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Election Day: Why a Vote for Hillary Clinton is a Vote for Evil!

Look, maybe you cannot vote for Donald Trump.  There are numerous reasons–Biblical and otherwise–why many have reached that conclusion.  Not voting or voting third-party is certainly a valid option.  But the one thing that is clear is that a vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for evil.  And the thing is that you do not need even a Bible to reach that conclusion.

Hillary Clinton is either “for” late-term abortions or she is in favor of a limitation on opposing late-term abortions where there is an exception for “the health of the mother”–an exception that can be used to swallow the rule whenever that is useful.  See here.  Lest there be any doubt, she is in favor of legal abortion up until the day of birth:

The New York Times reported that the executive director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers admitted that he lied when he stated that “a controversial form of late-term abortion is rare and performed primarily to save the lives or fertility of women bearing severely malformed babies.”

You may not know what a partial birth abortion is… well, that same New York Times article will help you out: “In the procedure, a fetus is partly extracted from the birth canal, feet first, and the brain is then suctioned out.”

Let that sink in… the fetus–wait, that is just a term used by evil folks to pretend that a baby in the womb is not a baby–so we will not use it.  The BABY is pulled partially out of the birth canal and then the brain is SUCTIONED OUT.  The baby’s head is left just inside the birth canal to maintain the fiction that the baby is still inside the mother and therefore not entitled to any rights whatsoever.

If the government did that to prisoners convicted of murder, it would violate the Constitutional prohibition against “cruel and unusual punishment.”  If a stranger did that to an ape at the zoo, you would lather your Facebook page and Twitter account with condemnation.  If your neighbor did that to a dog, you would call the police, FBI, and a moving company.  If your neighbor merely shot a cat or a squirrel for no reason, you would be very disturbed.  But some people (apparently a lot of people) are perfectly fine with this being done to baby human beings.

And you think it is rare?  Why?  Even if “only” 1% of abortions are of this ilk, with 3,000 abortions per day in the U.S.A., that is 30 babies a day killed via this procedure.  At year’s end, this would be nearly 10,000–larger than the tragedies of 9-11 and Pearl Harbor combined.  Every year.

Of course, all abortion is contrary to Biblical wisdom and instruction.  A true Christian should be opposed to voting for ANY candidate who is pro-abortion or supports any other intentional violations of God’s moral law.  But for those who are on the fence about their Christianity and/or abortion, the partial birth abortion issue has to be the clearest example of just how depraved Hillary Clinton is.

But, again, you do not need a Bible to tell you that an industry that provides something as purely evil as a partial-birth abortion is, itself, evil.  And just because you claim (truthfully or untruthfully) that you would not do it, if you support those that actually do it, what is the difference?  Do we look favorably on Nazi sympathizers just because they did not put on the uniform?  Indeed, as Dante Alighieri adeptly noted and others have eloquently repeated in different forms, the “darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”

And if mere silence in the face of evil is evil, then voting for evil is all the more evil.

 

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Monday Sermon: NFL, Lady Gaga, and Evil

This is a new series considering the sports world in light of Biblical morality.  It would be great if sports could be a Godly diversion without delving deeply into that which is ungodly.  To be sure, the Confidential is not a pastor.  But this is just Bible scripture being quoted and compared to modern life anyway.  If you have any ideas for topics, or would like to be a guest author for this or a similar subject, please feel free to send a direct message on Twitter (@acconfi). 

The NFL is supposed to be a diversion from the rigors of daily life.  It is supposed to be entertainment.  Unfortunately, like all other aspects of entertainment, sports is now controlled by evil influences.  A person of any or no religion might agree with the Bible in that “the love of money is the root of all evil.”  1 Timothy 6:10.  From millionaires arguing with billionaires as to how to divide the television, ticket, and memorabilia revenue taken from those who are rather incapable of sparing it… sports teams ransoming a local government to put up money to fund a stadium… to NCAA officials jealously protecting their right to profit off the free labor provided by college athletes… to… you get the picture.  But what people do not realize is just how evil these sports entities have become.

Most recently, the NFL has decided that–of all the performers out there–it would use Lady Gaga for the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show.  The Confidential has long given up on the NFL as simply not interesting, and cannot even remember the last Super Bowl watched.  Selecting a Satanic influence like Lady Gaga for the halftime show does not cause any regret.

The Bible repeatedly notes that a future generation will be full of mockers of God. “How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.”  Jude 1:18.  “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts . . .” 2 Peter 3:3.  Can you think of anyone who epitomizes scoffing, mockery, and walking after their own lusts more than Lady Gaga? 

