Saturday, August 30, 2008

Obama Attracts Young Evangelicals

  The younger crowd of Evangelicals, generally who are biblically and spiritually ignorant, are turning liberal and do not understand what is happening in our world. They do not understand that every decision they make has spiritual overtones. They separate such decisions from their spiritual walk. They do not discern and think what they are doing.
 
   Someone has said that "These young Evangelicals are suffering from 'fetus fatigue' and want to 'give up' in the fight with the culture, the society, and with politics. They have lost their nerve and there sense of balance. Also, they are blinded by their choices. They know that the Democratic Party Platform is for higher taxes, taxpayer-funded abortion. They know that Barack Obama is pro-choice, but never mind, these issues are no longer moral issues with them!

   It no longer matters when a candidate votes 100 percent for abortion, and for the funding of Planned Parenthood which sponsors abortions. If someone like Rick Warren endorses an Obama, this then makes it somehow alright! Concerning Warren, Dr. Tim LaHaye said that Warren is na├»ve and influenced by some socialist-minded people who claim to be Evangelicals. The younger Evangelicals who "don't get it," are totally out of sync with Obama but it does not matter to them. They are somehow blinded to him in an emotional way. They are going against both common sense but worse, they are going against Scripture!

   Liberal Evangelical speaker Brian McLaren, who has endorsed Obama, thinks the Democrats are winning in influencing younger ignorant Evangelicals. He says he has met only one person in all his travels who was voting for McCain. Strangely, 85 percent of Evangelicals think abortion is "the taking of human life," nevertheless, they still think a woman has the right to choose. No one can tell which way the younger Evangelicals are going to go. While some may be more pro-life than their parents they are now more anti-religious right! They are leftist and socialist leaning! By degree, they are turning left in their social, cultural, and political thinking. One observer said the problem is that they lack "generational development." In other words, they are brainwashed by the thinking of the culture, and they cultivated their lack of thinking skills from the public schools, and secular university influences. They tell you they think as individuals, but it is just the opposite, they have a herd mentality! D. A. Carson said they think they have maturity spiritually and yet they have diluted their convictions. If they ever had any!

   Dr. Mal Couch

Friday, August 29, 2008

We Predicted ...

  In Central Texas our power company has just been purchased by a Muslim Investment Firm. They have bought out other power companies in the U.S. at the tune of Twenty-two billion dollars! They promised to run the company fairly but also according to "Islamic Principles."  We are selling our soul and our assets with any profit from such buyouts now going overseas. We are now marching to the edge of the abyss! And you were told this from this website ministry! We are moving rapidly into the apostasy!

   Most Christians do not have the faintest idea of what is happening. They are spiritually sound asleep!

   Dr. Mal Couch

Monday, August 25, 2008

Urgent Alert!

  Hallmark Greeting Cards is now turning out wedding cards for same-sex marriages. Many Christians are furious, but unfortunately, too few are willing to say anything in protest. But if we did, a big company does not care what we think. Our protest would probably mean nothing, though we should still try!

  Many believers say they are going to boycott Hallmark and produce their own wedding cards. Thank the Lord that there are many Christian bookstores selling some meaningful and even spiritual wedding cards! This is simply another step in the destruction of the culture. We are moving rapidly back to paganism. This is telling us the present makeup of our society. Things are changing so rapidly we cannot keep up with it!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Dream Heresy!

  In several brochures published by one of the "big" seminaries in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area said that God Dreams! I nearly fainted to see them buy into New Age cult heresy! This was first mentioned that God dreams by New Age leader Wayne Dyer. It was mentioned in a book in 2001 from Robert Schuller. Now it is being quoted by Bruce Wilkinson and Rick Warren.

   Wilkinson added:

    Fulfilling God's dream is what you have been made to do. If you don't follow your dream [that came from His dreaming] do you realize how many people will be affected because you didn't follow your dream? … It is God's dream and God's dream is never selfish.

  God is the Dream Giver, he added. God is the Dream Coach. Rick Warren said that man's purpose is to realize he was "made for greatness." Schuller had earlier said, "The Dream Giver gave me a Big Dream? I was made to be a Somebody and destined to achieve Great Things!"

