged in homosexual activities can have "safe sex." But he points out the health statistics show otherwise. Knight says the culture promotes the homosexual lifestyle whose participants only live to the average age of 46 -- thirty years less than those in the heterosexual lifestyle. Conservatives wonder why advocacy groups around the country are not attacking the homosexual lifestyle for the same reason they attack cigarettes.

End Times Approach

(AgapePress) A Regent University divinity professor is warning Christians to keep their eyes open and watch as biblical prediction unfolds. Dr. John Ruthven has recently published a book entitled The Prophecy That is Shaping History: New Research on Ezekiel's Vision of the End (Xulon Press, 2003). The biblical scholar believes the events prophesied in Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39, are not far in the future. Ruthven says numerous commentators have described what Ezekiel prophesies as an impossible prediction of an alignment of nations that could never occur, much less result in the invasion of Israel. Yet Ruthven says these far-flung countries whose names correspond to modern-day North Africa (Libya), Sudan, and Iran, form an unprecedented alignment today. These nations, he says, will be part of the huge army that will descend on God's people. Ruthven's book details how the U.S. State Department currently lists these same countries as the top three terrorist-producing nations in the world, and all have treaties that include language about invading Israel.

Churches Balk/Judgement is Coming

(AgapePress) The moral climate in America is becoming increasingly less so -- and Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition blames the nation's churches for letting that happen. Mahoney charges that churches have succumbed to the politically correct ideology and abandoned the teachings of God's Word. He recalls that just 30 years ago every major denomination stood for the integrity of the Word of God and believed that homosexuality was a sin, marriage was between a man and a woman, and abortion was the tragic killing of an innocent child. But Mahoney says those days are gone -- unless there is a renewed commitment to God's Truth. Meanwhile, he feels the nation will suffer judgment if it stays on its current downward path.

Pampered Chef Supports Abortion

(AgapePress) The moral climate in America is becoming increasingly less so -- and Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition blames the nation's churches for letting that happen. Mahoney charges that churches have succumbed to the politically correct ideology and abandoned the teachings of God's Word. He recalls that just 30 years ago every major denomination stood for the integrity of the Word of God and believed that homosexuality was a sin, marriage was between a man and a woman, and abortion was the tragic killing of an innocent child. But Mahoney says those days are gone -- unless there is a renewed commitment to God's Truth. Meanwhile, he feels the nation will suffer judgment if it stays on its current downward path.

God of Tolerance Rules Church of Apostasy

(AgapePress) There's growing concern among conservatives over the increasing "apostasy" taking place in America's churches. Christian radio talk-show host Janet Parshall is concerned about the "falling away" from the teachings of the holy scriptures. She says just as stated in scripture, "people ... are looking for somebody who's going to tickle their ears." Christians, she says, have abandoned sound doctrine and appear sometimes to be "more in love with denominationalism" than with "the inspired, inerrant, immutable Word of God." According to Parshall, people are choking on the truth. She says rather than allowing God's principles and precepts for living to guard their hearts, people tend to prefer making up their own truth as they go along through life. Parshall says people have made "tolerance" into a god that rivals the God of Israel for their affections. She laments that too often, tolerance wins out.

Your United Way Dollars

(AgapePress) The Boy Scouts are once again paying a price for taking a stand against homosexuality. In the latest incident, the United Way of Southeast Pennsylvania has decided to deny the Scouts more than $400,000 in funding because the group will not allow homosexual leaders. The Philadelphia Scouts are paying a heavy price for their stand, with the United Way and Pew Charitable Trust both withdrawing funding. Family News In Focus reports that even the city of Philadelphia is reconsidering a 75-year-old agreement to allow the Scouts to use land rent-free. Diane Gramley of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania says it is the culmination of a long siege. According to Gramley, the United Way has been under pressure from homosexual activists for two years to withhold funding from the Scouts, and the pressure has intensified in the last two months. Philadelphia becomes the twelfth United Way chapter to defund the Boy Scouts.

An Agreement With Terrorists?

(AgapePress) House Majority Leader Tom Delay is getting praise for the stand he's taking against the "Roadmap for Peace" the White House has been promoting for the Middle East. DeLay has spent the last several days in Israel talking in very blunt terms about the dangers the Bush peace proposal holds for Israel. Among other things, he has said the burden for achieving peace in the Middle East rests with the Palestinian Authority -- specifically whether it is willing to dismantle terrorist capabilities. He also dismissed a three-month suspension in attacks announced by the main Palestinian factions. As he put it: "Murderers who take 90-day vacations are still murderers." DeLay says Israel is not the problem; Israel is the solution. Pro-family advocate Gary Bauer could not agree more with Delay's perspective. Bauer says no one, least of all the United States of America, should pressure Israel to make concessions to those who remain committed to its destruction.

Australia Says "No" Homosexual Marriage

(AgapePress) Australia is saying "no" to homosexual marriage. Today that nation's federal government ruled out any move to legalize same-sex unions. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Prime Minister John Howard says "traditional marriage is one of the bedrock institutions of our society and I don't want anything to occur that further weakens it." Howard told reporters in Darwin that "...this is not in any way an attack on gay people, quite the reverse. Marriage, as we understand it in our society, is about children -- having children, raising them, providing for the survival of the species." Howard went further to say "...I think that if the same status is given in our society to gay unions as are given to traditional marriage, we will weaken that bedrock institution."

Secular Schools Are 'War Zones'

(AgapePress) Pat Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition says America's schools have become "war zones" because of activist courts. He maintains activists judges have worked hard to remove the wrong things from campuses. He notes that drugs and violence are common in schools -- but students cannot pray. And he says a public high school student can obtain contraceptives at school or be escorted by a teacher to have an abortion without parental permission -- but a student at that same school cannot post the Ten Commandments in the lunchroom. Mahoney declares that religion and faith are being eroded in American culture at all levels, particularly in the schools. He says unless that changes, the nation has no future apart from one under the judgment of God.

The Pedophile Payoff?

(AgapePress) The archdiocese of Boston has offered $55 million to settle the 500 sex-abuse lawsuits against Boston area priests and the Catholic Church. The media is calling this the result of a decades-old cover-up of the abusive priests' actions by church officials. However, Catholic activist Austin Ruse of the Culture of Life Foundation disagrees with the term "cover-up" in this situation. He insists that church officials made no effort to shield these actions from the authorities, but that church leaders involved were the victims of bad advice. Ruse says the bishops made incorrect decisions based on the best medical advice available to them at the time, which suggested that homosexual acting out -- particularly pedophile acting out -- can be treated. Nevertheless, in the mainstream media's reporting of the sex-abuse scandal, the linkage to the homosexual lifestyle has been conspicuously absent, prompting some conservatives to suggest that the media coverage itself may be part of the "cover-up."

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