Ah, you say, there is nothing wrong with Lady Gaga.  She is just a performer of dance music.  Well, let’s take a look at some of those lyrics.  Do you want your family listening to these lyrics or someone who sings these lyrics:

Judas

Ohohohoh

I’m in love with Judas

Ohohohoh
I’m in love with Judas

Judas! Judaas Judas! Judaas
Judas! Judaas Judas! GAGA

When he comes to me I am ready
I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs
Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain
Even after three times he betrays me

I’ll bring him down, bring him down, down
A king with no crown, king with no crown

[Chorus]
I’m just a Holy Fool, oh baby he’s so cruel
But I’m still in love with Judas, baby
I’m just a Holy Fool, oh baby he’s so cruel
But I’m still in love with Judas, baby

I couldn’t love a man so purely
Even prophets forgave his crooked way
I’ve learned love is like a brick you can
Build a house or sink a dead body

I’ll bring him down, bring him down, down
A king with no crown, king with no crown

Ew
In the most Biblical sense,
I am beyond repentance
Fame hooker, prostitute wench, vomits her mind
But in the cultural sense
I just speak in future tense
Judas, kiss me if offenced,
Or wear an ear condom next time

I wanna love you,
But something’s pulling me away from you
Jesus is my virtue,
Judas is the demon I cling to
I cling to

Yes, this is definitely the type of person you want your family listening to… someone that glorifies Judas, who betrayed Jesus Christ.  And she gets a halftime show?  We need to convert bathrooms to “all gender” to avoid offending those who cannot even grasp the simplicity of male and female, but the NFL needs to promote someone who can offend the Lord.

“Oh, it is just art.”  No, it is not any more “art” than if someone sang a song glorifying HB2 or racism, is it?  A North Carolina law has caused national uproar for its lack of “compassion,” but a singer that glorifies Judas is gleefully given a halftime show.  Is a song glorifying Donald Trump just art?  Is a song glorifying Fox News just art?  If the NFL had chosen a Christian rock band (to the extent that there is such a thing), would that have been dismissed as art and accepted by the masses.  Of course not… because society openly tolerates offending Christians.

 

“Ah, but it is just one song.”  Is it?  Maybe you prefer the lyrics to Government Hooker, Bloody Mary, Bad Kids, and Born This Way.  And that is just one album.  Wow.  “Born This Way” suggests the tired Satanic mantra of loving yourself the way you are–rather than seeking to change and improve, much less become more Godly.  Jesus never said to love yourself.  He said: “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 10:39.  Jesus dined with sinners, but called them to repent.  Does Lady Gaga think that?  No.  She says: “Just love yourself and you’re set.”  Set for what?  Hell.

Here is something else the Bible says:
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.   [2 Timothy 2-6.]
You can bury your head in the sand like an ostrich.  But in the end times, men will be lovers of themselves.  In fact, doesn’t this paragraph describe today?  We have women loving themselves so much and without natural affection that they will kill their unborn babies.  If you’ve seen a baby Ultrasound at 10 weeks, or even 7 weeks, and are still OK with even first-term abortion, that is just plain evil.  We have families working two jobs, which leads only to adoration of money, kids raised by Daycare (i.e. Don’t care) and atheistic government indoctrination, and adultery.  We have people pursuing pleasure rather than God.  Idiots are posting their dinners on Facebook out of an absurd pride or boast (or self-delusion regarding the degree to which people care).  People hate those that are choosing to eschew evil.  We have false Christians–going to church, but listening to satanic trash like Lady Gaga and Beyonce (or allowing their kids to listen to it!!!).  In fact, how many so-called Christians have a form of Christianity that denies the divinity of Jesus Christ, reducing him to a hippie with some “good ideas” to pick and choose from?  Or how many so-called Christians over-emphasize the “love” aspect of God, completely forgetting that Jesus mentioned Hell far more often than Heaven?  That was part of his love–a warning to turn away from sins of the flesh and to instead turn to God.  Like the 1st and greatest commandment.

In fact, it says clearly to “turn away” from those that are afflicted by the evil of the generation that is describe.  Sure, it is hard to “turn away” from those victimized by Lady Gaga and other entertainment of this ilk.  You may give your family and friends a few chances to get it right before turning away completely.  But it should be much easier for a Christian to “turn away” from Lady Gaga.  The Confidential wishes it still watched the Super Bowl so it would have some meaning to not watch it this year.  But perhaps others can wake up and take a stand this year, when the selection of Lady Gaga for the halftime act should be repugnant to Christians.  If you cannot give up a Super Bowl to defend God, what does that say?
Finally, let’s conclude with the words of Jesus:
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. 22If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. 23He that hateth me hateth my Father also. 24If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.  [John 15: 18-25.]
Are you going to be of this world?  Is your desire to not be hated by the world strong enough to stand up for what is right?  Are you willing to be persecuted by this evil world that hates God?  Are you willing to even just choose God over the Super Bowl?