   All of this reminds us of Jeremiah 23. The false prophets prophecy in His name "I had a dream. I had a dream!" (v. 25). But in truth they speak to cause God people "to forget My name by their dreams which they relate to one another" (v. 27). God concludes: "I am against the prophets. The [false] prophet who has dream may relate his dream, but let him who has My Word speak My Word in truth. What does straw have in common with grain?" (v. 28). Then, "I am against the prophets who use their tongues and declare 'The Lord declares'" (v. 31). Finally, "I am against those who have prophesied false dreams and related them, and led My people astray by their falsehoods and reckless boasting; yet I did not send them or command them, nor do they furnish this people the slightest benefit" (v. 32). 

   The false prophet says he is speaking "the oracle of the Lord" (v. 34a). But "I shall bring punishment upon that man and his household" (v. 34b).

   A word to the wise!


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Inerrancy of Scripture

  The original Scriptures are accurate to the very letters of the words! This was proven again by a discovery at a dig in the city of Jerusalem. On July 31 2008, archaeologists found a government seal bearing the name of one of King Zedekiah's ministers, Gedaliah the son of Pashhur. This man served Zedekiah around 597-586 BC. This seal was found alongside another seal with the biblical name of Jucal the son of Shelemiah. Both names are mentioned in Jeremiah 38:1.

   It is amazing how the Arab world can deny that Israel was ever in the Holy Land! Their determination today to drive Israel out of the land is a satanic ploy. It is Satan's effort to eradicate the Jewish nation who are the kingdom people. Christ will be King over Israel, the Holy Land, and the world, when He returns from glory.

   The discoveries were made by Eilat Mazar who I believe is the son of the great Jewish historian and archaeologist of some years back, Dr. Benjamin Mazar. I met and interviewed Dr. Mazar on my first trip to Israel in 1970.

   Jewish scholars are stunned because such a definitive discovery, down to the very names mentioned in the Bible, are rare. But they stand out as living and ancient proof that the events of biblical history are verifiable. In 1982, the archaeologist Yigal Shiloh also found a seal with the name of Gemariah ben Shaphan that goes back to the reign of King Jehoiakim (608-597 BC). This name is mentioned in Jeremiah 36:10.

   It is no accident that such great demonstrations of the accuracy of our Bible are now being given to us in this age of doubt and skepticism. We do not have to shrink back from the criticism against the Bible, which is the living truth given to us by the Spirit of God!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Proverb for the Week: August 17

Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, cease from your consideration of it (Prov. 23:4-5).

Many Christians are in the "health and wealth" mindset. I heard, however, one of the big charismatic teachers finally admit, "'The health and wealth' doctrine does not work in poor countries!"

   No kidding!

   It is sad that so many are gulping down great doses of false doctrine and fail to read carefully what the Word of God says on such issues. Verse 5 goes on and says: "When you set your eyes [on wealth], it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings. Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens."

   One of the problems of the Jews when Christ was ministering among them was that they could not break away from the physical and understand His words in the realm of the spiritual. They were earth-bound and unable to think spiritually. So today, many believers are caught up in the false promises of the American culture and fail to look carefully at the great spiritual truths God gives us. Part of the problem is that many Christians are not taught the Scriptures, nor do they study it for themselves.

   Lawson writes:

To look at other men's money with covetous desires, and to look upon our own
money with rapturous delight, because our hand has gotten much, is to make to ourselves gods of gold, as the ancient Israelites did, and to give the soul to such things, is wrong and sinful. That is why covetousness is called idolatry; and to rejoice in money more than in God is to say to the gold, "You are my hope, and to the fine gold, You are my confidence." This is foolishness and sinful!

   In my opinion America is doomed. It is all over! There is no turning back. The Scriptures have been trashed by our culture, and the average Christian no longer honors them and considers them authoritative in his life! We are into the first phase of the apostasy, the stepping away from the truth! We are now a debtor nation. Financially, we are beholding to other nations, like China and Russia. They have bought up trillions of dollars worth of our bonds and indebtedness. The average American owes, on the average, about $17,000 to the credit card companies! There is no way to repay or get out from under this terrible financial burden.

   On verse 5 the Rabbis point out that the Hebrew says something like, "Will you make your eyes fly to the wealth? Like a ravenous bird will you sweep down upon riches?" From my father I learned to work hard but not to look to wealth as my god! He came out of poverty but he had character when it came to providing for himself and his family. He did not need a fortune to be happy.

   Dr. Mal Couch


Friday, August 15, 2008

Christian America Better Wake Up!

I do not believe Christians in this country realize how tenuous things are in our nation today. We are moving rapidly into the apostasy of the church, but too, things are shifting so quickly in all areas! Believers in Christ need to wake up and warn our people where all of this is going.

I do not think most pastors "get it"! They are deep in sleep and are not aware of the world situation. Christians need to think long and hard as to whom they vote for this Fall. We need to pray and ask for forgiveness for our materialism and lack of appreciation for this great God-given nation. We may just get the President we deserve!

By the way, in about thirty years, the European, Calvinistic base of America will be gone. In social demographics we will not be the same country. Other cultures do not share that heritage. In thirty years, by numbers, other cultures will dominate. We will have handed the land over to unsympathetic social groups. It will be a different nation! And all the things that established this country, socially, spiritually, culturally, will be wiped away! (It is virtually gone already!)

Many of you reading these words will not understand what I am writing about because you lack a solid understanding of American history. Remember the old saying, those who do not know their heritage will certainly lose it! I do not believe our prayers will be answered in a positive way, though we should pray. We are certain for judgment because we squandered what was given to us. In my opinion, there is no turning back!

Nehemiah 8 is a most interesting chapter in the OT. The people who had returned back to the Holy Land from Babylon had forgotten the Law. They spend several days having it read to them by Ezra. The people "understood the reading" and fell into deep conviction. The people began to weep and cry. They "understood the words which had been made known to them" (v. 12). The congregation began to rejoice with the Law of God read daily "from the first day to the last day."

But this could not happen today in America. We have cut ourselves off from the Scriptures. It has no meaning to this younger generation; in fact, it is repudiated and scorned! Without the Bible, there is no divine authority to return to! If there is any benefit that will come out of all of this, it is that we will be made stronger by the persecution and ostracizing that will come upon us.

Dr. Mal Couch

Thursday, August 14, 2008

One of the Keys to Roman Catholicism: Gold, Glitter, and Marble!

Why are there so many buildings of marble, gold, and glitter at the Vatican in Rome? And why is the eye so pleased with all of the outward show of wealth and power? The answer can be found in the last words of the dying Pope, Nicholas V, spoken around 1450. He set forth the principle that would attract people to Catholicism and it would not be doctrine or the truth about theology. Instead, he said:
 
A popular faith, sustained only by doctrine and teaching, will never be anything but feeble and vacillating. But if the authority of the Holy See of Catholicism were visibly displayed in majestic buildings, imperishable memorials, and outward marble witnesses, seemingly planted by the Hand of God Himself, faith and belief would grow and strengthen like a tradition from one generation to another, and all the world would accept and revere it. Noble buildings and edifices, combining glory, taste and beauty, with imposing proportions, would immediately lead to the exaltation of the Chair of the Pope, the Chair of St. Peter."
 
In other words, by the gold and glitter you can make people think you have the truth and that you have the blessing of God. People are impressed by the eye-gate and not by the truth filling the heart and soul! Satan is smart and he knows how to control and fool people!
 
Dr. Mal Couch

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Obama and Dispensationalism

Barack Obama was recently recorded as blasting the Scriptures! He clearly does not understand how the Word of God came together. And, he shows by his lack of knowledge the importance of interpreting the Bible dispensationally. He was recorded as saying that we cannot interpret the Scriptures too closely. As an example, he referred to the Old Testament in regard to stoning and to slavery. "Therefore, we cannot say that our country is built on the Bible because these views are endorsed in the OT!" Then he used the Sermon on the Mount and the issue of having peace with one another to argue against war and our military.
 
If one does not understand the dispensational shifts in Scripture from Law to Grace, such abuse can be thrown at the OT. Only dispensationalists fully understand the change from one dispensation to another! The Law failed because of human flesh. Paul says "it was weak through the flesh!" Obama has not done his biblical homework. And this was not his old "wayward" pastor speaking, it was his own views uttered in pure ignorance!
 
"Voter beware!"
 
Dr. Mal Couch

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Proverb For the Week of August 10

He who spares his rod hates his son. But he who loves him disciplines him diligently (Prov. 13:24).

The yuppy Christian parents who were raised on secular psychology as they came up through the ranks of the public schools practice spoiling and pampering their kids. They are sinning against the Word of God and virtually calling God "out of touch." That parent does not know what God has said in His Scriptures! They are sinning against their children and calling God foolish!