Monday Sermon: Cheerleading and Nakedness

This is a new series considering the sports world in light of Biblical morality.  It would be great if sports could be a Godly diversion without delving deeply into that which is ungodly.  To be sure, the Confidential is not a pastor.  But this is just Bible scripture being quoted and compared to modern life anyway.  If you have any ideas for topics, or would like to be a guest author for this or a similar subject, please feel free to send a direct message on Twitter (@acconfi). 

There are several instances where the Bible discusses nakednesss.  For example, in Exodus 28:42: “And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach . . .”  Isaiah 47:2-3, adds “Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.  Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen.”  Exodus and Isaiah certainly suggest that exposing the thighs is exposing one’s nakedness.  And up until a few decades ago, this seemed to be a concept that Christians and non-Christians alike shared as a general moral compass for our society.  Not any more.  But the Bible speaks for itself.  And, if God believes that exposing the thighs is being naked, what does this say about female cheerleading outfits?  It says that female cheerleaders today are naked.

In other words, if you are a female cheerleader today, you are a naked person in public, at least in God’s eyes.  If you are a parent of a cheerleader, you are a parent of a girl/woman who exposes her nakedness to all that are watching.   And, yes, this means that NBA players in the 1970’s were naked too.  This is a standard that applies to both genders–male and female–do not expose your nakedness by exposing your thighs.

Of course, are cheerleaders even necessary?  In a sports-world where NFL fans fight each other in the stands (occasionally killing each other), is there really any need for folks to be “led” into “cheering” for their team?  If anything, the sports idolatry and media hype make people over-cheered.  But even assuming that cheerleading is somehow necessary, why does it involve scantily-clad women being part of it?  Does an athlete really require scantily-clad women gyrating on the sidelines to perform his job?  If a doctor was accompanied by a “dance team” of bikini-clad women, would it inspire confidence or cause you to question the doctor’s sanity?  If a professor stopped a lecture to take a 3 minute break–and then some scantily-clad women and accompanied men came in to dance and gyrate–would it make any sense at all?  And if other professions and tasks do not require cheerleaders, why does sports?

But many self-proclaimed Christians seem to be OK with cheerleading.  “What is the harm?”  Well, would you find it harmful if they were wearing zero clothes?  If not, then perhaps this says more about whether you are truly Christian or even moral at all.  If so, what is the basis for drawing that distinction?  In God’s eyes, there is no discernible difference between wearing “no clothes” and wearing a bikini bottom or even exposing your thighs.  So why do YOU draw that distinction?  Is it only because you are bombarded with television, movies, music videos, Internet images, and such that desensitized you to reality?  Like the frog that does not sense when the water goes from cold to deathly boiling, the gradual increase in acceptable nakedness was not perceptible absent a discerning eye.  Wake up!

And people are watching–whether they want to or not.  And this is probably worse on television than in person.  From the nosebleed seats, it is hard to tell what is going on down on the sideline of the field.  But the television cameras do not hesitate to show cheerleaders.  In fact, they seem to love to zoom into a cheerleaders groin area while she is being lifted into the air by some male cheerleader.  Even as a non-Christian, isn’t that just a little creepy?  If you asked someone to take a picture of your family, and that person zoomed onto anyone’s groin area–would you not find that creepy?  So why are we zooming in on a cheerleader’s bikini area during television games?  Because you are being programmed to convert your moral compass away from the Biblical morality.  And if that fails, it will at least corrupt you and lead you into sin one way or another.

Whether on television or at the game, a mature, Christian man of faith will look away, and certainly not look twice and thrice (or lust) at these naked girls/women.  But boys and men of different spirituality or lesser maturity will not just look but lust.  In those instances, the nakedness leads males toward sin and destruction.  And what about the young girls?  Young girls will look at the naked cheerleaders and assume that this must be acceptable…after all… it is happening in front of tens to tens of thousands of people, including their parents and perhaps even the parents of these cheerleaders, and not be reproved or rebuked.  This teaches them to grow up assuming that their thighs are to be freely shown to all.  This, of course, is fine with worldly people.  But if you are a Christian, can you truly find it “fine” without also having to disagree with the letter and spirit of the Bible?

And why is it that cheerleaders must be naked anyway?  This is not inherent to the concept of cheerleading somehow.  Here is a photo of cheerleaders from several decades ago that were feminine, yet covered their nakedness:

Is there anything remotely wrong with the apparel of these cheerleaders?  It is appropriately modest.  The nakedness is covered up, without interfering with the dubiously-necessary cheerleading activities.