   Secular psychology teaches self-esteem, self-actualization, and says that punishment puts shame on a child. That is correct, it does! And shame brings one to his knees and creates guilt. We should feel guilty when we've done something wrong! Now of course there is a balance to all of this. Physical punishment should be fitting to the crime. If there is lying, hurting someone else, continual defying the rules, the child needs some swats.

   Many reading this have probably been at the grocery store where the mother is standing outside waiting for her kid to finish his fit. He throws rocks against the wall, falls on the concrete, yells and screams, etc. How dumb and stupid!

   On Proverbs 13:24, on the verb hate the Rabbis write: "The verb is sometimes used merely with the comparative intention of not loving" though often meaning that the parent is mistreating the child by the lack of following God's commandments. "A man displays no love for a child by failing to correct him." But to chasten, "He does not overlook the child's faults and exercises disciplinary measures to eradicate them."

   The old Calvinistic teacher, George Lawson, writes: "The foolish fondness of too indulgent parents is accounted by them parental love; but the Spirit of God calls it hatred. But he who loves his son chastens him as soon as he begins to discover that folly which is bound up in his heart." Chastening will be with spankings but also with directive words of guidance.

   Dr. Mal Couch

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

It's A Sick, Sick World!

I just discovered a couple of letters written to a syndicated columnist about raising children. I couldn't help but share them. They illustrate how secular psychology, self-esteem, the self-actualization theory, has brainwashed the yuppy crowd. The letters speak for themselves though I can't help but make a few comments!

"I recommend not stressing out about your teenager's messy bedroom. I did, however, ask my own two children to keep their bedroom doors shut. Every Saturday morning, I would clean out the 'science experiments' and wet towels in their room. The rest was up to them—if they wanted to live like that, it was OK with me. Eventually, as they ran out of clean clothes and were unable to find things, they wised up and kept neater bedrooms. I didn't want to sacrifice my relationship with them over a messy bedroom. Keeping the bedroom doors shut was the key to controlling my stress level."
  
   (Notice the entire issue is about mom's stress level not about what is right or wrong concerning "doing things decently and in order." And by the way, it should be dad who is giving instructions to the kids. He needs to run interference for the mother. A strong manly voice and "command" will get their attention! My older generation never talked about "stress." Life is tough with its ups and downs. The idea of personal stress was never an issue! You do what is right, what may be tough, and, you teach the children what is right!)

"If your child is about to have his or her haircut, use the word 'trim' instead of 'haircut.' 'Trim' is a less-scary word than 'cut.'"

   (What little sick and weak crumb snatchers we are making today. It would not take but one trip to the barber for the little kid to know what the word "cut" meant! We are so afraid of their "widdo feewings," instead of trying to make them strong as to how to live in a hard world! Question: If your little kid gets hurt, do you rush over and say "Are you hurt, are you hurt?" Let them explain to you the proper level of intensity as to what is happening. Often, it is we who are "imagining" and are out of reality. The kid may not be hurt at all! Give the appropriate response to the appropriate issue! If he is really hurt, that is one thing. But the "hurt" may simply be about YOU and not about the child!)

   Dr. Mal Couch


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A Merrill Lynch Warning!

"America depends on Asian, Russian, and Middle Eastern investors to find much of its $700 billion current account deficit, leaving it far more vulnerable to collapse. But the lion's share is held by the central banks of China, Russia, and petrol powers. These countries could all too easily precipitate a run on the dollar climate and bring the United States to its knees, should they decide it is in their interest to do so."

   We are now a debtor nation and have become a slave to the Godless world systems.

   Dr. Mal Couch


Friday, August 1, 2008

Christian Professor Faces Muslim Wrath

Indrek Wichman, professor at Michigan State University sent an email to the Muslim Student's Association about what was happening to Christians in Muslim countries. The letter was not inflammatory but simply factual. The association came unglued and attacked the professor's letter calling it a hate crime.

So far, the University is standing by the professor but for how long? This is a warning to our readers to expect more and more attacks and responses from such groups. And expect liberal judges at some point in the future to side with the Muslims.

In another unrelated issue, experts are now expecting homosexual groups to start coming against Evangelicals for what the Bible says in their publications against homosexuality. I understand that one Christian publisher of English Bibles is being sued because they simply published the Bible in its specific translation.

Dr. Mal Couch