But do not try to find cheerleading photos of the past few decades that are similarly modest.  Even in looking for this old photo, the Internet first bombards one with images of cheerleaders wearing bikinis and having feet in the sky exposing the bikini area.  Even assuming you disagree with the Bible regarding thighs as nakedness, how do you defend the focus on the groin?  And how and why is this considered acceptable and normal?  It is shameful and absurd.  And this is all without even considering the abomination that is cheerleaders for professional athletes–which from the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and in every direction otherwise–is really just tolerated-pornography in terms of clothing and actions.  But high school and college cheerleading alone is absurd.

If you disagree, ask yourself why?  Why is is worth fighting over the right for young girls/women to expose their nakedness?  Why is it worth fighting over your right to see young girls and women expose their nakedness?  Is your sinful mind not creative enough to find sources of nakedness without having it also show up in every aspect of life–be it a candy bar commercial or a sporting event?  More importantly–ask yourself who are you disagreeing with?  This is not the Confidential’s book that the Confidential is referencing for the source of nakedness–it is the Bible.  And, while you are certainly given the free will to disregard the Bible, understand that you are really just  disagreeing with God.  The Confidential merely passes this along for you to consider… hopefully wisely.

Indeed, the Confidential is certainly not able or capable of changing the world.  If you like seeing naked cheerleaders, fear not–the Confidential is not under any illusion or delusion that they will be going away any time soon.  The Confidential is just similarly not under any illusion or delusion with respect to what God and the Bible have to say on the subject: modern cheerleaders are naked.

Monday Sermon: Sports, the False Religion

In an era where sports figures are compensated like railroad tycoons of the 1800’s, it is difficult to remember a time when even professional athletes had to get “other jobs” in the offseason to pay the bills.  It is only in the past 50 years that salaries have risen to levels so disproportionate to the “ordinary man.”  This change, of course, also coincides with television.  Television brought the athletes into the living room, and brought advertising dollars from the living room into the athletes’ respective pockets.  With that, sports has turned into a religion, with athletes serving as gods.  There are sp many examples of this, that this topic may turn into a series on this blog.  If so, then consider this part 1.

So let’s start at the beginning.  Now, you might think that athletes are not revered as gods.  But this is only incorrect in that it leaves out the coaches and other personalities.  If you think Joe Paterno was not treated like a god among Penn State fans, then why did two things happen: (a) a statue–i.e. a graven image–of Joe Paterno was erected; and (b) the removal of the statue following the well-known scandal was handled so poorly by the Penn State fan base.  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Paterno_statue.  Do you think it was any different when a local tribe 3,500 years ago had its golden calf, or whatever, damaged by another tribe?  We erect statues to our athletes just as ancient civilizations created graven images of their gods.  And when allegations arose, Penn State fans blindly defended Paterno with a zeal that can only be described as “faith.”

Paterno, of course, was legendary at Penn State.  He was there a long time, won a lot of games, and donated a ton of money to the school.  Who knows what kind of person he was?  Maybe he was great, maybe he was subpar.  Maybe he was a good man, maybe he was not.  But even for players and coaches far below Paterno’s local influence, how many Internet arguments take place every day regarding their merits.  How many arguments take place over mundane sorts of things as “disrespecting my team.”  Entire blogs with hundreds of comments because a team was not ranked in the top 10.  This author has seen arguments on a Syracuse blog because–although Syracuse was ranked #1–some voters did not have vote Syracuse #1.  Good grief.  This passion is nearly religious.

Even worse, sports fans have gradually given more and more credit and fame to those athletes that are LEAST godly.  Treating players like gods, despite them not acting godly.  Quite a paradox.

When a player says he “is the best,” that is applauded despite being the opposite of humility and modesty.  When a player leaves a good situation team-wise to go to a lesser-team for more money, that is applauded despite the obvious greed and covetousness.  When a player has children out of wedlock across the country, that is ignored in the hope that merely sending some amount of money in that direction will be a substitute for having a real father and family.  And that is all without delving into the adultery, spousal abuse, and other violent crimes that are perpetrated by athletes and ignored by fans of the player (even if not by fans of opposing teams).

Sure, some lesser players will get thrown to the wolves.  A struggling player will fail a steroid test and be suspended for a year.  A fading star that abuses his wife publicly will lose his job.  The NCAA will sanction some schools, but allow more traditional and elite schools to get away with much more.  These are no different than sacrifices.  Does anyone really have confidence in the punishment decisions handed out by the NCAA or the professional leagues?  Of course not.  And that is without even getting into international sports and the Olympics.

Yes, sorry, sports is a religion these days.  It can be a distraction, but it often gets far too close to religion.  We see this elsewhere in society too–people arguing over politics (as if any of the candidates are ever truly worthy), reality TV, music, and whatever else the sheep are led to distraction by.  But sports seems to be the worst at that.  Otherwise good and reasonable people are more than willing to become drunk, disorderly, obnoxious, arrogant, and argumentative over sports.  All for a false religion.

What do you think?  Has sports become the equivalent of a religion in our society?

 

 

 

 

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